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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (11/7/19)

A tag team rivalry continues!

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NEW NXT UK

Gallus Boys on top!

Wolfgang and Mark Coffey reign as NXT UK Tag Team Champions, but perhaps a team will prove itself worthy of challenging them in tonight’s main event! Plus, Joe Coffey returns to in-ring action!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Joe Coffey VS Tyson T-Bone; Coffey wins.
  • Killer Kelly VS Isla Dawn; Dawn wins.
  • Mark Andrews & Flash Morgan Webster VS Grizzled Young Veterans; No Contest.

PLAY BY PLAY

Joe Coffey VS Tyson T-Bone!

Gallus’ Iron King returns to the ring, against the King of Travelers! Both men can throw hands, but who is the one standing at the end?

The bell rings and Coffey circles with T-Bone. They test the waters with jabs but then tie up neck and collar. Coffey powers T-Bone back to ropes but lets up. They tie up again and T-Bone gets a body shot in. Coffey shrugs it off to tie up with T-Bone again. Now T-Bone puts Coffey on the ropes to throw more body shots. Coffey throws them back! Fans rally as Coffey fires off, but T-Bone ducks to get some more of his own! The ref counts and Coffey kicks low! Coffey knees, whips but T-Bone holds ropes to boot back! T-Bone leaps to forearm Coffey down! Coffey gets up and the two keep boxing each other. T-Bone gets an edge with big body shots, then a kick to the leg for a knee to the face! T-Bone whips but Coffey reverses to catch T-Bone for a belly2belly!

Fans cheer as Coffey whips T-Bone into a corner, then back in, to then scoop for a walking backbreaker! Coffey runs to drop a big elbow! Cover, TWO! Coffey looms over T-Bone as he huffs and puffs. Coffey grabs the arm but T-Bone swings. Coffey ducks to hit back, then catches T-Bone’s right arm. Coffey wrenches the elbow as he and T-Bone go around, and he arm-drags T-Bone down. T-Bone endures, refusing to give in. T-Bone gets up as fans rally, and T-Bone powers Gallus to a hip toss, only for Coffey to hold on and arm-drag again! Coffey hammers T-Bone but T-Bone endures. Fans rally up again as T-Bone gets up. T-Bone throws body shots and a headbutt! T-Bone hip tosses Coffey down! Coffey is up but T-Bone bobs ‘n’ weaves and UPPERCUTS! Exploder! Cover, TWO!

Coffey and T-Bone shake out their arms, T-Bone drags Coffey up into a fireman’s carry. Coffey slips out before Snake Eyes but elbows T-Bone away to hit a leaping back elbow! Then the Glasgow Send-off spear! ALL THE BEST! Cover, Coffey wins!

Winner: Joe Coffey, by pinfall

The King of the Travelers falls to the Iron King of Gallus! But will Joe Coffey become king of NXT UK while Walter still has the title?

 

Backstage interview with Xia Brookside.

Kay Lee Ray had strong words for Xia, but what is her response? Strong words, sure, but Xia didn’t expect much else. KLR says she also outsmarted Xia, but Xia has worked the hardest to show KLR what she’s made of. Will the NXT UK Women’s Champion learn what it means to #FlyWithBrookside?

 

NXT UK, prepare for Ridge Holland.

“Whether it’s by my fist, or my timber, somebody’s gonna get hurt.”

 

NXT UK takes a closer look at Piper Niven.

Born and raised in Ayrshire, Scotland, she fell in love with wrestling one day when she was sick and home at school. She was watching and saw The Undertaker, and it was amazing! Piper trained from 16, had a good time, but didn’t think she was going to be any good. It took her some time to get going, and then she realized, she could actually be a wrestler. And then, March 27, 2019, Piper made her move to NXT UK. Piper always felt she was going to be famous. She wasn’t sure what for, but here it is. Her family was so happy for her, but also are so worried. But they’re proud of her and wish her the best. And now that she’s here, she has some goals. Obviously the NXT UK Women’s Championship, but she also wants to be a role model for those who don’t feel as confident in themselves. She wants them to see her and know that if she can do what she wants to do, so can they. There’s more to come from Piper in part two next week!

 

Killer Kelly VS Isla Dawn!

Double K vowed to get the spotlight by any means necessary, and she went looking for a fight. She found the White Witch of Scotland, and that fight led to this match. Kelly is back from injury, but will she be back on a winning track?

The bell rings and Kelly runs right at Isla! Isla dodges the boot to arm drag and knock Kelly over. Isla wrenches to a wristlock suplex, then keeps on that arm. She hammerlocks with her leg to then go after Kelly’s leg! Kelly flails out of the modified Half Crab to get a ropebreak! Isla holds on until the count of 4, and Kelly is mad. But Isla dodges Kelly to dropkick her down! Cover, TWO! Kelly flounders but Isla is on her at the ropes. The ref counts and Isla lets up, but Kelly BOOTS back! Kelly grins as she clubs Isla down and rains down rights, and even lefts! Isla gets free as the ref reprimands Kelly, but Kelly stomps Isla’s leg. Isla kicks back but Kelly stomps her back. Kelly brings Isla up to throw a big European Uppercut! Then reels her in for a clothesline! Cover, TWO!

Kelly cravats Isla but Isla stands to reach with a leg. Kelly turns Isla around to neck wrench, and rake at the eyes! Isla fights back but Kelly clubs Isla down. Kelly drags Isla up and has a modified cravat. Isla fights but Kelly traps the arm as she wrenches. Fans rally and Isla pries free to arm-drag and spike Kelly! Kelly staggers up but Isla powers her to a corner. Isla throws uppercuts, but Kelly blocks the Saido, to get a knee instead! Saido hits this time! Cover, TWO!! Kelly survives and Isla is furious! Isla drags Kelly up but Kelly hits back. Isla has the leg but Kelly kicks with the free one. Kelly goes to the apron, Isla walks over, Kelly hotshots Isla! Kelly runs to shotgun dropkick Isla into a corner! Kelly goes corner to corner, shots, and hits another shotgun dropkick! Fans fire up for Kelly as she drags Isla up. Fireman’s carry, but Isla fights out to Half ‘n’ Half with the bridge! Cover, Isla wins!!

Winner: Isla Dawn, by pinfall

The Call of the Quarters was answered with a win! Kelly picked a fight and lost, will she be able to rebound after this? Is Isla headed up towards the title?

 

NXT UK looks inside the mind of the Wrestling Genius, Kassius Ohno.

“Kassius Ohno is not in a great mood.” He has something on his mind. Ohno wants to talk British Strong Style. But what is “British Strong Style?” Strong Style was created by WWE Hall of Famer Antonio Inoki, and it seems people think “it sounds cool” to just slap it on. But Ohno is trying to show everyone how “pure and authentic British and European wrestling” really is, but they’re all just doing what’s “cool.” Pete Dunne is gone. Trent Seven is in shambles. All that’s left is Tyler Bate, the Big Strong Boy. And Big Strong Boy is getting involved in the affairs of the Wrestling Genius. Bate defended A-Kid from Ohno’s wrath, but “there is no one I would rather step into the ring with than you, Tyler Bate.” Everyone respects and cheers for Bate, thinking he’s the best. But Ohno vows to be the one to truly extinguish British Strong Style, “something not even Imperium could do.” Ohno and Bate go 1v1 next week!

 

Mark Andrews & Flash Morgan Webster VS Grizzled Young Veterans!

Two former NXT UK Tag Team Championship teams face off once again! The cardiac kids from Cardiff made history when they dethroned Zack Gibson and James Drake, but they didn’t have the belts long. Which team wins here to take a step towards a second chance?

The teams sort out and the Modfather starts against Liverpool’s Number One. FMW circles with Gibson while fans troll Drake about “Ass Face!” Gibson and FMW tie up, Gibson waistlocks and yoyo slams FMW down. FMW gets up and Gibson mocks how short the title reign was. FMW and Gibson circle and tie up, and FMW headlocks. Gibson tries to power out but FMW holds on tight. FMW uses the ropes to help with a takedown, but Gibson keeps his shoulders up. Gibson powers up to back suplex FMW down, but FMW holds on! Gibson rolls FMW to a cover, ONE and FMW holds on still. Gibson goes to a corner but FMW runs the buckles to get the takedown again. But Gibson pops out and has a leg! Tag to Drake and Drake stomps the leg! FMW hobbles but slips around in the back suplex to a sunset flip! TWO and FMW headlocks Drake.

Andrews tags in and he double whips Drake with FMW, but Drake bails out! Drake and Gibson regroup while fans boo and jeer, but Andrews dares them to get in. Gibson gives Drake some tips and Drake gets in. Drake and Andrews circle but fans again sing and troll “Ass Face!” Drake and Andrews tie up, Andrews headlocks and resists the lift to get a takedown. Drake headscissors but Andrews bridges and moves around to jackknife! Cover but Drake bridges and spins, but Andrews resists the backslide. Andrews slips out, Drake trips up and jackknifes, but now Andrews bridges up to spin Drake around for a backslide! TWO but Drake turns around into a headlock and wrench. Andrews whips Drake into the corner and tags FMW. FMW runs in to forearm smash, then snapmare to Andrews’ basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!

FMW tags Andrews and they double mule kick, front kick and dropkick Drake down! Cover, TWO! Andrews brings Drake around to wrench and whip, but Drake reverses. Andrews goes up and over and arm-drags Drake around! Drake blocks the next arm-drag but Andrews goes around to arm-drag from the other end! Gibson shouts his advice and Drake headlocks out of a wrench. Gibson tags in as Andrews powers out. Things speed up, Andrews dodges Gibson to hit Drake, and he wheelbarrow arm-drags Gibson away! The Grizzled Young Veterans regroup but FMW comes in, stereo dropkicks send GYV out! Fans fire up as Drake and Gibson flounder in frustration. Gibson walks off a bad ankle as the ref tells them to get in. GYV keep their game plan and Gibson takes his time getting back.

Fans troll Gibson with their shoes off, but Gibson ties up with Andrews. Gibson has a standing chinbar and drags Andrews down for an armlock. Andrews rolls, handsprings and wrings Gibson down! FMW tags in, and the Welshmen double wrench and whip into a double hip toss! Then standing moonsault imploding senton combo! Cover, TWO! FMW fires himself up but Gibson headlocks. Drake tags in as FMW powers out. Drake dropkicks the legs out, then Gibson basement dropkicks FMW down! Mayhem in Motion takes Andrews out! Fans are torn but the GYV have control. Drake gets FMW up to throw a big forearm! Drake puts FMW in and throws haymakers. The ref reprimands but Drake reels FMW in for a big backbreaker! Tag to Gibson and he goes out to fetch FMW. Drake takes aim, PESCADO BACKBREAKER!

Fans still taunt and troll but Gibson gives FMW snake eyes on the barrier! Gibson puts FMW in and stays between him and Andrews. Fans still sing and taunt Gibson as he scoops and slams FMW down. Tag to Drake and Drake becomes the human weapon, scoop toss splash! Cover, TWO! Drake keeps on FMW with haymakers then whips to clobber FMW! Cover, TWO! Drake is on FMW with a chinlock right away, but fans rally up. FMW endures, fights his way up, but Drake rocks him with another forearm. FMW is on the apron but Drake goes over, only to get a shoulder! FMW sunset flips over but Gibson tags in quick! Gibson stomps FMW down and then reels him in for a lariat! Cover, TWO! Gibson tries again, TWO! Gibson smothers FMW with a chinlock, making it part cobra clutch. Fans rally up again and FMW fights back up.

Drake tags in and Gibson reels FMW out for Drake’s forearm! Drake taunts Andrews while fans boo and jeer. Drake stomps FMW while Gibson taunts him. Drake puts FMW in the corner, Gibson tags in, Gibson hits a big clothesline then feeds FMW to Drake’s spinning heel kick! Gibson brings FMW up for a stiff EuroUpper! Gibson gives forearms, whips FMW corner to corner hard, then suplexes him up and over! Cover, TWO! Gibson smothers FMW again, but FMW refuses to quit. Fans rally once more, and FMW fights up in the cobra clutch. FMW hits a jawbreaker! Drake tags in and kicks FMW while he’s down! Drake shoves FMW but FMW hits Gibson! FMW forearms Drake but Drake whips, to walk into the Rude Boy Block! Fans are fired up as FMW crawls for his corner! Gibson trips Andrews up! Drake brings FMW in, backbreaker! Cover, TWO!

Drake is seething, but then here comes Gallus. Wolfgang and Mark Coffey just want to watch, but Drake has to fight FMW down. Drake whips FMW to a corner, FMW goes up and over and kicks at Drake. Drake flounders away, hot tags to Gibson and Andrews! Andrews rallies on the GYV! Andrews forearms and chops, Drake reverses, but Andrews slides under ot PELE! Gibson gets in but Andrews wheelbarrows, Stomp 182! Andrews moonsaults, tornado DDT! Drake gets in but gets FMW’s knee trigger! FMW helps Andrews with the standing 450! Cover, TWO!! Gibson survives and Gallus watches closely. Andrews drags Gibson up but Gibson jawbreakers! Tag to Drake, but Andrews CHOPS away! Andrews runs at Gibson but gets caught! Drake hits an enziguri, then sucker punches FMW! Gibson turns Andrews, Drake SUPERKICKS into the neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!! Andrews survives and the fans are loving it!

Gibson goes back to the corner to tag in. Fans rally up as Gibson brings Andrews up. Gibson feeds Andrews to Drake’s scoop but Andrews slips out to shove the Grizzled Young Veterans into each other! Andrews ROCKS Gibson, CHOPS Drake, and fires off on Gibson! Gibson headlocks Andrews and Drake tags in. Gibson whips Andrews, things speed up, and Andrews stops himself, Mayhem in Motion becomes a POWERBOMB! FMW tags n and Andrews dodges Gibson, enziguri knee combo in the corner! Gibson flounders out, Andrews wheelbarrows Drake to get a boost into the SLINGSHOT HURICANRANA! Andrews SPIKES Gibson, FMW SWANTONS Drake! Cover, TWO!! Drake survives and Gallus is loving what they see, as do the fans!

FMW drags Drake up but Gibson yanks Andrews back. Gibson rams Andrews into the apron while Drake wrings out FMW’s shoulder! Tag to Gibson and he goes after the bad arm! FMW resists the Shankly Gates, fakes Gibson out and HEADBUTTS! But Drake tags in, and he hurries over. FMW kicks back and hops up but Gibson sweeps his legs! Drake rocks FMW with a dropkick! DRAPING Ticket to Ride! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous for the Modfather’s resilience! GYV regroup and Drake tags Gibson. Gibson keeps on FMW while Drake goes up. Electric Chair, Grizzled Young Doomsday MISSES as FMW victory rolls Gibson! Andrews anchors Drake while FMW has the cover, TWO!! Gibson escapes, and he throat chops FMW! Andrews hits Drake but Gibson whips him away. Andrews slides under Gibson but Drake mule KICKS him down!

FMW returns, KNEE TRIGGER for Gibson! Drake has Andrews, but Andrews pops up, POISON-RANA!! All four men are down and Gallus is impressed. The fans meanwhile are giving a standing ovation for “NXT! NXT!” The referee checks on all four, but now Imperium’s Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel appear on stage. They stare down Gallus, so Gallus goes after the Grizzled Young Veterans!

No Contest

But Imperium just goes after Andrews & Webster! Gallus club away on Gibson and Drake but Barthel throws Andrews into barriers while Aichner throws FMW into steel steps! And then RAMS his knee in! Then Gallus and Imperium turn their attention to each other. Fans rally up but here comes Alexander Wolfe! But here comes Joe Coffey! The numbers are even, and the trios hop up onto the apron. Fans want to see them “Fight! Fight! Fight!” but wait, there is still WALTER! Imperium’s Ring General is here and that makes 4v3! But Gallus doesn’t back down, they step into the ring with Imperium!

Wait, is that Ilja Dragunov?! Wolfe grins, for perhaps the Moscow Madman is joining Imperium? Is it 5v3?! NO! It’s 4v4! Dragunov stands with Gallus!! And it goes off!! The fans are thunderous as all eight men brawl! Ilja has Wolfe, Wolfgang has Barthel, Mark Coffey has Aichner, and Joe Coffey has Walter! Neither side is backing down and the fans are loving it!! Wolfgang throws Barthel out and goes to reinforce Mark, but this is far from over! Who comes out on top of this new faction warfare?!

 


 

My Thoughts:

A pretty great episode with a lot of progress despite very few segments. Coffey VS T-Bone was a fun opening match, they did a lot of great stuff with their brawling style, but of course Coffey wins to return to action strong. Xia Brookside has an okay little promo, but her match with Kay Lee Ray next week will be good. Piper Niven is getting great video packages and interviews, this could be an indicator that she’s moving up towards the title. Isla gets a great surprise win as Killer Kelly makes her debut. The NXT UK Women’s Division has a good midcard, they just need to build a bit better so the title has contenders. Ohno has a great promo video package to hype his match with Tyler Bate, that is going to be a great match next week.

But obviously the main attraction tonight was not just the NXT UK Tag Team Division, but Gallus turning Face to take on Imperium. We got a great match with Andrews & Webster VS Grizzled Young Veterans, but the attacks that caused No Contest doesn’t even hurt it. It keeps those two teams equal in the title chase, while bringing Imperium around into it. I hope we get a Fatal 4 Way for those titles as part of this. But at the same time, I am so excited to see Dragunov joined Gallus in that brawl. Is there still time to say NXT UK joins WarGames with this match? Would three WarGames matches for WarGames III be too much? There has to be something amazing that matches up how amazing that brawl to end the show was.

My Score: 8.4/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (1/27/21)

Can rivals become teammates tonight?

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Finn Balor & Kyle O’Reilly take on the NXT Tag Team Champions, together!

Though the Men’s and Women’s Dusty Cups continue, the Prince looks to cut down Pete Dunne’s back-up! Will Finn and Kyle hold together long enough to settle things with Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic: MSK VS Drake Maverick & Killian Dain; MSK wins and advances.
  • Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic: Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai VS Aliyah & Jessi Kamea w/ Robert Stone; Gonzalez & Kai win and advance.
  • Tyler Rust w/ Malcolm Bivens VS Dante Rios; Rust wins.
  • Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic: Grizzled Young Veterans VS KUSHIDA & Leon Ruff; Grizzled Young Veterans win and advance.
  • NXT Cruiserweight Championship: Santos Escobar w/ El Legado Del Fantasma VS Curt Stallion; canceled.
  • Isaiah “Swerve” Scott VS Bronson Reed; Reed wins.
  • Finn Balor & Kyle O’Reilly VS Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch; Balor & O’Reilly win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic: MSK VS Drake Maverick & Killian Dain!

The quarterfinals begin and the newest team in Nash Carter & Wes Lee takes on perhaps the most functionally dysfunctional one in the Rockstar Spud and Belfast Beast! Will MSK get another big win to follow up their shocking debut?

The teams sort out, Dain lets Maverick start against Lee. They tie up, Maverick waistlock slams Lee down and flips him over for a cover, TWO! Maverick headlocks, grinds Lee down, but Lee fights up. Lee puts Maverick on ropes, the ref calls for the break, and it is clean. Dain’s a little disappointed, he wanted Maverick to show some aggression there. Maverick and Lee circle, approach, Lee waistlocks now and slams Maverick back. Maverick slips around to facelock but Lee fights up. Maverick cranks on the facelock, Lee wrenches out and clamps onto the arm, but Maverick fights up. Lee whips Maverick to a corner, runs in but is put on the apron!

Carter tags in, Lee swings in, and it’s a fake-out to a BRONCO BUSTER! Carter bounces around, lets off and drags Maverick to a cover, ONE! Carter keeps Maverick down, tags Lee back in, slingshot senton! Lee tags Carter back in for another slingshot senton! Cover, TWO! Carter keeps his cool, brings Maverick up, and ROCKS him! Maverick fires back but Carter ROCKS Maverick again! Carter whips, Maverick holds ropes to deny the dropkick, but Carter trips Maverick as he heads for his corner! Maverick gets away and tags Dain in anyway! Dain throws Maverick at Carter! Then Dain DECKS Lee, and goes after Carter with fast hands in the corner!

Dain CLUBS Carter to the corner, tags Maverick in, and then whips Carter to use Maverick as a speed bump! Carter falls, Dain drops the back senton! Dain scoops Maverick to SLAM him on Carter! Cover, TWO! Maverick clamps onto Carter with a chinlock and grinds him down. Dain tags in, taunts Lee, then runs in to back elbow Carter! Dain puts Maverick on the apron, and they meet in the corner with the enziguri BOOT combo! Cover, TWO! Lee was ready to break the cover but Dain glares at him. Dain drags Carter up, fireman’s carries, but Carter slips out to tag in Lee! MSK go after Dain with fast strikes, enziguri to DOUBLE STOMPS!

Fans fire up but Dain is furious! Lee throws haymakers but Dain just tanks them! Lee goes up but Dain shoves him down! Lee crashes down and Carter checks on him! Maverick keeps Dain calm, or at least tries to, as NXT goes picture in picture.

Dain refuses to stay away and he pursues Lee outside. Carter backs off, Dain drags Lee up and CHOPS him against barriers! Dain puts Lee in the ring, stalks him, then drags him back up to bring him to the corner. Tag to Maverick, Dain digs his knee into Lee but Maverick wants him to let off. Maverick drags Lee to a cover, TWO! Maverick keeps Lee at the ropes, Dain tags in but Lee rams Maverick back. Dain kicks Lee in the ribs, brings him around but Lee throws body shots! Dain shoves Lee, Lee hits Maverick but Dain splashes Lee! Maverick tags in and he drops elbows on Lee, then a leg drop! Cover, TWO!

Maverick drags Lee back up, wraps on a chinlock and thrashes Lee around. Lee endures, Maverick cranks harder on the hold, but Lee fights his way up. Maverick headbutts low, throws elbows and puts Lee in the corner. Tag to Dain, Dain stomps Lee, then drags Lee up only for Lee to jawbreaker back! Lee leaps but Dain catches him! Carter can’t reach before Dain RAMS Lee into the other corner! Dain glares at Carter, goes back to Lee and drags him up. Tag to Maverick, and they mug Lee in the corner. Maverick brings Lee up for body shots, then snapmares him to a back senton of his own! Cover, TWO!

Maverick tags Dain and keeps Lee down for Dain to step on him! Dain drags Lee up to clamp on a neck wrench! Lee endures, NXT returns to single picture, and fans rally up. Dain shoves Lee to an open corner and hits a corner splash! Dain drags Lee up but Lee throws a haymaker! Dain DECKS Lee for it! Dain scoops Lee to SLAM him and drop another BACK SENTON! Tag to Maverick, Maverick covers Lee, TWO! Maverick keeps Lee down with a facelock but Lee works towards the MSK corner. Maverick shifts position to a headlock but Lee keeps fighting! Maverick kicks Carter’s hand away, shifts position again but Lee tosses him! Tag to Carter!

Carter rallies on Maverick, fires up and throws knees and a kick! Maverick switches the waistlock to shove Carter to a corner but Dain wants in! The ref keeps Dain back as Carter hits a GAMANGIRI on Maverick! Carter snapmare rolls Maverick and PENALTY KICKS! Carter dropkicks Dain down and fires up! Tag to Lee and fans fire up with MSK as they focus on Maverick! PUSHING MOONSAULT! Cover, but Dain breaks it! Dain drags Carter out to throw him out, but Carter kicks back! Lee dropkicks Dain out! Carter goes up to MOONSAULT onto Dain at the ramp! Lee sees that but Maverick rolls him up! TWO!!

Maverick keeps on Lee but Lee slips under and UPPERCUTS! Tag to Carter, he scoops Maverick, BLOCKBUSTER HART ATTACK! Cover, MSK wins!

Winners: MSK, by pinfall (advance to the semifinals)

Carter and Lee are bringing the fight to the NXT Tag Division, and will meet Lucha House Party or El Legado del Fantasma in the next round! Will MSK shock even those experienced teams in the Dusty Cup?

 

The Kings of NXT arrive.

Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan are fired up but Pete Dunne is stone cold as always. Will the One Two represent for the team tonight?

 

NXT profiles tonight’s Women’s Dusty Rhodes Classic match-up!

For Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez, “One year ago, an unbreakable bond was created.” And a trail of broken bodies have been left in its wake. History is just three victories away as one team looks to win the first-ever Women’s Dusty Cup! But Robert Stone speaks for his brand, saying Aliyah and Jessi Kamea have been waiting for a breakout opportunity. That starts tonight, then ends at TakeOver when they win this historic tournament. Will #CobraKai and #BigMamiCool crush the dreams of the newly redesigned Robert Stone Brand?

 

NXT shares an exclusive interview with Curt Stallion.

McKenzie Mitchell sits with the Lonestar and asks what the fans need to know about him. “You ever drive 19 hours straight one way by yourself?” She has not. Well that’s fine. Stallion has more times than he cares to remember. But the reason why was because he had to make it from West Texas to Chicago, Illinois. He looked outside his window to see tumbleweeds blowing around so he looked up at the sky to see shooting stars. He followed those stars with his eyes, and at the end of the skyline is the brightest star he’s ever seen. And that was when he realized he is THE Lonestar Stallion.

“That road I’m traveling down, it represents the life that I want to live. It represents freedom, and to maintain that freedom here in the WWE, I’m gonna strap the proverbial rocket to my back.” That rocket is the NXT Cruiserweight Championship. When he straps that bad boy on, the Lonestar becomes a super star. Then best of luck tonight. Stallion finally gets his shot at Santos Escobar, will he hit his target?

 

Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic: Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai VS Aliyah & Jessi Kamea w/ Robert Stone!

Ricky Desperado crushed Rhea Ripley in their New Year’s Evil Last Woman Standing match, but with a little help from Captain Kota. Now the devious duo looks to take the Women’s Dusty Cup for their own! Will the Robert Stone Brand be a mere stepping stone to history?

The teams sort out, Raquel starts with Aliyah. Raquel dares Aliyah to bring it, they tie up, and Aliyah can’t even push Raquel back! Raquel swings and TOSSES Aliyah away! Aliyah scrambles up, Jessi tags in, and she goes after a leg. Raquel pries Jessi up to a Canadian rack and even pulls hair! Jessi fights free, sunset flips but Raquel breaks that. Jessi avoids the elbow drop to then dropkick Raquel to a corner! Jessi runs in and hits a BIG forearm! Jessi cravats, Raquel powers out and Dakota takes a swing, but Jessi avoids that only to get CLOBBERED! Tag to Dakota, she throws hands on Jessi and CLUBS her, then pushes her around.

Dakota pie faces but Jessi dodges the clothesline to scoop and SLAM! And springboard elbow drops! Cover, ONE! Jessi scowls, tags in Aliyah, and the Brand drags Dakota up to double whip. They both do the splits, Jessi hurdles Dakota for Aliyah to ROCK her, then Aliyah talks some smack. Aliyah runs to BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Aliyah keeps on Dakota, drags her up and whips her to a corner but Dakota reverses. Aliyah goes up and over and runs back in to BOOT Dakota down! Aliyah talks more smack but Dakota gets out of the ring. Aliyah builds speed to slide but Raquel saves Dakota, and Dakota BOOTS Aliyah! Dakota puts Aliyah in, covers, TWO!

Dakota drags Aliyah up, tags in Raquel, and they mug Aliyah in the corner. Raquel drags Aliyah around to CLUB her down, then taunts her and Jessi to tag. Raquel KICKS Aliyah down, brings her up to scoop and swing for a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Raquel drags Dakota up, whips her to a corner hard then tags in Dakota. Dakota runs in to BOOT WASH! Cover, TWO! Dakota snarls, clubs Aliyah down, then brings her up. Aliyah hits back, Dakota clubs her again, then bumps her off buckles. Dakota digs her boot in as Raquel tags in, and Raquel stomps then RAMS into Aliyah! Raquel lets off to taunt Jessi, then she bumps Aliyah off more buckles.

Raquel throws hands, tags Dakota back in, and whips Aliyah for a BIG hip toss! Then Raquel gives Dakota a boost on the DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Aliyah survives but Dakota cravats to grind Aliyah down. Stone coaches Aliyah as she fights up, and Aliyah throws body shots. Dakota kicks but Aliyah blocks, only for Dakota to throw Aliyah down by her hair! Aliyah gets up, runs and hits a SATELLITE DDT! Both women are down, Aliyah and Dakota crawl, hot tags to Jessi and Raquel! Raquel CLOBBERS Jessi! Raquel drags Jessi up, fisherman and DESPERADO BOMB! Cover, Raquel & Dakota win!

Winners: Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai, by pinfall (advance to the semifinals)

The unbreakable bond might’ve just broken The Brand! Will Dakota and Raquel do the same to KC Squared in next week’s semifinal?

 

Backstage interview with The Way.

McKenzie congratulates Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell on their win in the Women’s Dusty Cup. As if there was any doubt! Ever since William Regal announced this tournament, Candice knew the cup was as good as theirs. And Indi says they do not care who they face, they always find a way to succeed. Nice. Meanwhile, does Johnny Gargano have any comments on Regal discussing the North American Championship with the man who has beaten Gargano twice in Kushida? NO! Don’t say his name! Someone else talk to her. Gargano storms off, Candice follows, and Austin Theory says we do not say “Kushida” around Gargano. It’s like The Curse.

Gargano comes back having cooled off, and Theory lets him know he talked to McKenzie about Kushida. STOP! Don’t you know now to say that! About Kushida or The Curse? SHH! Both! All of it! It doesn’t matter if he has two fluke victories over Gargano, he is not getting the title. And most importantly, you don’t say his name! Gargano storms off again and Theory apologizes again about Kushida. DON’T SAY THE NAME!! The Way leaves, and WOOSH! Dexter Lumis appears from behind the curtain!! Does the Tortured Artist have his eyes on a new subject?

 

Scarlett Bordeaux reads the tarot cards.

“Foolishness tempts the course of fate. The Hierophant’s goal: pass on his wisdom, elevate his followers. Such conviction leads to… obliteration. Stay on your journey, or he will alter his.” #FallAndPray.

 

NXT shares Brie Larson’s workout, as coached by Tegan Nox!

Captain Marvel has the Shiniest Wizard guiding her fitness journey with upper body exercises! Check out the full routine on Brie Larson’s official YouTube channel, under the series, “Training Captain Marvel!”

 

Tyler Rust w/ Malcolm Bivens VS Dante Rios!

Bivens says last week’s loss to Bronson Reed was the smallest speedbump on the journey to the top. This week, Rust has an opponent more his own size. Will Rust get back on track against an opponent Bivens picked personally?

The bell rings, they circle and tie up. Rust waistlocks and slams Rios, brings him back up to slam him again, then step all over him. Rust isn’t so sure Bivens chose a worthy opponent but Rios sneaks up to waistlock! Rust switches, Rios pries at the hold but elbows free! Rios runs, sunset flips, ONE! Rust runs into an arm-drag but then fakes Rios out! Rust headlocks, Rios powers out and hurdles then drops, but Rust fakes out the next hurdle to DECK Rios! Rust shakes out his arm, drags Rios back up and wrenches the arm from wrist to elbow to KICK! And KICK! Rust drags Rios up to stomp him down, then he hammerlocks the arm to STOMP it!

Rios writhes and shakes out his bad arm, but Rust is after the arm with a wristlock. Rust brings Rios up, clubs the arm, then wrenches to an elbow breaker! Rust hoists Rios up with the arm and spins around to then WRING Rios out! The ref checks on Rios but he’s okay to continue, and Bivens cheers Rust on. Rios throws body shots and forearms but Rust DECKS him! Rust snarls as Rios goes to a corner, and Rust runs in, only for Rios to get around and roll him up! TWO, Rios CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Rust shoves, Rios gets around to backslide, TWO! BACK HAND! Rios fires up, runs, ducks and tilt-o-whirls, to a GUILLOTINE!

Rust endures, powers up by going after the bad arm and he RAMS Rios into a corner. Rios BOOTS Rust, hops up and leaps, into an UPPERCUT! Rios wobbles into a BOOT! Cravat, for the FLIPPING SLAM! And then the roll into short arm scissor, omoplata, DOUBLE ARM BUTTERFLY!! Rios verbally taps, Rust wins!

Winner: Tyler Rust, by submission

Bivens made the right call, and he takes his phone out for a celebratory selfie standing over the fallen Dante Rios! Will the Diamond in the Rust start to shine soon enough?

 

NXT profiles tonight’s other Men’s Dusty Rhodes Classic match-up!

The Grizzled Young Veterans say they’re not here to be a runner up again. They’re here to win the whole damn thing! Leon Ruff and Kushida are two excellent singles competitors, but they won’t stand in the way of GYV proving they are THE BEST tag team of this generation. But Ruff responds by saying the game plan is simple: survive and advance. Both he and Kushida believe they can compete with any team in the tournament. Kushida says, in Japanese, that “The Dusty Cup represents everything great and prestigious about our business.” He vows that he and Ruff punch their tickets to the semifinals tonight! Who will SSSOON be recognized as the next team into the next round?

 

Backstage interview with Finn Balor!

What are his thoughts about tonight’s tag team match with Kyle O’Reilly? Before he can answer, in walks Kyle himself. Is Finn ready? Always ready. Then can Kyle trust him? What does Kyle think? Well, Kyle doesn’t have to trust Finn so long as they’re on the same page. Then see you out there. Will these two men, who put each other through Hell, stay united and put Lorcan & Burch through even worse?

 

Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic: Grizzled Young Veterans VS KUSHIDA & Leon Ruff!

Zack Gibson & James Drake were the inaugural NXT UK Tag Team Champions, and they want their shot at THE NXT Tag Team Championships! Gibson has the mic and says, “Another wannabe team who want to take a shot at the GYV.” Kushida in jeans and the “One Hit Wonder” in Ruff! “Lads, what makes you think your five MINUTES of tag experience can match up with our 15 YEARS?! At the end of this tournament, the nameplate on that trophy will read one thing and one thing only: The Grizzled Young Veterans, SSSSOON to be recognized as Dusty Classic winners!” Liverpool’s Number One and Mr. Mayhem hit the ring, but will they have to hit the brakes against the Super Junior and NXT’s ultimate underdog?

The teams sort out, Kushida starts with Gibson and they circle. They tie up, Gibson gets Kushida in a cobra twist, drags him down to a body scissor clutch and rolls him around. Kushida slips out the back, drags Gibson down to an armbar but Gibson uses legs to hook legs and shift to a headlock. Kushida slips out the back again to hammerlock an arm, but Gibson slips around to trip Kushida, only for Kushida to headscissor back. The two stand off and fans cheer. Gibson swings, Kushida dodges to kick, CHOP and CHOP! Kushida throws haymakers, kicks Gibson to the corner and throws elbows. Kushida whips corner to corner but Drake saves Gibson from buckles, and Gibson knees Kushida low!

Gibson puts Kushida in the corner, tags in Drake, and Drake runs in to back elbow! Gibson hits a clothesline and feeds Kushida to Drake’s windmill kick! Cover, ONE, but Drake keeps on Kushida with haymakers! Drake brings Kushida around, suplexes but Kushida blocks! Kushida wrenches out, headlocks, and Ruff tags in as Drake powers out. Drake ducks but Kushida hurdles and Ruff sweeps the legs! Ruff KICKS the leg and Drake hobbles, but Ruff KICKS him to a corner. Ruff runs but is put on the apron, to ROCK Drake! Ruff goes up and around and under to then dropkick again! Ruff grabs Drake to wrench the arm and tag in Kushida.

Kushida and Ruff double wrench and double elbow breaker! And double knee smash! And double basement dropkick! Cover, TWO Kushida keeps on Drake’s arm and wrenches it, then tags in Ruff. Ruff climbs up to DUMDUM STOMP the arm! Ruff wrenches, steps over and jams Drake’s arm, then wrenches again to another elbow breaker! And another! And another! Ruff brings Drake up again to PELE the arm, then knuckle locks to CHOP! Ruff goes up the corner, hops around and HURICANRANAS! Drake flounders, Ruff headlocks then facelocks and keeps Drake from Gibson. Ruff throws knees, Drake blocks the suplex and wrenches out to WRING Ruff’s arm!

Drake DECKS Kushida, then tags in Gibson. GYV coordinate on Ruff with a double suplex, but Kushida saves Ruff to ROCK Drake! Kushida dodges Gibson, Ruff goes up for a FLYING CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! GYV almost got caught there as NXT goes to break!

NXT returns and Drake has Ruff’s arm but Ruff fights back! Ruff reaches for Kushida, throws more forearms on Drake, but Drake hauls Ruff up! Ruff sunset flips, Drake flails but eventually topples over, TWO! Drake CLOBBERS Ruff! Ruff gasps but Drake drags him up by his hair to ROCK him with a forearm! Drake tells Ruff to #GritYourTeeth and then DECKS him! Tag to Gibson, GYV coordinate for the PLANCHA BACKBREAKER! GYV taunt the fans then Gibson puts Ruff back in the ring. Gibson stays between Ruff and Kushida, drags him up, and scoops him, but Ruff slips out to hit a neckbreaker! Fans fire up as both men are down!

Gibson and Ruff crawl for their corners, hot tag to Drake and he drags Ruff away. Drake taunts Kushida but Ruff slips under! Drake gets the leg and anchors Ruff, then drags him back into a waistlock. Ruff elbows out hard, and tags in Kushida! Kushida goes up, leap sand ax handles! Kushida rallies with more forearms, then atomic drops to a whip and hip toss! Handspring basement dropkick! Fans fire up for Kushida as he aims at Drake and runs in to dropkick the arm! Kushida drags Drake back up, reels him in, hammerlock and underhook but Drake blocks! Gibson tags in, GYV mugs Kushida in the corner!

Gibson brings Kushida up, but Kushida slips out of Helter Skelter to ROCK Gibson! Kushida clamps on for an IRON OCTOPUS! Gibson endures, pries free and rolls Kushida to then throat chop! The ref reprimands but Gibson tags Drake. GYV coordinate again, Electric Chair and Drake climbs, GRIZZLED DOOMSDAY DEVICE! Cover, TWO!! Kushida survives and shocks GYV! Drake drags Kushida up to rain down fists, then tags in Gibson. Gibson drags Kushida up, whips him to Drake for a scoop but Kushida fights out! Gibson and Drake keep Kushida away from Ruff, double whip but Kushida handsprings for double back elbows! Hot tag to Ruff!

Ruff climbs and leaps to missile dropkick Gibson! Ruff builds speed to DIVE onto Drake! Drake hits announce desk, Ruff gets back in and runs to go up, up and FLIES onto Gibson! Fans fire up for Ruff as he puts Gibson back in! Kushida coaches Ruff on as Ruff runs, twists and rebounds to LARIAT! Ruff keeps going, goes back up top, and leaps for a SWANTON FLOP! Drake saves Gibson again! Tag and Drake DROPKICKS Kushida down hard! GYV coordinate, gut wrench and TICKET TO MAYHEM!! Cover, GYV win!!

Winners: Grizzled Young Veterans, by pinfall (advance to the semifinals)

The Ticket to Mayhem is also the ticket to the semifinals for Gibson & Drake! Will GYV repeat as Dusty Cup finalists? Will they break through to be the tournament winners and then contenders to the titles?

And to add insult to injury on Kushida and Ruff, Gargano and Theory rush out to attack them! Gargano stomps Kushida while Theory tosses Ruff! Kushida fights back with haymakers! Gargano SUPERKICKS Kushida down! Ruff gets up but Theory DECKS him, then goes out after him to DECK him again! Gargano stomps Kushida more as Theory drags Ruff up. Theory makes Ruff watch as Gargano gives Kushida ONE FINAL BEAT! Gargano holds his NXT North American Championship up in Kushida’s face, but what Theory doesn’t see is that Lumis has appeared behind him!! Theory looks over and freaks out!

Theory gets in the ring to warn Gargano, but Gargano says they have nothing to fear from “the freak.” Johnny Wrestling may not have to worry about the Timesplitter, but what about the Tortured Artist?

 

NXT finds Curt Stallion down backstage!

Someone attacked the Lonestar right before his title match! He knows it’s Legado, but what does this mean for the Cruiserweight Championship match tonight?

 

Backstage interview with El Legado del Fantasma.

It was decided over commercial that, given Stallion is in no shape to compete tonight, the Cruiserweight Championship match has been canceled. Santos Escobar says that’s really, really unfortunate, because he was going to teach “that punk” a lesson. But then Regal barges in and is just as adamant that Legado did this! Escobar says that’s not true, he has been in his room all night. Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza confirm the alibi, but that isn’t good enough for Regal. Next week, Escobar will defend his title against Stallion. And if Stallion “mysteriously” gets attacked again, all three members of Legado will face serious consequences. The ultimatum has been issued, but Legado just laughs it off.

Wait, what’s this in Escobar’s bag? The Hierophant tarot card…?! Scarlett dealt that earlier tonight! Escobar, Wilde and Mendoza are all a bit spooked, this is a bad omen. The end is near? The end is near?! Not! Legado doesn’t take any of these threats seriously, but will they have no choice when time is up?

 

Toni Storm is here!

The Lightning from Down Under gets the mic and she calls out Io Shirai! “When I want something, I don’t just wait my turn. I make it happen.” When Toni wanted to be NXT UK Women’s Champion, she took it from Rhea Ripley. When Toni wanted to win the Mae Young Classic, she did, and it was against Shirai that she did it! Now, Toni wanted to be one of the first women to win the Women’s Dusty Cup, but Shirai took that from her. So now, Toni wants to hurt Shirai and ruin her. But more than anything else in the world, Toni wants to take the NXT Women’s Championship from Shirai! Toni doesn’t have to wait any longer, Shirai is here!

The Evil Genius storms right to the ring, Toni eggs her on, but Shirai snatches the mic away! “I’ll fight you anywhere. I already made it clear. Toni, I don’t like you!” Toni trips Shirai and throws down fists! Shirai turns things around to give those fists back! They scrap back up to their feet, Toni shoves Shirai but Shirai dropkicks Toni down! Toni flounders out of the ring and Shirai eggs her on! But Mercedes Martinez BLINDSIDES Shirai! And then hits the TWO HAND CHOKE SLAM! Mercedes grins as she picks up the NXT Women’s title, but Toni gets in to take it from her. They argue over who gets it first, but Shirai dropkicks them both out! SHOTEI for Mercedes!

Shirai runs in, SHIKANSEN for Mercedes! And then Shirai goes up, only for Toni to trip her up! Toni drags Mercedes out, just so she can RAM her into the apron! Then Toni looks at the title before she HIP ATTACKS Shirai, and then HIP ATTACKS again! And again! Toni gets the hat trick, and then she picks up the belt. Toni wants a new #ShinyShiny, will she get what she wants?

 

Backstage interview with Isaiah “Swerve” Scott.

Why did Swerve get in Bronson Reed’s minutes before his match last week? Get in his face? Are we pointing fingers now? Swerve had a “conversation” with Jake Atlas, Bronson got in Swerve’s face about it. But when Swerve decides to get in Bronson’s face, he’s the bad guy. Swerve is starting to understand how things go in NXT, but also how things always go. Everyone’s always blaming Swerve. So here’s an experiment: Point the finger, McKenzie. She does, at Swerve, and then he looks at the hand. How many fingers is she pointing back at herself? Get it? But no more putting the blame on anyone, Swerve’s House has a Colossal visitor, after the break!

 

Imperium speaks.

Alexander Wolfe begins by saying “Imperium stood together on American soil,” and at Worlds Collide, they showed everyone that they are a force to be reckoned with. “Then everything changed.” Marcel Barthel says they were isolated in different parts of the world for the last year! And while they’ve been apart, Walter still rules as NXT UK Champion. Barthel and Fabian Aichner held the NXT Tag Team Championships, but that was not enough. Aichner says “Imperium’s power is in its unity.” Their unity will restore global domination. Wolfe’s return to NXT is only the beginning. Will a refocused and reunited Imperium regain the gold?

 

Backstage interview with The Undisputed Era.

What are Adam Cole’s and Roderick Strong’s thoughts on their quarterfinal Dusty Cup match against the newly formed team of Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher? Nobody knows Ciampa like the Era does. They’ve gone to war with him more times than they can count, and they know how tough Ciampa is. As for Thatcher, if the tag match is anything like the Fight Pit, they have their hands full. But they’ve had their hands full ever since they came to NXT. Ciampa and Thatcher are experienced, tough men, but as a team, Cole & Strong are tougher. And as a team, Cole & Strong have more experience. There is no way “those two dorks” are going to stop the UE from becoming two-time Dusty Cup champions. And you know what that is? That is Undisputed.

 

Isaiah “Swerve” Scott VS Bronson Reed!

The issues between Swerve and Atlas were spilling over backstage so Auszilla thought he’d put an end to it. But instead of squashing the beef, he just redirected Swerve’s attention to himself. Will Reed squash this beef by crushing Swerve’s House underneath him?

The bell rings and Swerve circles with Reed. Reed gets Swerve to a corner, the ref counts and Reed lets off, but Swerve KNEE TRIGGERS back! Swerve fires off hands but Reed powers Swerve to a corner! Reed gives those fists back, then tosses Swerve out! Swerve handsprings off the apron to land on his feet! Reed grabs Swerve and drags him back up! Swerve body shots and BOOTS Reed off the apron, the BOOTS him from the apron! Swerve drags Reed up and lines up another shot, but Reed blocks the boot to FLIP Swerve! Swerve tumbles hard and Reed drags him up into the ring. Reed stalks Swerve to a corner, runs in and SPLASHES!

Swerve flounders to ropes, Reed clotheslines him back out, then Reed DIVES?!?! Direct hit at the ramp and fans are going nuts as NXT goes to break!

NXT returns and Swerve has Reed down with an armlock. Swerve throws down forearms as he cranks on the shoulder, but Reed fights up. Swerve knees low, wrenches to a hammerlock and he RAMS Reed into buckles! Swerve keeps on the arm, hooking it with his leg. Swerve drives elbows into Reed’s head and then he pulls on the fingers. Reed fights up, Swerve headlocks, but Reed reaches out to get the ropebreak! Swerve holds on as the ref counts, and he even sneaks in some claws to Reed’s face! Swerve brings Reed up for heavy body shots and then pushes him to slingshot and somersault, only for Reed to SWAT him down!

Swerve staggers up, Reed runs him over! And again! Reed whips, and he uses a FULL BODY ATTACK! Then he drops a back senton! Swerve is gasping for air as he crawls to ropes! Reed drags him up, suplexes him, and holds Swerve up to then shift to a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Swerve survives but Reed keeps his focus. Reed drags Swerve up, choke grips, and lifts, but the bad arm gives up! Swerve smirks as he runs in at Reed in a corner but Reed BOOTS him! The legs still work as Reed hops up, but Swerve EDDY GORDO KICKS! Swerve CHOPS Reed, climbs up, goes after the arm but throws more elbows.

Swerve cranks on the arm, for a SUPER ARMBAR DDT! HOUSE CALL! Swerve goes up, up and 450 SPLASHES! Cover, TWO!! Reed survives and Swerve is furious! Swerve sits Reed up and tells him to his face, “Never get in my business ever again!” Reed gets up, Swerve SLAPS him, and SLAPS him, so Reed HEADBUTTS! And LARIATS! Reed goes right up top, TSUNAMI!! Cover, Reed wins!

Winner: Bronson Reed, by pinfall

Reed crushes Swerve’s House again, will it be Swerve who never gets in Reed’s face again?

 

Tommaso Ciampa speaks.

“I’ve been doing this thing for 16 years now. There are the fights you win, the fights you lose, but then there’s the fights you remember.” Timothy Thatcher pulls up a seat next to Ciampa as Ciampa says there are the fights that command respect. Thatcher says the Fight Pit changes a man both physically, mentally, and even changes his vision going forward. “Out of anguish and struggle, respect grows. That’s why I accepted the offer.” The Dusty Cup represents opportunity. Next week, against the Undisputed Era, “it’s gonna be a war.” Will this tandem of tough as nails superstars tear down even the strong combination of Cole & Strong?

 

Finn Balor & Kyle O’Reilly VS Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch!

William Regal told The Prince to keep his friends close and his enemies closer. But with no friends to turn to anymore, the NXT Champion had no choice but to turn to a rival. Will the fact they have a common enemy in the Kings of NXT help Balor and O’Reilly stay on the same page?

NXT returns as Balor makes his entrance. He and Kyle stare down but they have to remember their teammates tonight, not opponents. The NXT Tag Team Champions make their entrance now, and they hold their belts up to remind us who they are. The team sort out, Oney starts against Balor and fans fire up as they tie up! Balor headlocks, Oney powers out but Balor runs him over! Cover, ONE! Balor arm-drags Oney right to an armlock! Oney gets up but Balor wrenches and tags in Kyle. Oney gets away and Burch tags in. Fans rally as Kyle and Burch circle, tie up, and Kyle headlocks. Kyle grinds Burch but Burch keeps off the mat. Burch powers out, but Kyle runs him over!

Kyle arm-drags Burch around, has the armlock, and fans fire up as Kyle shows no pain in his jaw. Kyle wrenches Burch, reaches out to Balor but Burch brings Kyle away with a headlock. Oney tags in, the One Two double wrench and double CHOP! Kyle throws a forearm but Oney EuroUppers Kyle off his feet! Tag to Burch, they hand off the wrench and Burch throws a EuroUpper of his won! Burch hits a headlock takeover and maybe now Kyle feels pain in his jaw. Burch throws short palm strikes, but Kyle rolls to a cover, ONE! Fans rally up, Kyle tries to headscissor but Burch shrugs that off.

Kyle fights up, Burch holds onto the headlock, but Kyle throws body shots. Burch scoops Kyle, Kyle slips off and wrenches to tag in Balor. Balor kicks the arm, clubs away on it, wrenches again and tags Kyle back in. Kyle CLUBS the arm, YANKS on it, then rams shoulders with Burch! Kyle wrenches, tags Balor and Balor hops up to drop ax handles! Balor wrenches, clamps on, Kyle tags back in and Kyle goes up to drop an ax handle of his own! Oney runs in but gets double back elbows from Balor and Kyle! Kyle and Balor double whip Burch to double elbow! Balor and Kyle stare down again as NXT goes picture in picture.

Oney and Burch regroup outside, Kyle waits in the ring for them to come back. The tag champs take their time returning and Burch gets in. Burch ties up with Kyle but kicks low! Burch headlocks, Oney tags in, Kyle powers out but Burch dodges the roundhouse and Oney BLASTS Kyle with the running EuroUpper! Oney rains down fists on Kyle, taunts Balor, then drags Kyle up to ROCK him with a EuroUpper! Tag to Burch, the champs mug Kyle in their corner, then Burch pushes Kyle against ropes and chokes him! Burch even fish hooks the jaw! The ref counts, Burch lets off and Kyle clutches his chin.

Burch brings Kyle up to ROCK him with another EuroUpper! Burch snapmares, drops knees, then covers, TWO! Burch keeps Kyle from Balor with a facelock, tags in Oney, and Oney wrenches to snapmare Kyle into a keylock. Kyle endures as Oney thrashes him around, then fights his way up. Oney cranks on the hold, Kyle throws forearms and NXT returns to single picture as Oney ROCKS Kyle with another EuroUpper! Oney half nelsons but Kyle snapmares out of the Half ‘n’ Half, hot tag to Balor! Balor rallies on Oney, hits Burch for good measure, then trips and DOUBLE STOMPS Oney down! Fans fire up as Balor stomps away on Oney at the ropes!

The ref counts, Balor stops at 4, and he sees Burch slide in so he stomps Burch down! Oney runs up to half nelson but Balor swings, only for Oney to put him in the corner! Burch tags in, Balor fights back but the One Two mugs him. Burch wrenches the arm but Balor throws forearms back! Oney tags back in, he gets Balor’s arm for an armbar DDT! Oney rains down rights, fans boo but Oney looms over Balor. Oney drags Balor up, CHOPS him, and Burch taunts Balor as he tags in. Burch ROCKS Balor, drags him up to wrench and YANK the arm, then ROCKS him with a right. Burch keeps on the arm but fans rally as Balor endures.

Balor fights up, throws more forearms, but Burch wrenches and YANKS the arm again! Balor goes to a corner, Burch runs in to clothesline! Cover, TWO! Burch drags Balor up and chinbars to then tag in Oney. Balor fights back again with forearms and CHOPS but Oney ROCKS Balor! The tag champs double atomic drop, to a Russian Leg Sweep! Cover, TWO! Oney keeps Balor down with a half nelson and then shifts to a keylock. Fans rally and Balor endures  as Oney leans on the hold. Balor fights up, Oney knees him low and drags him back down! Oney keeps the arm hooked with a leg then pulls on the other! Balor endures but Oney YANKS on the arm!

Fans rally but Oney drags Balor up for another EuroUpper! Balor wobbles, Oney eggs him on, then throws another EuroUpper! Balor reaches for Kyle but Oney EuroUppers, Balor PELES! Both men are down and fans are thunderous as the two crawl! Oney grabs at Balor to keep him away but Balor throws forearms! Balor keeps reaching, as does Kyle, but Oney whips Balor to the corner! Balor BOOTS back, elbows Burch then SLINGBLADES Oney! Fans fire up as Balor rises and tags in Kyle! Burch tags in but Kyle BOOTS him down! And ROUNDHOUSES! And again! KNEE for Oney! Kicks and palm strikes and knees for Burch! Leg sweep and Kyle fires up!

Burch gets to a corner, Kyle runs in to forearm smash! Kyle wrenches to an elbow breaker, then goes after a leg, but Burch SMACKS Kyle in the jaw! Kyle just fights through that to trip the leg! Burch BOOTS the jaw! Kyle runs in but into another boot! Burch goes up, missile dropkick caught to a KNEEBAR! Burch taps, Kyle and Balor win!!

Winners: Finn Balor & Kyle O’Reilly, by submission

The Undisputed Era’s three-time tag team champion helps the two-time NXT Champion put away the current tag team champions! But wait, here comes Pete Dunne! But while they’re distracted, Oney drags Kyle out to RAM him into the boards! The Bruiserweight and Balor brawl! But Oney gets in and goes after Balor, too! Kyle returns to fight but Burch is in, the 3v2 advantage goes the way of the Kings of NXT! Oney and Burch grab Balor for Dunne to BOOT down! The Kings stomps away, then drag Balor back up, so Dunne can bend the fingers! But here come Strong & Cole! Dunne SNAPS and runs!

The UE run off the Kings of NXT but the damage has been done! Balor and the Era boys stand together against Dunn, Lorcan & Burch! But what will it take to finally settle things between the warring factions?


My Thoughts:

A great episode for NXT on the road to TakeOver: Valentine’s Day. One thing that’s a bit disappointing but in a way intriguing is what happened with the Cruiserweight Championship. Just as we think Stallion is going to finally get his time on NXT, we get a bait ‘n’ switch and it’s somehow a way to shift things to Escobar VS Kross. Escobar namedropping Kross was a subtle indication this could happen, but I’m still surprised it has. Will Kross cost Escobar his title next week so they can feud without it? I was also genuinely surprised by Lumis popping out of the curtain after The Way had a promo. I have a feeling that with Kushida & Ruff out of the Dusty Cup, Lumis becomes Kushida’s new tag partner to go after The Way, leading into Gargano VS Kushida at TakeOver.

Speaking of, GYV VS Kushida & Ruff was a great match, but it seems a tradition now for Kushida’s team to put the other team over. Last year when Kushida & Alex Shelley reunited, they lost to GYV to send GYV into the finals, now it’s happened for the semifinals. At the same time, GYV is up against either Undisputed Era or Thatcher-Ciampa so maybe GYV does even worse this year. And with Ciampa’s promo, I just knew Thatcher would pull up a chair to join in. UE VS Thatcher-Ciampa could go either way, because there are many story reasons. Thatcher and Ciampa did well against Daivari & Nese on 205 Live but that could fall apart. But at the same time, we know UE has story still with The Kings of NXT, so Oney and Burch could try to screw UE over.

Balor & O’Reilly VS Lorcan & Burch was a great main event. I’m glad there was no dysfunction in Balor and Kyle, they were focused on the opponents, but I do find it odd that NXT continues the WWE trend where two great singles guys still beat a great tag team. The great tag team should’ve still found a way to win, but I suppose that would’ve made Kyle the fall guy, and they can’t do that if Kyle is still to be rolling towards a potential third NXT Championship match. The episode closing with Balor and the UE standing together was a really great image, but perhaps this adds to the math that UE loses the Dusty Cup match.

Imperium had a great promo, but don’t expect Walter to show up. I’m still surprised they got Wolfe out of the UK to the US but maybe the time he was gone on NXT UK was used for quarantine protocol. Depending on how things go with the North American and Tag Team Championships, I feel like Wolfe will go after the former while Barthel & Aichner obviously go after the latter. Swerve has a good promo but he still loses to Reed, so I’m not sure the point yet. Will Sore Loser Swerve return and he goes after Reed like he did Atlas? We got a great segment with Toni, Shirai and Mercedes, I’m starting to think we’re getting a Triple Threat at TakeOver: Valentine’s, just to help get through the amazing contender’s list.

MSK beats Maverick & Dain because MSK is the hot hand coming in debuting in the tournament. Lucha House Party VS El Legado could go either way, and either will make a great match-up with MSK, but does that make MSK a finalist? That’d be surprising, but perhaps in a good way. Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez VS Robert Stone Brand 3.0(?) was good but naturally Kai & Gonzalez win. And while Kai & Gonzalez look like the favorites against Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter, I feel like that’s reason enough for KC Squared to make it to the finals. Gonzalez is herself waiting in the wings to face Shirai, and it makes for great story if KC Squared are one match away, only to lose to The Way, Candice & Indi.

My Score: 9.3/10


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AEW Dynamite Coverage 2

AEW and Impact Wrestling Tag Team Champions, UNITE…?

Though there are tensions rising within The Elite, Gallows & Anderson will team with The Young Bucks in a HUGE 8 Man Tag match!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Lance Archer VS Eddie Kingston; Kingston wins.
  • Y2MJF w/ The Inner Circle VS The Varsity Blondes; Y2MJF win(s).
  • Hangman Page VS Ryan Nemeth; Hangman wins.
  • Jungle Boy w/ Jurassic Express VS Dax Harwood w/ Cash Wheeler & Tully Blanchard; Jungle Boy wins.
  • Britt Baker w/ Rebel VS Shanna; Britt wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: The Young Bucks & The Good Brothers VS The Dark Order; The Bucks & Good Brothers win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Lance Archer VS Eddie Kingston!

The Murderhawk Monster and the Mad King are finally having a 1v1 contest, and it will truly be 1v1 because none of their allies are allowed ringside! Will Archer finally shut Kingston up about all the “almost” losses?

Kingston is after Archer the second he’s in the ring, and he CHOPS! Archer just grins! Archer throws his shirt off, throws it at Kingston and eggs him on. Kingston CHOPS, Archer BOOTS Kingston over! Archer runs and hits an elbow in the corner! And then goes corner to corner, hits another! Kingston avoids the third and fires off on a leg! Kingston BITES Archer’s head as they’re on the ropes! The ref reprimands, Kingston CLUBS Archer then CHOPS him again! Archer finally feels that, and Kingston puts Archer in a corner. Kingston CHOPS, Archer eggs him on, but Kingston pokes him in the eye!

Archer staggers about, Kingston elbows him on the back then goes after the leg. Kingston chokes Archer on ropes, lets off as the ref counts, then stalks Archer to another corner for kidney shots! Kingston keeps on Archer’s body, kicks the legs out, but Archer rakes eyes back! Fans rally as Archer ROCKS Kingston with a right! Kingston flounders, CHOPS back, and CHOPS again, then goes to a corner, Kingston goes up, leaps, FLYING SHOULDER! Archer stays up!? Archer shakes out the cobwebs but Kingston runs, but Archer DERAILS him! Fans fire up while Kingston sits up in a daze.

Archer stalks Kingston, drags him up by his ears, then brings him around to CLUB him. Kingston clings to Archer’s legs but Archer brings him up to CHOP him down! Fans want that “One More Time!” and Archer drags Kingston up to CHOP him again! Kingston flops down and Archer seethes as he drags him back up. Archer choke grips and CHOKE SLAMS Kingston to the apron! Kingston flops to the floor as fans lose their minds! The ring count climbs as Kingston stirs, but Archer goes out to fetch him. Archer drags Kingston up and bumps him off the camera! Talk about a close-up! “Everything is in my playground!”

Archer kicks Kingston, whips him and sends him into railing! Archer digs Kingston’s head into the railing! The ref counts, Archer lets off to scare the ref off, and then Archer goes back to drag Kingston up. Archer brings Kingston over to bounce off the timekeeper’s table! Kingston scrambles into the ring, Archer pursues and brings him up in a full nelson, for a SLAM! Archer says he’s just getting started with Kingston, and he goes to a corner! Archer grins at the camera before hopping down and putting Kingston in the drop zone. Archer goes up, spinning VADER BOMB! Cover, ONE because Archer lets off! Archer is a cat toying with his prey!

Archer drags Kingston up, Kingston breaks free but the back hand is blocked! Archer choke grips, Kingston kicks low and dropkicks legs out. Kingston runs to FOREARM Archer down! Cover, TWO! Archer survives but Kingston catches his breath. Fans rally and duel as both men slowly rise. Kingston brings Archer around, but Archer LARIATS first! Archer drags Kingston up, puts him in a corner, then hoists him up top. Archer brings Kingston out with the inverted crucifix, but Kingston slips out to shove Archer into buckles! Archer BOOTS back, Kingston flounders but Archer is on him right away. Hammerlock ripcord for the CHOKE SLAM!

Archer knuckle locks Kingston’s hand and drags him up with it. Archer CLUBS Kingston, goes up the corner, and walks the tightrope a la Old School! MOONSAULT!! But no cover because Archer still isn’t satisfied. Archer clamps on the EBD CLAW! Archer sits Kingston up, but The Butcher and Blade have Jake the Snake hostage!! Archer hurries over but Bunny Allie hands Kingston a loaded bit of tape! Kingston waits for Archer to come back, LOADED BACK HAND!! Cover, Kingston wins!!

Winner: Eddie Kingston, by pinfall

The Fam still found a way to screw Archer over! Kingston survives, and then The Blade and Butcher drag Archer up for the POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER! The Fam isn’t done, either, they sit Archer back up for Kingston’s BACK HAND! Jake the Snake tries to get up but the damage has been done. Will Kingston and his henchmen continue to wreak havoc on AEW?

 

Jon Moxley speaks.

“Okay, let me see if I’ve got this right. The Young Bucks are the tag team champions, and they’re friends with Kenny, but Kenny’s friends with The Goody Brothers, and they’re the tag team champions, too. So now they’re all friends? They’re all one big happy family? How is that going to work? Is that going to work?” No it’s not. The Elite is like The Young & The Restless. And then there’s Death Triangle, PAC & The Lucha Brothers, who don’t like any part of The Elite. They don’t even like Moxley, because they used to be friends with Kingston who has beef with Mox. But now Moxley has to team with them at Beach Break?

Moxley is a simple guy. Cold beer, hot coffee, room temperature water and sex in the morning because it’s a great way to start the day. The only person you can trust is number one, so he only trusts his two hands. But Moxley loves Six Man Tags, so saddle up, compadres. This’ll be fun! Gang warfare! Moxley doesn’t know what happens at Beach Break, but it’ll be wild~! Incendiary ingredients on Dynamite, don’t blink or you’ll miss it.

 

Sting and Darby Allin speak.

The Icon says they’ll get on a first name basis right now. Taz, Brian, Ricky, since they’ll be in that Street Fight at Revolution, and since Team Taz loves to throw out false accusations, Sting will say their feelings are hurt. They called these two hoodlums? Really? Darby is a bit of a hoodlum, yes, but in the streets, it doesn’t matter if you play it clean or dirty. It’s all about survival! Darby chucks his skateboard through a window, and admits he is a hoodlum, no different from Sting. Sting uses the baseball bat to smash up the rest of the window! Sting admits it, too. Revolution, Street Fight, showtime.

 

Y2MJF w/ The Inner Circle VS The Varsity Blondes!

There’s a lot of history to this match, even before things in AEW. But Chris Jericho won’t hold back on Brian Pillman Jr. over it, and he expects nothing less from Pillman Jr. in return. But will that mean the first 2v2 outing of Le Demo God and the Salt of the Earth won’t be a success?

Jericho revels in the fans singing Judas for him, the teams sort out, and MJF wants to speak first. MJF wants to talk with Sammy Guevara later, and then he says is that Griff? Look at Goldilocks here. Last time they met, MJF embarrassed Griff on live television. So let’s just skip ahead to where Griff loses, okay? NOPE! Griff DECKS MJF, keeps him in the ring, then rains down more fists! MJF scrambles away, Wardlow keeps him away from Griff, but Griff gets around to get back in. MJF dodges but Griff BOOTS him down! The Inner Circle gets MJF to safety and MJF gets a chair out of frustration. The Inner Circle keeps MJF from throwing this match and MJF says Griff is dead!

MJF gets back in the ring, talks trash, then tags out to Jericho. Jericho run sin but into a drop toehold! Griff wrenches Jericho, tags in BPJ, and the Blondes double whip, kick and NECKBREAKER to a leg drop, brother! Cover, TWO! BPJ CHOPS Jericho, wrenches and whips, but Jericho holds ropes to deny the dropkick. Jericho runs but BPJ dropkicks him down! BPJ drags Jericho up, clamps onto the arm, but Jericho uses cheap shots to get free. Jericho whips BPJ corner to corner, but BPJ comes back to LARIAT! Fans fire up as BPJ whips, Jericho reveres and MJF gets a cheap shot in! Jericho DECKS BPJ then tags in MJF!

AEW goes picture in picture as MJF CLAWS BPJ and tells Griff up his! MJF digs his fingers into BPJ’s face but lets off as the ref reprimands. MJF stalks BPJ, throws punches down on him, then soaks up the heat from fans. MJF feeds BPJ to Jericho’s boot, then CHOPS him! Tag to Jericho, Jericho throws hands, then tags MJF back in. Y2MJF double whip, and double flapjack BPJ down! MJF steps on BPJ, then so does Jericho. The Inner Circle soaks up the heat, MJF drags BPJ up to CLUB him down. MJF kicks at Griff but scrambles away before he can get hit. MJF chokes BPJ, covers, TWO! MJF rakes BPJ’s eyes, rakes his face on the ropes, then headbutts him!

Tag to Jericho, MJF digs his boots into BPJ as Jericho gets in Griff’s face, then Griff goes back to stomp and bump BPJ off buckles. Jericho hoists BPJ up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up to join him. BPJ throws hands back but Jericho clubs him. Jericho stands up on the very top, but BPJ GOURD BUSTERS him! BPJ gets up, leaps, and hits a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Fans rally while both men are down and AEW returns to single picture. Hot tags to Griff and MJF! The Ivy League MVP rallies on Y2MJF but MJF kicks low! MJF runs into Griff’s HUGE back drop! Griff wrenches and ROCKS Jericho!

Fans fire up as Griff goes corner to corner, BIG splash to MJF! Whip to the corner, SPLASH for both Y2MJF! DOUBLE SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!! MJF survives but Griff just fires up as he drags MJF up. Griff whips MJF to the corner, hits a clothesline and tags BPJ! Griff rolls MJF for BPJ’s missile dropkick! Jericho tags in but BPJ is ready, SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives by split seconds! BPJ fires up as fans rally behind him. Jericho hits back, BPJ throws forearms and chops, but Jericho DECKS him! Jericho whips then runs but BPJ dumps Jericho to the apron! BPJ runs and dropkicks Jericho down!

Fans fire up with BPJ as he fetches Jericho into the ring. BPJ aims from a corner, springboards and leaps, into a JUDAS EFFECT!! LIONSAULT!! Cover, someone took out Griff, Y2MJF win!!

Winners: Y2MJF, by pinfall

MJF adds insult to injury as he throws BPJ out just so he can stand with Jericho. The Inner Circle’s “official” team in the tag division is off to a strong start, will they go all the way to the top and take the AEW World Tag Team Championships for their own?

 

PAC speaks.

“Here we go again!” Kenny Omega is taking liberties, acting like ‘Billy Big Bollocks,” acting like he owns the place and owns this business. He has the “clown” Callis and the Impact Wrestling Tag Team Champions, while manipulating some and blindsiding others. SO at Beach Break, bring the Good Brothers, because Pac and Rey Fenix will show you what brotherhood is! You hit them, they hit you back! Time to face the consequences!

 

AEW shares Shaq’s message from the AEW Dynamite Awards on TNT.

“Cody Rhodes, you little punk. You want to battle, you just name the time and the day. I’ll be there.” Cody looks like a little girl with that blonde hair. Shaq suggests we do this in March, aka Revolution. What will Cody say?

Tony Schiavone is in the ring!

To respond to Shaq’s comments right now, here’s Cody Rhodes! The American Nightmare goes to the ring, along with Coach Arn Anderson. Schiavone knows they want to respond to Shaq, but also to Jade Cargill from The Waiting Room. Cody says to respond to Shaq and Jade, he’d rather just give us the “pitch.” He’d like to say March 7th, AEW Revolution, it’d be himself and Brandi Rhodes VS Shaq & Jade, but life happens. He and Brandi are having a baby. “In these moments where I am rather confused and distracted,” Cody defers to The Coach!

And if we’re wondering how much of a coach Arn is, Arn chewed Cody out for taking Peter Avalon too easily last week. Arn has been right consistently for years, they talked with Tony Khan about where Cody fits on the Revolution card, so the floor is Arn’s. Arn says he wants to earn his money because he might contradict himself, so please be patient. But the fact is, Cody’s about to be a dad. That is right on the forefront of his mind, as it should be. That is the most important thing in his life.

But think about this: June 29th, 1985. What date is that to Cody? That was when Arn saw Dusty Rhodes crawl in the ring with Tully Blanchard, fight 30 minutes, then fly home in time to see the birth of Baby Cody. Now if Cody chooses March 7th, to jump in the Revolution, do it with eyes wide open, no regrets. But Arn will point out the obvious: there is a lot of time between the birthdate and the show. Doesn’t Cody want to be part of something? It’s hard to capture the public eye but he could do that with this match.

For 19 years, Shaq dominated the court as a world-class athlete. Jade, every time she walks in, she dominates that room. But the fact is, Arn’s seen something these last two weeks, something that can’t be measured or even rational to name. Arn wants Cody to see something. In steps RED VELVET! Velvet has had her own problems with Jade Cargill, and Arn hopes Cody sees the fire inside Velvet like what Cody has in him. Velvet gets the mic to stare down the camera and say she’s here because she is FED UP of getting attacked, watching Brandi get disrespected by a “big mouth coward” who knows Brandi can’t defend herself.

Everyone knows Cody would never lay a hand on a woman. But Velvet will! Velvet is about to stir that bitch-ass up! Fans like the sound of that! Arn says that’s what he meant! Then perhaps Jade and Shaq have the ball in their court! Are we still getting a huge mixed tag match for Revolution?

 

AEW issues the official invite to the Superbad Beach Break wedding!

Kip Sabian says “my heart is in my hands My head is in the clouds. My feet have left the ground. And my life, our life, is turning around.” Penelope Ford is so excited to marry this handsome man, the man of her dreams, the best kisser. So they cordially invite us to watch their wedding, with Miro as The Best Man, and of course “Charles” Taylor the butler will be there! Surely a wedding on a wrestling program will go smoothly, right?

 

Hangman Page VS Ryan Nemeth!

The Cowboy takes on the debuting “Hollywood Hunk” as Hangman tries to shake off the awkward situation where he had to reject The Dark Order’s recruitment proposal. Will he be able to focus against this hungry and determined wrestler?

The bell rings, fans rally for Hangman but Nemeth shoots in to get a leg. Hangman gets the rope but Nemeth says he got a point like this is collegiate wrestling. They tie up again, Hangman wrenches to a wristlock but Nemeth gets around to hammerlock then headlock, two points! Hangman powers out, Nemeth bumps him but Hangman runs him over! Things speed up, Hangman fakes Nemeth out and BOOTS him down! Hangman CHOPS Nemeth to the corner, CHOPS him again, then chops but Nemeth dodges to CHOP and CHOP in return! Nemeth swaggers about but Hangman DECKS him!

Hangman stalks Nemeth to a corner, stomps a mudhole into him then walks it dry as the ref counts. Hangman drags Nemeth up to throw him to the apron, and then TRIANGLE LARIATS him to the floor! Nemeth gets up but Hangman PLANCHAS! Direct hit and fans fire up! Hangman drags Nemeth up, puts him back in, then fires the fans up as he runs in corner to corner. Nemeth dodges to dropkick Hangman down! Cover, ONE! Nemeth wrenches and WRINGS the arm out, and now Big Money Matt Hardy is ringside? Is he scouting? Nemeth hammerlocks an arm, headstands to put pressure on the hold, then grabs at hair. The ref reprimands and Nemeth lets go.

Hangman gets up to CHOP and forearm but Nemeth knees low! Nemeth whips but Hangman holds ropes. Nemeth kicks, whips but Hangman reverses, only for Nemeth to turn it around into a Rude Awakening! Cover, TWO! Hangman forearms but Nemeth hits back. Nemeth whips corner to corner but Hangman comes back to CLOBBER him! Hangman whips, Nemeth dodges but Hangman hits a SPINEBUSTER! Hardy seems to be cheering Hangman on as Nemeth gets to a corner. Hangman runs corner to corner to clothesline! Hangman rolls Nemeth, runs, SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!

Hardy cheers Hangman with the fans as he brings Nemeth up to fireman’s carry. Nemeth fights out, Hangman CHOPS and whips but Nemeth reverses to SATELLITE DDT! Cover, TWO!! Hangman gets to a corner, Nemeth runs in but Hangman elbows him back! Nemeth runs into a boot, but he ducks a lariat to GERMAN SUPLEX! Hangman lands on his feet, ROLLING ELBOW! Hangman whips Nemeth to LARIAT! Then Hangman goes to the apron, takes aim, and slingshots, BUCK SHOT!! Cover, Hangman wins!

Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall

Hardy applauds then goes up to the ramp. Hangman sees Hardy turn to leave but invites him into the ring. Tony Schiavone hurries over to see what this is about. Hardy didn’t want to create a scene, but the reason he came out was to be in Hangman’s corner and let him know he supports Hangman. Hardy has been a bit concerned, Hangman seems lost and conflicted. That’s understandable. Hardy was part of Stadium Stampede, he knows that Hangman got burned by The Elite and he didn’t deserve it. The Dark Order wants Hangman to join and that’s just awkward.

Hardy doesn’t want anything from Hangman, just to let him know that Hangman is a good person who deserves to be happy. Hardy needed to say that and Hangman needed to hear it. Hangman is dressing alone in the hallway near catering. Hardy has a huge dressing room with plenty of space. Hangman is more than welcome to join him there, no strings attached. Hardy lets Hangman think that over, what will Hangman’s answer be?

 

Jungle Boy w/ Jurassic Express VS Dax Harwood w/ Cash Wheeler & Tully Blanchard!

Though Marko Stunt, Luchasaurus and the rest of FTR are all ringside, things will be a little different than usual. To make sure Cash and Tully don’t interfere, they will be handcuffed not just to each other, but to Luchasaurus! Will the wrestling dinosaur be able to keep things fair and square?

First, the ref and security help cuff Cash and Tully to Luchasaurus per the agreement. Then they all take a seat, though Luchasaurus has to make Cash sit. The bell rings and JB stares down with Dax. They tie up, Dax powers JB back to a corner but lets off as the ref calls for the break. Dax talks trash but JB shrugs it off. They tie up again, Dax headlocks but JB arm-drags free! Fans fire up for JB as he and Dax circle again. They tie up again, Dax waistlocks to full nelson but JB switches, only for Dax to headlock and hit a takeover. JB rolls Dax to a cover, ONE! Dax holds on, JB fights up and powers out but Dax runs him over!

Dax talks more trash as he looms over JB but JB gets up. JB and Dax tie up again, Dax gets another headlock but JB powers out, only for Dax to run him over again! Things speed up, Dax slide sunder but JB dropkicks him down! JB gets the legs, trips Dax, but Dax scrambles to a ropebreak! FTR wants to help Dax but Luchasaurus anchors them in the corner. Dax gets away from JB and has his team calm down, but JB puts Dax back in the ring! JB and Dax circle again as Luchasaurus and FTR sit back down. Dax and JB tie up with knuckle locks, Dax kicks low and fans boo as he CHOPS JB to a corner. Dax throws hard EuroUppers, and argues with the ref about the count before he CHOPS JB again!

JB CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS Dax to a corner but Dax turns things around to CHOP again! Dax stands JB up but JB CHOPS back! And CHOPS again, and again! Dax kicks rather low but somehow that wasn’t a low blow. Dax drags JB up, whip shim corner to corner but JB goes up and over and rolls, only for Dax to run him over! Things speed up again, JB hurdles but Dax whips him away, but JB dodges in the corner and Dax POSTS himself! Dax reaches but there’s no tags in this match! JB KICKS Dax’s arm, wrenches it, clubs away on it, then grinds Dax down! Dax endures, Cash coaches him, but JB cranks on the shoulder.

Dax gets up, JB wrenches but Dax pulls hair to whip and ROCK JB with that uppercut! Fans boo but Dax shakes out the bad arm. Dax fires off on JB, brings him up to another headlock, but JB back suplexes free! JB clotheslines Dax out of the ring! Dax staggers around and JB slides, but the baseball slide is sent into the railing! Now Luchasaurus is upset but it’s FTR who keeps him away. AEW goes picture in picture as Dax paces about.

Dax drags JB up to ROCK him with another EuroUpper! Fans rally for JB but Dax digs his fingers into JB’s face! And then drives an elbow in! The ref reprimands, Dax puts JB in, then Dax drags JB around to drop a leg fast across the face! Dax foregoes the rest of his usual combo to NORTHERN LIGHTS and bridge! TWO, and Dax is frustrated with JB! JB crawls, Dax drags him back up, and clamps on a chinlock! JB endures as Dax grinds him down, JB fights up, and throws body shots to power out. JB gets Dax in a sleeper but Dax hits a BIG back suplex! Both men are down, Dax covers, TWO! Dax tries again, TWO!

Dax grows annoyed but he paces around JB. JB crawls, Dax stalks him to the ropes, and Dax digs his fingers into JB’s face again! The ref counts, Dax CLUBS JB then brings him up by his hair. Dax snapmares and wraps on a new chinlock to grind JB down. Fans rally, JB endures, but Dax grinds him down more as he shifts position on the hold. JB fights up as AEW returns to single picture, and fans still sing for him as he hits the jawbreaker! Dax staggers away, both men go to corners, but Dax runs in, only for JB to ROCK him! JB whips, Dax reverses then ducks the rebound lariat to throw JB to a corner! Dax runs in, blocks a boot but not the elbow! Or the ROLLING ELBOW!

Fans fire up as JB climbs, but Dax trips him up! Dax CHOPS JB on the back, climbs up top and brings JB up for a SUPER BACK SUPLEX! But both men are down and their teammates are going nuts! Cover, TWO!! JB survives and Dax is frustrated! Fans rally up but Dax stands first. Dax glares at JB, stomps JB in the head, then again! Fans boo but JB sits up and eggs Dax on! Dax stomps but JB gets in his face and SLAPS him! Dax SLAPS back! JB throws forearms and CHOPS, then an uppercut of his own! Dax blocks the superkick to ROCK JB again! Dax brings JB up, JB slips out to waistlock but Dax switches, GERMAN! JB lands on his feet, SUPERKICK!

JB wrenches, ducks Dax’s lariat but not the SECOND LARIAT! FTR and Luchasaurus are out of their seats and fans cheer, “This is Awesome!” Dax drags JB up, reels him back in and underhooks, but JB RANAS! Cover, TWO!! Dax reels JB back in, another lift, rebound POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!?! Everyone goes nuts over that! Dax drags JB up to a full nelson but JB drops to resist! Dax keeps trying but JB breaks free! TO BACKSTABBER! And then a GERMAN SUPLEX! JB holds on for ANOTHER GERMAN SUPLEX! Dax grabs at ropes and then elbows JB away! Fans boo, Dax drags JB back up and shoves, but JB LARIATS on the rebound!

JB drags Dax back up, suplexes but Dax slips out to spin him around. Both men bob ‘n’ weave, Dax fakes JB out and DDT’s! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally but Dax grits his teeth as he drags JB up. Dax puts JB in a corner and up on top. Dax climbs up but JB CHOPS him! And CHOPS and headbutts! Dax falls, JB adjusts, and JB leaps to crossbody! But Dax rolls through to a cover, TWO!! JB has the cover, TWO!! JB runs in, goes up Dax to victory roll but Dax sits on it! TWO and JB has the cover, TWO! JB ducks to crucifix takedown, TWO!! Dax has the Oklahoma, TWO! Dax trips and jackknifes, TWO as JB bridges up! JB spins it around, back slides but Dax turns that into a knee!

Dax waistlocks, O’Conner rolls, TWO! JB rolls Dax up, TWO! But JB has the legs! SNARE TRAP!! Dax is caught, Luchasaurus is holding FTR back as hard as he can, but JB shifts! DAX TAPS! JB WINS!

Winner: Jungle Boy, by submission

A HUGE victory for not just Jungle Jack Perry but for Jurassic Express! But just as Tully is let free, he POCKET SANDS Luchasaurus! Cash POSTS Luchasaurus, then mugs JB! FTR are sore losers, that’s for sure! Cash and Dax get JB up for the extra strong slingshots suplex! Luchasaurus gets in but they combine for a DOUBLE SPIKE PILEDRIVER!! Now FTR cuffs Luchasaurus to the ropes! And they cut the dino horns off the mask! FTR want to cut JB’s hair, but Marko Stunt, SCU and Top Flight get in and run FTR off! Will the friends of Jurassic Express avenge them against FTR?

 

Team Taz responds!

“So Sting, Darby, being that we’re on a first name basis and all, Ricky and Brian are ready to destroy you come Revolution.” But Will Hobbs and Hook notice something going on, and say hey to the merchandise guys. Wait, they have the Darby gear and Sting gear, but where are the Team Taz merchandise? They weren’t given any of that. Oh is that so? Hook and Hobbs start throwing hands! And then they start throwing the staff around! Cage and Starks get in on that too, and they tear down the Sting and Darby merch to tear it up!

“You want to disrespect us?! We ain’t done!” Cage TOSSES one of the guys against the truck! And Starks SLAMS another through the table! “First name basis, huh, brother? Ricky Starks and Brian Cage are gonna BEAT YOUR ASS in that Street Fight!”

 

Britt Baker w/ Rebel VS Shanna!

The Role Model is making sure she’s sharp for the grudge match with Thunder Rosa she never wanted. But Portugal’s Perfect Athlete has been slowly but surely powering up on AEW Dark! Will Shanna show that hosting The Waiting Room isn’t a replacement for getting in the ring?

The bell rings and Britt doesn’t take Shanna seriously in her DBZ inspired ring gear. The two circle, tie up, and Britt wrenches to a wristlock. Shanna spins, wrenches back and wristlocks. Britt slips through, waistlocks then snapmares to a chinlock. Shanna slips right out to wristlock again! Fans fire up with Shanna as she brings Britt up but Britt wrenches, elbow breakers and wristlocks. Shanna rolls, handsprings and wrenches back to drop toehold! Shanna dares Britt to get up, and Britt does, to power Shanna to a corner! The ref calls for the break, Britt lets off but then ROCKS Shanna! Britt wrenches, rolls Shanna and chicken wings to a chinbar!

Shanna rolls, wrenches, double arm-drags and then arm-drags again! Britt staggers into another arm-drag and then an enziguri! Fans fire up as Britt flounders to ropes! Shanna powers up but Rebel saves Britt from the Spirit Bomb Dropkick! The ref reprimands but Britt BLINDSIDES Shanna! And RAMS her into railing! And then RAMS her into the apron! The ref reprimands but Britt runs at Shanna, for a SLINGBLADE! Britt refreshes the ring count at 5 as AEW goes picture in picture.

Britt fetches Shanna into the ring, keeps her on the apron and drags her to the corner to pull the arm into the post! Rebel gives Shanna “a makeover” at the same time but the ref reprimands. Britt BOOTS Shanna back into the ring, then takes her time stalking Shanna with a sinister smirk. Shanna hits back with body shots but Britt DECKS her! Britt brings Shanna around, pulls her up by her hair and reels her in, but Shanna breaks free and rolls Britt up! TWO, and Britt kicks low to throw Shanna by her hair! Britt stands on Shanna’s face and digs her boot in but stomps as the ref counts.

Britt drags Shanna back up, cravats and cranks on the neck to then give Shanna knee after knee! Cover, ONE! Britt is surprised by that, but she drags Shanna up to SLAP her down, and AEW goes to break.

AEW returns and Shanna whips but Britt reverses. Shanna dodges to kick and throw Britt around! Shanna runs, Britt gets up, Shanna CLOBBERS her! Cover, TWO! Shanna keeps her cool as she brings Britt back up. Shanna underhooks but Britt resists to spin out and kick a leg out! Britt hits a gator roll, then drags Shanna around and into a ghost pin, TWO! SUPERKICK! Britt drags Shanna back up, reels her in, FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO! Shanna survives and Britt is upset. Britt has Rebel give her the glove, and then she stalks over to Shanna. Britt turns Shanna over, but Shanna turns the Rings into a cover, TWO! STUNNER!!

Fans fire up for Shanna as Britt goes to ropes. Shanna powers up again, runs and hits the SPIRIT DROPKICK! Shanna reels Britt back in but Rebel distracts! Britt gets around to drag Shanna down to the Rings of Saturn, and then the LOCKJAW!! Shanna taps, Britt wins!

Winner: Britt Baker, by submission

Give the assistant the assist, The Doctor takes the win by the skin of Shanna’s teeth. But she’s not done, she sits Shanna up and gives her the SURFBOARD STOMP! Britt then drags Shanna back into the LOCKJAW!! But here comes THUNDER ROSA!! Britt lets Shanna go so she and Rebel can retreat! Rosa runs them off, but there won’t be any running at Beach Break! Will Rosa’s wrath break Britt once and for all?

 

MJF finds Sammy Guevara backstage.

He just wants a moment, and says he did NOT tell Wardlow to get involved in last week’s Triple Threat Tag. Wardlow is literally the worst employee MJF has ever had, he docked Wardlow’s pay. No money for War Dog, and MJF promises that it’ll never happen again. Sammy asks if MJF is done. Does MJF think Sammy is stupid? Sammy sees what’s going on, even though MJF has everyone else fooled. Congratulations, though, on being a great manipulator. One of the best, really. Round of applause! Hats off to MJF. But Sammy sees what MJF is up to. Is that so? Yes, it is.

MJF asks Sammy if he really wants to play it this way. Sammy isn’t playing. The two stare down, but MJF backs away. Will the differences between these two be what tears The Inner Circle apart?

 

AEW sets the field for the Beach Break Tag Team Battle Royal!

Top Flight, Private Party, Jurassic Express, FTR, The Acclaimed, The Dark Order’s Evil Uno & Stu Grayson, and ALL THREE duos within The Inner Circle, are in the match for a shot at the titles at Revolution! But surprisingly, so are The Young Bucks! That means if Matt & Nick Jackson win, they choose who they face at the PPV! Will the Bucks take their fate into their own hands?

 

AEW also sets some of the Women’s World Championship Eliminator Tournament First Round matches!

NWA Women’s World Champion, Serena Deeb, takes on the returning and inaugural AEW Women’s Champion, Riho! What a powerful first match in a surely star-studded bracket! Who else from both the United States and Japan will be competing for a shot at Hikaru Shida?

 

Backstage interview with “The Elite!”

Dasha knows it has been five YEARS since these four have been in a ring together, how are they feeling? Karl Anderson says for the first time in those five years, it is a “full blown Bullet Club Party!” Tonight, they take out the Dark Order and what else? #BigLG says if we’re gonna Biz Cliz, then they gotta Biz Cliz softly! Gyrate! Then next week at Beach Break, they BEAT UP REY FENIX! BEAT UP PAC! And their favorite thing ever, BEAT UP JON MOXLEY! So pumped up! Are the Bucks down? Oh yeah, just as pumped, just as jazzed, but uh… Just as long as “that mark stooge, Creepy Uncle Don” doesn’t get involved.

Whoa, c’mon, now, Young Bizzles, you gotta understand. Relax about Donaconda. Last week, they and Kenny took out Pentagon for them! That was all Don’s idea. Well no one asked you guys to do that! But now Kenny Omega himself walks in, and he high fives the Good Brothers. Is he interrupting something? Sorta. Well maybe they need to talk about something later. Callis comes by with a BIG bandage on his face! What is that? Hey, we all know the Bucks assaulted him- No they did not! Take that off! Omega gets the Bucks to leave Callis alone and the music hits, it’s time for the main event!

8 Man Tag: The Young Bucks & The Good Brothers VS The Dark Order!

The AEW World and Impact Wrestling Tag Team Champions are joining forces, but it’s not exactly a happy reunion of The Bullet Club. A lot of the tension and drama comes from the fact Don Callis is in Kenny Omega’s ear and trying to direct his life. Will Matt & Nick be able to work with Gallows & Anderson against Uno, Stu, Reynolds & Silver?

The teams sort out, and Uno starts against Machine Gun. They tie up, go around, Anderson wrenches to a wristlock but Uno slips through to headlock. Anderson powers out, but Uno runs him over! Uno brushes off, things speed up and Anderson leaps into an atomic drop! Roll up, TWO!! Anderson gets away but Uno stomps a hand! Uno bends fingers, wrenches the wrist then tags in Silver! Anderson gets away but Number 4 calls out the big man! Johnny Hungy for some Doc Gallows and Gallows tags in! Gallows laughs at Silver, and calls for a test of strength just out of reach. Silver gets face to… well, chest, with Gallows, but Gallows kneels to be on Silver’s level! Sliver fires off forearms!

Silver fires up, runs but Anderson gets a cheap shot in! And then blames it on Nick! Silver DECKS Nick, Gallows ROCKS Silver! Gallows tags in Matt, they mug Silver, then Matt throws haymakers. Matt rakes Silver’s back, whips him to ropes but Silver holds ropes! Reynolds tags in, they bait Matt in to shoulder and slingshot sunset flip! Matt slips out, Reynolds runs and flying elbows! And then dropkicks! Reynolds kicks up and fans fire up as he goes after Matt with forearms! Reynolds whips, Nick tags in and Matt slides under to whip back, Double hip toss and handspring dropkicks from Bucks to Reynolds! Then double dropkicks for Uno!

Nick SHINING WIZARDS Reynolds, BULLDOG DROPKICK COMBO! Nick drags Reynolds up, whips him to a corner, then tags in Anderson. Anderson tags in Gallows, the Club blasts the Dark Order, then Nick whips Matt to forearm Reynolds! Nick adds a clothesline, Anderson adds the rocket kick, then Gallows corner splashes! Back suplex to the ALLEY OOP and the neckbreaker! It’s just like old times as they all Too Sweet! Gallows drags Reynolds to the corner, tags Matt in and Matt brings Reynolds up. Reynolds fires off hands in return, runs, but Anderson trips him up! Matt runs but Uno trips him up! It’s all fair isn’t it?

Reynolds scrambles, Nick gets his legs but Reynolds kicks him away! Tag to Stu and he springboard crossbodies! Stu dropkicks Gallows’ legs out, dodges Matt and dropkicks again! Nick gets in, misses, and Stu counters superkick to a leg hook and HALF ‘N’ HALF! Anderson gets in to hit Stu and throws him out but Stu ROCKS him back! Stu springboards to dropkick Gallows! Anderson runs into an URENAGE! Stu keeps moving as he goes to a corner and climbs up! FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Anderson survives but Stu drags Anderson up to the corner. Tag to Uno as AEW goes picture in picture.

Uno and Stu get Anderson up but Gallows distracts! The ref also says he didn’t see Uno tag in so he’s not legal! Anderson shoves Stu into Gallows’ fireman’s carry and FLAPJACK! Gallows exits as Anderson covers, TWO! Anderson keeps Stu down, tags in Nick and Nick stomps Stu. Nick drags Stu up, snapmares him then tags in Mat. Fist drop and senton combo! Matt brings Stu up, snap suplexes him, then covers, TWO! Matt keeps on Stu with a chinlock and grinds him down. Stu endures, fights up and throws body shots, but Matt bumps him off buckles! Tag to Gallows and Gallows throws heavy hands from all sides!

Tag to Nick, Gallows and Nick mug Stu, and Nick DECKS Stu with a right! Nick clamps on with a facelock and he grinds Stu down. Stu endures, fights back up, throws body shots, but Nick clubs him! Nick whips, but Stu catches Nick to a fireman’s carry, and SWINGING FACEBUSTER! The Bullet Club gets in to BLAST the Dark Order corner again, stranding Stu! Matt and the Good Brothers mug Uno and the Beaver Boys, then they all set up by the apron! But Uno, Reynolds and Silver slip out of the triple apron bombs to RAM all three men into railing!

AEW returns to single picture as Nick snapmares Stu and runs, only for Stu to duck the Penalty Kick! Kip up and PELE! Stu crawls, hot tag to Silver! Silver rallies on Nick with big clotheslines! Silver whips, back drops Nick and fires up! Nick hobbles around, Silver whips him again but Nick holds ropes. Silver runs in, Nick puts him on the apron but Silver sees him go up the corner and GAMANGIRIS him down! Silver then CANNONBALLS into Anderson, BLASTS Gallows and BOOTS Matt!! Silver gets in but Nick catches him for a backslide. Silver slips out to fire off kicks and then a BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Nick survives but fans say “This is Awesome!”

Tag to Uno, he brings Nick up to a fireman’s carry but Nick slips out! Uno blocks the kick, hands it to the ref and hits a neckbreaker! Uno hurries up top now, and SWANTON FLOPS! Tag to Matt, he shoulders into Uno then slides under. Matt gets around Stu, and gets both the OG for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! The Beaver Boys attack, whip but Matt dodges to DOUBLE LARIAT! Matt is fired up now and he runs to clothesline Silver! Then one for Reynolds! One for Silver but he dodges to KICK! ROLLING ELBOW, ENZIGURI, STUNNER, GERMAN! The Beaver Blitz! Uno and Stu hit FATALITY!! Cover, but Anderson breaks it!!

Good Brothers brawl with Beaver Boys and throw them out, then Uno tags Stu! Nick SUPERKICKS Uno then SUPERKICKS Stu! Nick builds speed as the Dark Order regroups, for the ESCALARA! Nick brings Stu up, Anderson has Reynolds, DOUBLE APRON BOMB! No wait, TRIPLE because Gallows does the same to Silver! They put Stu in, Bucks and Good Brothers line up the shot, “TOO SWEET!” QUADRUPLE SUPERKICK!! Cover, but Uno breaks it!! Uno saves the match but Gallows ROCKS him! MAGIC KILLER! The Bucks have Stu, gut wrench and springboard, MELZTER DRIVER!! Cover, the Elite wins!

Winners: The Young Bucks & The Good Brothers, by pinfall

Whether you like it or not, the Bullet Club boys took down The Dark Order as a unified unit! And Matt gets the mic to say that next week at Beach Break, whoever wins the Tag Team Battle Royal gets a shot at the AEW World Tag titles at Revolution! But if you haven’t heard, the Bucks are in that match, too! That means if they win, they handpick whoever they want to face! And think about it. It could be anyone. They look at the Good Brothers, and the Good Brothers Too Sweet that idea! But then REY FENIX gets in and springboards to missile dropkick the Bucks!

The Good Brothers attack Fenix and drag him up, but Fenix fights out of Magic Killer! And Moxley is here to CLOBBER Gallows! Fenix FLIES to take Anderson out! And some railing, too! But Omega rushes in to go after Moxley, only to get a kick and the PARADIGM SHIFT!! The Elite were standing tall, but the Maniac and the Firebird fired the first shots! Will they and Pac avenge Penta El Zero M on the road to Revolution?


My Thoughts:

A great episode that was both go-home to Beach Break but also a step towards Revolution in March. Archer VS Kingston was good but one-sided until The Fam came out with Jake the Snake as their hostage. Kingston wins to extend the feud, I have a feeling the blow-off, in whatever form it takes, will be for Revolution. While Death Triangle is focused on The Elite, I think they can easily circle back to The Fam for the PPV and have something really wild. Sting and Darby had a decent promo, Team Taz had a decent promo in response, but the build just hasn’t felt that exciting for what it’s setting up. I hope the Street Fight is really, really good to make up for some of that.

Y2MJF VS Varsity Blondes was a lot of fun, and there was a lot of energy with The Inner Circle all ringside to have their parts to play. Naturally Y2MJF wins, they can’t lose their first time in a 2v2. Though it is an interesting move for AEW to put all the combinations, from Y2MJF to Sammy-Hager to Santana-Ortiz in the battle royal. I suppose AEW as a company doesn’t have to follow the Inner Circle’s self-imposed edict, but that perhaps means the Inner Circle all work together until the end, where in theory, MJF and Jericho would want the other two teams to bow out and eliminate themselves. The tension between MJF and Sammy will surely keep that from happening, so maybe we get the Inner Circle break-up already.

It makes a lot of sense for Red Velvet to take Brandi’s place in what was obviously going to be the mixed tag of the Nightmare Family VS Shaq & Jade. Velvet was tied into the story with Brandi, Jade and the Vicious Vixens, so this is a very good adjustment. Hangman VS Nemeth was good but a bit of a shame that it was really just the vehicle towards a story of Hardy and Hangman. I wonder if Private Party will have a part to play in this, such as warning Hangman about the ridiculous manager contracts Hardy put on them. And I would think The Dark Order also plays a part in that story since they still want Hangman for them, and maybe by Revolution, we learn who Hangman joins.

Jungle Boy VS Dax Harwood was an incredible match! Might have even been match of the night because of how close it was. There was great character work and story with Luchasaurus going back and forth with Cash and Tully, and great everything with JB and Dax in the ring. JB winning is big, but then FTR takes Luchasaurus’ horns to stand tall in their own way. With the battle royal determining Revolution challengers, there’s still a lot of story for Jurassic Express and FTR to have, and maybe the blow-off winners get their shot at say Fyter Fest or maybe Double or Nothing.

Britt VS Shanna was a good match, but of course Britt as a Heel needs Rebel to help her. That does help keep Shanna strong in a way, but Britt goes in with the momentum against Rosa. Rebel is probably how Britt wins against Rosa, too, and that could get Britt a spot in the Women’s Championship Eliminator Tournament. Serena Deeb VS Riho being announced as a first round match up is great, but that honestly feels like it should’ve been a later round match. At the same time, Serena has her own title to fall back on, so it’s probably just the best possible way to get eyes on this tournament and to get Riho back into things in AEW.

We got a lot of great stuff out of the story with Omega and The Elite. Moxley had a good promo, Pac had a really good promo, and the promo before the main event was great. Callis is definitely faking or at least exaggerating what happened with him and the Bucks just to get Omega to turn against them. And so far, Bucks and Good Brothers being on good terms is the right move to me. The issue is with Callis, not them, but perhaps when push comes to shove, Gallows & Anderson take Callis’ side.

At the same time, I like that the Bucks already teased a match with Good Brothers for tag titles, that’s a good tease for Revolution. Moxley and Fenix going after The Elite to stand tall probably means Omega and Good Brothers stand tall at Beach Break to further the Bullet Club Civil War between AEW and Impact, but I wonder if any other former Club members get involved. Will Hangman have a change of heart and rejoin The Elite? Will Cody at least be asked? Will someone from Bullet Club NJPW show up in AEW to also establish that crossover? The various possibilities are all really fun so hopefully we get that going into the Summer.

My Score: 9.3/10


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