Triple H looks to set NXT straight!
Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano nearly destroyed each other AND the WWE PC! Triple H returns to NXT to lay down the law!
- Tyler Breeze VS Austin Theory; Breeze wins.
- Killian Dain VS Tehuti Miles; Dain wins.
- Cameron Grimes VS Tony Nese; Grimes wins.
- NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Qualifier:
Xia LiIo Shirai VS Aliyah; Shirai wins and advances to the Contender’s Ladder Match.
- Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS Shane Thorne & Brendan Vink; Lorcan & Burch win.
- NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Qualifier: Candice LeRae VS Kayden Carter; LeRae wins and advances to the Contender’s Ladder Match.
- Matt Riddle VS Roderick Strong; Riddle wins.
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NXT must change plans for TakeOver!
With the world in crisis, NXT can no longer host their show in Tampa Bay. However, the show will go on, as many of those matches originally planned for TakeOver will happen on NXT TV! Starting with next week’s episode on April 1st, the WWE Universe will experience the action meant for the WWE Network live on television instead! HHH will address this on top of the Gargano-Ciampa conflict later on tonight.
Tyler Breeze VS Austin Theory!
Prince Pretty was NXT First Class, but he needs to show the new kid what that really means. Will #AllDay be just another “flash in the pan”?
The bell rings and Theory circles with Breeze. They tie up and Theory puts Breeze on the ropes, but Breeze powers Theory back. Theory turns things around to have Breeze back on the ropes, and the ref calls for the break. Theory lets up and says this is his ring now, because he is the future but Breeze is the past. Breeze brushes the trash talk off and ties up with Theory again. Breeze powers Theory around the ring but Theory pushes back. They end up on ropes again and Theory again lets off to talk trash. Theory mocks the top rope lounging! He hops off to circle with Breeze and tie up again. Breeze headlocks but Theory pops out the back. Theory headlocks now, but Breeze powers out. Theory runs Breeze over then things speed up.
Breeze hurdles and dropkicks Theory down hard! And then he shows Theory how to lounge properly. Theory laughs it off then runs at Breeze. Breeze shows Super Model Kick and fakes Theory out! Breeze rallies with big forearms and then a whip. Theory reverses but Breeze kicks and clotheslines him down! Breeze runs into the corner but into a boot! Theory somersault BLOCKBUSTERS! Theory kicks Breeze while he’s down then taunts him as he stalks him. He kicks Breeze at the ropes then drags him up for a snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Theory keeps on Breeze with a chinbar and chicken wing. He continues to insist he’s the future and Breeze is the past as Breeze endures. Breeze fights his way up but Theory knees low and clubs him on the back.
Theory digs his knee deep into Breeze’s back and has a chinlock. He continues to taunt Breeze but Breeze continues to power up. Breeze elbows and jawbreakers free! Theory staggers but runs at Breeze. Breeze puts him on the apron, and Theory hotshots back! Somersault shotgun dropkick! Things aren’t looking good for Prince Pretty as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns as Breeze mule kicks Theory! Breeze runs to shotgun dropkick Theory back! Breeze goes corner to corner for a big forearm smash! He keeps moving for another! Breeze tries a third time, but Theory moves! Breeze lands on the rope and leaps back, but onto Theory’s shoulders in a torture rack! Theory spins Breeze for a TOWER HACKER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Breeze survives because it isn’t the future yet! But Theory grins as he scrapes Breeze out of the ring. Breeze crawls and Theory pursues. Theory drags Breeze up and throws big forearms. The ring count climbs as Theory headlocks Breeze and brings him around for more forearms. Theory THROWS Breeze into railing! The ref reprimands Theory but he goes back to the ring.
Breeze crawls as the count begins again. Theory taunts Breeze as the count reaches 5. Breeze reaches the ring at 6 and stands at 7, to get inside at 8! But Theory stomps him right down. Theory drags Breeze up, powerbomb lift but Breeze huricanranas! Cover, TWO! BIG KNEE from Breeze to Theory! Breeze hops up, but his huricanrana is countered with a BUCKLE BOMB! Theory runs but is put back on the apron. Theory somersaults into the SUPER MODEL KICK! Cover, TWO!! Theory survives and shocks Breeze, but Breeze has more to give. Breeze brings Theory up but his back makes it difficult. Theory resists but Breeze clubs him on the back. Theory shoves Breeze out, but runs into an enziguri!
Breeze goes to a corner and climbs up top. But Theory drags him off the top, USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Breeze still lives! Theory grits his teeth and works through his frustration. He drags Breeze up for furious fists over and over! The ref warns Theory but Theory keeps going. Theory backs off to stomp away on Breeze, then backs off again. Theory gets an idea, and grabs the smartphone. He opens up the camera mode to take a selfie video of himself. Theory brags that he’s the future. He drags Breeze up to get him in the shot, then fireman’s carries. But Breeze fights out and hits the BEAUTY SHOT! Cover, Breeze wins!!
Winner: Tyler Breeze, by pinfall
Theory may have ego #AllDay, but Breeze has the win! Will Theory learn his lesson? Did the phone get that finish?
Killian Dain VS Tehuti Miles!
TakeOver won’t happen the way it was meant to, there is still a path open to the NXT North American Champion. Will the Beast of Belfast feast on this debuting superstar?
The bell rings and Dain rushes Tehuti in a corner. Dain grinds forearms in before backing off at the ref’s count. Tehuti shrugs that off and circles with Dain. Dain makes a move but Tehuti dodges. Tehuti baits Dain in and gets him in a corner with shoulder rams. Dain pushes Tehuti back but Tehuti dodges the boot! Things speed up and Tehuti hurdles Dain, only to leap into Dain’s arms! Dain scoops but Tehuti slips out and shoves. Tehuti runs in but is put on the apron. He forearms Dain away but Dain BOOTS Tehuti down! Dain goes out to fetch Tehuti and throw him into steel steps! And then into railing! The ref counts but Dain drags Tehuti up to put in at 5.
Dain stalks Tehuti and pushes him around. Tehuti throws body shots but Dain KNEES him down. Dain stomps Tehuti and puts him in a corner to stomp more and more! The ref counts, Dain lets up at 4, but Dain is still seething. Dian drags Tehuti up to back suplex high and hard! Tehuti writhes as Dain covers, TWO! Dain keeps on Tehut with a chinbar but Tehuti fights back. Dain clamps onto Tehuti and back suplexes again, but Tehuti manages to land safely on his hands and knees! Tehuti is in the corner and Dain runs in, but Tehuti boots back! And then dodges, sending Dain into post! Dain staggers and Tehuti throws big right hands! Dain shoves but Tehuti kicks! And SUPERKICKS! And dropkicks! Dain stays on his feet, and DECKS Tehuti!
Dain drags Tehuti to a fireman’s carry, for a WASTELAND and SENTON! Then he goes to the corner, VADER BOMB! Cover, Dain wins!
Winner: Killian Dain, by pinfall
Big Damo returns victorious, but still hungry. Will the North Ireland Nightmare become a nightmare for the North American Champion?
Cameron Grimes VS Tony Nese!
Speaking of the NXT North American Championship, the Carolina Caveman had his run-in with Keith Lee and lost. But he hasn’t lost any of his #CountryConfidence for it. Will Grimes win some more of that swagger against 205 Live’s Premier Athlete?
The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple before tying up. Nese powers Grimes to a corner but Nese lets up to flex. Grimes pushes Nese and talks trash, but then uses the ropes to defend himself. The ref pulls Nese back and Grimes comes out. They circle again and tie up. Nese waistlocks and drags Grimes down to the mat. Grimes headlocks back and brings Nese down. Nese endures the grind and powers his way up. Grimes gets the arm for a takedown and wristlock, but Nese moves around to get to his feet. Grimes brings Nese down but Nese wrenches and arm-drags back! Now Nese has the armlock and digs a knee into Grimes’ head.
Grimes works his way up but Nese Oklahoma Rolls! TWO and Nese arm-drags Grimes again! Nese cranks on Grimes’ arm and pulls, but Grimes endures. Grimes fights his way up, pushes Nese to ropes and throws in knees. Grimes clubs Nese down then whips him to ropes. Nese holds ropes to boot Grimes back! Nese runs into a flapjack hotshot! Grimes snarls as he covers, TWO! Grimes keeps on Nese’s arm now with an armlock of his own. He also pulls Nese’s hair and chinbars the beard. Grimes cranks on Nese’s neck but Nese fights his way up. Grimes wrangles Nese back down and pulls on the ear! The ref reprimands but Nese gets up to throw forearms. Nese CHOPS and CHOPS Grimes, then whips. Grimes reverses and CLOBBERS Nese! Cover, TWO!
Grimes drags Nese up by his ear but the ref reprimands him again. He reels Nese in but Nese flails to resist the bomb. Grimes tries again but Nese resists. Nese back drops Grimes, Grimes sunset flips but Nese rolls through. Nese spinning MULE KICKS Grimes down! Both men are down but rising. Grimes staggers over but Nese counter punches him. Nese knee smashes then runs to BOOT and WINDMILL! Grimes is dazed as he goes to a corner. Nese runs in for a big back elbow! And he keeps moving, but Grimes spins and scoops him! Nese slips out, and bulldog hotshots Grimes down! PREMIER TRIANGLE! Cover, TWO!! Nese was so close and yet still so far from a victory!
Nese Alabama lifts Grimes but Grimes fights out. Grimes digs an elbow in, but Nese lifts again. Nese tucks Grimes in, but Grimes sunset flips. Nese again slips out, but Grimes ducks the mule kick this time. Grimes SUPER FOREARMS Nese, but Nese SUPERKICKS Grimes! Grimes is down in the corner and Nese brings down a knee pad. Nese runs into a SUPER FOREARM! Grimes whips, CAVE IN!! Cover, Grimes wins!
Winner: Cameron Grimes, by pinfall
Grimes takes down a former WWE/NXT Cruiserweight Champion! Will this help his case towards the NXT North American title?
NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Qualifier: Xia Li VS Aliyah!
TakeOver may not be happening, but the Ladder Match to name a #1 contender is still happening! Who joins Chelsea Green, Mia Yim and Tegan Nox as only the fourth entrant?
But let’s not forget this is a rematch from roughly four MONTHS ago! The Spicy Xia busted up Aliyah’s face with a powerful kick, and it’s taken Aliyah this long to recover both physically and emotionally. Will Aliyah’s revenge be sweetest when she denies Xia a chance at the championship?
But wait, where is Xia? Aliyah waits as the music starts again, but cameras find Xia down and out backstage! Aliyah doesn’t shed a tear for what happened to her, but it’s hard tot ell if she’s innocent in all this. The announcement is made that Xia cannot compete now. However, there is a replacement. Aliyah’s new opponent is… IO SHIRAI!! Is the Evil Genius of the Sky’s return about to ruin Aliyah’s?
NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Qualifier: Io Shirai VS Aliyah!
The bell rings and Aliyah freaks out. Shirai dropkicks her right away then throws big hands in the corner. Shirai sweeps the legs and grinds her boots into Aliyah. The ref counts and Shirai stops to swing and METEORA! Shirai stalks Aliyah and brings her up, underhooks but Aliyah fights out. Aliyah pulls Shirai’s hair and throws her down. Now Aliyah has confidence as she stomps Shirai in the corner. The ref counts and Aliyah lets off to bring Shirai out. Aliyah whips but Shirai handsprings through the hip toss to SHOTEI! Shirai drags Aliyah up to underhook again, for a butterfly BACK BREAKER! Aliyah goes to a drop zone but Shirai is up top for the ASAI MOONSAULT! Cover, Shirai wins!
Winner: Io Shirai, by pinfall (advances to the Contender’s Ladder Match)
Shirai is back and she is in a match that surely favors her style! But with two spots left, who joins the Evil Genius, the Head Baddie in Charge, the Hot Commodity and the Girl with the Shiniest Wizard?
Dexter Lumis is on his way back.
The most enigmatic Breakout Tournament entrant hasn’t been seen since, but surely he will show us what he is truly capable of. When will the dark and mysterious Dexter make his in-ring return?
Keith Lee is here!
There may not be fans to #BaskInHisGlory, but the Limitless One is still here to grace us with his presence. Jon Quaso interviews Lee in the ring and speaks to his title defense against Cameron Grimes, and the subsequent attack from Damien Priest. Dominik Dijakovic came to Lee’s rescue, only to get a Spirit Bomb for it. Can Lee speak as to what happened that night? Lee says it is rather self-explanatory. That match with Grimes was very tough, but Lee won. Lee raised both hand and title in victory, only to be attacked from behind. He did not know at the time that it was Priest, so when he saw Dijakovic, he just made an assumption. So that said, Lee admits he owes Dijakovic an apology. And right away, Dijakovic appears!
The Croatian Colossus heads right to the ring and tells Lee that he doesn’t “give a damn about your apology.” What matters is the title. Dijakovic says Lee knows he’s not Priest, because Dijakovic respects Lee too much for a sneak attack. But the reality is now, Lee beating Dijakovic took “food off my family’s plate.” Lee wants to respond, but Priest appears to interrupt! “Thankfully, neither one of you is Damien Priest.” Priest asks Dijakovic about his knee. And Priest says even for a back as big as Lee’s, that night stick must’ve still hurt. But Priest tells us how this is going to go: Priest’s eyes are on the prize. “Not because it’s going to get me satisfaction for all the years of hard work.” But because it gives Priest what he wants: money, women, fame, and legacy. Because everyone knows Priest’s name will #LiveForever.
But in order to do that, Priest must take the title. Lee says the reality for Priest is that while he wants to live forever, attacking Lee means he won’t. At the end of the day, Priest and Dijakovic talking, scraping, and quarreling over Lee’s title, but the champ is standing right here. Priest takes out his night stick, and figures Lee shouldn’t be standing anymore. Priest rushes the ring but Dijakovic pushes Lee out of the way so he can go after Priest himself! Dijakovic stomps Priest but Lee pushes Dijakovic aside so he can DECK Priest! Priest staggers away but Lee pursues to ROCK him! Priest hits back with fists, but Lee clubs him. Dijakovic FLIES in and takes them both out! Dijakovic seethes as he stands tall over two other towering superstars. Who gets that title shot with no TakeOver happening?
Adam Cole has a video message.
“Hello, boys and girls.” Obviously Cole is “on vacation” poolside, but has been doing some thinking. Cole was reflecting on his confrontation with The Velveteen Dream. Cole admits that Dream had Cole flustered. But why? “Why would Adam Cole ever be flustered?” History shows that “Adam Cole” and “first-ever” go hand in hand. First-ever winner of WarGames in NXT. First-ever NXT North American Champion. And now, the longest-reigning NXT Champion of all time. Dream has done NOTHING to earn a shot at Cole and this title. But the Undisputed Era would love to end the Experience. Bobby Fish wants some, so does Dream accept the challenge? Because when Dream loses, it’ll prove Cole right that Dream is a loser. #DreamOver, and that is Undisputed.
Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS Shane Thorne & Brendan Vink!
The One Two is back on NXT after their five-man team won the Cruiserweight Civil War on 205 Live. Though, they were two of the members eliminated in that match, so they’re looking to rebound. Can they do that as The Worst and the Smug make their NXT in-ring debut?
The teams sort out and Burch starts against Vink. The two circle and tie up, and Vink shoves Burch down hard! Burch sits up as Vink talks some trash on his bald head. Burch and Vink tie up and Vink shoves Burch again! Vink dares the Govenah to show him what he’s got. Burch baits Vink into the corner and then headlocks. Vink powers up and powers out to run Burch over with a shoulder! Vink still talks smack as he drags Burch up. Tag to Thorne and the Aussies mug Burch. Thorne clubs and wrenches Burch to a wristlock, then wrenches again. Burch powers up and wrenches back to a wristlock of his own. Burch then spins and trips Thorne to stomp the hands!
Tag to Oney and the One Two double wrench and CHOP! Oney drags Thorne up for European Uppercuts and another CHOP! Thorne sucker punches Burch and boots Oney, then dodges to tag in Vink! Oney comes in hot but Vink catches him for a HUGE Urenage! Cover, TWO! Vink keeps on Oney with a chinlock and grinds Oney down. Oney endures as Vink cranks back. Oney gets up but Thorne tags in. The Aussies mug Oney now and Thorne throws EuroUppers of his own. Thorne uppercuts Oney in a corner then runs corner to corner, but Oney follows for a back elbow! Oney runs but into a EuroUpper! Thorne runs the ropes, but gets another back elbow! ONey runs again, to LARIAT Thorne inside-out! Hot tags to Burch and Vink!
Burch throws big haymakers on big Vink! And EuroUppers! Burch clotheslines then whips Vink for a CUTTER! Vink staggers about, Burch hits a corner clothesline and enziguri! Burch hops up top and leaps to missile dropkick Vink down! Vink staggers into Burch’s headlock and takedown, for a CROSSFACE! Oney intercepts Thorne for a BOSTON CRAB! The Aussies BOTH tap, the One Two wins!
Winners: Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan, by submission
The BritAm Brawlers show that they’re just as good at grappling with this victory! Will Oney and Burch punch their tickets to the NXT Tag Team Championships even in these uncertain times?
NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Qualifier: Candice LeRae VS Kayden Carter!
The fifth spot is up for grabs as the #PintSizedPixie takes on the Filipina super ninja! Who ascends towards an incredible opportunity in this rearranged TakeOver?
The bell rings and KC circles with Candice. Candice headlocks and hits a takeover, but Carter powers her way up to her feet. Carter pops out to a waistlock and throws Candice down. Candice powers up to snapmare free, and then she runs KC over. Cover, ONE, and things speed up. Candice hops over Carter and stops to bypass Carter. Candice arm-drags Carter down to an armlock, but Carter gets up fast. Carter arm-drags Candice off her, then counters an arm-drag to another arm-drag. Carter sweeps the legs and covers, ONE! Candice sweeps the legs and cover, ONE as Carter goes Matrix. But Candice rolls her up, TWO! Carter and Candice dropkick but those cancle out. The two back off and reset.
The bell rings and KC circles with Candice. Candice headlocks and hits a takeover, but Carter powers her way up to her feet. Carter pops out to a waistlock and throws Candice down. Candice powers up to snapmare free, and then she runs KC over. Cover, ONE, and things speed up. Candice hops over Carter and stops to bypass Carter. Candice arm-drags Carter down to an armlock, but Carter gets up fast. Carter arm-drags Candice off her, then counters an arm-drag to another arm-drag. Carter sweeps the legs and covers, ONE! Candice sweeps the legs and cover, ONE as Carter goes Matrix. But Candice rolls her up, TWO! Carter and Candice dropkick but those cancel out. The two back off and reset.
Candice and Carter tie up and Carter trips to cover. ONE, and things speed up again. Candice follows Carter, Carter slams on the brakes, but Candice sunset flips up and over. Carter stays up to roll and bring Candice up and over to a cover, ONE! Carter hooks on for a rolling cradle, TWO! She waistlocks to O’Conner roll, TWO! Carter springboards to dropkick Candice down! Cover, TWO! Carter keeps on Candice with a wrench and whip. Candice dodges in the corner to send Carter into buckles. Candice runs in for a back elbow then a snapmare, and neck snap! She drags Carter to a jackknife, TWO! Candice keeps her cool as she facelocks Carter. Carter fights her way up but Candice clubs her down. Candice uses Carter as a step stool, but the back senton FLOPS as Carter moves!
Candice and Carter rise, and Carter rallies with clotheslines. Carter kicks a leg out then SUPERKICKS Candice down! Carter powers up as Candice rises again, and Carter runs to BOOT Candice into ropes! Cover, TWO!! Candice lives but Carter keeps close. Carter brings Candice up but Candice SLAPS and CHOPS and throws big forearms! Candice throws chop and forearm over and over, then drags Carter down. She wants the GargaNo Escape like husband Johnny, but Carter rolls her up! TWO, and Candice drop toeholds Carter! Step stool senton hits! Candice catches her breath and LIONSAULTS but flops! Carter swings a kick, Candice ducks it to roll her up, TWO! GargaNO ESCAPE! Carter taps, Candice wins!
Winner: Candice LeRae, by submission (advances to the Contender’s Ladder Match)
And Candice Wrestling qualifies! Is this finally her time to shine in the title scene?
Matt Riddle VS Roderick Strong!
Bro… The NXT Tag Team Champions are perhaps SOON to be challenged by the Grizzled Young Veterans, but only time will tell. For now, can Riddle keep Strong from putting the “bro” in “broken back”?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up and Strong gets a leg. Riddle blocks with a facelock but Strong shifts to get his own. Riddle slips out, goes for the arm, but Strong slips out. The two fight for control and Riddle rolls Strong over, but Strong gets away. The two stand off and Riddle applauds their technical exchange. Riddle and Strong tie up again, and Riddle goes for the leg. He gets Strong down to a cover, TWO! Strong and Riddle go again, feeling the grapple out. They clinch and go around, and Riddle throws Strong to a cover. Strong gets out before a count, but Riddle throws a slapping body shot as they scrum on the mat. They both roll and end up on the ropes, and the ref calls for the break. Strong pushes Riddle away and mocks the “Bro Special.”
Riddle and Strong tie up again, and Strong goes for the leg. Riddle blocks but Strong avoids a triangle. Strong has the facelock but Riddle moves around. Strong holds on, but Riddle works on the hold. Riddle pops out but Strong smothers him fast to get the facelock back. They end up on ropes again, and the ref calls for the break again. Riddle backs off cleanly, and the two reset again. Riddle gets a leg and then a gut wrench suplex! Strong backs off to a corner but Riddle doesn’t give him much time to rest. Strong uses the ropes to shield himself and the ref has Riddle stay back. Riddle keeps his patience, and the two tie up with knuckle locks. They go shoulder to shoulder and Strong gets around. Riddle resists the lift and throws in body shots!
Riddle goes for the wrist but Strong pulls hair! The ref reprimands but Strong knees low and CLUBS Riddle down. Strong puts Riddle in the corner for a CHOP but Riddle CHOPS back. Strong CHOPS again then throws big forearms. Riddle returns the forearms and now they brawl. Riddle gets the edge but Strong knees low. Strong brings Riddle up but Riddle slips out of the Olympic Slam. Riddle fireman’s carries but Strong grabs ropes. Strong elbows away and then BOOTS, enziguris and hangs Riddle out to dry! Riddle is sputtering as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Strong gets Riddle in a Camel Clutch. Riddle endures as Strong traps the arms and cranks back on his neck. “Give up, bro!” Riddle BITES Strong’s hand! Strong drags Riddle up but Riddle throws body shots. Riddle tries to fireman’s carry but Strong elbows him down. Riddle ROUNDHOUSES Strong down, and again! Strong blocks a kick to throw elbows from all sides! But then he swings into the PELE! Strong flounders to a corner and Riddle runs in for a big forearm smash! Riddle goes side to side, BIG FOREARM! And BROSPLODER! But Strong blocks the Penalty Kick to the STRONG HOLD! Riddle endures the modified Boston Crab as Strong sits deep! Riddle powers up, kicks free, and Strong staggers away. Strong runs into BRO TO SLEEP, and a GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!
Riddle and Strong are both down and exhausted. But Riddle wills himself to stand and drag Strong back up. Riddle gut wrenches but Strong slips out and boots Riddle away. Strong runs in to SHINING WIZARD! And OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives and frustrates Strong. Strong waits for Riddle to rise, and runs in, but the knee misses! Riddle rolls Strong to then powerbomb lift, but Strong slips out! STRONG KNEE! Riddle staggers to ropes, and Strong starts up the elbow train! But Riddle ducks and tilt-o-whirls Strong into the Gotch hold, for BRO DEREK! Cover, Riddle wins!!
Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall
The Bro is victorious, but who is this coming out of nowhere?! It’s the duo of Rinku Singh and Saurav Gurjar! We haven’t seen them since last May as part of Worlds Collide! They drag Riddle up but Riddle fights them off with kicks! But Gurjar blocks a kick and Rinku ROCKS Riddle with a right! Rinku then kicks Riddle low, and whips him to a corner. Rinku runs in for a big corner clothesline, and feeds him to Gurjar’s BOOT! Gurjar scoops Riddle for a backbreaker while Riddle hops up top. Rinku LEAPS, GUILLOTINE LEG DROP!!
“Hi, I’m Malcolm Blivens.” The apparent manager of Rinku and Gurjar walks out to tell Riddle what we all already know: Pete Dunne is stuck halfway across the world. So Blivens figured that now was the perfect time to introduce us to “the future of the NXT Tag Team Division.” Will Blivens and his brutal behemoths take over in the absence of a TakeOver?
NXT has huge announcements for next week!
This is no April Fool’s joke! Xia Li, Deonna Purrazzo, Dakota Kai, Aliyah, Kayden Carter and Shotzi Blackheart will compete in a Second Chance Gauntlet Match! Who survives to fill the sixth and final spot in the #1 Contender’s Ladder Match?
Plus, after the altercation between them, Keith Lee, Dijakovic and Damien Priest will compete in a TRIPLE THREAT for the North American Championship! This is what TakeOver reimagined looks like, but who will be standing tallest of all among these titans?
HHH is already in the ring!
“In the history of NXT, there has been no greater rivalry, no personal issue more intense, than what we have witnessed over the last few years between Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa.” The rivalry has sparked- Wait! Ciampa is here! Ciampa goes to the ring and HHH hands him a mic. In the five years that have passed, everything that has to be said has been said. The only thing left is for Ciampa and Gargano to settle this. To finish this. HHH says that before Gargano walks out, there is to be no physicality tonight. But to Ciampa’s point, since Gargano is here, HHH has Gargano make his entrance.
“Have you lost your mind?” Gargano’s not getting in the ring with Ciampa. Ciampa tried to kill Gargano last time! And why is Gargano being fined for wrecking the Performance Center when it’s Ciampa’s fault? Ciampa attacked Gargano. Ciampa threw weights at Gargano’s head. And “this coward” tried to DIVE through a medical room window! If HHH thinks Gargano’s getting in there with Ciampa, then he’s crazy. Gargano’s too smart for that. So then giving a referee that superkick wasn’t Gargano’s fault? HHH says the only reason the two of them are still here is because of him. If William Regal had final say, they’d both be fired. But again, there is going to be no physicality. HHH isn’t asking Gargano to get int he ring, he’s telling him to.
Gargano reluctantly joins HHH and Ciampa in the ring and HHH says that this has gone on long enough. HHH understands both of their positions, because he and Shawn Michaels went through the same thing. HHH gets it from a professional and personal standpoint, but he also knows that there will come a point when both men realize, with everything that’s going on, this can be put aside and there was more in life than the ring. This has to end. HHH can’t have them tearing up buildings and endangering others around them. But they’re right. This should end on the biggest stage possible, in front of the whole world.
Gargano interrupts and says there’s a big misconception. What people don’t get was that this was meant to end last year, but then Ciampa had to go and break his neck. Gargano’s biggest regret is that he wasn’t the one to break it. HHH keeps the peace but Ciampa speaks now. “Bigger things going on in the world? Bigger things have been going on in my world for the last year of my life.” Because yes, Ciampa DID break his neck! Ciampa gave away his life in the NXT Championship. But Ciampa tells everyone here, that this does need to end. So HHH says that with what DIY has been through, they deserve to do this on the biggest stage possible.
Gargano doesn’t care about a big stage! They just need a ring, a referee, and the cameras. Ciampa agrees, and says that HHH and HBK know better than anyone what it takes. “This is about one thing: Who’s the face of this company? Who’s the heart and soul of NXT?” Gargano says it’s him. And after it’s all said and done, Ciampa will realize who the monster really is. Well, if they don’t need a crowd or an arena, HHH says it will happen. But Gargano says it can’t be now. Ciampa put Gargano through a table, OFF THE PERCH! Then how long does Gargano need!? Gargano says two weeks. Then it’s finished, once and for all. Ciampa agrees to the terms.
HHH says he’ll find an empty building to put a ring and a referee in. And when it’s over, it is over! Two walk in, one walks out, and it’s done. Because if it continues even after that, then neither gets to stay. Neither will have to worry about being the heart of NXT, because NXT can carry on without them. In two weeks, HHH will give them the location. The two will arrive and have it out. Ciampa says NXT can carry on without Gargano. Gargano says that in two weeks, Ciampa will admit what he knows deep down in that black heart of his: Gargano is the better man, the better wrestler, and the better everything.
But wait, the titantron starts playing images. They’re like those cryptic message! Ruin, vultures, fire and death. Is that… Is that who we think it is?! “Tick Tock. The end is near.” Will one of NXT’s two hearts be replaced by something without a soul?!
A really good episode of NXT tonight. And as the murmurs had been saying, TakeOver may not be happening as one night, but the action is still happening on a week-to-week basis. I am so pumped to see Io Shirai return for the Ladder Match, that whole situation just begged to have her be part of it. Candice qualifying is also great, she needs to finally be seen as a contender. And I also sensed some kind of multi-person match would come about to fill that last spot. With the split being 3:2 in favor of Faces, you can expect a Heel to get in. It feels like Dakota is the favored one in that regard, as Aliyah just jobbed to Shirai and Deonna Purrazzo just doesn’t feel like she’s there yet.
Breeze VS Theory was good, and it makes sense for Breeze to win. Theory is good, but he can’t be getting pushed too hard just yet. If they have a rematch, I expect Theory to get the win, and thus bringing us to a tiebreaker. It’s good that Grimes rebounds off Nese, and that we’re finally getting Dexter Lumis back. Dain also wins to stay strong, those three can surely hop into the North American Championship scene after what will truly be a TakeOver worthy Triple Threat. Vink was even more impressive tonight than on Raw, and I think he and Thorne can make good progress in the tag division, even after losing in a double tapout to Oney & Burch.
I’m a little bummed Adam Cole’s celebration for his record-setting reign didn’t get to be bigger and wilder, but what can you do given the global circumstances? I assume Dream beats Fish next week to establish a title match for him and Cole, which could now easily happen separate of the spread-out TakeOver just on account of the circumstances. Then, if Cole retains, he can celebrate even bigger when the world can live again. Riddle VS Strong was an incredible match, and as Malcolm Blivens implies, the travel ban is a logical reason why Dunne couldn’t save Riddle from the attack. The ban also explains why Gurjar and Singh return to television: No Grizzled Young Veterans (and no Dunne) means the NXT Tag Team Championship plans have to change. Maybe Riddle can find someone to team with in what I would hope is a non-title payoff.
One bad thing about tonight was that the mic audio was awful. It really made it hard for Keith Lee’s part in the promo segment setting up his Triple Threat, and it also made HHH’s segment difficult. But HHH setting up an Empty Building/Arena match for Gargano and Ciampa works out. It isn’t an outright Loser Leaves NXT match, but HHH does put the ultimatum that it could turn into that if one side can’t let it go. Also, it was rather interesting timing for Killer Kross to have another creepy video, and certainly for it to show his face. This heavily implies he goes after the winner of Gargano VS Ciampa #OneLastTime, or maybe even goes after the loser as a little twist. That’s not a bad place to start, given the popularity of DIY both together and apart.
My Score: 8.8/10
Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Results & Match Ratings: 1.26.21
With Private Party earning tag title shots at No Surrender, what else does Impact do to draw interest for their ImpactPlus App special?
So we got a little bit to work with from last week. We know that Private Party will have tag title shots at No Surrender, we know Taya is hauled off to jail to write her off for 2 to 3 years at least, Fire & Flava Fest will have MC Lish and Susan is much different than Susie.
Okay so admittedly that’s not a ton to go off of, so I suppose this should be a really helpful episode of Impact! Also we get to find out exactly when Moose wants to cash in the title shot Rich offered him for Willie’s safety.
First though, the most important thing, an update on the Fire & Flava Fest:
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 27, 2021
- Matt Cardona & Josh Alexander vs Ace Austin & Madman Fulton: Cardona wins via Radio Silence – ***
- Brian Myers vs Eddie Edwards: Myers wins by DQ – * ¾
- Tenille Dashwood w/Kaleb with a K vs Rosemary w/Crazzy Steve: Rosemary wins via As Above So Below – **
- Joe Doering w/ Deaner & Eric Young vs Cousin Jake: Doering wins via DVD/Short Arm Lariat – ** ¼
- Moose, Sami Callihan, Ken Shamrock & Chris Bey vs Rich Swann, Tommy Dreamer, Willie Mack & Trey Miguel: Trey wins via Hurricanrana – ***
So after the main event recap from last week, we see Rich Swann head out to the ring. Swann makes the “target on my back” kind of promo, and then calls out Dreamer. He challenges Dreamer, out of respect and honor or something; giving Dreamer a title shot at No Surrender. This of course brings out the rest of the main event player heels, and they all have a solid claim. Hell, the guy who was stopping people from going out to the Parking Lot has a better claim than Dreamer.
So Sami Callihan, Chris Bey and of course, Moose, show up to make their statements. Brawl ensues, Willie Mack comes out for the save and the return from Moose taking him out, but then Ken Shamrock is a one man wrecking crew. This probably sets up a 8 man tag either tonight or next week, but I suppose it gets us….somewhere?
Matt Cardona & Josh Alexander vs Ace Austin & Madman Fulton
These teams trade moments of control, which was more just seeing if Cardona and Alexander could work together; while Fulton and Ace show a level of chemistry and tag team prowess that they were starting to put together before their brief hiatus.
The Sidewalk Slam/Guillotine Leg Drop is a nice combination, but the real takeaway was that Fulton doesn’t look nearly as big against Cardona and Alexander. Fulton did have great power moments, but both Alexander and Cardona found ways to rock the big man. Madman drags Alexander into the ring, they trade blows, but Ace eventually hits a High Roundhouse to knock Alexander down. Cardona gets lifted over Ace, into Fulton, with Radio Silence; all while Alexander recovers enough to grab Ace so he can’t break up the pin.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 27, 2021
These AEW commercials are the same level of amateur cringe, because Tony Khan is talking. I really he didn’t make it obvious he was reading a prompter and using an acting level that even Brian Zane or the Angry Video Game Nerd would find campy.
Brian Myers vs Eddie Edwards
We get a fairly paint by numbers wrestling match, Eddie starts to out wrestle “the most professional wrestler” so it forces Myers to take a shortcut, or three.
As the match progresses we see Eddie get caught more by shortcuts than by getting outwrestled. So after a while, a man snaps. So Myers goes for the Charging Lariat, Eddie turns and goes after Myers’ face. He gauges at the eye with the tape over it, and then even goes as far as to bite Brian Myers while not letting go at the five count.
Eddie gets disqualified, Myers is crying about the attack and Eddie looks proud of himself. Maybe he’s really into the new Resident Evil vampire hot chick too?
Tenille Dashwood w/Kaleb with a K vs Rosemary w/Crazzy Steve
Tenille starts off quick, all in a way to distract the referee so she can use Kaleb’s camera bag. Rosemary still kicks out. This starts out a long timeframe of Tenille staying aggressive and in control. I was generally surprised she put in the effort, but she was very frustrated that Rosemary wasn’t staying down.
Rosemary starts her comeback, Tenille manages to side step the Spear, then tries a Double Underhook move, but Rosemary counters it with her own Double Underhook, and it finally has a name! As Above So Below, wins the match for Rosemary.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 27, 2021
Fire and Flava Fest is…a trainwreck like expected. They run their mouths in the amusing way their characters have been built on, their catering is cheese sandwiches with the wrapper still on the cheese and it’s just sad. Nevaeh was dressed like the Stay Puft Fresh Man, they thought it was Fallah, but she and Havok clear the ring. Havok looks genuinely amused, but this segment was as cringe as expected.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 27, 2021
Joe Doering w/ Deaner & Eric Young vs Cousin Jake
Joe finally gets a chance to show a pinch of his amazing ability. Jake had a few opening, but never took Joe off his feet and Joe dominated more often than not. An Inverted Slingshot Elbow, the Fun Splash, and just great power moves showed off why Joe is a former 2 time Triple Crown Champion.
Death Valley Driver into a Short Arm Lariat finished off Jake, but before they Pillmanized Jake, Eric called off the dogs and dropped the Violent by Design towel on Jake. Was it an offer, or a message to stop interfering?
Moose, Sami Callihan, Ken Shamrock & Chris Bey vs Rich Swann, Tommy Dreamer, Willie Mack & Trey Miguel
So Impact kept the worst of the Rascalz, and the other two become MSK. Who knows, maybe someone can teach Trey how to cut a promo and no more eggs and potatoes. He dyed his hair blonde, so I guess we can see if anything else changed eventually.
This was fast paced and had decent moments. I appreciated the callback to when Moose and Bey tagged against Rich and Willie, where Moose just clubs Chris in the chest as a tag, shoots him into the ropes and then Powerbombs him onto the prone opponent. It’s a great tandem move, that gets across a lot of personality.
As for the match, they saved the final hot tag for Trey, and then we got to see his new aggressive style against Sami Callihan. We got the signature spam from everyone, but it still came down to Sami and Trey. Sami went for his Piledriver, but Trey flipped through the lift to hit a Hurricanrana for the flash pin!
Overall Score: 7/10
After what felt like a questionable start, giving Dreamer basically the past champion’s provisional of title shots; it actually recovered fairly well. If you’ve been following Impact for more than 10 minutes, you knew the Fire & Flava Fest was going to be a shitshow, and boy was it. Tasha and Kiera are charming in their own mouthy ignorance, so they can carry a segment fairly well. We got a bunch of hints for more reveals, Beer Guns isn’t done, Trey Miguel returns (yay?) and Violent by Design sent a message.
This does a good job moving towards some of the bigger stories for No Surrender and moving forward, all while acknowledging AEW but not really using them for more than the awful commercial and a backstage segment. Plus the wrinkle in Eddie Edwards’ new approach could be interesting. Susan challenging Jordynne is pretty intriguing and starting the tension for the eventual Hawkins versus Ryder match is something I’m okay with if they build can stay clever with winks, while not relying too heavily on jabs or meta knowledge.
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/26/21)
It’s a Dark Walk-Off tonight!
AEW turns Dark back up to SIXTEEN!
Dark is big, strong, and stylish! Will “Pretty” Peter Avalon win the very first Walk Off, a contest of his own creation? Or will Big Shotty shoot him down?
- Miro w/ Kip Sabian, Penelope Ford & “Charles” Taylor VS Fuego Del Sol; Miro wins.
- Jurassic Express VS Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow; Jurassic Express wins.
- Tag Team Career on the Line: SoCal Uncensored VS Team TNT; SCU wins and remains a tag team.
- The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny VS M’Badu & KC Navarro; The Butcher & The Blade win.
- Rey Fenix VS Baron Black; Fenix wins.
- Shanna VS KiLynn King; Shanna wins.
- Britt Baker w/ Reba VS Brooke Havok; Baker wins.
- Abadon VS Vertvixen; Abadon wins.
- The Walk Off: “Pretty” Peter Avalon VS Lee Johnson, Guest Judges: Brandi Rhodes, Jerry Lynn, and Aubrey Edwards; Johnson wins.
- Santana & Ortiz VS Ryzin & Mike Verna; Santana & Ortiz win.
- Tay Conti w/ Anna Jay & Negative One VS Davienne; Conti wins.
- Preston Vance w/ Alan Angels & Negative One VS Ray Jaz; Vance wins.
- Red Velvet VS Madi Wrenkowski; Velvet wins.
- Sean Maluta VS Danny Limelight; Limelight wins.
- Ivelisse w/ Diamante VS Jazmin Allure; Ivelisse wins.
- “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/ Hook VS Jake St. Patrick; Hobbs wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Miro w/ Kip Sabian, Penelope Ford & “Charles” Taylor VS Fuego Del Sol!
The Best Man and the Superbad super couple still have their Kentucky Butler for a few more weeks, so they’re going to milk this for all it’s worth! Will “Charles” be of help against the Fire of the Sun?
The bell rings and Miro circles with Fuego. They approach, Fuego avoids the roundhouse to kick back! Miro doesn’t flinch, he and Fuego circle but Fuego kicks away on the leg! Miro grabs Fuego, whips but Fuego kicks back! Miro blocks the kick, flips Fuego and CLOBBERS him! Fans rally as Miro runs and drops an elbow! Miro drags Fuego up to ROUNDHOUSE him down! Miro gets the fans fired up but he wants Charles to applaud, too. Charles applauds reluctantly, then Miro drags Fuego up to run. Fuego dropkicks a leg out! Miro hobbles, Fuego flounders but Miro drags him up, only for Fuego to dropkick the leg again! MULE KICK!
Fuego fires up and runs to tilt-o-whirl but Miro throws him away. Fuego dodges the clothesline but the rana is blocked! Miro brings Fuego up to a fireman’s carry and a BIG Samoan Drop! Miro powers up, stomps around, and hits the BEST KICK! Fuego flounders but Miro isn’t done there, because it’s GAME! OVER~! Fuego taps out to the extra deep camel clutch, Miro wins!
Winner: Miro, by submission
Miro demands his butler brush Fuego out of the ring and Charles does gently, but then Miro kicks Fuego the rest of the way. Charles is made to raise Miro’s hand in victory, but will he be able to stomach this all the way until February 3rd?
Jurassic Express VS Lee Johnson & Aaron Solow!
The classic combination of Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy are building momentum in the tag team division! Will they steamroll through Big Shotty and The Extra Talented to rise up the ranks?
The teams sort out and JB starts against Johnson. Fans rally up as the two circle, tie up, and JB headlocks. Johnson wrenches out, JB rolls and pushes Johnson to ropes, but Johnson runs JB over! Things speed up, JB leaps over and comes back to run Johnson over! JB keeps moving, Johnson dodges, double dropkicks cancel out and both men handspring up. They shake hands to show respect, then Johnson tags out to Solow. JB and Solow tie up, Solow waistlocks but JB pries free to switch. Solow bucks off the roll, JB dodges to huricanrana! JB arm-drags Solow to an armlock and holds him down. Solow gets up, JB tags Luchasaurus but Solow reverses the whip.
JB dodges the clothesline and Luchasaurus BOOTS Solow! Luchasaurus puts Solow in the corner, Solow dodges and tags in Johnson! Luchasaurus CHOPS Solow, puts Johnson in a corner but Johnson boots back! Luchasaurus doesn’t flinch, so Johnson dodges and runs to kick back! Luchasaurus shakes his head, Johnson dodges and runs again, but leaps into Luchasaurus’ arms for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Luchasaurus keeps close on Johnson, drags him up and tags in JB. Jurassic Express coordinates, scoop slam and knee-board senton! Cover, TWO! JB keeps his cool, wraps a chinlock on Johnson, but Johnson fights up.
Johnson powers JB to the corner, tags in Solow, then powers out of the headlock. Solow scoops JB, Johnson runs in, back suplex neckbreaker combo! Cover, TWO! Solow stomps JB, drags him up and throws hands. Fans rally, Solow stomps JB to the corner and tags in Johnson. Johnson stomps JB, suplexes then covers, TWO! Johnson keeps on JB but JB hits back, Johnson CLUBS him! Tag to Solow, Solow stomps JB, then scoop slams him down. Solow runs to drop a knee! Cover, TWO! Solow drags JB up, JB hits back but Solow CLUBS him. Tag to Johnson, double whip and double elbows! Johnson covers, TWO! Fans rally up as Johnson brings JB up and tags to Solow.
Solow whips Johnson in but JB boots him! JB dodges Solow to send him into buckles, Johnson gets JB and whips him to ropes, but JB rebound LARIATS! Both men are down and fans fire up, hot tag to Luchasaurus! Luchasaurus KNEES Solow, boots and clotheslines Johnson then TOSSES him! Luchasaurus puts Solow in a corner for fast hands and a GERMAN SUPLEX! Luchasaurus kips up, runs in at Johnson, but Johnson dumps him out! Luchasaurus drags Johnson out to a wheelbarrow and swing into the railing! Marko Stunt laughs at Johnson while Luchasaurus gets in the ring. Solow is after Luchasaurus but Luchasaurus pushes him away to then BOOT him!
Luchasaurus swings, Solow dodges and runs, into a pop-up KNEE! Choke grip, JURASSIC CHOKE SLAM! Standing moonsault! Cover, Johnson breaks it?! Big Shotty saves this at the last second but Luchasaurus throws him out. Tag to JB, but Johnson trips him up! Luchasaurus choke grips Johnson, brings him in, and then gets Solow in a choke grip, too! But Solow and Johnson slip out of the slams to double RAM Luchasaurus into a corner! Johnson hurries out to fetch JB and put him back in the ring. Solow drags JB up, but JB cradle counters! TWO, JB kicks low and suplexes, but Solow slips out. Johnson tags in, JB dodges him to uppercut Solow!
JB ROCKS Johnson, Solow BOOTS JB, Johnson BOMBS JB into Solow’s knees! ROLLING DEATH VALLEY and FLYING STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! JB survives but Shotty and Solow aren’t giving up yet! Fans rally up, Solow and Johnson bring JB up but JB escapes the suplex! Luchasaurus is in, HEADBUTT to Solow! JB full nelsons Johnson, TAIL WHIP to FACEBUSTER! Jurassic Express drags Solow back, SNARE TRAP! Solow taps, Jurassic Express wins!
Winners: Jurassic Express, by pinfall
The boy and his dinosaur are rolling, but JB will be 1v1 with Dax Harwood for Dynamite! Will Dax being out of his comfort zone give Jungle Jack Perry the advantage?
Tag Team Career on the Line: SoCal Uncensored VS Team TNT!
Frankie Kazarian & Christopher Daniels are still on their tag title or bust journey! If they lose, they’re done! Will Terrell and Terrence Hughes blow SCU apart?
The teams sort out and the Heavy Metal Rebel starts with Terrell. They tie up, go around, and Kaz gets a waistlock then a drop toehold. Kaz shifts to a headlock, Terrell fights up, and Terrell tries to power out but Kaz holds on tight. Terrell fights back up, throws body shots, and back suplexes, only for Kaz to land on his feet. Kaz CHOPS Terrell, whips, but Terrell reverses. Kaz goes up and over, runs to duck and dodge, then blocks a hip toss to give a hip toss! Kaz keeps on the arm but Terrell endures. Terrell fights up, Kaz tags Daniels, and SCU crisscross Terrell, wrench him down, kick, clothesline and double stomp!
Daniels drags Terrell back up, bumps him off buckles, then elbows him in the back. Daniels whips Terrell to ropes but Terrell dodges then fakes out the calf kick! Tag to Terrence and he CLOBBERS Daniels! Daniels goes to a corner but Terrence rams his shoulder in. Terrence whips Daniels corner to corner, runs in but Daniels BOOTS back! Daniels feeds Terrence to Kaz’s boots then tags Kaz in. SCU double whips, body shot and rolling neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Kaz keeps his cool, brings Terrence up and CHOPS him to a corner! Kaz brings Terrence up to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Kaz drags Terrence up, puts him in the corner and tags in Daniels.
SCU whips Terrence out then into the corner, gamangiri to atomic drop! Daniels goes up, springboard crossbody and leg sweep combo! Cover, TWO! Daniels grows annoyed but he CHOPS Terrence down again. Daniels clubs Terrence, whips him to ropes, but Terrence reverses. Daniels dodges and crossbodies but into Terrence’s arms! For a POWERSLAM! Terrence’s arms hold him back but he tags Terrell in. Terrell throws haymakers, rams his shoulders into Daniels at a corner, then CHOPS him! Daniels is stinging but Terrell stands him up to CHOP again! Terrell TOSSES Daniels, covers, TWO! Terrell grows frustrated now as he drags Daniels up.
Tag to Terrence, Team TNT whips Daniels in, then Terrell whips Terrence in for a shoulder ram! Terrell adds a forearm smash, then Team TNT double Japanese arm-drags Daniels! Cover, TWO! Terrence brings Daniels up, OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Cover, TWO! Terrence drags Daniels up, tags Terrell back in, and then Terrence scoop slams Daniels. Terrell uses Terrence as a weapon, ROLLING DEATH VALLEY onto Daniels! Cover, TWO! Tag to Terrence, Team TNT coordinate to drop ax handles on Daniels’ arm! Terrence drags Daniels up to ROCK with haymakers! Terrence suplexes but Daniels cradle counters, TWO! Daniels catches Terrence for an EXPLODER!
Both men are down and fans fire up! Daniels and Terrence crawl, hot tags to Terrell and Kaz! Kaz rallies on Terrell then whips, but Terrell reverses, only for Kaz to forearm! Kaz mule kicks and CLOBBERS Terrence, then scoops Terrell for a slam! Kaz springboards for the LEG DROP! Fans fire up as Kaz brings Terrell over. Tag to Daniels, SCU double whips to double hip toss into the POWREBOMB NECKBREAKER! Cover, Terrence breaks it! Team TNT regroups, Kaz tags in but so does Terrence. Kaz ROCKS Terrence but Terrence ROCKS Kaz back! Kaz ROCKS Terrence again, then ducks the haymaker, but Terrence bucks the O’Conner roll while Terrell tags in!
Team TNT coordinates, FLYING LEG DROP SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Kaz survives but Terrence tags back in. Team TNT mugs Kaz in the corner, the ref counts but Daniels gets in to throw hands. Terrell rocks Daniels back, Terrence keeps on Kaz! Team TNT coordinates, they whip SCU at each other, but Daniels reverses, only for Terrell to send Kaz into him after all! But Daniels disrupts the 3D with an STO! Kaz sunset flips Terrell, Terrell stays up but Kaz avoids the punch! Daniels BOOTS Terrell, Kaz gut wrenches, BEST MELTZER EVER!! Cover, SCU wins!
Winners: SoCal Uncensored, by pinfall (still a tag team)
And the journey continues! The Addiction hasn’t lost so they aren’t calling it quits! Will this motivation help them make it all the way to the AEW World Tag Team Championships?
The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny VS M’Badu & KC Navarro!
Eddie Kingston’s Fam have been working to get up the tag team ranks, though Death Triangle and Lance Archer have been after them. Will Butcher and Blade be caught off guard while having to watch their backs?
The teams sort out and Blade goes right after Navarro! M’Badu protests but the ref keeps him back as Blade stomps Navarro to the ropes. Blade brings Navarro up to whip and CLOBBER him! Now the jacket comes off, and Bunny Allie distracts the ref with her high pitch squealing as Blade uses the jacket to CHOKE Navarro! Blade drags Navarro up to scoop, then he tags in Butcher. They combine for the leg drop sidewalk slam! Butcher drags Navarro up, pump handles and scoops for a BACKBREAKER! And then a SLAM! Navarro flounders out of the ring but now Butcher distracts the ref so Allie can go after Navarro!
The Bunny is rabid but she laughs as she frolics away and Blade puts Navarro in. Butcher drags Navarro up and bumps him off buckles to then tag in Blade. They double headbutt Navarro, and then do it again! Blade digs his knee into Navarro’s face, Bunny mocks his pain, and Butcher drags Navarro up. Butcher tags in, he and Blade coordinate, POWERBOMB SLAM! Cover, M’Badu breaks it! Bunny protests but Butcher tosses Navarro over. M’Badu tags in, circles with Butcher as fans rally up, but Butcher powers M’Badu back to a corner. Butcher CHOPS, forearms, repeat! Butcher whips corner to corner, M’Badu reverses and hits a BIG splash!
M’Badu throws hands now, fires up, then runs corner to corner for another big splash! M’Badu scoops, Butcher slips out to kick and CLOBBER him! Tag to Blade, they drag M’Badu up, suplex to POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER! Cover, Butcher & Blade win!
Winners: The Butcher & The Blade, by pinfall
Another team was put on the chopping block and they got cut to pieces! Will Kingston’s family continue to carve a path of destruction right to the top of the tag division?
Rey Fenix VS Baron Black!
Speaking of Death Triangle, the Firebird is staying sharp as he flies solo! Will Fenix burn up the #EmpBruh on his way to Beach Break?
The bell rings, fans rally up as Fenix and Baron circle. The two tie up, Fenix wrenches, then wrenches again, but Baron wrenches out to wristlock. Fenix rolls under to get a trip up and cover, TWO! Baron has the cover, ONE! Fenix is after a leg but Baron gets the ropebreak. The ref counts and fans cheer as the two get up. Fenix and Baron stare down before they circle again. They tie up with knuckle locks, Fenix hits low then wrenches to a wristlock. Fenix steps over, ties Baron up in a cobra twist, but Baron hip tosses free! Fenix lands on his feet, Baron gets around to roll him up, TWO! Fenix kips up and there’s another standoff!
Fenix offers a handshake but Baron leaves him hanging. Baron gives a push, Fenix pushes back. Baron offers the handshake now, but Fenix takes it, only for Baron to SLAP him! Fenix snarls and swings, but Baron dodges to CHOP! Baron fires up but Fenix CHOPS him back! Baron puts Fenix in a corner but Fenix BOOTS back! Fenix goes up, up, but into an ATOMIC DROP to an EXPLODER! Cover, ONE!! Fenix hurries out of the ring but Baron pursues. Baron drags Fenix up and POSTS him! Fans jeer as Baron drags Fenix up and puts him in the ring. Fans rally up, Baron stalks Fenix but Fenix kicks from the mat. Baron stomps Fenix, grabs at legs but Fenix kicks back!
Fenix kicks more but Baron CHOPS! Fenix kicks, kicks and KICKS! Baron hobbles up, Fenix kicks again but into a DRAGON SCREW! And a HALF CRAB! Baron gets both legs, shifts to a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Fenix endures, pops out, covers, TWO! Baron gets up fast but Fenix CHOPS him again! Fenix puts Baron in a corner, ROCKS him with a forearm then CHOPS him again! Fenix wrenches, whips but Baron reverses HARD! And then whips HARD the other way! And the other way again! Atomic Drop to BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Fenix as he survives and crawls to a corner. Baron keeps his cool and walks over, blocks the kicks, and he yanks Fenix up into a bomb lift!
Fenix fights out, CHOPS and CHOPS, then runs, only to be thrown to the ramp! Fenix rolls back to his feet, ROCKS Baron back, then springboard SOBATS! Fans fire up as Fenix builds speed, dodges, tiger feint to HEEL KICK! Baron is dazed, Fenix aims from a corner, Fenix runs in to go up, around, but Baron throws him over! Fenix gets a leg, drags Baron down and hooks the legs up, MUDA LOCK! Baron endures as Fenix bends him way back! Baron crawls, reaches, and gets the ropebreak! Fenix lets go but follows Baron to a corner. Fenix CHOPS again, and CHOPS again, and CHOPS again! Baron CHOPS, CHOPS, and CHOPS!
Fenix staggers, Baron brings down the straps but the CHOPS keep flying back and forth! Faster and faster, Fenix gets the edge, but Baron dodges then follows to get around, SNAP GERMAN! Baron drags Fenix up to a POWERBOMB! High stack cover, TWO!! Baron has the legs, ties the legs up, CLOVERLEAF! Fenix endures, crawls, hits Baron’s legs, then turns over to get Baron’s arms! Baron lifts but Fenix goes up and over to sunset flip, TWO! Baron runs into a SUPERKICK! Fenix goes up top to moonsault! Baron moves but Fenix just somersaults back into a CUTTER! Cover, TWO!? Fenix drags Baron up, fireman’s carry, FIRE THUNDER DRIVER!! Cover, Fenix wins!
Winner: Rey Fenix, by pinfall
Baron Black brought his game to a new level, but it still wasn’t enough to extinguish the Firebird! Will Fenix be on fire going towards the Beach Break trios main event?
Shanna VS KiLynn King!
Portugal’s Perfect Athlete is building power and rising up the ranks, but she still has a long way to go before the top. Will she be able to trump the would-be King?
The bell rings and Shanna circles with King. They tie up as fans rally and go around. Shanna arm-drags King down, King gets up and breaks free, and the two circle again. They tie up again, King puts Shanna on ropes then whips but Shanna handsprings! Shanna slips around to arm-drag and arm-drag! Shanna runs to huricanrana then enziguri! Cover, TWO! Shanna keeps focus on King, throws forearms at the ropes, then whips her to ropes. King reverses, Shanna becomes Spider-Woman! King runs in but Shanna drops and King tumbles out of the ring! Shanna builds speed but King trips her up to drag her out! King goes to bump Shanna off apron but Shanna does it first!
Shanna spins King around on the apron to hit a ROLLING ELBOW! Shanna gets in but King body shots and forearms! King keeps Shanna in the ropes to then swing and HOTSHOT her! Cover, TWO! King grows frustrated and she drags Shanna up to buckle bump her. King CHOPS, CHOPS and stomps Shanna down! The ref counts, King stops, but then King rolls and runs to METEORA! King drags Shanna to a cover, TWO! Fans rally up while King keeps her cool, and she drags Shanna into the dragon sleeper! Shanna is fading! Fans rally up, Shanna gets a second wind and throws knees!
King CLUBS Shanna, inverted suplex, but Shanna slips around to a sleeper hold! It’s a standing dragon sleeper! King RAMS Shanna into buckles and is free. King runs back in but Shanna dodges and King hits buckles! Shanna CHOPS, CLUBS and fires off on King! Shanna rolls, runs and ROCKS King with another forearm! Shanna keeps moving and hits a LEAPING LARIAT, to a STUNNER! Cover, TWO!! King survives and Shanna is shocked! Shanna fires up and fans rally behind her. Shanna brings King up but King ROCKS her back! King throws more forearms, whips her to a corner, but Shanna reverses. King ROUNDHOUSES back, then slips out to the apron.
King fires up, climbs up, but Shanna SHORYUKENS! Shanna spins King around into a Tree of Woe and KICKS her in the back! Shanna climbs, King sits up, WOE STOMPS! Shanna powers up, runs and BASEMENT DROPKICKS at the ropes! TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, Shanna wins!
Winner: Shanna, by pinfall
Shanna’s power levels are rising even higher now! But will she be OVER 9000 as she heads after the top rankings?
Britt Baker w/ Reba VS Brooke Havok!
The Doctor is in, and finally back in the ring! She has to be sharp if she’s going to take on Thunder Rosa at Beach Break! Will Britt break in Brooke Havok as she debuts in AEW?
The bell rings and Britt doesn’t even take Brooke that seriously as they circle. They tie up, and Britt throws Brooke down hard! Brooke checks her teeth but Britt just brushes herself off. Britt drags Brooke up but Brooke shoves Britt away. They circle again, tie up, and Britt wrenches an arm to a wristlock. Fans rally, Britt hammerlocks then headlocks then hits the takeover. Brooke headscissors but Britt shakes that off to keep on the head. Brooke fights up, pries free and then gets a headlock of her own. Brooke throws Britt but Britt gets the headscissors! Britt squeezes tight, Brooke tires to get free but Britt uses leverage to crank on the head.
Brooke moves around, Britt counters that to a grounded suplex, and gets up to suplex again! One and a half amigas, basically. Britt blows a kiss to the camera and Rebel’s cohost laugh returns. Britt drags Brooke back up, but Brooke throws a forearm! And then SLAPS Britt! Britt storms over, Brooke dodges and whips but Britt reverses, only for Brooke to tilt-o-whirl headscissors and dropkick! Britt wobbles as Brooke goes up top but Britt hits ropes to trip her up! Britt then YANKS Brooke off the ropes, stomps away on the legs, and steps through for an ANKLE LOCK! Britt keeps the leg trapped before she gives Brooke the SURFBOARD STOMP!
Rebel gives Britt the medical glove, Britt clamps onto Brooke, for the LOCKJAW!! Brooke taps, Britt wins!
Winner: Britt Baker, by submission
The Role Model gives Brooke her very first loss in pro-wrestling, because this was Brooke’s very first match ever! Will Brooke learn a lot from this debut?
Santana and Ortiz speak.
“It’s the time of year where it’s the popular type of trend to say ‘New year, new me.'” But the fact is, Santana and Ortiz have had their eyes on the prize the entire time. For all those teams who have been asleep, wake up and smell the coffee. It’s their time to eat. This is fair warning, so beware.
Abadon VS Vertvixen!
The Living Dead Girl is back! And though she isn’t AEW Women’s Champion, the chase is never over! Will Abadon haunt Vertvixen’s nightmares as she chases a golden dream?
The bell rings and Abadon goes right after Vert! Vert manages to get away as the ref reprimand Abadon, but Abadon runs in to RAM Vert in the corner! And again and again! Abadon lets off to then hit a METEORA! Vert flounders around, Abadon drags Vert up but Vert jawbreakers! Abadon wobbles but stays up to stare at her with those soulless eyes. Vert hits a forearm but Abadon BACK HANDS her! Abadon whips Vert but Vert hits back with forearms! Abadon clinches and knees Vert over and over! Abadon whips, Vert sunset flips but Abadon punches right out! Abadon sits Vert up to STOMP her down!
The ref is too scared to reprimand, but Abadon drags Vert up by her hair. Abadon CLUBS Vert, and again, and again! Fans rally but Abadon whips Vert. Vert stops herself to BOOT back! Vert runs in, into a FISHERMAN EXPLODER! Abadon sits up and dribbles Vert off the mat over and over! The ref tries to reprimand but Abadon scares him more. Abadon drags Vert up, reels her in to a Gory Bomb, for the CEMETERY DRIVE!! Cover, Abadon wins!
Winner: Abadon, by pinfall
Vert ended up with more than a chill up her spine, and Abadon continues to creep her way up the ranks. Will Abadon return to the title picture to haunt Hikaru Shida all over again?
The Walk Off: “Pretty” Peter Avalon VS Lee Johnson, Guest Judges: Brandi Rhodes, Jerry Lynn, and Aubrey Edwards!
The Pageant Provocation has taken a new form! Avalon challenged Big Shotty to this contest of style and grace, but will he end up the one losing?
The judges are already on stage as Justin Roberts introduces the concept’s rules. The three “pretty” judges will watch as each man, with one stylish outfit each, will take 10 steps down the runway, pose, then walk back those 10 steps. The winner will be determined by Brandi, Jerry and Aubrey. But then Avalon walks out and wants Justin to let him handle those introductions himself. Obviously we have Brandi Rhodes, who was an international model on magazine covers, and now is a pregnant mother to be. Avalon believes that makes her a MILF: A Mother I’d Like to Forget. Then there’s Aubrey Edwards, AEW’s premier female referee, but wait shouldn’t she be in the Kentucky Derby? And lastly, Jerry F’N Lynn! He’s like Spinal Tap, brings it to an 11, he is beautiful. Avalon’s standards are weird.
But anyway, with Avalon out here, Big Shotty makes his entrance! Despite the loss earlier tonight, Johnson cleans up nice in his suit, slacks and shoes. Johnson will start us off with his 10 step strut on the red carpet. He hits the pose, does a spin even, and then walks back up the red carpet. Fans are on his side, but the judges give their scores. Aubrey has a 9, Brandi has a 9, and Jerry has a 9! All nines across the board, so Avalon will have to get at least one 10 to win.
Avalon takes off the robe to show off his own shining smoking jacket. PPA struts his stuff, stutters a step, but strikes the pose and unbuttons the jacket. Avalon struts his way back, and now for the judges’ scores. Aubrey says a 9, Brandi says a 9. And Jerry says a… Wait, he wants a replay? The production team puts it on the titantron, and yes, Jerry saw it, too! The stutter step! That will have to affect his scoring. Jerry hates to do this, but it’s not a 9, but a 6!! Johnson wins!!
Winner: Lee Johnson
Avalon is furious that he lost his own concept! And then CEZAR BONONI shows up to DECK Johnson!? Avalon likes that! Avalon adds on stomps but Jerry Lynn steps up to defend Johnson! PPA may be a sore loser, but will Big Shotty get payback for that cheap shot?
Santana & Ortiz VS Ryzin & Mike Verna!
Despite being the tag team Chris Jericho brought to AEW, Proud ‘n’ Powerful did NOT win the Inner Circle Triple Threat Tag Challenge! Will they vent their frustrations out on the Priest of Sin and the Real Man of Steel?
The teams sort out, and Verna insists he start. Ryzin reluctantly accepts, and Verna circles with Ortiz. They tie up, Verna headlocks but Ortiz powers out. They ram shoulders, both men stay up so Ortiz dropkicks Verna down! Ortiz baits Verna in, to spin him and hit a backbreaker! Ortiz hits a HALF HATCH, then he runs in at the corner to splash! Tag to Santana, Ortiz whips Santana in for the uppercut! Santana brings Verna up to suplex high and hard! Fans rally as Santana CHOPS Verna! And KICKS him! Santana drags Verna up, tags in Ortiz, and PNP mug Verna on the ropes. They whip, Verna reverses, rocks Santana but Ortiz dodges! Santana fireman’s carries, Ortiz runs in, DEATH VALLEY NECKBREAKER COMBO! Santana DECKS Ryzin while Ortiz covers, PNP wins!!
Winners: Santana & Ortiz, by pinfall
That win was faster than a speeding bullet! But sadly, being the fifth ranked team in AEW doesn’t matter anymore if #Y2MJF is the official team of the Inner Circle. Will Santana and Ortiz take out every other tag team to prove a point to Jericho?
Tay Conti w/ Anna Jay & Negative One VS Davienne!
The Brazilian blackbelt continues to hang out with The Dark Order, but has she officially joined up yet? Can she convince AEW’s new arrival to #JoinDarkOrder?
Negative One shows off his “power” by tearing his shirt off and throwing it at the camera man! The bell rings and Davienne runs in, only for Conti to boot her and roll her back into a body scissor roll! Conti hooks the arms with her legs and bridges back into a modified butterfly stretch! Davienne pushes Conti down to a sunset flip, TWO! Conti gets the arms, brings Davienne up and monkey flips her! Conti rolls back to cover, TWO! Conti shoves Davienne down to get the KNEEBAR! Davienne flails and moves around, she drags herself and Conti over to the ROPEBREAK! Conti lets off, Jay and Negative One coach Conti up, but Davienne throws Conti down by her hair!
Davienne runs for a SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Conti survives but Davienne struts about. Conti gets up and smirks. Conti taps Davienne on the shoulder, blocks the boot and KNEES her back! Ripcord and tayatoshis! Davienne wants a time out as she bails out, but Conti pursues! Davienne gets back in the ring, Conti gets on the apron and BOOTS Davienne as she runs over! Conti ties Davienne up in the ropes for a draping clutch! The ref counts, Conti stops at 4 and runs in to rally with clotheslines! Conti whips Davienne to a corner, runs in and KNEES her!
Conti whips again, Davienne reverses but Conti goes up! Conti boots Davienne away, leaps over her and comes back to BOOT her down! Conti gets the leg, blows a kiss and rolls Davienne into the leg hook half nelson clutch! Davienne taps out, Conti wins!
Winner: Tay Conti, by submission
Conti gives Davienne a kiss goodnight before letting her go, and then celebrates with Jay and Negative One! Will Conti officially #JoinDarkOrder at some point?
Preston Vance w/ Alan Angels & Negative One VS Ray Jaz!
Number 10 was just as disappointed as the rest of the Dark Order when Hangman Page chose NOT to #JoinDarkOrder, but you can’t dwell on the past! Will Vance move forward and perhaps even convince his opponent to sign up in Hangman’s place?
The bell rings and Negative One joins commentary as Vance and Jaz circle. Vance and Jaz tie up, Vance powers Jaz to a corner but lets off as the ref counts. Jaz and Vance circle again and tie up. Vance powers Jaz back but Jaz puts him in the corner this time. The ref counts and Jaz gives a push as he lets off. Jaz runs, Vance runs him over! Fans rally up as things speed up. Jaz drops, hurdles, but Vance shoves him. Jaz wheelbarrows but into a stungun GERMAN! Negative One loves seeing that! Vance runs into the corner and clotheslines Jaz! Vance whips, Jaz reverses but Vance goes up and over. The leg buckles, Jaz CHOP BLOCKS! Negative One does not like seeing that!
Jaz drops elbows on the bad leg, then again. Jaz hits a knee breaker and Vance clutches the leg. The fans rally for Vance and Jaz yanks on the leg to another knee breaker! Vance writhes, Jaz drags him around to tie up the legs, then he hooks the leg up. Jaz grabs at the arm, pulls Vance back and Negative One grows frustrated. Vance endures, fights off this half surfboard, and Jaz TWEAKS the leg! Vance hits body shots back and that is back to Negative One’s liking. Jaz CLUBS Vance, stomps the bad leg, then pushes Vance around. Jaz grabs the leg for a cover, TWO! High stack, TWO! Jaz drags Vance to the ropes to drop down on the leg! Negative One is not liking this as Jaz has the leg again.
Jaz stands on the leg, then SMASHES the knee into the mat! Jaz puts Vance in the corner, wraps the leg around the rope, but the ref counts. Jaz lets go at 4, runs in but Vance dodges! Jaz only gets buckles and then Vance ROCKS him! Jaz forearms back, Vance hits back, Jaz uppercuts but Vance BOOTS! Jaz manages to leap over Vance but into a LARIAT! Vance whips and back drops Jaz, and Negative One says this is what Hell looks like for Jaz! Jaz writhes to a corner, Vance fires up and Negative One gets on the desk to give the signal. Vance runs in but Jaz elbows him away!
Jaz runs, into the SPINEBUSTER! Negative One is fired up for Vance as he drags Jaz back up. Hammerlock, ripcord, NEGATIVE RAINMAKER! Cover, Vance wins!
Winner: Preston Vance, by pinfall
The Dark Order is fired up, and Negative One goes to the ring to celebrate, by giving Jaz a kendo stick smack! Brian Pillman Jr. gets in to defend Jaz, and it’s a duel between kendo stick and… lacrosse stick? Negative One is a small target, though, and he SMACKS BPJ in the stomach! Negative One goes after BPJ more with smack after smack, after smack! He even uses BPJ’s own lacrosse stick to choke BPJ! Preston Vance pulls Negative One away from BPJ! Will the Dark Order show no mercy as they look to take over AEW?
Red Velvet VS Madi Wrenkowski!
Things have been bittersweet for Red Velvet lately, but there’s always a chance to rebound! Will Velvet be serving up a fresh L tonight?
Negative One surprisingly returns to commentary, having calmed down from just a moment ago. The bell rings and the two circle to tie up. They go around, break, and Madi mocks Velvet’s height. Velvet and Madi tie up again, they go around, Madi puts Velvet in a corner. The ref calls for the break, Velvet kicks then runs but Madi runs her over! Madi says, “Welcome to Reality!” Things speed up, Velvet hits a calf kick! Fans rally as Madi flounders to a corner. Velvet fires off and stomps Madi down, then does the splits to dig her boot into Madi’s head! Velvet stirs it up, lets off at 4, and then runs back in. Madi uses the ropes as defense, then kicks at Velvet as she backs off.
Velvet runs in but into a buckle shot! Negative One is impressed! Cover, TWO! Madi fireman’s carries and hits a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Velvet survives but Madi tries again, TWO! Velvet has the cover, ONE! Madi CLUBS Velvet, Velvet hits back from below. Madi drags Velvet up, whips her to a corner, then runs in to splash! Madi runs back in to RAM her shoulder in! Madi kicks Velvet away, steps in and snapmares, but Velvet comes back to spin for a COMPLETE SHOT! Velvet fires up and stomps in the corner. Negative One says the oven is on and heating up! Velvet rallies with lariats on Madi! Madi swings, misses, Velvet ROCKS her, kicks a leg out then HEEL KICKS!
Velvet drags Madi up, whips her to ropes, but Madi reverses, only for Velvet to wheelbarrow and BULLDOG! Velvet stirs it up and hits a standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Madi flounders, Velvet builds speed, and DOUBLE KENES Madi at the ropes! Velvet keeps moving, JUST DESSERTS! Cover, Velvet wins!
Winner: Red Velvet, by pinfall
Velvet wins the match and Negative One wins $5 from the gentlemen’s bet he made with Excalibur. Will Velvet be poised in the top 5 soon enough? Will Negative One think Velvet should #JoinDarkOrder?
Sean Maluta VS Danny Limelight!
The Samoan Dragon and the Boricuan Spider are 1v1 for the first time in AEW! Which bright young star shines brighter in the Dark?
Negative One sticks around, he’s enjoying commentary too much. No bets are placed but Negative One says Limelight’s got this one because he’s so skilled. The bell rings, Limelight and Maluta circle, tie up, and Limelight picks a leg to trip Maluta up. Limelight rolls Maluta to a whip, things speed up, but Maluta grabs a leg to roll Limelight. Maluta keeps moving, Limelight rolls Maluta, TWO! Fans rally as the two stand off and reset. Maluta and Limelight circle, Maluta shows handshake but kicks low! Maluta CHOPS, CHOPS, and throws big forearms! Maluta whips Limelight corner to corner, Limelight reverses but Maluta puts him on the apron.
Limelight enziguris, then jumps, jumps and arm-drags! Maluta bails out, Limelight builds speed, and FLIES! Tornillo Conjilo! Fans fire up as Limelight does his dance and brings Maluta back into the ring. Maluta sits up into a PENALTY KICK! Cover, Limelight wins!!
Winner: Danny Limelight, by pinfall
Negative One was proven right as the Spider strikes and slays the Dragon! Will Limelight shine and rise up the rankings?
Ivelisse w/ Diamante VS Jazmin Allure!
La Sicaria and the Cuban Diamond have been running strong as a tag team, but it’s back to singles actions for tonight. Will Ivelisse be better than her #TopTier opponent?
Jazmin gets in Ivelisse’s face but then cools off as the bell rings. They feel out the grapple but Ivelisse fires off fast hands and a kick! Ivelisse CHOPS, whips but Jazmin dropkicks a leg out! Jazmin talks trash again but Ivelisse RAMS into her! Ivelisse hooks a leg for an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Ivelisse is annoyed but she stalks Jazmin to ropes. Ivelisse stomps Jazmin, dribbles her off the mat, then lets off to KICK her while she’s down! Jazmin goes to the apron, Ivelisse argues with the ref, and Diamante gets a hard shot in! Ivelisse stomps Jazmin, digs her boot into Jazmin’s chest, then lets off. Ivelisse kicks Jazmin while she’s down, then drags her into a seated cobra twist.
Jazmin endures, fans rally up, but Ivelisse thrashes her around. Jazmin fights up and moves around to throw body shots! Ivelisse CLUBS Jazmin down, then lines up the shot for the QUESTION MARK KICK! Cover, TWO! Ivelisse is annoyed again but she drags Jazmin up again. Ivelisse snap suplexes and bridges, TWO! Jazmin gets up but Ivelisse is right on her with double overhooks. Jazmin fights up, spins around throws body shots to then hit a JAWBREAKER! Ivelisse wobbles, Jazmin fires up and runs into the corner to forearm smash! Jazmin fires off fast hands, Ivelisse shoves her away but Jazmin wheelbarrows to a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Jazmin grows frustrated, she fights up and fires forearms and counter punches! Ivelisse blocks a punch to cravat KNEE! Jazmin crumples but Ivelisse pushes her around. Ivelisse aims, for a SPINNING ENZIGURI! Cover, Ivelisse wins!
Winner: Ivelisse, by pinfall
One half of the Women’s Tag Cup winners continues to win, will she and Diamante get in on the big AEW Women’s Championship Eliminator Tournament that’s coming?
“Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/ Hook VS Jake St. Patrick!
Team Taz’s Machine and Absolute are going to take on Darby Allin and Sting in a Tag Team Street Fight at AEW Revolution, but the rest of the team is still pursuing the top spots! Will the Powerhouse pulverize his opponent to prove he’s worthy of the upper ranks?
The bell rings and JSP dropkicks but it barely budges Hobbs! Hobbs catches the punch to a cording hold, then whips JSP to run him right over! The ref checks on JSP but he’s okay to continue, so Hobbs tosses him out! Hobbs argues with the ref, Hook is lurking, Hook hits an EXPLODER! Taz is a proud father on commentary as Hobbs goes out to fetch JSP. Hobbs drags JSP up, scoops him and puts him in the ring. Hobbs takes his time stalking JSP before he drags him back up. Hobbs eggs JSP on and JSP throws forearms! JSP ROCKS Hobbs, runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Hobbs smiles then brings the straps down.
JSP crawls to the corner, Hobbs takes aim, BIG CORNER SPLASH! Hobbs drags JSP into a pump handle scoop and SLAM! Cover, Hobbs wins!
Winner: “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs, by pinfall
The “Town Business” is booming and Hobbs has another win! Will Hobbs continue to manhandle the mere mortals put before him?
A good AEW Dark, with a handful of highlights. For one, Fenix VS Baron Black was a great match, and a great showing for Baron, even in losing. Then, for The Walk Off sounding so goofy, AEW managed to do it so well that it was actually a lot of fun. Plus, I like that they used Avalon losing to bring Bononi into something. I wonder if Avalon and Bononi become a new tag team with the “we’re good looking” gimmick. Maybe a match with Avalon and Bononi can be how the team of Johnson and Solow get their first win in AEW.
Another highlight, surprisingly, was Negative One being on commentary and running around. He was a pretty fun part of Vance’s, Velvet’s and Limelight’s matches. And I haven’t been keeping up with Being the Elite, but I guess there’s something brewing between him and Pillman Jr. I do appreciate that AEW does a great job of integrating every layer of their media, from Dynamite to Dark to now BTE, it’s just on us fans to try and keep up. I feel like Negative One should become the BTE Champion (apparently that’s a thing now) so he can plug that on Dark and Dynamite for those who aren’t keeping up.
My Score: 8.1/10
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