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Lucha Underground Season 4, “The Circle of Life”

The leading ladies of Lucha Underground have always had tension, but it erupted when it came to their main men. Will Melissa or Catrina be THE Lady of LU?

 

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Sacrifice to the Gods: Matanza Cueto VS Joey Wrestling; Matanza wins and Joey is sacrificed.
  • Killshot VS Big Bad Steve w/ Beautiful Brenda; Killshot wins.
  • Lucha Underground Championship: Pentagon Dark VS ???; Pentagon wins and retains the Lucha Underground Championship.

PLAY BY PLAY

Catrina tries to make Mil Muertes understand.

After putting Fenix in a coffin and taking his life force, the Femme Fatale is once again part of the land of the living. In other words, she’s done. She has her life back, and is done wasting it in the Temple, and with him. They ruled the Underworld, but she never loved him. She loved the very man who gave her this freedom. She won’t throw it away any longer. But here’s something to remember her by: the stone! She has given Muertes the item of power that represents his rebirth, and now walks away. But in her path is Melissa Santos! “Where do you think you’re going, bitch?” Melissa wants payback for both what Muertes did to Fenix, but also for what Catrina did to her before the Haunted House Match! And she starts off with a swift right and a left.

Catrina blocks Melissa’s third strike but Melissa goes low with knees. Catrina powers Melissa out of the inner sanctum just as Muertes becomes aware of Catrina’s “Dear John” gift. The ladies have moved to the backstage area, and Catrina counters Melissa to then put her into a wall! Then into glass! Melissa keeps fighting, using a headbutt to send Catrina into cabinets. The two stare down but Melissa eggs Catrina on. Catrina throws body shots, but Melissa bobs ‘n’ weaves when she goes high. Melissa sends Catrina into glass, but now Catrina throws a chain. She shoots a look of “Really?” back.

Melissa blocks and body shots back, to then have Catrina against a wall. Catrina pushes her away then escapes into the upper levels. Melissa pursues, and trips Catrina up as they reach an attic area. Melissa hops on for a sleeper but Catrina rams her into a wall. So Melissa grabs hair and rams Catrina into that same wall. She bangs Catrina off a pipe, then backs off. Both Melissa and Catrina throw boots, and knock each other down! They clear their heads and Melissa springs up first, but runs into Catrina’s kicks! Catrina gets up but Melissa splashes her with water. They brawl again, and Melissa gets a takedown. Catrina counters right into an armbar.

Catrina says Fenix never loved Melissa, his heart burned for another. “He gave me a thousand of his lives so I could live again!” Melissa accepts that while Fenix died for Catrina, Catrina will die for her! Melissa pries her way out, but Catrina retreats. Catrina busts her way through a wall and out to the fire escape. Melissa pursues, and now the jackets come off. Catrina throws hers at Melissa while backing away, but Melissa still pursues. They’re on the roof now, and Melissa gets a facelock. She gives Catrina body shots, but Catrina counters with power as she lifts and punches Melissa. Melissa gives shots, Catrina gives knees. Catrina grabs hair, and sees the medallion is still around her neck. Catrina uses the necklaces to CHOKE Melissa! But Melissa fights back, with throat punches!

Melissa judo throws Catrina over the side! Catrina holds on, and Melissa looks down at her. Catrina loses grip with one hand, but then Mil Muertes appears! He tells Melissa to leave, and Catrina thinks he’s there to save her. He takes her hand, but then says he has something for her to “remember me by.” Muertes gives her back the stone, and then DROPS her to her death! Yet Catrina smiles, because she knows death is only a beginning. Melissa walks over to the lifeless Catrina, as does Aerostar. She didn’t do it, but Aero knows. Now he needs her help with something. He needs the necklace, and he will give her back the one her heart desires. Melissa agrees, and hands it over to him. Aerostar uses the combination of it and the dark magic of the stone, and promises “I’ll be back.”

Flashback to 10 weeks ago!

Catrina tells Fenix that while his life is gone, her life begins again. And as the Lady in Red takes her leave, Aerostar appears! The time-traveling luchador stands by his friend, and imbues him with the powers of light and dark, life and death! Fenix… LIVES! “Come with me.”

Back to the future!

Er, present. But yes, Aerostar has brought Fenix forward in time, to reunite with Melissa! She hugs him, and he hugs back. But he won’t be himself for a time, given both resurrection and time-travel. Melissa’s fine with that, because “We have all the time in the world.” She thanks Aerostar, and he takes the necklace for his own. Aerostar leaves while Fenix returns. But is there more to this than meets the eye?

 

Joey Wrestling is in the ring!

The long-time best friend, tag team partner and even “Bestest” Man at Johnny Mundo’s wedding, the Man of Mercury is itching for a fight after what The Monster God did to the wedding of the century. However, Antonio Cueto walks out to address Joey. Seems Joey is “upset” with Antonio’s son. Good news: Joey will get his chance at revenge. Because tonight, Joey’s having his first ever Lucha Underground match. If only Antonio had called the paparazzi, because the headlines will read, “Joey Wrestling Arrives in Lucha Underground, and becomes the next… SACRIFICE TO THE GODS!!”

Sacrifice to the Gods: Matanza Cueto VS Joey Wrestling!

Joey’s first match in the Temple might very well be his last match anywhere! Because here comes Matanza! Joey swings on him right away but Matanza shoves and boots Joey down. Matanza lifts Joey for standing knees and a toss. Joey gets to a corner and manages to boot Matanza away. Joey throws hands, fireman’s carry, but Matanza fights his way out. Matanza stalks Joey to a corner, then whips him corner to corner. He whips Joey again, then runs in for a big corner splash! Fans are on Joey’s side, but it might not matter. Joey drags himself up, but Matanza puts him in a bearhug! Matanza squeezes Joey but Believers rally up. Joey fights out with haymakers, but Matanza blocks the whip. Matanza whips Joey but Joey dodges! Joey lifts Matanza, for a Death Valley Driver!

But Matanza doesn’t stay down for long, so Joey blasts him out of the ring! Joey pursues, clearing the timekeeper’s table. He bounces Matanza off it then puts Matanza in the ring. Joey whips Matanza but Matanza reverses and redirects Joey at the ref. Joey stops himself, and mule kick low blows Matanza! The ref didn’t see it, but then Joey low blows Matanza again. Joey SUPERKICKS Matanza, then kicks low. He double underhooks, for a Pedigree! But Matanza gets up!? Well Joey isn’t exactly the Game… Matanza headbutts Joey down, then whips him to a corner for another splash. And finally, WRATH OF THE GODS!! Cover, Matanza wins!

Winner: Matanza Cueto, by pinfall

The lights go red, the lightning flashes, and Joey Wrestling is no more. Matanza continues his path of destruction, will anyone hope to stop him?

 

Killshot VS Big Bad Steve w/ Beautiful Brenda!

The Luchador of Mass Destruction was Lucha Undergrounds Trios Champion alongside The Mack and Dante Fox. But when Dante went MIA, Antonio Cueto let fate decide his replacement. In entered Son of Havoc, who The Mack was on good terms with, but Killshot refused to accept. And when it was all on the line, Killshot chose his grudge with Havoc over keeping the gold. Now he’s on his own again, an army unto himself. What will come next for the Soldier of Fortune?

Meanwhile, Famous B’s mean mechanic is also a gentleman as he helps Brenda down the stairs. He’s still limping from what The Savage Jake Strong did to his ankle, but he’s still in wrestling capacity. The bell rings and he powers Killshot to a corner. BBS backs off but Killshot tests that bad leg already. They egg each other on, and Killshot goes right for the ankle! Killshot has a target and does NOT let up, as he curb stomps the foot! But wait, Son of Havoc appears! He even has popcorn and a drink to watch this. Brenda coaches BBS up but Killshot kicks him down. Havoc walks his way down, getting all the attention, and even sharing his snacks. Killshot only grows angrier, and he takes it out on BBS’s head.

The referee checks on BBS but he’s okay to continue. Killshot trash talks Havoc on the outside, continuing to blame Havoc for losing those trios titles. Killshot rocks BBS with palm strikes, then aims at the ankle. He runs and dropkicks it out! BBS clutches the bad leg, but Killshot grabs it for a modified Indian Deathlock. Killshot stares Havoc down while stomping and tweaking BBS’s bad knee! BBS crawls but Havoc says Killshot better pay attention to his real opponent. Brenda rallies the Believers behind Steve’s “hot rod”, and the Believers chant “Steve! Steve!” Killshot eggs the fans on, too, but BBS dares Killshot to give him more. Killshot throws hands, but BBS keeps coming back for more! They stand up, BBS ducks and blocks, only to get a back hand. Killshot swings but ends up in a saido suplex!

Believers fire up for BBS as he powers through the pain. BBS fireman’s carry, but Killshot counters the pop-up into double stomps! Killshot has his own fans, and drags BBS by his nose. Killshot boots, boots, but BBS slaps! That fire actually amuses Killshot, and he boots BBS down again. Killshot drags BBS up by his nose again, then runs, but BBS stops him. Killshot pries free and sweeps the leg! Brenda wants BBS to kill Killshot, and BBS counters Killshot into a pop-up cutter! Killshot is dizzy and Havoc rallies the fans behind BBS. They both stand, and BBS has Killshot in a package, swing out for a facebuster! Killshot gets to ropes and BBS crawls to a cover, but ROPEBREAK with those long legs. BBS thought he had this, too.

Killshot flounders to a corner and Brenda keeps coaching BBS up. Believers are behind him, too, and BBS rocks Killshot with haymakers. BBS chops Killshot, then hoists him up top. BBS climbs to join him and throws some elbows. He prepares Killshot on the top rope, but Killshot slips out! To sweep the legs! BBS is a sitting duck as Killshot hits Tree of Woe stomps! Then he hops up, KILL STOMPS! Cover, Killshot wins!

Winner: Killshot, by pinfall

The mechanic put up a good fight, but it wasn’t good enough. Killshot trash talks BBS on his way out, and then returns to staring Havoc down. The Believers are on Havoc’s side, but Killshot slaps the popcorn away! Havoc fights back with forearms and chops! Killshot knees low, but Havoc bowls Killshot into the bleachers! Havoc puts Killshot on the apron to rip at the mask! The mask comes off!! Killshot covers his face to keep his identity anonymous. He runs away to the back while Havoc claims a trophy! Will Havoc be the victor when this war is over?

 

Lucha Underground Championship: Pentagon Dark VS ???

The Collector of Bones was meant to face Johnny Mundo, as Antonio’s wedding gift to the Worldwide Underground’s power couple. But after what Matanza did to the entire wedding party, perhaps the Guru of Greatness won’t be able to cash in that opportunity. What does this mean for our main event?

Pentagon speaks, saying he had hoped to give his own wedding gift to Mundo & Taya, in the form of a broken arm! But the “doctors” say Mundo can’t wrestle for the foreseeable future. That makes Pentagon sad. He’s in the mood to break bones. So he makes an OPEN CHALLENGE to anyone who has “the balls” to face him. They can fight for the title right now! And it’s HERNANDEZ who appears!

Super Mex returns to the Temple, and says if Pentagon is looking for someone with balls, then he has the man with the biggest balls around. Hernandez claims that if Pentagon hadn’t been “a little bitch”, Hernandez would be LU Champion right now. Believers disagree, and Pentagon mocks Hernandez’s mannerisms before shouting “Screw you and get down here!” Hernandez still claims that he’ll become the next champion, but Pentagon says he’ll just be Pentagon’s bitch! Hernandez swaggers down to the ring, and we have our match! Will it be Super Mex or the Temple’s own Deathstroke that holds the title in the end?

Lucha Underground returns from break, and the bell rings on this surprise main event. Pentagon mocks the swagger, and declares “CERO! MIEDO!” He ducks Hernandez’s punch, gives back kicks, then runs. He throws Hernandez with a huricanrana, and Hernandez bails out. Hernandez avoids the baseball slide, but then gets another huricanrana! Believers fire up already as Pentagon kicks Hernandez’s leg. Pentagon pursues Hernandez as he sits down, and chops him in his seat! Pentagon brings Hernandez up and bowls for chairs! The referee checks on Hernandez, but he gets up on his own. Pentagon brings him to a post, hushes the crowd, and CHOPS him on the chest. Fans want “Otra! Otra!” aka another one. Hernandez slowly stands, and Pentagon kicks that leg again!

They go back in the ring and Pentagon climbs up top. Believers echo “CERO! MIEDO!” but Hernandez avoids the double stomps. Pentagon sees Hernandez on the apron, and rocks him with forearms. He tells him to his face, “CERO! MIEDO!” but he runs into the slingshot shoulder! Hernandez swaggers while Pentagon bails out. Hernandez runs and FLIES! He wipes out the champion and swags about again. Fans let him know what they think of him, but he clubs Pentagon down. Hernandez wants fans to clear out, but they refuse, so he brings Pentagon around to another spot. Those fans refuse to clear out, so Hernandez just puts Pentagon in the ring. Cover, TWO!

Hernandez keeps on Pentagon with a camel clutch. He hears the fans jeer and boo as he lets Pentagon go. Hernandez drags Pentagon up but Pentagon kicks that leg! Pentagon runs, but into Hernandez’s solid tackle. Hernandez drags Pentagon up for the dominator lift, flips Pentagon off, then drops him with a Canadian backbreaker. Hernandez continues to swagger about, then drags Pentagon back up. Believers are thunderous for Pentagon while Hernandez chops him. Hernandez whips corner to corner but Pentagon dodges, to then SUPERKICK! And slingblade! Cover, TWO! Pentagon argues with the count, but the Believers are still behind him.

Hernandez gets to a corner and catches his breath. Pentagon stands him up to hush the crowd and… CHOP! Hernandez already has a hard time breathing, that only makes it tougher. He wants a time-out? There’s no time-outs in the Temple! Pentagon whips him corner to corner and hits a big corner clothesline. Pentagon runs in again, but Hernandez boots him away. Hernandez pulls himself up to the top rope, but Pentagon stops him with a chop. Pentagon climbs up, throws forearms, and prepares a superplex. Hernandez fights back and ear clubs, for a Super Mex splash! Cover, TWO!

Pentagon gets himself to a corner, and Hernandez lines up his shot. Hernandez runs in, but Pentagon puts him on the apron. Pentagon rocks him with a swing kick, then runs back. Hernandez shoulders, then slingshots, but into a SUPERKICK! Pentagon drags Hernandez back up but Hernandez shoves him away. Pentagon still gets Hernandez in a pumphandle piledriver! Cover, Pentagon wins!

Winner: Pentagon Dark, by pinfall; still Lucha Underground Champion

And as always, Pentagon puts Hernandez in the Dark Armbar. However, this keeps him from seeing King Cuerno coming in! Cuerno takes the belt and shoves the ref, to then clobber Pentagon with the title! Hernandez escapes, and Cuerno calf kicks Pentagon! Cuerno scoops Pentagon, brings him over to both the Aztec seal and the championship, for Thrill of the Kill! Inverted package piledriver, on the belt! The King of Hunters has sent a message to his new prey. Will Cuerno finally get the biggest and best trophy of all?

 


 

My Thoughts:

I love Lucha Underground. That cinematic opening was perfect. I was hoping they’d do some of that stuff for the Haunted House Match, but getting all this made up for it. Melissa and Catrina had a great fight, and I knew Muertes was going to drop Catrina like that. I’m also very curious about how Fenix’s character will be now that he’s risen from the dead this way. Perhaps he will become a darker Fenix, wearing darker gear and using more aggression. I wonder if Melissa will need to become his Catrina, using that stone to rein him in when he goes too far.

Poor Joey Mercury. He shows up to Mundo’s wedding, but that gets ruined. He fights for Mundo’s honor but gets “sacrificed”. And in the real world, he’s been arrested! This literally may be the last time we see Joey Mercury anywhere for a long time. But it’s good story for LU, as I’m sure Mundo will want even more revenge on Matanza now that he took Mundo’s best friend. I’m thinking now maybe Mundo is the man to stop the demigod’s streak of sacrifices, with some help from Taya. And that makes me wonder where El Dragon Azteca Jr. has been lately. He wants to be a fighting champion, but he’s gotten a couple weeks off already.

Killshot VS Big Bad Steve was great, especially because of Havoc’s appearance and reception. Killshot getting unmasked was shocking, and I bet now this grudge between him and Havoc becomes a Mask VS Mask match. I’m thinking Havoc wins that, he’s the hero in this, and Killshot having to reveal himself to the world would be a nice twist to his story. Then it was great that Pentagon still wanted a match, no matter who the opponent was. Hernandez gives him a good fight, but of course Pentagon wins. Cuerno coming out and attacking was another great surprise, and a match between him and Pentagon is going to be great. I bet if anyone takes that title off Pentagon, it’ll be Cuerno, who is just as ruthless and cunning.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Miranda Morales sits on the host’s chair and welcomes her Lucha Central buddies for a look back at the magic & mystery of Lucha Underground!

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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (6/22/21)

Adam Cole hits the ring, BAYBAY!

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NXT lights the fuse, get ready for fireworks!

Before an explosive rematch on the Great American Bash, Kyle O’Reilly takes on NXT Cruiserweight Champion, Kushida, and Adam Cole takes on…?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Adam Cole VS ???; Cole wins.
  • Io Shirai & Zoey Stark VS The Robert Stone Brand; Shirai & Stark win.
  • Johnny Gargano & Austin Theory VS Pete Dunne & Oney Lorcan; Gargano & Theory win.
  • Franky Monet VS ???; Monet wins.
  • Ever-Rise VS Hit Row; Hit Row wins.
  • Kyle O’Reilly VS KUSHIDA; O’Reilly wins.

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Adam Cole VS ???

The Panama City Playboy is back, but he never gave an answer to last week’s “pick your poison” challenge as posed to him and Kyle O’Reilly. Cole is confident as ever, though, does he have an idea?

Cole gets the mic and reminds us that William Regal set up Cole VS Kyle at Great American Bash. Oh, and Samoa Joe assaulted and attacked him! Now this week, he gets to handpick his opponent. Cole was doing some thinking, so ain’t no way in hell HE is going to do that. He doesn’t have to start following the rules just cuz Joe is here. And Cole wants Joe to know there’s a new king of this brand, and you’re looking at him! After Cole embarrasses Kyle at Great American Bash 2021, Cole will be recognized the best in NXT ever! So the fans can consider themselves lucky for having seen Cole, but this isn’t happening.

Oh wait, here comes Carmelo Hayes! This newcomer came close to the Cruiserweight Championship in his debut, seems he’s aiming at another prize. “Hey, Cole, you might not know who I am, but I know who you are.” Melo introduces himself, and says if anyone changes Cole’s mind, it’s him. Oh is that so? Then enlighten him on how. Melo says there is this famous phrase. How does it go? “RUTHLESS! AGGRESSION!” Same energy, bruh. And then Melo SLAPS Cole!! Cole is pissed and the match is on!

Hayes dodges, fires off hands on Cole but Cole knees low! Cole ROCKS Hayes, runs, but Hayes springboards to FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Hayes chases Cole but Cole gets out of the ring. So Hayes just PLANCHAS Cole down! The CWC fires up for Hayes as he gets Cole up and into the ring. Hayes gets on the apron but Cole BOOTS him down! Fans fire up as Cole finally throws off his merch shirt. Cole goes out after Hayes, drags him up and into the ring, then stalks him to a corner. Cole stomps a mudhole into Hayes, throws forearms, does more stomping, but lets off as the ref counts. Cole gets Hayes up but Hayes shoves him away.

Cole ROCKS Hayes again, then brings him out for a snap suplex! Cole dusts off his hands as fans rally up. Hayes sits up, Cole gets him up, and turns him for a NECKBREAKER! Cole is having fun now as he stalks Hayes to ropes. Cole chokes Hayes on the ropes, lets off as the ref counts, and fans are dueling between the veteran and the new kid. Hayes throws body shots and CHOPS but Cole throws haymakers and forearms! Hayes kicks from the mat, but falls for 52 Fake Out! Cole grins, but Hayes blocks the superkick to TKO KNEE SMASH and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Coles gets to a corner but Hayes keeps his cool.

Hayes storms over to fire off body shots, windmills clubbing forearms, but lets off as the ref counts. Cole yanks Hayes into buckles! Cole gets space, comes back, but into a boot! Hayes goes up but Cole SHOVES him down! Hayes hits the floor hard and Cole goes out to RAM him into barriers! Cole gets Hayes back up to TOSS him into boards! Fans boo Cole as NXT goes picture in picture.

Cole paces, refreshes the ring count, and fetches Hayes, just to TOSS him into the boards again! Hayes gasps and sputters as Cole refreshes the count again. Cole puts Hayes back in the ring, JAMS his knee in Hayes’ back, then wraps on a headscissor necklock. Hayes endures, even as Cole drives in elbows into his head. Hayes turns, rolls, and gets the ropebreak! Cole holds on until the ref counts, and then lets off at 4. Hayes hits Cole as he goes, but Cole stomps him down. Cole drags Hayes up to throw haymakers and then bumps him off buckles. Cole throws hands, wrenches, and whips him corner to corner hard! Hayes bounces off buckles and Cole smirks as he taunts the rookie.

Cole drags Hayes up, Hayes shoves free but Cole kicks low! Cole gets Hayes up for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Cole grows annoyed now but he looms over Hayes before bringing him up again. Hayes throws forearms so Cole gives them back! Hayes knees low, Cole EuroUppers! Hayes CHOPS but Cole kicks low! Cole fireman’s carries for the USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Hayes’ toughness is getting on Cole’s nerves and Cole wraps on a chinlock. Hayes endures as Cole grinds him down. Cole talks some trash while cranking the hold back, but Hayes fights with hammering hands.

NXT returns to single picture and fans rally up as Hayes keeps working on the chinlock. Hayes sits up, pries the grip open and gets to his feet to throw body shots. Hayes is free, runs, but Cole CLOBBERS him with a back elbow! Fans duel again as Cole gets Hayes up. Cole bumps Hayes off buckles, wrenches and whips Hayes corner to corner hard, and Hayes slumps down in the corner. Cole says Hayes chose the wrong guy to step to. Hayes bails out, Cole lets the ring count climb. Hayes stands at 5 of 10 and flounders a bit, but gets himself in at 7 of 10. Cole smirks as he stalks over to the corner. Hayes gets up but Cole throws forearms!

Cole says “You’re a nobody, you hear me? I’m Adam Cole, BAYBAY, and you’re nobody!” Hayes gets up but Cole SLAPS him down! Hayes gets up to throw forearms and Cole gives them back! Cole whips Hayes to ropes but Hayes rolls off Cole’s back to BOOT him down! Fans fire up with Hayes as he runs, but into a BOOT from Cole! Hayes wobbles, Cole gets him in a suplex, but Hayes suplexes to a CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Cole survives but Hayes gets him up and reels him in. Cole cradle counters, TWO! Hayes boots but Cole blocks, ENZIGURI follows! And a HUGE Code Breaker!! Cover, TWO!! Cole survives and Hayes can’t believe it!

The CWC is fired up while Hayes refocuses. Cole goes to ropes, Hayes grits his teeth and storms over to CHOP him! Hayes whips, Cole reverses but swings into a spin and fireman’s carry! Cole slips off to BACKSTABBER! High stack cover, TWO!! Hayes survives and Cole is getting mad now! Cole goes to a corner, hops up but Hayes gets away from the drop zone. Cole still leaps, into a SUPERKICK! Hayes runs, springboards, into a SUPERKICK!! Cole goes back to a corner, goes back up and leaps, PANAMA SUNRISE!! Cover, Cole wins!

Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall

The Generational Talent came close again, but this is why Cole considers himself the king of NXT! However, Cole has two weeks to get ready for the rematch with Kyle O’Reilly! Will Cole be ready to bash it up at the Bash?

 

Franky Monet talks with Jessi Kamea & Aliyah.

Monet is so excited for tonight. The Robert Stone Brand has a match with Zoey Stark & Io Shirai, and Aliyah says it’ll be a piece of cake. Jessi says it’s already in the bag. And of course, Franky has her second match! These three should be the Winner’s Circle! Yeah, great name. But then suit man Stone come sin and Franky says tonight is going to be a great night for them all. Good luck, ladies! Thank you! The high-five to Stone is a little hard, will it hurt even harder if and when his clients ditch him for Monet?

 

Backstage interview with Zoey Stark.

We all just saw Monet talk up Jessi & Aliyah, but why did she help Shirai last week? Well Shirai gave Stark her big break. All last week was was paying it back. But tagging tonight is a surprise, especially with how notorious Shirai can be when playing with others. But speaking of, Shirai comes in to say it for herself: She did pick Stark for tonight, but that doesn’t mean she likes her. Mutual respect is all they need tonight as far as Stark is concerned. Will that help them get a win against the bougie bad brand?

 

LA Knight speaks.

The Million Dollar Ladder match made him the NEW Million Dollar Champion, “So let me talk to ya.” Knight’s coronation made him drop what he didn’t need, and that was the old man DeBiase boarding the gravy train! Then the ungrateful NXT fans are all shouting “TO THE MOON!” for that “Hilljack” Grimes, who comes out to go after Knight. Good on Grimes, because even Knight thought Grimes only cared about the title and the money. Turns out, he cares about the old man. That’s so sweet. Grimes is what Knight knew he was on day one: a moron idiot!

That fall Grimes took at TakeOver was beautiful, but that won’t compare to when he gets dropped on his head by the Million Dollar Megastar, the- Oh, thank you! Drinks on Knight! Whose game is it? L A Knight’s game! Toast to that! But will Knight be living the high-life after coming face to feet with a Cave-In?

 

Johnny Gargano & Austin Theory are here!

They make their way down to the ring, and Gargano says these are exciting times! There is new management in town so we need a new NXT Champion! A new face of the brand! We don’t need the big, mean, angry, leather jacket wearing doomsday guy. No! We need the handsome, the hardworking, the headband wearing, respectable family man! We need Johnny! Theory agrees, of course. The 57 days Gargano was champion, NXT THRIVED! It was a paradise! Chef’s kiss and all that. At TakeOver, Gargano proved Karrion Kross is NOT on Gargano’s level. Gargano outshined him every time they were in the ring together! And everyone knows Gargano can outwrestle Kross on his worst day!

But instead of Kross, Pete Dunne and Oney Lorcan show up! The Bruiserweight has a mic to respond, “Are you mad?” This is so stupid. Gargano must be nuts if he thinks he’s #1 contender over Dunne. And shut up, Theory. Theory gets heated but Gargano has him stop. These two are trying to provoke them and start chaos! There is a new way to do things around here, the Way does not partake in hijinks and shenanigans! They are law-abiding citizens, and there are rules to follow, Peter. The Way are good people. If Dunne and Oney want a fight, it won’t come from them. Gargano puts the mic down, he and Theory wash their hands of this as they leave the ring.

Oney picks up the mic as Theory says he is watching Dunne. Theory points at Dunne, but Dunne grabs those fingers to SNAP them! Theory needs to be more careful around the Bruiserweight! Will Gargano find a way to get back at Dunne that follows the rules?

 

Cameron Grimes rolls up.

Everyone says hey and Grimes gives them money for their troubles. How is DeBiase doing? He’s alright, Grimes will keep checking on him. Ari Sterling says Grimes must’ve just come from the nursing home. Had to check on Gramps and all that. What was that? Grimes heard him. Grimes did, and he laughs, before he DECKS Sterling! That’s for Ted, this is for you. Grimes gives Sterling a $100 even so, and laughs his way into the CWC.

 

Backstage interview with Adam Cole.

McKenzie asks him about his coming match with Kyle, and Cole says no. He is not talking about Kyle at all. He doesn’t care about Kyle, he doesn’t care about Kyle VS Kushida tonight, because what Cole did to Hayes will happen to Kyle at the Bash. But here comes Regal. Cole asks what he wants. Regal appreciates Cole going through with that match tonight. Cole says he did it for himself, not for Regal. Regal hopes there’s no animosity between Cole and Joe. According to who? Well Cole touched Joe, Joe got him with the clutch, that’s the end of it. Don’t provoke Joe again.

Oh is that how Regal sees this? How great that Regal has done absolutely nothing to reprimand Joe for putting his hands on Cole! But don’t worry, Cole will do Regal a favor by getting out of his hair. Cole takes his things and goes, will this make things considerably easier on the General Manager tonight?

 

The battery continues to charge.

We are now at 31%.

 

Gargano is fuming and he gets the cameraman to follow him.

He and Theory storm up to the GM’s office and since Theory’s fingers hurt, Gargano knocks. Regal lets them enter and Gargano hopes he saw what happened. Regal did. The Way are being model citizens, and look! A new pencil to replace the other one. But there need to be consequences! Regal agrees, there should be. Alright, so what’s gonna happen? Is Joe gonna go get them? Put them through a wall? Or better yet, Coquina Clutch! Regal stands up and Gargano wants to see Regal get those brass knuckles and “knuck ’em up!” No, no, they’re going to face Dunne & Oney in a match, later tonight.

What?! They’re not even dressed, they don’t have their stuff! Doesn’t matter, they have to go. Gargano and Theory panic and rush out of the room, will they suffer more than two bad fingers tonight?

 

Io Shirai & Zoey Stark VS The Robert Stone Brand!

The Evil Genius and the Rising Star(k) are ready to shine, but Franky did fire up Jessi & Aliyah backstage. Will Shirai’s return to the ring be a great success or a disappointing stumble on her way back after the title?

The teams sort out and Aliyah starts with Shirai. They tie up, Shirai headlocks, but Aliyah powers out. Shirai counters the hip toss to an arm-drag, then fireman’s carries. Aliyah slips out and pulls hair, but Shirai CHOPS and punches her on repeat for it! Shirai pulls hair now but Aliyah shoves her away. Aliyah runs but into a FLAPJACK! Shirai runs and basement dropkicks Aliyah down! Shirai brings Aliyah over, sits her down in the corner and digs her boots in! Swinging knees! Tag to Stark, Stark gets Aliyah up to wrench and fireman’s carry takedown. Stark wrenches the arm, Aliyah throws forearms, but Stark blocks the whip to reverse it!

Tilt-o-whirl, Aliyah throws Stark but Stark handsprings through to SLIDING LARIAT! Aliyah scrambles and tags in Jessi, Stark dodges the boot to waistlock. Jessi bucks the O’Conner roll and hits a sliding wheel kick! Cover, TWO to a Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Stark avoids the dropkick to Oklahoma Roll again! TWO, but Stark DOUBLE STOMPS! Stark fires up, gets Jessi up on the apron, but Jessi hotshots her down! Jessi slingshots in to then springboard for an elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Stark grits her teeth but Jessi is frustrated, and now Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell make their way down to ringside.

Jessi puts Stark in the corner, Aliyah tags in and stomps a mudhole then fires off hands! Tag to Jessi, they mug Stark then Jessi CLUBS Stark down! Tag to Aliyah, she stomps a mudhole into Stark again, and then Aliyah brings Stark out. Stark rolls Aliyah, ONE, and Aliyah calf kicks Stark down! Aliyah covers again, TWO! Stark tries to get away from Aliyah while Shirai glares at Candice, and NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and Jessi keeps Starks down with clubbing forearms. Tag to Aliyah, she gets a boost for a tilt-o-whirl SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Aliyah puts on a body scissor squeeze and thrashes Stark around! Stark endures, pushes back to a cover, TWO! Aliyah clubs away on Stark but Stark turns around to fire off on Aliyah! Aliyah squeezes tighter then gets a facelock to keep Stark down! Stark powers up and powers out to SLAM Aliyah down! Fans fire up while both women are down, and The Way isn’t sure what to make of this. Hot tags to Shirai and Jessi! Shirai rallies then FLAPJACKS Jessi down! Shirai DECKS Aliyah for good measure, then hits a 619 on Jessi!

Jessi flounders, Shirai dodges Aliyah’s swipe to AX KICK her down! Springboard missile dropkick for Jessi! Cover, TWO! Shirai keeps her focus and she gets Jessi up. Shirai underhooks but Jessi wrenches out to KICK! Tag to Aliyah and she gets Shirai up for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Shirai survives and Aliyah shrieks! Tag to Jessi, they double suplex, but Shirai lands on her feet! Hot tag to Stark and she DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICKS! Stark gets Jessi up for a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Tag back to Shirai, and Shirai makes sure Candice sees this! Shirai goes up, and OVER THE MOONSAULT! Cover, Shirai & Stark win!

Winners: Io Shirai & Zoey Stark, by pinfall

The Evil Genius stares Candice down as she and Stark have their hands raised. They dare The Way to get in, but then Raquel Gonzalez and Dakota Kai come out from the crowd side. Raquel teases that Shirai goes on vacation and came back to get a friend. If either of them think they’re jumping the line for that #1 contender’s spot, they’re crazy! Those titles belong to Kai & Gonzalez! But whoa, whoa, whoa! Shotzi & Ember show up! Now certainly no one forgot about them! They done lost their minds! MARBLES! But also, they beat Kai & Gonzalez for that contendership spot, right? Right! So then that puts Kai & Gonzalez at the back, right? Right!

But, wait, Ember… They DID forget! Whaaa…? Well let’s remind them! And by that, Shotzi means, KICK SOME ASS!! It’s a chaotic brawl in the ring, but the champs stay far away from it all! Shirai, Kai and Ember, then Raquel, Shotzi and Stark! Samoa Joe comes out and Candice says this isn’t on them! Joe has referees and security get in this, and teams are separated from other teams. Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but that’s not happening! Shotzi and Ember are the ones left in the ring, Shirai and Stark are on one side, and Kai and Gonzalez are on the other. Will Candice & Indi have to watch out with this many teams targeting them?

 

Kushida speaks.

“I knew my professional wrestling life wouldn’t last forever. This will be a special moment in my career. Nobody can take this moment away from us.” The Time Splitter is ready, but will he come out on top against a motivated Kyle O’Reilly?

 

BREAKING NEWS!

The Great American Bash just got bigger! After Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher got past the Grizzled Young Veterans, they are getting their shot at the NXT Tag Team Champions! Will the Must-See Kids find themselves in a must-win scenario?

 

Johnny Gargano & Austin Theory VS Pete Dunne & Oney Lorcan!

The Way scrambles to finish dressing but they’ve made it in time! Will they make the Bruiserweight and Boston Fury regret getting in their way tonight? Or will it be the other way around?

The teams sort out and Oney starts with Gargano. Gargano fires off hands but Oney knees low and waistlocks. Gargano switches, shoves, then follows to RANA Oney! Oney is up but Gargano dropkicks him down! Oney scrambles to tag Dunne, Gargano arm-drags Dunne but then Dunne fakes Gargano out. Dunne goes for La Magistrol but Gargano slips right out to arm-drag Dunne after all! Fans rally as Dunne kips up, but Gargano wrenches. Tag to Theory but that was the bad hand! Dunne throws Gargano out, but Theory gets Dunne with a forearm! Theory headlocks, Dunne powers out and things speed up, Dunne CLOBBERS Theory!

Tag to Oney, he and Dunne double wrench and double CHOP Theory! Oney CHOPS Theory in a corner, then CHOPS him again! Theory flops down, Oney gets him up to wrench the bad arm and wristlock the bad hand! Dunne tags in, Dunne takes those fingers and bends them! Theory shouts in pain as Dunne hammerlocks the arm into the mat and STOMPS it! Theory flounders, Dunne stays between him and Gargano, then he stomps the bad hand! Dunne gets Theory up, tortures the already damaged digits, and then digs knees into the elbow. Dunne gets the bandages off the fingers to stomp them directly!

Dunne again keeps Theory from Gargano, CHOPS him, then tags Oney. Oney CHOPS Theory, and Theory might have to worry about his chest as much as his fingers. Oney wrenches the arm, bends the fingers, but Theory throws hands. Oney ducks but comes up into a back elbow! Oney is in a corner, Theory hits a clothesline then throws Oney down for slingshot stomps! And a dead lift suplex! Fans fire up as Theory tags Gargano. The Way double whips Oney and double elbow him down! No look high-five and double elbow drop! Gargano is after Oney but Oney kicks low. Tag to Dunne, but Gargano atomic drops!

Tag back to Theory, Gargano whips Dunne and Theory somersaults, SHOTGUN SPINEBUSTER COMBO! Cover, TWO! Theory storms after Dunne in a corner to throw forearms. Theory’s arm bothers him, Dunne fires off KICKS to the leg! Dunne has the arm again for a hammerlock, then pulls the far arm! Dunne digs knuckles into ribs, a knee into the shoulder, and he hammers away on Theory’s side! Dunne drops knees on the bad hand! Chinbar and hammering hands, Dunne just tortures Theory! Dunne sits on Theory to bend the arm back, bend the fingers, and then PENALTY KICK the triceps! Theory sits up into another KICK!

Dunne brings Theory up, whips him to a corner, but Theory manages to go up and over and duck to DROPKICK! Oney gets in but Theory clotheslines him back out! Theory aims, and manages a PLANCHA but misses! Dunne comes around to CLOBBER Theory! Dunne gets in to DECK Gargano, and he tags Oney! Oney & Dunne get Theory up for a DOUBLE APRON SLAM!! The Way is in a bad way as NXT goes to break!

NXT returns and Dunne drags Theory by his legs. Tag to Oney as Dunne gets Theory up in the Surfboard! Oney CHOPS Theory over and over while he endures, but Dunne lets go at the ref’s count, and Oney DDT’s Theory right down! Gargano coaches Theory but Dunne tags back in. Oney isolates the arm for him and Dunne STOMPS it again! Theory writhes but Dunne gets his wrists. Theory dodges the stomps to roll Dunne up! TWO, and Dunne trips Theory before he gets to Gargano! Theory BOOTS Dunne, Oney tags in, and Oney just barely keeps Theory from Gargano! Theory ROCKS Oney, hot tag to Johnny!

Johnny Wrestling rallies, ENZIGURI for Dunne and CHOP for Oney! BULLDOG CLOTHESLINE COMBO! The fans rally, Gargano whips but Oney puts him on the apron., Gargano SUPERKICKS Dunne, slingshots and SPEARS Oney down! Gargano DIVES to take out Dunne! Fans are thunderous as Gargano gets in and tags Theory. The Way works together but Oney fights hem both off! Oney goes up but Gargano GMAANGIRIS, Theory ARABIAN SPANSIH FLIES! Cover, but Dunne breaks it in time! Gargano scoops Dunne but Dunne slips out to pump handle! BITTER- NO! Gargano slips out but Dunne ROCKS him! Gargano rebounds to DISCUS!

All four men are down and fans are loving “NXT! NXT!” Theory gets Oney back up, Oney CHOPS him! And CHOPS him! Theory CHOPS back! And throws a BIG forearm! Oney comes back with a BLOCKBUSTER! Tag to Dunne and Dunne KICKS Theory to ropes. Dunne WRINGS out the bad arm, locks it, and tortures the fingers before he pulls way back on the arm!! Oney blocks Gargano but Gargano boots him down onto Dunne! Theory is free thanks to that, and Dunne gets his legs moving. Gargano tags in but Dunne ROCKS him! Gargano ROCKS Dunne back with boxing elbows, but Dunne SNAP GERMANS! STOMP to the hands, but Gargano ducks the kick to schoolboy KICK!

Gargano keeps moving, Dunne dodges him, slingshot SPEAR into a FOREARM! Tag to Oney, he and Dunne get Gargano up but Gargano fights free! Gargano shoves Dunne and Oney into each other, then runs and tilt-o-whirls Dunne. Dunne fights off the takedown, and feeds Gargano to Oney’s half nelson! HALF NELSON POWERBOMB COMBO!? Cover, Theory breaks it in time!! Fans are thunderous again as Theory fires off on Dunne! Dunne is after the bad arm again! Theory kicks low, reels Dunne in, but no bomb as Dunne slips out and ENZIGURIS! EuroUpper from Oney! And a CHOP! Oney runs, into Gargano’s SUPERKICK!

Gargano tosses Dunne, runs and DIVES! TOPE TORNADO DDT!! Gargano gets back up to ONE FINAL BEAT!! Cover, The Way wins!!

Winners: Johnny Gargano & Austin Theory, by pinfall

Bad fingers, little time to prepare, but a victory all the same! Gargano is feeling great, until KARRION KROSS blindsides him with a forearm!! Fans boo cranky Kross for attacking Gargano, but Gargano should’ve known better than to call out Mr. Apocalypse. Will there be any way for Johnny Wrestling to take that title from Kross 1v1?

 

The batter continues to charge.

We are now at 41%.

 

Backstage interview with Kross and Scarlett.

Kross won’t talk to the media, he wants to talk to management. Joe is the one to meet him, though. Kross says, “So, these are the new rules. Remember, ‘unless provoked.'” Of course, champ. Joe lets Kross through to the exit. Scarlett shoots Joe a sneer, and then Joe turns around to see Dunne. Another silent stare down between these two certified destroyers of men. Will there ever be words exchanged?

 

MORE BREAKING NEWS!

After the huge brawl earlier tonight, we’re getting a TRIPLE THREAT to determine #1 contenders to the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships! Shirai & Stark VS Shotzi & Ember VS Gonzalez & Kai!! Who wins to make their way to the Great American Bash to take on Candice & Indi?

 

Franky Monet VS Elektra Lopez!

While La Wera Loca calls this her “encore,” it’s really just her second match in NXT. However, she is against a debuting face. Will Franky foil another superstar’s premiere to shine brighter again?

The bell rings and the two tie right up. Franky headlocks, hits a takeover, and cranks on the hold. Lopez gets up, pries free and wrenches to a wristlock, but Franky rolls and wrenches back. Franky powers Lopez into a corner, the ref counts and Franky lets off to CHOP Lopez! Franky dares Lopez to do something, but then runs into Lopez’s elbow! And boot! Lopez storms after Franky to scoop and SLAM her! And drop an elbow! And then another! Lopez does a little dance but Franky bails out. Lopez storms over but into a shoulder! Franky runs into forearms from Lopez! Lopez runs but Franky follows, blocks and wrenches to KICKS and an STO!

Franky fires up and the fans follow as she floats around to ground ‘n’ pound. Looks familiar, like a certain guru taught her. Franky stomps Lopez, then drags Lopez up to TOSS her by her hair! Franky eggs Lopez on again and Lopez throws body shots, only for Franky to CLUB her down! Franky whips Lopez to the corner, runs in and elbows her! Franky makes Lopez take a seat, then goes corner to corner, but Lopez dodges! Franky bumps into buckles, and Lopez gets up to CHOP! And CHOP! Lopez dodges, comes back and back elbows! Fans fire up with Lopez and she BOOTS Franky, to then fireman’s carry! Franky fights free, blocks Lopez and spins her to ROLLING ELBOW!

Franky gets Lopez up, chicken wing, GLAM SLAM! Cover, Franky wins!

Winners: Franky Monet, by pinfall

The sequel is a success, just like the first! Will it only be a matter of time before #BougieBad goes after the belt?

 

Backstage interview with Bronson Reed.

The North American Champion knows Santos Escobar is calling him out, and his response is that he is confused. He squishes Escobar, puts him through a barricade, what more does Reed have to do? Does he have to squish Escobar into this TV here? Or put him through the windows? Through walls? Reed could destroy the whole CWC and- Hit Row interrupts by walking in, and Swerve gets in Reed’s face. Swerve eyes the title, and Top Dolla says, “Everybody’s colossal, until a colossus walks in the room.” True, Top Dolla is talla than Reed. Adonis tells the fans that Ever-Rise are about to get a crash course, without seatbelts.

Also, Reed ain’t even from North America. Yeah, cuz that’s how to get this. Reed doesn’t sweat Hit Row, but will he worry about them more after dealing with Escobar?

 

NXT shares a video from social media.

Apparently, this incident earlier today is what Hit Row was referring to before the break. Ever-Rise was lurking like parking lot ninjas, and they crept up on Hit Row’s ride. They shake up the spray paint, but “Dolla King” was already in the driver’s seat. Does he know that Ever-Rise is Ever-Rise? “Ski masks don’t work when your name’s on your shirt.” Oh, right. RUN FOR IT! Will Ever-Rise at least rule in the ring?

Ever-Rise VS Hit Row!

Matt Martel & Chase Parker take on Top Dolla & Ashante “Thee” Adonis, and if you didn’t know, now you know!

The teams sort out, Martel gets bulldozed by Dolla and Dolla even hits Parker for good measure! “What is my name?!” Dolla DECKS Martel, stands on him, and tags Adonis. Adonis takes his shirt off to throw it at Parker! Parker gets mad but Martel gets around to tag him in! Parker ROCKS Adonis but Adonis hits the AIR-DROP! Adonis hammers away on Parker, fires off knees, and B-Fab tells him to cool off. Adonis drags Parker back, tags Dolla back in, and Hit Row gets Parker up. Dolla taunts Martel but Parker wriggles free! Tag to Martel and Ever-Rise fires off hands! Dolla shoves them both away, but they dump him out hard!

Fans fire up for Ever-Rise as they fire each other up. Dolla gets up and he’s pissed! Parker runs in but Dolla DECKS him, then TOSSES him! Dolla gets Martel with a choke grip, shoves him to the corner and SPLASHES! Tag to Adonis for the LONG KISS GOODNIGHT! Tag back to Dolla, and Swerve says to end it. Dolla drags Parker up, reels him in, and coordinates with Adonis, POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER! Cover, Hit Row wins!

Winners: Hit Row, by pinfall

Parker checks on Martel, but he gets a HOUSE CALL from Swerve! Ever-Rise might not ever get back up! Will they make sure to keep Hit Row’s names out of their mouths from now on?

 

Backstage interview with Mercedes Martinez.

McKenzie has huge news, there will be a mixed tag with her against Boa & Xia Li! But who has she chosen for a partner? Well, Mercedes can get down with this. But she doesn’t make friends that easily. She can go, with or without- But then XIA LI attacks from behind! Boa talks some smack to Mercedes, too, but JAKE ATLAS comes in and BOOTS him down! Atlas says he’s just joined the fight! Mercedes and Atlas tell Tian Sha’s warriors they’ll see them next week. Will Mean Ms. Mercedes and the Muscle of El Monte make Tian Sha shrink back into the shadows?

 

Kyle O’Reilly speaks.

“Sometimes, you come across a guy you were just born to wrestle, and Kushida is that for me.” When Kyle and Kushida face off, the world watches a great match that is just a byproduct of them stepping in the ring. Kyle will wrestle like this is the last match of his career, and he is sure Kushida will do the same. That match is coming! Will Kyle keep pace with Cole? Or is he going to find why Kushida is still the Super Junior?

 

Kyle O’Reilly VS KUSHIDA!

This match may have come about because of the “pick your poison” challenge, but both men (and the fans) are more than happy to have this dream match happen in NXT! Will Kyle be fired up just weeks away from the Great American Bash? Or will plenty of fireworks go off right here?

The bell rings and the two circle. They give a quick low-five of respect before they clinch and go for control. Kushida hooks a leg to block a takedown and they end up on ropes. Kyle gets the other leg, trips Kushida, but Kushida’s leg guard is strong. Kushida trips Kyle, Kyle’s leg guard is also strong, and they knuckle lock on top of the leg grapple. Kyle turns things back around, cover, ONE! Kyle pushes that arm down for another cover, Kushida bridges. Kushida uses his leg guard to keep Kyle away, and then gets up to push Kyle over with body weight. Kushida throws elbows, handsprings through and gets Kyle for an ARMBAR! Kyle gets up and gets free, and fans cheer the exchange!

Kyle and Kushida go again, another leg hook to block a takedown, and Kushida gets a waistlock. Kyle pries the waistlock open, tackles Kushida, and uses his knee to keep Kushida down while going for the Triangle! Kushida gets the ropebreak, Kyle lets off, and fans cheer again. Kushida and Kyle circle, tie up, Kyle waistlocks but Kushida pries at it. Kyle headlocks, Kushida powers out and things speed up. Kyle rolls to BOOT, but Kushida stays up. Kyle whips, Kushida handsprings, into an ARMBAR! Kushida gets free and comes back to go around with Kyle! Kyle holds Kushida off to put Kushida in the cobra twist! But Kushida hip tosses free and cartwheels to basement dropkick!

Fans love this as Kushida looms over Kyle. Kushida steps over to hammerlock the arm, and TWISTS it! Kyle writhes but Kushida gets him up for a top wristlock. Kyle tries to fight free but Kushida wrangles him down. Kushida bends fingers, twists the wrist, and drags Kyle around. Kyle pushes a forearm into Kushida’s face but Kushida KICKS him to a corner! Kushida whips Kyle corner to corner, Kyle stops himself and comes back to go for a leg. Kushida gets free and he goes for a leg, but Kyle steps over to get Kushida’s leg. Kushida shakes Kyle off and goes for Kyle’s leg, but Kyle gets free. They both shoot in and their heads collide! Fans fire up how even these two are, and NXT goes picture in picture!

Kushida and Kyle back off to opposite ends and Kyle even goes out of the ring to walk it off. Kushida sees him, Kyle gets on the apron and Kushida is after the arm! Wrench and elbow breaker HOTSHOT! Kyle flops down, Kushida gets him inside and has the arm for another wristlock. Kushida grinds Kyle down, hooks up the arm and pulls the other back! Kyle endures, Kushida steps over and further, for a RECLINER! Kushida’s wrestler bridge is leverage enough but he gets back up to fall back! Kyle writhes from the snap in the shoulders! Kushida gets Kyle up but Kyle waistlocks and drags Kushida down to CLUB him! And KNEE him! And float to CLUB and KNEE again!

Kyle backs off to run and KNEE DROP! Kushida writhes now, but Kyle gets him up to tie up the legs in a figure four knot. Kyle adds on a cobra twist, Kushida endures what Kyle wants to call this combination, and pulls hair to pull Kyle back! TWO, and Kyle grimaces but Kushida KICKS him in the leg! Kushida KICKS the leg again, but Kyle kicks back! They kick and boot each other on the mat, then get space again. Kyle gets Kushida up to throw forearms, but Kushida KICKS the arm! And again! And again! Kyle walks around, clutching his elbow, but Kushida YANKS the arm! And YANKS! And YANKS again!

NXT returns to single picture and fans rally as Kyle tries a chinlock. Kushida snapmares free then PENALTY KICKS the arm in the corner! Kushida keeps moving but Kyle KNEES him back! Kyle wants a sayanagi but Kushida blocks the first time. Kyle gets the throw after all, and wraps on body scissors and sleeper! Kushida moves around to resist, and he hooks Kyle’s legs for a toehold! Kyle CLUBS Kushida, the two separate, and Kyle KICKS and SLAPS and KNEES and KICKS! Kushida jumps the sweep to CLOBBER Kyle! Kyle staggers up into an atomic drop! Kushida whips and hip tosses to an ARMBAR! Kyle moves around but into the HOVERBOARD!

Kyle slips free and he wants an armbar! Kushida moves around, waistlocks, but Kyle switches! Kushida drops, slips under and trips Kyle to the Hoverboard! But Kyle headscissors! Kushida floats, gets free, PENALTY KICK to the arm! Kyle clutches the wrist and Kushida KICKS away on the biceps! Kyle blocks a kick to slip around, fisherman but Kushida knees free! Kushida underhooks for a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Bridge, ROPEBREAK! Kyle saves himself and Kushida is a bit surprised! Kushida goes to the corner, climbs up top, and leaps, but Kyle avoids the flying knee! Kyle gives knees, forearms, KICKS and a rolling takedown! HEEL HOOK!

Kushida gets up to BRIDGE! TWO!! Kyle escapes but Kushida ROCKS him! Kyle forearms, both men try to fake the other out, but Kyle KNEES Kushida! Kushida holds off the suplex to ROLLING ELBOW! Kyle yoyos but Kushida dodges to PELE! Kyle still yoyos to LARIAT!! Kyle drags Kushida up, suplex and BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Kushida survives, this is why he is a champion! The CWC is thunderous as they rally and duel! Kyle goes to the apron, to a corner, and he climbs up. Kushida HANDSPRING KICKS Kyle down! Kyle is on the apron, Kushida gets his arm, and RAMS the arm into the post!

Kushida goes out to join Kyle on the apron now, and Kushida KICKS the arm again! And again! And again! Kyle grits his teeth as he blocks, but he has to reverse grip. Kushida fights off the guillotine and HAMMERLOCK SUPLEXES Kyle to the apron! Both men fall to the floor and fans are thunderous as a ring count begins! We’re at 5 of 10 as Kushida drags Kyle up and into the ring. Kushida aims and PENALTY KICKS the arm again! Kushida keeps moving, tilt-o-whirl but Kyle KNEES Kushida! AX ‘N’ SMASH! But Kushida FAST BALLS!! Both men fall over and fans are still loving this! Kushida gets Kyle up by his bad arm, wrenches it and hits an ELBOW BREAKER! TO THE HOVEBOARD!

Kyle moves around and around, slips out and whips Kushida to a corner to KNEE him! Kyle keeps moving, but runs into a body scissor! HOVERBOARD!! Kyle uses his own tights to block! But Kushida keeps Kyle from ropes! HOVEBOARD IS ON! But Kyle victory rolls?! KYLE WINS!!!

Winners: Kyle O’Reilly, by pinfall

Kyle just snatched victory from the jaws of defeat! Kushida can’t believe it, but Kyle gives Kushida his due. Kushida returns the favor, these two have great respect for each other, and for good reason! But here comes Cole! Kyle was ready and he tackles Cole over the announce desk! They brawl and bounce each other off desk and barriers! Then they throw more hands! Cole bounces Kyle off desk and barriers again, security rushes out to stop this, but Kyle wants payback! Cole goes after him, too, but Joe is

Wait, who is that going after Kushida?! Waistlock and SLAM!! That’s RODERICK STRONG?!?! Strong, Tyler Rust and a third man are here, and Strong KNEES Kushida down! Strong and his new compatriots have matching jackets, and MALCOLM BIVENS is here, too? Bivens shows Strong the NXT Cruiserweight Championship, and says “THIS! IS! DIAMOND MINE!!” Finally, we see just who was coming to NXT! And Strong tells Kushida, “Soon.” The Diamond Mine is open, and the Messiah of the Backbreaker is coming for gold! Will Kushida be able to withstand the pressure?


My Thoughts:

What an awesome episode! Cole opening with his promo about not wanting to and then Carmelo Hayes coming out and literally referencing John Cena, and especially the match, all of it was great stuff. Hayes is definitely a future champion on any if not all levels of NXT, this was perhaps Cole’s seal of approval on him. We got a good promo from Knight, and a good, quick segment with Grimes. I am pretty sure this means Grimes VS Ari Sterling is next week to help get Grimes back into the swing of things before going after Knight in a Million Dollar Rematch. Also, Ciampa & Thatcher VS MSK for Great American Bash, that’s a great move and could go either way to me.

Bronson Reed had a good promo to respond to Santos Escobar, their 1v1 match should definitely happen at Great American Bash. Given Swerve getting in Reed’s face tonight, Reed has to retain so Swerve can get his shot. Escobar can still come back around later, but Reed and Swerve have history so it just makes sense they have their match. Hit Row VS Ever-Rise was really good, really fun, lot of character work from everyone. Hit Row of course wins, Adonis and Dolla might need to work on that bomb neckbreaker combo, but they’re gonna get in the title scene soon enough. I’m just curious as to if and when “B-Fab” Briana Brandy gets in a match.

Franky Monet is totally swiping Robert Stone’s team from him, just a matter of when. Franky of course wins her second match, but I will say Elektra Lopez gave her a lot better fight than I expected. Franky leading an all female faction will definitely help keep her bougie bad persona from getting stale, she is already having good chemistry with Aliyah and Jessi, they could definitely make big moves in the division. Though, obviously, not right now. Shirai & Stark did great in their match against the Robert Stone Brand, and I did like that we got that big brawl of the women’s teams to set up next week’s contender’s match.

The only shortcoming was Shotzi & Ember having awkward banter. I appreciate Ember sticking to a catchphrase but I feel like Shotzi should change up her add-on. She already used “MARBLES!” so maybe other synonyms for going crazy should be used. In that Triple Threat, they all have reason to get after The Way, but given the recent build, I think Shirai & Stark get the nod for Great American Bash. At the same time, I don’t think the challengers take the titles off The Way, unless Dexter Lumis returns to distract Indi with his apology about that Poppy misunderstanding. Love conquers all, and #InDex is gonna conquer The Way.

The other half of The Way had great stuff, too. Gargano and Theory are so great together, both in promos and in matches. They had an awesome match with Dunne & Oney, Gargano got to unleash again, and Kross going after Gargano totally means those two face off, maybe even at The Great American Bash. Kross will certainly cross off Gargano and just keep going until Kyle comes back around. Speaking of which, Kyle and Kushida each had great promos to hype the main event, and it was definitely a match that lived up to the hype. Kyle winning with a quick pin rather than any finisher is great, it keeps Kushida strong enough given what’s coming next.

Cole attacking Kyle makes sense, and I like that it wasn’t used to “ruin” the main event. And it all worked that Joe was more focused on that chaos than what ended up happening in the ring. The Diamond Mine was hyped for showing up tonight, and just when it seemed like they wouldn’t, they did! I could not have ever guessed it was Roderick Strong coming back after claiming he was quitting. And at the same time, the writing was there for Rust and Bivens. “Diamond in the Rust,” that all comes back around to be Rust is in the Diamond Mine and that is clever.

The third man, though not named here, is apparently Hideki Suzuki, who has built his career for the last 13 years in the Japanese independents, having Pro-Wrestling Zero1’s Triple Crown. I therefore know very little else, but if he’s in NXT and debuting through this group, he’s a big deal and will show us some great stuff in the coming weeks.

My Score: 9.3/10


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