SmackDown begins its part of King of the Ring!
Cedric Alexander and Samoa Joe have already advanced for the Raw bracket, now it is time for SmackDown to begin! Will it be Drifter or Prizefighter? El Idolo or rising star?
- King of the Ring SmackDown Bracket: Apollo Crews VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Almas wins and advances to the next round.
- Buddy Murphy VS Daniel Bryan w/ Rowan; Murphy wins.
- The Revival VS Heavy Machinery; The Revival wins.
- King of the Ring SmackDown Bracket: Elias VS Kevin Owens; Elias wins and advances to the next round.
PLAY BY PLAY
Randy Orton opens SmackDown!
The Viper returns, his icy expression hiding how he must feel about decimating the New Day both last week and last night on Raw. Orton picks up a mic and says “Unlike Kofi Kingston, I am not a liar.” And the truth is, Kofi ran from a fight at SummerSlam, in front of his own wife and children. And why is that? Because Kofi’s “stupid!” Shut up and listen! Orton gave Kofi an opportunity to prove himself, and failed. Kofi got RKO’d twice because he is STUPID! And with help from The Revival, another New Day decimation happened. The best part was holding Kofi down and making him watch Xavier Woods be shattered! Why? Because Kofi is STUPID. Every time Orton gives Kofi a chance, Kofi fails. Orton proved the Power of Positivity can be crushed outta nowhere with the three most destructive letters in sports entertainment!
But wait, the New Day’s music hits. Where is Kofi? Behind Orton! Trouble in Paradise! Kofi gets Orton back, using his own tactics! “We’re going to find out who the stupid one is!” Kofi gets a chair and brings it in the ring. Kofi drags Orton over and puts Orton’s leg in the chair! He slaps Orton around so he’ll be awake for this. Kofi climbs up and aims at the trapped leg, but here comes The Revival! Kofi dropkicks Dash out then mule kicks Dawson. Orton gets away but Kofi uses the chair to jab and SMACK Dash down! Then he jabs and SMACKS Dawson with extra stank! The Viper retreats, but will he regret firing Kofi up like never before?
Shane McMahon is visited in his office.
He called Kevin Owens in to make sure he doesn’t do anything more to disrupt the show. That $100,000 fine will feel like a slap on the wrist. Kevin promises not to make anything worse, he’s focused on the King of the Ring. In that case, what is on Kevin’s mind? Shane knows what Kevin is thinking. He got angry at that massive fine, but who wouldn’t? Kevin took a week to reflect and it donned on him just how bad this is. Kevin and Shane don’t come from the same background, but this fine impacts the family. Shane is a good father, so he should understand. Truth be told, man to man, father to father, Kevin wishes Shane would reconsider. Shane thinks, and says he’ll take it under consideration. Shane dismisses Kevin, but will he forgive Kevin for the sake of Kevin’s family?
King of the Ring SmackDown Bracket: Apollo Crews VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega!
The path to the throne is opened, but only one can wear the crown! Will Apollo get back at Almas while also heading for the top? Or will Almas go from El Idolo to El Rey?
SmackDown returns as Apollo makes his entrance. The bell rings, and the Blue Brand’s journey to the throne begins!
Almas and Apollo rush each other but it’s Apollo who lands the clothesline! Cover, TWO! Apollo drags Almas up but Almas escapes the scoop. Almas baits Apollo into a corner and the buckles! Vega says to finish this now, CIEN SHADOWS! Cover, TWO! Apollo lives but Almas is glaring as he drags Apollo back up. Almas wants the hammerlock but Apollo powers out to a cradle, TWO! Apollo mule kicks then fireman’s carries, but Almas fights out. Almas gets on the apron and catches Apollo into a hanging armbar! The ref counts and Almas lets go at 4. Apollo staggers away, and Almas climbs up top. Almas leaps but into a dropkick! Both men are down on opposite ends of the ring and Vega is shocked!
Almas slumps out of the ring but Apollo hobbles over. Almas trips Apollo on the apron! Then slingshots, only for Apollo to catch him. Apollo heads for steel steps but Almas huricanranas free of the bomb! Apollo crashes into steel and falls to the floor as SmackDown goes picture in picture.
Almas catches his breath while Vega talks trash to Apollo. Apollo stirs but Almas is on him first. Almas CHOPS Apollo then throws him in the ring. Almas stomps Apollo around then slams his arms on the mat. Apollo gets to a corner but gets a knee and CHOP for it! Almas wrenches Apollo to a shoulder breaker, then hammerlocks to ram him into the buckles! Vega applauds while Almas soaks up the heat. Almas drags Apollo around to put the arm in a mounted armlock. Apollo endures and powers his way up. Almas knees Apollo back down then wrenches him into a facelock. Snap suplex for uno amigo. Then dos amigos. Almas holds on and hits tres amigos! Cover, TWO! Almas grows frustrated but Vega coaches him on.
Almas stomps Apollo then kicks him around. He drags Apollo up by an ear and into a fireman’s carry. Almas dumps Apollo down hard in a drop zone, then heads up top. Almas takes his time soaking up the heat, and Apollo trips him up! Apollo drags Almas up for a CHOP, then another, then fires himself up. Almas hits back as Apollo climbs and now they brawl! Apollo fires off CHOP after CHOP and Almas is barely holding on! Apollo climbs and drags Almas to the very top, but Almas fights back. Smackdown returns to single picture as Almas LEAPS, but into Apollo’s arms! Almas fights free with elbows, but runs into a pop-up gutbuster! Both men are down and Vega is concerned for Almas. Fans rally up and both men slowly rise.
Almas throws hands but Apollo counter punches. Apollo mule kicks, runs and boots Almas, then hits a leaping lariat! And kip-ups! Fans fire up with Apollo while Almas crawls to a corner. Apollo pulls on Almas but Amlas holds ropes. Almas elbows but Apollo hits back. Olympic Slam! Cover, TWO!! Almas survives but Apollo keeps his cool. Apollo and Almas slowly rise again, but Almas fights off Apolo’s waistlock. Apollo still back suplexes but Almas lands on his feet. Almas BOOTS Apollo then hops up top. Apollo enziguris Almas right back! Apollo says he’s going to raise the roof, and has Almas up from the corner. But his arms give out! Almas drop toeholds Apollo into buckles again! Vega says “SI! SI!” and fans do follow along. Almas runs corner to corner, but Apollo gets clear! Almas falls from hitting buckles, and Apollo stands back up.
Apollo has Almas, but Almas arm-drags out of the slam. Almas BOOTS Apollo, then runs, into a boot of Apollo’s! Another enziguri! Apollo hits the standing shooting star! Cover, TWO!! Almas still lives and Vega is at her wit’s end! Apollo himself isn’t sure what to say or what to do. Fans fire up as Apollo gets to his feet. Almas crawls to ropes but Apollo is on him. Vega holds onto Almas and Apollo gets mad. But then Apollo turns around into the boot and elbow! Hammerlock, LA SOMBRA DDT!! Cover, Almas wins!!
Winner: Andrade Almas, by pinfall; advances to the next round
The mastermind La Muneca pulls off another victory for El Idolo! Is the new King of the Ring going to be Tranquilo?
Daniel Bryan and Rowan bring someone to a private room.
This is supposedly the man who is after Roman Reigns. Bryan says he knows what this man did, and the world will know what this man did. This man needs to stay in this room, or face the consequences. Who is the man under the hood?
Elias walks the halls, playing his guitar.
The Drifter is still the WWE 24/7 Champion, but is very wary of his surroundings. He spots one of the referees in disguise. Too easy! But where is the superstar after Elias? Over there… A trunk? Again? Elias has the ref hold his guitar and opens the trunk. Drake Maverick shouts “SURPRISE!” but then Elias chokes him. Maverick is still talking like he has Elias, but Elias says Maverick needs to read a special notice.
“To whom it may concern… Let it be known that the 24/7 Championship rules have been suspended for the entirety of the night so Elias can focus on defeating Kevin Owens in the first round of the King of the Ring tournament. No exceptions. Sincerely, the Best int he World, Shane McMahon.” With that settled, Elias choke slams Maverick back into the trunk and closes the lid. Elias won’t have to worry about running around tonight, but will Maverick ever get to consummate the marriage?
SmackDown presents: A Moment of Bliss!
The WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions once again co-host and welcome everyone to the show. Please make sure to address them as the champions. They take their seats and are “so humbled” by this reign. They had a long conversation, and they want the fans to know that this changes nothing. A Moment of Bliss will still welcome “the less fortunate.” The superstars and people who need this platform, because they don’t have titles of their own. Except for tonight, because the guest for tonight requested to be on the show. Please welcome The Queen, Charlotte Flair! #CharlotteNineTimes arrives, and feels this is the wrong chair. Can she have the throne over in the corner? Clever.
Alexa brings up Charlotte’s win over the great Trish Stratus, and how it is a passing of the torch moment. Charlotte says she didn’t get passed the torch, she took it. And she made Trish admit what everyone knows: Charlotte is the Queen of ALL Eras, and the face of the SmackDown Women’s Division. Well some would say that’s the SmackDown Women’s Champion, Bayley. Not Alexa, no. But some do. People say a lot of things, but here’s the facts: Bayley might be the champion, but Charlotte is SmackDown. Is Bayley going to be on the red carpet? No! Charlotte is marketable, not Bayley. That’s why Charlotte does the press, because she is this brand! Bayley is an afterthought, which is why their title is an afterthought. But speaking of, here comes Bayley!
Bayley tells Charlotte enough with the same shtick over and over. Charlotte can treat Bayley like an afterthought while doing her appearances, but it’s all just excuses. Because at the end of the day, Bayley is champion! Which means Bayley is better than Charlotte! Which eats Charlotte up inside. Charlotte asks Bayley if she knows how people really feel about her. The fans were talking Flair VS Stratus, not Bayley VS Ember. Byaley has brought the title down and now Charlotte must restore the prestige by beating Bayley at Clash of Champions. If that’s a challenge, challenge accepted! Bayley can’t wait to do the fans a favor and finally shut Flair’s mouth! Oh and one more thing. She shoves Charlotte off the chair! Charlotte is shocked but fans are on Bayley’s side. The gauntlet has been thrown, but will Bayley maintain her throne?
Roman Reigns finds Buddy Murphy.
The Big Dog tells him they can either go like they did a few weeks ago, or they can talk man to man. Did Murphy lie to Roman? Or did he lie to Bryan? Murphy knows what Roman is thinking. And Murphy is pretty sure he saw Rowan. Pretty sure? Roman needs definitive! Murphy doesn’t know, he just think he saw Rowan. Everyone is sticking their noses in Murphy’s business but Murphy’s just trying to help. Roman hopes Murphy was sure, because if not, we will see another round of Roman whooping his ass. Can Murphy focus on beating Bryan with that hanging over his head?
Buddy Murphy VS Daniel Bryan w/ Rowan!
The Aussie Juggernaut goes against a Grand Slam Champion and the self-proclaimed Planet’s Champion to defend his honor after the beatings he’s been getting. Can Murphy at least survive having Bryan in the ring and Big Red outside it?
SmackDown returns and Murphy makes his entrance. Bryan grabs a mic and wants to “get this straight.” Now Murphy “thinks” it was Rowan. He maybe sorta saw Rowan? Murphy continues to be a liar, the worst kind of liar at that. He is a cowardly liar! Tonight, Rowan and Bryan promise to reveal the TRUE attacker! But Murphy will be exposed as an accomplice! The bell rings, and Murphy KNEE TRIGGERS Bryan! Cover, TWO!! Murphy drags Bryan up to throw him into a corner. Murphy stomps away on Bryan but the ref backs him off at 4. Bryan bails out but Murphy puts him back in fast. Murphy clibms up but Bryan baiils out again. Murphy gives chase but gets caught by Bryan’s stomp. Bryan throws European Uppercuts and kicks.
Bryan has Murphy in a corner but brings him out with more EuroUppers. Murphy CHOPS and haymakers back! Murphy throws hands in a corner but Bryan turns things around, to bite Murphy’s ear! Bryan gives more kicks then snapmares Murphy to kick him in the back! Bryan keeps calling Murphy a liar, then SLAPS him across the face. Bryan rocks Murphy with a EuroUpper, then drags him up to throw into buckles. He CHOPS Murphy again, and again! Murphy turns things around to CHOP away on Bryan! Murphy whips corner to corner but Bryan goes up and over, then ducks and dodges, only to get clothesline’d out! Murphy runs to FLY! Direct hit topples Bryan! Fans fire up as Murphy looks to give another instant classic! We go to break as Bryan tries to catch his breath.
SmackDown returns again, and Murphy leaps to missile dropkick Bryan down! Fans fire up with Murphy while Bryan gets to a corner. Murphy runs in but is put on the apron. He enziguris Bryan down then climbs up again. Murphy leaps for SUPER METEORA! Cover, TWO! Murphy felt how close he was, but he won’t be deterred. Murphy and Bryan slowly stand and Murphy back suplexes. Bryan lands on his feet and boots Murphy back. Bryan gets Murphy down into the LeBelle Lock! Murphy endures, reaches, moves around, but Bryan hooks his face! The ref reprimands as Bryan shifts into Rings of Saturn!! Murphy endures this new hold, and Bryan even gets a leg for part Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Murphy pops free just enough to reach with his legs! Bryan honors the ropebreak, learning how tough Murphy really is.
Fans rally up for Murphy as he gets to a corner. Bryan calculates what to do next, shaking his head as he looms over Murphy. Bryan unleashes No Kicks, and with some fire! He kicks both ways and tells Murphy to stay down. Murphy refuses, so he gets more kicks. Bryan prepares the buzzsaw, but misses! Spinning heel kick sends Bryan to a corner! Murphy runs in but gets put in a Tree of Woe! Bryan kicks and kicks and kicks, then runs corner to corner for the basement dropkick! Bryan hauls Murphy back up and to the top rope, sitting him backwards. Bryan climbs up to join Murphy, SUPER BACK SUPLEX! High stack cover, TWO!! Murphy still lives! Bryan can’t believe it! Bryan gets frustrated as fans rally for Murphy again. He drags Murphy up for No Kicks in the corner! Bryan shouts “LIAR!” with each kick, then lands another running dropkick!
Bryan puts Murphy up on the very top again, but Murphy pops out to tuck Bryan in! SUPERKICK! POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and Rowan is relieved. Murphy grits his teeth and clutches his arm. Fans are strongly behind Murphy as he drags Bryan up. Murphy forearms, Bryan uppercuts, repeat. They go back and forth with big shots, but Murphy gets the edge. Strike fest! Bryan avoids the knee to throw more EuroUppers! Murphy is wobbly, but he still backslides! TWO, kick to AUSSIE-GOYE! BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Bryan saves himself, and Rowan starts shouting at Murphy from the apron. Murphy glares at Big Red, but Bryan rolls Murphy up! TWO and Bryan ends up in Rowan. Murphy SUPERKICKS but it gets Rowan! Bryan rolls Murphy, TWO! Buzzsaw ducked, KNEE TRIGGER! MURPHY’S LAW!! Cover, Murphy wins!!
Winner: Buddy Murphy, by pinfall
The biggest win of Murphy’s career!! Now everyone will know about the Best Kept Secret! But will we know the truth about Roman’s assailant?
The man in the hood gets anxious.
Will he be left backstage much longer? Who even is this man?
Backstage interview with Buddy Murphy.
But Rowan attacks before Murphy can speak! Bryan shouts Murphy is a coward and liar who doesn’t deserve to be here! Rowan Iron Claw CHOKE SLAMS Murphy onto trunks! Bryan says Murphy deserves all of this, and doesn’t deserve the spotlight! The cowardly liar deserves nothing! Rowan grinds his boot into Murphy, but referees and security rush over to get them to leave. Will Murphy be able to get out of this mess?
The Revival VS Heavy Machinery!
The #TopGuys felt Kofi’s wrath earlier tonight, and speak out against it. The fans cheer that?! They like that?! Well newsflash: That’s proof the New day aren’t championship material. They’re like the fans: cowards! They’re afraid of facing The Revival. Big E isn’t even here, he’s still helping Woods walk out of Minneapolis. Stop crying and make sure you’re at Clash of Champions so that The Revival can officially take those SmackDown Tag Team Championships! The Revival will revive and restore glory to this Division! But first, Tucker Knight and Otis Dozovic make their way out! Can Dash & Dawson back up their big words by beating the literally biggest team on the roster?
The teams sort out and Dash starts against Tucker. Dash waistlocks and headlocks but Tucker powers out to run Dash over. Dash winces but keeps up with Tucker, but Tucker rolls and pops Dash up into a bearhug! Tucker squeezes tight on those bad ribs, then tags in Otis. Tucker hands Dash off to Otis to keep the bearhug going. Dash headbutts and Otis lets go, but Otis reels Dash in for a knee. Tag to Tucker, and Heavy Machinery double suplex Dash. Dawson runs in but Otis intercepts, and now we have parallel stalling suplexes! Double drops and double clotheslines, The Revival are writhing on the outside while Heavy Machinery belly bumps! SmackDown goes to picture in picture while #BlueCollarSolid has the ring.
Tucker goes out to fetch Dash but Dash runs for the other side of the ring. Dawson is there but Tucker scoops. Dawson slips out and Dash shoves Tucker into the post! The Revival regroup and recompose themselves, but neither is strong enough to lift Tucker. Dash tags Dawson and they both get Tucker in. Dawson scowls as he kicks Tucker down. Dawson drops a leg, an elbow and a headbutt to keep Tucker down. But Dawson’s ribs start giving him problems, so he drags Tucker up to choke on the ropes. The ref reprimands and Dawson lets up, but Dash gets his own shots in! Dawson bumps Tucker off buckles then CHOPS! He brings Tucker back to tag Dash as SmackDown goes to single picture.
The Revival mug Tucker then snapmare him down. Fans rally for “Tucky! Tucky!” but Dash is on him with a chinlock. Dash pulls back but his ribs start bothering him now. Tucker powers up and fights to his feet. Tucker heads for his corner, but Dash pulls hair! Dash throws Tucker into buckles! Dash hops up and leaps, big bulldog drives Tucker down! Cover, TWO! Dash is frustrated but he tags to Dawson. Dawson climbs up and leaps, but his elbow drop flops! Tucker crawls for his corner while Dawson writhes. Dawson tags Dash first, and Dash intercepts, only to get a flapjack! Hot tag to Otis! The Dozer rallies on The Revival! Otis scoops, spins and slams Dash down! Otis runs corner to corner to splash, then has Dash in the zone! Fans fire up as Otis pumps it up, CATERPILLAR!
Otis drags Dash over and tags Tucker. Otis has Dash but Dawson dropkicks him down! Tucker Thesz Presses Dawson but Dash rolls Tukcer up! The Revival win!
Winners: The Revival, Dash Wilder pinning
The #TopGuys survive despite the damage done to their bodies. Will they be able to take the SmackDown Tag Titles over to Raw?
Backstage interview with Chad Gable.
What does he say about being the underdog in the King of the Ring tournament? “I agree with them.” Fortunately, that’s how it’s always been for him. His first coach ever called him “stupid” and to find another sport because he wasn’t good enough. Gable wasn’t supposed to be on the Olympic team and he wasn’t supposed to be in the WWE, and yet here he is. Meanwhile, his first KOTR opponent, Shelton Benjamin, is sneaking and smirking in the background. Gable knows his life has meant to show the expectations put on him are not the reality. Gable promises to be the underdog that wins, because the KOTR is a tournament to open up some eyes. But then he sees a sign Benjamin put up on the door to the locker room: “You must be at least this tall to participate in the King of the Ring tournament.” And of course, it’s higher than Gable… Funny stuff, guys. But jokes aside, will Benjamin get serious when he has to take on the #ReadyWilling&Gable underdog?
SmackDown presents Miz TV!
The Hollywood A-Lister may be a Raw superstar in the Raw half of King of the Ring, but he’ll be a Wild Card tonight for a special occasion of the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show! We find out what’s going on after the break.
SmackDown returns and Miz welcomes us to the show. His guest requested to be on the show, and we all will learn why. Welcome back, Sami Zayn! The Critic of the Critics is already out of the King of the Ring after losing to Cedric Alexander admittedly quickly. Sami has complained on social media and vaguely noted “it is time for a change.” Sami joins Miz in the ring and takes a seat. Sami admits he doesn’t care about Miz or the talk shows, but he needed time to vent. Well Sami has also been doing a lot of losing, so he must have had a lot of time to think on the mat. Good zinger, Miz. For once, Miz is right. Sami has been on a losing streak lasting months. Last night, Sami had an epiphany. Why? Because Sami got caught up in the same trap as “people like you,” Miz. The WWE Trap of greed! Of selfishness and ambition!
Any success Sami has had is because he fought for something bigger than himself! Sami finally realized, his path to redemption is through altruism and helping others! So many superstars on SmackDown need his help. And who is that? Well the man about to come out right now. Shinsuke Nakamura? The Intercontinental Champion needs help? Miz will bite, how is Sami going to help Shinsuke? Why does Shinsuke want to associate with Sami? Sami asks Miz back, what language does he think Shinsuke will respond in? Shinsuke is from Japan, and is an artist! A poet! Does Miz not understand the pain a poet goes through when he can’t express himself? Sami does, because Sami is also an artist. Sami and Shinsuke have a bond no one will understand! From day one in NXT, that is when he and Shinsuke found they are two sides of the same coin. So Shinsuke will no longer need to feel that pain of suppression. If you want to talk to Shin, talk to Sami!
Miz wants to ask Shinsuke if this is real, and Shinsuke does refer him to Sami. Sami and Shinsuke can express themselves in a language everyone can understand. Roundhouse! KINSHASA! Shinsuke rams his knees into Miz and sends him reeling towards the corner. Shinsuke stomps a mudhole into Miz but Sami pulls him off. But Shinsuke comes back with a boot wash! Sami pulls Shinsuke off, saying that was perfect. It was enough, really. Sami goes back to Miz to check on him. Sami chuckles at Miz’s pain. Sami helps Miz up, but he’s only setting Miz up for another KINSHASA! “That is how you do it!” Sami says that is art! Will both Sami and Shinsuke reach new heights through this alliance?
Daniel Bryan and Rowan return to the secret room.
And they’re not in a good mood. Things will get better, but not for the mystery man. Roman is on his way and we will all find out the truth together. They wait for Roman, but how much longer will that take?
Shane McMahon is visited in his office again.
It is Kevin again. Shane called Kevin in because he remembered what he wanted to say before. Kevin still has to pay for attacking an official, even if it was Elias for the one night. No superstar can. What Kevin hasn’t said is he’s sorry for what he did. Kevin admits he should know better, so he apologizes to Shane. Shane has reconsidered the judgment and punishment. Shane will lift the fine, but if Kevin again intentionally harms a WWE official, Kevin will be fired on the spot. They’re clear, right? Totally. Kevin wants to shake on it, but Shane isn’t “quite there.” Kevin is spared the debt hanging over his head, but can he defeat Elias now that the burden is off his shoulders?
King of the Ring SmackDown Bracket: Elias VS Kevin Owens!
The Drifter also has a burden off his shoulders for the night in that he doesn’t need to worry about the WWE 24/7 Championship attracting contenders. Will Elias be able to overcome the Prizefighter and head for the throne? Or will Kevin grab up that prize for himself?
The bell rings and the two tie up. Kevin headlocks but Elias powers him to ropes. Elias gets a cheap shot in then headlocks, but Elias powers out. Elias runs Kevin over and covers, ONE! Elias throws hands then headlocks. Fans rally for Kevin as he powers out again. Things speed up and Kevin runs Elias over! Kevin clotheslines Elias out hard but Elias stays on his feet. Kevin builds speed but Elias runs off. Kevin goes out to chase after and haymakers Elias around the way. He CHOPS Elias, too! Elias staggers but Kevin keeps up the CHOPS! Kevin whips Elias but Elias reverses to send Kevin into barriers! Elias drags Kevin up into the ring then puts him in a corner. Elias CHOPS Kevin then whips him corner to corner. Kevin reverses and catches Elias as he goes up and over, for a German Suplex! Elias flounders but Kevin takes aim, CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO!
Wait, here comes Shane! But why? Kevin is just as confused as anyone as Shane comes to ringside. This match continues after another break.
SmackDown returns once more, and Elias cranks back on Kevin in a chinlock. Fans rally up for Kevin while Shane is watching ringside. Kevin powers up and fights back but Elias wrangles him back down. Kevin pulls hair but Elias rakes Kevin’s eyes! The ref reprimands them both, but Elias keeps on the headlock. Kevin powers up and fans rally as Kevin throws forearms. Kevin CHOPS Elias then runs, to kick Elias away. Elias comes back with a BIG knee! Cover, TWO! Elias grows frustrated but he keeps on Kevin with a rain of rights. Elias stomps Kevin around as Shane watches with vested interest. Elias drags Kevin up and bumps him off buckles. He stomps and punches away but the ref backs Elias off at 4. Elias comes back to ram his knee in! The ref counts as Elias grinds Kevin into buckles, but Elias does back off again.
Elias drags Kevin up and scoops him for a slam! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Elias sits Kevin up. Elias goes back to the chinlock, but Kevin refuses to fade out. Kevin powers up and throws body shots to get free. Elias knees low then whips, but Kevin hits him with a DDT! Both men are down but fans fire up for Kevin. Kevin and Elias slowly stand, but Elias runs into a back elbow. Kevin also boots Elias away, then hops up for a missile dropkick! Fans fire up and Kevin drops a senton! Elias crawls away but Kevin is on him with a whip. Elias holds ropes and boots Kevin away, but Kevin elbows back. Kevin hops up but Elias clubs his back. Elias has Kevin in the Electric Chair, spins him around, sit-out powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! Kevin lives and Shane applauds.
Kevin gets to a corner but Elias grits his teeth. Elias drags Kevin up and to the top rope, and CHOPS! Elias climbs to join Kevin, but Kevin fights back. They brawl up there, and Kevin punches Elias down! Kevin adjusts, and SWANTONS onto knees! Elias saves himself there, but both men are slow to getting up. Elias runs in, but Kevin dumps him out! Kevin is on the apron and CANNONBALLS again! Fans fire up with Kevin as he drags Elias up. Shane is there but he says Elias needs time to breath. Shane is wearing a referee uniform!? He’s made himself an official to stick it to Kevin. Kevin keeps his cool as he gets in, but Shane follows. Elias gets after Kevin but Kevin SUPERKICKS Elias! Kevin wants Shane to watch, but Elias shoves Kevin away at Shane! Kevin stops himself, Elias rolls him up, SHANE counts! Elias wins!?
Winner: Elias, by pinfall; advances to the next round
Shane screws Kevin again! Is there no end to what Shane will do just because of a grudge?!
Roman finds the room.
Is this the guy? The minute the “cowardly liar” pinned everything on Rowan, Bryan defended him. No one would listen! So Bryan went to extremes to find the real guilty party! And he has found the man who nearly ended Roman’s career twice. The hood is taken off, and it’s… A man with a red beard just like Rowan!? Is this a joke?! Who even is this?! Roman is just as confused. Will we get a real conclusion to this mystery?
This was definitely an interesting episode right here. We got some good developments in the New Day story with Orton and The Revival. Kofi is showing the aggression I was hoping he would, evening things up with Orton. I was hoping The Revival would be forced to face Kofi and Big E tonight, but I suppose it’s good for Heavy Machinery to get back on TV. The Revival win to stay strong towards their impending challenge for the SmackDown tag titles, but I’m surprised they’re going to say Woods is still likely for Clash of Champions. I’m hoping things escalate and we get No Disqualification for at least Kofi VS Orton rematch. That’s where it feels like this is going, so it should just go ahead and do that. After getting a draw for SummerSlam, a win in such a match would work for Clash of Champions.
It was natural for A Moment of Bliss to set us up with Bayley VS Charlotte for Clash, and as I expected, we’ll be getting all four NXT Horsewomen on the card. I really hope my idea of Banks VS Bayley at Survivor Series comes true, it just feels right. Bayley got herself some great points shoving Charlotte over like that, too. Alexa and Nikki are still without opponents, but maybe something happens to bring a team back into contention, like a Triple Threat of Kabuki Warriors, IIconics and Fire & Desire. As for what must be the Intercontinental Championship story, it seems all they have is putting Shinsuke and Sami together since Sami’s been going downhill, and they’re going after Miz to give Shinsuke an opponent. This practically gives away that Miz isn’t winning King of the Ring, and it might be what causes him to lose to Baron Corbin. I’m not sure if anyone really wins at this point.
Speaking of, Apollo VS Almas was a great match for KOTR to open on SmackDown, both guys looked great. Getting a little tired of Vega almost always needing to help Almas win, but maybe he runs into an opponent that doesn’t work on. Benjamin’s little prank on Gable was not something I would’ve expected from Benjamin necessarily, but it seems to keep the rumors of a new nickname alive. Perhaps to save Gable from the fate of being “Shorty G,” my idea of The Fiend attacking and taking him out of the tournament comes true so that Bray can at least throw off expectations in the tournament’s outcome. Then we all should’ve known Shane would find a way to screw Kevin over. The fine obviously wasn’t going to last, that’s all kayfabe anyway. But Shane revealing he was an official was a nice little twist, so obviously things with him and Kevin can continue all the way to perhaps Hell in a Cell and Shane taking one last dive off something really high.
This Roman Reigns story is all over the place. Buddy Murphy has another incredible match, and it’s so awesome that he won! But he doesn’t get to enjoy it since he gets beat up again. And where we were all hoping we’d get Harper back through this story, doesn’t seem the case just yet. We get a weird swerve where this unnamed man with an orange beard that is not his natural color is supposed to be the culprit. I almost thought they were trying to make him Rowan’s long lost brother. Next week’s Raw and SmackDown will need to give us a good reason as to why we got this bait ‘n’ switch, but I feel like it’s just to keep things going through Clash of Champions to at least Hell in a Cell. If anything, Roman VS the REAL culprit is going to be one of this year’s Cell matches, and I still hope we can circle back to Harper by then. That’d be an amazing spotlight for a guy who is basically held hostage by the contract Vince slapped him with.
My Score: 8/10
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Will Bryan Danielson’s streak continue?
Bryan Danielson VS Brian Cage! American Dragon VS Machine!
Bryan Danielson is still fighting to become #1 contender, but in his way is Brian Cage! Will Brian stop Bryan from reaching MJF and the One Hour Ironman AEW World Championship match?
- Ricky Starks & Action Andretti VS Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara w/ Daniel Garcia; Jericho & Guevara win.
- AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Buddy Matthews w/ Julia Hart; Darby wins and retains the title.
- #JungleHook VS Ethan Page & Matt Hardy w/ Stokely Hathaway; #JungleHook wins.
- Bryan Danielson VS Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana; Danielson wins.
- Toni Storm VS Ruby Soho; Soho wins.
- Mark Briscoe VS Jay Lethal; Mark wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Ricky Starks & Action Andretti VS Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara w/ Daniel Garcia!
The Absolute and his new friend are looking to settle things with the Jericho Appreciation Society, and after Action beat Daniel Garcia on Rampage, he and Starks are getting #LeSexGods! Will Starks & Andretti continue to get one over on the “JAS Holes?” Or will this be where Jericho gets even?
The bell rings and Action starts against Sammy. Fans rally as Action and Guevara circle. They tie up, Action headlocks but Sammy back suplexes. Action lands on his feet to waistlock but Sammy switches. Action breaks free, slips under and shoves Sammy but Sammy hurdles over. Sammy shoves Action, Action ducks and handsprings but Sammy slides under! Sammy sweeps to a cover, ONE! Sammy jumps the sweep to Oklahoma Roll, ONE! Action trips Sammy but STANDING MOONSAULTS, but Sammy dodges! Action lands on his feet and the two stare down as mirror images! Fans fire up as the two slowly reset.
Sammy offers a handshake, and Action thinks about it, only for Sammy to SUPERKICK him down! Sammy rains down fists while fans boo, but Sammy puts Action in a corner. Sammy CHOPS as fans chant, “SAMMY SUCKS!” Sammy whips Action corner to corner, Action goes up and over and keeps moving, to duck ‘n’ dodge and tilt-o-whirl headscissor! Sammy flounders, Action runs in but Sammy bails out. Action springboards to superhero land, then he mocks Sammy’s spin and pose! Sammy throws a small fit, then he gets on the apron, into Action’s TRIANGLE DROPKICK! A very Jericho move!
Fans fire up as Action builds speed but Sammy slides back in. Sammy hurdles, backflips then DROPKICKS Action! Sammy spins and kips up but fans boo. Action bails out and Sammy builds speed now, but then he stops when the fans chant “YOU STILL SUCK!” Sammy slides out to CHOP Action! Sammy puts Action in but Action builds speed! Action DIVES but Garcia takes the hit for Sammy! Sammy then gets in and builds speed to FLY! Direct hit on Action and Sammy blows kisses to Tay Melo who is in the back. Sammy drags Action back up, puts him back in, and fans chant, “We Want Ricky!” Sammy puts Action up top instead.
Sammy climbs up after Action, and SUPER STEINERS! But Action lands on his feet! Fans are fired up, and Sammy runs into a SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO! Hot tags to Starks and Jericho! Fans are thunderous as Starks is right in Jericho’s face! Jericho CHOPS but Starks CHOPS back! They CHOP and CHOP and CHOP back and forth! Starks fires off fast hands, then whips, but Jericho reverses, only for Starks to LARIAT! Jericho goes to a corner, Starks runs in, but Jericho BOOTS him away! Jericho hops up, leaps, but Starks turns Code Breaker into CATAPULT! Jericho hits buckles, Starks BLASTS Sammy then ROCKS Jericho!
Starks knuckle locks, CHOPS and goes up top! Starks gives a little bit of the Old School as fans fire up! But Sammy climbs up after him! SUPER CUTTER!! Fans are thunderous again and Jericho crawls to a cover, TWO!! Starks survives but Jericho gloats like he’s already won. Jericho drags Starks back up, brings him around and hits a BIG back suplex! Jericho drags Starks to the cocky cover, ONE! Jericho flips off the fans and the fans boo back. Jericho drags Starks up, bumps him off buckles and tags in Sammy. Jericho scoop SLAMS Starks, and Sammy drags Starks back up. Sammy scoops to SLAM Starks. Cocky cover, ONE!
Tag to Jericho, he scoops Starks to SLAM him again! Jericho and Sammy soak up the heat, then Sammy tags in again. Le Sex Gods double whip and double shoulder Starks down. Sammy spins, and they pose together! Fans boo but Garcia says that’s beautiful. Sammy grins as he goes up the corner. Jericho rallies the fans but they cheer for Starks. Sammy is up top, he flies, into BOOTS! Fans fire up as both men are down! Starks crawls, Sammy grabs his foot, but Starks still hot tags Action! Action CLOBBERS Sammy, LARIATS him, then CLOBBERS Jericho! Action spins Sammy around for a BACKBREAKER to NECKBREAKER!
Jericho runs in, he gets the BACKBREAKER and NECKBREAKER! Action kips up and fans fire up again! Action builds speed to DIVE onto Jericho! And then he gets in to DIVE onto Sammy! Action is all fired up and the fans are with him! Action puts Sammy in the ring, Jericho argues with the ref, and that allows Starks to TORNADO DDT Sammy! Action slingshots, goes up and up and MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Sammy survives but Action drags him back up. Action CHOPS, whips, but Sammy reverses. Action ducks ‘n’ dodges, but DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! Fans rally up while both men are down!
Sammy and Action crawl, hot tags to Jericho and Starks again! Starks swings, misses, and Jericho DECKS Action! Jericho dodges Starks again, and again, but Starks SPEARS him!! Cover, Sammy runs in, but Starks gets away! The basement dropkick hits Jericho! Starks tosses Sammy, but Jericho rolls Starks! WITH TIGHTS! TWO!! Jericho runs in, but Starks catches the Code Breaker for a SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and fans are thunderous! Starks tags Action, and helps him with the slingshot senton! Action runs, springboards, FLYING CHUCK! Jericho is down in a drop zone!
Action goes up and SPLIT-LEG MOONSAULTS onto knees! Jericho tags Sammy in, and Sammy spins Action around. Action dodges but the JUMP KNEE hits! Sammy torture racks, GO TO- NO, Action lands on his feet! Action spins but Sammy ducks the kick! But the ENZIGURI comes back around! Action hurries to build speed but Jericho grabs Action’s hair! Action fights back but Jericho SLAPS him! But then Starks trips Jericho off the apron! Starks POSTS Jericho! But Sammy reels Action in to back suplex! Action lands on his feet, and gets up for a POISON-RANA! And then Action torture racks! NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!!
Fans are thunderous as Sammy survives! Action grows frustrated, but then Starks hits ROSHAMBEAUX to the floor! Jericho is down, Action runs in, but into a BOOT! Sammy goes up to the top, SUPER- Torture rack catch!! Action has Sammy again, but Sammy grabs ropes! Action throws Sammy away but Sammy distracts the ref, Garcia CLOBBERS Action with Floyd the Baseball Bat! Sammy torture racks, for GO TO HOSPITAL! Cover, Le Sex Gods win!!
Winners: Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara, by pinfall
The JAS win thanks to Garcia! Sports entertainment wins the battle, but will Starks and Action find a way to win the war?
AEW honors and remembers Jay Briscoe.
Jay Briscoe himself once said, “Pro-wrestling’s in our soul. This is what we were created to do, man.” ROH is how he feeds his family, it is part of his life. And his family had his back. Jay & Mark are ROH legends, but even more than all the titles they held, Jay held family above all else. There isn’t a person in ROH or AEW who doesn’t respect, love and miss Jay Briscoe. #ThankYouJay.
AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Buddy Matthews w/ Julia Hart!
The Relentless One continues to be a fighting champion, and he wants to settle things with the House of Black. Darby beat Malakai, he beat Brody, but will he pull off the sweep in taking on the Aussie Juggernaut? Or will this title be the first gold for the House of Black?
AEW is picture in picture as Buddy finishes his entrance, but returns to single picture for Darby’s. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see just how relentless Darby truly is!
The fans rally up for Darby at the bell. Buddy takes off his mask to reveal he has skull face paint to copy Darby. They circle, but then Julia gets on the apron. Darby is distracted and Buddy V-TRIGGERS him out of the ring! Buddy goes out to RAM Darby into railing, and then RAM him into more railing! Buddy puts Darby back in the ring, storms up, and knees low! Buddy TOSSES Darby to a corner and Darby bounces off buckles. Darby flounders out of the ring but Buddy goes to the apron. Darby blocks the Penalty Kick! Darby trips Buddy and Buddy hits the apron hard! Darby gest back in the ring, builds speed, and he DIVES!
But Buddy catches Darby for a suplex to the apron! Then Buddy drags Darby up for an APRON BACK SUPLEX! And then Buddy drags Darby out to SWING him into the railing! And again! And then a RAILING- RANA! Darby sends Buddy into railing and fans fire up! The ring count climbs to 5 of 10 as Buddy flounders back into the ring. Darby drags Buddy back out, RAMS him into the railing, then gets back in the ring. Buddy grabs Darby’s leg but Darby kicks free with the other. But Buddy YANKS the apron skirt to trip Darby up! Darby clutches his leg, but he rolls to the far side. The ref keeps Buddy back but Sting is concerned.
Buddy goes to the corner, climbs up, and APRON METEORAS!! Buddy pushes Darby into the ring, covers, TWO!! Darby survives but Buddy puts him in the corner. Buddy wraps the bad leg around the ropes to pull, but Darby rakes eyes! The ref counts, both men let go, but Darby goes up so he can hit the THROWBACK STUNNER! Buddy flops out of the ring, and now Darby climbs the corner! Darby SUPER COFFIN DROPS!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous again! Darby forces himself back up, and he puts Buddy in the ring. But then the lights go out! And when they’re back, BRODY AND MALAKAI are here!
Sting has his baseball bat, he’s keeping them from approaching, but then ORTIZ runs out! Ortiz kendo stick SMACKS Brody on the back! Malakai BOOTS Ortiz down and rains down fists! Sting SMACKS Brody with the bat! And again! But Buddy has Darby for a RUNNING POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives and fans are thunderous! Ortiz and Malakai are brawling up the ramp, with Julia hurrying after, as AEW goes picture in picture!
Buddy stands back up and he looms over Darby. Buddy drags Darby up, but Darby resists the abdominal stretch. Buddy still pulls Darby’s arm back, but Darby pops free and climbs up around to a SLEEPER! Buddy endures, and he RAMS Darby into buckles! Darby holds on and he leans on the hold! Buddy fights back up, and he runs to CANNONBALL into the corner! Both men are down as Darby lets go of the hold! Buddy stomps Darby, CLUBS him, then drags him up again. Buddy trips Darby, ties up the legs, and Dynamite goes to break.
Dynamite returns and Darby has Buddy up top. Buddy resists the superplex and he SUNSET FLIPS, but Darby holds on! Buddy then tucks Darby in, only for Darby to kick at him! Buddy blocks that kick, Electric Chair Lifts, but Darby throws hands! Darby has Buddy dropping to his knees! But then Buddy fights up, only for Darby to POISON-RANA! Buddy flounders all the way out of the ring! Fans fire up, Darby goes out and he RAMS Buddy into railing! Darby SLAMS Buddy against the railing again and again, then lets off with a snarl. Darby drags Buddy up, puts him back in the ring, and Darby climbs up the corner.
Buddy stands, Darby leaps, CROSSBODY! But Buddy rolls through to a cover, TWO! Darby gets around, CRUCIFIX DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Buddy survives and fans fire up again! A standing count begins and fans say “This is Awesome!” Both men stir at 5 of 10, slowly rise at 6, drag themselves up the ropes, and stand before 8. Darby throws a hand but Buddy fires off a strike fest! Kick, stomp to the foot, and then the knee, but Darby avoids it to fire off his own strike fest! Darby hops on, but Buddy shrugs off Code Red! Backslide, TWO, but Buddy SOBATS! Buddy drags Darby up, BUCKLE BOMB! And then CURB STOMP! Cover, TWO!!!
Darby survives and fans are thunderous again! Buddy is frustrated, but he drags Darby back up. Buddy reels Darby in, pump handles, but Darby wheelbarrows to a victory roll! TWO!! Darby hops on, CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! Darby hurries to a corner while Buddy is down! Fans fire up as Darby climbs, but Buddy trips Darby up! Buddy turns Darby around, CHOPS him, then climbs up after him. Darby fights the superplex with body shots, but Buddy gives body shots back. Buddy suplexes again, but Darby shifts around to make it a SUPER SCORPION DEATH DROP!! Buddy’s under the ropes, Darby has to drag him away! Cover, TWO!!! Buddy survives and no one can believe it!
Darby climbs back up but Buddy goes to the apron. Darby SLAPS Buddy, SLAPS him again, and again! Then BOOTS him! Darby adjusts while Buddy is in the ropes! GUILLOTINE COFFIN DROP!!! Cover, Darby wins!!
Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)
And with that, Darby checks off the last member of the House of Black! Tony Schiavone is with the Relentless One in the ring, and he says it is quite the run Darby is on. He is on a great win streak, including the Trios win alongside The Great Muta in Muta’s last Pro-Wrestling NOAH match. And all the consecutive title defenses, from Mike Bennett to Juice Robinson to Kushida, and now Buddy Matthews. Four in a row, all stemming from Darby’s amazing in against Samoa Joe in Seattle. But speaking of Joe, he’s on the tron! “Darby~! Little dead boy, little dead boy, what ever have you done?
“It was said that in the kingdoms of old, crimes of theft were punished by having your hand cut off.” But Joe tells Darby that in the Kingdom of the Joe, the One True King of Television, he will take everything from Darby. Darby’s gold, what he STOLE from Joe, feels comfortable and right. But know this: Joe is coming to take back what’s his. The King will not be usurped by a man like Darby! And Darby will learn that winning that TNT title was the greatest mistake of his career. “The King has spoken.” The ROH World Television Champion wants what Darby has, but when and where will they face off again?
Adam Cole speaks.
“The past six months, my entire recovery process, it was very much one step forward and two steps back. But today, today is a giant step forward. No one has any idea how much I missed being here. Seeing the crew, hearing the roar of the fans, just being in this ring for the first time in a very, very long time, it feels good. And it’s showing me that all this hard work, all this determination, it is paying off. I know I’m not exactly where I’d like to be yet, but every single day, I am working towards getting back and becoming a brand new Adam Cole.
“Tonight, I’m going to be able to rest easy, knowing that I got the chance to step into this AEW ring. Tonight, I’m gonna sleep easy knowing that there’s a roster full of some of the best pro-wresters on the planet that I’m gonna have the chance to tangle with. I don’t know exactly when that day is yet, but I promise you, that day is coming soon.” Adam Cole looks to the AEW Revolution sign in the arena. Can Cole make March 5th undisputed?
Is that Jeff Hardy’s music?!
It is! But wait, Matt Hardy and Ethan Page walk out. Ethan has them cut the music. He and Stokely Hathaway are upset that they played the wrong music. But don’t boo, Ethan and Matt are gonna look great! Ethan even gave Hardy back the Twist of Fate! But we all agreed as a team, Ethan is the star of the show! Right, Isiah? Stokely adds, “Ain’t that right, Isiah?” Isiah Kassidy says, “Hell nah!” What did he say!? “I said… Hell. Nah!” Stokely unbuttons Kassidy’s jacket to reveal the Ethan Page shirt. Why’s he wearing that, then? Stokely tells Kassidy to put the chain on him. Oh, wait, he’ll put it in a way Kassidy can understand: “Put my chain on, dead ass.”
Ethan says while that’s happening, play the RIGHT music! Ethan’s theme plays, All Ego and Hardy head to the ring. Will The Firm DELETE Jack Perry & the FTW Champion? Or will they regret wanting them to #SendJungleHook?
#JungleHook VS Ethan Page & Matt Hardy w/ Stokely Hathaway!
The teams sort out and JB starts against Hardy. But then Ethan tags in and fans boo. Ethan turns around into a CHOP! And a CHOP! JB whips, Ethan reverses but JB ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! JB wrenches Ethan’s arm, but Ethan pulls hair to put JB in the corner. Hardy tags in but JB gets away. Hook steps in and the young studs stare down Ethan & Hardy. Hardy says, “DELETE! DELETE!” and fans chant along. Ethan pie faces Hook, but then runs away! #JungleHook DOUBLE ELBOW Hardy down! Hook then chases after Ethan while JB throws hands on Hardy! Ethan swings on Hook but Hook ducks under to clinch!
Ethan elbows free and SMACKS Hook off the apron! Ethan then reels Hook in, Canadian Racks, but Hook slips free and JB DIVES to take out Ethan! Fans fire up as Jungle Hook forearm bump. JB gets in, but Hardy clinches him! JB fights free with elbows, then whips Hardy to ropes. Hardy reverses but JB KICKS him! JB runs but Ethan trips him up! Fans boo but Hardy RAMS JB into the corner! Hardy puts JB up top, tags Ethan, and they work together, DOUBLE ICONOCLASM, to a DOUBLE STALLING SUPLEX! Ethan and Hardy high-five, then Ethan drags JB back up. Ethan bumps JB off buckles while AEW goes picture in picture.
JB falls over and Ethan looms over him. Ethan drags JB up, ROCKS him with a forearm, and JB ends up in the corner. Tag to Hardy and Ethan digs his boot in. Hardy drags JB up to bump him off buckles again and again and again and again! Hardy lets off to throw up the V1, then he drags JB up. Hardy DECKS JB, then has him in the corner again. Hardy has JB in the ropes, for a ROPE GUILLOTINE! Ethan gives a thumbs up while JB flounders around. Hardy drags JB to a cover, TWO! Hardy drags JB up, JB throws hands, but Hardy CLUBS him down! Hardy drags JB up, wrenches him and RAMS shoulders.
Hardy stands JB up again to RAM shoulders again. Hardy wrenches, YANKS JB’s arm, then keeps him from Hook. JB still reaches out, but Hardy drags JB away for an ELBOW BREAKER! And another, and another, and another! Hardy wrenches the arm, ARMBAR DDT! cover, TWO! Hardy stays between JB and Hook, then drags JB to the corner. Hardy bumps JB off buckles, tags in Ethan, and they mug JB. Ethan wrenches, RAMS shoulders, then clamps onto JB’s arm with a double wristlock. JB endures and Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans rally but Ethan wrenches JB again. Tag to Hardy and Hardy goes up, for the AX HANDLE to the arm!
Ethan wants to try that! Hardy drags JB over, tags Ethan in, and Ethan goes up. Ethan plays it up then jumps, but JB kicks Ethan down! JB rolls over Ethan’s back to whip Hardy out of the ring! JB then slips under Ethan to hot tag Hook! Ethan realizes he’s in danger, and he turns around into a LARIAT! Hook waistlocks, gut wrenches, EL CAMINO! Hardy gets up but Hook BLASTS him off the apron! Hook goes back to Ethan to waistlock but Ethan elbows free. Ethan swings, but into the T-BONE! Fans fire up, Hook tags JB in. Hook and JB double whip, but Ethan holds ropes. Hook runs in but is sent to the apron!
JB runs in but Ethan BOOTS him! Hook grabs Ethan at the ropes, but Hardy YANKS Hook down! Hardy RAMS Hook into apron, Ethan storms up on JB, but JB cradles Ethan! TWO!! Ethan clinches but JB JAWBREAKERS! Ethan staggers, Hardy tags in, and Hardy runs, but JB ducks ‘n’ dodges! Springboard, into the SIDE EFFECT! Hardy says, “DELETE! DELETE!” and JB stands up. TWIST- WAIT, Ethan wants the tag?! Fans boo, Hardy has this on his own! But Hardy does as he’s told and tags Ethan! Ethan grins as he drags JB back up. Ethan goes for the Twist, but gets tripped up! JB has the SNARE TRAP!!
Ethan endures, Stokely freaks out, and Hardy reaches out! Ethan crawls, but Hook trips Hardy in return! Ethan taps, JUNGLE HOOK WINS!
Winners: #JungleHook, by submission
All Ego just lost because of that ego! These cold-hearted, handsome devils are undefeated at 2-0, will they think of making this a regular thing?
Billy Gunn, The Acclaimed & The Gunn Sons are in family therapy.
The AEW therapist asks who would like to start, and Billy says he should, as he called for this. He will address the biggest issue: When did Austin & Colten “become so entitled, and just spoiled brats?” Austin says, “I’m sorry if I forget. When did you have anything to do with how we were raised? Our entire childhood, you were on the road 320 days out of the year.” Colten says that the “dream of having the tag titles with them (The Acclaimed) was supposed to be with us, and you (Billy) ditched us.” Billy’s sons always come second to him, so when are they going to be first? Never, it seems.
Anthony Bowens speaks up. “I think you two are the biggest pieces of sh*t I have ever met in my entire life. And I mean that.” But Austin & Colten do have the opportunity to mend that. They had all the time in the world to make up for that time they missed with their dad, and the second Billy showed The Acclaimed even a little bit of attention, they couldn’t control their jealousy and put hands on him. That’s where The Acclaimed stepped in. That’s why Billy adopted The Acclaimed. Max Caster agrees, and that is why he has no sympathy for Austin & Colten. “You think you can be The Acclaimed, you want to be the champions, but you can’t do what we do.”
Gunn Club, Billy, Austin & Colten all together, they would’ve been fine, but they wouldn’t have been what this is now. They wouldn’t have the top merchandise. That’s funny coming from Caster. Who helped Caster when Bowens was in a wheelchair? The Gunns. And yet in Caster’s raps, he had the nerve to call them “Ass Boys.” They were all supposed to be friends. And then when Bowens finally got out of the wheelchair, he hits Austin in the head with a crutch! And yet, Austin & Colten are the bad guys? That’s somehow their fault? Bowens says not to rewrite history, but they start arguing. Billy and the therapist calm this all down.
Billy gets both points, he really does. But Austin & Colten took the easy way out! What happened to them? Colten says their faults as sons are Billy’s failures as a father. Billy takes a breath. This has to get resolved, this is getting to be too much, and Billy can’t handle it. What is it the Gunns want? What would make them happy? The AEW World Tag Team Championships. Austin & Colten leave, and reconciliation seems impossible. Is fighting the only thing left that can end this?
Backstage interview with Hangman Page.
Renee Paquette again interviews The Cowboy, and says that after talking last week, something stuck with her. She asked Hangman what was next for him, and he gave a rather vague response. She wants to know if he’ll be more specific this week about what he wants to accomplish. Hangman says that sometimes, Renee asks questions “that we really don’t want to answer.” And without getting too into his personal life and keeping it to wrestling, the more Hangman looks forward, he can’t help but see back. Back to Ohio, where this all started with him and Jon Moxley. And Hangman sees now that he and Moxley are 1-1.
And Hangman knows now that next week, AEW will be in Dayton, Ohio. So the next thing Hangman would like to try and do would be the impossible: knockout Jon Moxley in Ohio. But then Wheeler Yuta walks in to tell Hangman that he has one thing right: it IS impossible for Hangman to knockout Moxley in Ohio. But while Moxley isn’t cleared to compete tonight, Moxley will be ready for next week, and he accepts the challenge. Well, good. But speaking of challenges, Hangman sure is running his mouth a lot about a guy who isn’t cleared, so how about he face YUTA on Rampage?
Hangman says sure, but he has a question for Yuta: “Why do you think what happened to Jon isn’t gonna happen to you, too?” Hangman tells the Decoder he’ll see him Friday, will the Cowboy make an example out of him before going for the tiebreaker with Moxley?
Bryan Danielson VS Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana!
The race to becoming #1 contender continues for the American Dragon! He just has to win all the way through February 8th in two weeks, but he’s running into The Machine! MJF gave Cage a fat stack of cash as reason to break Danielson, will he come through for the AEW World Champion?
The bell rings and fans rally behind Danielson. Bryan stares down with Brian, they circle, and then tie up. Cage shoves Bryan away and Bryan goes to a corner. Cage flexes and grins but Bryan comes back. They circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock. They go shoulder to shoulder in a test of strength, but of course Cage has the advantage there. Bryan fights back up, rolls, breaks one knuckle lock and drop toeholds. Cage stays up, so Bryan grabs the leg to KICK it! Cage hobbles to a corner, but he snarls as he resets with Bryan. They tie up, Cage powers Bryan to a corner, and he RAMS a shoulder in! And again, and again!
Cage CHOPS Bryan, CHOPS him again, then stalks Bryan to a corner. Bryan CHOPS, fires off body shots and KICKS, but the ref counts. Cage shoves Bryan away before 4! Cage then grabs a leg, drags Bryan around, but Bryan slips under the lariat to crucifix takedown! TWO, but Bryan holds on for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans chant “YES!” with each shot, but Cage just powers up to a fireman’s carry! But Bryan slips free to get the arm! LEBELL LOCK! Cage endures, reaches out, crawls forward, and reaches with a foot for the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets go and Cage bails out. Bryan runs to WRECK Cage with a dropkick!
Bryan keeps moving, he DIVES and sends Cage into railing! Bryan gets in the ring again, goes up the corner, and he SUPER CROSSBODIES! Direct hit and down goes Cage! Fans fire up with Bryan while Nana coaches Cage on. Bryan stands Cage up to KICK him against the apron, and KICK again! And again! Bryan puts Cage in, climbs the corner again, but Cage gets under the leap! Bryan comes back into a trophy lift! And a TOSS into the corner! Fans boo while Cage shouts, “Who betta than Cage?!” Cage goes corner to corner to UPPERCUT, GAMANGIRI, and GERMAN SUPLEX! Bryan flounders away, clutching an arm.
Bryan goes to the apron, Cage goes out and drags him up. Nana talks trash as Cage hits an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Fans boo, the ref checks Bryan, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Bryan writhes but he’s still in this. Cage drags Bryan around, stomps him, then drags him up. Cage THROWS Bryan into railing, and Bryan again clutches his arm. Bryan flops over while Cage soaks up the heat. Cage drags Bryan up, hammerlocks the arm, and RAMS him into railing! Bryan clutches his shoulder and Cage soaks up more heat. Cage drags Bryan up and puts him in the ring, then drags him to the apron. Cage holds out the bad arm to KICK it! Bryan clutches the bicep while Cage gets in the ring. Cage drags Bryan up to clinch and COMPLETE SHOT! Bryan writhes, Cage soaks up more heat, and Cage flexes.
Cage stalks Bryan, ROCKS him with a forearm, and CHOPS him in the corner! And CHOPS again! Bryan staggers but Cage grabs him for a MOUNTED ARMBAR! Cage bends the fingers and twists the wrist! Bryan endures, so Cage wrenches to an ARMBAR DDT! Cover, TWO! Bryan is still in this but Cage says he’s gonna break that arm! Cage swaggers around while talking trash, and he clamps on another double wristlock! Bryan endures as Cage cranks the hold! Bryan fights up and reaches out for ropes, but then Cage drags him up to add a BEARHUG to the mix! Dynamite returns to single picture as fans rally and Bryan endures!
Bryan throws headbutt after headbutt after headbutt and fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” Cage lets go, Bryan KICKS his leg! And KICKS him in the chest! KICK after KICK and Bryan backs Cage down! Bryan goes to whip but Cage blocks! Bryan’s bad arm lets go, and Cage CLOBBERS Bryan in the corner! Cage whips Bryan corner to corner, but Bryan goes up and over- NO, Cage catches Bryan! SHOULDER BREAKER! Cage soaks up the heat and he goes to the ropes. Cage drags Bryan up as Nana says it’s time to go to sleep! DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX! Bryan writhes while Cage continues to soak up the heat. Cage says he’s gonna do one more!
Bryan is back on the apron, Cage drags him back up. Cage waistlocks for a DEADLIFT GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Nana is furious but the ref defends his count. Bryan is still in this and fans rally up, but Cage puts Bryan up in the corner. Cage tucks him in, CHEEKY NANDOS! Cage goes up the corner from the outside, puts one out on Bryan’s back, but Bryan holds the ropes! Bryan SCORPION KICKS, then CLUBS the legs! Bryan throws forearms on Cage, but Cage shoves him down! Bryan comes back to DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Cage wobbles up top! Bryan climbs up and brings Cage up, for a SUPERPLEX! Fans fire up while both men are down!
Bryan fires up as he rises up! Cage sits up, into “YES!” kicks! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan powers up, BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO! Cage is still in this but Bryan grabs the arms! DRAGON STOMPS! But the bad arm hurts, so Bryan shifts to a TRIANGLE HODL! But Cage deadlifts Bryan! But Bryan drops to pick the ankle, ANKLE LOCK! Cage endures, Bryan reels him in, leg-trapped GERMAN SUPLEX! But Cage is right up to SUPERKICK! Bryan ROLLING ELBOWS! Cage DISCUS into a ROUNDHOUSE! Cage still comes back, but Bryan ducks the discus, goes corner to corner, BUSAIKU- NO, Cage catches Bryan for a BUCKLE BOMB!
Cage then gets Bryan up again, POWERBOMB! High stack, to a deadlift, but Bryan sunset flips! Bryan has the high stack, BRYAN WINS!!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall
The undefeated streak in 2023 continues! Bryan is 5-0 with just two more matches to go! But Cage CLOBBERS Bryan! Fans boo but Cage stomps away on Bryan! Cage drags Bryan up to the Gory Especial, for WEAPON X!! Fans boo but here comes MJF! The AEW World Champion goes right to ringside, he stops the timekeeper from ringing the bell, and he puts his belt down on the table. MJF shoves the tech out of the way to grab that guy’s chair! MJF has Cage drag Bryan up, and Cage throws Bryan to the floor! MJF hands the chair over to Cage and Cage sits it up. Cage puts Bryan’s arm through the chair!
Cage aims for the corner, and he POSTS Bryan’s arm!! Bryan’s arm gets smashed in the vice! Cage then puts Bryan back in the ring for MJF. Fans are torn as MJF circles around Bryan. MJF stands on Bryan’s bad arm and digs his boot in! Then MJF rains down fists on Bryan! Fans boo more, but MJF just roars! Cage returns with the chair, and he puts that chair around Bryan’s bad arm again! MJF goes up the corner while Cage holds Bryan down. But KONOSUKE TAKESHITA runs out! The Future promised to have Bryan’s back, so here he is! MJF runs away like the coward he is, but Cage brawls with Konosuke!
Cage ROCKS Konosuke, but Konosuke ROCKS Cage! Cage mule kicks, front kicks, but Konosuke dodges to JUMP KNEE!! Cage bails out and Nana has him retreat. Nana says Konosuke is a “stupid kid” and he’ll get what he deserves, but what about Bryan? Did MJF’s mercenary do enough damage to get the job done? Or can Bryan still make it through and be the #1 contender?
Backstage interview with Bryan Danielson.
Renee is with Bryan in the trainer’s room to get a medical update. Doc Sampson says Bryan’s got a partially subluxation to the shoulder joint, AKA it’s not good. So what does that mean for the immediate future? In Sampson’s opinion- Bryan says he doesn’t care what Sampson thinks! Can he wrestle or not? Sampson hesitates, so Bryan shouts, “CAN I WRESTLE OR CAN I NOT WRESTLE!?” Sampson says at this point, no! But Bryan says, “Yes I can!” Sampson says it’s a partial sub-whatever, Bryan doesn’t care if it’s dislocated! Bryan wrestled SIXTY GADDAMN MINUTES with a separated shoulder!! “Ain’t nobody stopping me from wrestling!”
Bryan tells “Max” that while he claims there’s some monster, Bryan just sees fear! MJF is afraid of getting hurt, of being exposed, and that Bryan will take the one thing MJF cares most about in this world in the AEW World Championship! But when Bryan does, he won’t just expose MJF. Bryan will show that what’s really behind MJF’s mask is a fraud. And then, the person who will be and should be AEW World Champion is Bryan Danielson! Bryan tells Sampson that he’s not stopping Bryan from wrestling ever again. Bryan heads out, but is this a move that plays right into MJF’s hands?
Toni Storm VS Ruby Soho!
As they say, “Card subject to change.” What was meant to be a Triple Threat cannot be as Britt Baker is out with injury. But that’s more than okay with these two! They don’t like Britt, and after Storm turned on Willow Nightingale, Soho doesn’t like Storm, either! Will there be #NoFuture for #ToniTime? Or will Destination Unknown be struck by the Lightning From Down Under?
The bell rings and fans rally as Storm and Soho circle. They tie up, go around, go along the ropes, and in a corner. The roundabout ends with Soho in control, but Storm shoves her away. Soho storms back up but Storm bails out. Storm lets things cool off and then steps back into the ring. They circle, Soho rushes in but Storm throws her down by her hair! Soho gets right up to shove Storm but Storm shoves her back. Soho throws a forearm but Storm gives it back! Fans fire up as the shots go back and forth, and Soho gets the edge! But Storm stomps Soho’s foot, runs the ropes, and BOOTS Soho down!
Fans duel as Storm scowls and stalks Soho to a corner. Storm digs her boots in, lets off, then drags Soho up. TORNADO- NO, Soho powers out, then spins Storm around to ROCK, CHOP and repeat! Soho has Storm in the corner for even more! The ref counts, Soho reels back, but Storm puts up her guard! Soho waits, Storm lowers her guard, and Soho ROCKS her! Soho drags Storm out to whip but Storm reverses. Soho goes up to catch Storm, but Storm throws her to the apron! Storm swings but Soho counter punches! Soho steps up but Storm pie faces her down! Storm runs to HIP ATTACK Soho to the floor!
Fans boo but Storm just grins. Storm goes to the apron and mockingly asks what happened. Storm then stand Soho up to CHOP! Fans rally for Soho but Storm whips her into railing! And then into the apron! Storm POSTS Soho and Soho falls, but Storm drags her back up. Storm whips Soho into railing hard! Soho writhes while Storm goes into the ring to soak up the heat. Storm again acts like she doesn’t know what’s wrong, while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Soho crawls her way over to the ring but Storm wants the count. The count begins, but Soho drags her way over. Storm paces around, Soho gets in at 5 of 10, but Storm stands on her! The ref counts, Storm steps off quickly, and then she drags Soho up. Storm CHOPS again, but Soho eggs her on! Storm CHOPS again, and again, and then ROCKS Soho with a forearm! Soho goes to a corner, Storm stands her up to UPPERCUT! Storm TOSSES Soho across the way, then storms up, only for Ruby to kick her low. Storm stomps a mudhole into Soho! Storm scowls as she lets off, and then she digs her knee in!
The ref counts, Storm lets off at 4, and Soho sputters to the ropes. Storm CHOKES Soho on the ropes with both knees! The ref counts, Storm lets off, and then she drags Soho up. Snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Storm shakes her head, not understanding why Soho’s fighting so hard. Storm kicks her around, stands on Soho’s fingers, and then CLUBS Soho down. Storm clamps onto Soho with a seated full nelson! Soho endures and fans rally up. Soho fights to her feet, but Storm thrashes her back down! Storm leans on the hold but Soho still endures. Soho fights back to her feet and Dynamite returns to single picture.
Fans rally for Soho and she runs to RAM Storm into buckles! Soho elbows Storm, goes up and hits DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Storm staggers, Soho reels her in, SAIDO! Soho drags Storm up, to SAIDO again! Storm stagger sup, into palm strikes and a SOBAT! Front KICK, STO! Fans fire up with Soho as she has a wild look in her eyes! Soho spins Storm around, reels her in, and clinches, but Storm rolls Soho up with tights! TWO!! Storm knees low, reels Soho in, but Soho wrenches out to NO FUTURE KICK! Storm goes down, Soho covers, TWO!! Storm survives and Soho is frustrated. But Soho drags Storm into a drop zone!
Soho climbs the corner as fans fire up. Soho aims, and SUPER- NO, she has to bail out of the senton as Storm moves! Soho blocks a kick to KNEE Storm back! Storm clutches her nose and goes to ropes! The ref has Soho stay back as Storm holds her nose. It was broken once before, did it get broken again? Fans boo, they don’t trust this. Soho isn’t sure what to do, she didn’t want to hurt Storm. But then Storm YANKS Soho into ropes! It WAS a fake-out! And then Storm GERMAN SUPLEXES Soho! Fans boo more as Storm smiles and breathes just fine. Storm then runs corner to corner, SWEET HIP MUSIC!! And then TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!!
Soho survives and fans fire up while Storm loses her mind! Storm drags Soho up and reels her in, but BRITT BAKER is here?!? Injured or not, The Doctor is still gonna show up on AEW! Storm snarls at the DMD, but turns around into DESTINATION UNKNOWN! Cover, Soho wins!!
Winner: Ruby Soho, by pinfall
Again, injured or not, Britt had an effect on this match! The homegrown star tipped the scales in Soho’s favor, have the battle lines been drawn?
“My apologies that I’m speaking to you people in a dimly lit locker room, but unfortunately, some people, ah, they just can’t seem to control their emotions around here. Granted, I’m not the first Jew that had to hide from a man with blue eyes, now am I? Takeshita! Yeah, that’s right, big man, I know how to pronounce your name. Granted, I still think ‘Take-a-shit-a’ is freakin’ hilarious. But hey, I can’t force the fans to have taste. But I have taste, Takeshita. I think you’re really talented, man. Inside that squared circle, you are very, very talented. But unfortunately, up top, you’re a little bit smooth-brain. You think it’s a good idea to dance with the devil, and I am here to tell you, you can’t match my tempo. So stay out of my business, or there will be consequences.
“Speaking of, Bryan Danielson! The American Dragon! How’s that wing of yours doing, bud? Bet it’s hanging on by a thread. But no, you’re gonna keep on going, right? You’re gonna keep on marching towards March 5th, AEW Revolution, that One Hour Ironman Match. Because you’re so brave, you’re a valiant warrior, you’re a hero! At least, that’s what the fans think of you, but I know better. See, I know you’re obsessed. Just like I’m obsessed with Triple B, the AEW World Championship. See, this belt gives me a reason to get out of bed in the morning. Because this belt stands for the simple fact that all my blood, sweat, hard work, tears, and my sins, they were all worth it.
“This belt turns my catchphrase into a fact! This belt does make me better than you, and you know it. This belt is the only thing in my life that makes me feel whole. And you wanna take that away from me, Bryan? Why? Don’t you have enough, man? Loving family, adoring fanbase, first ballot Hall of Fame career, but no. You need to take away from Max! I know the real reason why, Bryan. It’s because just like me, you’ve got a hole in your soul and you’re trying to fill it. But I’m not the one to get that job done, Bryan. Nah, not by a long shot. Bad things happen to people that mess with MJF in this company.
“Matter of fact, I remember knocking out some big British guy. Kinda looked like Ellen DeGeneres on meth. The name’s on the tip of my tongue. Ah, it’s not important. What is important is this: Tonight was just the tip of the iceberg, and if you keep trying to take away the one thing in this world that brings me happiness, you’re gonna find out that tonight was only physical pain, and physical pain is fleeting. You don’t want me to get to the mental pain, Bryan. Because that really leaves a scar.
“Now this week, Tony Khan has issued out an open contract to any man to fight you on next week’s Dynamite. So I made a phone call to a man who loves inflicting pain. A man who gets off on scientifically dismantling men limb from limb. It’s been a fun ride, Dragon. But I’m afraid it’s over. Roll the clip.” MJF’s next mercenary: TIMOTHY THATCHER!! He just won in brutal fashion in Pro-Wrestling Noah, and he really does enjoy hurting his opponents! Will Thatcher do the dirty work of MJF and tear that subluxated arm clean off?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!
On top of Hangman VS Yuta, and on top of “Powerhouse” Hobbs being back in action, we will see an AEW Women’s World Championship Eliminator match! Jamie Hayter takes on THE Emi Sakura!
Jamie Hayter speaks.
“In my opinion, Emi Sakura is a professional wrestling legend. The amount of times she’s broken her back for this business, bled for this business. She got her bloody head shaved for this business! She’s the kind of woman I need to be in the ring with, and I need to beat her.” Hayter knows it’s been awhile since she and Emi met in the ring, but she’s different now. And when they face off on Rampage, even the legend will understand #HayterHitsHard.
BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite next week!
On top of Hangman VS Moxley, Round 3, and on top of The Acclaimed in action, we get Darby VS Joe for the AEW TNT Championship, NO HOLDS BARRED!! What won’t these two do to finally settle things?
Mark Briscoe VS Jay Lethal!
To honor the memory of the late, great Jay Briscoe, his brother and tag partner, as well a his long time friend and rival, will close out tonight. Ian Riccaboni and Caprice Coleman join Excalibur on commentary for this one, because this one is for family!
AEW returns from break and Mar makes his entrance, holding onto the ROH World Tag Team Championships. Bobby Cruise makes the introductions as the emotions already well up inside Lethal and Mark. The bell rings, Lethal and Mark shake hands not just to uphold the Code of Honor, but to share in genuine emotion. The fans fire up as the two circle and tie up. Mark headlocks for a takeover, Lethal headscissors, but Mark kips free. They reset and tie up again. Mark wrenches to a wristlock, then gets a top wristlock. Lethal powers out, Mark ducks ‘n’ dodges and slides, to arm-drag Lethal down!
Fans fire up but Lethal fights up to whip Mark. Mark reverses but Lethal goes up the corner and leaps. Mark gets under that, Lethal slides under but runs into a scoop and SLAM! Mark goes for legs but Lethal kangaroo kicks him away. Lethal arm-drags now, and the two stand off. Fans applaud as the two take a moment to catch their breath and wipe their eyes. Fans rally up, Mark and Lethal tie up again. They go around, Mark puts Lethal in the ring, but Lethal turns it around. The ref counts, Lethal CHOPS! Mark stares Lethal down and says, “It’s like that?” Lethal says, “Yeah, it’s like that.” So Mark turns Lethal around to CHOP back!
Lethal nods and smiles. Mark eggs Lethal on so Lethal CHOPS! Mark CHOPS! Lethal CHOPS! Mark CHOPS! They CHOP and CHOP and Mark gets the edge! Mark fires up but Lethal CHOPS and CHOPS! Lethal whips, Mark reverses and runs in to clothesline! Mark snapmares, runs and basement BOOTS! Fans fire up and Mark brings Lethal up. Mark UPPERCUTS, then whips. Lethal reverses and hip tosses! Cartwheel and basement dropkick! Fans rally as Lethal stalks Mark to ropes. Lethal brings Mark up, suplexes, but Mark slips free to waistlock. Lethal elbows free, runs, but Mark follows to forearm!
Mark reels Lethal in, fans fire up, and Mark turns Lethal for a very Jay Briscoe style NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up for the shoutout and Mark covers, TWO! Mark dares Lethal to get up as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Lethal goes to the apron, Mark waits on him to get up and then storms over. Lethal clings to ropes, the ref counts, and Mark lets off. Mark goes out after Lethal to bring him up but Lethal fights the clinch. Lethal ROCKS Mark with a forearm, but Mark ROCKS Lethal back! Mark eggs Lethal on so Lethal ROCKS Mark back! Fans fire up as Mark ROCKS Lethal! Lethal ROCKS Mark, Mark shouts and ROCKS Lethal! And kicks low! And CHOPS! And then LARIATS Lethal back into the ring, only for Lethal to DROPKICK Mark off the apron! Lethal builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and Mark hits railing!
Lethal paces around the way, rolls into the ring just to refresh the count, and then he goes back for Mark. Lethal brings Mark up to put him in the ring, covers, ONE! Lethal pushes Mark down again, ONE! Lethal clamps on a chinlock to grind Mark down. Mark endures, fights up, and throws body shots. Lethal snapmares and basement dropkicks Mark down! Lethal covers, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Lethal goes back to the chinlock and grinds Mark down again. Mark fights up, throws body shots and elbows, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Mark ROCKS Lethal, CHOPS him, then fires off fast hands! REDNECK KUNG FU!
Mark whips Lethal corner to corner but Lethal reverses. Mark goes up and out, ROCKS Lethal, then UPPERCUTS! The Redneck Kung Fu is hard to beat! Mark goes up top, leaps, FLYING CHOP! Fans are thunderous for Mark but Lethal waistlocks! Mark elbows free then PELES! Lethal goes to a corner, Mark runs in, and he SPLASHES! Mark puts Lethal up top, power sup, and UPPERCUTS again! Mark then crosses Lethal’s arms, for an ICONOCLASM! Cover, TWO!! Lethal survives but Mark pounds the mat. Fans rally up behind him, Mark drags Lethal up and tucks the arms! But Lethal fights the lift!
Mark tries to lift Lethal but he resists, so Mark SLAPS Lethal! And CLUBS him! Mark turns Lethal again but Lethal slips free, BACKBREAKER to COMPLETE SHOT! The Lethal Combination hits! Cover, TWO! Mark is still in this and fans rally up behind him. Lethal stomps a leg, steps through, but Mark rolls Lethal up! TWO, and Lethal BOOTS Mark! Then SCREW HIGH KICKS! Lethal suplexes, but Mark fights it! Lethal tries again, and GOURD BUSTERS! Lethal handsprings, LETHAL INJECTION!! But Mark rolls all the way out of the ring! Fans are thunderous and Lethal can’t believe it! Lethal goes out and he fetches Mark.
Lethal drags Mark up and to the ring but fans rally. Mark karate chops Lethal again and again! But Lethal RAMS him into railing! Mark flops to the timekeeper’s table, Lethal CLUBS him down. Lethal lines up a shot, and he puts Mark on the table. Lethal goes to the corner and climbs up!? Fans are already freaking out, but Mark gets in the ring! Lethal hops down but Mark DECKS him! Mark builds speed to WRECK Lethal with a dropkick! Fans fire up with Mark as he is on the apron., and he RUNNING BLOCKBUSTERS to the floor! Fans are thunderous as Mark ROCKS Lethal and puts him on the table!
Mark goes to the corner and he climbs up top! Fans are thunderous for the SUPER FROGGY-BOW through the table!!! Fans lose their minds and give a standing ovation for that one! Mark throws things aside, including a chair, and the ref has to get that chair out of the ring. Mark puts Lethal in the ring, “This is Awesome!” as Mark covers, TWO!?!? Lethal is still in this and Mark can’t believe it! Mark drags Lethal up, underhooks, but Lethal NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Mark still has the arms hooked! But Lethal escapes by slipping out underneath! Lethal handsprings, but Mark follows! LARIAT!!
Mark drags Lethal up, he underhooks the arms, but Lethal wrenches out, into another LARIAT! Mark finally has the underhooks, JAY DRILLER!!! Cover, Mark wins!!
Winner: Mark Briscoe, by pinfall
The standing ovation is back, Mark wins this one for his brother! On what would’ve been Jay’s 39th birthday, we all celebrate the life, career, passion, dedication and love of Jay Briscoe. The combined AEW and ROH roster is on stage to join the standing ovation as Lethal and Mark hug it out. Lethal then goes up the ramp, he hugs it out with Sonjay Dutt, and Mark celebrates with the fans. Mark then hugs it out with Christopher Daniels, Tony Khan, and even Rush and BJ Whitmer. #ThankYouJayBriscoe, we will always remember you.
A great episode, but made even better by Warner Brothers Discovery letting off on their anti-Briscoe stance in the wake of Jay’s passing. Mark VS Lethal was such a great match, especially in terms of honoring Jay. There will still be a bigger, more ROH based tribute show via Honor Club, but I almost feel like nothing else could top what we got. We also got a good promo from Adam Cole to further hype his return, and I think Revolution is a good target to aim for. Another month is a good amount of time to prepare, but he’d have to find an opponent to face pretty quickly to make sure they can put it on the card and advertise it.
Great opening tag match, and of course the JAS cheat to get the win. The feud between them and Starks-Andretti is far from over, but I think there has to be one last 1v1 of Starks VS Jericho to really settle it. Great TNT title match from Darby VS Buddy, with great overbooking of Sting and Ortiz getting after Malakai and Brody. This very well could be how Ortiz proves to Eddie Kingston that he was never in cahoots with The House of Black, but maybe Eddie just thinks this was a fake-out. Pretty funny swerve with the theme music for Ethan & Hardy VS Jungle Hook. Great match, too, and good booking of the finish. Jungle Hook really could become a full-time team, fans love them both anyway.
And then Darby VS Joe being set up next week, TNT title under No Holds Barred, holy crap that’s going to be awesome. They’re going to go above and beyond, and that could mean either guy wins. But at the same time, it’d be a shame for Darby only holding onto the title for a month just to give Joe another double title run. Darby will surely win, and I would love if Hobbs showed up after to attack and stake his claim to the title. Darby VS Hobbs could be awesome stuff, and probably set for Revolution to really add to that PPV.
Good “therapy” promo from Acclaimed and Gunn Club. I’m with Daddy Ass, those were good points from both sides, and of course this is about the tag titles. Acclaimed will surely win their tag match next week, only for Gunns to attack them like they did with FTR to get at them. Acclaimed VS Gunns could happen at Revolution, but they’d really have to stretch this out somehow. Good promo from Hangman and I’m surprised we’re getting Hangman VS Moxley Round 3 so soon. And still not Unsanctioned No Holds Barred like I expected. Hangman VS Yuta will be a great match for Rampage, and I would think Hangman will win that.
Great stuff from Bryan VS Brian, and of course we get both Bryan winning but his arm being viciously attacked. Konosuke making the save was great, though he could’ve gotten out there a bit sooner. Good promo from MJF to call both Konosuke and Bryan out, and I would love to see Konosuke VS Cage at some point. Bryan had a great promo to tell off Doc Sampson and MJF, and Bryan will definitely find a way to win his next two matches. Bryan winning with one arm, then wrestling against MJF for an hour with one arm, that’s gonna be some powerful stuff. But somehow, someway, MJF is surely winning at Revolution.
Good promo from Hayter to call out Emi Sakura, and that will be a real good match for Rampage. And great stuff from Soho VS Storm in place of the Triple Threat we were supposed to get. Britt Baker’s injury is being kept under wraps, but it clearly wasn’t too serious since she was able to show up and distract Storm. Tony Khan has been quoted as saying the Triple Threat will happen when Britt is 100%, and maybe it’ll name a #1 contender to Hayter’s title for Revolution. At the same time, Shida has to get in on this story after finding herself stuck between Saraya & Storm with their “We’re better cuz we got started before AEW” and the fact AEW got her international success.
My Score: 8.9/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (1/24/23)
It’s a Championship Summit!
The Prodigy goes face-to-face-to-face with her challengers!
Before battling in a Triple Threat over the NXT Women’s Championship, Roxanne Perez will meet with Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne for a Championship Summit! Will things stay civil? Or will tonight be Toxic?
- Tiffany Stratton VS Indi Hartwell; Stratton wins.
- JD McDonagh VS Andre Chase w/ Chase U; McDonagh wins.
- Fallon Henley & Kiana James w/ Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen VS Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley; Fallon & Kiana win.
- The Creed Brothers VS Drew Gulak & Hank Walker; The Creed Brothers win.
- Wendy Choo VS Elektra Lopez; Lopez wins.
- NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Kayden Carter & Katana Chance VS Alba Fyre & ???; Carter & Chance win and retain the titles.
PLAY BY PLAY
Grayson Waller had an Instagram story.
The 21st Century Success Story wanted to have some fun on Monday with “Bland Breakker,” so he went to the Performance Center to talk trash and find the NXT Champion. NXT Anonymous was also watching as Waller called out Bron. Trainers and trainees told Waller to stand down but Waller kept barking. Then he started throwing water bottles! Bron stormed out after Waller, and more cams caught the brawl that broke down! Waller and Bron were separated for just a moment before getting at each other again! It took everyone in the PC to get these two to stop, will tonight be even more explosive?
Tiffany Stratton VS Indi Hartwell!
O M G, the Center of the Universe is back, couldn’t you just die? Well, maybe Tiffany will at least get her head on straight after #IndiWrestling gets through with her! Will the comeback be done before it even begins?
Indi BOOTS Tiffany off the apron! And then bumps her off the apron! Indi puts Tiffany in the ring, the bell rings, and Tiffany wants a timeout but Indi RAMS her into the corner! And again, and again! The ref counts, Indi lets off but then snapmares Tiffany. Tiffany stagger sup into another snapmare. And then into a DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Indi keeps on Tiffany but Tiffany apologizes. Tiffany offers a handshake, fans boo, but Indi grabs that hand to throw Tiffany down by it! Indi then stomps the hand and fans fire up! Tiffany shakes out her hand, and she YANKS Indi into buckles! Tiffany snarls, but runs into a roll-up! TWO!
Tiffany kicks low, runs in, but is sent right out! Indi drags Tiffany back up, but Tiffany HOTSHOTS the arm! Tiffany then throws Indi down by her hair, and knee-board sentons! Tiffany drags Indi to a cover, TWO! Tiffany is annoyed, she wrenches and hits an ELBOW BREAKER! Indi clutches her arm, Tiffany pie faces her around and talks trash. Fans rally for Indi and Indi fires forearms. Tiffany kicks low, HOTSHOTS Indi again, then runs to HIP ATTACK at the ropes! Cover, TWO! Tiffany is annoyed but she drags Indi up for a wrench. Fans rally for Indi as she endures the armlock. Tiffany shifts to a top wristlock to lean on the hold.
Indi fights up as fans rally. But Tiffany wrangles Indi back down! Indi continues to endure, and she fights up again. Tiffany whips Indi to a corner, runs and handsprings, to back elbow! Tiffany wrenches and WRINGS Indi’s arm out! Tiffany keeps moving, DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Tiffany keeps on Indi with another top wristlock. Indi fights up, fans rally, but Tiffany wrangles her down again! Indi fights up, fans taunt Tiffany as a “Barbie Reject!” but Tiffany wrangles Indi again. Fans continue to rally for Indi and she fights up again, only for Tiffany to wrangle her down again. Tiffany leans on the hold but Indi endures.
Indi fights up again, and arm-drags free! Indi kicks, CLUBS, and DECKS Tiffany! Indi rallies on Tiffany with big clotheslines! Fans fire up as Indi gets around to SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Indi drags Tiffany back up, throws her through ropes, and then UPEPRCUTS! And BOOTS! Tiffany flops down, Indi drags her back up, and Indi whips Tiffany to a corner,. Tiffany goes up and over but Indi kicks a leg out! Indi then BOOTS Tiffany down! Indi aims from a corner but Tiffany clutches her knee. Fans boo, thinking Tiffany is faking. Indi steps forward but the ref has her stay back. The ref checks Tiffany’s leg, then calls in medics.
Medics hurry out but then Tiffany SUCKER PUNCHES Indi! Fireman’s carry, ROLLING SENTON! Tiffany shrieks then goes up, up and BEST MOONSAULT EVER! Cover, Tiffany wins!
Winner: Tiffany Stratton, by pinfall
Sneaky but effective, and in wrestling, a win is a win. Will Tiffany use trickery on top of her ability to make herself the Center of NXT’s Universe?
Backstage interview with Jacy Jayne.
McKenzie Mitchell notes that last week, Jacy and her tag partner, Gigi Dolin, suffered a loss because Jacy kicked Gigi- Jacy stops McKenzie there. Jacy’s biggest problem isn’t McKenzie pointing out the obvious. It’s calling Gigi Jacy’s partner. You say that was a miscalculation, Jacy calls that an awakening. It was in that moment that Jacy realized she was carrying Gigi on her back in this team! And she is DONE! Check the receipts: Jacy is why Toxic Attraction held onto the Women’s Tag Titles for almost a year. Gigi anchored Jacy down for far too long, and Jacy refuses to let Gigi stop her from becoming the NEW NXT Women’s Champion at Vengeance Day.
Wow, okay. Then what can we expect from tonight’s Championship Summit? “Something you’ve never seen before.” Jacy smirks and heads out, just what could that mean?
The Diamond Mine ramps things up.
Ivy Nile tells Julius & Brutus Creed that in order to prepare them for the long-awaited tag match with Indus Sher, she’s brought in some new training partners. Drew Gulak has Hank Walker and a few of his trainees, and says he is excited to help them. “Iron sharpens iron,” so this will be a mutually beneficial training session for everyone. Hank takes notes as the Creeds grapple with Gulak’s guys, and Ivy coaches them through the drills. Good slam from Brutus, good armlock from Julius. Gulak tells Hank to never make these mistakes.
Training’s done, and Gulak tells “Mike” that when someone gets your leg, you get it free. And if you have someone’s leg, you drive it hard and finish him. Hank wants Gulak to take it easy, but Gulak says HE wants a turn. Who wants some? Julius steps up, so Gulak gives him the advantage. They go around, Julius keeps control, and he even throws Gulak down! Gulak gets mad and shoves Julius! Ivy steps in, Gulak says that was a cheap shot! Gulak isn’t finished with them! Hank gets Gulak to leave, but will the Creeds have more than Sanga & Veer to worry about?
Chase U is in the ring!
Fans are fired up as Professor Andre is at the podium in his best robe. Thea Hail is also in a red graduate robe and Chase says, “Esteemed members of the Chase U student section, distinguished guests, the entire WWE Universe watching at home, and of course, everyone here live in attendance, welcome to the Andre Chase University Awards Ceremony.” Chase says we have assembled here to recognize someone who has worked extremely hard. “This person has excelled in the classroom. Unfortunately, she didn’t have the same success in the ring. BUT! That all changed last week!
“This young lady showed courage and confidence. She looked fear right in the eye, and she didn’t blink. She said, ‘Fear! You don’t scare me, mother-‘” WHOA! Chase, calm down. Fans chant, “That’s not PG!” Chase apologizes, but he’s just so proud. So it his extreme honor and pleasure to present Thea an award for her first victory! Fans cheer and the certificate is handed over. Photo op! Duke gets in on it, too, of course. Thea takes the mic to thank Mr. Chase, and that she loves the fans and the Student Section. Everyone chants, “You Deserve It!” She thanks them for that, and says she loves them all so much!
But wait! JORDAN DEVLIN MCDONAGH is here?! The Irish Ace has the mic to say, “Is this what we’re doing now? Is this how far the standard has slipped? All of this, for ONE win? We’re doing participation awards in NXT now? And you’re cheering for it!?” JD tells Thea that “when you hang around with losers, everyone win means a lot.” Especially with Chase U’s win-loss record. Right, Duke? Fans boo but JD says not to worry about them. They’re just as delusional as Chase U. They stick their hands in the air, the fans chant along, they’re LOSERS! Thea fires up but Duke keeps her back!
Chase tells JD that it’s bad enough that he interrupts Thea’s speech, but they will not let JD drag the good name of Chase U through the mud. This university means the world to Chase, to Thea, and to the fans! But not Duke? Duke didn’t get mentioned. Does Duke love Chase U? JD has some more advice: he’s not some wet-behind-the-ears student. And control your little dog. But Chase can’t curse and yell at JD to get him to run away. JD will end this charade. Get this crap out of JD’s ring. JD is dressed to compete, while Chase is dressed as a moron.
Chase tells JD that “one of the first lessons that I teach to my students, is always be prepared. And if you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready.” So Chase is gonna give JD an Andre Chase University sized ass-whooping! Chase takes off the robe to reveal he’s dressed to compete, too! And then he DECKS JD! JD gets up, Chase fires off more hands, and he DECKS JD out of the ring! The Irish Ace and the Professor face off, will this be a #TeachableMoment?!
JD McDonagh VS Andre Chase w/ Chase U!
NXT returns and JD hits a BIG back suplex on Chase! Fans boo JD but he soaks up the heat. JD stalks Chase, pushes him to a cover, TWO! JD pushes Chase down again to another cover, TWO! JD throws knees into Chase’s back, then clamps on a chinlock. JD pushes up, it’s practically a Bully Choke. Fans rally as Chase endures, and Chase fights up to power out and get JD in a chinlock! But JD goes around, powers out, and has the chinlock back! But Chase hits a BIG back suplex! Fans fire up while both men are down! Thea and Duke coach up Chase, and he throws hands on JD! Chase JABS, JABS, blocks a kick, and POLISH HAMMERS!
Chase hits an atomic drop, and then he whips JD to ropes. JD reverses, Chad reverses back to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Fans fire up and spell it out with the stomps! C! H! A! S! E! U! What’s that spell? “CHASE U!” Chase clutches a bad arm and JD gets up. JD swings, but into a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Chase keeps focus and he drags JD up. Chase brings JD around, reels him in, but JD trips him to a jackknife! TWO as Chase bridges up! Chase spins it around, backslides, TWO! Chase reels JD in but JD back drops free! Chase staggers up, JD storms up and waistlocks, but Chase waistlocks. JD bucks the O’Conner to LARIAT!
JD drags Chase back up, but Chase drops to victory roll! TWO!! JD escapes and Chase staggers back up. Chase throws hands, JD SOBATS! JD yanks Chase up but Chase KNEES JD! JD HEADBUTTS Chase down! Both men fall and fans fire up again! Duke and Thea coach Chase but JD has his arm. Ripcord, DESTROYER from Chase!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! JD survives by a literal foot and Thea is fuming! Chase hears the fans rallying and he hurries to a corner. Chase climbs up, but JD hits the ropes! Chase hits the corner then falls to the mat! Duke is frustrated and he leaves ringside!? JD ripcords for DEVLINSIDE!! Cover, JD wins!!
Winner: JD McDonagh, by pinfall
The Irish Ace wins, and he might’ve been right about Duke! Duke used to bleed red ‘n’ black, but has the blood run dry?
Kiana James and Gina talk backstage.
The Professional Professional Wrestler tells G to tell Comsman and Watts that the meeting could’ve just been an email. Those two have way too much time on their hands. G heads out just as Briggs, Jensen & Fallon walk in. Everything good? Yes, all good. And she’s all warmed up for the match? Yes, ready to go. But Kiana does have a suggestion: she wants to start the match. Oh, really? Well, Kiana doesn’t mind letting Fallon start. Either way, they’ll be a great team. The four head out, will they be in business as a faction?
Fallon Henley & Kiana James w/ Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen VS Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley!
When it comes to the battle for the bar, that’s water under the bridge. And seeing as how Kiana and Jensen are smitten with each other, Fallon is willing to accept Kiana as a friend. Will they make a good team against the Diamond Mine’s Pitbull & Powerlifter?
The teams sort out and Kiana starts after all. But then Fallon tags in with a boop on the head. They both want to exit the same side, this is already off to a dysfunctional start. Kiana goes the other way and Fallon rushes in, but Ivy waistlocks to drag her down. Ivy floats all over Fallon, facelocks and rolls with her, then goes for an arm. Ivy steps over, drags Fallon down, and has a cover, TWO! Ivy clamps onto the arm, brings Fallon over and tags Tatum. Diamond Mine double wrench, then YANK Fallon down! Fallon staggers up, Tatum runs in but is put on the apron. Tatum ROCKS Fallon, steps up to BOOT, then springboards to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO!
Tatum headlocks Fallon but Fallon slips out to headlock back. Tatum powers Fallon back< Kiana tags in as Fallon whips. Tatum ducks one but not the second LARIAT! And the CALF KICK adds on! Kiana and Fallon feel the chemistry now, and Kiana storms up. Tatum elbows Kian away but Kiana stomps and punches and RAMS Tatum! Kiana then handsprings to RAM into Tatum! The ref counts, Kiana lets off, and she brings Tatum around into an abdominal stretch! Tatum endures as Kiana puts on the pressure. Fans rally, Tatum pries free and hip tosses Kiana down! Kiana drags Tatum from Ivy but Tatum boots her away!
Kiana staggers up, Fallon tags in just as Tatum tags Ivy! Ivy KICKS, KICKS and ROUNDHOUSES Fallon, to then run and run Fallon over! Ivy rallies, hip tosses, and fires up! Fans fire up with Ivy and she runs Around the World to CALF KICK! Ivy keeps moving, but Fallon BOOTS back! Fallon scoops Ivy, but Ivy slips free, DIAMOND DRAGON! Kiana distracts the ref, Tatum protests, but the ref has to tell Tatum to back off. This allows Kiana to throw Ivy down! Fans boo and Tatum DECKS Kiana! The ref reprimands Tatum again, Ivy runs, and Kiana trips her up! Fallon runs in to SHINING WIZARD! Kiana anchors Tatum, Fallon covers, Fallon & Kiana win!
Winners: Fallon Henley & Kiana James, by pinfall
It wasn’t exactly on the straight and narrow, but a win is a win! Fallon has the fire while Kiana has the savvy, will this team be on their way to the Women’s Tag titles?
The New Day is jamming backstage.
Xavier Woods drums the belts as he and Kofi Kingston “sing” Burn in My Light. And then they talk about the evolution of Randy Orton. He cut his hair and looked like Mr. Bigglesworth with tattoos. Edris Enofe & Malik Blade walk in and say hey, and also thanks for that opportunity in the tag gauntlet. Woods says they’ve been killing it and have enjoyed seeing them wrestle. Edris says that if that’s good, then maybe they can get a tag title match at some point. But then The Schism walks in… Rip Fowler says the New Day are just the gentlemen they’ve been looking for. Woods says, “Four roots! One tree!” And he points tot he potted plant in the corner.
Rip says if they want to make jokes, keep going. But to why they’re here, the New Day already knows. But that is why next week, it will be the New Day Tag Team Invitational. Raw 30 was huge, so next week should be huge, too! And the winner of next week’s match gets to join The New Day, Gallus and Pretty Deadly at Vengeance Day for a FATAL 4 WAY! How ’bout that? Now, go on, get. The New Day’s got things to do. And by “things,” they “sing” Voices.
Bron Breakker arrives!
The NXT Champion has just arrived at NXT Arena, what will his response to Grayson Waller’s antics be?
Apollo Crews is at the barbershop!
That’s right! If Trick Melo Gang can copy them being at the diner, they’ll return the favor by visiting Cut Wiz. Apollo says this is a dope spot, he sees why Melo comes here. Josh the barber thanks Apollo for that, but says Melo won’t appreciate Apollo coming through here. Why not? Just saying… Oh, is it because Apollo got one on Melo after Melo got one on him? Well it isn’t one and done for Apollo VS Melo, or for that title. And then uh oh! Melo & Trick show up! Hey, what the hell is Apollo doing in Melo’s chair?! The chair was open. Melo is fed up. Everyone else is tense but Melo calms down and says he just wants to talk.
Apollo says he is starting to see it on Melo’s face. Melo is realizing that no matter what he does, he can’t get rid of Apollo. That Apollo is always gonna be on Melo’s radar. And Apollo understands Melo’s aspirations, passion and desire, because Apollo is the same. Two men, one spot. Melo says what he is realizing is that it must be tough for Apollo to look at him. Not really, but go on. Melo says it must be like looking at a younger, better, more athletic Apollo from five years ago. Listen, Apollo go the call-up early, and that’s great, but look where he is now. He’s back in NXT, and so close to getting what he wants. But he has the biggest and brightest in his way, and Melo is him.
So go ahead, have a vision. Tell Melo that the NXT title doesn’t look great around Melo’s waist. Apollo says that’s true. It does look good! But it looks better on Apollo! Gottee! Man, guys, c’mon! Sorry… But Melo says that means nothing. He beat Apollo already! Does Apollo think they’re going tit for tat? Cuz Melo will go TAT TAT TAT! That’s all it is, and that’s all it’s all it’s gonna be. Apollo says they’re 1-1, so they settle this once and for all at Vengeance Day, in BEST 2 OUTTA 3 FALLS! Whoa…! Yo, chill. Melo agrees to the terms. But Melo is telling Apollo right now, he gets #MoneyMelo. Apollo will be reminded that he is the past, and Melo is the present.
Apollo says the funny thing about the past is that it can always predict the future. See you in Charlotte. Apollo heads out, will Melo hit his shot twice? Or will he get blocked and dunked on?
The Creed Brothers VS Drew Gulak & Hank Walker!
That training session earlier got heated, but now things might explode in the ring! Will Julius & Brutus be razor sharp for facing Indus Sher? Or will the iron that gets sharpened belong to the Philly Stretcher and his student?
The teams sort out and Gulak starts against Julius. Gulak uses a drop step to test the waters, but Julius is ready. Julius tackles Gulak, waistlocks and SLAMS Gulak down! Fans applaud and Julius keeps the rear mount. Gulak moves around, Julius keeps control, and he hits that same trip takedown! Fans fire up but Gulak is frustrated. Gulak drop toeholds, headlocks, but Julius fights up. Gulak wrenches, grinds the arm, steps over and La Magistrols, TWO! Gulak keeps on the arm and talks some trash. Julius fights up but Hank tags in. Fans rally for Hank as he wrenches and RAMS Julius. Hank grinds the arm but Julius fights up.
Julius and Hank go around, Julius turns the armlock around, but Hank arm-drags free! And arm-drags again! Hank has a top wristlock but Julius fights up. Julius fireman’s carry takeovers, tags to Brutus, and feed to the fireman’s carry takeover! Brutus grinds the arm, and feeds Hank to Julius’ fireman’s carry takeover! Julius then tags back in, and the cycle begins anew! Hank fights up, whips Julius away, and he runs Julius over! Hank drags Julius up to tag in Gulak and Hank fireman’s carries. Hank spins and Gulak runs to sucker punch Brutus! Hank lets Julius down from the airplane spin so Gulak can CLOBBER him!
Gulak and Hank high-five and Hank is all fired up as NXT goes picture in picture. The Creeds regroup on the outside, and Julius stands back up. Gulak is waiting as Julius slides back in. Gulak facelocks to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Gulak keeps on Julius, tags in Hank, and Hank wrenches the arm to RAM shoulders. Hank wrenches again to RAM the shoulder again. Hank grinds the shoulder, wrenches again, then RAMS a third time! Cover, TWO! Hank facelocks and drags Julius over to tag in Gulak. They mug Julius, but Julius tackles Gulak! Gulak counters with a triangle hold, but Julius deadlifts Gulak! Julius goes to the corner and tags in Brutus!
Julius bumps Gulak off buckles, Brutus headlocks but Gulak turns that around on him. Brutus powers up but can’t power out as Gulak holds on tight. But then Brutus powers up more and THROWS Gulak away! Gulak is stunned as he and Brutus stare down. They both run in and Brutus runs Gulak over! Brutus scoops Gulak to SLAM him! And then Brutus whips Gulak to a corner. Gulak tumbles up and out, ROCKS Brutus with a forearm, then climbs up for a FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Cover, TWO! Gulak clamps onto an arm to grind Brutus down. Brutus endures, fights up, but Gulak brings him over. Tag to Hank and they mug Brutus.
Hank whips Brutus into the corner, runs in and SPLASHES! Tag to Gulak, and they mug Brutus more. Gulak CLUBS Brutus down, then stomps him down! Gulak talks trash to Julius, then throws hands on Brutus. Gulak sits Brutus up to clamp on a chinlock. Brutus endures as Gulak leans on the hold. Brutus fights up, NXT returns to single picture, but Gulak DECKS Brutus! Gulak eggs Brutus on, DECKS him again, then DECKS him again! Fans rally for Brutus as Gulak hopes Hank is taking notes. But Brutus shoots around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Brutus snarls, and he SMASHES Gulak! Brutus rains down those hammering fists and fans chants, “BRUTUS SMASH!”
Gulak gets away, then DROPKICKS Brutus! And hits a DDT! Both men are down and fans rally up. Gulak and Brutus crawl, hot tags to Hank and Julius! Julius fires off haymakers on Hank, whips him, but Hank reverses. Hank blocks a kick, but the DRAGON WHIP comes in! Julius rallies with big forearms, Gulak runs in but into an EXPLODER! Hank gets up, he gets a POWERSLAM! Julius tags Brutus and then STANDING SHOOTING STARS! Brutus STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! The Creeds are frustrated that going airborne doesn’t do it. Fans rally as Brutus drags Hank back. Hank BOOTS Brutus away!
Hot tag to Gulak! Gulak BOOTS Brutus, then goes up a corner. But Brutus grabs Gulak and drags him off the corner with double underhooks! Fans fire up as Brutus carries Gulak over and Julius tags in. Julius runs, LEAP FROG FACEBUSTER COMBO! Cover, Hank breaks it! Fans rally for Hank while all four men are down! The Creeds regroup and Julius CLUBS Gulak. Gulak HEADBUTTS back! Julius forearms, Gulak throws a haymaker! They go back and forth, shot for shot, and Gulak headlocks! Tag to Hank, he and Gulak hand off Julius for another fireman’s carry! Gulak runs, but Brutus gets in to POUNCE Gulak!
Julius slips free, waistlocks but Hank bucks the O’Conner! Scoop and FACEBUSTRE, to a WHEELBARROW BOMB! ARMBAR!! Fans fire up as Hank has the arm but Julius clasps hands and rolls things to a cover! TWO, and Hank pulls harder on the arm! Julius kicks around, fights to another cover, TWO! Hank lets Julius go, but Julius comes back, into a KNEE! Julius staggers, Brutus tags in! Brutus whips Hank but Hank reverses to get a SLEEPER! Brutus slips free, shoves, runs the ropes, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Fans are fired up for “NXT! NXT!” as both men crawl! But then Charlie Dempsey appears!
Gulak is distracted by the Son of the Gentleman Villain. Hank wants a tag but Gulak tells him to get on Brutus. Julius tags in, runs in, but into an elbow! Hank BOOTS Julius, and then he aims for a kick. Julius blocks that to clinch and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Tag to Brutus, and Julius puts Hank in a corner. Julius whips Hank out for Brutus to BRUTUS BALL!! Cover, Julius intercepts Gulak, the Creeds win!
Winners: The Creed Brothers, by pinfall
Dempsey didn’t interfere directly, but the damage was done! Hank apologizes to Gulak and they head out, will Gulak actually follow his own teachings and keep focus next time?
As for the Diamond Mine, Ivy joins the Creeds as they get the mics. Julius tells Ivy that he can’t speak for Brutus, but he knows he can be a pain in the ass. He’s stubborn, hard-headed, takes everything personal, and always have a chip on his shoulder. Ivy is smiling, and Julius knows his coaches, friends and family are, too. They know it’s true, but that’s how Julius has to be to be the best version of himself. These last few months haven’t been the best. There have been trials and tribulations, some hard times, but Ivy still stuck by the Creeds, so he thanks her for setting them straight.
Brutus also thanks Ivy. She could’ve walked away, especially when they were jerks. But she didn’t, so thanks for that. And actually, she inspired them to be the old Creeds, the ones that won the NXT Tag Team Championships! Julius says that’s right. Fans chant for the Creeds and Julius says that they’re not just the best- Wait! Here comes Indus Sher! Veer, Sanga and Jinder walk down the ramp, but Jinder stops them at ringside. Jinder “congratulates” the Creeds for once again becoming the Creeds. But Jinder says his “brothers” are sick and tired of waiting around to earn respect. And now, with the Modern Day Maharaja by their side, they are TAKING respect!
Next week, we find out who the Creeds really are! Indus Sher is 100%, The Creed Brothers are 100%, so next week, Indus Sher VS Creeds goes down! Jinder dares them to accept the challenge! The Creeds look to Ivy, and IVY says, “You’re on!” The score will finally be settled, who will prove they are the best tag team in NXT?
Backstage interview with Gigi Dolin.
McKenzie notes Jacy’s comments earlier, and Gigi says she heard. Yeah, she’s surprised, but not shocked. Jacy’s “always the first with something to say, always the first to cast her stone. Jacy Jayne is a bad person, plain and simple.” But for the longest time, they were- Gigi stops McKenzie to say they are NOTHING alike. Do you understand? Gigi might be a little… dark… But what is she holding here? A rose… Yes. And what are these sharp things here? Thorns. Very good! And thorns can be very dangerous when you’re distracted by the petals. But they’re not hiding, either.
So Jacy can say whatever the hell she wants, Gigi has nothing to hide. And Gigi cannot wait to give Jacy a piece of her mind! Gigi storms off, will those thorns come back to bite Jacy?
Tony D’Angelo and Channing Lorenzo arrive at a restaurant.
The Don and new underboss, Stacks, have their private room all ready for them. This is the big time now. They sit down and Tony says the family couldn’t be happier about Stacks’ promotion. And sending the macaroons and cannolies, that was a nice touch. Of course. But look, the streets are talking. And Tony doesn’t have to tell Stacks that the first step is the most important act. Stacks knows that, and he wants to make a big impact, against the biggest guy he can find. Stacks thinks he can do that? He knows he can. So does Tony. The manager says everything is all set, and passes along the word that AJ is thankful for them helping him down at the track.
Stacks thanks the manager, the manager thanks Tony, and Tony is impressed. Stacks says he does what he can do. To the Don! Nah, to the Underboss. Salud. They toast and drink up, but just who will Stacks pick out to take down in his first move?
Wendy Choo VS Elektra Lopez!
Speaking of scores to settle, the Queen of Comfy Style owes La Madrina for that pillow pull that took her out of the battle royal! Will Wendy win her way back up the ladder? Or will Lopez prove what she’s capable of all on her own?
NXT returns and Lopez makes her entrance. It seems she invited Valentina Feroz to watch ringside, but where is she? The bell rings, Lopez and Wendy tie up, and Lopez puts Wendy against the ropes. The ref counts, Lopez lets off, and then dares Wendy to step up. They tie up again, and Lopez throws Wendy down! Lopez says this is a grown woman’s business, and Wendy doesn’t belong! But Wendy shoots around to waistlock! Lopez throws Wendy off but Wendy comes back. Lopez gut wrench suplexes Wendy away! Wendy flops out of the ring, and Feroz shows up now per the invitation. Lopez says watch and learn!
Lopez goes out, pie faces Wendy, then grabs the body pillow! Lopez swings, Wendy moves, and BOOKER T takes the full brunt of the pillow! Lopez ROCKS Wendy while fans boo, and Lopez pushes Wendy into the ring. Lopez drags Wendy up, scoops, but Wendy slips free to roll her up! TWO, and Lopez swings, but into a backslide! ONE, and Lopez kicks low. Lopez whips but Wendy dropkicks! Wendy arm-drags Lopez, then runs side to side to BOOT Lopez in the corner! Wendy pushes Lopez out, to then CORSSBODY! But Lopez catches Wendy for a SWINGING SIDE SLAM! Feroz seems a bit impressed as Lopez CHOKES and THRASHES Wendy on the ropes!
Lopez throws Wendy down, then runs to LARIAT! Lopez drops an elbow, covers, TWO! Lopez keeps on Wendy with a body scissors squeeze! Fans rally as Wendy endures and pries at the hold. Wendy pushes back to a cover, TWO! Lopez holds on, then pulls Wendy’s hair! The ref reprimands, Lopez lets go at 4, but she keeps on with the squeeze. Wendy still endures and fans still rally. Wendy pries the body scissors open, and elbows Lopez away! Lopez swings, but Wendy counter punches! And again! And then body shot, KICK, and LARIAT! Fans fire up as Wendy rallies with forearms! Wendy whips, Lopez reverses, and runs in, into an ELBOW!
Wendy goes up and SLEEPY CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with Wendy, but Lopez brings out brass knuckles from a buckle pad! Wendy handsprings in as Feroz tells the ref! Lopez DECKS Wendy with the knuckles! Cover, Lopez wins!
Winner: Elektra Lopez, by pinfall
Feroz tried to do the right thing but it didn’t change the outcome! Lopez gets another win, will she show Feroz that that is the only thing that matters?
Briggs and Fallon talk backstage.
Is she happy? Yeah, she’s happy. She isn’t sure how they managed it, but they won. Yeah! They work great together! Jensen walks over to congratulate Fallon, and says Kiana is “happier than grits on gravy.” They were like Farooq & Bradshaw! The boys couldn’t be prouder. Fallon says that now that she and Kiana smoothed things over, what’s next for the boys? Jensen took care of it. Kiana & Fallon did so well, Jensen went to HBK with an idea, and HBK’s for it! Whoa, Jensen went to Shawn Michaels’ office? Yeah, he was nervous enough to piss a whole river, but hey! At Vengeance Day, Fallon & Kiana will fight for… the NXT WOMEN’S TAG TEAM TITLES!
Briggs is fired up! But Fallon is mad?! Jensen did this without asking her! This was supposed to be one and done! But they did amazing, and Fallon said that she’d do anything for Jensen, right? Yeah, but- But this is the biggest opportunity of your career! Fallon, just think about it. Fallon says she just got blindsided. She’s gonna need a minute. Fallon leaves, the boys are confused, but will Fallon see sense?
Grayson Waller arrives!
He’s still feeling good after the trouble he started yesterday, but now that he’s in the NXT Arena, will Bron come back to finish what Waller started?
Feroz and Lopez talk backstage.
Lopez tells Feroz that “it doesn’t matter how you win, as long as you win.” But Feroz says Lopez just plays dirty. And honestly, Feroz doesn’t think she can do that to Wendy. And why is that? Well, Feroz is Wendy’s friend- Okay, hold on, Valentina. “Dirty” gets the job done, and no one is gonna do the job for you. So you can keep your friends, while Lopez will keep on winning. Lopez heads out and Feroz isn’t sure what to do.
Backstage interview with Stevie Turner.
McKenzie thinks the Four Dimensional Superstar is skipping this time, but Stevie comes in via tron! Oh, McKenzie thought Stevie would be on set for this. Uh, she is. Her set. No, like here in person. Well, anyway, Stevie got her chat to do McKenzie’s job for her, and they have some great questions for her to answer. Superchat from NTD1987: “Hey, Stevie, when can we expect you in the ring?” Solid question, NTD! Next week will be Stevie’s NXT debut! That’s big news! Who will be her opponent? Stevie moves on to the next question, cuz the Superchats are coming in fast ‘n’ furious! PhillyKirsh asks, “Who are you most looking forward to facing?”
Great question, Kirsh! And of course, Stevie would love to face the champion, Roxanne Perez. But uh, Stevie has a feeling Roxie won’t have that title past Vengeance Day. See, McKenzie? This was a much better way to do an interview. And next week, the “humdrum world of NXT gets dragged kickin’ and screamin’ into the future by yours truly. Oh, I hear Grayson Waller’s music. McKenzie, see you next week.” Stevie signs off, will she be the one going viral in her NXT in-ring debut? And speaking of…
Grayson Waller heads to the ring!
The 21st Century Success Story is in a fuzzy pink jacket as he gest a mic. Waller says no time for games! “Where you at, Bron? Yesterday, I punked you out in front of the entire Performance Center! I had you shakin’, lad! No fear, no hesitation. I showed the world I’m tougher than you, and I’m tougher than everyone in this building!” So where’s Bron tonight? No stress, there’s no steel plate under this jacket. Just Waller’s NXT title as the uncrowned champ! So where is Bron? Does he need daddy to bark three times before he’s allowed to come to ringside? Bron is watching backstage, but he snarls, grabs his NXT Championship, and heads for gorilla!
Waller says the countdown is on! 11 days until Waller is the UNDISPUTED NXT Champion! People acting like Waller should be scared to get in a cage with Bron, but let’s flip that script. Bron should be afraid of getting in a cage with Waller! But here comes Bron! Superstars and security alike tell him not to, but too late! Waller says Bron needs to win this match. Because if he doesn’t, it’ll haunt him for the rest of his life! Every meal, every gym session, every time he brushes his teeth, Bron will remember Waller’s face. So Waller says it is time to get their phones out. He smells that do coming!
Waller says yesterday, he created a viral moment. Tonight, he creates one more! No one is stopping Waller, and it seems no one is able to stop Bron! The sirens sound, the lights flash, and here comes THE NXT Champion! He DECKS security and rushes to the ring! He TACKLES Waller! Superstars rush in to stop this, we get all kinds of angles from the NXT camera crew, and fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Waller slips out the side, eggs Bron on, and Bron goes out after him! The brawl is on at the ramp! Bron’s shirt has been ripped away but he still wants after Waller! Bron and Waller shove people away, Bron runs in, but Waller sends the SPEAR through the barriers!
Fans lose their minds, and even Waller is surprised! Then Waller smirks. Medics check on Bron but Waller swaggers away as he holds up his title. Will Waller exceed going viral and go gold with Vengeance Day’s title match?
Gallus is at the bar.
They play some billiards, and Mark Coffey says it’s a shame there’s not a proper Glasgow pub to get a drink. Wolfgang agrees, it’s just not the same. But they’re here for a big score. The Gallus firm is going to keep their eyes on the prize: the tag title match at Vengeance Day. But they’re having a hard time getting by on the watered down beer. But on February 4th, Gallus will show three tag teams what everyone back home in Scotland, everyone in the UK, and everyone in Europe already knows: Gallus Boys On Top! They toast to that, but who will join them, the New Day and Pretty Deadly to make their Triple Threat into a Fatal 4 Way?
NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Kayden Carter & Katana Chance VS Alba Fyre & ???
KC Squared kept the Fire Keeper from burning her own career down when she had a referee held down by a steel baseball bat. But then she lashed out at them and demanded this match, even though she has no tag partner! With the winners going to Vengeance Day, will Fyre burn down the reign to have some gold again? Or will Carter & Chance bring the party to Charlotte, North Carolina?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if Fyre can defy the odds she stacked against herself!
The team sorts out, and Carter starts against Fyre. They circle, but then SOL RUCA appears? She’s volunteering to be Fyre’s partner? Fyre says fine, she can do what she wants. Fyre and Carter tie up, go around, and Carter arm-drags Fyre away. Carter smirks as she and Fyre circle. Fyre kicks low, Gory Especials, but Carter slips free to sunset flip! Fyre drags her up to CLOBBER her! Fans rally for Fyre but Carter kicks her away. And then EDDY GORDO KICKS her down! Tag to Chance, they whip, trip and basement dropkick to a slingshot senton! Cover, TWO! Chance facelocks, brings Fyre around and Carter tags in. Carter rolls Fyre up, TWO!
Fyre kicks low, throws Carter down by her hair, then CLUBS away on her! Fyre is fuming and Sol isn’t sure what’s with her. Fyre drags Carter up, but Carter JAWBREAKERS! Sol tags in, reels Carter into a headlock, but Carter powers out. Sol runs Carter over, things speed up and Sol handstand walks over Carter! Carter runs in, Sol hurdles over but Carter leaps over Sol! Fans cheer but things keep moving. Carter headlocks Sol but Sol switches that onto Carter. Carter powers out, Sol handsprings through the hip toss to do the splits into a STUNNER! Carter flops out of the ring and fans fire up with Sol!
Fyre smirks, she is impressed by Sol. But then Fyre grimaces as Chance hurries over. Fyre kicks Chance and RAMS her into steel steps! Sol is still unsure what to make of Fyre’s aggression, but this does put them in control as NXT goes picture in picture.
Fyre smirks as she looms over Carter, but Sol goes out to put Carter in the ring. Sol drags Carter up, brings her over, and Fyre tags in. They mug Carter, then Fyre throws Carter right back out! Fyre goes out to stomp Carter, then whips her hard into the apron! And then smacks her off the announce desk! Fyre fires off forearms, then brings Carter around, only for Carter to RAM her into the apron! They both get in the ring, Fyre grabs Carter’s leg, but Carter kicks her away again. Sol tags in, she hurries to lift Carter, but Carter sunset flips! Sol stays up to stomp but Carter dodges to leg sweep! And EDDY GORDO KICK!
Carter and Sol both crawl, hot tag to Chance! Carter gives Chance the boost to SEATED SENTON Sol down! Cover, TWO! Chance stays between Sol and Fyre, brings Sol up, but sol TOSSES Chance away! Sol rushes in, Chance BOOTS her, then goes up to CROSSBODY! But Sol catches Chance to SLAM her! Cover, TWO! Sol clamps on with a rear bearhug but Chance endures the squeeze. Sol SLAMS Chance back down and leans on the hold. Chance endures, fights up, but Sol wrangles her back down. NXT returns to single picture as fans rally and duel. Chance fights up, throws elbows, but Sol back suplexes! Chance lands on her feet, but Sol trophy lifts her!
Chance slips free of that, slides under Sol and ENZIGURIS her down! Hot tags to Fyre and Carter! Carter dodges Fyre to DECK Sol, then she DECKS Fyre! Carter DECKS Sol away, whips Fyre into her, then runs in to SANDWICH them in the corner! Fyre falls, Carter runs in, DROP-SPLASH! Fans fire up with Carter and she waits on Fyre. Fyre rises, Carter runs in to BOOT WASH at the ropes! Tag to Chance, she goes up top as Carter puts Fyre in the ropes. DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Chance drags Fyre up but Fyre throws body shots. Fyre whips, Chance holds ropes and BOOTS! Carter sneaks the tag, then HEEL KICK TABLE TOP COMBO!
Carter drags Fyre into position, and then Chance rolls to go up onto Carter’s shoulders?! Then ELECTRIC CHAIR SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Fyre survives and KC Squared grows frustrated. Carter drags Fyre up, whips her but Fyre reverses to HOOK KICK! Fyre BLASTS Chance, spins Carter around and suplexes, GOURD BUSTER! Tag to Sol and she springboard SPLASHES! Cover, Chance breaks it! Fyre kicks Chance but Chance throws Fyre out! Fyre drags Chance out but Chance kicks her away! Chance slingshots to RANA Fyre into steel steps! Sol is distracted by that, and turns around into a wheelbarrow ROLLING FACEBUSTER!
Sol sits up, into a SUPERKICK! Sol staggers up, into another SUPERKICK! Tag to Chance, she goes up top as Carter turns Sol, HIGHLIGHT REEL!! Cover, KC Squared win!
Winners: Katana Chance & Kayden Carter, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions)
The longest reigning Women’s Tag Team Champions continue that historic reign! Longest reign in NXT, longest reign in ALL of the WWE Women’s Tag Division, and now they go to Vengeance Day! Will that reign continue past facing Fallon & Kiana? As for Fyre, she pushes past Sol. To stand beside Isla Dawn?! Is the Wicked Witch going to be Fyre’s new tag partner? But then speaking of Kiana & Fallon, they appear at the perch! They congratulate the champs, and Fallon said she thought about it. She and Kiana WILL see them at Vengeance Day! KC Squared raises the belts, they’re ready to party! But will February 4th be the night the music dies?
Wes Lee finds Dijak.
#HardJustice says he’s surprised. He didn’t think Wes had the balls to show up. Wes says he’s heard that before. But you gotta have a pair to hold the North American Championship. Dijak tells Wes not to get cute. This is the champ’s last chance to simply hand the title over. Wes says holding onto the title may be stupid, because handing it over could save him a lot of pain. Because clearly, Dijak isn’t back in NXT just to talk. But see, Wes has made stupid decisions his entire life. He was stupid enough to think that “a kid from Dayton, Ohio could break into this business, let alone travel the world doing it.”
Wes was stupid enough to risk everything just to get to the WWE! Stupid enough to battle tooth and nail against himself and some of the best NXT superstars just to become champion. Those “stupid decisions” made Wes the champion he is today. And Wes is “stupid enough” that when the people chant his name, Wes feels like he can overcome anything, and anyone. So no, Dijak, Wes is going to keep the title. Dijak doesn’t have to like it, but he damn sure will respect it. “Protect ya neck! I’ll see you in Charlotte.” Wes heads out, and Dijak says, “Unfortunately for you, Mr. Lee, I don’t deal in sob stories. I deal in justice!” Will the Must-See Kid face that “justice” and lose it all?
Backstage interview with Cora Jade.
McKenzie apologizes, but Cora wasn’t on set so she came to find her. Cora says of course, she is the star, not McKenzie. They do things on Cora’s time, not McKenzie’s. Yes, that seems to be a theme tonight. But McKenzie wants to ask about Cora’s issue with Lyra Valkyria and how it’s only getting bigger and bigger. Cora says Lyra is “going to be an integral part of the NXT Women’s Division. But Lyra needs to learn her place. And I’ll happily be the one to teach her that lesson. No matter how great that bird brain is, she’s not better than me, nor will she ever be better than me. Move.”
McKenzie steps aside so Cora can open her locker. But inside is a black feather! This is what Cora was talking about! Lyra’s the new girl, but she’s going and putting stuff in Cora’s locker! Vic Joseph then patches in to tell McKenzie that something’s going down outside! McKenzie interrupts Cora’s rant so that she can go outside. And it seems that, as the women’s roster moves aside, Nikkita Lyons is down, clutching her bad leg! Indi asks what happened, as does Lyra. Zoey Stark is spotted walking away, did The Hunter attack Lyons again? Why is the NXT parking lot such a dangerous place?!
Chase and Thea talk backstage.
Chase says Duke is selfish, while Thea says she just doesn’t understand. Duke walks in and Chase asks where the BLEEP he went. He walked out on the entire university tonight! Duke says he did not. Okay, yes, he walked out, but not- IS THERE A POINT TO THIS?! Duke says Mr. Chase is an inspiration! And even though that video was taken completely out of context, Duke knows Chase doesn’t trust Duke. So yes, Duke left ringside, but he went to HBK’s office. He demanded that Duke & Chase be part of the New Day Tag Team Invitational to get another shot at the Tag Team titles! Wait, what did HBK say?
Good question. He said… “Talk to the New Day.” So then what? So then… Duke went and talked to the New Day. And what did they say?! They said… they love Chase U’s architecture, and that the science department- DUKE! To the point! Duke shakes his head, and then says “WE’RE IN!” YES!! Thea hops on Duke and Chase shakes Duke’s hand! Duke still bleeds red ‘n’ black, but will he and Chase be going to Charlotte, North Carolina for the biggest opportunity in their careers?
Booker T is in the ring!
The table is set, and Jacy and Gigi are both already there, sitting at opposite ends. Booker asks everyone if they’re ready for this Championship Summit. The challengers are here, so Booker introduces the NXT Women’s Champion, Roxanne PERRRREZ~! Roxie makes her entrance, takes the seat in the middle of the table, and Booker sits down with her. No disrespect to the champ, but Booker starts with the challengers. Gigi first. Gigi is sure Jacy would love to start, though. Probably sitting on some “witty pun” she’s got. So go ahead, Jacy, go tell everyone how great she is! Jacy says everyone already knows that!
Jacy says the people have watched her carry Gigi through everything for a year-and-a-half! That kick last week was an accident, but now! Jacy wishes it wasn’t. Jacy admits that Gigi is good. But from the day they signed their contracts, Jacy had Gigi on her back and dragged her to success! The merchandise, the wins, if not for Jacy, Gigi would just be “another YouTube sensation, one hit wonder, living on the independent scene!” Roxie and Booker muffle their laughter while Gigi fires back! Jacy is just about Jacy! Gigi loves this external confidence Jacy has. When the cameras are on, Jacy can conquer the world! She’s a rock star with the resumé.
But what the world doesn’t know is that behind those curtains, Jacy is the most insecure person Gigi has ever met! And Gigi wasn’t gonna bring this up, but why not since we’re all shooting from the hip. Jacy gets so nervous before her matches, she has to puke up in a bucket! There’s one with her name on it right by the door. Jacy says, “MY insecurities?” Does Gigi have a funhouse mirror? Nothing Gigi says is true because Gigi is just a pathological liar! Oh? Then who is gonna hold Jacy’s hair back when she’s puking her guts out at Vengeance Day while Gigi is holding up the title? Booker says, “SHUCKY DUCKY QUACK QUACK~!”
Booker has the others calm down so Roxie can say what she thinks. Roxie says she’s enjoying the hell out of this. Jacy and Gigi have thrown insults at every single woman in the locker room. They made fun of everyone’s personalities, looks, and work, everything. Not to mention, they’ve made Roxie’s life a living hell. So it’s so good to see they’re making each other feel the way they have every single woman. “Karma is a toxic bitch!” Fans like that one! Roxie thought it was gonna be a handicap match but it looks like it’ll be a real Triple Threat. And while the odds are still against her, she will still walk in and walk out the champ.
But Gigi says that’s where Roxie is wrong. Roxie loves to walk around like she’s such a big deal. But she will make history at Vengeance Day, by being the shortest reigning NXT Women’s Champion of all time! “But the funny thing is, I don’t even have to beat you. I can pin YOU (Jacy)!” Jacy says the same thing back to Gigi! And if history says anything, that’s not that hard to do. Jacy would like to amend that saying of theirs, “It’s Toxic Attraction and then there’s everyone else.” Now it’s “There’s Jacy Jayne, then you two, and everybody else.” Gigi says of course Jacy holds onto Toxic Attraction! It’s the only thing that made Jacy relevant!!
And just like Jacy is the third wheel of that group, she’s the third wheel in this match! Gigi and Jacy get up, get in each other’s face, but Booker wants them to calm down. Roxie smiles as she holds up the belt, but then Toxic Attraction smiles. They grab Roxie and SMACK her off the desk! They mug Roxie 2v1! They stomp her down, then drag her back up for a DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER through the table!! It was a Toxic TRAP! Jacy & Gigi both hold up the title! Will NXT be toxic again, no matter who pins Roxie?
A great NXT here, and they’re really adding a lot to Vengeance Day! Great tie-in of the social media promo from Waller, Bron and pretty much everyone in NXT, and then great follow-up here tonight. That was a clearly gimmicked barrier, but that was still a great move to have Bron go busting through something like that. Waller is standing tall, and there’s still the go-home, I have a feeling they are still keeping the title on Bron. A shame because Waller is that great of a Heel, but maybe they just want Bron to have his first title win on the road since Stand & Deliver last year. Maybe the title change happens at this year’s Stand & Deliver so Bron can move on to RawDown after WrestleMania.
Great opening match from Indi and Tiffany, but of course Tiffany wins that with some cheating. Great stuff in the story of Fallon and Kiana, and great way of booking a Face and a Heel winning together. Jensen also getting them that tag title match for Vengeance Day was a rather sudden escalation of the story, I thought they’d drag this out towards Stand & Deliver. But we also got a good tag title match out of KC Squared, Fyre, and surprisingly Sol. But at the same time, Sol does make sense given her part in Fyre’s story. But since it wasn’t Isla Dawn as Fyre’s partner, it makes sense Fyre loses to then join Dawn. Maybe Fyre & Dawn will be the team to win the tag titles at Stand & Deliver to send KC Squared on to RawDown.
Great promo of New Day, Schism and Malik & Edris. That’s pretty big that they’re upping the ante on the Vengeance Day NXT Tag Team Championship match. And great stuff with Chase U, from the little bit of awards ceremony that JD interrupted to the match of JD VS Chase. Duke walking away to then come back with a spot in that tag title contender’s match is big, and the go-home could make or break Duke being Chase U 4 Life or not. For that matter, maybe Duke & Chase actually win, and then that make-or-break moment is a major part of the title match at Vengeance Day. At the same time, Schism being Grizzled Young Veterans, they’ve wanted those titles for so long, but so have Malik & Edris, they could all have a big moment at Vengeance Day.
Speaking of that match, decent promo from Gallus, but it feels like Mark’s accent has gotten heavier in his time away. I hope if nothing else, Joe Coffey shows up to try and help Gallus win. That’d be a big way for him to return, and maybe, just maybe, spurs on the return of Big E to at least being on screen and supporting ya bois. Good promo from Apollo, Melo and Trick in the barbershop, and wow, best 2 outta 3? That’s big, and that will go a long way to making Melo a clear contender to the title for Stand & Deliver. Really good stuff from Diamond Mine and all connected parties. Gulak’s story with Dempsey giving the Creeds a win was good, but so was Jinder & Indus Sher making the tag match we were meant to get before a thing now. Can’t wait for that next week, that’ll be good stuff.
Decent match from Lopez and Wendy, but of course Lopez cheats Wendy. But as I said last week, we’ll definitely get to the point where Feroz and Lopez become a team, much like Kiana and Fallon have. Good promo from Tony and Stacks, and I can’t be sure who Stacks is going to face when he already faced one of the biggest and baddest in Dijak. Maybe Von Wagner? Could Von Wagner’s next feud be with The D’Angelo Family? What even? Speaking of, good promo from Dijak and Wes to hype up their title match. I’m pretty sure Wes will win that, as great as Dijak is, and then Wes can face another big name at Stand & Deliver.
Good promo from Stevie Turner, and though her being a streamer is a weird choice, I appreciate having her basically video chat so she doesn’t have to leave her streaming studio. Stevie will definitely win her in-ring return, I just hope they don’t play her gimmick up in the match. Unless they do it with a chat box on the tron where “viewers” are commenting on what they see. Good promo from Cora to call out Lyra, and then a decent whodunnit in the parking lot with Lyons being attacked. The obvious culprit is Lyons but it could be anyone with a lot of random female superstars spotted in the area.
And really good stuff out of the NXT Women’s Championship story. Jacy and Gigi each had a good promo, and they made it sound like the duo was done, which is part of why I totally knew they’d pull that swerve on Roxie. They did throw some great insults and “secrets” out in the summit, and I do appreciate Roxie showing a bit more than her usual nice girl personality. But with Toxic Attraction standing tall and touching the belt, they are definitely still going to lose. Roxie will find a way to use them against each other, and then retain the title to head for Stand & Deliver.
My Score: 8.7/10
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