The Architect leads the way into Survivor Series!
After standing against NXT, Seth Rollins is the first man on the Raw Survivor Series team! But who will be joining him against NXT AND SmackDown?
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: The Kabuki Warriors VS Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch; The Kabuki Warriors win and retain the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.
- Drew McIntyre VS Sin Cara; McIntyre wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship 2v1 Handicap Match: The Singh Brothers VS R-Truth; No Contest.
- Seth Rollins VS Walter w/ Imperium; Rollins wins, by disqualification.
- 8 Man Tag: Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens & The Street Profits VS Imperium; Rollins, Owens & The Street Profits win.
- Cedric Alexander VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Almas wins.
- Erick Rowan VS Soner Dursun; Rowan wins.
- The Viking Raiders VS Flash Morgan Webster & Mark Andrews; The Viking Raiders win.
- Six Man Tag: The OC VS Randy Orton, Ricochet & Humberto Carrillo; Orton, Ricochet & Carrillo win.
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Manchester is now MAN-chester!
The UK is pumped to have Becky Lynch open the show! The Raw Women’s Champion goes into the ring, and fans sing along with her song. Then they change to chanting her name while she gets the mic. “Look at us. The Man is in Manchester!” Back in the UK, too, where Becky trained as a 15 year old kid, and is now a champion challenging for another title. But she’s also in the most dangerous time of her career. The pack of challengers is getting hungrier, the fight is getting harder, and the list is getting long. “Bring them on!” It isn’t lost on her that while she’s been going around the world, the savages are resting, training and improving. And to that, Becky still says, “Bring them on!” If Bayley, Shayna or the Kabuki Warriors think she’s going to slow down, they’re wrong. Getting revenge is what makes her The Man! Becky won’t ever stop running her mouth, slapping their heads, and stop making everyone around her better. The only thing she fears is not being the best.
So with that, why we see Becky regain her legacy of #BeckyTwoBelts? She’s ready to become a WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion in Manchester! And with that, here comes her tag team partner, Charlotte Flair! The Queen of All Eras has the pyro and is ready for gold she hasn’t had yet. Will Becky and Charlotte join their fellow NXT Horsewomen, Sasha Banks and Bayley, in having the tag titles, too? Or are they not ready for Kairi Sane and Asuka?
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: The Kabuki Warriors VS Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch!
The Queen of Harts could not make the trip to the UK due to family reasons, but the Queen of Flair has an old frenemy she can rely on. Will they work together or fall apart against the united #JoshiRoyalty?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and this star studded tag title match begins, after the break!
Raw returns and Becky starts with Asuka! These two have been wanting after each other for a few weeks now, and they circle around the ring. They tie up, Asuka powers Becky but Becky powers back. Becky headlocks, but Asuka fights with body shots and pulls Becky’s hair to throw her down! Cover, but Becky uses the Matrix! Becky mocks Asuka’s dance, and then puts up two fingers! In UK, that means a very different thing. Asuka shoves Becky but Becky swings back. Asuka catches the arm but Becky rolls to come back with forearms. Becky wants the arm but now Asuka forearm back. Asuka kicks and does her dance the right way, then gives toying kicks to Becky. Becky gets mad and follows as Asuka runs, to run Asuka over! Becky gives those toying kicks back, and drags Asuka up. Becky whips, Asuka reverses, but Becky goes up only to get kicked down!
Tag to Kairi, and the Kabuki double whip. Becky reverses but Kairi kicks while Asuka goes up. Kairi whips Becky into Asuka’s ass! Kairi throws Becky down by her hair and then laughs. Charlotte swipes at Kairi but Kairi puts Becky in a corner. Kairi drives Becky all the way to the opposite corner’s buckles! Kairi laughs more as she brings Becky back the other way, but Becky turns it around to buckle bump Kairi! Becky arm-drags Kairi around then has Kairi down in an armlock. Kairi gets up, but Becky whips her in. Kairi dodges and throws hands, then stomps a mudhole. Kairi laughs as she marches the plank, the come back for the Sliding- No, Becky dodges the forearm to snap suplex Kairi back! Cover, ONE! Becky drags Kairi over and Charlotte tags in. Charlotte has Manchester going “WOO~!” as she CHOPS Kairi! And again!
Charlotte swings again but Kairi dodges to CHOP. But her chops do nothing to big bad Charlotte! Kairi runs, but into another CHOP! Charlotte struts then brings Kairi up into a fireman’s carry. Kairi scrambles around to a sleeper hold with body scissors! Charlotte works on the hold, but bumps Kairi off buckles. Charlotte is free but she walks into a boot. Kairi runs but into a shoulder! Charlotte wraps Kairi up in headscissors to ram her into the mat over and over and over! Charlotte throws Kairi around in the headscissor hold, then kips up to LET her tag Asuka. Kairi does and Asuka runs in, wanting long awaited revenge on The Queen! Asuka dodges the boot to give kicks and wrap on a headlock. Charlotte resists but Asuka throws her down. Asuka grinds the headlock and resists the headscissors. Charlotte gets it the second time but Asuka pops out to get her headlock again.
Charlotte powers out, and runs Asuka over with a shoulder! Charlotte runs, but has to go over Asuka, and things speed up. Charlotte hurdles but Asuka waistlocks, only for Charlotte to elbow out hard! Charlotte brings Asuka up but Shayna Baszler is here!? The Queen of Spades is back again as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Asuka fires off forearms on Charlotte. She backs Charlotte down then whips, but Charlotte tumbles out to boot Asuka away. Charlotte slingshots to roll Asuka up, TWO! Shayna still watches ringside as Charlotte scoops Asuka for a Fall Away Slam! Charlotte goes after Asuka’s leg but Asuka evades the knee drop, only to get a clothesline. Kairi swipes at Charlotte but Charlotte BOOTS her down! Charlotte goes to Asuka in the corner but gets a drop toehold into buckles! And a kick to knock her down! Asuka stands on Charlotte’s head, but lets up at 4. She scuffs Charlotte with her boot over and over, then chokes her on the ropes. Asuka lets up at 4 to bring Charlotte up, but Charlotte CHOPS back! And again! And again! But Asuka dumps Charlotte out, and distracts the ref so Kairi can get cheap shots in! Kairi puts Charlotte back in, and Asuka stomps Charlotte down.
Asuka brings Charlotte over, tag to Kairi. The Kabuki double whip to kick, kick, camel clutch dropkick! Kairi laughs as she sits on Charlotte for a cover, ONE! Fans rally for Charlotte and Becky but Kairi puts Charlotte into a straitjacket. Charlotte endures and Shayna seems unimpressed. Charlotte is up and arm-drags Kairi off, but Kairi dropkicks her back down! Cover, ONE, but Kairi drags Charlotte over to the corner. Asuka tags in and the Kabuki double suplex Charlotte up and over! Cover, ONE, but Asuka drags Charlotte up for another suplex. Charlotte resists, then suplexes Asuka! Asuka slips out, waistlocks, and climbs on for the IRON OCTOPUS! Charlotte endures and powers up, to get Asuka into a fireman’s carry! But Asuka CRUCIFIX DRIVERS! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte survives but Asuka keeps her close.
Asuka gives Charlotte swift kicks to the chest over and over, but Charlotte blocks the buzzsaw only to get a back kick. But she comes back with a forearm! Charlotte elbows and forearms both Kabuki, but gets thrown into the armbar, to the Asuka Lock! Charlotte resists, bridges back to a cover, TWO! Asuka has the arm! Charlotte endures and fans rally. Charlotte rolls to a cover, TWO! Asuka holds on with a triangle hold, but Charlotte dead lifts to POWERBOMB! Cover, but Kairi breaks it! Kairi stomps Charlotte, too, and Becky protests. Kairi gets Asuka to the corner and tags in. Kairi ax kicks Charlotte down, then drags her into a corner. Kairi gives forearms and fast hands, then walks corner to corner. Kairi runs back in but is put on the apron. Kairi shoulders in, climbs up and leaps, but Charlotte gets under. Kairi rolls and turns around, into the backbreaker to buckle shot!
Kairi and Charlotte are down but Manchester fires up! Kairi and Charlotte crawl, hot tags to Becky and Asuka! The Man rallies with lariats and forearms and uppercuts and a back kick! Becky runs to forearm Asuka down! Bekcy runs in to forearm and stomp away on Asuka. Kairi runs in but gets added to the corner, rocket kick! BECKSPLODER for Kairi! Becky runs but Auska puts her on the apron. Becky kicks back, then forearms! Becky climbs, leaps, missile dropkick gets both Kabuki! But Shayna distracts! Fans boo but BAYLEY appears! Bayley and Baszler brawl but Baszler wipes Bayley out! Asuka rolls Becky up, the Kabuki Warriors win!!
Winners: The Kabuki Warriors, Asuka pinning; still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions
The Queen of Spades managed to punk out both Raw and SmackDown at once! Becky wants Shayna to fight her now, but Bayley goes after Becky first! Bayley throws Becky into barriers, because she refuses to be overlooked. Shayna just takes her leave, having done her part. Will Bayley get the payback she wants come Survivor Series?
Ricochet and Randy Orton argue backstage.
The One and Only and the Viper talk but they overhear The OC getting in the face of Humberto Carrillo. Ricochet stands up for him, and the OC mock him now as the “superhero” of Raw. AJ Styles would love to face these two, but Ricochet has his hands full with Orton. But the OC are much worse than any viper, so start to stepping. But when they don’t, the OC see the anger in their eyes. So they want a piece of the OC? Fine! Scour the locker room or even the city, and find a third! Bring it on! You don’t have friends! Wait, Orton walks over? “Something tells me they’re not going to have to look all that far.” Orton is up for taking on The OC alongside Carrillo and Ricochet. But are the OC up for getting an RKO outta nowhere?
Drew McIntyre VS Sin Cara!
The Scottish Terminator is ready to destroy whoever is put in his way. Is he going to destroy the Man with No Face? Or can Sin Cara surprise us all?
The bell rings and McIntyre ties up with Sin Cara. He pushes Sin Cara to the corner and fires off stomps and a CHOP! Then he bumps Sin Cara on the adjacent corner before he CHOPS him down! McIntyre dead lift suplex TOSSSES Sin Cara! Then stands him up to throw big hands! McIntyre whips but Sin Cara holds ropes and then dumps McIntyre out! Sin Cara DIVES and rams McIntyre into barriers! Sin Cara climbs up high, for SUPER ASAI MOONSAULT! Sin Cara takes McIntyre down but puts him in the ring fast. Sin Cara covers, ONE, but he comes back with a kick! And a CHOP of his own! Sin Cara springboards, into the Glasgow Kiss HEADBUTT! McIntyre shakes it off to put Sin Cara in a corner for more haymakers and stomps!
McIntyre drags Sin Cara up to reel him in for a LARIAT! Cover, ONE, but McIntyre cravats Sin Cara for a neck wrench. Sin Cara endures and fans rally up, and Sin Cara fights with body shots. McIntyre clubs Sin Cara down then taunts him to get up. McIntyre makes Sin Cara stand and reels him in, but Sin Cara slips around to fire back! Dropkicks taggers McIntyre, then Sin Cara boots. Sin Cara dodges, runs, tilt-o-whirls to headscissor McIntyre out! Fans fire up as Sin Cara slingshots, but the huricanrana becomes a POWERBOMB! McIntyre looms over Sin Cara before he drags the dead weight back into the ring. McIntyre circles like a shark, then takes aim from a corner. Sin Cara slowly rises, McIntyre runs out, CLAYMORE! Cover, McIntyre wins!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
The strength of McIntyre was more than Sin Cara could withstand, and McIntyre is on a roll. Will McIntyre find himself on the road to a title in the near future?
Erick Rowan speaks.
“Wake up.” Rowan says today is going to be a good day for “daddy.” “You’re so cute.” What is Rowan talking to?
WWE 24/7 Championship 2v1 Handicap Match: The Singh Brothers VS R-Truth!
What’s up? The 747 7/11 24/7 European Television Championship being in a regular match, that’s what’s up! Well, an almost regular match. Samir and Sunil are co-stars in this match, but will Truth end the #LightsCameraAndBollywoodAction?
The introductions are made, the slate is clapped, the belt is raised, and this unique match for the 24/7 title begins!
Samir and Sunil try to confuse Truth with the Bollywood dancing, but Truth DECKS Sunil! Truth chases Samir then throws haymakers. Truth whips Samir but Samir slips out of the back drop. Sunil anchors a foot and Samir clubs away on Truth. The Singh Brothers both cub away now, and stomp Truth to a corner. Fans boo as the Bollywood Boys bully Truth. They grind boots into Truth but fans rally up. The Singhs double whip corner to corner, then dance about before running in. Truth sends Samir into the post! And BOOTS Sunil! Truth hip tosses Sunil down and shouts, “What’s up?!” Splits and run corner to corner, Truth hits a big corner splash! Truth keeps moving, Lie Detector Elbow! But Samir bails Sunil out!
The champion wants his title, and Samir takes it from the timekeeper. Samir and Sunil run away but Truth gives chase! They do laps around the ring, Truth takes a shortcut through the ring, but now he has to chase them the other way around. Truth plays cat ‘n’ mouse with two mice, but then they go up the ramp! Fans boo as the Singhs take their ball and go home, but Truth pursues! The 24/7 Championship basically makes this a Falls Count Anywhere!
The Singhs go backstage but Truth won’t stop chasing them. They end up in the women’s locker room!? Truth knocks, the Singhs are quite literally thrown out, and they knock Truth into the wall. The brothers hurry, and go into a very dark room. They flip the lights on, but encounter Erick Rowan! Rowan grabs Samir, BOOTS Sunil, then SLAMS Samir into a wall! Rowan throws Sunil into the same wall! And then he lifts the couch and RAMS them both! Big Red just wrecked the Bollywood Boys, and Truth walks in to see the devastation. The Singhs beg for his help, but Truth feels “Y’all need privacy. Let me get these lights for you.” Truth turns the lights down then leaves. But what is the fate of the 24/7 Championship?
Seth Rollins is here!
Manchester is ready to #BurnItDown with The Architect as he heads to the ring! Rollins stood with Raw against Triple H and NXT, and is going to be the first member of Raw’s Survivor Series team! Rollins has the mic and “digs that energy.” Rollins brings up what happened last week, with HHH trying to convince Rollins to join up with NXT. HHH knows what’s next for Rollins, that the future is his past. Rollins figured why not, and he took on Adam Cole for the NXT Championship, but then HHH showed his true colors to Rollins. HHH wanted to reignite Rollins, and he did just that. NXT was Rollins’ start, but RAW is Rollins’ home! NXT started this fight, but Rollins and his gang will finish it! But Survivor Series is still a couple weeks away, and Rollins wants to talk about tonight.
It is no secret that Rollins feels he’s the best in the world. And Rollins doesn’t do that by taking nights off! Rollins issues an Open Challenge to the UK’s BEST! If anyone has the guts, then Rollins wants to fight! Who is going to make a name for themselves?! Literally NXT UK’s best: WALTER! Imperium leads the way for the Ring General! Walter has a mic as fans chant his name. “You wanted the best. Well, here we are.” Walter introduces himself to those who don’t know him, and points out that he is the WWE United Kingdom Champion. They are Imperium, and are here to “restore the honor of our sport!” That mat is SACRED! And just because Rollins isn’t in the United States doesn’t mean he’s safe from an NXT takeover.
Rollins points out he knows who Imperium is and what they did on SmackDOwn. And Rollins appreciates Walter is stepping up. Walter feels he’s the UK’s best, and that title might prove him right. “So let’s find out!” The challenge is accepted, and Rollins is ready to #BurnItDown!
Seth Rollins VS Walter w/ Imperium!
Raw returns and the bell rings. Rollins and Walter tie up and Walter headlocks to THROW Rollins! Rollins gets up and ties up with Walter again. Walter uses a judo throw to bring Rollins down again, and he dares Rollins to get up. Rollins does and they circle to tie up again. Rollins waistlocks but Walter bucks him off, to run him over! Walter runs, Rollins hurdles and boots, then CHOPS. Rollins knees, kicks and Slingblades Walter down! Walter scrambles out and regroups with Imperium. But Rollins builds speed, only for Walter to get out of the way. Rollins chases Walter back into the ring and shoulders in, to springboard up, into a waistlock and GERMAN SUPLEX! Walter poses while Rollins rests under the ropes.
Rollins rises but Walter is on him with European Uppercuts. Walter drags Rollins up by his hair to then scoop and slam him fast, and drop an elbow! Cover, ONE, but Walter keeps on him with a headlock. Walter cranks the neck and fans rally up as Rollins endures. Rollins fights his way up, and uses a jawbreaker to escape! But Walter CHOPS Rollins off his feet! Rollins grits his teeth but Walter turns him with his legs, but Rollins reaches for ropes. Walter yanks Rollins away, and gets the Half Crab! Walter sits deep, but Rollins endures. Rollins powers his way up, but Walter gets the other leg. Rollins rolls to push Walter away but Walter BOOTS him down! Walter drags Rollins up onto the ropes and bends him back to CLUB him in the chest! Rollins falls to the apron but Walter looms over him. Walter drags Rollins back up, for another CLUBBING forearm!
Walter drags Rollins up a third time, but Rollins catches the third forearm attack! Walter breaks free but his boot gets hung up, Rollins enziguris Walter away! Springboard flying knee staggers Walter, but Walter side steps the superkick. Walter German Suplexes but Rollins lands on his feet! SUPERKICK! Another SUPERKICK! Rollins stomps and fans echo, “Burn It Down!” But Imperium rushes the ring and attacks!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by disqualification
Alexander Wolfe, Marcel Barthel and Fabian Aichner stomp away, but here come the STREET PROFITS! Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford brawl with Imperium but that’s 4v2! Walter knocks For down, but here comes KEVIN OWENS! The Prizefighter goes right after Walter! Rollins is up, too, and now it’s 4v4! Raw runs off NXT UK! Has Rollins found those Survivor Series teammates?
8 Man Tag: Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens & The Street Profits VS Imperium!
Holla holla! Rollins now has a team behind him, and they go up against the Ring General and his soldiers! Will Raw be able to thwart the takeover?
Rollins starts with Wolfe, and they brawl at the bell! Rollins also hits Aichner, Barthel and Walter for good measure before throwing haymakers on Wolfe. Wolfe whips but Rollins kicks him away. Rollins runs but Aichner holds the rope to dump Rollins out! Barthel sends Rollins into steel steps! Team Raw protests but the ref keeps them back. Fans are fired up to see KO again, but Walter tags in. Walter gives Rollins EuroUppers then a BIG apron back suplex! Cover, TWO! Walter keeps on Rollins with a heel hook then tags in Wolfe. Wolfe stomps Rollins in the face, then drags Rollins up into a chinlock. Rollins endures and fights his way up as fans rally. Rollins forearms and haymakers Wolfe, but Wolfe reels him in for a German Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO! Wolfe drags Rollins back to the Imperium corner, tag to Barthel.
Barthel and Wolfe mug Rollins then put him in a corner. Barthel stomps a mudhole into Rollins, but lets up at 4. Barthel grinds his boot in more, then drags him over to the corner. Tag to Aichner, but Rollins fights back with haymakers! But Aichner shoves, SPINEBUSTER, Penalty Kick from Barthel! Cover, TWO! Aichner drags Rollins up and snap suplexes. Cover, TWO, but he tries again, ONE. Aichner drags Rollins up to ram him into their corner. Tag to Walter and Walter stomps Rollins down. Walter snapmares and clubs away on Rollins’ chest. Rollins CHOPS Walter, but Walter gets him in a sleeper hold! Rollins bumps Walter on buckles and then fights against all of Imperium! Rollins elbows Walter but Walter comes back with a BIG shotgun dropkick! And a WALTER BOMB! Cover bu Kevin breaks it!
The brawl is on again! Imperium rock Owens but the ref keeps the Street Profits back. Walter cheap shots the Profits then BOOTS Owens! Walter climbs up and aims, but Rollins is up top fast! SUPERPLEX! Both men are down, but crawling for their corner.s Wolfe tags in and spins Rollins but Rollins elbows back! Aichenr runs in but is sent out, hot tag to Kevin Owens! CANNONBALL onto Aichner! SUPERKICK for Barthel! SUPERKICK for Wolfe! SUPERKICK for Walter! Kevin goes up top fast, SWANTON onto Wolfe! Cover, but Walter breaks it! Dawkins and Ford go after Walter, then double whip, into Rollins’ SUPERKICK! Walter bails out, Rollins DIVES! The tope suicida was not enough to topple Walter, so Ford FLIES! Direct hit into the announce desk! Dawkins gives Aichner an exploder! Barthel BLASTS Dawkins with a EuroUpper!
Kevin kicks Barthel, STUNNER! And a “Suck it!” for good measure! Wolfe goes after Kevin but Rollins school boys him to a CURB STOMP! Cover, Rollins and Team Raw wins!!
Winners: Team Raw, Seth Rollins pinning
Incredible teamwork from Rollins, Owens, Ford and Dawkins! They’ve stopped the takeover in the UK, but can they do this all over again at Survivor Series?
Cedric Alexander VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega!
The Ebony Lion is still looking to resurrect the Age of Alexander, but he’s going up against El Idolo who has been on a hot streak. Both men want gold, but who gets there first with a win here tonight?
The bell rings and Alexander circles with Almas. They tie up, Almas powers Alexander to ropes but lets up, to kick low! Almas throws forearms then hits a shoulder breaker fast to a wristlock. Alexander rolls and handsprings to reverse but Almas rocks him with a right. Vega likes what she sees already as Almas CHOPS Alexander. Almas whips corner to corner but Alexander goes up and over and handsprings back to headscissor and dropkick! Almas bails out and Alexander builds speed, but Almas gets in. Alexander ducks, handsprings but into a dropkick from Almas! Tranquilo! Then Almas fires off furious hands on Alexander. Alexander flounders but Almas drags him into an armlock. Alexander endures and fans rally up. Alexander feeds off the energy to fight, but Almas clubs him down. Almas sleeper holds but Alexander back suplexes. Almas lands on his feet, gets the sleeper, but Alexander arm-drags and CHOPS!
Alexander rolls Almas, then cartwheels to basement dropkick! Both men are down and Vega coaches Almas, but fans rally up with Alexander. Alexander kips up and fires up, and then rallies with lariats. Almas kicks but Alexander ELBOWS! Almas falls out of the ring, Alexander runs to DIVE! Direct hit takes them to the ramp but Alexander puts Almas in. Step-in, COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!! Alexander keeps his cool while fans rally again. Vega still coaches Almas up, but Alexander brings Almas up. Almas elbows free, but Alexander keeps trying. Almas holds ropes as Alexander yanks, Almas elbows but Alexander ducks! The ref almost takes the hit! Vega swipes at Alexander, Almas boot feint to ELBOW! Hammerlock, LA SOMBRA! Cover, Almas wins!
Winner: Andrade Almas, by pinfall
El Idolo does it again, all thanks to La Muneca! Will anyone ever outsmart this devious duo?
Aleister Black speaks.
“I have spoken to you about sins, insanity and being condemned.” He’s even spoken in riddles. But has Aleister talked about secrets? Secrets that tie all of that together. Secrets of a man “not so well kept and the sins that it brought him.” Hear Aleister now as he speaks in prophecy. “I know who you are and what you have done. So knock on my door, and pick. A fight. With. ME.” Who is Aleister accusing? Will they respond to be calling out?
WWE celebrates Veteran’s Day.
Without their sacrifices, we would not be able to have what we have. We are humbled by their courage to do what the rest of us can’t. Salute those who have fought and those who still fight for our freedom.
Lana and Bobby Lashley argue backstage.
The Ravishing Russian has something to reveal, and yet it seems the Rocky Mountain Machine isn’t so sure she should. Lana storms off, and we’ll all learn the secret, next!
Lana heads to the ring!
Manchester is not happy with Lana over the drama between her and the Bulgarian Brute. But Lana ignores their boos as she takes up the mic. She is here to “confess sins.” Her loving, hot boyfriend and love of her life, Bobby Lashley, didn’t want her to say any of this. Boo all you like, but the reality is that Lana explained to Lashley that the truth has to come out. The truth is all Lana has as the most ravishing woman in the world. She has few flaws, and lying is not one of them. She would rather be booed for who she is than hated for being something she’s not. Yes, she cheated on Rusev. Don’t boo, that’s being very judgmental! Rusev cheated Lana first! Lana is not a doormat! She won’t be petty, but yes, seven weeks ago, she slept with Lashley for the first time. And Lana is happy to celebrate their seven-week “sexiversary.” Because WOW, Lashley continues to blow her mind every time.
Lana says she has been monogamous in both relationships, because she believes in monogamy. But now Lana is upset over fans mocking her for getting knocked down by Lashley! No one knows what that humiliation is like! But Lana has great support from Lashley, who got her checked out after that incident. Everything on Lana’s body is fine, especially her legs. But then something was revealed in that check-up: she’s nine-weeks pregnant! But for those who aren’t doing the math, or just can’t do it like the people of Manchester, but if seven weeks ago was her first time with Lashley, but she is nine weeks pregnant, then this is Rusev’s “Machka brat” inside her! “That Bulgarian Son of a B*tch!” Lana feels herself bloating already! And now she’s so angry she breaks into Russian! But here comes Rusev! Rusev calmly walks down the ramp, gives a few high-fives, and joins Lana in the ring.
Fans chant for “Rusev Day!” and Lana is not surprised. “The lovely freakin’ father” is here. Fans chant “Daddy’s Home!” Rusev calmly double checks: she’s pregnant? Well he is a sex addict, so of course he got her pregnant! Yes, yes, list it all, they’ve heard it before. But Rusev is just trying to understand all this. First he’s a sex addict, then he’s a cheater, and now he’s the baby daddy? Is Rusev saying Lana is a liar? Just look at her stomach! Rusev is not saying she’s a liar. Don’t do this, Lana. He’s just trying to figure out this manipulation. Lana is the mother of his unborn child! And yet she’s a liar!? He’s just trying to keep up with this! Lana starts firing off SLAPS! She won’t let up! But here comes Lashley! Lana hops on Rusev and rakes his eyes! Lashley gets in and knocks Rusev down! Lashley rains down rights, drags Rusev up, and hits a Complete Shot!
Lashley looms over Rusev while Lana smiles. Fans boo and jeer as Lashley drags Rusev up again, for a CHOKE SLAM! Lana is so proud of her boyfriend, and surprise! She’s NOT pregnant! What lows will Lana sink to next just to stick it to Rusev?
Erick Rowan VS Soner Dursun!
Big Red was already talking to a pet of sorts, and then he wrecked the Singh Brothers for barging in. Will Manchester’s own get much of the same?
Rowan puts his pet with Vic and King, and has them watch it for him. The bell rings and Rowan corners Dursun. Dursun throws haymakers, but they do nothing! Rowan CLOBBERS Dursun then tells him to stay down. But when Dursun gets up, Rowan questions if Dursun knows who he is. Dursun kicks but Rowan catches the leg to throw Dursun out! Rowan goes out to BODY CHECK Dursun down! Rowan puts Dursun in the ring, and clamps on the IRON CLAW! For the SLAM! Cover, Rowan wins!
Winner: Erick Rowan, by pinfall
Rowan wrecks another mere mortal, and then goes back for his little pet in the cage. But with that burlap cover, we can’t tell what it is. What little critter does Rowan have in there? And what devastation will Rowan unleash until he has the respect he demands?
The Viking Raiders VS Flash Morgan Webster & Mark Andrews!
Erik and Ivar are the Raw Tag Team Champions, but while in the UK, they take on former NXT United Kingdom Tag Team Champions, the Modfater and the rockstar! Will the raid roll on towards Survivor Series? Or will the takeover score big points against one of the most decorated tag teams in the world?
The teams sort out, and we begin with Erik and FMW. Fans sing for FMW and he ducks Erik to dropkick Ivar! FMW knee triggers Erik then throws him out, tag to Andrews as FMW DIVES! But Erik catches him! So Andrews DIVES to knock Erik over! The Welshmen go in and dump Ivar out, then build speed to FLY! The Welsh Air Force takes the Raiders down! They put Erik in and Andrews kicks Erik, to run and tilt-o-whirl, but Erik pops Andrews up! Andrews tries to counter with a DDT but Erik powers him up again to a suplex! But gets STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE! Tag to FMW, SWANTON! Cover, TWO!! NXT UK almost had Raw’s best right there! FMW tags Andrews, but Erik ROCKS FMW then knees Andrews down! Erik is seething as he drags FMW back in with a waistlock. Andrews runs at Erik but gets caught, DOUBLE T-Bone Suplexes!
Ivar tags in as FMW and Andrews bail out, Ivar DIVES! The Warbeard topples them both over! Ivar puts them both in, then has them in the corner. Tag to Erik and Ivar runs to corner splash FMW and Andrews! Then he feeds FMW to Erik’s shotgun knees. Erik uses Ivar as a weapon, hip attack in the corner! Tag back to Ivar, Andrews does his best to fight back but they’re just too big. But Andrews slides under to double PELE! Andrews runs, but into THOR’S HAMMER!! Cover, the Raiders win!
Winners: The Viking Raiders, Ivar pinning
The raid rolls on as the Raw Tag Team Champions wreck the Welshmen! Will they wreck the best NXT and SmackDown has to offer when its Champions VS Champions VS Champions?
Ricochet checks in with Randy Orton.
Orton tunes him out, until Ricochet hits him on the shoulder. Ricochet knows Orton is just doing this to RKO Ricochet like he’s done before. Orton tells Ricochet to relax. The last thing Ricochet needs to do right now is let Orton get in his head. But is it too late for that?
Another Champions Triple Threat has been made!
The WWE United States Champion of Raw, AJ Styles, will take on the WWE Intercontinental Champion of SmackDown, Shinsuke Nakamura, and the NXT North American Champion of the Undisputed Era, Roderick Strong! Who will represent their brand the best in this amazing new triple threat?
Plus, the traditional Survivor Series match is escalated!
What used to be a 5v5 Elimination Tag Match is now a 5v5v5! That makes for a 15 person Triple Threat Tag! The women of Raw, SmackDown and NXT will assemble into teams, but so will the men! Rollins’ team has Kevin Owens, Drew McIntyre, Ricochet and Randy Orton! Who will NXT and SmackDown respond with?
Six Man Tag: The OC VS Randy Orton, Ricochet & Humberto Carrillo!
The Phenomenal One and the Best Tag Team in the World take on the Viper, the real-life superhero and Ultimo Ninja to settle the problems brewing within the brand. Which side stands tall in this Manchester main event?
Raw returns as Ricochet and Carrillo make their entrances, followed by The OC’s entrance. The teams sort out and Anderson starts against Ricochet. They circle and tie up, and Ricochet wristlocks but Anderson knocks him down. Anderson throws forearms then whips, but Ricochet rolls off his back to roll under and handspring to a headscissors and dropkick! Ricochet brings Anderson up for another wrench, and Orton tags in. Ricochet lets Orton have his space to wrench Anderson and yank the arm. Orton offers a tag, but then gives it to Carrillo. Carrillo comes in to ax handle the arm, but Anderson powers Carrillo tot he corner. Styles tags in and the OC mugs Carrillo. Styles wrenches Carrillo to a wristlock, but Carrillo uses the ropes to flip through. Carrillo cartwheels to wrench and kick Styles , then uses the ropes to acrobatically arm-drag Styles away!
Styles runs at Carrillo but ends up in another arm-drag! Carrillo brings Styles over, Ricochet tags in to drop an ax handle on Styles’ arm. Ricochet wrenches and yanks, but Styles uses a jawbreaker! Ricochet staggers away, Styles runs in but Ricochet side steps, sending Styles into Orton! Ricochet dodges Styles again, springboard crossbody! Orton storms in but the referee and even Carrillo work to keep him from going after Ricochet. The misunderstanding riles Orton up but Ricochet tries to explain. Raw goes to break as the team works things out.
Raw returns once again as Ricochet slingshots over Styles to mule kick him down! He tags Carrillo who gives Styles another acrobatic arm-drag! Styles boots Carrillo from the corner and whips him corner to corner, but Carrillo goes up to fly for a headbutt! Cover, TWO! Carrillo runs in, tries another arm-drag but gets thrown down on the mat! Styles tags Luke Gallows and he drags Carrillo up for headbutts! Gallows drags Carrillo to the OC’s corner for big body shots! He lets up at 4 and throws up the Too Sweet. Gallows stomps Carrillo then drags him up to tag Styles back in. The OC mugs Carrillo and Styles wraps on a chinlock. Carrillo endures, fights out with elbows, but Styles clubs him down. Tag to Anderson, and the OC double whip. Carrillo kicks Styles away then swings on Anderson but Anderson gets him with a lift. But Carrillo turns that into headscissors on Styles!
Anderson drags Carrillo back up, back suplexes but Carrillo slips out to roll under, tag to Ricochet! Ricochet rallies with forearms and a tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Anderson is in a corner and Ricochet rams his shoulder in. Ricochet dodges Gallows on the apron and then kicks him back, but here comes Styles, Ricochet SUPERKICKS him! Ricochet aims at Anderson and springboards in but Anderson gets under! Ricochet rolls, refuses to tag Orton, and turns around into a SPINEBUSTER! Ricochet rolls out of the ring but Anderson drags him back in. Cover, ONE, but Anderson is on Ricochet with a chinlock. Ricochet endures as fans rally up. Anderson stomps Ricochet down and tags to Styles. The OC mug Ricochet more, tag to Gallows. Gallows drags Ricochet up to snap suplex, then he drops an elbow! Ricochet gets to a corner but Gallows is on him with big haymakers.
Gallows whips Ricochet corner to corner hard and Ricochet bounces off buckles to the mat. Gallows drags Ricochet up again to scoop and slam, and drop a leg! Cover, TWO! Gallows drives elbows in over and over then wraps on another chinlock. Fans rally and Orton just looks disappointed with Ricochet. Ricochet endures and fights his way up, throwing hands. Gallows clubs Ricochet back down, then throws up more Too Sweets. Gallows sucker punches Orton! Gallows whips Ricochet but Ricochet kicks back! And dropkick-flips to an enziguri! Ricochet crawls but Styles tags in. Styles has Ricochet, ducks the enziguri but not the mule kick! Ricochet hurries as fans rally up, hot tag to Carrillo! Carrillo rallies on Styles! He ducks and springboards, enziguri! Fans fire up as Carrillo somersault moonsaults! Cover, TWO!
Carrillo drags Styles to a drop zone, heads up top, and MOONSAULTS! But he FLOPS! Orton is back and he tags in! The fans fire up for the Viper as he ducks Styles to hit the spinning powerslam! Then he drags Styles up to put him on the ropes, draping DDT! Orton hears the voices in his head! Manchester fires up but Anderson gets in to uppercut Orton! Ricochet gives Anderson RECOIL! Gallows LARIATS Ricochet! Carrillo missile dropkicks Gallows! The Good Brothers regroup and Carrillo climbs up, to SUPER ASAI them both down! Fans are all fired up as Orton, Ricochet and Styles are in the ring. But who will the Viper strike? Orton looms over Ricochet, Ricochet stands, but Styles runs into the RKO!! Tag to Carrillo, Carrillo goes up, MOONSAULT! Cover, Carrillo and team win!
Winners: Humberto Carrillo, Ricochet & Randy Orton, Carrillo pinning
Ultimo Ninja pins the United States Champion again! The Viper actually got along with Ricochet, but then keeps him on his toes with the fake-out. Orton lets Ricochet know he does what he wants, when he wants, to whoever he wants. Ricochet and Orton must get along on Team Raw, but will the three most dangerous letters in wrestling still strike the One and Only in the end?
A pretty good Raw to get things going towards Survivor Series, but it still wasn’t that great. For one, the Lana-Lashley-Rusev story just took a sharp right turn into Stupidville. Granted, what else could such a “confession” be but Lana’s pregnant? And then it turns out to be a ruse to sucker Rusev into the ring so Lana could slap him around and have Lashley body slam him. This grudge match better just get out of the way so everyone involved can move on, even though now they’re all thoroughly ruined. And for the love of God, Rusev needs to win so he can teach the home-wrecking, manipulative Heels a lesson. Meanwhile, I have no idea what’s going on with Rowan and his new pet, but it’s already coming off like a cheap knockoff of Jake The Snake. I did like that he got to wreck the Singh Brothers, but he should’ve taken the 24/7 Championship on top of it to make things get serious for a minute. And as for my guess as to what pet Rowan has, I’m pretty sure Vince doesn’t even know what it’ll be yet, but when he does, it’ll be a spider.
We got some great stuff in the build towards Survivor Series, though I didn’t expect WWE to want 15-person Triple Threat Elimination Tags. I know 5 became the standard number but 15 people? That’s up to 14 eliminations if they want to do a sole survivor this year, but I can’t see anyone in these matches getting squashed. Well, sadly, having Dana Brooke on Team SmackDown, she might get squashed against, say, NXT’s Rhea Ripley or Io Shirai. For that matter, we got nothing on which women are going on Team Raw, but there is still time. NXT and SmackDown can even be used to announce those things, which would be smart. I am a bit disappointed Team Raw wasn’t just straight up the team Rollins had against Imperium. That match was so good, Kevin Owens has already been documented in WWE material as being friendly with the Profits, and fans LOVE the Profits! But at the same time, Orton, Ricochet and McIntyre are great talents, so maybe there’s something else planned.
McIntyre VS Sin Cara was alright, but McIntyre all but squashed Sin Cara. Knowing now that Sin Cara wants out of WWE, this might have been the send-off. On the flip side, Almas beats Alexander in a great match, but again Vega helps him win. Aleister Black’s promo was actually a good next step for him. He’s calling someone out, and I hope it’s Almas. Why not have a program with them? It’d be great. The women’s division did great tonight, too, with the WWE Women’s Tag title match. I was glad to see it was Becky and Charlotte challenging, and it was actually a good choice for Shayna to get involved. Bayley finally gets after both Shayna and Becky, and it was fine the champions retain. The Kabuki Warriors should only lose when Paige screws them over. Bayley gets the better of Becky this time, but I still want to see Bayley going after Shayna on NXT this week. Shayna is going to do some work Survivor Series weekend with the Women’s WarGames and then the champions triple threat, she’s gotta come out the winner on at least one of those.
I also love that we’re still getting the midcard champions triple threat. Styles VS Strong VS Nakamura, that is going to be great. There is still going to be Undisputed Era VS Team Ciampa for a Men’s WarGames but hopefully they find a way to let Undisputed Era get away without being too beat up. O’Reilly and Fish do need to get into that tag champion triple threat, too, after all. Viking Raiders didn’t quite squash Andrews & Webster, but they still mostly squashed Andrews & Webster. That triple threat of the tag champions just needs to be amazing to help more casual fans understand the Viking Raiders are amazing. That might be the other reason New Day is in. If a team other than New Day wins, it helps people understand that winning team is that great. Then the Six Man Tag, OC VS Orton-Ricochet-Carrillo, that was great stuff, too. It really gives a story to the Raw team for the 15 Man Tag, but it might be too obvious if Orton betrays Raw by taking out Ricochet.
Then Carrillo being given the pin, Carrillo VS Styles will be another great US Championship match, but let’s save it for after Survivor Series. And when it happens, Carrillo has to win it this time, right? At the same time, Styles is phenomenal, so it’d be fine if he wins again, but it just seems redundant. Why not give it to Carrillo to run with it for a minute, and if Styles wins his way to a rematch, then that’s fine, too.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (2/25/21)
Who will be on top of the Tag Division?
Gallus VS Pretty Deadly for the NXT UK Tag Team Championships!
Finally, Mark Coffey & Wolfgang take on Lewis Howley & Sam Stoker with the gold on the line! But only one team can win, so which boys will be on top?
- Loser Becomes Personal Assistant: Xia Brookside VS Nina Samuels; Brookside wins and Samuels must be her personal assistant for one month.
- Tyler Bate VS Bailey Matthews; Bate wins.
- Aoife Valkyrie VS Lana Austin; Valkyrie wins.
- NXT UK Tag Team Championships: Gallus VS Pretty Deadly; Pretty Deadly wins and are the new NXT UK Tag Team Champions.
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Loser Becomes Personal Assistant: Xia Brookside VS Nina Samuels!
The stipulation says it all! Whoever loses must be the personal assistant to the winner! Will Xia defy the Leading Lady’s assertion that Brooksides are only good as baggage handlers?
The bell rings and Xia dropkicks Nina right down! Xia fires off clubbing forearms and kicks! Nina scrambles around but Xia is on her with more clubbing forearms! Nina kicks and clubs back, but Xia boots Nina to ropes! Xia CLUBS Nina, brings her around, but Nina trips Xia to rain down rights! Nina pulls hair, the ref reprimands, and Nina lets off. Xia wrenches an arm, kicks it, and then wraps it on ropes! The ref counts, Nina kicks Xia but Xia kicks back. Xia wrenches, snapmares and KICKS Nina again! Nina bails out and wants a break, but Xia goes out to ROCK her with a right! Xia fires off forearms, the ref starts a ring count, and Xia brings Nina up.
Nina RAMS Xia into the apron, throws her into barriers, then clubs away on her again. Xia double chops but Nina BOOTS Xia into the luggage! The ring count is climbing but Nina puts Xia in at 9! Nina stomps Xia, kicks her to ropes, and Xia gets to a corner. Nina digs her boots in, lets off as the ref counts, and Xia sputters. Nina drags Xia up and wrenches Xia’s hand against ropes! Xia kicks back, Nina shoves then whips Xia corner to corner! Xia hits buckles hard, Nina drags her back up and scoops her for a slam! Cover, TWO! Nina drags Xia back by her hair and puts on a body scissors. Xia throws elbows but Nina clubs Xia on the back.
Nina gets Xia for a chinlock and shouts, “What makes you think you deserve to be in the ring with me?!” Xia throws more elbows but Nina shifts into a sleeper hold! Xia still elbows Nina, but Nina leg hooks a half nelson and rolls to a hammerlock. Nina gets the other arm and then points to her current assistant. “See what you’ll have to do!” Nina ties up Xia’s legs in a figure four, pulls hair, but the ref reprimands. Nina pulls Xia into a Bow ‘n’ Arrow, but Xia pops to a cover! TWO, and Xia fires off furious forearms! Xia ROCKS Nina, then hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Nina bails out to the apron, but Xia builds speed to WRECK Nina with a dropkick!
Xia drags Nina up, kicks and SWITCHBLADE KICKS Nina all around ringside! Nina RAMS Xia into barriers, the ring count is past 5 again! Xia goes to rana but Nina SLAMS her into the barrier! Nina gets in at 7, Xia is in at 9! Nina is furious, she stomps Xia over and over! Nina shouts for a bag form her assistant, but he doesn’t want to help her! He doesn’t like being insulted, and doesn’t want her to cheat again. Nina says she’ll get it herself! Nina shouts at her assistant but he still resists. Nina snatches the hand purse, swings on Xia but Xia KICKS the purse away! PRAWN HOLD, XIA WINS!!!
Winner: Xia Brookside, by pinfall (Nina is her personal assistant for one month)
Nina can’t believe it! This was her challenge, and she lost! She goes after her new boss, but the ref keeps her back! Xia is smiling ear to ear, what will she make Nina do as payback?
Trent Seven speaks.
“I’m very pleased at the way that I’ve been able to approach this mentally. It’s not easy putting this amount of pressure on yourself.” There have been times when Seven hasn’t really gotten off the sofa. The world is just a very different place now. More restrictions, less outlets. It’d be great if Seven was by a sunny beach, the Vitamin D would help. But you have to do what you can, and Seven will do the absolute best. Seven runs with his dogs, but tries not to stress himself out. Just eat nice, eat clean, and work hard. This is testing, but snow or rain, Seven just has to do it. “Let’s hope the juice is worth the squeeze.”
Seven has pushed himself out of his comfort zones, and now he feels as great as he looks. The cherry on top will be beating Jordan Devlin. Can the Man from Moustache Mountain climb this mountain and be atop a new division?
NXT UK Media catches up with Ilja Dragunov.
What happened in that match with Tyson T-Bone? Dragunov isn’t sure, he doesn’t want to lose control again, but how can he when someone is heckling him ringside? Speaking of, Sam Gradwell comes by to start something again! Gradwell won’t let Dragunov blame him when Dragunov’s the one “walking around this gaff like a big, overgrown baby, spitting your gummy out all over the ring!” Dragunov’s done it with Jack Starz and Tyson T-Bone, try and do it to Gradwell! Well if that’s a challenge, then Dragunov accepts. But there won’t be security to stand between them. Gradwell says, “In a bit, yogurt!” Will the Moscow Madman keep from going mad against the Thunderstorm and his constant trolling?
Tyler Bate VS Bailey Matthews!
After clearing his head, the Big Strong Boi is back in the ring! Will he start to look like the same young man who won the WWE United Kingdom Championship? Or will the debuting Bailey take advantage of Bate’s journey of refocus?
The bell rings and the two tie right up! Matthews arm-drags Bate, Bate gets up to monkey flip, but Matthews still has the arm! Bate gets up, arm-drags Matthews but Matthews wrenches through to have a wristlock. Bate gets up, spins, pries free with a leg and wrenches back! Bate rams shoulders, wrenches and wrings Matthews out, then ties up with him. They go around, Matthews has the arm, wrenches through and arm-drags to a double wristlock and headscissor! Bate can’t kip free, but he scrapes Matthews’ face with his foot. Bate moves around, endures as Matthews squeezes, and Bate gets free to get a headlock.
Matthews gets the headscissors again, squeezes tighter and pushes up for leverage! Bate endures, moves around, flips over and headstands to turn Matthews over again. Bate gets Matthews’ legs, figure four and a float over to a headlock. Matthews gets up, pries free, hooks a leg, uses his leg to break free, and wrenches Bate to a wristlock again. Matthews wrangles Bate to the mat, has the hammerlock and goes for the other arm to get a cording hold! Bate endures the combination, Matthews gets a cover, TWO! Bate gets up, Matthews has a cravat and cranks on the neck. Bate throws body shots, but Matthews hits an inverted snapmare!
Bate gets up, powers out, Matthews goes up in the corner to come back and run Bate over! Things speed up, Bate hurdles, but his hip toss is turned into a backslide, with bridge! TWO but barely! Matthews has a facelock, Bate slips out to EuroUpper! Bate throws more, Matthews gives them back! Matthews hits a gut wrench suplex! Float to the cover, TWO! Matthews drags Bate up, Bate throws EuroUppers to ROCK Matthews! Bate hits again, Matthews gives the EuroUppers back! Matthews being taller, he has more reach and he DECKS Bate! Bate BOOTS from below! Bate gets Matthews for an EXPLODER! Bate kips up, and hits a STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO!
Matthews is still in this and the BT Sports Studio is loving this! Bate fireman’s carries Matthews for the AIRPLANE SPIN! Matthews slips out and O’Conner rolls, TWO!! Bate narrowly escapes, he body scissors Matthews to a cover, TWO! Matthews eggs Bate on, then deflects the clothesline to ROCK Bate with a EuroUpper! Bate rebounds for the ROLLING KICK!! Matthews got hit hard, but Bate isn’t done with him! Double underhooks, TYLER DRIVER 98!! Cover, Bate wins!
Winner: Tyler Bate, by pinfall
The Big Strong Boy got a challenge out of this new young star! Does it mean Bate has more he must do to feel like himself again? Or is the next generation just catching up to him already?
NXT UK has another new signee!
From Germany, here is a story about a “lucky kid.” His story begins in one of the poorest and toughest districts of Berlin, where his family was just trying to survive. As the oldest, he was to take care of the family. To survive, you either need money or friends. “This kid had none of them.” Even the kid’s family started to lose hope. But the kid knew that one day, everyone would honor, respect and fear him. This story, to be continued. But whose story is this?
Aoife Valkyrie VS Lana Austin!
She has been waiting in the wings and is starting to feel like a bird in a cage. But will the Valkyrie spread her wings and fly towards the title soon enough?
The bell rings, Aoife and Austin tie up. They go around, Aoife throws Austin down but Austin keeps hold. They get back up, Aoife arm-drags Austin away but Austin gets mad. Austin shoves Aoife, Aoife headlocks, but Austin powers out. Aoife runs Austin over, then runs to catch Austin with a body scissor roll! TWO, and Aoife wrenches Austin’s arm. Austin spins, wrenches and wristlocks Aoife, but Aoife spins through and bridges back to then handspring and WRING Austin into the mat! Aoife runs, slides under Austin then headbutts low! Snapmare and armlock to a modified La Magistrol, TWO! Austin staggers up into KICKS from Aoife!
Austin gets angry, blocks a kick and talks smack as she throws Aoife down! HARD basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Aoife sputters, but Austin rains down fists on her! Austin drags Aoife up, bumps her hard off buckles, then drags Aoife back up. Austin goes to bump again but Aoife blocks to fire off CHOPS! Aoife CLUBS Austin, CLUBS her more, but Austin shoves her. Aoife comes back with a FLIPPING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Austin survives but Aoife runs. Austin wants mercy, Aoife hesitates, Austin small packages! TWO, and Aoife questions her own actions. Aoife runs into a roll-up, TWO!! Aoife gets mad, but Austin blocks her takedown to a backslide, TWO!!
Aoife loses her cool and ENZIGURIS Austin hard! Aoife drags Austin up, RAMS her into buckles and stomps away! Aoife hammers away, throws more stomps, then HEEL KICKS Austin off her feet! Aoife climbs the corner, takes aim and leaps for the PERIPETEIA!! Cover, Aoife wins!
Winner: Aoife Valkyrie, by pinfall
The Turn of Fortune goes in Aoife’s favor! But will she have a golden moment in her future?
With Tyler Bate wanting more competition, Johnny Saint and Sid Scala are giving him a match with a Proper British Heavyweight! In two weeks, it will be Tyler Bate VS Dave Mastiff! Will the Big Strong Boi be able to beat the Bomber?
Plus, for that same episode in two weeks, it will be a Mixed Tag grudge match! Piper Niven teams up with Jack Starz so that she can get payback on Jinny and her new righthand man, Joseph Conners! Will Piper the Viper make the Spoiled Princess finally pay for getting in her way?
NXT UK Media catches up with Xia Brookside.
How is she feeling after her win tonight? she feels great, but who knows about “this one.” Nina frowns as she comes out, pulling Brookside’s bags along for her. Xia tells her she has nothing to gripe about, this was her challenge. Nina struggles walking with all the luggage and in her heels. She does her best to keep it together, but will she break down before the next four weeks are up?
NXT UK Media interviews Amir Jordan & Kenny Williams.
These two will be watching the main event closely, of course! Pretty Deadly, Gallus, these two have been in the ring with both teams so they know how good both are! And Amir is confident that since Kenny is almost 100%, they’ll- Kenny stomps Amir right there. Kenny isn’t almost 100%. He IS 100%! Next week, they’ll reunite in the ring to take on Oliver Carter & Ashton Smith! So as great as Amir’s singles run was, short as it was, that’s on the shelf and it’s back to the tag team title chase! Amir is pumped up! He’s ready to talk tactics, combos, all that! Amir does need Kenny’s number again, it apparently changed. Will the Bhangra Badboy and Lucky Yin get back on track and head for the top?
BREAKING: Next week is a Big Strong Supernova Sessions!
Before taking on Dave Mastiff in two weeks, Tyler Bate will stop by Noam Dar’s hit new talk show! What will Mr. Supernova 11 have to ask the former WWE United Kingdom Champion?
NXT UK Tag Team Championships: Gallus VS Pretty Deadly!
Markus and Wolfie have held onto these belts for a long time, and admittedly from circumstances out of their control. But after a long road, Lewis Howley & Sam Stoker have found their way to challenging that status quo! Will it be Gallus Boys or #YESBOY on top after tonight?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and the make-or-break on a near 500 day reign begins!
The teams sort out, Mark Coffey starts with Sam Stoker. They circle, tie up, and then break. They tie up again, still a deadlock, so they break again. They circle, tie up, and now Coffey pushes Stoker to a corner. The ref calls for a break, they do let off, but both have their dukes up. Coffey backs off, circles with Stoker again and they tie up. Stoker tries to push Coffey but Coffey pushes him back. Stoker and Howley talk and decide to tag. Howley and Coffey tie up now, Coffey throws Howley down and has the arm. Tag to Wolfgang, he takes the hand-off and wrenches. Howley waistlocks, Wolfgang switches but Howley switches back to CLUB Wolfgang on the back.
Wolfgang just glares at Howley, but Howley waistlocks him again. Wolfgang throws Howley off and wrenches the arm to then arm-drag him! Wolfgang has the arm, fights off Howley’s headscissor attempts, and he tags Coffey back in. Coffey takes the hand-off to wrench and yank the arm, but Howley rolls to ROCK Coffey! Tag to Stoker but Stoker runs into an arm-drag! Coffey grinds the arm, Stoker gets up, tags Howley back in but Coffey reverses the whip to arm-drag! Howley runs in to snapmare but Coffey boots from below! Coffey arm-drags again, grinds the arm, and wrenches Howley. Tag to Wolfgang. he gets the hand-off and wrenches to an elbow breaker!
Howley endures, rolls, and gets a headlock. Wolfgang endures the grind, powers up but Howley thrashes about. Howley hits the takeover but Wolfgang gets a cover! ONE, Wolfgang gets the leg and tags in Coffey! Gallus give Howley a DOUBLE MONKEY FLIP! AKA, a Cornish Toss! Howley bails out, Stoker runs in, but Gallus sends him right out! Pretty Deadly regroups to cool off while Gallus stands tall in the ring. The ref counts, Wolfgang goes back to his corner while Stoker coaches Howley up. Howley gets in, circles with Coffey, and Coffey headlocks. Howley powers out, Coffey runs him over but Howley drops then hurdles to hip toss! Howley runs and rams Coffey!
Coffey drops to a knee, but drops lower to then come back with a hip toss! Cover, TWO, but Coffey tags Wolfgang. Gallus mugs Howley, Wolfgang ROCKS Howley with a EuroUpper, then whips him to a corner! Stoker saves Howley from the corner splash! Wolfgang ends up stuck on the top rope, Howley runs in to TOP SHELF KNEE! Tag to Stoker, Pretty Deadly double whip Wolfgang to DOUBLE LARIAT him! Pretty Deadly coordinate but Wolfgang fights off their combo move! Wolfgang scoops Stoker but Howley makes the save before Coffey tags in! The ref keeps this from turning into a scrap, but Wolfgang is ready for Stoker’s sucker punch!
Wolfgang throws hands then TOSSES Stoker! Stoker grabs at a buckle pad but Wolfgang CLUBS him, then TOSSES him the other way! Stoker still wants after a buckle pad but Wolfgang yanks him out of the corner. Howley goes after that open corner’s pad but Wolfgang goes after Howley! Stoker runs in to KNEE Wolfgang out of the ring! Wolfgang falls hard, Coffey backs Howley off but the ref tells them all to go to their corners. Howley POSTS Wolfgang in the distraction! Howley drags Wolfgang up, puts him in, and then Stoker stomps Wolfgang! Tag to Howley, Pretty Deadly bring Wolfgang up but Wolfgang fights them again! But they give Wolfgang a DOUBLE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Howley stomps Wolfgang over and over, tags Stoker back in, and they drag Wolfgang back up for a mugging. Stoker rains down hands and stomps, then tags Howley back in. Stoker sits Wolfgang up for Howley to BOOT him! Howley drops ax handles and a leg, then covers, TWO! Howley drags Wolfgang up with an arm and wrenches to an elbow breaker! Howley hammerlocks an arm and RAMS Wolfgang into buckles! Howley chokes Wolfgang at the ropes, the ref counts and Howley lets off. Cover, ONE, and Wolfgang throws body shots. Howley rams Wolfgang into the Pretty Deadly corner, Stoker tags in, and Stoker runs in to UPPERCUT Wolfgang! Cover, TWO!
Stoker facelocks Wolfgang, grinds him down, gets the arm and pulls on it. Tag to Howley and he elbows Wolfgang in the ribs. Wolfgang gets up to ROCK Howley, but Stoker swipes at Wolfgang! Wolfgang DECKS Stoker but Howley attacks! Howley throws knees, hauls Wolfgang up the corner, but Wolfgang hits back, and hits a SPLASH to Howley while he’s standing! Howley is pancaked, but he anchors Wolfgang’s feet! Wolfgang boots Howley but Stoker tags in to intercept! Wolfgang back drops Stoker away! Stoker tags Howley, both Pretty Deadly leap for Wolfgang, but Wolfgang gets the hot tag to Coffey! Coffey rallies on Pretty Deadly with forearms and shoulders!
Wolfgang hits a FULL NELSON SLAM on Howley, then a SNAP SUPLEX on Stoker! Howley runs into a clinch, Coffey throws body shots then whips Howley corner to corner for the running EuroUpper! LARIAT! Coffey shoves Howley to hit a FLYING BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Howley lives but Coffey drags him up to wrench and Russian Leg Sweep! Cover, TWO! Coffey drags Howley up, wrenches and crotch lifts but Howley turns that suplex into a sunset flip! TWO, Howley ducks Coffey to tag Stoker! Stoker runs but into a BOOT, and a BIG back suplex! Cover TWO! Stoker survives and BT Sports Studio fires up! Coffey drags Stoker up, choke grips but Stoker slips out of the slam!
Coffey standing switches, but Howley tags in! Coffey covers Stoker but Howley BOOTS him! Howley fireman’s carries Coffey to the ASSISTED GUT BUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Coffey survives but Howley drags him back up! Coffey wrenches out, whips and GAMANGIRIS Howley down hard! Howley sits up in a daze, Wolfgang is back on the corner, Coffey tags Wolfgang in! Gallus coordinates, CATAPULT SAMOAN DROP! Wolfgang MOONSAULTS!! Cover, but Stoker breaks it in time!! Wolfgang throws Stoker to the apron, Coffey runs in but Stoker jumps the baseball slide! Wolfgang DECKS Stoker and Coffey catches him, for an APRON CHOKE SLAM!
Wolfgang goes back to Howley, but into a small package! TWO!! Wolfgang SPEARS Howley down! Cover, TWO!?! Howley is still in this and so is Pretty Deadly! Wolfgang tags Coffey in, Gallus drags Howley up to feed to a scoop. Somehow, Stoker is back up and in! Coffey DECKS him, but Howley slips off Wolfgang and dodges him to CLOBBER Coffey! Wolfgang LARIATS Howley outside, Stoker SLAPS Wolfgang! Wolfgang chases Stoker out of the ring, they go around and Howley POUNCES Wolfgang over the barriers!! Howley tags Stoker but Coffey dodges his corner attack to kick Howley low!
Coffey whips Howley at Stoker, but Stoker goes up. Howley gives Stoker a boost to hit a CODE BREAKER on Coffey!! Cover, TWO!?!? Coffey survives that Pretty Deadly combo, but Howley has an idea! He tosses Stoker a tag title belt! The ref is busy with Stoker while Howley has the other belt! Coffey dodges the belt shot to POLISH HAMMER Howley! The ref is busy putting the one belt away as Stoker runs at Coffey, TORNADO DDT on the second belt!! Pretty Deadly hides the evidence and Stoker tags Howley in!! SPILT MILK!!! Cover off the neckbreaker spinebuster combo, Pretty Deadly wins!!
Winners: Pretty Deadly, by pinfall (NEW NXT UK Tag Team Champions)
#YESBOY indeed! Because yes, boy, Gallus’ reign ends at 497! Is this going to be the beginning of a Pretty Deadly Era?
A really good episode, with some really fun developments. I still would’ve wanted Xia VS Nina to be a match where the luggage was legal, but I like that it came to play in the end. Xia winning is great, she’ll get to make Nina do all sorts of menial labor. But I’m thinking as soon as the month is up, Nina attacks Xia and we get their real blow-off where maybe it IS a No Disqualification and the luggage can be a weapon. Aoife Valkyrie has a good match with Lana Austin, but naturally Aoife wins because she is still on the long build to challenging for the title. KLR VS Meiko Satomura feels like it could go either way given what little build we’ve gotten for it, but Aoife could easily work as a contender to either one.
Seven had a good vignette, but I’m hoping we’re close to his return as a Cruiserweight. Seven probably needs one match before facing Devlin to show us what Cruiserweight Trent Seven even looks like in the ring, and then we’ll get a great match out of Devlin VS Seven for a special Spring-to-Summer episode. According to sources you can easily google, NXT UK TakeOver: Dublin is still planned for this year since it couldn’t happen last year, but for June, and that is a ways off so I would think we get Devlin VS Seven as a holdover. We also got a good bit from Dragunov and Gradwell, and that match will be a lot of fun.
Amir Jordan & Kenny Williams are back in the tag division, but I’m thinking as soon as they lose, Kenny snaps and turns on Amir to give us their feud. Tyler Bate and Bailey Matthews had a really great match, and it both highlights Matthews’ skill and pushes the angle that Bate is still working things out for himself. Bate VS Mastiff is going to be great stuff, as will Supernova Sessions with Bate as the guest, but as I said last time, I’m hoping this circles back to the reunion of Bate and Seven as a team. And it could work now, because after a great tag match, Pretty Deadly comes out on top! They as clear Heels will freshen things up as they take on some great Face teams, and possibly be the ones to take on the reunited Moustache Mountain for a big event.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (2/24/21)
We will learn #WhyColeWhy!
Will Santos Escobar be stripped of the NXT Cruiserweight Championship?
NXT Cruiserweight, Santos Escobar, must face his doom! Karrion Kross and Escobar battle in a NO DISQUALIFICATION match! That is, if Escobar shows up!
- Dexter Lumis VS Johnny Gargano w/ The Way; Lumis wins.
- Tyler Rust w/ Malcolm Bivens VS Leon Ruff; No Contest.
- Io Shirai VS Zoey Stark; Shirai wins.
- Xia Li w/ Tian Sha VS Kacy Catanzaro w/ Kayden Carter; Xia wins, by referee stoppage.
- Grizzled Young Veterans VS Killian Dain & Drake Maverick; Grizzled Young Veterans win.
- No Disqualification: Santos Escobar w/ El Legado del Fantasma VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux; Kross wins.
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Dexter Lumis VS Johnny Gargano w/ The Way!
The Tortured Artist snatched Austin Theory away just as Johnny Freakin’ TakeOver was about to take on Kushida on Vengeance Day! But then surprisingly, Lumis gave Theory back without much of a fight. Will Johnny Gargano make sure Lumis doesn’t get away with that unpunished?
Speaking of, The Way pumps up back stage with “That’s The Way we uh-huh, uh-huh, we like it!” Theory says that should be a song! Um… Is Theory okay? Yes, of course! Well alright, but he doesn’t have to push himself if he doesn’t want to. Theory says he’s fine, Indi keeps her eyes on Theory as they all make their way out to the ring. And they make sure Theory stays away from Lumis. The no-look high-five doesn’t really work out this time, but that’s something minor. Will the North American Champion come away with a win over Lumis tonight?
The fans taunt Gargano with “Johnny Sucks!” as the bell rings. Lumis stares Gargano down but Gargano is unsettled by the fans cheering Lumis on. Gargano tries the “what’s that?!” trick but Lumis doesn’t even look away as Gargano rushes in! Lumis shows fist, Gargano falls over and scrambles away! Lumis slithers after him and that creeps Gargano out more! Gargano bails of the ring, Lumis slides to the apron but Gargano hammers away on him! Gargano gets back in, slingshots but into an UPPERCUT! Lumis stares at Theory, Theory gets antsy, Lumis builds speed but Gargano slingshots in! Lumis slides under and Gargano’s spear FLOPS! Lumis then goes under the ring?!
Gargano looks for Lumis and The Way look for him, too. Theory says he’s found Lumis! He’s behind Gargano! What?! Gargano turns around into Lumis’ UPPERCUT! And another! Lumis ROCKS Gargano with haymakers, then throws body shots in the corner! Lumis whips Gargano corner to corner, runs in but Gargano boots him away! Gargano runs, but into the THESZ PRESS! Lumis rains down fists, runs and drops an ax handle! Cover, ONE! Fans rally and duel, Lumis reels Gargano in but he stares at Theory. Lumis suplexes and holds Gargano up for a count of 10, even as Gargano kicks and flails! Gargano can’t escape, Lumis SLAMS him down!
Gargano rolls away and regroups with The Way, but Lumis keeps his eyes locked on Gargano. Lumis goes out after Gargano but Gargano RAMS him into the apron! Gargano throws Lumis down on the ramp, then rains down left hands! The ref starts the ring count, Gargano refreshes it, and Gargano “apologizes” to the ref. Gargano lines up a shot, but Lumis ducks the Penalty Kick to kip up and TOSS Gargano into the apron! Fans fire up, Lumis drags Gargano up and ROCKS him with another uppercut! Lumis whips Gargano into the ring, but The Way lurks close! Theory says he was just trying to call Indi over, and Indi rushes up on Lumis, only for Lumis to stare her down!
Indi has a nervous smile as she backs away into a post, and nervously says, “Call me.” LeRae steps up, leaps, but the rana is blocked! Lumis pops Candice to the apron, but Gargano baseball slides under her to hit Lumis! Gargano builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Lumis goes down as NXT goes picture in picture!
Gargano takes his time checking his chin while Lumis is down. The ref wants this to get back in the ring, Gargano checks with Theory but Theory says it worked out, didn’t it? Gargano bumps Lumis off the apron, CHOPS him, then CHOPS him again! Gargano puts Lumis back in, aims but Lumis ROCKS him with a haymaker! Gargano still SLINGSHOT SPEARS in! Gargano fires off fists, storms around the ring, then brings Lumis up for haymakers. Candice snaps at Indi to get her to pay attention. Does the Way have to worry about both kids now? Gargano climbs up in the corner to rain down more fists on Lumis’ head!
Lumis keeps fighting Gargano so Gargano snapmares him and basement dropkicks him in the back! Cover, TWO! Lumis gets to ropes, Gargano chokes him! The ref counts, Gargano lets off at 4, and Lumis drags himself up. Gargano is on Lumis but Lumis throws forearms back! Lumis backs Gargano down to a corner, stomps away (I swear I’ll stop), but Gargano turns it around to fire off forearms in return! The ref counts, Gargano stops at 4, and pushes Lumis around. Gargano clubs Lumis on the back, brings him up and hits a Russian Leg Sweep! Cover, TWO! Gargano grows annoyed and he drags Lumis up to put back on ropes for choking!
The ref counts, Gargano backs off (see? no way pun!), and The Way taunts Lumis up close. Gargano brings Lumis up, scoops him and slams him! Cover, TWO! Gargano gets the arm, drags Lumis around and reels him into a Camel Clutch! Lumis endures, NXT returns to single picture, and again Candice has to snap Indi out of whatever trance she’s in. Lumis still endures as fans rally, and Lumis fights up. Gargano tries to hold on with a sleeper hold, but Lumis RAMS Gargano into buckles! Lumis is free but Gargano hops right back on! Gargano elbows Lumis, hooks him up, but Lumis powers out to a BACKBREAKER!
Fans fire up, Lumis and Gargano stagger up, and Gargano walks into a BIG right hand! Lumis rallies with haymakers and uppercuts! Gargano is in a corner, Lumis runs in and clotheslines, to a BULLDOG! Lumis suplexes Gargano to rebound him off the ropes! Gargano staggers up into a BIG back suplex! Lumis kips up and drops a LEG! Cover, TWO!! Gargano survives and Candice is frustrated. Indi and Theory are the only ones not upset about this as Lumis hauls Gargano up. Gargano slips out of the scoop, ends up in a corner, and goes up and over Lumis to school boy! Lumis ducks the kick and stares down Gargano! Gargano gets the arm!
Johnny almost has GargaNO Escape, only for Lumis to roll over into the SILENCE!! Gargano scrambles around, ghost pins, TWO! Lumis sits up into a BUZZSAW! Gargano runs, into an UPPERCUT! Gargano rebounds, spins, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Lumis covers, TWO!! Gargano’s Wolverine-esque superhuman heart helps him survive! Lumis goes to a corner and climbs up and The Way moves away. Gargano runs in, Lumis punches him back, and Gargano falls to a drop zone! Lumis leaps, but he has to roll out of his double stomps as Gargano moves! Gargano kicks but Lumis gets under to get the clinch!
Gargano elbows out of that, runs, but into a pop-up UPPERCUT! Gargano SUPERKICKS on the rebound! Cover, TWO!! Lumis shocks Gargano with that and fans rally up! Candice distracts, Gargano tells the kids to get something for him. Theory goes to get a chair and he brings it over. Theory slides it in but Lumis stomps the chair down! The ref sees this and reprimands Gargano. Lumis uppercuts Gargano, Gargano ENZIGURIS! Gargano fakes his knee jamming, and he signals to Theory! Candice coaches Theory through getting on the apron and aiming at Lumis! Theory hesitates, Lumis stares Theory down, and Theory says, “My bad!”
Theory tries to explain, Gargano runs in, Lumis dodges and Gargano DECKS Theory!! Lumis drags Gargano into the URENAGE, and THE SILENCE!!! Gargano flails, reaches, fades, he is OUT! Lumis wins!!
Winner: Dexter Lumis, by submission
Lumis pats Gargano’s head, and Candice reprimands Theory! The Way couldn’t stay out of their own way, and now Lumis has a win over the North American Champion! Between Theory thinking of Lumis as a buddy, and Indi oddly infatuated, is Lumis going to cause The Way to go by the wayside?
William Regal waits for Santos Escobar.
If El Legado doesn’t arrive, Escobar will be STRIPPED of the NXT Cruiserweight Championship! Will Regal have to pull the trigger on his ultimatum?
NXT shares exclusive footage and interviews with MSK.
Wes Lee and Nash Carter look back on the night they won the 2021 Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. Lee had a strange calm come over him, but Carter was so nervous. “It was one of those moments where everything you’ve every done flashes in your head.” From opponents to tag partners and best friends, these two have put in the grind for years. They’re the same two kids from Dayton, Ohio as they always have been. And to get the win, they were so emotional, crying happy tears. Everything they’ve worked for paid off. Finally, being here, establishing themselves as a force in the Tag Division, and all the praise and congratulations from family and friends, it made that worth it, too.
The reason Carter got into wrestling was his dad. They’d watch Raw every week on Monday. But when Carter was a freshman in high school, his dad passed. It only ignited Carter’s passion for the business even more. He said he’d be in the WWE one day, and this is the first time in a long time that he felt his dad’s pride and admiration. “The Legacy Lives On” is tattooed on Carter’s chest, and this feeling will be unforgettable for them both. Their names are etched forever on the plaque, but this is only the beginning. They’ve been hungry, they’re ready to eat! That’s why these two are the #MustSeeKids!
Backstage interview with MSK!
Next week, Lee & Carter get to cash in their NXT Tag Team Championship opportunity, as they earned from winning the Dusty Cup. But then GRIZZLED YOUNG VETERANS jump them!! James Drake punches away on Carter’s head while Zack Gibson puts Lee’s arm in a chair like a vice!! Referees rush in to get GYV to stop, and Lee clutches his hand! Did GYV just sideline MSK and delay their title shot?
Tyler Rust w/ Malcolm Bivens VS Leon Ruff!
Bivens Enterprise’s #DiamondintheRust took Kushida to the limit, but was about to be broken if not for Bivens throwing in the towel, so to speak. However, Bivens made sure to personally arrange this match for Rust, asking Ruff right after he was medically cleared for the damage done by Isaiah “Swerve” Scott. Bivens has a mic now to say, “Success is taking advantage of every key opportunity that is put forth in front of you!” And when it comes to success, you think about Ruff!
But when Bivens thinks of Ruff, he just thinks of “the son that I didn’t have, and never wanted.” Ruff, you hold a very special place in Biven’s heart, and has a special opportunity tonight! He will go 1v1 with Rust! And Rust will prove to us why he IS the diamond in the Rust! Will the former North American Champion simply be used to sharpen Rust’s edge?
Wait, as Ruff makes his entrance, SWERVE BOOTS Ruff off the apron!! Swerve goes after Ruff with clubbing forearms, still upset about Ruff getting opportunities handed to him! Swerve slams Ruff into the announce desk and vents to commentary. “Swerve is gonna start getting opportunities, and less hand-outs for this guy right here!” Swerve fireman’s carries Ruff to DEATH VALLEY DRIVE him into the apron!! The ref tells Swerve to leave but Swerve says he told Ruff this wouldn’t be that easy! Swerve does leave, and he might have just done Bivens another favor! Bivens claims Rust wins by forfeit, but will NXT management really count it that way?
NXT shares footage from the WWE Performance Center.
It was yesterday that William Regal was talking with one of the newest signees, Zoey Stark, about an “opportunity” that was presented. He offered Stark a non-title match with NXT Women’s Champion, Io Shirai. Stark isn’t sure she heard that right, but Regal says after her great debut, there’s no one better he’d like to see face Shirai than Stark. Stark accepts that, how could she not?
Backstage interview with Zoey Stark!
We’re just moments away from only her second singles match in NXT and it is with THE NXT Women’s Champion. How is she feeling? Stark has so many emotions, her heart is pounding, but she is ready to get out there. But then she gets cut-off by technical difficulties! Will that be a bad omen on her opportunity with The Evil Genius?
NXT shares footage from earlier today.
Someone was reliving a classic Ted DeBiase moment. The Million Dollar Man challenges a little boy to dribble a basketball 10 times in a row for big money, only for DeBiase to mess the kid up! Oh, the one watching is Cameron Grimes! He’s seen enough, because time is money, after all! But that DeBiase, he was one smart guy! “With enough money, you can humiliate anyone!” Grimes has a lot of money, too, so he does a recreation of that basketball challenge! He has $1000 for 10 dribbles! The guy is up for that, and at 10… Grimes is confused! He didn’t watch the whole moment!! Grimes is the one suckered by his own scam! Grimes thinks DeBiase is to blame! Just proves money can’t fix stupid…
Io Shirai VS Zoey Stark!
Alright, the technical difficulties have been sorted out, and now it’s time for the Evil Genius to shine! But will Stark make this match a stark contrast from all Shirai’s other matches?
The bell rings and Stark circles with Shirai. They tie up, Stark powers Shirai to ropes, Shirai kicks free and the two go again. Shirai avoids Stark’s pick of the leg, they tie up, and Shirai throws Stark down, but the collar ‘n’ elbow stays on! Stark gets up, throws Shirai in return, but the grapple stays on again. Shirai gets up, Stark gets around to a waistlock, but Shirai wrenches an arm. Shirai has the wristlock, Stark rolls and handsprings and wrenches back! Stark hammerlocks, Shirai reaches back and throws elbows, then gets the headlock. Stark powers out, Shirai counters hip toss with arm-drag, and Stark staggers up. Stark avoids Shirai and manages a small back drop!
Shirai gets up, she spins Stark around, wrenches and kicks to whip. Stark reverses, Shirai reverses and hooks Stark up in an IRON OCTOPUS! Shirai digs her elbow in, Stark powers up but Shirai sunset flips! TWO, Shirai runs and basement dropkicks Stark down! Shirai stomps Stark to a corner, kicks at her, but Stark kicks back. Shirai CHOPS and CHOPS then sweeps the legs, to dig her boots in! SWINGING METEORA! Stark crawls along the ropes, Shirai runs in and 619’s, but Stark blocks to BOOT Shirai down! Stark builds speed but runs into BOOTS! Shirai swings to dropkick Stark back, then goes to a corner.
Shirai is slow to climb up, Stark intercepts with a GAMANGIRI! Shirai tumbles down as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns and Stark has Shirai in a facelock. Shirai throws body shots to get free, then throws forearms to back Stark down. Stark dodges to mule kick, front kick, kick a leg out, and then runs, but into a takedown! Shirai wants the arm but Stark holds on! Stark rolls, Shirai kicks low, but Stark ducks the buzzsaw to trip Shirai up! Stark runs again, to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Stark thought she had Shirai but she keeps her focus. Stark goes to a corner, hops up fast, and leaps for a 450! She has to roll through as Shirai moves, both women run to DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Both women are down and fans fire up!
The ref checks, both women are okay to continue, and Shirai sits up first. Stark follows and ghost pins! TWO, Stark hits a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Cover, TWO!! Shirai survives but Stark can’t believe how close she was! Starks wraps Shirai up in a chinlock and makes it a sleeper! Shirai endures so Stark KNEES her in the back! Stark kicks but Shirai blocks to elbow the leg, and SHOTEI! Shirai starts to rally with shoulder tackles, then a FLAPJACK! Stark goes to ropes, Shirai 619’s! Shirai climbs up top, takes aim and leaps to missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Stark survives and Shirai gets annoyed. Shirai drags Stark up, reels her in and underhooks, but Stark back drops out!
Stark gets back to a corner, hops up again, but Shirai SHOTEIS again! Shirai climbs up to join Stark and club away on her back! Shirai stands up on the very top, to SUPER STEINER! Stark staggers up into Shirai’s double underhooks, for the TIGER BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Stark survives and Shirai is frustrated! Shirai stomps away on Stark, drags her up, but Stark gets around to a waistlock, for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Stark is shocked but she’s seeing why Shirai is a champion! Stark drags Shirai up again, Shirai resists the German to victory roll Stark into buckles! SHINKANSEN!! Shirai goes up, OVER THE MOONSAULT! Cover, Shirai wins!
Winner: Io Shirai, by pinfall
Stark may not have won but she showed she’s one to watch! Will Shirai be keeping her eye on Stark from now on? But speaking of someone to watch out for, here comes Toni Storm! “Oh, Io, Io, Io.” Look at her! “Willing to fight literally anyone in this division, besides me.” But Storm is no Stark or whatever he name is. She IS Toni Storm, and she kicked Shirai’s head off, and Shirai couldn’t do a thing about it! There’s a reason Shirai pinned Mercedes Martinez and not Storm: Shirai can’t beat her. Shirai gets a mic to respond! “I will fight you, any time, any place, anywhere!”
But will she? Because if Shirai thought she could beat Storm, surely by now she would’ve asked Regal for it! But Shirai hasn’t done that, because she’s scared. Storm knows it, but she dares Shirai to prove her wrong. “Go find Regal, make the match happen.” Shirai says Storm’s on! Will Regal only need to see this to make it happen?
Backstage interview with The Way.
Even though they’re on their way out, McKenzie asks for a moment of their time. Gargano says not now! They need to get out of here before “that psycho” Lumis comes back for them. Gargano says all Theory had to do was hit Lumis with a chair! How was that so hard?! Theory says the chair was unnecessary, and Lumis doesn’t deserve that. Lumis is just misunderstood. What?! He kidnapped Theory! Chloroform, white van! And Theory isn’t even the first person Lumis did that to! Lumis isn’t misunderstood, he’s PSYCHO! Is Gargano taking crazy pills? Candice, back Johnny up! Candice agrees, Lumis should be in jail. THANK YOU! Indi, you, too! Indi says she finds Lumis “kinda hot…”
WHAT THE… Gargano keeps Candice from cursing so he can see “HELL?!” What is going on here?! What is happening!? No, no, whatever this is with Indi, and Theory’s Stockholm Syndrome, get them down. They will fix this! Theory is going to therapy! Seriously? Yes! And not another word! It is happening! Will therapy be enough to undo whatever Lumis may or may not have done to Theory?
Grimes is back with the basketball scam!
He made sure to watch the entire DeBiase moment, and he’ll get the better of someone this time. Grimes is sure these people know him for his money. He has a handful of green and explains his basketball challenge. Maybe not this guy, but how about the little lady over here? If she can bounce the basketball 10 times, she’ll get $1000 of his money! Like the Million Dollar Man back in the day? Uh, n-no… Just dribble the ball! It ain’t rocket science! Maybe her friend over here would like to try instead? No, the lady he asked first takes the challenge on. And when she stands up, Grimes realizes she’s not so little… Well still, she has to dribble! “Let’s see what you got, honey!”
The young lady dribbles, Grimes counts, but she gets tricky with it and he misses! That’s more than 10! “Gimme my money, honey.” Grimes is out $2000 total now. Don’t hate the player, hate the game. CURSE YOU, DEBIASE! This ain’t over!!
Xia Li w/ Tian Sha VS Kacy Catanzaro w/ Kayden Carter!
The friendship of Spicy and KC Squared may be all but gone after the harsh training Xia was put through by “her.” Can Kacy save whatever is left of the old Xia? Or will she be “purged” to only make Xia stronger?
The bell rings and Xia rushes Kacy! Kacy dodges, fires off on Xia, but Xia shoves her away! Xia rushes in again but Kacy waistlocks. Xia reaches under but Kacy leap frogs over and around. Kacy handsprings, headscissors and fires up! Kacy is after Xia with a facelock, whips her, but Xia reverses. Kacy goes up and over but gets caught! Xia hotshots Kacy, then takes her fighting stance! Xia powers up, storms over again, and bumps Kacy off buckles! Kacy shoves Xia but Xia stomps Kacy down in the corner! The ref counts, Xia adds on a springboard stomp to top it off! Xia drags Kacy back up, snap suplexes, covers, TWO!
Xia keeps on Kacy with a chinlock then makes it a cobra clutch. Kayden and the fans rally as Kacy fights up, and Kacy slips out the back! Xia BOOTS Kacy down, drags her up and reels her in, but Kacy slips out of the Gory Especial to sunset flip! TWO, and Xia back kicks Kacy hard! Cover, TWO! Xia wraps Kacy up in the cobra clutch again, but Kacy fights up. Kacy throws Xia off, gets to a corner, and elbows her away! Xia runs back in but into a boot! Xia returns, but Kacy trips her into the corner! Kacy fires off stomps, furious fists, but Xia shoves her away! Kacy comes back with more fire, the ref counts but Xia shoves her, only for Kacy to SHOTGUN Xia back!
Kacy runs, hits an A-List Lariat, then hits a FLIPPING AX KICK! Cover, TWO! Xia bails out, Kacy grits her teeth and goes to the apron to leap! Xia catches her, moves her around, but Kacy slips out to a waistlock. Xia standing switches to RAM Kacy into the barriers! Tian Sha tells Xia to finish this, and Xia looms over Kacy. The ring count is climbing, Kacy’s leg is on steel steps and Xia STOMPS IT!! Xia may have just broken Kacy’s leg! The ref checks on Kacy as she writhes and cries in pain, but Xia doesn’t even show emotion on her face! Xia goes up the steps, and drags Kacy up by her hair! Xia brings Kacy to the apron and makes sure Tian Sha sees this!
The ref reprimands, Xia shows no mercy as she drags Kacy in. More referees come out to check on Kacy, the refs call this!
Winner: Xia Li, by referee stoppage
Kayden wants after Xia but the refs keep her back. Kayden shields Kacy, but then glares at Tian Sha. Kayden storms over and asks what their problem is! Boa blocks Kayden’s path, Xia goes after Kacy with a HEEL KICK!! Kayden rushes back to Kacy and Xia slips away to leave with Boa and Tian Sha. Xia warns Kayden that she is next. Will what Xia did to Kacy pale in comparison to what she’ll do to Kayden?
Regal is still waiting for Escobar.
Still no sign of El Legado, but the clock is ticking. Will Escobar have the courage to face Karrion Kross? Or will he have to sacrifice his Cruiserweight title reign?
NXT profiles next week’s WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship match.
After making history by winning the inaugural Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez are poised to take on the Irresistible Force & Shayna Baszler! The Queen of Spades says, “The Women’s Division now is all the scraps left over from when I left.” And when it comes to Raquel telling them, “You don’t run this place anymore… we do!” Well, that’s a joke to Nia. Nia says Raquel can talk about dominating all she wants, but when she runs into Nia, it’ll be a different story.
Raquel says Nia is the one kidding herself. Nia needs to wake up. Dakota says she and Raquel will be bringing those WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships to NXT. Shayna says Dakota is only confident because she has Raquel. That’s perfect, because now there’s someone who can carry her to the hospital. Dakota said it before, she is NOT the scared little girl from Shayna’s reign of terror. Dakota will kick Shayna’s head off once and for all! Will the alumni come back to humiliate this generation? Or will Raquel and Dakota turn the whole Women’s Division upside-down?
Cameron Grimes wants one more try!
No one gets over on Cameron Grimes! He challenges a random guy in the parking lot! Dribble the ball 10 times, win $1000! Like that DeBiase- YES LIKE THAT!! Just do it!! Why is it so difficult?! He gonna do it or what? Yeah, sure, The guy starts dribbling, and Grimes DECKS him!! Grimes tells DeBiase to #KissMahGrits! Money CAN by happiness! Wait, he still throws like, $1500 into the air. Will that guy wake up and still get Grimes’ money?
Grizzled Young Veterans VS Killian Dain & Drake Maverick!
Zack Gibson & James Drake ambushed MSK because, well, they’re sore losers. But will the Belfast Beast and Rockstar Spud SSSOOON avenge Lee & Carter?
Maverick comes out wearing a shirt with Dain’s face on it, and Dain does not approve! Dain pulls that shirt off Maverick and smacks him on the back with it before throwing it away. GYV make their entrance, Gibson has a mic, and he says, “I’m sorry to interrupt this little dance party, but we have some breaking news! Wes Lee of MSK fame has unfortunately broken his hand.” James Drake mockingly “sheds a tear,” but says that the main headline now is that Regal has given GYV a hefty fine! They were just saving the NXT Universe! Imagine a few weeks without MSK “joking around like little children!”
Gibson says in the finals of the Dusty Cup, “the better team lost! Let’s make no mistakes: there’s only one team destined for tag title glory, and it’s NOT MSK. And it’s certainly not Shrek ‘n’ Donkey! It’s the Grizzled Young Veterans, SSSSSSOON to be recognized as NXT Tag Team Champions!” Gibson and Drake get in with Shrek- er, Dain & Maverick, and teams sort out. Of course Dain wants to start, and he runs right at James Drake to SHOTGUN DROPKICK him down! Dain drags Drake up to throw BIG EuroUppers! Tag to Maverick, Dain & Maverick double whip, Dain uses Maverick to trip Drake up, and then Dain drops a back senton! Maverick is the human weapon again, scoop slam senton! Cover, TWO!
Maverick keeps on Drake with an armlock, then wrenches to a wristlock. Maverick hammerlocks, Drake endures and fights up to elbow free. Drake headlocks, tags Gibson, Maverick powers out but GYV leap frog to CLOBBER Maverick! Gibson sucker punches Dain, but he doesn’t fall! The ref is busy keeping Dain back, and Gibson scoops Maverick to an Electric Chair! Mr. Mayhem goes up top but Dain gets Maverick away from Liverpool’s Number One, to then choke grip Gibson! Drake leaps into a choke grip, and Dain SHOVES GYV out of the ring! Fans fire up as Maverick shakes Dain’s hand. Then Dain TOSSES Maverick out onto GYV! GYV goes down as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns and Gibson keeps Maverick from Dain! Maverick throws forearms, Gibson whips Maverick to the corner and tags in Drake. Drake rolls and run sin but Maverick knees him down! Gibson keeps Maverick cornered, until Maverick slips under! Hot tag to Dain! Dain rallies on GYV, then clinches Drake for an OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Dain RAMS Gibson into Drake then CLOBBERS Gibson! Gibson begs for mercy but Drake jumps on with a sleeper! Dain just shifts Drake to a fireman’s carry, scoops Gibson, SAMOAN DROP FALL AWAY SLAM COMBO! Big Damo pops Drake back up for the WASTELAND, and SENTON! Cover, Gibson breaks it!
The ref reprimands as Gibson hammers Dain and helps Drake up. GYV coordinate, but it’s Dain who DOUBLE SUPLEXES them! Hot tag to Maverick! Maverick climbs up, leaps and CROSSBODIES Drake! Maverick dropkicks Gibson down, fires up and throws strikes on Drake! Punch, kick, repeat, but Drake shoves him! Maverick gets under to dropkick the legs out then basement dropkicks Drake in the head! Maverick fires up, hits a forearm smash in the corner, but Gibson tags in before the bulldog attempt! GYV coordinate, MISSILE DROPKICK COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, Dain breaks it! Dain goes after Drake and CLOBBERS him! Gibson throws Dain out, but Dain drags him out with him!
Dain has Gibson’s ear, Drake DIVES to take Dain out! Gibson gets in but Maverick runs in to forearm smash and BULLDOG! Maverick hurries up a corner, but Drake goes after him! Maverick kicks him away but Gibson YANKS Maverick down! Tag to Drake, they coordinate again, TICKET TO MAYHEM!! Cover, GYV wins!
Winners: The Grizzled Young Veterans, by pinfall
The teamwork makes the dream work, and GYV are one step closer to their dastardly dream of being the first team to have held both NXT UK and NXT prime Tag Team Championships!
William Regal DID see the confrontation earlier, and has made a match! In two weeks it will be Io Shirai VS Toni Storm, for the NXT Women’s Champion!
Finally El Legado arrives!
And just in time to make Regal’s deadline! Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza stand guard as Escobar stays in the SUV. Will Escobar go through with the match tonight? Or is he just here to turn over the title?
NXT returns as Dain is still carrying Maverick around.
He doesn’t want NXT Media to bother them, he sets Maverick down. But then Alexander Wolfe and Imperium walk by. What is this? Wolfe says Dain used to be a monster. That shake of his head shows Wolfe is disappointed, but Dain asks for medics to check on Maverick. Will Dain let the Hatchet Man get in his head about his… well not friendship, but partnership with Maverick?
No Disqualification: Santos Escobar w/ El Legado del Fantasma VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux!
Mr. Doomsday and his femme fatale make their way to the ring, and we see that Escobar has yet to even exit the vehicle. Wait! Kross attacks Wilde & Mendoza!! He got the drop on Legado this time! Kross TOSSES Mendoza into a garage door, but Escobar attacks! He’s going through with the match his way, but will he be made to #FallAndPray all the same?
Kross picks Escobar up to RAM him into the side of a truck! Escobar kicks back, they brawl again, and Kross CLUBS and ROCKS Escobar! Escobar goes to the back of the moving truck, Kross is after him again with haymakers, and then he tosses him into the truck’s trailer. But Escobar SLAMS the door on Kross! Kross writhes and Escobar talks trash in Spanish now that he has the advantage. Escobar kicks and forearms but Kros TOSSES him back into the side of the truck! Escobar kicks again, Kross throws more forearms, but Escobar dodges and a forearm shot hits the truck! Kross shakes that arm while Escobar gets into the truck cab!
Escobar closes the door to protect himself, but Kross rips off the side mirror! Kross finds a PICKAXE under the truck!? What’s that doing there?! Kross uses it to TEAR into the door!! Escobar has to bail out the other side and he throws hands on Kross! Wilde returns to throw hands but Kross TOSSES Wilde onto the hood! Wilde tumbles, Mendoza runs in but he gets THROWN into the grill! Escobar SMASHES Kross with a trash can! Escobar talks more trash and then SMACKS Kross again! El Legado has the 3v1 advantage now and they mug Kross! They bump Kross off the truck, hammer him more, and then RAM him into the side of the trailer!
Escobar wants another one, and they set Kross up again. They tell “the dog” this is what he gets for messing with them! They RAM him into the side again, and then Escobar has Wilde and Mendoza drag Kross into the arena. They go to the special stage area and beat Kross up at the steps! Fans boo but Escobar says to bring Kross around. Kross DECKS Wilde, BOOTS Mendoza, and then takes them both to throw them into the PLEXIGLAS! They go crashing through and Escobar is shocked! Kross glares at Escobar and Scarlett laughs at Escobar’s false bravado! Kross ROCKS Escobar and Escobar goes into the ring!
Escobar runs but Kross BOOTS him down! Cover, ONE!! Kross keeps on Escobar and CLUBS him out of the ring! Kross stalks Escobar, but Mendoza returns! Kross just TOSSES him into other barriers! Escobar SMACKS Kross with a chair! And SMACKS him again! Escobar stomps Kross down, rips Kross’ shirt off, and tosses it aside like trash. Escobar drags Kross up, hammerlocks the bad arm and POSTS him! And then RAMS Kross into steel steps! Escobar grins and soaks up the heat as NXT goes picture in picture.
Escobar takes his time regrouping with El Legado, and they drag Kross back up. Kross rakes Escobar’s eyes! But Legado has the steel steps and RAMS Kross with them! Kross clutches the bad arm, Escobar KICKS it! Escobar stomps the bad arm, drags Kross up and clubs away on the shoulder! Escobar puts Kross in the ring, throws more forearms, then covers, ONE!! Escobar clamps onto the bad arm, stomps away on it, then wrenches the arm. Escobar puts Kross in a corner, wraps the arm around ropes and SCRAPES it along the rope! Kross pushes Escobar away but Wilde HOTSHOTS the arm for him!
Escobar drags Kross up, has the arm, and gives it a CODE BREAKER! Kross scrambles to a corner but Escobar CHOPS him! Escobar puts the arm around ropes and pulls on it again! Kross can only clutch the elbow as Escobar runs in to forearm smash! Escobar cravats Kross, jams him with a shoulder, then headbutts Kross’ shoulder! Escobar fires off forearms, but Kross hits back with his good arm! They brawl, Escobar shoves Kross and runs in to shotgun dropkick! NXT returns to single picture as Legado trips Kross up for Escobar’s basement dropkick! Scarlett is furious and shouts for Kross to get up! Escobar shoves Kross out and goes back for the chair!
Escobar jams the bad arm, then slips the chair around it! Escobar aims and POSTS the arm!! Kross grabs at Escobar with the good arm but Escobar SLAPS him down! Escobar sits the chair up and stomps Kross down. Escobar drags Kross up and over, for a DDT to the chair! Escobar drags Kross up and into the ring, covers, TWO! Legado is frustrated but Escobar dropkicks Kross down! Escobar throws Kross out, pursues, but Kross hits back with is good arm! So Legado swarms him! Kross fights them off, but Escobar DIVES! The Arrow from Hell takes Kross down into barriers!! Scarlett is furious again but can only watch on as Escobar stands on Kross’ bad arm.
Escobar stomps Kross, and stomps and stomps! Escobar kicks the bad arm, wrenches it and clamps onto the shoulder! Escobar puts Kross in, covers, TWO! Escobar drops elbows on Kross’ bad arm, then clamps on with a short arm scissor. Kross endures, tries to use his good arm but Escobar shrugs that off. Kross sits up, Escobar puts him in a corner, and then runs in to DOUBLE KNEE! SNAP SUPLEX! Uno amigo, and Escobar drags Kross up, only for Kross to block! Kross gets around to use the good arm for an EXPLODER! Kross sees Wilde and DECKS him! Escobar leaps into a catch, for another EXPLODER!
Escobar bails out, Kross shakes the bad arm and pursues. Escobar POSTS Kross again! Escobar brings the bad arm around the post, but Kross YANKS Escobar into it instead! Kross bounces Escobar’s head off steel steps! Mendoza runs in with a chair but Kross BOOTS him down! Kross takes the chair for his own now and has a wild grin! Escobar is a fish in a barrel but Wilde saves him from a full metal Con-Chair-To! Kross glares at Wilde, aims with the chair, and he JAMS Escobar in the ribs! Kross puts Escobar in the ring, but Mendoza LEAPS, into an EXPLODER! Wilde leaps, but the rana is blocked! BARRIER BOMB!!
Kross gets in, Escobar is in a corner, Kross hits a corner clothesline! And BOOT! Escobar flops back out, Kross follows, and they’re by the other steps! Kross brings Escobar up and around, DOOMSDAY SAIDO through the announce desk!! Fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” and Scarlett seems euphoric now! Kross puts Escobar in the ring, hauls him up, and hits a DOOMSDAY SAIDO!! Kross aims from a corner, and winds up the hour hand. “TICK TOCK! TIME’S UP!!” BLINDSIDE FOREARM!! Cover, Kross wins!!
Winner: Karrion Kross, by pinfall
Escobar tried every trick in the book, but nothing can stop the sands of time! He still has the title, but will Escobar be in any shape to defend his Cruiserweight Championship? And will the clock start ticking on another champion’s reign?
NXT hears from LA Knight.
“Let me talk to ya. The question burning in everyone’s mind since TakeOver is, ‘Man, when’s LA Knight gonna debut?'” He’ll put it this way: the one thing that he asked is, “Whose game is it?” It’s HIS game. That means when he debuts, it’s on his time, his terms and done his way. What that means is Knight could debut next week, the week after that, or three months from now, because it doesn’t make a difference! In the end, everyone’s favorites, the ones that hold the gold, are just holding golden tickets to getting stomped out by LA Knight! That’s not an insult, that’s just a fact of life! But who will Knight go for first whenever it is he makes his in-ring debut?
Adam Cole is here!
After tweeting out that he will give us his explanation, Cole is finally here to do as he said! Cole goes to the ring, fans boo, and they don’t even feel like saying “BOOM” with him anymore. Cole takes a moment to watch a replay of last week, where Cole betrayed and booted Kyle O’Reilly to then give him a brainbuster to Kyle O’Reilly. Kyle has a herniated disc, not likely to return for several weeks, and fans chant, “You Suck!” for it. Cole gets a mic to say, “I… I had every intention of coming out here and explaining why I did what I did to Kyle, but… God, man, after watching that footage, I feel sick to my stomach.”
Everyone knows the NXT Championship is very important to Cole, especially the guys in the Undisputed Era. But Cole does not like the person he has become lately. At first, Cole was pissed off, because Kyle was getting opportunity after opportunity at the title, and he continued to fail. But that does not excuse Cole’s actions. After seeing it back, Cole is ashamed of himself. “Kyle, I know you’re sitting at home right now and you’re watching this. And I wish so, so badly that we could be having this conversation face to face, man to man, but we can’t.” They can’t, because of Cole.
Cole and Kyle know each other than anybody, and that means Kyle knows Cole hates admitting he’s wrong. Cole is telling us now that he was dead wrong. Kyle should be here in this ring, right here and now, but instead Cole made a stupid mistake and hates himself for it! Cole paces as he works on the words to say. “Kyle… Kyle, I am so, so sorry.” Cole will do whatever he can to fix this. Even if he can’t, he’ll try. “Wow, Adam. Really?” Roderick Strong confronts Cole! Now Cole feels bad?! Only now? For the past 10 days Cole didn’t feel bad for not letting Strong know what was going on? For what Cole did to Kyle, and to THE TEAM!?
“Adam, everything’s changed now. This whole thing, this Undisputed Era… This was built on trust! Love! A brotherhood!” The UE Boys would do whatever it took to have each other’s backs! And just like that, Cole “shattered that trust!” Strong wants Cole to look at him and understand this: Kyle IS going to heal up. They both know Kyle. But when Kyle does heal, Strong doesn’t know if he can save Cole from what Kyle’s gonna do to him! But wait, here comes Finn Balor! Strong tries to stop him but Balor pushes him aside and tackles Cole! Balor rains down fists, Strong gets in to pull him away from Cole, but Balor and Strong tumble out of the ring!
Balor kicks and stomps away on Strong but Cole RAMS Balor into barriers! And SUPERKICKS him down! Strong gets in the ring, Cole goes in to apologize, but Strong CLOBBERS Cole! And Strong is just as torn up as Cole was! Cole apologizes and he just wants things to go back to normal. Cole says this was his fault. Strong shouts, “What is happening?!” Cole starts to cry, but Strong sits with him. Strong says he’s sorry for hitting Cole. They’re brothers and they love each other! They hug it out and fans cheer! Cole keeps apologizing, he and Strong pat each other on the back, and then they shake hands. But Cole LOW BLOWS Strong?!?! That wasn’t a mistake!!
Cole tells Strong he is so STUPID! Cole says Strong is dead to him, and he takes the UE dog tag away from him! Then SUPERKICKS him down!! Was Cole just pretending to have regrets? Is there nothing undisputed anymore?!
Wow, this episode! And that’s meant in a good way, there was a lot of great, wild stuff. We had a really good match in Gargano VS Lumis, and some really crazy developments in that story. Theory thinking Lumis isn’t so bad is an alright choice, but I have no idea where this “Indi <3’s Lumis” is coming from. I get there’s a cliché of “daughter falls for bad boy” in sitcoms and family stories, but this still seems a bit out of nowhere. The pacing is what feels off, really. I still wish there were “Theory is hostage” antics but of course this is all leading to Gargano VS Lumis rematch for the North American Championship. I just don’t like the idea that it might come down to the loyalties of Theory and Indi, not that Lumis actually beats Gargano on his own merits.
The way (no pun intended this time, I swear) we learned about Rust VS Ruff getting on the card was arranged oddly. There was entrance, then a “earlier today” video, then Bivens has his promo to put Rust over and bury Ruff. We should’ve gotten the video first, then everything else. Swerve attacking Ruff was a good touch, though, and I guess any match being offered/given to Ruff is too much for Swerve. We got really good video packages for MSK and the coming Women’s Tag Title match, but what a twist for GYV to attack MSK and basically delay the NXT Tag Team Championship match. GYV VS Dain & Maverick was a good match, but of course GYV wins.
It seems Imperium and Wolfe are going to be the next feud for Dain & Maverick, and there could even be a chance of Dain being recruited/converted to Imperium! I don’t know if I want to see the dysfunctional duo break up, but Dain and Wolfe reuniting from their SAnitY days through Imperium would be an interesting story. Plus, one day we will be able to have NXT and NXT UK swap people around smoothly again, so with the North American Championship, NXT UK Heritage Cup, and another pair of tag titles out there, there could come a time when Imperium reigns from top to bottom.
Shirai VS Stark was very good, especially for Stark being new to NXT. But naturally, we’re getting Shirai VS Storm 1v1 now, but it does seem a little sudden for the long-awaited rematch from the second Mae Young Classic. The match itself will surely make up for that, though, and honestly could go either way, if Heel Toni decides to bend the rules or something. Then with Xia Li VS Kacy, it was obvious it would be brutal, but I didn’t think it’d be that brutal! Xia “breaking” Kacy’s leg, and threatening to do the same to Kayden, that is some serious Heel heat. I am still waiting for when Tian Sha/Mei Ling (Karen Q) gets back into action and tears up the Women’s Tag Division with Xia Li.
Grimes trying to recreate the Ted DeBiase basketball challenge, and messing up multiple times, was pretty hilarious. I have a feeling he’s not only going to waste his money on things but also on these silly bets until he’s basically back to where he was before #GameStonks. The story of Escobar waiting until the very last minute was pretty good, as was Kross going after him so he wouldn’t have a choice. Naturally Legado worked together for the entirety of the No DQ match, and I think the No DQ, brawling nature of the match made this work in Kross’ favor, as he felt much stronger than if this were a standard match. Kross wins so he can stay strong in his own path back to the NXT Championship, and I’m curious to see how this impacts Escobar’s title reign, if at all.
And speaking of, the NXT Championship scene is also attached to the #WhyColeWhy story. Cole taking the approach of, “It was impulsive and I regret it” was an interesting start, but from how he betrays Strong at the very last moment makes it seem it was an act. The anger Cole mentioned about Kyle getting his two opportunities might also be attached to jealousy, maybe some bitterness. Cole VS Kyle is definitely happening, but I think we’ll get a great Cole VS Strong first, maybe even Cole VS Balor, title optional. Heck, the title could be put up, but Kyle screws Cole over to set their own match up. The UE is basically all but over unless Fish returns and Cole is the one kicked out of the group. This could even be the long road to opening the door to Cole going to Raw/SmackDown, as much of a shame it’d be to see him finally move over.
My Score: 9.4/10
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