Does the Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection have a blueprint for this situation?
After weeks of Bayley & Sasha Banks talking down to the SmackDown Women’s Division, the SmackDown Women’s Division is fighting back! Who wins tonight’s massive Triple Threat Tag?
- Triple Threat Tag: The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection VS Bliss-Cross VS Lacey Evans & Dana Brooke; Evans & Brooke win.
- Chad Gable VS Dash Wilder w/ Scott Dawson; Gable wins.
- Kofi Kingston w/ Big E VS The Miz; Kingston wins.
- Otis Dozovic w/ Tucker Knight VS Drew Gulak; Otis wins.
- Braun Strowman VS Cesaro w/ Sami Zayn & Shinsuke Nakamura; Strowman wins.
- Roman Reigns & Daniel Bryan VS Baron Corbin & Dolph Ziggler; No Contest.
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New Year, New #1 Contender!
After a night marked by The Big Dog’s grudge with the Wolf King, the Triple Threat to determine Bray Wyatt’s Royal Rumble opponent was carried out. Baron Corbin mocked Daniel Bryan and The Miz, and had his Show-Off squire help out, but his tyranny would not stand! Roman Reigns kept Corbin out, and Bryan beat Miz fair and square! But Bray was the one who was most excited. That’s because “he” isn’t done “playing” with Bryan yet. Is Bryan willing to do whatever it takes? Is Bryan willing to #LetHimIn? The answer then was “YES!” but will Bryan come to regret it?
The MIz finds Daniel Bryan backstage.
Miz stares daggers at Bryan. “The Fiend violated my home.” There is nothing Miz wants or needs more than to avenge what Bray did to Miz’s family. Miz vows to take away everything Bray cares about, but Bryan is the one who earned that right. While Miz figures things out, he will say this: “Defeat The Fiend at Royal Rumble. Not just for me, for everyone.” Will Bryan carry Miz’s mission on his shoulders when WWE goes to Houston?
Triple Threat Tag: The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection VS Bliss-Cross VS Lacey Evans & Dana Brooke!
Sasha Banks & Bayley claim to be “role models” and “locker room leaders,” yet they only ever talk down to the rest of the SmackDown Women’s roster. So the rest of the roster is here to shut them up! Will the uprising be successful? Or will the #Blueprint and SmackDown Women’s Champion simply make examples out of their opponents?
Before the match, Bayley has a mic and says, “We all made it to 2020. I’m sure all of you guys have been spending the last couple of days thinking about your resolutions.” The usual things, like going to the gym, eating healthy, chasing dreams, “but c’mon. Let’s not lie to ourselves. You guys aren’t going to follow through with any of that!” Change is hard, and the people in the crowd don’t have what it takes to change their “pathetic lives.” Sasha and Bayley made the tough changes by making tough decisions, and now they’re winners! They’re leaders! But you’ve got people like Lacey Evans, who- Well speak of the Sassy Southern Belle, here she comes! She and partner Dana Brooke head to the ring, mic in head. “You two just can’t keep my name out of your mouths, can you?”
Why do they love making fun of children? It is Lacey’s passion to set a real positive example! She is sick of these two using a child to get to her. But congratulations, it worked. Lacey’s resolution is to show everyone that the bad guys lose, even when they have the advantage. And that’s not all, because now Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross make their entrance! They also have mics to add on. “It’s the first SmackDown of 2020, and you ladies just want to tear each other apart.” Seeing these intense issues, do these two even belong? Of course they do! Especially if they want to get back to the Women’s Tag Team Championships. Good point, Nikki. Let’s start 2020 with a win. This huge match kicks off the New Year, after the break!
SmackDown returns as the teams sort out. Lacey goes right at Sasha with a throw! Sasha runs away to ropes, Lacey backs off, and Lacey eggs Sasha on. Sasha tags out to Nikki and bails out. Nikki runs in, crucifix to sunset flip, TWO. Lacey rolls Nikki, ONE, but Lacey cradles quick, ONE. Lacey whips Nikki to the corner, and tags to Dana. Ms. Flex Appeal scoop slams and covers, TWO. Nikki jawbreakers back then cross chops her. Nikki fires up before running for a corner splash! Tag to Alexa, and the Goddess brings Dana around for a headlock takeover. Dana headscissors but Alexa pops out. Dana gets another takeover but Alexa gets another headscissors. Dana pops out to kick low and whip, but Alexa rolls Dana and gets a cover, TWO!
Alexa wrenches but Dana SLAPS her off. Dana whips but Alexa reverses. Dana stops herself, Sasha tags in and Bayley drags Dana out! Alexa WRECKS Bayley and SLAPS Sasha! Then DECKS her with a right, and finishes with a dropkick! Alexa runs in but is put on the apron. Bayley tags in but Alexa fights them both! Alexa bounces Sasha off buckles but Bayley shoves her off the top rope! Sasha corner METEORA! Bayley covers, TWO! Bayley keeps her cool as fans boo. Bayley elbows and chokes Alexa but lets up at 4. Nikki protests but Sasha gets a cheap shot on Alexa! Bayley covers, TWO, but Bayley puts Alexa in the corner. Tag to Sasha and Sasha stomps a mudhole. Sasha snapmares and chinlocks but Alexa endures as fans rally up.
Alexa fights her way up, arm-drags Sasha off, but Sasha hits Nikki! Sasha dropkicks Alexa down then covers, TWO! Sasha grows frustrated but Alexa jawbreakers and uppercuts! Bayley runs in to intercept Dana! Alexa tilt-o-whirls Sasha into Lacey! Nikki is up top, SUPER CROSSBODY! But Sasha throws her into steel steps! The Boss ‘n’ Smug Connection have control as we go to break.
SmackDown returns again as Dana tags in off Nikki. Sasha throws Nikki off the top and meteoras, but Dana handspring boots her down! Dana eggs Sasha on, then speeds things up to run Sasha over! Fans fire up with Dana as she sends Bayley into Banks. Handspring splash sandwich! Snap suplex on Bayley! Snap suplex on Sasha! Handspring splash, cover, but Alexa breaks it. Lace runs Alexa over, but Nikki wrenches and hits her with a neckbreaker! Bayley throws Nikki out hard but Dana throws Bayley out, too. Dana kicks Sasha, Sasha fakes injury, Bayley throws Dana down by her hair! Sasha shining wizards, cover, TWO! Tag to Bayley, and the “leaders” put Dana in a corner. They crisscross whip Dana into buckles, cover, TWO!
The SmackDown Women’s Champion stomps Dana down with a scowl on her face, then taunts Lacey. Lacey tells her to focus on Dana, so Bayley stomps Dana down. Bayley taunts Dana as she brings her up. Bayley puts Dana in the corner to throw hands and stomps. Tag to Sasha, Sasha swings int to METEORA! Cover, TWO! Sasha is furious with the ref, and chokes Dana on the ropes. Sasha lets up at 4 and fans rally up. Tag to Bayley, Boss ‘n’ Hug mug Dana. Bayley rams her shoulder into Dana over and over, then rolls back to wacky waving sucker punch Lacey! Dana BOOTS back! Dana heads for Bliss-Cross but Sasha tags in first. Sasha knees Dana into Bayley’s SAIDO! Cover, TWO!! The Legit Boss is having a legit tantrum!
Sasha brings Dana up again, whips her to Bayley, but Dana decks Bayley first! Dana boots Sasha again, then hosp up, tornado snap suplex! Dana and Sasha are down and crawling for their corners. Fans rally up again, hot tag to Bayley and she stops Dana. Dana enziguris, hot tag to Lacey! Lacey rallies with lariats! Wring out and moonsault! Lacey waits for Bayley to get up, but Bayley sends her at the corner. Lacey goes up and over and snapmares Bayley down. The handkerchief comes out, Lacey wipes herself off and runs to BOOT Bayley into a corner! Fans fire up for the swinging bronco buster! Bayley is in the drop zone so Lacey climbs up. Sassiest Moonsault Ever FLOPS as Sasha saves Bayley! BAYLEY2BELLY! Cover but Dana AND Bliss-Cross break it!
All six women are down but regrouping. Nikki neckbreakers to Alexa’s STO on Dana! Sasha hits them both with knees! Sasha and Bayley whip Nikki for double hip toss BOMB! Bayley tags Sasha and they target Lacey. They double whip her, but she slips out of the double hip toss! Dana drags Bayley, Sasha rolls Lacey, ONE! Dana tags in and Lacey hits the WOMAN’S RIGHT! Dana climbs, to SWANTON! Cover, Dana & Lacey win!!
Winners: Dana Brooke & Lacey Evans, Brooke pinning
Incredible! The Model Soldier and Flex Appeal beat two former women’s tag team championship teams! Could this put them in the tag title conversation?
Otis Dozovic curls kegs to work out frustrations.
Dozer is steaming mad after Dolph Ziggler literally stepped on Mama Dozovic’s fruitcake, the gift Otis gave Mandy Rose in return for the Christmas ham! But Mandy comes by and wishes him a Happy New Year. So did Mama make anything special? Why doesn’t she ask Ziggler? Oh, that… He saw that? No, but Mama did. Mandy apologizes for Ziggler’s behavior. Tucker Knight comes by and says it’s time for their match. Is there a way for Mandy to make it up to Dozer? Can Otis focus on Heavy Machinery’s tag team match tonight?
The Miz finds The New Day backstage.
Big E and Kofi Kingston are celebrating the New Year with 2020 style pancakes and plenty of maple syzurp. Er, syrup. Happy New Year, Miz! What did he do to celebrate? He wasn’t really in the mood. Well Big E watched the balls drop. No, it’s just one big ball. What was he watching? Now he doesn’t know. Well Kofi knows Miz didn’t get to end the 2010’s the best, since he missed out on a second chance at Bray Wyatt, but it was a great decade! Miz main-evented WrestleMania, married Maryse, and had two beautiful children. Plus, he holds the records for the most titles held in that decade! But Big E says he’s just tied with his friend, brother and nnnneighbor, Kofi! Well, yes, but this is about cheering Miz up. So it’s all good. Kofi co-congratulates. And here’s to 2020 having more titles! Pound it!
Miz can’t believe they think this is about tiles. The Fiend violated the sanctity of his HOME! Do they know what that feels like? Do they want to start the new decade off right? Miz SLAPS the pancake platter down. Big E is mad but Kofi keeps the peace. The Fiend has scrambled Miz’s brain, but Kofi’s got him. Challenge accepted. Miz VS Kofi is coming, who will have the better New Year?
Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.
The Drifter is in Memphis and asks them, “Do you feel Elias tonight?” Well let’s see what they’ve got. Elias plays and fans clap. “New Year, new me. I had so many hopes for 2020~. I hope Sami Zayn gets punched int he jaw. And if Shane McMahon returns, please send his ass to Raw. Revival needs to change, oh that’s a fact. They’re harder to watch than Ziggler’s comedy act.” If Corbin went missing, Elias wouldn’t complain. That guy’s like an STD: he just wont’ go away. That gut knows. “But not all hope is lost, and you will see~ at Royal Rumble when everyone walks… with~ meee~!” Elias musically declares for the Men’s Royal Rumble match, but will he be singing his own praises or the blues in Houston?
The Revival was still treating Dawson’s LEGO bruises from Christmas.
Dawson felt a real big one under the shoulder. So much for Happy Holidays, all because of that Christmas Street Fight. How dumb is that? Dash is at a loss for words about being made into bad jokes. SmackDown’s #1 resolution should be to #RESPECK the Revival! They work too damn hard to be clowns. Don’t forget Elias making fun of them. But Shorty G Chad Gable overhears the complaining. He says they shouldn’t let anyone’s words affect them. Gable embraced who he is, and it was the best decision of his entire career. Dash & Dawson hear what he’s saying, and never thought of it that way. They didn’t realize Gable changed fromb eing New Year’s Baby to being a motivational speaker. Did he get to stay up to watch the ball drop?
Haha those bad jokes don’t bother Gable anymore. But his new motto is to rise over size. When you’re comfortable in your own skin, you can do anything. Oh anything? Anything? Wow. Except maybe beat the #TopGuys. Is Dash sure about that? There’s been a lot of tag team history between him and them, but what about a 1v1? Challenge accepted! See you out there, “squirt.”
Chad Gable VS Dash Wilder w/ Scott Dawson!
And here we are! Will Shorty G show that size doesn’t matter? Or will Dash be a #TopGuy even without Dawson to tag to?
SmackDown returns as the match begins with the bell. Dash and Gable tie up and Gable wrenches. Dawson is on commentary as Dash hits hard. Dash whips but Gable goes up and over and speeds things up. Gable hops up to headscissor Dash! Gable then butterfly suplexes! Cover, TWO! Dash and Gable tie up as Dawson addresses Michael Cole’s comments of the Revival being “hypocritical.” How can they complain about being the butt of jokes when they make fun of Gable? Gable meanwhile climbs up top but Dash pushes him forward onto the post! Dawson says that Gable asked for it. Dash climbs up to SUPER BACK SUPLEX Gable down! Cover, TWO! Dash is upset but Dawson reminds everyone that the Revival are the only WWE Triple Crown tag team champions.
Dash puts Gable in a modified camel clutch, but Gable fights out as fans rally up. Dash knees low, back suplexes but Gable slips out to throw hands. Gable knees, uppercuts, bobs ‘n’ weaves to mule kick and EXPLODER! Dash flounders up, Gable crossbodies himself and Dash out! Gable fires up and puts Dash back in. Gable climbs up top again to crossbody again, but Dash rolls through to cover! TWO, fireman’s carry but Gable slips out. Gable trips Dash, ANKLE LOCK! Dash rolls to send Gable into buckles then rolls him up again, and with tights! TWO, but Dash keeps his focus. Dash whips Gable to a corner but Gable goes up and over to sunset flip! Cover, TWO, Dash runs and gets on Dash’s shoulders. Dash sends Gable into ropes, then waistlocks. But Gable victory rolls to ANKLE LOCK again! Dash taps, Gable wins!
Winner: Chad Gable, by submission
But Dawson goes after Gable! The Revival are sore losers as they beat down Gable! They whip Gable, SHATTER MACHINE! Shorty G is down but the #TopGuys drag him up again. But wait, is that… SHEAMUS!? The Celtic Warrior returns on the first SmackDown of 2020! And he storms his way to the ring to chase the Revival off. Fans cheer Sheamus, but he BROGUES Gable in the face! Fans boo Sheamus now but the Celtic Warrior said all along he wants to clear out SmackDown of “lesser men.” Who won’t be on the Fella’s hit list?
Kofi Kingston w/ Big E VS The Miz!
AWWW~ MEMPHIS~! Clap for your 7-time champs and FEEL~ the POWER~! Two long-time WWE superstars meet again to kick off their 2020. Will Miz be able to vent his frustrations over The Fiend here tonight?
The bell rings and Kofi offers a pancake. Miz doesn’t want it so they tie up. Miz wrenches to a wristlock but Kofi rolls and handsprings to wrench back. Kofi trips Miz and splashes down, TWO. Kofi is in a good mood but Miz is still frustrated. They tie up, Kofi headlocks but Miz powers out. Kofi runs Miz over, things speed up, and Miz hurdles to pop Kofi up. Kofi uses that to monkey flip Miz! Even Kofi is shocked by how much air Miz got! Miz gets up as fans chant “New! Day Rocks!” Kofi wants to shake hands but Miz slaps it away! O’Conner roll, TWO and Kofi has it. TWO, Miz headlocks but Kofi powers out. Miz runs Kofi over now, and things speed up again. Kofi hurdles, and again, then back elbows!
Kofi keeps moving, but Miz sends him out. Kofi lands on his feet but Miz runs. Kofi dodges the wrecking ball dropkick and then fakes Miz out on that dive. Fans cheer but Miz grows further annoyed. The cheers keep coming for the New Day as Miz takes his time to return. Miz “applauds” but then kicks low. Miz stomps Kofi down and then drags him up to drive elbows into the shoulders. Miz pushes Kofi but Kofi spins him, no Trouble in Paradise! Miz goes to Figure Four but is denied. Miz dodges in the corner to give It Kicks to Kofi! And again, and again, and again! Miz runs corner to corner, to hit a big knee! Then another! Miz keeps going, but Kofi slips out to kick Miz back! Kofi climbs up, leaps and ax handles Miz down!
Kofi fires up and hits the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Kofi says it’s over and takes aim from the corner. Fans clap along as Miz rises. Kofi spins, but Miz ducks again! A-List Combination stopped part way, Miz stops the SOS. Miz full nelsons but Kofi drops down to victory roll, Kofi wins!
Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall
Miz is in shock! This isn’t going to diffuse anything, and Miz ATTACKS! Miz throws hands but Big E gets in to run him off! Miz storms off and Memphis chants, “You Suck! You Suck!” Miz thinks THEY suck! “After everything I’ve been through!? How dare you?! I’ve given you everything! EVERYTHING!” Has Miz just lost more than a match tonight?
Backstage interview with Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns!
The Goat and the Big Dog will once again work together tonight. Bryan is the new #1 Contender, what is his biggest challenge against Bray Wyatt? Miz’s breakdown is happening because of The Fiend. The Fiend changes you. It happened to Finn Balor, it happened to Seth Rollins. But it hasn’t happened to Daniel Bryan. “Good ol’ DB is unbreakable.” Bryan will prove it when he wins at the Royal Rumble. Roman says that means he’s going to go to WrestleMania as Universal Champion. Which means they’ll be facing each other because Roman vows to win the Royal Rumble match. So understand that Roman has been waiting for this chance. No one took the title from Roman, so Bryan better be ready.
Is Roman trying to fire Bryan up? Bryan is ready any place, any time. But he’ll be even more ready at Mania. So be ready for tonight’s match. The only ones not ready are their opponents, Corbin and Ziggler. Will Roman and Bryan still work together well when they both plan on seeing the other at WrestleMania 36?
Backstage interview with The Miz.
Cathy Kelly knocks on his door, but it’s JOHN MORRISON who answers!? The Guru of Greatness was back with the WWE, but to think he’d show up here! Surprise aside, Morrison says Miz is done talking. Well, are we seeing the reunion of the classic duo of Miz and Morrison starting already?
Otis Dozovic w/ Tucker Knight VS ???
Otis feels pretty down in the dumps after what Dolph did to Mama Dozovic’s fruitcake. But can he get back on track on the first Friday night of 2020?
SmackDown returns as Drew Gulak makes his entrance. Gulak has a mic to introduce himself as the “foremost expert on the grappling arts,” and assures Dozer he is a master of matters of the heart. But with that expertise, Gulak is confident in his assessment that Mandy Rose would never go out with a guy like Otis. Gulak says Mandy wants a man with a physique and a mind, like Ziggler or even Gulak himself. As for Otis, he looks like he’s leaking butter. Otis isn’t too bright so Gulak has a special 372-slide… POWERPOINT!! PRESENTATION!! YES! Please pay attention to the titantron as Drew Gulak Presents: Reasons Why Mandy Rose Would NEVER Date Otis. Look at cartoon Otis. Or is that Tucker?
Otis DRAGS Gulak into the ring! The bell rings and Otis throws haymakers! Gulak throws hands, too, but Otis sumo palms him to a corner, then TOSSES him across the way! Fans fire up for Dozer while Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville are both watching this backstage. Mandy seems to try and explain her side of this while Gulak clubs Otis. Gulak tries to cradle package but Otis powers out to suplex Gulak down! Otis then trophy lifts Gulak high and carry him around! To then TOSS him again! “Oh yeah, mama!” But wait, Ziggler is backstage trying to talk to Mandy, too. Ziggler says Mandy doesn’t need to be nervous, but Mandy says she’s not.
Back in the ring, Otis runs in at Gulak in the corner, but Gulak dodges and dropkicks a leg out! Gulak taunts Otis and says Mandy would never date him! “Wise up, kid. “But Otis powers up instead! Otis throws off the shirt! Fans fire up as Otis continues to absorb kicks. Otis scoop slams Gulak, and then again! Otis runs into the corner to splash Gulak, and Gulak falls down. Fans know Otis has his opening! Otis pumps it up and hits the CATERPILLAR ELBOW! Otis keeps Gulak down to climb up, VADER BOMB! Cover, Otis wins!
Winner: Otis Dozovic, by pinfall
The Dozer wins! But will Otis win the heart of the Golden Goddess?
Braun Strowman VS Cesaro w/ Sami Zayn & Shinsuke Nakamura!
The Monster Among Men wants to #GetTheseHands on the WWE Intercontinental Championship, but the King of Strong Style and his “Great Liberator” keep dancing around the issue. Will a win over the Swiss Cyborg prove something to them? Or at least to WWE management?
The referee tells Sami and Shinsuke to stay back as the bell rings. Cesaro circles with Strowman then tie up. Strowman shoves Cesaro but Cesaro comes back. So Strowman puts Cesaro in a corner, but they tie up again. Cesaro manages to put Strowman in a corner and gives him a shove. Strowman shrugs that off, so Cesaro gets around to headlock. Strowman powers out and bumps Cesaro’s shoulders. Cesaro kicks low and throws European Uppercuts and big hands! Cesaro runs, dodges and shoulders Strowman, but Strowman shoulders back! Cesaro flounders up to his feet but Strowman TOSSES him across the ring! Strowman throws hands and blocks a boot to shoulder and headbutt Cesaro in the corner. Strowman goes corner to corner to splash!
Cesaro gets to the apron and hotshots Strowman! Strowman still DECKS Cesaro with a right! Strowman runs side to side to BLAST Cesaro off the apron and onto barriers! Shinsuke and Sami distract Strowman, but the Monster Among Men scares them off. Fans fire up with the Monster Among Men as we go to break.
SmackDown returns and Cesaro has a chinlock on Strowman. But Strowman powers up to ram him into buckles! Strowman is free and Sami is worried, but Cesaro BOOTS back! And dropkicks a leg out! Cesaro chokes Strowman on ropes but backs off at 4. Sami distracts and Shinsuke gets a cheap shot KICK in! Cesaro EuroUpper BLASTS Strowman! Cover, TWO! Cesaro climbs up as Sami coaches him, but leaps into Strowman’s hand! Strowman scoops but Cesaro shifts to a sleeper hold! Strowman falls to a knee fast as Cesaro thrashes him around. Cesaro squeezes tight but fans rally up. Strowman fights back up for a sidewalk slam! Strowman feeds off the energy as fans rally again. Cesaro and Strowman rise, Strowman runs Cesaro over! And again!
Cesaro flounders but Strowman corner splashes again! Fans fire up but Shinsuke hops onto the apron. Shinsuke ducks Strowman’s right hand but not the left! Shinsuke falls down but Cesaro stands up to EuroUpper! Cesaro fires off in the corner then runs, only to get run over again! Strowman sees Cesaro go out, and fans fire up as he decides to take a lap! Strowman builds speed to RAM Cesaro and RAM Shinsuke! Strowman wants the hat trick but Sami hides under the ring! Strowman goes around to RAM Cesaro again in Sami’s place. Strowman puts Cesaro in and scoops him up. Sami gets in but Strowman scares him off! Cesaro sends Strowman into a post! And brings him in, Gotch hold, but Strowman scoops! MONSTER SLAM! Cover, Strowman wins!
Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall
KINSHASA outta nowhere! The King of Strong Style won’t stand for Strowman winning, and now Strowman isn’t standing at all! Sami says that’s good enough for now, but will Strowman #GetTheseHands on them all soon enough?
Roman Reigns & Daniel Bryan VS Baron Corbin & Dolph Ziggler!
Things have been heated between The Big Dog and the Wolf King for a long time. But things have escalated ever since Corbin won the King of the Ring and has been trying to establish an iron rule over SmackDown. The warring has dragged even the Yes Movement into this, and now the New Year continues this old feud. Who gains the momentum on the Road to the Royal Rumble?
SmackDown returns as Daniel Bryan makes his entrance, followed by the Show-Off and Corbin. The teams sort out and Corbin goes right after Roman! Corbin puts Roman in a corner to stomp away, but the ref backs him off. Corbin dares Memphis to boo, so they do. Corbin throws hands but Roman dodges to uppercut! Roman climbs up to rain down fists! Roman gets all the way to 8 but Corbin shoves him off, only to get a Samoan Drop! Corbin bails out but Roman goes out. Roman runs to Drive-By Dropkick! Roman keeps his eyes on Ziggler as Corbin gets back in the ring. Corbin catches Roman low with a knee then tags in Ziggler. Ziggler stomps away and throws hands, then turns Roman, only for Roman to shove and BOOT him down!
Roman tags in Bryan! Bryan gives Ziggler EuroUppers and a whip. Ziggler reverses, Bryan dodges to wreck Corbin! Bryan tosses Ziggler out to join Corbin! Fans join in the “YES! YES!” but Bray Wyatt’s laughter interrupts that. Bray plays with the lights to play mind games with Bryan, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns once more as Roman gives Corbin the point-blank corner clotheslines! Roman gets all 10 of these then runs to BOOT Corbin down! Fans fire up as Roman grins, and Roman locks ‘n’ loads. Roman has to uppercut Ziggler first, then he dodges Corbin, only to run into a DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO!! Bryan returns to the corner as Corbin brings Roman to ropes. Corbin scrapes Roman out to then throw him into steel steps! Bryan protests but the ref has him return to the corner while Corbin drags Roman up again,. Corbin bounces Roman off the announce desk, then puts him back in the corner. Tag to Ziggler, and Ziggler taunts Roman. “You’ve gotta have somewhere to go!” Ziggler taunts Roman that he won’t make the tag. “Do you hear me?” Roman uppercuts Ziggler first!
Roman throws more hands but Ziggler kicks low. Ziggler turns Roman for the neckbreaker! Tag to Corbin and Ziggler anchors Roman for Corbin to stomp! Corbin drags Ziggler up as fans rally. Corbin throws Roman into the post hard! Corbin applauds himself before dragging Roman up. Corbin throws Roman into the post again! The ref reprimands Corbin but he takes Roman out to throw into the post a third time! Fans rally for Roman as he dodges Corbin. Corbin slides out, in, but into a SUPERMAN PUNCH! Fans fire up as Ziggler coaches Corbin. Roman and Corbin crawl to their corners, hot tags to Ziggler and Bryan! Bryan counter punches Ziggler and then throws haymakers. Bryan whips, Ziggler reverses, Bryan goes up and over to run, dodge and leaping lariat!
Fans fire up with Bryan and he aims from the corner. He corner to corner dropkicks Ziggler, then fires off Yes Kicks! Kick after kick after kick, then he hoists Ziggler up top. Bryan climbs to join Ziggler, and SUPER STEINERS! Fans are thunderous for Bryan as he waits for Ziggler to rise. Bryan gives more Yes Kicks! The buzzard misses, Ziggler rolls Bryan, TWO, into the LeBelle Lock!! Ziggler flails, Corbin clobbers Bryan! Fans boo as Corbin rings Bryan up, Choke Slam but SPEAR! Roman takes out Corbin, Ziggler SUPERKICKS Roman down! Ziggler goes at Bryan but no ZigZag. Bryan dodges, KNEE PLUS!! Cover, but the lights start going down!! THE FIEND IS HERE! Red light and all! Bryan can’t take his eyes off The Fiend, but that’s so he can DIVE! Direct hit!
But the Fiend is up and he throws Bryan into the post! Bryan dodges and sends The Fiend into the post, but leaps into the MANDIBLE CLAW!! The Fiend rams Bryan through the timekeeper’s barriers!! The Fiend laughs as he pushes the wreckage aside to again clamp on the claw! Bryan is smothered and the lights are flashing. Is this only foreshadowing their rematch at the Royal Rumble? The Fiend disappears and security hurries out to check on Bryan. Roman comes over, concerned for him, too, but Ziggler attacks! And Corbin! The King’s Court beats down Roman and puts him in the ring! Corbin rains down right hands while Ziggler gets the cuffs! Corbin cuffs Roman and Ziggler brings out cans of dog food! They want to humiliate Roman again!
Ziggler pops open cans as Corbin cuffs Roman to the bottom rope! But here come the USOS! Roman’s cousins have returned! And they DOUBLE SUPERKICK Ziggler down! Then they go after Corbin, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Corbin bails out, the Usos build speed to DOUBLE FLY! They take out both Corbin and Ziggler! Roman is freed and the Bloodline is reunited! Will this be what turns the tide against Corbin and his court?
What a great episode to start the New Year and new decade! I really like how the change brought on by the Fiend isn’t in Bryan but in Miz. Miz is headed back to be a Heel, he has a great match with Kofi, and losing gives him the opportunity to “snap” and go after Kofi. Then what a great surprise to see that John Morrison returns tonight, though it was a rather anti-climactic return. Morrison and Miz were a real good tag team, but that was in the late 2000’s to very early 2010’s. If they reunite here in the 2020’s, that will definitely revitalize the SmackDown Tag Team Division and be a great way to get Morrison back into things. Dash VS Gable was a really good singles match, too, but the production crew needs to realize we don’t need to SEE Dawson to HEAR Dawson, let us watch Gable and Dash. Also real clever of someone to have Michael Cole say “Revival” and “elite” in the same sentence.
Sheamus’ return happened tonight, too, that was a nice treat. But of course he returns as Heel and against Shorty G. Sheamus’ promos definitely sounded more Heel give how usually it is Heels that talk down the roster. Gable VS Sheamus will be a great program for the both of them, and Gable will look great no matter the end results. Speaking of talking down, naturally that meant Boss & Hug/Smug were going to lose tonight in that Triple Threat Tag. It was a great match, especially as the opener, and surprisingly, Bliss-Cross wasn’t in there to take the fall. Lacey & Dana winning was actually the bigger surprise to me, and now we’ll be getting Lacey VS Sasha. I really hope they add the stipulation that if Lacey wins, she gets her title shot at the Royal Rumble, it just makes sense. And while it isn’t likely Lacey will win the SmackDown Women’s Championship, Lacey & Dana can at least get into this year’s Women’s Elimination Chamber match for the Women’s Tag Titles.
While it’s a bit sad Gulak is being used to facilitate other feuds, bringing back Powerpoint Presentations is pretty fun. Also, the story of Otis, Mandy and Ziggler is growing stronger, so I’m really hoping Valentine’s Friday Night SmackDown is the blow-off for that. And for that matter, that Otis gets the girl. Fans love Otis, we should be able to cheer for him in getting the girl. Strowman VS Cesaro was a great match, and naturally Strowman wins. While making the decision between Strowman and Shinsuke in the Intercontinental Championship match is hard, it is feeling like things lean in Strowman’s favor. Then the main event tag was really good, and it was also great to have The Fiend mess with Bryan just so he doesn’t get any real momentum from this match.
And it’s just as great that The Usos return to even things out for Roman VS Corbin. If only Roode wasn’t suspended, we’d be getting a Six Man Tag next. But even then, Usos can certainly have a match of their own with Ziggler and Corbin to keep things going. But seeing that Corbin keeps bringing out dog food, that rumored Loser Eats Dog Food match is clearly more than just rumored. Which means Roman is going to win and Corbin is forced to eat dog food. This story between them has been good so far, so a dog food blow-off is very disappointing. Maybe if it was a Dog Food Match, where there were kiddie pools of dog food all around for them to fall into, fine. But not this gross dog food version of a Hair VS Hair or whatever. Can Vince just go focus on XFL already?
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (8/16/22)
Who gets burned by the Heatwave?
NXT is on fire tonight!
NXT is red hot with all this gold on the line! Will JD McDonagh dethrone Bron Breakker? Will the Toxic Reign finally come to an end?
- NXT North American Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Giovanni Vinci; Melo wins and retains the title.
- Roxanne Perez VS Cora Jade; Jade wins.
- The Fate of Legado Street Fight: Santos Escobar VS Tony D’Angelo; D’Angelo wins and Escobar must leave NXT.
- NXT Women’s Championship: Mandy Rose VS Zoey Stark; Mandy wins and retains the title.
- NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS JD McDonagh; Bron wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
A heatwave hits NXT!
With it, we see a finale in the saga of Legado and D’Angelo, a grudge match of former friends explodes, and the Toxic Goddess defending her throne against the returning rising star. And in the main event, the Irish Ace looks to pick the NXT Champion apart and take that title from whatever is left. So get yourself a nice cold beverage, sit back and relax a show that is too hot to handle!
NXT North American Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Giovanni Vinci!
Another title on the line is that of the North American Championship! Melo says when he shoots, he don’t miss! But when you live lavishly like Giovanni, every day is #ViniVediVinci! Will Melo shoot down the Pride of Italy? Or will it be a campione vittoria to spark the Heatwave?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who lights it up here tonight!
Fans rally up as the two circle and tie up. Vinci waistlocks and TOSSES Melo away then says he’s the new champion, Melo storms up but into a wrench and headlock. Melo powers out then leaps as Vinci leaps, and Melo clips Vinci’s legs! Vinci lands hard and Melo fires forearms. Melo headlocks but Vinci throws body shots. Vinci headlocks but Melo powers out to hurdle. Vinci blows past Melo to run him over! Cover, ONE, but Vinci has Melo in a corner, Melo avoids the forearm to CHOP! Melo headlocks then whips corner to corner but Vinci reverses. Melo goes up, Vinci catches him, but Melo slips off!
Melo waistlocks, Vinci switches, Melo rolls off his back to springboard LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Melo throws haymakers. Vinci staggers, Melo CHOPS him, then Melo pie faces Vinci! Vinci blocks the next punch to CHOP back! Fans fire up and even Trick is stinging, but Melo reverses the whip, only for Vinci to springboard CROSSBODY! Vinci gets Melo back and fans fire up again. Vinci kicks Melo around, drags him up into a corner, and CHOPS him! Melo staggers away but Vinci is after him to CHOP again! Vinci puts Melo into another corner, for another CHOP! The fans are all stinging from that one!
Vinci flexes and fans want that “One More Time!” but Melo throws a forearm. Vinci throws a EuroUpper, Melo forearms again, and Vinci throws another EuroUpper. Melo throat chops, whips but Vinci reverses. Melo ducks and both men run, and DOUBLE LARIATS wipe them both out! The fans are fired up even more as NXT goes picture in picture.
The ref checks both men and fans are rallying for “NXT! NXT!” as both men stand. Melo and Vinci throw DOUBLE HAYMAKERS, then Vinci kicks low. Vinci whips, and CALF KICKS Melo down! Vinci soaks up the cheers and jeers and he covers, TWO! Vinci jams his knee into Melo’s back, clamps onto the shoulders, then shifts to a chinlock. Vinci traps Melo’s arms but Melo pries at the hold. Melo fights up to his feet, throws body shots, but Vinci knees low! Vinci whips but Melo reverses. Trick swipes at Vinci but the ref warns him! Melo BOOTS Vinci all the same! Melo rains down fists, then flexes in his cover, TWO!
Melo storms up on Vinci and brings him up to ROCK him! Vinci throws a body shot! Melo comes back but Vinci throws more body shots. Melo knees low, rolls with the snapmare and BOOTS Vinci down! Cover, TWO! Melo clamps onto Vinci with a dragon sleeper but Vinci powers out! Melo is right back on Vinci with a facelock and he grinds Vinci down. Vinci fights up, but Melo wrangles him back down. Vinci endures the grind, but Melo CLUBS him on the back! Melo cranks on the hold, pushing up with his legs for leverage, but Vinci still endures. Vinci fights up again, Melo throws body shots, but Vinci powers up!
Melo holds on tight as Vinci tries to throw him off! Melo pulls back on the hold as NXT returns to single picture, but Vinci tries again! Vinci TOSSES Melo away! Melo storms back up but Vinci whips him away, to then scoop for a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Both men are down but the fans fire up! Vinci storms up and whips, but Melo reverses and follows, but springboards into Vinci’s arms! Vinci fireman’s carries for the ROLLING SENTON! And then a MOONSAULT from the corner! Cover, TWO! Vinci drags Melo up, reels him in, but Melo rolls Vinci up! TWO, Melo rebounds but the superkick is swatted!
Vinci springboards but Melo kicks the legs out! Vinci is stuck, for the FADEAWAY! Cover, TWO! Vinci survives and fans argue the count on Melo’s behalf, but that was two! Trick coaches Melo and Melo fires up. “This is Awesome!” and Melo brings Vinci up. Vinci suplexes first but Melo slips out to O’Conner Roll! TWO, Melo comes back to SUPERKICK! Vinci drops to a knee, Melo goes up the corner, but Vinci catches the jump! BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Vinci catches his breath. Vinci blocks a kick, reels Melo in but Melo slips free, but into the lift! Melo slips off to suplex CUTTER! Cover, TWO!!
Fans rally harder as Melo thinks on what he has to do. Melo goes to a corner, he goes up the corner, and then leaps, but Vinci gets under the Three Pointer! Vinci TOSSES Melo out, but Trick is there to catch him! Vinci goes up and up and SUPER CROSSBODIES!! Vinci wipes out Melo and Trick, fans lose their minds, and Vinci puts Melo back in! Vinci springboards and springboards to MOONSAULT!! Cover, Trick helps Melo get the ROPEBREAK! Were they watching The Miz and Ciampa last night on Raw? Vinci storms out after Trick and dares him to do something, but then Melo RAMS Vinci into the steel steps!
Melo goes back up top and leaps, but Vinci dodges again! Vinci shoves Melo, blocks his boot, and reels him in for a LARIAT! Melo gets turned inside out but that’s not all! Vinci gets Melo up as Trick runs in, POWERBOMBO onto Trick! Vinci drags Trick up to give him the POWERBOMB! Then another kick to Melo, another lift, another POWER- RANA!!! Melo wins!!
Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)
Huge assist to Trick! Melo would not have made it through the heat if not for him! Will there be another #Melobration in Trick’s honor soon enough?
Toxic Attraction arrives.
Mandy Rose, Jacy Jayne & Gigi Dolin see Bron Breakker also arriving. He’s got an uphill battle tonight, huh? Yeah, and so does Mandy. Well okay. We’ll see who leaves with their title. Yes, we will. Toxic Attraction seems to consider Bron a contender, but will Mandy and Bron still have the gold after tonight?
Julius Creed speaks.
Via twitter, Julius said, “So I went back and watched the 8 Man Tag over and over and over again, but I found what I was searching for. And I’m gonna address who needs to be addressed, but I’m gonna do it in front of the NXT Universe this Tuesday at Heatwave.” As such, he and the rest of Diamond Mine are heading to gorilla in the present. What did he see and who does he plan to confront? We’ll see, after the break.
Von Wagner & Robert Stone speak.
“Mr. Stone” says that two weeks ago, Solo Sikoa got a so-called victory, yet he’s the one on the shelf and Von’s still standing. If you learned anything from that match, it is that Von is a freak of nature! Von can run a 40 yard dash in 4.5 seconds and he can bench press 225 pounds 30 times. If Von wanted to go to an NFL team and get a contract, he could! Von says Stone has heard all the talk, how there is a change in the air. It doesn’t matter if you’re internet famous or popular with the media! “The Game has changed, but the rules remain the same. Anyone smaller or weaker will not survive in my jungle!”
The Diamond Mine heads to the ring!
Julius & Brutus Creed lead Roderick Strong and Damon Kemp out, and they all get a mic. Julius starts by saying, “Less than a year ago, my brother and I got an opportunity of a lifetime: to learn from one of the greatest champions in NXT history, Roderick Strong. And we jumped at that opportunity. And we dedicated every fiber of our being to win the Dusty Cup and to win these NXT Tag Team Championships for Diamond Mine. We’ve been stitched, we’ve been stapled, we’ve wound ourselves up doing cannonballs, all for this right here.
“But recently, it was brought to my attention that someone’s trying to destroy what we’ve built. Someone’s trying to destroy Diamond Mine. And I wanted to use this opportunity to call that person out right now!” Julius looks to the ramp, but then he looks at STRONG! Is Julius kidding?! Strong can’t believe Julius is blaming Strong! Strong founded Diamond Mine and brought in the Creeds! They’re one-of-a-kind athletes with endless potential! That is something he never had. And he stands here looking at them as the NXT Tag Team Champions! Fans chant, “They Don’t Need You!” and Strong says yes they do!
But look at him, Julius. They are one of the best tag teams in all the WWE! Strong would put the Creeds up against the Usos any day of the week! That is how much he believes in them! They’re the future of this place! That’s great, and they can tell the Usos for them, but the Creds aren’t just the future, they’re the now! But Strong can say whatever he wants to their face, because Julius knows Strong will just stab them in the back. Brutus isn’t so sure, though. Julius says he is sure, though. Then Brutus says he has his brother’s back! But Strong says Julius needs to be careful with the next works that come out of his mouth!
Julius says everything he does is calculated. He isn’t gonna play games, he’s gonna just show Strong instead! Roll the tape! Strong was throwing knees, Julius was throwing lariats, but then Tony looked to Strong and they had a moment! Strong hits Julius with the knee, and that is enough for Julius! Tony signaled Strong! Or was Julius imagining it? Strong says they can’t be serious here! Strong doesn’t know, Tony D is a scumbag. Maybe Tony has a tic or he was signaling his own team. But y’know what? Let’s just do it! Let’s lay all the cards on the table! Since MAY, they’ve had something against Strong, and now-
GALLUS ATTACKS!! Wolfgang and the Coffey Brothers are here in the States! They’re beating down Kemp and the Creeds! Fans fire up for Gallus as they glare at Strong, and then Joe hits a GLASGOW SENDOFF! Mark and Wolfgang stomp away on Strong, then they go back to whooping the Creeds! Fans are torn but it seems NXT is now Gallus’ kingdom! And there’s the green light, just as Apollo Crews foresaw! Has Gallus just destroyed the Diamond Mine?
Backstage interview with Roxanne Perez.
McKenzie says Roxie finally gets a shot at Cora, and she says this is the most nervous she’s ever been in a match. Her stomach has been in knots all day, because she never thought she’d be fighting her best friend. But Cora wanted this. Cora ended their friendship! And now Cora has nowhere to hide! Cora’s made her bed, and now she has to sleep in it. Cora’s music hits so Roxie heads out, will the Women’s Breakout Tournament winner break her former friend?
Roxanne Perez VS Cora Jade!
NXT returns as Roxie makes her entrance. And she rushes right in so the bell rings! THESZ PRESS and then Roxie dribbles Cora! Cora gets out, but Roxie runs and DIVES! Direct hit and Roxie puts Cora in the ring. Cora bails out again so Roxie DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp, and Roxie hurries to put Cora in. Cover, TWO! Roxie drags Cora up to whip her to ropes, but Cora holds ropes to stop herself. Cora ROCKS Roxie, ROCKS her against ropes, then whips her into the rope to run and back elbow her down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Cora drags Roxie up. Cora bumps Roxie off buckles, then throws big forearms!
Fans rally and duel as Cora throws more shots, and she snapmares Roxie to a cover. TWO, Roxie grits her teeth but Cora brings Roxie up. Cora suplexes but Roxie fights it. Roxie then slips out, UPPERCUTS, and UPPERCUTS again! Roxie whips, back drops Cora, then run sin to SOBAT! Roxie runs to SHOTGUN Cora down! Fans rally and Roxie drags Cora up. Cora ROCKS Roxie back, run sin at the ropes, but Roxie puts her on the apron. Roxie CLOBBERS Cora and Cora falls to the floor! Roxie builds speed again, to DIVE into a forearm! Cora drags Roxie out to snap suplex her to the floor! Cora seethes while NXT goes picture in picture.
Cora soaks up the heat from the fans while Roxie writhes. Cora returns to fetch Roxie, and smacks her off the apron! Cora CHOPS Roxie, puts her in the ring, then runs in to IMPLODER STOMP! Cover, TWO! Cora is furious and she hammers away on Roxie’s back! Cora talks trash and kicks Roxie around. Cora smacks Roxie off the mat, drops an elbow on her back, then stalks Roxie to ropes. Roxie throws forearms but Cora DECKS her! Cora snap suplexes Roxie hard, then grins as she covers. TWO, and Cora is annoyed. Cora stomps Roxie to the corner, digs her boot in, but lets off as the ref counts. Roxie crawls, Cora CHOKES her on the ropes!
Cora lets off as the ref counts again, and Cora stomps Roxie down. Cora kicks Roxie to another corner, taunts her as she stands Roxie up, and she fires off big forearms! Cora trips Roxie, then goes corner to corner to BRONCO BUSTER! Cora drags Roxie to a cover, TWO! Cora is annoyed and she stalks Roxie to ropes again. Cora makes Roxie smile with fishhooks, then puts her on the ropes. Cora runs side to side but Roxie avoids the back elbow! Roxie runs in to DOUBLE KNEE Cora against ropes! Roxie drags Cora up, wrenches and hooks her up, but Cora fights the leg sweep! Cora pulls hair to LARIAT Roxie down! Cover, TWO!
NXT returns to single picture and Cora is still cocky as she drags Roxie up. Cora gets the arms and has the motorcycle stretch, but Roxie endures. Fans rally up as Roxie fights up, but Cora wrangles her back down! Cora digs her knee in but Roxie endures. Fans rally again and Roxie fights up. Roxie turns things around but Cora turns them right back around! Roxie stands back up, flips through and KANGAROO KICKS Cora away! Cora storms back up but into a cradle! TWO! Cora rushes to Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Roxie has the cover now, TWO! Cora trips Roxie, jackknifes, TWO as Roxie bridges up!
Roxie spins Cora around, but Cora fights the backslide! Fans duel, Roxie spins Cora around and DOUBLE FOREARMS knock both women for a loop! DOUBLE BOOTS take them both down! Fans fire up as both women stir and go to opposite ends. Roxie and Cora slowly rise, and Roxie counter punches Cora! And again! Roxie eggs Cora on so Cora KNEES her low! Cora whips, Roxie ducks ‘n’ dodges, then CLOBBERS Cora! And CLOBBERS her again! Roxie puts Cora in a corner, runs in and UPPERCUTS! Then a roll and UPPERCUT! Roxie brings Cora around, for the RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO!
Roxie grows frustrated but she grabs at Cora. Roxie reels her in, PAIGE TURNER! Cover, TWO!! Cora survives and Roxie is beside herself! Roxie drags Cora up to throw a KNEE, and another KNEE, then she hops on! POP- NO, Cora pops free to SHINING WIZARD at the ropes! Cora full nelsons for a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Cora is fuming as Roxie survives but the fans rally back up. Cora goes to the corner and grabs her custom kendo stick! The ref says no, but Cora still aims at Roxie! Roxie ducks and kicks back! And now Roxie grabs the kendo stick! Fans fire up and Cora wants mercy! Roxie hesitates, but she drops the stick.
And Cora SUCKER PUNCHES Roxie! DDT onto the kendo stick! Cover, Cora wins!!
Winner: Cora Jade, by pinfall
#GenerationJade still got to use her kendo stick against Roxie, and she stands over her fallen friend. Will Cora be cruising her way to another title opportunity?
Backstage interview with Josh Briggs, Brooks Jensen & Fallon Henley.
McKenzie is with the NXT UKT ag Team Champions and brings up last week. Jensen says how about not. Briggs says Lash Legend & Pretty Deadly did get one up on them, but they’ll see each other again soon. But then Gallus walks by with security trying to escort them out. Wolfgang tells the good ol’ boys that those titles don’t belong to them. Well they’re the champs, so these belts do belong to them. Oh, they’ve been champions all of what? Five minutes? Six minutes, actually. But what’s up? Try 497 DAYS! Briggs mockingly applauds but Mark says that’s longer than Briggs or Jensen have been in the business!
Joe says here’s what we’ll do: turn this place upside down! And then it’ll be Gallus Boys Up Top! Those UK titles are coming home with them! Any time, any place! Then how about next week? Jensen says if Gallus can get in the building, then they’ll do the damn thing! Gallus gets fired up but security stays between them and the champions, will we see the UK Tag Team Championships be put on the line?
The Fate of Legado Street Fight: Santos Escobar VS Tony D’Angelo!
This has been building for four months, and it finally explodes here tonight! The Emperor of Lucha Libre is fighting for the freedom of his familia, but The Don is fighting for full control. If Escobar loses, he is OUT of NXT. But if Escobar wins, he and Legado del Fantasma are out from under Tony’s thumb. What happens when there’s nothing holding these two back from hurting the other?
Elektra Lopez, Joaquin Wilde & Cruz Del Toro follow El Hijo del Fantasma to the ring. They are united as familia, but will they have to part ways after this? Tony makes his entrance and hands his hat and tracksuit jacket to Stacks, and turns around into Escobar CHUCKING a chair in his face!! The ref reprimands as the match hasn’t even started but fans are loving it! The bell rings, Escobar fires off hands but Tony hits back. They brawl, Escobar KNEES Tony then LARIATS! Escobar sits that chair up, kicks Tony around then SMACKS him off the seat! Escobar runs to RANA Tony onto the chair! Cover, TWO!!
Tony survives but Escobar wedges the chair into the corner. Escobar runs in to the other corner to KICK Tony! And to KICK again! Escobar whips and CHOP BLOCKS Tony’s leg out! Fans fire up while Tony hobbles, into a dropkick to the leg from Escobar! Escobar stalks Tony, stomps his leg, then puts him in a corner to stomp away on that leg! Tony hobbles but Escobar stands him up. Tony fires off body shots, he throws more hands, then whips corner to corner! Escobar stops himself and he KNEES Tony down! Cover, TWO! Escobar makes sure the chair is secure in the corner before climbing. Escobar FLYING CROSSBODIES Tony down!
Fans fire up and Escobar calls to Legado! But Stacks LEAPS onto Cruz & Wilde! So much for their sidekicks! Tony throws hands but Escobar whips. Things speed up and Escobar DROPKICKS Tony down! Fans fire up and Tony flounders around. Escobar grins as he paces around the ring. Stacks glares at Escobar but Wilde CLOBBERS Stacks! Escobar builds speed and DIVES into a trash can lid!! Fans are torn as Tony looms over Escobar and NXT goes to break.
The ref check son Escobar as he clutches his arm, but Escobar says he’s still okay to go. So Tony SMACKS Escobar with the lid! And again! Tony puts Escobar in the ring, stomps him around, then drags him up to shove t a corner. BELLY2BELLY on the rebound! Cover, TWO! Tony talks trash but Escobar SLAPS him! So Tony whips Escobar to ropes, only for Escobar to duck and dodge and RANA, into a POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO! Tony is frustrated but he tells Escobar he’s gonna use Escobar’s chair. Tony aims and RAMS Escobar into the chair in the corner! Escobar tumbles out of the ring and Legado coaches him up.
Tony goes out, grabs the chair, and he SMACKS Escobar on the arm! And again! And again! Tony drags Escobar around, puts the bad arm through the chair, then POSTS the shoulder! The ref checks on Escobar again but he refuses to let this end it. Tony drags Escobar up but Escobar pie faces, so Tony ROCKS him! Tony SLAMS the bad arm on the apron, then brings Escobar around to shove him. Tony kicks low, throws hands, then CLUBS the bad arm. Tony kicks Escobar, talks more trash, then RAMS Escobar into steel steps! The ref checks on Escobar but he still refuses to quit. So Tony SLAMS the bad arm on the steps!
NXT returns to single picture, Tony brings Escobar around to put his arm between steps and corner! Tony BOOTS the steps to crush the arm! Tony brings out chair after chair from under the ring! He brings Escobar around to suplex high and hard onto the chair pile! Fans are wincing from that one as Tony puts Escobar in the ring. Cover, TWO!! Escobar is enduring but Tony throws body shots! Tony suplexes again, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Tony is frustrated but he drags Escobar up to throw down fists! Stacks goes looking under the ring for Tony and he brings out the trash can! Tony SMACKS Escobar down with it!
Tony drags Escobar to a cover, TWO!! Escobar is dazed but still in this, so Tony drags him back up. Tony throws hands, then SLAPS Escobar! Fans boo but Tony says this is HIS NXT now! He’s the Don! But Escobar counter punches Tony! And again! And then he DECKS Tony! And CLOBBERS him! And again! Then a RANA!! Fans fire up as Escobar runs in, but Tony puts him on the apron. Escobar GAMANGIRIS Tony away, goes up the corner and FLYING AX HANDLES! Fans fire up as Tony bails out, into a SLAP from Lopez! Escobar DIVES!! Direct hit at the corner and fans are thunderous for Legado!
Escobar drags Tony up but Tony POSTS him! Fans chant “This is Awesome!” as Tony puts Escobar in the ring again, drops an elbow, then tells Stacks to get the crowbar! But it isn’t where it usually is! It’s supposed to be by the steel steps! Cruz took the crowbar first! And he CRACKS Stacks with it! Tony BOOTS Cruz, but Escobar victory rolls! TWO!! Tony escapes in time but Escobar calls to Legado! The knuckles! But Tony RAMS Escobar into Wilde! Then O’Conner Rolls, TWO! Escobar dodges Tony but Tony puts him on the apron. Escobar CHOPS Tony, Lopez hurries to get the crowbar! Lopez has the bar and Escobar hurries to her, but Tony runs in!
Lopez pushes Escobar aside, and Tony runs Lopez over! Fans can’t believe it, and neither can Tony! Tony just shrugs, but Escobar is pissed! But Tony LOW BLOWS Escobar! Fans tell Tony he F’d up, but he doesn’t care, he has his crowbar now! But he walks into a CALF KICK! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Escobar and Tony grab at each other as they rise up, pulling hair. They’ll never give in to the other, so this has to end somehow. Tony sees his crowbar, Escobar sees his brass knuckles! They get their weapons, but Tony CRACKS Escobar first!! Cover, TONY WINS!
Winner: Tony D’Angelo, by pinfall (Escobar must LEAVE NXT)
The Don just banished the Emperor! And Legado has no choice but to follow Tony’s lead. What will this mean for all of their futures in the WWE?
Indi Hartwell talks with Katana & Kayden.
She knows they’ve competed against each other for a long time when it comes to the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships, but to be honest, when KC Squared won, Indi cried. No one is more deserving. That means a lot to them. Winning these belts, it is indescribable. Indi gets that feeling. Those were the days. Does Indi miss being in a tag team? Well, she’s loved her tag team partners, and being on her own has been thrilling, but having someone to depend on- Wait, a letter comes in for her. Indi opens it up and… It’s a drawing from Dexter Lumis! #INDEXFOREVER!! O M G~!
But then BLAIR DAVENPORT snatches it?! What’s she doing here? Who does she think she is? Uh, she’s Blair Davenport, the future NXT Women’s Champion. Blair rips the paper up and leaves! Will Indi and the rest of WWE soon #BewareTheHeir?
NXT hears from Tiffany Stratton and Wendy Choo.
“I am like completely over Wendy Choo. Like, so done with her. Seriously? It’s like not even funny!” Wendy sighs, and says it is real simple. Wendy is tired of Tiffany. Tired of Tiffany talking down to her, tired of Tiffany thinking she’s better than everyone, and tired of Tiffany thinking Wendy is a joke! Next week, Tiffany VS Wendy in a LIGHTS OUT MATCH! Where everything Wendy did behind closed doors is going to be legal in that ring! As for Tiffany, she is obsessed with this idea, because she gest to do whatever she wants to Wendy! There are like no rules! None!
The arena will be darker than usual, so you won’t be able to see Wendy’s face, which is perfect. But not seeing Tiffany’s face is so tragic. Wendy says Tiffany has one thing right: Wendy’s SO~ obsessed with Tiffany, in that she’s obsessed making Tiffany feel how she makes everyone else feel. “Wacky Wendy” is gonna turn Tiffany’s dream into a nightmare! But Tiffany says she’s putting Wendy to sleep! Who will turn the lights out on the other in this brutal no holds barred match?
NXT Women’s Championship: Mandy Rose VS Zoey Stark!
Toxic Attraction certainly feels they’re the hottest trio in the WWE today, but things have been cooling off for them after losing the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships. Can the Toxic Goddess keep hold of her gold? Or will the Toxic Reign finally be over thanks to the Iron Woman?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and things just got that much hotter in here!
Mandy kicks but Zoey blocks to ROCK Mandy! And again! And again! Mandy knees low but Zoey spins he around to the GO TO – NO, Mandy blocks in time to trip Zoey and go after the bad leg! But Zoey uses that to victory roll! ONE, things speed up and Mandy whips, only for Zoey to LOBBER Mandy! Mandy bails out but Zoey builds speed to WRECK her with a dropkick! Fans fire up and Zoey storms up on Mandy, but Mandy RAMS her into the apron! Mandy TOSSES Zoey over the commentary desk! Jacy & Gigi taunt Zoey as Mandy SMASHES the knee on the desk! Zoey writhes and clutches her knee as NXT goes picture in picture!
Zoey grits her teeth and seethes at Mandy as medics check on the leg. Zoey says it’s fine, and Mandy goes out to drag her into the ring. Zoey ROCKS Mandy, throws elbows, but Mandy KICKS the bad leg! Mandy drags Zoey by the leg, stomps it, then drops an elbow on it! Mandy drags Zoey to the corner and SLAMS the bad leg into the post! Zoey writhes but she refuses to give up. Mandy gets in the ring and Zoey CHOPS her! Mandy trips Zoey, pulls on the bad leg, but Zoey endures! Mandy moves around, has the leg caught, and she chinlocks Zoey into a bootleg STF. Zoey endures, so Mandy dribbles her head off the mat! Cover, TWO!
Zoey gets to ropes but Mandy storms up. Zoey kicks back but Mandy kicks the bad leg out! Mandy digs her knee into Zoey and puts her on the apron. Zoey crawls away, kicks back at Mandy, but Mandy fires off forearms! Zoey shoves her again but Mandy comes back. Zoey ROCKS, CHOPS and ROCKS Mandy, but Mandy LARIATS Zoey! Cover, TWO! Mandy is annoyed but Jacy says it’s okay, she’s got this. Mandy stalks Zoey to a corner, grabs at the bad leg, but Zoey pushes her back. Mandy KICKS the bad leg, then taunts Zoey. Mandy drags Zoey out to center for a standing toehold. Zoey endures, keeps her shoulder sup, and she KICKS with her good leg!
Mandy staggers away, Zoey gets up and Zoey ROCKS Mandy with a forearm! And then another! But then Gigi & Jacy trip Zoey up! NXT returns to single picture as the ref saw that whole thing! Toxic Attraction is EJECTED! Jacy & Gigi are furious but maybe they should’ve behaved. NIKKITA LYONS rushes out and she fights Gigi & Jacy tot he back! Fans fire up and Mandy freaks out! Mandy goes for a chop block but Zoey dodges it! Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Mandy CHOP BLOCKS the leg this time, and Zoey clutches her leg again. Mandy stomps away on the leg, drops another elbow, then another, and another!
Mandy KNEES the bad leg, and Zoey huffs and seethes as she gets to a corner. Mandy soaks up the cheers and jeers, and she kicks the bad leg again. Mandy has the leg, for a KNEE JAMMER! Zoey hobbles and falls, but Mandy looms over Zoey. Zoey stands but Mandy trips her, turns her and has the HALF CRAB! Zoey endures as Mandy sits deep on the hold! Fans duel, Zoey reaches out, moves around, and rolls through to kick Mandy away! Mandy falls right out of the ring! Mandy hurries back in, into a KNEE from Zoey! Mandy pulls hair but Zoey ELBOWS Mandy, then LARIATS! Zoey rallies on Mandy, even with one good leg! SLIDING KICK! Cover, TWO!!
Mandy scrambles away to a corner, but Zoey runs in to ELBOW Mandy, and UPPERCUT, and GAMANGIRI! Zoey snapmares Mandy into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and duel, Zoey gets to her feet and she storms up on Mandy. Mandy kicks the bad leg, gets it again, and BACK SUPLEXES Zoey inside out! Cover, TWO! Mandy grows frustrated but the fans rally up again. Zoey and Mandy hit each other as they stand up, and they go back and forth with forearms! Zoey CHOPS, Mandy fires off a flurry, but Zoey blocks to a GO TO STARK!!! But she can’t cover from using her bad leg!! Zoey crawls over, but Mandy rolls away to the apron!
Mandy saves herself by inches and Zoey is furious! Zoey goes out, but Mandy sweeps the bad leg! Zoey gets caught up in the ropes, and Mandy stomps away! The ref counts, Mandy lets off at 4, and then she goes back to CLUB away on the leg! Mandy undoes the leg brace!! The ref stops Mandy and gets Zoey free of the ropes. KNEE FROM- ROLL UP!! TWO!! Mandy swings but into a jackknife! TWO! KNEE FROM A ROSE!! Cover, TWO!?!? Zoey survives and shocks everyone! Mandy’s best shot fails to put this away and she has no idea what to make of it! Mandy still undoes Zoey’s knee brace, and then she puts it on her knee!
Mandy wants to finish this for good, and runs in, KNEE BRACE FROM A ROSE!!! Cover, Mandy wins!!
Winner: Mandy Rose, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Tag Team Champion)
Zoey is dazed, Mandy used her bad leg against her in more ways than one! The Toxic Reign keeps going, what will it take to finally stop Mandy?
NXT hears from one of its newest names.
“I’m Quincy Elliot, and I have a confession to make. I’m bringing all of this to NXT. I look to my left, I look to my right, I see people of all different walks of life, and it excites me. And you may be shocked at this, but I ain’t ever struggled with being different. I own it, I work it, because I am it! And everyone in NXT may be superstars, but Quincy Elliot is the Super Diva.” And he’s coming soon to NXT!
Backstage interview with Grayson Waller.
McKenzie isn’t happy about it and Waller notices. Is it because he ruined he Emmy Award Winning interview with Apollo Crews when Waller punked him out? Uh, Apollo was the one who made a challenge while Waller was the one who backed down. Backed down? No, he could’ve dropped Crews right there, but then McKenzie would’ve said it was unfair after the 20 minute war Apollo had with Strong. He can’t win with her! But everyone else is too scared to say it, so Waller will: Apollo Crews is selfish! He’s willing to stab anyone in the back to be the man around here! He might even come for McKenzie’s job!
McKenzie doubts that, but Waller says that while Apollo doesn’t smell as nice, he does have a better small than her. But those were Apollo’s words, not Waller’s. Anyway, next week is the debut of the Grayson Waller Effect, the ONLY honest talk show in WWE history! The tough questions and the hard truth given. Take notes because he’s inviting his very first guess, APOLLO~ Crews! Also, your perfume is cheap, McKenzie.
NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS JD McDonagh!
The Big Booty Nephew is already a TWO-TIME NXT Champion, but has proven that from facing veterans like Tommaso Ciampa and Dolph Ziggler to facing the best of his peers like Joe Gacy and Cameron Grimes, he is a juggernaut in this ring. However, the Irish Ace knows even a juggernaut has its weaknesses. Will JD pick Bron apart and perform a beltectomy? Or will Bron break another would-be champion?
Bron walks out with a sledgehammer, and sees a box with “JD” on it. Bron SMASHES the box, then heads to the ring. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Bron wins betting against the ace.
JD and Bron circle while fans rally up. They tie up, JD goes after the bad arm but Bron shove shim away. JD grins but Bron says the shoulder’s just fine. They tie up again, Bron pushes JD back but JD puts Bron in the corner. JD pulls the arm against the ropes but the ref counts. JD let soff and Bron SLAPS him! Fans duel as JD grins and stares Bron down. JD and Bron reset and tie up again. Bron wrenches JD’s arm now, but JD spins and monkey flips him, but Bron holds on! Bron brings JD up but JD rolls, pushes Bron to ropes and arm-drags. But Bron holds on again! Bron shows he can be technical and fans rally up.
JD fights up, reaches for ropes but Born keeps him away. JD rolls, handsprings, snapmares and headlocks, but Bron slips out to have the wristlock! JD ROCKS Bron, but Bron headlocks back. JD powers out, Bron turns the dropdown into a gator roll and deadlift suplex! Bron walks around with JD before the SLAM! Fans fire up with Bron and he storms back up on JD. Bron whips JD into a corner, JD tumbles up and out, but Bron DECKS him! The ring count starts but Bron goes out after JD. JD gets in the ring but Bron avoids the elbow drop! Bron HOTSHOTS the arm, then he knuckle locks to STRAIGHT ARM LEVER!
Fans fire up as Bron carries JD around, then hammerlocks and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! And then STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Bron is showing he can do whatever JD can do, and then he clamps onto the arm again. Born hammerlocks and RAMS JD into buckles. Fans rally up and duel as Bron drags JD back up. Bron has the hammerlock, then he whips JD, JD reverses but Bron ducks ‘n’ dodges. Bron staggers but he still comes back to LARIAT JD! Bron tosses JD out hard, then barks at JD as NXT goes picture in picture.
JD scowls as Bron eggs him on. Bron goes out after JD, smacks him off the apron, then brings JD around to smack off the apron again. Fans bark for Bron as he puts JD in, but JD bails out the side. Bron waits on JD as the ring count climbs. JD gets in the ropes and trips Bron up! Then SLINGSHOT SPLASHES! JD gets his arm moving, and he stalks Bron to a corner. JD CHOPS, stomps, ROCKS and then stalks Bron some more. JD brings Bron around to snap suplex! JD drags Bron up to throw down elbows into Bron’s head, then DECK him with a haymaker. JD wrenches the bad arm, CLUBS it, but Bron throws body shots!
Bron backs JD down, RAMS into him over and over, then hoists him up top. Bron climbs up as NXT returns to single picture, but JD slips out to trip Bron up! JD shoves Bron to the apron, climbs up the other side, and he turns Bron to NECKBREAKER against the crossbar! Bron falls to the floor and fans rally again. JD stalks Bron, brings him up but the ring count is 5 of 10. JD puts Bron in at 7, drives elbow after elbow into the shoulders from all sides! The fans are torn but JD lets off so the ref can check Bron. Bron is still in this somehow so JD drags Bron around. JD has a mounted armlock but Bron endures.
Fans rally and duel, Bron reaches out but JD puts more pressure on the arm. Bron pushes through and gets the ROPEBREAK! JD lets off in frustration but fans duel again. JD clamps onto Bron for a neck wrench, but Bron still endures. JD pushes on the head, but fans rally up and Bron stands up! JAWBREAKER! Bron ROCKS JD, and again, and again! Bron whips, JD reverses but Bron FLYING SHOULDER TACKLES! And again! And then a duck ‘n’ dodge, to a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up again as Bron snarls and aims from the corner. JD flounders up, Born runs in, but JD POSTS Bron! Then a wrench and a takedown, LEBELL LOCK!!
Bron endures as JD pulls back! Fans rally and duel, Bron reaches out, and JD can only use one arm as Bron did damage to him, too! Born gets the ROPEBREAK! JD lets off in frustration and fans continue to duel. JD drags Bron to a drop zone then he climbs up. But Bron CLUBS JD first! Bron climbs up after JD, SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO!! Bron keeps cool and he goes to a corner to climb up again. But JD GAMANGIRIS back! JD sets Bron up, climbs up after him, but Bron resists the clinch! JD drags him up, SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Fans are thunderous as JD hits the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!!
Bron survives and JD can’t believe it! JD storms to a corner and climbs up, to MOONSAUTL! But he has to roll through as Bron moves! SPEAR!! Bron crawls after JD but JD flops out of the ring! Fans rally as Bron puts JD back in and hurries to aim from the corner again. JD stands up, into another SPEAR!! But Bron doesn’t cover, he brings the straps down! Bron vows to break JD, but JD stands up!? JD has blood in his mouth but he’s smiling! Bron says fine! A THIRD SPEAR!! And then the trophy lift, to the BREAKKER SLAM! Cover, Bron wins!!
Winner: Bron Breakker, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)
JD welcomed that third tackle, but it ended up being his demise! Bron retains the title, but who will- Wait, what?! Is this… It is! TYLER BATE is back in the States! The fans are going nuts for the Big Strong Boy! And he goes right into the ring to look Bron eye to eye! The NXT UK Champion and the NXT Champion, in the same ring for the first time in a long time! Will worlds collide in the near future?
This was a very good special for NXT, with great matches all over the card, but Heatwave didn’t really shake anything up. I know I’ve said keeping the status quo isn’t always a bad thing, but in this case, it felt kinda bad. Melo VS Vinci was great, though maybe a little sloppy because they wanted to go as fast as possible. Melo winning was only because of Trick, so that was a bit of a sour taste. But Melo still has so many opponents to face so this is fine. Decent promo from Von & Stone, but I guess Von is downgrading from “Wagner’s World” to “Welcome to Wagner’s Jungle.” I have no idea where Von’s gonna go from here, in a bad way. He’s not championship material, so who’s his next feud?
Great segment out of the Diamond Mine confronting their dysfunction, and I figured it’d be Strong pointed out as the traitor. That was some amazing continuity to have it in the 8 Man Tag that Tony looked to Strong as if to signal something. But then just as Apollo saw, the Diamond Mine all gets attacked. Gallus coming to NXT is great, though I wonder if this means Mark Coffey loses the Heritage Cup to Noam Dar. Gallus also getting a shot at the NXT UK Tag Team Championships is a nice surprise, but I wonder which two are facing Briggs & Jensen. Assuming Gallus wins, I’d love if it was the Coffey Brothers. But if not, then it can be Mark & Wolfgang again, trying to be two-time winners.
Roxie VS Cora was very good, but I’m a little surprised Cora won. For one, we see the NXT Women’s Championship is still on a Heel. Also, why wasn’t the DDT onto the weapon a disqualification? If that thing was a chair, wouldn’t it have been a DQ? Whatever, Cora’s still been doing good work so it’s not like she doesn’t deserve some success. Tiffany and Wendy have a very good vignette to plug their match. They call it “Lights Out” but don’t expect that to be the same as what AEW does with their “Lights Out” matches. It’ll be great, but only at WWE levels of No DQ. And given there’s no disqualifications, it can probably go either way, though I personally hope Wendy wins.
Actually, a great example of WWE levels of violence versus AEW is the Street Fight between Escobar and Tony we got tonight. It was really more a Street Fight for the sake of allowing Stacks and Legado to get involved without disqualifying the match. It was still great storytelling, but it was more chaos than destruction. Escobar loses because he’s being called-up, and who knows where Legado goes from here since they’re still under Tony. We got a nice promo segment with Indi and KC Squared, and I appreciate that Indi got a love letter from Dexter now that he’s back. But what a surprise that Blair Davenport, who is supposed to be fighting her way to the NXT UK Women’s Championship is here. Maybe Blair beats Indi to send Indi off to Raw?
Good introduction to Quincy Elliot here for the mainstream audience, but those who have been watching Level Up are probably already familiar with Quincy’s work. I’m sure Quincy can go in the ring, so it’s just a matter of how stories go and if Quincy can deliver on his character. Good promo from Waller to call Apollo out, and they’ll have a very good match, but I wonder where they’re going with this. Great match out of Mandy VS Zoey, but I had a feeling that after RawDown got the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament going and how they mentioned Zoey and Lyons are part of that, Zoey wasn’t going to win here. Mandy at least did it in a more clever way than usual. I don’t think anyone else has thought to wear their opponent’s brace and use it against them like that.
And we got a great match out of Bron and JD, but I’m a little surprised Bron won here. I’m also a little surprised how Bron won, where JD just let Bron hit him again. This is not really the Jordan Devlin in NXT UK, he would’ve used that to sucker Bron in, not just let Bron hit him again. But Bron retains, and we got a great surprise, that was then ruined by a massive spoiler. NXT UK isn’t even in the middle of their vacated championship tournament, they’re at the BEGINNING of it, and we see now that Tyler Bate is a two-time UK Champion! That’s awesome for Tyler but this is a big letdown for all of us fans who are still watching NXT UK! The only silver lining to this spoiler is that Worlds Collide might return to give us NXT VS NXT UK, Champions VS Champions.
My Score: 8.2/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (8/16/22)
Powerhouse gets Dark!
It’s a baker’s dozen for Universal Studios!
AEW Dark continues in Universal Studios, and “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs looks to send a message to Ricky Starks through his opponent tonight!
- Ari Daivari VS Fuego Del Sol; Daivari wins.
- Willow Nightingale VS Robyn Renegade w/ Charlette Renegade; Willow wins.
- Serpentico w/ Luther VS Brock Anderson w/ Arn Anderson; Brock wins.
- Abadon VS Mafiosa; Abadon wins.
- Angelico VS Baliyan Akki; Angelico wins.
- Emi Sakura VS Renee Michelle; Sakura wins.
- Josh Woods VS Cobra; Cobra wins.
- Skye Blue VS Charlette Renegade w/ Robyn Renegade; Skye wins.
- Bear Country VS Axel Rico & Victor Iniestra; Bear Country wins.
- Kayla Rossi w/ Diamond Sheik VS Avery Breaux; Rossi wins.
- Cezar Bononi w/ The Wingmen VS Marcus Kross; Bononi wins.
- Rohit Raju VS Invictus Khash; Raju wins.
- “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs VS Blake Christian; Hobbs wins.
Great to see Abadon back in action, though I’m pretty sure she’s gotten even scarier since she’s been away… A lot of singles match-ups, a lot of easily called match-ups, but that’s par for the course on Dark. A bit surprised they didn’t just team up the Renegade Sisters against Willow & Skye, but maybe those matches are still connected. And while All Heart will lose to Powerhouse, you can beat Blake Christian will get to shine against the bigger Will Hobbs.
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