WWE returns to be part of #RiyadhSeason!
Crown Jewel looks to make history this year! Along with the Universal title, World title and US title, Saudi Arabia will have its first-ever women’s match!
- Kickoff Show – WWE United States Championship #1 Contender 20-Man Battle Royal: Humberto Carrillo wins and will challenge AJ Styles for the title later on.
- Kickoff Show – WWE 24/7 Championship Side Quest: Sunil Singh w/ Samir VS R-Truth; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE World Championship: Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman VS Cain Velasquez w/ Rey Mysterio; Lesnar wins and retains the WWE World Championship.
- World Cup Tag Team Turmoil: The OC win and are crowned the Best Tag Team in the World.
- Mansoor VS Cesaro; Mansoor wins.
- Braun Strowman VS Tyson Fury; Fury wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Hallway Havoc: Samir Singh wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE United States Championship: AJ Styles w/ The OC VS Humberto Carrillo; Styles wins and retains the WWE United States Championship.
- Lacey Evans VS Natalya; Natalya wins Saudi Arabia’s first ever women’s match.
- 10-Man Tag: Team Hogan VS Team Flair; Team Hogan wins.
- WWE Universal Championship Falls Count Anywhere: Seth Rollins VS The Fiend Bray Wyatt; Wyatt wins and becomes the new WWE Universal Champion.
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It’s the Crown Jewel Kickoff Show!
Join Charly Caruso, Booker T, David Otunga and Scott Stanford are in the WWE Headquarters Studio as they talk about all the history and excitement going into this event.
Byron Saxton interviews Ric Flair!
The Nature Boy fist bumps Byron as Byron asks about leading Team Flair against long-time rival Hulk Hogan’s own team. Hogan is more than a rival, he is a nemesis! Crown Jewel will see Corbin, Orton, Nakamura, Lashley and McIntyre, five of the greatest athletes today, representing Flair, “we will make history!” That’s what they do every day! Saudi Arabia will witness the greatest event in sports entertainment in 2019! And after today, Flair and his teams will be limousine riding and jet flying all the way back to the States as Flair celebrates beating Hogan! “We prevail, we brag, and we limousine ride and jet fly!” WOO~! Nature Boy is all fired up, but will his team be the ones making history?
Kickoff Show – WWE United States Championship #1 Contender 20-Man Battle Royal!
AJ Styles may be running wild on Raw alongside The OC, but this battle royal could see a SmackDown superstar challenging him for the title. Who will be the one to rise above and challenge The Phenomenal One?
R-Truth gets a great ovation as he makes his way out. However, he’ll have to wait until after this match if he wants the WWE 24/7 Championship. Buddy Murphy also gets a great amount of cheers, as it seems Saudi Arabia knows about the Best Kept Secret. Erick Rowan gets a different reaction, but he’ll surely look to rebound after being nearly crushed by Seth Rollins last Monday. And El Idolo es solo, but he’s more than confident in his chances. He joins the field, full of other stars like Sin Cara, Apollo Crews and THE Brian Kendrick. The bell rings and it is a chaotic brawl right away!
Titus O’Neil goes after Almas while Luke Harper uppercuts Kendrick. Apollo works on Murphy while Shelton Benjamin brawls with Tony Nese. The premier Athlete holds onto ropes while Titus is after Truth! Harper and Rowan work together on Kendrick but he’s a stubborn one. Sin Cara goes after Almas, his long time rival. Fans cheer for Harper as he ROCKS Eric Young with an uppercut. Murphy goes after Humberto Carrillo, an old 205 Live rival. Rowan lifts up Maverick and tosses him out, Rowan ELIMINATES Rowan! But a whole group goes after the Big Redwood! Rowan holds on and rocks each of them with rights. Slater tries his best, but Rowan yanks him out and ELIMINATES Slater! Nese tries now, and rocks Rowan with a dropkick! But Rowan holds on to come back and yank Nese up and out! Rowan ELIMINATES Nese! That’s three eliminations in a row!
AJ Styles watches backstage as the brawling all continues. Murphy lifts Carrillo and Titus helps out. Rowan gets mobbed but Harper helps him out and ELIMINATES Kendrick! And ELIMINATES Eric Young! Murphy CHOPS Carrillo but Almas CHOPS Murphy! Almas goes after Sin Cara again while Harper goes after Akira Tozawa. Harper throws Tozawa but he hangs onto the ropes! Harper drags him up but Tozawa holds on. Titus clotheslines and ELIMINATES Mojo Rawley! Fans bark along with Titus. Almas scoops and tosses Sin Cara, Almas ELIMINATES Sin Cara! The field is thinning out as R-Truth fights off the Singh Brothers. Apollo ELIMINATES Titus with a toss! Tozawa is pumped for his friend, but now Almas is stomping Apollo down.
Crown Jewel goes picture in picture as Almas goes after Truth. Truth holds on so Almas throws forearms. Harper comes running through them, and then he grinds boots into Tozawa. Rowan goes after No Way Jose on the other end, then trades with Harper. Rowan hoists Tozawa up but Tozawa holds on tight! Tozawa avoids elimination so Rowan stomps him down. Almas keeps on Truth while Murphy and Carrillo continue to fight back and forth. Crown Jewel returns to single picture as Harper and Rowan stare down. Is the friendship breaking down? Jose staggers in, wanting them to party instead! Fans get behind the fiesta, and is Harper getting into it? No he just disco discus clotheslines Jose! And then Rowan ELIMINATES Jose!
But Rowan and Harper are back to arguing, but Tozawa taps Rowan on the back. Tozawa wants a fight! But he’s talking to the wrong titans… Rowan scoops Tozawa and puts him on the top rope! Harper SUPERKICKS and ELIMINATES Tozawa! Now he and Rowan are even. AJ Styles still watches as Rowan grinds boots into Sunil Singh. Samir can’t help his brother, he has to watch the WWE 24/7 Championship. Carrillo baits Benjamin in and tosses him out! Carrillo ELIMINATES Benjamin! Rowan back drops and ELIMINATES Apollo Crews! Murphy runs in at Rowan but is put on the apron. He turns around into the Iron Claw, but breaks free to knee trigger! Murphy climbs up but Rowan shoves him down and ELIMINATES him! Almas ELIMINATES Truth, but Carrillo ELIMINATES Truth! Our final five are Rowan, Harper, Carrillo, Cedric Alexander, and yes, Sunil Singh!
But Carrillo turns around into Rowan’s Iron Claw! IRON CLAW SLAM! Sunil whips but Alexander reverses to ELIMINATE Sunil! Rowan clobbers Alexander and we have our final four! Fans still love Harper as he clobbers Alexander. The super heavyweights are beating down the Cruiserweights with boots and knees in the corners. Harper and Rowan work together on Alexander, but he fights back. They stomp Alexander down, but Carrillo slowly gets up. Rowan clobbers Carrillo and Harper hauls Alexander to a corner. Harper and Rowan focus on Alexander but he fires back with forearm and an enziguri! Only to get a BOOT! Rowan tosses and ELIMINATES Alexander! The WWE 24/7 Champion and his brother use the title as a consolation prize, but R-Truth is lurking! Truth throws Samir aside and rolls Sunil!! Cover, Truth wins the 24/7 Championship!!
Winner on the side: R-Truth, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
At least Truth can celebrate getting his baby back! He hurries away, but then the chase is on again! ALl those eliminated have returned for a second chance at a title! Truth makes a whole lap around the ring before getting away again!
But now, the final three are Carrillo, Harper and Rowan… Harper and Rowan stare each other down, but Carrillo dropkicks them into each other! Carrillo dodges Rowan but not Harper’s BOOT! Rowan hauls Carrillo up into a corner and Harper throws an uppercut. The titans work together, Rowan whips Harper in to elbow Carrillo, and he feeds Carrillo to Rowan’s BODY CHECK! Rowan and Harper continue to disagree, but Harper tosses Carrillo. Carrillo survives, Rowan ELIMINATES Harper! Carrillo ELIMINATES Rowan and wins!!
Winner: Humberto Carrillo; will face AJ Styles for the United States Championship later tonight
AJ Styles likes the moxie from the young Ultimo Ninja. Will Styles like it better when he beats Carrillo a second time in a week?
Byron Saxton interviews The New Day!
Big E comes kicking in with Kofi Kingston, watch your chin! Xavier Woods went down with injury, but how will they rebound? Brother Woods was cut down in his prime, running so fast but pulled up and hurt tore his Achilles. Woods told him, “No, Big E, no cry.” But adversity is another word for opportunity! The Power of Positivity is always on, and while they miss Woods, Kofi and Big E will hold it down against all the teams to win that World Cup! And they’ll take that to SmackDown just tomorrow night, to beat the Revival and once again become the 7-time, W, W, E, World, Tag, Team CHAMPIONS~! Because New! Day Rocks! Byron gets into it, too! But who will be the new Best Tag Team in the World?
Paul Heyman sees the cameras outside Brock Lesnar’s locker room.
And doesn’t take kindly to them. He shoos the cameras away so that he and The Beast can go through final preparations. Will the reigning, defending, undisputed WWE World Heavyweight Champion be ready for the rematch he’s wanted for nine years?
History is not given, it is forged.
By those who seize the moment. By leaders, trailblazers and legends. “Well let me tell you something, brother!” History is made as legends lead ten of the greatest superstars today to add on to their legacies. History is made when the worlds of boxing, MMA and pro-wrestling collide in two truly heavyweight matches. History is made when a champion must fight his fears in a match that can go anywhere. And history is made when walls are broken down, and women are wrestling in Saudi Arabia! Where will you be when history is made?
WWE World Championship: Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman VS Cain Velasquez w/ Rey Mysterio!
Here is a piece of that history already! The Beast waits for no one, as he and his Advocate head to the ring to have it out with “The Godfather” to open the show! Will Lesnar stay the world champion? Or will history repeat itself, right down to a scar left on Lesnar’s face?
The introductions are made, with Saudi Arabia echoing Heyman’s words. The belt is raised, and this rematch of fight-sport icons begins!
Fans chant “Suplex City!” as Lesnar and Cain circle. They approach, and Cain tests Lesnar with a quick kick. Lesnar stays up but Cain gets him with another. Lesnar goes for a leg but ends up in a corner with Cain. The ref calls for the break but Lesnar keeps throwing knees. Cain works through the guard, getting shots where he can. The two break and circle again. Fans duel as Cain tests Lesnar with more kicks. Cain has Lesnar in a corner with hands but Lesnar grapples. Cain still gets his shots in with hands and knees, but Lesnar turns things around. The ref seems to be rather lax to give Cain a chance, and Cain gets Lsenar down with a roundhouse! Cain rains rights but Lesnar uses a leg guard, to get the KIMURA!! Cain endures, flails, but he taps?! Lesnar wins!?
Winner: Brock Lesnar, by submission; still WWE World Champion
But the Beast refuses to let go, he wants to torture Cain! Rey gets in with a chair and SMACKS Lesnar! That only angers Lesnar! Lesnar hits Rey and hauls him up to toss him out! Lesnar then takes the chair Rey brought in to SMACK Cain! And SMACK him again! And again! Lesnar is seething as he hauls Cain up to the fireman’s carry, and hits an F5 on the chair!! But Rey is back with another chair and he SMACKS Lesnar more! He keeps firing off on Lesnar, he won’t give Lesnar an opening! Chair shot to the face! And the back! Rey is wearing that chair out on Lesnar! Lesnar runs away and Heyman keeps him from wanting revenge. The Beast has the belt and his payback on Cain, but what will the King of Lucha Libre do to get the rest of his own revenge?
The tag team champions of both brands speak.
Fighting up from noting to becoming the #TopGuys, it has all lead to this. The most important tag team match in history, this is Dash Wilder’s and Scott Dawson’s time to prove they are the “most precise one-two punch.” No Flips, Just Fists. The Viking Nation travels wherever the Raiders go. And tonight, all will witness the battlefield that is Crown Jewel. Their arrival is everyone else’s fall. The Raid is here! Will either of the tag team champions be standing at the end of tonight’s Tag Team Turmoil?
World Cup Tag Team Turmoil!
The largest tag team turmoil match in the history of wrestling will see nine teams compete for the right to be the BEST Tag Team in the World! Will the winner be from Raw or from SmackDown? Will they be the champions or a dark horse no one expects?
The first match-up is…
Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler VS Lucha House Party!
The GLORIOUS Show-Offs are specifically taking on Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado. Teams sort out and Lince starts against Ziggler, and the bell rings to official start the tag team turmoil!
Lince and Ziggler tie up and Ziggler powers Lince to a corner. Ziggler lets up to pie face Lince, so Lince CHOPS back! Lince whips but Ziggler reverses, only for Lince to go up and over. Lince speed sup, slides under and huricanranas Ziggler to a corner! Fans rally with “Lucha! Lucha!” but Ziggler elbows then dropkicks Lince down! Ziggler tags in Roode and Roode stomps Lince Pennywise down. But Lince jawbreakers back! And CHOPS to a whip. Roode reverses but gets the Golden Rewind! Tag to Metalik, who gets a boost, for a splash! Then Lince becomes a human weapon, wheelbarrow suplex splash! Cover, TWO! Metalik tags Lince as he wrenches Roode. Lince climbs to drop an ax handle. Roode hits back and grimaces as he shoves Lince back. Lince fights out of the Roode-Dolph corner but gets a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Roode hits Metalik out of anger before he stomps Lince down.
Tag to Ziggler, and Roode suplexes to throw Lince down. Ziggler adds the Famouser! Cover but Metailk breaks it! Ziggler drags Lince away for a chinlock, tearing at the mask! The fans rally up as Lince endures. Lince fights his way up and reaches, but Ziggler pulls him away by the mask! Tag to Roode, and Roode-Dolph mug Lince in their corner. Roode drags Lince up, suplexes him down and covers, TWO! Roode drags Lince away to tag Ziggler, and then he stomps Lince’s arm. Ziggler has Lince in the open corner for haymakers. Ziggler hoists Lince up top and climbs up to join him. Lince fights back and punches Ziggler down! Lince leaps for a crossbody! But he bounces off the cover!
Ziggler and Lince crawl as fans fire up, tag to Roode! Roode grabs Lince but Lince kicks him away, hot tag to Metalik! Metalik springboards in, things speed up, Roode avoids the handspring but not the CHOP. Metalik runs in, is put up top but he comes back with a headscissors! Roode flounders into kicks from Metailk, who then runs the ropes to hit a missile dropkick! Cover, but Ziggler breaks it! Lince leaps and huricanranas Ziggler away! Fans already feel “This is Awesome!” as Roode shoves Lince down into a SUPERKICK! Metalik rolls Roode, TWO, but Metalik enziguris! Roode distracts the ref, Ziggler SUPERKICKS Metalik mid-handspring! GLORIOUS DDT from Roode! Cover, Roode & Dolph ELIMINATE Lucha House Party! But right away it’s the Major Brothers!
Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler VS Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder!
Ryder and Hawkins run in, dodge Roode-Dolph and hit back with a clothesline and a Rough Ryder! The Major Bros clothesline Ziggler out and Hawkins gives Roode a neckbreaker! Tag to Ryder who hops up fast, Hawkins fireman’s carries for the SUPER rolling neckbreaker Samoan drop! Cover, Ziggler breaks it! Ziggler throws Hawkins out now and SUPERKICKS him! SUPERKIKC for Ryder, GLORIOUS ZIGZAG! Cover, Roode-Dolph ELIMINATE the Major Bros! But now they face Tucker and Otis!
Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler VS Heavy Machinery!
They’re COMIIIIIIN’~! The literally biggest team in this turmoil match get in the ring and fans are fired up for Otis. But it is Tucker Knight starting with Ziggler, and Tucker gets the leg. He rolls Ziggler to a cover, TWO, but Tucker holds on. Ziggler elbows out and leaps, but into Tucker’s catapult! Ziggler gets buckles then flounders off. Tucker leaps for a crossbody! Fans cheer for the uncanny agility as Tucker runs in. But Roode saves Ziggler from the splash! Roode tags in and goes after Tucker with buckle bumps and CHOPS. Roode fires off more CHOPS, then grinds Tucker’s face on the ropes. The ref reprimands Roode but Ziggler gets a cheap shot in! Tucker hits back with big hands, but Roode dropkicks Tucker down.
Tag to Ziggler and he mugs Tucker in the corner. Fans are rallying for Otis as Ziggler snapmares Tucker. Ziggler drops the elbow, covers, TWO! Ziggler keeps on Tucker with a grounded armlock, but fans continue to rally up for Heavy Machinery. Tucker fights his way up and reaches, but Ziggler keeps him away with a pull of the hair. Tag to Roode, and Roode stomps Tucker down. Roode tosses Tucker out hard to then taunt Otis. Ziggler gets more cheap shots on Tucker, and then Roode goes out to CHOP Tucker against barriers. Roode puts Tucker in, covers, TWO! Roode keeps on Tucker and tags in Ziggler. Ziggler stomps Tucker down then taunts the fans cheering for Otis. But Tucker fights back with big haymakers! Ziggler kicks low and tags Roode.
Ziggler whips Roode for Roode to whip Ziggler, Ziggler only gets post! Tucker lariats Roode down! Fans rally up and Tucker heads for Otis! Hot tag brings in Dozer! Fans love Otis as he rallies and flapjacks Ziggler! Off comes the shirt! Roode kicks but Otis just jiggles with it. Otis powers up from more kicks, and then lifts Roode up for a Fall Away Slam! “Oh yeah~!” Otis bulldozes Roode-Dolph in the corner! They’re both down, and Otis pumps up! Fans cheer as Otis hits the Caterpillar! But Ziggler denies the elbow, and fans boo. Roode-Dolph wants a time-out, but Tucker wipes out Ziggler! Roode gets up, but Otis drags him in! Otis runs in but gets boots. Roode hops up, but leaps into Otis’ arms! Tucker tags in, COMPACTOR! Cover, Heavy Machinery ELIMINATES Roode-Dolph! But now it’s a New Day, yes it is!
Heavy Machinery VS The New Day!
The Power of Positivity has the fans all fired up with flapjacks flying in! Big E goes at Tucker, but Tucker avoids the Big Ending. However, Big E wrangles Tucker in, wanting the cobra twist. Tucker almost gets it himself, so Big E shoves him away. Tucker rams Big E with his shoulder, but Big E wobbles and wavers! Big E bends back, back, back, and then applauds! Tucker gets upset with Big E having fun and whips him to a corner. Big E reverses but Tucker goes up and over, and then shows off his agility! Fans cheer for that, too. Things speed up again, and both men wipe each other out with clotheslines! Fans still feel “This is Awesome!” as Big E and Tucker tag to Otis and Kofi!
Kofi springboards to ax handle Otis, but Otis stays up. Kofi chops away but Otis just jiggles. Kofi dropkicks, but then leaps into the spin-cycle scoop slam! Otis runs corner to corner and squashes Kofi in the corner. Kofi is down and fans pump up with Otis. Now we get the Caterpillar ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Kofi survives but Otis tags Tucker in. Otis has Kofi for the Hoss Toss, but Kofi counters with a DDT! Kofi spins Otis for Trouble in Paradise! Out goes Dozer, and Big E is back. Kofi tags Big E but Tucker elbows back. Tucker catches Big E’s arms for an overhead suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for both teams as Tucker hops up and leaps! But Tucker flops on the mat! Big E tags Kofi, scoops Tucker, and Kofi leaps in, MIDNIGHT HOUR! Cover, the New Day ELIMINATES Heavy Machinery! But there’s no resting yet, here come Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas!
The New Day VS The B-Team!
Will “B” truly stand for Best Tag Team in the World?
Big E and Kofi are ready as Axel and Dallas get in the ring. Axel starts with Big E but Big E throws big body shots. Big E whips but Axel boots. Axel clobbers Big E from behind then rains down rights! Axel tags Dallas, and then drops an elbow on Big E. Dallas drops knee after knee on Big E, covers, TWO! Dallas keeps Big E down with a chinlock but fans rally up. Big E powers up and fights back but Dallas knees low. Tag to Axel and the B-Team mug Big E in the corner. But Big E powers Axel off the DDT, and then throws Dallas out! Kofi climbs to TRUST FALL! Big E scoops Axel, for the BIG ENDING! Cover, The New Day ELIMINATES The B-Team! But now, #SayYeah! The #TopGuys are here, and we get a SmackDown Tag Team Championship preview!
The New Day VS The Revival!
Dash and Dawson are grinning, confident they’ll show up the New Day even before their title match. Tensions rise but the ref keeps the peace until teams sort out. Kofi and Dawson start and tie up. They go around and Dawson puts Kofi in a corner. The ref counts and Dawson gets a cheap shot in. Dawson stomps and punches but the ref backs him off. Dawson pulls Kofi by his hair to tag in Dash. The Revival double headbutt Kofi down! Dash throws uppercuts and CHOPS on Kofi, then bump him off other buckles. Dash whips Kofi corner to corner, then runs in to monkey flip! But Kofi lands on his feet! To dropkick Dash back! And dropkick Dawson down! Dash headlocks but Kofi powers out to leap, into a powerslam! Cover, TWO! Dash tags Dawson and Dawson drops a leg, drops an elbow, and drops a headbutt! Dawson brings Kofi up, back suplex drops Kofi! Cover, TWO!
Fans boo the Revival as Dawson drags Kofi up by his hair. Dash tags in, Dawson snapmares and Dash is the human weapon, assisted leg drop! Cover, TWO! Fans still rally as Kofi endures the high armlock. Dash leans on Kofi but fans rally up. Kofi fights his way up and punches Dash back. Big E reaches for Kofi but Dash wrangles Kofi away. Kofi arm-drags and then hits SOS! Both Kofi and Dash are down but fans rally up. Tag to Dawson, and he intercepts Kofi to put him back in the Revival’s corner. But Kofi fights out with fury, until Dawson kicks low. Dawson whips Kofi to a corner, Kofi leaps up to missile dropkick back! Kofi crawls but Dash hits Big E down! Dawson corner clotheslines Kofi, then tags Dash. Torture rack knee drop attack! Cover, TWO!! The Revival can’t believe it!
Fans rally up for Kofi as Dash and Dawson sneer. Dash drags Kofi up and tags in Dawson. The Revival hit an assisted suplex, but Big E rams Dash! Kofi rolls Dawson, The New Day ELIMINATES The Revival! This could be what happens tomorrow night! But Dawson is a sore loser and he clobbers Big E out of the ring! Dash throws Big E into steel steps while Dawson throws hands on Kofi! The Revival beat Kofi down as fans boo, Kofi gets the SHATTER MACHINE! And this leaves the New Day vulnerable to… THE OC!
The New Day VS The OC!
The Good Brothers, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, hurry down to the ring to pick the bones! They drag Kofi up, MAGIC- No! Kofi kicks Anderson then tosses Gallows out! Double stomps take down The Machine Gun! Big E returns and fans rally up, but Gallows trips him up to YAKUZA Kick! Anderson hits the Shotgun! Tag to Gallows, and the OC drag Kofi back up. NOW Magic Killer!! Cover, The OC ELIMINATES The New Day! A huge assist to the Revival, but now… the RAID!
The OC VS The Viking Raiders!
The Raw Tag Team Champions are the last team left! Will Erik & Ivar add the World Cup to their long list of accolades? Or will the Best Tag Team in the World be #JustTooSweet?
And the brawl is on the moment these four meet! Erik gut wrenches to gut bust Anderson, then TOSS him at Gallows! Erik throws body shots on Gallows to then whip, but Gallows reverses. Erik goes up and over to come back with a knee! But Gallows knees back to then uppercut and throw Erik out. Erik skins the cat but Anderson runsi n. Erik elbows Anderson and then Gallows, but Anderson chop blocks! Gallows dropkicks Erik down, and the OC throw up the Too Sweet. Gallows fetches Erik into the ring and brings him up for clubbing forearms. Gallows snap suplexes Erik down and covers, TWO! Gallows keeps on Erik with a chinlock, digging his fingers into the beard. Fans rally up and Erik fights his way up to break free and ROCK Gallows with a right!
Erik and Gallows crawl to their corners, hot tags to Anderson and Ivar! The Warbeard rallies, sidewalk slam to splash! Gallwos runs in but gets heavy hands! Gallows whips but runs into the seated senton! Ivar cartwheels to dodge Anderson and come back with the clothesline! Tag to Erik and Ivar scoop slams Anderson. Ivar is the human weapon, scoop slam senton! Erik dead lifts Anderson up but Gallows knocks Ivar off the top. Anderson throws Erik into the post! Tag to Gallows, and Gallows drags Erik out. Back suplex neckbreaker combo! Cover, TWO!! Erik survives but Anderson tags back in. The OC want it again, but Ivar disrupts Magic Killer! Gallows YAKUZA Kicks Ivar, and Anderson chop blocks Erik again! Magic Killer!! Cover, The OC win!!
Winners: The OC, Gallows pinning; The Best Tag Team in the World
Not only that, but they’ve pinned the Raw Tag Team Champions! Will Gallows and Anderson rise back up and make the OC golden?
Backstage interview with Rey Mysterio.
The King of Lucha is disappointed to be sure, but after going after Lesnar, what was the message? Lesnar gets props for surviving Cain Velasquez, but Lesnar hasn’t destroyed Mysterio. Lesnar will pay for what he did to Dominick, if it’s the last thing Mysterio does. Mysterio uses Spanish to give a Paul Heyman style “spoiler”: He’s coming for revenge.
Mansoor VS Cesaro!
The hometown hero returns! Mansoor won the historic 50-Man Battle Royal, but now he must see if he can do things 1v1. Will the Swiss Cyborg ruin the inspirational superstar’s newest homecoming?
The bell rings and the fans are of course fired up for their hero. Mansoor wants to shake Cesaro’s hand, but Cesaro slaps it away. Fans boo but Mansoor and Cesaro tie up. Cesaro powers Mansoor to a corner, and gives a sharp shove. Mansoor shoves back! The two tie up again, Cesaro wrenches to a wristlock, then shifts to a hammerlock. Mansoor slips out and reverses to then get a headlock. But Cesaro blocks the takedown and has the wristlock back. Mansoor rolls and bends back, to then hop over and wrench to an arm-drag! Mansoor smiles and the fans go wild! Cesaro and Mansoor tie up again, and Cesaro headlocks. Mansoor powers out but Cesaro runs him over! Cesaro runs, Mansoor leaps up, but into a scoop! Mansoor slips out, but Cesaro bucks him off. Mansoor springs up, O’Conner rolls to a standing moonsault! Cover, ONE, but Mansoor arm-drags to an armlock!
Cesaro grows frustrated as he endures the hold. Cesaro powers up and puts Mansoor on the ropes. The ref counts and Cesaro lets up, to hit low! Cesaro knees Mansoor then whips as fans duel. Mansoor sunset flips, kips up and dropkicks Cesaro out of the ring! Cesaro flounders but is frustrated. Cesaro turns around to get a dropkick! Mansoor builds speed to DIVE, into a European Uppercut! Fans are stunned to see Mansoor wipe out! Cesaro drags Mansoor up to whip him into barriers! Mansoor writhes as fans boo. Cesaro drags Mansoor up and into the ring to then climb up top. Mansoor staggers up, into Cesaro’s flying ax handles! Cover, TWO, but Cesaro chinlocks. Fans rally as Mansoor endures. Mansoor powers up and powers Cesaro to the corner!
Cesaro whips back but Mansoor stops himself. Mansoor boots then hops up, but Cesaro yanks him down! Mansoor hits buckles and then the mat! Cesaro covers, TWO! Mansoor checks his nose but nothing’s bloody yet. Cesaro brings Mansoor up to knock him down with a EuroUpper! Cover, TWO, but Cesaro has the chinlock again. Fans rally as Mansoor fights his way up. Mansoor fights back with body shots but Cesaro shoves him, to get the sleeper on the rebound. Fans still rally and Mansoor fights free again, only to get another shove. But Mansoor was ready, and he gets Cesaro in a sleeper! But Cesaro shifts to back suplex! Cover, TWO! Cesaro climbs up now, leaps, but into Mansoor’s dropkick! Fans cheer while both men are down, “This is Awesome!”
Mansoor finds Cesaro and gives him a jawbreaker! And a CHOP! And another CHOP! And another! Cesaro reels Mansoor in, but Mansoor lands on his feet out of the back suplex to enziguri! Mansoor runs, tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Cesaro ends up outside the ring, and Mansoor fires himself up. Mansoor runs and FLIES! Direct hit takes out Cesaro! Mansoor puts Cesaro in then climbs up top, big crossbody! Cover, TWO!! Cesaro survives and Mansoor is shocked, but he has a wild look in his eyes. Mansoor runs in, BIG tornado DDT! Cover, TWO!! Cesaro still lives and Mansoor is shocked again! Mansoor drags Cesaro up but Cesaro shoves him at the ref! And then gets a throat chop! Roll up, with tights! TWO!! Mansoor escapes, elbows back, then hops up. Mansoor dodges Cesaro to come back with a kick! And a slingshot neckbreaker! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!
Mansoor was so close, but also too close to the ropes. Mansoor drags Cesaro away and then climbs up top. Cesaro gets up to trip him up! Mansoor hits the buckle, and then Cesaro climbs up. Cesaro dead lifts to a SUPER GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Mansoor lives and now Cesaro can’t believe it! Fans still feel “This is Awesome!” as Cesaro brings Mansoor in. But Mansoor counters to a jackknife! TWO, Mansoor runs, into a POP-UP UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO, but into a CROSSFACE! Mansoor endures being cranked back hard, but Cesaro thrashes harder. Mansoor rolls it over, TWO! Cesaro runs into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!?! Cesaro survives and Mansoor is stunned.
But Mansoor won’t be denied, he heads to the corner again. Mansoor climbs, but Cesaro has him again. Mansoor kicks Cesaro away but Cesaro JABS hard! Cesaro clubs away furiously, then sits Mansoor up. Cesaro throws a BIG EuroUpper, then climbs up to join Mansoor. Another gut wrench, but Mansoor counters to a sunset flip powerbomb!! Mansoor has a wild look in his eyes as Cesaro is back down. Mansoor hurries up top again, for a MOONSAULT! Cover, Mansoor wins!!
Winner: Mansoor, by pinfall
The hometown hero does it again! The Swiss Cyborg was no easy opponent, but Mansoor found a way to win! Will Mansoor make even more memorable moments in his growing WWE career?
Greg Hamilton interviews Mansoor in the ring.
This was his first singles match in his home country, what does a victory like this mean? Fans are all cheering, and Mansoor is a bit overwhelmed. “When I woke up this morning, I looked myself in the mirror and I said, ‘This is my most important match.'” This was the most important match of Mansoor’s life. He admits he was scared and nervous. But then he stepped into the arena, in front of all the fans, in front of his family, and he remembered, “Anything is possible.” This was the most important victory of his life, but Mansoor can’t wait for “what WE do next!” Mansoor speaks to Riyadh in Arabic to assure them, he is here for them! Mansoor says that they dreamed of a Saudi Superstar in WWE, and here he is! Mansoor is ready to carry the dreams of a people on his shoulders. How high can Mansoor go with his nation behind him?
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.
The WWE Universal Champion’s match is Falls Count Anywhere, and it cannot be stopped until there is a winner. With that said, “is this the night you end the rivalry?” Rollins says this ends tonight! The Fiend has brought out the worst in Rollins, from Hell in a Cell to burning the Firefly Fun House. The scariest part is that a little bit of Rollins that enjoys this. Rollins has had people play mind games with him, but something about this is different. It is unsettling. But what Rollins wants us to remember, that no matter what happens, Rollins didn’t pick the fight. Bray Wyatt picked the fight! Rollins didn’t start this but he is not afraid to end this! Rollins walks in the champion, and will do whatever it takes to walk out! What lengths will Rollins go to, to #BurnItDown?
Braun Strowman VS Tyson Fury!
The Monster Among Men was just trying to poke some fun at boxing’s undefeated Lineal Heavyweight Champion, but things escalated to an all out brawl! And now, we have this match of super sized stars in Saudi Arabia! Will Fury #GetTheseHands? Or will he #KnockBraunOut?
Strowman sees all the pageantry behind Fury’s entrance, but wonders where he is. Fury rises from the floor! The Gypsy King has the fans all fired up, but it’s time to get serious. The two come face to face but the ref wants them to go to their corners. The introductions are made, and the bell rings for this truly massive match!
Strowman and Fury circle, and they tie up. Strowman pushes Fury away but then they tie up again. Strowman puts Fury in a corner but the ref calls for a break. Strowman gives it, to then give a shove. Fury is mad but he and Strowman circle again. They tie up and Strowman powers Fury to the ropes. Fury slips free and gives some body shots! Strowman manages to shrug them off and he ties up with Fury again. Strowman wrenches to a wristlock, but Fury rolls and manages to kip-up to a headlock! Strowman powers out, bumps shoulders, but then BOOTS Fury down! Fans roar with Strowman as he looms over Fury. Strowman hauls Fury up to club him back down, and stomp him down! Fury gets up but Strowman is on him with a headbutt! Fans duel as Strowman throws hands on Fury now, and more headbutts!
Fury wobbles but Strowman knees low. Strowman rams shoulders into Fury’s ribs, then runs corner to corner, but only gets post! Fury catches his breath while Strowman tumbles out. Strowman heads up but Fury kicks him back out. Fury then goes out to fetch Strowman, but Strowman rams him into the apron! Strowman DECKS Fury with a right! Strowman decides to take a lap! Fury stands, but Strowman comes around, but Fury dropkicks him down! Fury roars and fans fire up with him! Fury dares Strowman to get up, and he puts Strowman in the ring. Fury gets in and stalks Strwoman. Strowman dodges to scoop! But Fury fights out and drop toeholds Strowman into ropes! Strowman gets up to get a BOOT from Fury! Cover, TWO!! Fury couldn’t figure out the leg hook and that may have cost him.
Fans rally up both ways as Fury stands up. Fury drags Strowman up but Strowman powers him to a corner! Both men start throwing hands and Strowman clubs Fury down! Strowman brings Fury up to CLUB him down again! But Fury invokes his inner Deadman as he sits up! Strowman stomps Fury back down, then waits for Fury to get up. Strowman runs in again, but gets another boot! Fury catches his breath while Strowman staggers. Fury leaps into Strowman’s arms, and a World’s Strongest Slam! Strowman shouts out Mark Henry and Fury feels all 385 pounds. Strowman sees Fury is outside, and it’s time for another lap! Strowman runs around the way to run Fury over! Fans cheer as they want “One More Time!” Strowman obliges, and runs Fury over again! Strowman puts Fury in the ring at 7, and fans are fired up! Strowman gets in the ring now but Fury ROCKS him with that right!! Strowman falls in a heap as the ring count begins again! The count passes 5 but Strowman wobbles at 7! And at 9! Strowman is down, Fury wins!!
Winner: Tyson Fury, by count out
In a very boxing way, the Gypsy King gets one over on the Monster Among Men! But The Monster Among Men still gives Fury a MONSTER SLAM! “I told you, this is MY ring, you piece of crap!” But Fury does get up! Is this the last we’ve seen of these two giants colliding in the ring?
The WWE 24/7 Championship chase is still going on backstage!
No Way Jose, Heath Slater, Eric Young and THE Brian Kendrick are among those hunting down R-Truth! But Truth ditches them all as he sneaks out of a side room. Truth turns around to see Samir! And Sunil! How many Singhs are there? Truth wants themt o know, the one thing about being the 48/7 7/11 24/7 European Television Champion is that you always need to have an escape plan. See ya! But Truth forgot he closed the door behind him! He bounces off and hits the floor, Samir covers! Samir wins!!
Winner: Samir Singh, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
The Bollywood Boys have both held the title now! Truth can’t believe it, the Singh family just gets bigger and bigger. But will Truth get his baby back before leaving for the States?
WWE United States Championship: AJ Styles w/ The OC VS Humberto Carrillo!
Ultimo Ninja survived 19 other superstars to challenge the Phenomenal One here and now! But the Good Brothers overcame eight other teams to become the BEST Tag Team in the World! Will Styles keep the momentum going? Or will Carrillo shock the world and get his first title in WWE this very day?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this phenomenal rematch from Raw begins!
Styles throws forearms and punches and stomps on Carrillo already! Fans rally and duel as Carrillo gets up and hits back! Styles rocks and CHOPS Carrillo to the corner, then bumps him off buckles. Styles throws more forearms then bumps Carrillo on more buckles. Styles CHOPS but Carrillo hits back. Styles kicks Carrillo hard, and Styles tells the Carrillo fans to “shut up.” Carrillo fires back but Styles CHOPS him again. Styles whips but Carrillo holds ropes. Carrillo dodges and then comes back to springboard arm-drag! Styles is up but Carrillo headscissors him down! Carrillo kicks hard then uses the ropes again, shows off a little and arm-drags Styles again! Then dropkicks him out! Carrillo builds speed, but Styles gets clear. They go around the way and Styles baits Carrillo into the USHIGOROSHI!
Fans rally and duel again as Styles catches his breath. Styles drags Carrillo up into a chinlock and squeezes tight. Carrillo endures and fans rally up. Carrillo fights up and fights out, but Styles counters to a backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Styles keeps his cool as fans continue to rally. Styles says “SUCK IT” to the Carrillo fans, but Carrillo hits back. Styles knees low and is getting annoyed with the upstart. He brings Carrillo up to snapmare and put on a chinlock. Fans rally up again as Carrillo endures. Carrillo fights his way up and out again, but Styles swings. Carrillo dodges, handsprings and back elbows Styles down! The OC coach Styles up but Carrillo runs in, another springboard but Styles throws him down! Cover, TWO! Styles drags Carrillo up and suplexes, to a BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Carrillo survives and Styles is growing frustrated.
Styles puts the chinlock back on as fans duel. Carrillo feeds off the energy and fights, but Styles holds tight. Carrillo keeps trying, and gets free, and starts trading haymakers with Styles. Styles kicks, swings, misses, and Carrillo jawbreakers! Handspring arm-drag! Fans fire up with Carrillo, somersault moonsault! Cover, TWO! Carrillo grows frustrated now, but fans still rally. Carrillo drags Styles up but Styles trips him, to catapult at the corner! But Carrillo hops up and leaps for a big crossbody! Cover, TWO!! Carrillo grits his teeth while Styles is sputtering. Carrillo brings Styles up but Styles throat chops! Styles tosses Carrillo out but Carrillo holds on. After all, he just went through a battle royal. Carrillo slingshots, but into a fireman’s carry! Styles Ushigoroshis, but Carrillo handsprings through! To enziguri! But Styles PELES in return! Both men are down but fans are rallying up, “This is Awesome!”
Carrillo goes to the apron but Styles follows. Styles brings Carrillo up, but Carrillo resists the suplex. Carrillo body shots and BOOTS! Styles stays up, and tosses Carrillo back in. Carrillo hops over to ROCK Styles, then leaps to dropkick him down! Carrillo runs and FLIES! Direct hit takes out Styles! Carrillo grits his teeth as he drags Styles up and in. Cover, TWO!! Carrillo doesn’t let that deter him, as he puts Styles on the top rope. Carrillo climbs to join Styles, and then stands up on the very top, SUPER STEINER denied! But Carrillo fights out of the Clash, only for Styles to sunset flip! TWO and Carrillo has Styles, TWO! The Phenomenal Blitz fires off! Cover, TWO!! The OC are growing worried as Carrillo survives. Styles catches his breath then drags Carrillo up. Styles wants the Clash, but Carrillo grabs ropes while upside-down! Carrillo skins the cat and trades forearms with Styles.
Carrillo springboards, but into a waistlock! Carrillo escapes the back suplex but his leg jams. He still dodges the boot, but Styles trips Carrillo up with that leg. Carrillo still kicks Styles into buckles with the good leg, but Styles comes back to roll him! CALF CRUSHER! Carrillo endures the leg hold like he did on Monday, but Styles really cranks back! Carrillo reaches and gets the ropebreak! Styles lets up and stalks a hobbling Carrillo. Styles has the leg, but Carrillo knees back! Carrillo swings a kick but hits the enziguri on the return! Carrillo drags Styles to a drop zone and climbs up, to MOONSAULT! Styles dodges, Carrillo rolls through but that leg bothers him. Styles runs in, but Carrillo puts him on the apron. Styles forearms back, and then takes aim! Springboard, Phenomenal Forearm hits! Cover, Styles wins!
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall; still WWE United States Champion
The Phenomenal wins again, and the OC is rolling! Will these three together become the Best TRIO in the World?
Backstage interview with Hulk Hogan!
The Immortal One says, “Let me tell you something, brother!” No wait, that’s not quite right. “Let me tell you something, Double B!” Beautiful Byron Saxton, the Hulkster is super pumped up to be in Riyadh! After 35 years of Flair flapping his gums, Hogan will put it to rest. Flair has never beat Hogan before, and Flair’s team won’t beat Hogan’s now! Hogan’s team has been clangin’ and bangin’, training day and night. “We’re ready for total destruction!” So the last question Hogan has is, what’s Flair going to do when Team Hogan runs wild on Team Flair, brother?
Lacey Evans VS Natalya!
History is being made by the Sassy Southern Bell and Queen of Harts! This the first-ever women’s wrestling match in the country, and fans are excited for this progress! But who gets the even bigger honor of being the first woman to win a match in Riyadh?
The bell rings, and Natty shakes hands with Lacey. They then circle and tie up, and Lacey headlocks. Natty powers out but Lacey runs her over with a shoulder. Lacey pretends to be surprised, but then things speed up. Lacey blocks the hip toss but so does Natty. Natty arm-drags Lacey and fans are dueling. Fans rally up as Natty and Lacey tie up. Natty wrenches to a wristlock, but Lacey cartwheels and reverses! Natty rolls and handsprings to wrench back, then roll Lacey up, TWO! Lacey has to give Natty a hand for that one, and they shake hands again. They tie up, Lacey headlocks and throws Natty but avoids a takedown. “This is Awesome!” as the two tie up again. Lacey headlocks and gets the takeover, but Natty headscissors. Lacey pops out to a jackknife, TWO as Natty bridges. Natty spins to a headlock takeover of her own, but Lacey headscissors. Natty kips up and out and fans are cheering this great technical exchange!
The two go again, Lacey elbows out of the waistlock, but misses in the corner. Natty picks Lacey up but Lacey lands on her feet out of the rebound to arm-drag Natty! Natty is up fast and trips Lacey again, and wants the Sharpshooter! Lacey kicks her away, but Natty runs and dares Lacey to chase her. Lacey does and Natty sends her out! Fans cheer as Natty fetches Lacey, but Lacey chop blocks Natty! Lacey swings to dropkick and wreck Natty! Lacey drags Natty in for the cover, TWO! Fans are loving this display of “Women’s Wrestling!” and Lacey has Natty in a seated cobra clutch. Natty endures as Lacey thrashes her about. Natty works her way up but Lacey whips her to a corner. Natty puts Lacey on the apron but walks into a kick. Lacey sweeps the legs to slingshot elbow drop! Cover, TWO!
Lacey goes back to the cobra clutch but fans rally up. Natty endures and stands, but Lacey reels her out to drive her down. Lacey drops knees on the arm, and again! Lacey puts the cobra twist on, but fans rally up. Natty fights her way up but into Lacey’s swinging neckbreaker! Lacey rolls back but her splash gets knees! Natty catches her breath and kicks Lacey back. Natty whips but Lacey reverses. Lacey misses in the corner, and Natty gets that rebound sit-down! Natty steps on Lacey to basement dropkick! And then, the Sharpshooter! But Lacey powers out to roll Natty, TWO! Lacey headlocks and suplexes Natty hard! Lacey drags Natty to a drop zone and goes to the corner. She hops up, then again, Sassiest Moonsault Ever! Cover, TWO!! Natty survives and Lacey is furious!
Lacey drags Natty up again for another suplex, then makes sure Natty is in the drop zone. Lacey wants one more, but Natty springs up to yank her off! Natty catches her breath but hits the DISCUS! And then, and truly, the SHARPSHOOTER! Fans are fired up as Lacey endures and reaches, but Natty drags her away! Natty sits deep, Lacey TAPS, Natty wins!!
Winner: Natalya, by submission
And the Harts make history again! Natalya wins in this truly historic moment! Saudi Arabia is happy to see this moment, especially as Natty helps Lacey up. There is still respect and sportsmanship here, and that’s an even greater thing!
10-Man Tag: Team Hogan VS Team Flair!
The Big Dog leads the Beacon of Light, Shorty G, the King of Flight and the Bulgarian Brute into battle against The Viper, the King of Strong Style, the King of the Ring, the Scottish Terminator and the Rocky Mountain Machine! With each team of five representing a living legend, who is victorious over the other on this historic night?
The teams sort out as tension mounts between all ten. Nakamura and Chad Gable start, but Nakamura toys with Shorty G. Nakamura kicks quick and low. He fires off strikes, but Gable catches one to get around to a waistlock and slam! Nakamura switches but Gable does, too. The two fight for control, and Nakamura triangle holds, but Gable rolls to an ankle lock! Nakamura powers out but runs into a belly2belly suplex! Gable keeps throwing Nakamura then covers, TWO! Gable drags Nakamura up to whip but Nakamura knees low. Gable ducks one kick but not the second! Tag to Corbin, and the Lone Wolf gets to pick on Gable again. Corbin whips Gable corner to corner but Gable goes up and over. Gable dodges and tags Ali to arm-drag Corbin! Ali dropkicks Corbin and again!
Ali runs, but into the grip! Corbin puts Ali in a corner but gets a roundhouse back! Ali somersaults for the facebuster! Cover, ONE, and Corbin backs away to his corner. Corbin tags in Lashley, and Rusev wants in! Ali obliges and suddenly Lashley wants out! Rusev goes after Lashley but the ref keeps him away as Lashley is in the corner. Tag to McIntyre and fans boo as Lashley runs from Rusev. Rusev and McIntyre circle and tie up and they start brawling! Rusev gets the edge but McIntyre kicks low and clubs hard! McIntyre whips, Rusev throws McIntyre back and corner splashes! Rusev whips corner to corner but runs into McIntyre’s elbow. McIntyre runs but Ruesv dodges to hit the windmill kick! Cover, TWO, and Rusev glares at Lashley. Rusev wrenches McIntyre and yanks on the arm, then tags to Ali. Ali climbs up and Ali double stomps the arm. Ali goes after the arm but McIntyre breaks free to CHOP Ali down!
Corbin tags in and drags Ali up to whip. Ali kicks back and then runs in, but into a scoop. Ali slips out to shove Corbin but Corbin puts him on the Ali. Ali hits back but Corbin shoves him off! Ali hits barriers on the way down! Team Hogan coaches Ali up but Corbin comes around to fetch Ali. Corbin puts Ali in and brings Ali over to tag in Lashley. Lashley and Corbin mug Ali but fans rally up. Lashley lifts Ali for a sidewalk slam! Lashley wraps Ali up in a chinlock and grinds him down. Lashley taunts Rusev and the ref has to keep Rusev back. Ali fights his way up and throws hands, then runs, into Lashley’s lariat! Cover, TWO! Lashley throws Ali out hard then flexes at Rusev. The ref has to hold Rusev back again, that allows Orton to get his shots in on Ali! Lashley tags out to Nakamura, and Nakamura goes around to get Ali into the ring.
Nakamura taunts Team Hogan as he bumps Ali off buckles. Nakamura gives Ali Bad Vibrations! Fans boo as Nakamura walks it off and dares Team Hogan to “C’MON!” But Ail boots, only to get turned sideways for a ROUNDHOUSE! Sliding German! Ali is down, Nakamura covers, TWO! Nakamura tags in McIntyre, and they mug Ali in the Flair corner. McIntyre puts Ali in an open corner to CHOP! McIntyre tosses Ali across the way! And then he dares Ali to stand. Ali does, but he goes up and over, only for McIntyre to pull hair. McIntyre back suplexes but Ali slips out to boot back. Ali leaps, tornado DDT! Both men are down and their teams are rallying for them! McIntyre keeps Ali away for only a moment, hot tag to Ricochet! Ricochet kicks McIntyre and throws forearms! Ricochet runs, throws more forearms, then dodges to tilt-o-whirl headscissors!
Ricochet kips up, runs in, shoulder tackles, and avoids Nakamura’s sweep. Ricochet kicks Nakamura, forearms McIntyre, then springboard clothespins! LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Ricochet hurries up to the top rope but Corbin creeps close. Ricochet hops down, but then McIntyre lifts Ricochet up with one hand, and turns him around for the inverted Alabama lift. Corbin gets a BIG right hand in first, and then the inverted Alabama Slam! Tag to Orton, and fans cheer finally getting to see The Viper in action! Orton stomps Ricochet around, then does his iconic pose. Orton CHOPS Ricochet in the corner, then snapmares Ricochet for more stomps. Orton grinds his boot into Ricochet’s stomach with every stomp, and then he goes after the legs. Tag to Lashley, and Flair smiles as Orton whips Ricochet to a corner.
Lashley runs in to ram his shoulder into Ricochet’s stomach! Lashley then brings Ricochet up to suplex and hold him there for a count of 15! Cover, TWO! Rusev wants at Lashley badly but Lashley uses that to taunt him more. Lashley puts Ricochet in the corner and tags Corbin. Corbin drags Ricochet up and throws a big right hand! Corbin drags Ricochet up to ram in elbows over and over into the shoulder. Corbin then half nelsons and chinbars to grind Riocchet down. Fans rally up for Ricochet as he fights his way up. Ricochet fights out with body shots but Corbin powers him to a corner. Ricochet goes up and over and hits Corbinab ck! Springboard, but into the choke grip, but Ricochet pops up to a sunset flip! TWO, Corbin slides out then in to clobber Shorty G and Ali, and then still LARIAT Ricochet! Fans boo but Flair gives a “WOO~” as McIntyre tags in.
McIntyre stomps Ricochet then dead lift suplexes him! Cover, TWO! McIntyre stomps Ricochet more then tags in Lashley. Lashley and McIntyre mug Ricochet, then Lashley cheap shots Rusev! But Ricochet fights out, dropkick-flip to enziguri! Orton tags in and has Ricochet by his super suit! But Ricochet escapes the back suplex, misses the enziguri but not the mule kick! Fans rally up as Ricochet crawls, hot tags to Corbin and Roman Reigns! The Big Dog rallies on all of Team Flair! Leaping lariats for McIntyre and Corbni, and a big uppercut for Lashley! Roman has targets on the outside, Drive-By Dropkick for Orton! Orton even hits post on the way out! Drive-By for Lashley! But Corbin grabs Roman, only to get a hotshot! Roman throws uppercuts and then point-blank lariats in the corner! He gets all 10, and then runs to BOOT Corbin down! Roman shouts out to Hogan, leg drop, brother!
But Roman isn’t done there, he locks ‘n’ loads from the corner! Nakamura gets up to get an uppercut, and Corbin runs into an elbow. McIntyre gets an uppercut, but Orton tags in. Orton has Roman, but no RKO yet! SUPERMAN PUNCH! Cover, but McIntyre and Corbin break it! Ali somersaults in, but into a CHOKE SLAM! Ankle lock for Corbin, KINSHASA for Shorty G! Ricochet springboards in, to a CLAYMORE! Team Flair has regrouped and they surround Roman. But Rusev finally gets in, to clotheslines McIntyre out! And club Corbin! And toss Nakamura! Lashley doesn’t realize, and now he’s alone with Rusev! They brawl it out, and the fans are behind Rusev! Rusev gets an edge, but Lashley tosses him out. Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES Lashley! Team Flair is gathered, Roman runs to FLY! The Big Dog bowls everyone over!!
Roman puts Orton in and takes aim from the corner. The fans join in the “OOAAH~!” Roman runs in, to a kick! Roman rebounds, into an RKO!! Cover, TWO!?! Roman survives the three most dangerous letters in pro-wrestling!? Flair and Orton are furious, but fans are loving this! Orton looms over Roman, and decides to bring out an even more vicious move. But Shorty G anchors Orton’s feet in the corner! Orton swipes at him, and the ref keeps Gable back. Ali turns Orton around, RKO! No, wait! Ali braced himself! Ricochet standing shooting stars onto Orton! And then, the high-fliers FLY out onto Corbin and Nakamura! Gable CANNONBALLS onto McIntyre! Rusev MACHKA KICKS Lashley! Roman SPEARS Orton!! Cover, Team Hogan wins!!
Winners: Team Hogan, Roman Reigns pinning
The Hulkster couldn’t be prouder of his team! Hogan wins over Flair again, thanks to his fab five! Will this lead each man of the winning team to even bigger and better things?
WWE Universal Championship Falls Count Anywhere: Seth Rollins VS The Fiend Bray Wyatt!
Hell in a Cell was a horror movie come to life, but just like a horror movie, it wasn’t enough to stop the nightmares. The Architect did his best to literally burn down Firefly Fun House, but even that didn’t stop Bray Wyatt. What will it take to end this horror story when this match cannot be stopped for any reason, other than a winner being named?
The lights go down, and when they come back up, red light bathes the arena, just as it did for Hell in a Cell. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this sequel to the nightmare begins!
Fans chant “Yowie Wowie!” and the bell rings! Fiend throat chops Rollins then fires off haymakers and headbutts! Rollins swipes but misses wide, and now The Fiend dribbles Rollins off buckles! Fiend whips and headbutts Rollins down and fans are still chanting. The Fiend takes off his jacket and keeps on Rollins with uppercuts. Fiend chokes Rollins on ropes but Rollins gets free. The Fiend won’t leave him alone, and is laughing as he throws hands at the ropes. He whips Rollins but Rollins dodges to Slingblade! But the Fiend is up, only to run into a boot! Rollins hits a BLOCKBUSTER! Then springboards for a flying knee! Fiend staggers, into a SUPERKICK! Rollins runs but misses the stomp. Rollins rocks Fiend with a forearm, but things speed up, Fiend body checks Rollins down! Fans still cheer and Fiend laughs again.
The Fiend wags his fingers at “naughty Rollins” as he drags Rollins to the apron. Fiend clobbers Rollins but Rollins gets hobbling around the way. Fiend attacks Rollins and tosses him into the crowd! The red light follows them as they go to the crowd. Fiend bounces Rollins off a platform, then hops up to throw Rollins at a pillar. Rollins blocks and rams The Fiend into that same pillar! Rollins crawls to The Fiend and hammers away. Fiend goes back to ringside and Rollins hops up on the barriers to LEAP! But Fiend gets under, only to turn around into a SUPERKICK! CURB STOMP to the floor! But just like Hell in a Cell, The Fiend is up again! Rollins runs in, to an urenage onto the apron! The Fiend sits back to relax while Rollins writhes. Fans continue to chant as The Fiend rams Rollins into barriers.
The camera men move aside as The Fiend brings Rollins to the announce desk. The Fiend bounces Rollins off the one desk, then tosses him to the floor. Rollins rises, but dodges The Fiend! The Fiend busts through the barriers into the front row!! Rollins doesn’t cover, he looks for something he can use! Rollins has a TABLE! Fans love seeing tables. Rollins sets the table up on the outside, but takes aim at The Fiend. Rollins DIVES and hits him once, but then runs and DIVES again! The Fiend stays up so Rollins uses the announce desk cover to SMACK The Fiend down! The Fiend is down but Rollins won’t bother covering. Rollins goes back to his table to get a second table! Rollins stacks this second table on top of the first! Rollins grabs a chair and JAMS it into The Fiend’s ribs. Then he SMACKS the Fiend on the back! And then another chair shot while The Fiend’s down!
Rollins gives The Fiend more chair shots as fans rally up. Rollins finds the sledgehammer! Rollins puts the hammer aside for the moment, to stand up the chair. He puts The Fiend’s head on the chair and then has the hammer in hand! Fans anticipate what’s coming, but so does The Fiend! MANDIBLE CLAW! Rollins uses the hammer to fight free and SMASH The Fiend in the head! But the Fiend hits back to throw Rollins over the announce desk! The Fiend seems to be enjoying himself as he clears off this second desk. Rollins sits up but the Fiend creeps close. The Fiend throws hands, then gives Rollins the NECK SNAP! Fans rally as The Fiend stands tall on the desk. Rollins sputters but The Fiend stomps and kicks him while he’s down. The Fiend gives Rollins another throat chop to keep him down.
The Fiend is on one desk, runs over, and sentons! But Rollins dodges and The Fiend crashes through! Rollins hurries to a cover, ONE?!? Rollins is in shock! Rollins focuses as he grabs the chair again. Rollins jams the chair into The Fiend’s ribs, and then SMACKS him again! And again! The Fiend staggers about as he gets another chair shot to the back! Rollins has The Fiend on the desk, and decides to copy Shane O’Mac here as he climbs up top. But the Fiend is up fast! The Fiend shoves Rollins down through the table tower!! The fans lose their minds as Rollins is in the wreckage of his own making! “This is Awesome!” but far from over as The Fiend smiles at what just happened. The Fiend goes around to find Rollins and stomp away!
But then The Fiend has an even more “amusing” idea. He rips up floor mats to expose the steel grating underneath! Fans sing, “Fiend’s gonna kill~ you~!” Fiend walks over and sees Rollins barely rising up. The Fiend takes Rollins over to the exposed steel, for SISTER- No! Rollins slips out and PELES! The Fiend stays up, so Rollins grabs steel steps! Rollins RAMS The Fiend, and again! And a third time! The Fiend wobbles, Rollins lines it up, CURB STOMP ONTO STEEL!! Cover, TWO!?! Rollins is shocked again, and hurries to find anything else that can help him. Rollins finds a new chair and he SMACKS The Fiend! And again! The Fiend tumbles out into the crowd again, but Rollins hurries up onto the barrier. Rollins leaps to SMASH The Fiend again! The Fiend falls back onto that platform, and Rollins climbs up to follow.
Rollins runs in, into SISTER ABIGAIL! Rollins flops off the platform, into a shadowy void! The Fiend finds him, covers, TWO!! Rollins still lives, but The Fiend is having too much fun to be angry. The Fiend rains down rights then drags him up. The Fiend throws Rollins over to ringside as fans again declare, “This is Awesome!” Rollins hurries up the ramp but The Fiend chases him down. They brawl up and up, The Fiend stomps Rollins down. Rollins keeps trying but The Fiend keeps knocking him back down each time. They continue up the ramp, further and further. The Fiend toys with Rollins, then drags him up towards the stage. The Fiend crossface forearms Rollins, and they reach the stage. Rollins flails but The Fiend keeps hitting him. The Fiend has Rollins at the edge of the stage! Rollins fights out for dear life, so The Fiend throws him aside. Rollins mule kicks and CURB STOMPS! But again, The Fiend springs up!
The Fiend gets a SUPERKICK, and another SUPERKICK! Rollins SUPERKICKS again, and tries again, FOURTH Curb Stomp! But then a FIFTH! This is turning into Hell in a Cell all over again as Rollins hits a SIXTH! The Fiend is still moving, rolling, rising. Rollins runs back in, for a SEVENTH! Fans boo and jeer, they’re ending up by the other edge of the stage. Rollins stomps and fans chant, “Burn It Down!” Rollins wants and gets an EIGHTH Curb Stomp! But the Fiend still rises! Rollins SUPERKICKS him again, and they teeter near an edge. Another SUPERKICK, and then another! The Fiend FALLS INTO ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT! There are sparks and small explosions, and the crew hurries to extinguish the flames!
Rollins tries to get close but more sparks and explosions go off! Rollins is blinded by something, but THE FIEND RISES!! MANDIBLE CLAW!! The Fiend smothers Rollins against the trunks, and then sets him up, for SISTER ABIGAIL!! Cover, THE FIEND WINS!!
Winner: The Fiend Bray Wyatt, by pinfall; NEW WWE Universal Champion
UNBELIEVABLE! The Fiend survives things no normal man should have, and on top of it all, is victorious!! The Architect has been slain, and now the nightmare reigns. The lights go out, but when they come back on, The Fiend holds up the Universal Championship! What does this mean for ALL of the WWE?!
Y’know what, for the usual forced build, the same general distaste fans have for this WWE Saudi Arabia deal and any other arguments can be made against Crown Jewel, this second Crown Jewel ever was a really great event! For one, you can’t knock the crowd, they loved everything. The 20-Man Battle Royal was pretty fun, and while it seems like Cedric Alexander is being buried or dropped off the big stories, he at least got to be part of the final four. Fans really love Harper, even in Saudi Arabia, but it was almost too obvious from Raw last Monday that it would be Humberto Carrillo. At least they gave us a great way to Carrillo getting the better of Rowan and Harper. Carrillo had a really good match with AJ Styles, but it just seemed obvious the status quo would be maintained here. But speaking of that, it was pretty great we got the 24/7 Championship being hot potato’d again. At least then the status quo isn’t really kept, as Truth gets another reign and now Samir gets to hold the title.
I did not expect Lesnar VS Velasquez to open, but that does seem to be a trend with Lesnar lately. I also didn’t expect such a poor match, I thought they were going to stretch that for a few more minutes. But no, it was Lesnar squashing Velasquez. I suppose it gives that MMA feeling of how fights can end so fast, but that tends to come off dumb for pro-wrestling. Mysterio going after Lesnar and eventually running him off was great, but it does bring in the question of how Mysterio is supposed to get at Lesnar if they’re on separate brands. Survivor Series is cross-branded, so perhaps Mysterio gets his shot there. Of course, we have the shocker of the night with Rollins VS Fiend to factor in here, too. One of those top titles has to be going over to Raw, but after that honestly really great rematch to Hell in a Cell, Rollins can’t win that title back. The Fiend is basically unstoppable, so SmackDown should keep (and recolor) the Universal Championship. Raw can get Lesnar back and have him take on Mysterio. Just not sure if Mysterio wins.
That Tag Team Turmoil was alright, but I feel like the order of the teams could’ve worked out a little different. The Viking Raiders coming out last, I almost thought they were winning for sure. But in the end, the last team was always going to have the best advantage on paper, and they obviously wanted Revival and New Day to have their encounter to preview tomorrow night’s SmackDown Tag Team Championship match, so it just ended up being Raiders VS OC. I therefore did not expect The OC to win, but that was such a great choice. I was sure the AOP were going to go after the Raw Tag Team Championships, but maybe they also have to deal with The OC. That would make for some great stuff either way, and some unpredictability in the tag title scene is for the best.
However, for predictability in the Mansoor VS Cesaro match, that was actually a great match. Taking out the location and the fans being that strongly behind Mansoor, Mansoor still gives a great performance. When he sprang up out of the somersault, along with springing out of his own roll-up was great athleticism, that is something you can’t fake. Mansoor gets a great moment for himself and the people, I’m just surprised NXT hasn’t tried a little more with him since Super Showdown. The historic women’s match was pretty solid, and it was great to hear the fans get behind it so strongly. It made sense to have the Face win, because in the end, this is about the history and the progress made.
Fury VS Strowman could’ve been a bit smoother but it’s not like Fury had that long to train. But it was pretty clever to have this decided by the ring out count. We knew Fury would win so that he could stay undefeated in reality and kayfabe, but then Strowman gets the last move out of frustration. I don’t know if we will get a rematch, not really sure I want a rematch, but it wasn’t a complete mess. Team Hogan VS Team Flair was a lot of fun, certainly at the start and end. There was a lot of great stuff, and the story of Rusev and Lashley was clearly a major motivator in a lot of it, it was good that they got the little moment they had. Something in the middle dragged, but it makes a lot of sense for Roman to be the one to get the pin for the team. I was a little surprised this wasn’t the main event, but ending on the shocking win from The Fiend was definitely the way to go for the final moment of the show.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (5/12/21)
AEW is The Pinnacle!
There’s a new pecking order in AEW!
After surviving Blood & Guts, MJF and The Pinnacle stand atop AEW! And with titles on the line, who will stand atop the Tag Team and TNT Divisions?
- IWGP United States Championship: Jon Moxley VS Yuji Nagata; Moxley wins and retains the title.
- AEW World Tag Team Championships, Titles VS Tag Career: The Young Bucks VS SoCal Uncensored; The Young Bucks win, retain the titles, and SCU breaks up as a tag team.
- AEW World Championship Eliminator Match: PAC VS Orange Cassidy; Double Count-Out Draw, BOTH will challenge Kenny Omega for the title at Double or Nothing.
- Thunder Rosa VS Jazmin Allure; Rosa wins.
- AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Miro; Miro wins and becomes the new AEW TNT Champion.
PLAY BY PLAY
IWGP United States Championship: Jon Moxley w/ Eddie Kingston VS Yuji Nagata w/ Ren Narita!
The Death Rider extended this title opportunity to Blue Justice with respect, but did not miss the disrespect given back. Now, NJPW comes to AEW, and we see if the Maniac can turn away the legend in this historic opening contest!
Moxley surprisingly comes out to “Wild Thing” as introductions are made. The IWGP belt is raised, this is under NJPW rules, and the superstition of the number four might be put to the test to open Dynamite!
Moxley draws the line, Nagata steps right to it, and Moxley shoves him. Nagata fires forearms but Moxley gives them back and fans are fired up! Moxley gives boxing elbows, whips Nagata to a corner, and runs in to clothesline! Nagata fires up but Moxley kicks low! Moxley whips, Nagata reverses and kitchen sink knees, then BOOTS Mox down! Nagata stomps, Moxley bails out and fans fire up for Blue Justice! Rocky Romero is here to watch from the bleachers as Nagata goes out. Moxley rakes Nagata’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Moxley lets off and POSTS Nagata! Moxley goes to the apron, takes aim, and leaps for a FLYING KNEE! Down goes Nagata!
Moxley gets Nagata up to throw him into railing, then hurries to refresh the 20 count. Nagata gets up, hobbles over, and gets in at 5 of 20. Moxley smirks as Nagata gets up and eggs him on. Moxley ROCKS Nagata with a forearm, then hits a lariat in the corner! And again! Moxley snapmares, runs, and PENALTY KICKS Nagata down! Moxley drops an elbow, covers, ONE!! Lance Archer and Jake the Snake watch from the bleachers, too, as Moxley dares Nagata to get up. Nagata grits his teeth but Moxley KICKS him! Nagata eggs Moxley on now and the kicks keep flying! Down goes Nagata, Moxley covers, TWO! Moxley digs fingers into Nagata’s face but lets off as the ref counts.
Moxley goes to a corner, hops up, takes aim and leaps, but into a clinch! Moxley fires elbows, Nagata ROCKS him and KICKS him in return! And KICKS! And KICKS! Nagata throws more forearms, he whips corner to corner, and runs in to BOOT Moxley, for the EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Nagata keeps his cool, drags Moxley up, and reels him in. Moxley blocks the suplex, Nagata fires off forearms! Nagata whips, Moxley reverses, but Nagata rolls to duck! Nagata fakes Moxley out to dropkick the legs! Nagata’s still savvy as he aims again, for a KICK! And a KICK! Kingston coaches Mox and Moxley takes more KICKS!
Moxley grits his teeth and gets to his feet. Nagata throws forearms, Moxley fires back! Nagata ROCKS Moxley but he keeps hitting back! Moxley gets the edge, Nagata gives it back! Nagata runs, Moxley dodges the boot to GERMAN SUPLEX! Moxley wants Nagata to get up and he runs, to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Nagata survives and shows us why he’s still hung around this long! Moxley vows to end it, a la Suzuki! But Nagata blocks the piledriver he knows so well! Nagata back drops Moxley away and mule kicks! Nagata runs into the corner to SHINING WIZARD! Nagata hoists Moxley up to the top rope, climbs up to join him, and reels Moxley into a SUPER EXPLODER!!
Moxley sits up, eggs Nagata on, and Nagata KICKS! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives, Nagata drags him up and reels him in, but Moxley fights the suplex off. Moxley gets a sleeper! Another homage to Suzuki, but Nagata knows that, too! Nagata drops and drags Moxley into a SHIROMEI! The mounted Fujiwara armbar tortures Moxley, Nagata’s eyes roll to the back of his head, but Moxley still reaches out and gets the ropebreak! Nagata lets off, but he isn’t done with Moxley! Nagata wrenches an arm, but Moxley denies the elbow break to forearm! Nagata hits back, they brawl more, and Moxley wobbles. Moxley fires back, runs but into a BOOT! And ENZIGURI!
Moxley rebounds to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! But into the Bully Choke! Nagata fights up to his feet as fans chant “This is Awesome!” Moxley shifts to a full sleeper, bleeding from his cheek where Nagata’s been hitting him. Nagata wrenches free to forearm again! Moxley gives it back, spins and DECKS Nagata! Moxley gets Nagata up for knees to the head, then a DEATH RIDER!! Cover, Moxley wins!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall (still IWGP US Champion)
The elevated Paradigm Shift, the Death Rider, helps Moxley hold onto the title! But there is still respect here now that they’ve fought it out! Moxley bows and even drops to his knees, but Nagata returns the favor! Will these two battle it out again in the future? Will another come over from NJPW to try? Will Moxley still knock them all down?
Backstage interview with The Inner Circle.
Tonight, it is only Sammy Guevara, Jake Hager & Ortiz here. After one of the brutal matches in wrestling history, Blood & Guts, what is next? Ortiz says they have a message for The Pinnacle. All five of them were down, the Inner Circle almost had them, but then “a strange twist of fate occurred.” Max showed his true colors by pushing Jericho off the top, and had the audacity to get Santana arrested and detained, just because he stabbed MJF with a fork! MJF is lucky Santana didn’t just scoop that eye out and eat it! BITCH MOVE, MAX!! Hager says that the Pinnacle will have to kill the Inner Circle to stop them! Santana is detained but still alive! Jericho is mangled but still alive! So hide behind the victory tonight, but the Pinnacle has to admit that they failed!
Sammy says this is never gonna be over! As long as both teams are in the same company, the Inner Circle will never stop coming for The Pinnacle! So either MJF gives them another match, or tonight’s title will go from “The Coronation of The Pinnacle” to “The FUNERAL of The Pinnacle!” Give them their rematch, or get put in the grave!! An ultimatum for MJF and his team, but will they heed it?
Cody Rhodes heads to the ring!
Despite the score he needs to settle with The Factory, The American Nightmare has a major announcement for his Double or Nothing 2021 plans! We hear what they are, after the break!
AEW returns and Cody has the mic. “I know it’s rather out of style, patriotism. It’s old hate, demo day, proud of being American.” Fans still chant, “USA! USA!” Cody knows we live in a real world where you can poke fun at stuff, like the antiquated two party system or the most recent election, or even the confusion on what to do during our own National Anthem. But Cody is from a “little red, white ‘n’ blue town just like this one.” Santana, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Snoop Dogg, they all share the same jukebox and Cody has never not been proud to be an American. Fans appreciate that.
But Anthony Ogogo… He has run down and buried the USA with such vitriol and conviction. The irony is that Ogogo has a Visa courtesy of the US DOT, has a paycheck, that green, courtesy of the Treasury, and is afforded all the same rights we all have in that he can say and do what he wants, because this is America. “You talk about division, you talk about argument, from the outside in, we hear that all the time. Take it from an American, the argument is what makes us who we are.” Fans also cheer for that! Yes, there’s anger in every pocket, but our empathy outweighs our apathy.
So Cody asks Ogogo, “You didn’t come here to live the England dream. And I don’t mean to disparage across the pond, they sure know how to make a wrestler. I’ve wrestled some of the best.” Doug Williams, Gabriel Kidd, or even one of the best in the world today, PAC! But in 1986, Cody’s a country music fan and Willie Nelson came out with a song, “Living in the Promised Land.” Send us your tired and weak, we’ll make ’em strong. Sing us your far-off song and we will sing along. But here’s where Cody stops singing: When Ogogo balled up his Olympic medalist fist and put it between his ribs.
Ogogo likes to educate and pontificate on what the USA is? Then let Cody return the favor! The industry that Ogogo joined? It was an Italian immigrant who was world champion for FOUR THOUSAND AND FORTY DAYS. There is so much to love and behold here. The American Dream lives here! What about a 16-year-old young man coming from Pakistan, invents and patents the single-piece bumper, and enriches and cultivates the lives of literally everyone in the city of Jacksonville?
Prior to 1961, in Atlanta, Georgia, there was segregation, White people and Black people couldn’t attend the same schools. But in 2021, in that very same city, Cody and his wife, Brandi, are going to have a beautiful White-Black “American princess” who will have both identities, shun neither, and her dad is going to let her know that he didn’t just lay down under another man’s flag. Her dad didn’t just have a defeatist attitude when someone ran down the USA. Her dad got up off his ass and fought back! This is where we are fighting: at Double or Nothing!
Tony Khan already told the world that Double or Nothing will be full capacity! Wrestling fans will return to their seats, close up and thank God, it’ll be Cody VS Ogogo. But Ogogo won’t be wrestling the American Nightmare. Because for one night, that one night only, Cody picks up a sword that is all too heavy, but one that only Cody and Dustin have the right to pick up. For Double or Nothing, Justin Roberts, nothing on Cody’s presentation will be different, this comes from deep inside. At Double or Nothing, it will be Anthony Ogogo VS the American DREAM, Cody Rhodes! On one night, Cody’s love for family and country become one! Can he use that to shut up and knock down the British boxing box office smash?
AEW hears from SoCal Uncensored.
Christopher Daniels says, “Starting from 2015 up until now, the guys in the van were always myself, Frankie Kazarian, Scorpio Sky, and the Young Bucks. Those were the days where I felt it was family.” But looking at the Bucks acting the way they are now, this is why he feels betrayed and hurt. Frankie Kazarian says, “If you’re gonna be influenced like prepubescent teenagers, by your friend who you perceive as ‘the cool guy,'” then that’s on the Bucks. All that’s left for SCU to do is beat them up.
SCU has made it a challenge to themselves that the next time they lose as a tag team, they are DONE as a tag team! And that’s forever! It isn’t mandated by AEW, this isn’t for story, this is a challenge. They know how good they are, and how good they can be. Undefeated for over four months, #1 contenders that are facing the champions, one of the greatest tag teams on the planet, and also former friends. Do the Bucks even get what’s on the line here? SCU has everything to lose, and everything to gain. The Bucks have seen SCU bleed, sweat and cry, so what do you think they’re gonna do, how far they’re gonna go, to get what they want from the Bucks? We’ll all find out together, because that match is next!!
AEW World Tag Team Championships, Titles VS Tag Career: The Young Bucks w/ The Elite VS SoCal Uncensored!
Matt & Nick Jackson claim they’ve gone back to who they were, but the Fallen Angel & Heavy Metal Rebel say otherwise. The fashion choices, the company they keep, those are all questionable, but the Bucks’ abilities are not! Will they win without a shadow of a doubt and destroy another great tag team? Or will going all or nothing this close to Double or Nothing pay off for Daniels & Kazarian?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and it’s titles or bust for SCU!
Kaz and Nick start and fans are on SCU’s side here. They circle, tie up, and Kaz headlocks as Don Callis joins commentary. Kaz spins to a hammerlock then drop toehold, then he slaps Nick on the head! Nick gets up in a huff and shoves Kaz but Kaz shoves back. Nick SLAPS Kaz, Kaz chases him out of the ring! Nick goes around and into the ring but Kaz kicks, knees and CLOBBERS him! Kaz ROCKS Nick, tags Daniels, and SCU double whip. Nick gets a body shot and a FLIPPING NECKBEAKER! Matt runs in but into a back suplex clothesline combo! Callis admits SCU is looking great. Daniels snapmares Nick, tags Kaz, and then slingshot elbow drops! Kaz slingshot leg drops! Cover, TWO!
Kaz keeps on Nick, bumps him off buckles, and tags Daniels. SCU double wrench, bring Nick to his knees for a kick, clothesline and DOUBLE STOMPS from Kaz! Daniels JABS Nick, whips, but Nick reverses. Matt dumps Daniels out of the ring with a back drop! The ref reprimands but Nick sucker punches Kaz! Matt tags in, Nick baits Kaz in and Matt CLOBBERS him! Fans boo as Matt runs and WRECKS Daniels with a dropkick! Matt skins the cat, Nick gets Kaz back up to throw into railing! The Bucks soak up the heat, mug Daniels on the outside, and Matt stares the camera down before giving Daniels an APRON POWERBOMB!
Nick goes up, Matt has Daniels draped from the apron, DRAPING 450 SPLASH! Matt mockingly asks the cameraman if he thinks Daniels is okay. The Bucks high-five the Good Brothers as AEW goes picture in picture.
Matt drops knees on Daniels’ head! Matt mocks the fans clapping, and starts thrusting hips before he stomps Daniels down. Matt paces, drags Daniels up and bumps him off buckles, then tags Nick. Matt catapults Daniels into Nick’s GAMANGIRI! Then they combine, springboard DOUBLE STOMPS onto Daniels, driving him into Matt’s knees! Nick taunts Kaz and the ref is busy keeping Kaz back, the Bucks fake a tag! Matt digs his boots into Daniels’ head, the ref counts and Matt apologizes. Matt defends he is the rightful tag partner, but Nick is choking Daniels behind the ref’s back! Matt tags Nick in so the ref can see, then they combine for the slingshot senton and fist drop!
Matt keeps mocking fans rallying for SCU, Nick taunts Kaz, and then Nick bumps Daniels off buckles. Nick wrenches, whips, but Daniels reverses. Nick flips through the ropes and comes back but into Daniels’ STO! Both men are down, they crawl, hot tags to Kaz and Matt! Kaz dodges Matt to ROCK Nick, then he DECKS Matt! Kaz rallies on the Bucks with clotheslines, but Matt reverses the whip, only for Kaz to BLAST him with forearms! Kaz scoops and SLAMS Nick, to springboard leg drop! Cover, TWO! Kaz keeps fired up nd the fans are with him! Kaz gets Nick up and puts him in a corner, tag to Daniels.
AEW returns to single picture as Kaz feeds Nick to Daniels’ back elbow! Daniels hops up, Kaz helps set Nick up with double knuckle locks, for the FLYING STOMP! Daniels WRECKS Matt with a dropkick now, and SCU double whip to hip toss and NECKBREAKER BOMB COMBO! Cover, TWO!! Nick survives but Daniels tags Kaz in. Matt runs in, he saves Nick from Celebrity Rehab but swings into CELEBRITY REHAB for himself! Daniels runs to forearm Nick, then gets him up to give to Kaz. Kaz has the gut wrench, but Matt shoves Daniels off the corner! Kaz swings on Matt, Matt avoids that to shoulder in, but into the GUILLOTINE LEG DROP!
Nick aims and SHINING WIZARDS, ROUNDHOUSES and forearms Kaz, to then BULLDOG! Nick goes up and out to PENALTY KICK Daniels from the apron! Fans boo and Nick shoulders into Kaz. Nick slingshots, for the FACEBUSTER! Nick soaks up the heat and he sees Daniels is back up. Nick goes outside to SUPERKICK Daniels into the post! Daniels is busted open!! Nick is shocked at the damage he just did, but he says that was awesome! “It’s a wrap!” Nick goes back to Kaz in the ring, but Kaz slingshots Nick in for a CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! Kaz almost caught Nick but he sees what happened to Daniels!
Kaz goes back to Nick but Nick ROUNDHOUSES! Kaz wobbles, Matt tags in, and Matt gets a look at Daniels for himself. Matt hurries to get Kaz up, BUCKLE BOMB ENZIGURI COMBO! Kaz staggers into Matt’s fireman’s carry, MORE BANG- NO! Kaz slips out of the fireman’s carry to waistlock and O’Conner Roll! TWO, Nick leaps in, but Kaz gets both Bucks for NORTHERN LIGHTS O’CONNER COMBO!! Double cover, TWO!!! That was almost it but not enough! Kaz dumps Nick out to the ramp, Matt scoops but Kaz cradle counters! So the GOOD BROTHERS distract the ref!! This is at least 7 before Kaz lets off! Kaz runs Gallows off, but runs into Matt’s BOOT!
Matt goes up, but Kaz catches him for a… Not a bomb? A STYLES CLASH!?!? A shout-out to another old friend of The Elite! Cover, Nick barely breaks it in time!! Fans are thunderous, “This is Awesome!” Nick gets Kaz up, Kaz throws him out and slingshots him in, but no cutter! Nick blocks it, and feeds Kaz to Matt’s SUPERKICK! Matt gut wrenches, TOMBSTONE! SHINING WIZARD! Cover, DANIELS breaks it!! Daniels is still here, crimson mask and all, and he dodges a superkick to kick, underhook, ANGEL’S WINGS!! Daniels staggers up and helps Kaz to their corner! Daniels tags back in, but how much can Daniels give?! Matt SPEARS Daniels down, and punches the wound!!
Matt is furious as he demands Daniels get up! Daniels wobbles, Matt powers up, but no kick! Daniels kicks low, hooks, but his back is giving up! Matt back drops free! Matt wags his finger, looms over Daniels, and Callis is more worried about the new ring gear getting blood stains. Matt points it out, too! That just angers Matt more, and he fake cries as he references HBK VS Flair! “I’m sorry! I love you!” SUPERKICK!! Cover, TWO!?!? Daniels survives!?!? Fans are going nuts for SCU as Matt is losing his mind! Matt drags Daniels up, but into an URENAGE! Daniels goes to a corner, BEST MOON-
NO! The blood loss makes him wobble! Daniels tries again, BEST MOONSAULT EVER AFTER ALL! Cover, Nick breaks it!! The ref argues with Nick, but Daniels clotheslines him out! Karl Anderson gets on the apron, Daniels DECKS him! Daniels staggers, drags Matt up, but Matt SPRAYS Daniels in the face?!? Somehow, Brandon Cutler slipped Matt a can of that cold spray!! Daniels staggers about, Matt SUPERKICKS Kaz off the corner, then CAN SHOTS Daniels in the head!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Daniels is not giving up, this is how much the titles AND SCU mean to him!! Nick tags in, the Bucks are furious as they sit Daniels up, for the B T E TRIGGER!! Cover, Matt blocks Kaz, the Bucks win!
Winners: The Young Bucks, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
Kaz is stunned, and Cutler has the audacity to use the cold spray on the Bucks right away! SCU lost the match, don’t have the titles, and are no longer a team under their own bet with themselves! What does this mean for the Fallen Angel and Heavy Metal Rebel in the future?
AEW cameras hurry to catch what’s developing backstage!
Eddie Kingston is at The Elite’s dressing room, Moxley right behind! They barge in, and trash it all! The Elite aren’t here yet, but their stuff is, so everything is fair game! Why do they have a Jaguars helmet? Kingston throws that into a wall, Moxley goes to the bathroom to trash everything in there! Will The Elite have the guts to respond to that tonight? Or at all?
Backstage interview with Christian Cage.
Captain Charisma has had his issues with Taz, from the rejected recruitment to last week’s biased Technique By Taz segment, critiquing Christian’s wrestling abilities. It had as much credibility as Christian critiquing Taz’s ability at a buffet table. Nobody is denying that at one point in time, Taz was a bad, bad man. But right now, Taz isn’t going to step through the ropes, back up what he is saying, but Christian is! So here’s how it is: Tony Khan gave Christian an open contract for a match. Next week, Team Taz can send anyone they want, Christian will be waiting.
But what Christian really wants to talk about right now is Double or Nothing’s Casino Battle Royale. Did you know that the winner of that match gets a shot at THE AEW World Championship whenever they want? Christian is all in, all the chips on the table! Christian vows to win that match and- Matt Sydal walks in to say Christian shouldn’t get too far ahead of himself. Matt’s back in that match, too, and he wants redemption. Well good to see you again, Matt, and yeah, Christian saw how things didn’t go so well for him. But things aren’t going to fall into place for him. Haha, hilarious. But Matt has a surprise for Christian. Not a Hall of Fame worthy one, but still.
Matt says to forget about Team Taz for a minute, because HE signed the open contract on the match. So before winning the battle royal, Matt will beat Christian and his #OutWorkEverybody hype train, live on Dynamite. The third eye is staring Captain Charisma down, who will be the first to blink?
AEW World Championship Eliminator Match: PAC VS Orange Cassidy!
The Bastard has beef with the Best Bout Machine going back to Dynamite’s inception, and is one of the only men to have a win over him in AEW. On the other hand, Freshly Squeezed didn’t have any grudge with Omega until Omega disrespected him last week. And when it comes to PAC VS Cassidy, these two have history of their own! Who gets one up on the other before going after Omega’s gold?
The bell rings and fans are dueling already as Cassidy and Pac stare down. Cassidy takes off the sunglasses, and puts them on Pac! Pac takes them off, and BREAKS them with his bare hands! Cassidy raises his hands, but it’s a fake out to get Pac to swing on him! Cassidy dodges, gets Pac up in the Alabama, BEACH BREAK!! Cover, TWO!! Pac’s arrogance cost him and he bails out of the ring. Fans are fired up as Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets and builds speed! NO HANDS DIVE! And he has SPARE sunglasses! Fans are even more fired up as Cassidy gets Pac up and RAMS him into railing!
AEW goes picture in picture as Cassidy checks with the ref about the ring count. Cassidy fetches Pac, to RAM him into more railing! Cassidy refreshes the ring count, stalks up behind Pac and gets him up, but Pac KNEES low and hard! Pac whips but Cassidy reverses to send Pac into even more railing! Pac is perhaps too sore to be upset, and Cassidy keeps track of the count. Cassidy whips Pac back the other way to send him over the railing! Cassidy paces, refreshes the count again, and sees Pac getting up. Cassidy heads over, and Pac HOTSHOTS him on railing! Cassidy sputters and gasps, Pac stomps him down, and AEW goes to break!
AEW returns and Cassidy is down on the outside again. Pac fetches him, to whip him hard into railing! The ref counts, fans boo, and Pac drags Cassidy up and around to throw him into more railing! Pac soaks up the heat, drags Cassidy back up and back into the ring. Fans are still on Cassidy’s side but Pac stomps him down! Pac soaks up the heat, digs his knee into Cassidy’s head, and uses ropes for leverage! The ref counts, Pac lets off at 4, and Orange is now red in the face. Pac climbs a corner, aims as fans rally up, and Cassidy stands to get a missile dropkick! Pac kips up with ease! He glares at the ref and then goes to another corner.
Pac climbs up again, aims, and again missile dropkicks Cassidy down! Cassidy is a lump but Pac isn’t done with him yet. Pac climbs back up top, Cassidy stands again, to get a third missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Pac seethes as Cassidy survives but the ref defends the count was fair. Fans sing for Cassidy but Pac drags him to a drop zone. Pac climbs up again, but Cassidy slowly rolls away to the far side. Pac hops down to hurry over and stomp him down! Fans boo, Pac scowls and climbs back up. Cassidy is still in the drop zone, but he rolls under the corner! Fans cheer as Cassidy even starts to lounge, and gives a thumbs up!
Pac flips Cassidy over before he drags him up, but Cassidy sends Pac into buckles! Pac scowls, runs after Cassidy, but gets sent into buckles! Cassidy wheelbarrows to victory roll, TWO!! Pac back KICKS, whips, and SUPERKICKS Cassidy down! Pac drags Cassidy back up to reel him in, for a LIGER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!??! Cassidy more falls over than kicks out and Pac is stunned! Pac looms over Cassidy, kicks him out of the ring, and lets the ring count climb. A count-out can still win this match, will Cassidy get up? AEW goes picture in picture as fans rally for Freshly Squeezed!
Pac soaks up the heat coming from the fans, the ref goes out to check Cassidy and make sure this isn’t more serious. Cassidy is fine to continue, Pac talks trash to some fellow wrestlers watching ringside, and the count restarts. Cassidy slowly stirs, drags himself up at 5 of 10, and into the ring at 6! Pac drags Cassidy over to a cover, TWO! Pac wraps on a headlock and grinds Cassidy down. Cassidy keeps his shoulders up, pushes Pac’s face with a forearm, but Pac brings him around to CLUB him to a corner. Pac digs his boots in, the ref counts and Pac stops at 4. A disqualification can lose this for Pac, too, so he has to be careful.
Pac paces while Cassidy crawls. The ref wants Pac to give Cassidy space, and also has medics coming over to check. Pac gets fans riled up as AEW returns to single picture. Don Callis comes out here? Callis says Kenny Omega is a busy man, he wants to know who he’s wrestling already! Pac storms after Callis but Callis says he just wants a winner. Wait, Kenny is sneaking in from the other side! Omega has his AEW World Championship belt and he CLOBBERS Pac with it!! The ref misses it all because she was arguing with Callis! Callis “apologizes” and Omega slips away! Both Pac and Cassidy are down and everyone but the ref knows!
Fans chant, “Kenny Sucks!” at Omega as he and Callis slither away. The standing count is past 5 of 10, and then reaches 9!! It’s a DOUBLE COUNT OUT?!?!
Double Count-Out Draw
Well, Callis isn’t a ref, but what he sees here is that there is no winner! That means Omega has NO opponent for Double or Nothing! He’s got the night off, where does he want to go? “Fuel up the Harley, fuel up the Kawasaki Ninja! Don, I thinks we should go on a little bit of a road trip, because what we got here, ain’t two winners! It ain’t one winner! It’s two LOSERS! Who would pay money to see that?!” But Schiavone excuses himself and says he’s been informed- Omega stops that right here and now! Omega gets his sunglasses, puts those on, and Schiavone says he has just been told that at Double or Nothing, there WILL be a world title match. And in this case, “double” is literal, because it will be a Triple Threat! Omega VS PAC VS Cassidy for the title!!
What gives Schiavone the right to do this?! This is from Tony Khan! WHAT?! Omega says they don’t know him! He’s not wrestling two people! Well this is what Tony Khan has decided! Omega blames the ref but the fans are fired up! Omega says he’s going back to Winnipeg, but will he have no choice but to return to Jacksonville to defend his title?
The Elite find their dressing room in disarray!
Matt Jackson tells Brandon Cutler to record this! They want to know who did this to their stuff! Anderson says this is where they sit in a circle and praise the Lord! This was their sanctuary! Gallows knows it was Kingston and Moxley, who have been disrespectful of the best faction in wrestling ever, and it’s been going on for long enough! “Matt, Nick, it’s time to man up! What’re you guys gonna do about it?!” The Bucks first talk about what they did to SCU, one of the best tag teams in the business, and they put them out to pasture without even batting an eye. SCU LATER! But next week, these fighting champions are fighting again, against the new #1 contenders, the Varsity Blonds!
Matt mockingly asks Brian Pillman Jr. if he wants to be like his dada and be a tag team champion, too. The Blonds can step to the Bucks, the best in the business, and see how that turns out! But for once, “the most selfless Christian men in this business” do something for themselves. They’ll settle a personal grudge! Moxley, Kingston, what you boys doing at Double or Nothing? You up? How about they cordially invite your butts to a dang ol’ SUPERKICK PARTY!! Titles or no titles, the Bucks are giving the Maniac and the Mad King the match they want! But will Bulletproof BPJ and the Ivy League MVP make sure the Bucks stop being golden first?
Backstage interview with Hangman Page and The Dark Order.
Alex Marvez asks Hangman’s recent thoughts on his loss to Brian Cage and his subsequent drop in the rankings from #1 to #5. The Dark Order say it’s alright. Alan Angels knows personally it ain’t bad being Number 5. Evil Uno says they will help him get right back to the top! Stu Grayson can even get even with Brian Cage for him! Alex Reynolds says he’ll take on Hook, too. Hangman tells them all that it’s fine. It was gonna happen sooner or later, right? Ranked #1, riding high, it was inevitable that he’d lose. Granted, it took three guys jumping him on the stage first, then a belt shot to the back of his head and a powerbomb that nearly blew his lungs out his mouth, but Cage won.
But Hangman wonders if Cage didn’t so much beat him, as Taz did calling the shots. And if Hangman is someone like Brian Cage, knows what he’s thinking as a guy who has dedicated his whole life to pro-wrestling, then he’s not satisfied with that win. Hangman dares Cage to leave Taz, Ricky Starks, bless his heart, and his junior high band camp friends backstage, to meet Hangman 1v1 and earn a spot. If Hangman loses then, that’s fine, he’ll accept it. As for Cage, it’s Double or Nothing. Oh wait that’s the name of the PPV! Is that on purpose? That’s so smart! John Silver pointed out the obvious, but obviously we’re going one more round! Will Page redeem himself in a rematch with Cage?
The Pinnacle heads to the ring!
Wearing a crown on his head, MJF has two lovely young ladies accompany him personally as he, Wardlow, Tully Blanchard, FTR and Shawn Spears go to the ring. MJF gets the ladies to kiss his Dynamite Diamond Ring, which was itself pivotal in the Blood & Guts victory. Other ladies hold the ropes open as the Pinnacle goes into the ring and MJF gets a mic. MJF says he told us he was going to take Chris Jericho’s spot and his crown, and now MJF is the Demo God and King of AEW! And now we will refer to HIM as the Greatest of All Time! Don’t boo, bow! And not just to him, but to the greatest group of men to ever exist! Bow to The Pinnacle!
“Hell, bow to the biggest drawers professional wrestling has ever known. I don’t know if you mouth-breathing boors have heard about this, but for the first time ever, we ranked #1 on cable last week.” And you have The Pinnacle to thank for it! They broke a record on Canada’s TSN, even, because of the Canadian hero they had in Shawn Spears! Zoom in on the Chair Man! A Canadian God! But MJF is glad fans are bringing up The Inner Circle, because they’re down two men. One because he stabbed MJF like a coward, and the other because he tripped and fell. Which is why MJF is so perplexed as to why oh why The Inner Circle would want a rematch!
But MJF’s a young, benevolent king. Would the people like to see a rematch? YES! Are you sure? YES! Then MJF says NO! HAHAHA! Tully takes over and asks if anyone knows what it’s like to be at the top, looking down at all the others. Tully’s been there many times in the past! But this group of guys here, with MJF and his crown, the Pinnacle took everything The Inner Circle could dish out! Blood & Guts, we saw this group of men take everything The Inner Circle had, and in the end, the Inner Circle is panicking, begging MJF not to throw Jericho off, and they gave up! That was the end of the story! “Ladies and gentlemen, when you quit, you stinking quit!”
The Pinnacle is the top of the world! The finest things, they deserve! Five of the greatest looking women Jacksonville has to offer! Tully has a present for his guys that he spent THOUSANDS on, for the finest wrist jewelry you can have. For those who don’t understand, these are very expensive watches. Each man gets one and they’re very grateful to Tully. Every time they look at those, they can question anything else, but they look at these and think, “This was a present from Tully Blanchard!” This is what The Pinnacle is about! They’re on top of the world, looking down on everyone else! But what is that honking? Who is ruining The Pinnacle’s party? The Inner Circle, that’s who!!
Sammy, Ortiz and Hager cruise in with a jeep and a trailer full of A Little Bit of the Bubbly! MJF says they’re not interested anymore. MJF detained Santana, and we’re never seeing Jericho again! So drive off, you’re team is dead! But JERICHO says, “Hey, Max! Can you hear ’em cheering?” Jericho, arm in a heavy cast and brace, is in the trailer! Fans are thunderous as Jericho says, “Just let me get this straight. We’re gonna ask you again: Will you give us a rematch? Yes or no?” MJF is furious and says that once again, the answer is NO! Okay, so… That’s a what? IT’S N-O, NO!! Then get him! The Inner Circle hoses The Pinnacle down with the bubbly!! A LOT OF IT, TOO!
The Pinnacle is slippin’ and slidin’ in the champagne, this is a bit more than a toast! Sammy makes sure to really get Spears with it, too. MJF is furious but he’s also floundering around in the ring! MJF tells fans to shut up about it! If the Inner Circle wants a match, then Double or Nothing! The same match the Inner Circle lost last year: STADIUM STAMPEDE!! But don’t celebrate just yet! Ain’t nothing funny gonna happen this year! If the Inner Circle loses this time, they must DISBAND FOREVER!! Take it or leave it! Even more is at stake than there was for Blood & Guts! Will the Inner Circle take back their spot atop AEW or have to say good-bye?
Jim Ross interviews Britt Baker.
Good ol’ JR says he is looking forward to Double or Nothing, Hikaru Shida VS Britt Baker for the AEW Women’s World Championship. It was about a year ago today when Britt fought Shida, not a great outcome for Britt with the broken nose and the blood. Yes, Britt needed reconstructive surgery and was out for five months after. The pain can either hurt you or change you. Britt’s been the baddest bitch on the block since then, JR’s words, not hers. And so, it is poetic that Shida broke her nose, and look at The Doctor now. It is poetic that the monster Shida created is the one that will dethrone her. Unless Shida just up and kills Britt. But turns out, Britt is “pretty ****ing hard to kill.”
JR asks Britt if she feels she’s taking it too far, getting too emotionally invested in this match. Tony Khan and several stars of AEW were having a photoshoot with Forbes, that is a big deal, and then Britt took it upon herself to take over. She and Shida brawled because of it. Was that a smart move? JR knows Britt is smart. Britt says she’s brilliant. But then what does this mean to Tony Khan and to her? Does Britt not care about anyone else? Britt says she just wanted to have pictures with the current champion when that article drops. The PPV is on May 30th, the Forbes article is for June. There will be a new champion by then.
But Britt says it’s fine, JR and the others can paint her to be the villain. It’s what they’ve always done, and Britt will just keep autographing the best selling artwork that comes from it. JR says Shida might feel a bit cornered, and that the deck may be stacked. Perhaps her time is coming. He knows this will be physical, with a lot of urgency. Britt agrees, Shida has had the title for a year, and a difficult year at that. Shida was champion, kept the AEW Women’s Division alive when it was riddled with injuries, travel restrictions, all that. The division was on life support.
But Britt is the FACE of this division, the Role Model, the heart, the soul, the pulse. When you have a pulse, you don’t need a machine keeping you alive. So after Double or Nothing, the division will live when Britt becomes champion. That’s a guarantee from DMD. Will the Doctor be in and finally take over the division? Or will Shida be celebrating her one year anniversary as champion still as champion?
BIG NEWS for Double or Nothing/Memorial Day Weekend!
Double or Nothing will be May 30th, but Friday, May 28th, it will be a special edition of AEW Dynamite! And then on Saturday, May 29th, it will be AEW Fan Fest! Be sure to get your tickets this Monday, May 17th, so you don’t miss out on any of that!
Thunder Rosa VS Jazmin Allure!
The Role Model may be going after the Full Metal Warrior and the AEW Women’s World Championship, but La Mera Mera is going to be waiting on the other side! At least, as long as she doesn’t let herself get too cocky. Will Rosa be ready for whoever comes out of Double or Nothing with the belt?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans sing for Rosa and she knees Allure, CHOPS her, then fires off forearms and CHOPS against the ropes! Rosa CHOPS Allure in a corner, then RAMS her shoulder in! And again! And again! Rosa bumps Allure off buckles, CHOPS her again, and again! Rosa whips, Allure reverses and runs in to back elbow! Allure runs corner to corner but Rosa dodges this time, to then SHOTGUN dropkick Allure down! Fans fire up with Rosa and she stomps Allure down. Rosa drags Allure up, scoop SLAMS her, then runs and runs to drop a back senton! Cover, TWO!
Rosa keeps her cool, drags Allure back up, and scoops her, for the backbreaker to the FIRE THUNDER DRIVER! Cover, Rosa wins!
Winner: Thunder Rosa, by pinfall
The roll isn’t stopping, it isn’t slowing down! Hikaru Shida, Britt Baker and even Serena Deeb better watch out for Rosa, she’s coming for it all!
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
Speaking of Serena Deeb, she returns to AEW next week to defend the NWA Women’s World Championship against Red Velvet! Will the young, rising star surprise everyone against one of the best in the world? Or will Serena still be waiting for Rosa when the time finally comes to face off again?
And the challenge has been accepted! Brian Pillman Jr. and Griff Garrison are going for gold against the Young Bucks! Will the Varsity Blonds made to look like JV against the best tag team in the world? And with Double or Nothing’s USA VS UK battle inbound, Anthony Ogogo gets in the ring against Austin Gunn! Will the Son of a Gun just be target practice for Ogogo’s body shots?
Schiavone interviews Jade Cargill!
The top free agent has another manager courting her, as Mark Sterling, lawyer to MJF, says he can get her the same big money deal he got MJF last year. What is her response to that business offer? Or what of Matt Hardy and Vickie Guerrero? Who is handling her business? Jade Cargill handles her business! As far as managerial offers go, she’s still listening. But she’s her own boss, because she’s #ThatBitch!
AEW hears from Darby Allin.
What’s his condition after being thrown down a concrete staircase? He doesn’t have time to think about that. Not right now. Darby literally dropped everything after that just to go to Seattle. He grew up here, with the skateparks. He likes coming back to remind him of who he is and how far he’s come. Trashy as it is, Darby loves everything about it. The first thing he heard Miro talk about is glass ceilings. But what has Miro done since he’s been here? “Honestly, what have you done since you’ve been here? One second you’re playing video games, then the next second, you’re someone’s best man.” Miro kept saying the world will see what he’s capable of now that the leash is off. Darby isn’t buying it.
Miro can say Darby’s this and that, but at least Darby knows who Darby is. Does Miro know who Miro is? “Look at me, you generic son of a bitch!” Miro is NOT taking the TNT Championship from him! Miro says it is his destiny, but Darby says Miro will have to admit he is one of the toughest men he’s ever faced. And he faces him, NEXT!
AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Miro!
The Relentless Face of the Network always gets back up after someone knocks him down. But The Best Man says he’ll make sure Darby never gets up again! Will Darby make it through his historic tenth title defense? Or will he not make it through the last 10 minutes of the night?
The introductions are made, but Miro doesn’t wait for the belt to be raised as he attacks Darby at the ropes! Miro drags Darby in, throws him to ropes, and Darby clutches a leg. Miro gets Darby up to fire off hands and stomps Darby down! The ref reprimands, Miro lets off and demands the bell ring already! The ref tells Miro to back off so he can check Darby but Miro throws Darby into the ropes! Miro continues to demand the bell ring but Darby flops out of the ring. Miro storms out after Darby, then TOSSES him across the way! Miro drags Darby up and RAMS him into railing! Fans boo but Miro doesn’t care, he drags Darby up. “Am I underwhelming?!”
Miro DECKS Darby, the ref says he has to get this in the ring to start the match! Miro just THROWS Darby again! Miro CLOBBERS Darby over the railing! Fans boo as Miro stares Sting down and even smiles! Miro goes back to Darby, drags Darby up and encourages fans to rally for Darby, so that he can OVERHEAD Belly2Belly Darby back to ringside! Miro drags Darby back up, Scorpio Sky and Ethan Page are watching this like a comedy from the bleachers! Miro puts Darby in the ring, the ref checks with Darby but Darby sputters something about starting already, and Miro KNEES Darby down! The match still hasn’t started and Miro DECKS Darby!
Miro stomps around, Darby finally gets his jacket off, and the ref asks if he still wants to do this. Darby can barely stand but he says yes, and the bell rings! BEST KICK!! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives but Miro thinks that was three! The ref says no, it was two! Darby bails out as Miro argues with the ref. Miro goes out, Darby SHOTGUN dropkicks him! Miro stays up but Darby SHOTGUN dropkicks him into railing! Darby fires off hands, Miro shoves him away but Darby gets around. Miro blocks the throwback stunner, and aims for a post, only for Darby to slip free and POST Miro first! Miro staggers about, Darby gets in the ring and builds speed to CANNONBALL TOPE!!
Miro is down, Darby goes up!?! SUPER COFFIN- NO! Miro catches Darby for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Miro roars right into the camera, but he does have to catch his breath and clutch his ribs, as AEW goes picture in picture.
Miro storms back over to Darby and looms over him as fans jeer and taunt him. Miro puts Darby in, covers, TWO! Darby is still in this, but Miro is still seething. Miro pushes Darby around, and KICKS him, and then Scorpio and Ethan go after Sting!! They RAM him into railing, and then scurry away before the ref sees them! Medics go to check Sting, other refs come out to usher Ethan & Scorpio further away, and Miro SLAMS Darby down! Miro KICKS Darby, but Darby grits his teeth! Darby eggs Miro on, and Miro gets him up. Darby fires forearms! Miro staggers, Darby throws body shots, then whips. Miro reverses hard and Darby bounces off buckles!
Miro digs his knees in at the ropes, the ref counts and Miro lets off at 4. Miro paces, Darby drags himself to a corner, and Miro again soaks up the heat from the fans. Miro drags Darby up but Darby flops back down. Miro gets Darby up to EuroUpper him back down! Miro drops an elbow, drags Darby to the apron, and CLUBS him! Then BOOTS him! Then BOOTS him again! Miro pushes Darby in, taunts him, and avoids Darby’s kicks from below as AEW returns to single picture.
Miro mocks Darby, gets the foot and drops an elbow on the knee! Miro gut wrenches to POWERSLAM Darby! Darby flops to a corner and the ref checks on him, but Darby refuses to end it here. Miro drags Darby up, wraps on a bearhug, and fans rally for Darby. Miro squeezes Darby tight, Sting manages to stand, and Darby reaches for a ropebreak! Miro CLUBS Darby down, roll him away from ropes, but Darby still reaches. Miro drags Darby up for a standing bearhug but Darby throws elbows to get free! Miro shoves Darby, blocks boots and spins Darby around for a back suplex! Darby lands on his feet and hops on for a sleeper hold!
Darby is a backpack as Miro staggers around! Darby shakes out the bad arm but shifts his sleeper and tightens the grip! Miro drops to a knee! Fans are fired up, but Darby’s arms are weakening, and Miro gets a ropebreak! Darby lets go, and Miro goes outside. Darby follows and leaps on to club Miro down! Darby fires off crossface forearms and puts on a sleeper hold, but the ref wants this to return to the ring. Miro gets to the timekeeper’s table, grabs the TNT belt, but the ref grab sit, too! Miro lets that go, Darby pinches Miro’s nose closed! Miro manages to run and RAM Darby into the side of the stage! Darby lets go and Miro can breathe, but both men are down!
Fans rally up for Darby and cheer, “This is Awesome!” Miro drags himself up, drags Darby up, but the ring count is 5 of 10! Miro drags Darby over and gets him in at 8! Miro gets in at 9 and fans cheer as this match continues! Miro snarls and stalks Darby, then stomps him down! Miro SLAMS Darby’s arm on the mat, pulls off the tape and goes right after the shoulder with big elbows! Miro RAMS Darby into buckles, hauls him back up and SLAMS him into ropes! Darby clutches his legs from the whiplash but Sting is there to coach him up. Miro soaks up more heat from the fans, and Sting gives Darby a fist bump to encourage him.
Darby gets up and Miro offers him a free shot. Darby SLAPS Miro, Miro shoves him but runs into boots! Darby chop blocks a leg! Darby runs and rolls to get around to THROWBACK! And a cradle! TWO!! Miro swings, Darby ducks and dodges but runs into a pop-up, that he turns into another STUNNER!! Darby heads up top fast, for the COFFIN DROP into a waistlock?! GERMAN SUPLEX, but Darby lands on his feet! Miro runs but gets buckles, a roll up, TWO!! Darby almost gets Miro there, but he keeps moving! Darby headbutts low, hops on, YOSHITONIC!! Cover, TWO!! Miro survives but Darby is after the arm!
Miro endures the Fujiwara, fights up, and trips Darby, into GAME OVER!!!! Darby is OUT, Miro wins!!
Winner: Miro, by submission (NEW AEW TNT Champion)
Miro makes Darby suffer, but lets go so that he can hold the title! And now Scorpio & Ethan return to go after Sting again! Sting is ready this time and he fights them off! But Scorpio KICKS the bad leg! The Dark Order runs out to run them off! Miro gloats over Darby, “I’m the network now!” But wait, is that Lance Archer?! Jake the Snake tells Archer to hold off, but Miro welcomes the Murderhawk Monster to try! Will we see these two behemoths collide soon enough?
What an amazing episode! Three title matches, of course one opens tonight. Moxley VS Nagata certainly had the intensity of a NJPW Strong Style match but could have been a touch more. Moxley retaining makes sense in that he still needs to be strong in this feud with the Young Bucks. Speaking of which, Bucks VS SCU was amazing, definitely what a Titles vs Tag Career match should’ve looked like, but I am a little disappointed that SCU lost. But I suppose with Scorpio having moved on to be with Ethan, maybe SCU was just ready to break up since it was just The Addiction. A shame it was because of cheating, but that’s so Bucks have even more Heel heat than normal.
Kingston and Moxley should’ve known that while they were trashing The Elite’s dressing room, The Elite was still mostly in the ring. This is a TV show that is televised live. As for The Elite’s response, I thought it was pretty funny for The Elite to be that upset. I suppose The Bucks are going to build momentum while giving Dynamite title matches and thereby ratings with their title matches. The Bucks have to have these belts by Double or Nothing, right? I don’t think there’s been an AEW PPV without the tag titles, so Bucks VS Mox & Kingston has to be for the titles to make it all work in the wrestling logic we’re all used to.
Speaking of wrestling logic we’re used to, I appreciate that Cody makes note that pro-wrestling, certainly in America, is about patriotism and it’s a bit cliché. Or rather, the support of your country. In the UK, it is “UK is Face, other places are Heel,” and same for Japan and Mexico and I’m sure anywhere else. That said, Cody then leans right into it, which I appreciate but do feel it’s odd because he just prefaced that this shouldn’t be about patriotism. Either way, Cody VS Ogogo now made for Double or Nothing is great, it is very big for Ogogo to be this early in his wrestling career and he’s getting a high profile PPV match.
As for Cody becoming “The American Dream” for just one night, this sounds like he wants to take advantage of a loophole while he can. Most times, copyright and competition in wrestling is about “You can’t use this on television/cable.” Double or Nothing is a PPV, therefore not on cable, so he can do it for just this match with Ogogo because it feeds the USA VS Not USA element of the story. At the same time, I am sure this is not the end for Nightmare Family VS The Factory, and I do hope The Factory recruits more people so we can get more battles between them and the Nightmare Family, which is still pretty big.
And speaking of things not being over, I am both surprised but not surprised that we’re getting more Inner Circle VS Pinnacle already. I like that they kayfabe’d Santana’s injury concerns as him being arrested, it foreshadowed a bit of a Stone Cold Steve Austin theme the Inner Circle was going for with tonight. Them ruining The Pinnacle’s party with their version of the beer truck water cannon was definitely a Stone Cold shout out, and I should’ve realized The Inner Circle would get the second-ever Stadium Stampede. If the stipulation is “Inner Circle loses, they break up,” this has to mean they win this time, right? But at the same time, I can’t see there being a third faction match, with Blood & Guts and Stadium Stampede II already being huge moments.
Christian Cage has a decent promo calling out Team Taz, but I can see why Matt Sydal is the one going after him: Ricky Starks unfortunately has a fractured neck, that is going to keep him out for at least three months, and hopefully it is only those three months. Christian VS Starks was the clear next part of Christian VS Team Taz, and I suppose instead of being redundant with a Christian VS Hobbs rematch, getting someone as comparative to Starks as possible in terms of having a speedy fighting style works. As for the promo, I like that Sydal gave Christian shade on the workhorse hype that hasn’t been fulfilled yet, but of course Christian is going to tough it out and win.
Hangman and the Dark Order had another fun promo together, and Hangman VS Brian Cage at Double or Nothing is going to be great. I am thinking Hangman wins the rematch to get back on track, his pacing is working out perfectly so that he can challenge the AEW World Champion at All Out 2021. PAC VS Cassidy was a great match, but I should’ve figured Omega would screw the “serious threat” over, but I like that it only screws him over. In a vacuum, AKA ignoring WWE spamming singles title Triple Threats, this Triple Threat is exactly what Omega deserves to be put through for how he’s acted, and is a first-time-ever for any singles title in AEW. But at the same time, I think Omega wins by using his opponents against each other, as well as the No Disqualification rule to allow interference.
Britt has a great interview promo with JR, Rosa has a good squash win, and it’s great that next week will be the return of Serena Deeb and the NWA Women’s World Championship. Britt sure looks like the heavy favorite going into Double or Nothing, and I suppose it’s never too soon for another Britt VS Rosa match. But I wonder if it’s going to be Britt VS Rosa for just the AEW title, or if Rosa gets her rematch with Deeb first, wins the NWA title, and then we get #WinnerTakesAll at say All Out, or perhaps on the anniversary episode of Dynamite for 2021. Britt may have put her Heel twist on it that she is going to be why the division thrives, but this women’s division is starting to come alive.
Darby’s vignette before the main event was good, but I think he could learn to bring his aggression out verbally a bit better. He didn’t sound as mad as he should have calling Miro an SOB. Darby VS Miro was an awesome match, though, but Scorpio & Ethan going after Sting on the side could’ve been done a bit better. Did they really need to go after him during a picture in picture segment, and then again when things were done? Just do the time after the match and have the Dark Order come out and Archer and then we close the show. Miro winning makes a lot of sense, but especially with him wearing his TNT title trunks tonight. It was like taking “win face” and “win entrance” to a new level with “win attire.” You don’t get custom trunks like that to then look like a dork for failing.
I’m thinking Miro VS Archer for the TNT title and Ethan & Scorpio VS Sting & Darby in perhaps another cinematic are both going to be at Double or Nothing. Double or Nothing is already looking to be an awesome PPV to shift things from Spring to Summer, a lot could change for AEW’s title landscape and that turnover could help them keep running high in the ratings while competing with regular sports, just as they should be.
My Score: 9.4/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (5/11/21)
To be the best, you gotta BEAT the best!
NXT puts gold back on the line!
Mercedes Martinez challenges Raquel Gonzalez, Santos Escobar must go 2 outta 3 with Kushida, and the NXT Champion looks to END Austin Theory!
- Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux VS Austin Theory w/ Johnny Gargano; Kross wins.
- MSK VS Breezango; MSK wins.
- Alexander Wolfe w/ Imperium VS Killian Dain w/ Drake Maverick; canceled.
- Pete Dunne w/ Oney Lorcan VS Leon Ruff; Dunne wins.
- NXT Women’s Championship: Raquel Gonzalez w/ Dakota Kai VS Mercedes Martinez; Gonzalez wins and retains the title.
- Kyle O’Reilly VS Oney Lorcan w/ Pete Dunne; O’Reilly wins.
- NXT Cruiserweight Championship, Best 2 Out of 3 Falls: KUSHIDA VS Santos Escobar w/ El Legado del Fantasma; Kushida wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux VS Austin Theory w/ Johnny Gargano!
In the words of the NXT Champion, “Tick tock, time’s up!” Will it be Doomsday all day for The Way? Or can Johnny Wrestling help his boy get one over on Kross?
Johnny and Theory are both stunned seeing Kross’ entrance, but Johnny snaps Theory out of it and coaches him up. Fans chant “TICK TOCK!” as Theory sheepishly gets in the ring with Kross. The bell rings and Theory circles with Kross, but ends up in a corner. Theory dodges, fires off forearms, then knees. Kross shoves Theory away, Theory dodges to dropkick! Kross stays up! And gets mad… Kross choke grips, puts Theory in a corner and BOOTS him down! Theory sits up in a daze and Kross grins at Gargano. Kross drags Theory up, puts him in another corner and TOSSES him across the way!
Gargano and Kross stare down, but Kross runs corner to corner, only for Theory to dodge! Kross avoids hitting buckles, wags his finger, and Theory lariats, but bounces off! Kross LARIATS and down goes Theory! Scarlett smiles as she watches Kross stalk Theory. Kross looms over Theory, fans rally as he wrenches and keylocks Theory and puts him in another corner for a HEAVY body shot! Kross wrenches, keylocks and ROCKS Theory again! Theory falls to his knees, Kross BOOTS him to the mat! Kross has Theory on ropes, chokes him, but lets off at the ref’s count of 4. Kross grins and dares Theory to reach for Gargano, only to STOMP his fingers!
Kross laughs as he looms over Theory again. Kross gets Theory up, knees him low and hard, then bumps him off buckles. Kross runs in but Theory knees him back! Theory runs, into an EXPLODER! Fans fire up as Kross says this is the end! Kross gets Theory up, brings him in, DOOMS- NO! Theory rakes eyes while Gargano distracts the ref! Scarlett protests but Kross bails out. Gargano tells Theory to take advantage of the bad eyes! Theory gets around all the big strikes, and he RAMS Kross into Plexiglas! And then DDT’s him hard to the floor! Fans boo, Theory leaves Kross behind, but Kross gets in at 9.9!
Kross then slides out, Theory goes out after him, Kross scoops and aims, but Theory slips off to POST Kross first! Gargano is even surprised as Theory puts Kross in! BUZZSAW! Theory rains down fists, stomps away on arms and shoulders, then rains down forearms! Scarlett coaches Kross, fans rally up, and Kross knees Theory low and hard! Theory ends up on the apron, Kross storms over but into a hotshot! Theory slingshot somersaults for a SHOTGUN dropkick! Cover, ONE?! Kross shocks The Way but Gargano coaches Theory to keep focus. Theory stalks Kross, runs in and clotheslines in a corner! Then scoops for a FALL AWAY SLAM!
Theory gives a thumbs up to Gargano, but Kross is back up! DOOMSDAY SAIDO!! And then another DOOMSDAY SAIDO!! Kross is winding the hands of time, “TIME’S UP!!” APOCALYPSE ELBOW!! Kross doesn’t cover, either, he rains down forearms of fury on Theory’s head! Kross stares Gargano down as he puts on the KROSSJACKET!! Theory is OUT, Kross wins!!
Winner: Karrion Kross, by submission
This could’ve been called by knockout after what Kross did to Theory! Kross promised to hit harder than life itself, and he may just have! Will Kross do this to everyone on his path? But wait! Finn Balor appears! Fans are going nuts as Prince and Doomsday stare down! Finn says he doesn’t wait in line. He wants his rematch! Kross wants another round, too, so challenge accepted! When and where will these two forces of NXT collide again?
Next week will be COLOSSAL because Bronson Reed is getting his shot! Will Reed crush Johnny Gargano and take the NXT North American Championship away from him?
NXT shares an exclusive from earlier today.
William Regal was talking about tonight’s big title matches, but Leon Ruff walked in. He apologizes for interrupting and says he wants to compete. Regal, however, says that would not be wise after how he was beat up last week. Ruff knew Regal would say that, he checked with the medical team and they said he was cleared. Regal knows that, they report to him. But that doesn’t matter, he won’t allow it. Ruff says that’ snot good enough and he throws things off Regal’s desk! “What do I gotta do?!” Regal says Ruff is NOT competing tonight, and tells him to leave. Ruff storms off, but what will Ruff do to get even with Isaiah “Swerve” Scott?
MSK VS Breezango!
Wes Lee & Nash Carter have made an impact as NXT Tag Team Champions, but they have to be careful with the fashionable and formidable Prince Pretty and Lord of the Dance! Will these #MustSeeKids continue to prove their worth?
The teams sort out and Lee starts with Breeze. They circle, fans rally and the two tie up. They go around, Breeze arm-drags and then backs away to lounge on the top rope. Fandango “makes it rain” on Breeze, Lee rushes in but Breeze waistlocks to a snapmare, only for Lee to return with a shoulder tackle! Things speed up, Breeze hurdles, Lee FLIPS, and fans admit that was good. Lee does a shimmy, then hurdles Breeze, but Breeze whips Lee. Lee stops to suplex but Breeze fights that off. Breeze suplexes, Lee lands to waistlock, but Breeze bucks him away! SUPERKICKS collide, and the two shake out their legs. Breeze seems a bit stunned Lee is this quick, but both he and Lee tag out.
Carter and Dango circle, tie up, and Dango wrenches to a wristlock. Carter rolls, handsprings and flips to arm-drag Dango away. Carter wrenches an arm now, whips Dango to a corner, but Dango goes up and over to arm-drag back! Dango swivels hips, things speed up again, Carter dropkicks Dango down! Carter shows off his own hip swivels, Dango kicks low! Dango headlocks, Breeze tags in as Carter powers out. Carter and Breeze drop, and drop, and then drop, Dango eventually runs into Breeze! Breeze headlocks Carter, Carter powers out, and somehow the ref ends up part of this! The ref hurdles, Carter dropkicks Breeze out of the ring! Fans are rallying for the ref!
Breeze and Carter reset, the ref remembers he’s a ref, but fans still say “That was Awesome!” as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Fandango has Lee in a headlock. Lee fights up, Fandango knees low then whips him to a corner. Lee manages to dodge to then ENZIGURI Fandango! Lee snapmares Dango, handsprings back but Dango gets under and JAPANESE ARM-DRAGS Lee into buckles! Fandango gets Lee up, FALCON ARROW! Cover, Carter breaks it! Dango is upset, but he drags Lee up and over to tag Breeze. Breeze has the legs, he and Dango coordinate, but Lee disrupts the Fashion Faux Pas with a shoulder tackle! Lee stomps Breeze then stumbles away to tag in Carter! MSK rallies on Breeze with kick after kick, BUZZSAW to DOUBLE STOMPS! And then, the PUSH-SAULT! Cover, Dango barrels in to break it!
All four men are down, the fans are fired up, and all four rise as the fans rally up. Lee and Breeze are on one side, Dango and Carter on the other. Lee and Breeze punch first, but Dango and Carter respond. They go back and forth, Lee and Breeze, Dango and Carter. The brawl moves to everyone’s feet, Lee ENZIGURIS but Breeze SUPER MODEL KICKS! Breeze dodges Carter to SUPER MODEL KICK! MSK is down, Breeze hurries to tag in Dango! Dango climbs and Carter is in a drop zone! Carter gets up fast, though, and SHORYUKENS! Carter climbs to join Dango, but Dango resists the superplex! Dango throws body shots, knocks Carter away, but Carter returns with a JUMPING KNEE!
Carter sees Breezango outside, goes to the corner, SUPER MOONSAULT takes them both down! Fans are thunderous as Carter puts Dango in and tags Lee! MSK coordinates, assisted SHOTGUN dropkick! Breeze tags in as Dango is in the corner, and he gets Lee’s arms! Lee resists the turn, Carter SUPERKICKS! MSK combines, BLOCKBUSTER SPINEBUSTER! Cover, MSK wins!
Winners: MSK, by pinfall
That energy and innovation is why MSK are NXT Tag Team Champions! Breezango show respect to the young champions, but MSK tells Legado that the champs aren’t hard to fine! If they want the titles, come get them! MSK all night and all day!
Alexander Wolfe is showing signs of the stomach flu, so he won’t be competing against Killian Dain tonight! Will Imperium’s Hatchet Man have to try again next week when it comes to settling things with the Belfast Beast?
Johnny Gargano angrily leads NXT Media to William Regal’s office.
Gargano shouts “This sucks!” as he heads for the door. Regal says this is actually rather nice. He doesn’t have a meeting and the door was open this time. Gargano asks if he heard right about next week’s title match. He did hear right! Well that’s real nice, isn’t it? First, Regal feeds Theory to the wolves, then he hates Gargano enough to put him in a match! Regal doesn’t hate Gargano, he respects Gargano’s ability. Then treat him like it! Treat him like the North American Champion! That’s what Regal’s doing! So Gargano’s still facing Reed next week! Good luck.
Gargano grabs for the brass knuckles and Regal tells him not to dare touch that. Gargano takes Regal’s pencil and breaks it! Will Gargano’s anger only cost him when he takes on another huge challenge?
BIG news for the next TakeOver!
As first broken by Barstool Sports’ Rasslin’ podcast with Brandon Walker, NXT is back In Your House! June 13, 2021, NXT brings back the retro tradition to make a new tradition of their own! And Todd Pettengill will be back, too!
Ever-Rise has an impromptu episode of Ever-Rise Live.
Well not really, they’re just behind commentary.
Pete Dunne is in the ring.
“So Karrion Kross has chosen Finn Balor? And y’know what? I don’t blame him. Because we both know I’m the toughest match-up there is. So Karrion, keep ducking me, mate. Cuz sooner or later, that title is mine! Cuz I’m the baddest man in NXT! And see if anyone in the back thinks otherwise, here’s your chance! Try and prove me wrong!” Dunne is issuing an open challenge! But who takes it? LEON RUFF, and from outta nowhere! Ruff fires off hands, Dunne shoves him away, but Ruff comes back with a dropkick! Dunne bails out, Ruff dares him to come back, and it seems Regal’s orders had a loophole! Will this be another rough night for Ruff? Or will he show the Bruiserweight what tough is all about?
Pete Dunne w/ Oney Lorcan VS Leon Ruff!
The bell rings and Ruff fires off on Dunne again! Dunne SPINEBUSTERS Ruff and rains down fists from all sides for that! Dunne goes for an arm, Ruff throws him away and KICKS from the mat! Ruff runs corner to corner but Dunne puts him on the apron. Ruff ROCKS Dunne, goes up and around and under, but Dunne gets the arm to roll Ruff for body scissors. Dunne clamps onto Ruff’s arm, bends the fingers back as far as he can, and Ruff shouts in pain as Dunne tortures the digits! Dunne locks the arm, hammers Ruff in the head, then shifts to twist the wrist. Ruff gets up, fans fire up and Ruff CHOPS! Ruff goes up the corner, on the ropes and SPRINGBOARD RANAS!
Dunne staggers up, but sends Ruff into ropes to then CLOBBER him! Ruff gasps for air, Dunne kicks him in the side then goes after the arm again. Dunne bends the fingers way back, and STOMPS the shoulder! Dunne kicks at Ruff, Ruff crawls to ropes, but Dunne wraps the arm around ropes to bend him back! Dunne chinbars to CHOP Ruff down! The ref reprimands but Dunne drags Ruff up again to SLAP! Ruff CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Dunne shoves Ruff, Ruff dodges to ENZIGURI! Dunne falls into a BACKBREAKER, Ruff pops Dunne up for another ENIGURI! Ruff goes up to hit a missile dropkick! But Dunne ENZIGURIS on return!
Dunne gets Ruff up, whips, but Ruff rebounds to LARIAT! Ruff keeps moving, leaps, but Dunne DECKS him! Dunn has a TRIANGLE HOLD and throws elbows in over and over! Ruff is OUT, the ref calls it!
Winner: Pete Dunne, by referee stoppage
Ruff is tough, but the Bruiserweight is just that brutal. Will Dunne show no mercy until he’s got the title match he wants? Speaking of no mercy, Dunne grabs Ruff’s hand and SNAPS the fingers!! Will Ruff regret going around Regal’s orders?
El Legado del Fantasma speaks.
Raul Mendoza says tonight, we’ll see who the real NXT Cruiserweight Champion is, and that is Santos Escobar. Joaquin Wilde says that while Kushida is champion right now, Escobar brings it home. Escobar himself says that the only reason Kushida is still champion is because Escobar has let him. It stops tonight! Escobar vows that after tonight, he will be Leader of Leaders, Emperor of Lucha Libre, sange y tradicion, and TWO-TIME NXT Cruiserweight Champion! Will the Phantom be able to back up all these words when he must defeat Kushida not once but twice in the same match?
Ladies and gentlemen, you’re cordially invited…
…to the greatest moment of your lives! The in-ring premiere, live on NXT in two weeks, Franky Money! Will Monet live up to the hype when she finally laces up her boots?
MORE BREAKING NEWS!
It has been made official! Two weeks from tonight, Kross VS Balor the epic rematch happens live on NXT! The NXT Championship will be back on the line, but will the Prince take back his throne?
NXT Women’s Championship: Raquel Gonzalez w/ Dakota Kai VS Mercedes Martinez!
Big Mami Cool knew Cobra Kai wasn’t going to cut it against Mean Ms. Martinez, so she took matters into her own hands. Raquel respects that Mercedes paved the way, but she won’t show any restraint against her in the ring! Will Mercedes return the favor when she takes away the title?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Ricky Desperado’s first defense puts her to the test!
Mercedes goes right after Raquel with heavy hands! And she clotheslines Raquel up and out of the ring! Mercedes goes to the apron and CANNONBALLS! Raquel goes down, and Mercedes scares Dakota off! Mercedes runs and KNEES Raquel into Plexiglas! The ring count climbs, Mercedes refreshes it, and goes out to fire off on Raquel again! Mercedes puts Raquel in as NXT goes picture in picture.
Raquel hits back and CLUBS Mercedes, then bumps her off buckles! Raquel stomps Mercedes, drags her back up and whips her corner to corner hard! Mercedes hits the mat, Raquel looms over her, and then drags her into a chicken wing and chinbar. Mercedes endures being stretched, fights up to her feet, but Raquel throws her down by her hair! Raquel stalks Mercedes, chokes her on the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Raquel brings Mercedes around but Mercedes fires off again! Mercedes ROCKS Raquel with an uppercut then bumps her off buckles! Mercedes stomps a mudhole, digs her boots in, but lets off as the ref counts.
Mercedes gets Raquel up to ROCK with another uppercut, then whips her to ropes. Raquel dodges to DECK Mercedes with one right! Raquel scoops and walks around with Mercedes before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Raquel grows frustrated but she stands over Mercedes. Raquel gives Mercedes toying kicks before she SNAP SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO! Raquel is right on Mercedes with a keylock and chinbar! Mercedes endures, fights and gets a ropebreak with a foot. Raquel throws Mercedes down then covers, TWO! Mercedes gets back to the ropes, Raquel storms over but Mercedes throws body shots. Raquel CLUBS Mercedes down and throws elbows. Cover, TWO!
Raquel argues with the ref as Mercedes gets to ropes. Raquel throws haymakers, lets off as the ref counts, and Mercedes hits back! Mercedes CHOPS and CHOPS and forearms and CHOPS as NXT returns to single picture! Mercedes whips, Raquel reverses and LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Raquel is frustrated again, and she drags Mercedes up by her hair. Raquel whips Mercedes to a corner, runs in to SPLASH, then brings Mercedes out to scoop and SLAM again! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Mercedes survives, but Raquel drags her into a chinlock. Mercedes endures and throws punches from below! Mercedes gets free, CLUBS Raquel, then fires off more strikes!
Raquel shoves Mercedes, but Mercedes comes back to go after legs! Mercedes gets Raquel down, fires off hands but Raquel throws her out of the ring! Mercedes returns and clamps on a SLEEPER! Raquel flails and scrambles around, and RAMS Mercedes into buckles! Mercedes holds on, Raquel RAMS her in again! Mercedes is holding on tight, but Raquel powers her through to a lawn dart, only for Mercedes to send her into ropes! Mercedes ROCKS Raquel, runs in but misses in the corner! Mercedes dodges the boot to ROCK Raquel again! Mercedes gets Raquel onto the top rope for a DRAPING SWINGING NECKBREAKER!! Cover, TWO!!
Fans are fired up as Mercedes and Raquel are down! Raquel gets to an apron, Mercedes joins her and runs in to SPEAR her onto the apron! Fans are thunderous and Dakota panics as both women flop to the floor! Mercedes hurries to get Raquel up and in at 7 of 10! Cover, TWO!! Raquel kicks from the mat but so does Mercedes! They kick more, Mercedes gets up to stomp and ROCK Raquel, throwing heavy hand after heavy hand! Mercedes runs, but rolls into an ALLEY-OOP into ropes! Mercedes flops out of the ring but Raquel snarls as she crawls after her. Raquel won’t leave it to the count as she drags Mercedes up and RAMS her into barriers!
Raquel brings Mercedes up to lawn dart into the post! Raquel goes in, drags Mercedes to a cover, TWO!! Mercedes is still in this and Raquel is starting to lose her cool. Dakota coaches Raquel, fans rally and duel, and Raquel drags Mercedes up. Mercedes jawbreakers back! Mercedes kicks a leg, throws haymakers, then runs, but Raquel shields herself from the body check. Mercedes stomps Raquel more, throws EuroUppers, then runs, but Raquel LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Raquel hurries to get Mercedes up for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Raquel is angry, she gets Mercedes up, but Mercedes fights the bomb off to roll up! TWO, and Mercedes KNEES Raquel down!
Mercedes drags Raquel up, fisherman to the BUSTER! Cover, TWO!?! Raquel survives and Mercedes can’t believe it! Mercedes hurries to get Raquel up by her wrists, fires off KNEE after KNEE into her head, but Raquel dodges the third to BOOT! Raquel hurries to drag Mercedes back up, hooks the leg, DESPERADO BOMB!! Cover, Raquel wins!
Winner: Raquel Gonzalez, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Champion)
Mercedes put up one hell of a fight, but in the end, it was not enough! Will Raquel continue to knock down those that line up to face her?
Isaiah “Swerve” Scott and crew arrive.
They don’t let the cameramen get in their way and even shove one down! #TopDolla AJ Francis tells him to get up, he wasn’t even pushed that hard. What will Swerve, AJF, Ashante “Thee” Adonis and Briana Brandy have to say to NXT after the break?
NXT returns and Gargano is getting kicked out from somewhere?
Gargano promises to see Reed next week, and we find that he just finished attacking Reed in his locker room! Reed gets up and says, “Johnny’s a dead man!” But Reed is in no shape to do anything about it tonight, will he have 7 days to grow meaner and madder?
Isaiah “Swerve” Scott stands on stage.
He has a mic to say, “It’s about to get real spooky here in NXT.” With that, the “Hit Row” make their first official entrance! Brandy, Adonis and #TopDolla stand with Swerve, strike a pose, and then swagger down to the ring. They get Swerve a chair so he can sit, and he admits he made mistakes in NXT. But the biggest mistake was that he was trying to be something that the fans all thought he was. That’s not Swerve! “Whose house? Swerve’s house?” “Swerve is confidence?” That’s not him! But what is Swerve? “Swerve is a savage. Swerve is disrespectful. Swerve is a very dangerous man.” And that’s how he’s been the last six months.
So it only felt right to recruit those who felt just like him! Staring with Top Dolla! Why he Top Dolla? Because from the NFL to A&E to XXL Magazine to NXT on USA, he makes top dolla everyday! He’s nefarious, scariest, make you digest each line like lariats! Anyone want a beef? He gonna bury ya! You don’t know what’ sat stake, you become vegetarian! Quick question? Who hotta than Top Dolla? Not nada! Adonis has three rules. First, details are crucial. Second, don’t try him, proceed with caution. And third, check your energy when you come around them or you gonna get WORLDSTAR’D! Whoa, alright, relax, no one else is out here.
Brandy says you just have to look at her and you’ll understand she’s fab. They see it! Brandy IS fab. But unlucky for everyone else, she’s also legit. She’s been on tour with Juicy J, been overseas and coulda stayed, but Swerve said he needed a mind, so she didn’t mind. She’s the dime who makes the deals, like last week with Leon Ruff. Who? That boy’s a done deal. They put money on Ruff’s head so Dolla dropped him! Swerve says this is fun and all, but look at what’s in the ring right now! “This here is a problem! Together, we produce hits! We are Hit Row! And if you didn’t know, now you know!” Will these four hit the top of the charts and get gold as easy as breathing?
Cameron Grimes went to a local auction today.
The auction was for a beautiful lakefront home with 8 bed, 6 baths, a full Jacuzzi and a deck overlooking the lake. The bidding starts at two MILLION dollars! But Cameron Grimes said, “Hold the phone!” He asks Mr. Alan if it’s for two, then put him down. Yes, sir, please have a seat first. Grimes says no problem. Two million? Two fifty? Three? Grimes can’t keep up, why’s he talking so fast? The numbers climb, Grimes says everyone should just stop now as he goes for four million. Five million! Five and a half! Grimes is getting annoyed. Who is that? Six million! Seven! Eight MILLION! Grimes is confident, but then someone says TWENTY MILLION!?!? Grimes can’t handle that!
Who spends 20 million on a house?! The winner is TED DEBIASE!! Grimes loses his mind again and says Ted is ruining his life! Grimes dares him to bring it on! DeBiase says it again, everyone has a price for the Million Dollar Man. And Grimes is no Million Dollar Man. Grimes shouts, “WHYYYY~!?” But when and where, if at all, will Grimes finally get even with the living legend?
Zoey Stark speaks.
“I was a big fan of Toni Storm before I got here. She is exactly what she says she is: a global superstar.” The problem is, Toni stopped performing and started talking. Toni said Stark was pissing her off as a “flavor of the month” that was losing her taste. Toni does not like Stark, but not because Stark beat her, but because she outworks her. Stark practically lives in the gym, moves around in the weight room, puts in the hard work to be a success, and then beat Storm. We get a rematch next week, and it won’t be an upset but a legit victory because Storm is going to face a wrestling machine! Will Stark ride the lightning and end #ToniTime before it begins again?
Kyle O’Reilly VS Oney Lorcan w/ Pete Dunne!
While #CoolKyle wants another go at the NXT Championship, but the Boston Brawler says he just can’t get it done! Kyle knows Lorcan is itching for a fight so he’s giving him a fight on live television! Will Kyle use Lorcan as a launching pad back into the top title scene?
The bell rings, Kyle and Lorcan circle, and they tie up. They end up on the ropes, the ref counts and the two reset. Kyle and Lorcan tie up again, Lorcan gets an arm but Kyle gets them to the ropes again. The ref counts, the two back off, and then go again. Lorcan powers Kyle onto ropes, lets off, but swings a chop! Kyle dodges, kicks but Lorcan blocks! Lorcan gets a facelock, floats all around, gets the arm, and drags Kyle down to a headscissor. Kyle moves around, rolls Lorcan over to get the legs then float to a headlock. Kyle shifts his grip to then get an arm. Lorcan fights free, fights up, and puts Kyle in a corner. The ref counts, Lorcan swings but Kyle ducks to hit back! And again!
Kyle headlocks, grinds Lorcan, but Lorcan powers out, only for Kyle to run him over! Things speed up, Lorcan BLASTS Kyle down with that back elbow! Lorcan bumps Kyle off buckles, whips him corner to corner hard, and Kyle hits the mat! Lorcan looms over Kyle, taunts him, and has him at the ropes to shove and CLUBS him in the back! Kyle flops to the apron, Lorcan goes after him through the ropes, but Kyle gets a HANGING ARMBAR! The ref counts, Kyle lets off, and Dunne is right there. Kyle stares Dunne down but Lorcan CLBOBERS him from behind! Fans boo and Kyle writhes as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Lorcan knocks Kyle down with a straddle attack! Lorcan rains down rights, but lets Kyle get up so he can CHOP him to a corner! Lorcan talks trash right in Kyle’s face before he CHOPS him! Kyle hits back, Lorcan CHOPS again, repeat! Kyle manages to stay up, KICKS back, but Lorcan blocks a kick to elbow the knee! Lorcan runs in to back elbow Kyle in a corner. Lorcan goes corner to corner but into a kitchen sink knee! Kyle gets Lorcan up, clinches and fires off knees, then SLAPS and knees and KICKS! Kyle sweeps the legs, fans fire up! Lorcan goes to a corner, Kyle runs in, and hits a BIG forearm smash! Kyle wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER and BIG back suplex!
Kyle gets a HEEL HOOK! Lorcan goes for his own but rolls to a ropebreak! The ref counts, Kyle lets off fast and KICKS Lorcan’s leg! Lorcan CHOPS back, Kyle KICKS, repeat! Kyle knees low, reels Lorcan in for a facelock but Lorcan fights off the guillotine, only to get a KNEE to the chest! Kyle gets Lorcan up, BRAINBUSTER! Kyle goes to a corner, climbs up top, KING KONG KNEE DROP!! Cover, Kyle wins!
Winner: Kyle O’Reilly, by pinfall
Dunne fires off on Kyle! Kyle hits back but Lorcan returns! Lorcan get Kyle down so Dunne can STOMP Kyle’s head! The 2v1 mugging continues, but BOBBY FISH returns! He fires off KICKS on Dunne and Lorcan! Fish DECKS Lorcan, SPLASHES Dunne, but Lorcan comes back. Fish elbows Lorcan away, BOOTS Dunne out, and Kyle KICKS Lorcan down! Fans are fired up as reDRagon has reunited! Well, not quite. Kyle says he is doing his own thing, and Fish respects that, because he has his own scores to settle with Dunne and Lorcan. Will these two finish what the Bruiserweight and Boston Brawler started, but not together?
“In a world…”
“…filled with evil and uncertainty, two women overcame every obstacle and found a way to achieve their destiny.” The NEW NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions are Indi Hartwell and Candice LeRae, of The Way! Cheesy superhero movie stuff aside, will Indi & Candice lead the way into the future?
Bronson Reed speaks.
“JOHNNY, GARGANO! I am sick to death of you! I am sick to death of Austin Theory, and I am sick to death of The Way!” Reed talked with William Regal, and he has given Reed what he wants! The North American Championship match is now inside a STEEL CAGE!! Will this already colossal match going full metal be the way Gargano’s reign ends?
NXT Cruiserweight Championship, Best 2 Out of 3 Falls: KUSHIDA VS Santos Escobar w/ El Legado del Fantasma!
The Time Splitter dethroned the undisputed Cruiserweight Champion right after TakeOver: Stand & Deliver because of the arrogance of Escobar’s open challenge. But now, Escobar has returned to take this title away! This will settle things so that there are no excuses! Will the Emperor of Lucha be better than the Super Junior twice to solidify his legacy?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and perhaps the most important match in this division’s history main events NXT!
Escobar kicks and clubs Kushida right away! Then he throws Kushida out! The ref keeps him in the ring but Legado makes a move! Kushida is ready and he hits them first! Then MSK FLIES in from the barriers! Lee & Carter aren’t going to let Wilde & Mendoza ruin this, and also get in some shots before their own inevitable title match! Lee ROUNDHOUSES, Carter KNEES, and the ref has to tell them all they’re EJECTED from ringside! Good enough for MSK! Escobar is pissed, but he doesn’t see Kushida climbing! He turns around, Kushida SUPER SWANTONS! Direct hit and the CWC is thunderous as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns and Kushida runs but into a dropkick! Escobar catches his breath, drags Kushida from ropes, and has a Half Crab that he gets a side angle on so he can fishhook Kushida’s face! The ref reprimands, Escobar drags Kushida up and puts him in a corner. Escobar CHOPS Kushida down, hoists him up top, and then CHOPS him again! Escobar climbs up to fireman’s carry, for a TOP ROPE GUTBUSTER! Kushida flops to the steel steps below, Escobar goes out after him to throwback to their previous match! Boston Crab into the post! The ref counts, Escobar lets off because he can’t waste a fall, and he goes into the ring. Kushida KICKS, Escobar fires off forearms!
Escobar whips, drop toeholds, then gets the legs to hook them up. Escobar clubs Kushida, gets his arms, and brings Kushida into the ROMERO SPECIAL! Kushida endures the floating surfboard, Escobar throws him down and then reels him into a deep camel clutch! Kushida still endures, Escobar shifts to shoot the half on a cover, TWO! Kushida gets to a corner but Escobar kicks him down! Escobar stands Kushida up, fires forearms, but Kushida fires them back! Escobar BOOTS Kushida, KICKS him, then stalks him back to a corner. Escobar digs his knees in and chokes Kushida on ropes, but the ref counts. Escobar lets off, to then pull Kushida back against ropes!
The ref counts, Escobar lets off, he stomps Kushida and kicks him around. Escobar drags Kushida up, throws more forearms, then runs corner to corner to DOUBLE KNEE Kushida down! Fans rally and duel while Escobar talks trash to Kushida. Escobar gives more kicks, more haymakers, and more CHOPS! Kushida staggers, Escobar puts him back in the corner and ROCKS him! Escobar puts Kushida up top, climbs up to join him, but Kushida shoves him away! Escobar comes back to bring Kushida down for more haymakers! Escobar climbs up so he can rain down punches and he gets 10! The fans duel, Escobar soaks up the heat, and he puts Kushida up top to CHOP!
Escobar climbs again, and SUPER STEINERS, but into a sunset flip! TWO!! Kushida is after an arm, Escobar whips him away, but Kushida handsprings and back elbows! Kushida whips to hip toss, cartwheel and dropkick Escobar down! Kushida fires up but Escobar KNEES him first! Fireman’s carry and PHANTOM DRIVER!! Cover, Escobar scores a fall!
Escobar: 1; Kushida: 0
The Emperor has the first point and is now in control! Fans rally up and Escobar runs in, DOUBLE KNEES to Kushida! Escobar runs, but Kushida jumps to get a body scissors! Kushida drags Escobar down, gets the arm and has the ARMBAR!! Escobar knows he’s stuck, so he TAPS!
Escobar: 1; Kushida: 1
In the blink of an eye, we’re back to square one! It all comes down to this, who will be NXT Cruiserweight Champion?! Both men recover as NXT goes picture in picture!
Escobar shakes out the bad arm while Kushida is in a corner. A ring count could still settle this but Escobar gets in. Kushida runs corner to corner to dropkick Escobar down! Kushida stomps and stomps and then rains down fists! Kushida lets off to get Escobar up and wrench the arm. ARMBAR BULLDOG! Kushida stands over Escobar, stands on the arm and hammerlocks it to CRANK it!! Escobar writhes and clutches the elbow but Kushida is after him again. Kushida KICKS the shoulder, Escobar reaches for ropes but Kushida drags him away. Kushida wrenches to another ELBOW BREAKER!
Escobar staggers to a corner, Kushida drags him down and locks the bad arm to then get the good arm and step over. Kushida has the double omoplata and SNAP LOCKS ’em! Escobar writhes, Kushida KICKS him in the leg and the side over and over! Escobar rolls to an apron, Kushida is after him, but Escobar kicks him away. Kushida comes back to KICK the bad arm! Kushida gets the arm, pushes down for a cover, TWO, into a KIMURA! Escobar fights up, Kushida CLUBS the arm and YANKS it! Kushida wants the double wristlock again but Escobar gets up. They go around and around, Kushida stays clamped on and NXT returns to single picture.
They go around and around and Escobar throws Kushida out! Escobar goes out after Kushida but Kushida is right after the arm! Escobar RAMS Kushida into barriers! Escobar hurries inside, Kushida gets him through the ropes! Escobar ROCKS Kushida, but Kushida has the KIMURA again! Escobar HOTSHOTS Kushida down! Escobar builds speed to DIVE!! Direct hit at the ramp with that Arrow from Hell! Escobar puts Kushida in, covers, TWO!! Kushida is still in this but Escobar covers again, TWO! Escobar underhooks the arms, Kushida fights the driver, and he breaks free to wrench and run! Escobar scoops, tilt-o-whirl but Kushida makes it a DDT!!
Both men are down and the CWC is thunderous! Kushida goes to a corner, Escobar slowly gets up. Kushida climbs a corner to AX HANDLE the bad arm! Kushida hits the FAST BALL and the PENALTY KICK! Escobar bails out but Kushida builds speed to slide. Escobar ducks under to waistlock, but Kushida has the arm to ARMBAR BULLDOG again! Fans are fired up as Kushida drags Escobar back up. Kushida puts Escobar in, stalks up behind Escobar, but Escobar avoids the kick! Kushida wheelbarrows to a victory roll, TWO!! Kushida jumps on to body scissor! Escobar makes the Hoverboard into a small package! TWO!! CALF KICK!
Escobar drags Kushida up into the fireman’s carry, but Kushida fights free! Escobar switches, Kushida blocks to sit, TWO, to a sunset! TWO, high stack! TWO, sunset, TWO! Prawn hold, TWO!!! Things speed up again, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down!! “This is Awesome!” and still isn’t over yet! Escobar and Kushida slowly stir, Escobar is in a corner and Kushida runs in! Escobar blocks, puts Kushida up top and ENZIGURIS! Escobar climbs up again, fireman’s carries, fans anticipate what’s coming, and Kushida does, too! Kushida elbows free this time! Kushida has Escobar with a double wristlock, SUPER ARM-DRAG!! HOVERBOARD LOCK!!
Escobar endures, reaches, but Kushida drags him away from the ropes!! Kushida cranks as hard as he can but Escobar keeps fighting! ROPEBREAK! Kushida has the arm still, Escobar rams into buckles, and again! Kushida throws knees in return, and HAMMERLOCK SUPLEXES Escobar into buckles! Kushida drags Escobar back up, for another HAMMERLOCK SUPLEX! Bridging cover, Kushida wins!!!
Winner: KUSHIDA, by pinfall (still NXT Cruiserweight Champion)
The Time Splitter outmaneuvers Escobar and holds onto the title! Will this send the Emperor of Lucha to the back of the line? Who is next for Kushida’s growing reign?
What an awesome night! Of course, just about every week of NXT is awesome, but this was especially awesome. I don’t usually note recap packages, but NXT used the small recap of last week’s NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship match to transition into hyping up tonight’s matches. That is something Raw and even SmackDown can learn to do with their recent use of opening recaps. And using this one to set up Kross VS Theory opening the show was pretty well done. Theory and Gargano had great character work here, the match itself was perhaps the most intense a squash match could be, and of course Kross wins.
Gargano being mad at Regal is of course a great running gag. Gargano gets mad he has a match next week, reactively attacks Reed and only makes things worse for himself, and I am sure I am going to again be surprised by how well a steel cage match can go. Maybe Gargano wins, maybe Reed wins, who knows. The Way having that quick superhero spot to remind us again that Candice & Indi won the tag titles was fun, but I was hoping for a bit more, like a minute or so showing us how dysfunctional and chaotic it was to get things right for that little bit we got to see. Or at least a reaction from Shotzi and Ember. Maybe we get another The Way superhero video and then a reaction next week.
The next couple of weeks are being built up pretty well, too. Storm VS Stark, the North American Championship Steel Cage match, maybe Wolfe VS Dain that we were supposed to get tonight, just to name a few for next week, are all great matches. Then in two weeks, Franky Monet finally wrestles for NXT, and Kross VS Balor happens on TV! A big match in May before TakeOver: In Your House 2021 in June makes some sense, and will make for awesome television again. But I am thinking Kross finds a way to retain so that he can be the one who faces Kyle at TakeOver. Dunne’s open challenge answered by Ruff was great, Kyle VS Lorcan was great, Fish returning was awesome, and while I like them as reDRagon, it makes a lot of sense for Kyle and Fish to try things as singles stars for right now.
Grimes losing an auction to DeBiase was great, if only because it gives us a general idea of the (kayfabe) amount of money Grimes is making. He was willing to go to eight million but high double digits was too much. “Hit Row” is a good enough name for Swerve’s faction, their promos together were alright, it was the first time #TopDolla, Briana Brandy or even Ashante “Thee” Adonis (Tehuti Miles) have gotten real talking time, but it helped get their personalities and roles in the group across. Give it some time and I’m sure these four will be a top faction in NXT.
I’m a little surprised the women’s title didn’t main event, but I suppose it did give the match time to breathe. I think some booing had to be piped in to convince viewers that Raquel was the Heel, because I am sure the CWC fans love both Raquel and Mercedes. Raquel retaining makes sense, she just got going with this title, and she is definitely heading to TakeOver to face just about anyone NXT wants her to because there are so many good choices. MSK VS Breezango was a very good tag match, and they had the ref getting involved in a way that enhanced the match, and I think started getting some of the more reluctant CWC fans onboard.
MSK calling out Legado is a good move on their part, as was helping fight Legado off during the main event. Kushida VS Escobar is an awesome match, definitely worthy of the main event, but I figured there would be the usual case of WWE and televised wrestling making the second fall happen really quickly. But even then, NXT had a brilliant way of making that work because commentary sold the surprise of that armbar. Escobar took a smart, tactical approach of giving up his lead to save his arm, and then that arm still comes back to bite him because Kushida just kept after it and used that to win. Kushida retaining makes sense, Escobar can move on to whoever or whatever else, Kushida can give us fresh match ups, and surely Jordan Devlin will be putting his name back in the conversation soon enough.
My Score: 9.4/10
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