The NXT UK Tag Team Championship Tournament begins! And it already pits two top teams in Mustache Mountain VS Gallus’ Wolfgang and Mark Coffey!
- Episode 21 – Travis Banks VS Jamie Ahmed; Banks wins.
- Episode 21 – Amir Jordan & Kenny Williams VS Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel; Aichner & Barthel win.
- Episode 21 – Jinny VS Candy Floss; Jinny wins.
- Episode 21 – NXT UK Tag Team Championship Tournament Semifinal: Mustache Mountain VS Gallus; Mustache Mountain wins and advances to the finals at NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool.
- Episode 22 – Toni Storm VS Deonna Purrazzo; Storm wins.
- Episode 22 – Josh Morrell VS Mike Hitchman; Hitchman wins.
- Episode 22 – Eddie Dennis VS Dave Mastiff; Double Disqualification.
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WWE mourns the loss of “Mean” Gene Okerlund.
Travis Banks VS Jamie Ahmed!
The Kiwi Buzzsaw continues his return to the ring and looks to snap back from the hard fought loss against Joe Coffey. How will he fair against “Screw Face” in his NXT UK debut?
Fans are on Travis’ side as the bell rings. They tie up and Banks rolls Ahmed in a waistlock takedown. Ahmed gets up and elbows out, but Banks whips him. Things speed up and Banks trips Ahmed to roll him for a sleeper hold! Ahmed scrambles and gets the ropebreak. Banks backs off but Ahmed gets a sucker punch in! Ahmed throws forearms and clubs Banks down. Ahmed gives a European Uppercut then some haymakers. Banks hits back and they brawl. Fans rally up as Ahmed snapmares and jumps on Banks! Cover, TWO! Ahmed looms over Banks but fans still rally for the Kiwi Buzzsaw. Ahmed throws forearms but Banks throws them back. They brawl as fans duel and Banks gets an edge.
Ahmed knees low and puts Banks in the corner, but Banks sweeps the legs! Banks then runs corner to corner to dropkick Ahmed in the back! Bridging German Suplex, TWO! Fans fire up for Banks as he keeps on Ahmed. Ahmed trips Banks and throws heavy hands. Ahmed rolls Banks then whips him to a corner. Banks boots back then blasts him with a dropkick! Banks jumps for double stomps! He keeps moving, Slice of Heaven enziguri! Cover, Banks wins!
Winner: Travis Banks, by pinfall
The Buzzsaw tears up Screw Face and starts the New Year off with a win! Will Banks keep on going and make 2019 his year?
But wait, out comes Jordan Devlin. The Irish Ace spoke of calling out a pretender, and he has a mic with him again. “Travis Banks, the Kiwi Buzzsaw. The wrestling journeyman that abandoned his home and never went back.” These two have faced each other all over the world and now it’s come to NXT UK. The difference between them is that Devlin doesn’t forget where he comes from. Does Banks’ mum even remember his voice? Does Banks want to shut Devlin up? Then let Devlin remind everyone, you never EVER bet against the Ace. Devlin’s target is clear, but will he regret angering the Buzzsaw?
A monstrous rematch is set for next episode!
The Bomber and the Headmaster will have a rematch to settle their score. Will Dave Mastiff crush Eddie Dennis’ ego? Or will Dennis teach Mastiff to step aside for his own good?
Amir Jordan & Kenny Williams VS Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel!
The Banghra Badboy and the Luckyan want that last spot in the NXT UK Tag Team Championship Tournament, but so does the European Union of the Italian Tank and German Commander. Who makes the bigger impression on GM Johnny Saint tonight?
The teams sort out and fans chant “NEIN! NEIN!” for Barthel. Williams and Barthel start with the bell and circle. They tie up and Barthel brings Williams down to a headlock. Williams reverses but Barthel reverses back, but Williams gets out to a hammerlock and chinlock. Barthel gets up and hooks Williams’s face to reverse to a wristlock. Williams rolls and reverses then arm-drags Barthel into an armlock. Williams tags Jordan and Jordan gives Barthel ax handles. Jordan keeps on the arm with a wristlock, but Barthel shouts “NEIN!” as he kicks and clubs Jordan down. Barthel wrenches Jordan’s wrist, but Jordan rolls and handsprings and even cartwheels to get free. Jordan dances and winds it up, but Barthel throat chops him!
Barthel bumps Jordan on buckles and throws fast hands. He stomps a mudhole in, then tags in Aichner. Aichner toys with Jordan, then clubs him to a corner. He chops Jordan but Jordan hits back. Aichner clubs Jordan down then whips him corner to corner. Jordan dodges and fires off hands! Aichner puts Jordan on the apron but gets a hotshot! Jordan climbs, leaps, but his crossbody is caught! Aichner scoops but Jordan slips out. Jordan elbows Aichner but Barthel gets a cheap shot in! Williams protests but Aichner clubs away on Jordan. Aichner rains down rights, then drags Jordan to his corner. He tags Barthel, and the EU mug Jordan in the corner. Fans shout “NEIN! NEIN!” with every mudhole stomp. But Barthel tells them, “NEIN!” Barthel tags Aichner and the EU toy with Jordan.
Jordan hits back with body shots and elbows! Jordan runs, but into Aichner’s SPINEBUSTER! Barthel adds the Penalty Kick, Aichner covers, but Williams saves Jordan! Aichner puts Jordan in a chinlock but fans rally up. Jordan endures and feeds off the fan energy. Jordan jawbreakers free! But Aichner catches him and powers him to the corner! Tag to Barthel and Aichner hits Williams. Barthel rocks Jordan with a EuroUpper then throws him with a big suplex! Cover, TWO! Jordan lives but Barthel is on him with another chinlock. Fans continue to rally and Jordan continues to endure. Jordan fights up again, but Barthel wrangles him back down. Jordan tries again, and fights out with elbows. Barthel suplexes but Jordan lands on his feet, tag to Williams!
Williams springboard elbows Barthel, then trips up Aichner! Williams shoulders and slingshots in, then Jordan tags in before Williams DIVES onto Aichner! Barthel is ready for Jordan and throws him to a corner. Barthel dropkicks Jordan, then throws him with the Landungsbrücken! Cover, but Williams breaks it! Barthel glares and Aichner drags Williams out, spinebuster into the barriers! Barthel drags Jordan up and tags in Aichner. The EU work together, powerbomb to back suplex! Cover, Aichner & Barthel win!
Winners: Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel, Aichner pinning
The heavy hitters make an impressive tag team debut, but there’s only so much time before the other semifinal match is made. Will this victory be the key to the EU taking on the Grizzled Young Veterans, Gibson & Drake?
NXT UK Media caught up with Toni Storm and Deonna Purrazzo.
The Virtuosa argues that she was still really close to beating Rhea Ripley. She wants to be part of TakeOver: Blackpool. Toni Storm does admit Deonna was good, but if she thinks she’s TakeOver good, then prove it in a match. The two shake on the challenge, and Deonna looks forward to breaking that arm. Toni smirks back, and now it’s up to Johnny Saint to make this official. Will the Storm and the Virtuosa collide before TakeOver: Blackpool? How will it affect the NXT UK Women’s Championship match?
Backstage interview with Johnny Saint & Sid Scala.
With TakeOver: Blackpool approaching, how are their plans for the match card going? Blackpool is going to be historic, as plans are well on the way. There are many matches, such as the NXT UK Women’s Championship of Rhea Ripley VS–
Oi! Joe Coffey barges in and says they should be the ones seeking him out. He told them that when he destroyed Ligero, this brand is about Coffey. It’s not even about deserving, there’s no one else. This is Coffey’s time. His opportunities, hsi kingdom, his WWE UK Championship. So therefore, TakeOver: Blackpool will have Pete Dunne VS Joe Coffey for that very title. And the Iron King vows to rip it from Dunne’s mouth. Sid says they’ll consider this and let him know when a decision is made. Saint says Coffey is dismissed, and then he and Sid enter their office to discuss this matter. Will Gallus’ leader get what he wants?
Jinny VS Candy Floss!
The Fierce Fashionista wants to prove she’s deserving of the NXT UK Women’s Championship, but she has to get more wins to point it out to Saint and Scala. Will Jinny unravel Candy Floss into nothing? Or will the sugary sweet superstar shock everyone tonight?
The bell rings and fans are on Candy’s side as they sing. She and Jinny tie up and Jinny gets the wristlock. Jinny gets double wristlocks but Candy breaks free, to hug? That might work on a superstar like Bayley but Jinny’s too sour for that. Jinny breaks free but Candy gets around for double hammerlocks. Jinny gets free of one but Candy brings her down with the other. Candy grabs the other arm again and pulls on the fingers. Jinny sits up and rolls around to headscissor Candy down. Candy endures as fans taunt the “Spoiled Princess!” Candy rolls Jinny over and to a modified deathlock. She shifts to a headlock but Jinny stands up. Jinny powers out and gets her own headlock. Candy powers out and trips Jinny up! Candy shrugs and smiles, but Jinny gets mad.
Jinny tries to trip Candy in return, but Candy simply hops over and waves hello. Jinny grabs Candy’s pink hair but Candy slips out to an arm-breaker DDT! Candy hops up on a corner but Jinny runs over to yank her off! Jinny rocks Candy with a right, covers, TWO! Jinny grabs Candy in a double wristlock but Candy fights back. Fans still sing for Candy as she and Jinny struggle. Jinny throws Candy and covers, TWO! Jinny gets the double wristlock again, but Candy endures. Candy stands but Jinny throws her to buckles. Jinny wrings the arm out and covers, TWO! Jinny rains rights down on Candy but stops at the ref’s count of 4. Candy gets to ropes but Jinny ax kicks her! Jinny whips and redirects Candy, but then runs into a boot. Candy runs and blasts Jinny with a dropkick!
Candy keeps on Jinny in a corner with stomps, then a side to side basement dropkick! She drags Jinny up, straitjacket but Jinny arm-drags out. Jinny runs but misses in the corner, only to arm-drag Candy into buckles! Jinny drags Candy up, reels her out for the Touch of Couture! Cover, Jinny wins!
Winner: Jinny, by pinfall
Candy Floss proved tougher than Jinny expected, but Jinny still smiles after getting the victory. With Toni Storm in the front running for a shot at Blackpool, what will it take for the Fashionista to be Rhea Ripley’s next challenger?
NXT UK Tag Team Championship Tournament Semifinal: Mustache Mountain VS Gallus!
Gallus took the first shot when they attacked Mustache Mountain’s Trent Seven after his grueling match with Zack Gibson. Then they took the next shot backstage when they attacked both members of Mustache Mountain together. With the NXT UK Tag Team Championships now waiting for champions, the war moves into the next phase! Who advances to NXT UK’s first major event in Blackpool?
The teams sort out as Mark keeps Wolfgang calm. Mark starts against Tyler Bate as fans chant “Big Strong Boys!” The bell rings and Bate throws hands on Mark! Mark shoves Bate but Bate dropkicks him back down. Bate yanks on Mark’s arm and tags in Trent Seven. Seven scoops and slams Mark, covers, ONE! Fans now sing for Seven as he hauls Mark up into a fireman’s carry. Tag to Bate and Seven throws Mark down with a wasteland slam. Bate hops up, and knee-boards off Seven for the senton! Cover, TWO! Mark gets to an open corner but Bate is on him with EuroUppers. Bate whips Mark corner to corner and then back drops Mark! Mark gets back to a corner but Bate is on him with punches.
Fans are fired up for Mustache Mountain as Bate whips Mark again. Mark slides out and fans boo as he takes a breather. Seven steps towards Mark but Wolfgang rushes at Bate. The ref keeps Wolfgang back, but this allows Mark to blindside Bate! Mark stomps Bate down then drags him over to Gallus’ corner. Wolfgang tags in and Gallus mugs Bate. Wolfgang reels Bate in for a clothesline! Cover, TWO! Wolfgang stomps Bate out then stands on his head at the ropes. The ref counts and Wolfgang backs off at 4. Bate kicks back but Wolfgang stomps Bate down. Wolfgang puts on a facelock and wrenches Bate’s neck. Bate endures as fans rally. Bate feeds off the energy and fights his way up. He powers Wolfgang back step by step, but Wolfgang knees low. Wolfgang swings at Seven, but gets a huricanrana from Bate!
Both men crawl, hot tags to Mark and Seven! Seven CHOPS Mark off his feet again and again. Mark covers up, but gets a DDT! Seven fires up and runs at Mark for a chop in the corner! Then a sit out scoop slam! Cover, TWO! Seven keeps on Mark with a wristlock, and reels him out. Wolfgang tags in, Mark dodges the lariat, and then drives Seven down with a suplex. Wolfgang adds a back senton! Cover, TWO, another back senton! Cover, TWO, but Wolfgang rains down rights. Wolfgang drags Seven up and over and mugs Seven in the corner. Tag to Mark and Gallus mugs Seven together. Mark throws Seven into the buckles then tags Wolfgang for them to stomp Seven down. Seven crawls but gets knees to the ribs. Wolfgang squeezes Seven with a grounded bearhug.
Fans rally for the “Big Strong Boys!” and Seven crawls for his corner. Wolfgang drags him back and tags Mark. Gallus continues to mug Seven, and Mark rocks Seven with a forearm! Cover, TWO! Seven survives but he’s back in a bearhug squeeze. Seven gets up as fans rally, and he elbows out of the hold. Mark elbows Seven back and puts the bearhug on again. Seven drags himself towards ropes, and hammers Mark’s legs. Mark hammers Seven and puts the squeeze back on. Fans sing and Seven stands, but ends up in Gallus’ corner again. Wolfgang tags in and mugs Seven more. Seven throws body shots but gets a kick to the face. Wolfgang mocks the Mustache Mountain fans, but Seven scrambles. Wolfgang whips him back into Gallus’ corner, and again. He gets Seven on the rebound for a waistlock slam!
Seven is grounded and back in the bearhug, but he refuses to quit. Seven forces himself back up, but Wolfgang thrashes him about. Bate reaches for Seven as Seven reaches for Bate. Seven powers his way over one step at a time, but Wolfgang keeps dragging Seven back. Seven starts to fade but fans keep rallying. The singing gives Seven a second wind and he ear claps Wolfgang! Seven is free but Wolfgang throws him out of the ring! Mark then goes after Seven, but Seven suplexes Mark! Wolfgang taunts Bate then fetches Seven, but Seven dodges him and gets back in! Tag to Bate! Bate kicks Wolfgang and then DIVES on him! Bate almost ends up in the front row, but he puts Wolfgang back in. Fans are thunderous as Bate throws hands from all sides.
Bate whips but Wolfgang reverses, only to get the knee! And flying uppercut! Bate keeps moving, to DIVE on Mark! Bate aims at Wolfgang in the ring, for a big running EuroUpper! And exploder! Bate kips up, proof he’s a Big Strong Boy. Standing shooting star, but Mark leaps in! Bate moves and sends that elbow drop onto Wolfgang! Bate dropkicks Mark away but Wolfgang is back up. Wolfgang swings but misses, and Bate lifts Wolfgang in the fireman’s carry. Bate starts up the airplane spin! Around and around Bate goes, but then he slows down, to go the other way! Bate dumps Wolfgang down and fans applaud Bate’s strength. Bate stands and waistlocks Wolfgang. Wolfgang resists and backs Bate down. Mark tags in and Mark puts on a clutch!
But Bate picks Mark up like a backpack, then waistlocks Wolfgang, backpack German Suplex combination!! Fans shout “MAMMA MIA!” for that one! Bate and Gallus are all down but Seven returns to the corner. Bate fires up and keeps on Mark. Seven dropkicks Wolfgang out, and then leaps from the apron for a crossbody! Wolfgang clutches his leg while Bate double underhooks Mark. Mark powers out with a back drop, but Bate keeps moving! Bate’s rebound runs into Mark’s forearm! And then enziguri! Cover, TWO!! Bate survives and Mark is shocked! Fans reach a fever pitch for this one, but Mark calls for his brother! Joe Coffey appears, but here comes PETE DUNNE!! The Bruiserweight won’t let the Iron King interfere, and these two brawl it out on the ramp!
Joe headbutts Dunne but Dunne forearms him back! X-Plex onto the apron! Bate slips away from Mark, Bop up, BANG hits! Seven tags in, and Mustache Mountain combine for the rebound lariat snap dragon! Cover, Mustache Mountain wins!!
Winners: Mustache Mountain, Trent Seven pinning; advances to the NXT UK Tag Team Championship Finals at UK TakeOver: Blackpool
But Joe is back for more on Dunne! And the rest of Gallus goes after Bate & Seven! Gallus beats down British Strong Style in three separate brawls. Joe puts Dunne away then goes after Seven with Wolfgang. Dunne returns and rocks Wolfgang! And then he tackles Joe Coffey! Mark helps his brother but Wolfgang is thrown out. Bate’s rolling kick rocks Mark and Dunne dumps Joe out! British Strong Style stands tall in Liverpool, and Dunne takes up the mic.
“Joe Coffey, I know you want a title shot so bad, so I had a chat with Johnny Saint in the back. I’ll be seeing you at NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool!” There it is! Dunne VS Joe Coffey for THE United Kingdom Championship! Gallus rush back in and the brawl starts all over again! Will this war for UK supremacy end with the titles?
Toni Storm VS Deonna Purrazzo!
The Lightning Down Under has the match for Rhea Ripley’s NXT UK Women’s Championship, but The Virtuosa feels like she deserves a second chance. Toni will give Deonna a chance to prove herself tonight in this “friendly”. Will it be anything but by the time it’s all over?
The bell rings and fans are strongly behind Toni. Deonna doesn’t let that bug her as she and Toni shake hands. They circle and tie up as fans chant “Aussie Aussie Aussie! OI OI OI!” But just the once. Deonna reverses the wristlock to a wristlock, but Toni spins around to get a drop toehold. Toni gets a facelock but Deonna rolls around to pry at the hold. Toni keeps on and fans rally up, but Deonna gets a takedown. Deonna has the toehold but Toni tries a chinlock. Deonna shrugs her off to then shift to a standing toehold. Toni rolls and pries free to get the headlock takeover! Fans applaud this technical exchange as Deonna headscissors back. Deonna squeezes but Toni rolls around to pop out. Toni offers a hand to Deonna, but Deonna slaps it away.
The two circle again as fans rally up. They tie up and Deonna gets the waistlock. Toni dips low and reverses to a wristlock. Deonna reverses that back and then brings Toni to the mat. Toni reaches up to get the headscissors. Deonna rolls and headstands, then pops out. She gives a bow but Toni stands right up. Toni offers another handshake, but Deonna kicks it away now. Fans boo but Toni shrugs that off. They tie up and Deonna knees low. Deonna chops and chops but then Toni fires off strikes. Things speed up, Toni changes directions to dropkick Deonna down! Cover, TWO! Fans sing for Toni as she snap suplexes and floats over to a cover, TWO! Toni goes for the legs and builds up the energy into the modified STF!
Deonna endures and drags herself over to the ropebreak. Toni lets go but gets a little stomp. Toni runs in at Deonna but the hip attack misses! Deonna runs and blocks the boot to throw Toni down. Deonna stands on Toni to pull and yank that arm! Toni writhes but Deonna covers, TWO! Deonna keeps on the arm and bumps it and uppercuts it. Toni gets to a corner but Deonna wraps the arm in the ropes and pulls! Deonna lets off at 4, but drags Toni up for another wristlock. Deonna traps the arm between her feet for a tweak! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Toni and Toni throws forearms on Deonna. Deonna counters one into a complete shot, and Koji Klutch! Toni endures and fans rally up. Toni makes it a cover, TWO as Deonna lets go.
Deonna runs Toni over with a lariat, then drops a leg on the arm. Deonna scissors the arm, then wrenches the elbow. She sits Toni up for a boot, but Toni counters that into a backstabber! Fans fire up with Toni while Deonna gets to a corner. Toni runs in and hits the hip attack this time! Toni keeps moving, double underhook but Deonna blocks and boots. Deonna runs but into a headbutt! Cover, TWO! Toni keeps her arm and head moving, then drags Deonna back up. She wants the underhook, but Deonna blocks again. Deonna hip tosses, back flips and dropkicks! Cover, TWO, but into the Rings of Saturn! Toni is stuck but fans rally up. Toni gets one arm free but Deonna keeps on the other. Deonna gets both arms for a butterfly lock!
Deonna pulls back but Toni inches her way backwards. Toni gets a foot on the ropes, ropebreak! Deonna lets go at 4, and frustration grows. Fans cheer Toni on but Deonna is on her first. Deonna dares Toni to get up and she SLAPS Toni. “This is your town, huh!? Get up!” Toni does and now they brawl with forearm and chops! Deonna lifts but Toni fights out to boot Deonna! Deonna comes back and goes for the arm! Toni spins through to hit a snap German Suplex! Then, STORM ZERO! Cover, Toni wins!
Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall
The Lightning strikes and the Storm rolls on towards Blackpool! However, here comes the champ! Rhea Ripley stares Toni down as she walks down the ramp. From one Aussie to another, Rhea holds up the title and tells her she’ll never have it. Will Rhea stay the one and only NXT UK Women’s Champion? Or will Lightning strike in Blackpool to dethrone the Mosh Pit Queen?
Backstage interview with Johnny Saint & Sid Scala.
Last week, Mustache Mountain earned the first spot in the NXT UK Tag Team Championship Finals. But who will they be facing? After much discussion, the second semifinals will come next week. It will be the Grizzled Young Veterans VS Mark Andrews & Flash Morgan Webster. Will Liverpool’s Number One and his friend in Mr. Mayhem ground the air force of Webster & Morgan? Or will Morgan & Webster fly high and high five all the way to Blackpool?
John Morrell VS Mike Hitchman!
Young “Turbo” Morrell was denied his debut match by an attack from Eddie Dennis. However, he gets another try, but will he enjoy his match with the Wild Boar of Wales any better?
The bell rings and Turbo circles with Boar. They tie up and Boar throws Turbo down with a hip toss. Boar eggs Turbo on and they tie up again. Boar throws Turbo again, then yanks on the arm. Turbo endures and gets up. Fans rally for “Boar! Boar!” but Turbo cartwheels and handsprings to a reversal. He fires off EuroUppers, but Boar shoves him away. Turbo comes back on the rebound to wheelbarrow, but Boar just throws him off! Boar stalks Turbo and drops a big back senton! Cover, TWO! Boar keeps on Turbo with a nerve hold in the shoulder. Fans rally up as Turbo endures elbows to the head. Boar clamps back on but Turbo refuses to give up.
Boar hooks the nose and then drives in another elbow before going back to the nerve hold. He throws Turbo to the mat, then drags him back up for more. Turbo endures as fans rally . Turbo feeds off the energy and handsprings through the throw, to then dropkick and PELE! Fans fire up with Turbo as he sentons onto Boar! Cover, TWO! Boar gets to a corner but Turbo runs in with a EuroUpper. Turbo goes corner to corner but Boar dodges, only for Turbo to go up, over and sunset flip! TWO, and Boar flounders. Turbo runs over but into a death valley driver that throws him into buckles! Boar runs for the cannon-boar! Boar hurries up top while Turbo is down, for a frog splash! Cover, Boar wins!
Winner: Wild Boar Mike Hitchman by pinfall
The gritty animal finally gets a win, but it’ll take more than this to gain some ground. Who else will feel the wrath of the Wild Boar?
Joseph Conners speaks.
“Two years ago, when I joined NXT UK, I was sold a lie. Just like when all these shiny new toys joined NXT UK, they were sold a lie.” They were told #WeAreNXTUK. But there is no “we”, it’s only yourself. And Conners is all about himself. If he has to break every single one of these new toys, then so be it. Who will the Righteous Killer seek to destroy first?
Travis Banks speaks.
“Jordan Devlin, you call me out for not loving my country.” He wears his country’s flag, and he’s the Kiwi Buzzsaw because he represents New Zealand. If Devlin wants to challenge Banks, then he’s ready. When and where will the Buzzsaw and the Ace lock horns over national pride?
Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel file a complaint with Sid Scala.
The European Union have each individually beaten Mark Andrews & Flash Morgan Webster. Yet Andrews & Webster are getting the tournament spot? That doesn’t sit well with them. But Sid shouts down their protesting. Barthel and Aichner calm down, but everyone knows that the EU deserve a part of the Semifinals. Their team has only just formed, so the opportunity goes to Morgan & Webster. Plus, Saint has seen their behavior since arriving, so if they even think of interfering, they’ll be ejected out of NXT UK just as quickly! Barthel keeps Aichner calm, and the EU moves on. The line is drawn, will Aichner & Barthel keep from crossing it?
Eddie Dennis VS Dave Mastiff!
The Headmaster is no longer undefeated after his first encounter with the Bomber, but that doesn’t mean he’ll just sit back and accept it. Dennis wants to destroy Mastiff’s undefeated streak, along with Mastiff the man. Which monster makes good on this rematch this close to TakeOver: Blackpool?
The bell rings and Dennis runs right at Mastiff! Fans boo as he unloads on Mastiff. Dennis whips and redirects Mastiff into the corner, and then again, and then again! Dennis stomps a mudhole into Mastiff but lets up at 4. The ref reprimands him but Dennis wants to keep going. Dennis runs into Mastiff’s elbow! Mastiff fires off strikes but gets a knee to the gut. Dennis runs and rocks Mastiff with a right. But Mastiff dodges Dennis to whip, follow and tackle Dennis with a crossbody! Mastiff stalks Dennis and pulls him up with a waisltock. Dennis fights Mastiff off then grabs the rope. Dennis elbows Mastiff away but Mastiff dropkicks him!! Cover, TWO!
Mastiff keeps on Dennis with a grounded abdominal stretch. Mastiff rains elbows down on Dennis but Dennis scrambles away. Dennis holds the ropes again but Mastiff doesn’t care. Mastiff puts Dennis in a camel clutch with the ropes and rains more elbows down! The ref backs Mastiff off and Dennis flounders out of the ring. Mastiff pursues, but Dennis clubs him at the apron. Dennis manages to lift Mastiff in the crucifix, but Mastiff slips out. Mastiff fireman’s carries Dennis for the rolling senton! That proves a bit double edged on the outside but fans cheer for the effort. Mastiff aims at Dennis by the steel steps and runs in, but Dennis dodges! Mastiff collides with the steel!
Both men are down as the ring count passes 5. Dennis drags himself up and around the corner. The count reaches 7, then 9, both men make it in at 9.5! Fans applaud while both monsters glare at each other. Mastiff and Dennis brawl with forearms on their knees back and forth. They brawl as they stand up, and pick up speed! Things get fast and furious and the referee gets shoved! He calls for the bell!
But that doesn’t matter to Dennis and Mastiff, they keep brawling! They go around the ring, Dennis shoves but Mastiff comes back. Mastiff throws Dennis out and gives chase at the ramp! The ref tries to break them up again but they won’t be stopped! Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but more referees come out to hold them back. Dennis breaks free to leap onto Mastiff! So here comes Johnny Saint! The NXT UK GM tells these two that “if this is the way you two want it, you’ve got it.” NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool, Dennis VS Mastiff in a No Disqualification match! When anything goes, what won’t Dennis and Mastiff do to each other?
The war between British Strong Style and Gallus leads to only one option!
Next week, just days before TakeOver: Blackpool, Pete Dunne, Trent Seven & Tyler Bate will meet Wolfgang and the Coffey Brothers in a Six Man Tag Match! Which side earns major momentum for the coming WWE UK Championship match?
Johnny Saint and Sid Scala stand in the ring.
They will both preside over the contract signing for the WWE United Kingdom Championship as head and assistant General Managers. First out is the Iron King of Gallus, Joe Coffey. Fans boo and jeer the cocky Coffey then chant for the Bruiserweight. And yes, second out is the champion, Pete Dunne. Fans giving Dunne a standing ovation as he makes his way out, title in hand. Dunne and Coffey stare down in the ring, and Scala asks them to take their seats. Neither man sits, and Coffey takes up a mic.
“It’s like the first time when two heads of two farms come together to discuss business.” Fans troll with “What?” over Coffey’s accent. But Blackpool will be historic, because there will be a changing of the guard here in NXT UK. Coffey doesn’t like Saint and Scala breathing down his neck, and tells them to back up. Saint and Scala oblige and give Coffey his space. Coffey tells Dunne that “all of this”, from the ring to the country to the brand, is now his. “And soon, that WWE UK title is going to be mine, too.” Coffey asks Dunne how long he’s been champion. Too long, probably. And Dunne has to ask himself “Why? Why are you still the champion?” Coffey will let the fans in on a secret: it’s because Coffey hasn’t been around. The rest of the locker room are just pawns in this game.
“But now it’s time for the Iron King to stand and claim his throne!” Coffey takes the pen and signs the contract. And then Dunne grabs Coffey’s hand and pulls at the fingers! To snap them! Coffey crawls away as Dunne uses his personal pen to sign the contract. “You talk too much.” Dunne tells Coffey they’ll settle this at Blackpool. But then the rest of Gallus appears, and Coffey clubs Dunne in the back! Coffey clears the ring and drags Dunne up, to powerbomb him through the table! Fans boo and jeer while Coffey mocks Dunne’s pose. Coffey holds the WWE UK Championship up high over the fallen Bruiserweight, but will the Iron King truly have his crown? Or will Dunne’s reign only continue to grow to historic lengths?
Well I’m surprised we still got two episodes of NXT UK and that it sounds like there’s at least one more episode for the go home. The UK Tag Division is getting pretty good for having so many teams thrown in it. Aichner & Barthel VS Jordan & Williams was a good match, and it seems Williams & Jordan are becoming tag team jobbers to the stars. I appreciate the note where Aichner & Barthel are upset they’re being passed over in favor of Webster & Andrews. Sid Scala has a good counter point that Webster & Andrews have been a team longer, but it’s pretty clear that Grizzled Young Veterans, Gibson & Drake, will win to give us GYV VS Mustache Mountain at Blackpool. If Aichner & Barthel keep clear of the match, I’m betting on them VS Webster & Andrews in a tag team grudge match.
It seems Devlin VS Banks is in the works, if only by default as both men are above facing anyone else yet aren’t high enough it seems for a title opportunity. Devlin VS Banks will be a great match, and perhaps it can serve as a contender’s match for the WWE UK Championship. The same can be said for the possible Aichner-Barthel VS Andrews-Webster match. I am glad to see we’re getting the British Strong Style VS Gallus Six Man Tag after all, though I feel like the announcement it was happening should’ve been for after the contract signing. As contract signings go, Coffey and Dunne had a good one, and I know their match is going to be great. If Coffey finds a way to win against Dunne, new champions can face new challengers to freshen things up.
In fact, the Dennis VS Mastiff No DQ match could make for a contender’s scenario, too. Their match is going to be great, and just adds to how stacked this card already is. But all this stacked talent just emphasizes to me that the UK might need its own midcard title sooner rather than later. The WWE UK Championship can then be seen equal to the NXT Championship, and we can come up with new Champion VS Champion scenarios between the NXT North American Championship and whatever UK midcard title we get. At the same time, with only five midcard singles standouts, Joseph Conners being the fifth, some of the tag teams need to break up to give us an actual micard.
The NXT UK Women’s Division is rolling along smoothly. I like the tease that maybe Deonna could’ve won her way into the title match, but naturally it turns more into a tuner for Toni. Toni VS Rhea II will be really good, and will be another hard match to call. It’d be great for Toni to have her time but I wonder if it’s just the double doses that make Rhea’s reign seem short. Jinny had a good match with Candy Floss, but there’s also Isla Dawn. Perhaps Jinny and Isla will have an unofficial contenders match of their own, winner takes on the champion at the next big event or during a taping. Maybe it’ll be Jinny so that she and Toni can bring their feud from Progress and the indies to NXT UK TV.
My Scores: Episode 21 – 8.5/10; Episode 22 – 8.4/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (8/16/22)
Who gets burned by the Heatwave?
NXT is on fire tonight!
NXT is red hot with all this gold on the line! Will JD McDonagh dethrone Bron Breakker? Will the Toxic Reign finally come to an end?
- NXT North American Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Giovanni Vinci; Melo wins and retains the title.
- Roxanne Perez VS Cora Jade; Jade wins.
- The Fate of Legado Street Fight: Santos Escobar VS Tony D’Angelo; D’Angelo wins and Escobar must leave NXT.
- NXT Women’s Championship: Mandy Rose VS Zoey Stark; Mandy wins and retains the title.
- NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS JD McDonagh; Bron wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
A heatwave hits NXT!
With it, we see a finale in the saga of Legado and D’Angelo, a grudge match of former friends explodes, and the Toxic Goddess defending her throne against the returning rising star. And in the main event, the Irish Ace looks to pick the NXT Champion apart and take that title from whatever is left. So get yourself a nice cold beverage, sit back and relax a show that is too hot to handle!
NXT North American Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Giovanni Vinci!
Another title on the line is that of the North American Championship! Melo says when he shoots, he don’t miss! But when you live lavishly like Giovanni, every day is #ViniVediVinci! Will Melo shoot down the Pride of Italy? Or will it be a campione vittoria to spark the Heatwave?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who lights it up here tonight!
Fans rally up as the two circle and tie up. Vinci waistlocks and TOSSES Melo away then says he’s the new champion, Melo storms up but into a wrench and headlock. Melo powers out then leaps as Vinci leaps, and Melo clips Vinci’s legs! Vinci lands hard and Melo fires forearms. Melo headlocks but Vinci throws body shots. Vinci headlocks but Melo powers out to hurdle. Vinci blows past Melo to run him over! Cover, ONE, but Vinci has Melo in a corner, Melo avoids the forearm to CHOP! Melo headlocks then whips corner to corner but Vinci reverses. Melo goes up, Vinci catches him, but Melo slips off!
Melo waistlocks, Vinci switches, Melo rolls off his back to springboard LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Melo throws haymakers. Vinci staggers, Melo CHOPS him, then Melo pie faces Vinci! Vinci blocks the next punch to CHOP back! Fans fire up and even Trick is stinging, but Melo reverses the whip, only for Vinci to springboard CROSSBODY! Vinci gets Melo back and fans fire up again. Vinci kicks Melo around, drags him up into a corner, and CHOPS him! Melo staggers away but Vinci is after him to CHOP again! Vinci puts Melo into another corner, for another CHOP! The fans are all stinging from that one!
Vinci flexes and fans want that “One More Time!” but Melo throws a forearm. Vinci throws a EuroUpper, Melo forearms again, and Vinci throws another EuroUpper. Melo throat chops, whips but Vinci reverses. Melo ducks and both men run, and DOUBLE LARIATS wipe them both out! The fans are fired up even more as NXT goes picture in picture.
The ref checks both men and fans are rallying for “NXT! NXT!” as both men stand. Melo and Vinci throw DOUBLE HAYMAKERS, then Vinci kicks low. Vinci whips, and CALF KICKS Melo down! Vinci soaks up the cheers and jeers and he covers, TWO! Vinci jams his knee into Melo’s back, clamps onto the shoulders, then shifts to a chinlock. Vinci traps Melo’s arms but Melo pries at the hold. Melo fights up to his feet, throws body shots, but Vinci knees low! Vinci whips but Melo reverses. Trick swipes at Vinci but the ref warns him! Melo BOOTS Vinci all the same! Melo rains down fists, then flexes in his cover, TWO!
Melo storms up on Vinci and brings him up to ROCK him! Vinci throws a body shot! Melo comes back but Vinci throws more body shots. Melo knees low, rolls with the snapmare and BOOTS Vinci down! Cover, TWO! Melo clamps onto Vinci with a dragon sleeper but Vinci powers out! Melo is right back on Vinci with a facelock and he grinds Vinci down. Vinci fights up, but Melo wrangles him back down. Vinci endures the grind, but Melo CLUBS him on the back! Melo cranks on the hold, pushing up with his legs for leverage, but Vinci still endures. Vinci fights up again, Melo throws body shots, but Vinci powers up!
Melo holds on tight as Vinci tries to throw him off! Melo pulls back on the hold as NXT returns to single picture, but Vinci tries again! Vinci TOSSES Melo away! Melo storms back up but Vinci whips him away, to then scoop for a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Both men are down but the fans fire up! Vinci storms up and whips, but Melo reverses and follows, but springboards into Vinci’s arms! Vinci fireman’s carries for the ROLLING SENTON! And then a MOONSAULT from the corner! Cover, TWO! Vinci drags Melo up, reels him in, but Melo rolls Vinci up! TWO, Melo rebounds but the superkick is swatted!
Vinci springboards but Melo kicks the legs out! Vinci is stuck, for the FADEAWAY! Cover, TWO! Vinci survives and fans argue the count on Melo’s behalf, but that was two! Trick coaches Melo and Melo fires up. “This is Awesome!” and Melo brings Vinci up. Vinci suplexes first but Melo slips out to O’Conner Roll! TWO, Melo comes back to SUPERKICK! Vinci drops to a knee, Melo goes up the corner, but Vinci catches the jump! BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Vinci catches his breath. Vinci blocks a kick, reels Melo in but Melo slips free, but into the lift! Melo slips off to suplex CUTTER! Cover, TWO!!
Fans rally harder as Melo thinks on what he has to do. Melo goes to a corner, he goes up the corner, and then leaps, but Vinci gets under the Three Pointer! Vinci TOSSES Melo out, but Trick is there to catch him! Vinci goes up and up and SUPER CROSSBODIES!! Vinci wipes out Melo and Trick, fans lose their minds, and Vinci puts Melo back in! Vinci springboards and springboards to MOONSAULT!! Cover, Trick helps Melo get the ROPEBREAK! Were they watching The Miz and Ciampa last night on Raw? Vinci storms out after Trick and dares him to do something, but then Melo RAMS Vinci into the steel steps!
Melo goes back up top and leaps, but Vinci dodges again! Vinci shoves Melo, blocks his boot, and reels him in for a LARIAT! Melo gets turned inside out but that’s not all! Vinci gets Melo up as Trick runs in, POWERBOMBO onto Trick! Vinci drags Trick up to give him the POWERBOMB! Then another kick to Melo, another lift, another POWER- RANA!!! Melo wins!!
Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)
Huge assist to Trick! Melo would not have made it through the heat if not for him! Will there be another #Melobration in Trick’s honor soon enough?
Toxic Attraction arrives.
Mandy Rose, Jacy Jayne & Gigi Dolin see Bron Breakker also arriving. He’s got an uphill battle tonight, huh? Yeah, and so does Mandy. Well okay. We’ll see who leaves with their title. Yes, we will. Toxic Attraction seems to consider Bron a contender, but will Mandy and Bron still have the gold after tonight?
Julius Creed speaks.
Via twitter, Julius said, “So I went back and watched the 8 Man Tag over and over and over again, but I found what I was searching for. And I’m gonna address who needs to be addressed, but I’m gonna do it in front of the NXT Universe this Tuesday at Heatwave.” As such, he and the rest of Diamond Mine are heading to gorilla in the present. What did he see and who does he plan to confront? We’ll see, after the break.
Von Wagner & Robert Stone speak.
“Mr. Stone” says that two weeks ago, Solo Sikoa got a so-called victory, yet he’s the one on the shelf and Von’s still standing. If you learned anything from that match, it is that Von is a freak of nature! Von can run a 40 yard dash in 4.5 seconds and he can bench press 225 pounds 30 times. If Von wanted to go to an NFL team and get a contract, he could! Von says Stone has heard all the talk, how there is a change in the air. It doesn’t matter if you’re internet famous or popular with the media! “The Game has changed, but the rules remain the same. Anyone smaller or weaker will not survive in my jungle!”
The Diamond Mine heads to the ring!
Julius & Brutus Creed lead Roderick Strong and Damon Kemp out, and they all get a mic. Julius starts by saying, “Less than a year ago, my brother and I got an opportunity of a lifetime: to learn from one of the greatest champions in NXT history, Roderick Strong. And we jumped at that opportunity. And we dedicated every fiber of our being to win the Dusty Cup and to win these NXT Tag Team Championships for Diamond Mine. We’ve been stitched, we’ve been stapled, we’ve wound ourselves up doing cannonballs, all for this right here.
“But recently, it was brought to my attention that someone’s trying to destroy what we’ve built. Someone’s trying to destroy Diamond Mine. And I wanted to use this opportunity to call that person out right now!” Julius looks to the ramp, but then he looks at STRONG! Is Julius kidding?! Strong can’t believe Julius is blaming Strong! Strong founded Diamond Mine and brought in the Creeds! They’re one-of-a-kind athletes with endless potential! That is something he never had. And he stands here looking at them as the NXT Tag Team Champions! Fans chant, “They Don’t Need You!” and Strong says yes they do!
But look at him, Julius. They are one of the best tag teams in all the WWE! Strong would put the Creeds up against the Usos any day of the week! That is how much he believes in them! They’re the future of this place! That’s great, and they can tell the Usos for them, but the Creds aren’t just the future, they’re the now! But Strong can say whatever he wants to their face, because Julius knows Strong will just stab them in the back. Brutus isn’t so sure, though. Julius says he is sure, though. Then Brutus says he has his brother’s back! But Strong says Julius needs to be careful with the next works that come out of his mouth!
Julius says everything he does is calculated. He isn’t gonna play games, he’s gonna just show Strong instead! Roll the tape! Strong was throwing knees, Julius was throwing lariats, but then Tony looked to Strong and they had a moment! Strong hits Julius with the knee, and that is enough for Julius! Tony signaled Strong! Or was Julius imagining it? Strong says they can’t be serious here! Strong doesn’t know, Tony D is a scumbag. Maybe Tony has a tic or he was signaling his own team. But y’know what? Let’s just do it! Let’s lay all the cards on the table! Since MAY, they’ve had something against Strong, and now-
GALLUS ATTACKS!! Wolfgang and the Coffey Brothers are here in the States! They’re beating down Kemp and the Creeds! Fans fire up for Gallus as they glare at Strong, and then Joe hits a GLASGOW SENDOFF! Mark and Wolfgang stomp away on Strong, then they go back to whooping the Creeds! Fans are torn but it seems NXT is now Gallus’ kingdom! And there’s the green light, just as Apollo Crews foresaw! Has Gallus just destroyed the Diamond Mine?
Backstage interview with Roxanne Perez.
McKenzie says Roxie finally gets a shot at Cora, and she says this is the most nervous she’s ever been in a match. Her stomach has been in knots all day, because she never thought she’d be fighting her best friend. But Cora wanted this. Cora ended their friendship! And now Cora has nowhere to hide! Cora’s made her bed, and now she has to sleep in it. Cora’s music hits so Roxie heads out, will the Women’s Breakout Tournament winner break her former friend?
Roxanne Perez VS Cora Jade!
NXT returns as Roxie makes her entrance. And she rushes right in so the bell rings! THESZ PRESS and then Roxie dribbles Cora! Cora gets out, but Roxie runs and DIVES! Direct hit and Roxie puts Cora in the ring. Cora bails out again so Roxie DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp, and Roxie hurries to put Cora in. Cover, TWO! Roxie drags Cora up to whip her to ropes, but Cora holds ropes to stop herself. Cora ROCKS Roxie, ROCKS her against ropes, then whips her into the rope to run and back elbow her down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Cora drags Roxie up. Cora bumps Roxie off buckles, then throws big forearms!
Fans rally and duel as Cora throws more shots, and she snapmares Roxie to a cover. TWO, Roxie grits her teeth but Cora brings Roxie up. Cora suplexes but Roxie fights it. Roxie then slips out, UPPERCUTS, and UPPERCUTS again! Roxie whips, back drops Cora, then run sin to SOBAT! Roxie runs to SHOTGUN Cora down! Fans rally and Roxie drags Cora up. Cora ROCKS Roxie back, run sin at the ropes, but Roxie puts her on the apron. Roxie CLOBBERS Cora and Cora falls to the floor! Roxie builds speed again, to DIVE into a forearm! Cora drags Roxie out to snap suplex her to the floor! Cora seethes while NXT goes picture in picture.
Cora soaks up the heat from the fans while Roxie writhes. Cora returns to fetch Roxie, and smacks her off the apron! Cora CHOPS Roxie, puts her in the ring, then runs in to IMPLODER STOMP! Cover, TWO! Cora is furious and she hammers away on Roxie’s back! Cora talks trash and kicks Roxie around. Cora smacks Roxie off the mat, drops an elbow on her back, then stalks Roxie to ropes. Roxie throws forearms but Cora DECKS her! Cora snap suplexes Roxie hard, then grins as she covers. TWO, and Cora is annoyed. Cora stomps Roxie to the corner, digs her boot in, but lets off as the ref counts. Roxie crawls, Cora CHOKES her on the ropes!
Cora lets off as the ref counts again, and Cora stomps Roxie down. Cora kicks Roxie to another corner, taunts her as she stands Roxie up, and she fires off big forearms! Cora trips Roxie, then goes corner to corner to BRONCO BUSTER! Cora drags Roxie to a cover, TWO! Cora is annoyed and she stalks Roxie to ropes again. Cora makes Roxie smile with fishhooks, then puts her on the ropes. Cora runs side to side but Roxie avoids the back elbow! Roxie runs in to DOUBLE KNEE Cora against ropes! Roxie drags Cora up, wrenches and hooks her up, but Cora fights the leg sweep! Cora pulls hair to LARIAT Roxie down! Cover, TWO!
NXT returns to single picture and Cora is still cocky as she drags Roxie up. Cora gets the arms and has the motorcycle stretch, but Roxie endures. Fans rally up as Roxie fights up, but Cora wrangles her back down! Cora digs her knee in but Roxie endures. Fans rally again and Roxie fights up. Roxie turns things around but Cora turns them right back around! Roxie stands back up, flips through and KANGAROO KICKS Cora away! Cora storms back up but into a cradle! TWO! Cora rushes to Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Roxie has the cover now, TWO! Cora trips Roxie, jackknifes, TWO as Roxie bridges up!
Roxie spins Cora around, but Cora fights the backslide! Fans duel, Roxie spins Cora around and DOUBLE FOREARMS knock both women for a loop! DOUBLE BOOTS take them both down! Fans fire up as both women stir and go to opposite ends. Roxie and Cora slowly rise, and Roxie counter punches Cora! And again! Roxie eggs Cora on so Cora KNEES her low! Cora whips, Roxie ducks ‘n’ dodges, then CLOBBERS Cora! And CLOBBERS her again! Roxie puts Cora in a corner, runs in and UPPERCUTS! Then a roll and UPPERCUT! Roxie brings Cora around, for the RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO!
Roxie grows frustrated but she grabs at Cora. Roxie reels her in, PAIGE TURNER! Cover, TWO!! Cora survives and Roxie is beside herself! Roxie drags Cora up to throw a KNEE, and another KNEE, then she hops on! POP- NO, Cora pops free to SHINING WIZARD at the ropes! Cora full nelsons for a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Cora is fuming as Roxie survives but the fans rally back up. Cora goes to the corner and grabs her custom kendo stick! The ref says no, but Cora still aims at Roxie! Roxie ducks and kicks back! And now Roxie grabs the kendo stick! Fans fire up and Cora wants mercy! Roxie hesitates, but she drops the stick.
And Cora SUCKER PUNCHES Roxie! DDT onto the kendo stick! Cover, Cora wins!!
Winner: Cora Jade, by pinfall
#GenerationJade still got to use her kendo stick against Roxie, and she stands over her fallen friend. Will Cora be cruising her way to another title opportunity?
Backstage interview with Josh Briggs, Brooks Jensen & Fallon Henley.
McKenzie is with the NXT UKT ag Team Champions and brings up last week. Jensen says how about not. Briggs says Lash Legend & Pretty Deadly did get one up on them, but they’ll see each other again soon. But then Gallus walks by with security trying to escort them out. Wolfgang tells the good ol’ boys that those titles don’t belong to them. Well they’re the champs, so these belts do belong to them. Oh, they’ve been champions all of what? Five minutes? Six minutes, actually. But what’s up? Try 497 DAYS! Briggs mockingly applauds but Mark says that’s longer than Briggs or Jensen have been in the business!
Joe says here’s what we’ll do: turn this place upside down! And then it’ll be Gallus Boys Up Top! Those UK titles are coming home with them! Any time, any place! Then how about next week? Jensen says if Gallus can get in the building, then they’ll do the damn thing! Gallus gets fired up but security stays between them and the champions, will we see the UK Tag Team Championships be put on the line?
The Fate of Legado Street Fight: Santos Escobar VS Tony D’Angelo!
This has been building for four months, and it finally explodes here tonight! The Emperor of Lucha Libre is fighting for the freedom of his familia, but The Don is fighting for full control. If Escobar loses, he is OUT of NXT. But if Escobar wins, he and Legado del Fantasma are out from under Tony’s thumb. What happens when there’s nothing holding these two back from hurting the other?
Elektra Lopez, Joaquin Wilde & Cruz Del Toro follow El Hijo del Fantasma to the ring. They are united as familia, but will they have to part ways after this? Tony makes his entrance and hands his hat and tracksuit jacket to Stacks, and turns around into Escobar CHUCKING a chair in his face!! The ref reprimands as the match hasn’t even started but fans are loving it! The bell rings, Escobar fires off hands but Tony hits back. They brawl, Escobar KNEES Tony then LARIATS! Escobar sits that chair up, kicks Tony around then SMACKS him off the seat! Escobar runs to RANA Tony onto the chair! Cover, TWO!!
Tony survives but Escobar wedges the chair into the corner. Escobar runs in to the other corner to KICK Tony! And to KICK again! Escobar whips and CHOP BLOCKS Tony’s leg out! Fans fire up while Tony hobbles, into a dropkick to the leg from Escobar! Escobar stalks Tony, stomps his leg, then puts him in a corner to stomp away on that leg! Tony hobbles but Escobar stands him up. Tony fires off body shots, he throws more hands, then whips corner to corner! Escobar stops himself and he KNEES Tony down! Cover, TWO! Escobar makes sure the chair is secure in the corner before climbing. Escobar FLYING CROSSBODIES Tony down!
Fans fire up and Escobar calls to Legado! But Stacks LEAPS onto Cruz & Wilde! So much for their sidekicks! Tony throws hands but Escobar whips. Things speed up and Escobar DROPKICKS Tony down! Fans fire up and Tony flounders around. Escobar grins as he paces around the ring. Stacks glares at Escobar but Wilde CLOBBERS Stacks! Escobar builds speed and DIVES into a trash can lid!! Fans are torn as Tony looms over Escobar and NXT goes to break.
The ref check son Escobar as he clutches his arm, but Escobar says he’s still okay to go. So Tony SMACKS Escobar with the lid! And again! Tony puts Escobar in the ring, stomps him around, then drags him up to shove t a corner. BELLY2BELLY on the rebound! Cover, TWO! Tony talks trash but Escobar SLAPS him! So Tony whips Escobar to ropes, only for Escobar to duck and dodge and RANA, into a POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO! Tony is frustrated but he tells Escobar he’s gonna use Escobar’s chair. Tony aims and RAMS Escobar into the chair in the corner! Escobar tumbles out of the ring and Legado coaches him up.
Tony goes out, grabs the chair, and he SMACKS Escobar on the arm! And again! And again! Tony drags Escobar around, puts the bad arm through the chair, then POSTS the shoulder! The ref checks on Escobar again but he refuses to let this end it. Tony drags Escobar up but Escobar pie faces, so Tony ROCKS him! Tony SLAMS the bad arm on the apron, then brings Escobar around to shove him. Tony kicks low, throws hands, then CLUBS the bad arm. Tony kicks Escobar, talks more trash, then RAMS Escobar into steel steps! The ref checks on Escobar but he still refuses to quit. So Tony SLAMS the bad arm on the steps!
NXT returns to single picture, Tony brings Escobar around to put his arm between steps and corner! Tony BOOTS the steps to crush the arm! Tony brings out chair after chair from under the ring! He brings Escobar around to suplex high and hard onto the chair pile! Fans are wincing from that one as Tony puts Escobar in the ring. Cover, TWO!! Escobar is enduring but Tony throws body shots! Tony suplexes again, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Tony is frustrated but he drags Escobar up to throw down fists! Stacks goes looking under the ring for Tony and he brings out the trash can! Tony SMACKS Escobar down with it!
Tony drags Escobar to a cover, TWO!! Escobar is dazed but still in this, so Tony drags him back up. Tony throws hands, then SLAPS Escobar! Fans boo but Tony says this is HIS NXT now! He’s the Don! But Escobar counter punches Tony! And again! And then he DECKS Tony! And CLOBBERS him! And again! Then a RANA!! Fans fire up as Escobar runs in, but Tony puts him on the apron. Escobar GAMANGIRIS Tony away, goes up the corner and FLYING AX HANDLES! Fans fire up as Tony bails out, into a SLAP from Lopez! Escobar DIVES!! Direct hit at the corner and fans are thunderous for Legado!
Escobar drags Tony up but Tony POSTS him! Fans chant “This is Awesome!” as Tony puts Escobar in the ring again, drops an elbow, then tells Stacks to get the crowbar! But it isn’t where it usually is! It’s supposed to be by the steel steps! Cruz took the crowbar first! And he CRACKS Stacks with it! Tony BOOTS Cruz, but Escobar victory rolls! TWO!! Tony escapes in time but Escobar calls to Legado! The knuckles! But Tony RAMS Escobar into Wilde! Then O’Conner Rolls, TWO! Escobar dodges Tony but Tony puts him on the apron. Escobar CHOPS Tony, Lopez hurries to get the crowbar! Lopez has the bar and Escobar hurries to her, but Tony runs in!
Lopez pushes Escobar aside, and Tony runs Lopez over! Fans can’t believe it, and neither can Tony! Tony just shrugs, but Escobar is pissed! But Tony LOW BLOWS Escobar! Fans tell Tony he F’d up, but he doesn’t care, he has his crowbar now! But he walks into a CALF KICK! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Escobar and Tony grab at each other as they rise up, pulling hair. They’ll never give in to the other, so this has to end somehow. Tony sees his crowbar, Escobar sees his brass knuckles! They get their weapons, but Tony CRACKS Escobar first!! Cover, TONY WINS!
Winner: Tony D’Angelo, by pinfall (Escobar must LEAVE NXT)
The Don just banished the Emperor! And Legado has no choice but to follow Tony’s lead. What will this mean for all of their futures in the WWE?
Indi Hartwell talks with Katana & Kayden.
She knows they’ve competed against each other for a long time when it comes to the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships, but to be honest, when KC Squared won, Indi cried. No one is more deserving. That means a lot to them. Winning these belts, it is indescribable. Indi gets that feeling. Those were the days. Does Indi miss being in a tag team? Well, she’s loved her tag team partners, and being on her own has been thrilling, but having someone to depend on- Wait, a letter comes in for her. Indi opens it up and… It’s a drawing from Dexter Lumis! #INDEXFOREVER!! O M G~!
But then BLAIR DAVENPORT snatches it?! What’s she doing here? Who does she think she is? Uh, she’s Blair Davenport, the future NXT Women’s Champion. Blair rips the paper up and leaves! Will Indi and the rest of WWE soon #BewareTheHeir?
NXT hears from Tiffany Stratton and Wendy Choo.
“I am like completely over Wendy Choo. Like, so done with her. Seriously? It’s like not even funny!” Wendy sighs, and says it is real simple. Wendy is tired of Tiffany. Tired of Tiffany talking down to her, tired of Tiffany thinking she’s better than everyone, and tired of Tiffany thinking Wendy is a joke! Next week, Tiffany VS Wendy in a LIGHTS OUT MATCH! Where everything Wendy did behind closed doors is going to be legal in that ring! As for Tiffany, she is obsessed with this idea, because she gest to do whatever she wants to Wendy! There are like no rules! None!
The arena will be darker than usual, so you won’t be able to see Wendy’s face, which is perfect. But not seeing Tiffany’s face is so tragic. Wendy says Tiffany has one thing right: Wendy’s SO~ obsessed with Tiffany, in that she’s obsessed making Tiffany feel how she makes everyone else feel. “Wacky Wendy” is gonna turn Tiffany’s dream into a nightmare! But Tiffany says she’s putting Wendy to sleep! Who will turn the lights out on the other in this brutal no holds barred match?
NXT Women’s Championship: Mandy Rose VS Zoey Stark!
Toxic Attraction certainly feels they’re the hottest trio in the WWE today, but things have been cooling off for them after losing the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships. Can the Toxic Goddess keep hold of her gold? Or will the Toxic Reign finally be over thanks to the Iron Woman?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and things just got that much hotter in here!
Mandy kicks but Zoey blocks to ROCK Mandy! And again! And again! Mandy knees low but Zoey spins he around to the GO TO – NO, Mandy blocks in time to trip Zoey and go after the bad leg! But Zoey uses that to victory roll! ONE, things speed up and Mandy whips, only for Zoey to LOBBER Mandy! Mandy bails out but Zoey builds speed to WRECK her with a dropkick! Fans fire up and Zoey storms up on Mandy, but Mandy RAMS her into the apron! Mandy TOSSES Zoey over the commentary desk! Jacy & Gigi taunt Zoey as Mandy SMASHES the knee on the desk! Zoey writhes and clutches her knee as NXT goes picture in picture!
Zoey grits her teeth and seethes at Mandy as medics check on the leg. Zoey says it’s fine, and Mandy goes out to drag her into the ring. Zoey ROCKS Mandy, throws elbows, but Mandy KICKS the bad leg! Mandy drags Zoey by the leg, stomps it, then drops an elbow on it! Mandy drags Zoey to the corner and SLAMS the bad leg into the post! Zoey writhes but she refuses to give up. Mandy gets in the ring and Zoey CHOPS her! Mandy trips Zoey, pulls on the bad leg, but Zoey endures! Mandy moves around, has the leg caught, and she chinlocks Zoey into a bootleg STF. Zoey endures, so Mandy dribbles her head off the mat! Cover, TWO!
Zoey gets to ropes but Mandy storms up. Zoey kicks back but Mandy kicks the bad leg out! Mandy digs her knee into Zoey and puts her on the apron. Zoey crawls away, kicks back at Mandy, but Mandy fires off forearms! Zoey shoves her again but Mandy comes back. Zoey ROCKS, CHOPS and ROCKS Mandy, but Mandy LARIATS Zoey! Cover, TWO! Mandy is annoyed but Jacy says it’s okay, she’s got this. Mandy stalks Zoey to a corner, grabs at the bad leg, but Zoey pushes her back. Mandy KICKS the bad leg, then taunts Zoey. Mandy drags Zoey out to center for a standing toehold. Zoey endures, keeps her shoulder sup, and she KICKS with her good leg!
Mandy staggers away, Zoey gets up and Zoey ROCKS Mandy with a forearm! And then another! But then Gigi & Jacy trip Zoey up! NXT returns to single picture as the ref saw that whole thing! Toxic Attraction is EJECTED! Jacy & Gigi are furious but maybe they should’ve behaved. NIKKITA LYONS rushes out and she fights Gigi & Jacy tot he back! Fans fire up and Mandy freaks out! Mandy goes for a chop block but Zoey dodges it! Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Mandy CHOP BLOCKS the leg this time, and Zoey clutches her leg again. Mandy stomps away on the leg, drops another elbow, then another, and another!
Mandy KNEES the bad leg, and Zoey huffs and seethes as she gets to a corner. Mandy soaks up the cheers and jeers, and she kicks the bad leg again. Mandy has the leg, for a KNEE JAMMER! Zoey hobbles and falls, but Mandy looms over Zoey. Zoey stands but Mandy trips her, turns her and has the HALF CRAB! Zoey endures as Mandy sits deep on the hold! Fans duel, Zoey reaches out, moves around, and rolls through to kick Mandy away! Mandy falls right out of the ring! Mandy hurries back in, into a KNEE from Zoey! Mandy pulls hair but Zoey ELBOWS Mandy, then LARIATS! Zoey rallies on Mandy, even with one good leg! SLIDING KICK! Cover, TWO!!
Mandy scrambles away to a corner, but Zoey runs in to ELBOW Mandy, and UPPERCUT, and GAMANGIRI! Zoey snapmares Mandy into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and duel, Zoey gets to her feet and she storms up on Mandy. Mandy kicks the bad leg, gets it again, and BACK SUPLEXES Zoey inside out! Cover, TWO! Mandy grows frustrated but the fans rally up again. Zoey and Mandy hit each other as they stand up, and they go back and forth with forearms! Zoey CHOPS, Mandy fires off a flurry, but Zoey blocks to a GO TO STARK!!! But she can’t cover from using her bad leg!! Zoey crawls over, but Mandy rolls away to the apron!
Mandy saves herself by inches and Zoey is furious! Zoey goes out, but Mandy sweeps the bad leg! Zoey gets caught up in the ropes, and Mandy stomps away! The ref counts, Mandy lets off at 4, and then she goes back to CLUB away on the leg! Mandy undoes the leg brace!! The ref stops Mandy and gets Zoey free of the ropes. KNEE FROM- ROLL UP!! TWO!! Mandy swings but into a jackknife! TWO! KNEE FROM A ROSE!! Cover, TWO!?!? Zoey survives and shocks everyone! Mandy’s best shot fails to put this away and she has no idea what to make of it! Mandy still undoes Zoey’s knee brace, and then she puts it on her knee!
Mandy wants to finish this for good, and runs in, KNEE BRACE FROM A ROSE!!! Cover, Mandy wins!!
Winner: Mandy Rose, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Tag Team Champion)
Zoey is dazed, Mandy used her bad leg against her in more ways than one! The Toxic Reign keeps going, what will it take to finally stop Mandy?
NXT hears from one of its newest names.
“I’m Quincy Elliot, and I have a confession to make. I’m bringing all of this to NXT. I look to my left, I look to my right, I see people of all different walks of life, and it excites me. And you may be shocked at this, but I ain’t ever struggled with being different. I own it, I work it, because I am it! And everyone in NXT may be superstars, but Quincy Elliot is the Super Diva.” And he’s coming soon to NXT!
Backstage interview with Grayson Waller.
McKenzie isn’t happy about it and Waller notices. Is it because he ruined he Emmy Award Winning interview with Apollo Crews when Waller punked him out? Uh, Apollo was the one who made a challenge while Waller was the one who backed down. Backed down? No, he could’ve dropped Crews right there, but then McKenzie would’ve said it was unfair after the 20 minute war Apollo had with Strong. He can’t win with her! But everyone else is too scared to say it, so Waller will: Apollo Crews is selfish! He’s willing to stab anyone in the back to be the man around here! He might even come for McKenzie’s job!
McKenzie doubts that, but Waller says that while Apollo doesn’t smell as nice, he does have a better small than her. But those were Apollo’s words, not Waller’s. Anyway, next week is the debut of the Grayson Waller Effect, the ONLY honest talk show in WWE history! The tough questions and the hard truth given. Take notes because he’s inviting his very first guess, APOLLO~ Crews! Also, your perfume is cheap, McKenzie.
NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS JD McDonagh!
The Big Booty Nephew is already a TWO-TIME NXT Champion, but has proven that from facing veterans like Tommaso Ciampa and Dolph Ziggler to facing the best of his peers like Joe Gacy and Cameron Grimes, he is a juggernaut in this ring. However, the Irish Ace knows even a juggernaut has its weaknesses. Will JD pick Bron apart and perform a beltectomy? Or will Bron break another would-be champion?
Bron walks out with a sledgehammer, and sees a box with “JD” on it. Bron SMASHES the box, then heads to the ring. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Bron wins betting against the ace.
JD and Bron circle while fans rally up. They tie up, JD goes after the bad arm but Bron shove shim away. JD grins but Bron says the shoulder’s just fine. They tie up again, Bron pushes JD back but JD puts Bron in the corner. JD pulls the arm against the ropes but the ref counts. JD let soff and Bron SLAPS him! Fans duel as JD grins and stares Bron down. JD and Bron reset and tie up again. Bron wrenches JD’s arm now, but JD spins and monkey flips him, but Bron holds on! Bron brings JD up but JD rolls, pushes Bron to ropes and arm-drags. But Bron holds on again! Bron shows he can be technical and fans rally up.
JD fights up, reaches for ropes but Born keeps him away. JD rolls, handsprings, snapmares and headlocks, but Bron slips out to have the wristlock! JD ROCKS Bron, but Bron headlocks back. JD powers out, Bron turns the dropdown into a gator roll and deadlift suplex! Bron walks around with JD before the SLAM! Fans fire up with Bron and he storms back up on JD. Bron whips JD into a corner, JD tumbles up and out, but Bron DECKS him! The ring count starts but Bron goes out after JD. JD gets in the ring but Bron avoids the elbow drop! Bron HOTSHOTS the arm, then he knuckle locks to STRAIGHT ARM LEVER!
Fans fire up as Bron carries JD around, then hammerlocks and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! And then STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Bron is showing he can do whatever JD can do, and then he clamps onto the arm again. Born hammerlocks and RAMS JD into buckles. Fans rally up and duel as Bron drags JD back up. Bron has the hammerlock, then he whips JD, JD reverses but Bron ducks ‘n’ dodges. Bron staggers but he still comes back to LARIAT JD! Bron tosses JD out hard, then barks at JD as NXT goes picture in picture.
JD scowls as Bron eggs him on. Bron goes out after JD, smacks him off the apron, then brings JD around to smack off the apron again. Fans bark for Bron as he puts JD in, but JD bails out the side. Bron waits on JD as the ring count climbs. JD gets in the ropes and trips Bron up! Then SLINGSHOT SPLASHES! JD gets his arm moving, and he stalks Bron to a corner. JD CHOPS, stomps, ROCKS and then stalks Bron some more. JD brings Bron around to snap suplex! JD drags Bron up to throw down elbows into Bron’s head, then DECK him with a haymaker. JD wrenches the bad arm, CLUBS it, but Bron throws body shots!
Bron backs JD down, RAMS into him over and over, then hoists him up top. Bron climbs up as NXT returns to single picture, but JD slips out to trip Bron up! JD shoves Bron to the apron, climbs up the other side, and he turns Bron to NECKBREAKER against the crossbar! Bron falls to the floor and fans rally again. JD stalks Bron, brings him up but the ring count is 5 of 10. JD puts Bron in at 7, drives elbow after elbow into the shoulders from all sides! The fans are torn but JD lets off so the ref can check Bron. Bron is still in this somehow so JD drags Bron around. JD has a mounted armlock but Bron endures.
Fans rally and duel, Bron reaches out but JD puts more pressure on the arm. Bron pushes through and gets the ROPEBREAK! JD lets off in frustration but fans duel again. JD clamps onto Bron for a neck wrench, but Bron still endures. JD pushes on the head, but fans rally up and Bron stands up! JAWBREAKER! Bron ROCKS JD, and again, and again! Bron whips, JD reverses but Bron FLYING SHOULDER TACKLES! And again! And then a duck ‘n’ dodge, to a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up again as Bron snarls and aims from the corner. JD flounders up, Born runs in, but JD POSTS Bron! Then a wrench and a takedown, LEBELL LOCK!!
Bron endures as JD pulls back! Fans rally and duel, Bron reaches out, and JD can only use one arm as Bron did damage to him, too! Born gets the ROPEBREAK! JD lets off in frustration and fans continue to duel. JD drags Bron to a drop zone then he climbs up. But Bron CLUBS JD first! Bron climbs up after JD, SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO!! Bron keeps cool and he goes to a corner to climb up again. But JD GAMANGIRIS back! JD sets Bron up, climbs up after him, but Bron resists the clinch! JD drags him up, SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Fans are thunderous as JD hits the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!!
Bron survives and JD can’t believe it! JD storms to a corner and climbs up, to MOONSAUTL! But he has to roll through as Bron moves! SPEAR!! Bron crawls after JD but JD flops out of the ring! Fans rally as Bron puts JD back in and hurries to aim from the corner again. JD stands up, into another SPEAR!! But Bron doesn’t cover, he brings the straps down! Bron vows to break JD, but JD stands up!? JD has blood in his mouth but he’s smiling! Bron says fine! A THIRD SPEAR!! And then the trophy lift, to the BREAKKER SLAM! Cover, Bron wins!!
Winner: Bron Breakker, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)
JD welcomed that third tackle, but it ended up being his demise! Bron retains the title, but who will- Wait, what?! Is this… It is! TYLER BATE is back in the States! The fans are going nuts for the Big Strong Boy! And he goes right into the ring to look Bron eye to eye! The NXT UK Champion and the NXT Champion, in the same ring for the first time in a long time! Will worlds collide in the near future?
This was a very good special for NXT, with great matches all over the card, but Heatwave didn’t really shake anything up. I know I’ve said keeping the status quo isn’t always a bad thing, but in this case, it felt kinda bad. Melo VS Vinci was great, though maybe a little sloppy because they wanted to go as fast as possible. Melo winning was only because of Trick, so that was a bit of a sour taste. But Melo still has so many opponents to face so this is fine. Decent promo from Von & Stone, but I guess Von is downgrading from “Wagner’s World” to “Welcome to Wagner’s Jungle.” I have no idea where Von’s gonna go from here, in a bad way. He’s not championship material, so who’s his next feud?
Great segment out of the Diamond Mine confronting their dysfunction, and I figured it’d be Strong pointed out as the traitor. That was some amazing continuity to have it in the 8 Man Tag that Tony looked to Strong as if to signal something. But then just as Apollo saw, the Diamond Mine all gets attacked. Gallus coming to NXT is great, though I wonder if this means Mark Coffey loses the Heritage Cup to Noam Dar. Gallus also getting a shot at the NXT UK Tag Team Championships is a nice surprise, but I wonder which two are facing Briggs & Jensen. Assuming Gallus wins, I’d love if it was the Coffey Brothers. But if not, then it can be Mark & Wolfgang again, trying to be two-time winners.
Roxie VS Cora was very good, but I’m a little surprised Cora won. For one, we see the NXT Women’s Championship is still on a Heel. Also, why wasn’t the DDT onto the weapon a disqualification? If that thing was a chair, wouldn’t it have been a DQ? Whatever, Cora’s still been doing good work so it’s not like she doesn’t deserve some success. Tiffany and Wendy have a very good vignette to plug their match. They call it “Lights Out” but don’t expect that to be the same as what AEW does with their “Lights Out” matches. It’ll be great, but only at WWE levels of No DQ. And given there’s no disqualifications, it can probably go either way, though I personally hope Wendy wins.
Actually, a great example of WWE levels of violence versus AEW is the Street Fight between Escobar and Tony we got tonight. It was really more a Street Fight for the sake of allowing Stacks and Legado to get involved without disqualifying the match. It was still great storytelling, but it was more chaos than destruction. Escobar loses because he’s being called-up, and who knows where Legado goes from here since they’re still under Tony. We got a nice promo segment with Indi and KC Squared, and I appreciate that Indi got a love letter from Dexter now that he’s back. But what a surprise that Blair Davenport, who is supposed to be fighting her way to the NXT UK Women’s Championship is here. Maybe Blair beats Indi to send Indi off to Raw?
Good introduction to Quincy Elliot here for the mainstream audience, but those who have been watching Level Up are probably already familiar with Quincy’s work. I’m sure Quincy can go in the ring, so it’s just a matter of how stories go and if Quincy can deliver on his character. Good promo from Waller to call Apollo out, and they’ll have a very good match, but I wonder where they’re going with this. Great match out of Mandy VS Zoey, but I had a feeling that after RawDown got the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament going and how they mentioned Zoey and Lyons are part of that, Zoey wasn’t going to win here. Mandy at least did it in a more clever way than usual. I don’t think anyone else has thought to wear their opponent’s brace and use it against them like that.
And we got a great match out of Bron and JD, but I’m a little surprised Bron won here. I’m also a little surprised how Bron won, where JD just let Bron hit him again. This is not really the Jordan Devlin in NXT UK, he would’ve used that to sucker Bron in, not just let Bron hit him again. But Bron retains, and we got a great surprise, that was then ruined by a massive spoiler. NXT UK isn’t even in the middle of their vacated championship tournament, they’re at the BEGINNING of it, and we see now that Tyler Bate is a two-time UK Champion! That’s awesome for Tyler but this is a big letdown for all of us fans who are still watching NXT UK! The only silver lining to this spoiler is that Worlds Collide might return to give us NXT VS NXT UK, Champions VS Champions.
My Score: 8.2/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (8/16/22)
Powerhouse gets Dark!
It’s a baker’s dozen for Universal Studios!
AEW Dark continues in Universal Studios, and “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs looks to send a message to Ricky Starks through his opponent tonight!
- Ari Daivari VS Fuego Del Sol; Daivari wins.
- Willow Nightingale VS Robyn Renegade w/ Charlette Renegade; Willow wins.
- Serpentico w/ Luther VS Brock Anderson w/ Arn Anderson; Brock wins.
- Abadon VS Mafiosa; Abadon wins.
- Angelico VS Baliyan Akki; Angelico wins.
- Emi Sakura VS Renee Michelle; Sakura wins.
- Josh Woods VS Cobra; Cobra wins.
- Skye Blue VS Charlette Renegade w/ Robyn Renegade; Skye wins.
- Bear Country VS Axel Rico & Victor Iniestra; Bear Country wins.
- Kayla Rossi w/ Diamond Sheik VS Avery Breaux; Rossi wins.
- Cezar Bononi w/ The Wingmen VS Marcus Kross; Bononi wins.
- Rohit Raju VS Invictus Khash; Raju wins.
- “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs VS Blake Christian; Hobbs wins.
Great to see Abadon back in action, though I’m pretty sure she’s gotten even scarier since she’s been away… A lot of singles match-ups, a lot of easily called match-ups, but that’s par for the course on Dark. A bit surprised they didn’t just team up the Renegade Sisters against Willow & Skye, but maybe those matches are still connected. And while All Heart will lose to Powerhouse, you can beat Blake Christian will get to shine against the bigger Will Hobbs.
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