Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Report! (5/15/18)
SmackDown comes to London with a #Mellabration! The Princess of Staten Island vows to outdo the Royal Wedding with a party in her own honor. Will anyone crash the party? Plus, the Phenomenal One and the King of Strong Style will determine their stipulation for their Money in the Bank WWE Championship rematch!
All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter
- Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Tag Match: The New Day VS The Bar; The New Day wins and chooses ??? to join the Men’s MITB Ladder Match.
- Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega VS Jake Constantino; Almas wins.
- Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat: Becky Lynch VS Mandy Rose VS Sonya Deville; Becky wins and joins the Women’s MITB Ladder Match.
- AJ Styles VS Shinsuke Nakamura; Nakamura wins and will choose the stipulation for their WWE Championship match at MITB next week.
PLAY BY PLAY
Renee Young introduces Daniel Bryan!
Get those fingers up! @WWEDanielBryan is kicking off #SDLive from London's @TheO2 Arena! #YES pic.twitter.com/BFW2CpuaFa
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
The Goat has the O2 giving a standing ovation of “YES! YES!” as he heads to the ring. Bryan won at Wrestlemania, was impressive in the Greatest Royal Rumble match, and won at Backlash. However, Big Cass would beat him up and Rusev would shut him out of the Money in the Bank match. Fans have not stopped chanting, by the way. Bryan wants those at home to “Feel that! Fell ALL of that!” Was Bryan disappointed? Sure. Does he like losing? Does anyone like losing? “NO! NO!” When Bryan made his return, he was just happy to be back doing what he loves. “But now, it’s not enough to be back.” Bryan wants to do more than just be back, he wants to be on top! Bryan will fight and climb and scratch and claw for it all. And before it’s all over, Bryan will be WWE Champion!
"I'm going to keep BEATING you down… you're not going to go anywhere without a SEVEN-FOOT SHADOW following you around!"@BigCassWWE isn't finished with @WWEDanielBryan… #SDLive pic.twitter.com/bpxv5a7sa8
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
But Big Cass says to “Hold on.” The Human Skyscraper, who was a “Cass-Hole” of a sore loser at Backlash, says that he was just listening to Bryan run his mouth, “and I am sick of it.” Bryan may have fooled the fans into drinking the Kool-Aid, but not Cass. Bryan feeds the fans “heart-warming” crap! Cass knows the truth about Bryan. Renee brought up Rusev’s win Bryan’s “first major setback”, but Cass disagrees. Cass was his setback, was the reason Bryan lost and will be why Bryan keeps losing. Cass will make sure Bryan never achieves his dreams again. He admits he loss, but he only tapped out to then beat “the holy hell” out of Bryan. And he did! Cass beat Bryan down, and will continue to beat him down, and his 7 foot shadow will follow Bryan all over the WWE.
Sure, Bryan lasted 75 minutes in the GRR, wow~! But what happened when Cass showed up? Cass booted Bryan, eliminated him, and proved to us all that “Daniel Bryan is a loser.” Bryan should’ve let that little guy from Montreal take his place, because he at least took that beating with dignity? Cass asks if Bryan is a loser. Fans say “No! No!” but Cass says “YES!” Should Bryan have stayed retired? “YES!” Should Bryan let Brie “wear the pants” in the family? “YES!” Cass drops then mic then heads to the ring. He stands across from Bryan, but Bryan doesn’t back down. The fans support Bryan while Cass climbs inside. Cass mocks “YES!” but Bryan fires off!
NOPE!#SDLive @WWEDanielBryan @BigCassWWE pic.twitter.com/Jm5Ha7M9xT
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) May 16, 2018
Bryan goes at the legs, then throws more right hands and kicks! Fans are fired up as Bryan pulls on the leg with the ropes. Bryan doesn’t let up, even as he has Cass on the mat! Referees appear to stop Bryan from beating Cass down. Cass stands up and hobbles, but Bryan comes around from the outside! Bryan slings Cass’ leg into the post! And then again! Bryan backs off again, but then gives Cass a chop block! He grabs that leg, for a heel hook! Cass shouts in pain and even taps out, but it doesn’t do a thing with this being a fight and not a match! The referees order Bryan to let go, but Bryan doesn’t let go until he’s satisfied. Fans cheer while Cass retreats to the back. Cass has incurred the wrath of The Goat, will he regret ever trying to bully Bryan?
The Miz is in London!
Well this is an AWWWESSOMMMEEEE surprise! @mikethemiz is joining commentary for the next match! #SDLive pic.twitter.com/HicfRP1nEN
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
The Most Must-See Superstar is already one of SmackDown’s Money in the Bank entrants, and is himself a past winner of the contract. He joins commentary to have a front row look at who will join him and The Bulgarian Lion in that match.
Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Tag Match: The New Day VS The Bar!
Awwwwwww, London~! While this may be a tag team match, it will help at least one man get into the Men’s MITB Ladder Match. Xavier Woods managed to beat the Celtic Warrior with the help of Big E & Kofi Kingston, but that same help backfired against the Swiss Cyborg. Will “ya boys” The New Day or The Bar break the tie in their favor?
We are UNDERWAY as #TheNewDay's @XavierWoodsPhD & @WWEBigE take on #TheBar's @WWECesaro & @WWESheamus for an #MITB opportunity! #SDLive pic.twitter.com/yCfP5Ff6pm
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
The bell rings and Woods starts against Cesaro. Cesaro lunges but Woods ducks under to SUPERKICK Sheamus off the apron! Then he counters Cesaro to throw chops and haymakers. Cesaro reverses the whip but Woods ducks under again to rock him with a roaring elbow. Woods takes aim at Sheamus, then builds speed to FLY! Woods takes out Sheamus, then gives shade to Miz before hitting Cesaro with a slingshot jump kick! Cover, TWO, but Woods keeps on Cesaro. Cesaro suplexes but Woods slips out, then Woods ducks and runs for a wheelbarrow. Cesaro blocks it with strength, then brings Woods up and over. Sheamus tags in, Cesaro adjusts, and Sheamus adds a double ax handle to the back suplex. Cover, TWO, but The Bar is in control. Sheamus rocks Woods then tags in Cesaro, and The Bar double whip for the Bar Lariat.
Woods rolls away while The Bar brags and we go picture in picture. Cesaro pushes Woods off the apron, then distracts the ref so Sheamus can get a cheap shot. Big E protests but the referee keeps him back. Cesaro tags Sheamus, and Sheamus fetches Woods to rock him with a European Uppercut. Sheamus puts Woods in the ring, then drives a knee in for the keylock. He keeps Woods on the mat, but Woods feeds off the energy from the fans. Woods stands up, and fights back, but Sheamus shoves and catches him into the Irish Curse backbreaker! Cover, TWO, but Sheamus drags Woods back over. Cessaro tags in, and taunts the New Day as he brings Woods up. Woods fights back, but Cesaro whips him away to knock him down with a back elbow. Cover, TWO, so it’s back to the chinlock.
Woods endures while The New Day and fans rally. Woods stands up but Cesaro tags in Sheamus. Sheamus kicks Woods and The Bar whip Woods for Super Saiyan Kicks! The Bar embraces the heat while stomping Woods. Sheamus tags Cesaro, and Cesaro swaggers about. Woods rolls him up, TWO, and Cesaro puts the chinlock back on. He brings Woods back to the mat, but Woods feeds off a new rally. Woods stands up, hits a jawbreaker, but Sheamus tags in to knock Big E down. Woods ducks Sheamus, but there’s no one to tag. Sheamus rocks him with a bicycle knee, then brings him back over to tag in Cesaro. Cesaro climbs up while we go single picture, and drops the elbow into the backbreaker. Cover, TWO, so Cesaro chokes Woods against the ropes. Sheamus gets another cheap shot, Cesaro covers, TWO.
Fans rally for the New Day again, and Woods fights back. Woods backs Cesaro down, but Cesaro whips him to ropes. Woods throws Cesaro out of the ring! Big E returns, and Woods crawls over for the hot tag! Sheamus tags in, but Big E is upon him with belly2belly suplexes! Big E slams Sheamus down, then swivels the hips. He runs for the Big Splash, but into knees! Sheamus runs in but Big E throws him down, covers, TWO. Big E and the fans rally with New Day claps, but Cesaro dsitracts and Sheamus rolls up. TWO, Cesaro tags in. Big E scoops Sheamus but Cesaro saves him. The Bar double mule kick and double DDT! Cover, TWO! Cesaro puts on the Sharpshooter!
The #Sharpshooter is LOCKED IN? Is @WWEBigE going to tap? #MITB #SDLive @WWECesaro pic.twitter.com/8Uno2GZefS
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) May 16, 2018
Fans rally, and Woods returns, but Sheamus drags Woods out. Woods puts SHeamus into a post, then saves Big E. Both Big E and Cesaro head for corners, Cesaro runs into an elbow. Woods tags in, Tornado DDT! Cover, TWO!! Woods stands up and brings Cesaro up, but Cesaro throat chops. Cesaro runs but into the post, Woods hits the wheelbarrow facebuster. Sheamus breaks the pin, then brawls with Big E! Sheamus kicks and kicks, but Big E throws him out to then DIVE THROUGH HIM! They both go to the floor, and fans fire up as Woods climbs up. Woods hits the Springboard Elbow! New Day wins!
Winners: The New Day (Big E & Woods), Woods pinning; one member qualifies for the Men’s MITB match.
With one out of three going into this major ladder match, who will The New Day choose? Plus, with only one spot left in the match, who will be the final entrant from SmackDown?
👏 NEW 👏 DAY 👏 WINS! 👏 NEW 👏 DAY 👏 WINS! 👏
Who will they pick to represent them in the Men's #MITB #LadderMatch? #SDLive @WWEBigE @XavierWoodsPhD @TrueKofi pic.twitter.com/qffvsDcCLo
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
The Bludgeon Brothers speak.
Harper & Rowan say that “Family is for the weak”, Usos. “Friendship is an abscess waiting to be pierced,” The Club and The Bar. “Joy is a disease,” New Day. “The Cure is to Bludgeon.” Time’s up for the SmackDown Tag Team Division, who will be purged first?
SmackDown GM Paige is in her office.
Yes, she would’ve loved to go to the Royal Wedding, but she didn’t get an invite. Carmella, no, no horse-drawn carriages. Just stop. But she’ll call Carmella back. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville are here, the “power trip” didn’t work. Mandy still won, and now she’s in the Women’s MITB– No, that wasn’t a qualifying match. It should’ve been. Relax, or you won’t get one at all. So then Mandy is getting one? But not Sonya? No they’re both getting one tonight. Against who? Becky Lynch. As a handicap match? They’re winning, obviously, right? No, it’s not a handicap match, it’s a triple threat. Only ONE woman qualifies, so good luck out there.
.@RealPaigeWWE might have some BEXplaining to do… because @WWE_MandyRose & @SonyaDevilleWWE will BOTH face @BeckyLynchWWE in a #TripleThreat #MITB Qualifying Match TONIGHT on #SDLive! pic.twitter.com/gCpepSyA0t
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
Backstage interview with AJ Styles.
The Phenomenal One has a non-title rematch with Shinsuke Nakamura, winner chooses how their MITB match goes down. What will Styles choose if he wins? Styles doesn’t think it’ll be “if”, but “when” he wins. And it could be a scaffolding match, or a pole on a pole match. No wait, Bull Rope Hell in a Cell Inferno Match! Where the referee is Elvis, right? No, Renee, that’s silly. But it doesn’t matter what Styles chooses, it’ll be entertaining for everyone except the “Con Artist”. Nakamura can pretend not to know English, but Styles knows the international language of forearms to faces. It doesn’t matter where or when, Nakamura can’t win in the House that AJ Styles Built!
"I speak the international language of FOREARM to FACE… @ShinsukeN CAN'T beat me in the 🏠 that AJ STYLES BUILT!"#WWEChampion @AJStylesOrg is all confidence heading into his one-on-one match with @ShinsukeN! #SDLive pic.twitter.com/ZA3KEfRaog
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega VS Jake Constantino!
EL IDOLO has arrived to #SDLive!!!!!! @AndradeCienWWE @Zelina_VegaWWE pic.twitter.com/obW5t2jaiJ
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
El Idolo is FINALLY on SmackDown! The former NXT Champion has Lamaneca by his side even on the main roster as he goes against local boy, Jake Constantino. Will Almas’ Tranquilo style translate to the Blue Brand as successfully as it did to NXT?
The bell rings, and he ties up with Jake. Almas gest the waistlock but Jake the standing switch, but Almas elbows his way out. Vega likes what she sees, but then Jake dropkicks Almas down. Almas gets up and CHOPS Jake down. Almas puts Jak ein a corner and stomps a mudhole into him, with both feet. El Idolo grins, then pumps himself up. He runs corner to corner, for CIEN KNEES! But that’s not all, he brings Jake up for the Hammerlock DDT!
Just. Like. THAT! The #HammerlockDDT nails the victory for #ElIdolo @AndradeCienWWE! #SDLive @Zelina_VegaWWE pic.twitter.com/0u8b0m7Bip
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
Cover, Almas wins!
Winner: Almas, by pinfall
An impressive victory in his debut, and he barely broke a sweat, too.
Too easy. #SDLive @AndradeCienWWE pic.twitter.com/bPusk4st1P
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) May 16, 2018
Zelina Vega speaks.
“This is SmackDown Live, huh?” She was expecting more. After all the anticipation, Almas finally arrives and they get some scrub? “Pathetic!” Just as pathetic as every superstar that thinks they can do what Almas can. “Our message is clear: We didn’t come to SmackDown Live to place nice. We came to TAKE OVER!” Will El Idolo take over SmackDown like he did NXT?
"We didn't come to play nice. We came to TAKE OVER!"
A LOUD and CLEAR message from #SDLive newcomers @AndradeCienWWE & @Zelina_VegaWWE! pic.twitter.com/VZmxewzxd0
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
Rusev has his own room, thanks to Aiden English.
The Drama King tried to get a better room, but it’s London, “Home of the Pedestrian.” The food, the Rolling Stones, they’re overrated. Rusev will get satisfaction when he wins MITB. And English has a new song just for the occasion. But as he’s tuning up, Lana enters. Lana wishes English to save his voice, for a “Ravishing” new song. Lana vows to also win the Women’s MITB, because she’s going up against Billie Kay next week. She will CRUSH Billie, and together, they will be the first ever Mrs. & Mrs. MITB! Machka in the Bank will RULE SmackDown! On what day? On… RUSEV DAAAAAAY~!
Here ye, Here ye!
It’s time for the Royal Mellabration! The fair princess of Staten Island arrives. The very same princess who defeated Charlotte Flair twice to become the SmackDown Women’s Champion. “May God ignore the Queen, and God Save Carmella!” With pomp and circumstance, Carmella makes her entrance and heads to the ring.
One small (moon)walk for man, one giant leap for CARMELLA-KIND! #SDLive #RoyalMellabration @CarmellaWWE pic.twitter.com/3T2FS230q2
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
She carefully positions her championship on the leopard print pillow before speaking. “Before I begin, I just wanted to give you all a little thrill.” She’ll give everyone the chance to show their love for her. She’s so nice, right? For the next 10 seconds or so, shower her with the praise as she deserves as the first Ms. MITB and now Women’s Champion. Ready, cheer! Nope, they boo and jeer. That doesn’t sit well with Carmella.
“You people will line up outside of a hospital” just to see a baby, but they won’t respect Carmella? No, they won’t. She is the Princess of Staten Island, and she commands them to bow down! Bow. Down!! These fans remind her of all the other women on SmackDown. None of them think she’s good enough or deserving of the title. But guess what, Not-So-Great Britain? #MellaIsMoney and #MellaIsChampion. That makes her better than them. Better than you, you, and definitely “be’er than you!” She’s better than Charlotte, than Becky Lynch, than Alexa Bliss, Nia Jax and Ronda Rousey! She’s better than Trish Stratus AND Lita put together! Paige interrupts the party, and the fans love it!
Welcome home, @RealPaigeWWE! #SDLive #RoyalMellabration #ThisIsYourHouse pic.twitter.com/8WxmJuz7zE
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
London’s own Glampire walks to the ring, and Carmella assumes she’s here to teach the fans respect. No, but she is here to say it’s great to be home. Paige hears out the fans chant “This is Your House!” then gets to business. She knows Carmella thinks she’s better than everyone. That’s quite the proclamation. But Paige has a proclamatino of her own: Carmella’s opponent for Money in the Bank. Carmella insists she’s not defending at MITB, but Paige insists she is. Against… ASUKA!! The Empress of Tomorrow is in London, too! Carmella protests right in Paige’s ear, but it doesn’t change Paige’s mind. Asuka heads to the ring and stares Carmella down with that sinister grin.
Say hello to THE FUTURE and your #MITB opponent, @CarmellaWWE! #RoyalMellabration #SDLive @WWEAsuka @RealPaigeWWE pic.twitter.com/qq28cKAoj4
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
Fans know “Asuka’s gonna kill~ you~”, so Carmella snags her belt and retreats. No words necessary for this, Carmella is fearful for her reign. Will the Empress dethrone the Princess to rebuild her empire?
Backstage interview with Shinsuke Nakamura.
The Rockstar hasn’t defeated AJ Styles yet, but tonight might change that. How does he feel about hsi chances? “What does ‘chance’ mean?” Nakamura clearly continues his “No Speak English” act, and then says that “chance” is the wrong word. It is a certainty that Nakamura will win. Styles will lose, and get a #Knee2Face, and then another and another and another, and so on and so forth. When Nakamura is done, Styles’ nose smashed, cheeks broken and face utterly gone, Nakamura will dishonor Styles, and take that title for his own.
"I will dishonor @AJStylesOrg, then I will TAKE his title!" – @ShinsukeN #SDLive pic.twitter.com/9W2r3lKDnk
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) May 16, 2018
Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat: Becky Lynch VS Mandy Rose VS Sonya Deville!
Will @BeckyLynchWWE compete in her SECOND #MITB #LadderMatch next month? #SDLive pic.twitter.com/k121f8wKVL
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
With Absolution broken up and the best friends set up against each other, will God’s Greatest Creation or the Gladiator Gal go on to join Charlotte, Ember Moon and Alexa Bliss in the ladder match? Or will the Lass Kicker beat two for the price of won and bring her #StraightFire to the match instead?
Will The #GoldenGoddess @WWE_MandyRose get closer to carrying GOLD? #MITB #SDLive pic.twitter.com/itlfPXrBB9
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
Her hair is UP, and now she's ready to SQUARE UP! #MITB #SDLive @SonyaDevilleWWE pic.twitter.com/SgYYEZU6qo
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
The bell rings, and clearly Becky is alone against Mandy & Sonya. She manages to fight them both off, then throw Mandy out. Becky puts Sonya in a corner with buckle bumps, then to another corner. Sonya reverses and toys with Becky before giving body shots. Becky dodges to jump kick Sonya back, but Mandy returns. The duo formerly known as Absolution beat Becky down, but fans are on Becky’s side. Mandy scoops and slams Becky, then Sonya rams in a knee to the ribs. Mandy turns on Sonya with a roll up, ONE! The friends aren’t so friendly while we go picture in picture. Becky rolls Sonya but Many breaks the cover. Mandy goes after Becky at the ropes, choking the former women’s champion with Sonya’s help.
Mandy & Sonya corner Becky and fire off with kicks. They mug Becky together, then double suplex. Becky rolls out, and Sonya goes out to fetch her while Mandy poses. Mandy follows, and the two throw Becky into the apron. They throw her into barriers, too, then toy with Becky as she writhes on the ground. They kick her around before putting her back in. Mandy covers, but Sonya yanks her off. Sonya shoves Mandy, Mandy shoves back, but the two realize to keep their cools. Mandy goes after Becky, but Becky boots her back. Becky boots Sonya, then jumps, but they both duck under to double shoulder tackle Becky down. Then Sonya sucker punches Mandy! We return to single picture as the Jersey Deville stands tall.
Fans rally for Becky, but Sonya is on her with body shots and kicks. Sonya backs off to then return with forearms. Sonya whips Becky but Becky kicks her back. Becky runs and rallies with lariats and a calf kick. Becky has the fans fired up as she throws Sonya with a Becksploder! Sonya gets to a corner, but Becky runs in. Sonya kicks ehr away, then drives her down with a knee, but Mandy returns to toss Sonya out. Mandy covers, TWO! Mandy keeps on Becky but Becky small packages, TWO. Becky dodges the knee and brings Mandy around, but Mandy throws her into buckles. Mandy gives Becky a butterfly facebuster! Cover, but Sonya returns to toss Mandy! Sonya covers, TWO!
Sonya scrapes Mandy out before going back to Becky for body shots. Becky hits back and these two slug it out. Sonya puts Becky in a corner, and gives more body shots. Sonya hoists Becky up to the top, then climbs up to join her. Mandy returns and joins in to electric chair Sonya. Becky adjusts, and it’s a missile dropkick doomsday!
What's that? Just a little STRAIGHT 🔥 offense from @BeckyLynchWWE… #SDLive #MITB @WWE_MandyRose @SonyaDevilleWWE pic.twitter.com/RZPs2mUqFY
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
All three women are down, but fans rally up. Becky stirs first, and crawls to a cover on Mandy. TWO, and Becky brings Mandy up while Sonya slip sout of the ring. Mandy and Becky brawl, but Mandy kicks low to try another facebuster. Becky slips out and brings Mandy down again, but Sonya kicks Becky and Mandy! Sonya hits the slinding knee, covers, TWO! Sonya can’t believe that Becky still lives. Becky drags herself up, but Sonya has her in a suplex. Becky blocks, and scoops but Sonya slips out. Mady flies in but the knee goes into Sonya! Becky grabs Mandy but Mandy reverses to roll up, TWO into the Disarm-her! Mandy reaches, but can’t, she taps! Becky wins!
Winner: Becky, by submission; qualifies for the Women’s MITB match
The Lass Kicker has turned her losing streak around with a big win tonight! She enters the second-ever Women’s MITB, can she be the second-ever Ms. MITB?
BECKY IS BANK!!!#BeckyBalboa strikes again as @BeckyLynchWWE defeats @WWE_MandyRose & @SonyaDevilleWWE to qualify for the Women's #MITB #LadderMatch! #SDLive pic.twitter.com/lkDTTTBI9Q
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
Superstars speak on MITB.
“They say that ambition makes for strange victims.” And Big Cass is one of them. The only thing big about Cass is his mouth. Samoa Joe has known and dealt with “fake tough guys” like Cass his entire life. When it comes time to take their convictions and walk them through the fire, even big men end up short. Cass has made a habit of targeting those smaller than him. But ambition has made Cass Joe’s new target. Joe wants that title opportunity, and next week, he promises to prove how small Big Cass really is. Cass is an obstacle that Joe will put to sleep.
The IIconics take a moment to adjust the camera. Word Association game. London = Loud. Lana = Loser. And Billie = Beautiful. Oh, and winner! Briefcase = Perfect Accessory. Contract = Championship. Future = IIconic.
Will the FUTURE be IICONIC at #MITB? #SDLive #TheIIconics @PeytonRoyceWWE @BillieKayWWE pic.twitter.com/t4JjZtluKw
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) May 16, 2018
AJ Styles VS Shinsuke Nakamura!
What match stipulation could #TheArtistKnownAs @ShinsukeN have in mind for #MITB? #SDLive 🤔 🤔 🤔 pic.twitter.com/ctPGjYrPva
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
From Wrestlemania to Backlash, the Phenomenal One and King of Strong Style have fought with everything they have, yet there has not been a truly satisfactory ending to this Dream Rivalry. With one more championship match coming at Money in the Bank, this non-title rematch will have major implications. Who will win here tonight in London? And what will they choose to be the stipulation that ends this rivalry once and for all?
.@TheO2 Arena just got PHENOMENAL! #SDLive #MITB @AJStylesOrg pic.twitter.com/LZf6q7hLvY
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
SmackDown returns and this match happens for the first time on television. Styles and Nakamura tie up, Styles gets the standing switch but Nakamura the standing switch. Styles snapmares but Nakamura reverses to an arm wrench. Nakamura goes after the wrist but Styles rolls through to reverse it onto Nakamura. Fans duel while Nakamura rolls and kips up to cartwheel. Nakamura puts on the arm wrench but Styles goes to back suplex. Nakamura rolls Styles, TWO, and now Styles rolls Nakamura. TWO, and the two have a stand-off. Styles and Nakamura approach each other, but Nakamura hits low. Nakamura toys with Styles, then gives him a knee. Nakamura runs, but into Styles’ dropkick!
Styles brings Nakamura back up, and over to a corner for a buckle bump. Styles chops Nakanura, then rocks him with a right. He tries to suplex but Nakamura blocks and counters with knees. Nakamura runs but into a backbreaker! Styles goes after Nakamura but Nakamura slips out of the ring. Fans duel while Styles slingshots for a forearm!
The #PhenomenalForearm transcends language. #SDLive @AJStylesOrg @ShinsukeN pic.twitter.com/AzQtN2Xyjl
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
They both go down, but Styles gets up first. Styles brings Nakamura up and into the ring, but Nakamura slips back out the other side. Styles targets him from the apron, but Nakamura intercepts the knee with a kick! Nakamura then positions Styles, for the running knee lift! Fans keep dueling while Nakamura puts Styles in the ring for a cover. TWO, but Nakamura keeps his focus while we go to break.
SmackDown returns and Nakamura tees off on Styles at the ropes. The referee backs him off, but Nakamura goes back for more. Fans continue to duel while Nakamura throws hands on Styles. Styles goes to a corner, but Nakamura rams knees into him anyway. Nakamura brings Styles up for BAD Vibrations, then sits him down for Good Vibrations. Nakamura drags Styles up but Styles hits back, only to get knees. Styles resists the Inverted Exploder and elbows his way out, but misses the clothesline while Nakamura hits the Dynamic Dropkick! Cover, TWO, and Nakamura grows frustrated. He brings Styles up and around for a chinlock while fans rally again. Nakamura shifts it to a dragon sleeper, trapping one arm. Styles endures, and tries to stand up, but Nakamura keeps him down.
Nakamura wrenches back more, but Styles fights out with knees to Nakamura’s face. Styles goes after Nakamura, but Nakamura fires off his strike fest. Nakamura puts Styles up on the top rope, then climbs up, but Styles slips down and out. Nakamura shoves him away, but Styles comes back, only to run into a boot, and yet give a PELE! Both men fall to the mat, and a ten count begins. The count reaches 4 before Styles stands. Nakamura stands, and they beat the count at 7. Styles gets the Phenomenal Blitz! Then the sliding forearm! Styles fires up while Nakamura gets to a corner, and Styles hits a corner clothesline. Nakamura fights against the fireman’s carry, so Styles hits the wheelbarrow facebuster. Cover, TWO!
Both men stand again, and Nakamura powers Styles to a corner. Styles catches Nakamura into the Calf Crusher, but Nakamura. Nakamura thrusts the knee but Styles evades. Styles slips out of the fireman’s carry but Nakamura gets him with the heel kick, into the Landslide driver! Cover, TWO! Nakamura grows frustrated, but fans know “This is Awesome!” Nakamura drags Styles up and puts him back in a corner. He hoists Styles onto the top rope, then backs up, but Styles avoids the Top Shelf Knee. Styles springboards but Nakamura sweeps the legs to hit that knee! Styles tumbles down to the apron while Nakamura catches his breath. Nakamura joins Styles, and fans rally while they stand up. Nakamura has evil intentions but Styles resists.
Styles holds on for dear life, then suplexes, but Nakamura lands on his feet. They brawl on the apron, then Nakamura climbs up for a FLYING KNEE! Nakamura brings Styles in for a cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Nakamura takes aim from a corner. He waits for Styles to stand, but Styles catches him into the Clash position! Nakamura kicks him away, but he ends up in Ushigoroshi! Cover, TWO! Styles stands up while fans again chant “This is Awesome!” Styles runs, but into a boot! Nakamura stands up now, and hits a sliding KINSHASA! Cover, TWO!?
When @AJStylesOrg kicks out of the #Kinshasa… #SDLive @ShinsukeN pic.twitter.com/Dog8TMYl1p
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) May 16, 2018
Nakamura is furious, but he goes right back to a corner. He fires up again, as promised, but runs into a windmill heel kick! Styles drags Nakamura up and around, but Nakamura shovels him up and onto the apron. He knocks Nakamura, springboards, but Nakamura evades! Styles keeps himself from hitting the ref, but he sees Nakamura coming this time. Nakamura fakes a low blow?! Styles defends that it’s a fake, but Nakamura pounces! Inverted Exploder! Then, KINSHASA!! Cover, Nakamura WINS!
Winner: Nakamura, by pinfall; may choose the stipulation for the MITB WWE Championship match
It doesn’t matter how he did it, Nakamura defeats Styles! The Con Artist gets away with another masterpiece of a crime, and he rubs it in Styles’ face. What stipulation will he choose for their fourth Dream (Re)Match? Will Styles be able to survive the schemes of the King of Strong Style?
Bad news, @AJStylesOrg! @ShinsukeN is picking the #WWETitle match stipulation at #MITB! What will The #KingOfStrongStyle choose?!? #SDLive pic.twitter.com/mKMFATsPiA
— WWE (@WWE) May 16, 2018
SmackDown did much better tonight, and a touch better than Raw, even though there was some confusion as to why with a few things. Bryan being confronted by Cass, and snapping on Cass, works much better here than Vince trying to have the same with Roman and Mahal. For starters, all fans love Bryan. Second, Bryan makes a much more believable underdog meets victim (for lack of a better word). His fight with Cass will get much more momentum for him than Roman going up against Mahal and supposedly up against the administration. I like the meta behind Vega’s promo after Almas’ squash match victory. Almas as a former NXT Champion deserves a bit more than a jobber his first time out, so hopefully this leads to a string of matches with established stars to give them TV time, too.
SmackDown’s approach to the MITB qualifiers is also more unique. Tag teams compete for a singles opportunity, but perhaps this can still help towards the rumored Tag Team MITB match. New Day wins, meaning they put one man in the Men’s MITB, but the other two can still be in the Team MITB. Same goes for The Bar, since they lost. The Bludgeon Brothers call out all the other teams in their promo, and tag teams have given good MITB promos, so perhaps this is all foreshadowing that Team MITB. There are weeks left before the PPV, so perhaps Raw and SmackDown will use them to give us this match.
Thankfully the #Mellabration didn’t go on too long before someone showed up to do something. Paige gets her hometown hero moment while also giving Carmella some comeuppance. Just like Nia having to take a match, so does Carmella, and Carmella does well being a Heel champion with not wanting any part of any contender. Asuka being the challenger, she better win to finally make Carmella eat her words. Tonight’s Women’s Triple Threat was great, it had all kinds of story between Mandy and Sonya, and unlike Bayley on Raw, Becky used it to her advantage and came out the winner. If Asuka better beat Carmella, Becky BETTER win the MITB, because she really needs it to help her get back in the spotlight.
The only confusion was Nakamura VS Styles. It wasn’t for a title, yet it somehow felt better than the Backlash title match. That might be more a comment on Backlash than the story as a whole, but making this match here tonight is both good and bad. It’s good because it gets people in seats and watching at home, and the match itself was genuinely good. It’s bad because it makes little sense in story. Why not just let Paige or Shane choose a stipulation for them? Or is it simply because WWE has nothing else to fill out the weeks leading to MITB? I won’t let the confusion count against the action, but it continues to make WWE’s writers and booking look content to just coast compared to all other promotions.
My Score: 8.3/10
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Mitchell’s WWE WrestleMania 39 Results & Report! (4/1/23)
Lights, camera, action!
WrestleMania is ready for its close-up.
WWE is ready for the spotlight as WrestleMania Goes Hollywood! Austin Theory opens night one, but will he still be The Now after facing John Cena?
- WWE United States Championship: Austin Theory VS John Cena; Theory wins and retains the title.
- Men’s WrestleMania Tag Team Showcase Fatal 4 Way: The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy VS The Viking Raiders VS Braun Strowman & Ricochet; The Street Profits win.
- Seth Rollins VS Logan Paul; Rollins wins.
- Six Woman Tag: Becky Lynch, Lita & Trish Stratus VS Damage CTRL; Becky, Lita & Trish win.
- Rey Mysterio VS Dominik Mysterio; Rey wins.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Rhea Ripley; Rhea wins and becomes the new SmackDown Women’s Champion.
- The Miz VS Pat McAfee; Pat wins.
- Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn; Kevin & Sami win and become the new Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s the WrestleMania Kickoff Show, part 1!
Join Kayla Braxton, Wade Barrett, Booker T and Peter Rosenberg in discussing, analyzing and predicting all the action for this opening night of WrestleMania’s Hollywood weekend!
Backstage interview with Johnny Knoxville.
Cathy Kelly is with the Jackass lead man and brings up Sami & Kevin VS The Usos. What is Johnny feeling watching that match? Johnny still can’t stand Sami “snake in the grass, wolf in a creep’s clothing.” So the hatchet has not been buried? Nope, the hatchet has not been buried. Johnny wants to bury that hatchet into Sami’s back. Johnny thinks Kevin is gonna be dragged down by Sami. Well, maybe Kevin and Sami buried their hatchet, but Johnny says the Usos are gonna bang on Sami like the bottom of a Heinz 57 bottle. Well, thanks for joining the preshow, enjoy the night.
Here to sing America the Beautiful: Becky G!
Hollywood has its leading man.
There’s only one person on Earth distinguished enough to open tonight. The international intrigue, the biggest name with a smaller-than-average frame… Hey! The voiceover’s gonna do him like that? Good thing it’s just a voice or he’d get a boot and leg drop, brother. Ladies and gentlemen: Kevin Hart! As a storyteller, he’s here to tell a story. A Once Upon a Time in Hollywood type legend, full of legends. WrestleMania’s near four DECADE long legacy, the greatest show in live entertainment, now takes over Tinsel Town.
“Tonight, everybody’s going Hollywood. And I mean everybody!” Trailer after trailer, reference after reference, star power upon star power, action and adventure, romance, and always room for more. “Welcome, world, to WrestleMania Goes Hollywood.” What’s the pyro budget on this thing?
The Miz and Snoop Dogg are in the ring!
The Hollywood A-Lister, the host of WrestleMania, is here with the #DoggFather and WWE Hall of Famer, and Miz welcomes us to WrestleMania! “Tonight, my friend, Snoop, D O Double G, Snoop Dogg, the Dogg Father of WrestleMania and I are the perfect tag team to kick off WrestleMania Goes Hollywood, because believe it or not, we have a lot in common.” Snoop is a multi-time platinum recording artist, the King of Hip Hop, and Miz was in WrestleMania the Musical. Snoop has been in over 80 movies, and The Miz has been in the last four The Marine movies! Snoop is a WWE Golden Champion, and Miz is a TWO-TIME Grand Slam Champion!
So what Miz is saying is, he and Snoop are the same? Yep! Well, check it out, dawg, this isn’t about these two champions. It’s about the champions in the audience. Miz says Snoop is correct. Tonight, we will see some of the best of the best in a sold out SoFi Stadium! LA, Hollywood, worldwide, are you ready!? Tonight, you will see Charlotte Flair VS Rhea Ripley for the SmackDown Women’s Championship! The Usos VS Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn for the Undisputed Tag Team Championships! Miz told Snoop the pop would be good. And those are just a taste of how awesome tonight is gonna be.
But no more talk! Time to get to the action! Snoop says “Let’s fire it up!” And starting off this already massive weekend is…
WWE United States Championship: Austin Theory VS John Cena!
The Youngest WWE United States Champion in WWE history says he is The Now of WWE. But he is facing the SIXTEEN TIME World Champion! Cena already said that Theory was not ready for WrestleMania, but will he prove it? Or will Austin prove he isn’t just a theory?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if The Now is still the future!
The bell rings and fans rally behind Cena. Theory and Cena circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock. Cena goes for a leg, Theory gets away, and Cena smirks. The two go again. tie up collar ‘n’ elbow, and Theory headlocks. Cena powers up and powers out to run Theory over! Theory gets up in a huff and Cena dusts himself off. The two go again, tie up, and Cena chinbars to wrangle Theory down. Theory gets up but Cena headlocks. Cena headlocks for a takeover, fans rally, and Theory fights up. Fans duel, “Let’s Go, Cena!” “Cena Sucks!” Theory pries the hold open, wrenches to headlock back, but Cena powers out, to run Theory over!
Theory scrambles to ropes and Cena smirks as he dusts himself off again. They tie up, Cena puts Theory in the corner, and Cena lets off as the ref counts. Theory huffs and puffs, he and Cena go again, and Cena powers Theory back. Theory turns things around, he has Cena in the corner, and he BITES Cena’s ear! Cena gets pissed but Theory runs away. Cena protests to the ref but Theory CLOBBERS him! Fans boo as Theory rains down fists, then Theory talks trash. Cena sits up, Theory brings him into a facelock and snap suplex. Cover, TWO! Theory smirks as he stands over Cena. “This is the past!”
Theory brings Cena up to snap suplex again. Cover, TWO! Theory grins, “You think he’s still got it? No!” Theory soaks up the heat from all the booing fans, then he brings Cena back up. But Cena blocks the suplex to suplex back! Fans fire up while both men are down! Cena and Theory stand, Cena ROCKS Theory but Theory ROCKS Cena! Cena fires off more hands, whips Theory to a corner, then runs in, into an elbow! Theory somersaults to BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Theory grows frustrated but he gets his smirk back as he paces around. Theory goes out to the apron and climbs up the corner.
Theory soaks up the heat as he poses, and then he goes back to the apron. Slingshot, somersault, SHOTGUN! Cover, TWO! Cena is still in this and Theory grows further frustrated. Theory goes back out, climbs up the corner again just to taunt the fans, then he reloads. Slingshot, somersault, but Cena dodges! Cena drags Theory into the STF! Theory flails and fans fire up! Theory pries at the crossface, and BITES Cena’s hand! The ref counts, Cena lets go, and Theory CLOBBERS Cena! Fans boo more but Theory just mocks the “You Can’t See Me.” Theory taunts the fans, he mocks Cena, and he ROCKS Cena with haymakers.
Theory says Cena is wrong, and so are the people. Theory ELBOWS Cena down and then stands on him with cocky cover. TWO, but Theory grins. Theory brings Cena up to snapmare and stomp! Fans boo as Theory continues to mock Cena. “You’re gonna believe in me!” Theory brings Cena up to snapmare and stomp again! Theory dusts his boot off, taunts the fans with it, then mocks the shoulder shimmy. Theory snapmares, and stomps, but Cena blocks! Cena stands, fireman’s carries, but Theory flails! Theory gets free to DDT! Cover, TWO! Theory argues the count, saying it was more like five, but the count was fair.
Theory waits on Cena to stand in the corner. Theory runs in to clothesline! Cena falls, Theory flexes, but fans boo more. Theory does laps in the ring, “That’s All Day!” Theory runs in at Cena, but Cena dodges! Theory hits buckles, Cena ROCKS him with a haymaker! Theory hits back, they go haymaker for haymaker! Cena whips, Theory reverses and Theory puts on a SLEEPER! Cena flails, but he starts fading! Theory squeezes tight, but Cena gets a second wind! Theory jumps onto Cena to be a backpack! Cena drops to a knee, but fans rally and Cena gets a third wind! Cena rises and RAMS Theory into buckles!
Fans fire up as Cena gets free. Cena runs, and he throws those SHOULDER TACKLES! Theory swings, into the SPIN-OUT BOMB! Fans fire up, because “YOU CAN’T SEE ME~!” Cena runs to FIVE KNUCKLE SHUFFLE! Theory staggers around, into the fireman’s carry! But Theory grabs ropes! Cena yanks Theory away but they knock the ref over! Drop toehold, STF!! Theory is caught but the erf is down! Theory taps and Cena thinks he’s won, but he didn’t realize what happened to the ref! Theory LOW BLOWS!! Fireman’s carry, A-TOWN DOWN!! Cover, THEORY WINS!!
Winner: Austin Theory, by pinfall (still WWE United States Champion)
Fans boo but there’s nothing that can be done! Theory cheated the living legend to get the biggest win in his career! Is this proof Cena was right? Was Theory not ready? Or is this a sign of Theory’s veteran savvy?
Titus O’Neil is here!
The WWE Global Ambassador and Real Deal is on commentary because he knows a bit about tag teams!
Men’s WrestleMania Tag Team Showcase Fatal 4 Way: The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy VS The Viking Raiders VS Braun Strowman & Ricochet!
Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins, Chad Gable & Otis, as well as Erik & Ivar, have all been teams for a considerable amount of time. However, the Monster of All Monsters and the King of Flight have been on a roll since forming their team. Will Braun & Ricochet prove that they are truly a winning combination? Or will another duo stand out under the bright lights?
In this type of Fatal 4 Way, only two teams are legal at one time. Gable starts against Ricochet, they circle but are wary of the other teams. Ricochet shoots in to roll Gable up, TWO! Gable swings, misses, Ricochet handsprings but into an ANKLE LOCK! Ricochet scrambles, reaches out, rolls and throws Gable away! Gable avoids the Profits, Ricochet headlocks for a takeover, Gable headscissors. Ricochet kips free, rolls reverse, Gable kips free and whips Ricochet, Ricochet stops from going tot he Viking corner. Ricochet tackles Gable, jackknifes, but Gable bridges up and spins to a backslide, ONE!
Ricochet stands but into a kicks! Gable points to Otis, “A Thank Yew!” Gable whips, Ricochet reverses, Gable goes up and over but Otis tags in. Gable sunset flips, Ricochet rolls through, Otis CLOBBERS Ricochet! Otis tags back to Gable, the Academy whip and CLOBBER Ricochet! “SHOOOSH~!” Fans boo, but Ricochet hurdles Gable! Hot tag to Braun! But Otis steps to him! But so do Dawkins and Ivar! The biggest men get in, but then so do their teammates! All eight men are in the ring, the ref wants order, but it’s just a brawl! Fans fire up as Ivar fires off on Dawkins, Erik has Gable, Braun has Otis and Ricochet has Ford!
Braun ROCKS Otis, but Erik KNEES Braun, then Ivar HEEL KICKS! Braun falls out, Erik CLOBBERS Dawkins! Ivar KNEES Gable, then feeds Gable to Erik’s KNEE! Ricochet runs in, into a pop-up, and LARAIT GERMAN SUPLEX COMBO! Ford returns but the Vikings mug him, then lift him up! RAGNAROK!! The Viking Raiders stand with “Valhalla” Sarah Logan, but Braun creeps up behind them! Fans fire up and the Vikings turn around, into a DOUBLE SHOULDER TACKLE! Fans fire up with the Monster, but Gable waistlcosk him!? Braun elbows free, scoops Gable, but Gable scoops free and goes to the corner! CHAOS THEORY!!! Bridging cover, TWO!!
Fans are thunderous while Gable is shocked! Gable is shocked he didn’t win, but we’re all shocked he pulled that off! Gable goes to the corner, climbs up, “A THANK YEW~!” But Dawkins tags in. Gable DIVING HEADBUTTS but flops! Dawkins goes up, but Ivar tags in! Dawkins SWANTONS, but FLOPS! Ivar goes up, and Valhalla says put a twist on it. Ivar turns around to WARBEARD MOONOSAULT! But he FLOPS, too! Braun goes up top!? MONSTER SPLASH!! Cover, EVERYONE breaks it! Hollywood is going wild for that one! Otis roars and he brings Braun up to scoop, WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM!!
Otis tears off the shirt and gets the truffle shuffling. Otis goes to a corner, goes up top, but Ford GAMANGIRIS him first! Otis falls, Ricochet tags off Braun! But Ford GAMANGIRS Ricochet, too! Gable trips Ford, he and Erik go up after him. Otis and Ivar join in, and then Ricochet joins in! We get a TOWER OF DOOM!! The Double Electric Chair Superplex Crossbody makes everyone lose their minds! Fans are thunderous as Dawkins tags back in. Braun DECKS Dawkins first, then looks outside. Braun gets on the tracks! The Strowman Express TRUCKS Gable, TRUCKS Erik, Dawkins hides so Braun TRUCKS Otis!
Round two! Ivar, Gable, Dawkins POUNCES Braun!!! Dawkins is fired up as he derails the Strowman Express! Dawkins and Erik brawl, Ricochet SPRINGBOARD SHOOTING STARS them down!! LA is electric as Ricochet puts Dawkins in! GAMANGIRI, and then Ricochet goes up top! For the SHOOTING STAR, onto knees! Dawkins keeps Ricochet in place, as Ford comes in FROM THE HEAVENS!!! Cover, PROFITS WIN!!
Winner: The Street Profits, by pinfall
Dawkins & Ford celebrate, they just took down the dynamic duo of Braun & Ricochet! With this big win, will the Profits be waiting on the other side of Usos VS KO & Sami for another shot at the tag titles?
Xavier Woods is backstage.
Woods welcomes us to the set of UpUpDownDown, and he’s got Liv Morgan, Tyler Breeze, Pete Dunne & Ridge Holland here ahead of Seth Rollins VS Logan Paul. They used WWE 2K23 to sim the match to see who has the best chance of winning tonight. They like the entrances, the very accurate recreations of the gear, and the expansive moveset each man has. According to the sim, Rollins wins 58% of the time. But will that be how it plays out in real time? Liv thinks so but the proof will be when that bell rings.
Seth Rollins VS Logan Paul!
The Visionary, the revolutionary, the Architect does NOT like the ImPAULsive Influencer. Logan just wants fame and fortune, but Rollins feels Logan can do that by staying in his lane. Will Rollins force Logan to do that by running him off the road? Or will #OneLuckyPunch be all it takes for Logan to go from influencer to legit?
“City of Angels, I’m back. Did you miss me?” Logan is lifted into the air and recreates HBK’s iconic zipline entrance, because it’s Logan’s birthday! And then he has a Prime energy drink mascot dancing around to walk with him to the ring. Meanwhile, Hollywood musical conductor, Jasper Randall, helps lead the fans in singing, “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” before the “BURN IT DOWN!” Rollins then struts down the ramp in a massive red jacket and shining red pants. Rollins takes a moment to revel in the Los Angeles choir singing, and then the bell rings. Rollins and Logan stare down, and the two circle.
The two tie up, Rollins headlocks and laughs, then shifts around to hammerlock and shove Logan away. Fans cheer and Rollins revels in it again. Logan shrugs it off, and the two go again. They tie up again, Rollins headlocks again, but Logan wrenches free to a top wristlock. Logan headlocks, Rollins works on the escape, and he powers out. Things speed up, Rollins hurdles but then redirects to run Logan over! Fans fire up but Logan is right back up. Rollins dodges to mule kick, run, but Logan avoids the stomp! Logan kips up and the two stare down again. They tie up, Rollins headlocks, but Logan powers out.
Things speed up again, Logan hurdles and drops, then hurdles again, to TOSS Rollins up and out! Flashback to the Royal Rumble! Fans boo but Rollins keeps cool, even as Logan mocks the singing. Rollins returns to TACKLE Logan! Rollins throws hands, Logan shoves him away, they end up in a corner. Rollins goes after Logan but he gets out, only for Rollins to drag him up by his hair! Logan HOTSHOTS! ROUNDHOUSES! Slingshot, BUCKSHOT! Logan grins and taunts Rollins. Rollins rises, Logan prepares that metal fist, mocking Roman Reigns’ lock ‘n’ load. BODY SHOT! Rollins falls, but Logan fires off more shots!
The ref has Logan back off with Rollins on the ropes. Logan comes back, whips, and kitchen sink knees! Fans boo but Rollins writhes. Logan paces, gets the legs, and he stomps Rollins in the stomach! Logan digs his heel in, lets off, then waits on Rollins. Rollins stands, Logan fireman’s carries, but Rollins fights free! Rollins shoves Logan toa corner, runs in, but Logan dodges! The splash hits buckles, and Logan springboards, CROSSBODY! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Logan is annoyed and covers again, TWO! Rollins is frustrated now, mostly in himself.
Fans sing for Rollins again but Logan kicks low. Logan whips, Rollins reverses and ROCKS Logan with a forearm! And again! But Logan turns things around to a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP, into a GROUND OCTOPUS! Rollins endures, fans rally, and Logan pushes up to put on the pressure! Rollins powers up, gets one leg off of him, and he CHOPS Logan down! Logan elbows back! Rollins CHOPS, Logan ELBOWS! Fans keep signing, the brawl on the mat continues, and Rollins gets the edge with the CHOPS! And a fishhook of Logan’s nose! Rollins swings, into a GUT WRENCH SLAM! Cover, TWO!
Logan rains down fists on Rollins but fans boo. The ref reprimands, those are closed fists, so Logan lets off. Logan watches Rollins stir, and he goes to the corner. Logan box jumps up, MOONSAULTS but FLOPS! Rollins avoids a bit of disaster, and Logan crawls to ropes. Rollins runs in and forearms! And he fires off furious fists! The ref backs Rollins off, but fans fire up with Rollins. Logan swings! Rollins dodges, and he rallies with clotheslines! Rollins doesn’t let Logan rest! “You wanna play with the big boys? C’mon, bitch!!” Rollins TOSSES Logan out, revenge for the Rumble, but that’s just the start.
Fans sing, Rollins builds speed, and he DIVES! Direct hit on Logan into barriers! Rollins reloads, to DIVE again! And then Rollins DIVES again! The hattrick is complete and fans are thunderous! Rollins is all fired up and he glares down at Logan. Logan crawls toward Mr. Prime, but Rollins runs in to STOMP the hand!! Logan clutches his punching hand, and Rollins grins. Rollins and Logan both get in the ring, and Rollins kicks low. Rollins reels Logan in, underhooks the arms, but Logan lifts Rollins up! Rollins sunset flips, TWO! Logan stacks Rollins, TWO! Rollins sunset flips! TWO, cradle! TWO, ghost pin, TWO!
ONE LUCKY PUNCH!!! But Logan clutches the hand! Rollins is still down, Logan crawls to the cover, TWO!?!? Rollins survives and Hollywood is loving it! Logan goes to a corner, the fans are singing, but Logan runs in! CURB- NO! SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Logan escapes in time, and both men go to the corners. “This is Awesome!” as Rollins aims again. But Mr. Prime drags Logan to safety? Because it’s KSI!! Logan’s business partner and best friend! But Rollins WRECKS Logan with a dropkick! Rollins gets in KSI’s face, but Logan POSTS him! Logan and KSI celebrate, then clear off the Spanish announce desk!
Logan drags Rollins over, puts him on the table, and KSI has a phone out. Logan wants to revisit Crown Jewel, but Rollins puts KSI on the desk!! VLOG SPLASH through KSI!! Rollins puts Logan in, brings him in, underhooks and PEDIGREE!!! Cover, TWO!??!? Logan survives and no one can believe it! It is a standing ovation in every section of SoFi! Rollins goes to the corner, he watches Logan rise, and the singing returns. Rollins runs in, ROLLING ELBOW! But Rollins keeps Logan up to turn him, DREAM SMASHER ELBOW! Logan is down and Rollins resets in the corner. Rollins aims, runs in, but Logan fireman’s carries!
Logan hits a GO TO SLEEP!! A shout out to another guy Rollins isn’t really into these days, and Logan hurries up top! FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!! Rollins survives and Hollywood is shocked again! Logan stomps Rollins to a corner, stomps him a little more, then goes to the adjacent corner. Logan climbs up, to go COAST2COAST into a SUPERKICK!! Fans are thunderous again as Logan flounders! Rollins is electric as he runs in, CURB STOMP!!! Cover, ROLLINS WINS!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall
Happy birthday, Logan! Here’s your song: “OH~ OHH~ OHHHH~!” Blow out the candles and make a wish, but just remember who won at WrestleMania! Will this victory bring the Visionary back to the top of the mountain?
Six Woman Tag: Becky Lynch, Lita & Trish Stratus VS Damage CTRL!
The Man has been dealing with the Role Model, #CobraKai and the Evil Genius since SummerSlam back in August, beat them at WarGames, but nothing has stopped them from messing with her. So now, as a WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion with one “extreme daredevil,” and bringing in “the blonde bombshell” to even the odds, will this story finally have its Big Time finale? Or will Bayley, Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky be the ones with the last say?
The trios stare down, and then they start brawling! Fans fire up, Lita kicks Sky out, Trish does the same ot Dakota and Becky does the same to Bayley. Then Becky runs to WRECK Kai with a dropkick! Becky puts Kai back in, the bell rings, and Becky dodges a boot to clinch. Kai fights the Manhandle Slam! Sky slides in but slips away as Becky rushes over. Kai SCORPION KICKS then fires off on Becky in the corner. Tag to Bayley, Bayley fires off, then tag to Sky. Sky digs her boots in, swings and DOUBLE KNEES! Bayley talks trash, Sky covers, TWO! Sky drags Becky up and around, whips her, but Becky reverses to put Sky int he ropes.
Becky CLUBS, UPPERCUTS, but Sky blocks the sobat to trip her! SPRINGBOARD MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Fans rally while Sky drags Becky back up. Tag to Bayley, then tag to Kai. DMG CTRL brings Becky around, DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Kai grows frustrated but she smiles as she stands over Becky. Kai mocks Becky to reach for her team, then hip drops her down. Kai drags Becky up, bumps her off buckles, then kicks the legs out. Kai goes side to side to BOOT WASH! Cover, TWO! Kai drags Becky over, tags Bayley, and Bayley hip drops Becky now.
Bayley taunts Lita, brings Becky up, but Becky JAWBREAKERS! Kai tags in before Becky TOSSES Bayley. Kai runs in but Becky DROPKICKS her first! Both women are down, they crawl for their corners, and Kai grabs Becky’s foot. Bayley trips Trish! No tag, Kai bumps Becky off buckles! Tag to Sky, she and Kai double whip. Kai & Sky set up but Becky KICKS Kai and CLOBBERS Sky! All three women are down, Becky crawls again, but Kai keeps her from Lita! Kai whips Becky to a corner, runs in, but Becky puts her on the apron! Kai stumbles, Becky crawls, but Kai just runs at Lita! Lita DECKS Kai, then tags in!
Lita rallies on Sky, BLASTS Bayley, goes after Sky more, then whips, Sky reverses, Lita tilt-o-whirls and ranas Sky away! Lita whips, Sky goes up and over, but Lita goes upside-down to DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Fans fire up, Lita runs in to KNEE Sky in the back! Lita waistlocks, Sky switches, but Lita elbows and CRAVAT DRIVERS! Cover off “Vertigo,” TWO! Fans rally as Lita brings Sky back up. Lita whips, Sky reverses, but Lita elbows her away. Then headscissor SLAM! Lita goes back up but Bayley distracts! Lita DECKS Bayley, BOOTS Sky, but Kai ENZIGURIS! Lita falls, Sky covers, TWO!!
Sky drags Lita over, tags Kai, and Kai tags Bayley. DMG CTRL surround Lita, count it out, TRIPLE SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Lita survives and Bayley is furious! Bayley mocks Trish now, bumps Lita off buckles, and DMG CTRL gets away with mugging Lita. Bayley stands on Lita, DMG CTRL poses together, and fans boo. The ref counts, Bayley steps off, and then Bayley tags Sky. Sky has Lita against ropes and bends her back! Sky talks trash in Japanese, Bayley talks trash in English, but the ref reprimands them all. Tag to Kai, she CHOKES Lita on the ropes! Kai lets off as the ref counts, then covers, TWO!
Lita is hanging tough but DMG CTRL keeps focus. Kai drags Lita up, bumps her off buckles, and tags Bayley. Bayley tags Sky, they bring Lita around to double lift, but Lita slips through! DOUBLE DDT! Fans fire up as all three women are down! Kai panics, but Lita crawls her way over, hot tag to Trish and Kai! Trish dodges Kai, BOOTS Bayley, fires off on Kai, but Sky runs in, Trish SMACKS Sky, whips Kai and hits a THESZ PRESS! Fast hands! Kai pushes Trish away but Trish bumps her off buckles. Trish CHOPS, CHOPS, and puts some stank on it before she CHOPS again! Trish headlocks, gets Bayley involved, DOUBLE TAKEOVER!
Fans fire up as Trish dodges Kai to hit a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Trish whips Kai to a corner. Trish runs corner to corner, but into an elbow! Kai goes up, but Trish headscissors! Kai pushes Trish away, no Stratusphere here! Kai adjusts, but Trish ROCKS her! Bayley & Sky drag Trish down, Trish fights them off! FLYING FOREARMS from Becky and Lita! They give Trish the boost, to SUPER STRATUSPHERE onto DMG CTRL! Fans are thunderous as the heroes put Kai back in! Trish baits Kai in, into a SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO!! Kai survives but Trish drags Kai around.
Trish bumps Kai off buckles, tags in Lita, and the old rivals whip Kai to the corner. They set up, POETRY IN MOTION! Tag to Becky, the legends double snapmare Kai so Becky can drop THE MAN’S LEG! Cover, TWO!! But into the DISARM-HER!! Lita & Trish intercept DMG CTRL but Bayley gets free! KNEE for Becky! DROPKICK for Trish! Bayley drags Kai to the corner, tags herself in, and she says, “This is who you love, huh?! The Man?” Bayley drags Becky up but Becky SLAPS her! Becky eggs Bayley on, Bayley DECKS Becky! BLINDSIDE LARIAT! ROSE- NO, Becky body shots to a SAIDO!
Becky clinches, MAN- NO, Bayley slips out, shoves Becky at the ref! The ref dodges, Sky SHOTEIS! ROSEPLANT!! Cover, Lita breaks it! Fans fire up as Lita says no no no. Lita TOSSES Sky, Kai BOOTS Lita down! Trish gives Kai some STRATUSFACTION! But Bayley hits a BAYLEY2BELLY! But Becky rolls Bayley, TWO!! Becky SPEARS Bayley to the floor! Sky goes up the corner! For the OVER THE MOONSAULT onto everyone!! Fans fire up with all six women down on the outside! The ring count is climbing , though! We’re at 8 of 10! All six women spring in at 9.5!! The teams regroup and Becky stares Bayley down.
Bayley talks trash on Becky, but she tags Sky. Lita tags in, then she tags Trish. Sky tags Kai, and now all six women brawl again! Sky puts Trish in a corner, Kai avoids Twist of Fate! Lita gets Sky to TWIST OF FATE her! Kai runs in, to get a CHICK KICK! Lita goes up, she gets the LITASAULT on both Kai & Sky!! Bayley FLAPJACKS Becky, hoists her up top, then climbs up after her! But Becky turns things around into a SUPER MANHANDLE SLAM!! Cover, Becky’s team wins!!
Winners: Becky Lynch, Lita & Trish Stratus, by pinfall
The Man and the legends conquer DMG CTRL! Will this mean Becky & Lita can finally move on from Bayley and her buddies? Or will there still be a sequel coming?
Bad Bunny is here!
The hit rap artist and host of Backlash in Puerto Rico this year is here to watch this lucha libre family affair.
Rey Mysterio VS Dominik Mysterio!
Just a year ago, this father and son were tag team champions together. But something, or rather someone, dark corrupted Dominik and turned him against his lucha libre legend father. Rey tried so hard not to lose his temper, but Dom would not stop pushing him. Now, this blood bond becomes a blood feud. Will Rey quite literally smack some sense into his son? Or will Dom end his father’s Hall of Fame career with his own two hands?
“Ex-Con Dom” has a video package dramatizing his time in prison, and making it as if he’s being transported directly from there to the arena. In fact, a police escort brings the correctional facility van to ringside. And many more officers exit the van before Dom hops out, wearing a version of his father’s purple Phantom mask! Fans boo the disrespect as Dom is being brought to ringside in cuffs. And mother and sister ringside are even more disappointed. As for Rey, he comes out with Snoop in a low rider! “Da game is to be sold, not to be told.” And then it’s EDDIE GUERRERO’S THEME!! Fans fire up for that Latino Heat!
Rey high-fives Snoop, hops out, and now Rey’s theme of Booyaka 619 plays. Rey is cosplaying The Flash, will he look to finish this match as quickly as possible? Rey and Dom stand face to face, the ref has the bell ring, and fans fire up. Dom shoves Rey, but Rey nods. They circle, Dom flexes, but Rey just sighs. The two tie up, Dom uses his height to push Rey back but Rey puts Dom on ropes. Dom turns that around, Rey powers Dom away, and Dom arm-drags Rey away. Fans boo as Dom soaks up the heat. Dom and Rey reset, Dom soaks up the heat some more, and the two tie up again. Dom waistlocks, SLAMS Rey down, then keeps on him.
Rey moves around, Dom holds on tight, and the two stand. Rey throws elbows, then runs to throw Dom out of the ring! Fans fire up, Rey eggs Dom on, and Dom gets frustrated. Dom slides in, storms up on Rey and shoves him. Rey shoves back! Dom headlocks, Rey powers out, but Dom runs him over! Dom SPLASHES, runs, but Rey drops. Dom kicks low, whips, but Rey reverses and follows to RANA! Dom flounders to a corner and wants a timeout, Rey flexes now. Fans fire up and Rey revels in the cheers. Dom gets flustered but he gets back up. Dom and Rey circle, fans rally behind Rey, and that annoys Dom.
Dom and Rey feel it out, but Dom SLAPS him! Dom whips, Rey reverses then runs in, tilt-o-whirl rana POSTS Dom! Rey takes off his belt! Rey SPANKS Dom with the belt! Dom flops out of the ring and fans fire up! Dom is upset, and he asks mom, “You gonna let him do that to me?” Mom says “YES!” Dom takes his sister’s drink and SPLASHES her with it! Rey keeps Aalyah from getting in, and Dom CLOBBERS Rey! Dom CATAPULTS Rey into the POST! Aalyah is upset but she has to stay on that side of the barriers. Dom goes after Rey, puts him in the ring, and does the Latino Heat. Fans boo, so Dom just soaks it up.
Dom slingshots to SENTON! Cover, TWO! Dom puts Rey on the ropes and CHOKES him! The ref counts, Dom lets off, and Rey goes to a corner. Dom RAMS into Rey, then whips him corner to corner hard! Rey bounces off buckles, and Dom climbs up to soak up all the heat. Dom then kicks Rey around, brings him up, and hooks him up in the Cobra Twist. Dom mocks Rey to give up, but Rey endures. Fans rally up, Dom digs his elbows in, but Rey fights. Rey hip tosses free! Rey runs, Dom drops, Rey slides under, and then Rey arm-drags Dom! Dom wrenches to kick low and ROCK Rey! Dom goes up and up to FLYING ARM-DRAG!
And Dom holds onto the knuckle lock to reel Rey back in! MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Rey survives but Dom talks more trash. Dom kicks Rey around, brings him up and runs with him, to BULLDOG HOTSHOT! Rey falls, Dom smirks at his mom and sister, and then goes back to Rey. Dom YANKS Rey out to the floor! Dom talks some trash on mom and sister, saying they won’t do anything. Mom SLAPS Dom!! Rey POSTS Dom! Rey kisses Angie and fans cheer more! Rey puts Dom in the ring, then climbs up the corner. Dom stands, into the SEATED SENTON! Rey keeps moving, springboard CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!
Rey drags Dom up, whips him to the ropes, but Dom KICKS back! Dom whips Rey to the corner, but Rey goes up an dover to sunset BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Dom survives but Rey gives us some Latino Heat and fans fire up. Rey paces around Dom as fans chant for “EDDIE! EDDIE!” Rey eggs Dom on, Dom wants mercy, but Rey kicks low. Dom RAMS Rey into the ring! Wait! Damian Priest and Finn Balor are here! Dom runs in but Rey BOOTS him! Rey whips Dom, Dom reverses, but Rey reverses back. Dom reverses again, Rey goes up and over then runs in, but Dom ALLEY OOP BOMBS Rey into buckles!!
Judgment Day is all fired up for that! Dom drags Rey to a cover, TWO!! Rey survives but Dom gives more Latino Heat. Dom brings Rey up, to snap suplex! Uno Amigo! Fans boo as Dom continues, Dos Ami- NO, Rey slips free! Rey CLUBS Dom, goes up and over and RANAS Dom onto ropes! Rey dials it up, 619!! Fans are thunderous as Rey goes up the corner! But Finn distracts the ref! Priest grabs at Rey, but Rey kicks him away. Dom DECKS Rey! Priest takes off his jacket while he coaches Dom up. Dom and Rey rise, Dom drags Rey up, and Dom whips Rey hard into a corner. Dom then Electric Chair Lifts, but Rey throws hands!
Rey RANAS Dom and himself out of the ring! They’re at Finn’s feet, but Priest joins him. Fans boo, but here comes LWO!! Cruz, Wilde and Escobar beat up on Judgment Day! Fans fire up, Priest fights off Cruz and Wilde, LARIAT for Wilde and BOOT for Cruz! But Escobar DIVES! Priest hits the desk! Rey and Dom get in the ring, Dom LARIATS Rey! Dom gets the legs, CATAPULT! Rey is on the ropes, Dom dials it up! Fans boo for Dom’s 619!! Dom goes to the corner, climbs up top, and hits the FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!?!? Rey survives and Dom can’t believe it! The fans are thunderous, though, as Rey survives!
Dom blows snot at the fans, then unties a crossbar! The ref reprimands as Dom completely bares the buckle. The ref has Dom back off, then tries to fix the situation. But Dom goes to Priest’s jacket, and he brings out a CHAIN! The ace in the hole! Dom aims, but Bad Bunny snatches the chain! Rey DROPKICKS Dom onto ropes! Redial, 619!! Rey goes up top, for the FROG SPLASH!! Cover, Rey wins!!
Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall
Bad Bunny helps out as justice is served! Rey celebrates with his wife and daughter while Finn & Priest get Dom outta there. Will there ever come a time when Dom returns to his senses? Or is this only going to push him further into the darkness?
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Rhea Ripley!
As the Queen said herself, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Three years ago, Charlotte won the Royal Rumble to challenge a champion, in one NXT Women’s Champion, Rhea Ripley. But now, Rhea won the Rumble and is going after champion Charlotte. Will Rhea eradicate Charlotte’s reign this time? Or will the Queen still have her crown?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who reigns over SmackDown!
The bell rings and fans fire up already. Rhea and Charlotte stare down, Rhea smirks, and the two circle. Charlotte tests the ropes and grins back as fans “WOO~!” Rhea and Charlotte approach, tie up, and go around. Charlotte goes for an arm, wristlocks, and slaps Rhea around! Charlotte headlocks but Rhea powers out. They RAM shoulders, Rhea rebounds and she runs Charlotte over! Rhea says ‘SUCK IT!” then things speed up. Charlotte blocks hip toss to get a leg up and flip around. Rhea swings but misses, and now Charlotte runs Rhea over! Charlotte clotheslines Rhea up and out! Fans “WOO~!” while Rhea scowls.
Charlotte eggs Rhea on, Rhea slides back in, and the two reset. Rhea shoves Charlotte, “You think you’re the queen, huh?” Charlotte says she is. They shove each other, then Charlotte CHOPS! Rhea RAMS Charlotte to a corner, RAMS into her more, but lets off as the ref counts. Rhea tells the ref to shut up, but Charlotte ROCKS Rhea! And ROCKS her again! Charlotte whips, Rhea reverses, but Charlotte goes up and out. Charlotte BOOTS Rhea, hurries up a corner, and CROSSBODIES! Charlotte bounces off the cover, brings Rhea up, but Rhea elbows her! And again! Charlotte GAMANGIRIS in return!
Charlotte puts Rhea’s leg on the ropes, but Rhea stops the knee drop! Electric Chair SNAKE EYES! Fans rally, Rhea stomps and kicks Charlotte around, then smacks her off the mat. Rhea hip drops Charlotte down, then she soaks up the cheers and jeers. But Charlotte ROCKS Rhea! And again! Rhea kicks low, bumps Charlotte hard off buckles, and Charlotte falls tot he mat. Rhea drags Charlotte to a cover, TWO! Rhea kicks Charlotte, CLUBS her, then CLUBS her again. Rhea wraps on a body scissor and she puts on the squeeze. Charlotte endures, Rhea pulls hair but the ref reprimands. Rhea lets go of hair to focus on the squeeze.
Rhea CLUBS away on Charlotte’s back, makes it a full rear mount, and she taunts Charlotte while digging her face into the mat. Rhea keeps on the squeeze, pulls hair, but then Charlotte pulls hair! Charlotte rains forearms down, Rhea kicks her away, and Rhea gets up, only for Charlotte to roll her up! TWO, Charlotte swings into a spin. Rhea ROCKS Charlotte with a forearm to the back! Then another one! Rhea seethes, she ROCKS Charlotte again! Charlotte drops to her knees while Rhea seethes and fans fire back up. Rhea brings Charlotte up, whips her again, but Charlotte elbows Rhea away!
Charlotte BOOTS, but Rhea ducks the chop! GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Rhea grows annoyed with Charlotte but she looms over her. Rhea taunts Charlotte, brings Charlotte up and short arm LARIATS! Rhea stands Charlotte up again, for another short arm LARIAT! Rhea grins and fans rally up as Rhea drags Charlotte back up. But Charlotte swings, only for Rhea to ripcord. But Charlotte ROCKS and ELBOWS Rhea! Rhea runs in, into a BACKBREAKER and BUCKLE SHOT! Rhea flounders away but Charlotte takes aim! Charlotte rallies with lariats on Rhea! Fans fire up, Charlotte brings Rhea up and CHOPS!
Charlotte CHOPS more, and fans “WOO~!” CHOP after CHOP against the ropes, Rhea end s up in a corner but Charlotte just CHOPS more! The ref counts, Charlotte stops, but then CHOPS one more time to top it off. Charlotte then puts Rhea’s leg on the ropes, to KNEE DROP the knee! Rhea screams and scrambles away while clutching that knee! Charlotte revels in the cheers and jeers, runs in but Rhea puts her on the apron. Charlotte ROCKS Rhea first, then bumps her off buckles! Rhea staggers away, Charlotte fires herself up and climbs the corner. Charlotte CROSSBODIES again! But Rhea rolls through!
Rhea picks Charlotte up, but Charlotte throws elbows! Charlotte gets free, but Rhea pump handles! RIP- DDT!! Cover, TWO!!! Rhea survives the sudden counter and Charlotte is shocked! Charlotte refocuses, goes for legs, but Rhea kicks her away! And again! Then Rhea cradles, TWO!! Charlotte escapes, but DOUBLE BOOTS take both women down! Fans are thunderous as Rhea and Charlotte both sit up in a daze. Rhea slaps some sense into herself, and she crawls her way over to Charlotte. Rhea throws a forearm, but Charlotte gives it back. They stand, Rhea CLUBS Charlotte, but Charlotte ROCKS her back!
Charlotte counter punches again and again but Rhea kicks low! Rhea stomps a foot, smashes Charlotte off her knee, but swings into a scoop! EXPLODER! Both women are down again, but Charlotte kips up! Fans fire up, Charlotte feeds off the energy, and she sees Rhea in the drop zone. Charlotte steps on Rhea on her way to the corner, then climbs up top. But Rhea springs up behind her! Charlotte fights Rhea off, but Rhea returns! SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX!! Cover, TWO!!! Charlotte survives and Rhea is beside herself! Rhea snarls, drags Charlotte back up, and she back suplexes, only for Charlotte to land on her feet!
CHOP BLOCK! NATURAL SELECTION! Cover, TWO!!! Charlotte is stunned, but Rhea bails out. Rhea crawls, Charlotte makes her way over to ropes, but the ring count is climbing. Charlotte goes out after Rhea, runs in, but Rhea sends her into steel steps! Charlotte clutches her shoulder, but Rhea puts her back in. Rhea hurries to drag Charlotte up! Atomic FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Rhea is again stunned, and she snarls as she stalks Charlotte. Rhea drags Charlotte up, pump handles, RIP- NO, Charlotte slips free to GERMAN SUPLEX! Rhea flounders away to a corner, but Charlotte waistlocks again!
Rhea holds the buckle pad, Charlotte gets her to let go, and she GERMAN SUPLEXES again! Charlotte still holds on, she brings Rhea back up but Rhea elbows her! And elbows again! Rhea is free, she switches and GERMAN SUPLEX Charlotte completely upside-down! Rhea drags Charlotte up again, “This is Awesome!” as Rhea ROCKS Charlotte and waistlocks again. Charlotte fights the waistlock, throws elbows, and Rhea lets go. Charlotte BOOTS Rhea down! Cover, TWO!! Rhea survives and Charlotte checks her jaw. The fans rally up as Charlotte gets Rhea’s legs. Charlotte steps through, but Rhea kicks at Charlotte!
Rhea throws forearms, Charlotte lets go and stumbles away. Charlotte’s got some blood in her mouth but she just ignores that. Rhea is on the apron, Charlotte runs over to BOOT Rhea down! Charlotte then goes to the apron, but has a devious idea on her mind. Charlotte climbs the corner! Fans fire up as Charlotte ARIHARA MOONSAULTS! Direct hit at the ramp and Charlotte is all fired up! Charlotte puts Rhea back in, hurries after Rhea and tackles her! But Rhea kicks Charlotte away! Charlotte run sin, but is almost sent into the ref! Rhea HEADBUTTS Charlotte! Pump handle, RIPTIDE!!! Cover, TWO?!!??!
Fans cannot believe that Charlotte survives, and neither can Rhea! Rhea pleads with the ref, but no, that was still just two! Rhea snarls, she drags Charlotte back up, and uses a chinlock to stretch her out! Rhea throws Charlotte back down, then drags her back up, but Charlotte cradles! TWO!!! Rhea escapes in time, and grabs the legs! PRISM TRAP!!! Charlotte endures the inverted Cloverleaf and fans are thunderous! Rhea thrashes Charlotte around as she hangs off the mat! Charlotte claws her way forward, reaches out, and manages the ROPEBREAK! Rhea won’t let go, but then Charlotte rolls to send Rhea into the ref!
Rhea apologizes to the ref, and turns around into a SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!!! Now Rhea shocks Charlotte! Charlotte is flabbergasted and upset, but she says, “You want my place? You want me?!” Rhea and Charlotte start throwing forearms! They go back and forth, faster and rougher, again and again! Fans are loving this as Rhea ROUNDHOUSES! But Charlotte BOOTS! And she gets the legs! But Rhea scrambles to the ROPEBREAK!! Charlotte is frustrated but lets go at 4. Rhea drags herself to the apron while Charlotte sits and seethes. “This is Awesome!” as Charlotte mutters to herself about Rhea’s defiance.
Charlotte drags Rhea up, POSTS her, then climbs up the corner. Charlotte drags Rhea up to join her, but Rhea fights with elbows! Rhea is free, but Charlotte CHOPS! Rhea wobbles, but she SMACKS Charlotte off the top of the post! Charlotte is slumped up there, an d Rhea grins an evil grin! Rhea says this is HERS now! Rhea climbs up, pump handles Charlotte, SUPER RIPTIDE!!! Cover, RHEA WINS!!!
Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall (NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion)
The brutality makes the dream a reality! Rhea almost can’t believe it, but she really has dethroned The Queen! And yet, Charlotte smiles? Is she oddly proud of the woman who took her title? Will Rhea make sure every Friday is now Judgment Day?
Backstage interview with Austin Theory.
Byron Saxton is with The Now, and says some “nefarious” tactics gave Theory a win over the GOAT, John Cena. Where is Theory’s head at right now? “I said it, I did it, and I made John Cena believe. Do you believe in Theory now?” Theory laughs and leaves, but will anyone accept this reality?
The Miz and Snoop Dogg are back in the ring!
Miz says what an incredible first night it has been! Ladies and gentlemen, tonight’s attendance is… 80,497!! Snoop says the only thing better than that would be if Miz had a match tonight. Wait, what? Yeah, Miz should’ve had a match tonight. Well, Miz does agree with him. So Miz sent out a text, an email, posted to Twitter, Instagram and even MySpace. He put out an open challenge, but no one responded! Everyone knows Miz is the toughest man in the WWE! Why? Because he’s the Miz! And heeeeee’s… AWESOME! But wait, what? PAT MCAFEE IS HERE?!? And it ain’t no April Fool’s, either!
Corey Graves is upset but Michael Cole is pumped! McAfee gets in the ring, he gets himself a mic, and he says, “Hello, beautiful people~! Sup, Snoop? Sup. Legend Dogg! Bets Dogg! Hello, Miz. I think I speak for all of us, and I think I live on social media, I’ve been on the Twitter, I’ve been on the Instagram, I’ve been on the Facebook. None of us saw this alleged open challenge that you set. But good news: This is my WrestleMania tank top. I see nothing but space and opportunity, magic on the horizon. If you would still like a match, why don’t you let me beat your ass right here, right now?”
Miz asks the fans if they wanna see Miz VS McAfee right here and now? They do! Miz takes off the jacket, and says there is nothing that he would rather do than whoop McAfee. But he is the host, and he cannot make matches official. Uh, what? Miz, your tiny balls are showing. “TI-NY BALLS! TI-NY BALLS!” Fans echo that and Miz gets annoyed. Snoop asks wait, what? Well, if Miz can’t make this official, there are 80,497 people here. Someone has to be able to make a match official, right? Snoop says as the Dogg Father and cohost, he can make that happen! We got a ref, we got Miz and we got Pat, let’s do it!
The Miz VS Pat McAfee!
Miz says wait! But Miz said he wanted to. Snoop gets outta the ring, the bell rings, and Miz turns around! Pat fires off hands! The ref counts, Pat lets off and fans fire up. Miz staggers, but he runs in, into a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up as Pat stands on the corner. Pat then storms up on Miz, puts him on the top rope, and he goes up to join him! Miz fights back, shoves Pat away, but Pat flips to land on his feet! Miz leaps, into a SUPERKICK! Miz flounders out of the ring in a daze, and Pat waits on him. Fans chant “TINY BALLS!” while Miz flounders up. Pat mocks Miz and his meat. Corey tells Miz to think big!
Miz says to hell with it. Miz goes to leave while fans boo, but then he sucker punches George Kittle! But that just pisses Kittle off! He hops the railing, Pat distracts the ref, and Kittel CLOBBERS Miz!! Fans fire up and Kittel tells Pat to go up. Pat goes up, he aims at Miz, SUPER CANNONBALL! Fans fire up, Pat and Kittle high-five and put Miz in the ring. The ref reprimands Kittle, but Pat aims from the corner. Fans fire up with Pat and he unlocks the leg. PUNT!! Cover, Pat wins!
Winner: Pat McAfee, by pinfall
Fans cheer as Pat humbles the Hollywood A-Lister! Will we get even more big surprises on night two?
Lil’ Uzi Vert is here!
Fans fire up as Vert performs live, I Just Wanna Rock. And that’s all to cue up #WeTheOnes!
Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn!
For over 620 DAYS, Jimmy & Jey have been the ones in the WWE Tag Division. But because of Bloodline’s family drama full of manipulation, deception and betrayal, they are now facing two men as close as brothers who both have a reason to stop the madness. Will the Prizefighter and Great Liberator accomplish both goals of winning gold and helping the Usos break away from The Tribal Chief? Or will Jimmy & Jey put “WrestleZAYNIA” on lockdown?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if night one has either a happy or tragic ending!
The teams sort out and Jimmy starts against Sami. Fans fire up as Jimmy talks smack on Sami. Fans sing “OLE~, OLE OLE OLE~!” for Sami while Jimmy talks with Jey. Jimmy fires Jey up, and tags him in. Fans fire up as now Jey and Sami circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but then Jey shifts to headlock. Sami powers up and out, but Jey runs him over. Jey eggs Sami on, then raises the finger. Fans are torn but Sami keeps cool. Sami and Jey circle, tie up again, and they’re in another deadlock. Jey headlocks again, but Sami powers up and out again. Sami drops, then CLOBBERS Jey! Sami rains down fists from all sides!
Fans fire up as Sami paces around Jey. Sami stands Jey up, ROCKS him, then whips. Jimmy tags in and Jey reverses the whip. Sami ducks but Jimmy dumps him out! Jimmy waist on Sami to stand up, then CLOBBERS him! Jimmy eggs Sami on, brings him up and POSTS him! Jimmy stalks Sami, refreshes the ring count and tags Jey. Jimmy then holds Sami for Jey to DIVE! Direct hit and Sami hits barriers! Kevin storms over but the ref has him stay back. The Usos talk trash on Sami, Jey brings Sami up, and snap suplexes to the floor! The ring count is climbing, Jey refreshes it again, and he drags Sami into the ring.
Jey stands Sami up, ROCKS him with a right, and Sami sits down. Jey pie faces Sami to ropes, then CLUBS away on him! The ref counts, Jey let off, but Jimmy BOOTS Sami down! Fans boo but Jimmy soaks up the heat. Jey holds up the finger, but Sami lurches for Kevin! Jey drags Sami back, tags Jimmy, and Jimmy stomps Sami down. Jimmy then sucker punches Kevin! The ref reprimands but Jimmy taunts Kevin. The ref has to stop Kevin from rushing in, and Jimmy stands Sami up. Jimmy CHOPS Sami, and Sami staggers into the Uso corner. Tag to Jey, Jimmy holds Sami in place for the forearm smash! Cover, TWO!
Jey keeps his eyes on Kevin, and he keeps Sami from him. Jey wraps on a chinlock, fans rally up, and Sami fights up. Sami throws body shots, reaches for Kevin, but Jey whips Sami away. Sami holds ropes, BOOTS Jey, then he DECKS Jimmy! Jey runs in but Sami TOSSES him! Fans fire up as Sami crawls his way over! Hot tag to Kevin! Kevin goes up the corner to SUPER CANNONBALL the Usos! Kevin drags Jimmy up to POST him! Then he CLOBBERS Jey! And he CLOBBERS Jimmy! Kevin puts Jey in, then FROG SPLASHES Jimmy on the floor! Kevin goes up top, FROG SPLASH on Jey! Cover, TWO!
Jey survives but Kevin aims at him. Jey stands, Kevin kick slow, but no stunner! Jey POP-UP NECKBREAKERS! Cover, TWO! Jey stalks Kevin, puts him in the Uso corner, then snarls as he storms up. Jey puts Kevin up top, climbs up after him, but Kevin fights back! Jimmy tags in, but Kevin fights him off, too! Kevin HEADBUTTS Jey down! Kevin adjusts, SWANTON BOMBS but onto knees! Jimmy USO SPLASHES! Cover, TWO!! Kevin survives and fans fire up! Kevin crawls to a corner, Jimmy aims from the opposite. “UCE! SO! UCE! SO!” Jimmy runs in, but Kevin avoid the hip attack! SUPERKICK! ANOTHER SUPERKICK!
Kevin runs corner to corner, “SUCK IT!” CANNONBALL! Fans fire up and Kevin goes up top again! But Jey anchors him! Kevin fights Jey, Sami gets Jey with an APRON BRAINBUSTER!! SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?!? Jimmy survives and the fans can’t believe it! Sami hurries to the corner, Kevin tags him in! Sami goes up top now, he aims at Jimmy, and he raises the finger! SAMI SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!! Jimmy survives Sami’s take on the Usos’ favorite move! Sami shakes his head, and fans sing for him again. Sami drags Jimmy up, but Jimmy blocks the lift! Jimmy CLUBS away on Sami, and SUPERKICKS Kevin!
Sami shoots around, to BLUE- NO, Jimmy still fights it! Jimmy HEADBUTTS, tags Jey, but Sami BLUE THUNDER BOMBS Jimmy! Jey SUPERKICKS! Jey drags Sami up, whips him and SUPERKICKS him down! Cover, TWO!! Jey snarls, he tells Sami to get up, and Sami sits up. SUPERKICK! Jey pushes Sami back down, then he takes off his shirt. Jey throws the shirt at Sami, tags in Jimmy, and Jimmy SUPERKICKS! Jey SUPERKICKS! The Usos DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Cover, Kevin breaks it!! Jey SUPERKICKS Kevin! Kevin flops out of the ring, Jimmy says it’s time to execute. Tag to Jey and the Usos stalk Sami.
Jey sits Sami up and tells him this is it. The Usos DOUBLE BLINDSIDE SUPERKICK!! Cover, TWO?!?! Jey is growing further frustrated but the fans rally up. Sami feebly grabs at Jey but Jey pushes him away. Jey talks with Jimmy, and Jey tags Jimmy back in. Sami sits up but then flops over. Sami tries again, he’s on his knees, and the Usos SUPERKICK SANDWICH!! Cover, TWO!?!?? How is Sami doing this!? The Usos are pissed with the ref but the count is the count! Tag to Jey again, they circle Sami like sharks, and they bring him back up. The Usos say this is what he gets, and they double whip, but Kevin trips Jimmy!
Sami sunset flips Jey, TWO!?!? Jey escapes, but Kevin SMACKS Jimmy off the desk! And again and again and again! Kevin clears off the desk, drags Jimmy up onto it, and reels him in! But Jey hurries to save Jimmy! Jimmy UPPERCUTS then SUPERKICKS! Kevin wobbles, the Usos hurry up onto the desk with him, DOUBLE UREANGE through the OTHER table!! Jey says that’s what he gets! “Look at you now!” The ring count climbs, but the Usos leave Kevin behind to go back to Sami. Sami sits up in a daze, Jey tags Jimmy. Jey reels Sami in, ONE AND DONE!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? IS SAMI EVEN HUMAN!?!?
Jimmy and Jey are in utter disbelief, but Jimmy tags Jey back in. Jey taunts Sami as Sami flounders to the corner. Why won’t Sami quit? HUH!? WHY!? Jey SLAPS Sami and wants a response. Sami mutters and mumbles as Jey keeps SLAPPING him! Jey throws forearms now! The ref counts, Jey UPPERCUTS Sami! Sami leans against the buckles, and Jey backs away. Jey watches Sami flop in the corner, drag himself back up, then flop down again. Fans rally for Sami as hard as ever, but Jey runs in, to HELLUVA KICK!!! Sami falls against Jey, and Jey says this is what they do. Sami should’ve never left-
EXPLODER INTO THE CORNER!! Sami had one last gasp in him!! And somehow, Kevin is back!? Kevin’s just as inhuman as Sami! Sami crawls his way, to hot tag Kevin! Jimmy rushes in, but Kevin dodges, to POP-UP POWERBOMB! POP-UP POERBOMB for Jey!! Kevin calls to Sami, Sami runs in to HELLUVA KICK Jimmy! Kevin STUNNERS Jey!! Cover, TWO!?!? Jey survives and Kevin can’t believe it! All four men are down, exhausted, and the fans are thunderous! “This is Awesome!” as Sami and Kevin regroup on one side of the ring and the Usos go to the other. Kevin helps Sami stand, the Usos help each other.
Kevin and Sami stare down with Jimmy and Jey. Fans fire up all over again, and Kevin shouts, “LET’S END IT!” THE BRAWL IS ON! SUPERKICK for Sami! SUPERKICK for Jimmy! SUPERKICK for Jey! Kevin whips, Jimmy tags Jey and Jey leap frogs! SUPERKICK! SUPERKICK! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Sami! The Usos set Kevin up in the drop zone and the Usos each take a corner! DOUBLE USO SPLASH!!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?!?! THIS IS UNHEARD OF!!!! The Usos have no explanation for how Kevin and Sami have lasted this long! Kevin drags himself up with the ropes, but Jey is right on him.
Jey stands Kevin up, to then back off and tag Jimmy. The Usos run in, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! Kevin slumps right down, and Jimmy says to finish this with “a big one.” Tag back to Jey, they hoist Kevin up top, but Sami drags Jimmy out! Sami TOSSES Jimmy, Kevin hits the SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER!! Jey flounders around, Sami hurries back over! Kevin crawls, to hot tag Sami! The hottest tag ever! Sami glares right at Jey, and then he runs in to HELLUVA KICK!!! Jey falls against Sami now, and Sami says, “I’m sorry, Uce.” He sets Jey up for another HELLUVA KICK!!!! Jey is wobbling, Jimmy returns, into a STUNNER!!
Sami sets Jey up for a THIRD HELLUVA KIIIIICK!!!!! Cover, SAMI & KEVIN WIN!!!!
Winners: Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens, by pinfall (NEW Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions)
621 days, and DONE! The Hollywood ending comes true for Kevin and Sami! They are not only tag team champions for the first time in either man’s WWE career, they are finally tag team champions TOGETHER! Jimmy & Jey are no longer the ones, that title, and the tag team titles, belong to Kevin & Sami! Is this only the beginning of the Bloodline’s fall?
What an awesome first night for WrestleMania! Now, a two hour kickoff show where there’s no kickoff match is a bit much, and it seems they’re gonna do it again tomorrow, probably with more reactions to tonight than predictions, since they took care of most of that today. Though, we did get great stuff from all the celebrity guests, and I like that Knoxville stood by not liking Sami Zayn. And really good opening vignette from Kevin Hart, he’s always great.
Anyway, every match tonight was great from top to bottom, even that surprise appearance of Pat McAfee to face The Miz. Pat is hilarious, and he is kinda the perfect crossover celebrity since he’s also a big part of traditional sports talk. Plus, fans love seeing Miz be humbled so that was a good move there. But someone not being humbled is Austin Theory, as he cheats to win. But of course he was gonna do that, he’s the Heel. Theory inflates his ego more, though not as much as I was expecting, i.e. partying backstage the whole time. Being obnoxious to that level is still more a “Happy” Baron Corbin thing, I suppose.
The Showcase tag matches may have just been put together to get more teams on the shows and all that, but the whole match turned out to be great stuff. I’m a little disappointed there was no involvement from Maximum Male Models, but maybe MMM will find Otis on Raw to try and get it through to him to join them. And in terms of the win, I didn’t see the Profits winning, but fans love the Profits so that was fine. Nice plug for UUDD and WWE 2K23, and y’know what? Turns out they were right, Rollins won. Logan again impresses, regardless of what side he plays or if fans like him, but it was clever for him to have a buddy in disguise. But Rollins winning, he’s gonna do nothing less than MITB this year, can’t wait to see what happens for Backlash in a month.
Great Six Woman Tag, and I liked the Sin City comic book superhero stuff for the Face team entrance. And again, another “make the fans happy” move by having the Faces win, but from storytelling, it doesn’t seem right. What does DMG CTRL do other than break up? How are Kai & Sky supposed to get the titles like this? Granted, the Women’s Showcase is tomorrow, maybe Ronda & Shayna win so they can challenge Becky & Lita. Rey VS Dom was great stuff, especially in the storytelling department. Getting the rest of the family involved was logical, but wow, Dom splashing his sister with her drink. I was surprised Finn showed up with Priest, but great move for the new LWO, aka Legado, to show up and fight them off, and have Bad Bunny stop the cheating.
And of course, holy crap the final two title matches tonight. No wonder WWE was torn between the women’s title and the tag titles for main event. In the end, Charlotte VS Rhea goes before the tag titles, but they definitely gave us a main event performance just to show everyone what they can do. That was high level, they deserve to be in the conversation for match of the year. The tag titles main eventing does make sense on the level that it’ll parallel Cody VS Roman tomorrow. The story of the Bloodline’s dominance has, well, dominated the WWE for over a year, and this tag title match was definitely worthy of the spot. Great action, great storytelling, though quite a lot more false finishes than I expected. Kevin & Sami winning was the right call, and was definitely catharsis for Sami. And this will all definitely affect Roman tomorrow, can’t wait to see that main event.
My Score: 9.1/10
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Mitchell’s NXT Stand & Deliver Results & Report! (4/1/23)
Who will be the shining stars in Hollywood?
NXT lands in Hollywood, with all the titles on the line, AND an Unsanctioned match between Johnny Gargano and Grayson Waller! What will NXT’s landscape look like after this blockbuster night?
- Kickoff Show – High Stakes 8 Person Tag: Chase U & Tyler Bate VS The Schism; Chase U & Bate win and own the rights to Chase University.
- NXT Women’s Championship Six Pack Ladder Match: Roxanne Perez VS Zoey Stark VS Tiffany Stratton VS Lyra Valkyria VS Gigi Dolin VS Indi Hartwell; Indi wins and becomes the new NXT Women’s Champion.
- NXT Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: Gallus VS The Creed Brothers VS Tony D’Angelo & Channing Lorenzo; Gallus wins and retains the titles.
- NXT North American Championship Fatal 5 Way: Wes Lee VS Dragon Lee VS Ilja Dragunov VS JD McDonagh VS Axiom; Wes wins and retains the title.
- Unsanctioned Match: Johnny Gargano VS Grayson Waller; Gargano wins.
- NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Fallon Henley & Kiana James VS Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn; Fyre & Dawn win and become the new NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions.
- NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams; Melo wins and becomes the new NXT Champion.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s the Stand & Deliver Kickoff Show!
Join Peter Rosenberg, the hosts of The Masked Man Podcast, David Shoemaker and Kazeem Famuyide, and the host of Busted Open, Dave LaGreca, in discussing, analyzing and predicting all the action in the first event of a huge weekend in Hollywood!
Kickoff Show – High Stakes 8 Person Tag: Chase U & Tyler Bate VS The Schism!
This is the moment of truth for Andre Chase, Thea Hail, Duke Hudson and the Big Strong Boi! They’ve been fending off Joe Gacy, Rip Fowler, Jagger Reed & Ava Raine for months now, but now the fate of the university rests on this one match! Will the #FourRootsOneTree take away everything Chase U has fought for? Or will this be the biggest #TeachableMoment of all time?
The teams sort out and Professor Chase starts against Rip. They tie up, go around, and Rip headlocks. Chase powers out but Rip runs him over. Things speed up, Rip whips Chase but Chase counters the hip toss. Rip blocks Chase’s hip toss, but Chase hits low, gets a leg up, and flips through to arm-drag. Chase wrenches but Rip ROCKS him! Tag to Jagger, they each kick, and Chase CHOPS! Tag to Bate, even though Duke was reaching out. Bate UPPERCUTS and whips, but Jagger reverses. Jagger runs in, blocks the boot but gets the KNEE! Bate goes up and FLYING UPPERCUTS! cover, ONE!
Bate wrenches Jagger, Duke tags himself in, and he argues with Bate! Chase stops them, but then Thea tags in! Ava steps in as fans fire up! Ava has her first taste of in-ring action, but then chooses to tag out to Gacy. Thea says to get Ava back in, Chase steps in to move her aside, and Gacy BLINDSIDES Chase! SPLASH in the corner, then an URENAGE! Gacy spells it out?! S! C! H! But then Chase blocks that! He ROCKS Gacy with haymakers! Tag to Bate, they keep on Gacy then double whip him to a corner. Bate gives Chase the boost, BIG forearm in the corner, followed by an UPPERCUT! Bate feeds Gacy to the scoop and SLAM!
SHOOTING STAR FIST DROP COMBO! Cover, TWO! Gacy scrambles away and he tags in Ava! Thea steps back in and she’s all fired up! Ava shoves Thea , but Thea shoves back! They tie up, Ava throws Thea down, and Ava taunts the “little girl.” Thea gets up, gets a waistlock, but Ava throws her off. Ava KNEES Thea, CLUBS her, and suplexes. Cover, TWO! Ava drags Thea around by her hair, pulls on her ears, and dribbles her off the mat. Fans rally for Thea but Ava SLAM DUNKS her down! Ava soaks up the heat, brings Thea up but Thea fires off forearms! Fans fire up, Ava swings but misses, Thea kicks and kicks!
Thea runs in to UPPERCUT in the corner! HALF HATCH SUPLEX! SENTON! Thea shakes the ropes, then springboard SENTONS! Cover, Jagger drags her away! Fans boo but Bate tags in. Bate fires off UPPERCUTS on Jagger, then headlocks to bop him with his foot. And again! Fans rally for the Big Strong Boi but Jagger elbows him away. Jagger whips, Rip tags in, things speed up, and the Dyad DOUBLE FLAPJACK Bate onto ropes! Rip taunts Bate, “This was never your fight!” Rip SLAPS Bate, CLUBS away on him with forearms and elbows, then whips him to ropes to CLOBBER him!
Rip continues to taunt Bate, brings him up, but Bate blocks the suplex! Bate suplexes Rip! Fans fire up as Bate takes Rip up and over! Rip and Bate crawl, hot tag to Gacy! Gacy back suplexes, Bate lands on his feet, fakes Gacy out and hot tags Chase! Chase rallies on The Schism, atomic drop for Gacy then a scoop SLAM! Chase goes to the corner as fans fire up! Chase climbs, leaps, CROSSBODY! Hot tag to Bate, even as Duke reaches out. Full nelson, REBOUND LARAIT DRAGON SUPLEX! Cover, Jagger breaks it! Bate fires off on The Dyad for that, haymakers and CHOPS! But Rip DUMPS Bate up and out!
Jagger and Rip mug Chase, so Duke steps in! Fans fire up as Duke fires off hot hands! But the Dyad double kick, double whip, only for Duke to break through and DOUBLE LARIAT! Fans fire up for Duke, he JABS, JABS and JABS Jagger, to flip, flop and U! Bionic Elbow! Duke DECKS Rip, drags him up and puts him in a corner. But Ava steps in to SLAP Duke! Thea CLOBBERS Ava! Jagger ROCKS Duke, drags Thea off Ava, but Thea says “YOU!” She stomps Jagger’s foot, then QUEBRADAS into a TORNADO DDT!! Fans fire up as Thea chases Jagger out! But Gacy BOOTS Duke! Bate is back! He blocks the boot, Bop up, BANG!
Gacy fights the underhooks but Bate rebounds! Gacy dodges, handsprings, but Gate ducks! Duke runs in, Gacy dodges, the BOOT hits Bate!! The Dyad drags Duke out! Gacy hits Bate with the UPSIDE-DOWN!! Cover, Chase breaks it!! Gacy fires off on Chase in anger, tags in Rip, and tag to Jagger. The Schism form up, POWERBOMB BACKSTABBER!! Ava drags Thea back into the ring! Ava WASTELAND SLAMS Thea! The Schism taunt Chase U, but Duke steps up! What’s he gonna do against them all? Fans fire up as Duke eggs them on! But Gacy has the others stand down? Gacy walks up to Duke and whispers something in his ear.
Fans chant for Duke, but The Schism offers Duke a shirt! Duke takes off his Chase U shirt!? Fans boo as Duke takes the Schism shirt, and Chase pleads Duke not to do this! Duke puts the Schism shirt on?! Is he a root of the Tree now?! The Schism hug Duke, and Chase is in disbelief. Fans chant “You Sold Out!” at Duke, but Duke backs up behind The Schism, to RIP the Schism shirt! Chase U attacks The Schism! Chase U gets surrounded, but QUADRUPLE BOPS lead to QUADRUPLE BANGS! And then they ALL spell it out! C! H! A! S! E! U! What’s that spell!? “CHASE U!!”
Hot tag to Duke, Bate FLIES and Thea SPRINGBOARDS to take out The Dyad! FRAT LINER for Jagger!! Cover, Chase U wins!!
Winners: Chase U & Tyler Bate, by pinfall (Chase University still belongs to Chase U)
Fans cheer as Duke proves he still bleeds black ‘n’ red! Will this new chapter in the school’s history be the best one yet?
Are you ready to Stand & Deliver?
The hosts, Pretty Deadly, says tonight is a night of headlines. NXT returns to Tinsel Down, so the tasty snacks are here to bring you the incredible spectacle that is Stand… And Deliver! #YesBoy! A Six Pack Ladder Match for the women’s title? That’s a show-stealer! Then a Fatal 5 for the North American title, a bustling hive of tag team wrestling, a dysfunctional duo taking on a devious one, and the return of Johnny Gargano to exact revenge on Grayson Waller “in a match so brutal, it could take years off your career.” But biggest of all, the future of NXT will be decided by a collision 18 months in the making.
The lights are ready, the cameras are rolling, and the action starts now! It’s time for NXT Stand…! And Deliver!
NXT Women’s Championship Six Pack Ladder Match: Roxanne Perez VS Zoey Stark VS Tiffany Stratton VS Lyra Valkyria VS Gigi Dolin VS Indi Hartwell!
Just as it looked like we would need to crown a brand new champion this weekend, the Prodigy makes a heroic return! But now that means she’ll have to face the FIVE women who earned this opportunity. Will Roxie survive it all to stay champion? Or will there be a new NXT Women’s Champion after all?
The introductions are made, the belt is already high above the ring, and we see who literally rises to the challenge!
The bell rings and fans fire up as all six women look up. Then Lyra and Indi go outside while STark goes after Gigi and Roxie goes after Tiff! Lyra and Indi RAM ladders like, well, rams, and then put those down cuz that hurts. Tiff turns things around on Roxie, Gigi does the same with Stark. Stark knees Gigi, Indi and Lyra DOUBLE LARIAT! Stark GERMAN SUPLEXES Gigi, Tiff fireman’s carries Roxie. Roxie slips off, Stark ROCKS Tiff, then Roxie rolls and headscissors to go around and around, and send Stark into Tiff! Then she UPPERCUTS Stark down! And UPPERCUTS Tiff!
Roxie rolls, but Lyra runs in, Roxie dodges, to THESZ PRESS! Roxie rains down fists, Lyra shoves her away but Roxie kips up and fires up! Fans are with her, but Stark runs in. Roxie dumps Stark out onto Indi, then DIVES, to get just Indi! Fans fire up more, Roxie gets herself a ladder, only for Tiff to DROPKICK it into her! Gigi ROCKS Tiff, CHOPS Stark, repeat! Gigi whips Stark to ropes, BOOTS her down, then dodges Tiff to spin and ROUNDHOUSE! Fans fire up for Gigi as she goes to get herself a ladder. Tiff and Stark brawl, Tiff whips but Stark dodges to DROPKICK the ladder into Gigi!
Stark blocks Tiff’s boot, back suplexes, but Tiff lands on her feet to RANA! Stark handsprings through! Tiff blocks a superkick but DOUBLE FOREARMS rock them both! Indi CLOBBERS Stark and Tiff! Fans fire up for #IndiWrestling as she hurries to get another ladder. Indi puts that on the apron, but lifts it up as Stark and Tiff slide in! Then she backs it up to hit them! Only for Lyra to WRECK Indi! Fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” as Lyra takes that ladder and puts it in. Roxie snatches it, though! They tug-o-war, go back and forth, but Lyra RAMS Roxie into the corner! Roxie is stuck, Lyra BOOTS her down!
Gigi returns but Lyra SOBATS, kicks and HEADBUTTS, to AX KICK! Lyra then suplexes Gigi onto the ladder! Gigi, Roxie and the ladder fall, and fans fire up again! Indi and Stark have ladders but Indi RAMS Stark into the railing! Stark fights, but Tiff has a ladder that she makes a ramp. Indi ROCKS Tiff, Tiff ROCKS Indi then SMACKS her off the ladder! Tiff then drags Indi under, but Stark adds on! BLOCKBUSTER CATAPULT COMBO!! Lyra has her own ladder and she stands it up! Lyra climbs, “This is Awesome!” as Stark yanks her down. Stark ROCKS Lyra, SMACKS her off that ladder, and Lyra slumps down.
Stark drags Lyra up, whips her to a corner, then runs in to MONKEY FLIP! But Lyra lands on her feet to climb! Tiff also climbs, they kick Stark away, then brawl with each other. Lyra YANKS Tiff into the rungs! But Stark MISSILE DROPKICKS Lyra! But Indi tosses Stark out, has her int he ropes, KNEE and BOOT! Indi then runs to BOOT Stark off the apron! Fans fire up and Indi has the ladder! She positions it under the belt, climbs, but Tiff hurries after. They talk trash, but Roxie climbs on! Roxie elbows Indi away, Tiff grabs at the belt but Roxie ROCKS her! So Indi TIPS the ladder! Tiff and Roxie HOTSHOT off the ropes!
Indi grins, and sets the ladder back up! Fans rally behind Indi, only for Gigi to SMACK hero n the back. Gigi drop toeholds Indi onto the ladder! Then Gigi brings the ladder around, puts that in one corner and has a second in the other. Gigi goes HELICOPTER! Tiff gets hit, Lyra gets hit, Stark gets hit, and then Roxie shoots in, only to get hit on the backside! Gigi puts that ladder down, Lyra runs in but Gigi BACK DRPOS he onto a ladder! Payback for earlier, and then with interest, Gigi sets Lyra onto he ladder in a Tree of Woe. Stark SUPERKICKS Gigi, runs back in, but Gigi dodges! Stark SPLASHES onto Lyra and the ladder!
Fans fire up as everyone is down somewhere around the ring! Gigi hurries to bring another ladder in, “This is Awesome!” as this one looks to be the tallest of all. Gigi stands it up, then clears out some space before climbing. Fans cheer, but Tiff drags her down! Tiff fireman’s carries Gigi, to ROLLING SENTON on a ladder! Roxie is there to ROCK Tiff, and reel her in, only for Tiff to block! Tiff throws body shots, bumps Roxie off buckles, then throws a ladder! Roxie dodges, the ladder comes back, and they both hurry up the main ladder! Both women ROCK each other with forearms and they fall to the mat!
Roxie and Tiff stagger up. Tiff runs in, handspring back ELBOW against the ladder! Tiff climbs again, but Indi returns! Indi brings Tiff down, to SPINEBUSTER on a ladder!! Tiff writhes all the way out of the ring as Indi clears out space. Indi climbs, Stark hurries after her! Stark brings Indi down, to SUPERKICK! Indi flops against rungs, and Stark has a FOURTH ladder. She puts that in the corner, RAMS it into Indi, and again, but Indi fights back! The ladder gets wedged into the main one, and Indi ROCKS Stark! Indi puts Stark on the apron but Stark GAMANGIRIS back! Indi falls onto a ladder, Stark ARABIAN SENTONS onto her!!
Stark kicks that ladder away, brings Indi back up, Z360!! Stark hurries up the main ladder, but here comes Roxie! Roxie grabs at a foot, Stark kicks her away, so Roxie grabs the other foot! Roxie is a dangling anchor on Stark! Stark drops down, she and Roxie brawl, and Stark blocks a rung bump to ELBOW! Z3- NO! Roxie blocks the knee to SOBAT! And POP ROX!! Roxie hurries but Tiff returns! Roxie SOBATS, but Tiff pops the Rox off! Tiff kicks low, gets Roxie up, but Roxie RANAS Tiff out of the ring! Fans fire up as Roxie hurries up the ladder! Roxie reaches the top, reaches for her belt, but Gigi returns!
Gigi drags Roxie down a rung, Roxie tries to rana but Gigi blocks to SWING her into the ladder! And again, and again! Gigi then brings Roxie around, FINAL NAIL!! Roxie flops away and Gigi climbs! But Lyra CLUBS her! Lyra and Gigi brawl, fire off wild hands, and Gigi TOSSES Lyra. Lyra is on the apron, she shoulders in. Lyra bumps Gigi off buckles, runs at Stark to SHOTGUN her onto Indi and another ladder! Lyra climbs, reaches up, but Gigi grabs Lyra. Lyra kicks at her but Gigi CLUBs a leg out! Gigi SLAMS Lyra into a Tree of Woe! Lyra is stuck while Gigi climbs up! Lyra manages to sit up, she throws hands on Gigi!
Gigi ROCKS Lyra, HEADBUTTS her, and TOSSES her off!! Gigi sees she’s got a path and fans fire up! But JACY JAYNE is here?! She DECKS Gigi and she falls onto the ladder bridge!! Fans boo as Jacy says this is HER time! Jacy aims finger guns at Gigi while refs reprimand her. Jacy climbs down, fans chant “YOU SUCK!” but she got what she wanted. And then Tiffany hurries in! Tiff positions the ladder, heads back up, and reaches out, only for Indi to TIP the ladder! Tiff FLIES off onto everyone else!! Fans are thunderous as Indi is all alone now! Indi stands the ladder back up, but she’s slow to climbing the rungs.
Indi sputters as he ribs bother her, but she forces herself to climb. But she just can’t stay on the rungs. WAIT! DEXTER LUMIS is here?! He crawls under Indi and gives her a thumbs up! He Electric Chair Lifts her up! He helps her climb! Indi grabs the belt, to WIN!!
Winner: Indi Hartwell (NEW NXT Women’s Champion)
Where there’s a will, there’s The Way! #InDex wins the belt, and #IndiWrestling finally has her moment! Will this new chapter in NXT be truly impressive?
NXT Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: Gallus VS The Creed Brothers VS Tony D’Angelo & Channing Lorenzo!
Mark Coffey & Wolfgang are fighting champions, so they were more than happy to accept multiple challenges for this defense. But will it still be Gallus Boys On Top? Will Diamond Mine be golden again? Or will The Don and his Underboss bring the gold home to the family?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who is really on top!
In this kind of Triple Threat, we get one man from each team, so Tony and Julius step up with Mark. They all fist bump, but then Mark throws hands! Tony runs in, Julius dodges and Mark takes the tackle! Julius RDOPRKICKS Ton, Mark RAMS Julius into the Gallus over. Wolfgang tags in, he ROCKS Juilus but Brutus tags in to CLOBBER everyone! STacks tags in, he DROPKCIKS Bruuts! Juilus tags back in to wrangle Stacks to a cover. Mark breaks it and says #GallusBoysOnTop. But then Stacks and Juilus bot elbow Mark down! Juilus suplexes Stacks, Stacks makes it a cradle, TWO! And Julius dealidfits Stacks to sLAM him!
Tony runs in to DECK Julius, KNEE Wolfgang, but Brutus tags in. Tony fires off body shots, kicks Juilus and HALF HATCH SUPLEXES Brutus! Stacks DROPKICKS Julius, then Tony gives him some shots and an X-PLEX! Tony DECKS Mark, then hip toss SENTONS Stacks into Brutus! The family work together, BACK SUPLEX NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up for Stacks & The Don, but they get dragged out by Gallus! The firms brawl, but the Creeds DOUBLE ASAI MOONSAULT! Direct hit on everyone else and the straps come down! Brutus drags Tony up and into the ring, but Wolfgang brawls with Julius.
Julius feeds Wolfgang to Brutus, double underhook and ASSISTED TIGER DRIVER! Fans fire up and Wolfgang clutches a leg. Daniel Cormier is in the crowd and he celebrates with his pick for this match. Brutus SMASH Tony, SMASH Mark, then SMASH and gut wrench for Tony! Brutus bear crawls but Mark headlocks it! Brutus powers up to SLAM Mark! Brutus goes to a corner, climbs up, leaps over Tony but Mark CLOBBERS Brutus! Mark DECKS Tony, tags Wolfgang, and he SPRINGBOARD SENTONS! Gallus gets Brutus up, to DOUBLE URENAGE! Wolfgang storms up on Tony, scoops and SLAMS him, then covers, TWO!
Wolfgang drags Tony up, ROCKS him, but Tony ROCKS Wolfgang back! They brawl with uppercuts and haymakers! Both men drop to a knee, but Brutus returns! He dodges both men to hot tag Julius! BELLY2BELLY and kip up! BELLY2BELLY and kip up! Mark rags in, he gets a BELLY2BELLY and kip up! Tony runs back in, another BELLY2BELLY and kip up! Another one for Mark! Fans fire up as Julius waistlocks Tony. Tony holds ropes, elbows free, tag to Stacks! Stacks dodge to rally on Julius, then kick Wolfgang from the apron before the SPRINGBOARD LARIAT! FLYING KNEE for Mark! SENTON for Wolfgang!
Stacks sends Brutus into steel steps, then CROSSBODIES Julius! Cover, TWO! Stacks runs in, is put on the apron, and Julius CLUBS him! Julius suplexes but Stacks resists. Mark Electric Chair Lifts Stacks, Julius slides under them both to also Electric Chair Lift!? Brutus is up top, DOUBLE DECKER DOOMSDAY!! Fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” The ref checks all of hem, they’re okay to continue. Wolfgang POSTS Brutus but Julius KNEES Wolfgang! Julius drags Stacks up and into the ring, but Tony CLUBS Julius, into the FISHERMAN BUSTER! Tony shouts to Stacks, he climbs up, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, MARK breaks it!!
Tony goes after Mark, FOGETABOUTIT! Cover, Wolfgang uses Tony to break it! Tony CLOBBERS Wolfgang for that! Tony drags Mark up, he whips, and then BADA BOOM! Stacks crawls to the cover, but JOE COFFEY drags him out!! The Iron King is back! And he gives Tony ALL THE BEST FOR THE BELLS!! Joe feeds Stacks to the boys, Wolfgang tags in! Fireman’s carry, Mark runs in, KNEE TKO COMBO!! Cover, Gallus wins!!
Winners: Gallus, by pinfall (still NXT Tag Team Champions)
The ace in the hole was the Iron King! Joe chooses the perfect time to return to NXT, and he keeps his boys on top! Is NXT truly their kingdom?
Pretty Deadly are backstage.
What a wild day already! Death defying feats in the Women’s Ladder match, wow! And a new champion in Indi, double wow! Who would’ve bet on her? And it is still Gallus Boys on… Nope, they dry heave even thinking of it. But they are currently outside Bron Breakker’s locker room, ready to find out what’s on his mind before the biggest match in NXT history. Kit wants Elton to open the door but he thinks Kit should. They’re both hesitant, because last time they saw him, he speared them in half. Well, they’re gonna give the champ his space. Back to Vic & Booker T.
NXT North American Championship Fatal 5 Way: Wes Lee VS Dragon Lee VS Ilja Dragunov VS JD McDonagh VS Axiom!
The Cardiac Kick, the Must See Kid, the inspirational underdog that fought his way to this title, must now fight even harder to hold onto the title! But he stacked the odds against himself by handing the opportunities to The Wonder Boy, the Mad Russian, the Irish Ace and the Undeniable Truth. Will Wes be even more inspiring as he survives this match? Or will there be another new champion here in Hollywood?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who shines brightest under this spotlight!
The bell rings and Wes finds himself surrounded by his challengers. Wes figures what the hell, let someone go. JD and Dragunov want after each other, but Dragon lee DECKS JD then DECKS Dragunov! Axiom throws JD out, Dragon does the same to Dragunov. And now the luchadors circle around Wes. Wes ducks a kick, jumps another, but gets caught in a sleeper. He snapmares Axiom away, dodges Dragon, then sends Axiom into Dragunov! Things speed up, arm-drags cancel out and both men hit the mat! JD and Dragunov return to fire off on Wes and Axiom. KICKS, CHOPS, MACHINE GUN CHOPS and a mudhole stomp!
Fans fire up as Dragunov just peppers Axiom until he falls out of the ring! Wes also bails out, and now the archenemies meet. But Dragon gets in to knock them into each other! Dragon whips JD, JD reverses but Dragon BOOTS back. Dragon RANAS JD! Fans fire up and Dragon runs in to JUMP KICK, LEG SWEEP, COMBINACION CABRON! But Dragunov BOOTS Dragon! Dragunov whips, Dragon reverses and DROPKICKS! Fans fire up, Dragon fires off forearms on Dragunov! Dragon runs to DROPKICK JD! And then he DROPKICKS Dragunov! Fans fire up with Dragon, he BLASTS Wes off the apron.
Dragon avoids Axiom’s leap! Fans fire up as these two stare down now. Things speed up, and Dragon DROPKICKS Axiom out of the air! Axiom bails out, fans fire up and Dragon builds speed. Dragon FLIES to take out Wes and Axiom! Fans fire up again and Dragon puts Wes in the ring. Wes rises, but he blocks Dragon’s boot! The Lees circle, rush in, Dragon dodges to whip but Wes reverses. Wes runs in, is put on the apron but he GAMANGIRIS! Wes goes up and over, snapmare to a strike fest! Snapmare again, BASEMENT DROPKICK! Fans fire up but Dragunov is back! He gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX, but Wes lands on his feet!
Fans fire up as Wes eggs Dragunov on. Wes ducks the backhand, RANAS Dragunov into buckles, then runs in to KNEE him down! But now JD stands up, only for Wes to FLY! JD dodges! Wes lands superhero style while JD takes a bow. Wes mule kicks, then he puts JD back in the ring. Wes sees Axiom return but runs into the shoulder. Axiom goes up, but Wes SHORYUKENS him away! Only for JD to CLOBBER him! JD drags Wes up, short arm LARIATS, and then scowls. Dragon returns but JD shoves him away, only for Dragon to run him over! Things speed up, JD CLOBBERS Dragon!
JD KNEES Dragunov at the apron, stomps away, but Axiom wraps on a SLEEPER! JD powers out, Axiom puts him on the apron to ROCK him! JD HOTSHOTS Axiom back! JD storms in after Wes, CLUBS him and whips him, but Wes reverses to send JD tumbling up and down! JD hurries up, he PENALTY KICKS Dragunov, trips up Wes, then avoids Axiom to ASAI MOONSAULT both Axiom and Dragunov down! TORNILLO on Wes! Dragon runs in, into a SPANISH FLY! DEVLINSIDE on Wes!! Cover, DRAGUNOV STOPS THE REF!! Fans fire up as Dragunov rubs it in on JD! JD and Dragunov glare, and fans fire up!
They go forehead to forehead, then start shoving. JD eggs Dragunov on, but Axiom and Dragon return. Dragunov grins as he and the luchadors surround JD, TRIPLE DROPKICK! Dragunov GERMAN SUPLEXES JD down! Fans fire up as all five men are down! Dragunov snarls, blood coming from his forehead. Fans fire up with The Czar as he CHOPS Wes! And BOOTS Dragon! Axiom ROUNDHOUSES but Dragunov PELES in return! GERMAN SUPLEX for Dragon! GERMAN SUPLEX for Wes! Axiom fights the waistlock, wrenches and waistlocks but Dragunov fires elbows. Axiom shoves Dragunov, but gets the CONSTANTINE SPECIAL!
Fans fire up re as the blood is now a streak. Dragunov KNEES Dragon in a corner, KNEES Wes in the other, then goes back to Dragon! Snapmare and roar, Dragunov goes up for a KING KONG KNEE DROP! Wes ROUNDHOUSES Dragunov, but Dragunov CHOPS Wes off his feet! Dragunov drags Wes up, fireman’s carries, and CORNER DEATH VALLEY on Dragon Lee! Dragunov roars again as he climbs back up! Fans fire up, as Dragunov SUPER SENTONS onto Wes!! But he isn’t done, he goes back up top! Only for JD to SHOVE him off! Dragunov hits the apron on the way down, but Axiom GAMANGIRIS JD down!
Fans fire up as Axiom now builds energy. Axiom runs to the corner, up and ARIHARA MOONSAULTS onto JD and Dragunov! Fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” while Dragon goes up top now. Wes trips Dragon first! Then Wes climbs up, brings Dragon up, but Axiom CLUBS them both. Axiom climbs up, all three men brawl, and Wes HEADBUTTS Axiom down. Wes and Dragon brawl with forearms, but Wes ends up in a Tree of Woe! Dragon stands up to WOE STOMP on the apron!! Both men crash down, Dragon may have hurt himself in the move! JD and Dragunov hurry in, “This is Awesome!” as they go for Axiom.
JD kicks Axiom’s leg out, CHOPS him, then whips him. Dragunov is there, Axiom RANAS him into JD, then LARIATS JD, to DDT Dragunov at the same time!! Axiom reels both men in, DOUBLE NORTHERN LIGHTS! BUZZSAW for JD, Dragunov rolls Axiom up! TWO, into the RINGS OF SATURN! Dragunov rolls before it’s on, Axiom ANKLE LOCKS! But JD ROUNDHOSUES Axiom! Kawada Kicks for Dragunov! Axiom kips up to SUPERKICK JD! And then he clamps onto Dragunov! RINGS OF SATURN!! But Dragunov keeps fighting! He grabs JD’s hair to drag him into a SLEEPER!
Fans fire up as this is now a DOUBLE SUBMISSION! Axiom gets JD in a FUJIWARA! Who is even in a hold!? JD HEADBUTTS away on Dragunov, and Dragunov lets him go! Axiom hurries to focus on just Dragunov, but Dragon jumps onto JD! Rings of Saturn VS Rear Naked Choke! Axiom shifts, but Dragunov deadlifts, he POWERBOMBS Axiom onto JD and Dragon! Stacked cover, but Wes SKY TWISTERS onto it all!! Fans are thunderous again as all five men are down! Fans hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!” but his has to end somehow. JD finds himself surrounded, Wes handsprings, but into a GOLDEN RATIO!!
JD shoots in, Axiom switches, JD bucks the O’Conner, and HEADBUTTS Axiom down! JD runs at Dragon, but into a SNAP GERMAN, and LARIAT! Dragunov fires off on Dragon, runs and KNEES him down!! Dragunov then lifts and SPIENBUSTERS Dragon! Cover, Wes AX KICKS it apart! HANDSPRING DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO!! Wes runs at Dragon, but Dragon blocks the rana to SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Dragon is shocked but fans are fired up again! JD brings Dragon in, catches Axiom, URENAGE REVERSE DDT! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover on Dragon, Axiom kicks it!
All five men are down around ringside again and fans fire up. JD flounders to ropes, he goes for Axiom but Axiom monkey flips then goes up the ropes, MOONSAULT DDT! Cover, TWO!?!? JD survives and Axiom can’t believe it! “This is Awesome!” as Axiom hurries out to the apron after JD. Axiom stomps JD, drags him up, but JD SLAPS Axiom. Axiom BOOTS JD! Fans rally up, Dragon FLYING RANAS JD onto Wes! Dragunov BOOTS Axiom! Dragunov goes up the corner, deadlifts Axiom, and SUPERPLEXES!! Roll through, and FALLING FOREARM!! Cover, WES AND DRAGON BREAK IT!!
Fans again hope these guys “FIGHT FOREVER!” and at this rate, they just might! Dragunov, Dragon and Wes rise up. Dragunov roars and ROCKS Wes! And ROCKS Dragon! Then Wes! Then Dragon! Wes hits low, Dragon CHOPS, the Lees pinball Dragunov! KICK! SUPERKICK! Dragunov CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Wes SUPERKICKS, Dragon CHOPS, Wes boots and Dragon SUPEKICKS! But Dragunov still fires shots! ROUNDHOUSE on Wes!! V-TRIGGER on Dragunov! Dragon runs, into a LARIAT from Dragunov!! Fans are electric as the Czar is now stopping! “UN! BE! SIEG! BAR!!”
Dragunov runs, into the CARDIAC KICK!!! Cover, WES WINS!!
Winner: Wes Lee, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)
In the blink of an eye, Wes takes the win and holds onto the gold! Will nothing stop Wes from pushing his limits and stealing the show?
Pretty Deadly is backstage again.
Kit can’t believe what we just witnessed. Elton says that was barbaric. Speaking of, next is the Unsanctioned Match! But first, as your gracious hosts, they’re waiting outside Carmelo Hayes’ locker room. Surely they’ll get a scoop on Melo. Well, Melo wasn’t really nice to them, either. But they have to remember who they are! They’re Pretty Deadly, dammit! They’re the hosts of Stand & Deliver! They’re multiple time tag team champions! Elton tries to come up with a knock that means supportive but inquisitive, only for Trick Williams to open the door and asks why they’re flapping their “double breasted lips.”
Trick says they’re game planning. But if they want the scoop, here it is. Hollywood ain’t ready, LA ain’t ready, Bron Breakker ain’t ready for what’s gonna happen in this match. They’re gonna do something new tonight. They’re gonna wrestle with alligators, tussle with whales, and the way Pretty Deadly’s dressed, they should go to jail. But today, the world learns why Carmelo Hayes is HIM. Laters. There’s the scoop! Back to the ring for what could still be the most brutal match of the night!
Unsanctioned Match: Johnny Gargano VS Grayson Waller!
Just as the 21st Century Success Story started pushing things a little too far with HBK, a certain someone returned to get back at him for the chairshot that went viral. Hollywood, heeeere’s JOHNNY WRESTLING! And with no rules, no restrictions, no consequences for what happens here tonight, will Gargano make Grayson regret everything he’s ever said and done in NXT? Or will he suffer the Grayson Waller Effect?
Waller livestreams on his Instagram as he takes over production to cue up his stuff. Waller goes to the ring, and he even gets Candice LeRae and baby Quill on camera. But then Gargano gets a video package to retell his rise to becoming the NXT Triple Crown Champion before he makes his entrance. And then he SUPERKICKS Waller out of the ring! The bell rings, and Gargano DIVES to send Waller into the announce desk! Gargano TOSSES Waller over the desk! Booker gets taken out, too! Well, Gargano’s not liable for that, either. Gargano clears off the desk, brings Waller up, but Waller CLUBS Gargano in the leg!
Waller CLUBS Gargano down, taunts Vic, ‘That’s your boy, huh?” Waller steps up to Vic, but Gargano LEAPS onto Waller! Gargano fires off hands, then he brings Waller around to SMACK him with a monitor! Gargano finally takes off his vest and puts Waller in the ring. Fans rally for Johnny Wrestling and Gargano brings out a trash can! Gargano tosses that into the ring, as well as a kendo stick, and a few chairs. Waller runs in, into a SLINGSHOT SPEAR! Gargano rains down fists, then grabs the trash can. Gargano SMACKS Waller with it! Then Gargano wedges the can into the corner. Waller runs up but Gargano DECKS him!
Gargano clotheslines Waller out of the ring, and then he builds speed to DIVE, into the LID! Waller had the trash can lid waiting and he takes Gargano out of the air! Waller brings out chair after chair from under the ring, and he JAMS Gargano with one. Waller then sits chairs up but fans chant, “We Want Tables!” Waller CHOKES Gargano with a chair first, then finishes making his chair rectangle. Waller brings Gargano to the apron, fireman’s carries, but Gargano fights fere! Gargano ROCKS Waller, Waller holds onto ropes, but Gargano keeps throwing hands. Waller shoulder sin, Gargano catches him but Waller HOTSHOTS!
Waller somersaults, Gargano blocks the stunner but Waller blocks the superkick! Waller fireman’s carries, Gargano tries to rana free but Waller blocks that! Waller BUCKLE BOMBS Gargano against the trash can! Waller drags Gargano back around, brings him back up, and he aims for the outside! Gargano slips free, ends up on the apron, and he GAMANGIRIS! Gargano sees the chairs, and fans fire up as Gargano brings Waller up! SUPERPLEX onto the chairs!! Fans lose their minds as both men writhe on the steel! Gargano and Waller crawl, the ref checks them, and they’re okay to continue.
Fans rally up, Gargano stands first and he puts Waller in the ring. Gargano then considers his options, and he looks under the ring. Fans fire up as Gargano brings out a TABLE! Gargano sets that table up ringside, and fans call him “Johnny Tables!” Gargano brings Waller up to the ropes and he wants to do it again! Waller blocks the suplex, throws hands and ROCKS Gargano! Waller runs, but Gargano slingshots, into the knee! Waller suckered Gargano in, and he kips up, only for his back to bother him. Waller goes to a corner, and he tunes up the band! Fans boo, he ain’t no sexy boy! Waller runs in, but Gargano blocks!
Gargano spins Waller, ROCKS him, Waller JUMP KNEES but Gargano ENZIGURIS! Gargano runs, into a ROLLING ELBOW! Gargano falls out of the ring and Waller does drop steps to show off. Waller runs, slides, but into a CHAIR! Gargano runs in, Waller pops him up into an Alabama, but Gargano makes it a DESTROYER to the floor!! Fans rally up while Candice starts to worry. Gargano drags Waller up, brings him around, and they got the table. Gargano puts Waller on the table and fans fire up again. Gargano climbs the corner, but Waller gets away. Gargano hurries, but Waller somersaults and leaps over the table to hit the STUNNER!
Waller sends Gargano into railing, then brings him up, POWERBOMB through the table! Waller puts Gargano in the ring, covers, TWO!! Gargano survives, Candice calms Quill, and Waller staggers away. Waller grabs a chair, brings it over, and he JAMS Gargano in the gut! And again! “This is your house, huh!?” Waller rains down fists and fans boo. Waller grabs the chair, sits it up, CLUBS Gargano, then CLUBS him again. Fans chant “YOU STILL SUCK!” But Gargano fires forearms in return! Tilt-o-whirl, but Waller SIDEWALK SLAMS Gargano on the chair! Cover, TWO!! Gargano survives again, but now Waller has the kendo stick.
Waller stalks Gargano, and SMACKS him on the back! Gargano writhes, but Waller SMACKS him again! Gargano bails out of the ring, fans rally up for him, but Waller goes outside. Waller taunts Candice before he SMACKS Gargano again! Waller wants Candice to watch this, then he brings Gargano over to fire off hands! Candice keeps Quill from seeing this but Waller taunts him, “Have a look at your dad, son!” Waller puts Gargano on the steel steps, grabs a chair, and he brings it over. Fans call Waller an A-hole, but Gargano avoids the chairshot! To SMACK Waller with the kendo stick! And again!
Gargano looks to Candice and they nod. Quill is handed off to Auntie, and MRS. WRESTLING gets involved! Candice fires off on Waller until the stick breaks! But Waller grabs it to say she made the biggest mistake of her life. Only for Gargano to SMACK Waller with another kendo stick! Gargano puts Waller in the ring, ONE FINAL BEAT!! Cover, TWO!?! Waller survives but Gargano fires up more! Gargano tilt-o-whirls into the takedown, GargaNO Escape!! Fans fire up, but Waller CLAWS the eyes! Gargano lets go, fans boo, but Waller dropkicks the legs out! Then ROLLING UNPRETTIER!
Waller goes out of the ring, brings in a new trash can, then gets back in the ring. Waller drags Gargano up and around, cravats and throws knees, and Gargano falls over. Waller makes Gargano sit in the corner and he puts the trash can over him. Fans boo as Waller goes to the adjacent side. Fans boo as Waller tightrope walks to go COAST2COAST!! Cover, TWO!?!? Gargano survives and Waller is furious! “This is Awesome!” as Waller tosses Gargano out of the ring. Waller kicks things aside, clears the desk off again, and Booker gets out of the way this time. Waller taunts Vic more, then puts Gargano on the desk.
Waller brings a busted-up chair, puts it on Gargano, then goes to the ring. Fans boo as Waller climbs the corner. Waller’s copied Shane O’Mac already, he’s gonna go for another one! But Gargano TOSSES the chair at Waller! Waller falls, Gargano hurries to drag him out, and he POWERBOMBS Waller through the desk!! Waller writhes in the wreckage as fans lose their minds again. Candice and the ref check on Gargano, he’s okay to go. Waller is somehow okay, so Gargano crawls after him. Gargano drags Waller up, but Waller LOW BLOWS!! Waller puts Gargano in, somersaults, and STUNNERS!! Cover, TWO!?!??!
Gargano shows that superhuman heart like he did back in the day, but Waller goes out for more chairs. Fans rally and duel, though the “JOHNNY WRESTLING!” is still louder than the “GRAYSON WALLER!” Waller SMACKS Gargano on the back! Gargano writhes, Waller stands on his head to JAM and SMACK and SMACK him again! Waller lets off, out of breath, but he still stands Gargano up. “I told you, these 16 months, I run NXT! You are nothing! You’re not on my level!” Gargano LOW BLOWS Waller back! Turnabout is fair play, and here comes the CHAIRSHOTS! Gargano gives those all back with interest!
Gargano gets more chairs, he SMACKS Waller more, then opens a chair to put it around Waller’s head! Gargano gets the other, HOMERUN!! And then the GargaNO ESCAPE!!! Waller endures, but he taps! GARGANO WINS!
Winner: Johnny Gargano, by submission
Candice gets in the ring to celebrate with Gargano and cool him down. The Heart of NXT just broke the biggest mouth of NXT, and now he can finally move on. And best of all, #InDex returns to the stage to celebrate! This is The Way! As for Waller, will all of this finally humble him? Or does nothing stop the Grayson Waller Effect?
Tony and Stacks regroup backstage.
They have no idea where Joe Coffey came from! They gave it everything they got, and for what? Stacks apologizes for letting The Don down, but Tony says Stacks didn’t let anyone down. #YESBOY, Pretty Deadly check in. They want a little scoop. If they may, the hopes and dreams of becoming champions came crashing down, sot hey must feel terrible. Tell them about it? Tony won’t make excuses. But whatever, where they come from, you don’t quit. Very, very motivating from The Don himself. Stacks says he still feels he let everyone down. Tony says to get that out of his head, they’re a TEAM!
Pretty Deadly says that’s a nice sentiment. But it seems the only team that’s ever beaten Gallus is them. Tony gets mad now. They’re gonna come in and make stupid comments? The hosts argue with Tony & Stacks, they start shoving, and refs rush in to stop this! The Don & Underboss are still raring for a fight, will they look to settle this on Tuesday?
NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Fallon Henley & Kiana James w/ Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen VS Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn!
What started as a feud became a friendship and a team-up, but now things are falling apart, all because the Calculator won’t tell Brooks Jensen the truth! Will this house of cards come tumbling down? Or can Fallon & Kiana hold together against a common enemy?
The introductions are made, the- Fyre FLIES out onto Kiana!! Fallon fires off on her but Dawn rushes out. Fallon ROCKS Dawn, puts her in the ring, and now the bell rings. Fallon dodges Dawn, scops, but Dawn slips out. Dawn shoves, Fallon gets around to waistlock, SLAM and CALF KICK! Fallon tornado wheelbarrow BULLDOGS! Cover, TWO! Fallon facelocks but Dawn pulls hair! Tag to Fyre, Dawn powers Fallon away and Fyre trips her up. Dawn waves mockingly, Fyre drags Fallon out to ROCK her with a forearm! Fyre pushes Fallon back in, then drops a knee right on her! Cover, TWO!
Fyre argues but the ref’s count was fair. Fyre stomps Fallon, bumps her off buckles, then tags Dawn, Dawn gets Fallon for a TARANTULA, and Fyre SUPERKICKS! Fallon falls, Dawn covers, TWO! Dawn drags Fallon up to CLUB her down, then brings her up into a facelock. Fallon endures the squeeze but Dawn CLUBS away on her. Dawn suplexes but Fallon blocks. Fyre tags in, she sunset flips and Dawn ROUNDHOUSES Fallon down! Cover, TWO! Fallon is hanging tough but Fyre KICKS her in the side. Fyre runs in to RAM Fallon, then backs off. Fans fire up while Fyre grins, and she runs back in, into a BOOT!
Fallon runs in to get around and DECKS Fyre! Both women fall over, and fans rally up. Fyre and Fallon crawl, Fyre drags Fallon from Kiana but Fallon fights up! Hot tag to Kiana! Kiana rallies on the wicked witches! She puts Dawn in a fire to stomp a mudhole into her! Handspring, but Fyre is there. Kiana RAMS Fyre into the corner, tosses her out, then dumps Dawn! Kiana goes to the apron, lines up the shot, ASAI MOONSAULT takes out both opponents! Fans fire up, Jensen & Briggs cheer Kiana on as she puts Fyre in. Dawn storms up, Kiana boots her away, but she has to jump over Fyre. Kiana handsprings to back suplex! Cover, TWO!
Kiana drags Fyre up, whips her to a corner, but Fyre BOOTS her! Fyre swings on Fallon, misses, and Kiana SPINEBUSTERS! Highs tack, TWO! Fallon tags in, she brings Fyre up but Fyre shoves her away. Fallon blocks the superkick to fire haymakers! Fallon whips, Fyre reverses but Fallon hits a RUNNING COMPLETE SHOT! Fallon waistlocks but Fyre elbows free. Fyre switches, Fallon bucks the O’Conner, but Dawn grabs hair! Kiana protests but that only dsitracts so that Dawn & Fyre can mug Fallon! Fans boo, the ref counts as Fyre digs her boots in. Dawn tags in, she pie faces Fallon around.
Dawn ROCKS Fallon, tags Fyre, and brings Fallon up. Fallon switches to shove Dawn into Fyre! Fyre falls to the floor, Fallon goes up to BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fallon grows frustrated, but Fyre grabs at Dawn. That prevents the whip, and then Dawn TOSSES Fallon! Dawn BLASTS Kiana, then tags Fyre. They mug Fallon, then Gory Especial and GORY COMPLETE SHOT!! Cover, KIANA BREAKS IT! Fans fire up but Dawn & Fyre stomp away on Kiana and Fallon. Dawn puts Kiana on the apron and BLASTS her! Fyre CLUBS Fallon, then has the boys watch this. Fyre hoists Fallon up top and Dawn joins in.
Dawn & Fyre mug Fallon, climb up after her, but Kiana sneaks the tag! Kiana drags Dawn right off! Kiana CLUBS Fyre, brings her out, and Fallon adjusts! They MISSILE DROPKICK POWERBOMB!! Cover, Dawn breaks it!! Fans fire up as all four women are down! Kiana drags Fyre up, fireman’s carries, but Fyre claws eyes! GOURD BUSTER! Tag to Dawn, she runs in to METEORA! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Cover, Fallon barrels in to break it!! Fans rally up while all four women are down again. Fallon and Fyre flop to one side, Dawn and Kiana on the other. Kiana JAWBREAKERS Dawn away!
But Kiana asks for her bag? Briggs says no, they have to do this fair and square. But Kiana pleads with Jensen! But Fyre tags in! ROUNDHOUSE for Kiana! SUPERKICK for Fallon! BACKSTABBER to SWANTON BOMB on the knees! Cover, Briggs holds Jensen back! Dawn & Fyre win!!
Winners: Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn, by pinfall (NEW NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions)
Jensen was gonna get in to stop this, but it’s too late! Dawn & Fyre have the gold, but will NXT only get darker now with them on top of the mountain? And how will this defeat affect the already strained relationship of Fallon and Kiana?
NXT is getting back on the road in May!
On May 28th, in Lowell, Massachusetts, it will be NXT BATTLEGROUND! Who will be bringing the gold to New England? Well, the main event is next!
NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams!
It all comes down to this. As black ‘n’ gold gave way to 2.0, these two men were standouts among their class. They both won as part of WarGames to show that the new school had arrived, and this clash of alpha males is not only historic, it was inevitable. Will Bron break Melo’s hopes and dreams by holding onto the title? Or will there be no denying that Melo is him?
Melo has a new shirt for the occasion, with the words “Melo Don’t Miss,” and a purple target on Bron’s face. Trick lists Melo’s accolades: June 21st, 2020, he put the world on notice. It was banger after banger, from Strong to Grimes to D’Angelo to Ricochet to Vinci to Axiom to Bate to Crews. Everyone stand up, to Stand & Deliver! Melo is in purple ‘n’ gold because this is LA! As for Bron, he’s got the pack at his back, because he’s got that dog in him. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who IS N! X! T!
The bell rings, fans rally up already, but Melo and Bron stare down. They slowly approach, fans chant for “NXT! NXT!” and the two finally tie up. They’re in a deadlock, Melo tries to push Bron back but Bron starts to steamroll Melo! Melo gets away before ending up in the corner, and they go again. Melo waistlocks, but Bron breaks free, so Melo shoves him away. Fans bark it up, and Bron circles with Melo. They approach, Bron switches around to lift and SLAM! Melo hurries up to his feet, but Bron tosses him away! Bron then gets down low and barks at Melo! Melo goes up the corner like a cat, and goes to the apron.
Melo and Trick talk strategy but Bron SLINGSHOTS Melo in! Melo rolls, slides, hurdles, then rolls off Bron’s back to DROPKICK him down! Fans fire up while Bron goes to a corner. Melo hits a free throw and taunts Bron. Bron rushes up, Melo gets around and headlocks. Bron powers out, things speed up, Bron hurdles to CLOBBER Melo! Fans are torn while Melo flounders away. Bron stalks Melo, runs in, but Melo dodges to springboard, only to slip! The ropes must be loose from all the action tonight. Bron drags Melo up, Melo JAWBREAKERS, then he springboards, only to bounce off Bron! And then Bron shoots his shot!
Bron whips then RANAS Melo! Bron shows he can go air, then he gator rolls Melo into a stalling suplex! Run and SLAM! Then kip up and STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Bron keeps cool and keeps Melo down with a facelock. Melo fights up, but Bron gator rolls him more. Melo reaches for ropes, but Bron keeps him away. Bron squeezes tighter on the facelock but Melo pulls on a leg. Bron uses that to throw Melo down and squeeze even tighter. Melo fights his way up as fans rally and duel. Melo stands, but Bron suplexes! Melo fights that off but he’s still in the facelock.
Bron suplexes Melo up and over hard, and Melo writhes to a corner. Bron storms up on Melo but Melo drop toeholds the legs! Bron hits ropes, Melo stomps away! The ref counts, Melo lets off, and then Melo hurries to kick away on Bron. The ref counts again, Melo lets back off, and fans duel while Bron clutches his ribs. Melo storms up but Bron elbows him away. Bron runs, Melo dodges, SPRINGBOARD LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Melo keeps Bron down with an armlock. Bron endures, fights around, but Melo pushes back as he keeps wanting that Fujiwara. Bron fights off the extension, but Melo pushes with his legs!
Fans rally and duel as Bron endures and Melo keeps on the pressure. Bron powers up, rolls Melo, TWO! Melo kicks low! Melo brings Bron around, whips him to a corner, then runs in to CHOP! Melo wraps the bad arm around ropes and YANKS it! Then he whips, but Bron reverses. Melo dodges in the corner to CHOP! Bron CHOPS! Melo kicks low again, then whips again. Bron blocks by holding ropes, then he whips Melo into the buckles. HIP TOSS on the rebound! Bron keeps moving, big shoulder tackles! Melo runs, tilt-o-whirls, but into a SIDE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Bron now clamps onto Melo with an armlock.
Melo clasps hands to fight off the extension but Bron drags him up. Bron CLUBS Melo’s shoulder, shoves him and ROCKS him in the back with a forearm. Fans duel as Bron stands Melo back up. Bron shoves and ROCKS Melo again, and then again. Bron keeps on Melo, back suplexes high and HARD! Cover, TWO! Trick is relieved but Bron stays focused. Bron drags Melo up, wrenches and lifts but Melo holds the ropes! Bron brings Melo away, torture racks him, but Trick brings Melo to the apron! The ref reprimands, and then he EJECTS Trick! Fans boo but now things are truly 1v1 here!
Melo tells Trick it’s okay, but then Bron FLIES! Direct hit onto Trick Melo Gang and fans fire up! Bron puts Melo in, climbs up the corner, FLYING BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives but Bron brings him back up. Bron suplexes, but Melo fights it. Melo throws body shots, cravats but Bron powers out. Tilt-o-whirl FACEBUSTER! Melo keeps going, suplex CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Bron survives and Melo thinks on what he has to do. Melo fires up and the fans are with him as he goes to the corner. Melo climbs the corner, NOTHING BUT- NO, Bron dodges the three pointer! Melo BOOTS Bron to the apron!
Melo drags Bron up the ropes, REBOUND SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Melo hurries to cover, TWO! Melo goes back to the corner, climbs back up, and he wants his shot again. But Bron springs up after him, SUPER STEINER!! Fans are thunderous while both men are down! Melo crawls to the far side while Bron leans against ropes. Both men talk some trash and the fans rally back up. Melo and Bron drag themselves back up with the ropes, and then head for each other. Melo ROCKS Bron with a haymaker, but Bron gives it back! Melo BACKHANDS Bron, so Bron DECKS Melo! Melo staggers up, and he ROCKS Bron again!
Bron and Melo go back and forth, faster and faster, haymaker for haymaker! Melo ROUNDHOUSES, jumps, but into a choke grip! But Melo spins it around, only for Bron to drag Melo down! STEINER RE- NO, Melo slips out and CLUBS Bron! Melo wants the crossface, Bron powers out to a SIDEWALK SLAM! But Melo snatches Bron! CROSSFACE!! Bron rolls to a cover, TWO! Bron is free, he runs, blows past Melo, SPEAR into the ref!! Melo and the ref are both down and Bron doesn’t realize it! Bron brings down the straps, drags Melo up, STEINER RECLINER!! Melo endures, TAPS, but there’s no ref to call it!!!
Bron only now realizes what’s wrong! And then Trick gets in to CLOBBER Bron with the belt!! Trick hides the evidence, puts Melo on the cover, and the ref regains consciousness! He counts, TWO!?!? Bron survives the sneaky Trick! Melo springboards, but into the choke grip! Trophy lift, BREAKKER- DDT!!! Melo turns it around!! Melo resets at the corner, climbs back up, for NOTHING BUT NET!!! Cover, MELO WINS!!
Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall (NEW NXT Champion)
Trick tried to give the assist, but in the end, Melo had to do it himself! Bron has been dethroned, but to show respect, he personally hands over the belt. Bron offers a fist-bump, and Melo says paper covers rock, a nod to Bron’s previous response. Bron raises Melo’s hand in victory and LA cheers. Now that Melo is truly The A Champion, will there be no stopping him?
An awesome Stand & Deliver here, and it really sets the tone for the whole weekend. A little disappointed they downgraded Chase U VS Schism to the kickoff show, but looking at the time, the main show wouldn’t have fit under the three hour mark HHH & HBK like to keep things. Chase U VS Schism was great stuff, and I love the double swerve Duke pulled. We all expected him to turn and join Gacy, only to use that as a way to lower Gacy’s guard. Great win for Chase U, which will still be a thing now, and anything’s possible for them now. Maybe Bate stays on as their singles title guy while Chase & Duke try for the tag titles again?
The ladder match opening was a great choice because that was wild stuff. Of all the possibilities, I did not expect Indi would win. No offense to her, I just thought this was going to be the moment she finally moves on to Raw to be with The Way. Instead, NXT gets a great reunion of #InDex so that Indi can finally have her moment, and she joins the very small club of NXT Women’s Tag & Singles Champions. And of course Jacy shows up to ruin things for Gigi, their feud is not done yet. Roxie is an interesting one, though. She already checked off everything in NXT, but I don’t know if she’s quite ready for RawDown just yet.
I personally am very happy to see Joe Coffey return, and it all played out as I expected. Joe helps Gallus Boys stay on top, and now there are endless possibilities for the full trio. Pretty Deadly getting on the nerves of Tony & Stacks was also a good touch, their match can help build the next contenders in a more traditional 2v2 feud. With that, I’m leaning towards Tony & Stacks, those guys definitely deserve a full feud with Gallus to go “firm against firm,” aka mafia against mafia like back when Tony was dealing with Legado del Fantasma. I still feel like The D’Angelo Family should get someone new to help with numbers, but it’s hard to say who that third man could be.
The North American Championship Fatal 5 practically stole the show there. All five guys are extremely talented, all the 1v1 combinations we saw in the match worked, and though there were some scary moments, all five made it to the end. Wes retaining with that interception was a great choice. It isn’t that Wes has something to prove, so much as Wes still has so many feuds he can have before finally losing the title and moving on to something else. The Unsanctioned Match from Gargano and Waller was great stuff, but naturally NXT was not going to go as bloody as AEW has with their Unsanctioned matches. Great to have Candice get involved, and it was a strong feel-good moment for Gargano to win so that The Way could have an even bigger reunion.
The Women’s Tag Team title match went about how I expected, too. It wasn’t even so much Fyre & Dawn getting between Kiana & Fallon so much as Kiana wanting to bend the rules and Fallon being against it. Jensen got stuck in the middle, as he has this whole time, and that cost Kiana & Fallon the titles. With nothing left to lose now, Fallon will surely reveal the truth about Kiana and Sebastian to Jensen and we get another match between the ladies. And then the main event, while not as wild as the ladder match or Fatal 5, had great storytelling. Both guys knew each other well enough to handle the other’s offense, but then they brought out tricks the other wasn’t aware of.
Though, it does disappointment me that Trick tried to screw Bron over when this was to be about respect. But at the same time, that attack didn’t finish it, Melo’s did, so it was still technically a clean win. The outcome I was hoping for still happens, in that Melo has the title and Bron is free to move on. Now, whether it’s RawDown or just a different title scene, who knows. Bron’s been ready for main roster for some time now, as far as having a complete look and the in-ring talent, and he’s spent plenty of time in NXT to where fans down there are mixed about seeing him. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see this Monday on Raw.
My Score: 9/10
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