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Six-Man Tag Team Match - Tetsuya Endo, Soma Takao & Daisuke Sasaki def. AR Fox, Leon Ruff & Adrian Alanis
It is so long. So very long. I was feeling like this show was too long before this match got in the ring and then this main event went over a half hour. It appeared that over half the crowd had left by the time the match had ended, likely trying to make their way to NXT Takeover. It is disappointing that this match was set up this way because the men involved did work hard but a half hour match is just not how this show should have ended. The DDT team got the upper hand at the end of the match and hit multiple dives before hitting a triple-team facebuster and a Shooting Star Press for the pin. This may have fit better on another show but oh well.
After the match, AR Fox thanked everyone for coming and thanked WWN for setting the show up as the event went off the air.
WWN Championship Match - JD Drake (c) def. Kazusada Higuchi
This was a great battle between two large men. It reminded me a lot of the famous Samoa Joe vs. Kenta Kobashi match as the two men traded chops and strikes for the majority of the match. The match built very well as Drake and Higuchi told the story of their pain with their bodies. After a ton of chops, Drake began hitting moves to try and put Higuchi away. Drake then hit three Stunners, a cannonball, and a big moonsault for the pin.
After the match, Eddie Kingston, Joe Gacy, Shane Strickland, and Colby Corino emerged to beat down JD Drake. After they stomped Drake’s arm, Strickland posed with the WWN Championship with his foot on Drake’s back.
Six-Man Tag Team Match - Shane Strickland, Eddie Kingston & Joe Gacy def. Alexander James, Jurn Simmons & Marius Al Ani
This was a long six-man match with plenty of good action. The wXw team relied a lot on power moves as Jurn Simmons and Alexander James are huge individuals. They hit double chokeslams on the other team and ran wild with clotheslines throughout the match. Strickland managed to get the win for his team when he hit a JML Driver on Al Ani. This was a good contrast of styles and Strickland is really talented so the match all came together quite nicely. This was the first of three main event matches on the show.
Mixed Tag Team Grudge Match - Austin Theory & Brandi Lauren def. Darby Allin & Priscilla Kelly
This grudge match featured a lot of the heels isolating one of Allin or Kelly and beating them down. They would take turns working over Kelly and Allin until the babyfaces took control of the match. They then worked over Lauren and Allin hit a crazy suicide dive on Austin Theory. Meanwhile, Lauren was able to hit Kelly with a backbreaker to score the pinfall. After the match the heels continued to beat down the babyfaces before Josh Briggs came out to chase them away.
SHINE Championship vs. Tokyo Jyoshi Championship Match - Miyu Yamashita (c) def. Allison Kay (c)
Mercedes Martinez came out before the match and told Allison Kay that she needs to stop hiding from her and make sure she keeps the SHINE Championship so Martinez can take it from her. Yamashita played the babyface in this match and the two women fought over submission holds for a good portion of the match. Eventually Yamashita hit a deadlift German suplex and locked in a choke for the referee stoppage. After the match Allison Kay was livid as she did not tap out. She and Yamashita brawled and Yamashita said if Kay wants her title she can come get it in Japan.
6-Man Elimination Match For A WWN Contract - Anthony Greene def. Harlem Bravado, John Silver, Colby Corino, Barrett Brown, Shotzi Blackheart, Cyrus Satin
Shotzi Blackheart emerged and entered herself into the match and immediately eliminated Satin. John Silver ran wild and hit a big Frog Splash before being rolled up by Corino for the pin. Corino had the tights but got away with the pin anyway. Blackheart hit a huge top-rope Senton on Brown for the next elimination. Corino and Bravado then formed an alliance to try and take out Blackheart. Blackheart attempted to lock in the Texas Cloverleaf on Corino but he pushed her off and Bravado hit a Double-Underhook Sit-out Facebuster to eliminate her. Green then quickly took control on Corino and hit a tilt-a-whirl Unprettier to eliminate him. Came down to Anthony Green and Harlem Bravado. After going back and forth with nearfalls, Anthony Green managed to roll up Bravado to win the match and the contract. Lots happening but an entertaining bout no question.
FIP Heavyweight Championship Match - Anthony Henry (c) def. Absolute Andy
This was an interesting match as both men played babyface and heel at different times. Andy was the much larger of the two men so most of his moves were big and impressive feats of strength while Henry’s offence relied more on grappling and high flying. Henry kept trying to get the Ankle Lock applied but Andy would fight out of it every time. Eventually Andy missed a huge moonsault and Henry was able to apply the Ankle Lock for the submission win. A fine opener this was.