Who takes one more step towards the throne?
King of the Ring 2019 enters the quarterfinals! Cedric Alexander or Baron Corbin, Ricochet or Samoa Joe, who makes it to the next round?!
- Seth Rollins & Braun Strowman VS The OC w/ AJ Styles; Rollins & Strowman win.
- Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler VS Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder; Roode & Ziggler win.
- Natalya VS Lacey Evans; Evans wins.
- King of the Ring Quarterfinals: Baron Corbin VS Cedric Alexander; Corbin wins and advances to the semifinals.
- The Viking Raiders VS Bryan & Tyler; The Viking Raiders wins.
- King of the Ring Quarterfinals: Samoa Joe VS Ricochet; Undecided.
- The Miz VS Cesaro; Miz wins.
- Championship Showcase: Bayley & Becky Lynch VS Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross; Bayley & Lynch win, by disqualification.
PLAY BY PLAY
Raw opens with BRAUN!
The Monster Among Men and one half of the Raw Tag Team Champions marches out to the ring, where Michael Cole waits at the table. This is the contract signing for the WWE Universal Championship match Strowman and Seth Rollins will have for Clash of Champions! And speaking of, Rollins appears next! Baltimore is fired up for #Braullins being in the ring and at the table together. Michael Cole speaks to making their match official. But he reminds them that they will also have to defend their tag team titles against Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode. How on Earth are these two going to work as a team?
Rollins tells Michael he is no stranger to defending multiple titles in one night. As for their team, he and Strowman can definitely beat Ziggler and Roode. Rollins intends to walk in a double champ, #BurnItDown, and walk out still double champ. That’s just him, he won’t speak for Braun. Braun chuckles and says Rollins is right, no one speaks for the Monster. Clash of Champions will have them beat Roode & Ziggler, but Strowman knows it will be awkward when Rollins gets beat by his own partner to become the new Universal Champion. Yes, that would be awkward. But here’s a little secret: Strowman is great as a tag team partner, but Rollins Slayed the Beast. That’s something not even Strowman could do. So at Clash, Rollins will keep this title by Slaying the Monster.
But wait! Here comes The OC! United States Champion, AJ Styles, and the Good Brothers are told they have no business out here when this is for the Universal Championship. But Styles just ignores that and says Clash will make history. Oooh~! Fans cheer for Styles, but Styles continues that this is the first time we’ll see tag team partners defend titles and then face each other. How kawaii~! Are you kidding?! Why did Strowman get this opportunity? Because he’s Rollins’ partner? Because he looked at the title, then picked it up all, “Strowman would like to have this pretty thing.” By proxy, the United States Champion should get his shot. Who is Styles’ opponent, anyway?! Here’s an idea! Styles will just get people to look at his title, and the first one to gets the shot. Gallows, Anderson, don’t look, because that’s all it takes in the WWE now.
The OC head down the ramp as Styles says it’s more ridiculous it’s getting. Bobby- er, “Robert” and Dolph? C’mon! Why do they get their shot? They weren’t even a real team! But the OC, that is a team. The reality of this whole thing: if the Good Brothers don’t get what they want, and Styles doesn’t get what he wants, then no one here gets what they want. Michael tries to keep the peace but Styles shouts that he’ll slap Michael’s teeth down his throat. The OC climb into the ring but #Braullins is ready. Styles takes the contract, and tears it up! And makes it rain! And the fight is on! The table goes flying into Styles and then the OC #GetTheseHands, a SUPERKICK, and clotheslines! The OC is down and Baltimore is fired up, are we getting something going? Find out after the break!
Seth Rollins & Braun Strowman VS The OC w/ AJ Styles!
Holla holla, the Architect and Monster take on Gallows and Anderson! Raw returns to Anderson having Rollins in a headlock. Rollins powers out but Anderson runs him over. Things speed up and Rollins hurdles to arm-drag Anderson around. Rollins gets Anderson in an armlock and fans fire up. Styles coaches Anderson and Anderson gets up. Rollins wrenches to shoulder break and wring Anderson out for a Penalty Kick! Cover, ONE, but Rollins keeps on Anderson. Rollins CHOPS, then CHOPS again. Anderson ends up in the champs’ corner but Rollins whips him to ropes. Anderson kicks Rollins back then tags in Gallows. Big Doc Luke stares down with Rollins and they tie up. Gallows shoves Rollins away, but Strowman tags in! Strowman says he’s got this.
Gallows and Strowman stare down now, but Gallows pokes Stromwan in the chest. Strowman swats the finger away and they tie up. Gallows gets Strowman in a corner for body shots, but Strowman choke grips! Gallows breaks free and runs, but gets Strowman’s BOOT! Strowman hauls Gallows up and tags in Rollins. Rollins climbs and leaps to ax handle the arm! Rollins wrenches and gives shoulder breakers, but Gallows kicks and uppercuts! Tag to Anderson, but Anderson runs into an arm-drag! Rollins has Anderson again, but Anderson knees back. Anderson bumps Rollins off buckles, then brings him corner to corner. Rollins blocks that bump to give it to Anderson. Then Rollins goes corner to corner to bump him again! Rollins puts Anderson up top in a Tree of Woe and stomps away! Styles protests and Rollins backs off at the ref’s count, only to run and basement dropkick! Cover on Anderson, TWO!
Rollins keeps on Anderson but Anderson jawbreakers back. Tag to Gallows, and Gallows throws hands! Gallows uppercuts away, then bumps Rollins in the OC corner. Rollins CHOPS back and backs Gallows down. Gallows whips but Rollins boots. Rollins hops up but into an uppercut! Styles is pumped as Gallows drags Rollins over and tags Anderson. Anderson stomps away then puts on a mounted armlock. Fans rally up and Rollins endures. Rollins heads up but Anderson knees low. Anderson suplexes but Rollins resists. Rollins reverses but Anderson slips out. Anderson keeps Rollins by the tights! Tag to Gallows, YAKUZA KICK! The OC throw Rollins out and then Styles gets a cheap shot in! Strowman chases Styles off but the ref works to restore order. The OC has control while we go to break.
Raw returns as Rollins fights back against Gallows, only to get a big uppercut. Rollins comes back with a forearm, ducks a roundhouse, and hits a PELE! Anderson tags in and back suplexes, but Rollins escapes! Anderson whips but Rollins kicks back. Rollins dodges to tag in Strowman! Baltimore is thunderous as Strowman rallies and runs Anderson over. Strowman tosses Anderson to the corner for a splash, but Gallows saves Anderson from the slam. Strowman just runs them both over! Strowman splashes Gallows but misses Anderson! Rollins tags to springboard knee and SUPERKICK Anderson! Fans fire up and chant “Burn It Down!” Styles distracts and gets a forearm, but Anderson rolls Rollins! TWO, Rollins rolls Anderson, Rollins and Strowman win!
Winners: Seth Rollins & Braun Strowman, Rollins pinning
But Styles attacks Rollins! Styles punches and chops but Rollins throws him out. Rollins clotheslines Anderson out then DIVES onto Styles! Strowman gets moving to run Anderson over! Then Gallows and Rollins!! Rollins was a casualty, and here come Ziggler and Roode! They all gang up on Strowman! The OC stomp as Roode and Ziggler get the steel steps! They feed Strowman to steel step battering ram! But that’s not all as they put Strowman back in. Rollins returns but he gets a SUPERKICK and GLORIOUS DDT!
Strowman revives but he’s just back in the 5v1! The OC work with Roode and Ziggler, for a MASSIVE Magic Killer! Fans boo but Styles prepares that forearm. The Good Brothers, Roode and Ziggler haul Strowman up, PHENOMENAL FOREARM! Roode tells Rollins they are losing those tag titles! The OC put up the Too Sweet, are they and the GLORIOUS Show-Offs going to reign supreme after Clash of Champions?
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Backstage interview with Cedric Alexander!
The quarterfinals are coming for the King of the Ring, how is he preparing? Alexander saw Baron Corbin boasting that he is the future king, but Alexander- Gets attacked by the OC!? Why?! Styles rams Alexander into a storage trunk! Too Sweet destruction continues on Raw, where will it end?!
Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler VS Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder!
To keep sharp for their coming Raw Tag Team Championship match, the GLORIOUS One and the Show-Off will take on the Major Brothers! Though, as if beating up Rollins and Strowman wasn’t enough… Will Ziggler & Roode keep going strong after already beating down the champs?
The bell rings and Ryder ties up with Ziggler. Ziggler kicks low and rakes eyes to then headlock. Ryder powers out but Ziggler runs him over! Ziggler brags then speeds up and kicks Ryder again. But Ryder still gets a flapjack! Tag to Hawkins and the Bros hit the STO Russian Leg Sweep! Cover, TWO! Hawkins keeps on Ziggler but Ziggler kicks the leg. Ziggler whips Hawkins corner to corner but Hawkins goes up and over. Hawkins spins Ziggler around for a neckbreaker! Ziggler bails out but Hawkins follows. Hawkins puts Ziggler in, dodges, but Roode tags in, Hawkins doesn’t see that, and doesn’t see the kick coming! Roode drags Hawkins out to throw Hawkins into barriers! Roode throws Hawkins back in then hits Ryder for good measure. Roode rams into Hawkins then suplexes him to hang him out to dry. Roode and Ziggler boast they’ll be the champs before Roode grinds his foot into Hawkins’ chest.
The ref backs Roode off Hawkins so Roode tags in Ziggler. They mug Hawkins then Ziggler pushes Hawkins down. Ziggler drags Hawkins up to rake the eyes! The ref reprimands Ziggler but Ziggler puts Hawkins in a chinlock. Fans rally up as Ziggler taunts Hawkins. Hawkins fights his way up and pops out to throw hands! And a PELE! But Roode tags in, but so does Ryder! Ryder rallies, forearm and clotheslines for all! Roode reverses the whip but gets knees. Ryder hops up, missile dropkick! Fans fire up with Ryder as he waits for Roode. Ryder runs out, but the Rough Ryder is denied. Roode gets an elbow and Hawkins tags in. Ryder hops up, Hawkins lifts Roode, Samoan Drop Blockbuster! Cover, but Ziggler breaks it! Ryder goes after Ziggler, forcing him out. Ziggler shovels Ryder out, then SUPERKICKS Hawkins! GLORIOUS DDT! Cover, Roode & Ziggler win!
Winners: Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler, Roode pinning
This is quite the short streak this new team is on! Will they actually take those titles from #Braullins at Clash of Champions?
Natalya VS Lacey Evans!
The Queen of Harts doesn’t care about her bad arm, she’s going to fight through the pain! But will she regret that choice when going against the Sassy Southern Belle?
Natty doesn’t even wait, she runs Lacey over on the ramp! Lacey is upset now, but she does take some time to get in the ring. The bell rings and this match actually begins.
The two tie up and Natty gets a headlock takedown. Lacey headscissors but Natty pops out. Natty dares Lacey to bring it, and then gets her into a takedown. Natty has the headlock but Lacey pops out to a hammerlock on the bad arm. Natty spins around to fireman’s carry and throw Lacey down. Natty has an armlock now but Lacey powers her way up. Natty wrenches but Lacey reverses. Natty rolls through and handsprings to then hammerlock to a waistlock. Lacey elbows out hard then pie faces Natty around. Lacey whips but Natty dodges in the corner for the rebound sit-down! Natty walks over Lacey to hit the basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!
Lacey bails out but Natty throws her into barriers! The fans cheer for the Queen of Harts as she drags Lacey back up. Natty puts Lacey in, but they both bail out again. Natty runs in but Lacey throws her down by her hair! Lacey stomps the “nasty” then puts Natty in for a cover. TWO, and Lacey grows frustrated. Lacey drops knees on the bad arm! Lacey mocks “nasty” Natty’s pain, and then scuffs her in the face. Lacey puts the bad arm in a Classy Cobra Clutch, but Lacey also smothers Natty’s face with her hand. Fans fire up as Natty endures. Natty gets up but Lacey whips her to a corner. Natty hits bucklse hard and Lacey stomps a mudhole. Lacey hits the swinging bronco buster! Then she goes after the bad arm in the ropes! The ref counts but Lacey lets up, only to come back from the other side of the ropes! The ref counts and Lacey lets up at 4.
Natty falls and Lacey goes tot he ropes, Sassiest Moonsault Ever FLOPS! Natty gets up, elbows Lacey away, then kicks her low. Natty SLAPS Lacey, then clotheslines her down! And again! DISCUS! Cover, TWO! Natty snap suplexes Lacey into ropes, and calls Lacey the nasty one! Natty has the legs and Lacey scrambles to a ropebreak. No Sharpshooter yet, but Natty runs in, only to get buckles! Lacey flounders up but gets run into ropes! Natty fires off in anger, but the ref pulls her off. Lacey fakes being hurt, then throws her handkerchief in Natty’s face. Natty is upset by that, but she gets a WOMAN’S RIGHT! Cover, Lacey wins!
Winner: Lacey Evans, by pinfall
Sassy for sure as she dabs away the sweat, but Lacey still took a shortcut to win. Is the Lady of Raw going to fight her way back to the Raw Women’s Championship by any means necessary? Is Natty finally going to take time to rest that bad arm?
Becky Lynch heads to the ring!
The Man has a special match later on, but right now she wants to respond to The Boss! Baltimore cheers for Becky as she takes to the mic. “It’s good to be back in Baltimore.” And The Man has something to say. Sasha, where are ya? Becky heard about those horrible excuses, and just wanted to say to Sasha’s face, “it’s such a load of crap.” What happened to Sasha? Of all people, Sasha has no reason to whine. She was the centerpiece of NXT while Becky was her sidekick. Sasha got called up to be in main events while Becky struggled to get on TV. Sasha got bouquets of flowers after matches. The Horsewomen started at the same time, but it was Sasha and Charlotte being paraded “like the frauds that you are.” But Becky’s shown Flair why Becky is The Man, so now she’ll teach Sasha the same thing.
When Sasha left after Wrestlemania, she left with nothing. But Bayley was just fine without her. That probably stings the most, huh? It hurts that Becky is the face of the WWE. But just remember, that with all of Sasha’s talent, she should’ve been the historic game changer in Becky’s place. That’s why Becky kept calling Sasha out, so that Sasha would remember just how bad she treated Becky. They will settle this woman to woman, “ya blue haired, freak!” Becky isn’t even mad yet because the anticipation is building. But here comes Sasha! Becky wants her to come to the ring but Sasha stays on stage. Sasha was supposed to be Becky? Yeah, she was! She was supposed to main event Manias, be on magazine covers, have the fame and glory, but lucky little Becky. The only reason Becky got that stuff was because Nia Jax broke Becky’s face. If only Nia broke Sasha’s face so fans would care.
But let’s not make this personal, this is business. Just like it was when Sasha beat Becky with the chair and everyone had to scrape Becky off the floor. Now did that feel personal? Because Sasha can make it personal. If Sasha wants to fight, Becky’s fine with that. Sasha says Becky doesn’t understand. Sasha won’t do anything for the fans for free. She does it when she wants, and for a paycheck. So when they fight, it will be for the Raw Women’s Championship at Clash of Champions. She wants a match? All she had to do was ask. And nothing is bigger right now than Man VS Boss. Sasha’s on. Then after Clash, The Man will be the Boss’s B*tch! Becky isn’t impressed by the tag line, but she is fired up for their fight. Who wins when two of the baddest finally do battle?
The Street Profits are in awe.
What are they supposed to say to that? Montez Ford says just go to commercial in three, two, one. We out!
It is official!
Clash of Champions WILL featured The Man VS The Boss! Is Sasha going to have that title back in her return to Pay-Per-View?
King of the Ring Quarterfinals: Baron Corbin VS Cedric Alexander!
The Lone Wolf is pushing his luck touching the crown again. But he might benefit from unforeseen circumstances after The OC attacked Alexander for no reason. Will Corbin step closer to reigning over Raw? Or will the Age of Alexander still rise up despite being at such a disadvantage?
The bell rings and Corbin circles with Cedric. Fans are on Cedric’s side but mostly against Corbin. The two tie up and Corbin puts Cedric in a corner. Cedric slips out and gets some space. They circle more and tie up. Corbin wrenches the bad arm but Cedric clubs him away. Cedric dodges a boot then throws big haymakers and chops! Cedric whips but Corbin reverses. Cedric manages to go up and over while Corbin slides out then in, but Corbin hits his LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Corbin is already upset with the ref, but he goes back to Cedric in a corner. Corbin throws big hands then shoves him to ropes. Corbin clobbers Cedric from behind! Cedric writhes in pain while Corbin mockingly applauds. Corbin drags Cedric up but Cedric throws forearms and chops again. Corbin shoves but Cedric rolls off the back. Dropkick, handspring, Neuralizer!
Corbin bails out and fans fire up. Cedric builds speed and DIVES to tackle Corbin to barriers! Cedric takes a moment to check his arm, then he CHOPS Corbin. He puts Corbin in the ring and aims from a corner. Cedric springboards and clotheslines Corbin down! Cover, TWO! Cedric grits his teeth and shakes out the bad arm. Fans still rally behind Cedric as he brings Corbin up. Corbin uppercuts! Then runs in, but gets a boot. Cedric hops up but is shoved down into the Tree of Woe! Corbin swings Cedric into the post! And again! Cedric falls out of the Tree and to the floor! Corbin has control while we go to break.
Raw returns and Corbin knees and clubs Cedric down hard. Corbin drives elbows into the bad arm over and over! He wrenches the arm to a half nelson, and adds a chinbar. Fans rally up for Cedric as he endures. Cedric fights up but Corbin knees him again. Corbin shoves and clobbers Cedric just as hard. Fans says “Corbin Sucks!” but he has control as he knees Cedric to a corner. Corbin throws Cedric’s bad shoulder right into buckles! Cedric shouts and scraems in pain but Corbin is on him with a grinding boot. The ref backs Corbin off but Corbin gets annoyed with him. Corbin then goes back to Cedric while he’s gloating. Corbin clubs Cedric down then brings him up to whip. Cedric dodges to enziguri back! Fans rally as Cedric gets to a corner. Corbin runs in but Cedric dropkicks his legs out! Corbin hits buckles, then Cedric hits a basement dropkick!
Fans cheer as Cedric gets up again. Cedric runs, and on one good arm, handsprings into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Corbin is furious but he goes back to Cedric with a rain of rights. Corbin drags Cedric up just to knock him back down. Corbin hammerlocks to throw Cedric into buckles again. And then he throws Cedric to the apron. But Cedric stays on the apron and boots Corbin away. Cedric springboards in, into DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO!! Cedric survives again, showing the heart he had as the Soul of 205 Live! Fans are strongly behind Cedric, and Corbin is starting to lose is cool. Cedric hobbles up, Corbin runs in, Cedric goes up and over. Corbin slides out, in, but gets a post! Cedric returns the favor, and now fires himself up. He rams Corbin back in! And again! Fans fire up more as Cedric rams Corbin into another post!
Cedric fires off on Corbin’s arm now, but the ref backs him off. Cedric sees Corbin on the outside, so he builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit takes Corbin down! Baltimore is loving this as Cedric grits his teeth. Both men slowly rise and “This is Awesome!” Cedric puts Corbin in then climbs up. Cedric leaps, big missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Corbin still lives and Cedric is starting to grow frustrated now. But Baltimore gives Cedric power to bring Corbin back up. Corbin resists the lift and punches back. He reels Cedric in but Cedric roll shim up, TWO! Scoop to a Michinoku Driver! Cover, TWO!! Corbin survives again and Cedric is shocked. Cedric aims at Corbin, runs corner to corner as Baltimore cheers, but is put on the apron. But he enziguris back! Springboard, but Corbin disrupts that by pushing the ropes! END OF DAYS!! Cover, Corbin wins!
Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall; advances to the semifinals
The Lone Wolf takes advantage of a damaged Soul and keeps his own dreams alive. But who meets Corbin in the next round?
Daniel Bryan releases a statement on the incident on SmackDown.
“Roman Reigns speared me last week and I understand his frustration. I know how it looks. I know a lot of people don’t like me and I know I seem guilty by association, but that doesn’t make me a liar. Erick Rowan is the one to blame, and I have had nothing to do with this. Therefore, I still deserve an apology from Roman Reigns.” Is this just more lies to keep himself from suspicion? Or a set-up for an even bigger reveal?
Stone Cold Steve Austin Tweets at Raw!
The Rattlesnake was watching, and says that Universal Championship contract signing needs to be complete, but with good ol’ Stone Cold moderating! Austin returns to Raw in Madison Square Garden! And that’s the bottom line, cuz Stone Cold said so!
Backstage interview with SmackDown Women’s Champion, Bayley.
Former friend Sasha Banks is now the talk of the town, but Bayley hasn’t said a word. What are her feelings about this shocking return? Doesn’t seem so. But what about how Sasha said the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships meant nothing to her? Well Bayley’s talked with Sasha, but she’s not going to share with us because it’s personal. We know what happened at Mania: Banks took her ball and went home. That was her choice. But not Bayley. Bayley moved forward to go after every opportunity on SmackDown, and now she’s champion! And teaming with Becky should be the real story, going against the Tag Team Champions, #BlissCross. The spotlight will be on Becky as the face of the division. Bayley will not let anyone think she’s being overshadowed. The SmackDown Women’s title is just as important as Raw’s. Bayley does what she has to in order to win. Bayley beat Nikki Cross, so she’ll try to get Bliss this time. And we’ll see who is in whose shadow.
The Viking Raiders VS Bryan & Tyler!
The war comes to Baltimore as Bryan and Tyler are daring enough to take on Erik and Ivar. This is an opportunity for these two boys from Pittsburgh to show the “Baltimorons” how it’s done. But will the Steel City Boys simply be cannon fodder?
The bell rings and Ivar RUNS Tyler over! Then rocks Bryan! Ivar puts Tyler in the corner and tags Erik. Erik catches Tyler for a waistlock, Ivar clotheslines into the German Suplex! Tyler is folded up but the Raiders aren’t done. They go after Bryan! Bryan runs away, only to get run over by Erik! Ivar splashes Bryan into barriers! Tyler crawls but Erik deadlifts him into a backbreaker. Then gutbuster! Then a gut wrench for a bomb AT Bryan! Tag to Ivar, and Tyler gets THOR’S HAMMER! An almighty one at that! Cover, the Viking Raiders win!
Winners: The Viking Raiders, Ivar pinning
That was the highest anyone has ever gotten in the #VikingExperience! Will Erik & Ivar continue to escalate until they have gold?
Backstage interview with Sasha Banks.
Sasha is still friends with Bayley but she is not friends with Becky. Is she rooting for the Raw and SmackDown Women’s Champions tonight? Sasha sees what’s going on here. So get the HELL out of her face!
King of the Ring Quarterfinals: Samoa Joe VS Ricochet!
The Lone Wolf awaits in the semifinals, but will he be happy with this match’s results? Will it be the Samoan Submission Specialist or the One and Only that advances?
Raw returns as Joe addresses the WWE Universe. Joe sees “a great affliction” within the kingdom, because this kingdom is full of liars! “Every man who received a seed in this tournament has told you they will be the new reigning King of the Ring.” But those lies won’t cover up the universal truth: that King Samoa Joe sounds just right. But now the King of Flight enters the ring! The bell rings and this second quarterfinal begins!
Ricochet and Joe circle and tie up. Joe powers Ricochet to a corner then wrenches to a wristlock. Joe gets Ricochet down and jams the wrist. Ricochet rolls and handsprings to reverse the hold. Ricochet hammerlocks but Joe slips around to reverse it back. Joe leans on Ricochet and has him down again. Ricochet endures as Joe grinds the arm, then fights his way up. Joe wrenches but Ricochet rolls and handsprings again. Ricochet reverses the wristlock again and yanks on the arm. Ricochet has Joe on his knees now, but Joe gets a ropebreak. Ricochet lets up and Joe catches his breath in a corner. Fans rally up as the two circle again. They tie up and Joe kicks Ricochet’s leg. Ricochet ends up in a corner but gets another kick! Joe keeps Ricochet cornered, Ricochet catches the kick but Joe brings him down to a kneebar! Ricochet ropebreaks and Joe lets go.
Joe stomps Ricochet around and dares Ricochet to get up. Ricochet is on the ropes but Joe puts him in a corner. Joe goes after the leg with jabs then CHOPS Ricochet off his feet! Ricochet crawls but Joe has the leg. Ricochet kicks Joe away, then throws body shots. Joe rams a knee in then throws Ricochet into a corner. Ricochet goes out and Joe hits buckles. Ricochet shoulder sin then slingshots for a sunset flip. Joe breaks free but misses his stomp. Ricochet dumps Joe out hard! Joe gets up but Ricochet is on the apron. Ricochet leaps over Joe with a front flip to then mule kick. Ricochet is on the barriers, ASAI takes Joe down! Ricochet drags Joe back up and puts him in the ring. Joe rolls away but Ricochet is on him with forearms and chops. Ricochet whips, but Joe holds the ropes. Joe flapjack hotshots Ricochet! Then Alabama lift, cross the legs for the knee breaker!
Ricochet writhes while Joe smiles sadistically. Joe looms over Ricochet and grabs the leg. Joe pulls it and turns Ricochet for a Half Crab! Ricochet gets the ropebreak easily, but Joe holds on until 4. Joe drags Ricochet up to CHOP him back down! Ricochet crawls to a corner, but Joe headbutts him. Joe whips but Ricochet rolls off his back to tilt-o-whirl headscissor! Ricochet gets up to LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Joe gets to a corner but Ricochet runs in to CHOP again! Ricochet throws forearms and whips, but Joe reverses. Ricochet goes up and over but that bad leg slows him down. Ricochet runs into the URENAGE! Joe drags Ricochet out to throw Ricochet into the barrier with an Exploder suplex! Ricochet is wrecked while Joe catches his breath.
Joe stands and brings Ricochet up at the count of 4. He puts Ricochet in at 5 then follows after. Joe drags Ricochet to a cover, TWO! Ricochet still lives but Joe keeps his cool. Fans duel as Joe wrenches Ricochet’s neck. Ricochet endures and fights back! Ricochet throws haymakers and chops, then runs, but into Joe’s back drop! Ricochet crashes and burns and we go to break.
Raw returns and Joe grinds Ricochet’s head into the mat with both hands. Ricochet fights his way back up from the neck wrench as fans duel. Ricochet elbows free of the hold but Joe headbutts him back down. Ricochet goes to the corner and Joe runs in, but Ricochet rocks him with a forearm! Ricochet puts up a boot but gets the enziguri! Somersault shotgun dropkick! Both men are down and fans rally up. Joe and Ricochet rise, and Joe swings only for Ricochet to counter punch. Ricochet runs and forearms but Joe stays up. The huricanrana throws Joe to a corner and Ricochet runs in to ram his shoulder. Ricochet springboards to clothesline Joe down! Standing shooting star! Cover, TWO! Joe still lives but Corbin is watching backstage. Ricochet goes to a corner and climbs up, but has to bail out of the Phoenix splash. He runs into a powerslam! Cover, TWO!!
Joe drags Ricochet up but Ricochet fights off the urenage. Ricochet wheelbarrows to a cover, TWO! Ricochet runs into an atomic drop! Joe runs but into the dropkick-flip and SUPERKICK! Joe goes down and out of the ring. Ricochet runs and SASUKE SPECIALS! Ricochet takes Joe out but he hurries to get him back in. Joe is in and Ricochet climbs to a corner. Ricochet aims at the drop zone, but Joe springs up to trip Ricochet up! And CHOPS! Ricochet ends up turned around and Joe climbs up behind him. Ricochet fights back but is in a Coquina Clutch! But it won’t count up there! Ricochet revives to shove them both off!! It’s a cover on someone, and the ref counts! But who wins!?
The referee goes to the timekeeper and talks with officials in the back. Fans duel over who should win, but with both men down in that situation, the discussion is… The match is over, but with no immediate ruling? Both men argue with the ref as he leaves, but Joe sucker punches Ricochet! And puts Ricochet in the ring! Joe, bleeding from his nose, gets a PELE! And a RECOIL! Ricochet dares Joe to come back, but Joe doesn’t. So what happens in the tournament?!
Strowman talks with Rollins backstage.
They both know about Stone Cold coming to settle the contract signing. That’s the best thing for them. No, Strowman senses what’s happening. He knows Austin is behind Rollins, and now Austin will be here for the signing, that doesn’t seem right. Is that what Strowman sees? A conspiracy of Rollins and Austin after what The OC and Roode-Ziggler did? Rollins knows Strowman senses the tag team title match is the opportunity for one of them to be betrayed. Rollins has been on both sides of that, so he promises not to do that. As for Austin, Rollins is okay with that. Strowman wants everyone know that not even Stone Cold is going to stop him. And if he tries, Austin will #GetTheseHands!
Connor’s Cure introduces the newest crop of cancer fighting superstars!
Julius Lopez is the Sarcoma Warrior! He was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor, and it was removed. He thought he wasn’t going to live through that experience. But he won the fight and will use his heart of gold and titanium knee to defeat any challenge! OOOAH~! Was that good, Big Dog? Roman couldn’t have said it better himself.
Raw presents Firefly Fun House!
Bray Wyatt returns! But before the fun starts, Bray apologizes to Finn Balor for The Fiend being “super duper rude.” So on behalf of everyone at the Fun House, “I’m sorry.” But on to bigger news! OH NO! Him… “How dare you challenge Seth Rollins and/or Braun Strowman to a match at Hell in a Cell!” Does Bray know how valuable they are? You’re….. Wait! Look what Bray has. MONEY~! Bray feeds the money to the boss, nom nom nom. That satisfies the boss. That was close. Besides! Clearly Strowman and Rollins aren’t a good team. They’re both selfish, greedy, and in another life, they took something very dear to Bray. But unlike those “bozos,” Brya embraces teamwork! He, Abby, Mercy and all the puppets–Shut up, Ramblin’ Rabbit, no one cares about your cries for help–are a great team. They all help Bray cope with the pain. And the Fiend helps Bray inflict pain. See you in Hell, in a Cell! “Let me in.” BYE~~!
Backstage interview with referee John Cone.
The referee of record is interrupted by Baron Corbin. Double elimination, bye-bye, and Corbin gets a bye to the finals. Actually, management decided that both Ricochet and Joe advance! What!? Next week, the semifinals will be a TRIPLE THREAT! And that means two threats to Corbin taking the throne! Who comes out of this unconventional King of the Ring match to represent Raw in the finals?
Backstage interview with Rey Mysterio!
The King of Lucha almost retired last week, but Dominic kept him from pulling the trigger and pulling off the mask. Mysterio and his son talked, shared stories, and Dominic shared how much it meant to grow up in the WWE Family. Mysterio is blessed to have seen his son growing up into a fine man. And he thanks his son for supporting him to keep going. And thinking about it, it is crazy. As parents, you are to push your children to follow their dreams. Here, Dominic pushed Mysterio to follow his. Mysterio says he isn’t done here in the WWE. “Not just yet.” He has much more to accomplish. He does this for his son, Dominic. Will the support of his son help Mysterio reach new heights in his already historic career?
The Miz VS Cesaro!
The Hollywood A-Lister prepares to prove he’s not soft to the King of Strong Style and his “spokesman,” Sami Zayn. Meanwhile, the Swiss Cyborg returns from Wales after an excellent match as part of NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff! Can Miz keep going strong towards his Intercontinental Championship match with Shinsuke Nakamura? Or will Cesaro continue his roll from this weekend?
The bell rings and Cesaro bolts right at Miz with a European Uppercut! Cover, TWO! Miz gets out but Cesaro doesn’t let up. Cesaro runs in to EuroUpper Miz against barriers! Cesaro drags Miz up to trophy lift and drop him on the barriers! Then Cesaro throws Miz in the ring to run and clothesline him down! Cover, TWO! Cesaro keeps his cool as he looms over Miz. Fans rally for Miz as he drags himself up. Cesaro throws haymakers to rock Miz again and again. Cesaro runs but into Miz’s A-List Combination! Both men are down but Miz gets up to give It Kicks! Miz kicks and kicks and kicks, but Cesaro ducks the buzzsaw to blast another EuroUpper! Cover, TWO! Cesaro drags Miz up fast to whip him to a corner, but Miz reverses. Miz gets put on the apron and haymakers back. Miz climbs but gets another EuroUpper!
Cesaro climbs up and drags Miz up. Cesaro DEADLIFTS Miz for the SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO! Miz survives but Cesaro keeps his cool. Cesaro grabs Miz’s arm for a keylock, and he pulls it in tight. Miz endures and fans rally up. Miz fights up but Cesaro whips. Miz kicks and punches back but Cesaro shoves. Cesaro runs into a boot, but he ducks Miz for a back suplex. Miz lands on his feet, kicks low and hits the low DDT! Cover, TWO! Both men slowly get up again, and Miz counter punches Cesaro with haymakers. Miz gives It Kicks in the corner! Miz stops at the count of 4 to run corner to corner, and he hits double knees! And again! But then he runs into the pop-up uppercut! Cover, TWO!! But Cesaro has Miz up and Gotch lifts, but Miz back drops. Cesaro rolls Miz up, TWO, but Cesaro gets the legs! Miz fights off the swing to get the legs. Cesaro fights the Figure Four off, but Miz slides in to sunset. But Cesaro sits on it, holding ropes! The ref calls that off, Miz rolls Cesaro! TWO!
Miz throws more haymakers on Cesaro, but the ref pulls him off. Cesaro gets a strong right! then another EuroUpper! And another! Miz counters one for a backslide, spin around to THE FINALE! Cover, Miz wins!
Winner: The Miz, by pinfall
And it’s over just like that! The A-Lister gets the momentum he needs, but will he be ready for a fight from Shinsuke?
Championship Showcase: Bayley & Becky Lynch VS Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross!
For the first time ever in WWE History, mostly because there are finally this many women’s titles in the WWE, we will have a Women’s Champions VS Champions tag match! Will the Hugger and The Man still work together as NXT Horsewomen? Or will the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions prove they’re worthy of more than just these belts?
The teams sort out, and Bayley starts against Nikki. These two tie up and Bayley wrenches Nikki to a wristlock. Bayley yanks on the arm then pushes Nikki down to the mat. Nikki gets up, rolls and hops on for a sleeper hold! But Bayley throws her off and avoids getting the table top to snap suplex Nikki down. Cover, ONE, but Bayley keeps on Nikki. Nikki headbutts out but is thrown out. Bayley goes out to daredevil dropkick through the corner! Bayley brings Nikki up but Alexa hurries after. Becky LEAPS to take Alexa out! Bayley puts Nikki in but Nikki gets right out. And here comes Sasha! Is Sasha here to support Bayley or fight Becky? We’ll see what The Boss does after the break.
Raw returns once more, and Alexa keeps Bayley back from Becky with a snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Alexa keeps on Bayley with a chinbar, but Bayley endures. Sasha is stoic while Becky gets fans rallying up for Bayley. Bayley fights up but Alexa powers her to the corner! Tag to Nikki, and Bayley gets fed to a boot. Nikki drags Bayley up and puts her in an open corner. She hoists Bayley into the Tree of Woe and starts stomping. She headbutts Bayley out of the Tree, but then Bayley shoves Nikki back. Bayley flapjacks Nikki onto buckles! Nikki body checks Bayley out of the ring! Nikki goes out to fetch Bayley and says “Bye bye!” to Becky. Nikki puts Bayley in and tags Alexa. Bliss-Cross whips Bayley into buckles, then hits a splash to SLAP! Alexa waves at Becky before covering Bayley. TWO, and Bliss is angry with the ref.
Bayley is still in the Bliss-Cross corner and Nikki tags in. Nikki snapmares but Bayley scrambles for her corner! Nikki claws Bayley backwards, but Bayley keeps reaching. Nikki knees low and hits Becky down! The ref keeps Becky out but that just allows Bliss-Cross to mug Bayley! Tag and Alexa is in legally. She whips Nikki in but Bayley elbows back! Bayley scrambles but Nikki anchors her. Bayley shoves Nikki away then throws Alexa out. Nikki gets the second rope hotshot! But Alexa clobbers Bayley before the tag! Alexa kicks at Becky’s hand, but Bayley rolls Alexa up! TWO, and hot tag to Becky! The Man rallies with Straight Fire! And knees for Alexa! And a SLAP to then forearms and uppercuts and a mule kick. Becky runs to body check Bliss down! Fans fire up as Becky makes sure Sasha is watching. But Alexa dodges, only to get an elbow and boot! Becky hops up, leg drop! Cover, but Nikki breaks it!
Nikki has Becky and tosses her to the apron. Becky kicks back, then kicks high. Becky has Nikki to Becksploder Nikki into the corner! Becky Firearms and rocket kicks each of the tag champs. Becky fires off but here comes Sasha with the BACKSTABBER!
Winners: Becky Lynch & Bayley, by disqualification
Apropos that Sasha used that move to betray Becky and Bayley in one go! Sasha throws Becky into the post! Sasha smiles as she goes under the ring to fetch a new chair! She brings it into the ring with her, and Becky crawls, to get a SMACK to the back! And another! But Bayley stops Sasha! The best friends are suddenly divided. Or are they…? Because Bayley has the chair, and smiles at Sasha. SHE SMACKS BECKY!! Bayley fires off chair shot after chair shot on Becky’s back! Bayley said she’d do whatever she had to in order to get out of Becky’s shadow, and this might be that! What does this mean for Clash of Champions?!
A solid episode for Raw this week, with just a few weeks to go before the PPV. That contract signing to open was actually great because it was new. I don’t recall when a contract signing turned into a brawl because of someone not part of the title match. And I’m a little surprised Roode & Ziggler helped give the beat down, but at the same time, what else but 5v2 would’ve worked considering Braun Strowman is involved? Heels still work as “enemy of my enemy is my friend” in WWE, and it at least pushes that the solidarity between Roode & Ziggler is real. They also got a good warm-up out of Hawkins & Ryder, so there’s that. I don’t think Strowman needs to be paranoid about Austin showing up for Rollins’ sake. But it was good to hear Rollins understand the meta of their situation, that a betrayal could help give someone an advantage in their singles match, and promise it won’t happen. Probably doesn’t change anything that he said it, but it was good that he said it.
And I also like that Bray Wyatt is wanting The Fiend to get a Universal Championship match. Hell in a Cell is perfect, and both Rollins or Strowman would make for a great opponent. Rollins VS Fiend would probably be the better match, but I feel like the story would be stronger with Strowman given the Wyatt Family history. At this point, I can’t say Rollins loses at Clash of Champions, so I expect that to be our story after Clash. However, I will say that the story only works if The Fiend wins, because everyone is loving The Fiend. Meanwhile, I feel like the love is starting to leave for the Viking Raiders as far as the live audiences go. The squash match is not working anymore, post-Clash the Raiders need to go after the tag titles, which I assume will be on Roode & Ziggler somehow someway. Raiders VS Roode & Ziggler will put on a great match and that will help fix some of what Vince has done to “Erik” and “Ivar.”
There was some sloppy stuff in the Natty VS Lacey stuff. Mostly that ramp attack spot. None of it worked even in wrestling context. The music gave away Natty interrupting Lacey. Natty waiting for Lacey to turn around because of the parasol in the way was dumb. And then there was nothing for Lacey to sell because it was just a shoulder bump. The match was a bit better, and Lacey wins to stay afloat, but Natty needs to actually take care of that kayfabe arm injury now. Miz VS Cesaro was pretty good, and obviously Raw doesn’t care how great Cesaro was at TakeOver: Cardiff. Miz did need the win for his story, or else he will be falling behind Shinsuke and Sami. SmackDown probably has more on this involving Sami and Shinsuke. For that matter, SmackDown clearly sets things up for Roman and Bryan given the text statement from Bryan tonight. I really hope SmackDown finds a way to salvage that crammed segment last week.
Both King of the Ring matches were great. Cedric got some real shine and apparently won Baltimore over, but Corbin winning made sense, as much as everyone dislikes his character. He’s been bragging, he gets to brag some more, but then what a stroke of genius for Ricochet VS Joe to be a Dusty Finish and they both move on. Triple Threat for the semifinals is incredible, because this gets rid of any Face VS Heel predictability up to this point. I feel like this could go any which way out of this, but honestly it would be better if Corbin loses so he can throw a fit. Plus it just feels like the way of the world for Corbin: he talks trash but gets bit by karma every time. Then the best material of tonight was the Women’s Championship story/stories. Banks and Becky make their match official via their promos, and then we get a pretty good match of all the champs.
I was pretty sure Becky and Bayley were going to win even without Sasha, but her getting involved was also natural. The amazing surprise was Bayley going HEEL! Fans of Bayley were wondering if this would ever happen, and it did, and what a great way to do it! Granted, this completely undoes my Banks VS Bayley idea at Survivor Series, them being enemies wanting to figure things out between them, but now it might make for even better things. Becky will want to get back at them both, and go after Sasha first. Then assuming Bayley gets through whoever at Clash with her new “any means necessary” philosophy (aka Champion’s Advantage), she’ll eventually move on to face Becky for a match that WWE planted seeds for not too long ago. I hope this is a sign WWE is finally doing some long(er) term booking again.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (8/16/22)
Who gets burned by the Heatwave?
NXT is on fire tonight!
NXT is red hot with all this gold on the line! Will JD McDonagh dethrone Bron Breakker? Will the Toxic Reign finally come to an end?
- NXT North American Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Giovanni Vinci; Melo wins and retains the title.
- Roxanne Perez VS Cora Jade; Jade wins.
- The Fate of Legado Street Fight: Santos Escobar VS Tony D’Angelo; D’Angelo wins and Escobar must leave NXT.
- NXT Women’s Championship: Mandy Rose VS Zoey Stark; Mandy wins and retains the title.
- NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS JD McDonagh; Bron wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
A heatwave hits NXT!
With it, we see a finale in the saga of Legado and D’Angelo, a grudge match of former friends explodes, and the Toxic Goddess defending her throne against the returning rising star. And in the main event, the Irish Ace looks to pick the NXT Champion apart and take that title from whatever is left. So get yourself a nice cold beverage, sit back and relax a show that is too hot to handle!
NXT North American Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Giovanni Vinci!
Another title on the line is that of the North American Championship! Melo says when he shoots, he don’t miss! But when you live lavishly like Giovanni, every day is #ViniVediVinci! Will Melo shoot down the Pride of Italy? Or will it be a campione vittoria to spark the Heatwave?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who lights it up here tonight!
Fans rally up as the two circle and tie up. Vinci waistlocks and TOSSES Melo away then says he’s the new champion, Melo storms up but into a wrench and headlock. Melo powers out then leaps as Vinci leaps, and Melo clips Vinci’s legs! Vinci lands hard and Melo fires forearms. Melo headlocks but Vinci throws body shots. Vinci headlocks but Melo powers out to hurdle. Vinci blows past Melo to run him over! Cover, ONE, but Vinci has Melo in a corner, Melo avoids the forearm to CHOP! Melo headlocks then whips corner to corner but Vinci reverses. Melo goes up, Vinci catches him, but Melo slips off!
Melo waistlocks, Vinci switches, Melo rolls off his back to springboard LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Melo throws haymakers. Vinci staggers, Melo CHOPS him, then Melo pie faces Vinci! Vinci blocks the next punch to CHOP back! Fans fire up and even Trick is stinging, but Melo reverses the whip, only for Vinci to springboard CROSSBODY! Vinci gets Melo back and fans fire up again. Vinci kicks Melo around, drags him up into a corner, and CHOPS him! Melo staggers away but Vinci is after him to CHOP again! Vinci puts Melo into another corner, for another CHOP! The fans are all stinging from that one!
Vinci flexes and fans want that “One More Time!” but Melo throws a forearm. Vinci throws a EuroUpper, Melo forearms again, and Vinci throws another EuroUpper. Melo throat chops, whips but Vinci reverses. Melo ducks and both men run, and DOUBLE LARIATS wipe them both out! The fans are fired up even more as NXT goes picture in picture.
The ref checks both men and fans are rallying for “NXT! NXT!” as both men stand. Melo and Vinci throw DOUBLE HAYMAKERS, then Vinci kicks low. Vinci whips, and CALF KICKS Melo down! Vinci soaks up the cheers and jeers and he covers, TWO! Vinci jams his knee into Melo’s back, clamps onto the shoulders, then shifts to a chinlock. Vinci traps Melo’s arms but Melo pries at the hold. Melo fights up to his feet, throws body shots, but Vinci knees low! Vinci whips but Melo reverses. Trick swipes at Vinci but the ref warns him! Melo BOOTS Vinci all the same! Melo rains down fists, then flexes in his cover, TWO!
Melo storms up on Vinci and brings him up to ROCK him! Vinci throws a body shot! Melo comes back but Vinci throws more body shots. Melo knees low, rolls with the snapmare and BOOTS Vinci down! Cover, TWO! Melo clamps onto Vinci with a dragon sleeper but Vinci powers out! Melo is right back on Vinci with a facelock and he grinds Vinci down. Vinci fights up, but Melo wrangles him back down. Vinci endures the grind, but Melo CLUBS him on the back! Melo cranks on the hold, pushing up with his legs for leverage, but Vinci still endures. Vinci fights up again, Melo throws body shots, but Vinci powers up!
Melo holds on tight as Vinci tries to throw him off! Melo pulls back on the hold as NXT returns to single picture, but Vinci tries again! Vinci TOSSES Melo away! Melo storms back up but Vinci whips him away, to then scoop for a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Both men are down but the fans fire up! Vinci storms up and whips, but Melo reverses and follows, but springboards into Vinci’s arms! Vinci fireman’s carries for the ROLLING SENTON! And then a MOONSAULT from the corner! Cover, TWO! Vinci drags Melo up, reels him in, but Melo rolls Vinci up! TWO, Melo rebounds but the superkick is swatted!
Vinci springboards but Melo kicks the legs out! Vinci is stuck, for the FADEAWAY! Cover, TWO! Vinci survives and fans argue the count on Melo’s behalf, but that was two! Trick coaches Melo and Melo fires up. “This is Awesome!” and Melo brings Vinci up. Vinci suplexes first but Melo slips out to O’Conner Roll! TWO, Melo comes back to SUPERKICK! Vinci drops to a knee, Melo goes up the corner, but Vinci catches the jump! BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Vinci catches his breath. Vinci blocks a kick, reels Melo in but Melo slips free, but into the lift! Melo slips off to suplex CUTTER! Cover, TWO!!
Fans rally harder as Melo thinks on what he has to do. Melo goes to a corner, he goes up the corner, and then leaps, but Vinci gets under the Three Pointer! Vinci TOSSES Melo out, but Trick is there to catch him! Vinci goes up and up and SUPER CROSSBODIES!! Vinci wipes out Melo and Trick, fans lose their minds, and Vinci puts Melo back in! Vinci springboards and springboards to MOONSAULT!! Cover, Trick helps Melo get the ROPEBREAK! Were they watching The Miz and Ciampa last night on Raw? Vinci storms out after Trick and dares him to do something, but then Melo RAMS Vinci into the steel steps!
Melo goes back up top and leaps, but Vinci dodges again! Vinci shoves Melo, blocks his boot, and reels him in for a LARIAT! Melo gets turned inside out but that’s not all! Vinci gets Melo up as Trick runs in, POWERBOMBO onto Trick! Vinci drags Trick up to give him the POWERBOMB! Then another kick to Melo, another lift, another POWER- RANA!!! Melo wins!!
Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)
Huge assist to Trick! Melo would not have made it through the heat if not for him! Will there be another #Melobration in Trick’s honor soon enough?
Toxic Attraction arrives.
Mandy Rose, Jacy Jayne & Gigi Dolin see Bron Breakker also arriving. He’s got an uphill battle tonight, huh? Yeah, and so does Mandy. Well okay. We’ll see who leaves with their title. Yes, we will. Toxic Attraction seems to consider Bron a contender, but will Mandy and Bron still have the gold after tonight?
Julius Creed speaks.
Via twitter, Julius said, “So I went back and watched the 8 Man Tag over and over and over again, but I found what I was searching for. And I’m gonna address who needs to be addressed, but I’m gonna do it in front of the NXT Universe this Tuesday at Heatwave.” As such, he and the rest of Diamond Mine are heading to gorilla in the present. What did he see and who does he plan to confront? We’ll see, after the break.
Von Wagner & Robert Stone speak.
“Mr. Stone” says that two weeks ago, Solo Sikoa got a so-called victory, yet he’s the one on the shelf and Von’s still standing. If you learned anything from that match, it is that Von is a freak of nature! Von can run a 40 yard dash in 4.5 seconds and he can bench press 225 pounds 30 times. If Von wanted to go to an NFL team and get a contract, he could! Von says Stone has heard all the talk, how there is a change in the air. It doesn’t matter if you’re internet famous or popular with the media! “The Game has changed, but the rules remain the same. Anyone smaller or weaker will not survive in my jungle!”
The Diamond Mine heads to the ring!
Julius & Brutus Creed lead Roderick Strong and Damon Kemp out, and they all get a mic. Julius starts by saying, “Less than a year ago, my brother and I got an opportunity of a lifetime: to learn from one of the greatest champions in NXT history, Roderick Strong. And we jumped at that opportunity. And we dedicated every fiber of our being to win the Dusty Cup and to win these NXT Tag Team Championships for Diamond Mine. We’ve been stitched, we’ve been stapled, we’ve wound ourselves up doing cannonballs, all for this right here.
“But recently, it was brought to my attention that someone’s trying to destroy what we’ve built. Someone’s trying to destroy Diamond Mine. And I wanted to use this opportunity to call that person out right now!” Julius looks to the ramp, but then he looks at STRONG! Is Julius kidding?! Strong can’t believe Julius is blaming Strong! Strong founded Diamond Mine and brought in the Creeds! They’re one-of-a-kind athletes with endless potential! That is something he never had. And he stands here looking at them as the NXT Tag Team Champions! Fans chant, “They Don’t Need You!” and Strong says yes they do!
But look at him, Julius. They are one of the best tag teams in all the WWE! Strong would put the Creeds up against the Usos any day of the week! That is how much he believes in them! They’re the future of this place! That’s great, and they can tell the Usos for them, but the Creds aren’t just the future, they’re the now! But Strong can say whatever he wants to their face, because Julius knows Strong will just stab them in the back. Brutus isn’t so sure, though. Julius says he is sure, though. Then Brutus says he has his brother’s back! But Strong says Julius needs to be careful with the next works that come out of his mouth!
Julius says everything he does is calculated. He isn’t gonna play games, he’s gonna just show Strong instead! Roll the tape! Strong was throwing knees, Julius was throwing lariats, but then Tony looked to Strong and they had a moment! Strong hits Julius with the knee, and that is enough for Julius! Tony signaled Strong! Or was Julius imagining it? Strong says they can’t be serious here! Strong doesn’t know, Tony D is a scumbag. Maybe Tony has a tic or he was signaling his own team. But y’know what? Let’s just do it! Let’s lay all the cards on the table! Since MAY, they’ve had something against Strong, and now-
GALLUS ATTACKS!! Wolfgang and the Coffey Brothers are here in the States! They’re beating down Kemp and the Creeds! Fans fire up for Gallus as they glare at Strong, and then Joe hits a GLASGOW SENDOFF! Mark and Wolfgang stomp away on Strong, then they go back to whooping the Creeds! Fans are torn but it seems NXT is now Gallus’ kingdom! And there’s the green light, just as Apollo Crews foresaw! Has Gallus just destroyed the Diamond Mine?
Backstage interview with Roxanne Perez.
McKenzie says Roxie finally gets a shot at Cora, and she says this is the most nervous she’s ever been in a match. Her stomach has been in knots all day, because she never thought she’d be fighting her best friend. But Cora wanted this. Cora ended their friendship! And now Cora has nowhere to hide! Cora’s made her bed, and now she has to sleep in it. Cora’s music hits so Roxie heads out, will the Women’s Breakout Tournament winner break her former friend?
Roxanne Perez VS Cora Jade!
NXT returns as Roxie makes her entrance. And she rushes right in so the bell rings! THESZ PRESS and then Roxie dribbles Cora! Cora gets out, but Roxie runs and DIVES! Direct hit and Roxie puts Cora in the ring. Cora bails out again so Roxie DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp, and Roxie hurries to put Cora in. Cover, TWO! Roxie drags Cora up to whip her to ropes, but Cora holds ropes to stop herself. Cora ROCKS Roxie, ROCKS her against ropes, then whips her into the rope to run and back elbow her down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Cora drags Roxie up. Cora bumps Roxie off buckles, then throws big forearms!
Fans rally and duel as Cora throws more shots, and she snapmares Roxie to a cover. TWO, Roxie grits her teeth but Cora brings Roxie up. Cora suplexes but Roxie fights it. Roxie then slips out, UPPERCUTS, and UPPERCUTS again! Roxie whips, back drops Cora, then run sin to SOBAT! Roxie runs to SHOTGUN Cora down! Fans rally and Roxie drags Cora up. Cora ROCKS Roxie back, run sin at the ropes, but Roxie puts her on the apron. Roxie CLOBBERS Cora and Cora falls to the floor! Roxie builds speed again, to DIVE into a forearm! Cora drags Roxie out to snap suplex her to the floor! Cora seethes while NXT goes picture in picture.
Cora soaks up the heat from the fans while Roxie writhes. Cora returns to fetch Roxie, and smacks her off the apron! Cora CHOPS Roxie, puts her in the ring, then runs in to IMPLODER STOMP! Cover, TWO! Cora is furious and she hammers away on Roxie’s back! Cora talks trash and kicks Roxie around. Cora smacks Roxie off the mat, drops an elbow on her back, then stalks Roxie to ropes. Roxie throws forearms but Cora DECKS her! Cora snap suplexes Roxie hard, then grins as she covers. TWO, and Cora is annoyed. Cora stomps Roxie to the corner, digs her boot in, but lets off as the ref counts. Roxie crawls, Cora CHOKES her on the ropes!
Cora lets off as the ref counts again, and Cora stomps Roxie down. Cora kicks Roxie to another corner, taunts her as she stands Roxie up, and she fires off big forearms! Cora trips Roxie, then goes corner to corner to BRONCO BUSTER! Cora drags Roxie to a cover, TWO! Cora is annoyed and she stalks Roxie to ropes again. Cora makes Roxie smile with fishhooks, then puts her on the ropes. Cora runs side to side but Roxie avoids the back elbow! Roxie runs in to DOUBLE KNEE Cora against ropes! Roxie drags Cora up, wrenches and hooks her up, but Cora fights the leg sweep! Cora pulls hair to LARIAT Roxie down! Cover, TWO!
NXT returns to single picture and Cora is still cocky as she drags Roxie up. Cora gets the arms and has the motorcycle stretch, but Roxie endures. Fans rally up as Roxie fights up, but Cora wrangles her back down! Cora digs her knee in but Roxie endures. Fans rally again and Roxie fights up. Roxie turns things around but Cora turns them right back around! Roxie stands back up, flips through and KANGAROO KICKS Cora away! Cora storms back up but into a cradle! TWO! Cora rushes to Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Roxie has the cover now, TWO! Cora trips Roxie, jackknifes, TWO as Roxie bridges up!
Roxie spins Cora around, but Cora fights the backslide! Fans duel, Roxie spins Cora around and DOUBLE FOREARMS knock both women for a loop! DOUBLE BOOTS take them both down! Fans fire up as both women stir and go to opposite ends. Roxie and Cora slowly rise, and Roxie counter punches Cora! And again! Roxie eggs Cora on so Cora KNEES her low! Cora whips, Roxie ducks ‘n’ dodges, then CLOBBERS Cora! And CLOBBERS her again! Roxie puts Cora in a corner, runs in and UPPERCUTS! Then a roll and UPPERCUT! Roxie brings Cora around, for the RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO!
Roxie grows frustrated but she grabs at Cora. Roxie reels her in, PAIGE TURNER! Cover, TWO!! Cora survives and Roxie is beside herself! Roxie drags Cora up to throw a KNEE, and another KNEE, then she hops on! POP- NO, Cora pops free to SHINING WIZARD at the ropes! Cora full nelsons for a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Cora is fuming as Roxie survives but the fans rally back up. Cora goes to the corner and grabs her custom kendo stick! The ref says no, but Cora still aims at Roxie! Roxie ducks and kicks back! And now Roxie grabs the kendo stick! Fans fire up and Cora wants mercy! Roxie hesitates, but she drops the stick.
And Cora SUCKER PUNCHES Roxie! DDT onto the kendo stick! Cover, Cora wins!!
Winner: Cora Jade, by pinfall
#GenerationJade still got to use her kendo stick against Roxie, and she stands over her fallen friend. Will Cora be cruising her way to another title opportunity?
Backstage interview with Josh Briggs, Brooks Jensen & Fallon Henley.
McKenzie is with the NXT UKT ag Team Champions and brings up last week. Jensen says how about not. Briggs says Lash Legend & Pretty Deadly did get one up on them, but they’ll see each other again soon. But then Gallus walks by with security trying to escort them out. Wolfgang tells the good ol’ boys that those titles don’t belong to them. Well they’re the champs, so these belts do belong to them. Oh, they’ve been champions all of what? Five minutes? Six minutes, actually. But what’s up? Try 497 DAYS! Briggs mockingly applauds but Mark says that’s longer than Briggs or Jensen have been in the business!
Joe says here’s what we’ll do: turn this place upside down! And then it’ll be Gallus Boys Up Top! Those UK titles are coming home with them! Any time, any place! Then how about next week? Jensen says if Gallus can get in the building, then they’ll do the damn thing! Gallus gets fired up but security stays between them and the champions, will we see the UK Tag Team Championships be put on the line?
The Fate of Legado Street Fight: Santos Escobar VS Tony D’Angelo!
This has been building for four months, and it finally explodes here tonight! The Emperor of Lucha Libre is fighting for the freedom of his familia, but The Don is fighting for full control. If Escobar loses, he is OUT of NXT. But if Escobar wins, he and Legado del Fantasma are out from under Tony’s thumb. What happens when there’s nothing holding these two back from hurting the other?
Elektra Lopez, Joaquin Wilde & Cruz Del Toro follow El Hijo del Fantasma to the ring. They are united as familia, but will they have to part ways after this? Tony makes his entrance and hands his hat and tracksuit jacket to Stacks, and turns around into Escobar CHUCKING a chair in his face!! The ref reprimands as the match hasn’t even started but fans are loving it! The bell rings, Escobar fires off hands but Tony hits back. They brawl, Escobar KNEES Tony then LARIATS! Escobar sits that chair up, kicks Tony around then SMACKS him off the seat! Escobar runs to RANA Tony onto the chair! Cover, TWO!!
Tony survives but Escobar wedges the chair into the corner. Escobar runs in to the other corner to KICK Tony! And to KICK again! Escobar whips and CHOP BLOCKS Tony’s leg out! Fans fire up while Tony hobbles, into a dropkick to the leg from Escobar! Escobar stalks Tony, stomps his leg, then puts him in a corner to stomp away on that leg! Tony hobbles but Escobar stands him up. Tony fires off body shots, he throws more hands, then whips corner to corner! Escobar stops himself and he KNEES Tony down! Cover, TWO! Escobar makes sure the chair is secure in the corner before climbing. Escobar FLYING CROSSBODIES Tony down!
Fans fire up and Escobar calls to Legado! But Stacks LEAPS onto Cruz & Wilde! So much for their sidekicks! Tony throws hands but Escobar whips. Things speed up and Escobar DROPKICKS Tony down! Fans fire up and Tony flounders around. Escobar grins as he paces around the ring. Stacks glares at Escobar but Wilde CLOBBERS Stacks! Escobar builds speed and DIVES into a trash can lid!! Fans are torn as Tony looms over Escobar and NXT goes to break.
The ref check son Escobar as he clutches his arm, but Escobar says he’s still okay to go. So Tony SMACKS Escobar with the lid! And again! Tony puts Escobar in the ring, stomps him around, then drags him up to shove t a corner. BELLY2BELLY on the rebound! Cover, TWO! Tony talks trash but Escobar SLAPS him! So Tony whips Escobar to ropes, only for Escobar to duck and dodge and RANA, into a POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO! Tony is frustrated but he tells Escobar he’s gonna use Escobar’s chair. Tony aims and RAMS Escobar into the chair in the corner! Escobar tumbles out of the ring and Legado coaches him up.
Tony goes out, grabs the chair, and he SMACKS Escobar on the arm! And again! And again! Tony drags Escobar around, puts the bad arm through the chair, then POSTS the shoulder! The ref checks on Escobar again but he refuses to let this end it. Tony drags Escobar up but Escobar pie faces, so Tony ROCKS him! Tony SLAMS the bad arm on the apron, then brings Escobar around to shove him. Tony kicks low, throws hands, then CLUBS the bad arm. Tony kicks Escobar, talks more trash, then RAMS Escobar into steel steps! The ref checks on Escobar but he still refuses to quit. So Tony SLAMS the bad arm on the steps!
NXT returns to single picture, Tony brings Escobar around to put his arm between steps and corner! Tony BOOTS the steps to crush the arm! Tony brings out chair after chair from under the ring! He brings Escobar around to suplex high and hard onto the chair pile! Fans are wincing from that one as Tony puts Escobar in the ring. Cover, TWO!! Escobar is enduring but Tony throws body shots! Tony suplexes again, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Tony is frustrated but he drags Escobar up to throw down fists! Stacks goes looking under the ring for Tony and he brings out the trash can! Tony SMACKS Escobar down with it!
Tony drags Escobar to a cover, TWO!! Escobar is dazed but still in this, so Tony drags him back up. Tony throws hands, then SLAPS Escobar! Fans boo but Tony says this is HIS NXT now! He’s the Don! But Escobar counter punches Tony! And again! And then he DECKS Tony! And CLOBBERS him! And again! Then a RANA!! Fans fire up as Escobar runs in, but Tony puts him on the apron. Escobar GAMANGIRIS Tony away, goes up the corner and FLYING AX HANDLES! Fans fire up as Tony bails out, into a SLAP from Lopez! Escobar DIVES!! Direct hit at the corner and fans are thunderous for Legado!
Escobar drags Tony up but Tony POSTS him! Fans chant “This is Awesome!” as Tony puts Escobar in the ring again, drops an elbow, then tells Stacks to get the crowbar! But it isn’t where it usually is! It’s supposed to be by the steel steps! Cruz took the crowbar first! And he CRACKS Stacks with it! Tony BOOTS Cruz, but Escobar victory rolls! TWO!! Tony escapes in time but Escobar calls to Legado! The knuckles! But Tony RAMS Escobar into Wilde! Then O’Conner Rolls, TWO! Escobar dodges Tony but Tony puts him on the apron. Escobar CHOPS Tony, Lopez hurries to get the crowbar! Lopez has the bar and Escobar hurries to her, but Tony runs in!
Lopez pushes Escobar aside, and Tony runs Lopez over! Fans can’t believe it, and neither can Tony! Tony just shrugs, but Escobar is pissed! But Tony LOW BLOWS Escobar! Fans tell Tony he F’d up, but he doesn’t care, he has his crowbar now! But he walks into a CALF KICK! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Escobar and Tony grab at each other as they rise up, pulling hair. They’ll never give in to the other, so this has to end somehow. Tony sees his crowbar, Escobar sees his brass knuckles! They get their weapons, but Tony CRACKS Escobar first!! Cover, TONY WINS!
Winner: Tony D’Angelo, by pinfall (Escobar must LEAVE NXT)
The Don just banished the Emperor! And Legado has no choice but to follow Tony’s lead. What will this mean for all of their futures in the WWE?
Indi Hartwell talks with Katana & Kayden.
She knows they’ve competed against each other for a long time when it comes to the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships, but to be honest, when KC Squared won, Indi cried. No one is more deserving. That means a lot to them. Winning these belts, it is indescribable. Indi gets that feeling. Those were the days. Does Indi miss being in a tag team? Well, she’s loved her tag team partners, and being on her own has been thrilling, but having someone to depend on- Wait, a letter comes in for her. Indi opens it up and… It’s a drawing from Dexter Lumis! #INDEXFOREVER!! O M G~!
But then BLAIR DAVENPORT snatches it?! What’s she doing here? Who does she think she is? Uh, she’s Blair Davenport, the future NXT Women’s Champion. Blair rips the paper up and leaves! Will Indi and the rest of WWE soon #BewareTheHeir?
NXT hears from Tiffany Stratton and Wendy Choo.
“I am like completely over Wendy Choo. Like, so done with her. Seriously? It’s like not even funny!” Wendy sighs, and says it is real simple. Wendy is tired of Tiffany. Tired of Tiffany talking down to her, tired of Tiffany thinking she’s better than everyone, and tired of Tiffany thinking Wendy is a joke! Next week, Tiffany VS Wendy in a LIGHTS OUT MATCH! Where everything Wendy did behind closed doors is going to be legal in that ring! As for Tiffany, she is obsessed with this idea, because she gest to do whatever she wants to Wendy! There are like no rules! None!
The arena will be darker than usual, so you won’t be able to see Wendy’s face, which is perfect. But not seeing Tiffany’s face is so tragic. Wendy says Tiffany has one thing right: Wendy’s SO~ obsessed with Tiffany, in that she’s obsessed making Tiffany feel how she makes everyone else feel. “Wacky Wendy” is gonna turn Tiffany’s dream into a nightmare! But Tiffany says she’s putting Wendy to sleep! Who will turn the lights out on the other in this brutal no holds barred match?
NXT Women’s Championship: Mandy Rose VS Zoey Stark!
Toxic Attraction certainly feels they’re the hottest trio in the WWE today, but things have been cooling off for them after losing the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships. Can the Toxic Goddess keep hold of her gold? Or will the Toxic Reign finally be over thanks to the Iron Woman?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and things just got that much hotter in here!
Mandy kicks but Zoey blocks to ROCK Mandy! And again! And again! Mandy knees low but Zoey spins he around to the GO TO – NO, Mandy blocks in time to trip Zoey and go after the bad leg! But Zoey uses that to victory roll! ONE, things speed up and Mandy whips, only for Zoey to LOBBER Mandy! Mandy bails out but Zoey builds speed to WRECK her with a dropkick! Fans fire up and Zoey storms up on Mandy, but Mandy RAMS her into the apron! Mandy TOSSES Zoey over the commentary desk! Jacy & Gigi taunt Zoey as Mandy SMASHES the knee on the desk! Zoey writhes and clutches her knee as NXT goes picture in picture!
Zoey grits her teeth and seethes at Mandy as medics check on the leg. Zoey says it’s fine, and Mandy goes out to drag her into the ring. Zoey ROCKS Mandy, throws elbows, but Mandy KICKS the bad leg! Mandy drags Zoey by the leg, stomps it, then drops an elbow on it! Mandy drags Zoey to the corner and SLAMS the bad leg into the post! Zoey writhes but she refuses to give up. Mandy gets in the ring and Zoey CHOPS her! Mandy trips Zoey, pulls on the bad leg, but Zoey endures! Mandy moves around, has the leg caught, and she chinlocks Zoey into a bootleg STF. Zoey endures, so Mandy dribbles her head off the mat! Cover, TWO!
Zoey gets to ropes but Mandy storms up. Zoey kicks back but Mandy kicks the bad leg out! Mandy digs her knee into Zoey and puts her on the apron. Zoey crawls away, kicks back at Mandy, but Mandy fires off forearms! Zoey shoves her again but Mandy comes back. Zoey ROCKS, CHOPS and ROCKS Mandy, but Mandy LARIATS Zoey! Cover, TWO! Mandy is annoyed but Jacy says it’s okay, she’s got this. Mandy stalks Zoey to a corner, grabs at the bad leg, but Zoey pushes her back. Mandy KICKS the bad leg, then taunts Zoey. Mandy drags Zoey out to center for a standing toehold. Zoey endures, keeps her shoulder sup, and she KICKS with her good leg!
Mandy staggers away, Zoey gets up and Zoey ROCKS Mandy with a forearm! And then another! But then Gigi & Jacy trip Zoey up! NXT returns to single picture as the ref saw that whole thing! Toxic Attraction is EJECTED! Jacy & Gigi are furious but maybe they should’ve behaved. NIKKITA LYONS rushes out and she fights Gigi & Jacy tot he back! Fans fire up and Mandy freaks out! Mandy goes for a chop block but Zoey dodges it! Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Mandy CHOP BLOCKS the leg this time, and Zoey clutches her leg again. Mandy stomps away on the leg, drops another elbow, then another, and another!
Mandy KNEES the bad leg, and Zoey huffs and seethes as she gets to a corner. Mandy soaks up the cheers and jeers, and she kicks the bad leg again. Mandy has the leg, for a KNEE JAMMER! Zoey hobbles and falls, but Mandy looms over Zoey. Zoey stands but Mandy trips her, turns her and has the HALF CRAB! Zoey endures as Mandy sits deep on the hold! Fans duel, Zoey reaches out, moves around, and rolls through to kick Mandy away! Mandy falls right out of the ring! Mandy hurries back in, into a KNEE from Zoey! Mandy pulls hair but Zoey ELBOWS Mandy, then LARIATS! Zoey rallies on Mandy, even with one good leg! SLIDING KICK! Cover, TWO!!
Mandy scrambles away to a corner, but Zoey runs in to ELBOW Mandy, and UPPERCUT, and GAMANGIRI! Zoey snapmares Mandy into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and duel, Zoey gets to her feet and she storms up on Mandy. Mandy kicks the bad leg, gets it again, and BACK SUPLEXES Zoey inside out! Cover, TWO! Mandy grows frustrated but the fans rally up again. Zoey and Mandy hit each other as they stand up, and they go back and forth with forearms! Zoey CHOPS, Mandy fires off a flurry, but Zoey blocks to a GO TO STARK!!! But she can’t cover from using her bad leg!! Zoey crawls over, but Mandy rolls away to the apron!
Mandy saves herself by inches and Zoey is furious! Zoey goes out, but Mandy sweeps the bad leg! Zoey gets caught up in the ropes, and Mandy stomps away! The ref counts, Mandy lets off at 4, and then she goes back to CLUB away on the leg! Mandy undoes the leg brace!! The ref stops Mandy and gets Zoey free of the ropes. KNEE FROM- ROLL UP!! TWO!! Mandy swings but into a jackknife! TWO! KNEE FROM A ROSE!! Cover, TWO!?!? Zoey survives and shocks everyone! Mandy’s best shot fails to put this away and she has no idea what to make of it! Mandy still undoes Zoey’s knee brace, and then she puts it on her knee!
Mandy wants to finish this for good, and runs in, KNEE BRACE FROM A ROSE!!! Cover, Mandy wins!!
Winner: Mandy Rose, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Tag Team Champion)
Zoey is dazed, Mandy used her bad leg against her in more ways than one! The Toxic Reign keeps going, what will it take to finally stop Mandy?
NXT hears from one of its newest names.
“I’m Quincy Elliot, and I have a confession to make. I’m bringing all of this to NXT. I look to my left, I look to my right, I see people of all different walks of life, and it excites me. And you may be shocked at this, but I ain’t ever struggled with being different. I own it, I work it, because I am it! And everyone in NXT may be superstars, but Quincy Elliot is the Super Diva.” And he’s coming soon to NXT!
Backstage interview with Grayson Waller.
McKenzie isn’t happy about it and Waller notices. Is it because he ruined he Emmy Award Winning interview with Apollo Crews when Waller punked him out? Uh, Apollo was the one who made a challenge while Waller was the one who backed down. Backed down? No, he could’ve dropped Crews right there, but then McKenzie would’ve said it was unfair after the 20 minute war Apollo had with Strong. He can’t win with her! But everyone else is too scared to say it, so Waller will: Apollo Crews is selfish! He’s willing to stab anyone in the back to be the man around here! He might even come for McKenzie’s job!
McKenzie doubts that, but Waller says that while Apollo doesn’t smell as nice, he does have a better small than her. But those were Apollo’s words, not Waller’s. Anyway, next week is the debut of the Grayson Waller Effect, the ONLY honest talk show in WWE history! The tough questions and the hard truth given. Take notes because he’s inviting his very first guess, APOLLO~ Crews! Also, your perfume is cheap, McKenzie.
NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS JD McDonagh!
The Big Booty Nephew is already a TWO-TIME NXT Champion, but has proven that from facing veterans like Tommaso Ciampa and Dolph Ziggler to facing the best of his peers like Joe Gacy and Cameron Grimes, he is a juggernaut in this ring. However, the Irish Ace knows even a juggernaut has its weaknesses. Will JD pick Bron apart and perform a beltectomy? Or will Bron break another would-be champion?
Bron walks out with a sledgehammer, and sees a box with “JD” on it. Bron SMASHES the box, then heads to the ring. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Bron wins betting against the ace.
JD and Bron circle while fans rally up. They tie up, JD goes after the bad arm but Bron shove shim away. JD grins but Bron says the shoulder’s just fine. They tie up again, Bron pushes JD back but JD puts Bron in the corner. JD pulls the arm against the ropes but the ref counts. JD let soff and Bron SLAPS him! Fans duel as JD grins and stares Bron down. JD and Bron reset and tie up again. Bron wrenches JD’s arm now, but JD spins and monkey flips him, but Bron holds on! Bron brings JD up but JD rolls, pushes Bron to ropes and arm-drags. But Bron holds on again! Bron shows he can be technical and fans rally up.
JD fights up, reaches for ropes but Born keeps him away. JD rolls, handsprings, snapmares and headlocks, but Bron slips out to have the wristlock! JD ROCKS Bron, but Bron headlocks back. JD powers out, Bron turns the dropdown into a gator roll and deadlift suplex! Bron walks around with JD before the SLAM! Fans fire up with Bron and he storms back up on JD. Bron whips JD into a corner, JD tumbles up and out, but Bron DECKS him! The ring count starts but Bron goes out after JD. JD gets in the ring but Bron avoids the elbow drop! Bron HOTSHOTS the arm, then he knuckle locks to STRAIGHT ARM LEVER!
Fans fire up as Bron carries JD around, then hammerlocks and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! And then STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Bron is showing he can do whatever JD can do, and then he clamps onto the arm again. Born hammerlocks and RAMS JD into buckles. Fans rally up and duel as Bron drags JD back up. Bron has the hammerlock, then he whips JD, JD reverses but Bron ducks ‘n’ dodges. Bron staggers but he still comes back to LARIAT JD! Bron tosses JD out hard, then barks at JD as NXT goes picture in picture.
JD scowls as Bron eggs him on. Bron goes out after JD, smacks him off the apron, then brings JD around to smack off the apron again. Fans bark for Bron as he puts JD in, but JD bails out the side. Bron waits on JD as the ring count climbs. JD gets in the ropes and trips Bron up! Then SLINGSHOT SPLASHES! JD gets his arm moving, and he stalks Bron to a corner. JD CHOPS, stomps, ROCKS and then stalks Bron some more. JD brings Bron around to snap suplex! JD drags Bron up to throw down elbows into Bron’s head, then DECK him with a haymaker. JD wrenches the bad arm, CLUBS it, but Bron throws body shots!
Bron backs JD down, RAMS into him over and over, then hoists him up top. Bron climbs up as NXT returns to single picture, but JD slips out to trip Bron up! JD shoves Bron to the apron, climbs up the other side, and he turns Bron to NECKBREAKER against the crossbar! Bron falls to the floor and fans rally again. JD stalks Bron, brings him up but the ring count is 5 of 10. JD puts Bron in at 7, drives elbow after elbow into the shoulders from all sides! The fans are torn but JD lets off so the ref can check Bron. Bron is still in this somehow so JD drags Bron around. JD has a mounted armlock but Bron endures.
Fans rally and duel, Bron reaches out but JD puts more pressure on the arm. Bron pushes through and gets the ROPEBREAK! JD lets off in frustration but fans duel again. JD clamps onto Bron for a neck wrench, but Bron still endures. JD pushes on the head, but fans rally up and Bron stands up! JAWBREAKER! Bron ROCKS JD, and again, and again! Bron whips, JD reverses but Bron FLYING SHOULDER TACKLES! And again! And then a duck ‘n’ dodge, to a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up again as Bron snarls and aims from the corner. JD flounders up, Born runs in, but JD POSTS Bron! Then a wrench and a takedown, LEBELL LOCK!!
Bron endures as JD pulls back! Fans rally and duel, Bron reaches out, and JD can only use one arm as Bron did damage to him, too! Born gets the ROPEBREAK! JD lets off in frustration and fans continue to duel. JD drags Bron to a drop zone then he climbs up. But Bron CLUBS JD first! Bron climbs up after JD, SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO!! Bron keeps cool and he goes to a corner to climb up again. But JD GAMANGIRIS back! JD sets Bron up, climbs up after him, but Bron resists the clinch! JD drags him up, SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Fans are thunderous as JD hits the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!!
Bron survives and JD can’t believe it! JD storms to a corner and climbs up, to MOONSAUTL! But he has to roll through as Bron moves! SPEAR!! Bron crawls after JD but JD flops out of the ring! Fans rally as Bron puts JD back in and hurries to aim from the corner again. JD stands up, into another SPEAR!! But Bron doesn’t cover, he brings the straps down! Bron vows to break JD, but JD stands up!? JD has blood in his mouth but he’s smiling! Bron says fine! A THIRD SPEAR!! And then the trophy lift, to the BREAKKER SLAM! Cover, Bron wins!!
Winner: Bron Breakker, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)
JD welcomed that third tackle, but it ended up being his demise! Bron retains the title, but who will- Wait, what?! Is this… It is! TYLER BATE is back in the States! The fans are going nuts for the Big Strong Boy! And he goes right into the ring to look Bron eye to eye! The NXT UK Champion and the NXT Champion, in the same ring for the first time in a long time! Will worlds collide in the near future?
This was a very good special for NXT, with great matches all over the card, but Heatwave didn’t really shake anything up. I know I’ve said keeping the status quo isn’t always a bad thing, but in this case, it felt kinda bad. Melo VS Vinci was great, though maybe a little sloppy because they wanted to go as fast as possible. Melo winning was only because of Trick, so that was a bit of a sour taste. But Melo still has so many opponents to face so this is fine. Decent promo from Von & Stone, but I guess Von is downgrading from “Wagner’s World” to “Welcome to Wagner’s Jungle.” I have no idea where Von’s gonna go from here, in a bad way. He’s not championship material, so who’s his next feud?
Great segment out of the Diamond Mine confronting their dysfunction, and I figured it’d be Strong pointed out as the traitor. That was some amazing continuity to have it in the 8 Man Tag that Tony looked to Strong as if to signal something. But then just as Apollo saw, the Diamond Mine all gets attacked. Gallus coming to NXT is great, though I wonder if this means Mark Coffey loses the Heritage Cup to Noam Dar. Gallus also getting a shot at the NXT UK Tag Team Championships is a nice surprise, but I wonder which two are facing Briggs & Jensen. Assuming Gallus wins, I’d love if it was the Coffey Brothers. But if not, then it can be Mark & Wolfgang again, trying to be two-time winners.
Roxie VS Cora was very good, but I’m a little surprised Cora won. For one, we see the NXT Women’s Championship is still on a Heel. Also, why wasn’t the DDT onto the weapon a disqualification? If that thing was a chair, wouldn’t it have been a DQ? Whatever, Cora’s still been doing good work so it’s not like she doesn’t deserve some success. Tiffany and Wendy have a very good vignette to plug their match. They call it “Lights Out” but don’t expect that to be the same as what AEW does with their “Lights Out” matches. It’ll be great, but only at WWE levels of No DQ. And given there’s no disqualifications, it can probably go either way, though I personally hope Wendy wins.
Actually, a great example of WWE levels of violence versus AEW is the Street Fight between Escobar and Tony we got tonight. It was really more a Street Fight for the sake of allowing Stacks and Legado to get involved without disqualifying the match. It was still great storytelling, but it was more chaos than destruction. Escobar loses because he’s being called-up, and who knows where Legado goes from here since they’re still under Tony. We got a nice promo segment with Indi and KC Squared, and I appreciate that Indi got a love letter from Dexter now that he’s back. But what a surprise that Blair Davenport, who is supposed to be fighting her way to the NXT UK Women’s Championship is here. Maybe Blair beats Indi to send Indi off to Raw?
Good introduction to Quincy Elliot here for the mainstream audience, but those who have been watching Level Up are probably already familiar with Quincy’s work. I’m sure Quincy can go in the ring, so it’s just a matter of how stories go and if Quincy can deliver on his character. Good promo from Waller to call Apollo out, and they’ll have a very good match, but I wonder where they’re going with this. Great match out of Mandy VS Zoey, but I had a feeling that after RawDown got the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament going and how they mentioned Zoey and Lyons are part of that, Zoey wasn’t going to win here. Mandy at least did it in a more clever way than usual. I don’t think anyone else has thought to wear their opponent’s brace and use it against them like that.
And we got a great match out of Bron and JD, but I’m a little surprised Bron won here. I’m also a little surprised how Bron won, where JD just let Bron hit him again. This is not really the Jordan Devlin in NXT UK, he would’ve used that to sucker Bron in, not just let Bron hit him again. But Bron retains, and we got a great surprise, that was then ruined by a massive spoiler. NXT UK isn’t even in the middle of their vacated championship tournament, they’re at the BEGINNING of it, and we see now that Tyler Bate is a two-time UK Champion! That’s awesome for Tyler but this is a big letdown for all of us fans who are still watching NXT UK! The only silver lining to this spoiler is that Worlds Collide might return to give us NXT VS NXT UK, Champions VS Champions.
My Score: 8.2/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (8/16/22)
Powerhouse gets Dark!
It’s a baker’s dozen for Universal Studios!
AEW Dark continues in Universal Studios, and “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs looks to send a message to Ricky Starks through his opponent tonight!
- Ari Daivari VS Fuego Del Sol; Daivari wins.
- Willow Nightingale VS Robyn Renegade w/ Charlette Renegade; Willow wins.
- Serpentico w/ Luther VS Brock Anderson w/ Arn Anderson; Brock wins.
- Abadon VS Mafiosa; Abadon wins.
- Angelico VS Baliyan Akki; Angelico wins.
- Emi Sakura VS Renee Michelle; Sakura wins.
- Josh Woods VS Cobra; Cobra wins.
- Skye Blue VS Charlette Renegade w/ Robyn Renegade; Skye wins.
- Bear Country VS Axel Rico & Victor Iniestra; Bear Country wins.
- Kayla Rossi w/ Diamond Sheik VS Avery Breaux; Rossi wins.
- Cezar Bononi w/ The Wingmen VS Marcus Kross; Bononi wins.
- Rohit Raju VS Invictus Khash; Raju wins.
- “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs VS Blake Christian; Hobbs wins.
Great to see Abadon back in action, though I’m pretty sure she’s gotten even scarier since she’s been away… A lot of singles match-ups, a lot of easily called match-ups, but that’s par for the course on Dark. A bit surprised they didn’t just team up the Renegade Sisters against Willow & Skye, but maybe those matches are still connected. And while All Heart will lose to Powerhouse, you can beat Blake Christian will get to shine against the bigger Will Hobbs.
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Who gets burned by the Heatwave?
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Minneapolis gets Elevated!
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