Who wins big in the Windy City?
For the first time ever, Survivor Series become a brand warfare triple threat! How will Raw and SmackDown fare with NXT in the mix?
- Kickoff Show – Cross Brand Tag Team Battle Royal: Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler win for SmackDown.
- Kickoff Show – NXT Cruiserweight Championship Triple Threat: Lio Rush VS Akira Tozawa VS Kalisto; Rush wins and retains the NXT Cruiserweight Championship for NXT.
- Kickoff Show – Triple Threat Tag: The Viking Raiders VS The New Day VS The Undisputed Era; The Viking Raiders win for Raw.
- Women’s 5v5v5 Elimination Triple Threat Tag: Team Raw VS Team SmackDown VS Team NXT; Team NXT wins.
- Triple Threat: AJ Styles VS Shinsuke Nakamura VS Roderick Strong; Strong wins for NXT.
- NXT Championship: Adam Cole VS Pete Dunne; Cole wins and retains the NXT Championship.
- WWE Universal Championship: The Fiend Bray Wyatt VS Daniel Bryan; Wyatt wins and retains the WWE Universal Championship.
- Men’s 5v5v5 Elimination Triple Threat Tag: Team Raw VS Team SmackDown VS Team NXT; Team SmackDown wins.
- WWE World Championship No Holds Barred: Brock Lesnar VS Rey Mysterio; Lesnar wins and retains the WWE World Championship.
- Triple Threat: Becky Lynch VS Bayley VS Shayna Baszler; Baszler wins for NXT.
- Final Score – Raw: 1, NXT: 4, SmackDown: 2; NXT wins Survivor Series.
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It’s the Survivor Series Kickoff Show!
Join Jonathan Coachman, Charly Caruso, Booker T and David Otunga in recapping and predicting all the action!
Sam Roberts and John Bradshaw Layfield are even here to talk about the action. The second-longest running WWE PPV will be the biggest it’s ever been with this “unprecedented” triple threat format! Shayna Baszler has a big opportunity but she’s coming off a big Women’s WarGames match. JBL doubts the Queen of Spades’ odds, but Sam Roberts is pretty sure she’s still the biggest name coming out of all of this. Who will be right and who will be wrong after that epic encounter?
Backstage interview with Paul Heyman.
The introduction was not good enough for him, so he gives his introduction himself. The Advocate for the reigning, defending, undisputed WWE Heavyweight Champion of the World, just the order of things works better. Brock Lesnar VS Rey Mysterio, Miracle or Massacre. The underdog, Mysterio, holding his poor injured son, Dominic, after that beating to oblivion. Mysterio used a pipe to attack Lesnar, and now rumors abound. Lesnar isn’t at 100%, tonight is the night Mysterio pulls off the miracle. Or perhaps Lesnar is a miracle killer, and simply massacres Mysterio in ways the WWE has never seen before and will make sure we never see again. Miracle or massacre, wait and see.
What are the affects of WarGames?
After all the chaos and destruction, are any of the competitors in shape for tonight’s matches? The Undisputed Era, the members of Team Ripley and Team Baszler, Baszler herself! For that matter, Kevin Owens surely surprised everyone else, especially Team Raw. Will Seth Rollins be okay with the Prizefighter risking himself like that?
Shawn Michaels joins the panel!
The Heartbread Kid is here to reveal which five are on NXT’s Men’s Team! HBK first speaks to the game plan for tonight: survive and thrive. People are implying NXT are the odd ones out, the trouble makers, and that’s exactly right! NXT is ready, and they are going to pump some life into tonight! But given WarGames, they had to wait to see who was able to compete. Without further ado, NXT Men’s Team it is Damien Priest, Matt Riddle, Keith Lee, WALTER, and Tommaso Ciampa! That’s right, even NXT UK gets in with the WWE United Kingdom Champion! This group touches on what makes pro-wrestling great! With the leadership of HBK and HHH, will this quintet conquer Raw and SmackDown?
Backstage interview with Adam Cole.
The NXT Champion lost the WarGames match but how does that affect tonight’s NXT Championship match? Cole has been on all three shows and WarGames this week! He’s not 100%, but that doesn’t change that he’s Adam Cole, Baybay. Dunne may have been a dominant UK Champion, but he’s never had a week like Cole’s had. Dunne may be Team NXT, he’s going to be treated like Raw and SmackDown. You will see what a superior champion on a superior brand looks like, and that is undisputed.
Bayley talks to the panel via video call.
The Bad Bad Bayley’s game plan is to just take over. She will do the same thing she’s been doing for seven years: be a champion. The aggression first focused on Becky Lynch and Shayna Baszler, but Bayley stepped out of the shadows. They call Bayley the underdog, and she bottled it up. It’s different now. Bayley is sick of it all, and she says Becky and Baszler have what’s coming to them, and it’s all their own fault. Which woman is more challenging for her? Neither, they’re the same. Pin one, submit one, doesn’t matter which, it is Bayley’s night. The favorite coming into this is the NXT Women’s Champion, how is the SmackDown Women’s Champions feeling? Bayley does respect Shayna Two Time for carrying on what she built. Bayley’s been doing this longer than her, but can she keep it up?
Kickoff Show – Cross Brand Tag Team Battle Royal!
Raw, SmackDown and NXT send in the best of their tag team division, but that world cup trophy signifies the Best Tag Team in the World is in this match! The OC, Street Profits and Major Bros of Raw, the Revival, Roode-Dolph, Lucha House Party and Heavy Machinery of SmackDown, and the Forgotten Sons, Breezango and Imperium of NXT are all in the ring, but who wins the first score for their brand tonight?
The bell rings and it is chaos! The Top Guys and GLORIOUS Show-Offs stay back and hit whoever comes close. They go after Fandango while other groups square off. Gran Metalik helps Lince Dorado stay in, and then toss Steve Cutler out! The Forgotten Sons are ELIMINATED! That was fast, guess they’ll be forgotten. But then Angelo Dawkins POWERBOMBS Lince Dorado out onto the Sons, Lucha House Party is ELIMINATED! Things are thinning out thanks to that, but Heavy Machinery is still too big for even two men to eliminate together. So it turns into four men! Tucker saves Otis from their fellow SmackDown superstars. Curt Hawkins tumbles out from the middle but Zack Ryder is sent out over the top! And he lands on Hawkins! The Major Bros are ELIMINATED!
Otis bumps Marcel Barthel but Barthel holds on. Fabian Aichner fights Ziggler off to go after him. Barthel saves himself while The Revival go after Tucker. The OC go after Imperium and Street Profits, but Otis bulldozes into Karl Anderson. Aichner has Ziggler, catapults but Ziggler skins the cat! Aichner goes after Ziggler but Ziggler drags him out! They’re both on the apron while Fandango goes after Tucker. Ziggler and Aichner fight on the edge with big hands and kicks. ZIggler headbutts Aichner, but Barthel gets Ziggler with a sleeper! Aichner runs in, but Roode intercepts! Roode body checks Aichner down, and ELIMINATES Imperium! And he SAVES Ziggler from falling to the floor! Roode-Dolph is safe, and they go after the Street Profits with the Revival.
But Otis drags Ziggler up for the spin cycle scoop slam! And off comes the shirt! Fans pump up with Otis as he hits the CATERPILLAR, only for The Revival and OC to toss him out! Heavy Machinery is ELIMINATED! The Revival go after Breezango while the OC beat down the Street Profits. Fandango goes out the middle rope, Breeze is thrown over the top! But Fandango keeps his friend in, with a princess carry! But then the Revival bump him off, Fandango is ELIMINATED, as is NXT! Now The OC and Revival mug the Street Profits. Dawkins helps Ford survive the double back drop, to double dropkick and ELIMINATE The Revival! The Profits brawl with The OC, but now Roode-Dolph helps out. Brand warfare doesn’t matter when they hate the same team. But then Anderson and Roode argue, and start brawling!
Gallows rocks Roode with an uppercut, Anderson helps out, neckbreaker back suplex! But Ziggler ZIGZAGS Anderson before Magic Killer! Roode dumps Gallows out but Gallows stays up. SUPERKICK gets rid of Gallows, the OC is ELIMINATED! Roode-Dolph regroups and stands off with The Street Profits! One Raw team and one SmackDown team. The two team start brawling! Roode knees Dawkins and whips but Dawkins holds the ropes. Ziggler mugs Ford but Dawkins boots Roode. Only to run into a GLORIOUS SPINE BUSTER! Roode and Ziggler work together, but the SUPERKICK hits Roode! Roode flops out the middle rope, but Ford throws Ziggler. Ziggler throws Ford instead! Ford holds on and punches Ziggler away! Into Dawkin’s SPINE BUSTER!
Ford goes up top, but Roode shoves him down! Ford holds on the ropes as he flounders about! Ziggler goes after Dawkins but is bucked off. Dawkins ROCKS Ziggler! But satellite DDT! WORLD STAR FROG SPLASH! But Roode throws Ford out, SmackDown wins!
Winners: SmackDown’s Roode & Ziggler; Raw: 0, NXT: 0, SmackDown: 1
And the blue brand is the first on the board! Is this the first of many for one of the OG brands of WWE?
Christian joins the panel!
He knows from experience that Survivor Series is the biggest stage for many stars tonight. He looks forward to seeing true champions and legends step up to the challenge.
NXT Cruiserweight Championship Triple Threat: Lio Rush VS Akira Tozawa VS Kalisto!
The Man of the Hour is not immune to the brand warfare! This title has joined NXT, but it could leave the brand if one of the others wins! Will the red, blue or black-n-gold hold the purple belt after tonight?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this Cruiserweight crossover match begins!
Kalisto and Tozawa here fans cheering for Lio, and both take offense. They decide to go after Lio together! They mug and beat down Lio, then double whip him out of the ring. Tozawa rolls Kalisto, TWO! Kalisto is upset and the two start shoving. Then brawling! Tozawa clubs Kalisto and whips, but Kalisto tumbles out as Lio gets in. Lio sends Tozawa into Kalisto and rolls Tozawa up, TWO! Lio dropkicks Kalisto out but Tozawa whips. Lio redirects, Kalisto drags him out and throws him into barriers. But Tozawa runs in, to get a KICK! Kalisto clubs Tozawa but Tozawa shoves. Kalisto CHOPS Tozawa while having the knuckle lock. He goes up, Lio returns but Kalisto kicks him away! Kalisto springboard arm-drags Tozawa then kicks Lio again.
Kalisto goes corner to corner, shoulder tackles, but handsprings into a waistlock. Tozawa shoves Kalisto into Lio’s boot but then Tozawa goes after Lio himself. Lio punches Tozawa away and slips out to the apron. Kalisto runs at Tozawa but Lio bobs ‘n’ weaves to hit back again. Lio slides under Tozawa to go after Kalisto as fans duel. Kalisto full nelsons but Lio fights free. Lio whips Tozawa but Tozawa reverses, and Kalisto helps. Lio dodges them both, double back elbows take them both down! Lio covers Tozawa, ONE! Lio keeps his cool as he gets fans fired up for NXT. Lio kicks but Tozawa blocks. Tozawa flips Lio, fakes him out, and ROCKS him with the jab! Fans fire up with Tozawa but Lio slips out of the back suplex.
Lio runs in, Tozawa gets clear, Lio handspring kicks Kalisto away but comes back into Tozawa’s fireman’s carry. Tozawa TOSSES Lio down! Then builds speed, to basement shotgun dropkick! Cover, TWO! Tozawa keeps his cool as he drags Lio into the drop zone. Tozawa climbs up top and fans rally with “AH! AH!” Lio stops Tozawa with haymakers then climbs up to join him. Kalisto enziguris Lio and joins in now! Tozawa and Kalisto have Lio, they climb up to the very top, but Lio gets them with a SUPER DOUBLE SPANISH FLY!! All three men crash down and Chicago rallies up. Lio stands first and grits his teeth. Lio punches Kalisto then punches Tozawa, and repeat. Lio CHOPS, but Tozawa and Kalisto hit back! They work together again, but Kalisto turns on Tozawa! Lio heel kicks Kalisto! Fast hands on Tozawa, but Tozawa kicks, spins, slides under and GERMANS! Cover, but Kalisto steps on Tozawa to jackknife cover Lio, TWO!!
Chicago cheers as all three men are down again. Fans build to a rally and duel, but Kalisto is up first. The “Lucha! Lucha!” chants echo as Kalisto stalks Lio. But no Salida, Lio slips out. Kalisto ducks a kick to cravat Lio, and then he boosts off Tozawa for the SALIDA DEL SOL! Cover, but Tozawa uses a Shining Wizard to break it! Kalisto flops out and Lio is in the drop zone! Tozawa climbs up top, fans “AH! AH!” TOKYO TOWER SENTON!! But Kalisto breaks the cover!! Tozawa is shocked but fans rally up as Kalisto rises. Tozawa and Kalisto shove each other, then start slapping each other! It’s a SLAP FIGHT! Tozawa clubs away on Kalisto, but Kalisto dodges to SUPERKICK! Kalisto runs, handsprings, but into a waistlock! German, but Kalisto lands on his feet! SALIDA DEL SOL DOS! FINAL HOUR OUTTA NOWHERE! Lio covers Kalisto, Lio wins!!
Winner: Lio Rush, by pinfall; still NXT Cruiserweight Champion; Raw: 0, NXT: 1, SmackDown: 1
The NXT Cruiserweight title stays with NXT! The Living Piece of Gold helps the black-n-gold get on the board, is Raw going to be left in the dust at this rate?
Sami Zayn joins the panel.
They cannot talk about a Match of the Year Candidate match, Styles VS Nakamura VS Strong, without putting respect on the tone! Don’t treat this like it’s some other match. Realize the level of artistry in this match! Nakamura isn’t an artist, he is THE artist! Booker T doesn’t get it, so Sami wants everyone to “truly understand the caliber” of talent Nakamura is and has become. But surely Sami respects Styles and Strong, “on a certain level.” Styles is a great competitor, Strong is a great competitor, but they are not intellectual artists. It is not just something int he ring, it is a mind-set. You either have it, or you don’t. It is an intangible that you cannot measure. It isn’t just a bunch of tag lines, it is the reality! He may be underestimating Styles and Strong, but they’re underestimating the instant classic Nakamura will make this match.
But Styles was a world champion in the WWE, Nakamura has yet to be. Well a huge difference there is that Nakamura now has Sami in his corner. And when it comes to their past, it may have gone Styles’ way, but now Shinsuke has Sami, and he’s better than ever! Tonight, “you are going to see the very best of Shinsuke Nakamura.” The Great Liberator promises a masterpiece, but will it be a victory for the King of Strong Style?
Backstage interview with The New Day.
Kofi Kingston and Big E are ready for their tag team triple threat with The Viking Raiders and Undisputed Era. Kofi is a living get-well-soon card for Xavier Woods, but he wants to know what the other teams are like? Two teams that have tagged together for a long time all over the world, but you can’t forget ya bois, the SEVEN-TIME W, W, E, World, Tag, Team, CHAMPIONSSSUH! This will be a reminder that the New Day are the 483-day, WWE record breaking and “have been and still are” the GREATEST team in the WWE! Awwww~ Chicago~! Don’t you DARE be sour! Clap for this tag team champions match, and feel~ the power~!
Kickoff Show – Triple Threat Tag: The Viking Raiders VS The New Day VS The Undisputed Era!
The raid comes to Chicago and it collides with the Power of Positivity. But even after a brutal WarGames match last night, will reDRagon still #ShockTheSystem?
The teams sort out and one man starts for each team! It’s Ivar, Big E and Kyle O’Reilly at the bell!
Kyle kicks Ivar then at Big E! Kyle goes for a leg but Ivar smashes Kyle away. Big E shoves Kyle away and Bobby Fish tags in. Fish kicks away but gets double hip tossed away! Tag back to Kyle, and reDRagon work together, only to get run over by Ivar and Big E! NXT clears out so that WarBeard and Big E Langston can throw big hands! Big E dodges, and scoops Ivar?! But Ivar slips out to shove Big E. Big E bucks Ivar then hurdles him! Ivar rolls off Big E’s back! Things speed up, Big E runs Ivar over!? But Kyle comes in to attack with fast knees! Fish helps dump Big E out, but ivar gets Kyle in the Raw corner.
Tag to Erik and Kyle gets knees from both Vikings! The Raiders then go at Fish, hip tossing him in! Ivar scoop slams Fish, then Erik scoop slams Ivar on Fish! Erik roars but Big E tags in Kofi. Erik goes after Kyle but Kofi comes in to throw hands. Kofi whips and dropkicks Erik down! Kofi has Kyle in the corner with haymakers while the Vikings regroup. Kofi kicks and wrenches Kyle to bring him to the SmackDown corner. Big E tags in, then snapmares Kyle for Kofi’s Penalty Kick! Cover, TWO! Big E tags Kofi back in, and the New Day combines for a leap frog senton! Cover, TWO! Kyle writhes but is still alive. Kofi throws haymakers and brawls with Kyle, then kicks to whip Kyle out of the ring. Kofi mule kicks Fish away, but the Vikings return! Raw and SmackDown stare down as fans rally up, and the brawl is on!
Erik throws Big E out while Ivar has Kofi. Kofi slips out to swing kick, and Big E throws Erik into barriers! But reDRagon returns to whip Kofi. Kofi goes up and dropkicks back! Kofi puts Fish out, but Kyle catches the kick. Dragon screw in the ropes! Kyle climbs up top, knee drop! Heel Hook! Kofi flails and reaches, but Fish runs at Ivar, to get a seated senton! Ivar splashes down on Kyle! Kofi is free but Big E belly2bellies Ivar! Erik EXPLODERS Big E! Kofi hotshots Erik and kicks away. Kofi runs, but into a scoop! They end up in a corner and Kofi gives big hands to Erik. Fans rally up and duel as Kofi has to fight Kyle off. Kyle hits Kofi back and knocks him down. Kyle and Kofi kick each other on the apron edge back and forth. Kyle gets the edge, but Big E runs in! Kyle dodges and Big E flies out of the ring! Kofi rocks Kyle, Fish sweeps Kofi!
Ivar and Erik are on the apron now, and Erik scoops Ivar to THROW him onto everyone else! Fans are fired up as all six men are down! Erik drags Kyle into the ring, but both men are wiped out energy wise. Erik throws haymakers on Kyle against the ropes. Erik whips and runs Kyle over with forearms! He scoops Kyle up but Fish chop blocks Erik! Kyle boots Erik down, then kicks him while he’s down. Tag to Fish, but Erik ROCKS reDRagon! Fish throws hands back, but Erik grabs a leg. Fish gets free to give knees back. Erik holds onto ropes but Fish grinds his foot into him. Fish drags Erik in, tweaks the leg, then tags Kyle. Kyle kicks Erik and throws clubbing elbows and big knees into the ribs. Kyle runs to slide a knee into Erik’s ribs! Kyle hooks the legs up, figure four SNAP lock!
Tag to Fish as Chicago rallies for NXT. Fish drags Erik up, snap suplex! He keeps Erik from Ivar, too. Erik fights back with big forearms, and TOSSES Fish into Kyle! Fans rally up as Erik crawls for his corner. Hot tag to Ivar! The Warbeard back drops Fish! And sidewalk slams Kyle! Ivar runs to BASEMENT SPLASH! Fans fire up as Ivar starts a war train corner to corner! Clothesline after clothesline, but then Kyle runs in! Ivar sends Kyle’s knee into Fish! Spinning powerslam! Big E runs in, into a big heel kick! But Kyle and Fish get Ivar with kicks and knees! They double whip Ivar, Ivar tumbles out to forearm back. Ivar hurries to a top rope, but Fish gets clear. Ivar rolls through to tag Erik! SHOTGUN KNEES! Ivar runs in, but Kyle saves Fish from the bronco buster! Kofi springboards back in, into Erik’s arms! But Kofi slips out, to boot Erik back. Kofi double STOMPS Erik down!
Tag to Big E and Kofi climbs up, Big E throws Kyle overhead into ropes! And then Fish gets one, too! Kofi Penalty Kicks Kyle! Kofi hops over Fish’s sweep to kick him, too! Erik shotgun knees Big E! Erik smacks Kofi away, then goes after Big E. He climbs up top to rain down rights in the corner. But Kofi tags in and kicks Erik back! Big E has Erik up, Kofi joins in, DOUBLE STOMP DOOMSDAY!! Cover, but Ivar breaks it! Ivar runs but is sent out by Kofi. Big E tags in, Kofi builds speed, and Big E BOOSTS Kofi to take out Ivar and reDragon! Erik is back up, Big E SPEARS into him! They crash down on the outside! Chicago fires up as Big E gets Erik back in. Kofi tags and heads up top, but the other teams are regrouping. Fish stops Kofi, but it’s Kyle who shoves him down. Erik shoves Big E away, Ace Ten MAO!
Tag to Ivar, waistlock and springboard, LARIAT GERMAN! But Ivar can’t make the cover. Kofi swings, Trouble in Paradise hits a post!! TOTAL ANNIHILATION! But the Vikings stare down reDRagon. The chase is on! The Undisputed Era get in the ring as the Vikings get out and get them with fast hands! Erik fights as best he can, but still gets Ax ‘n’ Smash! And an Exploder from Fish! Ivar gets back up, but he gets a double kick sandwich! Only to power up!? He choke grips them both, but they both knee back! Ivar cartwheels out of annihilation! Ivar handsprings and double back elbows! Erik gets in, Kyle gets THOR’S HAMMER onto Fish! Cover, the Viking Raiders win!!
Winners: Raw’s Viking Raiders, Ivar by pinfall; Raw: 1, NXT: 1, SmackDown: 1
Things are all tied up after the kickoff show’s three matches! The only tag team to be champions in NJPW, ROH, NXT and Raw are the winners, but will their brand join them by the end of the night?
The landscape has changed forever.
Raw and SmackDown have been riding high for decades, but NXT is here to turn things upside-down! The “main roster” is a thing of the past, because the black ‘n’ gold is bold enough to say they are on par, no, BETTER, than their older sibling shows. Monday Night Rollins, The Big Dog’s Yard, and the once developmental brand turned wrestling phenomenon are going to showcase for the sake of supremacy! Who survives Survivor Series?
Women’s 5v5v5 Elimination Triple Threat Tag: Team Raw VS Team SmackDown VS Team NXT!
We open with the new take on an old tradition! It will still be teams of five representing the brands, but with a third branch added, that’s FIFTEEN superstars all at once! The Queen, Charlotte Flair, leads Natalya, Sarah Logan and the Kabuki Warriors. The Boss, Sasha Banks, leads Nikki Cross, Carmella, Dana Brooke and Lacey Evans. The Mosh Pit Kid, Rhea Ripley, leads Candice LeRae, Io Shirai, Bianca Belair and Toni Storm. Tensions are running high on these teams made up of rivals, but which fearsome five rises above that pettiness to score another victory for their brand?
The teams sort out, and with one woman per brand, it’s the Valkyrie, the Sassy Southern Belle, and the Lightning from Down Under! Lacey throws her skirt at Sarah and then boots her down! Toni brawls with Lacey, but Lacey throws Toni down by her hair. Lacey already dabs the sweat off her brow, but she turns into a double flapjack! Toni and Sarah double whip but Lacey holds the ropes. Nikki tags in just before Lacey is dumped out. Nikki fires off forearms on both Toni and Sarah! Toni grabs Nikki to lariat her down! Sarah gets around Toni to ripcord and Northern Lights! Sarah runs to cartwheel knee drop on Toni! Cover, but Toni gets loose. Nikki jumps on for a thrashing sleeper on Sarah! Sarah back sentons with Nikki onto Toni! Toni crawls while Sarah covers Nikki, TWO! Sarah covers Toni now, TWO! Back to Nikki, TWO!
Nikki headbutts Sarah and forearms, then runs to wheelbarrow, but Sarah blocks. Toni waistlocks Sarah, to German Suplex them both! Fans rally up as all three women crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Carmella, Io Shirai, and Kairi Sane! Fans are excited to see former friends meet again! The Stardom duo are ignoring Princess Mella, until she shoves Shirai. So Shirai and Kairi work together to club Carmella down! Mella hurries to tag Dana Brooke. Dana lets Kairi and Shirai tie up. Shirai headlocks, Kairi powers out but Shirai handsprings over. They go agani, Kairi goes up and headscissors Shirai down! Kairi runs to slide into a boot from Shirai! Shirai hits a basement dropkick to Kairi’s head! Shirai underhooks to lift but Kairi fights out. Kairi Alabama SLAMS Shirai! cover, TWO, and Dana rolls Kairi! TWO, Shirai rolls Dana, TWO!
Shirai whips but Dana reverses, Shirai ends up stacked with Kairi. Dana handsprings to elbow them both down! Dana climbs up and SmackDown is fired up as Dana hits a DOUBLE SWANTON! Cover on Kairi, TWO! Dana tags Lacey, and they double whip Kairi to double hip toss her. Dana handsprings to boot Kairi for Lacey to cover, TWO! Candice tags in to roll Lacey up! TWO, and Lacey SLAPS Candice. These two never did settle things from NXT… Candice fires off on Lacey! Asuka tags in, to hip attack Lacey! Candice uppercuts them both! Candice snapmares and sentons Asuka! She runs at Lacey, tornado complete shot! Cover, TWO! Tag to Rhea, and Chicago fires up! Rhea dropkicks Lacey out, but Asuka gets her for an armbar takedown! Rhea flails but Bianca makes the save!
Natty DISCUS lariats Bianca! Nikki hits the PURGE on Natty! Shirai dropkicks Nikki but Charlotte SPEARS Shirai! Candice dropkicks Charlotte, Carmella FABULOUS Kicks Candice! Toni German Suplexes Mella! Dana enziguris Toni, but Sarah GUT BUSTERS Dana! Sasha hits a BACKSTABBER! Chicago is thunderous as The Boss holds the ring! NXT and raw regroup, Shirai and Candice are down. They did suffer a lot of damage during WarGames, perhaps this is affecting their abilities now. Charlotte tags in off Asuka to stand against her fellow Horsewoman. Raw and SmackDown wait to see what happened with Team NXT. It seems Shirai and Candice can’t continue! Does that mean NXT is now down 5v5v3 already?
Rhea and her team regroup to keep going, and she again stands against Charlotte and Sasha, just like Friday. Rhea got the win last time, but things will be different in an elimination match. Surprisingly, Rhea tags out to Bianca! But the EST is ready, so the team captains tag out to Sarah and Nikki. Nikki leaps in and chops Bianca! Then she kicks Sarah into a neckbreaker! Bianca throws Nikki out but Nikki shoulders back in. Nikki slingshot dropkicks, then LEAPS onto Rhea just because! And trips Toni to go after her on the apron! Bianca grabs at Nikki but Nikki hits her away. Rhea puts Nikki on the apron for Bianca to use the ropes in the roll up! Bianca ELIMINATES Nikki Cross! NXT works together to get one SmackDown star down.
But now Carmella runs in. Mella-go-round headscissor for Bianca and a kick for Sarah. But Bianca gives Mella the Kiss of Death! Mella scrambles away and Sarah gets Bianca. Bianca powers her to a corner and rams in shoulders. She lets up but Sarah DECKS her! Sarah fights Toni and Rhea off and headbutts Bianca! Sarah throws Bianca out hard, and howls to the moon before hitting flying knees on BOTH Toni and Rhea! Sarah puts Bianca back in and climbs, but Rhea yanks her down. Bianca clubs Sarah and hip tosses her in hard. Bianca handsprings to knock Asuka away and moonsaults on Sarah, but Natty breaks the cover. Sarah knees Bianca down, covers, TWO! The EST is the toughest, and she dodges Sarah to DECK her!
Bianca steps on Sarah to go to the open corner. Bianca climbs up, and hits a 450!! Cover, Bianca ELIMINATES Sarah! Now it’s 4v4v3! But in comes Charlotte. Charlotte and Bianca each tell each other to kiss this, and then tie up. Bianca waistlocks but Charlotte elbows out hard. Charlotte whips Bianca in but Bianca elbows back. Charlotte clotheslines Charlotte but Mella rolls Charlotte! TWO, mule kick to FABULOUS Kick! Mella runs in but is put on the apron. Rhea distracts, Mella takes advantage with a knee. But Charlotte BOOTS Mella! Bianca rolls Charlotte, TWO! Bianca clotheslines Charlotte but runs into the backbreaker and BOOT! Charlotte drags Bianca to a drop zone and grins at Rhea. Charlotte climbs but Mella disrupts that. Charlotte kicks Mella away but Mella is back with forearms. Mella handsprings but the steiner is blocked! Mella fights, and SUPER STEINERS Charlotte onto Bianca!
Cover on Charlotte, TWO! On Bianca, TWO! Back to Charlotte, TWO! Back to Bianca, ONE!! Mella is losing her cool but fans are fired up! Mella kicks Bianca down then drags her away by the long ponytail. Bianca fights back, but Mella mule kicks her down. Cover, TWO! NATURAL SELECTION! Cover, Charlotte ELIMINATES Carmella! 4v3v3! Sasha gets in for SmackDown but Kairi tags in for Raw. Toni Storm tags in for NXT, and she circles with another familiar foe. Kairi kicks but Sasha sends it into Toni. Sasha knees Toni herself then runs, into Toni’s BOOT! Toni drags Kairi up and headbutts! Kairi back hands Toni down! Kairi prepares to weigh anchor, InSANE Elbow for Toni! Cover, but Sasha METEORAS Kairi! Sasha ELIMINATES Kairi! But Asuka is right in!
Asuka fires off on whoever comes close! Hip attack for Toni, pop-up knee for Sasha! Bulldog clothesline combo! Dana tags in and runs in to get a heel kick! Cover, Asuka ELIMINATES Dana! Now it’s 3v2v3! Charlotte tags in and Asuka didn’t like the timing. They start fighting each other now! Charlotte throws Asuka down by her hair! But Lacey runs in, only for Charlotte to counter punch and CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Lacey falls but Charlotte brings her up, Exploder into buckles! Charlotte kips up and fans “WOO,” but Asuka screws Charlotte over with the GREEN MIST!! Asuka even leaves, not caring to continue for Raw. Lacey hits the Woman’s Right! Cover, Lacey ELIMINATES Charlotte!
Natty is the last one for Raw, she rolls Lacey up, TWO! Lacey kicks low and whips, but Toni is back. Lacye elbows Toni but runs into Natty’s rebound sit-down! Toni basement dropkicks! Natty DISCUS lariats Toni! Natty rolls Lacey, Natty ELIMINATES Lacey! Sasha steps in as SmackDown’s last. It is 1v1v3!! NXT has the advantage just on numbers! And the fans are behind them, too! Toni brawls with Natty and Sasha! Toni brings Natty up to underhook, but Natty resists to trip Toni up. Natty gets the Sharpshooter! And Sasha adds the crossface!! Toni can’t take two holds, she TAPS and is ELIMINATED! Fans boo but Natty and Sasha dare NXT to step up. Bianca gets up but runs into a Boss level HART ATTACK! Cover, Sasha ELIMINATES Bianca!
Rhea is the last woman for NXT, it is 1v1v1 now! Natty and Sasha grin but fans are confident in Rhea. Rhea is confident in herself, even if the Boss and the Queen of Harts- Wait, Sasha betrays Natty! Sasha ELIMINATES Natty! Sasha wants Rhea all to herself. Rhea and Sasha are the last two, only one will be the #SoleSurvivor! They trash talk each other, and Rhea throws big haymakers! Sasha pushes back, but into an atomic facebuster! Rhea runs to dropkick Sasha down! Cover, TWO! Rhea pushes Sasha around, then drags Sasha up. Rhea whips, Sasha dodges, tilt-o-whirl, but Rhea blocks with pure power! Rhea suplexes but Sasha slips out to a sleeper! Rhea backs Sasha into buckles over and over, then snapmares Sasha off. Rhea runs in, but into a drop toehold! Rhea eats buckles, Sasha goes corner to corner, Meteora! And then more knees up close and personal!
Sasha drags Rhea out to a drop zone before climb up top. Fans are dueling, Sasha vows to end this. Rhea stands, Sasha leaps, SUPER METEORA! Cover, TWO!! It won’t be that easy to beat the inaugural NXT UK Women’s Champion! Fans are rallying again but Sasha runs in, Meteora to the back! Sasha brags for her brand as she climbs up top, and leaps again, but into a BOOT! Rhea covers, TWO! Rhea stomps Sasha and grabs the legs, ties them up for the Inverted Cloverleaf! Sasha endures but rolls to a CROSSFACE! Rhea scrambles against the Bank Statement, reaches for ropes, but Sashas switches to that side!
Wait a minute, is that Candice and Shirai returning!? Rhea powers up and Sasha tornado DDT’s! Back into the Bank Statement! Candice and Shirai drag Rhea out, but Sasha wrecks them both! Sasha realizes she’s 1v3 thanks to some trickery, but Rhea rams Sasha into barriers! Rhea rams Sasha into the apron, then drags Sasha into the ring. Rhea says it’s over, pump handles, but Sasha slips out to shove! Sasha blocks the boot to give a KNEE! But Shirai goes after Sasha from the apron. Candice distracts on the other end, Shirai missile dropkicks Sasha down! Rhea take advantage, pump handle, RIPTIDE!! Cover, NXT WINS!!
Winner: Team NXT, Rhea Ripley by pinfall; Raw: 1, NXT: 2, SmackDown: 1
Don’t trust a team coached by DX! NXT bends the rules and rubs it in on Raw and SmackDown to break the tie, but will NXT break through to win the Survivor Series?
Seth Rollins talks with Kevin Owens.
The Architect obviously saw his teammate at WarGames last night. He’s hoping Kevin can clear things up for him. It was a big moment, but for NXT. Rollins wants to know if his team is at 100%, and that means knowing Kevin’s loyalties. First off, that was about the Undisputed Era, not brands. And Kevin has a strong connection to NXT, he still loves NXT. But NXT doesn’t need him. Raw does, desperately. So don’t worry about WarGames. Tonight, KO is Raw. But Rollins questioning someone else’s loyalty? Do we need to remind him of his history? Shield fist. The tensions are growing, but will it all explode in the ring tonight?
Triple Threat: AJ Styles VS Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Sami Zayn VS Roderick Strong!
The Phenomenal United States Champion of Raw, the “studly” Artist Intercontinental Champion of SmackDown, and the Savior of the Backbreaker North American Champion of NXT. Who will be the best regional champion of the WWE?
The bell rings and the three are wary of the others. They circle and approach as Sami watches closely. Shinsuke knocks Strong down then fires off on Styles! He stomps Styles then knees Strong. Shinsuke whips Strong to kitchen sink knee him down. Shinsuke goes after Styles with stomps in the corner and then boots Strong down. Styles blocks a kick to fire back, but Strong clubs Styles. Strong runs into Styles’ dropkick! Strong flounders to a corner, Styles runs to clotheslines Shinsuke. Then he comes back for Strong! Back to Shinsuke, but Strong dodges. Styles boots, jumps, but into a backbreaker! Strong dropkicks Shinsuke down, then CHOPS him for a backbreaker! Fans rally and duel as Sami checks on Shinsuke.
Strong stomps Styles down, then runs to wreck Shinsuke with a dropkick. Styles is on an apron but Strong is there, too. Strong suplexes but Styles saves himself from the drop! Shinsuke is up but is sent into the apron, Styles sliding knees Strong down! Styles has Shinsuke back in the ring then kicks Strong while he’s down. Styles aims at Shinsuke and slingshots, but Shinsuke trips him up! Styles flops to the mat and Shinsuke rams knees over and over into him! Shinsuke drags Styles up into the corner for Bad Vibrations! Strong returns but gets kicked out. Shinsuke then drags Strong back up to suplex him up and in! Shinsuke goes back to Styles for a snapmare and knee drop! Cover, but Strong easily yanks Shinsuke off. Shinsuke stomps Strong for it, then puts Styles in a corner.
Shinsuke hoists Styles up, and hits the Top Shelf Knee! Styles flops down to the floor, so Shinsuke goes to Strong. Strong gets the fireman’s carry, gutbuster drop! Cover, TWO! Strong drags Shinsuke up for stomps, then CHOPS away! Strong half nelsons to a modified torture rack! A Bow ‘n’ Arrow even. Shinsuke endures as Strong bends him back2back. Fans rally up and Shinsuke elbows out, only for Strong to make it a gutbuster! Styles clamps onto Strong with a sleeper hold! Strong flails and endures but Styles smothers him with his body weight. Strong keeps fighting but Styles hooks the face. No disqualifications so he isn’t in trouble for it. Styles sees Shinsuke coming and throws Strong into him! Then back to the sleeper! Strong fades as Styles wrenches and thrashes, but Strong revives. Sami coaches Shinsuke up like a good corner man, and fans rally.
Strong gets up to fight out against Styles. Strong arm-drags Styles away then throws big haymakers. He hits Shinsuke with those, too, and then CHOPS Shinsuke down. Strong dodges Styles, leaping lariat sends Styles rolling! Big knee against the ropes! Shinsuke swings a kick, into another backbreaker! Strong gives Styles endless side2side forearms! And then a big facebuster! Cover, TWO! Strong grows a bit frustrated, drags Styles up, and suplexes, but Styles slips out. Styles decks Strong, CHOPS Shinsuke, repeat! But then Strong knocks Styles into Shinsuke, and whips Styles the other way. Styles elbows Strong away, hops up, moonsault into the dragon sleeper! Strong snapmares out, monkey flips Styles, Styles lands on his feet, to get a DYNAMIC ENTRY! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives and Strong brawls with Shinsuke! Sami cheers as Shinsuke gets a strike fest, ax kick, sliding knee! Cover, but Styles is right there and breaks it! Chicago loves “All These Guys!”
Shinsuke hits Styles, but Styles scoops to an inverted DDT! Cover, TWO! Styles drags Shinsuke into the Clash but gets powered to a corner. Shinsuke runs in, but Styles rolls. No Calf Crusher, but there is an USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Styles was close, but he kicks Strong while he’s down. Styles drags Shinsuke back into position, lifts, but Strong dropkicks the Clash apart! Sami gets Shinsuke to safety so no one can cover him! Strong drags Styles up but Styles swings, into an OLYMPIC SLAM! But Strong holds on, butterfly POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Strong can’t believe he didn’t get it there! Strong drags Styles up again while Sami helps Shinsuke recover. Strong CHOPS Styles in a corner and Styles sits down. Strong stomps a mudhole into Styles, then drags him up to the top rope.
Fans rally and duel as Strong climbs up to join Styles. Shinsuke returns to add on! Strong fights Shinsuke off, but Styles slips out to turn things around! Electric Chair, and Shinsuke is up, DYNAMIC DOOMSDAY!! But no one comes away unscathed, Shinsuke has a rough landing onto Strong’s leg! All three men are down and fans are rallying as Shinsuke covers on Strong, but Styles yanks Shinsuke off to bump him off buckles. Shinsuke puts Styles on the apron, dodges the forearm and ROUNDHOUSES Styles down! Shinsuke aims at Strong, YAO! But Styles anchors a foot! Sami goes after Styles, putting him into the post! STRONG KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Sami is relieved but still biting his fingernails as Shinsuke survives. Strong grits his teeth and clutches his leg, but he still gets Shinsuke back up. Shinsuke blocks the suplex and fireman’s carries, GO TO SLEEP!
Shinsuke aims from the corner, YAO! But Styles uses Strong for a launching pad, Phenomenal Forearm! Strong back elbows Styles, Shinsuke enziguris Strong! Shinsuke kicks Styles but Strong boots and enziguris Shinsuke. Styles back hands and LARIATS Strong, Shinsuke hits a backstabber! Shinsuke has Strong, Inverted Exploder throws Strong onto Styles’ head! Shinsuke judo throws Strong and hits KINSHASA!! Cover, but Styles breaks it in time!! Sami is furious as this isn’t over yet! Strong flops out of the ring, Styles and Shinsuke flounder. Chicago figures they should just “Fight Forever!” Styles and Shinsuke stand, and Shinsuke says, “C’MON!!” They fire off fast hands! Strike fest meets Phenomenal Blitz, but Shinsuke hits the heel kick! Styles hits the PELE!
Shinsuke staggers back, Styles runs in but gets a boot. Shinsuke is up, FLYING KNEE! Shinsuke drags Styles up to the fireman’s carry, LANDSLIDE DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Sami is getting heated as Shinsuke aims from the corner again. Sami rallies the fans, but Styles rolls Shinsuke up! ONE, into the Clash, but Shinsuke fights out. Styles boots back, forearms again, and then springboards, PHENOMENAL FOREARM! But Strong tosses Styles out and covers Shinsuke, Strong wins!!
Winner: NXT’s Roderick Strong, by pinfall; Raw: 1, NXT: 3, SmackDown: 1
Opportunistic? Brilliant? No, that was Undisputed. The North American Champion outsmarts the Phenomenal United States Champion and studly Intercontinental Champion. NXT is running away with this, but will they still be leading by the end of the night?
The Miz talks to Daniel Bryan.
The A-Lister knows they don’t get along. But they’re family men and professionals who have faced the best of the best. There are normal competitors, and then there’s The Fiend. The Miz can’t describe what happened, but he has that feeling stuck in him. It was like pure evil. Something that can’t be stopped. For Bryan’s sake, for Miz’s sake, for their families and for the WWE Universe, Bryan needs to put a stop to The Fiend. Bryan simply tells Miz to go away. Miz means well but Bryan is too focused. Will that be his downfall against the living nightmare that is Bray Wyatt?
NXT Championship: Adam Cole VS Pete Dunne!
This is not a brand supremacy match, but a supremacy on a brand match. The Bruiserweight wants to make history by being the first man to have been WWE United Kingdom and NXT Champion in his career, but he’ll have to do that against the workhorse of the black ‘n’ gold. Will more history be made on an already historic night?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this purely NXT match begins!
Dunne and Cole sport tap wrapped around their most vulnerable limbs. They tie up, Dunne gets Cole down and tortures the hand! Cole gets up and spins through to then wrench back. Dunne rolls, handsprings and wrenches back, but Cole still gets a headlock. Dunne powers out, ducks down then hops over to duck down again and clothesline Cole down! Cole clutches the bad ribs but Dunne is after his arms instead. Dunne hammerlocks one and tortures the other now, going after the fingers and wrist! Dunne then shifts to the right arm, hammerlocks that on the mat, and STOMPS! Cole scrambles away but Dunne heads out after him. Dunne CHOPS Cole then takes an arm and brings it to the steel steps. Dunne hammerlocks and STOMPS the arm!
Fans cheer for Dunne’s savagery as he goes after Cole. Cole pushes Dunne to a corner, Dunne pushes him away and hops up, but Cole kicks out the legs! Dunne tumbles to the mat with the bad leg and Cole gets away to breathe. Cole stomps Dunne’s bad legs and then stomps his chest and face! The ref backs Cole off and Dunne kicks back. Cole turns Dunne around to hit a neckbreaker! Cole goes after the bad leg with stomps and a standing kneebar. Dunne clubs at the hands and Cole lets go, only to stomp the leg again. Dunne CHOPS Cole, Cole dropkicks the bad leg out! Dunne writhes but Cole tells him, “NXT’s mine, you chump.” Cole drags Dunne up but Dunne hits back. Cole knees low, but Dunne X-PLEXES! Fans rally and duel as Dunne clutches the bad leg again.
Cole is up but Dunne fires off fast hands! Cole swings, misses, Dunne CHOPS away! Dunne whips corner to corner, Cole reverses, but Dunne manages to go up and over and enziguri! Dunne German Suplexes Cole, and stomps the hands! BUZZSAW! Dunne lifts Cole, POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Cole barely gets out with those bad ribs, but he did get out. Cole rolls out of the ring but Dunne goes to the corner. Fans rally and duel as Dunne is up top, SUPER MOONSAULT! That proves double-edged given the bad knee and both men are down on the outside. The ref starts a ten count but Dunne gets Cole in at 6. Dunne is in at 7, falls for the fake out to mule kick! Cole German Suplexes but Dunne lands on his feet, to buzzsaw kick again!
Dunne drags Cole to a drop zone and climbs up top again. But that bad leg slows him down, and Dunne moonsaults onto knees! LAST SHOT SHINING WIZARD!! Cover, TWO!?! The Last Shot wasn’t the last one after all, but Cole isn’t done yet. Cole goes to a corner and climbs up. Dunne slowly stands, Cole leaps, but no Sunrise for him. Dunne ROCKS Cole, but Cole BOOTS back! Dunne LARIATS Cole inside-out! Then Dunne drags Cole up, but Cole hits LAST SHOT USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!?! Dunne survives both Last Shots, new and old, but Cole isn’t going to stop there. Dunne slowly rises as fans rally up, and Cole vows this will be it. But Dunne ducks the Last Shot to get a takedown! Cole resists the armbar, rolls Dunne up, TWO!
Dunne has an arm, ducks a kick, pump handle, BITTER END!! Cover, TWO!?! If the Last Shot isn’t the last, then this isn’t the end, either! Fans rally for “NXT! NXT!” Dunne kicks Cole from the mat and then as he stands. Cole hits back with haymakers and forearms, but Dunne CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Then a forearm! Cole enziguris back! Dunne enziguris, too! Dunne runs, goes up and over, into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Chicago is coming alive for “NXT! NXT!” Cole heads back to the corner as fans declare “This is Awesome!” Dunne rises, Cole aims, but no Sunrise with that BIG right! Dunne drags Cole up, X-Plex BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Cole survives and rolls out to the apron, then to the floor.
Dunne walks over, but Cole enziguris the bad leg! Cole gets back in the ring and then joins Dunne on the apron. Cole drags Dunne up, fireman’s carry but his back gives out. Dunne has Cole but his leg gives out. Niether man can lift, so Cole kicks out the leg. Cole climbs up, leaps, PANAMA SUNRISE TO THE APRON!! Chicago is thunderous as it loses its mind! Both men are down and a ring count begins. The count reaches 5 before Cole sits up. Cole is in at 6 but Dunne is only now stirring. Dunne sits up at 8, stands at 9, is in at 9.5! SUPERKICK!! Cover, TWO!?! Dunne lives?! Cole is furious, but this IS the longest reigning UK Champion he’s up against. Chicago is in love with this match as Dunne dares Cole to bring it. Dunne goes back for his mouth guard but Cole stands on it. Cole brings down the knee pad but Dunne gets the fingers! SNAP! Pump handle, BITTER- SUNRISE?! LAST SHOT!! Cover, Cole wins!!
Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall; still NXT Champion
The last Last Shot at the last minute, and that was the last of the Bruiserweight! The top champion in NXT is still Adam Cole, BAYBAY! And the Undisputed Era comes out to celebrate with them, because they’re all still #DrapedInGold!
WWE joined Unicef Kid Power for World Children’s Day.
The WWE superstars helped the young superstars of Chicago’s Bateman Elementary understand they can make a difference in not just their lives, but in other people’s lives.
Baron Corbin talks to Team SmackDown.
The King says they’ll be just fine if they listen to him. Do they not remember Friday? Roman Reigns is the captain, and no one cares what Corbin has to say. Will this quintet get things together in time for the Men’s Elimination Tag?
WWE Universal Championship: The Fiend Bray Wyatt VS Daniel Bryan!
SmackDown is now the focus as the new blue belt is on the line! But perhaps, more than that will be won or lost tonight. Mental instability combined with endless passion creates something new. Things are about to get scary, but can Bryan conquer his fear to defeat the nightmare and take the gold? It’s a simple, one-word answer.
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and The Fiend’s red light bathes the arena as this nightmare down memory lane begins!
The fans chatn “YOWIE WOWIE!” as Bryan fires off with a dropkick! And Yes Kicks! And corner to corner for another dropkick! Then again, only to get a LARAIT! The Fiend rains down furious forearms on Bryan then stomps him down. The Fiend drags Bryan up to uppercut him against ropes. He headbutts Bryan and Bryan staggers away. The Fiend keeps after him, whips, and headbutts Bryan down! Bryan gets out of the ring but The Fiend simply chuckles as he watches from the apron. The Fiend goes out to fetch Bryan and shove him into barriers. “YOWIE WOWIE” continues to echo as The Fiend whips Bryan into a post! The ring count climbs but The Fiend just drops a back senton! The Fiend laughs, and wants Bryan to remember.
The Fiend puts Bryan in the ring at 7, then follows. The Fiend kicks Bryan while he’s down, but Bryan fights back! That doesn’t last long as The Fiend knees and urenages! The Fiend dares Bryan to get back up, but drags him up for clubbing forearms. Bryan crawls to the corner but The Fiend brings him up again. Bryan is practically dead weight, but The Fiend still suplex TOSSES him away! The Fiend is enjoying himself as he stalks up to Bryan. The Fiend drags Bryan up for a neck wrench, and he leans on Bryan as he cranks harder and harder. Bryan endures, fans rally up, but The Fiend neck SNAPS! The Fiend laughs as he scrapes Bryan out of the ring. The Fiend takes his time with Bryan, giving him a big uppercut! The Fiend runs in, but Bryan sends The Fiend crashing over the steel steps! Bryan hurries into the ring, builds speed, and DIVES! But into SISTER A- No, Bryan sends The Fiend into a post!
Bryan is on the apron, leaps, BIG flying knee! Direct hit and The Fiend is down! Bryan goes back to the ring, climbs up top and leaps OVER the post! HUGE crossbody takes The Fiend down! Bryan crawls away from The Fiend but The Fiend gets in the ring. Bryan is up top again, leaps again, missile dropkick! But Bryan isn’t done, he goes up top yet again! But The Fiend just stands up again, to get another missile dropkick! Bryan won’t stop, he climbs a third time. The Fiend stands again, another missile dropkick! And a kip-up! Fans fire up with Bryan, “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan gives The Fiend Yes Kicks! And then… BUZZSAW!
But The Fiend sits up!? The Fiend dares him to do more, so Bryan gives him more Yes Kicks! And another BUZZSAW! Yet still, The Fiend sits up. The Fiend is even enjoying this! Bryan gives Yes and No Kicks! Kicks from all sides, and a THIRD Buzzsaw! The Fiend flops over, and Bryan Danielson STOMPS! Bryan has the fingers at the ready… “YES! YES!” The Movement is back! The Fiend stands, Bryan runs in, KNEE PLUS! Cover, TWO!?! The Fiend survives and Bryan can’t believe it. But fans are behind Bryan strongly, so Bryan feels he can do it. Bryan feeds off the energy, but The Fiend rises! Bryan throws haymakers, The Fiend pushes Bryan down, but Bryan boots back. Bryan hops up, but the MANDIBLE CLAW clamps on! But Bryan drags The Fiend into a hanging armbar!
Bryan lets go at 4, but the damage has been done! The Fiend actually feels pain as Bryan climbs. Bryan leaps, into a BIG right hand! SISTER ABIG- No! Roll up, TWO! But Bryan runs into the Mandible Claw!! The Fiend smothers Bryan into the mat, it’s a cover, The Fiend wins!!
Winner: The Fiend Bray Wyatt, by pinfall; still WWE Universal Champion
The Fiend forced Bryan to go back to what made him who he was in the first place, but that still wasn’t enough. The nightmare continues to reign, who has a chance of defeating this living embodiment of fear?
Backstage interview with Rey Mysterio.
The King of Lucha Libre has his shot at The Beast. He finally gets a chance at revenge, and No Holds Barred might be the right stipulation. We’re nearing the 15 year anniversary of when Mysterio first faced Lesnar. Some things never change. Lesnar didn’t change. But Mysterio is a new Mysterio. Tonight, Mysterio does things that the old Rey would never have done. Months ago, Mysterio considered hanging up the mask. But then he didn’t, because of Dominic. This moment might have been a moment when Mysterio told Dominic to look away. But this time, he wants Dominic to watch closely as Mysterio swings this pipe into Lesnar. Mysterio tells Dominic himself to watch Mysterio club the Beast’s legs out. “Son, I really hope you’re watching up close as I massacre Brock Lesnar and take away his WWE Championship.” This is a meaner Mysterio, but will he manage to pull off both miracle AND massacre?
Men’s 5v5v5 Elimination Triple Threat Tag: Team Raw VS Team SmackDown VS Team NXT!
The Architect leads Kevin Owens, Ricochet, Randy Orton and Drew McIntyre. The Big Dog leads Mustafa Ali, “Shorty G” Chad Gable, Braun Strowman and King Corbin. And as we learned earlier today, the Blackheart leads Keith Lee, Matt Riddle, Damien Priest and WALTER! Will NXT continue its dominance? Or will one of the old school brands finally start catching up?
The teams sort out, Captain Rollins steps up to Captain Ciampa and the Monster Among Men. Ciampa and Rollins circle with Strowman, and work together! Strowman shoves each of them away and shakes his head. They go again, 2v1, then double whip. Strowman breaks through to double DROPKICK!? Strowman roars and fans do cheer that insane agility. But the Scottish Terminator and the Ring General tag in! Three of the biggest men in this match are standing against each other. Walter and McIntyre go after Strowman together, and have a better going of it. They have Strowman in a corner with mudhole stomps, but then McIntyre turns on Walter! The haymaker doesn’t budge Walter. Walter hits McIntyre, so McIntyre CHOPS. Walter CHOPS, and it’s a CHOPS fight! McIntyre kicks low to whip, but Walter reverses. They collide and then Walter BOOTS!
Walter clotheslines Strowman then sits on McIntyre! Fans rally, but Strowman POUNCES Walter! McIntyre escapes the slam, but Walter German Suplexes McIntyre! Walter tries it on Strowman but no go. Walter CHOPS Strowman, but Strowman just brushes it off. Walter eggs Strowman on and then BOOTS Strowman, to DROPKICK! CLAYMORE for Walter!! Cover, McIntyre ELIMINATES Walter!! Fans boo but now Damien Priest steps in. The Archer of Infamy takes aim at McIntyre then dodges. He and McIntyre brawl, Damien fires off fast strikes! BIG right hand a la The Rock! Then Damien goes after Strowman, only to be sent into a corner! Strowman runs in, only gets a post! Roundhouse for McIntyre! Gable tags in but so does Ricochet! Gable MOONSAULTS Damien then dodges Ricochet. Ricochet uppercuts and rolls off the back to handspring, into an Ankle Lock!
Ricochet rolls Gable off and things speed up. Gable whips, Ricochet handsprings, into a waistlock! CHAOS THEORY! But Ricochet flops out of the ring as Riddle tags in. The Bro stares down Shorty G and the two tie up. Gable goes for a leg but Riddle sprawls. The two go back and forth, waistlock slam but Gable waistlocks back. Riddle slips out to get a leg but Gable bridges to switch. Riddle has the Ankle Lock! Gable rolls, to get the Ankle Lock! Riddle pushes Gable off, but misses the Penalty Kick. Gable keeps dodging, and the two stand off. Fans are loving that as Riddle and Gable circle. Riddle shoves, kicks, but Gable gets around. Ciampa tags in before the roll, and BOOTS! Gable fires off on Ciampa with uppercuts and forearms, then ducks the mule kick. But Ricochet’s back, handspring double PELE!
Tag to Kevin and Kevin climbs up, who does he hit? FROG SPLASH on Gable! Cover, Kevin ELIMINATES Gable! And Roman steps in! But so does Corbin? The Big Dog and Wolf King argue, so Kevin SUPERKICKS Roman out! And then tells Corbin to pay attention. Corbin escapes the Stunner but Kevin gives chase to SUPERKICK! Kevin sees Roman, CANNONBALL into barriers! Chicago fires up with Kevin as he goes after Corbin, and gets that STUNNER! Kevin puts Corbin in, but Ciampa has Kevin, Willow’s Bell! Cover, Ciampa ELIMINATES Kevin! There’s no loyalty between them after all! And Ciampa pats his own back. But Orton is in, and the Psycho Killer meets the Viper. Two like-minded superstars stare down and circle, then Orton goes for the RKO! Ciampa powers out, clotheslines Orton out, then gets Orton in the ropes!
But Orton knows that move and trips Ciampa up. Orton throws Ciampa into barriers! Orton is wary of NXT being right there, and he drags Ciampa back up, for an apron back suplex! Orton gets in, strikes his pose, and Chicago cheers. Orton stomps away on Ciampa surgically, and scrapes Ciampa’s face. Orton whips but Ciampa kicks back! Tag to Damien, but Orton RKO’s Ciampa! Damien has Orton, THE REC- No! RKO AGAIN! Cover, Orton ELIMINATES Damien Priest! But Riddle is in fast, Final Flash misses, RKO denied! Roll up, Riddle ELIMINATES Orton!! The Viper got sloppy and got caught by the Bro! But Orton STILL RKO’s him! That is his parting gift, Corbin coves Riddle, Corbin ELIMINATES Riddle! The King is opportunistic as ever, but he finds himself up against Keith Lee now. Corbin tags out to Strowman, and the Monster now stands against the #FirstOfHisKind.
Raw sends in McIntyre and he CLOBBERS Lee! McIntyre headbutts Strowman, sucker punches Roman, but Strowman LARIATS McIntyre! And blows up the Raw corner! Strowman sees a lot of targets on the outside, and takes a lap! Strowman blasts Ciampa, he blasts Rollins, Ricochet, McIntyre, and Chicago is fired up! But wait, let’s have another! Strowman gains speed but everyone gets clear, until Lee POUNCES outta nowhere! That’s a freight train crash right there! The ring count climbs because Lee, Strowman and McIntyre are all outside. CLAYMORE outta nowhere! The count passes 5, gets to 8, Lee is in and McIntyre, too! Strowman is counted out, and is ELIMINATED!
Corbin and Ricochet tag in, ricochet dropkicks Lee! Corbin gets Ricohet but ricochet slips out, dropkick-flip and enziguri! Triangle dropkick on Ali for good measure! Ricochet runs in but is put on the apron by Corbin. Ricochet kicks back, then springboards, flying lariat! Ricochet then FLIES out onto Roman! Fans are fired up as Ricochet aims at Lee from the top rope. Ricochet 630 but he has to bail out! END OF DAYS! Cover, Corbin ELIMINATES Ricochet! Rollins jumps in, and Ciampa tags in. Ali tags in and Chicago is happy to see their hometown hero! Ali sends Rollins into Corbin then windmill kicks Ciampa! Ali fires off with Rollins but Rollins knees low. Rollins whips, Ali stops and sips out to roundhouse back. Ali slingshots in, but the somersault is boosted, so Ali gets Ciampa with the facebuster!
Rollins back suplexes but Ali slips out and uppercuts back. Tornado DDT! Rollins and Ciampa both bail out., Ali builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit sends them and Corbin into the desk! Ali realizes what he did but has to keep on Rollins. Ciampa goes after Ali but gets sent into a post. SUPERKICK takes Ciampa down! Corbin drags Ali out because he’s upset with Ali. Ali slaps Corbin’s hand away, but gets in for a CURB STOMP! Cover, Rollins ELIMINATES Ali! Chicago boos, and Roman says this is Corbin’s fault! Rollins tags McIntyre and Raw goes after them both! Rollins DIVES into Keith Lee! McIntyre sends Roman into barriers! Things are 2v2v2 as McIntyre gets Ciampa in, runs in, but Ciampa elbows him away. Ciampa can’t block the elbow, and McIntyre has the Inverted Alabama SLAM! Cover, TWO!!
McIntyre seethes as he goes to the corner. McIntyre aims and dares Ciampa to get up. Ciampa does stand, but Roman SPEARS McIntyre! Roman ELIMINATES McIntyre! Rollins rolls Roman up, TWO!! Roman swings, misses, Rollins Peles! Roman bails out, Rollins builds speed, but Roman uppercuts him back! Rollins is stuck, Roman hits the DRIVE-BY! But Ciampa gets him with WILLOW’S BELL! Ciampa drags Roman up, underhooks, but Roman sips out to SUPERMAN PUNCH! All three men are down, with Rollins all alone anyway. Corbin wants in, but fans want Keith Lee. Ciampa and Roman crawl for their corners, Corbin gets in to go after Lee! Fans boo as Corbin stomps Ciampa and forces Roman to the corner. Corbin tags in and says he’s picking up the slack.
Fans chant at the “STD! STD!” as Corbin drags Ciampa up. Ciampa choke grips but Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES and SPEARS the King!! Ciampa covers and ELIMINATES Corbin! Raw and SmackDown are down to Rollins and Roman, and now the team captains are staring down. All three men take a moment to prepare, and the Shield brothers stand together. Ciampa doesn’t care, he goes after them both! It’s a 2v1 brawl, except Keith lee is still here! Roman and Rollins go after Lee now and beat him out of the ring. Rollins drags Ciampa up and throws him out, and the Shield brothers work together. They may be down a lunatic, but they still clear off the announce desk. Ciampa fights back but Rollins clubs him down. Rollins lifts Ciampa up and Roman lets out the war cry. But Lee barrels them all down!
Lee sees an opening and drags Roman up. But Roman rams Lee into the steel steps Ciampa gets Rollins in, PSYCHO KNEE! Then, PROJECT CIAMPA! Cover, TWO!?! Rollins survives and Ciampa can’t believe it! But Ciampa focuses on Rollins and brings him back up. Ciampa underhooks this time, lifts, but Rollins slips out to SUPERKICK! And mule kick, to run and- No! Ciampa BOOTS Rollins first! But runs into an elbow. Rollins hops up, leaps into a KNEE! Underhooks, SUPERMAN PUNCH! CURB STOMP! Rollins covers Ciampa, and ELIMINATES Ciampa! The teams are now 1v1v1! Keith Lee hobbles into the ring against the Shield brothers. Fans sing for Lee, and he runs the Shield brothers over! Lee TOSSES Rollins across the ring! Lee runs in but the Shield brothers put him on the apron. Lee fights them off and slingshots, double splash!
Chicago is thunderous as Lee lifts Rollins in a fireman’s carry. But Rollins slips out of the Death Valley, enziguri and SUPERKICK! Rollins hurries up top, FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Lee lives and Rollins is furious! Rollins fires up because he shouts, “I built NXT, and now I’ll tear it down!” Or rather, “Burn it Down!” But he runs into the fireman’s carry, JACKHAMMER! Cover, Lee ELIMINATES Rollins!! Raw is completely out of it, once again leaving just NXT and SmackDown! And The Big Dog knows it. Roman gets back in the ring as fans sing “OH~ Bask In His Glory~!” The two stare down and circle. Lee dodges the super punch, but Roman dodges a kick. Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES! Then again! Cover, TWO!!! That was a hair away from a victory! Lee is in a daze, but Roman aims from the corner. Roman lets out the war cry as Lee wobbles up. Roman runs in, to a SPIRIT BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?! Lee won’t stop, he goes up to the top! MOONSAULT FLOPS! SPEAR!! Cover, SmackDown wins!!
Winner: Team SmackDown, Roman Reigns pinning; Raw: 1, NXT: 3, SmackDown: 2
The Big Dog is the #SoleSurvivor! But this only does so much, can SmackDown hope to tie? Will Raw take the last possible points? Or will NXT find a way to put a nail in the coffin?
But out of respect for the Limitless One, Roman offers a fist bump. Lee gives it, and lets Roman have the ring. Will there come a time when these two meet again in a 1v1 match to really see whose Yard this is?
Becky Lynch speaks.
“Tonight, Survivor Series, Chicago.” Champ VS Champ VS Champ. It has been weeks of attacks, takeovers and open doors, and The Man has learned things. Shayna Baszler was training while Becky was doing what it takes to be The Man. Becky knows even a moment away from the gym puts her at a disadvantage against a “machine” like her. But there is no training that can give Shayna what Becky knows about herself. There is nothing they can do to take what Becky worked hard to get, and there is no person that can beat her down enough to keep her down.
As for Bayley, she’s been whining about being disrespected. Don’t get it twisted! Bayley has always pushed Becky, and has been the one attacking her. Becky broke her own rule of never coming looking to settle debts. It was because Becky didn’t want to fight Bayley. Becky sees too much of herself in Bayley. But tonight, Becky finally crosses that line. Will The Man come ’round and take the final Survivor Series point?
WWE World Championship No Holds Barred: Brock Lesnar VS Rey Mysterio!
The Beast started all this when he went after the King of Lucha Libre and his son just because he could. Things escalated to bring in Cain Velasquez at Crown Jewel, but it would not end there. In order to get the revenge he seeks, Rey is willing to throw away the rules and restraints. This has already been called #MiracleOrMassacre, but Mysterio vows to bring both! Can he do that and take away Lesnar’s precious title?
The introductions are made as Mysterio goes from King of Lucha to Clown Prince of Crime. Heyman of course introduces Lesnar, and also says some of it in Spanish. The belt is raised, the bell rings, and the rules are thrown out on this golden grudge match!
Mysterio immediately goes out to get something from under the ring! It’s that steel pipe! Mysterio has his little friend, but Lesnar bails out of the ring. Mysterio wants Lesnar to get back in but Lesnar takes his time. Mysterio chases Lesnar, they go back in the ring, and Lesnar clobbers Mysterio! Lesnar makes sure Mysterio doesn’t have the pipe as he throws him down! Then he drags him up to clobber him down again! Lesnar taunts “Rey Rey” as he drags him up to slide him out of the ring! Lesnar goes out to drag Mysterio up and throw over an announce desk! Specifically the Spanish announce desk, at that. Lesnar clears the desk then drags Mysterio up, to belly2belly Mysterio onto the hood! Mysterio is writhing as the massacre begins. Then Lesnar puts the hood on Mysterio’s body to STOMP it down!
Lesnar tosses the hood aside to drag Mysterio back up, and ram into the post! Mysterio writhes more but Lesnar looms over him. Lesnar takes time to tie his boots, because he isn’t at all concerned about Mysterio. Lesnar drags Mysterio up to a fireman’s carry, but Mysterio slides out to send Lesnar into a post! Mysterio gets in the ring while Lesnar wobbles, and Mysterio’s going for the pipe! Heyman warns Lesnar, Lesnar gets in and stops that. To then German Suplex Mysterio ON the pipe!! And then he dead lifts Mysterio for a second German! Chicago is becoming Suplex City now. Lesnar mocks Mysterio, kicking the pipe to him and daring him to use it. Mysterio crawls to the ropes, but Lesnar German Suplex again! That’s three!
But wait, is that Dominic?! Dominic has a towel, and begs Lesnar to stop! Is Dominic going to throw in the towel? Lesnar keeps him from doing that by throwing the towel away. And then he grabs Dominic! Mysterio LOW BLOWS Lesnar! Heyman panics, because Dominic LOW BLOWS, too! Mysterio SMACKS away with the steel pipe!! Dominic joins in, CHAIR SHOT to the back! Father and Son, DOUBLE 619!! And Dominic is up top, FROG SPLASH! Mysterio FROG SPLASH! Double cover, TWO!! Lesnar kicks out and Heyman is actually shocked! Mysterio tells Dominic to go back up. But Lesnar gets Dominic with a GERMAN SUPLEX! Mysterio leaps, into an F5!! Cover, Lesnar wins!
Winner: Brock Lesnar, by pinfall; still WWE World Champion
Not even two generations of Mysterios could defeat Lesnar, and Chicago is furious. Will anyone ever defeat The Beast?
Triple Threat: Becky Lynch VS Bayley VS Shayna Baszler!
Last, but far from least, the Women’s Champions battle! This has gone so far past brand warfare between The Man, Bad Bad Bayley and the Queen of Spades. The talking, the invading, the fighting, it all comes to a head. This is the last match for the scoreboard, who gets the points?
The bell rings and the three stare down. Fans rally and duel, but it doesn’t sound like Bayley gets any love. Becky and Bayley approach Baszler, but Bayley also keeps a safe distance. To then push Baszler into Becky! Bayley fires off with Baszler but Becky throws Bayley away. Bayley comes back but gets decked! Baszler rocks Becky and Bayley clotheslines Becky down! Bayley goes at Baszler but Baszler gets her down for ground ‘n’ pound! Bayley turns it around and the two spill out of the ring. They still brawl, but Becky comes in to wipe them both out! Becky drags Bayley into the ring and throws strikes! Becky runs and forearms Bayley down! Cover, ONE! Becky drops a leg, an elbow, then the other leg, only to miss! Bayley is up, throws Becky down by her hair, then covers. Becky Matrix slips out, to run and dodge and wreck Baszler with a dropkick.
Becky kicks Bayley through the ropes then climbs up, but Bayley forearms her down. Bayley tosses Becky down! Becky gets up, Bayley runs corner to corner, sunset flip bomb into buckles! Bayley doesn’t get the best angle, but still covers, Baszler breaks it. Baszler drags Bayley up to throw her into buckles, then goes after Becky’s arm! Baszler hammerlocks but Bayley knocks Baszler off Becky. Bayley tries to reason with her, but then she baits Baszler into buckles! Bayley stomps a mudhole into Baszler, then clubs away with forearms. Bayley snapmares, covers, ONE! Bayley waistlocks but Baszler breaks out to hammerlock and throw Bayley down. Baszler hammerlock STOMPS! Then step-up knees Bayley to the corner! Baszler whips Bayley corner to corner, but Becky’s back with a boot! Becky forearms and stomps away on Bayley, then adds Baszler to it.
Baszler blocks the jump kick to throw Becky down and kick her down. Bayley clotheslines Baszler! Baszler bails out and Bayley stomps away on Becky! Bayley chokes Becky on the ropes, then stomps Becky into the corner. Bayley rams her shoulders in and rolls back, but no wacky waving, just all attitude. But Becky elbows back! Bayley drop toeholds to dribble Becky’s face off the mat! Cover, TWO! Bayley hits Baszler back out, then goes back to Becky. Becky throws hands and backs Bayley to a corner. Becky whips Bayley corner to corner and fans rally up. Bayley trips Becky to throw hands! Bayley mocks the booing fans as she stands over Becky. Bayley knocks Becky down, and again, then flips her over for a cover. TWO, and Bayley grows annoyed.
Bayley grins as she drags Becky up, but Becky throws hands. Bayley knees low, throws Becky to the apron, hotshot! Cover, but Baszler drags Bayley off. Baszler shoulders in, but into a hotshot! Becky boots Bayley, but all three women are down. Becky gets Bayley with a Becksploder! And Baszler gets a Becksploder! Becky back kicks Bayley and uppercuts Baszler. Bayley scoop but Becky slips out to a dragon sleeper. Baszler storms over but Becky kicks low. Becky has them both, double DDT combo! Cover on Bayley, TWO! Becky keeps her cool as she drags Bayley to a drop zone. Becky climbs up as fans rally. Becky aims, and hits the Man’s Leg Drop! Cover but Baszler breaks it! Baszler brings Becky up but Becky sends her out. Bayley rolls Becky, TWO, into the DISARM-HER! Bayley endures, Baszler comes in to KNEE Becky! And gut wrench slam!
Becky bails out but Baszler turns around into Bayley’s knee. Bayley knees Baszler down more, covers, TWO! Fans rally up as Bayley grabs Baszler, BAYLEY2BELLY! Cover, TWO!! Baszler survives and Bayley is seething. Baszler body shots and gut wrenches, but Bayley yanks her into ropes! Bayley runs to knee Baszler into buckles! But Baszler comes back to ground ‘n’ pound again! Baszler does not let up on Bayley, she just hammers away over and over and over! Baszler drags Bayley up, suplexes her down, then covers, TWO! Baszler grows annoyed but then grins. Bayley hits back and the two brawl. Baszler gets the edge but Bayley fights back. Bayley swings, into a fireman’s carry! Becky missile dropkicks in! All three women are down again and Bayley ends up out of the ring. Becky and Baszler slowly rise and fans rally up with them. Baszler and Becky start brawling!
Becky eggs Baszler on and the brawl continues. Bayley returns as the other two throw hands, and she crossbodies them both down! Becky slumps out of the ring now, and Bayley goes after Baszler. Baszler powers Bayley to a corner! Baszler fires off hands then puts Bayley up top. Baszler climbs up and clubs away on Bayley’s back. Bayley fights off whatever suplex Baszler had planned, but then Becky comes in. Bayley pushes Becky away then hops over the sweep to BOOT Becky back! Bayley aims, but runs into a Kirafuda Klutch! Baszler drags Bayley up higher but Becky clubs Baszler on the back! Bayley hits the floor and Becky has Baszler for a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! The Man keeps her cool as fans rally up. Becky stalks Baszler, has the arm, but Baszler resists. Baszler reels Becky in for a Kirafuda! But Becky throws Baszler into Bayley! Roll up, TWO! DISARM-HER!!
Baszler endures, slips around to get on top, and gets the KIRAFUDA! Becky backs Baszler down, Bayley runs in but gets tossed out! Becky is free, but Bayley drags Baszler out with her! Bayley clutches her leg and hobbles, that landing on the apron hurt. Baszler sends Bayley into post and Becky forearms Bayley down! Baszler knees Becky in the back! Becky hits barriers and Baszler throws her into the post! Baszler brings Becky around to throw into steel steps! Baszler drags Becky up again, to throw into steps again! Baszler throws Becky into the announce desk! Baszler sees Bayley isn’t moving, so she brings Becky up. Baszler underhooks and Canadian racks, to BOMB Becky on the announce desk! Becky tumbles off, Bayley returns to LARIAT Baszler!
Bayley is furious, she gets Baszler in the ring and brings her up. But Baszler KIRAFUDA! Bayley snapmares to a cover, TWO, the Klutch is still on! Bayley SAIDO! Bayley drags Baszler into the drop zone, climbs up top and grins as she takes aim. MACHO ELBOW, into the KIRAFUDA!! Bayley flails, claws, Baszler rolls Bayley away from ropes and has her in the center! Bayley TAPS, Baszler wins for NXT!!
Winner: NXT’s Shayna Baszler, by submission; NXT wins Survivor Series
Incredible! The first time NXT joins this traditional PPV, and they take it all! The final score is NXT: 4, SmackDown: 2, Raw: 1!
Shayna Baszler stands tall with her title, literally looking down on The Man. But then Becky rises to get payback! She trips Baszler, clears off the desk, and drags Baszler up. She hip tosses Baszler onto the other announce desk! Then hops the barriers, for the Man’s Leg Drop! They crash through the table but Becky stands up! The Raw Women’s Champion may not have won, but she didn’t lose this match, either. Will we see these two fight again one day?
As for their brands, how does Raw rebound starting tomorrow on Monday? Or SmackDown on Friday? And what does NXT do to capitalize on this amazing achievement?
Except for one match in particular, everything was pretty great tonight. I’ll just say now, Lesnar’s reign is again a bunch of Vince BS. If that was going to be all it was, just get Lesnar out of the way early so we can purge it from our memories with everything else before it. That match killed the mood so that Chicago almost barely even cared about the Women’s Champions Triple Threat anymore, despite that match being great. In actual quality, I feel like Lesnar matches are worse than kickoff matches now. Speaking of those kickoff matches, we were not told about what they’d be, but they did pretty good with them. The tag team battle royal was alright, I’m a bit disappointed they didn’t try to book it about brands. It all just ended up being Faces against Heels instead. And in the end, I’m not sure SmackDown deserve to win that via Roode-Dolph. Fans liked a lot of other teams better than them, should’ve been Street Profits for Raw.
I really liked the NXT Cruiserweight Championship match, but I do not understand the point of it, other than the math needed to have an odd number of cross-brand matches. We all knew Lio Rush would win, it’s the NXT Cruiserweight Championship now, not the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. Then I was surprised and disappointed at the idea of putting the Tag Champions Triple Threat on the kickoff. But I suppose it just seems there was concern the main show would be too long if it was on the main card. In the end, it still ended up amazing because it’s there of the best tag teams around. But because of SmackDown and NXT winning a match each, it was just too predictable that Raw won here. Though in the end, it was their only win, so that’s saying something. I wonder if Roode-Dolph spins their win into a reason to challenge The New Day for the titles.
I really liked the Women’s 5v5v5, and it was very clever though also Heelish for NXT to fake injuries. It does lower Raw’s and SmackDown’s guards because they thought they had the advantage, and there were more NXT fans than Sasha fans so it’s not like NXT was seen as the Heels. Plus, Sasha is a Heel so doing Heel things to a Heel means you’re a Face. The midcard champions triple threat was so good. I half expected Sami to get more directly involved but he more or less behaved himself this match. In a match of three Heels, I was surprised no one resorted to even more Heel tactics. The OC or reDRagon could’ve easily helped out, but Strong and Styles went it alone, and Strong still won all the bigger for it.
The NXT Championship, Cole VS Dunne, was also so good. TakeOver quality after all they went through yesterday makes that even more impressive. But Cole wins, because as great as Dunne is, this perhaps isn’t the time for his own historic moment. The Undisputed Era’s story is what will lose them the titles, against Ciampa and other superstars. I assume Velveteen Dream in some capacity. Bryan VS The Fiend was pretty great, but the red light is annoying now only after two previous uses. Also shouldn’t it have been blue to match the belt? That aside, a great showing from both guys but the lull in the middle should’ve been trimmed down or something. I get we’re supposed to get horror movie menacing pacing, but that doesn’t really work when the rest of the matches to that point were pretty intense.
While fans were just so strongly behind NXT, I get that NXT couldn’t win the Men’s 5v5v5, too. I was surprised more by Damien Priest being on the time, but I suppose since NXT didn’t win, it worked out to not send someone with a bigger name *cough* Finn Balor */cough* to lose with the team. It was a bit of a shame Walter was eliminated so early, even though he was in there with some legitimately big and powerful men. The WWE United Kingdom Champion deserved a bit better, but maybe Walter wasn’t allowed to risk himself since he has to make it to TakeOver: Blackpool II. But to even things like that out, it was actually great booking for Corbin to just be insufferable and ruining his own team’s chances. It was therefore genius for Roman to help eliminate Corbin, but this will surely continue their feud on SmackDown. Lee got a great showing being the last NXT superstar, but of course Roman Reigns is Sole Survivor. It was mostly because it shouldn’t have been Rollins given the reasons fans are souring on him.
Again, screw Lesnar and Vince. However, the Women’s Champions main eventing, great choice! The Man is still very over, Baszler is just this force of nature in NXT at this point, and Bayley is rising up with pretty great Heel Heat here and there. Despite Chicago being so upset after what happened with Lesnar VS Mysterio, they just managed to muster up some enthusiasm for this match. I said last night for WarGames that Baszler would have to be part of the decision to get the right payoff, and that’s what happened! And then in the end, Baszler WINS! NXT wins, they deserve to win, they’re the real best brand, best liked brand, why wouldn’t they win the series and also win the main event?
If Bayley won, there would’ve been a series tie and I don’t think WWE would’ve even had an idea for how to settle that. If Becky won, fans would’ve been mostly okay with that, but NXT would’ve only won by default and that seems weaker. In the end, this was the best result for many reasons. Becky going after Baszler after may seem like being a sore loser, but it also allows things to circle back to Becky VS Baszler at some point to prove who is better 1v1. There was mention of Ronda Rousey, but we didn’t get anything Horsewomen VS Horsewomen related. Maybe that Becky VS Baszler story is what brings Horsewomen VS Horsewomen around in time for WrestleMania. Royal Rumble would be a good moment for that, as it basically starts the Road to WrestleMania.
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (1/27/21)
Can rivals become teammates tonight?
Finn Balor & Kyle O’Reilly take on the NXT Tag Team Champions, together!
Though the Men’s and Women’s Dusty Cups continue, the Prince looks to cut down Pete Dunne’s back-up! Will Finn and Kyle hold together long enough to settle things with Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch?
- Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic: MSK VS Drake Maverick & Killian Dain; MSK wins and advances.
- Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic: Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai VS Aliyah & Jessi Kamea w/ Robert Stone; Gonzalez & Kai win and advance.
- Tyler Rust w/ Malcolm Bivens VS Dante Rios; Rust wins.
- Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic: Grizzled Young Veterans VS KUSHIDA & Leon Ruff; Grizzled Young Veterans win and advance.
- NXT Cruiserweight Championship: Santos Escobar w/ El Legado Del Fantasma VS Curt Stallion; canceled.
- Isaiah “Swerve” Scott VS Bronson Reed; Reed wins.
- Finn Balor & Kyle O’Reilly VS Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch; Balor & O’Reilly win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic: MSK VS Drake Maverick & Killian Dain!
The quarterfinals begin and the newest team in Nash Carter & Wes Lee takes on perhaps the most functionally dysfunctional one in the Rockstar Spud and Belfast Beast! Will MSK get another big win to follow up their shocking debut?
The teams sort out, Dain lets Maverick start against Lee. They tie up, Maverick waistlock slams Lee down and flips him over for a cover, TWO! Maverick headlocks, grinds Lee down, but Lee fights up. Lee puts Maverick on ropes, the ref calls for the break, and it is clean. Dain’s a little disappointed, he wanted Maverick to show some aggression there. Maverick and Lee circle, approach, Lee waistlocks now and slams Maverick back. Maverick slips around to facelock but Lee fights up. Maverick cranks on the facelock, Lee wrenches out and clamps onto the arm, but Maverick fights up. Lee whips Maverick to a corner, runs in but is put on the apron!
Carter tags in, Lee swings in, and it’s a fake-out to a BRONCO BUSTER! Carter bounces around, lets off and drags Maverick to a cover, ONE! Carter keeps Maverick down, tags Lee back in, slingshot senton! Lee tags Carter back in for another slingshot senton! Cover, TWO! Carter keeps his cool, brings Maverick up, and ROCKS him! Maverick fires back but Carter ROCKS Maverick again! Carter whips, Maverick holds ropes to deny the dropkick, but Carter trips Maverick as he heads for his corner! Maverick gets away and tags Dain in anyway! Dain throws Maverick at Carter! Then Dain DECKS Lee, and goes after Carter with fast hands in the corner!
Dain CLUBS Carter to the corner, tags Maverick in, and then whips Carter to use Maverick as a speed bump! Carter falls, Dain drops the back senton! Dain scoops Maverick to SLAM him on Carter! Cover, TWO! Maverick clamps onto Carter with a chinlock and grinds him down. Dain tags in, taunts Lee, then runs in to back elbow Carter! Dain puts Maverick on the apron, and they meet in the corner with the enziguri BOOT combo! Cover, TWO! Lee was ready to break the cover but Dain glares at him. Dain drags Carter up, fireman’s carries, but Carter slips out to tag in Lee! MSK go after Dain with fast strikes, enziguri to DOUBLE STOMPS!
Fans fire up but Dain is furious! Lee throws haymakers but Dain just tanks them! Lee goes up but Dain shoves him down! Lee crashes down and Carter checks on him! Maverick keeps Dain calm, or at least tries to, as NXT goes picture in picture.
Dain refuses to stay away and he pursues Lee outside. Carter backs off, Dain drags Lee up and CHOPS him against barriers! Dain puts Lee in the ring, stalks him, then drags him back up to bring him to the corner. Tag to Maverick, Dain digs his knee into Lee but Maverick wants him to let off. Maverick drags Lee to a cover, TWO! Maverick keeps Lee at the ropes, Dain tags in but Lee rams Maverick back. Dain kicks Lee in the ribs, brings him around but Lee throws body shots! Dain shoves Lee, Lee hits Maverick but Dain splashes Lee! Maverick tags in and he drops elbows on Lee, then a leg drop! Cover, TWO!
Maverick drags Lee back up, wraps on a chinlock and thrashes Lee around. Lee endures, Maverick cranks harder on the hold, but Lee fights his way up. Maverick headbutts low, throws elbows and puts Lee in the corner. Tag to Dain, Dain stomps Lee, then drags Lee up only for Lee to jawbreaker back! Lee leaps but Dain catches him! Carter can’t reach before Dain RAMS Lee into the other corner! Dain glares at Carter, goes back to Lee and drags him up. Tag to Maverick, and they mug Lee in the corner. Maverick brings Lee up for body shots, then snapmares him to a back senton of his own! Cover, TWO!
Maverick tags Dain and keeps Lee down for Dain to step on him! Dain drags Lee up to clamp on a neck wrench! Lee endures, NXT returns to single picture, and fans rally up. Dain shoves Lee to an open corner and hits a corner splash! Dain drags Lee up but Lee throws a haymaker! Dain DECKS Lee for it! Dain scoops Lee to SLAM him and drop another BACK SENTON! Tag to Maverick, Maverick covers Lee, TWO! Maverick keeps Lee down with a facelock but Lee works towards the MSK corner. Maverick shifts position to a headlock but Lee keeps fighting! Maverick kicks Carter’s hand away, shifts position again but Lee tosses him! Tag to Carter!
Carter rallies on Maverick, fires up and throws knees and a kick! Maverick switches the waistlock to shove Carter to a corner but Dain wants in! The ref keeps Dain back as Carter hits a GAMANGIRI on Maverick! Carter snapmare rolls Maverick and PENALTY KICKS! Carter dropkicks Dain down and fires up! Tag to Lee and fans fire up with MSK as they focus on Maverick! PUSHING MOONSAULT! Cover, but Dain breaks it! Dain drags Carter out to throw him out, but Carter kicks back! Lee dropkicks Dain out! Carter goes up to MOONSAULT onto Dain at the ramp! Lee sees that but Maverick rolls him up! TWO!!
Maverick keeps on Lee but Lee slips under and UPPERCUTS! Tag to Carter, he scoops Maverick, BLOCKBUSTER HART ATTACK! Cover, MSK wins!
Winners: MSK, by pinfall (advance to the semifinals)
Carter and Lee are bringing the fight to the NXT Tag Division, and will meet Lucha House Party or El Legado del Fantasma in the next round! Will MSK shock even those experienced teams in the Dusty Cup?
The Kings of NXT arrive.
Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan are fired up but Pete Dunne is stone cold as always. Will the One Two represent for the team tonight?
NXT profiles tonight’s Women’s Dusty Rhodes Classic match-up!
For Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez, “One year ago, an unbreakable bond was created.” And a trail of broken bodies have been left in its wake. History is just three victories away as one team looks to win the first-ever Women’s Dusty Cup! But Robert Stone speaks for his brand, saying Aliyah and Jessi Kamea have been waiting for a breakout opportunity. That starts tonight, then ends at TakeOver when they win this historic tournament. Will #CobraKai and #BigMamiCool crush the dreams of the newly redesigned Robert Stone Brand?
NXT shares an exclusive interview with Curt Stallion.
McKenzie Mitchell sits with the Lonestar and asks what the fans need to know about him. “You ever drive 19 hours straight one way by yourself?” She has not. Well that’s fine. Stallion has more times than he cares to remember. But the reason why was because he had to make it from West Texas to Chicago, Illinois. He looked outside his window to see tumbleweeds blowing around so he looked up at the sky to see shooting stars. He followed those stars with his eyes, and at the end of the skyline is the brightest star he’s ever seen. And that was when he realized he is THE Lonestar Stallion.
“That road I’m traveling down, it represents the life that I want to live. It represents freedom, and to maintain that freedom here in the WWE, I’m gonna strap the proverbial rocket to my back.” That rocket is the NXT Cruiserweight Championship. When he straps that bad boy on, the Lonestar becomes a super star. Then best of luck tonight. Stallion finally gets his shot at Santos Escobar, will he hit his target?
Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic: Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai VS Aliyah & Jessi Kamea w/ Robert Stone!
Ricky Desperado crushed Rhea Ripley in their New Year’s Evil Last Woman Standing match, but with a little help from Captain Kota. Now the devious duo looks to take the Women’s Dusty Cup for their own! Will the Robert Stone Brand be a mere stepping stone to history?
The teams sort out, Raquel starts with Aliyah. Raquel dares Aliyah to bring it, they tie up, and Aliyah can’t even push Raquel back! Raquel swings and TOSSES Aliyah away! Aliyah scrambles up, Jessi tags in, and she goes after a leg. Raquel pries Jessi up to a Canadian rack and even pulls hair! Jessi fights free, sunset flips but Raquel breaks that. Jessi avoids the elbow drop to then dropkick Raquel to a corner! Jessi runs in and hits a BIG forearm! Jessi cravats, Raquel powers out and Dakota takes a swing, but Jessi avoids that only to get CLOBBERED! Tag to Dakota, she throws hands on Jessi and CLUBS her, then pushes her around.
Dakota pie faces but Jessi dodges the clothesline to scoop and SLAM! And springboard elbow drops! Cover, ONE! Jessi scowls, tags in Aliyah, and the Brand drags Dakota up to double whip. They both do the splits, Jessi hurdles Dakota for Aliyah to ROCK her, then Aliyah talks some smack. Aliyah runs to BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Aliyah keeps on Dakota, drags her up and whips her to a corner but Dakota reverses. Aliyah goes up and over and runs back in to BOOT Dakota down! Aliyah talks more smack but Dakota gets out of the ring. Aliyah builds speed to slide but Raquel saves Dakota, and Dakota BOOTS Aliyah! Dakota puts Aliyah in, covers, TWO!
Dakota drags Aliyah up, tags in Raquel, and they mug Aliyah in the corner. Raquel drags Aliyah around to CLUB her down, then taunts her and Jessi to tag. Raquel KICKS Aliyah down, brings her up to scoop and swing for a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Raquel drags Dakota up, whips her to a corner hard then tags in Dakota. Dakota runs in to BOOT WASH! Cover, TWO! Dakota snarls, clubs Aliyah down, then brings her up. Aliyah hits back, Dakota clubs her again, then bumps her off buckles. Dakota digs her boot in as Raquel tags in, and Raquel stomps then RAMS into Aliyah! Raquel lets off to taunt Jessi, then she bumps Aliyah off more buckles.
Raquel throws hands, tags Dakota back in, and whips Aliyah for a BIG hip toss! Then Raquel gives Dakota a boost on the DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Aliyah survives but Dakota cravats to grind Aliyah down. Stone coaches Aliyah as she fights up, and Aliyah throws body shots. Dakota kicks but Aliyah blocks, only for Dakota to throw Aliyah down by her hair! Aliyah gets up, runs and hits a SATELLITE DDT! Both women are down, Aliyah and Dakota crawl, hot tags to Jessi and Raquel! Raquel CLOBBERS Jessi! Raquel drags Jessi up, fisherman and DESPERADO BOMB! Cover, Raquel & Dakota win!
Winners: Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai, by pinfall (advance to the semifinals)
The unbreakable bond might’ve just broken The Brand! Will Dakota and Raquel do the same to KC Squared in next week’s semifinal?
Backstage interview with The Way.
McKenzie congratulates Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell on their win in the Women’s Dusty Cup. As if there was any doubt! Ever since William Regal announced this tournament, Candice knew the cup was as good as theirs. And Indi says they do not care who they face, they always find a way to succeed. Nice. Meanwhile, does Johnny Gargano have any comments on Regal discussing the North American Championship with the man who has beaten Gargano twice in Kushida? NO! Don’t say his name! Someone else talk to her. Gargano storms off, Candice follows, and Austin Theory says we do not say “Kushida” around Gargano. It’s like The Curse.
Gargano comes back having cooled off, and Theory lets him know he talked to McKenzie about Kushida. STOP! Don’t you know now to say that! About Kushida or The Curse? SHH! Both! All of it! It doesn’t matter if he has two fluke victories over Gargano, he is not getting the title. And most importantly, you don’t say his name! Gargano storms off again and Theory apologizes again about Kushida. DON’T SAY THE NAME!! The Way leaves, and WOOSH! Dexter Lumis appears from behind the curtain!! Does the Tortured Artist have his eyes on a new subject?
Scarlett Bordeaux reads the tarot cards.
“Foolishness tempts the course of fate. The Hierophant’s goal: pass on his wisdom, elevate his followers. Such conviction leads to… obliteration. Stay on your journey, or he will alter his.” #FallAndPray.
NXT shares Brie Larson’s workout, as coached by Tegan Nox!
Captain Marvel has the Shiniest Wizard guiding her fitness journey with upper body exercises! Check out the full routine on Brie Larson’s official YouTube channel, under the series, “Training Captain Marvel!”
Tyler Rust w/ Malcolm Bivens VS Dante Rios!
Bivens says last week’s loss to Bronson Reed was the smallest speedbump on the journey to the top. This week, Rust has an opponent more his own size. Will Rust get back on track against an opponent Bivens picked personally?
The bell rings, they circle and tie up. Rust waistlocks and slams Rios, brings him back up to slam him again, then step all over him. Rust isn’t so sure Bivens chose a worthy opponent but Rios sneaks up to waistlock! Rust switches, Rios pries at the hold but elbows free! Rios runs, sunset flips, ONE! Rust runs into an arm-drag but then fakes Rios out! Rust headlocks, Rios powers out and hurdles then drops, but Rust fakes out the next hurdle to DECK Rios! Rust shakes out his arm, drags Rios back up and wrenches the arm from wrist to elbow to KICK! And KICK! Rust drags Rios up to stomp him down, then he hammerlocks the arm to STOMP it!
Rios writhes and shakes out his bad arm, but Rust is after the arm with a wristlock. Rust brings Rios up, clubs the arm, then wrenches to an elbow breaker! Rust hoists Rios up with the arm and spins around to then WRING Rios out! The ref checks on Rios but he’s okay to continue, and Bivens cheers Rust on. Rios throws body shots and forearms but Rust DECKS him! Rust snarls as Rios goes to a corner, and Rust runs in, only for Rios to get around and roll him up! TWO, Rios CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Rust shoves, Rios gets around to backslide, TWO! BACK HAND! Rios fires up, runs, ducks and tilt-o-whirls, to a GUILLOTINE!
Rust endures, powers up by going after the bad arm and he RAMS Rios into a corner. Rios BOOTS Rust, hops up and leaps, into an UPPERCUT! Rios wobbles into a BOOT! Cravat, for the FLIPPING SLAM! And then the roll into short arm scissor, omoplata, DOUBLE ARM BUTTERFLY!! Rios verbally taps, Rust wins!
Winner: Tyler Rust, by submission
Bivens made the right call, and he takes his phone out for a celebratory selfie standing over the fallen Dante Rios! Will the Diamond in the Rust start to shine soon enough?
NXT profiles tonight’s other Men’s Dusty Rhodes Classic match-up!
The Grizzled Young Veterans say they’re not here to be a runner up again. They’re here to win the whole damn thing! Leon Ruff and Kushida are two excellent singles competitors, but they won’t stand in the way of GYV proving they are THE BEST tag team of this generation. But Ruff responds by saying the game plan is simple: survive and advance. Both he and Kushida believe they can compete with any team in the tournament. Kushida says, in Japanese, that “The Dusty Cup represents everything great and prestigious about our business.” He vows that he and Ruff punch their tickets to the semifinals tonight! Who will SSSOON be recognized as the next team into the next round?
Backstage interview with Finn Balor!
What are his thoughts about tonight’s tag team match with Kyle O’Reilly? Before he can answer, in walks Kyle himself. Is Finn ready? Always ready. Then can Kyle trust him? What does Kyle think? Well, Kyle doesn’t have to trust Finn so long as they’re on the same page. Then see you out there. Will these two men, who put each other through Hell, stay united and put Lorcan & Burch through even worse?
Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic: Grizzled Young Veterans VS KUSHIDA & Leon Ruff!
Zack Gibson & James Drake were the inaugural NXT UK Tag Team Champions, and they want their shot at THE NXT Tag Team Championships! Gibson has the mic and says, “Another wannabe team who want to take a shot at the GYV.” Kushida in jeans and the “One Hit Wonder” in Ruff! “Lads, what makes you think your five MINUTES of tag experience can match up with our 15 YEARS?! At the end of this tournament, the nameplate on that trophy will read one thing and one thing only: The Grizzled Young Veterans, SSSSOON to be recognized as Dusty Classic winners!” Liverpool’s Number One and Mr. Mayhem hit the ring, but will they have to hit the brakes against the Super Junior and NXT’s ultimate underdog?
The teams sort out, Kushida starts with Gibson and they circle. They tie up, Gibson gets Kushida in a cobra twist, drags him down to a body scissor clutch and rolls him around. Kushida slips out the back, drags Gibson down to an armbar but Gibson uses legs to hook legs and shift to a headlock. Kushida slips out the back again to hammerlock an arm, but Gibson slips around to trip Kushida, only for Kushida to headscissor back. The two stand off and fans cheer. Gibson swings, Kushida dodges to kick, CHOP and CHOP! Kushida throws haymakers, kicks Gibson to the corner and throws elbows. Kushida whips corner to corner but Drake saves Gibson from buckles, and Gibson knees Kushida low!
Gibson puts Kushida in the corner, tags in Drake, and Drake runs in to back elbow! Gibson hits a clothesline and feeds Kushida to Drake’s windmill kick! Cover, ONE, but Drake keeps on Kushida with haymakers! Drake brings Kushida around, suplexes but Kushida blocks! Kushida wrenches out, headlocks, and Ruff tags in as Drake powers out. Drake ducks but Kushida hurdles and Ruff sweeps the legs! Ruff KICKS the leg and Drake hobbles, but Ruff KICKS him to a corner. Ruff runs but is put on the apron, to ROCK Drake! Ruff goes up and around and under to then dropkick again! Ruff grabs Drake to wrench the arm and tag in Kushida.
Kushida and Ruff double wrench and double elbow breaker! And double knee smash! And double basement dropkick! Cover, TWO Kushida keeps on Drake’s arm and wrenches it, then tags in Ruff. Ruff climbs up to DUMDUM STOMP the arm! Ruff wrenches, steps over and jams Drake’s arm, then wrenches again to another elbow breaker! And another! And another! Ruff brings Drake up again to PELE the arm, then knuckle locks to CHOP! Ruff goes up the corner, hops around and HURICANRANAS! Drake flounders, Ruff headlocks then facelocks and keeps Drake from Gibson. Ruff throws knees, Drake blocks the suplex and wrenches out to WRING Ruff’s arm!
Drake DECKS Kushida, then tags in Gibson. GYV coordinate on Ruff with a double suplex, but Kushida saves Ruff to ROCK Drake! Kushida dodges Gibson, Ruff goes up for a FLYING CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! GYV almost got caught there as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns and Drake has Ruff’s arm but Ruff fights back! Ruff reaches for Kushida, throws more forearms on Drake, but Drake hauls Ruff up! Ruff sunset flips, Drake flails but eventually topples over, TWO! Drake CLOBBERS Ruff! Ruff gasps but Drake drags him up by his hair to ROCK him with a forearm! Drake tells Ruff to #GritYourTeeth and then DECKS him! Tag to Gibson, GYV coordinate for the PLANCHA BACKBREAKER! GYV taunt the fans then Gibson puts Ruff back in the ring. Gibson stays between Ruff and Kushida, drags him up, and scoops him, but Ruff slips out to hit a neckbreaker! Fans fire up as both men are down!
Gibson and Ruff crawl for their corners, hot tag to Drake and he drags Ruff away. Drake taunts Kushida but Ruff slips under! Drake gets the leg and anchors Ruff, then drags him back into a waistlock. Ruff elbows out hard, and tags in Kushida! Kushida goes up, leap sand ax handles! Kushida rallies with more forearms, then atomic drops to a whip and hip toss! Handspring basement dropkick! Fans fire up for Kushida as he aims at Drake and runs in to dropkick the arm! Kushida drags Drake back up, reels him in, hammerlock and underhook but Drake blocks! Gibson tags in, GYV mugs Kushida in the corner!
Gibson brings Kushida up, but Kushida slips out of Helter Skelter to ROCK Gibson! Kushida clamps on for an IRON OCTOPUS! Gibson endures, pries free and rolls Kushida to then throat chop! The ref reprimands but Gibson tags Drake. GYV coordinate again, Electric Chair and Drake climbs, GRIZZLED DOOMSDAY DEVICE! Cover, TWO!! Kushida survives and shocks GYV! Drake drags Kushida up to rain down fists, then tags in Gibson. Gibson drags Kushida up, whips him to Drake for a scoop but Kushida fights out! Gibson and Drake keep Kushida away from Ruff, double whip but Kushida handsprings for double back elbows! Hot tag to Ruff!
Ruff climbs and leaps to missile dropkick Gibson! Ruff builds speed to DIVE onto Drake! Drake hits announce desk, Ruff gets back in and runs to go up, up and FLIES onto Gibson! Fans fire up for Ruff as he puts Gibson back in! Kushida coaches Ruff on as Ruff runs, twists and rebounds to LARIAT! Ruff keeps going, goes back up top, and leaps for a SWANTON FLOP! Drake saves Gibson again! Tag and Drake DROPKICKS Kushida down hard! GYV coordinate, gut wrench and TICKET TO MAYHEM!! Cover, GYV win!!
Winners: Grizzled Young Veterans, by pinfall (advance to the semifinals)
The Ticket to Mayhem is also the ticket to the semifinals for Gibson & Drake! Will GYV repeat as Dusty Cup finalists? Will they break through to be the tournament winners and then contenders to the titles?
And to add insult to injury on Kushida and Ruff, Gargano and Theory rush out to attack them! Gargano stomps Kushida while Theory tosses Ruff! Kushida fights back with haymakers! Gargano SUPERKICKS Kushida down! Ruff gets up but Theory DECKS him, then goes out after him to DECK him again! Gargano stomps Kushida more as Theory drags Ruff up. Theory makes Ruff watch as Gargano gives Kushida ONE FINAL BEAT! Gargano holds his NXT North American Championship up in Kushida’s face, but what Theory doesn’t see is that Lumis has appeared behind him!! Theory looks over and freaks out!
Theory gets in the ring to warn Gargano, but Gargano says they have nothing to fear from “the freak.” Johnny Wrestling may not have to worry about the Timesplitter, but what about the Tortured Artist?
NXT finds Curt Stallion down backstage!
Someone attacked the Lonestar right before his title match! He knows it’s Legado, but what does this mean for the Cruiserweight Championship match tonight?
Backstage interview with El Legado del Fantasma.
It was decided over commercial that, given Stallion is in no shape to compete tonight, the Cruiserweight Championship match has been canceled. Santos Escobar says that’s really, really unfortunate, because he was going to teach “that punk” a lesson. But then Regal barges in and is just as adamant that Legado did this! Escobar says that’s not true, he has been in his room all night. Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza confirm the alibi, but that isn’t good enough for Regal. Next week, Escobar will defend his title against Stallion. And if Stallion “mysteriously” gets attacked again, all three members of Legado will face serious consequences. The ultimatum has been issued, but Legado just laughs it off.
Wait, what’s this in Escobar’s bag? The Hierophant tarot card…?! Scarlett dealt that earlier tonight! Escobar, Wilde and Mendoza are all a bit spooked, this is a bad omen. The end is near? The end is near?! Not! Legado doesn’t take any of these threats seriously, but will they have no choice when time is up?
Toni Storm is here!
The Lightning from Down Under gets the mic and she calls out Io Shirai! “When I want something, I don’t just wait my turn. I make it happen.” When Toni wanted to be NXT UK Women’s Champion, she took it from Rhea Ripley. When Toni wanted to win the Mae Young Classic, she did, and it was against Shirai that she did it! Now, Toni wanted to be one of the first women to win the Women’s Dusty Cup, but Shirai took that from her. So now, Toni wants to hurt Shirai and ruin her. But more than anything else in the world, Toni wants to take the NXT Women’s Championship from Shirai! Toni doesn’t have to wait any longer, Shirai is here!
The Evil Genius storms right to the ring, Toni eggs her on, but Shirai snatches the mic away! “I’ll fight you anywhere. I already made it clear. Toni, I don’t like you!” Toni trips Shirai and throws down fists! Shirai turns things around to give those fists back! They scrap back up to their feet, Toni shoves Shirai but Shirai dropkicks Toni down! Toni flounders out of the ring and Shirai eggs her on! But Mercedes Martinez BLINDSIDES Shirai! And then hits the TWO HAND CHOKE SLAM! Mercedes grins as she picks up the NXT Women’s title, but Toni gets in to take it from her. They argue over who gets it first, but Shirai dropkicks them both out! SHOTEI for Mercedes!
Shirai runs in, SHIKANSEN for Mercedes! And then Shirai goes up, only for Toni to trip her up! Toni drags Mercedes out, just so she can RAM her into the apron! Then Toni looks at the title before she HIP ATTACKS Shirai, and then HIP ATTACKS again! And again! Toni gets the hat trick, and then she picks up the belt. Toni wants a new #ShinyShiny, will she get what she wants?
Backstage interview with Isaiah “Swerve” Scott.
Why did Swerve get in Bronson Reed’s minutes before his match last week? Get in his face? Are we pointing fingers now? Swerve had a “conversation” with Jake Atlas, Bronson got in Swerve’s face about it. But when Swerve decides to get in Bronson’s face, he’s the bad guy. Swerve is starting to understand how things go in NXT, but also how things always go. Everyone’s always blaming Swerve. So here’s an experiment: Point the finger, McKenzie. She does, at Swerve, and then he looks at the hand. How many fingers is she pointing back at herself? Get it? But no more putting the blame on anyone, Swerve’s House has a Colossal visitor, after the break!
Alexander Wolfe begins by saying “Imperium stood together on American soil,” and at Worlds Collide, they showed everyone that they are a force to be reckoned with. “Then everything changed.” Marcel Barthel says they were isolated in different parts of the world for the last year! And while they’ve been apart, Walter still rules as NXT UK Champion. Barthel and Fabian Aichner held the NXT Tag Team Championships, but that was not enough. Aichner says “Imperium’s power is in its unity.” Their unity will restore global domination. Wolfe’s return to NXT is only the beginning. Will a refocused and reunited Imperium regain the gold?
Backstage interview with The Undisputed Era.
What are Adam Cole’s and Roderick Strong’s thoughts on their quarterfinal Dusty Cup match against the newly formed team of Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher? Nobody knows Ciampa like the Era does. They’ve gone to war with him more times than they can count, and they know how tough Ciampa is. As for Thatcher, if the tag match is anything like the Fight Pit, they have their hands full. But they’ve had their hands full ever since they came to NXT. Ciampa and Thatcher are experienced, tough men, but as a team, Cole & Strong are tougher. And as a team, Cole & Strong have more experience. There is no way “those two dorks” are going to stop the UE from becoming two-time Dusty Cup champions. And you know what that is? That is Undisputed.
Isaiah “Swerve” Scott VS Bronson Reed!
The issues between Swerve and Atlas were spilling over backstage so Auszilla thought he’d put an end to it. But instead of squashing the beef, he just redirected Swerve’s attention to himself. Will Reed squash this beef by crushing Swerve’s House underneath him?
The bell rings and Swerve circles with Reed. Reed gets Swerve to a corner, the ref counts and Reed lets off, but Swerve KNEE TRIGGERS back! Swerve fires off hands but Reed powers Swerve to a corner! Reed gives those fists back, then tosses Swerve out! Swerve handsprings off the apron to land on his feet! Reed grabs Swerve and drags him back up! Swerve body shots and BOOTS Reed off the apron, the BOOTS him from the apron! Swerve drags Reed up and lines up another shot, but Reed blocks the boot to FLIP Swerve! Swerve tumbles hard and Reed drags him up into the ring. Reed stalks Swerve to a corner, runs in and SPLASHES!
Swerve flounders to ropes, Reed clotheslines him back out, then Reed DIVES?!?! Direct hit at the ramp and fans are going nuts as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns and Swerve has Reed down with an armlock. Swerve throws down forearms as he cranks on the shoulder, but Reed fights up. Swerve knees low, wrenches to a hammerlock and he RAMS Reed into buckles! Swerve keeps on the arm, hooking it with his leg. Swerve drives elbows into Reed’s head and then he pulls on the fingers. Reed fights up, Swerve headlocks, but Reed reaches out to get the ropebreak! Swerve holds on as the ref counts, and he even sneaks in some claws to Reed’s face! Swerve brings Reed up for heavy body shots and then pushes him to slingshot and somersault, only for Reed to SWAT him down!
Swerve staggers up, Reed runs him over! And again! Reed whips, and he uses a FULL BODY ATTACK! Then he drops a back senton! Swerve is gasping for air as he crawls to ropes! Reed drags him up, suplexes him, and holds Swerve up to then shift to a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Swerve survives but Reed keeps his focus. Reed drags Swerve up, choke grips, and lifts, but the bad arm gives up! Swerve smirks as he runs in at Reed in a corner but Reed BOOTS him! The legs still work as Reed hops up, but Swerve EDDY GORDO KICKS! Swerve CHOPS Reed, climbs up, goes after the arm but throws more elbows.
Swerve cranks on the arm, for a SUPER ARMBAR DDT! HOUSE CALL! Swerve goes up, up and 450 SPLASHES! Cover, TWO!! Reed survives and Swerve is furious! Swerve sits Reed up and tells him to his face, “Never get in my business ever again!” Reed gets up, Swerve SLAPS him, and SLAPS him, so Reed HEADBUTTS! And LARIATS! Reed goes right up top, TSUNAMI!! Cover, Reed wins!
Winner: Bronson Reed, by pinfall
Reed crushes Swerve’s House again, will it be Swerve who never gets in Reed’s face again?
Tommaso Ciampa speaks.
“I’ve been doing this thing for 16 years now. There are the fights you win, the fights you lose, but then there’s the fights you remember.” Timothy Thatcher pulls up a seat next to Ciampa as Ciampa says there are the fights that command respect. Thatcher says the Fight Pit changes a man both physically, mentally, and even changes his vision going forward. “Out of anguish and struggle, respect grows. That’s why I accepted the offer.” The Dusty Cup represents opportunity. Next week, against the Undisputed Era, “it’s gonna be a war.” Will this tandem of tough as nails superstars tear down even the strong combination of Cole & Strong?
Finn Balor & Kyle O’Reilly VS Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch!
William Regal told The Prince to keep his friends close and his enemies closer. But with no friends to turn to anymore, the NXT Champion had no choice but to turn to a rival. Will the fact they have a common enemy in the Kings of NXT help Balor and O’Reilly stay on the same page?
NXT returns as Balor makes his entrance. He and Kyle stare down but they have to remember their teammates tonight, not opponents. The NXT Tag Team Champions make their entrance now, and they hold their belts up to remind us who they are. The team sort out, Oney starts against Balor and fans fire up as they tie up! Balor headlocks, Oney powers out but Balor runs him over! Cover, ONE! Balor arm-drags Oney right to an armlock! Oney gets up but Balor wrenches and tags in Kyle. Oney gets away and Burch tags in. Fans rally as Kyle and Burch circle, tie up, and Kyle headlocks. Kyle grinds Burch but Burch keeps off the mat. Burch powers out, but Kyle runs him over!
Kyle arm-drags Burch around, has the armlock, and fans fire up as Kyle shows no pain in his jaw. Kyle wrenches Burch, reaches out to Balor but Burch brings Kyle away with a headlock. Oney tags in, the One Two double wrench and double CHOP! Kyle throws a forearm but Oney EuroUppers Kyle off his feet! Tag to Burch, they hand off the wrench and Burch throws a EuroUpper of his won! Burch hits a headlock takeover and maybe now Kyle feels pain in his jaw. Burch throws short palm strikes, but Kyle rolls to a cover, ONE! Fans rally up, Kyle tries to headscissor but Burch shrugs that off.
Kyle fights up, Burch holds onto the headlock, but Kyle throws body shots. Burch scoops Kyle, Kyle slips off and wrenches to tag in Balor. Balor kicks the arm, clubs away on it, wrenches again and tags Kyle back in. Kyle CLUBS the arm, YANKS on it, then rams shoulders with Burch! Kyle wrenches, tags Balor and Balor hops up to drop ax handles! Balor wrenches, clamps on, Kyle tags back in and Kyle goes up to drop an ax handle of his own! Oney runs in but gets double back elbows from Balor and Kyle! Kyle and Balor double whip Burch to double elbow! Balor and Kyle stare down again as NXT goes picture in picture.
Oney and Burch regroup outside, Kyle waits in the ring for them to come back. The tag champs take their time returning and Burch gets in. Burch ties up with Kyle but kicks low! Burch headlocks, Oney tags in, Kyle powers out but Burch dodges the roundhouse and Oney BLASTS Kyle with the running EuroUpper! Oney rains down fists on Kyle, taunts Balor, then drags Kyle up to ROCK him with a EuroUpper! Tag to Burch, the champs mug Kyle in their corner, then Burch pushes Kyle against ropes and chokes him! Burch even fish hooks the jaw! The ref counts, Burch lets off and Kyle clutches his chin.
Burch brings Kyle up to ROCK him with another EuroUpper! Burch snapmares, drops knees, then covers, TWO! Burch keeps Kyle from Balor with a facelock, tags in Oney, and Oney wrenches to snapmare Kyle into a keylock. Kyle endures as Oney thrashes him around, then fights his way up. Oney cranks on the hold, Kyle throws forearms and NXT returns to single picture as Oney ROCKS Kyle with another EuroUpper! Oney half nelsons but Kyle snapmares out of the Half ‘n’ Half, hot tag to Balor! Balor rallies on Oney, hits Burch for good measure, then trips and DOUBLE STOMPS Oney down! Fans fire up as Balor stomps away on Oney at the ropes!
The ref counts, Balor stops at 4, and he sees Burch slide in so he stomps Burch down! Oney runs up to half nelson but Balor swings, only for Oney to put him in the corner! Burch tags in, Balor fights back but the One Two mugs him. Burch wrenches the arm but Balor throws forearms back! Oney tags back in, he gets Balor’s arm for an armbar DDT! Oney rains down rights, fans boo but Oney looms over Balor. Oney drags Balor up, CHOPS him, and Burch taunts Balor as he tags in. Burch ROCKS Balor, drags him up to wrench and YANK the arm, then ROCKS him with a right. Burch keeps on the arm but fans rally as Balor endures.
Balor fights up, throws more forearms, but Burch wrenches and YANKS the arm again! Balor goes to a corner, Burch runs in to clothesline! Cover, TWO! Burch drags Balor up and chinbars to then tag in Oney. Balor fights back again with forearms and CHOPS but Oney ROCKS Balor! The tag champs double atomic drop, to a Russian Leg Sweep! Cover, TWO! Oney keeps Balor down with a half nelson and then shifts to a keylock. Fans rally and Balor endures as Oney leans on the hold. Balor fights up, Oney knees him low and drags him back down! Oney keeps the arm hooked with a leg then pulls on the other! Balor endures but Oney YANKS on the arm!
Fans rally but Oney drags Balor up for another EuroUpper! Balor wobbles, Oney eggs him on, then throws another EuroUpper! Balor reaches for Kyle but Oney EuroUppers, Balor PELES! Both men are down and fans are thunderous as the two crawl! Oney grabs at Balor to keep him away but Balor throws forearms! Balor keeps reaching, as does Kyle, but Oney whips Balor to the corner! Balor BOOTS back, elbows Burch then SLINGBLADES Oney! Fans fire up as Balor rises and tags in Kyle! Burch tags in but Kyle BOOTS him down! And ROUNDHOUSES! And again! KNEE for Oney! Kicks and palm strikes and knees for Burch! Leg sweep and Kyle fires up!
Burch gets to a corner, Kyle runs in to forearm smash! Kyle wrenches to an elbow breaker, then goes after a leg, but Burch SMACKS Kyle in the jaw! Kyle just fights through that to trip the leg! Burch BOOTS the jaw! Kyle runs in but into another boot! Burch goes up, missile dropkick caught to a KNEEBAR! Burch taps, Kyle and Balor win!!
Winners: Finn Balor & Kyle O’Reilly, by submission
The Undisputed Era’s three-time tag team champion helps the two-time NXT Champion put away the current tag team champions! But wait, here comes Pete Dunne! But while they’re distracted, Oney drags Kyle out to RAM him into the boards! The Bruiserweight and Balor brawl! But Oney gets in and goes after Balor, too! Kyle returns to fight but Burch is in, the 3v2 advantage goes the way of the Kings of NXT! Oney and Burch grab Balor for Dunne to BOOT down! The Kings stomps away, then drag Balor back up, so Dunne can bend the fingers! But here come Strong & Cole! Dunne SNAPS and runs!
The UE run off the Kings of NXT but the damage has been done! Balor and the Era boys stand together against Dunn, Lorcan & Burch! But what will it take to finally settle things between the warring factions?
A great episode for NXT on the road to TakeOver: Valentine’s Day. One thing that’s a bit disappointing but in a way intriguing is what happened with the Cruiserweight Championship. Just as we think Stallion is going to finally get his time on NXT, we get a bait ‘n’ switch and it’s somehow a way to shift things to Escobar VS Kross. Escobar namedropping Kross was a subtle indication this could happen, but I’m still surprised it has. Will Kross cost Escobar his title next week so they can feud without it? I was also genuinely surprised by Lumis popping out of the curtain after The Way had a promo. I have a feeling that with Kushida & Ruff out of the Dusty Cup, Lumis becomes Kushida’s new tag partner to go after The Way, leading into Gargano VS Kushida at TakeOver.
Speaking of, GYV VS Kushida & Ruff was a great match, but it seems a tradition now for Kushida’s team to put the other team over. Last year when Kushida & Alex Shelley reunited, they lost to GYV to send GYV into the finals, now it’s happened for the semifinals. At the same time, GYV is up against either Undisputed Era or Thatcher-Ciampa so maybe GYV does even worse this year. And with Ciampa’s promo, I just knew Thatcher would pull up a chair to join in. UE VS Thatcher-Ciampa could go either way, because there are many story reasons. Thatcher and Ciampa did well against Daivari & Nese on 205 Live but that could fall apart. But at the same time, we know UE has story still with The Kings of NXT, so Oney and Burch could try to screw UE over.
Balor & O’Reilly VS Lorcan & Burch was a great main event. I’m glad there was no dysfunction in Balor and Kyle, they were focused on the opponents, but I do find it odd that NXT continues the WWE trend where two great singles guys still beat a great tag team. The great tag team should’ve still found a way to win, but I suppose that would’ve made Kyle the fall guy, and they can’t do that if Kyle is still to be rolling towards a potential third NXT Championship match. The episode closing with Balor and the UE standing together was a really great image, but perhaps this adds to the math that UE loses the Dusty Cup match.
Imperium had a great promo, but don’t expect Walter to show up. I’m still surprised they got Wolfe out of the UK to the US but maybe the time he was gone on NXT UK was used for quarantine protocol. Depending on how things go with the North American and Tag Team Championships, I feel like Wolfe will go after the former while Barthel & Aichner obviously go after the latter. Swerve has a good promo but he still loses to Reed, so I’m not sure the point yet. Will Sore Loser Swerve return and he goes after Reed like he did Atlas? We got a great segment with Toni, Shirai and Mercedes, I’m starting to think we’re getting a Triple Threat at TakeOver: Valentine’s, just to help get through the amazing contender’s list.
MSK beats Maverick & Dain because MSK is the hot hand coming in debuting in the tournament. Lucha House Party VS El Legado could go either way, and either will make a great match-up with MSK, but does that make MSK a finalist? That’d be surprising, but perhaps in a good way. Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez VS Robert Stone Brand 3.0(?) was good but naturally Kai & Gonzalez win. And while Kai & Gonzalez look like the favorites against Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter, I feel like that’s reason enough for KC Squared to make it to the finals. Gonzalez is herself waiting in the wings to face Shirai, and it makes for great story if KC Squared are one match away, only to lose to The Way, Candice & Indi.
My Score: 9.3/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (1/27/21)
Will Dynamite be Just… Too… Sweeeeeeet~?
AEW and Impact Wrestling Tag Team Champions, UNITE…?
Though there are tensions rising within The Elite, Gallows & Anderson will team with The Young Bucks in a HUGE 8 Man Tag match!
- Lance Archer VS Eddie Kingston; Kingston wins.
- Y2MJF w/ The Inner Circle VS The Varsity Blondes; Y2MJF win(s).
- Hangman Page VS Ryan Nemeth; Hangman wins.
- Jungle Boy w/ Jurassic Express VS Dax Harwood w/ Cash Wheeler & Tully Blanchard; Jungle Boy wins.
- Britt Baker w/ Rebel VS Shanna; Britt wins.
- 8 Man Tag: The Young Bucks & The Good Brothers VS The Dark Order; The Bucks & Good Brothers win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Lance Archer VS Eddie Kingston!
The Murderhawk Monster and the Mad King are finally having a 1v1 contest, and it will truly be 1v1 because none of their allies are allowed ringside! Will Archer finally shut Kingston up about all the “almost” losses?
Kingston is after Archer the second he’s in the ring, and he CHOPS! Archer just grins! Archer throws his shirt off, throws it at Kingston and eggs him on. Kingston CHOPS, Archer BOOTS Kingston over! Archer runs and hits an elbow in the corner! And then goes corner to corner, hits another! Kingston avoids the third and fires off on a leg! Kingston BITES Archer’s head as they’re on the ropes! The ref reprimands, Kingston CLUBS Archer then CHOPS him again! Archer finally feels that, and Kingston puts Archer in a corner. Kingston CHOPS, Archer eggs him on, but Kingston pokes him in the eye!
Archer staggers about, Kingston elbows him on the back then goes after the leg. Kingston chokes Archer on ropes, lets off as the ref counts, then stalks Archer to another corner for kidney shots! Kingston keeps on Archer’s body, kicks the legs out, but Archer rakes eyes back! Fans rally as Archer ROCKS Kingston with a right! Kingston flounders, CHOPS back, and CHOPS again, then goes to a corner, Kingston goes up, leaps, FLYING SHOULDER! Archer stays up!? Archer shakes out the cobwebs but Kingston runs, but Archer DERAILS him! Fans fire up while Kingston sits up in a daze.
Archer stalks Kingston, drags him up by his ears, then brings him around to CLUB him. Kingston clings to Archer’s legs but Archer brings him up to CHOP him down! Fans want that “One More Time!” and Archer drags Kingston up to CHOP him again! Kingston flops down and Archer seethes as he drags him back up. Archer choke grips and CHOKE SLAMS Kingston to the apron! Kingston flops to the floor as fans lose their minds! The ring count climbs as Kingston stirs, but Archer goes out to fetch him. Archer drags Kingston up and bumps him off the camera! Talk about a close-up! “Everything is in my playground!”
Archer kicks Kingston, whips him and sends him into railing! Archer digs Kingston’s head into the railing! The ref counts, Archer lets off to scare the ref off, and then Archer goes back to drag Kingston up. Archer brings Kingston over to bounce off the timekeeper’s table! Kingston scrambles into the ring, Archer pursues and brings him up in a full nelson, for a SLAM! Archer says he’s just getting started with Kingston, and he goes to a corner! Archer grins at the camera before hopping down and putting Kingston in the drop zone. Archer goes up, spinning VADER BOMB! Cover, ONE because Archer lets off! Archer is a cat toying with his prey!
Archer drags Kingston up, Kingston breaks free but the back hand is blocked! Archer choke grips, Kingston kicks low and dropkicks legs out. Kingston runs to FOREARM Archer down! Cover, TWO! Archer survives but Kingston catches his breath. Fans rally and duel as both men slowly rise. Kingston brings Archer around, but Archer LARIATS first! Archer drags Kingston up, puts him in a corner, then hoists him up top. Archer brings Kingston out with the inverted crucifix, but Kingston slips out to shove Archer into buckles! Archer BOOTS back, Kingston flounders but Archer is on him right away. Hammerlock ripcord for the CHOKE SLAM!
Archer knuckle locks Kingston’s hand and drags him up with it. Archer CLUBS Kingston, goes up the corner, and walks the tightrope a la Old School! MOONSAULT!! But no cover because Archer still isn’t satisfied. Archer clamps on the EBD CLAW! Archer sits Kingston up, but The Butcher and Blade have Jake the Snake hostage!! Archer hurries over but Bunny Allie hands Kingston a loaded bit of tape! Kingston waits for Archer to come back, LOADED BACK HAND!! Cover, Kingston wins!!
Winner: Eddie Kingston, by pinfall
The Fam still found a way to screw Archer over! Kingston survives, and then The Blade and Butcher drag Archer up for the POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER! The Fam isn’t done, either, they sit Archer back up for Kingston’s BACK HAND! Jake the Snake tries to get up but the damage has been done. Will Kingston and his henchmen continue to wreak havoc on AEW?
Jon Moxley speaks.
“Okay, let me see if I’ve got this right. The Young Bucks are the tag team champions, and they’re friends with Kenny, but Kenny’s friends with The Goody Brothers, and they’re the tag team champions, too. So now they’re all friends? They’re all one big happy family? How is that going to work? Is that going to work?” No it’s not. The Elite is like The Young & The Restless. And then there’s Death Triangle, PAC & The Lucha Brothers, who don’t like any part of The Elite. They don’t even like Moxley, because they used to be friends with Kingston who has beef with Mox. But now Moxley has to team with them at Beach Break?
Moxley is a simple guy. Cold beer, hot coffee, room temperature water and sex in the morning because it’s a great way to start the day. The only person you can trust is number one, so he only trusts his two hands. But Moxley loves Six Man Tags, so saddle up, compadres. This’ll be fun! Gang warfare! Moxley doesn’t know what happens at Beach Break, but it’ll be wild~! Incendiary ingredients on Dynamite, don’t blink or you’ll miss it.
Sting and Darby Allin speak.
The Icon says they’ll get on a first name basis right now. Taz, Brian, Ricky, since they’ll be in that Street Fight at Revolution, and since Team Taz loves to throw out false accusations, Sting will say their feelings are hurt. They called these two hoodlums? Really? Darby is a bit of a hoodlum, yes, but in the streets, it doesn’t matter if you play it clean or dirty. It’s all about survival! Darby chucks his skateboard through a window, and admits he is a hoodlum, no different from Sting. Sting uses the baseball bat to smash up the rest of the window! Sting admits it, too. Revolution, Street Fight, showtime.
Y2MJF w/ The Inner Circle VS The Varsity Blondes!
There’s a lot of history to this match, even before things in AEW. But Chris Jericho won’t hold back on Brian Pillman Jr. over it, and he expects nothing less from Pillman Jr. in return. But will that mean the first 2v2 outing of Le Demo God and the Salt of the Earth won’t be a success?
Jericho revels in the fans singing Judas for him, the teams sort out, and MJF wants to speak first. MJF wants to talk with Sammy Guevara later, and then he says is that Griff? Look at Goldilocks here. Last time they met, MJF embarrassed Griff on live television. So let’s just skip ahead to where Griff loses, okay? NOPE! Griff DECKS MJF, keeps him in the ring, then rains down more fists! MJF scrambles away, Wardlow keeps him away from Griff, but Griff gets around to get back in. MJF dodges but Griff BOOTS him down! The Inner Circle gets MJF to safety and MJF gets a chair out of frustration. The Inner Circle keeps MJF from throwing this match and MJF says Griff is dead!
MJF gets back in the ring, talks trash, then tags out to Jericho. Jericho run sin but into a drop toehold! Griff wrenches Jericho, tags in BPJ, and the Blondes double whip, kick and NECKBREAKER to a leg drop, brother! Cover, TWO! BPJ CHOPS Jericho, wrenches and whips, but Jericho holds ropes to deny the dropkick. Jericho runs but BPJ dropkicks him down! BPJ drags Jericho up, clamps onto the arm, but Jericho uses cheap shots to get free. Jericho whips BPJ corner to corner, but BPJ comes back to LARIAT! Fans fire up as BPJ whips, Jericho reveres and MJF gets a cheap shot in! Jericho DECKS BPJ then tags in MJF!
AEW goes picture in picture as MJF CLAWS BPJ and tells Griff up his! MJF digs his fingers into BPJ’s face but lets off as the ref reprimands. MJF stalks BPJ, throws punches down on him, then soaks up the heat from fans. MJF feeds BPJ to Jericho’s boot, then CHOPS him! Tag to Jericho, Jericho throws hands, then tags MJF back in. Y2MJF double whip, and double flapjack BPJ down! MJF steps on BPJ, then so does Jericho. The Inner Circle soaks up the heat, MJF drags BPJ up to CLUB him down. MJF kicks at Griff but scrambles away before he can get hit. MJF chokes BPJ, covers, TWO! MJF rakes BPJ’s eyes, rakes his face on the ropes, then headbutts him!
Tag to Jericho, MJF digs his boots into BPJ as Jericho gets in Griff’s face, then Griff goes back to stomp and bump BPJ off buckles. Jericho hoists BPJ up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up to join him. BPJ throws hands back but Jericho clubs him. Jericho stands up on the very top, but BPJ GOURD BUSTERS him! BPJ gets up, leaps, and hits a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Fans rally while both men are down and AEW returns to single picture. Hot tags to Griff and MJF! The Ivy League MVP rallies on Y2MJF but MJF kicks low! MJF runs into Griff’s HUGE back drop! Griff wrenches and ROCKS Jericho!
Fans fire up as Griff goes corner to corner, BIG splash to MJF! Whip to the corner, SPLASH for both Y2MJF! DOUBLE SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!! MJF survives but Griff just fires up as he drags MJF up. Griff whips MJF to the corner, hits a clothesline and tags BPJ! Griff rolls MJF for BPJ’s missile dropkick! Jericho tags in but BPJ is ready, SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives by split seconds! BPJ fires up as fans rally behind him. Jericho hits back, BPJ throws forearms and chops, but Jericho DECKS him! Jericho whips then runs but BPJ dumps Jericho to the apron! BPJ runs and dropkicks Jericho down!
Fans fire up with BPJ as he fetches Jericho into the ring. BPJ aims from a corner, springboards and leaps, into a JUDAS EFFECT!! LIONSAULT!! Cover, someone took out Griff, Y2MJF win!!
Winners: Y2MJF, by pinfall
MJF adds insult to injury as he throws BPJ out just so he can stand with Jericho. The Inner Circle’s “official” team in the tag division is off to a strong start, will they go all the way to the top and take the AEW World Tag Team Championships for their own?
“Here we go again!” Kenny Omega is taking liberties, acting like ‘Billy Big Bollocks,” acting like he owns the place and owns this business. He has the “clown” Callis and the Impact Wrestling Tag Team Champions, while manipulating some and blindsiding others. SO at Beach Break, bring the Good Brothers, because Pac and Rey Fenix will show you what brotherhood is! You hit them, they hit you back! Time to face the consequences!
AEW shares Shaq’s message from the AEW Dynamite Awards on TNT.
“Cody Rhodes, you little punk. You want to battle, you just name the time and the day. I’ll be there.” Cody looks like a little girl with that blonde hair. Shaq suggests we do this in March, aka Revolution. What will Cody say?
Tony Schiavone is in the ring!
To respond to Shaq’s comments right now, here’s Cody Rhodes! The American Nightmare goes to the ring, along with Coach Arn Anderson. Schiavone knows they want to respond to Shaq, but also to Jade Cargill from The Waiting Room. Cody says to respond to Shaq and Jade, he’d rather just give us the “pitch.” He’d like to say March 7th, AEW Revolution, it’d be himself and Brandi Rhodes VS Shaq & Jade, but life happens. He and Brandi are having a baby. “In these moments where I am rather confused and distracted,” Cody defers to The Coach!
And if we’re wondering how much of a coach Arn is, Arn chewed Cody out for taking Peter Avalon too easily last week. Arn has been right consistently for years, they talked with Tony Khan about where Cody fits on the Revolution card, so the floor is Arn’s. Arn says he wants to earn his money because he might contradict himself, so please be patient. But the fact is, Cody’s about to be a dad. That is right on the forefront of his mind, as it should be. That is the most important thing in his life.
But think about this: June 29th, 1985. What date is that to Cody? That was when Arn saw Dusty Rhodes crawl in the ring with Tully Blanchard, fight 30 minutes, then fly home in time to see the birth of Baby Cody. Now if Cody chooses March 7th, to jump in the Revolution, do it with eyes wide open, no regrets. But Arn will point out the obvious: there is a lot of time between the birthdate and the show. Doesn’t Cody want to be part of something? It’s hard to capture the public eye but he could do that with this match.
For 19 years, Shaq dominated the court as a world-class athlete. Jade, every time she walks in, she dominates that room. But the fact is, Arn’s seen something these last two weeks, something that can’t be measured or even rational to name. Arn wants Cody to see something. In steps RED VELVET! Velvet has had her own problems with Jade Cargill, and Arn hopes Cody sees the fire inside Velvet like what Cody has in him. Velvet gets the mic to stare down the camera and say she’s here because she is FED UP of getting attacked, watching Brandi get disrespected by a “big mouth coward” who knows Brandi can’t defend herself.
Everyone knows Cody would never lay a hand on a woman. But Velvet will! Velvet is about to stir that bitch-ass up! Fans like the sound of that! Arn says that’s what he meant! Then perhaps Jade and Shaq have the ball in their court! Are we still getting a huge mixed tag match for Revolution?
AEW issues the official invite to the Superbad Beach Break wedding!
Kip Sabian says “my heart is in my hands My head is in the clouds. My feet have left the ground. And my life, our life, is turning around.” Penelope Ford is so excited to marry this handsome man, the man of her dreams, the best kisser. So they cordially invite us to watch their wedding, with Miro as The Best Man, and of course “Charles” Taylor the butler will be there! Surely a wedding on a wrestling program will go smoothly, right?
Hangman Page VS Ryan Nemeth!
The Cowboy takes on the debuting “Hollywood Hunk” as Hangman tries to shake off the awkward situation where he had to reject The Dark Order’s recruitment proposal. Will he be able to focus against this hungry and determined wrestler?
The bell rings, fans rally for Hangman but Nemeth shoots in to get a leg. Hangman gets the rope but Nemeth says he got a point like this is collegiate wrestling. They tie up again, Hangman wrenches to a wristlock but Nemeth gets around to hammerlock then headlock, two points! Hangman powers out, Nemeth bumps him but Hangman runs him over! Things speed up, Hangman fakes Nemeth out and BOOTS him down! Hangman CHOPS Nemeth to the corner, CHOPS him again, then chops but Nemeth dodges to CHOP and CHOP in return! Nemeth swaggers about but Hangman DECKS him!
Hangman stalks Nemeth to a corner, stomps a mudhole into him then walks it dry as the ref counts. Hangman drags Nemeth up to throw him to the apron, and then TRIANGLE LARIATS him to the floor! Nemeth gets up but Hangman PLANCHAS! Direct hit and fans fire up! Hangman drags Nemeth up, puts him back in, then fires the fans up as he runs in corner to corner. Nemeth dodges to dropkick Hangman down! Cover, ONE! Nemeth wrenches and WRINGS the arm out, and now Big Money Matt Hardy is ringside? Is he scouting? Nemeth hammerlocks an arm, headstands to put pressure on the hold, then grabs at hair. The ref reprimands and Nemeth lets go.
Hangman gets up to CHOP and forearm but Nemeth knees low! Nemeth whips but Hangman holds ropes. Nemeth kicks, whips but Hangman reverses, only for Nemeth to turn it around into a Rude Awakening! Cover, TWO! Hangman forearms but Nemeth hits back. Nemeth whips corner to corner but Hangman comes back to CLOBBER him! Hangman whips, Nemeth dodges but Hangman hits a SPINEBUSTER! Hardy seems to be cheering Hangman on as Nemeth gets to a corner. Hangman runs corner to corner to clothesline! Hangman rolls Nemeth, runs, SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!
Hardy cheers Hangman with the fans as he brings Nemeth up to fireman’s carry. Nemeth fights out, Hangman CHOPS and whips but Nemeth reverses to SATELLITE DDT! Cover, TWO!! Hangman gets to a corner, Nemeth runs in but Hangman elbows him back! Nemeth runs into a boot, but he ducks a lariat to GERMAN SUPLEX! Hangman lands on his feet, ROLLING ELBOW! Hangman whips Nemeth to LARIAT! Then Hangman goes to the apron, takes aim, and slingshots, BUCK SHOT!! Cover, Hangman wins!
Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall
Hardy applauds then goes up to the ramp. Hangman sees Hardy turn to leave but invites him into the ring. Tony Schiavone hurries over to see what this is about. Hardy didn’t want to create a scene, but the reason he came out was to be in Hangman’s corner and let him know he supports Hangman. Hardy has been a bit concerned, Hangman seems lost and conflicted. That’s understandable. Hardy was part of Stadium Stampede, he knows that Hangman got burned by The Elite and he didn’t deserve it. The Dark Order wants Hangman to join and that’s just awkward.
Hardy doesn’t want anything from Hangman, just to let him know that Hangman is a good person who deserves to be happy. Hardy needed to say that and Hangman needed to hear it. Hangman is dressing alone in the hallway near catering. Hardy has a huge dressing room with plenty of space. Hangman is more than welcome to join him there, no strings attached. Hardy lets Hangman think that over, what will Hangman’s answer be?
Jungle Boy w/ Jurassic Express VS Dax Harwood w/ Cash Wheeler & Tully Blanchard!
Though Marko Stunt, Luchasaurus and the rest of FTR are all ringside, things will be a little different than usual. To make sure Cash and Tully don’t interfere, they will be handcuffed not just to each other, but to Luchasaurus! Will the wrestling dinosaur be able to keep things fair and square?
First, the ref and security help cuff Cash and Tully to Luchasaurus per the agreement. Then they all take a seat, though Luchasaurus has to make Cash sit. The bell rings and JB stares down with Dax. They tie up, Dax powers JB back to a corner but lets off as the ref calls for the break. Dax talks trash but JB shrugs it off. They tie up again, Dax headlocks but JB arm-drags free! Fans fire up for JB as he and Dax circle again. They tie up again, Dax waistlocks to full nelson but JB switches, only for Dax to headlock and hit a takeover. JB rolls Dax to a cover, ONE! Dax holds on, JB fights up and powers out but Dax runs him over!
Dax talks more trash as he looms over JB but JB gets up. JB and Dax tie up again, Dax gets another headlock but JB powers out, only for Dax to run him over again! Things speed up, Dax slide sunder but JB dropkicks him down! JB gets the legs, trips Dax, but Dax scrambles to a ropebreak! FTR wants to help Dax but Luchasaurus anchors them in the corner. Dax gets away from JB and has his team calm down, but JB puts Dax back in the ring! JB and Dax circle again as Luchasaurus and FTR sit back down. Dax and JB tie up with knuckle locks, Dax kicks low and fans boo as he CHOPS JB to a corner. Dax throws hard EuroUppers, and argues with the ref about the count before he CHOPS JB again!
JB CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS Dax to a corner but Dax turns things around to CHOP again! Dax stands JB up but JB CHOPS back! And CHOPS again, and again! Dax kicks rather low but somehow that wasn’t a low blow. Dax drags JB up, whip shim corner to corner but JB goes up and over and rolls, only for Dax to run him over! Things speed up again, JB hurdles but Dax whips him away, but JB dodges in the corner and Dax POSTS himself! Dax reaches but there’s no tags in this match! JB KICKS Dax’s arm, wrenches it, clubs away on it, then grinds Dax down! Dax endures, Cash coaches him, but JB cranks on the shoulder.
Dax gets up, JB wrenches but Dax pulls hair to whip and ROCK JB with that uppercut! Fans boo but Dax shakes out the bad arm. Dax fires off on JB, brings him up to another headlock, but JB back suplexes free! JB clotheslines Dax out of the ring! Dax staggers around and JB slides, but the baseball slide is sent into the railing! Now Luchasaurus is upset but it’s FTR who keeps him away. AEW goes picture in picture as Dax paces about.
Dax drags JB up to ROCK him with another EuroUpper! Fans rally for JB but Dax digs his fingers into JB’s face! And then drives an elbow in! The ref reprimands, Dax puts JB in, then Dax drags JB around to drop a leg fast across the face! Dax foregoes the rest of his usual combo to NORTHERN LIGHTS and bridge! TWO, and Dax is frustrated with JB! JB crawls, Dax drags him back up, and clamps on a chinlock! JB endures as Dax grinds him down, JB fights up, and throws body shots to power out. JB gets Dax in a sleeper but Dax hits a BIG back suplex! Both men are down, Dax covers, TWO! Dax tries again, TWO!
Dax grows annoyed but he paces around JB. JB crawls, Dax stalks him to the ropes, and Dax digs his fingers into JB’s face again! The ref counts, Dax CLUBS JB then brings him up by his hair. Dax snapmares and wraps on a new chinlock to grind JB down. Fans rally, JB endures, but Dax grinds him down more as he shifts position on the hold. JB fights up as AEW returns to single picture, and fans still sing for him as he hits the jawbreaker! Dax staggers away, both men go to corners, but Dax runs in, only for JB to ROCK him! JB whips, Dax reverses then ducks the rebound lariat to throw JB to a corner! Dax runs in, blocks a boot but not the elbow! Or the ROLLING ELBOW!
Fans fire up as JB climbs, but Dax trips him up! Dax CHOPS JB on the back, climbs up top and brings JB up for a SUPER BACK SUPLEX! But both men are down and their teammates are going nuts! Cover, TWO!! JB survives and Dax is frustrated! Fans rally up but Dax stands first. Dax glares at JB, stomps JB in the head, then again! Fans boo but JB sits up and eggs Dax on! Dax stomps but JB gets in his face and SLAPS him! Dax SLAPS back! JB throws forearms and CHOPS, then an uppercut of his own! Dax blocks the superkick to ROCK JB again! Dax brings JB up, JB slips out to waistlock but Dax switches, GERMAN! JB lands on his feet, SUPERKICK!
JB wrenches, ducks Dax’s lariat but not the SECOND LARIAT! FTR and Luchasaurus are out of their seats and fans cheer, “This is Awesome!” Dax drags JB up, reels him back in and underhooks, but JB RANAS! Cover, TWO!! Dax reels JB back in, another lift, rebound POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!?! Everyone goes nuts over that! Dax drags JB up to a full nelson but JB drops to resist! Dax keeps trying but JB breaks free! TO BACKSTABBER! And then a GERMAN SUPLEX! JB holds on for ANOTHER GERMAN SUPLEX! Dax grabs at ropes and then elbows JB away! Fans boo, Dax drags JB back up and shoves, but JB LARIATS on the rebound!
JB drags Dax back up, suplexes but Dax slips out to spin him around. Both men bob ‘n’ weave, Dax fakes JB out and DDT’s! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally but Dax grits his teeth as he drags JB up. Dax puts JB in a corner and up on top. Dax climbs up but JB CHOPS him! And CHOPS and headbutts! Dax falls, JB adjusts, and JB leaps to crossbody! But Dax rolls through to a cover, TWO!! JB has the cover, TWO!! JB runs in, goes up Dax to victory roll but Dax sits on it! TWO and JB has the cover, TWO! JB ducks to crucifix takedown, TWO!! Dax has the Oklahoma, TWO! Dax trips and jackknifes, TWO as JB bridges up! JB spins it around, back slides but Dax turns that into a knee!
Dax waistlocks, O’Conner rolls, TWO! JB rolls Dax up, TWO! But JB has the legs! SNARE TRAP!! Dax is caught, Luchasaurus is holding FTR back as hard as he can, but JB shifts! DAX TAPS! JB WINS!
Winner: Jungle Boy, by submission
A HUGE victory for not just Jungle Jack Perry but for Jurassic Express! But just as Tully is let free, he POCKET SANDS Luchasaurus! Cash POSTS Luchasaurus, then mugs JB! FTR are sore losers, that’s for sure! Cash and Dax get JB up for the extra strong slingshots suplex! Luchasaurus gets in but they combine for a DOUBLE SPIKE PILEDRIVER!! Now FTR cuffs Luchasaurus to the ropes! And they cut the dino horns off the mask! FTR want to cut JB’s hair, but Marko Stunt, SCU and Top Flight get in and run FTR off! Will the friends of Jurassic Express avenge them against FTR?
Team Taz responds!
“So Sting, Darby, being that we’re on a first name basis and all, Ricky and Brian are ready to destroy you come Revolution.” But Will Hobbs and Hook notice something going on, and say hey to the merchandise guys. Wait, they have the Darby gear and Sting gear, but where are the Team Taz merchandise? They weren’t given any of that. Oh is that so? Hook and Hobbs start throwing hands! And then they start throwing the staff around! Cage and Starks get in on that too, and they tear down the Sting and Darby merch to tear it up!
“You want to disrespect us?! We ain’t done!” Cage TOSSES one of the guys against the truck! And Starks SLAMS another through the table! “First name basis, huh, brother? Ricky Starks and Brian Cage are gonna BEAT YOUR ASS in that Street Fight!”
Britt Baker w/ Rebel VS Shanna!
The Role Model is making sure she’s sharp for the grudge match with Thunder Rosa she never wanted. But Portugal’s Perfect Athlete has been slowly but surely powering up on AEW Dark! Will Shanna show that hosting The Waiting Room isn’t a replacement for getting in the ring?
The bell rings and Britt doesn’t take Shanna seriously in her DBZ inspired ring gear. The two circle, tie up, and Britt wrenches to a wristlock. Shanna spins, wrenches back and wristlocks. Britt slips through, waistlocks then snapmares to a chinlock. Shanna slips right out to wristlock again! Fans fire up with Shanna as she brings Britt up but Britt wrenches, elbow breakers and wristlocks. Shanna rolls, handsprings and wrenches back to drop toehold! Shanna dares Britt to get up, and Britt does, to power Shanna to a corner! The ref calls for the break, Britt lets off but then ROCKS Shanna! Britt wrenches, rolls Shanna and chicken wings to a chinbar!
Shanna rolls, wrenches, double arm-drags and then arm-drags again! Britt staggers into another arm-drag and then an enziguri! Fans fire up as Britt flounders to ropes! Shanna powers up but Rebel saves Britt from the Spirit Bomb Dropkick! The ref reprimands but Britt BLINDSIDES Shanna! And RAMS her into railing! And then RAMS her into the apron! The ref reprimands but Britt runs at Shanna, for a SLINGBLADE! Britt refreshes the ring count at 5 as AEW goes picture in picture.
Britt fetches Shanna into the ring, keeps her on the apron and drags her to the corner to pull the arm into the post! Rebel gives Shanna “a makeover” at the same time but the ref reprimands. Britt BOOTS Shanna back into the ring, then takes her time stalking Shanna with a sinister smirk. Shanna hits back with body shots but Britt DECKS her! Britt brings Shanna around, pulls her up by her hair and reels her in, but Shanna breaks free and rolls Britt up! TWO, and Britt kicks low to throw Shanna by her hair! Britt stands on Shanna’s face and digs her boot in but stomps as the ref counts.
Britt drags Shanna back up, cravats and cranks on the neck to then give Shanna knee after knee! Cover, ONE! Britt is surprised by that, but she drags Shanna up to SLAP her down, and AEW goes to break.
AEW returns and Shanna whips but Britt reverses. Shanna dodges to kick and throw Britt around! Shanna runs, Britt gets up, Shanna CLOBBERS her! Cover, TWO! Shanna keeps her cool as she brings Britt back up. Shanna underhooks but Britt resists to spin out and kick a leg out! Britt hits a gator roll, then drags Shanna around and into a ghost pin, TWO! SUPERKICK! Britt drags Shanna back up, reels her in, FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO! Shanna survives and Britt is upset. Britt has Rebel give her the glove, and then she stalks over to Shanna. Britt turns Shanna over, but Shanna turns the Rings into a cover, TWO! STUNNER!!
Fans fire up for Shanna as Britt goes to ropes. Shanna powers up again, runs and hits the SPIRIT DROPKICK! Shanna reels Britt back in but Rebel distracts! Britt gets around to drag Shanna down to the Rings of Saturn, and then the LOCKJAW!! Shanna taps, Britt wins!
Winner: Britt Baker, by submission
Give the assistant the assist, The Doctor takes the win by the skin of Shanna’s teeth. But she’s not done, she sits Shanna up and gives her the SURFBOARD STOMP! Britt then drags Shanna back into the LOCKJAW!! But here comes THUNDER ROSA!! Britt lets Shanna go so she and Rebel can retreat! Rosa runs them off, but there won’t be any running at Beach Break! Will Rosa’s wrath break Britt once and for all?
MJF finds Sammy Guevara backstage.
He just wants a moment, and says he did NOT tell Wardlow to get involved in last week’s Triple Threat Tag. Wardlow is literally the worst employee MJF has ever had, he docked Wardlow’s pay. No money for War Dog, and MJF promises that it’ll never happen again. Sammy asks if MJF is done. Does MJF think Sammy is stupid? Sammy sees what’s going on, even though MJF has everyone else fooled. Congratulations, though, on being a great manipulator. One of the best, really. Round of applause! Hats off to MJF. But Sammy sees what MJF is up to. Is that so? Yes, it is.
MJF asks Sammy if he really wants to play it this way. Sammy isn’t playing. The two stare down, but MJF backs away. Will the differences between these two be what tears The Inner Circle apart?
AEW sets the field for the Beach Break Tag Team Battle Royal!
Top Flight, Private Party, Jurassic Express, FTR, The Acclaimed, The Dark Order’s Evil Uno & Stu Grayson, and ALL THREE duos within The Inner Circle, are in the match for a shot at the titles at Revolution! But surprisingly, so are The Young Bucks! That means if Matt & Nick Jackson win, they choose who they face at the PPV! Will the Bucks take their fate into their own hands?
AEW also sets some of the Women’s World Championship Eliminator Tournament First Round matches!
NWA Women’s World Champion, Serena Deeb, takes on the returning and inaugural AEW Women’s Champion, Riho! What a powerful first match in a surely star-studded bracket! Who else from both the United States and Japan will be competing for a shot at Hikaru Shida?
Backstage interview with “The Elite!”
Dasha knows it has been five YEARS since these four have been in a ring together, how are they feeling? Karl Anderson says for the first time in those five years, it is a “full blown Bullet Club Party!” Tonight, they take out the Dark Order and what else? #BigLG says if we’re gonna Biz Cliz, then they gotta Biz Cliz softly! Gyrate! Then next week at Beach Break, they BEAT UP REY FENIX! BEAT UP PAC! And their favorite thing ever, BEAT UP JON MOXLEY! So pumped up! Are the Bucks down? Oh yeah, just as pumped, just as jazzed, but uh… Just as long as “that mark stooge, Creepy Uncle Don” doesn’t get involved.
Whoa, c’mon, now, Young Bizzles, you gotta understand. Relax about Donaconda. Last week, they and Kenny took out Pentagon for them! That was all Don’s idea. Well no one asked you guys to do that! But now Kenny Omega himself walks in, and he high fives the Good Brothers. Is he interrupting something? Sorta. Well maybe they need to talk about something later. Callis comes by with a BIG bandage on his face! What is that? Hey, we all know the Bucks assaulted him- No they did not! Take that off! Omega gets the Bucks to leave Callis alone and the music hits, it’s time for the main event!
8 Man Tag: The Young Bucks & The Good Brothers VS The Dark Order!
The AEW World and Impact Wrestling Tag Team Champions are joining forces, but it’s not exactly a happy reunion of The Bullet Club. A lot of the tension and drama comes from the fact Don Callis is in Kenny Omega’s ear and trying to direct his life. Will Matt & Nick be able to work with Gallows & Anderson against Uno, Stu, Reynolds & Silver?
The teams sort out, and Uno starts against Machine Gun. They tie up, go around, Anderson wrenches to a wristlock but Uno slips through to headlock. Anderson powers out, but Uno runs him over! Uno brushes off, things speed up and Anderson leaps into an atomic drop! Roll up, TWO!! Anderson gets away but Uno stomps a hand! Uno bends fingers, wrenches the wrist then tags in Silver! Anderson gets away but Number 4 calls out the big man! Johnny Hungy for some Doc Gallows and Gallows tags in! Gallows laughs at Silver, and calls for a test of strength just out of reach. Silver gets face to… well, chest, with Gallows, but Gallows kneels to be on Silver’s level! Sliver fires off forearms!
Silver fires up, runs but Anderson gets a cheap shot in! And then blames it on Nick! Silver DECKS Nick, Gallows ROCKS Silver! Gallows tags in Matt, they mug Silver, then Matt throws haymakers. Matt rakes Silver’s back, whips him to ropes but Silver holds ropes! Reynolds tags in, they bait Matt in to shoulder and slingshot sunset flip! Matt slips out, Reynolds runs and flying elbows! And then dropkicks! Reynolds kicks up and fans fire up as he goes after Matt with forearms! Reynolds whips, Nick tags in and Matt slides under to whip back, Double hip toss and handspring dropkicks from Bucks to Reynolds! Then double dropkicks for Uno!
Nick SHINING WIZARDS Reynolds, BULLDOG DROPKICK COMBO! Nick drags Reynolds up, whips him to a corner, then tags in Anderson. Anderson tags in Gallows, the Club blasts the Dark Order, then Nick whips Matt to forearm Reynolds! Nick adds a clothesline, Anderson adds the rocket kick, then Gallows corner splashes! Back suplex to the ALLEY OOP and the neckbreaker! It’s just like old times as they all Too Sweet! Gallows drags Reynolds to the corner, tags Matt in and Matt brings Reynolds up. Reynolds fires off hands in return, runs, but Anderson trips him up! Matt runs but Uno trips him up! It’s all fair isn’t it?
Reynolds scrambles, Nick gets his legs but Reynolds kicks him away! Tag to Stu and he springboard crossbodies! Stu dropkicks Gallows’ legs out, dodges Matt and dropkicks again! Nick gets in, misses, and Stu counters superkick to a leg hook and HALF ‘N’ HALF! Anderson gets in to hit Stu and throws him out but Stu ROCKS him back! Stu springboards to dropkick Gallows! Anderson runs into an URENAGE! Stu keeps moving as he goes to a corner and climbs up! FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Anderson survives but Stu drags Anderson up to the corner. Tag to Uno as AEW goes picture in picture.
Uno and Stu get Anderson up but Gallows distracts! The ref also says he didn’t see Uno tag in so he’s not legal! Anderson shoves Stu into Gallows’ fireman’s carry and FLAPJACK! Gallows exits as Anderson covers, TWO! Anderson keeps Stu down, tags in Nick and Nick stomps Stu. Nick drags Stu up, snapmares him then tags in Mat. Fist drop and senton combo! Matt brings Stu up, snap suplexes him, then covers, TWO! Matt keeps on Stu with a chinlock and grinds him down. Stu endures, fights up and throws body shots, but Matt bumps him off buckles! Tag to Gallows and Gallows throws heavy hands from all sides!
Tag to Nick, Gallows and Nick mug Stu, and Nick DECKS Stu with a right! Nick clamps on with a facelock and he grinds Stu down. Stu endures, fights back up, throws body shots, but Nick clubs him! Nick whips, but Stu catches Nick to a fireman’s carry, and SWINGING FACEBUSTER! The Bullet Club gets in to BLAST the Dark Order corner again, stranding Stu! Matt and the Good Brothers mug Uno and the Beaver Boys, then they all set up by the apron! But Uno, Reynolds and Silver slip out of the triple apron bombs to RAM all three men into railing!
AEW returns to single picture as Nick snapmares Stu and runs, only for Stu to duck the Penalty Kick! Kip up and PELE! Stu crawls, hot tag to Silver! Silver rallies on Nick with big clotheslines! Silver whips, back drops Nick and fires up! Nick hobbles around, Silver whips him again but Nick holds ropes. Silver runs in, Nick puts him on the apron but Silver sees him go up the corner and GAMANGIRIS him down! Silver then CANNONBALLS into Anderson, BLASTS Gallows and BOOTS Matt!! Silver gets in but Nick catches him for a backslide. Silver slips out to fire off kicks and then a BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Nick survives but fans say “This is Awesome!”
Tag to Uno, he brings Nick up to a fireman’s carry but Nick slips out! Uno blocks the kick, hands it to the ref and hits a neckbreaker! Uno hurries up top now, and SWANTON FLOPS! Tag to Matt, he shoulders into Uno then slides under. Matt gets around Stu, and gets both the OG for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! The Beaver Boys attack, whip but Matt dodges to DOUBLE LARIAT! Matt is fired up now and he runs to clothesline Silver! Then one for Reynolds! One for Silver but he dodges to KICK! ROLLING ELBOW, ENZIGURI, STUNNER, GERMAN! The Beaver Blitz! Uno and Stu hit FATALITY!! Cover, but Anderson breaks it!!
Good Brothers brawl with Beaver Boys and throw them out, then Uno tags Stu! Nick SUPERKICKS Uno then SUPERKICKS Stu! Nick builds speed as the Dark Order regroups, for the ESCALARA! Nick brings Stu up, Anderson has Reynolds, DOUBLE APRON BOMB! No wait, TRIPLE because Gallows does the same to Silver! They put Stu in, Bucks and Good Brothers line up the shot, “TOO SWEET!” QUADRUPLE SUPERKICK!! Cover, but Uno breaks it!! Uno saves the match but Gallows ROCKS him! MAGIC KILLER! The Bucks have Stu, gut wrench and springboard, MELZTER DRIVER!! Cover, the Elite wins!
Winners: The Young Bucks & The Good Brothers, by pinfall
Whether you like it or not, the Bullet Club boys took down The Dark Order as a unified unit! And Matt gets the mic to say that next week at Beach Break, whoever wins the Tag Team Battle Royal gets a shot at the AEW World Tag titles at Revolution! But if you haven’t heard, the Bucks are in that match, too! That means if they win, they handpick whoever they want to face! And think about it. It could be anyone. They look at the Good Brothers, and the Good Brothers Too Sweet that idea! But then REY FENIX gets in and springboards to missile dropkick the Bucks!
The Good Brothers attack Fenix and drag him up, but Fenix fights out of Magic Killer! And Moxley is here to CLOBBER Gallows! Fenix FLIES to take Anderson out! And some railing, too! But Omega rushes in to go after Moxley, only to get a kick and the PARADIGM SHIFT!! The Elite were standing tall, but the Maniac and the Firebird fired the first shots! Will they and Pac avenge Penta El Zero M on the road to Revolution?
A great episode that was both go-home to Beach Break but also a step towards Revolution in March. Archer VS Kingston was good but one-sided until The Fam came out with Jake the Snake as their hostage. Kingston wins to extend the feud, I have a feeling the blow-off, in whatever form it takes, will be for Revolution. While Death Triangle is focused on The Elite, I think they can easily circle back to The Fam for the PPV and have something really wild. Sting and Darby had a decent promo, Team Taz had a decent promo in response, but the build just hasn’t felt that exciting for what it’s setting up. I hope the Street Fight is really, really good to make up for some of that.
Y2MJF VS Varsity Blondes was a lot of fun, and there was a lot of energy with The Inner Circle all ringside to have their parts to play. Naturally Y2MJF wins, they can’t lose their first time in a 2v2. Though it is an interesting move for AEW to put all the combinations, from Y2MJF to Sammy-Hager to Santana-Ortiz in the battle royal. I suppose AEW as a company doesn’t have to follow the Inner Circle’s self-imposed edict, but that perhaps means the Inner Circle all work together until the end, where in theory, MJF and Jericho would want the other two teams to bow out and eliminate themselves. The tension between MJF and Sammy will surely keep that from happening, so maybe we get the Inner Circle break-up already.
It makes a lot of sense for Red Velvet to take Brandi’s place in what was obviously going to be the mixed tag of the Nightmare Family VS Shaq & Jade. Velvet was tied into the story with Brandi, Jade and the Vicious Vixens, so this is a very good adjustment. Hangman VS Nemeth was good but a bit of a shame that it was really just the vehicle towards a story of Hardy and Hangman. I wonder if Private Party will have a part to play in this, such as warning Hangman about the ridiculous manager contracts Hardy put on them. And I would think The Dark Order also plays a part in that story since they still want Hangman for them, and maybe by Revolution, we learn who Hangman joins.
Jungle Boy VS Dax Harwood was an incredible match! Might have even been match of the night because of how close it was. There was great character work and story with Luchasaurus going back and forth with Cash and Tully, and great everything with JB and Dax in the ring. JB winning is big, but then FTR takes Luchasaurus’ horns to stand tall in their own way. With the battle royal determining Revolution challengers, there’s still a lot of story for Jurassic Express and FTR to have, and maybe the blow-off winners get their shot at say Fyter Fest or maybe Double or Nothing.
Britt VS Shanna was a good match, but of course Britt as a Heel needs Rebel to help her. That does help keep Shanna strong in a way, but Britt goes in with the momentum against Rosa. Rebel is probably how Britt wins against Rosa, too, and that could get Britt a spot in the Women’s Championship Eliminator Tournament. Serena Deeb VS Riho being announced as a first round match up is great, but that honestly feels like it should’ve been a later round match. At the same time, Serena has her own title to fall back on, so it’s probably just the best possible way to get eyes on this tournament and to get Riho back into things in AEW.
We got a lot of great stuff out of the story with Omega and The Elite. Moxley had a good promo, Pac had a really good promo, and the promo before the main event was great. Callis is definitely faking or at least exaggerating what happened with him and the Bucks just to get Omega to turn against them. And so far, Bucks and Good Brothers being on good terms is the right move to me. The issue is with Callis, not them, but perhaps when push comes to shove, Gallows & Anderson take Callis’ side.
At the same time, I like that the Bucks already teased a match with Good Brothers for tag titles, that’s a good tease for Revolution. Moxley and Fenix going after The Elite to stand tall probably means Omega and Good Brothers stand tall at Beach Break to further the Bullet Club Civil War between AEW and Impact, but I wonder if any other former Club members get involved. Will Hangman have a change of heart and rejoin The Elite? Will Cody at least be asked? Will someone from Bullet Club NJPW show up in AEW to also establish that crossover? The various possibilities are all really fun so hopefully we get that going into the Summer.
My Score: 9.3/10
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