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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (9/23/19)

A furious Fatal 5 for a chance at The Architect!

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Raw brings the heat in the Fall!

Raw prepares for next week’s season premiere with a Furious Fatal 5! Who wins a chance to challenge Seth Rollins for the Universal Championship?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Viking Raiders VS The OC; The Viking Raiders win.
  • Rusev VS EC3; Rusev wins.
  • Nikki Cross w/ Alexa Bliss VS Sasha Banks w/ Bayley; Banks wins.
  • Lacey Evans VS Ember Moon; Evans wins.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Sudden Interruption: Carmella wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • Chad Gable VS “King” Baron Corbin; Gable wins, by disqualification.
  • WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 5 Way Elimination Match: AJ Styles VS Rey Mysterio VS Ricochet VS Robert Roode VS Shinsuke Nakamura; Mysterio wins and will challenge Seth Rollins for the title next week.
  • Seth Rollins VS Braun Strowman; No Contest.

PLAY BY PLAY

Something is off with the introduction…

Is the Fiend already at work?

 

Last time on Raw…

“Friends forgive, but he never forgets.” The Fiend made his presence known throughout Raw, but none more so when Seth Rollins was being attacked by The OC, Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode. The Big Red Machine, Kane, returned to stop the assault on the Architect, but the Fiend said hello to the legend in person! Rollins didn’t know how to respond, but what will he say a week later?

 

Seth Rollins is in San Francisco!

The Universal Champion is back and grabs a mic to speak. “I gotta level with you guys.” Rollins has seen a lot in his career, but he never felt the way he did when Raw ended last week. He was defenseless in the ring, and before he knew what was going on, “the living embodiment of a nightmare” was inches from his face. Rollins could only close his eyes and hope it was a bad dream. But it wasn’t a dream. In less than two weeks, Rollins goes into the Cell to defend his title against Bray Wyatt! Rollins doesn’t need to tell us what a Hell in a Cell match is like, but now doing all that with Bray Wyatt, that’s a different story. What should Rollins do? Rollins will do what he always does: he’ll prevail! SummerSlam, Brock Lesnar, no one gave Rollins a chance but he prevailed! Clash of Champions, Braun Strowman, the fight of Rollins’ life, and Rollins prevailed.

Now, inside Hell in a Cell, Bray can play all kinds of games, but Rollins will do what he always does and prevail! And it won’t be easy- BRAUN interrupts! The Monster Among Men scowls as he heads down the ramp. Strowman gets himself a mic to respond. “Look, Seth, if you’ve got something to say abut me, I prefer if you say it to my face.” Unlike Bray, Braun doesn’t run around pretending to be psycho Mr. Rogers. If Strowman has a problem, he lets everyone know. He hopes Rollins would do the same. If this is about the tag team titles- Strowman wasn’t done talking, Rollins. Rollins cost them the titles, and then Rollins “hoped” Strowman doesn’t get another match for the title. That’s not what Rollins said. He has a lot on his plate right now, he has a match for the title next week even before The Fiend. Rollins is just glad not to get all beat up again after Clash. But with the way Strowman is getting in his face, Rollisn wants to fight again tonight! Is that a challenge? “Take that however you want to.” Good! Then Rollins is gonna #GetTheseHands!

 

The Viking Raiders VS The OC!

Erik and Ivar continue to wage war with the Good Brothers, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson! With so much happening on the way to Hell in a Cell, will one of these teams find their way to the Raw Tag Team Championships?

Raw returns as The OC make their entrance, and with new music. The teams sort out, and Erik starts against Anderson. They tie up and go around at the bell. Erik puts Anderson in a corner but the ref calls for him to back off. Anderson headlocks Erik back, but Erik powers out to tackle and turn Anderson over for a deadlift slam! Erik brings Anderson up again to put him in the corner. Tag to Ivar, and Erik feeds Anderson to Ivar’s knee! Ivar feeds Anderson to Erik’s knee, then Ivar throws clubbing forearms. Ivar wrenches and shoulders Anderson down. He keeps on Anderson’s arm then scoops him. Tag to Erik, slam and then Erik scoops Ivar to slam him onto Anderson! Erik keeps on Anderson with the armlock, but Anderson fights his way to the OC corner. Gallows tags in and starts throwing hands.

Gallows back suplexes Erik high and hard, then covers. ONE, but Gallows drops elbows! Gallows drags Erik up for punches right to the head, then stands him up. Erik breaks free to throw a heavy right! Erik staggers and Irvar tags in. Things speed up and Ivar bumps Gallows to then scoop and sidewalk slam. Crossbody splash! Fans fire up with the Warbeard as he throws haymakers and chops. Gallows reveres the whip but Ivar tumbles to the apron! Ivar fights off Anderson and has to kick Styles away. Gallows YAKUZA Kicks Ivar down! But the referee spotted Styles going at Ivar, so Styles is EJECTED! Styles protests that Ivar kicked him unprovoked, but the ref knows better. As Styles goes up the ramp, Cedric Alexander gets after him! This is revenge for everything Styles has done to him! They end up running off to the back while we go to break.

Raw returns and the OC mugs Ivar in their corner. Anderson stomps away but the ref backs him off. Anderson goes back at Ivar with European Uppercuts, then tags Gallows. The OC mugs Ivar more and Gallows throws heavy body shots and an uppercut! Gallows throws headbutts to drop Ivar, but Ivar comes back with big hands! Ivar BOOTS then seated sentons! Fans fire up as Ivar crawls, hot tags to Erik and Anderson! Erik rallies on Anderson and hits Gallows for good measure. Anderson headbutts, Erik comes back with a flurry of strikes! Erik sees Gallows coming and tosses him with an exploder! Ace Ten Mao for Anderson! Tag to Ivar, Ivar splashes Anderson and Erik shotgun knees! Human weapon, Ivar hip attack! Cover, TWO!! Anderson survives but Ivar tags Erik. The Vikings grab Anderson, springboard but Gallows trips him up! Erik swipes at Gallows but turns around into a SPINE BUSTER! Cover, TWO!!

Anderson gets frustrated but he tags Gallows back in. The OC drag Erik up, fireman’s carry and Anderson runs, BOOT O’ DOOM! Cover, TWO!! Erik survives but Anderson tags back in. The OC lift Erik but Erik fights out! Erik throws a forearm, Gallows an uppercut. Ivar tags in, cartwheel clotheslines! Anderson mule kicks, but runs into THOR’S HAMMER! Erik DIVES onto Gallows! Cover, The Viking Raiders win!

Winners: The Viking Raiders, Ivar pinning

The warpath continues! Anderson will surely remember that #VikingExperience. Will Erik and Ivar find the gold in their future?

 

Backstage interview with Robert Roode.

Tonight, the GLORIOUS One is among the five competing for a shot at Seth Rollins’ Universal Championship. We all know this will be very chaotic, so what makes Roode think he will win? “Let’s face the facts here.” Roode pinned Rollins to win the tag titles, so that proves Roode can win! And when the title is on the line, the results will be Absolutely… Glorious! But when it’s an elimination match, what will Roode have to do in order to make that true?

 

Michael Cole interviews Becky Lynch.

The Man accepted the challenge for the Hell in a Cell PPV, but she was the one to escalate to the Hell in a Cell match. Was this a wise idea given The Boss’ recent hot streak? Becky wants to take a step back. Sasha Banks on a hot streak is what Becky’s wanted all along. Becky left SmackDown the best it could be, while Raw was in ruins because of Ronda Rousey. Becky can’t make history alone, so she called out anyone and everyone, and that especially went for Sasha. Cole points out Sasha Banks was one of the two women to be in the first and only Women’s Hell in a Cell match. Becky reminds us Sasha didn’t win that match. But surely, Bayley will be lurking. The idea of the Hell in a Cell match is not to keep someone out, but to keep someone in. We all saw Sasha runs for the crowd at Clash of Champions. But in the Cell, the only way to get out is through Becky. Becky will revel in having the rat trapped in the cage with her.

Cole points out that Sasha upped the intensity because she brought the chair into the match. It eventually ended up being Becky using that chair, and costing herself $10,000. Sometimes you look for victory, sometimes you look for revenge. So a month ago, when Sasha returned, she didn’t want to beat Becky, she wanted to end Becky. So in the Cell, Sasha gets her chance and better take it, because we all know Becky will. Who doesn’t so much win as survive the Raw Women’s Championship match inside the Cell?

 

Rusev VS EC3!

The Bulgarian Brute is back! And he’s maybe the new Kanellis Baby Daddy. But none of that drama matters to Rusev as he prepares to MACHKA the Top One Percent!

The bell rings, and EC3 goes right at Rusev! EC3 throws forearms and body shots, then clubs Rusev away. He whips but Rusev reverses, only to get kicked away. Fans chant “We Want Lana!” as EC3 throws hands! EC3 powers Rusev to a corner and whips him corner to corner. Rusev reverses but runs into an elbow. EC3 dodges and jumps but into Rusev’s arms for a swinging side slam! Rusev roars and paces before he drags EC3 up for a Half Hatch suplex! Then he drags EC3 up for another! EC3 is dazed as Rusev stomps the mat. Rusev runs out, MACHKA KICK! But he won’t end EC3 here, he turns him over to CRUSH! Accolade is on, EC3 taps, Rusev wins!

Winner: Rusev, by submission

There is no rust on Rusev, and he is only getting started. Where will Rusev be come the WWE Draft?

 

Rey Mysterio speaks.

“It seems impossible that just a few weeks ago, I nearly retired and left this business.” This business has been his entire life. But he was just experiencing a moment of doubt. But thanks to his son, Mysterio stuck it out, and he has an opportunity to face the Universal Champion. Mysterio knows Dominic is watching, and dedicates this match to him. Will Mysterio make his son proud in such a critical match?

 

Nikki Cross w/ Alexa Bliss VS Sasha Banks w/ Bayley!

The battles between Bliss-Cross and the Boss & Hug Connection isn’t over! The Goddess’ knee is banged up, but her best friend will avenge her! Will Nikki make a dent in Sasha’s hot streak as we head for Hell in a Cell?

The bell rings and Nikki glares at Sasha from the corner. Thens he runs out and chases Sasha to a corner. Sasha gets out and the ref has Nikki back off. Nikki shouts at Bayley as Sasha slowly returns. Sasha and Nikki tie up and go around. Sasha puts Nikki in the corner then fires off forearms! The ref backs Sasha off, but Sasha copies Alexa’s SLAP! Nikki fires forearms back! Nikki whips but Sasha reverses, only to get run over! Nikki fires up as she runs in, monkey flip! Sasha is dizzy and Nikki dropkicks her down! Cover, TWO, and Sasha bails out to regroup with Bayley. Nikki paces and eggs Sasha on, but Bayley says to wait. Sasha cools off and returns, but then hurries out as Nikki runs over. Sasha and Bayley talk it out, and Sasha even laughs Nikki off. She gets in and catches Nikki to throw her down by her hair. Sasha rains rights but stops to soak up the heat.

Sasha drags Nikki up but Nikki cradle counters! TWO, and Nikki arm-drags Sasha into an armlock. Sasha endures as Nikki grinds her down. Fans rally as Sasha fights her way up. Sasha throws hands then whips, but Nikki goes up and over to arm-drag Sasha again! Bayley coaches Sasha up while Alexa cheers Nikki on. Nikki rolls Sasha to a crucifix, TWO, but the armlock is still on. Nikki steps through, La Magistrol, TWO! Sasha is free, but runs into another arm-drag! Sasha is growing frustrated as Nikki grinds her down again. Sasha pulls hair to help her get up, and then knees low. Sasha whips but Nikki dodges and comes back with a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Sasha bails out again but Nikki pursues, and hops on for a sleeper hold! Nikki thrashes Sasha about as they go around the corner, but Sasha backpack sentons Nikki on the ground! Sasha grins as she gets away and we go to break.

Raw returns and Sasha has Nikki bent backwards in the straitjacket stretch. Fans rally as Nikki endures and fights her way up. Nikki bumps and breaks free, then turns around to roll Sasha up, TWO! Sasha runs into a headbutt, and then Nikki whips. Sasha reverses and deflects the boots. She has Nikki sideways but gets a knee! Nikki puts Sasha on the apron but gets a knee back. Sasha swings in to meteora! Cover, TWO! Sasha grows annoyed as Nikki gets up. Sasha throws her back down by her hair, then looms over her. She knocks Nikki down then toys with her. Sasha wraps up one arm in a hammerlock, then headscissors with her other leg! Fans rally and duel as Nikki endures. Nikki kicks and fights out, but Sasha grinds her heel in Nikki’s face. Sasha drags Nikki up but gets a jawbreaker! Nikki throws forearms, but ends up in a corner. Sasha runs into an elbow, and then Nikki kicks Sasha away.

Nikki gets to another corner, and baits Sasha into buckles! Nikki rallies with clotheslines! Sasha scrambles to a corner, Nikki runs in for a splash! And bulldog! Cover, TWO! Bayley is relieved but Bliss-Cross are both frustrated. Nikki runs in but Sasha slips out. Sasha hotshots a leg! Nikki rolls away, clutching the knee. Sasha climbs back in and runs corner to corner to meteora! Cover, TWO! Nikki survives but Sasha stomps the bad leg. Sasha stalks Nikki to ropes and brings her up to snapmare. She grabs the bad leg and drops on it hard for the toehold. Alexa cheers Nikki on but Sasha keeps on that knee. Sasha has a standing toehold to wrench the knee, but Nikki pulls Sasha in by her hair and arms! The ref reprimands Nikki, but Nikki gets both feet to power Sasha away. Sasha comes back but gets a headbutt. She still wants Nikki’s leg, but Nikki rolls to send her into buckles!

Sasha bails out of the ring as Nikki fires herself up. Nikki slingshots to wreck Sasha with that dropkick! Bayley checks on her friend, but Nikki LEAPS to crossbody Sasha down! Fans fire up with the Loony Lass as she puts Sasha in. Sasha shoulders but into a knee, and then gets a neckbreaker! Nikki hits the cross-arm neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!! Sasha survives but Nikki grins as she fires up more. Nikki has the fans on her side as she hobbles up. Nikki drags Sasha up but Sasha kicks out the bad leg. Sasha hits a basement knee! Cover, TWO! Sasha is starting to lose her cool but Bayley coaches her on. Sasha basement dropkicks Nikki out of the ring, then runs to slide! But into the apron skirt! Nikki got Sasha again! Nikki clubs away on Sasha, then puts her back in. Nikki climbs up but Sasha runs at her. NIkki boots Sasha, but the tornado is thrown off! Sasha grabs Nikki, but Nikki elbows free! PURGE OUTTA NOWHERE! Cover, but Bayley hops up to distract the ref!

Nikki swings at Bayley, Alexa DECKS her! Alexa sends Bayley into the timekeeper’s area! The Goddess scowls at Bayley while Nikki fires back up. Nikki climbs and Crossbodies! Roll through into Bank Statement!! Nikki taps, Sasha wins!!

Winner: Sasha Banks, by submission

The Boss still wins, but goes after Alexa for good measure! Backstabber to Bank Statement again! Alexa won’t tap so Sasha throws her aside. But will Sasha get her way when she and Becky are inside the Cell?

 

The OC complains.

Viking Raiders beating the Good Brothers, Cedric going after Styles! But it doesn’t matter now. When are they going to learn they’re not in the OC’s league? Cedric is good, but he’s not Phenomenal. Just like the other superstars in that Fatal 5! Preach! It doesn’t matter if they’re a superhero, a rockstar, Styles is mother loving PHENOMENAL! Styles will be Universal Champion. And that is Too Sweet.

 

BREAKING NEWS: The Beast will be on the Raw premiere!

Yes, when Raw starts fresh, Brock Lesnar will make his presence known!

 

The Street Profits react to the news!

BROCK LESNAR! Raw is so hot from downtown, Steph Curry would be impressed. Rollins VS Strowman tonight in a  Clash of Champions rematch, that’s the biggest main event you could get! But there’s also the Fatal 5 Elimination match to name a new contender! Mysterio, Ricochet, Styles, Roode and Nakamura! And Angelo Dawkins can’t get over the baby daddy drama. IT was rather traumatic. We still don’t know the real-

The Miz comes by with two huge announcements of his own. Last Friday, Miz and Maryse welcomed their second baby girl! Monroe Sky now has Madison Jade as a new baby sister, and we all know who the father is there. But number two, the Raw season premiere, Miz returns for the “biggest Miz TV ever!” The Immortal Hulk Hogan AND the Nature Boy, Ric Flair~! WOO~, brother! There’s no time to waste, let’s get some of that SmackDown recap. And what Montez Ford means is Brock Lesnar challenging Kofi Kingston for his WWE World Championship! SmackDown’s Fox debut will have the fighting champion fight the Beast! And when Kofi accepted, he got an F5 for it! Will #Kofimania survive a trip to Suplex City?

 

Lacey Evans VS Ember Moon!

The Sassy Southern Belle returns from her rather awkward time in Edmonton to continue her hot streak on Raw. But with SmackDown’s War Goddess paying a visit, will Lacey get a very classy Eclipse? Or will Lacey show Ember is not ready to be on the red brand?

The bell rings and Lacey first has to wipe herself down. She tosses the handkerchief at Ember, only to get a dropkick from Ember! Cover, ONE, but Ember stays on Lacey with a headlock. Lacey pulls hair but Ember holds tight. Lacey powers out and hip tosses but Ember handsprings through to arm-drag! Ember mocks the hankie dabbing to then springboard crossbody! Cover, TWO! Ember watches Lacey closely, and gets a leg. Lacey pushes Ember away then runs in, but is put on the apron. Lacey throws Ember down by her hair, then slingshots around to dropkick Ember to the floor! Lacey fans herself off before going out to fetch Ember. She puts Ember in with force then takes her time getting in. Natalya is seen watching backstage as Lacey puts Ember in a keylock.

Fans rally for Ember as she fights up, but Lacey drives her down with a knee to the arm! And then drops a knee on the arm! Lacey stomps a mudhole into Ember in the corner, then swings to hit the bronco buster! Cover, TWO! Lacey keeps on Ember with angry hammering fists, then dares Ember to get up. Lacey wraps on a classy cobra clutch but fans rally for Ember. Ember fights her way up and out, then fireman’s carries to a Samoan Drop! Now both women are even as they slowly stir on the mat. Lacey stands first but Ember dodges the punch to clothesline! And mule kick, front kick and enziguri! Ember fires up and fans join her as she brings Lacey around. Ember whips but Lacey reverses, only for Ember to slip out and rock Lacey! But Lacey sweeps the legs! Lacey dropkicks but misses, and Ember is like a bat as she hangs up side down, to get Lacey with a stunner! Ember puts Lacey in and covers, TWO!

Ember is shocked Lacey still lives, but she tries again. TWO, and Ember grows angry. Ember climbs up and fans cheer, but Lacey gets to the apron. Lacey pulls hair to keep Ember down! The ref counts but Lacey lets up at 4 to hit the WOMAN’S RIGHT! Ember flops to the mat but Lacey wants to rub it in. Lacey steals the Sharpshooter! And sits down deep! Ember taps, Lacey wins!

Winner: Lacey Evans, by submission

Lacey blows a kiss to the crowd as she wins with her “classier” Sharpshooter. Natty is asked about this backstage, and her response is while imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Lacey hasn’t quite mastered that hold yet. Natty will gladly show Lacey how it’s done in a rematch. When and where will Lady and Queen face off again?

 

Raw presents a new Firefly Fun House!

Kane’s picture now hangs on the Wall of Friends, but Bray prepares yet another frame. “There’s always room for one more.” Bray laughs and says hello. But wait, Huskis and Ramblin’ Rabbit are fighting over something. It’s a Seth Rollins action figure! Oh, Huskis. But why are they arguing over Rollins? You two are best friends. But they’re such big fans, they don’t want to share! Well, sharing isn’t easy. But it’s never good to be too attached to something. If you love something too much, it weakens you, and you become vulnerable to negative feelings, like disappointment, neglect, and abandonment. Bray knows what it feels like to be abandoned. Well yeah, but, they don’t want The Fiend to hurt Rollins… Well maybe Fiend is protecting Rollins in his own way! Fiend never forgets, and doesn’t like to share. But surely everyone else can. Bray breaks the Rollins toy in half! Sharing is caring~! Bray gives a death glare, but then cheerfully says, “See you in Hell!”

 

The 24/7 Championship chase heads to the ring!

R-Truth and Carmella run down and look around for the hunters. It takes a moment before Drake Maverick, Curt Hawkins and the Lucha House Party appear. Carmella says they all need to stop! She begs them to stop chasing them all the time. They can’t take it anymore! Carmella sure can’t. They’ve been at this for four months! Truth says they’ll get out of this mess. His clown friend will give them a balloon ride. No! Carmella can’t take this! They can’t eat, sleep, anything! Truth is surprised at Carmella, but they hug it out. And then Carmella rolls him up!? Carmella wins!!

Winner: Carmella, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion

Shawn Michaels betraying Marty Jannetty, Kevin Owens betraying… Well a lot of people. And now, Carmella betraying R-Truth! The FABULOUS Princess is the champion and everyone is in shock! But Truth smiles, and celebrates for her. If anything, he’s proud of her. But now, the Women’s Division gets to chase Carmella! Off they go! Will Carmella’s first reign make it through the night?

 

Sasha Banks and Bayley talk about destroying Bliss-Cross.

They revel in giving the tag team champions what they deserved. And Becky rambling about ending Sasha. Becky rambles on about this being a cat ‘n’ mouse game, like Sasha should be concerned. Sasha is only concerned about taking the title, because Becky will never be a Boss. Sasha will be the only woman standing, and then both best friends will be champions! Will the #TwoWomanPowerTrip be born after Hell in a Cell?

 

Sami Zayn gives Shinsuke Nakamura a pep talk.

This is a big opportunity for the Intercontinental Champion. “Just remember who you are!” The poet, the artist, the King of Strong Style will- He stands up to tell Sami in Japanese that he knows what he has to do. Sami apologizes, and agrees, Shinsuke has this. Will Nakamura be one match away from being a dual champion?

 

Chad Gable VS “King” Baron Corbin!

After the runner-up ruined the coronation, Corbin has recreated his rob, scepter and crown in his own image! Will the Lone Wolf King conquer Gable in this rematch of the tournament finals? Or will the rebellion be televised live?

Raw returns and Gable makes his entrance. Gable is still feeling great after what he did to ruin Corbin’s first regalia. Corbin has a mic to say he’s not here to make fun of anyone. He probably won’t be out here very long anyway, this match will be rather short. And as the King of the Ring, Corbin decrees that he will no longer have to compete against “runts,” or anyone else under 5’5″. The king prepares himself, and the match begins.

Gable and Corbin circle and Gable dodges the punch to give a kick. Corbin shrugs that off and they tie up. Corbin powers Gable to a corner but Gable dodges to kick and kick. Corbin shoves Gable but they circle again. Gable and Corbin tie up and Gable waistlocks. Corbin swings but Gable shoves, and then tricks Corbin into dropping down. Gable waistlocks again, but Corbin spins and throws Gable out. Gable returns, but gets an elbow! Corbin puts Gable in a chinbar and half nelson! Corbin leans on Gable but fans rally up. Gable fights to his feet and throws hands. Corbin knees low then whips Gable hard into buckles. Corbin clubs Gable down then chokes him on the ropes. The ref counts and Corbin lets up. Gable catches his breath in the corner, but Corbin bumps him off more buckles. Corbin whips corner to corner but Gable goes up and over and dodges to hit a leaping arm-drag! And then he dropkicks the legs out! Gable runs for the rolling neckbreaker!

Corbin bails out to avoid the cover, but fans boo. Corbin trips Gable and brings him out, but Gable brings the fight! Corbin kicks Gable’s leg out to bounce him off steel steps! Corbin hip tosses Gable out into the security! Fans front row get even closer to the action while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again, and Corbin has Gable back in the ring. Gable throws punches back but Corbin shoves. Gable dodges, Corbin slides out then in to body check Gable! Cover, TWO! Corbin grows frustrated by Gable surviving, but he looms over the underdog. Corbin pulls Gable up by his hair to drive elbows into the shoulder. He then locks on a new chinbar half nelson, but fans rally for Gable. Gable endures and works his way up. Gable throws body shots, then gets a leg. Corbin shoves Gable then whips him hard into buckles! Cover, TWO! Corbin argues with the ref, but John Cone won’t be intimidated. Corbin drags Gable up to put him in the corner and throw big body shots. He hoists Gable up top but Gable fights back. Gable rolls off Corbin’s back to then go under and up to crossbody! Both men are down and fans rally up again.

Gable and Corbin stand, and Gable throws big forearms and uppercuts! Gable knees and uppercuts more, then ducks the clothesline to mule kick! Gable runs, into a BOOT! Corbin covers, TWO! Corbin is furious but San Fran rallies again. Gable crawls his way to a corner and Corbin hears the fans cheer. Corbin runs in at Gable, BIG clothesline! Gable slumps over in the corner and Corbin enjoys the boos. Corbin goes corner to corner again for another big clothesline! Gable again slumps over and Corbin soaks up the heat. “You will bow down!” Corbin runs in a third time, but Gable dodges. Corbin slides out, in, but into the rolling kick! Gable goes corner to corner to hit the rolling kick again! And then again! Corbin falls into the drop zone, Gable climbs up! But Corbin trips him up! Corbin hauls Gable off the top, for a yo-yo slam! Cover, TWO!! And Corbin has about had it with him!

Gable gets to a corner while Corbin argues with John Cone again. Corbin goes back to Gable but Gable dropkicks the legs out. Gable gets up, kicks the leg, but Corbin choke grips! Lift, but Gable sunset flips out! Cover, TWO! CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Gable still lives! Corbin is beside himself, but San Fran rallies back up! Corbin tells them to shut up, but Gable is up. Corbin goes at him in the corner but Gable fires off strikes! Corbin rocks Gable with a right, then hops up to leap. The ax handles miss! German Suplex! Gable has Corbin down and goes up top again! MOONSAULT HITS! Cover, TWO!! Corbin survives and Gable feels how close he was! “This is Awesome!” and fans are fired up for Gable. Gable goes to Corbin but Corbin choke grips! Gable breaks free, runs, but escapes End of Days! He gets Corbin to the ANKLE LOCK! Corbin flails and reaches, but he gets to his scepter! He jabs Gable with it!

Winner: Chad Gable, by disqualification

Corbin clobbers Gable over and over with his scepter! Fans boo and jeer, but Corbin drags Gable up to make him pay for pushing the king this far. Corbin SMASHES Gable in the back! The Lone Wolf King hobbles over to his corner to put on his crown and cape. King Corbin stands tall, but will Gable and other superstars refuse to bow down?

 

The Authors of Pain are coming back.

Akam and Rezar told the world last week how soft and afraid all the other “wannabe tough guys in WWE” are. And they’re right to be afraid. People want to know who the AOP are, but the AOP will show you. Akam and Rezar head out, with cameras following. They find Heath Slater and No Way Jose and just start attacking! After, they return to their interview room, and say “We told you no one is hard enough to fight us. Now you’ve seen it for yourselves.” That is why no one wants to fight the AOP.

 

WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 5 Way Elimination Match: AJ Styles VS Rey Mysterio VS Ricochet VS Robert Roode VS Shinsuke Nakamura!

The Phenomenal United States Champion, the King of Lucha Libre, the One and Only, the GLORIOUS half of the Raw Tag Team Champions, and the King of Strong Style. Only one can challenge Seth Rollins in the Raw season premiere. Who will be the last one standing?

Raw returns with a quick backstage interview with Ricochet. This incredible opportunity means so much to Ricochet. “There comes a time in everyone’s life where we have an opportunity to soar,” and that’s tonight for Ricochet. He will not only win a chance at the title, but it proves that superheroes are real. And as the music starts up, it proves that Ricochet’s time has come. Ricochet makes his entrance, but has that time finally come for the King of Flight? After Ricochet, Roode, Styles and Nakamura make their entrances, and this star-studded contender’s match begins!

Styles goes right at Mysterio while Nakamura goes at Ricochet. Roode bails out as the odd man out, and watches the two champions take on the two high-flyers. Styles and Nakamura whip Mysterio and Ricochet, but Mysterio slides to dodge while Ricochet ducks. Mysterio tilt-o-whirls Styles around, then Ricochet does the same to Nakamura! Mysterio dropkicks Styles out and Nakamura bails out on his own. Ricochet rocks Roode as he returns, but Mysterio rolls Ricochet! ONE, and Mysterio shrugs. This is every man for himself, after all. Roode slides back in but Mysterio hits him first. Ricochet dropkicks Roode out then rocks Styles! Mysterio runs but is put on the apron, so he Asais onto Styles! Ricochet FLIES onto Nakamura! The Kings of Lucha and Flight are standing tall as we go to break.

Raw returns as Nakamura has Ricochet in a facelock. Ricochet fights back but Nakamura knees low. Nakamura runs into the dropkick-flip and enziguri! He bails out and Sami checks on him while Ricochet dumps Styles out. Triangle dropkick takes Styles out, but Roode waistlocks Ricochet. Ricochet elbows out then slingshots, only to miss, and Styles LARIATS Ricochet down! Roode gets Mysterio as he returns, then whips. Mysterio slides but gets picked up. Mysterio kicks Roode away, but runs into Roode’s knee! Roode whips Mysterio and Mysterio slide-splashes out onto Ricochet! Styles seethes as he looms over Ricochet and puts him in. Roode is on Ricochet and bumps him off buckles. Roode throws haymakers, but Styles pulls him off. Roode shoves Styles, then stomps Ricochet. Styles joins in! They mug Ricochet then whip him to ropes. Double elbows drops Ricochet, “That’s what I’m talking about!”

But Roode tries to sucker punch Styles! Styles dodges to PELE Roode down! Styles covers, TWO! Roode still lives but Styles goes after Ricochet. Scoop slam and Styles runs, but Nakamura drags Styles out to throw him into barriers! Nakamura puts Styles on the apron, for the running knee! Sami is enjoying this as Nakamura goes back to Ricochet. Nakamura suplexes and gourd busters! Then he rams his knees into Ricochet’s head and shoulders! Nakamura kicks Ricochet to a corner, then rams his knees in more. He gives Ricochet Bad Vibrations, then hauls him up top. Ricochet is stuck sideways as Nakamura runs in, Top Shelf knee! Inverted Exploder, but Ricochet lands on his feet to enziguri! Nakamura wobbles, Mysterio springboard seated sentons! Mysterio sees Nakamura bail out, and he’s alone with Ricochet again.

Fans fire up as Ricochet whips but Mysterio reverses only for Ricochet to roll off the back. Mysterio springboards but Ricochet catches him, and blocks the tornado DDT! Ricochet suplexes Mysterio up and over, cover, TWO! Styles runs in to Penalty Kick Ricochet down! Styles hits a big corner clothesline on Ricochet, then whips him corner to corner. Ricochet boots Stylse away, somersault shotgun dropkick! Roode returns, but gets a jawbreaker! Ricochet whips but Roode reverses. Roode misses in the corner, Ricochet shoulders in and bumps him off buckles. Ricochet kicks Roode away, springboards and clotheslines Roode down! Ricochet hits RECOIL! KINSHASA outta nowhere! Cover, Nakamura ELIMINATES Ricochet! The One and Only is the first one out as we go to break.

Raw returns again, and Mysterio has Nakamura in the drop zone. But Nakamura revives to ROUNDHOUSE him down! Nakamura climbs up to join Mysterio, but Styles runs in to climb up, too. They both have Mysterio, but Roode joins in! TOWER OF DOOM! Double powerbomb superplex! Roode goes to Mysterio and covers, TWO!! Mysterio still lives! So Roode covers Styles, TWO! Cover on Nakamura, TWO! Roode strikes out and is frustrated, but he goes back to stomp Styles. He drags Styles up to throw him out hard. Roode has Nakamura all to himself, and puts him in a corner to CHOP and punch away! Sami is concerned for his kindred spirit, but Roode tells Nakamura to quit. Roode whips but Nakamura dodges to ROUNDHOUSE! Nakamura hops up, takes aim, FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Nakamura and Sami are both frustrated as Roode bails out.

Styles returns to get his old nemesis with a Phenomenal Blitz! But Nakamura dodges the back hand to swing and hit the back heel! Shining Wizard! Cover, TWO!! The Intercontinental Champion takes aim at the United States Champion from a corner. “YAO!” But Styles dodges to kick, but his Clash is countered to a fireman’s carry! Styles flails so Nakamura dumps him out! Mysterio returns to springboard crossbody! He whips but Nakamura reverses, knees, shoves, but Mysterio huricanranas! Dial it up, 619!! Sami is right there to see it all! But Styles clobbers Mysterio first! And suplexes him to drop him on the apron! Styles forearms Roode away and prepares the forearm, but Roode dodges, PHENOMENAL FOREARM on Nakamura! Styles ELIMINATES Nakamura! Sami is furious but Nakamura is out! Now it is just Styles, Roode and Mysterio left!

Roode hits Styles, GLORIOUS DDT!! Cover, Roode ELIMINATES Styles!! Now it’s just Roode and Mysterio! Fans are thunderous for Mysterio but he is still vulnerable after that suplex. Roode grins as he goes out to fetch Mysterio. Roode puts Mysterio in the ring and he waits for Mysterio to stand. Roode winds it up, fans rally as hard as they can for Mysterio, “GLORIOUS~!” Roode drags Mysterio up, but Mysterio rolls him up! ONE, and Mysterio runs to tilt-o-whirl Roode onto ropes! Mysterio dials it up again, but into a SPINE BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Mysterio shocks himself with surviving! Both men are down, and Roode is beside himself. San Fran cheers Mysterio on as he gets to the apron. Roode hobbles over but Mysterio shoulders then enziguris back. Mysterio springboards, but the seated senton is caught! Roode drops Mysteiro, lift, but counter! Redial 619!! Springboard frog splash!! Cover, MYSTERIO WINS!

Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall; NEW #1 Contender to the Universal Championship

Mysterio dedicating this match to his son is the motivation he needed to win! Now the King of Lucha moves on to face the Architect for the title! Will Mysterio be a major monkey wrench in the hellish plans of The Fiend?

 

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.

What are his thoughts on facing Mysterio for the title next week? Congratulations to Mysterio, he earned this opportunity. This is a dream match for Rollins, but he’s not looking past anything. Rollins still has to settle things with The Fiend, title or no title. He’s not happy about that, about Strowman, but that’s how it is when you’r e the champ. But he’ll do what the best in the world odes: beat Strowman, beat Mysterio, and then survive, prevail and #BurnItDown!

 

Seth Rollins VS Braun Strowman!

With Mysterio and The Fiend on the horizon, can The Architect once again be the #MonsterSlayer? Or will the Monster Among Men prove he’s worthy of another shot by beating Rollins in this Clash of Champions rematch?

The bell rings and Rollins circles Strowman. Rollins waistlocks then kicks Strowman, but Strowman shrugs it off. They go again but Rollins kicks harder, and that gets Strowman to stagger. Strowman blocks the third kick, and flips Rollins! Rollins lands on his feet, to get ROCKED by a right hand! Rollins rolls to ropes as fans cheer Strowman. Rollins stands, but Strowman runs Rollins over! Strowman watches Rollins get up, to run him over again! Strowman wants Rollins to stand, and Rollins does. Rollins dodges this time, but Strowman keeps coming. Rollins dodges, but gets scooped, only to sip into a sleeper hold! But Strowman throws Rollins right off, to club Rollins right down! Rollins bails out and fans fire up for Strowman as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again as Rollins endures a bearhug. He headbutts Strowman off him but Strowman shoves him away. Rollins dodges, dodges and dropkicks! Strowman falls and Rollins reels him in, but Strowman powers out of the Pedigree! Strowman sees Rollins bail out again, and decides to take a lap! Strowman builds up speed as he goes around the corners, but Rollins gets out of the way! Rollins uses the barriers as a springboard, but gets caught and headbutt’d! Rollins gets in the ring and Strowman pursues, to run corner to corner and squash Rollins! Strowman goes again, but runs into boots! Strowman still comes back, but gets only post! Rollins chop blocks Strowman’s legs out! Then swings a leg into the post! And again! And again! The ref reprimands Rollins and he lets up, to springboard back into the ring. Flying knee takes Strowman out! SUPERKICK decks him! Cover, ONE and with power!

Rollins is again shocked, but he saw this at Clash of Champions. He clamps on with a sleeper hold but Strowman fights his way up to power Rollins into buckles. Rollins lets go and Strowman runs in, to get another SUPERKICK! Rollins climbs up high, leaps, BLOCKBUSTER! Rollins covers, TWO! Rollins heads back to the corner and back up top. Rollins leaps for the Frog Splash! It hits but Rollins bounces off! So he just goes up top again, for a second Frog Splash! Cover, TWO!! Rollins keeps his cool, he still has Strowman reeling. Fans build to a rally as Rollins stomps, “Burn It Down!” Rollins aims, runs, but into a scoop! He slips out and shoves Strowman out. Rollins aims, runs and DIVES! Direct hit but it only makes Strowman stagger. Rollins runs and DIVES again! Strowman is down but Rollins isn’t satisfied. Rollins runs again, DIVE, but into Strowman’s hand! APRON CHOKE SLAM!

Strowman builds speed around the ring to RUN ROLLINS OVER! But Strowman grins as he watches Rollins get back up, and he runs Rollins over again! Monster Slam to the floor! Strowman drags Rollins up and into the ring, but he isn’t finished with him yet. He hauls Rollins back up, another scoop, but the lights start going out! Fans know what this means, and so does Strowman! The flashing lights show Strowman is caught in the Mandible Claw! The Fiend smothers the Monster!! And again, Rollins is living a waking nightmare as The Fiend creeps closer! The Fiend sees Strowman stir, an uncanny thing for someone who took the Claw. So The Fiend just smothers Strowman again! And this time, The Fiend laughs as he puts Strowman out for good. Fans lose their minds but it is Rollins who might go insane after seeing this. The Fiend still keeps his eyes on Strowman, right up until the lights go out again. Did… Did the Fiend “save” Rollins from Strowman tonight?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A pretty great episode for the “season finale” of Raw to help build up towards the Fall changes. All great matches tonight, even with the Lacey VS Natty story still seeming weird women’s midcard filler. Their rematch should probably just be on the “season premiere” next week, otherwise it will just be Kickoff Show material for Hell in a Cell. Viking Raiders VS OC was a great match for these two teams, but it is clear that as the Faces, Erik and Ivar will make their way to those tag titles to face Heel Roode & Ziggler. That title match could happen at Hell in a Cell, but who knows who actually wins. Rusev keeps rolling with a win over poor EC3 the former three-time 24/7 Champion. Fans really wanted to see Lana, so hopefully Lana’s return to TV brings things around to that baby drama with the Kanellises.

What a great development for the rest of the Women’s Division, though. Carmella was so good in swerving Truth to take the 24/7 Championship! And now things start fresh with all the new possibilities. Though I’m surprised they didn’t linger on the distraught Drake Maverick more. He will surely go to wife Renee Michelle about this, but then it’d be hilarious to see her take over as the obsessed one. At the same time, this is a great chance for all the women yet to have a title in their careers, like Sarah Logan, Dana Brooke, and even Fire & Desire if there’s nothing going for them in the Women’s Tag Division right now. And then we got a solid match out of Nikki and Sasha. The one thing I would’ve tweaked is getting Alexa more invested, she had “lose energy” in the most dire moments for Nikki. But at least this keeps #TwoWomanPowerTrip alive in the background of Sasha’s story with Becky. Becky had a great interview promo, and Sasha had a great response promo, this match of theirs is going to be a show stealer.

The rematch of Gable and Corbin was incredible! On par, if not better, than their KOTR Finals match. Gable came so close, so it worked really well for Corbin’s Heel heat to get himself disqualified. There has to be a third match between these two, where Gable finally wins to be triumphant over King Corbin. It would be the perfect match to open HiaC’s main show and get that crowd excited. There was a lot of great hype for next week’s episode, too, and a new logo means a new thumbnail for these articles. The Fatal 5 Elimination was incredible, and it is great for Mysterio to be the winner. This really boosts his story of his comeback, and will give us a great match with Rollins next week in the premiere. At the same time, it is clear Rollins should win that to keep the title for Hell in a Cell for The Fiend.

Rollins and Strowman had a good bit to open the show, and their main event match was a pretty good rematch from Clash. But at the same time, it was pretty clear The Fiend was going to attack. Firefly Fun House was great this week, as they always are, and it was quite an interesting move for The Fiend to basically guard Rollins from Strowman at the end there. It fits how Bray said this has all been The Fiend’s way of protecting Rollins, so I would think next week’s Firefly Fun House explains more of that motivation. There’s also a chance Fiend attacks Mysterio so that the title stays on Rollins to keep things going the way they are. There is a chance we’re getting at least a Triple Threat for the title now, as Strowman will want payback on Bray while also claiming he would’ve beaten Rollins this week. At the very least, it can all lead to The Fiend winning the title without pinning Rollins so that they can have a rematch at an even bigger PPV, like the Royal Rumble.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (2/25/21)

Who will be on top of the Tag Division?

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Gallus VS Pretty Deadly for the NXT UK Tag Team Championships!

Finally, Mark Coffey & Wolfgang take on Lewis Howley & Sam Stoker with the gold on the line! But only one team can win, so which boys will be on top?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Loser Becomes Personal Assistant: Xia Brookside VS Nina Samuels; Brookside wins and Samuels must be her personal assistant for one month.
  • Tyler Bate VS Bailey Matthews; Bate wins.
  • Aoife Valkyrie VS Lana Austin; Valkyrie wins.
  • NXT UK Tag Team Championships: Gallus VS Pretty Deadly; Pretty Deadly wins and are the new NXT UK Tag Team Champions.

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Loser Becomes Personal Assistant: Xia Brookside VS Nina Samuels!

The stipulation says it all! Whoever loses must be the personal assistant to the winner! Will Xia defy the Leading Lady’s assertion that Brooksides are only good as baggage handlers?

The bell rings and Xia dropkicks Nina right down! Xia fires off clubbing forearms and kicks! Nina scrambles around but Xia is on her with more clubbing forearms! Nina kicks and clubs back, but Xia boots Nina to ropes! Xia CLUBS Nina, brings her around, but Nina trips Xia to rain down rights! Nina pulls hair, the ref reprimands, and Nina lets off. Xia wrenches an arm, kicks it, and then wraps it on ropes! The ref counts, Nina kicks Xia but Xia kicks back. Xia wrenches, snapmares and KICKS Nina again! Nina bails out and wants a break, but Xia goes out to ROCK her with a right! Xia fires off forearms, the ref starts a ring count, and Xia brings Nina up.

Nina RAMS Xia into the apron, throws her into barriers, then clubs away on her again. Xia double chops but Nina BOOTS Xia into the luggage! The ring count is climbing but Nina puts Xia in at 9! Nina stomps Xia, kicks her to ropes, and Xia gets to a corner. Nina digs her boots in, lets off as the ref counts, and Xia sputters. Nina drags Xia up and wrenches Xia’s hand against ropes! Xia kicks back, Nina shoves then whips Xia corner to corner! Xia hits buckles hard, Nina drags her back up and scoops her for a slam! Cover, TWO! Nina drags Xia back by her hair and puts on a body scissors. Xia throws elbows but Nina clubs Xia on the back.

Nina gets Xia for a chinlock and shouts, “What makes you think you deserve to be in the ring with me?!” Xia throws more elbows but Nina shifts into a sleeper hold! Xia still elbows Nina, but Nina leg hooks a half nelson and rolls to a hammerlock. Nina gets the other arm and then points to her current assistant. “See what you’ll have to do!” Nina ties up Xia’s legs in a figure four, pulls hair, but the ref reprimands. Nina pulls Xia into a Bow ‘n’ Arrow, but Xia pops to a cover! TWO, and Xia fires off furious forearms! Xia ROCKS Nina, then hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Nina bails out to the apron, but Xia builds speed to WRECK Nina with a dropkick!

Xia drags Nina up, kicks and SWITCHBLADE KICKS Nina all around ringside! Nina RAMS Xia into barriers, the ring count is past 5 again! Xia goes to rana but Nina SLAMS her into the barrier! Nina gets in at 7, Xia is in at 9! Nina is furious, she stomps Xia over and over! Nina shouts for a bag form her assistant, but he doesn’t want to help her! He doesn’t like being insulted, and doesn’t want her to cheat again. Nina says she’ll get it herself! Nina shouts at her assistant but he still resists. Nina snatches the hand purse, swings on Xia but Xia KICKS the purse away! PRAWN HOLD, XIA WINS!!!

Winner: Xia Brookside, by pinfall (Nina is her personal assistant for one month)

Nina can’t believe it! This was her challenge, and she lost! She goes after her new boss, but the ref keeps her back! Xia is smiling ear to ear, what will she make Nina do as payback?

 

Trent Seven speaks.

“I’m very pleased at the way that I’ve been able to approach this mentally. It’s not easy putting this amount of pressure on yourself.” There have been times when Seven hasn’t really gotten off the sofa. The world is just a very different place now. More restrictions, less outlets. It’d be great if Seven was by a sunny beach, the Vitamin D would help. But you have to do what you can, and Seven will do the absolute best. Seven runs with his dogs, but tries not to stress himself out. Just eat nice, eat clean, and work hard. This is testing, but snow or rain, Seven just has to do it. “Let’s hope the juice is worth the squeeze.”

Seven has pushed himself out of his comfort zones, and now he feels as great as he looks. The cherry on top will be beating Jordan Devlin. Can the Man from Moustache Mountain climb this mountain and be atop a new division?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Ilja Dragunov.

What happened in that match with Tyson T-Bone? Dragunov isn’t sure, he doesn’t want to lose control again, but how can he when someone is heckling him ringside? Speaking of, Sam Gradwell comes by to start something again! Gradwell won’t let Dragunov blame him when Dragunov’s the one “walking around this gaff like a big, overgrown baby, spitting your gummy out all over the ring!” Dragunov’s done it with Jack Starz and Tyson T-Bone, try and do it to Gradwell! Well if that’s a challenge, then Dragunov accepts. But there won’t be security to stand between them. Gradwell says, “In a bit, yogurt!” Will the Moscow Madman keep from going mad against the Thunderstorm and his constant trolling?

 

Tyler Bate VS Bailey Matthews!

After clearing his head, the Big Strong Boi is back in the ring! Will he start to look like the same young man who won the WWE United Kingdom Championship? Or will the debuting Bailey take advantage of Bate’s journey of refocus?

The bell rings and the two tie right up! Matthews arm-drags Bate, Bate gets up to monkey flip, but Matthews still has the arm! Bate gets up, arm-drags Matthews but Matthews wrenches through to have a wristlock. Bate gets up, spins, pries free with a leg and wrenches back! Bate rams shoulders, wrenches and wrings Matthews out, then ties up with him. They go around, Matthews has the arm, wrenches through and arm-drags to a double wristlock and headscissor! Bate can’t kip free, but he scrapes Matthews’ face with his foot. Bate moves around, endures as Matthews squeezes, and Bate gets free to get a headlock.

Matthews gets the headscissors again, squeezes tighter and pushes up for leverage! Bate endures, moves around, flips over and headstands to turn Matthews over again. Bate gets Matthews’ legs, figure four and a float over to a headlock. Matthews gets up, pries free, hooks a leg, uses his leg to break free, and wrenches Bate to a wristlock again. Matthews wrangles Bate to the mat, has the hammerlock and goes for the other arm to get a cording hold! Bate endures the combination, Matthews gets a cover, TWO! Bate gets up, Matthews has a cravat and cranks on the neck. Bate throws body shots, but Matthews hits an inverted snapmare!

Bate gets up, powers out, Matthews goes up in the corner to come back and run Bate over! Things speed up, Bate hurdles, but his hip toss is turned into a backslide, with bridge! TWO but barely! Matthews has a facelock, Bate slips out to EuroUpper! Bate throws more, Matthews gives them back! Matthews hits a gut wrench suplex! Float to the cover, TWO! Matthews drags Bate up, Bate throws EuroUppers to ROCK Matthews! Bate hits again, Matthews gives the EuroUppers back! Matthews being taller, he has more reach and he DECKS Bate! Bate BOOTS from below! Bate gets Matthews for an EXPLODER! Bate kips up, and hits a STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO!

Matthews is still in this and the BT Sports Studio is loving this! Bate fireman’s carries Matthews for the AIRPLANE SPIN! Matthews slips out and O’Conner rolls, TWO!! Bate narrowly escapes, he body scissors Matthews to a cover, TWO! Matthews eggs Bate on, then deflects the clothesline to ROCK Bate with a EuroUpper! Bate rebounds for the ROLLING KICK!! Matthews got hit hard, but Bate isn’t done with him! Double underhooks, TYLER DRIVER 98!! Cover, Bate wins!

Winner: Tyler Bate, by pinfall

The Big Strong Boy got a challenge out of this new young star! Does it mean Bate has more he must do to feel like himself again? Or is the next generation just catching up to him already?

 

NXT UK has another new signee!

From Germany, here is a story about a “lucky kid.” His story begins in one of the poorest and toughest districts of Berlin, where his family was just trying to survive. As the oldest, he was to take care of the family. To survive, you either need money or friends. “This kid had none of them.” Even the kid’s family started to lose hope. But the kid knew that one day, everyone would honor, respect and fear him. This story, to be continued. But whose story is this?

 

Aoife Valkyrie VS Lana Austin!

She has been waiting in the wings and is starting to feel like a bird in a cage. But will the Valkyrie spread her wings and fly towards the title soon enough?

The bell rings, Aoife and Austin tie up. They go around, Aoife throws Austin down but Austin keeps hold. They get back up, Aoife arm-drags Austin away but Austin gets mad. Austin shoves Aoife, Aoife headlocks, but Austin powers out. Aoife runs Austin over, then runs to catch Austin with a body scissor roll! TWO, and Aoife wrenches Austin’s arm. Austin spins, wrenches and wristlocks Aoife, but Aoife spins through and bridges back to then handspring and WRING Austin into the mat! Aoife runs, slides under Austin then headbutts low! Snapmare and armlock to a modified La Magistrol, TWO! Austin staggers up into KICKS from Aoife!

Austin gets angry, blocks a kick and talks smack as she throws Aoife down! HARD basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Aoife sputters, but Austin rains down fists on her! Austin drags Aoife up, bumps her hard off buckles, then drags Aoife back up. Austin goes to bump again but Aoife blocks to fire off CHOPS! Aoife CLUBS Austin, CLUBS her more, but Austin shoves her. Aoife comes back with a FLIPPING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Austin survives but Aoife runs. Austin wants mercy, Aoife hesitates, Austin small packages! TWO, and Aoife questions her own actions. Aoife runs into a roll-up, TWO!! Aoife gets mad, but Austin blocks her takedown to a backslide, TWO!!

Aoife loses her cool and ENZIGURIS Austin hard! Aoife drags Austin up, RAMS her into buckles and stomps away! Aoife hammers away, throws more stomps, then HEEL KICKS Austin off her feet! Aoife climbs the corner, takes aim and leaps for the PERIPETEIA!! Cover, Aoife wins!

Winner: Aoife Valkyrie, by pinfall

The Turn of Fortune goes in Aoife’s favor! But will she have a golden moment in her future?

 

BREAKING NEWS!

With Tyler Bate wanting more competition, Johnny Saint and Sid Scala are giving him a match with a Proper British Heavyweight! In two weeks, it will be Tyler Bate VS Dave Mastiff! Will the Big Strong Boi be able to beat the Bomber?

Plus, for that same episode in two weeks, it will be a Mixed Tag grudge match! Piper Niven teams up with Jack Starz so that she can get payback on Jinny and her new righthand man, Joseph Conners! Will Piper the Viper make the Spoiled Princess finally pay for getting in her way?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Xia Brookside.

How is she feeling after her win tonight? she feels great, but who knows about “this one.” Nina frowns as she comes out, pulling Brookside’s bags along for her. Xia tells her she has nothing to gripe about, this was her challenge. Nina struggles walking with all the luggage and in her heels. She does her best to keep it together, but will she break down before the next four weeks are up?

 

NXT UK Media interviews Amir Jordan & Kenny Williams.

These two will be watching the main event closely, of course! Pretty Deadly, Gallus, these two have been in the ring with both teams so they know how good both are! And Amir is confident that since Kenny is almost 100%, they’ll- Kenny stomps Amir right there. Kenny isn’t almost 100%. He IS 100%! Next week, they’ll reunite in the ring to take on Oliver Carter & Ashton Smith! So as great as Amir’s singles run was, short as it was, that’s on the shelf and it’s back to the tag team title chase! Amir is pumped up! He’s ready to talk tactics, combos, all that! Amir does need Kenny’s number again, it apparently changed. Will the Bhangra Badboy and Lucky Yin get back on track and head for the top?

 

BREAKING: Next week is a Big Strong Supernova Sessions!

Before taking on Dave Mastiff in two weeks, Tyler Bate will stop by Noam Dar’s hit new talk show! What will Mr. Supernova 11 have to ask the former WWE United Kingdom Champion?

 

NXT UK Tag Team Championships: Gallus VS Pretty Deadly!

Markus and Wolfie have held onto these belts for a long time, and admittedly from circumstances out of their control. But after a long road, Lewis Howley & Sam Stoker have found their way to challenging that status quo! Will it be Gallus Boys or #YESBOY on top after tonight?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and the make-or-break on a near 500 day reign begins!

The teams sort out, Mark Coffey starts with Sam Stoker. They circle, tie up, and then break. They tie up again, still a deadlock, so they break again. They circle, tie up, and now Coffey pushes Stoker to a corner. The ref calls for a break, they do let off, but both have their dukes up. Coffey backs off, circles with Stoker again and they tie up. Stoker tries to push Coffey but Coffey pushes him back. Stoker and Howley talk and decide to tag. Howley and Coffey tie up now, Coffey throws Howley down and has the arm. Tag to Wolfgang, he takes the hand-off and wrenches. Howley waistlocks, Wolfgang switches but Howley switches back to CLUB Wolfgang on the back.

Wolfgang just glares at Howley, but Howley waistlocks him again. Wolfgang throws Howley off and wrenches the arm to then arm-drag him! Wolfgang has the arm, fights off Howley’s headscissor attempts, and he tags Coffey back in. Coffey takes the hand-off to wrench and yank the arm, but Howley rolls to ROCK Coffey! Tag to Stoker but Stoker runs into an arm-drag! Coffey grinds the arm, Stoker gets up, tags Howley back in but Coffey reverses the whip to arm-drag! Howley runs in to snapmare but Coffey boots from below! Coffey arm-drags again, grinds the arm, and wrenches Howley. Tag to Wolfgang. he gets the hand-off and wrenches to an elbow breaker!

Howley endures, rolls, and gets a headlock. Wolfgang endures the grind, powers up but Howley thrashes about. Howley hits the takeover but Wolfgang gets a cover! ONE, Wolfgang gets the leg and tags in Coffey! Gallus give Howley a DOUBLE MONKEY FLIP! AKA, a Cornish Toss! Howley bails out, Stoker runs in, but Gallus sends him right out! Pretty Deadly regroups to cool off while Gallus stands tall in the ring. The ref counts, Wolfgang goes back to his corner while Stoker coaches Howley up. Howley gets in, circles with Coffey, and Coffey headlocks. Howley powers out, Coffey runs him over but Howley drops then hurdles to hip toss! Howley runs and rams Coffey!

Coffey drops to a knee, but drops lower to then come back with a hip toss! Cover, TWO, but Coffey tags Wolfgang. Gallus mugs Howley, Wolfgang ROCKS Howley with a EuroUpper, then whips him to a corner! Stoker saves Howley from the corner splash! Wolfgang ends up stuck on the top rope, Howley runs in to TOP SHELF KNEE! Tag to Stoker, Pretty Deadly double whip Wolfgang to DOUBLE LARIAT him! Pretty Deadly coordinate but Wolfgang fights off their combo move! Wolfgang scoops Stoker but Howley makes the save before Coffey tags in! The ref keeps this from turning into a scrap, but Wolfgang is ready for Stoker’s sucker punch!

Wolfgang throws hands then TOSSES Stoker! Stoker grabs at a buckle pad but Wolfgang CLUBS him, then TOSSES him the other way! Stoker still wants after a buckle pad but Wolfgang yanks him out of the corner. Howley goes after that open corner’s pad but Wolfgang goes after Howley! Stoker runs in to KNEE Wolfgang out of the ring! Wolfgang falls hard, Coffey backs Howley off but the ref tells them all to go to their corners. Howley POSTS Wolfgang in the distraction! Howley drags Wolfgang up, puts him in, and then Stoker stomps Wolfgang! Tag to Howley, Pretty Deadly bring Wolfgang up but Wolfgang fights them again! But they give Wolfgang a DOUBLE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Howley stomps Wolfgang over and over, tags Stoker back in, and they drag Wolfgang back up for a mugging. Stoker rains down hands and stomps, then tags Howley back in. Stoker sits Wolfgang up for Howley to BOOT him! Howley drops ax handles and a leg, then covers, TWO! Howley drags Wolfgang up with an arm and wrenches to an elbow breaker! Howley hammerlocks an arm and RAMS Wolfgang into buckles! Howley chokes Wolfgang at the ropes, the ref counts and Howley lets off. Cover, ONE, and Wolfgang throws body shots. Howley rams Wolfgang into the Pretty Deadly corner, Stoker tags in, and Stoker runs in to UPPERCUT Wolfgang! Cover, TWO!

Stoker facelocks Wolfgang, grinds him down, gets the arm and pulls on it. Tag to Howley and he elbows Wolfgang in the ribs. Wolfgang gets up to ROCK Howley, but Stoker swipes at Wolfgang! Wolfgang DECKS Stoker but Howley attacks! Howley throws knees, hauls Wolfgang up the corner, but Wolfgang hits back, and hits a SPLASH to Howley while he’s standing! Howley is pancaked, but he anchors Wolfgang’s feet! Wolfgang boots Howley but Stoker tags in to intercept! Wolfgang back drops Stoker away! Stoker tags Howley, both Pretty Deadly leap for Wolfgang, but Wolfgang gets the hot tag to Coffey! Coffey rallies on Pretty Deadly with forearms and shoulders!

Wolfgang hits a FULL NELSON SLAM on Howley, then a SNAP SUPLEX on Stoker! Howley runs into a clinch, Coffey throws body shots then whips Howley corner to corner for the running EuroUpper! LARIAT! Coffey shoves Howley to hit a FLYING BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Howley lives but Coffey drags him up to wrench and Russian Leg Sweep! Cover, TWO! Coffey drags Howley up, wrenches and crotch lifts but Howley turns that suplex into a sunset flip! TWO, Howley ducks Coffey to tag Stoker! Stoker runs but into a BOOT, and a BIG back suplex! Cover TWO! Stoker survives and BT Sports Studio fires up! Coffey drags Stoker up, choke grips but Stoker slips out of the slam!

Coffey standing switches, but Howley tags in! Coffey covers Stoker but Howley BOOTS him! Howley fireman’s carries Coffey to the ASSISTED GUT BUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Coffey survives but Howley drags him back up! Coffey wrenches out, whips and GAMANGIRIS Howley down hard! Howley sits up in a daze, Wolfgang is back on the corner, Coffey tags Wolfgang in! Gallus coordinates, CATAPULT SAMOAN DROP! Wolfgang MOONSAULTS!! Cover, but Stoker breaks it in time!! Wolfgang throws Stoker to the apron, Coffey runs in but Stoker jumps the baseball slide! Wolfgang DECKS Stoker and Coffey catches him, for an APRON CHOKE SLAM!

Wolfgang goes back to Howley, but into a small package! TWO!! Wolfgang SPEARS Howley down! Cover, TWO!?! Howley is still in this and so is Pretty Deadly! Wolfgang tags Coffey in, Gallus drags Howley up to feed to a scoop. Somehow, Stoker is back up and in! Coffey DECKS him, but Howley slips off Wolfgang and dodges him to CLOBBER Coffey! Wolfgang LARIATS Howley outside, Stoker SLAPS Wolfgang! Wolfgang chases Stoker out of the ring, they go around and Howley POUNCES Wolfgang over the barriers!! Howley tags Stoker but Coffey dodges his corner attack to kick Howley low!

Coffey whips Howley at Stoker, but Stoker goes up. Howley gives Stoker a boost to hit a CODE BREAKER on Coffey!! Cover, TWO!?!? Coffey survives that Pretty Deadly combo, but Howley has an idea! He tosses Stoker a tag title belt! The ref is busy with Stoker while Howley has the other belt! Coffey dodges the belt shot to POLISH HAMMER Howley! The ref is busy putting the one belt away as Stoker runs at Coffey, TORNADO DDT on the second belt!! Pretty Deadly hides the evidence and Stoker tags Howley in!! SPILT MILK!!! Cover off the neckbreaker spinebuster combo, Pretty Deadly wins!!

Winners: Pretty Deadly, by pinfall (NEW NXT UK Tag Team Champions)

#YESBOY indeed! Because yes, boy, Gallus’ reign ends at 497! Is this going to be the beginning of a Pretty Deadly Era?


My Thoughts:

A really good episode, with some really fun developments. I still would’ve wanted Xia VS Nina to be a match where the luggage was legal, but I like that it came to play in the end. Xia winning is great, she’ll get to make Nina do all sorts of menial labor. But I’m thinking as soon as the month is up, Nina attacks Xia and we get their real blow-off where maybe it IS a No Disqualification and the luggage can be a weapon. Aoife Valkyrie has a good match with Lana Austin, but naturally Aoife wins because she is still on the long build to challenging for the title. KLR VS Meiko Satomura feels like it could go either way given what little build we’ve gotten for it, but Aoife could easily work as a contender to either one.

Seven had a good vignette, but I’m hoping we’re close to his return as a Cruiserweight. Seven probably needs one match before facing Devlin to show us what Cruiserweight Trent Seven even looks like in the ring, and then we’ll get a great match out of Devlin VS Seven for a special Spring-to-Summer episode. According to sources you can easily google, NXT UK TakeOver: Dublin is still planned for this year since it couldn’t happen last year, but for June, and that is a ways off so I would think we get Devlin VS Seven as a holdover. We also got a good bit from Dragunov and Gradwell, and that match will be a lot of fun.

Amir Jordan & Kenny Williams are back in the tag division, but I’m thinking as soon as they lose, Kenny snaps and turns on Amir to give us their feud. Tyler Bate and Bailey Matthews had a really great match, and it both highlights Matthews’ skill and pushes the angle that Bate is still working things out for himself. Bate VS Mastiff is going to be great stuff, as will Supernova Sessions with Bate as the guest, but as I said last time, I’m hoping this circles back to the reunion of Bate and Seven as a team. And it could work now, because after a great tag match, Pretty Deadly comes out on top! They as clear Heels will freshen things up as they take on some great Face teams, and possibly be the ones to take on the reunited Moustache Mountain for a big event.

My Score: 8.3/10


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Will Santos Escobar be stripped of the NXT Cruiserweight Championship?

NXT Cruiserweight, Santos Escobar, must face his doom! Karrion Kross and Escobar battle in a NO DISQUALIFICATION match! That is, if Escobar shows up!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Dexter Lumis VS Johnny Gargano w/ The Way; Lumis wins.
  • Tyler Rust w/ Malcolm Bivens VS Leon Ruff; No Contest.
  • Io Shirai VS Zoey Stark; Shirai wins.
  • Xia Li w/ Tian Sha VS Kacy Catanzaro w/ Kayden Carter; Xia wins, by referee stoppage.
  • Grizzled Young Veterans VS Killian Dain & Drake Maverick; Grizzled Young Veterans win.
  • No Disqualification: Santos Escobar w/ El Legado del Fantasma VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux; Kross wins.

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Dexter Lumis VS Johnny Gargano w/ The Way!

The Tortured Artist snatched Austin Theory away just as Johnny Freakin’ TakeOver was about to take on Kushida on Vengeance Day! But then surprisingly, Lumis gave Theory back without much of a fight. Will Johnny Gargano make sure Lumis doesn’t get away with that unpunished?

Speaking of, The Way pumps up back stage with “That’s The Way we uh-huh, uh-huh, we like it!” Theory says that should be a song! Um… Is Theory okay? Yes, of course! Well alright, but he doesn’t have to push himself if he doesn’t want to. Theory says he’s fine, Indi keeps her eyes on Theory as they all make their way out to the ring. And they make sure Theory stays away from Lumis. The no-look high-five doesn’t really work out this time, but that’s something minor. Will the North American Champion come away with a win over Lumis tonight?

The fans taunt Gargano with “Johnny Sucks!” as the bell rings. Lumis stares Gargano down but Gargano is unsettled by the fans cheering Lumis on. Gargano tries the “what’s that?!” trick but Lumis doesn’t even look away as Gargano rushes in! Lumis shows fist, Gargano falls over and scrambles away! Lumis slithers after him and that creeps Gargano out more! Gargano bails of the ring, Lumis slides to the apron but Gargano hammers away on him! Gargano gets back in, slingshots but into an UPPERCUT! Lumis stares at Theory, Theory gets antsy, Lumis builds speed but Gargano slingshots in! Lumis slides under and Gargano’s spear FLOPS! Lumis then goes under the ring?!

Gargano looks for Lumis and The Way look for him, too. Theory says he’s found Lumis! He’s behind Gargano! What?! Gargano turns around into Lumis’ UPPERCUT! And another! Lumis ROCKS Gargano with haymakers, then throws body shots in the corner! Lumis whips Gargano corner to corner, runs in but Gargano boots him away! Gargano runs, but into the THESZ PRESS! Lumis rains down fists, runs and drops an ax handle! Cover, ONE! Fans rally and duel, Lumis reels Gargano in but he stares at Theory. Lumis suplexes and holds Gargano up for a count of 10, even as Gargano kicks and flails! Gargano can’t escape, Lumis SLAMS him down!

Gargano rolls away and regroups with The Way, but Lumis keeps his eyes locked on Gargano. Lumis goes out after Gargano but Gargano RAMS him into the apron! Gargano throws Lumis down on the ramp, then rains down left hands! The ref starts the ring count, Gargano refreshes it, and Gargano “apologizes” to the ref. Gargano lines up a shot, but Lumis ducks the Penalty Kick to kip up and TOSS Gargano into the apron! Fans fire up, Lumis drags Gargano up and ROCKS him with another uppercut! Lumis whips Gargano into the ring, but The Way lurks close! Theory says he was just trying to call Indi over, and Indi rushes up on Lumis, only for Lumis to stare her down!

Indi has a nervous smile as she backs away into a post, and nervously says, “Call me.” LeRae steps up, leaps, but the rana is blocked! Lumis pops Candice to the apron, but Gargano baseball slides under her to hit Lumis! Gargano builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Lumis goes down as NXT goes picture in picture!

Gargano takes his time checking his chin while Lumis is down. The ref wants this to get back in the ring, Gargano checks with Theory but Theory says it worked out, didn’t it? Gargano bumps Lumis off the apron, CHOPS him, then CHOPS him again! Gargano puts Lumis back in, aims but Lumis ROCKS him with a haymaker! Gargano still SLINGSHOT SPEARS in! Gargano fires off fists, storms around the ring, then brings Lumis up for haymakers. Candice snaps at Indi to get her to pay attention. Does the Way have to worry about both kids now? Gargano climbs up in the corner to rain down more fists on Lumis’ head!

Lumis keeps fighting Gargano so Gargano snapmares him and basement dropkicks him in the back! Cover, TWO! Lumis gets to ropes, Gargano chokes him! The ref counts, Gargano lets off at 4, and Lumis drags himself up. Gargano is on Lumis but Lumis throws forearms back! Lumis backs Gargano down to a corner, stomps away (I swear I’ll stop), but Gargano turns it around to fire off forearms in return! The ref counts, Gargano stops at 4, and pushes Lumis around. Gargano clubs Lumis on the back, brings him up and hits a Russian Leg Sweep! Cover, TWO! Gargano grows annoyed and he drags Lumis up to put back on ropes for choking!

The ref counts, Gargano backs off (see? no way pun!), and The Way taunts Lumis up close. Gargano brings Lumis up, scoops him and slams him! Cover, TWO! Gargano gets the arm, drags Lumis around and reels him into a Camel Clutch! Lumis endures, NXT returns to single picture, and again Candice has to snap Indi out of whatever trance she’s in. Lumis still endures as fans rally, and Lumis fights up. Gargano tries to hold on with a sleeper hold, but Lumis RAMS Gargano into buckles! Lumis is free but Gargano hops right back on! Gargano elbows Lumis, hooks him up, but Lumis powers out to a BACKBREAKER!

Fans fire up, Lumis and Gargano stagger up, and Gargano walks into a BIG right hand! Lumis rallies with haymakers and uppercuts! Gargano is in a corner, Lumis runs in and clotheslines, to a BULLDOG! Lumis suplexes Gargano to rebound him off the ropes! Gargano staggers up into a BIG back suplex! Lumis kips up and drops a LEG! Cover, TWO!! Gargano survives and Candice is frustrated. Indi and Theory are the only ones not upset about this as Lumis hauls Gargano up. Gargano slips out of the scoop, ends up in a corner, and goes up and over Lumis to school boy! Lumis ducks the kick and stares down Gargano! Gargano gets the arm!

Johnny almost has GargaNO Escape, only for Lumis to roll over into the SILENCE!! Gargano scrambles around, ghost pins, TWO! Lumis sits up into a BUZZSAW! Gargano runs, into an UPPERCUT! Gargano rebounds, spins, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Lumis covers, TWO!! Gargano’s Wolverine-esque superhuman heart helps him survive! Lumis goes to a corner and climbs up and The Way moves away. Gargano runs in, Lumis punches him back, and Gargano falls to a drop zone! Lumis leaps, but he has to roll out of his double stomps as Gargano moves! Gargano kicks but Lumis gets under to get the clinch!

Gargano elbows out of that, runs, but into a pop-up UPPERCUT! Gargano SUPERKICKS on the rebound! Cover, TWO!! Lumis shocks Gargano with that and fans rally up! Candice distracts, Gargano tells the kids to get something for him. Theory goes to get a chair and he brings it over. Theory slides it in but Lumis stomps the chair down! The ref sees this and reprimands Gargano. Lumis uppercuts Gargano, Gargano ENZIGURIS! Gargano fakes his knee jamming, and he signals to Theory! Candice coaches Theory through getting on the apron and aiming at Lumis! Theory hesitates, Lumis stares Theory down, and Theory says, “My bad!”

Theory tries to explain, Gargano runs in, Lumis dodges and Gargano DECKS Theory!! Lumis drags Gargano into the URENAGE, and THE SILENCE!!! Gargano flails, reaches, fades, he is OUT! Lumis wins!!

Winner: Dexter Lumis, by submission

Lumis pats Gargano’s head, and Candice reprimands Theory! The Way couldn’t stay out of their own way, and now Lumis has a win over the North American Champion! Between Theory thinking of Lumis as a buddy, and Indi oddly infatuated, is Lumis going to cause The Way to go by the wayside?

 

William Regal waits for Santos Escobar.

If El Legado doesn’t arrive, Escobar will be STRIPPED of the NXT Cruiserweight Championship! Will Regal have to pull the trigger on his ultimatum?

 

NXT shares exclusive footage and interviews with MSK.

Wes Lee and Nash Carter look back on the night they won the 2021 Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. Lee had a strange calm come over him, but Carter was so nervous. “It was one of those moments where everything you’ve every done flashes in your head.” From opponents to tag partners and best friends, these two have put in the grind for years. They’re the same two kids from Dayton, Ohio as they always have been. And to get the win, they were so emotional, crying happy tears. Everything they’ve worked for paid off. Finally, being here, establishing themselves as a force in the Tag Division, and all the praise and congratulations from family and friends, it made that worth it, too.

The reason Carter got into wrestling was his dad. They’d watch Raw every week on Monday. But when Carter was a freshman in high school, his dad passed. It only ignited Carter’s passion for the business even more. He said he’d be in the WWE one day, and this is the first time in a long time that he felt his dad’s pride and admiration. “The Legacy Lives On” is tattooed on Carter’s chest, and this feeling will be unforgettable for them both. Their names are etched forever on the plaque, but this is only the beginning. They’ve been hungry, they’re ready to eat! That’s why these two are the #MustSeeKids!

 

Backstage interview with MSK!

Next week, Lee & Carter get to cash in their NXT Tag Team Championship opportunity, as they earned from winning the Dusty Cup. But then GRIZZLED YOUNG VETERANS jump them!! James Drake punches away on Carter’s head while Zack Gibson puts Lee’s arm in a chair like a vice!! Referees rush in to get GYV to stop, and Lee clutches his hand! Did GYV just sideline MSK and delay their title shot?

 

Tyler Rust w/ Malcolm Bivens VS Leon Ruff!

Bivens Enterprise’s #DiamondintheRust took Kushida to the limit, but was about to be broken if not for Bivens throwing in the towel, so to speak. However, Bivens made sure to personally arrange this match for Rust, asking Ruff right after he was medically cleared for the damage done by Isaiah “Swerve” Scott. Bivens has a mic now to say, “Success is taking advantage of every key opportunity that is put forth in front of you!” And when it comes to success, you think about Ruff!

But when Bivens thinks of Ruff, he just thinks of “the son that I didn’t have, and never wanted.” Ruff, you hold a very special place in Biven’s heart, and has a special opportunity tonight! He will go 1v1 with Rust! And Rust will prove to us why he IS the diamond in the Rust! Will the former North American Champion simply be used to sharpen Rust’s edge?

Wait, as Ruff makes his entrance, SWERVE BOOTS Ruff off the apron!! Swerve goes after Ruff with clubbing forearms, still upset about Ruff getting opportunities handed to him! Swerve slams Ruff into the announce desk and vents to commentary. “Swerve is gonna start getting opportunities, and less hand-outs for this guy right here!” Swerve fireman’s carries Ruff to DEATH VALLEY DRIVE him into the apron!! The ref tells Swerve to leave but Swerve says he told Ruff this wouldn’t be that easy! Swerve does leave, and he might have just done Bivens another favor! Bivens claims Rust wins by forfeit, but will NXT management really count it that way?

No Contest

 

NXT shares footage from the WWE Performance Center.

It was yesterday that William Regal was talking with one of the newest signees, Zoey Stark, about an “opportunity” that was presented. He offered Stark a non-title match with NXT Women’s Champion, Io Shirai. Stark isn’t sure she heard that right, but Regal says after her great debut, there’s no one better he’d like to see face Shirai than Stark. Stark accepts that, how could she not?

Backstage interview with Zoey Stark!

We’re just moments away from only her second singles match in NXT and it is with THE NXT Women’s Champion. How is she feeling? Stark has so many emotions, her heart is pounding, but she is ready to get out there. But then she gets cut-off by technical difficulties! Will that be a bad omen on her opportunity with The Evil Genius?

 

NXT shares footage from earlier today.

Someone was reliving a classic Ted DeBiase moment. The Million Dollar Man challenges a little boy to dribble a basketball 10 times in a row for big money, only for DeBiase to mess the kid up! Oh, the one watching is Cameron Grimes! He’s seen enough, because time is money, after all! But that DeBiase, he was one smart guy! “With enough money, you can humiliate anyone!” Grimes has a lot of money, too, so he does a recreation of that basketball challenge! He has $1000 for 10 dribbles! The guy is up for that, and at 10… Grimes is confused! He didn’t watch the whole moment!! Grimes is the one suckered by his own scam! Grimes thinks DeBiase is to blame! Just proves money can’t fix stupid…

 

Io Shirai VS Zoey Stark!

Alright, the technical difficulties have been sorted out, and now it’s time for the Evil Genius to shine! But will Stark make this match a stark contrast from all Shirai’s other matches?

The bell rings and Stark circles with Shirai. They tie up, Stark powers Shirai to ropes, Shirai kicks free and the two go again. Shirai avoids Stark’s pick of the leg, they tie up, and Shirai throws Stark down, but the collar ‘n’ elbow stays on! Stark gets up, throws Shirai in return, but the grapple stays on again. Shirai gets up, Stark gets around to a waistlock, but Shirai wrenches an arm. Shirai has the wristlock, Stark rolls and handsprings and wrenches back! Stark hammerlocks, Shirai reaches back and throws elbows, then gets the headlock. Stark powers out, Shirai counters hip toss with arm-drag, and Stark staggers up. Stark avoids Shirai and manages a small back drop!

Shirai gets up, she spins Stark around, wrenches and kicks to whip. Stark reverses, Shirai reverses and hooks Stark up in an IRON OCTOPUS! Shirai digs her elbow in, Stark powers up but Shirai sunset flips! TWO, Shirai runs and basement dropkicks Stark down! Shirai stomps Stark to a corner, kicks at her, but Stark kicks back. Shirai CHOPS and CHOPS then sweeps the legs, to dig her boots in! SWINGING METEORA! Stark crawls along the ropes, Shirai runs in and 619’s, but Stark blocks to BOOT Shirai down! Stark builds speed but runs into BOOTS! Shirai swings to dropkick Stark back, then goes to a corner.

Shirai is slow to climb up, Stark intercepts with a GAMANGIRI! Shirai tumbles down as NXT goes to break!

NXT returns and Stark has Shirai in a facelock. Shirai throws body shots to get free, then throws forearms to back Stark down. Stark dodges to mule kick, front kick, kick a leg out, and then runs, but into a takedown! Shirai wants the arm but Stark holds on! Stark rolls, Shirai kicks low, but Stark ducks the buzzsaw to trip Shirai up! Stark runs again, to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Stark thought she had Shirai but she keeps her focus. Stark goes to a corner, hops up fast, and leaps for a 450! She has to roll through as Shirai moves, both women run to DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Both women are down and fans fire up!

The ref checks, both women are okay to continue, and Shirai sits up first. Stark follows and ghost pins! TWO, Stark hits a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Cover, TWO!! Shirai survives but Stark can’t believe how close she was! Starks wraps Shirai up in a chinlock and makes it a sleeper! Shirai endures so Stark KNEES her in the back! Stark kicks but Shirai blocks to elbow the leg, and SHOTEI! Shirai starts to rally with shoulder tackles, then a FLAPJACK! Stark goes to ropes, Shirai 619’s! Shirai climbs up top, takes aim and leaps to missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Stark survives and Shirai gets annoyed. Shirai drags Stark up, reels her in and underhooks, but Stark back drops out!

Stark gets back to a corner, hops up again, but Shirai SHOTEIS again! Shirai climbs up to join Stark and club away on her back! Shirai stands up on the very top, to SUPER STEINER! Stark staggers up into Shirai’s double underhooks, for the TIGER BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Stark survives and Shirai is frustrated! Shirai stomps away on Stark, drags her up, but Stark gets around to a waistlock, for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Stark is shocked but she’s seeing why Shirai is a champion! Stark drags Shirai up again, Shirai resists the German to victory roll Stark into buckles! SHINKANSEN!! Shirai goes up, OVER THE MOONSAULT! Cover, Shirai wins!

Winner: Io Shirai, by pinfall

Stark may not have won but she showed she’s one to watch! Will Shirai be keeping her eye on Stark from now on? But speaking of someone to watch out for, here comes Toni Storm! “Oh, Io, Io, Io.” Look at her! “Willing to fight literally anyone in this division, besides me.” But Storm is no Stark or whatever he name is. She IS Toni Storm, and she kicked Shirai’s head off, and Shirai couldn’t do a thing about it! There’s a reason Shirai pinned Mercedes Martinez and not Storm: Shirai can’t beat her. Shirai gets a mic to respond! “I will fight you, any time, any place, anywhere!”

But will she? Because if Shirai thought she could beat Storm, surely by now she would’ve asked Regal for it! But Shirai hasn’t done that, because she’s scared. Storm knows it, but she dares Shirai to prove her wrong. “Go find Regal, make the match happen.” Shirai says Storm’s on! Will Regal only need to see this to make it happen?

 

Backstage interview with The Way.

Even though they’re on their way out, McKenzie asks for a moment of their time. Gargano says not now! They need to get out of here before “that psycho” Lumis comes back for them. Gargano says all Theory had to do was hit Lumis with a chair! How was that so hard?! Theory says the chair was unnecessary, and Lumis doesn’t deserve that. Lumis is just misunderstood. What?! He kidnapped Theory! Chloroform, white van! And Theory isn’t even the first person Lumis did that to! Lumis isn’t misunderstood, he’s PSYCHO! Is Gargano taking crazy pills? Candice, back Johnny up! Candice agrees, Lumis should be in jail. THANK YOU! Indi, you, too! Indi says she finds Lumis “kinda hot…”

WHAT THE… Gargano keeps Candice from cursing so he can see “HELL?!” What is going on here?! What is happening!? No, no, whatever this is with Indi, and Theory’s Stockholm Syndrome, get them down. They will fix this! Theory is going to therapy! Seriously? Yes! And not another word! It is happening! Will therapy be enough to undo whatever Lumis may or may not have done to Theory?

 

Grimes is back with the basketball scam!

He made sure to watch the entire DeBiase moment, and he’ll get the better of someone this time. Grimes is sure these people know him for his money. He has a handful of green and explains his basketball challenge. Maybe not this guy, but how about the little lady over here? If she can bounce the basketball 10 times, she’ll get $1000 of his money! Like the Million Dollar Man back in the day? Uh, n-no… Just dribble the ball! It ain’t rocket science! Maybe her friend over here would like to try instead? No, the lady he asked first takes the challenge on. And when she stands up, Grimes realizes she’s not so little… Well still, she has to dribble! “Let’s see what you got, honey!”

The young lady dribbles, Grimes counts, but she gets tricky with it and he misses! That’s more than 10! “Gimme my money, honey.” Grimes is out $2000 total now. Don’t hate the player, hate the game. CURSE YOU, DEBIASE! This ain’t over!!

 

Xia Li w/ Tian Sha VS Kacy Catanzaro w/ Kayden Carter!

The friendship of Spicy and KC Squared may be all but gone after the harsh training Xia was put through by “her.” Can Kacy save whatever is left of the old Xia? Or will she be “purged” to only make Xia stronger?

The bell rings and Xia rushes Kacy! Kacy dodges, fires off on Xia, but Xia shoves her away! Xia rushes in again but Kacy waistlocks. Xia reaches under but Kacy leap frogs over and around. Kacy handsprings, headscissors and fires up! Kacy is after Xia with a facelock, whips her, but Xia reverses. Kacy goes up and over but gets caught! Xia hotshots Kacy, then takes her fighting stance! Xia powers up, storms over again, and bumps Kacy off buckles! Kacy shoves Xia but Xia stomps Kacy down in the corner! The ref counts, Xia adds on a springboard stomp to top it off! Xia drags Kacy back up, snap suplexes, covers, TWO!

Xia keeps on Kacy with a chinlock then makes it a cobra clutch. Kayden and the fans rally as Kacy fights up, and Kacy slips out the back! Xia BOOTS Kacy down, drags her up and reels her in, but Kacy slips out of the Gory Especial to sunset flip! TWO, and Xia back kicks Kacy hard! Cover, TWO! Xia wraps Kacy up in the cobra clutch again, but Kacy fights up. Kacy throws Xia off, gets to a corner, and elbows her away! Xia runs back in but into a boot! Xia returns, but Kacy trips her into the corner! Kacy fires off stomps, furious fists, but Xia shoves her away! Kacy comes back with more fire, the ref counts but Xia shoves her, only for Kacy to SHOTGUN Xia back!

Kacy runs, hits an A-List Lariat, then hits a FLIPPING AX KICK! Cover, TWO! Xia bails out, Kacy grits her teeth and goes to the apron to leap! Xia catches her, moves her around, but Kacy slips out to a waistlock. Xia standing switches to RAM Kacy into the barriers! Tian Sha tells Xia to finish this, and Xia looms over Kacy. The ring count is climbing, Kacy’s leg is on steel steps and Xia STOMPS IT!! Xia may have just broken Kacy’s leg! The ref checks on Kacy as she writhes and cries in pain, but Xia doesn’t even show emotion on her face! Xia goes up the steps, and drags Kacy up by her hair! Xia brings Kacy to the apron and makes sure Tian Sha sees this!

The ref reprimands, Xia shows no mercy as she drags Kacy in. More referees come out to check on Kacy, the refs call this!

Winner: Xia Li, by referee stoppage

Kayden wants after Xia but the refs keep her back. Kayden shields Kacy, but then glares at Tian Sha. Kayden storms over and asks what their problem is! Boa blocks Kayden’s path, Xia goes after Kacy with a HEEL KICK!! Kayden rushes back to Kacy and Xia slips away to leave with Boa and Tian Sha. Xia warns Kayden that she is next. Will what Xia did to Kacy pale in comparison to what she’ll do to Kayden?

 

Regal is still waiting for Escobar.

Still no sign of El Legado, but the clock is ticking. Will Escobar have the courage to face Karrion Kross? Or will he have to sacrifice his Cruiserweight title reign?

 

NXT profiles next week’s WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship match.

After making history by winning the inaugural Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez are poised to take on the Irresistible Force & Shayna Baszler! The Queen of Spades says, “The Women’s Division now is all the scraps left over from when I left.” And when it comes to Raquel telling them, “You don’t run this place anymore… we do!” Well, that’s a joke to Nia. Nia says Raquel can talk about dominating all she wants, but when she runs into Nia, it’ll be a different story.

Raquel says Nia is the one kidding herself. Nia needs to wake up. Dakota says she and Raquel will be bringing those WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships to NXT. Shayna says Dakota is only confident because she has Raquel. That’s perfect, because now there’s someone who can carry her to the hospital. Dakota said it before, she is NOT the scared little girl from Shayna’s reign of terror. Dakota will kick Shayna’s head off once and for all! Will the alumni come back to humiliate this generation? Or will Raquel and Dakota turn the whole Women’s Division upside-down?

 

Cameron Grimes wants one more try!

No one gets over on Cameron Grimes! He challenges a random guy in the parking lot! Dribble the ball 10 times, win $1000! Like that DeBiase- YES LIKE THAT!! Just do it!! Why is it so difficult?! He gonna do it or what? Yeah, sure, The guy starts dribbling, and Grimes DECKS him!! Grimes tells DeBiase to #KissMahGrits! Money CAN by happiness! Wait, he still throws like, $1500 into the air. Will that guy wake up and still get Grimes’ money?

 

Grizzled Young Veterans VS Killian Dain & Drake Maverick!

Zack Gibson & James Drake ambushed MSK because, well, they’re sore losers. But will the Belfast Beast and Rockstar Spud SSSOOON avenge Lee & Carter?

Maverick comes out wearing a shirt with Dain’s face on it, and Dain does not approve! Dain pulls that shirt off Maverick and smacks him on the back with it before throwing it away. GYV make their entrance, Gibson has a mic, and he says, “I’m sorry to interrupt this little dance party, but we have some breaking news! Wes Lee of MSK fame has unfortunately broken his hand.” James Drake mockingly “sheds a tear,” but says that the main headline now is that Regal has given GYV a hefty fine! They were just saving the NXT Universe! Imagine a few weeks without MSK “joking around like little children!”

Gibson says in the finals of the Dusty Cup, “the better team lost! Let’s make no mistakes: there’s only one team destined for tag title glory, and it’s NOT MSK. And it’s certainly not Shrek ‘n’ Donkey! It’s the Grizzled Young Veterans, SSSSSSOON to be recognized as NXT Tag Team Champions!” Gibson and Drake get in with Shrek- er, Dain & Maverick, and teams sort out. Of course Dain wants to start, and he runs right at James Drake to SHOTGUN DROPKICK him down! Dain drags Drake up to throw BIG EuroUppers! Tag to Maverick, Dain & Maverick double whip, Dain uses Maverick to trip Drake up, and then Dain drops a back senton! Maverick is the human weapon again, scoop slam senton! Cover, TWO!

Maverick keeps on Drake with an armlock, then wrenches to a wristlock. Maverick hammerlocks, Drake endures and fights up to elbow free. Drake headlocks, tags Gibson, Maverick powers out but GYV leap frog to CLOBBER Maverick! Gibson sucker punches Dain, but he doesn’t fall! The ref is busy keeping Dain back, and Gibson scoops Maverick to an Electric Chair! Mr. Mayhem goes up top but Dain gets Maverick away from Liverpool’s Number One, to then choke grip Gibson! Drake leaps into a choke grip, and Dain SHOVES GYV out of the ring! Fans fire up as Maverick shakes Dain’s hand. Then Dain TOSSES Maverick out onto GYV! GYV goes down as NXT goes to break!

NXT returns and Gibson keeps Maverick from Dain! Maverick throws forearms, Gibson whips Maverick to the corner and tags in Drake. Drake rolls and run sin but Maverick knees him down! Gibson keeps Maverick cornered, until Maverick slips under! Hot tag to Dain! Dain rallies on GYV, then clinches Drake for an OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Dain RAMS Gibson into Drake then CLOBBERS Gibson! Gibson begs for mercy but Drake jumps on with a sleeper! Dain just shifts Drake to a fireman’s carry, scoops Gibson, SAMOAN DROP FALL AWAY SLAM COMBO! Big Damo pops Drake back up for the WASTELAND, and SENTON! Cover, Gibson breaks it!

The ref reprimands as Gibson hammers Dain and helps Drake up. GYV coordinate, but it’s Dain who DOUBLE SUPLEXES them! Hot tag to Maverick! Maverick climbs up, leaps and CROSSBODIES Drake! Maverick dropkicks Gibson down, fires up and throws strikes on Drake! Punch, kick, repeat, but Drake shoves him! Maverick gets under to dropkick the legs out then basement dropkicks Drake in the head! Maverick fires up, hits a forearm smash in the corner, but Gibson tags in before the bulldog attempt! GYV coordinate, MISSILE DROPKICK COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, Dain breaks it! Dain goes after Drake and CLOBBERS him! Gibson throws Dain out, but Dain drags him out with him!

Dain has Gibson’s ear, Drake DIVES to take Dain out! Gibson gets in but Maverick runs in to forearm smash and BULLDOG! Maverick hurries up a corner, but Drake goes after him! Maverick kicks him away but Gibson YANKS Maverick down! Tag to Drake, they coordinate again, TICKET TO MAYHEM!! Cover, GYV wins!

Winners: The Grizzled Young Veterans, by pinfall

The teamwork makes the dream work, and GYV are one step closer to their dastardly dream of being the first team to have held both NXT UK and NXT prime Tag Team Championships!

 

BREAKING NEWS!

William Regal DID see the confrontation earlier, and has made a match! In two weeks it will be Io Shirai VS Toni Storm, for the NXT Women’s Champion!

 

Finally El Legado arrives!

And just in time to make Regal’s deadline! Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza stand guard as Escobar stays in the SUV. Will Escobar go through with the match tonight? Or is he just here to turn over the title?

 

NXT returns as Dain is still carrying Maverick around.

He doesn’t want NXT Media to bother them, he sets Maverick down. But then Alexander Wolfe and Imperium walk by. What is this? Wolfe says Dain used to be a monster. That shake of his head shows Wolfe is disappointed, but Dain asks for medics to check on Maverick. Will Dain let the Hatchet Man get in his head about his… well not friendship, but partnership with Maverick?

 

No Disqualification: Santos Escobar w/ El Legado del Fantasma VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux!

Mr. Doomsday and his femme fatale make their way to the ring, and we see that Escobar has yet to even exit the vehicle. Wait! Kross attacks Wilde & Mendoza!! He got the drop on Legado this time! Kross TOSSES Mendoza into a garage door, but Escobar attacks! He’s going through with the match his way, but will he be made to #FallAndPray all the same?

Kross picks Escobar up to RAM him into the side of a truck! Escobar kicks back, they brawl again, and Kross CLUBS and ROCKS Escobar! Escobar goes to the back of the moving truck, Kross is after him again with haymakers, and then he tosses him into the truck’s trailer. But Escobar SLAMS the door on Kross! Kross writhes and Escobar talks trash in Spanish now that he has the advantage. Escobar kicks and forearms but Kros TOSSES him back into the side of the truck! Escobar kicks again, Kross throws more forearms, but Escobar dodges and a forearm shot hits the truck! Kross shakes that arm while Escobar gets into the truck cab!

Escobar closes the door to protect himself, but Kross rips off the side mirror! Kross finds a PICKAXE under the truck!? What’s that doing there?! Kross uses it to TEAR into the door!! Escobar has to bail out the other side and he throws hands on Kross! Wilde returns to throw hands but Kross TOSSES Wilde onto the hood! Wilde tumbles, Mendoza runs in but he gets THROWN into the grill! Escobar SMASHES Kross with a trash can! Escobar talks more trash and then SMACKS Kross again! El Legado has the 3v1 advantage now and they mug Kross! They bump Kross off the truck, hammer him more, and then RAM him into the side of the trailer!

Escobar wants another one, and they set Kross up again. They tell “the dog” this is what he gets for messing with them! They RAM him into the side again, and then Escobar has Wilde and Mendoza drag Kross into the arena. They go to the special stage area and beat Kross up at the steps! Fans boo but Escobar says to bring Kross around. Kross DECKS Wilde, BOOTS Mendoza, and then takes them both to throw them into the PLEXIGLAS! They go crashing through and Escobar is shocked! Kross glares at Escobar and Scarlett laughs at Escobar’s false bravado! Kross ROCKS Escobar and Escobar goes into the ring!

Escobar runs but Kross BOOTS him down! Cover, ONE!! Kross keeps on Escobar and CLUBS him out of the ring! Kross stalks Escobar, but Mendoza returns! Kross just TOSSES him into other barriers! Escobar SMACKS Kross with a chair! And SMACKS him again! Escobar stomps Kross down, rips Kross’ shirt off, and tosses it aside like trash. Escobar drags Kross up, hammerlocks the bad arm and POSTS him! And then RAMS Kross into steel steps! Escobar grins and soaks up the heat as NXT goes picture in picture.

Escobar takes his time regrouping with El Legado, and they drag Kross back up. Kross rakes Escobar’s eyes! But Legado has the steel steps and RAMS Kross with them! Kross clutches the bad arm, Escobar KICKS it! Escobar stomps the bad arm, drags Kross up and clubs away on the shoulder! Escobar puts Kross in the ring, throws more forearms, then covers, ONE!! Escobar clamps onto the bad arm, stomps away on it, then wrenches the arm. Escobar puts Kross in a corner, wraps the arm around ropes and SCRAPES it along the rope! Kross pushes Escobar away but Wilde HOTSHOTS the arm for him!

Escobar drags Kross up, has the arm, and gives it a CODE BREAKER! Kross scrambles to a corner but Escobar CHOPS him! Escobar puts the arm around ropes and pulls on it again! Kross can only clutch the elbow as Escobar runs in to forearm smash! Escobar cravats Kross, jams him with a shoulder, then headbutts Kross’ shoulder! Escobar fires off forearms, but Kross hits back with his good arm! They brawl, Escobar shoves Kross and runs in to shotgun dropkick! NXT returns to single picture as Legado trips Kross up for Escobar’s basement dropkick! Scarlett is furious and shouts for Kross to get up! Escobar shoves Kross out and goes back for the chair!

Escobar jams the bad arm, then slips the chair around it! Escobar aims and POSTS the arm!! Kross grabs at Escobar with the good arm but Escobar SLAPS him down! Escobar sits the chair up and stomps Kross down. Escobar drags Kross up and over, for a DDT to the chair! Escobar drags Kross up and into the ring, covers, TWO! Legado is frustrated but Escobar dropkicks Kross down! Escobar throws Kross out, pursues, but Kross hits back with is good arm! So Legado swarms him! Kross fights them off, but Escobar DIVES! The Arrow from Hell takes Kross down into barriers!! Scarlett is furious again but can only watch on as Escobar stands on Kross’ bad arm.

Escobar stomps Kross, and stomps and stomps! Escobar kicks the bad arm, wrenches it and clamps onto the shoulder! Escobar puts Kross in, covers, TWO! Escobar drops elbows on Kross’ bad arm, then clamps on with a short arm scissor. Kross endures, tries to use his good arm but Escobar shrugs that off. Kross sits up, Escobar puts him in a corner, and then runs in to DOUBLE KNEE! SNAP SUPLEX! Uno amigo, and Escobar drags Kross up, only for Kross to block! Kross gets around to use the good arm for an EXPLODER! Kross sees Wilde and DECKS him! Escobar leaps into a catch, for another EXPLODER!

Escobar bails out, Kross shakes the bad arm and pursues. Escobar POSTS Kross again! Escobar brings the bad arm around the post, but Kross YANKS Escobar into it instead! Kross bounces Escobar’s head off steel steps! Mendoza runs in with a chair but Kross BOOTS him down! Kross takes the chair for his own now and has a wild grin! Escobar is a fish in a barrel but Wilde saves him from a full metal Con-Chair-To! Kross glares at Wilde, aims with the chair, and he JAMS Escobar in the ribs! Kross puts Escobar in the ring, but Mendoza LEAPS, into an EXPLODER! Wilde leaps, but the rana is blocked! BARRIER BOMB!!

Kross gets in, Escobar is in a corner, Kross hits a corner clothesline! And BOOT! Escobar flops back out, Kross follows, and they’re by the other steps! Kross brings Escobar up and around, DOOMSDAY SAIDO through the announce desk!! Fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” and Scarlett seems euphoric now! Kross puts Escobar in the ring, hauls him up, and hits a DOOMSDAY SAIDO!! Kross aims from a corner, and winds up the hour hand. “TICK TOCK! TIME’S UP!!” BLINDSIDE FOREARM!! Cover, Kross wins!!

Winner: Karrion Kross, by pinfall

Escobar tried every trick in the book, but nothing can stop the sands of time! He still has the title, but will Escobar be in any shape to defend his Cruiserweight Championship? And will the clock start ticking on another champion’s reign?

 

NXT hears from LA Knight.

“Let me talk to ya. The question burning in everyone’s mind since TakeOver is, ‘Man, when’s LA Knight gonna debut?'” He’ll put it this way: the one thing that he asked is, “Whose game is it?” It’s HIS game. That means when he debuts, it’s on his time, his terms and done his way. What that means is Knight could debut next week, the week after that, or three months from now, because it doesn’t make a difference! In the end, everyone’s favorites, the ones that hold the gold, are just holding golden tickets to getting stomped out by LA Knight! That’s not an insult, that’s just a fact of life! But who will Knight go for first whenever it is he makes his in-ring debut?

 

Adam Cole is here!

After tweeting out that he will give us his explanation, Cole is finally here to do as he said! Cole goes to the ring, fans boo, and they don’t even feel like saying “BOOM” with him anymore. Cole takes a moment to watch a replay of last week, where Cole betrayed and booted Kyle O’Reilly to then give him a brainbuster to Kyle O’Reilly. Kyle has a herniated disc, not likely to return for several weeks, and fans chant, “You Suck!” for it. Cole gets a mic to say, “I… I had every intention of coming out here and explaining why I did what I did to Kyle, but… God, man, after watching that footage, I feel sick to my stomach.”

Everyone knows the NXT Championship is very important to Cole, especially the guys in the Undisputed Era. But Cole does not like the person he has become lately. At first, Cole was pissed off, because Kyle was getting opportunity after opportunity at the title, and he continued to fail. But that does not excuse Cole’s actions. After seeing it back, Cole is ashamed of himself. “Kyle, I know you’re sitting at home right now and you’re watching this. And I wish so, so badly that we could be having this conversation face to face, man to man, but we can’t.” They can’t, because of Cole.

Cole and Kyle know each other than anybody, and that means Kyle knows Cole hates admitting he’s wrong. Cole is telling us now that he was dead wrong. Kyle should be here in this ring, right here and now, but instead Cole made a stupid mistake and hates himself for it! Cole paces as he works on the words to say. “Kyle… Kyle, I am so, so sorry.” Cole will do whatever he can to fix this. Even if he can’t, he’ll try. “Wow, Adam. Really?” Roderick Strong confronts Cole! Now Cole feels bad?! Only now? For the past 10 days Cole didn’t feel bad for not letting Strong know what was going on? For what Cole did to Kyle, and to THE TEAM!?

“Adam, everything’s changed now. This whole thing, this Undisputed Era… This was built on trust! Love! A brotherhood!” The UE Boys would do whatever it took to have each other’s backs! And just like that, Cole “shattered that trust!” Strong wants Cole to look at him and understand this: Kyle IS going to heal up. They both know Kyle. But when Kyle does heal, Strong doesn’t know if he can save Cole from what Kyle’s gonna do to him! But wait, here comes Finn Balor! Strong tries to stop him but Balor pushes him aside and tackles Cole! Balor rains down fists, Strong gets in to pull him away from Cole, but Balor and Strong tumble out of the ring!

Balor kicks and stomps away on Strong but Cole RAMS Balor into barriers! And SUPERKICKS him down! Strong gets in the ring, Cole goes in to apologize, but Strong CLOBBERS Cole! And Strong is just as torn up as Cole was! Cole apologizes and he just wants things to go back to normal. Cole says this was his fault. Strong shouts, “What is happening?!” Cole starts to cry, but Strong sits with him. Strong says he’s sorry for hitting Cole. They’re brothers and they love each other! They hug it out and fans cheer! Cole keeps apologizing, he and Strong pat each other on the back, and then they shake hands. But Cole LOW BLOWS Strong?!?! That wasn’t a mistake!!

Cole tells Strong he is so STUPID! Cole says Strong is dead to him, and he takes the UE dog tag away from him! Then SUPERKICKS him down!! Was Cole just pretending to have regrets? Is there nothing undisputed anymore?!


My Thoughts:

Wow, this episode! And that’s meant in a good way, there was a lot of great, wild stuff. We had a really good match in Gargano VS Lumis, and some really crazy developments in that story. Theory thinking Lumis isn’t so bad is an alright choice, but I have no idea where this “Indi <3’s Lumis” is coming from. I get there’s a cliché of “daughter falls for bad boy” in sitcoms and family stories, but this still seems a bit out of nowhere. The pacing is what feels off, really. I still wish there were “Theory is hostage” antics but of course this is all leading to Gargano VS Lumis rematch for the North American Championship. I just don’t like the idea that it might come down to the loyalties of Theory and Indi, not that Lumis actually beats Gargano on his own merits.

The way (no pun intended this time, I swear) we learned about Rust VS Ruff getting on the card was arranged oddly. There was entrance, then a “earlier today” video, then Bivens has his promo to put Rust over and bury Ruff. We should’ve gotten the video first, then everything else. Swerve attacking Ruff was a good touch, though, and I guess any match being offered/given to Ruff is too much for Swerve. We got really good video packages for MSK and the coming Women’s Tag Title match, but what a twist for GYV to attack MSK and basically delay the NXT Tag Team Championship match. GYV VS Dain & Maverick was a good match, but of course GYV wins.

It seems Imperium and Wolfe are going to be the next feud for Dain & Maverick, and there could even be a chance of Dain being recruited/converted to Imperium! I don’t know if I want to see the dysfunctional duo break up, but Dain and Wolfe reuniting from their SAnitY days through Imperium would be an interesting story. Plus, one day we will be able to have NXT and NXT UK swap people around smoothly again, so with the North American Championship, NXT UK Heritage Cup, and another pair of tag titles out there, there could come a time when Imperium reigns from top to bottom.

Shirai VS Stark was very good, especially for Stark being new to NXT. But naturally, we’re getting Shirai VS Storm 1v1 now, but it does seem a little sudden for the long-awaited rematch from the second Mae Young Classic. The match itself will surely make up for that, though, and honestly could go either way, if Heel Toni decides to bend the rules or something. Then with Xia Li VS Kacy, it was obvious it would be brutal, but I didn’t think it’d be that brutal! Xia “breaking” Kacy’s leg, and threatening to do the same to Kayden, that is some serious Heel heat. I am still waiting for when Tian Sha/Mei Ling (Karen Q) gets back into action and tears up the Women’s Tag Division with Xia Li.

Grimes trying to recreate the Ted DeBiase basketball challenge, and messing up multiple times, was pretty hilarious. I have a feeling he’s not only going to waste his money on things but also on these silly bets until he’s basically back to where he was before #GameStonks. The story of Escobar waiting until the very last minute was pretty good, as was Kross going after him so he wouldn’t have a choice. Naturally Legado worked together for the entirety of the No DQ match, and I think the No DQ, brawling nature of the match made this work in Kross’ favor, as he felt much stronger than if this were a standard match. Kross wins so he can stay strong in his own path back to the NXT Championship, and I’m curious to see how this impacts Escobar’s title reign, if at all.

And speaking of, the NXT Championship scene is also attached to the #WhyColeWhy story. Cole taking the approach of, “It was impulsive and I regret it” was an interesting start, but from how he betrays Strong at the very last moment makes it seem it was an act. The anger Cole mentioned about Kyle getting his two opportunities might also be attached to jealousy, maybe some bitterness. Cole VS Kyle is definitely happening, but I think we’ll get a great Cole VS Strong first, maybe even Cole VS Balor, title optional. Heck, the title could be put up, but Kyle screws Cole over to set their own match up. The UE is basically all but over unless Fish returns and Cole is the one kicked out of the group. This could even be the long road to opening the door to Cole going to Raw/SmackDown, as much of a shame it’d be to see him finally move over.

My Score: 9.4/10


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