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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Report! (6/25/18)

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Who leaves Raw THE Intercontinental Champion?

The Architect put out a challenge last week, and the Show-Off answered. Controversy aside, Dolph Ziggler became the NEW WWE Intercontinental Championship! But now Seth Rollins wants his rematch, and its happening tonight! Can #MondayNightRollins return? Or will Ziggler & McIntyre continue to take over Raw?

 

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bobby Lashley & Roman Reigns VS The Revival; The Revival wins.
  • WOKEN Hardy w/ Bray Wyatt VS Curt Axel w/ Bo Dallas; Axel wins.
  • The Authors of Pain VS The Gibson Brothers; AoP win.
  • Natalya w/ Nia Jax VS Alexa Bliss w/ Mickie James;  Natalya wins.
  • Six Woman Tag: The Riott Squad VS Ember Moon, Sasha Banks & Bayley; The Riott Squad wins.
  • No Way Jose VS Mojo Rawley; no contest.
  • Braun Strowman & Kevin Owens VS Finn Balor & Baron Corbin; Strowman & Kevin win.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: Dolph Ziggler w/ Drew McIntyre VS Seth Rollins; Rollins wins by disqualification, Ziggler retains the WWE Intercontinental Championship.

PLAY BY PLAY

WWE honors the memory of the late Leon White, aka Vader.

An innovative big man that no one could deny, he will be missed.

 

The Raw General Manager and the Lone Constable are already in the ring.

Kurt Angle and Baron Corbin stand by side. Corbin insists on getting his own introduction, and makes sure Jojo gets it right. Jojo corrects herself, Corbin is “Stephanie’s personally appointed” Constable of Raw. Can they begin now? Angle got a call from Stephanie last week, and he made an announcement about the Extreme Rules Universal Championship #1 Contender’s match. However, Paul Heyman started a social media rumor about Brock Lesnar’s status. Therefore, Angle sets the record straight. But then Roman Reigns appears!

The Big Dog, the uncrowned WWE Universal Champion, walks out in front of San Diego to a strongly mixed reaction. Paul Heyman’s post implied that The Beast no longer wants anything to do with Roman, despite having beaten Roman time and again. Roman joins Angle and Corbin in the ring while fans continue to either cheer or jeer. He doesn’t mean to interrupt, he just wants to hear this announcement in person. But then Bobby Lashley appears!

The Alpha Male is here, because he and Roman are both in the announced Extreme Rules #1 Contender’s match. Heyman called Lashley a “Lesnar wannabe”, which is why Lashley wants to hear this announcement firsthand, too. Plus, Roman’s had his chances, and for three years, the only thing Roman’s proven is that he can’t win. Roman needs to move on and let someone else have a turn. Fans agree with that.

Move on? Like Lashley did about 10 years ago? For those who forgot or didn’t know, Lashley was in a Wrestlemania main event, and then decided to move on. Why? To be a big MMA star, but how did that go? A real big impact huh? But tell us this: What has Lashley down lately? Nothing! But Roman was the one who main-evented ‘Mania four years in a row. Roman is going for five, so you better check the resume before stepping to him.

Don’t downplay Lashley’s background, Roman. Lashley is the only one with the legitimate tools to win. And Lashley will prove it against three, four or however many guys Angle puts against him, including Roman. Angle explains there will not be a multi-man match. Lesnar has pulled out of the deal, there is no contender’s match at Extreme Rules. What does he mean, off the table? Does Lashley need it spelled out? Lesnar does whatever he wants, and doesn’t care about anything but money. Lesnar doesn’t respect anyone here, there or at home, because Lesnar doesn’t give a sh– Angle calms Roman down.

Lashley wonders if Lesnar had someone legit, he’d show up, instead of always facing Roman! Maybe someone who was an actual challenge. Lesnar has grown tired of Roman, just like the fans! Maybe if it was someone like Lashley, Lesnar would come back. Roman figures that if no one has a match at Extreme Rules, they should just have a match here and now. The fans like the sound of that, but Angle says no. That match will be at Extreme Rules, because there are other stars to attend to tonight. Got that? #SayYeah! The Revival return!

Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder see it’s a new week but the same old story. Maybe these “top guys” get opportunities handed to them, but THE #TopGuys see an opportunity. Last week, they were surprised the two biggest egos won, but they won’t be surprised again. What does Angle say? Corbin says “Let’s get this party started.” Angle agrees, and we get a rematch from last week!

 

Bobby Lashley & Roman Reigns VS The Revival!

It’s tag team deja vu as two top guys take on the #TopGuys in a rematch from last week. Dash & Dawson swear to make up for the loss, will they have a better go at it with tensions running high?

The bell rings but The Revival go at both Lashley & Roman. Lashley & Roman right them off, whip them into back drops, then clothesline them out of the ring. They stare at each other, but Lashley lets Roman start. Roman fetches Dawson and headbutts him to the corner. Roman tags Lashley, and the two work together to whip Dawson. Dawson gets run over, but the double team is a bit sloppy. Dash takes advantage only to get knocked down, but Dawson hotshots Lashley on the rope. Dawson unloads chops on Lashley, then hands. He reels Lashley into a lariat, then tags to Dash for a human weapon leg drop! Cover, TWO, but Dash stays on Lashley with European Uppercuts.

Lashley hits back, then backs Dash down, only for Dash to back him down. Dawson tags in and The Revival mug Lashley. Dawson snapmares and puts Lashley into body scissors. Fans rally for Lashley as he endures the sleeper. Lashley powers up and out, but Dash still tags in. The Revival double suplex Lashley, then cover, TWO. Dash shoves but Lashley comes back with the complete shot. Tag to Dawson, but tag to Roman! Roman rallies with clotheslines. He whips but Dawson reverses, Roman hits the leaping lariat! Fans are a mix as Roman throws close range clotheslines. Roman then runs, and boots Dawson down! Roman uppercuts Dash before he can come in, then aims at Dawson. He locks and loads, but Dash saves Dawson. Roman goes around to Drive-By Dash down! He keeps on Dawson while we go to break.

Raw returns and Dash snapmares Roman into a chinlock. Dash puts his weight on Roman but fans rally. Roman reaches, stands, then arm-drags Dash off. Dawson tags in, blocks Roman from Lashley, then puts him on the apron for kicks and forearms between the ropes. He backs off, but Dash gets a cheap shot in! Dawson goes back to Roman, and stomps one of Roman’s hands. Dawson throws hands, but fans still rally. Roman gets to ropes but Dawson whips him to a corner. Dawson runs but into a boot, so he hurries to tag Dash. Dash runs in and stops Rmoan from reaching Lashley. Dash stomps away, but backs off at the ref’s count. He drags Roman out and up into a seated cobra clutch. Fans rally again while Roman endures.

Roman powers up but Dash yanks him down by his hair. Dash tags Dawson and Dawson drops knees on Roman. Dawson also stomps Roman, then taunts “The Big Dog” about his “Yard”. Dawson puts Roman in a corner but Roman headbutts out. A kick and a whip but Roman reverses and Dawson hits buckles hard! And stumbles into a Samoan Drop! Roman crawls for his corner, as does Dawson. Hot tags to Dash and Lashley! Lashley rallies on the Revival! Belly2belly overhead for Dash, then one for Dawson! Lashley clotheslines Dash in a corner, then the same for Dawson. He rams a shoulder into Dash, but has to SPINEBUSTER Dawson first. Then Lashley suplexes Dash up and down. Lashley takes aim from a corner for his spear, but Roman repeats last week. He tags in, SUPERMAN PUNCH!

Then, Roman fires up, but keeps his space from Lashley. Dawson runs in, but Roman sends him into Lashley! SPEAR to Dawson, but Dash rolls him up! The Revival win!!

Winners: The Revival, Dash pinning

The tag team Top Guys get one over on the singles top guys! Lashley and Roman are beside themselves, their competitive egos getting in the way. Lashley has even more of a reason not to see Roman as a worthy contender to the title. Will Lashley prove himself worthy in a match between these two powerhouses?

 

The Deleters of Worlds speak.

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, than The B Team’s parody was absolutely WONDERFUL~! The last time WOKEN Hardy saw such a performance, he was with one William Shakespeare. As for Bray Wyatt, he does not appreciate the facade. The B Team’s eyes tell a different story. Those two are so fixated on the prize, they don’t even realize they’re in the lion’s den. “B Team, you have no idea what you’ve gotten yourselves into.” San Diego, they’re here.

WOKEN Hardy w/ Bray Wyatt VS Curt Axel w/ Bo Dallas!

Before facing off for the Raw Tag Team Championships, these two teams will try to divide and conquer each other in a singles match. Will the Son of the Perfect One be DELETED in one-on-one competition?

Of course, the parody continues as WOKEN Axel laughs and tells that this is an “eternal corn-flict” not bound by time or space. And Bo Wyatt says “We may be entering the lion’s den, but you’re about to be entering a… B-Hive! Bzz~!” They will not rest until- *cough cough* Too much smoke. San Diego, The B Team is here. *cough cough*

The bell rings and Hardy gives Axel DELETE DELETE buckle bumps. Hardy throws elbows, then headbutts, then elbows again. Hardy kicks but Axel hits back. Axel whips but Hardy reverses. Axel boots from the corner but Hardy stops him on the top rope with heavy haymakers. Hardy positions Axel then climbs up, but Axel resists. Wait, did Hardy slip!? Either way, it’s a cover, and Axel wins!!

Winner: Curt Axel, by pinfall

The B Team is even “undefeated” in singles competition! But Hardy and Wyatt are not amused. They glare at Axel and Bo while fans chant “DELETE! DELETE!” But Hardy says that was WONDERFUL~! They applaud, and B Team celebrates. But who will be celebrating after Extreme Rules?

 

The Authors of Pain walk the halls.

And they bully some random staffer… Titus Worldwide comes by and let the new guys know not to mistreat the backstage crew. Thanks for the advice, but no thanks. Akam & Rezar storm off, ready to do the same to their opponents.

 

Kurt Angle and Bayley welcome Alicia Fox back to Raw.

They’re all glad to have the former Women’s Champion back, but Angle asks to speak to Bayley alone. Angle was speaking with Sasha Banks earlier, and they’re going to team up again. No! They can’t– They’re too valuable to Raw. They and Ember Moon will take on the entire Riott Squad, so get along. Bayley calms herself. Can she and Sasha make up, again?

 

The Authors of Pain VS The Gibson Brothers!

AoP returns to Raw, and both Rich & Rex regret signing up for this already. The bell rings and Rezar immediately boots Rex! Rezar brings Rex up and dumps him out of the ring! Then Rezar drags Rich in, and tags in Akam. Akam boots Rich out of the ring to join his brother. Akam puts Rex back in, then carries him for a Death Valley Driver into the corner! Tag to Rezar, Rex gets the LAST CHAPTER! Cover, AOP wins!

Winners: The Authors of Pain, Rezar pinning

They’re back again but the story remains the same. They even hammer away on each Gibson Brother! So Titus Worldwide comes to the rescue! Apollo & Titus run in but Akam & Rezar decide to head out. Will these ruthless upstarts regret being bullies? Or will Titus’ brand regret thinking AoP cares?

 

Angle and Corbin argue.

Corbin questions Angle’s judgment in making a tag team match involving the volatile “friendship”. Does he like seeing tag teams implode? Angle is just trying to make Raw as exciting as possible! But then in walks Finn Balor. Finn just wanted to ask why Lesnar had that contenders match tanked? Corbin thinks Finn should be grateful. Finn would just embarrass himself, like last week. That’s funny, coming from a guy with a TGIF manager uniform. And now, in comes Mr. Monster in the Bank, Braun Strowman. Strowman feels bad for being so rough on Kevin Owens, who just wanted to be a friend. So Strowman volunteers to be Kevin’s tag team partner. Angle is already dreading this runaway train. But who does Strowman want to face? These two. Corbin and Finn? Well, combustible tag teams are always more fun, so why not? #CheckPlease.

 

Alexa Bliss & Mickie James head to the ring.

The Goddess and three-time Raw Women’s Champion was literally slammed last week after she and Ronda Rousey had a confrontation in the ring. Alexa Bliss did rile Ronda up when she cashed in at Money in the Bank, but made it worse by calling Ronda an “over-hyped rookie.” For that, Ronda teed off her and then bombed her through the table. But because of all that, Ronda was suspended for 30 days, meaning Alexa won’t have to fear her at Extreme Rules.

So this week, Mickie James introduces the “one and only Goddess of WWE”, to a mixed reaction from San Diego. Alexa deserves it after what “that angry maniac” did to her. What’s her problem? Alexa is somehow still standing, because champions bounce back. The Baddest Woman on the Planet is just the Most Entitled Brat on the Planet. Even after what happened, Ronda doesn’t get the rules, because Alexa’s cash-in was 100% legal. Personally, Mickie sees that as one of the greatest cash-ins ever! Alexa saw the tweets, too, thank you all. But how is she reward? Facing “the bully” Nia Jax at Extreme Rules. Maybe, depends on her arm. Nia might still be reattaching it after MITB.

But the fact of the matter is: Alexa is champion while Nia is recovering and Ronda is suspended. And what’s funny is that as long as Alexa’s known Nia is that Nia can always paint herself as the victim. She walks around thinking she’s the hero of her story when she defeats “mean ol’ Alexa Bliss”. Nia thought she had her fairy tale ending and Backlash was the sequel. You know, the “different girl” beat the “mean girl”, but that’s just movies. In reality, Alexa’s the hero! Alexa has overcome every obstacle ever put in her way, like Elimination Chamber, MITB and Ronda Rousey! Boo all you want, Alexa’s still champ. Fans decide to say “You Suck!” instead. How rude. But here comes Natalya!

The Queen of Harts says the countdown is own. 23 days away from Natty’s friend, Ronda, comes back to deal with Alexa. Oooh~, so scary! So impressive that Natty can count backwards from 30. But what’s surprising is that Natty left that five star vacation with Total Divas to come back and tell Alexa all that. How does Alexa know that? Because Natty over-posts her entire life. So Natty, thanks for nothing, bye. No, she’s not. Natty talked with Angle, and he said they’re having a match, right here and now! Fans like the sound of that. And one more thing, Natty didn’t come alone. Nia Jax is here, too!

 

Natalya w/ Nia Jax VS Alexa Bliss w/ Mickie James!

The Queen of Harts is fighting for her friend that was suspended, with her other friend in her corner. Can she make the Goddess of Sass pay for all the trash talk she’s been throwing? Or will Alexa find a way to slip away with a win?

Raw returns and Alexa has Natty in a body scissors. Fans rally and Natty turns around to throw hands on Alexa. Alexa grabs Natty for a guillotine, but Natty powers up and out. Alexa sunset flips but Natty rolls through. Natty wants a sharpshooter, but Alexa scrambles to the ropes. She even grabs the apron skirt, but Natty drags her back in. The referee bothers with that, but he doesn’t see Alexa kick out Natty’s bad leg, then kick her in the head. Cover, TWO! Alexa glares as she puts Natty back in the body scissors. Natty endures but Alexa rolls her over, TWO. Alexa keeps squeezing, but Natty turns around again. Alexa grabs her in a guillotine again, but Natty powers out to a Michinoku driver!

Both women are down and a 10 count begins. Natty is up first, discus misses, and ALexa throws her down by her hair. Knee drops to back flip, Insult2Injury! Cover, TWO! Alexa complains about the count, but she still stomps Natty down. She skateboard stomps on Natty’s head, then covers, TWO! Again, TWO. Again, TWO. Alexa grows frustrated, and she drags Natty up to choke her. She wants Natty to just quit, but Natty grabs her back to return the favor! ALexa breaks free but Natty starts rallying with lariats. Natty snap suplexes! Then, Russian leg sweep. Natty runs over Alexa but Mickie swipse at her. Alexa rolls Natty, TWO, but that killer right! Natty gets to ropes, but now Nia gets to trip Alexa! Discus Lariat! And Sharpshooter! Alexa taps, Natty wins!

Winner: Natalya, by submission

Turnabout is fair play as Nia helps Natty sneak one on the sneaky Alexa and Mickie. With a win over the Goddess, does this make Natty a future contender? And with Nia up first, will Alexa’s reign at Extreme Rules?

 

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.

The former Intercontinental Champion has his rematch tonight, but he won’t make excuses. He made an open challenge and lost to Dolph Ziggler. But he’s had seven days to let that loss motivate him to getting better. This Rollins here tonight will be like nothing he’s ever seen. As for Drew McIntyre, he’ll have the best seat in the house when Rollins takes the title back.

 

Jinder Mahal poses for photos.

The Modern Day Maharaja and Man of Peace is interrupted by the Riott Squad. No, smile, Mahal, it’s fine. Until the camera gets busted, on purpose. Mahal keeps calm, which just weirds the Squad out. They leave, ready to make more trouble in the ring.

Six Woman Tag: The Riott Squad VS Ember Moon, Sasha Banks & Bayley!

This is the last chance for The Boss and the Huggable One to make up as friends, but neither one seems to want to. Can they put everything in the past behind them and win against the unified Ruby, Sarah & Liv?

The bell rings and Bayley starts against Sarah. Bayley clubs away, then tags to Ember. Ember tags Sasha, then double suplexes Sarah with Bayley, and then Sasha adds meteora knees! Cover, TWO, but Sasha keeps an eye on Liv & Ruby. Sasha brings Sarah over to tag in Ember, roll up, TWO. Ember is powered into the Squad’s corner and Liv tags in. Sarah throws hands, then Liv goes Matrix. Ember still hits a back elbow, then runs. Liv follows, but Ember sweeps the legs. Ember runs, slides in, complete shot! Liv rolls out, but the others come in, only for Sasha and Bayley to knock them down. The Squad regroups on the outside, and Ember builds speed, to DIVE! Ember bowls Ruby and Liv over! For now, Ember and the “friends” work together while we go to break.

Raw returns, and Ruby has Ember in a cravat. Ember hits back, but Ruby gets her with an STO! Cover, TWO! Ruby hits Bayley just because, then pie-faces Sasha. Sasha is held back by the ref but that allows Liv & Sarah to get in cheap shots all over Ember. Ruby drags Ember up, scoops, but Ember slips out to tag Sasha! Sasha rallies on Ruby, then hits Liv & Sarah. Sasha counters a kick with a knee, then hits double knees in the corner. She has to swipe at Sarah, and that allows Ruby to dodge the second pair of knees. Ruby brings Sasha down then covers, but Bayley breaks it. Sarah throws Bayley out, but Ember drags Sarah out. Ember rocks Sarah with the roaring elbow! Liv hits Ember with headscissors!

Ruby has Sasha, but Sasha jackknife covers, TWO. Sasha hits Liv, but Ruby small package, The Squad wins!

Winners: The Riott Squad, Ruby pinning

And then Bayley just jumps Sasha!! So much for getting along!

But fans are loving this, as Bayley just throws furious hands. Sasha is shocked, but Bayley is fuming. And she goes after Sasha more! All of her frustration just explodes with every hit on Sasha. Fans love it, they want her to do more. Bayley drags Sasha up by her hair, but Sasha hits back. Bayley still puts Sasha in a corner face first! Sasha is dazed, but fans want that “One More Time!” Bayley slowly exits the ring, and grabs Sasha again to dump her onto the ground!

Fans chant “We Want Tables!” but Bayley brings Sasha up and around first, to throw her into steel steps! And then again! Bayley kneels down to look Sasha, and says “That was for everything you’ve done to me!” “You think you’re better than me?!” Fans applaud Bayley standing up to Sasha, but will this cost her her spot on Raw?

 

Kurt Angle needs to do something about Bayley & Sasha.

But then Kevin Owens comes in, and he begs not to be teamed with Strowman. But you wanted to be his friend last week. There’s no chance Strowman wants to be friends now. He always runs Kevin over, and threw him off this massive ladder! And sometimes it’s more like he wants to EAT Kevin alive! Strowman was genuine, this could be the start of a beautiful friendship. Just think about it. Kevin refuses to say anything more, which is to Angle’s liking. Will Kevin survive being Strowman’s “friend?”

 

No Way Jose VS Mojo Rawley!

The Fighting Fiesta gets a rematch with the laser-focused #KillerInstinct. Will Jose tie things up between them? Or will Mojo rise to 2-0 and on to bigger and better?

On his way to the ring, Mojo asks Jose about him wanting a rematch. Mojo’s embarrassed to be out here in the first place. Who are those people in the conga line? Why are they here? You have to earn the right to be out at ringside. They haven’t earned that, and neither has Jose.

Mojo eyes the conga line “clowns” up and down. Who is this hamburger? Todd. Well, Todd, you aware you’re a burger on national television? Fans chant for Todd, but is he really making his family proud? Is this Todd’s plan to being part of the WWE? Mojo wants Todd to listen: this moment in time, this is the closest Todd will ever be to being a WWE superstar. This is the peak of his entire existence. Will Todd ever be a superstar? NO! Mojo tells Jose, he’s not getting a rematch. Jose comes out to ask why not. Mojo punches Jose out! Mojo then leaves, not wanting to entertain this scenario any longer.

 

Angle talks with Bayley.

Guess she doesn’t care about Raw. Next week, she’s going to counseling. What about Sasha? Sasha’s in a trainer’s room! Bayley doesn’t need counseling. She will do the counseling, or she’ll be fired. Is Bayley really going to anger management class next week?

 

Braun Strowman & Kevin Owens VS Finn Balor & Baron Corbin!

The Monster in the Bank claims to have reconsidered The Prizefighter’s offer to be friends. And at the same time, he faces The Extraordinary Man, who he once called his “little buddy”, and a guy that no one really likes in the Lone Wolf. Friend or foe, who is going to #GetTheseHands?!

Finn and Kevin start with the bell, but then Corbin tags in. Corbin circles with Kevin and ties up. Kevin gets a headlock but Corbin powers out. Kevin comes back with a shoulder, but Corbin doesn’t budge. Back to the headlock, but Corbin powers out again. Corbin runs Kevin over with his shoulder! Corbin runs in but into a boot. Kevin hits Corbin with right hands, then hops up, but Corbin rocks him with an uppercut! Kevin flops down, and Corbin tags in Finn. Finn hops up to ax handle the arm, then wrenches it. Corbin tags back in, but Kevin hits back. Kevin chops and chops, then whips, but Corbin reverses into the choke slam. Kevin slips out, and tags in Strowman! Finn grins at Corbin, this is what the Constable gets for having an ego.

Strowman and Corbin circle, tie up, and Strowman pushes Corbin back. Strowman flexes, but Corbin gets around him to shove him. Corbin trash talks, but Strowman just grins. Corbin kicks low, then runs, but Strowman swats him down. Strowman hits a straight right, and down goes Corbin! Strowman tags in Kevin, and shouts, “GET IN THERE!” Kevin goes, but Corbin tags out to Finn. Finn and Kevin circle, tie up, and Kevin kicks low. Kevin puts Finn in a corner to chop and stomp away. Kevin stomps and stomps, then drags Finn out for more stomps. He puts on the chinlock, but fans build to a rally. Finn gets up, but Kevin puts him in the corner again. Kevin hits low, then hits Corbin just because. Kevin backs up, but Corbin intercepts.

Strowman comes in, and with Kevin’s help, puts Corbin in a corner. Strowman throws hands on Corbin, then Kevin and Strowman coordinate, corner clothesline from Strowman to Finn while Kevin cannonballs on Corbin!

The Monster roars, he and his unlikely ally are in control while we go to break.

Raw returns, and Finn has Kevin in an armlock. Kevin endures while fans rally. Kevin stands, but Finn keeps on the arm. Strowman and Kevin reach but they’re too far away. Kevin hits Finn with forearms, but Finn turns him around for the elbow drop DDT. Cover, Strowman kicks Finn off it. Finn backs off and Corbin tags in. Corbin goes after Kevin now with a whip into a corner. Kevin elbows back out, then side steps. Corbin slides out then in, but Kevin tags Strowman! Strowman runs Corbin over, then clubs him down with one arm! Corbin gets to a corner, Strowman corner clothesline. Strowman runs again, but into a boot, hot tag to Finn! Finn doesn’t really want to get in, but Strowman makes him, to then club him down, too.

Strowman clotheslines Corbin back out, then sees he has his targets lined up. He goes out, and runs Finn over! Then he runs Corbin over! Kevin was smart to stay on the apron. Strowman tells Kevin to do it, too. Fans like that idea. Kevin doesn’t want to run around. But then he tags in, and gives it a shot! Kevin barrels Finn over, then runs into Corbin’s clothseline. So Strowman grabs Corbin, to put him into barriers. Strowman helps Kevin up, then runs at Corbin again, only to be sent into the post! Kevin returns to the ring, but Finn is back. Slingblade from Finn! Finn takes aim, but Corbin tags in a bit stiffly, so Finn kicks him down! Kevin goes after Finn, but Finn holds ropes to dump Kevin out. Finn then builds speed, but Corbin drags him out! These two fight, their team is imploding!

The ring count begins, climbs, but neither Corbin nor Finn care anymore. They just brawl to the stage, and are counted out!

Winners: Strowman & Kevin, by count-out

They did it! Their first time teaming together, and this unlikely duo succeeds! Or rather, Finn and Corbin fail. But either way, Kevin is super excited. “See what we can do together?” He offers Strowman a handshake, and fans want Strowman to #ShakeHisHand. Kevin fears the worst, and bails out, all the way to the stage. But Strowman picks up his briefcase and follows after. Kevin isn’t sure what Strowman’s up to, but he doesn’t want any part of it. Will they ever truly get along?

 

Kevin runs in fear of Strowman.

He hides in the locker room. Strowman comes looking for Kevin, and asks people where Kevin went. Who? This guy just works concessions. Strowman’s looking for the guy “who looks like he has a bowling ball under his shirt.” Sorry, haven’t seen him. Strowman storms off, and Kevin is safe for another day.

Kevin comes out of hiding after the break.

He has his luggage and has security keep him safe while he head for the parking lot. Kevin makes it out of the building, but the valet is a different story. The valet says he no longer has Kevin’s keys. Because Strowman already got them for him! Strowman lets Kevin has his keys, but hopefully he has insurance, because look what he did to Kevin’s car: it’s upside-down! And maybe on fire… Strowman laughs as he walks back inside. Will Kevin ever be safe with the Monster around?

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Dolph Ziggler w/ Drew McIntyre VS Seth Rollins!

The Architect put out the challenge and the Show-Off accepted. The Scottish Stud may have had a part to play, but in the end, Rollins still lost and now Ziggler is a six-time IC Champion. Can Rollins make Ziggler’s reign short and revive #MondayNightRollins? Or will Ziggler find a way to retain and cancel it for good?

Raw returns and the introductions are made, the belt is raised and we begin. Rollins dropkicks Ziggler right away, then stomps him out of the ring. Ziggler regroups with McIntyre, then comes back in. He and Rollins circle, and Rollins corners Ziggler in a corner. The ref calls for the ropebreak, and Rollins backs off at 4. Rollins and Ziggler circle again, tie up, and Ziggler kicks low. Ziggler throws hands, but Rollins counters and chops. Rollins snapmares and rolls Ziggler with a crucifix, TWO. Rollins arm-drags Ziggler to an armlock.  Ziggler gets up and backs Rollins up. They end up in the ropes, and Ziggler lets go at 4, to then get Rollins with a sucker punch. McIntyre smirks as the ref tells him to back off.

Ziggler brings Rollins up to bump him off buckles. He then throws body shots, and snapmares Rollins for the elbow drop. Cover, ONE, but Ziggler stays on Rollins. Ziggler wrenches the arm, puts on a headlock, but Rollins reaches. Ziggler gets the headlock takedown, but Rollins works against it. Fans rally while they stand up, but Ziggler won’t let Rollins out of the hold. Ziggler throws Rollins with another takedown, but fans rally more for Rollins. They stand up again, and Rollins fights his way out. Ziggler throws Rollins down, then gets another headlock takedown. It’s a cover, ONE. Ziggler keeps on Rollins, but Rollins endures. Rollins sits up, stands up again, then powers out. Things speed up, and Rollins hip tosses and dropkicks Ziggler down! Ziggler bails out of the ring, and regroup with McIntyre, but Rollins comes over.

McIntyre stands in Rollins Way, but Rollins still gets Ziggler. Rollins bounces Ziggler off apron and barriers, then stares down with McIntyre again. This match continues but we go to break.

Raw returns, and Ziggler kicks out Rollins’ leg. Rollins clutches his knee while McIntyre tells Ziggler to keep on him. Ziggler kicks the leg again, and Rollins gets to a corner. Ziggler grinds Rollins’ face into ropes, then throws elbows. He backs off at the referee’s count, but then snapmares Rollins for another elbow drop. Cover, TWO, but Ziggler wraps Rollins up in a chinlock and body scissors. Fans rally for Rollins while he endures the squeeze. Rollins fires up and gets up, to then fight out of the hold. Ziggler hits back, then whips corner to corner, but Rollins reverses hard! Both men are down, but Rollins sits up first. Ziggler drags himself up, but Rollins runs in. Ziggler puts Rollins out of the ring and down to the ground! A 10 count begins but Rollins beats it at 5. Ziggler covers, TWO.

McIntyre paces while Ziggler stands back up. Ziggler brings Rollins back up, then throws hands. Ziggler claims he’s the best, not Rollins. He throws more hands on Rollins, and starts to feel his own ego. He stands Rollins up, whips him, but Rollins kicks back. Rollins suplexes but Ziggler slips out to put on the sleeper! Rollins powers out, but Ziggler again gets the sleeper. They go backwards into buckles, but Ziggler holds on. Rollins throws Ziggler off and the two run, and collide with double crossbodies! Both men hit the mat, and fans build to a rally. Rollins sits up first, but Ziggler follows. Rollins chops, then chops, then whips. Ziggler reverses but Rollins boots back. Rollins hops up, but has to jump over, and then runs to Slingblade!

Ziggler staggers and Rollins clotheslines him out. Rollins takes aim, builds speed, but McIntyre clubs him from behind! The referee didn’t see a thing as he was watching Ziggler. Ziggler returns, and clobbers Rollins for himself. The referee suspects foul play, and EJECTS McIntyre! Ziggler and McIntyre both protest, but Rollins rolls Ziggler! McIntyre distracts the referee, Rollins doesn’t get counted even though he holds it for way longer than three! Rollins lets Ziggler go to hit McIntyre. Then he hits Ziggler! Ziggler rolls out, Rollins runs, and DIVES on them both!!

Rollins drags Ziggler up and into the ring, then climbs up to the top rope. Ziggler trips him up! Cover, TWO! That was so close, but still so far from the end, and we go to one last break.

Raw returns once more, and Rollins fights his way out of another sleeper. He swings Ziggler, Revolution Knee! But both men are down. Rollins crawls to a cover, ROPEBREAK. McIntyre has truly been ejected, so he won’t be a factor now. Rollins sits up while fans fire up. Ziggler gets to the apron, but Rollins stands first. Rollins joins Ziggler out there, brings him over, and prepares a powerbomb! Ziggler fights out, gets down, then tosses Rollins off. But Rollins is back, only for Ziggler to satellite DDT Rollins on the apron!

The ref counts, but Rollins doesn’t stir until 6. Rollins stands up at 9 and beats the count! Rollins still clutches his head and neck, but he’s still in this match.

San Diego loves what’s going on as they declare “This is Awesome!” Ziggler takes aim and stomps to tune himself up. He shouts this is his time, and he takes aim at Rollins. Rollins turns around, but stops the kick to counter with a Buckle Bomb! SUPERKICK from Rollins, cover, TWO! No one can believe it, but that was just a two. Rollins gets back up again, and fans fire up as he climbs to the top rope. He aims, but Ziggler intercepts him! Rollins headbutts Ziggler but Ziggler punches Rollins. Ziggler climbs up again, but Rollins resists. Rollins gives another headbutt, then adjusts on the top rope. FROG SPLASH HITS! TWO!! Fans still chant “This is Awesome!” as Rollins stomps “Burn It Down!”

Rollins SUPERKICKS, but Ziggler dodges the stomp. Ziggler tries but can’t get the ZigZag. Rollins rolls Ziggler, TWO, Ziggler rolls, TWO and Rollins tries again, TWO! Rollins runs in at Ziggler, but Ziggler side steps him and he goes into the post. ZIG-ZAG!! Cover, TWO!? HOW?! Fans are thunderous for this match even as both men are down. Rollins crawls over to Ziggler while Ziggler crawls over to him. They both get up, and Ziggler puts Rollins in a corner. Ziggler hoists Rollins up, then climbs up to join him. Ziggler prepares but Rollins resists. Rollins shifts, and they change positions. Rollins takes aim, but not at the floor! Ziggler resists just to save himself, but now they’ve completely changed positions, and Rollins SUPERPLEX! Roll through, FALCON ARROW! Cover, but McIntyre returns to drag the ref out!?

McIntyre not only violates the rules of ejection, but he attacks Rollins!

Winner: Rollins, by disqualification; Ziggler retains the WWE Intercontinental Championship

McIntyre keeps beating down Rollins, having succeeded in helping Ziggler hold onto the title. He then drags Rollins up and Ziggler joins in, but here comes Roman! The Big Dog isn’t going to let his Shield Brother be beaten down on top of being robbed. Ziggler heads out but into a SPEAR! McIntyre glares and these two throw hands! McIntyre headbutts Roman, but Roman comes back with a SUPERMAN Punch! Roman holds the ring while McIntyre and Ziggler regroup. But in the end, Rollins only wins the match, not the championship. Will Rollins be given another shot? And will Roman be there to keep an eye on McIntyre next time?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A really good night for Raw, after quite some time of being mediocre again. While we did get another Lashley-Roman segment that leads to a Lashely-Roman VS Revival match, that was the point Dash & Dawson were making. And this time, they win because Lashley and Roman are progressing in their story to be more and more against each other. Plus, the Revival being back, they need wins to stay afloat. Same goes for the AoP when they showed up later. Those guys deserve some wins, and I’m sure that’s what will happen in their feud with Titus Worldwide. I was surprised Axel won the way he did, that looked like a botch went right. Either way, this keeps B Team looking halfway believable against Deleters of World, but I still don’t see them winning.

Alexa and Mickie up the Heel points, but great for Natty to get the win with Nia by her side. This really stacks the contenders up for Alexa, but with Ronda back in time for Summerslam, bet on that being the time and place for Ronda taking the belt off whoever has it, even if it’s her friend Natty. The Six Woman tag was actually set up just the right way, where it seemed unnecessary, became entertaining, then really took off when Bayley finally let loose. I don’t think Bayley is Heel, she’s just a tougher Face. The anger management she’s forced to go to better have Dr. Shelby, and references to Team Hell No. Mojo being no nonsense is just as eerie as it should be. Poor “Todd” got roasted, too. That feud only goes forward if Angle forces Mojo to have that rematch.

The tag team match of two dysfunctional teams was actually really great. I was wondering if Strowman was gonna run Kevin over during that spot just out of habit, but him turning a car over off-camera is still good enough. Strowman obviously has to bide his time with Lesnar not showing up. The work-shoot of Lesnar not participating until Summerslam won’t matter to Strowman, and I personally hope Strowman cashes in on Lesnar the minute Lesnar is on camera. In the meantime, he can just keep messing with Kevin and everyone else. That was a killer main event, and that’s even after seeing today’s WWE UK Championship Tournament. The only downside is the screwy finish of McIntyre still interfering, to then prompt Roman to come out. If only Ambrose was healthy. But maybe Lashley can use this against Roman, too, talking about Roman “saving face” for the loss.

My Score: 8.8/10


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

NXTag Team Tuesday!

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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Will tonight be a TEACHABLE MOMENT?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

The Creed Brothers VS Indus Sher w/ Jinder Mahal!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Indus Sher, by pinfall

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

 

Axiom watches NXT UK episodes on Peacock.

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

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

 

Zoey Stark VS Indi Hartwell!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Zoey Stark, by pinfall

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

 

The Schism speaks.

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

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

 

Apollo Crews speaks.

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

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

 

Wes Lee heads to the ring.

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

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

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

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

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

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

DIJAK VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: DIJAK, by pinfall

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

 

Tony D’Angelo and Channing Lorenzo are watching backstage.

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

 

Nikkita Lyons tweets out her status.

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

 

McKenzie Mitchell is backstage with more.

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

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

 

NXT looks closer at Bron Breakker VS Grayson Waller.

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

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

 

Tyler Bate VS Axiom!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Tyler Bate, by pinfall

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

 

Isla Dawn speaks.

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams.

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

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

 

Roxanne Perez and Toxic Attraction sit down for video interviews.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Stevie Turner VS Dani Palmer!

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

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

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

Winner: Stevie Turner, by pinfall

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

 

Kiana James is on the phone.

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

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

 

Charlie Dempsey VS Drew Gulak w/ Hank Walker!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Drew Gulak, by pinfall

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

 

Von is fuming backstage.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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

Orlando stays Dark!

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Universal Studios is still the AEW Dark Arena!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

QUICK NOTES

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

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


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