Wednesday Night Wars: AEW vs NXT Week 5

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NXT; Full Sail University

Musical artist Poppy plays “I Disagree” as the intro to this week’s NXT for the live audience before transitioning to “Scary Mask,” which is Io Shirai’s entrance music. Poppy plays “Scary Mask” live as Io Shirai makes her entrance.

1) “The Genius of the Sky” Io Shirai vs Candice LeRae

The two exchange a Suicide Dive each on each other to the outside, but Candice LeRae had the upper hand as the action returned back into the ring. LeRae ends up getting caught in the corner and Io Shirai connects with a Lungblower. Each time LeRae seems to be getting back into the match, Shirai ultimately prevails with the offense. LeRae connects with a Tornado DDT. Shirai kicks out at two.

Looking to end the match, Io Shirai goes for her Diving Moonsault, but Candice LeRae gets her knees up. LeRae is unable to truly capitalize as Shirai takes her down into a Headscissors submission. Shirai gets a chair and goes to hit LeRae with it, but the referee pulls the chair out of Shirai’s grasp. LeRae connects with the Heartbreaker and goes for La Quebrada while Shirai is on the steel chair. Shirai moves out of the way, LeRae lands on the chair, and Shirai gets the pinfall.

Winner: Io Shirai

After the match, Io Shirai mounts Candice LeRae and starts throwing punches. Shirai goes to pick up the chair again, but Rhea Ripley runs down to the ring and kicks the chair out of Shirai’s hands. Ripley picks up the chair and swings it at Shirai, but Shirai ducks under and out of the ring.

Finn Balor comes to the ring and takes a shot at losing to The Fiend on RAW, saying “Two months ago, I’m laying down for what’s supposed to be the hottest new thing in the business, just because he put on a new mask. Well, I just took my mask off and now I’m the hottest thing in the business.” Balor makes a challenge to Johnny Gargano.

2) “The Black Swan” Shane Thorne vs “The Aus-zilla” Bronson Reed

Immediately, Shane Thorne begins with two Running Dropkicks that corners Bronson Reed, followed by a Cannonball. Both end up throwing chops at each other, which Reed is left standing. Reed launches Thorne with a German Suplex and follows with a Death Drop Driver for a two count. Thorne had Reed perched on the top turnbuckle for a Top Rope Frankensteiner, but Reed just shoved him back down to the canvas out of mid-air. Reed hits a Diving Splash for the pinfall.

Winner: Bronson Reed

3) Team Kick vs The Kabuki Warriors (c)

This match is for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships. Tegan Nox begins against Asuka and catches a kick to the stomach while doing rope running transitions. Kairi Sane trades chops with Nox, eventually throwing Nox down to the canvas. Dakota Kai tags in who helps with some double team moves on Asuka in the corner before pinning for a two count.

The Kabuki Warriors lift both of Dakota Kai’s legs and drive them into the canvas, doing damage to both knees. After a succession of kicks and double team strikes, Kairi Sane pins Kai for a two count. Kai connects a Scorpion Kick on Sane before finally making a tag to Tegan Nox. Nox goes to follow with The Shiniest Wizard after connecting with a Diving Crossbody on Asuka, but Asuka counters into a Kneebar. Nox reverses into a Cross Ambreaker, but Sane breaks that up.

Dakota Kai connects with the Kaio Kick on Asuka, who is out on her feet. The referee is distracted by Kairi Sane and Asuka spits the Green Mist into Kai’s face. Asuka tags in Sane who nails the Insane Elbow and covers Kai. Sane gets the credit for the pinfall.

Winners AND STILL WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions: The Kabuki Warriors

Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke, and Marina Shafir make their way to the ring as Dakota Kai is being aided to with the mist in her face. As soon as Baszler enters the ring, Tegan Nox attacks with a Running Forearm. Duke and Shafir pounce on Nox, outnumbering two-on-one. Nox is eventually floored by a Step-Up Enziguri from Baszler. Just before Baszler is about to stomp on Nox’s hand, trying to break it, Rhea Ripley is back to confront Baszler.

As Rhea Ripley was walking towards the ring to meet Shayna Baszler, Io Shirai met her halfway down the entrance ramp with a Superman Punch of her own. Ripley is throwing punches back at Shirai until Bianca Belair attacks Ripley from behind. Candice LeRae runs in and attacks Shirai. Belair takes down LeRae with a forearm, Ripley takes down Belair with a kick, Jessamyn Duke with a kick, and Marina Shafir with a punch. Now, Ripley and Baszler have locked eyes again.

Rhea Ripley and Shayna Baszler are in the ring and Ripley took down Baszler before throwing punches. Bianca Belair and Io Shirai get back into the ring and attack Ripley before Candice LeRae attacks Shirai again. Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir are back in the ring, but Team Kick is back up and fighting back. Referees hit the ring to try to break everything up. General Manager William Regal gets on the microphone and says, “I got a very simple solution for this. War Games!”

4) “Textbook” Tyler Bate vs “The Technical Savage” Cameron Grimes

Tyler Bate took on the early advantage with his British Wrestling prowess, including fantastic footwork. Most opportunities that Cameron Grimes had early on were reversed by Bate. Bate hits the Airplane Spin and follows with an attempted Flying Headscissors, but Grimes counters with a Sitout Sideslam.

The couple exchange near falls, one from Cameron Grimes’ Carolina Reaper and the other from Tyler Bate’s Exploder Suplex followed by a Standing Shooting Star Press. Bate goes for a Rebound Clothesline, but Grimes counters with a Collision Course for a two count. As Bate was on the outside on the offensive, Killian Dain served as a distraction from the crowd. Still distracted by Killian Dain as he entered the ring, Tyler Bate stepped through the ropes and Cameron Grimes hit the Cave-In for the pinfall.

Winner: Cameron Grimes

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