The Monster & The Moon take on Team B’n’B to see who stays undefeated in the Mixed Match Challenge! Plus, The Fenomenal Flair VS The FABULOUS Truth!
- Braun Strowman & Ember Moon VS Finn Balor & Bayley; Strowman & Moon win.
- AJ Styles & Charlotte Flair VS R-Truth & Carmella; Styles & Flair win.
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It’s week 4 of Mixed Match Challenge Season 2!
The round robin means no rest for the weary as Team B’n’B must compete again already after scoring a win over #Mahalicia last week. But their small win streak is already in danger as they go up against The Monster Among Men and the War Goddess! Will Balor & Bayley #GetTheseHands? Or will they be #TooSweet for Strowman & Moon?
Meanwhile, the #FenomenalFlair is a bit worse for wear after SmackDown earlier tonight. Charlotte fought so hard to regain the SmackDown Women’s Championship, but couldn’t take advantage of Becky Lynch not having Champion’s Advantage. Then they went crashing through the stage’s LED wall via Charlotte’s vicious Spear! AJ Styles himself isn’t at 100%, he had a grueling match with Samoa Joe at Super Show Down as well as a very competitive match with The Gold Standard, Shelton Benjamin. Is this the time for the FABULOUS Truth to strike and get on the board while bringing the undefeated duo down?
Unfortunately, there is a setback in the Raw Block.
After Kevin Owens had a match with a much more brutal Bobby Lashley, the Prizefighter is no longer able to compete and must drop out of the Mixed Match Challenge! This leaves the Queen of Harts, Natalya, without a partner! Who will be available to replace him in the remaining 10 weeks of competition?
Not one to be left out of the conversation, Lio Rush walks in, chanting for his man, “Lashley! Lashley!” The Manager of the Hour heard all the talk, and says that he has his own update on Kevin Owens: “He’s done!” It doesn’t matter who Natty gets, because #CountryDominance, Mickie & Bobby, came to dominate, came to collect, and obviously came to win. Will the 23 year old piece of gold’s confidence in Mickie-Bobby cause their downfall? Or will they have that much of an easier time making it to the finals at WWE TLC?
Backstage interview with #MonsterEclipse.
They respond to Team B’n’B’s claims from last week that they’re not worried at all about this match-up. Their plan for defeating Balor & Bayley is no different than their plan from last week against Team Pawz, nor from Strowman’s plan to defeat The Shield from last night’s Raw. And Ember beat Nia Jax, a huge accomplishment. Strowman & Moon feel pretty good, Balor & Bayley are no match for them. Will they succeed in their mission? Or will the underdogs surprise them?
Braun Strowman & Ember Moon VS Finn Balor & Bayley!
After this match, there will be one less undefeated team in the MMC round robin! Will it be #MonsterEclipse or Team B’n’B that will #GetThisLoss?
Indianapolis chant “Get These Hands!” for Strowman, but then “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” for Finn. The teams sort out and it’ll be ladies first. Ember and Bayley hear the dueling chants as they circle. They tie up and go around, but Ember gets the headlock. Bayley powers out but Ember runs her over with a shoulder. Ember runs but things speed up and Bayley hip tosses. Ember lands on her feet to arm-drag but Bayley comse back with a shoulder. Bayley smiles but Ember kips up, so Bayley runs her over again. Ember rolls away and fans fire up as Bayley throws up Too Sweets. Finn returns them and fans start singing “Hey~ we want some Bayley~!” Bayley encourages it, but Strowman tags in. Finn enters as “Get These Hands!” takes over.
Finn kicks Strowman’s leg, then dodges the hands. Strowman still grabs Finn and puts him in a corner. Finn slips out then kicks back, but Strowman comes running back in. Finn dodges and Ember rushes in. Bayley enters and Finn gives her a boost for the headscissors! Ember and Bayley go out, then Finn gets moving. He hits Strowman with all his weight but Strowman simply staggers. Finn tries again but runs into a hand! Strowman clubs him down with the other hand! Strowman drags Finn up for a neck wrench! Finn endures while Strowman says “Nobody gets out of these hands!” Fans rally up while we see The Fabulous Truth warming up to face “Ric Flair.” Carmella has to correct Truth, again.
But back in the ring, Strowman shifts to a chinlock and pulls on Finn’s head. Bayley rallies the fans for Finn and Finn gets up. Strowman shoves Finn and runs him over with one arm! Cover with just a foot, ONE! Strowman stalks Finn, then taunts Bayley that she’d love to save him. He kicks Finn then whips him corner to corner hard! Strowman roars while Finn crawls on the mat. Strowman toys with Finn but fans rally up. Finn fights back but it’s not enough, as Strowman headbutts him and then grinds a boot into the corner. Strowman drags Finn up and scoops him. Finn slips out, but can’t get the leg takedown. Strowman lifts and Finn slips out again. Finn reaches for Bayley but Strowman holds him back. Finn is fingertips away from Bayley, but Strowman whips him to the Monster Eclipse corner.
Strowman runs in but into boots, and Finn runs out. Strowman catches Finn again to power him into an open corner! Finn crumples while Strowman sneers. Bayley and fans rally, Indy wants some Bayley. Strowman runs in but Finn dodges, hot tag to Bayley! Ember comes in but it’s Bayley who rallies with lariats. Bayley puts Ember on the outside for the hotshot! Ember gets up and dodges Bayley but Bayley goes up and over. Ember catches Bayley and gives a shout out to Strowman, for a gutbuster! Bayely gets to a corner while Ember howls. Ember hits a big back elbow, but then Bayley follows up with a big knee! Bayley runs but Ember dodges, springboard crossbody! Cover, TWO! Ember glares while Strowman argues with the ref.
Ember drags Bayley up but Bayley ear claps her. Bayley runs to rock Ember with another knee! Cover, TWO! Bayley throws forearms, so Ember responds. Ember then counters to kick, kick and enziguri! Ember hurries to a corner but Bayley knows what this means and yanks her right off. Bayley blocks the kick and spins Ember into the Bayley2Belly! Cover, but Strowman yanks Ember out from under! Strowman tags in while Bayley protests. Finn returns but is still pretty sore. But he dodges Strowman to send him into the post! Strowman staggers while Finn climbs up. Finn leaps to double stomp Strowman on the back! Strowman goes down, and Finn hurries to go back up! Fans fire up, but Strowman narrowly avoids Coup de Grace! Bayley wipes Ember out with a flying crossbody! MONSTER SLAM for Finn! Cover, Monster Eclipse wins!
Winners: Strowman & Moon, Braun Strowman pinning
The Monster and his War Goddess are on a roll! They’re the first 2-0 team in this entire tournament, will they be the team to go all the way?
Natalya speaks on needing a replacement partner.
The Queen of Harts is confident she’ll be ready for #CountryDominance, though she’ll need a new pair of paws to tag to. But who?
Country Dominance responds to this news.
Lio Rush knows that “My man,” Bobby Lashley, and Mickie of the Hour, are on their way back to dominate. Mickie knows Natty will need more than two paws to beat them. As for Kevin, their man, Lashley beat him down and out. It doesn’t matter who is in, because this team will win. Will Natty’s new partner big someone that can spoil the win streak of Mickie-Bobby? Or will that new partner simply feel the #VeteranImpact?
AJ Styles & Charlotte Flair VS R-Truth & Carmella!
The FABULOUS Truth may be a bit out of sync because of Truth’s general confusion, but they’re still in great shape to take on the battered and bruised #FenomenalFlair. Is this the beginning of a FABULOUS comeback? Or will even a wounded Queen and tired Phenomenal One still be able to come out on top?
Naturally, Charlotte is careful with that bad arm, but Truth & Carmella tease Styles for forgetting to help with the ropes. Truth and Carmella asks Indy, “What’s up?!” but then Charlotte counters with “WOO~!” “What’s up?!” “WOO~!” And repeat. The fans were going along with both, so they move on to the match. The men start and Truth makes a point to help Carmella through the ropes. Truth and Styles circle and tie up, and Truth gets a headlock. He’s very proud of that, but Styles powers out. Things speed up but Truth holds ropes to stop himself. Truth fakes out Styles’ jump, but Styles says he almost tricked Truth.
Truth decides to break it down with a dance break, and Styles shows he’s got some ol’ running man moves! Now it’s on, as Truth does the Floss. Styles pops and locks, so Truth hits the Shoot. Time for a real dance break as the ladies tag in. Carmella does a fabulous floss, Carmella just struts like the Nature Boy. Charlotte does her best to twerk, and then she brings in the cabbage patch. Carmella splits, Truth jumps and splits over her. Charlotte shows her splits and a shimmy, but now it’s on Styles. Can Styles split? He jumps, but no. It just hurts. Well he has kids. Carmella throws Styles with a headscissors! But then covers up when Charlotte shows chop. It’s a stand off as fans “WOO~!” Charlotte backs off, that arm can’t chop anyway. But she still does!
The Flair chops knock Carmella off her feet, and Charlotte dares her to come back for more. Carmella tentatively enters but then runs when Charlotte gives chase. They go around the ring, and around again, and then again. Fans are liking this Indianapolis 5. Carmella gets in the ring but then Charlotte finally catches her. Charlotte wants the Figure Four but Carmella pushes her away. Carmella wants a time out but there’s no such thing, Charlotte baseball slides her down! Charlotte puts Carmella in and gets her in a big back suplex. She goes for the legs again but Carmella pushes her away. Charlotte turns around to jackknife, TWO as Carmella puts on the Code of Silence!
Carmella squeezes but Charlotte endures. Charlotte powers up and lifts Carmella, but Carmella victory rolls. TWO, double clotheslines take them out! Jimmy & Naomi are watching and commenting, confident they can win against Fabulous Truth. Carmella and Charlotte crawl for their corners, and get the hot tags! Styles rallies on Truth and hits a big corner clothesline. He fireman’s carry to Ushigoroshi! Cover, but Carmella breaks it. Styles scolds Carmella but then Charlotte chases her off again. Truth pops up to kick low and run, for the Scissor Kick! Cover, but Charlotte drags him off! The favor was returned, but then Carmella gives a FABULOUS Kick to Charlotte! Styles is up, but he hits Truth. He wants the Clash, but Truth back drops. Carmella helps Truth resist the sunset flip, but then Charlotte comes to trip Carmella! The cover, Fenomenal Flair wins!
Winners: Styles & Flair, AJ Styles pinning
They may not be at 100%, but the champion and Queen are still victorious! They’re the first 2-0 team for SmackDown, will they make it all the way to WWE TLC? And will the Fabulous Truth ever get on the board?
Stardom Cinderella Tournament 2019 Result & Review: Final Part (4/29/2019)
Now we get to find out who wears the pretty dress! Stardom Cinderella tournament time!
Now we get to find out who wears the pretty dress! Stardom Cinderella tournament time!
I know I’m a little late to the party for the second part of the tournament but we’re here now and I wanna get to it.
So far, we have Arisa advancing to the semi-finals due to Kagetsu and Tam ending in a tie, meaning we have about six matches to cover on this part. But don’t worry, I’ll be adding a surprise match at the end of this show to cover to get the ball rolling.
Who will win the tournament?
Let’s find out as we…dive right in.
- 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
- 1 Star: Vince Russo
- 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
- 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
- 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
- 5 Stars: Jim Cornette
Cinderella Tournament 2019 Quarter Final Match
Hazuki vs. Starlight Kid
Review: It’s time to start the second round of the tournament as we have Hazuki taking on Starlight Kid. Hazuki was able to advance by defeating Bea Priestley and Starlight advanced by defeating Natsu Sumire. The winner of this match will fight the winner of the next match. These two are no strangers to each other and Starlight is going to make sure she wins this time around. Who will advance?
Starlight wasted no time as she would deliver a Dropkick to Hazuki soon as the bell rang and would hit a couple more on her, she’s getting fierce with this. Starlight got her off the corner to hit a Moonsault as Hazuki kicked out at two. Starlight picked her up as Hazuki hits a Codebreaker to stop her full-out assault. Hazuki ran to the top rope as Starlight was able to Dropkick her off onto the apron. Starlight tried to finish her off as Hazuki punched her in the face and went for a springboard as Starlight pushed her off to eliminate her in less than two minutes! Wow, talk about an upset. Not a terrible match but it’s really short and everything was executed really well too, so I liked it for what it was actually. Good job, ladies.
Rating: Eric Bischoff
— We Are Stardom (@we_are_stardom) May 1, 2019
Cinderella Tournament 2019 Quarter Final Match
Konami vs. AZM
Review: Our next match is AZM taking on Konami. Konami had an upset victory when she eliminated Momo Watanabe in the first round and AZM won by eliminating Rebel Kel. AZM is going to have a tough opponent ahead of her if she’s going to want to advance and fight her rival, Starlight. Will Konami keep the ball rolling by beating another Queen’s Quest member or will AZM get the upset win?
AZM really is proving that she can hang with some of the best here in Stardom away from the lower division. My only takeaway here for this match is not that it was short since it’s expected for this tournament but there were some sloppy spots for a good amount of it, unfortunately. Aside from the sloppy sequences here and there, they did still have some good performances. Konami looked like she was gonna go for a Leglock but AZM would hold onto her leg to make her fall back for a pinfall but Konami would kick out at two. Konami would eventually apply the Triangle Lancer as she did prove it is in fact 100% as AZM tapped out, leaving Konami to advance against Starlight Kid.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and three quarters
Cinderella Tournament 2019 Quarter Final Match
Hana Kimura vs. Natsuko Tora
Review: Our final quarterfinal match is up next as we have Hana Kimura taking on Natsuko Tora. Natsuko was able to defeat her former JAN partner, Jungly Kyona to advance with a brand new look and attitude. Hana defeated Andras Miyagi to advance and is looking to bring more momentum to the Tokyo Cyber Squad. Which one of these two will advance to fight Arisa Hoshiki?
There wasn’t a whole lot to see with Natsuko here since it looked like we saw most of that with her match against Jungle rather than her match with Hana right here. We had the match outside of the arena for a little bit but they didn’t go over the top rope, so they were able to do as much as Hana threw her around for a little bit before taking her back into the ring. Natsuko does have a really nice Spear, so I’ll give her points for that but she failed to put Hana away with something like that. The match was exactly seven minutes and Hana would have Natsuko over by the ropes so she can go for a kick as Hana’s leg was over the rope, leaving Natsuko an opening to flip her over and hits her with the Oedo Tai sign to eliminate her as Natsuko advances to the semi-finals!
Rating: Eric Bischoff
Cinderella Tournament 2019 Semi-Final Match
Arisa Hoshiki vs. Natsuko Tora
Review: It’s now time for the semi-finals as Natsuko Tora is now going to fight Arisa Hoshiki. Natsuko going back to back could be a little bit of trouble for her if she’s not too worn out with Arisa being fresh due to advancing further after the first round. The winner will advance to the finals but which one of them will go forward?
Wow, the crowd was actually split even for this one except for that annoying cunt in the audience, I forgot all about him. Natsuko had most of the control in this match and even worked on Arisa’s leg a bit to make sure she would be too weak to even attempt the Brazilian Kick in the match. This one was a much better match compared to anything in the quarterfinals so that at least gave me something. Arisa had a little bit of momentum when she hits a Springboard Diving Knee for a two count and went to pick her up as Natsuko would hit a Spear. Natsuko went to the top rope to hit a Splash as Arisa kicked out at two and would get her down again to hit a Diving Leg Drop as Arisa moved out of the way this time. Arisa would lift her up for a Powerslam and would go to the ropes to hit a Rounding Splash for the win as Arisa is now set for the finals!
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Cinderella Tournament 2019 Semi-Final Match
Konami vs. Starlight Kid
Review: Our next match in the semi-finals is between Konami and Starlight Kid. Starlight was able to get two big wins under her belt in the tournament when she defeated both Natsu Sumire and Hazuki. Konami has one more win to go before she can advance to fight Arisa. Who will meet Arisa in the finals?
Instead of attacking Konami head on as she did with Hazuki, Starlight would try a different approach when she would try to get that quick pin in to throw Konami off guard and it looked like she had her during the crucifix pin but Konami barely kicked out at two. Konami knows she would need to finish hero ff quick as she attempted the Triangle Lancer but Starlight would roll her up for another two count. Starlight hits a Swinging Neckbreaker for a two count and would position Konami to hit a Moonsault but Konami rolled out of the way and applied the Triangle Lancer to make Starlight tap out in less than three minutes. Konami is officially in the final round as she now has to fight Arisa Hoshiki.
Rating: Eric Bischoff
Cinderella Tournament 2019 Final Match
Konami vs. Arisa Hoshiki
— We Are Stardom (@we_are_stardom) April 29, 2019
Review: It’s now time for the final round as we have Konami from Tokyo Cyber Squad taking on Arisa Hoshiki from STARS. These two women made it this far in the tournament when most people probably didn’t expect them to win, but here we are. The winner of this match will get a dress to wear and able to request any match they want. Which one will win? Who wears a pretty dress?
I’m now convinced that Konami was officially held back and was able to shine a lot more as a Tokyo Cyber Squad member than she has at Queen’s Quest. Konami’s personality would flesh out more as she just wanted to make Arisa suffer when she would be going after her leg in the match since it was still weak from Arisa’s previous matches. Both of them meshed really well together in the ring and gave us a really good match. Also to that annoying fan again, please shut up and don’t come back. A lot of close calls in the match when Arisa would do her Powerslam combo with a Rounding Splash and the two times that she did hit it, Konami actually kicked out of it, leaving Arisa a little bit speechless. Konami was able to attempt the Triangle Lancer to try and make her tap out before Arisa grabbed the ropes to make her break the hold. Arisa was finally able to hit her Brazillian Kick despite her bad leg and pinned Konami for the victory to win the Cinderella Tournament. Can’t believe my dark horse won the whole thing.
Arisa was able to win the Cinderella Tournament as she now gets to wear the dress they had prepared for her. I’m sure glad they know their sizes before making them. Anyway, this is a big win for Arisa as she now calls out Momo Watanabe to the ring. Arisa declared that she will be fighting Momo for the Wonder of Stardom Championship so she could finally get her one-on-one match that Momo has been denying her for quite a while. The match is made official as it will take place on the May 16th show. I’m excited to see this match finally happen and it’s one you don’t wanna miss.
Rating: Bruce Prichard
World of Stardom Title Match
Kagetsu (c) vs. Bea Priestley
Review: Now that the Cinderella Tournament is over, let’s fast forward just a little bit to the May 4th show so we can get a little bit caught up. Plus, this was the only match that caught my interest and is pretty important as it’s for the World of Stardom Championship. The match took place at the Queen’s Quest Produced show as Kagetsu defends her title against a member of Queen’s Quest, Bea Priestley. Bea went from losing in the first round of the tournament to getting a match for the big red belt, but I’m game to see what happens and it looks like Kagetsu needs another defense under her belt. Good because her last one left little to the imagination and Bea has improved recently. Will Kagetsu retain or does Bea somehow win?
One, Bea looks great in her new attire and two, this might be the best match that I’ve seen our of her along with Kagetsu’s best match in months. This match was nicely paced from beginning to end here with the two of them executing everything they did in the ring almost flawlessly and had nice sequences during the match. I loved when Bea jumped to the top rope and Kagetsu followed right after when she jumped to the second rope to Dropkick her on the way down, nicely done. Kagetsu shows how good of a worker she is if Stardom wasn’t too busy giving her scraps most of the time and Bea needed this match more to show what she actually can do in a high caliber match like this one and the progression she made in the past year as you can see for yourself.
Bea hits a beautiful Regalplex for a two count and wouldn’t stop there as she hits a Curb-Stomp as our Prime Minister kicked out again, but Bea quickly applied for the Rings of Saturn before Kagetsu had the ropes. Our Prime Minister is up to her old tricks as she pushed Bea into the referee to spray green mist into her eyes before she would hit the Michinoku Driver and the Oedo Coaster as it looks like this could be it, but Bea would somehow kick out at two, leaving the fans shocked along with Kagetsu. Kagetsu would get back to the top rope to try and hit another one but Bea would stop her this time and hits a kick to her tucked head, shades of her boyfriend, Will Ospreay and had her up on her shoulders to hit the Japanese Ocean Cyclone Suplex and Bea pins Kagetsu to win the championship!
Well…if you’re surprised, then don’t feel bad because I am just as surprised as you are right now. This was something I didn’t expect to see and I’m not too sure how I feel about it right now. Sure, Bea has improved a lot and she delivered a great match against Kagetsu but I’m just not sure if she’s considered red belt material. The World of Stardom Championship has taken a bit of a back burner ever since Toni Storm won it when Mayu Iwatani was injured but Kagetsu did try her best to help elevate it despite Momo taking most of the spotlight due to beating Io Shirai last year. Despite my feelings on the matter, congratulations to Bea on winning and I hope she actually does well with the title. If Bea can perform like how she did more often, she’ll be okay. Congratulations, Bea and I wish you luck.
Rating: Bruce Prichard and a half
Overall: I thought the second half of the tournament was well done and the finals were much better than last year, but we still had plenty of good matches along with the surprise title match I added for after the tournament. May 16th show is shaping up to be a good one.
Favorite Match: Kagetsu vs. Bea Priestley
Least Favorite Match: Konami vs. AZM
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (5/22/19)
What will become of the NXT Tag Team titles?
The NXT Tag Team Championships are VACANT!
Even after the Viking Raiders retained them against the Street Profits, Erik Rowe & Ivar Hanson have left NXT for Raw. What will GM William Regal say about the tag titles’ future?
- Mansoor VS Sean Maluta; Mansoor wins.
- Candice LeRae VS Reina Gonzales; LeRae wins.
- Johnny Gargano & Matt Riddle VS reDRagon; reDRagon wins.
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The Raid moves on.
After dominating the NXT Tag Team Division since showing up almost a year ago, and then appearing on Monday Night Raw in the Superstar Shake-Up, The War/Viking Raiders are leaving WWE’s premier developmental behind. Though, they did get egged into one last match with the Street Profits for the titles. Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins gave Erik and Ivar a fight, but that fight was interrupted by the jealous and bitter Forgotten Sons! Jaxson Ryker, Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake didn’t get much done before being downed by War Beard Ivar, then Ford & Dawkins jumped in, and then so did Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch!
Four teams fought, one team stood tall! The Street Profits got the “pin” on the Raiders, but they’re not the champions! And then the champions wrecked everyone who was left, but they still gave up the belts! What does that mean for the future of the titles?!
NXT General Manager William Regal speaks.
“Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to NXT.” He knows last week’s finish was rather chaotic, and that leaves us without champions. The Street Profits pinned the Viking Raiders but not during a match. There are many deserving teams, so Regal has the solution. At NXT TakeOver: XXV, it will be Street Profits VS Forgotten Sons VS Oney Lorcan VS The Undisputed Era’s reDRagon, Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish, in a LADDER MATCH!! Which duo ascends to new heights to become the new NXT Tag Team Champions?!
The Undisputed Era is here!
And all four of them, at that. Adam Cole, Roderick Strong, Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly are united again after Strong took out Matt Riddle on Cole’s behalf. And now they’re even more excited because Fish & O’Reilly are going for tag title gold! The four hit the ring, hitting their Undisputed team pose, and Cole takes up the mic.
“We’ve heard the whispers in the NXT locker room. All you morons probably wondering if the rumors are true.” Guess what: the Undisputed Era is going nowhere! They’re stronger than ever, and they’re all on the same page. This is a statement to everyone else on the roster: it may say NXT superstar, but the Era owns you! And they won’t stop until they’re running Full Sail. They will take what they want, when they want, and as they said before, they’ll be draped in gold. In fact, that begins at TakeOver. Bobby & Kyle WILL regain the NXT Tag Team Championships while “yours truly” will take the NXT Championship off Gargano. The Undisputed Era- is interrupted! Johnny Gargano makes his way out, belt on his waist and mic at the ready.
“I’m gonna save you some time, Cole, okay.” Cole wants the title shot? He has it. But Gargano wants Cole to do something: tell the truth. The real reason the boys are back together is because Cole can’t win on his own. Cole wants a time-out. What kind of idiot is Gargano? Cole beat Gargano in that first fall! Yes he keeps saying that. But what kind of idiot is Cole to not understand math? He didn’t shock the school system, that’s for sure. So Gargano will explain this very, very slowly: In a 2 out of 3 Falls match, you need to win 2 falls. Cole only won 1. Gargano won 2, which means he is the champion. “Do you understand, buddy?”
Cole tells Gargano to shut up and listen! Gargano can be as cocky as he wants, but it eats Gargano up that Cole still got that pin by himself! And in two weeks, Cole Baybay does it again. As far as tonight, though, the Era is celebrating. But Matt Riddle attacks from behind! The Bro wants revenge! And the champ helps him out! Gargano and Riddle fight and SUPERKICK the Undisputed Era! They get 2v2 with Cole and Strong! Riddle Bro-Triggers Strong out while Gargano clotheslines Cole! Referees hurry out to stop all this, but that’s easier said than done. Gargano and Riddle bro fist, but will they and the Undisputed Era settle this on the Road to TakeOver 25?
Mansoor VS Sean Maluta!
The Saudi Stud has his second match on NXT TV after losing his debut to the “Rare Breed”, Dominik Dijakovic. Meanwhile, the “Samoan Dragon” makes his NXT return! Who uses this newest opportunity to make the biggest impact?
The bell rings and Manny circles with Maluta. They tie up and Maluta wrenches to a wristlock. Manny rolls and hooks Maluta, but Maluta breaks free to bring Manny to the mat. Manny rolls to his feet then handsprings and cartwheels to then climb Maluta and break free. He runs and huricanranas Maluta to a corner. He dropkicks Maluta down hard! Manny brings Maluta up but gets a spinning heel kick! Maluta runs and boots Manny, then Samoan Drop! Maluta gives Manny a hellova kick then climbs up for a flying Code Breaker! Cover, TWO! Manny survives but Maluta’s on him with a neck wrench.
Fans rally up as Manny endures. Maluta wrenches hard but Manny fights his way up. Manny pries free but gets forearms. Maluta runs but into a forearm! Manny runs but knows Maluta follows, so he stops and boots Maluta, to a waistlock and snap German Suplex! Fans fire up for Manny as he runs in at Maluta. Manny hits a running kick, then blocks to forearm again. He slingshots for a neckbreaker! Maluta fires up as Maluta staggers up. Dragon sleeper, inverted suplex to twisting facebuster! Cover, Mansoor wins!
Winner: Mansoor, by pinfall
Mansoor breaks even in his NXT TV career, but is this first win just the beginning of a Saudi Stud win streak?
NXT Media overhears the Undisputed Era complaining to William Regal.
They’re obviously upset after getting jumped by Matt Riddle and then ran off by both him and Johnny Gargano. Cathy Kelly is there as they storm out, but none of them stick around to talk to her. She talks with Regal instead, and asks how the situation is being handled. Regal informed the Undisputed Era’s recent conduct is not becoming of NXT. Therefore, at TakeOver: XXV, we’re getting Riddle VS Strong! As for tonight, we’re also getting Gargano & Riddle VS reDRagon! Will the NXT Champion and The Original Bro be able to take down one half of the Era before getting the other at TakeOver?
Velveteen Dream returns to NXT!
The NXT North American Champion walks to the ring waving and blowing kisses to the fans while carefully carrying his title. Dream picks up a mic to address the crowd.
“Well I guess you could say the Dream is in high demand.” People want to feel the Dream. People want to touch the Dream. And people want to hold the Dream. But the Dream is the NXT NAC, so you can’t just feel it or hold it. He’s too big to hold. And when you say the name Dream, you better say it right. But wait, is that… It’s TYLER! Tyler Breeze returns to NXT, too! Fans go nuts for Prince Pretty as he struts to the ring while on selfie cam. And Dream is unable what to make of this. Tyler picks up a mic and fans duel between “Breeze is Gorgeous!” “Velveteen!” But fans do give him a “Welcome Home!”
“Prince Pretty is home!” And like The Dream, when Breeze was here, he had everyone talking. But ever since the fashion left NXT, it just feels… lifeless and dull. There’s wannabe impersonators and cheap knock-offs. As flattering as that is, and Dream, it really is, there can only be one Prince Pretty. Dream welcomes Breeze home to Dream’s NXT. And things are different here now. The spotlight wants a real man. Yes, a real man, and not some boy. Especially not some boy who plays cops ‘n’ robbers. “Besides, just because you couldn’t cut it on Monday and Tuesday nights, doesn’t mean you can come to NXT and demand a spotlight.” So run along, Breeze, to where you belong.
Okay, okay, Velveteen. But let’s not confuse “couldn’t cut it” for “uninspired.” Dream inspires Breeze. The North American Championship inspires Breeze. And an inspired Breeze is too much, too big for Dream to handle. “Listen here, dollar store detective.” Maybe he forgot while sitting in catering, but things are very different in NXT. And the line to the title starts way way way outside! But Dream won’t leave a bad taste in Breeze’s mouth. How ’bout a selfie? Hmm, a selfie with the champ… This is a monumental moment, first time these two have been in the ring together. Make up your mind, Dream ain’t got all day. Okay, yes, let’s do one.
The two get close together and the phone feed is on the titantron. Before they take the pic, Breeze has a piece of advice. When you right your phone number on your trunks and no one calls, it’s because no one’s interested. And Breeze DECKS Dream! Prince Pretty gives Dream a five knuckle makeover, but will he be adding that North American title belt to his own wardrobe?
NXT Media finds Tyler Breeze making his exit.
Cathy asks Breeze about his motivations for attacking Dream just now. For those who don’t know, Breeze is an NXT OG, an original guy. And all Breeze wanted to do was introduce Dream to the #Inspired Prince Pretty. Will William Regal be inspired to give us a match?
Candice LeRae VS Reina Gonzales!
Mr. Johnny Wrestling has a match tonight, and at TakeOver, but what about Mrs. Candice Wrestling? The NXT Women’s Championship is already spoken for, but can Candice climb her way to being the next up?
The bell rings and the towering Texan taunts Candice for being comparatively tiny. Candice doesn’t appreciate it, and shoves Reina. Reina shoves her back then shoves her down! Reina drags Candice up but Candice goes for a roll up! But Reina’s too tall and shoves Candice off. Reina walks into Candice’s body shots but swings clotheslines. Candice ducks one but not the other! Reina puts Candice in a corner to stomp and punch. The ref counts and Reina shouts she gets the rules! She scoops Candice for a spinning powerslam! Cover, TWO! Reina keeps on Candice with a grounded keylock. She thrashes Candice but fans rally up. Candice fights her way up but is put in a corner. Reina walks into a kick, then misses as Candice slips out. Candice grabs an arm for an arm DDT!
Candice runs but into another scoop! Reina swings Candice around then back the other way, but Candice school girls Reina out of the ring! Candice takes aim as Reina staggers to her feet. Candice wrecks Reina with a dropkick, then springboards, but into Reina’s arms! Reina pops Candice up, but Candice slips out and shoves Reina into steel steps! Reina crawls into the ring and Candice follows. Candice shoulders Reina away then climbs up top. Candice leaps for flying headscissors! And she fires haymakers and chops! She backs Reina down to a corner! Fans fire up with Candice, as she runs in and hits a back elbow. Candice climbs again and leaps for a missile dropkick! But Candice isn’t done, LIONSAULT! Cover, Candice wins!
Winner: Candice LeRae, by pinfall
The smaller star wins with her bigger heart! But wait, the Horsewomen storm the ring! Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke & Marina Shafir owe Candice for her part in Io Shirai’s ambush during training. They flank the ring, but Candice takes the fight to them! But that’s a 3v1 fight and it doesn’t favor her! Io Shirai comes to the rescue, with a kendo stick! Io SMACKS away on all three Horsewomen! But especially Jessamyn and Marina! Then she has Shayna all to herself! Shayna tries to run but gets SMACK after SMACK! The Horsewomen save the Queen of Spades but the splintering damage has been done! Will the Genius of the Sky get the best of Shayna once and for all at TakeOver: XXV?
Johnny Gargano & Matt Riddle VS reDRagon!
The rematch from NXT TakeOver: New York is on the horizon, as is a battle between Original Bro and backbreaker master. But before that, #GarganBRO takes on Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish as they reunite ahead of their tag title ladder match! Who gets major momentum towards the momentous 25th TakeOver?
The teams sort out and Gargano reasons with the less than 100% Riddle. Kyle waits impatiently for a “victim,” but Gargano gets Riddle to let him start. Gargano and Kyle circle, and Kyle drops to a floor guard. Kyle stands back up to tie up with Gargano. Gargano gets tthe wristlock but Kyle grinds his forearm in Gargano’s face. Kyle then spins to a drop toehold but Gargano slips out to a facelock. They roll around as fans duel and Gargano goes for a cover. Kyle’s out at zero and keeps his feet guard up. Gargano stands and avoids a kick, and Full Sail applauds. Kyle talks strategy with Fish and comes back. He and Gargano tie up with knuckle locks and go shoulder to shoulder. Kyle body scissors but Gargano stays up. Kyle still pulls Gargano in and gets a triangle! But Gargano rolls and escapes, to a crossface!
Kyle manages to escape before it becomes a GargaNo Escape, then trips Gargano up. Gargano pushes Kyle off and arm-drags him around. Kyle kicks low and brings Gargano over. Tag to Fish and Fish mugs Gargano. The Infamous One snapmares Gargano to a chinlock, but Gargano endures. Fans rally up and Gargano powers out. Fish holds the ropes and baits Gargano into a body shot. Fish throws Gargano by his hair then swings on Riddle. Riddle glares at Fish, but sees Kyle’s flying knee coming! Riddle roundhouses Kyle but Fish clobbers Riddle! The ref reprimands reDRagon, but then Gargano apron SUPERKICKS Fish! Fans fire up for Johnny Wrestling as he fetches Fish. Gargano puts Fish in the ring, and fans chant for the Bro. Gargano tags Riddle in!
Riddle CHOPS Fish as Gargano holds him! Palm strike after palm strike and another big CHOP! Riddle takes aim and gives “Bro Kicks”! RIddle hits Kyle off the apron, then comes back to forearm Fish! Then he goes the other way for another forearm! And an exploder! Kyle runs in but gets caught to a PELE! Riddle drags Fish up but Fish throws forearms. Riddle returns them but Fish spins Riddle to fire off strikes. But Fish gets caught into a gut wrench suplex! Riddle holds on and gut wrenches again! He still holds, but drops him as Kyle runs in! Kyle gets caught, and Kyle gets a gut wrench! Riddle holds on still, but his bad ribs stop that. And then Fish runs Riddle over with an elbow! Fish puts Riddle in the reDRagon corner and tags in Kyle.
Kyle fires off on Riddle’s ribs, then tags Fish back in. Fish brings Riddle up for a boot and body shots of his own. The ref counts but Fish lets up at 4, to taunt Gargano. Riddle gets caught by Fish again, and Kyle tags in. Kyle runs in for a big forearm, then rolls Riddle with a waistlock. Kyle drives in elbows and knees, then runs to slide and knee the ribs! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Riddle but Kyle puts him back in the reDRagon corner. Tag to Fish and reDRagon double snap suplex Riddle down. Cover, TWO! Fish keeps on Riddle’s ribs with forearms, but fans still rally for the Bro. Riddle fights back but gets knees and forearms from Fish. Fish snapmares Riddle to then slingshot senton! Cover, TWO! Riddle toughs it out but Fish stomps Riddle back down.
Fish drags Riddle up for crossface forearms, then brings Riddle back to the corner. Tag to Kyle and Kyle gives Riddle more shots to the rib. Kyle snapmares and laces the legs for a modified abdominal stretch. Riddle endures as Kyle pulls him back. Fans rally up again but Kyle makes it a cover, TWO! Riddle CHOPS Kyle so Kyle forearm back. They go back and forth, but then Riddle fires off palm strikes. Kyle blocks the roundhouse to kick and roll Riddle. Riddle rolls through to powerbomb lift, but Kyle slips out to a guillotine facelock! But Riddle slips out and wristlock ripcords Kyle for a Bro Trigger! Riddle flounders while Kyle crawls, hot tags to Gargano and Fish! Gargano slingshots and rallies on Fish! Gargano also hits Kyle with an overhead suplex!
Kyle and Fish end up in opposite corners, so Gargano starts a CHOP train back and forth! Gargano gets the bulldog-clothesline combo! Fish stands to get a mule kick, then Gargano uses Kyle as a step for the tornado DDT! Cover, TWO! Fish survives but fans fire up with Gargano. Gargano hits Kyle off the apron but Fish spins and fireman’s carries. Gargano slips out but Kyle tags in. Fish mule kicks, Kyle suplexes and Fish adds a roundhouse, brainbuster! #ChasingtheDragon!! Cover, TWO!! Gargano survives with his superhuman heart, and Kyle grows frustrated. Kyle tags Fish and reDRagon prepares the other finisher. But Gargano fights out to enziguri Fish! Kyle gives Gargano Ax ‘n’ Smash! Riddle waistlocks Kyle but Kyle standing switches to hit a German Suplex!
But Riddle stands right up! Riddle German Suplexes Kyle! But Kyle stands up for a roaring elbow! Riddle rebounds to Penalty Kick! And all four men are down! Fans are loving this as the team regroup. Gargano dodges Fish and Riddle tags in. School Boy Kick misses, as does the Penalty Kick and standing moonsault. But Gargano SUPERKICKS Fish, and the Bro-Ton is dropped! Riddle climbs, Floating Bro! Cover, but Kyle breaks it up! Gargano goes at Riddle and hops the sweep to buzzsaw. Riddle roundhouses Kyle, and then Gargano long darts Kyle into the Bro-Trigger! Fish runs Gargano over but Riddle fires off those palm strikes. Fish blocks then roundhouses Riddle back. But Riddle blocks the next one to lift Fish in a BOMB! Then flip over, Final Flash knee! Cover, but Kyle drags Fish out!
Riddle goes to the apron to Penalty Kick Kyle! Riddle fetches Fish but here comes Cole! Gargano DIVES on him! Gargano fires hands off on Cole, but that leaves Riddle alone to get Strong’s strong knee! X-Plex to the apron! Strong feeds Riddle to TOTAL ANNIHILATION! Cover, reDRagon wins!!
Winners: reDRagon, Kyle O’Reilly pinning
The Undisputed Era cannot be stopped when it’s always four opponents at once! And now they can’t be stopped from beating down Gargano and Riddle! They stomp and stomp and stomp, and then Strong picks Gargano up for Cole. Cole aims, Last Shot shining wizard! “Time’s almost up, buddy.” “This is the Undisputed Era. That NXT Championship is going to be mine!” Is this just a preview of a golden Undisputed Era?
A great episode with a lot of progress made towards TakeOver: XXV. A lot of people, including myself, were hoping we’d get a Fatal 4 Way for the NXT Tag Team Championships, and not only are we getting that, we’re getting that with LADDERS! Now obviously the Viking Raiders have officially left NXT to be on Raw, but it was great to add O’Reilly & Fish in their place. Basically any team other than the Forgotten Sons will be a choice fans will accept, but it’d be even more explosive a cheer if it’s between Profits or reDRagon. We got a good match of Mansoor VS Maluta, it will be interesting to see where Manny goes post-XXV.
It was great to see Breeze return, and he and Dream had a great back and forth. Those lines were just so good. For those wondering what happened to Dream VS Dijakovic, Dijakovic’s out with injury which is unfortunate because he was likely going to have a great match with Dream. But at the same time, Dream VS Breeze is going to be a great match, too. If Breeze is sticking around for a long time, it’d be quite the move if he won the title, but I’m thinking Dream retains. We got a good match out of Candice VS Reina, but clearly there’s a lot of story with the Horsewomen involved. Io did and looked great in her save, but it’s a shame we’re not getting a Six Woman Tag go-home. Hopefully Candice keeps Jessamyn & Marina from ruining Shayna VS Shirai, and Shirai needs to get that belt.
Speaking of the go-home, we’ll be getting great though also filler matches with Yim VS Belair II and Kushida VS Gulak. I’m pretty sure Mia Yim wins to keep their feud going, while I’m thinking Kushida wins as Gulak might just be doing another quick one-off in NXT. The story of Gargano, Riddle and the Undisputed Era was great. Starting the show with the Era getting jumped to end with them standing tall was a good move, it keeps them strong going towards all three matches. The Era might not be able to help each other with their own match concerns, so there’s a good chance Riddle and Gargano could both win against Strong and Cole respectively.
My Score: 8.5/10
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