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The Main Event Podcast #86 – IMPACT Wrestling Hard to Kill

The first IMPACT Wrestling event review in the history of The Main Event Podcast is on the air as Jez and Dan take a good look at IMPACT Hard to Kill from January 8th, 2022.

Madman Fulton vs. Jake Something

Hard to Kill got underway with two matches on the countdown show. First Madman Fulton took on Jake Something. The two long-haired, musclebound men put a good beating on each other but Fulton was the dominant competitor in the match, delivering two big chokeslams to Something while the crowd begged him for a third. Pandering to the crowd cost him though as while he contemplated the third chokeslam, Something surprised him with a Black Hole Slam and picked up the win.

Jez’s Pick: N/A
Dan’s Pick: N/A
Winner: Jake Something
Jez 0 – Dan 0

Four Way Match – Ace Austin vs. Laredo Kid vs. Chris Bey vs. Speedball Mike Bailey

The next match on the countdown was a Four Way Match – Ace Austin vs. Laredo Kid vs. Chris Bey vs. Speedball Mike Bailey. Bailey tried to shake the hands of his opponents before the match began but some of them weren’t into it. Laredo Kid and Bailey started the match with fast moves which began a frantic series in which all four men flew around the ring, taking each other out of the ring at different periods. Each man achieved at least one nearfall that was broken up by one of the other competitors but the end of the match came when Speedball Mike Bailey hit a Ace Austin in the back of the head with a Shooting Star into double knees manoeuvre to pick up the win.

Jez’s Pick: Ace Austin
Dan’s Pick: Laredo Kid
Winner: Speedball Mike Bailey
Jez 0 – Dan 0

Knockouts Ultimate X Match – Chelsea Green vs. Jordynne Grace vs. Lady Frost vs. Alisha Edwards vs. Rosemary vs. Tasha Steelz 

The opening contest was the Knockouts Ultimate X Match with Chelsea Green, Jordynne Grace, Lady Frost, Alisha Edwards, Rosemary and Tasha Steelz competing for a Knockout Women’s Championship Shot. Alisha Edwards was a late replacement for Rachel Ellering, who was unable to compete at the pay-per-view. The match broke into early pairs inside and outside the ring with no woman going straight for the X hanging above the ring. This did change in the strangest of ways when members of the competitors tag teams came to the ring to try and help their partners. Havoc came to the aid of Rosemary and tried to hoist her partner on her shoulders to get the X, but Chelsea Green put a stop to that with a missile dropkick from the top turnbuckle. Jordynne Grace was the first woman to try and reach the X by conventional means but she was blocked by Lady Frost who literally got on her back whilst in the air and by Tasha Steelz who pulled the pair down. The pair of Steelz and Grace would meet again later on the high ropes but they both came crashing down butt first to the ring. During a third meeting, they were joined by Chelsea Green. After Grace was sent crashing to the ring with a hard bump, Green and Steelz fought over the X. With it loose, it became a matter of who would drop to the mat with the X. With little regard for her landing, Tasha Steelz came down with a thud and took her place as the winner of the first ever Women’s Ultimate X match.

Jez’s Pick: Chelsea Green
Dan’s Pick: Rosemary
Winner: Tasha Steelz
Jez 0 – Dan 0

Impact X Division Championship – Trey Miguel (c) vs. Steve Maclin

The next match was for the Impact X Division Championship as Trey Miguel defended against Steve Maclin. As Trey Miguel made his way to the ring, Steve Maclin launched out of the ring with a suicide dive. The pair fought outside of the ring where Miguel evened the score before putting Maclin into the ring to begin the match. The contest was soon taken back outside again, though, as Maclin escaped and Trey launched over the top rope, taking out Maclin and almost taking out a woman in the front row. Back in the ring, Steve Maclin took full control, brutalising the X-Division Champion with clubbing forearms and powerful slams. Trey fought back and resisted the challenger with quick strikes and fast manoeuvres before going for broke and delivering a Meteora from the top rope to the outside of the ring. He repeated the move inside the ring but Maclin kicked out at two. After slapping Maclin silly, Miguel delivered a third Meteora and pinned his challenger to retain the IMPACT X-Division Championship.

Jez’s Pick: Steve Maclin
Dan’s Pick: Trey Miguel
Winner: Trey Miguel
Jez 0 – Dan 1

ROH World Championship – Jonathan Gresham (c) vs. Chris Sabin

For the first time ever, the Ring of Honor World Championship was defended in an IMPACT Wrestling ring when the champion, Jonathan Gresham took on the challenger, Chris Sabin, under ROH pure wrestling rules. After the Code of Honor handshake, the match began and was the technical contest we were expecting. As the match developed, Gresham took the match to the mat, locking in a series of submissions and targeting the arm of Sabin. This targeting continued whilst the match became more even and the pair exchanged rope breaks. Under Pure rules, only 3 per wrestler are permitted in the match. As Sabin went for his second Cradle Shock of the night, Gresham countered and the pair each bounced between roll-up pins and cradles until Gresham bridged over Sabin and pinned him to retain the ROH World Championship. 

Jez’s Pick: Jonathan Gresham
Dan’s Pick: Jonathan Gresham
Winner: Jonathan Gresham
Jez 1 – Dan 2

Josh Alexander vs. Jonah

It was Mass Destruction vs. The Walking Weapon next as the former, Jonah, took on the latter, Josh Alexander. Alexander started the match strong, letting his emotions boil over  and frantically attacking his much bigger opponent. After Jonah found himself caught up in the ropes, Alexander continued his attack outside the ring but, despite favouring his ankle, Jonah was able to turn this to his advantage and bounce Alexander off the ring to take control for a period. The match went back and forth from here as the two men delivered a massive beating to each other but the match came to an end when Jonah missed a moonsault, allowing Josh Alexander to deliver a German Suplex and a Powerbomb before locking in the anklelock and forcing Jonah to tap out.

Jez’s Pick: Jonah
Dan’s Pick: Josh Alexander
Winner: Josh Alexander
Jez 1 – Dan 3

10-man Hardcore War Match – Eddie Edwards, Rich Swann, Willie Mack, Heath and Rhino vs. The Good Brothers (Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson) and Violent By Design (Eric Young, Deaner, and Joe Doering)

There were many personal rivalries to settle in the next contest as Eddie Edwards, Rich Swann, Willie Mack, Heath and Rhino took on The Good Brothers and Violent By Design in a 10 Man Hardcore War. The first two men to start the match were Deaner from Violet by Design, and Rich Swann. Alone for three minutes, the pair fought for an early advantage with a garbage can and a steel chair. The next participant was Machine Gun Karl Anderson who brought a golf club to the ring to attack Swann. It was Swann who got a hole in on (of Anderson’s testicles) though as he hit one half of the IMPACT World Tag Team Champions where the sun doesn’t shine. Swann lost the numbers game after this but was soon aided by the next entrant – his tag team partner Willie Mack. In one of the more random moves in recent wrestling history, Mack brought a door into the ring and the two promptly put Deener through it with a 3D. Doc Gallows entered next, followed by Eddie Edwards and Eric Young. The violent tendencies of Young’s team took over as Heath arrived. Heath threw powder in the face of his enemies and hit the ring with a pipe, turning momentum back in his team’s direction until Joe Doering arrived. With VBD and the Good Brothers at full strength, all seemed lost for the good guys until the last participant, Rhino, worked his way through everyone with a steel chain wrapped around his hand. With all ten men in the ring, the match was officially on and things got a little crazy. Eddie Edwards lit his kendo stick – Kenny – on fire and hit Doc Gallows across the back with it but Edwards met his own demise after Eric Young piledrivered him through a table. Doering and Swann joined the carnage next as Swann was slammed through a barbed wire board. The match came to an end when Rhino delivered a Gore outta nowhere to Karl Anderson and his partner Heath came in to get the pin. After the match, Matt Taven, Vincent, Mike Bennett and PCO from ROH stormed the ring and systematically destroyed the winning team before standing tall in the middle of the ring with Maria. 

Jez’s Pick: Edwards, et al
Dan’s Pick: Edwards, et al
Winner: Edwards, et al
Jez 2 – Dan 4

Impact World Championship – Moose (c) vs. Matt Cardona vs. W. Morrissey

After the chaos and carnage of Hardcore War, we returned to title action next as Moose defended the Impact World Championship against Matt Cardona and W. Morrissey. The match started quickly with Cardona tossed out of the ring and a big boot delivered to Moose by Morrissey. He went for the pin but Cardona returned to the ring to break it up. Cardona took over the match for a while, keeping both men down with repeated Reboot Kicks in the ring corners. Moose got back into the match and took Matt Cardona to the entrance way where, as he was about to seriously hurt one of his challengers, Chelsea Green came out and launched at Moose from the stage with a crossbody. Back in the ring, Moose and Cardona fought again but as Moose leaped to the top rope, Cardona pushed him off the top turnbuckle and crashing through the timekeeper’s table at ringside. This allowed W. Morrissey to get into the match as he attacked Cardona from behind with the prosthetic leg of one of the fans at ringside. Morrissey turned his attention to Moose and almost defeated him for the title but the official was down and unable to make the count. Moose took out Morrissey with a chair and Cardona re-entered. The pair fought with chairs and Chelsea Green intervened in a chair shot to her husband. As a result of this, Green found herself sandwiched between a second referee and the turnbuckle as Moose powerbombed Cardona into the turnbuckle. Moose set up for and delivered the spear and the original referee crawled into the ring and made a very slow three count to award Moose the win.

Jez’s Pick: Matt Cardona
Dan’s Pick: Matt Cardona
Winner: Moose
Jez 2 – Dan 4

Impact Knockouts Championship Texas Deathmatch – Mickie James (c) vs. Deonna Purrazzo

The Hard to Kill main event was for the Impact Knockouts Championship and was a Texas Deathmatch with champion Hardcore Country Mickie James defending against The Virtuosa Deonna Purrazzo. Under Texas Deathmatch rules, the winner of the match would make a pinfall followed by her opponent not being able to answer the count of 10. Mickie James put these rules to the test immediately, pinning Purrazzo with a rollup but the challenger was still fresh and was not counted down. James continued to use the rules to her advantage, tapping out quickly after being put in the Venus De Milo knowing that it would not end the match but that she would be released from the hold. James and Purrazzo filled the ring with chairs and took the fight to ringside and to the top of the entrance ramp. On the stage, Purrazzo rammed James with an equipment box, busting her open and getting a pinfall, but Mickie James broke the 10 count at 7. Back in the ring, things became more hardcore; after setting up a table in the corner, Mickie James found herself slammed into a pile of thumbtacks. James was locked in a submission again and, just as before, she tapped out quickly to give herself more time to recover and meet the 10 count. An incensed Purrazzo then began to target the knee of James with a steel chair but James escaped damage and pinned Purrazzo after a Thesz Press at ringside. The Virtuosa was virtually unconscious when her buddy, Matthew Rehwoldt, picked her up to meet the 10 count under shady circumstances. James wiped them both out with another Thesz Press from the top rope and took the match back into the ring. Purrazzo tried to retaliate with a low blow but this had little effect on James. Rehwoldt tried to intervene again and ate a guitar for his troubles. James hit the Mick-D-T on The Virtuosa and, after getting a three count, piled chairs and tables on Purrazzo to make sure that she couldn’t meet the ten count. Mickie James walked out of Hard to Kill, and will walk into the WWE Royal Rumble, still IMPACT Knockouts World Champion.

Jez’s Pick: Mickie James
Dan’s Pick: Mickie James
Winner: Mickie James
Jez 3 – Dan 5

Final Rating

Dan awards 4 Random Doors Out of 5
Jez also awards 3.5 Random Doors Out of 5

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The Main Event Podcast #85 – NXT New Year’s Evil

New year, new NXT? Will any torches be passed? Will a favourable review be passed? Join Jez and Dan for The Main Event Podcast as we deep dive into NXT New Year’s Evil 2022.

Championship Unification Match – NXT North American Champion Carmello Hayes (c) vs. NXT Cruiserweight Champion Roderick Strong (c)

We kicked off the show with the big unification match with NXT North American Champion Carmello Hayes facing off against NXT Cruiserweight Champion Roderick Strong – Winner take all. The match began as a slow, technical affair but the pace soon quickened and even spilled outside of the ring with Strong chasing Hayes, delivering a stiff chop every time he caught him. Back in the ring, and through a commercial break, the match morphed back into a textbook wrestling match that Strong took the momentum of. Strong achieved several nearfalls but never got more than a 2-count, which raised the ire of Malcolm Bivens at ringside. Hayes fought back in bursts and almost took it all after a huge X-Plex from the top rope. Not put off, Carmelo Hayes went back to the top rope and dropped Strong again with a scissors kick. Hayes pinned the Cruiserweight Champion to take all the gold and continue his dominant run in NXT 2.0.

Jez’s Pick: Carmelo Hayes
Dan’s Pick: Carmelo Hayes
Winner: Carmelo Hayes
Jez 1 – Dan 1

Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Announced 

After the opening contest at New Year’s Evil, it was announced that the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic would return for 2022. The Women’s competition will begin in February and the men’s will kick off before the end of January. Are we excited for the return of the tournament?

AJ Styles Returns to NXT to Confront Grayson Waller

After losing to Omos on Monday Night RAW the evening previous, The Phenomenal AJ Styles made his way back to NXT to once again confront young upstart, Grayson Waller. Styles began alone in the ring on the mic and expressed his regret that he didn’t start his WWE career in NXT. He said that he loved the passion of the NXT crowd and that he would be damned if he let Grayson Waller take away that passion from them. This brought Waller out to the ramp who immediately mocked the veteran for his loss to Omos and said that Styles lost the match because Waller was in his head and he was thinking about him. Styles tried to take control of the confrontation and engage Waller in a match but Grayson said that the money fight needed the spotlight and the match would take place in the main event of next week’s NXT. Waller went for the cheapshot on Styles but AJ was ready. Styles readied for the Phenomenal Forearm but Waller escaped the ring and scurried away, living to fight another day.

Jez’s Pick: AJ Styles
Dan’s Pick: Grayson Waller
Winner: No Winner*
Jez 1 – Dan 1

Six Man Tag Team Match – Imperium vs. MSK and Riddle

WALTER returned to NXT next as he teamed with his Imperium comrades, the NXT Tag Team Champions Marcel Barthel and Fabien Aichner to face off in a six man tag team match against MSK and their Shaman, Riddle. The match got underway with Nash Carter and Marcel Barthel squaring off, staying close to the mat with hold and counter-hold. Barthel tagged out to Aichner and Carter tagged out to Wes Lee but business really picked up when Riddle and WALTER tagged in and went at it. The pair exchanged chops and kicks for a while before all hell broke loose in the match leading into a commercial. On the other side, Riddle and WALTER came together again and the Original Bro took firm control. Distracted by the brawl between MSK and Aichner/Barthel outside the ring, Riddle was isolated for a short time but as things became more chaotic, Riddle struck with an RKO to Marcel Barthel and picked up the 1-2-3 for his team.

Jez’s Pick: Imperium
Dan’s Pick: MSK and Riddle
Winner: MSK and Riddle
Jez 1 – Dan 2

NXT Women’s Championship – Mandy Rose (c) vs. Cora Jade vs. Raquel González

Ahead of the triple threat match for the NXT Women’s Championship, the champion Mandy Rose arrived by helicopter to defend against Cora Jade and Raquel González. Not to be outdone, González arrived on a motorcycle and Jade on… her skateboard? There’s a clear winner here. The match started fast with the three women exchanged one on one battles in true triple threat turntaking style. During commercial, Mandy Rose took advantage of the no-DQ aspect of the triple threat rules and introduced a kendo stick but the plan backfired when González got a hold of it. With the distraction of Cora Jade, the pair were able to send González out of the ring but Jade paid for her intervention when Rose slammed the point of the kendo stick into her throat. Now taken out, the fight was firmly on between Rose and González. The champ received a couple of nearfalls and started to get annoyed that she couldn’t put González away. Raquel used this to her advantage and hit her Chingona Bomb on Rose. She made the pin and was about to win when Cora Jade came flying in from the top turnbuckle and breaking up the pin but as Jade tried to get a sneak rollup on Rose, Mandy turned it around and locked in a pin of her own, getting a 3-count on the young skater girl and retaining her NXT Women’s Championship.

Jez’s Pick: Mandy Rose
Dan’s Pick: Mandy Rose
Winner: Mandy Rose
Jez 2 – Dan 3

Andre Chase Does a Thing

Next at New Year’s Evil, we were paid a visit by Andre Chase… for some reason. He spoke about being saved from Harland by one of his students last week. He wanted to take the time to recognise his student and give him a full scholarship to Andre Chase University. This was not to be, though, as the moment was interrupted by Von Wagner. Wagner prattled some nonsense before attacking Andre Chase and leaving him laying before turning his attention to Chase’s star student and random members of the NXT crowd. Security then dragged Wagner out of the arena, mercifully putting an end to the segment.

Winner: Not the viewing audience, that’s for sure

NXT Championship – Tomasso Ciampa (c) vs. Bron Breakker

The main event of NXT New Year’s Evil was the highly anticipated rematch between the champion Tommaso Ciampa and Bron “Don’t Call Me Steiner” Breakker. As Breakker made his way to the ring, he was true to his name, first yanking the old NXT black and gold logo from the big screen with chains and then kicking through the foam X that sat in the arena under the old setup. This would be a less than subtle foreshadowing to the era changing moment we were about to witness. Breakker started the match strong, displaying the lessons learned from their first meeting at Halloween Havoc with calm physicality. Ciampa got some physical offense of his own in at several points of the match but this contest was an exhibition for Breakker, for the most part. Ciampa lived up to his promise of dragging the challenger into deep, deep water but neither the Willow’s Bell or the Fairytale Ending were enough to put him away. The end of the match came when Bron Breakker locked Ciampa in the Camel Clutch, forcing the last bastion of the black and gold brand to submit. 

Jez’s Pick: Bron Breakker
Dan’s Pick: Tommaso Ciampa
Winner: Bron Breakker
Jez 3 – Dan 3

*The following week on NXT, the match between AJ Styles and Grayson Waller took place. Jez and Dan agreed to carry their predictions through and therefore Jez picked up a point when AJ Styles defeated Grayson Waller

Final Rating

Dan awards 2.5 broken NXT Xs Out of 5
Jez also awards 2.5 broken NXT Xs Out of 5

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The Main Event Podcast #84 – WWE Day 1

Hitting 2022 hard with the WWE Day 1 Premium Live Event. Join Jez and Dan for The Main Event Podcast where we discuss all of the matches, botches, good things and bad things about WWE’s first show of the year!

Kickoff Show: Ridge Holland and Sheamus vs. Cesaro and Ricochet

In a match not previously announced, Sheamus and Ridge Holland took on Cesaro and Ricochet on the Day 1 Kickoff Show. In the early portion of the match, Ridge Holland suffered a nose injury, likely a broken nose, after Ricochet landed with the full force of his boot on the face of the Englishman. With Holland out, Sheamus dominated Ricochet, using his size and strength to ground the high flyer. After hitting a surprise tornado DDT on the Celtic Warrior, Ricochet was finally able to tag in his teammate and reunite the former Bar partners, Sheamus and Cesaro. The Swiss Superman took over quickly and was soon able to put Cesaro in a long big swing and lock in the Sharpshooter, but Sheamus reached to ropes to break the hold. After Ricochet intervened in a Sheamus nearfall, he was taken out of the match with White Noise at ringside. Now one on one, Sheamus hit the Brogue Kick on Cesaro and picked up the win all by himself.

Jez’s Pick: N/A
Dan’s Pick: N/A
Winner: Sheamus (and Ridge Holland)

Jez 0 – Dan 0

SmackDown Tag Team Championship – The Usos (c) vs. The New Day

The opening contest of the Day 1 Premium Live Event saw the SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos defend their titles against The New Day – King Woods and Sir Kofi. The King of the Ring and hometown boy Xavier Woods started the match against Jimmy Uso, who is neither a King or from Atlanta, for those keeping score. The Usos double teamed Kofi for much of the early portion of the match, not allowing him to take out to Woods while making frequent tags themselves. However, in a repeat from the kickoff show, Kingston was able to hit a tornado DDT on his opponent and reach out to make the hot tag. Woods started well and used the fact he was fully rested to his advantage but it wasn’t long before the double teaming of The Usos wore down the King and forced him to tag back out to Kofi Kingston. Still using double teaming to great effect, Jimmy Uso began to target the knee of Kingston and almost forced a tap but after reaching the ropes, Woods became involved again and The New Day almost put their opponents away. The Usos returned the favour, nearly retaining the belts with double Uso Splashes. The deed was finally done by the champions, though, after the brothers hit Kofi Kingston with a surprise 3D and made the pin to remain SmackDown Tag Team Champions.

Jez’s Pick: The New Day
Dan’s Pick: The Usos
Winner: The Usos
Jez 0 – Dan 1

Drew McIntyre vs. Madcap Moss

The next contest saw the Scottish Warrior Drew McIntyre take on Madcap Moss. Before the match, Happy Corbin and Madcap Moss took to the mic, getting some cheap heat from the crowd with insults and bad jokes. After making his way to the ring, McIntyre unloaded on Moss, tearing open his shirt and beating him down with vicious chops and clubbing forearms. Outside of the ring, Corbin tried to distract McIntyre but he was unable and Moss found himself splattered on the floor after a Belly to Belly Suplex. However, as he returned Moss to the ring, the Corbin distraction worked and Madcap launched McIntyre into the ringpost and began to wear down his larger opponent. In his excitement Moss got a little overzealous and missed a shoulder tackle on Drew, instead crashing into the turnbuckle. The competition went back and forth for a while but McIntyre secured a nearfall with the Futureshock DDT and soon followed it up with the Claymore to pick up the win. Later in the night, Corbin and Moss jumped McIntyre backstage and left him laying, using a steel chair and a metal truss to severely injure the Scottish Warrior.

Jez’s Pick: Drew McIntyre
Dan’s Pick: Drew McIntyre
Winner: Drew McIntyre
Jez 1 – Dan 2

RAW Tag Team Championship – RK-Bro (c) vs. The Street Profits

In the next match, the winners of the RK-Bronament, the Street Profits, took on the RAW Tag Team Champions, RK-Bro, accompanied by rap group, Migos. Riddle and Angelo Dawkins started the match but with each team tagging in and out frequently, no team held the momentum of the match for too long. With Orton and Montez Ford the legal men, Orton was sent shoulder first through the turnbuckle and into the ringpost. This didn’t thwart the retention hopes of the champions, though, as Riddle got involved and launched Ford high into the air to be hit with the RKO on the way back down. Orton made the cover and RK-Bro were victorious. Despite the loss, the Street Profits celebrated in the ring with the RAW Tag Team Champions and Migos.

Jez’s Pick: RK-Bro
Dan’s Pick: RK-Bro
Winner: RK-Bro
Jez 2 – Dan 3

Edge vs. The Miz

Next up, was the contest between The Miz and Edge. The Miz made his way to the ring accompanied by Maryse, whereas Edge arrived alone but rope through flames to the sound of The Brood’s music. When the match began, it was a technically sound affair with each man executing move, counter move, hold and counter hold. After Miz turned dirty, he took control of the match and grounded the Rated R Superstar but, when Miz took the match outside of the ring, he lost control of the match and found himself victim of an Egde-O-Matic on the floor. As the momentum continued to swing back and forth between the two men, several nearfalls were exchanged and each man came close to submitting. The Miz tried to win with his feet on the ropes but he was caught by the official. He once again nearly cheated his way to victory after faking a knee injury, distracting the referee and allowing Maryse to hit Edge in the head but even after a Skull Crushing Finale, Edge kicked out at 2. This brought Beth Phoenix to ringside to chase away Maryse and, distracted by the moment, Miz turned around into the Spear of Edge and the Rated R Superstar picked up the 1-2-3.

Jez’s Pick: The Miz
Dan’s Pick: Edge
Winner: Edge
Jez 2 – Dan 4

RAW Women’s Championship – Becky Lynch (c) vs. Liv Morgan

Our penultimate contest was for the RAW Women’s Championship with reigning champ Big Time Becks, Becky Lynch defending against Liv Morgan. Becky Lynch attacked her challenger with aggression in the early part of the match but the confident, young challenger, Morgan, kept her composure and eluded the champion with quick feet and excellent counters. While Becky Lynch soon began to shift momentum in her own direction, she became increasingly angry at the resilience of Morgan and grew in frustration that she couldn’t keep her determined challenger down for 3. When Lynch locked in the Dis-arm-her, Morgan reached her feet to the ropes and the champion began to become unhinged, bouncing Morgan’s face off the announce table and attempting to throw her into the ring steps. Morgan countered this though and the steps to weaken the arm of Lynch. Back in the ring, Morgan almost secured a submission victory with the Rings of Saturn but Lynch rolled out of the move. Finally, Liv went for Ob-Liv-ion but Becky held strong and turned the move into the Manhandle Slam to retain her RAW Women’s Championship.

Jez’s Pick: Becky Lynch
Dan’s Pick: Becky Lynch
Winner: Becky Lynch
Jez 3 – Dan 5

WWE Championship – Big E (c) vs. Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Brock Lesnar 

The Day 1 main event was the Fatal Five Way match for the WWE Championship with Big E defending his gold against Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Bobby Lashley and Brock Lesnar. As the bell rung, Rollins and Owens jumped Lesnar in an attempt to quickly remove him from the situation but after a visit to Suplex City for the pair, Brock dispatched with Owens and Rollins, tossing them out of the ring. Big E struck next and was able to send the Beast Incarnate over the top rope to ringside. With Lesnar stumbling, Lashley picked up a head of steam and speared him through the ring barricade, taking him out of the match – at least for a few moments. Rollins and Owens teamed up once again, taking out Bobby Lashley with the steel steps. After Big E put Lashley through the announce table, the fight returned to the ring and Owens went for the kill on the champion with the pop-up powerbomb. As Rollins tried to finish the job, all hell broke loose once again as Lesnar returned to the ring, delivering F5s to Rollins, Owens and Big E but then being surprised by a Spear from Lashley. The All Mighty put Lesnar in the Hurt Lock and Lesnar was actually fading before Big E broke it up. Big E hit the Big Ending on Lashley before walking into the F5 and being pinned to lose his WWE Championship. The first premium live event of 2022 ends in a way nobody expected… with Brock Lesnar holding his WWE Championship high above his head.

Jez’s Pick: Seth Rollins (also said Lesnar would win Universal Title)
Dan’s Pick: Big E
Winner: Brock Lesnar
Jez 3.5 – Dan 5

Final Rating

Dan awards 3.5 Broken Ridge Holland Noses Out of 5
Jez also awards 3 Broken Ridge Holland Noses Out of 5

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The Main Event Podcast #83 – 2021 Year End Awards

Another year is roaring to a conclusion and so it’s time to take stock and see what was good and bad in 2021! Join Jez and Dan for The Main Event Podcast where we’ll determine just that in a series of categories.

Check out the winners of our 15 categories below. In the show, we go into detail about our choices and reminisce about the year. Let us know your thoughts on social media.

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The Main Event Podcast #82 – NXT War Games 2021

WAR GAMES! Join Jez and Dan for a complete review of this past weekend’s NXT War Games event on The Main Event Podcast.

Women’s War Games: Raquel González, Io Shirai, Cora Jade, and Kay Lee Ray vs. Dakota Kai and Toxic Attraction (Mandy Rose, Gigi Dolin, and Jacy Jayne)

War Games opened, rather fittingly, with War Games when Raquel Gonzalez, Cora Jade, Io Shirai and Kay Lee Ray took on Toxic Attraction – Mandy Rose, Jacy Jayne and Gigi Dolin. With Team babyface having the advantage, Dakota Kai brought a stack of Kendo Sticks to the double ring to try and counter Kay Lee Ray’s baseball bat. These kendo sticks came into play fairly early as after Kai tossed Kay into the side of the cage, she opened up on the former NXT UK Women’s Champion and set up the sticks as a kind of table between the ring ropes of the two rings. This would backfire on Kai as the first timer expired, as Kay Lee Ray dropped her sternum first through the sticks. 

Cora Jade was next to enter, bringing her skateboard with her to begin the three minute handicap of Dakota Kai. Kai did not fare well in this period but things swung quickly back her way when Gigi Dolin entered the match with a garbage can. Io Shirai entered next, with steel chairs and another garbage can, to once again skew the sides in her team’s favour. This said, Kai and Dolin did a fantastic job of double teaming members of the opposing trio in order to take them out of the match in turn. This served them through to the next entrant, Jacy Jayne who, of course, brought a bag of goodies and a table into the cage with her. 

The cockiness of Team Toxic cost them though and allowed Shirai to go on a tear through all of their team. This was followed up by Cora Jade taking flight from the top of the cage, crashing through Jayne and a table with a swanton bomb, of sorts. This came at a cost for her team because Jade dislocated her shoulder with the move and the medical staff came to ringside to offer treatment. Dr. Io Shirai wasn’t having any of this, though, and shut out the medics before re-setting the shoulder of Cora Jade herself to try and get her back into the match. 

Raquel González entered next but it took her some time to get into the cage as Dakota Kai and Gigi Dolin held the door closed. The ingenuity of González came into play here as she removed them from the door with use of a fire extinguisher. The fun and games really kicked off for González and her team here as she put Dakota Kai inside a garbage can and swung her around like a child before Shirai came crashing down on the can with Kai inside. 

The entry of NXT Women’s Champion, Mandy Rose, officially began the War Games match and an all out brawl between the women. With Cora Jade still struggling with her shoulder, Toxic Attraction and Dakota Kai took advantage of the numbers, taking down González, Shirai and Ray before turning their attention to the wounded animal, Cora Jade. With kendo stick in hand, Jade fought them all off and with the help of her team, was able to pin Jacy Jayne and send her team home with the win. 

Jez’s Pick: Dakota Kai and Toxic Attraction
Dan’s Pick: Raquel González, Io Shirai, Cora Jade, and Kay Lee Ray
Winner: Raquel González, Io Shirai, Cora Jade, and Kay Lee Ray
Jez 0 – Dan 1

NXT Tag Team Championship – Imperium (Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel) (c) vs. Kyle O’Reilly and Von Wagner

The next contest was the battle for the NXT Tag Team Championship when Imperium (Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel) defended against Kyle O’Reilly and Von Wagner. The match got underway in a hard hitting way with the two teams exchanging stiff strikes and hard slams. With each team utilising frequent tags, the match continued fairly evenly with Imperium and O’Reilly demonstrating their ring prowess and Von Wagner showing off his strength. O’Reilly went for the win, locking a knee bar on Bartell but Aichner broke it up with an athletic moonsault from the top rope. With Aichner now legal and continuing to show off his athleticism, the match continued and each man secured a tight near fall. O’Reilly locked in Hell’s Gate and almost passed out Aichner but he was able to use his strength to get up, back into the tag of Barthel and combine with his partner for an Imperium Bomb, from which he secured the 1-2-3. After the match, the crowd chanted “Thank You Reilly” on the belief that this will be his last NXT match before Kyle was almost jumped by his own partner, Von Wagner. O’Reilly fought him off, dropped an Undisputed Era sign and DX cross chopped at Wagner on his way out of the ring. 

Jez’s Pick: Kyle O’Reilly and Von Wagner
Dan’s Pick: Kyle O’Reilly and Von Wagner
Winner: Imperium
Jez 0 – Dan 1

Hair vs. Hair match – Cameron Grimes vs. Duke Hudson

Next at War Games was the Hair vs. Hair match pitting Cameron Grimes against Duke Hudson. Grimes was thrown out of the ring and crashed onto the ring steps, out of position due to the double ring set up. This put Grimes on the back foot and after some more offense from Hudson, Grimes almost found himself counted out. The scrappy Grimes continued to be beaten down but stayed in the match with excellent counters, using the size and strength of his opponent against him. Hudson, seemingly frustrated and scared of the barber’s chair that sat in the second of the two rings, tried to achieve victory by using the ropes for extra leverage but the official caught him and Grimes rolled him up into a nearfall. Hudson set up for the Razor’s Edge into the turnbuckle but Cameron Grimes slid out of it, sending Duke face first into the turnbuckle and, with a handful of tight for good measure, Grimes rolled up Hudson for the win. Duke Hudson tried to escape his fate but Cameron Grimes subdued him into the chair and began the head shaving until Hudson came to his senses and retreated. 

Jez’s Pick: Cameron Grimes
Dan’s Pick: Cameron Grimes
Winner: Cameron Grimes
Jez 1 – Dan 2

NXT Cruiserweight Championship – Roderick Strong (c) (with The Diamond Mine) vs. Joe Gacy (with Harland)

Our penultimate contest was for the NXT Cruiserweight Championship with Roderick Strong waiving the 205lb weight limit to defend his title against Joe Gacy. With Gacy seemingly in the mind of Roderick Strong, Strong let his aggressive side get the better of him, especially after Gacy delivered a big slap to the face of the Cruiserweight Champion. Strong channelled his rage into offense and delivered a series of offensive moves on his much larger opponent. After kicking out of Strong’s Olympic Slam and escaping the Boston Crab, Gacy began a comeback, locking Strong in the crossface before sending him out of the ring and taking out Diamond Mine with a Plancha. The match began to come undone for Gacy here as he was confronted by Ivy Nile. Harland lifted Nile into the air and had to be talked down by Gacy. Back in the ring, Gacy hit a powerbomb but Strong hit a jumping knee and followed up with the Suplex Backbreaker to earn a good victory over Jo Gacy.

Jez’s Pick: Joe Gacy
Dan’s Pick: Roderick Strong
Winner: Roderick Strong
Jez 1 – Dan 3

Men’s War Games: Team Black & Gold (Tommaso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano, Pete Dunne, and LA Knight) vs. Team 2.0 (Bron Breakker, Carmelo Hayes, Grayson Waller, and Tony D’Angelo) (with Trick Williams)

The main event was our second War Games match with Team Black & Gold (Tommaso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano, Pete Dunne, and LA Knight) taking on Team 2.0 (Bron Breakker, Carmelo Hayes, Grayson Waller, and Tony D’Angelo). Bron Breakker earned the man advantage last week on NXT and volunteered the North American Champion, Carmelo Hayes to start the match against Johnny Gargano, who arrived to his old entrance music “Rebel Heart” in what is expected to be his final match in NXT. With no effort to pace themselves in the match, Gargano and Hayes got off to a fast paced start of the match, exchanging strikes and springboard manoeuvres until the odds turned against Johnny Wrestling with the introduction of Grayson Waller.

Once in the match Waller challenged, Gargano to step into the second ring and face him but it wasn’t long before he and Hayes were double teaming Gargano and mocking him with double team moves from the DIY playbook. Busted open and bloodied, Gargano soon got some help in the form of the Bruiserweight Pete Dunne. Dunne took the fight straight to Waller and Hayes and gave his partner time to recover. Dunne and Gargano continued the punishment of the young 2.0 members locking the pair in dual submissions. 

Everybody was left laying in the ring as Tony D’Angelo entered the match and was assisted by Trick Williams outside the ring in filling the cage with tables, garbage cans, crutches and kendo sticks. Trick Williams was chased away by Dexter Lumis, who was hiding in the ring but D’Angelo made sure that nobody would enter the cage by chaining and padlocking it shut. As the clock expired and L.A. Knight made his way to the ring, he was forced to watch as Gargano and Dunne were forced facefirst into the side of the cage. Knight circled the ring and climbed in from the other side, providing some valuable relief for his team. With a garbage can over the head of Waller, Team Black and Gold got back into the match and awaited the arrival of Bron Breakker as the officials tried to cut the chain away from the door. 

They needed some help from Breakker, though, and he entered the ring after butchering his way through the chain. Bron made an immediate impact for Team 2.0, powering his way through Gargano, Dunne and Knight. With the entrance of NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa, War Games was officially underway. After an initial burst of aggression from Ciampa, Team 2.0 took over once again. 2.0 surrounded Team Black and Gold as they regrouped between the two rings but this gave the veteran team time to recover and they went on their own offensive, taking full control of the match for the first time. 

This control continued as Gargano launched Hayes into the end of a garbage can like a lawn dart and Waller was launched through a table from the top turnbuckle by L.A. Knight. As Team Black and Gold looked to follow this with a huge double superplex on Carmelo Hayes, Breaker and D’Angelo stepped in and turned it into a big stack powerbomb. Momentum shifted back to 2.0 and Waller put Knight through a table with a massive elbow drop from the top of the cage. He went for the win but Dunne broke up the pin. Tony D’Angelo retrieved a crowbar from outside the cage and used it to deliver a neckbreaker from the top rope. 

Gargano and Ciampa used this distraction to continue the DIY reunion tour and delivered double knees to Breakker and would have pinned him if Carmelo Hayes hadn’t pulled the referee off his count. Ciampa went for the Fairytale Ending on Hayes but Breakker speared both men through a table, hit the Press Powerslam on Ciampa and pinned the NXT Champion to win War Games for Team 2.0.

Jez’s Pick: Team 2.0
Dan’s Pick: Team Black & Gold
Winner: Team 2.0
Jez 2 – Dan 3

Final Rating

Dan awards 4 Black and Gold NXT Logos Out of 5
Jez also awards 4 Black and Gold NXT Logos Out of 5

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