The year is almost over, and so is this countdown!
We saw the first four top moments of 2019, now it is time for the TOP FOUR moments of 2019! Will your favorites be among them?
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Tom Philips and Aiden English welcome you back to the Best of 205 Live in 2019!
The countdown of the most memorable matches from this year continues with “Shorty G,” Chad Gable going against Gentleman Jack Gallagher. This was a rematch from a previous match that ended in a Double Count-Out. Naturally, neither man was satisfied with that finish, so they did battle once again when 205 Live came to Worcester, Massachusetts.
Number 4 – 205 Live 7/16/19, Jack Gallagher VS Chad Gable!
The bell rings and Gallagher offers a handshake. Gable takes it to prove this match will be respectful. They tie up and Gable waistlocks. Gable spins and trips Gallagher to float into the facelock. Gallagher rolls and escapes to wrench the wrist. Gable spins and waistlocks to spin Gallagher to a snapmare and chinlock. Fans like the technical exchange. Gallagher works his way out the back with the handstand. Gable nods respect to that, and they go again. Gable wristlocks but Gallagher rolls and handsprings to cartwheel and wrench. But now Gable rolls, bridges, spins and headlock takeovers. Gallagher headscissors but Gable pops out. Roles reverse but Gallagher jackknifes, TWO as Gable bridges out. Gable lifts Gallagher but Gallagher slips out to arm-drag! The two stand off, and fans cheer the exchange again.
Gable offers the handshake, and Gallagher accepts, but Gable uses it to drag Gallagher into a waistlock and slam! Gable shifts up to a headlock, but Gallagher powers up. Fans rally and Gallagher gets his own headlock. Gable powers out but Gallagher runs him over. Gallagher runs but Gable speeds up, only to run into a fireman’s carry and hotshot! Gallagher sunset flips, TWO, but he goes at Gable’s arm. Gable endures the armlock and powers his way up. Gable whips but Gallagher reverses, only for Gable to dodge and arm-drag back. La Magistrol, TWO! Another arm-drag and now Gable has Gallagher in the armlock. Gallagher endures as Gable pulls on the keylock. They stand and Gallagher reverses to a takedown and short-arm-scissors.
Gable rolls back to make it a cover, TWO, and Gallagher still has the arm scissor. Gable rolls again, TWO, and the arm scissor is still on. Fans rally as Gable works on a solution to the hold. Gable rolls again to deadlift Gallagher for an Electric Chair drop! Gable drags Gallagher up for European Uppercuts, and Gallagher is rocked! Cover, TWO! Gable grows frustrated and goes after a leg with a standing toehold. Gallagher endures the toe ‘n’ ankle twist while avoiding a cover. Gallagher kicks free but Gable whips him hard to a corner! Cover, TWO! Gable keeps his cool as he drags Gallagher back up. He whips Gallagher again but Gallagher goes up, under, but runs into the overhead belly2belly! Cover, TWO!
Gable drags Gallagher around to drop a twisting toehold! He yanks the leg and Gallagher clutches his hamstring. Gable circles like a shark then dragon screws the leg! Gallagher clutches the knee but Gable steps through for another toehold. It is a cover, too, TWO! Gable keeps on the toehold and Gallagher has to keep sitting up. Gallagher endures then kicks with his free leg. But Gable gets the bad leg for another toehold! Then Gable twists to turn Gallagher, but Gallagher fights free. Gallagher walks into a EuroUpper, and another. Gable throws another but into a backslide! TWO, and a BIG dropkick from Gallagher decks Gable! Gallagher counter punches Gable back then whips. Gable reverses but Gallagher ducks to deck him with a right!
Gallagher suplexes Gable and holds him up there with his extraordinary strength! And drops him after roughly 15 counts! Cover, TWO! Gallagher grows frustrated with Gable’s toughness, but he gets himself back up. Gable follows, dodges and waistlocks to roll, Chaos Theory denied to the Double Wristlock! The Kimura Lock is on but Gable moves to relieve pressure. Gable powers to a cover, TWO and he’s freed. Gallagher staggers away but Gable runs in, only to get an elbow. Gallagher hops up, leaps for a missile dropkick! Gable staggers but runs over, only for Gallagher to dump him out. Gallagher runs to blast Gable off the apron, then slides. Gable gets under, only to get thrown into barriers! The Gentleman is getting gritty now!
Gallagher goes into the ring and the ring count begins. Gallagher runs to DIVE! But Gable deflects it! And then throws Gallagher with a German Suplex! Deja vu to their first match a month ago! Gable and Gallagher crawl up as the count begins. Gable stands at 4 but won’t leave Gallagher behind this time. He puts Gallagher in at 7 and hops in at 8, but gets caught in a cradle! TWO, and Gable blocks the punch to full nelson. Gallagher breaks free and wants the wristlock. Gable slips out, Tiger Driver 97! TWO, to the ANKLE LOCK! Gable shouts out the Olympic Gold Medalist as Gallagher endures! Gallagher reaches but is dragged away! Grapevine!! Gallagher unlocks the legs to hammer away on Gable’s head! Gable lets go and Gallagher is free. Worcester cheers both men’s grit as Gallagher and Gable stand.
Gable throat chops and rolling kicks! But Gallagher uses the ropes to rebound, for the Extraordinary Headbutt!! He falls to the cover, TWO!? Gable survives and Gallagher can’t believe it! Both men slowly stir and head for each other. Gallagher grimaces as he SLAPS Gable. Gable SLAPS back and now it’s a brawl! They throw forearms and elbows, then Gallagher fires off body shots and windmill fists! The ref counts and Gallagher stops. Gallagher whips Gable corner to corner, then runs in, but misses his dropkick! Gable catches Gallagher into the Canadian Rack! Dominator DDT! Cover, TWO!! Gallagher still lives and Gable is in shock!
Fans fire up as Gable drags Gallagher to a drop zone. Gable climbs up and moonsaults, to get boots to the gut! Gallagher hits his Extraordinary Dropkick!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Gallagher is the one in shock now! Gallagher drags Gable up and hoists him to the top rope. He clubs Gable over and over before climbing up top. Gable fights back with elbows, but Gallagher clubs him more. Gallagher still staggers down, but clubs Gable into the post. Gallagher climbs up again, stands up with Gable, SUPER BACK SUPLEX, becomes Gable’s crossbody! Gable glares, rolls Gallagher, CHAOS THEORY!! Bridging cover, Gable wins!!
Winner: Chad Gable, by pinfall
Gable and Gallagher pushed each other to their limits, but it was Gable who edges out the Gentleman. But to be a good sport back, he offers Gallagher a hand. Gable helps Gallagher up and gives him a nod. The fans love the respect between Gable and Gallagher, will we get more from these two terrific technicians?
Mike Kanellis had a very up-and-down 2019. The Opportunist of Love had part in the fifth best match of the year against Akira Tozawa, but that wasn’t the only No Disqualification grudge match he had. In his struggles to show his wife, Maria, that he was a man worthy of her love, he and 205 Live General Manager, Drake Maverick, would go from having heated arguments, to throwing hands! And it all culminated in a match with Maverick, that was UNSANCTIONED! It was Kanellis’ last chance: win and become a contender; lose and wallow in shame.
Number 3 – 205 Live 7/30/19, Unsanctioned Match: Mike Kanellis VS Drake Maverick!
As Maverick makes his entrance, Mike attacks from behind! Mike stomps Maverick on the ramp, then throws him into the LED wall of the stage! Maverick writhes, but then Mike rains down rights! The referee reprimands Mike, this match hasn’t even started, but Mike just shouts back. Mike drags Maverick up and shouts, “Is this what you wanted?! This is your fault!” He throws Maverick into the lights along the ramp! Then he drags Maverick up and snags a fan’s Maverick 24:7 sign to smear it in Maverick’s face! Mike still shouts, “Is this what you wanted? You want to make a mockery of the brand?!” Mike STOMPS Maverick on the ramp’s steel lip, then rips the sign up! In a way, this does also trace back to Maverick’s obsession with the 24/7 title.
Mike shows no mercy as he throws Maverick into the LED apron! Mike finally goes into the ring as fans rain down boos and jeers. “He can’t do it! He’s not going to come in! I win!” Mike swears this is now a forfeit and he wins his title opportunity. But Maverick forces himself to stand, and flounders into the ring! Referees advise he not to, but Maverick won’t be punked out like this. Mike grits his teeth as Maverick stands, and Maverick has the bell ring. The referee does as told, and the moment the bell rings, Maverick staggers after Mike, only for Mike to BOOT him down! Mike stomps a mudhole into Maverick in the corner, grinding his foot into him! Mike shouts “This is on you!” He drags Maverick up and says he played by the rules for too long. He tosses Maverick out of the ring hard, and then shouts at the fans as they boo and jeer again.
Maria watches backstage as Mike grinds Maverick’s face into the LED apron! Maverick gets away, clutching his eyes, but Mike throws him into the barriers! Mike drags Maverick up to choke him against the barriers, too! Then Mike brings Maverick around to throw into more barriers! Maverick writhes and screams in pain, but Mike just blows a kiss. Mike drags Maverick up and throws him into barriers more, then wants to know where all that fight went. Mike’s SUPERKICK takes Maverick down! He drags Maverick around by his hair and goes to the announce desk. “This is what I fought for! 205!” He slams Maverick’s face into the logo over and over!
Fans boo Mike but he just goes for a spare arm chair. Mike sits Maverick in it, gets some space, and SUPERKICKS Maverick and the chair over! Maverick barely moves as Mike goes to the ring again. Mike is still furious and the fans still boo. But Mike isn’t done with Maverick, as he puts him in the ring. Mike wants Maverick to stand, and Maverick does manage to hobble up to his feet. Only for Mike to ram him into buckles! And again! Maverick still comes back, only to get DECKED by a big right hand! Mike looms over Maverick and tears off the 205 Live T-shirt. Mike wants to torture Maverick, and hauls him up, to then LARIAT down! Then he takes off Maverick’s belt! Fans are thunderously booing as Mike uses that belt to SMACK Maverick’s bare back! Maria watches happily as Mike SMACKS Maverick more!
Mike drags Maverick up for a sleeper hold! Maverick flails and pries at the hold, but after all that’s happened, he fades. But Memphis rallies and Maverick finds new life! Maverick reaches but fades again as Mike leans on him. But then Maverick finds a third gear! Maverick fights up and runs into buckles to scrape Mike off! Mike is gasping now, and Maverick dodges as he runs in! Mike only gets post! Maverick flounders, then baits Mike in to dump him out! Fans are fired up behind Rockstar Spud as he baseball slides, only for Mike to wheelbarrow and THROW Maverick into barriers! The referee checks on Maverick while Mike menacingly grabs those old “wanted posters.” Mike grows furious being reminded of Maverick’s distractions. He puts Maverick in the ring and makes him EAT his printed words. “You made a mockery of me!”
But then seeing his own poster lights a fire in Maverick! Maverick grits his teeth as he takes another buckle to the face. And then another! Maverick is hulking up, brother! Mike punches but Maverick fires off!! Fans are thunderously cheering as Maverick rallies and dropkicks! Maverick stomps a mudhole on Mike now! Then a basement dropkick! Maverick takes his belt back, and Memphis is roaring as he SMACKS Mike back! And again, and again, and again! Mike is running away but Maverick DIVES! He sends Mike onto the announce desk with that tope! Maverick climbs up and Memphis is with him as he gives Mike a DDT to the desk! Maverick slumps off the desk, still taking some damage from the things on the desk. But then Maverick climbs up to the barriers!
Fans cheer as he walks the tightrope, to LEAP! But Mike dodges, and Maverick hits only desk! Maverick may have broken his own arm trying to destroy Mike! Mike crawls and drags Maverick back in. Fans still have faith in Maverick, but Mike drags Maverick up in the dragon sleeper. But then he reconsiders his finisher, and brings Maverick to the corner. Mike hoists Maverick up top and backwards. Mike climbs up and grabs Maverick in a Crucifix! SUPER RAZOR’s- STEINER?! Maverick fights through the pain to fight back! SPIKE DUDLEY BULLDOG! Cover, Maverick wins!!
Winner: Drake Maverick, by pinfall
Maria is even more disappointed than before. Maverick had one arm and a beat up back, but he STILL beat Mike!
Mike Kanellis hasn’t done much of anything in the Cruiserweight Division since. Was this the loss that broke the lover’s heart?
What makes the Cruiserweight Division so great is the unique offensive displays. No two superstars represented that more than Lio Rush and Raul Mendoza. The then Cruiserweight Champion was put to the test by the man riding the Mendoza Line.
Number 2 – 205 Live 11/1/19, Raul Mendoza VS Lio Rush!
The bell rings and Lio circles with Mendoza. Fans cheer as the two tie up, and Mendoza powers Lio back, only for Lio to arm-drag him away. “This is my time, Raul!” Lio and Mendoza go again and Lio waistlocks. Lio shoves but redirects Mendoza, but Mendoza drop toeholds! Mendoza runs but Lio dodges, only for his kick to get turned into a sunset flip! Lio rolls through to jackknife, TWO as Mendoza bridges! Mendoza spins around but Lio slips out of the backslide, only to get caught in a #Raul-Up! TWO, and Mendoza says Lio’s time might be running out. Lio has to nod respect to that move, and the two approach again. They tie up, Lio spins to get a leg, and he grins as he spins and shoves Mendoza. Lio trips Mendoza, hops up and huricanranas! Then he gets in to build speed, LOWPE!
Fans cheer as Lio smiles. Lio drags Mendoza up and into the ring, covers, TWO! Lio keeps his cool as Mendoza clutches his arm. Lio KICKS Mendoza in the back then throws body shots in the corner. Lio stomps Mendoza and shouts, “I’m the Champ of the Hour for a reason!” Lio whips Mendoza corner to corner and RAMS his shoulder into him! Lio brings Mendoza up to suplex up and down, then covers, TWO! Lio grins as Mendoza writhes. Lio goes to a corner as fans duel and climbs to the top. But Mendoza anchors Lio, only for Lio to rain down rights. Lio adjusts but Mendoza handspring PELES! Lio falls, Mendoza has him, twisting suplex! Cover, TWO! Lio survives that sudden attack, but Mendoza has him in a corner. Fans duel as Mendoza CHOPS!
Mendoza has Lio in another corner but Lio CHOPS back! Mendoza stomps then CHOPS Lio down, then whips him corner to corner hard! And hits a hard corner clothesline! Snapmare to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Mendoza grows frustrated but he stomps Lio down. Mendoza swiftly kicks Lio right in the back, and mockingly asks, “Que paso?” Lio kicks back but Mendoza stomps him down. Mendoza headlocks and thrashes Lio around, but Lio endures. Lio fights up as fans rally, and he throws body shots to get free. Lio throws forearms now, but Mendoza whips him to a corner. Lio boots Mendoza back, then runs out, into Mendoza’s LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Mendoza sits Lio up for a cobra clutch! Lio endures as Mendoza pulls tight. Fans rally again and Lio feeds off the energy.
Lio throws body shots, but Mendoza blocks the whip. Lio goes deep to arm-drag, but Mendoza comes back. Lio jawbreakers then whips, but Mendoza reverses. Lio goes up and over to speed up, slide but turns around into an enziguri! Cover, TWO!! “This is Awesome!” as Mendoza looms over Lio. Mendoza stomps Lio down then clubs him down, but Lio still rises. Mendoza drags Lio up and snap suplexes hard. Fans boo as Mendoza fires himself up. Mendoza goes to a corner and climbs up, but Lio gets out to the apron. Mendoza hops down to join him, and gets an idea. “Que paso, cabron?” Mendoza brings Lio up, but Lio hits Mendoza back! The two brawl with forearms, Buffalo behind Lio. The forearm fly fast and furious, and Lio gets the edge. Mendoza shoves and SUPERKICKS Lio back! Then suplexes, but Lio saves himself! Handspring kick sends Mendoza down! Lio goes out to the apron, ASAI MOONSAULT! Direct hit but both men wipe out!
The referee checks but they’re okay to continue, so a ring count begins. The count climbs as Mendoza and Lio stand. They brawl more as the count passes 5. Lio is sent into the apron and then the ring at 7, Mendoza takes his time getting back in at 9. Mendoza runs, Lio dodges and rallies! Mendoza reverses a whip but gets a handspring back elbow! Fans fire up with Lio as he bobs ‘n’ weaves and fires off! Mule kick to HEEL KICK! Cover, TWO!! Mendoza still lives and Lio can’t believe it! Lio and Mendoza both get up, and Lio takes off the wrist tape. Mendoza slaps some sense into himself, and dares Lio to bring it. Lio kicks but is blocked! Mendoza flips Lio, enziguri in the corner! Mendoza goes up, walks the ropes, missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!! But Mendoza doesn’t let up, he scoops and swings to swing Lio all the way around! Cover, TWO!?! Lio lives and fans are loving this!
But Mendoza vows to end this, and he has Lio up again. Mendoza hooks a leg but Lio fights with elbows. Mendoza knees and clubs Lio down, then tries again. Lio slips out, rolls Mendoza and turns him over into a Half Crab! Mendoza endures even as Lio sits deep, and crawls around. Mendoza reaches, drags Lio along but Lio drags him back. Mendoza kicks Lio off, gets up, and runs in, but his kick is blocked! Lio kicks back, then chicken wings to turn Mendoza. Mendoza shoves Lio, Lio rebounds to the Come Up! Lio sweeps the legs, climbs up top, and aims a long way away, FINAL HOUR!! Cover, Lio wins!!
Winner: Lio Rush, by pinfall
The Man of the Hour got a lot more out of Mendoza than he expected, but still comes out on top! And as such, Lio shows Mendoza respect with a fist bump.
Mendoza came so close, will he be able to come back for another try? And now that Angel Garza is our Cruiserweight Champion, where does Lio Rush go in his career?
Finally, we reach THE BEST match of 205 Live in 2019! No better way to close out than with Lio Rush and Angel Garza for the now NXT Cruiserweight Championship, and from Full Sail!
Number 1 – NXT 12/11/19, NXT Cruiserweight Championship: Lio Rush VS Angel Garza!
This is going to be a fast and furious grudge match to say the least! The Man of the Hour has had enough of El Latino’s ego, and it’s time to put things to rest! Will the Living Piece of Gold still have his gold? Or will Garza have an even bigger grin on his face after tonight?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the fans are already dueling before the bell. And speaking of before the bell, Lio rushes Garza immediately! The ref pulls Lio off but Garza just laughs it off. The bell rings and now things are a brawl! Roll up, ONE, Lio gets Garza down and throws hands! Garza gets free and goes after Lio, but Lio rolls up again. ONE and Lio ends up on the apron. Garza runs at him but Lio drags him out and they tumble to the floor! They won’t let up, either, as Lio rams Garza into the steel steps! Fans duel as Lio refreshes the count. Lio climbs up to the apron but Garza anchors his feet and YANKS him off! Lio crashes and burns and Full Sail is thunderous!
Garza puts Lio in the ring, covers, ONE. Garza keeps his cool, because he’s about to heat things up with the pants removal. But Lio tackles him down first! Lio rains down rights but Garza pushes him away. Lio runs, redirects, Garza keeps with him but Lio gets under and kangaroo kicks from the mat! Garza runs, Lio dodges, but Garza avoids the Come Up to hit a basement dropkick! Fans are fired up as Garza covers, TWO! Garza drags Lio up and rolls him into position on the second rope, and fans duel. Garza SLAPS away on Lio, but the ref backs him off. Garza runs in and SUPERKICKS Lio down! Cover, TWO! Lio lives and Garza grows frustrated. Garza drags Lio up and clubs away on him, then toys with him. Garza and Lio brawl with haymakers and a SLAP! Lio fires off more forearms but Garza just keeps slapping!
Lio knees Garza and hooks the arms, but Garza powers out. Garza alley-oops Lio up and Lio ends up hotshot’d on the ropes! The ref checks on Lio but Lio bails out of the ring. Garza smirks as he dares Lio to return. NXT goes picture in picture as Lio drags himself back to the ring. But Garza dropkicks him back down! Garza goes out to fetch Lio and basement dropkick him again! Garza drags Lio up and into the ring, then covers, ONE! Lio kicks from the mat again, and gets himself to the ropes. Garza and Lio stand, Garza has Lio on the ropes but Lio holds on. Lio elbows Garza away then walks into a LARIAT! Both men are down but Garza crawls over to cover, TWO! Garza keeps on Lio with a grounded cobra twist and he pulls Lio back hard!
Lio endures as Garza really cranks on his neck. Lio gets an arm free and starts throwing hands on Garza! And then kicks as he’s let loose. Garza CHOPS and SLAPS Lio around, then kicks Lio while he’s down. Garza grabs the legs and turns Lio over for the modified Half Crab, pulling an arm back, too! Lio endures, slips out and kicks Garza away. Garza comes back, to get a jawbreaker! Lio throws haymakers as Garza leans on the ropes. Lio CHOPS and SLAPS Garza back! Lio whips corner to corner, Garza reverses but Garza runs into a boot! Lio runs, but into the spinning powerslam! Cover, TWO! Garza grows further frustrated but also further exhausted. Garza drags Lio up in a full nelson as NXT returns to single picture.
Lio endures and gets to ropes as fans duel again. Garza waistlocks but Lio still holds on. Garza yanks Lio off the ropes but Lio uses the momentum to swing around and roll Garza up! TWO, and Garza swings. Lio dodges, tilt-o-whirls and again, flying headscissors! Fans fire up as Lio mule kicks and PELES! Garza wobbles, Lio runs in, springboard but no huricanrana! Garza brings Lio up, but Lio headscissors Garza out of the ring! Lio then slingshots for a MOONSAULT! It was a close call but he hits his target! Lio puts Garza back in, then aims from the corner. Spinning BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!! Garza lives and Lio is growing frustrated.
Fans rally up, Lio runs, but Garza reels him in. Lio throws clubbing hands and big body shots. Lio runs again, Garza follows, and STEALS the Come Up! Cover, TWO!! Garza copied the move but didn’t hit as hard, so now he dragon sleepers Lio to lift. Rebound suplex, but Lio makes it a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Lio drags Garza to the drop zone and heads up top. Fans rally as Lio takes aim, but Garza anchors his feet. Lio clubs Garza but Garza enziguris back! Garza climbs up top and brings Lio up, but Lio shoves! Garza flips to land on his feet, get back up fast, and hits a SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!?! Garza can’t believe it, and Full Sail loses its mind! “This is Awesome!” and it’s just the opening match.
Garza and Lio brawl on their knees back and forth. Fans are divided, Lio SLAPS but Garza SLAPS. It’s a SLAP FIGHT!! They pull hair, Garza headbutts over and over! But walks into a back heel kick! But SUPERKICKS on the return! Both men head for each other, but they both fall flat on their faces first! Full Sail reaches a fever pitch for “NXT! NXT!” Garza and Lio slowly rise as fans duel hard as ever. Garza kicks, underhooks, but Lio resists! Lio slips out, chicken wing underhooks Garza and turns him, but Garza pins through. Lio butterfly underhooks, and STEALS THE WING CLIPPER!! Cover, TWO!?! Lio is furious but he says it is time! Garza anchors a foot but Lio just hammers away! Lio slaps, but Garza avoids the buzzsaw to get the Electric Chair! Garza throws Lio down, but Lio rebounds to COME UP!! Cover, TWO?!?!
But Lio goes up top, leaps, FINAL HOUR!! But he can’t make the cover! Lio grabs for Garza, but Garza’s pants come off! Garza gets away thanks to the tearaways! But Lio doesn’t care, he goes up top and aims at Garza on the ground! SUPER FINAL HOUR gets knees!! Garza drags Lio in, WING CLIPPER! Cover, TWO!?!? Garza has the butterfly again for a thrashing hold! Lio TAPS, Garza wins!!
Winner: Angel Garza, by submission; NEW NXT Cruiserweight Champion
Historic! Christmas comes early for the Garza familia as Garza is bringing home the gold! But with such a powerful performance just to get the title, what more will he have to do to keep the title?
The title changed hands and it defined the year for the Cruiserweight Division! Aiden is excited to see where Garza goes next with that title, and Tom thanks us all for joining them on this countdown. See you again soon, in the New Year!
Another hour of programming done in 20 minutes, but I must call shenanigans! While I understand that Mustafa Ali and Cedric Alexander stopped being part of 205 Live when they were drafted to SmackDown and Raw, respectively, this countdown had plenty of other superstars not on 205 Live anymore, either. Akira Tozawa is officially full-time Raw, but he was in the first half of the countdown, with Mike Kanellis, who is not even doing anything on air anymore. Plus, Buddy Murphy, another Raw draftee, was on the list multiple times for his dominant reign earlier this year. And hell, even the Fatal 4 Way that has Hideo Itami in it, even though he’s not in NJPW, made the list! Why were Mustafa Ali and Cedric Alexander basically snubbed from this countdown? They had matches with Murphy, those two matches should’ve been on here somewhere.
As for the choices they made, I really did enjoy all these matches the first time watching them. None of these are weak matches, and I feel like Lio VS Garza is definitely worthy of being Top 4. I just don’t know if Lio VS Mendoza, as good as it was, is Top 8 material when 2019 had a lot to choose from that consisted of Alexander and Ali. It’s like putting an asterisk on this list. “The Best of 205 Live in 2019* *(that doesn’t involve the totally awesome Mustafa Ali and Cedric Alexander).” If they found a way to do a Top Ten instead, maybe we could’ve gotten an entry for Alexander and/or Ali so that each episode had five matches to share. Just seems a shame that two of the guys that legitimately carried this brand on their back, right up until they were drafted away, weren’t even acknowledged.
My Score: 8/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (9/27/22)
Which boys will be on top?
Who gets within reach of the gold?
The NXT North American Championship will once again be up for grabs in a ladder match, and Wes Lee wants to EARN his spot against Tony D’Angelo! Will The Don make Wes FOGEDABOUTIT?
- Mandy Rose w/ Toxic Attraction VS Fallon Henley; Mandy wins.
- NXT North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Wes Lee VS Tony D’Angelo; Lee wins and advances to Halloween Havoc.
- Sol Ruca VS Amari Miller; Ruca wins.
- Cameron Grimes VS Joe Gacy w/ The Schism; Gacy wins.
- Nikkita Lyons w/ Zoey Stark VS Kayden Carter w/ Katana Chance; Lyons wins.
- Ilja Dragunov VS Xyon Quinn; Dragunov wins.
- Brutus Creed w/ Julius Creed VS Damon Kemp; Brutus wins, by disqualification.
- Pub Rules Match: Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen VS Gallus; Briggs & Jensen win.
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Ilja Dragunov is here!
The Czar of NXT UK made his shocking return last week to close out NXT, and he’s here again to open this week’s! Fans are fired up to see him as he gets the mic. They chant, “Welcome Back!” and he says, “Last time I was in NXT, I conquered an unbeatable machine to become champion! I walked into this place like it’s a coliseum. I suffered, I struggled, I endured, but I succeeded in front of all of you with a heart like a gladiator!” Fans cheer that! Dragunov was armed with nothing but a burning will and an inhuman perseverance. He became a Czar, because pain has always been his best friend.
Dragunov returned again to repeat history and achieve his destiny! One more time, he will beat an unbeatable machine to reclaim gold! Fans cheer that, too! Dragunov says this time, his name is not GUNTHER. This time, it’s BRON BREAKKER! But wait! Here comes JD McDonagh! The Irish Ace has a mic of his own, and he tells Ilja that the fans don’t know him as well as JD does. JD knows that Dragunov is “a sneaky, dirty little rat.” JD isn’t surprised Dragunov followed JD to America. Well, JD, Dragunov seems to remember beating JD and forcing him to leave NXT UK. JD admits, that is right, that did happen. But that’s not the end of the story, is it?
No, no, no, because what happens next? Dragunov’s body was so broken up, so battered, that he had to give up the title anyway! JD joins Dragunov in the ring as fans boo. JD asks how the ankle’s doing. Dragunov better hope JD doesn’t get to find out. Fans chant, “He Still Won!” as JD gets in the ring. JD makes one thing clear to Dragunov: “This is not your time. This is MY time. So if I was you, I’d stay just exactly where you’ve been these past few months: on the sidelines. Because if I need to stop you one more time, just once more, I swear to GOD, I will end your career.” But that only seems to pump Dragunov up.
And wait! Now BRON is making his way out! The NXT Champion has his own mic and says, “With everything going on, I was wondering when you were gonna show up. Welcome to NXT, Ilja. You’re a warrior. But with all due respect, my man…” Bron gets in the ring as the fans bark. “This NXT Championship isn’t going anywhere.” JD has Bron stop right there. Bron, use your brain for once! JD Is the #1 Contender to the title! And he just had a great idea. Fans chant ‘TRIPLE THREAT!” but JD says, “Do not make me laugh; I earned my shot.” But maybe these two Alpha Males should beat the snot out of each other, and then after that, JD takes his shot.
Fans boo but Bron says, “Really? You really think we’re gonna fall for that? After all the props I’ve given you for having such a high ring IQ…” But Bron says he’ll help JD out. Bron is champion, JD is #1 contender, but Ilja never lost his UK Championship. So the way Bron sees it, if his math is correct, which it always is… “You have a 33 and a third percent chance o’ winnin’!” Fans cheer the “Breakker” Math. Bron says there’s three of them, so make it a TRIPLE THREAT! JD is the only one upset by this. Bron tells them he’ll see them at HALLOWEEN HAVOC! Bron holds up the belt in a recreation of last week. Will the Big Booty Nephew make sure the numbers spell disaster for JD & Dragunov?
A brawl is going on backstage!
Gallus and the good ol’ boys aren’t waiting for later! They’re fighting NOW! Security does their best to break this up, but that’s easier said than done! Will these teams even wait for the main event’s Pub Rules Match!?
Toxic Attraction walks ‘n’ talks to gorilla.
Mandy Rose knows Alba Fyre is watching, so she tells her that Fallon Henley is about to find out what happens when you cross “The Baddest Bitch in the Game.” So Fyre can put down her bat and start taking some notes. Will the Toxic Goddess sting the Cowgirl and check her off the list? Or is Mandy already going to get burned?
The Schism speaks.
Joe Gacy tells Cameron Grimes, “we tried to show you that the solution to all your problems lies with us in the shade under the Schism’s tree. You refused our embrace. Now the same limbs that reached out will bind you in helplessness.” Jagger Reed says Grimes has been warned. Grimes brought this upon himself. It didn’t have to be this way! “But to change the world for the better, we have to make an example out of you.” Rip Fowler says, “The wrath of The Schism is imminent.” And Grimes, when you wake up tomorrow, both physically and spiritually decimated, just know that as The Schism continues to grow, Grimes will be right back where he started: alone.
Mandy Rose w/ Toxic Attraction VS Fallon Henley!
The Toxic Goddess has held onto her title by hook AND by crook for almost a year now, perhaps even getting lucky here and there. But with Fyre blazing a trail up to her throne, can Mandy focus on Fallon? Or will this Rose’s thorns not matter when trampled by some Cowgirl boots?
The bell rings and fans rally and duel already. Fallon and Mandy circle, tie up, and Mandy gets around to a waistlock and SLAM! Mandy soaks up the heat but Fallon gets in her face. Mandy tells Fallon to hold on, then she wrenches and wristlocks. Fallon rolls, trips Mandy, floats to a headlock and she grinds Mandy down! Mandy keeps her shoulders up, fights up and pulls hair. Mandy powers out, Fallon runs Mandy over! Fallon struts, things speed up, and Mandy hurdles only for Fallon to waistlock! Mandy fights, trips Fallon up but Fallon kicks her away. Mandy handsprings around to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!
Gigi & Jacy coach Mandy while Mandy kicks Fallon around. “You are nobody!” Fallon snarls and CHOPS Mandy! Fallon whips, Mandy reverses but Fallon ELBOWS her! Fallon runs, shoots around, sits Mandy down and dropkicks her back! Fans fire up with Fallon and she slides to ROCK Mandy at the apron! Fallon tips her cap to the boys then gets back in the ring. Cover, TWO! Fallon drags Mandy up, whips her to a corner but Mandy reverses. Fallon stops herself, elbows Mandy again, but leaps into Mandy’s arms! Mandy FALL AWAY SLAMS Fallon! Fans fire up as Mandy runs in at Fallon, and RAMS her into the corner!
Mandy RAMS her shoulder in again, then lets off to SLAP Fallon. Fans rally and duel, Mandy CLUBS Fallon and ELBOWS her down. Cover, TWO! Mandy drags Fallon up for a suplex! Jacy says that is A+ material. Mandy soaks up the cheers and jeers, then CLUBS Fallon’s arm. Mandy wrenches, ties Fallon up and brings her into an OCTOPUS STRETCH! Fans rally as Fallon endures and fights back! Fallon is free, but Mandy knees low. Mandy reels Fallon in for the GUT WRENCH SLAM! Cover, TWO! Mandy is annoyed but she drags Fallon up and ties her up again. Mandy keeps on that Octopus but Fallon endures.
Fans rally, Fallon fights up, but Mandy digs her elbow into Fallon’s side. Fallon fights and hip tosses free! Mandy rises, Fallon ROCKS her with haymaker after haymaker! Fallon then spins Mandy around to short arm LARIAT! Fans fire up, Fallon runs in and she back elbows Mandy in the corner! Fallon runs but Mandy ROCKS her at the ropes! Toxic Attraction cheers Mandy as she whips Fallon to ropes, but Fallon comes back with a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fallon is frustrated but Toxic Attraction is relieved. Fans rally up as the forearms and CHOPS fly! Fallon sobats, front kicks and then wrenches to facelock.
Mandy TOSSES Fallon away, KNEE FROM A ROSE! Cover, Mandy wins!
Winner: Mandy Rose, by pinfall
The Toxic Goddess turns things around in a blink of an eye, and she conquers another filly. Mandy gets a mic to call out Fyre! “I know you’re jealous that I conquered two continents and unified two titles while you were too busy throwing another log on a fire. You may keep the fire going, but you’re looking at the woman who starts them. So this is your last chance.” But then Fyre tells Mandy from the tron that while Mandy is Women’s Champion, Fyre doesn’t do verbal warnings. Fyre is more of a visual person. Fyre has a fire to light the words, “AND NEW!” Mandy is afraid, is she about to have a meltdown against Fyre?
Apollo Crews speaks.
“It is said that revenge is an act of passion, but vengeance is an act of justice. Last week, Grayson Waller got a small taste of what vengeance means. He tried to permanently blind my vision. But in his match, my mere presence blinded him from having an opportunity at the North American Championship. Everything still has a haze to it, but one image sticks out crystal clear.” Apollo envisions Grayson Waller with red eyes! “See you on the other side, Grayson. Keep an eye out, Grayson, because I’m not done with you yet, b*tch!”
Dragunov crosses paths with Xyon Quinn backstage.
Czar, meet The X-Factor. Quinn’s heard a lot about Dragunov. All the hype for nothing, eh? Uh, thanks? Quinn says “In the Book of Xyon, you couldn’t even carry all the weight that’s needed to be champion, let alone get a second chance.” Quinn’s yet to get his first chance to “carry the ball.” Maybe because if he did, no one would take the title from him. Xyon Quinn, right? Dragunov’s also heard a lot about him! Just look at him. Unlimited potential, but a total mental moron. Quinn says Dragunov can’t carry the burden of being a champion, but to Dragunov, no one will ever even call Quinn a champion. But we’ll see who’s right. The ball is in your court, Quinn.
NXT North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Wes Lee VS Tony D’Angelo w/ Channing Lorenzo!
The Must See Kid has Connor’s Cure Thriver, Quinn “The King Crusher” Molitor, by his side as he makes his entrance. Will this support help Lee go for gold? Or will The Don crush dreams and take the golden ticket for his own?
NXT returns as Tony D makes his entrance, Stacks by his side. The bell rings and fans chant, “Tony Sucks!” Tony and Lee tie up, and Tony throws Lee down. Tony taunts Lee, “Are you serious?” Lee gets up, they tie up again, and Tony puts Lee in the corner. The ref counts, Tony lets off at 4 and Lee pushes him back. Lee eggs Tony on as he sits up top. Tony rushes in, Lee goes up and over and headlocks. Tony powers up but Lee holds on. Tony rolls to a cover, ONE, but Lee holds on and grinds the headlock. Tony fights, Trick Williams & Carmelo Hayes watch backstage, and Tony back suplexes free. Lee lands on his feet to drop toehold!
Tony stays up and he drags Lee up. Tony DECKS Lee then drags him around. Lee avoids the elbow drop and he dodges Tony. Lee runs and RANAS Tony, and Tony gets up into a DROPKICK! Tony flops out of the ring, Stacks coaches him up but fans rally for “WES! WES! WES”! Lee builds speed but Stacks stands in the way. The Don needs time! Lee is annoyed so he PLANCHAS Stacks down! Fans fire up and Lee jumps into the ring. Tony has to keep Stacks back now, but Lee eggs them both on. Stacks gets in the ring, Tony says enough! Stacks says he’ll leave, but then he shoves Lee! Tony is upset, but then the ref EJECTS Stacks!
Tony is even more upset that he’s lost his back-up but fans sing “Nana na na, hey hey hey, good bye~!” Stacks fumes while NXT goes picture in picture.
Tony and Lee reset now that things are truly 1v1. Lee and Tony tie up, Tony RAMS Lee into a corner and fires off body shots! Tony lets off as the ref counts, but he CLUBS Lee down. Tony stalks Lee along the ropes, bumps him off buckles, then bumps him off more buckles. The ref reprimands, Tony bumps Lee off the bottom buckle and digs his boot in! Tony lets off with a stomp, then paces around. Tony digs his boots in again, lets off with another stomp, but Lee kicks back from below! Lee throws body shots, Tony CLUBS Lee down, and Tony stalks Lee to the ropes. Tony drags Lee up, RAMS him back into the corner, and hoists Lee up. Tony back drops Lee away! Cover, TWO!
Tony is annoyed, but he looms over Lee. Tony drags Lee up, throws body shots, then hits a HALF HATCH SUPLEX! Lee writhes and Tony smirks. Tony drags Lee up and ROCKS him with a right. Lee staggers to ropes, Tony whips him to a corner hard, and Lee bounces off buckles. Tony taunts Lee, and the fans, then stands on Lee’s neck at the ropes. The ref counts, Tony lets off and he drags Lee up. Tony whips Lee into the corner hard again! Tony talks trash, paces around, then KICKS Lee in the side! And again!
NXT returns to single picture as Lee blocks a kick! Lee holds onto the foot but Tony drags him up by his hair. The ref reprimands but Tony ROCKS Lee then whips him to ropes. Tony scoops Lee for a tilt-o-whirl SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Tony clamps onto Lee with a chinlock and he grinds him down. Fans rally, Trick & Melo like what they see as Tony fishhooks Lee’s face. The ref counts, Tony lets off, and fans rally as Lee endures. Lee fights up, moves around, and he throws hands. Tony CLUBS Lee down, fans duel, and Tony drags Lee up to SLAP him. Lee snarls as Tony talks more trash, and Lee stands back up.
Tony runs in but Lee drop toeholds him into buckles! Fans rally, Lee and Tony slowly rise, but Tony hobbles on a bad leg. Lee staggers, but the ref calls it! “Due to referee stoppage, the winner of this match is Wes Lee.”
Winner: Wes Lee, by referee stoppage (advances to Halloween Havoc)
Lee seems even more deflated than Tony. Lee wanted to earn the spot in the match, but it seems that drop toehold did the damage. Will Lee just have to accept this and fight to earn that North American Championship?
Backstage interview with Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams.
McKenzie asks the former North American Champion how he feels that Wes Lee now has an equal shot at the title. Melo says he doesn’t care about Lee. Go ask Lee how he feels after Melo & Trick put his head in a locker and slamming it shut. But then Oro Mensah walks over to introduce himself. Trick, Melo, it is Oro’s pleasure meeting them. Oro looks forward to facing Melo, Wes, and whoever else qualifies for the ladder match. Melo knows who Oro is. He respects the drip. They can hang out, put Oro’s face on a shirt or something, but at Halloween Havoc, make no mistake, it’s every man for themselves, playboy.
Oro takes off the sunglasses to get serious as he says, “Looking forward to it.” Melo & Trick head out, but will The A Champion still become a champion with the competition stacking up?
It’s A Day in the Life of Pretty Deadly.
AKA “A Day in the Life of YOUR NXT Tag Team Champions.” Elton Prince 7 Kit Wilson, the “tastiest snacks in the whole universe.” To maintain their physiques, it looks like they rise at 4 AM to hit the gym, but they don’t. They wake up at 10 AM and have breakfast in bed. They’d get a butler, but they don’t want anyone disturbing their “utopia.” At 11 AM, they go through their extensive wardrobe and pick out the perfect outfits for the day. They always make sure to take a few extra minutes to make sure they look ravishing.
At 2 PM, they’re almost ready to go. They take an hour each to brush each other’s magnificent hair. Then the stop for a quick cup of tea, and then they hit the gym. When they work out, they don’t lift weights. They’re not animals. They’re works of art! They are the yin to each other’s yang, using each other as the equipment. Then after training, they bask in the wonderfulness of each other. Two to three hours of appreciating what makes them the greatest tag team in NXT history, and two of the most handsome creatures to ever walk the earth. #YesBoy. They are YOUR NXT Tag Team Champions, Kit Wilson, Elton Prince, Pretty Deadly!
Sol Ruca VS Amari Miller!
The surfer girl has come ashore to start her journey in NXT, and she’s ready to ride a wave of momentum! Will Ruca hang ten? Or will she wipe out against the Vibe of St. Louis?
The bell rings, Sol and Amari shake hands to show there is respect. They tie up, Sol wrenches but Amari reverses. Fans rally for Sol as Amari pushes with the top wristlock. Sol bridges back, powers up, but Amari trips her up! Amari keeps on the arm but Sol kips up. Sol wrenches, wristlocks, then sunset flips! ONE, Amari shoots around to a waistlock but Sol slips free with a spin! Amari blocks the sobat, then she flips Sol! Sol does her best to land out but still falls on her butt. Amari facelocks and fires forearms! Solo throws body shots in return, but Amari CLUBS her down. Amari shoves Sol but Sol rolls back to headscissor!
Sol storms up on Amari, whips, but Amari reverses. Sol flips through the hip toss to FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Sol brings Amari up and CLUBS her. Amari shoves back and RAMS into Sol. Amari whips but Sol sunset flips again! Amari stays up to sit on the cover, ONE! Sol has the sunset, TWO! Amari knees low, brings Sol around and whips, but Sol goes up and over! Sol rolls through, DROPKICKS Amari down, and then covers, TWO! Amari is hanging tough but Solo drags her up. Amari pries free to step over and HEEL KICK! Sol stays up, the LEG LARIAT takes her down! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally for Sol but Amari clamps on a straitjacket stretch! Sol endures, Amari thrashes her around, and fans rally up. Sol fights up, Amari monkey flips her away, but Sol avoids the boot! Sol arm-drags Amari, runs her over with shoulder tackle after shoulder tackle, then she DROPKICKS again! Fans fire up and Sol runs at Amari in the corner, HANDSPRING SPLASH! Sol pushes Amari down, and then STANDING SOMERSAULT LEG DROPS! Cover, Sol wins!
Winner: Sol Ruca, by pinfall
A big win for the debuting surfer-gymnast hybrid, but she still shows respect to Amari. Amari shakes her hand and fans cheer. Will both Sol and Amari be future champions in NXT?
Security again keeps Gallus contained.
Wolfgang and the Coffey Brothers back down towards the door, but then Joe DECKS one of the guards! Gallus goes into their locker room, but will there be repercussions for that unnecessary assault?
Cameron Grimes VS Joe Gacy w/ The Schism!
The Carolina Caveman continues to be a lone wolf, and that upsets Mr. Inclusion to no end. Will Grimes face the so-called wrath of The Schism? Or will chop down that tree Gacy keeps talking about and use it as green energy to go #ToTheMoon?
The bell rings and Grimes BOOTS Gacy! And KICKS away on him at the ropes! Fans fire up, the ref counts, Grimes lets off at 4, and The Dyad gets Gacy out of the ring. Grimes reaches out but Gacy trips him up. Gacy drags Grimes out to RAM him into the apron and CLUB away on him! Then Gacy stomps away on Grimes! Gacy puts Grimes in the ring, they throw forearms, and Gacy ROCKS Grimes. Gacy CLUBS Grimes more, whips him to ropes, but Grimes hurdles and CLOBBERS Gacy! Grimes runs and CLOBBERS Gacy again! Grimes whips, kitchen sink knees, then SLIDING BOOTS! Fans fire up while Gacy bails out.
Grimes goes to the apron but The Dyad block his way. Grimes LEAPS over them to CANNONBALL Gacy! Grimes puts Gacy in, glares at The Dyad, then hurries into the ring. But Gacy clotheslines him in the corner! And then he hits an URENAGE! Gacy crawls after Grimes, “You could’ve had your chance.” Gacy says those chances are gone, and he stomps Grimes around. Gacy drops an elbow, then drags Grimes up. Grimes throws body shots but Gacy whips him into the corner hard! Grimes bounces off buckles, Gacy hits a DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Grimes as Gacy sits him up. Gacy throws hands, then he tells Grimes that it is over for him!
Grimes snarls and he throws body shots back! Grimes swings, but into an URE- NO! Grimes arm-drags free and ROUNDHOUSES Gacy! Gacy wobbles, Grimes SUPERKICKS him down! Fans fire up and Grimes aims from a corner. But Rip Fowler gets up! Grimes DECKS him, Jagger Reed distracts! Gacy HANDSPRING LARIATS! Cover, Gacy wins!
Winner: Joe Gacy, by pinfall
Gacy entered the Upside-Down, and with help from The Dyad, he cuts Grimes down. Will the Schism continue to pass judgment on those who refuse to join them?
Backstage interview with Grayson Waller.
McKenzie asks if Waller saw Apollo’s “vision.” Of course he did! You think he’s pacing around for cardio? Apollo isn’t Naz-tra-dumbass, though! You mean Nostradamus? Yeah, whatever! Did you see what Waller’s eyes looked like in that vision? Waller can’t let that happen to his beautiful emerald green eyes! And if you look closely enough, you can see there’s just a speck of sky blue in them. Do you know how rare that is? But y’know what color they aren’t? RED. If he’s so nervous, then he can just stay home next week.
And what? Deprive the fans of the second episode of The Grayson Waller Effect? He already has Roxanne Perez and Cora Jade booked as guests! Those two in the ring together, it’s gonna be fire! But Waller says he’ll just get extra security. No way that vision comes true with extra security! No stress, he’s Grayson Waller. Waller hurries off, but will nothing stop Apollo’s vision from becoming a reality?
Nikkita Lyons w/ Zoey Stark VS Kayden Carter w/ Katana Chance!
The NXT Women’s Tag Team Division is heating up, and the dynamic duo that almost didn’t happen are hungry for that gold! Will Lyons’ pride get her a big win over the Filipina Spitfire? Or will the champions prove they’re strong even in singles competition?
NXT returns as KC Squared make their entrance. Lyons likes the music, and the bell rings. Kayden and Lyons circle as fans rally and duel. They tie up, Kayden gets around and slaps dat ass. But uh, that’s a brick house right there, so Lyons shrugs it off. Lyons and Kayden tie up, Lyons waistlocks and SLAMS Kayden down. Lyons holds onto the waistlock but Kayden fights up. Lyons SLAMS Kayden back down! Kayden fights up again, Lyons shifts to a headlock but Kayden slips out to get her own headlock. Lyons powers out, does the splits, but Kayden handsprings over to shimmy ‘n’ shake. Fans cheer and Lyons kips up.
Lyons and Kayden circle, Kayden evades the grapple to kangaroo kick and Eddy Gordo kick! Kayden whips, Lyons reverses but Kayden slides under. Kayden tries a sunset flip but Lyons stays up. Kayden avoids Lyons’ stomp, then she trips Lyons to EDDY GORDO! Cover, TWO! Kayden keeps cool and brings Lyons up. Lyons KICKS back, KICKS the other leg, ROCKS and body shots and URAKENS! Kayden staggers, into a HEEL KICK! Fans are torn as Lyons drags Kayden back up. Lyons scoops but Kayden slips off. Kayden tries a roll-up but Lyons stays up to stomp Kayden down. Lyons then scuffs Kayden to a corner and somersaults to RANA! Kayden flounders, Lyons covers, TWO!
Lyons keeps on Kayden with a straitjacket while Katana and Stark coach them on. Fans rally, Kayden endures the cobra clutch but Lyons grinds her down. Lyons leans on the hold, Kayden fights back up, but Lyons wrangles her down! Fans rally, Kayden fights, and Kayden arm-drags free! Lyons storms up but into a kick and another EDDY GORDO! Roll into the GHOST PIN, TWO!! Lyons escapes but Kayden runs in, into a BOOT! And another BOOT! Lyons scoops for a MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Kayden survives and Katana is relieved. Lyons drags Kayden up, swings but Kayden bobs ‘n’ weaves to kick and SUPERKICK!
Kayden aims again, runs, and she BOOT WASHES Lyons in the ropes! Cover, TWO! Lyons is still in this but fans rally up. Kayden knuckle locks Lyons, CHOPS her, then CHOPS again. Kayden goes up and up but Lyons trips her up! Kayden flops down, fans are torn but Katana coaches Kayden. But the ROARING ROUNDHOUSE and the LYONS DEN hit first!! Cover, Lyons wins!
Winner: Nikkita Lyons, by pinfall
Stark celebrates with her tag partner as they check off one half of the champions. But will it be a different story when it’s 2v2?
Chase U holds a public pep rally.
Andre Chase is on stage with Bodhi Hayward & Thea Hail. Chase says that because of the win he and Bodhi scored over Melo & Trick last week, in which Chase pinned Melo, Chase has earned himself a North American Championship Ladder Match qualifier next week! Everyone cheers that news! But who is it against? Von Wagner. Boo! Chase says he’ll beat Von and go to Halloween Havoc to become the NEW North American Champion! Everyone cheers that on! Chase U forever! Chase now opens things to questions from the press. Dave has a question: How confident is Chase going into his match, having never beaten Von Wagner before?
“Who the **** have you ever beaten, Dave?! You think that was a five star question!?” Has Dave ever even gotten in the ring? When Chase punches Von, he’ll be thinking of Dave’s stupid, smug face! Now THAT is a #TeachableMoment! But will Chase be the one to fail the test against vicious Von?
Nathan Frazer speaks.
“This isn’t the first time I’ve been tied at one-all. When I was playing soccer, I was always the guy that my team turned to when we needed to pull ahead. Me and Axiom, we’re all square, and headed into extra time in the decider. But now, the stakes are even higher: a place in the NXT North American Championship Ladder Match at Halloween Havoc. With everything level in a Cup Final, and the minutes ticking down, every player on the field tightens up. But that is when I’m at my most outrageous and dangerous. The ball came over my head, and I volleyed it to the goal from like 30 yards to propel us to the championship.
“I’m sure Axiom is gonna pull out moves that we’ve never seen before. But so am I. This is the biggest match of our careers. We’re gonna empty our playbooks, because it’s win or go home. And I just got the ball with the clock ticking down and the game on the line.” Will the British Prodigy score a game-winning goal? Or will he be denied his chance at gold?
Ilja Dragunov VS Xyon Quinn!
The Czar is back in a big way! He’ll be part of a Triple Threat at Halloween Havoc, against a great rival in JD McDonagh and a great champion in Bron Breakker. But will he prove Xyon isn’t either of those things in this return match? Or will UNBESIEGBAR fall to “The X-Factor” of NXT?
The bell rings and Dragunov circles with Quinn. They tie up, Dragunov wrenches an arm and then hooks a leg to wrangle Quinn to a headlock. Quinn fights up, fans rally for Dragunov and Dragunov shifts his grip. Quinn throws body shots, pries the hold open and headlocks Dragunov. But Dragunov hip tosses him down! Cover, ONE, but Dragunov facelocks. Fans still rally for Dragunov as Quinn powers up and out. They RAM shoulders, Quinn rebounds but into another headlock takeover! Dragunov grinds but Quinn fights up. Dragunov wrenches, Quinn ROCKS him, but Dragunov CHOPS back!
Dragunov reels Quinn in for a cobra twist! Quinn endures, reaches out, and fans rally. Quinn pries at the hold, pulls Dragunov’s hair, then HIP TOSSES Dragunov away! Fans boo as Dragunov goes to a corner. Quinn runs in to back elbow Dragunov! Quinn fires body shots, and then he smirks as Dragunov sputters. Quinn stands Dragunov up but Dragunov CHOPS, CLUBS, and CHOPS again! Quinn shoves Dragunov and becomes a wall! Dragunov bounces off him and fans boo. Quinn whips Dragunov into a corner, then scoops him for a BACKBREAKER! Quinn then STANDING SPLASHES! Cover, ONE!!
Quinn is practically offended but he clamps onto Dragunov with a cobra clutch. Dragunov endures and fights up! It shocks and upsets Quinn but fans rally up! Quinn ripcords but Dragunov SLAPS him! Quinn SLAPS back, but Dragunov PELES! Both men wobble and drop to their knees but fans fire up! Dragunov snarls, waistlocks, but Quinn switches. Quinn shoves, but Dragunov comes back with the CONSTANTINE SPECIAL! Fans fire up and Dragunov is feeling it! Dragunov waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX Quinn! Dragunov holds on, but Quinn fights! Quinn throws back elbows but Dragunov ducks one to fire knees in return!
Now Dragunov fires palm strike after palm strike, and then a suplex! FALLING FOREARM! Fans fire up for Dragunov after that one! Dragunov aims from the corner, “UN! BE! SIEG! BAR!” TORPEDO MOSCOW! Cover, Dragunov wins!
Winner: Ilja Dragunov, by pinfall
Fans are fired up to see The Czar hasn’t missed a step! Will Dragunov take down both the Irish Ace and the Dog Faced Gremlin’s Son to take back his throne?
NXT hears from Wendy Choo and Lash Legend.
“When I hear Lash Legend speak, it’s like listening to nails on a chalkboard. I don’t apologize for sticking up for myself. And I’m not letting Lash Legend and her huge ego interrupt my ego.” Lash says she has no problems with how Wendy dresses, does her hair or anything like that. “You do you, boo.” But when Lash has something to say, you get up out the way. It doesn’t matter if you’re Wendy Choo, Doja Cat, Beyoncé, Lizzo, you move! Buh-bye! Wendy says Lash thinks she can pick on her. But why? Cuz she’s smaller? Not as loud? Not as obnoxious? Well, that last one is impossible.
And Wendy proved in Lights Out that when she gets pushed and pushed, she can tap into the dark side. That is what Lash gets next week! Lash says when you piss her off, she kicks your head off. If Wendy wants to see this next one coming, no problem there. Wendy’s face can kiss the heel of Lash’s boot again. Mwah. Wendy says she gets it. When you have natural ability like Lash, it is hard to be humble. But Wendy will humble Lash. Lash says Wendy is an athlete, but not one like Lash. Wendy says next week, we’ll hear this: … Yep! NOTHING. Because Wendy’s gonna shut up the biggest mouth in NXT history!
Lash says get Wendy’s bed, hug pillow and nightlight, because she’s putting Wendy to bed, OKAY~? But just who is going to take a three second nap at the end of their match?
Brutus Creed VS Damon Kemp!
The Diamond Mine had a snake inside their camp the whole time, and it was the Golden Gopher all along! The Creeds lost their NXT Tag Team Championships because of Kemp, will #BrutusSmash? Or will Kemp have another trick up his proverbial sleeve to pour salt in the wounds?
Kemp makes his entrance second, and Brutus rushes him at the ramp! They brawl, fans fire up, and Kemp ROCKS Brutus with forearms and body shots. But Brutus brings Kemp along and puts him in the ring! The bell rings, Brutus TACKLES Kemp and fires hands! Kemp gets up but Brutus tackles him again! Brutus throws a knee, then he gut wrench THROWS Kemp! Kemp staggers up, Brutus runs in, but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Brutus sputters but Kemp KICKS him down! Kemp CLUBS Brutus, cravats, and he grinds Brutus down. Brutus endures and fans rally up. Brutus fights up and gets a leg to suplex Kemp!
But Kemp holds onto the cravat! Kemp grinds Brutus again but fans rally as Brutus endures. Brutus fights up, rolls, but Kemp stays clamped on! Kemp talks trash but Brutus fights up again. Kemp RAMS Brutus into buckles, and again, and again! The ref counts, but Kemp GRINDS Brutus’ face on ropes! Brutus endures, fans rally, but Kemp throws knees. Brutus is starting to fade inside that cravat! But fans rally, Kemp snapmares Brutus then redoes the cravat. Kemp then drops an elbow! Kemp facelocks, fans boo but Brutus still endures. Brutus fights up and he scoops Kemp to SLAM him down! Fans fire up as Brutus is free!
Brutus runs in but Kemp sends him into buckles! Kemp grins, brings the straps down, and he mocks Brutus’ bear crawl. Kemp SLAPS Brutus, but Brutus snarls! Brutus storms up on Kemp, rolls him up, TWO! Brutus POUNCES Kemp to the ropes!! Kemp flops out of the ring and he’s furious. Kemp grabs a chair and he JAMS Brutus! And SMACKS him! And again and again!!
Winner: Brutus Creed, by disqualification
Kemp tells Brutus to get up and he puts him in the ring. Kemp keeps after Brutus with the chair! Refs rush out to try and stop Kemp but now Kemp just shouts in Brutus’ face! Kemp then tells Julius that if he wants some, he can come get some! Kemp storms off, telling Brutus he’s nothing! Will all this only bring more pain down on Kemp’s head?
Quincy Elliot talks with Sanga backstage.
The Super Diva asks why the Gentleman Fighter is so down. Sanga says last week, Quincy had a great win while Sanga did not fare so well against Von Wagner of all people. Quincy says that’s alright, there’s plenty of Quincy love to go around. Keep your head up. Sanga gives a lot of advice, but sometimes he needs it. Thank you, brother. Of course, you got this. Sanga heads out, and Xyon enters in. Quincy wants him to hold on. Remember that talk they had last week? Quincy watched Quinn’s match, and that X-Factor thing Quinn keeps talking about… Yeah, Quincy just doesn’t see it. Teehee, laters.
Quinn’s even more upset now. Will he look to ruin Quincy’s good times for his honest opinion?
NXT Media catches up with Stark & Lyons.
They congratulate Lyons on the win tonight, she and Stark are picking up momentum going towards the NXT Women’s Tag Team titles. Lyons thanks them for that. Kayden put up a great fight, but the results make it clear. Lyons & Stark are coming for the titles! Stark agrees. With Lyons’ power and Stark’s experience, they’ll be unstoppable. Those titles are coming home with them soon enough. “You guys can’t be serious.” Toxic Attraction walk over and Jacy says Stark & Lyons are nowhere near ready for their titles. Uh, their titles? Didn’t Gigi & Jacy lose? Oh yeah, they did! So those are NOT their titles.
Gigi says those titles look good on them, not on Lyons & Stark. Ew, could you imagine? Mandy says Lyons & Stark should just shut up right now, cuz it’s 3v2. Oh, really? You think they’re scared? But then WOOSH, Fyre lights another fire! Seems now the odds are even. Lyons & Stark like this, but Toxic Attraction backs down. Will Fyre help Lyons & Stark burn down the Toxic Empire once and for all?
Pub Rules Match: Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen VS Gallus!
As if these teams weren’t in fighting moods before, they’ve been after each other all night! Now things get to finally pop off, with plenty of kegs and Guinness at ringside! Who will end up under the table? And who will be the boys on top?
NXT returns as Briggs & Jensen make their entrance. Briggs is bringing a bull rope to this bar brawl! The bell rings and the brawl is on! Jensen throws hands with Mark Coffey but ends up cornered, while Briggs backs down Wolfie! Wolfgang turns things around on Briggs but Jensen turns things around on Mark. Well, not for long as Mark ROCKS Jensen. Wolfgang bumps Briggs off buckles, the hands fly more, but Jensen throws body shots. Wolfgang shoves Briggs out, he takes Briggs’ rope and LASHES Jensen! Mark goes out after Briggs to CLUB him down! Wolfgang digs his boots in on Jensen while Mark throws more hands.
Wolfgang fishhooks Jensen so he can watch Mark throw hands on Briggs. Mark grabs a trash can lid, but Briggs kicks him first. Briggs gets a trash can lid now, but Mark kicks back. Both men stagger, and Briggs CHUCKS the can at Mark’s head! Down goes Markus while Wolfgang CHOKES Jensen! Wolfgang stomps Jensen but Briggs CLUBS Wolfgang. The good ol’ boys hit back, double whip Wolfgang to ropes, and they double shoulder tackle Wolfgang down! They bring Wolfgang up, but Mark CLOBBERS Briggs! Mark BOOTS Jensen, Wolfgang throws hands on Briggs. Fans rally with “USA! USA!” but the brawl still goes Gallus’ way.
Jensen and Briggs hit back, Mark knees low and Wolfgang claws Briggs’ eyes! The Gallus Boys each whip Briggs & Jensen, but Briggs BOOTS Wolfgang and Jensen WHEEL KICKS Mark! Gallus bails out to regroup and fans fire up! Mark and Wolfgang go under the ring to bring out a TABLE! Fans love that, and Jensen hurries to match them! There’s another table in play as Jensen puts it in the ring. Briggs helps set the table up in a corner, and both teams dare the other to bring it. Briggs & Jensen go out but Gallus hurries around the way. Gallus gets the trash can lids, and Briggs has Jensen stand down so he doesn’t get clobbered.
Briggs & Jensen nod at each other and go looking under the ring. They bring out chairs! Fans fire up as the chairs and lids clash! The chairs win out, Briggs & Jensen SMACK Wolfgang & Mark on the backs! And again! And then they focus on Mark as Wolfgang bails out! Mark bails out and the fans fire up for the good ol’ boys as NXT goes picture in picture.
Briggs & Jensen dare Gallus to get back in the ring. Mark paces while Wolfgang checks his hands. Gallus starts throwing trash cans and lids into the ring, but Briggs & Jensen easily catch those and set them down. Gallus is annoyed as Jensen throws a can back! Gallus go to commentary to complain, and they hurry with trash cans, but they get DOUBLE DROPKICKS! Gallus hits the desk, then Briggs & Jensen put Wolfgang in! Briggs & Jensen corner Wolfgang to forearm and clothesline! Then they double whip Wolfgang to atomic drop and- Mark CLOBBERS Briggs! Jensen DECKS Mark, but Wolfgang CLOBBERS Jensen!
Wolfgang drags Jensen up and POSTS him! Wolfgang then fires off on Briggs at the apron. Briggs hits back, and now they brawl on the edge. Wolfgang kicks Briggs down but Briggs ROCKS Wolfgang back. They brawl more, Briggs gets the edge, but Wolfgang ROCKS him back. Briggs BOOTS Wolfgang down! Briggs then LEAPS at Mark, but Mark DECKS him out of the sky!
NXT returns to single picture, Mark whips Briggs to Wolfgang for the scoop. GAMANGIRI to POWERSLAM! Gallus stands over Briggs, and then they go after Jensen. Jensen throws haymakers! Fans fire up but Mark knees Jensen low. Mark whips Jensen to kitchen sink knee! Wolfgang SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Mark drags Jensen up to Backslide, and then Wolfgang KNEES a chair into Jensen’s face!! Jensen flounders and writhes in pain but Mark covers, TWO!! Jensen survives but Mark covers again, TWO! Gallus is annoyed, but they drop knees on Jensen. Wolfgang covers, TWO! Jensen reaches out but Mark smothers him.
Mark takes Jensen’s belt off him and now he has a leather strap! Wolfgang rips Jensen’s shirt off, but Briggs CLOBBERS Mark! Briggs fires off forearms but he gets mugged 2v1! And then CATAPULT FOREARM COMBO! Briggs is dazed, Mark takes his belt from him, and Gallus loom over both good ol’ boys. They LASH and LASH and LASH both Briggs & Jensen! Fans are stinging just watching and listening to this! LASH after LASH after LASH mark up Briggs & Jensen! Briggs & Jensen fight back but they just get more LASHES! Mark & Wolfgang prepare to use all the slack, but Briggs & Jensen block the lashing!
Briggs HEADBUTTS Mark, Jensen HEADBUTTS Wolfgang, and fans fire up! Now the tide has turned, time for the LASHING of Gallus!! LASH after LASH, and then they literally put Gallus on the ropes. Briggs puts Wolfgang’s shirt over his head while Mark’s shirt is just gone, Briggs & Jensen DOUBLE LASH!! Gallus writhes and fans want that “ONE MORE TIME!” The good ol’ boys instead slide out to DOUBLE HAYMAKER! And then, they spot the table with the pitcher on it. Fans chant for “BEER! BEER! BEER!” Briggs & Jensen grab a mug each, to SMASH them on Gallus’ heads!! Briggs & Jensen put Mark in the ring and then put him in a trash can!
Mark is upside-down, but here comes Joe! The Iron King is furious, but Briggs & Jensen DOUBLE BOOT him down, and Joe falls through the table!! The good ol boys are all fired-up, and Wolfgang runs in, DOUBLE HIP TOSS through the other table!! Mark gets right-side-up, for the COUNTRY HIGH LOW!! Cover, Jensen & Briggs win!
Winners: Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen, by pinfall
The Pub Rules Match turned more into a slobber knocker, and we saw that country boys can survive! Will Gallus not leave it at this? Just how much wilder can this one get? Well, speaking of, Gallus isn’t letting security push them back, Wolfgang DECKS one! And then refs rush out, only for Joe to DECK one of them!! That’ll be a mighty big fine! Well now police storm in! They ARREST Gallus for disorderly conduct! Will not even the law stop this firm from taking over?
A great NXT with a lot of great things set up for Halloween Havoc. For one, great vignette from Nathan Frazer to frame his rivalry with Axiom within his favorite thing outside of wrestling in soccer. As if Frazer VS Axiom Round 3 wasn’t going to be great already, making it a qualifier for the North American Championship Ladder match is going to boost that into something amazing. Either guy can win and either guy will make an awesome addition to that ladder match. Chase U has a great “pep rally,” and we got another classic Andre Chase outburst. Chase VS Von definitely feels like Von’s to win, but I would love if Chase got another shocker upset.
Wes VS Tony was really good, but I feel like that had to be a legit injury for Tony D. There’s no way NXT would intentionally make that part of story, but they can definitely spin it for story. Wes has to prove to everyone, including himself, that he deserves to be in the ladder match, so he might go above and beyond with wild spots. Given that, maybe Wes dooms himself and overdoes it, allowing someone else to win the title. Melo & Trick also keep hating on Wes so whether it’s Melo or Wes who wins, they can have an awesome feud going into the Fall and whatever NXT special parallels Survivor Series this year.
Great segment from Dragunov, JD and Bron with great use of continuity from NXT UK. And while I personally don’t think a Triple Threat is best for this, obviously the fans all wanted it, and Bron even played along by doing his own take on Steiner Math so that was fun. I just hope that this Triple Threat doesn’t go the way of Mandy Rose using Blair Davenport and Meiko Satomura against each other to win. Bron has had a great time in NXT, but he could easily move up to RawDown. My main thing is, Dragunov cannot, should not and better not be fed to further boost Bron. Dragunov can pin JD so that Bron loses without losing, clean exit and finally NXT UK gets some respect over here.
Mandy VS Fallon was a solid opening match but of course Mandy wins. She calls out Fyre, but then Fyre throws it back at her, obviously we’re getting that title match for Halloween Havoc. Lyons VS Kayden was a great match but it makes sense for Lyons to win since this was 1v1. Lyons, Stark & Fyre have a great confrontation with Toxic Attraction, that is definitely a Six Woman Tag to help factor things in for the women’s title and women’s tag titles. I almost feel like we’ll get a Triple Threat Tag for the women’s tag titles just so we get another situation of one side losing without really losing any power levels. Lyons & Stark can pin Toxic, they can pin KC Squared, the other goes after Lyons & Stark for the Fall season.
Decent promo from The Schism and a really good match from Grimes VS Gacy. The Dyad of course make the difference and Gacy wins, and I further believe this is leading to a Six Man Tag of The Schism VS Grimes, Edris & Malik. Good promo from Apollo and good response from Waller. I have a weird feeling Apollo VS Waller can end up an Eye for an Eye match like Seth Rollins had with Rey Mysterio a couple years ago. Waller also having Roxanne AND Cora on his talk show, he’s of course going to stir the pot, but we all know Roxie VS Cora II was going to happen at some point, so this is a good way to get multiple stories going at once.
Good debut match from Sol Ruca, and with her athletic background, there are parallels between her and Tiffany Stratton, so I’m almost expecting Sol’s first feud to be with Tiffany. Wendy and Lash have a good promo segment, their match will be very good, and it could go either way. Wendy kept her feud with Tiffany going even after losses, so whether Wendy loses or Lash does, they both have that character where they’ll just go back for more. Dragunov has a great return match with Quinn, and of course Dragunov wins. Sanga, Quincy and Quinn had a good segment backstage, and Quinn is a good foil for Quincy to feud with.
Really good match from Brutus and Kemp, but obviously Kemp wasn’t worried about winning, just hurting Brutus. Mission accomplished there and obviously we’ll get Julius VS Kemp next. It’s just rather odd that Kemp still wears the singlet he spray painted last week. I’m sure Kemp will have his own, non-Diamond-Mine ring gear soon, and since Damon Kemp is a former Minnesota wrestler, I’m hoping for gold and maroon. That’d look pretty awesome, especially to contrast the blue and white of Diamond Mine.
We got great segments from Gallus and the good ol’ boys all night, especially with Gallus pushing the limits with NXT security. That main event was awesome stuff, and I’m a bit surprised Briggs & Jensen won, but HHHBK seem to really like those guys. But I feel like having Gallus arrested is actually the wrong way to go about this. Hank Walker should’ve stormed out there cuz he’s basically alpha security guard. Also, Hank has felt like the third man in the Country Boys stable since he showed up on Level Up months ago. Maybe that still happens next week, with a segment where Gallus is released on bail and Hank gets in their face. Then we can get Briggs, Jensen & Hank VS Gallus in a huge Six Man Tag for Halloween Havoc, whatever wild stipulation attached to it you want.
My Score: 8.8/10
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- Leila Grey VS Tiara James; Grey wins.
- Jeeves Kay w/ The Trustbusters VS Gus De La Vega; Jeeves wins.
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Solid line up, and it is great to see Fuego Del Sol back in action. He had that scary situation months ago about the hole in his neck, so he’s clearly made a great recovery. I’m sure he’ll get a great win tonight, but I’m wondering where he’ll go in AEW now that he’s back.
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