Is it wise to have this SmackDown Civil War so close to Survivor Series?
Despite being on Team SmackDown this Sunday, the Big Dog and King Corbin lead opposing forces against each other! But will this only hurt their chances of winning against Raw and NXT?
- Sasha Banks VS Charlotte Flair VS Rhea Ripley; Ripley wins.
- 8 Man Tag: The New Day & Heavy Machinery VS The Undisputed Era; The Undisputed Era wins.
- Daniel Bryan VS The Miz; No Contest.
- Six Man Tag: Roman Reigns, Mustafa Ali & Chad Gable VS Baron Corbin, Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler; Corbin, Roode & Ziggler win.
PLAY BY PLAY
The SmackDown roster is gathered at the gates.
They’re all excited, until King Corbin and his court stand at the front of the room. But then Roman Reigns walks up, flanked by Mustafa Ali and Shorty G Chad Gable. The Big Dog’s presence is what gets the roster to calm down. And Roman knows everyone is anxious, because Raw and NXT will be here tonight. Roman tells everyone what SmackDown ain’t gonna do: “Act like cowards like Corbin would.” The gates open, and Roman says what they’re doing is opening up the door and let them all in, to whoop everyone’s ass! The roster is ready, but Corbin says that’s stupid. Says the stupid guy in the crown.
But then Sasha Banks steps up as the women’s team captain. The men can argue about their big “egos,” but The Boss waits for no one. The women are ready to take charge, and that starts now! Sasha leads her team to the ring while Roman and Corbin argue. There is still turmoil just a couple days away, can SmackDown bring itself together to stand against their enemies?
Team SmackDown heads to the ring!
The Boss leads the Sassy Southern Belle, the Loony Lass, the Fabulous Princess and Ms. Flex Appeal to stand their ground. Sasha has the mic as she says, “This is our ring, and this is our show!” This team is ready to take care of business. No one is jumping them from behind. NXT doesn’t have the guts to come out after getting dropped last week, or after SmackDown went to them to do the same thing. As for Raw, they have to be here, so they should just come out and fight right now! Sasha and her team wait, but no one appears. Where is Captain Queeny? Here she comes! And with her is Team Raw’s Natalya, the Kabuki Warriors and Sarah Logan!
Charlotte has her own mic and says, “Hey, look everyone. It’s the welcome wagon!” Thank you for opening the door, but Raw would’ve kicked it down anyways. Team Raw circles the ring before hopping up to join them. Sasha wants to take care of business? How about going 1v1 for old time’s sake? The teams come face to face times five and a referee has to get in the middle. But wait, here comes Team NXT! Sasha talked tough, but here comes Rhea Ripley, Tegan Nox, Mia Yim, Candice LeRae and… TONI STORM!? The former NXT UK Champion finally returns after a mysterious absence. Rhea has a mic for herself now as Chicago chants for “NXT! NXT!” Rhea tells Sasha she’s wrong. NXT does have the guts to show up. So if the captains are going 1v1, make it a captain’s TRIPLE THREAT! The Mosh Pit Kid steps up to the Queen and the Boss, and we have a Survivor Series sampler!
All three teams, all 15 women, are in the ring at once and arguing with whoever is closest. But then that isn’t good enough, and a massive brawl breaks out!! Reha has Asuka, Charlotte has Lacey, Sasha is attacked by Kairi Sane, and it’s just chaos otherwise! The referees work to restore order, will we still see that sampler after the break?
Sasha Banks VS Charlotte Flair VS Rhea Ripley!
We will! With their teams lining the ring like lumberjacks, The Queen of Raw, the Boss of SmackDown and the Ripper of NXT are ready to battle! Which team captain gains a big win for their team even before Survivor Series?
The bell rings and Charlotte shoves Rhea. Sasha forearms and chops and kicks, but then Charlotte brawls with her. Rhea gets back in but gets kicked away. Sasha runs but both Charlotte and Rhea BOOT her down! Sasha bails out and that leaves Rhea to stare down with Charlotte. They circle and tie up, Charlotte waistlocks to slam Rhea down! Rhea gets up and throws Charlotte off, but Charlotte goes after a leg. Charlotte rolls to get a headlock but Rhea powers her way up. The team members trash talk each other as Rhea powers out of the headlock. Charlotte stops herself to boot Rhea down. Charlotte drags Rhea up, scoops but Rhea slips out to waistlock. Charlotte swings an elbow, misses, and Rhea powers her to a corner. Rhea rams her shoulder in over and over, then whips Charlotte corner to corner. Charlotte reverses, but Rhea reverses back to break free.
Rhea swings a kick, Charlotte gets under, but Rhea boots her on the return! Charlotte BOOTS back! Fans echo the “WOO!” as Charlotte goes at Rhea but Rhea elbows her away. Charlotte blocks the buckle bump to forearm Rhea back! Charlotte rams her shoulder into Rhea now, but Rhea moves and Charlotte eats buckles. Sasha returns to Backstabber Rhea! Cover, TWO! Sasha rains down rights and then looms over Rhea. Sasha brings Rhea up but Rhea shoves her away. Rhea boots, Sasha blocks it and then gives back a knee! Sasha runs, but Rhea spins her around to LARIAT! And another! And then ripcord to a dropkick! Sasha bails out to her team’s side but Rhea goes out to fetch her. Rhea throws Sasha at the ring but Sasha spins to kick back! Sasha revels in the cheers and jeers, but Charlotte shoves Sasha into Nikki Cross!
Sasha and Nikki argue now, Sasha not appreciating Nikki being “in the way.” Nikki takes offense but the rest of the team works to keep the peace. The other two teams laugh at the dysfunction, and then Rhea goes after Sasha. But Charlotte is up top, SUPER MOONSAULT! The Queen of Raw wrecks her enemies as we go to break!
SmackDown returns as Charlotte has Sasha in a Boston Crab, but Rhea dropkicks Charlotte down! Cover on Charlotte, but Sasha barely breaks it in time! Rhea goes after Sasha and bumps her off buckles. Rhea runs in but gets an elbow. Sasha hops up and gets headscissors, but Rhea pops her up to an Electric Chair, to throw her into buckles face first! Sasha collapses in a head but Rhea drags her up. Rhea puts Sasha on the top rope then throws forearms. Rhea climbs up to join Sasha but Sasha hits back. Sasha forearms Rhea away, then leaps, METEORA! Cover, NATURAL SELECTION! Charlotte covers Sasha, but Rhea breaks it in time! Charlotte, bloody nose and all, is furious with the NXT upstart. Fans and the teams rally up as Charlotte turns to Rhea.
Charlotte drags Rhea up but Rhea shoves her away. And a kick from the mat rocks Charlotte! Charlotte stays up to boot but Rhea deflects. Rhea spins but misses her dropkick, NATURAL SELECTION AGAIN! But Rhea scrambles to ropes. Sasha rolls Charlotte up, TWO!! Sasha spins Charlotte, hops on, but no backstabber here! FIGURE FOUR! Figure EIGHT! But Rhea gets under and crucifixes Charlotte! RHEA WINS!!
Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall
NXT got the better of both enemy brands! A huge win this close to Survivor Series, but can NXT pull it off when it’s 5v5v5? For that matter, will Rhea’s team even look the same after going through a Women’s WarGames tomorrow night?
Sasha and Charlotte argue, and then they start shoving. They brawl, and their teams follow! Raw and SmackDown are not going to let each other get away unscathed, but it is SmackDown who holds the ring. But only for a moment! Raw will not let up, but is this only letting NXT get even more of an advantage?
Corbin talks with Roode and Dolph.
The rest of the roster doesn’t understand that only one type of leadership works here, and that’s to lead by example. Roman doesn’t understand how stupid it is to just invite the enemy. But in the Six Man tonight against Roman, Shorty G and… Whatever that kid’s name is, the one from Chicago with all the lights. It is a given that Raw and NXT will attack then. That’s why they need a plan. Corbin will just get clear and let the other brands beat up Roman and his partners. Then they’ll wait and attack Roman, G and Ali after! But then Sami Zayn comes in. He knows what they’re thinking: What is in the bag? Wow, and people thought Corbin was annoying. So Corbin thinks he’s tough? Try calling him annoying out in the ring! Because Sami is headed there right now!
Backstage interview with Bayley!
The SmackDown Women’s Champion is here ahead of her champion’s triple threat. Is there any concern about Becky Lynch or Shayna Baszler being here tonight? No, because she is the only Grand Slam Women’s Champion. Becky is too smart to show up here and get beat. But Baszler is too impulsive. Bayley has her head on a swivel because Baszler always blindsides her. The only time she shows up is when Bayley’s back is turned. If Baslzer is done hiding in the shadows, Bayley is ready.
Sami and Shinsuke head to the ring!
The Great Liberator walks with the King of Strong Style to the ring, and has himself a mic. “Well, it’s pretty clear King Corbin isn’t going to come out here, is he?” Probably because Corbin is afraid of Sami and Shinsuke! Everyone is afraid of Shinsuke! Corbin says Sami’s annoying, but that’s not true. Sami is more, “stud.” For as big of a stud Sami is, Shinsuke is even more of a stud. Such a studly WWE Intercontinental Champion, Sami got Shinsuke something special. Sami unveils… a NEW Intercontinental Championship belt! This is the only way you take a title away from Shinsuke: by giving him a superior one. Sami takes the belt from Nakamura to give him to brand new “masterpiece” befitting such an artist. Shinsuke is the only one guaranteed to defeat Raw and NXT! Even if it is the United States Champion, AJ Styles, and the North American Champion, Ro… Roggy? Who is that guy? Shinsuke is drawing a blank.
“Shock. The System.” The Undisputed Era is here! The four NXT champions are here and joining Sami and Shinsuke in the ring. Sami wants them to calm down, and he politely puts the mic down for them to take. He and Shinsuke slowly head out as Chicago chants “Undisputed!” Fans boo as Sami and Shinsuke run, but Adam Cole takes the mic up to say, “Let me fill you in, Sami.” This is Adam Cole, BAYBAY. And this is Roderick Strong, the North American Champion. After the Era take care of business in WarGames, Survivor Series is going to be NXT wiping the floor with Raw and SmackDown! “And that, boys and girls, that’s Undisputed.”
“Awwwwww~ Chicago~!” Don’t you dare be sour, clap for the 7-time champs, and feel~ the power~! The SmackDown Tag Team Champions walk out to say, “Well, well, well. Looky what we have here.” The Undisputed Era took off so fast, they didn’t get a proper good-bye. But good to see they’re back. Because he sees those four here, and then they’re here. Fans chant, “New! Day Rocks!” and Kofi Kingston wants to settle what was started in a match! Roddy says just two against four? Sure! Oh no no, they’ve got two more. But who? Who who who? HEAVY MACHINERY! Tucker Knight and Otis Dozovic are COMIIIIN~! Will this epic 8-Man pave the way for Sunday?
8 Man Tag: The New Day & Heavy Machinery VS The Undisputed Era!
SmackDown returns as Big E starts against the North American Champion! Big E circles with Strong and they approach. Big E corners Strong but Strong uses the ropes as a defense. Big E dares him to come back and they tie up. Kyle O’Reilly steps in to distract Big E, and Strong attacks from behind! Strong chops away then tags Kyle. Kyle and Strong much Big E! Kyle rams his knee in and tags Bobby Fish. The NXT Tag Team Champions double whip but Big E busts through the kicks! Big E clotheslines Kyle then catches Fish for an overhead suplex! Big E drags Fish out and we see Sami and Shin watch from the stage. Kofi tags in and Big E has Fish set up, for the BIG SPLASH on the apron! Then Kyle runs in, only to get an overhead suplex for himself! Strong runs over but Kofi kicks him down! But this allows Fish to get away and tag in Cole!
THE NXT Champion runs over at Kofi but Kofi shoulders him away, to then springboard ax handle! Cole is in a corner and Kofi heads in, but gets a knee! Cole throws forearms but Kofi hits back. Kofi kicks, Cole knees low, Strong tags in. Kofi kicks and whips Cole but Cole holds ropes. Kofi SUPERKICKS Cole but Strong gets Kofi for a Half Nelson BACKBREAKER! Strong stomps Kofi down in the Undisputed corner then tags in Kyle. Kyle and Strong mug Kofi in the corner with kicks and CHOPS! Fish tags in and reDRagon double suplexes Kofi down. Cover, ONE, but Fish stays on Kofi with knees. Fish snapmares Kofi then slingshots for the senton atomico! Cover, TWO! Fish drags Kofi up and tags in Cole. Cole and Fish mug Kofi but fans rally up. Kofi fights back but Cole turns him for a neckbreaker!
Cole drags Kofi over, Strong tags in and stomps Kofi down. Strong drags Kofi up, Canadian rack, and into a Gory Especial! Kofi endures this Strong Special but fans rally up. Kofi fights out and slips around to a sunset flip, TWO! Kofi hurries but Strong stomps him down. Strong drags Kofi up, tag to Kyle, and the Undisputed Era continue to mug Kofi. Kyle drags Kofi into a waistlock takedown, then he rams elbows and knees into the ribs! Kyle runs to slide and knee Kofi again! Strong mocks Kofi’s pain as Kyle drags Kofi over. Strong tags in and stomps away on Kofi. Strong drags Kofi up in a facelock, fisherman cradle but Kofi avoids a cover. Kofi fights his way up as Chicago rallies. Kofi throws body shots but Strnog shoves. Kofi slips out to swing kick Strong away! Now Kofi climbs, but Strong hops up to knee him back!
Strong joins Kofi up top, but Kofi fights back. Kofi shoves Strong down, adjusts, but Kyle creeps over. Tucker keeps Kyle back, but Strong dropkicks Kofi onto Tucker! Otis hurries over to help Tucker by dragging Kofi off him. Big E takes offense, and now the big boys argue. The Undisputed Era are a united front so they just enjoy watching the dysfunction. Tucker gets up and has the clearer head, he calms things down as we go to break.
SmackDown returns as Fish has Kofi down in body scissors and a chinlock. Fans rally again but Fish drags Kofi away. Kofi gets out of the scissors and fights up, but Fish knees low! Fish hits Big E for good measure! Fish whips Kofi corner to corner but Kofi goes up to dropkick back! Both men are down and Chicago fires up! Kofi and Fish crawl, hot tag to Kyle and Otis! Fans exploder as Dozer just bulldozes all of the Undisputed Era! First Strong and Kyle, then Cole, then Strong and Kyle again, then back to Cole! Otis keeps moving, he runs over Strong again, and then Kyle again! And Cole a third time! Strong gets a pop-up flapjack! Kyle kicks but Otis just powers up. Kyle boots, but Otis just gets stronger! Kyle fires off strike after strike but Otis HEADBUTTS! Kyle yo-yos in the rope, into an EXPLODER!
Otis has Kyle and Cole in a stack, a double splash sandwich! Cole flops into the drop zone, and Otis pumps up! Chicago fires up but the Undisputed Era saves Cole! Kyle runs in but bounces off Otis! Tag to Tucker, and Heavy Machinery grab Kyle, HOSS TOSS! Cover, TWO!! Kyle survives but he flounders to ropes. Tucker walks into his boot, Strong tags in. But Tucker SUPERKICKS! Tucker traps Strong’s arms, for an overhead suplex! Tucker pumps up now, and he goes corner to corner for a big splash! Tucker drags Strong up right off the ground, for a sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO! Tucker keeps his cool and formulates a plan. Fans like where he’s going with this as he goes up top! Tucker MOONSAULTS!! Cover, but Cole breaks it in time!
Cole dodges Big E and BOOTS Otis, then enziguris Big E! But he runs into a belly2belly! Fish and Kyle go after Big E together, clubbing him down until he back drops them both out! Big E and Kofi fire up, Kofi builds speed but Cole trips him! Then reDRagon drag Big E out, TOTAL ANNIHILATION! Kofi fights Cole off and hurries around the way, but he leaps into TOTAL ANNIHILATION! Cole and Strong get in, Tucker LARIATS Cole and clotheslines Strong out! Tucker tumbles, too, but Otis is back to catch Kyle! SPIN CYCLE SLAM! Fans fire up as Dozer pumps it up, CATERPILLAR ELBOW! But Fish kicks away on Otis. Cole runs in, SUPERKICKS Tucker! STRONG KNEE! Cover, the Undisputed Era wins!
Winners: The Undisputed Era, Strong pinning
Another win for NXT! Their unity and strategy were too much for even two big name SmackDown teams! Will this foursome make it through WarGames for a third year in a row? Will they sweep Survivor Series Weekend completely?
But then Strong trash talks Shinsuke on the stage. These two will be facing off, but here comes the third champion! AJ STYLES flies in, Phenomenal Forearm to them both! Styles and Nakamura brawl but Strong gets in on it, too! Strong clubs Nakamura down but Styles PELES Strong! Styles goes after Nakamura but Sami SMACKS Styles with a chair! Sami gives Styles another chair shot that sends him off the stage! Then a SMACK for Strong! And again! The Undisputed Era rush up the ramp to run Sami and Nakamura off. NXT has been going strong, but will Strong be in any good shape for the weekend ahead of him?
The OC regroup on stage.
Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson check on Styles but he says he’s fine. “Did you enjoy that, Chicago?” They did. Of course they did, this is the most depressing city in the world! Chicago wouldn’t know entertainment if it slapped them in the face! Styles is the best thing going in Chicago right now! Styles and his Good Brothers are staying here to remind us all who they are. Fans chant for CM Punk instead. “Oh yeah? I would move the floor with him. And trust me, Chicago, you need cleaning up.” Anderson says when you mess with one, you mess with all the members of the Original, the Official, the Only Club that matters! The mother lovin’ OC! Nakamura and Sami will get what’s coming to them and Strong will get his 15 seconds of fame. It will be Styles’ pleasure to remind us that he is THE Phenomenal One!
But here comes Daniel Bryan!
Yes Movement, “New” Daniel Bryan, none of that matters right now if he can become the NEW Universal Champion. Bray Wyatt wanted Bryan to “play,” but Bryan dared Bray to put the title on the line, so Bray said, “YES!” Bryan goes to the ring and gets a mic to now say, “People want to know why I want to summon Bray Wyatt, here’s why.” Footage recaps the very challenges made by him and the host of Firefly Fun House. The Miz said The Fiend wants to finally end Daniel Bryan. Bryan told Miz no one understands what happens when you combine mental instability with extreme passion! But Bray does. And to finally settle things between them, Survivor Series will see this match happen!
In the present, Bryan isn’t here for Yes chants, for lectures, for puppets and games. Bryan wants to “summon” Bray Wyatt. Bryan won’t even begin to pretend he understand what goes on in Bray’s mind, but Bray doesn’t know what’s in Bryan’s mind, either. So before that championship match, Bray needs to come down here to talk man to man and “clear the air.” They can talk about the past, the issues between them, it’ll be fun. And if that’s not fun, they can just fight and have a lot of fun. Bryan isn’t going to be a name on a hit list or a toy in the collection. But then, the lights go out. And then come back on. But no one is in the ring with Bryan. Chicago is disappointed. “Mind games, huh?” Guess Bray doesn’t want to show up. Instead of Bray, it’s The Miz!
“If there’s one thing worse than The Fiend,” Bryan says, “it’s The Miz. What the hell are you doing out here?” Miz joins Bryan in the ring, and says, “Based on your behavior last week, it has become quite clear that unlike you, I am a professional.” Miz bit his tongue and held back as Bryan disrespected him on Miz TV. Bryan doesn’t care, because he doesn’t like nor respect Miz. The feelings are mutual! Bryan is weak, vulnerable, and Miz is going to love seeing The Fiend tear him apart! Miz thought he could help Bryan out, and that is all Miz has tried to do since day one of Bryan’s WWE career! Miz wanted to slap some sense into Bryan, but that obviously won’t work, so he’ll just slap him. And he does! Bryan is seething, but we’re going to break!
Daniel Bryan VS The Miz!
SmackDown returns as this match is already going, and Miz is giving Bryan endless It Kicks! Miz aims, but Bryan blocks the buzzsaw to SLAP Miz back! Bryan CHOPS Miz then whips, but Miz kicks him back. Miz runs but is tossed out! Bryan goes to the apron, for a flying knee! Direct hit but fans are divided. Bryan drags Miz up into the ring then gives Miz European Uppercuts! Miz kicks back and throws haymakers. Bryan uppercuts, Miz haymalers, repeat! They brawl, Bryan headbutts then whips. Miz reverses and hits the kitchen sink knee! Miz snarls as he runs to basement BOOT Bryan down! Cover, TWO!
Miz keeps his cool as he looms over Bryan. Miz boots Bryan again! He circles around Bryan to then run and boot again! And again! Cover, TWO! Miz keeps on Bryan with a knee to the back and a chinlock wrapped on. Bryan fights his way up, Miz grinds the headlock, but Bryan powers out. Miz runs him over with a shoulder, then speeds up. Bryan gets up, hurdles and kicks Miz down! Bryan gives Miz CHOPS and KICKS in the corner, repeat! Bryan goes corner to corner to dropkick! And then again! But Miz follows the third time, A-List Lariat! Miz pushes Bryan down to go up top. Fans are fired up as Miz leaps, but the ax handle is caught! Bryan wants the takedown but Miz stays up. Miz throws haymakers again then whips Bryan corner to corner. Bryan goes up and over, keeps moving, ducks and leaps for a lariat of his own!
Fans are dueling as Bryan fires himself up. Bryan goes up top now, but Miz trips him up! Miz climbs up but Bryan resists. Miz tries again but now Bryan fights out. Bryan headbutts Miz down, climbs up top, and missile dropkicks! Then kips up! Bryan is fired up again and even smiling. Miz sits up, and Bryan gives him YES Kicks! And then the buzzsaw! Miz is down but crawling to a corner. Bryan feels it, he has the fingers ready, and…! “YES!” But wait! The lights!! They’re going down!! And when they come up, it is red light, and The Fiend sits where The Miz was!! Bryan stares as The Fiend drags himself up. Bryan runs at The Fiend but right into the Mandible Claw!! The Fiend laughs as he smothers Bryan! The lights go out, and SmackDown goes to break. Does Bryan have any hopes of surviving Survivor Series against this living nightmare?!
Shayna Baszler is here!
The NXT Women’s Champion is here, just as Bayley said she would be. Is the Queen of Spades calling Bayley’s bluff about being ready for her? Or just falling for a trap?
Shayna has a mic, and says she heard what Bayley said about attacking only from behind. Seems Bayley isn’t getting the message. Shayna isn’t lurking in the shadows, she’s in the middle of Bayley’s ring, and is calling Bayley out! But now it’s Bayley who attacks from behind! Bayley did this before on NXT, and is being a bit hypocritical doing it now! The two brawl, Shayna pushes Bayley back to tackle her down! Bayley boots Baszler away and bails out, but Shayna is a shark! Shayna grabs Bayley and drags her into the KIRAFUDA! Bayley flails and powers Shayna into barriers to break free! Bayley hobbles up but Shayna drags her back in for more! Bayley manages to throw Shayna into barriers face first this time! And then into a post! Bayley flounders up, feeling satisfied in paying Baszler back.
But Shayna gets up, seething. Bayley suddenly has fear in her eyes, and she runs away! Will Bayley feel the wrath of the Submission Magician? How will Becky The Man factor in?
Six Man Tag: Roman Reigns, Mustafa Ali & Chad Gable VS Baron Corbin, Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler!
Chicago is fired up to see their hometown hero! The Beacon of Light and Shorty G thwarted the Lone Wolf King’s new pack and are staying on Team SmackDown for Survivor Series. But can they and The Big Dog shut down the GLORIOUS Show-Offs and Corbin before NXT and Raw can do anything more?
The teams sort out and Roman starts with Roode. But then Roman blows past Roode to uppercut Corbin and Ziggler! Roman uppercuts Roode off his feet, then throws him out to join the others. Roman goes out to DRIVE-BY Corbin! Roode runs into another uppercut! Roman throws Roode back in but Ziggler blindsides Roman! Corbin throws Roman into barriers! Corbin’s court gets away with this and then Roode rams Roman into the LED apron! Roode puts Roman in, stomps him down, then tags in Ziggler. Roode-Dolph mug Roman with stomps then drag him up for a double whip. Fans boo Corbin as Roman kicks Roode away! Roman uppercuts Ziggler then Samoan Drops Roode! Roman is down but heading for his corner, hot tag to Gable!
Shorty G rallies, dropkick for Corbin and fast hands for Ziggler! Gable ducks a punch to mule kick Ziggler down. Roode runs into Gable’s EXPLODER! Gable gives Ziggler a Northern Lights! Bridge cover, TWO! Ziggler gets to the corner but Gable runs in. Ziggler puts Gable on the apron, Gable shoulders back in. But Roode and Corbin yank Gable off, to TOSS HIM ONTO THE ANNOUNCE DESK!! Shorty G gets wrecked and Chicago boos King Corbin. Roman and Ali check on Gable while we go to break.
SmackDown returns once again as Ziggler has Roman. Roman runs at Ziggler but Ziggler dodges, to then hop on, satellite DDT! Cover, TWO!! Roman survives but Ziggler throws off his SmackDown shirt. Ziggler tunes up a la HBK, but no superkick with a SUPERMAN PUNCH outta nowhere! Both men are down now and Chicago rallies up for their hero! Roman and Ziggler crawl, hot tags to Corbin and Ali! Ali dodges, dropkicks and dropkicks again! Corbin flounders into fast hands from Ali! Corbin shoves Ali away then runs in but misses in the corner. Ali roundhouses Corbin back, then slingshots in for the somersault FACEBUSTER! Ziggler gets in, but the superkick is blocked, to a windmill kick! Chicago is thunderous as Ali DIVES! Ziggler gets wrecked into the desk! Ali keeps moving, he FLIES out onto Corbin!
Ali drags Corbin up and into the ring. Corbin grabs Ali with a choke grip but Ali slips out! Ali elbows Corbin back, then hops up, tornado DDT! Ali hurries up top, but Roode trips him up! Gable returns to waistlock Roode! But Roode elbows free, and gives Gable a GLORIOUS SPINE BUSTER! Roman LEAPS for a Superman Punch! Ziggler SUPERKICKS Roman down! Ziggler goes up top but Ali shoves him away. Ali kicks Corbin but Ziggler shoves ALi down! Ali tries to land on his feet, but he staggers into DEEP SIX!! Cover, Corbin and team win!!
Winners: Baron Corbin, Robert Roode & Dolph Zigger, Corbin pinning
The King grabs his scepter and drags Ali up! But Roman saves Ali with a SPEAR! But here to “BURN IT DOWN!” is Seth Rollins! And Raw enters like The Shield would: from the crowd! Rollins, the Viking Raiders, the Street Profits, Ricochet, the Major Bros, the OC, and Drew McIntyre are here! But Rollins has his roster wait as he goes to meet Roman in the ring. The Shield brothers talk, and then brawl!! Then all hell breaks loose as Raw stomps out Corbin, Ziggler, Roode, Ali and Shorty G! But where is SmackDown!? Roman and his Survivor Series teammates are in the ring, but here comes BRAUN!!
The Monster Among Men leads the charge as he, Cesaro, Heath Slater with a kendo stick, and even Drake Maverick run down! Strowman runs over Ryder and Hawkins! Then Erik and Ivar! And the OC! The New Day, Heavy Machinery, Lucha House Party, Apollo Crews and The Revival have flooded the ring to brawl with Raw! Strowman joins them and it is chaos all around! But as Chicago chants for them, NXT has yet to make a move. McIntyre wrecks Maverick but SmackDown is taking the ring. Strowman gives McIntyre a MONSTER SLAM!
Wait! Here comes NXT as an ARMY!! Triple H and Shawn Michaels ride in on a jeep a la Degeneration X invading WCW!! And who isn’t following behind!? SmackDown realizes the fight they’re in for, as does Raw. NXT charges down the ramp!! And it’s chaos all over again!! Monday’s brawl, Wednesday’s brawl, they do NOT compare!! Even NXT UK is involved as Imperium is spotted in the melee! Roman throws the Street Profits and Raul Mendoza aside while Rollins rains down rights on Tucker Knight on the announce desk! And we still don’t know who is officially on Team NXT, it could be any combination of five in this swarm! Rollins smacks Corbin with a monitor while the Undisputed Era beat down The OC!
Wait, Keith Lee goes into the ring? We’ve seen a Limitless tope on Raw, and even one on NXT. He isn’t going to try another tonight, is he?! Montez Ford gets in with him, for a SPIRIT BOMB! But then, BRAUN gets in the ring with him! The Monster and the Limitless One stare down as they go to opposite corners. But then Slater gets in to get a POUNCE! Ariya Daivari runs in and Strowman POUNCES him! Lee and Strowman come face to face, and start brawling! Other superstars try to get involved as SmackDown goes off the air!
WWE’s Twitter has even MORE! Gable climbs up top to SUPER MOONSAULT onto a whole mass of superstars! Ricochet and Cesaro get Lee out of the ring to go after each other. Strowman rocks whoever comes close, and then it is just general brawling chaos again. Lio Rush gets in the ring, and the NXT Cruiserweight Champion climbs as fans chant, “This is Awesome!” Lio is up top, but Ali joins him, SUPER SPANISH FLY onto another mass of superstars! Gentleman Jack Gallagher narrowly avoids destruction, and the shock of witnessing that is clear on his face! And yet, the brawling continues! Roman laughs at this point, this is just that crazy. But wait, what is Otis doing on the apron? He leaps onto Walter! Brawling goes up the ramp now, disappearing into the back.
Things finally calm down, and Baron Corbin gets to the mic. “Did you guys see what I just did?” King Corbin is claiming victory for himself? But DX storms down the ring now! HBK, HHH and the Road Dogg are here! Corbin realizes he’s surrounded and has no fight left in him. But DX huddles together and promise Corbin it’s okay. “Are we going to do the thing?” Corbin is curious about the DX tradition. HHH says Corbin is the #SoleSurvivor. And DX came out with a crew of people, but the most impressive thing all night is Corbin. Fans boo, they don’t believe that. HHH continues to say that Corbin was so impressive. That little huddle, an executive decision was reached. They want Corbin to join DX. Corbin is so excited to join! HHH tells Corbin to line up to “do the deal.”
Corbin stands by HHH and copies HBK’s pointing. “Are you ready?” “I’m ready!” Chicago, are you ready?! “Then, for the thousands in attendance, for the millions watching at home…” Well okay obviously off the air at this point, this is social media exclusive. For the millions that will be watching in a matter of moments. And, for Corbin. Chicago chant, “STD! STD!” Well, HHH has to agree, like an STD, you can’t get rid of Corbin. Road Dogg unloads jabs! Then winds it up for a haymaker, into the SWEET CHIN MUSIC! Then, the PEDIGREE! “And if you’re not down with that, we’ve got TWO WORDS FOR YA! SUCK IT!!” Corbin gets what he always deserved, but will he still be in good shape to compete at Survivor Series? Or would SmackDown be better off if he just stays away?
What an amazing SmackDown! Of course, with all the crossover, it wasn’t really just a normal SmackDown. This was perhaps the biggest go-home in WWE history! And as far as building to Survivor Series Weekend, rightly so. There was nothing bad tonight! And as sad as it is to not have a 205 Live episode this week, it all makes sense after seeing tonight. The opening with the SmackDown roster agreeing with Roman’s bravado was pretty good. We got an amazing Triple Threat of Charlotte, Sasha and Rhea, and how awesome for Rhea to win! And similarly, how great for The Undisputed Era to beat an admittedly tense team of New Day and Heavy Machinery. However, I feel like the wins here on SmackDown might mean the NXT women’s team and champions lose on Survivor Series Sunday. Though, given that WarGames is in between, it might actually make sense in kayfabe.
Strong brawling with Styles and Nakamura was great, and the math actually gets muddied with Sami helping Nakamura stand tall in the end. Also, that new Intercontinental Championship design is sexy! I can’t be sure the reason for this change, other than it is to make Nakamura feel important again after he’s barely done anything recently. I really hope this Team Sami stuff really accelerates after Survivor Series on the way to the Royal Rumble. The OC had a good promo so Styles saves face a bit, and then Bryan and Miz have a great promo and match. I am so glad to see their eternal rivalry is still alive even inside Bryan’s story against Bray Wyatt. The Fiend showing up to attack was great, too, but I would’ve loved if The Fiend disappeared and sent Miz back out to beat Bryan. Either way, Bryan is the underdog going into this, but I do not think he wins.
Bayley calling Baszler out and then Baszler punking her out in return, so good. But now, I again wonder if NXT is losing that match. It’d be a natural move for the WWE to give this big win to Becky, and Baszler is so focused on Bayley now, maybe she takes advantage. But I feel like it’d be much more effective for this match to actually come down to Bayley and Baszler. Becky will not be hurt by not being part of the finish, this has to come down to Bayley or Baszler getting the other for it to be a good story pay-off.
The Six Man main event was really good, and knowing what happened after Fox cut away, it worked out that Corbin won it for his team. Ali was close for the hometown pop but then Corbin gets that heat for pinning him. That brawl was the craziest brawl I have ever seen and might ever see again. I loved the shout out back to the Monday Night Wars as DX rides in on a jeep with NXT with them. And then in the end, Corbin gets his comeuppance after DX tricks him into thinking he’s in the clique. This is going to be an epic four-day weekend if you count tonight and Monday as part of the Survivor Series Weekend.
My Score: 9.3/10
What I Watched #10b: All IN 2018
Harry decided to abridge his All In write up and bring us the blast from the past while he’s on vacation! With only a few weeks until All Out, reminiscing could be fun!
Greetings, salutations and what nots. At the time you are reading this, I will be away from home on vacation with my amazing girlfriend. In the interest of not want to lose everyone’s attention in the downtime, I decided to go back to one of my earlier reviews and reformat it to match the current style while giving people who may have not been interested due to the length of the previous review a chance to see what they may have missed as well as share my thoughts on a show that had quite the buzz when it happened.
I mention in my review of AAW’s Destination Chicago 2018 (full review available in my archive by clicking my name at the top of this review) that everyone was in Chicago for this particular show. Obviously, though it was presented as part of a deal with ROH (and to some extent New Japan), this ends up being what many consider the launching point for AEW. So join me once again as the WayBack Machine takes us to suburban Chicago on September 1st 2018 and we revisit ‘All In’ here on ‘What I Watched’.
What I Watched #10-B
ROH/NJPW/Friends ‘All In’ 2018
Sears Center in Hoffman Estates, IL
Runtime: 4:45:24 (45:27 on YouTube for the preshow, 3:57:57 on Fite.TV/HonorClub/NJPW World/traditional PPV for the main show)
Commentary By: Excalibur (PBP), Don Callis (Color), Ian Riccaboni (PBP/Color)
- Match #1: Zero Hour- Frankie Kazarian/Scorpio Sky def. Jay/Mark Briscoe, Kazarian pins Mark with a powerslam counter to the Doomsday Device @ 12:35
- Match #2: Zero Hour- Flip Gordon wins the ‘Over the Budget Battle Royal’ @ 17:11, last eliminating Bully Ray
- Match #3: Matt Cross pins Maxwell Jacob Friedman, Shooting Star Press @ 10:07
- Match #4: Christopher Daniels pins Stephen Amell, Best Moonsault Ever @ 11:45
- Match #5: Tessa Blanchard wins four way, pinning Chelsea Green with the Buzzsaw DDT @ 12:43 of a match that also involved Britt Baker and Madison Rayne
- Match #6: NWA World Heavyweight Title- Cody Rhodes pins Nick Aldis ©, sitdown on sunset flip attempt @ 22:03
- Match #7: Adam Page pins Joey Janela, Rite of Passage off a ladder through a table @ 20:09
- Match #8: ROH Heavyweight Title- Jay Lethal © pins Flip Gordon, Lethal Injection @ 14:25
- Match #9: Kenny Omega pins Pentagon Jr., One Winged Angel @ 17:48
- Match #10: Kazuchika Okada pins Marty Scurll, Rainmaker #2 @ 26:06
- Match #11: Kota Ibushi/Matt Jackson/Nick Jackson def. Bandido/Fenix/Rey Mysterio Jr., Matt pins Bandido after the Meltzer Driver @ 11:44
Zero Hour- SCU (Frankie Kazarian/Scorpio Sky) vs. The Briscoes (Jay/Mark)
*Hell of a way to kick things off and the exact kind of match that you want to put out to people in order to get those on the fence to order the show. I don’t know about the $50 price tag that the PPV had, but this would have been enough for me to sign up for Honor Club for $10 to watch the show at least. I’m curious if ROH ever followed up on SCU pinning the ROH tag champions here. I’d imagine so even though the end is near for Kazarian, Scorpio and Daniels in ROH with AEW looming on the horizon. (***½)
Over the Budget Battle Royal
*It was fun for what it was. Maybe a little overcrowded, but there are several people who have got to make a name for themselves off this match. Marko Stunt is all over Game Changer Wrestling (and got a run in AEW as part of Jurassic Express) and Jordynne Grace, who got herself a deal with Impact, being two to spring immediately. I don’t rate battle royals but it was entertaining, which is all you can ask for sometimes. (X)
Maxwell Jacob Friedman (MJF) vs. Matt Cross
*Good little opener here for the main show. My misgivings on the rope hanging piledriver aside (MJF calls it the Heatseeker), they worked together well without throwing too much against the wall and burning out the crowd for later. I had hoped Cross would get a chance with AEW but we know that doesn’t happen, unfortunately. MJF does become one of the biggest creations AEW has up until this point, but no-one is really sure where his status lies with the company at present. Strong start to open the show and really happy for a genuinely good dude in Matt Cross to have gotten this opportunity. (***)
Christopher Daniels vs. Stephen Amell (special guest referee: Jerry Lynn)
*When this show first happened, I heard a myriad of opinions on this match. Some thought it was really good, others thought it stunk. I fall somewhere in the middle here. Amell, for an actor, put in a pretty good performance here. I’m not saying he should do this full time or anything, but it’s not like he embarrassed himself either. Daniels had his own hiccups here as well though. So the blame doesn’t fall solely on Stephen. Overall, I’d call it above average given who Daniels’ opponent was. But I know first hand that Daniels is capable of much, much more. (**½)
Britt Baker (bay bay) vs. Madison Rayne vs. Chelsea Green vs. Tessa Blanchard
*Not sure if it was just me but the finish looks a little suspect. Tessa getting the win did make sense though at the time (I’d imagine this result changes with benefit of hindsight). As for the match, they worked hard and it by and large came together well. It definitely lost its way a bit towards the end, so I have to dock it a bit for that. All in all, I’d say good effort from the ladies involved and I’d even put it just slightly above the Daniels and Amell match it just followed. (***)
NWA World Heavyweight Title- Nick Aldis © vs. Cody (Don’t Call Him Rhodes)
*A very good match but a couple of little things keep it from the next level for me. First, the blatantly missed superkick. I’m not really as upset about that one as some people may be because I get it, shit happens in the moment. The blade job however, I can’t forgive. It was terribly obvious. I get the intent behind it to help Cody fight from underneath. I have no issues with blood in general (hell, I watch death matches). But if you can’t do the blade job more realistically there, it shouldn’t have been done. It doesn’t really factor into the match in the grand scheme of things. Also while I personally don’t mind the methodical pace, I do know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. I dug the match as a whole though. And props to Brandi for eating it on that flying elbow drop. (****)
‘Chicago Street Fight’- Adam Page vs. Joey Janela
*This match won’t be for everyone. Some people like the old school ECW brawl and some people don’t. I do when it’s well executed but there seemed to be quite a bit of downtime in this one. Honestly, to me…Penelope Ford came out of this match looking like the biggest star of the three. All in all, I’d say good for what it was but nothing I’d probably want to go back and re-watch either. The finish was dope though. Janela is a crazy person for taking it. (***)
ROH Heavyweight Title- Jay Lethal © vs. Flip Gordon
*Let’s not kid ourselves. There was no way that they were going to change the ROH title on a non-ROH show. As much as they enjoyed having the belt defended, this defense was a lock for Lethal regardless of the opponent. Flip getting the match itself is the story here and his performance justifies it. I’d call it good but again, it’s nothing that you’ll want to re-watch again, despite the impressive agility of Gordon and the sheer nostalgia of Lethal busting out the ‘Black Machismo’ shtick again. (***½)
Kenny Omega vs. Pentagon Jr.
*Your mileage may vary for sure on this one. Everyone heaped a ton of praise on it and while it is very good, it does not raise to the level of excellence for me. The ridiculously spotty selling and the absolute disrespect to some of the most protected moves in wrestling cause me to take an issue. I do think they worked really well together and the styles meshed a lot better than I thought they might. But there was nowhere near the emotion here that came through clear as day on the Cody and Aldis match earlier. From a pure work rate aspect, it’s the best on the show so far. But personally, I prefer Cody and Aldis to Omega and Pentagon Jr. (****)
Kazuchika Okada vs. Marty Scurll
*A little long. But they told a pretty strong story throughout.At the time of this writing, I had made it no secret that I was not sold on Kazuchika Okada as a draw in the US. Clearly, I was wrong. He had the entire crowd in the palm of his and Scurll’s hands for basically the entirety of this contest and it was one that I think both raised Scurll’s standing in the world of wrestling and confirmed what many people already feel about Okada. That being said, it’s a better match if you chop off five to eight minutes from it. (***½)
Young Bucks/Kota Ibushi vs. Bandido/Fenix/Rey Mysterio
*Clearly much shorter than it was probably supposed to be, they packed a ton of action into these almost twelve minutes. I’d have been curious to see what was possible with a full run time but with Rey already gone (he had just resigned with the WWE), there would be no chance to run this back. I think it was a good way to send everyone home happy and get all the marquee moments in, but overall it just ends up being a spotfest fluff match rather than anything that’ll be strongly remembered as standing out down the road. (***½)
THE FINAL REACTION
There is a lot to get through here. As you guys saw above, the totality of both Zero Hour and All In run almost five hours. While not all of that is well spent, there is more than enough to sink your teeth into here, even if you wouldn’t classify yourself as a traditional ‘Independent Wrestling’ fan. There are a couple of real good spotfests if you liked the ECW/WCW luchador/cruiserweight style. There’s a tremendous call-back to the old NWA days with how Nick Aldis vs. Cody plays out. There is a interesting take on the old ‘hardcore’ styles that both ECW and the WWF used to enjoy presenting in Janela vs the ‘Hangman’. You even get the chance to see the celebrities that get trotted out for the big shows in places like the WWE and Impact Wrestling. Does it all work? No. But a good majority of it does. As I said, it’s almost five hours. But by and large, it’s five hours well spent. Call it an 8.5 and while there is room for improvement (as with everything), a very strong start for Cody and the Bucks as promoters.
Best Match/Moment: I’ll go moment here and go with the obvious of Cody getting to hold the same NWA title his father did in what was an NWA stronghold town. It’s cool to see the torch passed like this.
Worst Match/Moment: The fact that the main event with arguably six of the best wrestlers in the world at the time ends up getting the second shortest amount of time.
Overall Show Score: 8.5/10
MVP: I’m going to give this one to Cody, both for the role he played as a producer/agent for the show as well as the performance in the match with Aldis as well. A good night for young Mr. Runnels.
And that wraps up the first of the ‘retro’ look backs at previous ‘What I Watched’ reviews. When I return, I will be coming back with ECW’s Guilty as Charged 1999, the first pay-per-view of the last year of the 1900s. Following that, I know the WWF’s Royal Rumble 1999 is on the list. I’d imagine I’ll get to WCW’s Souled Out 1999 and when I do return to the Indies, promotions like IWA-MS, CHIKARA, Freelance, BEYOND, WWR and so many others are within my potentially planned scope. Hope to see you down the road and may you all enjoy quality time with those you care. See you next time and thanks for reading, everyone.
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (8/16/22)
Who gets burned by the Heatwave?
NXT is on fire tonight!
NXT is red hot with all this gold on the line! Will JD McDonagh dethrone Bron Breakker? Will the Toxic Reign finally come to an end?
- NXT North American Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Giovanni Vinci; Melo wins and retains the title.
- Roxanne Perez VS Cora Jade; Jade wins.
- The Fate of Legado Street Fight: Santos Escobar VS Tony D’Angelo; D’Angelo wins and Escobar must leave NXT.
- NXT Women’s Championship: Mandy Rose VS Zoey Stark; Mandy wins and retains the title.
- NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS JD McDonagh; Bron wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
A heatwave hits NXT!
With it, we see a finale in the saga of Legado and D’Angelo, a grudge match of former friends explodes, and the Toxic Goddess defending her throne against the returning rising star. And in the main event, the Irish Ace looks to pick the NXT Champion apart and take that title from whatever is left. So get yourself a nice cold beverage, sit back and relax a show that is too hot to handle!
NXT North American Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Giovanni Vinci!
Another title on the line is that of the North American Championship! Melo says when he shoots, he don’t miss! But when you live lavishly like Giovanni, every day is #ViniVediVinci! Will Melo shoot down the Pride of Italy? Or will it be a campione vittoria to spark the Heatwave?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who lights it up here tonight!
Fans rally up as the two circle and tie up. Vinci waistlocks and TOSSES Melo away then says he’s the new champion, Melo storms up but into a wrench and headlock. Melo powers out then leaps as Vinci leaps, and Melo clips Vinci’s legs! Vinci lands hard and Melo fires forearms. Melo headlocks but Vinci throws body shots. Vinci headlocks but Melo powers out to hurdle. Vinci blows past Melo to run him over! Cover, ONE, but Vinci has Melo in a corner, Melo avoids the forearm to CHOP! Melo headlocks then whips corner to corner but Vinci reverses. Melo goes up, Vinci catches him, but Melo slips off!
Melo waistlocks, Vinci switches, Melo rolls off his back to springboard LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Melo throws haymakers. Vinci staggers, Melo CHOPS him, then Melo pie faces Vinci! Vinci blocks the next punch to CHOP back! Fans fire up and even Trick is stinging, but Melo reverses the whip, only for Vinci to springboard CROSSBODY! Vinci gets Melo back and fans fire up again. Vinci kicks Melo around, drags him up into a corner, and CHOPS him! Melo staggers away but Vinci is after him to CHOP again! Vinci puts Melo into another corner, for another CHOP! The fans are all stinging from that one!
Vinci flexes and fans want that “One More Time!” but Melo throws a forearm. Vinci throws a EuroUpper, Melo forearms again, and Vinci throws another EuroUpper. Melo throat chops, whips but Vinci reverses. Melo ducks and both men run, and DOUBLE LARIATS wipe them both out! The fans are fired up even more as NXT goes picture in picture.
The ref checks both men and fans are rallying for “NXT! NXT!” as both men stand. Melo and Vinci throw DOUBLE HAYMAKERS, then Vinci kicks low. Vinci whips, and CALF KICKS Melo down! Vinci soaks up the cheers and jeers and he covers, TWO! Vinci jams his knee into Melo’s back, clamps onto the shoulders, then shifts to a chinlock. Vinci traps Melo’s arms but Melo pries at the hold. Melo fights up to his feet, throws body shots, but Vinci knees low! Vinci whips but Melo reverses. Trick swipes at Vinci but the ref warns him! Melo BOOTS Vinci all the same! Melo rains down fists, then flexes in his cover, TWO!
Melo storms up on Vinci and brings him up to ROCK him! Vinci throws a body shot! Melo comes back but Vinci throws more body shots. Melo knees low, rolls with the snapmare and BOOTS Vinci down! Cover, TWO! Melo clamps onto Vinci with a dragon sleeper but Vinci powers out! Melo is right back on Vinci with a facelock and he grinds Vinci down. Vinci fights up, but Melo wrangles him back down. Vinci endures the grind, but Melo CLUBS him on the back! Melo cranks on the hold, pushing up with his legs for leverage, but Vinci still endures. Vinci fights up again, Melo throws body shots, but Vinci powers up!
Melo holds on tight as Vinci tries to throw him off! Melo pulls back on the hold as NXT returns to single picture, but Vinci tries again! Vinci TOSSES Melo away! Melo storms back up but Vinci whips him away, to then scoop for a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Both men are down but the fans fire up! Vinci storms up and whips, but Melo reverses and follows, but springboards into Vinci’s arms! Vinci fireman’s carries for the ROLLING SENTON! And then a MOONSAULT from the corner! Cover, TWO! Vinci drags Melo up, reels him in, but Melo rolls Vinci up! TWO, Melo rebounds but the superkick is swatted!
Vinci springboards but Melo kicks the legs out! Vinci is stuck, for the FADEAWAY! Cover, TWO! Vinci survives and fans argue the count on Melo’s behalf, but that was two! Trick coaches Melo and Melo fires up. “This is Awesome!” and Melo brings Vinci up. Vinci suplexes first but Melo slips out to O’Conner Roll! TWO, Melo comes back to SUPERKICK! Vinci drops to a knee, Melo goes up the corner, but Vinci catches the jump! BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Vinci catches his breath. Vinci blocks a kick, reels Melo in but Melo slips free, but into the lift! Melo slips off to suplex CUTTER! Cover, TWO!!
Fans rally harder as Melo thinks on what he has to do. Melo goes to a corner, he goes up the corner, and then leaps, but Vinci gets under the Three Pointer! Vinci TOSSES Melo out, but Trick is there to catch him! Vinci goes up and up and SUPER CROSSBODIES!! Vinci wipes out Melo and Trick, fans lose their minds, and Vinci puts Melo back in! Vinci springboards and springboards to MOONSAULT!! Cover, Trick helps Melo get the ROPEBREAK! Were they watching The Miz and Ciampa last night on Raw? Vinci storms out after Trick and dares him to do something, but then Melo RAMS Vinci into the steel steps!
Melo goes back up top and leaps, but Vinci dodges again! Vinci shoves Melo, blocks his boot, and reels him in for a LARIAT! Melo gets turned inside out but that’s not all! Vinci gets Melo up as Trick runs in, POWERBOMBO onto Trick! Vinci drags Trick up to give him the POWERBOMB! Then another kick to Melo, another lift, another POWER- RANA!!! Melo wins!!
Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)
Huge assist to Trick! Melo would not have made it through the heat if not for him! Will there be another #Melobration in Trick’s honor soon enough?
Toxic Attraction arrives.
Mandy Rose, Jacy Jayne & Gigi Dolin see Bron Breakker also arriving. He’s got an uphill battle tonight, huh? Yeah, and so does Mandy. Well okay. We’ll see who leaves with their title. Yes, we will. Toxic Attraction seems to consider Bron a contender, but will Mandy and Bron still have the gold after tonight?
Julius Creed speaks.
Via twitter, Julius said, “So I went back and watched the 8 Man Tag over and over and over again, but I found what I was searching for. And I’m gonna address who needs to be addressed, but I’m gonna do it in front of the NXT Universe this Tuesday at Heatwave.” As such, he and the rest of Diamond Mine are heading to gorilla in the present. What did he see and who does he plan to confront? We’ll see, after the break.
Von Wagner & Robert Stone speak.
“Mr. Stone” says that two weeks ago, Solo Sikoa got a so-called victory, yet he’s the one on the shelf and Von’s still standing. If you learned anything from that match, it is that Von is a freak of nature! Von can run a 40 yard dash in 4.5 seconds and he can bench press 225 pounds 30 times. If Von wanted to go to an NFL team and get a contract, he could! Von says Stone has heard all the talk, how there is a change in the air. It doesn’t matter if you’re internet famous or popular with the media! “The Game has changed, but the rules remain the same. Anyone smaller or weaker will not survive in my jungle!”
The Diamond Mine heads to the ring!
Julius & Brutus Creed lead Roderick Strong and Damon Kemp out, and they all get a mic. Julius starts by saying, “Less than a year ago, my brother and I got an opportunity of a lifetime: to learn from one of the greatest champions in NXT history, Roderick Strong. And we jumped at that opportunity. And we dedicated every fiber of our being to win the Dusty Cup and to win these NXT Tag Team Championships for Diamond Mine. We’ve been stitched, we’ve been stapled, we’ve wound ourselves up doing cannonballs, all for this right here.
“But recently, it was brought to my attention that someone’s trying to destroy what we’ve built. Someone’s trying to destroy Diamond Mine. And I wanted to use this opportunity to call that person out right now!” Julius looks to the ramp, but then he looks at STRONG! Is Julius kidding?! Strong can’t believe Julius is blaming Strong! Strong founded Diamond Mine and brought in the Creeds! They’re one-of-a-kind athletes with endless potential! That is something he never had. And he stands here looking at them as the NXT Tag Team Champions! Fans chant, “They Don’t Need You!” and Strong says yes they do!
But look at him, Julius. They are one of the best tag teams in all the WWE! Strong would put the Creeds up against the Usos any day of the week! That is how much he believes in them! They’re the future of this place! That’s great, and they can tell the Usos for them, but the Creds aren’t just the future, they’re the now! But Strong can say whatever he wants to their face, because Julius knows Strong will just stab them in the back. Brutus isn’t so sure, though. Julius says he is sure, though. Then Brutus says he has his brother’s back! But Strong says Julius needs to be careful with the next works that come out of his mouth!
Julius says everything he does is calculated. He isn’t gonna play games, he’s gonna just show Strong instead! Roll the tape! Strong was throwing knees, Julius was throwing lariats, but then Tony looked to Strong and they had a moment! Strong hits Julius with the knee, and that is enough for Julius! Tony signaled Strong! Or was Julius imagining it? Strong says they can’t be serious here! Strong doesn’t know, Tony D is a scumbag. Maybe Tony has a tic or he was signaling his own team. But y’know what? Let’s just do it! Let’s lay all the cards on the table! Since MAY, they’ve had something against Strong, and now-
GALLUS ATTACKS!! Wolfgang and the Coffey Brothers are here in the States! They’re beating down Kemp and the Creeds! Fans fire up for Gallus as they glare at Strong, and then Joe hits a GLASGOW SENDOFF! Mark and Wolfgang stomp away on Strong, then they go back to whooping the Creeds! Fans are torn but it seems NXT is now Gallus’ kingdom! And there’s the green light, just as Apollo Crews foresaw! Has Gallus just destroyed the Diamond Mine?
Backstage interview with Roxanne Perez.
McKenzie says Roxie finally gets a shot at Cora, and she says this is the most nervous she’s ever been in a match. Her stomach has been in knots all day, because she never thought she’d be fighting her best friend. But Cora wanted this. Cora ended their friendship! And now Cora has nowhere to hide! Cora’s made her bed, and now she has to sleep in it. Cora’s music hits so Roxie heads out, will the Women’s Breakout Tournament winner break her former friend?
Roxanne Perez VS Cora Jade!
NXT returns as Roxie makes her entrance. And she rushes right in so the bell rings! THESZ PRESS and then Roxie dribbles Cora! Cora gets out, but Roxie runs and DIVES! Direct hit and Roxie puts Cora in the ring. Cora bails out again so Roxie DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp, and Roxie hurries to put Cora in. Cover, TWO! Roxie drags Cora up to whip her to ropes, but Cora holds ropes to stop herself. Cora ROCKS Roxie, ROCKS her against ropes, then whips her into the rope to run and back elbow her down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Cora drags Roxie up. Cora bumps Roxie off buckles, then throws big forearms!
Fans rally and duel as Cora throws more shots, and she snapmares Roxie to a cover. TWO, Roxie grits her teeth but Cora brings Roxie up. Cora suplexes but Roxie fights it. Roxie then slips out, UPPERCUTS, and UPPERCUTS again! Roxie whips, back drops Cora, then run sin to SOBAT! Roxie runs to SHOTGUN Cora down! Fans rally and Roxie drags Cora up. Cora ROCKS Roxie back, run sin at the ropes, but Roxie puts her on the apron. Roxie CLOBBERS Cora and Cora falls to the floor! Roxie builds speed again, to DIVE into a forearm! Cora drags Roxie out to snap suplex her to the floor! Cora seethes while NXT goes picture in picture.
Cora soaks up the heat from the fans while Roxie writhes. Cora returns to fetch Roxie, and smacks her off the apron! Cora CHOPS Roxie, puts her in the ring, then runs in to IMPLODER STOMP! Cover, TWO! Cora is furious and she hammers away on Roxie’s back! Cora talks trash and kicks Roxie around. Cora smacks Roxie off the mat, drops an elbow on her back, then stalks Roxie to ropes. Roxie throws forearms but Cora DECKS her! Cora snap suplexes Roxie hard, then grins as she covers. TWO, and Cora is annoyed. Cora stomps Roxie to the corner, digs her boot in, but lets off as the ref counts. Roxie crawls, Cora CHOKES her on the ropes!
Cora lets off as the ref counts again, and Cora stomps Roxie down. Cora kicks Roxie to another corner, taunts her as she stands Roxie up, and she fires off big forearms! Cora trips Roxie, then goes corner to corner to BRONCO BUSTER! Cora drags Roxie to a cover, TWO! Cora is annoyed and she stalks Roxie to ropes again. Cora makes Roxie smile with fishhooks, then puts her on the ropes. Cora runs side to side but Roxie avoids the back elbow! Roxie runs in to DOUBLE KNEE Cora against ropes! Roxie drags Cora up, wrenches and hooks her up, but Cora fights the leg sweep! Cora pulls hair to LARIAT Roxie down! Cover, TWO!
NXT returns to single picture and Cora is still cocky as she drags Roxie up. Cora gets the arms and has the motorcycle stretch, but Roxie endures. Fans rally up as Roxie fights up, but Cora wrangles her back down! Cora digs her knee in but Roxie endures. Fans rally again and Roxie fights up. Roxie turns things around but Cora turns them right back around! Roxie stands back up, flips through and KANGAROO KICKS Cora away! Cora storms back up but into a cradle! TWO! Cora rushes to Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Roxie has the cover now, TWO! Cora trips Roxie, jackknifes, TWO as Roxie bridges up!
Roxie spins Cora around, but Cora fights the backslide! Fans duel, Roxie spins Cora around and DOUBLE FOREARMS knock both women for a loop! DOUBLE BOOTS take them both down! Fans fire up as both women stir and go to opposite ends. Roxie and Cora slowly rise, and Roxie counter punches Cora! And again! Roxie eggs Cora on so Cora KNEES her low! Cora whips, Roxie ducks ‘n’ dodges, then CLOBBERS Cora! And CLOBBERS her again! Roxie puts Cora in a corner, runs in and UPPERCUTS! Then a roll and UPPERCUT! Roxie brings Cora around, for the RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO!
Roxie grows frustrated but she grabs at Cora. Roxie reels her in, PAIGE TURNER! Cover, TWO!! Cora survives and Roxie is beside herself! Roxie drags Cora up to throw a KNEE, and another KNEE, then she hops on! POP- NO, Cora pops free to SHINING WIZARD at the ropes! Cora full nelsons for a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Cora is fuming as Roxie survives but the fans rally back up. Cora goes to the corner and grabs her custom kendo stick! The ref says no, but Cora still aims at Roxie! Roxie ducks and kicks back! And now Roxie grabs the kendo stick! Fans fire up and Cora wants mercy! Roxie hesitates, but she drops the stick.
And Cora SUCKER PUNCHES Roxie! DDT onto the kendo stick! Cover, Cora wins!!
Winner: Cora Jade, by pinfall
#GenerationJade still got to use her kendo stick against Roxie, and she stands over her fallen friend. Will Cora be cruising her way to another title opportunity?
Backstage interview with Josh Briggs, Brooks Jensen & Fallon Henley.
McKenzie is with the NXT UKT ag Team Champions and brings up last week. Jensen says how about not. Briggs says Lash Legend & Pretty Deadly did get one up on them, but they’ll see each other again soon. But then Gallus walks by with security trying to escort them out. Wolfgang tells the good ol’ boys that those titles don’t belong to them. Well they’re the champs, so these belts do belong to them. Oh, they’ve been champions all of what? Five minutes? Six minutes, actually. But what’s up? Try 497 DAYS! Briggs mockingly applauds but Mark says that’s longer than Briggs or Jensen have been in the business!
Joe says here’s what we’ll do: turn this place upside down! And then it’ll be Gallus Boys Up Top! Those UK titles are coming home with them! Any time, any place! Then how about next week? Jensen says if Gallus can get in the building, then they’ll do the damn thing! Gallus gets fired up but security stays between them and the champions, will we see the UK Tag Team Championships be put on the line?
The Fate of Legado Street Fight: Santos Escobar VS Tony D’Angelo!
This has been building for four months, and it finally explodes here tonight! The Emperor of Lucha Libre is fighting for the freedom of his familia, but The Don is fighting for full control. If Escobar loses, he is OUT of NXT. But if Escobar wins, he and Legado del Fantasma are out from under Tony’s thumb. What happens when there’s nothing holding these two back from hurting the other?
Elektra Lopez, Joaquin Wilde & Cruz Del Toro follow El Hijo del Fantasma to the ring. They are united as familia, but will they have to part ways after this? Tony makes his entrance and hands his hat and tracksuit jacket to Stacks, and turns around into Escobar CHUCKING a chair in his face!! The ref reprimands as the match hasn’t even started but fans are loving it! The bell rings, Escobar fires off hands but Tony hits back. They brawl, Escobar KNEES Tony then LARIATS! Escobar sits that chair up, kicks Tony around then SMACKS him off the seat! Escobar runs to RANA Tony onto the chair! Cover, TWO!!
Tony survives but Escobar wedges the chair into the corner. Escobar runs in to the other corner to KICK Tony! And to KICK again! Escobar whips and CHOP BLOCKS Tony’s leg out! Fans fire up while Tony hobbles, into a dropkick to the leg from Escobar! Escobar stalks Tony, stomps his leg, then puts him in a corner to stomp away on that leg! Tony hobbles but Escobar stands him up. Tony fires off body shots, he throws more hands, then whips corner to corner! Escobar stops himself and he KNEES Tony down! Cover, TWO! Escobar makes sure the chair is secure in the corner before climbing. Escobar FLYING CROSSBODIES Tony down!
Fans fire up and Escobar calls to Legado! But Stacks LEAPS onto Cruz & Wilde! So much for their sidekicks! Tony throws hands but Escobar whips. Things speed up and Escobar DROPKICKS Tony down! Fans fire up and Tony flounders around. Escobar grins as he paces around the ring. Stacks glares at Escobar but Wilde CLOBBERS Stacks! Escobar builds speed and DIVES into a trash can lid!! Fans are torn as Tony looms over Escobar and NXT goes to break.
The ref check son Escobar as he clutches his arm, but Escobar says he’s still okay to go. So Tony SMACKS Escobar with the lid! And again! Tony puts Escobar in the ring, stomps him around, then drags him up to shove t a corner. BELLY2BELLY on the rebound! Cover, TWO! Tony talks trash but Escobar SLAPS him! So Tony whips Escobar to ropes, only for Escobar to duck and dodge and RANA, into a POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO! Tony is frustrated but he tells Escobar he’s gonna use Escobar’s chair. Tony aims and RAMS Escobar into the chair in the corner! Escobar tumbles out of the ring and Legado coaches him up.
Tony goes out, grabs the chair, and he SMACKS Escobar on the arm! And again! And again! Tony drags Escobar around, puts the bad arm through the chair, then POSTS the shoulder! The ref checks on Escobar again but he refuses to let this end it. Tony drags Escobar up but Escobar pie faces, so Tony ROCKS him! Tony SLAMS the bad arm on the apron, then brings Escobar around to shove him. Tony kicks low, throws hands, then CLUBS the bad arm. Tony kicks Escobar, talks more trash, then RAMS Escobar into steel steps! The ref checks on Escobar but he still refuses to quit. So Tony SLAMS the bad arm on the steps!
NXT returns to single picture, Tony brings Escobar around to put his arm between steps and corner! Tony BOOTS the steps to crush the arm! Tony brings out chair after chair from under the ring! He brings Escobar around to suplex high and hard onto the chair pile! Fans are wincing from that one as Tony puts Escobar in the ring. Cover, TWO!! Escobar is enduring but Tony throws body shots! Tony suplexes again, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Tony is frustrated but he drags Escobar up to throw down fists! Stacks goes looking under the ring for Tony and he brings out the trash can! Tony SMACKS Escobar down with it!
Tony drags Escobar to a cover, TWO!! Escobar is dazed but still in this, so Tony drags him back up. Tony throws hands, then SLAPS Escobar! Fans boo but Tony says this is HIS NXT now! He’s the Don! But Escobar counter punches Tony! And again! And then he DECKS Tony! And CLOBBERS him! And again! Then a RANA!! Fans fire up as Escobar runs in, but Tony puts him on the apron. Escobar GAMANGIRIS Tony away, goes up the corner and FLYING AX HANDLES! Fans fire up as Tony bails out, into a SLAP from Lopez! Escobar DIVES!! Direct hit at the corner and fans are thunderous for Legado!
Escobar drags Tony up but Tony POSTS him! Fans chant “This is Awesome!” as Tony puts Escobar in the ring again, drops an elbow, then tells Stacks to get the crowbar! But it isn’t where it usually is! It’s supposed to be by the steel steps! Cruz took the crowbar first! And he CRACKS Stacks with it! Tony BOOTS Cruz, but Escobar victory rolls! TWO!! Tony escapes in time but Escobar calls to Legado! The knuckles! But Tony RAMS Escobar into Wilde! Then O’Conner Rolls, TWO! Escobar dodges Tony but Tony puts him on the apron. Escobar CHOPS Tony, Lopez hurries to get the crowbar! Lopez has the bar and Escobar hurries to her, but Tony runs in!
Lopez pushes Escobar aside, and Tony runs Lopez over! Fans can’t believe it, and neither can Tony! Tony just shrugs, but Escobar is pissed! But Tony LOW BLOWS Escobar! Fans tell Tony he F’d up, but he doesn’t care, he has his crowbar now! But he walks into a CALF KICK! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Escobar and Tony grab at each other as they rise up, pulling hair. They’ll never give in to the other, so this has to end somehow. Tony sees his crowbar, Escobar sees his brass knuckles! They get their weapons, but Tony CRACKS Escobar first!! Cover, TONY WINS!
Winner: Tony D’Angelo, by pinfall (Escobar must LEAVE NXT)
The Don just banished the Emperor! And Legado has no choice but to follow Tony’s lead. What will this mean for all of their futures in the WWE?
Indi Hartwell talks with Katana & Kayden.
She knows they’ve competed against each other for a long time when it comes to the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships, but to be honest, when KC Squared won, Indi cried. No one is more deserving. That means a lot to them. Winning these belts, it is indescribable. Indi gets that feeling. Those were the days. Does Indi miss being in a tag team? Well, she’s loved her tag team partners, and being on her own has been thrilling, but having someone to depend on- Wait, a letter comes in for her. Indi opens it up and… It’s a drawing from Dexter Lumis! #INDEXFOREVER!! O M G~!
But then BLAIR DAVENPORT snatches it?! What’s she doing here? Who does she think she is? Uh, she’s Blair Davenport, the future NXT Women’s Champion. Blair rips the paper up and leaves! Will Indi and the rest of WWE soon #BewareTheHeir?
NXT hears from Tiffany Stratton and Wendy Choo.
“I am like completely over Wendy Choo. Like, so done with her. Seriously? It’s like not even funny!” Wendy sighs, and says it is real simple. Wendy is tired of Tiffany. Tired of Tiffany talking down to her, tired of Tiffany thinking she’s better than everyone, and tired of Tiffany thinking Wendy is a joke! Next week, Tiffany VS Wendy in a LIGHTS OUT MATCH! Where everything Wendy did behind closed doors is going to be legal in that ring! As for Tiffany, she is obsessed with this idea, because she gest to do whatever she wants to Wendy! There are like no rules! None!
The arena will be darker than usual, so you won’t be able to see Wendy’s face, which is perfect. But not seeing Tiffany’s face is so tragic. Wendy says Tiffany has one thing right: Wendy’s SO~ obsessed with Tiffany, in that she’s obsessed making Tiffany feel how she makes everyone else feel. “Wacky Wendy” is gonna turn Tiffany’s dream into a nightmare! But Tiffany says she’s putting Wendy to sleep! Who will turn the lights out on the other in this brutal no holds barred match?
NXT Women’s Championship: Mandy Rose VS Zoey Stark!
Toxic Attraction certainly feels they’re the hottest trio in the WWE today, but things have been cooling off for them after losing the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships. Can the Toxic Goddess keep hold of her gold? Or will the Toxic Reign finally be over thanks to the Iron Woman?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and things just got that much hotter in here!
Mandy kicks but Zoey blocks to ROCK Mandy! And again! And again! Mandy knees low but Zoey spins he around to the GO TO – NO, Mandy blocks in time to trip Zoey and go after the bad leg! But Zoey uses that to victory roll! ONE, things speed up and Mandy whips, only for Zoey to LOBBER Mandy! Mandy bails out but Zoey builds speed to WRECK her with a dropkick! Fans fire up and Zoey storms up on Mandy, but Mandy RAMS her into the apron! Mandy TOSSES Zoey over the commentary desk! Jacy & Gigi taunt Zoey as Mandy SMASHES the knee on the desk! Zoey writhes and clutches her knee as NXT goes picture in picture!
Zoey grits her teeth and seethes at Mandy as medics check on the leg. Zoey says it’s fine, and Mandy goes out to drag her into the ring. Zoey ROCKS Mandy, throws elbows, but Mandy KICKS the bad leg! Mandy drags Zoey by the leg, stomps it, then drops an elbow on it! Mandy drags Zoey to the corner and SLAMS the bad leg into the post! Zoey writhes but she refuses to give up. Mandy gets in the ring and Zoey CHOPS her! Mandy trips Zoey, pulls on the bad leg, but Zoey endures! Mandy moves around, has the leg caught, and she chinlocks Zoey into a bootleg STF. Zoey endures, so Mandy dribbles her head off the mat! Cover, TWO!
Zoey gets to ropes but Mandy storms up. Zoey kicks back but Mandy kicks the bad leg out! Mandy digs her knee into Zoey and puts her on the apron. Zoey crawls away, kicks back at Mandy, but Mandy fires off forearms! Zoey shoves her again but Mandy comes back. Zoey ROCKS, CHOPS and ROCKS Mandy, but Mandy LARIATS Zoey! Cover, TWO! Mandy is annoyed but Jacy says it’s okay, she’s got this. Mandy stalks Zoey to a corner, grabs at the bad leg, but Zoey pushes her back. Mandy KICKS the bad leg, then taunts Zoey. Mandy drags Zoey out to center for a standing toehold. Zoey endures, keeps her shoulder sup, and she KICKS with her good leg!
Mandy staggers away, Zoey gets up and Zoey ROCKS Mandy with a forearm! And then another! But then Gigi & Jacy trip Zoey up! NXT returns to single picture as the ref saw that whole thing! Toxic Attraction is EJECTED! Jacy & Gigi are furious but maybe they should’ve behaved. NIKKITA LYONS rushes out and she fights Gigi & Jacy tot he back! Fans fire up and Mandy freaks out! Mandy goes for a chop block but Zoey dodges it! Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Mandy CHOP BLOCKS the leg this time, and Zoey clutches her leg again. Mandy stomps away on the leg, drops another elbow, then another, and another!
Mandy KNEES the bad leg, and Zoey huffs and seethes as she gets to a corner. Mandy soaks up the cheers and jeers, and she kicks the bad leg again. Mandy has the leg, for a KNEE JAMMER! Zoey hobbles and falls, but Mandy looms over Zoey. Zoey stands but Mandy trips her, turns her and has the HALF CRAB! Zoey endures as Mandy sits deep on the hold! Fans duel, Zoey reaches out, moves around, and rolls through to kick Mandy away! Mandy falls right out of the ring! Mandy hurries back in, into a KNEE from Zoey! Mandy pulls hair but Zoey ELBOWS Mandy, then LARIATS! Zoey rallies on Mandy, even with one good leg! SLIDING KICK! Cover, TWO!!
Mandy scrambles away to a corner, but Zoey runs in to ELBOW Mandy, and UPPERCUT, and GAMANGIRI! Zoey snapmares Mandy into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and duel, Zoey gets to her feet and she storms up on Mandy. Mandy kicks the bad leg, gets it again, and BACK SUPLEXES Zoey inside out! Cover, TWO! Mandy grows frustrated but the fans rally up again. Zoey and Mandy hit each other as they stand up, and they go back and forth with forearms! Zoey CHOPS, Mandy fires off a flurry, but Zoey blocks to a GO TO STARK!!! But she can’t cover from using her bad leg!! Zoey crawls over, but Mandy rolls away to the apron!
Mandy saves herself by inches and Zoey is furious! Zoey goes out, but Mandy sweeps the bad leg! Zoey gets caught up in the ropes, and Mandy stomps away! The ref counts, Mandy lets off at 4, and then she goes back to CLUB away on the leg! Mandy undoes the leg brace!! The ref stops Mandy and gets Zoey free of the ropes. KNEE FROM- ROLL UP!! TWO!! Mandy swings but into a jackknife! TWO! KNEE FROM A ROSE!! Cover, TWO!?!? Zoey survives and shocks everyone! Mandy’s best shot fails to put this away and she has no idea what to make of it! Mandy still undoes Zoey’s knee brace, and then she puts it on her knee!
Mandy wants to finish this for good, and runs in, KNEE BRACE FROM A ROSE!!! Cover, Mandy wins!!
Winner: Mandy Rose, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Tag Team Champion)
Zoey is dazed, Mandy used her bad leg against her in more ways than one! The Toxic Reign keeps going, what will it take to finally stop Mandy?
NXT hears from one of its newest names.
“I’m Quincy Elliot, and I have a confession to make. I’m bringing all of this to NXT. I look to my left, I look to my right, I see people of all different walks of life, and it excites me. And you may be shocked at this, but I ain’t ever struggled with being different. I own it, I work it, because I am it! And everyone in NXT may be superstars, but Quincy Elliot is the Super Diva.” And he’s coming soon to NXT!
Backstage interview with Grayson Waller.
McKenzie isn’t happy about it and Waller notices. Is it because he ruined he Emmy Award Winning interview with Apollo Crews when Waller punked him out? Uh, Apollo was the one who made a challenge while Waller was the one who backed down. Backed down? No, he could’ve dropped Crews right there, but then McKenzie would’ve said it was unfair after the 20 minute war Apollo had with Strong. He can’t win with her! But everyone else is too scared to say it, so Waller will: Apollo Crews is selfish! He’s willing to stab anyone in the back to be the man around here! He might even come for McKenzie’s job!
McKenzie doubts that, but Waller says that while Apollo doesn’t smell as nice, he does have a better small than her. But those were Apollo’s words, not Waller’s. Anyway, next week is the debut of the Grayson Waller Effect, the ONLY honest talk show in WWE history! The tough questions and the hard truth given. Take notes because he’s inviting his very first guess, APOLLO~ Crews! Also, your perfume is cheap, McKenzie.
NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS JD McDonagh!
The Big Booty Nephew is already a TWO-TIME NXT Champion, but has proven that from facing veterans like Tommaso Ciampa and Dolph Ziggler to facing the best of his peers like Joe Gacy and Cameron Grimes, he is a juggernaut in this ring. However, the Irish Ace knows even a juggernaut has its weaknesses. Will JD pick Bron apart and perform a beltectomy? Or will Bron break another would-be champion?
Bron walks out with a sledgehammer, and sees a box with “JD” on it. Bron SMASHES the box, then heads to the ring. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Bron wins betting against the ace.
JD and Bron circle while fans rally up. They tie up, JD goes after the bad arm but Bron shove shim away. JD grins but Bron says the shoulder’s just fine. They tie up again, Bron pushes JD back but JD puts Bron in the corner. JD pulls the arm against the ropes but the ref counts. JD let soff and Bron SLAPS him! Fans duel as JD grins and stares Bron down. JD and Bron reset and tie up again. Bron wrenches JD’s arm now, but JD spins and monkey flips him, but Bron holds on! Bron brings JD up but JD rolls, pushes Bron to ropes and arm-drags. But Bron holds on again! Bron shows he can be technical and fans rally up.
JD fights up, reaches for ropes but Born keeps him away. JD rolls, handsprings, snapmares and headlocks, but Bron slips out to have the wristlock! JD ROCKS Bron, but Bron headlocks back. JD powers out, Bron turns the dropdown into a gator roll and deadlift suplex! Bron walks around with JD before the SLAM! Fans fire up with Bron and he storms back up on JD. Bron whips JD into a corner, JD tumbles up and out, but Bron DECKS him! The ring count starts but Bron goes out after JD. JD gets in the ring but Bron avoids the elbow drop! Bron HOTSHOTS the arm, then he knuckle locks to STRAIGHT ARM LEVER!
Fans fire up as Bron carries JD around, then hammerlocks and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! And then STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Bron is showing he can do whatever JD can do, and then he clamps onto the arm again. Born hammerlocks and RAMS JD into buckles. Fans rally up and duel as Bron drags JD back up. Bron has the hammerlock, then he whips JD, JD reverses but Bron ducks ‘n’ dodges. Bron staggers but he still comes back to LARIAT JD! Bron tosses JD out hard, then barks at JD as NXT goes picture in picture.
JD scowls as Bron eggs him on. Bron goes out after JD, smacks him off the apron, then brings JD around to smack off the apron again. Fans bark for Bron as he puts JD in, but JD bails out the side. Bron waits on JD as the ring count climbs. JD gets in the ropes and trips Bron up! Then SLINGSHOT SPLASHES! JD gets his arm moving, and he stalks Bron to a corner. JD CHOPS, stomps, ROCKS and then stalks Bron some more. JD brings Bron around to snap suplex! JD drags Bron up to throw down elbows into Bron’s head, then DECK him with a haymaker. JD wrenches the bad arm, CLUBS it, but Bron throws body shots!
Bron backs JD down, RAMS into him over and over, then hoists him up top. Bron climbs up as NXT returns to single picture, but JD slips out to trip Bron up! JD shoves Bron to the apron, climbs up the other side, and he turns Bron to NECKBREAKER against the crossbar! Bron falls to the floor and fans rally again. JD stalks Bron, brings him up but the ring count is 5 of 10. JD puts Bron in at 7, drives elbow after elbow into the shoulders from all sides! The fans are torn but JD lets off so the ref can check Bron. Bron is still in this somehow so JD drags Bron around. JD has a mounted armlock but Bron endures.
Fans rally and duel, Bron reaches out but JD puts more pressure on the arm. Bron pushes through and gets the ROPEBREAK! JD lets off in frustration but fans duel again. JD clamps onto Bron for a neck wrench, but Bron still endures. JD pushes on the head, but fans rally up and Bron stands up! JAWBREAKER! Bron ROCKS JD, and again, and again! Bron whips, JD reverses but Bron FLYING SHOULDER TACKLES! And again! And then a duck ‘n’ dodge, to a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up again as Bron snarls and aims from the corner. JD flounders up, Born runs in, but JD POSTS Bron! Then a wrench and a takedown, LEBELL LOCK!!
Bron endures as JD pulls back! Fans rally and duel, Bron reaches out, and JD can only use one arm as Bron did damage to him, too! Born gets the ROPEBREAK! JD lets off in frustration and fans continue to duel. JD drags Bron to a drop zone then he climbs up. But Bron CLUBS JD first! Bron climbs up after JD, SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO!! Bron keeps cool and he goes to a corner to climb up again. But JD GAMANGIRIS back! JD sets Bron up, climbs up after him, but Bron resists the clinch! JD drags him up, SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Fans are thunderous as JD hits the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!!
Bron survives and JD can’t believe it! JD storms to a corner and climbs up, to MOONSAUTL! But he has to roll through as Bron moves! SPEAR!! Bron crawls after JD but JD flops out of the ring! Fans rally as Bron puts JD back in and hurries to aim from the corner again. JD stands up, into another SPEAR!! But Bron doesn’t cover, he brings the straps down! Bron vows to break JD, but JD stands up!? JD has blood in his mouth but he’s smiling! Bron says fine! A THIRD SPEAR!! And then the trophy lift, to the BREAKKER SLAM! Cover, Bron wins!!
Winner: Bron Breakker, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)
JD welcomed that third tackle, but it ended up being his demise! Bron retains the title, but who will- Wait, what?! Is this… It is! TYLER BATE is back in the States! The fans are going nuts for the Big Strong Boy! And he goes right into the ring to look Bron eye to eye! The NXT UK Champion and the NXT Champion, in the same ring for the first time in a long time! Will worlds collide in the near future?
This was a very good special for NXT, with great matches all over the card, but Heatwave didn’t really shake anything up. I know I’ve said keeping the status quo isn’t always a bad thing, but in this case, it felt kinda bad. Melo VS Vinci was great, though maybe a little sloppy because they wanted to go as fast as possible. Melo winning was only because of Trick, so that was a bit of a sour taste. But Melo still has so many opponents to face so this is fine. Decent promo from Von & Stone, but I guess Von is downgrading from “Wagner’s World” to “Welcome to Wagner’s Jungle.” I have no idea where Von’s gonna go from here, in a bad way. He’s not championship material, so who’s his next feud?
Great segment out of the Diamond Mine confronting their dysfunction, and I figured it’d be Strong pointed out as the traitor. That was some amazing continuity to have it in the 8 Man Tag that Tony looked to Strong as if to signal something. But then just as Apollo saw, the Diamond Mine all gets attacked. Gallus coming to NXT is great, though I wonder if this means Mark Coffey loses the Heritage Cup to Noam Dar. Gallus also getting a shot at the NXT UK Tag Team Championships is a nice surprise, but I wonder which two are facing Briggs & Jensen. Assuming Gallus wins, I’d love if it was the Coffey Brothers. But if not, then it can be Mark & Wolfgang again, trying to be two-time winners.
Roxie VS Cora was very good, but I’m a little surprised Cora won. For one, we see the NXT Women’s Championship is still on a Heel. Also, why wasn’t the DDT onto the weapon a disqualification? If that thing was a chair, wouldn’t it have been a DQ? Whatever, Cora’s still been doing good work so it’s not like she doesn’t deserve some success. Tiffany and Wendy have a very good vignette to plug their match. They call it “Lights Out” but don’t expect that to be the same as what AEW does with their “Lights Out” matches. It’ll be great, but only at WWE levels of No DQ. And given there’s no disqualifications, it can probably go either way, though I personally hope Wendy wins.
Actually, a great example of WWE levels of violence versus AEW is the Street Fight between Escobar and Tony we got tonight. It was really more a Street Fight for the sake of allowing Stacks and Legado to get involved without disqualifying the match. It was still great storytelling, but it was more chaos than destruction. Escobar loses because he’s being called-up, and who knows where Legado goes from here since they’re still under Tony. We got a nice promo segment with Indi and KC Squared, and I appreciate that Indi got a love letter from Dexter now that he’s back. But what a surprise that Blair Davenport, who is supposed to be fighting her way to the NXT UK Women’s Championship is here. Maybe Blair beats Indi to send Indi off to Raw?
Good introduction to Quincy Elliot here for the mainstream audience, but those who have been watching Level Up are probably already familiar with Quincy’s work. I’m sure Quincy can go in the ring, so it’s just a matter of how stories go and if Quincy can deliver on his character. Good promo from Waller to call Apollo out, and they’ll have a very good match, but I wonder where they’re going with this. Great match out of Mandy VS Zoey, but I had a feeling that after RawDown got the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament going and how they mentioned Zoey and Lyons are part of that, Zoey wasn’t going to win here. Mandy at least did it in a more clever way than usual. I don’t think anyone else has thought to wear their opponent’s brace and use it against them like that.
And we got a great match out of Bron and JD, but I’m a little surprised Bron won here. I’m also a little surprised how Bron won, where JD just let Bron hit him again. This is not really the Jordan Devlin in NXT UK, he would’ve used that to sucker Bron in, not just let Bron hit him again. But Bron retains, and we got a great surprise, that was then ruined by a massive spoiler. NXT UK isn’t even in the middle of their vacated championship tournament, they’re at the BEGINNING of it, and we see now that Tyler Bate is a two-time UK Champion! That’s awesome for Tyler but this is a big letdown for all of us fans who are still watching NXT UK! The only silver lining to this spoiler is that Worlds Collide might return to give us NXT VS NXT UK, Champions VS Champions.
My Score: 8.2/10
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