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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (1/15/2020)

Who heads for championship gold?

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There can only be ONE #1 Contender!

Even with Worlds Collide on the horizon, Rhea Ripley is a fighting champion! Who stands tall at the end of tonight’s battle royal to then challenge the new champ?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic 2020 Opening Round: The Broserweights VS South Wales Subculture; The Broserweights win and advance to the next round.
  • Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic 2020 Opening Round: The Time Splitters VS Grizzled Young Veterans; Grizzled Young Veterans win and advances to the next round.
  • NXT Cruiserweight Championship Qualifier: Tyler Breeze VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott VS Lio Rush; Swerve wins and joins the Worlds Collide Fatal 4 Way.
  • NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Battle Royal: Bianca Belair wins and will challenge Rhea Ripley for the title at TakeOver: Portland.

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WWE and NXT mourn the loss of Rocky Johnson.

As seen on their YouTube channel, a moment of silence and a ten bell salute honor the memory of the wrestling legend and father to The Rock, Dwayne Johnson.

 

Keep your eyes on the prize!

Toni Storm, Io Shirai, Bianca Belair, Candice LeRae and even NXT UK Women’s Champion, Kay Lee Ray, want what the Mosh Pit Kid has. But they’re not the only ones, because tonight will be a huge contender’s battle royal! Another prize everyone wants is the Dusty Cup! The Undisputed Era and Imperium advance, but we have two more opening round matches! And Adam Cole may be holding lots of Year End Awards, but Tommaso Ciampa only has eyes for “Goldie.” The Road to Royal Rumble Weekend is paved with gold, but who gets steamrolled along the way?

 

Keith Lee is here!

The Limitless One is just one week away from his North American Championship match with Roderick Strong! Lee picks up a mic tonight as fans sing, “Oh~ Bask in His Glory~!” Lee loves the sound of that! Please bask as much as you wish, because “Achievement unlocked!” The specimen in this ring is the new #1 contender! But don’t let him mislead you. The Undisputed Era had a great 2019. They are still holding all the titles in NXT. The end of 2019 was “arguably the greatest of anyone. Except for maybe me.” Fans sing more and Lee says “herein lies the difference.” The Undisputed Era have reached their limits, while Lee is… limitless! And next week, Lee proves that when he becomes the NEW NXT North American Champion and forever-

But the Undisputed Era interrupt! “Shut up, Lee! Have you seen what we’ve done to Imperium?! What we’ve done to the Velveteen Dream?! To Tommaso Ciampa!? Well guess what, dummy! You’re next!” The Undisputed Era flood the ring and go after Lee! But Lee explodes out! Lee rocks Strong, Fish and O’Reilly, then headbutts Cole! Lee throws out Strong, rocks reDRagon and lifts Cole! But Strong uses a chair to knock Lee down! Cole hits a Last Shot! And then the Undisputed Era mug Lee with fists and chair shorts. Strong puts the chair around a leg and STOMPS IT!! Lee writhes as he clutches his leg and fans chant “Roddy Sucks!” But here comes Ciampa!

Ciampa decks Strong and throws O’Reilly into a post! Ciampa aims for Cole but Cole bails out. The Undisputed Era retreats while fans chant “Daddy’s Home!” Lee glares as he forces himself to stand up. Will Lee be in any shape to go after Strong next week? When and where will Ciampa get his hands on Cole and “Goldie” again?

 

NXT Media caught up with Tegan Nox!

Even after that brutal betrayal and beat down from her former best friend, Dakota Kai, the girl with the Shiniest Wizard is going to compete in tonight’s #1 contender’s battle royal! “Just as important as that, I finally get to go face-to-face with Dakota Kai.” That WarGames attack won’t be let go. But Candice is happy to have Tegan back! Though, will that affect how they fight in the battle royal? Or will they be more worried about the other top talent in that match?

 

Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic 2020 Opening Round: The Broserweights VS South Wales Subculture!

All it took was a shrug and the Original Bro convinced the Bruiserweight to join forces! Can the makeshift team of Matt Riddle and Pete Dunne make it work against former NXT UK Tag Team Champions?

The teams sort out and Dunne starts against Mark Andrews. Andrews and Dunne tie up, Andrews headlocks but Dunne powers out. Things speed up, Dunne hurdles but Andrews leaps. Riddle tags in, Andrews huricanranas Dunne. Andrews ducks the Penalty Kick and dodges the moonsault to tag in Flash Morgan Webster! Riddle sees the Modfather’s knee coming and doges, but FMW dodges the enziguri! Dunne handsprings up and the two teams stand off as we go picture in picture.

The teams cool off and back away for Riddle and FMW to tie up. Riddle waistlock slams FMW down then floats around to get the arm. FMW gets up but ends up in Broserweight territory. Dunne tags in and wrenches FMW, and then the Broserweights torture the fingers. They both stomp the hands! FMW gets to an open corner but Dunne is on him right away. He brings FMW back and tags Riddle. Dunne whips FMW into the corner but FMW elbows back. FMW boots and then walks on Dunne to huricanrana Riddle! Things speed up. FMW arm-drags Riddle and tags to Andrews. SWSC work together, moonsault and moonsault! Cover, TWO! Andrews keeps on Riddle with a wristlock and brings Riddle up. Tag to FMW and FMW climbs. FMW leaps to dumdum stomp the arm!

FMW wrenches but Riddle forearms free. Riddle gut wrenches and throws FMW around! And again! And then Andrews runs in, but Riddle manages to back drop him while suplexing FMW! Riddle clubs FMW and brings him to the Broserweight corner. Tag to Dunne and Dunne gives Riddle a boost for the standing corkscrew! Dunne then hooks onto FMW’s legs and pulls on the arms. Dunne tortures the wrist before stomping the knees! And then he stomps the arm! FMW crawls to a corner but Dunne brings him up to wrench and wring out. Tag to Riddle, and Dunne stomps the arm again! Riddle kicks FMW while he’s down then drags him back up for a scoop and slam! Cover, TWO, and NXT returns to single picture.

Riddle yanks FMW up by his legs but FMW lands on his feet! And dropkicks Riddle away! Dunne tags in to keep FMW from Andrews, but FMW lands on his feet out of the German! FMW leaps but Dunne catches him, only for FMW to slip into a guillotine! But Dunne powers out to an X-PLEX! Tag to Riddle and Riddle drops a Broton! Cover, TWO! Riddle keeps his eyes on Andrews before going back to FMW with a sharp ax kick! Riddle CHOPS FMW then tags in Dunne. Dunne and Riddle double wrench but FMW breaks free! FMW fights back with big hands! Dunne pushes FMW, FMW goes up and over to evade, tag to Andrews! Andrews springboards, Riddle gets under, but the huricanrana gets Dunne!

Andrews goes after Riddle with forearms and CHOPS! Andrews whips, Riddle reverses, and Dunne returns. Andrews slides under both clotheslines to DOUBLE PELE! Fans fire up for Andrews as he runs at Dunne. Dunne puts him on the apron but Andrews enziguris back! And then slingshots over, to victory roll and spring up, DDT on Riddle! Riddle falls out of the ring, Andrews dumps Dunne out! Andrews tags FMW and SWSC decides to FLY! Double direct hits! SWSC get Dunne up and in fast and tag. Toast at 3AM, the standing 450! Cover, TWO!! Dunne is tougher than that, but FMW isn’t deterred. FMW brings Dunne up, underhooks, but Dunne breaks free. Dunne turns things around to go after FMW’s fingers, but FMW breaks free to KNEE TRIGGER! FMW springboards, into a BIG RIGHT! Both men are down but fans rally up, hot tag to Andrews!

Andrews grabs Dunne for a full nelson but Dunne breaks free and elbows back. Dunne goes up and over and enziguris Andrews! Then GERMAN SUPLEX! Hand stomps and buzzsaw! Tag to Riddle, Dunne drags Andrews up, X-PLEX BOMB!! FINAL FLASH BUZZSAW! Cover, but FMW breaks it! Fans are fired up as all four men are down! Dunne drags FMW up and tosses him out. Riddle drags Andrews up in a waistlock dead lift GERMAN! Cover, TWO! Andrews survives but Riddle is seething up. Riddle drags Andrews back up, suplexes, but Andrews slips out and waistlocks. Riddle standing switches to wristlock ripcord, FINAL FLASH! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Riddle drags Andrews away for a Broton! Tag to Dunne, and Dunne has the legs again. Dunne wrenches an ankle and stands on both feet, to STOMP!

Dunne goes after the legs again with an Ankle Lock! Andrews endures, flails, and rolls to throw Dunne off. Dunne comes back, into a Northern Lights and STOMPS! Both men are down again as NXT goes to break.

NXT returns as Andrews gets the hot tag to FMW! Riddle and Dunne run over but FMW elbows them into each other. Then QUEBRADA! FMW hits them both and has Riddle on the apron. FMW dropkicks Riddle off then triangle dropkicks Dunne back out! Fans fire up with the Modfather as he goes up top. FMW SWANTONS onto the Broserweights! FMW puts Riddle in but Dunne follows. FMW stalks behind them both as Riddle tags back in. FMW kicks low then tags in Andrews. SWSC coordinate, but Riddle fights FMW off and catches Andrews! Fireman’s carry, but Andrews pops up! FMW is back, KNEE TRIGGER POISON-RANA! Cover, but Dunne barrels in just in time! Fans are still fired up for “Tag Team Wrestling!”

Andrews tags to FMW, then moonsaults onto Dunne for a TORNADO DDT! FMW is up top, 450 but he has to bail out! BRO SPEAR! Andrews is back, BRO SPEAR! Riddle has FMW, for the- NO! INSIDE CRADLE! TWO!! Riddle spins FMW for a Pele! Tag to Dunne, Riddle fireman’s carries FMW, Bro To Enziguri! Cover, TWO!?! FMW survived a ladder match, so he can surely survive a tag team com-bro-nation! Fans love “All These Guys!” because “This is Awesome!” Dunne and Riddle have FMW, X-Plex Bomb countered to a rana! Andrews springboards in to block Dunne! FMW with the cover, but Dunne DECKS Andrews and Andrews falls on the pin! Somehow, someway, Dunne saved the day!

Dunne goes back to the Broserweight corner as Riddle kicks FMW away. Hot tags to Andrews and Dunne! Andrews slides but Dunne BUZZSAWS! Then pump handles, but cradle counter! Dunne blocks the cradle, X-Plex STUN-DOG MILIONAIRE! FMW fakes Riddle out, HEADBUTT! FMW DIVES, but into Riddle’s BRO DEREK!! Andrews is up top, aims for Dunne, but shooting star into a FOREARM! Tag to Riddle, pump handle, BITTER FINAL FLASH!! Cover, Broserweights win!!

Winners: The Broserweights, Matt Riddle pinning; advance to the next round

Incredi-BRO! Like peanut butter and chocolate, this duo just seems to work. But will the Dusty Cup be just as sweet as Reese’s for Riddle and Dunne? Or will Imperium have something to say about that?

 

NXT shares footage from after NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool II.

Imperium regroups after the Undisputed Era ambushed and completely wrecked them after Walter’s main event title defense. Obviously, Walter was furious about that! For the Undisputed Era to have the audacity to do that, now they are Imperium’s targets. Will Worlds Collide completely #ShockTheSystem in Houston?

 

Cathy Kelly waits backstage for an update on Keith Lee.

He is of course in the medical trainer’s room after what the Undisputed Era did to his leg. Will we hear what Lee’s status is for next week’s title match?

 

Tommaso Ciampa returns!

We already saw Blackheart come to the rescue of Keith Lee, but now he’s headed to the ring to talk about his business. Fans again chant “Daddy’s Home!” as Ciampa gets a mic. “Velveteen Dream, Imperium, Keith Lee. It’s pretty clear to me now that you Undisputed Era boys, y’all have yourselves a hit list.” Having a list is fine, because Ciampa has one, too. And Adam Cole is at the top of that list. Ciampa told us all that when Cole took Goldie, he took Ciampa’s “life.” Ciampa is not waiting, he’s not distracted. “I want my life back. I need my life back. Adam Cole, I am taking back my life.” But the Undisputed Era is back, and now Ciampa fights them 4v1! He gets Cole down but the others jump on him!

Strong and reDRagon corner Ciampa and Cole clears them out for his own, but Ciampa BOOTS him down! The brawl continues and they go around the ring but Ciampa ends up cornered again! Here comes JOHNNY GARGANO! DIY watches each other’s backs as Gargano rallies on the Era! Gargano still has beef with Cole but he gets Strong instead! Ciampa gives O’Reilly Willow’s Bell, the draping DDT! Gargano SUPERKICKS Fish! And then with Fish down in the center of the ring, fans are chanting for “DIY! DIY!” Meet in the middle! Fish is wrecked after taking the superkick and knee, but DIY is feeling pretty good. But with Gargano having to focus on Finn Balor come TakeOver: Portland, will Ciampa be able to keep safe when facing a faction as dangerous as the Undisputed Era?

 

Trent Seven tweets NXT.

“See Gargano and Ciampa are mates again Tyler Bate… Wouldn’t it be wonderful if they could stay mates long enough to fight us? Moustache Mountain VS DIY? What do you say, Regal? Possibly Worlds Collide?” There were a bit more hashtags in there, but the message is clear! Could we get a double reunion of tag teams at the biggest crossover event of 2020?

 

Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic 2020 Opening Round: The Time Splitters VS Grizzled Young Veterans!

The opening round concludes with perhaps the biggest surprise of them all! Kushida reunites with Alex Shelley to reform their dynamic tag team! But when up against inaugural NXT UK Tag Team Champions Zack Gibson and James Drake, will they SOON be recognized as a one-and-done?

The bell rings and Shelley starts with Liverpool’s Number One. Fans are fired up to finally see Shelley in the WWE and Shelley is just as excited. Shelley and Gibson tie up and Gibson puts Shelly in a corner. Gibson backs off with a shove, but Shelley keeps his cool. They tie up again, and Shelley wrenches to a hammerlock. Gibson elbows out hard then whips, but Shelley reverses. Drake saves Gibson from hitting buckles and Gibson kicks Shelley back! Gibson wrenches then tags Drake, and Mr. Mayhem goes after Shelley. Shelley CHOPS Drake away, then puts some stank on his next CHOP! Shelley has Drake in the corner and tags in Kushida. But Drake fights back, knocking Kushida down and whipping Shelley to the GYV corner.

Shelley puts Drake on the apron, and fights both GYV. Kushida runs in to double handspring kick GYV down! Fans fire up for the Time Splitters as they each PESCADO out! Double direct hits and fans are fired up even more! Kushida puts Drake in and throws hands, but Drake knees low. Drake whips, Shelley tags in, and things speed up as Shelley body blows and Kushida knee lifts! Drake is down, Shelley stands on hair as he pulls on arms. Shelley lets up to bring Drake around, but Drake knees low again. Tag to Gibson and Gibson goes after Shelley. Kushida tags in, and Time Splitters drop toehold to basement dropkick! Then they Penalty Kick the arm! Kushida wrenches Gibson around and ties up his arms in a crisscross, deathlock! Gibson writhes from that one, but Shelley tags in. Double wrench and wristlock to elbows and running suplex! Cover, TWO!

Shelley keeps on Gibson but Gibson jawbreakers back! Gibson sucker punches Kushida but Shelley knees hard! Gibson wrenches and headlocks but Shelley powers out. Drake tags in, dropkicks a leg out and Gibson adds his own dropkick! Mayhem in Motion takes out Kushida! GYV are fired up as NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and Shelley fights off Drake’s cravat. Drake shoves him away but Shelley fights out of the GIV corner. Gibson saves Drake from falling out of the ring, and Drake keeps Shelley from Kushida! Shelley rolls Drake up, TWO! Drake keeps between Shelley and Kushida, and hits a big backbreaker! Shelley flops out of the ring and Drake tags Gibson. Gibson scoops Shelley, Drake slingshots, pescado backbreaker! Fans boo as Gibson argues with the ref. Gibson throws European Uppercuts while the Full Sail crowd borrows a chant from the UK crowds: “If you hate Gibson, shoes off!” Gibson looms over Shelley in the ring and brings him up to back suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! Gibson is frustrated with Shelley but he clamps on with a cobra clutch.

Shelley endures and fans rally up. Shelley gets up but Drake tags in. Gibson reels Shelley out but Shelley dodges! And dodges! And hot tags to Kushida! Springboard ax handle and rallying forearms all around! Kushida whips but Gibson reverses, only to get the handspring back elbow! Drake gets the FAST BALL! But no Penalty Kick! Kushida arm-drags Drake into an armbar! Drake fights but Kushida breaks the grip! Drake makes it a cover, TWO! Kushida KICKS away on Drake’, but Drake catches one to waistlock. Kushida standing switches but Gibson tags in. Kushida runs into Gibson’s grip, enziguri! Gibson turns Kushida, SUPERKICK to neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!! Kushida survives and the GYV are frustrated.

Fans rally but Drake tags in. Gibson brings Kushida up, feeds to Drake’s scoop, but Kushida slips out. Kushida BOOTS Gibson and backs Drake down. Kushida boots again, then tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Shelley is up, knee and kick combo in the corner! Tag to Shelley and he’s up top, frog splash and moonsault combo! Cover, but Gibson breaks it! Gibson ROCKS Kushida with that right then whips Shelley. Shelley reverses, atomic drop to basement dropkick to chancery to basement dropkick! THE DREAM SEQUENCE! Kushida runs at Drake but is put on the apron. Shelley corner clotheslines then Kushida goes up. Gibson shoves Kushida down! Drake denies Sliced Bread, TICKET TO MAYHEM!! Cover, the Grizzled Young Veterans WIN!!

Winners: The Grizzled Young Veterans, Gibson pinning; advance to the next round

NXT UK has a second representative in the tournament! Liverpool’s Number One and Mr. Mayhem beat the Time Splitters and will meet reDRagon in the semifinals! Will GYV SOON be recognized as tournament finalists?

The Time Splitters offer handshakes out of respect, but Gibson and Drake refuse. Gibson gets a mic to say, “Nah, nah, nah. We did not travel all this way to stand there and shake hands while a hipster Full Sail crowd pretend to know who you are.” They have derailed the reunion tour on its first stop! Shelley, Kushida, you two were a great tag team. But you are looking at the present and future! GYV conquered all of Europe, and will never stop! They are SOON to be recognized as the 2020 Dusty Cup winners. Will that all come true against even the Undisputed Era?

 

NXT Media catches up with Robert Stone and Chelsea Green.

Robert Stone says, “Let’s be real. NXT Women’s Division, best it’s ever been. But Chelsea Green? She’s better than the best.” That’s why she is not going to be in the Battle Royal tonight. All these other women trying to steal the spotlight, that’s not going to fly. So everyone will have to wait to see the former hottest free agent. And emphasis on hottest. The Robert Stone Brand made a business decision, but when will the Hot Mess make her NXT in-ring debut?

 

Finn Balor profiles his Worlds Collide opponent.

“Ilja Dragunov is the guy that likes to challenge himself. He’s talented. Reminds me a lot of myself.” Fast, smart, fearless. But what Finn also sees is belief. Belief that he belongs in the ring with someone like Finn. But some advice from The Prince: When you come at him, you better not miss. Otherwise, he puts you down.

 

NXT Cruiserweight Championship Qualifier: Tyler Breeze VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott VS Lio Rush!

Worlds Collide will have an incredible Fatal 4 Way Cruiserweight Championship match with representatives of both NXT and NXT UK! However, with Angel Garza being champion, that only leaves one spot open for an NXT USA contender. And in this fast, furious and now fashionable division, that spot will go to the man that can bring it all together!

Angel Garza joins commentary to keep a close eye on this match. The bell rings and all three men stare down. But fans chant “Whose house?” “Swerve’s House!” But then they shift to “Breeze is Gorgeous!” Breeze, Swerve and Lio approach. Breeze kicks Swerve then ducks Lio. Lio slips out of the back suplex but gets a mule kick! Breeze enziguris Swerve then forearms Lio! Breeze hits a pretty backbreaker then covers, ONE. Breeze chicken wings but Swerve pulls him off to bump off buckles. Swerve trips and rolls Lio to waistlock and dead lift, but no half nelson as Lio arm-drags out. Lio runs at Swerve in the corner but Swerve goes up and over. Swerve ducks Breeze to Eddy Gordo headscissors! Swerve fires off strikes on Lio, dropkick!

Fans are fired up and even Garza smirks. Swerve drags Lio up for a hard EuroUpper, then he drags Lio up for a CHOP. Swerve goes to Breeze to kick hard against ropes! And again! And again! Lio clobbers Swerve from behind then whips Breeze. Breeze reverses, Lio redirects and scrambles around, to get under and kangaroo kick! Breeze still puts Lio on the apron but both men forearm. Breeze shoulders out but Lio kicks him back! Lio sees Swerve coming, and deja vu to 205 Live as both men flip out to stare down! Fans love that! Lio bobs ‘n’ weaves with Swerve then uses the apron to huricanrana! Breeze Penalty Kicks Lio down! Prince Pretty stands tall as NXT goes to break.

NXT returns as Breeze is down and Lio has Swerve in a corner. Lio brings Swerve up for hands, but Swerve throws Lio out. Swerve goes to Breeze and CHOPS him. Lio comes around the side and Swerve goes after him. Swerve suplexes but Lio blocks. Lio tries to suplex but Swerve blocks. They go back and forth, Breeze pulls Swerve back in to German Suplex Swerve’s suplex! Two for the price of one for Prince Pretty! All three men are down but Full Sail fires up. Everyone stands, Lio kicks Breeze but Swerve kicks Lio. Swerve whips, Lio redirects, Breeze clobbers Swerve! And then Lio! Breeze is rallying! Breeze clotheslines Swerve out and then builds speed. Swerve dodges so Breeze cartwheels to safety. Swerve aims at Lio and dives, but has to cartwheel when Lio dodges. Lio dives and HITS Breeze! But Swerve FLIES and hits Lio!

Swerve gets Lio in fast and builds speed again, to spin into the SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Swerve survives and Lio is frustrated, but Garza smirks again. Lio heads up top but Breeze returns. Lio knocks Breeze down and then has to hit Swerve away. Lio hops down to throw haymakers and kicks. Swerve uppercuts hard! Swerve whips Lio and pops him up, for Breeze’s SUPER MODEL KICK! Swerve runs at Breeze but is put up top, tucked in, SUPERKICK! That was cheeky. Cover, TWO!! Swerve survives again! Breeze grits his teeth as he slowly stands. Swerve follows and Lio crawls. Breeze brings Swerve up but Swerve blocks the suplex. Breeze keeps trying but he still can’t. He clubs away on Swerve but Swerve blocks the lift again. Swerve throws punches, breaks free and ROCKS Breeze with a right! Lio throws Breeze out hard then boots Swerve from a corner.

Breeze anchors Lio’s feet, dodges one dropkick but not the second! Lio dodges Swerve, hops up and over and back around, POISON RANA! DIVE onto Breeze! Lio heads back up top, FINAL HOUR HITS! Cover, but Breeze breaks it! That wasn’t the final move of this match, and fans are fired up for “NXT! NXT!” All three men slowly stir, and Swerve sits up first. Everyone stands, and Lio throws hands. Lio hits Swerve then Breeze, repeat. But they both kick back! Swerve hits Breeze, Breeze hits back. Swerve and Breeze throw heavier hands, then CHOPS! Lio kicks, but Breeze blocks and hands it to Swerve. Lio enziguris but Swerve ducks, the kick hits Breeze! Swerve kicks, Lio blocks and then sends it into Breeze! Lio then bobs ‘n’ weaves and fires off strikes! Swerve fires up but gets a SUPER MODEL KICK!

Lio kicks Breeze’s legs out, to rewind heel kick! Lio heads up top again, FINAL HOUR AGAIN! But Sweve throws Lio out, only for the COME UP to get him! But Breeze rolls Lio, TWO!! Breeze has the chicken wings but Lio reverses that, only to get the Beauty Shot! HOUSE CALL! Then half nelson, DRIVER!! Cover, SWERVE wins!!

Winner: Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, by pinfall; advances to the NXT Cruiserweight Championship match

That wasn’t just a swerve, that was Swerve. The JML Driver spells “W I N,” but will it also spell “N X T Cruiserweight Championship” in Houston?

 

Backstage interview with Rhea Ripley!

The NXT Women’s Champion has a target on her back, but is there anyone she’s hoping does win tonight? Well considering Toni Storm “cut the queue” and has a Worlds Collide title shot, it’s all fine. Rhea promises to go through her, and whoever wins here tonight. This is her division now, and the Nightmare has just begun.

 

Backstage interview with Johnny Gargano!

Johnny Wrestling and the Blackheart were in the same ring again, and speaking of, Ciampa walks over. Ciampa thanks Gargano for the assist, but Gargano brings up Seven’s tweet. What’s his answer? One more for old time’s sake? DIY? DIY. Yeah, sure. But then the Undisputed Era rush over to start trouble, and security immediately rushes in to stop it. But then KEITH LEE runs in, and though Strong gets clear, Lee POUNCES a security guard through the bushes! Lee’s wrath is limitless, and he throws a security guard onto a car! The front windshield CRACKS! Lee wants Strong, so he tosses another guard over spare trunks! “Within me, the prophecy ENDS!” Strong only has one week left, will he #BaskInHisGlory and suffer more than just defeat? As for DIY reuniting, will “for old time’s sake” feel like old times when Worlds Collide?

 

NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Battle Royal!

While Chelsea Green bowed out, returning Tegan Nox and newly signed Mercedes Martinez are jumping in! They join Io Shirai, Bianca Belair, Mia Yim, Vanessa Borne, Xia Li, Deonna Purrazzo, Candice LeRae, Kayden Carter, Santana Garrett, Evolve’s Shotzi Blackheart, and the shocking return of Kacy Catanzaro! Who stands alone at the end of this star-studded match to take on Rhea Ripley?

NXT returns as we also add Catalina and MJ Jenkins, and as Io Shirai makes her entrance. Tegan is next to enter, but then what is this?! SHAYNA BASZLER RETURNS!! The Queen of Spades looked to be giving up, but the two-time champion wants to become an insane three-time! The odds have clearly shifted, does anyone stand a chance against the returning Horsewoman?

The bell rings and Shayna brawls with Xia Li! Candice goes after Shirai but Tegan helps her out, and a lot of the other women crowd around the other half of the ring. Santana brawls with Catalina while Mercedes finds a clearing. Bianca brawls with Shotzi  while KC and KC work together. Vanessa goes after Deonna. Deonna fights her off and gets back in, getting help from Santana. Bianca scoops Carter while Xia and KC work on Shayna. Carter clings to ropes but KC saves KC! Shayna fights off Xia and picks on another superstar now. Wait who is that? Meanwhile Mia fights for her own safety and Mercedes elbows Catalina down. Candice clings to ropes and Shayna goes after MJ. Shayna throws MJ out, but MJ holds on. No skinning the cat when Shayna grabs the wrists and pries her off! Shayna ELIMINATES MJ Jenkins!

Shayna hits Santana and Shirai helps out. Tegan goes to throw Vanessa out while Bianca brawls with Jessie Kamea. The EST scoops and puts Jessie on the apron. Jessie fights back and gets in to ram Bianca into the corner. Bianca turns things around, chicken wings and she dumps Jessie out! Bianca ELIMINATES Jessie Kamea! Shayna goes after Catalina but Catalina boots and dropkicks her back! Catalina tilt-o-whirls and headscissors Shayna to a corner! But Shayna puts her up top, to push her down and ELIMINATE her! Mercedes tries to push Santana out and Santana ends up on the apron. Santana shoulders back in and makes her return.

Carter goes after Shayna but Shayna clubs her down. Carter goes up top but Shayna disrupts that and puts her on the apron. Shayna DECKS Carter but KC goes after Shayna! Shayna whips KC out, but KC gets help from KC, to slingshot back in! Shayna runs in, KC dodges, Shayna knocks Carter off and ELIMINATES her! But Kacy comes back for more, only for Shayna to club her down. There are a lot of women left as NXT goes picture in picture.

Tegan SHOTEIS her opponent and then throws her out, and ELIMINATES… Who was that again? KC goes after Shayna more, and Shotzi is after Mercedes while Mia fights off Deonna. Tegan and Santana go after Vanessa together but Vanessa manages to skirt back in. Xia is after Bianca and Vanessa hits Mia back. Candice kicks and scrapes at Santana on the apron, but Shayna stomps Candice down! Shayna clubs Candice then drags Santana up to throw big forearms. And kicks! And more forearms! Vanessa bumps Mia off buckles while Mercedes grinds a boot into Shotzi. Santana fights back on Shayna while Shirai works to lift Deonna. Deonna clubs Shirai down and Bianca throws Tegan! Tegan stays on the apron but Bianca stomps away on her bad leg!

Shayna scrapes at Santana, and then goes after the fingers! Santana ROCKS Shayna with a left, but Shayna BOOTS and ELIMINATES Santana Garrett! Vanessa runs but Mia dumps her out. Vanessa throws hands but gets a Code Breaker! Vanessa’s feet hook the ropes! But Mia sweeps the legs and ELIMINATES Vanessa! Deonna has Shotzi but Shotzi reverses to throw and ELIMINATE Deonna! Deonna drags Shotzi out, and then BOOTS her down! Shotzi is still in the match but she’s down on the outside. Shirai whips and flapjacks Xia! She, Bianca and Shayna stomp her down while Mercedes goes after Candice. Mia scoops Kacy while Xia fights off Shayna, Bianca and BOOTS Shirai! Xia blocks a boot to give a ROUNDHOUSE to Bianca!

Xia drags Bianca up and lifts, but Shayna clobbers Xia from behind. Shayna dumps and ELIMINATES Xia Li! Candice fires off on Mercedes while KC goes gymnastic, only for Shirai to sweep and dropkick! Shirai ELIMINATES Kacy! Bianca clubs down Mia and is the one standing tall. Bianca throws big forearms on Candice while Shirai stomps Tegan. Bianca military presses but Candice slips out! Candice runs, Bianca dodges, but Candice ends up on the apron! Bianca bumps Candice off the post and ELIMINATES her! Mia dumps Mercedes tot he apron but Mercedes drags Mia out with a suplex! And ELIMINATES her! The final five are Mercedes, Bianca, Shayna, Shirai and Tegan!

Shayna and Mercedes stare down, familiar foes from their days before NXT. The two circle and start brawling! Fans are on Mercedes’ side as she slugs it out with Shayna! Mercedes rocks Shayna but Shayna rocks Mercedes back. They just keep going! Fast and furious fists fly and fans fire up! Mercedes uppercuts Shayna! And CHOPS her! And drags her up only for Shayna to slip out to a Kirafuda Klutch! But Mercedes snapmares free and scoops Shayna! Shirai, Bianca and Tegan fight on the other end as Shayna headscissors and ELIMINATES Mercedes!! We’re down to four as Shayna rejoins Shirai, Bianca and Tegan.

Each woman takes a corner and stares down with each other. And they all go after Tegan! Tegan elbows Bianca, BOOTS Shayna and dodges Shirai! Tegan goes up top to crossbody! Tegan rallies with forearms on Bianca and Shayna, then elbows Shirai down. Tegan runs to uppercut Shayna, then Bianca, then back again. Shayna sits down, Tegan CANNONBALLS! Then CANNONBALL for Bianca! Shayan swings but gets caught, leg sweep! Tegan throws Bianca out but only to the apron. Shirai runs into a choke grip, CHOKE SLAM onto Shayna! Tegan drags Shayna up but Bianca runs in, Tegan feeds Shayna to Bianca’s SPEAR! Tegan drags Shayna up and picks her up, but Bianca goes after Tegan. Tegan HEADBUTTS Bianca but Shayna stays on the apron!

Tegan gives Bianca the SHINIEST WIZARD! Tegan forearms Shirai, but Shirai puts her on the apron! Tegan decks Shirai and climbs up top! But DAKOTA KAI appears! Dakota YANKS Tegan off and ELIMINATES her! Dakota was meant to be in this match, but chose to just screw over her former friend instead! And then Shayna goes after Shirai and Bianca! Big knees and kicks for Bianca, but Shirai runs in. KIRAFUDA! And a toss to put her on the apron! Shirai fades, but SHOTZI RETURNS! Shotzi ELIMINATES Shayna!! The Evolve upstart just shocked Shayna! But Bianca gets her off guard and ELIMINATES her! Now it’s just Shayna and Shirai! These two wanted after each other after the Six Woman Tag, and now they’ll have their chance! It’s the fiercest brawl!

Bianca puts Shirai in a corner and rams her shoulder in! Then TOSSES her across the way! Then back the other way! Bianca reels Shirai in, but Shirai headscissors. Bianca blocks so Shirai boots her away. Shirai drop toeholds Bianca and dials it up, 619! Shirai climbs up top and leaps, but into Bianca’s arms! Bianca pops Shirai up for the Fall Away Slam! Bianca drags Shirai up and reels her in, chicken wings but Shirai victory rolls Bianca into buckles! Fans are fired up for the Evil Genius as she hoists Bianca up top. Shirai climbs up after her but Bianca fights her back. The two teeter up top, but Shirai steadies herself for a SUPER- NO! No steiner! Bianca brings Shirai back up, but Shirai slips free to ROUNDHOUSE! Bianca flops to the apron, but she throws forearms on Shirai. Shirai runs in, but ends up on the apron with her!

Bianca drags Shirai up and fireman’s carries, but Shirai holds on for dear life. Shirai waistlocks and wants to German Suplex! Bianca holds on and elbows Shirai away. They’re still both on the apron, and Shirai kicks low. SHOTEI! But Bianca flops into the ring. Shirai stands on her ponytail!! Bianca YANKS to trip up Shirai! Both women end up back in the ring, and now we start again. Bianca and Shirai brawl on the mat, then up to their feet. Bianca gets an edge, runs, but Shirai back elbows! Shirai runs and basement dropkicks! Fans are thunderous but the buzzsaw misses. SPEAR! Bianca drags Shirai up and torture racks, but Shirai pulls the ponytail! Shirai uses the tail to rel Bianca in, GERMAN! Fans are thunderous as Shirai goes corner to corner for the METEORA! Shirai drags Bianca up, underhooks, but Bianca slips out to torture rack! KISS OF DEATH ELIMINATES SHIRAI!!

Winner: Bianca Belair; NEW #1 Contender to the NXT Women’s Championship

The EST is back in con *clap* ten *clap* tion! But with Worlds Collide between now and TakeOver, will it be a Riptide or a Storm that she’ll be facing in Portland?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A great episode right here, with great action and great builds towards both Worlds Collide and TakeOver: Portland. I really liked the blending of story between Undisputed Era, Keith Lee and in this case, DIY. Clearly Lee walked off the attack on his leg so that he’ll have his match with Strong next week. Lee going Incredible Hulk on the security guards was pretty great. Lee VS Strong is going to be great, and it’d be pretty great if Lee took the title. And wow, as if Worlds Collide wasn’t already a great crossover event, we’re getting DIY VS Moustache Mountain!? That’s going to be an instant classic. Finn’s promo on Ilja was pretty good, but their match will definitely be great.

Both tag team matches tonight for the Dusty Rhodes Classic were incredible, but especially SWSC VS Broserweights. For their first match together, Riddle and Dunne had come up with a lot of move combos. Some were cleaner than others, but I’m sure we all felt Riddle and Dunne being more than one-and-done. GYV VS Time Splitters was pretty good, and for a moment, I thought Time Splitters was advancing. But in the end, NXT and NXT UK keep pace in this tournament with two teams left. Both semifinals matches will be an NXT VS NXT UK match, to keep the theme with Worlds Collide. It might be a bit obvious but I feel like Imperium and reDRagon win so that not only is it Imperium VS Undisputed Era at Worlds Collide but also in the finals of the tournament, possibly to be held at TakeOver: Portland if they want to stretch this out.

Worlds Collide having a Cruiserweight Championship crossover is also great. Tonight’s Triple Threat of Lio VS Swerve VS Breeze was a lot of fun, so fast moving and with spotlight on each guy. With Breeze being too new and Lio already having a couple shouts, it was natural for Swerve to win. With SWSC not in the Dusty Rhodes Classic anymore, I could see NXT UK giving us Andrews in one match and Flash Morgan Webster in another, with maybe just one qualifying for the match. NXT UK Cruiserweights would include Jordan Devlin, Kenny Williams, Travis Banks and a few others. I would love if Devlin was the Heel Cruiserweight for NXT UK so we can get interaction between him and Garza.

The Women’s Battle Royal had a lot of great surprises, and it was smart in kayfabe and shoot for Chelsea Green to stay out. Chelsea’s in-ring debut for NXT should be a 1v1 match, not a battle royal. Kacy making her return when it sounded like she was done was great, and then Shayna returning should’ve been obvious since she wouldn’t want to just give up getting the title back before even trying. But it was pretty great for them to have Shotzi go the possum route and come back outta nowhere. But with Rhea being a Face, and even Toni being enough of a Face, a Heel was of course winning. Shayna would’ve been too easy, but I’m not really sure why it was Bianca. Worlds Collide will give us a great rematch of Rhea VS Toni but I don’t see a title change when Rhea just got that. Bianca should’ve had her time during Shayna’s reign, but apparently that wasn’t it. I don’t see this being it, either.

Now, maybe if it was Shirai, that would be cool. And also it’d be a sign that WWE wants to keep Shirai given how she’s upset not being able to spend time with real-life fiance, NJPW’s EVIL. Unless this is also a sign that Shirai is moving to Raw or SmackDown to get some bigger paychecks. I still would’ve given Shirai both: a title shot at Portland, maybe she wins, maybe she doesn’t; and in the case of the latter, she then shifts over to Raw or SmackDown to get a title there. It’s rather odd thinking that Raw or SmackDown so desperately need more women to spark their title scenes while NXT is just so jam-packed.

My Score: 9.2/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (2/25/21)

Who will be on top of the Tag Division?

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Gallus VS Pretty Deadly for the NXT UK Tag Team Championships!

Finally, Mark Coffey & Wolfgang take on Lewis Howley & Sam Stoker with the gold on the line! But only one team can win, so which boys will be on top?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Loser Becomes Personal Assistant: Xia Brookside VS Nina Samuels; Brookside wins and Samuels must be her personal assistant for one month.
  • Tyler Bate VS Bailey Matthews; Bate wins.
  • Aoife Valkyrie VS Lana Austin; Valkyrie wins.
  • NXT UK Tag Team Championships: Gallus VS Pretty Deadly; Pretty Deadly wins and are the new NXT UK Tag Team Champions.

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Loser Becomes Personal Assistant: Xia Brookside VS Nina Samuels!

The stipulation says it all! Whoever loses must be the personal assistant to the winner! Will Xia defy the Leading Lady’s assertion that Brooksides are only good as baggage handlers?

The bell rings and Xia dropkicks Nina right down! Xia fires off clubbing forearms and kicks! Nina scrambles around but Xia is on her with more clubbing forearms! Nina kicks and clubs back, but Xia boots Nina to ropes! Xia CLUBS Nina, brings her around, but Nina trips Xia to rain down rights! Nina pulls hair, the ref reprimands, and Nina lets off. Xia wrenches an arm, kicks it, and then wraps it on ropes! The ref counts, Nina kicks Xia but Xia kicks back. Xia wrenches, snapmares and KICKS Nina again! Nina bails out and wants a break, but Xia goes out to ROCK her with a right! Xia fires off forearms, the ref starts a ring count, and Xia brings Nina up.

Nina RAMS Xia into the apron, throws her into barriers, then clubs away on her again. Xia double chops but Nina BOOTS Xia into the luggage! The ring count is climbing but Nina puts Xia in at 9! Nina stomps Xia, kicks her to ropes, and Xia gets to a corner. Nina digs her boots in, lets off as the ref counts, and Xia sputters. Nina drags Xia up and wrenches Xia’s hand against ropes! Xia kicks back, Nina shoves then whips Xia corner to corner! Xia hits buckles hard, Nina drags her back up and scoops her for a slam! Cover, TWO! Nina drags Xia back by her hair and puts on a body scissors. Xia throws elbows but Nina clubs Xia on the back.

Nina gets Xia for a chinlock and shouts, “What makes you think you deserve to be in the ring with me?!” Xia throws more elbows but Nina shifts into a sleeper hold! Xia still elbows Nina, but Nina leg hooks a half nelson and rolls to a hammerlock. Nina gets the other arm and then points to her current assistant. “See what you’ll have to do!” Nina ties up Xia’s legs in a figure four, pulls hair, but the ref reprimands. Nina pulls Xia into a Bow ‘n’ Arrow, but Xia pops to a cover! TWO, and Xia fires off furious forearms! Xia ROCKS Nina, then hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Nina bails out to the apron, but Xia builds speed to WRECK Nina with a dropkick!

Xia drags Nina up, kicks and SWITCHBLADE KICKS Nina all around ringside! Nina RAMS Xia into barriers, the ring count is past 5 again! Xia goes to rana but Nina SLAMS her into the barrier! Nina gets in at 7, Xia is in at 9! Nina is furious, she stomps Xia over and over! Nina shouts for a bag form her assistant, but he doesn’t want to help her! He doesn’t like being insulted, and doesn’t want her to cheat again. Nina says she’ll get it herself! Nina shouts at her assistant but he still resists. Nina snatches the hand purse, swings on Xia but Xia KICKS the purse away! PRAWN HOLD, XIA WINS!!!

Winner: Xia Brookside, by pinfall (Nina is her personal assistant for one month)

Nina can’t believe it! This was her challenge, and she lost! She goes after her new boss, but the ref keeps her back! Xia is smiling ear to ear, what will she make Nina do as payback?

 

Trent Seven speaks.

“I’m very pleased at the way that I’ve been able to approach this mentally. It’s not easy putting this amount of pressure on yourself.” There have been times when Seven hasn’t really gotten off the sofa. The world is just a very different place now. More restrictions, less outlets. It’d be great if Seven was by a sunny beach, the Vitamin D would help. But you have to do what you can, and Seven will do the absolute best. Seven runs with his dogs, but tries not to stress himself out. Just eat nice, eat clean, and work hard. This is testing, but snow or rain, Seven just has to do it. “Let’s hope the juice is worth the squeeze.”

Seven has pushed himself out of his comfort zones, and now he feels as great as he looks. The cherry on top will be beating Jordan Devlin. Can the Man from Moustache Mountain climb this mountain and be atop a new division?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Ilja Dragunov.

What happened in that match with Tyson T-Bone? Dragunov isn’t sure, he doesn’t want to lose control again, but how can he when someone is heckling him ringside? Speaking of, Sam Gradwell comes by to start something again! Gradwell won’t let Dragunov blame him when Dragunov’s the one “walking around this gaff like a big, overgrown baby, spitting your gummy out all over the ring!” Dragunov’s done it with Jack Starz and Tyson T-Bone, try and do it to Gradwell! Well if that’s a challenge, then Dragunov accepts. But there won’t be security to stand between them. Gradwell says, “In a bit, yogurt!” Will the Moscow Madman keep from going mad against the Thunderstorm and his constant trolling?

 

Tyler Bate VS Bailey Matthews!

After clearing his head, the Big Strong Boi is back in the ring! Will he start to look like the same young man who won the WWE United Kingdom Championship? Or will the debuting Bailey take advantage of Bate’s journey of refocus?

The bell rings and the two tie right up! Matthews arm-drags Bate, Bate gets up to monkey flip, but Matthews still has the arm! Bate gets up, arm-drags Matthews but Matthews wrenches through to have a wristlock. Bate gets up, spins, pries free with a leg and wrenches back! Bate rams shoulders, wrenches and wrings Matthews out, then ties up with him. They go around, Matthews has the arm, wrenches through and arm-drags to a double wristlock and headscissor! Bate can’t kip free, but he scrapes Matthews’ face with his foot. Bate moves around, endures as Matthews squeezes, and Bate gets free to get a headlock.

Matthews gets the headscissors again, squeezes tighter and pushes up for leverage! Bate endures, moves around, flips over and headstands to turn Matthews over again. Bate gets Matthews’ legs, figure four and a float over to a headlock. Matthews gets up, pries free, hooks a leg, uses his leg to break free, and wrenches Bate to a wristlock again. Matthews wrangles Bate to the mat, has the hammerlock and goes for the other arm to get a cording hold! Bate endures the combination, Matthews gets a cover, TWO! Bate gets up, Matthews has a cravat and cranks on the neck. Bate throws body shots, but Matthews hits an inverted snapmare!

Bate gets up, powers out, Matthews goes up in the corner to come back and run Bate over! Things speed up, Bate hurdles, but his hip toss is turned into a backslide, with bridge! TWO but barely! Matthews has a facelock, Bate slips out to EuroUpper! Bate throws more, Matthews gives them back! Matthews hits a gut wrench suplex! Float to the cover, TWO! Matthews drags Bate up, Bate throws EuroUppers to ROCK Matthews! Bate hits again, Matthews gives the EuroUppers back! Matthews being taller, he has more reach and he DECKS Bate! Bate BOOTS from below! Bate gets Matthews for an EXPLODER! Bate kips up, and hits a STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO!

Matthews is still in this and the BT Sports Studio is loving this! Bate fireman’s carries Matthews for the AIRPLANE SPIN! Matthews slips out and O’Conner rolls, TWO!! Bate narrowly escapes, he body scissors Matthews to a cover, TWO! Matthews eggs Bate on, then deflects the clothesline to ROCK Bate with a EuroUpper! Bate rebounds for the ROLLING KICK!! Matthews got hit hard, but Bate isn’t done with him! Double underhooks, TYLER DRIVER 98!! Cover, Bate wins!

Winner: Tyler Bate, by pinfall

The Big Strong Boy got a challenge out of this new young star! Does it mean Bate has more he must do to feel like himself again? Or is the next generation just catching up to him already?

 

NXT UK has another new signee!

From Germany, here is a story about a “lucky kid.” His story begins in one of the poorest and toughest districts of Berlin, where his family was just trying to survive. As the oldest, he was to take care of the family. To survive, you either need money or friends. “This kid had none of them.” Even the kid’s family started to lose hope. But the kid knew that one day, everyone would honor, respect and fear him. This story, to be continued. But whose story is this?

 

Aoife Valkyrie VS Lana Austin!

She has been waiting in the wings and is starting to feel like a bird in a cage. But will the Valkyrie spread her wings and fly towards the title soon enough?

The bell rings, Aoife and Austin tie up. They go around, Aoife throws Austin down but Austin keeps hold. They get back up, Aoife arm-drags Austin away but Austin gets mad. Austin shoves Aoife, Aoife headlocks, but Austin powers out. Aoife runs Austin over, then runs to catch Austin with a body scissor roll! TWO, and Aoife wrenches Austin’s arm. Austin spins, wrenches and wristlocks Aoife, but Aoife spins through and bridges back to then handspring and WRING Austin into the mat! Aoife runs, slides under Austin then headbutts low! Snapmare and armlock to a modified La Magistrol, TWO! Austin staggers up into KICKS from Aoife!

Austin gets angry, blocks a kick and talks smack as she throws Aoife down! HARD basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Aoife sputters, but Austin rains down fists on her! Austin drags Aoife up, bumps her hard off buckles, then drags Aoife back up. Austin goes to bump again but Aoife blocks to fire off CHOPS! Aoife CLUBS Austin, CLUBS her more, but Austin shoves her. Aoife comes back with a FLIPPING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Austin survives but Aoife runs. Austin wants mercy, Aoife hesitates, Austin small packages! TWO, and Aoife questions her own actions. Aoife runs into a roll-up, TWO!! Aoife gets mad, but Austin blocks her takedown to a backslide, TWO!!

Aoife loses her cool and ENZIGURIS Austin hard! Aoife drags Austin up, RAMS her into buckles and stomps away! Aoife hammers away, throws more stomps, then HEEL KICKS Austin off her feet! Aoife climbs the corner, takes aim and leaps for the PERIPETEIA!! Cover, Aoife wins!

Winner: Aoife Valkyrie, by pinfall

The Turn of Fortune goes in Aoife’s favor! But will she have a golden moment in her future?

 

BREAKING NEWS!

With Tyler Bate wanting more competition, Johnny Saint and Sid Scala are giving him a match with a Proper British Heavyweight! In two weeks, it will be Tyler Bate VS Dave Mastiff! Will the Big Strong Boi be able to beat the Bomber?

Plus, for that same episode in two weeks, it will be a Mixed Tag grudge match! Piper Niven teams up with Jack Starz so that she can get payback on Jinny and her new righthand man, Joseph Conners! Will Piper the Viper make the Spoiled Princess finally pay for getting in her way?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Xia Brookside.

How is she feeling after her win tonight? she feels great, but who knows about “this one.” Nina frowns as she comes out, pulling Brookside’s bags along for her. Xia tells her she has nothing to gripe about, this was her challenge. Nina struggles walking with all the luggage and in her heels. She does her best to keep it together, but will she break down before the next four weeks are up?

 

NXT UK Media interviews Amir Jordan & Kenny Williams.

These two will be watching the main event closely, of course! Pretty Deadly, Gallus, these two have been in the ring with both teams so they know how good both are! And Amir is confident that since Kenny is almost 100%, they’ll- Kenny stomps Amir right there. Kenny isn’t almost 100%. He IS 100%! Next week, they’ll reunite in the ring to take on Oliver Carter & Ashton Smith! So as great as Amir’s singles run was, short as it was, that’s on the shelf and it’s back to the tag team title chase! Amir is pumped up! He’s ready to talk tactics, combos, all that! Amir does need Kenny’s number again, it apparently changed. Will the Bhangra Badboy and Lucky Yin get back on track and head for the top?

 

BREAKING: Next week is a Big Strong Supernova Sessions!

Before taking on Dave Mastiff in two weeks, Tyler Bate will stop by Noam Dar’s hit new talk show! What will Mr. Supernova 11 have to ask the former WWE United Kingdom Champion?

 

NXT UK Tag Team Championships: Gallus VS Pretty Deadly!

Markus and Wolfie have held onto these belts for a long time, and admittedly from circumstances out of their control. But after a long road, Lewis Howley & Sam Stoker have found their way to challenging that status quo! Will it be Gallus Boys or #YESBOY on top after tonight?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and the make-or-break on a near 500 day reign begins!

The teams sort out, Mark Coffey starts with Sam Stoker. They circle, tie up, and then break. They tie up again, still a deadlock, so they break again. They circle, tie up, and now Coffey pushes Stoker to a corner. The ref calls for a break, they do let off, but both have their dukes up. Coffey backs off, circles with Stoker again and they tie up. Stoker tries to push Coffey but Coffey pushes him back. Stoker and Howley talk and decide to tag. Howley and Coffey tie up now, Coffey throws Howley down and has the arm. Tag to Wolfgang, he takes the hand-off and wrenches. Howley waistlocks, Wolfgang switches but Howley switches back to CLUB Wolfgang on the back.

Wolfgang just glares at Howley, but Howley waistlocks him again. Wolfgang throws Howley off and wrenches the arm to then arm-drag him! Wolfgang has the arm, fights off Howley’s headscissor attempts, and he tags Coffey back in. Coffey takes the hand-off to wrench and yank the arm, but Howley rolls to ROCK Coffey! Tag to Stoker but Stoker runs into an arm-drag! Coffey grinds the arm, Stoker gets up, tags Howley back in but Coffey reverses the whip to arm-drag! Howley runs in to snapmare but Coffey boots from below! Coffey arm-drags again, grinds the arm, and wrenches Howley. Tag to Wolfgang. he gets the hand-off and wrenches to an elbow breaker!

Howley endures, rolls, and gets a headlock. Wolfgang endures the grind, powers up but Howley thrashes about. Howley hits the takeover but Wolfgang gets a cover! ONE, Wolfgang gets the leg and tags in Coffey! Gallus give Howley a DOUBLE MONKEY FLIP! AKA, a Cornish Toss! Howley bails out, Stoker runs in, but Gallus sends him right out! Pretty Deadly regroups to cool off while Gallus stands tall in the ring. The ref counts, Wolfgang goes back to his corner while Stoker coaches Howley up. Howley gets in, circles with Coffey, and Coffey headlocks. Howley powers out, Coffey runs him over but Howley drops then hurdles to hip toss! Howley runs and rams Coffey!

Coffey drops to a knee, but drops lower to then come back with a hip toss! Cover, TWO, but Coffey tags Wolfgang. Gallus mugs Howley, Wolfgang ROCKS Howley with a EuroUpper, then whips him to a corner! Stoker saves Howley from the corner splash! Wolfgang ends up stuck on the top rope, Howley runs in to TOP SHELF KNEE! Tag to Stoker, Pretty Deadly double whip Wolfgang to DOUBLE LARIAT him! Pretty Deadly coordinate but Wolfgang fights off their combo move! Wolfgang scoops Stoker but Howley makes the save before Coffey tags in! The ref keeps this from turning into a scrap, but Wolfgang is ready for Stoker’s sucker punch!

Wolfgang throws hands then TOSSES Stoker! Stoker grabs at a buckle pad but Wolfgang CLUBS him, then TOSSES him the other way! Stoker still wants after a buckle pad but Wolfgang yanks him out of the corner. Howley goes after that open corner’s pad but Wolfgang goes after Howley! Stoker runs in to KNEE Wolfgang out of the ring! Wolfgang falls hard, Coffey backs Howley off but the ref tells them all to go to their corners. Howley POSTS Wolfgang in the distraction! Howley drags Wolfgang up, puts him in, and then Stoker stomps Wolfgang! Tag to Howley, Pretty Deadly bring Wolfgang up but Wolfgang fights them again! But they give Wolfgang a DOUBLE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Howley stomps Wolfgang over and over, tags Stoker back in, and they drag Wolfgang back up for a mugging. Stoker rains down hands and stomps, then tags Howley back in. Stoker sits Wolfgang up for Howley to BOOT him! Howley drops ax handles and a leg, then covers, TWO! Howley drags Wolfgang up with an arm and wrenches to an elbow breaker! Howley hammerlocks an arm and RAMS Wolfgang into buckles! Howley chokes Wolfgang at the ropes, the ref counts and Howley lets off. Cover, ONE, and Wolfgang throws body shots. Howley rams Wolfgang into the Pretty Deadly corner, Stoker tags in, and Stoker runs in to UPPERCUT Wolfgang! Cover, TWO!

Stoker facelocks Wolfgang, grinds him down, gets the arm and pulls on it. Tag to Howley and he elbows Wolfgang in the ribs. Wolfgang gets up to ROCK Howley, but Stoker swipes at Wolfgang! Wolfgang DECKS Stoker but Howley attacks! Howley throws knees, hauls Wolfgang up the corner, but Wolfgang hits back, and hits a SPLASH to Howley while he’s standing! Howley is pancaked, but he anchors Wolfgang’s feet! Wolfgang boots Howley but Stoker tags in to intercept! Wolfgang back drops Stoker away! Stoker tags Howley, both Pretty Deadly leap for Wolfgang, but Wolfgang gets the hot tag to Coffey! Coffey rallies on Pretty Deadly with forearms and shoulders!

Wolfgang hits a FULL NELSON SLAM on Howley, then a SNAP SUPLEX on Stoker! Howley runs into a clinch, Coffey throws body shots then whips Howley corner to corner for the running EuroUpper! LARIAT! Coffey shoves Howley to hit a FLYING BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Howley lives but Coffey drags him up to wrench and Russian Leg Sweep! Cover, TWO! Coffey drags Howley up, wrenches and crotch lifts but Howley turns that suplex into a sunset flip! TWO, Howley ducks Coffey to tag Stoker! Stoker runs but into a BOOT, and a BIG back suplex! Cover TWO! Stoker survives and BT Sports Studio fires up! Coffey drags Stoker up, choke grips but Stoker slips out of the slam!

Coffey standing switches, but Howley tags in! Coffey covers Stoker but Howley BOOTS him! Howley fireman’s carries Coffey to the ASSISTED GUT BUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Coffey survives but Howley drags him back up! Coffey wrenches out, whips and GAMANGIRIS Howley down hard! Howley sits up in a daze, Wolfgang is back on the corner, Coffey tags Wolfgang in! Gallus coordinates, CATAPULT SAMOAN DROP! Wolfgang MOONSAULTS!! Cover, but Stoker breaks it in time!! Wolfgang throws Stoker to the apron, Coffey runs in but Stoker jumps the baseball slide! Wolfgang DECKS Stoker and Coffey catches him, for an APRON CHOKE SLAM!

Wolfgang goes back to Howley, but into a small package! TWO!! Wolfgang SPEARS Howley down! Cover, TWO!?! Howley is still in this and so is Pretty Deadly! Wolfgang tags Coffey in, Gallus drags Howley up to feed to a scoop. Somehow, Stoker is back up and in! Coffey DECKS him, but Howley slips off Wolfgang and dodges him to CLOBBER Coffey! Wolfgang LARIATS Howley outside, Stoker SLAPS Wolfgang! Wolfgang chases Stoker out of the ring, they go around and Howley POUNCES Wolfgang over the barriers!! Howley tags Stoker but Coffey dodges his corner attack to kick Howley low!

Coffey whips Howley at Stoker, but Stoker goes up. Howley gives Stoker a boost to hit a CODE BREAKER on Coffey!! Cover, TWO!?!? Coffey survives that Pretty Deadly combo, but Howley has an idea! He tosses Stoker a tag title belt! The ref is busy with Stoker while Howley has the other belt! Coffey dodges the belt shot to POLISH HAMMER Howley! The ref is busy putting the one belt away as Stoker runs at Coffey, TORNADO DDT on the second belt!! Pretty Deadly hides the evidence and Stoker tags Howley in!! SPILT MILK!!! Cover off the neckbreaker spinebuster combo, Pretty Deadly wins!!

Winners: Pretty Deadly, by pinfall (NEW NXT UK Tag Team Champions)

#YESBOY indeed! Because yes, boy, Gallus’ reign ends at 497! Is this going to be the beginning of a Pretty Deadly Era?


My Thoughts:

A really good episode, with some really fun developments. I still would’ve wanted Xia VS Nina to be a match where the luggage was legal, but I like that it came to play in the end. Xia winning is great, she’ll get to make Nina do all sorts of menial labor. But I’m thinking as soon as the month is up, Nina attacks Xia and we get their real blow-off where maybe it IS a No Disqualification and the luggage can be a weapon. Aoife Valkyrie has a good match with Lana Austin, but naturally Aoife wins because she is still on the long build to challenging for the title. KLR VS Meiko Satomura feels like it could go either way given what little build we’ve gotten for it, but Aoife could easily work as a contender to either one.

Seven had a good vignette, but I’m hoping we’re close to his return as a Cruiserweight. Seven probably needs one match before facing Devlin to show us what Cruiserweight Trent Seven even looks like in the ring, and then we’ll get a great match out of Devlin VS Seven for a special Spring-to-Summer episode. According to sources you can easily google, NXT UK TakeOver: Dublin is still planned for this year since it couldn’t happen last year, but for June, and that is a ways off so I would think we get Devlin VS Seven as a holdover. We also got a good bit from Dragunov and Gradwell, and that match will be a lot of fun.

Amir Jordan & Kenny Williams are back in the tag division, but I’m thinking as soon as they lose, Kenny snaps and turns on Amir to give us their feud. Tyler Bate and Bailey Matthews had a really great match, and it both highlights Matthews’ skill and pushes the angle that Bate is still working things out for himself. Bate VS Mastiff is going to be great stuff, as will Supernova Sessions with Bate as the guest, but as I said last time, I’m hoping this circles back to the reunion of Bate and Seven as a team. And it could work now, because after a great tag match, Pretty Deadly comes out on top! They as clear Heels will freshen things up as they take on some great Face teams, and possibly be the ones to take on the reunited Moustache Mountain for a big event.

My Score: 8.3/10


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Will Santos Escobar be stripped of the NXT Cruiserweight Championship?

NXT Cruiserweight, Santos Escobar, must face his doom! Karrion Kross and Escobar battle in a NO DISQUALIFICATION match! That is, if Escobar shows up!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Dexter Lumis VS Johnny Gargano w/ The Way; Lumis wins.
  • Tyler Rust w/ Malcolm Bivens VS Leon Ruff; No Contest.
  • Io Shirai VS Zoey Stark; Shirai wins.
  • Xia Li w/ Tian Sha VS Kacy Catanzaro w/ Kayden Carter; Xia wins, by referee stoppage.
  • Grizzled Young Veterans VS Killian Dain & Drake Maverick; Grizzled Young Veterans win.
  • No Disqualification: Santos Escobar w/ El Legado del Fantasma VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux; Kross wins.

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Dexter Lumis VS Johnny Gargano w/ The Way!

The Tortured Artist snatched Austin Theory away just as Johnny Freakin’ TakeOver was about to take on Kushida on Vengeance Day! But then surprisingly, Lumis gave Theory back without much of a fight. Will Johnny Gargano make sure Lumis doesn’t get away with that unpunished?

Speaking of, The Way pumps up back stage with “That’s The Way we uh-huh, uh-huh, we like it!” Theory says that should be a song! Um… Is Theory okay? Yes, of course! Well alright, but he doesn’t have to push himself if he doesn’t want to. Theory says he’s fine, Indi keeps her eyes on Theory as they all make their way out to the ring. And they make sure Theory stays away from Lumis. The no-look high-five doesn’t really work out this time, but that’s something minor. Will the North American Champion come away with a win over Lumis tonight?

The fans taunt Gargano with “Johnny Sucks!” as the bell rings. Lumis stares Gargano down but Gargano is unsettled by the fans cheering Lumis on. Gargano tries the “what’s that?!” trick but Lumis doesn’t even look away as Gargano rushes in! Lumis shows fist, Gargano falls over and scrambles away! Lumis slithers after him and that creeps Gargano out more! Gargano bails of the ring, Lumis slides to the apron but Gargano hammers away on him! Gargano gets back in, slingshots but into an UPPERCUT! Lumis stares at Theory, Theory gets antsy, Lumis builds speed but Gargano slingshots in! Lumis slides under and Gargano’s spear FLOPS! Lumis then goes under the ring?!

Gargano looks for Lumis and The Way look for him, too. Theory says he’s found Lumis! He’s behind Gargano! What?! Gargano turns around into Lumis’ UPPERCUT! And another! Lumis ROCKS Gargano with haymakers, then throws body shots in the corner! Lumis whips Gargano corner to corner, runs in but Gargano boots him away! Gargano runs, but into the THESZ PRESS! Lumis rains down fists, runs and drops an ax handle! Cover, ONE! Fans rally and duel, Lumis reels Gargano in but he stares at Theory. Lumis suplexes and holds Gargano up for a count of 10, even as Gargano kicks and flails! Gargano can’t escape, Lumis SLAMS him down!

Gargano rolls away and regroups with The Way, but Lumis keeps his eyes locked on Gargano. Lumis goes out after Gargano but Gargano RAMS him into the apron! Gargano throws Lumis down on the ramp, then rains down left hands! The ref starts the ring count, Gargano refreshes it, and Gargano “apologizes” to the ref. Gargano lines up a shot, but Lumis ducks the Penalty Kick to kip up and TOSS Gargano into the apron! Fans fire up, Lumis drags Gargano up and ROCKS him with another uppercut! Lumis whips Gargano into the ring, but The Way lurks close! Theory says he was just trying to call Indi over, and Indi rushes up on Lumis, only for Lumis to stare her down!

Indi has a nervous smile as she backs away into a post, and nervously says, “Call me.” LeRae steps up, leaps, but the rana is blocked! Lumis pops Candice to the apron, but Gargano baseball slides under her to hit Lumis! Gargano builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Lumis goes down as NXT goes picture in picture!

Gargano takes his time checking his chin while Lumis is down. The ref wants this to get back in the ring, Gargano checks with Theory but Theory says it worked out, didn’t it? Gargano bumps Lumis off the apron, CHOPS him, then CHOPS him again! Gargano puts Lumis back in, aims but Lumis ROCKS him with a haymaker! Gargano still SLINGSHOT SPEARS in! Gargano fires off fists, storms around the ring, then brings Lumis up for haymakers. Candice snaps at Indi to get her to pay attention. Does the Way have to worry about both kids now? Gargano climbs up in the corner to rain down more fists on Lumis’ head!

Lumis keeps fighting Gargano so Gargano snapmares him and basement dropkicks him in the back! Cover, TWO! Lumis gets to ropes, Gargano chokes him! The ref counts, Gargano lets off at 4, and Lumis drags himself up. Gargano is on Lumis but Lumis throws forearms back! Lumis backs Gargano down to a corner, stomps away (I swear I’ll stop), but Gargano turns it around to fire off forearms in return! The ref counts, Gargano stops at 4, and pushes Lumis around. Gargano clubs Lumis on the back, brings him up and hits a Russian Leg Sweep! Cover, TWO! Gargano grows annoyed and he drags Lumis up to put back on ropes for choking!

The ref counts, Gargano backs off (see? no way pun!), and The Way taunts Lumis up close. Gargano brings Lumis up, scoops him and slams him! Cover, TWO! Gargano gets the arm, drags Lumis around and reels him into a Camel Clutch! Lumis endures, NXT returns to single picture, and again Candice has to snap Indi out of whatever trance she’s in. Lumis still endures as fans rally, and Lumis fights up. Gargano tries to hold on with a sleeper hold, but Lumis RAMS Gargano into buckles! Lumis is free but Gargano hops right back on! Gargano elbows Lumis, hooks him up, but Lumis powers out to a BACKBREAKER!

Fans fire up, Lumis and Gargano stagger up, and Gargano walks into a BIG right hand! Lumis rallies with haymakers and uppercuts! Gargano is in a corner, Lumis runs in and clotheslines, to a BULLDOG! Lumis suplexes Gargano to rebound him off the ropes! Gargano staggers up into a BIG back suplex! Lumis kips up and drops a LEG! Cover, TWO!! Gargano survives and Candice is frustrated. Indi and Theory are the only ones not upset about this as Lumis hauls Gargano up. Gargano slips out of the scoop, ends up in a corner, and goes up and over Lumis to school boy! Lumis ducks the kick and stares down Gargano! Gargano gets the arm!

Johnny almost has GargaNO Escape, only for Lumis to roll over into the SILENCE!! Gargano scrambles around, ghost pins, TWO! Lumis sits up into a BUZZSAW! Gargano runs, into an UPPERCUT! Gargano rebounds, spins, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Lumis covers, TWO!! Gargano’s Wolverine-esque superhuman heart helps him survive! Lumis goes to a corner and climbs up and The Way moves away. Gargano runs in, Lumis punches him back, and Gargano falls to a drop zone! Lumis leaps, but he has to roll out of his double stomps as Gargano moves! Gargano kicks but Lumis gets under to get the clinch!

Gargano elbows out of that, runs, but into a pop-up UPPERCUT! Gargano SUPERKICKS on the rebound! Cover, TWO!! Lumis shocks Gargano with that and fans rally up! Candice distracts, Gargano tells the kids to get something for him. Theory goes to get a chair and he brings it over. Theory slides it in but Lumis stomps the chair down! The ref sees this and reprimands Gargano. Lumis uppercuts Gargano, Gargano ENZIGURIS! Gargano fakes his knee jamming, and he signals to Theory! Candice coaches Theory through getting on the apron and aiming at Lumis! Theory hesitates, Lumis stares Theory down, and Theory says, “My bad!”

Theory tries to explain, Gargano runs in, Lumis dodges and Gargano DECKS Theory!! Lumis drags Gargano into the URENAGE, and THE SILENCE!!! Gargano flails, reaches, fades, he is OUT! Lumis wins!!

Winner: Dexter Lumis, by submission

Lumis pats Gargano’s head, and Candice reprimands Theory! The Way couldn’t stay out of their own way, and now Lumis has a win over the North American Champion! Between Theory thinking of Lumis as a buddy, and Indi oddly infatuated, is Lumis going to cause The Way to go by the wayside?

 

William Regal waits for Santos Escobar.

If El Legado doesn’t arrive, Escobar will be STRIPPED of the NXT Cruiserweight Championship! Will Regal have to pull the trigger on his ultimatum?

 

NXT shares exclusive footage and interviews with MSK.

Wes Lee and Nash Carter look back on the night they won the 2021 Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. Lee had a strange calm come over him, but Carter was so nervous. “It was one of those moments where everything you’ve every done flashes in your head.” From opponents to tag partners and best friends, these two have put in the grind for years. They’re the same two kids from Dayton, Ohio as they always have been. And to get the win, they were so emotional, crying happy tears. Everything they’ve worked for paid off. Finally, being here, establishing themselves as a force in the Tag Division, and all the praise and congratulations from family and friends, it made that worth it, too.

The reason Carter got into wrestling was his dad. They’d watch Raw every week on Monday. But when Carter was a freshman in high school, his dad passed. It only ignited Carter’s passion for the business even more. He said he’d be in the WWE one day, and this is the first time in a long time that he felt his dad’s pride and admiration. “The Legacy Lives On” is tattooed on Carter’s chest, and this feeling will be unforgettable for them both. Their names are etched forever on the plaque, but this is only the beginning. They’ve been hungry, they’re ready to eat! That’s why these two are the #MustSeeKids!

 

Backstage interview with MSK!

Next week, Lee & Carter get to cash in their NXT Tag Team Championship opportunity, as they earned from winning the Dusty Cup. But then GRIZZLED YOUNG VETERANS jump them!! James Drake punches away on Carter’s head while Zack Gibson puts Lee’s arm in a chair like a vice!! Referees rush in to get GYV to stop, and Lee clutches his hand! Did GYV just sideline MSK and delay their title shot?

 

Tyler Rust w/ Malcolm Bivens VS Leon Ruff!

Bivens Enterprise’s #DiamondintheRust took Kushida to the limit, but was about to be broken if not for Bivens throwing in the towel, so to speak. However, Bivens made sure to personally arrange this match for Rust, asking Ruff right after he was medically cleared for the damage done by Isaiah “Swerve” Scott. Bivens has a mic now to say, “Success is taking advantage of every key opportunity that is put forth in front of you!” And when it comes to success, you think about Ruff!

But when Bivens thinks of Ruff, he just thinks of “the son that I didn’t have, and never wanted.” Ruff, you hold a very special place in Biven’s heart, and has a special opportunity tonight! He will go 1v1 with Rust! And Rust will prove to us why he IS the diamond in the Rust! Will the former North American Champion simply be used to sharpen Rust’s edge?

Wait, as Ruff makes his entrance, SWERVE BOOTS Ruff off the apron!! Swerve goes after Ruff with clubbing forearms, still upset about Ruff getting opportunities handed to him! Swerve slams Ruff into the announce desk and vents to commentary. “Swerve is gonna start getting opportunities, and less hand-outs for this guy right here!” Swerve fireman’s carries Ruff to DEATH VALLEY DRIVE him into the apron!! The ref tells Swerve to leave but Swerve says he told Ruff this wouldn’t be that easy! Swerve does leave, and he might have just done Bivens another favor! Bivens claims Rust wins by forfeit, but will NXT management really count it that way?

No Contest

 

NXT shares footage from the WWE Performance Center.

It was yesterday that William Regal was talking with one of the newest signees, Zoey Stark, about an “opportunity” that was presented. He offered Stark a non-title match with NXT Women’s Champion, Io Shirai. Stark isn’t sure she heard that right, but Regal says after her great debut, there’s no one better he’d like to see face Shirai than Stark. Stark accepts that, how could she not?

Backstage interview with Zoey Stark!

We’re just moments away from only her second singles match in NXT and it is with THE NXT Women’s Champion. How is she feeling? Stark has so many emotions, her heart is pounding, but she is ready to get out there. But then she gets cut-off by technical difficulties! Will that be a bad omen on her opportunity with The Evil Genius?

 

NXT shares footage from earlier today.

Someone was reliving a classic Ted DeBiase moment. The Million Dollar Man challenges a little boy to dribble a basketball 10 times in a row for big money, only for DeBiase to mess the kid up! Oh, the one watching is Cameron Grimes! He’s seen enough, because time is money, after all! But that DeBiase, he was one smart guy! “With enough money, you can humiliate anyone!” Grimes has a lot of money, too, so he does a recreation of that basketball challenge! He has $1000 for 10 dribbles! The guy is up for that, and at 10… Grimes is confused! He didn’t watch the whole moment!! Grimes is the one suckered by his own scam! Grimes thinks DeBiase is to blame! Just proves money can’t fix stupid…

 

Io Shirai VS Zoey Stark!

Alright, the technical difficulties have been sorted out, and now it’s time for the Evil Genius to shine! But will Stark make this match a stark contrast from all Shirai’s other matches?

The bell rings and Stark circles with Shirai. They tie up, Stark powers Shirai to ropes, Shirai kicks free and the two go again. Shirai avoids Stark’s pick of the leg, they tie up, and Shirai throws Stark down, but the collar ‘n’ elbow stays on! Stark gets up, throws Shirai in return, but the grapple stays on again. Shirai gets up, Stark gets around to a waistlock, but Shirai wrenches an arm. Shirai has the wristlock, Stark rolls and handsprings and wrenches back! Stark hammerlocks, Shirai reaches back and throws elbows, then gets the headlock. Stark powers out, Shirai counters hip toss with arm-drag, and Stark staggers up. Stark avoids Shirai and manages a small back drop!

Shirai gets up, she spins Stark around, wrenches and kicks to whip. Stark reverses, Shirai reverses and hooks Stark up in an IRON OCTOPUS! Shirai digs her elbow in, Stark powers up but Shirai sunset flips! TWO, Shirai runs and basement dropkicks Stark down! Shirai stomps Stark to a corner, kicks at her, but Stark kicks back. Shirai CHOPS and CHOPS then sweeps the legs, to dig her boots in! SWINGING METEORA! Stark crawls along the ropes, Shirai runs in and 619’s, but Stark blocks to BOOT Shirai down! Stark builds speed but runs into BOOTS! Shirai swings to dropkick Stark back, then goes to a corner.

Shirai is slow to climb up, Stark intercepts with a GAMANGIRI! Shirai tumbles down as NXT goes to break!

NXT returns and Stark has Shirai in a facelock. Shirai throws body shots to get free, then throws forearms to back Stark down. Stark dodges to mule kick, front kick, kick a leg out, and then runs, but into a takedown! Shirai wants the arm but Stark holds on! Stark rolls, Shirai kicks low, but Stark ducks the buzzsaw to trip Shirai up! Stark runs again, to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Stark thought she had Shirai but she keeps her focus. Stark goes to a corner, hops up fast, and leaps for a 450! She has to roll through as Shirai moves, both women run to DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Both women are down and fans fire up!

The ref checks, both women are okay to continue, and Shirai sits up first. Stark follows and ghost pins! TWO, Stark hits a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Cover, TWO!! Shirai survives but Stark can’t believe how close she was! Starks wraps Shirai up in a chinlock and makes it a sleeper! Shirai endures so Stark KNEES her in the back! Stark kicks but Shirai blocks to elbow the leg, and SHOTEI! Shirai starts to rally with shoulder tackles, then a FLAPJACK! Stark goes to ropes, Shirai 619’s! Shirai climbs up top, takes aim and leaps to missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Stark survives and Shirai gets annoyed. Shirai drags Stark up, reels her in and underhooks, but Stark back drops out!

Stark gets back to a corner, hops up again, but Shirai SHOTEIS again! Shirai climbs up to join Stark and club away on her back! Shirai stands up on the very top, to SUPER STEINER! Stark staggers up into Shirai’s double underhooks, for the TIGER BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Stark survives and Shirai is frustrated! Shirai stomps away on Stark, drags her up, but Stark gets around to a waistlock, for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Stark is shocked but she’s seeing why Shirai is a champion! Stark drags Shirai up again, Shirai resists the German to victory roll Stark into buckles! SHINKANSEN!! Shirai goes up, OVER THE MOONSAULT! Cover, Shirai wins!

Winner: Io Shirai, by pinfall

Stark may not have won but she showed she’s one to watch! Will Shirai be keeping her eye on Stark from now on? But speaking of someone to watch out for, here comes Toni Storm! “Oh, Io, Io, Io.” Look at her! “Willing to fight literally anyone in this division, besides me.” But Storm is no Stark or whatever he name is. She IS Toni Storm, and she kicked Shirai’s head off, and Shirai couldn’t do a thing about it! There’s a reason Shirai pinned Mercedes Martinez and not Storm: Shirai can’t beat her. Shirai gets a mic to respond! “I will fight you, any time, any place, anywhere!”

But will she? Because if Shirai thought she could beat Storm, surely by now she would’ve asked Regal for it! But Shirai hasn’t done that, because she’s scared. Storm knows it, but she dares Shirai to prove her wrong. “Go find Regal, make the match happen.” Shirai says Storm’s on! Will Regal only need to see this to make it happen?

 

Backstage interview with The Way.

Even though they’re on their way out, McKenzie asks for a moment of their time. Gargano says not now! They need to get out of here before “that psycho” Lumis comes back for them. Gargano says all Theory had to do was hit Lumis with a chair! How was that so hard?! Theory says the chair was unnecessary, and Lumis doesn’t deserve that. Lumis is just misunderstood. What?! He kidnapped Theory! Chloroform, white van! And Theory isn’t even the first person Lumis did that to! Lumis isn’t misunderstood, he’s PSYCHO! Is Gargano taking crazy pills? Candice, back Johnny up! Candice agrees, Lumis should be in jail. THANK YOU! Indi, you, too! Indi says she finds Lumis “kinda hot…”

WHAT THE… Gargano keeps Candice from cursing so he can see “HELL?!” What is going on here?! What is happening!? No, no, whatever this is with Indi, and Theory’s Stockholm Syndrome, get them down. They will fix this! Theory is going to therapy! Seriously? Yes! And not another word! It is happening! Will therapy be enough to undo whatever Lumis may or may not have done to Theory?

 

Grimes is back with the basketball scam!

He made sure to watch the entire DeBiase moment, and he’ll get the better of someone this time. Grimes is sure these people know him for his money. He has a handful of green and explains his basketball challenge. Maybe not this guy, but how about the little lady over here? If she can bounce the basketball 10 times, she’ll get $1000 of his money! Like the Million Dollar Man back in the day? Uh, n-no… Just dribble the ball! It ain’t rocket science! Maybe her friend over here would like to try instead? No, the lady he asked first takes the challenge on. And when she stands up, Grimes realizes she’s not so little… Well still, she has to dribble! “Let’s see what you got, honey!”

The young lady dribbles, Grimes counts, but she gets tricky with it and he misses! That’s more than 10! “Gimme my money, honey.” Grimes is out $2000 total now. Don’t hate the player, hate the game. CURSE YOU, DEBIASE! This ain’t over!!

 

Xia Li w/ Tian Sha VS Kacy Catanzaro w/ Kayden Carter!

The friendship of Spicy and KC Squared may be all but gone after the harsh training Xia was put through by “her.” Can Kacy save whatever is left of the old Xia? Or will she be “purged” to only make Xia stronger?

The bell rings and Xia rushes Kacy! Kacy dodges, fires off on Xia, but Xia shoves her away! Xia rushes in again but Kacy waistlocks. Xia reaches under but Kacy leap frogs over and around. Kacy handsprings, headscissors and fires up! Kacy is after Xia with a facelock, whips her, but Xia reverses. Kacy goes up and over but gets caught! Xia hotshots Kacy, then takes her fighting stance! Xia powers up, storms over again, and bumps Kacy off buckles! Kacy shoves Xia but Xia stomps Kacy down in the corner! The ref counts, Xia adds on a springboard stomp to top it off! Xia drags Kacy back up, snap suplexes, covers, TWO!

Xia keeps on Kacy with a chinlock then makes it a cobra clutch. Kayden and the fans rally as Kacy fights up, and Kacy slips out the back! Xia BOOTS Kacy down, drags her up and reels her in, but Kacy slips out of the Gory Especial to sunset flip! TWO, and Xia back kicks Kacy hard! Cover, TWO! Xia wraps Kacy up in the cobra clutch again, but Kacy fights up. Kacy throws Xia off, gets to a corner, and elbows her away! Xia runs back in but into a boot! Xia returns, but Kacy trips her into the corner! Kacy fires off stomps, furious fists, but Xia shoves her away! Kacy comes back with more fire, the ref counts but Xia shoves her, only for Kacy to SHOTGUN Xia back!

Kacy runs, hits an A-List Lariat, then hits a FLIPPING AX KICK! Cover, TWO! Xia bails out, Kacy grits her teeth and goes to the apron to leap! Xia catches her, moves her around, but Kacy slips out to a waistlock. Xia standing switches to RAM Kacy into the barriers! Tian Sha tells Xia to finish this, and Xia looms over Kacy. The ring count is climbing, Kacy’s leg is on steel steps and Xia STOMPS IT!! Xia may have just broken Kacy’s leg! The ref checks on Kacy as she writhes and cries in pain, but Xia doesn’t even show emotion on her face! Xia goes up the steps, and drags Kacy up by her hair! Xia brings Kacy to the apron and makes sure Tian Sha sees this!

The ref reprimands, Xia shows no mercy as she drags Kacy in. More referees come out to check on Kacy, the refs call this!

Winner: Xia Li, by referee stoppage

Kayden wants after Xia but the refs keep her back. Kayden shields Kacy, but then glares at Tian Sha. Kayden storms over and asks what their problem is! Boa blocks Kayden’s path, Xia goes after Kacy with a HEEL KICK!! Kayden rushes back to Kacy and Xia slips away to leave with Boa and Tian Sha. Xia warns Kayden that she is next. Will what Xia did to Kacy pale in comparison to what she’ll do to Kayden?

 

Regal is still waiting for Escobar.

Still no sign of El Legado, but the clock is ticking. Will Escobar have the courage to face Karrion Kross? Or will he have to sacrifice his Cruiserweight title reign?

 

NXT profiles next week’s WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship match.

After making history by winning the inaugural Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez are poised to take on the Irresistible Force & Shayna Baszler! The Queen of Spades says, “The Women’s Division now is all the scraps left over from when I left.” And when it comes to Raquel telling them, “You don’t run this place anymore… we do!” Well, that’s a joke to Nia. Nia says Raquel can talk about dominating all she wants, but when she runs into Nia, it’ll be a different story.

Raquel says Nia is the one kidding herself. Nia needs to wake up. Dakota says she and Raquel will be bringing those WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships to NXT. Shayna says Dakota is only confident because she has Raquel. That’s perfect, because now there’s someone who can carry her to the hospital. Dakota said it before, she is NOT the scared little girl from Shayna’s reign of terror. Dakota will kick Shayna’s head off once and for all! Will the alumni come back to humiliate this generation? Or will Raquel and Dakota turn the whole Women’s Division upside-down?

 

Cameron Grimes wants one more try!

No one gets over on Cameron Grimes! He challenges a random guy in the parking lot! Dribble the ball 10 times, win $1000! Like that DeBiase- YES LIKE THAT!! Just do it!! Why is it so difficult?! He gonna do it or what? Yeah, sure, The guy starts dribbling, and Grimes DECKS him!! Grimes tells DeBiase to #KissMahGrits! Money CAN by happiness! Wait, he still throws like, $1500 into the air. Will that guy wake up and still get Grimes’ money?

 

Grizzled Young Veterans VS Killian Dain & Drake Maverick!

Zack Gibson & James Drake ambushed MSK because, well, they’re sore losers. But will the Belfast Beast and Rockstar Spud SSSOOON avenge Lee & Carter?

Maverick comes out wearing a shirt with Dain’s face on it, and Dain does not approve! Dain pulls that shirt off Maverick and smacks him on the back with it before throwing it away. GYV make their entrance, Gibson has a mic, and he says, “I’m sorry to interrupt this little dance party, but we have some breaking news! Wes Lee of MSK fame has unfortunately broken his hand.” James Drake mockingly “sheds a tear,” but says that the main headline now is that Regal has given GYV a hefty fine! They were just saving the NXT Universe! Imagine a few weeks without MSK “joking around like little children!”

Gibson says in the finals of the Dusty Cup, “the better team lost! Let’s make no mistakes: there’s only one team destined for tag title glory, and it’s NOT MSK. And it’s certainly not Shrek ‘n’ Donkey! It’s the Grizzled Young Veterans, SSSSSSOON to be recognized as NXT Tag Team Champions!” Gibson and Drake get in with Shrek- er, Dain & Maverick, and teams sort out. Of course Dain wants to start, and he runs right at James Drake to SHOTGUN DROPKICK him down! Dain drags Drake up to throw BIG EuroUppers! Tag to Maverick, Dain & Maverick double whip, Dain uses Maverick to trip Drake up, and then Dain drops a back senton! Maverick is the human weapon again, scoop slam senton! Cover, TWO!

Maverick keeps on Drake with an armlock, then wrenches to a wristlock. Maverick hammerlocks, Drake endures and fights up to elbow free. Drake headlocks, tags Gibson, Maverick powers out but GYV leap frog to CLOBBER Maverick! Gibson sucker punches Dain, but he doesn’t fall! The ref is busy keeping Dain back, and Gibson scoops Maverick to an Electric Chair! Mr. Mayhem goes up top but Dain gets Maverick away from Liverpool’s Number One, to then choke grip Gibson! Drake leaps into a choke grip, and Dain SHOVES GYV out of the ring! Fans fire up as Maverick shakes Dain’s hand. Then Dain TOSSES Maverick out onto GYV! GYV goes down as NXT goes to break!

NXT returns and Gibson keeps Maverick from Dain! Maverick throws forearms, Gibson whips Maverick to the corner and tags in Drake. Drake rolls and run sin but Maverick knees him down! Gibson keeps Maverick cornered, until Maverick slips under! Hot tag to Dain! Dain rallies on GYV, then clinches Drake for an OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Dain RAMS Gibson into Drake then CLOBBERS Gibson! Gibson begs for mercy but Drake jumps on with a sleeper! Dain just shifts Drake to a fireman’s carry, scoops Gibson, SAMOAN DROP FALL AWAY SLAM COMBO! Big Damo pops Drake back up for the WASTELAND, and SENTON! Cover, Gibson breaks it!

The ref reprimands as Gibson hammers Dain and helps Drake up. GYV coordinate, but it’s Dain who DOUBLE SUPLEXES them! Hot tag to Maverick! Maverick climbs up, leaps and CROSSBODIES Drake! Maverick dropkicks Gibson down, fires up and throws strikes on Drake! Punch, kick, repeat, but Drake shoves him! Maverick gets under to dropkick the legs out then basement dropkicks Drake in the head! Maverick fires up, hits a forearm smash in the corner, but Gibson tags in before the bulldog attempt! GYV coordinate, MISSILE DROPKICK COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, Dain breaks it! Dain goes after Drake and CLOBBERS him! Gibson throws Dain out, but Dain drags him out with him!

Dain has Gibson’s ear, Drake DIVES to take Dain out! Gibson gets in but Maverick runs in to forearm smash and BULLDOG! Maverick hurries up a corner, but Drake goes after him! Maverick kicks him away but Gibson YANKS Maverick down! Tag to Drake, they coordinate again, TICKET TO MAYHEM!! Cover, GYV wins!

Winners: The Grizzled Young Veterans, by pinfall

The teamwork makes the dream work, and GYV are one step closer to their dastardly dream of being the first team to have held both NXT UK and NXT prime Tag Team Championships!

 

BREAKING NEWS!

William Regal DID see the confrontation earlier, and has made a match! In two weeks it will be Io Shirai VS Toni Storm, for the NXT Women’s Champion!

 

Finally El Legado arrives!

And just in time to make Regal’s deadline! Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza stand guard as Escobar stays in the SUV. Will Escobar go through with the match tonight? Or is he just here to turn over the title?

 

NXT returns as Dain is still carrying Maverick around.

He doesn’t want NXT Media to bother them, he sets Maverick down. But then Alexander Wolfe and Imperium walk by. What is this? Wolfe says Dain used to be a monster. That shake of his head shows Wolfe is disappointed, but Dain asks for medics to check on Maverick. Will Dain let the Hatchet Man get in his head about his… well not friendship, but partnership with Maverick?

 

No Disqualification: Santos Escobar w/ El Legado del Fantasma VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux!

Mr. Doomsday and his femme fatale make their way to the ring, and we see that Escobar has yet to even exit the vehicle. Wait! Kross attacks Wilde & Mendoza!! He got the drop on Legado this time! Kross TOSSES Mendoza into a garage door, but Escobar attacks! He’s going through with the match his way, but will he be made to #FallAndPray all the same?

Kross picks Escobar up to RAM him into the side of a truck! Escobar kicks back, they brawl again, and Kross CLUBS and ROCKS Escobar! Escobar goes to the back of the moving truck, Kross is after him again with haymakers, and then he tosses him into the truck’s trailer. But Escobar SLAMS the door on Kross! Kross writhes and Escobar talks trash in Spanish now that he has the advantage. Escobar kicks and forearms but Kros TOSSES him back into the side of the truck! Escobar kicks again, Kross throws more forearms, but Escobar dodges and a forearm shot hits the truck! Kross shakes that arm while Escobar gets into the truck cab!

Escobar closes the door to protect himself, but Kross rips off the side mirror! Kross finds a PICKAXE under the truck!? What’s that doing there?! Kross uses it to TEAR into the door!! Escobar has to bail out the other side and he throws hands on Kross! Wilde returns to throw hands but Kross TOSSES Wilde onto the hood! Wilde tumbles, Mendoza runs in but he gets THROWN into the grill! Escobar SMASHES Kross with a trash can! Escobar talks more trash and then SMACKS Kross again! El Legado has the 3v1 advantage now and they mug Kross! They bump Kross off the truck, hammer him more, and then RAM him into the side of the trailer!

Escobar wants another one, and they set Kross up again. They tell “the dog” this is what he gets for messing with them! They RAM him into the side again, and then Escobar has Wilde and Mendoza drag Kross into the arena. They go to the special stage area and beat Kross up at the steps! Fans boo but Escobar says to bring Kross around. Kross DECKS Wilde, BOOTS Mendoza, and then takes them both to throw them into the PLEXIGLAS! They go crashing through and Escobar is shocked! Kross glares at Escobar and Scarlett laughs at Escobar’s false bravado! Kross ROCKS Escobar and Escobar goes into the ring!

Escobar runs but Kross BOOTS him down! Cover, ONE!! Kross keeps on Escobar and CLUBS him out of the ring! Kross stalks Escobar, but Mendoza returns! Kross just TOSSES him into other barriers! Escobar SMACKS Kross with a chair! And SMACKS him again! Escobar stomps Kross down, rips Kross’ shirt off, and tosses it aside like trash. Escobar drags Kross up, hammerlocks the bad arm and POSTS him! And then RAMS Kross into steel steps! Escobar grins and soaks up the heat as NXT goes picture in picture.

Escobar takes his time regrouping with El Legado, and they drag Kross back up. Kross rakes Escobar’s eyes! But Legado has the steel steps and RAMS Kross with them! Kross clutches the bad arm, Escobar KICKS it! Escobar stomps the bad arm, drags Kross up and clubs away on the shoulder! Escobar puts Kross in the ring, throws more forearms, then covers, ONE!! Escobar clamps onto the bad arm, stomps away on it, then wrenches the arm. Escobar puts Kross in a corner, wraps the arm around ropes and SCRAPES it along the rope! Kross pushes Escobar away but Wilde HOTSHOTS the arm for him!

Escobar drags Kross up, has the arm, and gives it a CODE BREAKER! Kross scrambles to a corner but Escobar CHOPS him! Escobar puts the arm around ropes and pulls on it again! Kross can only clutch the elbow as Escobar runs in to forearm smash! Escobar cravats Kross, jams him with a shoulder, then headbutts Kross’ shoulder! Escobar fires off forearms, but Kross hits back with his good arm! They brawl, Escobar shoves Kross and runs in to shotgun dropkick! NXT returns to single picture as Legado trips Kross up for Escobar’s basement dropkick! Scarlett is furious and shouts for Kross to get up! Escobar shoves Kross out and goes back for the chair!

Escobar jams the bad arm, then slips the chair around it! Escobar aims and POSTS the arm!! Kross grabs at Escobar with the good arm but Escobar SLAPS him down! Escobar sits the chair up and stomps Kross down. Escobar drags Kross up and over, for a DDT to the chair! Escobar drags Kross up and into the ring, covers, TWO! Legado is frustrated but Escobar dropkicks Kross down! Escobar throws Kross out, pursues, but Kross hits back with is good arm! So Legado swarms him! Kross fights them off, but Escobar DIVES! The Arrow from Hell takes Kross down into barriers!! Scarlett is furious again but can only watch on as Escobar stands on Kross’ bad arm.

Escobar stomps Kross, and stomps and stomps! Escobar kicks the bad arm, wrenches it and clamps onto the shoulder! Escobar puts Kross in, covers, TWO! Escobar drops elbows on Kross’ bad arm, then clamps on with a short arm scissor. Kross endures, tries to use his good arm but Escobar shrugs that off. Kross sits up, Escobar puts him in a corner, and then runs in to DOUBLE KNEE! SNAP SUPLEX! Uno amigo, and Escobar drags Kross up, only for Kross to block! Kross gets around to use the good arm for an EXPLODER! Kross sees Wilde and DECKS him! Escobar leaps into a catch, for another EXPLODER!

Escobar bails out, Kross shakes the bad arm and pursues. Escobar POSTS Kross again! Escobar brings the bad arm around the post, but Kross YANKS Escobar into it instead! Kross bounces Escobar’s head off steel steps! Mendoza runs in with a chair but Kross BOOTS him down! Kross takes the chair for his own now and has a wild grin! Escobar is a fish in a barrel but Wilde saves him from a full metal Con-Chair-To! Kross glares at Wilde, aims with the chair, and he JAMS Escobar in the ribs! Kross puts Escobar in the ring, but Mendoza LEAPS, into an EXPLODER! Wilde leaps, but the rana is blocked! BARRIER BOMB!!

Kross gets in, Escobar is in a corner, Kross hits a corner clothesline! And BOOT! Escobar flops back out, Kross follows, and they’re by the other steps! Kross brings Escobar up and around, DOOMSDAY SAIDO through the announce desk!! Fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” and Scarlett seems euphoric now! Kross puts Escobar in the ring, hauls him up, and hits a DOOMSDAY SAIDO!! Kross aims from a corner, and winds up the hour hand. “TICK TOCK! TIME’S UP!!” BLINDSIDE FOREARM!! Cover, Kross wins!!

Winner: Karrion Kross, by pinfall

Escobar tried every trick in the book, but nothing can stop the sands of time! He still has the title, but will Escobar be in any shape to defend his Cruiserweight Championship? And will the clock start ticking on another champion’s reign?

 

NXT hears from LA Knight.

“Let me talk to ya. The question burning in everyone’s mind since TakeOver is, ‘Man, when’s LA Knight gonna debut?'” He’ll put it this way: the one thing that he asked is, “Whose game is it?” It’s HIS game. That means when he debuts, it’s on his time, his terms and done his way. What that means is Knight could debut next week, the week after that, or three months from now, because it doesn’t make a difference! In the end, everyone’s favorites, the ones that hold the gold, are just holding golden tickets to getting stomped out by LA Knight! That’s not an insult, that’s just a fact of life! But who will Knight go for first whenever it is he makes his in-ring debut?

 

Adam Cole is here!

After tweeting out that he will give us his explanation, Cole is finally here to do as he said! Cole goes to the ring, fans boo, and they don’t even feel like saying “BOOM” with him anymore. Cole takes a moment to watch a replay of last week, where Cole betrayed and booted Kyle O’Reilly to then give him a brainbuster to Kyle O’Reilly. Kyle has a herniated disc, not likely to return for several weeks, and fans chant, “You Suck!” for it. Cole gets a mic to say, “I… I had every intention of coming out here and explaining why I did what I did to Kyle, but… God, man, after watching that footage, I feel sick to my stomach.”

Everyone knows the NXT Championship is very important to Cole, especially the guys in the Undisputed Era. But Cole does not like the person he has become lately. At first, Cole was pissed off, because Kyle was getting opportunity after opportunity at the title, and he continued to fail. But that does not excuse Cole’s actions. After seeing it back, Cole is ashamed of himself. “Kyle, I know you’re sitting at home right now and you’re watching this. And I wish so, so badly that we could be having this conversation face to face, man to man, but we can’t.” They can’t, because of Cole.

Cole and Kyle know each other than anybody, and that means Kyle knows Cole hates admitting he’s wrong. Cole is telling us now that he was dead wrong. Kyle should be here in this ring, right here and now, but instead Cole made a stupid mistake and hates himself for it! Cole paces as he works on the words to say. “Kyle… Kyle, I am so, so sorry.” Cole will do whatever he can to fix this. Even if he can’t, he’ll try. “Wow, Adam. Really?” Roderick Strong confronts Cole! Now Cole feels bad?! Only now? For the past 10 days Cole didn’t feel bad for not letting Strong know what was going on? For what Cole did to Kyle, and to THE TEAM!?

“Adam, everything’s changed now. This whole thing, this Undisputed Era… This was built on trust! Love! A brotherhood!” The UE Boys would do whatever it took to have each other’s backs! And just like that, Cole “shattered that trust!” Strong wants Cole to look at him and understand this: Kyle IS going to heal up. They both know Kyle. But when Kyle does heal, Strong doesn’t know if he can save Cole from what Kyle’s gonna do to him! But wait, here comes Finn Balor! Strong tries to stop him but Balor pushes him aside and tackles Cole! Balor rains down fists, Strong gets in to pull him away from Cole, but Balor and Strong tumble out of the ring!

Balor kicks and stomps away on Strong but Cole RAMS Balor into barriers! And SUPERKICKS him down! Strong gets in the ring, Cole goes in to apologize, but Strong CLOBBERS Cole! And Strong is just as torn up as Cole was! Cole apologizes and he just wants things to go back to normal. Cole says this was his fault. Strong shouts, “What is happening?!” Cole starts to cry, but Strong sits with him. Strong says he’s sorry for hitting Cole. They’re brothers and they love each other! They hug it out and fans cheer! Cole keeps apologizing, he and Strong pat each other on the back, and then they shake hands. But Cole LOW BLOWS Strong?!?! That wasn’t a mistake!!

Cole tells Strong he is so STUPID! Cole says Strong is dead to him, and he takes the UE dog tag away from him! Then SUPERKICKS him down!! Was Cole just pretending to have regrets? Is there nothing undisputed anymore?!


My Thoughts:

Wow, this episode! And that’s meant in a good way, there was a lot of great, wild stuff. We had a really good match in Gargano VS Lumis, and some really crazy developments in that story. Theory thinking Lumis isn’t so bad is an alright choice, but I have no idea where this “Indi <3’s Lumis” is coming from. I get there’s a cliché of “daughter falls for bad boy” in sitcoms and family stories, but this still seems a bit out of nowhere. The pacing is what feels off, really. I still wish there were “Theory is hostage” antics but of course this is all leading to Gargano VS Lumis rematch for the North American Championship. I just don’t like the idea that it might come down to the loyalties of Theory and Indi, not that Lumis actually beats Gargano on his own merits.

The way (no pun intended this time, I swear) we learned about Rust VS Ruff getting on the card was arranged oddly. There was entrance, then a “earlier today” video, then Bivens has his promo to put Rust over and bury Ruff. We should’ve gotten the video first, then everything else. Swerve attacking Ruff was a good touch, though, and I guess any match being offered/given to Ruff is too much for Swerve. We got really good video packages for MSK and the coming Women’s Tag Title match, but what a twist for GYV to attack MSK and basically delay the NXT Tag Team Championship match. GYV VS Dain & Maverick was a good match, but of course GYV wins.

It seems Imperium and Wolfe are going to be the next feud for Dain & Maverick, and there could even be a chance of Dain being recruited/converted to Imperium! I don’t know if I want to see the dysfunctional duo break up, but Dain and Wolfe reuniting from their SAnitY days through Imperium would be an interesting story. Plus, one day we will be able to have NXT and NXT UK swap people around smoothly again, so with the North American Championship, NXT UK Heritage Cup, and another pair of tag titles out there, there could come a time when Imperium reigns from top to bottom.

Shirai VS Stark was very good, especially for Stark being new to NXT. But naturally, we’re getting Shirai VS Storm 1v1 now, but it does seem a little sudden for the long-awaited rematch from the second Mae Young Classic. The match itself will surely make up for that, though, and honestly could go either way, if Heel Toni decides to bend the rules or something. Then with Xia Li VS Kacy, it was obvious it would be brutal, but I didn’t think it’d be that brutal! Xia “breaking” Kacy’s leg, and threatening to do the same to Kayden, that is some serious Heel heat. I am still waiting for when Tian Sha/Mei Ling (Karen Q) gets back into action and tears up the Women’s Tag Division with Xia Li.

Grimes trying to recreate the Ted DeBiase basketball challenge, and messing up multiple times, was pretty hilarious. I have a feeling he’s not only going to waste his money on things but also on these silly bets until he’s basically back to where he was before #GameStonks. The story of Escobar waiting until the very last minute was pretty good, as was Kross going after him so he wouldn’t have a choice. Naturally Legado worked together for the entirety of the No DQ match, and I think the No DQ, brawling nature of the match made this work in Kross’ favor, as he felt much stronger than if this were a standard match. Kross wins so he can stay strong in his own path back to the NXT Championship, and I’m curious to see how this impacts Escobar’s title reign, if at all.

And speaking of, the NXT Championship scene is also attached to the #WhyColeWhy story. Cole taking the approach of, “It was impulsive and I regret it” was an interesting start, but from how he betrays Strong at the very last moment makes it seem it was an act. The anger Cole mentioned about Kyle getting his two opportunities might also be attached to jealousy, maybe some bitterness. Cole VS Kyle is definitely happening, but I think we’ll get a great Cole VS Strong first, maybe even Cole VS Balor, title optional. Heck, the title could be put up, but Kyle screws Cole over to set their own match up. The UE is basically all but over unless Fish returns and Cole is the one kicked out of the group. This could even be the long road to opening the door to Cole going to Raw/SmackDown, as much of a shame it’d be to see him finally move over.

My Score: 9.4/10


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