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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (2/3/20)

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What is the condition of the Rated R Superstar?

The WWE Universe is reeling after what Randy Orton did to Edge on the first Raw of the living legend’s return! What will The Viper’s reason be for striking an old friend down?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Liv Morgan VS Lana; Morgan wins.
  • Mojo Rawley w/ Riddick Moss VS Drew McIntyre; McIntyre wins.
  • Six Man Tag Elimination Match: Kevin Owens & The Viking Raiders VS Buddy Murphy & The Authors of Pain; Murphy & The AOP win.
  • Aleister Black VS ???; Aleister wins.
  • Humberto Carrillo VS ???; No Contest.
  • Angel Garza w/ Zelina Vega VS Rey Mysterio; Mysterio wins, by disqualification.
  • Asuka w/ Kairi Sane VS Natalya; Asuka wins.
  • WWE World Championship Super Showdown Contender’s Match: Seth Rollins VS Ricochet VS Bobby Lashley; Ricochet wins and will challenge Brock Lesnar for the title at Super Showdown.

PLAY BY PLAY

Raw relives what happened last week.

After TV cut away, Edge, his neck devastated, was taken out on a stretcher, and into an ambulance. Because earlier that night, The Rated R superstar returned to tell us the inspirational fight against “What If” he has won. “I have grit!” He returned at 46 years old to end his career on his terms! Randy Orton reminisced old times, only to get Edge’s guard down! And an RKO wasn’t even the half of it… Orton brought back another Edge classic in the ConCHAIRto! Somehow, The Viper found it in his cold heart not to completely cripple Edge, but he left us all heartbroken.

And now, Randy Orton heads to the ring!

Salt Lake City boos as Orton makes his way out slowly and menacingly. Orton takes his time walking up the steel steps and in between the ropes, perhaps conflicted over what he did. Fans shift to chanting, “You Suck! You Suck!” as Orton contemplates going up the ropes for his pose. And despite the boos being heaped on, Orton still hops up, only to step back down. Orton grabs a mic and fans boo louder while he takes his time still. Orton tries to speak but the boos keep coming.

“I guess I owe everybody an explanation.” Fans don’t want to hear it, but they shift from booing to cheering for “Edge! Edge!” Orton goes to speak, but the boos return. “Last week, I…” Fans cut him off with more “You Suck! You Suck!” After a moment, Orton tries again, but the booing is starting to frustrate him. “I can’t do this.” Orton puts the mic down and leaves the ring. Fans seem to be divided but still mostly boo as Orton makes his way up the ramp. Is that it from The Viper tonight?

 

Liv Morgan VS Lana!

There is nothing settled between these two lethal ladies! Morgan lives to make the Ravishing Russian pay for her transgressions, but it’s Lana who wants revenge! Who wins this ravishing rematch?

Raw returns and Liv makes her entrance. The bell rings and Liv shoves Lana right down! Lana backs off, claiming her wrist is broken. But it’s to sucker Liv in! Lana throws Liv down by her hair then hits a ROUNDHOUSE! Cover, TWO! Lana’s trickery doesn’t get it down but she clamps on with a chinbar and armlock. Fans rally for Liv as Lana claims to be the best. Fans cheer for “Rusev Day!” but Lana throws Liv down again.  Lana soaks up the heat but Liv hops up to CODE BREAKER back! Lana staggers and Livv hits a draping Complete Shot! Cover, Liv wins again!

Winner: Liv Morgan, by pinfall

The sweep is complete! 2-0 for Liv, has she put the feud with Lana to rest? But wait, what’s this? RUBY RIOTT returns! Ruby’s transformed herself just as much as Liv has, and Liv is happy to see her back. The two reunite in the ring, and fans are happy to see “Ruby! Ruby!” But then Ruby gives Liv an STO! And a BOOT! And then a rain of rights! But why!? What is with betrayals on Raw?! Lana laughs as Ruby lines Liv up for a rabbit lariat! Ruby may not be Lana’s friend but she certainly is Liv’s enemy. And Lana takes advantage by giving Liv a FACEBUSTER! One grudge may be settled, but a new one has surfaced. Will Liv be able to piece herself back together on the Road to WrestleMania?

 

Mojo Rawley w/ Riddick Moss VS Drew McIntyre!

This non-title match is a big relief to the current WWE 24/7 Champion. The Scottish Stud has been on a run like no other, because he won the 2020 Men’s Royal Rumble match and is going to WrestleMania! Will McIntyre pave his road to Suplex City with the 24/7 Quarterback?

The bell rings and fans are fired up for “DREW! DREW!” McIntyre has a mic to thank the fans for fighting through the literal blizzard outside. And he warns Mojo that after putting the mic down, three seconds later, he’s going to Claymore Mojo’s head off. But let’s first address Brock Lesnar. Those who were watching know Lesnar attacked McIntyre last week, from behind. “And you know what? That’s just fine with me.” Why is that? Because it is a sign that Lesnar is worried about the #SexyScot. McIntyre is just as big, just as fast, and his secret weapon knocked Lesnar right out of the Rumble!

McIntyre promises that come WrestleMania, Lesnar’s head gets kicked off his body and McIntyre finally becomes WWE World Champion! Oh wait, forgot about Mojo. But again, three seconds to go. Sorry about that. McIntyre puts the mic down, Mojo gives his belt to Moss. Mojo turns around, CLAYMORE! Cover, McIntyre wins!!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall

And McIntyre kept his word! Will he keep his word when it comes to slaying the Beast at WrestleMania?

 

Backstage interview with Buddy Murphy & The AOP.

The Monday Night Messiah’s disciples are in an Elimination Tag, but what is the strategy? Akam and Rezar speak in their native tongues but Murphy says he has this. Murphy says that these three have practically already won. They’re on the right side of history as they help Seth Rollins lead Raw into the future. As for Kevin and the Viking Raiders, they’re working harder, not smarter. But speaking of Rollins, he graces his followers with his presence. This is a huge night for the foursome. The Six Man is up  next, so they shall go and prepare. Rollins takes over the interview and Charly asks about his opportunity for the WWE World Championship.

“Life has a funny way of working itself out.” Just when you think all is lost, Rollins is back in the hunt! He loses the Royal Rumble yet has a second chance! Redemption is a beautiful thing, and not to state the obvious, Rollins has won against Lesnar twice. McIntyre has his heart set on Lesnar, but he has to see the writing on the wall. And McIntyre needs to prepare for a different opponent. He needs to prepare for the Monday Night Messiah. Will Rollins take over Raw with a golden ticket to Super Showdown?

 

Six Man Tag Elimination Match: Kevin Owens & The Viking Raiders VS Buddy Murphy & The Authors of Pain!

The Prizefighter has Erik and Ivar by his side to wage war with Akam, Rezar and the Aussie Juggernaut! Will KO’s side strike a major blow to the “inevitable”? Or will this be the Last Chapter for the Raw resistance already?

Raw returns and Rollins is present to support his followers. The teams sort out, and Erik starts against Murphy. They circle and Erik trips Murphy to get a waistlock and slam! Tag to Kevin and Kevin stomps Murphy around. Kevin scoops and slams and drops a senton! Tag back to Erik who then tags Ivar. The Raiders work together, scoop slam for Murphy, then scoop slam senton puts Ivar onto Murphy! Rollins is already exasperated as his team is on the defensive and Raw is going to break.

Raw returns and Ivar tags back in. Murphy gives Ivar a jawbreaker and tags to Rezar. The two biggest men stare down and start shoving. Then they start throwing hands! They get fast and furious, Rezar knees low and whips, but Ivar rolls off the back! And BOOTS! Tag to Erik and he feeds Rezar to Ivar’s knee! Then back the other way! Erik roars at Rezar before putting him in an open corner. Rezar comes out to LARIAT! Rollins cheers as Rezar tags Akam and the AOP drag Erik up. Back suplex feed to a knee smash! Akam hammers away on Erik then looms over him. Tag to Murphy, and he mugs Erik with big kicks and forearms.

Murphy soaks up the heat but Erik fights back! Erik rocks Murphy with an elbow, then swings. Murphy ducks, waistlocks but Erik elbows again. Murphy keeps grip of the tights and then uses Erik’s momentum to send him back, A strike fest but Erik dodges the knee to give Ace Ten Mao! Tag to Ivar and Ivar rallies on Akam with a shoulder and sidewalk slam! Then a BASEMENT CROSSBODY! Rezar runs in but gets big hands! Ivar whips but Rezar reverses, only for Ivar to seated senton! Murphy’s kick is blocked, cartwheel and CLOTHESLINE! Fans fire up with Ivar as he tags Erik. They haul Murphy right up, springboard, LARIAT GERMAN! Cover but AOP break it up!

Ivar throws Akam out while Rezar is after Erik. Erik throws Rezar out, and Ivar DIVES to take him out! But Erik DIVES onto Akam! The Raiders wreck the AOP but also themselves! Rollins can’t believe what he’s seeing as Ivar runs at Rezar. Rezar sends Ivar CRASHING into the LED apron! Rollins gets away with a CURB STOMP! The ref missed that and Rollins feeds Erik to Murphy to cover. Murphy ELIMINATES Erik! And with Ivar having damaged his shoulder, Kevin might be down both partners! Extra referees come out to check, and it does seem Ivar is eliminated by default because of the bad arm! Fans fire up for Kevin as he stands alone against Murphy and the AOP. Kevin considers his options, and rushes in as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Kevin has evened things with Murphy! But Kevin has no one to tag! Rollins taunts Kevin as Akam tags in. Kevin throws punches on Akam first then runs, but into a back elbow! Cover, TWO! Kevin toughs it out but Rollins is confident as ever. Murphy tags back in and he drops a knee onto Kevin. Murphy then clamps on and pulls Kevin back with a chinlock. Fans rally up for Kevin as he fights up out of the hold. Murphy knees low then throws Kevin out of the ring. Murphy pursues but gets scooped for a FALL AWAY SLAM, into barriers! Rollins is upset as Kevin gets back into the ring. Murphy drags himself up as the ring count begins, but Rollins says Murphy has this.

Murphy runs in at Kevin but into a boot! Kevin runs but into a calf kick! Cover, TWO! Murphy drags Kevin up and over to tag in Rezar. Rezar and Murphy mug Kevin but fans continue to rally. Rezar taunts Kevin as he drags him back up to throw big haymakers. Fans rally more as Rezar whips and Kevin kicks! Enziguri! Rezar staggers to the corner but returns to drag Kevin up. Akam hops up, sidewalk STOMP! slam! Cover, TWO! Kevin keeps hanging in there and it annoys Rollins. Akam stomps Kevin then drags him around for a chinlock. Kevin endures as Rollins taunts him. “There’s no shame in giving in, Kevin.” But Kevin disagrees, and keeps fighting as the fans rally for him!

Kevin stands, knees low and throws haymakers! Kevin keeps punching, then runs, but into a knee of Akam’s own! Tag to Murphy and Murphy stomps Kevin down. Fans boo as Murphy drags Kevin up and Rollins questions why. Kevin blocks a kick to give a kick, and a BIG DDT! Rollins is shocked but Murphy still has someone to tag. Akam tags in and goes after Kevin to whip into the Rollins corner. Kevin hits buckles hard and falls to the mat. Kevin fights back but Akam forearms him over and over. Tag to Murphy and Murphy drives his knee into Kevin’s back. Murphy hauls Kevin up to whip back ito the corner, but Kevni throws big hands! And boots! And dodges Murphy!

Fans fire up as Kevin runs in, but is put on the apron. Kevin ROCKS Murphy then CANNONBALLS onto Akam! Rollins is wary as Kevin sends Rezar into steel steps! Murphy jumps into a SUPERKICK! Kevin puts Murphy in while Rollins checks on the AOP. Kevin climbs up and SWANTONS, onto knees! Rollins is relieved as Murphy climbs up now. Murphy leaps but Kevin gets under, POP-UP BOMB! Cover, Kevin ELIMINATES Murphy!! Kevin makes it a bit more reasonable at 2v1, but Rollins wants them both to go after Kevin! Akam is first and he clubs away on Kevin at the ropes. The ref backs Akam off for just a moment. Akam whips, Kevin reverses, STUNNER! Cover, Kevin ELIMINATES Akam!!

Rollins is beside himself because now Kevin is 1v1 with Rezar! The ref tells Rollins to hop off the apron because he’s not in the match. Rollins fires up Rezar to get him ready to finish Kevin. Rezar runs in but Kevin sends him into a POST! SUPERKICK! And another SUPERKICK! Rezar is down, Kevin runs corner to corner to CANNONBALL! Rollins is freaking out as Kevin climbs back up top. Kevin SWANTONS, and it hits! Cover, TWO!! Rezar survives but fans are fired up for “KO! KO!” Kevin hauls Rezar up but that’s too much for a fireman’s carry. But he still gets him up! Rollins distracts, Kevin swipes out him, Rezar LARIATS! Rezar then whips Kevin for a SPINE BUSTER!

But Rezar isn’t done there, he wants Kevin to pay. Another SPINE BUSTER! Cover, Rezar wins it for Team Rollins!

Winners: Buddy Murphy & The Authors of Pain, by pinfall

It came down to the last man, but the Messiah of Monday Nights was the deciding factor all along. Will this discourage any more resistance? Will Rollins have an easier time becoming Brock Lesnar’s Super Showdown opponent?

 

Backstage interview with Ricochet!

The One and Only shares a part in tonight’s golden opportunity! What would it mean for Ricochet to win this shot at The Beast? And a shot at the WWE World Championship. That is the dream, isn’t it? Ricochet can prove tonight that this is his time. It may seem unrealistic because of certain “obstacles,” given he isn’t as big and strong as Lashley or doesn’t roll deep like Rollins. But Ricochet will use what got him here to Raw. So slim as his chances are, determination will outweigh probability. What this means to him, is everything. Will Ricochet win that “everything” tonight?

 

Aleister Black VS ???

The Embodiment of the End is finally taking the fight to the Raw roster. But who has he found to pick, a fight, tonight?

Raw returns as we learn Aleister’s opponent is Eric Young. The bell rings and Eric rushes Aleister into a corner! Eric rams his shoulder in then stomps a mudhole. The ref backs Eric off but he blocks Aleister’s kick to put the leg on the ropes. Eric throws big haymakers and clubbing forearms! Eric headlocks but Aleister powers out to then sweep the legs. Aleister pushes Eric to then hit a kitchen sink knee! Aleister strike fests then thrusts a knee! Eric wobbles but elbows back. Aleister boots to KNEE TRIGGER! Eric has a bloody nose but it’s about to be the least of his concerns. Aleister uses his foot to lift Eric, for BLACK MASS! Cover, Aleister wins!

Winner: Aleister Black, by pinfall

Another quick yet gritty fight for Aleister that results in another win. But Aleister takes up the mic to say, “Remember when they told you when you were young, that you could grow up to be everything you wanted to be, only to later realize it was quite the opposite.” Aleister doesn’t get why that is our system. That is not authentic. Aleister is a firm believe that people should be whoever they choose to be, because that drives “relentless competition.”

Aleister takes a seat to say that when he knocks down the Raw locker room, there will be no light that seeps in. The room shall be covered in shadows, “and while you are laying there, you will realize it was done by a person who was told that he could be whatever he wanted to be.” Cryptic and menacing, who should take this message serious as Aleister continues to fight down the Road to WrestleMania?

 

Humberto Carrillo VS ???

Ultimo Ninja unleashed his wrath and has sidelined El Idolo! But with the WWE United States Championship still around Andrade Almas’ waist, will Carrillo prove he’s first in line for when Almas returns?

Raw returns as we find Carrillo’s opponent tonight is ANGEL GARZA! And even more shocking, he has Zelina Vega with him! La Muneca temporarily trades Raw’s El Idolo for NXT’s El Latino. Is Carrillo surprised? Zelina asks fans if they know why Carrillo is so surprised. “Because nobody smart plays fair. Vulnerability is a liability, and I found yours.” Garza leaves a fan hanging while Vega says that when Carrillo messes with her business, she doesn’t pay the price, he does. And Vega explains to fans this is no hitman to get revenge. This is much worse than that. For standing next to her is the former NXT Cruiserweight Champion, “the hottest Latino prospect” in the WWE, and best of all… is Carrillo’s cousin!

Fans finally realize what’s up, and now Garza helps Vega into the ring. Garza tells “Pimito,” that while Carrillo is in a bit of shock, but there is a reason. Garza and Carrillo knows that in this generation of their family is being led by Garza! So Carrillo answers to Garza. Carrillo takes offense to being treated like a child. Garza continues to say that after such behavior last week, Carrillo is a disgrace! Not to Garza, and not to the people in Salt Lake City, but to their family! Carrillo snatches the mic from Garza! Fans like that one. Vega keeps Garza focused but Carrillo asks if he is the disgrace when Garza is the one who lost his title. And as for Vega- SHE SLAPS CARRILLO! And Garza attacks! Fans boo as Garza grins over his cousin, then rains down rights.

Garza chokes Carrillo with a knee to the throat! Vega wants Carrillo to beg, but when he doesn’t, Garza gives him the WING CLIPPER! Carrillo is down from the sit-out underhook but this isn’t all. Vega wants this to end outside, and Garza throws Carrillo out. And around, into steel steps! Vega pulls the floor mats up and wants to recreate what happened to start all this! Garza drags his own cousin over to bare concrete, but here comes REY MYSTERIO! The King of Lucha runs out to returns the favor of saving the day! Fans chant “619! 619!” as Garza eggs Mysterio on. Mysterio lets the referees handle Carrillo, and we might get a different match entirely!

Angel Garza w/ Zelina Vega VS Rey Mysterio!

Raw returns and that is exactly what we’re getting! Will Mysterio avenge Ultimo Ninja with El Latino en la casa?

The bell rings and Garza grins at Mysterio as fans again chant “619! 619!” But Garza bails out and fans boo. Vega whispers a game plan to Garza before he returns to the ring. Garza and Mysterio circle and approach, but Garza says, “Ole!” as he dodges Mysterio. Mysterio shrugs it off and they tie up. Garza headlocks to a takeover but Mysterio headscissors back! And holds tight! Garza kicks around to get the ropebreak. Mysterio lets go and waits for Garza to get up. Garza circles with Mysterio and approaches, but Mysterio avoids the sweep to headlock! Fans cheer but Vega is frustrated as Garza has to fight his way up. Garza lifts but Mysterio kicks to deny the back suplex. Garza stomps a foot and powers out, then things speed up.

Mysterio redirects, Garza hurdles, Mysterio leaps over. Things keep going, Garza rolls off Mysterio’s back but Mysterio tilt-o-whirl headsicssors! Fans cheer as Garza gets to a corner. Garza runs out but Mysterio dodges. Garza shouts for Mysterio to wait, and he offers a handshake. Fans boo because they don’t trust this at all. Mysterio holds up a hand but uses it to wag, “No, no.” Garza tears off the pants to throw them at Mysterio! Then Garza stomps Mysterio down! Garza stalks Mysterio to a corner to CHOP! Mysterio staggers and Garza runs corner to corner, but misses! Mysterio runs back in but is put up top. He boots Garza away but Garza trips Mysterio up to dropkick low! Mysterio ends up stuck in a backwards Tree of We but Garza lets him out.

Garza makes Mysterio shake his hand now as Vega grins right in Mysterio’s face. Garza drags Mysterio up and puts him on the top rope backwards. He climbs up behind Mysterio and grabs at the mask! A very Almas move, but Garza soaks up the heat before putting Mysterio in the Tree of Woe. Garza runs corner to corner to PENALTY KICK! Mysterio falls out of the Tree, Garza covers, TWO! Fans cheer as Mysterio gets to the other corner. Garza stalks over and drags Mysterio up. Mysterio slips out of the scoop but Garza standing switches. Garza shoves but Mysterio kicks back! To then go up and over to headscissor Garza on ropes Dial it up, but Garza sends Mysterio out. Garza then runs and slides under, to use the apron skirt to trip Mysterio! Mysterio crashes and burns and fans are booing as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again as Mysterio fights Garza off. Mysterio whips and scoops Garza for a backbreaker! Vega grows worried as both men are down. Garza gets up first to whip Mysterio hard into buckles! Mysterio falls to the mat but Garza brings him back up. Garza puts Mysterio sideways in the corner to then run and KICK Mysterio down! Fans boo so Garza soaks it up and even slicks back his hair. Garza drags Mysterio to a drop zone and climbs the ropes, for the MOUNTAIN TOP MOONSAULT! But he FLOPS! Mysterio gets clear and now Garza is gasping. Mysterio wheelbarrows to a victory roll, TWO! Garza sunset flips, Mysterio slips out to BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!

Vega fans herself off but fans rally up with “619! 619!” Mysterio and Garza stir and Mysterio tilt-o-whirls to a DDT! Garza is in a daze as he flops over, Mysterio covers, TWO! Vega continues to stress as Mysterio gets to the apron. Mysterio aims as Garza crawls, springboard seated senton! But Garza anchors a foot to keep Mysterio from running. Garza stands to give Mysterio a BIG knee! Cover, TWO!! Mysterio still lives and Garza is starting to lose his cool. Garza drags Mysterio back up as fans continue to rally. Garza underhooks Mysterio but Mysterio slips out to run and sunset DESTROYER! Then a dropkick puts Garza on the ropes! Dial it up, but Vega disconnects the call!

Fans boo and the ref reprimands Vega, but Mysterio triangle JUMPS out to senton onto Garza! Vega is furious and shouts at Mysterio, but the ref tries to get this back in the ring. Garza SUPERKICKS Mysterio from behind! Garza then throws Mysterio into barriers! And over to the bare patch! Garza uses a DDT! The ref throws this out!

Winner: Rey Mysterio, by disqualification

El Latino continues where El Idolo left off, and has driven Mysterio into concrete! Fans boo but it is like music to Garza’s ears. Is La Muneca’s stable growing to have another lethal Latino? And what is the state of the lucha libre legend after being spiked into the ground?

 

Charlotte Flair heads to the ring!

The Queen is the 2020 Women’s Royal Rumble winner, but she has yet to make a decision as to which title she wants. She teased us last week, but will she give us a straight answer this week?

Charlotte points to the WrestleMania sign, and fans “WOO~” for her. Charlotte has a mic to speak on how everyone wants to know her WrestleMania opponent. Is she going to choose the Raw Women’s Championship and face Becky Lynch again? Or will she choose the SmackDown Women’s Championship and face Bayley now? Charlotte has had the Raw title multiple times, having beaten Becky. She’s had the SmackDown title multiple times, having beaten Bayley. In fact, she’s held all the titles at one point or another. Fans sense a wild card and chant for “Rhea! Rhea!” in reference to the NXT Women’s Championship. Yes, Charlotte still loves NXT, and NXT still loves The Queen. So while Charlotte’s held all the gold ten times, the Queen still wants it all again!

Before Charlotte can continue, RHEA RIPLEY is here! The Mosh Pit Kid has come to Salt Lake and to Raw! She shines up her NXT title and heads to the ring. Charlotte does her best to keep her composure in the face of Rhea’s smug smirk. Rhea has a mic to say, “Y’know, Charlotte, you did win the Women’s Royal Rumble.” And now Charlotte can choose any women’s title she wants. And as she said, she beat Becky and she best Bayley. But does anyone know who Charlotte hasn’t beaten? Fans do. It’s Rhea! In fact, Rhea beat Charlotte. So if Charlotte goes after any title at Mania, well then consider Rhea challenging her first. Fans chant “YES! YES!” as Rhea holds up her belt.

Charlotte steps closer to Rhea, admires the title for a moment, and then smiles. But she still doesn’t give an answer as she takes her leave. Will the Queen give the Aussie Nightmare’s offer all due consideration?

 

Backstage interview with Bobby Lashley.

What is The Rocky Mountain Machine’s plan for tonight’s Triple Threat? And is he at all worried about newlywed wife Lana losing again? To answer the latter, no he is not worried. Lana’s match was her match. They can celebrate when Lashley wins his match and gets the opportunity he deserves! Tonight, Lashley will beat Rollins, Ricochet and perhaps at the same time. After that, “ladies and gentlemen, here’s your spoiler.” Lashley will defeat Lesnar to become WWE World Champion and go to Wrestlemania. Then Lashley will beat “the holy hell” out of McIntyre to remain WWE World Champion! Will those spoilers become reality? Or is there an inevitability Lashley isn’t accounting for?

 

Asuka w/ Kairi Sane VS Natalya!

The Empress of Tomorrow is still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion alongside the Pirate Princess, but they’re looking for women worthy of their time. Will the Queen of Harts prove she is worthy of staying on the Road to WrestleMania? Or is there still no one ready for Asuka?

Raw returns as Natty makes her entrance. The bell rings and Natty circles with Asuka. They tie up, go around and end up on the ropes. The ref backs them off and Asuka is already annoyed. Asuka circles with Natty and tie up again. Natty headlocks and takeovers but Asuka headscissors. Natty pops out and the two stand off. Fans cheer as they go again. Kairi isn’t worried even as Natty wristlocks to a hammerlock. Asuka reverses to get the hammerlock for herself but Natty turns it around with a fireman’s carry takedown. Natty has the armlock and chops Asuka, but Asuka headscissors back.

Asuka squeezes tight then gets the armbar! Natty slips out and fans cheer, but Asuka is right on Natty fast. They go around, Natty rolls Asuka up, ONE! Asuka headlocks again, Natty powers out but Asuka runs her over! Things speed up, Asuka rolls but Natty waistlocks to a takedown for a leg lock! Asuka endures and grabs Natty’s leg. Asuka rolls to get a modified Half Crab. Natty rolls and grabs Asuka’s leg back. Natty kicks and Asuka lets go, and they end up against the ropes again. The ref backs Natty down and Natty calls Asuka out! “You want to shoot on me?!” The two tie up again, and Natty headlocks. Asuka gets to a chicken wing but Natty gets the ropebreak. Asuka literally rubs it in before backing off.

Tensions are running high, but Natty ducks the back hand to give haymakers! Natty backs Asuka down and fires off! The ref backs Natty off but Natty whips. Asuka reverses, waistlocks but Natty powers out to spinning powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! Asuka survives and Kairi grows worried as Natty grabs the legs. But Asuka kicks Natty away and bails out of the ring. The Empress of Tomorrow is running from the Queen of Harts as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns as Asuka has Natty in an armlock on the mat. Fans rally and duel as Asuka talks trash. Natty fights her way up but Asuka wrangles her back down. Natty gets up again to throw hands, but Asuka throws Natty by her hair! Asuka gives Natty kick after kick after kick, then throws her face down! Natty sits up to duck the buzzsaw and school boy, TWO! MULE KICK! Asuka gets Natty in the mouth then drags her up by an arm. Asuka clamps on with an Iron Octopus! Kairi cheers and fans duel as Natty endures. Asuka cranks as hard as she can on the arm, but Natty refuses to quit. Natty powers up and elbows back but Asuka throws her down by her hair again! The ref reprimands but Asuka hits a shining wizard! Cover, TWO!

Asuka gets on Natty with some ground ‘n’ pound then the armbar! Natty rolls to relieve pressure but Asuka drags her into a triangle. Natty fights out to throw hands and even slaps! But Asuka grabs the arm! Asuka wants a Kimura but Natty resists. So Asuka shifts to a guillotine! Natty endures and powers up, to suplex Asuka off! Both women are down but fans are firing up! Kairi is concerned for Asuka-nee as she and Natty stir. Natty gets to a corner as Asuka stands up. Asuka runs in but gets an elbow! Asuka keeps moving but gets a boot! Natty catches Asuka the third time, but Asuka victory rolls! TWO, Natty has it, TWO! Asuka has it back, TWO! The two break, Natty ducks, DISCUS! But Natty isn’t done there, she grabs the legs for the SHARPSHOOTER!

Asuka endures as Natty sits down deep! Asuka crawls to the ROPEBREAK! But Natty holds on even as Asuka is on the apron! The ref drags Natty off Asuka and Asuka flops to the floor.  Natty hurries after Asuka and puts her back in. Natty glares at Kairi but Kairi shows her claws. Asuka clamps on, ASUKA LOCK! Natty let herself get caught, and she taps! Asuka wins!!

Winner: Asuka, by submission

The ref has to pull Asuka off Natty, but the winner is clear! The Empress downs wrestling royalty in a vicious battle. Asuka gets a mic to yell, “Where is Becky?!” Asuka shouts in angry Japanese, and then says, “I want a rematch for the Raw Women’s Championship!” Fans like the sound of that, at least. And here comes Becky! Asuka grins as The Man comes around to hold up her title. Becky swaggers down to the ring and has her own mic to respond. She hears the fans chant her name first before talking to Asuka.

“So, after ducking me for a whole year, you want to fight me again?” That sounds interesting. Winning at the Rumble “damn near gave me superpowers.” And if it’s about going again, Becky’s all for it! But the thing is, why? Why would Becky put this precious title on the line so close to WrestleMania? The answer is, “the only thing more fun than beating your ass once is doing it again.” Challenge accepted! But Kairi runs in! Becky is ready and throws her out, but she turns around to make sure Asuka doesn’t try anything. “See? Superpowers! Eyes in the back of my head.” Becky is all fired up but so is Asuka. The tiebreaker trilogy finale is coming! Who comes out truly the best woman on Raw?

 

WWE World Championship Super Showdown Contender’s Match: Seth Rollins VS Ricochet VS Bobby Lashley!

The Monday Night Messiah insists his ascension back to the top is inevitable. The One and Only is raring to prove he belongs on Raw. And the Rocky Mountain Machine wants to finally have the match-up fans have been wanting for years. But only one man can earn an opportunity against the reigning, defending, undisputed WWE Heavyweight Champion of the World, BRRROCK! LESNARRR! Who will Lesnar meet when the WWE returns to Saudi Arabia?

Before the match, Rollins gets a mic to speak. “Now good things come to those who are on the right side of history!” Rollins wants us all to applaud the victory of Murphy & The AOP. Fans boo instead. Rollins still thanks them. But now it is his turn. This is his time to once again dethrone Lesnar! And he realizes he made that promise this time last year, and got an entirely different response from fans. How things can change so quickly. Rollins promised to beat Lesnar for the Universal Championship, and he did. Rollins defended the title across the world, from here to Paris to Tokyo to Dallas to NYC, coming home expecting a hero’s welcome to instead be “crucified.”

But Rollins doesn’t hate us for it. No, he doesn’t. In fact, he is thanking us. It is because of that, that Rollins became the man he is today! The man that he is now is a man he is so proud of. Because Rollins will dethrone Lesnar again, but it won’t be for us or himself. It will be for the greater good that we can’t even begin to comprehend! And ten years, 20 years, a century from now, Rollins will be remembered as the Savior of Pro-Wrestling! McIntyre won’t face the Beast, but the Monday Night Messiah. Rollins finishes placating and Ricochet makes his entrance, followed by Lashley. The main event of messiah, motivated and mighty begins after the break!

Raw returns once again and the bell rings. Ricochet fires off on Rollins but Lashley whips Ricochet. Ricochet rolls off Lashley’s back but into Rollins’ full nelson. Lashley runs back in but Ricochet fights back and arm-drags Rollins. Ricochet throws Lashley out and standing switches with Rollins to roll up. ONE and Rollins blocks a kick. Rollins flips Ricochet but Ricochet lands on his feet to come back with a huricanrana! Ricochet runs but Lashely trips him up! Rollins returns to SLING BLADE Ricochet down! Lashley comes back but gets kicked back out! Rollins runs at Ricochet for a corner forearm and cover, ONE.

Fans cheer as this match is moving fast. Rollins whips Ricochet and runs in, but Ricochet puts him on the apron. Ricochet swings but gets a counter punch. Rollins springboards, Ricochet gets under, Lashley DECKS Rollins! Lashley RAMS Ricochet in a corner then turns him. Rollins runs in, but gets added to a DDT Neckbraeker combo! Fans fire up as Lashley clotheslines Rollins out. Ricochet is in a corner, Lashley runs corner to corner, but blocks the boot. Not the enziguri! Ricochet rolls and shotgun dropkicks Lashley out! Then he FLIES out onto the Machine! And then FLIES out onto Rollins! All three men are down but Ricochet is up fast! Salt Lake is fired up as Ricochet puts Rollins in quick.

Ricochet then climbs up top, only for Murphy to attack! Murphy shoves Ricochet down while AOP mugs Lashley! Rollins has made this a 4v1v1 match as Lashley gets the atomic KNEE! Murphy helps Rollins rise and stomp down Ricochet. Lashley is thrown into barriers while Murphy DECKS Ricochet. But here comes Kevin Owens! Murphy goes to intercept but is decked in return! Kevin throws Murphy down the stage and then Erik ambushes AOP! He sends Rezar into a post and helps Kevin go after Akam! They’re doing this for Ivar more than anything! BIG knee and a SUPERKICK sends Akam out! Things are even in the Triple Threat now as Erik and Kevin get chairs! They give Akam chair shots, and Rezar, too!

The AOP is retreating as Kevin SMACKS Rezar back down! Rollins panics as his plan falls apart and Raw takes one last break!

Raw returns once more and Ricochet dodges a corner splash from Rollins! Rollins hits buckles and flounders, as does Ricochet. They head for each other, Rollins throws punches but Ricochet counter punches. Ricochet backs Rollins down then runs, into Lashley’s shoulder! Lashley runs, Rollins dodges, Lashley hurdles! SPINE BUSTER! Lashley roars as he runs at Rollins, to corner clothesline! He keeps moving, to RAM into Rollins! Then Lashley drags Rollins out and suplexes, only for Ricochet to crossbody Lashley down! Rollins swings but Ricochet dodges to kick and whip. Rollins reverses only to get run over by forearms!

Fans fire up with Ricochet as he runs corner to corner at Rollins. Shoulder tackle and Ricochet goes to the apron. Ricochet hops over Lashley’s sweep to BOOT him away! Ricochet ducks Rollins to shoulder, buckle bump and ROUNDHOUSE! Then a springboard, for the flying clothesline! Standing shooting star! Cover, but Lashley breaks it! Lashley looms over Ricochet while Rollins gets to ropes. Lashley brings Ricochet up, gorilla press but Ricochet slips out. Ricochet kicks and kicks then runs, into a SPINE BUSTER! Rollins runs into a COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!! Lashley isn’t there yet and all three men are down. Fans rally up as Rollins stands with Lashley. Lashley reels Rollins in for a gut wrench, but Rollins escapes.

Rollins elbows from a corner and hosp up. Rollins leaps to BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, Ricochet breaks it! All three men are down but Salt Lake is firing up again. Rollins and Ricochet throw hands, then Ricochet runs. He rolls but Rollins blocks to BUCKLE BOMB! Ricochet is in the drop zone and Rollins climbs up, to get an enziguri! Ricochet climbs up to join Rollins but Lashley joins in. Lashley has Ricochet as Ricochet has Rollins, SUPER BACK SUPERPLEX!! All three men are down but Rollins flops out of the ring! Salt Lake knows “This is Awesome!” as Ricochet and Lashley rise. Ricochet is in the corner and goes up top again. Lashley hurries over but gets a kick for it! Ricochet adjusts, 630!! Cover, Ricochet wins!!

Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall (will challenge Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship at Super Showdown)

But speak of the Beast and he appears, to F5 Ricochet!! The Beast was here just waiting to end Raw with him standing tall! The One and Only has even more of a reason to want revenge now, but will he be denied it and the title at the same time?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Wow, this was a great episode! While Raw had a lot more recaps and commercial breaks than it really needed, everything that happened tonight was great. Of course, Super Showdown is up next, so that is where WWE is building towards. Though, Orton’s segment being the opening was good, that has to be leading to a WrestleMania match for him and Edge. I really like that Orton isn’t just a Heel again, he’s not a conflicted Heel, because whatever reason he did the things he did, he is completely aware that Edge is in fact a close friend. This might be some really great stuff once we’re past Super Showdown and Elimination Chamber. Same for Aleister Black’s story, since he just gets his squash match out of the way.

McIntyre is doing great as a Face, but didn’t seem to worry about the whole Super Showdown title match happening. It’s fairly obvious Lesnar retains and will face McIntyre at Mania. Raw did a great job of integrating the stories of Rollins and this Raw Civil War with the title. The Six Man Tag, which by what might be a real injury to Ivar ended up 3v1 a lot sooner than expected, was a really great match. Rollins is getting a lot of great Heel points, but it was pretty clear he wasn’t going to win the Triple Threat in the main event. I personally was hoping Lashley would get the win to shockingly take the title from Lesnar so that Lesnar can just get gone, but no such luck. Ricochet is still a great choice, and shockingly enough, with continuity! Ricochet wants revenge for the low blow but gets an F5, so it seems he’s a sacrificial lamb.

The arrival of Garza on Raw was used brilliantly. Though, I hoped there would be word Almas doesn’t keep the US Championship. Maybe they’re holding onto that to get past Super Showdown, because we’d otherwise need a match for the title at Super Showdown, and not at Elimination Chamber in the Elimination Chamber. I need to see that happen, personally, it just makes sense after the awesome stuff from Carrillo, Garza and Mysterio. The Liv VS Lana rematch was clearly a vehicle to getting Ruby Riott back into things, though the moment I saw Ruby I knew she’d turn on Liv. Sarah Logan is still on Raw but I’m thinking she won’t get that involved in this, which is actually a shame. Charlotte VS Rhea is totally happening after the segment we got. That match alone establishes NXT as the third brand.

Becky VS Asuka in another rematch next week? That’s pretty awesome! Asuka VS Natty was an awesome match, and as I put here, I think Natty accused Asuka of trying to shoot win this one. Asuka was obviously going to end up the winner anyway, but Natty must’ve suspected Asuka was trying to actually wrestle her rather than stick to the script. Kairi does pretty great in her supporting role, too, with the coaching, cheering, and in both the match and the segment with Becky, doing her best to get the better of Asuka’s opponents. I don’t think Asuka wins the title on TV but it’ll be another awesome match, and then Asuka and Kairi will shift gears for an Elimination Chamber Women’s Tag Title match (I hope). WWE may be suffering as a business, but as a show, they’re actually building up speed for the homestretch.

My Score: 8.7/10


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

Who will be on top of the Tag Division?

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

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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Loser Becomes Personal Assistant: Xia Brookside VS Nina Samuels!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Trent Seven speaks.

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

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

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Ilja Dragunov.

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

 

Tyler Bate VS Bailey Matthews!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Tyler Bate, by pinfall

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

 

NXT UK has another new signee!

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

 

Aoife Valkyrie VS Lana Austin!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Aoife Valkyrie, by pinfall

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

 

BREAKING NEWS!

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

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

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Xia Brookside.

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

 

NXT UK Media interviews Amir Jordan & Kenny Williams.

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

 

BREAKING: Next week is a Big Strong Supernova Sessions!

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

 

NXT UK Tag Team Championships: Gallus VS Pretty Deadly!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 8.3/10


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Will Santos Escobar be stripped of the NXT Cruiserweight Championship?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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Dexter Lumis VS Johnny Gargano w/ The Way!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Dexter Lumis, by submission

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

 

William Regal waits for Santos Escobar.

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

 

NXT shares exclusive footage and interviews with MSK.

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

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

 

Backstage interview with MSK!

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

 

Tyler Rust w/ Malcolm Bivens VS Leon Ruff!

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

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

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

No Contest

 

NXT shares footage from the WWE Performance Center.

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

Backstage interview with Zoey Stark!

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

 

NXT shares footage from earlier today.

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

 

Io Shirai VS Zoey Stark!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Io Shirai, by pinfall

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

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

 

Backstage interview with The Way.

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

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

 

Grimes is back with the basketball scam!

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Xia Li, by referee stoppage

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

 

Regal is still waiting for Escobar.

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

 

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

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

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

 

Cameron Grimes wants one more try!

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

 

Grizzled Young Veterans VS Killian Dain & Drake Maverick!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Grizzled Young Veterans, by pinfall

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

 

BREAKING NEWS!

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

 

Finally El Legado arrives!

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

 

NXT returns as Dain is still carrying Maverick around.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Karrion Kross, by pinfall

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

 

NXT hears from LA Knight.

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

 

Adam Cole is here!

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 9.4/10


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