Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (12/18/19)
Who grabs gold for the holidays?
Two titles and so much more as NXT wraps up for Christmas!
Not only will Shayna Baszler defend her title against Rhea Ripley, Adam Cole defends his against Finn Balor, to OPEN THE SHOW! Who will have the happier holidays with a title around their waist?
- NXT Championship: Adam Cole VS Finn Balor; Cole wins and retains the NXT Championship.
- Damien Priest VS Killian Dain; Priest wins.
- KUSHIDA VS Cameron Grimes; Grimes wins.
- Io Shirai VS Santana Garrett; Shirai wins.
- Pete Dunne VS Travis Banks; Dunne wins.
- NXT Women’s Championship: Shayna Baszler VS Rhea Ripley; Ripley wins and becomes the new NXT Women’s Champion.
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Last week was rrrreeeal, and tonight is Undisputed!
While we have a new NXT Cruiserweight Champion in Angel Garza, while we have a growing grudge between Cameron Grimes and Kushida, while the Fashion Police get fierce, and while the Head Baddie In Charge takes Dakota Kai down by any means necessary, we have a NEW #1 contender to Adam Cole! He is the Prince, he is Extraordinary, he is FINN BALOR! At the same time, the Queen of Spades looks to conquer the Heavy Metal Nightmare. Will there be two new champions before this night is over?!
NXT Championship: Adam Cole VS Finn Balor!
Speaking of championship matches, here’s the first one! Will the Prince take back his throne to make the future his past? Or will the Undisputed Prophecy survive into the New Year?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and fans are already dueling with the bell. Balor and Cole circle and tie up. Balor waistlocks and slams Cole down and facelocks. Balor gets to the back and headlocks but Cole slips out to a hammerlock. Balor trips Cole and gets the headlock back. Balor holds on as Cole tries to power out, and Balor throws Cole with a headlock takeover. Cole rolls to a corner, TWO! Cole headscissors but Balor pops out and trips Cole. Cole avoids the stomps but misses his superkick, Balor wants Bloody Sunday! Cole gets to ropes and the ref calls for the break. The two honor it, but Cole then kicks low! Cole throws forearms to put Balor in a corner, then more to have him against ropes.
Cole whips, Balor reverses, Cole sunset flips but Balor slips out to dropkick! Cover, TWO, but Balor is on the arm. Balor has his knee in Cole’s back but Cole works his way up. Balor wrenches and CHOPS Cole to a corner, then CHOPS him again! Balor whips Cole corner to corner and CHOPS again! Balor snapmares and runs to dropkick Cole in the back! Cover, TWO! Cole gets to ropes but Balor stalks up behind him to stomp him down. The ref backs Balor off but Balor just comes back with more vicious stomps! Cole bails out as the ref backs Balor off again. Balor then runs to wreck Cole with a dropkick! Balor sneers from the apron as he takes aim, but Cole SUPERKICKS a leg out! Balor clutches the knee because X marks the spot. Cole then throws Balor into the apron and then in the ring. Cole brings Balor around for a neckbreaker!
Fans rally and duel as Cole rains down rights. Cole drags Balor up and snap suplexes. Float over to a cover, TWO, but Cole puts Balor in the corner to stomp a mudhole! The ref counts, Cole lets up at 4, and soaks up both cheers and jeers from the crowd. Cole snapmares Balor and rams his knee in. He clamps on a chinlock and grinds Balor down. Balor endures as fans rally up. Balor fights up but Cole wrangles him back down. Cole cranks back but Balor continues to endure. Fans continue to rally and duel, Balor fights up to jawbreaker free! Balor runs but Cole dropkicks the leg out! Cole has Balor up for big forearms, then brings him around for another neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Cole rams his knee in again and then wraps on a headscissor squeeze! Balor endures again as fans rally up.
Balor works on the hold but Cole just squeezes tighter. Balor bridges back to a cover, TWO! Cole runs Balor over with a back elbow! Cole brushes off his shoulder as fans are divided. Balor gets to a corner, Cole runs in, but Balor boots him back! Balor rallies with forearms and a whip, but Cole reverses. Balor just hits him again! Dragon sleeper, elbow drop DDT! Cover, TWO! Cole survives but Balor keeps his focus. Cole is in the corner, Balor runs in to CHOP again! Balor whips Cole corner to corner, and CHOPS again! Another whip, another CHOP! Cole staggers and falls to a knee, but Balor brings him up for another headlock. Cole slips out to a BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO! Cole keeps his focus as he drags Balor up and to a fireman’s carry. Balor slips out, waistlocks but Cole breaks free to PELE! Cole runs, into a SLINGBLADE!
Balor takes aim from a corner, runs out, but into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Balor still lives and Full Sail is fired up! Cole refocuses and gets himself to ropes. He brings Balor up and suplexes, but Balor fights out. Balor suplexes but Cole fights out. Cole forearms but Balor gives it back. They brawl back and forth and it speeds up! Balor gets an edge but Cole shoves to BOOT! And BOOT again! PELE! But it’s Cole who falls on the cover, TWO!! Balor survives and both men are too exhausted to be frustrated or surprised. Cole stirs first and goes to the ropes. Balor rises but Cole aims from the corner. Balor stands, Cole and Balor glare at each other. Cole kicks out the leg, hops up and leaps, but into a fireman’s carry! Pop into the headlock, but Cole slips out! USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Balor survives Last Shot 1.0 and fans are reaching a fever pitch!
Cole gets up again, runs, but Balor trips him up! Double stomps! Cole crawls but Balor shotgun dropkicks! Balor has Cole in the drop zone, and hurries up top! The bad leg slows him down and Cole SUPERKICKS him off the top! Balor crashes and burns to the floor and Cole has a chance to rest. Fans are dueling again as a ring count begins. But Cole won’t let that end it? He goes to the apron, takes aim and leaps, but the Sunrise is turned into a back drop! Balor aims and runs in, JOHN WOO DROPKICK! The front row gets bowled over, just like with Johnny Gargano or Tommaso Ciampa! Balor gets Cole back in the ring and climbs up fast! COUP DE GRACE but Cole gets clear! The knee buckles, LAST SHOT SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!?! Balor lives?! Speaking of Gargano, he was the last person to survive that move!
Cole is clearly at a loss for words as he gets back up. But fans know “This is Awesome!” Cole takes the knee pad down now, and wants another shot. HE even mocks the finger guns. But Balor turns around to LARIAT! And then another shotgun dropkick! Cole is down again, Balor is up top again, and… COUP DE GRACE HITS!! But that’s not all, Balor drags Cole up. But wait, is that… JOHNNY GARGANO is on the stage!! Everyone is distracted, even the ref, and Cole low blow uppercuts Balor!! LAST SHOT AGAIN! Cover, Cole wins!!
Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall; still NXT Champion
Johnny Wrestling doesn’t care about Cole keeping the title, he got payback on Balor! And then he takes a chair from the front row, the same spot he got dropkick’d into that night Balor turned on him. Gargano brings the chair into the ring while Cole hurries away. Balor realizes he wasn’t seeing things, and he begs Gargano be merciful. Not happening! SMACK! Jab! SMACK! Three chair shots send Balor running, but Gargano pursues! Another SMACK, and then another! Balor retreats through the fans and Gargano leaves it at that. Will Gargano make Balor regret returning to NXT?
Damien Priest VS Killian Dain!
The Archer of Infamy returns from having his ribs wrecked by the Beast of Belfast at WarGames. But he also aims for revenge! Will Priest hit his target and end the North Ireland Nightmare?
The bell rings and the brawl is on! Dain powers Damien to the corner and rams his shoulder into those taped-up ribs! The ref counts but Dain lets up at 4. Damien throws heavy haymakers but Dain shoves back. Dain runs in but misses, and Damien fires off furious fists in the corner! And stomps! The ref counts, Damien lets up at 4 but Dain kicks back. Dain throws Damien out, Damien lands on his feet and is up on the apron quick. Dain runs at Damien but Damien gets clear to roundhouse back! Damien steps in and tries to suplex, but those ribs stop that from happening. DIVIDE CROSSBODY! Dain doesn’t cover, he rams elbows into the ribs! Fans boo as Dain wraps on a bearhug from behind. Damien endures the squeeze so Dain turns him around to drop ax handles on the bad ribs!
The bearhug returns but Damien powers up as fans rally. Damien elbows Dain until Dain lets go, but then Damien runs into a bearhug from the front! Dain squeezes Damien again but Damien endures. Fans rally as Damien throws haymakers. Dain shoves Damien and corner splashes him! Then he sticks Damien sideways in the corner, to run and DROPKICK those ribs! And then again! The baseball slide sends Damien out, but Dain follows after. Dain drags Damien up and clubs those ribs. Damien hurries away and elbows Dain back. But Dain BOOTS! The ring count passes 5 and Dain rams Damien into railing! Damien gets in the ring at 8 but Dain covers, TWO! Dain is right back on Damien with another bearhug. Fans rally up and Damien fights to his feet. Dain suplexes and drops Damien hard!
Fans boo and jeer but Dain just scowls as he stands on Damien’s stomach. Dain pulls hair and throws hands, then turns Damien over to dig a knee into the back. Dain has a camel clutch and pulls Damien back. Fans rally as Damien fights his way up. Damien pries free and kicks back on Dain’s legs. Damien tries but still can’t suplex, Dain gives Damien a GUT BUSTER! Damien writhes in pain but Dain pulls the tape away! Fans boo as Dain throws more hands and elbows, and then drops a back senton! Damien gasps and sputters but Dain just soaks up all the heat. Dain digs his knees into Damien’s back again. Fans troll Dain with chants of “Shave Your Back Hair!” Dain just drops a SPLASH on Damien’s back! Cover, TWO!!
Dain grits his teeth as he drags Damien up by his hair. Dain fisherman’s and suplexes! Cover, TWO! Damien is toughing it out but Dain just drags him back up for a chinlock. Fans rally again and Damien powers up. Damien fights with body shots and an uppercut! But Dain DROPKICKS again! Damien bails out in pain as NXT goes picture in picture.
Dain goes out the side and comes around the way. Damien does his best to go the other way but he gets rammed into the apron! Dain puts Damien back in and looms over him. Dain brings Damien up but Damien throws haymakers. Dain just needs one big body shot to stop that. Dain puts Damien against the ropes and hooks his arms around them. Dain pulls on the arms, straining them against the ropes, before ramming his shoulder into the ribs again! Damien flops out of the ring but gets himself back to the apron. Dain runs to RAM Damien down! Dain taunts the fans as the ring count climbs. Damien drags himself back to the apron but Dain is on him already. Dain drags Damien in through the ropes and hooks him up again. Dain pushes Damien back against the ropes, then kicks the ropes to jam Damien more!
Damien gasps for air on the apron but Dain won’t leave him be. Dain drags Damien up and suplexes him in! A big impact and Dain covers, TWO! Damien is still toughing it out but Dain is on him with a seated cobra twist! The abdominal stretch of course stretches Damien’s body out, and Dain clubs the bad ribs! Dain also clamps a hand onto the side, further torturing Damien. But Damien endures and fights his way up to throw forearms! Dain shoves and runs into the corner but Damien uppercuts! And then boots! Dain staggers but comes back, only for Damien to get him with a COMPLETE SHOT! NXT returns to single picture as both men slowly rise.
Dain is up first but fans are on Damien’s side as he throws big forearms! Dain dodges but gets a big back elbow! Damien fires off kick after kick then a discus, and an AX BOMBER! Fans fire up as Damien runs corner to corner, BIG back elbow! Damien wants to try once more time, but how can he suplex with even more beat-up ribs? Damien uses rage alone to SUPLEX DAIN!! Fans are fired up for “PRIEST! PRIEST! PRIEST!” Damien gets himself to a corner and to the top rope. But Dain rolls all the way out of the ring. So Damien hops down to ESCALARA TOPE CONJILO! Damien puts Dain in, clamps on a hand, SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, TWO!! Dain survives that fall from grace, but Damien won’t lose focus.
Damien stalks up behind Dain as he stands. Damien brings Dain in, but no Reckoning as Dain gets loose. Dain dodges in the corner, and SUPERKICKS the ribs! Dain lifts, CRUCIFIX BOMB! And an elbow drop! Cover, TWO!! Damien survives but Dain just grits his teeth. Dain aims from the corner and watches Damien get to the other. Dain runs in, splash to the back! Electric Chair lift, but Damien fights out to victory roll! Cover, ONE! SPINNING ROUNDHOUSE! Then Damien lifts, but Dain is too much for that. Dain fireman’s carries and Wasteland slams, to a back senton! VADER BOMB GETS KNEES! Damien gets Dain in the dragon sleeper, RECKONING! Cover, Damien wins!!
Winner: Damien Priest, by pinfall
Damien grins, because in the end, he still lives. But will the “Paragon of Punishment” #LiveForever in the New Year?
The 2019 NXT Year End Awards are coming!
As finalists for the NXT Tag Team of the Year, you have: The Viking Raiders, now on Raw; The Street Profits, also now on Raw; NXT UK’s Grizzled Young Veterans; NXT UK’s South Wales Subculture, aka Flash Morgan Webster and Mark Andrews; and of course, the NXT Tag Team Champions, the Undisputed Era’s Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish! Keep voting for your favorite tag team before the poles close!
Finalists for NXT Male Competitor of the Year are: The Velveteen Dream; Johnny Gargano; Tyler Bate; WWE United Kingdom Champion, WALTER; Tommaso Ciampa; and of course, THE NXT Champion, Adam Cole, BAYBAY! Cole won to keep his title tonight, will he close the year with another award?
Finalists for the NXT Female Competitor of the Year are: Io Shirai; Bianca Belair; former NXT UK Women’s Champion, Toni Storm; current NXT UK Women’s Champion, Kay Lee Ray; inaugural NXT UK Women’s Champion, Rhea Ripley; and current NXT Women’s Champion, Shayna Baszler. Ripley and Baszler battle tonight, but will one of them win the Golden Bell as well?
There’s a huge field of NXT Breakout Star finalists! New NXT Cruiserweight Champion, Angel Garza. Piper the Viper Niven. The Limitless Keith Lee. The Original Bro, Matt Riddle. The Croatian Colossus, Dominik Dijakovic. Gallus’ Iron King, Joe Coffey. Mrs. Wrestling, Candice LeRae. The Archer of Infamy, Damien Priest. And the inaugural NXT Women’s Champion, the Mosh Pit Kid, Rhea Ripley! Who will be considered THE BEST new star of NXT?
All these categories and more are of course to be decided before the end of 2019, and the New Year’s Day NXT will announce the winners!
The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic 2020 is coming!
Finn Balor & Samoa Joe. The Authors of Pain. The Undisputed Era. Even Aleister Black & Ricochet. Only one team can join them in history! The teams participating as well as the bracket breakdown will all be announced on the New Year’s Day NXT!
KUSHIDA VS Cameron Grimes!
The Time Splitter got on the bad side of the Carolina Caveman, especially after confiscating his beloved top hat! Will Grimes take his property back while caving Kushida in?
The bell rings and Grimes goes right at Kushida. Kushida waistlocks then drop toeholds to get the arm. Grimes gets up and powers Kushida to ropes but Kushida wrenches again. Fans rally for Kushida but Grimes brings him in for a facelock. Kushida slips out to facelock and hold on. Grimes keeps trying to get out but Kushida rolls with him and then floats all over him. Kushida pats Grimes on the back and fans cheer. Grimes runs into an arm-drag! Kushida has the arm and wrenches, but Grimes gets up. Grimes powers out but Kushida reverses the whip, only for Grimes to run him over. Fans boo but Grimes soaks it all in as he runs.
Kushida stays low then goes up and over to hit a hip-toss takedown! Grimes has to fight off the armbar but Kushida spins around to hammerlock! And then he has the other arm, to hammerlock that, and fall back to tweak both arms at once! Grimes bails out but Kushida builds speed to wreck with a dropkick! Kushida puts Grimes in, climbs up top, and leaps for a big ax handle! Grimes flounders but Kushida is on him with a standing Octopus! Grimes endures as Kushida cranks back on the arm. Grimes pries free and throws Kushida off, but Kushida dropkicks! Kushida climbs back on for another Octopus! Then the takedown to a cover, TWO! Grimes gets away to a corner as NXT goes picture in picture.
Kushida stomps Grimes in the corner and CHOPS! Grimes staggers but Kushida is on him with an arm wrench. Grimes pulls on the top knot in Kushida’s hair to throw him down! Grimes then kicks Kushida while he’s down! And rams in knees! Grimes drags Kushida up to throw European Uppercuts and CHOPS of his own. Grimes wrenches Kushida to grind on the arm, but Kushida fights back up. Kushida throws forearms but Grimes whips. Kushida reverses, but Grimes blocks the hip toss, only for Kushida to block back. Another block for another block, and so on and so forth until the two end up by the ropes, and then Kushida hip tosses Grimes out of the ring! Kushida then goes to the corner and climbs, but Grimes gets in the ring. Kushida leaps over him but comes back, FLIPPING POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!!
Grimes goes after Kushida with big knee drops! Grimes digs a knee in and pulls back on Kushida. Kushida endures the partial camel clutch and crawls, to get the ropebreak! Grimes lets go to stomp Kushida hard on the back! Kushida writhes and rolls to a corner but Grimes is on him again. Kushida CHOPS but Grimes throws body shots. The two go back and forth, brawling with forearms. Grimes whips Kushida hard into buckles! Cover, TWO! Grimes drags Kushida up and rams his knee into the back! Grimes drags Kushida up but Kushida hits back with haymakers! They brawl again, Kushida gets the edge, but Griems reverses the whip to LARIAT Kushida down! NXT returns to single picture as Grimes covers, TWO!
Grimes stands on Kushida in the corner but lets off at 4. Grimes brings Kushida up to hip toss him across the ring! Grimes digs his knees into Kushida’s head then drags him up to throw a hard kick to the back! Grimes bends Kushida backwards across his knees, but Kushida endures. The ref sees Grimes dig his fingers into Kushida’s face and reprimands him. Grimes lets go of Kushida but stalks him to ropes. Grimes reels Kushida in to ram a forearm into the back! And again! Fans rally up for Kushida but Grimes scoops for a backbreaker! And then the Bow ‘n’ Arrow rack! Kushida endures, fans rally, and Kushida fights out. Grimes waistlocks but Kushida elbows out. Grimes whips Kushida but Kushida handsprings to back elbow! Fans cheer as Kushida rises again. Grimes drags himself up and runs in but Kushida rallies with big forearms!
Kushida whips Grimes, hip toss and cartwheel to a dropkick! Fans fire up as Kushida runs again, tilt-0-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO! ARMBAR! Grimes endures, fights his way around, and gets a ropebreak with a leg! Kushida lets go but he aims from the corner. Kushida runs in to dropkick an arm out! Then tilt-o-whirls but Grimes blocks the hoverboard for a tilt-o-whirl SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Kushida survives but Grimes is too exhausted to be frustrated. Kushida gets to a corner while Grimes catches his breath. Kushida catches Grimes as he comes in, BUCKLE SHOT! GERMAN SUPLEX! Grimes sits up, but ducks the buzzsaw kick to hit a SUPER FOREARM! Kushida is dazed, Grimes grits his teeth, but Kushida ducks the buzzsaw. Grimes back flips to waistlock, but Kushida fights against the German Suplex. Kushida tries to wheelbarrow, but that just becomes Grimes’ WHEELBARROW SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!!
Fans cheer as both men are down again. Grimes grows frustrated as he glares down at Kushida. Grimes drags Kushida up and whips, but Kushida denies the Cave In. Kushida boots, puts Grimes on the apron, then runs to handspring kick Grimes down! Kushida climbs up top, and LEAPS! HUGE SWANTON! Perhaps double-edged for Kushida given the landing. The ring count begins as both men slowly stir on the outside. The count passes 5 as Kushida fires himself up. Kushida puts Grimes in at 7, Kushida runs in at him in the corner, but Grimes BOOTS! Grimes hops up, but Kushida enziguris! Kushida climbs up to join Grimes, and goes after the arm! But Grimes clubs Kushida away, only to get another handspring kick!
Kushida climbs again, stands way up high, SUPER VICTORY ROLL BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?! Grimes survives and Kushida can’t believe it! Even fans feel “That Was Three! That Was Three!” Kushida goes after legs, Grimes resists, so Kushida kicks out the arm! But Grimes gets Kushida away from him to ROUNDHOUSE in return! Kushida hits the FAST BALL! Kushida ducks the Cave In, tornado off the ropes but no takedown! CAVE IN OUTTA NOWHERE!! Cover, Grimes wins!!
Winner: Cameron Grimes, by pinfall
Incredible! The Technical Savage got the better of the Super Junior! Is this the Breakout Grimes was looking for? But also, Grimes takes his hat back.
NXT takes a closer look at Io Shirai.
The Genius of the Sky is now the Evil Genius as she continues her descent into madness. She doesn’t need anyone else but herself, though she did hit the highest mark during WarGames. “Don’t you DARE take your eyes off me!” Will we not be able to look away after she’s in action tonight?
Io Shirai VS Santana Garrett!
The descent continues as 2019 draws to a close. Will she drag down the Wonder Woman of Wrestling into the dark depths while flying higher than ever?
The bell rings and Shirai circles with Garrett. They tie up and Shirai waistlocks. Garrett standing switches, but Shirai headlocks out of it. Garrett powers out but Shirai runs her over. Shirai runs and shows off agility with a handspring, then dodges Garrett. Garrett hip tosses to a cover, TWO! Shirai choke grips Garrett but Garrett blocks the slap! Garrett wristlocks, ducks the punch to forearm back! Garrett goes to the ropes, flies and arm-drags Shirai away! Shirai comes back, Garrett somersault headscissors but Shirai handsprings through! Shirai says no no, but her dropkick misses! Mule kick rocks Shirai!
Garrett drags Shirai up to whip but Shirai holds ropes. Garrett keeps trying but Shirai holds on. Garrett forearms but Shirai hotshots! Garrett wobbles and Shirai whips, BIG flapjack! Shirai kicks and stomps Garrett to a corner, then CHOPS her down! Shirai goes corner to corner, but Garrett avoids the meteora! Garrett boots back, runs and rallies with forearms! Garrett wrenches to a Russian Leg Sweep! Cover, TWO! Garrett waistlocks but Shirai bucks her off, only for Garrett to handspring back and ROCK Shirai with that left! Shirai staggers and Garrett handsprings in for a back elbow! Garrett suplexes, rolls through to a cover, TWO with a bridge! Both women hold wrists and rolls, LAST CHANCERY! Shirai endures and crawls, reaching out, turning to the side, and rakes the eyes! Shirai gets the ropebreak while Garrett recovers, but then Garrett runs in. Drop toehold sends Garrett into the ropes!
Garrett flounders to a corner, Shirai goes corner to corner, METEORA! Garrett is in the drop zone, Shirai goes up, DESCENT INTO DARKNESS! The moonsault hits, Shirai covers, Shirai wins!
Winner: Io Shirai, by pinfall
Another win and Shirai says it was only natural. Will Shirai be Female Competitor of the Year on top of all this? Will she be positioned to challenge whoever comes out of tonight’s Women’s Championship match?
Worlds Collide is coming!
Both halves of the NXT family are getting bigger and better, but now the two sides will meet in Houston! The best of NXT USA, the best of NXT UK, who will be the best of the best?
Pete Dunne VS Travis Banks!
Worlds might collide, but the Bruiserweight looks to take over no matter where he is. But the same goes for the Kiwi Buzzsaw! Could this be a preview of said crossover event?
The bell rings and Banks circles with Dunne. They tie up, Banks wrenches but Dunne wrenches back. Banks rolls, wrenches and goes for the shoulder, but Dunne fights back with his own wrench. Dunne wrangles Banks to the mat and stands on Banks’ head! Banks gets up but Dunne trips him up to get the headlock. Fans cheer the technical exchange. Dunne traps an arm, sits up and uses the arm to reel Banks into a crucifix cover, TWO! Dunne and Banks reset and go again. Dunne gets the leg but Banks avoids the mount to get Dunne’s shoulders. Rolling cradle, TWO! Dunne and Banks speed things up, Banks anticipates the duck to dropkick Dunne down! Dunne gets to ropes but Banks kicks away! Dunne turns things around to CHOP CHOP CHOP CHOP CHOP! The ref finally backs Dunne off and fans are fired up!
Dunne stomps the hands! Buzzsaw! Banks gets out of the ring but Dunne goes out to X-Plex him onto the apron! Dunne scowls at Banks as NXT goes picture in picture.
Dunne drags Banks back up and tortures the hand. Dunne JAMS the fingers against the apron edge! Banks gets away but Dunne pursues to CHOP again! They go back in the ring and Dunne goes after a leg now. He stomps the knee! Banks clutches the leg but Dunne just shrugs. Dunne goes after Banks’ arm while standing on the other, and he twists it around to go after the fingers again. Banks resists so Dunne stomps his head! Dunne goes after the leg again, twisting the ankle. Dunne turns Banks over to hook the legs, and then pulls on Banks’ hair to fish hook the face. Dunne slaps Banks around, just toying with him, before he stomps the knees!
Banks gets to ropes and tests the legs but Dunne is after those legs more. Dunne kicks Banks around, toying with him more. Banks gets up to CHOP back! Dunne boots Banks then hops up, to dropkick the legs out! Dunne stands on Banks’ leg as he slaps Banks more. Banks eggs him on! Dunne SLAPS, then pinches Banks’ nose, to SLAP him again! Dunne seems to be having fun with Banks. He SLAPS Banks even more, but Banks comes back with big haymakers! Dunne CHOPS, Banks forearms, repeat! The pace picks up and neither man is backing down! NXT returns to single picture as Banks hits Dunne with another forearm. Dunne BLASTS Banks with a forearm of his own! Dunne runs into the corner but Banks sweeps the legs! Dunne eats buckles, then Banks goes side to side, dropkick! Then the other way, another dropkick! Banks goes corner to corner, CANNONBALL!
Dunne bails out and flounders around the corner but Banks fires himself up. Banks runs to DIVE! Direct hit into the barriers! Banks puts Dunne in but has to take a moment to check on his leagues. Banks climbs up, leaps, BIG missile dropkick! Then hops up for BIG stomps! Cover, TWO!! Dunne survives, but that’s why he was the longest reigning champion in recent years. Banks drags Dunne up, but Dunne powers out to a waistlock. Banks standing switches and shoves, Dunne goes up and over, Banks hops up for Dunne to DECK out of the air! Dunne drags Banks up, X-PLEX! Into a cover, TWO!! Banks survives and Dunne is a bit surprised. But fans rally up as Banks gets himself to the apron. Dunne heads over but the enziguri is blocked, Banks gives an enziguri of his own! Banks climbs but Dunne ROCKS him with a right!
Dunne climbs up but Banks fights back. Banks SUNSET BOMB but Dunne flips through to land on his feet! Dunne runs back in, BIG enziguri! Then the pump handle, BITTER- DDT!! Banks counters the Bitter End, and then runs, SLICE OF HEA- NO! Ankle lock, into Queen Angelito! STOMP! Dunne drags Banks up, pump handles, but still no end, Banks BOOTS! Dunne rebounds into Banks’ KIWI KRUSHER!! Cover, TWO!?! Fans are loving “NXT! NXT!” Fans then rally up as Banks and Dunne go to opposite ends. Banks runs in, but Dunne catches him for a BOMB! Dunne hops up, but Banks enziguris! Banks hurries up top, brings Dunne in, but Dunne hits a SUPER X-PLEX! Buzzsaw, pump handle, BITTER END!! Cover, Dunne wins!!
Winner: Pete Dunne, by pinfall
NXT US, NXT UK, it doesn’t matter because the Bruiserweight wins on both! Will Dunne prove himself the best of the best when Worlds Collide in Houston?
Backstage interview with Dakota Kai.
A week removed from her win over Mia Yim but also from Mia Yim bringing her down with her through two tables. Dakota has 8 staples in her head, but she still got the win. Mia can do whatever she wants to stay relevant, but she still lost. Dakota will continue to beat everyone in her way until she finally becomes NXT Women’s Champion. But who will Dakota be targeting after tonight’s main event?
NXT gives us a wonderful Christmas present!
First, Roderick Strong is holding a North American Championship Open Challenge! Who looks to cash in and get a golden gift at the very last minute? Plus, there is a huge tag team match as Keith Lee teams with Lio Rush while Damien Priest has Tony Nese! Which combination of Cruiserweight and Heavyweight takes home one more win in 2019?
NXT Women’s Championship: Shayna Baszler VS Rhea Ripley!
The Queen of Spades has beaten just about every woman on the roster, except for NXT UK’s Aussie Nightmare! Shayna Two-Time vows to make Rhea #TapNapOrSnap like all the rest, but could Rhea make history by claiming her second women’s championship in her career?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this fight finally happens!
Rhea and Shayna slowly circle and tie up. Shayna gets a leg then shifts to a waistlock. Rhea pries out to a wrench and wristlock, but Shayna returns the favor. Shayna wants the keylock and bends Rhea back to the mat. Shayna stands on the arm, but Rhea knows the stomp is coming! Rhea has the leg, and shows a punch, but Shayna scrambles away! Rhea grins as she sees a bit of fear in Shayna’s eyes. Shayna gets up and ties up with Rhea again, and Shayna SLAPS Rhea in the back of the head. That only angers Rhea, and she BOOTS Shayna down! Rhea whips Shayna hard into buckles but Shayna gets out of the ring. Fans are fired up as we go picture in picture.
Rhea dares Shayna to get back in, and Shayna gets up, to catch Rhea in a hotshot! Shayna hurries in to club away on Rhea, then puts her in a corner. Shayna clubs and snapmares Rhea to kick and cover, ONE! Shayna goes after Rhea with a trapped arm and neck wrench. Rhea endures and fights her way up, to roll Shayna up! TWO, and Shayna clotheslines Rhea down! Cover, ONE! Shayna stalks Rhea and stands on her arm again. Shayna grabs the other arm, pulls on the finger, but Rhea kicks from below. Shayna YANKS on the arm! Rhea scrambles to the ropes but Shayna kicks her down. Rhea hits back with body shots but Shayna clubs her down. Shayna grinds her boot into Rhea’s throat in the corner but lets up at 4. Shayna then comes back to elbow Rhea back down.
Shayna looms over Rhea and clamps on with a chinlock. Rhea endures as Shayna bends her back and brings her around. Shayna pretzels Rhea’s legs while cranking on the head. Rhea endures and fights her way up, only for Shayna to throw her down by her hair! Cover, ONE, but Shayna clamps on with a standing chinbar. Rhea endures again as Shayna also pulls on the arm. Rhea works her way up and throws body shots! Shayna clubs Rhea back as we return to single picture. Shayna whips Rhea into a corner but Rhea dodges! Rhea Electric Chair lifts and then throws Shayna into buckles! Shayna gets up but Rhea rallies with lariats! Rhea spins Shayna around, cravat and knee strikes! Snapmare, run, but Shayna rolls to trip Rhea!
Shayna throws big hands but Rhea blocks. Shayna dodges the boot, but Rhea answers the forearm with a back elbow! Both women wobble, Rhea dropkicks Shayna down! Fans fire up as Rhea runs in to throw forearms. Rhea puts Shayna up top and throws more haymakers, then she climbs up top. Rhea is on the very top, for a SUPERPLEX! Rhea crawls to the cover, TWO! Shayna survives but fans are still strongly behind Rhea. Rhea waistlocks but Shayna elbows out. Shayna throws forearms, body shots and kicks out a leg. Rhea ducks the buzzsaw to GERMAN SUPLEX! Rhea fires up and fans fire up with her! But here come the Horsewomen, as per usual! Rhea BOOTS Jessamyn into Marina! Shayna throws Rhea out and then goes to the apron, but Rhea trips her up!
Rhea climbs up as the Horsewomen regroup, and Rhea CANNONBALLS! Shayna gets clear and her cronies take the hit! Shayna KNEES Rhea down! Then she STOMPS the arm on the steel steps!! Shayna always finds a way to get after the arm! Rhea screams and writhes in pain while Shayna grins and leaves her behind. The ring count begins as Rhea clutches the arm. Rhea gets in at 5 but Shayna stomps away on her. Shayna has the arm, tortures it in a hammerlock, then twists it all around the other way. Rhea can only flail as Shayna twists and bends the arm back around for another keylock! Rhea fights with her good arm and gets up, but Shayna wrings her out! Rhea bails out for a reprieve, and NXT goes to break.
NXT returns once more, and Shayna again tortures Rhea’s arm. Rhea keeps fighting with kicks, so Shayna hammerlocks fast to STOMP the arm again! Shayna just watches Rhea as we learn that the Horsewomen got involved after all. But when the ref sniffed it out, he EJECTED Jessamyn and Marina. But the damage has been done, and Rhea is fortunate her arm hasn’t forced this match to end. Shayna goes after the arm with kicks, and even toys with Rhea now. Shayna gives Rhea kicks to the chest now, and toying kicks to the chin. Fans rally up for Rhea but she takes more kicks from Shayna! Shayna kicks, but Rhea catches it with her good arm! Then ROCKS Shayna with a right! Pump handle, but Shayna slips out to shove, Rhea DROPKICKS Shayna back! But into the ref!
Rhea drags Shayna up, RIPTIDE! But the cover isn’t being counted! Rhea would’ve won three times over by now! Shayna gets out as Rhea realizes what happened. Rhea works to revive the ref but now she has to hunt Shayna down. Rhea CANNONBALLS but flops! Kirafuda Klutch!! Rhea hurries to ram Shayna into the apron, then railing, then back into the apron! Rhea is free but both she and Shayna are down on the outside. Shayna gets up and gets a chair! She puts that in the ring, but Rhea hurries to intercept. The two stare down, then look at the chair. Rhea boots Shayna, Shayna hits back, DDT TO THE CHAIR!! Cover as the ref revives, TWO!!! Rhea survives and Shayna can’t believe it! But Full Sail is at a thunderous level as this match continues!
Shayna grabs Rhea, she wants the Kirafuda, but Rhea slips out! Rhea wants the legs for the inverted cloverleaf, but her arms won’t help her. Shayna pops Rhea back into the Kirafuda! Rhea is caught! She flails, kicks, turns over and powers up, but Shayna clamps on tighter! Rhea still crawls, until Shayna drags her away! Rhea fades, but she turns around again. Rhea refuses to lose just yet! Shayna grabs the arm that reaches and rolls Rhea way again. Rhea is fading faster, but she keeps flailing! Fans rally but she’s going out! The referee checks, but Rhea GRABS THE REF! That’s a sign she’s awake! Rhea fights her way up, roars with rage, and powers back around, TO DANIELSON STOMP AWAY! Rhea drags the legs up, INVERTED CLOVERLEAF! The Prism, as she calls it! And it’s Shayna’s turn to endure a submission!
Shayna reaches, Rhea pulls her away, and they go around the ring like this! Shayna turns and pushes Rhea off into a corner. Step-up knee! Shayna hoists Rhea up top and SLAPS her! Shayna climbs up, fans rally hard as ever, and Rhea headbutts! Rhea pump handles, SUPER RIPTIDE!! Cover, RHEA WINS!!
Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall; NEW NXT Women’s Champion
The Nightmare ends the reign of terror! Even after the Horsewomen played a part and after Shayna tortured the arm, Rhea is the one to finally dethrone the Queen of Spades! She makes history as the first woman to have held both NXT UK and NXT main Women’s Championships! And the entire Full Sail family, from the superstars to the long time fans, flood the ring to celebrate! What will this new era mean for NXT?
An amazing episode by far! We open with an incredible NXT Championship that really started to feel TakeOver worthy, with the return of Johnny Gargano on top of it. It seems we will get the Balor VS Gargano match we hoped for at WarGames, perhaps on the New Year’s Day NXT or even the already packed Christmas episode. Cole retaining also works to keep the Undisputed Prophecy going as 2019 finishes. Of course, with Roderick Strong giving us a Christmas gift in the form of a North American Championship match, that could still change. I wonder, with Keith Lee busy in that Cruiserweight-Heavyweight tag match, is Dijakovic going to be Strong’s opponent? I don’t know the chances of Velveteen Dream making a return, even though Dream coming out as some sort of Santa Claus would be pretty amazing. It was good to get Damien VS Dain after it didn’t work out last time. Damien winning was also good, and fans really started to get behind him here.
Grimes VS Kushida was great, and I did not expect Grimes to win, but that perhaps made it all the better. With Angel Garza making the transition to Face now that he’s champion, I wonder if Grimes as Heel will get a shot at that title. That would be a pretty great match, and a fresh choice since we didn’t get that in the Breakout Tournament. Shirai VS Garrett was pretty good, and it’s good that NXT is keeping a lot of women in the mix. Dakota Kai had a good interview promo, and with her story against Mia still going, I’d think Shirai moves up as the first Heel to challenge for the title. Dunne VS Banks was great, like something you would’ve seen during Dunne’s WWE UK Championship reign. Worlds Collide is of course coming up, I’d love to see if we got something like a purely NXT US trio VS a purely NXT UK trio VS British Strong Style, who have of course been on both shows.
And perhaps the best thing of all, and rightfully done, Baszler VS Ripley. The animosity building for months since Rhea changed from UK to US, the story weaving through WarGames to make history there, and then this match tonight. TakeOver worthy to say the least, perfect for the main event here against AEW’s 2019 finale, and it was perfect because Rhea Ripley won. Shayna was a great champion and a great Heel, which is why so many were wondering just when and where she would lose that title and to whom. Rhea is already an amazing wrestler in the ring, on the mic, NXT UK gave her a historic achievement and now she’s got one on NXT US. She’s still only 23, I believe, so she’s got a long career ahead of her, sure to be filled with even more historic achievements, but it means a lot that she got this one here on such a big night.
My Score: 9.4/10
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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (6/7/23)
On the road to Collision!
Dynamite brings out the gold!
AEW Dynamite lands in Colorado Springs, and Kris Statlander defends her TBS Championship against Anna Jay A.S! Will Kris still be the Galaxy’s Greatest?
- AEW International Championship: Orange Cassidy VS Swerve Strickland; wins and
- Texas Tornado Tag: #JungleHook VS La Faccion Ingobernable; wins.
- Six Man Tag: Blackpool Combat Club VS Chaos; wins.
- Ricky Starks VS Jay White; wins.
- AEW TBS Championship: Kris Statlander VS Anna Jay A.S; wins and
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW International Championship: Orange Cassidy VS Swerve Strickland w/ The Mogul Embassy!
The Freshly Squeezed fighting champion survived Double or Nothing’s 20 VS 1 odds, but now he has to deal with The Mogul 1v1! Will Cassidy still be carrying the gold in his backpack? Or will that title be going to whose house? Swerve’s house!
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Cassidy survives once again!
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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (6/6/23)
Who earns some Tiffy Time?
Only one can be The Center of the Universe!
To earn a shot at Tiffany Stratton’s NXT Women’s Championship, the Women’s Division fights in a battle royal! Who wins a golden ticket to Tiffy Time?
- Mixed Six Tag Match: Diamond Mine VS The Schism; The Schism wins.
- Blair Davenport VS Dani Palmer; Blair wins.
- Baron Corbin VS Trick Williams; Corbin wins.
- Mustafa Ali VS Joe Gacy; Ali wins.
- Eddy Thorpe VS Damon Kemp; Thorpe wins.
- Dabba-Kato VS SCRYPTS; Dabba wins.
- NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Battle Royal: Thea Hail wins and will challenge Tiffany Stratton for the title.
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Baron Corbin arrives backstage.
The Lone Wolf stares down Tyler Bate and Eddy Thorpe, chuckles at a poster of Carmelo Hayes, then stares down Hank Walker, Tank Ledger and some of the prospects. He tells staff to hit his music and they do as told. Corbin scoffs at the rest of the posters while he makes his entrance. Fans boo as Corbin makes his way to the ring, because we all remember him going after Melo after Melo retained the title against Noam Dar. Corbin gets the mic to say, “Y’know, I never thought I’d walk back through these doors. When I got the call, I cleaned out my locker and never looked back.
“Over the next eight YEARS, I ascended to the top of Raw and SmackDown. While I was main-eventing PPVs, NXT superstars continued to get called up to the main roster. When they got there, they were full of talent and hunger. And then something changed. I wonder what it was. Now, they come up full of ego and attitude. Hell, some of ’em sit in the locker room, twiddle their thumbs on their cellphone, acting like they got nowhere better to be. They act like we should thank them for coming up to Raw and SmackDown.
“Then I walk in through these doors. I hear superstars in the back talking about their legacy, talking about how they’re the next ones to be called up. Or, they’re complaining that they haven’t been called up yet, and it’s starting to make me sick! They walk through these doors to a championship team. They have guaranteed contracts, and they’re living in a house that I built! Me and all the other OGs started in FCW, and we took this train all the way to sell out Barclays Arena, with 16,500 people! Don’t clap for that now, you’ve never done it before, get off my bandwagon.
“I come through those doors tonight, and there’s superstars can’t even look me in the eye. They don’t show me the respect that I deserve. Now I had no control over that last Draft that came up. But you can make damn sure I got control of the next, because I’m gonna make every one of those superstars regret ever signing a WWE contract! Every single one of ’em is soft, every single one of ’em is weak, and they’re sure as hell not as good as they think they are. That all lies on the champion, the NXT Champion, Carmelo Hayes. Melo walks around here like his stuff doesn’t stink. Yeah, there you go. Cheer for him. Cheer for him!
“Cuz ol’ Melo got a taste of main roster reality when I laid him out, put him down, I took his title and I stood over his body, and I held it over my head.” Wait, ILJA DRAGUNOV is here! The Czar tells Baron, “Would you please, um, give me the chance to introduce myself. My name is Ilja Dragunov.” Fans cheer and Corbin says he knows who Ilja is, but what does he want? Ilja isn’t sure about the people Corbin saw in the hall, but Ilja is here to look him in the eyes to say, he’s NOT soft and he is NOT weak. He is the most animalistic, intense man in NXT! He’s beaten everyone put in front of him, and after Battleground, he is the first man in line to face Melo for the title.
Oh, here we go. There’s the NXT arrogance. Corbin has competed in SIX WrestleMania matches, he retired THE Kurt Angle, and he is the last man to pin Roman Reigns. Fans chant “BUM ASS CORBIN!” Ilja gets it, Corbin is targeting Melo to make some kind of point. But Ilja is targeting Melo for the title. And Ilja really doesn’t care how many Manias Corbin’s been to. If Ilja must ravage Corbin with pain to get what he wants, then so be it. Corbin tells the “kid” that there is a big difference between what he wants and what he’s gonna get. Corbin jumps the line cuz he says so, cuz he’s the biggest star in the building.
Ilja says Corbin is making assumptions, but Ilja makes challenges. So why not show everyone how much of a star you are, against Ilja tonight?! Fans love the sound of that! Corbin asks Ilja really wants “a piece of this” after Battleground. Well, there’s nothing Corbin can bring as hard as Dijak did at Battleground. Ilja shows off the NASTY bruise on his hip! Corbin says that’s cute. That’s one bruise. When Corbin’s done with him, Ilja will be covered in ’em. Ilja welcomes the challenge. Fans fire up, will the Lone Wolf be sent back to the main roster with his tail between his legs?
But wait! Trick shows up to start throwing hands! Fans fire up as Trick is after Corbin, Corbin shoves him back, but Trick clotheslines Corbin out! Fans fire up as the refs back Corbin off. Will Trick get payback on Corbin for that sneak attack on Melo?
Thea Hail finishes training.
She hobbles and says she can barely feel her legs anymore. Duke Hudson finds her but Charlie Dempsey says not bad. He better see her again tomorrow. Oh he’ll see her again! And he’ll see improvement! You bring your A Game! Wait, Duke is confused, what’s going on? Dempsey & Gulak are teaching her how to crunch people! It’s firing her up! Really? Yeah, she’s got all these great grappling holds now! Wanna see? She grabs Duke’s arm in a wristlock! OW! Sorry! But it works, right? Duke says she doesn’t even like those guys! Yeah, but you just gotta give it back to ’em, y’know? Thea shouts, “I’ma kick you in the ass, professor!”
See? They love it! Well, okay, as long as she’s learning. But you can’t just “crunch” someone over the top rope. It’s a battle royal tonight! Yeah, but she can still throw people over. He believes in her, right? Y-yeah… Then let’s go! Thea is fired up, will she crunch and toss everyone else in the ring to get that golden ticket?
Bron Breakker attacks Ilja Dragunov backstage!
The Big Bad Booty Nephew tells The Czar to keep “thinking” he’s the most intense guy in NXT. If Ilja likes pain, how’s that feel? The refs back Bron off, will Dragunov have to go after him and Corbin before going after Melo?
Mixed Six Tag Match: Diamond Mine VS The Schism!
Ivy Nile has had it with Ava Raine, and by extension, the Creed Brothers and the Dyad have gotten at each other. Now things will be settled as all six get in the ring! Will Diamond Mine crush Ava, Rip Fowler & Jagger Reed under the pressure? Or will the roots of Schism’s tree only grow and spread?
NXT returns as Diamond Mine make their entrance. The teams sort out and and Julius starts against Rip. They circle, tie up, and Julius wrenches an arm. Rip whips Julius away, things speed up, and Julius drops to fireman’s carry takeover into an armlock! Rip fights free but Julius just grabs the other arm. Rip fights to his feet, CHOPS, but Julius wrenches the arm. Rip CHOPS, Julius wrenches, but then Rip pulls an ear! Tag to Jagger, the Dyad mugs Julius, and Jagger ROCKS Julius with forearms. Jagger swings again, but Julius gets around to waistlock and SLAM! Jagger fights up, but Julius SLAMS him again!
Julius keeps hold of Jagger to SLAM him again, and KNEE him in the side! Tag to Brutus, and the Creeds pinball Jagger between knees! Brutus drags Jagger up, ROCKS him, and then clamps onto another arm. Tag to Julius, they mug Jagger, but Jagger ELBOWS him away! And then DECKS him! Jagger facelocks, but Julius deadlifts from the floor! Julius stands back up, walks over, and tags in Brutus. Brutus takes the handoff, fans fire up as Brutus keeps Jagger up! Brutus tags Julius back in, takes the handoff back, and then marches around before the SLAM! And then he kips up! Fans fire up, Julius whips but Jagger reverses
Jagger runs in, MONKEY FLIPS, but Julius lands through it! And he DROPKICKS Jagger! Julius whips Jagger, Jagger reverses and CLOBBERS Julius! And Ava tags in! Ava SLAPS Julius! Ivy steps in to calm Julius down, but then Ava tags out to Rip. The Schism trolls Ivy but Julius storms up to shoot in and waistlock, for a SLAM! And then he KNEES Rip in the side! Julius headlocks, Rip powers out but Julius goes up and over and keeps moving. Brutus tags in,. Julius ducks ‘n’ dodges, Brutus AX HANDLES Rip! And then shoots around, but Rips witches. TERMAN SUPLEX, but Brutus lands on his feet!
Brutus trophy lifts Rip, to DROP him, and STANDING MOONSAULT! Fans fire up with Brutus and Julius tags back in. Brutus cross-arm SLAMS Julius onto Rip! And Then Ivy snap suplexes Brutus onto Rip! And then Julius gives Ivy a boost for a SENTON! Fans are thunderous for the Diamond Mine’s combinations, and Ivy calls out Ava! Fans want to see that, too, but NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Rip has Brutus down in a chinlock. Brutus endures, fights up, and fans rally. Brutus pries the hold open, but Rip knees low. Rip ROCKS Brutus, but Brutus ROCKS Rip! And Jagger! And Rip again! Brutus staggers along ropes, but he ELBOWS Rip away. Jagger distracts, Rip shoves Brutus into the ropes! Brutus sputters off that low hotshot, and then Ava sucker punches Ivy! Rip BLASTS Julius, too! Fans boo but Rip tags Jagger. The Dyad whip Brutus into the corner hard, then hit an ASSISTED SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!! Brutus survives and The Dyad is frustrated.
Jagger tags Rip back in, the Dyad stomp away on Brutus! Fans boo but The Dyad drag Brutus up. Rip fishhooks Brutus’ face, lets off as the ref counts, and fans rally up. Rip drags Brutus up, suplexes, but Brutus blocks! Brutus suplexes Rip up and over instead! Rip tags Jagger in, Jagger keeps Brutus from the corner with a SLEEPER! Brutus endures, reaches out, marches forward, and fans rally behind him. Hot tag to Julius! Julius CLOBBERS Jagger, OVERHEAD Belly2Belly for Rip! Then an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly for Jagger! And a kip up! And then an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly for Rip! Kip up, and another OVERHEAD for Jagger!
Julius just keeps going, but The Dyad go after him together! SO they get a DOUBLE OVERHEAD SUPELX! Fans are thunderous with Julius, and he runs up the corner, to DOUBLE QUEBRADA! Julius scoops Jagger but Rip makes the save. Julius kicks Rip but Rip RAMS him into the corner! Jagger hits GRIT YOUR TEETH! But Brutus runs in, BRUTUS BALL! Down goes Rip! Jagger ENZIGURIS Brutus, runs, but Julius LARIATS Jagger! Fans fire up, but Jagger SUPERKICKS back! All four men are down and the fans fire up! Ivy grins as she stares Ava down. Julius crawls, hot tag to the Diamond Pitbull!
Fans fire up and even Ava smiles. The two circle, tie up, and they start throwing forearms! Ivy dodges a lariat, KCIKS and KICKS and ROUNDHOUSES! Fans fire up as Ivy runs, and DROPKICKS! Then she runs, but Ava SCORPION KICKS! Ava scoops but Ivy slips out, DIAMOND DRAGON!! But Jagger gets Ivy! So Ivy gets HIM in the DIAMOND DRAGON!! Fans fire up but the ref says Ivy has to let off, it’s only men against men and women against women! But Ava HEADBUTTS Ivy while wearing her plastic mask!! The ref missed that dealing with Jagger! Cover, Schism wins!
Winners: The Schism, by pinfall
Ava snatches victory away from the jaws of the Diamond Pitbull, the Schism gets a big win here tonight. Will we see their roots soon bear golden fruit?
Stacks visits Tony D’Angelo in prison.
Tony’s in the orange jumpsuit as he sits down to talk with Stacks. How’s he been? Good. But guess what? Knuckles is in here! The guy who- SHH! Oh, right. But yeah, Giorgio the Whale gets Tony his paper, and the guards even pitched in so Tony could have a subscription to The Peacock so he can watch the show the next day. That’s great! It’s almost like being in a hotel. Almost. But did Stacks get any more info on this rat? Stacks says he’s put in some calls. Miss Kim Cashstashian will get them off. Whoa, gotta reword that, Stacks.
But anyhow, Tony isn’t sure how he feels with his life in the hands of Cashstashian. Tony might as well play the lottery. Stacks’ gut says it’s Gallus, they didn’t wanna face Tony & Stacks at Battleground. But they’ve got a lot of enemies. This could be Legado, or, or- Is Stacks hearing himself? He’s on a wild goose chase! You’re going around the world to go next door. Trust your gut! It’s Gallus! Get those guys for all they’re worth! Tony swears on his mother’s eyes- Oh, don’t make a threat on the phone… But okay, listen. What Joe Coffey did last week, forget about it. But 3v1 ain’t cutting it.
Then what’s Stacks to do? Visitation time is almost up, so Tony tells Stacks that he’s the Underboss, he can figure it out. Tony leaves, and it is all in Stacks’ hands now.
Robert Stone & Von Wagner go to therapy.
They’re impatiently waiting in the lobby, and Stone tells Von that he hopes this all works out. They have had quite the week trying to find the right fit. Montage: one guy skips the breathing exercise to get to the anger issue. Von says he has no anger issue. But anger management is nothing to be ashamed of. Learning to control it can actually help him. Von tells this guy to GFY. Stone apologizes and pays in cash. Von says that guy was a jackass! Oh and the other guy? Von had that guy up against a wall! Stone again paid for that in cash. Von is on the verge of a breakthrough, so long as he gives things a chance.
One guy comes out crying. Von sighs. He doesn’t wanna do this now. Oh, c’mon, Von! NO! Didn’t you see that guy crying? Von is not a crier! What do you think Von’s dad would think seeing this? Von is NOT walking through this door. But then the therapist walks out. A very lovely lady therapist… Well, maybe Von can give this a shot. But alone. Von winks before the door closes. Is therapy going to be the solution after all?
Blair Davenport VS Dani Palmer!
Who was the assailant of the NXT Women’s Division? It was BLAIR, Dani! It was Blair all along! And now that she’s back, will she tear through what’s left of the roster to get at the title? Or can Dani avenge Sol Ruca, Nikkita Lyons and everyone else Blair terrorized?
The bell rings and Dani rushes in! They tie up, go around, and Blair puts Dani on ropes. The ref counts, Dani turns nit around but Blair turns it back around. Blair lets off at 4, to SLAP Dani! Dani SLAPS Blair! Blair kicks low, whips her to a corner, but Dani goes up and over and handsprings away. Blair chases, but runs into headscissors! Blair blocks to SLAM Dani down, then BOOT her out of the ring! Blair goes out after Dani, puts her in the ring, then CLOBBERS her! Fans rally for Dani but Blair drags Dani up to whip. Blair KNEES low, gut wrenches and GUTBUSTERS! Then she throws Dani into ropes!
Fans rally for Dani as she sputters, but Blair clamps on with a waistlock. Blair SLAMS Dani, holds onto the waistlock, and squeezes with a rear bearhug. Fans rally as Dani fights up, and she fights free with elbows! Dani switches, rolls up, TWO! Blair kicks Dani low! Fans boo but Blair whips Dani to kitchen sink knee! Blair soaks up the heat, she KNEES Dani in the side, then stalks her around the way. Blair kicks Dani around, KICKS her in the side, but Dani grits her teeth. Dani blocks the next kick, but Blair ROCKS her with a forearm! Dani hits back, kicks low, and UPPERCUTS! And CHOPS! And DOUBLE KNEES! Cover, TWO!
Dani goes to a corner and climbs up. Blair grabs Dani’s hair to TOSS her to the mat! Blair then sits Dani up, has the wrists, KAMI-GOYE! And then, FALCON ARROW! Cover, Blair wins!
Winner: Blair Davenport, by pinfall
Blair satiates her appetite for violence, and says she has just put the entire roster on notice! Will even Tiffany Stratton have to beware the heir?
Dana Brooke arrives?!
Another callback to NXT is here, and she wants in on the battle royal. There’s a lot of buzz in NXT now, so Dana will make her own opportunities when she is the last woman standing! Will the Flex Appeal grab that golden ticket for herself?
Backstage interview with Tiffany Stratton.
McKenzie Mitchell says the battle royal was Tiffany’s idea, but now Dana Brooke is here and wants in on the match. Tiffany stops McKenzie there. Tiffany would say she’s shocked, but she’s not. Of course Dana wants a shot at Tiffany’s title. Come one, come all. Sometimes the title makes the superstar, but in this case, Tiffany has made this title the most desirable belt in all of the WWE. And every single woman in that battle royal is envious of what Tiffany has. Are you kidding me? NO ONE was happy Tiffany won. But Tiffany has no problem proving she’s in a class of her own. So who does she think wins tonight?
“TBH, Lyra is the only one I can see pulling it off. I mean, she pushed me at Battleground. Like, damn, gurl, you were almost at the Tiffy Top. But it won’t matter, because the result will stay the same on the other side: And still NXT Women’s Champion, Tiffany Stratton! I just love the sound of that. Tootles.”
Baron Corbin VS Trick Williams!
The Lone Wolf is looking down on the new generation of NXT, and Trick Willie isn’t gonna stand for it! Will Trick represent for Trick Melo Gang? Or will Corbin bring about the End of Days for this new “arrogant” era?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up, the two tie up but Corbin knees low. Corbin CLUBS Trick, stalks him to ropes, and puts him in a corner. Corbin throws body shots and CLUBS Trick again, to then whip corner to corner. Trick hits buckles hard, and then Corbin CLOBBERS Trick! Fans boo but Corbin stands Trick up to throw hands. Corbin CHOKES Trick on the ropes, lets off at 4, and argues with the ref. Trick drags himself up, but Corbin shoves him into ropes to CLUB him in the back! Corbin taunts Trick, stomps him, and then swings, but Trick counter punches! Trick fires off fist after fist, but Corbin knees low again!
Corbin CLUBS Trick, but fans taunt “BUM ASS CORBIN!” Corbin puts Trick in a corner, whips him corner to corner, and runs in to SPLASH! Trick sputters but Corbin stands him up. Corbin talks trash on Trick, but Trick ROCKS him with forearms! Fans fire up and Trick runs, but Corbin CLOBBERS Trick again! Corbin looms over Trick and he taunts the fans. Fans boo, Corbin whips Trick corner to corner again, then runs in, but Trick dodges! Trick fires off fast hands! The ref counts, Trick stomps away, but Trick lets off, and dodges Corbin to DROPKICK him! Corbin staggers, into a POP-UP HAYMAKER!
Corbin falls out of the ring and Trick dares him to come back for more as NXT goes picture in picture.
Trick storms out after Corbin, drags him up, and RAMS him into barriers. Trick stalks Corbin around the way, CHOPS him against barriers, and then brings him up. Trick RAMS Corbin into barriers, the fans rally up, and Trick CHOPS Corbin again! Trick refreshes the ring count, puts Corbin back in, but Corbin kicks the ropes! The ropes get Trick low, and Corbin fires off fast hands! The ref counts, Corbin lets off and he has Trick in a corner. Corbin reels Trick in for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Corbin scowls as he looms over Trick. Corbin clamps on a half nelson and chinbar, and he thrashes Trick around.
Trick endures, fans rally up, and Trick fights up to throw body shots. Corbin shoves Trick away, Trick ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Corbin! Cover, TWO! Trick fires off on Corbin at the ropes, drags him up, brings him in and suplexes! Corbin writhes, Trick pushes him down, and Trick rains down forearms! Then Trick covers, TWO! Trick clamps on with a headlock and he grinds Corbin down. Corbin fights up, and hits another BIG back suplex! Fans rally while both men are down, and Corbin crawls over to Trick. Corbin hammers away with elbows! Corbin hears the fans rallying, and he clamps onto Trick with the chinbar half nelson.
Trick endures as Corbin leans on the hold. Trick fights up, but Corbin wrangles him back down! Corbin thrashes Trick as NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally for Trick and Trick fights up again. Trick arm-drags free, runs in and ROCKS Corbin! Corbin flops to the apron, Trick BLASTS him off it! Trick goes out to SMACK Corbin off the desk! Corbin wobbles and flops over, Trick runs in, but Corbin moves! Trick knees only the desk! Corbin has his opening, he punches away on the knee! The ref has the ring count climbing as Corbin pulls on the arm. Corbin lets off, refreshes the count, and he drags Trick up.
Corbin RAMS Trick into the steel steps, making sure those knees hit hard! Trick writhes and clutches the leg while fans boo and gives Corbin thumbs down. Corbin puts Trick in the ring, and he stomps away on the bad leg! Fans chant “CORBIN SUCKS!” but Corbin stands Trick up to whip and SPINEBUSTER! Corbin has the leg for a HALF CRAB! Trick endures, fans rally, and Trick reaches out! Trick gets the ROPEBREAK! Corbin lets go fast, Trick kicks him with the good leg! But Corbin grabs that leg, so Trick EDDY GORDO KICKS! Fans rally, Trick and Corbin rise, and Corbin storms over.
Trick fires body shots and counter punches! Trick has Corbin in a corner and he fires off! Corbin shoves Trick, Trick comes back to DROPKICK! And then wrench and JUMP KNEE! Trick runs to FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! Fans fire up with Trick and he runs in again, SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Corbin survives but Trick stalks him to ropes. Corbin elbows low, choke grips, and CHOKE- NO, Trick fights out, EDDY GORDO KICK 2! Trick runs, but into DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO!! Trick survives and Corbin is beside himself! Fans rally as Corbin storms up on Trick. “This is Awesome!” as Corbin puts Trick up top.
Corbin climbs up but Trick CLUBS away on him! Trick sends Corbin away, hops off the corner, but Corbin returns. Trick dodges to POST Corbin! Trick fires off big haymakers! Fans fire up and Trick DECKS Corbin! Trick wants more, he waits on Corbin to stand, Trick spins but the leg gives out! Corbin kicks low, reels Trick in, END OF DAYS! Cover, Corbin wins!
Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall
Trick fought valiantly, but one miscalculation cost him. Corbin says he’s going back to SmackDown to go qualify for Money in the Bank, then he’ll be back next Tuesday. Will Melo be back to get back at Corbin directly?
NXT presents an all-new Hard Hitting Home Truths.
Nathan Frazer welcomes us back to HHHT. Now we’re nine days removed from Battlegrounds, and the landscape never stops shifting. Tiffany is the new Women’s Champion, Wes Lee is breaking every single record in the book, Ilja Dragunov is not human–though that’s not exactly news–and we have Free Agents popping up left, right and middle. But most importantly, Noam Dar has a new pack o’ friends who helped him hold onto his “precious baby,” the Heritage Cup. They were useful enough to help him retain, but not enough to gain another title, as “a couple of fine, handsome gentlemen” in Nathan and Dragon Lee saw to that.
However, Noam is still Heritage Cup Champion, and while Nathan is not really fond of this new Supernova group, he and everyone else will just have to “deal with it.” Speaking of, here is a special guest who feels the same way about Dar as he does. That’s right, HHHT is going global with their “Senior International Correspondent,” Mr. Dragon Lee. Dragon appears on set and he says mucho gracias, and (in Spanish) for this opportunity to be part of this premier show. Uh, si! Dragon does have in his hand a list of the top five names for Dar’s new super group.
CINCO: Two Awful Chat Show Hosts, Plus Two. QUATRO: The Oro Mensah Experience. TRES: The Jakara Jackson Five! Well, minus one. DOS: The Long Lost Legend of Lash Legend. And numero UNO: Noam’s Rent-a-Friends! Nathan says number one is the best because it is the truest. And after Battleground, Dar is running out of surprises, and needs new challengers. The hard-hitting truth here is that Dar is fragile and he knows it. Nathan beat Dar in a regular match, so here’s a proposal: Dar VS Frazer for the Cup next week! And Dragon will return the favor by being in Nathan’s corner!
Frazer thanks Dragon for that, and so, they will love ya and leave ya. They’ve been Nathan Frazer and Dragon Lee, and Dar… Ball’s in your court. Peace. Will the British Rocket get his shot at the Cup? Or will he not be able to reach the Scottish Supernova?
Backstage interview with Mustafa Ali.
McKenzie is with The Beacon, nothing how he shocked the entire world when he showed up during Bate & Wes VS The Dyad. What brings him here to NXT? He is Free Agent Ali, baby! He can show up wherever he wants! And now, Ali is the one riding the storm. The next chapter Ali will write is titled, “Mustafa Ali Finally Wins Gold.” Then before he faces off against Joe Gacy- Wait, Wes Lee walks in. Wes has to let everyone know how excited he is that Ali is here! And talking about gold, uh, well Wes wants to make sure- Ali stops Wes there. Don’t do that. Don’t hand Ali a chance. Ali wants to earn it, like Wes did!
And that starts with Gacy. Maybe down the road, it will be Ali VS Lee for the title. That is, if Wes is still champ by then. Jokes aside, Wes wishes Ali luck, but will The Beacon shine bright on the white ‘n’ gold brand? Or will The Schism’s roots continue to grow tonight?
Mustafa Ali VS Joe Gacy!
NXT returns as Mr. Inclusion makes his entrance. The bell rings, the two circle, and they tie up. They break, and then tie up again. Ali headlocks, Gacy throws hands but Ali ROCKS Gacy! Ali headlocks, Gacy powers out and then CLOBBERS Ali! Fans rally as Gacy fires off on Ali in the corner. Gacy whips corner to corner, runs in, but Ali goes up and over! Things speed up,. Ali ducks ‘n’ dodges and RANAS! Fans fire up as Gacy flounders. Ali storms up but Gacy dumps him out! Ali skins the cat, shoulders in, and ROCKS Gacy again! Ali slingshots but Gacy SHOVES him down! Fans boo as Ali crashes to the floor!
Gacy goes out after Ali, drags him back into the ring, and then hurries to cover, TWO! Gacy clamps onto Ali with a chinlock but fans rally. Ali fights with body shots, and a CHOP! Ali whips, Gacy reverses and reels Ali in, URENAGE! Cover, TWO! Ali is hanging tough but Gacy clamps on with a chinbar. Fans rally as Ali endures. Ali fights up, throws body shots, but Gacy CLUBS him o the back. Gacy back suplexes, Ali lands on his feet, but Gacy DDTS! Cover, TWO! Ali survives and goes to a corner but Gacy goes to the opposite. Gacy runs in, but Ali slips out and Gacy hits buckles! Ali ROUNDHOUSES, slingshots and BLOCKBUSTERS!
Fans fire up and Ali goes up the corner! Gacy hurries to ROCK Ali first! Gacy goes up after Ali, but Ali fights the superplex! Ali throws headbutts, then SMACKS Gacy off buckles! Ali stands up to SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB! Ali then skins the cat to the top rope, and fans fire up as Ali 450 SPLASHES!! Cover, ALI WINS!
Winner: Mustafa Ali, by pinfall
But then The Dyad attacks! Rip & Jagger won’t let Ali celebrate, they stomp away while Gacy drags Ali down,. But then here come Wes Lee & Tyler Bate! They fire off, SUPERKICK Rip, Bop and BANG for Jagger! Gacy sees he’s surrounded, he turns around into a SUPERKICK from Ali! Fans fire up as the Beacon, the Big Strong Boi & The Cardiac Kid send the Schism running! Will they have to tear down The Schism’s tree before they can talk title matches?
Fallon Henley, Brooks Jensen & Josh Briggs talk backstage.
Tonight, the main event is a battle royal for a shot at the women’s title. Jensen knows Fallon is ready, Fallon says she’s ready, she feels tonight is her night. But wait, Malik Blade & Edris Enofe walk up. They say Briggs & Jensen were “the ones who started all this.” Hank ‘n’ Tank fought each other to get closer, so now Malik wants to fight Edris! Fallon excuses herself to get ready, and the guys talk. Jensen says it really did work for Hank ‘n’ Tank, and Briggs says it really did work for him and Jensen. Did it really? Okay, let’s find out. What is Jensen’s favorite color? Blue. Yeah, right here on the shirt.
Okay, okay, that was an easy one. Edris then asks Jensen when is Briggs’ birthday. Jensen thinks back… March 5th. BINGO! See? They are good! Malik asks Edris if he knows his birthday. But then Hank ‘n’ Tank walk in, they’re talking country songs. Hank’s a Boy Named Sue guy all the way. Right! Johnny Cash is the man! But Tank likes the modern stuff, like Taylor Swift. Bingo! Tank is a big T. Swifty boy. What the what? But Tank says after Fallon wins that battle royal, let’s all go get some brewskis. Now he’s talking their language! But uh, do Malik & Edris want in? They’ll catch up later. Alright! Laters!
Malik asks Edris if he’s thinking what Malik is thinking. Well after this past week, clearly not! But then Gallus walk up. Don’t worry, lads. It doesn’t matter if you’re on the same page or not, because you’d never beat Gallus for the titles. Gallus Boys On Top, no one else has to play stupid games. Malik nods to Edris and Edris gives in. They’re doing this next week, huh? OH YEAH! Malik VS Edris is happening! Edris accepts his fate, and asks his phone when IS Malik’s birthday.
Backstage interview with Noam Dar and his crew.
McKenzie asks the Heritage Cup Champion about Nathan Frazer’s challenge. And also, what is up with his group? Oh, his group? No, this is THEIR group. When you’re the Supernova, you have to be surrounded by stars, and that is what he has here. This is a collection of shooting stars with unlimited potential! Starting with Dar’s main man, Mensah. Oro is underappreciated, undervalued, but no more! Dar is the one who believed in Oro, got him on a premium event, and has Oro flying in a new stratosphere. And that’s just the beginning. We have Action Ms. Jakara Jackson, a world class athlete who competed on the Titan Gams! And now she’s a titan in this game!
Jakara says she’s sugar, spice, and everything that ain’t so nice. Heard that? And last but not least. Lash THEE Legend! She will beat you physically, emotionally, mentally, she is a GOAT in the making! One of one! Does McKenzie not know what’s going on right here? The screen can’t handle all this brightness, they’re shinin’ shinin’. Five trophies, one picture, okay? But then about Nathan’s challenge. Ugh. If he wants a cup match, remember two things: Dar is NEVER losing the Cup; and there is no stopping… The Meta Four. CHECK PLEASE, bye bye!
Eddy Thorpe VS Damon Kemp!
The Alpha Wolf won once before, but it didn’t humble the Golden Gopher one bit. Will this be a clean sweep? Or will Kemp make Eddy feel like trash, and then make him pick it up?
NXT returns and Kemp makes his entrance. The bell rings, the two tie up, and they go around. Kemp puts Thorpe on the ropes, the ref counts, and Kemp lets off with a shove. Thorpe comes back, arm-drags, headlocks and hits the takeover. Kemp keeps his shoulder up and fights up, but Thorpe holds onto the headlock. Kemp lifts, but Thorpe still holds on! Kemp throws body shots, powers out, but Thorpe reverses the whip to SPINNING CROSSBODY! Direct hit, Thorpe drags Kemp around by his legs, but Kemp kicks free. Thorpe runs up to BOOT Kemp to a corner! Thorpe storms up but into a BOOT from Kemp!
Thorpe CHOPS in return! Thorpe whips, Kemp reverses, but Thorpe goes up, only to get caught! ROLLING DEATH VALLEY! Cover, TWO! Kemp stomps away on Thorpe, drags him up, but Thorpe CHOPS! Kemp ducks the next chop to RAM low, UPPERCUT, and shove, to then OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans rally, Kemp stalks Thorpe, and Kemp drops elbow after elbow! Kemp scrapes his sole off Thorpe’s face, then clamps on with a chinlock. But Thorpe fights with elbows! Kemp still hits an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Kemp talks trash, stomps Thorpe, and then pulls on Thorpe in a chinlock stretch.
Fans rally for “EDDY! EDDY!” but Kemp bends him back! Thorpe fights, but Kemp body scissors to keep Thorpe down. Fans still rally, Thorpe fights up, and Thorpe throws body shots! Thorpe is free, he bobs ‘n’ weaves and throws more shots! Thorpe CHOPS and COHPS and whips, to CLOBBER kemp! And DECK him! Kemp gets up, Thorpe blocks, SOBATS, and PELES! Thorpe runs, to ELBOW DROP! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Kemp survives but Thorpe is on him. Kemp wrenches, Thorpe switches, they run into the ref! Kemp gets a cheap shot in, but Thorpe switches on Kemp to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, Kemp’s foot is on the ropes, but the ref misses it! Thorpe wins!!
Winner: Eddy Thorpe, by pinfall
Kemp complains, he says Thorpe is winning by cheating again! The ref says the decision is final, but are we going to get a round three out of these two?
Gigi Dolin is on the phone.
She talks with her brother Miles and says this is her chance to finally be NXT Women’s Champion. The Weaponized Steel Cage aside, Gigi isn’t going to let anything stop her. She’ll be fine, he just needs to stay out of trouble, okay? Love you, bye. Kiana James walks over and says that’s the “before” phone call. Can’t wait to hear the “after.” Sorry, she came up short again. But they’re used to it. Oh so that’s how Gigi sounds to Kiana? Kiana tells Gigi not to put unrealistic ideas in her brother’s head, like her winning the battle royal. An outcast, with Gigi’s background and emotional instability, will always fall short.
Gigi would rather have her background, as bad as it was, over being a stuck-up elitist like Kiana. Gigi can’t wait to see the smug look on Kiana’s face as she sends her sailing over the top rope and wins. But then Dabba-Kato walks past and everyone clams up. Will Dabba destroy Scrypts for saving Axiom?
Dabba-Kato VS SCRYPTS!
NXT returns as Reggie- er, Scrypts makes his entrance. A wrestler by any other name still flies as high as him, but will he be able to get up and over the mountain of a main before him?
The bell rings, Scrypts dodges a lariat to mule kick, but Dabba barely budges! Scrypts throws a haymaker, but Dabba barely flinches. Scrypts fires more shots, but Dabba grabs him! Scrypts breaks free, runs, but Dabba CLOBBERS him! Dabba whips Scrypts to a corner, Scrypts goes up to AX HANDLE! Scrypts keeps moving, he kicks and CHOPS and runs, but Dabba BOOTS him inside out! Dabba drags Scrypts up to scoop and SLAM him! And then scoop and SLAM again! And then scoop and SLAM again! Dabba looms over Scrypts, drags him up right into a BEARHUG! Scrypts endures the squeeze, CLUBS Dabba again and again, and gets free!
Dabba wobbles but he gets Scrypts up, to TOSS him out of the ring! Scrypts tumbles to the floor, Dabba goes out after him, and drags him back up to CHOP against the desk! Dabba roars while fans boo, but he hauls Scrypts up again to scoop, but wait! AXIOM is there! Where’d he come from/ Dabba SHOVES Axiom down, puts Scrypts in the ring, and storms up to grab Scrypts with both hands. But Axiom is up top, he leaps, Dabba dodges, and then chases Axiom off. Dabba turns around, into Scrypts’ SLINGSHOT ELBOW! Dabba staggers around, he rushes in but into buckles! Scrypts table tops Dabba to cover, SCRYPTS WINS!!
Winner: SCRYPTS, by pinfall
But Dabba drags Scrypts right up for a TOSS! And he SWATS Axiom out of the sky! Dabba SLAMS Axiom onto Scrypts! Fans boo as Dabba looms over them both. Will nothing stop Dabba from storming his way up to a title?
The Schism regroups backstage.
Gacy is furious! “This phony friendship of Wes and Tyler makes me sick! It’s as pathetic as Ali’s positive mental attitude drivel! Next week, we will expose this union of convenience!” Rip says yes, they will! But don’t forget that tonight, The Schism reminded everyone of their strength. They secured a great win over Diamond Mine. Yes, that they did. They’ve pulled their weight, they’ve shown the world what The Schism can be. Gacy, however, has fallen short. He fell short tonight and lost at Battleground. He must reflect and rectify. Ava says one root cannot stabilize an entire tree, no matter how strong it is. Jagger says next week, they have his back.
Mustafa Ali regroups with Tyler Bate and Wes Lee backstage.
He appreciates them having his back, and Wes says it was them returning the favor. And Bate says next week, in a Six Man Tag, they’ll tear “that rotten Schism tree” out, roots and all. Wes tells Ali that Bate says stuff like that, just roll with it. Well, okay, that’s great, but Ali feels like there’s still some magic between Wes and Bate. At Battleground, it was all about the spirit of competition. And in a Triple Threat, luck is just as important as skill. They love this! They love competition! Everyone wants to see it again, and this time, it can be 1v1! Bate says it has crossed his mind. But he doesn’t want to jeopardize the friendship.
Wes says with Bate coming to him face to face on it now, he respects it. They secret handshake, Bate says that’s Wes’ weird thing you gotta roll with. Well, okay. Ali will be on SmackDown this Friday for an MITB qualifier, next Tuesday is the Six Man Tag. And then the Tuesday after that, we can figure out when Bate and Wes tear the house down. They’re all for it! Is the Summer already heating up for the North American Championship?
NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Battle Royal!
Tiffany Stratton truly became the Center of the Universe when she become champion, but that also means she’s surrounded on all sides by those aiming for her belt. Who wins here to be the one with the golden ticket to Tiffany’s first title defense?
NXT returns and Roxanne Perez makes her entrance to join an already packed ring. And last but not least, Dana Brooke makes her entrance! The Flex Appeal is here as a Free Agent, will she be the wild card that wins it all? The bell rings, and the brawl is on! Cora of course goes after Roxie, but Dana helps Valentina Feroz fight Jakara Jackson! Gigi is after Elektra Lopez, Yulisa Leon has Tatum Paxley, Fallon and Kiana go after each other for old time’s sake. Lash swings someone around and clips opponent after opponent! Jakara and Lash help Cora with Roxie and a few others, Jacy clotheslines someone up and out.
Jacy ducks the counter punch to ROLLING ELBOW and ELIMINATE them! Jacy says this is all about her, but fans boo. Dana throws Jakara out, kicks her off the apron, but Oro catches her! Jakara applauds the assist and he helps her back into the ring. Cora DUMPS and ELIMINATES Ariana Grace! Fans boo as Cora laughs at her, but then she and Jacy mug some other superstars. Jacy is after Jakara, Kiana is after Gigi for their little backstage argument, and Thea fights off Tatum. Gigi runs at Kiana, Kiana puts her out but Gigi KNEES back! Gigi drags Kiana up and over to join her! They brawl on the apron!
Fans fire up as Gigi UPPERCUTS Kiana down! But then Kiana kicks Gigi’s legs out! Gigi tumbles and hits the steel steps, then the floor! Kiana ELIMINATES Gigi! Kiana tells Gigi to go call her little brother. Jacy stomps Tatum, Lash fires off hands on Kelani Jordan but Kelani dodges, comes back, only to be clotheslined out to the apron! But Kelani dodges, swings around the corner post, but Jakara trips her up! Kelani falls, Jakara ELIMINATES her! Fallon ROCKS Lash, CHOPS Jakara, and Roxie helps out! Fallon puts Jakara out, fires hands, but Jakara HOTSHOTS! Oro says good work, but Fallon BOOTS Jakara!
Oro catches Jakara again, but then Thea hurries over! Thea SPRINGBOARD TRUST FALLS Oro and Jakara down! Thea ELIMINATES Jakara, but she is safe cuz she went under the top rope! Lash slides out to go after Thea, but ends up in a KIMURA! Lash scoops Thea, and SNAKE EYES her off the steel steps! The ref reprimands but there’s no disqualifications in such a match. Lash leaves Thea behind, only for Feroz & Leon to go after her! She BOOTS them away, but Leon gives Feroz the boost to RANA Lash out! Lash stays on the apron, fires back, but Leon ELBOWS Lashl! Leon goes up and out to go after Lash!
Las Latinas trip and DOUBLE BOOT Lash to ELIMINATE her! They celebrate, but then Lash & Jakara YANK them both off the apron to ELIMINATE them!! And now they brawl! Oro shouts for help, but the battle rages on in and outside the ring as NXT goes picture in picture.
Dana brawls with Cora, Dana BOOTS Cora, and Roxie stomps Jacy. Tatum brawls with Fallon, Elektra has Lyra in a corner. Cora fights off Dana and Kiana while Elektra digs a boto in on Lyra. Roxie throws Jacy up and out but Jacy holds on to fight her off. Lyra scoops Elektra?! What strength! But Elektra lands safe on the apron and tries to drag Lyra up and over with her! Lyra resists, throws elbows, and Elektra wobbles! Lyra WRECKS Elektra with a dropkick and ELIMINATES her! Tatum SLAPS Dana but Dana fires off forearms on her! Cora and Jacy mug Lyra, Kiana keeps on Roxie, and Fallon tires to help Dana.
Tatum fights them off, Dana DECKS Fallon, and then Tatum ROCKS Dana! Tatum bumps Dana off buckles, stomps away, and Cora stomps away on Lyra. Fallon bumps Jacy off buckles, stomps away, and Roxie holds onto ropes as Kiana tries to dump her out. Tatum and Dana brawl more, Dana kicks Tatum down, and NXT returns to single picture. Blair Davenport appears? She wasn’t officially in this match, is she going to insert herself into it? Roxie UPPERCUTS Kiana in a corner, she dodges Jacy to send her into Kiana, then UPPERCUTS them both! Roxie snarls, but Cora grabs her former friend, only for Roxie to turn it around! RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP!
Blair taunts Roxie, who was one of her targets, so Roxie goes out after her! THESZ PRESS and fast hands! Blair shoves Roxie away, whips, but Roxie reverses to send Blair into the apron! BACKHAND, and POP- NO, Tatum saves Blair to CROSSBODY Roxie! Tatum ELIMINATES herself, but she and Blair stomp away on Roxie! They throw Roxie back in, and Jacy slithers up behind. Jacy dumps Roxie up and out to ELIMINATE her!! Jacy says Roxie is a loser, but Lyra stalks up behind her! ENZIGURI! Lyra fires off kicks on Cora, dodges Dana, and goes up to MISSILE DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Fallon runs in, but Lyra blocks to HEEL KICK!
Lyra drags Fallon up, scoops her and puts her on the ropes, but Fallon is safe on the apron. Lyra DECKS Fallon, but Jacy TOSSES Lyra! Lyra skins the cat, headscissors Jacy and throws her out to ELIMINATE her! Fans fire up, but then Cora DROPKCIKS Lyra down to ELIMINATE her! Fans boo as Cora laughs at Lyra and blows a kiss. Now we just have Fallon, Cora, Dana and Kiana. Fallon DECKS Cora, DECKS Kiana, ROCKS Dana, then ELBOWS Kiana, and THROWS Dana! Cora returns but Fallon CHOPS her! Fallon runs up the corner, steadies herself, BLOCKBUSTER for Cora! But Kiana RAMS Fallon into a corner!
Kiana reels Fallon in but Fallon doges to ROCK Kiana! Fallon goes up but Kiana shoves her over! Fallon stays on the apron, gets under Kiana, and BACK DROPS her out of the ring! Fallon ELIMINATES Kiana! Dana rushes in, Fallon slides under, sunset flip but Dana rolls through, so Fallon DECKS her! Cora runs in but Fallon dodges to ROCK her! Cora ROCKS back! Dana DOUBLE LARIATS them both! Fans are torn, but Dana runs in at Fallon to handspring back elbow! Dana handspring back elbows Cora! Dana goes back to Fallon, but Fallon headscissors! Dana shoves Fallon away to ELIMINATE her!
Cora goes after Dana! Dana shoulders in, but Cora DROPKCIKS Dana! Dana clutches onto ropes but Cora stomps away! Dana gets back in, both women run, and DOUBLE LARIATS take them down! But wait! Chase U’s student section remembers, Thea is STILL in this match! Thea rises and she has her chance! Thea shakes the ropes, runs in and Cora says she and Dana should work together. Dana says no no, she and Thea will work together! They kick Cora, double whip, and lift her up! Cora fights free, kicks Dana away but Thea dodges! Thea runs, Cora ducks and Thea CLOBBERS Dana! Cora attacks and TOSSES Thea!
Thea holds onto the ropes, Dana storms up to DECK Cora! Thea GAMANGIRIS Cora, gets in, but Dana kicks her. Dana runs, ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Cora returns to SHINING WIZARD Dana in a corner! And then runs to SHINING WIZARD at the ropes! And then SHINING- NO, Dana blocks, Thea dumps them BOTH!! Thea wins!!
Winner: Thea Hail (NEW #1 Contender to the NXT Women’s Champion)
The Chase U student section storms the court! Er, ring! They celebrate as one of their own has herself a title shot! Even Duke, Gulak & Dempsey applaud. Even Haley & Hanna Cavinder, NXT’s newest NIL prospects, are here to celebrate with Thea! Will Chase U finally have some gold thanks to their ultimate underdog?
NXT Media catches Bron Breakker as he is leaving the building.
NXT Media asks him why he attacked Ilja Dragunov. Why? He isn’t gonna let Ilja spit out garbage about being the most intense guy in the WWE. Bron is gonna hold everyone accountable, from top to bottom. And speaking of the top, how about the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Seth Freakin’ Rollins? The workhorse of the WWE? How about he proves it. Rollins knows how things are done in NXT cuz he was the first-ever NXT Champion! And Bron was the most DOMINANT NXT Champion ever! So Rollins should come back to NXT to put the World Heavyweight Championship on the line… against Bron? Will the Visionary accept that challenge?
A great episode for NXT here and we’re in some exciting times right now. Corbin isn’t usually must-see but he did show up last week so we gotta know what that’s about. He of course goes with the usual trope of “this generation doesn’t appreciate anything, they don’t understand,” which oddly was very much where they had JBL going with all his promos when he was Corbin’s manager. But I like that Dragunov got in Corbin’s face, and that Trick Williams took the fight to Corbin. I think tonight was the first time I heard a “This is Awesome!” chant during a Corbin match, but he and Trick were great out there. Corbin of course wins, he needs momentum going towards Melo and the title.
Bron attacking Dragunov was quite the surprise, but it seems the next chapter for him is to double down on the aggression and go after everyone who claims to be better at the things he claims to be. Calling out Rollins was an even bigger surprise, but I would love seeing Rollins having a return to NXT, as I know the live audience there would love seeing it. Could these “callbacks” and callouts be how NXT brute forces its way to being the third brand once and for all?
That question aside, great stuff building with The Schism and the North American Championship. Really good Mixed Six, and I loved that string of human weapon moves from Diamond Mine, especially Ivy suplexes Brutus. But of course The Schism cheats a win in that one. Ali VS Gacy was surprisingly short, but I suppose it builds towards story on both ends. Gacy feels like he’s letting the team down but they’re still standing with him, and Ali seems to be literally match making. The Six Man of Ali, Bate & Wes VS Schism is going to be great, and I bet we get Bate VS Wes on TV since Great American Bash is so far away still.
We got good matches out of Thorpe VS Kemp and Dabba-Kato VS SCRYPTS. A little surprised Thorpe won again with some controversy, I would’ve thought they’d go the other way and have Kemp win by controversy. And in Dabba VS Scrypts, I should’ve figured Axiom would show up. Scrypts gets the win but Dabba has the last laugh, so I sense a handicap match in the future. WWE has done 2 Faces VS 1 Heel before, but it never felt like it was a situation where the Heel was really so much more powerful. In this case, it will work because Dabba is as big as Scrypts and Axiom combined.
Good prison visitation promo, especially that Kardashian joke. Stacks keeps saying it’s Gallus but that just means it isn’t Gallus. But Tony is giving him permission to do what he needs to in order to bring Gallus down, I wonder if Stacks recruits people to the D’Angelo Family for a Six Man Tag. Also, good stuff out of the tag division with everyone doing the mind meld and irritating Malik. Malik VS Edris will be a fun match, who knows how that goes. I feel like NXT could even be building things to a massive NXT Tag Team Championship match for Great American Bash, like the Ladder Fatal 4 Ways of old.
Hard Hitting Home Truths was alright, but those names Dragon Lee came up with for Dar’s group felt more like something HBK and Road Dogg would come up with. But Dar and his group had a good promo in return, and their name, “The Meta Four” is much better than those five names. Frazer VS Dar is going to be great stuff, but with just Dragon Lee, I don’t see Frazer having a chance with Oro, Jakara and Lash all out there. But in tonight’s main event, it looks like they could’ve been building some women’s tag feuds. Lash & Jakara went after Yulisa & Valentina, that could be some good stuff, and we could see Yulisa & Valentina side with Dragon & Frazer as their own quartet.
And speaking of that battle royal, good promo from Gigi and Kiana beforehand, and same for Thea’s promo earlier on. Gigi and Kiana feuding seems to be the next move, helping Gigi build up momentum while Tiffany takes care of her first defense. Roxie brawling with Blair made sense, but I did not see Tatum joining Team Blair. Maybe Dani helps Roxie against them since she was also a target, and also lost to Blair tonight. Great moving of pieces to have Thea out of commission until the end and then finish it up with a big win over Dana and Cora. Thea got that like, Lex Luger beat Yokozuna celebration, where even future superstars, Haley & Hanna Cavinder, got to show up for it.
Now, Thea and Tiffany are going to have an awesome build to their match, they’re going to have an awesome match, but with this being Tiff’s first defense and there being the bigger Chase U story, I don’t see Thea winning. If only NXT had a women’s midcard title, Thea and a few other names could be fighting for that. Just not sure what to name it, as the WWE already uses the phrases Intercontinental, United States and North American, and they wouldn’t want to copy AEW’s International Championship. WWE hasn’t had a Television Championship in 20 years, so giving that concept to the women’s division would be pretty cool.
My Score: 8.8/10
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