Legit, Glorious Greatness and KAAANE~!
Sasha Banks returns to finally face Lacey Evans! Robert Roode returns to get even with Roman Reigns! John Morrison returns to the ring against Big E! And the Big Red Monster returns to bring back hellfire and brimstone!
- Big E w/ Kofi Kingston VS John Morrison w/ The Miz; Morrison wins.
- The Usos VS The Revival; The Usos win.
- Sasha Banks w/ Bayley VS Lacey Evans; changed to…
- Bayley VS Lacey Evans; Evans wins.
- Sonya Deville w/ Mandy Rose & Heavy Machinery VS Alexa Bliss w/ Nikki Cross; Bliss wins.
- Tables Match: Roman Reigns VS Robert Roode; Reigns wins chooses Falls Count Anywhere for Reigns VS Corbin at the Royal Rumble PPV.
PLAY BY PLAY
WWE and SmackDown mourn the loss of Rocky Johnson.
The Soul Man debuted in 1964, making an instant impact with physique and athleticism. He joined the WWE in 1982, and joined Tony Atlas as the “Soul Patrol” and became the first-ever African-American world tag team champions. Rocky would marry and have a son, Dwayne Johnson. Rocky trained his son and debuted Rocky Maivia as a tribute to both parts of his family’s heritage. And in the end, his sown would be the one to induct Rocky into the WWE Hall of Fame. Rocky proudly paved the way for wrestlers of all colors, and he will be celebrated for generations to come.
KAAANE~ is here!
The Big Red Machine and the Devil’s Favorite Demon is BACK! Kane holds Royal Rumble records so it would seem Royal Rumble season has brought him back to SmackDown. Kane grabs a mic to say that we are just 9 days away from his favorite event. “Thirty lost souls will put their minds, bodies and spirits on the line for the opportunity of a lifetime. A chance to compete at WrestleMania! A match where you go through Hell, but the reward is a chance at immortality.” Kane holding the record for most career eliminations, he knows exactly how important this match is. He looks every opponent in the eyes as he throws them out of the ring, and watch hope fade away as their feet hit the ground, “a WrestleMania dream turned into a nightmare, all because of me.” And Kane must admit, it’s a lot of fun.
But wait, Firefly Fun House interrupts?! Bray Wyatt is excited to see Kane back! He hasn’t changed a bit! But it’s never nice to brag or find joy in another person’s misery. Shame, you Big Red Bully. Tell everyone you’re sorry. Time’s up. But Bray is still glad to see Kane. Hopefully the traffic up from H E double hockey sticks wasn’t too bad. But before Kane asks, Bray assures everyone that Ramblin’ Rabbit is alive, well, and recovering. Okay enough of him. Back to Kane. To play “Devil’s Advocate,” winning the Rumble isn’t a good idea. Especially if the winner is fool enough to challenge for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania! Oh wait a second. Kane’s on the Wall of Friends! So then, that means Kane and The Fiend “got it on!” Well of course, “I’ll never forget you, Kane. And neither will he.” The Wyatt Family struck first back in the day. And now, The Fiend strikes here!
The lights go out, then come back on, and there is red light! That’s usually Kane’s thing. As is coming out from under the ring floor! The Fiend slithers up behind Kane, but Kane is ready! “What took you so long?” The Fiend realizes there’s something wrong, and DANIEL BRYAN strikes! Knee Plus and Danielson Stomps! Bryan forces The Fiend to retreat down the hole in the mat! Smoke comes up and forces Bryan to back off, but he pulled some of The Fiend’s hair out! Fans chant “YES! YES!” as Team Hell No gets the better of Bray’s living nightmare. Will Bryan make both sides of the demented Wyatt pay?
Team Hell No still argues like the old days.
Kane and Bryan each insist they were the tag team champions by themselves, but Kayla Braxton comes over for an interview. Bryan has The Fiend on the run. That’s because while everyone thinks Bray is so great at mind games and double talk and victimizing, he’s the best at running away and disappearing. SO how do you beat someone who disappears when they’re in trouble? Bryan has an idea. Not a good one, nor is it smart. But Bryan wants to make their match a STRAP MATCH! They will be bound together by one big strap, and they will fight until one man wins! Bryan knows it is dangerous, that The Fiend will try to rip Bryan to pieces, but Bryan is done with mind games, running away and disappearing acts! “The Fiend, he changed me. And at the Royal Rumble, I’m going to change The Fiend and win the Universal Championship.”
Big E w/ Kofi Kingston VS John Morrison w/ The Miz!
The Guru of Greatness defended his good friend in the Hollywood A-Lister, but offended The New Day when he assaulted Big E during a match Miz and Kofi Kingston were having. Will Morrison’s in-ring return to the WWE be as great as his parkour skills?
The bell rings and Big E circles with Morrison. Morrison and Big E tie up, Morrison throws big forearms but Big E blocks the whip. Morrison knees low then whips but Big E reverses and bumps Morrison down! Big E swivels his hips at Morrison before the two circle again. Morrison kicks low then heel kicks, spin kicks and ROUNDHOUSES! Big E is rocked and Morrison rains down rights! Morrison bails out to drag Big E to the apron to club away on! And then sit him up for another kick, and a draping neckbreaker! Big E is down as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns as Morrison grinds Big E down in a chinlock. Kofi and fans rally with “New! Day Rocks!” and Big E fights his way up. Big E powers Morrison up and throws him off! Big E runs but Morrison follows to calf kick him down! Fans are divided as Morrison stands over Big E, for the standing shooting star! Cover, TWO and Big E holds Morrison in his arms! Big E rolls back and brings Morrison up, but Morrison slips out. Morrison gets to the apron, slides under Big E then goes around to roundhouse! Big E wobbles, Morrison springboards, but Big E gets clear! Morrison rolls through, but into a belly2belly! And then another! Big E is fired up, but Morrison pokes eyes! Morrison runs but into a back drop!
Big E runs to BIG SPLASH! Fans fire up with Big E as he claps. Morrison slowly stands, Big E goes at him but Morrison standing switches and clobbers Big E! Morrison kicks low, MOONLIGHT DRIVE! Cover, TWO!! Big E survives and Miz protests. Kofi goes over to yank Miz off the apron! Morrison climbs, Kofi shoves Miz into steel steps! Morrison decides to LEAP onto Kofi! The same somersault cannonball takes Kofi out like he did Big E last week! Morrison grins as he takes his time returning to the ring, but Big E builds speed! Miz gets Morrison to safety, and then Morrison KICKS Big E down! Big E wobbles, SHINING WIZARD! And then Morrison climbs, for STARSHIP PAIN! Cover, Morrison wins!
Winner: John Morrison, by pinfall
The Miz is pumped up as he celebrates his friend’s victorious return! Both Miz and Morrison have a win over the SmackDown Tag Team Champions individually, but will they get a win on them as a team?
The stakes are raised on tonight’s Table Match between Roman Reigns and Robert Roode! If The Big Dog wins, he chooses the stipulation for his match with Baron Corbin on Royal Rumble night. But on the flip side, if Roode wins, that means Corbin chooses the stipulation! Who wins the latest of grudge matches in this war for SmackDown supremacy?
The Usos speak with Roman.
“Big match, big night.” The winner chooses the stipulation for Roman VS Corbin. What’s it going to be? Loser Eats Dog Ish? Roman keeps it a secret. We’ll all learn at the same time. Roman wants to make sure the Usos are ready. Of course they’re ready! It’s #LOCKDOWN! Revival, welcome back to the Uso Penitentiary! Jimmy & Jey settle scores of their own, will they put the #TopGuys away again?
The Usos VS The Revival!
Jimmy & Jey have had history with Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder, and that all starts again in the New Year! Will history repeat itself or will a new story play out?
Dawson and Jimmy start and tie up, and Dawson puts Jimmy in a corner. The ref counts and Dawson backs off to dare Jimmy to bring it. Jimmy grins and ties up with Dawson again, but Dawson gets a headlock. jimmy powers out but Dawson runs him over. Things speed up, Jimmy hurdles and CHOPS Dawson down! Jimmy whips Dawson but Dawson reverses. Jimmy slides to a stop to uppercut Dawson down! Tag to Jey and the Usos have Dawson in the corner. Jey hits a big forearm smash then snapmares to a cover, ONE. Jey wrenches Dawson’s arm but Dawson pulls hair. Dash tags in and Dawson whips, but Jey wrecks Dash. Dawson suplexes Jey down, Dash slingshots to splash! Cover, TWO!
Dash stomps Jey around then brings him up to bump off buckles. Dash chops then tags, and The Revival mug Jey in the corner! Dawson stalks Jey as fans boo and jeer. Dawson drags Jey up by his beard and then jams an elbow in. Dawson drops a leg, and elbow and a headbutt! Cover, TWO! Dawson keeps hold of Jey by an ear, then pulls on the beard. The ref counts, Dawson lets up to wrap on a chinlock. Jey endures as Dawson leans on him. Fans rally up and Jey fights his way up. Jey reaches but Dawson keeps him away from Jimmy. Jey throws Dawson off, Dawson kicks low and suplexes, but Jey slips out. Jey kicks but Dawson blocks, to spin Jey for the Dragon Whip! Both men are down and fans rally up again. Dawson and Jey crawl, hot tags to Dash and Jimmy!
Jimmy rallies on The Revival! Big uppercuts and mule kicks, then break it down for another uppercut! Samoan Drop! Jimmy fires up with the fans as he runs corner to corner, but Dash puts him on the apron. Jimmy ROCKS Dash then climbs up top. Flying crossbody! Cover, TWO! Dash flounders and Jimmy keeps his focus, but Dash deflects the superkick! Jimmy standing switches with Dash but Dawson helps Dash buck Jimmy off. Jimmy runs in but Dawson blocks the kick and Dash rolls Jimmy! TWO, and Dash kicks low. Tornado denied, tag to Jey! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Dawson runs in, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Fans fire up again as Jey tags back to jimmy. Jimmy climbs up, Jey DIVES out onto Dawson! Jimmy USO SPLASH! Cover, Usos win!
Winners: The Usos, by pinfall
The Uso Penitentiary is officially back, and the #TopGuys just keep falling down. Will Dash & Dawson be able to turn things around? Are the Usos on the way to a lucky number 7 tag title reign?
Backstage interview with The Revival.
They must be frustrated, but that doesn’t even cover it. If the WWE doesn’t want to make a change, then they will! This company cares about them about as much as it cares about tag team wrestling. But before they can say more, there’s a brawl between Lacey Evans and Bayley! It seems Lacey already took Sasha Banks down and so now Lacey is after the champ! Referees and security get Lacey away, but what does this mean for their match tonight?
Mandy Rose is excited for Sonya VS Alexa.
Plus, Sonya was so right, this is going to be the year of Fire & Desire. That’s the spirit. But speaking of this year, do you think Otis would want to be ringside with them? Yeah but Mandy is. Sonya wasn’t sure about this “Otis thing,” but seeing him show up to support Mandy, Sonya “got it.” Otis thing? What Otis thing? Why Mandy is being nice to him. Well, he’s sweet, but- It doesn’t matter to Sonya, but she just wants Mandy to ask Otis to be ringside. Mandy will ask, but he might not say yes. If Mandy asks, he will. Is Sonya trying to help a friend out?
Bayley and Sasha Banks are furious!
“GI Jane” had the nerve to attack them backstage! Bayley will make Lacey a Stay-at-home Mom! Sasha is fine, but Lacey doesn’t deserve this match. Sasha has been working hard to raise her stock. Mom, Marine, it doesn’t matter, because Bayley will break Lacey’s legs! When Adam Pearce walks over, he brings up that Sasha hasn’t had her match with Lacey. It’s not her fault! It doesn’t matter. The match is happening, but with Bayley instead! Bayley just talked about wanting payback, so here’s her chance. It will be non-title, but it is happening, and next. Bayley and Sasha both complain, but will they feel even worse when Lacey wins?
Bayley VS Lacey Evans!
The bell rings, and Bayley bails out! Lacey pursues and Bayley eggs her on. They go back into the ring and Bayley stomps Lacey down! The ref backs Bayley off but for only a moment, and Bayley throws big forearms. Bayley whips but Lacey comes back with a lariat! And then builds speed to tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Bayley bails out again, but Lacey wrecks her with a dropkick! Lacey drags Bayley up to bump her off the apron, and then again. Lacey puts Bayley in but Bayley shoulders out, only to get a knee. Lacey slingshots up and over to roll Bayley, ONE! Lacey cradle counters, ONE! Bayley trips Lacey and high stacks, but feet on the ropes! The ref sees that and the count doesn’t count.
Lacey goes at Bayley but gets drop toehold’d onto ropes! Bayley clobbers Lacey back down, then again. Bayley is seething as she throws big forearms against the ropes. Bayley bumps Lacey off buckles then shouts at Lacey fans to shut up. Bayley pulls Lacey back against ropes using her hair, then lets go at 4 to throw Lacey down. Cover, ONE, but Bayley keeps close. Bayley armlocks and grinds Lacey down, but fans rally up. Lacey gets up, throws hands, then runs, only for Bayley to elbow her down! Cover, TWO! Bayley stalks up behind Lacey to knock her down. Fans rally for Lacey but Bayley knocks her down again. Bayley mocks the fans but Lacey rolls her up! TOW, and Bayley throws big knees into Lacey’s ribs. Bayley throws Lacey tot he apron then mocks the fans again, but Lacey shoves her away. Lacey blocks a punch to give a punch! And then bump Bayley off buckles!
Lacey kicks Bayley hard, then slingshots in to rally with clotheslines! Lacey wrings Bayley’s arm out, then whips her to a corner. Bayley reverses but Lacey goes up and over, to then hip toss Bayley away! Big kick puts Bayley in the corner! Fans fire up as Lacey runs and swings, for the bronco buster! Lacey positions Bayley in a drop zone, then climbs up. Lacey fixes her hair and salutes, for the Sassiest Moonsault EVER onto boots! Lacey flops out of the ring and Bayley goes out after her. Bayley glares as she lines up a shot, to KNEE Lacey into barriers! Bad Bad Bayley is back in control as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns as Bayley drags Lacey up and stomps a mudhole into her. The ref backs Bayley off but Bayley goes back for more by ramming her shoulder in. Bayley backs off again, to somersault and wacky waving mock, only for Lacey to send Bayley into buckles! Lacey swings again but Bayley sees that coming. Bayley gets out, grabs at feet but Lacey kicks Bayley away. Lacey puts Bayley back in but Bayley gets her with the hotshot! Cover, TWO! Bayley rains down angry rights on Lacey and then throws hands from all sides! Bayley gets up and drags Lacey to her feet, SAIDO SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Lacey lives and Bayley grows frustrated. Bayley drags Lacey up to put her back in a corner and ram her shoulder in again. Then the somersault to the back elbow! Bayley pushes Lacey down and hops up, to leap for a flying uppercut! Cover, TWO!
Bayley glares as she loom over Lacey. Fans rally up but Bayley knees Lacey down hard! Bayley climbs, crossbody FLOPS! Lacey runs corner to corner but Bayley flapjacks her onto buckles! Bayley runs but into the WOMAN’S RIGHT! Cover, Lacey wins!!
Winner: Lacey Evans, by pinfall
She pins the SmackDown Women’s Champion! The Sassy Southern Belle has a shortcut to the title! Will Lacey become champion on the Road to WrestleMania?
Backstage interview with Chad Gable!
New correspondent Alyse Ashton asks Shorty G about Sheamus’ surprising and unprovoked attack. Why is Sheamus after Gable? Well Sheamus is projecting his insecurities. But he won’t get into Gable’s head with that spooky light and blindside attacks. Over the past few months, Gable learned that accepting yourself is already the hardest battle. Gable will teach Sheamus this personally. Sheamus is one of the most decorated athletes, and Sheamus comes by pulling the old “Where is the short guy” routine. Sheamus heard the squeaking but couldn’t see Gable until he was up close. “There’s an old Irish saying that goes, ‘Keep your breath to cool your porridge.'” Otherwise, Sheamus will Brogue kick Gable’s head off again. “Alright, lil’ fella?” That’s it! Gable tackles Sheamus right there!
Referees rush to break them up and Sheamus flounders to his feet. Sheamus vows vengeance on the “vermin” and flips a table. Will Sheamus exterminate Gable for that little scrap?
Backstage interview with Braun Strowman!
The Monster Among Men is excited for the Royal Rumble. It’s no surprise that he’s declaring for the match. But that’s in a week. He wants the Intercontinental Championship, and Shinsuke Nakamura’s “sidekick,” Sami Zayn, is keeping Braun from that title match. To be real, Braun has pinned Nakamura twice, so what else does he have to do? Whether it’s tonight, next week or at the Royal Rumble PPV, Braun wants his shot! Will Sami have no choice but to grant this request?
Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.
The Drifter returns and he needs to be honest. “Over the last year, I learned a lot about myself.” While he realized he is the embodiment of the WWE, he realized he can’t do it alone. Elias admits, he needs us. For Elias to reach where he has to go, there needs to be a truth that rings out from every voice across the world. And surely Greensboro knows it. WWE stands for, “WALK WITH ELIAS!” Elias is fired up and wrote a song for Greensboro. Please, clap along. The fans oblige and Elias plays his guitar.
“I was walkin’ in Greensboro. You’ll never guess what I saw.” Well we won’t get to know, because Shinsuke Nakamura makes his entrance, along with Sami and Cesaro! And Sami has a mic to say, “Please, please. Elias, I’m sorry to interrupt your little sing-song, but the Great Liberator” has something more important. So everyone wanting to sing along need to shut up! There is serious business, because Braun says he wants a shot at the Intercontinental Championship! Sami will tell us something about Shinsuke Nakamura. “This great man does not back down from a fight. Not from anyone, anytime, any place!” So Strowman won’t need to wait. The answer is, “Absolutely NOT!” Fans boo but Sami tells the “stupid oaf” that he is in no position to demand anything! Sami calls the shots for his team! Which means his team dictate the terms! And nothing is happening, certainly not with the Royal Rumble coming.
Because another thing, the Royal Rumble match itself, Shinsuke won the Rumble match. So this is a message to Strowman and everyone on the WWE roster! They are all on notice! Sami made his point, Elias can go back to whatever thing he does. Elias has something to say to Sami, actually. While Sami spat a bunch of nonsense, Elias was multitasking, and while he listened to Sami, he composed a new song. It’s called, “Sami Zayn Needs to Shut His Damn Mouth.” Everyone, if you want to sing the chorus, it’s “Shinsuke Sucks!” Elias plays his guitar and the fans clap but Sami interrupts with his shouting and protesting. Fans boo as Sami shouts, “How dare you!” They think this is funny, huh?! Cesaro, go show Elias what happens to funny guys. The Swiss Cyborg rushes the ring and brawls with Elias!
Elias holds his own so here comes Shinsuke! But Elias throws hands on him, too! Sami adds on and finally gets Elias down! But BRAUN appears for the save! Sami again runs away so Strowman just runs Cesaro and Shinsuke over! Strowman clotheslines Cesaro out then corner splashes Shinsuke, to throw him out! The Monster Among Men stands tall again, but will he #GetTheseHands on the title?
Sonya Deville w/ Mandy Rose VS Alexa Bliss w/ Nikki Cross!
Well it seems the Golden Goddess couldn’t convince Dozer to hang out ringside. But she’ll still support the Gladiator Gal to take on the sassy Goddess, who has her crazy best friend by her side. With the Women’s Rumble coming, and the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions still looking for contenders, will this go a long way towards momentum in both?
Oh wait! Heavy Machinery does head to ringside! Tucky and Otis are here to watch as the bell rings. Mandy rubs that in Alexa’s face but then gets away, and Sonya ROUNDHOUSES Alexa down! Sonya drags Alexa up to throw knees then runs to sliding knee Alexa down! Cover, TWO! Sonya keeps on Alexa with a thrashing chinlock. Alexa endures, fans rally up, and Alexa fights her way up. Alexa throws elbows and arm-drags Sonya away, but Sonya comes back, only to get a drop toehold! Sonya gets up and grabs Alexa’s hair. Alexa throws hands and SLAPS Sonya to then ROCK her with a right! And a dropkick!
Alexa stomps a mudhole into Sonya but backs off to kick and facelock. Mandy climbs up but Nikki knocks her down! Otis catches Mandy! Sonya is a bit shocked, but then Alexa rolls her up! Alexa wins!!
Winner: Alexa Bliss, by pinfall
Well that didn’t go the way Sonya hoped. She wanted Otis to be a distraction for her benefit, not Alexa’s! Otis feels a bit bad about that, but will he be able to make it up to Mandy?
Baron Corbin checks on Robert Roode.
The GLORIOUS “Knight in shining armor” came through for the King last week. Roman never saw that coming. And Roman putting Roode out for those six weeks, this revenge will be sweet! Roode puts Roman through a table and Corbin chooses the stipulation! Imagine the possibilities. Corbin wants a match to humiliate Roman and take him completely out of the Rumble! This will be a match where Roman will bow down. But that only happens if Roode wrecks Roman through a table. Then it will be absolutely… GLORIOUS.
Bryan’s request has been granted! He and The Fiend won’t be able to run and hide, their Universal Championship match is now a STRAP MATCH! Plus, Shorty G will have his grudge match with Sheamus, and Lacey Evans will have her title shot at Bayley! What history will be made on top of the 2020 Men’s and Women’s Royal Rumble matches?
Tables Match: Roman Reigns VS Robert Roode!
The Big Dog is keeping his plans secret while the Wolf King is so excited by the possibilities, he hasn’t even made a decision yet. But who will get their way at the Rumble by breaking wood with their opponent’s body?
But before Roman even reaches the ring, Roode attacks from behind! The bell rings and Roode stomps Roman against the apron! Roode is seething as he drags Roman up to throw him in the ring. Roode throws hands but Roman counter punches! And uppercuts! Roman whips, Roode reverses but Roman leaping lariats! Roman drags Roode up but Roode throws him out of the ring. Roode grabs Roman’s hair but Roman uppercuts Roode down! Roode flops to the apron and then the ground, and fans fire up as Roman eyes one of the tables nearby. Roman brings it around and sets it up, but Roode attacks from behind! Roode bumps Roman off steel steps, then brings him around. Roman stops the next bump to bump Roode off the steel steps!
Roman decides that any table counts as a table, so he clears off the announce desk! Roman drags Roode up but Roode rakes the eyes! Roode whips Roman into the steel steps! Roode huffs and puffs as he pulls out a table from under the ring. Roode puts that in the ring, but Roman hits a Drive-By dropkick! Roman watches Roode go to the timekeeper’s area, and fans rally as Roman lets out the wary cry! Roman gains speed going around the ring, and comes around to SPEAR and miss! Roman wrecks himself through barriers!! And here comes King Corbin! Corbin rides his palanquin out to watch Roman flounder in the wreckage while SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns once more and Roode has Roman up top. Roode climbs up with a table set up nearby. Corbin shouts at Roode to finish this, but Roman resists the superplex! Roman fights back with headbutts! Roode and Roman wobble but Roman headbutts again. Roman slips under and lifts Roode, but Roode fights out of the bomb. Roode kicks low then drags Roman over, but Roman blocks the suplex to fireman’s carry! Roode fights out and pushes his table over for his own safety. But Roman throws Roode into the post! Fans rally for Roman as Roode flops to the floor. Roman clears some space and brings the one table back up. Roman puts that table in a corner, and fans rally up. Roman goes out to fetch Roode, and he leaps off the steel steps to SUPERMAN PUNCH!
Fans fire up more as Roman puts Roode back in the ring. Roman has his shot lined up, Roode slowly rises, and Roman lets out another war cry. Corbin distracts, Ziggler SUPERKICKS! The King’s Court beats down Roman as fans boo. Corbin drags Roman up, Ziggler finishes clearing the desk. They drag Roman out and over to the desk, and Roode goes up top. But here come the USOS! Roode leaps at them, into SUPERKICKS! SUPERKICKS for Ziggler and Corbin! Then the Usos double DIVE! They take out King and court, and hurry to help Roman! Roman gets in the ring, Ziggler is on the desk, and the Usos climb the barriers! They tightrope over to each other, to DOUBLE UCE on Ziggler through the announce table!!
Roman roars, aims at Roode, and SPEARS Roode through the table! Roman wins!!
Winner: Roman Reigns
The King’s Court could not conquer the Bloodline! Roman gets to choose his stipulation! “The Royal Rumble is in a baseball stadium, and that thing is huge.” Roman will whoop ass all over it! Because it will be FALLS COUNT ANYWHERE! Corbin takes his anger out on an innocent table, but will it be a home run in Houston for the Big Dog?
This was a pretty good episode with some good progress towards the Royal Rumble. Morrison VS Big E made for a great opener, and Morrison’s leap onto Kofi was a pretty crazy spot. Obviously there was no rust on Morrison as he’d been wrestling all over, from Lucha Underground to Impact Wrestling. And of course he wins, so that he and Miz can more than likely get a SmackDown Tag Team Championship for the Royal Rumble, if not Elimination Chamber. Usos VS Revival was a good match, too, but I’m wondering if their promo about WWE needing to take tag team wrestling serious will spur something for Elimination Chamber. Just on the four teams of New Day, Usos, Revival and Miz-Morrison, that’s a great tag title match right there.
I’m a little confused as to why we’re not getting Lacey VS Sasha as a 1v1 match. Is Sasha actually hurt so they had to quickly write that into kayfabe? Or are they saving it for after the Rumble? The story is going mostly how I expected, though, as Lacey is getting her SmackDown Women’s Championship match. I could see Sasha finally having her match with Lacey for the title, and then winning to become the second Grand Slam Champion in WWE history. But Lacey beating Bayley twice would be quite a big deal for Lacey. Lacey’s already been in programs involving each of the Four Horsewomen, her beating one for the title would be huge. Meanwhile, the story of Mandy and Otis is taking interesting turns. Apparently Sonya thinks Mandy is just using Otis, but Mandy is doing her best to defend that she might actually like Otis. I say again that with Valentine’s Day being a Friday, that has to be where this moves into another phase.
I really liked the scrap between Gable and Sheamus, where Gable gets the better of Sheamus. It’s a bit soon to make their first match part of a PPV, but perhaps there’s bigger things planned for the go-home SmackDown next week. And I really liked that Kane’s return wasn’t even for him, but to set up The Fiend for Bryan’s sake. I could hear some fans booing when Bryan ran Bray off, and I can understand them not wanting the Fiend to look weak, but this is actually going to be better for both guys. That Strap Match is going to be a lot of fun, but I feel like The Fiend will still win, assuming a SmackDown superstar wins the Rumble match. Strowman and Elias both had good segments with Team Sami, and it’d make Royal Rumble Weekend so much bigger if Strowman and Shinsuke have an amazing match on next week’s go-home, or even as part of the PPV.
The Table match having stakes behind it was actually a pretty good move. I was fearing that when the Usos teased an “Eat Dog Crap/Food” match, Corbin was going to steal that idea and make that the match. But in a really great and chaotic match, Roman wins and chooses the much better Falls Count Anywhere option. A match like that in a huge baseball stadium really will be a great match, but I’m not sure what is the better outcome: Roman wins that, then has a really great showing in Rumble; or Corbin wins, beating Roman up real bad, but Roman still shows up to have a great showing in the Rumble. Either one makes Roman look like he’s back to those “Super Roman Wins LOL” days but I feel like the general audience reaction won’t be negative anymore. Maybe.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (5/12/21)
AEW is The Pinnacle!
There’s a new pecking order in AEW!
After surviving Blood & Guts, MJF and The Pinnacle stand atop AEW! And with titles on the line, who will stand atop the Tag Team and TNT Divisions?
- IWGP United States Championship: Jon Moxley VS Yuji Nagata; Moxley wins and retains the title.
- AEW World Tag Team Championships, Titles VS Tag Career: The Young Bucks VS SoCal Uncensored; The Young Bucks win, retain the titles, and SCU breaks up as a tag team.
- AEW World Championship Eliminator Match: PAC VS Orange Cassidy; Double Count-Out Draw, BOTH will challenge Kenny Omega for the title at Double or Nothing.
- Thunder Rosa VS Jazmin Allure; Rosa wins.
- AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Miro; Miro wins and becomes the new AEW TNT Champion.
PLAY BY PLAY
IWGP United States Championship: Jon Moxley w/ Eddie Kingston VS Yuji Nagata w/ Ren Narita!
The Death Rider extended this title opportunity to Blue Justice with respect, but did not miss the disrespect given back. Now, NJPW comes to AEW, and we see if the Maniac can turn away the legend in this historic opening contest!
Moxley surprisingly comes out to “Wild Thing” as introductions are made. The IWGP belt is raised, this is under NJPW rules, and the superstition of the number four might be put to the test to open Dynamite!
Moxley draws the line, Nagata steps right to it, and Moxley shoves him. Nagata fires forearms but Moxley gives them back and fans are fired up! Moxley gives boxing elbows, whips Nagata to a corner, and runs in to clothesline! Nagata fires up but Moxley kicks low! Moxley whips, Nagata reverses and kitchen sink knees, then BOOTS Mox down! Nagata stomps, Moxley bails out and fans fire up for Blue Justice! Rocky Romero is here to watch from the bleachers as Nagata goes out. Moxley rakes Nagata’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Moxley lets off and POSTS Nagata! Moxley goes to the apron, takes aim, and leaps for a FLYING KNEE! Down goes Nagata!
Moxley gets Nagata up to throw him into railing, then hurries to refresh the 20 count. Nagata gets up, hobbles over, and gets in at 5 of 20. Moxley smirks as Nagata gets up and eggs him on. Moxley ROCKS Nagata with a forearm, then hits a lariat in the corner! And again! Moxley snapmares, runs, and PENALTY KICKS Nagata down! Moxley drops an elbow, covers, ONE!! Lance Archer and Jake the Snake watch from the bleachers, too, as Moxley dares Nagata to get up. Nagata grits his teeth but Moxley KICKS him! Nagata eggs Moxley on now and the kicks keep flying! Down goes Nagata, Moxley covers, TWO! Moxley digs fingers into Nagata’s face but lets off as the ref counts.
Moxley goes to a corner, hops up, takes aim and leaps, but into a clinch! Moxley fires elbows, Nagata ROCKS him and KICKS him in return! And KICKS! And KICKS! Nagata throws more forearms, he whips corner to corner, and runs in to BOOT Moxley, for the EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Nagata keeps his cool, drags Moxley up, and reels him in. Moxley blocks the suplex, Nagata fires off forearms! Nagata whips, Moxley reverses, but Nagata rolls to duck! Nagata fakes Moxley out to dropkick the legs! Nagata’s still savvy as he aims again, for a KICK! And a KICK! Kingston coaches Mox and Moxley takes more KICKS!
Moxley grits his teeth and gets to his feet. Nagata throws forearms, Moxley fires back! Nagata ROCKS Moxley but he keeps hitting back! Moxley gets the edge, Nagata gives it back! Nagata runs, Moxley dodges the boot to GERMAN SUPLEX! Moxley wants Nagata to get up and he runs, to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Nagata survives and shows us why he’s still hung around this long! Moxley vows to end it, a la Suzuki! But Nagata blocks the piledriver he knows so well! Nagata back drops Moxley away and mule kicks! Nagata runs into the corner to SHINING WIZARD! Nagata hoists Moxley up to the top rope, climbs up to join him, and reels Moxley into a SUPER EXPLODER!!
Moxley sits up, eggs Nagata on, and Nagata KICKS! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives, Nagata drags him up and reels him in, but Moxley fights the suplex off. Moxley gets a sleeper! Another homage to Suzuki, but Nagata knows that, too! Nagata drops and drags Moxley into a SHIROMEI! The mounted Fujiwara armbar tortures Moxley, Nagata’s eyes roll to the back of his head, but Moxley still reaches out and gets the ropebreak! Nagata lets off, but he isn’t done with Moxley! Nagata wrenches an arm, but Moxley denies the elbow break to forearm! Nagata hits back, they brawl more, and Moxley wobbles. Moxley fires back, runs but into a BOOT! And ENZIGURI!
Moxley rebounds to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! But into the Bully Choke! Nagata fights up to his feet as fans chant “This is Awesome!” Moxley shifts to a full sleeper, bleeding from his cheek where Nagata’s been hitting him. Nagata wrenches free to forearm again! Moxley gives it back, spins and DECKS Nagata! Moxley gets Nagata up for knees to the head, then a DEATH RIDER!! Cover, Moxley wins!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall (still IWGP US Champion)
The elevated Paradigm Shift, the Death Rider, helps Moxley hold onto the title! But there is still respect here now that they’ve fought it out! Moxley bows and even drops to his knees, but Nagata returns the favor! Will these two battle it out again in the future? Will another come over from NJPW to try? Will Moxley still knock them all down?
Backstage interview with The Inner Circle.
Tonight, it is only Sammy Guevara, Jake Hager & Ortiz here. After one of the brutal matches in wrestling history, Blood & Guts, what is next? Ortiz says they have a message for The Pinnacle. All five of them were down, the Inner Circle almost had them, but then “a strange twist of fate occurred.” Max showed his true colors by pushing Jericho off the top, and had the audacity to get Santana arrested and detained, just because he stabbed MJF with a fork! MJF is lucky Santana didn’t just scoop that eye out and eat it! BITCH MOVE, MAX!! Hager says that the Pinnacle will have to kill the Inner Circle to stop them! Santana is detained but still alive! Jericho is mangled but still alive! So hide behind the victory tonight, but the Pinnacle has to admit that they failed!
Sammy says this is never gonna be over! As long as both teams are in the same company, the Inner Circle will never stop coming for The Pinnacle! So either MJF gives them another match, or tonight’s title will go from “The Coronation of The Pinnacle” to “The FUNERAL of The Pinnacle!” Give them their rematch, or get put in the grave!! An ultimatum for MJF and his team, but will they heed it?
Cody Rhodes heads to the ring!
Despite the score he needs to settle with The Factory, The American Nightmare has a major announcement for his Double or Nothing 2021 plans! We hear what they are, after the break!
AEW returns and Cody has the mic. “I know it’s rather out of style, patriotism. It’s old hate, demo day, proud of being American.” Fans still chant, “USA! USA!” Cody knows we live in a real world where you can poke fun at stuff, like the antiquated two party system or the most recent election, or even the confusion on what to do during our own National Anthem. But Cody is from a “little red, white ‘n’ blue town just like this one.” Santana, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Snoop Dogg, they all share the same jukebox and Cody has never not been proud to be an American. Fans appreciate that.
But Anthony Ogogo… He has run down and buried the USA with such vitriol and conviction. The irony is that Ogogo has a Visa courtesy of the US DOT, has a paycheck, that green, courtesy of the Treasury, and is afforded all the same rights we all have in that he can say and do what he wants, because this is America. “You talk about division, you talk about argument, from the outside in, we hear that all the time. Take it from an American, the argument is what makes us who we are.” Fans also cheer for that! Yes, there’s anger in every pocket, but our empathy outweighs our apathy.
So Cody asks Ogogo, “You didn’t come here to live the England dream. And I don’t mean to disparage across the pond, they sure know how to make a wrestler. I’ve wrestled some of the best.” Doug Williams, Gabriel Kidd, or even one of the best in the world today, PAC! But in 1986, Cody’s a country music fan and Willie Nelson came out with a song, “Living in the Promised Land.” Send us your tired and weak, we’ll make ’em strong. Sing us your far-off song and we will sing along. But here’s where Cody stops singing: When Ogogo balled up his Olympic medalist fist and put it between his ribs.
Ogogo likes to educate and pontificate on what the USA is? Then let Cody return the favor! The industry that Ogogo joined? It was an Italian immigrant who was world champion for FOUR THOUSAND AND FORTY DAYS. There is so much to love and behold here. The American Dream lives here! What about a 16-year-old young man coming from Pakistan, invents and patents the single-piece bumper, and enriches and cultivates the lives of literally everyone in the city of Jacksonville?
Prior to 1961, in Atlanta, Georgia, there was segregation, White people and Black people couldn’t attend the same schools. But in 2021, in that very same city, Cody and his wife, Brandi, are going to have a beautiful White-Black “American princess” who will have both identities, shun neither, and her dad is going to let her know that he didn’t just lay down under another man’s flag. Her dad didn’t just have a defeatist attitude when someone ran down the USA. Her dad got up off his ass and fought back! This is where we are fighting: at Double or Nothing!
Tony Khan already told the world that Double or Nothing will be full capacity! Wrestling fans will return to their seats, close up and thank God, it’ll be Cody VS Ogogo. But Ogogo won’t be wrestling the American Nightmare. Because for one night, that one night only, Cody picks up a sword that is all too heavy, but one that only Cody and Dustin have the right to pick up. For Double or Nothing, Justin Roberts, nothing on Cody’s presentation will be different, this comes from deep inside. At Double or Nothing, it will be Anthony Ogogo VS the American DREAM, Cody Rhodes! On one night, Cody’s love for family and country become one! Can he use that to shut up and knock down the British boxing box office smash?
AEW hears from SoCal Uncensored.
Christopher Daniels says, “Starting from 2015 up until now, the guys in the van were always myself, Frankie Kazarian, Scorpio Sky, and the Young Bucks. Those were the days where I felt it was family.” But looking at the Bucks acting the way they are now, this is why he feels betrayed and hurt. Frankie Kazarian says, “If you’re gonna be influenced like prepubescent teenagers, by your friend who you perceive as ‘the cool guy,'” then that’s on the Bucks. All that’s left for SCU to do is beat them up.
SCU has made it a challenge to themselves that the next time they lose as a tag team, they are DONE as a tag team! And that’s forever! It isn’t mandated by AEW, this isn’t for story, this is a challenge. They know how good they are, and how good they can be. Undefeated for over four months, #1 contenders that are facing the champions, one of the greatest tag teams on the planet, and also former friends. Do the Bucks even get what’s on the line here? SCU has everything to lose, and everything to gain. The Bucks have seen SCU bleed, sweat and cry, so what do you think they’re gonna do, how far they’re gonna go, to get what they want from the Bucks? We’ll all find out together, because that match is next!!
AEW World Tag Team Championships, Titles VS Tag Career: The Young Bucks w/ The Elite VS SoCal Uncensored!
Matt & Nick Jackson claim they’ve gone back to who they were, but the Fallen Angel & Heavy Metal Rebel say otherwise. The fashion choices, the company they keep, those are all questionable, but the Bucks’ abilities are not! Will they win without a shadow of a doubt and destroy another great tag team? Or will going all or nothing this close to Double or Nothing pay off for Daniels & Kazarian?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and it’s titles or bust for SCU!
Kaz and Nick start and fans are on SCU’s side here. They circle, tie up, and Kaz headlocks as Don Callis joins commentary. Kaz spins to a hammerlock then drop toehold, then he slaps Nick on the head! Nick gets up in a huff and shoves Kaz but Kaz shoves back. Nick SLAPS Kaz, Kaz chases him out of the ring! Nick goes around and into the ring but Kaz kicks, knees and CLOBBERS him! Kaz ROCKS Nick, tags Daniels, and SCU double whip. Nick gets a body shot and a FLIPPING NECKBEAKER! Matt runs in but into a back suplex clothesline combo! Callis admits SCU is looking great. Daniels snapmares Nick, tags Kaz, and then slingshot elbow drops! Kaz slingshot leg drops! Cover, TWO!
Kaz keeps on Nick, bumps him off buckles, and tags Daniels. SCU double wrench, bring Nick to his knees for a kick, clothesline and DOUBLE STOMPS from Kaz! Daniels JABS Nick, whips, but Nick reverses. Matt dumps Daniels out of the ring with a back drop! The ref reprimands but Nick sucker punches Kaz! Matt tags in, Nick baits Kaz in and Matt CLOBBERS him! Fans boo as Matt runs and WRECKS Daniels with a dropkick! Matt skins the cat, Nick gets Kaz back up to throw into railing! The Bucks soak up the heat, mug Daniels on the outside, and Matt stares the camera down before giving Daniels an APRON POWERBOMB!
Nick goes up, Matt has Daniels draped from the apron, DRAPING 450 SPLASH! Matt mockingly asks the cameraman if he thinks Daniels is okay. The Bucks high-five the Good Brothers as AEW goes picture in picture.
Matt drops knees on Daniels’ head! Matt mocks the fans clapping, and starts thrusting hips before he stomps Daniels down. Matt paces, drags Daniels up and bumps him off buckles, then tags Nick. Matt catapults Daniels into Nick’s GAMANGIRI! Then they combine, springboard DOUBLE STOMPS onto Daniels, driving him into Matt’s knees! Nick taunts Kaz and the ref is busy keeping Kaz back, the Bucks fake a tag! Matt digs his boots into Daniels’ head, the ref counts and Matt apologizes. Matt defends he is the rightful tag partner, but Nick is choking Daniels behind the ref’s back! Matt tags Nick in so the ref can see, then they combine for the slingshot senton and fist drop!
Matt keeps mocking fans rallying for SCU, Nick taunts Kaz, and then Nick bumps Daniels off buckles. Nick wrenches, whips, but Daniels reverses. Nick flips through the ropes and comes back but into Daniels’ STO! Both men are down, they crawl, hot tags to Kaz and Matt! Kaz dodges Matt to ROCK Nick, then he DECKS Matt! Kaz rallies on the Bucks with clotheslines, but Matt reverses the whip, only for Kaz to BLAST him with forearms! Kaz scoops and SLAMS Nick, to springboard leg drop! Cover, TWO! Kaz keeps fired up nd the fans are with him! Kaz gets Nick up and puts him in a corner, tag to Daniels.
AEW returns to single picture as Kaz feeds Nick to Daniels’ back elbow! Daniels hops up, Kaz helps set Nick up with double knuckle locks, for the FLYING STOMP! Daniels WRECKS Matt with a dropkick now, and SCU double whip to hip toss and NECKBREAKER BOMB COMBO! Cover, TWO!! Nick survives but Daniels tags Kaz in. Matt runs in, he saves Nick from Celebrity Rehab but swings into CELEBRITY REHAB for himself! Daniels runs to forearm Nick, then gets him up to give to Kaz. Kaz has the gut wrench, but Matt shoves Daniels off the corner! Kaz swings on Matt, Matt avoids that to shoulder in, but into the GUILLOTINE LEG DROP!
Nick aims and SHINING WIZARDS, ROUNDHOUSES and forearms Kaz, to then BULLDOG! Nick goes up and out to PENALTY KICK Daniels from the apron! Fans boo and Nick shoulders into Kaz. Nick slingshots, for the FACEBUSTER! Nick soaks up the heat and he sees Daniels is back up. Nick goes outside to SUPERKICK Daniels into the post! Daniels is busted open!! Nick is shocked at the damage he just did, but he says that was awesome! “It’s a wrap!” Nick goes back to Kaz in the ring, but Kaz slingshots Nick in for a CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! Kaz almost caught Nick but he sees what happened to Daniels!
Kaz goes back to Nick but Nick ROUNDHOUSES! Kaz wobbles, Matt tags in, and Matt gets a look at Daniels for himself. Matt hurries to get Kaz up, BUCKLE BOMB ENZIGURI COMBO! Kaz staggers into Matt’s fireman’s carry, MORE BANG- NO! Kaz slips out of the fireman’s carry to waistlock and O’Conner Roll! TWO, Nick leaps in, but Kaz gets both Bucks for NORTHERN LIGHTS O’CONNER COMBO!! Double cover, TWO!!! That was almost it but not enough! Kaz dumps Nick out to the ramp, Matt scoops but Kaz cradle counters! So the GOOD BROTHERS distract the ref!! This is at least 7 before Kaz lets off! Kaz runs Gallows off, but runs into Matt’s BOOT!
Matt goes up, but Kaz catches him for a… Not a bomb? A STYLES CLASH!?!? A shout-out to another old friend of The Elite! Cover, Nick barely breaks it in time!! Fans are thunderous, “This is Awesome!” Nick gets Kaz up, Kaz throws him out and slingshots him in, but no cutter! Nick blocks it, and feeds Kaz to Matt’s SUPERKICK! Matt gut wrenches, TOMBSTONE! SHINING WIZARD! Cover, DANIELS breaks it!! Daniels is still here, crimson mask and all, and he dodges a superkick to kick, underhook, ANGEL’S WINGS!! Daniels staggers up and helps Kaz to their corner! Daniels tags back in, but how much can Daniels give?! Matt SPEARS Daniels down, and punches the wound!!
Matt is furious as he demands Daniels get up! Daniels wobbles, Matt powers up, but no kick! Daniels kicks low, hooks, but his back is giving up! Matt back drops free! Matt wags his finger, looms over Daniels, and Callis is more worried about the new ring gear getting blood stains. Matt points it out, too! That just angers Matt more, and he fake cries as he references HBK VS Flair! “I’m sorry! I love you!” SUPERKICK!! Cover, TWO!?!? Daniels survives!?!? Fans are going nuts for SCU as Matt is losing his mind! Matt drags Daniels up, but into an URENAGE! Daniels goes to a corner, BEST MOON-
NO! The blood loss makes him wobble! Daniels tries again, BEST MOONSAULT EVER AFTER ALL! Cover, Nick breaks it!! The ref argues with Nick, but Daniels clotheslines him out! Karl Anderson gets on the apron, Daniels DECKS him! Daniels staggers, drags Matt up, but Matt SPRAYS Daniels in the face?!? Somehow, Brandon Cutler slipped Matt a can of that cold spray!! Daniels staggers about, Matt SUPERKICKS Kaz off the corner, then CAN SHOTS Daniels in the head!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Daniels is not giving up, this is how much the titles AND SCU mean to him!! Nick tags in, the Bucks are furious as they sit Daniels up, for the B T E TRIGGER!! Cover, Matt blocks Kaz, the Bucks win!
Winners: The Young Bucks, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
Kaz is stunned, and Cutler has the audacity to use the cold spray on the Bucks right away! SCU lost the match, don’t have the titles, and are no longer a team under their own bet with themselves! What does this mean for the Fallen Angel and Heavy Metal Rebel in the future?
AEW cameras hurry to catch what’s developing backstage!
Eddie Kingston is at The Elite’s dressing room, Moxley right behind! They barge in, and trash it all! The Elite aren’t here yet, but their stuff is, so everything is fair game! Why do they have a Jaguars helmet? Kingston throws that into a wall, Moxley goes to the bathroom to trash everything in there! Will The Elite have the guts to respond to that tonight? Or at all?
Backstage interview with Christian Cage.
Captain Charisma has had his issues with Taz, from the rejected recruitment to last week’s biased Technique By Taz segment, critiquing Christian’s wrestling abilities. It had as much credibility as Christian critiquing Taz’s ability at a buffet table. Nobody is denying that at one point in time, Taz was a bad, bad man. But right now, Taz isn’t going to step through the ropes, back up what he is saying, but Christian is! So here’s how it is: Tony Khan gave Christian an open contract for a match. Next week, Team Taz can send anyone they want, Christian will be waiting.
But what Christian really wants to talk about right now is Double or Nothing’s Casino Battle Royale. Did you know that the winner of that match gets a shot at THE AEW World Championship whenever they want? Christian is all in, all the chips on the table! Christian vows to win that match and- Matt Sydal walks in to say Christian shouldn’t get too far ahead of himself. Matt’s back in that match, too, and he wants redemption. Well good to see you again, Matt, and yeah, Christian saw how things didn’t go so well for him. But things aren’t going to fall into place for him. Haha, hilarious. But Matt has a surprise for Christian. Not a Hall of Fame worthy one, but still.
Matt says to forget about Team Taz for a minute, because HE signed the open contract on the match. So before winning the battle royal, Matt will beat Christian and his #OutWorkEverybody hype train, live on Dynamite. The third eye is staring Captain Charisma down, who will be the first to blink?
AEW World Championship Eliminator Match: PAC VS Orange Cassidy!
The Bastard has beef with the Best Bout Machine going back to Dynamite’s inception, and is one of the only men to have a win over him in AEW. On the other hand, Freshly Squeezed didn’t have any grudge with Omega until Omega disrespected him last week. And when it comes to PAC VS Cassidy, these two have history of their own! Who gets one up on the other before going after Omega’s gold?
The bell rings and fans are dueling already as Cassidy and Pac stare down. Cassidy takes off the sunglasses, and puts them on Pac! Pac takes them off, and BREAKS them with his bare hands! Cassidy raises his hands, but it’s a fake out to get Pac to swing on him! Cassidy dodges, gets Pac up in the Alabama, BEACH BREAK!! Cover, TWO!! Pac’s arrogance cost him and he bails out of the ring. Fans are fired up as Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets and builds speed! NO HANDS DIVE! And he has SPARE sunglasses! Fans are even more fired up as Cassidy gets Pac up and RAMS him into railing!
AEW goes picture in picture as Cassidy checks with the ref about the ring count. Cassidy fetches Pac, to RAM him into more railing! Cassidy refreshes the ring count, stalks up behind Pac and gets him up, but Pac KNEES low and hard! Pac whips but Cassidy reverses to send Pac into even more railing! Pac is perhaps too sore to be upset, and Cassidy keeps track of the count. Cassidy whips Pac back the other way to send him over the railing! Cassidy paces, refreshes the count again, and sees Pac getting up. Cassidy heads over, and Pac HOTSHOTS him on railing! Cassidy sputters and gasps, Pac stomps him down, and AEW goes to break!
AEW returns and Cassidy is down on the outside again. Pac fetches him, to whip him hard into railing! The ref counts, fans boo, and Pac drags Cassidy up and around to throw him into more railing! Pac soaks up the heat, drags Cassidy back up and back into the ring. Fans are still on Cassidy’s side but Pac stomps him down! Pac soaks up the heat, digs his knee into Cassidy’s head, and uses ropes for leverage! The ref counts, Pac lets off at 4, and Orange is now red in the face. Pac climbs a corner, aims as fans rally up, and Cassidy stands to get a missile dropkick! Pac kips up with ease! He glares at the ref and then goes to another corner.
Pac climbs up again, aims, and again missile dropkicks Cassidy down! Cassidy is a lump but Pac isn’t done with him yet. Pac climbs back up top, Cassidy stands again, to get a third missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Pac seethes as Cassidy survives but the ref defends the count was fair. Fans sing for Cassidy but Pac drags him to a drop zone. Pac climbs up again, but Cassidy slowly rolls away to the far side. Pac hops down to hurry over and stomp him down! Fans boo, Pac scowls and climbs back up. Cassidy is still in the drop zone, but he rolls under the corner! Fans cheer as Cassidy even starts to lounge, and gives a thumbs up!
Pac flips Cassidy over before he drags him up, but Cassidy sends Pac into buckles! Pac scowls, runs after Cassidy, but gets sent into buckles! Cassidy wheelbarrows to victory roll, TWO!! Pac back KICKS, whips, and SUPERKICKS Cassidy down! Pac drags Cassidy back up to reel him in, for a LIGER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!??! Cassidy more falls over than kicks out and Pac is stunned! Pac looms over Cassidy, kicks him out of the ring, and lets the ring count climb. A count-out can still win this match, will Cassidy get up? AEW goes picture in picture as fans rally for Freshly Squeezed!
Pac soaks up the heat coming from the fans, the ref goes out to check Cassidy and make sure this isn’t more serious. Cassidy is fine to continue, Pac talks trash to some fellow wrestlers watching ringside, and the count restarts. Cassidy slowly stirs, drags himself up at 5 of 10, and into the ring at 6! Pac drags Cassidy over to a cover, TWO! Pac wraps on a headlock and grinds Cassidy down. Cassidy keeps his shoulders up, pushes Pac’s face with a forearm, but Pac brings him around to CLUB him to a corner. Pac digs his boots in, the ref counts and Pac stops at 4. A disqualification can lose this for Pac, too, so he has to be careful.
Pac paces while Cassidy crawls. The ref wants Pac to give Cassidy space, and also has medics coming over to check. Pac gets fans riled up as AEW returns to single picture. Don Callis comes out here? Callis says Kenny Omega is a busy man, he wants to know who he’s wrestling already! Pac storms after Callis but Callis says he just wants a winner. Wait, Kenny is sneaking in from the other side! Omega has his AEW World Championship belt and he CLOBBERS Pac with it!! The ref misses it all because she was arguing with Callis! Callis “apologizes” and Omega slips away! Both Pac and Cassidy are down and everyone but the ref knows!
Fans chant, “Kenny Sucks!” at Omega as he and Callis slither away. The standing count is past 5 of 10, and then reaches 9!! It’s a DOUBLE COUNT OUT?!?!
Double Count-Out Draw
Well, Callis isn’t a ref, but what he sees here is that there is no winner! That means Omega has NO opponent for Double or Nothing! He’s got the night off, where does he want to go? “Fuel up the Harley, fuel up the Kawasaki Ninja! Don, I thinks we should go on a little bit of a road trip, because what we got here, ain’t two winners! It ain’t one winner! It’s two LOSERS! Who would pay money to see that?!” But Schiavone excuses himself and says he’s been informed- Omega stops that right here and now! Omega gets his sunglasses, puts those on, and Schiavone says he has just been told that at Double or Nothing, there WILL be a world title match. And in this case, “double” is literal, because it will be a Triple Threat! Omega VS PAC VS Cassidy for the title!!
What gives Schiavone the right to do this?! This is from Tony Khan! WHAT?! Omega says they don’t know him! He’s not wrestling two people! Well this is what Tony Khan has decided! Omega blames the ref but the fans are fired up! Omega says he’s going back to Winnipeg, but will he have no choice but to return to Jacksonville to defend his title?
The Elite find their dressing room in disarray!
Matt Jackson tells Brandon Cutler to record this! They want to know who did this to their stuff! Anderson says this is where they sit in a circle and praise the Lord! This was their sanctuary! Gallows knows it was Kingston and Moxley, who have been disrespectful of the best faction in wrestling ever, and it’s been going on for long enough! “Matt, Nick, it’s time to man up! What’re you guys gonna do about it?!” The Bucks first talk about what they did to SCU, one of the best tag teams in the business, and they put them out to pasture without even batting an eye. SCU LATER! But next week, these fighting champions are fighting again, against the new #1 contenders, the Varsity Blonds!
Matt mockingly asks Brian Pillman Jr. if he wants to be like his dada and be a tag team champion, too. The Blonds can step to the Bucks, the best in the business, and see how that turns out! But for once, “the most selfless Christian men in this business” do something for themselves. They’ll settle a personal grudge! Moxley, Kingston, what you boys doing at Double or Nothing? You up? How about they cordially invite your butts to a dang ol’ SUPERKICK PARTY!! Titles or no titles, the Bucks are giving the Maniac and the Mad King the match they want! But will Bulletproof BPJ and the Ivy League MVP make sure the Bucks stop being golden first?
Backstage interview with Hangman Page and The Dark Order.
Alex Marvez asks Hangman’s recent thoughts on his loss to Brian Cage and his subsequent drop in the rankings from #1 to #5. The Dark Order say it’s alright. Alan Angels knows personally it ain’t bad being Number 5. Evil Uno says they will help him get right back to the top! Stu Grayson can even get even with Brian Cage for him! Alex Reynolds says he’ll take on Hook, too. Hangman tells them all that it’s fine. It was gonna happen sooner or later, right? Ranked #1, riding high, it was inevitable that he’d lose. Granted, it took three guys jumping him on the stage first, then a belt shot to the back of his head and a powerbomb that nearly blew his lungs out his mouth, but Cage won.
But Hangman wonders if Cage didn’t so much beat him, as Taz did calling the shots. And if Hangman is someone like Brian Cage, knows what he’s thinking as a guy who has dedicated his whole life to pro-wrestling, then he’s not satisfied with that win. Hangman dares Cage to leave Taz, Ricky Starks, bless his heart, and his junior high band camp friends backstage, to meet Hangman 1v1 and earn a spot. If Hangman loses then, that’s fine, he’ll accept it. As for Cage, it’s Double or Nothing. Oh wait that’s the name of the PPV! Is that on purpose? That’s so smart! John Silver pointed out the obvious, but obviously we’re going one more round! Will Page redeem himself in a rematch with Cage?
The Pinnacle heads to the ring!
Wearing a crown on his head, MJF has two lovely young ladies accompany him personally as he, Wardlow, Tully Blanchard, FTR and Shawn Spears go to the ring. MJF gets the ladies to kiss his Dynamite Diamond Ring, which was itself pivotal in the Blood & Guts victory. Other ladies hold the ropes open as the Pinnacle goes into the ring and MJF gets a mic. MJF says he told us he was going to take Chris Jericho’s spot and his crown, and now MJF is the Demo God and King of AEW! And now we will refer to HIM as the Greatest of All Time! Don’t boo, bow! And not just to him, but to the greatest group of men to ever exist! Bow to The Pinnacle!
“Hell, bow to the biggest drawers professional wrestling has ever known. I don’t know if you mouth-breathing boors have heard about this, but for the first time ever, we ranked #1 on cable last week.” And you have The Pinnacle to thank for it! They broke a record on Canada’s TSN, even, because of the Canadian hero they had in Shawn Spears! Zoom in on the Chair Man! A Canadian God! But MJF is glad fans are bringing up The Inner Circle, because they’re down two men. One because he stabbed MJF like a coward, and the other because he tripped and fell. Which is why MJF is so perplexed as to why oh why The Inner Circle would want a rematch!
But MJF’s a young, benevolent king. Would the people like to see a rematch? YES! Are you sure? YES! Then MJF says NO! HAHAHA! Tully takes over and asks if anyone knows what it’s like to be at the top, looking down at all the others. Tully’s been there many times in the past! But this group of guys here, with MJF and his crown, the Pinnacle took everything The Inner Circle could dish out! Blood & Guts, we saw this group of men take everything The Inner Circle had, and in the end, the Inner Circle is panicking, begging MJF not to throw Jericho off, and they gave up! That was the end of the story! “Ladies and gentlemen, when you quit, you stinking quit!”
The Pinnacle is the top of the world! The finest things, they deserve! Five of the greatest looking women Jacksonville has to offer! Tully has a present for his guys that he spent THOUSANDS on, for the finest wrist jewelry you can have. For those who don’t understand, these are very expensive watches. Each man gets one and they’re very grateful to Tully. Every time they look at those, they can question anything else, but they look at these and think, “This was a present from Tully Blanchard!” This is what The Pinnacle is about! They’re on top of the world, looking down on everyone else! But what is that honking? Who is ruining The Pinnacle’s party? The Inner Circle, that’s who!!
Sammy, Ortiz and Hager cruise in with a jeep and a trailer full of A Little Bit of the Bubbly! MJF says they’re not interested anymore. MJF detained Santana, and we’re never seeing Jericho again! So drive off, you’re team is dead! But JERICHO says, “Hey, Max! Can you hear ’em cheering?” Jericho, arm in a heavy cast and brace, is in the trailer! Fans are thunderous as Jericho says, “Just let me get this straight. We’re gonna ask you again: Will you give us a rematch? Yes or no?” MJF is furious and says that once again, the answer is NO! Okay, so… That’s a what? IT’S N-O, NO!! Then get him! The Inner Circle hoses The Pinnacle down with the bubbly!! A LOT OF IT, TOO!
The Pinnacle is slippin’ and slidin’ in the champagne, this is a bit more than a toast! Sammy makes sure to really get Spears with it, too. MJF is furious but he’s also floundering around in the ring! MJF tells fans to shut up about it! If the Inner Circle wants a match, then Double or Nothing! The same match the Inner Circle lost last year: STADIUM STAMPEDE!! But don’t celebrate just yet! Ain’t nothing funny gonna happen this year! If the Inner Circle loses this time, they must DISBAND FOREVER!! Take it or leave it! Even more is at stake than there was for Blood & Guts! Will the Inner Circle take back their spot atop AEW or have to say good-bye?
Jim Ross interviews Britt Baker.
Good ol’ JR says he is looking forward to Double or Nothing, Hikaru Shida VS Britt Baker for the AEW Women’s World Championship. It was about a year ago today when Britt fought Shida, not a great outcome for Britt with the broken nose and the blood. Yes, Britt needed reconstructive surgery and was out for five months after. The pain can either hurt you or change you. Britt’s been the baddest bitch on the block since then, JR’s words, not hers. And so, it is poetic that Shida broke her nose, and look at The Doctor now. It is poetic that the monster Shida created is the one that will dethrone her. Unless Shida just up and kills Britt. But turns out, Britt is “pretty ****ing hard to kill.”
JR asks Britt if she feels she’s taking it too far, getting too emotionally invested in this match. Tony Khan and several stars of AEW were having a photoshoot with Forbes, that is a big deal, and then Britt took it upon herself to take over. She and Shida brawled because of it. Was that a smart move? JR knows Britt is smart. Britt says she’s brilliant. But then what does this mean to Tony Khan and to her? Does Britt not care about anyone else? Britt says she just wanted to have pictures with the current champion when that article drops. The PPV is on May 30th, the Forbes article is for June. There will be a new champion by then.
But Britt says it’s fine, JR and the others can paint her to be the villain. It’s what they’ve always done, and Britt will just keep autographing the best selling artwork that comes from it. JR says Shida might feel a bit cornered, and that the deck may be stacked. Perhaps her time is coming. He knows this will be physical, with a lot of urgency. Britt agrees, Shida has had the title for a year, and a difficult year at that. Shida was champion, kept the AEW Women’s Division alive when it was riddled with injuries, travel restrictions, all that. The division was on life support.
But Britt is the FACE of this division, the Role Model, the heart, the soul, the pulse. When you have a pulse, you don’t need a machine keeping you alive. So after Double or Nothing, the division will live when Britt becomes champion. That’s a guarantee from DMD. Will the Doctor be in and finally take over the division? Or will Shida be celebrating her one year anniversary as champion still as champion?
BIG NEWS for Double or Nothing/Memorial Day Weekend!
Double or Nothing will be May 30th, but Friday, May 28th, it will be a special edition of AEW Dynamite! And then on Saturday, May 29th, it will be AEW Fan Fest! Be sure to get your tickets this Monday, May 17th, so you don’t miss out on any of that!
Thunder Rosa VS Jazmin Allure!
The Role Model may be going after the Full Metal Warrior and the AEW Women’s World Championship, but La Mera Mera is going to be waiting on the other side! At least, as long as she doesn’t let herself get too cocky. Will Rosa be ready for whoever comes out of Double or Nothing with the belt?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans sing for Rosa and she knees Allure, CHOPS her, then fires off forearms and CHOPS against the ropes! Rosa CHOPS Allure in a corner, then RAMS her shoulder in! And again! And again! Rosa bumps Allure off buckles, CHOPS her again, and again! Rosa whips, Allure reverses and runs in to back elbow! Allure runs corner to corner but Rosa dodges this time, to then SHOTGUN dropkick Allure down! Fans fire up with Rosa and she stomps Allure down. Rosa drags Allure up, scoop SLAMS her, then runs and runs to drop a back senton! Cover, TWO!
Rosa keeps her cool, drags Allure back up, and scoops her, for the backbreaker to the FIRE THUNDER DRIVER! Cover, Rosa wins!
Winner: Thunder Rosa, by pinfall
The roll isn’t stopping, it isn’t slowing down! Hikaru Shida, Britt Baker and even Serena Deeb better watch out for Rosa, she’s coming for it all!
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
Speaking of Serena Deeb, she returns to AEW next week to defend the NWA Women’s World Championship against Red Velvet! Will the young, rising star surprise everyone against one of the best in the world? Or will Serena still be waiting for Rosa when the time finally comes to face off again?
And the challenge has been accepted! Brian Pillman Jr. and Griff Garrison are going for gold against the Young Bucks! Will the Varsity Blonds made to look like JV against the best tag team in the world? And with Double or Nothing’s USA VS UK battle inbound, Anthony Ogogo gets in the ring against Austin Gunn! Will the Son of a Gun just be target practice for Ogogo’s body shots?
Schiavone interviews Jade Cargill!
The top free agent has another manager courting her, as Mark Sterling, lawyer to MJF, says he can get her the same big money deal he got MJF last year. What is her response to that business offer? Or what of Matt Hardy and Vickie Guerrero? Who is handling her business? Jade Cargill handles her business! As far as managerial offers go, she’s still listening. But she’s her own boss, because she’s #ThatBitch!
AEW hears from Darby Allin.
What’s his condition after being thrown down a concrete staircase? He doesn’t have time to think about that. Not right now. Darby literally dropped everything after that just to go to Seattle. He grew up here, with the skateparks. He likes coming back to remind him of who he is and how far he’s come. Trashy as it is, Darby loves everything about it. The first thing he heard Miro talk about is glass ceilings. But what has Miro done since he’s been here? “Honestly, what have you done since you’ve been here? One second you’re playing video games, then the next second, you’re someone’s best man.” Miro kept saying the world will see what he’s capable of now that the leash is off. Darby isn’t buying it.
Miro can say Darby’s this and that, but at least Darby knows who Darby is. Does Miro know who Miro is? “Look at me, you generic son of a bitch!” Miro is NOT taking the TNT Championship from him! Miro says it is his destiny, but Darby says Miro will have to admit he is one of the toughest men he’s ever faced. And he faces him, NEXT!
AEW TNT Championship: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Miro!
The Relentless Face of the Network always gets back up after someone knocks him down. But The Best Man says he’ll make sure Darby never gets up again! Will Darby make it through his historic tenth title defense? Or will he not make it through the last 10 minutes of the night?
The introductions are made, but Miro doesn’t wait for the belt to be raised as he attacks Darby at the ropes! Miro drags Darby in, throws him to ropes, and Darby clutches a leg. Miro gets Darby up to fire off hands and stomps Darby down! The ref reprimands, Miro lets off and demands the bell ring already! The ref tells Miro to back off so he can check Darby but Miro throws Darby into the ropes! Miro continues to demand the bell ring but Darby flops out of the ring. Miro storms out after Darby, then TOSSES him across the way! Miro drags Darby up and RAMS him into railing! Fans boo but Miro doesn’t care, he drags Darby up. “Am I underwhelming?!”
Miro DECKS Darby, the ref says he has to get this in the ring to start the match! Miro just THROWS Darby again! Miro CLOBBERS Darby over the railing! Fans boo as Miro stares Sting down and even smiles! Miro goes back to Darby, drags Darby up and encourages fans to rally for Darby, so that he can OVERHEAD Belly2Belly Darby back to ringside! Miro drags Darby back up, Scorpio Sky and Ethan Page are watching this like a comedy from the bleachers! Miro puts Darby in the ring, the ref checks with Darby but Darby sputters something about starting already, and Miro KNEES Darby down! The match still hasn’t started and Miro DECKS Darby!
Miro stomps around, Darby finally gets his jacket off, and the ref asks if he still wants to do this. Darby can barely stand but he says yes, and the bell rings! BEST KICK!! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives but Miro thinks that was three! The ref says no, it was two! Darby bails out as Miro argues with the ref. Miro goes out, Darby SHOTGUN dropkicks him! Miro stays up but Darby SHOTGUN dropkicks him into railing! Darby fires off hands, Miro shoves him away but Darby gets around. Miro blocks the throwback stunner, and aims for a post, only for Darby to slip free and POST Miro first! Miro staggers about, Darby gets in the ring and builds speed to CANNONBALL TOPE!!
Miro is down, Darby goes up!?! SUPER COFFIN- NO! Miro catches Darby for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Miro roars right into the camera, but he does have to catch his breath and clutch his ribs, as AEW goes picture in picture.
Miro storms back over to Darby and looms over him as fans jeer and taunt him. Miro puts Darby in, covers, TWO! Darby is still in this, but Miro is still seething. Miro pushes Darby around, and KICKS him, and then Scorpio and Ethan go after Sting!! They RAM him into railing, and then scurry away before the ref sees them! Medics go to check Sting, other refs come out to usher Ethan & Scorpio further away, and Miro SLAMS Darby down! Miro KICKS Darby, but Darby grits his teeth! Darby eggs Miro on, and Miro gets him up. Darby fires forearms! Miro staggers, Darby throws body shots, then whips. Miro reverses hard and Darby bounces off buckles!
Miro digs his knees in at the ropes, the ref counts and Miro lets off at 4. Miro paces, Darby drags himself to a corner, and Miro again soaks up the heat from the fans. Miro drags Darby up but Darby flops back down. Miro gets Darby up to EuroUpper him back down! Miro drops an elbow, drags Darby to the apron, and CLUBS him! Then BOOTS him! Then BOOTS him again! Miro pushes Darby in, taunts him, and avoids Darby’s kicks from below as AEW returns to single picture.
Miro mocks Darby, gets the foot and drops an elbow on the knee! Miro gut wrenches to POWERSLAM Darby! Darby flops to a corner and the ref checks on him, but Darby refuses to end it here. Miro drags Darby up, wraps on a bearhug, and fans rally for Darby. Miro squeezes Darby tight, Sting manages to stand, and Darby reaches for a ropebreak! Miro CLUBS Darby down, roll him away from ropes, but Darby still reaches. Miro drags Darby up for a standing bearhug but Darby throws elbows to get free! Miro shoves Darby, blocks boots and spins Darby around for a back suplex! Darby lands on his feet and hops on for a sleeper hold!
Darby is a backpack as Miro staggers around! Darby shakes out the bad arm but shifts his sleeper and tightens the grip! Miro drops to a knee! Fans are fired up, but Darby’s arms are weakening, and Miro gets a ropebreak! Darby lets go, and Miro goes outside. Darby follows and leaps on to club Miro down! Darby fires off crossface forearms and puts on a sleeper hold, but the ref wants this to return to the ring. Miro gets to the timekeeper’s table, grabs the TNT belt, but the ref grab sit, too! Miro lets that go, Darby pinches Miro’s nose closed! Miro manages to run and RAM Darby into the side of the stage! Darby lets go and Miro can breathe, but both men are down!
Fans rally up for Darby and cheer, “This is Awesome!” Miro drags himself up, drags Darby up, but the ring count is 5 of 10! Miro drags Darby over and gets him in at 8! Miro gets in at 9 and fans cheer as this match continues! Miro snarls and stalks Darby, then stomps him down! Miro SLAMS Darby’s arm on the mat, pulls off the tape and goes right after the shoulder with big elbows! Miro RAMS Darby into buckles, hauls him back up and SLAMS him into ropes! Darby clutches his legs from the whiplash but Sting is there to coach him up. Miro soaks up more heat from the fans, and Sting gives Darby a fist bump to encourage him.
Darby gets up and Miro offers him a free shot. Darby SLAPS Miro, Miro shoves him but runs into boots! Darby chop blocks a leg! Darby runs and rolls to get around to THROWBACK! And a cradle! TWO!! Miro swings, Darby ducks and dodges but runs into a pop-up, that he turns into another STUNNER!! Darby heads up top fast, for the COFFIN DROP into a waistlock?! GERMAN SUPLEX, but Darby lands on his feet! Miro runs but gets buckles, a roll up, TWO!! Darby almost gets Miro there, but he keeps moving! Darby headbutts low, hops on, YOSHITONIC!! Cover, TWO!! Miro survives but Darby is after the arm!
Miro endures the Fujiwara, fights up, and trips Darby, into GAME OVER!!!! Darby is OUT, Miro wins!!
Winner: Miro, by submission (NEW AEW TNT Champion)
Miro makes Darby suffer, but lets go so that he can hold the title! And now Scorpio & Ethan return to go after Sting again! Sting is ready this time and he fights them off! But Scorpio KICKS the bad leg! The Dark Order runs out to run them off! Miro gloats over Darby, “I’m the network now!” But wait, is that Lance Archer?! Jake the Snake tells Archer to hold off, but Miro welcomes the Murderhawk Monster to try! Will we see these two behemoths collide soon enough?
What an amazing episode! Three title matches, of course one opens tonight. Moxley VS Nagata certainly had the intensity of a NJPW Strong Style match but could have been a touch more. Moxley retaining makes sense in that he still needs to be strong in this feud with the Young Bucks. Speaking of which, Bucks VS SCU was amazing, definitely what a Titles vs Tag Career match should’ve looked like, but I am a little disappointed that SCU lost. But I suppose with Scorpio having moved on to be with Ethan, maybe SCU was just ready to break up since it was just The Addiction. A shame it was because of cheating, but that’s so Bucks have even more Heel heat than normal.
Kingston and Moxley should’ve known that while they were trashing The Elite’s dressing room, The Elite was still mostly in the ring. This is a TV show that is televised live. As for The Elite’s response, I thought it was pretty funny for The Elite to be that upset. I suppose The Bucks are going to build momentum while giving Dynamite title matches and thereby ratings with their title matches. The Bucks have to have these belts by Double or Nothing, right? I don’t think there’s been an AEW PPV without the tag titles, so Bucks VS Mox & Kingston has to be for the titles to make it all work in the wrestling logic we’re all used to.
Speaking of wrestling logic we’re used to, I appreciate that Cody makes note that pro-wrestling, certainly in America, is about patriotism and it’s a bit cliché. Or rather, the support of your country. In the UK, it is “UK is Face, other places are Heel,” and same for Japan and Mexico and I’m sure anywhere else. That said, Cody then leans right into it, which I appreciate but do feel it’s odd because he just prefaced that this shouldn’t be about patriotism. Either way, Cody VS Ogogo now made for Double or Nothing is great, it is very big for Ogogo to be this early in his wrestling career and he’s getting a high profile PPV match.
As for Cody becoming “The American Dream” for just one night, this sounds like he wants to take advantage of a loophole while he can. Most times, copyright and competition in wrestling is about “You can’t use this on television/cable.” Double or Nothing is a PPV, therefore not on cable, so he can do it for just this match with Ogogo because it feeds the USA VS Not USA element of the story. At the same time, I am sure this is not the end for Nightmare Family VS The Factory, and I do hope The Factory recruits more people so we can get more battles between them and the Nightmare Family, which is still pretty big.
And speaking of things not being over, I am both surprised but not surprised that we’re getting more Inner Circle VS Pinnacle already. I like that they kayfabe’d Santana’s injury concerns as him being arrested, it foreshadowed a bit of a Stone Cold Steve Austin theme the Inner Circle was going for with tonight. Them ruining The Pinnacle’s party with their version of the beer truck water cannon was definitely a Stone Cold shout out, and I should’ve realized The Inner Circle would get the second-ever Stadium Stampede. If the stipulation is “Inner Circle loses, they break up,” this has to mean they win this time, right? But at the same time, I can’t see there being a third faction match, with Blood & Guts and Stadium Stampede II already being huge moments.
Christian Cage has a decent promo calling out Team Taz, but I can see why Matt Sydal is the one going after him: Ricky Starks unfortunately has a fractured neck, that is going to keep him out for at least three months, and hopefully it is only those three months. Christian VS Starks was the clear next part of Christian VS Team Taz, and I suppose instead of being redundant with a Christian VS Hobbs rematch, getting someone as comparative to Starks as possible in terms of having a speedy fighting style works. As for the promo, I like that Sydal gave Christian shade on the workhorse hype that hasn’t been fulfilled yet, but of course Christian is going to tough it out and win.
Hangman and the Dark Order had another fun promo together, and Hangman VS Brian Cage at Double or Nothing is going to be great. I am thinking Hangman wins the rematch to get back on track, his pacing is working out perfectly so that he can challenge the AEW World Champion at All Out 2021. PAC VS Cassidy was a great match, but I should’ve figured Omega would screw the “serious threat” over, but I like that it only screws him over. In a vacuum, AKA ignoring WWE spamming singles title Triple Threats, this Triple Threat is exactly what Omega deserves to be put through for how he’s acted, and is a first-time-ever for any singles title in AEW. But at the same time, I think Omega wins by using his opponents against each other, as well as the No Disqualification rule to allow interference.
Britt has a great interview promo with JR, Rosa has a good squash win, and it’s great that next week will be the return of Serena Deeb and the NWA Women’s World Championship. Britt sure looks like the heavy favorite going into Double or Nothing, and I suppose it’s never too soon for another Britt VS Rosa match. But I wonder if it’s going to be Britt VS Rosa for just the AEW title, or if Rosa gets her rematch with Deeb first, wins the NWA title, and then we get #WinnerTakesAll at say All Out, or perhaps on the anniversary episode of Dynamite for 2021. Britt may have put her Heel twist on it that she is going to be why the division thrives, but this women’s division is starting to come alive.
Darby’s vignette before the main event was good, but I think he could learn to bring his aggression out verbally a bit better. He didn’t sound as mad as he should have calling Miro an SOB. Darby VS Miro was an awesome match, though, but Scorpio & Ethan going after Sting on the side could’ve been done a bit better. Did they really need to go after him during a picture in picture segment, and then again when things were done? Just do the time after the match and have the Dark Order come out and Archer and then we close the show. Miro winning makes a lot of sense, but especially with him wearing his TNT title trunks tonight. It was like taking “win face” and “win entrance” to a new level with “win attire.” You don’t get custom trunks like that to then look like a dork for failing.
I’m thinking Miro VS Archer for the TNT title and Ethan & Scorpio VS Sting & Darby in perhaps another cinematic are both going to be at Double or Nothing. Double or Nothing is already looking to be an awesome PPV to shift things from Spring to Summer, a lot could change for AEW’s title landscape and that turnover could help them keep running high in the ratings while competing with regular sports, just as they should be.
My Score: 9.4/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (5/11/21)
To be the best, you gotta BEAT the best!
NXT puts gold back on the line!
Mercedes Martinez challenges Raquel Gonzalez, Santos Escobar must go 2 outta 3 with Kushida, and the NXT Champion looks to END Austin Theory!
- Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux VS Austin Theory w/ Johnny Gargano; Kross wins.
- MSK VS Breezango; MSK wins.
- Alexander Wolfe w/ Imperium VS Killian Dain w/ Drake Maverick; canceled.
- Pete Dunne w/ Oney Lorcan VS Leon Ruff; Dunne wins.
- NXT Women’s Championship: Raquel Gonzalez w/ Dakota Kai VS Mercedes Martinez; Gonzalez wins and retains the title.
- Kyle O’Reilly VS Oney Lorcan w/ Pete Dunne; O’Reilly wins.
- NXT Cruiserweight Championship, Best 2 Out of 3 Falls: KUSHIDA VS Santos Escobar w/ El Legado del Fantasma; Kushida wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux VS Austin Theory w/ Johnny Gargano!
In the words of the NXT Champion, “Tick tock, time’s up!” Will it be Doomsday all day for The Way? Or can Johnny Wrestling help his boy get one over on Kross?
Johnny and Theory are both stunned seeing Kross’ entrance, but Johnny snaps Theory out of it and coaches him up. Fans chant “TICK TOCK!” as Theory sheepishly gets in the ring with Kross. The bell rings and Theory circles with Kross, but ends up in a corner. Theory dodges, fires off forearms, then knees. Kross shoves Theory away, Theory dodges to dropkick! Kross stays up! And gets mad… Kross choke grips, puts Theory in a corner and BOOTS him down! Theory sits up in a daze and Kross grins at Gargano. Kross drags Theory up, puts him in another corner and TOSSES him across the way!
Gargano and Kross stare down, but Kross runs corner to corner, only for Theory to dodge! Kross avoids hitting buckles, wags his finger, and Theory lariats, but bounces off! Kross LARIATS and down goes Theory! Scarlett smiles as she watches Kross stalk Theory. Kross looms over Theory, fans rally as he wrenches and keylocks Theory and puts him in another corner for a HEAVY body shot! Kross wrenches, keylocks and ROCKS Theory again! Theory falls to his knees, Kross BOOTS him to the mat! Kross has Theory on ropes, chokes him, but lets off at the ref’s count of 4. Kross grins and dares Theory to reach for Gargano, only to STOMP his fingers!
Kross laughs as he looms over Theory again. Kross gets Theory up, knees him low and hard, then bumps him off buckles. Kross runs in but Theory knees him back! Theory runs, into an EXPLODER! Fans fire up as Kross says this is the end! Kross gets Theory up, brings him in, DOOMS- NO! Theory rakes eyes while Gargano distracts the ref! Scarlett protests but Kross bails out. Gargano tells Theory to take advantage of the bad eyes! Theory gets around all the big strikes, and he RAMS Kross into Plexiglas! And then DDT’s him hard to the floor! Fans boo, Theory leaves Kross behind, but Kross gets in at 9.9!
Kross then slides out, Theory goes out after him, Kross scoops and aims, but Theory slips off to POST Kross first! Gargano is even surprised as Theory puts Kross in! BUZZSAW! Theory rains down fists, stomps away on arms and shoulders, then rains down forearms! Scarlett coaches Kross, fans rally up, and Kross knees Theory low and hard! Theory ends up on the apron, Kross storms over but into a hotshot! Theory slingshot somersaults for a SHOTGUN dropkick! Cover, ONE?! Kross shocks The Way but Gargano coaches Theory to keep focus. Theory stalks Kross, runs in and clotheslines in a corner! Then scoops for a FALL AWAY SLAM!
Theory gives a thumbs up to Gargano, but Kross is back up! DOOMSDAY SAIDO!! And then another DOOMSDAY SAIDO!! Kross is winding the hands of time, “TIME’S UP!!” APOCALYPSE ELBOW!! Kross doesn’t cover, either, he rains down forearms of fury on Theory’s head! Kross stares Gargano down as he puts on the KROSSJACKET!! Theory is OUT, Kross wins!!
Winner: Karrion Kross, by submission
This could’ve been called by knockout after what Kross did to Theory! Kross promised to hit harder than life itself, and he may just have! Will Kross do this to everyone on his path? But wait! Finn Balor appears! Fans are going nuts as Prince and Doomsday stare down! Finn says he doesn’t wait in line. He wants his rematch! Kross wants another round, too, so challenge accepted! When and where will these two forces of NXT collide again?
Next week will be COLOSSAL because Bronson Reed is getting his shot! Will Reed crush Johnny Gargano and take the NXT North American Championship away from him?
NXT shares an exclusive from earlier today.
William Regal was talking about tonight’s big title matches, but Leon Ruff walked in. He apologizes for interrupting and says he wants to compete. Regal, however, says that would not be wise after how he was beat up last week. Ruff knew Regal would say that, he checked with the medical team and they said he was cleared. Regal knows that, they report to him. But that doesn’t matter, he won’t allow it. Ruff says that’ snot good enough and he throws things off Regal’s desk! “What do I gotta do?!” Regal says Ruff is NOT competing tonight, and tells him to leave. Ruff storms off, but what will Ruff do to get even with Isaiah “Swerve” Scott?
MSK VS Breezango!
Wes Lee & Nash Carter have made an impact as NXT Tag Team Champions, but they have to be careful with the fashionable and formidable Prince Pretty and Lord of the Dance! Will these #MustSeeKids continue to prove their worth?
The teams sort out and Lee starts with Breeze. They circle, fans rally and the two tie up. They go around, Breeze arm-drags and then backs away to lounge on the top rope. Fandango “makes it rain” on Breeze, Lee rushes in but Breeze waistlocks to a snapmare, only for Lee to return with a shoulder tackle! Things speed up, Breeze hurdles, Lee FLIPS, and fans admit that was good. Lee does a shimmy, then hurdles Breeze, but Breeze whips Lee. Lee stops to suplex but Breeze fights that off. Breeze suplexes, Lee lands to waistlock, but Breeze bucks him away! SUPERKICKS collide, and the two shake out their legs. Breeze seems a bit stunned Lee is this quick, but both he and Lee tag out.
Carter and Dango circle, tie up, and Dango wrenches to a wristlock. Carter rolls, handsprings and flips to arm-drag Dango away. Carter wrenches an arm now, whips Dango to a corner, but Dango goes up and over to arm-drag back! Dango swivels hips, things speed up again, Carter dropkicks Dango down! Carter shows off his own hip swivels, Dango kicks low! Dango headlocks, Breeze tags in as Carter powers out. Carter and Breeze drop, and drop, and then drop, Dango eventually runs into Breeze! Breeze headlocks Carter, Carter powers out, and somehow the ref ends up part of this! The ref hurdles, Carter dropkicks Breeze out of the ring! Fans are rallying for the ref!
Breeze and Carter reset, the ref remembers he’s a ref, but fans still say “That was Awesome!” as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Fandango has Lee in a headlock. Lee fights up, Fandango knees low then whips him to a corner. Lee manages to dodge to then ENZIGURI Fandango! Lee snapmares Dango, handsprings back but Dango gets under and JAPANESE ARM-DRAGS Lee into buckles! Fandango gets Lee up, FALCON ARROW! Cover, Carter breaks it! Dango is upset, but he drags Lee up and over to tag Breeze. Breeze has the legs, he and Dango coordinate, but Lee disrupts the Fashion Faux Pas with a shoulder tackle! Lee stomps Breeze then stumbles away to tag in Carter! MSK rallies on Breeze with kick after kick, BUZZSAW to DOUBLE STOMPS! And then, the PUSH-SAULT! Cover, Dango barrels in to break it!
All four men are down, the fans are fired up, and all four rise as the fans rally up. Lee and Breeze are on one side, Dango and Carter on the other. Lee and Breeze punch first, but Dango and Carter respond. They go back and forth, Lee and Breeze, Dango and Carter. The brawl moves to everyone’s feet, Lee ENZIGURIS but Breeze SUPER MODEL KICKS! Breeze dodges Carter to SUPER MODEL KICK! MSK is down, Breeze hurries to tag in Dango! Dango climbs and Carter is in a drop zone! Carter gets up fast, though, and SHORYUKENS! Carter climbs to join Dango, but Dango resists the superplex! Dango throws body shots, knocks Carter away, but Carter returns with a JUMPING KNEE!
Carter sees Breezango outside, goes to the corner, SUPER MOONSAULT takes them both down! Fans are thunderous as Carter puts Dango in and tags Lee! MSK coordinates, assisted SHOTGUN dropkick! Breeze tags in as Dango is in the corner, and he gets Lee’s arms! Lee resists the turn, Carter SUPERKICKS! MSK combines, BLOCKBUSTER SPINEBUSTER! Cover, MSK wins!
Winners: MSK, by pinfall
That energy and innovation is why MSK are NXT Tag Team Champions! Breezango show respect to the young champions, but MSK tells Legado that the champs aren’t hard to fine! If they want the titles, come get them! MSK all night and all day!
Alexander Wolfe is showing signs of the stomach flu, so he won’t be competing against Killian Dain tonight! Will Imperium’s Hatchet Man have to try again next week when it comes to settling things with the Belfast Beast?
Johnny Gargano angrily leads NXT Media to William Regal’s office.
Gargano shouts “This sucks!” as he heads for the door. Regal says this is actually rather nice. He doesn’t have a meeting and the door was open this time. Gargano asks if he heard right about next week’s title match. He did hear right! Well that’s real nice, isn’t it? First, Regal feeds Theory to the wolves, then he hates Gargano enough to put him in a match! Regal doesn’t hate Gargano, he respects Gargano’s ability. Then treat him like it! Treat him like the North American Champion! That’s what Regal’s doing! So Gargano’s still facing Reed next week! Good luck.
Gargano grabs for the brass knuckles and Regal tells him not to dare touch that. Gargano takes Regal’s pencil and breaks it! Will Gargano’s anger only cost him when he takes on another huge challenge?
BIG news for the next TakeOver!
As first broken by Barstool Sports’ Rasslin’ podcast with Brandon Walker, NXT is back In Your House! June 13, 2021, NXT brings back the retro tradition to make a new tradition of their own! And Todd Pettengill will be back, too!
Ever-Rise has an impromptu episode of Ever-Rise Live.
Well not really, they’re just behind commentary.
Pete Dunne is in the ring.
“So Karrion Kross has chosen Finn Balor? And y’know what? I don’t blame him. Because we both know I’m the toughest match-up there is. So Karrion, keep ducking me, mate. Cuz sooner or later, that title is mine! Cuz I’m the baddest man in NXT! And see if anyone in the back thinks otherwise, here’s your chance! Try and prove me wrong!” Dunne is issuing an open challenge! But who takes it? LEON RUFF, and from outta nowhere! Ruff fires off hands, Dunne shoves him away, but Ruff comes back with a dropkick! Dunne bails out, Ruff dares him to come back, and it seems Regal’s orders had a loophole! Will this be another rough night for Ruff? Or will he show the Bruiserweight what tough is all about?
Pete Dunne w/ Oney Lorcan VS Leon Ruff!
The bell rings and Ruff fires off on Dunne again! Dunne SPINEBUSTERS Ruff and rains down fists from all sides for that! Dunne goes for an arm, Ruff throws him away and KICKS from the mat! Ruff runs corner to corner but Dunne puts him on the apron. Ruff ROCKS Dunne, goes up and around and under, but Dunne gets the arm to roll Ruff for body scissors. Dunne clamps onto Ruff’s arm, bends the fingers back as far as he can, and Ruff shouts in pain as Dunne tortures the digits! Dunne locks the arm, hammers Ruff in the head, then shifts to twist the wrist. Ruff gets up, fans fire up and Ruff CHOPS! Ruff goes up the corner, on the ropes and SPRINGBOARD RANAS!
Dunne staggers up, but sends Ruff into ropes to then CLOBBER him! Ruff gasps for air, Dunne kicks him in the side then goes after the arm again. Dunne bends the fingers way back, and STOMPS the shoulder! Dunne kicks at Ruff, Ruff crawls to ropes, but Dunne wraps the arm around ropes to bend him back! Dunne chinbars to CHOP Ruff down! The ref reprimands but Dunne drags Ruff up again to SLAP! Ruff CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Dunne shoves Ruff, Ruff dodges to ENZIGURI! Dunne falls into a BACKBREAKER, Ruff pops Dunne up for another ENIGURI! Ruff goes up to hit a missile dropkick! But Dunne ENZIGURIS on return!
Dunne gets Ruff up, whips, but Ruff rebounds to LARIAT! Ruff keeps moving, leaps, but Dunne DECKS him! Dunn has a TRIANGLE HOLD and throws elbows in over and over! Ruff is OUT, the ref calls it!
Winner: Pete Dunne, by referee stoppage
Ruff is tough, but the Bruiserweight is just that brutal. Will Dunne show no mercy until he’s got the title match he wants? Speaking of no mercy, Dunne grabs Ruff’s hand and SNAPS the fingers!! Will Ruff regret going around Regal’s orders?
El Legado del Fantasma speaks.
Raul Mendoza says tonight, we’ll see who the real NXT Cruiserweight Champion is, and that is Santos Escobar. Joaquin Wilde says that while Kushida is champion right now, Escobar brings it home. Escobar himself says that the only reason Kushida is still champion is because Escobar has let him. It stops tonight! Escobar vows that after tonight, he will be Leader of Leaders, Emperor of Lucha Libre, sange y tradicion, and TWO-TIME NXT Cruiserweight Champion! Will the Phantom be able to back up all these words when he must defeat Kushida not once but twice in the same match?
Ladies and gentlemen, you’re cordially invited…
…to the greatest moment of your lives! The in-ring premiere, live on NXT in two weeks, Franky Money! Will Monet live up to the hype when she finally laces up her boots?
MORE BREAKING NEWS!
It has been made official! Two weeks from tonight, Kross VS Balor the epic rematch happens live on NXT! The NXT Championship will be back on the line, but will the Prince take back his throne?
NXT Women’s Championship: Raquel Gonzalez w/ Dakota Kai VS Mercedes Martinez!
Big Mami Cool knew Cobra Kai wasn’t going to cut it against Mean Ms. Martinez, so she took matters into her own hands. Raquel respects that Mercedes paved the way, but she won’t show any restraint against her in the ring! Will Mercedes return the favor when she takes away the title?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Ricky Desperado’s first defense puts her to the test!
Mercedes goes right after Raquel with heavy hands! And she clotheslines Raquel up and out of the ring! Mercedes goes to the apron and CANNONBALLS! Raquel goes down, and Mercedes scares Dakota off! Mercedes runs and KNEES Raquel into Plexiglas! The ring count climbs, Mercedes refreshes it, and goes out to fire off on Raquel again! Mercedes puts Raquel in as NXT goes picture in picture.
Raquel hits back and CLUBS Mercedes, then bumps her off buckles! Raquel stomps Mercedes, drags her back up and whips her corner to corner hard! Mercedes hits the mat, Raquel looms over her, and then drags her into a chicken wing and chinbar. Mercedes endures being stretched, fights up to her feet, but Raquel throws her down by her hair! Raquel stalks Mercedes, chokes her on the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Raquel brings Mercedes around but Mercedes fires off again! Mercedes ROCKS Raquel with an uppercut then bumps her off buckles! Mercedes stomps a mudhole, digs her boots in, but lets off as the ref counts.
Mercedes gets Raquel up to ROCK with another uppercut, then whips her to ropes. Raquel dodges to DECK Mercedes with one right! Raquel scoops and walks around with Mercedes before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Raquel grows frustrated but she stands over Mercedes. Raquel gives Mercedes toying kicks before she SNAP SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO! Raquel is right on Mercedes with a keylock and chinbar! Mercedes endures, fights and gets a ropebreak with a foot. Raquel throws Mercedes down then covers, TWO! Mercedes gets back to the ropes, Raquel storms over but Mercedes throws body shots. Raquel CLUBS Mercedes down and throws elbows. Cover, TWO!
Raquel argues with the ref as Mercedes gets to ropes. Raquel throws haymakers, lets off as the ref counts, and Mercedes hits back! Mercedes CHOPS and CHOPS and forearms and CHOPS as NXT returns to single picture! Mercedes whips, Raquel reverses and LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Raquel is frustrated again, and she drags Mercedes up by her hair. Raquel whips Mercedes to a corner, runs in to SPLASH, then brings Mercedes out to scoop and SLAM again! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Mercedes survives, but Raquel drags her into a chinlock. Mercedes endures and throws punches from below! Mercedes gets free, CLUBS Raquel, then fires off more strikes!
Raquel shoves Mercedes, but Mercedes comes back to go after legs! Mercedes gets Raquel down, fires off hands but Raquel throws her out of the ring! Mercedes returns and clamps on a SLEEPER! Raquel flails and scrambles around, and RAMS Mercedes into buckles! Mercedes holds on, Raquel RAMS her in again! Mercedes is holding on tight, but Raquel powers her through to a lawn dart, only for Mercedes to send her into ropes! Mercedes ROCKS Raquel, runs in but misses in the corner! Mercedes dodges the boot to ROCK Raquel again! Mercedes gets Raquel onto the top rope for a DRAPING SWINGING NECKBREAKER!! Cover, TWO!!
Fans are fired up as Mercedes and Raquel are down! Raquel gets to an apron, Mercedes joins her and runs in to SPEAR her onto the apron! Fans are thunderous and Dakota panics as both women flop to the floor! Mercedes hurries to get Raquel up and in at 7 of 10! Cover, TWO!! Raquel kicks from the mat but so does Mercedes! They kick more, Mercedes gets up to stomp and ROCK Raquel, throwing heavy hand after heavy hand! Mercedes runs, but rolls into an ALLEY-OOP into ropes! Mercedes flops out of the ring but Raquel snarls as she crawls after her. Raquel won’t leave it to the count as she drags Mercedes up and RAMS her into barriers!
Raquel brings Mercedes up to lawn dart into the post! Raquel goes in, drags Mercedes to a cover, TWO!! Mercedes is still in this and Raquel is starting to lose her cool. Dakota coaches Raquel, fans rally and duel, and Raquel drags Mercedes up. Mercedes jawbreakers back! Mercedes kicks a leg, throws haymakers, then runs, but Raquel shields herself from the body check. Mercedes stomps Raquel more, throws EuroUppers, then runs, but Raquel LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Raquel hurries to get Mercedes up for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Raquel is angry, she gets Mercedes up, but Mercedes fights the bomb off to roll up! TWO, and Mercedes KNEES Raquel down!
Mercedes drags Raquel up, fisherman to the BUSTER! Cover, TWO!?! Raquel survives and Mercedes can’t believe it! Mercedes hurries to get Raquel up by her wrists, fires off KNEE after KNEE into her head, but Raquel dodges the third to BOOT! Raquel hurries to drag Mercedes back up, hooks the leg, DESPERADO BOMB!! Cover, Raquel wins!
Winner: Raquel Gonzalez, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Champion)
Mercedes put up one hell of a fight, but in the end, it was not enough! Will Raquel continue to knock down those that line up to face her?
Isaiah “Swerve” Scott and crew arrive.
They don’t let the cameramen get in their way and even shove one down! #TopDolla AJ Francis tells him to get up, he wasn’t even pushed that hard. What will Swerve, AJF, Ashante “Thee” Adonis and Briana Brandy have to say to NXT after the break?
NXT returns and Gargano is getting kicked out from somewhere?
Gargano promises to see Reed next week, and we find that he just finished attacking Reed in his locker room! Reed gets up and says, “Johnny’s a dead man!” But Reed is in no shape to do anything about it tonight, will he have 7 days to grow meaner and madder?
Isaiah “Swerve” Scott stands on stage.
He has a mic to say, “It’s about to get real spooky here in NXT.” With that, the “Hit Row” make their first official entrance! Brandy, Adonis and #TopDolla stand with Swerve, strike a pose, and then swagger down to the ring. They get Swerve a chair so he can sit, and he admits he made mistakes in NXT. But the biggest mistake was that he was trying to be something that the fans all thought he was. That’s not Swerve! “Whose house? Swerve’s house?” “Swerve is confidence?” That’s not him! But what is Swerve? “Swerve is a savage. Swerve is disrespectful. Swerve is a very dangerous man.” And that’s how he’s been the last six months.
So it only felt right to recruit those who felt just like him! Staring with Top Dolla! Why he Top Dolla? Because from the NFL to A&E to XXL Magazine to NXT on USA, he makes top dolla everyday! He’s nefarious, scariest, make you digest each line like lariats! Anyone want a beef? He gonna bury ya! You don’t know what’ sat stake, you become vegetarian! Quick question? Who hotta than Top Dolla? Not nada! Adonis has three rules. First, details are crucial. Second, don’t try him, proceed with caution. And third, check your energy when you come around them or you gonna get WORLDSTAR’D! Whoa, alright, relax, no one else is out here.
Brandy says you just have to look at her and you’ll understand she’s fab. They see it! Brandy IS fab. But unlucky for everyone else, she’s also legit. She’s been on tour with Juicy J, been overseas and coulda stayed, but Swerve said he needed a mind, so she didn’t mind. She’s the dime who makes the deals, like last week with Leon Ruff. Who? That boy’s a done deal. They put money on Ruff’s head so Dolla dropped him! Swerve says this is fun and all, but look at what’s in the ring right now! “This here is a problem! Together, we produce hits! We are Hit Row! And if you didn’t know, now you know!” Will these four hit the top of the charts and get gold as easy as breathing?
Cameron Grimes went to a local auction today.
The auction was for a beautiful lakefront home with 8 bed, 6 baths, a full Jacuzzi and a deck overlooking the lake. The bidding starts at two MILLION dollars! But Cameron Grimes said, “Hold the phone!” He asks Mr. Alan if it’s for two, then put him down. Yes, sir, please have a seat first. Grimes says no problem. Two million? Two fifty? Three? Grimes can’t keep up, why’s he talking so fast? The numbers climb, Grimes says everyone should just stop now as he goes for four million. Five million! Five and a half! Grimes is getting annoyed. Who is that? Six million! Seven! Eight MILLION! Grimes is confident, but then someone says TWENTY MILLION!?!? Grimes can’t handle that!
Who spends 20 million on a house?! The winner is TED DEBIASE!! Grimes loses his mind again and says Ted is ruining his life! Grimes dares him to bring it on! DeBiase says it again, everyone has a price for the Million Dollar Man. And Grimes is no Million Dollar Man. Grimes shouts, “WHYYYY~!?” But when and where, if at all, will Grimes finally get even with the living legend?
Zoey Stark speaks.
“I was a big fan of Toni Storm before I got here. She is exactly what she says she is: a global superstar.” The problem is, Toni stopped performing and started talking. Toni said Stark was pissing her off as a “flavor of the month” that was losing her taste. Toni does not like Stark, but not because Stark beat her, but because she outworks her. Stark practically lives in the gym, moves around in the weight room, puts in the hard work to be a success, and then beat Storm. We get a rematch next week, and it won’t be an upset but a legit victory because Storm is going to face a wrestling machine! Will Stark ride the lightning and end #ToniTime before it begins again?
Kyle O’Reilly VS Oney Lorcan w/ Pete Dunne!
While #CoolKyle wants another go at the NXT Championship, but the Boston Brawler says he just can’t get it done! Kyle knows Lorcan is itching for a fight so he’s giving him a fight on live television! Will Kyle use Lorcan as a launching pad back into the top title scene?
The bell rings, Kyle and Lorcan circle, and they tie up. They end up on the ropes, the ref counts and the two reset. Kyle and Lorcan tie up again, Lorcan gets an arm but Kyle gets them to the ropes again. The ref counts, the two back off, and then go again. Lorcan powers Kyle onto ropes, lets off, but swings a chop! Kyle dodges, kicks but Lorcan blocks! Lorcan gets a facelock, floats all around, gets the arm, and drags Kyle down to a headscissor. Kyle moves around, rolls Lorcan over to get the legs then float to a headlock. Kyle shifts his grip to then get an arm. Lorcan fights free, fights up, and puts Kyle in a corner. The ref counts, Lorcan swings but Kyle ducks to hit back! And again!
Kyle headlocks, grinds Lorcan, but Lorcan powers out, only for Kyle to run him over! Things speed up, Lorcan BLASTS Kyle down with that back elbow! Lorcan bumps Kyle off buckles, whips him corner to corner hard, and Kyle hits the mat! Lorcan looms over Kyle, taunts him, and has him at the ropes to shove and CLUBS him in the back! Kyle flops to the apron, Lorcan goes after him through the ropes, but Kyle gets a HANGING ARMBAR! The ref counts, Kyle lets off, and Dunne is right there. Kyle stares Dunne down but Lorcan CLBOBERS him from behind! Fans boo and Kyle writhes as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Lorcan knocks Kyle down with a straddle attack! Lorcan rains down rights, but lets Kyle get up so he can CHOP him to a corner! Lorcan talks trash right in Kyle’s face before he CHOPS him! Kyle hits back, Lorcan CHOPS again, repeat! Kyle manages to stay up, KICKS back, but Lorcan blocks a kick to elbow the knee! Lorcan runs in to back elbow Kyle in a corner. Lorcan goes corner to corner but into a kitchen sink knee! Kyle gets Lorcan up, clinches and fires off knees, then SLAPS and knees and KICKS! Kyle sweeps the legs, fans fire up! Lorcan goes to a corner, Kyle runs in, and hits a BIG forearm smash! Kyle wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER and BIG back suplex!
Kyle gets a HEEL HOOK! Lorcan goes for his own but rolls to a ropebreak! The ref counts, Kyle lets off fast and KICKS Lorcan’s leg! Lorcan CHOPS back, Kyle KICKS, repeat! Kyle knees low, reels Lorcan in for a facelock but Lorcan fights off the guillotine, only to get a KNEE to the chest! Kyle gets Lorcan up, BRAINBUSTER! Kyle goes to a corner, climbs up top, KING KONG KNEE DROP!! Cover, Kyle wins!
Winner: Kyle O’Reilly, by pinfall
Dunne fires off on Kyle! Kyle hits back but Lorcan returns! Lorcan get Kyle down so Dunne can STOMP Kyle’s head! The 2v1 mugging continues, but BOBBY FISH returns! He fires off KICKS on Dunne and Lorcan! Fish DECKS Lorcan, SPLASHES Dunne, but Lorcan comes back. Fish elbows Lorcan away, BOOTS Dunne out, and Kyle KICKS Lorcan down! Fans are fired up as reDRagon has reunited! Well, not quite. Kyle says he is doing his own thing, and Fish respects that, because he has his own scores to settle with Dunne and Lorcan. Will these two finish what the Bruiserweight and Boston Brawler started, but not together?
“In a world…”
“…filled with evil and uncertainty, two women overcame every obstacle and found a way to achieve their destiny.” The NEW NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions are Indi Hartwell and Candice LeRae, of The Way! Cheesy superhero movie stuff aside, will Indi & Candice lead the way into the future?
Bronson Reed speaks.
“JOHNNY, GARGANO! I am sick to death of you! I am sick to death of Austin Theory, and I am sick to death of The Way!” Reed talked with William Regal, and he has given Reed what he wants! The North American Championship match is now inside a STEEL CAGE!! Will this already colossal match going full metal be the way Gargano’s reign ends?
NXT Cruiserweight Championship, Best 2 Out of 3 Falls: KUSHIDA VS Santos Escobar w/ El Legado del Fantasma!
The Time Splitter dethroned the undisputed Cruiserweight Champion right after TakeOver: Stand & Deliver because of the arrogance of Escobar’s open challenge. But now, Escobar has returned to take this title away! This will settle things so that there are no excuses! Will the Emperor of Lucha be better than the Super Junior twice to solidify his legacy?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and perhaps the most important match in this division’s history main events NXT!
Escobar kicks and clubs Kushida right away! Then he throws Kushida out! The ref keeps him in the ring but Legado makes a move! Kushida is ready and he hits them first! Then MSK FLIES in from the barriers! Lee & Carter aren’t going to let Wilde & Mendoza ruin this, and also get in some shots before their own inevitable title match! Lee ROUNDHOUSES, Carter KNEES, and the ref has to tell them all they’re EJECTED from ringside! Good enough for MSK! Escobar is pissed, but he doesn’t see Kushida climbing! He turns around, Kushida SUPER SWANTONS! Direct hit and the CWC is thunderous as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns and Kushida runs but into a dropkick! Escobar catches his breath, drags Kushida from ropes, and has a Half Crab that he gets a side angle on so he can fishhook Kushida’s face! The ref reprimands, Escobar drags Kushida up and puts him in a corner. Escobar CHOPS Kushida down, hoists him up top, and then CHOPS him again! Escobar climbs up to fireman’s carry, for a TOP ROPE GUTBUSTER! Kushida flops to the steel steps below, Escobar goes out after him to throwback to their previous match! Boston Crab into the post! The ref counts, Escobar lets off because he can’t waste a fall, and he goes into the ring. Kushida KICKS, Escobar fires off forearms!
Escobar whips, drop toeholds, then gets the legs to hook them up. Escobar clubs Kushida, gets his arms, and brings Kushida into the ROMERO SPECIAL! Kushida endures the floating surfboard, Escobar throws him down and then reels him into a deep camel clutch! Kushida still endures, Escobar shifts to shoot the half on a cover, TWO! Kushida gets to a corner but Escobar kicks him down! Escobar stands Kushida up, fires forearms, but Kushida fires them back! Escobar BOOTS Kushida, KICKS him, then stalks him back to a corner. Escobar digs his knees in and chokes Kushida on ropes, but the ref counts. Escobar lets off, to then pull Kushida back against ropes!
The ref counts, Escobar lets off, he stomps Kushida and kicks him around. Escobar drags Kushida up, throws more forearms, then runs corner to corner to DOUBLE KNEE Kushida down! Fans rally and duel while Escobar talks trash to Kushida. Escobar gives more kicks, more haymakers, and more CHOPS! Kushida staggers, Escobar puts him back in the corner and ROCKS him! Escobar puts Kushida up top, climbs up to join him, but Kushida shoves him away! Escobar comes back to bring Kushida down for more haymakers! Escobar climbs up so he can rain down punches and he gets 10! The fans duel, Escobar soaks up the heat, and he puts Kushida up top to CHOP!
Escobar climbs again, and SUPER STEINERS, but into a sunset flip! TWO!! Kushida is after an arm, Escobar whips him away, but Kushida handsprings and back elbows! Kushida whips to hip toss, cartwheel and dropkick Escobar down! Kushida fires up but Escobar KNEES him first! Fireman’s carry and PHANTOM DRIVER!! Cover, Escobar scores a fall!
Escobar: 1; Kushida: 0
The Emperor has the first point and is now in control! Fans rally up and Escobar runs in, DOUBLE KNEES to Kushida! Escobar runs, but Kushida jumps to get a body scissors! Kushida drags Escobar down, gets the arm and has the ARMBAR!! Escobar knows he’s stuck, so he TAPS!
Escobar: 1; Kushida: 1
In the blink of an eye, we’re back to square one! It all comes down to this, who will be NXT Cruiserweight Champion?! Both men recover as NXT goes picture in picture!
Escobar shakes out the bad arm while Kushida is in a corner. A ring count could still settle this but Escobar gets in. Kushida runs corner to corner to dropkick Escobar down! Kushida stomps and stomps and then rains down fists! Kushida lets off to get Escobar up and wrench the arm. ARMBAR BULLDOG! Kushida stands over Escobar, stands on the arm and hammerlocks it to CRANK it!! Escobar writhes and clutches the elbow but Kushida is after him again. Kushida KICKS the shoulder, Escobar reaches for ropes but Kushida drags him away. Kushida wrenches to another ELBOW BREAKER!
Escobar staggers to a corner, Kushida drags him down and locks the bad arm to then get the good arm and step over. Kushida has the double omoplata and SNAP LOCKS ’em! Escobar writhes, Kushida KICKS him in the leg and the side over and over! Escobar rolls to an apron, Kushida is after him, but Escobar kicks him away. Kushida comes back to KICK the bad arm! Kushida gets the arm, pushes down for a cover, TWO, into a KIMURA! Escobar fights up, Kushida CLUBS the arm and YANKS it! Kushida wants the double wristlock again but Escobar gets up. They go around and around, Kushida stays clamped on and NXT returns to single picture.
They go around and around and Escobar throws Kushida out! Escobar goes out after Kushida but Kushida is right after the arm! Escobar RAMS Kushida into barriers! Escobar hurries inside, Kushida gets him through the ropes! Escobar ROCKS Kushida, but Kushida has the KIMURA again! Escobar HOTSHOTS Kushida down! Escobar builds speed to DIVE!! Direct hit at the ramp with that Arrow from Hell! Escobar puts Kushida in, covers, TWO!! Kushida is still in this but Escobar covers again, TWO! Escobar underhooks the arms, Kushida fights the driver, and he breaks free to wrench and run! Escobar scoops, tilt-o-whirl but Kushida makes it a DDT!!
Both men are down and the CWC is thunderous! Kushida goes to a corner, Escobar slowly gets up. Kushida climbs a corner to AX HANDLE the bad arm! Kushida hits the FAST BALL and the PENALTY KICK! Escobar bails out but Kushida builds speed to slide. Escobar ducks under to waistlock, but Kushida has the arm to ARMBAR BULLDOG again! Fans are fired up as Kushida drags Escobar back up. Kushida puts Escobar in, stalks up behind Escobar, but Escobar avoids the kick! Kushida wheelbarrows to a victory roll, TWO!! Kushida jumps on to body scissor! Escobar makes the Hoverboard into a small package! TWO!! CALF KICK!
Escobar drags Kushida up into the fireman’s carry, but Kushida fights free! Escobar switches, Kushida blocks to sit, TWO, to a sunset! TWO, high stack! TWO, sunset, TWO! Prawn hold, TWO!!! Things speed up again, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down!! “This is Awesome!” and still isn’t over yet! Escobar and Kushida slowly stir, Escobar is in a corner and Kushida runs in! Escobar blocks, puts Kushida up top and ENZIGURIS! Escobar climbs up again, fireman’s carries, fans anticipate what’s coming, and Kushida does, too! Kushida elbows free this time! Kushida has Escobar with a double wristlock, SUPER ARM-DRAG!! HOVERBOARD LOCK!!
Escobar endures, reaches, but Kushida drags him away from the ropes!! Kushida cranks as hard as he can but Escobar keeps fighting! ROPEBREAK! Kushida has the arm still, Escobar rams into buckles, and again! Kushida throws knees in return, and HAMMERLOCK SUPLEXES Escobar into buckles! Kushida drags Escobar back up, for another HAMMERLOCK SUPLEX! Bridging cover, Kushida wins!!!
Winner: KUSHIDA, by pinfall (still NXT Cruiserweight Champion)
The Time Splitter outmaneuvers Escobar and holds onto the title! Will this send the Emperor of Lucha to the back of the line? Who is next for Kushida’s growing reign?
What an awesome night! Of course, just about every week of NXT is awesome, but this was especially awesome. I don’t usually note recap packages, but NXT used the small recap of last week’s NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship match to transition into hyping up tonight’s matches. That is something Raw and even SmackDown can learn to do with their recent use of opening recaps. And using this one to set up Kross VS Theory opening the show was pretty well done. Theory and Gargano had great character work here, the match itself was perhaps the most intense a squash match could be, and of course Kross wins.
Gargano being mad at Regal is of course a great running gag. Gargano gets mad he has a match next week, reactively attacks Reed and only makes things worse for himself, and I am sure I am going to again be surprised by how well a steel cage match can go. Maybe Gargano wins, maybe Reed wins, who knows. The Way having that quick superhero spot to remind us again that Candice & Indi won the tag titles was fun, but I was hoping for a bit more, like a minute or so showing us how dysfunctional and chaotic it was to get things right for that little bit we got to see. Or at least a reaction from Shotzi and Ember. Maybe we get another The Way superhero video and then a reaction next week.
The next couple of weeks are being built up pretty well, too. Storm VS Stark, the North American Championship Steel Cage match, maybe Wolfe VS Dain that we were supposed to get tonight, just to name a few for next week, are all great matches. Then in two weeks, Franky Monet finally wrestles for NXT, and Kross VS Balor happens on TV! A big match in May before TakeOver: In Your House 2021 in June makes some sense, and will make for awesome television again. But I am thinking Kross finds a way to retain so that he can be the one who faces Kyle at TakeOver. Dunne’s open challenge answered by Ruff was great, Kyle VS Lorcan was great, Fish returning was awesome, and while I like them as reDRagon, it makes a lot of sense for Kyle and Fish to try things as singles stars for right now.
Grimes losing an auction to DeBiase was great, if only because it gives us a general idea of the (kayfabe) amount of money Grimes is making. He was willing to go to eight million but high double digits was too much. “Hit Row” is a good enough name for Swerve’s faction, their promos together were alright, it was the first time #TopDolla, Briana Brandy or even Ashante “Thee” Adonis (Tehuti Miles) have gotten real talking time, but it helped get their personalities and roles in the group across. Give it some time and I’m sure these four will be a top faction in NXT.
I’m a little surprised the women’s title didn’t main event, but I suppose it did give the match time to breathe. I think some booing had to be piped in to convince viewers that Raquel was the Heel, because I am sure the CWC fans love both Raquel and Mercedes. Raquel retaining makes sense, she just got going with this title, and she is definitely heading to TakeOver to face just about anyone NXT wants her to because there are so many good choices. MSK VS Breezango was a very good tag match, and they had the ref getting involved in a way that enhanced the match, and I think started getting some of the more reluctant CWC fans onboard.
MSK calling out Legado is a good move on their part, as was helping fight Legado off during the main event. Kushida VS Escobar is an awesome match, definitely worthy of the main event, but I figured there would be the usual case of WWE and televised wrestling making the second fall happen really quickly. But even then, NXT had a brilliant way of making that work because commentary sold the surprise of that armbar. Escobar took a smart, tactical approach of giving up his lead to save his arm, and then that arm still comes back to bite him because Kushida just kept after it and used that to win. Kushida retaining makes sense, Escobar can move on to whoever or whatever else, Kushida can give us fresh match ups, and surely Jordan Devlin will be putting his name back in the conversation soon enough.
My Score: 9.4/10
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