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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (7/6/19)

Taven takes on the Hot Sauce!

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ROH Wrestling Television, Episode 407

From PCO to Mark Haskins to Flip Gordon to even Jeff Cobb, Matt Taven has retained the ROH World Championship. Can Hot Sauce Tracy Williams succeed where others have failed?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Kingdom VS The Bouncers; The Kingdom wins.
  • Brian Johnson VS Josh Woods; Woods wins.
  • ROH World Championship: Matt Taven VS Tracy Williams; Taven wins and retains the ROH World Championship.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Kingdom VS The Bouncers!

While their charismatic leader prepares for battle, the Horror King and Sassy Wild Horse have one of their own! Will Vinnie Marseglia and TK O’Ryan be able to bounce Brawler Brian Milonas and the Beer City Bruiser to then cheer on Taven? Or will tonight’s ringside ban be the least of their concerns after this?

There is no Code of Honor upheld by the Kingdom, but that’s par for the course. Milonas starts against TK and TK has to fire himself up before tying up with the Mastodon. Milonas easily shoves TK away and grins as TK gets up. TK runs back at Milonas but gets shoved down again! Milonas shows a punch and TK scrambles away! Vinnie distracts Milonas, and TK rakes Milonas’ eyes! TK CHOPS away on Milonas in the corner, but Milonas comes back to bump TK off the buckles. Fans chant ‘BEER! BEER!” with each hit, then Milonas whips TK to back drop him down! TK gets up to get CHOPS from Milonas, then another whip. Milonas gives big double chops, and Bruiser likes what he sees. Milonas whips TK corner to corner but TK goes up and over.

TK baits Milonas to go up and over again, and again, and then again. Milonas stops to catch his breath, then they keep going. TK continues to evade Milonas, then dropkicks the tired Mastodon down. TK celebrates a little too much, because as he kneels and waves, Milonas falls on him! The referee checks on both men, and Milonas realizes he squashed TK underneath him. Milonas gets up and Bruiser calls him over. The tag is made and Bruiser back suplexes. TK slips out to tag in Vinnie! Vinnie runs in, but Bruiser runs him over! Bruiser scoops and carries Vinnie around, but Vinnie slips out to shove Bruiser into buckles! Vinnie runs side to side but Bruiser dodges him in the corner. Bruiser runs in but gets a big knee! Vinnie runs out, tilt-o-whirls, but can’t bring Bruiser down in the leg sweep!

Bruiser swings but VInnie dodges, only to get “BEER!” jabs! TK runs in, and he gets jabs, too! Bruiser punches TK then Vinnie and repeat. Bruiser winds up to take a bite, but Vinnie fish hooks Bruiser’s mouth! So Bruiser bites Vinnie’s fingers! The referee reprimands Bruiser, but Bruiser reminds us, “I can’t bite! I ain’t got no teef.” Tag to Milonas, but Vinnie boots Bruiser. Vinnie whips Bruiser but Bruiser reverses to feed Vinnie to Milonas’ Scrapbuster! TK climbs up while Vinnie bails out, but he leaps into Milonas’ arms! Milonas adjusts and Bruiser dropkicks for the sidewalk slam! Fans fire up with the Bouncers as Bruiser tags in. Milonas helps Bruiser build speed to CANNONBALL off the apron! He wipes out both TK and Vinnie!

Bruiser gets up and high-fives fans as he puts TK back in. Bruiser goes to whip Vinnie but Vinnie whips Bruiser into the post! He hit his teeth! Vinnie grabs Bruiser again to smash his mouth off railing! Bruiser clutches whatever teeth he has left while ROH goes to break.

ROH returns and Vinnie clubs Bruiser with crossface forearms. “You wanna bite me?!” Vinnie makes Bruiser bite ropes as he shoves his face against the middle one. The ref counts and Vinnie lets up at 4, but he distracts the ref while TK pulls Bruiser in more! TK adds an uppercut then backs off, leaving Bruiser to rest on the ropes. Vinnie kicks the ropes to jam Bruiser’s teeth more! Fans rally up with chants of “BEER! BEER!” but Vinnie drags Bruiser back up to put him in a corner. Vinnie runs side to side for a forearm smash, then another! He bumps Bruiser off buckles again, for Sliced Bread! Cover, TWO! Vinnie seethes while Bruiser checks his gums.

Vinnie wrenches Bruiser’s neck and hooks the mouth but the ref stops him. Bruiser gets up but Vinnie throws European Uppercuts. Tag to TK and The Kingdom double whip. Bruiser blocks the flapjack but gets body shots. The Kingdom both run, but into double sidewalk slams! All three men are down but Milonas and the fans rally up. Bruiser crawls, hot tag to Milonas! The Brawler rallies with big hands on The Kingdom! He blasts TK with a shoulder, then POUNCES Vinnie! Milonas grabs TK but gets a JAB! TK runs but into the crossbody! Milonas shouts to Bruiser, and the Bouncers coordinate. But Vinnie trips Bruiser up! Vinnie then anchors Milonas to disrupt the superplex, and TK crossbodies to cover! The Kingdom win!

Winners: The Kingdom, TK O’Ryan pinning

No Last Call, no Closing Time! The Kingdom keeps the bar open, but can Taven make it their night in the main event?

The Bouncers stay respectful, offering beers for the #ToastofHonor. The Kingdom’s response: they do take the beers, and the mic. “ROH is prided on elite tag team wrestling.” And there’s no doubt the Bouncers are elite. Fans agree with that. “But tonight, you guys proved to us that you’re exactly like everybody here. A big, fat loser.” And then they pour the beer on the floor!? The Bouncers clobber and whip The Kingdom to run them over! That’ll show The Kingdom to disrespect them and beer!

 

ROH hears from Matt Taven.

“Beware of the quiet man. For while others speak, he watches. And while others act, he plans. And when they finally rest, he strikes. That ol’ soft bark with a big bite.” The problem is, Matt Taven never rests! He’s worked harder than anyone in ROH history to become the world champion! And he will not be satisfied. The finish line is nowhere in sight, and there is work to be done. Taven will be ready for the quiet man, but he also wants the quiet man to know that “IIIII’M the world champion, and my bark is as big as my bite.”

 

ROH also hears from Tracy Williams.

“I’m standing here right now, going into the biggest match of my ROH career so far, and of my entire wrestling career so far.” Tracy earned this opportunity, and he doesn’t take it lightly. Taven holds a title that has also been held by some of the greatest professional wrestlers in history. Taven added his name to the list, so hopefully he enjoyed his time with the title. Tracy is coming to take the title. The Kingdom can’t stop him from out-wrestling Taven. Taven better hold on tight, because that belt will be going home with Tracy.

 

Brian Johnson VS Josh Woods!

The Number One feels The Goods hasn’t been good since he won the 2017 Top Prospect Tournament. In fact, Johnson feels Woods is the biggest bust in the tournament’s history. But Woods is all about “less is more” and being #DownToFight. Will Johnson still feel like “the one” after he actually gets in a fight with The Goods?

Johnson keeps his distance as Woods gets in the ring. The Code of Honor is upheld but Johnson also talks trash and shoves Woods. Johnson boasts and brags that he’ll be the top guy soon enough, but then Woods picks him up for a slam! Woods stalks Johnson, waistlocks and deadlifts, but Johnson grabs ropes. Johnson elbows Woods out and gets all smug again, but then gets a BOOT to the gut! Woods grimaces but Johnson yanks Woods into buckles. Johnson throws forearms and stomps away in the corner. He throws in elbows, then gets his arrogance back. Johnson whips Woods but Woods reverses it. Johnson goes up but Woods catches him!

Woods yanks but Johnson holds onto the ropes. Johnson elbows Woods down, then gets some space. He runs at Woods in the corner for a big back elbow, then throws a slapping haymaker. Johnson runs corner to corner, but Woods catches him and carries him, before throwing him with an exploder! Woods clobbers Johnson then stalks Johnson to a corner. He whips Johnson corner to corner and then runs in, but Johnson dodges! Woods rams into the post and falls to the floor! Johnson is smug again as ROH goes to break.

ROH returns and Johnson has Woods in a chinlock. Woods endures and fans rally up. Woods fights his way up and out of the hold and throws elbows. Johnson shifts to a facelock but Woods powers him into a corner! Woods throws big hands on Johnson then whips. Johnson holds the ropes and Woods’ arm jams. Johnson then runs to clothesline Woods down! Cover, TWO! Johnson is furious that Woods is still in this. But Woods is clutching his arm, so Johnson goes after it. He slams it on the mat, then grabs it for an armbar DDT! “That’s a top prospect?!” Johnson isn’t impressed but Woods hits back. Johnson wrenches the arm to a standing armlock, but Woods endures. Fans rally up and Woods fights back with his good arm giving forearms. But Johnson wrenches more.

Woods still throws forearms but Johnson yanks. Johnson wrenches again but Woods forearms free! And throws a big knee! Woods rallies with forearms then a belly2belly! Fans fire up with Woods as he runs corner to corner for a shining wizard! Johnson falls and Woods covers, TWO! Johnson survives and Woods is shocked. Woods grabs a leg but Johnson grabs ropes. Johnson kicks Woods’ bad arm then kicks a leg out! Woods falls and Johnson uses the ropes to cover! But the ref sees that as clear as the nose on his face! Johnson clubs away on Woods, but Woods snapmares back. Woods hits another big knee! Wrench to fireman’s carry, SEISMIC TOSS! Cover, Woods wins!

Winner: Josh Woods, by pinfall

The Goods still has it! It’ll be awhile before the Number One is better than Mr. Top Prospect 2017, but can becoming Mr. Top Prospect 2019 help with that?

 

ROH looks back to how Hot Sauce became a contender.

It was War of the Worlds Tour, 5/11/19, Tracy Williams VS Eli Isom. LifeBlood’s Hot Sauce got the Future of Honor up for a crunching piledriver and won the match, and has lined up his ROH World Championship shot for tonight! Can Hot Sauce succeed where others have failed? Or will The Kingdom still hold gold thanks to Matt Taven?

 

ROH World Championship: Matt Taven VS Tracy Williams!

Former world champion, Jay Lethal, joins commentary to watch the man that took the title from him at G1 Supercard. Despite being on the losing end of a Best 2 Out of 3 Falls series with Kenny King, Lethal will get another shot at the world title at ROH Manhattan Mayhem on July 20th! Who meets The Franchise Player in Hammerstein?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the Code of Honor is actually upheld. Taven and Tracy back off for the bell, and we begin!

Tracy is fired up already as he circles with Taven. Taven gets to a corner and uses the ropes as defense, then trash talks a fan that his girl’s going home with Taven. Lethal is practically pacing at commentary as Taven and Tracy tie up. Taven wrenches to a wristlock but Tracy reverses to hammerlock then headlock and takeover. Taven headscissors but Tracy pops out. The two stand off and fans cheer as they circle again. Taven and Tracy tie up and Taven waistlocks. He spins Tracy for a snapmare then crucifix, TWO! Taven brags about how good he’s doing and Tracy “applauds.” Tracy and Taven circle again, but Taven again uses the ropes as defense. Taven has Tracy cool of while ROH goes to break.

ROH returns again, and Tracy steps through to drop on the toehold! Taven kicks but Tracy catches it! To roll it into a heel hook! Taven scrambles and gets the ropebreak. Tracy lets go and wants to know where the champ’s confidence went. Taven slowly gets up but again uses ropes as defense. To then sucker CHOP Tracy! Taven whips Tracy but Tracy reverses to CHOP back! Tracy reels Taven in for a trapped-arm saido suplex! Taven stands but Tracy is on him with another CHOP! Tracy CHOPS in the corner and Taven reels towards another. The CHOPS keep coming but Taven kicks back. Taven suplexes but Tracy slips out to CHOP again! Tracy goes to suplex but Taven powers him into buckles.

Taven rams his shoulders in then runs corner to corner, only for Tracy to slip out and swing boots into Taven! Tracy fires up while Taven staggers and falls back. Tracy slingshots but rolls through as Taven bails out. Taven turns around into a wrecking ball dropkick! Tracy throws forearms on Taven as they go around the ring. Tracy CHOPS away with palm strikes and kicks, then chases him back in the ring. Taven bails back out but Tracy is on him at the barriers. Taven ducks the chop to then throw Tracy into a post! Tracy’s bad shoulder collides with steel, then Taven throws Tracy into railing! Taven puts Tracy in but decides to take the night off early. He takes his belt back and blows kisses to his fans. But the fans boo as Taven goes up the ramp.

Tracy pursues and throws hands in front of the stage! And CHOPS, too! Fans cheer as Tracy drags Taven up the steps to bounce him off them! Taven crawls as the 20 count reaches 10, but Tracy climbs up onto stage. Tracy fires up and FLIES with a forearm! He takes Taven down and fans cheer for “R O H!” The ref gets Tracy to drag Taven back to the ring, and the action goes back inside. Fans fire up with Hot Sauce as he aims. Taven runs in but gets kicks! The toe gets Taven in the face! Tracy climbs but Taven rocks him with a forearm. Taven climbs up to join Tracy but Tracy grabs Taven! The two fight up top with body shots, but then Taven grabs Tracy for a SUPER Russian Leg Sweep!! Tracy crashes and burns on ropes, apron and cameraman!

Taven builds speed to WRECK Tracy with the dropkick! “Because I’m… Matt Taven.” Taven soaks up the heat from the fans while ROH goes to one more break.

ROH returns once more as Taven and Tracy are down in the ring. Taven crawls to a corner while Tracy goes to the opposite end. Tracy runs in but Taven dodges, only to run into an elbow. Tracy hops up and leaps for a Sicilian Slice leg drop! Hot Sauce stays hot as he climbs up again. Taven is in the drop zone and Tracy leaps, but Taven gets clear of the double stomps. Tracy rolls through but turns around into Taven’s Slingblade to sleeper hold! But Tracy powers out and puts one on Taven! Tracy hops on but Taven powers him into buckles. Taven is free, but Tracy reels him back in! The ref calls for a ropebreak but Taven breaks free again. Taven hoists Tracy up and enziguris the bad shoulder! Taven grabs Tracy, but Tracy pushes him away.

Tracy misses the clothesline in the corner but elbows Taven away. Tracy hops up but Taven enziguris again! Taven has Tracy in the other corner and back up top. He CHOPS Tracy then shouts at a fan, “Suck on that, fatty!” Taven climbs but Tracy has him for a half hatch DDT to the top buckle! Tracy fires up, hops up, and leaps for a flying DDT!! Cover, TWO! Taven survives and Tracy can’t believe it! Both men are down and fans rally up as a standing count begins. Tracy sits up first but Taven slowly follows. Tracy drags Taven to his feet and wants a piledriver, but Taven blocks. Taven back drops but Tracy sunset flips, only for Taven to roll through and give Tracy #JustTheTip of the knee! Both men are down again and another standing count begins!

Fans cheer and rally as both men stir again. Both men get to ropes and stand. Taven runs at Tracy but gets buckles. Tracy throws forearms then whips corner to corner. Taven stops himself, rolls back and enziguris Tracy again! Tracy escapes the back suplex, but Taven ducks the discus. Tracy blocks the boot to hit a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Into a Crossface!! Taven flails but Tracy shifts to the Ankle Lock! Tracy has Taven away from ropes, but Taven keeps fighting. Tracy drops down to an STF! Fans rally both ways as Taven crawls, to a ropebreak! Tracy can’t believe he couldn’t finish it there. Tracy springboard stomps Taven, then slashes the throat. He drags Taven up and wants the piledriver, but Taven back drops again. Tracy sunset flips again, but Taven rolls through again for more of #JustTheTip!

Taven headlocks but Tracy denies the Climax, to spin around and swing a lariat. Taven blocks that, into another headlock, and the CLIMAX! But Taven has to crawl to the cover, TWO!? Tracy lives and Taven is stunned! But the fans know “This is Awesome!” Taven focuses and drags Tracy to a drop zone. Taven climbs, leaps, frog splash onto knees!! Cover, TWO!! Tracy knees low then drags Taven in, PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Taven survives the driver and now Tracy is beside himself. Fans are fired up for both men as another standing count begins. Tracy sits up first but Taven follows again. Tracy grabs Taven but Taven rolls through. Taven runs around but can’t get free of Tracy’s grip, so he sends Tracy into the ref! And then he throws Tracy’s bad shoulder into an exposed turnbuckle! The buckle Taven exposed during commercial comes into play! Taven steps through to lock the arm, CLIMAX! Cover, Taven wins!

Winner: Matt Taven, by pinfall; still ROH World Champion

The Kingdom’s king survives LifeBlood’s technical genius! But now Lethal is ready for a major rematch in Manhattan! Will things finally be settled between Lethal and Taven? Who comes out proving they are the one true ROH World Champion?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A pretty good ROH to help set up the Manhattan Mayhem special in a few weeks. Honestly, that’s the only thing this episode did, despite solid matches. Bouncers VS Kingdom was one good way to keep TK O’Ryan and Vinnie Marseglia from interfering with the main event, along with the mentioned ringside ban. Kingdom is still the better tag team so it makes sense for them to win. Perhaps we get a longer feud of Kingdom VS Bouncers to determine contenders to the ROH World Tag Team Championships. Manhattan Mayhem will see those titles on the line, Guerrillas of Destiny VS The Briscoes, and I can’t be sure the titles change hands because it doesn’t seem like that big of a PPV. Though perhaps it’ll have to be then or else ROH is never actually getting those titles back.

Obviously Josh Woods beats Brian Johnson because for starters, that’s how this story was going with Johnson talking so much trash to bring the match about. Secondly, “The Number One” is some kind of bootleg GLORIOUS Bobby/Robert Roode. For me, Johnson is dangerously close to “go away” heat with this smugness. But I have a feeling that alone will take him far in this year’s Top Prospect Tournament. Last year, the tournament was “scrapped” as Jeff Cobb kept blowing it up, but I’m pretty sure this year goes off like the others before it. I don’t know all the entrants, but I doubt the winner of that overcomes Shane Taylor if Shane Taylor is still ROH World TV Champion by the end of it.

The main event was much better, and naturally since it was for THE ROH World Championship. Tracy Williams did great, but as expected, he didn’t win. For one, this was a televised world title match, on only episode 407, it’s just not how things are done. Secondly, we’re getting Taven VS Lethal now in Manhattan, and this will for the time being settle things between them. We never really got the story I had hoped for with each man having their own version of the world title belt, but the matches have been good enough. I would expect Taven to win again, but I’m wondering where Kenny King is to complain that Lethal is still getting this shot at all. King won the 2 out of 3 series, so he has an actual reason to get a shot before Lethal. Maybe with the episode left before Manhattan Mayhem, King drops a promo about this.

My Score: 8.1/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (2/7/23)

DING DONG! Hello, NXT!

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Bayley has a Toxic return to NXT!

Vengeance Day is done, and Roxanne Perez is STILL NXT Women’s Champion. But DING DONG, HELLO~! Bayley is back to talk with the losers, Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Zoey Stark VS Sol Ruca; Stark wins.
  • Dabba-Kato VS Dante Chen; Kato wins.
  • Isla Dawn w/ Alba Fyre VS Tatum Paxley; Dawn wins.
  • Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS JD McDonagh; Hayes wins.
  • Lyra Valkyria VS Valentina Feroz w/ Wendy Choo; Lyra wins.
  • Odyssey Jones VS Channing Lorenzo w/ Tony D’Angelo; Lorenzo wins.
  • Chase U VS Pretty Deadly; Pretty Deadly wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams head to the ring.

Fans are torn as the man who won 2-0 over Apollo Crews and his hype man get the mics. Trick has the music cut, and says, “Reporting to you live, the greatest duo alive, Trick Melo Gang has finally arrived. Coming through your television sets like only we can, Vengeance Day will go down as the day Carmelo Hayes turned Apollo Crews, the vision seer, into Stevie Wonder!” Melo adds, “Alright, Trick, let me hear one of my catchphrases real quick. Melo is…” No, not that one. Oh, alright. Then let’s go with, “Melo IS-” Wait, c’mon! Oh, right, right. Melo IN TWO! He did it! He spoke things to existence, he was on the logo when he shot that shot and Melo Don’t Miss!

Melo said he’d get two straight and what’d he do? Clean sweep! Let’s talk about it! Apollo had the right vision, juts with the wrong one. Now the whole NXT Universe is shook! Melo is everything he says that he is! He is the one! He is HIM. Talk your talk, dawg! History doesn’t lie. Melo did what he said he’d do, beat everyone he said he’d beat. But there is one more man that needs to be put on a T-shirt, and there’s only one event that can hold the both of them. This is destiny. That man is… JD McDonagh? The Irish Ace walks out and fans boo as he tells Melo, “I’m sitting back there, my ears must be deceiving me. It sounded like you were about to challenge for the NXT title, right? Not just me?”

JD gets it. Melo is like most people in this crowd, he’s from the entitled generation. Melo is flashy, wants everyone to think he’s the coolest. But JD is here to tell Melo that he is the coolest. But in the ring, he’s not fit to hold JD’s jockstrap. And Melo loves saying he’s The A Champ, but Melo is not ready for the big title, or to be the face of NXT. Melo says this is the UK bar-setter trying to come off the bench to face Melo. Melo thought he beat everyone there is to beat, but he apparently left a survivor. JD is jealous, he hates Melo cuz he ain’t Melo. JD says Melo can count his entrances and shirts, but JD is counting body parts!

JD says Melo is about being VIP, the clubs, private rooms. JD is about sending people to the emergency room. So get your buddy to dial 911 now and tell them Melo’s coming. Melo says they can go back and forth all night, or they can see who’s about it and run the game. Fans like the sound of that! JD steps to Melo, and JD says, “Game on.” Fans of both men are ready to see this one! Will Melo be the one to trump the Irish Ace? Or will the Necessary Evil change Melo’s destiny?

 

Kiana James meets up with Fallon Henley.

Kiana says, “Hey, champ,” but Fallon tells her to save it. Fallon saw the match footage and Kiana cheated! Uh, Fallon didn’t see that, and neither did the ref. So what is Fallon gonna do? Give the titles back? They won! For the first time in their lives, they’re champions! Yeah, and that’s great, but they should give Kayden & Katana a rematch. Kiana says they can talk about that. Well, what’s not up for discussion is Kiana needs to tell Jensen about “Zack” or Fallon will. Fallon keeps going back to that! It was no one! Oh, okay. Then Fallon will go tell Jensen. Fallon wait! SURPRISE~! It’s a surprise party for the new tag champs!

Will Fallon be able to tell Jensen the drama now? Or will she wait for a better time?

 

NXT shares Grayson Waller interrupting HBK’s media call.

The 21st Century Success Story was NOT happy about his loss, but he wanted to know from Shawn Michaels himself why he isn’t “the guy.” Is it not the gear? Is it the fact the others are big fans of HBK’s? Does Waller have to do the HBK pose? Take a picture of him and HBK together? A-Train escorted Waller out but Waller kept wanting to talk. Will HBK give Waller his answer tonight? Will Waller like what he hears?

 

Zoey Stark VS Sol Ruca!

The Hunter is the number one suspect in the whodunnit that is the attack on Nikkita Lyons. The Sol Surfer is just as convinced as anyone that Stark did it, will Stark fight to defend her innocence? Or will she be guilty as charged?

NXT returns and Stark makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, and Stark knees low! Sol wrenches an arm but Stark wrenches back to YANK the arm! Fans taunt Stark with “OH~ Zoey is Angry~!” Stark tells them to shut up, whips Sol to a corner, but Sol goes up and over to handspring then arm-drag! Sol holds onto the arm but Stark fights up. Stark pulls hair, powers out, but Sol runs her over! Things keep moving, Stark hip tosses but Sol handsprings through to hit a FACEBUSTER! Sol kips up, then clotheslines Stark out of the ring! Stark staggers up, Sol runs in but the boot is deflected! Sol does the splits on the apron!

Sol BOOTS Stark from the apron, then drags her up to put her back in. Sol hurries in to whip but Stark blocks. The ref calls the ropebreak but Stark sucker punches Sol! Stark whips Sol hard into a corner, then back again! Stark snapmares and runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Stark clamps onto Sol with a chinlock and stretches her back. Stark CLUBS Sol with a crossface forearm, but fans rally up for Sol. Sol fights up, snapmares, but Stark holds on with a cravat. Sol throws body shots but Stark KNEES Sol! Stark ROCKS Sol, snapmares, but Sol handsprings through! Sol gest around, tilt-o-whirl sunset flip! TWO!!

Sol stands, into a LARIAT from Stark! Cover, TWO!! Sol survives but Stark pushes her around. Stark ROCKS Sol with forearms, but fans rally up again. Sol throws body shots and forearms but Stark ROCKS her again. Stark whips Sol to a corner, runs in, but only gets buckles! Sol ducks ‘n’ dodges to rally with shoulder tackles! Fans fire up and Sol DROPKICKS Stark down! Stark goes to a corner, Sol runs in and handsprings to SPLASH! Sol scoops but Stark grabs ropes! Stark elbows free, SUPERKICKS Sol and Sol flops to the apron! Sol shoulders back in, and again, then springboards to FLYING SPLASH onto knees!!

Stark says she’s too smart for Sol! She then RAMS Sol into the corner, drags her back out, and Z 360!! Cover, Stark wins!

Winner: Zoey Stark, by pinfall

That was definitely a wipeout for Sol. Stark is on top, and she beats Sol down for questioning her! She RAMS Sol into buckles again! Sol falls and flounders but Stark grins. Stark taunts Sol, drags her back up, and RAMS- NO, Sol blocks that to hit SOL SNATCHER!! Fans fire up as Sol makes Stark wipeout! Will Sols till prove Stark had something to do with Lyons being attacked?

 

NXT checks in with the championship celebration.

Briggs is happy to see Gina, but wonders why Jensen brought her along. Kiana says Jensen is the sweetest guy ever. Well Jensen wanted to make it special for her first title reign. Plus, Kiana is special to him. Fallon says there’s something Kiana wants to tell Jensen. Kiana tells Fallon that she just did. She thanked Jensen for the party. And Briggs, too. Briggs says she’s never thanked him. Wait, Pretty Deadly walk through the crowd, telling people to move aside. Not hard to do, Elton Prince & Kit Wilson are a mess… Like they haven’t slept in days. BECAUSE THEY HAVEN’T! They haven’t slept since Vengeance Day!

Briggs has the boys hold their horses. Do they want a drink? No, they want tag titles! Does anyone have them? But of course not! They were so close…! And then they spot “YOU!” Chase U, that is. Andre & Duke are why Pretty Deadly aren’t Tag Team Champions! What’re they talking about? It was every team for themselves. And honestly, Andre could say the same thing back to these two a-holes! Chase U could’ve won in Andre’s hometown! So it doesn’t matter how tired Pretty Deadly is, Andre’s pissed off! Thea, what’s in Andre’s drink? Water. But tonight, Pretty Deadly gets the sh*t kicked outta them! BY Andre Chase University!

Everyone’s fired up for that, will Pretty Deadly be on the receiving end of a Teachable Moment?

 

Dabba-Kato VS Dante Chen!

Once an ally of Apollo Crews, the big, bad commander betrayed Apollo after he lost that Best 2 Out of 3 Falls! Will the Singapore Warrior survive his encounter with killer Kato?

The bell rings and fans rally for Chen. Chen and Kato tie up, but Kato choke grips! And THROWS Chen down! Kato hauls Chen up, puts him in a corner, and CHOPS him! Chen sputters and staggers, but Kato puts him in another corner to RAM his shoulder in! And again! And again! Kato lets off at the ref’s count of 4, but then Chen throws a forearm! Kato RAMS Chen, picks him up, and TOSSES him into the air! Chen crashes hard, Kato talks trash on him. Chan throws body shots, but Kato HEADBUTTS Chen down! Kato storms up to drag Chen up on the apron, and TOSSES him back into the ring!

Kato snarls and fans boo, but Kato runs corner to corner. Chen BOOTS Kato, Kato comes back but Chen dodges! Chen fires off fast hands, fans fire up, but Kato shoves Chen away. Chen comes back to clothesline! And UPPERCUT! And clothesline again! Chen keeps moving, and he BOOTS Kato! Kato drops to a knee and fans fire up! Chen powers up to DOUBLE CHOP! And then runs, into a CHOP from Kato!! Fans are going nuts and Kato has a wild look in his eyes! TWO HAND BOMB!! Cover, Kato wins!

Winner: Dabba-Kato, by pinfall

Chen put up a fight, but it wasn’t enough! Will Kato prove he doesn’t need anyone to be on top? An interviewer meets Kato at the ramp and asks Kato why he came back to attack Apollo. Kato says Apollo knows what he did, and that’s why Kato dropped his ass! But then, what did Apollo do?

 

Diamond Mine is with Ivy Nile in the medical center.

Julius Creed apologizes for knocking her off the apron last week. Ivy says it’s okay, she knows it was an accident. Brutus says they need to get back at Indus Sher, and especially Jinder Mahal. Julius agrees. Tatum Paxley asks if Ivy is okay. Yes, Ivy will be find by the weekend. But then in walks Isla Dawn & Alba Fyre. Isla says that for such a tight knit group, they’re letting someone very mysterious get awfully close. What’s she going on about? Well, Isla wants to know why Tatum was lurking in the parking lot a couple weeks ago. Isla says Tatum walks between rain drops. She’s not a part of Diamond Mine! She’s a lone wolf, and her target was Lyons.

Tatum says she didn’t attack Lyons. She was doing film study with the Creeds and then trained with Ivy. She needed some air, Lyons was done when she arrived. Isla says an innocent person would’ve just said, “No.” Isla laughs, she and Fyre walk away, and Brutus says to Tatum that if she did it, she could just say so. But she didn’t! Ivy believes Tatum. But doth Tatum protest too much? Or are these just mind games from the Wicked Witch? We’ll have to wait and see, because their match happens after the break!

 

Backstage interview with Roxanne Perez.

McKenzie Mitchell asks the NXT Women’s Champion how it feels to have won her first defense. Roxie says she is relieved. She put a lot of pressure on herself to win. It was her first defense, they were on the road, it was a big stage, she could NOT let Toxic Attraction reclaim the title. She’s just excited to see what’s next. That brings McKenzie to her next question, except she’s cut off by Kayden Carter & Katana Chance. “It must be nice walking in and out of Charlotte with a championship.” “Yeah, we got screwed.” Roxie says she saw that, and is sorry about that. But KC Squared will win those belts back, they’re too good not to.

Are they? Does Roxie even know if they’ll get their rematch? Is the top champion gonna make sure that happens? What’s their problem? Their problem is that they got cheated and no one is talking about it! Not that Roxie understands, she doesn’t have friends here. Uh, wow, she has no friends now? Yeah, cuz being in a tag team takes commitment. Uh, she knows, she was tag team champion once. Yeah, and how’d that work out? Y’know what? Roxie can make a call and show them she does have friends. They’ll see about that. KC Squared head out, Roxie takes out her phone. Who will the Prodigy call to take on the bitter Katana & Kayden?

 

Isla Dawn w/ Alba Fyre VS Tatum Paxley!

NXT returns as Tatum makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two tie up. Isla pushes Tatum to ropes but Tatum turns things around. Isla shoves Tatum away, they tie up again and Isla wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! Isla wristlocks, Tatum rolls and cartwheels to wrench and WRING Isla out! Tatum runs, handsprings over Isla to then CLOBBER her with an elbow! Cover, TWO! Isla flounders and Tatum talks trash with Fyre. Tatum goes back to Isla but Isla kicks Tatum’s leg out! Tatum gets a knee on the way down, then Isla brings her up. Tatum breaks free, blocks a kick, but Isla blocks the roll-up! Isla turns around to drop a leg!

Isla drags Tatum up, fireman’s carries, and FLAPJACK HOTSHOTS her! Isla throws Tatum down by her hair, then runs in to METEORA! Cover, TWO! Tatum hangs tough but Isla pushes her around. Isla steps on Tatum, stalks her to ropes and brings her up. Isla pulls hair, the ref reprimands but Tatum throws body shots. Tatum hits a JAWBREAKER, Isla storms up but into an elbow! Tatum rolls Isla up, TWO! Isla ROCKS Tatum, then swings again. Tatum throws hands, forearms, and body shots! Tatum whips and ELBOWS Isla again! Fans fire up as Tatum rallies, and ENZIGURIS Isla! Isla goes to a corner and Tatum runs in, into a BOOT!

Isla runs but Tatum dodges to kick low. Tatum reels Isla in, GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Tatum goes to a corner, goes up, and leaps, but Isla gets clear! Tatum crashes ‘n’ burns, Isla drags her up for the CALL OF THE SPIRITS! Cover, Isla wins!

Winner: Isla Dawn, by pinfall

Fyre stands with the Unholy Enchantress, and they loom over Tatum. But out rushes Ivy, with a steel chain! Ivy runs off Isla & Fyre, will the Diamond Mine be united against this unholy alliance?

 

Someone rolls up to NXT in style.

They step out of the Mercedes-Benz, but we don’t see their face! Who is this that has just arrived?

 

Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS JD McDonagh!

While the former North American Champion won handedly in the Best 2 Out of 3 Falls, it is true that it wasn’t an official #1 contender’s match. Will the Irish Ace prove there is some doubt to Melo’s claim? Or will Melo stand and deliver on the road to WrestleMania?

The bell rings and fans rally and duel as the two circle. They tie up, JD pushes Melo back then wrenches an arm. Melo rolls, handsprings, wrenches back and WRINGS JD out, but JD handsprings through! JD says he can do what Melo does, but Melo headlocks, JD hip tosses, Melo handsprings through and has a cording hold! Melo is showing he can do what JD does, too! But then JD hits low, gets a leg up to flip up and over, and he wrenches to NORTHERN LIGHTS, but Melo handsprings through!? Fans fire up for that, and the two reset. Melo “dribbles,” but JD “kicks” the ball away! Fans boo and the two tie up again.

Melo headlocks, JD powers out but Melo runs him over! Things keep going, JD hurdles and Melo flips over! JD kips up, kicks low and CHOPS! JD whips, Melo hits buckles hard, and JD CHOPS again! JD whips Melo corner to corner, runs in, but Melo tosses him up and HOTSHOTS in one go! Melo PLANCHAS to wipe JD out! Fans fire up with Melo and he puts JD back in the ring. Cover, TWO! Trick tells Melo, “Stop playing with your food.” Melo stands JD up to CHOP him! Melo throws hands on JD in the corner, lets off as the ref counts, and JD kicks low. JD kicks again, CLUBS Melo, then whips him to ropes for a FLAPJACK.

Fans fire up while Melo grits his teeth. JD stomps Melo down, drops elbows, then rains down fists. JD lets off but Melo grabs at a foot. JD stomps that hand away! Melo staggers up, JD brings him around, BIG back suplex! Fans are torn but most boo JD and cheer Melo. JD stands Melo up, Melo stops the suplex, but JD gets him up to hang him out to dry! Melo writhes, those ribs still bothering him from Saturday! Cover, TWO! JD argues the count but the ref says it was fair, and NXT goes picture in picture.

Melo winces and clutches his ribs, but JD stalks him to a corner. JD stomps Melo, digs his boot into the ribs, but the ref counts. JD lets off, Melo drags himself up, but JD is on him again. JD POSTS Melo! Melo flops to the apron, JD goes out the side and drags Melo closer to the post. JD bends Melo against the post! Trick can only freak out as Melo suffers! JD lets go at the ref’s count of 4, and he tells Trick to back off. JD gets in the ring, but Melo throws hands! JD clinches but Melo elbows free! Melo backslides, TWO!! JD escapes, Melo BOOTS him! Melo runs, but into the URENAGE! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!!

Melo is still in this but he’s also still clutching his ribs. JD keeps cool and drags Melo back up. JD ELBOWS Melo in the shoulder, then warps on a chinlock! Melo endures and fights up as fans rally. JD CLUBS Melo, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS! Melo headlock JD in the ropes! The ref counts, JD CHOPS! Melo turns things around to CHOP back! And CHOP again! But JD boots, only for Melo to block! Melo puts JD in the ropes but JD slips out! JD swings but Melo avoids his leg sweep, to SUPERKICK JD to the floor! Melo then PLANCHAS, into a GUTBUSTER!! JD gets the better of Melo and grins, but Trick coaches Melo up.

JD puts Melo in the ring and then drops an ax handle! JD stands on Melo’s face, scrapes his sole on Melo’s forehead, then argues with the ref. JD stalks Melo, and he clamps on for a ground cobra twist! NXT returns to single picture as Melo endures the stretch. Fans are rallying and dueling again, Melo grabs at JD’s hair but the ref reprimands. JD keeps on the pressure but Melo punches free! JD throws body shots, whips Melo hard into buckles, and mocks Melo’s pain. JD storms up, whips Melo again, but Melo reverses and now JD hits buckles! Melo back drops JD away! Fans rally and duel as Melo grimaces.

JD and Melo stand, JD clamps on but Melo scoops to SLAM JD down! Melo winces, but he storms up again. JD kangaroo kicks, then scoops, but Melo makes it a cradle! TWO and JD has the cradle! TWO and Melo has it! TWO and JD has it again! TWO!! Both men are up, STANDING SPANISH FLY from the Irish Ace! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives and Trick can breath easy again. Fans are fired up for “NXT! NXT!” Melo and JD rise, Melo pie faces JD away. JD comes back to cravat, snapmare, and DOUBLE STOMP the ribs! JD goes up a corner, but Melo stands to GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up and Melo positions JD in the ropes, to ENZIGURI!

Melo runs, springboards, FADE AWAY! Both men are down but Trick talks trash on JD. JD and Melo rise as the fans rally up. Melo ROCKS JD, JD ROCKS Melo! Melo BOOTS and fires off! JD and Melo brawl, ‘This is Awesome!” as Melo fires off a flurry! Melo whips, JD reverses, Melo springboards to FLYING LARIAT! And then a suplex, CUTTER! Cover, TWO! JD survives but Trick is hyped up as Melo has momentum. Melo drags JD up, JD breaks free to clinch, URE- NO, arm-drag! Melo blocks a boot but JD powers through. Melo tilt-o-whirls to the FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO, but into the CROSSFACE! JD endures, scrambles over, ROPEBREAK!

Melo holds on until the ref counts 4. Trick is frustrated but Melo keeps focus. Melo and JD rise as fans rally again. JD mule kicks, but Melo trips him! Jackknife bridge, TWO as JD powers up! JD spins Melo around, gets him up but Melo sips out! JD ROCKS Melo with the jab! LIGER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives and Trick is relieved but JD is too tired to be upset. Fans rally up again, JD stalks Melo and grabs the arm. Melo holds ropes to deny the ripcord, then he kicks JD away. JD yanks Melo but Melo lands on his feet! CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! JD survives but Melo hurries to a corner! Melo winces, but he still climbs!

JD anchors a foot! Melo kicks JD, drags him up and around, but JD HEADBUTTS!! Both men fall and fans go wild! Wait, ILJA DRAGUNOV IS HERE?!? Was he the one who arrived a moment ago?! Trick hurries to intercept, but he gets a TORPEDO MOSCOW!! JD hurries to ripcord, but Melo makes it a victory roll! MELO WINS!!

Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall

And now Melo stares down with the Czar! Dragunov lunges, but after JD! Dragunov rains down furious forearms on the Irish Ace, the man who injured him! “UN! BE! SIEG! BAR!!” But JD bails! Dragunov chases JD up into the crowd!! They go to the back while Melo has a good laugh. The Czar wants after the Irish Ace, will the Necessary Evil be exterminated? As for Melo, does he have a clear path to the NXT Championship for Stand & Deliver?

 

Tiffany Stratton finishes her make-up.

But Thea Hail is also there, talking about Chase U taking on Pretty Deadly. But also, Thea saw Tiffany’s TikTok video about Chase U. Oh, good. She’s one of Tiffany’s followers? She appreciates it. Thea has a question: Why does Tiffany not like Chase U? It’s fun, the people there are nice, and the colors red and black are good. The classes are a little hard, but- O M G Thea just realized she forgot to turn in her Road to WrestleMania essay! Uh, then just go. WAIT! It’s due tomorrow, she has time. Okay, then just relax. Stop breathing Tiffany’s air! Tiffany also stops Thea from starting up again, it’s Tiffany’s turn to talk.

Tiffany says Chase U is tacky, cringe, and annoying. No one likes Chase U and no one wants to go there. Ever. Thea remembers what Professor Shelby told her about anger, and to breathe three times. Thea does her deep breathing, but then Tiffany talks. Thea tells TIFFANY to stop! All “blondie” cares about are herself, her things, and her everything about her. All Thea cares about is Chase U! They open their arms to everyone! It doesn’t matter your background, your size, your shape or anything like that! If Tiffany’s not done with that, Thea has two words for ya! Chase U? NOPE! SUCK IT!! But then AVA RAINE SMOTHERS THEA AND KIDNAPS HER!!!

Tiffany doesn’t even notice, she’s too busy looking at herself! But what does The Schism have planned for Chase U’s top recruit?!

 

NXT checks in with the championship celebration again.

Everyone’s having a good time, and Fallon says this is really awesome. The boys didn’t have to do this. Briggs knows they didn’t have to, but they wanted to. Listen, Jensen, Fallon needs to talk with him about something. Oh, good! Jensen has something to talk with Fallon about, too. Oh, okay. They each say the other can go first, but someone has to go first. Briggs says Jensen should just go. Okay, okay. Since next week is Valentine’s Day, Jensen’s taking Kiana out on a date! No way! Briggs is pumped for Jensen! Jensen’s pumped, too! Fallon’s a champion, Jensen met the love of his life, and here she is! So, what was Fallon gonna say?

Uh… Just, all of this, thanks you guys. Yeah, raise a cup to the ladies! WOOOOO~! Jensen and Kiana are continuing the relationship, will Fallon just let it be what it is? Or will she spill the secret before Jensen and Kiana go all the way?

 

Lyra Valkyria VS Valentina Feroz w/ Wendy Choo!

The Morrigan wanted revenge on Cora Jade, but it seems the Generation of Jade doesn’t back up its talk with action. So instead, Lyra gets the Brazilian with the burning spirit! Will Feroz prove to everyone, including Elektra Lopez, that she can do things the right way and still win? Or will Lyra still be flying high?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Lyra throws Feroz down and has a wristlock. Feroz stands up, back drops Lyra, and has the wristlock back. Lyra kips up, hip tosses Feroz, and covers, TWO! Lyra facelocks to keep Feroz down but Feroz throws body shots. Lyra whips Feroz to a corner, Feroz goes up and around to roll Lyra up, TWO! A close call and Feroz fires up! SAYANAGI! SAYANAGI! Wendy fires up with Feroz, but Lyra also shouts! Lyra SOBATS, KICKS, HEADBUTTS and AX KICKS! Lyra whips, Feroz ducks ‘n’ dodges, but the crossbody is caught! Only for Feroz to make it a SUBMISSION!

Lyra powers up, to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Lyra clamps onto Feroz, Feroz resists, but Lyra throws down elbows! Wait, here comes Lopez. Lyra has Feroz in a motorcycle stretch but Feroz fights up. They go around, Feroz flips and handsprings to arm-drag but Lyra handsprings through. Feroz rushes in, Lyra sidesteps but Feroz headlocks. Lyra powers out, things speed up and Lyra hurdles but Feroz RANAS! Fans fire up and Feroz storms up to ROCK Lyra! Feroz whips, Lyra reverses and the two COLLIDE! Both women fall over and Lopez slides the brass knuckles to Feroz!

Wendy asks Lopez why she’s even here! And she tells Feroz that she doesn’t need those! But Feroz still puts them on! Fans duel. Feroz thinks about it, but Lyra ENZIGURIS! And HEEL KICKS! Cover, Lyra wins!

Winner: Lyra Valkyria, by pinfall

Lopez is disappointed, but this was her fault! If La Madrina just let Feroz do things her way, she would’ve been able to focus! Will Lopez learn to mind her own business? As for Lyra, will she find Cora soon enough so they can settle things once and for all?

 

Wes Lee shares his Vengeance Day story.

On Friday, he arrived in Charlotte, North Carolina. He’s taking it all in, is a little nervous, but this is what he lives for. He and his wife, Erica, meet up at the hotel, and she says the title gave him the confidence boost. She knows he deserves the title, and knows he’ll keep it because he doesn’t give up. Wes vowed that on Saturday, everyone will see that the North American Championship lives and stays on the #WesSide. Erica got emotional as she wished him luck and saw him off. She knows how hard he’s worked, and that he’s gonna kill it. She wants him to understand the impact he has on people, so she wants to see him succeed.

All the ups and downs, sacrifices and risks, have culminated in this moment, the biggest moment of his life, and he is ready for it. He and Dijak had a battle, and Wes kept his vow to succeed in overcoming the obstacle. Wes got congratulated by HBK, and Wes says he busts his ass every day he’s out in the ring. Wes will go around, through or over anyone in his way.

Backstage interview with Wes Lee.

McKenzie says that after watching his vlog diary, how is he feeling about Vengeance Day weekend? Wes says it was dope! But did you see Dijak’s finger? Ouch! But then Tony D’Angelo & Channing Lorenzo walk in. The Don asks everyone if, in that vlog diary, he happened to mention Tony. Stacks says no, we did not. Did we see Stacks? No, we did not. Wes, you reaped the benefits of their issues with Dijak so they want to be compensated. Uh, Wes never asked them for help, nor did he need it. But if they want compensation, Wes is gonna hold an Open Challenge next week. Maybe one of these two will have the cannolis to answer it.

Tony says he and Stacks have business to take care of. They leave, but will one of them take Wes up on that challenge?

 

Tyler Bate speaks.

“Grayson Waller. At Vengeance Day, you lost. You came up short, and trust me, I know how it feels, I’ve been there. But we all deal with losing from time to time, and we have to learn to take these on the chin. And that is something you couldn’t do. And instead, you chose to behave like an ungrateful child and you disrespected Shawn Michaels. And that’s not on! Myself and many others would not be here today if it were not for Shawn Michaels. And right now, you’re suspended. But next week, your suspension is over. So Grayson, you wanna disrespect someone? How’s about next week, you try and disrespect me?” Will the 21st Century Success Story be humbled by the Big Strong Boi?

 

Odyssey Jones VS ???

Sound the alarm! The Odyssey of Odyssey continues, but will this next chapter be a happy one? Or will the hero of this story run into hardships?

NXT returns, and Stacks makes his entrance. Is this the big bad behemoth Stacks claims he’ll take down to prove he’s a worthy Underboss? The bell rings and fans rally for Jones. He and Stacks circle, Stacks rushes in to go for a leg, but Jones throws him away. Stacks and Jones circle again, Jones corners Stacks but Stacks kicks low. Stacks wrenches but Jones headlocks. Stacks pulls hair but Jones grinds the hold. Stacks throws body shots but Jones shoves Stacks. They RAM shoulders, Stacks RAMS Jones again, then headbutts low! Stacks keeps RAMMING into Jones, but then Jones CLOBBERS Stacks!

Fans fire up for Jones while Tony is upset. Stacks goes to a corner, Jones stands Stacks up and throws body shots and DOUBLE CHOPS! Jones TOSSES Stacks across the way! Stacks flounders, Tony talks trash on Jones, but Jones storms up on Stacks. Jones RAMS into Stacks, Stacks staggers away, and Jones grins as he brings Stacks up. Jones scoops, Stacks slips free and kicks low! Stacks runs but is sent into another corner! Stacks bounces off buckles, Tony coaches Stacks but Jones puts Stacks up top. Jones CLUBS away on Stacks, then POLISH HAMMERS Stacks down! Fans fire up with Jones while Stacks goes to the apron.

Tony tells Stacks he asked for this so he has to win! Stacks shoulders into Jones, then HOTSHOT NECKBREAKERS! Jones staggers, Stacks runs to CLOBBER Jones onto the ropes! Stacks CLUBS away on Jones, lets off as the re counts, and Stacks says it’s HIS time now. Stacks pie faces Jones, slingshots and LEG DROPS! Stacks almost wipes himself out! Tony talks trash, Stacks stalks Jones, and Stacks throws hands. Stacks clamps onto the neck wrench but Jones endures. Fans rally, Jones fights up, and he pries free! Jones elbows but Stacks clamps on with a chinlock. Jones throws more hands, then CLOBBERS Stacks!

Jones CLOBBERS Stacks again, whips him and scoops him, SIDEWALK SLAM! Fans fire up and Jones runs, ROLLING SENTON! Stacks sputters and crawls around, and fans rally for Jones. Jones back body blocks in a corner, Stacks flops out of the ring, and Jones goes out after him. Jones runs in to CLOBBER Stacks again! Jones puts Stacks in the ring, slides in, but Stacks hurries to DDT! Jones is dazed and Tony fires up! Stacks snarls, runs, and SLIDING FOREARMS! Stacks fires himself up, wants Jones to get up again, and Stacks runs in, KNEE DROP!! Cover, STACKS WINS!

Winner: Channing Lorenzo, by pinfall

Fans boo but the Underboss just won big! Will Tony’s right hand man soon be getting his hands on gold?

 

Indus Sher speaks.

Jinder Mahal says Veer and Sanga, “two international icons, united by one desire, finally earned the respect they are after.” Veer says they told the world what was going to happen but no one believed them, “until they witnessed the devastation of the Creed Brothers.” Sanga says, “Julius, Brutus, don’t be ashamed. You lost before the bell even rang.” Jinder says, “An entire region of this planet rejoiced in celebration. Now these two men expected to be treated the same here as they are back home: deservedly so, larger than life superstars!” Veer says Indus Sher now moves on to accomplish bigger goals. The Creeds have little value now.

Seeing the landscape, there is no tag team that can beat them! Their NXT takeover has begun. Phase one is complete. Phase two begins and ends with the three of them draped in gold! Will the Modern Day Maharaja lead his brothers in arms to have their hands raised at Stand & Deliver?

 

Chase U heads to gorilla.

They have their match to worry about, but they’re also worried because they don’t know where Thea went. Andre is sure she was headed to Shake Shack, and Duke says it’s probably fine, Thea is an adult and can handle herself. But will they be able to focus on their own concerns against Kit & Elton? That match is next, after the break.

 

NXT catches up with Roxanne Perez in the parking lot.

They ask her if she has a tag team partner for next week’s match. She does, actually. And next week, KC Squared will be facing Roxie and Meiko Satomura! The Final Boss is returning to NXT! Will she help the Prodigy put Kayden & Katana in their place?

 

Chase U VS Pretty Deadly!

NXT returns as Kit & Elton make their entrance. But they’re still in the same disheveled state as they were earlier tonight. They can’t even put energy into their pose. Will they even have energy to have this match?

The teams sort out, and Duke starts against Elton. They circle, tie up, and Duke headlocks. Elton powers out but Duke runs him over! Elton flounders while fans rally for Duke. Elton CHOPS, but Duke doesn’t even flinch. Duke puts Elton in a corner and CHOPS! Fans taunt them as “Pretty Sleepy!” Duke bumps Elton off buckles and heh goes flying! Duke CLUBS and ROCKS Elton, then DECKS Elton right out of the ring! Duke isn’t even into this because it’s not much of a fight. Elton hurries into the ring, tags Kit, but Duke wrenches to RAM shoulders. Tag to Chase, Chase U whips, drop toeholds and drops an elbow! Cover, TWO!

Chase body scissors to a clutch, TWO! Chase rolls Kit again, TWO! ROLLING CLUTCH! Fans cheer as they go around and around, cover, TWO! Kit says, “What’s the point?! What’s the bloody point?!” Chase drags Kit up but Kit shoves him away. Kit wants to leave but Chase is on him at the ropes! Chase ROCKS Kit, Kit yoyos into another forearm! And another! And another! Elton protests but Chase kicks him low! Chase bumps Elton off Kit’s boots, they both fall out of the ring! Chase says THAT is a teachable moment! Pretty Deadly is frustrated, Kit tags Elton in and they go after Chase together! Kit anchors a foot, but Chase deflects Elton’s boot!

Chase CLUBS Kit, ducks Elton, and Elton almost hits Kit! But Kit sends Elton’s hand into Chase! And they’re suddenly back?! Tag to Kit, he and Elton stomp, “YES BOY~!” and LEG DROP SPLASH COMBO! Cover, ONE!! Kit drags Chase up, reels him in, suplexes but Chase slips free! Tag to Duke! Duke CLOBBERS Kit, ELBOWS him, then scoops to SLAM! Fans rally for Duke and he kicks Kit, CLUBS him, and stomps him! Duke mocks the Pretty Deadly fingers, then dodges Kit to scoop and SIDEWALK SLAM! Fans fire up with Duke and he runs in, only for Elton to dump him out! Fans boo but Duke sends Elton into the apron.

But Kit CLOBBERS Duke into the steel steps! “YES BOY!” Pretty Deadly has energy again as NXT goes picture in picture.

Chase checks on Duke but Kit drags Duke up. Kit puts Duke in the ring, kicks him to the corner, and tags in Elton. Pretty Deadly stomps Duke, Elton throws hands then more stomps. The ref counts, Elton lets off to tag Kit back in. Pretty Deadly drags Duke up to double suplex! Kit covers, ONE!! Kit snarls and he stomps Duke back down. Kit throws body shots, tags Elton, and Pretty Deadly mugs Duke more. Elton brings Duke around to CLUB him down. But Duke throws body shots in return, only for Elton to CLUB him down again. Elton drags Duke for a SPLASH, then he clamps on a chinlock.

Duke endures as Elton stretches him back. The fans rally, especially the Chase U student section. Duke fights up, but Elton throws him down by his hair! Elton pushes Duke to a cover, TWO! NXT returns to single picture as Elton keeps Duke from Chase. Duke throws body shots, fans rally up, but Elton runs to CLOBBER Duke from behind! Elton fixes his hair and grins but Duke crawls for Chase. Elton drags him away, the fans rally up as Chase stomps the steps. Duke crawls, boots Elton away, hot tags to Kit and Chase! Chase rallies on Pretty Deadly with big haymakers! Atomic drop for Elton! Atomic drop for Kit!

Chase DECKS Kit! Elton leaps in but into a body shot! Chase steps through on Elton’s legs, but Kit runs in so Chase trips him up. Chase steps through to try Kit now, but Elton runs in! BACK DROP, into the FIGURE FOUR! Fans fire up as Kit endures! Elton runs in, but Chase avoids the splash! Chase CHOPS Elton, Kit whips him away, but Chase catches them both, DDT COMPLETE SHOT COMBO! Cover on Kit, TWO! Fans fire up with Chase and he drags Kit up. Kit swings, but into an URE- NO, arm-drag! Kit KANGAROO KICKS, tags Elton, and Elton scoops Chase! SNAKE EYES! “YES BOY!” DRY MARTINI! Cover, Duke breaks it!

Duke JABS away on Kit! Flip, flop and “U~!” ELBOW! SENTON! Duke keeps moving and he clotheslines Kit out hard! But Elton dumps Duke out! Chase brings Elton in, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Fans fire up, time to spell it it! C! H! A! S! E! U! What’s that spell?! CHASE U! But THEA appears? she’s covered in smile faces! The Schism had her but let her go? And in the distraction, Kit rolls Chase up! Chase covers, TWO!! Chase ROCKS Kit, whips, but Elton tags, SPILT MILK!!! Cover, Pretty Deadly win!

Winners: Pretty Deadly, by pinfall

Duke didn’t realize Chase was in trouble because he was checking on Thea! What did The Schism do to scare Thea like that? What will Chase U to teach The Schism a lesson?

As for Pretty Deadly, they spot Gallus up in the perch. Mark Coffey & Wolfgang nod and applaud, will we see NXT UK revisited in Hollywood?

 

Drew Gulak talks with Hank Walker backstage.

Hank asks Gulak if he got that email with all his sketches for ring gear ideas. Yes, Gulak did. What’d he think? Gulak looked them over, and he was pretty impressed. Really? Wow! That fires Hank up! Hank’s feeling like taking Wes up on that Open Challenge now. Nice! But Charlie Dempsey walks over to say that it doesn’t matter what Hank wears in the ring, it matters what he does. Does Gulak really think Hank is ready for Wes Lee? Gulak says Hank is ready for a rematch with Dempsey. Fine. Just make sure he doesn’t take shortcuts like Gulak does. The Son of the Gentleman Villain is calling Gulak out, but will he tear Hank apart to prove his point?

 

DING DONG, HELLO~, it’s Bayley!

Bayley walks in through the door, arm in a sling, and welcomes us to a special NXT edition of Ding Dong, Hello. Now, we must all be wondering how she made it here after what “that idiot” Becky Lynch and Lita did to her and her girls on Raw last night. It’s because she’s the ULTRA Role Model, she loves NXT, and she loves her two guests tonight. Last Saturday, Bayley watched Vengeance Day, and she saw the NXT Women’s Championship slip through the fingers of these two ladies. She brings out “two of my absolute favorites,” Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne, Toxic Attraction!

Gigi & Jacy walk out, making their team entrance despite the tension and dysfunction from Saturday. They both frown at each other for a moment before going down the ramp and to the ring. Jacy insists she go up the steps first and Gigi rolls her eyes. They ring the doorbell then walk in through Bayley’s door, and Bayley says they’re total pros! That’s why she got them the nice seats. They each take an armchair and Bayley notices the tension. “So let’s just get right to it, guys. What happened on Saturday?” Jacy says that’s a great question. What happened Saturday, Gigi? Oh, why don’t you tell her, Jacy?!

Jacy would love to! Gigi screwed Jacy out of the title! Um, Roxie beat Jacy, not Gigi. So Jacy cost Gigi! Get it right. What? Saturday, Gigi was supposed to be behind Jacy. Gigi was not being a team player. They were supposed to be a team! they held hands, and then Gigi slipped away. Oh, look, another excuse! Saturday, it was sink or swim. If Gigi won, Jacy would’ve sunk into obscurity and we all know it! Jacy says she doesn’t need Gigi, she’s a star all on her own! Fans are a bit torn on that, but Jacy says Gigi’s gear “looked like a hobo who banged a Chucky doll.” Bayley is laughing at that one.

Gigi is surprised Jacy even noticed when Jacy was staring up at the lights. That’s the Jacy Jayne Position. Whoa, whoa, guys, it’s getting feisty. Bayley says we’re all getting a bit uncomfortable. This might be a natural split, but before they even think about splitting up, have they ever thought what they’d do if that did happen? Have they thought through what they’d be as individuals? Gigi hasn’t, actually. But sky’s the limit for her! Jacy says she’ll go straight to the top, obviously! Right, rather vague answers.

But if you wanna get to the top, isn’t it easier, quicker and better if you did that with a ride-or-die? With someone who knows you inside and out? Someone who will do anything for you? That has the same goals as you? Wow, Toxic Attraction has been Gigi’s life for almost three years now. And she’s alienated herself from everyone else in the locker room. Everyone hates her… If everyone hates Gigi, then what the hell do they feel about Jacy? Jacy’s called people “munchkins, idiots, disgusting, sickening.” It goes on and on! Bayley would know better than anyone that there is strength in numbers. Look at Damage CTRL! They’re on top of the world right now!

Bayley says yes they are! And Toxic Attraction should really think on that. Gigi says that at the end of the day, NXT is a shark tank. She needs someone she can trust, who will have her back. Someone that’s been through the wringer with her. Jacy won’t lie. When she gets mad, she cuts real deep, aims for the jugular. She can sit her and say she’ll change, but we know that’s not happening. Why even lie? But in all honesty, no matter what happens, Gigi will always be Jacy’s sister. Gigi feels the same! Bayley likes that. Jacy says that they have two options: go their separate ways and see what happens; or they can have one more run.

Gigi says, “One more run at the NXT Women’s Tag titles?” Or… They look at Bayley. No offense, Bayley, but maybe they want DMG CTRL’s WWE Women’s Tag titles! Bayley has them hold on here! Don’t get excited, ya idiots! We’re focusing on the now! These two feel a lot better, thanks to Bayley. So let’s all bring it back and hug it out. Right? C’mon. Jacy & Gigi do hug it out and everyone cheers! Beautiful. Bayley says, “Ladies and gentlemen, the happy couple, Toxic Attraction!” Gigi & Jacy raise each other’s hands, and then Jacy SUPERKICKS Gigi?!?! Jacy says it’s never been about “us,” it’s always been about her!

Jacy RAMS Gigi into Bayley’s door! And BOOTS her through it!! Fans boo as Jacy just did Gigi like Shawn Michaels did Marty Jannetty! Is this the beginning of a new and even more toxic chapter for Jacy?


My Thoughts:

A great episode to follow Vengeance Day and pivot to Stand & Deliver. For one, good of them to plug Waller getting in HBK’s face and his kayfabe suspension being why he wasn’t here. Tyler Bate had a good promo calling Waller out, and they’re going to have an awesome match. Trick Melo Gang had a good promo to open and celebrate the win, but JD McDonagh sticking his nose into things was a good surprise. Melo VS JD was an awesome match, and I like that Dragunov is back. And of course he goes after JD to settle their score. A grudge match between them for Stand & Deliver would be awesome stuff.

Great stuff from Kiana and Fallon throughout the night. The surprise party was a great, very “pro-wrestling meets sitcom” reason Fallon can’t tell Jensen what’s really going on, even though that is still very much her misunderstanding of what she heard, which is also very sitcom. I am also glad to know they’re going to do a Valentine’s Day segment with this story, and that will be the make or break moment for this team. I also appreciate that Fallon being the Face, she wants to give KC Squared a rematch. But wow, Kayden & Katana get cheated out of titles and suddenly they’re bitter Heels. Roxie & Satomura are definitely going to beat those two.

I also like the party setting up the tag match main event of Chase U VS Pretty Deadly. I loved Bum Ass Pretty Deadly, but it also makes sense that this phase didn’t last long. Great integration of stories with The Schism kidnapping Thea to start a story with Chase U and costing them the match. Pretty Deadly VS Gallus is going to be a great story towards Stand & Deliver, and with HBK at the helm, they will surely reference everything from NXT UK and give us an incredible tag title match. And of course, Indus Sher is implying they’re going after titles. I suppose Veer & Sanga could get into the tag title story, but I feel like they’ll be waiting for Pretty Deadly VS Gallus to resolve.

Sol VS Stark was a really good match, and a really good showing for Sol, but I had a feeling Stark would win again. Stark also showed us a great way for her to get to her finisher with sending Sol into the corner face first. Good promo from Diamond Mine with Isla & Fyre, and I like that Isla tied this into the whodunnit with Lyons. I also found it oddly amusing that Brutus was okay if she did do it. Good match from Tatum VS Isla but of course Isla won. Pretty sure we’ll get Ivy & Tatum VS Isla & Fyre, which Isla & Fyre will win to get going in the Women’s Tag Division and closer to the titles. And decent match from Lyra VS Feroz but it was of course just a vehicle to push Feroz’s story with Lopez forward.

Of course Dabba-Kato wins in a squash, but poor Dante Chen. Before he got hurt, he was looking to be a big part of NXT’s plans. But now that he’s back, he’s just the guy getting fed to other superstars NXT has big plans for. Kato being vague about why he turned on Apollo is fine, they have time to figure out what’s really going on here. Kato VS Apollo is definitely coming, and they could do some great storytelling on top of great action. Good, quick promo from Hank, Gulak and Dempsey. I was hoping we were going to see some of Hank’s ideas for ring gear, but I guess we’ll see what he’s got next week in the rematch with Dempsey.

Good stuff from Wes Lee, but of course Tony D & Stacks act like he owes them. The Open Challenge next week is going to be great no matter who answers it, but I wonder if Stacks is going to step up. Stacks literally won big over Odyssey Jones, but I don’t see him beating Wes. Personally, I’m hoping we see Dragon Lee (or whatever his WWE name will be) show up in time for Stand & Deliver to have an epic match with Wes. Though if that were to happen, I feel like Dragon Lee would have to win so as not to hurt his run. Maybe NXT waits to debut Dragon Lee at Stand & Deliver so that he can call out whoever is champion.

And of course, awesome stuff out of Ding Dong, Hello. Bayley was a great host, and I like that she was doing her best to keep Toxic Attraction together as a duo. That moment where they teased Face Toxic Attraction going after DMG CTRL was great, because that made the turn even more effective. Jacy is definitely the better Heel in how she’s better at being arrogant and boisterous in her promos, and it makes sense for Gigi to be the Face. Gigi is definitely the one fans liked the most, even when Mandy was around. The feud can go either way but this is going to be some great stuff.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (2/7/23)

Konosuke Takeshita gets Dark!

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The future of wrestling could be defined in the Dark!

Konosuke Takeshita is going strong in AEW, but he takes on MLW’s EJ Nduka! Will Konosuke still be The Future? Or will The Judge bring down the law?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Blake Christian VS Serpentico w/ Spanish Announce Project; Blake wins.
  • Rush w/ Jose the Assistant VS Aiden Park; Rush wins.
  • Kiera Hogan VS Megan Meyers; Kiera wins.
  • Dalton Castle w/ The Boys VS Dante Casanova; Castle wins.
  • Slim J w/ The Trustbusters VS Mascara Dorada; Dorada wins.
  • The Outrunners VS Logan Cruz & Tyshaun Perez; The Outrunners win.
  • Baliyan Akki VS Rico Gonzalez; Akki wins.
  • Konosuke Takeshita VS EJ Nduka; Takeshita wins.

QUICK NOTES

Another pretty good line-up, but the highlight is of course Konosuke VS Nduka. Both are great, having been champions outside of AEW. In fact, Nduka will be featured on tonight’s debut edition of MLW Underground on the Reelz channel. Nduka is challenging Alex Hammerstone for the MLW World Heavyweight Championship in a Last Man Standing match. Between AEW Dark on YouTube and the MLW television debut, Nduka is going to get noticed by a lot of wrestling fans, and he very well could be the new MLW Champion the next time he’s in AEW.


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