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Mitchell’s Ring of Honor Report! (12/2/17)

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ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, EPISODE 324

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Beer City Bruiser VS Marty Scurll; Scurll wins.
  • ROH World Tag Team Championship: The Motor City Machine Guns VS The Kingdom; MCMG wins and retains the ROH WTTC.
  • Flip Gordon VS “Hangman” Adam Page; Gordon wins.

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The Beer City Bruiser VS Marty Scurll!

The Bullet Club’s Villain and new IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion is preparing for his Final Battle match against The Greatest First Generation Wrestler, Jay Lethal, so he’s going to use The Last Real Man’s keg-carrying compatriot as a means to measure where the two stack up, as Lethal had his own series of matches against The BCB in the past.

The bell rings, they circle, fans “WOOP WOOP” as Scurll and BCB tie up. BCB shoves him away, daring him to come back, and Scurll does, only to be shoved away again, and again. Scurll gets out of the ring in frustration, BCB eggs him on. Fans cheer Marty on, so he gets fired up and back in the ring. He shoves BCB then ducks BCB’s punch to give haymakers of his own. Scurll tries to whip Bruiser but Bruiser’s too big and strong for that. Bruiser whips Scurll to a corner, Scurll goes up and under, fake out to mule kick. Then a double wristlock with a roll to really wrench those fingers before Scurll stands on BCB’s hands, “WOOP WOOP!”

Double stomps on the hands, dropkick sends Bruiser out of the ring, and fans applaud. The fans “WOOP WOOP” then rally with Scurll as he builds speed, but Bruiser trips Scurll up and drags him out. Bruiser goes to swing but Scurll ducks and chops, then again. Scurll throws more chops, Bruiser is sat down and Scurll gives him forearms and chops. The fans applaud as Scurll gets space, resets the ring count and fires them up. Scurll runs at Bruiser, Bruiser boots Scurll and then sits him down for chops. Bruiser resets the count, gets space, and builds speed, but Scurll dodges as the cannonball comes in!

Bruiser crashes and burns, Scurll “WOOP WOOP” as we go to break.

We return to see BCB break Scurll’s hold on his fingers to then slap Scurll to the mat. Bruiser brings Scurll up, suplex side slam! He then positions Scurll before climbing up, fans firing up as he does. Bruiser flies, but flops! Everyone notices that Jay Lethal has appeared.

Lethal is keeping an eye on his Final Battle opponent as fans cheer Marty on. Bruiser runs in but Scurll boots him away before slipping out to the apron. Bruiser returns but Scurll grabs his arm, shoulderbreaker hotshot! Scurll fires up again as he returns into the ring and hops up, grabbing that arm of Bruiser to put it in a hammerlock. He keeps up the torture on Bruiser’s arm by stretching it back out for an armbar, into a tornado armbar DDT! Bruiser slides out but leans on the apron, so Scurll runs and hops over to then mule kick Bruiser in the head. Lethal is stoic as Scurll gives Bruiser’s bad arm a double ax handle. Bruiser hits back, runs, but gets faked out so that Scurll can mule kick a leg out. Fans applaud and Scurll works them up, but Bruiser manages a clobbering lariat! Cover, TWO, Bruiser is frustrated. Bruiser drags Scurll into position again and climbs up, but Scurll revives and gets up under Bruiser! The fans aren’t sure Scurll can do this, but he does! Super Powerbomb!

Scurll puts his feet up on the second rope! The referee notices just in time, and fans are actually upset Scurll didn’t get away with it. Lethal chuckles, he must feel that was a bit amateurish. Scurll argues with the ref, Bruiser gets up and bulls him out of the ring. Bruiser gets on the apron, fans tell the ref “Ref, you suck!” Bruiser runs and cannonballs, but he misses again!

Both men are down, the ref counts, Lethal just watches. The count is halfway up, Scurll tries to drag the dead weight of Bruiser up. Bruiser is too much, Scurll just gets in the ring. The count continues, Bruiser barely beats it in time! Scurll goes after Bruiser right away, working on an octopus stretch. Scurll gets the stretch but also incorporates Bruiser’s fingers into the hold. Bruiser powers out to a ropebreak, Scurll gets up and calls for the finish. He hops up on Bruiser, Bruiser snapmares him off. Scrull and Bruiser are in opposite corners, Bruiser charges corner to corner but Scurll dodges while pulling the referee into the path, Bruiser squashes the referee!

Bruiser chases Scurll but misses yet again, the fans tell the referee “You deserve it!” Scurll realizes he can get away with anything while the ref is down, so he grabs his umbrella. However, Jay Lethal walks down the ramp, which distracts Scurll. Lethal stops, so Scurll’s plan continues, he SMACKS Bruiser upside the head! Bruiser goes down, the ref comes to, Scurll covers and wins! Lethal lets Scurll know he has his eye on The Villain.

Scurll got away with a villainous victory tonight, but will he prove himself the dirtiest player in ROH?

 

ROH looks back at the Peacock’s stellar performance in the Soaring Eagle Cup.

From giving out Bangarangs like candy to pinning all three men in a Four Corners Survival elimination match, Dalton Castle is THE inaugural Soaring Eagle Cup champion! Castle is now poised to fly even higher as he faces The American Nightmare, Cody, at Final Battle for the ROH World Heavyweight Championship. Can The Peacock dethrone the Son of a Son of a Plumber?

The Peacock speaks!

This is a pretty big deal for Dalton Castle. He never thought “that’s where I’m headed!” He was only 12 years old when he first hit the wrestling mat, and has been “a wrestler in some form or fashion” ever since that day. This isn’t what he likes to do, this is what he does. “I am a wrestler, and I’m a damn good one.”

Castle made his ROH TV debut all the way back in March of 2015, and no one, not even Castle himself, could’ve predicted his rise. He was in Top Prospect Tournament, didn’t win it, but look at him now! Castle can prove to everybody that he’s as fantastic as anybody, and he worked to earn this all the way. It will be Castle VS Cody for the ROH WHC, but Castle only wishes that was the focus of it all. It is no longer just sport, Cody made this so personal. They had a match together only just last February, ROH The Experience.

Cody tried to trick Castle with his “silly dress-up game”, but why? Because Cody is afraid of Castle. Cody is a “pale-faced scoundrel”. Castle has had his shots at the ROH WHC before, such as against Christopher Daniels. Castle learned from that match defeat back in April’s Supercard of Honor. He put up a good fight, but then Cody had to go and attack them both, kicking Castle in the balls!

Cody didn’t leave it at that, either, he would bully Castle randomly, such as at War of the Worlds UK back in August. He left Castle for dead, saying he was “a novelty act”. Worse yet, Cody literally shipped The Boys away in boxes! Cody knew Castle wasn’t going to be gone forever, so he needed a different advantage. Castle isn’t going to let being without his Boys slow him down. Final Battle will see Cody walk in as champion, and will see Castle kick his ass. Can the Peacock come through on his words?

 

ROH reluctantly shares footage of The Briscoes invading the Dudley training facility.

Jay bangs on the door as Mark controls the camera. The door swings open, and the Briscoes simply walk on in.

Jay asks the trainees where the Dudley Boys are, but the trainees won’t tell them. Jay goes looking for Bully and D-Von, Mark knows they have to be here somewhere. The trainees say hello, the Briscoes give them handshakes. Jay asks the students where the Dudleys are, the students say they’re not here. Mark says they’re full of crap, and Jay attacks the students!

Jay shouts for Bully to come out, Mark shouts for the students to keep it down. The Briscoes creep deeper into the Dudley facility and find their memorabilia. Jay grabs a picture of the Dudleys with the Hardys, to then throw it at a wall!

Mark points out another picture, The Dudleys and Terry Funk in the Tokyo. That picture also gets thrown at the wall! The Briscoes make it into yet another room full of pictures, such as The Dudleys with the legendary Rock ‘n’ Roll Express and Midnight Express. Three legendary tag teams in one picture, thrown against the wall! The Briscoes return to the training room and look at a poster that lists Bully’s long list of injuries.

Jay reads them off, line by line. Bully Ray endured all of that, yet he’s going to let Jay Briscoe take him out for good? Jay warned Bully Ray, so what is it going to take to get him in the ring with them? Jay spits on the picture of Bully Ray. The students tell the Briscoes to leave, the cops are on their way. Jay tells them to shut up, then has Mark put the phone-camera where it can be propped up. The phone records the ring, Jay and Mark bring a student in for a 3D!

The Briscoes ask again, “What’s it gonna take?” They finally leave, how will the Dudley Boys respond to this invasion?

 

Time for ROH’s #1 (and only) talk show, Coleman’s Pulpit!

The Most Versatile Man in This Sport Today has a very special guest today, a 20 year veteran on the verge of the biggest match in his career: himself!

Caprice Coleman greets himself to the set, and Coleman thanks himself for inviting him on. Guest Coleman tells Host Coleman that the set is awesome, but they soon get down to business. The previous episode of the Pulpit had ROH World Television Champion, Kenny King, and Kenny wasn’t happy after what Coleman said to him. Coleman thinks that’s sad, but Kenny just has a bad attitude. Coleman told the truth, and some people get upset by the truth. Host Coleman asks Guest Coleman, does Coleman have a vendetta against Kenny? Is Coleman jealous of Kenny? Jealous? Vendetta? No, not at all. Coleman has nothing but respect for Kenny, Kenny is ROH WTVC for a reason. However, anyone can be champion, if they’re given the “right opportunities.”

Host Coleman brings up Final Battle’s Four Way Elimination match for the ROH WTVC. The ROH WTVC will have to outlast the other three men. Is Guest Coleman prepared for such a match? Absolutely. Guest Coleman compliments Host Coleman on that great question, and especially how he worded it: the champion will defend the title in that Four Way. If Coleman defeats Kenny King for the title, he will have to be in said Four Way. The one who wins the race is not the swift nor the strong, but the one who can endure. Coleman never thought of it that way.

Guest Coleman reiterates that Kenny is not a king, a peasant nor a pawn, he’s a ho. Coleman makes it his responsibility to make Kenny his priority, and become the new ROH WTVC. Host Coleman is blown away by that, and won’t miss that match for anything. Coleman’s Pulpit: where you find out the truth, and the truth will help you see. Can the egotistical Coleman conquer the K I N G? Or will he, too, #BendTheKnee?

 

ROH looks back at the mishap between The Addiction and War Machine.

Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian vowed to ruin the fun in ROH, but their ambush on Hanson & Rowe went a little too far. Not for what they did to their targets, but for the fan casualty that occurred. Ray Rowe has been temporarily suspended, because he was the one who threw the Heavy Metal Rebel headlong like a long dart into the innocent bystander, but they will still have a tag team grudge match at Final Battle. Can War Machine make The Addiction pay for inciting such an incident?

 

ROH World Tag Team Championship: The Motor City Machine Guns VS The Kingdom!

This match isn’t live in Lakeland, but ROH TV lets us see the amazing action from the incredible Fort Lauderdale event! Before the bell, The Kingdom attacks from behind!

The bell rings, the attack continues and fans boo. O’Ryan has Shelley and Vinnie has Sabin in opposite corners. The Kingdom whips the MCMG, but the MCMG do-si-do and swing on the Kingdom. The Kingdom ducks, run in, the MCMG dodge and go corner to corner for double clotheslines! Shelley throws out O’Ryan, Sabin throws out Vinnie, and the MCMG gets the fans rallying. The MCMG aim and double slingshot over!

The MCMG topple The Kingdom over, the fans chant for “Motor City! *clap clap clapclapclap*” Sabin sits O’Ryan down and throws haymakers while Vinnie drags Shelley down. Sabin whips but is reversed, he ends up into barriers, Vinnie fish-hooks Shelley’s mouth to stretch while he bites Shelley’s forehead! The Sassy Wild Horse regroups with Mr. Inksanity, chop to Shelley and European Uppercut for Sabin. Vinnie throws Sabin at barriers while O’Ryan puts Shelly in the ring. O’Ryan climbs up, aims, but flies into Shelley’s boot. Vinnie climbs up, he jumps, but into a body shot. Sabin tags in, The MCMG double whips O’Ryan corner to corner. Shelley whips Sabin in for a forearm smash, then Sabin is the step stool for an MCMG Poetry in Motion.

Shelley returns the favor, Sabin hits his own Poetry in Motion. The MCMG target Vinnie, he runs in but gets caught in a double kick vice. Sabin runs but is put on the apron, O’Ryan stuns him with a forearm. O’Ryan runs at Shelley but is kicked to a stop, Shelley stacks The Kingdom as Sabin climbs up. Sabin aims, jumps, missile dropkick double shot!

Shelley covers Vinnie, TWO. MCMG hit O’Ryan with double arm wrench, double back elbows and then crisscross arms for the double whip. O’Ryan kicks Shelley, Sabin blocks O’Ryan’s kick for him, hands the leg to Shelley, and the MCMG beat up that leg with kicks and elbows. Sabin hits an enziguri, Shelley gives O’Ryan a dragon screw, and then the figure four leglock! Sabin intercepts Vinnie, then puts him in the legendary submission for a double Figure Four!

The Kingdom endures, then drag themselves to ropes. Double ropebreak, so the MCMG lets Vinnie go but holds on a little longer for O’Ryan. Shelley frees O’Ryan at 4, O’Ryan’s healing legs are a factor. Shelley whips O’Ryan, O’Ryan jumps over but his legs slow him down on the landing. The referee checks on O’Ryan, O’Ryan gets out of the ring. Sabin stops Vinnie again, Shelley pursues O’Ryan. O’Ryan reveals he was exaggerating, he fights Shelley on the outside and bumps him off the apron. O’Ryan trips Sabin up, too, and drags him out of the ring. Sabin fights O’Ryan off and chases him down, things enter the ring, spinebuster! Vinnie adds a flying headbutt, O’Ryan rocks Shelley with a right, Vinnie DIVES on him!

The fans boo and jeer at the Kingdom, especially as they already declare themselves ROH World Tag Team Champions.

The Kingdom gloats as we go to commercials.

We return, The Kingdom isolates Shelley, until Shelley slips out and lets The Kingdom run into each other! Shelley crawls, Vinnie drags him back and kicks Shelley’s hand. Vinnie rushes Sabin, Sabin knocks him away, Shelley dodges O’Ryan to send that SPEAR into Vinnie!

Shelley tags Sabin, Sabin hits a flying crossbody! Sabin solos The Kingdom with chops and elbows, ducks a double lariat to send The Kingdom into themselves again. Sabin grabs Vinnie and dropkicks O’Ryan to hit Vinnie with a tornado DDT! Fans fire up as Sabin gets to the apron. Penalty Kick for O’Ryan! Sabin climbs up, flies for a missile dropkick on Vinnie. Fans rally for MCMG, Shelley up as The Kingdom regroups. Sabin speeds up, Shelley opens the ropes, Sabin DIVES!

The Kingdom goes down again, Sabin puts O’Ryan back in the ring. Shelley and Sabin give O’Ryan the double kick, but then Vinnie knocks Shelley off the top rope. Vinnie climbs, O’Ryan reverses Sabin into the Twist of Fate! Vinnie hits the RedRum swanton!

TWO! The Kingdom is shocked! Shelley returns but O’Ryan knocks him back down, The Kingdom regroups to get Sabin up and in a corner. They hoist Sabin up and climb up to join him, Sabin resists. He shoves O’Ryan down then Vinnie, jumps but is caught into the fireman’s carry, O’Ryan lifts Vinnie to commit Sassy Murder!

O’Ryan blocks Shelley but Shelley barrels through to break the pin! O’Ryan rocks Shelley with a right hand then throws him out. Vinnie, get the ax. Fans rally, Vinnie slithers out to grab his hatchet! He brings it in, the referee has eyes on him, but it was never about the ax, because O’Ryan has his bat!

The referee confiscates Vinnie’s ax, O’Ryan swings the bat, but Sabin ducks and almost hits Vinnie! Sabin shoves The Kingdom into each other, ducks another swing, then baits O’Ryan in, this time he hits Vinnie!

Shelley and Sabin put O’Ryan in the Dream Sequence! The fans fire up, Vinnie revives, double mule kicks and double lift, Thunder Express!

The MCMG win and retain! With The Kingdom taken care of, Shelley & Sabin now move on to Final Battle to face Best Friends, Trent Baretta & Chuckie T. Which team will end 2017 as the ROH World Tag Team Champions?

 

Flip Gordon VS “Hangman” Adam Page!

Despite comprising of rising stars within the ROH roster, “Flip Army” could not defeat The Bullet Club. Now #FlipArmy Commander Gordon wants to prove he can defeat the Bullet Club’s Problem Solver 1v1 to prove he belongs. Hangman offers a handshake for the Code of Honor, but Gordon doesn’t trust it after all the trap handshakes The Bullet Club got him with. Hangman takes offense, he pie-faces Gordon. The bell rings, the two circle and tie up. Hangman shoves Gordon but Gordon flips through it. They circle again, the fans trash talk, Hangman gets a headlock, Gordon powers out but Hangman runs him over. Hangman keeps moving, things speed up, Gordon handsprings then uses his kip-ups to dodge lariats!

Hangman gets frustrated, the fans are loving it. Gordon embraces the love, Hangman uses that opening to throw him out of the ring. Hangman runs, Gordon evades, flips past Hangman then ducks under Hangman’s shooting star!

Gordon climbs up and goes for a SUPER Asai, but lands on his feet when Hangman gets in the ring.

He follows Hangman back into the ring, things keep moving, Gordon hand-walks to ropes. Gordon walks back, and headscissors Hangman back out! Gordon dares Hangman to come get him, Hangman swings but Gordon cartwheels over to mule kick Hangman. He climbs up again, and this time hits the SUPER Asai!

The fans fire up and applaud, Gordon drags Hangman up and gives him forearms. They return to the ring, Gordon takes aim from the apron. Gordon slingshots, into a boot from Hangman! Hangman stands over Gordon as fans applaud, “The Hung Man” taunts before covering, ONE. Hangman puts Gordon in a corner then gives him a sharp chop. Gordon gets to an adjacent corner, Hangman runs in corner to corner but gets a back elbow. Gordon hops up, sticks out a foot but Hangman catches that and spins Gordon sideways, and puts Gordon in a Tree of Woe. Hangman goes to the apron, and gives Gordon a kick right to the face. Hangman grabs a chair, puts it up halfway between the corners, then rallies the fans. He then builds speed, uses the chair as a launch pad, and hits Gordon with a dropkick!

Gordon drops to the floor, we go to one more break.

We return one last time, Hangman hits a Fall Away Slam with a bridge! TWO, and Hangman is frustrated. The fans rally once more as Gordon stirs. Hangman lets him get to a corner, then runs in corner to corner, but into another back elbow. Gordon dodges and swing kicks into Hangman’s head, then swings up for an elevated 619! Hangman staggers, Gordon springboards but Hangman gets under. Gordon gets Hangman in the fireman’s carry, Hangman slips out and shoves, another back elbow. Gordon springboards, Hangman dodges the quebrada, Gordon uses kip-ups to again dodge a lariat. Hangman ducks the roundhouse, but Gordon hits the enziguri. Gordon speeds up, rolling sunset flip! TWO, Gordon can’t believe it. The fans rally once more, Gordon gets up onto the top rope. Gordon takes aim at Hangman, Hangman revives but Gordon jumps over him. Gordon runs back in, Hangman boots him then hops up, Gordon jumps up and gives a spinning back elbow. Springboard Steiner!

Running Shooting Star on top, TWO! Gordon is frustrated now, fans rally as he takes aim corner to corner. He runs in, Hangman puts him on the apron and blasts him with a forearm. Hangman climbs up, and hits his SUPER ASAI!

Gordon topples down, fans fire up and chant “ROH! ROH!” Hangman brings Gordon into the ring, Gordon revives and starts a chop fight! They go back and forth, Gordon getting the edge, Gordon runs and springboards but is caught, but manages to flip out of the Rite of Passage. Gordon goes for a Superkick, Hangman blocks and spins Gordon to hit his SUPERKICK!

Hangman runs, into Gordon’s SUPERKICK! Gordon gives Hangman the Samoan Pop, then the PELE! Gordon springboards for the Star-Spangled Stunner!

Flip Gordon WINS!! He overcomes the bullying of the Bullet Club! Wait, that’s not the referee raising Gordon’s hand!

Matt asks “Where do you think you’re going?!” and Nick gives Gordon a SUPERKICK!

Never mind, Gordon has not gotten away from the bullying. Will “The, Elite! The the, Elite!” ever leave Gordon alone?

 

ROH World Heavyweight Champion, Cody, watches from the production room.

“Flip Gordon? Flip Gordon is the LOSER if he thinks he’s going to take the Six Man Titles at Final Battle!” Gordon is just as delusional as Dalton Castle is thinking he can take the ROH WHC from Cody. Will The Bullet Club continue their title reign of terror over ROH? Or will each of them receive the retribution owed at the hands of their victims?

 

My Thoughts:

A solid night from ROH, though it almost feels like it was meant as a go-home to Final Battle. We got great matches, as always, but we also got quite a lot of recap and talking for just a one-hour program. Scurll-Bruiser built upon the Scurll-Lethal story with Lethal ringside but also Scurll making sure Lethal saw every bit of cheating he committed in the match. Scurll said he wants Heel Lethal, because Heel Lethal was the superior Lethal. Lethal might face a conflict within himself during their match: should he keep it clean to prove he’s the better man? Or should he cheat to prove he’s the better Heel? MCMG-Kingdom was also great, even if we were watching it on a tape delay, and I am surprised to see MCMG retain to make MCMG VS Best Friends a Face VS Face affair. The Kingdom will likely protest, claiming “conspiracy” again, or even interfere with the title match, because it can’t end like this.

The Briscoes invaded Dudley territory, another great move. They referenced D-Von a lot, too, but I don’t think ROH can get D-Von away from WWE even just for a one-night only tag team match. That’s a shame, because that would be the thing to make this tag team story, that is also Bully’s good-bye story, truly perfect. Coleman gave a great segment, it should’ve been obvious he’d interview himself. Coleman-King next episode will be great, and could go either way at this point. The main event once again felt like a main event, and Gordon winning was a pleasant surprise. The Young Bucks appearing wasn’t a surprise, but it was still great to see this story is far from over. “The Hung Bucks” VS Flip & Coast2Coast (I assume) is going to be great, but I don’t think ROH is going to put anyone over the super-stable that is Bullet Club.

My Score: 8/10


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

Let’s get Wild… Cards!

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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!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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; Briggs & Jensen win.
  • Women’s Iron Survivor Challenge Wild Card Triple Threat: Wendy Choo VS Fallon Henley VS Indi Hartwell; Indi wins and advances to NXT Deadline.

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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?

 

Lyra Valkyria speaks.

“According to legend, the Morrigan would take the form of a crow. She would foretell who would be victorious in battle. I have earned a feather for every battle I’ve won. There comes a time when a bird stops circling its prey. When it should be swift and decisive. This is my home now. Next week, I descend on NXT. Prepare to witness the rise of Lyra Valkyria.”

 

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?

NXT returns as Malik & Edris make their entrance, Odyssey Jones joining them. The teams sort and Edris starts against Jensen. Edris LEAPS at Jensen at the bell and clobbers him! Edris fires off fast hands, Jensen gets up but Edris ROCKS him! And ROCKS him again! Edris fires off in the corner, tags Malik, and they double whip to trip and BOOT and LEAPING LARIAT! Fans fire up and Malik storms up to wrench Jensen. Jensen blocks the whip, reverses it, but Malik goes up. Jensen catches him but Malik slips off to dropkick Jensen down! Malik hurries to cover, TWO! Malik drags Jensen up and wrenches the arm.

Jensen fights back with a chinbar but Malik wristlocks. Malik whips, Jensen hurdles and Briggs tags! Jensen hits Malik with a FACEBUSTER, then Briggs CLOBBERS Malik! The good ol’ boys run, slide out and DOUBLE HAYMAKER Malik down! Fans are torn as Briggs gets in after Malik. Tag to Jensen, they wrench and handoff Malik, but then Jensen spots Gina! Briggs tells Jensen to focus as Gina puts the special letter from Kiana James into Jensen’s jacket. Malik CLUBS Jensen but Jensen whips Malik, Malik dodges to hot tag Edris! Edris rallies on Jensen then DROPKICKS him Briggs gets in but Edris dumps him out!

Malik goes up to ASAI MOONSAULT and takes Briggs out! Edris KNEES Jensen against ropes! Fans fire up as Edris goes up top, MACHO ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Jensen survives and he shocks Edris! Fans rally and Edris drags Jensen up, only to spot Von! Von goes after Odyssey! They brawl up the ramp, and Jensen reels Edris in! Back suplex, but Edris lands on his feet! Edris ELBOWS Briggs, but Jensen WHEEL KICKS Edris! Briggs tags in, Jensen hooks Edris up while Briggs BLASTS Malik! Then the good ol’ boys HIGH LOW Edris down! Cover, Briggs & Jensen win!

Winners: Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen, by pinfall

Just as Gina almost cost Briggs & Jensen, Von tipped the scales going after Odyssey Jones. But in the end, these guys all make up and shake hands. But what business does Kiana have with Fallon’s boys?

 

Roxanne Perez speaks.

“For as long as I can remember, this has been my dream. But I’m done dreaming. It’s time to wake up and face reality. And the reality is, hell yeah I want another shot at Mandy Rose! I got screwed over the last time. But in order to get back at Mandy, I need to face the very best in a race against time: The Iron Survivor Challenge. How do I prepare for a match that’s never been done before? This is when my nerves start kicking in and my anxiety starts shooting up, because I don’t know what to expect. It’s going into the unknown.”

If Roxie goes into a match this big while doubting herself and second-guessing her every move, then she should just sit in the Penalty Box and never come out. But because she wants this so bad, she has to stop talking about it and go win it! The only one who can stop her from winning the Iron Survivor Challenge is herself.

 

BREAKING NEWS for Deadline!

After Fyre went after Dawn, they’re getting a grudge match! Will Fyre burn the Wicked Witch for screwing her out of the women’s title? Or will this be the dawn of a new age in NXT?

 

Women’s Iron Survivor Challenge Wild Card Triple Threat: Wendy Choo VS Fallon Henley VS Indi Hartwell!

One spot remains and three women want it! Will the Queen of Comfort, the Country Girl or the Impressive One move on to become the fifth Iron Survivor Challenger?

NXT returns and Briggs & Jensen regroup with Fallon at gorilla. They’re fired up, and Briggs tells Fallon to go win one for the team. Fallon says that’s right! She’s gonna kick Wendy and Indi in the teeth and go on to the Iron Survivor Challenge. But Jensen looks at the envelope from Gina, and inside are two VIP tickets to Deadline! Kiana & Giana are inviting them to the show! Seriously? Well, sorry to break it to you, but Kiana isn’t winning that night, Fallon is. Great, Jensen just pissed Fallon off. Well, Fallon performs better when she’s mad. So when Fallon wins, they’re going to Deadline with her anyway!

Wendy makes her entrance, followed by Fallon. The bell rings and the three watch each other as they circle. Indi kicks Wendy, kicks Fallon, then scoops and SLAMS Fallon! Then Indi scoops and SLAMS Wendy! Indi scoops Fallon, Fallon slips off and rolls her up, TWO! Wendy and Fallon kick Indi down together! Wendy headlocks Fallon, hits a takeover, but Indi drags Wendy off to a prawn hold, TWO! Wendy and Fallon DOUBLE DROPKICK Indi now! Indi staggers to a corner as we see Toxic Attraction watching this from a backstage Toxic Lounge. Fallon hooks Wendy for a backslide but Indi kicks Fallon.

Indi sits Fallon down, she tips her and Wendy over to double cover, TWO!! Indi hits DOUBLE LARIATS! Fans rally up for Indi as she runs to forearm Fallon! Then she forearms Wendy! BULLDOG DENIED, and then Fallon basement dropkicks Indi down! Cover, TWO! Fallon storms up to Wendy, drags her up but Wendy JAWBREAKERS! Wendy and Fallon trade forearms, fans rally up, but then Fallon knees low! Fallon waistlocks, Wendy blocks the lift and switches. They go to ropes and knock Indi off the apron! O’Conner Roll, TWO, and Wendy knocks Indi down again! Wendy basement dropkicks Fallon, then runs in to BOOT her!

Wendy pushes Fallon down, runs and SLEEPER ELBOW flops! Fallon CALF KICKS Wendy down, cover, but Indi drags her away! Fallon kicks Indi away, but Wendy waistlocks Fallon! Fallon reaches up to get Indi, HEADSCISSOR ARM-DRAG COMBO! Fans fire up while Indi flops out and Fallon runs in! Slide and HAYMAKER for Wendy, but then Indi BOOTS Fallon! Fans fire up with #IndiWrestling while NXT goes picture in picture.

Indi slides into the ring and she’s after Wendy in the corer. Indi whips Wendy corner to corner hard and Wendy bounces off buckles. Indi drags Wendy up to whip her hard the other way! Wendy bounces off buckles again and Indi drags her back up. Indi EuroUppers, then she whips corner to corner again. Wendy rebounds into a scoop, SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Indi clamps onto Wendy with a chinlock and grinds her down. Wendy endures, fans rally up, and Wendy fights to her feet, only for Indi to throw her down! Cover, TWO! Indi keeps cool and keeps on Wendy with a straitjacket stretch!

Wendy endures again, fights up, and she arm-drags free! Indi returns but into a waistlock and shove. Fallon swipes at Indi, Indi kicks her back. But Wendy CLOBBERS Indi and sends her out of the ring! But Fallon runs in to CLUB Wendy and cover, TWO! Fallon keeps on Wendy but Wendy throws body shots and a snapmare. Wendy KICKS Fallon in the back, then kicks her to a drop zone. Wendy rains down forearms, covers, TWO! Wendy is frustrated but she goes up the corner as NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally but Indi trips Wendy! Wendy ends up in a Tree of Woe and Indi stomps a mudhole into her! Indi then RAMS Fallon into Wendy!

Fans fire up and Indi stomps another mudhole into Wendy. Indi pulls Wendy’s hair but Wendy kicks her away! Fallon rolls Indi up, TWO! Fallon ROCKS Indi, ROCKS Wendy, repeat! Fallon CLOBBERS Wendy, dodges Indi and CALF KICKS! Fallon runs in to back body block Indi and Wendy! Then she runs to FACEBUSTER Indi! Cover, Wendy ELBOW DROPS it apart! Fans rally and duel as Wendy brings Fallon up. Wendy throws a forearm, Fallon give sit back. Wendy CHOPS, Fallon forearms, repeat! Indi joins in with forearms of her own! But Fallon CHOPS Indi, then Wendy CHOPS Indi! Indi kicks Wendy, CLUBS her, then JABS Fallon!

Indi throws Wendy out one side, then throws Fallon out the other. Indi has Fallon in the ropes for an UPPERCUT and a BOOT! Then Indi swings on Wendy but Wendy trips her! Wendy runs in to CLOBBER Indi! Wendy whips Fallon for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Wendy handspring lariats Indi! Wendy keeps moving, but Indi hits a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, Fallon breaks it! All three women are down and fans are fired up! Indi drags Fallon up, whips her to a corner, then runs in, but into an elbow! Fallon hops up, but Indi ROCKS her first! Indi climbs up, fans duel, but Fallon resists the superplex!

Wendy joins in! SUPER GERMAN SUPERPLEX COMBO!! Fans are loving “NXT! NXT!” for this one! Toxic Attraction like what they’re seeing because it softens everyone up. Wendy crawls to cover Fallon, TWO! Wendy is growing frustrated but she brings Fallon back up. Wendy reels Fallon in but Indi BOOTS her down! Indi reels Fallon in but Fallon hits a crucifix takedown, TWO! Indi chases Fallon to ropes but Fallon ducks the boot! Indi’s leg gets stuck on the top rope, and Fallon dumps her out! Wendy rushes in to kick and suplex, BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Fallon survives and Wendy can’t believe it!

“This is Awesome!” as Wendy fires up. Wendy has Fallon in the drop zone, she climbs up again, and she VADER BOMBS!!! Cover, but Indi throws Wendy out! Indi runs to BLINDSIDE FOREARM Fallon!! Cover, Indi wins!!

Winner: Indi Hartwell, by pinfall (advances to NXT Deadline)

An opportunistic and savage way to win, #IndiWrestling is going to Deadline! She has been impressive since showing up in NXT, but will she be even more impressive after becoming Ms. Iron Survivor?

 

Toxic Attraction talks Iron Survivor Challenge.

Jacy Jayne says the field is stacked. Cora Jade, Roxanne Perez, Zoey Stark, Kiana James and now Indi Hartwell. Gigi asks if they’re even going to Deadline. Mandy says of course they’re going! They have five women all fighting for the right to face Mandy, can’t face that. And Indi storms up to say it’s going to be her! Saturday is her day! The other 364 can go to everyone else, but Deadline is HERS! For months, everyone’s been wondering who finally takes the title off Mandy, and you’re looking at her! Mandy just saw what Indi can do, and we’ll see it again for 25 minutes or whenever she enters that match.

So sit in the lounge, in the front row, or at home watching on Peacock. It doesn’t matter to Indi. Once the clock runs out on the Iron Survivor Challenge, the clock starts counting down on Mandy’s title reign. Is THIS the thing the Hall of Famers needed to see out of Indi?

 

NXT presents The Grayson Waller Effect!

Waller and his guests, Axiom, Joe Gacy, JD McDonagh and Carmelo Hayes, are all already in the ring together and sitting at the table. Waller says to get on your Instagram and check out his shirt. But before introducing everyone, Waller wants to say Saturday will be a historic night. 25 minutes, most falls wins to become the NEW #1 Contender to the NXT Championship. And it is very rare that you get the opportunity to be in a first-time-ever match. You never forget your first, right? “Except for that fat boy in the first row! Because with that head, you’ve never had a first time!” Melo laughs at that one while fans boo.

Waller says sorry, back to business. The five of them are going to be linked together forever. It is an honor to be in this ring tonight and on Saturday with all of them. So proper introductions! The wiz kid of NXT, the only man brave enough to wear a turtleneck in 2022, Axiom! Then the man who went from being a sociopath to a psychopath, he now leads the Says ’em… The Shiz…? Uh, Joe Gacy! Peace. Fresh from his appearance in Waller’s front yard, it’s the Irish Lawn Gnome, JD McDonagh! But last but not least, Waller’s boy, the self-proclaimed A Champion, who after the last few weeks should be more like the A Loser, it’s Carmelo Hayes!

Melo says Waller doesn’t need to do all that. They know who he is. Yes, calm down. A Champ being more an A Hole right now. Chat’s blowing up, though. Let’s get a question up on the screen. Okay, from RingFox1: “What advantage do you have that’ll make you the first ever Iron Survivor?” Great question! Waller will take this. He’s the only one what it takes to be a Survivor! AUSTRALIAN SURVIVOR! Melo says they’re not talking about Waller running around naked in a jungle on a show no one watched. This is about the #1 contender to the NXT Championship. And there’s a reason Melo was the first one in!

When they mention the top title, they aren’t talking about any of y’all. They’re talking about the man that don’t miss. The one of one. The A CHAMPION! And Melo is him! What is he talking about? Didn’t Melo lose his North American title twice? And in a five-man match twice. JD, we’re not talking about that. This ain’t that. This match has everything to do with the five of them. This is their match, and this is Melo’s match. It doesn’t matter if Melo comes in first, second, third, fourth or last, he will have the same juice in minute one as he will in minute 25. Ask about him.

Fans like the sound of that, but JD says, “Melo, do not kid yourself, okay? You have been protected in this company since the day you walked in that door. You are like a kid running around in a petting zoo, and on Saturday, you’re gonna wake up inside the lion’s den. The person you are in minute one is not gonna be the same dude at minute 25. You’re not gonna be running around here when the lactic acid’s building up in your muscles, when your lungs are screaming for air. Those quick reactions aren’t gonna come so quick at minute 25. I know that I can go through 25 minutes of hell, and I know that I got a bigger gas tank than any of you guys.”

Waller says he doesn’t need 25 minutes to beat these flops! Melo says the match IS 25 minutes, not that Waller knows anything about lasting 25 minutes. Waller chooses to ignore that because Melo is doing his best Waller cosplay and he appreciates that. Great shirt. But now to Gacy. Waller wants to know what “Joseph” got from “Schism Claus” on “Invictus Day.” Gacy says he’s already capable of thinking for a group. “Individuals are selfish. And when the stakes are high, people will trample over each other just to get the things they want. It’s inevitable.

“Waves in a kiddy pool move differently than waves in the ocean, and my practicing thoughtful togetherness will let me see the field at Deadline, and I will act accordingly.” Axiom says he agrees with Gacy. They all will act differently in this. As someone who had to fight to get into this match, Axiom has the chance to really analyze things. And the Iron Survivor Challenge is just that: a challenge. It forces them to innovate. In order to win, they must evolve. And luckily, his adaptability is his greatest strength. Anyway you look at it, this match brings out the best in all of them, and any mistake will be penalized.

Waller says, “That was beautiful, Spider-Flop.” Melo says, “Nerd.” Waller has another question, and it’s from Big Money Marcus. “What position would you like to enter the match?” Axiom says easy, first or second. He maximizes his time for the most amount of falls. Gacy says that means that maximizes time to end up taking a fall and being put in the Penalty Box. Axiom will take that risk. Ideally, he’d go first, and have JD with him as second. Because Axiom didn’t forget what JD did to him, putting him on the shelf for three weeks. 25 minutes won’t be enough.

JD laughs and says, “Axiom, you should be thanking me that it was only weeks and not months that you were rehabbing that knee. And on Saturday, you won’t need to worry about the Penalty Box, you need to worry about what hospital I’m putting you in.” Gacy tells “Mr. McDonagh” that he applauds the example he sets. Gacy implores JD to do that again. But to answer the question at hand, the fourth spot is the sweet spot. Gacy can take advantage of the first three, he will pin them and put them all in the box for 90 seconds. Those 90 seconds will force them to watch as all their hopes and dreams drift away.

Gacy vows to be THE Iron Survivor so that the Schism’s tree will grow taller and its roots will grow stronger. Melo says, “No one’s gonna address the elephant in the room?” JD, Gacy, you guys shot your shot and missed. Waller and Axiom, you are shooting from the logo if they think they’re gonna be the next #1 contender. “Y’all don’t want this like I want this! This shot, I’ve shot a THOUSAND times in my mind. And every single time, it’s been nothing but net!” Waller says this isn’t Melo’s show, it’s HIS! And Melo is getting ahead of himself. Melo ain’t won nothing yet, none of them have! WALLER is the odds on favorite! His head’s on a swivel cuz you never know who’s gonna strike first!

Waller turns around and JD HEADBUTTS him!! Then the brawl is on! JD and Gacy, Melo and Axiom! Melo throat chops but Axiom still dodges the boot to SUPERKICK back! Gacy ROCKS JD, Melo bails out, Axiom DIVES onto Melo! Gacy clotheslines himself and JD out of the ring! Waller says if they wanna play, let’s play! He FLIES out onto all of them! The brawling continues, referees rush out and fans want to “Let Them Fight!” This is chaos now, but what happens when they’re racing against time?


My Thoughts:

A very good go-home episode for NXT, but I unfortunately felt the Go Home Syndrome. We did get good promos from Cora, Zoey, Kiana and Roxie, and good story tie-in with Kiana sending an invitation to Jensen to mess with Fallon indirectly. But did we need another segment of Apollo and Bron talking? I feel like the diner scene was a good way to punctuate their story, and something about the fishing scene was redundant. But I guess Apollo was returning the favor of Bron walking into his personal space that is the diner. This promo didn’t change anything about how I feel from last week, in that this would be the time to dethrone Bron but it probably isn’t happening.

Scrypts has a decent promo, but it took me a second time to get it all right because of that voice mod. Him watching himself back was a good detail, at least, as if he’s critiquing himself while also using himself as inspiration for what’s next. As for him talking about targeting chosen ones, he’s getting closer to his first feud, and he could really be after anyone. Good return match for Tony D’Angelo, and of course he wants after Wes and the North American Championship. Dijak interrupting also made sense, this is all building to a big North American title match, probably for New Year’s Evil 2023.

Good use of kayfabe health status to delay Creeds VS Indus Sher. Ivy wants to protect the Creeds, Indus Sher want the best out of the Creeds but the Creeds are headstrong, all of that will be why the Creeds lose. I bet New Year’s Evil also sees Creeds VS Indus Sher, and that’ll be great stuff. Big Body Javi was hilarious again, and great to see Ikemen Jiro on screen again. Javi VS Jiro should be a good match, and maybe it’ll help bridge Javi to another name on that insanely long wish list of his. Also Bryson Montana practically got Dan Matha’d, but that was a great ambush by Indus Sher.

Pretty Deadly’s Night Before Christmas parody was so goofy, maybe dragged on a bit, but how wild to have the New Day in NXT! Part of this is to boost Deadline’s profile, and we’re going to get an awesome tag title match. As great as New Day becoming Triple Crown Winners would be, this is them giving the nod to Pretty Deadly being a great new comedic Heel team, and that’s great stuff. Good stuff from Charlie Dempsey and Hank Walker, and Drew Gulak showing up makes sense, too. I would love Gulak VS Dempsey, or even those two teaming up. And good match of Briggs & Jensen VS Malik & Edris, though it was all clearly just to plug the stories of Kiana taunting Fallon and Von wanting after Odyssey.

Great intermingling of other stories with all the different Wild Cards tonight. Great Triple Threat from the men to open, with Andre Chase looking amazing despite losing. Axiom advancing makes sense, he really adds some speed to that match, and if half of his gimmick is being a math genius, then he should be able to figure out the winning formula. Chase’s story with Duke is progressing between the result of that match, and the promo that set up Thea VS Isla. Thea VS Isla was good stuff, but of course Isla wins to prove Duke right, and to give us Fyre VS Isla. I think Isla wins that one, too, to establish herself better on NXT.

Then the Women’s Triple Threat was awesome stuff, one of the best Triple Threats I’ve seen in some time. I said before that I didn’t see Indi winning this because of Lopez, so it was a big surprise that Indi is advancing. At the same time, Indi gave a fiery promo in Mandy’s face, I would love if Indi got the title shot at New Year’s Evil. I suppose this means they’re saving the Cora VS Wendy feud for New Year’s Evil, as well, as I really expected a feud to bleed into the Iron Survivor Challenge. Which is probably for the best, as that’d allow for such stories to have dedicated blow-offs.

As for the Grayson Waller Effect, that was one talk show segment that could’ve/should’ve been trimmed down a bit. I appreciate that they talked about the strategy of an Iron Survivor Challenge, but even that dragged on. At least it ended the right way: with a big brawl! Melo also did make a good point that Gacy and JD had their title shots and lost, so we do need someone new to step up. Melo makes a great choice, he probably is THE choice, can’t wait to see it.

My Score: 8.6/10


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

Atlantic City gets Dark!

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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?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

QUICK NOTES

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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