It’s the SmackDown After Super Showdown!
The New Day is back in full force! Big E returns to SmackDown to join Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods in battling Dolph Ziggler, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn!
- The Miz VS Elias w/ Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre; Miz wins and moves on to face Drew McIntyre.
- The Miz VS Drew McIntyre w/ Shane McMahon & Elias; McIntyre wins but Miz still has a match with Shane McMahon.
- The Miz VS Shane McMahon w/ Drew McIntyre & Elias; Shane wins.
- SmackDown & YOLO County Tag Team Championship Unification Match: The Planet’s Tag Team Champions VS AJ Kirsh & Dave Dutra; changed to…
- YOLO County Tag Team Championships: AJ Kirsh & Dave Dutra VS Heavy Machinery; Heavy Machinery wins and are the new YOLO County Tag Team Champions.
- Sonya Deville w/ Mandy Rose VS Carmella; Deville wins.
- Bayley VS Nikki Cross w/ Alexa Bliss; Bayley wins.
- Six Man Tag: The New Day VS Dolph Ziggler, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn; The New Day wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
SmackDown opens with Miz TV!
However, it has been noted that the Hollywood A-Lister is hosting this Wild Card edition under protest. Sacramento is happy to see him either way as he shows off a meme shirt with Papa Miz on it. But Miz explains he must “follow the script” tonight. Without further ado, Miz welcomes us to the ground-breaking television event on the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show. Miz’s guest specifically requested to be on the show, so please welcome… Roman Reigns’s Stomping Grounds opponent, the Scottish Terminator, Drew McIntyre. And then “The Pest of the World…” Wait that’s a smudge, but fans seem to agree with it. In that case… “He is, the PEST, of the WOOOOOOOOOORLD~!” Shane McMahon!
Fans boo as Shane, McIntyre and even Elias are heading to the ring. The Pest of the World is still feeling great over his McIntyre-assisted victory over Roman at Super Showdown, as footage recaps for us. Fans boo as Shane shuffles about in the ring and picks up a mic. McIntyre stays between Shane and Miz in case Miz tries anything. Guess that dummy card was too smart for Miz. Shane tells Greg Hamilton to give him the right introduction as the “BEST, in the WOOOOOOOOOOORLD~!” Shane needs a stool for Elias. Miz’s show is great, but there needs to be a musical act. Therefore, the Drifter is here. Elias plays a bit as Shane and McIntyre take their seats. That’s good stuff! But fans say, “You Suck! You Suck!” Shane says they must mean Miz.
That aside, Shane loves the highlight reel of his victory. At Super Showdown, he did what he said: he defeated Roman Reigns, 1 2 3. But fans shouldn’t be upset, Shane is the Best in the World. Elias plays a chord in agreement. Miz points out that Shane’s accomplishments are tainted. Best in the World?! He won one match at the World Cup! And it was thanks to Miz! Miz beat the hell out of Shane in a Falls Count Anywhere, and yet Shane won by a technicality. Miz grated Shane’s face, but Shane won by slipping out of his shirt!! Roman destroyed Shane at Super Showdown, until the Scottish Sycophant helped him. Tomato, tomah-to. But just start the interview. Oh well Miz isn’t the only one. Roman had an interview after Super Showdown, too.
It was the interview we saw on last night’s Raw. Roman knows Shane was handed that win by Drew McIntyre. McIntyre is a dangerous man, but so is Roman. Stomping Grounds will be Roman’s rebound to kick ass and take names, starting with Drew McIntyre. Back in the present, McIntyre responds. This is Roman’s problem: he lets his emotions get the better of him, and they will be his downfall. Roman should know better than anyone that McIntyre is unlike anyone else int he WWE today. When McIntyre hurts people, he enjoys it. He has no remorse, no pity, and loves to do it! He has a weapon no one else has: the boom-stick known as The Claymore. And at Stomping Grounds, McIntyre will kick Roman’s head off! Talk about kicking ass and taking names.
Miz admits McIntyre is great, but too bad he’s Shane’s lackey. Miz promises McIntyre that Shane will just use you then stab you in the back. Just look at Miz! They became tag team champions and then when they lost, Shane betrayed Miz. Shane keeps hearing all this talk, he can tell Miz is resentful. But it’s okay, because Miz has something in common with Shane and Roman. Shane has Roman’s number just like Shane has Miz’s! 1-0 on Roman, and 2-0 on Miz! Miz says there is nothing special about Shane: a talent-less hack who won a lottery of being a McMahon. And Miz is the son of a baked potato. Miz gets up but McIntyre is in the way.
Shane likes where this is going. He gets to see that aggression, but maybe there is something left. Miz wants another shot at Shane? Then how about right here and now? Fans want this, but McIntyre gets ready to go. Shane says he’ll do this, on one condition. Or two. First, Miz must beat Elias. And then he must beat McIntyre. And if Miz does that, he’ll get a dream match sequel against The Best in the World. But let’s get started right now! Clean up the set and get SmackDown going! Can Miz run a special gauntlet to get one more shot at Shane?
The Miz VS Elias w/ Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre!
SmackDown returns as the gauntlet already begins! Elias knocks Miz down and asks Sacramento, “Who wants to Walk With Elias?” Then Elias punches Miz around the ring, and brings him to a corner. Elias climbs up and Miz Walks With Elias, to a meteora! Cover, TWO! Miz survives but Elias puts him in a cobra clutch. Fans rally and Miz fights his way up and jawbreakers out! Miz counter punches Elias! Miz backs Elias down then throws It Kicks in the corner! He runs corner to corner, for double knees! And again! And then Elias hits Miz with his knee! Cover, TWO! Elias grows frustrated as he goes after Miz again. Elias hooks the leg but Miz slips out to kick low. Miz misses the buzzsaw, and Elias electric chairs to a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!
Elias keeps Miz down then hurries up top. Elias leaps, but his Macho Elbow FLOPS! Miz gets Elias in the Finale! Cover, Miz wins!!
Winner: The Miz, by pinfall; moves on to Drew McIntyre
But no time to rest, the Scottish Terminator says he’s up NOW!
The Miz VS Drew McIntyre w/ Shane McMahon & Elias!
Miz has no time to recover as SmackDown goes picture in picture. McIntyre rushes him in the corner but Miz dodges! Miz throws hands on McIntyre and then runs, but into a BOOT! Miz tumbles out of the ring but McIntyre pursues. McIntyre lifts Miz to ram him into barriers, then apron, then barriers again before throwing Miz into steel steps! McIntyre is enraged as he drags Miz up and into the ring. He looms over Miz before standing him up and putting him in a corner. McIntyre CHOPS Miz but Miz CHOPS back! McIntyre clubs Miz then suplexes him! Cover, TWO! Miz survives again but McIntyre puts him in a chinbar and armlock.
Fans rally as Miz endures the hold. Miz works his way up and fights his way out. But Miz runs into a SPINEBUSTER! Jackknife cover, TWO! McIntyre grows further frustrated and stomps Miz out. McIntyre puts Miz in a corner for another CHOP! And then bumps him of buckles before another CHOP! McIntyre reels Miz in for a BIG lariat! Cover, TWO! McIntyre keeps Miz down with that chinbar and armlock, but fans again rally up. Miz fights back up and out, but McIntyre knees low. McIntyre hoists Miz up top and then climbs up to join him. Miz fights back again! He fires shot after shot and McIntyre tumbles back. Miz leaps, into a BIG right from McIntyre! Cover, TWO! Shane keeps coaching McIntyre as he looms over Miz again.
SmackDown returns to single picture as McIntyre stands and CHOPS Miz! Miz falls but McIntyre dares him to get back up. McIntyre stands Miz for a swing, but Miz ducks, kicks and kicks. McIntyre kicks and shoves Miz to a corner, but runs into a boot. Miz dodges McIntyre to send him into the post! Shane checks on McIntyre, but fans fire up for Miz! Miz wrecks McIntyre with a dropkick! Shane backs way off and Miz throws McIntyre into barriers! Miz throws McIntyre back in the ring, then springboards, but falls! He’s still not the best high-flyer and now he’s tired. But Miz still kicks McIntyre to drop the DDT! Fans rally as Miz slowly gets back up. Miz powers up but Shane lurks close. Miz swings at Shane, but gets the Glasgow Kiss from McIntyre!
McIntyre demands Miz rise. Miz staggers up, into a CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall; gauntlet ends
The Best in the World celebrates with McIntyre, and tells Miz that maybe they should still have a match. He’s having this trilogy match anyway!?
The Miz VS Shane McMahon w/ Drew McIntyre & Elias!
Shane shuffles circles around Miz to then throw fast jabs! But Miz hits back! Miz throws big body shots, then gets Shane down on the ground! Miz has the full nelson but Shane manages to hotshot Miz off. Shane boots Miz down then puts on the Best Triangle Hold in the World! Miz taps, Shane wins!
Winner: Shane McMahon, by submission
Put another asterisk by Shane’s victory. He may be 3-0, but he had two other men do 90% of the work. Will Miz ever get revenge on Shane O’Mac? Will McIntyre be the one to kick ass and take names at Stomping Grounds?
Fire & Desire find Ember Moon backstage again.
Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville tease her for being wrapped up in kiddy land. Read up on a real-life superhero. More like villain. Fire & Desire had to attack Carmella in last week’s Triple Threat. Carmella didn’t deserve to fight for the SmackDown Women’s Championship. And you’re about to see Sonya tear it up all over again. Sonya SLAPS the Nintendo Switch out of Ember’s hands! Fire & Desire leave just in time to avoid Ember’s rage! Will the War Goddess have something to say about the bad attitude of Mandy & Sonya?
The Planet’s Tag Team Champions return to SmackDown!
“The New” Daniel Bryan and Rowan return to SmackDown, ready to save this division. But will they just continue to spew insults and platitudes instead? Find out, after the break.
SmackDown returns as Bryan and Rowan have mics. “Ladies and gentlemen, you are in for a real treat tonight. Because the Planet’s Tag Team Champions are putting their titles on the line, against the YOLO County Tag Team Champions,” AJ Kirsh & Dave Dutra. It will be a “title unification” match!!
SmackDown & YOLO County Tag Team Championship Unification Match: The Planet’s Tag Team Champions VS AJ Kirsh & Dave Dutra!
Sacramento chant “YOLO! YOLO!” for their own, but then Heavy Machinery appears! Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic know Bryan and Rowan are “elitist cowards” ducking them. The #BlueCollarSolid boys are hard-working, determined, but also, they like having a damn good time! That’s why if they faced Bryan & Rowan, they’d be the new SmackDown Tag Team Champions! Cool speech, guys, but they haven’t done anything to earn shots. Maybe they can earn the shot against the YOLO County champions! Challenge accepted! Wait, what?
YOLO County Tag Team Championships: AJ Kirsh & Dave Dutra VS Heavy Machinery!
Sacramento’s own didn’t think they’d be facing competition this big. The bell rings and Tucker blasts Kirsh with a lariat! Then Dutra jumps in but gets a hip toss! Tucker clotheslines Dutra out and tags Dozer in. Tucker whips Dozer in and Dozer squashes Kirsh! Kirsh falls and Dozer pumps it up! Dozer gives Sacramento the Caterpillar! The elbow drops and Dozer tags Tucker. Tucker whips Kirsh to pop up to Dozer’s catch! Then, COMPACTOR! Cover, Heavy Machinery wins!
Winners: Heavy Machinery, Tucker pinning; NEW YOLO County Tag Team Champions(?)
The #BlueCollarSolid boys win, but Bryan has to hold Big Red Rowan back! Tucky & Dozer proved themselves by winning “titles,” but Bryan says now is not the time to defend their titles. When and where will these two teams finally throw down for the Planet’s (aka SmackDown) Tag Team Championships?
The WWE 24/7 Champion is backstage on SmackDown!
R-Truth is staying hydrated but Carmella has her own match to prepare for. Truth is exhausted. He lost his belt on an airport tarmac over the weekend! And then won it back mid-flight at 49 thousand feet Celsius! Then they get stuck in an elevator, bonds with the contenders, but then gets betrayed! His life has been marked by traumatization ever since the 7/11 Championship can into his life! Carmella understands, but what can they do? Truth doesn’t want to give it up. Someone’s coming! Get int he trunk! Don’t lock him in! Carmella plays it cool, and then… Uh oh, it locked!! And her match is up next! Carmella promises to come back after her match. But Mahal hears Truth in the trunk!
Mahal confirms it’s Truth by pretending he’s Mella! “Mella” tells Truth to take short breaths. Mahal, er, Mella, will go get a crowbar! Be right back! Truth freaks out, but he has to be careful not to breathe all the air! Will Carmella finish with Sonya fast enough to get back before Mahal does?
Sonya Deville w/ Mandy Rose VS Carmella!
Fire & Desire bullied Ember earlier, now they look to do more to the FABULOUS Princess. Will picking on superstars help them rise to the top of the Women’s SmackDown and Tag Divisions?
SmackDown returns with the bell, and Carmella takes the fight right to Sonya! She dropkicks Sonya then feeds her to her foot. Carmella huricanranas Sonya then tackles her down. Sonya gets away and to a corner. Carmella cools off but runs in, only to be put on the apron. Carmella bobs ‘n’ weaves but gets a kick and knees through the ropes! The ref counts and Sonya lets up at 4. Sonya drags Carmella in for a cover, TWO! Sonya keeps her cool while Mandy watches like a hawk. Carmella gets up but Sonya chokes her on the ropes! The ref counts and Sonya lets off to throw more knees. Fans rally for Carmella but Sonya puts her in a chinlock and body scissors. Carmella pries her way out but Sonya drags her back down.
Sonya puts a squeeze on Carmella with the legs, but fans rally again. Carmella fights up and around to throw hands! Sonya shoves Carmella away, then kicks and hits a BIG sliding wizard! Cover, TWO! Sonya keeps her cool then trash talks Carmella. She pie faces her around, but Carmella SLAPS her back! Sonya boots Carmella then jackknifes, TWO! Code of Silence! But Mandy puts Sonya’s foot on the ropes for the ropebreak! The ref didn’t see the assist, but Carmella has a good idea what happened. Mandy plays dumb but the chase is on! They end up in the ring, Sonya knees Carmella down! Oklahoma roll, TWO!! Carmella crawls away but avoids Sonya’s attack! Carmella builds speed, to DIVE! She takes out BOTH Fire & Desire!
Fans fire up with Carmella as she brushes Mandy aside to get at Sonya. But then Mandy grabs at Carmella! To get a FABULOUS Kick! Carmella gets back in the ring, to get a standing Shining Wizard! High stack cover, Sonya wins!!
Winner: Sonya Deville, by pinfall
When you fight one, you fight both. Fire & Desire help each other out again, but will this help either of them get towards the top? Or are those WWE Women’s Tag Team titles still on the horizon?
The Goddess is backstage on SmackDown.
And so is Nikki! They both use the Wild Card, but Alexa is surprised to see Nikki. Why? Nikki didn’t hear? What? What’s going on? Well better this comes from a friend… After Nikki bumped into Becky and cost Bayley, Bayley participated in social media bullying. Alexa blocked Bayley so she can’t prove it, but obviously Bayley isn’t the huggable friendly girl she pretends to be. She is no better than those that would call Nikki weird, and friendless, and- Oh, sorry. Words hurt. But they can get payback! Alexa set up a match of Bayley VS Nikki. Nikki should use Bayley as the face of those who were mean to her. And don’t hold back. Is Nikki really falling for Alexa’s manipulation? And will she soften the SmackDown Women’s Champion up for Alexa this close to Stomping Grounds?
Awwww~ Sacramento~! The New Day returns to SmackDown at full force!
And it’s time to celebrate! Not just the Super Showdown victory, but Big E’s return! Kofimania throws pancakes and Xavier Woods plays the trombone while we go to break.
SmackDown returns and the positivity is still flowing. And “ya boys the NEW~ DAY~” speak on the extremely important day everyone has been waiting for. Today is the true return of Big E! Sacramento chants “Welcome Back!” and Big E says he IS back! Again. The way things went, if Big E had a title for every return, he’d be Charlotte Flair. #BookingJoke. What? No, uh, booking as in a flight… But to get down to business, the boys are back together and will be in a match! They will end the match quickly so Woods can get back to E3. But against “Sam Zayn,” Kevin Owens and Dolph Ziggler, three men who went against the New Day one time or another.
What happened when Kofi faced Sami? “I beat him.” And then at MITB, against Kevin Owens? “I beat him!” And uh, Ziggler at Super Showdown? “Everybody know I beat that boy!” And at Stomping Grounds, we do it all again, in a Steel Cage! No sneak attacks, no hit and runs, because Ziggler won’t get away from Kofi. And Kofi will remain THE W, W, E- Ziggler interrupts! The Show-Off says he put Kofi on a pedestal and told the world that Kofi earned everything he got, and Kofi betrayed that! Kofi betrayed the WWE Universe, “you coward!” And worst of all, Kofi betrayed himself. There is only one reason Kofi is still champion, and it’s Xavier Woods. Woods did attack Ziggler from the outside, but only because Ziggler hit Woods first. Not that Ziggler cares about the context.
But even now, Kofi must admit it should’ve been Ziggler! But at Stomping Grounds, there will be no where for Kofi to run and hide, and no one to save him from Ziggler! Ziggler and Kofi will be locked in that cage, and then the world will know the truth! That without The New Day and the easy way out, Kofi can NEVER beat Ziggler! Kofi points out the part Ziggler left out: kicking Woods in the face! Did Ziggler not think Woods would retaliate? But now, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn come out! “If there’s one thing that Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn can’t stand, it’s injustice!” That is what is going on here in SmackDown!
Be honest, folks. If Sami kicked Kofi in the face to help Kevin win, everyone would’ve demanded justice for Kofi! Yet for some reason, when things are turned around for Woods to kick “poor, poor Ziggler” so Kofi wins, fans are okay with that?! That tells Sami that the “disgusting people” of the WWE Universe don’t care about justice. They have no morals or ethical code! All that matters is who you like and don’t like! But these two don’t care about what fans like, so shut your mouths! Sami and Kevin will right this wrong. And to be honest, Kevin and Sami enjoy every chance they get to beat up the New Day. Well speaking of enjoyment, the New Day enjoyed seeing Rollins wear Sami’s narrow behind out with that chair on Raw!
Don’t you talk about Sami’s behind! Because if it was anyone else in that referee outfit, Rollins would be fined or worse. But the fans are hypocrites! And the biggest one is the one with the title. Big E says that despite all their talents and ambitions, this WWE Championship run is not about them! It’s about the man who walked through fire to show he is the BEST! Ziggler says Kofi is a coward? But Kofi is gonna kick ass and take names, and that name will be Dolph! And then he’ll remain W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, CHAMPION~! And before all that, we get a free preview! “BECAUSE~! New, Day Rocks!” The Six Man Tag will be the main event, but will the New Day really roll into Stomping Grounds?
Backstage interview with Smackdown Women’s Champion, Bayley!
Does she have a response to Alexa Bliss’ accusations? Consider the source. Bayley doesn’t have anything against Nikki Cross, but if she’s getting caught in Alexa’s wicked web, so be it. Hopefully Alexa likes watching ringside, because Bayley will beat Nikki, and then give Alexa a Moment of Bliss she won’t ever forget. Will the Twisted Sister keep believing The Goddess’ twisted truth?
Aleister Black speaks.
“For the men and women of SmackDown, there is so much conflict, yet so little resolution. Another week goes by, and I offer both, and it’s so simply.” The conflict is someone picks a fight with him, the resolution is Aleister fights that person. Yet there is no one at his door. We don’t have to fight over trivial things like the love of a woman or man or ideology or turf. It could be so much more simple. Aleister wants someone to open his door. The door opens, and Aleister shouts out through it! “Will somebody, anybody, please please I bet of you, PICK A FIGHT, WITH ME!?” But there is no response. Will the Embodiment of the End get the resolution to his thirst for conflict?
Bayley VS Nikki Cross w/ Alexa Bliss!
SmackDown returns as Nikki and Alexa make their entrance together. Nikki goes right at the ring, wild as ever. The bell rings, and we begin.
Nikki and Bayley tie up and go around, and Bayley puts Nikki in the corner. Bayley throws fast hands, but backs off, only to get a crossbody from Cross! Nikki thrashes Bayley around then goes to the apron. Bayley dropkicks Nikki off it! Bayley hurries out to come around and daredevil dropkick Nikki down! She puts Nikki back in and covers, ONE! Nikki gets out of the ring and Alexa checks on her “Friend”. Bayley tries the dropkick again but gets caught into the apron! Nikki clubs away on Bayley until she drops to the floor! Nikki puts Bayley in the ring and wrenches her to an inverted DDT! Cover, TWO!
Bayley crawls but Nikki is on her as SmackDown goes picture in picture. Alexa cheers on Nikki as she headbutts Bayley down. Nikki wraps Bayley up in a straitjacket chinlock, but Bayley arm-drags out, only for Nikki to knee her down! Bayley bails out and Nikki wrecks her with a dropkick! Nikki drags Bayley up and into the ring, and then covers, TWO! Bayley gets away but Nikki is right on her with another straitjacket! Nikki thrashes Bayley around, but fans rally up. Bayley fights out by stomping Nikki’s feet, but then Nikki kicks low to hit a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Alexa grows frustrated but Nikki keeps on Bayley with a half nelson chinbar.
Bayley endures again as fans rally up. Bayley fights her way up but Nikki wrangles her back down. Nikki covers, TWO! Nikki drags Bayley to the corner while SmackDown returns to single picture. She puts Bayley in the Tree of Woe to stomp away! Alexa taunts Bayley but Bayley kicks out of the Tree! Bayley catches Nikki in a hotshot! Bayley gets in and dodges Nikki to then hit a side-to-side knee! Nikki staggers but Bayley rallies with lariats, and a rolling splash! Cover, TWO! Nikki gets up but Bayley tightens that ponytail. Bayley grabs Nikki but gets an elbow! Nikki swings but into a saido suplex! Alexa gets on the apron to distract, Nikki cradle catches Bayley! TWO, and Bayley knees Nikki down again!
Bayley glares at the Goddess before spinning Nikki around. Bayley has Nikki in the drop zone and she climbs up high. She makes sure Alexa sees the Macho Elbow! Cover, Bayley wins!
Winner: Bayley, by pinfall
The Goddess glares back because her puppet failed to win. Will Bayley defeat Alexa to keep the SmackDown Women’s Championship on SmackDown?
Jinder Mahal and a referee return to the hall!
But where is the trunk with Truth?! They loaded them on the truck. Truck!? Mahal hurries with referee and crowbar, and there are two trunks! The trunks have to go to Raw in LA next week. Okay then, Mahal will just meet them in LA! But wait, Truth IS still in one!! And Carmella just misses him, too! Is Truth going to stay WWE European 24/7 Champion? Will he even be alive by the time he arrives in Los Angeles?!
SmackDown presents a new episode of Firefly Fun House!
Bray finishes putting up a new sign. “Abandon All Hope Ye Who Exit Here.” That sounds familiar… But then Bray notices the audience! Kon’nichiwa, everybody! Bray’s doing some handiwork around here. But Mercy and Rambling Rabbit are fighting! Well Mercy’s tryin’ to eat him again! He ain’t food, dude. Yeah but it’s law of the jungle, dumb bunny! Oh, Mercy. Does Bray have to get The Fiend? Yeah didn’t think so. So how about letting fate decide? Bray covers his ears and… It’s Rambling Rabbit’s lucky day. He may have the floor!
Rambling Rabbit’s got a lot to say, dude. Don’t eat your friends, no matter what! He doesn’t feel safe here anymore. He needs to tell the fans what’s really going on in the Fun House, yo! Bray grabs Rambling Rabbit by the head. “Now why did you have to go and do that?” Bray throws Rambling Rabbit down, and has a mallet! No not the mallet, dude! SMASH! SMASH! And yes, SMASH! Oh is he okay? Doesn’t look it. Bray takes a taste. Yowie wowie, he’s delicious! Which reminds Bray. Today’s sponsor: Rambling Rabbit’s Bohemian Breakfast Spread. Start every morning, with a smash! Now remember, Fireflies. Bray will always light the way. You just have to let him in. Okay bye~!
Is this truly the last we’ve seen of that wascally wabbit?
Backstage interview with Apollo Crews.
His match with El Idolo never happened on last week’s SmackDown, only because Andrade Almas attacked before the bell! Apollo still suffered La Sombra, in order to send a message to Finn Balor. Apollo’s response is that he’s not here as someone’s afterthought. He won’t forget what Almas did, so the first chance he gets- “Will be the last mistake you ever make,” Zelina Vega says. She says Almas is in a bad mood, and advises Apollo not to anger him. Or else Almas will make sure Apollo never has another match in the WWE. And apparently Chad Gable is taking notes? On what? And will either Apollo or Almas make good on their word?
Six Man Tag: The New Day VS Dolph Ziggler, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn!
We heard both sides say their peace earlier, but who backs up words with a win? Find out after one more commercial break!
SmackDown returns once more, and The New Day once again makes their trio entrance. The teams sort out and Woods starts against Ziggler so they can settle their own business from Super Showdown. The two circle and tie up. Ziggler wrenches the wrist but Woods turns it around. Ziggler gets to the ropes and tells Woods to get back. Woods backs off and the two circle agian. Ziggler gets the leg and then the waistlock on the mat. Woods powers his way up and pries free to another wristlock. Woods yanks the arm then jams it, but keeps on Ziggler. Ziggler punches Woods away, then brings him to the corner to tag Sami. Sami mugs Woods and goes after Woods’ arm now. Sami wrenches Woods to the mat, but Woods fights his way back up.
Woods rolls, breaks free and dropkicks Sami down! Sami goes to the New Day corner and ends up in the Unicorn Stampede! Tag to Kofi, then Big E, then Kofi again. Big E whips Kofi in for a basement dropkick to top it off! Cover, TWO! Kofi whips Sami corner to corner then runs in, but only gets buckles! Kofi tumbles right out of the ring, and Ziggler goes right at him with a BIG lariat! Woods protests but Ziggler gets away with it as he jogs away. The ref counts but Kofi stirs at about 4. Ziggler tags in so he can fetch Kofi into the ring.
Ziggler wraps Kofi up in a sleeper hold and taunts him to tag his friends. Fans rally up and Kofi fights his way up. Kofi fights out with body shots and forearms, but Ziggler shove and dropkicks Kofi out of the ring! Kevin drops a senton behind the ref’s back! Kofimania is in trouble as we go to one more break.
SmackDown returns once more, and Ziggler has Kofi back in the sleeper. The fans rally up and Kofi fights his way up, only for Ziggler to wrangle him back down. Ziggler tags Kevin in and holds Kofi down for Kevin to stomp. Kevin taunts Kofi before standing him up, to only clothesline him down! Fans rally with “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” but Kevin laughs as he picks Kofi up. Kofi fights back but Kevin clubs him and whips him. Kofi goes up and dropkicks Kevin down! Kevin and Kofi both crawl for their corners, hot tags to Sami and Woods! Woods hits Ziggler then dodges Sami to forearm Sami down! And again! Mule kick to front kick to whip. Sami reverses but Woods dodges to slide to roaring elbow!
Fans fire up with Woods as he runs and wrecks Sami and Ziggler with a dropkick! Woods puts Sami back in and then climbs up, but Kevin distracts for Ziggler to trip Woods up! Sami tags Kevin, and Kevin clubs away on Woods! Kevin dropkicks Woods in the back and Woods slumps to the mat. Kevin taunts Big E but fans boo as the ref has to keep Big E back. Ziggler and Sami return to their corner as Kevin puts Woods in. Kevin throws hands then tags Ziggler. Kevin mocks the fans chanting “USA” because now Ziggler is in. Ziggler drags Woods around to rake the eyes against the rope! He lets up at 4 and taunts Kofi with a superkick feint. Sami gets a cheap shot on Woods, but then Ziggler keeps Woods down with a sleeper hold and body scissors.
Woods reaches for ropes but Ziggler keeps him away. Fans rally again and Woods fights up. Woods fights out of the hold, but Ziggler scoops. Woods slips free to roll Ziggler, TWO! Ziggler keeps Woods anchored away from his corner! Woods claws but is still dragged away by the grapevine. Tag to Sami and Sami stomps Woods out. Sami grins as he drags Woods up for crossface forearms. He drives his knee into Woods’ back then puts on a chinlock. Woods endures again and fans rally up for him. Woods gets up and fights out, and CHOPS Sami back! And again, and again! Sami haymakers and Woods falls. Sami rains down rights then SLAPS Woods around! Fans boo but Sami does back off to tag Kevin.
Kevin stomps Woods and scoops him for a slam. He goes to the corner and hops up, moonsault hits Woods on the side! Cover, TWO!! Woods survives after not dodging in time, but Kevin keeps on Woods with clubbing forearms. Kevin whips Woods but Woods gives him a DDT! Both men are down and Sacramento fires up once more! Hot tags to Ziggler and BIG E!! Big E throws Ziggler way overhead! And again! And then baits Ziggler into the belly2belly! But Big E keeps moving with the hip swivel and BIG SPLASH! Big E still isn’t done, he gets fans fired up. Ziggler crawls to the apron but Big E runs, into Ziggler’s knee! Ziggler runs in to kick and- No, Big E dodges the Famouser to scoop Ziggler! Tag to Kofi and Kofi climbs up, but Ziggler slips out!
Smai tags in and Ziggler SUPERKICKS Big E! Kofi goes at Ziggler but gets eyes raked. Sami grabs Kofi, but Kofi escapes and lets the SUPERKICK hit Sami! Woods takes the SUPERKICK for Kofi, and then Kofi hits Trouble In Paradise on Ziggler! Another Trouble in Paradise for Smai! Cover, The New Day wins!!
Winners: The New Day, Kofi pinning
And Kofimania has momentum for Stomping Grounds! Will a steel cage be a difference maker in the rematch of Kofi VS Ziggler? Or will Kofi remain the W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, Champion?
Much like Raw last night, SmackDown shrugs off the disappointment of Super Showdown to head for WWE Stomping Grounds with some good stuff. Again, a lot of recycled material, but SmackDown has the good material. We open pretty strong with a “reluctant” Miz TV to keep Miz’s story with Shane alive. Honestly, it should’ve only ever been Shane and Miz but whatever. Miz obviously gets the worst of it when Shane puts him in a double header, and then adds insult to injury making him have that rematch after all. The trilogy ends not with a bang, but with a lot of Shane Heel Heat that just seems unnecessary to do at this point in time. Once again, WWE should’ve found a way to wait until Extreme Rules, because as I said on Raw, Miz getting to go off like that would be great for everyone.
Given how Fire & Desire are bullying Carmella and Ember Moon, I’m expecting a team-up of Fabulous & War Goddess to get back at them. Which again begs the question, what is going on with the Women’s Tag Team Division? Where are Asuka, Kairi and Paige to call out the IIconics and get that tag title match going already!? Clearly Nikki and Alexa are moving aside for the time being, as Alexa really is the Heel manipulating poor Nikki into doing her dirty work. Bayley VS Nikki was a good match, and would be great if that was for the title, but nope. I still believe Nikki will eventually see through Alexa’s act and they’ll have some kind of match. Pretty sure I said much of this for Raw, but this is how it goes with the Wild Card Rule not so much breaking as blurring the brand split.
Truth is a treasure and he was literally stuck in a trunk after being stuck in an elevator. Obviously now we won’t need to worry about social media posts from the WWE 24/48/7/11 European Television Champion for the week. But it would be the perfect thing if next Monday on Raw, that trunk was opened and Truth popped out with such relief, only to get covered by whoever happened to be there. As great as Truth is as champion right now, it will freshen up things if he’s finally on the hunt. I’m also still waiting for the first female 24/7 Champion to truly make this belt something special.
I was really hoping Bryan & Rowan were going to win those YOLO County tag titles so they could recycle them per their gimmick. But a Heavy Machinery squash match is always fun to watch. These four could easily have a title match at Stomping Grounds, but Washington state is Bryan Country, so I think Bryan & Rowan win there. I wonder if we’d get Planet’s Tag Team Champions VS New Day, especially if the sustainable organic belts arrive to basically recreate Wrestlemania when The New Day threw those away to bring back the current blue belts. Honestly, SmackDown needs more tag teams, maybe the extra ones on Raw come over. I guess Vince just hates tag team wrestling regardless of gender.
My Score: 8.1/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (5/12/21)
AEW is The Pinnacle!
There’s a new pecking order in AEW!
After surviving Blood & Guts, MJF and The Pinnacle stand atop AEW! And with titles on the line, who will stand atop the Tag Team and TNT Divisions?
- IWGP United States Championship: Jon Moxley VS Yuji Nagata; Moxley wins and retains the title.
- AEW World Tag Team Championships, Titles VS Tag Career: The Young Bucks VS SoCal Uncensored; The Young Bucks win, retain the titles, and SCU breaks up as a tag team.
- AEW World Championship Eliminator Match: PAC VS Orange Cassidy; Double Count-Out Draw, BOTH will challenge Kenny Omega for the title at Double or Nothing.
- Thunder Rosa VS Jazmin Allure; Rosa wins.
- AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Miro; wins and
PLAY BY PLAY
IWGP United States Championship: Jon Moxley w/ Eddie Kingston VS Yuji Nagata w/ Ren Narita!
The Death Rider extended this title opportunity to Blue Justice with respect, but did not miss the disrespect given back. Now, NJPW comes to AEW, and we see if the Maniac can turn away the legend in this historic opening contest!
Moxley surprisingly comes out to “Wild Thing” as introductions are made. The IWGP belt is raised, this is under NJPW rules, and the superstition of the number four might be put to the test to open Dynamite!
Moxley draws the line, Nagata steps right to it, and Moxley shoves him. Nagata fires forearms but Moxley gives them back and fans are fired up! Moxley gives boxing elbows, whips Nagata to a corner, and runs in to clothesline! Nagata fires up but Moxley kicks low! Moxley whips, Nagata reverses and kitchen sink knees, then BOOTS Mox down! Nagata stomps, Moxley bails out and fans fire up for Blue Justice! Rocky Romero is here to watch from the bleachers as Nagata goes out. Moxley rakes Nagata’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Moxley lets off and POSTS Nagata! Moxley goes to the apron, takes aim, and leaps for a FLYING KNEE! Down goes Nagata!
Moxley gets Nagata up to throw him into railing, then hurries to refresh the 20 count. Nagata gets up, hobbles over, and gets in at 5 of 20. Moxley smirks as Nagata gets up and eggs him on. Moxley ROCKS Nagata with a forearm, then hits a lariat in the corner! And again! Moxley snapmares, runs, and PENALTY KICKS Nagata down! Moxley drops an elbow, covers, ONE!! Lance Archer and Jake the Snake watch from the bleachers, too, as Moxley dares Nagata to get up. Nagata grits his teeth but Moxley KICKS him! Nagata eggs Moxley on now and the kicks keep flying! Down goes Nagata, Moxley covers, TWO! Moxley digs fingers into Nagata’s face but lets off as the ref counts.
Moxley goes to a corner, hops up, takes aim and leaps, but into a clinch! Moxley fires elbows, Nagata ROCKS him and KICKS him in return! And KICKS! And KICKS! Nagata throws more forearms, he whips corner to corner, and runs in to BOOT Moxley, for the EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Nagata keeps his cool, drags Moxley up, and reels him in. Moxley blocks the suplex, Nagata fires off forearms! Nagata whips, Moxley reverses, but Nagata rolls to duck! Nagata fakes Moxley out to dropkick the legs! Nagata’s still savvy as he aims again, for a KICK! And a KICK! Kingston coaches Mox and Moxley takes more KICKS!
Moxley grits his teeth and gets to his feet. Nagata throws forearms, Moxley fires back! Nagata ROCKS Moxley but he keeps hitting back! Moxley gets the edge, Nagata gives it back! Nagata runs, Moxley dodges the boot to GERMAN SUPLEX! Moxley wants Nagata to get up and he runs, to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Nagata survives and shows us why he’s still hung around this long! Moxley vows to end it, a la Suzuki! But Nagata blocks the piledriver he knows so well! Nagata back drops Moxley away and mule kicks! Nagata runs into the corner to SHINING WIZARD! Nagata hoists Moxley up to the top rope, climbs up to join him, and reels Moxley into a SUPER EXPLODER!!
Moxley sits up, eggs Nagata on, and Nagata KICKS! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives, Nagata drags him up and reels him in, but Moxley fights the suplex off. Moxley gets a sleeper! Another homage to Suzuki, but Nagata knows that, too! Nagata drops and drags Moxley into a SHIROMEI! The mounted Fujiwara armbar tortures Moxley, Nagata’s eyes roll to the back of his head, but Moxley still reaches out and gets the ropebreak! Nagata lets off, but he isn’t done with Moxley! Nagata wrenches an arm, but Moxley denies the elbow break to forearm! Nagata hits back, they brawl more, and Moxley wobbles. Moxley fires back, runs but into a BOOT! And ENZIGURI!
Moxley rebounds to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! But into the Bully Choke! Nagata fights up to his feet as fans chant “This is Awesome!” Moxley shifts to a full sleeper, bleeding from his cheek where Nagata’s been hitting him. Nagata wrenches free to forearm again! Moxley gives it back, spins and DECKS Nagata! Moxley gets Nagata up for knees to the head, then a DEATH RIDER!! Cover, Moxley wins!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall (still IWGP US Champion)
The elevated Paradigm Shift, the Death Rider, helps Moxley hold onto the title! But there is still respect here now that they’ve fought it out! Moxley bows and even drops to his knees, but Nagata returns the favor! Will these two battle it out again in the future? Will another come over from NJPW to try? Will Moxley still knock them all down?
Backstage interview with The Inner Circle.
Tonight, it is only Sammy Guevara, Jake Hager & Ortiz here. After one of the brutal matches in wrestling history, Blood & Guts, what is next? Ortiz says they have a message for The Pinnacle. All five of them were down, the Inner Circle almost had them, but then “a strange twist of fate occurred.” Max showed his true colors by pushing Jericho off the top, and had the audacity to get Santana arrested and detained, just because he stabbed MJF with a fork! MJF is lucky Santana didn’t just scoop that eye out and eat it! BITCH MOVE, MAX!! Hager says that the Pinnacle will have to kill the Inner Circle to stop them! Santana is detained but still alive! Jericho is mangled but still alive! So hide behind the victory tonight, but the Pinnacle has to admit that they failed!
Sammy says this is never gonna be over! As long as both teams are in the same company, the Inner Circle will never stop coming for The Pinnacle! So either MJF gives them another match, or tonight’s title will go from “The Coronation of The Pinnacle” to “The FUNERAL of The Pinnacle!” Give them their rematch, or get put in the grave!! An ultimatum for MJF and his team, but will they heed it?
Cody Rhodes heads to the ring!
Despite the score he needs to settle with The Factory, The American Nightmare has a major announcement for his Double or Nothing 2021 plans! We hear what they are, after the break!
AEW returns and Cody has the mic. “I know it’s rather out of style, patriotism. It’s old hate, demo day, proud of being American.” Fans still chant, “USA! USA!” Cody knows we live in a real world where you can poke fun at stuff, like the antiquated two party system or the most recent election, or even the confusion on what to do during our own National Anthem. But Cody is from a “little red, white ‘n’ blue town just like this one.” Santana, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Snoop Dogg, they all share the same jukebox and Cody has never not been proud to be an American. Fans appreciate that.
But Anthony Ogogo… He has run down and buried the USA with such vitriol and conviction. The irony is that Ogogo has a Visa courtesy of the US DOT, has a paycheck, that green, courtesy of the Treasury, and is afforded all the same rights we all have in that he can say and do what he wants, because this is America. “You talk about division, you talk about argument, from the outside in, we hear that all the time. Take it from an American, the argument is what makes us who we are.” Fans also cheer for that! Yes, there’s anger in every pocket, but our empathy outweighs our apathy.
So Cody asks Ogogo, “You didn’t come here to live the England dream. And I don’t mean to disparage across the pond, they sure know how to make a wrestler. I’ve wrestled some of the best.” Doug Williams, Gabriel Kidd, or even one of the best in the world today, PAC! But in 1986, Cody’s a country music fan and Willie Nelson came out with a song, “Living in the Promised Land.” Send us your tired and weak, we’ll make ’em strong. Sing us your far-off song and we will sing along. But here’s where Cody stops singing: When Ogogo balled up his Olympic medalist fist and put it between his ribs.
Ogogo likes to educate and pontificate on what the USA is? Then let Cody return the favor! The industry that Ogogo joined? It was an Italian immigrant who was world champion for FOUR THOUSAND AND FORTY DAYS. There is so much to love and behold here. The American Dream lives here! What about a 16-year-old young man coming from Pakistan, invents and patents the single-piece bumper, and enriches and cultivates the lives of literally everyone in the city of Jacksonville?
Prior to 1961, in Atlanta, Georgia, there was segregation, White people and Black people couldn’t attend the same schools. But in 2021, in that very same city, Cody and his wife, Brandi, are going to have a beautiful White-Black “American princess” who will have both identities, shun neither, and her dad is going to let her know that he didn’t just lay down under another man’s flag. Her dad didn’t just have a defeatist attitude when someone ran down the USA. Her dad got up off his ass and fought back! This is where we are fighting: at Double or Nothing!
Tony Khan already told the world that Double or Nothing will be full capacity! Wrestling fans will return to their seats, close up and thank God, it’ll be Cody VS Ogogo. But Ogogo won’t be wrestling the American Nightmare. Because for one night, that one night only, Cody picks up a sword that is all too heavy, but one that only Cody and Dustin have the right to pick up. For Double or Nothing, Justin Roberts, nothing on Cody’s presentation will be different, this comes from deep inside. At Double or Nothing, it will be Anthony Ogogo VS the American DREAM, Cody Rhodes! On one night, Cody’s love for family and country become one! Can he use that to shut up and knock down the British boxing box office smash?
AEW hears from SoCal Uncensored.
Christopher Daniels says, “Starting from 2015 up until now, the guys in the van were always myself, Frankie Kazarian, Scorpio Sky, and the Young Bucks. Those were the days where I felt it was family.” But looking at the Bucks acting the way they are now, this is why he feels betrayed and hurt. Frankie Kazarian says, “If you’re gonna be influenced like prepubescent teenagers, by your friend who you perceive as ‘the cool guy,'” then that’s on the Bucks. All that’s left for SCU to do is beat them up.
SCU has made it a challenge to themselves that the next time they lose as a tag team, they are DONE as a tag team! And that’s forever! It isn’t mandated by AEW, this isn’t for story, this is a challenge. They know how good they are, and how good they can be. Undefeated for over four months, #1 contenders that are facing the champions, one of the greatest tag teams on the planet, and also former friends. Do the Bucks even get what’s on the line here? SCU has everything to lose, and everything to gain. The Bucks have seen SCU bleed, sweat and cry, so what do you think they’re gonna do, how far they’re gonna go, to get what they want from the Bucks? We’ll all find out together, because that match is next!!
AEW World Tag Team Championships, Titles VS Tag Career: The Young Bucks w/ The Elite VS SoCal Uncensored!
Matt & Nick Jackson claim they’ve gone back to who they were, but the Fallen Angel & Heavy Metal Rebel say otherwise. The fashion choices, the company they keep, those are all questionable, but the Bucks’ abilities are not! Will they win without a shadow of a doubt and destroy another great tag team? Or will going all or nothing this close to Double or Nothing pay off for Daniels & Kazarian?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and it’s titles or bust for SCU!
Kaz and Nick start and fans are on SCU’s side here. They circle, tie up, and Kaz headlocks as Don Callis joins commentary. Kaz spins to a hammerlock then drop toehold, then he slaps Nick on the head! Nick gets up in a huff and shoves Kaz but Kaz shoves back. Nick SLAPS Kaz, Kaz chases him out of the ring! Nick goes around and into the ring but Kaz kicks, knees and CLOBBERS him! Kaz ROCKS Nick, tags Daniels, and SCU double whip. Nick gets a body shot and a FLIPPING NECKBEAKER! Matt runs in but into a back suplex clothesline combo! Callis admits SCU is looking great. Daniels snapmares Nick, tags Kaz, and then slingshot elbow drops! Kaz slingshot leg drops! Cover, TWO!
Kaz keeps on Nick, bumps him off buckles, and tags Daniels. SCU double wrench, bring Nick to his knees for a kick, clothesline and DOUBLE STOMPS from Kaz! Daniels JABS Nick, whips, but Nick reverses. Matt dumps Daniels out of the ring with a back drop! The ref reprimands but Nick sucker punches Kaz! Matt tags in, Nick baits Kaz in and Matt CLOBBERS him! Fans boo as Matt runs and WRECKS Daniels with a dropkick! Matt skins the cat, Nick gets Kaz back up to throw into railing! The Bucks soak up the heat, mug Daniels on the outside, and Matt stares the camera down before giving Daniels an APRON POWERBOMB!
Nick goes up, Matt has Daniels draped from the apron, DRAPING 450 SPLASH! Matt mockingly asks the cameraman if he thinks Daniels is okay. The Bucks high-five the Good Brothers as AEW goes picture in picture.
Matt drops knees on Daniels’ head! Matt mocks the fans clapping, and starts thrusting hips before he stomps Daniels down. Matt paces, drags Daniels up and bumps him off buckles, then tags Nick. Matt catapults Daniels into Nick’s GAMANGIRI! Then they combine, springboard DOUBLE STOMPS onto Daniels, driving him into Matt’s knees! Nick taunts Kaz and the ref is busy keeping Kaz back, the Bucks fake a tag! Matt digs his boots into Daniels’ head, the ref counts and Matt apologizes. Matt defends he is the rightful tag partner, but Nick is choking Daniels behind the ref’s back! Matt tags Nick in so the ref can see, then they combine for the slingshot senton and fist drop!
Matt keeps mocking fans rallying for SCU, Nick taunts Kaz, and then Nick bumps Daniels off buckles. Nick wrenches, whips, but Daniels reverses. Nick flips through the ropes and comes back but into Daniels’ STO! Both men are down, they crawl, hot tags to Kaz and Matt! Kaz dodges Matt to ROCK Nick, then he DECKS Matt! Kaz rallies on the Bucks with clotheslines, but Matt reverses the whip, only for Kaz to BLAST him with forearms! Kaz scoops and SLAMS Nick, to springboard leg drop! Cover, TWO! Kaz keeps fired up nd the fans are with him! Kaz gets Nick up and puts him in a corner, tag to Daniels.
AEW returns to single picture as Kaz feeds Nick to Daniels’ back elbow! Daniels hops up, Kaz helps set Nick up with double knuckle locks, for the FLYING STOMP! Daniels WRECKS Matt with a dropkick now, and SCU double whip to hip toss and NECKBREAKER BOMB COMBO! Cover, TWO!! Nick survives but Daniels tags Kaz in. Matt runs in, he saves Nick from Celebrity Rehab but swings into CELEBRITY REHAB for himself! Daniels runs to forearm Nick, then gets him up to give to Kaz. Kaz has the gut wrench, but Matt shoves Daniels off the corner! Kaz swings on Matt, Matt avoids that to shoulder in, but into the GUILLOTINE LEG DROP!
Nick aims and SHINING WIZARDS, ROUNDHOUSES and forearms Kaz, to then BULLDOG! Nick goes up and out to PENALTY KICK Daniels from the apron! Fans boo and Nick shoulders into Kaz. Nick slingshots, for the FACEBUSTER! Nick soaks up the heat and he sees Daniels is back up. Nick goes outside to SUPERKICK Daniels into the post! Daniels is busted open!! Nick is shocked at the damage he just did, but he says that was awesome! “It’s a wrap!” Nick goes back to Kaz in the ring, but Kaz slingshots Nick in for a CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! Kaz almost caught Nick but he sees what happened to Daniels!
Kaz goes back to Nick but Nick ROUNDHOUSES! Kaz wobbles, Matt tags in, and Matt gets a look at Daniels for himself. Matt hurries to get Kaz up, BUCKLE BOMB ENZIGURI COMBO! Kaz staggers into Matt’s fireman’s carry, MORE BANG- NO! Kaz slips out of the fireman’s carry to waistlock and O’Conner Roll! TWO, Nick leaps in, but Kaz gets both Bucks for NORTHERN LIGHTS O’CONNER COMBO!! Double cover, TWO!!! That was almost it but not enough! Kaz dumps Nick out to the ramp, Matt scoops but Kaz cradle counters! So the GOOD BROTHERS distract the ref!! This is at least 7 before Kaz lets off! Kaz runs Gallows off, but runs into Matt’s BOOT!
Matt goes up, but Kaz catches him for a… Not a bomb? A STYLES CLASH!?!? A shout-out to another old friend of The Elite! Cover, Nick barely breaks it in time!! Fans are thunderous, “This is Awesome!” Nick gets Kaz up, Kaz throws him out and slingshots him in, but no cutter! Nick blocks it, and feeds Kaz to Matt’s SUPERKICK! Matt gut wrenches, TOMBSTONE! SHINING WIZARD! Cover, DANIELS breaks it!! Daniels is still here, crimson mask and all, and he dodges a superkick to kick, underhook, ANGEL’S WINGS!! Daniels staggers up and helps Kaz to their corner! Daniels tags back in, but how much can Daniels give?! Matt SPEARS Daniels down, and punches the wound!!
Matt is furious as he demands Daniels get up! Daniels wobbles, Matt powers up, but no kick! Daniels kicks low, hooks, but his back is giving up! Matt back drops free! Matt wags his finger, looms over Daniels, and Callis is more worried about the new ring gear getting blood stains. Matt points it out, too! That just angers Matt more, and he fake cries as he references HBK VS Flair! “I’m sorry! I love you!” SUPERKICK!! Cover, TWO!?!? Daniels survives!?!? Fans are going nuts for SCU as Matt is losing his mind! Matt drags Daniels up, but into an URENAGE! Daniels goes to a corner, BEST MOON-
NO! The blood loss makes him wobble! Daniels tries again, BEST MOONSAULT EVER AFTER ALL! Cover, Nick breaks it!! The ref argues with Nick, but Daniels clotheslines him out! Karl Anderson gets on the apron, Daniels DECKS him! Daniels staggers, drags Matt up, but Matt SPRAYS Daniels in the face?!? Somehow, Brandon Cutler slipped Matt a can of that cold spray!! Daniels staggers about, Matt SUPERKICKS Kaz off the corner, then CAN SHOTS Daniels in the head!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Daniels is not giving up, this is how much the titles AND SCU mean to him!! Nick tags in, the Bucks are furious as they sit Daniels up, for the B T E TRIGGER!! Cover, Matt blocks Kaz, the Bucks win!
Winners: The Young Bucks, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
Kaz is stunned, and Cutler has the audacity to use the cold spray on the Bucks right away! SCU lost the match, don’t have the titles, and are no longer a team under their own bet with themselves! What does this mean for the Fallen Angel and Heavy Metal Rebel in the future?
AEW cameras hurry to catch what’s developing backstage!
Eddie Kingston is at The Elite’s dressing room, Moxley right behind! They barge in, and trash it all! The Elite aren’t here yet, but their stuff is, so everything is fair game! Why do they have a Jaguars helmet? Kingston throws that into a wall, Moxley goes to the bathroom to trash everything in there! Will The Elite have the guts to respond to that tonight? Or at all?
Backstage interview with Christian Cage.
Captain Charisma has had his issues with Taz, from the rejected recruitment to last week’s biased Technique By Taz segment, critiquing Christian’s wrestling abilities. It had as much credibility as Christian critiquing Taz’s ability at a buffet table. Nobody is denying that at one point in time, Taz was a bad, bad man. But right now, Taz isn’t going to step through the ropes, back up what he is saying, but Christian is! So here’s how it is: Tony Khan gave Christian an open contract for a match. Next week, Team Taz can send anyone they want, Christian will be waiting.
But what Christian really wants to talk about right now is Double or Nothing’s Casino Battle Royale. Did you know that the winner of that match gets a shot at THE AEW World Championship whenever they want? Christian is all in, all the chips on the table! Christian vows to win that match and- Matt Sydal walks in to say Christian shouldn’t get too far ahead of himself. Matt’s back in that match, too, and he wants redemption. Well good to see you again, Matt, and yeah, Christian saw how things didn’t go so well for him. But things aren’t going to fall into place for him. Haha, hilarious. But Matt has a surprise for Christian. Not a Hall of Fame worthy one, but still.
Matt says to forget about Team Taz for a minute, because HE signed the open contract on the match. So before winning the battle royal, Matt will beat Christian and his #OutWorkEverybody hype train, live on Dynamite. The third eye is staring Captain Charisma down, who will be the first to blink?
AEW World Championship Eliminator Match: PAC VS Orange Cassidy!
The Bastard has beef with the Best Bout Machine going back to Dynamite’s inception, and is one of the only men to have a win over him in AEW. On the other hand, Freshly Squeezed didn’t have any grudge with Omega until Omega disrespected him last week. And when it comes to PAC VS Cassidy, these two have history of their own! Who gets one up on the other before going after Omega’s gold?
The bell rings and fans are dueling already as Cassidy and Pac stare down. Cassidy takes off the sunglasses, and puts them on Pac! Pac takes them off, and BREAKS them with his bare hands! Cassidy raises his hands, but it’s a fake out to get Pac to swing on him! Cassidy dodges, gets Pac up in the Alabama, BEACH BREAK!! Cover, TWO!! Pac’s arrogance cost him and he bails out of the ring. Fans are fired up as Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets and builds speed! NO HANDS DIVE! And he has SPARE sunglasses! Fans are even more fired up as Cassidy gets Pac up and RAMS him into railing!
AEW goes picture in picture as Cassidy checks with the ref about the ring count. Cassidy fetches Pac, to RAM him into more railing! Cassidy refreshes the ring count, stalks up behind Pac and gets him up, but Pac KNEES low and hard! Pac whips but Cassidy reverses to send Pac into even more railing! Pac is perhaps too sore to be upset, and Cassidy keeps track of the count. Cassidy whips Pac back the other way to send him over the railing! Cassidy paces, refreshes the count again, and sees Pac getting up. Cassidy heads over, and Pac HOTSHOTS him on railing! Cassidy sputters and gasps, Pac stomps him down, and AEW goes to break!
AEW returns and Cassidy is down on the outside again. Pac fetches him, to whip him hard into railing! The ref counts, fans boo, and Pac drags Cassidy up and around to throw him into more railing! Pac soaks up the heat, drags Cassidy back up and back into the ring. Fans are still on Cassidy’s side but Pac stomps him down! Pac soaks up the heat, digs his knee into Cassidy’s head, and uses ropes for leverage! The ref counts, Pac lets off at 4, and Orange is now red in the face. Pac climbs a corner, aims as fans rally up, and Cassidy stands to get a missile dropkick! Pac kips up with ease! He glares at the ref and then goes to another corner.
Pac climbs up again, aims, and again missile dropkicks Cassidy down! Cassidy is a lump but Pac isn’t done with him yet. Pac climbs back up top, Cassidy stands again, to get a third missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Pac seethes as Cassidy survives but the ref defends the count was fair. Fans sing for Cassidy but Pac drags him to a drop zone. Pac climbs up again, but Cassidy slowly rolls away to the far side. Pac hops down to hurry over and stomp him down! Fans boo, Pac scowls and climbs back up. Cassidy is still in the drop zone, but he rolls under the corner! Fans cheer as Cassidy even starts to lounge, and gives a thumbs up!
Pac flips Cassidy over before he drags him up, but Cassidy sends Pac into buckles! Pac scowls, runs after Cassidy, but gets sent into buckles! Cassidy wheelbarrows to victory roll, TWO!! Pac back KICKS, whips, and SUPERKICKS Cassidy down! Pac drags Cassidy back up to reel him in, for a LIGER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!??! Cassidy more falls over than kicks out and Pac is stunned! Pac looms over Cassidy, kicks him out of the ring, and lets the ring count climb. A count-out can still win this match, will Cassidy get up? AEW goes picture in picture as fans rally for Freshly Squeezed!
Pac soaks up the heat coming from the fans, the ref goes out to check Cassidy and make sure this isn’t more serious. Cassidy is fine to continue, Pac talks trash to some fellow wrestlers watching ringside, and the count restarts. Cassidy slowly stirs, drags himself up at 5 of 10, and into the ring at 6! Pac drags Cassidy over to a cover, TWO! Pac wraps on a headlock and grinds Cassidy down. Cassidy keeps his shoulders up, pushes Pac’s face with a forearm, but Pac brings him around to CLUB him to a corner. Pac digs his boots in, the ref counts and Pac stops at 4. A disqualification can lose this for Pac, too, so he has to be careful.
Pac paces while Cassidy crawls. The ref wants Pac to give Cassidy space, and also has medics coming over to check. Pac gets fans riled up as AEW returns to single picture. Don Callis comes out here? Callis says Kenny Omega is a busy man, he wants to know who he’s wrestling already! Pac storms after Callis but Callis says he just wants a winner. Wait, Kenny is sneaking in from the other side! Omega has his AEW World Championship belt and he CLOBBERS Pac with it!! The ref misses it all because she was arguing with Callis! Callis “apologizes” and Omega slips away! Both Pac and Cassidy are down and everyone but the ref knows!
Fans chant, “Kenny Sucks!” at Omega as he and Callis slither away. The standing count is past 5 of 10, and then reaches 9!! It’s a DOUBLE COUNT OUT?!?!
Double Count-Out Draw
Well, Callis isn’t a ref, but what he sees here is that there is no winner! That means Omega has NO opponent for Double or Nothing! He’s got the night off, where does he want to go? “Fuel up the Harley, fuel up the Kawasaki Ninja! Don, I thinks we should go on a little bit of a road trip, because what we got here, ain’t two winners! It ain’t one winner! It’s two LOSERS! Who would pay money to see that?!” But Schiavone excuses himself and says he’s been informed- Omega stops that right here and now! Omega gets his sunglasses, puts those on, and Schiavone says he has just been told that at Double or Nothing, there WILL be a world title match. And in this case, “double” is literal, because it will be a Triple Threat! Omega VS PAC VS Cassidy for the title!!
What gives Schiavone the right to do this?! This is from Tony Khan! WHAT?! Omega says they don’t know him! He’s not wrestling two people! Well this is what Tony Khan has decided! Omega blames the ref but the fans are fired up! Omega says he’s going back to Winnipeg, but will he have no choice but to return to Jacksonville to defend his title?
The Elite find their dressing room in disarray!
Matt Jackson tells Brandon Cutler to record this! They want to know who did this to their stuff! Anderson says this is where they sit in a circle and praise the Lord! This was their sanctuary! Gallows knows it was Kingston and Moxley, who have been disrespectful of the best faction in wrestling ever, and it’s been going on for long enough! “Matt, Nick, it’s time to man up! What’re you guys gonna do about it?!” The Bucks first talk about what they did to SCU, one of the best tag teams in the business, and they put them out to pasture without even batting an eye. SCU LATER! But next week, these fighting champions are fighting again, against the new #1 contenders, the Varsity Blonds!
Matt mockingly asks Brian Pillman Jr. if he wants to be like his dada and be a tag team champion, too. The Blonds can step to the Bucks, the best in the business, and see how that turns out! But for once, “the most selfless Christian men in this business” do something for themselves. They’ll settle a personal grudge! Moxley, Kingston, what you boys doing at Double or Nothing? You up? How about they cordially invite your butts to a dang ol’ SUPERKICK PARTY!! Titles or no titles, the Bucks are giving the Maniac and the Mad King the match they want! But will Bulletproof BPJ and the Ivy League MVP make sure the Bucks stop being golden first?
Backstage interview with Hangman Page and The Dark Order.
Alex Marvez asks Hangman’s recent thoughts on his loss to Brian Cage and his subsequent drop in the rankings from #1 to #5. The Dark Order say it’s alright. Alan Angels knows personally it ain’t bad being Number 5. Evil Uno says they will help him get right back to the top! Stu Grayson can even get even with Brian Cage for him! Alex Reynolds says he’ll take on Hook, too. Hangman tells them all that it’s fine. It was gonna happen sooner or later, right? Ranked #1, riding high, it was inevitable that he’d lose. Granted, it took three guys jumping him on the stage first, then a belt shot to the back of his head and a powerbomb that nearly blew his lungs out his mouth, but Cage won.
But Hangman wonders if Cage didn’t so much beat him, as Taz did calling the shots. And if Hangman is someone like Brian Cage, knows what he’s thinking as a guy who has dedicated his whole life to pro-wrestling, then he’s not satisfied with that win. Hangman dares Cage to leave Taz, Ricky Starks, bless his heart, and his junior high band camp friends backstage, to meet Hangman 1v1 and earn a spot. If Hangman loses then, that’s fine, he’ll accept it. As for Cage, it’s Double or Nothing. Oh wait that’s the name of the PPV! Is that on purpose? That’s so smart! John Silver pointed out the obvious, but obviously we’re going one more round! Will Page redeem himself in a rematch with Cage?
The Pinnacle heads to the ring!
Wearing a crown on his head, MJF has two lovely young ladies accompany him personally as he, Wardlow, Tully Blanchard, FTR and Shawn Spears go to the ring. MJF gets the ladies to kiss his Dynamite Diamond Ring, which was itself pivotal in the Blood & Guts victory. Other ladies hold the ropes open as the Pinnacle goes into the ring and MJF gets a mic. MJF says he told us he was going to take Chris Jericho’s spot and his crown, and now MJF is the Demo God and King of AEW! And now we will refer to HIM as the Greatest of All Time! Don’t boo, bow! And not just to him, but to the greatest group of men to ever exist! Bow to The Pinnacle!
“Hell, bow to the biggest drawers professional wrestling has ever known. I don’t know if you mouth-breathing boors have heard about this, but for the first time ever, we ranked #1 on cable last week.” And you have The Pinnacle to thank for it! They broke a record on Canada’s TSN, even, because of the Canadian hero they had in Shawn Spears! Zoom in on the Chair Man! A Canadian God! But MJF is glad fans are bringing up The Inner Circle, because they’re down two men. One because he stabbed MJF like a coward, and the other because he tripped and fell. Which is why MJF is so perplexed as to why oh why The Inner Circle would want a rematch!
But MJF’s a young, benevolent king. Would the people like to see a rematch? YES! Are you sure? YES! Then MJF says NO! HAHAHA! Tully takes over and asks if anyone knows what it’s like to be at the top, looking down at all the others. Tully’s been there many times in the past! But this group of guys here, with MJF and his crown, the Pinnacle took everything The Inner Circle could dish out! Blood & Guts, we saw this group of men take everything The Inner Circle had, and in the end, the Inner Circle is panicking, begging MJF not to throw Jericho off, and they gave up! That was the end of the story! “Ladies and gentlemen, when you quit, you stinking quit!”
The Pinnacle is the top of the world! The finest things, they deserve! Five of the greatest looking women Jacksonville has to offer! Tully has a present for his guys that he spent THOUSANDS on, for the finest wrist jewelry you can have. For those who don’t understand, these are very expensive watches. Each man gets one and they’re very grateful to Tully. Every time they look at those, they can question anything else, but they look at these and think, “This was a present from Tully Blanchard!” This is what The Pinnacle is about! They’re on top of the world, looking down on everyone else! But what is that honking? Who is ruining The Pinnacle’s party? The Inner Circle, that’s who!!
Sammy, Ortiz and Hager cruise in with a jeep and a trailer full of A Little Bit of the Bubbly! MJF says they’re not interested anymore. MJF detained Santana, and we’re never seeing Jericho again! So drive off, you’re team is dead! But JERICHO says, “Hey, Max! Can you hear ’em cheering?” Jericho, arm in a heavy cast and brace, is in the trailer! Fans are thunderous as Jericho says, “Just let me get this straight. We’re gonna ask you again: Will you give us a rematch? Yes or no?” MJF is furious and says that once again, the answer is NO! Okay, so… That’s a what? IT’S N-O, NO!! Then get him! The Inner Circle hoses The Pinnacle down with the bubbly!! A LOT OF IT, TOO!
The Pinnacle is slippin’ and slidin’ in the champagne, this is a bit more than a toast! Sammy makes sure to really get Spears with it, too. MJF is furious but he’s also floundering around in the ring! MJF tells fans to shut up about it! If the Inner Circle wants a match, then Double or Nothing! The same match the Inner Circle lost last year: STADIUM STAMPEDE!! But don’t celebrate just yet! Ain’t nothing funny gonna happen this year! If the Inner Circle loses this time, they must DISBAND FOREVER!! Take it or leave it! Even more is at stake than there was for Blood & Guts! Will the Inner Circle take back their spot atop AEW or have to say good-bye?
Jim Ross interviews Britt Baker.
Good ol’ JR says he is looking forward to Double or Nothing, Hikaru Shida VS Britt Baker for the AEW Women’s World Championship. It was about a year ago today when Britt fought Shida, not a great outcome for Britt with the broken nose and the blood. Yes, Britt needed reconstructive surgery and was out for five months after. The pain can either hurt you or change you. Britt’s been the baddest bitch on the block since then, JR’s words, not hers. And so, it is poetic that Shida broke her nose, and look at The Doctor now. It is poetic that the monster Shida created is the one that will dethrone her. Unless Shida just up and kills Britt. But turns out, Britt is “pretty ****ing hard to kill.”
JR asks Britt if she feels she’s taking it too far, getting too emotionally invested in this match. Tony Khan and several stars of AEW were having a photoshoot with Forbes, that is a big deal, and then Britt took it upon herself to take over. She and Shida brawled because of it. Was that a smart move? JR knows Britt is smart. Britt says she’s brilliant. But then what does this mean to Tony Khan and to her? Does Britt not care about anyone else? Britt says she just wanted to have pictures with the current champion when that article drops. The PPV is on May 30th, the Forbes article is for June. There will be a new champion by then.
But Britt says it’s fine, JR and the others can paint her to be the villain. It’s what they’ve always done, and Britt will just keep autographing the best selling artwork that comes from it. JR says Shida might feel a bit cornered, and that the deck may be stacked. Perhaps her time is coming. He knows this will be physical, with a lot of urgency. Britt agrees, Shida has had the title for a year, and a difficult year at that. Shida was champion, kept the AEW Women’s Division alive when it was riddled with injuries, travel restrictions, all that. The division was on life support.
But Britt is the FACE of this division, the Role Model, the heart, the soul, the pulse. When you have a pulse, you don’t need a machine keeping you alive. So after Double or Nothing, the division will live when Britt becomes champion. That’s a guarantee from DMD. Will the Doctor be in and finally take over the division? Or will Shida be celebrating her one year anniversary as champion still as champion?
BIG NEWS for Double or Nothing/Memorial Day Weekend!
Double or Nothing will be May 30th, but Friday, May 28th, it will be a special edition of AEW Dynamite! And then on Saturday, May 29th, it will be AEW Fan Fest! Be sure to get your tickets this Monday, May 17th, so you don’t miss out on any of that!
Thunder Rosa VS Jazmin Allure!
The Role Model may be going after the Full Metal Warrior and the AEW Women’s World Championship, but La Mera Mera is going to be waiting on the other side! At least, as long as she doesn’t let herself get too cocky. Will Rosa be ready for whoever comes out of Double or Nothing with the belt?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans sing for Rosa and she knees Allure, CHOPS her, then fires off forearms and CHOPS against the ropes! Rosa CHOPS Allure in a corner, then RAMS her shoulder in! And again! And again! Rosa bumps Allure off buckles, CHOPS her again, and again! Rosa whips, Allure reverses and runs in to back elbow! Allure runs corner to corner but Rosa dodges this time, to then SHOTGUN dropkick Allure down! Fans fire up with Rosa and she stomps Allure down. Rosa drags Allure up, scoop SLAMS her, then runs and runs to drop a back senton! Cover, TWO!
Rosa keeps her cool, drags Allure back up, and scoops her, for the backbreaker to the FIRE THUNDER DRIVER! Cover, Rosa wins!
Winner: Thunder Rosa, by pinfall
The roll isn’t stopping, it isn’t slowing down! Hikaru Shida, Britt Baker and even Serena Deeb better watch out for Rosa, she’s coming for it all!
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
Speaking of Serena Deeb, she returns to AEW next week to defend the NWA Women’s World Championship against Red Velvet! Will the young, rising star surprise everyone against one of the best in the world? Or will Serena still be waiting for Rosa when the time finally comes to face off again?
And the challenge has been accepted! Brian Pillman Jr. and Griff Garrison are going for gold against the Young Bucks! Will the Varsity Blonds made to look like JV against the best tag team in the world? And with Double or Nothing’s USA VS UK battle inbound, Anthony Ogogo gets in the ring against Austin Gunn! Will the Son of a Gun just be target practice for Ogogo’s body shots?
Schiavone interviews Jade Cargill!
The top free agent has another manager courting her, as Mark Sterling, lawyer to MJF, says he can get her the same big money deal he got MJF last year. What is her response to that business offer? Or what of Matt Hardy and Vickie Guerrero? Who is handling her business? Jade Cargill handles her business! As far as managerial offers go, she’s still listening. But she’s her own boss, because she’s #ThatBitch!
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (5/11/21)
To be the best, you gotta BEAT the best!
NXT puts gold back on the line!
Mercedes Martinez challenges Raquel Gonzalez, Santos Escobar must go 2 outta 3 with Kushida, and the NXT Champion looks to END Austin Theory!
- Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux VS Austin Theory w/ Johnny Gargano; Kross wins.
- MSK VS Breezango; MSK wins.
- Alexander Wolfe w/ Imperium VS Killian Dain w/ Drake Maverick; canceled.
- Pete Dunne w/ Oney Lorcan VS Leon Ruff; Dunne wins.
- NXT Women’s Championship: Raquel Gonzalez w/ Dakota Kai VS Mercedes Martinez; Gonzalez wins and retains the title.
- Kyle O’Reilly VS Oney Lorcan w/ Pete Dunne; O’Reilly wins.
- NXT Cruiserweight Championship, Best 2 Out of 3 Falls: KUSHIDA VS Santos Escobar w/ El Legado del Fantasma; Kushida wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux VS Austin Theory w/ Johnny Gargano!
In the words of the NXT Champion, “Tick tock, time’s up!” Will it be Doomsday all day for The Way? Or can Johnny Wrestling help his boy get one over on Kross?
Johnny and Theory are both stunned seeing Kross’ entrance, but Johnny snaps Theory out of it and coaches him up. Fans chant “TICK TOCK!” as Theory sheepishly gets in the ring with Kross. The bell rings and Theory circles with Kross, but ends up in a corner. Theory dodges, fires off forearms, then knees. Kross shoves Theory away, Theory dodges to dropkick! Kross stays up! And gets mad… Kross choke grips, puts Theory in a corner and BOOTS him down! Theory sits up in a daze and Kross grins at Gargano. Kross drags Theory up, puts him in another corner and TOSSES him across the way!
Gargano and Kross stare down, but Kross runs corner to corner, only for Theory to dodge! Kross avoids hitting buckles, wags his finger, and Theory lariats, but bounces off! Kross LARIATS and down goes Theory! Scarlett smiles as she watches Kross stalk Theory. Kross looms over Theory, fans rally as he wrenches and keylocks Theory and puts him in another corner for a HEAVY body shot! Kross wrenches, keylocks and ROCKS Theory again! Theory falls to his knees, Kross BOOTS him to the mat! Kross has Theory on ropes, chokes him, but lets off at the ref’s count of 4. Kross grins and dares Theory to reach for Gargano, only to STOMP his fingers!
Kross laughs as he looms over Theory again. Kross gets Theory up, knees him low and hard, then bumps him off buckles. Kross runs in but Theory knees him back! Theory runs, into an EXPLODER! Fans fire up as Kross says this is the end! Kross gets Theory up, brings him in, DOOMS- NO! Theory rakes eyes while Gargano distracts the ref! Scarlett protests but Kross bails out. Gargano tells Theory to take advantage of the bad eyes! Theory gets around all the big strikes, and he RAMS Kross into Plexiglas! And then DDT’s him hard to the floor! Fans boo, Theory leaves Kross behind, but Kross gets in at 9.9!
Kross then slides out, Theory goes out after him, Kross scoops and aims, but Theory slips off to POST Kross first! Gargano is even surprised as Theory puts Kross in! BUZZSAW! Theory rains down fists, stomps away on arms and shoulders, then rains down forearms! Scarlett coaches Kross, fans rally up, and Kross knees Theory low and hard! Theory ends up on the apron, Kross storms over but into a hotshot! Theory slingshot somersaults for a SHOTGUN dropkick! Cover, ONE?! Kross shocks The Way but Gargano coaches Theory to keep focus. Theory stalks Kross, runs in and clotheslines in a corner! Then scoops for a FALL AWAY SLAM!
Theory gives a thumbs up to Gargano, but Kross is back up! DOOMSDAY SAIDO!! And then another DOOMSDAY SAIDO!! Kross is winding the hands of time, “TIME’S UP!!” APOCALYPSE ELBOW!! Kross doesn’t cover, either, he rains down forearms of fury on Theory’s head! Kross stares Gargano down as he puts on the KROSSJACKET!! Theory is OUT, Kross wins!!
Winner: Karrion Kross, by submission
This could’ve been called by knockout after what Kross did to Theory! Kross promised to hit harder than life itself, and he may just have! Will Kross do this to everyone on his path? But wait! Finn Balor appears! Fans are going nuts as Prince and Doomsday stare down! Finn says he doesn’t wait in line. He wants his rematch! Kross wants another round, too, so challenge accepted! When and where will these two forces of NXT collide again?
Next week will be COLOSSAL because Bronson Reed is getting his shot! Will Reed crush Johnny Gargano and take the NXT North American Championship away from him?
NXT shares an exclusive from earlier today.
William Regal was talking about tonight’s big title matches, but Leon Ruff walked in. He apologizes for interrupting and says he wants to compete. Regal, however, says that would not be wise after how he was beat up last week. Ruff knew Regal would say that, he checked with the medical team and they said he was cleared. Regal knows that, they report to him. But that doesn’t matter, he won’t allow it. Ruff says that’ snot good enough and he throws things off Regal’s desk! “What do I gotta do?!” Regal says Ruff is NOT competing tonight, and tells him to leave. Ruff storms off, but what will Ruff do to get even with Isaiah “Swerve” Scott?
MSK VS Breezango!
Wes Lee & Nash Carter have made an impact as NXT Tag Team Champions, but they have to be careful with the fashionable and formidable Prince Pretty and Lord of the Dance! Will these #MustSeeKids continue to prove their worth?
The teams sort out and Lee starts with Breeze. They circle, fans rally and the two tie up. They go around, Breeze arm-drags and then backs away to lounge on the top rope. Fandango “makes it rain” on Breeze, Lee rushes in but Breeze waistlocks to a snapmare, only for Lee to return with a shoulder tackle! Things speed up, Breeze hurdles, Lee FLIPS, and fans admit that was good. Lee does a shimmy, then hurdles Breeze, but Breeze whips Lee. Lee stops to suplex but Breeze fights that off. Breeze suplexes, Lee lands to waistlock, but Breeze bucks him away! SUPERKICKS collide, and the two shake out their legs. Breeze seems a bit stunned Lee is this quick, but both he and Lee tag out.
Carter and Dango circle, tie up, and Dango wrenches to a wristlock. Carter rolls, handsprings and flips to arm-drag Dango away. Carter wrenches an arm now, whips Dango to a corner, but Dango goes up and over to arm-drag back! Dango swivels hips, things speed up again, Carter dropkicks Dango down! Carter shows off his own hip swivels, Dango kicks low! Dango headlocks, Breeze tags in as Carter powers out. Carter and Breeze drop, and drop, and then drop, Dango eventually runs into Breeze! Breeze headlocks Carter, Carter powers out, and somehow the ref ends up part of this! The ref hurdles, Carter dropkicks Breeze out of the ring! Fans are rallying for the ref!
Breeze and Carter reset, the ref remembers he’s a ref, but fans still say “That was Awesome!” as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Fandango has Lee in a headlock. Lee fights up, Fandango knees low then whips him to a corner. Lee manages to dodge to then ENZIGURI Fandango! Lee snapmares Dango, handsprings back but Dango gets under and JAPANESE ARM-DRAGS Lee into buckles! Fandango gets Lee up, FALCON ARROW! Cover, Carter breaks it! Dango is upset, but he drags Lee up and over to tag Breeze. Breeze has the legs, he and Dango coordinate, but Lee disrupts the Fashion Faux Pas with a shoulder tackle! Lee stomps Breeze then stumbles away to tag in Carter! MSK rallies on Breeze with kick after kick, BUZZSAW to DOUBLE STOMPS! And then, the PUSH-SAULT! Cover, Dango barrels in to break it!
All four men are down, the fans are fired up, and all four rise as the fans rally up. Lee and Breeze are on one side, Dango and Carter on the other. Lee and Breeze punch first, but Dango and Carter respond. They go back and forth, Lee and Breeze, Dango and Carter. The brawl moves to everyone’s feet, Lee ENZIGURIS but Breeze SUPER MODEL KICKS! Breeze dodges Carter to SUPER MODEL KICK! MSK is down, Breeze hurries to tag in Dango! Dango climbs and Carter is in a drop zone! Carter gets up fast, though, and SHORYUKENS! Carter climbs to join Dango, but Dango resists the superplex! Dango throws body shots, knocks Carter away, but Carter returns with a JUMPING KNEE!
Carter sees Breezango outside, goes to the corner, SUPER MOONSAULT takes them both down! Fans are thunderous as Carter puts Dango in and tags Lee! MSK coordinates, assisted SHOTGUN dropkick! Breeze tags in as Dango is in the corner, and he gets Lee’s arms! Lee resists the turn, Carter SUPERKICKS! MSK combines, BLOCKBUSTER SPINEBUSTER! Cover, MSK wins!
Winners: MSK, by pinfall
That energy and innovation is why MSK are NXT Tag Team Champions! Breezango show respect to the young champions, but MSK tells Legado that the champs aren’t hard to fine! If they want the titles, come get them! MSK all night and all day!
Alexander Wolfe is showing signs of the stomach flu, so he won’t be competing against Killian Dain tonight! Will Imperium’s Hatchet Man have to try again next week when it comes to settling things with the Belfast Beast?
Johnny Gargano angrily leads NXT Media to William Regal’s office.
Gargano shouts “This sucks!” as he heads for the door. Regal says this is actually rather nice. He doesn’t have a meeting and the door was open this time. Gargano asks if he heard right about next week’s title match. He did hear right! Well that’s real nice, isn’t it? First, Regal feeds Theory to the wolves, then he hates Gargano enough to put him in a match! Regal doesn’t hate Gargano, he respects Gargano’s ability. Then treat him like it! Treat him like the North American Champion! That’s what Regal’s doing! So Gargano’s still facing Reed next week! Good luck.
Gargano grabs for the brass knuckles and Regal tells him not to dare touch that. Gargano takes Regal’s pencil and breaks it! Will Gargano’s anger only cost him when he takes on another huge challenge?
BIG news for the next TakeOver!
As first broken by Barstool Sports’ Rasslin’ podcast with Brandon Walker, NXT is back In Your House! June 13, 2021, NXT brings back the retro tradition to make a new tradition of their own! And Todd Pettengill will be back, too!
Ever-Rise has an impromptu episode of Ever-Rise Live.
Well not really, they’re just behind commentary.
Pete Dunne is in the ring.
“So Karrion Kross has chosen Finn Balor? And y’know what? I don’t blame him. Because we both know I’m the toughest match-up there is. So Karrion, keep ducking me, mate. Cuz sooner or later, that title is mine! Cuz I’m the baddest man in NXT! And see if anyone in the back thinks otherwise, here’s your chance! Try and prove me wrong!” Dunne is issuing an open challenge! But who takes it? LEON RUFF, and from outta nowhere! Ruff fires off hands, Dunne shoves him away, but Ruff comes back with a dropkick! Dunne bails out, Ruff dares him to come back, and it seems Regal’s orders had a loophole! Will this be another rough night for Ruff? Or will he show the Bruiserweight what tough is all about?
Pete Dunne w/ Oney Lorcan VS Leon Ruff!
The bell rings and Ruff fires off on Dunne again! Dunne SPINEBUSTERS Ruff and rains down fists from all sides for that! Dunne goes for an arm, Ruff throws him away and KICKS from the mat! Ruff runs corner to corner but Dunne puts him on the apron. Ruff ROCKS Dunne, goes up and around and under, but Dunne gets the arm to roll Ruff for body scissors. Dunne clamps onto Ruff’s arm, bends the fingers back as far as he can, and Ruff shouts in pain as Dunne tortures the digits! Dunne locks the arm, hammers Ruff in the head, then shifts to twist the wrist. Ruff gets up, fans fire up and Ruff CHOPS! Ruff goes up the corner, on the ropes and SPRINGBOARD RANAS!
Dunne staggers up, but sends Ruff into ropes to then CLOBBER him! Ruff gasps for air, Dunne kicks him in the side then goes after the arm again. Dunne bends the fingers way back, and STOMPS the shoulder! Dunne kicks at Ruff, Ruff crawls to ropes, but Dunne wraps the arm around ropes to bend him back! Dunne chinbars to CHOP Ruff down! The ref reprimands but Dunne drags Ruff up again to SLAP! Ruff CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Dunne shoves Ruff, Ruff dodges to ENZIGURI! Dunne falls into a BACKBREAKER, Ruff pops Dunne up for another ENIGURI! Ruff goes up to hit a missile dropkick! But Dunne ENZIGURIS on return!
Dunne gets Ruff up, whips, but Ruff rebounds to LARIAT! Ruff keeps moving, leaps, but Dunne DECKS him! Dunn has a TRIANGLE HOLD and throws elbows in over and over! Ruff is OUT, the ref calls it!
Winner: Pete Dunne, by referee stoppage
Ruff is tough, but the Bruiserweight is just that brutal. Will Dunne show no mercy until he’s got the title match he wants? Speaking of no mercy, Dunne grabs Ruff’s hand and SNAPS the fingers!! Will Ruff regret going around Regal’s orders?
El Legado del Fantasma speaks.
Raul Mendoza says tonight, we’ll see who the real NXT Cruiserweight Champion is, and that is Santos Escobar. Joaquin Wilde says that while Kushida is champion right now, Escobar brings it home. Escobar himself says that the only reason Kushida is still champion is because Escobar has let him. It stops tonight! Escobar vows that after tonight, he will be Leader of Leaders, Emperor of Lucha Libre, sange y tradicion, and TWO-TIME NXT Cruiserweight Champion! Will the Phantom be able to back up all these words when he must defeat Kushida not once but twice in the same match?
Ladies and gentlemen, you’re cordially invited…
…to the greatest moment of your lives! The in-ring premiere, live on NXT in two weeks, Franky Money! Will Monet live up to the hype when she finally laces up her boots?
MORE BREAKING NEWS!
It has been made official! Two weeks from tonight, Kross VS Balor the epic rematch happens live on NXT! The NXT Championship will be back on the line, but will the Prince take back his throne?
NXT Women’s Championship: Raquel Gonzalez w/ Dakota Kai VS Mercedes Martinez!
Big Mami Cool knew Cobra Kai wasn’t going to cut it against Mean Ms. Martinez, so she took matters into her own hands. Raquel respects that Mercedes paved the way, but she won’t show any restraint against her in the ring! Will Mercedes return the favor when she takes away the title?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Ricky Desperado’s first defense puts her to the test!
Mercedes goes right after Raquel with heavy hands! And she clotheslines Raquel up and out of the ring! Mercedes goes to the apron and CANNONBALLS! Raquel goes down, and Mercedes scares Dakota off! Mercedes runs and KNEES Raquel into Plexiglas! The ring count climbs, Mercedes refreshes it, and goes out to fire off on Raquel again! Mercedes puts Raquel in as NXT goes picture in picture.
Raquel hits back and CLUBS Mercedes, then bumps her off buckles! Raquel stomps Mercedes, drags her back up and whips her corner to corner hard! Mercedes hits the mat, Raquel looms over her, and then drags her into a chicken wing and chinbar. Mercedes endures being stretched, fights up to her feet, but Raquel throws her down by her hair! Raquel stalks Mercedes, chokes her on the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Raquel brings Mercedes around but Mercedes fires off again! Mercedes ROCKS Raquel with an uppercut then bumps her off buckles! Mercedes stomps a mudhole, digs her boots in, but lets off as the ref counts.
Mercedes gets Raquel up to ROCK with another uppercut, then whips her to ropes. Raquel dodges to DECK Mercedes with one right! Raquel scoops and walks around with Mercedes before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Raquel grows frustrated but she stands over Mercedes. Raquel gives Mercedes toying kicks before she SNAP SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO! Raquel is right on Mercedes with a keylock and chinbar! Mercedes endures, fights and gets a ropebreak with a foot. Raquel throws Mercedes down then covers, TWO! Mercedes gets back to the ropes, Raquel storms over but Mercedes throws body shots. Raquel CLUBS Mercedes down and throws elbows. Cover, TWO!
Raquel argues with the ref as Mercedes gets to ropes. Raquel throws haymakers, lets off as the ref counts, and Mercedes hits back! Mercedes CHOPS and CHOPS and forearms and CHOPS as NXT returns to single picture! Mercedes whips, Raquel reverses and LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Raquel is frustrated again, and she drags Mercedes up by her hair. Raquel whips Mercedes to a corner, runs in to SPLASH, then brings Mercedes out to scoop and SLAM again! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Mercedes survives, but Raquel drags her into a chinlock. Mercedes endures and throws punches from below! Mercedes gets free, CLUBS Raquel, then fires off more strikes!
Raquel shoves Mercedes, but Mercedes comes back to go after legs! Mercedes gets Raquel down, fires off hands but Raquel throws her out of the ring! Mercedes returns and clamps on a SLEEPER! Raquel flails and scrambles around, and RAMS Mercedes into buckles! Mercedes holds on, Raquel RAMS her in again! Mercedes is holding on tight, but Raquel powers her through to a lawn dart, only for Mercedes to send her into ropes! Mercedes ROCKS Raquel, runs in but misses in the corner! Mercedes dodges the boot to ROCK Raquel again! Mercedes gets Raquel onto the top rope for a DRAPING SWINGING NECKBREAKER!! Cover, TWO!!
Fans are fired up as Mercedes and Raquel are down! Raquel gets to an apron, Mercedes joins her and runs in to SPEAR her onto the apron! Fans are thunderous and Dakota panics as both women flop to the floor! Mercedes hurries to get Raquel up and in at 7 of 10! Cover, TWO!! Raquel kicks from the mat but so does Mercedes! They kick more, Mercedes gets up to stomp and ROCK Raquel, throwing heavy hand after heavy hand! Mercedes runs, but rolls into an ALLEY-OOP into ropes! Mercedes flops out of the ring but Raquel snarls as she crawls after her. Raquel won’t leave it to the count as she drags Mercedes up and RAMS her into barriers!
Raquel brings Mercedes up to lawn dart into the post! Raquel goes in, drags Mercedes to a cover, TWO!! Mercedes is still in this and Raquel is starting to lose her cool. Dakota coaches Raquel, fans rally and duel, and Raquel drags Mercedes up. Mercedes jawbreakers back! Mercedes kicks a leg, throws haymakers, then runs, but Raquel shields herself from the body check. Mercedes stomps Raquel more, throws EuroUppers, then runs, but Raquel LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Raquel hurries to get Mercedes up for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Raquel is angry, she gets Mercedes up, but Mercedes fights the bomb off to roll up! TWO, and Mercedes KNEES Raquel down!
Mercedes drags Raquel up, fisherman to the BUSTER! Cover, TWO!?! Raquel survives and Mercedes can’t believe it! Mercedes hurries to get Raquel up by her wrists, fires off KNEE after KNEE into her head, but Raquel dodges the third to BOOT! Raquel hurries to drag Mercedes back up, hooks the leg, DESPERADO BOMB!! Cover, Raquel wins!
Winner: Raquel Gonzalez, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Champion)
Mercedes put up one hell of a fight, but in the end, it was not enough! Will Raquel continue to knock down those that line up to face her?
Isaiah “Swerve” Scott and crew arrive.
They don’t let the cameramen get in their way and even shove one down! #TopDolla AJ Francis tells him to get up, he wasn’t even pushed that hard. What will Swerve, AJF, Ashante “Thee” Adonis and Briana Brandy have to say to NXT after the break?
NXT returns and Gargano is getting kicked out from somewhere?
Gargano promises to see Reed next week, and we find that he just finished attacking Reed in his locker room! Reed gets up and says, “Johnny’s a dead man!” But Reed is in no shape to do anything about it tonight, will he have 7 days to grow meaner and madder?
Isaiah “Swerve” Scott stands on stage.
He has a mic to say, “It’s about to get real spooky here in NXT.” With that, the “Hit Row” make their first official entrance! Brandy, Adonis and #TopDolla stand with Swerve, strike a pose, and then swagger down to the ring. They get Swerve a chair so he can sit, and he admits he made mistakes in NXT. But the biggest mistake was that he was trying to be something that the fans all thought he was. That’s not Swerve! “Whose house? Swerve’s house?” “Swerve is confidence?” That’s not him! But what is Swerve? “Swerve is a savage. Swerve is disrespectful. Swerve is a very dangerous man.” And that’s how he’s been the last six months.
So it only felt right to recruit those who felt just like him! Staring with Top Dolla! Why he Top Dolla? Because from the NFL to A&E to XXL Magazine to NXT on USA, he makes top dolla everyday! He’s nefarious, scariest, make you digest each line like lariats! Anyone want a beef? He gonna bury ya! You don’t know what’ sat stake, you become vegetarian! Quick question? Who hotta than Top Dolla? Not nada! Adonis has three rules. First, details are crucial. Second, don’t try him, proceed with caution. And third, check your energy when you come around them or you gonna get WORLDSTAR’D! Whoa, alright, relax, no one else is out here.
Brandy says you just have to look at her and you’ll understand she’s fab. They see it! Brandy IS fab. But unlucky for everyone else, she’s also legit. She’s been on tour with Juicy J, been overseas and coulda stayed, but Swerve said he needed a mind, so she didn’t mind. She’s the dime who makes the deals, like last week with Leon Ruff. Who? That boy’s a done deal. They put money on Ruff’s head so Dolla dropped him! Swerve says this is fun and all, but look at what’s in the ring right now! “This here is a problem! Together, we produce hits! We are Hit Row! And if you didn’t know, now you know!” Will these four hit the top of the charts and get gold as easy as breathing?
Cameron Grimes went to a local auction today.
The auction was for a beautiful lakefront home with 8 bed, 6 baths, a full Jacuzzi and a deck overlooking the lake. The bidding starts at two MILLION dollars! But Cameron Grimes said, “Hold the phone!” He asks Mr. Alan if it’s for two, then put him down. Yes, sir, please have a seat first. Grimes says no problem. Two million? Two fifty? Three? Grimes can’t keep up, why’s he talking so fast? The numbers climb, Grimes says everyone should just stop now as he goes for four million. Five million! Five and a half! Grimes is getting annoyed. Who is that? Six million! Seven! Eight MILLION! Grimes is confident, but then someone says TWENTY MILLION!?!? Grimes can’t handle that!
Who spends 20 million on a house?! The winner is TED DEBIASE!! Grimes loses his mind again and says Ted is ruining his life! Grimes dares him to bring it on! DeBiase says it again, everyone has a price for the Million Dollar Man. And Grimes is no Million Dollar Man. Grimes shouts, “WHYYYY~!?” But when and where, if at all, will Grimes finally get even with the living legend?
Zoey Stark speaks.
“I was a big fan of Toni Storm before I got here. She is exactly what she says she is: a global superstar.” The problem is, Toni stopped performing and started talking. Toni said Stark was pissing her off as a “flavor of the month” that was losing her taste. Toni does not like Stark, but not because Stark beat her, but because she outworks her. Stark practically lives in the gym, moves around in the weight room, puts in the hard work to be a success, and then beat Storm. We get a rematch next week, and it won’t be an upset but a legit victory because Storm is going to face a wrestling machine! Will Stark ride the lightning and end #ToniTime before it begins again?
Kyle O’Reilly VS Oney Lorcan w/ Pete Dunne!
While #CoolKyle wants another go at the NXT Championship, but the Boston Brawler says he just can’t get it done! Kyle knows Lorcan is itching for a fight so he’s giving him a fight on live television! Will Kyle use Lorcan as a launching pad back into the top title scene?
The bell rings, Kyle and Lorcan circle, and they tie up. They end up on the ropes, the ref counts and the two reset. Kyle and Lorcan tie up again, Lorcan gets an arm but Kyle gets them to the ropes again. The ref counts, the two back off, and then go again. Lorcan powers Kyle onto ropes, lets off, but swings a chop! Kyle dodges, kicks but Lorcan blocks! Lorcan gets a facelock, floats all around, gets the arm, and drags Kyle down to a headscissor. Kyle moves around, rolls Lorcan over to get the legs then float to a headlock. Kyle shifts his grip to then get an arm. Lorcan fights free, fights up, and puts Kyle in a corner. The ref counts, Lorcan swings but Kyle ducks to hit back! And again!
Kyle headlocks, grinds Lorcan, but Lorcan powers out, only for Kyle to run him over! Things speed up, Lorcan BLASTS Kyle down with that back elbow! Lorcan bumps Kyle off buckles, whips him corner to corner hard, and Kyle hits the mat! Lorcan looms over Kyle, taunts him, and has him at the ropes to shove and CLUBS him in the back! Kyle flops to the apron, Lorcan goes after him through the ropes, but Kyle gets a HANGING ARMBAR! The ref counts, Kyle lets off, and Dunne is right there. Kyle stares Dunne down but Lorcan CLBOBERS him from behind! Fans boo and Kyle writhes as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Lorcan knocks Kyle down with a straddle attack! Lorcan rains down rights, but lets Kyle get up so he can CHOP him to a corner! Lorcan talks trash right in Kyle’s face before he CHOPS him! Kyle hits back, Lorcan CHOPS again, repeat! Kyle manages to stay up, KICKS back, but Lorcan blocks a kick to elbow the knee! Lorcan runs in to back elbow Kyle in a corner. Lorcan goes corner to corner but into a kitchen sink knee! Kyle gets Lorcan up, clinches and fires off knees, then SLAPS and knees and KICKS! Kyle sweeps the legs, fans fire up! Lorcan goes to a corner, Kyle runs in, and hits a BIG forearm smash! Kyle wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER and BIG back suplex!
Kyle gets a HEEL HOOK! Lorcan goes for his own but rolls to a ropebreak! The ref counts, Kyle lets off fast and KICKS Lorcan’s leg! Lorcan CHOPS back, Kyle KICKS, repeat! Kyle knees low, reels Lorcan in for a facelock but Lorcan fights off the guillotine, only to get a KNEE to the chest! Kyle gets Lorcan up, BRAINBUSTER! Kyle goes to a corner, climbs up top, KING KONG KNEE DROP!! Cover, Kyle wins!
Winner: Kyle O’Reilly, by pinfall
Dunne fires off on Kyle! Kyle hits back but Lorcan returns! Lorcan get Kyle down so Dunne can STOMP Kyle’s head! The 2v1 mugging continues, but BOBBY FISH returns! He fires off KICKS on Dunne and Lorcan! Fish DECKS Lorcan, SPLASHES Dunne, but Lorcan comes back. Fish elbows Lorcan away, BOOTS Dunne out, and Kyle KICKS Lorcan down! Fans are fired up as reDRagon has reunited! Well, not quite. Kyle says he is doing his own thing, and Fish respects that, because he has his own scores to settle with Dunne and Lorcan. Will these two finish what the Bruiserweight and Boston Brawler started, but not together?
“In a world…”
“…filled with evil and uncertainty, two women overcame every obstacle and found a way to achieve their destiny.” The NEW NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions are Indi Hartwell and Candice LeRae, of The Way! Cheesy superhero movie stuff aside, will Indi & Candice lead the way into the future?
Bronson Reed speaks.
“JOHNNY, GARGANO! I am sick to death of you! I am sick to death of Austin Theory, and I am sick to death of The Way!” Reed talked with William Regal, and he has given Reed what he wants! The North American Championship match is now inside a STEEL CAGE!! Will this already colossal match going full metal be the way Gargano’s reign ends?
NXT Cruiserweight Championship, Best 2 Out of 3 Falls: KUSHIDA VS Santos Escobar w/ El Legado del Fantasma!
The Time Splitter dethroned the undisputed Cruiserweight Champion right after TakeOver: Stand & Deliver because of the arrogance of Escobar’s open challenge. But now, Escobar has returned to take this title away! This will settle things so that there are no excuses! Will the Emperor of Lucha be better than the Super Junior twice to solidify his legacy?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and perhaps the most important match in this division’s history main events NXT!
Escobar kicks and clubs Kushida right away! Then he throws Kushida out! The ref keeps him in the ring but Legado makes a move! Kushida is ready and he hits them first! Then MSK FLIES in from the barriers! Lee & Carter aren’t going to let Wilde & Mendoza ruin this, and also get in some shots before their own inevitable title match! Lee ROUNDHOUSES, Carter KNEES, and the ref has to tell them all they’re EJECTED from ringside! Good enough for MSK! Escobar is pissed, but he doesn’t see Kushida climbing! He turns around, Kushida SUPER SWANTONS! Direct hit and the CWC is thunderous as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns and Kushida runs but into a dropkick! Escobar catches his breath, drags Kushida from ropes, and has a Half Crab that he gets a side angle on so he can fishhook Kushida’s face! The ref reprimands, Escobar drags Kushida up and puts him in a corner. Escobar CHOPS Kushida down, hoists him up top, and then CHOPS him again! Escobar climbs up to fireman’s carry, for a TOP ROPE GUTBUSTER! Kushida flops to the steel steps below, Escobar goes out after him to throwback to their previous match! Boston Crab into the post! The ref counts, Escobar lets off because he can’t waste a fall, and he goes into the ring. Kushida KICKS, Escobar fires off forearms!
Escobar whips, drop toeholds, then gets the legs to hook them up. Escobar clubs Kushida, gets his arms, and brings Kushida into the ROMERO SPECIAL! Kushida endures the floating surfboard, Escobar throws him down and then reels him into a deep camel clutch! Kushida still endures, Escobar shifts to shoot the half on a cover, TWO! Kushida gets to a corner but Escobar kicks him down! Escobar stands Kushida up, fires forearms, but Kushida fires them back! Escobar BOOTS Kushida, KICKS him, then stalks him back to a corner. Escobar digs his knees in and chokes Kushida on ropes, but the ref counts. Escobar lets off, to then pull Kushida back against ropes!
The ref counts, Escobar lets off, he stomps Kushida and kicks him around. Escobar drags Kushida up, throws more forearms, then runs corner to corner to DOUBLE KNEE Kushida down! Fans rally and duel while Escobar talks trash to Kushida. Escobar gives more kicks, more haymakers, and more CHOPS! Kushida staggers, Escobar puts him back in the corner and ROCKS him! Escobar puts Kushida up top, climbs up to join him, but Kushida shoves him away! Escobar comes back to bring Kushida down for more haymakers! Escobar climbs up so he can rain down punches and he gets 10! The fans duel, Escobar soaks up the heat, and he puts Kushida up top to CHOP!
Escobar climbs again, and SUPER STEINERS, but into a sunset flip! TWO!! Kushida is after an arm, Escobar whips him away, but Kushida handsprings and back elbows! Kushida whips to hip toss, cartwheel and dropkick Escobar down! Kushida fires up but Escobar KNEES him first! Fireman’s carry and PHANTOM DRIVER!! Cover, Escobar scores a fall!
Escobar: 1; Kushida: 0
The Emperor has the first point and is now in control! Fans rally up and Escobar runs in, DOUBLE KNEES to Kushida! Escobar runs, but Kushida jumps to get a body scissors! Kushida drags Escobar down, gets the arm and has the ARMBAR!! Escobar knows he’s stuck, so he TAPS!
Escobar: 1; Kushida: 1
In the blink of an eye, we’re back to square one! It all comes down to this, who will be NXT Cruiserweight Champion?! Both men recover as NXT goes picture in picture!
Escobar shakes out the bad arm while Kushida is in a corner. A ring count could still settle this but Escobar gets in. Kushida runs corner to corner to dropkick Escobar down! Kushida stomps and stomps and then rains down fists! Kushida lets off to get Escobar up and wrench the arm. ARMBAR BULLDOG! Kushida stands over Escobar, stands on the arm and hammerlocks it to CRANK it!! Escobar writhes and clutches the elbow but Kushida is after him again. Kushida KICKS the shoulder, Escobar reaches for ropes but Kushida drags him away. Kushida wrenches to another ELBOW BREAKER!
Escobar staggers to a corner, Kushida drags him down and locks the bad arm to then get the good arm and step over. Kushida has the double omoplata and SNAP LOCKS ’em! Escobar writhes, Kushida KICKS him in the leg and the side over and over! Escobar rolls to an apron, Kushida is after him, but Escobar kicks him away. Kushida comes back to KICK the bad arm! Kushida gets the arm, pushes down for a cover, TWO, into a KIMURA! Escobar fights up, Kushida CLUBS the arm and YANKS it! Kushida wants the double wristlock again but Escobar gets up. They go around and around, Kushida stays clamped on and NXT returns to single picture.
They go around and around and Escobar throws Kushida out! Escobar goes out after Kushida but Kushida is right after the arm! Escobar RAMS Kushida into barriers! Escobar hurries inside, Kushida gets him through the ropes! Escobar ROCKS Kushida, but Kushida has the KIMURA again! Escobar HOTSHOTS Kushida down! Escobar builds speed to DIVE!! Direct hit at the ramp with that Arrow from Hell! Escobar puts Kushida in, covers, TWO!! Kushida is still in this but Escobar covers again, TWO! Escobar underhooks the arms, Kushida fights the driver, and he breaks free to wrench and run! Escobar scoops, tilt-o-whirl but Kushida makes it a DDT!!
Both men are down and the CWC is thunderous! Kushida goes to a corner, Escobar slowly gets up. Kushida climbs a corner to AX HANDLE the bad arm! Kushida hits the FAST BALL and the PENALTY KICK! Escobar bails out but Kushida builds speed to slide. Escobar ducks under to waistlock, but Kushida has the arm to ARMBAR BULLDOG again! Fans are fired up as Kushida drags Escobar back up. Kushida puts Escobar in, stalks up behind Escobar, but Escobar avoids the kick! Kushida wheelbarrows to a victory roll, TWO!! Kushida jumps on to body scissor! Escobar makes the Hoverboard into a small package! TWO!! CALF KICK!
Escobar drags Kushida up into the fireman’s carry, but Kushida fights free! Escobar switches, Kushida blocks to sit, TWO, to a sunset! TWO, high stack! TWO, sunset, TWO! Prawn hold, TWO!!! Things speed up again, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down!! “This is Awesome!” and still isn’t over yet! Escobar and Kushida slowly stir, Escobar is in a corner and Kushida runs in! Escobar blocks, puts Kushida up top and ENZIGURIS! Escobar climbs up again, fireman’s carries, fans anticipate what’s coming, and Kushida does, too! Kushida elbows free this time! Kushida has Escobar with a double wristlock, SUPER ARM-DRAG!! HOVERBOARD LOCK!!
Escobar endures, reaches, but Kushida drags him away from the ropes!! Kushida cranks as hard as he can but Escobar keeps fighting! ROPEBREAK! Kushida has the arm still, Escobar rams into buckles, and again! Kushida throws knees in return, and HAMMERLOCK SUPLEXES Escobar into buckles! Kushida drags Escobar back up, for another HAMMERLOCK SUPLEX! Bridging cover, Kushida wins!!!
Winner: KUSHIDA, by pinfall (still NXT Cruiserweight Champion)
The Time Splitter outmaneuvers Escobar and holds onto the title! Will this send the Emperor of Lucha to the back of the line? Who is next for Kushida’s growing reign?
What an awesome night! Of course, just about every week of NXT is awesome, but this was especially awesome. I don’t usually note recap packages, but NXT used the small recap of last week’s NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship match to transition into hyping up tonight’s matches. That is something Raw and even SmackDown can learn to do with their recent use of opening recaps. And using this one to set up Kross VS Theory opening the show was pretty well done. Theory and Gargano had great character work here, the match itself was perhaps the most intense a squash match could be, and of course Kross wins.
Gargano being mad at Regal is of course a great running gag. Gargano gets mad he has a match next week, reactively attacks Reed and only makes things worse for himself, and I am sure I am going to again be surprised by how well a steel cage match can go. Maybe Gargano wins, maybe Reed wins, who knows. The Way having that quick superhero spot to remind us again that Candice & Indi won the tag titles was fun, but I was hoping for a bit more, like a minute or so showing us how dysfunctional and chaotic it was to get things right for that little bit we got to see. Or at least a reaction from Shotzi and Ember. Maybe we get another The Way superhero video and then a reaction next week.
The next couple of weeks are being built up pretty well, too. Storm VS Stark, the North American Championship Steel Cage match, maybe Wolfe VS Dain that we were supposed to get tonight, just to name a few for next week, are all great matches. Then in two weeks, Franky Monet finally wrestles for NXT, and Kross VS Balor happens on TV! A big match in May before TakeOver: In Your House 2021 in June makes some sense, and will make for awesome television again. But I am thinking Kross finds a way to retain so that he can be the one who faces Kyle at TakeOver. Dunne’s open challenge answered by Ruff was great, Kyle VS Lorcan was great, Fish returning was awesome, and while I like them as reDRagon, it makes a lot of sense for Kyle and Fish to try things as singles stars for right now.
Grimes losing an auction to DeBiase was great, if only because it gives us a general idea of the (kayfabe) amount of money Grimes is making. He was willing to go to eight million but high double digits was too much. “Hit Row” is a good enough name for Swerve’s faction, their promos together were alright, it was the first time #TopDolla, Briana Brandy or even Ashante “Thee” Adonis (Tehuti Miles) have gotten real talking time, but it helped get their personalities and roles in the group across. Give it some time and I’m sure these four will be a top faction in NXT.
I’m a little surprised the women’s title didn’t main event, but I suppose it did give the match time to breathe. I think some booing had to be piped in to convince viewers that Raquel was the Heel, because I am sure the CWC fans love both Raquel and Mercedes. Raquel retaining makes sense, she just got going with this title, and she is definitely heading to TakeOver to face just about anyone NXT wants her to because there are so many good choices. MSK VS Breezango was a very good tag match, and they had the ref getting involved in a way that enhanced the match, and I think started getting some of the more reluctant CWC fans onboard.
MSK calling out Legado is a good move on their part, as was helping fight Legado off during the main event. Kushida VS Escobar is an awesome match, definitely worthy of the main event, but I figured there would be the usual case of WWE and televised wrestling making the second fall happen really quickly. But even then, NXT had a brilliant way of making that work because commentary sold the surprise of that armbar. Escobar took a smart, tactical approach of giving up his lead to save his arm, and then that arm still comes back to bite him because Kushida just kept after it and used that to win. Kushida retaining makes sense, Escobar can move on to whoever or whatever else, Kushida can give us fresh match ups, and surely Jordan Devlin will be putting his name back in the conversation soon enough.
My Score: 9.4/10
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