Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (1/8/2020)
Who will be a Strong challenger?
The first REAL NXT of 2020!
NXT gets back at it with the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic! Who advances through part one of the opening round?
- Six Woman Tag: Rhea Ripley, Toni Storm & Candice LeRae VS Kay Lee Ray, Bianca Belair & Io Shirai; Ripley, Storm & LeRae win.
- Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic 2020 Opening Round: Imperium VS The Forgotten Sons; Imperium wins and advances to the next round.
- Austin Theory VS Joaquin Wilde; Theory wins.
- Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic 2020 Opening Round: Gallus VS The Undisputed Era; The Undisputed Era wins and advances to the next round.
- Mia Yim VS Kayden Carter; Yim wins.
- NXT North American Championship #1 Contender Fatal 4 Way: Keith Lee VS Dominik Dijakovic VS Damien Priest VS Cameron Grimes; Lee wins and will challenge Roderick Strong for the title.
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Long Live Ripley!
The Riptide dethroned the Queen of Spades, Shayna Baszler! We live in a new era of championships, will there be another new era rising as NXT brings back the tribute to the American Dream?
Rhea Ripley is here!
The NEW NXT Women’s Champion struts out with the title around her waist and a smile on her face as fans chant her name! The young history-maker takes to the ring and takes up a mic as she revels in the cheers of “You Deserve It!” Rhea thinks back on fond memories. Like being in this ring and becoming the NEW Women’s Champion! Like celebrating while being hoisted on the shoulders of the WWE Universe. Memories like those will never ever be forgotten. But wait, is that Toni Storm?! The Lightning From Down Under is here in Full Sail just DAYS from her date in Blackpool! But why?! Toni storms to the ring and has her own mic!
“Rhea, congratulations. I am so proud of you, I honestly am. You deserve this.” But remember that one time Toni beat you? Remember when she beat her twice? See this is what happens; Toni takes back her NXT UK Women’s Championship. And then, Worlds Collide, she becomes a DOUBLE Champion! That is, if Rhea has the guts to accept. Fans do like the idea of “Toni Two Belts!” but Rhea says, “Really, Toni?” Well okay, yeah, Rhea would love to beat Toni back. Challenge accepted! But wait, here comes NXT UK Women’s Champion, KAY LEE RAY! And she tells Toni, “Nobody really believes that, do they?” There’s NO WAY Toni takes the title this Sunday, lt alone make it to Worlds Collide.
Wait, IO SHIRAI makes her entrance?! The Evil Genius bumps KLR to take her mic and then storms the ring to stand in Rhea’s way. Shirai says she is the best in the world, so that title is “MINE!” Okay, now BIANCA BELAIR appears! The EST of NXT skips past KLR to get in the ring. “Girl, uh-uh.” Bianca says she has 2020 vision to see that she is better than Shirai, KLR, and Toni don’t even go here. And she is definitely better than Rhea. Rhea bumps Bianca, but now… CANDICE LERAE makes her way out! Candice joins everyone else and Rhea just wants it to stop! Because obviously, Candice wants to fight, too. Yep. Good, because so does Rhea. And she sucker punches Bianca! A brawl breaks out as Candice goes after Shirai and Toni goes after KLR! Fans are all fired up as all six women fight.
Toni throws KLR out, Rhea headbutts EST out and then Candice chases Shirai! Shirai, KLR and Bianca get out of the way before anyone comes flying in! And the word comes down, we get a SIX WOMAN TAG NOW! And Candice DIVES out onto all three opponents! NXT goes picture in picture as this match gets sorted out!
Six Woman Tag: Rhea Ripley, Toni Storm & Candice LeRae VS Kay Lee Ray, Bianca Belair & Io Shirai!
Candice drags Shirai into the ring and hurries after her, for the step-stool senton! Cover, ONE, but Candice tags in Rhea. Candice whips Shirai into Rhea’s boots! Rhea stalks Shirai but KLR tags in. KLR shoves Rhea so Rhea shoves back. KLR pie faces so Rhea grabs that hand! And reels KLR in for a lariat! And another! And then ripcords for the hook kick! KLR drops down but Rhea yanks her up, atomic FACEBUSTER! Tag to Toni and the two drag KLR up. Toni fires off a strike fest then a BOOT! Cover, TWO! Toni drags KLR up but KLR body shots and knees back. Tag to Bianca and KLR and EST combine to double suplex. They hold her up for a second before dropping her hard! Cover, TWO!
Bianca stomps Toni and taunts Rhea with “Kiss this!” Bianca bumps Toni off buckles and then stomps a mudhole. She backs off at the ref’s count to then bring Toni up for a scoop and slam! Cover, TWO! Bianca keeps her cool as she stomps Toni back to the corner. Bianca wags a finger then whips Toni corner to corner. Toni reverses, Bianca goes up and over and handsprings to ram in her shoulder! And again! And again! The ref counts and Bianca backs off to flap and taunt about. Bianca throws big forearms on Toni, then brings her away for another scoop. Bianca squats while carrying Toni, but Toni fights free! Tag to Candice and Toni elbows Bianca back! Candice is up top, missile dropkick! Bianca tumbles, KLR tags in, but into haymakers and CHOPS!
Candice backs KLR into the corner with fury! She backs off to run corner to corner, big back elbow! Snapmare and Candice climbs but Shirai distracts. Candice leaps into a SUPERKICK from KLR! Cover, TWO! KLR kicks Candice while she’s down and clubs away. KLR drags Candice over to tag in Shirai, and Shirai mugs Candice. Shirai drags Candice up to whip but Candice reverses, only for Shirai to kick back. Shirai whips and flapjacks! Then basement dropkicks, but she ends up bumping Bianca on the run. Cover, TWO, and Bianca is upset. Shirai stomps Candice and taunts Rhea, then goes back to chinlock Candice. Fans rally up as Candice endures and Candice arm-drags free! Shirai runs Candice over!
Tag to KLR and KLR stomps Candice down. KLR drags Candice up to snapmare and knee her back down, then puts on a grounded cobra twist! Candice endures the stretch and fans rally again. Candice fights up, fights out but KLR throws her by her hair! Candice gets to ropes but KLR chokes her! The ref counts, KLR lets up and then drags Candice back up. Tag to Bianca, and the two mug Candice. Bianca keeps between Candice and her corner, but Candice CHOPS! And CHOPS! But Bianca clubs Candice down with forearms! Cover, TWO! Bianca wraps on a chinlock and thrashes Candice about. Fans rally once again and Candice rolls Bianca up! ONE, and Bianca runs Candice over!
Tag to KLR again, and KLR toys with Candice. KLR drags Candice up and suplexes, but Candice cradle counters, TWO! KLR forearms Candice down! KLR drags Candice into another chinlock. Fans keep rallying but Candice it put in enemy territory. Tag to Bianca and Bianca drags Candice up to club away. Snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Bianca keeps on Candice with a neck wrench, and even smears Candice’s face. Candice fights up as fans rally again. Bianca whips, Candice holds ropes and then tosses Bianca out! Candice crawls, but Bianca intercepts just in time! Candice is fingertips away but is tossed and ROCKED! Handspring and tag to KLR, KLR goes up to SWANTON! Cover, but Toni breaks it up! Bianca SPEARS Toni! Rhea dropkicks Bianca! Shirai SHORYUKENS but Candice enziguris! All six women are down but Full Sail is fired up as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns and Candice is again isolated in enemy territory. KLR taunts Toni and Rhea but fans rally up again. Candice boots KLR and fights out of the corner! KLR fireman’s carries but Candice pops up to POISON-RANA! Bianca tags in and hurries to keep Candice away! Hair biel and then a sucker punch to Rhea! Bianca runs corner to corner but Candice dodges, Bianca knocks Shirai off the apron! KLR tags in but so does Toni! The Storm rallies on KLR! And HEADBUTTS Shirai! KLR elbows out of a waistlock but her enziguri misses, leg trap GERMAN SUPLEX! Toni runs to sliding lariat! Cover, TWO!! KLR lives but Toni keeps her focus. Toni has KLR in a corner and whips her corner to corner, KLR reverses to SUPERKICK!
Tag to Shirai and Shirai runs corner to corner, METEORA! Then underhooks, TIGER BACKBREAKER! Shirai drags Toni into position and heads up top. DESCENT INTO- A tag?! Bianca wants all the glory, she’s the greediest woman in this match! She drags Toni up but Shirai springboards, MISSILE DROPKICK ON BIANCA! Shirai won’t let Bianca take anything from her! Toni tags Rhea, and Rhea BOOTS Bianca!! Cravat knees after knees, then snapmare and basement dropkick! Pump handle, RIPTIDE!! Cover, Rhea’s team wins!
Winners: Ripley, Storm & LeRae, Ripley pinning
The NXT Women’s Champion leads her team to victory, but she’s far from through with this fight. Candice goes to hand the title to Rhea, but then looks at it herself. She smiles as she hands it back then raises Toni’s and Rhea’s hands in victory. But surely Candice is just as eager to hold gold in 2020 as everyone else. Who is it that challenges Rhea first? And what of TakeOver: Blackpool II this Sunday? Will Storm have the #ShinyShiny back when Worlds Collide?
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Tommaso Ciampa speaks.
“Sometimes in live, you’ve just gotta bet on yourself. Quiet all them voices and listen to your instincts.” That’s what he did, and he became NXT Champion. For 238 days, he was “the greatest NXT Champion of all time.” They were the greatest 238 days of his career. “And then it stopped.” His neck broke, he had surgery, and he gave up “Goldie.” There are days when he doesn’t even recognize himself. Adam Cole has held Goldie since, and Ciampa feels empty. Ciampa wants his “life” back. What will Ciampa do to do that in the New Year?
Keith Lee speaks.
“It doesn’t seem to matter how many champions I pin here, somehow, Keith Lee has to prove himself.” That’s fine. Because tonight, Keith will Pounce whoever is in his way out of the way. In 2020, The Limitless One becomes champion!
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic 2020 Opening Round: Imperium VS The Forgotten Sons!
The tournament begins! Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner are days away from a Ladder Match Fatal 4 Way for the NXT UK Tag Team Champions, but they also want to take over all of the NXT Tag Team Division! Will they begin their international dominance tonight? Or can Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake take advantage of a team with divided attention?
The teams sort out and Blake starts against Aichner. Aichner and Blake tie up and Blake knees low. Tag to Cutler and the Sons double backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Cutler cravats Aichner and tags Blake, the Sons double whip and double elbow Aichner down! Cover, TWO, but Blake looms over Aichner. Blake fireman’s carries but Aichner fights out. Blake gets stuck between ropes, Aichner tags to Barthel, and Imperium meets at the corner with basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Barthel drags Blake up for big European Uppercuts, but Blake counters to a backslide! Barthel swings Blake out but Blake drops him with a DDT! Tags to Aichner and Cutler, and a brawl is on!
Aichner rocks, kicks and uppercuts Cutler! Aichner spins but Cutler dodges to SHOTGUN KNEE! Butterfly backbreaker, cover, TWO! Cutler drags Aichner around by his legs for a Boston Crab! Aichner endures but Barthel runs in! Cutler DECKS Barthel then scoops Aichner. Aichner slips out, tags Barthel, enziguri to back suplex! Cover, TWO! Barthel bumps Cutler on buckles and hoists him up top. Tag to Aichner, but Cutler fights out! Cutler leaps into Aichner’s arms, and Aichner pops him up. Cutler slips out, tags to Blake, Cutler gets dumped out of the ring! Aichner fireman’s carries but Blake yanks off the nose guard! Rolling senton as the ref gets the guard out of the ring, Barthel tags and Blake BOOTS Aichner in the face! Blake LARIATS Barthel!
Blake LIONSAULTS onto knees! Barthel puts Blake up, tosses him to Aichner for the BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Imperium was so close and Barthel is seething! Tag to Aichner and Aichner has Blake, but Cutler drags him out to throw hard into railing! Barthel chases Cutler but gets caught into a fisherman, SUPERKICK and DRIVER! But Aichner springboards to crossbody and break the pin!! Fans are fired up as all four men are down! Teams regroup as Barthel and Blake crawl. Blake and Barthel stand and throw hands! They go back and forth with haymakers, Barthel ROCKS Blake. Blake comes back to CHOP, elbow, and atomic drop! Dropkick but Aichner tags in! SPINE BUSTER and PENALTY KICK! Then, EURO-
NO! Huricanrana, and a dropkick to Barthel! Quebrada and Cutler climbs! But Barthel intercepts with an enziguri! Cutler falls onto Ryker! Aichner rolls Blake up, TWO and Aichner dead lifts Blake! Barthel is up top, EURO-BOMB!! Cover, Imperium wins!!
Winner: Imperium, Aichner pinning; advances to the second round
The Forgotten Sons won’t get to relive fond memories from 2018, they’re out in the first round! Will Imperium use this momentum to win those NXT UK Tag Team Champions? Will Imperium’s takeover of NXT continue?
Backstage interview with Matt Riddle!
The Original Bro teams with Pete Dunne in the Dusty Rhodes Classic, but how did this “unconventional” duo come about? Riddle doesn’t know Dunne that well, but in the spirit of the Dusty Cup, that’s what makes them a perfect team. When Riddle went to talk to Dunne, he just said, “Hey, Pete. I’m a bro, you’re a Bruiserweight, Dusty Cup. Let’s do this.” Pete gave his special shrug, Riddle gave his “bro special” hang loose, and the #Broserweights were born. Will this incredible team mesh together well and go all the way in the Dusty Cup?
Austin Theory VS Joaquin Wilde!
The former Evolve Champion took Roderick Strong to the limit in just his NXT debut! And now, in just his second match ever, will it be #AllDay every Wednesday? Or are things going to be a little too Wilde for even Theory?
The bell rings and Theory circles with Wilde. They tie up and Wilde waistlocks, but Theory slips out. Wilde headlocks and hits the takedown, but Theory headscissors. Wilde pops out and holds onto the leg as he drags Theory around. Theory tries but can’t kick Wilde away. Wilde air-horns “BUR BUR BUR BURRR” but Theory boots out of the leg lock. Things speed up, Wilde back elbows and wobbles Theory. Wilde throws uppercuts then whips, but Theory reverses. Wilde goes up and over and headscissors Theory down! Fans are divided as Theory gets up. Wilde runs in but gets flapjack’d on the ropes! Theory run in to corner clothesline and go to the apron. Wilde is down, Theory slingshot stomps and fisherman suplexes! Cover, ONE, but Theory keeps his cool.
Theory straitjackets and KICKS Wilde, then clamps on with a cobra clutch. Wilde endures as Theory thrashes him around. Fans rally and duel as Wilde fights his way up. Wilde throws body shots but Theory knees and clubs him back. Theory whips Wilde but Wilde reverses. Theory blocks, pops Wilde up but Wilde punches back! Wilde runs and rallies with lariats! Wilde whips, Theory reverses, but Wilde slips out to swing kick! Wilde goes up, leaps, and hits a huricanrana! Theory bails out but Wilde speeds up, only for Theory to slingshot shotgun dropkick! Theory says “All Day!” as he scoops Wilde, to a HUGE TKO! Cover, Theory wins!
Winner: Austin Theory, by pinfall
It wasn’t just in theory, it is proven that Theory can win in NXT! Will Austin be winning #AllDay every day in 2020?
Damien Priest speaks.
“Winning NXT’s first main event of the year? Now that’s how you live in infamy. Becoming North American Champion, ladies, that’s how my name stands the test of time. Hell, that’s how Damien Priest lives forever.” But will he last that long against three fellow contenders?
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic 2020 Opening Round: Gallus VS The Undisputed Era!
This is a Champions VS Champions match worth of the finals themselves! But we’re getting it now, in the opening rounds! Will it be NXT UK or NXT boasting biggest that their tag team champions beat the other’s?
The tag teams talk trash about their brand being better, but the bell rings and the teams sort out. Wolfgang starts against Kyle O’Reilly, with a corner splash! He wipes out Bobby Fish at the same time! Wolfgang then TOSSES Kyle to the Gallus corner! Kyle fights back and now it’s a brawl! Forearm for forearm but Wolfgang gets the edge. Kyle kicks a leg and runs, but gets run over! Wolfgang puts Kyle in the Gallus corner to tag Mark Coffey, and Mark throws hands. Kyle throws forearms and we have another brawl! Mark ROCKS Kyle but Fish distracts. Kyle attacks from behind with sharp kicks and then tags in Fish.
Fish keeps on Mark with knees then brings him around. Mark powers Fish to a corner to throw hands! Mark then TOSSES Fish! “Our Kingdom!” But Fish kicks a knee out! Mark picks Fish up and back drops him! Tag to Wolfgang and Gallus has Fish on the mat. They double monkey flip Fish to a corner! Wolfgang throws EuroUppers on Fish, then whips him corner to corner. Fish goes up but gets caught. Adam Cole distracts, then Roderick Strong does. Fish uses that opening to attack Wolfgang! Fish tags Kyle and he throws hands all over on Wolfgang. Big knee rocks Wolfie, but he comes back with big hands! Kyle kicks and facelocks but Wolfgang scoop slams! Tag to Mark and Mark CHOPS Kyle to a corner.
Mark whips Kyle corner to corner hard! “OUR KINGDOM!” Mark drags Kyle up to throw forearms then whips corner to corner hard again! Kyle comes back with big knees, but Wolfgang tags in on the whip. Mark kitchen sink knees Kyle and Gallus hits a LEAPING senton on Kyle! Fish runs in but gets a hip toss! Wolfgang corner splashes Kyle then goes to the apron. Fish runs in but gets dumped out. Kyle swings, misses, and Wolfgang clotheslines him down! The Undisputed Era regroups and rush the ring, but Gallus stands in their way. NXT goes to break as the ref maintains order.
NXT returns and Wolfgang fights out of Kyle’s armlock. Fans rally and duel as Wolfgang reaches for Mark but forearms Kyle. Kyle wrenches and tags out to Fish, who sucker punches Mark! Wolfgang fights off reDRagon together! They double whip and double KICK him down! Cover, TWO! Fish argues with the ref but drags Wolfgang around to drop knees on the arm. Fish drags Gallus up by his hair and then headlocks. Wolfgang endures as Fish throws crossface forearms. Fish wraps on a sleeper hold but Wolfgang fights his way up. Wolfgang throws Fish off his back but Fish tags out to Kyle. Kyle runs into a sidewalk slam! Cover but Fish breaks it! Wolfgang shoves Fish out of the ring but Kyle grabs the legs. Wolfgang pushes him away, but Kyle heel hooks! And Fish trips up Mark!
Mark DECKS Fish back, Wolfgang rolls but Kyle swipes at Mark. Mark evades and Kyle turns around for Wolfgang to LARIAT him down! Hot tag to Mark! Mark rallies on Kyle with big shoulder blocks! Big corner uppercut and clotheslines, then the POLISH HAMMER! Fish runs in to get another back drop! Mark decks Cole! Half nelson SLAM for Kyle! Cover, TWO!! Mark drags Kyle up and around to suplex but Kyle slips out. Mark blocks a kick but Kyle gives knees. Tag to Fish and reDRagon mugs Mark. Double kicks! Cover, TWO! Mark toughs it out and Fish grows frustrated. Fish drags Mark over to the corner for big knees. Tag to Kyle and Kyle runs in to forearm. Fish adds a knee, the Kyle kicks. Fish runs in but is put on the apron. Mark dodges Kyle and the BOOT hits Fish! BACK SUPLEX!
Tag to Wolfgang and Gallus goes after Kyle, catapult SAMOAN DROP! Cover, but Fish breaks it again! Fans cheer and duel as the teams regroup. Gallus and reDRagon glare at each other and a brawl breaks out again! They all go back and forth with forearms, trading partners, and then reDRagon isolates a leg of Wolfgang’s to kick! Mark decks Fish, Kyle ROCKS Mark! Wolfgang BOOTS Kyle and the Undisputed Era regroups again. Mark runs and Wolfgang gives him a lift to FLY! They wipe out all but Fish, and Fish distracts the ref! Kyle drop toeholds Wolfgang into Cole’s enziguri! Tag to Fish and reDRagon TOTAL ANNIHILATION! Cover, Undisputed Era wins!
Winners: The Undisputed Era, Fish pinning; advance to the second round
Huge assists to the other two members of this group #DrapedInGold, but now the Undisputed Era takes another step closer to their second Dusty Cup in 3 years! Will 2020 be just as Undisputed as 2019? Will Gallus be able to rebound and retain their NXT UK Tag titles in Blackpool?
Johnny Gargano is back!
Johnny Freakin’ Wrestling made sure Finn Balor knew before the holidays that he was coming for payback! And Gargano is here tonight to speak to that. “I’ve been waiting a very long time to get a live microphone to talk about The Prince, Finn Balor.” To Balor, Gargano won’t take away what he helped build in NXT. Balor put NXT on the map, and Gargano won’t take anything away from that, or what he did to Gargano. Gargano missed a TakeOver, and nothing can change that. But that’s the past. What does Balor like to say? His future is his past? Well his past is right here, “because you didn’t finish the job on the ramp!” How about Balor retrace his steps back to Gargano?
Balor says everyone else is soft and he is the flag-bearer of NXT. Gargano remembers back in 2016, when Balor got that call to move on, and he couldn’t wait to drop that flag and get the hell outta Full Sail. Gargano got that call back in August. The big difference between them, Gargano stayed! Gargano said he loves Full Sail, and meant it! Fans duel over Gargano, and Gargano promises he has more. “Finn, while you left and you went off and you decided to play Mr. Extraordinary Man that does extraordinary things,” Johnny picked up that banner, threw the map away and put NXT on a rocket ship to fly it into outer space! Finn abandoned NXT and “WE took it to new heights without you!” Finn was left behind, and that ate him alive!
But here comes The Prince now! Balor applauds Gargano, “What a promo! Congratulations!” Maybe he should be Johnny Promo, since it’s the only thing he’s cleared for. Yes, he cost Balor the NXT Championship. Keep smiling now, Gargano, because Balor could slap it right off him. But this is Balor’s chessboard, and he was right: Gargano is soft! So quit crying about TakeOver. If Gargano wants his moment, they’ll throw down in Portland. If Gargano makes it, that is. Balor takes aim at Gargano. Will it go down in Stumptown? Or will Balor look to cut down Gargano long before then?
Cameron Grimes speaks.
“Tonight’s the night that I’ve dreamed about every night up until this night!” Tonight is the night Grimes gets the opportunity he deserves way more than anyone else! One Cave-In and he’ll be the #1 contender. Just one. But will Grimes be the one facing Roderick Strong in the future?
Kushida’s mystery partner is revealed!
Joining him in this year’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic is… indie sensation extraordinaire, ALEX SHELLEY!! The Time Splitters reunite under NXT as part of next week’s opening round finale! Will they get through the Grizzled Young Veterans, Zack Gibson & James Drake?
Mia Yim VS Kayden Carter!
The Head Baddie in Charge is back in action after her crash landing with Dakota Kai. Will she be able to bounce back against the Florida native hungry to make a breakthrough?
The bell rings and Mia circles with KC. They tie up, Mia shoves KC but they circle again. KC goes for the wrist but Mia blocks so KC pushes her. The two test kicks, dodge and counter each other, and fans like the exchange. The two go again, Mia blocks a roll up to bring KC up. Mia whips, KC crucifix but Mia throws her down. Mia runs KC over then speeds things up. KC follows and bumps but neither falls. So KC CHOPS! KC wristlocks and goes up to hop, hop and arm-drag! Then dropkick! Cover, TWO! Mia grits her teeth but KC is on her with a whip. Mia blocks and whips back but KC dodges and huricanranas, only to be blocked! Mia brings KC up for a SIT-OUT BOMB! Cover, TWO!
Mia keeps her cool as she gives KC swift kicks. KC sits back up but Mia keeps kicking, then basement dropkicks her down! Cover, TWO and Mia grows a little frustrated. Mia brings KC around to lace the legs and Bow ‘n’ Arrow! KC endures, pops out to cover, TWO! KC is up, Mia gets around, SAIDO! Bridging cover, TWO! Mia grows further frustrated and she goes at KC. Mia CHOPS KC in the corner then whips her corner to corner. KC dodges Mia’s boot to then ROCK her with a right! And CHOPS! KC fires off more forearms and then sweeps the legs. KC runs and BOOT WASHES Mia’s face! Mia staggers into Victory Roll and SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! KC is close but not quite there!
KC hurries to a corner, climbs up and leaps, into PROTECT YA NECK! Cover, Mia wins!
Winner: Mia Yim, by pinfall
Mia made KC eat da feet and she gets da win! Mia shows respect to KC by helping her up and giving her a friendly hug. But someone who doesn’t show respect is CHELSEA GREEN! She attacks them both at once, and says “Hush.” And from the stage applauds… Robbie Stone! And he has a mic to say that “2020 is the year that the Robert Stone Brand takes over NXT.” Stone says this starts with the hottest, and he means hottest free agent signing yet, Chelsea Green! The Hot Mess is ready to mess up anyone and everyone in the NXT Women’s Division. Will she mess up Mia’s plans of becoming champion in the New Year?
Dominik Dijakovic speaks.
“Nine months ago, I promised my family the North American Championship. Tonight, I’ve got three obstacles in my way. Not that it matters.” This match is a formality in his eyes. “The world is going to feast their eyes on its next North American Champion.”
Tommaso Ciampa speaks again.
“So it is written, so it is said,” Cole fulfilled the Undisputed Prophecy and took the title to heights not even Ciampa feels he could have. But the legacy is tainted because Cole had Ciampa’s title HANDED to him! And Cole learned what it is to go to war with Ciampa. When the time comes that it’s just Cole, “and the champ!” Cole either gives Goldie back, or Ciampa takes that shot for the title he never lost! Cole needs to solidify a legacy, but Ciampa is taking his life back. Because he doesn’t know who he is, or what he is, without it.
HUGE news for the NXT Women’s Championship!
A #1 Contender’s Battle Royal will be held to determine Rhea Ripley’s next challenger! Bianca Belair, Candice LeRae, Dakota Kai, Vanessa Borne, Kayden Carter, Mia Yim, Santana Garrett, Xia Li, and even newcomers Chelsea Green and Shotzi Blackheart, all get an opportunity in this match! Who will be the last woman in the ring preparing for a fight with the Mosh Pit Kid?
NXT North American Championship #1 Contender Fatal 4 Way: Keith Lee VS Dominik Dijakovic VS Damien Priest VS Cameron Grimes!
Limitless. Colossus. Infamous. Savage. These are the words that describe the four men fighting for a shot at the Undisputed Era’s Savior of the Backbreaker. But who will get to call themselves “challenger” after tonight?
NXT returns as Dijakovic and Grimes are in the ring. Keith Lee makes his entrance, and it is time to #BaskInHisGlory! The bell rings and fans sing and all four men stare down from a corner each. Grimes is annoyed with the singing and he tells them to shut up. Grimes talks trash to his opponents, but thinks different about Keith. Keith tosses Grimes into a corner! Dijakovic throws Priest! The rivals stare down but then run at Grimes and Priest, only to get boots. The boots are blocked, Grimes and Priest are sent at each other. Priest dodges the Cave-In but wants the Reckoning! Grimes boots Lee and Priest elbows Dijakovic before Grimes snapmares free. But now Dijakovic torture racks Grimes and Lee fireman’s carries Priest! Priest and Grimes fight free, Lee HEADBUTTS Priest and Dijakovic DECKS Grimes!
Dijakovic and Lee face off again and fans fire up. Dijakovic kicks but Lee blocks and shoves. Dijakovic dodges Lee but Lee hurdles over Dijakovic! Dijakovic stops himself using ropes, but Lee blocks his boot again. Lee and Dijakovic trade blocks and dodges, and fans are loving this! Even they have to respect each other after that one. But then Priest and Grimes attack from behind! They beat down the fan favorites with stomps and forearms! Priest watches Grimes just fire off on Dijakovic, then DECKS him for himself! Priest stomps everyone then throws hands on Dijakovic. Priest whips corner to corner and hits a corner back elbow! Priest whips Dijakovic but he counters to kick and elbow! Then, “TIME TO FLY!” Dijakovic THROWS Priest AT LEE! But then Lee catches Priest! Lee swings Priest around to hit Grimes! And Dijakovic! And then he BOMBS Priest onto Dijakovic!
Fans are thunderous for “Keith Lee! Keith Lee!” as he covers Priest, TWO! Priest bails out and Lee sees everyone else is outside. Fans sing again as Lee decides to go out and join them. Grimes attacks Lee with boots, and Dijakovic joins in. They mug Lee on the outside with clubbing forearms and big stomps. They drag Lee up for more shots, and CHOPS him against the railing! Lee staggers but stays standing. If anything, he’s powering up! Lee throws Grimes into railing and elbows Dijakovic! Priest is poised to leap but Lee was ready! Priest backs off for Grimes to go after Lee again. Then Priest FLIES to bowl everyone over! All four men are down as NXT goes picture in picture!
The referee checks on the four but they’re all okay to continue. Priest drags himself to the ring and gets up. Priest fetches Grimes into the ring and stalks him to a corner. Priest runs but misses the elbow, Grimes dropkicks Priest down! Cover, ONE, but Grimes keeps on Priest with a neck wrench. Grimes rakes Priest’s eyes then kicks him in the back. Grimes throws uppercuts and CHOPS, then whips Priest. Priest reverses but Grimes kicks back. Grimes runs into a back elbow! Priest swings but Grimes dodges to crossbody himself and Priest out hard! Meanwhile, Dijakovic puts Lee in and stalks up behind him. Dijakovic stomps Lee down then brings him up for uppercuts of his own. Dijakovic back elbows in the corner, throws forearms, then reels Lee in. “TIME TO FLY!” But Lee is too big and strong for that!
Dijakovic keeps trying but Lee keeps resisting. Grimes and Priest brawl on the outside as Dijakovic keeps trying. Lee overpowers Dijakovic to headbutt and GRIZZLY MAGNUM! Priest snake eyes Grimes on the apron! NXT returns to single picture as Lee and Priest stare down. Priest hops up and rocks Lee, then climbs up. But Lee headbutts Priest down! Priest wobbles on the apron but Lee headbutts him again! Lee climbs up and drags Priest up to join him. He dead lift SUPERPLEXES Priest!! Priest rolls away but Dijakovic MOONSAULTS onto Lee! Cover, TWO!! Grimes slithers in and takes aim, but Dijakovic choke grips him. Grimes fights out to super forearm and SUPERKICK! Then ROUNDHOUSE! GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!!
All four men are down again and fans fire up. Grimes rises first and drags Priest into the ring. Grimes then climbs up from the outside, Priest UPPERCUTS! Priest hits another, then cyclone KICKS Grimes! Priest climbs up to join Grimes, SUPER STEINER and Lee catches Grimes! To swing him up into powerbomb position! But Dijakovic BOOTS Priest down then kicks Lee low. Dijakovic takes Grimes in the torture rack, FEAST YOUR EYES! Lee POUNCES Dijakovic OUT of the ring!! Priest roundhouses and RECKONING on Lee!! Cover, Dijakovic BOOTS Priest off! Fans are thunderous with “MAMMA MIA!” and “NXT! NXT!”
Dijakovic gets back into the ring, leaving Lee and Grimes behind. “This is Awesome!” as Dijakovic dodges Priest. Priest dodges Dijakovic to kick and kick and kick, but Dijakovic SUPERKICKS him back! Dijakovic fires off strikes, but Priest ROCKS with a right! They both BOOT each other down! Priest and Dijakovic slowly rise, and they both choke grip the other! They both stand up, but Lee rises from the abyss! To chop and DOUBLE CHOKE SLAM them both!! Fans are fired up with Lee as both Dijakovic and Priest bail out! Fans sing again and Lee likes that. Lee runs to build speed, but Grimes SPANISH FLIES!! Cover, TWO!?! Grimes is shocked he didn’t just shock everyone else! Grimes aims, but Priest returns. Grimes ROUNDHOUSES Priest, then gets clear so that Dijakovic’s cyclone BOOT hits Priest!
Grimes boots Dijakovic and leaps up to MOONSAULT onto Priest! Grimes gets up as Dijakovic is on the apron, CAVE-IN!! Fans are firing up as Grimes climbs up again. Grimes aims at Lee, Lee staggers over, SUPER- MAGNUM! Lee chops the Cave-In away and then brings Grimes back up. But Grimes forearms and ROUNDHOUSES! Another super forearm, then Grimes runs, into the POP-UP SPIRIT BOMB!! Cover, Lee wins!!
Winner: Keith Lee, by pinfall; NEW #1 Contender to the NXT North American Championship
Incredible! All four men put so much into this fight, but in the end, no one has more than the Limitless One! Lee has his shot at Strong, will Strong #BaskInHisGlory? Will the Undisputed Era stop being #DrapedInGold?
An AMAZING episode for NXT to truly start their 2020! Almost nothing was filler, and almost everything was top notch. I love the NXT Women’s Championship story that’s developing. Rhea is the top champion that everyone wants after, but a lot of this indicates that Shayna and the Horsewomen might be moving on from NXT at some point, as I didn’t see Shayna in the coming contender’s battle royal. Unless she and the Horsewomen wreck it, that is. But the Six Woman Tag that opened was great, and I love that they’re already teasing the Champion VS Champion match at Worlds Collide. I don’t think one woman will actually hold both belts simultaneously a la Becky Two Belts, but it’s good to at least put it out there.
Yim VS Carter was alright, perhaps a bit rusty or hesitant. But in the end, it was to facilitate Chelsea Green’s NXT TV debut since she hadn’t actually had it yet. Robbie E starting his NXT career as “Robert Stone,” a manager type, is a good move. He talks of it being a brand, aka a stable, so I am curious to see who else he has as “clients.” Theory VS Wilde was good, but obviously not on the level of Theory VS Strong. Theory is already a great talent, and he’s young so he’ll have a great career ahead of him. The promos for Ciampa were great, the promos between Balor and Gargano were great, I feel like DIY sweeps in Portland.
The Dusty Rhodes Classic matches tonight were both incredible! Imperium VS Forgotten Sons was very fast and very good, but naturally Imperium wins. Gallus VS Undisputed Era was great, too, but it’s a little disappointing that reDRagon needed Cole and Strong to help cheat. It’s typical, but not sure if it helps reDRagon at all. It does keep Gallus strong, though, in that they didn’t lose clean. I sense Imperium could be on the rise between both brands. Blackpool is going to be a great TakeOver, especially this Ladder match, but I’m thinking Imperium could take those titles and then roll into Worlds Collide for that 8 Man Tag. As for the Dusty Cup itself, I could also see Imperium VS Undisputed Era as the finals to be a preview of Worlds Collide. At the same time, the #Broserweights and the TIME SPLITTERS are great contenders. I am so excited to see Alex Shelley be in NXT, even if it’s a limited time. Though, I would hope this is so that Time Splitters as a team can add a tag title shot to their resume.
All of the contenders tonight had great promos, and the Fatal 4 Way itself was AMAZING. Grimes really went above and beyond as the smallest man in the match, mostly because the other three are towering titans. Everyone looked great, but it just felt right that Keith Lee got this win. Lee VS Strong isn’t waiting for Portland, so this will make for an AMAZING title match on TV. I can’t be sure, but I feel like this could also be the time when Lee finally gets himself a title and the Undisputed Era loses one. Adversity and tension is how you keep the Undisputed Era’s story going, and it’d be great if Lee got to be the thing that starts that.
My Score: 9.2/10
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Andrew’s IMPACT Sacrifice Results & Match Ratings: 3.24.2023
Well damn, 24 hours changes everything! Josh is injured and has to vacate the World title! Mickie is also injured but she’s making her announcement during the show. How does IMPACT salvage their two main title pictures at Sacrifice?
Well hot damn, a lot of news popped up in less than 24 hours. So Josh Alexander tore his triceps; so he has to vacate the World Title and he’s being replaced by Steve Maclin in the 6 man match. Mickie James apparently also has an injury, but they are going to turn it into a segment on the show instead of a straight up vacating.
Now from a story perspective this sucks since I loved the Maclin/Alexander segment last night. That’s just me being selfish since I wanted to see that build and Maclin get the big win he deserves. Now he’ll be facing Kushida for the vacated title at Rebellion, and even if Maclin wins it will feel a little flat. Here’s to hoping that when Josh returns from injury they can find a way to bridge the time lost and keep the story going eventually.
.@MeanGiaMiller caught up with @FrankieKazarian and #RichSwann to talk about @Walking_Weapon's unfortunate injury and @SteveMaclin replacing him as their partner TONIGHT at #Sacrifice! #CountdownToSacrifice pic.twitter.com/jdnqk6BLN9
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) March 24, 2023
- Speedball Mike Bailey vs Jonathan Gresham: Bailey wins via Reverse Figure Four – *** 3/4
- Digital Media Championship: Joe Hendry (c) vs Brian Myers: Hendry retains via Standing Ovation – ***
- Gisele Shaw w/Jai Vidal & Savannah Evans vs Deonna Purrazzo: Deonna wins via Venus de Milo – *** 1/4
- Kenny King w/Eddie Edwards vs PCO: PCO wins via Straight Right Chair Punch – *** 1/4
- X Division Championship: Lince Dorado vs Trey Miguel (c): Trey retains via Cradle – *
- IMPACT Tag Team Titles: TMDK (Shane Haste & Bad Dude Tito) vs Bullet Club (Ace Austin & Chris Bey) (c): Bullet Club retains via ABC 1-2-Sweet – ****
- Busted Open Match: Bully Ray vs Tommy Dreamer: Bully wins – ** 1/2
- Time Machine (Kushida, Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs Rich Swann, Frankie Kazarian & Steve Maclin: Kushida wins via Hoverboard Lock – ****
Speedball Mike Bailey vs Jonathan Gresham
With the injuries in the main event, I could definitely see one, or both of these guys; fast tracked into the title scene after Rebellion. And I don’t think anyone would really be mad at that.
A quick tit for tat start, no one really gets any advantage. Just a few quick counters and takeover attempts. They both pause to take in chants from the crowd and then lock up again. Collar and Elbow tie up, they don’t release and both roll one another under the rope and out of the ring. There is an early moment where while he’s against the ropes he pokes Speedball in the eye and then apologizes. So things go back to a technical face vs face, but it could be a precursor.
Technical catch wrestling continues. Wrestling one another down, trying to get positions for small submission picks or limb attacks, but nothing is sticking yet. Gresham does manage to an Indian Deathlock, and then a Reverse Figure Four that Gresham conveniently can’t untangle so the referee has to do it and Bailey is pissed. Gresham tries to explain it, but Bailey lights him up, Gresham falls out of the ring, Golden Triangle Moonsault and now the aggression is starting to pick up. Hamstring Kicks and Chops from Bailey, but Gresham baits the attack and trips up Bailey before attacking the left knee with a grin on his face. Bailey is grounded for a while and Gresham keeps trying to twist off his leg. Eventually some Up Kicks break the submission attempt but Gresham wrestles him down again into a Bow and Arrow Trailer Hitch kind of move. Since Bailey has Tanahashi next week, Gresham must be trying to make Bailey’s knees equal. Good Guy Gresham.
Bailey starts stringing some offense together, but a few Low Dropkicks ruins Bailey’s base and causes him to face plant and the offense is going nowhere. Gresham even goes for the pinfall by trying to hyper extend the leg he’s been working on. Strikes continue to trade, Gresham tries to shoot the half but Bailey kicks off, Hamstring Kick again, Gresham Kips Up but clutches the leg a little, a chance for Speedball but Gresham cradles him to the ground and locks in a Figure Four. Speedball eventually rolls to the apron, Gresham tries to continue the stretching but Bailey kicks him into the post, sweeps the leg and Moonsault Double Knees right on Gresham’s head; Bailey went full Billy Kidman with his offense.
Bailey and Gresham continue to jockey for position on the outside, it looks like it might be a double count out. Gresham gets in at 9, Bailey gets in right at the 10 and the referee allows the match to continue. Some quick offense, Tornado Kicks to the corner, Ultima Weapon misses, Gresham goes for the Figure Four again but Speedball reverses it and Gresham taps pretty quick.
Backstage segment with Brian Myers, Moose joins and says he’ll help him beat Hendry – but then Santino shows up! He tells Moose he’s dumb and just stooged himself out, so he’s banning him from ringside. Who would’ve thunk it, the comedy character brings the logic.
Digital Media Championship: Joe Hendry (c) vs Brian Myers
Myers powders after a few early bumps and then Hendry follows him. Hendry is definitely not fighting with “champion’s advantage”, as is the way for babyfaces. Myers tries to fight back on the floor but a Scoop Slam leaves Myers on the receiving end. Hendry has to roll in to reset the 10 count and Myers catches him.
A few quick attacks, Roster Cut attempt but Hendry gets the goozle on. Standing Ovation attempt but Myers slips it, Chop Block, and continues to hammer down on Hendry. Myers with a Falcon Arrow and a bunch of slightly arrogant offense until he goes for the Crossbody, gets caught again, Sack of Shit, and Hendry is back on the offensive. Pop Up Power – no, slips and a Running Spear from Myers for a 2 count. Myers hits the top rope but Hendry cuts him off, Myers pushes him off, launches and Hendry hits the RKO mid move! Throws Myers into the ropes, Standing Ovation, and Hendry retains!
So Mickie addresses her injury, it seems she broke a rib during the tag match. They are allowing Mickie to hold on to the title until Rebellion. Either she defends it in a 3 way versus Jordynne and the winner of the 4 Way at the Multiverse United show or Jordynne will face the winner of the 4 Way for the vacated title.
Gisele Shaw w/Jai Vidal & Savannah Evans vs Deonna Purrazzo
Deonna starts off angry, Gisele is getting rocked early, they go through a few rope running counter cradles and slides but its just early counter wrestling. Gisele manages to surprise Deonna going for an Armbar, but Deonna counters it, tries the Venus de Milo but Shaw powders. Deonna hits the Baseball Slide, starts beating on Gisele but she slides back in to distract the referee while Savannah clocks Deonna.
Triplicate European Uppercuts from Gisele keep her very comfortably in control. Another distraction to the ref and Savannah swings and connects with Deonna again. Deonna tries to fight from the corner, Gisele grabs Deonna’s feet drapes her across the ropes and drops both knees on Deonna. Gisele drives her knee into Deonna’s shoulder blades and goes for the Chin Lock. Deonna tries to power out, Gisele stifles it a little, but Deonna catches her with a Twisting Neckbreaker. Slow start to the strike exchange but it slowly picks up, Deonna with a beautiful spot of a no look Back Kick right to Gisele’s stomach, Running Knee Lift into the Russian Leg Sweep for 2. Deonna Pump Kick, Gisele Superkick, Deonna bounces off the ropes, Flatliner into Koji Clutch, but Gisele slides back a little to turn it into a pinfall to break the submission.
Both women have wrist control and just swing at each other. Deonna gets the best, one big swing but Gisele ducks it, catches Deonna in Shock and Awe (Backbreaker into Flatliner). Denouement attempt, Deonna grabs at the arm for the Fujiwara attempt but Gisele fights it off. Venus de Milo gets locked in and Deonna holds it a little longer to make a point.
Savannah attacks Deonna afterwards, but Tasha Steelz music hits. Tasha tries to play nice like she’s here to help Savannah, then cheap shots her, fights off Jai with a Tornado DDT kicking off of Savannah. Okurr on Jai and Tasha cleans house and babyfaces herself.
Kenny King w/Eddie Edwards vs PCO
Kenny comes out in an Honor No More shirt, which is a nice way to play into the story.
Eddie tries to get PCO’s attention and then Kenny attacks him right as the bell rings. PCO turns things around shortly, Eddie keeps trying to find angles to give Kenny ambush spots but PCO keeps fighting back. PCO stalks Eddie on the outside and Kenny hits a beautiful Tornillo, then a Scoop Slam as he mocks the whole Frankenstein gimmick. PCO rolls in and Kenny John Woo’s him into the corner and starts Bootwashing his face to talk smack. PCO fires, goozle and just throws Kenny out of the ring.
PCO kicks Kenny from getting back in the ring, looks to do his Senton but “short circuits”. So PCO does a Senton to the wrong side of the ring, crashing but popping right back up, and it apparently helped correct the issue. So Senton onto Kenny, throws him back in, Kenny tries the Eddy Gordo kick but PCO just barrels over him. PCO drapes Kenny in the corner, Codebreaker, into the back of the head Guillotine Leg Drop and now PCO pulls him to the apron.
Here we go, Deanimator attempt – but Eddie cuts him off, PCO kicks him back into the cameras, Kenny gets up and an Iconoclasm bouncing off the apron of the ring! Kenny throws him into the steps, rolls in, things he’s all but won…yet PCO beats the 10 count. “He’s Not Human” chant starts, Frog Splash from Kenny and PCO kicks out and fires at 2. Eddie throws a Kendo stick in the ring to distract the referee from Kenny using a chair. Kenny hits PCO once, PCO shakes it off and has a gameplan. So he actually helps keep the referee distracted to bait in Kenny for another chairshot attempt, but PCO just punches through the chair and knocks out Kenny.
Maclin, Kaz and Rich have a backstage segment. It perfectly shows the story beats of Maclin being annoyed that he put in all this prep and recon on Josh just for the opponent to be flipped. Typical tumultuous team members vibe, but Maclin gets his story beats across beautifully.
Can #RichSwann and @FrankieKazarian trust @SteveMaclin? #Sacrifice pic.twitter.com/TcEZ79IWkC
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) March 25, 2023
X Division Championship: Lince Dorado vs Trey Miguel (c)
Okay Lince comes out in a bathrobe with some cringe ass “Lucha Lit” gimmick. I…hate it. This is probably the first time ever that I want Trey to win. Cause Dorado is cringe as hell. In a game of them both sucking, I’ll pick the style of trash that I can tolerate more…which is Trey.
Lucha counter wrestling with flips over trips and that stupid ass Mirrored Dropkick Spot. I also don’t love the Lince doing the cat mannerisms, but Puma King and a few others have done that…so I guess its more tolerated in Lucha. This whole match has been a little paint by numbers boring Lucha where the moves are done just to pop the crowd but not to actually accomplish anything.
Diving whatever moves they accomplish nothing. Its really hard for me to care about flippy trash matches. Lince hits 2 of the 3 step Moonsaults, but Trey of course no sells and dodges the third, Tiger Wall Kick, but Trey stumbles a little for the Enzuigiri, Trey also hits a sloppy Outside In Tiger Feint…its just sloppy spots for spots sake. I would probably be more entertained if I had Runescape fired up on a different tab. This is just a waste of space, much like both “wrestlers”.
Lince hits a Avalanche Frankensteiner, into a Shooting Star Press but Trey powders. Lince tries that bounce off the corner with his legs spot, but its sloppy. Another sloppy Tiger Feint from Trey, Slingshot Sunset Bomb for 2. These are just stupid moves for stupid sake. Lince tries to cut off Trey from a rope run with a Big Boot but mostly misses, makes the whole cut off exchange look stupid. Trey with a flash cradle during the cut offs for pinfall. Eww…this was garbage.
IMPACT Tag Team Titles: TMDK (Shane Haste & Bad Dude Tito) vs Bullet Club (Ace Austin & Chris Bey) (c)
It is nice to see a variation of TMDK back together. I also enjoyed Tito called Ace and Bey the “Mini Bullet Club” since they’re the juniors heavyweights.
Tito and Bey start off, Bey is trying to show off his speed, Tito gets across the power though. Tito kinda looks like a young Scott Steiner, and he literally tosses Bey back into his corner. Ace tags in, tries to do something but Tito is just too strong. Haste gets tagged in for some flashy yet effective offense. Ace finds something with the Triangle Victory Roll, Bey blind tag, cheap shot on Tito, Russian Leg Sweep + Low Sweep combination into some Click Click Boom. So Bullet Club is showing very nice Junior style synergy. Haste is very loud and animated, so he’s a great one to have eating the offense. Especially when they do their Back Rake goof spot.
Haste finally maneuvers things to tag Tito in, and Haste hands off Ace to Tito and Tito hits a Standing Blue Thunder Bomb. Tree of Woe, Bey tries to come in to break up the spot but the referee is distract, Tito steps up and stands on the groin, nice homage to Petey Williams. We are in Canada. Announce team almost sets up too much meme fodder, and then Rehwoldt steers into it. Rehwoldt said Bey was trying to rush into to get Tito off…paused for a second, which you know Hannifan gave him a look. So then they just pivot to everyone in TMDK being like Australian Sex Pistols. Very clever misdirection.
The match is fun, Bey gets the hot tag, clocks everyone, Haste tries a Lariat, Bey ducks that, flies onto Tito on the outside, comes back in, Tornado Fameasser for 2. Bullet Club goes for a Torture Rack/Triangle Kick combo, but Haste gets out of it. Tito gets tagged in and he start to look like Steve Williams with the Doctor Bomb for 2. Tito hits a big battering ram Dive on Bey to clear him out. Haste Falcon Arrow, Tito Froggy Splash, but Bey breaks it up.
Tito starts getting ping ponged between the two Juniors, Torture Rack/Triangle Kick combination, for 1-2-3? – no Haste comes in the referee says it was in time to stop the 3 count. Tito charges and a beautifully times Superkick + Spinning Back Heel Kick on Tito. He’s dazed, ABC 1-2-Sweet! Bullet Club retain!
Busted Open Match: Bully Ray vs Tommy Dreamer
This is a First Blood Match for anyone who doesn’t know, and Dreamer comes out with an ECW Championship Belt.
Chair duel to start things, ECW replica belt to the face of Bully Ray. Dreamer grabs a soda from a fan, Muta mist on Bully, tries to shove the can into his skull for early blood but no. Bully crotches Dreamer on the guardrail and then picks a fight with Darren McCarty who’s in the crowd. Darren McCarty was the enforcer for the Detroit Red Wings, so its very old school letting the ex sports guy play. Bully also has a great spot where he pulls out a step ladder, then asks the referee to hold it, does the Jimmy Snuka pose and goes for a Splash and misses. Bully gets to rile up AEW and WWF fans all in one spot. Good old school heat. Corny, but good.
Dreamer gets a bag of tacks, Bully fights off the Piledriver, gets the cheese grater but Dreamer hits the Bionic Elbow as a counter. Cheese grater with Dreamer, Dreamer charges, Bully pulls the referee in the corner, so ref bump. Dreamer eventually makes contact with the cheese grater, but there’s no referee and Bully has his back to the camera, so it slow rolls the result nicely. Good Hands hit the ring, on with a towel to see if he can blot the bleeding before the ref comes to.
Bully hits Tommy with pocket tacks instead of pocket sand. Tries to drive Dreamer’s face into the tacks and then Elbow it further down but Dreamer moves. Dreamer grabs the grater again, Bully tries to beg off, screams he’s sorry and now tries to guilt Tommy with his family is going to see this. Dreamer actually stops and then Bully hits him in the balls. Bully busts open Tommy with the tacks, the Good Hands slide in Tommy as the referee comes to, so the referee only sees Dreamer bleeding. Its a solid old school Hardcore match but it was definitely a little too plodding and corny.
Yuya Uemura tries to make the save, then Darren McCarty jumps the railing. This really has turned into ECW, Bully gets a mic, asks him if he really wants to fight and tells security to let him go. LOL – a literal Hockey Fight. McCarty gets the best of things, Good Hands mug him from behind. Triple Powerbomb McCarty through the table.
Scott D’Amore’s music hits! Scott starts stripping like he’s Ric Flair. Bully calls down Scott, but Scott has backup. He calls Rino, Heath, Gresham, Baily and Joe Hendry. Good Hands try to attack Scott…Scott stops him…and HITS A CANADIAN DESTROYER! Can this lead to a Lethal Lockdown match? Team D’Amore versus Team Bully? Give me that…give me some Lethal Lockdown now!
Time Machine (Kushida, Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs Rich Swann, Frankie Kazarian & Steve Maclin
Shelley and Swann start off, and its just a bit of chain wrestling. They both have Hammerlocks, Headlocks, and just twist around to try and find an angle. Shelley speeds things up a little, Shoulder Tackle, rope run, Swann goes down and Shelley puts on the brakes to sink in a quick STF but Rich grabs the rope. Kaz and Sabin tag in and we get some Battle of the Futures nostalgia.
Back and forth, Up and Over, Sabin with the Arm Drag into the Top Wristlock. Kaz fights through, a little more quick counters and fun stalemate spots as they are all having fun with each other. Kushida tags in and points to Maclin. Kaz slaps Maclin’s chest and we all know Maclin isn’t a fun loving babyface like Kaz and Swann, so the tone should start to change. Kushida starts by starting Grounded ala Inoki vs Ali, then manages to trip up Maclin and keep the mat wrestling going, but Maclin finally gets back to hit feet and can finally use his size and power to his advantage. Shelley blind tag, Time Splitters PK to the Arm combo.
Shelley keeps on the arm that got kicks with the Arm Wringer and then a few quick shots to the damaged arm. Kaz makes the blind tag after Maclin uses the middle rope into Shelley’s throat. Kaz and Rich with a little Hip Toss tandem stuff for a near fall on Shelley. But the tone of Rich and Kaz is definitely much different. Shelley fights his way out of the enemy corner, Time Machine triple team, Single Leg Crab, Camel Clutch, Sliding Dropkick from Sabin onto Rich. Kaz is trying to police too much of Maclin’s motion, typical team that doesn’t get along stuff. Rich driven into Kaz in the corner, triple Dropkicks from all of Time Machine.
Kushida tags in, stares down Maclin and then Maclin picks up and throws Rich to Time Machine because you can tell he’s frustrated getting policed with all of his moves. MCMG hold Rich, Kushida hits the Baseball Slide on the restrained wrestler and Kushida does the little Liger spin around pose/taunt and stares down Maclin. Shelley starts with the joint manipulation, and Swann is just getting torn apart. Swann in the Tree of Woe, Sliding Dropkick to Swann’s face, and then the Triple Baseball Slide. Sabin tags in with the Octopus Hold on Rich which he rolls into a pinfall, but Rich kicks out. You hear Maclin say “All you have to do is tag me bitch” – which proves that Maclin is trying to be a team player in his own way.
Rich fights out of the triple team, and chooses to tag in Kaz. Kaz hot tag, exchanges with Sabin which turns into the Guillotine Leg Drop through the ropes, Kaz is taking out everyone right now. Two Springboard Leg Drops…and now a third as all of the Time Machine offense is stopped. Sabin blind tag though gives Time Machine some momentum. Rich tries to come in, gets rocked, Maclin charges, Sabin grabs him and Tornado DDT sends Maclin to powder. Missile Dropkick/Flatliner on Kaz for 2.
Cradle Shock counter, rolling tag to Rich. Avalanche Headscissors, Rich goes to the top rope, Maclin tags himself in, but Time Machine gets rolling. Dragon Screw from Kushida with the Mutoh pose afterwards. Maclin and Shelley are legal, and going back and forth. Double Arm Breaker from Shelley after Kaz tries to get involved. Maclin gets some offense back in, Caught in the Crosshairs form Maclin, Maclin tags in Kaz, Kaz tags Rich, tandem attacks, Cutter form Rich into a 450…1-2-Kushida Kicks out! Swann goes for Phoenix Splash but misses. Flying Armbar from Kushida, triple Submission spot, but Maclin gets out of his and breaks Kushida’s submission. Maclin stares down Time Machine, hits the ropes and gets eaten alive by tandem attacks.
Time Machine goes for a Double Shiranui Tower, but it gets broken up. Outatime lands on Kaz. Sliced Bread lands on Swann. Tanaka Punch blocked, Maclin eats Shell Shock, Sabin gives Kushida a rolling start to throw him onto Maclin like a Spider Monkey and sink in the Hoverboard Lock. Maclin taps relatively quick, which is strategic to not risk injury.
Overall Score: 7/10
Talk about a show that no one knew what the hell to expect! Josh vacating the belt means that things had to change with fairly short notice. Mickie’s implications of either a Triple threat or she’ll hand over the belt to the winner if she’s not cleared is something you don’t see too often. But when it comes down to the card, the show was relatively good. Trey & Lince was hot garbage, and Busted Open was what we all kind of expected. Was it a bit more entertaining with some of the ECW nods? Sure. But it was just a spectacle and honestly Scott D’Amore hitting the Canadian Destroyer made that all worth it.
OH CANADA! @ScottDAmore CANADIAN DESTROYERS @TheJasonHotch and Windsor EXPLODES! #Sacrifice pic.twitter.com/iqqpiH0tMZ
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) March 25, 2023
The tag and six man matches were the best stuff on the card, and sets the stage decently well for storylines into Rebellion. I’m not joking though, if we don’t get Team D’Amore vs Team Bully in a Lethal Lockdown…the salt will pour. Don’t let the Canadian Destroyer spot be for naught! Oh – and put the damn belt on Maclin!
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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (3/24/23)
It’s a family feud!
Wrestling really does have more than one royal family.
While Cody Rhodes is back on SmackDown to take on Ludwig Kaiser, Dominik Mysterio plans on confronting in his entire family in Las Vegas! Will Rey finally snap on his son?
- Cody Rhodes VS Ludwig Kaiser w/ Giovanni Vinci; Cody wins.
- Rey Mysterio VS LA Knight; Knight wins.
- WrestleMania Women’s Tag Team Showcase Qualifier: Lacey Evans & Xia Li VS Shotzi Blackheart & Natalya; Shotzi & Natalya win and advance to WrestleMania.
- “Butch” Pete Dunne w/ The Brawling Brutes VS GUNTER; Gunther wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Cody Rhodes VS Ludwig Kaiser w/ Giovanni Vinci!
The American Nightmare is back on SmackDown, looking to stay razor sharp for his match with the Tribal Chief. But will he get more than just a tune-up from the Impeccable German? Or will Kaiser keep the mat sacred?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up for “CODY! CODY!” Ludwig eggs Cody on, they tie up, and they’re in a deadlock. Cody powers Ludwig to a corner but Ludwig turns it around. Ludwig lets off, but throws a body shot! Ludwig whips, Cody reverses and reels Ludwig in to suplex! Fans fire up as Cody keeps Ludwig in the air, before the GOURD BUSTER! But wait, here comes Paul Heyman. Cody is distracted by the Wise Man, Ludwig waistlocks, but Cody trips Ludwig to then SHINING WIZARD! Ludwig bails out while Cody glances back at Heyman. Fans continue to rally for Cody while SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Cody staggers over to Ludwig. Ludwig UPPERCUTS then COMPLETE SHOTS! Cover, TWO! Ludwig scowls, and he rains down fists in a headlock! Fans boo but Ludwig lets off. Ludwig clamps onto Cody with a chinlock, then CLUBS him down. Fans boo as Ludwig goes outside to drag Cody to the corner, but Cody YANKS Ludwig into the post! Cody goes out to CHOP Ludwig, ROCKS him, and then CHOPS him against the announce desk! Cody rains down fists and fans fire up! Cody puts Ludwig back in the ring, runs and springboards, but Ludwig trips him up and YANKS him down!
Heyman is stoic as Ludwig sits Cody up to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Cody scowls but Ludwig looms over him. Ludwig pie faces Cody, drags him up but Cody ROCKS Ludwig and JABS and throws a body shot. Ludwig throat chops in return! Ludwig CHOKES Cody on the ropes, the ref counts and Ludwig lets off. Fans boo, but Vinci gets a cheap shot! Cover, TWO! Ludwig clamps back on with a chinlock. Cody endures, fans rally up, and Cody fights up to his feet. Ludwig throws Cody down by his hair! Fans boo more as Ludwig paces around and taunts Cody. Ludwig rains down more fists, then scrapes Cody’s face!
Ludwig runs to BASEMENT UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Heyman is still stoic as Cody drags himself to ropes. Ludwig kicks the ropes to jam Cody’s arm! Ludwig drags Cody up to UPPERCUT! Cody ROCKS Ludwig with forearm after forearm! Ludwig JAWBREAKERS! Ludwig throws body shots and stomps in the corner, whips corner to corner, then runs in, but Cody puts him on the apron! Cody ROCKS Ludwig, and BEAUTIFUL DISASTER KICKS Ludwig down! Fans fire up and Heyman is upset now. Ludwig staggers up into a kick, and Cody reels Ludwig in! Cody hooks the arms, but now SOLO SIKOA appears!
Fans boo as the Bloodline approaches, but Ludwig CHOP BLOCKS Cody’s leg! Solo and Heyman stay at the ramp as Ludwig goes out. Cody throws hands, whips, but Ludwig reverses and sends Cody crashing into steel steps! Fans boo but Cody drags himself up, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Cody throws hands on Ludwig. Ludwig headlocks, Cody powers out and things speed up, but DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Solo & Heyman are now ringside as fans rally up. Vinci coaches Ludwig but Cody sits up first. They stand, Cody throws a body shot but Ludwig throws a haymaker. Cody throws a forearm, Ludwig gives it back, they go shot for shot, back and forth, faster and faster, and fans fire up! Ludwig kicks low, whips, but Cody reverses to then follow and CLOBBER Ludwig! Cody kicks, RHODES UPPERCUT! Cody then baits Ludwig, goes up and over in a corner, and POWERSLAMS! Cover, TWO!
Solo is stoic, Heyman smiles, but then Vinci throws in his track jacket. The ref gets that out of the way, but misses the HIGH LOW COMBO from Imperium! Cover, TWO!! Cody survives and Ludwig is surprised. Ludwig shouts “NEIN!” and runs in to UPPERCUT, GAMANGIRI and HALF HATCH SUPLEX! Ludwig goes up top, leaps, but into a dragon sleeper! But Ludwig drops to victory roll! TWO, and Cody dodges Ludwig to springboard, CODY CUTTER! Fans fire up as Cody stares down Heyman & Solo! Cody waits on Ludwig, reels him back in, CROSS RHODES!! Cover, Cody wins!
Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall
The Impeccable German was less than perfect, and he loses to the American Nightmare! But Cody watches Solo get up on the apron and Heyman has the mic. Heyman has Solo stand down, and then tells Cody, “You’re owed an apology. And since I’m the Wise Man of the Bloodline, may I? I am going to be the one to deliver that apology to you.” The ring announcer did a lousy job. She must be from Vegas. Fans boo and Heyman acts surprised. But Heyman will do the honors. “Ladies and gentlemen! Your winner… and still challenger for the reigning! Defending! Undisputed! WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion, Roman Reigns… Cody! RRRRHODES!”
Fans are torn but Heyman says this is the very same Cody Rhodes that sees his Road to WrestleMania with a giant pothole in front of him that happens this Monday Night Raw, when Cody goes one versus one against… SOLO! And if, and isn’t that a big “if,” IF Cody survives Solo, then it’s not the Road to WrestleMania. All roads lead to Roman Reigns, who will be here live on SmackDown next Friday to see Cody one final time face to face. Heyman tosses the mic to Cody and he catches it. “Is that what we’re doing, Mr. Heyman? Are you moving the goal posts for me? Another thing you did, you interrupted them while they were singing the song.
“And now, you wanna move the goal posts and move ’em right here, huh? Am I expected to say ‘No?’ Oh, it’s six days out from the biggest match in the history of my family, I should probably say no, right? WELL, I probably shouldn’t have wrestled with half my body hanging off, and I still beat Seth Rollins! So when it comes to you,” he says as he points at Solo, “undefeated and as good as you are, like I said last week. You’re. Not. Ready!” Fans chant that, then Cody continues.
“And as for the champion, Roman Reigns. After Solo finds out that he’s not ready, at WrestleMania on April 2nd, your boy, Roman Reigns, the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, will find out the same thing. He is not ready, either!” Cody throws the mic back and Heyman misses it! Will everything about this homestretch to Hollywood be a nightmare for The Bloodline?
BREAKING NEWS for WrestleMania!
The very first match of night one on Saturday, April 1st will be… AUSTIN THEORY VS JOHN CENA! The United States Championship will set the pace for the weekend, will The Now find that he’s not ready, either?
Charlotte Flair is here!
Vegas fires up as The Queen heads to the ring. The SmackDown Women’s Champion has her pyro then gets the mic to tell Las Vegas, “We are just eight days away from WrestleMania! Fourteen times. Fourteen time world champion. And I can tell you, that was not built on fear, insecurities or nepotism. The same three things have been used against me by everyone, and I mean everyone, since I started in this business.
“Fear. What is fear? Fear is a lack of understanding. It’s ignorance. This business wasn’t built on fear. This business was built on respect! Rhea Ripley, I don’t fear you. I respect you! The only thing that I fear is my own potential. I respected Nikki and Brie. I respect Sasha, Bayley, Becky, Trish, Ronda, Asuka, Natty! I respected all of them! Insecurities. Damn right I have insecurities! Are you really ‘whatting’ me? This is important to me so listen. Insecurities, damn right I have them. And I have built this house on every brick that all of you have thrown at me! For the last seven YEARS! Lastly, nepotism.” Fans “WOO~!”
“That’s right, Vegas. I love my dad. And I will never apologize for continuing the greatest legacy in sports entertainment! And whether you like it or don’t like it, you better learn to love it, because diamonds are forever, and so is Charlotte Flair. WOO~!” The Queen is fired up, but will she be able to hold her throne at WrestleMania?
Rey Mysterio VS LA Knight!
The King of Lucha Libre, the headliner of this year’s WWE Hall of Fame class, has been pushed and pushed and pushed by his punk of a son, and the Mega Star was one big mouth too far! Will Rey be able to shut up the obnoxious jerk that isn’t Dominik? Or will things only get worse for Rey on the Road to WrestleMania Weekend?
SmackDown returns and Knight makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. Knight chases Rey but Rey dodges and fires off hands! Knight shoves Rey away, but Rey slides under and dropkicks Knight to a corner. Rey runs in but Knight fights off the monkey flip. But Rey avoids the elbow drop! Rey runs in, and now he MONKEY FLIPS! Knight staggers up,. Rey KICKS Knight to a corner, and then rains down fists! Fans count all the way to TEN, then Rey gives us some Latino Heat. Rey runs, but Knight FLAPJACKS him down! Knight stomps Rey, stomps him to ropes, but the ref counts.
Knight lets off, “YEAH!” Then he bumps Rey off a buckle. Knight throws hands, JABS Rey, then digs his boots in. The ref counts, Knight lets off at 4, and Knight brings Rey up. Knight shoves Rey into the corner, Rey bounces off buckles, and into the NECKBREAKER! Knight spells it out, “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!” Cover, ONE!! Knight is annoyed and he throws fists down. Knight keeps on Rey, throws hands, then he bumps Rey off buckles. Fans rally and duel, but Knight whips Rey to ropes. Rey ducks ‘n’ dodges then tilt-o-whirls to RANA! Knight flounders out of the ring and fans fire up!
Rey runs, WRECKS Knight with a dropkick, then he builds speed. Rey SLIDES to SPLASH! Fans fire up for that one, and Rey stalks Knight to CLUB him! Rey puts Knight in the ring, climbs up and shoulders in! Then he GAMANGIRIS Knight away, climbs the corner, but here comes Dom! Dom said he’d ruin the fun, and Knight trips Rey up! Rey tumbles to the mat, but Dom doesn’t care. Fans boo as Dom walks down the ramp while SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Knight stomps away on Rey again. Knight drags Rey up but Rey throws hands! Rey fires off but Knight knees low! Knight scoops, Rey slips off and rolls Knight up, to then dropkick! Fans fire up while Knight scrambles around. Knight goes after Rey, Rey slips under and runs, but into a BOOT! Cover, TWO! Dom paces at ringside, and Knight sits Rey up to KNEE him in the back! Knight drags Rey up, back suplexes high and hard, then dusts off his hands. “YEAH!” Knight grins as he stands over Rey, then he pulls on the mask. The ref reprimands, Knight whips Rey to ropes, but Rey ducks ‘n’ dodges!
Rey CROSSBODIES, but Knight catches him for a POWERSLAM! Dom smirks while Knight spells it out again. “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!” But Rey avoids the elbow drop! Rey and Knight slowly stand up, Rey goes to ropes and Knight storms over, but into an elbow! Rey springboards, wheelbarrows and BULLDOGS! Dom is annoyed but Rey goes to the apron. Rey climbs up, SEATED SENTONS! And Rey keeps moving, SPRINGBOARD CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Knight is still in this but Rey brings him up to whip him to ropes. Knight reverses, kicks low and back suplexes, but Rey lands on his feet! Tilt-o-whirl, but Knight blocks to a BACKPACK SLAM! Cover, TWO!
Knight grows frustrated but he drags Rey back up. Fans rally for “619! 619!” as Knight scoops, but Rey turns slam into DDT! Rey then dropkicks Knight onto the ropes! Fans fire up, Rey dials it up, 619 BLOCKED by Knight! Knight grins, lifts Rey up, but Rey RANAS free! Rey redials, but Dom trips him up!! Fans boo and Rey is furious! He can’t believe Dom is doing this now, but Knight rolls Rey up! KNIGHT WINS!!
Winner: LA Knight, by pinfall
Dom smiles because he just screwed his dad over. Dom gets the mic and tells, “Jefe… You gonna give me what I want? Huh? C’mon. C’mon Or are you gonna run away? Or are you gonna finally be a man and face me at WrestleMania?” Dom pushes Rey, and Rey brings down the straps. To wag his finger, “No.” Dom says, “That’s right. Walk away like you always do. Hey, mom. How does it feel to be married to such a pathetic loser? A coward who can’t even stand up to his own son?” Fans boo but then Dom points out the rest of the family. He asks if mom knew she married a deadbeat.
She did, because here’s why. She sat there every night while Rey abandoned Dom, sot hat makes her no better! His sister steps up now, and Dom asks Aalyah what she’s gonna do about it. She’s too stupid to understand this. Mom Angie snatches the mic from Dom but Dom snatches it back to tell her to shut up! Rey storms back over and fans fire up! Dom dares Rey to do something, and Rey DECKS Dom!! Dom is shocked but Vegas is thunderous! Rey tells Dom that Dom pushed him to do this. Rey doesn’t wanna do this but Dom gave him no choice! You do not disrespect your mother like that! That is Rey’s wife!
Dom wanted a fight at Mania? Then he’s on!! Fans are thunderous again as Rey says, “I’ll see you at WrestleMania, son.” Dom scurries away, having gotten what he wanted like the brat he is. But will Dom come to regret everything he’s done these past few months?
WrestleMania Women’s Tag Team Showcase Qualifier: Lacey Evans & Xia Li VS Shotzi Blackheart & Natalya!
The Model Soldier teams with The Predator to take on the Wild Child and the Queen of Harts! Liv Morgan & Raquel Rodriguez are watching ringside, who will they see join them in this Fatal 4 Way tag team showcase?
The teams sort out, Shotzi and Lacey start. Fans rally as Shotzi and Lacey circle, then Shotzi gets around to a waistlock. Shotzi ripcords, wrenches and wristlocks but Lacey throws Shotzi by her hair! Cover, TWO! Lacey drags Shotzi up and fans rally as Lacey whips her to the corner. Lacey RAMS into Shotzi, tags Xia, and then mocks the fans. Xia stomps Shotzi, brings her up to CHOP, then taunts Natty. Xia runs in to KNEE and ELBOW Shotzi, then reels her in for an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Natty rallies the fans behind Shotzi but Lacey tells them to shut up. Xia bumps Shotzi off buckles and tags in Lacey.
Lacey mocks the fans, then runs to headstand and BRONCO BUSTER! Lacey drags Shotzi up, snapmares and then dribbles Shotzi’s face off the mat! Cover, TWO! Fans rally but Lacey drags Shotzi up. Shotzi throws hands, kicks but Lacey blocks to trip her up! Lacey then sucker punches Natty! Fans boo but Shotzi rolls Lacey up! TWO and Shotzi ENZIGURIS Lacey down! But Natty is still off the corner so Shotzi has to BOOT Lacey away! Shotzi runs but Lacey CLOBBERS her! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Lacey tags Xia. Lacey & Xia drag Shotzi up, double whip but Shotzi KICKS Xia and JAWBREAKERS Lacey!
Xia waistlocks Shotzi, Lacey storms up, but Shotzi slips free and the WOMAN’S RIGHT takes out Xia!! Lacey is furious, but Shotzi whips her out of the ring! Shotzi swings on Lacey, Lacey counter punches, but Natty is back! Natty BOOTS Lacey, then Shotzi DIVES to take Lacey down! Fans fire up as Shotzi hurries back in and tags Natty! HART ATTACK! And then the SHARPSHOOTER! Xia taps, Natty & Shotzi win!
Winners: Shotzi Blackheart & Natalya, by pinfall (advance to WrestleMania)
Two hearts and a lot of fire, these two make it through! But wait, here come Ronda & Shayna! Shayna says, “Look at all the history in the ring right now! I mean, each single one of those women has a reason to want to get revenge on us, right? Let’s look. Broken hand, broken nose, broken arm, broken spirit. What do you say we uh… Give them the opportunity tonight?” Fans fire up as the Baddest Women on the Planet step up, but then Ronda says, “Wait, Shay-Bayz. I’ve got a question for you. How many times have we sold out this exact arena?” A couple times. And what about this entire town? A couple more times.
And how much did they appreciate it? ZERO TIMES! These two have given Vegas more than it deserves, so never again! And certainly not tonight. Shayna agrees with that. But lucky for the others, or maybe unlucky, these two are here to let them know, they’re in the tag team showcase! WrestleMania may be taking place in Hollywood, but the stakes just got raised like here in Vegas! Who wins when the odds are not in their favor?
Drew McIntyre heads to the ring.
Vegas fires up as the Scottish Warrior, Celtic Warrior and Der Ring General are about to converge for a contract signing! The Triple Threat for the Intercontinental Championship isn’t until WrestleMania, but will things break down on SmackDown?
SmackDown returns and Adam Pearce is in the ring to welcome us to this contract signing. But before he can introduce McIntyre, Sheamus and the Brawling Brutes make their way out! “Las Vegas, what’s the crack?” Sheamus says everyone’s been asking why he’s so mad at McIntyre. Imagine this: imagine working 15 YEARS of your life to achieve a particular goal; now imagine telling your best friend about that goal, only for him to go behind your back to try and steal it away from you. Imagine that friend being someone you let sleep and live on your couch, that you brought to his first training session in this business!
McIntyre rolls his eyes as Sheamus has said a lot of this before. Sheamus says, “Now imagine getting the opportunity to smash that person’s face in on the Grandest Stage of Them All, because they’re nothing but a backstabbing-” McIntyre says, “Imagine shutting up for a second. Every week, you run your mouth, you try to give me this guilt trip, trying to make me feel bad. And if it’s not on SmackDown, it’s on social medial with your little gifs and memes you create, blow up my Twitter like a teenage girl. It’s embarrassing, mate!”
McIntyre says last week, they were in this ring, proving why they are the most physical superstars in the WWE! They beat the hell out of each other! And afterwards, they should’ve been in the bar, laughing about it. That’s what they did in the old times. But now, Sheamus is so sensitive, he has this temper, that Sheamus can’t separate personal and business. Sheamus says McIntyre made this personal! McIntyre has a lot he’d love to say but he’ll stick to facts. And the facts are: McIntyre has beaten Sheamus, and he KNOWS he can beat Gunther. And history has shown that Sheamus can’t. Fans fire up as the two stare down.
Pearce has both men stand down because in order to get to WrestleMania, he needs three signatures on the contract. So how about we get the first two taken care of now? McIntyre takes the pen, signs his part, and then hands things over to Sheamus. Sheamus takes another pen, he signs his part, and then McIntyre throws his pen to the crowd as a free souvenir. And here comes GUNTHER! Gunther storms right into the ring, he gets right in Pearce’s face, and he tells Pearce to justify this decision. Justify why Gunther is in a match where the other two can pin or submit the other and Gunther still loses his title. Justify it! JUSTIFY IT!!
Pearce has Gunther calm down now, and Gunther signs his part. Is Pearce happy now? Whatever he has to do to defend HIS title at WrestleMania will be justified. Gunther will beat McIntyre. He will beat Sheamus. And if he has to, he’ll beat up Ridge and- What is Dunne looking at him like that for? DUNNE JUMPS THE TABLE TO GET AT GUNTHER!! Fans go wild as Butch goes wild! Ridge drags Dunne away, Gunther TOSSES the table! Gunther gets in Pearce’s face and Gunther wants a match! Pearce says okay, just calm down! Is Der Ring General about to break the Bruiserweight?
“Butch” Pete Dunne w/ The Brawling Brutes VS GUNTER!
SmackDown returns, and Gunther has Dunne on the ropes. Dunne pulls on Gunther’s ears! Then CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Dunne runs, but into a BOOT! Gunther drags Dunne up, scoops and SLAMS him, then sits him up to PENALTY KICK! Dunne kicks back from below! Dunne forearms, CHOPS, SLAPS and then jumps on for a a DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Gunther throws body shots and then shifts Dunne around into a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Fans fire up while Gunther paces around Dunne. Gunther kicks Dunne in the side, he taunts Sheamus, then he stomps Dunne down.
Gunther brings Dunne up but Dunne throws body shots! Dunne forearms, but Gunther CHOPS Dunne off his feet! Even McIntyre is feeling that one. Gunther drags Dunne up, and CHOPS him right back down! But Gunther holds onto the wrist and he brings Dunne up again. Gunther CHOPS Dunne inside-out! Gunther still holds the wrist and he gives toying kicks to Dunne while taunting Sheamus. Gunther ripcords, but Dunne uses that for a TRIANGLE HOLD! Gunther CHOPS Dunne down, into a BOSTON CRAB! Dunne endures, Sheamus and Ridge coach Dunne, and Dunne fights, only for Gunther to shift to an STF!
Dunne still endures, even as Gunther bends him back. Dunne pries free, wrenches the arm and bends the fingers! Gunther pulls hair, then CHOPS Dunne down! Gunther drags Dunne back up but Dunne ENZIGURIS! And ENZIGURIS again! Gunther wobbles, blocks the third enziguri and deadlift GERMAN SUPLEXES! Dunne goes to a corner, Gunther hauls him up onto the top rope to CHOP! Gunther climbs up and he STANDS on Dunne! Dunne endures and the ref counts, Gunther lets off and Dunne tumbles to the floor! Sheamus checks on Dunne, Gunther stands tall, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Gunther has Dunne on the ropes. Gunther taunts Sheamus, but Dunne catches his Beats of the Bodhrain! Fans fire up as Dunne bends the fingers, and SNAPS them!! Gunther staggers away, Dunne runs in to fire forearms! GAMANGIRI! Gunther staggers, Dunne goes up and fans chant for the “BRUISERWEIGHT! BRUISERWEIGHT!” as Dunne DOUBLE STOMPS the arm! Dunne waistlocks, but Gunther switches and puts on a SLEEPER! Dunne drops down, but powers up and he pries at the hold! Gunther holds on tight, Dunne reaches for ropes, and fans rally up, ROPEBREAK!
Gunther SLAPS the arms down, GERMAN SUPLEXEs, but Dunne lands on his feet! BUZZSAW! Gunther bails out and McIntyre smirks. Dunne goes to the apron but Gunther avoids the moonsault! Gunther CHOPS Dunne, and Dunne tumbles onto the desk! Gunther turns around to see Sheamus and McIntyre, but Dunne runs in! Gunther sends him into McIntyre! Gunther BOOTS Dunne into the ring! But Dunne STOMPS the hands and BUZZSAWS Gunther! Fans fire up, but McIntyre is on the apron! Sheamus drags McIntyre down! GLASGOW KISS from McIntyre! Ridge goes after McIntyre but McIntyre POSTS him!
Sheamus KNEES McIntyre down! Dunne runs in at Gunther, into a LARIAT!! Gunther drags Dunne up, scoops for the LAST SYMPHONY!! Cover, Gunther wins!!
Winner: Gunther, by pinfall
Der Ring General used his enemies against each other, but The Fella stands back up. They both look at the WrestleMania sign, but Sheamus gets out of the way! CLAYMORE hits Gunther!! Fans fire up as Sheamus and McIntyre stare down now, will either of these men come away the NEW Intercontinental Champion in Hollywood? Or will Gunther use them against each other then like he did tonight?
The Street Profits are fired up backstage.
Montez Ford says that Intercontinental Championship Triple Threat is bound to be a banger. But he says there’s one thing bigger than that. Angelo Dawkins asks what, and Ford says THEIR tag team showcase. Alpha Academy, Viking Raiders, Braun Strowman & Ricochet, but wait. What do they have in common? Ford motions to the top of the head. Oh, right. They’re “smooth operators~.” But then Braun & Ricochet walk in. Real funny, guys. Y’all got jokes, huh? They got a problem with bald men? They don’t have a lot of room to talk, Dawkins is thinning up top. Whoa, fam, c’mon. Just jokes! Just playing. Well no one’s laughing.
Dawkins is just saying, Braun & Ricochet aren’t much of a tag team. Oh, well, we’ll see who’s playing when Ricochet & Braun show up and the other three teams fool around and find out. They want ALL that smoke. Well, okay, okay. Everyone is fired up for WrestleMania, but who wins the tag team showcase at the Showcase of the Immortals?
It’s the SmackDown return of the Kevin Owens Show!
And as such, Kevin Owens himself is headed to the ring. His guest will be Sami Zayn, but what will the Prizefighter and Great Liberator have to say about their coming Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship match? We’ll see, after the break.
SmackDown returns one more time and Kevin has his set and his mic. He thanks the ring announcer for the introduction, and then welcomes us back to the KO Show. Now please welcome his guest, tag team partner, friend and brother, the one and only Sami Zayn! Sami makes his entrance and the fans fire up again. Sami gets a mic and Kevin says, “Yeah, so I did it right? The way you wanted. It worked out?” Sami asks what Kevin means. Well, he brought Sami out with the big introduction like he wanted. It was good, right? Sami says he didn’t want a big introduction, this is Kevin’s show, and Sami’s the guest.
Yeah, but earlier, Kevin suggested they come out as co-hosts but Sami said they should make separate entrances so the fans can hear both of their songs and cheer for both of them. Which really means Sami wanted his own pop. Sami says he did not, but Kevin says it’s fine, the fans love him! Kevin gets it. Fans do cheer for “SAMI! SAMI!” Kevin sits, Sami asks if they need to spill more backstage secrets, or can they just get to business? Yeah, of course. Sami says more than anyone, he’s been going non-stop about taking down Roman, the Usos, the Bloodline. And even Sami has lost sight of the fact that, does Kevin realize what they’re on the verge of doing?
“After all these years, from where we started, from nothing, staring together in Montreal all those years ago, we are on the verge of winning the WWE Undisputed Tag Team Championships! We are on the verge of doing that together, at WrestleMania! And not just any WrestleMania. This year, I don’t know what it is, but WrestleMania feels different this year.” Kevin says that’s right. And it isn’t lost on him. He knows what they can accomplish. But Sami is right, WrestleMania does feel different this year. Which is why Kevin brought Sami out here. Kevin has something for Sami.
Now, remember a few months ago, after Roman gave Sami that Honorary Uce shirt, that Kevin said Sami needed a new one. Kevin has one, it’s a KO-Mania Goes Hollywood shirt. That’s great! Well yes, but this is the back of it. Kevin does KO-Mania every year. But this year is different. This year isn’t about KO-Mania. “This year, there is only one person who took WWE by storm, who caught fire like no one else. There’s only one person that people can look at and say, ‘That guy has been the MVP of the WWE for the last 12 months,’ and that person is you,” Sami. Fans chant “MVP! MVP!” and Sami is rather touched.
Kevin says this year, it isn’t KO-Mania. It’s about the other side of the shirt. Kevin hands it over, Sami turns it around, and he sees… WrestleZAYNIA!! Sami’s all fired up now! Kevin shows that he’s been wearing one the whole time! Sami loves it! He throws off his shirt to put on the new shirt! Sami wants a hug but Kevin says no, one hug a year. Aw what the heck? THEY HUG! But then THE USOS attack!! They blindside KO & Sami from the crowd side, and then Jimmy rains down fists on Kevin while Jey rains down fists on Sami! Fans boo while the Usos clear the ring of the chairs. DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Kevin!
Jey drags Sami up, whips him to ropes, and the Usos hit ONE AND DONE!! The fans boo more but Kevin gets up with a steel chair! The Usos run for it, telling KO & Sami that they’re going down! Kevin beats an armchair with the steel chair, but Sami tells the Usos that they’re not getting away with this one. Will Jimmy & Jey ruin the first ever WrestleZaynia? Or will KO & Sami be the ones to finally stop the ones?
A great episode for SmackDown here, especially with the story developments. For one, great closing moment we just saw with a great KO Show. I love that we got a positive swerve where Kevin gave Sami a shirt that had a WrestleZaynia logo on it. But I should’ve figured the Bloodline would do something, and the Usos technically stand tall here. That math would suggest the Usos are losing at WrestleMania, and we finally get so much in that moment, from vindication for Sami to the WWE Grand Slam for Kevin. We also got a really good match out of Cody VS Ludwig that Cody of course wins, and a really good promo segment right after for Cody and Heyman. The Bloodline is definitely desperate to hold onto everything, but that could be what brings them down.
Fairly big news with Theory VS Cena opening WrestleMania Night One. I’ve said before that it just feels like Theory is gonna win, since Cena doesn’t need the US title, and isn’t gonna be sticking around long enough to do anything with the US title. So if Theory wins the first match of the weekend, I could see him boasting, bragging and partying the entire weekend until he is just insufferable and annoys someone into challenging him for that title on the Raw After Mania. And then a pretty good promo from Charlotte, and I did like her calling out the “WHAT” chants here. Stone Cold Steve Austin is timeless, but lemming fans throwing out “WHAT” just to throw out ‘WHAT” are what? Stupid, that’s what. A) Show respect and pay attention. B) Come up with something of your own.
Really good match from Rey VS Knight, but of course Dom distracts to cost Rey. But biggest of all from that segment, the moment fans have wanted for the last few weeks now: REY DECKS DOM! And now we’ll get Rey VS Dom, and Dom sold all the emotion after that perfectly. He was upset, but there was also the fear and realization that comes with seeing something he thought would never happen actually happening. His dad is gonna whoop him, because Dom will only have Priest by his side while Finn prepares for Edge and Rhea prepares for Charlotte. And Legado can make a heroic move by countering Priest so that Rey VS Dom has a fair finish.
Good promo from Profits, Braun & Ricochet to put some tension between those teams going into the men’s Fatal 4. Good tag match qualifier for the women’s Fatal 4, and it was good weaving of stories that Shotzi & Natty win. Shayna & Ronda get that “first round bye” right into the match, but it does work because all four Faces want payback on them. It might not even matter who the fourth team is (though I’m sure it’ll be a team from Raw), Ronda & Shayna are probably gonna tear into them all to win and essentially be #1 contenders to the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.
And there was just so much great stuff in the Intercontinental Championship contract signing. Sheamus brought back the same stuff he said when he and McIntyre had their 1v1 feud last year but that makes sense, it is how people can be when they argue with friends and family. I feel like McIntyre was tempted to Steiner Math because this is a Triple Threat, and he knows he can beat Sheamus. Gunther was also great, and I love that “Butch” Dunne went right after Gunther over their NXT UK past. Gunther VS Dunne was great stuff to have just for the hell of it, but of course there was the usual misunderstanding shenanigans that helped Gunther win.
If Gunther somehow retains at Mania, can we have HHH get Trent Seven back in WWE so we can have British Strong Style VS Imperium for the Summer? There were fans in Vegas who remembered Dunne for being Dunne and not for being a sidekick, and all fans deserve to see that Dunne alongside Tyler Bate and Trent Seven.
My Score: 8.8/10
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