NJPW Power Struggle continues as Tetsuya Naito once again battles Zack Sabre Jr! Will Tranquilo #JustTapOut? Or will ZSJ lost to The Ungovernable Charisma?
This coverage of Power Struggle will be as broadcast by AXS TV.
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- Super Junior Tag League Finals Triple Threat: El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS Roppongi 3K VS Bushi & Shingo Takagi; RPG3K wins the 2018 Super Junior Tag League.
- Tetsuya Naito VS Zack Sabre Jr; Naito wins.
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NJPW and AXS TV set the scene!
Los Ingobernables de Japon continues to war with Suzuki-Gun! The leader of LIJ, Tetsuya Naito, has lost to the Submission Master, Zack Sabre Jr, twice this year in both the New Japan Cup and the G1 Climax! ZSJ angered Naito when he picked the bones of Evil after a vicious attack from Chris Jericho. Naito looks to get back at ZSJ for both Evil and those defeats, but ZSJ talks of retiring Naito himself. Who will win in this third time around in 2018?
Meanwhile, the Super Junior Tag League Tournament bring together familiar foes as the factions of LIJ, Suzuki-Gun and Chaos battle again! The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions are still Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru, and they look to show true dominance over the division. However, Roppongi 3K’s Sho & Yoh look to repeat as tournament winners while Bushi has LIJ’s newest member, Shingo Takagi, by his side. Who comes out of this finals match primed to rule over the Junior Heavyweight Tag Division?
Super Junior Tag League Finals Triple Threat: El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS Roppongi 3K VS Bushi & Shingo Takagi!
The round robin format of this tournament makes it so that the teams with the best records qualify for this tournament climax, and this year it ended up being three! All three teams have a 10-0 record going in, impressive to say the least. And naturally, the winners of this tournament, if they’re not the champions, get a shot to face the champions for the belts in the future. Will Sho & Yoh become back-to-back tournament champs? Will the tag champs come out as supreme rulers of Junior Heavyweight Tag wrestling? Or will this new combination of ungovernable stars be the key to victory?
Suzuki-Gun’s duo bring their belts, and a bottle of whiskey for Kanemaru. Kanemaru tags a swig then spits it to the sky, before attacking Bushi! Desperado goes after Shingo, but Sho & Yoh go after them! The match starts with the bell and Suzuki-Gun throws Yoh out of the ring. Kanemaru keeps on Sho with an eye rake, and Desperado adds a kick. Suzuki-Gun mug Sho then double whip, but he hits back! Desperado kicks Sho and chops him. Desperado runs, Sho ducks and Yoh comes back! They drop toehold and dropkick Desperado, then double dropkick Kanemaru. LIJ returns but they get dropkick’d out. Yoh goes back to Desperado while fans rally up. Sho keeps on Desperado with a big scoop slam. Sho drags Desperado up but Desperado rakes eyes.
This kind of Triple Threat Tag, anyone can tag anyone so long as it doesn’t create a match-up of the same team. Therefore, Bushi is allowed to tag in from Desperado. He goes after Sho, then drags him up for a neckbreaker. Cover, TWO! Bushi keeps his cool as he tags in Shingo. Shingo hits Yoh for good measure before bringing Sho up. Sho chops, but Shingo chops back. Sho leans against ropes, but Shingo double chops him down! Shingo drags Sho up and whips, follows after and rams his knee into Sho. Then he suplexes Sho up and over, floats to cover, TWO! Tag to Bushi and LIJ double whip. They double hip toss and combine back senton and leg drop. Bushi covers, TWO! Bushi uses his shirt to choke Sho, but lets up at 4.
Fans cheer while Bushi clubs Sho. Bushi runs but Sho hits him with the kitchen sink knee! Hot tag to Yoh! Yoh rallies on LIJ, ducks the enziguri and dragon screws Shingo. Yoh gives Bushi a backbreaker to necbreaker and kips up! Fans rally up as Yoh back elbows Bushi in a corner. Yoh suplexes but Bushi slips out. Bushi fires off forearms, then runs, but Desperado trips him up. Kanemaru tags in off Bushi and goes after Yoh. Desperado drags Bushi down to beat him up while Kanemaru hits Shingo. Bushi and Shingo go into barriers while Kanemaru whips Yoh. Kanemaru gives Yoh a kitchen sink, then tosses Yoh out. Desperado uses the backing of a chair to SMACK Yoh in the head. Then he whips Yoh into barriers! Desperado feeds Yoh to Kanemaru for a scoop slam.
Kanemaru grinds his foot on Yoh’s face, then tags Desperado. Desperado kicks Yoh down, and taunts Sho to return. Desperado chops Yoh back, but Yoh chops back. Yoh keeps firing strikes but Desperado shrugs it off. They go back and forth, but Desperado rakes eyes. Desperado runs but Shingo gets him to stop. Desperado hits Shingo, but turns around into Yoh’s calf kick! Hot tag to Kanemaru and he stops Sho from tagging in. Suzuki-Gun work together to start a corner train, and then Desperado cradles Yoh for Kanemaru to shotgun dropkick-start the slam! Cover, but LIJ breaks it. LIJ goes after everyone else, and double whip Kanemaru. Kanemaru holds ropes and dumps Shingo out. He puts Bushi on the apron and Desperado knocks him off. Kanemaru helps Desperado build speed to DIVE on LIJ! Desperado ends up safely on the announce desk!
Fans fire up, even if it’s for Suzuki-Gun. Desperado returns as Kanemaru brings Yoh up. Suplex to inverted DDT! Cover, TWO! Kanemaru grows frustrated, but he keeps on Yoh. Yoh hits back and they brawl with forearms and European Uppercuts. Kanemaru tilt-o-whirls for a DDT! He drags Yoh up again, but Yoh gets him back with a Falcon Arrow! Yoh is too sore to make the cover, and we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns as fans rally up. Yoh and Kanemaru stir but Desperado attacks Sho! Desperado comes in but Bushi hits him first. Bushi grabs Yoh and throws him to the LIJ corner. Shingo tags in off Yoh, and then goes after Kanemaru’s inner thigh. Desperado saves Kanemaru by whipping Shingo but Shingo reverses. Shingo then starts up a clothesline train, first hitting Desperado then going corner to corner to hit Kanemaru. Desperado staggers into a shoulder from Shingo! Fans fire up as Shingo grabs Kanemaru. Sho comes in but gets caught, DDT and complete shot! Shingo goes back to Kanemaru for another suplex, but Kanemaru slips out. Kanemaru has a waistlock but Shingo fights out. Shingo whips and pop-up Death Valley Driver on Kanemaru! Cover, TWO!! Kanemaru barely survives but Shingo is not bothered.
Muscle Dragon Shingo stalks Kanemaru, but misses in the corner. Kanemaru misses, too, and Bushi hits a knee! Bushi feeds Kanemaru to the spinebuster, adding a backstabber! Cover, but RPG3K break it! RPG3K is thrown out and LIJ coordinates. Shingo lifts Kanemaru in a wheelbarrow, but Desperado intercepts Bushi! Kanemaru victory rolls, TWO! Bushi fights Desperado off to slingshot headscissor Desperado! Shingo runs but to a basement dropkick! Kanemaru staggers into a tag from Sho! Sho then rocks Kanemaru with a right, and throws Kanemaru out. Sho runs at Shingo for a big corner clothesilne. He whips but Shingo reverses, and they collide with clotheslines. Neither man falls so they try again. Shingo runs but into a dropkick!
Sho fires up, as do the fans. He deadlifts Shingo but Shingo fights back. Sho runs, but Shingo rocks him with an elbow and an uppercut! Shingo lifts Sho in the chicken wing, but Sho slips out. Shingo runs, but into RPG3K double knees! Yoh takes out Bushi while Sho brings Shinogo back up. Backstabber feeds into the shotgun dropkick! RPG3K fire up and stalk Shingo. Shingo stands but Bushi stops Yoh with a backstabber of his own. Sho gets Bushi in a deadlift German Suplex! Desperado spears Sho, but can’t spear Shingo! Shingo and Desperado brawl, but Desperado rakes the eyes. Shingo still waistlocks Desperado, Desperado kicks Sho but Shingo shoves Desperado into Sho. Sho and Desperado turn around into Shingo’s clotheslines!
Shingo lifts Sho in the chicken wing, for the Gory Bomb! Shingo gets up and builds speed, to clothesline from hell! Cover, TWO!? Sho lives and Shingo can’t believe it! Shingo roars as he drags Sho back up. He lifts Sho with a wristclutch, but Yoh SUPERKICKS! RPG3K hit 3K!! Cover, but the ref is yanked out! Kanemaru gets in and kicks away on Yoh! He stomps away on Sho, then drags Sho up. Desperado is in with a belt, and he clobbers Sho! Desperado drags Shingo over to a corner and uses him to tag in. Then he goes back to Sho while Kanemaru takes out Bushi. Desperado lifts Sho in the torture rack, for the slam! Cover, TWO!? Sho lives again! Desperado is furious and vows to end this.
Desperado brings Sho up in the double underhook, but Bushi jumps over the ref to use the GREEN MIST! You SUPERKICKS Bushi! Kanemaru goes after Yoh, but Yoh ducks the Whiskey Mist to dropkick Kanemaru out! Yoh builds speed and FLIES onto Bushi and Kanemaru! Sho is up, and clobbers Desperado! Sho drags Desperado up again, powerbomb lift, double knees! Cover, TWO!! Desperado survives but fans are thunderous. Sho fires up and wants another, but he tucks the arms this time. Package driver, the Shock Arrow! Cover, RPG3K win!!
Winners: Roppongi 3K, Sho pinning
Sho & Yoh win their second Super Junior Tag League! And best of all, it was on the tag team champions! Can Sho & Yoh use this momentum to get the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag titles back?
Tetsuya Naito VS Zack Sabre Jr!
Los Ingobernables de Japon and Suzuki-Gun are not through with each other, and these two are far from through with each other on top of it. Will Naito make ZSJ Tranquilo? Or will ZJS make Naito #JustTapOut?
As always, Taka Michinoku takes up the mic before the match. He welcomes everyone to “Zack Sabre Time.” This is a special singles match between ZSJ and Naito. “Who is gonna win this one?!” ZSJ is the man who can finish you with any lock anytime, anywhere, who has the deadly Zack Driver, and when he locks on, you #JustTapOut! This wrestling master is Zack Sabreeeeee Junior~! So Naito, you will repeat the New Japan Cup and G1 Climax. You can’t beat Zack, so “come on over here!” Naito makes his entrance, and takes his time as always with undressing. ZSJ doesn’t let the mind games get to him, but we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns with the bell. Fans cheer for Naito as he circles with ZSJ. Naito and ZSJ tie up and ZSJ gets the headlock. ZSJ throws Naito but Naito shrugs it off. He and ZSJ circle again and feel it out. ZSJ gets a wristlock but Naito reverses quick, so ZSJ breaks and slips away. They circle again and tie up. ZSJ gets the arm again and wrenches for a hammerlock. Naito rolls and goes for a leg but ZSJ gets his legs into a deathlock. Naito manages to pop free and get a headlock, but ZSJ headscissors. ZSJ squeezes tight as Naito tries to escape. Naito moves around but ZSJ goes for an arm. Naito frees himself from the headscissors to go for an armbar. ZSJ moves around and gets a leg again, Bow ‘n’ Arrow! But Naito pops out to a cover, ONE, Tranquilo!
Naito rolls out to catch his breath but ZSJ stays in the ring. Naito takes his time returning, and circles with ZSJ again. They approach and tie up, and ZSJ brings Naito’s hands down to stand on one and wrench the other. ZSJ shifts to a headlock, then throws to the takeover. Naito endures and rolls ZSJ to a cover, ONE. Naito sits up and gets up, and powers out of the headlock. He arm-drags ZSJ around, then runs him over with an elbow to hit the basement dropkick! Naito poses but ZSJ runs in with a leaping triangle hold takedown! Naito gets a ropebreak but ZSJ lets go at 4. ZSJ takes a moment to catch his breath now while Naito bails out again. Naito comes back but ZSJ presses a knee down on him.
ZSJ loops Naito’s arm through the ropes and then a leg and uses them to pull in a modified Bow ‘n’ Arrow. ZSJ backs off at 4, so he can mock the LIJ posing. Naito sits up but ZSJ is on with the double wristlock, then top wristlock to stomp! Naito writhes but ZSJ circles him like a shark. ZSJ brings Naito up for a EuroUpper, but Naito chops back. ZSJ gives another EuroUpper, but Naito gives back a CHOP. That stuns ZSJ, but ZSJ still kicks and whips Naito. Naito reverses, then run sin. ZSJ puts him on the apron to sweep the legs! ZSJ goes after Naito on the ramp and uses a calf killer! Then he shifts to a modified half crab! ZSJ tortures the legs, then rams the knees on the ramp. ZSJ leaves Naito behind as the 20-count starts.
Naito slowly gets up but the count is at 16! He hurries and gets in at 19! ZSJ is on Naito again with another trapped leg toehold to a half crab! Then a heel hook, then a deep crab! ZSJ just keeps combining holds, such as a trapped arm and another deep crap. But Naito gets the ropes and is freed. Fans rally up as Naito gets to a corner. ZSJ stomps the legs, but Naito hits back. ZSJ kicks the legs but Naito hits back. They continue to go back and forth, a kick for a forearm and back again. Naito goes down after another kick to the leg, but he crawls to a corner. ZSJ runs in but into boots. Naito gives an atomic drop and running headscissors!
Both men are down as Naito tries to get feeling in his legs. Michinoku coaches ZSJ up but Naito stands first. Naito hits ZSJ with punches and kicks, then gets the dragon sleeper to backbreaker, and adds a basement dropkick! ZSJ gets to a corner, but Naito hits the jump kick and leg sweep. Naito slingshots but into the cravat! Naito arm-drags out, but ZSJ runs back in. ZSJ is put in a corner, but he boots Naito. Naito spits then spins ZSJ sideways for the draping neckbreaker! Naito then scoops ZSJ into the reverse DDT! Cover, TWO! Naito has things back in his favor as we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns, and Naito gives ZSJ elbows in the corner. Naito drives elbows into ZSJ even as ZSJ sits down. Then Naito hoists ZSJ up top and climbs up to join him. Naito drives in more elbows and then stands up for a SUPER STEINER! But ZSJ makes it a cradle into a leg lock, into an STF! ZSJ keeps shifting to modify the crossface, then keeps pushing with his weight. Naito pushes back and gets the ropebreak! ZSJ lets Naito go, and both men are down from exhaustion. Fans rally up, and ZSJ slowly stands. ZSJ grabs Naito’s leg for a spinning toehold. Naito clutches that bad leg, but ZSJ does the spinning tweak to his arm! ZSJ stalks Naito as he stands, and gives him a EuroUpper. Naito hits back with a forearm, but ZSJ gives another EuroUpper. Naito CHOPS ZSJ and sits him down.
ZSJ gets up to kick Naito in the leg again. Naito CHOPS, but ZSJ stays standing this time. ZSJ eggs Naito on so Naito fires off forearms until ZSJ sits down. Naito goes side to side for the basement dropkick! He brings ZSJ up but ZSJ gets a full nelson! Naito arm-drags ZSJ away but ZSJ comes back with another EuroUpper. ZSJ tries again but Naito back slides and back elbows to the tornado DDT! Naito keeps going, hammerlock and lift, GLORIA! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ lives but Naito keeps his cool. Naito brings ZSJ up again, wrenches the arm but ZSJ kicks it! Naito kicks back and then whips. ZSJ reveres and catches the lariat into an Octopus! Naito endures as he steps towards ropes. ZSJ shifts to go after the arm, then cradles to a Calf Killer!
Naito endures leg pain, but he rolls. ZSJ keeps him trapped for a calf slicer, but Naito fights with his free leg. But ZSJ grabs it to make it part stretch muffler! Naito gets free and gets another ropebreak! ZSJ lets Naito go but he grows frustrated. Fans rally for Naito again, but ZSJ gets up first. ZSJ EuroUppers Naito again and again and again, then even more in the corner. He throws Naito out to Penalty Kick him! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives, but barely. Michinoku keeps ZSJ focused as he gets up again. ZSJ lifts Naito but Naito slips out to waistlock. ZSJ elbows out and wants the Octopus, but Naito breaks free. Naito runs into an uppercut but enziguris, only for ZSJ to make it an ankle lock! ZSJ then reels Naito in but Naito standing switches, for a German Suplex!
Naito runs, DESTINO!! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ barely survives, but Naito keeps on him. Naito wrenches the arm but ZSJ drops down, only for Naito to sit on it! TWO and ZSJ drags Naito into the European Clutch! TWO but barely! ZSJ and Naito go to opposite ends as they stand up. ZSJ kicks but Naito catches it to enziguri back. Naito wrenches and tilt-o-whirls, but into ZSJ’s scoop! But Naito slips out to scoop ZSJ, brainbuster! Fans are thunderous as Naito wrenches and whirls, DESTINO! Cover, Naito wins!!
Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall
The Ungovernable finally wins against the Submission Master! Naito did not tap out and he didn’t fall to the Zack Driver, but can Naito use this to launch himself back towards a title?
Taka Michinoku explains that Zack only just arrived yesterday. This loss was because of jet lag! He was battling jet lag and an opponent at the same time. But ZSJ dares Naito to come to England and see if this still happens. ZSJ will even fight him in a pub if he wants.
As for Naito, he finally got his revenge. To be precise, Naito won in last year’s G1, but yes he did lose in the 2018 New Japan Cup and G1. Therefore, Naito is 2-2 against ZSJ all-time. Naito appreciates ZSj, because this match had no upside for him and yet he took it. He has Naito’s thanks, “Gracias, amigo.” When and where will there be a tiebreaker for their overall series?
Another great hour version of this event. While there wasn’t a lot of Super Junior Tag League coverage on AXS, this triple threat finals was great to see. It was all an impressive match and I was really impressed to see that RPG3K got to repeat. I really hope this means Sho & Yoh get those titles off of Desperado & Kanemaru, that would be great for them. The evolution of these two from being the Tempura Boyz to the gold ‘n’ silver duo has been great to see, and while they’ve already had the titles, getting the titles again would just add to their great growth. Naito VS ZSJ 4 was also great, just as good as their previous matches. I’m glad to see Naito won this time, it works for his story of coming back around strong towards the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (2/8/23)
There’s gold in El Paso!
Dynamite becomes championship fight night!
From the tag to the trios to both men’s and women’s world championships, AEW is giving out title opportunities on Dynamite! Who strikes gold in El Paso?
- AEW World Title Eliminator: MJF VS Konosuke Takeshita; MJF wins and denies Konosuke a title match.
- AEW Women’s World Title Eliminator: Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel VS The Bunny w/ Penelope Ford; Hayter wins and denies Bunny a title match.
- The Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet Challenge: Ricky Starks VS The Jericho Appreciation Society; The JAS wins and denies Starks a match with Chris Jericho.
- Bryan Danielson VS Rush; Bryan wins.
- AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS AR Fox & Top Flight; The Elite win and retain the titles.
- AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Acclaimed VS The Gunns; The Gunns win and become the new AEW World Tag Team Champions.
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AEW World Title Eliminator: MJF VS Konosuke Takeshita!
While he is determined to not have the One Hour Ironman Match with Bryan Danielson, Maxwell Jacob Friedman has no choice but to have this match with The Future of Wrestling. Will MJF cross Konosuke off the list of contenders? Or will Konosuke have a golden ticket for a real shot at the Big Burberry Belt?
The bell rings and MJF has El Paso settle down as he offers a handshake to Konosuke. Konosuke shakes his head instead, not trusting this. Fans call MJF an A-Hole, but MJF still offers the handshake. Konosuke takes the handshake after all, but MJF kicks low! Konosuke was right to not trust MJF before! MJF whips, Konosuke ducks ‘n’ dodges and CLOBBERS MJF with the Takeshita Line! Fans fire up and Konosuke has MJF in a corner. Konosuke climbs up to rain down fists! Fans count along to nine, but MJF carries Konosuke off the corner for an atomic drop! MJF tells fans, “Up yours,” then runs, but into the JUMP KNEE!
Fans fire up again as Konosuke stands tall! Konosuke waits on MJF to get up, runs in, but MJF uses the ref as a shield! Fans boo as MJF tackles Konosuke and drops knees on the arm again and again! MJF drags Konosuke up and WRINGS him out into buckles! Fans taunt “Maxi-Pad!” but MJF just taunts them back. MJF drags Konosuke up, clamps onto the arm and also fishhooks Konosuke’s nose. Fans duel, “Let’s Go, Maxwell!” “MAXWELL SUCKS!” Konosuke fights up, throws forearm after forearm and is free! Konosuke runs, MJF spins him and WRINGS his arm out again! MJF drags Konosuke up, hammerlock and lift for a DDT! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally while MJF grows frustrated. MJF drags Konosuke by the bad arm, and BITES the fingers! The ref counts, MJF lets off, and he stalks Konosuke to a corner. MJF CLAWS Konosuke, whips, but Konosuke blocks. MJF CLUBS the bad arm and soaks up the heat. MJF whips, Konosuke reverses but MJF blocks the whip to reverse. MJF swings, into an EXPLODER into buckles! Fans fire up again while both men are down! Konosuke goes to the other corner, runs back in and BOOTS MJF! Konosuke keeps going, for another BOOT! Fans fire up, Konosuke keeps moving, but MJF moves! The boot gets caught up, MJF rolls Konosuke, TWO!
MJF whips, Konosuke reverses but MJF goes up, into a KICK! Konosuke pushes MJF down, brings him up and suplexes, BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! MJF survives and frustrates Konosuke but fans fire up. Konosuke clutches the bad arm, goes to a corner and climbs, and fans fire up for the Latino Heat from the Japanese Phenomenon! FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Fans cheer for “EDDIE! EDDIE!” while Konosuke grits his teeth. Konosuke drags MJF up, suplexes again, but MJF blocks. MJF wrenches the bad arm, they roll, Konosuke rolls free and tilt-o-whirls, but MJF has him in position!
But Konosuke kicks his way to reverse positions! Tuck and BASTARD DRIVER!! But then a deadlift WHEELBARROW GERMAN!! Fans are thunderous for Konosuke as he gets his bad arm working. Konosuke runs in but MJF bails out. Fans boo, but Konosuke doesn’t look away. Konosuke slingshots, but MJF moves to avoid the Plancha! Konosuke crashes ‘n’ burns and MJF is in the ring. The ring count climbs, but MJF goes out at 4 of 10. MJF fetches Konosuke, SLAMS the bad arm on the floor, then drags him up again. MJF says, “This is your boy? He’s done!” But Konosuke turns things around to POST MJF!
Fans fire up and Konosuke puts MJF in the ring. Fans chant “You Deserve It!” at MJF as Konosuke stalks him. Konosuke drags MJF to a drop zone, fires back up, and he goes up the corner. But MJF hits ropes to trip Konosuke up! Fans boo but MJF says he’s smarter than that. MJF climbs up behind Konosuke, brings him up, but Konosuke CLUBS MJF! Konosuke adjusts, to SUPER TAKESHITA LINE! But MJF lands on his feet?!? MJF SUPESRKICKS, runs, but into a FOREARM! MJF rebounds, ROLLING ELBOW! Konosuke rebounds to LARIAT!! Both men are down and fans are giving a standing ovation!
Fans are loving “A E DUB!” for this incredible opening contest. Konosuke crawls over to MJF and covers, TWO!! SALT OF THE EARTH FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! Konosuke bites his other hand to endure, rolls MJF over, TWO! MJF runs in, Konosuke sends him out and then builds speed to FLY!! Direct hit and fans are thunderous again! Konosuke puts MJF in the ring again, fires up and El Paso fires up with him. “This is Awesome!” as Konosuke returns to the ring. MJF rolls away, Konosuke brings a kneepad down, and Konosuke runs in! But MJF bails out again! Fans boo as MJF just narrowly avoids the strike.
MJF is down as the ring count starts but Konosuke goes out to fetch MJF. Konosuke puts MJF in but MJF uses the ref as a shield again! The ref gets free as Konosuke steps in, but MJF kicks the ropes to hit Konosuke low!! Fans boo as MJF gets away with that one! MJF drives knees into the bad arm again and again! Fans boo more but MJF spits at them. MJF lines up the shot, runs in, but Konosuke avoids the knee drop! MJF and Konosuke both stand up, MJF swings but Konosuke blocks, but that’s the bad arm! MJF calls Konosuke an idiot, but Konosuke ROCKS MJF with a straight right! And then forearm after forearm!
MJF kicks low but Konosuke blocks! Only to claw Konosuke’s eyes! Fans boo, MJF runs, but Konosuke ducks and runs. MJF dodges, runs, but Konosuke RANAS, into a POWERBOMB BACKBREAKER! But that’s MJF’s bad leg! MJF clutches his knee while Konosuke writhes from the bad back. Fans rally up as MJF goes to a corner. MJF runs in, into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Konosuke hurries to go to a corner, run in, DRIVE KNEE!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! MJF survives by a literal foot! Konosuke can’t believe it but fans fire back up again. Konosuke drags MJF back to center and fans fire up again.
Konosuke goes to the apron, goes up the ropes, SPRINGBOARD SWANTON FLOP! MJF hurries to get the SALT OF THE EARTH!! Konosuke endures, fans rally but MJF pushes back as hard as he can! Konosuke reaches out, crawls, moves around, and gets the ropes, only for MJF to drag Konosuke and BRIDGE the armbar! Konosuke taps, MJF wins!
Winner: MJF, by submission (denies Konosuke Takeshita a title match)
The Devil of AEW may have cheated Konosuke at some point, he finishes Konosuke off himself in the end. MJF then demands the ref hand the Dynamite Diamond Ring back. The ref obliges, and then MJF pushes the ref down! MJF is armed with his favorite weapon and he’s aiming at Konosuke! Fans boo, but MJF hits the DIAMOND RING PUNCH! Fans boo even harder, but MJF throws down fists on Konosuke! Konosuke’s busted open, but here comes BRYAN DANIELSON! The American Dragon chases MJF off, but the damage to The Future was done. Will Bryan make it through the night to be THE #1 contender?
Samoa Joe speaks.
“What stands before you is your assurance that all is right in the universe. I stand here, Samoa Joe, your ROH World Television Champion, and once again, your rightful TNT Champion. And Darby Allin, though I may not agree with the way you conduct yourself in the ring, I will say this: you are a worthy and a brave adversary. But do you know who is not a brave and worthy adversary, is you, Wardlow. I have taken your championship and I have taken your scalp. What more do you want me to take from you?
“I understand but you don’t. From the very beginning, from when WARJOE started, that I knew men like you are ambitious and need to be put down immediately, and that’s what I did. So Wardlow, if you come for me, know I know that you are a man with many secrets. And week after week, I will peel away that onion, and I will expose you for those secrets. Because you may be coming to take my championship from me, but Wardlow, I will take everything from you.” The One True King of Television has spoken, but will the Maestro of Mayhem heed his warning?
AEW Women’s World Title Eliminator: Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel VS The Bunny w/ Penelope Ford!
While there is division within the Women’s Division, the champion is still welcoming all challengers. The Bunny wants to sink her teeth into 24 carats, but will she be tasting the Hayterade instead?
The bell rings and fans rally as the two approach. Fans are strongly behind Hayter but Bunny offers a handshake. Hayter accepts it, and it isn’t a trick, so the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Hayter headlocks to a takeover. Bunny tries to chinbar but Hayter keeps things moving around in a circle. Bunny pulls hair, the ref reprimands and Bunny lets go. They stand up, Bunny pushes Hayter to ropes and powers out. Hayter runs Bunny over! Things speed up, Hayter runs Bunny over again and again! Fans fire up with Hayter and she kisses the biceps. Hayter runs in but Bunny elbows her away!
Bunny goes up, reels Hayter in, and has a HANGING HEADSCISSOR! The ref counts, Bunny thrashes around but she lets off at 4. Hayter sputters but Bunny brings her onto the ropes. Bunny goes to suplex but Hayter blocks! Hayter suplexes Bunny into the ring! Fans fire up while Bunny crawls to the far side. Ford coaches Bunny but Hayter ROCKS Bunny first! Bunny avoids the shoulder, knees Hayter in the ropes, then turns her for a NECKBREAKER HOTSHOT! Bunny drags Hayter out to snap suplex Hayter to the floor, AND the steps! Hayter clutches a leg while Bunny soaks up the heat and AEW goes picture in picture.
Bunny drags Hayter up, brings her around, but Hayter RAMS Bunny into railing! And whips her into the apron! Hayter fixes her hair, but then Bunny claws her eyes! Bunny whips Hayter into the steel steps! Hayter clutches her arm as she hobbles away but Rebel checks on her. Bunny refreshes the ring count and puts Hayter back in. Hayter throws body shots and she backs Bunny to a corner! Hayter then lets off, runs back in and CHOPS! Bunny rakes Hayter’s eyes! Bunny CHOPS Hayter in return, then CHOPS again! Bunny huffs and puffs, stomps a mudhole into Hayter, then lets off as the ref counts.
Bunny goes to the far side, comes running back in, SLIDING FOREARM! Bunny laughs and smiles into the camera, then digs her forearm into Hayter’s face. The ref counts, Bunny YANKS Hayter out to a cover, TWO! Hayter throws some elbows into Bunny’s back but Bunny rains down fists! The ref reprimands about closed fists, but Bunny just smiles. Bunny drags Hayter up, brings her through the ropes and to the apron, then reels her in. Hayter fights the lift, and RAMS Bunny into the post! Hayter kicks and CLUBS Bunny, but Bunny BOOTS back! Hayter BOOTS Bunny, CLUBS her some more, but Bunny CHOPS!
Hayter CHOPS, Bunny mule kicks! Bunny and Hayter each grab hair, DOUBLE APRON FACEBUSTERS! Dynamite returns to single picture as fans fire up! Both women crawl into the ring, Britt borrows a fan sign that reads “Hayterade is my workout drink!” But then Ford takes the sign from Britt to RIP it up! Fans boo and Brit is shocked. Bunny runs in at Hayter, but into an EXPLODER! Hayter clinches again, Bunny fights but the EXPLODER hits again! Hayter drags Bunny back up, Ford coaches Bunny up, but HAYTERADE hits! Cover, Hayter wins!
Winner: Jamie Hayter, by pinfall (denies Bunny a title match)
#HayterHitsHard is more than a catchphrase, and Bunny found that out face first. But then, who will come after Hayter and this title come Revolution in March?
Backstage interview with Saraya & Toni Storm.
Renee Paquette is with the Revolution and the Lightning to congratulate them on last week’s tag match win. But of course, they saw the AEW Women’s World Champion, Jamie Hayter, in action. Saraya says they did, and congrats, “baby girl.” But uh, Hayter’s just like everyone else here: a loser! In fact, Leva Bates is walking by so Saraya invites her over. Doesn’t Leva look so cute right now? Well, thanks! But doesn’t her name start with L? Yeah. That’s great, because, uh… Oh, Renee, you might wanna stand aside for this. Toni, do you wanna do the honors? Yes! BLAM! She sucker punches Leva to knock her down, and then she and Saraya stomp her out!
Toni has a can of spray paint! Saraya shakes it up, and sprays a big green L on Leva’s white shirt! Both sides, too! Saraya says they’re not here to make friends, they’re here to take over. Will Saraya & Storm make everyone in the AEW Women’s Division take the L?
Backstage interview with MJF.
Or rather, Lexi Nair is waiting outside MJF’s locker room, where there is an AEW security guard posted. Lexi notes this is to ask about MJF’s brutal attack on Konosuke after their match. MJF shouts to let her in, so the guard opens the door. Lexi walks in and MJF tells her to have a seat. She sits, he chugs some water then tosses the bottle aside. MJF tells Konosuke, “Everybody was talking about you like you were the next big thing, and I’ll give you credit, big man, you’re really good. But you’re no match for a generational talent such as myself. But don’t blame yourself, bud. Nobody is.
“Bryan Danielson, you treat me like I’m some sort of scumbag. These fans treat me like I’m a scumbag. I don’t know if you people hate me because I’m twisted, or if I’m twisted because you people hate me. But here’s what I do know. I know that a man does not know what he is truly made of until he is met with adversity. I remember the first time I was. Oh, yeah, Lexi Nair. It was junior year of high school, and boy oh boy was I a speed demon. I loved whipping around in my beautiful blue Camaro, and I just kept getting speed ticket after speed ticket after speed ticket.
“And eventually, I was only one point away from getting my license revoked, and then junior prom hit. Me and my football buddy, we showed up in our lettermans, and we hooked up with all the fine hotties Long Island has to offer. But there was one girl in particular, for legal reasons let’s call her ‘Liv.’ Man, she was my high school crush. I saw her cross the dance floor. Beautiful, sun-kissed brown skin, amazing light brown eyes, short curly brown hair, and the most infectious smile you’ve ever seen. She was perfect.” MJF walked up to her and told her, “Hey, baby, let’s go for a spin.” They got in the Camaro, he got to driving and she got to… Well, let’s just say she distracted him.
Once things finished up, MJF decided to put pedal to the metal and unfortunately, it was raining that night “like cats and dogs.” They hydroplaned, went roaring and spinning off the road, and in a panic, MJF put his foot on the brake but instead hit the accelerator, and at 90 miles per hour, BOOM! They hit a telephone pole. When MJF woke up, he tasted pennies in his mouth. He was confused, concussed, didn’t understand. When he looked down, his hands were covered in blood. And he looked over at his sweet Liv. Her head had cracked the windshield, she was not moving at all. He put a finger under her nose, and thank God she was still breathing.
Off in the distance, MJF heard police sirens. “There it was, Dragon: adversity. In that moment, I found out what type of man I am. You wanna know who I am, Dragon? I’m the type of guy who dragged Liv’s lifeless body and switched seats with her so when the cops showed up, I wasn’t the one driving. IN THIS LIFE, THERE ARE WINNERS, AND THERE ARE LOSERS! The history books don’t care how you get the job done! You wanna talk about exposing me, Dragon?! Tonight, I expose YOU!! You will be met with adversity, and everybody watching at home will know that you don’t have the guts, you don’t have the temerity, you don’t the balls to do what it takes to be a winner!”
MJF vows there will be NO world title match on March 5th at Revolution! There will be NO Ironman match, and Bryan will “never, ever come close to holding the greatest prize of them all, the Triple B! Because yes, Bryan, I am a scumbag. And I’m damn proud of it.” MJF grins as he admires the title, but will even the lowest of the low that he is be able to slay the American Dragon?
The Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet Challenge: Ricky Starks VS The Jericho Appreciation Society!
The Absolute wants one more match with The Wizard, but he has to get through the rest of the “JAS Holes” first. Will Starks win three in a row to get his shot at Chris Jericho?
Ricky Starks VS Angelo Parker w/ Matthew Menard!
First up is Cool Hand Ange, and the two fire off hands at the bell! Fans fire up as Starks gets the edge and has Parker on the ropes. Parker rakes eyes, the ref reprimands but Parker ROCKS Starks! Parker snap suplexes, covers, ONE!! Parker pushes Starks down to stomp him, covers, TWO! Parker drags Starks up, whips him to ropes and CALF KICKS him down! Cover, with feet on the ropes! The ref sees that, it’s so blatant! The ref kicks Parker off the ropes and the two argue. Starks goes to a corner and fans rally up but Parker stands Starks up. Starks ROCKS Parker, but Parker shoots in to roll him up! TWO, Starks kicks low!
Starks gets Parker up but Parker rakes eyes to avoid Roshambeaux! Parker whips, Starks ducks ‘n’ dodges to SPEAR! Cover, Starks ELIMINATES Parker! But Daddy Magic is right here, ready to go!
Ricky Starks VS Matthew Menard w/ Angelo Parker!
Menard swings, Starks dodges, and he rolls Menard up, Starks ELIMINATES Menard!! Fans are fired up as Starks dispatches 2Point0 in quick fashion! But the third man is a mystery, so who is it? The Dragonslayer, Daniel Garcia! Starks waits on Garcia and his leather pants, but then Sammy Guevara’s music hits? It seems the Spanish God swerved all of us, including Garcia! Guevara hugs Garcia, keeping us all guessing. Sammy and Garcia each go to the apron, Sammy steps in but Starks chases him off! Garcia gets in, he officially takes the third spot!
Ricky Starks VS Daniel Garcia w/ Sammy Guevara!
Garcia stomps away on Starks while fans boo. Sammy soaks up the heat, Garcia digs his boots into Starks and then also soaks up the heat. The ref counts, Garcia lets off at 4, and he storms up to stand Starks up. Garcia fires body shots, whips Starks corner to corner hard, and Starks bounces off buckles! Fans chant “Sammy Sucks!” but Sammy says he does not. Garcia stands Starks up but Starks CHOPS! And CHOPS! And fires off forearms! Starks runs, but Garcia CLOBBERS him! Garcia and Sammy soak up more heat, and Sammy says “That’s my best friend!” as AEW goes picture in picture.
Garcia drags Starks up in a corner but Starks holds onto the ropes. Garcia stomps away on Starks, stalks him along the ropes, and facelocks. Garcia snap suplexes Starks near the ropes, then goes to the apron. Garcia eggs the fans on, then he slingshots, just to scuff Starks! Garcia flips off the fans and Sammy laughs it up while Starks sneers. Garcia storms up on Starks, pushes him around, then pie faces him. Starks fires off fast hands! Starks knees low, CLUBS away on Garcia, but Garcia turns Starks around to DDT! Cover, TWO! Garcia mocks Starks, slaps him around, but Starks SLAPS back! They SLAP fight, then Garcia rains down fists!
Garcia lets off and Starks goes to a corner. Garcia stands on Starks on the ropes, mocks the fans, then lets off as the ref counts. The ref also tells Sammy to stay back and Sammy backs up. Garcia storms up on Starks but Starks kicks from below! Garcia stomps Starks, stands him up, and hits a BIG back suplex! Starks writhes and fans rally up but Sammy mocks them. Starks gets to ropes, drags himself up, but Garcia stands him up to talk trash right in his hear. Garcia fishhooks Starks’ face then CLUBS him on the back! Starks throws elbows and body shots in return! Dynamite returns to single picture as Starks wrenches an arm.
Starks kicks low, reels Garcia in, but Garcia trips Starks! Garcia steps through, but Starks makes it a cradle! TWO!! Garcia and Starks get up, Starks ducks ‘n’ dodges, SPEAR into a GUILLOTINE!! Starks flails and Sammy is fired up as Garcia has Starks down! Fans rally as Starks fights up again, pries the hold open and hits a POWERBOMB!! Starks is too tired to cover, though! A standing count starts and fans count along. Starks crawls towards a corner and reaches it by 5 of 10, but then he goes to the apron. Starks stands at 6, climbs the corner, but Garcia rolls to SHORYUKEN! Fans boo but Garcia drags Starks back up!
Garcia climbs up, he has Starks on the top rope, SUPERPLEX! Roll through to a suplex from Starks! BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Garcia survives and Sammy is relieved but fans rally behind “RICKY! RICKY!” Starks goes to a corner, he fires up and brings Garcia up! Canadian Rack but Garcia slips free to the apron! Garcia ROCKS Starks, reels him in and suplexes, but Starks lands on the apron. Starks throws body shots, Garcia ROCKS him, but the haymakers go back and forth! They speed up, Garcia BOOTS, but Starks SPEARS Garcia on the apron! Both men fall and fans fire up again! But a JUDAS EFFECT from a masked man?!
Fans boo but this supposed fan stares Starks down. Garcia puts Starks in the ring, covers, Garcia wins!!
Winner: Daniel Garcia, by pinfall (Starks will NOT get a match with Jericho)
The “fan” walks into the ring, takes off his mask, and duh! It’s CHRIS JERICHO!! Garcia and Sammy are “shocked” and they hug it out with The Wizard. Jericho absolutely screws Starks over, will Starks ever get even with him?
Backstage interview with The Acclaimed.
Renee is with Max Caster, Anthony Bowens and Daddy Ass. Tonight is a big night with the AEW World Tag Team Championships on the line, but for Billy Gunn specifically, this match has him in the middle. How is Billy feeling? Billy admits she’s right, he is being pulled in different directions. He cares about all four men, so as a team, as The Acclaimed became the tag team champions, they did that as a team. So the decision Billy has made tonight has come as a team decision. Billy is staying in the back to let all four men handle their business.
Caster says that is right. The Acclaimed is the world’s best tag team, the world’s favorite tag team, The People’s Choice, the People’s Voice, and THE AEW World Tag Team Champions. So Billy, they support this choice. He and Bowens have this. Bowens says yeah, but let’s give the people what they want. “SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS~!” They scissor finger for luck, but will things go The Acclaimed’s way? Or will The Gunn Sons finally make their father proud?
Backstage interview with Bryan Danielson.
AEW returns as Renee is with Bryan and Konosuke in the medical trainer’s room. Bryan came to the aid of Konosuke, but tonight is the final opportunity to win and be named THE #1 Contender to MJF’s title to also have that SIXTY MINUTE Ironman Match. And tonight, Bryan faces Rush- Whoa! Someone just slammed the door shut! And now they’ve blocked it! It won’t open!! Three guesses who did it and why.
Bryan Danielson VS Rush!
The American Dragon is just one win away from being 6-0 in 2023, but El Toro Blanco just had his henchmen trap Bryan in a room! MJF also makes his entrance, and he hobbles to the ring in a track suit. Fans boo but MJF blows a kiss. MJF tells referee Aubrey Edwards that they need to talk real quick. MJF hobbles into the ring but fans taunt him with “Maxi-Pad!” MJF isn’t sure if they’re aware, but considering the AEW rulebook and bylaws, Bryan Danielson is scheduled for his match right here and now in “sh*tty El Paso.” But he’s not here! Fans tell MJF off, but MJF says he no habla Espanol.
Anyway, his point is, the bell needs to ring and start the match right now. Aubrey signals, the bell rings, and now the ten count begins. But we can see Bryan is still stuck in the room! Bryan RAMS the door, and he busts it down! MJF panics and wants a faster count as Bryan and Konosuke fight off Vance and Jose! MJF says Bryan doesn’t have the guts, but Bryan is running at full sprint to gorilla! MJF tells Aubrey to count faster because we’re only at 4 of 10! He shouts but Aubrey only now counts “FIVE!” Fans cheer Aubrey on as she goes as slow as she can, and here’s Bryan!! Bryan slides in, Rush stomps away, and the match is truly on!
Rush drags Bryan up, rips his shirt off and CHOPS! Bryan staggers, Rush CHOPS him in another corner. Rush whips corner to corner, runs and clotheslines, then whips corner to corner to SPLASH! MJF joins commentary, very upset about not getting his way, but Rush snapmares and basement dropkicks Bryan! Rush does a bow but fans boo. Rush kicks Bryan around, taunts him, and sits Bryan up to CHOP! Bryan powers up and fans rally! Rush kicks, and kicks, and stomps, then drags Bryan around to stomp him on the ropes. Aubrey reprimands, Rush lets off, and Bryan stands up. Rush talks trash, then CHOPS again!
Bryan huffs and puffs and fans fire up! Bryan CHOPS back! Rush CHOPS! Bryan CHOPS! They CHOP back and forth, Rush eggs Bryan on and the CHOPS continue. Bryan then fires HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT on Rush! Fans fire up, Bryan BOOTS Rush then runs. Rush sidesteps to SNAP GERMAN! And BASEMENT KNEE! Bryan bails out, Rush pursues and RAMS him into railing! Rush RAMS Bryan into more railing! Rush smacks Bryan off the chair in the corner, then refreshes the ring count. Rush “apologizes” to Aubrey before he runs in at Bryan, to SHOTGUN Bryan into the railing! MJF says that is why Rush is worth every single penny.
Fans rally, Rush drags Bryan up, and he SMACKS him off the chair again! MJF defends that he is not panicked about this, and says Rush has practically already won. Rush digs his fingers into Bryan’s forehead to get at the bloody wound! Rush makes us look as he puts on a chinlock. Rush tastes Bryan’s blood! Fans boo, Aubrey reprimands, but Rush stands Bryan up to CHOP him down! Rush refreshes the count again to KNEE Bryan back down. Rush drags Bryan up, HEADBUTTS to go after the bloody forehead, and then he RAMS Bryan into more railing! Bryan has a crimson mask forming as Rush RAMS him into more railing!
MJF insults Tony Schiavone while Rush throws KNEE after KNEE into Bryan against the railing. Rush ROCKS Bryan with a forearm, then scuffs his boot on Bryan. Bryan stands, Rush talks trash, and he CHOPS again! Rush puts Bryan in the ring then soaks up the heat. MJF says he is having a blast and Taz doesn’t get why people dislike him. Rush is on the apron but Bryan fires off forearms! The fans cheer ‘YES! YES! YES!” and Bryan goes to the apron. Bryan CHOPS Rush, Rush CHOPS Bryan! They CHOP back and forth, then Bryan SLAPS and CHOPS on repeat! MJF is freaking out again as Bryan fires off haymakers!
Rush falls, gets back up, Bryan runs in, OVERHEAD Belly2Belly to the floor!! MJF is loving it and fans are losing their minds as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Aubrey checks on Bryan as that crimson mask has grown. Rush goes out to fetch Bryan, drags him up but Bryan resists, so Rush rains down HEADBUTTS! Aubrey has Rush let off and get back in the ring. Rush does as told, Bryan sits up in a daze as the crimson mask is all over now. Rush stands on the corner to soak up the heat. Rush goes out again to bring Bryan up and SMACK him off another chair in the corner of railing. Rush takes a bottle of water, washes himself off, and then goes back to ROCK Bryan with a forearm! Bryan staggers away, Rush stalks him, and then grabs a chair! Aubrey stops Rush and Bryan gets into the ring.
Rush huffs and puffs, but he gets in the kick Bryan around. Rush stomps away on Bryan at the ropes, but Aubrey reprimands. Rush lets off, and fans rally up as Bryan sits up. Rush stands Bryan up to CHOP! Then he sits Bryan down, goes corner to corner, only to BOOT Bryan in the face. Rush rolls back to tranquilo while Bryan flops over, Aubrey checks Bryan, he says he can still fight, so the match continues and Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans tell off Rush but he stands Bryan up to kick low and ROCK him with a forearm. But Bryan drags Rush right down! LEBELL LOCK!! MJF panics as Rush fights toward ropes!
Bryan tries to keep Rush back but Rush gets the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off, builds speed, but Rush walks away. Bryan stop and fans boo, but Bryan then DIVES from the other way!! Bryan stands Rush up to RAM him into railing! Bryan sits Rush down, goes to the far side, and runs back in to DROPKICK Rush against railing! MJF is furious but fans are thunderous as Bryan stands Rush up. Bryan puts Rush in the ring, climbs up the corner, but Rush stands up! Bryan MISSILE DROPKICKS Rush down! Fans stay fired up as Bryan nods and rises up. MJF says the fans should shut up, they’re distracting Rush. But fans chant, “This is Awesome!”
A standing count starts, but Bryan stands at 5 of 10. Rush sits up, Bryan KICKS him! And KICKS him! And KICKS! “SI! SI! SI!” Rush choke grips Bryan but Bryan breaks free to CHOP! Rush CHOPS back! The CHOPS go back and forth again! Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS and he has Rush in a corner for more kicks! Rush turns things around to CHOP! CHOP! CHOP! Bryan turns things around to CHOP! KICK! Repeat! Rush turns it around again to CHOP and CHOP, and then he jumps on Bryan to stomp away! Fans boo but MJF likes it! Rush scrapes Bryan, runs corner to corner, but Bryan follows and DROPKICKS Rush first!
Bryan keeps moving, to DROPKICK again! Bryan keeps moving, but Rush SUPERMAN ELBOWS! Rush drags Bryan up, reels him in, tucks the arms! STRAITJACKET PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! MJF is furious but the fans are thunderous! “SI! SI! SI!” MJF says they can cheer Bryan all they want, he’s not making it to Revolution! Rush rains down forearms in the corner but Aubrey counts. Rush lets off, goes to the far corner and runs back in, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Bryan hits first and covers, TWO!! MJF is relieved and even applauding. Fans chant “SI SE PUEDES!” as Bryan and Rush rise again, forehead to forehead.
Rush ROCKS Bryan, but Bryan ROCKS Rush! Bryan gets the edge, Rush CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS! But Bryan HEADBUTTS! Rush HEADBUTTS! Bryan wobbles, Rush eggs him on, and Bryan powers up! They DOUBLE HEADBUTT again and again and again! Fans are thunderous and even MJF and Taz can’t believe what they’re seeing! Both men wobble, Rush eggs Bryan, so Bryan SLAPS! Rush SLAPS Bryan down! But Bryan comes back, they DOUBLE SLAP! They both wobble, Bryan runs in but Rush dodges to SNAP GERMAN! Bryan goes to a corner, Rush runs in but Bryan BOOTS back!
Rush staggers, Bryan runs in, BUSAIKU KNEE!!! Cover, Bryan wins!!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the AEW World Championship)
MJF is pissed, but Taz says he knew Bryan was gonna pull it off! MJF hobbles angrily down the ramp, glaring right at Bryan! MJF gets in the ring and aims as Bryan rises. MJF DIAMOND RING SUCKER PUNCHES Bryan!! MJF rains down fists like he did on Konosuke!! SALT OF THE EARTH ARMBAR!! Fans tell MJF off but MJF says Bryan’s not making it to March! Security rushes out but MJF DECKS each of them! MJF gets the SALT OF THE EARTH on again! More security guards rush out to pry MJF off Bryan! The Devil of AEW is desperate to deny the American Dragon, but is there no stopping what’s coming?
Backstage interview with The Impractical Jokers.
Tony Schiavone is with James “Murr” Murray and “Q” Brian Quinn ahead of the brand new season for Impractical Jokers tomorrow night, Thursday, February 9th, premiering on both TBS and TruTV. They’re happy to be here, but what is that behind Murr’s back? It’s Chris Jericho’s baseball bat, Floyd! The official bat, check the logo. Q and Murr remember back to when Jericho was a guest on Impractical Jokers, torturing Q and putting him in an ice bath, and honestly, being just a total diva the entire time. He needed a scented candle before he’d be on camera. Oddly, the scent he wanted was loofah. Like, what?
But anyway, in the spirit of Impractical Jokers, Q and Murr are here to loosen Jericho up a bit and played a joke on him. Possession is nine-tenths of the law, Floyd is legally theirs now. Jericho won’t get the bat back until the Jokers say so. Jericho can respond to this situation during the Impractical Jokers premiere. The ball is in his court, Jericho can do whatever he wants. Then will The Wizard have something to say about the Tenderloins taking his stuff?
AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS AR Fox & Top Flight!
Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks made it through The Firm’s Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy on Friday Night Rampage, but they’re not stopping! They’re defending the belts all over again against The Coldest Trio in the Game. Will the, Elite, the the Elite, stay the two-time two-time AEW World Trios Champions? Or will Fox, Dante & Darius be flying higher than ever before after tonight?
The introductions are made, the trios belts are raised, and we see who is truly elite!
The trios sort out and of course Don Callis joins commentary. Nick Jackson starts against Dante Martin and they tie up. Dante puts Nick on ropes but lets off with pats on the shoulder. Nick and Dante tie up, Nick arm-drags but Dante comes back. Things speed up, Dante flips over the dropdown then backflips as Nick runs in. Nick storms back up but Dante kicks the haymaker away. Dante whips, Nick reverses but Dante tiger wall kicks and DROPKICKS! Then he tells Matt and Omega to “SUCK IT!” Dante A-List Lariats Nick in the corner then tags Darius. Darius slips in to snap suplex, and then kips up out of the way for Dante’s slingshot senton!
Matt Jackson runs in but the Martins drop toehold Matt onto Nick! Fox tags in to slingshot senton onto both Bucks! Omega runs in but Fox dodges to DROPKICK him out! Fans rally for Kenny but Fox bumps Nick off buckles. Tag back to Darius, he brings Nick out but Nick swings. Darius ducks but Matt tags in before the atomic drop hits! Darius ROCKS Nick in a corner, whips him corner to corner, but Nick goes up and over and reels Darius in, GUTBUSTER! “SEE YOU IN HELL!” NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO! The Bucks see Dante running in, they double hip toss but Dante rebounds off ropes! Dante double arm-drags but the Bucks both handspring!
The Bucks DOUBLE DROPKICK Dante! Fox leaps in but the Bucks dodge, Omega SLAM DUNKS Fox down! Fans fire up as The Elite stand tall. Nick stands Darius up, ROCKS him, and Matt asks, “Who wants to see Kenny Omega?” Fans fire up and Nick tags Omega in! Fans fire up even more and Omega makes the pecs dance. Omega CLUBS Darius, CLUBS him again, and hushes fans. Omega CHOPS and Darius drops to his knees! Omega stands Darius up, CHOPS him down again, then ROCKS him with a right. Omega JABS, brings Darius in but Darius throws body shots. Omega CHOPS and Darius falls over again!
Omega whips Darius to the corner, runs in, DOUBLE ENZIGURI BODY BLOCK COMBO! Omega reels Darius in to scoop, for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Darius is hanging tough and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Omega drags Darius up, brings him over and bumps him off Nick’s boot. Tag to Nick, he wrenches Darius’ arm to YANK it. Then wrench and YANK again! Nick tags Matt in, Matt climbs up, and Matt DOUBLE STOMPS the arm! Matt swaggers about and brings Darius back up. Matt snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Matt is a little annoyed but he drags Darius up again. Matt uses Darius’ arm to say “SUCK IT!” to Dante and Fox. But Darius rolls Matt up! TWO and Matt CLOBBERS Darius! Matt dusts his hands off and brings Darius over. Matt bumps Darius off buckles, tag to Nick, snapmare and SLINGSHOT SENTON FIST DROP COMBO!
Nick SPITS at Dante! The ref keeps Dante back, Nick bumps Darius off both Omega’s and Matt’s boots! Tag to Matt, he and Nick mug Darius. Tag to Omega, he and Matt mug Darius. Omega tags Matt back in, and Matt winds up… to BITE Darius on the back! Omega lets go and Matt pushes Darius down. Matt facelocks to grind Darius down but Darius endures. Darius fights up, Dynamite returns to single picture and Darius throws body shots, only for Matt to throw him down by his hair. Matt stays between Darius and his team, Darius stands, but Matt SUPERKICKS Dante instead! And then DECKS Fox for good measure!
Fans rally as Matt aims again, but Darius dodges the superkick! Matt shoves Darius to ropes, Darius uses that to come back and whip Matt. Nick sneaks a tag, before the STANDING SPANISH FLY! But Nick SPLASHES onto knees! Darius saves himself but it’s a bit double-edged given the history of leg injuries. Omega runs in to CLUB Fox! Fox shoulders back in, climbs up and ROCKS Omega! Fox flips over Omega to ROLLING THUNDER on Nick! Omega rushes in to kick Fox low, then whip, but Fox reverses to UPPERCUT! Snapmare roll and CUTTER! But the Bucks mug Fox! They whip, he crisscrosses them up!
Fox kicks Matt, whips Nick to a corner, then runs in at Nick to A-LIST LARIAT! Matt runs in, Fox ELBOWS him away. Fox trips Nick, skins the cat, “This is Awesome!” as Fox SWINGING DROPKICKS Nick, and uses that to roll back for a CUTTER on Matt! Nick runs in but Fox ducks the Penalty Kick to kip up and CUTTER! Fans fire up as Fox fires up, having taken down each of The Elite! Fans rally, Fox builds speed, and he FLIES to take out the Bucks! Fox returns to FLY and take out Omega! Fox hurries back in with Omega, then FLIES to take out the Bucks again! Fox hurries up a corner and aims, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!!
Fox is a bit surprised but Omega toughs it out. Fox brings Omega up but Omega ROCKS him with right hands! Omega JABS, Fox kicks low, and Omega goes to a corner. Fox runs in but into a BOOT! Omega is up, but Fox jumps to ARABIAN PRESS SPLASH! Fans rally up as the two men crawl! Hot tags to Dante and Nick! Dante rallies and DROPKICKS, then facelocks. Nick JAWBREAKERS, tag to Matt, and Nick runs in. Dante flips up and over, Nick tumbles out to the floor! Matt runs in but Dante jumps over without ropes! Dante runs in, ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! Fans fire up again as Matt goes to a corner.
Dante runs in, Matt dodges but Dante goes up. Dante BOOTS, jumps, but into the NORTHERN LIGHTS! The Polar Express starts up! But Dante slips out, waistlocks, but Matt powers him to ropes. Darius tags in before the O’Conner Roll, both Darius and Fox run in. But Matt gets them for DOUBLE NORTHERN LIGHTS!! TRIPLE COVER, TWO!!! Fans are thunderous as Matt almost gets the whole team! Matt tags Nick, then they both aim at Darius. Nick mule kicks, Matt front kicks, but Darius blocks Nick’s superkick and sends it into Matt! Then Darius PELES Nick! Hot tag to Dante and he runs in to whip Nick. Nick reverses but Darius gives Dante the boost up and over!
Darius reels Nick in and Dante gives Darius the boost now for the TORNADO DDT!! Dante covers, Matt breaks it! Fox throws Matt out then goes to the apron. Fox springboards from the top rope, IMPLODER SENTON! Fox wipes out Matt, Omega, and even Brandon Cutler and Michael Nakazawa! Fans are thunderous as Top Flight drags Nick up. NOSEDIVEBOMB!!! Fox tags in, for the 450 SPLASH!!! Cover, OMEGA BREAKS IT IN TIME!!! Fans are losing their minds, and are even louder in saying “THIS IS AWESOME!” Fox puts Nick up top, runs in and jumps up, but Omega catches Fox to block the press!
Nick and Omega have Fox on the ropes, DRAPING SNAP DRAGON! But Dante CLUBS Nick, springboards and FLYING LARIATS Omega down! But Nick FLYING ARM-DRAGS Dante! Darius BOOTS Nick, steps in, COMPLETE SHOT! Matt SUPERKICKS Darius and then SUPERKICKS Dante! SLICED BREAD for Darius! Fox stands, ducks the kick to ENZIGURI! Nick and Omega are back, they double hip toss Fox and bounce him off the ropes, into Matt’s gut wrench! Nick runs, Omega gives him the boost, MELTZER DRIVER!!! Cover, Top Flight breaks it!! Fans are electric as Nick clears the ring of Top Flight.
Tag to Omega, Nick and Matt coordinate, monkey flip to the ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Top Flight is down, and Omega takes aim at Fox! BANG and V-TRIGG- NO!! Roll-up, TWO!!! V-TRIGGER!! Gut wrench to the DOCTOR BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Fox survives but the V-TRIGGER hits again!! Omega drags Fox up, Electric Chair Lift, ONE WINGED- VICTORY ROLL!!! TWO!?!? Fox goes Matrix to avoid the lariat! Kip up but the enziguri misses! Ghost pin, TWO!! Fox has a cradle, Omega gets the ghost pin back, THE ELITE WIN!!
Winners: The Elite, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Champions)
By the skin of their teeth, Omega & The Bucks hold onto the belts! As close as they came, will Fox & Top Flight get another opportunity at these titles down the line? Or are The Elite going to have an even bigger challenge come Revolution?
Backstage interview with Stokely Hathaway.
Lexi Nair says there seems to be a lot of cracks in the Firm’s foundation, starting with the infighting between Ethan Page and Matt Hardy. Stokely stops her there and says there are NO cracks in this foundation. Everyone is good, chilling in the hotel right now. But Stokely does have a problem with HOOK! “Everything that has gone wrong, I will say, is Hook’s fault. Lee Moriarty has a loss because of Hook. Ethan Page has a loss because of Hook. Matt Hardy’s walking around bitchin’, asking for a raise because of Hook. Isiah Kassidy is moaning in people’s ears like he’s Lil’ Kim, because of Hook.”
But speaking of, Hook walks down the hall to be right behind Stokely. Stokely puts on a kiss-up smile and says he was just talking about Hook. Next time they’re in Harlem, they can both go to Silvia’s, get some mac ‘n’ cheese. It’s bangin’! Stokely puts his hand on Hook’s shoulder, but Hook wraps him up in a cording hold! Lexi says Hook should stop, he could hurt Stokely! Hook tells Stokely, “The cost of those words.” Hook lets go, Stokely wants medical. Will Stokely make sure to watch his back before mouthing off?
AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Acclaimed VS The Gunns!
And it all comes down to this. Not only is this the big main event on this golden Dynamite, it is the culmination of a partnership turned into a bitter rivalry. Daddy Ass is keeping out of this, will his boys and his sons finally put this one to rest?
But of course, Platinum Max has a diss track on deck! “Acclaimed is still winning there before you all. You will never finish us, like the border wall! You ain’t gonna get the titles soon. We shoot you down like a Chinese spy balloon! Mic drop on the Culo Ninos, pendejos tengas huevos piquenos! Y’all’re lookin’ so mad, boys. You will never be Acclaimed, you are just the Ass Boys!” Bowens says, “ELLLL PASOOOO~! The Acclaimed have arrived!” Austin & Colten shrug off the insults, but will Caster & Bowens add insult to injury? The belts are raised, and we’re going to see who Daddy Ass is proud of the most!
The teams sort out and Colten starts against Caster. Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” but Colten tunes it out. He ties up with Caster, arm-drags him away, and then says “SUCK IT!” Fans boo but Caster brushes that off. Fans then sing “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” Colten and Caster tie up again, Caster arm-drags Colten, and mocks him with scissor fingers. Colten swings, headlocks, but Caster powers out. Colten runs Caster over, things speed up, and Caster hurdles to arm-drag again! Caster clamps onto an armlock, tags Bowens, and The Acclaimed CHOP away on Colten! Bowens puts Colten in the corner, CHOPS again, then tags Caster.
Bowens wrenches Colten’s arm, Caster goes up to drop an AX HANDLE! Austin tags in but he runs into a hip toss! Caster tags Bowens, holds Austin open, and Bowens goes up! SCISSOR ME TIMBERS! Fans fire up and The Acclaimed SCISSOR FINGER~! Fans love it and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
The Gunns regroup, talk strategy, and Austin hurries back in. Austin gets around Caster to shove him at the ropes, but Caster DECKS Colten first! Caster dodges Austin to send him out hard! Austin gets up but Caster PLANCHAS! Down goes Austin and fans fire up! Fans get to scissor finger with Caster before he goes to stomp Colten. Austin sits up, Caster scissor fingers more fans, then he brings Austin up. Caster puts Austin in, but Colten trips Caster right off the apron! Caster crashes on the floor and the ref missed it while checking Austin. Austin taunts Bowens and now the ref has to stop Bowens, allowing Colten to rain down fists on Caster!
Colten puts Caster in for Austin and Austin bumps Caster off buckles. Austin ROCKS Caster, stomps him down, then lets off to soak up heat. Austin tags Colten and Colten stomps Caster. Austin continues to soak up heat and Colten storms up on Caster. Caster kicks from below, throws hands, but Colten hits him back. Colten stomps Caster back down, tags Austin, and Austin stands Caster up to CHOP! Austin swings again but Caster dodges! Caster CHOPS Austin in return! Caster flounders, Colten tags in and he CLUBS Caster down! Colten whips Caster to an open corner hard, and Caster bounces off buckles.
Colten looms over Caster, brings him up again, and DROPKICKS him down! Cover, TWO! Colten is annoyed but Austin tells fans to shut up as they rally. Colten clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Caster down. Caster fights up as Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” and Caster throws body shots. Colten CLUBS Caster, tags Austin, and the Gunns whip to body shot, knee lift and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Austin keeps his eyes on Bowens and mocks the “SCISSOR ME~!” Caster JAWBREAKERS Austin, dumps him out of the ring, and Austin fumbles off the apron. Caster goes to a corner, Colten runs in, but Caster dodges!
Colten tumbles up and out of the ring while Caster crawls for his corner! Fans fire up, Austin hurries back in and he brings Caster around. Austin wags his finger, but Caster dodges to hot tag Bowens! The Five Tool Player rallies on the Gunns! Bowens kicks Austin low, then fires off elbows and forearms! Colten returns, but Bowens spins him around to kick, and then fires off with forearms and elbows! “EVERYONE! LOVES! THE ACCLAIMED!” Mule kick, front kick and LEG LARIAT BULLDOG for Austin! Cover, but Colten breaks it! Caster CLUBS Colten and stomps him down. The Acclaimed have the Gunns in opposite corners for CHOPS!
The Acclaimed coordinate, whip, but Colten reverses and Austin LARIATS Caster down! Bowens SUPERKICKS Austin! Colten LARIATS Bowens! Caster runs in, DOUBLE LARIATS take him and Colten out! Fans are thunderous as all four men are down! Colten flops out of the ring, Caster crawls to his corner, and Bowens goes to an open corner. Austin crawls after him, but Bowens fires up. Bowens roars and spins, but the ref is a shield! The ref flops all the way out of the ring!! QUICKDRAW!! But there’s no ref to count a cover! Austin isn’t sure what to do, then decides to go out and grab a belt! Austin aims for Bowens!
Fans boo but HERE COMES DADDY ASS! Billy slides in the ring, he stares Austin down, and then stands Bowens up?! Austin rushes in, but Billy pushes Bowens aside! Billy grabs the belt from Austin, he won’t let his sons win like this! Billy throws the belt down, wags his finger, but then Colten CLOBBERS Billy with the other belt!! The Gunns hide the evidence while fans boo. Bowens is stunned, he and Caster fire off haymakers on the Gunns! Fans are thunderous, Caster shoves Colten out! Bowens spins Austin around, ROLLING ELBOW! Bowens slashes the throat, and hits THE ARRIVAL! Caster up top, MIC DROP!!
But where’s the ref!? Caster hurries to fetch Stefon Smith and get him up. Caster manages to get the ref in the ring, but Colten RAMS Caster into railing! Colten drags Bowens off the cover! Austin waistlocks, Bowens turns it around and O’Conner Rolls, but the ref is slow to count! TWO!!! BELT SHOT!!! Roll-up with tights!! GUNNS WIN!?!?
Winners: The Gunns, by pinfall (NEW AEW World Tag Team Champions)
Unbelievable! El Paso is stunned and furious as Austin & Colten not only beat down their own father, but they steal the titles from The Acclaimed! The Ass Boys end the forever reign, but will Billy, Caster and Bowens get revenge at Revolution?
An awesome episode of AEW, especially with it featuring four of the titles without this being Battle of the Belts. Having both title eliminators first before the title matches was a fairly logical set-up. MJF VS Konosuke was great stuff and MJF really surprised me being able to land out of that top rope lariat. But of course MJF finds a dirty way to win so that he doesn’t owe Konosuke a title match. And naturally, Bryan makes the save to return the favor, though Konosuke already got busted open. Also, once again MJF proves he not only has promo skills, he comes up with such powerful stories to tell. I almost thought he was going to say “Liv” died or something, but because he is Heel, giving us that scumbag plot twist was evil genius.
Hayter VS Bunny was really good, but it feels like it was cut short after the mishap of Bunny fighting the exploder yet still taking it. Bunny’s very talented, but she and Ford should probably hope AEW comes up with Women’s Tag something-or-other if they want gold. And following that up with Saraya & Storm picking on Leva Bates was a good way to get things back to the AEW Women’s Division Civil War story. The JAS gauntlet was great stuff, especially with how fast Starks got through Parker & Menard. Commentary kinda gave away that Jericho would be compelled to face Starks tonight if Starks won against Garcia, but that makes Jericho attacking Starks an even weirder swerve. But I suppose Jericho is that worried that even a tired Starks could beat him, saving their rematch for the PPV.
The Impractical Jokers showing up tonight was interesting, but also #CorporateSynergy between the various Turner channels. But the Jokers calling out Jericho… I wonder if Revolution will have some kind of Impractical Jokers match as a weird Sami Zayn VS Johnny Knoxville knockoff. I suppose Starks having Q, Murr and Sal backing him up could help keep the JAS from screwing Starks over, and we could get some great Impractical Joker references in gags that happen throughout the match. Great promo from Samoa Joe to commend Darby while also calling out Wardlow. Joe and Wardlow are definitely fighting for the TNT title for Revolution, but from what he said, Joe makes it sound like Wardlow will have to earn it by getting wins first.
And speaking of earning the title match, I like that MJF and LFI tried to screw Bryan over. But for sealing the door, it was done hilariously poor since Bryan busted the wood or whatever off pretty easily. Bryan VS Rush was awesome stuff, practically a PPV match itself, and since there was no Moxley, Bryan bled plenty tonight. Bryan of course wins to get that Ironman match, but of course MJF goes after him. Bryan already said he doesn’t care what Doc Sampson says, he’s gonna fight even with an injury, so that bad arm will definitely be how MJF retains. And good promo from Stokely and Hook. At the same time, maybe Stokely will enlist the services of Mark Sterling to sue Hook for assault and that’ll bring about Hook VS Ethan Page for the FTW title.
The Trios title match was also awesome stuff, with Fox & Top Flight looking amazing even in defeat. The Elite of course retain, but they’ve got any number of possible opponents for Revolution. Maybe Blackpool Combat Club or House of Black? And we got a great AEW World Tag title match, though the Gunns were maybe a little clunky at the start. And I do appreciate that they teased Billy turning on The Acclaimed. Billy of course stayed on The Acclaimed’s side, it’d be even more of a bummer if he turned. But at the same time, the Gunns winning to finally be champs and Billy didn’t turn seems rather odd to me. At the same time, there will be a rematch for Revolution, maybe Billy turns then?
My Score: 8.9/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (2/7/23)
DING DONG! Hello, NXT!
Bayley has a Toxic return to NXT!
Vengeance Day is done, and Roxanne Perez is STILL NXT Women’s Champion. But DING DONG, HELLO~! Bayley is back to talk with the losers, Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne!
- Zoey Stark VS Sol Ruca; Stark wins.
- Dabba-Kato VS Dante Chen; Kato wins.
- Isla Dawn w/ Alba Fyre VS Tatum Paxley; Dawn wins.
- Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS JD McDonagh; Hayes wins.
- Lyra Valkyria VS Valentina Feroz w/ Wendy Choo; Lyra wins.
- Odyssey Jones VS Channing Lorenzo w/ Tony D’Angelo; Lorenzo wins.
- Chase U VS Pretty Deadly; Pretty Deadly wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams head to the ring.
Fans are torn as the man who won 2-0 over Apollo Crews and his hype man get the mics. Trick has the music cut, and says, “Reporting to you live, the greatest duo alive, Trick Melo Gang has finally arrived. Coming through your television sets like only we can, Vengeance Day will go down as the day Carmelo Hayes turned Apollo Crews, the vision seer, into Stevie Wonder!” Melo adds, “Alright, Trick, let me hear one of my catchphrases real quick. Melo is…” No, not that one. Oh, alright. Then let’s go with, “Melo IS-” Wait, c’mon! Oh, right, right. Melo IN TWO! He did it! He spoke things to existence, he was on the logo when he shot that shot and Melo Don’t Miss!
Melo said he’d get two straight and what’d he do? Clean sweep! Let’s talk about it! Apollo had the right vision, juts with the wrong one. Now the whole NXT Universe is shook! Melo is everything he says that he is! He is the one! He is HIM. Talk your talk, dawg! History doesn’t lie. Melo did what he said he’d do, beat everyone he said he’d beat. But there is one more man that needs to be put on a T-shirt, and there’s only one event that can hold the both of them. This is destiny. That man is… JD McDonagh? The Irish Ace walks out and fans boo as he tells Melo, “I’m sitting back there, my ears must be deceiving me. It sounded like you were about to challenge for the NXT title, right? Not just me?”
JD gets it. Melo is like most people in this crowd, he’s from the entitled generation. Melo is flashy, wants everyone to think he’s the coolest. But JD is here to tell Melo that he is the coolest. But in the ring, he’s not fit to hold JD’s jockstrap. And Melo loves saying he’s The A Champ, but Melo is not ready for the big title, or to be the face of NXT. Melo says this is the UK bar-setter trying to come off the bench to face Melo. Melo thought he beat everyone there is to beat, but he apparently left a survivor. JD is jealous, he hates Melo cuz he ain’t Melo. JD says Melo can count his entrances and shirts, but JD is counting body parts!
JD says Melo is about being VIP, the clubs, private rooms. JD is about sending people to the emergency room. So get your buddy to dial 911 now and tell them Melo’s coming. Melo says they can go back and forth all night, or they can see who’s about it and run the game. Fans like the sound of that! JD steps to Melo, and JD says, “Game on.” Fans of both men are ready to see this one! Will Melo be the one to trump the Irish Ace? Or will the Necessary Evil change Melo’s destiny?
Kiana James meets up with Fallon Henley.
Kiana says, “Hey, champ,” but Fallon tells her to save it. Fallon saw the match footage and Kiana cheated! Uh, Fallon didn’t see that, and neither did the ref. So what is Fallon gonna do? Give the titles back? They won! For the first time in their lives, they’re champions! Yeah, and that’s great, but they should give Kayden & Katana a rematch. Kiana says they can talk about that. Well, what’s not up for discussion is Kiana needs to tell Jensen about “Zack” or Fallon will. Fallon keeps going back to that! It was no one! Oh, okay. Then Fallon will go tell Jensen. Fallon wait! SURPRISE~! It’s a surprise party for the new tag champs!
Will Fallon be able to tell Jensen the drama now? Or will she wait for a better time?
NXT shares Grayson Waller interrupting HBK’s media call.
The 21st Century Success Story was NOT happy about his loss, but he wanted to know from Shawn Michaels himself why he isn’t “the guy.” Is it not the gear? Is it the fact the others are big fans of HBK’s? Does Waller have to do the HBK pose? Take a picture of him and HBK together? A-Train escorted Waller out but Waller kept wanting to talk. Will HBK give Waller his answer tonight? Will Waller like what he hears?
Zoey Stark VS Sol Ruca!
The Hunter is the number one suspect in the whodunnit that is the attack on Nikkita Lyons. The Sol Surfer is just as convinced as anyone that Stark did it, will Stark fight to defend her innocence? Or will she be guilty as charged?
NXT returns and Stark makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, and Stark knees low! Sol wrenches an arm but Stark wrenches back to YANK the arm! Fans taunt Stark with “OH~ Zoey is Angry~!” Stark tells them to shut up, whips Sol to a corner, but Sol goes up and over to handspring then arm-drag! Sol holds onto the arm but Stark fights up. Stark pulls hair, powers out, but Sol runs her over! Things keep moving, Stark hip tosses but Sol handsprings through to hit a FACEBUSTER! Sol kips up, then clotheslines Stark out of the ring! Stark staggers up, Sol runs in but the boot is deflected! Sol does the splits on the apron!
Sol BOOTS Stark from the apron, then drags her up to put her back in. Sol hurries in to whip but Stark blocks. The ref calls the ropebreak but Stark sucker punches Sol! Stark whips Sol hard into a corner, then back again! Stark snapmares and runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Stark clamps onto Sol with a chinlock and stretches her back. Stark CLUBS Sol with a crossface forearm, but fans rally up for Sol. Sol fights up, snapmares, but Stark holds on with a cravat. Sol throws body shots but Stark KNEES Sol! Stark ROCKS Sol, snapmares, but Sol handsprings through! Sol gest around, tilt-o-whirl sunset flip! TWO!!
Sol stands, into a LARIAT from Stark! Cover, TWO!! Sol survives but Stark pushes her around. Stark ROCKS Sol with forearms, but fans rally up again. Sol throws body shots and forearms but Stark ROCKS her again. Stark whips Sol to a corner, runs in, but only gets buckles! Sol ducks ‘n’ dodges to rally with shoulder tackles! Fans fire up and Sol DROPKICKS Stark down! Stark goes to a corner, Sol runs in and handsprings to SPLASH! Sol scoops but Stark grabs ropes! Stark elbows free, SUPERKICKS Sol and Sol flops to the apron! Sol shoulders back in, and again, then springboards to FLYING SPLASH onto knees!!
Stark says she’s too smart for Sol! She then RAMS Sol into the corner, drags her back out, and Z 360!! Cover, Stark wins!
Winner: Zoey Stark, by pinfall
That was definitely a wipeout for Sol. Stark is on top, and she beats Sol down for questioning her! She RAMS Sol into buckles again! Sol falls and flounders but Stark grins. Stark taunts Sol, drags her back up, and RAMS- NO, Sol blocks that to hit SOL SNATCHER!! Fans fire up as Sol makes Stark wipeout! Will Sols till prove Stark had something to do with Lyons being attacked?
NXT checks in with the championship celebration.
Briggs is happy to see Gina, but wonders why Jensen brought her along. Kiana says Jensen is the sweetest guy ever. Well Jensen wanted to make it special for her first title reign. Plus, Kiana is special to him. Fallon says there’s something Kiana wants to tell Jensen. Kiana tells Fallon that she just did. She thanked Jensen for the party. And Briggs, too. Briggs says she’s never thanked him. Wait, Pretty Deadly walk through the crowd, telling people to move aside. Not hard to do, Elton Prince & Kit Wilson are a mess… Like they haven’t slept in days. BECAUSE THEY HAVEN’T! They haven’t slept since Vengeance Day!
Briggs has the boys hold their horses. Do they want a drink? No, they want tag titles! Does anyone have them? But of course not! They were so close…! And then they spot “YOU!” Chase U, that is. Andre & Duke are why Pretty Deadly aren’t Tag Team Champions! What’re they talking about? It was every team for themselves. And honestly, Andre could say the same thing back to these two a-holes! Chase U could’ve won in Andre’s hometown! So it doesn’t matter how tired Pretty Deadly is, Andre’s pissed off! Thea, what’s in Andre’s drink? Water. But tonight, Pretty Deadly gets the sh*t kicked outta them! BY Andre Chase University!
Everyone’s fired up for that, will Pretty Deadly be on the receiving end of a Teachable Moment?
Dabba-Kato VS Dante Chen!
Once an ally of Apollo Crews, the big, bad commander betrayed Apollo after he lost that Best 2 Out of 3 Falls! Will the Singapore Warrior survive his encounter with killer Kato?
The bell rings and fans rally for Chen. Chen and Kato tie up, but Kato choke grips! And THROWS Chen down! Kato hauls Chen up, puts him in a corner, and CHOPS him! Chen sputters and staggers, but Kato puts him in another corner to RAM his shoulder in! And again! And again! Kato lets off at the ref’s count of 4, but then Chen throws a forearm! Kato RAMS Chen, picks him up, and TOSSES him into the air! Chen crashes hard, Kato talks trash on him. Chan throws body shots, but Kato HEADBUTTS Chen down! Kato storms up to drag Chen up on the apron, and TOSSES him back into the ring!
Kato snarls and fans boo, but Kato runs corner to corner. Chen BOOTS Kato, Kato comes back but Chen dodges! Chen fires off fast hands, fans fire up, but Kato shoves Chen away. Chen comes back to clothesline! And UPPERCUT! And clothesline again! Chen keeps moving, and he BOOTS Kato! Kato drops to a knee and fans fire up! Chen powers up to DOUBLE CHOP! And then runs, into a CHOP from Kato!! Fans are going nuts and Kato has a wild look in his eyes! TWO HAND BOMB!! Cover, Kato wins!
Winner: Dabba-Kato, by pinfall
Chen put up a fight, but it wasn’t enough! Will Kato prove he doesn’t need anyone to be on top? An interviewer meets Kato at the ramp and asks Kato why he came back to attack Apollo. Kato says Apollo knows what he did, and that’s why Kato dropped his ass! But then, what did Apollo do?
Diamond Mine is with Ivy Nile in the medical center.
Julius Creed apologizes for knocking her off the apron last week. Ivy says it’s okay, she knows it was an accident. Brutus says they need to get back at Indus Sher, and especially Jinder Mahal. Julius agrees. Tatum Paxley asks if Ivy is okay. Yes, Ivy will be find by the weekend. But then in walks Isla Dawn & Alba Fyre. Isla says that for such a tight knit group, they’re letting someone very mysterious get awfully close. What’s she going on about? Well, Isla wants to know why Tatum was lurking in the parking lot a couple weeks ago. Isla says Tatum walks between rain drops. She’s not a part of Diamond Mine! She’s a lone wolf, and her target was Lyons.
Tatum says she didn’t attack Lyons. She was doing film study with the Creeds and then trained with Ivy. She needed some air, Lyons was done when she arrived. Isla says an innocent person would’ve just said, “No.” Isla laughs, she and Fyre walk away, and Brutus says to Tatum that if she did it, she could just say so. But she didn’t! Ivy believes Tatum. But doth Tatum protest too much? Or are these just mind games from the Wicked Witch? We’ll have to wait and see, because their match happens after the break!
Backstage interview with Roxanne Perez.
McKenzie Mitchell asks the NXT Women’s Champion how it feels to have won her first defense. Roxie says she is relieved. She put a lot of pressure on herself to win. It was her first defense, they were on the road, it was a big stage, she could NOT let Toxic Attraction reclaim the title. She’s just excited to see what’s next. That brings McKenzie to her next question, except she’s cut off by Kayden Carter & Katana Chance. “It must be nice walking in and out of Charlotte with a championship.” “Yeah, we got screwed.” Roxie says she saw that, and is sorry about that. But KC Squared will win those belts back, they’re too good not to.
Are they? Does Roxie even know if they’ll get their rematch? Is the top champion gonna make sure that happens? What’s their problem? Their problem is that they got cheated and no one is talking about it! Not that Roxie understands, she doesn’t have friends here. Uh, wow, she has no friends now? Yeah, cuz being in a tag team takes commitment. Uh, she knows, she was tag team champion once. Yeah, and how’d that work out? Y’know what? Roxie can make a call and show them she does have friends. They’ll see about that. KC Squared head out, Roxie takes out her phone. Who will the Prodigy call to take on the bitter Katana & Kayden?
Isla Dawn w/ Alba Fyre VS Tatum Paxley!
NXT returns as Tatum makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two tie up. Isla pushes Tatum to ropes but Tatum turns things around. Isla shoves Tatum away, they tie up again and Isla wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! Isla wristlocks, Tatum rolls and cartwheels to wrench and WRING Isla out! Tatum runs, handsprings over Isla to then CLOBBER her with an elbow! Cover, TWO! Isla flounders and Tatum talks trash with Fyre. Tatum goes back to Isla but Isla kicks Tatum’s leg out! Tatum gets a knee on the way down, then Isla brings her up. Tatum breaks free, blocks a kick, but Isla blocks the roll-up! Isla turns around to drop a leg!
Isla drags Tatum up, fireman’s carries, and FLAPJACK HOTSHOTS her! Isla throws Tatum down by her hair, then runs in to METEORA! Cover, TWO! Tatum hangs tough but Isla pushes her around. Isla steps on Tatum, stalks her to ropes and brings her up. Isla pulls hair, the ref reprimands but Tatum throws body shots. Tatum hits a JAWBREAKER, Isla storms up but into an elbow! Tatum rolls Isla up, TWO! Isla ROCKS Tatum, then swings again. Tatum throws hands, forearms, and body shots! Tatum whips and ELBOWS Isla again! Fans fire up as Tatum rallies, and ENZIGURIS Isla! Isla goes to a corner and Tatum runs in, into a BOOT!
Isla runs but Tatum dodges to kick low. Tatum reels Isla in, GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Tatum goes to a corner, goes up, and leaps, but Isla gets clear! Tatum crashes ‘n’ burns, Isla drags her up for the CALL OF THE SPIRITS! Cover, Isla wins!
Winner: Isla Dawn, by pinfall
Fyre stands with the Unholy Enchantress, and they loom over Tatum. But out rushes Ivy, with a steel chain! Ivy runs off Isla & Fyre, will the Diamond Mine be united against this unholy alliance?
Someone rolls up to NXT in style.
They step out of the Mercedes-Benz, but we don’t see their face! Who is this that has just arrived?
Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS JD McDonagh!
While the former North American Champion won handedly in the Best 2 Out of 3 Falls, it is true that it wasn’t an official #1 contender’s match. Will the Irish Ace prove there is some doubt to Melo’s claim? Or will Melo stand and deliver on the road to WrestleMania?
The bell rings and fans rally and duel as the two circle. They tie up, JD pushes Melo back then wrenches an arm. Melo rolls, handsprings, wrenches back and WRINGS JD out, but JD handsprings through! JD says he can do what Melo does, but Melo headlocks, JD hip tosses, Melo handsprings through and has a cording hold! Melo is showing he can do what JD does, too! But then JD hits low, gets a leg up to flip up and over, and he wrenches to NORTHERN LIGHTS, but Melo handsprings through!? Fans fire up for that, and the two reset. Melo “dribbles,” but JD “kicks” the ball away! Fans boo and the two tie up again.
Melo headlocks, JD powers out but Melo runs him over! Things keep going, JD hurdles and Melo flips over! JD kips up, kicks low and CHOPS! JD whips, Melo hits buckles hard, and JD CHOPS again! JD whips Melo corner to corner, runs in, but Melo tosses him up and HOTSHOTS in one go! Melo PLANCHAS to wipe JD out! Fans fire up with Melo and he puts JD back in the ring. Cover, TWO! Trick tells Melo, “Stop playing with your food.” Melo stands JD up to CHOP him! Melo throws hands on JD in the corner, lets off as the ref counts, and JD kicks low. JD kicks again, CLUBS Melo, then whips him to ropes for a FLAPJACK.
Fans fire up while Melo grits his teeth. JD stomps Melo down, drops elbows, then rains down fists. JD lets off but Melo grabs at a foot. JD stomps that hand away! Melo staggers up, JD brings him around, BIG back suplex! Fans are torn but most boo JD and cheer Melo. JD stands Melo up, Melo stops the suplex, but JD gets him up to hang him out to dry! Melo writhes, those ribs still bothering him from Saturday! Cover, TWO! JD argues the count but the ref says it was fair, and NXT goes picture in picture.
Melo winces and clutches his ribs, but JD stalks him to a corner. JD stomps Melo, digs his boot into the ribs, but the ref counts. JD lets off, Melo drags himself up, but JD is on him again. JD POSTS Melo! Melo flops to the apron, JD goes out the side and drags Melo closer to the post. JD bends Melo against the post! Trick can only freak out as Melo suffers! JD lets go at the ref’s count of 4, and he tells Trick to back off. JD gets in the ring, but Melo throws hands! JD clinches but Melo elbows free! Melo backslides, TWO!! JD escapes, Melo BOOTS him! Melo runs, but into the URENAGE! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!!
Melo is still in this but he’s also still clutching his ribs. JD keeps cool and drags Melo back up. JD ELBOWS Melo in the shoulder, then warps on a chinlock! Melo endures and fights up as fans rally. JD CLUBS Melo, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS! Melo headlock JD in the ropes! The ref counts, JD CHOPS! Melo turns things around to CHOP back! And CHOP again! But JD boots, only for Melo to block! Melo puts JD in the ropes but JD slips out! JD swings but Melo avoids his leg sweep, to SUPERKICK JD to the floor! Melo then PLANCHAS, into a GUTBUSTER!! JD gets the better of Melo and grins, but Trick coaches Melo up.
JD puts Melo in the ring and then drops an ax handle! JD stands on Melo’s face, scrapes his sole on Melo’s forehead, then argues with the ref. JD stalks Melo, and he clamps on for a ground cobra twist! NXT returns to single picture as Melo endures the stretch. Fans are rallying and dueling again, Melo grabs at JD’s hair but the ref reprimands. JD keeps on the pressure but Melo punches free! JD throws body shots, whips Melo hard into buckles, and mocks Melo’s pain. JD storms up, whips Melo again, but Melo reverses and now JD hits buckles! Melo back drops JD away! Fans rally and duel as Melo grimaces.
JD and Melo stand, JD clamps on but Melo scoops to SLAM JD down! Melo winces, but he storms up again. JD kangaroo kicks, then scoops, but Melo makes it a cradle! TWO and JD has the cradle! TWO and Melo has it! TWO and JD has it again! TWO!! Both men are up, STANDING SPANISH FLY from the Irish Ace! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives and Trick can breath easy again. Fans are fired up for “NXT! NXT!” Melo and JD rise, Melo pie faces JD away. JD comes back to cravat, snapmare, and DOUBLE STOMP the ribs! JD goes up a corner, but Melo stands to GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up and Melo positions JD in the ropes, to ENZIGURI!
Melo runs, springboards, FADE AWAY! Both men are down but Trick talks trash on JD. JD and Melo rise as the fans rally up. Melo ROCKS JD, JD ROCKS Melo! Melo BOOTS and fires off! JD and Melo brawl, ‘This is Awesome!” as Melo fires off a flurry! Melo whips, JD reverses, Melo springboards to FLYING LARIAT! And then a suplex, CUTTER! Cover, TWO! JD survives but Trick is hyped up as Melo has momentum. Melo drags JD up, JD breaks free to clinch, URE- NO, arm-drag! Melo blocks a boot but JD powers through. Melo tilt-o-whirls to the FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO, but into the CROSSFACE! JD endures, scrambles over, ROPEBREAK!
Melo holds on until the ref counts 4. Trick is frustrated but Melo keeps focus. Melo and JD rise as fans rally again. JD mule kicks, but Melo trips him! Jackknife bridge, TWO as JD powers up! JD spins Melo around, gets him up but Melo sips out! JD ROCKS Melo with the jab! LIGER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives and Trick is relieved but JD is too tired to be upset. Fans rally up again, JD stalks Melo and grabs the arm. Melo holds ropes to deny the ripcord, then he kicks JD away. JD yanks Melo but Melo lands on his feet! CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! JD survives but Melo hurries to a corner! Melo winces, but he still climbs!
JD anchors a foot! Melo kicks JD, drags him up and around, but JD HEADBUTTS!! Both men fall and fans go wild! Wait, ILJA DRAGUNOV IS HERE?!? Was he the one who arrived a moment ago?! Trick hurries to intercept, but he gets a TORPEDO MOSCOW!! JD hurries to ripcord, but Melo makes it a victory roll! MELO WINS!!
Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall
And now Melo stares down with the Czar! Dragunov lunges, but after JD! Dragunov rains down furious forearms on the Irish Ace, the man who injured him! “UN! BE! SIEG! BAR!!” But JD bails! Dragunov chases JD up into the crowd!! They go to the back while Melo has a good laugh. The Czar wants after the Irish Ace, will the Necessary Evil be exterminated? As for Melo, does he have a clear path to the NXT Championship for Stand & Deliver?
Tiffany Stratton finishes her make-up.
But Thea Hail is also there, talking about Chase U taking on Pretty Deadly. But also, Thea saw Tiffany’s TikTok video about Chase U. Oh, good. She’s one of Tiffany’s followers? She appreciates it. Thea has a question: Why does Tiffany not like Chase U? It’s fun, the people there are nice, and the colors red and black are good. The classes are a little hard, but- O M G Thea just realized she forgot to turn in her Road to WrestleMania essay! Uh, then just go. WAIT! It’s due tomorrow, she has time. Okay, then just relax. Stop breathing Tiffany’s air! Tiffany also stops Thea from starting up again, it’s Tiffany’s turn to talk.
Tiffany says Chase U is tacky, cringe, and annoying. No one likes Chase U and no one wants to go there. Ever. Thea remembers what Professor Shelby told her about anger, and to breathe three times. Thea does her deep breathing, but then Tiffany talks. Thea tells TIFFANY to stop! All “blondie” cares about are herself, her things, and her everything about her. All Thea cares about is Chase U! They open their arms to everyone! It doesn’t matter your background, your size, your shape or anything like that! If Tiffany’s not done with that, Thea has two words for ya! Chase U? NOPE! SUCK IT!! But then AVA RAINE SMOTHERS THEA AND KIDNAPS HER!!!
Tiffany doesn’t even notice, she’s too busy looking at herself! But what does The Schism have planned for Chase U’s top recruit?!
NXT checks in with the championship celebration again.
Everyone’s having a good time, and Fallon says this is really awesome. The boys didn’t have to do this. Briggs knows they didn’t have to, but they wanted to. Listen, Jensen, Fallon needs to talk with him about something. Oh, good! Jensen has something to talk with Fallon about, too. Oh, okay. They each say the other can go first, but someone has to go first. Briggs says Jensen should just go. Okay, okay. Since next week is Valentine’s Day, Jensen’s taking Kiana out on a date! No way! Briggs is pumped for Jensen! Jensen’s pumped, too! Fallon’s a champion, Jensen met the love of his life, and here she is! So, what was Fallon gonna say?
Uh… Just, all of this, thanks you guys. Yeah, raise a cup to the ladies! WOOOOO~! Jensen and Kiana are continuing the relationship, will Fallon just let it be what it is? Or will she spill the secret before Jensen and Kiana go all the way?
Lyra Valkyria VS Valentina Feroz w/ Wendy Choo!
The Morrigan wanted revenge on Cora Jade, but it seems the Generation of Jade doesn’t back up its talk with action. So instead, Lyra gets the Brazilian with the burning spirit! Will Feroz prove to everyone, including Elektra Lopez, that she can do things the right way and still win? Or will Lyra still be flying high?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Lyra throws Feroz down and has a wristlock. Feroz stands up, back drops Lyra, and has the wristlock back. Lyra kips up, hip tosses Feroz, and covers, TWO! Lyra facelocks to keep Feroz down but Feroz throws body shots. Lyra whips Feroz to a corner, Feroz goes up and around to roll Lyra up, TWO! A close call and Feroz fires up! SAYANAGI! SAYANAGI! Wendy fires up with Feroz, but Lyra also shouts! Lyra SOBATS, KICKS, HEADBUTTS and AX KICKS! Lyra whips, Feroz ducks ‘n’ dodges, but the crossbody is caught! Only for Feroz to make it a SUBMISSION!
Lyra powers up, to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Lyra clamps onto Feroz, Feroz resists, but Lyra throws down elbows! Wait, here comes Lopez. Lyra has Feroz in a motorcycle stretch but Feroz fights up. They go around, Feroz flips and handsprings to arm-drag but Lyra handsprings through. Feroz rushes in, Lyra sidesteps but Feroz headlocks. Lyra powers out, things speed up and Lyra hurdles but Feroz RANAS! Fans fire up and Feroz storms up to ROCK Lyra! Feroz whips, Lyra reverses and the two COLLIDE! Both women fall over and Lopez slides the brass knuckles to Feroz!
Wendy asks Lopez why she’s even here! And she tells Feroz that she doesn’t need those! But Feroz still puts them on! Fans duel. Feroz thinks about it, but Lyra ENZIGURIS! And HEEL KICKS! Cover, Lyra wins!
Winner: Lyra Valkyria, by pinfall
Lopez is disappointed, but this was her fault! If La Madrina just let Feroz do things her way, she would’ve been able to focus! Will Lopez learn to mind her own business? As for Lyra, will she find Cora soon enough so they can settle things once and for all?
Wes Lee shares his Vengeance Day story.
On Friday, he arrived in Charlotte, North Carolina. He’s taking it all in, is a little nervous, but this is what he lives for. He and his wife, Erica, meet up at the hotel, and she says the title gave him the confidence boost. She knows he deserves the title, and knows he’ll keep it because he doesn’t give up. Wes vowed that on Saturday, everyone will see that the North American Championship lives and stays on the #WesSide. Erica got emotional as she wished him luck and saw him off. She knows how hard he’s worked, and that he’s gonna kill it. She wants him to understand the impact he has on people, so she wants to see him succeed.
All the ups and downs, sacrifices and risks, have culminated in this moment, the biggest moment of his life, and he is ready for it. He and Dijak had a battle, and Wes kept his vow to succeed in overcoming the obstacle. Wes got congratulated by HBK, and Wes says he busts his ass every day he’s out in the ring. Wes will go around, through or over anyone in his way.
Backstage interview with Wes Lee.
McKenzie says that after watching his vlog diary, how is he feeling about Vengeance Day weekend? Wes says it was dope! But did you see Dijak’s finger? Ouch! But then Tony D’Angelo & Channing Lorenzo walk in. The Don asks everyone if, in that vlog diary, he happened to mention Tony. Stacks says no, we did not. Did we see Stacks? No, we did not. Wes, you reaped the benefits of their issues with Dijak so they want to be compensated. Uh, Wes never asked them for help, nor did he need it. But if they want compensation, Wes is gonna hold an Open Challenge next week. Maybe one of these two will have the cannolis to answer it.
Tony says he and Stacks have business to take care of. They leave, but will one of them take Wes up on that challenge?
Tyler Bate speaks.
“Grayson Waller. At Vengeance Day, you lost. You came up short, and trust me, I know how it feels, I’ve been there. But we all deal with losing from time to time, and we have to learn to take these on the chin. And that is something you couldn’t do. And instead, you chose to behave like an ungrateful child and you disrespected Shawn Michaels. And that’s not on! Myself and many others would not be here today if it were not for Shawn Michaels. And right now, you’re suspended. But next week, your suspension is over. So Grayson, you wanna disrespect someone? How’s about next week, you try and disrespect me?” Will the 21st Century Success Story be humbled by the Big Strong Boi?
Odyssey Jones VS ???
Sound the alarm! The Odyssey of Odyssey continues, but will this next chapter be a happy one? Or will the hero of this story run into hardships?
NXT returns, and Stacks makes his entrance. Is this the big bad behemoth Stacks claims he’ll take down to prove he’s a worthy Underboss? The bell rings and fans rally for Jones. He and Stacks circle, Stacks rushes in to go for a leg, but Jones throws him away. Stacks and Jones circle again, Jones corners Stacks but Stacks kicks low. Stacks wrenches but Jones headlocks. Stacks pulls hair but Jones grinds the hold. Stacks throws body shots but Jones shoves Stacks. They RAM shoulders, Stacks RAMS Jones again, then headbutts low! Stacks keeps RAMMING into Jones, but then Jones CLOBBERS Stacks!
Fans fire up for Jones while Tony is upset. Stacks goes to a corner, Jones stands Stacks up and throws body shots and DOUBLE CHOPS! Jones TOSSES Stacks across the way! Stacks flounders, Tony talks trash on Jones, but Jones storms up on Stacks. Jones RAMS into Stacks, Stacks staggers away, and Jones grins as he brings Stacks up. Jones scoops, Stacks slips free and kicks low! Stacks runs but is sent into another corner! Stacks bounces off buckles, Tony coaches Stacks but Jones puts Stacks up top. Jones CLUBS away on Stacks, then POLISH HAMMERS Stacks down! Fans fire up with Jones while Stacks goes to the apron.
Tony tells Stacks he asked for this so he has to win! Stacks shoulders into Jones, then HOTSHOT NECKBREAKERS! Jones staggers, Stacks runs to CLOBBER Jones onto the ropes! Stacks CLUBS away on Jones, lets off as the re counts, and Stacks says it’s HIS time now. Stacks pie faces Jones, slingshots and LEG DROPS! Stacks almost wipes himself out! Tony talks trash, Stacks stalks Jones, and Stacks throws hands. Stacks clamps onto the neck wrench but Jones endures. Fans rally, Jones fights up, and he pries free! Jones elbows but Stacks clamps on with a chinlock. Jones throws more hands, then CLOBBERS Stacks!
Jones CLOBBERS Stacks again, whips him and scoops him, SIDEWALK SLAM! Fans fire up and Jones runs, ROLLING SENTON! Stacks sputters and crawls around, and fans rally for Jones. Jones back body blocks in a corner, Stacks flops out of the ring, and Jones goes out after him. Jones runs in to CLOBBER Stacks again! Jones puts Stacks in the ring, slides in, but Stacks hurries to DDT! Jones is dazed and Tony fires up! Stacks snarls, runs, and SLIDING FOREARMS! Stacks fires himself up, wants Jones to get up again, and Stacks runs in, KNEE DROP!! Cover, STACKS WINS!
Winner: Channing Lorenzo, by pinfall
Fans boo but the Underboss just won big! Will Tony’s right hand man soon be getting his hands on gold?
Indus Sher speaks.
Jinder Mahal says Veer and Sanga, “two international icons, united by one desire, finally earned the respect they are after.” Veer says they told the world what was going to happen but no one believed them, “until they witnessed the devastation of the Creed Brothers.” Sanga says, “Julius, Brutus, don’t be ashamed. You lost before the bell even rang.” Jinder says, “An entire region of this planet rejoiced in celebration. Now these two men expected to be treated the same here as they are back home: deservedly so, larger than life superstars!” Veer says Indus Sher now moves on to accomplish bigger goals. The Creeds have little value now.
Seeing the landscape, there is no tag team that can beat them! Their NXT takeover has begun. Phase one is complete. Phase two begins and ends with the three of them draped in gold! Will the Modern Day Maharaja lead his brothers in arms to have their hands raised at Stand & Deliver?
Chase U heads to gorilla.
They have their match to worry about, but they’re also worried because they don’t know where Thea went. Andre is sure she was headed to Shake Shack, and Duke says it’s probably fine, Thea is an adult and can handle herself. But will they be able to focus on their own concerns against Kit & Elton? That match is next, after the break.
NXT catches up with Roxanne Perez in the parking lot.
They ask her if she has a tag team partner for next week’s match. She does, actually. And next week, KC Squared will be facing Roxie and Meiko Satomura! The Final Boss is returning to NXT! Will she help the Prodigy put Kayden & Katana in their place?
Chase U VS Pretty Deadly!
NXT returns as Kit & Elton make their entrance. But they’re still in the same disheveled state as they were earlier tonight. They can’t even put energy into their pose. Will they even have energy to have this match?
The teams sort out, and Duke starts against Elton. They circle, tie up, and Duke headlocks. Elton powers out but Duke runs him over! Elton flounders while fans rally for Duke. Elton CHOPS, but Duke doesn’t even flinch. Duke puts Elton in a corner and CHOPS! Fans taunt them as “Pretty Sleepy!” Duke bumps Elton off buckles and heh goes flying! Duke CLUBS and ROCKS Elton, then DECKS Elton right out of the ring! Duke isn’t even into this because it’s not much of a fight. Elton hurries into the ring, tags Kit, but Duke wrenches to RAM shoulders. Tag to Chase, Chase U whips, drop toeholds and drops an elbow! Cover, TWO!
Chase body scissors to a clutch, TWO! Chase rolls Kit again, TWO! ROLLING CLUTCH! Fans cheer as they go around and around, cover, TWO! Kit says, “What’s the point?! What’s the bloody point?!” Chase drags Kit up but Kit shoves him away. Kit wants to leave but Chase is on him at the ropes! Chase ROCKS Kit, Kit yoyos into another forearm! And another! And another! Elton protests but Chase kicks him low! Chase bumps Elton off Kit’s boots, they both fall out of the ring! Chase says THAT is a teachable moment! Pretty Deadly is frustrated, Kit tags Elton in and they go after Chase together! Kit anchors a foot, but Chase deflects Elton’s boot!
Chase CLUBS Kit, ducks Elton, and Elton almost hits Kit! But Kit sends Elton’s hand into Chase! And they’re suddenly back?! Tag to Kit, he and Elton stomp, “YES BOY~!” and LEG DROP SPLASH COMBO! Cover, ONE!! Kit drags Chase up, reels him in, suplexes but Chase slips free! Tag to Duke! Duke CLOBBERS Kit, ELBOWS him, then scoops to SLAM! Fans rally for Duke and he kicks Kit, CLUBS him, and stomps him! Duke mocks the Pretty Deadly fingers, then dodges Kit to scoop and SIDEWALK SLAM! Fans fire up with Duke and he runs in, only for Elton to dump him out! Fans boo but Duke sends Elton into the apron.
But Kit CLOBBERS Duke into the steel steps! “YES BOY!” Pretty Deadly has energy again as NXT goes picture in picture.
Chase checks on Duke but Kit drags Duke up. Kit puts Duke in the ring, kicks him to the corner, and tags in Elton. Pretty Deadly stomps Duke, Elton throws hands then more stomps. The ref counts, Elton lets off to tag Kit back in. Pretty Deadly drags Duke up to double suplex! Kit covers, ONE!! Kit snarls and he stomps Duke back down. Kit throws body shots, tags Elton, and Pretty Deadly mugs Duke more. Elton brings Duke around to CLUB him down. But Duke throws body shots in return, only for Elton to CLUB him down again. Elton drags Duke for a SPLASH, then he clamps on a chinlock.
Duke endures as Elton stretches him back. The fans rally, especially the Chase U student section. Duke fights up, but Elton throws him down by his hair! Elton pushes Duke to a cover, TWO! NXT returns to single picture as Elton keeps Duke from Chase. Duke throws body shots, fans rally up, but Elton runs to CLOBBER Duke from behind! Elton fixes his hair and grins but Duke crawls for Chase. Elton drags him away, the fans rally up as Chase stomps the steps. Duke crawls, boots Elton away, hot tags to Kit and Chase! Chase rallies on Pretty Deadly with big haymakers! Atomic drop for Elton! Atomic drop for Kit!
Chase DECKS Kit! Elton leaps in but into a body shot! Chase steps through on Elton’s legs, but Kit runs in so Chase trips him up. Chase steps through to try Kit now, but Elton runs in! BACK DROP, into the FIGURE FOUR! Fans fire up as Kit endures! Elton runs in, but Chase avoids the splash! Chase CHOPS Elton, Kit whips him away, but Chase catches them both, DDT COMPLETE SHOT COMBO! Cover on Kit, TWO! Fans fire up with Chase and he drags Kit up. Kit swings, but into an URE- NO, arm-drag! Kit KANGAROO KICKS, tags Elton, and Elton scoops Chase! SNAKE EYES! “YES BOY!” DRY MARTINI! Cover, Duke breaks it!
Duke JABS away on Kit! Flip, flop and “U~!” ELBOW! SENTON! Duke keeps moving and he clotheslines Kit out hard! But Elton dumps Duke out! Chase brings Elton in, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Fans fire up, time to spell it it! C! H! A! S! E! U! What’s that spell?! CHASE U! But THEA appears? she’s covered in smile faces! The Schism had her but let her go? And in the distraction, Kit rolls Chase up! Chase covers, TWO!! Chase ROCKS Kit, whips, but Elton tags, SPILT MILK!!! Cover, Pretty Deadly win!
Winners: Pretty Deadly, by pinfall
Duke didn’t realize Chase was in trouble because he was checking on Thea! What did The Schism do to scare Thea like that? What will Chase U to teach The Schism a lesson?
As for Pretty Deadly, they spot Gallus up in the perch. Mark Coffey & Wolfgang nod and applaud, will we see NXT UK revisited in Hollywood?
Drew Gulak talks with Hank Walker backstage.
Hank asks Gulak if he got that email with all his sketches for ring gear ideas. Yes, Gulak did. What’d he think? Gulak looked them over, and he was pretty impressed. Really? Wow! That fires Hank up! Hank’s feeling like taking Wes up on that Open Challenge now. Nice! But Charlie Dempsey walks over to say that it doesn’t matter what Hank wears in the ring, it matters what he does. Does Gulak really think Hank is ready for Wes Lee? Gulak says Hank is ready for a rematch with Dempsey. Fine. Just make sure he doesn’t take shortcuts like Gulak does. The Son of the Gentleman Villain is calling Gulak out, but will he tear Hank apart to prove his point?
DING DONG, HELLO~, it’s Bayley!
Bayley walks in through the door, arm in a sling, and welcomes us to a special NXT edition of Ding Dong, Hello. Now, we must all be wondering how she made it here after what “that idiot” Becky Lynch and Lita did to her and her girls on Raw last night. It’s because she’s the ULTRA Role Model, she loves NXT, and she loves her two guests tonight. Last Saturday, Bayley watched Vengeance Day, and she saw the NXT Women’s Championship slip through the fingers of these two ladies. She brings out “two of my absolute favorites,” Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne, Toxic Attraction!
Gigi & Jacy walk out, making their team entrance despite the tension and dysfunction from Saturday. They both frown at each other for a moment before going down the ramp and to the ring. Jacy insists she go up the steps first and Gigi rolls her eyes. They ring the doorbell then walk in through Bayley’s door, and Bayley says they’re total pros! That’s why she got them the nice seats. They each take an armchair and Bayley notices the tension. “So let’s just get right to it, guys. What happened on Saturday?” Jacy says that’s a great question. What happened Saturday, Gigi? Oh, why don’t you tell her, Jacy?!
Jacy would love to! Gigi screwed Jacy out of the title! Um, Roxie beat Jacy, not Gigi. So Jacy cost Gigi! Get it right. What? Saturday, Gigi was supposed to be behind Jacy. Gigi was not being a team player. They were supposed to be a team! they held hands, and then Gigi slipped away. Oh, look, another excuse! Saturday, it was sink or swim. If Gigi won, Jacy would’ve sunk into obscurity and we all know it! Jacy says she doesn’t need Gigi, she’s a star all on her own! Fans are a bit torn on that, but Jacy says Gigi’s gear “looked like a hobo who banged a Chucky doll.” Bayley is laughing at that one.
Gigi is surprised Jacy even noticed when Jacy was staring up at the lights. That’s the Jacy Jayne Position. Whoa, whoa, guys, it’s getting feisty. Bayley says we’re all getting a bit uncomfortable. This might be a natural split, but before they even think about splitting up, have they ever thought what they’d do if that did happen? Have they thought through what they’d be as individuals? Gigi hasn’t, actually. But sky’s the limit for her! Jacy says she’ll go straight to the top, obviously! Right, rather vague answers.
But if you wanna get to the top, isn’t it easier, quicker and better if you did that with a ride-or-die? With someone who knows you inside and out? Someone who will do anything for you? That has the same goals as you? Wow, Toxic Attraction has been Gigi’s life for almost three years now. And she’s alienated herself from everyone else in the locker room. Everyone hates her… If everyone hates Gigi, then what the hell do they feel about Jacy? Jacy’s called people “munchkins, idiots, disgusting, sickening.” It goes on and on! Bayley would know better than anyone that there is strength in numbers. Look at Damage CTRL! They’re on top of the world right now!
Bayley says yes they are! And Toxic Attraction should really think on that. Gigi says that at the end of the day, NXT is a shark tank. She needs someone she can trust, who will have her back. Someone that’s been through the wringer with her. Jacy won’t lie. When she gets mad, she cuts real deep, aims for the jugular. She can sit her and say she’ll change, but we know that’s not happening. Why even lie? But in all honesty, no matter what happens, Gigi will always be Jacy’s sister. Gigi feels the same! Bayley likes that. Jacy says that they have two options: go their separate ways and see what happens; or they can have one more run.
Gigi says, “One more run at the NXT Women’s Tag titles?” Or… They look at Bayley. No offense, Bayley, but maybe they want DMG CTRL’s WWE Women’s Tag titles! Bayley has them hold on here! Don’t get excited, ya idiots! We’re focusing on the now! These two feel a lot better, thanks to Bayley. So let’s all bring it back and hug it out. Right? C’mon. Jacy & Gigi do hug it out and everyone cheers! Beautiful. Bayley says, “Ladies and gentlemen, the happy couple, Toxic Attraction!” Gigi & Jacy raise each other’s hands, and then Jacy SUPERKICKS Gigi?!?! Jacy says it’s never been about “us,” it’s always been about her!
Jacy RAMS Gigi into Bayley’s door! And BOOTS her through it!! Fans boo as Jacy just did Gigi like Shawn Michaels did Marty Jannetty! Is this the beginning of a new and even more toxic chapter for Jacy?
A great episode to follow Vengeance Day and pivot to Stand & Deliver. For one, good of them to plug Waller getting in HBK’s face and his kayfabe suspension being why he wasn’t here. Tyler Bate had a good promo calling Waller out, and they’re going to have an awesome match. Trick Melo Gang had a good promo to open and celebrate the win, but JD McDonagh sticking his nose into things was a good surprise. Melo VS JD was an awesome match, and I like that Dragunov is back. And of course he goes after JD to settle their score. A grudge match between them for Stand & Deliver would be awesome stuff.
Great stuff from Kiana and Fallon throughout the night. The surprise party was a great, very “pro-wrestling meets sitcom” reason Fallon can’t tell Jensen what’s really going on, even though that is still very much her misunderstanding of what she heard, which is also very sitcom. I am also glad to know they’re going to do a Valentine’s Day segment with this story, and that will be the make or break moment for this team. I also appreciate that Fallon being the Face, she wants to give KC Squared a rematch. But wow, Kayden & Katana get cheated out of titles and suddenly they’re bitter Heels. Roxie & Satomura are definitely going to beat those two.
I also like the party setting up the tag match main event of Chase U VS Pretty Deadly. I loved Bum Ass Pretty Deadly, but it also makes sense that this phase didn’t last long. Great integration of stories with The Schism kidnapping Thea to start a story with Chase U and costing them the match. Pretty Deadly VS Gallus is going to be a great story towards Stand & Deliver, and with HBK at the helm, they will surely reference everything from NXT UK and give us an incredible tag title match. And of course, Indus Sher is implying they’re going after titles. I suppose Veer & Sanga could get into the tag title story, but I feel like they’ll be waiting for Pretty Deadly VS Gallus to resolve.
Sol VS Stark was a really good match, and a really good showing for Sol, but I had a feeling Stark would win again. Stark also showed us a great way for her to get to her finisher with sending Sol into the corner face first. Good promo from Diamond Mine with Isla & Fyre, and I like that Isla tied this into the whodunnit with Lyons. I also found it oddly amusing that Brutus was okay if she did do it. Good match from Tatum VS Isla but of course Isla won. Pretty sure we’ll get Ivy & Tatum VS Isla & Fyre, which Isla & Fyre will win to get going in the Women’s Tag Division and closer to the titles. And decent match from Lyra VS Feroz but it was of course just a vehicle to push Feroz’s story with Lopez forward.
Of course Dabba-Kato wins in a squash, but poor Dante Chen. Before he got hurt, he was looking to be a big part of NXT’s plans. But now that he’s back, he’s just the guy getting fed to other superstars NXT has big plans for. Kato being vague about why he turned on Apollo is fine, they have time to figure out what’s really going on here. Kato VS Apollo is definitely coming, and they could do some great storytelling on top of great action. Good, quick promo from Hank, Gulak and Dempsey. I was hoping we were going to see some of Hank’s ideas for ring gear, but I guess we’ll see what he’s got next week in the rematch with Dempsey.
Good stuff from Wes Lee, but of course Tony D & Stacks act like he owes them. The Open Challenge next week is going to be great no matter who answers it, but I wonder if Stacks is going to step up. Stacks literally won big over Odyssey Jones, but I don’t see him beating Wes. Personally, I’m hoping we see Dragon Lee (or whatever his WWE name will be) show up in time for Stand & Deliver to have an epic match with Wes. Though if that were to happen, I feel like Dragon Lee would have to win so as not to hurt his run. Maybe NXT waits to debut Dragon Lee at Stand & Deliver so that he can call out whoever is champion.
And of course, awesome stuff out of Ding Dong, Hello. Bayley was a great host, and I like that she was doing her best to keep Toxic Attraction together as a duo. That moment where they teased Face Toxic Attraction going after DMG CTRL was great, because that made the turn even more effective. Jacy is definitely the better Heel in how she’s better at being arrogant and boisterous in her promos, and it makes sense for Gigi to be the Face. Gigi is definitely the one fans liked the most, even when Mandy was around. The feud can go either way but this is going to be some great stuff.
My Score: 8.8/10
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