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NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.58 ~ 20TH NOVEMBER 2019

After a small hiatus because she took a trip to Japan; Hisame is back with all the NOAH updates!

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After a small hiatus because she took a trip to Japan; Hisame is back with all the NOAH updates!

I am sorry that there has been almost a months gap between the last two newsletters, as I have since been and gone to Japan. I thought it would be better to write a summary when I returned, especially after NOAH’s big Sumo Hall show. I thought it would be best when I returned to tackle the mammoth task of working through my NOAH backlog, (and sleeping off my jetlag), before I wrote it so I had pretty much the complete picture.

NOAH the BEST (SUMO HALL, 2ND NOVEMBER 2019)
The atmosphere at the start of the event when the crowd were filing in and milling around, could be described as somewhat tense, especially compared to the Big Japan event. For NOAH it cannot be stated just how important this night was to everybody, both fans and wrestlers alike. This was the second time in many years that they had run a stadium, and they had all put everything into it.

It had to work.

If I have one regret about this show, then it was the due to the fact that I was jetlagged, had two hours sleep after a long flight and standing in a queue for three hours (thanks to the people coming to Japan for the Rugby, who like me had gone to get their JR Rail Pass sorted out), I completely forgot to put the zoom lens on the camera (and I couldn’t even work it out), even though I was sitting second row and had a good view. I also did not put the new sim in my phone, so I couldn’t live tweet…but maybe on that night, that was for the best.

I am going to discuss the highlights of the evening here, as well as the big matches.

Kenta Kobashi appeared to open the show, he also came out in the interval, and during the main event to officially retire the old GHC Heavyweight belt (I will get to that), but he for some reason decided that he was only going to use the ladder into the ring provided by the ring attendants one, all the other times he preferred to haul himself into the ring like the old days by climbing on the apron. Lets just say that Kobashi is not as agile as he used to be, and he came dangerously close to falling off a couple of times.

Traditional NOAH ran what fans called “old man matches” during the Golden Era of stadiums, and in Misawa’s day they featured old veterans, and rookies. There were no rookies in this match, but there were four old vets, plus the referee, Mighty Inoue. Mighty Inoue came from NOAH as part of the exodus from All Japan, always acutely aware of how hard it was for older athletes to make a living after they could no longer wrestle, Mitsuharu Misawa took care of him as there was a problem with his pension being paid. Inoue refereed the comedy match between Akitoshi Saito & Masao Inoue vs Tamon Honda and Mitsuo Momota. Inoue (usually the one who gets bullied in NOAH, in various ways), decided he was going to pick on Momota. Momota said that the audience saw it as an old man getting roughed up by a younger one. The most comical moments were when Mighty looked into the crowd and shook his head at Inoue’s antics (which involved eye raking), and when Momota pinned Inoue, and Saito stepped on him while he was still on the floor.

The crowd cheered loudly to see NOAH born Eddie Edwards (and the former GHC Heavyweight Champion) back home. In the backstage interview, Atsushi Kotoge said he was “very happy” in English to be teaming with Edwards and Chris Ridgeway. After tonight, however, Kotoge was going to have other more serious things on his mind (or what is left of it).

Kazuyuki Fujita and Shuhei Taniguchi finished their rivalry, the match went only seven brutal minutes, with the kicks that Fujita gave to Taniguchi’s head echoing around the arena, before the referee stopped the bout as Fujita applied a sleeper hold. Bust open, Taniguchi was going to use this to his advantage.

Daisuke Harada & Tadasuke faced off with Kotaro Suzuki & Yoshinari Ogawa for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag titles in an electric match. So many near falls both from sides, and Tadasuke in particular fighting to the bitter end, and refusing to give up. In the end, Tadasuke took the win over Kotaro Suzuki with the Outcast after 10 minutes 58 seconds, and the tag belts came back to RATELS. Daisuke Harada strapped Tadasuke’s first NOAH championship on him, and it was hard to say who looked happier, Tadasuke or Harada for Tadasuke. Harada’s comment was “this is Tadasuke’s belt, try and take it assholes”.

HAYATA & YO-HEY clashed in the next match for the GHC Junior Heavyweight championship. There was never any ill feeling between them, but tonight they were both all business, and they put on a stellar match (which has made my 2019 MOTY List). Most memorable was the repeated Headaches that YO-HEY took, at one point knocking him outside of the ring until the count almost ran out. HAYATA prevailed after fourteen minutes and eleven seconds to retain the title.

Stinger appeared towards the end of the match, but rather than cause trouble with RATELS (or cause any of them to turn on them), they had come to let Tadasuke & Harada know that they would be coming for the belts again. So while Tadasuke and Harada squared up to them, HAYATA’S concern was in helping YO-HEY up.

RATELS quickly returned to normal. After joining the great sea of people exiting Sumo Hall at the end of the evening, I glanced over at the merchandise stands. One thing I remember (other than Go Shiozaki’s floating head), was RATELS with YO-HEY standing in front of HAYATA, and HAYATA pinning himself against the back wall.

THE TOUGH (Yoshiki Inamura & Masa Kitamiya) faced AXIZ (Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima) for the GHC Heavyweight tag titles. Kitamiya very much put over his young protegee by spending a lot of time outside of the ring, and letting Inamura battle the much more experienced AXIZ, and on a couple of occasions (like the massive heave to Nakajima, throwing him into the corner after charging at him), he came very very close to winning the gold for THE TOUGH. Sadly, despite his best efforts it was not to be so, but significantly it wasn’t Inamura who was pinned, but Kitamiya following the Vertical Spike from Nakajima.

Naomichi Marufuji (who had special body art done for the match, and did not appear thankfully as anything approaching Tokyo Sports “The Great Maru” or in his former mecha phase), faced The Great Muta for both the first time in his career and in the NOAH ring. This match went a long way to lighten the tension after what had been, and what was to come, with Great Muta unfamiliar with objects not commonly found in the underworld such as fire extinguishers (which Marufuji sprayed him with), and television cameras (which he shoved a cameraman down to get), doing what Marufuji had told him not to, which was to make him bleed. By far the most spectacular moment of this match was when Muta spat fire. I just remember hearing a clicking sound, and seeing flames erupt from his mouth. Marufuji ended the match a mixture of red, green and smudged into an ashy look after his body paint was smeared.

NOAH’s new belt, inaugurated by Riki Choshu, the GHC National, was fought for between Takashi Sugiura and Michael Elgin, with Riki Choshu handing the belt to Sugiura, the victor with the Olympic Slam after 21 minutes and 35 seconds.

The GHC National (a belt created really for the veterans to fight over leaving the younger roster to chase the GHC HEAVYWEIGHT, and gaijin and those outside the company to challenge for), has been said to be openweight, which means that the NOAH Juniors (and those elsewhere) can also challenge.

Kenoh and Kaito Kiyomiya reached the latest pinnacle of their volatile love-hate relationship, with Kenoh swinging mercurially between his concern for, hatred and jealousy of Kiyomiya (who he refused to believe was no longer the innocent teenager who looked up to him) and Kiyomiya’s wavering admiration for Kenoh making him who he is, his frustration with Kenoh’s clucking over him, and his final admittance that they hate each other.

Kenta Kobashi, in an emotional moment, retired the old GHC Heavyweight belt. All I remember about the moment is the fact that the arena suddenly seemed so quiet as an emotional Kobashi took the belt, and looked down at it, you could see the memories rushing to his eyes as he looked tearful; the memories of Misawa, the memories of his own championship reign, the memories of NOAH’s summertime, Differ, his beloved but now absent KENTA, the creation of the belt, it would have been impossible to name just one memory. Kobashi hurriedly exited the ring holding the belt to him, and sat down quickly. If Misawa was anywhere that night, it would have been next to him.

While not receiving good reviews from those who watched the broadcast, no one at Sumo Hall that evening had anything bad to say about the main event and title match that evening. Kenoh was determined to save Kiyomiya from something Kiyomiya did not believe he needed saving from, and Kiyomiya was determined that he would once again defeat Kenoh, and prove to him and everyone else just how much he had grown. The match went 31 minutes and 10 seconds, but it seemed to go by in a flash, and ended with Kiyomiya getting the win with the Tiger Suplex hold. Kenoh slunk away to lick his wounds, as Kiyomiya stood with the new belt in a NOAH ring as the champion of a promotion that had just taken a major step up.

To Osaka and beyond
NOAH aside, comparing Osaka to Tokyo is like watching the beginning of “Animal House”, when after walking through the pristine Faber College, Bluto opens the door to the Delta Tau Chi house…

The show in Osaka on the 9th had a completely different atmosphere. The wrestlers were more visible and more accessible, and the ambiance was far more relaxed. You could also tell how much of a morale boost that Sumo Hall had given both the fans and the roster.

Junta Miyawaki scored a singles win over Kinya Okada. Miyawaki might not have gotten his first win over a seniors in a single, but people were full of praise for him, especially as he has started adding new techniques into his repertoire, and is taking kick lessons with Katsuhiko Nakajima. There also seems to be a small rivalry budding between himself and Okada.

STINGER & RATELS faced off in a typically chaotic match (Osaka after all is the spiritual home of RATELS, even if one of them is native, two of them live there, and all four of them speak Osaka dialect when together), which ended with Atsushi Kotoge getting the win over Daisuke Harada, and three title challenges made.

First of all, Kotaro Suzuki challenged with Atsushi Kotoge for the GHC Junior Tag Titles (Yoshinari Ogawa is currently working through a shoulder injury, and Suzuki does not feel he is up to another title challenge or title run currently), Daisuke Harada told them that they could have the match, but, he had a challenge of his own, namely that Kotoge let him challenge him for the IPW Junior Heavyweight.

STINGER were not done, and Chris Ridgeway challenged HAYATA for the GHC Junior. HAYATA’S response was “You….next”.

KUMAXIZ (so called when they team with Hitoshi Kumano) teamed with Shuhei Taniguchi against The Sugiura Army (Takashi Sugiura, Kazuyuki Fujita, Hideki Suzuki and Hajime Ohara). Poor Ohara got the worst of this match when Nakajima sent him flying to the mat after kicking him in the head, and as I said earlier, Taniguchi used the wound given to him by Fujita at Sumo Hall by Sugiura busting it open and blood running down his face making him look as if an eye socket had come out. Taniguchi made the new GHC National Champion tap out, and afterwards challenged him for the belt. Sugiura had to grudgingly admit that this was Taniguchi awake.

On the side of the GHC Heavyweight Tag champions, Katsuhiko Nakajima took the opportunity to sarcastically introduce himself and Go Shiozaki to Fujita. Fujita didn’t take well to it and attacked him. Afterwards, he and Suzuki stole the tag belts. However, at the time of writing there has been no official challenge.

The main event was Kenoh and Kiyomiya on opposing teams, with Kiyomiya holding the belt in Kenoh’s face, but Kenoh had a very different target in mind other than his usual two obsessions of Marufuji and Kiyomiya (although naturally Kiyomiya did get sworn at), when after the match he got on the microphone and started growling at Kiyoshi Tamura. I am unsure of the exact comment Tamura made, but I know enough that a lot of NOAH fans are angry at his assertion that NOAH’s wrestling is not interesting (or something to that degree), and Kenoh in particular has taken exception to it. He was calling Tamura out, finishing with “if you have a problem, come to the ring.”.

Before I move on to NOAH after Osaka, afterwards fans had gathered in the lobby to catch the wrestlers as they left, when there was a loud crashing noise coming from the lift, and Naomichi Marufuji and Mohammed Yone (plus two heavy wheeled suitcases),practically fell out of a too small space. Mohammed Yone said “Masao Inoue!”, which made everyone laugh, as Inoue is the spirit invoked whenever anything comedic happens.

Due to a mixture of travelling back from Japan, jetlag, a backlog, returning to work, I resumed writing event reports from 13th November onwards. NOAH had held a show on the 11th (the day I flew back) in Hiroshima where HAYATA (a native of the city) was defeated in front of friends (and highly photogenic family) by Chris Ridgeway. Things carried on much the same way between the two teams in the run up to the big Korakuen Hall event.

In Aizu Wakamatsu, Naomichi Marufuji attempted to shake hands with Kenoh. Kenoh naturally glared, swore and went to kick him away. Marufuji says that he feels neglected since Kenoh started venting his anger at Kiyoshi Tamura.

Korakuen Hall
(Event was livestreamed via NOAH’s official YouTube channel, click here for full show)

After defeating 50 Funky Powers, Akitoshi Saito called a press conference backstage, and announced to the journalists that he would be bringing back something of the ferocity of the unit he was in once, which he announced was called “The Anti Wrestlers Alliance” (the name is misleading, it doesn’t mean that they are “anti-wrestler”, it basically means that they will be another dissident group, but different to Kongoh).

Despite Saito’s seriousness, there have already been two comedy elements. The first intentionally came from Saito himself when he announced that since Masao Inoue’s piggy bank was overflowing with change, he would be funding the new group. The second came from Naomichi Marufuji, who asked that since this group was such rebels, did it mean that they would liberally help themselves to both the water and the medipacks left backstage and purchased by the company?

YO-HEY, HAYATA & Tadasuke took on Chris Ridgeway, Yoshinari Ogawa and Kotaro Suzuki, with a massive brawl breaking out (or rather several brawls breaking out) afterwards, when HAYATA got the sneak pin on Chris Ridgeway, and Ridgeway going berserk and trapping him in an armbar. YO-HEY & Ogawa had to take charge (helped by the referee) in separating both HAYATA and Ridgeway,  and then Tadasuke and Kotaro, although they themselves got into a fight with each other.  In the end YO-HEY managed to calm down HAYATA and Tadasuke, and get them backstage. Telling them to calm down and talking about flammable drinks from Okinawa and children’s Mah-Jong games did no good, as both Tadasuke and HAYATA gave him the slip and raced off.

It is rare for HAYATA to become so irate, normally he doesn’t react, and it is really YO-HEY who can get under his skin, although not to this level. Even Kotaro Suzuki (skilled in causing trouble) was a little intimidated by him, so much so he even turned up to a match signing, and it is a hallmark STINGER tactic that they claim they have better things to do, and so often don’t.

Ridgeway, however, seems to have the knack in winding RATELS up, not only is HAYATA unusually ruffled, but when fighting with Daisuke Harada over the IPW Junior Heavyweight, Harada started speaking in Osaka dialect in promos, which is a sure sign he is really annoyed.

After a match where Yoshiki Inamura threw his opponents around like they weighed nothing, Kenoh ignored Marufuji, Kiyomiya was demonstrated to have grown further in confidence since Sumo Hall, and Hi69 got the brunt of Kongoh, Kenoh once again verbally attacked Kiyoshi Tamura, asking the fans if they wanted to hear the UWF theme in NOAH.

Kenoh’s mood has not been improved by Tamura’s only comment, which is “No Comment”.

The title match between Daisuke Harada and Atsushi Kotoge for the IPW Junior Heavyweight championship could have been ruined by the fact that sadly IPW had announced the night before that in 2020 the promotion will no longer be holding live events, and that their heavyweight title will be defended one last time in December. They haven’t announced what will become of the IPW Junior Heavyweight or the six man to decide the number one contender for the title either, and so while Kotoge and Harada were fighting over what could turn out to be nothing, this match was saved by the emotion and drama behind it of the two former friends and tag partners. Kotoge, sad over the loss of their friendship, Harada unforgiving about Kotoge ditching himself, the juniors and the titles for the hated heavyweights, and the lingering hatred between Stinger and RATELS all served to overshadow the issues surrounding the belt. In a true showcase of the NOAH juniors, the Osaka boys put on a match of the year, with the ending going viral as Daisuke Harada used an Avalanche Katayama German Suplex for the win. Empty title or not, challenged for or not, RATELS now hold all the junior belts in NOAH.

In the main event, Shuhei Taniguchi was not going to wait to get in the ring with Takashi Sugiura, and attacked him as soon as the bell rang, outside the ring, leaving both AXIZ and the others in The Sugiura Army watching. When they did get in the ring together, vicious elbows and headbutts flew between them, with Taniguchi using the kicks to the head he had been given by Fujita. Taniguchi got the win with the diving body press after 23 minutes and 13 seconds. Addressing the crowd afterwards with blood running down his face, he promised to make big flowers bloom in Niigata. Although this phrase is not well understood in English, (and does not point to horticulture), basically it means, Taniguchi is awake.

CURRENT CHAMPIONS & SCHEDULED TITLE MATCHES

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
    (No challenger at the time of writing)
  • GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion: HAYATA
    (vs Chris Ridgeway, December 3rd,  Korakuen Hall)
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: AXIZ (Go Shiozaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima)
    (No challengers at the time of writing)
  • GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Champions: RATELS (Daisuke Harada & Tadasuke)
    (vs STINGER (Atsushi Kotoge & Kotaro Suzuki), November 26th, Niigata)
  • GHC National Champion: Takashi Sugiura
    (vs Shuhei Taniguchi, November 26th, Niigata)
  • IPW Junior Heavyweight: Daisuke Harada
    (Unknown whether or not there will be a challenger, or whether the belt will simply cease to exist)

NEWS

AXIZ ANNIVERSARY
Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima celebrate their 15th anniversary in wrestling in November\December. Katsuhiko Nakajima debuted on the 5th January 2004, with Go Shiozaki making his in late July. Rather than have their own produce show, they have elected to have a series of matches, which will culminate when they face each other on December 3rd at Korakuen Hall. The other matches they have arranged to mark their debut are tag matches, and usually feature Hitoshi Kumano.

NOAH’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY
Despite all the odds, the ups and the downs, the bad times, the good times, the worse times, death, scandal, walk out, money issues, Pro Wrestling NOAH has survived to celebrate its 20th anniversary next year. A huge landmark year for NOAH, they will hold big events leading up to the big day in August.

PRODUCE SHOW NEWS

RATELS “SHOWTIME”
RATELS will hold their second produce at ShinKiba 1st Ring on the 24th November. NOAH knew that the RATELS produce was the one that they would have no problems with, but sadly the card is nowhere as interesting as it was last time, although it does have some quirks as a tug of war between RATELS & STINGER, and then an elimination match between them for the main event.
Kotaro Suzuki, however, has hinted that STINGER may not even turn up!

KONGOH “DIAMOND”
At the time of writing, Kongo have announced only one match for their produce, which will be Yoshiki Inamura vs Daisuke Sekimoto in a singles match. The event has also been sold out, which means that Kenoh will not be leaving the company, and Kongoh will not have to disband.

Kenoh has announced that PETA from The Garlic Boys (who do his theme music) will be performing it live. Naomichi Marufuji said that he wishes he bought a ticket, Kenoh told him firmly that he wasn’t getting in, and to next time, make sure he bought one in time.

SUGIURA ARMY “ALL DOGS GATHER! BARK AT KORAKUEN”
Hajime Ohara is another person celebrating a fifteen year debut in 2019, and therefore a special match has been arranged for the produce, which will be NOAH’s last event of the year. Ohara will team with Shiro Koshinaka, and teacher Ultimo Dragon (who was last in NOAH in 2003 in the Differ Cup), to take on NOSAWA and NOSAWA’S friends, MAZADA and FUJITA.

THIS WEEK IN NOAH
Friday 22nd November: Hitoshi Kumano (28)
Sunday 24th November: RATELS “Showtime”
Tuesday 26th November: Niigata City Gymnasium event
Friday 29th November: Minoru Tanaka (47)

Picture credits: GIFS (Noah GHC), all other pictures are mine. 


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (11/29/22)

Who makes the cut?

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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Shawn Michaels announces the Iron Survivor Challengers!

Deadline approaches, and NXT prepares to innovate pro-wrestling once again! Who will be the five men and five women entering the inaugural Iron Survivor Challenge?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Roxanne Perez VS Indi Hartwell; Perez wins.
  • DIJAK VS Dante Chen; Dijak wins.
  • Duke Hudson w/ Chase U VS Grayson Waller; Waller wins.
  • Fallon Henley VS Kiana James; James wins.
  • Six Woman Tag: Toxic Attraction VS Kayden Carter, Katana Chance & Nikkita Lyons; No Contest.
  • Axiom VS Javier Bernal; Axiom wins.
  • JD McDonagh VS Julius Creed w/ Brutus Creed; Julius wins, by disqualification.
  • Malik Blade VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone; Von wins.
  • Six Woman Tag: Toxic Attraction VS Kayden Carter, Katana Chance & Nikkita Lyons, Take Two; Toxic Attraction wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Roxanne Perez VS Indi Hartwell!

The Prodigy and the Impressive One have disagreed on how to handle business outside the ring and in the back, but now we’re going to see who gets it done in the ring! Will Roxie continue to be the Breakout Star of NXT? Or will #IndiWrestling impress HBK and become an Iron Survivor?

The bell rings and Roxie offers a handshake but Indi slaps it away. Roxie gets around to waistlock but Indi headlocks back. Indi wrenches, fans rally for “BOTH THESE GIRLS!” as Roxie handsprings and wrenches back. Roxie wristlocks but Indi wrenches back. Indi whips, Roxie ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl and again, for a RANA! Fans fire up as Roxie hurries up top. But Indi trips Roxie up! Indi fireman’s carries Roxie for an AIRPLANE SPIN! Fans fire up, Indi goes about ten rotations before a SNAKE EYES! Indi wobbles from being dizzy, but she finds Roxie. Roxie rolls her up, TWO!

Indi RAMS Roxie into a corner, brings her around and whips her back in. Indi runs in but Roxie dodges then hops on with a SLEEPER! Roxie thrashes but Indi endures to pry free and THROW Roxie down! But Roxie avoids the elbow drop! Roxie runs and wheelbarrows to arm-drag and cover! TWO! SHOTGUN knocks Indi down! Cover, TWO! Roxie clamps onto Indi with a chinlock and fans rally up. Indi endures as Roxie squeezes tight. Indi fights up, fans rally, and Indi reaches out to the ropes, and she HOTSHOTS Roxie! Roxie sputters but she BOOTS Indi away! Roxie goes up but Indi SHOVES her down! Roxie takes a tumble and fans fire up!

Indi wants a ring count and the ref starts it. Roxie stirs at 3 of 10 but clutches her arm. Roxie crawls over at 6, gets in at 7, but Indi grins and stomps Roxie down. Indi drags Roxie up, scoops and SLAMS her, then scoops and SLAMS her again! Then she drops the elbow! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Indi bumps Roxie off buckles. Indi brings Roxie around to bump off more buckles, then she puts her in the ropes to UPPERCUT and BOOT Roxie down! Fans rally and duel as Indi pushes Roxie to a cover, TWO! Indi is annoyed but she stalks Roxie to the other side. Roxie flounders up and Indi is on her with another scoop SLAM!

Indi looms over Roxie and pushes Roxie to a cover, TWO! Roxie sits up, throws body shots, but Indi CLUBS Roxie. Indi scoops again but Roxie slips off! Roxie waistlocks, Indi bucks but Roxie holds on! Roxie finishes the O’Conner but Indi sits on it! TWO!! Indi hurries but Roxie JAWBREAKERS back! Indi LARIATS Roxie down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Roxie hangs tough. Indi short arm LARIATS Roxie down, drags her up and short arm LARIATS again! Indi drags Roxie back up, scoops her, and hits a SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Indi clamps onto Roxie with a chinlock but fans rally up as Roxie endures.

Roxie fights up to her feet, but Indi brings her down to SMACK her off the mat! Roxie staggers up into a kick, KNEE SMASH and JAB! Roxie goes down, Indi covers her, TWO! Indi pushes Roxie around, talks trash, but fans rally up. Roxie pie faces back! Then ROCKS Indi, and again and again and wrenches, to a RUSSIAN LE- NO, Indi scoops! But Roxie arm-drags free! Roxie runs to UPPERCUT Indi down! Fans rally up and Roxie fires herself up. Roxie dodges Indi’s boot, and then another, to UPPERCUT! UPPERCUT! But Indi kicks low to whip! Roxie goes up and headscissors for DEADLY NIGHTSHADE!

Roxie rallies with big forearms! And a SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Fans fire up with Roxie as she runs in at the corner, UPPERCUT! Roxie rolls, comes back but Indi catches her! BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO!! Roxie is still in this and fans rally up behind her. Indi storms up but Roxie UPPERCUTS again! Roxie dumps Indi out, then builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans fire up as Roxie puts Indi in the ring and climbs the corner. Roxie CROSSBODIES, but Indi rolls through! But then Roxie cradles! TWO!! Indi escapes, and she BOOTS Roxie down! Indi waits for Roxie to stand, runs in, but Roxie KCIKS her first!!

Roxie SOBATS, tries to hop on but Indi’s so much taller. Roxie CLUBS Indi down, then hops on for POP ROX!! Cover, Roxie wins!!

Winner: Roxanne Perez, by pinfall

Roxie got it down, and proved you don’t have to bend the rules to get ahead! But is she going to make the cut? We see the WWE Hall of Famers gather backstage, will they choose the Prodigy to be an Iron Survivor Challenger?

 

Andre Chase reviews student papers.

Miguel should know better! There’s two B’s in Gobbledy and two O’s in Gooker! Dumbass… Google it! Thea Hail & Duke Hudson find him. Duke apologizes for the boot to the face last week. He booted the only man he’s ever looked up to in the face, with boots so big they could put out forest fires. And with pinpoint accuracy, as he could’ve hit Chase anywhere and got him in the chin. Yeah, Chase was there. But see, Kit Wilson moved, Duke couldn’t stop his momentum, and then he let the team, the school and Mr. Chase down! Chase deserves to be champion. But Duke has a list of signatures. It’s a petition for Chase to get into the Iron Survivor Challenge!

Duke wants to take this to Mr. Michaels, because Chase deserves to be in the match! Chase says he appreciates that, but then Grayson Waller walks in and laughs> Chase sure ain’t street smart, is he? What? Well c’mon, Duke’s been playing Chase since day one! Duke is always about Duke. Duke is fired up and says he’s had enough of this. Waller says he’d have had it by now, too, if he had to spend a whole week getting signatures for someone who’d never be in a title match, let alone be champion. Thea explodes with anger! Duke holds her back, and Chase says HE will whoop Waller’s ass! No, Duke says HE will whoop Waller’s ass. Is the 21st Century Success Story about to have a Teachable Moment?

 

DIJAK VS ???

The man once known as T-Bar is back in NXT, and is simply known as “Dijak.” Will he dish out more #HardJustice to those he deems guilty? Or will Dante Chen prove that Dijak is no hero?

The bell rings and Dijak circles with Dante. They tie up, and Dijak chinbars Dante around to CLUB him down! Dijak then sits Dante up and choke grips! Dante tries to break free, he throws forearms, and he fires off more, but Dijak shoves him out of the ring! Dijak goes out after Dante, but Dante RAMS him into the apron! The ring count starts, fans rally for Dante, but Dijak catches him as he slides into the ring! Dante kicks at Dijak, then runs and builds speed, but runs into a choke grip! SIT-OUT CHOKE SLAM!! Not quite South of Heaven, but Dijak rains down hammer fists of justice! Dijak then hammerlocks, CLUBS Dante, and stands over him.

Dante crawls to a corner but Dijak stomps him down. Dijak drags Dante up but Dante throws body shots. Dijak knees low, whips Dante to a corner and ELBOWS him! And ELBOWS! And CLUBS! Dijak reels Dante in, TIME TO FLY! Dante writhes from that suplex toss, but then Dijak stomps him more. Dante manages to stand up and throw hands but Dijak CLUBS away with more forearms int he corner! Dijak hammerlocks and CLUBS Dante again, but Dante throws back elbows! Only for Dijakc to back suplex! Dante lands on his feet! Dante throws body shots, dodges a lariat and DOUBLE CHOPS! Dante runs, and BOOTS Dijak down!

Fans fire up with Dante, but then Dijak rises and BOOTS Dante back down!! Dijak drags Dante around and hammerlocks him again. “JUSTICE IS SERVED!” HAMMERLOCK SLEEPER!! Dante is a ragdoll, but Dijak hoists him up, FEAST YOUR EYES!! Cover, Dijak wins!

Winner: DIJAK, by pinfall

Dijak gets the mic to say, “That is an example of hard justice! Unrelenting annihilation! I want you to look into my eyes. The only thing that you’ll see is the infliction of suffering. This place, NXT, this is a place of refuge. But not for me, no. I didn’t come here to reinvent myself, to discover myself, no. I came here to eviscerate a soft society and any man who stands in my way. Wes Lee, Dante Chen, Apollo Crews, Bron Breakker, it makes zero difference to me! Every last one of you is nameless, faceless men that will be brought to justice! MY justice.” Hard justice or just sheer brutality, it all seems to be the same in Dijak’s mind. Who will be next to face his law of the jungle?

 

JD McDonagh walks into the Diamond Mine Dojo.

He told Ivy Nile that she’s been right about her boys biting off more than they can chew. They all know Julius & Brutus are no match for Veer & Sanga. Those two are medical anomalies. Oh, speak of the devil, in walk the Creed Brothers. They ask why JD is here and Ivy says she has no clue. JD is hurt! He and Ivy were just having a talk about how silly it is to take on Indus Sher. Oh, is that so? Well, they don’t care. They know how Ivy feels, she knows how they feel, and they’re not backing down. Indus Sher is ready, but the Creeds’ wrestling skill is unmatched. Julius & Brutus will win this fight fair & square.

JD tells Brutus, “there is no such thing as a fair fight with these guys, and your wrestling isn’t gonna help you, either. These guys, it’s a matter of bone density. You guys are fighters, right?” JD uses the punching dummy as an example. We all know it takes 500 kilos of pressure to crack a human skull, right? Well with Veer & Sanga, it probably takes two or three times that minimum. Brutus says JD isn’t listening. The Creeds have proven doubters wrong their entire lives. Well, that’s cute but JD isn’t a skeptic, he’s an expert. JD is just telling them they can’t do this. It’s impossible. “Impossible” isn’t in the Diamond Mine dictionary. This is all they have, but it’s all they need! So get out!

JD says okay, fine, no problem. Good talk, Ivy. JD leaves, but does he have a point about the impossible odds Julius & Brutus are facing?

 

HBK and the Hall of Famers begin the discussions.

Shawn Michaels thanks and welcomes Alundra Blayze, Molly Holly, Road Dogg Jesse James & X-Pac for being here. The Iron Survivor Challenge is making its debut, and with Deadline being the final NXT premium event of the year, HBK wants to find the five superstars in both the men’s and women’s divisions that have had the best 2022. And not just from a wins or losses perspective. Road Dogg is grateful to hear that, because he was just wondering why he and X-Pac were here. Speak for yourself, Dogg! But X-Pac does admit, for being the former 1-2-3 Kid, he’s not a numbers guy. He’s had his eye on a few, though.

And that’s what HBK wants! Everyone in NXT brings something different to the table, and that’s why they’re all here. Molly keeps forgetting so many superstars have only had a few years in the business. Alundra remembers being here over the Summer, and seeing where the talent is now, that’s crazy awesome. Again why HBK asked them all here. He wants them all to share their opinions on who should get in. And HBK opens it up to the Men’s Iron Survivor Challenge first. Road Dogg jumps in with the top of his list. The quality of the year, not the wins or losses. CARMELO HAYES! X-Pac had him, too!

Melo is a bit cocky for Molly, but she can’t argue with his resume. Alundra says Melo dresses like a star, acts like a star, and passes the “airport test.” X-Pac says Melo is a Heat Magnet for sure. Alundra teases that X-Pac would know what that’s like. HBK does, too. HBK has talked with Melo, but he can’t not have him in the match. Alundra nominates Tony D’Angelo, and X-Pac is all for The Don of NXT. Dogg says that’s a spicy-a meatball-a! Settle down now. But that big moment beating Ciampa and his rivalry with Santos, but also his health… He might be a couple weeks out. Timing is everything, so maybe it isn’t Tony’s time.

HBK knows Tony would jump on the chance, but this is a case of protecting the talent from themselves. Okay, then X-Pac brings up JD McDonagh. That guy can go. He may not be 6’5″ but you don’t need to be, as these Hall of Famers can attest. JD is on another level. Dogg gets creeped out but JD can go. Molly says that from Halloween Havoc and on, to borrow a phrase from Sheamus, it has been banger after banger for JD. And the Irish Ace really has proven himself. HBK knows JD is in the zone. yes, he’s creepy, but he’s a surgeon in the ring. He has a body part and goes after it. That’s old school and Alundra likes it.

Another guy that has the creepy is Gacy. Molly knows The Schism is gaining momentum, so that would be an interesting element. Dogg listening to Gacy makes him question his own philosophies. Gacy is a leader, especially with Ava Raine in the fold and a big win on Cameron Grimes. Alundra says Gacy knowing who he is, he has to go for the kill, and that’s what we need in this match. Dogg says another guy who is in that position is Von Wagner. Fans may not like him, but he is a force to be reckoned with. X-Pac doesn’t want too many big guys in this. Why not? Is he jealous of the height? So then, is Axiom one Pac’s guys? Yes! Dogg’s too! High-five!

But Axiom isn’t cleared. Did you see how that leg was bent? HBK says going back to Von, what fans have seen has made an impact. Molly says Von has developed, going from main event of the first 2.0 episode and then that match with Bron. But Von hasn’t won the big one, so give him a shot. HBK gets it, the scoreboard hasn’t caught up with the development. Dogg asks about Waller. Yeah, no, he gets the award for the worst. But that makes him perfect! He’ll get heat. And if you’re not a fan of yourself, no one else will be. Is he popular? No. Is he able to win this? Yes! HBK has them all write down their top five and that will be a pool vote. Who will be the top five for the men of NXT?

 

Duke Hudson w/ Chase U VS Grayson Waller!

Speaking of the not popular Grayson Waller, he might have stepped in it all over again upsetting Chase U’s new star student. Will Duke prove he truly bleeds red ‘n’ black in the white ‘n’ gold? Or will he suffer the Grayson Waller Effect?

NXT returns and Chase U make their entrance. The bell rings and Duke circles with Waller. Fans rally and duel, but Waller dodges to mock the U and then say “SUCK IT!” Duke rushes in, misses, and Waller headlocks. Waller mocks Duke, but Duke powers out to run Waller over! Fans fire up, Duke headlocks and he does lunge steps to mock Waller! Waller pulls hair to get the headlock back, but fans rally for “Chase U! Chase U!” Duke powers out but Waller pulls hair to pull Duke back in! Waller dares Duke to do something shady, but Duke throws body shots instead. Duke powers out, scoops, but Waller slips out to pull hair!

Fans boo but Duke pulls hair back! Duke says Waller wanted it! Chase says no, no cheating! Duke stops, apologizes to Chase, but then Waller JABS Duke to a corner! Waller throws body shots, taunts Chase, then whips Duke corner to corner. Duke comes back to CLOBBER Waller! Fans fire up as Duke scoops Waller, for a SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Waller rolls away to the apron, Duke storms over, but Waller shoulders into Duke! Waller slingshots but Duke stays up to sit on Waller! But Chase tells him no, so Duke doesn’t hold ropes for the cover. TWO! Waller gets away, Duke apologizes to Chase again, but Waller CLOBBERS Duke from behind!

Waller JABS Duke into the corner, throws elbows, but Duke shoves him away. Fans chant “Let’s Go, Chase U! Waller Sucks!” Waller whips Duke corner to corner hard and Duke bounces off buckles. Waller stands Duke up and CHOKES him on the ropes! The ref counts, Waller lets off and he wears Duke’s headband as his own! Waller mocks Chase U while fans boo. Waller drops knees, throws the headband off, then drags Duke up to a cravat. Fans rally as Duke endures, Duke throws body shots. Waller throws KNEE after KNEE and down goes Duke! Waller goes up the corner, walks the rope and mocks Chase U again, but Duke avoids the elbow drop!

Fans rally, Waller CLUBS Duke but Duke fires up! And again! And again! Duke is Hulking out! “U!!” Duke ROCKS Waller, and again, and again! Waller staggers about, into a scoop SLAM! Duke runs in at the corner to clothesline! And OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up as Duke JABS, JABS, JABS and flips, flops, flies… “U!!” BIONIC ELBOW! Waller falls out of the ring and Chase keeps Thea back. Duke storms out after Waller, runs in, but Waller moves! The boot almost hits Thea, but Duke stops himself! Everyone calms down, Waller rushes in but Duke ROCKS him with a right! Duke says he can stop at any time now!

Duke gets in, but Waller SLINGSHOT STUNNERS!! Cover, Waller wins!!

Winner: Grayson Waller, by pinfall

Fans boo but the 21st Century Success Story may have just proven he deserves to be an Iron Survivor. “I told you! You know I’m right.” Chase looks at Duke, but is Waller right about Duke’s true colors?

 

Backstage interview with Javier Bernal.

McKenzie says that most days, she loves her job. But right now… She’s here with Javier Bernal. Hey, McKenzie. It’s the holidays. Let’s put the past behind us. That’s fair. Javi says good, because he loves Christmas. So here’s what the NXT wants and needs. Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and now… BIG BODY TUESDAY~! That’s right! He has big body merch! Wow, really? Yes! Now, no one was going to bat for Big Body Javi to get TV time, but he stepped up to the plate and shows you can to! Introduction the Big Body Baseball Bat! Adam Judge slid into Javi’s DMs and asked him to endorse- Wait, does Javi mean Aaron Judge? Uh… Adam’s his middle name.

Anyway, here’s his next item. Big Body Javi is quite the sex symbol, he’s been told. By who? People… So when you can’t sleep with Big Body, sleep on Big Body with this Big Body Javi Body Pillow! So soft and handsome. Um, Big Body Pillows are trademarked. Uh, no, he knows everything about pillows. He’s been sleeping for five years. What? What? And finally… Men wanna be Javi, and women wanna be with Javi. Um, no… But here, smell like Javi with the BBC: Big Body Cologne. Spritz spritz. It smells like rotten eggs! McKenzie leaves before she barfs, but Javi says his BBC doesn’t smell that bad!

But in steps Axiom! Whoa, hey! What’s he doing here? Wondering what that smell is, for one. That’s the BBC, by Javi. Axiom is also here because he heard Javi’s been wanting to fight him. Javi says “Fight” is a strong, negative word. But even so, that doesn’t matter. Axiom isn’t cleared to compete, right? He is now. He just came from Medical. McKenzie says that’s great! Javi gets what he wants. Yeah, let’s make the match! Big Body Javi may have just stopped into something that smells worse than his cologne. Will the Undeniable Truth prove Javi’s not up to snuff?

 

Fallon Henley VS Kiana James!

Business is business, but this is personal as the Calculator has been insulting the Henley family every chance she can! And with Brooks Jensen tongue tied and googly eyed over Kiana, Josh Briggs brings him back to the back. Will the Cowgirl handle business all on her own? Or will Kiana make Fallon regret not taking that fat stack of cash she offered by taking the winner’s purse tonight?

The two stalk trash, Kiana pie faces, then the bel rings. The shoving starts, Fallon runs Kiana over, then tells her to get the hell up! Kiana stands, they tie up, and are in a deadlock. Fallon powers Kiana to the ropes, but Kiana turns it around. Fallon turns it back, the ref counts, they end up in a corner. The ref counts, Kiana pie faces, but Fallon pushes her back. The two tie up again as NXT goes picture in picture.

Kiana powers Fallon back but Fallon gets free to arm-drag Kiana down! Fallon grinds Kiana’s arm into the mat, but Kiana fights up. Fallon wrangles Kiana back down then grinds the arm again. Kiana fights up, puts Fallon in a corner, then bumps her off buckles. Fallon staggers, Kiana brings her around to bump off more buckles, then she brings Fallon to another corner. But Fallon bumps Kiana off buckles! And again! Fallon CHOPS Kiana, then snapmares her down to ghost pin! TWO! Kiana escapes but Fallon wrenches her arm to YANK it. And YANK it again! And then twist the wrist into a top wristlock!

Fallon brings Kiana down, wraps up the arm, but Kiana fights up again. Fallon knees low, snap suplexes, and Kiana flops out of the ring. Fans rally as Fallon storms over, but Kiana trips her up! Kiana drags Fallon out to CHOP! But Fallon turns things around to CHOP back! And CHOP again! Kiana is stinging but Fallon puts her in the ring. Fallon storms up but Kiana drop toeholds her down! Kiana clamps onto an arm now and grinds Fallon into the mat. Fallon endures, NXT returns to single picture, and Fallon fights to her feet. Kiana KNEES Fallon low, whips, but Fallon reverses to back elbow! Fallon runs, gets around and sits Kiana down for a CALF KICK!

Fans fire up and Fallon storms up on Kiana. Fallon whips but Kiana holds the ropes! Fallon DECKS Kiana, but Kiana goes to the apron. Kiana grabs Fallon’s arm to HOTSHOT it! Kiana drags Fallon up, CLUBS away on the arm, then brings Fallon over to SLAM the arm on the ropes! Fallon clutches the elbow but Kiana wrenches, hammerlocks, and RAMS Fallon into buckles! Kiana RAMS into Fallon, handsprings back and RAMS into her again! Kiana wraps the arm around ropes and pulls! The ref counts, Kiana KICKS the arm as she lets off. Kiana brings Fallon around, scoops and SLAMS her, then dusts herself off.

Kiana kicks Fallon, SLAMS the bad arm, then mocks her pain. Kiana SLAMS the bad arm again and Fallon screams in pain as she clutches the elbow. Fans rally for Fallon as Kiana kicks her around. Kiana drags Fallon up for an ARM CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Kiana is annoyed but she drags Fallon up by her hair. The ref reprimands but Kiana hooks Fallon’s arms up. Fallon endures the top wristlock, fans rally up, and Fallon fights up. Fallon throws body shots, ROCKS Kiana, but Kiana ROCKS Fallon! Fallon ROCKS Kiana, Kiana ROCKS Fallon! Fallon ROCKS Kiana, throws more hands, then runs, but DOUBLE FACEBUSTERS bring both women down!

Fans fire up behind Fallon while the ref checks her and Kiana. Fallon and Kiana stir, Kiana sits up first but Fallon goes to a corner. Kiana runs in but into an elbow! Fallon SOBATS, front kicks, but Kiana ducks the heel kick! Fallon ROCKS, ROCKS and LARIATS Kiana down! Fans fire up and Fallon runs into the corner for a back elbow! Fallon keeps moving but Kiana KICKS the bad arm! Fallon screams in pain again but Kiana drags her up. Scoop, but Fallon slips out to wrench and half nelson, BACKBREAKER, ripcord LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Kiana is still in this but Fallon keeps on her. Fireman’s carry, but Kiana fights off.

Kiana wrenches the bad arm but Fallon DECKS her with the other! Fallon runs, baseball slides and ROCKS Kiana again! Kiana checks her jaw, Fallon gets in and BOOTS her down! Kiana bails out, Fallon gives chase, but then Kiana grabs her bag. Kiana gets back in the ring, Fallon storms up on her. Kiana throws the bag, Fallon swats it, but Kiana kicks the legs out! And she POSTS Fallon, to drag her back out and 401K!! Cover, Kiana wins!

Winner: Kiana James, by pinfall

A calculated move wins it for Kiana in the end! For Kiana, nothing is personal, it’s just business. But will business be booming if Kiana gets into the Iron Survivor Challenge?

 

Malik Blade holds up the torn sweater vest.

Odyssey Jones and Edris Enofe are there with him. Jones knows that sweater vest meant something special to Malik, but he cannot let Von Wagner get in his head. Malik is a better man than Von will ever be! Edris agrees, but Malik says this wasn’t even his. It was… his dad’s… This was the last thing Malik had of his. And he gets what they’re saying, but he has so much anger inside. Edris says to use that. Use that anger on Von! That pent up rage! And go whoop Von! They have an hour before that match, so Malik needs to get into the Freak mode! Malik is in that mode! Von better be good at taking an ass whooping, because one’s coming for him tonight!

But he also wants to handle this himself. Malik says Von made this personal, so Malik has to handle this on his terms. Malik’s friends understand. Will “Malik Da Freak” go wild on Vicious Von?

 

HBK and the Hall of Famers continue the discussions.

Now we move on to the Women’s Division. Same concept as the men’s, so they need a top five. Alundra starts and says this may seem bias, but she’s pulling for Roxanne. They had a moment at Great American Bash, and talk about development. That rivalry with Cora Jade made Roxie into a real threat. X-Pac can’t believe Roxie is only 21. We can’t even talk about what X-Pac was doing at 21. Dogg says they can’t even mention what he was doing at 31, or even last night. Molly says she was 21, she was just starting! She can’t imagine being in this spot at that age. There is so much potential here.

HBK says that’s the thing about the NXT Women’s Division. They’re all hungry, but they’re also frustrated when it doesn’t happen fast enough. Everyone is so impressive just to start at the ground floor. Well here’s the top floor: Zoey Stark. Dogg says she’s such an impressive athlete, it befuddled her that she wasn’t here sooner. And the Iron Survivor Challenge is tailor made for her. Alundra wishes in her prime that she could’ve faced her. But Stark probably would’ve won. X-Pac is surprised “Hunter” hasn’t called and asked to bring Stark over to Raw or SmackDown. Stark is primetime ready. HBK says it is only a matter of time.

But in the end, the job of NXT is to prepare the talent for RawDown. Molly says the internet says Indi is ready for that call-up. Oh, well, if the internet says, it has to be true. But Dogg gets serious and says there is just something missing in Indi. Maybe she doesn’t believe in herself. The fans do, but the superstar has to believe first. X-Pac says fake it until you make it, but there’s no hiding in this match. And someone who doesn’t hide is Cora Jade. Cora’s gotten better faster than just about anyone else in the Women’s Division. Molly says Cora really stepped into her own. When Cora said she is only about Cora, Molly believed her.

Dogg says Cora is also young, but who didn’t think about only themselves at that age? At the same time, Cora is dangerous. Alundra says Cora doesn’t have a problem being that, either. Who throws a title belt in the trash? Well, besides Alundra. That said, what Cora is trying to say is, “This is who I am, take it or leave it.” Dogg leaves it to take Fallon Henley. Fallon and the boys make a good package. She is a dark horse in this. Pretty, tough, and someone you can have a beer with. X-Pac feels a toss up between her and Kiana James, but we just saw Kiana beat Fallon, so he’s giving the edge to Kiana.

Dogg says what Kiana does outside of the ring clearly helps her in the ring. When she walks into a room, she owns the room. She has “It.” HBK asks for any other names we haven’t talked about yet, and Molly brings in Alba Fyre. Alba is perhaps THE best on the roster, and if not for Isla Dawn, Alba would be the champion instead of a contender. Everything is great about her character and her style of throwing caution to the wind. Dogg had Fyre on his list, but scratched it off because she wants after Isla Dawn. Then after that, Fyre can refocus on the title. X-Pac says Dogg is scared Dawn will curse him. Damn right he is! She’s scary!

HBK thanks the panel for their input, but again, time to put down the top five on paper and we’ll figure this out. Time to make some big decisions!

 

Cora Jade shares a TikTok video.

She mocks “poor Wendy.” It’s just like high school, getting bullied~! She feels so bad. NOT. But will the punk rock mean girl find out what happens when bullies push it too far?

 

Six Woman Tag: Toxic Attraction VS Kayden Carter, Katana Chance & Nikkita Lyons!

Mandy Rose is still NXT Women’s Champion, but Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne want the tag titles back! Will Toxic Attraction prove they are the top of the NXT Women’s Division period? Or will KC Squared plus the Lioness equal a force too strong for Toxic Attraction to handle?

Wait, ZOEY STARK attacks Lyons during her entrance! She stomps away on Lyons’ leg, but then refs and KC Squared rush over! Stark lets off, having done damage. Fans sing, “Oh~ Zoey is Angry!” Did Zoey’s grudge just ruin Lyons’ chance at getting after the Toxic Goddess? Mandy and her girls mock Lyons, “What a loser!” Will the match be off? Or will KC Squared find a new third before the night is out?

 

Aoife Valkyrie speaks!

“As a child, I would always watch the sky, watching the birds as they left Ireland for a new place. For a new life. Now I have left my homeland, channeling the spirit of the Morrígan. And as my old feathers fall to the ground, new feathers emerge, stronger. Who you once knew has shapeshifted to a new form, and is ready for a new battleground. Prepare yourself for Lyra Valkyria!” The Black Bird of NXT UK has finally landed in the US, who will she target first?

 

Backstage interview with Elektra Lopez.

McKenzie asks La Madrina how she feels about Indi’s loss, given their history. Lopez is feeling good, but why is Indi her return? “Biggest impact, lowest amount of risk. Indi has this connection with the NXT Universe which I don’t understand, but it seems like a trend to be an Indi Hartwell fan. But I’m La Madrina, I don’t follow trends, I set them. Whatever it is, Indi is the heart of this division, so if I take out the heart, then it’s mine for the taking.” Lopez didn’t come back to NXT to make new friends, no. She came back to build an empire all her own. If Indi wants to bet on herself, go ahead. But do not bet against La Madrina, or you’ll go broke.

 

Axiom VS Javier Bernal!

The number one name on the Big Body Files is back! The leg is 100%, so will Axiom be right back on track? Or will Big Body Javi show some big brains and go after that very leg the Irish Ace injured?

The bell rings and Axiom circles with Javi. They tie up, Axiom waistlocks, spins and snapmares Javi to then chinlock. Javi moves around, fight sup, powers out, but Axiom goes up and arm-drags Javi, to then DROPKICK! Javi bails out but Axiom hobbles a bit. Maybe the leg isn’t truly 100%, and Javi rushes in to go right for it as NXT goes picture in picture.

Axiom boots Javi away, then sprawls to turn Javi’s takedown into a facelock! Axiom shifts to half nelson and cover, TWO! The two stare down as fans applaud. The two circle again, tie up, and Axiom headlocks for a takeover. Javi rolls Axiom to a cover, ONE, and Axiom rolls from headlock to wristlock. Javi endures as Axiom twists the wrist and grinds the arm. Javi fights up, wrenches and arm-drags but Axiom holds on to wrench the arm and twist the wrist! Javi fights up, wrenches and wristlocks again, but Axiom rolls, handsprings and wrenches back again! Axiom hammerlocks the arm and grinds Javi down.

Javi sits up, Axiom chinlocks, but Javi fights up. Axiom whips, Javi avoids the roundhouse and bails out. Javi no longer wants this match, but Axiom DIVES to take him out! Fans fire up and Axiom drags Javi back up. Axiom puts Javi in the ring, stalks him, then catches him in a headlock. Axiom grinds Javi down, Javi fights up, but Axiom wrenches the arm again. Axiom wrangles Javi with the wristlock, bends that hand back, then pushes on the arm. Javi endures, but Axiom stays on him as he fights back up. Javi spins, monkey flips, but Axiom holds onto the wrist! Axiom continues to twist the arm as NXT returns to single picture.

Axiom pulls the arm back but Jav endures. Fans rally, Javi fights up and ROCKS Axiom with haymakers! Javi whips, but Axiom rolls and comes back to springboard, but Javi kicks the rope! Axiom falls and fans boo as Javi drags Axiom to the corner. Javi SLAMS the bad leg into the post! Fans boo more, the ref reprimands, but Javi SLAMS the leg against post again! The ring count climbs but Javi slides in at 5 of 10. Javi kicks the bad leg out! Axiom is frustrated but Javi just kicks the leg again. And then dropkicks the leg out! Cover, ONE!! Fans chant “YOU STILL SUCK!” as Javi hits a leg DDT!

Javi drops elbows on the leg again and again, then pulls on the toehold. Axiom endures, fans rally up, but Javi drags Axiom up. Axiom ROCKS Javi in return! And again! Axiom reels Javi in but Javi scoops and SLAMS Axiom down! Javi drags Axiom up, puts him in the corner and pulls the leg against the ropes. The ref counts but Axiom throws haymakers back! And BOOTS Javi down! Fans rally up, Axiom reels Javi in, but Javi lifts Axiom up! Axiom sunset flips, TWO! Javi grabs at Axiom, but ends up in a TRIANGLE HOLD! Fans rally as Axiom throws elbows! Javi throws shots back, fights back up, and deadlifts Axiom for a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!!

Axiom survives and Javi can’t believe it! Javi ties up the legs into a FIGURE FOUR! Axiom endures, his shoulders are down, TWO as Axiom sits up. Axiom slaps at the legs, but he falls back again. TWO as Axiom sits back up! Fans rally as Axiom reaches, turns, and turns the hold over! Javi endures the pain now! Fans rally, Javi crawls, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Axiom and Javi are separated, and Javi storms up to DECK Axiom! Axiom stands to ROCK Javi! And CHOP, and ROCK, and whip, and DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Axiom fights through the pain to GAMANGIRI in the corner! Javi flops and Axiom goes up! Springboard, FLYING LARIAT!

Axiom fires up and fans fire up with him! Axiom goes to a corner, shakes the bad leg, and runs in to- MISS as Javi dodges! Javi rolls Axiom to his feet to DDT! Cover, TWO!! Axiom is still in this and Javi is losing his cool. Javi goes to the corner, climbs up, but Axiom GAMANGIRIS! Axiom climbs up after Javi, brings him up, and HALF HATCH SUPERPLEXES! Fans fire up again as Axiom aims, GOLDEN RATIO!! Cover, Axiom wins!

Winner: Axiom, by pinfall

Big Body Javi didn’t just get what he asked for, he got what he deserved! Now that Axiom is back in action, will he make the cut for the Iron Survivor Challenge?

 

Nikkita Lyons gets checked by the trainer.

Is her leg in any pain? No, she’s good now. Well, nothing alarming then, maybe just some bruising. She is cleared, and Lyons says the only one who needs to start worrying about her health is Zoey Stark! Lyons stands on the leg and says nothing will stop them from fighting Toxic Attraction. Well okay then! It sounds like the match is back on, but will “The Hunter” just go after Lyons again?

 

Backstage interview with Pretty Deadly.

McKenzie says she’s got the NXT Tag Team Champions here, and they wanna hear that again! The what? The NXT Tag Team Champions. Kit & Elton love hearing that. There has been a lot, and they mean a lot, of Iron Survivor and NXT Deadline talk, but there hasn’t been enough Pretty Deadly talk! As an example, the whole world has been fixated, nay! GLUED to watching the World Cup. World Cup and Pretty Deadly are pretty even, but they’re going to fix that next week. It’s CHRISTMAS TIME! And so Pretty Deadly wants to tell the NXT Universe a little story. A Christmas story, Pretty Deadly style! #YESBOY! But just what does a Pretty Deadly Christmas look like?

 

Apollo Crews speaks.

“Less than two weeks to go and NXT Deadline is my time. My vision is clear.” But then Bron sits with him at the diner. Bron orders some coffee, and figured Crews would be here. What’s good here? The breakfast of future champions. Oh, yeah? Hmm… Bron doesn’t see that on the menu. Oh, sorry. No more fish to catch? Bron asks if Crews thought Bron didn’t want this match. Crews wasn’t the only one namedropping. Bron is pretty sure Crews couldn’t see past Grayson Waller there for a second.

Crews says looking back, it was actually worth the wait. Now that Crews has been around “the infectious environment” at the Performance Center, he wants a part of it. Crews wants that title even more now than he did when he first walked back in. And that isn’t good for Bron. Bron’s coffee comes and Crews offers him sugar. Bron accepts, and tells Crews that Bron may be “new” still, but when Crews came back and told Bron they’d bump into each other down the road, Bron believed that. Bron knows Apollo Crews is back, so he has to get in the gym at 6:15 AM to make sure his body is in tip top shape.

Crews says that’s why he stays later and later and then still gets there earlier than anyone else. He knows that it will take one hell of a man to take the title from Bron. And Crews is the only one who can do that. Crews watched and studied all of Bron’s matches. Crews can tells the grind is getting to him. Bron says the one who puts the most pressure on Bron is Bron. Crews says in two weeks, that person will be Crews. Being in the ring with Von was the first time Bron didn’t have the strength advantage. Still had the speed. But now, against Crews, on December 10th, Born won’t have either.

But that’s just it! Crews is the perfect balance. But he’s sitting across from a guy with that same skill set. Well, then something has to give. That is something they can agree on. Bron will let Crews enjoy his meal. Bron points out Crews hasn’t finished his sentence. Crews says it’ll finish at Deadline. Has there ever been a time one of Crews’ “visions” hasn’t come true? Nope. Well, there’s a first time for everything. Bron heads out, but will he be the one to write the final word on this showdown?

 

JD McDonagh VS Julius Creed w/ Brutus Creed!

The Irish Ace says he was just trying to help point things out logically, but there’s always a bit of snark and derision in how JD operates. Will he “help” Julius see what he was talking about in this match? Or will the Diamond Mine prove logic has nothing to do with heart?

The bell rings and the two circle. Julius rushes in and he picks JD up! They end up on ropes, go around, JD slips out but Julius waistlocks. JD moves around but Julius stays on him, and they end up on ropes again. Julius lets off and eggs JD on. Fans rally as JD steps up and shoots around. JD CLUBS Julius, headlocks to a takeover, and he grinds Julius down. Julius fights up, fans rally up, and Julius powers up but can’t power out as JD holds tight. Julius fights up again, lifts JD and hits a BIG back suplex! But JD still has the headlock! Julius tries again but JD hits a flying takeover! JD says Julius is in here with the Irish Ace!

Julius fights up, throws body shots, and he back suplexes to FLIP JD inside-out! Fans fire up as Julius whips JD to a corner. Julius runs in and TOSSES JD across the way! JD flounders to a corner, Julius runs in and clinches again, for another TOSS! Brutus cheers Julius on and Julius HALF HATCH SUPELXES JD! Then he clotheslines JD up and out! Fans fire up while JD hurries back up. JD drags Julius out and CHOPS! Julius brushes that off and says it’s go time! Julius chases JD around the way, back into the ring, but then JD slips back out to trip Julius up! Julius hits the apron hard, JD goes into the ring to run and WRECK Julius with a dropkick!

NXT goes picture in picture as JD grins looking down at Julius. JD goes out to fetch Julius, RAMS Julius into the desk, then CLUBS him in the chest again and again! JD lets off to refresh the count, then he RAMS Julius into the apron! JD THROWS Julius into barriers, goes back into the ring to refresh the count again, then he drags Julius through the corner to bend against the post! The ref reprimands and counts, JD lets off at 4, and JD eggs on Brutus. JD dares Brutus to do something but Brutus says JD will get his. JD goes in and Julius CHOPS JD! Julius ROCKS JD, whips him to ropes, but JD reverses to kitchen sink knee!

Julius sputters while JD goes to ropes. JD runs and drops an ax handle! JD looms over Julius, KICKS him in the side, and stalks him to the ropes to KICK him again! JD bumps Julius off buckles, CHOPS and ROCKS and CHOPS! JD throws hands, but Julius tackles JD down! JD and Julius sit up, JD CLOBBERS Julius back down! Julius crawls to ropes, JD stalks him, and JD throws body shots. Julius drops to a knee and JD pushes him. JD hip drops Julius down, then stomps him! Julius clutches his gut as he goes to the far corner. JD is after him with more body shots! JD CLUBS Julius, then snap suplexes!

Julius writhes and sits up, but JD wraps on a body scissors squeeze. Julius endures, NXT returns to single picture, and fans rally up. JD keeps on the squeeze but Julius still endures. Julius sits back up, but Indus Sher has appeared! Veer & Sanga stare the Creeds down, Julius sits up but JD fires off clubbing shots! Julius hits a BACKPACK SENTON and gets free! Julius stands at the ropes, and he ROCKS JD with a haymaker! Julius LARIATS JD, DECKS JD, then whips JD to ropes for a POWERSLAM! Fans fire up and Julius drags JD back up. Julius suplexes and holds JD, but he drops to his knees! JD throws knees, but Julius keep shim up!!

Fans fire up as Julius stands back up to SLAM JD down! Julius roars and the fans are with him! Sanga smirks as Julius ROLLING SPINEBUSTERS JD! Julius wants JD to sit up, but JD bails out instead. Julius goes out the side, runs in around the way and he CLOBBERS JD! Julius makes sure Indus Sher saw that, and he goes back for JD. JD crawls back into the ring, things speed up, Julius hurdles but JD whips him. Julius turns hip toss into OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Julius has JD in a corner, another OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans rally, Julius stands and he stalks JD. Julius runs in but JD slips out, Julius hits buckles!

Julius runs in but JD dumps Julius out! JD aims from the apron to PENALTY KICK Julius right down! But then Julius springs right up!? Julius waistlocks but JD fights the German Suplex! JD headbutts Julius away, stands back up, and he ASAI MOONSAULTS Julius down! Fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” as JD drags Julius back up and in. JD stalks Julius, CHOP BLOCKS a leg, then pushes on it like he did to Axiom! Julius endures but JD keeps pushing! Julius crawls, reaches out, JD loses his grip and Julius elbow shim away! But then JD trips Julius! Julius BOOTS JD all the way out of the ring!

Fans rally as JD sputters and stands back up. JD drags Julius out again and over to the corner to SLAM the leg on the apron! Julius flops out of the ring, clutching the knee. JD pulls the apron skirt away and brings out a chair! Fans boo and Brutus protests. The ref tells JD not to, and JD swings, but SANGA shoves Julius to take the hit!?

Winner: Julius Creed, by disqualification

The Fighting Gentleman still shows that honor, but now he shows that rage as he glares at JD! JD backs up and bumps into Veer! JD says he’s not their enemy, the Creeds are! Indus Sher walk over to Brutus & Julius, and Veer says he wants them at nothing less than 100%! The Creeds nod, and Ivy Nile comes out to check on Julius. Will this be the most savage and yet respectful battle either team has ever been in?

 

Alba Fyre speaks.

“Isla Dawn. The Unholy Enchantress. Your debut altered the course of history. But whatever spirits told you it was a good idea to target me must really have it out for you. Your actions have ignited a fury that you cannot contain. And keeping me from delivering my promises will lead to your ultimate demise! You wanna have fun, Isla? What I do to you will be anything but fun.” The Fire Keeper is ready to burn the Wicked Witch, but when and where will these two battle in the ring?

 

Dijak is heading out.

Channing Lorenzo asks if he has a second to talk. Who does Stacks think he’s talking to? The Don would like to have a word with Dijak. Tony D’Angelo walks over to say they come in peace. Introductions aren’t needed, Dijak knows exactly who Tony is. Terrific! Thanks for softening up Wes Lee, Tony appreciates that. Dijak isn’t here to do anyone favors. Wes Lee was just the first. Yes, and he won’t be the last. They know. Tony loves it. Dijak used to be a big deal around here, and Tony’s always had a good relationship with the authorities. Between the two of them, before this hits the web, Tony’s back in action next week!

So whether Wes is on the list or not, Tony will see to it that Wes’s days are North American Champion are numbered. Do they have an understanding? Something like that. Dijak leaves, but will #HardJustice be served on The Don as well as the Must-See Kid?

 

Malik Blade VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone!

All Malik wanted to do was have a good time, and Vicious Von had to go and literally attack him. Worse yet, he had to destroy an heirloom of Malik’s late father! Will Malik Da Freak be unleashed? Or is this still Wagner’s World, and Malik is just living in it?

The bell rings and Malik goes right at Von! He dodges a haymaker to fire off hands of his own! Fans fire up as Malik ROCKS Von, then has him in a corner for more! Von shoves Malik away, but Malik comes back to rain down more fists! Von shoves Malik away again, knees low, then scoops to SLAM Malik down! Stone says Malik doesn’t know what he’s messing with! Von runs but Malik avoids the knee drop! Malik storms up to whip, Von reverses but Malik goes up and comes back to LARIAT Von down! Von gets up but Malik DROPKICKS him out! Fans fire up and Malik hurries out to CLUB Von on the back!

Malik SMACKS Von off the apron, ROCKS him again, then smacks him off the desk! And again! Stone can’t believe Malik is doing this! The ref counts, Von gets in the ring and Malik follows, but Von KNEES Malik down! Fans boo but Stone says that is what he’s talking about! Von drags Malik up, reels him in, but Malik sunset flips! Cover, TWO!!! Von escapes, Malik wobbles up, Von BOOTS him! Von knees low, knees again, and Malik is wobbling. Von whips Malik to ropes, but Malik KICKS back! Malik is still slugging, but he manages to SCOOP SLAM Von!? Fans fire up for Malik as he shakes out the stars!

Malik climbs up top, and FROG SPLASHES onto knees! Von then hauls Malik up, DEATH VALLEY BOMB! Cover, Von wins!

Winner: Von Wagner, by pinfall

Malik unleashed all that rage, but it just wasn’t enough! And now Von wants more! He trophy lifts Malik, but Edris runs in! Only for Von to BOOT him down! But now ODYSSEY JONES is here! Jones fires off haymakers on Von, then dodges Von to CLOBBER Von! Fans fire up and Jones clotheslines Von out of the ring! Von lands on his feet, though, but Stone has Von stand down. Jones is all fired up, will he #SoundTheAlarm on Wagner’s World?

 

HBK announces the Iron Survivor Challengers.

Shawn Michaels thanks the Hall of Fame panel to help make these decisions. The five men in the Iron Survivor are: Carmelo Hayes; JD McDonagh; Grayson Waller; and Joe Gacy. But the fifth and final man in that match will be decided next week in an Iron Survivor Wild Card match! And the five women in the Iron Survivor are: Zoey Stark; Cora Jade; Roxanne Perez; and Kiana James. And just as with the men, there will be an Iron Survivor Wild Card match to determine the fifth! Who will be the last ones into these high stakes matches?

BREAKING NEWS on that!

For the men, it will be a TRIPLE THREAT! Von Wagner VS Axiom VS Andre Chase! Will Von make the most out of the momentum he just got tonight? Will Axiom’s return be even more spectacular? Or will Professor Chase make his students proud?

For the women, it’ll be another TRIPLE THREAT! Wendy Choo VS Fallon Henley VS Indi Hartwell! Who redeems themselves from recent losses to get in on this historic match?

 

Six Woman Tag: Toxic Attraction VS Kayden Carter, Katana Chance & Nikkita Lyons!

Let’s try this again! The Toxic Goddess and her girls are even more confident than earlier with Lyons taking damage from Zoey Stark. But will nothing stop KC Squared and the Lioness from taking the numbers game to Mandy, Gigi & Jacy?

NXT returns and the tag champs make their entrance, Lyons by their side. Lyons’ knee is taped and she has her head on a swivel for Stark, but the trios sort out. Jacy starts against Katana, and fans rally up as they circle. They tie up, Jacy knees low then CLUBS Katana on the back. And CHOPS her in the chest, then CLUBS her on the back! Jacy throws Katana down, then runs to SENTON! Jacy says, “And that’s why we’re THE attraction!” Jacy fireman’s carries but Katana fights free. Jacy whips Katana to ropes, Katana goes up and over and dropkicks Jacy down! Gigi and Kayden both get in and talk trash, but then so do Mandy and Lyons!

Fans fire up as the brawl is on! TRIPLE SUPERKICKS take Toxic Attraction down! Fans fire up as Mandy gets up, to get a BOOT from Lyons! Katana helps Kayden go up to SUPER CROSSBODY Gigi! And then Katana PLANCHAS Jacy! Fans fire up as Lyons and the champs stand tall! Katana goes out, fetches Jacy into the ring, and she brings Jacy up, only for Jacy to wrench and DECK Katana! Tag to Mandy, she drags Katana up but Katana JAWBREAKERS back! Tag to Kayden and the tag champs double whip THE champ to a drop toehold, chancery and dropkick! Cover, TWO! Kayden fireman’s carries but Mandy fights free.

Mandy waistlocks, Kayden slips out and trips Mandy. Mandy ducks the buzzsaw but not the HEEL KICK! Cover, TWO! Kayden waistlocks Mandy, she switches but Kayden bucks the O’Conner. Kayden also dodges Jacy’s cheap shot! But then Mandy CLOBBERS Kayden from behind, Kayden ends up on ropes to get DOUBLE KNEE SANDWICHED from Jacy & Gigi! Mandy drags Kayden up, puts her in the Toxic corner and RAMS into her! The ref counts, Mandy tags Gigi, and Gigi stomps Kayden down. Gigi snapmares and KICKS Kayden, then taunts Katana and Lyons. Kayden throws body shots but Gigi CLUBS her back!

Gigi bumps Kayden off buckles, tags Jacy in, and Jacy taunts Lyons’ bad leg. Jacy runs to back body block! Mandy tags in, they mug Kayden, and Mandy pushes Kayden around. “You are nothing! You are nothing!” But Kayden fires off forearms on Mandy! Mandy knees low, scoops but Kayden slips out to shove and dodge, only for Mandy to SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO! Mandy wraps on a body scissors squeeze, but Kayden pushes back to a cover, TWO! Mandy runs in but into an arm-drag! Kayden jumps but Mandy catches her! Mandy keeps Kayden from her corner but Kayden sunset flips, TWO!

Mandy keeps Kayden from her corner, but Kayden boots her away! Hot tags to Katana and Gigi! Katana trips Gigi, BULLDOGS her, then fires off forearms and CHOPS and body shots! Gigi shoves Katana but Katana hits an A-LIST LARIAT! Mandy runs over but gets a boot! Katana leaps but into Gigi’s arm! BACKBREAKER to LARIAT! Cover, Lyons breaks it! Jacy mule kicks and ENZIGURIS Lyons! But Kayden runs in to SUPERKICK Jacy! All six women are down and fans fire up for “Women’s Wrestling!” Katana and Gigi slowly rise, and Katana brings Gigi up for forearms! Gigi gives those back, then spins Katana to an STO! Cover, TWO!!

Gigi whips Katana, but Katana holds ropes and BOOTS back! Tag to Kayden, Gigi runs into a HEEL KICK! Table top and wheelbarrow back suplex SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Gigi is still in this, Kayden brings her up but avoids the haymaker to SUPERKICK! Tag back to Katana, they set Gigi up, but Jacy drags Kayden out! Gigi TOSSES Katana off the top! Fans are torn as Gigi SWITCHBLADE KICKS! Tag to Mandy, she hauls Katana up, BACK SUPLEX SLAM! Katana sit sup, into a KNEE FROM- NO, Katana gets around to roll her up! TWO, CODE BREAKER! Both women are down and fans fire up!

Mandy and Katana crawl, hot tag to Jacy! Jacy CLUBS Katana down, back suplexes, but Katana lands on her feet and slips under! Hot tag to Lyons !Lyons ROUNDHOUSES Jacy, BLASTS Gigi and DECKS Mandy! Lyons FOREARM SMASHES Jacy in a corner, snapmare and KNEES, to then snap suplexes! Fans fire up as Lyons roar! Lyons hits the LYONS DEN!! Cover, Gigi BOOTS Lyons off! Kayden dumps Gigi out but Gigi drags her out to join her! They brawl, Kayden whips but Gigi reverses to send Kayden into steps! But Katana LEAPS off the steps to CROSSBODY Gigi! But KNEE FROM A ROSE by Mandy!

Jacy CHOP BLOCKS Lyons’, but Lyons avoids the super punch! GERMAN SUPLEX! Lyons fireman’s carries but Mandy saves Jacy! The ref reprimands, Lyons swings, but the bad leg gives up to ruin the heel kick! Mandy laughs at Lyons and Jacy CLOBBERS Lyons! Tag to Gigi and Toxic Attraction aims, TOXIC ANNHILATION!! Cover, Toxic Attraction wins!

Winners: Toxic Attraction, by pinfall

Give an assist to Zoey Stark from earlier tonight, Lyons’ leg did not hold up because of what she did to it. And Zoey is even watching from the perch to make sure everyone knows it. In the end, Toxic Attraction stands tall, but will they bring about another era of them draped in gold?


My Thoughts:

A great NXT here, but NXT feels so talky these days. Granted, the Iron Survivor Challenge panel discussion needed to be a lot of talking, but NXT has had a lot of promos lately. The panel discussions were good, felt very much like NCAA Football Playoffs talk. I didn’t expect them to weirdly not tie stories right into the match, such as moving Alba Fyre aside so she could focus on Isla Dawn, but in the end, that works out for story because now we can just have Fyre VS Dawn 1v1 in a huge match. I do like the four surefire names they put in for each, though the men’s feels rather Heel heavy. Given that, I think a Face wins the Men’s Triple Threat Wild Card, and I’m leaning towards Axiom.

I say that because not only is Axiom awesome and he would really do great in the Iron Survivor Challenge, but Chase has his own story to focus on with Waller planting the seed that Duke isn’t genuinely on Chase U’s side. Maybe something happens next week to make Chase doubt Duke more, but I hope in the end that Duke stays Chase U for life. In the Women’s Triple Threat Wild Card, Roxie just beat Indi and Lopez called Indi out, I feel like she’s not the one. Wendy will want revenge on Cora, Fallon will want revenge on Kiana, but I think Wendy’s grudge is stronger than Fallon’s, so I’d put Wendy in.

Speaking of all those names, good stuff in those matches that put over Waller, Kiana, and Roxie. Great return match for Axiom against Javi, that made Javi look really good even though he lost. Axiom also had a good tribute to Jason David Frank with that green ranger style outfit. I hope Javi ends up facing more names on that long list of his. Javi is quickly coming into his own as a character because I was cracking up with his Big Body botched merch. Great interview promo from Pretty Deadly, and I have no idea what to expect from their “A REAL Christmas Story” bit next week, but it’ll surely be hilarious.

Good stuff out of Malik VS Von, up until Malik drove his own head into the mat with that sunset flip. It was clear he knocked himself for a loop, but luckily he and Von were able to finish that off. Another reason Von isn’t getting into the Iron Survivor is because Odyssey Jones is coming after him for their own feud. Great stuff out of Julius and JD, as well as Indus Sher technically making the save. I like Veer & Sanga riding the Tweener line, being brutal in their matches, but respectful otherwise. They’re going to have one hell of a match with the Creeds, and I think Indus Sher takes it, but I’m wondering where Ivy Nile is going to be in the middle of all this. I just feel like Ivy is going to leave Diamond Mine to side with Indus Sher.

I didn’t know Dijak was going to just be called Dijak, I just put that there myself, and then it worked out. Hard Justice seems to also be a Tweener, since he called out Faces but also didn’t just side with Tony D’Angelo when talking about dethroning Wes Lee. It’s a bit early but I feel like we get a Triple Threat for the North American title so that no one is really hurt in the result. Dijak can be dominant but either Wes or Tony can capitalize on his work to survive with the title, and then we see Dijak take on the champ 1v1.

Bron and Crews had a decent diner promo, though it seemed rather odd that it was happening at all. Every time I feel it’s the right time to dethrone the top champ, they don’t do it, so I can’t be sure what I’m feeling for this one. Maybe Crews wins to achieve his goal and send Bron to RawDown, maybe we see Bron win and take on the inaugural Mr. Iron Survivor. Good stuff in the Toxic Attraction story, but also Zoey Stark’s story. Of course Stark attacks Lyons and delays the Six Woman Tag until it’s the main event. And of course that very same attack is why Lyons couldn’t capitalize and take out Mandy. Toxic Attraction winning sets up a tag title match for Deadline, and we could still see Mandy VS Lyons.

And as I just said, every time I think the top champ is going to lose, they don’t. For all I know, Stark loses the Iron Survivor Challenge and makes sure Lyons loses the title match in the usual Heel move. But since we just saw Isla Dawn do that, maybe that isn’t the route they take here. Great to see Aoife Valkyrie, now Lyra Valkyria, making her way to NXT USA. I hope she finally gets going like she was meant to in NXT UK before the injuries. Valkyria will take the long route but I expect her to be a contender by the time we’re talking about NXT Stand & Deliver: Hollywood.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (11/29/22)

Newark gets Dark!

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: The Factory VS Justin Corino, Ryan Mooney & Steve Josifi; The Factory wins.
  • Zack Clayton VS Chris Wylde; Clayton wins.
  • Hikaru Shida w/ Hagane Shinno VS Layla Luciano; Shida wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Jericho Appreciation Society VS Tracy Williams, LSG and Jack Tomlinson; The JAS wins.
  • Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Tony Deppen; Cage wins.
  • Angelico VS Hagane Shinno; Angelico wins.
  • Emi Sakura w/ Baliyan Akki VS Tiara James; Sakura wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Hardy Party VS The Wingmen; Hardy Party wins.

QUICK NOTES

Hikaru Shida bringing along Hagane Shinno (formerly known as Madoka) is interesting. More Japanese promotions seem to be willing to let talent work with AEW, and that of course helps AEW get recognition internationally, and helps those promotions get recognition in the USA. Shinno will definitely get a win off Angelico, but AEW’s already such a full roster, who knows if Shinno will see any TV time.

Good to see the Wingmen together again, even if it’s to lose to Hardy Party. But even the Trios Division needs its lower midcard, and that is where The Wingmen will be. Matt Hardy & Private Party might end up becoming The Firm’s Trios Championship contenders if they keep building up wins on AEW YouTube. They could give whoever comes out of the Best of 7 Series a great match, and we could see a lot of overbooked, “internal conflict” of whether Hardy Party is Face or Heel, same as we’re seeing with Death Triangle always resorting to the hammer.

UPDATE: Welp, didn’t think Angelico would win but he did. I guess not ever new star that comes into AEW can just get a free win.


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