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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Report! (5/7/18)

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It’s the Raw after Backlash! The Big Dog survived the Destroyer by a narrow margin. Does he now move on to once again challenge The Beast for the WWE Universal Championship? Or will someone else step in his way? And what of the friendship between Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn after being demolished by Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley?

 

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Singles Match: Kevin Owens VS Braun Strowman; Strowman wins and joins the Men’s MITB Ladder Match.
  • Six Man Tag: No Way Jose & Titus Worldwide VS Baron Corbin & The Revival; Corbin & The Revival win.
  • Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat Match: Ember Moon VS Sasha Banks VS Ruby Riott; Ember wins and joins the Women’s MITB Ladder match.
  • Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh VS Chad Gable; Mahal wins.
  • Heath Slater & Rhyno VS Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre; Ziggler & McIntyre win.
  • Bobby Roode VS Elias; Roode wins.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge: Seth Rollins VS ???; Rollins wins and retains the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
  • Bo Dallas & Curt Axel VS The Deleters of Worlds; win.
  • Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat Match: Finn Balor VS Sami Zayn VS Roman Reigns; Finn wins and joins the Men’s MITB Ladder match.

PLAY BY PLAY

Raw General Manager, Kurt Angle, is here!

The Olympic Gold Medalist welcomes the fans in Nassau Coliseum to the show, and is proudly part of the WWE family for 20 years. What separates WWE from all others is that they never stop! They’re 52 weeks a year, with no end. From Wrestlemania to the Superstar Shake-Up to the Greatest Royal Rumble and Backlash. Next is Money in the Bank, with two matches: one for the men and one for the women, also co-branded. These matches are going to “kick some real butt.” Angle is excited, because Raw settles it in the ring. Tonight will have two qualifying Triple Threat matches. First is the women with Ember Moon, Ruby Riott and former champion, Sasha Banks. The other is the men, with Roman Reigns, Finn Balor and Sami Zayn. But BRAUN has something to say about that!

The Monster Among Men dominated alongside Bobby Lashley, and against Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. Strowman storms his way to the ring now and fans chant “Get These Hands!” Strowman brings up the time when he was a kid and the boys of the neighborhood made a tree house. They never asked Strowman for help, and when they got done, they bragged about their secret handshake. Do you know what Strowman did to that tree house? Destroyed it? No, even better. He made sure they were all in it first, then knocked the entire tree down! Angle admits Strowman’s on a roll, from being Raw Tag Team Champion to the Greatest Royal Rumble winner. If anyone deserves a shot, it’s him. But Kevin Owens appears!

The Prizefighter says that he deserves to be in the MITB match! He may not be wanted, but he IS the MVP of Raw. Kevin has fans chanting his name all over the world, but more importantly, he’s a team player. “Unlike Braun Strowman.” The wrong man was pinned last night at Backlash, that’s against the rules. Reverse the decision and make Kevin & Sami the winners and Strowman a loser! Kevin deserves the MITB match, without qualifying, but for everything he’s been through! Strowman deserves to be sent to timeout! Angle says Kevin can’t just be put into the match. He lets Strowman know he has a qualifying match.

Kevin protests, but Strowman threatens Kevin with hands! Kevin wants fair treatment. Angle better make the right decision, given how he needs this job and how Stephanie McMahon is watching. That decision is that the first Raw superstar to enter the MITB match is Kevin. Angle knows Stephanie is watching, but he brings up the qualifying match. Strowman will go up against Kevin, right now! Can Kevin survive to then try his hand at MITB?

 

Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Singles Match: Kevin Owens VS Braun Strowman!

The bell rings and Strowman goes right at Kevin. Kevin evades and clubs away, but then Strowman pushes him into the referee. Kevin goes after Strowman but Strowman pushes and runs Kevin over. Strowman glares while Kevin gets out of the ring. Strowman gives chase, and they return to the ring. Kevin clubs away then runs, but into the backhand from Strowman! Strowman stalks Kevin, drags him back up, then clubs him with a big forearm. Strowman roars and fans cheer, then he gives a jumping stomp to Kevin. Kevin begs for mercy but Strowman just whips him corner to corner hard. Strowman watches Kevin writhe in agony, because “This is what you deserve, you coward!”

Kevin chops Strowman to no effect, but Strowman whips Kevin corner to corner again. Strowman stalks Kevin to a corner, then stands him up just to club him again. Kevin wants Strowman to stop but Strowman only runs corner to corner. Kevin gets the boots up, then hops up, only for Strwoman to topple him down with an uppercut. Strowman wants to go out and fetch Kevin, but the referee keeps him back. Strowman slips out the side, runs over but Kevin runs away. Kevin can’t get away fast enough, Strowman grabs him! Strowman drags Kevin up onto the barrier, but Kevin breaks free to hit Strowman with a Tornado DDT!

The Monster Among Men is reeling, but Kevin gets back in the ring. Kevin settles for the ring count. The count reaches 5 before Strowman stands, and Strowman manages to return at 8. Kevin grows desperate, especially with fans chanting “Get These Hands!” Kevin throws punches and kicks to keep Strowman down, then runs, but into the one-handed STO! Strowman and Kevin stand up, Kevin dodges and lets Strowman hit post! Kevin will let the count do his work again while he catches his breath. Strowman stirs at about 4, then pulls himself up at 6. He manages to beat the count at 8 again. Kevin is further frustrated while we go to break.

Raw returns as Strowman fights up and out of a chinlock. Kevin knees low, then clubs Strowman on the back. Kevin runs, but into another STO! Then Strowman deadlifts Kevin for a CHOKE SLAM! Strowman catches his breath then walks over to Kevin. He brings Kevin up, scoops him, but Kevin slips out to kick the legs. Kevin kicks and kicks, then SUPERKICKS Strowman. Strowman stays up, so Kevin kicks and drops the back senton! Cover, ONE, and Kevin is shocked. Kevin argues with the ref, then takes aim from across the way. Kevin runs in corner to corner, but Strowman blocks the cannonball with a shove and a boot!

Strowman runs in corner to corner, but misses again to hit buckles. SUPERKICK again, then Kevin hurries to the corner. Kevin climbs up, FROG SPLASH! TWO, and with such power! Kevin is further shocked, but he still has Strowman on the defensive. He hurries up to his feet and glares at Strowman. Kevin kicks but Strowman blocks it. Strowman swings but misses, SUPERKICK again. Kevin pushes Strowman, but no Pop-Up for the Monster. Strowman clobbers Kevin with a clothesline! Then the corner to corner splash. Kevin rolls out of the ring, but Strowman slips out the side. Strowman builds speed, and runs Kevin over! The fans are thunderous, so Strowman takes a lap, to RUN KEVIN OVER!!

Strowman puts Kevin in the ring, but Kevin slips back out. That’s fine by Strowman, he RUNS KEVIN OVER AGAIN! Strowman puts Kevin back in the ring one more time, then scoops him up, for the MONSTER Slam! Cover, Strowman wins!

Winner: Strowman, by pinfall; qualifies for the Men’s Money in the Bank Match

It doesn’t matter how many other men are going to be in that Ladder Match, this might be the man to win it all. Will Strowman reach new heights and become Mr. MONSTER In The Bank?

 

Backstage interview with Roman Reigns.

The Big Dog “handled his business” at Backlash, but how does he feel about tonight’s Money in the Bank qualifier? That he’s the uncrowned Universal Champion but management disagrees. Roman can’t control backstage politics, but when he’s in the ring, he’s in control. He silences the haters and doubters night after night. Just ask Paul Heyman. Ask Brock Lesnar. Ask Samoa Joe! Sami Zayn and Finn Balor are dealing with a pissed off Roman, who vows to dominate, win, and become Mr. MITB to take what’s rightfully his. “You understand?”

 

Superstars speak on Money in the Bank.

The Huggable One would love to climb up and hug the MITB contract briefcase. The Fashion Police have a case. The MITB briefcase. It has a contract, so they’ll climb up and close this case.

 

Kurt Angle speaks with Goldust.

The Bizarre One quotes Million Dollar Baby, he wants his shot at MITB. “It is my quest! The Ultimate Gold.” But Jinder Mahal also wants in. He thought Raw would be a good move, so why is he not in tonight’s Triple Threat yet Roman is? What makes Mahal think he deserves anything? He hasn’t won on Raw yet. Angle has a match for Mahal, against Chad Gable, the “Mini-Me” who beat him. Maybe if he wins, he’ll get his shot. Maybe. The Maharaja storms back out, while Goldy paraphrases All About Eve, “it’s gonna be a bumpy night.”

 

Six Man Tag: No Way Jose & Titus Worldwide VS Baron Corbin & The Revival!

The Fighting Fiesta has joined up with Titus’ team, and they’ve joined his conga line. Meanwhile, the Lone Wolf teams up with two #TopGuys in tag team wrestling. Can Jose, Titus & Apollo keep the party going? Or will Corbin #SayYeah alongside Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson?

The bell rings and Dash starts against Titus. They circle and Dash throws forearms and chops. TItus puts Dash in a corner to give back a chop. Titus brings Dash over and tags in Apollo to help ram as houlder into Dash. He then scoops and slams Dash for Apollo’s standing moonsault. Apollo brings Dash up but Dash powers him to his corner. Tag to Dawson but Apollo rallies on The Revival. Apollo gives another standing moonsault to Dash, then drags Dawson up for a suplex. Dash saves Dawson, then Dawson tags Corbin for them both to club away on.

Corbin drags Apollo out to throw him into the barriers. Corbin taunts teh fans, then bumps Apollo off the apron. He puts Apollo in the ring to then taunt Titus and Jose. Corbin gives Apollo a stiff right, then tags to Dawson. Dawson kicks Apollo, then puts him in a corner to back suplex him out of it. Dawson drops legs, then covers, TWO. Jose and Titus rally for Apollo, but Dawson pushes and catches Apollo into the abdominal stretch. Fans join in on the rally, but Dawson clubs Apollo before pushing him again. Dawson and Apollo circle each other, going for the abdominal stretch, but Dawson tags to Corbin. Corbin rocks Apollo with a right, then throws Apollo into the corner.

Apollo fights back, but Corbin knees low. Corbin takes out Titus then taunts Jose, but Apollo gets him with an enziguri! Both men are down, Dana helps rally with the fans. Hot tags to Dawson and Jose! Jose rallies on both Dash & Dawson, then whips Dawson for a boot. He hip toss neckbreakers Dash then shoulders Corbin out. Jose runs at Dawson for the big splash, and fireman’s carry fro a rolling senton. Cover, but Dash breaks it up. Titus throws Dash to a corner but Dash boots him down. Dash staggers but Apollo gets him with the leaping lariat. Apollo kips up and fires up, but Corbin dumps him out of the ring.

Jose is alone with Dawson, but he scares off Corbin. Dawson comes in, Corbin tags, Jose doesn’t see it as he gives Dawson the Fast Ball Special! Corbin gets Jose with End of Days! Corbin & The Revival win!

Winners: Corbin & The Revival (Dash & Dawson), Corbin pinning

The Lone Wolf worked well with Dash & Dawson, and brings the party to a halt for now. Will he continue to have fun ruining other superstars’ fun and head towards a title?

 

Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat Match: Ember Moon VS Sasha Banks VS Ruby Riott!

The Prophecy of Flame is still new but red hot in the Raw Women’s Division. The Legit Boss wants her way back to the top. And the Squad leader has been on quite the roll since coming over through the Superstar Shake-Up. With Raw finally getting in on MITB, who will be the first woman from the Red Brand to join in?

The bell rings and all three women look up at the briefcase. Ruby hits first, going after both Sasha and Ember. She already feels that briefcase is hers, but her double whip backfires. Ember and Sasha double hip toss Ruby, so Ruby regroups with the Squad. Sasha rolls Ember, TWO, and things speed up. Ember lands out of the hip toss to arm drag Sasha, then roll up, TWO. Sasha slaps Ember down, but Ember glares as she sits back up. Sasha goes acrobatic for the arm drag then gets a drop toehold. Ruby trips Sasha up and pulls her out, then mule kicks Ember down. Cover, TWO, but Ruby keeps her cool.

Ruby throws Ember into a corner, then rams in her shoulder. She stomps but Sasha returns to kick and whip. Ruby reverses then stops Sasha from going up and over to kick her out. Now Ruby goes up and hits Deadly Nightshade!

But then Ember dropkicks Ruby and covers, TWO. Ember keeps on Ruby, but Ruby throws her down by her hair. Ember springs back up and mule kicks Ruby down. Now Ember runs, for the sliding shot. Cover, TWO. Ember drags Ruby up in a facelock, then pulls back. Ruby hits back then shoves, and the Squad swipes at Ember. Ember turns around into Ruby’s STO, cover, TWO. Ruby intercepts Sasha with an elbow, then kicks Ember while she’s down. Ruby stalks Ember and pulls her into the cobra clutch. Ember resists but Ruby shifts things to a straitjacket.

Fans rally for the War Goddess, and Ember stands up, only to be yanked back down. Cover, TWO, and Ruby grows frustrated. Ruby rams her knee into Ember, then kicks her while she’s down. Ruby drags Ember back up but Ember fights back with body shots. Ember runs but into a back elbow. Cover, Sasha breaks it up. Ruby kicks Sasha, then brings her around and also grabs Ember, inverted DDT and Complete Shot!

Cover on Sasha, TWO. Cover on Ember, TWO. Ruby is furious, and takes it out on Ember and Sasha with hammering rights. Ruby scrapes Sasha out of the ring, then goes back to Ember. Ember revives and rolls Ruby up, TWO, Ruby clotheslines Ember down. Cover, TWO. Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan argue with the ref on Ruby’s behalf while Ruby puts Ember in a chinlock.

Fans rally again, and Ember stands up, only for Ruby to drop her again. Cover, TWO, and Ruby is furious as she puts the chinlock back on. Sarah and Liv cheer her on but the fans build for Ember. Ember uses a jawbreaker, then Sasha returns. Sasha rallies on Ruby with lariats, then blocks the kick to give a knee. Ember returns and springboards onto Sasha, TWO. All three women are down, but Ember goes after Ruby with the half-hatch suplex. Ember gets Sasha with one, then kips up again. Ember dropkicks Ruby out, then runs at Sasha. Sasha dodges to give double knees. Sasha runs in but Ember puts her on the apron, so Sasha goes up to take out the Squad! Ruby takes Sasha out with a missile dropkick! Ember DIVES on Ruby!

Ember puts Ruby in to cover, TWO. All the women are down but the fans are thunderous. Ember climbs up but has to fight off Liv, only for Sarah to yank her down. Ruby and Sasha are up, and Ruby tries to suplex Sasha in. Sasha hits back then climbs up, for her own bit of Nightshade. Sasha climbs up again, but Ruby rocks her with a right. Ruby climbs up, but Sasha fights back, they brawl up top. Ruby gets the edge with headbutts, then gives Sasah a SUPER Stainer, that Sasha rolls through! The SQUAD break the cover! No DQ’s allows this, and they just mug Sasha on the outside. But it’s Bayley to the rescue!

Bayley fights off the Squad, but that just gets her beat down, too. The Squad keep her and Sasha down, but Bayley comes around from the side. Ruby is ready for Sasha, but still gets rolled up, TWO. She spins Ruby around, Ruby bucks her off. Ruby mule kicks Sasha, then wrenches the arm, but Sasha rocks her with a right. ECLISPE!! Ember covers Ruby, Ember wins!

Winner: Ember, by pinfall; qualifies for the Women’s MITB

The #Shenom came outta nowhere to take the match! She didn’t need numbers nor friends to do it, she did it all alone. Will she #EclipseTheCompetition once the field is filled?

 

 

Backstage interview with Ember Moon.

How does she feel about her “underdog” victory here tonight? She’s “over the moon.” Ember’s been an underdog before, and people always try to limit her. She seized the opportunity and proved she embodies Skill, Honor & Heart. Ember Moon will rise to every opportunity, including the MITB contract.

 

WWE and Raw take a look at Bobby Lashley.

A stand out in collegiate wrestling with a military pedigree and training, Lashley won both silver and gold medals in international wrestling tournaments. Lashley would be injured before joining the Olympics, but he met Kurt Angle and found himself in professional wrestling. Lashley dominated in his first run, and one of the fastest champions in history. After all this success, he moved to MMA to go 15-2. Lashley returns now after 10 years and has even higher aspirations.

Exclusive interview with Bobby Lashley.

He’s finally back in the WWE. We know about him as a superstar, but what about him as a person? Lashley had a great family, and family is what he’s about. He’s very close with his three older sisters, though it didn’t feel that way as a kid. His oldest sister would chase him around with a broom, so he teased her as a witch. His other sister had a security towel as opposed to a blanket, but it got dingy and dirty and stinky. One day, that towel was bruoght to school and a bully took it, so Bobby stepped in and made that bully eat that towel. The youngest sister, “Daddy’s little girl”, loved carrying their father’s Army helmet around. Lashley once hid that helmet, but he’s got the scar to prove never to prank his sister again.

Lashley now has the WWE Universe as his family, and hopes to have a lot of fun with them, too. But before Lashley signs off, he lets his sisters know he loves them. With family at the heart of this Alpha Male, is there anything he can’t do in the WWE this second time around?

 

Sami Zayn talks with Kevin Owens backstage.

Sami feels a cloud of conspiracy raining on their parade. Kevin knows that, he just went up against Strowman! If anyone is a victim here, it’s him. Sami doesn’t want Kevin to let the others turn them against each other. Kevin brings up how Sami slapped him. That was yesterday, this is today. Sami and Kevin need to seize positions of power, and that means becoming Universal Champion, which means wining the MITB contract. Sami apologizes, but they’ll both be sorry if they lose. Triple threats mean no disqualifications, so does Kevin have Sami’s back? Yes, he has Sami’s back. “Don’t you mean Yep?” No, he means yes. Will Kevin really come through for his “best friend” tonight?

 

Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh VS Chad Gable!

The Moderan Day Maharaja insulted the Olympic medalist by comparing him to Mini-Me of Austin Powers, but still lost to him all the same. Can Mahal even the score with this rematch and also earn a chance for Money in the Bank?

The bell rings and Gable evades Mahal to rock him with the rolling kick. Gable unloads European Uppercuts, then whips Mahal. Mahal reverses but Gable goes up and over. Gable keeps moving, slides under Mahal and gets the waistlock for a slam. Gable holds on and rolls Mahal, ONE, but Gable just shifts to a facelock. Mahal stands up and powers Gable to the apron, but Gable rocks him with a forearm. Mahal rams a shoulder and sends Gable flying off the apron! He then stalks Gable on the outside, puts him on the apron, and rams his chest into the edge. He does it again, then covers, TWO. Mahal looms over Gable and brings him up for a bearhug.

Gable endures, then pries his way out of the hold to give more EuroUppers. Gable whips but Mahal reverses again and sends Gable into buckles hard. Mahal drags Gable up for the abdominal stretch. Gable endures while fans build to a rally. Gable arm-drags out but Mahal runs back in, only to get a back elbow. Mahal goes to shove Gable but Gable traps him in a hanging armbar! Gable lets go at 4, then climbs up fora MOONSAULT!

That brings Mahal down, TWO. Gable waistlocks but Mahal elbows out to then run Gable over with a knee. Mahal drags Gable up, scoops him, then tosses him up, but Gable rolls him up! TWO, and Gable can’t believe it. Mahal slips out to the apron, then hot shots Gable back. Mahal boots Gable down, then fires himself up. He grabs Gable in the cobra clutch, KALLAS. Cover, Mahal wins!

Winner: Mahal, by pinfall

The Maharaja does get even, and gets his first win since joining Raw. Sunil rubs it in on Gable, but Gable shoves him away, so Mahal kicks Gable in the ribs. Mahal brings Gable up, for the shoulder rack to ram him into a corner. Mahal drags Gable up again for knees to the ribs over and over, then hangs him up on the ropes with a suplex. The fans boo and jeer but Mahal just boots Gable out of the ring. Mahal wants to know if Angle was watching that. Mahal may have won the match, but will he earn a MITB opportunity with this behavior?

 

More superstars speak on MITB.

Alexa Bliss says bullies won’t keep her from accomplishing her dreams. She vows to be a true role model to fans. The Ascension vow to rise to the top, win MITB, and turn Monday Night Raw into the Wasteland.

 

Kurt Angle meets with Zack Ryder.

This is his hometown! What would be better than the hometown hero qualifying for the MITB match? Angle likes Ryder, but Mahal interrupts. Mahal brags about what he did to Gable. Roman is undeserving, but he can stay in the match so long as Mahal joins tonight’s main event. A Fatal 4 Way, huh? Woo Woo Woo, NO, bro. Ryder chuckles while Mahal storms out again. Angle fists bumps Ryder, can Ryder find himself a chance at that golden opportunity?

 

Heath Slater & Rhyno VS Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre!

The One Man Band and Man Beast wnat to climb the tag team ladder, but now they’re up against the Show-Off and the Scottish Stud. Will the newest duo in Raw’s Tag Team Division prove why they are the show?

Fans chant ECW for Rhyno as he starts against Ziggler. Ziggler gets around then chops Rhyno, then gets around again. Rhyno reverses and runs Ziggler over with a clothesline, then brings Ziggler over. Tag to Slater, and Slater climbs up to drop the ax handle. Slater runs and runs Ziggler over, Rhyno and the fans chant “He’s got Kids!” Slater tries the suplex but Ziggler slips out. Ziggler tags to McIntyre, and fans remember “3MB! 3MB!” Slater welcomes McIntyre back before throwing hands. He backs McIntyre down and whips him, but McIntyre reverses.

Slater goes up and over, only for McIntyre to kick him down! McIntyre slithers around to take aim at Slater. Rhyno and the fans rally for Slater, bu t McIntyre rips off that shirt to throw it at Rhyno. McIntyre chops Slater, then blocks the boot to drag Slater upside-down. Ziggler tags in to SUPERKICK the hanging Slater, into the inverted Alabama Slam. McIntyre rocks Rhyno for good measure, then Ziggler tags him back in. Ziggler brings Slater up, and McIntyre runs, Claymore Zig Zag! McIntyre covers, eh and Ziggler win!

Winners: Ziggler & McIntyre, McIntyre pinning

This team is on a roll with their mix of speed and aggression. Is it only a matter of time before they’re challenging for the Raw Tag Team Championships?

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen, Elias.”

The Drifter is in Long Island, and as always, he asks “Who Wants to Walk with Elias?!” Sounds like Long Island does. Elias knows so many truths, and no truth is more apparent than that WWE means “Walk With Elias!” Long Island knows it, too! Elias is on another planet, but he was interrupted by pancakes, conga lines, and that fraud known as Bobby Roode. He’s surprised Long Island doesn’t like Bobby Roode, as this is the home of Billy Joel, a “talent-less, boring hack.” Maybe Roode forgot what Elias did to him last week, but if Roode does it again, Elias will rip his vocal chords out. Elias then vows to go on to Money in the Bank and win it. Fans prefer “Rusev Day!” Rusev Day has nothing on Elias!

Elias begins playing, “Bobby thinks he’s Gloruios, he doesn’t have a clue. Truth is, he’s dead inside, just like all of you.” If you disagree, then you’re out of luck. The Islanders could come back but Long Island would still suck. Pardon the GLORIOUS Interruption, but…

Elias VS Bobby Roode!

The Drifter moves from playing guitar to wrestling the former United States Champion in a rematch from a couple weeks ago. Elias is 2-0, can he make it a clean sweep?

The bell rings and the two go right at each other. Roode fights Elias off, but Elias trips him up. Roode turns it around to hammer away on Elias, then throws hands while they stand. He whips but Elias reverses, only for Roode to run him over. Fans cheer while Roode climbs up to the top rope. Elias stands and Roode takes him down with a flying clothesline. Roode winds it up, GLORIOUS Pose! He kicks but Elias blocks, so it’s an enziguri that sends Elias flying! Roode has control while we take a break.

Raw returns and Roode chops Elias into a corner. Roode whips but Elias reverses, then throws Roode with a back body drop. Roode writhes while Elias catches his breath. Elias stalks Roode, then throws body shots and clubbing forearms on him. Elias scoops Roode up and tosses him, then covers, TWO. The Drifter grows frustrated but he keeps on Roode with an elbow drop. Roode shouts in pain, and Elias puts him in a crossface to pull back on the bad back. Roode endures while fans rally. Elias elbows Roode down then puts the crossface back on. Roode endures and fans rally again. Roode rolls to a cover, TWO, and Elias knees low. Elias whips Roode but Roode kicks him away.

Roode fires back with haymakers, dodging Elias’. Roode backs Elias down with chops, then whips him corner to corner. Elias reverses and Roode hits buckles hard. Elias drags Roode up and scoops him, but Roode slips out. Roode hits the GLORIOUS Spinebuster! Cover, TWO! Fans duel while both men slowly stir. Elias gets to a corner while Roode fires himself up. Roode runs in at Elias for a bit clothesline, but Elias denies the bulldog with a backbreaker. Cover, TWO, and Elias grows frustrated. Elias stomps away on Roode, then brings him up for a powerbomb. High stack cover, TWO, but Elias tries another, TWO.

Elias grows further furious while Roode crawls to ropes. Elias stalks Roode, and has an idea. He undoes the cross bar on the post, then drags Roode up on the apron. Elias aims for a repeat, but Roode elbows hima way. Roode fights Elias off but Elias kicks him on reentry. Elias clubs away but Roode fights back, it’s a brawl now. Elias kicks low but Roode powers Elias up, only for Elias to slip out and knock Roode down. He stalks Roode again, drags him up, and talks trash. ROode GLORIOUS DDT outta nowhere! Cover, Roode wins!

Winner: Roode, by pinfall

The GLORIOUS One guts it out and finally gets on the board against Elias. Will this comeback victory help Roode impress Angle enough for a Money in the Bank opportunity?

In-ring interview with Roode.

This victory feels more than “great.” Roode knows things will get better, because Angle has been giving out MITB qualifiers. After that, Roode hopes he’s next in line. Because beating Elias was great, but winning MITB would be… “Absolutely GLORIOUS!”

 

Seth Rollins is here!

The Architect retained his Intercontinental Championship at Backlash against the Hollywood A-Lister, The Miz. Now the Grand Slam Kingslayer is here to tell Long Island that he’s feeling pretty good about it. He admits The Miz took him to the limit in their match, but in the end, Rollins stomped out Miz’s dream to tie the record of title reigns. Fans let Rollins know, “You Deserve It!” Rollins also admits that there’s one thing we can learn from The Miz: what kind of champion to NOT be. Rollins wants to be a full-time fighting champion. And Rollins knows we’re on the road to Money in the Bank, and he knows a thing or two about that. He knows how winning the contract can change your life. But his focus isn’t MITB, his focus is making the IC Title THE title on Raw.

Therefore, Rollins will give someone else an opportunity. In other words, Rollins is issuing an Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge, right here and now!

WWE Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge: Seth Rollins VS ???

Who accepts this golden opportunity? Mojo Rawley!

The man with Killer Instinct walks out and says this is the debut he deserves. When opportunity knocks, Mojo knocks people down. Which is what he’ll do to Rollins right now. Long Island would rather have Ryder, but Mojo knocked Ryder down before, too. Mojo promises to take the title away, then still qualify for the MITB Ladder Match, win it, and go after The Beast. This isn’t Monday Night Rollins, this is going to be Monday Night Rawley! Rollins accepts, and tells Mojo to come in and get his ass kicked!

Mojo enters the ring, the introductions are made and we have our match. Rollins and Mojo circle, tie up, and Mojo gets a headlock. Rollins endures while fans still want Ryder, “Woo Woo Woo!” The champ powers out and dropkicks the challenger down, then chops him before going for a suplex. Mojo blocks and counters but Rollins lands on his feet, then sends Mojo out. Rollins dropkicks then slingshots, but lands on his feet, only fro Mojo to clobber him from behind. Rollins staggers, Mojo runs in, and blasts Rollins into the barriers! The #KillerInstinct is in control while we go to break.

Raw returns and Mojo has Rollins in a chinlock in the ring. Rollins stands up and fights back with body shots. He chops Mojo, then runs, but into Mojo’s grip. Mojo powers Rollins to a corner and rams him against buckles again and again. Mojo throws Rollins down with an STO, covers, TWO. The Maryland Mean Machine toys with Rollins. He taunts the fans for liking Rollins, then drags Rollins up. Rollins chops and chops again, but Mojo kicks low. Mojo throws Rollins to a corner, but runs into the buckle shot! Mojo crawls away but runs back in, to Rollins’ elbow. Rollins hops up, jumps over Mojo, then ducks under to enziguri!

Rollins clotheslines Mojo out of the ring, then builds speed to DIVE! He wipes out Mojo then gets back in the ring, to DIVE again! Rollins is all fired up as he puts Mojo back in. Mojo runs into a boot, then Rollins hops up for the blockbuster. Cover, TWO. Rollins keeps his cool while Mojo gets to a corner. Rollins stands up and runs at Mojo for the forearm smash. He keeps going, but Mojo puts him on the apron. Rollins springboards but Mojo gets under to then spinebuster Rollins down! Cover, TWO, and Mojo grows frustrated. Mojo stands up and waits for Rollins.

Rollins slowly stands, Mojo lifts him up in the fireman’s carry, but Rollins fights out. Roll up, TWO, mule kick! Cover, TWO, and Rollins is a bit surprised. But he also nods, respecting Mojo’s resiliency. Rollins stands, and stomps for “Burn It Down!” Rollins takes aim, mule kicks again, but Mojo blocks the stomp into a fireman’s drop! Cover, TWO, and Mojo is enraged! He argues with the referee, he thought that was three. Mojo calms down, then stalks Rollins again. He drags Rollins up, throws him, and hits the Pounce! Rollins ends up in a corner, Mojo speeds up, but runs into a SUPERKICK! Revolution Knee, mule kick, and CURB STOMP!

Cover, Rollins wins!

Winner: Rollins, by pinfall; still WWE Intercontinental Champion

The Architect keeps his title, and keeps things #MondayNightRollins. This fighting champion continues to grow the prestige of the IC title, will he truly make it THE title in WWE?

 

Finn Balor speaks.

Why is he smiling? Most people wouldn’t be if they had a triple threat match tonight, but not Finn. Finn earns his opportunities, and he thrives on pressure. When Finn wins tonight and then wins the MITB, that victory will be #TooSweet.

 

Bo Dallas & Curt Axel VS The Deleters of Worlds!

The duo formerly known as The Miztourage are now “leading men”, and they’re second generation superstars to boot. Can they use their genetics against the Raw Tag Team Champions to win tonight? Or will they simply be… DELETED?! #StayTuned and fine out.

Bray Wyatt and Bo start, and Bray even gives Bo a free shot. Bo tags Axel, Axel runs into the turn-around lariat! Bray tags Matt, they hit Axel with a combination body check and Russian leg sweep. Cover, TWO, but Matt simply says DELETE! Axel refuses the Twist, then clubs away on Matt. Bo tags in, and he clotheslines Matt to then feed Matt to Axel’s DDT. Bo covers, TWO, so he drops knee after knee on Matt. Cover, TWO, so Bo wraps on a chinlock. Matt endures while fans rally, and Matt fights back with body shots. Matt ducks Bo’s punch to hit the Side Effect! Bray and the fans rally, hot tags to Bray and Axel! Bray rallies with palm strikes, then runs to get the body check!

Matt feels it coming, the WONDERFUL Spider-Walk. Bo comes in but gets a boot, then Bray runs at Axel. Axel boots Bray away, then jumps up, but flies into the yurinagi. Fans chant “DELETE! DELETE!” Matt tags in, he and Bray combine for a Kiss of DELETION! Cover, Matt & Bray win!

Winners: The Deleters of World (Hardy & Wyatt), Matt pinning

The champions are on a roll as they win their first match back on this mortal plane. Will their Yin-Yang of WOKEN Wisdom continue to rule over all of the Raw Tag Team Division?

 

More superstars speak on MITB.

The Queen of Harts vows to solidify her legacy as the Best There Is, the Best There Was, and the Best There Ever Will Be in the Women’s Division. Baron Corbin feels sorry for everyone else in the MITB Match. Not really, but he was Mr. MITB last year, so he wants to repeat.

 

Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat Match: Finn Balor VS Sami Zayn VS Roman Reigns!

It is a golden opportunity for the Extraordinary Man, the Underdog from the Underground and The Big Dog. Finn was the inaugural Universal Champion, Roman claims to be the “uncrowned” Universal Champion, while Sami is still hungry for his first. Who will win tonight to join the #MonsterInTheBank?

The bell rings and Sami trash talks both Roman and Finn that this match is already his. Roman uppercuts Sami down then pushes him out of the ring, so that he and Finn can be 1v1. They’ve met before, and tie up now, and Roman drives in a knee. Roman headbutts Finn, then whips him, but Finn reverses. Roman sunset flips but Finn rolls through to dropkick Roman back. Finn follows Roman to a corner and throws hands, then whips but Roman reverses now. Roman runs in but misses, Finn swings but Roman connects. Sami returns but Roman gets him, too. The Big Dog stands alone in His Yard while we go to one last break.

Raw returns and Finn drops Roman with a dropkick! Finn gives springboard stomps to the Big Dog, but Sami returns to roll Finn up. TWO, and Sami rocks Finn with a right. Roman rallies with lariats, then shoves Finn to a corner. Roman gives Finn the close-range clotheslines, but has to fight Sami off. He runs and boots Sami in the face, then gives Finn a Samoan Drop. Finn and Sami get out of the ring, but see they have Roman flanked. They decide to work together, and Roman welcomes it. Fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” as Roman finds himself 2v1! Finn and Sami fire off and the fans love it. Finn and Sami hear them chant, and then stomp some more! Roman stands up, but they double clothesline him out!

Sami and Finn keep on Roman against the barriers, and into the crowd! No count outs or disqualifications in a Triple Threat, so they keep up the attack on Roman as they move past the WWE Universe. Roman takes rights and lefts from both men back and forth, but then fights back with rights of his own. Roman punches Sami more, but Finn returns to ram Roman into a wall. He throws Finn off but a HELLUVA KICK esends Roman into the tech area! Finn sees Roman is down, so he climbs up, for COUP DE GRACE!!

That leaves Roman down for good, so Sami sucker punches Finn! Sami drags Finn up and throws him back to ringside. Fans sing for Sami while he puts Finn in the ring. He whips Finn and runs him over again, then covers, TWO. Sami keeps his cool while fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” Finn stirs, but Sam is on him with a waistlock. Finn fights out of the suplex with elbows, but Sami reels him in for the Blue Thunder Bomb! TWO, and Sami grows frustrated. Sami stands up and gives Finn straight right hands. Finn stands up and gives some back, and they brawl. Finn chops, Sami forearms, Finn hits the PELE! Both men are down but stirring, with fans rallying for them both.

Finn stands up first, but Sami follows. Sami throws punches but Finn counters then whips. Sami reverses but Finn runs him over! Finn runs and chops Sami in a corner, then whips corner to corner for another chop. He tries again but Sami reverses, but Finn reverses back for the elbow drop DDT. Cover, TWO! Finn stands up and Sami begs for mercy. Sami tries another sucker punch but Finn hits back, so Sami yanks and throws Finn all the way out of the ring. Finn clutches his leg from that crash landing. Sami slides out and takes aim, but runs into a Slingblade! Finn flexes and fires up, to run into a HELLUVA Kick! Sami keeps on Finn with rights, then stomps, but Roman returns with a leaping tackle!

Roman hammers away on Sami, then throws him into the post. Sami staggers, but Roman takes aim, Drive-By Dropkick! Roman puts Sami in the ring, but Finn blindsides him into the steel steps! Finn hurries up, swing kicks Sami down, then climbs up! He takes aim, but Sami gets under, to then exploder Finn into the buckles! Sami goes to the other end, takes aim, and runs back over, but SUPERMAN PUNCH! Roman returns, lets out the howl, but Finn slingblades the Spear down. Blasting dropkick, then Finn climbs up. Finn takes aim, COUP DE– No, Roman dodged, SUPERMAN PUNCH! Roman is all fired up again, lets out another howl, but Jinder Mahal trips him up! HELLUVA KICK! But blasting dropkick! Finn goes up again, COUP DE GRACE! Cover, FINN WINS!

Winner: Finn by pinfall; qualifies for the Men’s MITB 

The Maharaja screws out The Big Dog, and it’s the Balor Club leader who cashes in! The Extraordinary Man takes one step closer to his golden ticket back to the top. Who else will join him and Braun Strowman in the Men’s 8 Man Ladder Match?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Raw does great in making up for the disappointing Backlash while building for Money in the Bank. Almost all the matches meant something and established new status quos. Strowman continues on a truly monstrous roll, and he loves sending Kevin flying with those shoulder tackles. Corbin & The Revival get even with Jose & Titus Worldwide, and Corbin wants his own chance at MITB, but who knows if he gets that chance. Ember hasn’t been on Raw long, or often, but it’s great that she shoots up to this match already. As with Backlash, it is established that Bayley and Sasha can have their program without the title. Meanwhile, Riott Squad stays in the running with Sarah and Liv available to qualify later.

Mahal gets even with Gable in a good match, but clearly he has targeted Roman. Those two can have their program separate from titles, as well, but most fans probably won’t care, as both Mahal and Roman have been seen as undeserving in their pushes. Roode gets even with Elias, and there’s time for one or both of them to qualify. McIntyre & Ziggler win a filler, but it does keep them looking strong in the tag team division. The same goes for Wyatt & Hardy, and the match-up of Show-Off & Stud VS Deleters of Worlds could be what we see up next. Rollins and Rawley was a great match, Rollins brings the best out of Mojo in this match, and I hope the IC title being the open challenge belt continues.

The main event triple threat was really great, even with Roman in it. Roman can do good work, so long as that’s how he’s directed. Granted, he would’ve won if Mahal hadn’t interfered, so obviously Roman doesn’t “look weak” thanks to that. But another question is why Kevin didn’t interfere on Sami’s behalf, either. I hope they aren’t going to break up already, they’ve barely been back on the friends setting compared to how long they were enemies. But all of this benefits Finn, who gave up the Universal Championship because of injury, and never even got a rematch for it when he returned. This could be a great way for Finn to get the title back, taking advantage of an exhausted Lesnar with the cash-in. Of course, that’s if Finn gets past Strowman, let alone the other six men that will join them.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (1/31/23)

NXTag Team Tuesday!

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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Will tonight be a TEACHABLE MOMENT?

NXT is planning a Fatal 4 Way tag title match for Vengeance Day, and a Triple Threat will decide that fourth team! Who punches a golden ticket to Charlotte, North Carolina?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Creed Brothers VS Indus Sher w/ Jinder Mahal; Indus Sher wins.
  • Zoey Stark VS Indi Hartwell; Stark wins.
  • DIJAK VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone; Dijak wins.
  • Tyler Bate VS Axiom; Bate wins.
  • Stevie Turner VS Dani Palmer; Stevie wins.
  • Charlie Dempsey VS Drew Gulak w/ Hank Walker; Gulak wins.
  • Triple Threat Tag: The Dyad VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe VS Chase U; Chase U wins and joins the Vengeance Day NXT Tag Team Championship match.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Creed Brothers VS Indus Sher w/ Jinder Mahal!

Julius & Brutus were denied a New Year’s Evil showdown with Sanga & Veer, but they get their moment just days before Vengeance Day! Will the Diamond Mine finally shine? Or will they be slain by the tigers hunting them down?

The teams sort out, Julius starts against Veer and they tie up. They go around as fans chant for the Creeds, and the two break. They go again, Julius waistlocks then shoves Veer. Veer nods, eggs Julius on, but then avoids Julius’ takedown. Julius waistlocks, Veer elbows free then runs, but Julius drops and Veer rolls. They keep moving, Julius ducks then jumps but Veer blocks the hip toss! Julius blocks a hip toss, and the hand start flying! Veer knees low, TOSSES Julius to the corner, then storms up. Julius slips away but gets clipped. Tag to Sanga, and tag to Brutus. Fans rally up as Brutus and Sanga circle.

The two tie up, Brutus waistlocks but Sanga THROWS him away! Sanga and Brutus go again, and Brutus tries to lift Sanga! Sanga CLUBS Brutus, whips him to a corner, then runs in. Brutus dodges, fires hands from all sides but Sanga shoves back. Brutus blocks a boot! Brutus has a leg but Veer tags in! Veer ROCKS Brutus, Sanga whips Brutus, and Sanga runs Brutus over! Veer drops a BIG elbow! Jinder applauds while fans are torn. Veer stalks Brutus, stomps him down, then stomps him again. Brutus gets up to RAM Veer into the corner! Tag to Julius, the Creeds mug Veer, and then Julius runs to forearm smash!

The Creeds DOUBLE HIP TOSS Veer! Fans fire up as Julius KNEES Veer in the side! Brutus KNEES Veer, then Julius gut wrench SLAMS Brutus on Veer! Cover, TWO! Jinder talks trash, Julius swipes at him, then goes back for Veer. Veer elbows Julius away, tags in Sanga, and they FLAPJACK HOTSHOT Julius down! Sanga throws knees, puts Julius in the ropes and bends him back! The ref counts, Sanga lets off, but Jinder hits a cheap shot! Ivy Nile protests but Sanga stands on Julius’ chest! Tag to Veer, Sanga has the legs and drapes Julius out, for Veer to LEAP FROG ATTACK! Fans are torn while Indus Sher stands over Julius.

Veer throws body shots on Julius at the ropes, then he reaches out for Sanga. Julius throws hands but Veer ROCKS and CLUBS Julius! Tag to Sanga but Julius tackles Veer! Sanga BOOTS Julius for that, then scoops him. Sanga gives Julius SNAKE EYES, and then waits on Julius before he stomps him back down! Tag to Veer, Sanga throws knees, CLUBS Julius down, but Julius TACKLES Sanga! Veer stomps Julius, stomps him more, and then has him at the ropes. Tag back to Sanga, Indus Sher mugs Julius, then double whip. They run Julius over with double shoulders! Sanga stalks Julius, and clamps on a SLEEPER!

Fans rally for Julius as he fights up. Julius stands but Sanga wrangles him back down! Julius fights up, but Sanga knees him in the back! Sanga puts Julius against ropes, kicks him and whips him to a corner. Sanga runs in to SPLASH! Sanga reels Julius in, for a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Julius is hanging tough but Sanga throws off his armbands. Sanga drags Julius up but Julius powers Sanga back. Sanga CLUBS Julius in the corner, throws knees, then drags Julius over. But Julius shoves free! Sanga CLOBBERS Julius and smother shim into the mat! Sanga drags Julius back, tags Veer, and they hand off the leg.

Veer has a lock on the leg but Julius uses his other foot to pry at the hold! Julius hops up and ENZIGURIS! Hot tag to Brutus! Fans fire up as BRUTUS SMASH! And SMASH! And back body block for Sanga! BIG back suplex for Veer! Fans are thunderous as Brutus goes out to SMASH Sanga! Brutus drags Veer up to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Brutus roars, and he hammers away with fists! Sanga returns but Brutus DECKS him! Tag to Julius and Brutus STANDING MOONSAULTS! Julius STANDING SHOOTING STARS! Cover, TWO!! Sanga was almost there but Veer survives on his own. Fans rally, Brutus runs in and TACKLES Sanga out of the ring!

Julius drags Veer up, gut wrenches, and he double clutches to POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO!?! Veer survives and fans are thunderous again! Jinder panics but he coaches Veer up. Fans rally for “NXT!” as Julius hits the ROLLING SPINEBUSTER! The elbow pad comes off, but Jinder grabs Julius! Ivy storms over and fans rally for her! Veer ROCKS Julius, whips him, but Julius dodges! Only to BLAST Ivy off the apron by accident!! Julius can’t believe what happened, but he turns around into the MILLION DOLLAR LARIAT!! Tag to Sanga, choke grip and CHOKE SLAM! Cover, Indus Sher wins!!

Winner: Indus Sher, by pinfall

Jinder grins as he celebrates with his team, because a win is a win! Will Indus Sher look to take over the NXT Tag Division after Vengeance Day?

 

Axiom watches NXT UK episodes on Peacock.

Tyler Bate walks over to see it’s Tyler Bate VS A-Kid for the Heritage Cup. Bate was always a big fan of A-Kid’s. They had some excellent matches in NXT. Axiom agrees, A-Kid’s the best. What ever happened to him? Bate says Axiom reminds him of A-Kid. He isn’t sure what it is, he can’t put his finger on it. Axiom says he gets that a lot. But Bate, that Heritage Cup match was very unique, a real masterpiece. How about they create a masterpiece of their own tonight? Bate loves that idea! But then in walks Damon Kemp with sarcastic applause.

Kemp says he was walking around, and overhead them. Friendly competition makes him sick! “I respect your work a lot! I respect your work to infinity!” When Kemp was in NXT UK, he learned that all the Limeys are soft! And the European wrestling style is overrated! And if you ever see A-Kid personally, tell him that Kemp says he’s hot garbage! Well, if Axiom does see A-Kid around, he’ll tell him. Kemp walks off, but Bate says Kemp is a “right wazzock.” A what? A pendejo. Oh! Okay. Bate heads out, will Axiom get that friendly competition? Or will he first take care of Kemp’s attitude first?

 

Zoey Stark VS Indi Hartwell!

These two had an impressive showing in this year’s Women’s Royal Rumble match, though neither won their ticket to WrestleMania. But Indi also wants to get to the bottom of who attacked Nikkita Lyons in the parking lot. All signs point to The Hunter, will Indi get her to confess?

The bell rings and fans sing, “OH~ Zoey is angry~!” Zoey gets mad hearing that, and then ties up with Indi. They go around, Indi puts Zoey in a corner, and the ref counts. Indi lets off at 4, but Zoey shoves her back. Indi shoves back, then dodges to CHOP! And ROCK! Indi fires off and fans cheer her on. Indi whips, Zoey holds ropes, then Zoey bails out. Fans boo while Zoey throws a tantrum. Indi slips out after Zoey, they go around the way, and Indi avoids the elbow drop! Indi drags Zoey out to RAM Her into the apron, and again! Indi gets in the ring, drags Zoey up by her hair, and into the ropes for an UPPERCUT! And BOOT!

Zoey flops down, Indi drags her to a cover, TWO! Indi drags Zoey up for a short arm LARIAT! And then another! Fans rally but Zoey gets around and claws Indi’s eyes! Zoey snapmares Indi, runs and SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Indi sits up, Zoey stomps her on the back. Zoey tells fans that THEY suck, and she clamps onto an armlock and chinbar. Indi endures, fans rally up, and Indi fights up. “OH~ Zoey is angry~!” Indi stands, arm-drags free, but Zoey comes back to CHOP! Indi CHOPS, Zoey CHOPS, repeat! Zoey kicks low, whips Indi hard into a corner, then whips her in again! Zoey soaks up heat and whips corner to corner.

Indi reverses, Zoey bounces off buckles and into a SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Indi gives a thumbs up and fans cheer. Indi puts Zoey in the ropes again, but Zoey avoids the uppercut to HOTSHOT! Indi falls, Zoey slingshots for the ARABIAN SENTON! Cover, TWO! Zoey snarls and she rains down fists on Indi! Indi gets up and flounders to a corner but Zoey snapmares her down. Zoey cravats for a neck wrench but Indi endures. Fans rally, Indi fights up, but Zoey wrangles her back down! Zoey cranks the cravat but Indi still endures. Fans rally up again, Indi fights up again, but Zoey shifts to a facelock. Indi still powers Zoey to a corner!

Zoey powers Indi back, but Indi RAMS Zoey into the corner! Zoey BOOTS Indi back! And then fires forearms! Indi hits back, they go shot for shot, but Indi kicks, JABS and DECKS Zoey! Zoey staggers up and Indi rallies with clotheslines! Indi dodges to SPINEBUSTER! Highs tack, TWO! Zoey is still in this but Indi keeps her cool. Zoey goes to a corner, Indi runs in but Zoey dodges! HEEL KICK! Zoey waistlocks, to GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Indi is still in this but Zoey is frustrated. Zoey waistlocks and drags Indi up, but Indi arm-drags out of the half nelson. Indi scoops but Zoey slips out to fireman’s carry! But Indi flights free!

Indi shoves Zoey away, runs in but is put on the apron. Indi ROCKS Zoey first, then springboards, but Zoey trips her up! Indi crashes down, Zoey drags her back up! Z 360!! Cover, Zoey wins!

Winner: Zoey Stark, by pinfall

Whether innocent or guilty in the whodunnit, Zoey Stark is still the winner here! But then Zoey attacks Indi! Sol Ruca rushes out and chases Zoey off! The Hunter has a target on her own back, will karma catch up to her one way or another?

 

The Schism speaks.

Joe Gacy says, “A day of vengeance is on the horizon for The Schism.” Rip Fowley says, “We seek vengeance for something that has been owed to us for far too long.” Jagger Reed says, “The NXT Tag Team Championships have been kept from us since The Dyad’s inception.” Gacy says, “Tonight, Rip and Jagger change their destiny by altering others’ reality.” Ava Raine tells Edris Enofe & Malik Blade, “We know who you are. But everyone at Chase University, you worship a false idol. You are not a family. You are abusive, devious, and delusional. School spirit will not help you tonight, because Chase University will fail. There is no unit stronger than the Schism.”

They are four roots, one tree, but will they be the final team to enter the Fatal 4 Way?

 

Apollo Crews speaks.

“The city of Charlotte. Packed restaurants, tons of foot traffic, bars with lines out the door. Cars flying down I-85. I came out early to feel Charlotte’s energy, and I feel the city’s excitement all the way up here. NXT’s coming, and I’m coming. I need two falls, two pinfalls, two submissions, or one each. I’ve visualized this match a hundred times. Money Melo is gonna be fast, he’s gonna be flashy, but I am ready for Melo’s handprint. My best will always be better than his best. And if Trick Williams wants to get involved, well Trick’s gonna get handled. Melo wants to call me the past and him the future? At Vengeance Day, the past will dictate the future!”

Apollo has spoken, but will he speak his vision into existence? And just who did Apollo see having his back against Trick Melo Gang?

 

Wes Lee heads to the ring.

The North American Champion is here, ready for his fight with #HardJustice this Saturday! Wes gets the mic to say, “Yo~! We are T-minus four days from NXT back on the road, and we are swangin’ through Charlotte, North Cackalacky, for Vengeance Day.” And it’ll be a big day for Wes literally because he has his biggest test in Dijak. Dijak is back and claims to be serving justice, but ultimately he just wants what’s shining on Wes’s shoulder. Saturday will be tough, Wes will probably take an ass-whooping. But just like Wes did with Tony and Carmelo, the Cardiac Kid will rise as your North American Champion!

But wait! Here comes DIJAK! “Mr. Lee, I want you to soak this in. I want you to soak it all in. Enjoy these moments, because these are your final days as NXT North American Champion. That was a real impassioned speech you gave, really powerful and motivating. But the reality is, it’s not gonna make a damn bit of difference. You had EVERY opportunity to hand me that championship, but you were too stupid to take it, weren’t you? And now… On Saturday, you’re gonna be standing across the ring, staring down the biggest and baddest man in the ENTIRE NXT locker room! And when that happens, I’m gonna rip that championship from your cold hands.”

Wes says that is exactly what Dijak will have to do! You will have to pry this title from Wes’s cold, dead hands! But understand that it’s much easier said than done. Wes didn’t win by accident. Every minute of training, every risk Wes took in and out of the ring, and every trial and tribulation, Wes has FOUGHT! When Wes felt like he couldn’t anymore, the chaotic support from every single one of the fans showed him that he can reach levels he had only dreamt of! So Saturday, Dijak isn’t just fighting Wes. He is fighting everyone on the #WesSide. Fans cheer Wes on! But Dijak says Wes might be fighting for the fans, but they won’t be fighting for Wes!

Wait! Von Wagner is here? He and Robert Stone walk out and Stone “apologizes.” But maybe his ears aren’t working properly. Dijak said HE’S the biggest and baddest? Have they forgotten about Von? Von tells Dijak, “Take those stupid sunglasses off, we’re inside. and I’m right here. And the only injustice is me getting overlooked.” Dijak tells Von that his eyes are focused on championship gold. Dijak has no issue with Von whatsoever. Wes says he isn’t sure about that. Fans chant “WAGNER SUCKS!” Wes says Dijak claims to be the biggest and baddest, but Von claims HE is the biggest and baddest, so Dijak is basically calling Von a liar.

Dijak tells Wes to shut up, and he knows what he’s up top. What? Wes just sees an injustice that needs to be fixed! Wes hears Von and Stone loud and clear about being overlooked. Come Tuesday… We may need to have a new #1 contender to the North American title. So uh… If Von happens to beat Dijak tonight, then Von will no longer be overlooked. Von will be looked at as a contender. And Stone says that is why they’re here! Right, right. So let’s please, PLEASE solve this injustice. Or Dijak can just give Von his jacket now. Dijak throws hands on Von! Von hits back, and fans fire up as the brawl is on!

Von clotheslines Dijak up and out! Refs rush out to stop this, but fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Will we see this brawl turn into a match? WE WILL! Wes gets out of the way, who wins this battle of behemoths?

DIJAK VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone!

The bell rings, the haymakers fly again, and Dijak kicks low! Dijak whips, Von reverses and KNEES Dijak down! Stone fires up, Von scoops Dijak to FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans fire up while NXT goes picture in picture!

Von drags Dijak up to reel him in. Von suplexes but DIjak blocks! Von CLUBS Dijak, tries again, but Dijak still blocks! Dijak throws body shots, then suplexes, TIME TO FLY! Von crashes, writhes, and goes to a corner. Dijak runs in to kick Von and stomp aw mudhole in! Dijak CLUBS Von, Von kicks back and puts Dijak in a corner for elbows! Von whips corner to corner, Dijak reverses hard and Von falls to the mat! Dijak storms up, drags Von up and turns him to a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Von is still in this but Dijak grits his teeth. Dijak clamps on a cravat and grinds Von with a neck wrench.

Von endures, fans rally up, and Von fights up. Von throws body shots, then haymakers! Von whips Dijak to a corner, then lifts Dijak for a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Von is annoyed but he watches Dijak stand. Von CLUBS Dijak, HEADBUTTS him, then ROCKS him with a right. Von whips, Dijak ducks ‘n’ dodges, then holds ropes! Von runs in but is sent into ropes! Von sputters, Dijak stomps him down, and then rains down fists! Stone protests but Dijak lets off to have the neck wrench again. Von endures, fights up, and he throws body shots. NXT returns to single picture as Von throws hands, but Dijak throws elbows and knees!

Dijak SMASHES then DISCUS LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Wes is on commentary and says it was only right that we find out who is truly the biggest and baddest in NXT. Dijak choke grips but Von fights free! Dijak wrenches, mule kicks, then back elbows hard! Dijak reels Von in but Von suplexes Dijak into buckles!! Fans lose their minds while Dijak flops down. Dijak stands up, Von runs in, and Von clotheslines! Von whips corner to corner, but Dijak BOOTS back! Von still fireman’s carries, but Dijak slips off! Dijak shoves Von away and ROCKS him at the ropes! Dijak runs but Von KNEES him low! Von runs, to RAM Dijak!

Dijak rebounds to RAM Von, then he ELBOWS, ELBOWS and CLUBS Von! Then he SUPERKICKS! Dijak runs, into a BOOT! Cover, TWO!! Dijak survives and Stone can’t believe it! Fans rally for “NXT! NXT!” and Von waits on Dijak. Dijak slowly rises, Von choke grips, but Dijak flips through the lift! To choke grip and HIGH JUSTICE!! Cover, TWO?!! Von survives and the fans are thunderous! Von goes to a corner, Dijak storms up, “This is Awesome!” as Dijak throws elbows. Dijak hoists Von up top, CLUBS him in the chest, then climbs up after him. Dijak choke grips again, but Von elbows Dijak over and over and over!

Von CLUBS away on Dijak, roars, and hits a SUPER BUTTERFLY SLAM!! Cover, TWO!?!? Fans are thunderous, Stone is beside himself, and Wes is loving this! Von gets Dijak up, OLYMIPC- NO, Dijak slips out to have the HAMMERLOCK SLEEPER! Von flails, reaches out, Stone coaches him, but Dijak says this is gonna be Wes’s future! Von is fading out, then Dijak torture racks! FEAST YOUR EYES!! Cover, Dijak wins!

Winner: DIJAK, by pinfall

Hard Justice has proven to be THE biggest and baddest man in NXT! But will he prove he is championship material? Or will Wes Lee prove he is must-see?

 

Tony D’Angelo and Channing Lorenzo are watching backstage.

Stacks says he can’t stand that Dijak. He’ll probably win the title on Saturday now. But The Don says not to worry about Dijak. “Street justice has no expiration date.” But what was this big impact Stacks was gonna have? Stacks has to take care of a few things. The first or the second? Both. Wow, really? Yeah, he’s the Underboss! That’s what they do. So next week, Stacks gets it done. Tremendous. Now let’s take care of that other thing. They head out, just what is Stacks going to do to handle his business?

 

Nikkita Lyons tweets out her status.

“Surgery was a success. Thank you deeply to the WWE universe, my Lyon Pride, for all the love and support you show. I’ll be back stronger than I’ve ever been. #ReadyToPounce Also, a big thank you to the wonderful surgeons, doctors and nurses.” It may be another setback, but will Lyons use that to set up a huge comeback?

 

McKenzie Mitchell is backstage with more.

McKenzie Mitchell says there are many questions surrounding the attack on Lyons in the NXT parking lot, so she has prepared some footage so that we can get a better idea of what happened. Among those on scene at the time of the attack are Valentina Feroz walking away, Dani Palmer, Arianna Grace and Alexis Leddy walking together going inside, and an unidentified woman driving away. There is also Elektra Lopez walking and talking with newcomer Lola Vice, closest to Nikkita but going on their own path. Freeze here, and you see Tiffany Stratton just going through her bag, but maybe she’s hiding the evidence.

And of course, Zoey Stark is spotted walking away, and even Tatum Paxley and Lash Legend at the very end of the lot. Indi Hartwell and Lyra Valkyria come to Lyons’ aid, and we then spot Wendy Choo peeking out of a car window. Did Wendy witness anything? McKenzie says no one is taking credit for this attack, but she will keep us informed if anyone comes forward with information. Who is behind NXT’s newest whodunnit mystery, and why did they do it?

 

NXT looks closer at Bron Breakker VS Grayson Waller.

The Big Booty Nephew’s NXT record is already golden, but the 21st Century Success Story isn’t impressed. In fact, he’s sick and tired of it. Waller has been running this for the last eight months, and now he’s made the decision that he needs to be champion. New Year’s Evil was going well until a freak accident took Waller out. So at Vengeance Day, their rematch will be inside a STEEL CAGE! Waller says Bron is a wild dog, and Bron admits his temper has gotten the better of him. But no one has taken advantage of it like Waller. Waller is living rent free in Bron’s brain. Bron says his temper has led to both is biggest wins and most crushing losses.

Waller says Bron will beat himself this time. Bron thought he needed to control the anger, but then he realized, with the steel cage all around them, there’s no need to hold back. Bron will beat Waller within an inch of his life, and pin what’s left! But Waller says he can read Bron like a book. And Waller has read that book, so he’ll past this test. Waller will not just beat Bron but he’ll embarrass him! Bron promises to break Waller inside the steel, but Waller went viral the last time he was inside a cage. This is what Waller wanted, but it’ll be Bron’s Vengeance Day. Who survives the steel to bring home the gold?

 

Tyler Bate VS Axiom!

Even with Kemp being a right wanker, the Big Strong Boy and the Undeniable Truth are going to focus on friendly competition! Will Bate continue to get A-Kid vibes from Axiom? Or will Axiom be even better than that?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Bate powers Axiom to ropes. The ref counts, Bate lets off, and fans applaud the sportsmanship. They reset, tie up again, and Bate has a cording hold. Axiom whips Bate away, Bate goes up and under and then knuckle locks. Bate steps over, headlocks, waistlocks, trips and body scissors to a clutch, TWO! They tie up, Bate cravats and snapmares, but Axiom is right up. Axiom sidesteps but Bate blocks the arm-drag to hit an arm-drag! Bate has the armlock and fans applaud the exchange. Axiom fights up, facelocks, but Bate powers out to keep on the armlock.

Axiom endures, fans duel, and Axiom goes up and around to whip Bate! Bate reverses to hit the arm-drag again! Fans cheer as Bate keeps on the arm but Axiom fights up. Axiom facelocks, Bate fights that, but Axiom goes up and around again. Bate still has the arm, he turns another whip into another arm-drag, but Axiom fights up. Axiom uses the ref for an assist to flip through! But again Bate reverses a whip! And again! Axiom is frustrated as Bate keeps on the arm. Axiom fights up, goes up and headscissors! Bate throws Axiom away, Axiom avoids the elbow to springboard arm-drag, kip up and ENZIGURI! Cover, TWO!

Axiom keeps on Bate with a facelock, fans rally up, and Bate rolls. Axiom rolls with Bate, covers, TWO! The two stand off, Bate SOBATS! Axiom staggers away, Bate runs in, but Axiom arm-drags Bate and himself up and out of the ring! Fans fire up while NXT goes picture in picture.

Both men stir, and Bate stands up first. Bate follows Axiom, UPPERCUTS him, then puts him in the ring. Bate stalks Axiom, brings him up and headlocks, to bop him with a boot! Bate hits the headlock takeover, but Axiom headscissors in return. Axiom pushes up to put on pressure, but Bate moves around. Bate headstands, pops free and has Axiom’s legs tied up. Bate goes back to the headlock but Axiom goes back to the headscissor! Bate kips free, but Axiom holds onto an arm to drag Bate back down! Axiom headscissors again, but Bate moves around again. Bate headstands, pops free and basement dropkicks!

Bate drags Axiom up by an arm and wraps Axiom up in a straitjacket stretch. Axiom endures, arm-drags free, and runs in at the corner. Axiom blocks a boot but not the KNEE! Bate goes up to FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Bate keeps cool and he keeps his eyes on Axiom. Bate UPPERCUTS again and Axiom goes to rpoes. Bate whips Axiom to ropes, then catches him to a COBRA TWIST! Axiom endures the stretch, pops free and hip tosses Bate down! Axiom waistlocks, they go to ropes but Bate bucks the O’Conner, only to turn around into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Axiom floats to get the arm, but Bate stacks him, TWO!

Axiom has Bate in a Triangle Hold, and NXT returns to single picture. Fans chant, “This is Wrestling!” as Bate deadlifts Axiom to a fireman’s carry! AIRPLANE SPIN! Fans fire up as Bate goes around and around and around, fifteen times! Bate slows down, staggers a bit, squats, and then powers up to spin MORE!! And then POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Axiom survives and Bate has to catch his breath but fans rally back up. Axiom and Bate rise, Bate spins a few more times before he throws a forearm! Axiom throws a forearm back! Bate fires forearm after forearm but Axiom hits back! Axiom kicks, Bate blocks but Axiom hops the sweep to ENZIGURI!

Bate falls over, Axiom keeps moving, PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Bate goes to a corner, Axiom runs in, he blocks the boot but gets another knee! Bate goes up and leaps, into an SLEEPER!! Axiom has the body scissors and fans rally up! Bate endures, fights the hold, turns over, but Axiom squeezes tighter! Bate stands, pries at the hold, opens it up, but Axiom waistlocks. Bate bucks the O’Conner again but Axiom kips up, into a RIGHT! But he SUPERKICKS right back! Axiom rolls Bate up but Bate sits on the cover, TWO!!! Axiom escapes and fans are thunderous! Both men slowly rise and fans rally up.

Axiom ROCKS Bate! Bate rebounds, but Axiom avoids the rolling kick! Bate avoids the Penalty Kick, Axiom slips through the roll-up. Bate blocks the Superkick to spin Axiom, Bop up and BANG in! Axiom wobbles, Bate runs and REBOUND LARIATS! Bate underhooks, but Axiom NORTHERN LIGHTS out! Bridging cover, TWO as Bate bridges up! Axiom pushes Bate back down, TWO as Bate gets back up! Underhooks, TYLER- RANA!!! Cover, TWO!!! Bate has the arms again! TYLER DRIVER 97!!! Cover, Bate wins!!!

Winner: Tyler Bate, by pinfall

A big strong win for the Big Strong Boy! “That was Awesome!” but will this earn Bate a title match on the other side of this Saturday? But Bate and the fans show Axiom respect. But then Kemp CLBOBBERS them both! And he hits Axiom with an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Kemp says he told them before, but then Bate chases Kemp off! Will Bate make sure Kemp learns European wrestling is anything but soft?

 

Isla Dawn speaks.

“In my land, Imbolc is the beginning of Spring. It is a time to exhale all that is behind us, and to mark new beginnings. Tonight, on the Eve of Imbolc, we purge the constraints of the past. We purify the negative energy surrounding us, and we transfigure the uninitiated into members of this house. There has always been a rage inside of you,” Alba Fyre. And she just needed a nudge to reveal it. “Shall we?” Fyre nods, and Isla says they are letting go of their unbridled passions, shed their egos, and relinquish their need for control. “These emotions no longer serve us.” Fyre repeats that, and throws water on the fire. With this, the initiation process has begun.

Isla and Fyre smile as they walk into the night. Will the darkness within Fyre grow stronger with the Wicked Witch’s influence?

 

Backstage interview with Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams.

McKenzie is with Trick Melo Gang, and Trick is shaking. But he’s just joking. He’s “shaking like booty meat on a Friday night.” Not because he’s scared, but because it’s cold out. “But Trick Willy can’t lie. This whole Apollo thing, I mean, I don’t know. Should I even go to Vengeance Day? He looks, he sees in the future, that’s some Cleo stuff, man!” Melo has Trick calm down. Of course Trick’s going to Vengeance Day. Apollo can stay daydreaming, but they stay scheming. McKenzie notes the match is Best 2 out of 3, so how does Melo see this playing out? Melo says everyone knows him by now, so we know how Melo sees this playing.

“Apollo needs to realize that this ain’t Jackson, that this ain’t Jordan, that these shots I take don’t ever jam.” Melo is of a different caliber! Melo took Apollo from the sidelines to the headlines. Apollo could have a top combine vertical, and his fingertips still wouldn’t reach Melo’s level. Melo tells Apollo that you can be this or that, but until you beat Melo, you can never be HIM. That’s all it is, and that’s all it’s gonna be. But is Melo overlooking the wild cards in the equation?

 

Roxanne Perez and Toxic Attraction sit down for video interviews.

The NXT Women’s Champion is far, far away from Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne for this final interview before Vengeance Day. Vic Joseph notes Roxie is the youngest woman to ever compete in the Royal Rumble match. How did that feel for her? She was overwhelmed, and so grateful to hear her music hit in front of over 50 THSOUAND people, and make the run down the ramp she’s dreamed of for so long. It was so incredible! Jacy says, “Incredible? More like incredibly pathetic! RoXaNnE~, cOnGrAtUlAtIoNs~! YoU wErE iN tHe RoYaL rUmBlE~!” But you didn’t win! And you’re not going to WrestleMania, but to Vengeance Day, to lose your title.

Gigi says the reason Roxie lost the Rumble was cuz she got put through a table! That look on her face when she realized she got tricked was great. But it’ll all be over for Lil’ Miss Perfect real soon. Roxie says Gigi & Jacy act like they’re best friends, but Roxie knows there is a lot of truth behind what they said to each other last week. Gigi says the truth is that Roxie stands no chance at Vengeance Day. How is Roxie gonna beat them both? She has the same percent chance of winning the Triple Threat as she did winning the Rumble: ZERO! Roxie is good and all, but going against the two baddest women in NXT at the same time, she has NO chance.

Actually, Roxie says she has more of a chance- Jacy cuts her off to say that Roxie had a good run. Eight months in NXT is like a little jog. Good for her! But Roxie peaked at 21 years old. That sucks. But this Saturday, it’s all coming to an end. Roxie says it’s not. But Gigi says it is. At least Roxie can go home to Texas and tell everyone she had a “cup of coffee” in the big time. She just made one critical mistake: messing with Toxic Attraction. And look on the bright side! She can play the “What If” game! What if Roxie stayed in her lane and didn’t punch up? Roxie starts to speak but Jacy cuts her off again, telling her to shut up.

Jacy says “What if” Roxie was a good little girl and didn’t make any waves. Whether Roxie likes it or not, it’s 2v1. Gigi says Roxie’s ride is over, the 15 minutes of fame are over. Roxie storms out, and Toxic Attraction make fun of her for not being able to handle it. Vic says Toxic Attraction weren’t being fair, but Jacy says, “Who cares? After Saturday, she’ll be old news. You’re looking at the next NXT Women’s Champion right here.” Then which one will it be? Gigi says you’re looking at her! Gigi knows everyone, especially Booker, is a big fan of Roxie, and is just trying to find a crack between Toxic Attraction, but there isn’t one.

For almost two years, Toxic Attraction has controlled the NXT Women’s Division. But for the last six weeks, everyone’s been on a vacation from it. That changes on Saturday, as order will be restored when Jacy & Gigi take their rightful spot. This day has been a long time coming, Roxie is just the first one to push it to the edge. But at Vengeance Day, they course correct things back to Gigi- Er, they become NXT Women’s Champion. Jacy notices that “flub,” but before she can respond, ROXANNE POUNCES!! Roxie fires off with all the pent up anger on both of them! She TACKLES Jacy through the set!!

Fans fire up as security rushes in to stop Roxie from tearing into Toxic Attraction more! Will nothing, not even two opponents at once, stop The Prodigy from proving why she IS NXT Women’s Champion?

 

Stevie Turner VS Dani Palmer!

Updated, online and ready to play, the Fourth Dimensional Superstar is finally back in action! Will Stevie prove that she is always two steps ahead and two levels above? Or will Dani delete Stevie before she even gets started?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Stevie has an armlock, then wrenches Dani to wrangle her to the mat. Dani fights up, rolls, backflips and wrenches, but Stevie gets away. They go again, Stevie waistlocks but Dani switches, only for Stevie to elbow free. Stevie headlocks, Dani brings her down to a knee and handstands to slip free! Stevie avoids Dani’s headlock to BOOT, BOOT and then scrape Dani on ropes! Fans boo, Stevie runs side to side to BOOT WASH! Stevie laughs like mad and she pushes Dani down. Stevie then brings Dani up, but Dani pushes her away. Stevie kicks low, CLUBS Dani, then turns her for a HANGING NECKBREAKER!

Dani staggers to ropes, Stevie snapmares her and clamps on a chinlock. Fans rally, Dani fights up, and arm-drags free! Stevie runs back but into an elbow! Dani dodges to LEAPING LARIAT! And again! Dani keeps moving but Stevie kicks low! But Dani JAWBREAKERS back! Dani runs to THESZ PRESS! Dani rains down wild hands, thrashes Stevie around, and then drags Stevie up. Dani runs, but Stevie reels her in by her tights! Stevie whips Dani away, and BOOTS her down! Stevie hauls Dani up, TWISTING DDT!! Stevie isn’t done there, she drags Dani up, for the SIDE EFFECT! Cover, Stevie wins!

Winner: Stevie Turner, by pinfall

Stevie just rerouted Dani’s connection and has her first win in NXT! Will Stevie soon be the number one trend in wrestling?

 

Kiana James is on the phone.

She promises to see “Zack” there, and says, “Love you, too.” Fallon Henley then walks over and asks who she was talking to. No one, don’t worry about it. Fallon knew it! She KNEW Kiana would break Jensen’s heart!! Fallon, calm down, it’s not what you think. You don’t even know why you’re upset right now! Oh? Then who is Zack?! But then in walk the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions. Kayden Carter points out the #1 contenders, and how they’re not talking about their upcoming match. Katana Chance says that sounds like trouble. Kiana says sound travels fast around here. But the only sound the champs will hear on Saturday is, “And NEW…!”

Has Fallon been giving Kiana a lot to drink lately? They’ve been a team for like a week while KC Squared has been a team for over a year! Fallon says with all due respect, we all know, we all get it, Katana & Kayden are BFFs. But Saturday is the biggest match of Fallon’s life, so she is going all out. Kiana says they are going all out. Well, we’ll see about that. But either way, the titles are staying with KC Squared. Katana & Kayden head out, and Fallon gets Kiana’s attention. Stay focused for Saturday, but just know this conversation isn’t over. Fallon heads out, is she making a mountain out of a mole hill?

 

Charlie Dempsey VS Drew Gulak w/ Hank Walker!

The Son of the Gentleman Villain cost the Philly Stretcher and his blue collar protégé last week, so this is all about vengeance before Vengeance Day! Will Gulak lock Dempsey down? Or will the Philly Stretcher be the one getting stretched?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Gulak headlocks for a takeover. Dempsey fights up, hits a back suplex, but Gulak holds on! Gulak has control again but Dempsey headscissors. Gulak moves around, has the legs, but Dempsey keeps shoulders up in the stack. Dempsey pushes Gulak away, they stand, and Gulak facelocks. Dempsey wrenches out, wristlocks, but Gulak grinds forearms. Dempsey wrenches, Gulak gets away, and fans rally up as NXT goes picture in picture.

The two circle, knuckle lock, and go shoulder to shoulder for a test of strength. Dempsey powers Gulak down to his knees, but Gulak powers back up. They go shoulder to shoulder again and now Gulak powers Dempsey back. Dempsey bridges, but Gulak has the cover! TWO as Dempsey gets an arm up! Gulak puts that arm down, TWO as the other arm comes up! Gulak has both arms, TWO as Dempsey bridges back up! Gulak stands over Dempsey, brings him up, but Dempsey monkey flips! Dempsey rolls back to a cover, TWO as Gulak sunset flips! TWO, and Dempsey headlocks to keep Gulak down! Fans applaud as the technical exchange continues.

Gulak fights up to his feet, powers his way to a facelock, but Dempsey snap suplexes to a cover, TWO! Gulak has the facelock but Dempsey stands up again. Dempsey goes for a trip but Gulak uses that to get a cover, TWO! Dempsey fights up, Gulak facelocks, then scoops and SLAMS Dempsey into ropes! Dempsey clutches his legs but Gulak storms up. Dempsey throws body shots and uppercuts! Gulak DECKS Dempsey in return! Gulak hurries to a cover, TWO! Gulak grabs Dempsey’s legs and steps through, but Dempsey resists. Gulak still pushes through to get the deathlock, and then he gets the chinlock for a REGAL STRETCH!!

Dempsey endures, reaches out, but Gulak keeps the pressure on the hold! Dempsey still moves forward, NXT returns to single picture, and Dempsey pries the facelock away! Dempsey turns to trip Gulak into a HEEL HOOK! Gulak kicks away to get free! Dempsey UPPERCUTS, has the leg, DRAGON SCREW! Gulak clutches his knee and fans rally up again. Dempsey covers, TWO! Dempsey underhooks the arm, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Bridge, and then roll into the BUTTERFLY STRETCH! Gulak endures, fights up, but Dempsey shifts to have a FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Gulak endures, Dempsey turns it to a ghost pin, TWO!

ANOTHER BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Dempsey keeps on Gulak with a deadlift GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! “This is Wrestling!” as Dempsey brings Gulak up. Gulak wrenches the arm, CLUBS it, and then has the CROSSFACE CHICKEN WING! Dempsey pries free, arm-drags Gulak away, and storms up, to get the leg! Gulak slips out of the Dragon Screw, but Dempsey gets the leg again! DRAGON SCREW! And then Dempsey has the leg for a HEEL HOOK! Gulak kicks with his free leg, and he gets away! Both men rush in, Gulak blocks the forearm to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!

Gulak clutches his leg and Dempsey goes to ropes. Fans rally up, Gulak headlocks, but Dempsey hits a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Gulak is hanging tough and Hank coaches him up. Fans rally, Gulak and Dempsey slowly rise. Dempsehy runs in, into a SLAP!! Gulak just pissed Dempsey off! Dempsey BOOTS, but Gulak TACKLES Dempsey! Cover, TWO, but Dempsey has a SLEEPER! Gulak rolls out to get the arms! But Dempsey rolls, stands, but Gulak spins. Into Dempsey’s CROSSFACE CHICKEN WING! Gulak moves around, but Dempsey pushes on the bad leg! Dempsey drags Gulak down, body scissors are on!

Gulak fights, gets free of the body scissors, and Hank coaches Dempsey! Gulak runs to ropes and Dempsey is sent  into Hank!! Gulak rolls Dempsey up, Gulak wins!

Winner: Drew Gulak, by pinfall

Hank is dazed, did he just get used as a pawn? Is Gulak using his own student to help him cut corners?

 

Von is fuming backstage.

He throws a chair at the wall, and Stone says it ain’t working. This is not working. Von throws a locker room bench, and shouts, “YA THINK?!” Stone asks a question: Why does Von have Stone managing him? Stone has been managing Von for over a year now, yet he knows nothing about Von! Who IS Von Wagner? He’s big, he growls, but so do a lot of other guys. If Von wants to get to the next level, then he has to show Stone who he is! He has to show us who he is INSIDE! Help Stone help Von! Stone storms off, will these words help unlock Von’s true potential?

 

Triple Threat Tag: The Dyad VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe VS Chase U!

The New Day, Pretty Deadly and Gallus are waiting as there’s still room for one more for Vengeance Day! Will Rip Fowler & Jagger Reed plant the roots of The Schism in Charlotte? Will the underestimated underdogs finally unlock their potential? Or will Andre Chase & Duke Hudson share this #TeachableMoment with everyone? We find out, after the break!

NXT returns as Malik & Edris make their entrance, followed by Chase U’s entrance. In this kind of Triple Threat Tag, only two teams are legal at any given time, so Malik & Edris agree to let the other teams start. Duke and Rip circle as fans rally behind Chase U. Duke and Rip tie up, Rip knees low and whips Duke, but Duke blocks! Duke glares at Rip, reels him in and scoops to SLAM! Tag to Chase, Duke whips Rip and Chase drop toeholds for the “LET’S GO~!” ELBOW! Chase covers, TWO! Chase drags Rip up but Rip gets away to the third corner. Rip CHOPS Edris as part of the tag! Edris steps in and he circles with Chase.

Chase and Edris shake hands, then tie up. Edris wrenches, steps over, then arm-drags, but Chase blocks to step over and La Magistrol! ONE, but Edris wrangles Chase for a La Magi- NO, Chase blocks it to have a cover, TWO! Edris and Chase stand off, and Chase says that was a teachable moment! Fans cheer but Edris rushes in. They go around, Chase bucks the O’Conner, and things speed up! Edris jumps then DROPKICKS Chase down! Chase staggers up, Edris runs in and rolls off Chase’s back to tag Malik before the arm-drag! Malik hurries in, he and Edris double whip, to trip, BOOT and LARIAT! Malik covers, TWO!

Malik facelocks but Chase JAWBREAKERS free! Reed sneaks a tag before Chase whips. Malik reverses, Chase ducks ‘n’ dodges but Reed trips Chase up! Malik realizes what happened, the ref has him exit, and Reed keeps after Chase. Reed fires forearms and DECKS Chase! Chase bails out, Rip drags him up, and The Dyad coordinates, PLANCHA SHOULDER BREAKER! Chase clutches his arm while Rip pushes him around. Fans boo and Duke storms over but the ref has everyone stay back. Rip drags Chase up and puts him on the apron, to SLAM him on the edge! Chase sputters but Rip drags him around.

Fans rally, but Rip hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Rip clamps onto Chase with a cobra clutch but Chase endures. Fans rally for Chase U as Chase fights up. Rip ripcords to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Rip smothers Chase, has another cover, TWO! Rip and Reed are upset but the ref says his count is fair. Rip UPPERCUTS Chase in the back, then clamps on with another clutch. Fans rally, Chase fights up, but Rip ripcords to back elbow! Rip then suplexes, but Chase blocks it! Rip CLUBS Chase down, taunts Duke, but Chase fights up. Chase suplexes Rip! Fans fire up while both men are down! Reed tags in to run and DROPKICK Duke!

Reed turns around, into a BIG back drop! But no Duke means no tag! Thea Hail coaches Duke up but Rip tags back in. Rip goes after Chase but Chase throws him out! Malik & Edris call to Chase, they’re his only option! Chase runs over, but then The Dyad trips Malik & Edris up! Chase has no one, and turns around into a throat chop! Tag to Reed, the Dyad sets Chase up for a POWERBOMB BACKSTABBER!! Cover, TWO!?! Chase survives and everyone is shocked! Fans are thunderous for Chase U, but Rip says Chase is a hypocrite, a joke and a fool! Thea is furious on Chase’s behalf, and Reed runs in, but Chase goes up and over!

Hot tag to Duke! Duke rallies on The Dyad with big hands! Scoop for Rip, SIDEWALK SLAM! JAB after JAB for Reed! Rip rushes in, so he gets JAB after JAB! Flip, flop and U~! ELBOW! Then a SENTON! SPLASH for Reed, a whip corner to corner, and Reed tumbles up and out! Duke runs in to BOOT Reed down! Fans are thunderous as Duke fetches Reed back into the ring. Duke shoulders into Reed, slingshots and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Reed survives but the student section fires up! Duke tunes up the band, but Malik tags in! Malik GAMANGIRIS Duke, springboards and CROSSBODIES Reed!

Malik goes back to ropes, to SLINGSHOT RANA Duke!! Malik is fired up and fans can’t help but fire up with him! Tag to Edris, Malik goes up a corner, FROG SPLASH onto Reed! Edris goes up, MACHO ELBOW!! Edris drags Reed up, fireman’s carries, and Malik runs! ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Cover, Rip AND Chase break it! Fans are electric as “NXT! NXT!” gives them this amazing main event! Thea is also all pumped up as all six men start brawling! Reed tumbles out but Chase and Duke throw Rip out to join him. Malik & Edris DOUBLE DROPKICK Chase U out! Then they build speed, to DOUBLE TOPE CONJILO!!

“This is Awesome!” as Edris puts Reed in! Edris goes back up top, but Reed hits ropes! Edris lands bad up top, and Reed ROCKS him! Reed climbs up after Edris, but Malik CLUBS Reed! Malik climbs up but then Rip YANKS him down! Rip RAMS Malik into steel steps! The Dyad has Edris together now, but Chase sneaks a tag! Chase joins in, and using his physics knowledge, hits a TOWER OF DOOM!! Fans are thunderous as Chase fires up! Spell it out! C! H! A! S! E! U! What’s that spell?! “CHASE U!!” But Ava Raine distracts Chase! Reed CLOBBERS Chase! But Thea YANKS Ava down! Reed is shocked!

Reed runs at Chase, GRIT YOUR- NO, Chase dodges! Hot tag to Duke, and Duke turns Reed! Gory Especial, and Chase adds on, ROLLING COMPLETE SHOT!! Cover, Chase U wins!!!

Winners: Chase U, by pinfall (join the NXT Tag Team Championship Fatal 4 Way)

Thea is the most excited of all as the red ‘n’ black now get to compete for some gold! But then we see Gallus appear in the perch and Pretty Deadly appear on stage, with the New Day on the tron! Gimme a C! H! A! S! Well, we know the rest. Congrats to Chase U! This wins means they’re going to Vengeance Day! So then, New Day will see Chase U, and Gallus, and Pretty Deadly of course. Put it together for all these teams! But will this road game be a big win for Chase U? Will Pretty Deadly redo the #SidePlateCheck? Will Gallus Boys be on top? Or will ya bois the NEW~ DAY~, still be your W, W, E, N, X, T, Tag, Team, CHAMPIONS~?


My Thoughts:

Now this was a go-home episode! No need for filling/wasting time with recaps, just give us promos, action and other stuff to hype up what’s coming. Good promo from Apollo Crews, and good response from Trick & Melo. Apollo’s vision seems to foreshadow Oro Mensah being his back-up, as I’m pretty sure I saw his dreadlocks in that silhouette. At the same time, even if someone were to cancel out Trick, that doesn’t guarantee Apollo wins. Melo could win one fall cuz of Trick, Apollo could win one fall cuz Oro cancels out Trick, and then the third fall is truly 1v1. I’m leaning towards Melo since he makes sense as the next challenger to THE NXT Championship.

Speaking of, we got a pretty good promo vignette for Bron VS Waller in the steel cage. And from how they’re talking about it, this is going to be a No Escape Steel Cage match, where the door isn’t an option and climbing the walls won’t win it for you. I am all for that, and I think all Steel Cage matches should be like that to get rid of some of the more overused tropes of a Steel Cage match. Good interview promos from Roxie, Gigi & Jacy, and while part of me wanted Roxie to explode on Toxic Attraction verbally, her going after them directly was just as good. Roxie really should show she has grit, but I feel like her initiating the brawl is tantamount to her standing tall. I hope this doesn’t put the go-home math against her, she only just got that belt.

Stevie Turner’s first match back was pretty good, and I’m actually happy to see they came up with a completely kayfabed chat box for her entrance, as I imagined last week. Good promo from Isla & Fyre to establish that they’re a team now. I was sensing there’d be something building towards Valentine’s Day in a couple weeks, and I think this whole “Who is Zack and what is he to Kiana?” is gonna be the thing. Kiana is gonna reveal that’s like her brother and Fallon’s gonna feel dumb for getting protective of Jensen’s feelings. But with that, I don’t think they win the tag titles at Vengeance Day. That should probably be Isla & Fyre.

We also got a real good “NXT Investigates” promo from McKenzie to point out just how many suspects there really are in the Whodunnit of Lyons’ parking lot attack. Indi VS Stark was a good match to play off that, but I’m starting to wonder if Valentina Feroz did it. Feroz seems like the least likely, so that’d be quite the twist. Given her talk with Elektra Lopez about doing underhanded things, Feroz said she couldn’t do anything to Wendy Choo because Wendy’s a friend. But Feroz and Lyons have no connections, so Feroz could attack her from behind with no problems.

Good promo from Wes Lee, Dijak, Von and Stone to set up Dijak VS Von. That was a good match, but of course Dijak won to have momentum going into the North American title match. I still think Wes wins, but what was really interesting to come out of this was Stone getting fired up telling Von to bring out some personality. Is Von going to suddenly have a gimmick? I can’t even be sure what that’d be. Also, good promo from Tony D and Stacks. I thought Von was gonna be the big guy Stacks went after but then this happened, so maybe Stacks calls out Odyssey Jones or Quincy Elliot to give one of those guys some screen time. And also a win, because I feel like Stacks is gonna bite off more than he can chew.

We also got some great technical wrestling singles matches. Gulak VS Dempsey was not as good as Bate VS Axiom, but I like the detail that Hank takes the hit to tip things in Gulak’s favor. Hank might confront Gulak on that move, and we get closer to Heel Gulak. Then we got just a hilarious and very meta promo out of Bate and Axiom referencing A-Kid. Kemp sticking his nose in things is fine, he needs something to do and honestly should’ve had more time in NXT UK. Bate winning makes sense, he’s also back and needs some momentum. Kemp’s blindside attack definitely earns him a match with both of them in turn, probably winning against Axiom but losing to Bate.

Really good stuff out of the NXT Tag Division tonight, too. The opener of Creeds VS Indus Sher was good, though I feel like maybe they’re going for too real of a fight feel. Julius just came off like he forgot the match flow they discussed. But it was a clever move to have Indus Sher win because of the mishap with Ivy. This will add something more to the Diamond Mine story, and Indus Sher really should be climbing up the rankings. Especially with everything going on in the title story.

Great Triple Threat main event, and as great as all three teams are, it makes sense Chase U won. New Day is Face, Gallus and Pretty Deadly are Heel, so there needed to be another Face team. There’s intrigue in the Chase U story and it can play out in the Fatal 4. And Indus Sher being Heels, if New Day retains (or even if Chase U wins), that’d be a great program going to Stand & Deliver.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/31/23)

Orlando stays Dark!

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Universal Studios is still the AEW Dark Arena!

As they prepare to go after the AEW World Trios Championships, AR Fox & Top Flight reunite to take on The Wingmen: Peter Avalon, Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: AR Fox & Top Flight VS The Wingmen; Fox & Top Flight win.
  • Red Velvet VS Sofia Castillo; Velvet wins.
  • Zack Clayton VS Fulton; Clayton wins.
  • Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. w/ Arn Anderson VS Rosario Grillo & Dean Alexander; Anderson & Pillman win.
  • Skye Blue VS Renee Michelle; Skye wins.
  • Shane Taylor Promotions VS Mr. G & Dante Casanova; Shane Taylor Promotions wins.
  • Yuka Sakazaki VS Avery Breaux; Yuka wins.
  • The Workhorsemen VS Liam Gray & Adrian Alanis; The Workhorsemen win.
  • Angelico w/ Serpentico & Luther VS Konosuke Takeshita; Konosuke wins.

QUICK NOTES

A solid line-up, and I like that we’re getting to see Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. in action together after a backstage promo on Elevation not too long ago. Not sure what the team name is but two second generation stars together is a logical combination. Angelico VS Konosuke, that is going to be a great match, but I give the win to Konosuke. Red Velvet is in action again after also being on Elevation, she’s definitely building momentum towards taking on Jade Cargill for Jade’s 50th match. And good to see Shane Taylor Promotions in action here. They’ll be a strong part of the ROH Tag Team Division, even after having lost to Keith Lee after Swerve abandoned Keith.

And good to see AR Fox & Top Flight in action, and against The Wingmen. For one, good to see Avalon, Nemeth & Bononi teaming all together again. And this will be a good match to build momentum for Fox & Flight.


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