SmackDown heats things up towards Summerslam! Will Becky Lynch defeat Carmella in a non-title match to then earn a title match? And who will face AJ Styles?
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- Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega VS Rusev w/ Lana; Almas wins.
- R-Truth VS Samoa Joe; Joe wins.
- Asuka VS Billie Kay w/ Peyton Royce; Asuka wins.
- Carmella VS Becky Lynch; Becky wins and will challenge Carmella for the SmackDown Women’s Championship at Summerslam.
- SmackDown Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Tournament: The New Day VS SAnitY; The New Day win and advance to the finals.
PLAY BY PLAY
A limousine arrives. Who is in it?
It’s The Miz! And Mrs! Yes, the It Couple is back on SmackDown, but that’s not all. Here comes Monroe Sky! The It Family walks into SmackDown as part of their celebration for the Miz And Mrs premiere, complete with a premiere party!
Randy Orton heads to the ring!
The Viper returned at Extreme Rules after Shinsuke Nakamura “defeated” Jeff Hardy, only to add on to the damage. Orton would then attack Hardy during the United States Championship rematch to give the Charismatic Enigma an even worse beating! He promised to explain why, and he’s heard all the theories of the WWE Universe. It’s not unfinished business from the past, it’s not the SmackDown Top Ten. Do we want to know why? “Because of you.” Orton blames the WWE Universe for not appreciating him busting his ass for 16 years. When Orton began his career, who is around now that was then? No one! Orton is WWE’s one constant! He set the table for this generation, yet he gets no respect. Orton doesn’t get the respect he deserves, and why is that?
Is it because he doesn’t flail his arms like some idiot? Is it because he doesn’t change the color of his merch just to rob the fans of their money? Maybe it’s because he competes all year long and not just for Wrestlemania. Or maybe because he doesn’t risk his life doing high spots! Orton isn’t an indie darling, and he isn’t someone who stole a “sweet” hand gesture. He didn’t pay his dues, he learned at the foot of the legends while paying his dues in front of millions! Orton has done everything, from Legend Killer to Viper, but he’s learned how the real legend killer is: “Each and every one of you.”
But Orton won’t let us beat him, he is THE Legend. He will destroy those fans put on a pedestal, starting with Jeff Hardy. Hardy isn’t here tonight, and after Orton is done with him, he’ll never return. Orton vows to end Hardy’s career. Hardy’s career has its twist and turns, but Orton only cares about this final chapter. Call him what you want, but from Apex Predator to Viper to Legend Killer, the only real name he’s ever needed are the three most devastating letters in wrestling: R K O. He drops the mic and takes his leave, but will he fulfill his mission of eliminating Hardy?
SmackDown recaps the historic announcement.
Nights like last night on Monday Night Raw happen thanks to everyone, from the male superstars to female superstars to the WWE Universe. In another first-time-ever, WWE announced the first-ever All Women’s PPV event, WWE Evolution! This moment is built on the passion and work of the Women’s Division and the WWE Universe that supports it. Mark your calendars for October 28th to see the fruition of this Women’s (R)Evolution.
Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega VS Rusev w/ Lana!
An argument between the strong women standing beside El Idolo and the Bulgarian Brute has stemmed into a match. Which man will prove themselves the better man in this first ever encounter?
The fans are strongly behind Rusev Day while the bell rings. Rusev corners Almas, then backs off. They circle but Almas kicks low. Almas puts on a headlock, but Rusev suplexes. Almas lands on his feet and speeds things up, but Rusev runs him over. Rusev runs and things speed up again, and Rusev anticipates Almas’ backdrop. Rusev throws him at the ropes, but Almas goes tranquilo, with Vega joining in underneath!
Almas has to bail out when Rusev rushes him. Rusev slips out the side and chases Almas into the ring. Almas kicks but Rusev blocks to clobber him down! Rusev keeps on Almas as fans chant “Rusev Day!” He suplexes, covers, ONE. Rusev brings Lana up to join him in a Rusev Day chant. Almas meanwhile slips out to rest his back while Vega barks orders, and we go picture in picture.
Vega tells Almas to get back in the ring while Lana gives Rusev a high-five. Almas returns but Rusev is on him with stomps. Rusev drags Almas around for an elbow drop, then another elbow on the run. Almas crwals to a corner but Rusev stalks him. Rusev whips him corner to corner, but misses and runs into a post! Almas capitalizes with the hanging armbar! Almas lets go at 4, then stomps Rusev to a corner. He stomps a mudhole, then walks it off at 4. Almas comes back for more stomps, but teh ref backs him off. Almas doesn’t stay back for long, as he pulls on Rusev’s arm through ropes. He then dropkicks Rusev out of the ring, and Vega says to keep on him. Almas obeys but walks into Rusev’s kick! They brawl on the outside and end up back inside to keep brawling.
Almas stomps Rusev down, then goes after the arm. Rusev endures, which frustrates Vega. Rusev hits back, to Lana’s liking, but Almas brings Rusev back down in the armlock. Almas wrenches on that arm, but Rusev powers his way back up. He pushes Almas down and gets a ropebreak. Almas lets go and Rusev backs off to a corner. Almas is on him with chops! El Idolo whips but Rusev reverses, only to run into a back elbow and inverted tornado DDT! Cover, TWO, but Almas goes back after the arm. Almas sits on the armlock whiel we return to single picture. Rusev hits back again with sharp chops and clubbing forearms. He arm-drags out and throws more hands. Rusev blocks to counter punch, then punches more. Almas knees low, then runs, but into a roundhouse! And another!
Rusev runs in corner to corner for a big shoulder tackle. He keeps going for the spin kick! Fans fire up for Rusev while Vega panics. But Rusev runs into Almas’ boot! Almas runs, but into a pop-up knee and another roundhouse! Cover, TWO! Rusev isn’t frustrated yet, because he can tell Vega is afraid for Almas. Fans rally up and Rusev stomps his feet. Rusev takes aim, but ALmas dodges the kick to chop! That only angers Rusev! Almas slaps him, which only makes it worse. Rusev fires off elbows! Rusev shoves Amlas but gets a boot. Almas goes for the DT but Rusev denies it. Almas runs for the feint to elbow! Rusev is down, Vega is shouting “KNEES!” but it’s a MACHKA KICK instead! Rusev can’t cover, he’s too tired. A 10 count begins while fans rally up.
Lana and Vega shout at their men, but then shout at each other. The ladies get into it, Vega SLAPS Lana! LANA CRUSH with that tackle! Aiden English appears to stop this cat fight! But he only ends up sandwiched in the middle, knocking Lana down! Rusev questions what’s going on, and English does his best to explain. Almas takes advantage, HAMMERLOCK DDT! Cover, Almas wins!
Winner: Andrade “Cien” Almas, by pinfall
El Idolo benefits from The Drama King’s mistakes! If there wasn’t reason for Rusev to be upset with English before, there is now. Can English ever make it up to Mr. & Mrs. Machka? Or can he consider his friendship with them a thing of the past?
R-Truth gets a pep talk.
His first match since Wrestlemania, and it’s against Samoa Joe. Tye Dillinger saw what happened to himself last week, right? Oh, no, he passed out first. But The Perfect Ten says Truth doesn’t need a bed or a pillow, because he ain’t going to sleep. He’ll give Joe the Truth, the whole Truth, and nothing but the Truth in their match! But will that be enough to stay free of the Destroyer’s clutches?
Lana and Aiden English argue.
English did what he did for their sake, but they aren’t taking his calls! Enough! Maybe neither English nor Lana is good for Team Rusev Day. Rusev has put his foot down, but what’s going to happen to his holiday?
R-Truth VS Samoa Joe!
You could get with this, or you could get with that, but do you really want a match with the Samoan Submission Machine? Truth has no choice but to take one. Does he have a chance of surviving Joe’s wrath?
The bell rings and Joe goes right at Truth! He gives knees and elbows, but Truth ducks the clothesline to calf kick! Truth runs in for a BIG splash! Truth keeps going, and hits the spinning elbow! Joe is rocked while Truth is fired up, but he misses the scissor kick. Joe headbutts, but then misses in a corner. Truth runs in, to Joe’s yurinagi! Joe grabs Truth, Coquina Clutch! Truth taps, Joe wins!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by submission
Joe holds on until he says Truth has had enough. The Destroyer destroys another opponent in another quick match. With the WWE Championship #1 Contender not yet named, is Joe on GM Paige’s short list to face AJ Styles?
Backstage interview with Asuka.
The Empress of Tomorrow is just one of many excited for WWE Evolution in October. She’s so ready for this! But tonight, Billie Kay learns she’s NOT ready for Asuka. Will one half of the IIconics find themselves kneeling before the Empress once again?
Asuka VS Billie Kay w/ Peyton Royce!
This isn’t the first time the Empress and the IIconics have met, given their time in NXT together. But given Asuka is no longer undefeated, will this latest encounter still go the way as all the others have?
The bell rings, and Billie is just as confident as Carmella that she’s better than Asuka. But that only angers Asuka, as she grabs Billie’s arm. Billie knees low then arm-drags Asuka. Cover, ONE, but Billie rakes and claws Asuka’s face! Billie pushes Asuka around, but Asuka only gets mad again. Billie gets scared, and runs, but only for Asuka to dropkick her! Asuka whips for the opp-up knee, then runs for the Shining Wizard! Cover, TWO! Peyton calls Billie over, but she can only hold on while Asuka gets an ankle lock! Asuka reels Billie in for a waistlock but Billie bucks her off. Billie’s boot misses, but Asuka’s kicks down! Buzzsaw! Cover, Asuka wins!
Winner: Asuka, by pinfall
The Empress is back up with that win. With Carmella still champion, and Becky poised to be the #1 contender, when and where will Asuka get her chance to reign once again?
Shinsuke Nakamura speaks.
Jeff Hardy was so close, but the King of Strong Style is still United States Champion. “Jeff, do you hear me?” Poor guy, he’s been bitten by a Viper. But Nakamura warns Orton, too, that Nakamura bites back.
SmackDown General Manager, Paige, is in the ring!
She starts by saying she has so much fun being the GM for the blue brand. She’s also very excited for the chance her women have at stealing the show at WWE Evolution. And she’s also excited because she’ll get to see Hall of Famers, Trish Stratus and Lita, return alongside the other superstars of past, present and future! Plus, we’re riding into the biggest show of the summer: Summerslam. So it’s time for her to announce the newest challenger for THE WWE Championship, and its owner, AJ Styles! The Phenomenal One makes his entrance and joins Paige in the ring.
Fans cheer for Styles, and Paige encourages her champion to soak it in. Styles lets the fans know they’re awesome, and wants to tell them that as a husband and father, when he heard about WWE Evolution, the first person he thought of was his daughter. “Baby, you want it bad enough, go out and get it” because there’s nothing she can’t do. Styles is proud to work for this company.
And speaking of being proud, Styles is proud to defend the most prestigious title in both the WWE and the entire world of wrestling, at the event of the summer, Summerslam. Summerslam was the event that built the foundation of the House that AJ Styles Built, when he and John Cena burned the house down and where he and Kevin Owens had an amazing match of their own. With that said, Styles signs the contract. So who is his opponent? Drum roll please. Styles will face… James Ellsworth!?
The Chinless Wonder reintroduces himself: J to the Izames, E to the Izworth, #EllsworthIsExcellence. And he’s gonna tell the Phenomenal One and the WWE Universe that the real reason he’s back is that title. After all, Ellsworth has beaten Styles three times! And like they say, the fourth time’s the charm. No, no one says that. Well they will after Ellsworth wins again. Styles is shocked and scared, Ellsworth can tell. Ellsworth will make it quick with a wham bam, hot damn, new champ at Summerslam! Paige corrects Ellsworth. “Just stop it.” What’s he even doing out here? He’s a joke. A joke? No, Paige, you’re the joke! What is she even saying with that accent? And her wardrobe.
Now now, we don’t make fun of people around here. Well he does. Just look at her, she’s pale as a ghost! Paige gets serious now as she walks up to him. She’s got two words for him. No, not “Suck it”. “YOU’RE FIRED!” Ellsworth just got McMahon’d by Paige! Security, take him away! Fans chant “Yes! Yes!” as Ellsworth is hauled away, kicking and screaming. Paige walks with security all the way to the exit as they carry the cranky Ellsworth. They set him down in front of the door, and Paige kicks him through it!
But wait, Samoa Joe attacks in the ring! He puts Styles in a Coquina Clutch!! Styles is out cold, and Joe signs his name! Was he who Paige was going to name? Or has he just made himself the #1 contender on his own? He throws the table down on Styles, but will this declaration stand?
Samoa Joe encounters Paige backstage.
Paige wanted Joe to be Styles’ opponent because he’s unpredictable, but not like this! Well too bad, that is Joe being unpredictable. Paige’s plan was pedestrian, but Joe plans to be Phenomenal. Paige is beside herself as JOe storms off. But Carmella comes in and protests Ellsworth being fired. If Mella is Money, buy a new boyfriend. Hate on Carmella all you want, but she’s still SmackDown’s Women’s Champion. And it’ll stay that way all the way to Evolution. This marquee match with Becky Lynch? Not gonna happen. Carmella’s beaten Charlotte twice and Asuka twice, so Becky’s next.
Carmella VS Becky Lynch!
The FABULOUS Princess is fired up after losing her lap dog, but will she get burned up by the Lass Kicker’s straight fire? And if so, will Becky take this momentum all the way to a Summerslam championship rematch?
The bell rings, and the two circle. Becky lunges in and gets a waistlock, to then arm-drag Carmella. She wants her submission but Carmella freaks out. Carmella gets the ropebreak, and Becky lets go. They circle again, and Becky wants another try. Carmella rolls her up. TWO, so she throws a strong right hand and then throws Becky down. Cover, but Becky slips out. Things speed up and Becky hits Carmella with a flying forearm. Carmella bails out but Becky pursues, with an apron forearm! Down goes Carmella, but Becky brings her back up. Carmella crawls away and back out the ring, then dodges the dropkick to throw Becky into barriers! The Princess is in control while we go picture in picture.
Carmella trash talks the fans while going back into the ring. She waits on the 10 count while Becky stirs. Becky slowly stands, but staggers over. She beats the count at 9 but Carmella is on her with hammering fists! Cover, TWO, and Carmella is frustrated. She wraps Becky in a thrashing chinlock, then slows down to grind Becky into the mat. Becky gets up but Carmella wrangles her back down! Carmella squeezes and wrenches Becky’s neck, but Becky fights back again. Becky shoves Carmella but Carmella comes back with a tilt-o-whirl headscissor! Carmella runs at Becky in the corner but misses, and gets Becky’s jump kick instead. Becky then picks up Carmella, but Carmella slips out to bring Becky down by her hair. Cover, TWO, but Carmella slaps Becky around while we return to single picture.
Carmella grinds Becky’s face into the mat while she screams “I’m the champion! Not you!” She kicks Becky, but Becky hits back! Both women are down, but fans rally up. They both stand, and they brawl with big forearms. Carmella fires off a few, but Becky fires off even more! Becky headbutts and lariats Carmella. Becky rallies, mule kicks and European Uppercuts! She grabs Carmella, but Carmella counters to a complete shot! Cover, TWO! Carmella drags Becky up by her hair, and brings her over to a corner. She climbs up, but Becky counters the tornado DDT with a Becksploder! Becky runs in but is put on the apron. She knocks Carmella away, then climbs up, but Carmella trips her up. Carmella comes back, SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO!
Carmella can’t believe Becky’s still in this, but she keeps her eyes on the inaugural SmackDown Women’s Champion. She throws in her kick but Becky deflects it, to then go after the arm. Carmella sends Becky into buckles, then rolls up, with ropes! TWO!! Becky manages to deny the cheat! And Carmella is furious, to say the least. Carmella stalks Becky more, but that kick is denied again. Becky hits the enziguri! Both women are down again, but Becky is getting up. Becky climbs up top, but misses the leg drop! FABULOUS Kick! Cover, TWO!! Now Carmella is really shocked. She drags Becky over, but ends up in the Disarm-Her!! Carmella taps, Becky wins!!
Winner: Becky Lynch, by submission; will challenge Carmella for the SmackDown Women’s Championship at Summerslam
“Becky Balboa” has done it! She’s beaten the champ here tonight, and now she has a chance to do it all again, for the title. Will Brooklyn bring the Blue Brand’s belt back to Becky?
The Bludgeon Brothers speak.
Harper & Rowan know four team will fight, but there will be no winner. Only punishment. These four teams can destroy each other, but they will all face the same fate: “A bludgeoning!”
SmackDown Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Tournament: The New Day VS SAnitY!
Awwwww~ Indiana! Don’t you dare be sour, clap for world famous four time champs, and feel~ the power~! This rematch of positivity and chaos will send one team into this mini-tournament’s finals, but which team will it be?
The Usos are on commentary now, as they will be in this tournament. Their opponents, The Bar, return next week for their match, but Jimmy & Jey look to scout future opponents already.
Xavier Woods & Big E represent New Day while Alexander Wolfe & Killian Dain represent SAnitY. Woods and Wolfe start and tie up. Wolfe gets a headlock, but Woods powers out. Wolfe runs Woods over, then runs again. Woods speeds things up and slides under to hit a roaring elbow! Cover, ONE, but Woods keeps on Wolfe. He wrenches the arm, then whips Wolfe, but Wolfe reverses. Wolfe runs into a boot, but Eric Young distracts. Woods Honor Rolls, but into a German Suplex! Wolfe tags in Big Damo, and sets Woods up for a big boot. The Beast of Belfast drags Woods up but Woods fires off haymakers. Damo shoves him to SAnitY’s corner but get a mule kick. He still picks Woods up for the Wasteland slam to big back senton! SAnitY has control while we go to break.
SmackDown returns and Damo has Woods on the top rope. He climbs up to join Woods, but Woods resists. Woods fights back, clubbing away on Damo’s big back! Damo staggers away, and Woods hits a big missile dropkick! Fans rally up while both men crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Wolfe & Big E! Big E throws Wolfe with an overhead suplex, then another, then a side belly2belly! Big E swivels those hips, then runs, but Eric Young disrupts the splash. Kofi flies in, but gets caught by Damo! Woods suddenly barrels in with a cannonball off the steps! Down goes Damo, but Big E runs into a boot from Wolfe. Wolfe and Young coordinate, but Young isn’t part of this match! Kofi pushes Young down, then Woods tags Big E! Big E scoops Wolfe, Woods up top, MIDNIGHT HOUR! Cover, The New Day wins!
Winners: The New Day, Woods pinning; advance to the tournament finals
Positivity wins over chaos this time, but now things get serious. The Usos approach the ring, but Sheamus & Cesaro make their return now! The Celtic Gladiator & Swiss Cyborg speak. Did you miss them? Because they didn’t miss anyone here. But they did miss being champions. The Bar vows to beat the Usos, then The New Day, then Harper & Rowan at Summerslam. Because they don’t just set the bar, they ARE the Bar! Will the in-ring return of the former Raw Tag Team Champions turn into the first step to becoming SmackDown Tag Team Champions?
Paige meets with The It Family backstage.
Miz wants to know about the babysitter Paige promised. She presents Sin Cara! He wears a mask. Well, yeah, he’s a luchador. In that case, Miz is going to introduce the “cutest baby ever” to the WWE Universe. Yes, Monroe Sky will join her parents in the premiere party! Guess Sin Cara got those diapers for nothing now…
The Miz & Mrs Premiere Party begins!
The It Family heads to the ring to celebrate their new reality show, which debuts on the USA Network after SmackDown tonight. The bouncers let them through the velvet rope, and the It Parents carefully bring Monroe Sky through the ring ropes. Miz calmly welcomes the WWE Universe to the most must-see moment in history. Last week, we mourned the passing of Team Hell No, but this week, we celebrate Miz & Maryse! Miz has been so lucky to share the spotlight with his beautiful wife and mother of the century, Maryse herself. Maryse thanks Miz, and with WWE Evolution on the horizon, “let’s face it,” it all started with her. This evolution continues because of the premiere episode of Miz & Mrs. If you think you know comedy, drama and entertainment, you haven’t seen anything yet.
The WWE Universe should be honored to be in the presence of the stars, especially the “little scene stealer”, the infant who has already accomplished more than Daniel Bryan, THE Monroe Sky! The fans chant for baby Monroe, but she’s fallen asleep, hearing the name Daniel Bryan. Please be quiet. They don’t stay quiet, and that upsets Miz. But that’s fine, let’s skip to a special sneak-peek of the series! The trailer plays, and it also recaps Miz’s early WWE career. The time he came off very awkward and obnoxious, especially while trying to court Maryse. And let’s not forget all the times he’s lost…
Daniel Bryan appears on the titantron! Wow, that show looks great! But that footage, sorry, Bryan didn’t mean for that to happen. Bryan says he’s sorry. No wait, why is he saying it back here? He should say it in the ring! So here comes Bryan! Security stops him at the velvet rope, but Bryan fights his way through! He knocks one guy down, then throws the other into barriers. Bryan throws the other guard into barriers, then gently unhooks the velvet rope. He heads into the ring, but Miz & Maryse beg he not do this with Monroe in the ring. But then surprise! It was a doll the entire time! Miz boots Bryan then drops him with a Skull Crushing Finale!
Miz knew Bryan was going to try to steal his spotlight! It always has to be about Bryan! But yes, this was the greatest ruse ever. That baby wasn’t Monroe, but an actor! Miz would never bring his real daughter to a city like Indiana. If you want to see the real Monroe Sky, watch Miz & Mrs, because it will be… AWWWWESOOOME~! The reality show premiers in mere seconds, but will Miz’s real reality be ruined when Bryan comes back for more revenge?
SmackDown not only did better than Raw (again) but it went by so fast! Part of that is the picture-in-picture commercial coverage, which is something Raw could try to use for at least their main events. There was also just a lot done better here. Their relating of the All-Women’s PPV news was done better, as it was integrated into Asuka’s promo, the IIconic’s selfie video, and even that argument Paige and Carmella had after Paige fired Ellsworth. Raw’s flaw was overdoing the use of a recap package without really bringing any of the women in to react to it, so SmackDown learned from that. Asuka wins to get back on track while she heads for WWE Evolution like most of the women. Billie & Peyton still do great in their role, too, but obviously they’ll come into play more with the coming Women’s Tag Division.
Randy Orton gives a good but standard Heel promo for just after a turn. He blames the fans and the superstars we like more than him, but we all can be sure Orton will do better in the ring with Hardy than on the mic. Nakamura seems to want in on this, too, so I’m still sensing a Triple Threat for the United States Championship at Summerslam. Rusev VS Almas was a solid opener, but now we see a logical way for Rusev Day to question if they’re keeping English around. I can’t be sure if English going solo or joining someone else is the better choice, but at least it won’t be Rusev turning on him and kicking him out.
Ellsworth does great in making us all want him to go away, and that’s what happens as he gets “fired”. Joe’s attack on Styles was great, Joe VS Styles will be great. I just hope Ellsworth doesn’t interfere as his revenge. Or that if he does, Joe makes sure to choke him out before he can do anything to ruin the finish. I’m glad Becky wins this match tonight, and I hope she wins at Summerslam in an even better match. Though, if I’m to get my WWE Four Horsewomen Tag Title match at WWE Evolution, I guess she’ll have to drop it to someone on the way, such as to Asuka in Hell in a Cell. I hope The New Day wins the tournament to get another go against Harper & Rowan to win the belts back. My alternate would be The Bar, because they haven’t faced Harper & Rowan.
That ending segment with the premiere party was great. I could tell all along Miz didn’t bring out Monroe Sky, so I’m glad they used the fake baby as a way to punk out Bryan. I still feel the baby they had just before coming out was Monroe Sky, but who can say. Miz VS Bryan needs to happen at Summerslam, it just makes sense. And even just watching a few minutes of Miz & Mrs, you get a great sense of the real Miz & Maryse, so I wouldn’t be surprised that he turns Face after Bryan makes him tap out. Miz can then go up against Heels like Nakamura or even Almas, to finally give us that Strong Styles VS Soft Style we were hoping for a year ago when Bryan was still GM, just with the Face-Heel dynamics reversed.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (2/9/19)
The NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship is defended on ROH!
Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 386
ROH brings us the National Treasure and the Darewolf competing over THE NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship! Which man makes history in historic first?
- Six Man Tag: Villain Enterprises VS John Skyler, Corey Hollis & Josey Quinn; Villain Enterprises wins.
- NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship: Nick Aldis w/ Kamille VS PJ Black; Aldis wins and retains the NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship.
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ROH opens with John Skyler, Corey Hollis & Josie Quinn in the ring.
The Southern Savior tells everyone from commentary to the fans to “Shut your mouths!” The spotlight belongs on Quinn, Hollis and Skyler! This is the roughest, toughest trio in ROH, and if anyone doubts them, then step up and get stepped on! Who answers the call? Villain Enterprises! Marty Scurll leads PCO and Brody King out to the ring, and we have our opening Six Man Tag match!
Six Man Tag: Villain Enterprises VS John Skyler, Corey Hollis & Josey Quinn!
If The Southern Savior, The Original and The Pale Horse want to prove they’re the roughest, toughest team to come to ROH, then they’ll need to pull out all the stops against Marty Scurll’s own stable. Will Scurll, PCO and Brody spoil this newest trio’s debut?
Before the match, Scurll says, “How cute! Look at you guys! I used to be like all three of you: young, full of hope, full of spirit, full of optimism.” Scurll can tell these three haven’t been jaded by this business. Scurll is sure all three of them will be big “superstars” in ROH, and make one hell of an impact. But unfortunately for them, it won’t be tonight. They’re going to feel the wrath of Villain Enterprises! Scurll, PCO and Brody flank the ring, and they strike!
PCO and Brody drag Quinn and Skyler out of the ring while Scurll brawls with Hollis! Scurll dumps Hollis out and PCO sends Skyler into a post. Brody suplexes Hollis for Scurll to SUPERKICK from the apron, and Brody finishes him off with a gourd buster! Villain Enterprises takes control of the ring as the streamers fly! This match will still happen after the break.
ROH returns and PCO starts against Quinn. Quinn goes at PCO with kicks and chops, but PCO doesn’t flinch! PCO even dares him to chop more! Quinn chops and chops, and then PCO CHOPS back! PCO CHOPS Quinn to a corner and then keeps going! The ref counts and PCO backs off, only to come back with rapid fire chops! Fans fire up for PCO as he scoops and sidewalk slams Quinn! Skyler and Hollis rush PCO to club away on him. They double whip but PCO breaks the line to double clothesline them! PCO choke tosses Skyler into a corner, then choke slams him on the rebound! PCO climbs up top and LEAPS at Quinn on the apron! But Skyler gets Quinn clear and PCO hits only apron! But PCO gets up like it was nothing!
Fans fire up with PCO, but Hollis DIVES out onto him! PCO catches Hollis to send him into the barriers! Fans chant for “P C O!” as he gets back in. Quinn throws big forearms then runs, but PCO runs him over! Tag to Scurll and Scurll chops Quinn back down. Scurll rocks Quinn with a European Uppercut then another CHOP! Scurll runs but Hollis swipes his feet. Quinn tags out to Skyler in the distraction. Quinn runs at Scurll but Scurll throws him out, only to turn around into Skyler’s slingshot spear! Cover, TWO! Skyler keeps on Scurll with a rain of right hands. Tag to Hollis and they mug Scurll in the corner. Hollis snapmares and drops a knee, then covers. TWO, and fans rally up for Scurll. Hollis feeds Scurll to Quinn’s boot then tags Quinn in.
Quinn and Hollis mug Scurll in the corner, then Quinn snapmares Scurll to a chinlock. Scurll endures the squeeze while fans rally up again. Scurll fights his way up and out. Quinn whips Scurll to the corner but runs into boots. Scurll fights out but gets a corner clothesline! Quinn whips but Scurll reverses to a tornado DDT! Both men are down but crawling for their corners. Hot tags to Skyler and Brody! Brody rallies on all there opponents! Fans fire up as Brody puts Skyler on the ropes, for a cannonball! Scurll tags back in but Skyler knees low. Skyler throws hands, then runs, but into Brody’s flapjack! Scurll adds a dropkick then Brody adds the senton! Fans fire up again as Scurll drags Skyler up. Scurll suplexes but Skyler slips out.
Hollis tags in before Brody clotheslines Skyler out. Hollis dodges Scurll to hit PCO. Scurll catches Hollis for a powerbomb! PCO climbs up while Scurll turns Hollis over, leg drop Boston Crab! PCO DIVES on Skyler and Quinn! Scurll catapults Hollis into Brody’s forearm! Back senton across Scurll’s knees! Brody lifts Hollis and hits the Gonzo Bomb! Hollis bounces up into the Chicken Wing! Hollis taps, Villain Enterprises wins!
Winners: Villain Enterprises, Marty Scurll by submission
But wait! Red balloons fly out from under the ring! But also some black balloons… The Kingdom laugh as they appear on stage. Were they looking for someone? It’s no secret that The Kingdom are the best trio on this planet. They’re the best trio in history! The Kingdom doesn’t fear anyone, especially not these “three goons.” They’d love to get in that ring and even put the titles on the line! But Matt Taven keeps TK O’Ryan calm as he says they’re fighting champions. They have no problems defending any place, any where, any time, especially against “Melvin Enterprises.” Just not this time. The Kingdom loves to troll everyone, but will Scurll and company be the ones having the last laugh?
The Kingdom speaks backstage.
Vinnie Marseglia laughs again, and says he “hates to spoil it for all the puppets in ROH, but PCO is human.” TK O’Ryan says Brody King is big and bad, but getting hit upside the head with a baseball bat, he’d be out cold just like anybody else. And Taven lets them all know that while Villain Enterprises is new around here, The Kingdom runs the show. #RespectTheCrown. The Kingdom are the champions and will defend them when they choose. “Because IIII’M Matt Taven, and this is MY Kingdom.”
Jay Lethal speaks.
“It is getting more and more difficult to keep track of everybody in line for this ROH World Championship.” Because all Lethal can see is a man running around pretending that his fake belt counts! Taven attacks Lethal from behind, disrespects the company and disrespects the REAL belt by spitting on it! Lethal is sick and tired of Taven! Taven has Lethal’s attention, where and when will this issue of two world title belts be put to rest?
The Gatekeeper has a brand new challenger.
Kelly Klein put it upon herself to be a fighting champion on a level like no other champion. She willingly defends her title in every singles match she has! Watch Kelly defend that title against a debuting but very promising Woman of Honor via Honor Club’s On Demand!
NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship: Nick Aldis w/ Kamille VS PJ Black!
For the first time ever, ROH TV plays host to the NWA’s top title! The National Treasure brings the Ten Pounds of Gold to the Ring of Honor as the first man to defend it here. The Darewolf, who narrowly avoided death in a base jumping accident, has climbed back and is the first man to challenge for this title in ROH. History is being made, but will it be for a successful defense or a successful defeat?
Introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this is the first time the title has been defended in Atlanta, Georgia since 1993! Fans say “Thank you, Nick!” This historic match finally begins, after the break!
ROH returns and the Code of Honor is skipped by PJ. The bell rings, and the two circle and tie up. Aldis wrenches but PJ cartwheels and wrenches. Aldis spins through and reverses the wristlock. PJ rolls and drop toeholds! Aldis reverses to a hammerlock but PJ gets the ropes. Aldis lets PJ go and the two circle again. They tie up and PJ gets a waistlock. PJ rolls Aldis, TWO, but PJ is on Aldis in a corner with a facelock. PJ honors the break but he gives Aldis a shove. Aldis decides to lounge on the top rope for a moment, so PJ shows off his capoeria while telling Aldis to “Suck It!” Fans echo “Suck It! Suck It!” as Aldis and PJ approach again. They tie up and Aldis gets a headlock. PJ powers out but Aldis runs him over.
Things speed up and Aldis avoids PJ’s Thesz Press. Aldis rebounds and blocks PJ’s hip toss, but PJ blocks Aldis’ hip toss to sweep the legs. PJ covers, ONE! Aldis gets the headlock takeover and makes it a cover, TWO and PJ gets the headscissors. PJ squeezes but Aldis moves around. Aldis headstands and pops out, but PJ gets back. PJ calls for a time-out, but there are no such things. Even so, Aldis lets PJ stand up, and they go again. PJ gets a headlock, and the takeover, but Aldis headscissors back. PJ headstands and pops out but Aldis ducks the boot to roll PJ! TWO, and PJ fakes Aldis out with a punch. PJ offers Aldis a hand, and Aldis takes it, only for PJ to uppercut! PJ uppercuts more but Aldis backslides, TWO!
The Darewolf asks for another time-out but from the corner. Aldis and PJ circle but PJ promises not to cheat. He offers a handshake but also crosses his fingers behind his back. Aldis takes the handshake, but PJ sweeps the legs and double stomps the back! PJ flexes but Aldis stands up. Aldis clotheslines PJ right down! Aldis puts PJ in the corner and CHOPS! He throws body shots and more chops, but PJ turns it around to CHOP Aldis back. They brawl in the corner but PJ stomps low. Aldis hits back and bumps PJ on buckles. Aldis whips corner to corner then runs in for a big clothesline. He whips PJ corner to corner again but PJ goes up and headscissors Aldis out!
PJ slingshots but Aldis slips into the ring. Aldis poses but PJ comes back. They speed up and PJ fakes Aldis out to then poke him in the eyes! The referee reprimands PJ while Aldis regroups with Kamille. PJ climbs up but Kamille stands in his way. Aldis gets to the other side, PJ slides out but gets run over with a lariat! Aldis refreshes the ring count while we go to break.
ROH returns and Aldis has PJ in a chinlock. Fans rally on both sides as PJ fights out. PJ throws heavy forearms then whips, but Aldis reverses. PJ kicks Aldis then runs, but Aldis follows to clothesline PJ upside-down! Aldis drags PJ up for a suplex, and holds him up there! Then brings him down! Cover, TWO! PJ gets to a corner but Aldis is right after him with a CHOP! Aldis whips PJ corner to corner hard, then back drops on the rebound! Fans cheer as Aldis covers, TWO! Aldis keeps on PJ with another facelock. PJ endures as Aldis wrenches. They stand and PJ hits back with body shots and a CHOP! Aldis CHOPS, PJ CHOPS, and now they brawl!
Aldis whips but PJ rolls off his back. PJ heel kicks Aldis down, then runs corner to corner for crossbody! PJ easily lands on the apron and bumps Aldis off buckles. He climbs up an dleaps for a flying elbow! PJ keeps going to the other corner and climbs again, for another flying elbow! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as PJ stalks Aldis. PJ whips Aldis but Aldis reverses, only for PJ to hold ropes. Aldis walks into PJ’s boot, and then PJ springboards for a moonsault! PJ only grazes Aldis, so he quickly grabs Aldis for the inverted DDT. PJ hurries up top again and Aldis stands to get flying double stomps! Cover, TWO!! Aldis survives the stomp to the heart, but PJ keeps his cool. PJ climbs again and takes aim, but his double ax handles are caught into a BIG German Suplex!
Aldis drags PJ up again for a fast powerbomb! High stack cover, TWO, but Aldis holds onto the legs to try his Kingsland Cloverleaf! PJ brings Aldis in for a cradle! TWO, and both men get to corners. Aldis runs in but into an elbow. PJ hops up but Aldis trips him up! Aldis climbs up behind PJ but PJ resists. PJ elbows Aldis away but Aldis clubs him back. Aldis climbs again, SUPER GERMAN! Both men are down but fans fire up! Aldis crawls to a cover, TWO! The Darewolf survives and the National Treasure grows frustrated while we go to one last break.
ROH returns once more, and fans rally as Aldis heads for the top rope. PJ rolls and SHORYUKENS! PJ climbs but Aldis resists. Aldis hits back with body shots and pushes PJ away. PJ comes back quick, SUPER STEINER! Then springboard moonsault! Cover, TWO!! PJ can’t believe it, but Aldis escapes! PJ drags Aldis up for a dragon sleeper, but Aldis endures. Aldis pries free to scoop PJ into the TOMBSTONE! Aldis heads up top again, MACHO ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! PJ lives and even Kamille is shocked. Aldis gives Kamille a signal and she tosses the belt in the ring! Kamille distracts the referee, but both men grab at the belt! PJ SLAPS Aldis away, then picks up the Ten Pounds of Gold! PJ tosses it to Aldis and falls over! Aldis gets caught with the belt in his hands but the referee takes it away. PJ rolls Aldis! TWO!!
PJ wheelbarrows and turns Aldis over, Billy Goat’s Curse! Aldis crawls as PJ stretches, and Aldis gets the ropebreak! Aldis bails out, but PJ DIVES on him! Direct hit brings Aldis down but PJ gets back in the ring. PJ builds speed again, to wreck KAMILLE with a dropkick! Kamille took the hit for Aldis but fans still boo PJ for it! Fans do know “This is Awesome!” as Aldis goes after PJ. But PJ throws Aldis into the post! PJ puts Aldis in the ring and springboards for a crossbody! But Aldis manages to roll through! TWO!! PJ shoulders and slingshots but Aldis sits on the sunset, but he also holds the ropes! The referee sees that, and kicks Aldis’ arms away! PJ finishes the sunset flip, TWO! Aldis gets the legs, Kingsland Cloverleaf! PJ endures but taps, Aldis wins!
Winner: Nick Aldis, by submission; still NWA World’s Heavyweight Champion
History is made as the National Treasure retains the title on ROH TV! Is this only the beginning of the Ten Pounds of Gold being part of ROH history?
Juice Robinson heads to the ring!
The Flamboyant One saw that there was still some time left over tonight and decided to take this opportunity to address the fans. “What up, Hotlanta?!” Juice says the last time he was here, he promised there’d be a lot more of him in an ROH ring. And he didn’t mean for a cup of coffee or for a Global Wars tour. He meant a hell of a lot more Juice in ROH in 2019! But why? Isn’t NJPW so fun? It’s because Juice knows what this company stands for: Honor. Juice has had something in the works, and the pieces have all come together.
“ROH was founded by guys like Samoa Joe. Guys like AJ Styles. The lifeblood of ROH for so long has been through the hard work of guys like the American Dragon, Bryan Danielson.” Or even Juice’s best friend, Tyler Black. All those guys cared about honor. Those are the guys that when their music hit, they came down the stairs, entered the ring, and looked their opponent(s) in the eyes and said, “Win, lose or draw, we’re going to start this with a handshake, and no matter what happens, end with a handshake.” That is what ROH is about. Juice can’t figure out what’s happened over the last few years. Tonight, ROH hits a reset button. Tonight, ROH begins its restoration. And tonight, “we bring ROH to the next level!” And that starts right here and now.
The pulse that we’ve seen for weeks! Juice is joined in the ring by David Finlay, Mark Haskins, Bandido, Tracy Williams, and Tenille Dashwood! “We are Lifeblood!” And together, they will put the Honor back in Ring of Honor! Fans are loving this already! Will this new alliance of rising stars revitalize ROH?
A really great episode right here, and we finally know what that pulse was about. Juice Robinson leading a new faction, Lifeblood, is a great move for him in ROH. It represents a new level Juice himself has reached, and helps give him and all the wrestlers in the stable something to be part of. This can definitely feed the story I’d been sensing of Tenille Dashwood returning to confront the person who attacked her, which can turn out to be Kelly Klein. Tenille VS Kelly can be Lifeblood’s Women of Honor Championship story while the five men go after the variety of titles. I’m sure Juice would want to be world champion, leaving the World TV, World Tag and World Six Man Championships to any of the other members.
Juice’s promo leading up to Lifeblood’s debut was also very well done. It kept the continuity of ROH’s past, with name drops including the wrestlers now known as Daniel Bryan and Seth Rollins. Juice’s group might also be pitted against Bully Ray’s group, who aren’t so honorable. That will make for a great 5v5 tag down the line and then separate showdowns for things like the Briscoes defending the World Tag Team Championships against any combination from Lifeblood.
Villain Enterprises does great again in another Six Man Tag victory while The Kingdom do well again as the arrogant Heels they are. They’ll have it out for those titles soon enough, whether The Kingdom likes it or not. And with Jay Lethal’s promo, that match for the undisputed ROH World Championship has to be happening sooner rather than later. Maybe they can arrange it for the ROH Anniversary Show. And then the NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship was great, and was rightfully given lots of time. PJ was great being the sneaky Heel he’s been known to be, but it almost felt like Aldis was turning Heel in the course of the match. Between Kamille being his shield but also getting him the belt, this match started to feel like Heel VS Heel. And that’s a good thing, we don’t get those enough in any promotion.
Obviously Aldis retains, a random ROH TV episode isn’t the place for a title change. But maybe ROH and NWA work a Pay-Per-View together and that is when an ROH star challenges and takes the NWA title, or vice-versa and an NWA star takes an ROH title.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (2/13/19)
It’s an epic rematch between Ricochet and Adam Cole BAYBAY!
NXT reignites a heated rivalry as The One and Only Ricochet takes on Adam Cole BAYBAY! Who will prove themselves worthier of the North American Champion?
- Shane Thorne VS Dominik Dijakovic; Dijakovic wins.
- Street Profits VS Humberto Carrillo & Stacy Ervin Jr; Street Profits win.
- Taynara Conti VS Aliyah; Aliyah wins.
- Ricochet VS Adam Cole; Ricochet wins.
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WWE honors the memory of Pedro Morales.
Shane Thorne VS Dominik Dijakovic!
The Worst and the Croatian crusher both had a great showing in WWE Worlds Collide, but neither man won the epic tournament. Even so, both men look to climb the ranks on NXT all the same! Will a win help one of these men reach a championship opportunity on the Road to Wrestlemania Weekend?
The bell rings and Thorne circles with Dijakovic. They tie up and go around, and Dijakovic pushes Thorne to a corner. Thorne pulls Dijakovic’s nose but Dijakovic pushes him back! The referee has the two break, but Thorne uses it to hotshot the arm! Thorne gets a waistlock and powers Dijakovic into buckles. He throws hands and wraps the arm on the ropes. Dijakovic pushes Thorne away but Thorne comes back with kicks and forearms! Thorne dropkicks Dijakovic down! Then he kicks away on every part of Dijakovic he can find! Fans fire up and Thorne goes after Dijakovic’s arm and neck. Thorne pulls and fans rally up. Dijakovic fights back but Thorne wrenches the bad arm. Dijakovic breaks free then counters Thorne, and even CHOPS him! Big clothesline clobbers Thorne!
Thorne comes back but Dijakovic kicks and elbows back. “Time to fly!” Dijakovic suplex and tosses Thorne! Dijakovic grabs Thorne by the throat, but Thorne pulls on the weak up to escape. Thorne uppercuts and saido suplexes! Both men are down but fans rally up. Thorne and Dijakovic get to corners but Thorne climbs up. Dijakovic stops him with a palm strike! Dijakovic climbs but Thorne throws hands. They brawl as Dijakovic climbs. Dijakovic clubs away on Thorne, but Thorne goes after the bad arm! Thorne pushes Dijakovic off but Dijakovic back flips! Dijakovic then SUPERKICKS Thorne down! Thorne staggers but Dijakovic springboards for a corkscrew plancha! Dijakovic defies physics and fans lose their minds! Dijakovic puts Thorne back in and fans call for it! Torture rack, Feast Your Eyes! Cover, Dijakovic wins!
Winner: Dominik Dijakovic, by pinfall
Dijakovic feasts on another victory! Will he continue his streak and feast on a title match in the near future?
The Undisputed Era speaks.
Adam Cole is tired of hearing they’re having a bad start to 2019. Everyone hits speed bumps, but they vow to finish what they started. Step one: regain the NXT Tag Team Championships. Step two: continue to be the best team on this whole show! The Undisputed Era will claim what is theirs and take what is theirs. Roderick Strong is excited. Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly will be back together as a tag team, and then Strong and Cole can go for singles titles. They will be dripping in gold in 2019, and that starts with Cole taking out Ricochet. Ricochet is a flash in the pan, but the Undisputed Era runs the show. They will show Ricochet, they will show NXT and they will show the world why they are Undisputed.
Exclusive interview after last week’s Six Woman Tag main event.
The Sky Pirates were pumped after their big victory alongside Bianca Belair over the Horsewomen. Io Shirai was especially excited because she proved she can beat Shayna Baszler. The Genius of the Sky wants that NXT Women’s Championship. The Pirate Princess warns Shayna to watch out, but then The EST comes by. There’s no beef between them, but Bianca would’ve had Shayna beat on two different occasions. Bianca is still Un-De-Fea-Ted, but will she get her second shot before Shirai gets her first?
Street Profits VS Humberto Carrillo & Stacy Ervin Jr!
Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford are still stinging from the Forgotten Sons using numbers against them in their post-TakeOver showdown. But they look to get things back on track, even against this new young combination.
But wait, is that Kassius Ohno? Why? The Knockout Artist has been back for two years but not the best two years. He wants to let us know that as he was watching backstage, he sees some familiar faces in the Full Sail crowd. Ohno felt the need to come out here that, from the bottom of his heart, “each and everyone of you guys make me sick!” Ohno despises the Full Sail crowd! Their chants and their signs, too! The fans think they know everything but they don’t! Ohno is leaving, again! He’ll go somewhere where he can show he’s the “Best to Ever Do It”! But here comes Keith Lee! Lee rocks Ohno with an elbow!
The Limitless One takes the mic as fans sing for him. Lee tells Ohno, “Oh no… Or better yet, OH MY GAWD~!” This could’ve been so much worse. Lee could’ve low blow’d Ohno like he did Lee. But Ohno, don’t let the door hit you on the ass on your way out. And please, pardon the interruption. Let’s keep the show rolling! The Profits make their entrance and the match finally begins!
The Profits are wary of Lee, but he assures them, Wakanda Forever. Dawkins & Ford also taunt Ohno being knocked right out, then finally hit the ring.
The teams sort out and we begin with Carrillo and Ford. Carrillo and Ford tie up, and Carrillo gets a headlock. Ford can’t get free of the newest Cruiserweight’s grip, but the third time’s the charm. Carrillo runs Ford over, then things speed up and Carrrillo rolls of Ford’s back. Ford returns the favor and then sweeps the legs. Cover, ONE, and the two dodge each other’s kicks. Double dropkicks cancel out and both men handspring up. Fans fire up as Ford breaks it down. Carrillo and Ford shake hands to show there is respect. But then Ford kicks low! Ford clubs Carrillo and drags him to the corner. Tag to Dawkins and the Profits mug Carrillo.
Dawkins elbows Carrillo then tags Ford. They club away on Carrillo more, then Ford whips Carrillo corner to corner. Carrillo goes up and over and then shows off his agility! Ford runs into an arm-drag, then another! Carrillo has the armlock, but Ford finds his way up. Tag to Dawkins and Ford whips Carrillo. Carrillo reverses but gets run over by Dawkins. Dawkins whips but Carrillo somersaults and enziguris! Carrillo brings Dawkins over, tag to Ervin! They double whip and dropkick Dawkins down! Ervin hits a BIG standing shooting star! Cover, TWO! Ervin runs but Dawkins reels him in for a SPEAR! Dawkins gets up and brings Ervin over. Tag to Ford and the Profits stomp a mudhole into Ervin. Ford covers, TWO!
Ford keeps between Ervin and Carrillo as he clubs Ervin back down. He kicks Ervin hard in the ribs then reels Ervin into a chinlock. Ford thrashes Ervin around to show that new edge. Fans rally up and Ervin fights his way up. Ervin pries the hold open but Ford clubs him. Ford shoves and back suplexes HARD! Cover, TWO! Tag to Dawkins and the Profits double back suplexes. Ervin slips out and ducks, hot tag to Carrillo! Carrillo rallies on the Profits and fires off haymakers on Dawkins! Carrillo whips but Dawkins reverses, only to get a handspring back elbow! Ford runs in but misses, Carrillo uses Dawkins to arm-drag Ford! Carrillo rocks Dawkins back then climbs up fast, big missile dropkick! Fans fire up with Carrillo as he hits the somersault moonsault! Cover, TWO!
Carrillo drags Dawkins over and Ervin tags in. Ervin climbs, and hits a TSUNAMISAULT! Cover, but Ford breaks it! Ford puts Carrillo in the corner but Carrillo dumps and kicks him out. Dawkins ROCKS Carrillo and Ford tags in. Ervin runs into a pop-up, and his huricanrana is blocked! Dawkins spins Ervin, Ford says “SUCK IT!” for the blockbuster DOomsday device! Cover, The Street Profits win!
Winners: The Street Profits, Montez Ford pinning
The #CurseofGreatness now has a new intensity behind it! But they pick up mics to say “There seems to be a lot of gold raiding going around.” But best believe, Ford & Dawkins want a piece. Fans say “You Deserve It!” Ford says the Profits’ time in NXT has been a roller coaster. But one thing about roller coasters, it’s a fun ride! Make no mistake, at any given time, if they are given the ball, they can go to war! Profits call out the War Raiders, but they get the European Alliance!
Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel see Ford & Dawkins, and say, “Nein, nein, nein.” Opportunities are sacred in NXT. And no one deserves opportunities more than Aichner & Barthel. Street Profits, “stand aside.” But wait, here come Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch! The One Two Combination aren’t about words, they’re about fighting! All three teams argue, but here come the War Raiders! Hanson & Rowe stand on stage to say there’s an awful lot of talk, but no action. If these teams want these titles, “make a move!” Rowe & Hanson head for the ring, but here come the Undisputed Era! They attack Rowe & Hanson from behind 3v2! Then they feed the champs to the other contenders, and it is a feeding frenzy!
Rowe and Hanson hold their own against three teams, and even dump Ford out onto Barthel! Burch gets Thor’s Hammer! And Lorcan gets tossed onto everyone! The Undisputed Era’s plan didn’t work out at all! Who will earn the shot against the machines of Hanson & Rowe?
Taynara Conti VS Aliyah!
The Brazilian black belt and the Canadian Cat’s Meow want to prove they’re still worthy of an NXT Women’s Championship shot, but they’ll have to do it against each other. Who will gain some much needed momentum on the Road to Wrestlemania Weekend?
The bell rings and fans duel as the two circle. Taynara avoids Aliyah’s grip and gets a takedown. Jackknife cover, TWO! Aliyah has Taynara by the hair but Taynara uses that for a flying armbar takedown! Aliyah scrambles to a ropebreak, and Taynara lets go. Taynara comes back but runs into a forearm. Aliyah brings Taynara down by her hair! Cover, TWO! Vanessa Borne appears at ringside to watch this up close and personal. Aliyah pulls Taynara around and hits a fireman’s carry takedown. Aliyah kicks away on Taynara’s back then covers again, ONE! The ref reprimands Aliyah as she grabs hair again. Aliyah kicks but Taynara catches the leg to another jackknife bridge. TWO, but Taynara rolls Aliyah up again. TWO, and Tyanara trips Aliyah into buckles!
Taynara throws Aliyah around with her judo training, then rolls through to finish her with a pump kick! Taynara toys with Aliyah then climbs up top. Aliyah gets up but gets caught into a hanging armbar! Taynara lets go at 4 but fires up. Vanessa doesn’t seem impressed, and then she goes after Taynara’s feet! Aliyah throws Taynara off the top! Aliyah drags Taynara up and around for a modified armlock! She stomps away on Taynara’s head as part of “Total Aliyahnation!” Taynara taps, Aliyah wins!!
Winner: Aliyah, by submission
The Vision helps the fashionable Aliyah win, and it seems an alliance is struck. But before they can explain themselves, Shayna Baszler storms her way out to the ring! Vanessa and Aliyah get clear of the angry Queen of Spades, but Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke put them back in! Shayna and the Horsewomen wreck Aliyah, then Marina fireman’s carry Vanessa into Jessamyn’s roundhouse! Taynara is not spared, Shayna gut wrench side slams her down! Shayna grabs a mic and says “This is your reality now!” Do not get in their way and do not question them. And do NOT piss them off. The Horsewomen leave, having made their statement. Who else will be trampled by their furious stampede?
Ricochet VS Adam Cole!
The King of Flight and the Panama City Playboy are far from through with each other, especially if it means getting closer to a championship match. While Johnny Wrestling and The Velveteen Dream fight for the NXT North American Championship next week, this match could determine a new #1 contender for afterward. Which former champion will take the next step back to that North American title?
The bell rings and the trash talk begins. Fans love “Both These Guys!” as they tie up. They go around the ring and end up in a corner. Cole turns it around and backs off only to sucker punch! Cole stomps a mudhole in then brings Ricochet up to whip. Ricochet holds ropes and back elbows hard! Ricochet throws haymakers but Cole kicks and punches back. Cole whips but Ricochet rolls off his back. Ricochet somersaults, handsprings, headscissors and dropkicks! Cole bails out but Ricochet DIVES! Ricochet rains down rights and then toys with Cole. Ricochet puts Cole back in and runs corner to corner. Cole boots Ricochet back, then hops up, but Ricochet enziguris back!
Ricochet climbs up but Cole bumps him off buckles. Cole adjusts but Ricochet resists the sunset flip. Ricochet rains rights, but Cole SUPERKICKS the legs out! Ricochet’s leg is caught in the ropes, and Cole stomps away! The referee backs Cole off then helps Ricochet out, but Cole comes back to swing the leg into the post! Ricochet writhes in agony and Cole takes his time returning. Cole stomps Ricochet more then drags him up into the corner. Cole wraps the leg on the ropes and pulls! The ref counts and Cole lets go at 4. Cole stomps Ricochet more as fans start to duel. Cole dragon screws Ricochet down! Fans grow louder in their duel while Cole stalks Ricochet. Ricochet stands but Cole kicks his legs out! Cole taunts Ricochet before grabbing the bad leg. Ricochet enziguris but Cole ducks it to then smash the knee on the mat!
Cole stomps the bad leg and Ricochet can only crawl. Cole takes the leg and drops knees on it! Fans rally up as Cole stomps Ricochet’s bad leg. Cole stomps Ricochet at the ropes and into a corner. The ref counts and Cole tells him to shut up! The ref and Cole argue but Cole goes back to Ricochet’s leg. Cole puts on a standing kneebar to push on the leg. Ricochet kicks free, but hobbles up. Cole dropkicks the leg right out! Ricochet clutches the leg but refuses to quit. Cole vows Ricochet will not reach the title before him. Cole stomps Ricochet more then drags him up. Ricochet denies the shin breaker and fans rally up. Cole reels Ricochet in but Ricochet slips out of the back suplex. Ricochet’s leg buckles but he shoves Cole away.
Ricochet somersaults but he can’t finish the attack! Cole swings, Ricochet dodges and comes back with a BIG clothesline! Both men are down and fans fire up! Ricochet drags himself up but Cole follows. Ricochet boots Cole with the good leg, then pushes Cole into buckles. Tiger Feint in the corner! Ricochet climbs on one leg, and leaps, for a flying uppercut! Ricochet still manages a standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Ricochet gets the bad leg moving as fans rally up. Ricochet goes to Cole and brings him up, but the leg won’t allow the fireman’s carry. He rocks Cole with a forearm but Cole again kicks the bad leg out! Cole throws big forearms in the corner then hoists Ricochet up top. Ricochet pushes Cole away but Cole enziguris! Cole drags Ricochet out on a fireman’s carry, Ushigoroshi! Cover, TWO! Ricochet lives and fans are loving this!
Cole keeps his cool while Ricochet slowly catches his breath. Fans duel as Cole stalks Ricochet to ropes. Cole drags Ricochet up as fans cheer for “Both These Guys!” Cole suplexes but Ricochet resists. Ricochet slips out of the suplex and ducks the enziguri! Northern Lights and roll through, to deadlift. But the legs give out, Last Shot Brainbuster! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives but Cole tells him to stay down. Ricochet doesn’t and fans rally up. Cole pulls down the knee pad, runs, but Ricochet dodges the Shining Wizard to roll up! TWO, 52 Fake-Out! Cole misses the superkick to get a Reverse-Rana! Ricochet drags Cole to a drop zone then drags himself to a corner. Ricochet climbs but the bad leg is refusing to work. Fans cheer him on as he one leg springboard sentons! Cover, TWO!!
Ricochet’s desperate dive didn’t work out, but he still tries the fireman’s carry! Cole fights out but walks into a back elbow. Cole forearms back but Ricochet returns it. They keep hitting back and forth, and Ricochet grows stronger for it! Ricochet fires off more forearms but Cole mule kicks the leg out. Cole misses the boot and Ricochet uppercuts him. But Cole pump boots, only for Ricochet to knee strike. Cole enziguris, dodges the Pele, SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!? Ricochet lives and Cole is shocked! But Full Sail is thunderous for this main event! Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” but Cole wants to end this. Cole drags Ricochet up and to a corner. He throws big forearms, then hoists Ricochet up top again. Cole throws more forearms, then climbs up.
Fans duel as Cole throws more forearms. Ricochet slips out to club Cole back! Ricochet grits his teeth and climbs up on one leg. He grabs Cole but Cole elbows the bad leg. Cole sends Ricochet down to the apron! Cole turns around and drags Ricochet back up. But Ricochet fights back now, and steadies himself, for a SUPER STEINER! Ricochet ax kicks Cole down! But he’s not done there, Northern Lights roll through to Falcon Arrow! And a fireman’s carry, for the Vertigo Driver! Cover, Ricochet wins!!
Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall
The One and Only wins, but he’s instantly attacked by the rest of the Undisputed Era! But here comes Aleister Black! Aleister throws hands on Strong, O’Reilly and Fish, but Cole SUPERKICKS him! Strong gets Aleister with End of Heartache! “Nobody can touch us!” Will the Undisputed Era leave everyone behind on the Road to Wrestlemania Weekend?
Another great episode for NXT! Thorne VS Dijakovic was essentially filler but anything is good for the now solo Aussie. Thorne should consider the option of being a crossover talent between NXT USA and NXT UK. NXT UK needs a more clear singles midcard, and Thorne could get some good play over there. Dijakovic meanwhile continues a nice roll, he himself might get a midcard title shot, perhaps after Wrestlemania Weekend. Good to see Keith Lee and Kassius Ohno will continue where they left off, especially the way Lee came out and clocked Ohno. I’m thinking Ohno’s talk of leaving for somewhere they’d appreciate him is a sign he’s finally going to the main roster, and perhaps as part of the coming Superstar Shake-Up after Wrestlemania. That will be great, the blow-off curtain call match for Ohno will be great, I really hope he goes to SmackDown.
I’m liking the aggressive Street Profits. They had their fun in their first couple of years, now it’s time to get serious if they want gold. I also appreciate throwing in Aichner & Barthel as well as Lorcan & Burch. Lorcan & Burch are getting title shots on NXT UK, but I’m pretty sure they won’t win. I don’t think they’ll win on NXT USA, either. Of the five teams, the War Raiders either retain or the Undisputed Era’s reDRagon gets those belts back. But having a 5-team tag match of some kind at TakeOver: New York, that would be amazing! Perhaps make it a ladder match, that seems like the most reasonable way to do this. Though, I’m starting to think the other four teams will compete in something and then it’s just a #1 contender team against the Raiders, which is fine but not as insane.
Taynara VS Aliyah was clearly just a smokescreen to give us the first real moment of the Horsewomen running wild. I wonder if Taynara will be forced to join Aliyah and Vanessa against the Horsewomen in a Six Woman Tag, where Jessamyn and Marina can finally get some wins. And I also enjoy the nod that Bianca is not happy with the Sky Pirates thinking they can skip ahead of her in line. I wonder if something will happen to get William Regal involved to make an official decision on who is facing Shayna in New York. Maybe a Triple Threat of Bianca, Shirai and Kairi. Kairi and Shirai might be friends but they can give us some great Stardom style competition before Shirai eventually gets the win.
And of course, Ricochet VS Cole was amazing! That was almost on par with their title match. Ricochet did great selling the leg and impressed everyone by still getting moves off on one leg. It was good for the match to end before the Undisputed Era attacked, because at least Ricochet his win. Aleister Black coming out to help was an interesting surprise, but perhaps it’s out of respect for Ricochet from Halftime Heat. I’m very curious to see how this will turn out in regards to the two singles titles. Gargano VS Dream is next week and that is going to be amazing, and I’m sensing the outcome ties back into this developing story of Undisputed Era, Ricochet and Aleister.
My Score: 8.5/10