After the last SmackDown ended with frightening video from Samoa Joe, GM Paige has no choice but to address the escalating feud between Joe and AJ Styles!
- R-Truth & Carmella VS Andrade “Cien” Almas & Zelina Vega; Truth & Carmella win.
- Tye Dillinger VS Randy Orton; No Contest.
- Shelton Benjamin VS Daniel Bryan; Benjamin wins.
- Asuka w/ Naomi VS Peyton Royce w/ Billie Kay; Asuka wins.
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SmackDown GM Paige is already in the ring!
The Glampire in Chief admits that when she first took this job, she was told it would be “exhilarating, emotional exhausting,” but to think it’d turn out like this! What Samoa Joe did was completely out of line! Joe committed one of the most dastardly crimes in WWE History. Paige was going to debate this, but she needs everyone to see the footage that shows the gravity of this situation. We relive last week’s video chat Joe started with the titantron. He poetically depicted his visiting the Styles Family home in Georgia while Styles was miles away. Joe says Styles stole the title from him, and this was the consequence. Ding dong, “Daddy’s home.”
Paige assures us the Styles Family is okay, and authorities were called. Joe did not enter the home, but charges were pressed. Paige thought it over and talked to WWE Management. The decision was unanimous: fire Samoa Joe. Fans are conflicted, but Paige says she gave someone else a call. She called AJ Styles to personally let him know things were okay. But she could feel his emotion through the phone. No one should go through what Styles did. But then Styles surprised Paige: he dropped the charge, and begged her not to fire Joe. Termination would be too easy, and Paige agreed. Styles then told her he’d want to had out the punishment personally. Therefore, the WWE Championship No Holds Barred match will still happen! But before tonight, Styles also wanted us to see something.
Styles films himself in his living room as he apologizes for not being present tonight in Portland. He cannot find it in himself to perform just yet. “This is bigger than WWE.” He doesn’t want to something he’d regret. Styles is home, and will not leave until he knows Joe is on his way to Australia. Styles has four amazing kids and they all need him. He’ll go to Australia, but he needs to be here right now for his daughter Annie. She hasn’t been able to sleep because she’s afraid of her “Uncle Joe”, like he’s the Bogeyman. And to Joe, Styles says that “This is going to end. This needs to end. You’re not coming back from the Land Down Under, because that’s exactly where I’m gonna put you.” He won’t take a limp body and put it in a casket, he will bury him ALIVE!
R-Truth & Carmella VS Andrade “Cien” Almas & Zelina Vega!
The #FABULOUSTruth is “What’s up?!” and prepare to take on the Tranquilo Duo in this SmackDown exclusive Mixed Tag Match. Will Truth & the Princess of Staten Island prove they’re better than El Idolo & La Muneca? Or will Almas & Vega earn themselves points towards respective singles titles?
SmackDown returns as Almas & Vega make their entrance. The bell rings and the ladies start. Carmella and Vega trash talk then tie up. Vega gets the headlock but Carmella reverses. Vega powers out but also yanks Carmella down by her hair! Fans boo while Vega does a bad moonwalk. Carmella dropkicks Vega down, then shows her how it’s done! Vega gets mad and yanks Carmella into buckles, then gives a jump kick! Fans rally for Carmella while Vega swings into a chinlock on the ropes! Vega lets go at 4 then drives Carmella down with a facebuster. Cover, TWO! Vega toys with Carmella but Carmella jawbreakers back! Hot tags to the men, and R-Truth rallies on Almas! Almas kicks low then runs, but into the huricanrana!
Truth asks “What’s up!?” and Portland responds. He runs but misses in the corner. Almas has the waistlock but Truth pries his way out. Truth standing switches and shoves, but Almas goes tranquilo with Vega. Carmella comes in to show off the splits, then Truth adds his! Fans like the splits better. Almas & Vega run in but then run away from the haymakers. Dance break! Flossing and high-fiving, fans love Fabulous Truth. They chant for “Truth TV! Truth TV!” Almas and Vega are upset, but Almas baits Truth into a chase. They go back in the ring and Almas pounces with double ax handles. Almas brings Truth up and to a corner to then whip corner to corner. Truth dodges and Almas tumbles all the way out! We go picture in picture while Truth catches his breath.
Carmella and fans cheer for Truth while Vega coaches Almas up. Almas gets up but Truth goes after him with haymakers. They go around the corner and back into the ring, Truth whips Almas corner to corner. Almas reverses and Truth goes up and over, to then kick down Almas’ handspring. Cover, TWO! Truth brings Almas up for a suplex, but Almas resists. Truth throws body shots and suplexes Almas to the apron, but Almas hotshots him back! Almas has Truth now but Truth fights back with body shots. Truth runs but into the boot fake and elbow strike! Cover, TWO! Almas and Vega grow frustrated. Almas stomps away on Truth, but fans rally up. Truth gets to ropes but Almas chokes him. Almas brings Truth out for an armbar on the mat.
Truth endures while Almas wrenches. Carmella rallies the fans and Truth feeds off the energy. Truth stands and fights out with body shots. Almas knees low, then covers, TWO! Almas argues with the ref but goes back to putting the armlock on Truth. Truth endures again while Almas pulls back on an almost Fujiwara armbar. He gets up while we go single picture again with chants of “Truth TV!” giving him life. Truth fights but Almas chops. Almas runs but into the calf kick! Both men are down, and fans fire up. Carmella and Vega coach their partners on, hot tags to the ladies! Carmella rallies on Vega with lariats! Atomic drop and boot bump in the corner! Then a flying headscissors sends Vega across the way. Carmella fires up, runs in, FABULOUS Bronco Buster to Complete Shot! Cover, but Almas yanks her off!?
Carmella glares at Almas while Almas says to tranquilo. She goes to kick, but he blocks that. Truth unloads with haymakers! He clotheslines Almas out, then slingshots for the plancha! But Vega tries to sneak on Carmella. Carmella bucks her off, but the kick misses. Vega jackknifes but gets caught in the Code of Silence! Vega taps, FABULOUS Truth wins!
Winners: R-Truth & Carmella, Carmella pinning
Fabulous Truth still needs a win on Mixed Match Challenge, but this Mixed Tag win here could be a good start. Can they turn it around and take the SmackDown Block in MMC Season 2?
Paige encounters Tye Dillinger backstage.
The Perfect 10 wants after Randy Orton. Oh, and hi, Paige. Tye wants Orton. Well, Tye won against Nakamura- yes, Nakamura is for later, but Orton attacked unprovoked. Is Tye sure about that? Has anyone seen Jeff Hardy since Hell in a Cell? Good point, but this is something Tye feels he has to do. Paige will never understand men. But she will give this man what he wants, he gets his match. But will Tye regret it?
Feel the power as the New Day head to the ring! They and Bootysworth head out with pancakes and chef hats, because they promise us something special just days before Super Show Down and the SmackDown Tag Team Championship match. We’re going to learn what is in a New Day Flapjack, after the break!
SmackDown returns and everything is set up in the ring, from the batter to the griddle. Big E and the New Day proudly present the pilot episode to #NewDayCooks! But first a word from our sponsors: You trying to get swole? No, no, no. This Saturday, “ya bois” defend the W, W, E, SmackDown Tag Team Championships at Super Show Down live on the WWE Network! But these past couple of weeks, the New Day haven’t been hitting. They’ve been hit, but The Bar has their number. We need a strong dose of positivity! Thus, Mr. Bootysworth, and his bowl of batter. Bootysworth cooks all the pancakes they give out to the WWE Universe every week! Every week. And tonight is extra special because he will share the special recipe with everyone in the WWE Universe! “Boo! Tysworth!”
And now, let the “buttery and syrupy voice” be heard. But then The Bar interrupts! “Well, well, well.” Another week, another segment with The New Day “acting like a bunch of children.” Instaed of preparing for a match, they’re playing with food. This pilot is for Guy Fieri and now it’s ruined! How cna you ruin what’s already awful? The Bar is here to help. In case everyone forgot, Cesaro is from Switzerland, and the Swiss know pastries. Cesaro is quite the chef. Chef Cesaro and even Sheamus know how to make this more efficient. They tip the table! It’s a battle now, but Sheamus gets thrown out. Cesaro gets double whipped into Kofi’s double kicks, but then Sheamus throws flour in Kofi’s face! Cesaro throws Big E to a post and Sheamus throws Woods. They double backbreaker Kofi, then go back to Big E for the A-Swiss-ted White Noise!
Fans boo and jeer while The Bar fist bump. But then they spot Bootysworth and his batter! Fans beg The Bar not harm Bootysworth. The Bar take the batter, and pour it in Bootysworth’s hat. Then they make him wear it… Fans boo and jeer more because The Bar keeps bullying Bootysworth, with a whole heaping helping of the batter on his back. The Bar then shout for Bootysworth to get out of the ring, “you joke!” Bootysworth does, and then The Bar hold up the tag title belts. Will The Bar regret spoiling the fun? Or will they have fun becoming the new champions in Melbourne?
Tye Dillinger VS Randy Orton!
The Perfect 10 has a win over the King of Strong Style, but only because The Viper decided to strike. Tye doesn’t want to go after the United States of Nakamerica just yet, he wants revenge first! Will he get it? Or will he get a Perfect 10 RKO instead?
But as Orton makes his entrance, Tye goes on the attack! Tye clothesliens Orton down then put shim in the ring. Orton fires back with European Uppercuts and headbutts. Orton has Tye reelign around the ring but then Tye fires back with forearms and chops! Tye clotheslines Orton back out of the ring, then keeps on the pursuit. Orton kicks back and bounces Tye off the desk! Orton then back suplexes Tye, but Tye fights out! Tye fires off elbows and then back suplexes Orton on the desk! The Perfect 10 throws angry haymakers. Orton might have been annoyed by Tye’s gimmick, but Tye is pissed off, too! Tye goes to throw Orton over the barriers but Orton turns it around! Tye lands on his feet, only to get a haymaker! Orton drags Tye out, draping DDT to the floor!
The referee tries to get Orton to stop, but there’s no stopping the Apex Predator now. Orton moves steel steps around and takes aim at Tye. Tye crawls over, but Orton puts the steps down. Orton instead bares a turnbuckle’s crossbar, and laces a finger through it! And then he pulls!! Tye screams in pain from the excruciating innovation! Orton could very well break Tye’s finger like this! The ref tries to reason with Orton while Tye resists, and Orton finally lets the finger go. More referees appear, and they order Orton to back off. Tye grimaces, clutching his tortured finger. Orton decides to leave, perhaps feeling he taught Tye a lesson. Will Orton move on to his true prey?
The Miz talks with Shelton Benjamin backstage.
And Miz says “You’re welcome.” For what? Well everyone saw Benjamin’s tweet. Miz agrees, Benjamin is overlooked, Benjamin is the “real deal.” Miz put in a call and that’s why Benjamin gets a match with “Goat boy.” Will Benjamin beat Daniel Bryan tonight? Yes. Of course he will. But maybe Benjamin should make a statement. Benjamin should hurt Bryan, maybe rip that beard off and feed it to him! Benjamin’s statement is that he’s been waiting for a chance to show the world who he is. Bryan is casualty number one. Miz will be on commentary to see it all happen. Miz thanks Benjamin now, and they shake hands. Will Benjamin do Miz’s dirty work for him this close to Super Show Down?
Aiden English prepares for his segment up next.
The production truck is ready, and what the Drama King reveals to us, “this needs to be in high-def.” What is the scandal English is ready to reveal in #OneNightinMilwaukee?
But Rusev and Lana head to the ring first!
Mr. & Mrs. Machka show a united front against this supposedly scandalous secret English is willing to reveal. Fans still chant for “Rusev Day!” in support of the husband and wife duo. Rusev notes that English attacked him and ended the friendship first. Then English took a step forward, saying there is footage of him and Lana in Milwaukee. That makes Rusev want to tear English’s pale body apart! But, Rusev is willing to see what “bogus evidence” English claims to have. English appears, and knows this is the evidence we’ve all patiently waited to see. But before getting to that, some backstory. Milwaukee is the largest city in Wisconsin, and borders two Great Lakes. Stop stalling, English! Just admit you have nothing. Lana, don’t be rude, he’s providing context.
Milwaukee isn’t so forgettable, it has history, science, culture. It was the location for many unforgettable movies and television shows, like Laverne & Shirley, Happy Days, Love Actually and Baseketball. But tonight, more than all of those combined, this is the most anticipated premiere of the last decade! “One Night in Milwaukee!” Roll it!
English apparently recorded himself rehearsing his Milwaukee introduction. He couldn’t find the right lyrics, and a knock came at the door. English saw it was Lana and answered the door. Lana walked in and fans immediately anticipate something is up. Lana told English that she’s been thinking about something for a long time. It’s important that she says it out loud. “I want you.” And that’s where it ends! Fans lose their minds, is this what it looks like? English wants to show us the rest, but legal obligations of SmackDown and all. Plus he’s courting TMZ, and he wouldn’t want to cheat on them. Rusev asks Lana if this is true, but Lana denies it. That’s not all. There’s more? Rusev rushes English and they run to the back! Will Rusev get his revenge on the Drama King for (supposedly) seducing his Ravishing Russian?
Rusev continues to hunt for English.
A staffer directs the Bulgarian Lion, but then Lana comes in. There’s more to the video, she needs to explain. But Rusev says they’re not doing this here. He continues his search, will he find the Drama King before the night is over?
Shelton Benjamin VS Daniel Bryan!
The Gold Standard clearly feels under appreciated since going solo again. The former WWE tag team, United States and Intercontinental Champion wants to finally get his Grand Slam, but it’s the Yes Man who gets the #1 Contender’s match against The Miz in Australia. Can Benjamin prove he’s worthy of his own championship chance? Or will Bryan keep his momentum going towards Melbourne?
SmackDown returns as Benjamin makes his entrance and Miz joins commentary as promised. Miz is intrigued by the drama of English, Rusev and Lana, but then he immediately focuses on the match when Benjamin runs Bryan over at the bell! Benjamin drags Bryan up to whip and throws in a knee. Benjamin whips Bryan again to give him another knee. Miz likes what he sees from this “elite level of talent”, and Benjamin whips Bryan again for a third knee! Benjamin drags Bryan around for a fireman’s carry. He pops Bryan up for a big gutbuster drop! Miz knows Benjamin needs to make that statement. Benjamin stomps Bryan but fans rally for Bryan. Benjamin puts Bryan in a corner but Bryan fights back with haymakers! Bryan bumps Benjamin off buckles then fires off kicks!
Bryan whips but Benjamin reverses, only for Benjamin to run into a boot. Even so, Benjamin counters Bryan with a flapjack toss! Cover, TWO! Miz wants Benjamin to keep on those ribs. Benjamin wraps Bryan in a chinlock and squeezes tight. Fans rally and Bryan feeds off the energy. Bryan stands and fights out, but Benjamin knees low again. Benjamin whips but Bryan kicks him away. Bryan gets Benjamin’s arm and brings him down, YES LOCK! Miz doesn’t like this, but Benjamin gets a ropebreak. Bryan lets go and Benjamin bails out. Bryan runs, but misses the dropkick. Benjamin puts Bryan into the barriers, then the apron, then the barriers, and back again! HE does not let up on those ribs, and Miz really likes that! Benjamin picks Bryan up to snake eyes him on the barriers! The Gold Standard has control while we go picture in picture.
Miz watches intently as Bryan clutches his ribs. Miz tries to quiet the fans while Benjamin recovers int he ring. Benjamin comes back and fetches Bryan, for another barrier snake eyes! Bryan winces from the rib pain while Benjamin leaves him behind. The ring count climbs but Bryan crawls his way over. Bryan makes it to the ring, but Benjamin is on him with haymakers. Benjamin headbutts Bryan on the apron and puts him back in the ring. He drags Bryan up for forearms and then a whip. Bryan holds ropes to then toss Benjamin out! Bryan goes back to the apron, for a flying knee! Both men are down, but Bryan is fired up! He puts Benjamin in then climbs up top. Bryan aims while we go single picture, for the flying headbutt! It just barely hits, but it’s still double-edged!
Miz is laser focused as both men are down. Miz vows to bring prestige back tot he WWE Championship, because that’s not what Bryan will do. Benjamin drags Bryan up for a bearhug. Fans rally up as Bryan endures. Bryan elbows back, then gives EuroUppers. He whips but Benjamin reverses. Bryan goes up and over and keeps moving, but gets caught into a German Suplex! Cover, TWO! Benjamin grows frustrated but keeps his focus. He gets to a corner, aims at Bryan across the way, and runs back in, to get a drop toehold into buckles! Bryan gets himself going, runs corner to corner, and htis the dropkick! He keeps going, but Benjamin counters with the knee, then another German Suplex! Bridge cover, TWO!
Benjamin drags Bryan up and over to a corner. Benjamin puts Bryan up top then climbs up. He wants a fireman’s carry, but Bryan resists with elbows. Bryan keeps going an then adjusts, SUPER STEINER! Bryan fires himself up again, and gives YES Kicks! Miz says those are the It Kicks, but then Benjamin ducks. Benjamin misses the dragon whip kick to get Bryan’s enziguri! Bryan and the fans chant “YES! YES!” but Miz goes over to distract. Bryan hits Miz, but then Benjamin hits Pay Dirt! Cover, Benjamin wins!!
Winner: Shelton Benjamin, by pinfall
The Gold Standard cashes in on the A-Lister’s distraction! Bryan’s momentum is now slowed going into Super Show Down, but Miz won’t let it end there. Miz takes off the jacket and the glasses and drags Bryan to the outside. Miz throws knee after knee after knee into the weakened ribs, then rams Bryan body first into the desk! And again! Miz rakes the face, then rams Bryan in again! They go into the ring, even as the referee shouts for Miz to stop. Fans boo and jeer while The Miz pulls up his sleeves. Miz drags Bryan back up, in the full nelson, for the Finale! “See you at Super Show Down. Good luck, you’re gonna need it.” The Miz already feels like he’s won, but will he win a shot at the WWE Championship with the Goat in his way?
Asuka w/ Naomi VS Peyton Royce w/ Billie Kay!
Just days before their Super Show Down showdown, the Empress of Tomorrow takes on the Aussie Venus Fly Trap 1v1! Which side will gain some last minute momentum before Melbourne sees the Empresses of Glowmorrow battle the IIconic Duo?
Before the match, Naomi reminds us that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. WWE is proud to team with Susan G. Komen once again. Join the fight against this #Unacceptable disease. And in the ring now with Naomi is Dana Warrior, and three special guests who are the true champions in this fight. Naomi and Dana introduce us to Dr. Toni Storm-Dickerson, fundraiser Janine Wolf, and survivor Lt. Caprice Massey! Do what you can to help in this fight, because it can’t be done alone, it takes a team.
Asuka finally makes her entrance, followed by the IIconics, and we get to tonight’s fight. Peyton & Billie are so excited to be going to their hometown, which means they can’t lose. They’ve practiced their victory dance, too! The Aussie Flossie! Will they be celebrating tonight? Or will they have to wait for Super Show Down?
SmackDown returns and Peyton throws forearms on Asuka. Peyton runs to boot Asuka down, and Billie likes what she sees. Peyton throws more forearms, runs, but then Asuka follows. Auska dodges but runs into a kick. Peyton kicks but Asuka counters to a roll up! TWO, and Peyton dodges a kick. Asuka dodges a kick but then Peyton gets Asuka into the Widow’s Peak! Cover, TWO! The IIconics are frustrated, and Peyton trash talks Naomi. Asuka gets to a corner and climbs up, but misses the missile dropkick. Cover, TWO! Peyton grows frustrated, so she puts Asuka in a chinlock. Fans rally up for Asuka and she feeds off the energy. Asuka fights back with body shots, then kicks away at the leg! Peyton falls, Asuka runs but Peyton ducks. Peyton rolls Asuka, TWO, and she clotheslines Asuka down. Cover, TWO!
The IIconics are shrilly frustrated, but Peyton puts Asuka back in the chinlock. Naomi coaches Asuka up and Asuka gets up again. Asuka throws more elbows, then puts Peyton in a corner. She throws more forearms then whips corner to corner. Peyton reverses but Asuka goes up to hit the missile dropkick this time! Cover, TWO! Asuka brings Peyton around and wants the German Supelx, but Peyton reverses to get the waistlock. Asuka reverse for the body scissor roll, into an ankle lock! Peyton crawls to ropes and Billie helps her BFF. Naomi kicks Billie away! Asuka reels Peyton into a modified Asuka Lock! Peyton taps, Asuka wins!
Winner: Asuka, by submission
The Empress wins again and celebrates with Naomi. Team Glowmorrow rolls on to Melbourne, will they prove they’re more than IIconic?
Becky Lynch heads to the ring!
The Straight Fire SmackDown Women’s Champion prepares to defend her title at Super Show Down against The Queen, Charlotte Flair. But before then, she promises to share a special surprise with us tonight. Becky has Portland on her side as she stands with a covered poster in the ring. Six weeks ago, Becky stopped waiting and started taking. And since then, the champ has been the best thing about the Blue Brand. And since Becky has ran through the entire roster, she runs the division! Becky has made this division the most relevant thing in all of WWE! Becky learned that being kind and patient gets you nothing but stabbed int he back and treated like a fool. But not anymore, no no. Now she is Relent-Lass. She strikes first, strikes often, kinda like this.
We review Summerslam and the attack heard around the world! Becky burned the bridge between her and Charlotte, and then burned it down in the ring at Hell in a Cell. Becky won, then left her former friend behind. The new champ demanded to be called the new Queen, but calling Charlotte a “bitch” was a step too far. Another brawl broke out, but Becky won that, too. Becky then added on as she attacked Charlotte during a photo shoot. This is Becky’s title, Becky’s division and Becky’s show. Fans enjoy it almost as much as Becky does. Time and time again, Becky has prove she owns Charlotte. But the more things change, the more they stay the same. The champ still doesn’t get the respect. Where’s Becky’s new merchandise? Instead, Becky suffers the indignity of the loser, Charlotte, posing for magazines.
But come Saturday, Becky’s face will be what’s on covers, billboards and posters! Becky’s face is the face of WWE Women’s Wrestling. And if no one’s going to give it to her, she’ll do it herself. Becky even went through the trouble of designing a new poster for Super Show Down. Drum roll please. Reveal! Becky standing over Charlotte! This is the poster for the show. It’s not about #OneLastTime, it’s about #TheFirstTime! But here comes Charlotte! And she doesn’t want to talk, she wants to fight! And it’s a fight we get! Becky has the edge and wants another Disarm-her, but Charlotte counters to SPEAR her! Charlotte glares at the poster, brings Becky up, and throws her through the poster with an exploder! But Charlotte isn’t done, she gets payback with a DRAPING figure four!
Charlotte pulls with the power of gravity, then lets Becky go to finish with a boot! Fans are torn as Charlotte lets out a “WOO~!” The Queen glares down at the Lass Kicker, but whose lass will get kicked come this championship rematch?
A really good go-home from SmackDown, but that’s par for the course. It seems mostly juts lip service that Paige had to address the issue of Samoa Joe (kayfabe) committing a crime, since nothing changes other than the intensity going into the No Holds Barred match. I was hoping Styles’ line about burying Joe alive in Melbourne meant this became a Buried Alive match, but I suppose that wouldn’t do any good if this feud is meant to continue. Either way, a No Holds Barred match with this much animosity is going to be great, and either man could come away the winner. Any combination of Joe/Styles VS Miz/Bryan will be fun, but with The Miz standing tall tonight after he helps Benjamin win, that has to mean Bryan wins, right?
Fabulous Truth VS Almas & Vega was pretty great, and I was surprised Truth & Carmella won. The moderate Mixed Match Challenge tie-in obviously helped, as Truth & Carmella can’t keep losing while trying to be strong contenders in the round robin. The Bar look strong as Heels going into Super Show Down, wrecking all three members of The New Day while humiliating “Bootysworth.” Again, pretty sure New Day wins, but it’d be quite the surprise if these titles changed hands at Super Show Down. I was surprised Tye VS Orton happened, as well as it becoming a brawl. Orton continues to find new ways to torture people, and that’s actually pretty good as a Heel. Paige brought up Tye would want a match with Nakamura, maybe we get that at Super Show Down as a way to keep Tye from going after Orton.
#OneNightInMilwaukee is obviously not that scandalous live on TV because of WWE PG ratings, but the implication is clear. At the same time, the explanation is that English cut it off there so that it sounds scandalous out of context. Surely Lana will find time to properly explain this to Rusev, but Rusev VS English will obviously still happen. I can’t be sure who wins, though, the math is still even. Asuka obviously was going to win against Peyton tonight, if only for her own singles record. The tag team match probably will go the IIconics’ way, so that Melbourne can be happy with their hometown heroes winning. Becky was the hero tonight, despite WWE’s narrative. She and Charlotte had a great brawl and this time Charlotte stands tall, so as I’ve been saying, Becky wins, retains, and goes into Evolution the champ.
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (12/12/18)
The Cruiserweight Champion and challenger are set to face off at TLC, but first warm-up in Vegas! Will Buddy Murphy or Cedric Alexander come out ahead?
- Buddy Murphy VS
Noam DarGran Metalik; Murphy wins.
- Cedric Alexander VS Tony Nese; Alexander wins.
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Drake Maverick sets the scene for tonight!
TLC will see Buddy Murphy defend the Cruiserweight Championship against Cedric Alexander in a long awaited rematch from Super Show-Down! The champion and challenger both have something to prove to the other, and allowed Maverick himself to choose their opponents for tonight. The Scottish Supernova was eager to step up and get back at Murphy for screwing him in a match with Tony Nese. But Noam Dar is unfortunately not cleared to compete. Therefore, it will be the Juggernaut taking on the King of the Ropes, Gran Metalik! Metalik himself is eager to show he can hang with the champion.
As for the Soul of 205 Live, he still gets his match with The Premier Athlete. Alexander and Nese have gone back and forth in their own rivalry that dates back to the beginning of this brand. Nese gave Alexander a defeat the 205 Live after Alexander lost the title, and wants to be a major road block to Alexander’s rematch. “With such a small margin for error between Cedric Alexander and Buddy Murphy”, who will make it to TLC riding high on a wave of momentum?
Buddy Murphy VS Gran Metalik!
The Juggernaut wants to show the tag team victory the Heart & Soul of 205 Live have over him means nothing by taking on anyone tonight. The King of the Ropes wants to ride the high his Lucha House Party amigos reached in their Tornado Tag victory last week. Murphy taking on this match is a huge gamble, but it is Las Vegas, after all. Will Murphy hit the jackpot or bust this close to TLC?
The bell rings and Murphy circles with Metalik. They tie up and Murphy powers Metalik to a corner. Murphy backs off but then pie faces Metalik. Metalik shoves Murphy then dodges to egg Murphy on. They circle again and Murphy waistlocks. Metalik standing switches but Murphy pries his way out to a wristlock. Fans chant “Lucha! Lucha!” for Metalik as Murphy yanks on his arm. Murphy brings Metalik to the mat and grinds an elbow into the shoulder. Metalik flips through and reverses, but Murphy reverses back, only for Metalik to reverse again, but Murphy wrangles him back to the mat. Metalik kips up but Murphy drives him back down, so Metalik headscissors. Murphy pops out but Metalik sweeps and covers. ONE and Murphy sweeps to cover, ONE. Metalik handsprings again and fans fire up.
The “Lucha! Lucha!” chants return but Murphy keeps his cool. Murphy and Metalik tie up again and Murphy kicks low. Murphy clubs Metalik then wrenches into a back suplex. Metalik slips out and speeds up to handspring past Murphy. Metalik headscissors and throws Murphy out. Now Metalik builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit on Murphy and the champ goes down! Fans chant for Metalik as he gets up and goes after Murphy. Murphy shoves him away then knees low, but Metalik sends him into barriers. Metalik stalks Murphy from the barrier’s edge, to leap for another headscissor! The fans fire up as Metalik puts Murphy in the ring. Cover, TWO! Metalik keeps the fans going as he goes to Murphy. Murphy yanks Metalik into buckles!
Murphy gets up and puts Metalik on the top rope. He climbs up to join Metalik but Metalik fights back. Metalik shoves Murphy down but Murphy’s right back up! Metalik shoves him away again, and boots him back. Murphy staggers, but catches Metalik’s leap into a suplex! Both men are down but fans fire up. Murphy crawls to a cover, TWO! Metalik shows his toughness but Murphy keeps his cool. Murphy drags Metalik up to throw him out. He leaves Metalik for dead as the count climbs. Metalik crawls back at 6, and gets in at 8! Murphy stomps Metalik out, then throws a heavy right hand! Cover, TWO! Murphy grows frustrated but he puts Metalik in a grounded stretch.
Fans rally as Metalik endures the forearm in the face. Metalik pries his way out but Murphy drives in elbows to the chest! Cover, TWO! Murphy wraps Metalik up in a chinlock, but Metalik fights his way up. Metalik rams Murphy into buckles while throwing in body shots. Metalik gets free but walks into a boot! Murphy drags Metalik up and throws him out, but Metalik stays on the apron. Murphy is annoyed as he goes back over to Metalik. He brings Metalik up but Metalik swing kicks him away! Metalik aims and springboards, big crossbody! Cover, TWO! Metalik kicks Murphy’s legs but Murphy shoves Metalik. Metalik springboards for the back elbow! He CHOPS Murphy then whips, but Murphy reverses. Metalik walks the ropes, and springboards for the missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!
Metalik keeps his cool, and starts up another “Lucha! Lucha!” He lifts Murphy in a fireman’s carry, but Murphy slips out. Murphy fires off his strike fest, but misses the knee to get a SUPERKICK! Metalik gets another fireman’s carry but Murphy slips out and shoves Metalik to the ropes, KNEE TRIGGER! Murphy runs, but into a fireman’s carry, Metalik Driver!! TWO!! Metalik almost had the Cruiserweight Champion, but Murphy’s tougher than that. Metalik drags Murphy to a drop zone, then climbs up top. Murphy revives and rolls out to the apron. Murphy goes for Metalik but Metalik shoves him down. Metalik goes after Murphy but Murphy drop toeholds him into the desk! Murphy then back suplexes Metalik right on the apron! Murphy puts Metalik in and climbs up top, for a flying meteora! Cover, TWO! Metalik shows he’s tough, too, and Murphy can’t believe it.
Both men slowly stir with the 10 count. Fans rally up as Murphy stands first. Murphy drags Metalik up but Metalik inside cradles! TWO and Metalik boots Murphy down! Metalik climbs but Murphy tucks him in, only for Metalik to pop out and mule kick Murphy away! Metalik finishes climbing, and moonsaults, onto boots! Murphy deadlifts to a sit-out bomb! TWO!? Metalik lives and Murphy is furious. But fans love this and bring back the “Lucha! Lucha!” Metalik gets to the ropes but Murphy grits his teeth. Murphy drags Metalik up and around, for the point blank knee trigger! Then, pumphandle to victory roll!? TWO! Metalik springboards, but into Murphy’s Law! Cover, Murphy wins!
Winner: Buddy Murphy, by pinfall
The Cruiserweight Champion finally finishes it off and moves on to his title defense this Sunday! If the King of the Ropes put up such a great fight, how much more will the Age of Alexander do? And what shape will Alexander be after his match later tonight?
Akira Tozawa & THE Brian Kendrick meet with Drake Maverick.
The Stamina Monster helps The Man with a Plan with his collar as the GM walks in. Maverick approves their match with Drew Gulak & Jack Gallagher, under Street Fight rules. How ironic, really. How? Well, their Street Fight match against each other. And now they’re working together in a Street Fight tag match. Yes, true. Kendrick admits he’s changed since then. When he returned to the WWE, he manipulated and cheated because he was desperate. Kendrick was doing whatever he had to in order to keep his dream, and Tozawa was one of the main targets. So Kendrick should thank Gallager & Gulak for beating that out of him. What Kendrick needs to do now is lift this Division up. Kendrick’s a changed man.
Tozawa agrees and supports Kendrick. But the problem now is that Kendrick still looks the same. Tozawa has an idea. Well, okay… What kind of makeover will Tozawa give Kendrick? And Tozawa thanks Maverick for his time, but reminds Maverick he lost those Raw Tag Team Championships. “So, you’re FIRED!” Tozawa can’t fire people, he’s not the GM or anything. But can he and Kendrick fire up and melt the cruel winter?
Drew Gulak & Jack Gallagher respond.
“A Street Fight is the perfect place to end the career of THE Brian Kendrick.” And what Kendrick needs to understand that the beating they gave him wasn’t to humiliate but to redeem Kendrick. Kendrick was fired once, twice, so maybe this isn’t for him. Gallagher & Gulak didn’t go far enough, because if they had, the team of Tozawa & Kendrick wouldn’t have existed. And that’s why a Street Fight Tag is perfect: they can go as far as they want, and anything is legal. So when they face off for the final time, you WILL tap out. Who will survive this gritty grudge match?
Backstage interview with Ariya Daivari.
The Persian Lion has beaten down local competitors two weeks in a row, what is the reason behind that? Wrestling used to be simple: find two of the toughest men, put them in a ring, and let them battle it out until only one was left standing. It was never meant to be flashy or pretty. “What’s happened to this business?” All anyone seems to care about is dressing up like their favorite superheroes or retweeting compliments. Daivari was out with an injured neck, and he watched 205 Live have a lot of flash, but no fight.
Hideo Itami walks over, and says he was watching last week. “Good job.” The two shake hands, and there seems to be mutual respect for their mean streaks. Daivari says Itami is one of the last true men in the Cruiserweight Division, and the only one worthy of respect. Will Daivari and Itami bring 205 Live back to a rougher and more “respectful” time of wrestling?
Cedric Alexander VS Tony Nese!
The Soul of 205 Live wants to rebuild his legacy starting with TLC, but the Premier Athlete says he’s not worthy. The Juggernaut already goes in tired but victorious, will Alexander be able to do the same?
The bell rings and Nese flexes on Alexander. Alexander ignores it as he circles with Nese. Fans rally up as the two tie up. Alexander pushes Nese back to a corner but backs off at 4. Alexander flexes back and circles with him again. Vegas is on Alexander’s side and that annoys Nese. Nese and Alexander tie up and Nese gets a waistlock. Alexander tries to break out but Nese rolls him. Nese flexes again but Alexander shrugs it off. Alexander and Nese tie up again and Alexander gets the wristlock. Nese pulls hair and gets the reversal. Alexander rolls and handsprings to reverse back then get a takedown. Nese shoves Alexander back and gets his own takedown, but Alexander pushes him away. Alexander rolls, handsprings and headscissors but Nese handsprings through!
Alexander runs into Nese’s back elbow, but Alexander gets under Nese’s moonsault! Nese goes Matrix to dodge Alexander, but Alexander hits the dropkick! Fans fire up as Alexander covers, TWO! Alexander checks his teeth while catching his breath before going back to Nese. He bumps Nese off buckles and then CHOPS. Alexander CHOPS again, then follows Nese to ropes. Nese mule kicks and then goes to backslide, but Alexander hooks ropes to stay grounded. Alexander reels Nese in to toss him out! Fans fire up as Alexander builds speed, but Nese slides in! Alexander barely grabs the rope in time to stop himself, and he manages to shoulder Nese back. Nese rolls as Alexander springboards to SHORYUKEN! Cover, TWO!
Nese keeps on Alexander with stomps, then he flexes again. Fans boo as Nese clubs Alexander. Alexander chops back, but Nese kciks him to a corner. Nese whips corner to corner hard, then covers, TWO! Nese keeps his cool as fans duel. Alexander chops back again, then boots from a corner. Alexander runs into a throat chop! Nese runs and hotshots Alexander down! Then triangle jump moonsault! Cover, TWO! Nese argues the count but the ref says it was two. Nese stomps away on Alexander then brings him up for a scoop slam. Cover, TWO! Nese sits Alexander up for the body scissor squeeze. Fans rally while Alexander endures. Nese grabs for an arm but Alexander resists, so Nese clubs him. Nese gets the arm and CHOPS Alexander. Alexander punches back and breaks free!
Alexander throws more hands, then runs, but into a big clothesline! Cover, TWO! Alexander survives and Nese is surprised, but Nese keeps his cool. Nese wraps on a chinlock and drives a knee into Alexander’s back. Fans rally and Alexander feeds off the energy. Alexander gets up but Nese throws him to the apron. Alexander boots Nese back, then springboards. He fakes out the uppercut to step-springboard for a complete shot! Nese gets to a corner and fans rally up. Alexander takes off the elbow pads and rallies on Nese. He gives Nese an uppercut now, but msises in the corner. Nese runs into the dropkick and hits buckles. Alexander goes to the apron to kick Nese back in! Nese staggers, Alexander springboards, flying lariat hits! Cover, TWO! Nese is dazed but he survives.
Alexander fires up with the fans as he stalks Nese. He brings Nese up but Nese mule kicks and knee lifts. Nese roundhouses but misses the sweep to get a buzzsaw! Cover, TWO! Alexander grows frustrated and gets a wild look in his eyes. Alexander goes back to Nese and brings him up. Nese clutches ropes and Alexander has no choice but to let go. Alexander walks into a gutbuster! Cover, TWO! Nese keeps on Alexander with a shove and a back elbow. Then Nese runs for big forearms! Cover, TWO!! Alexander barely gets out and Nese grows frustrated. Nese drags Alexander up, saying “I’m better than you!” He slaps Alexander as he repeats that, but Alexander slaps back!
Alexander blocks the kick to give an elbow, then runs to handspring. Nese catches the Neuralizer into a Samoan Drop! But Nese can’t cover, he’s too exhausted. Nese forces himself to stand and bring Alexander up. He whips but Alexander reverses. Nese grabs ropes then dumps Alexander out. Nese runs to FLY! Direct hit folds Alexander up! The referee checks on both men, but they’re both okay to continue. Nese drags Alexander up and in, then goes to a corner. Nese climbs up, leaps, but his 450 flops! Alexander goes to cradle but Nese blocks it, TWO!! Michinoku Driver outta nowhere! TWO!! Alexander can’t believe Nese survives, but fans are fired up!
Vegas cheers Alexander on as he stalks Nese. Alexander brings Nese up but Nese sprawls to block. Nese elbows Alexander but walks into a roundhouse. Alexander lifts but Nese slips out to a cover, TWO! Neuralizer! Then Lumbar Check!! Cover, Alexander wins!!
Winner: Cedric Alexander, by pinfall
The Premier Athlete pushed Alexander to his limits but it wasn’t enough, the challenger keeps pace with the champion. Speaking of, Buddy Murphy returns to stare Alexander down. Alexander dares Murphy to bring the fight, there’s nothing but “space and opportunity” between them! Murphy takes a look at his belt, and puts it down so he can rush the ring! Murphy gets in but Alexander gets him down! The champion and challenger brawl on the mat, but then Murphy bails out. Alexander doesn’t let him go as he FLIES out! Fans fire up as Alexander gets back in the ring. Alexander dares Murphy to keep the fight going, but Murphy reconsiders. The Soul of 205 Live is fired up, but will he be able to reclaim his throne? Or will he be stopped by the unstoppable?
A great go-home for 205 Live that also feeds a bit into next week’s episode. I do like the full circle Kendrick is going through having another Street Fight based match for a blow-off. I just hope Tozawa’s new wardrobe ideas don’t make Kendrick reconsider the partnership. We still need more teams for the potential Cruiserweight Tag Team Division. And in which case, Daivari’s promo about joining forces with Itami started to sound more like a reason he’d join up with Gulak & Gallagher. But I suppose more than one Heel team can have the motivation of wanting a more brutal and less flashy style of wrestling to prevail. But where Gulak & Gallagher love ground game and grapples, Itami & Daivari can be about strikes and drivers. A match between those four might be pretty good, too.
The two matches we got tonight were the only matches we needed. It’s a shame Noam Dar didn’t get to go against Buddy Murphy, but Murphy VS Metalik was still an incredible opener. The styles went well together, and Metalik still looks really strong in losing. Alexander VS Nese was incredible again, even after the many other times we’ve seen it. I was curious as to why it wasn’t Alexander VS Ali, but not only would it be too soon, we know now Ali VS Bryan was in the works. I was surprised Murphy agreed to brawl against Alexander for even that little bit. As the Heel, he should’ve just stayed back rather than fight to retreat. It still got the fans fired up, but maybe this is so Alexander can stand tall and give the math to Murphy.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (12/12/18)
Ricochet puts up his NXT North American Championship on the line, but against who? Plus, EC3 wants payback on Bobby Fish for that vicious chair attack!
- EC3 VS Bobby Fish w/ The Undisputed Era; EC3 wins.
- Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS The Mighty; Lorcan & Burch win.
- NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender Fatal 4 Way Qualifier: Mia Yim VS Reina Gonzalez; Yim wins and joins the NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender Fatal 4 Way.
- NXT North American Championship: Ricochet VS ???; Ricochet wins and retains the NXT North American Championship.
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EC3 VS Bobby Fish w/ The Undisputed Era!
The Top One Percent looks to keep it 100 as he goes for payback against the Infamous One for what he did weeks before TakeOver: WarGames II. But Fish has his friends by his side as always, will EC3 be able to win with Kyle O’Reilly, Roderick Strong and Adam Cole lurking?
Adam Cole says the holidays have come early because now Fish gets to humiliate the “Top One Percent of Morons”. EC3 was dumb enough to think he’d elevate his career to new heights. But with the help of a chair, Fish showed EC3 that NXT is their world! The Undisputed Era is the center of the NXT Universe, and everything revolves around her. This has been a career year and is just the beginning of an entire decade! And in 2019, the four of them will be “draped in gold”. That’s not a threat, “that is Undisputed.” But EC3 makes his entrance and we begin this grudge match!
Fish and EC3 are ready to go with the bell. Fish moves around but EC3 corners him, so Fish bails out. The Undisputed Era cheer Fish’s mind games on, and so do some fans. Fish returns but wants EC3 to stay back. EC3 doesn’t and he hip tosses Fish in! Fish scrambles to a corner and EC3 fires off hands and stomps! EC3 whips corner to corner but Fish ducks down to go after the leg. EC3 powers Fish off and hits a BIG powerbomb! Fish staggers about and EC3 clotheslines him right out! EC3 goes out with him, but gets back in the ring, all fired up! Fish is reeling and the Era coach him up, but EC3 comes out. EC3 fetches Fish into the ring and puts on a half nelson. Fish gets up but EC3 makes it a nerve hold to keep him down.
Fish gets up and powers EC3 to a corner, but EC3 turns it around. EC3 CHOPS Fish, and again! Then he biels Fish across the way. Roddy and Kyle distract, and Fish chop blocks the bad leg! Fish rains down rights but EC3 pushes him off. Fish stomps EC3, then kicks him. The Era is rabid as Fish throws hands and puts EC3 in a corner. Fish throws body shots and forearms, then kicks away at the back leg. Dragon screw throws EC3 for a loop! Fish grabs the bad leg and pulls on it, standing on the other leg to keep him down. Fans rally and EC3 pushes Fish off! EC3 runs in but misses, and then turns around into an exploder! Cover, TWO! Fish is furious, but he goes back for more.
Fish brings EC3 up but it’s EC3 who hits the suplex! EC3 grits his teeth as he gets up, and he counter punches Fish. He fires off lefts and rights then whips, but Fish snaps against the ropes awkwardly. EC3 takes advantage with a scoop slam, then wants Fish to “Say My Name!” Name Drop elbow hits! Roddy and Kyle distract again but EC3 hits them for it. But Fish still gets the chop block! Fish goes for a leg but EC3 cradles! EC3 WINS!
Winners: EC3, by pinfall
But The Era attack! All four of them stomp away like rabid dogs, but here come Heavy Machinery! Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic use size to even up the numbers! Dozer clobbers Cole and Strong while Tucky gets rid of reDRagon! Kyle tries to escape but Heavy Machinery drag him back in. EC3 gets Kyle up for the One Percenter! Fans are thunderous for this trio as EC3 gets Dozer pumping up. Dozer gets going with the Caterpillar elbow! Will Heavy Machinery help the Top One Percent end this Undisputed Era once and for all?
NXT Media catches up to Dakota Kai and Io Shirai.
They fought together to stop The Horsewomen from ganging up on Captain Kick. Jessamyn Duke & Marina Shafir keep sticking their noses in Shayna Baszler’s matches, so these two are going to stop that personally. The Genius of the Sky don’t want her friends getting bullied, so all that’s left is a match. That’ll happen next week, who takes a victory in this Women’s Division war?
Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS The Mighty!
The One Two Combination defeated Shane Thorne & Nick Miller already, but this is about the sore loser sneak attack after the match! Will Thorne & Miller regret punking out this pair of pugilists? Or will Lorcan & Burch finally make The Mighty kneel?
Lorcan & Burch are raring to go but they still wait for the bell. Thorne starts with Lorcan and Lorcan fires off! Then Miller and Burch get in and it’s a pair of brawls! Burch throws Miller out then Lorcan throws Thorne out. Burch goes out and Miller shoves him into the apron, but Lorcan FLIES! Lorcan wipes The Mighty out and fans fire up! Lorcan puts Thorne in and then runs into the corner for a big elbow. He gets moving but Thorne follows with a European Uppercut! Thorne runs but Lorcan follows to rock him back! Lorcan suckers Thorne into an elbow and a powerbomb! Then the Half Crab! Miller comes in but gets CHOPS! Thorne gets Lorcan with the saido suplex! Tag to Miller and he whips Lorcan. Miller hits a big corner clothesline, then whips into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Lorcan lives but Miller keeps on him.
Tag to Thorne, and Miller whips Thorne at Burch. Miller then whips Thorne back but Lorcan dodgse to tag Burch! The Governor rallies on The Mighty, and tackles Thorne with a Thesz Press! Burch rocks Miller with a right, then goes right at Thorne with a clothesline and kick. Miller runs but is sent into Thorne, and then Burch deals out more kicks! Burch hops up and leaps for a missile dropkick! And he kips up! Tag to Lorcan, and the One Two coordinate at a corner. Burch lifts Thorne but Thorne fights out. Thorne dodges Burch to SHORYUKEN Lorcan. Then he clobbers Burch. Miller returns and helps Thorne get up top quick. SUPERPLEX BOMB! Miller puts Thorne on top to cover, but Burch barrels through Miller to break it! Burch gets thrown out, and Thorne tags Miller in.
The Mighty go after Lorcan but Burch saves him from Thunder Valley. Miller tackles them both, and then scoops Lorcan. Powerslam, to Poetry in Motion cannonball! Cover on Lorcan, TWO!? The Mighty are shocked by this double toughness! Miller tags Thorne, and they again go after Lorcan. They lift Lorcan up, but get double DDT’s! Lorcan has a wild look in his eye and fans rally behind it. Lorcan takes Miller’s face and SLAPS away! Then he SLAPS away on Thorne! they BOTH slap Lorcan, but then he ducks and they slap each other!! Lorcan sends Miller into a post, then tags in Burch. Burch headbutts Thorne, and with Lorcan’s help, London Tower! Cover, Lorcan & Burch win!
Winners: Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch, Burch pinning
They did it again! The Mighty fell to the One Two Combination, who continue their hot streak since returning to action. While the Undisputed Era has Heavy Machinery to worry about, will Lorcan & Burch move up the ranks towards those NXT Tag Team Championships?
NXT Media has another video from Johnny Gargano.
“Aleister, you thought our story ended in Los Angeles when you ‘absolved’ me of my sins.” But Gargano never said he did nothing wrong. This is about the greater good. The ends justify the means. The end: becoming NXT Champion, and the world celebrating! So if the means meant beating someone up, Aleister was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. That’s why their story continues. Gargano says Aleister can put Gargano in a cage with the devil himself, and he’ll do whatever he has to to make sure the story ends the right way. Gargano won’t just turn the page, he closes the book on Aleister Black. Will Gargano keep his word to end the Embodiment of the End? Or will his happy ending simply #FadeToBlack?
Dominic Dijakovic speaks.
“The bond of blood is sacred. The roots of our tree are unbreakable. They keep us grounded.” He will fight for them, and die for them. This is “our vision”, and you will #FeastYourEyes on his debut, next week.
Backstage interview with Shayna Baszler and the Horsewomen.
She, Jessamyn and Marina have heard about the Fatal 4 Way #1 Contenders match. But Shayna doesn’t care, because it will always end the same way: she goes home with the title, her opponent goes home with nothing. As for the challenge issued by Dakota & Shirai, Marina & Jessamyn laugh it off. They’re ready for the “challenge”. The Horsewomen roll out, but who will have the last laugh when it’s all said and done?
NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender Fatal 4 Way Qualifier: Mia Yim VS Reina Gonzalez!
The Queen of Spades awaits a challenger at TakeOver: Phoenix now that she’s moved the Pirate Princess out of the way. The Un-De-Fea-Ted Bianca Belair is already one participant, and William Regal announces via Twitter that Lacey Evans will be the other. Both women have put together impressive wins, so it’s up to the Blasian Baddie and the Daughter of the Desperado to impress the GM this week. Who joins the EST and the Lady of NXT in a fight for the right to challenge #ShaynaTwoTime and her reign of terror?
The bell rings and Mia ties up with Reina. Reina powers Mia to a corner, but Mia dodges the swing to jump on for a guillotine! Reina powers out but Mia slips away. Mia leaps back on for the guillotine! Reina powers out but Mia dropkicks her back. Mia goes for Sole Food but Reina pushes her away. Reina swings but Mia dodges, and puts the guillotine back on! Reina powers out again, but to a suplex! And she hangs Mia out to dry on the rope, before throwing her down! Reina stomps a mudhole into Mia, but backs off at 4. She drags Mia out to a cover, TWO! Reina grows frustrated but fans rally up for Mia. Mia hits back, but gets clobbered! Reina runs, and boots Mia right down! Cover, ONE! Reina tries again, TWO!
Reina grows frustrated but she talks trash in Spanish. She dares the Baddie to get up, then pulls her into a Canadian torture rack! Mia endures the stretch and Reina even fish hooks. Reina jumps around to add torque, but Mia fights out. Mia arm-drags Reina into ropes, then gets space. Reina staggers over but into CHOPS! Mia throws body shots and even more chops! Mia throws palm strikes and kicks, then knees and a Pele! Reina staggers, time to Eat Da Feet! Cover, Mia wins!
Winner: Mia Yim, by pinfall
Reina eats Sole Food and Mia now sits at the winner’s table! Can the Baddie beat out the Model Soldier and EST? Who will join them as the fourth and final contender?
Aleister Black speaks.
“What I find interesting about the human race is that everything they do revolves around how they are feeling.” Everyone keeps asking, “What do you feel about your match with Johnny Gargano?” How does he feel about a Steel Cage Match with Gargano? He doesn’t feel anything. He just knows he has to win. “It’s come to my attention that you are far, far beyond absolution. You are far beyond redemption. And the only thing left is the total annihilation.” It will happen in that steel cage. There won’t be any running or hiding, there will simply be Gargano and his sins, and they will all #FadeToBlack! Will Aleister leave Gargano for dead inside the steel?
NXT North American Championship: Ricochet VS ???
The One and Only is eager to prove he’s a fighting champion and a worthy champion at that. He left it to NXT GM William Regal to choose his opponent, and Regal promised “something special” for this match. But who is it that answered this open contract challenge?
Ricochet makes his entrance and awaits his mystery challenger. The “something special” turns out to be… “Look everyone, it’s Tyler!” Prince Pretty returns to NXT in a major way! Tyler Breeze brings back the selfie cam titantron feed, and looks to revitalize himself with a new belt! Will Breeze shock everyone by becoming the third-ever North American Champion? Or will Ricochet add Breeze to the highlight reel?
The belt is raised and fans chant “Welcome Back!” for the NXT alumni. The bell rings and fans are already dueling. Tyler and Ricochet take a moment to enjoy it before circling. They tie up and go around, and Breeze arm-drags Ricochet. Breeze backs off to lounge on the top rope. Ricochet nods respect as Breeze comes back. They tie up again, and Ricochet gets around to a headlock. Breeze powers out but Ricochet rolls and speeds things up. Ricochet rolls off the back then ducks under to handspring and headscissor and dropkick! Breeze bails out to catch his breath, but Ricochet comes out. Breeze hurries back in, but Ricochet doesn’t give him time to rest. Ricochet and Breeze go around, Breeze goes for a Half Crab. Ricochet gets to ropes and pushes Breeze away. Breeze kicks Ricochet then runs, but into a somersault lariat!
Breeze bails out, but Ricochet fakes him out on the apron. Ricochet boots Breeze then leaps, into a dropkick! Both men are down, but fans are loving this! The fans still duel while Breeze checks his teeth. Breeze puts Ricochet into the ring, then into a corner. Breeze stomps a gorgeous mudhole into Ricochet, then shouts at the ref when he’s pulled away. Ricochet flounders but Breeze is on him with a scoop. Breeze puts Ricochet on the top rope and climbs up, but Ricochet fights him off. Breeze falls back and Ricochet is on him, but Breeze shoves. Ricochet comes back to knee Breeze back. Ricochet then somersaults from a corner to dropkick Breeze! Breeze crawls to a corner and Ricochet runs in, for a big back elbow to back hand.
Ricochet throws Breeze into buckles but misses the tiger feint kick. Breeze German Suplexes but Ricochet lands on his feet! Ricochet sends Breeze into buckles again and hits the tiger feint! Ricochet springboards for a flying uppercut! Standing shooting star! Cover, TWO! Breeze survives, showing his toughness. Fans rally up as Ricochet gets back up. Ricochet puts Breeze in a drop zone, then climbs up top. Ricochet leaps, but has to roll through the Phoenix Splash when Breeze moves. Breeze hits back with haymakers, but so does Ricochet. They brawl back and forth, and fans are divided.
They hit each other at the same time, and same goes for kicks. Ricochet turns around but both men clothesline. Breeze blocks Ricochet’s boot but Ricochet dodges Breeze’s Super Model Kick. Both men run, and collide with double crossbodies! Fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” while both men are down. A 10 count begins and the fans rally up. Breeze and Ricochet sit up slowly, and brawl on their knees. Ricochet gives an uppercut, but Breeze clubs him on the back. They continue as they stand up and Ricochet fires off forearms. Ricochet suplexes but Breeze resists. Breeze suplexes but Ricochet resists. They repeat the cycle but Ricochet slips out. Ricochet back suplexes but Breeze slips out. Breeze waistlocks but Ricochet elbows out.
Ricochet runs, springboards, but misses, SUPER MODEL KICK! And Reverse-Rana! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives and Breeze is shocked. Fans declare “This is Gorgeous!” rather than awesome, but it’s still awesome, too! Ricochet and Breeze go to opposite corners, then approach. Ricochet says NXT is his now, but Breeze mule kicks. Breeze throws haymakers, then aims a kick, but Ricochet hits with a boot first! Ricochet walks over, into a jumping knee! And an enziguri! Breeze leaps but he’s caught, into the fireman’s carry, and Samoan Driver! Cover, Ricochet wins!
Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall; still NXT North American Champion
That wasn’t just special, that was spectacular! Prince Pretty gives the King of Flight a fight he wasn’t expecting, but Ricochet shows Breeze the respect he deserves, and the two handshake. Will Breeze stick around to give it another try? Will Ricochet’s reign extend to be one of the most impressive in NXT history?
An incredible episode right here! We waste very little time getting into action and I am really impressed that EC3 pulls off another surprise win on an Undisputed Era member. He and Fish had a great match, and I really liked that it was Heavy Machinery backing EC3 up in that brawl. I think it should be a Six Man of EC3 & Heavy Machinery VS Roderick Strong & reDRagon while Adam Cole likely distracts or interferes. And while his story with the North American Championship likely isn’t over, I don’t know if NXT would want to create a secondary WarGames scenario where now it’s just EC3 and Heavy Machinery standing in for Pete Dunne & War Raiders. Cole can hang about as the leader of Undisputed Era while waiting for title scenes to change.
I’m a touch disappointed we’re only getting 2v2 next week, but Dakota & Shirai VS Jessamyn & Marina should be a great match for the last two MMA Horsewomen to make an in-ring debut with. Now in real-time, we have learned Dakota Kai is injured, but that shouldn’t affect next week’s match. Sadly it’ll mean she won’t get to be part of TakeOver: Phoenix or anything else after that, and we wish her a speedy recovery. Meanwhile, Mia and Reina have a great match. Reina having a bull rope and cowbell makes me want a Women’s Bull Rope match for the hell of it. If Reina sticks around, she should be able to gain some ground once things clear up. As it stands, Mia looks like a front runner as the Face in that Fatal 4 Way. I wonder if they’ll use a battle royal to determine the fourth participant.
That tag team match of Lorcan-Burch VS The Mighty was incredible! NXT Tag Team wrestling is getting back up there and the scrappy One Two Combo is a large part of that. Get those two on SmackDown AND 205 Live, they’ll be great tag title contenders at least. Gargano and Aleister have great promos going towards their Steel Cage match, but I hope they use the cage in different ways of physicality than we usually see. Throwing the opponent into steel is one thing, but I think NXT can use these two for something really gritty.
For me, it’s a bit of a mixed bag on Tyler Breeze’s return. It’s a bit sad that he was sent back, but it was a great surprise and Full Sail got behind him. The bottom line is this is the wrestling quality main roster should’ve given Breeze, but Vince just insisted on overemphasizing gimmick and comedy. Granted, Breeze does great with comedy, but if the Fashion Police were doing matches on this level, they’d be champions. Breeze gave Ricochet a hell of a match, and it really elevates Ricochet in winning. It’ll really take something insane to dethrone Ricochet, if Breeze got to be this strong. As for Breeze, I’m not sure what he’ll do now that he’s back. I was hoping he’d go to 205 Live, but I know HHH will treat Breeze right either way.
My Score: 8.8/10