SmackDown is sizzling in the summer heat!
So much is happening this close to SummerSlam! We get a Phenomenal Champion VS Champion match, as SmackDown’s Kofi Kingston takes on Raw’s AJ Styles!
- Drew McIntyre VS Kevin Owens; Owens wins.
- Bayley & Ember Moon VS Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross; Bliss & Cross win.
- Finn Balor VS Dolph Ziggler; Ziggler wins.
- Shinsuke Nakamura VS Mustafa Ali; Ali wins.
- Champion VS Champion: Kofi Kingston w/ The New Day VS AJ Styles w/ The OC; Kingston wins.
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Shane McMahon has an announcement.
And what he’s going to say will ruin everyone’s night. But he is not going to be at SmackDown in Memphis. Memphis is actually happy! But Shane puts the blame for this on Kevin Owens! Kevin’s attacks week after week, completely unprovoked, have hurt Shane too much. Shane centers himself, and has talked with his life coach to help keep his emotions in check. SummerSlam is coming, and Shane will have Kevin all to himself. Shane’s aura and glow are back, and he promises to end Kevin’s career. In front of over 20 thousand, Kevin will have no choice but to say Shane is the better man, and that he quits the WWE. Will the Best in the World back up his words two weeks in Toronto?
Kevin Owens is on SmackDown!
Shane may not feel up to being here, but the KO Show is just fine! Especially after he got to beat Shane down with the help of Roman Reigns. And Kevin says no one needs to panic. He knows this is distressing to hear and surely people will want to run and scream, but Shane isn’t here! We can get through this together! They’ll stay strong for the night without Shane! Shane is watching and Kevin reassures him, that Shane not being here is the greatest news because now the show can be about what it should be about: the actual wrestlers! But Shane better be at SummerSlam, so that it can be them 1v1. Shane may be at peace with the crap his life coach feeds him, but Kevin promises he won’t quit. He’ll beat the hell out of Shane so bad, that every time Shane looks in the mirror, he will know that he does not belong in the ring with wrestlers like Kevin!
But one more thing. Even after the beating, Shane might still show up. No one can stop him from doing that since he’s a McMahon, but Kevin can make sure every time Shane shows up, he knows this isn’t his ring, this isn’t his show, this is the Kevin Owens Show! But then Drew McIntyre appears to respond on Shane’s behalf! McIntyre stands in the ring and stares Kevin down as he says, “You talk too much.” What Shane forgot to mention is that Kevin has a match tonight, against Drew McIntyre! Kevin’s fine with that, but another thing. McIntyre attacks Kevin and throws him into a post! Then over the announce desk! It seems that match Shane forgot about, is NOW! McIntyre chuckles while SmackDown goes to break.
Drew McIntyre VS Kevin Owens!
The Scottish Terminator looks to beat down Kevin as revenge for what happened to the Best in the World! Will McIntyre soften the Prizefighter up for Shane? Or will he only suffer a sample of what’s in store for Shane O’Mac at SummerSlam?
The bell rings and the two start throwing hands! McIntyre shoves but Kevin boots him away. Kevin runs and clotheslines but McIntyre stays up. He tries again but McIntyre dodges to blast him off his feet! McIntyre drags Kevin to rain down hands, then stands him up in a corner. McIntyre stomps a mudhole but backs off at the ref’s count. He then lifts Kevin and suplexes him right down! Cover, ONE! Kevin gets to ropes and CHOPS back! McIntyre throws haymakers and whips, then throws Kevin overhead! Cover, TWO! McIntyre keeps on Kevin with a chinbar and armlock. Fans rally and Kevin fights his way up, but McIntyre throws him down by his shirt! McIntyre grinds Kevin down but Kevin still fights his way up.
Kevin throws haymakers on McIntyre but McIntyre shoves to then back elbow Kevin down! McIntyre stomps Kevin’s face over and over, then drags him up by his beard. McIntyre CHOPS Kevin right off his feet! He stomps Kevin’s hands now, then wrenches the left arm for a keylock. McIntyre leans on Kevin but Kevin fights back again. Kevin goes after the legs then throws haymakers on McIntyre’s head! But McIntyre powers him back and tosses him overhead! Cover, TWO! McIntyre grows frustrated but Kevin stands and CHOPS him again. Kevin kicks and haymakers then CHOPS more. McIntyre shoves Kevin but Kevin kicks back. McIntyre runs in but gets post! Kevin gets to the far side, then runs back in for the CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO!
Kevin keeps his cool as he and McIntyre slowly stand. Kevin heads for the corner as fans rally up. McIntyre hits Kevin first then climbs up to join him. Kevin fights McIntyre back and headbutts him off! Then Kevin adjusts, Frog Splash! Cover, TWO! McIntyre survives as we go picture in picture!
Kevin catches his breath as he backs off to ropes. McIntyre is on the opposite end, but Kevin runs to clothesline him out! Kevin then takes aim and builds speed, but McIntyre runs away. Kevin just goes to the apron the CANNONBALL again! Fans fire up with Kevin as he stands tall! Kevin refreshes the ring count while McIntyre slowly stands up. Kevin goes back to CHOP McIntyre against the desk. Then he whips McIntyre, only for McIntyre to reverse and send Kevin into barriers! McIntyre refreshes the count now to go back and fetch Kevin. He whips Kevin to the far side barriers now! McIntyre drags Kevin up again and puts him in the ring. He looms over Kevin before dragging him up by his beard again. McIntyre bumps Kevin off buckles, then throws haymakers over and over.
But Kevin throws them back! They brawl in the corner, but McIntyre puts Kevin on the top to CHOP! McIntyre climbs up and tries again, making sure to throw big punches. Kevin still CHOPS back! They brawl up top now, but McIntyre clubs Kevin down. McIntyre then stands up high and brings Kevin with him, only for Kevin to fight back with body shots! Kevin hammers away and uses another headbutt to send McIntyre down! SmackDown returns to single picture as Kevin SWANTONS onto McIntyre! Cover, TWO!! The Scottish Terminator is tough, but Kevin isn’t done, either. But McIntyre denies the stunner to Glasgow Kiss! Then swinging side slam!! Cover, TWO! Kevin survives and McIntyre is stunned!
McIntyre shakes out the cobwebs and takes aim from the corner. Kevin slowly stands and McIntyre runs, into a SUPERKICK! Kevin saves himself and now heads for ropes. He waits for McIntyre to stand, to SUPERKICK! But McIntyre blocks the pop-up once, only for the Pop-Up Bomb to hit on the other end! Cover, TWO!! Kevin is shocked he didn’t finish this! Fans fire up as Kevin climbs up top again but McIntyre stops him! McIntyre CHOPS, then climbs up again. McIntyre clubs away, wanting to finally get this… No, he’s going for a fireman’s carry!? Then the SUPER AIR RAID CRASH!! Cover, TWO?!? Kevin still lives and McIntyre is speechless! Memphis says “This is Awesome!” even as McIntyre throws Kevin back out.
McIntyre clears off the announce desk with fury before putting Kevin on it. McIntyre hops up to join Kevin, brings him around, but ignores the referee. Kevin counters with a STUNNER!! McIntyre and Kevin flounder to the ring, SUPERKICK! Then another STUNNER! Cover, Kevin wins!!
Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall
The KO Show defeats the Best in the World’s favorite henchman! But Shane’s been known to abuse power before, will Shane find a way to stack the deck at SummerSlam?
Backstage interview with Dolph Ziggler.
The Show-Off has riled up the entire WWE roster over how he treated Shawn Michaels last week. Ziggler claims HBK just kisses ass, but Miz dared Ziggler to do something. Ziggler did, by taking sucker punches and a cheap SUPERKICK to Miz and HBK. And he knows everyone is upset, online. But if they have a problem with that, Ziggler has two words for them: “Too bad.” The walking catchphrase machine, Mick Foley, got decimated by The Fiend because he doesn’t belong. Did anyone see how bad Goldberg’s last match was? He did. And HBK made a mistake getting in Ziggler’s face. Seth Rollins came to defend HBK’s honor, but then Brock Lesnar destroyed him!
And now, Ziggler goes against with “the WWE’s resident Kardashian,” The Miz! Miz isn’t even the best wrestler in his house! Ziggler’s more afraid of Maryse than he is of Miz! Finn Balor wants to teach Ziggler a lesson now? Finn is living in the past but will be looking at the future! Ziggler proves how damn good he is, because he is THE Headliner, THE Main Event, the Best Damn Thing Going Today! Will all of that be proven true when the Extraordinary Man gets to give Ziggler a piece of his mind?
Bayley finds Ember Moon backstage.
They’re teaming up again tonight, but that doesn’t mean Bayley forgot about that Eclipse. And Ember shouldn’t forget she wouldn’t be her challenger if Bayley didn’t choose her. They’ll get through this tonight, but if Ember tries to pull that move again, she’ll regret it. Will she? Or will they fall apart as a duo against Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross?
SmackDown hears from Aleister Black.
“As I sit here, I can’t help but think that I am different.” And not in an aesthetic way, no. He feels different. He talks different. His redemption lies in the blood of his soul. His salvation lies within strife, and the willingness of any man to pick a fight with him. Aleister faced “a true man” in Cesaro, and he salutes the Swiss Cyborg for that effort. But how does Aleister move on? How does Aleister write the next chapter of his book? Aleister finds himself in his self-imposed purgatory, sitting, waiting less patiently than before, for anyone to catch on to what Aleister is trying to do for himself! Aleister wants another fight, but who will be brave enough to #FadetoBlack?
Bayley & Ember Moon VS Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross!
The SmackDown Women’s Champion chose the War Goddess as her challenger, but the War Goddess fired the first shot. Will champion and challenger be able to coexist against Raw’s Goddess and loyal follower?
The teams sort out and it will be War Goddess and Raw Goddess. Ember and Alexa tie up and Ember gets the armlock. She wrenches and jams the arm but Alexa whips out. Ember handsprings through the hip toss then enziguris Alexa down! She wrenches Alexa and tags Bayley in. Alexa powers Bayley to a corner, but Bayely flapjacks Alexa on buckles! Bayley follows out to daredevil dropkick Alexa down! Nikki storms over, but Ember DIVES to take her out! Bayley puts Alexa into barriers, and she talks out the one-upping with Ember while SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns as Nikki hits Bayley on the apron. Nikki then drags Bayley inot the apron skirt to hammer away! Nikki goes in to tag Alexa, and Alexa dropkicks Bayley down! Alexa then drags Bayley up by his ponytail to DECK her with a right! She puts Bayley in and covers, TWO! Alexa drags Bayley up, tags Nikki back in, and the friends work together in the corner as Alexa whips Nikki in for a splash. Alexa runs in to then SLAP Bayley down! Nikki puts Bayley back in the corner and tags Alexa again. They mug Bayley and stomp away but fans rally up. Bayley fights back, tossing Nikki out. Alexa waistlocks Bayley to bring her into a facelock. She whips but Bayley goes up and over, dodges Nikki, tag to Ember!
Ember rallies on Alexa and Nikki, kicking away! Ember catches Nikki to Fall Away Slam! Kip up and fired up, Ember runs corner to corner to smash both Alexa and Nikki in the corner! Ember climbs up, aims, ECLIPSE for Nikki! But Alexa throws Ember into a post! Alexa DECKS Bayley again! Alexa climbs, Twisted Bliss hits! Cover, Alexa and Nikki win!!
Winners: Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross, Bliss pinning
The champion and challenger coexisted, but they still lost! Will Alexa be poised to take on whoever comes out of SummerSlam the champion?
Bayley helps Ember up, showing she’s still respectful. NOT! Bayley2Belly for payback from last week! Will Bayley regret taking this moment to get even with Ember? Or will she simply be Eclipsed in Toronto?
Backstage interview with Sami Zayn.
Why is he being the Wild Card tonight? He’s scoping out the competition. But SmackDown has a bunch of sorry little complainers. And yeah, there are a lot of people in a lot of pain. But it seems Aleister is the most in pain. Has anyone really watched his videos? He begs for fights! But he also begs for help. Sami knows Aleister has all this hype that he can’t live up to. Aleister stays in the dark, because he knows that if he was in the light under the scrutiny of these “parasites” known as the fans, he won’t stand a chance. Alestier doesn’t need a fight, he needs to be exposed so that he can heal. So Sami has taken it upon himself to beat, expose and end the hype of Aleister at SummerSlam. Is Sami’s “generous” offer going to be received with a Black Mass? Or will he “lighten” the load for the Dutch Destroyer?
Backstage interview with Daniel Bryan.
He has wanted to give his “career altering” announcement, but now that he has the chance, he can’t say it. Just what is Bryan planning to do to change things for his career?
The King’s Court returns on SmackDown!
And that means WWE Hall of Famer, Jerry “The King” Lawler returns to SmackDown, too! He welcomes Memphis to this special edition. It’s good to be the King, especially in his hometown! But he is honored to welcome an all-time favorite, fellow Hall of Famer, Trish Stratus! And the seven-time WWE Women’s Champion is just as happy to be on King’s Court. She gives King a hug then strikes her iconic pointing pose before grabbing a mic. She thanks King for the invite here. King knows Trish has been on vacation, following via Instagram. Trish can’t believe she missed Raw Reunion. It’s just a shame she missed out hanging out with everyone. Shout out to Kelly Kelly being the first women’s WWE 24/7 Champion!
King also loved that moment with everyone at the end of the show. Toasting the past, present and future was a magical moment. But then backstage, legends talking, they all wished for #OneLastMatch. Does Trish wish for something like that? Fans hope she does. Trish is flattered for fans to chant, and while WWE is in her blood, she’s a mom now and has to do mom things. But then Charlotte Flair appears! She can’t believe there’s a King’s Court without a Queen. And the real question is, “How is the greatest female superstar of any era not on SummerSlam?” Charlotte and Trish say hey, but Charlotte is bored of the sappy talk. Yes, Trish is a mom. Congrats. Can someone hold the ropes? King obliges.
As Charlotte was saying, there are a lot of WWE superstars who are parents. Everyone has a mom, too! So it sounds like an excuse to her. But at SummerSlam, in front of Trish’s perfect little children, the Queen challenges her to that #OneLastMatch! Fans want that, too! But Trish doesn’t respond. That surprises Charlotte. She expected more out of a seven-time champion! But since the WWE has evolved out of “models shaking their assets” into “women changing the industry” with trailblazers like Charlotte, she hoped for more from Trish. Charlotte sees the real problem: Trish doesn’t think she can hang with the nine-time champion. Which means Trish should get out of the ring, hop in her minivan and go change some diapers.
Trish says she respects Charlotte. She’s a great athlete and performer, but right now, she’s just being a bitch. And Trish will remind Charlotte that her trail can’t be blazed without Trish! And Lita, Jacquelyn, Ivory, Beth Phoenix and many more. Charlotte more than anyone that to be The Woman, you gotta beat THE Woman! Charlotte got the match she wants! It is a truly incredible showdown of generations! Who comes out THE Woman of WWE History!?
The OC talk backstage.
It’s coming together! #GoodSister Charlotte has a match at SummerSlam, AJ Styles and Ricochet have their rematch at SummerSlam, and if it’s true that people only believe what they see, let’s count what we see. One, two, THREE champions! Because the Official, Original and ONLY Club that matters is golden! As for Kofi tonight, everyone will remember why SmackDown is and forever will be the House That AJ Styles Built! The OC is ready to party, champagne and all! But will they be popping bottles or holding ice packs at the end of tonight?
Firefly Fun House returns to SmackDown!
Ramblin’ Rabbit says sup! And he’s so excited right now, because he’s Finn’s biggest fan. Finn Balor is one super great hombre, yo. He flies through the air like a bee, bzz bzz. And he is extraordinary! But uh… Finn made a big mistake. The Fiend is unleashed! Finn doesn’t know what’s really going on. But before he can say, Ramblin’ Rabbit runs away from Bray! Bray laughs and shrugs. “Let me in.” Will The Fiend show himself again tonight?
Finn Balor VS Dolph Ziggler!
The Show-Off uses his theme song again, having already insulted and mocked Shawn Michaels enough last night. But he’s not done dealing with superstars who took offense and want to teach him a lesson. Will Ziggler be ready for the Hollywood A-Lister at SummerSlam? Or will the Extraordinary Man be looking over his shoulder for The Fiend after that Firefly Fun House we just watched?
SmackDown goes picture in picture while Finn and Ziggler enter the ring. The bell rings and Ziggler dropkicks Finn right down! Ziggler bumps Finn off buckles then throws body shots. He grinds Finn’s face in the ropes, but lets up at the count of 4. Finn flounders but Ziggler is on him with a snapmare into a chinlock. Ziggler traps an arm and leg as he leans on Finn. Ziggler shifts to a seated stretch and even claws at Finn’s face! Then he slips back to the sleeper, only for Finn to fight up and out. Ziggler throws Finn down by his head, and backs off while Finn gasps for air. Ziggler drags Finn up to scrape his laces off Finn’s face! Then he wraps on the sleeper and body scissors.
Finn endures but Ziggler keeps his arms trapped. Fans rally and Finn fights his way up. Finn wants to jawbreaker but Ziggler kicks low. Ziggler whips but Finn reverses, only for Ziggler to sunset flip. Finn rolls through to dropkick Ziggler down! Fnin and Ziggler go to opposite corners, and Ziggler runs in, only to get elbows and boots. Ziggler flounders but Finn rallies with forearms now. Finn whips but Ziggler reverses, only for Finn to hit another forearm! Ziggler gets to a corner as fans fire up, and Finn runs in to CHOP Ziggler! Finn whips but Ziggler reverses and redirects Finn. Finn goes up and over, but then gets an elbow. Ziggler hops up but gets a kick! Ziggler flounders into Finn’s elbow drop DDT! Cover, TWO!
Finn keeps his cool as Ziggler survives. Finn goes to a corner to watch Ziggler rise. Then Finn runs, but his Slingblade is denied, kick but Famouser misses. Superkick blocked, but Ziggler kicks the leg out to get the Famouser anyway! Cover, TWO! Finn lives and Ziggler goes to a corner now. Ziggler tunes up the band, but Finn gives him a Slingblade! And then the trip up to double stomps! Finn clotheslines Ziggler out, then takes aim. But oh no! The lights start going out! Could it be…?! IT IS!! THE FIEND IS HERE! But he decides to walk down the ramp. The lights go back up, and he’s gone? Finn turns around into a SUPERKICK!! Cover, Ziggler wins!
Winner: Dolph Ziggler, by pinfall
The Show-Off hit his version of Sweet Chin Music, with a huge assist to Bray Wyatt’s dark side. Will Ziggler be able to do things on his own when he has Miz at SummerSlam? What will Finn do to get even with The Fiend?
Shinsuke Nakamura VS Mustafa Ali!
It’s a rematch from Smackville last weekend, but with some adjustments: both the King of Strong Style and Beacon of Light will be ready, but this won’t be for the title. Can Ali make up for his Nashville defeat? Or will Nakamura quickly go 2-0 against him?
The bell rings and Ali dropkick Nakamura out fast! Then DIVES out just as fast! Ali puts Nakamura in and hurries up top for a big crossbody! Cover, TWO! Ali keeps going but he gets a kick from the mat. Nakamura baits Ali into a corner and sends him into buckles! Nakamura stomps Ali down then drags him up in a chinlock. Inverted Exploder but Ali lands on his feet! Ali baits Nakamura now, Nakamura gets buckles then a kicks! Somersault facebuster! Ali hurries up top, but Nakamura trips him up! There’s the Inverted Exploder! And now Nakamura takes aim as he unzips the jacket. “YAO!” SUPERKICK from Ali! Ali hurries back up, 450 splash FLOPS!! Nakamura aims again, KINSH- No, a roll up! Nakamura slides out, DDT! Now the third time, but Ali dodges again! Roll up with a bridge! ALI WINS!!
Winner: Mustafa Ali, by pinfall
Ali shocks the Intercontinental Champion! He even shocked himself! Will Ali get a third time against the King of Strong Style and a second chance for the title?
SmackDown looks inside the mind of The Viper.
Kofi Kingston named Randy Orton his opponent for SummerSlam. This starts all the way back in 2009. Orton had already become the Legend Killer and a main event player. He was born and bred to dominate this industry, all by being himself. But Kofi Kingston didn’t have that luxury. He pretended to be Jamaican, came up with fun dance moves, but couldn’t step to Orton. Orton would give one RKO after another, to “stupid” Kofi for ever thinking he could hang with him. Once you think you can hang with Orton, you get sent crashing back down.
Fast forward to 2019. There’s a new Kofi Kingston, named Mustafa Ail. Ali wanted to be in the Elimination Chamber match, but Orton’s heel jammed him so bad, he was too hurt to compete. That’s when the old Kofi Kingston stepped in. Kofi made the best of that moment, but Kofimania wouldn’t exist without The Viper. That amazing moment doesn’t happen without Orton. And yet no one thanks him. Kofi’s championship reign is a fluke. Kofi says he wants to test Orton’s theory, but Orton says this was still just same stupid ol’ Kofi. It will come out of nowhere, and it will end Kofi’s reign. It is the three most dangerous letters in pro-wrestling: R K O.
Backstage interview with Kofi Kingston!
Xavier Woods takes over to introduce ya bois, the NEW~ DAY~! Kofi is going to step into the ring with the Phenomenal AJ Styles! This is a main event anywhere in the world! Or any world, really. But can you believe Styles thinks this is still his residence? No! Because now the New Day are the W, W, E, World, Tag, and, Heavy, Weight, CHAMPIONS~! This isn’t Styles’ house no more! This is the Palace of Positivity! POP, hold it down! Awwwww~ Memphis~~! Don’t you dare be sour, clap for your world famous SIX-TIME champs, and WWE Champion~! And feel~ the power~! World Champion, United States Champion, with tag champions all around, after the break!
Champion VS Champion: Kofi Kingston w/ The New Day VS AJ Styles w/ The OC!
SmackDown returns as The Phenomenal and his #GoodBrothers make their entrance. Will Styles be #TooSweet rolling towards Ricochet and Toronto? Or will Kofimania be partying as he prepares for The Viper?
The bell rings and the two great champions circle. They trash talk each other before they tie up. Styles headlocks but Kofi powers out. Styles runs Kofi over with a shoulder while fans duel. Kofi gets up and Styles grins. Kofi grins, too, as they tie up again. Now Kofi waistlocks and headlocks and wrenches to a facelock. He brings Styles to the mat and they roll, but Styles uses his legs for the ropebreak. Kofi lets up but plays with Styles’ hair. Styles trips Kofi to get the headlock back. Styles throws Kofi with a headlock takeover, but Kofi fights his way back up, only to get thrown away. Cover, ONE, and Kofi shoulder blocks Styles! Styles hits back with a dropkick!
The New Day coach Kofi up but the OC cheer Styles on. Styles runs and things speed up. Kofi hurdles then elbows Styles down! Then hits a splash in a corner! Kofi whips but Styles reverses, only for Kofi to go up and springboard to dropkick Styles down! Kofi waits but misses, but he dodges Styles. He clotheslines Styles out but the OC protect their Phenomenal Leader. Kofi slingshots out but Styles dodges! Styles slides and knees Kofi down! Then throws him into a post! Styles throws Kofi into the timekeeper’s area while shouting, “This is MY house!” SmackDown goes to one last break as the New Day protest and argue with The OC.
SmackDown returns as Kofi fights out of Styles’ hold, only for Styles to throw him down by his hair! The referee reprimands Styles but the OC says that’s not a big deal. Styles drags Kofi up and bumps him off buckles. He CHOPS Kofi against buckles, then hauls him up for a HARD backbreaker! Cover, ONE! Styles grows frustrated with Kofi, but he looms over him as he puts on the camel clutch. Kofi endures and works against the hold. Fans rally while Kayla Braxton prepares for Roman Reigns’ match announcement.
Kifi fights out but Styles puts him in a corner. Styles kicks away on Kofi, then hauls him up top. Styles climbs up to join Kofi but Kofi fights back. Kofi clubs away then headbutts Styles down! Kofi adjusts, leaps, and hits a tornado DDT! Both men are down but Memphis fires up! Kofi and Styles stand, and Kofi rallies with chops and a dropkick! He keeps moving to leap and clobber Styles down! Fans fire up as Kofi hits the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Then Kofi goes to a corner, and prepares to finish it. Styles slowly gets up, but dodges the splash! But Styles runs into Kofi’s double stomp! Cover, TWO! Kofi keeps his cool as he goes back to a corner. He takes aim again, spins, but Styles catches him to a fireman’s carry. Ushigoroshi escaped! SOS hits!! Cover, TWO!!
Kofi and Styles are down again, but Kofi is up first. Kofi suplexes but Styles hits out to then enziguri back! That sends Kofi to a corner, and the OC cheer. Styles runs in, but into a kick! Kofi climbs as Styles falls down! Kofi leaps, frog splash to the back! Cover, but the OC save Styles by yanking him out of the ring! The New Day come around and confront Gallows & Anderson. Kofi runs in but Styles punches him down! Styles hurries up but Kofi BOOTS him down! So now there’s a brawl! The OC wipe out the New Day, but Kofi FLIES to wipe the OC out! Kofi puts Styles in and hurries, but Gallows goes after him. Kofi fights him off, but slingshots into Styles’ USHIGOROSHI!
Styles runs in but is put on the apron. He hits Kofi away while the OC and New Day crash on the announce desk! Styles springboards, into TROUBLE IN PARADISE! Cover, Kofi wins!!
Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall
Chaos ends the match, and it is the New Day who reign in the Palace of Positivity!
Roman Reigns heads for his interview, only to be blindsided by falling girders!!
Who just tried to assassinate The Big Dog?! Security and crew clear things out and Roman is mostly okay, but that could’ve been a lot worse. Roman refuses to be checked out, he just wants to know who knocked all of that over on him. Is Roman really okay? Or is a certain someone gunning for his life?
A rather odd SmackDown but one that was still a lot of fun. The opening segment was great, kayfabe Shane being so deluded as to think we can’t live without him, and Kevin breaking his delusion, good stuff for their story. And then Kevin VS McIntyre was an incredible opener! If only this was the feud and not Shane. And it’s too bad WWE still hasn’t made the match an I Quit match, but oh well. Keeping with Raw, Ziggler seems to be headed for a future feud with at least Goldberg with how often he name drops the Super Showdown flop. I’m pretty sure at least HBK does something to distract Ziggler against Miz at this point. As for Ziggler VS Finn, it was pretty good, but of course it was to facilitate the Fiend attacking. Really curious to see if Finn resorts to Demon or keeps that in his back pocket for later.
Sami already stepping up to Aleister’s newest open challenge is interesting. This will definitely be a good match, just not sure about the promos for this with Sami’s current Heel shtick. Nakamura VS Ali here was a great match for being so fast and short. Ali dodging the Kinshasa over and over to get that roll up win was brilliant, and their SummerSlam match (which has to be happening now) is going to be even better than both this and the Smackville match. The women’s tag match tonight was also really well done, because it wasn’t even dysfunction that beat champion and challenger. And then Bayley shows some sneakiness by getting even with Ember. Their match is going to be really great. Trish Stratus will then, now and forever look good. And it is so great that this is the match we’re getting for Charlotte. This will truly be a torch passing match while also giving Trish that one last amazing match.
The only weird stuff was the main event and the ending segment. I’ll admit that when this article was being put together earlier today, the WWE was advertising an amazing Six Man Tag of all the New Day and OC members. But apparently, between either an advertising mistake or just not having time to turn the main event into the Six Man Tag, we didn’t get it. The singles match we did get was great, and I hope we still get the Six Man down the line, but it was just a little disappointing to get swerved like that. Then the really weird ending of Roman being followed to his interview space and have the girders fall, it wasn’t very well executed with the cuts, except for the one moment where Kayla’s cameraman puts down the camera to go help Roman. I’m pretty sure Samoa Joe is the culprit of the attempt on Roman, because it will be Roman VS Joe one more time at SummerSlam.
My Score: 8.4/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (9/21/21)
Is Kushida’s time up?
The NXT Cruiserweight Championship takes center stage!
It may be a new era for NXT, but the Cruiserweight Championship still belongs to Kushida! Will Roderick Strong break the reign and take over the division?
- NXT Cruiserweight Championship: KUSHIDA VS Roderick Strong w/ The Diamond Mine; Strong wins and becomes the new NXT Cruiserweight Champion.
- Kay Lee Ray VS Amari Miller; KLR wins.
- Dante Chen VS Trey Baxter; Chen wins.
- Cameron Grimes VS Joe Gacy; Grimes wins.
- Elektra Lopez w/ Legado del Fantasma VS Anna Scheer; Lopez wins.
- 2v1 Handicap Match: Cary Millman & Darren Chiappetta VS Odyssey Jones; Jones wins.
- Tommaso Ciampa & Bron Breakker VS Pete Dunne & Ridge Holland; Ciampa & Breakker win.
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NXT opens with a lot of new stars in the ring.
Carmelo Hayes, Trick Williams, Odyssey Jones, Bron Breakker, Joe Gacy, Josh Briggs and Brooks Jensen are waiting as the NEW NXT Champion walks out! Tommaso Ciampa, Goldie in his arms, fires up the CWC and he joins these new guns in the ring. Fans are fired up for the champ and he says, “908 days, man, and on day 908, I reclaimed my spot at the top of the mountain and took back the title that I never lost in the first place! It has been a long, long journey,” and from neck surgery to tonight, “it was worth every damn second!” This moment here makes it worth it. Ciampa gets to say to each and every man in the ring, fan in the arena and fan at home that once again, Ciampa is YOUR NXT Champion!
Fans chant “Daddy’s Home!” but Ciampa hushes everyone. “I missed you, too.” Ciampa loves what’s going on with NXT 2.0! The energy is contagious, there are fresh faces, and fans like this, too. These young men and women are busting their asses day in and day out, ready to show the world just how damn good they are! Ciampa looks at Melo, “when Melo shoots, he don’t miss.” Odyssey Jones, Bron Breakker, the list goes on and on. Then there’s Ciampa, and we already know he is, was and always will be Mr. NXT! Now they can all give themselves a fresh coat of paint and put on “2.0” but one thing that hasn’t changed is the passion.
Ciampa looks around, Alicia is NXT, Barrett is NXT, and everyone in the ring is NXT! And of course, there’s the fans. They are the heartbeat and the soul of this place! The fans are the reason Ciampa gets to do what it is he does. Ciampa is so damn happy to have fans back and holding the title to represent this brand! With Ciampa holding the title, NXT 2.0 just became THE A-SHOW! So do Ciampa a solid: tell the world, and make them hear you and feel you, “WE ARE! N! X! T!” But here comes Cameron Grimes! “All this energy has got ol’ Cameron Grimes fired up!” And that fire will build with that championship, and he’ll go TO~ THE~ MOON~!
But Joe Gacy asks “Mr. Grimes” that as charitable that would be for Ciampa to give Grimes a shot- LA Knight interrupts. “Lemme talk to ya!” He’s looking at a heap of happy hot garbage when all the incels know they should be chanting “You Deserve It!” to Knight. But Odyssey tells Knight, “Last week, you lost twice in the same day! What’re you talking about, man? Shut up!” But here comes Pete Dunne and Ridge Holland! The Bruiserweight and Northern Grit storm right up to the ring, but they have Briggs & Jensen in their face. “So here we are, NXT 2.0. All these fresh new faces. SO let me give you all a piece of advice that I got: make a name for yourself.”
But Dunne says the problem is, he looks and sees “a bunch of geezers who are scared to throw the first punch.” Ciampa throws a forearm! And a brawl breaks out! Grimes stomps Gacy, Holland goes after Breakker, other superstars rush out to get them some! Hudson is after Trick, Grayson Waller and the Grizzled Young Veterans grab at who they can, and the ring clears aside from Breakker, Ciampa, Dunne and Holland. Ciampa ROCKS then TOSSES Dunne, Breakker does the same to Holland! The champion stands tall, as does the brightest of the new wave. Will they be the ones to give Dunne & Holland the fight they want?
Meanwhile, the women’s division is heating up backstage!
Elektra Lopez and B-Fab are jawing, but Amari Miller isn’t backing down from Kay Lee Ray! The shoving begins and turns to scrapping! Security hurries to break this up before it gets any worse, but the brawling continues in the ring, too! Breaker and Ciampa again DECK and eject Dunne & Holland, but then Breakker asks, “Where ya going?” The fans want to see this fight continue, so how about the two bitches grow balls and face Breakker & Ciampa TONIGHT?! Fans like the sound of that! Will NXT General Manager, William Regal, make it happen?
NXT Cruiserweight Championship: KUSHIDA VS Roderick Strong w/ The Diamond Mine!
The Time Splitter and the Savior of the Backbreaker have waited for this long enough, so they’re going to keep the energy of the night going by opening the card! Will the Super Junior still be champion? Or will the Diamond Mine finally strike gold?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who cracks under the pressure!
Strong rushes in but Kushida avoids the knee. Kushida drops down to throw kicks but Strong stays just out of reach. Kushida stands back up, they tie up, fight for control, Strong blocks a takedown to get a takedown, but Kushida fights the lateral press. Strong facelocks, gator rolls, but Kushida gets a toehold. Strong fights back with a chinlock but Kushida fights free of that. Strong wants an arm but Kushida gets away and fans cheer as the two reset. They tie up with knuckle locks and have a test of strength, but Kushida gets a takedown. Strong fights the press so Kushida throws down hands. Kushida still goes in but Strong turns it around with a clinch.
They fight up, Strong headlocks and shifts, but Kushida powers up and out, only for Strong to run him over. Things speed up, Kushida hip tosses to an ARMBAR! Strong fights to get up and make it a cover, ONE! Kushida has a short arm scissor and turns it into an ARM TWIST! Kushida keeps the omoplata, gets the other arm and falls back to SNAP! Strong bails out and is furious as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and the two clinch again. Strong knees low and puts Kushida in a corner, but Kushida kicks back. Kushida runs in after an arm but Strong turns that to an OLYMPIC- NO! Kushida arm-drags Strong away! Strong comes back but Kushida WRINGS out the arm! Strong gets to his feet, Kushida dodges him to SHOTEI! And SHOTEI! Atomic drop and a whip to a hip toss! Cartwheel basement dropkick! Fans fire up and Kushida winds up, FASTBALL! Strong is down, but he dodges the Penalty Kick to CHOP back! Kushida ends up in a corner, Strong hurries over and puts Kushida up top. Strong climbs but Kushida gets the arm for a KIMURA! FALLING ARMBAR DDT!
Fans are fired up as Kushida and Strong slowly rise. Kushida aims from the corner, PENALTY KICK to the bad arm! Strong staggers about, but he BOOTS back from the ropes! Strong hurries to bring Kushida in, BACKBREAKER, to the OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Kushida is still in this and Strong grows frustrated. The Diamond Mine coaches him up, fans are rallying and dueling, Strong runs to give forearm after forearm. But the bad arm makes things worse! Kushida kicks, Strong fires off CHOP after CHOP, then another forearm! Back suplex, but Kushida arm-drags out of the slam to get the KIMURA! Not quite the Hoverboard as Strong moves around to change leverage!
But Kushida throws Strong over! Strong keeps moving, he gets up, but Kushida gets the body scissors! HOVERBOARD!! Strong is down, Bivens helps him get the ropebreak!! The ref sees it, he calls it and Kushida lets off. Kushida already suspects Bivens! The ref is busy with Bivens as Kushida runs, but the Creed Brothers drag him out! And Ivy Niles hits a SUPERWOMAN PUNCH! The brothers put Kushida back in for Strong’s KNEE! END OF HEARTACHE!! Cover, Strong wins!
Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall (NEW NXT Cruiserweight Champion)
The Diamond Mine might as well have all their names on that belt with all the assists Strong just got! But now that they have a taste of gold, how long until Julius, Brutus and Ivy all get something for themselves?
But wait, here comes Grayson Waller! “Hey, chill, chill. Let’s hear it for the new champ, yeah?” Waller says after what happened to his boy, Drake Maverick, he’s starting to realize that NXT 2.0 is a jungle. But if anyone was built to survive in the jungle, it was Grayson Waller. So instead of just sitting in the back and waiting, Waller’s here to take one. So what does Strong say to a match with him for the title next week? Bivens says, “How dare you interrupt the champion’s celebration?” If we’re talking next week… Oh, gotta check in with daddy first? Bivens mocks Waller’s taunt, then talks with Strong.
Decision made! Next week, Diamond Mine shows Waller why they run NXT! Will Waller be baller and make it a slam dunk on his first try?
NXT hears from Tony D’Angelo.
He talks about the years spent on the docks, watching his uncles make some handshake deals. Some “business arrangements,” if you will. The family made many investments up and down the Atlantic, and his Uncle Paulie always told Tony, “There’s two things we take seriously: business, and family.” When it comes to sports, they were dead serious. Add a new item to that list: Tony’s success in the WWE. D’Angelo is on his way, will any wise guys try to start something with him?
NXT hears from Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen.
Big bad Briggs first met Brooks at Johnathan’s Pub the same night Briggs lost in the Breakout Tournament. Briggs was just trying to blow off some steam. He got three deep when some idiot, aka Brooks, bumps into him and so they start swinging. They got black eyes, loose teeth, and there’s still some blood somewhere on the bar. Brooks’ hands are like bricks, so Briggs learned to respect him. Brooks says if you can knock him onto a pool table and beat him down off it, you’ve got his respect, too. From where these boys are from, you throw hands, shake hands, and become friends. They love to fight and love to drink.
In the 2.0 era, it doesn’t matter if it’s a street fight, bar fight or dog fight, you fight these two, you’re in for a bad night. If you start something, Briggs & Jensen are going to end it! Will they fight until they end up contending for the tag titles?
Kay Lee Ray VS Amari Miller!
The Scary Queen of Scots isn’t letting that confrontation with the new girl go, and now it’s going down in the ring! Will KLR show Amari and everyone else in the NXT Women’s Division why she was NXT UK Women’s Champion for so long?
NXT returns and Amari makes her entrance. The all star athlete from KC, MO is all smiles now, feeling the vibe, but will she learn why KLR is a killer? The bell rings, Miller dodges KLR then eggs her on as she fires forearms. KLR shoves Miller away but Miller elbows back. Miller reels KLR in for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Miller gets KLR up and whips, but KLR reverses and ROCKS Miller with a forearm! KLR whips, dropkicks Miller down, then stomps Miller around. KLR covers, ONE! KLR drags Miller up, CLUBS her down, then gets her up again for a GOURD BUSTER! KLR scowls as she kicks Miller to a corner.
KLR eggs Miller on now, drags her up to CLUB her down again, and fans rally up. Miller throws body shots, KLR CLUBS her again. KLR brings Miller around, but Miller jawbreakers free! KLR blocks the heel kick to the Gory Especial, GORY BOMB! Cover, KLR wins!
Winner: Kay Lee Ray, by pinfall
And that is why KLR is here in NXT prime! Will she keep climbing the ranks until she’s the one facing Raquel Gonzalez for the title?
Backstage interview with Bron Breakker.
McKenzie asks Bron about his huge tag team match alongside Ciampa. How is he feeling? Oh, tonight’s huge! He’s getting in the ring with the top three guys in the world! Bron heard what Ciampa said, and those words hold a lot of weight. Ciampa walks over to say it’s sink or swim. Ready to get in the deep end, big fish? Hell yeah! Bron’s ready to kick some ass! And who better to do it with than the champ? Bron gives Ciampa a smack on the shoulder, but will he watch where his eyes drift in regards to Goldie?
Xyon Quinn walks into the CWC.
He talks with a few female superstars about their training, and they ask him the next time he’ll be in the ring. He’s hoping very soon. They note how good he looks in the ring and he thanks them. He gets the door as a gentleman, but someone tries to cut them off. Quinn has the guy wait, ladies first. Chivalry’s dead, bro. Yeah? Quinn SMASHES the guy into the door! Quinn is a gentleman but also a warrior, will this be a lesson to everyone else?
Dante Chen VS Trey Baxter!
The first Singapore superstar in the WWE makes his debut as the 2.0 era ushers in more new names! But will #AllHeart rain on the parade as he still tries to make a name for himself?
The bell rings and Chen ties up with Trey. They go around, Chen powers Trey to a corner and fans duel. Chen lets off, Trey BOOTS him and then gets around to a BACKBREAKER to HALF ‘N’ HALF! Trey hurries to a corner and up top, but Chen anchors a foot. Trey kicks at Chen but Chen holds on. Trey gets Chen to let go but has to leap over him. Chen turns around into a cradle, TWO! Chen dead lifts Trey for a SIT-OUT CRADLE DDT! Cover, Chen wins!
Winner: Dante Chen, by pinfall
Trey may be all heart but Chen won in the blink of an eye! Will this young star take NXT by storm?
NXT has a message from “Chase University.”
Andre Chase welcomes students to day one of a place of higher learning. They’ve chosen his course to get ahead in the careers. The first lesson is on Odyssey Jones and how he failed to get ahead by losing the finals of the Breakout Tournament. Roll film. Chase didn’t take kindly to Jones embarrassing him at the #InDex Wedding, but look at how embarrassing this weak cover was. Carmelo Hayes easily rolled Jones up, and there is the face of a loser. Chase teaches the fundamentals: a lateral press with all the weight on the shoulders. Lights, please, there’s a question. Didn’t Jones beat Chase in the first round?
What’s your name again? Steve. Well, Steve, who did you ever beat?! WHO THE F DID YOU EVER BEAT!? Get the F out of here! Don’t you disrespect him! Chase throws chairs around, is class going to be canceled?
NXT has a medical update on Kyle O’Reilly.
His ribs are reinjured and he will be week to week on whether or not he can compete.
NXT also has an update on Triple H!
The Game tweeted himself that he has been “blown away by the outreach and support from so many people.” HHH is recovering, doing well and so very grateful for all the love in his life, especially from the NXT crew. Also, Steph and the girls loved the snacks they sent. HHH hopes to see us soon, and we hope to see him again, too.
NXT returns and Joe Gacy is in the ring.
“Tonight, this ring is a safe space. NXT 2.0 is full of conflict, from the smallest microaggression to the most heinous grudges. This is a place where we settle our differences.” Gacy comes to us tonight with a mindset of conflict resolution, where he doesn’t need to use “male privilege” to get what he wants. Gacy understands that life isn’t fair. But he believes we can achieve unity and tolerance for us all. Gacy can be the man that will show us we can achieve peace in this safe space. That starts tonight!
Cameron Grimes VS Joe Gacy!
The Carolina Cash Money Caveman is ready to take 2.0 #ToTheMoon, but will he have to resolve this conflict he started with Gacy? Or will Gacy’s old wild man antics find their way back to the surface?
The bell rings, the two circle and grapple. Grimes gets a leg, Gacy facelocks but Grimes wrenches and has a wristlock. Gacy powers Grimes to ropes, lets off with the ropebreak, but Grimes ducks the sucker punch! Pacifist, huh? Grimes arm-drags Gacy down, grinds the armlock, and wrangles Gacy down. Gacy headscissors, Grimes kips free and says #KissMahGrits! Gacy laughs that off, but then swings on Grimes again. Grimes waistlocks but Gacy bucks the O’Conner Roll, only to run into a BOOT! Fans fire up as Grimes runs in but into a boot from Gacy! Gacy whips Grimes in, corner splashes to a BIG Urenage! Gacy works to keep his cool but fans rally for Grimes.
Gacy wraps on a chinlock, grinds Grimes down, but fans rally up behind Grimes. Grimes fights up, throws body shots, then powers out. Gacy runs in but only gets buckles, Grimes runs to rally with forearm smashes! Grimes eggs Gacy on but Gacy dodges, handsprings and LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Grimes survives and Gacy is surprised. Gacy fires up, gets Grimes up but Grimes evades the powerbomb to ROUNDHOUSE! Gacy comes back to BOOT! Grimes stays up so Gacy runs to forearm smash! Gacy keeps moving, but runs right into a CAVE-IN! Cover, Grimes wins!
Winner: Cameron Grimes, by pinfall
Gacy didn’t find peace or victory tonight and Grimes has the momentum he wants! But then Gacy stands up, and offers a handshake. Grimes says no thanks, so Gacy hugs him! Gacy leaves it at that, is he going to keep preaching conflict resolution while Grimes goes for the gold?
NXT hears from Von Wagner.
“Last week didn’t go my way. You can either bitch ‘n’ moan, or you can put in the work.” He’s an unconventional man with unconventional methods. His journey in NXT has only just begun, will this towering man find his way back up to the top of the mountain?
Elektra Lopez w/ Legado del Fantasma VS Anna Scheer!
Santos Escobar, Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza accompany Elektra to the ring. Despite the scuffle with B-Fab in the back, that beef’s being put on the back burner for now. Will Anna be the one paying the price for the fire B-Fab’s lit inside Lopez?
The bell rings and Lopez takes her time with her jacket. She circles with Scheer, then kicks hard and CLUBS her down! Lopez CLUBS Scheer, runs and runs her over, then runs to do it again! Lopez drags Scheer up, throws her by her pigtails, then tells her, “You are nobody!” Lopez throws Scheer down by her hair, then looms over her. Lopez scoops and SLAMS Scheer, but Scheer throws forearms back! Scheer runs and leaps, but into Lopez’s arms! SWINGING SIDE SLAM! Lopez hauls Scheer back up to snap suplex! Roll through, wrench and BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, Lopez wins!
Winner: Elektra Lopez, by pinfall
Scheer felt the sheer dominance of Lopez, but Escobar gets a mic to speak. “Class. Elegance. Sophistication. Fuego! And raw power to command silence and respect. And all of this under the umbrella of one word: familia!” Escobar tells Lopez that she completes Legado del Fantasma. Lopez takes the mic to speak now, saying, “What I did here tonight was just a little taste of what the First Lady of Legado del Fantasma, Elektra Lopez, La Madrina, is going to unleash on B-Fab and NXT 2.0.” Fans like the sound of that! Lopez tells B-Fab that she can keep talking, “but we all know that that’s all it is.” And if B-Fab doesn’t like, then she can get her skinny ass out to the ring!
But speaking of Hit Row, here they come! But B-Fab isn’t with the boys. She rushes in from the crowd to scrap with Lopez! Lopez turns things around but B-Fab comes back! Hit Row and Legado separate the two but fans want to “Let Them Fight!” B-Fab says it’s cool, but then she fires off on Lopez again! Hit Row and Legado get B-Fab and Lopez to back down, but this has to explode some time! When will these two finally get to have it out in the ring?
Cora Jade checks in on Trey Baxter.
She gives him a big hug and asks what’s wrong. What, she didn’t see? Well how long have they been together? He knows she still loves him. Chen came in looking like a superhero but whatever. Chin up, Trey. Then she gives him a big kiss to cheer him up. Trey does have a reason to smile, and then thinks on “superhero.” Will #AllHeart show he can be super in the 2.0 Era?
The Franky Monet Brand walks backstage.
Franky and Jessi want Rob Stone to stop jabbering as they head for Mr. Regal’s office. As they round the corner, Raquel Gonzalez is in their way. The NXT Women’s Champion says she already took care of this. They finally get their match next week. Aw, well, in that case, enjoy your last week, Chingona. La Wera Loca is ready, but then someone new walks by. She congratulates Franky on her big title match, but it won’t be as big as her talk show’s debut! Lashing Out with Lash Legend begins next week, and that is something to talk about. Wait, who and what now? Will #BougieBad feel like lashing out against Ms. Legend?
2v1 Handicap Match: Cary Millman & Darren Chiappetta VS Odyssey Jones!
Sound the alarm! Though he called out the Million Dollar Megastar, and though Andre Chase has been barking at him, Jones is more than ready to step up his game against two young and hungry opponents. Will it be a two-for-one special on squash tonight?
The bell rings, Jones is fired up and fans are fired up with him. Cary & Darren flank Jones, get an arm each, but he blocks the double whip to double shoulder tackle them! Darren & Cary regroup, coordinate, and circle with Jones again. Cary gets a leg, Darren gets a headlock, but Jones TOSSES Darren away, then drags and throws Cary! BACK SPLASH for Cary, FRONT SPLASH for Darren! Fans fire up but Chase walks out and talks trash. Jones says he’ll break Chase soon enough, but he gets Darren up first. Cary CLUBS Jones and Darren goes after the leg! They mug Jones but Jones shoves them both away! Darren & Cary come back, Jones breaks the clothesline to DOUBLE CROSSBODY!
Jones is feeling it and the fans are fired up, too! Jones gets Darren up, scoops him, and gives him a SHOUDLER BREAKER! Darren ends up in a corner but Cary jumps on for a sleeper! Jones just RAMS Cary into Darren! Jones has them both stacked on the mat, and Jones goes to the corner to climb up! DOUBLE FROG SPLASH! Cover, Jones wins!
Winner: Odyssey Jones, by pinfall
Chase may have to rethink his classes, because we just saw one be greater than two! Chase gets in with a chair, but Jones blocks it and the chair falls apart! Jones steps and Chase bails out! Will Chase’s big brain tell him that he can’t take on all that power?
Grayson Waller talks with other superstars backstage.
Baller Waller is feeling good about his chances against Strong, and they tell him these chances don’t come along very often as it is. But then Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams walk in, and Melo says he would congratulate Waller, but he wouldn’t mean it. His Breakout Tournament contract guarantees that even if Waller won the title next week, he could lose it in the same night to ya boi, Melo. So we’ll just wait and see. Right, Trick? Yeah, keeping the options open! Waller says Melo can go ahead and do that. Waller heads out, will he be ready to pull a double header just in case?
As for Melo and Trick, the #ToxicAttraction of Mandy Rose, Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne walk by to say hey. Well, damn! They fine! And they’re heading to gorilla position!
NXT hears from Ikemen Jiro.
The Handsome One welcomes us to his #Ikemansion! His collection of jackets and other merchandise is just the beginning. “When you think of Japanese superstars, you think of Strong Style. But when you think if Ikemen Jiro, you think of Style Strong!” A lot of people asks what “ikemen” means, and it means “handsome man.” Jiro is a handsome man, and a handsome man needs handsome jackets! From fruits to floral to shadowy black, Ikemen Jiro is always in style. But will his strong style get him closer to the always fashionable Cruiserweight Championship?
Toxic Attraction goes to the ring!
Mandy leads the way, we’ll hear from this newest trio in the NXT Women’s Division after the break.
NXT returns and Mandy speaks first. “When I came to NXT 2.0, I came here to be your gift, your golden goddess. I realized that this division was in desperate need for a woman like me! A woman that you people will never be with, but love to look at.” Then it took a little turn. Where were the fans when her face was battered and beaten?! What did they do!? NOTHING! It’s disgusting, really. The fans ridiculed her! She was a gif replayed over and over, just yesterday’s news. But that’s when she realized that they treated her the way they were treating Gigi & Jacy. The only difference, these two don’t give a damn about what the people think!
All the guidance and advice she can give, in return Gigi & Jacy showed that behind her beauty, a beast is ready to be unleashed! This is what the future of the women’s division in NXT 2.0 looks like! They’re ready to take over their precious “greatest women’s division of all time,” with these two baddies by her side. Gigi, your turn. “The pain of my past has always fueled my aggression.,” Gigi knew that if they could bring that out of Mandy, nothing would stand in their way. But they also needed Mandy’s guidance. “Because chaos without direction is just an accident waiting to happen.” Mandy’s experience gave them purpose. And that makes them unbeatable and will lead them to the top!
Mandy dares fans to go, “What?” if they don’t think they’re the hottest things alive. Jacy says they’re more than just the prettiest faces in the crowd. And if you thought for one second that they were going to sit in the back and wait like the rest of these broads, you’ve got another thing coming. “What Toxic Attraction wants is the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships!” Io Shirai, Zoey Stark, you’ve got an ass kicking waiting for you! And trust Jacy when she says you don’t want to keep them waiting. Speaking of which…
Backstage interview with Io Shirai & Zoey Stark.
McKenzie knows they were listening in, so what are their thoughts? Shirai doesn’t like Gigi & Jacy, so if they want a shot, they’re on! Uh, shouldn’t this be a conversation between the two of them first? As a team? Does Stark disagree? No, but it’s the principle of the matter. So Stark likes Toxic Attraction? No, Shirai knows she doesn’t. Then okay, match made. But Persia walks in and says Gigi & Jacy aren’t the only ones who want a chance. When Indi is back from her honeymoon, the two best friends are ready to go for the gold. So uh, good luck against Toxic Attraction. Stark and Shirai wonder what’s up with that, but will they make it through the thorny Gigi & Jacy first?
NXT is going to be BIG next week!
Not only is there the NXT Cruiserweight Championship match, Strong VS Waller, and the NXT Women’s Championship match, Gonzalez VS Monet, but the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships ARE on the line! Shirai & Stark will take on Gigi & Jacy, but will they make it through to take on the best friends, Indi & Persia? Plus, after all the jawing and jumping, B-Fab VS Lopez finally happens under No Disqualifications! Who will be left standing to have the last laugh after these ladies go all out?
Tommaso Ciampa & Bron Breakker VS Pete Dunne & Ridge Holland!
The Psycho Killer and the biggest and brightest new star are ready to take the fight to the Bruiserweight and Northern Grit! But will they prove they’re not just a couple of “geezers” against the self-proclaimed baddest men in NXT today?
NXT returns and Bron makes his entrance, quickly followed by the champ. Ciampa and Dunne start and the hands fly at the bell! Ciampa headlocks, Dunne powers out and things speed up. Ciampa sees the knee coming and he backslides but Dunne rolls through. Ciampa underhooks, Dunne wrenches out to get a takedown. Ciampa boots Dunne away and trips Dunne, but Dunne boots back. Ciampa ducks the enziguri, Dunne avoids the knee and fans fire up as the two stand off. Fans rally and duel but Ciampa and Dunne back down to tag in Breakker and Holland. Bron circles with the big man and they tie up. Bron shoves Holland away and is fired up!
They go again, Holland waistlocks, spins Bron and EuroUppers! Holland headlocks, Bron powers out but Holland runs him over! Holland headlocks again but Bron pries free of the hold to headlock back. Holland powers out but Bron runs him over! Bron stays fired up, he sees the drop down and waistlocks to a roll and SLAM! And then a dead lift and SLAM! Dunne runs in, Bron hurdles then catches Dunne for a POWERSLAM! Fans fire up but Holland ROCKS Bron with a right! Holland whips, Bron reverses and clotheslines in the corner! Tag to Ciampa and Bron whips Ciampa in for a big clothesline! Ciampa feeds Holland to Bron’s atomic drop, then adds a BULLDOG!
Ciampa brings Holland around to a chinlock and he grinds Holland down. Holland endures, fights up and throws body shots. Ciampa CHOPS back, whips but Dunne tags in. Holland reverses to SPINEBUSTER then Dunne adds a basement dropkick! Dunne glares at Bron, gets Ciampa up and grinds the arm, then he drops knees on the shoulder. Dunne bends the arm at the elbow, twists the wrist and tortures the fingers! Ciampa endures but Dunne isolates the arm to drop knees again. Dunne keeps punishing Ciampa’s arm from elbow to finger to then stomp Ciampa in the ribs! Dunne wrenches but Ciampa throws forearms! Dunne wrenches, snapmares and hooks up the arm for a SNAP!
Dunne keeps after Ciampa’s left arm, pulling on the hand and elbow. Another wrench, then Dunne ROCKS Ciampa with a forearm! Tag to Holland, Dunne DECKS Bron, but Ciampa shoves Dunne into Holland! Ciampa slides to trip Dunne up, then he dodges Holland to BOOT him! Ciampa RAMS Holland into steps, then he TOSSES Dunne over the announce desk! Ciampa claps and pats himself on the back and fans cheer along, but Holland POUNCES Ciampa over the desk! Northern Grit storms in to get Ciampa back up and around into the ring as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns once again and Dunne gives Ciampa some Danielson Stomps! Fans boo but Ciampa kicks from below! Dunne staggers and tags Holland, and Holland drags Ciampa. Ciampa kicks but Holland spins him for clubbing crossface forearms. Holland hauls Ciampa up but Ciampa fights the suplex. Ciampa fights again, tries to suplex, and it happens on the second time! Fans fire up for Ciampa’s strength as he and Holland are down! Hot tags to Dunne and Bron! Bron rallies on Dunne with big shoulders, then he dodges Holland to hit a BIG shoulder tackle! Bron shoves Holland away, clinches Dunne and Belly2Belly suplexes! Then he clinches Holland for a BIG Belly2Belly!
Fans fire up with Bron as he brings down the straps! Bron gets Dunne in a STEINER RECLINER!! Dunne endures but Bron bends him back! Dunne gets his arms free, slips out the back and gets Bron’s fingers! Dunne JAMS the fingers into the mat! Then he bends them back even more, isolates the arm and STOMPS it! Tag to Holland, and the boys get Bron up for a ROUNDHOUSE to ALABAMA SLAM! Cover, Ciampa breaks it! Fans are thunderous as Dunne goes after Ciampa and they fire off big forearms! Ciampa KNEES Dunne, runs in and clotheslines Dunne in the corner! He keeps going but Dunne ROCKS him with a right! Ciampa comes back to forearm!
Ciampa keeps going, Dunne sidesteps but Ciampa still ROCKS him with a forearm! But then Holland gets Ciampa for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! But Bron does the same, giving Dunne an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up as Bron and Holland lock eyes again. They stand off, fire up and fire clotheslines point blank on each other! Again and again and again, but then Bron ducks and runs, DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES take them down! Fans fire up for “2 point 0! 2 point 0!” Ciampa sees Dunne getting in and takes away Holland’s Billy club! But Dunne ENZIGURIS Ciampa out! Bron gets Dunne, trophy lifts, but Holland HEADBUTTS Bron down!
Holland goes out to get his club as fans chant, “This is Awesome!” Wait a minute! Is that Kyle O’Reilly!? He snatches the club away to SMACK Holland with it! Kyle puts Holland in while the ref was busy with Dunne! Ciampa gets Dunne for WILLOW’S BELL! Bron gets Holland up in the trophy lift! POWERSLAM!! Cover, Bron & Ciampa win!
Winners: Bron Breakker & Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall
The young stud stands tall alongside the champion! Bron has the belt, though, and he hands it over to Ciampa. Ciampa pats him on the shoulder, but it’s clear what Bron is hungry for. How long will he have to wait before he has his chance at the championship?
NXT 2.0 is now, for both better and worse, very much like its siblings, Raw and SmackDown. I sigh deeply seeing how Josh Briggs goes from “I hate people so I beat the hell out of them” to “Haha, I like to drink and fight cuz I’m Southern!” I sigh very deeply seeing Joe Gacy go from “I’m wild and violent!” to “Let’s all get along in this safe space, everyone.” And I groan seeing that the Andre Chase University catchphrase is now becoming a segment for him to try and roast his feud rival while getting roasted by “students.” It’s Vince and team having to slap tropes and cheesy characters onto people, skipping the call-up process to just ruin things here and now.
Tony D’Angelo is also just a grating stereotype a few years too late to be relevant to The Sopranos. I know The Many Saints of Newark being released revitalizes The Sopranos franchise, but c’mon, Vince. No. Just no. But at least we’re getting something out of Xyon Quinn, even though he’s only been in two matches, one of them on 205 Live. Quinn being a gentleman but also a badass is very action movie trope, but I guess he’s getting to stand out somehow. Dante Chen squashing Trey Baxter was a bit of a two birds, one stone thing, though maybe not in the way I would’ve done this. Chen VS Trey could’ve easily been a surprisingly good match to better build both men, but hey, I guess Trey has to be down in the dumps for his girlfriend to comfort him with a big kiss.
Kay Lee Ray squashes Amari, Toxic Attraction’s promos was a standard “We’re Heels because fans don’t care, so we don’t care about the fans!” so yawn. If they could’ve skipped that and just kept it to Mandy wanting to mentor the kind of female superstars she feels should be running the division, that would’ve been better to me. But again, they going after the tag titles was obvious, and it did give Shirai and Stark a quick little bit to show their dysfunction is still strong. I also like the initiative Persia is taking on behalf of Indi, and I feel this could be the new wrinkle in The Way’s happy family life when it was Indi & Candice who were a team.
Kushida VS Strong was an awesome opener, but of course Diamond Mine helps Strong cheat to win. Props to Waller stepping up with Drake Maverick gone from NXT again and him needing something to do. And with that comes some smart crossover with Carmelo Hayes putting Waller on notice because of the Cruiserweight Championship being on his radar. I hope Hayes isn’t just saying he could cash in that night. I think it’d be a great way around NXT not being in on MITB if the Breakout Tournament contract can be for any time, anywhere. Lopez squashes Tesha Price, renamed Anna Scheer here because duh, it’s the WWE, they aren’t going to acknowledge AEW.
Escobar and Lopez have a good promo, we get a decent scrap between B-Fab and Lopez but it could’ve been a bit wilder if the guys all fought each other. No DQ is great for B-Fab and Lopez, but when are we getting Swerve VS Escobar for the North American Championship already? And talk about a match that needs a stipulation. Swerve and Escobar have done quite a bit in their long rivalry, these two could probably go Last Man Standing or I Quit with this one. Odyssey squashing two dudes was alright, but a bit of a let down after he called out LA Knight. But I guess there’s no easy way around also having Chase on his case, so Jones has to handle him first.
What a great night for Bron Breakker, though. He’s definitely got some kind of rocket strapped to him, as he got to stand tall with Ciampa at the start of the night to call out Dunne & Holland. Then they had a really great tag match for the main event, and though it was apparently his own choice not to be “Rex Steiner” a la his dad and uncle, Rick & Scott, him using the Steiner Recliner of course got fans to mark out just a little. Bron getting the pin here is just further proof he’s going to be facing Ciampa for that title, but I feel like it’d benefit Bron’s build if he doesn’t succeed right away.
Let Bron come really close to winning but he loses, probably from a “miscalculation” or “rookie mistake,” and then he builds up through the North American Championship scene. We got a video from Von Wagner that detailed much of the same for him, so that is the route these two big 2.0 frontrunners should go. We know who they are, we’ll see their journey through the next year or so, and when they’ve really shown themselves to the fans, then they can take up the torch from the “1.0 guys.”
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (9/21/21)
Never was a cloudy day~!
Universal Studio stays Dark!
Ba-dee-ya~! September gets Dark but there are plenty of stars ready to shine! Who builds momentum going into AEW’s Grand Slam week?
- Santana & Ortiz VS Chaos Project; win(s).
- Joey Janela w/ Kayla Rossi VS Dillon McQueen; wins.
- Lee Johnson & Brock Anderson VS Luke Curtis & Cameron Stewart; win.
- Tay Conti VS Marina Tucker; wins.
- Ryan Nemeth & Peter Avalon w/ The Wingmen VS John Silver & Alex Reynolds w/ The Dark Order; win.
- Colt Cabana w/ The Dark Order VS JD Drake w/ The Wingmen; wins.
- Wardlow VS JDX; wins.
- Daniel Garcia w/ 2point0 VS Alan Angels w/ The Dark Order; wins.
- Lance Archer VS Marcus Kross; wins.
- The Bunny w/ Penelope Ford VS Xtina Kay; wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Factory VS Darian Bengston, Cole Karter & Sean Maluta; win(s).
- Eddie Kingston VS Bear Bronson; wins.
- Big Swole VS Allie Katch; wins.
- FTR w/ Tully Blanchard VS Stallion Rogers & Anthony Greene; win(s).
AEW is pumping up Dark again, but this is a pretty big week for them being in New York for Dynamite and Rampage and paving the way towards the anniversary and the start of “season three.” Great to see a lot of fresh match-ups just within the established roster, such as the various Dark Order matches. Garcia VS Angels is probably going to be a show stealer in and of itself. Kingston VS Bear Bronson sounds like another great one, and I like that former WWE Cruiserweights are showing up somewhere. Curt Stallion & August Grey deserved better chances than WWE’s Prick Khan gave them, so maybe Tony Khan can at least find them a place to be within the various partnerships, even if it’s with Impact or NWA.
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