Tessa Blanchard is the WOW World Champion, but now she’s feeling the walls closing in. Will she learn what it’s like to be the one everyone’s after?
- Eye Candy VS Havoc; Havoc wins.
- Jessie Jones VS Chantilly Chella; Jones wins.
- Kobra Moon w/ Sophia Lopez VS Azteca; Kobra Moon wins.
- The Temptress w/ Dagger VS Fire; The Temptress wins.
- WOW World Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Jungle Grrrl VS Amber O’Neal w/ Lana Star; Jungle Grrrl wins by disqualification.
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Previously on WOW…
The Queen of the Splash has been the one on the short end of the stick when it comes to the Women of Wrestling World Championship. From Tessa Blanchard interfering to controversy in the Triple Threat to The Beast making sure she lost to Tessa Blanchard, Jungle Grrrl has not gotten a fair shake at becoming a two-time champion. But Jungle Grrrl has one more chance! Can she best the Beverly Hills Babe and become the new #1 contender? Or will The Best Make Her Mark again?
Tessa Blanchard heads to the ring!
The Born Legend isn’t everyone’s favorite, if anyone’s, but she doesn’t really care either way. The third-generation star takes the mic from Shaul Guerrero while the fans chant “You Suck!” Tessa reminds us she is THE WOW Champion! No one has to like it or love it, but they will respect it! For that matter, the Women of Wrestling might as well become the Tessa Blanchard Show. “Let’s cut to the chase!” David McLane, Tessa is here for one reason and one reason only: to let him and the entire roster know, “you can line these b*tches up and I’m gonna knock them down!” Rude language aside, Tessa is a Born Legend. But wait, the Monster of Madness appears! It’s Havoc!
Havoc gets in Tessa’s face, and looks at the belt. She reaches for the gold but Tessa snatches it away. Tessa steps aside, because the Monster of Madness has someone else to play with next!
Eye Candy VS Havoc!
The sugary sweet star takes on a personality polar opposite in this first-ever encounter! Will victory be just as sweet? Or will the Monster of Madness wreak havoc?
The bell rings and Candy circles with Havoc. They tie up and Candy pushes, but Havoc pushes her back to a corner. Havoc bumps Candy off the buckles again and again! Havoc drags Candy out to thrash her around and then throw her across the way! She runs corner to corner but Candy gets out of the way. Havoc stops herself from running into buckles, and Candy speeds things up. Candy clotheslines but Havoc doesn’t flinch! Candy tries again but Havoc still doesn’t budge. Havoc choke grips Candy but Candy breaks free! Candy hops on for a sleeper hold! Havoc grits her teeth and throws Candy off! Havoc drags Candy up but Candy headscissors her back! Candy runs in for a hip attack in the corner!
Candy fires up and throws forearms and elbows. She roundhouses Havoc, then waistlocks. Havoc blocks and breaks free, to reel Candy in for a stiff elbow! Havoc gives Candy another elbow, then reels her in for a big clothesline! Candy is dazed as she flops over. Havoc stomps Candy but fans rally up. Havoc grabs the legs and grins as she turns Candy over! Candy screams as she endures Havoc’s monstrous Boston Crab! Havoc lets Candy go when she doesn’t give up, and stalks her to the ropes. Havoc chokes Candy on the ropes then pulls her back! She lets go at the ref’s count of 4, but comes back to loom over Candy. Havoc runs, for a stiff knee on the run! The Monster of Madness roars, because she’s not done.
Havoc drags Candy up and throws her into buckles. She whips corner to corner but Candy goes up! But Havoc trips her up, for kicks in the Tree of Woe. And an elbow drop DDT! Havoc bares her fangs as she runs side to side for the boot wash! She’s still not done with Candy and goes for another, but Candy dodges! Candy finds new life as she runs in for a forearm smash! And another hip attack! Havoc is down, Candy cannonballs! Candy is fired up and so are the fans. Candy kicks away but Havoc catches her, only for an enziguri! Havoc staggers while Candy climbs, big missile dropkick drops Havoc! Cover, TWO! Candy came so close but she can’t believe she’s still so far from winning.
Fans rally up and Candy climbs again. Candy moonsaults, but flops! Havoc roundhouses Candy, then fireman’s carry, Air Raid Crash! Cover, Havoc wins!
Winner: Havoc, by pinfall
The Monster of Madness mauls another Woman of Wrestling, and she’s after the world title! Does Tessa Blanchard have yet another hunter on her tail?
Jessie Jones VS Chantilly Chella!
One Woman of Wrestling wants to “Make Wrasslin’ Great Again” while the other just wants wrestling to be fun. Will Ms. Southern Pride have fun crashing Chantilly’s party? Or will Chantilly party on into the night?
The bell rings and Jessie circles with Chantilly. Chantilly dodges and kicks Jessie, and then says “Peace.” Jessie lunges at Chantilly but Chantilly dodges to hop on for a sleeper hold. Jessie fades as Chantilly becomes a backpack, but she powers up to bump Chantilly off buckles. Chantilly lets go and Jessie whips corner to corner. Chantilly goes up and over but Jessie blocks the arm-drag using the ropes! Jessie elbows away then rolls Chantilly. Chantilly turns around to sweep the legs! Cover, ONE, but Chantilly keeps on Jessie with forearms. Jessie shoves but Chantilly comes back to waistlock. Jessie standing switches and dumps Chantilly on her face! Cover, TWO! Jessie keeps on Chantilly with a hammerlock, and throws her into buckles. She grins as she runs back in, but Chantilly boots her back.
Chantilly elbows Jessie away, then runs at her, but for a drop toehold into ropes! Jessie wraps and pulls the bad arm in the ropes! The ref counts and Jessie lets go at 4, but with a sinister grin. Jessie drags Chantilly up and reels her in for shoulder-to-shoulder slams. She rams Chantilly over and over, then whips for a big shoulder tackle! Jessie stays on Chantilly with her Southern Pride Fujiwara! She also pulls on the fingers! Chantilly taps, Jessie wins!
Winner: Jessie Jones, by submission
But Jessie doesn’t let go until she feels it’s enough! Jessie gives another rotten grin then demands a mic. Fans boo but Jessie shouts back, “Shut your mouths, I’m talkin’!” Jessie says “Little Miss Chinchilla is just another prime example of the disrespect in the WOW locker room.” Wrasslin’ ain’t about parties, festivals or fun. It’s about hard work. One fan shouts, “No one cares!” Jessie says her hard work will make wrasslin’ great again. The fans don’t like how she’s doing it, but will Jessie take over WOW one armbar at a time?
Joyce Grable is in the crowd!
A legend in women’s wrestling, from being a four-time women’s tag team champion, a two-time Women’s United States Champion, and an NWA Hall of Famer, the Women of Wrestling owe her so much. Joyce says this is the best ladies’ wrestling show she’s seen in years! WOW is gonna be #1! WOW has the Joyce Grable seal of approval, will it soon take over the world of women’s wrestling?
Kobra Moon is now in WOW!
This major signing is thanks to “The World’s Greatest Attorney”, Sophia Lopez. The Queen of Serpents accomplished a lot in The Temple of Lucha Underground, but it’s still not enough. Nothing is enough for the voracious viper vixen, and WOW is just another kingdom to conquer. To satisfy this thirst for power and fame, she needs to conquer this new world. With Sophia backing her, anything is possible. Kobra Moon promises to show the WOW locker room and fans something they’ve never seen before: a real luchadora who fears no one! Kobra Moon promises to decimate any Woman of Wrestling put in her path. Who will be the first to feel this viper’s venom?
Sophia Lopez heads to the ring!
The World’s Greatest Attorney “thanks” Shaul for the introduction as she snatches the mic away. It’s refreshing to work with someone that understands greatness. Not like David McLane, at least. But thanks to Jeanie Buss letting Sophia do what she does, she now presents direct from The Temple, Kobra Moon! The fans are fired up to see the Queen of Serpents in person, and now they’ll get to see her WOW in-ring debut!
Kobra Moon w/ Sophia Lopez VS Azteca!
It’s luchadora VS luchadora! The Serpent Tribe’s fearless leader goes against the Sun Goddess! Will Kobra truly be unstoppable with Sophia’s support? Or will Azteca upset the newcomer already?
The bell rings and Kobra slithers towards Azteca. They circle and Kobra declares she’s the Real Queen of the Temple. But Azteca counters by saying she is the sun! Kobra waistlocks but Azteca breaks free. Azteca wrenches the arm but Kobra rolls and drop toeholds. Kobra gets a headlock, and almost into a crossface! Kobra shifts to a facelock as Azteca moves. Azteca slips out and wrenches the arm to a hammerlock. Kobra works to get up but Azteca hits the La Majistrol! ONE and Kobra goes for her own Majistrol! TWO, and the luchadoras stand off. Fans are fired up and chant “Lucha! Lucha!” Azteca and Kobra circle and tie up again.
Kobra knees low and clubs away. Kobra puts Azteca on the ropes with a choke, but lets up at 4, to CHOP Azteca! Fans boo as Kobra whips. Azteca dodges and acrobatically arm-drags! Azteca dares Kobra to come back for more, and things speed up again. Kobra flips through the hip toss for an arm-drag of her own. Kobra waistlocks and reels Azteca out, but Azteca CHOPS back! Now it’s a chop fight! Kobra chops and forearms Azteca then whips, but Azteca reverses. Azteca hits a big corner splash, then runs corner to corner but Kobra goes up and over. Kobra gets a draping Anaconda Vice! She lets go at 4, and Azteca gasps as she crawls away. Kobra is right on Azteca again with a neckbreaker to another, to a third! Azetca is down from the hat trick, Kobra covers, TWO!
Kobra is furious with the ref, as is Sophia. Kobra whips Azteca but Azteca elbows back. Azteca slingshots back for headscissors, into an Octopus Stretch! Kobra endures and rams Azteca into buckles! Azteca’s in the Tree of Woe and Kobra stomps a mudhole in! Kobra runs corner to corner for a basement dropkick! Azteca falls out of the Tree and Kobra covers, TWO!! Azteca survives and Kobra grows frustrated. Kobra slashes the throat, calling for the end. She stomps Azteca then drags her up. Kobra scoops but Azteca fights out. Azteca shoves and dodges the kick to hit a rolling roundhouse of her own! Both luchadoras are down and Sophia is worried. Azteca and Kobra stand at 5, and Kobra rushes in. Azteca gets her back with a strike fest, big roundhouse! Kobra is down and Azteca slingshots for a corkscrew splash! Cover, TWO!!
Now Azteca is in disbelief! Sophia is relieved but Kobra’s still in danger. Azteca powers up and brings Kobra up. Kobra resists the bomb and rams Azteca into buckles. Kobra goes corner to corner, big knee! She keeps going as Azteca staggers out, for another big knee! Kobra wants a third, but Azteca counters with a takedown, to a Half Crab! Kobra endures as Azteca pulls back hard. She crawls and gets the ropebreak! Azteca lets go but she will not be deterred. Sophia coaches Kobra up as Azteca runs in. Kobra avoids a kick to hook and sweep the legs! Kobra calls for the finish again, and drags Azteca up into a dragon sleeper. From there, Kobra has a modified gut wrench, for a driver! Cover, Kobra Moon wins!
Winner: Kobra Moon, by pinfall
Sophia Lopez celebrates her recruit’s victory. Will Kobra become the Queen of both Temple and WOW?
The Temptress w/ Dagger VS Fire!
The other half of this dastardly duo competes on WOW TV, looking for revenge on the young star who stepped up to help Keta Rush. Will Temptress be burned for playing with Fire? Or will Fire’s hot streak be put out?
The bell rings, and Temptress keeps her eyes locked with Fire’s. They tie up, and Temptress gets a headlock. She wrenches the arm but Fire spins and reverses to a wristlock. Temptress rolls through and kicks Fire away. Fire and Temptress stare down as they circle again. They tie up, Fire pops around to the waistlock. Temptress tries a standing switch but Fire counters to a headlock. Fire gets the takedown but Temptress headscissors. Fire pops out and the two stand off again. Temptress eggs Fire on and they go again. Fire rolls Temptress up, TWO, but she’s right on Temptress with La Majistrol, ONE! Temptress runs into a backslide, TWO, Fire dropkicks Temptress down! Fire arm-drags Temptress to an armlock, but Temptress fights up. Temptress pulls hair! The ref reprimands but Temptress whips. Fire sunset flips, TWO, dropkick again!
Temptress gets to the apron but Dagger swipes at Fire on the other end! Fire gets away but Temptress is on her with a waistlock. Temptress throws Fire down and stomps her out. Temptress drags Fire up by her hair to throw her face-first on the mat. Fire stands but Temptress bumps her off buckles. Temptress whips Fire corner to corner but Fire goes up and over. Fire fires forearms and a snapmare. Temptress ducks the mule kick and rolls Fire up, TWO! Fire wrenches Temptress’ wrist, but Temptress kicks low. Temptress goes acrobatic for a SLAP! Temptress runs in, but Fire counters the monkey flip to put Temptress on the top rope. Fire CHOPS Temptress, then yanks her off, to go corner to corner for a splash! She keeps moving, but Temptress bails out of the ring.
Fire stops herself from crashing, but Dagger distracts! Temptress slides in and fireman’s carry, Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO! Fire survives and fans fire up or her. Temptress grins as she stalks Fire. She drags Fire up into a backbreaker! Then she pushes Fire backwards across her knee. Temptress drops Fire down to cover, TWO! Temptress grins as she drags Fire up by her hair again. She puts Fire on the ropes for a choke. The ref backs Temptress off but Dagger chokes Fire into the ropes! Temptress returns while Dagger gets away with it. Snap suplex! Float over cover, TWO! Temptress keeps on Fire with a seated abdominal stretch. Fans rally up while Temptress grinds her forearm into Fire’s face. Fire fights back, body shots and forearms! She whips but Temptress reverses, but Fire kicks the legs out to hit a basement bulldog! Cover, TWO!
Fire grows frustrated, and she walks into Temptress’ SPINEBUSTER! High stack cover, TWO!! Temptress grows frustrated but she still grins as she drags Fire up gain. She throws Fire around and Dagger applauds. Temptress stands on Fire’s back to taunt the fans. Fans boo and jeer but Temptress just loves the heat. Temptress drags Fire up again for knees to the back. She wraps Fire up in a chinlock, but Fire endures. Fans continue to rally and Fire feeds off the energy. Fire fights out and runs, but Temptress dumps her out! Dagger goes after her but Fire hits first! Fire bumps Dagger off the apron, then slides in, double clotheslines take both women out! Fans reach a fever pitch for Fire while Dagger coaches Temptress up. Fire rises, but so does Temptress. They brawl on their knees, and up to their feet!
Fire forearms, but Temptress ax handles. Fire dodges and rallies with more forearms! She wrenches Temptress to a snapmare, then a mule kick! Fire runs in corner to corner, big corner clothesline! She keeps going for a hip attack! Then side to side, basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Temptress survives and Fire is beside herself. But the fans keep cheering her own, so Fire drags Temptress up. Fire fisherman’s but Temptress fireman’s carry! Fire slips out, whips, dodges the boot to SUPERKICK! Temptress goes down and Fire climbs up. But Dagger shoves her down! Temptress hits an urenage backbreaker! Cover, Temptress wins!
Winner: The Temptress, by pinfall
The Dagger helps her partner out, and now they look to add insult to injury. They stomp away on Fire but Keta Rush runs in! Keta dropkicks and runs both Dagger and Temptress off! Keta has repaid the favor to Fire, and the fans are fired up for this new friendship! David McLane hurries to interview them while Dagger and Temptress retreat. Fire thanks Keta for the save, and Keta’s Bully Busters are so excited! Will Keta and Fire continue to work together to bust the bullies, Temptress and Dagger?
WOW World Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Jungle Grrrl VS Amber O’Neal w/ Lana Star!
The Queen of the Splash wants to be the Queen of the Jungle in WOW again, but Lana looks to use her protege as a proxy back to the top. Will Jungle Grrrl take all of her frustrations out on the Beverly Hills Babe? Or will Lana’s investment start to pay off?
The bell rings and this main event begins. Fans boo the bragging by the Babe, but JG is right on her with forearms! JG whips but Amber bails out! Amber and Lana regroup to calm down, but JG slides out with a dropkick! Lana and Amber get clear, but JG makes sure to kick the coach first. JG then throws haymakers on Amber, and then bumps both blondes off the apron! She puts Amber in but Amber plays up an injury so that Lana can trip JG up! Lana feeds JG to Amber for Amber to stomp away. Amber bounces JG off the mat again and again, then covers. TWO, but Amber’s on JG with a kick to the back!
Amber wraps on a seated full nelson, showing off with the splits. She makes it a full mounted nelson, then shifts the hold to double chicken wings. JG endures, but Amber bridges for Cattle Mutilation! JG endures and refuses to quit, so Amber shifts to an inverted armbar. Fans rally as JG powers up, and she deadlifts Amber to a buckle bomb! Amber lets go and JG unleashes point-blank clotheslines. JG goes to run but Amber yanks her down by her hair! Amber rakes JG’s face and rains down rights! Lana loves what she sees as Amber stomps JG to a corner. Amber rams her shoulder in then grinds a boot into JG’s throat. JG pushes the boot away but Amber whips. JG reverses, roars and runs in. Amber headscissors and turns it into a hanging triangle, the Queen City Stretch!
Amber lets go at 4 and JG coughs as she staggers back. She takes time to gloat alongside Lana, but JG gets tot he apron to kick. Amber sweeps the leg and JG crashes and burns! The Babe distracts the ref so that Lana can pound and stomp JG into the ground! Lana gets away with it while Amber taunts the fans. Amber fetches JG into the ring then takes her time getting the cover. ONE, because the former WOW World Champion is tougher than that! So Amber rakes the eyes! Amber drags JG up and whips to the corner. She runs in but JG goes to roll her up! Amber holds ropes but JG pries her away, but now Lana distracts the ref! JG has Amber down for at least 5, and is furious with Lana!
Amber attacks JG from behind! Amber whips but JG reverses, fireman’s carry and stunner! Cover, TWO!! Lana is relieved but JG is only angrier. JG stomps Amber then climbs up high. Lana goes after JG’s feet! The referee finally sees this, but then The Beast slides in! The Beast shoves Amber aside and dares JG to do something about it. JG leaps in, but is caught! CHOKE SLAM!
Winner: Jungle Grrrl, by disqualification
The biggest and the baddest robbed Jungle Grrrl again! But Jungle Grrrl knows she still won from the DQ, so she demands her rematch NOW! Jungle Grrrl tells both Tessa Blanchard and The Beast that they invaded her Jungle! “Baby it’s on!” This will be like a game of dominoes, with both of them going down! Will we get another WOW World Championship Triple Threat?! Will the Queen of the Splash get double the revenge?
Another crazy episode of WOW! Tessa Blanchard doesn’t do much but she does make good on upping her Heel arrogance. I find it interesting they threw Havoc out there, but I suppose it is to make the point that with only the one title right now, everyone is a potential contender. Havoc VS Candy was good, and Candy got to look a little stronger than I expected. But of course, Havoc wins because of the moment she just had with Tessa. Jessie Jones VS Chantilly Chella felt like filler, but it was needed to keep the “Make Wrasslin’ Great Again” gimmick fresh in our minds. Still no idea who is going to be Jessie’s main rival in this gimmick, unless they bring back the trainee she “crippled”.
Kobra Moon VS Azteca was good, but clearly it’s too soon to make Kobra Moon’s Lucha Underground kayfabe part of WOW’s kayfabe. I’m still curious to see how they handle having both Kobra Moon/Thunder Rosa and Holidead on the same roster without them being the Twisted Sisterz. The one gripe here is the arrangement of her debut. They gave us the interview segment before Sophia officially introduces her, when they should’ve given us the interview during her entrance. A minor thing, but also a big thing. Meanwhile, Temptress VS Fire was a really good match, and felt like the real main-event in terms of action. The story is building and I’m sensing this might be the match-up to bring back the WOW Women’s Tag Team Championships. The live audience seems to really love Keta and Fire, so making them the inaugural new tag champs might be the way to go.
And after saying that, I feel like WOW is relying too much on short main events that have shocking, brawling endings, but they’re still rather well done. Jungle Grrrl having to deal with Lana on top of Amber was a good story, as was The Beast running in to interfere. However, I just wish it got to be longer than 10 minutes. Perhaps this coming Triple Threat for the WOW world title will finally be that main event that feels like a main event. Tessa VS Jungle Grrrl VS Beast should be no less than 15 minutes, preferably 20 or more. Joyce Grable put WOW over, now it’s time for WOW to run with that.
My Score: 8.4/10
Chairshot Radio: The Mystery & Magic of Lucha Underground 
Miranda Morales sits on the host’s chair and welcomes her Lucha Central buddies for a look back at the magic & mystery of Lucha Underground!
Miranda Morales sits on the host’s chair and welcomes her Lucha Central buddies for a look back at the magic & mystery of Lucha Underground!
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- What was it that made Lucha Underground so different, and so successful?
- What was the mysteries behind Lucha Underground’s storytelling–and the whole universe it created?
- What are your greatest Lucha Underground memories?
- Can MLW recreate the magic with Azteca Underground?
- Should they even try?
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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (6/22/21)
Adam Cole hits the ring, BAYBAY!
NXT lights the fuse, get ready for fireworks!
Before an explosive rematch on the Great American Bash, Kyle O’Reilly takes on NXT Cruiserweight Champion, Kushida, and Adam Cole takes on…?
- Adam Cole VS ???; Cole wins.
- Io Shirai & Zoey Stark VS The Robert Stone Brand; Shirai & Stark win.
- Johnny Gargano & Austin Theory VS Pete Dunne & Oney Lorcan; Gargano & Theory win.
- Franky Monet VS ???; Monet wins.
- Ever-Rise VS Hit Row; Hit Row wins.
- Kyle O’Reilly VS KUSHIDA; O’Reilly wins.
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Adam Cole VS ???
The Panama City Playboy is back, but he never gave an answer to last week’s “pick your poison” challenge as posed to him and Kyle O’Reilly. Cole is confident as ever, though, does he have an idea?
Cole gets the mic and reminds us that William Regal set up Cole VS Kyle at Great American Bash. Oh, and Samoa Joe assaulted and attacked him! Now this week, he gets to handpick his opponent. Cole was doing some thinking, so ain’t no way in hell HE is going to do that. He doesn’t have to start following the rules just cuz Joe is here. And Cole wants Joe to know there’s a new king of this brand, and you’re looking at him! After Cole embarrasses Kyle at Great American Bash 2021, Cole will be recognized the best in NXT ever! So the fans can consider themselves lucky for having seen Cole, but this isn’t happening.
Oh wait, here comes Carmelo Hayes! This newcomer came close to the Cruiserweight Championship in his debut, seems he’s aiming at another prize. “Hey, Cole, you might not know who I am, but I know who you are.” Melo introduces himself, and says if anyone changes Cole’s mind, it’s him. Oh is that so? Then enlighten him on how. Melo says there is this famous phrase. How does it go? “RUTHLESS! AGGRESSION!” Same energy, bruh. And then Melo SLAPS Cole!! Cole is pissed and the match is on!
Hayes dodges, fires off hands on Cole but Cole knees low! Cole ROCKS Hayes, runs, but Hayes springboards to FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Hayes chases Cole but Cole gets out of the ring. So Hayes just PLANCHAS Cole down! The CWC fires up for Hayes as he gets Cole up and into the ring. Hayes gets on the apron but Cole BOOTS him down! Fans fire up as Cole finally throws off his merch shirt. Cole goes out after Hayes, drags him up and into the ring, then stalks him to a corner. Cole stomps a mudhole into Hayes, throws forearms, does more stomping, but lets off as the ref counts. Cole gets Hayes up but Hayes shoves him away.
Cole ROCKS Hayes again, then brings him out for a snap suplex! Cole dusts off his hands as fans rally up. Hayes sits up, Cole gets him up, and turns him for a NECKBREAKER! Cole is having fun now as he stalks Hayes to ropes. Cole chokes Hayes on the ropes, lets off as the ref counts, and fans are dueling between the veteran and the new kid. Hayes throws body shots and CHOPS but Cole throws haymakers and forearms! Hayes kicks from the mat, but falls for 52 Fake Out! Cole grins, but Hayes blocks the superkick to TKO KNEE SMASH and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Coles gets to a corner but Hayes keeps his cool.
Hayes storms over to fire off body shots, windmills clubbing forearms, but lets off as the ref counts. Cole yanks Hayes into buckles! Cole gets space, comes back, but into a boot! Hayes goes up but Cole SHOVES him down! Hayes hits the floor hard and Cole goes out to RAM him into barriers! Cole gets Hayes back up to TOSS him into boards! Fans boo Cole as NXT goes picture in picture.
Cole paces, refreshes the ring count, and fetches Hayes, just to TOSS him into the boards again! Hayes gasps and sputters as Cole refreshes the count again. Cole puts Hayes back in the ring, JAMS his knee in Hayes’ back, then wraps on a headscissor necklock. Hayes endures, even as Cole drives in elbows into his head. Hayes turns, rolls, and gets the ropebreak! Cole holds on until the ref counts, and then lets off at 4. Hayes hits Cole as he goes, but Cole stomps him down. Cole drags Hayes up to throw haymakers and then bumps him off buckles. Cole throws hands, wrenches, and whips him corner to corner hard! Hayes bounces off buckles and Cole smirks as he taunts the rookie.
Cole drags Hayes up, Hayes shoves free but Cole kicks low! Cole gets Hayes up for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Cole grows annoyed now but he looms over Hayes before bringing him up again. Hayes throws forearms so Cole gives them back! Hayes knees low, Cole EuroUppers! Hayes CHOPS but Cole kicks low! Cole fireman’s carries for the USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Hayes’ toughness is getting on Cole’s nerves and Cole wraps on a chinlock. Hayes endures as Cole grinds him down. Cole talks some trash while cranking the hold back, but Hayes fights with hammering hands.
NXT returns to single picture and fans rally up as Hayes keeps working on the chinlock. Hayes sits up, pries the grip open and gets to his feet to throw body shots. Hayes is free, runs, but Cole CLOBBERS him with a back elbow! Fans duel again as Cole gets Hayes up. Cole bumps Hayes off buckles, wrenches and whips Hayes corner to corner hard, and Hayes slumps down in the corner. Cole says Hayes chose the wrong guy to step to. Hayes bails out, Cole lets the ring count climb. Hayes stands at 5 of 10 and flounders a bit, but gets himself in at 7 of 10. Cole smirks as he stalks over to the corner. Hayes gets up but Cole throws forearms!
Cole says “You’re a nobody, you hear me? I’m Adam Cole, BAYBAY, and you’re nobody!” Hayes gets up but Cole SLAPS him down! Hayes gets up to throw forearms and Cole gives them back! Cole whips Hayes to ropes but Hayes rolls off Cole’s back to BOOT him down! Fans fire up with Hayes as he runs, but into a BOOT from Cole! Hayes wobbles, Cole gets him in a suplex, but Hayes suplexes to a CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Cole survives but Hayes gets him up and reels him in. Cole cradle counters, TWO! Hayes boots but Cole blocks, ENZIGURI follows! And a HUGE Code Breaker!! Cover, TWO!! Cole survives and Hayes can’t believe it!
The CWC is fired up while Hayes refocuses. Cole goes to ropes, Hayes grits his teeth and storms over to CHOP him! Hayes whips, Cole reverses but swings into a spin and fireman’s carry! Cole slips off to BACKSTABBER! High stack cover, TWO!! Hayes survives and Cole is getting mad now! Cole goes to a corner, hops up but Hayes gets away from the drop zone. Cole still leaps, into a SUPERKICK! Hayes runs, springboards, into a SUPERKICK!! Cole goes back to a corner, goes back up and leaps, PANAMA SUNRISE!! Cover, Cole wins!
Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall
The Generational Talent came close again, but this is why Cole considers himself the king of NXT! However, Cole has two weeks to get ready for the rematch with Kyle O’Reilly! Will Cole be ready to bash it up at the Bash?
Franky Monet talks with Jessi Kamea & Aliyah.
Monet is so excited for tonight. The Robert Stone Brand has a match with Zoey Stark & Io Shirai, and Aliyah says it’ll be a piece of cake. Jessi says it’s already in the bag. And of course, Franky has her second match! These three should be the Winner’s Circle! Yeah, great name. But then suit man Stone come sin and Franky says tonight is going to be a great night for them all. Good luck, ladies! Thank you! The high-five to Stone is a little hard, will it hurt even harder if and when his clients ditch him for Monet?
Backstage interview with Zoey Stark.
We all just saw Monet talk up Jessi & Aliyah, but why did she help Shirai last week? Well Shirai gave Stark her big break. All last week was was paying it back. But tagging tonight is a surprise, especially with how notorious Shirai can be when playing with others. But speaking of, Shirai comes in to say it for herself: She did pick Stark for tonight, but that doesn’t mean she likes her. Mutual respect is all they need tonight as far as Stark is concerned. Will that help them get a win against the bougie bad brand?
LA Knight speaks.
The Million Dollar Ladder match made him the NEW Million Dollar Champion, “So let me talk to ya.” Knight’s coronation made him drop what he didn’t need, and that was the old man DeBiase boarding the gravy train! Then the ungrateful NXT fans are all shouting “TO THE MOON!” for that “Hilljack” Grimes, who comes out to go after Knight. Good on Grimes, because even Knight thought Grimes only cared about the title and the money. Turns out, he cares about the old man. That’s so sweet. Grimes is what Knight knew he was on day one: a moron idiot!
That fall Grimes took at TakeOver was beautiful, but that won’t compare to when he gets dropped on his head by the Million Dollar Megastar, the- Oh, thank you! Drinks on Knight! Whose game is it? L A Knight’s game! Toast to that! But will Knight be living the high-life after coming face to feet with a Cave-In?
Johnny Gargano & Austin Theory are here!
They make their way down to the ring, and Gargano says these are exciting times! There is new management in town so we need a new NXT Champion! A new face of the brand! We don’t need the big, mean, angry, leather jacket wearing doomsday guy. No! We need the handsome, the hardworking, the headband wearing, respectable family man! We need Johnny! Theory agrees, of course. The 57 days Gargano was champion, NXT THRIVED! It was a paradise! Chef’s kiss and all that. At TakeOver, Gargano proved Karrion Kross is NOT on Gargano’s level. Gargano outshined him every time they were in the ring together! And everyone knows Gargano can outwrestle Kross on his worst day!
But instead of Kross, Pete Dunne and Oney Lorcan show up! The Bruiserweight has a mic to respond, “Are you mad?” This is so stupid. Gargano must be nuts if he thinks he’s #1 contender over Dunne. And shut up, Theory. Theory gets heated but Gargano has him stop. These two are trying to provoke them and start chaos! There is a new way to do things around here, the Way does not partake in hijinks and shenanigans! They are law-abiding citizens, and there are rules to follow, Peter. The Way are good people. If Dunne and Oney want a fight, it won’t come from them. Gargano puts the mic down, he and Theory wash their hands of this as they leave the ring.
Oney picks up the mic as Theory says he is watching Dunne. Theory points at Dunne, but Dunne grabs those fingers to SNAP them! Theory needs to be more careful around the Bruiserweight! Will Gargano find a way to get back at Dunne that follows the rules?
Cameron Grimes rolls up.
Everyone says hey and Grimes gives them money for their troubles. How is DeBiase doing? He’s alright, Grimes will keep checking on him. Ari Sterling says Grimes must’ve just come from the nursing home. Had to check on Gramps and all that. What was that? Grimes heard him. Grimes did, and he laughs, before he DECKS Sterling! That’s for Ted, this is for you. Grimes gives Sterling a $100 even so, and laughs his way into the CWC.
Backstage interview with Adam Cole.
McKenzie asks him about his coming match with Kyle, and Cole says no. He is not talking about Kyle at all. He doesn’t care about Kyle, he doesn’t care about Kyle VS Kushida tonight, because what Cole did to Hayes will happen to Kyle at the Bash. But here comes Regal. Cole asks what he wants. Regal appreciates Cole going through with that match tonight. Cole says he did it for himself, not for Regal. Regal hopes there’s no animosity between Cole and Joe. According to who? Well Cole touched Joe, Joe got him with the clutch, that’s the end of it. Don’t provoke Joe again.
Oh is that how Regal sees this? How great that Regal has done absolutely nothing to reprimand Joe for putting his hands on Cole! But don’t worry, Cole will do Regal a favor by getting out of his hair. Cole takes his things and goes, will this make things considerably easier on the General Manager tonight?
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Gargano is fuming and he gets the cameraman to follow him.
He and Theory storm up to the GM’s office and since Theory’s fingers hurt, Gargano knocks. Regal lets them enter and Gargano hopes he saw what happened. Regal did. The Way are being model citizens, and look! A new pencil to replace the other one. But there need to be consequences! Regal agrees, there should be. Alright, so what’s gonna happen? Is Joe gonna go get them? Put them through a wall? Or better yet, Coquina Clutch! Regal stands up and Gargano wants to see Regal get those brass knuckles and “knuck ’em up!” No, no, they’re going to face Dunne & Oney in a match, later tonight.
What?! They’re not even dressed, they don’t have their stuff! Doesn’t matter, they have to go. Gargano and Theory panic and rush out of the room, will they suffer more than two bad fingers tonight?
Io Shirai & Zoey Stark VS The Robert Stone Brand!
The Evil Genius and the Rising Star(k) are ready to shine, but Franky did fire up Jessi & Aliyah backstage. Will Shirai’s return to the ring be a great success or a disappointing stumble on her way back after the title?
The teams sort out and Aliyah starts with Shirai. They tie up, Shirai headlocks, but Aliyah powers out. Shirai counters the hip toss to an arm-drag, then fireman’s carries. Aliyah slips out and pulls hair, but Shirai CHOPS and punches her on repeat for it! Shirai pulls hair now but Aliyah shoves her away. Aliyah runs but into a FLAPJACK! Shirai runs and basement dropkicks Aliyah down! Shirai brings Aliyah over, sits her down in the corner and digs her boots in! Swinging knees! Tag to Stark, Stark gets Aliyah up to wrench and fireman’s carry takedown. Stark wrenches the arm, Aliyah throws forearms, but Stark blocks the whip to reverse it!
Tilt-o-whirl, Aliyah throws Stark but Stark handsprings through to SLIDING LARIAT! Aliyah scrambles and tags in Jessi, Stark dodges the boot to waistlock. Jessi bucks the O’Conner roll and hits a sliding wheel kick! Cover, TWO to a Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Stark avoids the dropkick to Oklahoma Roll again! TWO, but Stark DOUBLE STOMPS! Stark fires up, gets Jessi up on the apron, but Jessi hotshots her down! Jessi slingshots in to then springboard for an elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Stark grits her teeth but Jessi is frustrated, and now Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell make their way down to ringside.
Jessi puts Stark in the corner, Aliyah tags in and stomps a mudhole then fires off hands! Tag to Jessi, they mug Stark then Jessi CLUBS Stark down! Tag to Aliyah, she stomps a mudhole into Stark again, and then Aliyah brings Stark out. Stark rolls Aliyah, ONE, and Aliyah calf kicks Stark down! Aliyah covers again, TWO! Stark tries to get away from Aliyah while Shirai glares at Candice, and NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Jessi keeps Starks down with clubbing forearms. Tag to Aliyah, she gets a boost for a tilt-o-whirl SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Aliyah puts on a body scissor squeeze and thrashes Stark around! Stark endures, pushes back to a cover, TWO! Aliyah clubs away on Stark but Stark turns around to fire off on Aliyah! Aliyah squeezes tighter then gets a facelock to keep Stark down! Stark powers up and powers out to SLAM Aliyah down! Fans fire up while both women are down, and The Way isn’t sure what to make of this. Hot tags to Shirai and Jessi! Shirai rallies then FLAPJACKS Jessi down! Shirai DECKS Aliyah for good measure, then hits a 619 on Jessi!
Jessi flounders, Shirai dodges Aliyah’s swipe to AX KICK her down! Springboard missile dropkick for Jessi! Cover, TWO! Shirai keeps her focus and she gets Jessi up. Shirai underhooks but Jessi wrenches out to KICK! Tag to Aliyah and she gets Shirai up for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Shirai survives and Aliyah shrieks! Tag to Jessi, they double suplex, but Shirai lands on her feet! Hot tag to Stark and she DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICKS! Stark gets Jessi up for a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Tag back to Shirai, and Shirai makes sure Candice sees this! Shirai goes up, and OVER THE MOONSAULT! Cover, Shirai & Stark win!
Winners: Io Shirai & Zoey Stark, by pinfall
The Evil Genius stares Candice down as she and Stark have their hands raised. They dare The Way to get in, but then Raquel Gonzalez and Dakota Kai come out from the crowd side. Raquel teases that Shirai goes on vacation and came back to get a friend. If either of them think they’re jumping the line for that #1 contender’s spot, they’re crazy! Those titles belong to Kai & Gonzalez! But whoa, whoa, whoa! Shotzi & Ember show up! Now certainly no one forgot about them! They done lost their minds! MARBLES! But also, they beat Kai & Gonzalez for that contendership spot, right? Right! So then that puts Kai & Gonzalez at the back, right? Right!
But, wait, Ember… They DID forget! Whaaa…? Well let’s remind them! And by that, Shotzi means, KICK SOME ASS!! It’s a chaotic brawl in the ring, but the champs stay far away from it all! Shirai, Kai and Ember, then Raquel, Shotzi and Stark! Samoa Joe comes out and Candice says this isn’t on them! Joe has referees and security get in this, and teams are separated from other teams. Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but that’s not happening! Shotzi and Ember are the ones left in the ring, Shirai and Stark are on one side, and Kai and Gonzalez are on the other. Will Candice & Indi have to watch out with this many teams targeting them?
“I knew my professional wrestling life wouldn’t last forever. This will be a special moment in my career. Nobody can take this moment away from us.” The Time Splitter is ready, but will he come out on top against a motivated Kyle O’Reilly?
The Great American Bash just got bigger! After Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher got past the Grizzled Young Veterans, they are getting their shot at the NXT Tag Team Champions! Will the Must-See Kids find themselves in a must-win scenario?
Johnny Gargano & Austin Theory VS Pete Dunne & Oney Lorcan!
The Way scrambles to finish dressing but they’ve made it in time! Will they make the Bruiserweight and Boston Fury regret getting in their way tonight? Or will it be the other way around?
The teams sort out and Oney starts with Gargano. Gargano fires off hands but Oney knees low and waistlocks. Gargano switches, shoves, then follows to RANA Oney! Oney is up but Gargano dropkicks him down! Oney scrambles to tag Dunne, Gargano arm-drags Dunne but then Dunne fakes Gargano out. Dunne goes for La Magistrol but Gargano slips right out to arm-drag Dunne after all! Fans rally as Dunne kips up, but Gargano wrenches. Tag to Theory but that was the bad hand! Dunne throws Gargano out, but Theory gets Dunne with a forearm! Theory headlocks, Dunne powers out and things speed up, Dunne CLOBBERS Theory!
Tag to Oney, he and Dunne double wrench and double CHOP Theory! Oney CHOPS Theory in a corner, then CHOPS him again! Theory flops down, Oney gets him up to wrench the bad arm and wristlock the bad hand! Dunne tags in, Dunne takes those fingers and bends them! Theory shouts in pain as Dunne hammerlocks the arm into the mat and STOMPS it! Theory flounders, Dunne stays between him and Gargano, then he stomps the bad hand! Dunne gets Theory up, tortures the already damaged digits, and then digs knees into the elbow. Dunne gets the bandages off the fingers to stomp them directly!
Dunne again keeps Theory from Gargano, CHOPS him, then tags Oney. Oney CHOPS Theory, and Theory might have to worry about his chest as much as his fingers. Oney wrenches the arm, bends the fingers, but Theory throws hands. Oney ducks but comes up into a back elbow! Oney is in a corner, Theory hits a clothesline then throws Oney down for slingshot stomps! And a dead lift suplex! Fans fire up as Theory tags Gargano. The Way double whips Oney and double elbow him down! No look high-five and double elbow drop! Gargano is after Oney but Oney kicks low. Tag to Dunne, but Gargano atomic drops!
Tag back to Theory, Gargano whips Dunne and Theory somersaults, SHOTGUN SPINEBUSTER COMBO! Cover, TWO! Theory storms after Dunne in a corner to throw forearms. Theory’s arm bothers him, Dunne fires off KICKS to the leg! Dunne has the arm again for a hammerlock, then pulls the far arm! Dunne digs knuckles into ribs, a knee into the shoulder, and he hammers away on Theory’s side! Dunne drops knees on the bad hand! Chinbar and hammering hands, Dunne just tortures Theory! Dunne sits on Theory to bend the arm back, bend the fingers, and then PENALTY KICK the triceps! Theory sits up into another KICK!
Dunne brings Theory up, whips him to a corner, but Theory manages to go up and over and duck to DROPKICK! Oney gets in but Theory clotheslines him back out! Theory aims, and manages a PLANCHA but misses! Dunne comes around to CLOBBER Theory! Dunne gets in to DECK Gargano, and he tags Oney! Oney & Dunne get Theory up for a DOUBLE APRON SLAM!! The Way is in a bad way as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns and Dunne drags Theory by his legs. Tag to Oney as Dunne gets Theory up in the Surfboard! Oney CHOPS Theory over and over while he endures, but Dunne lets go at the ref’s count, and Oney DDT’s Theory right down! Gargano coaches Theory but Dunne tags back in. Oney isolates the arm for him and Dunne STOMPS it again! Theory writhes but Dunne gets his wrists. Theory dodges the stomps to roll Dunne up! TWO, and Dunne trips Theory before he gets to Gargano! Theory BOOTS Dunne, Oney tags in, and Oney just barely keeps Theory from Gargano! Theory ROCKS Oney, hot tag to Johnny!
Johnny Wrestling rallies, ENZIGURI for Dunne and CHOP for Oney! BULLDOG CLOTHESLINE COMBO! The fans rally, Gargano whips but Oney puts him on the apron., Gargano SUPERKICKS Dunne, slingshots and SPEARS Oney down! Gargano DIVES to take out Dunne! Fans are thunderous as Gargano gets in and tags Theory. The Way works together but Oney fights hem both off! Oney goes up but Gargano GMAANGIRIS, Theory ARABIAN SPANSIH FLIES! Cover, but Dunne breaks it in time! Gargano scoops Dunne but Dunne slips out to pump handle! BITTER- NO! Gargano slips out but Dunne ROCKS him! Gargano rebounds to DISCUS!
All four men are down and fans are loving “NXT! NXT!” Theory gets Oney back up, Oney CHOPS him! And CHOPS him! Theory CHOPS back! And throws a BIG forearm! Oney comes back with a BLOCKBUSTER! Tag to Dunne and Dunne KICKS Theory to ropes. Dunne WRINGS out the bad arm, locks it, and tortures the fingers before he pulls way back on the arm!! Oney blocks Gargano but Gargano boots him down onto Dunne! Theory is free thanks to that, and Dunne gets his legs moving. Gargano tags in but Dunne ROCKS him! Gargano ROCKS Dunne back with boxing elbows, but Dunne SNAP GERMANS! STOMP to the hands, but Gargano ducks the kick to schoolboy KICK!
Gargano keeps moving, Dunne dodges him, slingshot SPEAR into a FOREARM! Tag to Oney, he and Dunne get Gargano up but Gargano fights free! Gargano shoves Dunne and Oney into each other, then runs and tilt-o-whirls Dunne. Dunne fights off the takedown, and feeds Gargano to Oney’s half nelson! HALF NELSON POWERBOMB COMBO!? Cover, Theory breaks it in time!! Fans are thunderous again as Theory fires off on Dunne! Dunne is after the bad arm again! Theory kicks low, reels Dunne in, but no bomb as Dunne slips out and ENZIGURIS! EuroUpper from Oney! And a CHOP! Oney runs, into Gargano’s SUPERKICK!
Gargano tosses Dunne, runs and DIVES! TOPE TORNADO DDT!! Gargano gets back up to ONE FINAL BEAT!! Cover, The Way wins!!
Winners: Johnny Gargano & Austin Theory, by pinfall
Bad fingers, little time to prepare, but a victory all the same! Gargano is feeling great, until KARRION KROSS blindsides him with a forearm!! Fans boo cranky Kross for attacking Gargano, but Gargano should’ve known better than to call out Mr. Apocalypse. Will there be any way for Johnny Wrestling to take that title from Kross 1v1?
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Backstage interview with Kross and Scarlett.
Kross won’t talk to the media, he wants to talk to management. Joe is the one to meet him, though. Kross says, “So, these are the new rules. Remember, ‘unless provoked.'” Of course, champ. Joe lets Kross through to the exit. Scarlett shoots Joe a sneer, and then Joe turns around to see Dunne. Another silent stare down between these two certified destroyers of men. Will there ever be words exchanged?
MORE BREAKING NEWS!
After the huge brawl earlier tonight, we’re getting a TRIPLE THREAT to determine #1 contenders to the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships! Shirai & Stark VS Shotzi & Ember VS Gonzalez & Kai!! Who wins to make their way to the Great American Bash to take on Candice & Indi?
Franky Monet VS Elektra Lopez!
While La Wera Loca calls this her “encore,” it’s really just her second match in NXT. However, she is against a debuting face. Will Franky foil another superstar’s premiere to shine brighter again?
The bell rings and the two tie right up. Franky headlocks, hits a takeover, and cranks on the hold. Lopez gets up, pries free and wrenches to a wristlock, but Franky rolls and wrenches back. Franky powers Lopez into a corner, the ref counts and Franky lets off to CHOP Lopez! Franky dares Lopez to do something, but then runs into Lopez’s elbow! And boot! Lopez storms after Franky to scoop and SLAM her! And drop an elbow! And then another! Lopez does a little dance but Franky bails out. Lopez storms over but into a shoulder! Franky runs into forearms from Lopez! Lopez runs but Franky follows, blocks and wrenches to KICKS and an STO!
Franky fires up and the fans follow as she floats around to ground ‘n’ pound. Looks familiar, like a certain guru taught her. Franky stomps Lopez, then drags Lopez up to TOSS her by her hair! Franky eggs Lopez on again and Lopez throws body shots, only for Franky to CLUB her down! Franky whips Lopez to the corner, runs in and elbows her! Franky makes Lopez take a seat, then goes corner to corner, but Lopez dodges! Franky bumps into buckles, and Lopez gets up to CHOP! And CHOP! Lopez dodges, comes back and back elbows! Fans fire up with Lopez and she BOOTS Franky, to then fireman’s carry! Franky fights free, blocks Lopez and spins her to ROLLING ELBOW!
Franky gets Lopez up, chicken wing, GLAM SLAM! Cover, Franky wins!
Winners: Franky Monet, by pinfall
The sequel is a success, just like the first! Will it only be a matter of time before #BougieBad goes after the belt?
Backstage interview with Bronson Reed.
The North American Champion knows Santos Escobar is calling him out, and his response is that he is confused. He squishes Escobar, puts him through a barricade, what more does Reed have to do? Does he have to squish Escobar into this TV here? Or put him through the windows? Through walls? Reed could destroy the whole CWC and- Hit Row interrupts by walking in, and Swerve gets in Reed’s face. Swerve eyes the title, and Top Dolla says, “Everybody’s colossal, until a colossus walks in the room.” True, Top Dolla is talla than Reed. Adonis tells the fans that Ever-Rise are about to get a crash course, without seatbelts.
Also, Reed ain’t even from North America. Yeah, cuz that’s how to get this. Reed doesn’t sweat Hit Row, but will he worry about them more after dealing with Escobar?
NXT shares a video from social media.
Apparently, this incident earlier today is what Hit Row was referring to before the break. Ever-Rise was lurking like parking lot ninjas, and they crept up on Hit Row’s ride. They shake up the spray paint, but “Dolla King” was already in the driver’s seat. Does he know that Ever-Rise is Ever-Rise? “Ski masks don’t work when your name’s on your shirt.” Oh, right. RUN FOR IT! Will Ever-Rise at least rule in the ring?
Ever-Rise VS Hit Row!
Matt Martel & Chase Parker take on Top Dolla & Ashante “Thee” Adonis, and if you didn’t know, now you know!
The teams sort out, Martel gets bulldozed by Dolla and Dolla even hits Parker for good measure! “What is my name?!” Dolla DECKS Martel, stands on him, and tags Adonis. Adonis takes his shirt off to throw it at Parker! Parker gets mad but Martel gets around to tag him in! Parker ROCKS Adonis but Adonis hits the AIR-DROP! Adonis hammers away on Parker, fires off knees, and B-Fab tells him to cool off. Adonis drags Parker back, tags Dolla back in, and Hit Row gets Parker up. Dolla taunts Martel but Parker wriggles free! Tag to Martel and Ever-Rise fires off hands! Dolla shoves them both away, but they dump him out hard!
Fans fire up for Ever-Rise as they fire each other up. Dolla gets up and he’s pissed! Parker runs in but Dolla DECKS him, then TOSSES him! Dolla gets Martel with a choke grip, shoves him to the corner and SPLASHES! Tag to Adonis for the LONG KISS GOODNIGHT! Tag back to Dolla, and Swerve says to end it. Dolla drags Parker up, reels him in, and coordinates with Adonis, POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER! Cover, Hit Row wins!
Winners: Hit Row, by pinfall
Parker checks on Martel, but he gets a HOUSE CALL from Swerve! Ever-Rise might not ever get back up! Will they make sure to keep Hit Row’s names out of their mouths from now on?
Backstage interview with Mercedes Martinez.
McKenzie has huge news, there will be a mixed tag with her against Boa & Xia Li! But who has she chosen for a partner? Well, Mercedes can get down with this. But she doesn’t make friends that easily. She can go, with or without- But then XIA LI attacks from behind! Boa talks some smack to Mercedes, too, but JAKE ATLAS comes in and BOOTS him down! Atlas says he’s just joined the fight! Mercedes and Atlas tell Tian Sha’s warriors they’ll see them next week. Will Mean Ms. Mercedes and the Muscle of El Monte make Tian Sha shrink back into the shadows?
Kyle O’Reilly speaks.
“Sometimes, you come across a guy you were just born to wrestle, and Kushida is that for me.” When Kyle and Kushida face off, the world watches a great match that is just a byproduct of them stepping in the ring. Kyle will wrestle like this is the last match of his career, and he is sure Kushida will do the same. That match is coming! Will Kyle keep pace with Cole? Or is he going to find why Kushida is still the Super Junior?
Kyle O’Reilly VS KUSHIDA!
This match may have come about because of the “pick your poison” challenge, but both men (and the fans) are more than happy to have this dream match happen in NXT! Will Kyle be fired up just weeks away from the Great American Bash? Or will plenty of fireworks go off right here?
The bell rings and the two circle. They give a quick low-five of respect before they clinch and go for control. Kushida hooks a leg to block a takedown and they end up on ropes. Kyle gets the other leg, trips Kushida, but Kushida’s leg guard is strong. Kushida trips Kyle, Kyle’s leg guard is also strong, and they knuckle lock on top of the leg grapple. Kyle turns things back around, cover, ONE! Kyle pushes that arm down for another cover, Kushida bridges. Kushida uses his leg guard to keep Kyle away, and then gets up to push Kyle over with body weight. Kushida throws elbows, handsprings through and gets Kyle for an ARMBAR! Kyle gets up and gets free, and fans cheer the exchange!
Kyle and Kushida go again, another leg hook to block a takedown, and Kushida gets a waistlock. Kyle pries the waistlock open, tackles Kushida, and uses his knee to keep Kushida down while going for the Triangle! Kushida gets the ropebreak, Kyle lets off, and fans cheer again. Kushida and Kyle circle, tie up, Kyle waistlocks but Kushida pries at it. Kyle headlocks, Kushida powers out and things speed up. Kyle rolls to BOOT, but Kushida stays up. Kyle whips, Kushida handsprings, into an ARMBAR! Kushida gets free and comes back to go around with Kyle! Kyle holds Kushida off to put Kushida in the cobra twist! But Kushida hip tosses free and cartwheels to basement dropkick!
Fans love this as Kushida looms over Kyle. Kushida steps over to hammerlock the arm, and TWISTS it! Kyle writhes but Kushida gets him up for a top wristlock. Kyle tries to fight free but Kushida wrangles him down. Kushida bends fingers, twists the wrist, and drags Kyle around. Kyle pushes a forearm into Kushida’s face but Kushida KICKS him to a corner! Kushida whips Kyle corner to corner, Kyle stops himself and comes back to go for a leg. Kushida gets free and he goes for a leg, but Kyle steps over to get Kushida’s leg. Kushida shakes Kyle off and goes for Kyle’s leg, but Kyle gets free. They both shoot in and their heads collide! Fans fire up how even these two are, and NXT goes picture in picture!
Kushida and Kyle back off to opposite ends and Kyle even goes out of the ring to walk it off. Kushida sees him, Kyle gets on the apron and Kushida is after the arm! Wrench and elbow breaker HOTSHOT! Kyle flops down, Kushida gets him inside and has the arm for another wristlock. Kushida grinds Kyle down, hooks up the arm and pulls the other back! Kyle endures, Kushida steps over and further, for a RECLINER! Kushida’s wrestler bridge is leverage enough but he gets back up to fall back! Kyle writhes from the snap in the shoulders! Kushida gets Kyle up but Kyle waistlocks and drags Kushida down to CLUB him! And KNEE him! And float to CLUB and KNEE again!
Kyle backs off to run and KNEE DROP! Kushida writhes now, but Kyle gets him up to tie up the legs in a figure four knot. Kyle adds on a cobra twist, Kushida endures what Kyle wants to call this combination, and pulls hair to pull Kyle back! TWO, and Kyle grimaces but Kushida KICKS him in the leg! Kushida KICKS the leg again, but Kyle kicks back! They kick and boot each other on the mat, then get space again. Kyle gets Kushida up to throw forearms, but Kushida KICKS the arm! And again! And again! Kyle walks around, clutching his elbow, but Kushida YANKS the arm! And YANKS! And YANKS again!
NXT returns to single picture and fans rally as Kyle tries a chinlock. Kushida snapmares free then PENALTY KICKS the arm in the corner! Kushida keeps moving but Kyle KNEES him back! Kyle wants a sayanagi but Kushida blocks the first time. Kyle gets the throw after all, and wraps on body scissors and sleeper! Kushida moves around to resist, and he hooks Kyle’s legs for a toehold! Kyle CLUBS Kushida, the two separate, and Kyle KICKS and SLAPS and KNEES and KICKS! Kushida jumps the sweep to CLOBBER Kyle! Kyle staggers up into an atomic drop! Kushida whips and hip tosses to an ARMBAR! Kyle moves around but into the HOVERBOARD!
Kyle slips free and he wants an armbar! Kushida moves around, waistlocks, but Kyle switches! Kushida drops, slips under and trips Kyle to the Hoverboard! But Kyle headscissors! Kushida floats, gets free, PENALTY KICK to the arm! Kyle clutches the wrist and Kushida KICKS away on the biceps! Kyle blocks a kick to slip around, fisherman but Kushida knees free! Kushida underhooks for a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Bridge, ROPEBREAK! Kyle saves himself and Kushida is a bit surprised! Kushida goes to the corner, climbs up top, and leaps, but Kyle avoids the flying knee! Kyle gives knees, forearms, KICKS and a rolling takedown! HEEL HOOK!
Kushida gets up to BRIDGE! TWO!! Kyle escapes but Kushida ROCKS him! Kyle forearms, both men try to fake the other out, but Kyle KNEES Kushida! Kushida holds off the suplex to ROLLING ELBOW! Kyle yoyos but Kushida dodges to PELE! Kyle still yoyos to LARIAT!! Kyle drags Kushida up, suplex and BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Kushida survives, this is why he is a champion! The CWC is thunderous as they rally and duel! Kyle goes to the apron, to a corner, and he climbs up. Kushida HANDSPRING KICKS Kyle down! Kyle is on the apron, Kushida gets his arm, and RAMS the arm into the post!
Kushida goes out to join Kyle on the apron now, and Kushida KICKS the arm again! And again! And again! Kyle grits his teeth as he blocks, but he has to reverse grip. Kushida fights off the guillotine and HAMMERLOCK SUPLEXES Kyle to the apron! Both men fall to the floor and fans are thunderous as a ring count begins! We’re at 5 of 10 as Kushida drags Kyle up and into the ring. Kushida aims and PENALTY KICKS the arm again! Kushida keeps moving, tilt-o-whirl but Kyle KNEES Kushida! AX ‘N’ SMASH! But Kushida FAST BALLS!! Both men fall over and fans are still loving this! Kushida gets Kyle up by his bad arm, wrenches it and hits an ELBOW BREAKER! TO THE HOVEBOARD!
Kyle moves around and around, slips out and whips Kushida to a corner to KNEE him! Kyle keeps moving, but runs into a body scissor! HOVERBOARD!! Kyle uses his own tights to block! But Kushida keeps Kyle from ropes! HOVEBOARD IS ON! But Kyle victory rolls?! KYLE WINS!!!
Winners: Kyle O’Reilly, by pinfall
Kyle just snatched victory from the jaws of defeat! Kushida can’t believe it, but Kyle gives Kushida his due. Kushida returns the favor, these two have great respect for each other, and for good reason! But here comes Cole! Kyle was ready and he tackles Cole over the announce desk! They brawl and bounce each other off desk and barriers! Then they throw more hands! Cole bounces Kyle off desk and barriers again, security rushes out to stop this, but Kyle wants payback! Cole goes after him, too, but Joe is
Wait, who is that going after Kushida?! Waistlock and SLAM!! That’s RODERICK STRONG?!?! Strong, Tyler Rust and a third man are here, and Strong KNEES Kushida down! Strong and his new compatriots have matching jackets, and MALCOLM BIVENS is here, too? Bivens shows Strong the NXT Cruiserweight Championship, and says “THIS! IS! DIAMOND MINE!!” Finally, we see just who was coming to NXT! And Strong tells Kushida, “Soon.” The Diamond Mine is open, and the Messiah of the Backbreaker is coming for gold! Will Kushida be able to withstand the pressure?
What an awesome episode! Cole opening with his promo about not wanting to and then Carmelo Hayes coming out and literally referencing John Cena, and especially the match, all of it was great stuff. Hayes is definitely a future champion on any if not all levels of NXT, this was perhaps Cole’s seal of approval on him. We got a good promo from Knight, and a good, quick segment with Grimes. I am pretty sure this means Grimes VS Ari Sterling is next week to help get Grimes back into the swing of things before going after Knight in a Million Dollar Rematch. Also, Ciampa & Thatcher VS MSK for Great American Bash, that’s a great move and could go either way to me.
Bronson Reed had a good promo to respond to Santos Escobar, their 1v1 match should definitely happen at Great American Bash. Given Swerve getting in Reed’s face tonight, Reed has to retain so Swerve can get his shot. Escobar can still come back around later, but Reed and Swerve have history so it just makes sense they have their match. Hit Row VS Ever-Rise was really good, really fun, lot of character work from everyone. Hit Row of course wins, Adonis and Dolla might need to work on that bomb neckbreaker combo, but they’re gonna get in the title scene soon enough. I’m just curious as to if and when “B-Fab” Briana Brandy gets in a match.
Franky Monet is totally swiping Robert Stone’s team from him, just a matter of when. Franky of course wins her second match, but I will say Elektra Lopez gave her a lot better fight than I expected. Franky leading an all female faction will definitely help keep her bougie bad persona from getting stale, she is already having good chemistry with Aliyah and Jessi, they could definitely make big moves in the division. Though, obviously, not right now. Shirai & Stark did great in their match against the Robert Stone Brand, and I did like that we got that big brawl of the women’s teams to set up next week’s contender’s match.
The only shortcoming was Shotzi & Ember having awkward banter. I appreciate Ember sticking to a catchphrase but I feel like Shotzi should change up her add-on. She already used “MARBLES!” so maybe other synonyms for going crazy should be used. In that Triple Threat, they all have reason to get after The Way, but given the recent build, I think Shirai & Stark get the nod for Great American Bash. At the same time, I don’t think the challengers take the titles off The Way, unless Dexter Lumis returns to distract Indi with his apology about that Poppy misunderstanding. Love conquers all, and #InDex is gonna conquer The Way.
The other half of The Way had great stuff, too. Gargano and Theory are so great together, both in promos and in matches. They had an awesome match with Dunne & Oney, Gargano got to unleash again, and Kross going after Gargano totally means those two face off, maybe even at The Great American Bash. Kross will certainly cross off Gargano and just keep going until Kyle comes back around. Speaking of which, Kyle and Kushida each had great promos to hype the main event, and it was definitely a match that lived up to the hype. Kyle winning with a quick pin rather than any finisher is great, it keeps Kushida strong enough given what’s coming next.
Cole attacking Kyle makes sense, and I like that it wasn’t used to “ruin” the main event. And it all worked that Joe was more focused on that chaos than what ended up happening in the ring. The Diamond Mine was hyped for showing up tonight, and just when it seemed like they wouldn’t, they did! I could not have ever guessed it was Roderick Strong coming back after claiming he was quitting. And at the same time, the writing was there for Rust and Bivens. “Diamond in the Rust,” that all comes back around to be Rust is in the Diamond Mine and that is clever.
The third man, though not named here, is apparently Hideki Suzuki, who has built his career for the last 13 years in the Japanese independents, having Pro-Wrestling Zero1’s Triple Crown. I therefore know very little else, but if he’s in NXT and debuting through this group, he’s a big deal and will show us some great stuff in the coming weeks.
My Score: 9.3/10
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