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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Report – 11/7/17 – AJ Styles challenges Jinder Mahal!



The Modern Day Maharaja or the Phenomenal One, who moves on to Survivor Series to face The Beast?!



  • Sami Zayn w/ Kevin Owens VS Kofi Kingston w/ The New Day; Kingston wins.
  • Randy Orton VS Rusev w/ Aiden English; Orton wins, Rusev is not on Team SmackDown.
  • Becky Lynch VS James Ellsworth w/ Carmella; Becky wins.
  • WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable; Benjamin & Gable win by count out, The Usos retain.
  • WWE Championship: Jinder Mahal w/ The Singh Brothers VS AJ Styles; Styles wins and becomes the new WWE Champion.


AJ Styles has the opportunity to become WWE Champion again.

Jinder Mahal may be bigger and stronger, but he’s not The Phenomenal One, and that is AJ Styles! But Mahal says that he “flat out beat up” Styles, to prove he is “the superior champion.” The consequences are to defend the title, but Mahal is alright with that. Styles will be a Phenomenal Loser, Mahal will stay “YOUR WWE Champion”. Who will be the true WWE Champion after a night in Manchester?

Shane McMahon heads to the ring.

The SmackDown Commissioner and Men’s Team Captain is in Manchester, and the fans are Shane O’Mac says “November 19th will mark down in history” the beginning of a new era where Raw can’t call SmackDown “The B Show”, they’ll be THE Show. Two mega brands going at it and it’s gotten personal, with Daniel Bryan’s injury being the major incident. Shane holds Stephanie McMahon and Kurt Angle responsible. For what they did to Bryan, Shane is going to go after Angle, so Angle better be ready. And speaking of Daniel Bryan, he’ll be back next week, because he “resembles what everyone in that locker room has.” You get knocked down but you don’t stay down. Speaking of some tough fighters, let’s bring out some guys who “fired a shot across the bough of Monday Night Raw.” The Manchester crowd knows who he means, it’s The New Day! Awwww~ Manchester~! Don’t you dare be soure, clap for your world famous 4 time champs, and feel, the powah~!Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston and Big E “bleed blue” as they helped bring us new Raw Tag Team Champions. They distracted Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose, The Bar, and all of the Raw Roster by simply appearing in the crowd, and when it all wrapped up, Sheamus & Cesaro were champions instead of The Shield boys. “Made ’em look pretty silly.” Manchester cheers that “New! Day Rocks!” Kofi tells Shane that they didn’t mean for titles to change hands, but that stuff happens when you put Raw #UnderSiege baybyyyy~! And when it comes to the Raw Roster, what’re they gonna do? “Nothing~!” Because when they led that siege, they looked Raw “dead in the eye”, and what happened? “We beat them down!” The New Day is prepared to accept the consequences. And if #Rawtaliation is even attempted, New Day will send them back to Monday. Yes, SmackDown Spirit is strong with The New Day, it was all on a whim, but that’s awesome because… “New! Day Rocks!” Shane hip swivels with them.

But Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn arrive to say otherwise.

“That was the stupidest, most painful thing I’ve ever seen in my life.” Shane, they hate to break it to him, but he’s not cool. And never dance like that again. Wait wait, Sami is saying someone else shouldn’t’ dance? What about Sami’s entrances? Don’t listen to them, Sami. These two are here with important things to say. Shane may have a hard time dealing with losing at Hell in a Cell, but now he’s acting out, just don’t punish SmackDown for his shortcomings. Sami & Kevin could’ve been on Raw, could’ve beat up the entire Raw Roster, but they’re “men of honor.” They do things the right way, and just because that doesn’t jive with the “Shane McMahon Propaganda Machine”, he sets them up to fail. Well, this is the attitude that has kept these two from representing SmackDown. No, it’s because they lost “qualifying” matches! And Shane did nothing to fix the controversy. If Sami or Kevin had done things like that, they’d be suspended, fined, or even fired. And, because Kevin lost to Shinsuke Nakamura. Well, it’s a crime they even had to qualify! They are the top two stars on this roster! So what? What do they need to do? Not entertaining enough? They need to dance like the “puppets”! Whoa… Fans want to see that, but the only puppet here, is that “1930s paper boy, never been to a gym lookin’ ass Sami Zayn!” WHOA! Kevin has his hand so far up Sami’s butt, that every time he brushes his teeth — which isn’t often — Kevin gets a manicure. The New Day is loving their own burn, but so is Manchester. Sami sarcastically laughs it off, but he’ll be laughing harder when Raw beats SmackDown and they only have Shane to blame. Shane says they have no brand loyalty, yet walk around like they own it. Since Sami thinks he’s entitled, he is entitled to a match. Against who? Who who who? Kofi Kingston. And, it’s next.

Sami Zayn w/ Kevin Owens VS Kofi Kingston w/ The New Day!

The bell rings, the two circle, Sami puts Kofi in a corner. Sami honors the ropebreak and gives Kofi plenty of space. The New Day joins in the “Paper Boy!” chants at Sami. Tie up, waistlock but Sami reverses out, Kofi reverses back, Sami rolls and reverses back again. Kofi rolls and flips to reverse back once more, bringing Sami to a knee. Sami pushes back and powers out but the whip is reversed, Sami springboards up and over, arm-drag into arm lock. Kofi works to get up and out, fans rally with the New Day claps, Kofi whips but is shouldered down. Sami speeds things up, Kofi hits him with a back elbow. Sami gets to a corner, Kofi misses his splash, Sami runs in for a monkey flip, Kofi lands on his feet! Woods plays him music to twerk to. Sami swings but misses, dorpkick from Kofi sends him out! Kofi watches as The Best Friends regroup, fans keep up the cheers for New Day. Sami takes his time getting in, Kofi keeps his eyes on him, Sami makes sure he stays back as he enters. THe fans taunt “Where’s the paper?” Kofi loves joining in, but then rushes out to separate the Best Friends. Sami pounces as Kofi reenters the ring, reeling Kofi in for a flipping lariat! Kevin taunts “Who rocks now?!” Sami takes his time stalking Kofi, puts Kofi in a corner, then rains down right hands before going up. Flying crossbody, intercepted by a dropkick from Kofi! Sami regroups with Kevin again as we go picture in picture.

The New Day keeps the fans going, Kevin coaches Sami back up. Kofi comes out to get him, double ax handle. Kofi goes to put Sami in the ring but Kevin distracts, Kofi gets shoved into a post! Sami acts like he didn’t’ do it, the ref continues his ten count. Sami gets Kofi up and in, drags Kofi up for elbows to the shoulder and then a chinlock applied. Sami leans on Kofi to squeeze and grind him, Kofi fights against the hold, The New Day rallies the fans for Kofi. Kofi gets up and fights back, but Saim pulls hair to yank Kofi to the mat. Sami stalks Kofi, throwing hands. Kevin applauds as Sami chops Kofi against the ropes. Sami whips Kofi, Kofi kicks Sami, Kofi runs in a corner but misses the splash again, Saim covers, TWO! Sami is annoyed but he keeps on Kofi at the ropes. Sami scoops Kofi into a pendulum backbreaker, TWO. Sami puts Kofi back in the chinlock, Kofi again endures. Kofi gets up and fights back again, we go single picture as Sami throws Kofi but Kofi rebounds, to then clothesline Sami out of the ring. Sami flounders, Kofi recovers, then bounces to slingshot senton onto Sami!

Sami put back in the ring, Kofi gets on the apron and throws a shoulder in, slingshots over, SOS! TWO! Kofi can’t believe Sami survived that, but he just gets up to call for the finish. Sami gets up, Kofi runs in, Trouble in Paradise misses, Blue Thunder Bomb hits hard! TWO! Kevin is upset, “that was three!” Sami doesn’t let it slow him down, he just targets Kofi from the opposite corner. Sami runs in, but gets Kofi’s swing kicks. Kofi springboards but Sami gose under, wants a suplex but Kofi slips out, standing switches to a snapmare, Kofi dodges to go up and fly! Crossbody hits! Kofi wins! Only for Kevin to come in and attack! The New Day come in to run him and Sami off, The Best Friends are furious as they exit. Will their sense of entitlement ever stop? Or will they get to say “We told you so” after Survivor Series?

Backstage interview with Jinder Mahal.

He is to defend his title tonight, but is still set on defending his honor against Brock Lesnar. How is this match tonight changing his mindset? Mahal was dining with the Manchester elite, and called the appetizer “AJ Styles”, for Brock Lesnar is the “entree.” Styles is a formidable opponent for a mere man, but Mahal is a Maharaja! He will not be disrespected anymore. He makes a meal out of Styles, and “Feasts on the Beast” at Survivor Series. Mahal may be hungry, but so will Lesnar. Will Mahal have his fill? Or has he bitten off more than he can chew?

The Bludgeon Brothers cometh.

“This world is a horrible place.” “We’re here to make it worse.” “No cage can contain us.” “No asylum can understand us.” “And when we’re done…” “Humanity will swell over.” Luke Harper & Erick Rowan are set to carve a path of pain in SmackDown, who will be the lambs to slaughter?

“Please welcome the melodious voice of Aiden English.”

The WWE’s Drama King asks Manchester remain completely silent as he introduces “The Lion of Bulgaria~~~! Who beat the Viper before~~~!” And tonight, promises to do it once more. Raw beware, at Survivor Series, all will declare: IT’S RUSEV DAY~~~!

Randy Orton VS Rusev w/ Aiden English!

The Bulgarian Hero was promised a chance to be on Team SmackDown. Originally it was against AJ Styles, but plans change, so instead Rusev must find a way to defeat The Viper to earn his spot. The bell rings, these familiar foes circle, kick blocked, RKO denied, roundhouse connects! TWO, Rusev tries again, TWO, again, TWO! Rusev is not letting up on Orton, he stomps Orton at the ropes as we go to break.

We return to Rusev having Orton in a chinlock. Fans rally for Orton, but Rusev thrashes even as Orton gets up. Fans now cheer “RUSEV DAY! RUSEV Day!” Orton headbutts Rusev back, then whips, Rusev reverses to windmill kick Orton down, TWO! Rusev tries again, TWO, so Rusev keeps on Orton.

Roode, Nakamura and Shane are watching, Rusev throws in shoulders in a corner. The ref counts and backs Rusev down, Rusev drags Orton out to cover, TWO. Rusev is getting frustrated now, fans duel between the two. Rusev gives Orton elbow drops on the run, covers, TWO. Rusev is further frustrated, he ptus Orton at the ropes to give Rusev Day kicks to Orton’s back. Cover again, TWO, Rusev tries again, TWO. Again, TWO. Rusev is furious now, he wants the win that badly. Rusev cools off, fans cheer and jeer, Rusev takes aim at Orton, RKO!!

Orton wins, no Rusev Day at Survivor Series. But then, who is the fifth man?

James Ellsworth waits outside the WWE Women’s Locker Room.

Tamina Snuka comes out first. Can she please fetch Carmella? She goes back in, he thanks her. Tick tock tick tock, Becky Lynch comes out… Where’s Carmella? That doesn’t matter, worry about her. She thinks she has a chance? She’s a woman, he’s am an, duh. Just don’t get hurt. Oh he’s worried she’ll get hurt? Yeah, because the WWE Women’s Revolution “is a farce.” And if Raw were to raid, Becky would be the first woman to hide behind Ellsworth. The city is Manchester, not Womanchester. Men are superior in jsut about every way, and the ring isn’t for “the softer sex.” He “lets” Carmella compete because it makes her happy. But he’ll be even happier when he proves he’s the “better man.” Ballsy statement. A pity he doesn’t have any.

WWE looks back at #UnderSiege and the aftermath that followed.

Shane McMahon and the SmackDown roster surprised us all when they appeared on Monday Night Raw to ransack and rampage all over the Raw Roster. Then, whether Kurt Angle planned it or not, Daniel Bryan came to Raw and was savagely attacked by the Big Red Machine, Kane! The New Day responded by bringing #UnderSiegePart2, which was really only a “pump fake” to cost Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose their WWE Raw Tag Team Championships. Things have gotten so personal between these two rival brands, what will the aftermath of Survivor Series be?

Becky Lynch VS James Ellsworth w/ Carmella!

Nicknamed “WWE’s Battle of the Sexes”, it isn’t just the Lass Kicker coming out. Charlotte Flair, Naomi, Lana and Tamina Snuka all surround the ring to watch the FABULOUS Princess of Staten Island’s lap dog “Pretty Jimmy Dream” get neutered by #StraightFire. The bell rings, Ellsworth does some push-ups to work on his guns. Doesn’t matter, the fans know “Becky’s gonna kill~ you!” He gets face to face with Becky but taunts, she goes for his arm and he hurries to a rope. Ropebreak honored, Becky dares him to bring it. He takes off his shirt and ties up, waistlock and takedown, Ellsworth feels like he already won. They circle again, Becky gets the waistlock and he throws her off into a wristlock. Facelock, Becky gets up and powers Ellsworth up to the top rope! She lets him go, the fans serenade her with Bayley’s usual song. Ellsworth hops down, but runs right into her kick, and then she whips. He reverses, she goes up and over, keeps the run going, “Come at me, bro!” He ducks her chop, whips, she ducks under him then hops over, and by the time he realizes where she went, she gets him in a clutch cradle, TWO. Majistrol, TWO. Bodyscissors and roll roll roll roll roll, roll roll, roll, they both dizzily stagger about. Becky finds Ellsworth, firemen’s carry, and as if the rolling wasn’t enough, airplane spin! Ellsworth is extra dizzy, so Becky throws him out. Becky dares Ellsworth to return, and he’s thinking he should, too, faced with Tamina and Charlotte. He takes his time getting up and in, then shows the crane kick stance. Only to shove Becky down! Now Becky’s mad. He shoves her again, taunts the other ladies outside, Becky hops up and missile dropkicks him down!

Cover, TWO, Ellsworth gets to a corner. Becky runs in, he dodges, she hits buckles, schoolboy. TWO, so he gets her up to whip her into a corner. Ellsworth gloats again, then tunes up the band. No Chin Music blocked, atomic drop hits Ellsworth in the little Jimmy. HE goes to exit, middle rope is kicked to do the same, then a Becksploder throws him out. Becky lets her teammates and Lana keep Ellsworth from running away. A ring count gets high before he’s forced back in, he begs for mercy. He kisses Becky’s hands, and shakes them, then hags, she still puts him in the Disarm-her. Er, Disarm-Him. He taps, she wins, The Captain is on fire!

 Carmella comes in to trash talk with Becky, but she FABULOUS KICKS Jimmy!

The fans love that! Ms. Money in the Bank doesn’t need a mutt like him, she’s got her briefcase to be her best friend. Will SmackDown’s team of women defeat Raw’s with this level of unity?

Shane McMahon talks with Charlotte.

Did she see Angle’s face when The New Day invaded? Yes, and she assures him the SmackDown women will be ready for #Rawtaliation. Natalya walks in, apologizes for interrupting. But she’s pretty sure she knows what Shane wants. She accepts. Survivor Series will not only be Natty proving herself as the best WWE Women’s Champion, but she will also gladly take Charlotte’s place on the team. That’s not at all what he was going to say. Natty escaped Hell in a Cell using a chair. That didn’t sit well with management, so next week, Natalya will defend that SmackDown Women’s Championship against Charlotte. The winner faces Alexa Bliss, the loser is on the team. Not fair! HOw many chances does Charlotte get? Apparently one last one. Will the Queen of Harts be dethroned by the Queen of Flair?

WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable!

The Uso Penitentiary has had the SmackDown Tag Team Division #OnLock, but their opponents are #ReadyWilling&Gable to break out and take those titles from them. But they’re just “two chumps thinking they can take these tag titles” and “thinking they can represent the Blue Team at Survivor Series.” Also, it’s American Alpha 2.0. Who is this? “Our next victims.”

And it’s a brawl! Gable & Benjamin are sent out of the ring, the Usos are all fired up as we go picture in picture.

Gable & Benjamin regroup while the Usos sort out which twin starts. We have Benjamin and Jimmy, they brawl at the bell. Benjamin gets the edge, Jimmy is staggered, whipped, but he ducks to chop back. Jimmy runs, Benjamin gives him a back drop. Benjamin tags Gable, double kicks and then an attack on Jey before double knees to Jimmy. Cover, TWO, Gable says “Uce-NO!” Gable gets Jimmy up, stiff forearm rocks him back, then a stiff haymaker, Gable goes for a T-Bone but Jimmy fights out, reverse dragon whip kick! We go single picture as the fans rally. Tag to Jey! Jey rallies on Gable, mule kick to uppercut. He ducks Gable, Samoan Drop slipped out, Benjamin tags in. Samoan Drop hits Gable, then Benjamin slips out of his own to give a spinebuster. Jimmy in, gets Pay Dirt from Benjamin! Jey rolls Benjamin, TWO, then Jey gets dumped out. Benjamin wants to go out, but the ref keeps him back. Gable takes advantage to chop block out Jey’s leg! Gable scrambles under the apron skirt, the ref starts a ring count. This won’t win titles, but Benjamin does make Jey fight back on his own. Jey can’t, Benjamin & Gable win by count out. No titles won in this, but a message was sent: Benjamin & Gable aren’t to be trifled with. Can the Usos make it to Survivor Series to defeat The Bar?

Backstage interview with AJ Styles.

Mahal called Styles the “appetizer”, how does he feel to being overlooked? Mahal needs to learn portion control, and to not take Styles lightly. Everyone wants to become WWE Champion, so Mahal better focus on tonight. People have always underestimated Styles, and Styles always proved them wrong. He works harder and longer than anyone else, so Mahal is going to learn first hand that SmackDown “is the House that AJ Styles Built.” And to steal Mahal’s phrase, Styles will become the Beast Master, too.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, our names are the Singh Brothers.”

And they are the Advocates for the “reigning, defending, undisputed” Modern Day Maharaja, Jinder Mahal~!

WWE Championship: Jinder Mahal w/ The Singh Brothers VS AJ Styles!

This has been a long time coming considering how much The Modern Day Maharaja toots his own horn, as well as has Samir & Sunil toot it for him. Now it’s time to put up or shut up, who will be the man to face The Beast at Survivor Series? The fans are on Styles’ side unanimously from the sound of it. The bell rings, the two circle, tie up, Mahal pushes Styles back to show his physical strength. But then the fans chant “You Can’t Wrestle!” at him. Waistlock from Styles, Mahal gets a ropebreak then gives a dirty back elbow to knock Styles back. Mahal dares Styles to come at him, the fans now say “You’re on Steroids!” Mahal flexes, that doesn’t refute what they said… They tie up, Styles gets a kick in then puts on a headlock, Mahal tries but can’t power out, so he lifts Styles to get leverage, shoves Stylse and they collide shoulders. Styles rolls Mahal up, TWO, crucifix blocked, sunset flip as well, Mahal tosses Styles out! Mahal and the Singh Brothers are confident in the Maharaja’s chances, we go to break.

We return, Styles and Mahal tie up but Mahal kicks low to put on a headlock. Mahal gets the takedown, only the Singh Brothers applaud. Fans rally for Styles, Styles pulls on Mahal’s hair but that doesn’t help him get free. Styles gets himself up to his feet, then fights back against Mahal. Mahal knees low and clubs Styles on the back, runs, Styles hits a dropkick that sends Mahal out! Forearm to Mahal as he tries to reenter, the Singh Brothers trash talk. Styles slingshots over, lands on the apron, Mahal trips him up. Styles staggers away, Mahal rushes him at the barrier but Styles boots back. From the timekeeper’s area, Styles flies, but is caught! Mahal swings him onto the announce table! Mahal drags Styles up and into the ring, then stomps away before springboard knee drops rain down. Mahal grinds a knee into Styles’ chin. Mahal drags Styles up into an armlock. Mahal rams a knee into Styles’ spin, then an elbow into Styles’ head, then another knee into the spine. Back to the arm lock, the fans rally for Styles. Styles feeds off that, Mahal keeps him from getting a ropebreak, but the fans build to a stronger rally and Styles fights out. Styles is thrown down by his hair, the fans boo Mahal. Mahal grins as he gives a big knee drop to Styles’ chest. Mahal dares Styles to get up, just so he can knock Styles down again. Mahal keeps stomping, almost toying with his contender. But one springboard knee too many, Styles gets feet up to kick Mahal away. Styles gets to a corner to recover, Mahal runs in, but misses the splash. Styles is up and throws haymakers, Mahal is on the ropes now. Styles backs up, Phenomenal Blitz! Low running forearm! Mahal and Styles are both down, but Styles kip-ups right to his feet. Big clothesline in a corner, then a suplex, but Mahal blocks with power. Mahal lifts, Styles slips out, Ushigoroshi! TWO! Styles isn’t frustrated, he just gets himself moving again. Styles grabs Mahal, calls for the CLash, but Mahal powers Styles up and over. Sunset flip, and kicks to Mahal’s chest. Mahal blocks one, throws Styles down, but then Mahal’s boot is countered into a takedown and stacked cover, TWO! Styles gets to a corner, runs out but is tossed by Mahal, cover, TWO! Mahal and the Singh Brothers are frustrated, the champion is running out of ideas. The fans cheer for Styles, Mahal lifts him up to the top rope, and then climbs up to join him. Fans boo and jeer, but Styles slips down to trip up Mahal! Styles rolls Mahal, Calf Crusher! Mahal endures, reaches back and rams Styles’ head into the mat. But Styles holds on! Ropebreak for Mahal, Styles lets him go. BOth men are slow to getting up, Styles is shoved away but another Phenomenal Blitz, countered but a clubbing lariat! Cover, TWO! Mahal glares as he stalks Styles, Mahal lifts Styles up top again. Mahal climbs up, prepares the superplex but Styles slips down again, Mahal grabs him and puts him back up in one motion. Styles fights back, tornado DDT denied, but then Styles dumps Mahal out of the ring. Styles takes aim, slingshot forearm topples Mahal over!

Styles gets Mahal up and in the ring, where it has to be decided. Styles gets on the apron as the Singh Brothers coach Mahal. Styles aims, springboard, 450! Can’t cover, the Singhs drag Mahal out! The fans say to get those two out of here, Styles chases and tackles one of them down! Then he jumps and takes out the other! Styles has the fans all fired up, Mahal is in the ring, sliding knee to take out the first Singh. Mahal tries to pounce, Styles knocks him back, Phenomenal- KARAS!! Mahal crawls, covers, ROPEBREAK!

Mahal is furious but the fans are loving it! Mahal wants to finish it, fans boo. Mahal brings Styles up, prepares something on the top rope but with Styles backwards now. Mahal climbs up, puts on the half-nelson, Styles fights out of that! Styles adjusts, HOTSHOT! Mahal snaps back, Styles gets on the apron and takes aim… Springboard, PHENOMENAL FOREARM!! STYLES WINS!! We have a NEW WWE Champion, and he is Phenomenal!

The Maharaja’s reign has ended, can Styles conquer the conqueror? Mahal punishes the Singh Brothers for this failure, what will the Maharaja do now that he’s no longer doing anything at Survivor Series?

My Thoughts:

Another crazy good night of WWE in the UK, even if people were talking about it in real-time online because WWE couldn’t help but give away the headline of a new champion crowned, emphasis on how it was singular. That aside, this was all great build towards Survivor Series, great twists and turns to really get some hype going for the PPV. Good opening where Shane congratulates and compliments New Day for pulling off the invasion/screw job on Raw, which smoothly shifted into Zayn VS Kingston, a good opening match. Was hoping for Sami & Kevin VS The New Day but that’ll be next week for the go-home, and logically there was no #Rawtaliation tonight because everyone can guess it would be led by The Shield in full wanting revenge on New Day. Tonight wouldn’t work, can’t have such a big moment like #Rawtaliation happen to start a show, and Roman Reigns was already announced to be back next week, so the timing is better. Shield VS New Day in a Six Man Tag is going to be great, I kinda hope it’ll be Tornado Tag to truly make up for not getting the Shield in full at TLC. Rusev VS Orton again was an alright way for Rusev to not be on the SmackDown Men’s Team, since it would be a waste to give us first-time-ever matches like Rusev VS Roode or Rusev VS Nakamura for nothing. This does make everyone wonder who SmackDown’s fifth man will be out of the talent left to choose from, and they only have next week left to announce it, will the announcement live up to the hype?

James Ellsworth really hammed up being a misogynist tonight to get cheap heat. And everyone knew he was going to lose to Becky Lynch, mostly because he’s James Ellsworth and she’s Becky Lynch. This was mostly a moment to unite the SmackDown Women’s Team as even Carmella appears sick and tired of Ellsworth’s ego. And Natty’s ego just got shot down, she might not even be the champion after next week as Charlotte gets a chance in Charlotte, NC. I wouldn’t mind seeing Charlotte win so that it’ll be her against Alexa Bliss for Champion VS Champion of the two women (so far) to have been both Raw and SmackDown Women’s Champions in their careers. And though Sin Cara got injured at a house show, SmackDown seems to still have Corbin VS Sin Cara 4 as a US Championship match next week. That must mean the injury wasn’t as bad as it looked and he’ll be just fine, but I still don’t see Sin Cara taking that title just yet, to allow Corbin and Miz to settle their war of words in the ring. Did not see Usos retaining their titles the way they did, Gable could’ve legitimately hurt Jey there. Maybe what Gable & Benjamin are plotting is to force the Usos to vacate the titles so that it won’t be about beating the top team but the bottom teams to get the gold. And though it was easy to tell Styles won the title from the vague spoilers given, it was still great to see it as Styles is the first to defy the numbers game and finally defeat Mahal clean. I also liked the detail of Mahal knocking out a Singh Brother in frustration. Styles VS Lesnar is going to be great, and now will actually make for a match Heyman might take seriously, which we’ll likely hear about Monday.

My Score: 8.5/10

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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (12/6/22)

Let’s get Wild… Cards!



NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Who makes it in before the Deadline?

Just days away from NXT Deadline, the Iron Survivor Challenges need to be filled! Two big Wild Card Triple Threats determine the fifth man and fifth woman for these inaugural matches!


  • Men’s Iron Survivor Challenge Wild Card Triple Threat: Axiom VS Von Wagner VS Andre Chase; Axiom wins and advances to NXT Deadline.
  • Bryson Montana VS Javier Bernal; No Contest.
  • Tony D’Angelo w/ Channing Lorenzo VS Xyon Quinn; D’Angelo wins.
  • Hank Walker VS Charlie Dempsey; Dempsey wins.
  • Thea Hail w/ Chase U VS Isla Dawn; Dawn wins.
  • Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe; win.
  • Women’s Iron Survivor Challenge Wild Card Triple Threat: Wendy Choo VS Fallon Henley VS Indi Hartwell; wins and advances to NXT Deadline.


Men’s Iron Survivor Challenge Wild Card Triple Threat: Axiom VS Von Wagner VS Andre Chase!

While they weren’t outright contenders, these three men are still worthy of fighting for an opportunity! Who will be the fifth man to go the NXT Deadline and compete for that golden ticket?

Duke Hudson & Thea Hail walk with Professor Chase to gorilla, and Duke wants Chase to do him a favor: believe in himself as much as Thea believes in him; believe in himself as much as Duke believes in him; believe in himself as much as the entire Chase U believes in him! This is his time! Yeah, it’s time to give those two mofos a Chase U sided ass whooping!! Is this going to be a #TeachableMoment?

The bell rings and Chase BOOTS Von! Chase fires off haymakers and fans fire up! Axiom gets in but Chase shoves him away. Von DECKS Chase, he DECKS Axiom, then he runs Chase over! Von headlocks, Chase powers out but Von runs Axiom over! Then Von rebounds to run Chase over again! Fans boo as Von drags Chase up, and then he drags Axiom up. Von double headlocks and grinds both men down. But Axiom and Chase both power up to lift Von! Von thrashes the headlocks to hold on, but Chase and Axiom power out, only for Von to run them both over! Von drags Chase up to a fireman’s carry, but Chase slips off!

Chase headlocks, Von powers out, things speed up and Chase RAMS Von! Von stays up, he runs in, but Axiom and Chase dodge to DOUBLE SHOULDER Von down! Axiom and Chase mug Von, and they double suplex! Fans fire up as Von bails out! Chase allows Axiom to go first, and Axiom builds speed, but into a roll-up from Chase! TWO and Chase says that was a Teachable Moment! Axiom and Chase speed up, Axiom rolls through an arm-drag to springboard arm-drag! Axiom then DROPKICKS Von as he returns! Axiom rolls Chase to a HEEL HOOK, but Von stomps them both down!

Von rains down fists, drags Axiom up with a knuckle lock, and he Straight Arm Levers Axiom! Von drops Axiom down, then hauls him up to RAM shoulders! Axiom CHOPS back, and CHOPS again! Axiom goes up and up and FLYING ARM-DRAG RANA COMBOS! Axiom ENZIGURIS Von, gets around Chase but Chase bucks the O’Conner Roll! Chase runs into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Standing moonsasult! Cover, TWO! Thea is fired up for Chase and so are the fans, but Von DOUBLE LARIATS Axiom and Chase down! Fans boo as Von drags Axiom up. Von trophy lifts Axiom, aims and TOSSES Axiom onto Chase on the outside!

Fans boo Von but Von grins as NXT goes picture in picture. Von goes out after his opponents, and he RAMS Chase into the apron! And again! Von scoops Chase to then POST him! Chase writhes while Von CLUBS Axiom. Von smacks Axiom off the apron, puts him in the ring, then puts Chase in. Von storms up but into body shots from Chase! Von CLUBS Chase, but now Axiom throws forearms and CHOSP! Von shoves Axiom away and BOOTS him down! Von sees Chase in a corner and clotheslines him! Von then RAMS Axiom into Chase! Von throws Chase down, scoops Axiom and SLAMS him onto Chase! Cover on Chase, TWO!

Von drags Axiom to a cover, TWO! Von is annoyed but he CLUBS Chase down. Von clamps onto Axiom with a cobra clutch and thrashes him around! Axiom endures, fights up, but Von thrashes him back down. Chase rushes in to break up the hold, but Von KNEES Chase low! Von puts the cobra clutch onto Chase! Von grinds Chase down, but Chase U rallies up. Chase fights up to a JAWBREAKER! Axiom is up top, Von hauls Chase into a corner! Von then storms up to Axiom to DECK him! Von stomps a mudhole into Chase, digs his boot in, then lets off. Von drags Chase up to whip him corner to corner hard!

Von scoops Chase to SLAM him! Cover, TWO! Von stays on Chase with the cobra clutch, and then RAMS him into Axiom! NXT returns to single picture as Von climbs up to get Axiom. But Chase CLUBS Von, CLUBS him again and again, then climbs up after him! Chase SUPER SUNSET FLIPS, but Von holds on! Axiom BOOTS Von into the POWERRBOMB! Chase UPPERCUTS Axiom, climbs up after him, and fans are rallying for “CHASE U!” SUPERPLEX onto Von! Fans fire up while all three men are down! Chase and Von sit up and they start throwing haymakers! Fans cheer Chase and boo Von as they go back and forth!

Von HEADBUTTS Chase! Von whips, Chase ducks ‘n’ dodges and dropkicks the legs out! Then he whips Von, but Von reverses. Chase reverses back to a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Fans fire up and spell out “CHASE U!” as Chase stomps Von! Von rushes in, Chase dodges and clotheslines Von out! But Axiom runs in! Chase bucks the O’Conner, Axiom dodges to DIVE onto Von! GAMANGIRI for Chase and Axiom springboards, into a kick! Underhooks, TIGER DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Axiom survives and Chase can’t believe it! Duke and Thea coach Chase up and he drags Axiom back up. Chase swings, but into an ARMBAR!!

Chase clasps hands, moves around, deadlifts, but Von BOOTS Chase down! Von fireman’s carries, but Axiom slips into a SLEEPER! Axiom then shifts to a TRIANGLE HOLD! Von endures, Duke coaches Chase and Stone shouts at Von to hold on! Von deadlifts Axiom, to POWERBOMB him on Chase! Von hauls Chase up, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! cover, TWO!!! Chase survives and the fans are thunderous! Von is furious, he hurries to drag Axiom up. Fireman’s carry, but Chase kicks the legs out! Chase dragon sleepers Axiom, reels Von in, DOUBLE DDT!! Chase hurries up top and fans are all fired up! CROSSBODY onto Von!

Chase bounces off the cover, though! Von is hurting, GOLDEN RATIO!! Cover, Axiom wins!!

Winner: Axiom, by pinfall (advances to NXT Deadline)

Professor Chase fought so hard, but in the end, the Undeniable Truth is headed for NXT Deadline! Will Axiom be undeniable and become the first ever Mr. Iron Survivor?


Cora Jade speaks.

“My track record has proven I am willing to do whatever it takes to become the number one woman in NXT. I ended friendships, targeted the meek, preyed on the weak, cheated when the opportunity presented itself. So just imagine what I’m willing to do to win at Deadline and have my name go down in history as the very first female Iron Survivor. There are no depths that I will not sink to. And if you thought I embarrassed Wendy Choo, just wait until I embarrass the other four women in this match and walk out of Deadline as the #1 contender. Because this is my generation. The Generation of Jade.”


The Diamond Mine meets with the trainer.

Julius Creed’s knee is good to go, he is cleared to compete. He’s ready, but Ivy Nile wants the ribs to be checked. Julius says they’re fine, they don’t need checking. The trainer says Julius never mentioned the ribs, but Julius says that’s because they’re fine. But Ivy insists they’re not. Brutus asks what Ivy is up to, and she says she’s “protecting her brothers.” The trainer checks and finds significant swelling. The trainer can’t let Julius compete like this. They’ll get some imaging and see what’s what. Julius frowns at Ivy, and Brutus asks, “What the hell?” Ivy insists she’s protecting them, but is it from Indus Sher? Or from themselves?


Bron Breakker returns to his boat.

The NXT Champion is about to set sail for another fishing expedition, but Apollo Crews walks over. “What’s up, champ? Got room for one more?” Bron asks if Apollo’s serious. Apollo says Deadline’s not until Saturday, so this might be their last time to go out as just two guys enjoying the water. Well, alright, but Apollo’s gotta untie the line. Sure thing. Apollo hops aboard and they head out. Apollo really likes the boat. Cuts through the water with precision, great acceleration with the dual engines, it’s wonderful. Bron says, “Kinda like taking my Spear, huh?” Apollo sees what Bron did there.

Bron gets to his favorite spot and they set up. Apollo says he needs a little help, he’s never actually been fishing. Bron gives him pointers about his fingers and the spool. Then just reel back and let it go. Nice first cast for Apollo! A natural in the ring, a natural on the rod, let’s see what we catch. Bron does respect the standing moonsault. Apollo just decided to do it one day cuz he’s always had the hops. But he sees Bron doing one, too. Bron saw Apollo do it, gave it a try, fell on his face, but that’s kinda the goal. Any other moves Bron is looking to steal? Just a few. Then Apollo will have to learn to counter his own stuff.

And since it’s just Apollo, Bron and the fish, if there are even fish… Does this really take the pressure off? Or just an excuse to be alone? Bron says it’s very peaceful out here. As soon as you hold the title, the pressure comes with it, including fighting the best of the best. Gunther, Gargano, Ciampa, Ziggler, just to name a few, is quite the list. Bron says every match is must-win. Make too many mistakes, you don’t just lose a match, you lose everything you’ve worked for. Apollo has to say, he has an idea. If Bron is tired of the grind, he can just hand the title over on Saturday and take that much needed break.

Bron will respectfully decline. Apollo gets a bite and he reels it in. They’re both excited to see Apollo with a big fish on the hook. And then, they let him go. Congratulations are in order for that, and both men are looking forward to Saturday. It will be a banger, but the game plans are pretty simple. Bron will use his power, speed and intensity, and Apollo looks to challenge each one of those. “May the best man win.” Bron didn’t catch any fish today, Apollo says it just wasn’t his day. And neither will Saturday. Will these respectful rivals look to catch the other slacking at Deadline?


Bryson Montana VS Javier Bernal!

Bryson is about as big as Montana, but- OH NO! SANGA splashes him! And then choke grips, for a SHOKE SLAM! Veer joins Sanga in the ring and they loom over Bryson. Here comes Big Body Javi, and he realizes what just happened. Javi fakes a big bad pulled hamstring and hobbles away. Veer gets a mic to call out the Creed Brothers! “We said we will not face you unless you are 100%. You have heart, but clearly you are not 100%.” Sanga says destroying the Creeds before they’re healed does NOT interest them. So respectfully, the challenge is declined. They will way until the Creeds are ready. Just don’t keep them waiting too long.

Indus Sher has spoken, but will they be gentlemen about waiting? Wait! The Creeds aren’t waiting, they’re storming out to the ring! But referees and Ivy Nile keep them both back because Julius is far from physically ready! Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but will that have to be until after Deadline?


Chase U regroups backstage.

Duke sits with Chase and says the silver lining is that Chase didn’t get pinned in the match. But then Thea excitedly rushes in to say that she has a match tonight! Fantastic! Against who? Isla Dawn! Oh, no way. Yes way! No, sorry, Duke meant like, no way should Thea do it! Thea knows Isla is super scary, but Thea is super ready! Duke wants Chase to back him up on this, but Chase says Thea can do it. Thea is fired up and Duke wants her and Chase to reconsider. But Chase says she CAN do it! Thea says she’ll be fine! Thanks, Mr. Chase! Thea hurries off to get ready but Duke stays with Chase.

Duke knows Chase didn’t get into the Iron Survivor Challenge, but he has to- DAMN IT, DUKE! Chase has made his decision! Is Duke right that Chase isn’t the right headspace? Or will Thea prove Chase is right that she can fight the Wicked Witch of NXT?


Sol Ruca catches something on her TikTok.

She and Amari Miller are doing a dance backstage when Edris Enofe & Malik Blade encounter Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen, then start arguing! Hank Walker and others cool things down, Briggs & Jensen say they were just being good friends but it seems Edris & Malik don’t wanna hear about it. This moment sparked a match for tonight, will the good ol’ boys get through to their friends?


Tony D’Angelo w/ Channing Lorenzo VS Xyon Quinn!

The Don is back in action! Will he have any ring rust after being out for ten weeks? Or will Tony D be the one to “run it straight” against the self-proclaimed It Factor?

The bell rings and the two tie up. Tony headlocks, fans rally but Xyon powers out. Things speed up, Tony ducks ‘n’ dodges and he runs Xyon over! Fans fire up with Tony, but Xyon RAMS Tony into the corner! Xyon RAMS and RAMS again, then whips corner to corner. Tony rebounds into a fireman’s carry, but he slips off to LARIAT! Fans fire up again and Tony drags Xyon up. Tony throws hockey body shots, then a HALF HATCH suplex! Fans fire up as Tony throws more hands on Xyon. Xyon ends up in a corner, Tony storms in but into an elbow. Xyon throws hands now, then a HEADBUTT!

Xyon whips Tony to ropes, Tony holds ropes then elbows Xyon back! But Xyon fireman’s carries to SAMOAN DROP! Xyon kip sup while Tony bails out. Xyon hurries to the apron but Tony JABS Xyon! Tony gets in to SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up and Stacks says to finish this! Tony reels Xyon in, back suplex to a SIDE SLAM! Cover, Tony wins!

Winner: Tony D’Angelo, by pinfall

“Look who’s back, baby~!” And Stacks, you see any rust? No rust, Don, you’re still good. Tony says he may not be the X-Factor or whatever, but he’s like a shiny new hubcap. This is why he is the Don of NXT! So during his physical therapy, Tony gained some new revenue, some new connections, right? But for him and Stacks, it always came down to Wes Lee and that North American Championship. Tony was gonna win, Wes took a cheap shot, and Wes has been living on that- But wait! Here comes Wes Lee!

“Welcome back, Tony D’Angelo! The Don has returned!” Wes goes to the ring and Tony appreciates him “paying tribute.” Uh, not quite. See, everyone knows Tony’s been eyeballing Wes and his title. Wes is here face to face saying he has his eye on Tony just as much. Not to mention someone else- Stacks interrupts and says Wes needs to smarten up right now. Wes needs to have his eyes on Tony, because there is nobody bigger than- Hey, Don. Have your man switch to decaf so he can chill. Wes says after he beat Carmelo, Dijak came out to drop Wes. As far as Wes sees it, he has unfinished business there. So if Tony wants after the title, wait until Wes finishes with Dijak.

Tony says, “Oh, Mr. High and Mighty! I’m pretty insulted that you think I’d wait in any line.” Tony doesn’t care about Dijak. Dijak plays by a different set of rules, good for him. Who cares. That business will have to wait. But then Dijak is on the tron! He tells Tony D that yes, Dijak plays by a different set of rules. Dijak tells it like it is. And while Tony is a scumbag from the streets, as long as he stays out of Dijak’s way, he won’t have to clean things up. As for Wes, Dijak thought Wes would crawl into a hole and never come back out. So his advice to Wes is to keep his name out of your mouth. Dijak has a very special way of dealing with repeat offenders.

“Neither one of you can or will do anything to stop me from decimating NXT.” Stacks wants Wes to listen to Dijak. The way Stacks sees it, there’s nowhere to run! Stacks shoves Wes but Wes CLOBBERS Stacks! Wes then bails out before Tony can get at him. Hard Justice has spoken, but Tony and Wes are still fired up. Who will come out of all this on top with the North American Championship?


NXT shares a confrontation from last week.

It was just after the Iron Survivor Challengers were named that the rest of the locker room voiced their opinions. Hank Walker saw Charlie Dempsey walk in and wanted to talk about how Dempsey looks down on him for being a security guard turned superstar. Hank knows Dempsey has lived the business, but Hank didn’t get in the ring when he was 4. Hank got in when he was 24. And Hank wishes he could follow in his father’s footsteps. Hank’s dad was a factory worker. But none of that matters here. Hank just wants the same respect as everyone else. If he has to earn that, then just say the word and they can make it happen.

So Hank wants to face Dempsey? Dempsey promises to show Hank he doesn’t belong. Dempsey headed out, but will he keep that promise? Or will Big Hank shock the world?


SCRYPTS speaks.

“What it means to be a star, the words you use ought to define who you truly are. That light comes so quick but then it’s gone. The language you write is more important than the canvas it’s written on. Mean what you say because there is weight in your words. I grew up in a place where everyone judged you on what they saw, and not what they heard. NXT is now my new home. Same culture just a different address, but a convenient one at that. There’s only a chosen few that get an unwanted pass. But how much longer can I truly last? I must follow those who broke through. But too much of the same thing makes the old things feel new.

“So on this journey, I must target the chosen ones, for all the rest will fall in the dark and not the light. This is why I write. Sincerely, SCRYPTS.”


Hank Walker VS Charlie Dempsey!

NXT returns as Dempsey makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two rush each other. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Hank puts Dempsey in a corner. The ref counts, Hank lets off, but Dempsey knee slow. Dempsey ROCKS and SDLAPOS Hank, and that just pisses Hank off! Hank RAMS into Dempsey, and again, and again! Then he runs Dempsey corner to corner! Hank TOSSES Dempsey, then fires up! Fans fire up with Hank but Dempsey headbutts low! Dempsey headlocks, but Hank endures. Hank pries the hold open, but Dempsey knee slow and throat chops! Hank shoves Dempsey back but Dempsey swats the lariat!

Dempsey gets a KIMURA on the arm! Hank stays standing, he throws body shots, and he scoop SLAMS Dempsey down! Fans fire up as Dempsey staggers. Hank storms up to whip Dempsey but Dempsey blocks to ROCK and drop toehold Hank into buckles! Dempsey CLOBBERS Hank, UPPERCUTS, then GUT WRENCH SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO! Dempsey has the KIMURA back! Fans rally as Hank endures and moves around. But wait, DREW GULAK walks out? The fans fire up for seeing the Philly Stretcher here. Hank fights up, Dempsey ROCKS him back with close forearms! Dempsey CLUBS Hank on the back and cranks that Kimura!

Hank still endures, he refuses to fall. Hank fights up but that arm is being pulled way back! Hank throws body shots, then ROCKS Dempsey and whips. Dempsey ducks but Hank hits a THESZ PRESS! Hank fires off fast hands, then he runs in to SPLASH in the corner! Whip and SPLASH the other way! Hank scoops Dempsey for a SLAM! Dempsey staggers up, Hank ROCKS him with a forearm! Hank runs, but Dempsey blocks boot into a LEG WHIP! Dempsey has the leg but Hank kicks away with the other! Dempsey loses his grip but he stomps Hank down! Dempsey PUSHES the knee! Hank grabs hair but Dempsey turns Hank over!

Hank has the leg, he CLUBS Hank, and then he bends Hank in a BOW ‘N’ ARROW!! Hank taps, Dempsey wins!!

Winner: Charlie Dempsey, by submission

The British technician defeats Hank, but the American grappler Gulak doesn’t seem impressed. Will Dempsey have to prove to Gulak that he belongs?


Zoey Stark speaks.

“Timing is everything in this business, and there’s no better time for this Iron Survivor Challenge. Because this is MY type of match. Last week, I was unanimously voted in by the Hall of Famers. And whether I start it or come in at the end of it, it doesn’t make a bit of difference. Because the four other women, they can’t touch me. On Saturday, I walk into Deadline with no extra baggage, no dead weight. I don’t have to worry about being a mentor or a big sister. This Saturday is all about me. 25 minutes separates me from history.”


Backstage interview with Grayson Waller.

McKenzie Mitchell says he and the other four superstars in the Men’s Iron Survivor Challenge will be in the ring as he hosts another episode of The Grayson Waller Effect. What can we expect to see? Oh, McKenzie missed Waller, huh? But tonight has so much energy! We’re just four days away from the WWE’s last premium event of the year, and we’re going out in style with Deadline! But McKenzie doesn’t have to soften Waller up. We all know she hates his show. It proves that Waller can do what she does so much better and she can’t do his job because no one on this roster can do what he does! And that is why he’s the odds on favorite to be the inaugural Mr. Iron Survivor!

But tonight, in the main event, Waller wants to see where everyone is. He wants to size them up, get an edge, not that it’ll be that hard, because they’re already nervous. They all will feel the Grayson Waller Effect. Waller heads out, will he be the one suffering from nerves being in there with all four opponents at once?


Pretty Deadly is in the ring!

And while Kit Wilson is Santa Claus, Elton Prince is an elf. They have a Christmas tree, stockings, presents, lights, and a big throne. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, December is here! It’s time for a REAL Christmas story with your NXT Tag Team Champions! They get comfy and have a story book. Elton sits on Santa’s lap and opens up the book. “Now remember, we wrote this ourselves.” “We absolutely did!”

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. “The Kitster and Ellie” were tucked in and ready for bed, but those devilish handsome boys decided to stay up instead. Their bulging sacks overflowed with gifts for their fans. But they couldn’t bear to handle anything touched by the NXT Universe’s filthy little hands. The holiday season should be a time to give thanks. So please, to your knees if you please, and praise your glorious NXT Tag Team Champs. Back to the yuletide eve and those tasty British snacks, who won their gold by putting everyone on their backs.

They were waiting desperately and impatiently for the greatest gift of all. It’s not that you people are saying soccer instead of FOOTBALL!! Elton, please. It’s Christmas. Right, sorry. That’s an issue for another day. Pretty Deadly wanted something they craved for the longest of times, and it’s not just being on TV reading a story that rhymes. For the longest time, it was something that no one in NXT has been able to bring, and that’s a team that can match them blow for blow in the ring. Pretty Deadly begged and pleaded with Santa Claus, put it all in a letter. Good Ol’ Nick isn’t stupid, he knows no one is better!

So this Christmas, they are the greatest, tastiest gifts for you all, as the cold chill of Winter creeps in from the Fall. The Tag Team Champions who will never, ever, ever, ever, ever lose, who have beaten everyone without receiving even the slightest bruise. So Santa can’t save you, there’s no Christmas cheer. 2023 will be the same as 2022, a PRETTY DEADLY YEAR! They say Merry Christmas to each other and hug it out. But then THE NEW DAY is here?! The fans lose their minds, as do Elton & Kit! Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods have the mics as fans chant “NEW! DAY ROCKS!”

Kofi says firstly, what an amazing story! Was that not great? Woods says, “Boys, boys, boys. The story that we want to hear talks about who?” WHO WHO WHO will Pretty Deadly defend the belts against at Deadline? Because they said they beat everybody, right? Right? They did say that! They beat everyone except YA BOIS, the NEW~ DAY~! Woods & Kofi get in the ring and yes, boy, they should put the titles on the line this Saturday so that the New Day can become your NEW~! W! W! E! N! X! T! WORLD! TAG! TEAM! CHAMPION~! But Pretty Deadly rushes in, only for the New Day to clobber them!

Fans fire up as as the New Day takes the fight to the champs, then trade to back elbow the others! Elton gets sent into the tree! And Kit gets sent into a GIFT BOX! Then the New Day tosses Pretty Deadly, and grab some really big boxes! MERRY CHRISTMA, they get bopped! Woods counts it out: one! Two! Three! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Fans fire up as the New Day pick up the NXT Tag Team titles! Will Kofi & Woods add to their already impressive accolades by becoming Tag Team Triple Crown Winners?


Isla Dawn speaks.

“Oh, my very first match in NXT. Oh, Alba Fyre. I hope you’re watching.” Isla blows out the candles and laughs in the dark. Will she extinguish Thea Hail’s light before dealing with the Celtic Fire Keeper?


Backstage interview with Javier Bernal.

McKenzie spooks him as she walks over. He says she can’t be doing that. Sorry, not sorry. But why was he looking around over his shoulder? Scared Indus Sher will come after him? Why would he be worried about them? And no, he wasn’t looking over his shoulder. Uh, yes he was. McKenzie, that is insensitive. He has a twitch. And Big Body Javi isn’t afraid of anything. But he was scared two seconds ago. Whatever, nevermind. Yeah, that’s what Indus Sher said looking at Javi! They saw him and were like, “Nevermind.” They don’t want none of him! That’s not how it looked to her. Well her opinion doesn’t count cuz she is clearly Anti-Javi. Javi needs someone more unbiased.

Then in that case… Oh, Ikemen Jiro! What’s up? McKenzie asks Jiro his opinion of Javier Bernal. Jiro looks confused as to who that is. Javi says that’s not a fair question. Javi asks Jiro about Big Body Javi. Hmm… More like Big Body Chicken. Exactly! Chicken!? Javi says McKenzie put Jiro up to that! Javi storms off, will he redeem his reputation?


Thea Hail w/ Chase U VS Isla Dawn!

Chase U’s most… enthusiastic student is more than fired up to face her opponent tonight. But considering the wicked ways of the Unholy Enchantress, will Thea wish she’d skipped school tonight?

The bell rings and the two tie up. Fans rally but Isla pushes Thea to the ropes. The ref counts, Isla lets off at 4 but Thea rushes in. Isla snapmares then KICKS Thea in the back! Isla drags Thea up, Thea throws body shots but Isla CLUBS and UPPERCUTS Thea down. Isla runs to METEORA! Chase coaches Thea but Isla clamps onto Thea’s arm. Fans rally as Thea resists but Isla KNEES Thea in the back! And again! COBRA CLUTCH! Thea flails, claws at the hold, and fans rally up. Isla bends Thea back but Thea fights to her feet. Isla wrangles Thea and slams her down! Thea endures as Isla leans on the hold.

Isla smiles at Duke and Chase but Chase coaches Thea. Thea fights up, but Isla ripcords her out! Thea dodges to fire off forearms! Thea ROCKS Isla to the corner, roars and CLOBBERS her with double ax handles! And again! Then back to the corner for a back elbow! Thea clinches to EXPLODER! Thea keeps moving, she shakes the ropes then springboards to SENTON! Cover, TWO! Isla shakes out the cobwebs but Thea kicks her. Thea wheelbarrows but Isla throws her off to throw her down! BUZZSAW! And then dragon sleeper, for ELBOW DROP DDT! Fans rally for Thea as she flounders but Isla pushes Thea around.

Isla stands Thea up, dragon sleepers again, and then another ELBOW DROP DDT! Cover, Isla wins!

Winner: Isla Dawn, by pinfall

The Wicked Witch casts a spell on Thea, and maybe Duke was right. Thea wasn’t ready, is anyone in NXT ready for what Isla can do?

Wait, smoke rises up around the ring! And where there’s smoke, there’s FYRE! Alba Fyre fires off on Isla, they brawl, and fans fire up! Referees rush out to stop this but fans want to “Let Them Fight!” Fyre and Dawn break loose, but Fyre ducks before Dawn sprays the BLACK MIST! A ref takes that full in the face! Dawn doesn’t care about the consequences, but will Fyre make sure she burns the witch?


Kiana James speaks.

“The first rule in business, G. If you can’t spot the lamb at the table, then you’re the lamb. And I see four lambs on Saturday. And what do we do with lambs?” Gina says, “They get slaughtered.” Does Gina smell that? There’s nothing like the smell of strategy. This Iron Survivor Challenge isn’t about pride or ego, but tactics. And that advantage belongs to Kiana. She will send each and every one of them to the Penalty Boxes, then watch the clock tick down to her victory. Almost like New Year’s. Speaking of, did Gina get that catering order taken care of? Yes! And drinks? That special soda water she likes. Check! And that special you-know-what. Oh yes, it’s wrapped. Perfect.

Kiana says she can turn dirt into diamonds and sand into gold, but she’ll also turn winning the Iron Survivor Challenge into championship gold. Yes, Ms. James. Gina heads out, Kiana gets back to business. Will she take care of business this Saturday at Deadline?


Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe!

The good ol’ boys stretched out their hands in camaraderie and they were slapped away. Malik & Edris are no longer in good moods, will they be in even worse moods after this match?


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (12/6/22)

Atlantic City gets Dark!



Anyone feeling luck in the Dark?

With AEW Dynamite tomorrow and ROH Final Battle this weekend, Dark brings out Dalton Castle & The Boys! Will the ROH Six Man Tag Team Champions find worthy opponents in time for December 10th?


  • Brian Cage VS Leon Ruffin; wins.
  • Athena VS B3CCA; wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Dalton Castle & The Boys VS Justin Corino, Jaden Valo & Defarge; win.
  • Jay Lethal & Satnam Singh w/ Sonjay Dutt VS The Brick City Boyz; win.
  • Leva Bates VS Abadon; wins.
  • Trent Beretta w/ Chuck Taylor VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake; wins.


A shorter card here, and from way back a month ago when AEW was in Atlantic City ahead of Full Gear. Dalton Castle & The Boys are in action on this episode because per last night’s Elevation, they more or less called out The Embassy. Castle & The Boys VS Cage & The Gates of Agony probably ends up a Final Battle preshow match, and I feel like that would/should be the time The Embassy takes those titles. Castle & The Boys have been great ROH Six Man Tag Team Champions, but The Embassy is going to look like a joke if they can’t get a pin off one of the Boys.

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