SmackDown speeds up towards WrestleMania!
WrestleMania will go on! Either The New Day or the Usos will challenge The Miz & John Morrison for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships!
- Drew Gulak w/ Daniel Bryan VS Shinsuke Nakamura w/ The Artist Collective; Gulak wins and Bryan will challenge Sami Zayn for the WWE Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania.
- Alexa Bliss w/ Nikki Cross VS Asuka; Bliss wins.
- From WrestleMania 32 – WWE World Championship: Triple H w/ Stephanie McMahon VS Roman Reigns.
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships #1 Contender’s match: The New Day VS The Usos; No Contest, BOTH teams will challenge The Miz & John Morrison for the titles for WrestleMania.
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Sasha Banks and Bayley open tonight’s SmackDown!
The Legit Boss and the Role Model are going to be in a now Fatal 5 Way Elimination Match for the SmackDown Women’s Championship. Paige made the announcement for this match last week, but as a Six Pack Challenge. Sadly, Dana Brooke must bow out because she is quarantined. But Bayley and Sasha know they have just a week left before the special WrestleMania that is “too big for one night.” A two-night WrestleMania and the best of the best will be on the Grandest Stage of Them All. Lives can change and dreams can come true, but this year is a nightmare! “Sad, irrelevant, pathetic Paige” is jealous of the year Bayley has had, and is forcing these two best friends into the same match! How is that fair? It’s not.
Paige thinks she’s so slick for putting them in the same match. That plan will backfire! They’re best friends that are better together like peanut butter and jelly. But before Sasha can respond to Bayley, Lacey Evans appears! The Sassy Southern Belle is also in the Fatal 5 and she joins these two in the ring now. “Bayley, your mouth is about as big as my hat is.” And she can’t seem to keep it shut. Sasha can barely get a word in. Bayley has a word for Lacey: LOSER! Sasha says Lacey should go preach to her bratty little kid. Unless she’s ashamed of mommy always losing. Hah, good one. But Lacey says Mania will be a nightmare. Sasha won’t be able to say anything about Lacey’s daughter with a broken jaw from The Woman’s Right. And Bayley will finally learn the lesson in respect she’s needed.
But wait! Here comes Naomi! The Glow gets another shot after that Super Showdown controversy. Naomi does agree with Lacey about handling these two. Bayley knows what she did at Super Showdown, and that’s some unfinished business. And while Sasha is glaring at Naomi all stank, Naoim will snatch her bald to become the three-time champion! The Glow will shine in the spotlight again! Bayley is not about to have another night of constant interruptions and people saying their piece. But wait! Here comes Tamina! The Daughter of Superfly makes a huge return with this golden opportunity, but she does have something to say tonight. “Actions speak louder than words.” And so she HEADBUTTS Naomi and SUPERKICKS Lacey!
Bayley and Sasha sneak past Tamina to go after Naomi, but they mistake that for being on Tamina’s side. They back up into her, and Tamina glares at the two “locker room leaders.” Bayley and Sasha bail with the belt, but are they cowering in fear from the future SmackDown Women’s Champion?
Drew Gulak w/ Daniel Bryan VS Shinsuke Nakamura w/ The Artist Collective!
Sami Zayn claims the Philly Stretcher is a “nobody” that is holding The Goat back. But the bet was made that if Gulak can beat the King of Strong Style, then the WWE Intercontinental Championship will be on the line! Can Gulak get a huge win to send Bryan to WrestleMania?
The bell rings and Sami joins Michael Cole on commentary. Gulak and Nakamura stare down as Bryan rallies up. The two feel out the grapple and Nakamura throws in knees. Nakamura facelocks and brings Gulak down for knees tot he shoulders and head! Nakamura drops a knee then digs his boot into Gulak for a standing Bad Vibrations! Gulak gets away but Nakamura pushes him in a corner. Nakamura stomps and whips Gulak corner to corner. But Gulak comes back with a shotgun dropkick! Bryan is fired up as Gulak throws haymakers on Nakamura at the ropes. Gulak stomps Nakamura over and over and Sami protests. The ref pulls Gulak off and Cesaro gets Nakamura out of the ring. The ref reprimands Cesaro but keeps Gulak back.
Gulak goes out to fetch Nakamura but Nakamura sweeps the legs! Nakamura brings Gulak to the announce desk to throw kicks! Sami cheers Nakamura as he puts Gulak in the ring. Sami praises Nakamura but Gulak gets Nakamura’s leg! Dragon screw in the ropes! Gulak gives Nakamura another! Nakamura crawls to a corner but Gulak stomps the leg. Cesaro protests and the ref counts, but Gulak backs off. Sami is upset but Nakamura dodges to roundhouse Gulak back! Nakamura hops up, flying knee! Cover, TWO! Bryan coaches and rallies for Gulak as Nakamura brings Gulak up. Nakamura has a facelock and squeezes tight. Gulak pries the hold apart but Nakamura thrusts in another knee! Nakamura turns Gulak around for another facelock but Gulak throws body shots.
Nakamura fires off a strike fest to ROCK Gulak back! Then he gives Gulak a gourd buster! The jacket unzips and Nakamura aims from the corner, but Bryan saves Gulak! Gulak rolls Nakamura up to a prawn hold, GULAK WINS!!
Winner: Drew Gulak, by pinfall (Daniel Bryan WILL challenge Sami Zayn for the WWE Intercontinental Championship)
Sami is furious but that’s because his team got a taste of their own medicine. Now Sami has to put up or shut up against Bryan during WrestleMania Weekend! Will Sami be the one to learn a lesson in just over a week?
SmackDown returns to Dolph Ziggler backstage.
The Show-Off talks with someone about Otis’s rampage last week. Ziggler says it was “pathetic,” but deserved. Wait, more glitching. But Ziggler says Otis creeping all over Mandy Rose is so sad. Wait, here comes Otis AND Tucker! Heavy Machinery is ready to run Ziggler over, but referees and security rush to stop them! Ziggler taunts Otis that he has some more pictures Otis can see, so long as he’s over 18! Otis calls Ziggler a dirt bag, and wants just one shot at him. Ziggler says they can end “all this crap” with the world watching. Ziggler will have his girl, Mandy, in his corner… at WrestleMania! Otis accepts! The rage is still raging, but will it all come to an end when Otis and Ziggler finally have it out 1v1?
Ladies and gentlemen: Elias.
The Drifter is in Full Sail’s perch and speaks on Gronk giving him a match with Baron Corbin. Before that night, Elias has a new song dedicated to the Wolf King, “Kingdom of Fools.” Clap along and don’t worry about neighbors, because they’ll be clapping to. Without further ado, Elias starts playing and sings his new hit.
“WrestleMania~. It’s too big for one night~. After I destroy Corbin, he’s gonna see the light. At WrestleMania, the chances of Corbin winning are narrow. So bring your medieval costume and a bow ‘n’ arrow.” There’s a quick Photoshop of Corbin with an arrow through his head like a jester. “I stocked up on toilet paper in these times of distress~. And I stamped your face on every roll, I must confess.” Baron Corbin the toilet paper! “That may seem harsh, but it’s the least of what you deserved. Your throne’s a toilet, and Corbin, you are a turd~!” Yes, Corbin’s a turd. Elias thanks the “capacity crowd” but then Corbin attacks!
Corbin stomps Elias on the newly repaired perch (NXT fans know about that) and shouts, “You want to embarrass me, huh?!” Corbin has his scepter and dares Elias to stand. Elias does, and Corbin SMASHES him with said scepter! Elias dangles on the edge, and Corbin boots one hand off. The Drifter wobbles but regains his grip, so Corbin boots the other hand! Elias holds on as best he can, but Corbin SMASHES him in the head!! Elias hits the floor with a thud and referees hurry over. Has the Wolf King just cancelled his Mania match with Elias?
Alexa Bliss w/ Nikki Cross VS Asuka!
The Goddess called out the Kabuki Warriors as “hiding” on Raw with the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships. But Asuka responded with a sneak attack to cost Bliss-Cross a match. Now the ball is in Alexa’s court. Will she score a win to get her and Nikki back on track towards the tag titles? Or will the Empress ensure she and the Pirate Princess get to take WrestleMania Weekend off?
Nikki joins Michael Cole on commentary and gives him a huge hug, not worried about social distancing. The bell rings and Asuka laughs already. Alexa is thrown off by that but Nikki is just too excited. Asuka swipes but Alexa gets clear and gives a big smile. Asuka mocks that smile, then laughs more. The two circle, Asuka rushes Alexa but Alexa gets her for a waistlock. Asuka pries free but Alexa throws a forearm, which only infuriates Asuka. Alexa throws more forearms but Asuka fires up more. Alexa runs but dodges Asuka as she follows, and dropkicks her down! Cover, TWO! Nikki is excitedly punching her own hand, showing how she and Alexa are gonna do that to the Kabuki Warriors.
Alexa headlocks Asuka but Asuka pulls Alexa’s hair to power out. Asuka runs Alexa over with a shoulder then mocks Nikki with a dance. Nikki cheers Alexa but Asuka brings her up. Alexa reverses the whip but Asuka goes up and over. Alexa ROCKS Asuka with aright, then mocks Asuka back. Asuka is upset again and talks trash in Japanese. Alexa parrots Asuka’s words, then KICKS her in the arm! That’s the bad arm Shayna Baszler hurt in the Elimination Chamber. Alexa runs but Asuka catches the dropkick to then drag Alexa out! Asuka throws Alexa HARD into steel steps, arm first! The Empress and Goddess are even now as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Asuka has Alexa down in an armlock. Alexa endures and Nikki rallies for her. Nikki gets Cole to chant “Lexi! Lexi!” Alexa fights up but Asuka kicks her legs out! Asuka fires off fast hands and a mule kick! Alexa ends up on the apron and Asuka runs, but the hip attack misses! Alexa kicks Asuka back down and Nikki is fired up enough for the whole arena! Asuka joins Alexa on the apron and they start brawling. They go forearm for forearm but Asuka back kicks again. Asuka grins as she prepares, but Alexa wrings her arm out onto the apron! Alexa and Asuka both clutch their arms as Alexa gets back in the ring. Cover, TWO!! With no arms, that was bound to happen.
Asuka fires up and drags Alexa up but Alexa YANKS the bad arm. This only angers Asuka more but she runs right into Alexa’s kick! Alexa baits Asuka into a corner and sends her into buckles! Nikki shouts, “That’s what you get!” Asuka gets up but Alexa rallies with rights! And a basement dropkick! Alexa grits her teeth as she drops knees, Insult 2- No! Asuka mores and Alexa knees the mat. Asuka bails out bu both women are clutching arms. Alexa pursues but Asuka gets to the apron. Alexa trips Asuka up and then rams her into the LED! She puts Asuka in then covers, TWO!! Asuka still lives but Alexa tries again, TWO! Nikki is upset and pesters Cole about it.
Alexa drags Asuka up and works out the bad arm. But Asuka spins her, and chicken wings that arm! Alexa resists the lock and rams Asuka into buckles! Alexa snapmares but Asuka rolls with her, only to get a DDT! Cover, Alexa wins!!
Winner: Alexa Bliss, by pinfall
Nikki explodes with excitement! She hugs Cole, then she hurries in to hug Alexa! Is this Bliss-Cross getting one step closer to the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships?
SmackDown hears from The Usos.
“It wouldn’t be the Road to WrestleMania if The Usos and the New Day didn’t battle it out at least one more time.” Two big teams, huge stakes! The winners go after the SmackDown Tag Team Champions! #UsoCrazy with the #Lockdown! Beef or truce, the Uce got the juice! Another pair of seven-time champs are coming! Will WrestleMania be put in the Uso Penitentiary?
From WrestleMania 32 – WWE World Championship: Triple H w/ Stephanie McMahon VS Roman Reigns!
As The Big Dog prepares for his WWE Universal Championship match with Goldberg, SmackDown relives when he and The Game went toe-to-toe in Texas for a different world title!
Stephanie McMahon gives the King of Kings an epic introduction for his entrance, while fans greet Roman with mixed emotions. The fireworks fly, the official introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this battle a long time coming finally begins!
Roman and HHH circle as fans rally and duel. They tie up, HHH headlocks and gets the takeover. HHH grinds Roman down but Roman gets up, so HHH goes around to hammerlock. HHH slaps Roman around to the liking of the crowd but Roman powers out and runs HHH over. Fans don’t like that, but things speed up. HHH goes to hip toss but Roman blocks. Roman goes to hip toss but HHH blocks, knees low and hip tosses Roman up and out of the ring! Fans cheer as Roman hits the floor but boo as he gets right up. HHH taunts Roman by holding the ropes open. Roman brushes that off and takes his time returning to the ring. Fans taunt Roman with “Roman Sucks!” as he gets back in.
Roman and HHH stare down and circle again. They tie up, HHH grabs the arm and wrenches to a wristlock. HHH yanks on the arm then wrenches again, to a shoulder breaker. HHH goes again but Roman ROCKS him with a right! Fans boo as HHH staggers to the corner. Roman mocks HHH and DX with a “SUCK IT!” chop! HHH can’t believe the audacity, but SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns as Roman is stuck on the top rope. HHH climbs up a corner and LEAPS, but into an UPPERCUT! Fans boo as Roman catches his breath and HHH crawls to the far side. HHH runs back over but into a back elbow. Roman BOOTS HHH down! Fans boo as HHH goes to another corner. Roman runs in for the corner clothesline! HHH staggers but BOOTS Roman back! HHH runs but into a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Steph glares as she coaches HHH up. HHH slowly gets up and fans rally as he goes to a corner. Roman locks ‘n’ loads and takes aim. Roman runs, but HHH bails out to avoid the Superman Punch. But Roman goes out the side and goes around the way, to LEAP off the steel steps! A LEAPING LARIAT takes HHH down!
Some fans of Roman’s cheer as he drags HHH up to throw into steel steps! Roman brings HHH back up to throw into the other steel steps. Steph shouts for HHH as he crawls around the corner. Roman brings HHH up into the ring but HHH bails out the side. Roman goes out but HHH throws him into steps now! HHH drags Roman up to throw over the announce desk! Steph checks on HHH as he staggers away. But Roman comes and SPEARS HHH through the barriers!! Fans lose their minds as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again as Roman and HHH are back in the ring. Roman gets up in the corner and lets out the battle cry. He runs at HHH but HHH kicks him back! HHH underhooks but Roman back drops HHH out of the ring! Roman catches his breath while Steph checks on HHH. Roman sees them go around the way, and builds speed, but HHH ROCKS him first! HHH gets in but Roman SPEARS! Cover, but Steph drags the ref out! The ref reprimands her then gets back in to count, TWO! HHH survives thanks to his queen! Steph gets mad at the ref now and she gets in the ring. They argue but the ref tries to reason with her that the match is still happening. HHH slowly stands up, Roman runs in, and SPEARS Steph!!
Fans lose their minds as HHH kicks Roman, and hits the PEDIGREE!! Cover, TWO!?! Roman survives and no one can believe it! HHH and Roman stir while Steph flops out of the ring. Fans rally up as HHH drags Roman up by his hair. HHH throws a haymaker, Roman uppercuts! HHH kicks low then runs, to knee smash! Roman staggers, rebounds and SUPERMAN PUNCHES! Fans boo Roman as he rises up again. HHH slowly gets to the opposite corner but Roman fires himself up. Roman runs but into a KNEE! Both men are down again, HHH crawls to a cover, TWO! HHH crawls and sees Steph down on the ground. He waves to her, and she brings out the trusted sledgehammer! HHH slowly stands but the ref tells him not to. HHH shoves the ref but Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES!
Roman runs at HHH for ANOTHER SUPERMAN PUNCH! He lets out the battle cry, builds up speed, ducks the hammer to SPEAR!! Cover, Roman wins!!
Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall (NEW WWE World Heavyweight Champion)
The Roman Empire dethrones the King of Kings!
The Big Dog established his reign in 2016, but will he do it again in the New Decade?
HHH is on SmackDown!
The Game is one of the few to compete against both Roman Reigns and Goldberg in his career. What is his prediction for that match come WrestleMania? HHH knows after being in the ring with both men, both men have the intensity needed to reach the top of this industry. But the biggest difference, Roman’s intensity builds while Goldberg’s intensity is all at once. Goldberg’s intensity is unparalleled, but it lasts for a brief period of time. Roman’s intensity builds and builds as the match goes on. Roman feeds off what his opponent gives him. If Goldberg can end it quick, he has it. But if Roman can withstand the initial onslaught, HHH puts his money on The Big Dog. Who’s your money on for the WWE Universal Championship?
SmackDown hears from The New Day.
“Greetings and salutations. It’s ya bois, the NEW~ DAY~!” Tonight is very special because it could send them to WrestleMania. But they need to get through a team they’ve faced many times before. But whenever they and their bois, the Usos, meet, it’s a battle for the ages! And by “boys,” they really mean “sons.” Big E is reminded of what his pappy used to say. “Son, this is going to hurt me more than it hurts you.” The New Day will be pained to do this to the Usos, but their daddies need to become EIGHT TIME W, W, E, Tag, Team, CHAMPIONS~! Becaaaause~, New. Day Rocks. Who gets the beatin’ before a team gets to meetin’ Miz and Morrison at Mania?
SmackDown returns to Ziggler meeting up with Fire & Desire.
Sonya Deville lets Mandy have a private conversation with Ziggler. Mandy doesn’t want him doing this to Otis. The Otis that stood her up? Well okay, but did Ziggler have to rub it in? No, that is too much, and he apologizes. Mandy says that if they’re having the match, that’s fine. But they’re not going to fight over her like she’s a prize. Of course, that’s not what this is. Ziggler vows to beat Otis and then leave all of this behind. The two then head back to the hotel to watch the rest of the night with some champagne.
SmackDown presents a very special Firefly Fun House!
Wyatt has a framed picture taken from his WrestleMania 30 defeat. Wyatt wipes the tears from his eyes before saying hi. He’s so excited to see the fireflies again. But today, he’s going to teach us about… Shut up, voices in his head!! That Bray had his chance. That Bray failed. But “he” won’t. Abby the witch says Bray was delusional then, and is even more delusional now. Or does he have some “secret recipe” to beat Cena this time? Well actually, yes! He has a blender and ingredients! Add 1 scoop disappointment, a little bit of self-loathing, some hot sauce for flavor, and a heaping, helping of rage AND resentment! perfect!
Ramblin’ Rabbit says to not leave out the carrots. The beta-carotene will help him see Cena. Oh of course! NO. But Ramblin’ himself was the secret ingredient Bray needs! “Some irrelevant, non-necessary opinions!” OH NO~! Ramblin’ Rabbit begs for mercy, but he gets the puree setting instead. And now Bray gives us an infomercial. When this WWE superstar isn’t playing in the fun house, he’s creating the “perfect concoction” to defeat John Cena at WrestleMania! YOWIE WOWIE! It goes straight to your head. A big star like Cena deserves more than just an ordinary match. Especially since “he” is anything but ordinary.
In fact, “he” wants Cena to join their world of madness and mayhem where the fun never ends! So The Fiend is officially challenging Cena to the first-ever Firefly Fun House Match! Down the hatch! Yummy. But there is one nasty side effect. “Let Me In.” Will Cena join the “fun” inside the Firefly Fun House? Will Cena make it out alive?
The Miz and John Morrison join commentary!
That’s because the SmackDown Tag Team Champions want to watch the #1 contender’s match up close and personal!
SmackDown has huge news for the last episode before WrestleMania!
Goldberg and Roman Reigns will be face-to-face just days before their showdown! Will either man make a move before their WWE Universal Championship match?
And with Bray Wyatt’s bizarre challenge, John Cena returns to give his answer! Will Cena accept the invitation to step inside the mind of a madman?
SmackDown Tag Team Championships #1 Contender’s match: The New Day VS The Usos!
Many movie franchises are huge hits from the first to the last. While this rivalry isn’t a movie franchise, the two teams have always delivered instant classics. Will this newest sequel also be a blockbuster? And who moves on to share the spotlight with the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century?
SmackDown returns as Miz ‘n’ Morrison give both contender teams their props. But then they’re interrupted by “AWWWWW~ people at HOOOME~!” Miz and Morrison mock the entrance and say they do not feel the power. Big E and Kofi appear, still serving pancakes despite no fans here to feast on them. The Usos are next, and the introductions are made. Teams sort out, and this rivalry begins again with Kofi and Jimmy.
Jimmy and Kofi circle and tie up. Jimmy headlocks and throws Kofi to a cover. ONE as Kofi keeps his shoulders up. Kofi gets up and powers out but Jimmy runs him over with a shoulder. Jimmy talks some trash as things speed up. Kofi jumps and jumps but gets caught to a back suplex. Kofi lands on his feet but Jimmy runs at him in the corner. Jimmy uses a monkey flip but Kofi lands on his feet! Kofi dropkicks Jimmy but Jimmy catches it! Jimmy catapults Kofi to a corner but Kofi lands on the ropes to dropkick Jimmy down! Jimmy bails out and Jey regroups with him. Miz and MOrrison wonder what’s wrong, and then mock the “UCE! OH!”
Jimmy and Jey go back to the ring and tag. Kofi taunts Jimmy about stamina then tags in Big E. Big E and Jey circle then tie up. Jey waistlocks but Big E pries free. Big E tosses Jey over his hip! Jey and Big E circle again and tie up. Jey gets the arm and wrenches Big E to a wristlock. Big E blocks the whip with pure power, and then whips Jey to the corner. Jey slides to a stop to UPPERCUT Big E back. Jey runs but Big E elbows him down! Big E tags Kofi and Kofi runs to leap frog senton! Cover, TWO! Kofi mule kicks Jey to ropes then whips. Jimmy tags in and Jey reverses the whip to pop-up hotshot! Jimmy covers, TWO! The Usos keep their cool and Jimmy drags Kofi up. Jimmy CHOPS and CHOPS Kofi, then tags in Jey.
The Usos mug Kofi in the corner then Jey kicks. Kofi blocks, spins Jey and ducks the Dragon Whip! Hot tag to Big E! Jey tags in Jimmy but Big E throws him over head! And again! Big E puts Jimmy on the apron to club and club and club! He counts with the ref, then goes to the corner. Big E runs out to APRON SPLASH! Jimmy is gasping for air as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns as Big E lifts Jimmy but Jey tags in. Big E ROCKS Jey then runs, but the Usos both get in to DOUBLE SPINE BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! The Miz & Morrison are impressed by the quick tag tactics. Jey has Big E in the corner and fires up with “UCE! OH!” Jey runs in, BIG hip attack! Jimmy tags in and takes his turn. “UCE! OH!” But he runs into an URINAG-E! Hot tags to Jey and Kofi! Kofi leaps to ax handle and double chop Jey! Kofi dropkicks then hits a leaping lariat! He runs for the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Kofi claps but there are no fans to clap back. Even so, Kofi spins but Jey ducks, to mule kick! Jey whips KOfi corner to corner, but Kofi goes up and huricanranas!
The Miz and Morrison mock the claps as Kofi leaps, into Jey’s flapjack! Jey has a Half Crab! Kofi endures as Jey sits deep. Kofi crawls as Miz and Morrison mock the Usos’ chant. Jey drags Kofi away but Kofi rolls and pushes him away. Jey runs into the SOS! Cover, TWO!! Morrison starts a “Fight Forever!” chant and Miz joins in. Kofi drags Jey up but Jey fireman’s carries. Kofi slips out and elbows Jey away. Big E tags in and Kofi climbs up top. Big E drags Jey up, but Jey drops down to evade the flying stomps! Jimmy POSTS Kofi! And SUPERKICKS Big E! Jey SUPERKICKS Big E now! Cover, TWO!! Big E survives and Miz starts a “This is Awesome!” chant.
Jey tags Jimmy and the Usos drag Big E up together. They double CHOP Big E in a corner then hoist him up top. Both Usos climb but Big E fights them off. Down goes Jey, then Jimmy! But Jimmy goes up to enziguri Big E down! The Usos both build speed but Kofi anchors Jey! Jimmy helps Jey drag Kofi up and in, to toss out. Kofi stays on the apron and then dump both Usos out! Kofi builds speed to FLY onto Jimmy! Miz and Morrison do their chant instead, “Miz ‘n’ Morrison! Hey hey! Ho ho!” Kofi TRIPS Morrison off the desk! Miz gets upset but Jey FLIES onto them both! Big E returns to SPEAR Jey off the apron!
All six men are down and the ref starts a ring count. Big E drags Jey up to put him in at 5. But then Miz ‘n’ Morrison attack!!
The SmackDown Tag Team Champions just screwed both teams over here! They put Jimmy, Jey, Kofi and Big E in to beat them all down! The #TurtleneckToughGuys are only tough because the other four have beaten each other up the whole time. But WWE officials make an announcement. They will now be in a TRIPLE THREAT LADDER MATCH against BOTH The Usos and The New Day! Miz ‘n’ Morrison are furious, but Miz turns around into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Morrison turns around into a scoop, and the MIDNIGHT HOUR! Miz ‘n’ Morrison just stepped in it now! Will they be able to make it out of WrestleMania still the leading men of the SmackDown Tag Division?
A pretty good episode as the pandemic and Empty Arena Days continue. Tonight’s PPV replay match was another from before I started working with The Chairshot and EWN, so I had to rewatch HHH VS Reigns. But with all this talk of Roman being off the Mania show, I wonder if advertising a face-to-face even matters this week. A decent match, but that moment Roman Speared Steph is still great. Baron Corbin really shocked me with probably the most sinister thing his character’s done ever. I wonder if this is their way of writing Corbin VS Elias off in the event one or both can’t compete. Though, there’s talk that the first day has been recorded so who knows.
Gulak has a decent match with Nakamura, but it works that things are a bit “controversial” for Gulak to win. Obviously we were getting Zayn VS Bryan so it’s fine that Gulak gets a win like that. I’m not sure how the Intercontinental Championship match goes, but if Sami wins, I want to see one of his teammates go after him for it. Likewise, if Bryan wins, he can have matches with the other “artists,” and even another match with Gulak. Bray Wyatt had a really good promo in challenging Cena to a Firefly Fun House match, and that match itself sounds like it’ll be pretty good. Hopefully a touch better than the House of Horrors match as the “failed” Bray against Randy Orton.
Alexa VS Asuka was a pretty good match, and it was still surprising for Alexa to win. But how else does a tag title story continue? That said, I feel like Raw’s go-home should schedule Nikki VS Kairi to complete the set, and then SmackDown’s go-home officially announces the title match. Though, if the rumors of Kairi (and Io Shirai, too) going back to Japan and Stardom are coming true, expect Nikki to win against Kairi and then Bliss-Cross to win the titles. Which is a shame, but talking about WWE/Vince dropping the ball is a different subject for a different article. Meanwhile, the SmackDown Women’s Championship match is heating up, and while Tamina had an impressive showing tonight, I feel like this is going to end with Sasha winning. She may not have to betray Bayley if another entrant eliminates her, but Grand Slam Sasha could be happening.
And then the tag team match in the main event was great, just as both Usos and New Day said it would be. Miz & Morrison were great on commentary, and I did not expect the end to go that way. A Triple Threat Ladder Match is going to be a great match, especially if the news is right about Miz needing to stay out because of his own health concerns. It is a bit reckless for Miz to have even shown up feeling under the weather given the circumstances, but a Ladder Match and a Triple Threat makes it easier for them to compensate. Morrison probably could win this on his own, which is the outcome I see at this point.
My Score: 8.3/10
Chairshot Radio: The Mystery & Magic of Lucha Underground 
Miranda Morales sits on the host’s chair and welcomes her Lucha Central buddies for a look back at the magic & mystery of Lucha Underground!
Miranda Morales sits on the host’s chair and welcomes her Lucha Central buddies for a look back at the magic & mystery of Lucha Underground!
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Today’s hosts: Miranda Morales (@theHashtagMiranda) along with Lucha Central’s Brendan Barr & Dusty Murphy!
- What was it that made Lucha Underground so different, and so successful?
- What was the mysteries behind Lucha Underground’s storytelling–and the whole universe it created?
- What are your greatest Lucha Underground memories?
- Can MLW recreate the magic with Azteca Underground?
- Should they even try?
About Chairshot Radio
The rebirth of Chairshot Radio will see a rotating cast of hosts delivering you a new show EVERY WEEK DAY. Sports, Entertainment and Sports Entertainment is the umbrella under which we seek to invade your earballs. So sit back, relax and LET US IN…
Your Weekly Chairshot Radio Schedule:
- Monday – Patrick O’Dowd & Big Dave Ungar
- Tuesday – Greg DeMarco and/or PC Tunney
- Wednesday – Miranda Morales & Greg DeMarco
- Thursday – Rey Cash & Mags Kirkby
- Friday – PC Tunney
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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (6/22/21)
Adam Cole hits the ring, BAYBAY!
NXT lights the fuse, get ready for fireworks!
Before an explosive rematch on the Great American Bash, Kyle O’Reilly takes on NXT Cruiserweight Champion, Kushida, and Adam Cole takes on…?
- Adam Cole VS ???; Cole wins.
- Io Shirai & Zoey Stark VS The Robert Stone Brand; Shirai & Stark win.
- Johnny Gargano & Austin Theory VS Pete Dunne & Oney Lorcan; Gargano & Theory win.
- Franky Monet VS ???; Monet wins.
- Ever-Rise VS Hit Row; Hit Row wins.
- Kyle O’Reilly VS KUSHIDA; O’Reilly wins.
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Adam Cole VS ???
The Panama City Playboy is back, but he never gave an answer to last week’s “pick your poison” challenge as posed to him and Kyle O’Reilly. Cole is confident as ever, though, does he have an idea?
Cole gets the mic and reminds us that William Regal set up Cole VS Kyle at Great American Bash. Oh, and Samoa Joe assaulted and attacked him! Now this week, he gets to handpick his opponent. Cole was doing some thinking, so ain’t no way in hell HE is going to do that. He doesn’t have to start following the rules just cuz Joe is here. And Cole wants Joe to know there’s a new king of this brand, and you’re looking at him! After Cole embarrasses Kyle at Great American Bash 2021, Cole will be recognized the best in NXT ever! So the fans can consider themselves lucky for having seen Cole, but this isn’t happening.
Oh wait, here comes Carmelo Hayes! This newcomer came close to the Cruiserweight Championship in his debut, seems he’s aiming at another prize. “Hey, Cole, you might not know who I am, but I know who you are.” Melo introduces himself, and says if anyone changes Cole’s mind, it’s him. Oh is that so? Then enlighten him on how. Melo says there is this famous phrase. How does it go? “RUTHLESS! AGGRESSION!” Same energy, bruh. And then Melo SLAPS Cole!! Cole is pissed and the match is on!
Hayes dodges, fires off hands on Cole but Cole knees low! Cole ROCKS Hayes, runs, but Hayes springboards to FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Hayes chases Cole but Cole gets out of the ring. So Hayes just PLANCHAS Cole down! The CWC fires up for Hayes as he gets Cole up and into the ring. Hayes gets on the apron but Cole BOOTS him down! Fans fire up as Cole finally throws off his merch shirt. Cole goes out after Hayes, drags him up and into the ring, then stalks him to a corner. Cole stomps a mudhole into Hayes, throws forearms, does more stomping, but lets off as the ref counts. Cole gets Hayes up but Hayes shoves him away.
Cole ROCKS Hayes again, then brings him out for a snap suplex! Cole dusts off his hands as fans rally up. Hayes sits up, Cole gets him up, and turns him for a NECKBREAKER! Cole is having fun now as he stalks Hayes to ropes. Cole chokes Hayes on the ropes, lets off as the ref counts, and fans are dueling between the veteran and the new kid. Hayes throws body shots and CHOPS but Cole throws haymakers and forearms! Hayes kicks from the mat, but falls for 52 Fake Out! Cole grins, but Hayes blocks the superkick to TKO KNEE SMASH and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Coles gets to a corner but Hayes keeps his cool.
Hayes storms over to fire off body shots, windmills clubbing forearms, but lets off as the ref counts. Cole yanks Hayes into buckles! Cole gets space, comes back, but into a boot! Hayes goes up but Cole SHOVES him down! Hayes hits the floor hard and Cole goes out to RAM him into barriers! Cole gets Hayes back up to TOSS him into boards! Fans boo Cole as NXT goes picture in picture.
Cole paces, refreshes the ring count, and fetches Hayes, just to TOSS him into the boards again! Hayes gasps and sputters as Cole refreshes the count again. Cole puts Hayes back in the ring, JAMS his knee in Hayes’ back, then wraps on a headscissor necklock. Hayes endures, even as Cole drives in elbows into his head. Hayes turns, rolls, and gets the ropebreak! Cole holds on until the ref counts, and then lets off at 4. Hayes hits Cole as he goes, but Cole stomps him down. Cole drags Hayes up to throw haymakers and then bumps him off buckles. Cole throws hands, wrenches, and whips him corner to corner hard! Hayes bounces off buckles and Cole smirks as he taunts the rookie.
Cole drags Hayes up, Hayes shoves free but Cole kicks low! Cole gets Hayes up for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Cole grows annoyed now but he looms over Hayes before bringing him up again. Hayes throws forearms so Cole gives them back! Hayes knees low, Cole EuroUppers! Hayes CHOPS but Cole kicks low! Cole fireman’s carries for the USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Hayes’ toughness is getting on Cole’s nerves and Cole wraps on a chinlock. Hayes endures as Cole grinds him down. Cole talks some trash while cranking the hold back, but Hayes fights with hammering hands.
NXT returns to single picture and fans rally up as Hayes keeps working on the chinlock. Hayes sits up, pries the grip open and gets to his feet to throw body shots. Hayes is free, runs, but Cole CLOBBERS him with a back elbow! Fans duel again as Cole gets Hayes up. Cole bumps Hayes off buckles, wrenches and whips Hayes corner to corner hard, and Hayes slumps down in the corner. Cole says Hayes chose the wrong guy to step to. Hayes bails out, Cole lets the ring count climb. Hayes stands at 5 of 10 and flounders a bit, but gets himself in at 7 of 10. Cole smirks as he stalks over to the corner. Hayes gets up but Cole throws forearms!
Cole says “You’re a nobody, you hear me? I’m Adam Cole, BAYBAY, and you’re nobody!” Hayes gets up but Cole SLAPS him down! Hayes gets up to throw forearms and Cole gives them back! Cole whips Hayes to ropes but Hayes rolls off Cole’s back to BOOT him down! Fans fire up with Hayes as he runs, but into a BOOT from Cole! Hayes wobbles, Cole gets him in a suplex, but Hayes suplexes to a CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Cole survives but Hayes gets him up and reels him in. Cole cradle counters, TWO! Hayes boots but Cole blocks, ENZIGURI follows! And a HUGE Code Breaker!! Cover, TWO!! Cole survives and Hayes can’t believe it!
The CWC is fired up while Hayes refocuses. Cole goes to ropes, Hayes grits his teeth and storms over to CHOP him! Hayes whips, Cole reverses but swings into a spin and fireman’s carry! Cole slips off to BACKSTABBER! High stack cover, TWO!! Hayes survives and Cole is getting mad now! Cole goes to a corner, hops up but Hayes gets away from the drop zone. Cole still leaps, into a SUPERKICK! Hayes runs, springboards, into a SUPERKICK!! Cole goes back to a corner, goes back up and leaps, PANAMA SUNRISE!! Cover, Cole wins!
Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall
The Generational Talent came close again, but this is why Cole considers himself the king of NXT! However, Cole has two weeks to get ready for the rematch with Kyle O’Reilly! Will Cole be ready to bash it up at the Bash?
Franky Monet talks with Jessi Kamea & Aliyah.
Monet is so excited for tonight. The Robert Stone Brand has a match with Zoey Stark & Io Shirai, and Aliyah says it’ll be a piece of cake. Jessi says it’s already in the bag. And of course, Franky has her second match! These three should be the Winner’s Circle! Yeah, great name. But then suit man Stone come sin and Franky says tonight is going to be a great night for them all. Good luck, ladies! Thank you! The high-five to Stone is a little hard, will it hurt even harder if and when his clients ditch him for Monet?
Backstage interview with Zoey Stark.
We all just saw Monet talk up Jessi & Aliyah, but why did she help Shirai last week? Well Shirai gave Stark her big break. All last week was was paying it back. But tagging tonight is a surprise, especially with how notorious Shirai can be when playing with others. But speaking of, Shirai comes in to say it for herself: She did pick Stark for tonight, but that doesn’t mean she likes her. Mutual respect is all they need tonight as far as Stark is concerned. Will that help them get a win against the bougie bad brand?
LA Knight speaks.
The Million Dollar Ladder match made him the NEW Million Dollar Champion, “So let me talk to ya.” Knight’s coronation made him drop what he didn’t need, and that was the old man DeBiase boarding the gravy train! Then the ungrateful NXT fans are all shouting “TO THE MOON!” for that “Hilljack” Grimes, who comes out to go after Knight. Good on Grimes, because even Knight thought Grimes only cared about the title and the money. Turns out, he cares about the old man. That’s so sweet. Grimes is what Knight knew he was on day one: a moron idiot!
That fall Grimes took at TakeOver was beautiful, but that won’t compare to when he gets dropped on his head by the Million Dollar Megastar, the- Oh, thank you! Drinks on Knight! Whose game is it? L A Knight’s game! Toast to that! But will Knight be living the high-life after coming face to feet with a Cave-In?
Johnny Gargano & Austin Theory are here!
They make their way down to the ring, and Gargano says these are exciting times! There is new management in town so we need a new NXT Champion! A new face of the brand! We don’t need the big, mean, angry, leather jacket wearing doomsday guy. No! We need the handsome, the hardworking, the headband wearing, respectable family man! We need Johnny! Theory agrees, of course. The 57 days Gargano was champion, NXT THRIVED! It was a paradise! Chef’s kiss and all that. At TakeOver, Gargano proved Karrion Kross is NOT on Gargano’s level. Gargano outshined him every time they were in the ring together! And everyone knows Gargano can outwrestle Kross on his worst day!
But instead of Kross, Pete Dunne and Oney Lorcan show up! The Bruiserweight has a mic to respond, “Are you mad?” This is so stupid. Gargano must be nuts if he thinks he’s #1 contender over Dunne. And shut up, Theory. Theory gets heated but Gargano has him stop. These two are trying to provoke them and start chaos! There is a new way to do things around here, the Way does not partake in hijinks and shenanigans! They are law-abiding citizens, and there are rules to follow, Peter. The Way are good people. If Dunne and Oney want a fight, it won’t come from them. Gargano puts the mic down, he and Theory wash their hands of this as they leave the ring.
Oney picks up the mic as Theory says he is watching Dunne. Theory points at Dunne, but Dunne grabs those fingers to SNAP them! Theory needs to be more careful around the Bruiserweight! Will Gargano find a way to get back at Dunne that follows the rules?
Cameron Grimes rolls up.
Everyone says hey and Grimes gives them money for their troubles. How is DeBiase doing? He’s alright, Grimes will keep checking on him. Ari Sterling says Grimes must’ve just come from the nursing home. Had to check on Gramps and all that. What was that? Grimes heard him. Grimes did, and he laughs, before he DECKS Sterling! That’s for Ted, this is for you. Grimes gives Sterling a $100 even so, and laughs his way into the CWC.
Backstage interview with Adam Cole.
McKenzie asks him about his coming match with Kyle, and Cole says no. He is not talking about Kyle at all. He doesn’t care about Kyle, he doesn’t care about Kyle VS Kushida tonight, because what Cole did to Hayes will happen to Kyle at the Bash. But here comes Regal. Cole asks what he wants. Regal appreciates Cole going through with that match tonight. Cole says he did it for himself, not for Regal. Regal hopes there’s no animosity between Cole and Joe. According to who? Well Cole touched Joe, Joe got him with the clutch, that’s the end of it. Don’t provoke Joe again.
Oh is that how Regal sees this? How great that Regal has done absolutely nothing to reprimand Joe for putting his hands on Cole! But don’t worry, Cole will do Regal a favor by getting out of his hair. Cole takes his things and goes, will this make things considerably easier on the General Manager tonight?
The battery continues to charge.
We are now at 31%.
Gargano is fuming and he gets the cameraman to follow him.
He and Theory storm up to the GM’s office and since Theory’s fingers hurt, Gargano knocks. Regal lets them enter and Gargano hopes he saw what happened. Regal did. The Way are being model citizens, and look! A new pencil to replace the other one. But there need to be consequences! Regal agrees, there should be. Alright, so what’s gonna happen? Is Joe gonna go get them? Put them through a wall? Or better yet, Coquina Clutch! Regal stands up and Gargano wants to see Regal get those brass knuckles and “knuck ’em up!” No, no, they’re going to face Dunne & Oney in a match, later tonight.
What?! They’re not even dressed, they don’t have their stuff! Doesn’t matter, they have to go. Gargano and Theory panic and rush out of the room, will they suffer more than two bad fingers tonight?
Io Shirai & Zoey Stark VS The Robert Stone Brand!
The Evil Genius and the Rising Star(k) are ready to shine, but Franky did fire up Jessi & Aliyah backstage. Will Shirai’s return to the ring be a great success or a disappointing stumble on her way back after the title?
The teams sort out and Aliyah starts with Shirai. They tie up, Shirai headlocks, but Aliyah powers out. Shirai counters the hip toss to an arm-drag, then fireman’s carries. Aliyah slips out and pulls hair, but Shirai CHOPS and punches her on repeat for it! Shirai pulls hair now but Aliyah shoves her away. Aliyah runs but into a FLAPJACK! Shirai runs and basement dropkicks Aliyah down! Shirai brings Aliyah over, sits her down in the corner and digs her boots in! Swinging knees! Tag to Stark, Stark gets Aliyah up to wrench and fireman’s carry takedown. Stark wrenches the arm, Aliyah throws forearms, but Stark blocks the whip to reverse it!
Tilt-o-whirl, Aliyah throws Stark but Stark handsprings through to SLIDING LARIAT! Aliyah scrambles and tags in Jessi, Stark dodges the boot to waistlock. Jessi bucks the O’Conner roll and hits a sliding wheel kick! Cover, TWO to a Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Stark avoids the dropkick to Oklahoma Roll again! TWO, but Stark DOUBLE STOMPS! Stark fires up, gets Jessi up on the apron, but Jessi hotshots her down! Jessi slingshots in to then springboard for an elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Stark grits her teeth but Jessi is frustrated, and now Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell make their way down to ringside.
Jessi puts Stark in the corner, Aliyah tags in and stomps a mudhole then fires off hands! Tag to Jessi, they mug Stark then Jessi CLUBS Stark down! Tag to Aliyah, she stomps a mudhole into Stark again, and then Aliyah brings Stark out. Stark rolls Aliyah, ONE, and Aliyah calf kicks Stark down! Aliyah covers again, TWO! Stark tries to get away from Aliyah while Shirai glares at Candice, and NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Jessi keeps Starks down with clubbing forearms. Tag to Aliyah, she gets a boost for a tilt-o-whirl SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Aliyah puts on a body scissor squeeze and thrashes Stark around! Stark endures, pushes back to a cover, TWO! Aliyah clubs away on Stark but Stark turns around to fire off on Aliyah! Aliyah squeezes tighter then gets a facelock to keep Stark down! Stark powers up and powers out to SLAM Aliyah down! Fans fire up while both women are down, and The Way isn’t sure what to make of this. Hot tags to Shirai and Jessi! Shirai rallies then FLAPJACKS Jessi down! Shirai DECKS Aliyah for good measure, then hits a 619 on Jessi!
Jessi flounders, Shirai dodges Aliyah’s swipe to AX KICK her down! Springboard missile dropkick for Jessi! Cover, TWO! Shirai keeps her focus and she gets Jessi up. Shirai underhooks but Jessi wrenches out to KICK! Tag to Aliyah and she gets Shirai up for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Shirai survives and Aliyah shrieks! Tag to Jessi, they double suplex, but Shirai lands on her feet! Hot tag to Stark and she DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICKS! Stark gets Jessi up for a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Tag back to Shirai, and Shirai makes sure Candice sees this! Shirai goes up, and OVER THE MOONSAULT! Cover, Shirai & Stark win!
Winners: Io Shirai & Zoey Stark, by pinfall
The Evil Genius stares Candice down as she and Stark have their hands raised. They dare The Way to get in, but then Raquel Gonzalez and Dakota Kai come out from the crowd side. Raquel teases that Shirai goes on vacation and came back to get a friend. If either of them think they’re jumping the line for that #1 contender’s spot, they’re crazy! Those titles belong to Kai & Gonzalez! But whoa, whoa, whoa! Shotzi & Ember show up! Now certainly no one forgot about them! They done lost their minds! MARBLES! But also, they beat Kai & Gonzalez for that contendership spot, right? Right! So then that puts Kai & Gonzalez at the back, right? Right!
But, wait, Ember… They DID forget! Whaaa…? Well let’s remind them! And by that, Shotzi means, KICK SOME ASS!! It’s a chaotic brawl in the ring, but the champs stay far away from it all! Shirai, Kai and Ember, then Raquel, Shotzi and Stark! Samoa Joe comes out and Candice says this isn’t on them! Joe has referees and security get in this, and teams are separated from other teams. Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but that’s not happening! Shotzi and Ember are the ones left in the ring, Shirai and Stark are on one side, and Kai and Gonzalez are on the other. Will Candice & Indi have to watch out with this many teams targeting them?
“I knew my professional wrestling life wouldn’t last forever. This will be a special moment in my career. Nobody can take this moment away from us.” The Time Splitter is ready, but will he come out on top against a motivated Kyle O’Reilly?
The Great American Bash just got bigger! After Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher got past the Grizzled Young Veterans, they are getting their shot at the NXT Tag Team Champions! Will the Must-See Kids find themselves in a must-win scenario?
Johnny Gargano & Austin Theory VS Pete Dunne & Oney Lorcan!
The Way scrambles to finish dressing but they’ve made it in time! Will they make the Bruiserweight and Boston Fury regret getting in their way tonight? Or will it be the other way around?
The teams sort out and Oney starts with Gargano. Gargano fires off hands but Oney knees low and waistlocks. Gargano switches, shoves, then follows to RANA Oney! Oney is up but Gargano dropkicks him down! Oney scrambles to tag Dunne, Gargano arm-drags Dunne but then Dunne fakes Gargano out. Dunne goes for La Magistrol but Gargano slips right out to arm-drag Dunne after all! Fans rally as Dunne kips up, but Gargano wrenches. Tag to Theory but that was the bad hand! Dunne throws Gargano out, but Theory gets Dunne with a forearm! Theory headlocks, Dunne powers out and things speed up, Dunne CLOBBERS Theory!
Tag to Oney, he and Dunne double wrench and double CHOP Theory! Oney CHOPS Theory in a corner, then CHOPS him again! Theory flops down, Oney gets him up to wrench the bad arm and wristlock the bad hand! Dunne tags in, Dunne takes those fingers and bends them! Theory shouts in pain as Dunne hammerlocks the arm into the mat and STOMPS it! Theory flounders, Dunne stays between him and Gargano, then he stomps the bad hand! Dunne gets Theory up, tortures the already damaged digits, and then digs knees into the elbow. Dunne gets the bandages off the fingers to stomp them directly!
Dunne again keeps Theory from Gargano, CHOPS him, then tags Oney. Oney CHOPS Theory, and Theory might have to worry about his chest as much as his fingers. Oney wrenches the arm, bends the fingers, but Theory throws hands. Oney ducks but comes up into a back elbow! Oney is in a corner, Theory hits a clothesline then throws Oney down for slingshot stomps! And a dead lift suplex! Fans fire up as Theory tags Gargano. The Way double whips Oney and double elbow him down! No look high-five and double elbow drop! Gargano is after Oney but Oney kicks low. Tag to Dunne, but Gargano atomic drops!
Tag back to Theory, Gargano whips Dunne and Theory somersaults, SHOTGUN SPINEBUSTER COMBO! Cover, TWO! Theory storms after Dunne in a corner to throw forearms. Theory’s arm bothers him, Dunne fires off KICKS to the leg! Dunne has the arm again for a hammerlock, then pulls the far arm! Dunne digs knuckles into ribs, a knee into the shoulder, and he hammers away on Theory’s side! Dunne drops knees on the bad hand! Chinbar and hammering hands, Dunne just tortures Theory! Dunne sits on Theory to bend the arm back, bend the fingers, and then PENALTY KICK the triceps! Theory sits up into another KICK!
Dunne brings Theory up, whips him to a corner, but Theory manages to go up and over and duck to DROPKICK! Oney gets in but Theory clotheslines him back out! Theory aims, and manages a PLANCHA but misses! Dunne comes around to CLOBBER Theory! Dunne gets in to DECK Gargano, and he tags Oney! Oney & Dunne get Theory up for a DOUBLE APRON SLAM!! The Way is in a bad way as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns and Dunne drags Theory by his legs. Tag to Oney as Dunne gets Theory up in the Surfboard! Oney CHOPS Theory over and over while he endures, but Dunne lets go at the ref’s count, and Oney DDT’s Theory right down! Gargano coaches Theory but Dunne tags back in. Oney isolates the arm for him and Dunne STOMPS it again! Theory writhes but Dunne gets his wrists. Theory dodges the stomps to roll Dunne up! TWO, and Dunne trips Theory before he gets to Gargano! Theory BOOTS Dunne, Oney tags in, and Oney just barely keeps Theory from Gargano! Theory ROCKS Oney, hot tag to Johnny!
Johnny Wrestling rallies, ENZIGURI for Dunne and CHOP for Oney! BULLDOG CLOTHESLINE COMBO! The fans rally, Gargano whips but Oney puts him on the apron., Gargano SUPERKICKS Dunne, slingshots and SPEARS Oney down! Gargano DIVES to take out Dunne! Fans are thunderous as Gargano gets in and tags Theory. The Way works together but Oney fights hem both off! Oney goes up but Gargano GMAANGIRIS, Theory ARABIAN SPANSIH FLIES! Cover, but Dunne breaks it in time! Gargano scoops Dunne but Dunne slips out to pump handle! BITTER- NO! Gargano slips out but Dunne ROCKS him! Gargano rebounds to DISCUS!
All four men are down and fans are loving “NXT! NXT!” Theory gets Oney back up, Oney CHOPS him! And CHOPS him! Theory CHOPS back! And throws a BIG forearm! Oney comes back with a BLOCKBUSTER! Tag to Dunne and Dunne KICKS Theory to ropes. Dunne WRINGS out the bad arm, locks it, and tortures the fingers before he pulls way back on the arm!! Oney blocks Gargano but Gargano boots him down onto Dunne! Theory is free thanks to that, and Dunne gets his legs moving. Gargano tags in but Dunne ROCKS him! Gargano ROCKS Dunne back with boxing elbows, but Dunne SNAP GERMANS! STOMP to the hands, but Gargano ducks the kick to schoolboy KICK!
Gargano keeps moving, Dunne dodges him, slingshot SPEAR into a FOREARM! Tag to Oney, he and Dunne get Gargano up but Gargano fights free! Gargano shoves Dunne and Oney into each other, then runs and tilt-o-whirls Dunne. Dunne fights off the takedown, and feeds Gargano to Oney’s half nelson! HALF NELSON POWERBOMB COMBO!? Cover, Theory breaks it in time!! Fans are thunderous again as Theory fires off on Dunne! Dunne is after the bad arm again! Theory kicks low, reels Dunne in, but no bomb as Dunne slips out and ENZIGURIS! EuroUpper from Oney! And a CHOP! Oney runs, into Gargano’s SUPERKICK!
Gargano tosses Dunne, runs and DIVES! TOPE TORNADO DDT!! Gargano gets back up to ONE FINAL BEAT!! Cover, The Way wins!!
Winners: Johnny Gargano & Austin Theory, by pinfall
Bad fingers, little time to prepare, but a victory all the same! Gargano is feeling great, until KARRION KROSS blindsides him with a forearm!! Fans boo cranky Kross for attacking Gargano, but Gargano should’ve known better than to call out Mr. Apocalypse. Will there be any way for Johnny Wrestling to take that title from Kross 1v1?
The batter continues to charge.
We are now at 41%.
Backstage interview with Kross and Scarlett.
Kross won’t talk to the media, he wants to talk to management. Joe is the one to meet him, though. Kross says, “So, these are the new rules. Remember, ‘unless provoked.'” Of course, champ. Joe lets Kross through to the exit. Scarlett shoots Joe a sneer, and then Joe turns around to see Dunne. Another silent stare down between these two certified destroyers of men. Will there ever be words exchanged?
MORE BREAKING NEWS!
After the huge brawl earlier tonight, we’re getting a TRIPLE THREAT to determine #1 contenders to the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships! Shirai & Stark VS Shotzi & Ember VS Gonzalez & Kai!! Who wins to make their way to the Great American Bash to take on Candice & Indi?
Franky Monet VS Elektra Lopez!
While La Wera Loca calls this her “encore,” it’s really just her second match in NXT. However, she is against a debuting face. Will Franky foil another superstar’s premiere to shine brighter again?
The bell rings and the two tie right up. Franky headlocks, hits a takeover, and cranks on the hold. Lopez gets up, pries free and wrenches to a wristlock, but Franky rolls and wrenches back. Franky powers Lopez into a corner, the ref counts and Franky lets off to CHOP Lopez! Franky dares Lopez to do something, but then runs into Lopez’s elbow! And boot! Lopez storms after Franky to scoop and SLAM her! And drop an elbow! And then another! Lopez does a little dance but Franky bails out. Lopez storms over but into a shoulder! Franky runs into forearms from Lopez! Lopez runs but Franky follows, blocks and wrenches to KICKS and an STO!
Franky fires up and the fans follow as she floats around to ground ‘n’ pound. Looks familiar, like a certain guru taught her. Franky stomps Lopez, then drags Lopez up to TOSS her by her hair! Franky eggs Lopez on again and Lopez throws body shots, only for Franky to CLUB her down! Franky whips Lopez to the corner, runs in and elbows her! Franky makes Lopez take a seat, then goes corner to corner, but Lopez dodges! Franky bumps into buckles, and Lopez gets up to CHOP! And CHOP! Lopez dodges, comes back and back elbows! Fans fire up with Lopez and she BOOTS Franky, to then fireman’s carry! Franky fights free, blocks Lopez and spins her to ROLLING ELBOW!
Franky gets Lopez up, chicken wing, GLAM SLAM! Cover, Franky wins!
Winners: Franky Monet, by pinfall
The sequel is a success, just like the first! Will it only be a matter of time before #BougieBad goes after the belt?
Backstage interview with Bronson Reed.
The North American Champion knows Santos Escobar is calling him out, and his response is that he is confused. He squishes Escobar, puts him through a barricade, what more does Reed have to do? Does he have to squish Escobar into this TV here? Or put him through the windows? Through walls? Reed could destroy the whole CWC and- Hit Row interrupts by walking in, and Swerve gets in Reed’s face. Swerve eyes the title, and Top Dolla says, “Everybody’s colossal, until a colossus walks in the room.” True, Top Dolla is talla than Reed. Adonis tells the fans that Ever-Rise are about to get a crash course, without seatbelts.
Also, Reed ain’t even from North America. Yeah, cuz that’s how to get this. Reed doesn’t sweat Hit Row, but will he worry about them more after dealing with Escobar?
NXT shares a video from social media.
Apparently, this incident earlier today is what Hit Row was referring to before the break. Ever-Rise was lurking like parking lot ninjas, and they crept up on Hit Row’s ride. They shake up the spray paint, but “Dolla King” was already in the driver’s seat. Does he know that Ever-Rise is Ever-Rise? “Ski masks don’t work when your name’s on your shirt.” Oh, right. RUN FOR IT! Will Ever-Rise at least rule in the ring?
Ever-Rise VS Hit Row!
Matt Martel & Chase Parker take on Top Dolla & Ashante “Thee” Adonis, and if you didn’t know, now you know!
The teams sort out, Martel gets bulldozed by Dolla and Dolla even hits Parker for good measure! “What is my name?!” Dolla DECKS Martel, stands on him, and tags Adonis. Adonis takes his shirt off to throw it at Parker! Parker gets mad but Martel gets around to tag him in! Parker ROCKS Adonis but Adonis hits the AIR-DROP! Adonis hammers away on Parker, fires off knees, and B-Fab tells him to cool off. Adonis drags Parker back, tags Dolla back in, and Hit Row gets Parker up. Dolla taunts Martel but Parker wriggles free! Tag to Martel and Ever-Rise fires off hands! Dolla shoves them both away, but they dump him out hard!
Fans fire up for Ever-Rise as they fire each other up. Dolla gets up and he’s pissed! Parker runs in but Dolla DECKS him, then TOSSES him! Dolla gets Martel with a choke grip, shoves him to the corner and SPLASHES! Tag to Adonis for the LONG KISS GOODNIGHT! Tag back to Dolla, and Swerve says to end it. Dolla drags Parker up, reels him in, and coordinates with Adonis, POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER! Cover, Hit Row wins!
Winners: Hit Row, by pinfall
Parker checks on Martel, but he gets a HOUSE CALL from Swerve! Ever-Rise might not ever get back up! Will they make sure to keep Hit Row’s names out of their mouths from now on?
Backstage interview with Mercedes Martinez.
McKenzie has huge news, there will be a mixed tag with her against Boa & Xia Li! But who has she chosen for a partner? Well, Mercedes can get down with this. But she doesn’t make friends that easily. She can go, with or without- But then XIA LI attacks from behind! Boa talks some smack to Mercedes, too, but JAKE ATLAS comes in and BOOTS him down! Atlas says he’s just joined the fight! Mercedes and Atlas tell Tian Sha’s warriors they’ll see them next week. Will Mean Ms. Mercedes and the Muscle of El Monte make Tian Sha shrink back into the shadows?
Kyle O’Reilly speaks.
“Sometimes, you come across a guy you were just born to wrestle, and Kushida is that for me.” When Kyle and Kushida face off, the world watches a great match that is just a byproduct of them stepping in the ring. Kyle will wrestle like this is the last match of his career, and he is sure Kushida will do the same. That match is coming! Will Kyle keep pace with Cole? Or is he going to find why Kushida is still the Super Junior?
Kyle O’Reilly VS KUSHIDA!
This match may have come about because of the “pick your poison” challenge, but both men (and the fans) are more than happy to have this dream match happen in NXT! Will Kyle be fired up just weeks away from the Great American Bash? Or will plenty of fireworks go off right here?
The bell rings and the two circle. They give a quick low-five of respect before they clinch and go for control. Kushida hooks a leg to block a takedown and they end up on ropes. Kyle gets the other leg, trips Kushida, but Kushida’s leg guard is strong. Kushida trips Kyle, Kyle’s leg guard is also strong, and they knuckle lock on top of the leg grapple. Kyle turns things back around, cover, ONE! Kyle pushes that arm down for another cover, Kushida bridges. Kushida uses his leg guard to keep Kyle away, and then gets up to push Kyle over with body weight. Kushida throws elbows, handsprings through and gets Kyle for an ARMBAR! Kyle gets up and gets free, and fans cheer the exchange!
Kyle and Kushida go again, another leg hook to block a takedown, and Kushida gets a waistlock. Kyle pries the waistlock open, tackles Kushida, and uses his knee to keep Kushida down while going for the Triangle! Kushida gets the ropebreak, Kyle lets off, and fans cheer again. Kushida and Kyle circle, tie up, Kyle waistlocks but Kushida pries at it. Kyle headlocks, Kushida powers out and things speed up. Kyle rolls to BOOT, but Kushida stays up. Kyle whips, Kushida handsprings, into an ARMBAR! Kushida gets free and comes back to go around with Kyle! Kyle holds Kushida off to put Kushida in the cobra twist! But Kushida hip tosses free and cartwheels to basement dropkick!
Fans love this as Kushida looms over Kyle. Kushida steps over to hammerlock the arm, and TWISTS it! Kyle writhes but Kushida gets him up for a top wristlock. Kyle tries to fight free but Kushida wrangles him down. Kushida bends fingers, twists the wrist, and drags Kyle around. Kyle pushes a forearm into Kushida’s face but Kushida KICKS him to a corner! Kushida whips Kyle corner to corner, Kyle stops himself and comes back to go for a leg. Kushida gets free and he goes for a leg, but Kyle steps over to get Kushida’s leg. Kushida shakes Kyle off and goes for Kyle’s leg, but Kyle gets free. They both shoot in and their heads collide! Fans fire up how even these two are, and NXT goes picture in picture!
Kushida and Kyle back off to opposite ends and Kyle even goes out of the ring to walk it off. Kushida sees him, Kyle gets on the apron and Kushida is after the arm! Wrench and elbow breaker HOTSHOT! Kyle flops down, Kushida gets him inside and has the arm for another wristlock. Kushida grinds Kyle down, hooks up the arm and pulls the other back! Kyle endures, Kushida steps over and further, for a RECLINER! Kushida’s wrestler bridge is leverage enough but he gets back up to fall back! Kyle writhes from the snap in the shoulders! Kushida gets Kyle up but Kyle waistlocks and drags Kushida down to CLUB him! And KNEE him! And float to CLUB and KNEE again!
Kyle backs off to run and KNEE DROP! Kushida writhes now, but Kyle gets him up to tie up the legs in a figure four knot. Kyle adds on a cobra twist, Kushida endures what Kyle wants to call this combination, and pulls hair to pull Kyle back! TWO, and Kyle grimaces but Kushida KICKS him in the leg! Kushida KICKS the leg again, but Kyle kicks back! They kick and boot each other on the mat, then get space again. Kyle gets Kushida up to throw forearms, but Kushida KICKS the arm! And again! And again! Kyle walks around, clutching his elbow, but Kushida YANKS the arm! And YANKS! And YANKS again!
NXT returns to single picture and fans rally as Kyle tries a chinlock. Kushida snapmares free then PENALTY KICKS the arm in the corner! Kushida keeps moving but Kyle KNEES him back! Kyle wants a sayanagi but Kushida blocks the first time. Kyle gets the throw after all, and wraps on body scissors and sleeper! Kushida moves around to resist, and he hooks Kyle’s legs for a toehold! Kyle CLUBS Kushida, the two separate, and Kyle KICKS and SLAPS and KNEES and KICKS! Kushida jumps the sweep to CLOBBER Kyle! Kyle staggers up into an atomic drop! Kushida whips and hip tosses to an ARMBAR! Kyle moves around but into the HOVERBOARD!
Kyle slips free and he wants an armbar! Kushida moves around, waistlocks, but Kyle switches! Kushida drops, slips under and trips Kyle to the Hoverboard! But Kyle headscissors! Kushida floats, gets free, PENALTY KICK to the arm! Kyle clutches the wrist and Kushida KICKS away on the biceps! Kyle blocks a kick to slip around, fisherman but Kushida knees free! Kushida underhooks for a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Bridge, ROPEBREAK! Kyle saves himself and Kushida is a bit surprised! Kushida goes to the corner, climbs up top, and leaps, but Kyle avoids the flying knee! Kyle gives knees, forearms, KICKS and a rolling takedown! HEEL HOOK!
Kushida gets up to BRIDGE! TWO!! Kyle escapes but Kushida ROCKS him! Kyle forearms, both men try to fake the other out, but Kyle KNEES Kushida! Kushida holds off the suplex to ROLLING ELBOW! Kyle yoyos but Kushida dodges to PELE! Kyle still yoyos to LARIAT!! Kyle drags Kushida up, suplex and BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Kushida survives, this is why he is a champion! The CWC is thunderous as they rally and duel! Kyle goes to the apron, to a corner, and he climbs up. Kushida HANDSPRING KICKS Kyle down! Kyle is on the apron, Kushida gets his arm, and RAMS the arm into the post!
Kushida goes out to join Kyle on the apron now, and Kushida KICKS the arm again! And again! And again! Kyle grits his teeth as he blocks, but he has to reverse grip. Kushida fights off the guillotine and HAMMERLOCK SUPLEXES Kyle to the apron! Both men fall to the floor and fans are thunderous as a ring count begins! We’re at 5 of 10 as Kushida drags Kyle up and into the ring. Kushida aims and PENALTY KICKS the arm again! Kushida keeps moving, tilt-o-whirl but Kyle KNEES Kushida! AX ‘N’ SMASH! But Kushida FAST BALLS!! Both men fall over and fans are still loving this! Kushida gets Kyle up by his bad arm, wrenches it and hits an ELBOW BREAKER! TO THE HOVEBOARD!
Kyle moves around and around, slips out and whips Kushida to a corner to KNEE him! Kyle keeps moving, but runs into a body scissor! HOVERBOARD!! Kyle uses his own tights to block! But Kushida keeps Kyle from ropes! HOVEBOARD IS ON! But Kyle victory rolls?! KYLE WINS!!!
Winners: Kyle O’Reilly, by pinfall
Kyle just snatched victory from the jaws of defeat! Kushida can’t believe it, but Kyle gives Kushida his due. Kushida returns the favor, these two have great respect for each other, and for good reason! But here comes Cole! Kyle was ready and he tackles Cole over the announce desk! They brawl and bounce each other off desk and barriers! Then they throw more hands! Cole bounces Kyle off desk and barriers again, security rushes out to stop this, but Kyle wants payback! Cole goes after him, too, but Joe is
Wait, who is that going after Kushida?! Waistlock and SLAM!! That’s RODERICK STRONG?!?! Strong, Tyler Rust and a third man are here, and Strong KNEES Kushida down! Strong and his new compatriots have matching jackets, and MALCOLM BIVENS is here, too? Bivens shows Strong the NXT Cruiserweight Championship, and says “THIS! IS! DIAMOND MINE!!” Finally, we see just who was coming to NXT! And Strong tells Kushida, “Soon.” The Diamond Mine is open, and the Messiah of the Backbreaker is coming for gold! Will Kushida be able to withstand the pressure?
What an awesome episode! Cole opening with his promo about not wanting to and then Carmelo Hayes coming out and literally referencing John Cena, and especially the match, all of it was great stuff. Hayes is definitely a future champion on any if not all levels of NXT, this was perhaps Cole’s seal of approval on him. We got a good promo from Knight, and a good, quick segment with Grimes. I am pretty sure this means Grimes VS Ari Sterling is next week to help get Grimes back into the swing of things before going after Knight in a Million Dollar Rematch. Also, Ciampa & Thatcher VS MSK for Great American Bash, that’s a great move and could go either way to me.
Bronson Reed had a good promo to respond to Santos Escobar, their 1v1 match should definitely happen at Great American Bash. Given Swerve getting in Reed’s face tonight, Reed has to retain so Swerve can get his shot. Escobar can still come back around later, but Reed and Swerve have history so it just makes sense they have their match. Hit Row VS Ever-Rise was really good, really fun, lot of character work from everyone. Hit Row of course wins, Adonis and Dolla might need to work on that bomb neckbreaker combo, but they’re gonna get in the title scene soon enough. I’m just curious as to if and when “B-Fab” Briana Brandy gets in a match.
Franky Monet is totally swiping Robert Stone’s team from him, just a matter of when. Franky of course wins her second match, but I will say Elektra Lopez gave her a lot better fight than I expected. Franky leading an all female faction will definitely help keep her bougie bad persona from getting stale, she is already having good chemistry with Aliyah and Jessi, they could definitely make big moves in the division. Though, obviously, not right now. Shirai & Stark did great in their match against the Robert Stone Brand, and I did like that we got that big brawl of the women’s teams to set up next week’s contender’s match.
The only shortcoming was Shotzi & Ember having awkward banter. I appreciate Ember sticking to a catchphrase but I feel like Shotzi should change up her add-on. She already used “MARBLES!” so maybe other synonyms for going crazy should be used. In that Triple Threat, they all have reason to get after The Way, but given the recent build, I think Shirai & Stark get the nod for Great American Bash. At the same time, I don’t think the challengers take the titles off The Way, unless Dexter Lumis returns to distract Indi with his apology about that Poppy misunderstanding. Love conquers all, and #InDex is gonna conquer The Way.
The other half of The Way had great stuff, too. Gargano and Theory are so great together, both in promos and in matches. They had an awesome match with Dunne & Oney, Gargano got to unleash again, and Kross going after Gargano totally means those two face off, maybe even at The Great American Bash. Kross will certainly cross off Gargano and just keep going until Kyle comes back around. Speaking of which, Kyle and Kushida each had great promos to hype the main event, and it was definitely a match that lived up to the hype. Kyle winning with a quick pin rather than any finisher is great, it keeps Kushida strong enough given what’s coming next.
Cole attacking Kyle makes sense, and I like that it wasn’t used to “ruin” the main event. And it all worked that Joe was more focused on that chaos than what ended up happening in the ring. The Diamond Mine was hyped for showing up tonight, and just when it seemed like they wouldn’t, they did! I could not have ever guessed it was Roderick Strong coming back after claiming he was quitting. And at the same time, the writing was there for Rust and Bivens. “Diamond in the Rust,” that all comes back around to be Rust is in the Diamond Mine and that is clever.
The third man, though not named here, is apparently Hideki Suzuki, who has built his career for the last 13 years in the Japanese independents, having Pro-Wrestling Zero1’s Triple Crown. I therefore know very little else, but if he’s in NXT and debuting through this group, he’s a big deal and will show us some great stuff in the coming weeks.
My Score: 9.3/10
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