Raw gives its roster one last chance!
Apollo Crews’ knee injury means he’s OUT of Money in the Bank! Who survives the Gauntlet to then head for WWE headquarters?
- Money in the Bank Last Chance Gauntlet: AJ Styles wins and advances to the MITB Corporate Ladder match.
- Ricochet & Cedric Alexander VS Shane Thorne & Brendan Vink; Thorne & Vink win.
- The Street Profits VS The Viking Raiders; The Viking Raiders win.
- Charlotte Flair VS Liv Morgan; Flair wins.
- Drew McIntyre VS Buddy Murphy w/ Seth Rollins; McIntyre wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Raw opens with MVP’s VIP Lounge.
Montel Vontavius Porter welcomes us back to Raw and his lounge. He admits things went sideways last week when he had the MITB men’s competitors as his guests. Things didn’t go to plan, unless the plan was to be a brawl. But moving on from that, this week is a return to style, sophistication and class. This week he has the MITB women’s competitors! Though, the last time they were all together, it was also brutal chaos. A Triple Threat became a brawl involving the ladders at ringside, and a no contest. But even knowing all that, MVP gives introductions to the Empress of Tomorrow! Asuka heads to the ring and MVP speaks to her in Japanese. He confirms she’s very excited to be here. Second out is the Queen of Spades, Shayna Baszler! Asuka takes a seat and is no longer happy. Shayna sits far away from Asuka as MVP introduces the Irresistible Force, Nia Jax!
All three women are in the ring now, and Nia sits on the table just so she isn’t near the others. MVP says these three better get comfortable now because they’ll be way out of their comfort zones in the most unique MITB match ever. Nia is the most powerful superstar in this match-up, but does she have the skill set needed to make it past all the way to the roof, then to the top of a ladder to take down the briefcase? Skill set? Does MVP even watch Raw? Has he not seen Nia dominate and destroy? She is relentless, and that is all she needs to do that again this Sunday. Asuka responds in Japanese and says she’s doing this for Kairi! Nia is very rude, with her big booty! That’s NOT VIP. MVP turns to Shayna, the cage fighter with her own unique set of skills. How will that help her win MITB? Shayna dusts off her jeans before saying, “Opera non verba.” That’s Latin.
But if she needs to spell it out for everyone, it’s that all she needs is her action. Isn’t that right, Asuka? Asuka is upset again, but Shayna just mocks her chatter. Asuka says that Shayna may have it EZ-PZ in the Chamber, it won’t be the same here. Also, she has no manners! That’s also NOT VIP. The two stare down while Nia just minds her own business, but then they BOOT her down! Nia crashes through the table and MVP jumps in to prevent another brawl on his show. Please, save it for the PPV. The Empress and the Queen of Spades have both shown what they bring to the table. But who will be feasting as Ms. MITB 2020?
Money in the Bank Last Chance Gauntlet!
Apollo Crews suffered a knee injury in his WWE United States Championship challenge, and is now OUT of the MITB match. The Rocky Mountain Machine, Bobby Lashley, looks to run the gauntlet to punch his ticket! His first opponent is the Real Deal, Titus O’Neil! Is Titus about to make a million dollar move? Or will he bust before even cashing in?
Bobby Lashley VS Titus O’Neil!
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Titus manages to power Lashley back. Lashley knees low but Titus throws haymakers! Titus has Lashley in a corner and CHOPS, but Lashley turns things around. Titus dodges and ROCKS Lashley again! Titus whips but Lashley dodges and SPEARS him down! Cover, Lsahley ELIMINATES Titus! One down, but we don’t know how many men are being given a chance! All we know is that next up is… Akira Tozawa! Lashley grins as he welcomes the former Cruiserweight Champion into the ring. Will the Stamina Monster be the next to fall?
Bobby Lashley VS Akira Tozawa!
Tozawa slides in and under Lashley to hit the spinning roundhouse! Tozawa climbs up top and leaps, to missile dropkick! Lashley staggers but stays up. Tozawa runs, but into a SPEAR! Cover, Lashley ELIMINATES Tozawa! Another one bites the dust, but here comes the Gold Standard, Shelton Benjamin!
Bobby Lashley VS Shelton Benjamin!
Benjamin is in but Lashley clobbers him! Lashley goes to bump Benjamin off buckles but Benjamin gets him first! Benjamin climbs up now, leaps and hits a BLOCKBUSTER! Benjamin throws haymakers but Lashley kicks low. Lashley forearms and whips, but Benjamin holds ropes. Benjamin dumps Lashley out and then step-up KNEES him back! Slingshot FACEBUSTER to the apron! Benjamin has Lashley down and hurries to get him back in. Lashley RAMS Benjamin into barriers instead! The ref reprimands Lashley but he RAMS Benjamin again. Lashley refreshes the count before he throws Benjamin into more barriers! The count climbs but Lashley puts Benjamin in at 6. Lashley takes aim from the corner, Benjamin stands, and Benjamin hurdles the spear! Lashley blocks the kick but gets the DRAGON WHIP! Only to SPEAR!! Cover, Lashley ELIMINATES Benjamin! That’s three, but here comes Humberto Carrillo! Can Ultimo Ninja stop the hot streak?
Bobby Lashley VS Humberto Carrillo!
Raw returns and Lashley grinds his boot into Carrillo’s chest. He lets off at the ref’s count but drags Carrillo up to throw haymakers. Lashley whips Carrillo corner to corner but runs into a BOOT! Carrillo goes up, leaps, but into Lashley’s arms for a SLAM! Lashley runs to run Carrillo over with a shoulder! Lashley grins as he toys with Carrillo. He drags Carrillo up to gut wrench and Canadian rack. But Carrillo escapes the Dominator, and then slips to the apron to enziguri! Carrillo goes up and leaps to missile dropkick! Lashley goes down, Carrillo somersault moonsaults! Cover, TWO! Carrillo hurries to the top rope again. Lashley stops him with a haymaker, then TOSSES him to the mat! Lashley aims and runs in, to corner clothesline! He stomps a mudhole into Carrillo but lets up at the ref’s count of 4.
Lashley goes after Carrillo with hammering hands but the ref has to pull him off. Lashley won’t stop, and even shoves the ref! The ref tells him that’s a disqualification! Lashley ELIMINATES HIMSELF! The Machine is furious and he THROWS Carrillo again, and SPEARS him! Lashley won’t let off Carrillo and referees rush the ring. They back him off and Lashley storms off, but here comes Angel Garza! El Latino es en la casa to pick the bones. Will Carrillo be able to recover and overcome his cocky cousin?
Angel Garza w/ Zelina Vega VS Humberto Carrillo!
Raw returns again and Garza digs his knee into Carrillo in the corner. Garza lets up at 4 to stand Carrillo up. Garza wraps Carrillo’s arms around the ropes and pulls! The ref counts but Garza lets up at 4 again, to CHOP! Garza mocks his cousin’s pain but runs into an elbow! Carrillo hops up but Garza trips him up to dropkick the legs out! Vega applauds as the pants come off! Garza throws the pants at Carrillo then drags him around to stomp. Garza hits a Jeff Hardy like leg-splitting leg drop, and then adds a basement dropkick to it! Cover, TWO! Garza keeps his cool as he stands on Carrillo’s head and pulls on an arm. Carrillo endures the armlock as Garza adds a leg to it. Garza bends Carrillo back but Carrillo refuses to give up. Garza hammers the ribs and pulls on the body again, but still Carrillo endures.
Backstage, Lashley is seething and Lana tries to soothe him. She says if she was in his corner, she could’ve done something. Lashley says, “Not now,” and storms off again. Back to the ring, Vega likes what she sees as Garza grinds Carrillo more. But Carrillo fights up and hip tosses free! Garza catches a kick to give a knee! And then dragon sleepers to an inverted rebound suplex! And SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Carrillo still lives and Garza grows frustrated. Garza looms over Carrillo and scuffs him with his foot. Vega and Garza mock Carrillo’s pain as Garza whips. Carrillo BOOTS back! And then huricanranas! Garza flounders, ducks a kick but gets hit by the enziguri! Cover, TWO! Carrillo keeps close, and hits a moonsault, onto knees! Cover, TWO! Garza clubs his cousin for that, then drags him up into a camel clutch. Carrillo endures all over again as Garza pulls back on the neck.
Garza grabs a leg and pulls it up. Then he gets the other leg. Garza gets the arms back, and has the Mexican swing! But Carrillo rolls and pops out, only for Garza to roll him! Carrillo gets his shoulders up before a count, but Garza pushes him down with both hands. ONE, and Garza tries again, TWO! Garza is losing his cool but Vega coaches him up. Garza drags Carrillo to a drop zone, goes up, MOUNTAIN TOP MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Carrillo survives again and now Vega is frustrated. Garza drags Carrillo back up and underhooks the arms. Carrillo resists but Garza gets the hooks in again. Garza lifts, but Carrillo slips up and over to sunset flip! Carrillo ELIMINATES Garza!! Vega protests, but her other client is up next! Will Austin Theory redeem himself through the gauntlet?
Humberto Carrillo VS Austin Theory w/ Zelina Vega!
Raw is picture in picture as Carrillo stands up to face #AllDay. Theory kicks low then clubs Carrillo down. He stomps Carrillo and drags him up for a scoop! Backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Theory stomps and stalks Carrillo to a corner then drags him up. He bumps Carrillo off buckles then whips corner to corner hard! Raw returns to single picture as Theory kicks and stomps Carrillo more. Carrillo gets up to ROCK Theory, but Theory comes back with body shots. Theory brings Carrillo up to snapmare down and stomp again! Cover, TWO! Theory clamps on with a rear bearhug and squeezes! Carrillo endures the damage to his ribs, fights his way up, and fights back with elbows. Theory KICKS him hard in the side, then clamps on with the bearhug again. Carrillo scrambles up but Theory wrangles him back down with a slam.
Theory keeps on the bearhug but Carrillo fights his way up again. Carrillo elbows out but Theory dropkicks him down! Theory is on Carrillo in the corner shouting, “What did I tell you?!” But Carrillo forearms and chops back! Theory clamps on with a facelock then shifts to the waistlock. Carrillo prevents the bearhug and elbows out again! Carrillo fireman’s carries but Theory escapes. Theory suplexes but Carrillo escapes to mule kick! Carrillo KICKS and springboards, into a FOREARM! Cover, TWO!! Carrillo survives again and Vega is furious! Theory drags Carrillo up, hoists him to the top rope, then CHOPS him. Theory climbs up and brings Carrillo to the very top, for a SUPERPLEX! But Carrillo cradles, and ELIMINATES Theory!! Vega’s stable just can’t get it done! But here comes the PHENOMENAL ONE!! AJ Styles has returned from the Boneyard!! He climbed out of the shallow grave, but will he be the one climbing the corporate ladder?
Humberto Carrillo VS AJ Styles!
Raw returns again as Styles drags Carrillo up, only to get a dropkick! Carrillo stomps away on Styles and throws forearms! The ref counts as Carrillo stomps in the corner, but he lets up to whip. Styles reverses, avoids Carrillo going up and over, and catches him into a waistlock. Carrillo trips Styles up but Styles pushes him away. Styles catches Carrillo into knee after knee and he dumps Carrillo down. Styles stomps Carrillo at the ropes but Carrillo gets to the apron. The ref checks on Carrillo but Styles drags Carrillo up. Styles back suplexes and dumps Carrillo on his stomach! Cover, TWO! Styles looms over Carrillo and drags him up by a chinbar. Styles uses the bearhug like Theory did and really digs in. Carrillo endures but Styles shifts to a cobra twist! Carrillo endures so Styles elbows the ribs. Styles hammers away but Carrillo powers up! ROPEBREAK!
Styles lets go but drags Carrillo back up for a side bearhug. Carrillo elbows out and throws forearms. Carrillo runs at Styles in the corner but Styles dodges. Styles runs in, blocks the boot, and hits a knee jammer! And dragon screw! Carrillo writhes but Styles comes back for more. Styles tweaks the leg and cranks on it, then gets up to set the leg on the ropes. CALF KILLER! ROPEBREAK and Styles lets go. Styles walks into an elbow but he gives forearms back. He drags Carrillo by the leg, for another dragon screw, only for Carrillo to slip out! BASEMENT DDT! Both men are down but Carrillo grits his teeth. Carrillo gets up and goes after Styles. Styles has the leg again, but Carrillo enziguris! Carrillo goes back but Styles unleashes the Phenomenal Blitz! Carrillo ducks the back hand to ENZIGURI! Both men are down again!
Styles and Carrillo crawl to opposite ends and stand. Carrillo runs corner to corner, but into a boot! Styles goes up, QUEBRADA, but Carrillo counters the DDT to a cradle! TWO, and DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES rock both men! Carrillo walks into a waistlock, tries for the trip up but Styles counters! Styles has the pump handle, lifts and GUT BUSTERS! Styles drags Carrillo into the CALF KILLER!! Carrillo taps, Styles wins!!
Winner: AJ Styles, by submission (advances to the MITB Corporate Ladder Match)
NOW the field is complete! The Phenomenal One is the sixth and final man in the match, but will he be the one to win it all?
Wait! Styles isn’t done with Carrillo! He drags him to the corner to SLAM the leg against the post! And again! And again! The Boneyard has brought out the darkness in Styles as he keeps on Carrillo’s leg! Will this same brutality be what helps Styles stand atop the WWE as Mr. Phenomenal in the Bank?
AJ Styles still isn’t finished, as he grabs a mic. “I’m not a zombie! I’m not a ghost!” This is truly the Phenomenal AJ Styles! And there’s no Undertaker to steal his spotlight this time! Styles got buried at WrestleMania, but so what? He admits it and understands it, but he didn’t lose anything! There are no rules in the Boneyard. But that was then, this is now. Styles has seized his opportunity! He is now in “the most unique Money in the Bank Ladder Match, and it’s worth it.” In fact, Styles vows to do anything, and he means anything to get the contract. If that means throwing Rey Mysterio or Aleister Black off the very top of WWE HQ, “then so be it.” They haven’t been through what he’s been through, and they haven’t seen what he’s seen. Styles is going to rewrite the history books on “Greatest Moments in MITB History.” Because the truth is, AJ Styles will be number one with that contract and its guaranteed title match. Then Mr. MITB will finally be phenomenal.
Raw relives the Top Ten Greatest MITB Moments!
Coming in at #10, it’s 2017’s MITB Ladder Match, and AJ Styles giving Kevin Owens Ushigoroshi onto a ladder! Somehow neither ladder nor Kevin’s back were broken by that. At #9 was 2018 and the inaugural Women’s MITB Ladder Match! And Ember Moon giving Sasha Backs a springboard crossbody onto a ladder! There’s already a trend here. Moment #8 was 2013, when Daniel Bryan finally became WWE World Champion, only for the Viper in the Bank to cash-in. And for the Authority to screw Bryan over! HHH gave Bryan a PEDIGREE, leaving him vulnerable, and allowing Randy Orton to become champion instead. What will be the other seven greatest moments in MITB history?
Seth Rollins heads to the ring!
The Monday Night Messiah has been Mr. MITB and is surely on the Top Ten Greatest Moments list one way or another. But for now, he sits with Charly Caruso for an in-ring interview. Before challenging Drew McIntyre this Sunday, Rollins’ disciple, Buddy Murphy, will face the champion tonight. Does Rollins have any alst minute predictions? Rollins says that whatever is meant to be will be. With that said, Rollins has the utmost confidence in Murphy. Then how about Rollins’ own preparation for a man as dominant as McIntyre? An interesting question. McIntyre truly is a dominant champion, a fighter, a warrior and an honorable man. But Rollins said it before and will say it again: McIntyre is not a leader. It is not McIntyre’s destiny to be the champion that takes Raw into the future. That is Rollins’ destiny. So what the question really is: How is Rollins preparing to meet his destiny?
McIntyre will put up a great fight, but the title means too much to him. Rollins is willing to sacrifice himself for the greater good of destiny. Everyone thinks Rollins is trying to take something from McIntyre. That’s not true! Being a champion and being a leader is more than just what you do in the ring. You represent an entire generation, and all the generations that came before you. You represent the entire industry! That is the responsibility of a leader. McIntyre is not ready for the pain, suffering, agony and despair that comes with being a champion of that level! Rollins isn’t trying to crush anyone’s dreams or take anything from anyone. Rollins is trying to take that burden upon himself and save McIntyre. That is the truth. At MITB, Rollins’ destiny becomes reality when he stands in the ring, hands held high, and the announcement rings true. “And NEW WWE Champion, The Monday Night Messiah, SETH. Rollins.” A powerful prediction for an intense showdown, but will destiny be able to #BurnItDown?
Shane Thorne and Brendan Vink prepare backstage.
They have a match coming up, and MVP comes over to check on his new guys. The match against Ricochet & Cedric Alexander is up next but MVP couldn’t resist giving them a quick pep talk. “Great moments are born from great opportunity.” And that is what they have here tonight. Isn’t that from Miracle? YES! And it is a miracle that “two of Australia’s finest” have this opportunity against two of Raw’s fliest! Yeah, that sounds great! They lost once, but not again. Cedric and Ricochet will have all the opportunity to tell everyone how they lost to Shane Thorne and Brendan Vink. MVP likes where this is going, but is it really going the way he hopes?
Backstage interview with Buddy Murphy.
The disciple faces the Scottish Stud. Why has he been so loyal to Rollins this entire time? Murphy says that Rollins took him under his wing when it benefited them both. They needed each other, and Murphy has learned and developed. Hopefully one day, Murphy is on the same level as Rollins. Or, maybe even better. But they know this day will come, later. Tonight is about getting back at McIntyre for that Claymore. If Rollins says he can beat McIntyre, then he can. But Murphy knows he can. Will Murphy be proven right or wrong in the main event?
Ricochet & Cedric Alexander VS Shane Thorne & Brendan Vink!
The fast, the furious and the fliest tag team has a rematch with the Worst and the Smug! Will Thorne and Vink still feel like Australia’s finest after this second time around?
The teams sort out, and Alexander starts against Vink. Alexander bobs ‘n’ weaves, haymakers and chops, but Vink shrugs it off. Alexander avoids Vink’s grasp and throws more chops! But he starts to hurt his own hand. Alexander dodges again and boots Vink away! Alexander hops up and over and baits Vink in, but Vink grabs him! Vink TOSSES Alexander to the Aussie corner then tags in Thorne. Thorne uppercuts Alexander down, but Alexander rolls him up! TWO but Alexander basement dropkicks Thorne down! Alexander staggers up and drags Thorne over to tag Ricochet. Uppercut to waistlock, feed to a knee! Neckbreaker backbreaker combo! Cover, TWO! Ricochet drags Thorne up and tags Alexander back in. They mug Thorne and Alexander CHOPS Thorne. ALexander whips Thorne corner to corner, but is put on the apron. Vink runs over but ALexander avoids the cheap shot. But Thorne blasts Alexander off with an elbow!
Tag to Vink and the 6’5″ Aussie throws Alexander hard into barriers! Alexander writhes but Vink kicks him while he’s down. Vink drags Alexander up and into the ring, then clamps on with a half camel clutch. Alexander endures being bent back, and fights his way up. Alexander throws hands but can’t get away. He throws haymakers but Vink whips him. Alexander handsprings, to hit the NEURALIZER! Thorne tags in but misses the diving catch! Hot tag to Ricochet! The One and Only rallies with fast hands and a whip. Thorne reveres but Ricochet springboards to crossbody! Vink runs into the dropkick-flip and enziguri! Thorne grabs Ricochet to whip to a corner. Ricochet dodges and enziguris! Ricochet hoists Thorne up for a NO HANDS RANA! Tag to Alexander and Ricochet whips him in for a big forearm! And a FLYING dropkick! TORNADO DDT! Cover, but Vink breaks it!
Vink runs at Ricochet but gets dumped out! Ricochet hustles back and Alexander drags Thorne up. Alexander wants the Lumbar Check but Thorne resists with elbows. Alexander elbows Thorne away, Vink tags in! To get a KNEE! Alexander brings Vink over, tags in Ricochet, and Ricochet heads up top. But Vink knows what’s coming and pulls Alexander’s hair! Vink whips Alexander at the corner but Ricochet leaps over. Ricochet SUPERKICKS Vink then front kicks him. Thorne runs in and CANNONBALLS Alexander! Ricochet SUPERKICKS Thorne but Vink BOOTS Ricochet! Cover, Vink and Thorne WIN!!
Winners: Shane Thorne & Brendan Vink, by pinfall
MVP’s motivational speech actually worked! Australia’s Finest just got their first win and it was a big one! Are they going to become Raw’s newest VIP’s?
Raw relives MORE of the Top Ten Greatest MITB Moments!
Coming in at #7, it is 2019’s shocking appearance by BRRROCK! LENSARRR! Just as Mustafa Ali was about to becoming Mr. Money in the Bank, Lesnar appeared to fill the empty spot and completely turn things upside-down! No one could stop Lesnar from becoming the BEAST in the Bank, or having his #BrockParty as Seth Rollins and Kofi Kingston both wondered who he would target. Moment #6 is all the way back in 2006! Shelton Benjamin used a ladder as a launching pad for the craziest tope ever! Moment #5 was also from 2019, when the Hugger in the Bank, Bayley, chose to cash-in on PPV night! The Queen, Charlotte Flair, couldn’t thwart her attempts, and Bayley became the first-ever WWE Women’s Grand Slam Champion! One of the biggest moments ever but there’s still four more to go! Who made the top of the list?
The Street Profits VS The Viking Raiders!
Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins are the Raw Tag Team Champions, but Erik & Ivar won’t let them forget it didn’t come off of them. This match may be non-title, but it will prove whether or not the Profits can finally overcome the raid!
Before the match, the Profits grab some mics. “Tonight, the fam is in the WWE Performance Center!” Professor Dawkins needs to school the WWE Universe on the history of this building. Dawkins says that the WWE PC is where it all started. It’s where Dawkins and Ford met, where they broke bread and became brothers. This is where the Profits were born. But it ain’t all good, either. Because ever since the Viking Raiders signed up and came to the PC, the Profits have been chasing after them. But the chase ends tonight! The Profits are UP, and #WeWantTheSmoke! With that, the Viking Raiders make their entrance, and this match begins, after the break.
Raw returns as Ford starts against Erik. Ford avoids the knees, ducks the run and hurdles over. Ford kicks, but Erik blocks to flip him back. But Ford keeps moving, and manages to land on his feet out of the back drop! The two look at each other and Dawkins gets hype. But then he gets DECKED! Ford fires off on Erik and grinds his forearm in, but lets up at 4. Ford wrenches and whips, but Erik reveres. Ford goes up and over and shows off his agility with the handspring. He tries to return the favor but Ivar gets clear of the haymaker. Erik DECKS Ford with the forearm! Ivar runs at BOOTS Dawkins on the outside! Erik lifts Ford for an EXPLODER! Ivar basement SPLASHES Dawkins! Erik gives Ford Ace Ten Mao! Tag to Ivar, Erik gut wrenches Ford up, and POWERBOMBS him! Ivar hits the WARBEARD SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Ford survives and Ivar is surprised!
Ivar glares at Ford as Ford manages to sit up. Ivar drags him up but gets a jawbreaker! Ford jumps but Ivar catches him! He still makes the tag! Dawkins fires off fast hands on Ivar! Erik gets in but gets ROCKED! Ivar swings but into a dropkick! Dawkins has Ivar and tags in Ford. Dawkins whips Ford in for a cyclone splash! Ford and Dawkins work together but Ivar slips out of assisted sliced bread! Ivar LARIATS Dawkins and tags in Erik! Ivar corner clotheslines Ford and Erik adds the SHOTGUN KNEES! Erik uses Ivar as the human weapon, hip attack! Cover, TWO!! Ford still lives! Erik is frustrated as he stalks Ford to a corner. Erik RAMS into Ford with his shoulder, then ROCKS him with a right! Ford flounders against ropes, but Erik tags in Ivar. Ivar drags Ford up and knees him hard, and clubs him harder! Ivar snapmares Ford down for a falling fist drop! Cover, TWO!
Ivar keeps on Ford with an armlock and chinbar. He grinds that forearm into Ford’s face but Ford endures. Ford fights up, but Ivar rams him into Raider territory. Tag to Erik and Erik rams into Ford again. Erik suplexes Ford but Ford slips out and rolls Erik up! TWO, Ford dodges to hot tag Dawkins! Dawkins rallies with clotheslines, then ducks under to scoop, for an EXPLODER! Erik flounders up but Dawkins decks Ivar! Dawkins gives Erik the cyclone splash, then the bulldog! Erik goes out and drags Dawkins out. Erik then runs, to DIVE into a haymaker! Dawkins dodges Ivar and POUNCES him into barriers! The Profits are back up as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Dawkins has Erik down in a chinlock. Erik endures the grind as Dawkins leans on him. Dawkins talks some smack but Erik fights his way up. Erik elbows free, but Dawkins knees low. Tag to Ford and Dawkins whips Erik. Ford dropkicks Erik down and covers, TWO! Ford keeps on Erik with a cravat and crank. Erik endures again, but Dawkins tags in. The Profits mug Erik and Dawkins brings him up for haymakers. Dawkins brings Erik up but Erik ROCKS him! Tag to Ivar, and Dawkins flounders. Ivar dodges and rolls off Dawkins’ back t BOOT him down! Dawkins flounders up and avoids Ivar in the corner, but Ivar hits the SEATED SENTON! Ford runs in but Ivar cartwheels and clotheslines! The Warbeard roars as he runs at Dawkins, for the BRONCO BUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Ivar keeps his cool and brings Dawkins up. He clubs Dawkins to the corner and tags in Erik. The Viking Raiders feed Dawkins to knees back and forth! Cover, TWO! Erik keeps on Dawkins with a facelock. They go around but Erik holds on. Erik drags Dawkins up, Dawkins pops free but Erik throws him for Ace Ten Mao. Dawkins avoids the knee, then gut wrenches Erik for a suplex! Both men are down but crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Ivar and Ford! Ford dodges and rallies with fast hands! Mule kick to front kick, then Ford runs to clothesline! Ivar stays up, so Ford tires again! And again, but he has to dodge. Ivar cartwheels but into an enziguri! Ford reels Ivar in, and tries but can’t back suplex! Ivar standing switches, back suplex but Ford lands on his feet! Tag to Dawkins, enziguri and a DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX! Back suplex splash! Cover, TWO!! Ivar survives the onslaught and the Profits are shocked!
Dawkins tags Ford back in, and they double whip Ivar. Ivar breaks the line to handspring and back elbow them both down! Ivar tags in Erik and Erik is right on Ford with a backbreaker! And then a gut buster! And then tag to Ivar, gut wrench but Ford slips out! Ford enziguris Ivar but Erik ROCKS Ford! Ford staggers, dodges, but runs into THOR’S H- NO! Dawkins SPEARS Erik and Ford escapes! Ford spins Ivar for the DDT! But Ford skips the cover to tag in Dawkins. Dawkins has Ivar up, pop-up SPINE BUSTER! FROM THE HEAVENS!! Cover, but Erik KNEES Dawkins off! Erik drags Ivar away to the corner, and he TOSSES Ford out! Erik tags in, but Dawkins kicks low. Dawkins runs, into THOR’s HAMMER!! Cover, the Viking Raiders win!!
Winner: The Viking Raiders, by pinfall
The chase is NOT over! It has only just begun! And now, the hunters become the hunted, because Erik & Ivar are after the Raw Tag Team Championships! Are the Profits going to be second best after all?
Backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.
The WWE Champion is much more welcoming to Charly. Charly repeats Murphy’s words that he knows he can beat McIntyre. Wow, he must’ve hit Murphy harder than he thought. But Buddy, if that’s still his name, is a very confused young man. He has Rollins praising him, but it all started when Murphy was at his most vulnerable. Rollins is using Murphy because Murphy is very talented. But if Murphy is willing to be sacrificed as the disciple, and Rollins is willing to sacrifice Murphy, then who is McIntyre to deny the people the slaughter? Will McIntyre show Murphy he is just the pawn in Rollins’ game?
Raw relives MORE of the Top Ten Greatest MITB Moments!
Moment #4 is from 2019’s Men’s MITB match. Andrade and Balor battled atop the ladder, and El Idolo would SUPER SUNSET BOMB Balor on a ladder! There’s that trend again. Moment #3 was 2006, after John Cena won a brutal Elimination Chamber match to retain his WWE Championship. But as Vince McMahon said, “This night is not over.” The moment is actually the Rated R Superstar’s cash-in and victory! Moment #3 was 2007, Jeff Hardy giving the very same Rated R Superstar a SUPER SEATED SENTON THROUGH a ladder! The Charismatic Enigma is back, but will he give us a moment quite that crazy? And what is THE greatest moment for Money in the Bank?
Backstage interview with The Viking Raiders!
Erik & Ivar are obviously very happy that they won tonight. Another big victory against the Street Profits, but what do they owe their success to? Erik says that this isn’t success, this is dominance! Ivar says that they have a ton of respect for The Profits. In fact, they like Ford & Dawkins. But the truth is, the Raiders are just better. The raid is on, and tonight, just like every night, they #ExtinguishTheSmoke!
Aleister Black speaks.
“Tell me how it felt, AJ. In fact, tell all of us how it felt. How did it feel to be buried six feet deep, all alone in that darkness, clawing for a way out, being swallowed by darkness?” One thing it didn’t do: It didn’t humble Styles. Now Styles is talking about throwing Aleister off a building. If Styles somehow manages to do that, Aleister wants him to pray that Aleister doesn’t get back up. Because Aleister will climb the ladder and take the MITB contract. When that happens, Styles will wish that he was buried deeper.
Rey Mysterio speaks.
“I’ve been a WWE superstar long enough to know what to expect before any match.” Except for this Sunday. For the first time ever, this match does not take place in just a ring. It starts in WWE HQ. Six men and six women are all fighting at the same time, from the ground floor to the very roof of Titan Towers to reach those briefcases. And that means one wrong move, and that’s all one wrote. This is by far the riskiest match of anyone’s career, but it is for a briefcase with a championship match anytime, anywhere. That makes Mysterio realize that his career is closer to the end than the beginning. Mysterio isn’t sure how many more opportunities he has left. So yes, it is risky, but it is also worth the reward. Will the King of Lucha Libre become the Greatest Mask in the Bank?
Charlotte Flair returns to Raw!
The Queen of All Eras defends her NXT Women’s Championship match this Wednesday against the Evil Genius of the Sky, Io Shirai! She takes up the mic to say, “I am the hardest working woman in any industry.” Ever since winning this title, she has been pulling double duty! She works Mondays and Wednesdays! And if you don’t know her opponent, Shirai has wrestled all over the world. Shirai won a brutal Six Woman Ladder match to become #1 contender, but on top of all that, Shirai said that Charlotte was her dream opponent. That makes Charlotte very happy. Charlotte gets to make Shirai’s dream come true, by making her bow down to the queen. But the LIVing Embodiment makes an appearance!
Liv says hi to the Queen and asks if she remembers her. Think really, really hard. Charlotte does, and thinks Liv wants some attention, while also being taken seriously. PFFFT. No, Liv doesn’t need Charlotte to take her seriously. Not all of us are born with silver spoons shoved up our a- Mouths. And Liv didn’t have a dad to walk her to school, let alone to the front of the line. But that’s fine, because Charlotte shouldn’t worry about Liv. Liv will be a champion sooner or later. And if that means knocking down backstabbers or dethroning self-entitled royals, then Liv is blessed. Charlotte says Liv doesn’t know who Liv is, but Charlotte knows who Charlotte is. Yes, she is born as Ric Flair’s daughter with a silver spoon, but guess what? Charlotte is proud of it!
It’s a shame, because Liv was being so “authentic,” yet she said the same things about Charlotte that everyone says. Charlotte was almost expecting Liv to say Charlotte was her dream opponent, too. But in the end, they will both bow down to the Queen. Well then, why don’t we just get a ref down here and see what happens? Liv is stepping up, but will she just be a warm-up for Charlotte?
Charlotte Flair VS Liv Morgan!
Raw returns with the bell, and Liv ties up with Charlotte. Charlotte powers her to a cover and grinds her into buckles, but the ref counts. Charlotte lets up and draws a line “in the sand.” Liv steps right over and scuffs that line. They tie up again, Charlotte throws Liv down but Liv gets up. Charlotte throws her again then kips right up. Charlotte dusts herself off but Liv keeps her cool. The two circle, Liv dodges and headlocks. Charlotte rolls and pops out the back to facelock. Liv gets up, tries to bring Charlotte down then tries to power out. Charlotte stays clamped on, but Liv gets it on the second effort. Charlotte runs her over and things speed up. Liv drops down but Charlotte stops to boot her down! Charlotte taunts Liv and toys with her. Liv talks trash so Charlotte CLUBS her down. Charlotte bumps Liv off buckles and taunts some more.
Charlotte goes to bump but Liv blocks to elbow back! Liv turns around and Charlotte ROCKS her! Charlotte runs in but misses the splash, and Liv fires off! Charlotte shoves Liv away but Liv shotgun dropkicks back! Things speed up again and Liv huricanranas! Charlotte flounders to a corner, and Liv back body blocks! But Charlotte LARIATS right back! Charlotte looms over Liv and brings her up. She whips Liv to a corner, then runs in. Liv goes up and over, rolls and returns, but Charlotte dodges. Liv hops up, up and missile dropkicks! Charlotte flounders again, and Liv runs in, to be hip tossed into buckles! Charlotte stomps away in anger but the ref counts. She stops at four and struts around as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Charlotte uses the headscissors hold to RAM Liv into the mat over and over! The ref counts and Charlotte throws Liv to a corner at 4. Charlotte drags Liv up to SLAP, so Liv fires back! Charlotte runs into boots! Liv runs and swings, but into a back suplex. She slips free, kicks low then runs to LARIAT! And Liv is rallying, into the running facebuster! Liv keeps going, basement enziguri! Charlotte flounders but Liv goes up, to STOMP her down! Cover, TWO! Charlotte survives but Liv keeps her focus. Liv stalks up behind Charlotte but Charlotte elbows her away! Charlotte pops Liv up to the apron and ROCKS her with a right! Charlotte seethes as she stands Liv up, but Liv hotshots her back! Liv slides under, but Charlotte stomps the sunset flip apart! Charlotte taunts Liv, but Liv actually grins. Liv throws hyamakers and a jawbreaker! Then the tornado CODE BREAKER! Both women are down, but Liv is getting up first!
Liv runs, but Charlotte blocks the huricanrana! Charlotte brings Liv up, to POWERBOMB! High stack cover, TWO!! Now Charlotte is grinning, because she’s actually having some fun. Charlotte stalks Liv to a corner, and CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! The ref reprimands but Charlotte CHOPS once more. She argues with the ref but Liv elbows her away! Liv hops up and leaps, but into Charlotte’s arms! BOSTON CRAB! Liv endures, crawls and claws, and gets the ropebreak! Charlotte lets go at 4, but Liv drop toeholds her into ropes! Charlotte flounders to a corner, Liv runs in, but into the backbreaker and buckle shot! Liv crawls and Charlotte goes up top. But Liv goes up to forearm! Liv runs in, hops up, SUPER CODE BREAKER!! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte survives but Liv tries another cover, TWO! Liv can’t believe how close she was!
Liv watches Charlotte closely as she goes to ropes. She runs in, rebounds, but into a roll-up! She slips out, but Charlotte gets the Figure Four, and FIGURE EIGHT!! Liv taps, Charlotte wins!
Winner: Charlotte Flair, by submission
The Queen avoids ObLIVion, and now has momentum for her match against Io Shirai! Will the Evil Genius use everything we just saw to improve her strategy? Or will the dream match become Shirai’s nightmare?
Raw shares THE Greatest Moment in MITB History!
It is of course, Seth Rollins’ 2015 cash-in at WrestleMania 31! He turned Lesnar VS Roman into a Triple Threat, and took the title on the Greatest Stage of Them All! The Heist of the Century truly raised the bar on all cash-ins, but will Rollins outdo even that against Drew McIntyre this Sunday?
Drew McIntyre VS Buddy Murphy w/ Seth Rollins!
All sides have spoken, but now it is about backing up those words. Will the Scottish Stud leave the disciple lost in #ClaymoreCountry before he goes after the Monday Night Messiah? Or will Murphy play his part in Rollins realizing his destiny?
The bell rings and Murphy circles with McIntyre. They tie up, and McIntyre shoves Murphy right down! Murphy bails out while Rollins glares from the ramp. Murphy gets in, but McIntyre blocks the kick. McIntyre pushes Murphy back but Murphy comes back with a chop! That does nothing! Murphy headlocks but McIntyre powers out. They collide, but neither falls, and Murphy SLAPS McIntyre! Murphy runs, McIntyre follows, but Murphy stops himself only to get run over! Murphy bails out again, but McIntyre pursues! McIntyre stalks up behind Murphy and BOOTS him down on the ramp! McIntyre drags Murphy up to RAM into barriers, and then into apron, and then back to barriers! And then the apron one more time! Rollins looks disappointed as McIntyre throws Murphy OVER barriers! McIntyre returns to the ring and says, “Maybe you should step up and be a leader,” Rollins! Then McIntyre fetches Murphy to snake eyes him off LED boards!
McIntyre glares at Rollins as he CHOPS Murphy! They go back to the ramp and McIntyre headlock punches Murphy down! Murphy scrambles into the ring at 5 but Rollins steps closer. McIntyre stares him down, but Murphy dropkicks back! Murphy throws McIntyre into barriers, then more barriers! McIntyre powers out but Murphy escapes the scoop to POST McIntyre! Murphy puts McIntyre in and climbs up top. Murphy leaps, METEORA! Cover, ONE!! Rollins has made his way to ringside now as Murphy Penalty Kicks McIntyre in the back! And again! But McIntyre gets up! Murphy chops but McIntyre CHOPS! McIntyre drags Murphy up to CHOP again! McIntyre whips, Murphy reverses, bobs ‘n’ weaves and fires off a strike fest! But McIntyre avoids the knee to HEADBUTT! The Glasgow Kiss rocks Murphy, and McIntyre says this is for Rollins. McIntyre says Murphy can’t give up with his leader watching. “Get to your feet, dammit!”
McIntyre runs at Murphy but Murphy boots! Murphy slips to the apron and enziguris! Murphy climbs but McIntyre CHOPS him off the ropes! He crashes into barriers, and McIntyre drags him back in. McIntyre climbs up and waits for Murphy to stand. And then he leaps to flying ax handle! And kip up! McIntyre drags Murphy up and into a fireman’s carry, to then climb up top again! But Murphy slips out to a sunset, then tucks McIntyre in for the SUPERKICK! And POWERBOMB!! Cover, ONE!? Murphy is shocked and Rollins is seething, but so is McIntyre. Murphy aims from the corner and mocks the countdown. He runs out, but McIntyre CLAYMORES!! Cover, McIntyre wins!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
The disciple has fallen, and McIntyre dares Rollins to step up and give us MITB early. McIntyre says he is an impatient man, so why wait for this “destiny” Rollins speaks of? “Fight me, Seth! C’mon, I’ll get on my damn knees if you fight me right now!” Rollins storms off, not ready for what’s coming. Will Rollins make destiny happen on his time? But wait, Rollins reappears and SUPERKICKS McIntyre down! “This is not about you, Drew!” This is BIGGER than either of them! Rollins sees the title belt and picks it up. He looks at it and surely remembers what it was like to have it for his own. But then he tosses it aside, and runs, but McIntyre avoids the stomp! McIntyre HEADBUTTS Rollins, then demands the coward get back up. But Rollins retreats again, clutching his jaw. Will McIntyre have even more than that in store for the Monday Night Messiah this Sunday?
A really good go-home right here. I like that the VIP Lounge had the women’s entrants for the MITB match, and I like how it turned out. Asuka and Shayna stand tall together, but don’t count them out of the running just yet. Becky Lynch was being advertised for next week already, because she wants after Ms. MITB regardless of brand. But I’m pretty sure that’s a telltale sign that Raw takes the Women’s MITB, because I don’t see this being the time when Fox wants to let “their” superstars work on USA Network. MVP’s audio for his pep talk with Vink and Thorne was horrible for part of it, but it was still a good promo. I did not expect Vink and Thorne to win, either. I honestly feel like MVP should’ve been using Vink and Thorne to recruit Ricochet and Alexander, but maybe there’s some kind of long game at play.
And then we got a really good Gauntlet match tonight. I’m not so sure Lashley had to lose by disqualifying himself, as a lucky roll-up would’ve been just as effective. At the same time, it does keep Lashley strong, and it strengthens the story of tension between him and Lana. Carrillo had a great performance against Garza and Theory, and what a great way for Styles to return! Styles won to finally give the match another male Heel, and he had a great return promo. Mysterio and Aleister had really good responses in their promo, and it all makes me that much more excited for this match. The tag match of Profits VS Raiders was an excellent match, and this was the right result to keep the story going. That Raw Tag Team title match is going to be like a TakeOver match, but I’m not sure which is the better result. Profits winning means they finally get out from the Raiders’ shadow, but then what do the Raiders do after losing?
Charlotte had a good promo but I feel like she and Liv stumbled somewhere in there. Why didn’t they reference the match on SmackDown that basically sent Liv into this reinvention of herself? The match was really good, though, especially for Liv. But of course Charlotte wins, she’s a champion and headed for a title defense. Flair VS Shirai is going to be incredible, but win or lose, I feel like Charlotte needs to eventually choose which brand she’s on. And we got some really good promos from McIntyre, Rollins and Murphy, and a pretty good main event out of McIntyre VS Murphy. But boy did Rollins get punked out by McIntyre. He “retreats” to then be forced to retreat anyway. Murphy’s nickname at one time was the Aussie Juggernaut, but McIntyre is becoming a Scottish Juggernaut right now. I feel like the only thing that could stop McIntyre is the surprise cash-in.
My Score: 8.4/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (2/25/21)
Who will be on top of the Tag Division?
Gallus VS Pretty Deadly for the NXT UK Tag Team Championships!
Finally, Mark Coffey & Wolfgang take on Lewis Howley & Sam Stoker with the gold on the line! But only one team can win, so which boys will be on top?
- Loser Becomes Personal Assistant: Xia Brookside VS Nina Samuels; Brookside wins and Samuels must be her personal assistant for one month.
- Tyler Bate VS Bailey Matthews; Bate wins.
- Aoife Valkyrie VS Lana Austin; Valkyrie wins.
- NXT UK Tag Team Championships: Gallus VS Pretty Deadly; Pretty Deadly wins and are the new NXT UK Tag Team Champions.
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Loser Becomes Personal Assistant: Xia Brookside VS Nina Samuels!
The stipulation says it all! Whoever loses must be the personal assistant to the winner! Will Xia defy the Leading Lady’s assertion that Brooksides are only good as baggage handlers?
The bell rings and Xia dropkicks Nina right down! Xia fires off clubbing forearms and kicks! Nina scrambles around but Xia is on her with more clubbing forearms! Nina kicks and clubs back, but Xia boots Nina to ropes! Xia CLUBS Nina, brings her around, but Nina trips Xia to rain down rights! Nina pulls hair, the ref reprimands, and Nina lets off. Xia wrenches an arm, kicks it, and then wraps it on ropes! The ref counts, Nina kicks Xia but Xia kicks back. Xia wrenches, snapmares and KICKS Nina again! Nina bails out and wants a break, but Xia goes out to ROCK her with a right! Xia fires off forearms, the ref starts a ring count, and Xia brings Nina up.
Nina RAMS Xia into the apron, throws her into barriers, then clubs away on her again. Xia double chops but Nina BOOTS Xia into the luggage! The ring count is climbing but Nina puts Xia in at 9! Nina stomps Xia, kicks her to ropes, and Xia gets to a corner. Nina digs her boots in, lets off as the ref counts, and Xia sputters. Nina drags Xia up and wrenches Xia’s hand against ropes! Xia kicks back, Nina shoves then whips Xia corner to corner! Xia hits buckles hard, Nina drags her back up and scoops her for a slam! Cover, TWO! Nina drags Xia back by her hair and puts on a body scissors. Xia throws elbows but Nina clubs Xia on the back.
Nina gets Xia for a chinlock and shouts, “What makes you think you deserve to be in the ring with me?!” Xia throws more elbows but Nina shifts into a sleeper hold! Xia still elbows Nina, but Nina leg hooks a half nelson and rolls to a hammerlock. Nina gets the other arm and then points to her current assistant. “See what you’ll have to do!” Nina ties up Xia’s legs in a figure four, pulls hair, but the ref reprimands. Nina pulls Xia into a Bow ‘n’ Arrow, but Xia pops to a cover! TWO, and Xia fires off furious forearms! Xia ROCKS Nina, then hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Nina bails out to the apron, but Xia builds speed to WRECK Nina with a dropkick!
Xia drags Nina up, kicks and SWITCHBLADE KICKS Nina all around ringside! Nina RAMS Xia into barriers, the ring count is past 5 again! Xia goes to rana but Nina SLAMS her into the barrier! Nina gets in at 7, Xia is in at 9! Nina is furious, she stomps Xia over and over! Nina shouts for a bag form her assistant, but he doesn’t want to help her! He doesn’t like being insulted, and doesn’t want her to cheat again. Nina says she’ll get it herself! Nina shouts at her assistant but he still resists. Nina snatches the hand purse, swings on Xia but Xia KICKS the purse away! PRAWN HOLD, XIA WINS!!!
Winner: Xia Brookside, by pinfall (Nina is her personal assistant for one month)
Nina can’t believe it! This was her challenge, and she lost! She goes after her new boss, but the ref keeps her back! Xia is smiling ear to ear, what will she make Nina do as payback?
Trent Seven speaks.
“I’m very pleased at the way that I’ve been able to approach this mentally. It’s not easy putting this amount of pressure on yourself.” There have been times when Seven hasn’t really gotten off the sofa. The world is just a very different place now. More restrictions, less outlets. It’d be great if Seven was by a sunny beach, the Vitamin D would help. But you have to do what you can, and Seven will do the absolute best. Seven runs with his dogs, but tries not to stress himself out. Just eat nice, eat clean, and work hard. This is testing, but snow or rain, Seven just has to do it. “Let’s hope the juice is worth the squeeze.”
Seven has pushed himself out of his comfort zones, and now he feels as great as he looks. The cherry on top will be beating Jordan Devlin. Can the Man from Moustache Mountain climb this mountain and be atop a new division?
NXT UK Media catches up with Ilja Dragunov.
What happened in that match with Tyson T-Bone? Dragunov isn’t sure, he doesn’t want to lose control again, but how can he when someone is heckling him ringside? Speaking of, Sam Gradwell comes by to start something again! Gradwell won’t let Dragunov blame him when Dragunov’s the one “walking around this gaff like a big, overgrown baby, spitting your gummy out all over the ring!” Dragunov’s done it with Jack Starz and Tyson T-Bone, try and do it to Gradwell! Well if that’s a challenge, then Dragunov accepts. But there won’t be security to stand between them. Gradwell says, “In a bit, yogurt!” Will the Moscow Madman keep from going mad against the Thunderstorm and his constant trolling?
Tyler Bate VS Bailey Matthews!
After clearing his head, the Big Strong Boi is back in the ring! Will he start to look like the same young man who won the WWE United Kingdom Championship? Or will the debuting Bailey take advantage of Bate’s journey of refocus?
The bell rings and the two tie right up! Matthews arm-drags Bate, Bate gets up to monkey flip, but Matthews still has the arm! Bate gets up, arm-drags Matthews but Matthews wrenches through to have a wristlock. Bate gets up, spins, pries free with a leg and wrenches back! Bate rams shoulders, wrenches and wrings Matthews out, then ties up with him. They go around, Matthews has the arm, wrenches through and arm-drags to a double wristlock and headscissor! Bate can’t kip free, but he scrapes Matthews’ face with his foot. Bate moves around, endures as Matthews squeezes, and Bate gets free to get a headlock.
Matthews gets the headscissors again, squeezes tighter and pushes up for leverage! Bate endures, moves around, flips over and headstands to turn Matthews over again. Bate gets Matthews’ legs, figure four and a float over to a headlock. Matthews gets up, pries free, hooks a leg, uses his leg to break free, and wrenches Bate to a wristlock again. Matthews wrangles Bate to the mat, has the hammerlock and goes for the other arm to get a cording hold! Bate endures the combination, Matthews gets a cover, TWO! Bate gets up, Matthews has a cravat and cranks on the neck. Bate throws body shots, but Matthews hits an inverted snapmare!
Bate gets up, powers out, Matthews goes up in the corner to come back and run Bate over! Things speed up, Bate hurdles, but his hip toss is turned into a backslide, with bridge! TWO but barely! Matthews has a facelock, Bate slips out to EuroUpper! Bate throws more, Matthews gives them back! Matthews hits a gut wrench suplex! Float to the cover, TWO! Matthews drags Bate up, Bate throws EuroUppers to ROCK Matthews! Bate hits again, Matthews gives the EuroUppers back! Matthews being taller, he has more reach and he DECKS Bate! Bate BOOTS from below! Bate gets Matthews for an EXPLODER! Bate kips up, and hits a STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO!
Matthews is still in this and the BT Sports Studio is loving this! Bate fireman’s carries Matthews for the AIRPLANE SPIN! Matthews slips out and O’Conner rolls, TWO!! Bate narrowly escapes, he body scissors Matthews to a cover, TWO! Matthews eggs Bate on, then deflects the clothesline to ROCK Bate with a EuroUpper! Bate rebounds for the ROLLING KICK!! Matthews got hit hard, but Bate isn’t done with him! Double underhooks, TYLER DRIVER 98!! Cover, Bate wins!
Winner: Tyler Bate, by pinfall
The Big Strong Boy got a challenge out of this new young star! Does it mean Bate has more he must do to feel like himself again? Or is the next generation just catching up to him already?
NXT UK has another new signee!
From Germany, here is a story about a “lucky kid.” His story begins in one of the poorest and toughest districts of Berlin, where his family was just trying to survive. As the oldest, he was to take care of the family. To survive, you either need money or friends. “This kid had none of them.” Even the kid’s family started to lose hope. But the kid knew that one day, everyone would honor, respect and fear him. This story, to be continued. But whose story is this?
Aoife Valkyrie VS Lana Austin!
She has been waiting in the wings and is starting to feel like a bird in a cage. But will the Valkyrie spread her wings and fly towards the title soon enough?
The bell rings, Aoife and Austin tie up. They go around, Aoife throws Austin down but Austin keeps hold. They get back up, Aoife arm-drags Austin away but Austin gets mad. Austin shoves Aoife, Aoife headlocks, but Austin powers out. Aoife runs Austin over, then runs to catch Austin with a body scissor roll! TWO, and Aoife wrenches Austin’s arm. Austin spins, wrenches and wristlocks Aoife, but Aoife spins through and bridges back to then handspring and WRING Austin into the mat! Aoife runs, slides under Austin then headbutts low! Snapmare and armlock to a modified La Magistrol, TWO! Austin staggers up into KICKS from Aoife!
Austin gets angry, blocks a kick and talks smack as she throws Aoife down! HARD basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Aoife sputters, but Austin rains down fists on her! Austin drags Aoife up, bumps her hard off buckles, then drags Aoife back up. Austin goes to bump again but Aoife blocks to fire off CHOPS! Aoife CLUBS Austin, CLUBS her more, but Austin shoves her. Aoife comes back with a FLIPPING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Austin survives but Aoife runs. Austin wants mercy, Aoife hesitates, Austin small packages! TWO, and Aoife questions her own actions. Aoife runs into a roll-up, TWO!! Aoife gets mad, but Austin blocks her takedown to a backslide, TWO!!
Aoife loses her cool and ENZIGURIS Austin hard! Aoife drags Austin up, RAMS her into buckles and stomps away! Aoife hammers away, throws more stomps, then HEEL KICKS Austin off her feet! Aoife climbs the corner, takes aim and leaps for the PERIPETEIA!! Cover, Aoife wins!
Winner: Aoife Valkyrie, by pinfall
The Turn of Fortune goes in Aoife’s favor! But will she have a golden moment in her future?
With Tyler Bate wanting more competition, Johnny Saint and Sid Scala are giving him a match with a Proper British Heavyweight! In two weeks, it will be Tyler Bate VS Dave Mastiff! Will the Big Strong Boi be able to beat the Bomber?
Plus, for that same episode in two weeks, it will be a Mixed Tag grudge match! Piper Niven teams up with Jack Starz so that she can get payback on Jinny and her new righthand man, Joseph Conners! Will Piper the Viper make the Spoiled Princess finally pay for getting in her way?
NXT UK Media catches up with Xia Brookside.
How is she feeling after her win tonight? she feels great, but who knows about “this one.” Nina frowns as she comes out, pulling Brookside’s bags along for her. Xia tells her she has nothing to gripe about, this was her challenge. Nina struggles walking with all the luggage and in her heels. She does her best to keep it together, but will she break down before the next four weeks are up?
NXT UK Media interviews Amir Jordan & Kenny Williams.
These two will be watching the main event closely, of course! Pretty Deadly, Gallus, these two have been in the ring with both teams so they know how good both are! And Amir is confident that since Kenny is almost 100%, they’ll- Kenny stomps Amir right there. Kenny isn’t almost 100%. He IS 100%! Next week, they’ll reunite in the ring to take on Oliver Carter & Ashton Smith! So as great as Amir’s singles run was, short as it was, that’s on the shelf and it’s back to the tag team title chase! Amir is pumped up! He’s ready to talk tactics, combos, all that! Amir does need Kenny’s number again, it apparently changed. Will the Bhangra Badboy and Lucky Yin get back on track and head for the top?
BREAKING: Next week is a Big Strong Supernova Sessions!
Before taking on Dave Mastiff in two weeks, Tyler Bate will stop by Noam Dar’s hit new talk show! What will Mr. Supernova 11 have to ask the former WWE United Kingdom Champion?
NXT UK Tag Team Championships: Gallus VS Pretty Deadly!
Markus and Wolfie have held onto these belts for a long time, and admittedly from circumstances out of their control. But after a long road, Lewis Howley & Sam Stoker have found their way to challenging that status quo! Will it be Gallus Boys or #YESBOY on top after tonight?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and the make-or-break on a near 500 day reign begins!
The teams sort out, Mark Coffey starts with Sam Stoker. They circle, tie up, and then break. They tie up again, still a deadlock, so they break again. They circle, tie up, and now Coffey pushes Stoker to a corner. The ref calls for a break, they do let off, but both have their dukes up. Coffey backs off, circles with Stoker again and they tie up. Stoker tries to push Coffey but Coffey pushes him back. Stoker and Howley talk and decide to tag. Howley and Coffey tie up now, Coffey throws Howley down and has the arm. Tag to Wolfgang, he takes the hand-off and wrenches. Howley waistlocks, Wolfgang switches but Howley switches back to CLUB Wolfgang on the back.
Wolfgang just glares at Howley, but Howley waistlocks him again. Wolfgang throws Howley off and wrenches the arm to then arm-drag him! Wolfgang has the arm, fights off Howley’s headscissor attempts, and he tags Coffey back in. Coffey takes the hand-off to wrench and yank the arm, but Howley rolls to ROCK Coffey! Tag to Stoker but Stoker runs into an arm-drag! Coffey grinds the arm, Stoker gets up, tags Howley back in but Coffey reverses the whip to arm-drag! Howley runs in to snapmare but Coffey boots from below! Coffey arm-drags again, grinds the arm, and wrenches Howley. Tag to Wolfgang. he gets the hand-off and wrenches to an elbow breaker!
Howley endures, rolls, and gets a headlock. Wolfgang endures the grind, powers up but Howley thrashes about. Howley hits the takeover but Wolfgang gets a cover! ONE, Wolfgang gets the leg and tags in Coffey! Gallus give Howley a DOUBLE MONKEY FLIP! AKA, a Cornish Toss! Howley bails out, Stoker runs in, but Gallus sends him right out! Pretty Deadly regroups to cool off while Gallus stands tall in the ring. The ref counts, Wolfgang goes back to his corner while Stoker coaches Howley up. Howley gets in, circles with Coffey, and Coffey headlocks. Howley powers out, Coffey runs him over but Howley drops then hurdles to hip toss! Howley runs and rams Coffey!
Coffey drops to a knee, but drops lower to then come back with a hip toss! Cover, TWO, but Coffey tags Wolfgang. Gallus mugs Howley, Wolfgang ROCKS Howley with a EuroUpper, then whips him to a corner! Stoker saves Howley from the corner splash! Wolfgang ends up stuck on the top rope, Howley runs in to TOP SHELF KNEE! Tag to Stoker, Pretty Deadly double whip Wolfgang to DOUBLE LARIAT him! Pretty Deadly coordinate but Wolfgang fights off their combo move! Wolfgang scoops Stoker but Howley makes the save before Coffey tags in! The ref keeps this from turning into a scrap, but Wolfgang is ready for Stoker’s sucker punch!
Wolfgang throws hands then TOSSES Stoker! Stoker grabs at a buckle pad but Wolfgang CLUBS him, then TOSSES him the other way! Stoker still wants after a buckle pad but Wolfgang yanks him out of the corner. Howley goes after that open corner’s pad but Wolfgang goes after Howley! Stoker runs in to KNEE Wolfgang out of the ring! Wolfgang falls hard, Coffey backs Howley off but the ref tells them all to go to their corners. Howley POSTS Wolfgang in the distraction! Howley drags Wolfgang up, puts him in, and then Stoker stomps Wolfgang! Tag to Howley, Pretty Deadly bring Wolfgang up but Wolfgang fights them again! But they give Wolfgang a DOUBLE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Howley stomps Wolfgang over and over, tags Stoker back in, and they drag Wolfgang back up for a mugging. Stoker rains down hands and stomps, then tags Howley back in. Stoker sits Wolfgang up for Howley to BOOT him! Howley drops ax handles and a leg, then covers, TWO! Howley drags Wolfgang up with an arm and wrenches to an elbow breaker! Howley hammerlocks an arm and RAMS Wolfgang into buckles! Howley chokes Wolfgang at the ropes, the ref counts and Howley lets off. Cover, ONE, and Wolfgang throws body shots. Howley rams Wolfgang into the Pretty Deadly corner, Stoker tags in, and Stoker runs in to UPPERCUT Wolfgang! Cover, TWO!
Stoker facelocks Wolfgang, grinds him down, gets the arm and pulls on it. Tag to Howley and he elbows Wolfgang in the ribs. Wolfgang gets up to ROCK Howley, but Stoker swipes at Wolfgang! Wolfgang DECKS Stoker but Howley attacks! Howley throws knees, hauls Wolfgang up the corner, but Wolfgang hits back, and hits a SPLASH to Howley while he’s standing! Howley is pancaked, but he anchors Wolfgang’s feet! Wolfgang boots Howley but Stoker tags in to intercept! Wolfgang back drops Stoker away! Stoker tags Howley, both Pretty Deadly leap for Wolfgang, but Wolfgang gets the hot tag to Coffey! Coffey rallies on Pretty Deadly with forearms and shoulders!
Wolfgang hits a FULL NELSON SLAM on Howley, then a SNAP SUPLEX on Stoker! Howley runs into a clinch, Coffey throws body shots then whips Howley corner to corner for the running EuroUpper! LARIAT! Coffey shoves Howley to hit a FLYING BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Howley lives but Coffey drags him up to wrench and Russian Leg Sweep! Cover, TWO! Coffey drags Howley up, wrenches and crotch lifts but Howley turns that suplex into a sunset flip! TWO, Howley ducks Coffey to tag Stoker! Stoker runs but into a BOOT, and a BIG back suplex! Cover TWO! Stoker survives and BT Sports Studio fires up! Coffey drags Stoker up, choke grips but Stoker slips out of the slam!
Coffey standing switches, but Howley tags in! Coffey covers Stoker but Howley BOOTS him! Howley fireman’s carries Coffey to the ASSISTED GUT BUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Coffey survives but Howley drags him back up! Coffey wrenches out, whips and GAMANGIRIS Howley down hard! Howley sits up in a daze, Wolfgang is back on the corner, Coffey tags Wolfgang in! Gallus coordinates, CATAPULT SAMOAN DROP! Wolfgang MOONSAULTS!! Cover, but Stoker breaks it in time!! Wolfgang throws Stoker to the apron, Coffey runs in but Stoker jumps the baseball slide! Wolfgang DECKS Stoker and Coffey catches him, for an APRON CHOKE SLAM!
Wolfgang goes back to Howley, but into a small package! TWO!! Wolfgang SPEARS Howley down! Cover, TWO!?! Howley is still in this and so is Pretty Deadly! Wolfgang tags Coffey in, Gallus drags Howley up to feed to a scoop. Somehow, Stoker is back up and in! Coffey DECKS him, but Howley slips off Wolfgang and dodges him to CLOBBER Coffey! Wolfgang LARIATS Howley outside, Stoker SLAPS Wolfgang! Wolfgang chases Stoker out of the ring, they go around and Howley POUNCES Wolfgang over the barriers!! Howley tags Stoker but Coffey dodges his corner attack to kick Howley low!
Coffey whips Howley at Stoker, but Stoker goes up. Howley gives Stoker a boost to hit a CODE BREAKER on Coffey!! Cover, TWO!?!? Coffey survives that Pretty Deadly combo, but Howley has an idea! He tosses Stoker a tag title belt! The ref is busy with Stoker while Howley has the other belt! Coffey dodges the belt shot to POLISH HAMMER Howley! The ref is busy putting the one belt away as Stoker runs at Coffey, TORNADO DDT on the second belt!! Pretty Deadly hides the evidence and Stoker tags Howley in!! SPILT MILK!!! Cover off the neckbreaker spinebuster combo, Pretty Deadly wins!!
Winners: Pretty Deadly, by pinfall (NEW NXT UK Tag Team Champions)
#YESBOY indeed! Because yes, boy, Gallus’ reign ends at 497! Is this going to be the beginning of a Pretty Deadly Era?
A really good episode, with some really fun developments. I still would’ve wanted Xia VS Nina to be a match where the luggage was legal, but I like that it came to play in the end. Xia winning is great, she’ll get to make Nina do all sorts of menial labor. But I’m thinking as soon as the month is up, Nina attacks Xia and we get their real blow-off where maybe it IS a No Disqualification and the luggage can be a weapon. Aoife Valkyrie has a good match with Lana Austin, but naturally Aoife wins because she is still on the long build to challenging for the title. KLR VS Meiko Satomura feels like it could go either way given what little build we’ve gotten for it, but Aoife could easily work as a contender to either one.
Seven had a good vignette, but I’m hoping we’re close to his return as a Cruiserweight. Seven probably needs one match before facing Devlin to show us what Cruiserweight Trent Seven even looks like in the ring, and then we’ll get a great match out of Devlin VS Seven for a special Spring-to-Summer episode. According to sources you can easily google, NXT UK TakeOver: Dublin is still planned for this year since it couldn’t happen last year, but for June, and that is a ways off so I would think we get Devlin VS Seven as a holdover. We also got a good bit from Dragunov and Gradwell, and that match will be a lot of fun.
Amir Jordan & Kenny Williams are back in the tag division, but I’m thinking as soon as they lose, Kenny snaps and turns on Amir to give us their feud. Tyler Bate and Bailey Matthews had a really great match, and it both highlights Matthews’ skill and pushes the angle that Bate is still working things out for himself. Bate VS Mastiff is going to be great stuff, as will Supernova Sessions with Bate as the guest, but as I said last time, I’m hoping this circles back to the reunion of Bate and Seven as a team. And it could work now, because after a great tag match, Pretty Deadly comes out on top! They as clear Heels will freshen things up as they take on some great Face teams, and possibly be the ones to take on the reunited Moustache Mountain for a big event.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (2/24/21)
We will learn #WhyColeWhy!
Will Santos Escobar be stripped of the NXT Cruiserweight Championship?
NXT Cruiserweight, Santos Escobar, must face his doom! Karrion Kross and Escobar battle in a NO DISQUALIFICATION match! That is, if Escobar shows up!
- Dexter Lumis VS Johnny Gargano w/ The Way; Lumis wins.
- Tyler Rust w/ Malcolm Bivens VS Leon Ruff; No Contest.
- Io Shirai VS Zoey Stark; Shirai wins.
- Xia Li w/ Tian Sha VS Kacy Catanzaro w/ Kayden Carter; Xia wins, by referee stoppage.
- Grizzled Young Veterans VS Killian Dain & Drake Maverick; Grizzled Young Veterans win.
- No Disqualification: Santos Escobar w/ El Legado del Fantasma VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux; Kross wins.
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Dexter Lumis VS Johnny Gargano w/ The Way!
The Tortured Artist snatched Austin Theory away just as Johnny Freakin’ TakeOver was about to take on Kushida on Vengeance Day! But then surprisingly, Lumis gave Theory back without much of a fight. Will Johnny Gargano make sure Lumis doesn’t get away with that unpunished?
Speaking of, The Way pumps up back stage with “That’s The Way we uh-huh, uh-huh, we like it!” Theory says that should be a song! Um… Is Theory okay? Yes, of course! Well alright, but he doesn’t have to push himself if he doesn’t want to. Theory says he’s fine, Indi keeps her eyes on Theory as they all make their way out to the ring. And they make sure Theory stays away from Lumis. The no-look high-five doesn’t really work out this time, but that’s something minor. Will the North American Champion come away with a win over Lumis tonight?
The fans taunt Gargano with “Johnny Sucks!” as the bell rings. Lumis stares Gargano down but Gargano is unsettled by the fans cheering Lumis on. Gargano tries the “what’s that?!” trick but Lumis doesn’t even look away as Gargano rushes in! Lumis shows fist, Gargano falls over and scrambles away! Lumis slithers after him and that creeps Gargano out more! Gargano bails of the ring, Lumis slides to the apron but Gargano hammers away on him! Gargano gets back in, slingshots but into an UPPERCUT! Lumis stares at Theory, Theory gets antsy, Lumis builds speed but Gargano slingshots in! Lumis slides under and Gargano’s spear FLOPS! Lumis then goes under the ring?!
Gargano looks for Lumis and The Way look for him, too. Theory says he’s found Lumis! He’s behind Gargano! What?! Gargano turns around into Lumis’ UPPERCUT! And another! Lumis ROCKS Gargano with haymakers, then throws body shots in the corner! Lumis whips Gargano corner to corner, runs in but Gargano boots him away! Gargano runs, but into the THESZ PRESS! Lumis rains down fists, runs and drops an ax handle! Cover, ONE! Fans rally and duel, Lumis reels Gargano in but he stares at Theory. Lumis suplexes and holds Gargano up for a count of 10, even as Gargano kicks and flails! Gargano can’t escape, Lumis SLAMS him down!
Gargano rolls away and regroups with The Way, but Lumis keeps his eyes locked on Gargano. Lumis goes out after Gargano but Gargano RAMS him into the apron! Gargano throws Lumis down on the ramp, then rains down left hands! The ref starts the ring count, Gargano refreshes it, and Gargano “apologizes” to the ref. Gargano lines up a shot, but Lumis ducks the Penalty Kick to kip up and TOSS Gargano into the apron! Fans fire up, Lumis drags Gargano up and ROCKS him with another uppercut! Lumis whips Gargano into the ring, but The Way lurks close! Theory says he was just trying to call Indi over, and Indi rushes up on Lumis, only for Lumis to stare her down!
Indi has a nervous smile as she backs away into a post, and nervously says, “Call me.” LeRae steps up, leaps, but the rana is blocked! Lumis pops Candice to the apron, but Gargano baseball slides under her to hit Lumis! Gargano builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Lumis goes down as NXT goes picture in picture!
Gargano takes his time checking his chin while Lumis is down. The ref wants this to get back in the ring, Gargano checks with Theory but Theory says it worked out, didn’t it? Gargano bumps Lumis off the apron, CHOPS him, then CHOPS him again! Gargano puts Lumis back in, aims but Lumis ROCKS him with a haymaker! Gargano still SLINGSHOT SPEARS in! Gargano fires off fists, storms around the ring, then brings Lumis up for haymakers. Candice snaps at Indi to get her to pay attention. Does the Way have to worry about both kids now? Gargano climbs up in the corner to rain down more fists on Lumis’ head!
Lumis keeps fighting Gargano so Gargano snapmares him and basement dropkicks him in the back! Cover, TWO! Lumis gets to ropes, Gargano chokes him! The ref counts, Gargano lets off at 4, and Lumis drags himself up. Gargano is on Lumis but Lumis throws forearms back! Lumis backs Gargano down to a corner, stomps away (I swear I’ll stop), but Gargano turns it around to fire off forearms in return! The ref counts, Gargano stops at 4, and pushes Lumis around. Gargano clubs Lumis on the back, brings him up and hits a Russian Leg Sweep! Cover, TWO! Gargano grows annoyed and he drags Lumis up to put back on ropes for choking!
The ref counts, Gargano backs off (see? no way pun!), and The Way taunts Lumis up close. Gargano brings Lumis up, scoops him and slams him! Cover, TWO! Gargano gets the arm, drags Lumis around and reels him into a Camel Clutch! Lumis endures, NXT returns to single picture, and again Candice has to snap Indi out of whatever trance she’s in. Lumis still endures as fans rally, and Lumis fights up. Gargano tries to hold on with a sleeper hold, but Lumis RAMS Gargano into buckles! Lumis is free but Gargano hops right back on! Gargano elbows Lumis, hooks him up, but Lumis powers out to a BACKBREAKER!
Fans fire up, Lumis and Gargano stagger up, and Gargano walks into a BIG right hand! Lumis rallies with haymakers and uppercuts! Gargano is in a corner, Lumis runs in and clotheslines, to a BULLDOG! Lumis suplexes Gargano to rebound him off the ropes! Gargano staggers up into a BIG back suplex! Lumis kips up and drops a LEG! Cover, TWO!! Gargano survives and Candice is frustrated. Indi and Theory are the only ones not upset about this as Lumis hauls Gargano up. Gargano slips out of the scoop, ends up in a corner, and goes up and over Lumis to school boy! Lumis ducks the kick and stares down Gargano! Gargano gets the arm!
Johnny almost has GargaNO Escape, only for Lumis to roll over into the SILENCE!! Gargano scrambles around, ghost pins, TWO! Lumis sits up into a BUZZSAW! Gargano runs, into an UPPERCUT! Gargano rebounds, spins, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Lumis covers, TWO!! Gargano’s Wolverine-esque superhuman heart helps him survive! Lumis goes to a corner and climbs up and The Way moves away. Gargano runs in, Lumis punches him back, and Gargano falls to a drop zone! Lumis leaps, but he has to roll out of his double stomps as Gargano moves! Gargano kicks but Lumis gets under to get the clinch!
Gargano elbows out of that, runs, but into a pop-up UPPERCUT! Gargano SUPERKICKS on the rebound! Cover, TWO!! Lumis shocks Gargano with that and fans rally up! Candice distracts, Gargano tells the kids to get something for him. Theory goes to get a chair and he brings it over. Theory slides it in but Lumis stomps the chair down! The ref sees this and reprimands Gargano. Lumis uppercuts Gargano, Gargano ENZIGURIS! Gargano fakes his knee jamming, and he signals to Theory! Candice coaches Theory through getting on the apron and aiming at Lumis! Theory hesitates, Lumis stares Theory down, and Theory says, “My bad!”
Theory tries to explain, Gargano runs in, Lumis dodges and Gargano DECKS Theory!! Lumis drags Gargano into the URENAGE, and THE SILENCE!!! Gargano flails, reaches, fades, he is OUT! Lumis wins!!
Winner: Dexter Lumis, by submission
Lumis pats Gargano’s head, and Candice reprimands Theory! The Way couldn’t stay out of their own way, and now Lumis has a win over the North American Champion! Between Theory thinking of Lumis as a buddy, and Indi oddly infatuated, is Lumis going to cause The Way to go by the wayside?
William Regal waits for Santos Escobar.
If El Legado doesn’t arrive, Escobar will be STRIPPED of the NXT Cruiserweight Championship! Will Regal have to pull the trigger on his ultimatum?
NXT shares exclusive footage and interviews with MSK.
Wes Lee and Nash Carter look back on the night they won the 2021 Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. Lee had a strange calm come over him, but Carter was so nervous. “It was one of those moments where everything you’ve every done flashes in your head.” From opponents to tag partners and best friends, these two have put in the grind for years. They’re the same two kids from Dayton, Ohio as they always have been. And to get the win, they were so emotional, crying happy tears. Everything they’ve worked for paid off. Finally, being here, establishing themselves as a force in the Tag Division, and all the praise and congratulations from family and friends, it made that worth it, too.
The reason Carter got into wrestling was his dad. They’d watch Raw every week on Monday. But when Carter was a freshman in high school, his dad passed. It only ignited Carter’s passion for the business even more. He said he’d be in the WWE one day, and this is the first time in a long time that he felt his dad’s pride and admiration. “The Legacy Lives On” is tattooed on Carter’s chest, and this feeling will be unforgettable for them both. Their names are etched forever on the plaque, but this is only the beginning. They’ve been hungry, they’re ready to eat! That’s why these two are the #MustSeeKids!
Backstage interview with MSK!
Next week, Lee & Carter get to cash in their NXT Tag Team Championship opportunity, as they earned from winning the Dusty Cup. But then GRIZZLED YOUNG VETERANS jump them!! James Drake punches away on Carter’s head while Zack Gibson puts Lee’s arm in a chair like a vice!! Referees rush in to get GYV to stop, and Lee clutches his hand! Did GYV just sideline MSK and delay their title shot?
Tyler Rust w/ Malcolm Bivens VS Leon Ruff!
Bivens Enterprise’s #DiamondintheRust took Kushida to the limit, but was about to be broken if not for Bivens throwing in the towel, so to speak. However, Bivens made sure to personally arrange this match for Rust, asking Ruff right after he was medically cleared for the damage done by Isaiah “Swerve” Scott. Bivens has a mic now to say, “Success is taking advantage of every key opportunity that is put forth in front of you!” And when it comes to success, you think about Ruff!
But when Bivens thinks of Ruff, he just thinks of “the son that I didn’t have, and never wanted.” Ruff, you hold a very special place in Biven’s heart, and has a special opportunity tonight! He will go 1v1 with Rust! And Rust will prove to us why he IS the diamond in the Rust! Will the former North American Champion simply be used to sharpen Rust’s edge?
Wait, as Ruff makes his entrance, SWERVE BOOTS Ruff off the apron!! Swerve goes after Ruff with clubbing forearms, still upset about Ruff getting opportunities handed to him! Swerve slams Ruff into the announce desk and vents to commentary. “Swerve is gonna start getting opportunities, and less hand-outs for this guy right here!” Swerve fireman’s carries Ruff to DEATH VALLEY DRIVE him into the apron!! The ref tells Swerve to leave but Swerve says he told Ruff this wouldn’t be that easy! Swerve does leave, and he might have just done Bivens another favor! Bivens claims Rust wins by forfeit, but will NXT management really count it that way?
NXT shares footage from the WWE Performance Center.
It was yesterday that William Regal was talking with one of the newest signees, Zoey Stark, about an “opportunity” that was presented. He offered Stark a non-title match with NXT Women’s Champion, Io Shirai. Stark isn’t sure she heard that right, but Regal says after her great debut, there’s no one better he’d like to see face Shirai than Stark. Stark accepts that, how could she not?
Backstage interview with Zoey Stark!
We’re just moments away from only her second singles match in NXT and it is with THE NXT Women’s Champion. How is she feeling? Stark has so many emotions, her heart is pounding, but she is ready to get out there. But then she gets cut-off by technical difficulties! Will that be a bad omen on her opportunity with The Evil Genius?
NXT shares footage from earlier today.
Someone was reliving a classic Ted DeBiase moment. The Million Dollar Man challenges a little boy to dribble a basketball 10 times in a row for big money, only for DeBiase to mess the kid up! Oh, the one watching is Cameron Grimes! He’s seen enough, because time is money, after all! But that DeBiase, he was one smart guy! “With enough money, you can humiliate anyone!” Grimes has a lot of money, too, so he does a recreation of that basketball challenge! He has $1000 for 10 dribbles! The guy is up for that, and at 10… Grimes is confused! He didn’t watch the whole moment!! Grimes is the one suckered by his own scam! Grimes thinks DeBiase is to blame! Just proves money can’t fix stupid…
Io Shirai VS Zoey Stark!
Alright, the technical difficulties have been sorted out, and now it’s time for the Evil Genius to shine! But will Stark make this match a stark contrast from all Shirai’s other matches?
The bell rings and Stark circles with Shirai. They tie up, Stark powers Shirai to ropes, Shirai kicks free and the two go again. Shirai avoids Stark’s pick of the leg, they tie up, and Shirai throws Stark down, but the collar ‘n’ elbow stays on! Stark gets up, throws Shirai in return, but the grapple stays on again. Shirai gets up, Stark gets around to a waistlock, but Shirai wrenches an arm. Shirai has the wristlock, Stark rolls and handsprings and wrenches back! Stark hammerlocks, Shirai reaches back and throws elbows, then gets the headlock. Stark powers out, Shirai counters hip toss with arm-drag, and Stark staggers up. Stark avoids Shirai and manages a small back drop!
Shirai gets up, she spins Stark around, wrenches and kicks to whip. Stark reverses, Shirai reverses and hooks Stark up in an IRON OCTOPUS! Shirai digs her elbow in, Stark powers up but Shirai sunset flips! TWO, Shirai runs and basement dropkicks Stark down! Shirai stomps Stark to a corner, kicks at her, but Stark kicks back. Shirai CHOPS and CHOPS then sweeps the legs, to dig her boots in! SWINGING METEORA! Stark crawls along the ropes, Shirai runs in and 619’s, but Stark blocks to BOOT Shirai down! Stark builds speed but runs into BOOTS! Shirai swings to dropkick Stark back, then goes to a corner.
Shirai is slow to climb up, Stark intercepts with a GAMANGIRI! Shirai tumbles down as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns and Stark has Shirai in a facelock. Shirai throws body shots to get free, then throws forearms to back Stark down. Stark dodges to mule kick, front kick, kick a leg out, and then runs, but into a takedown! Shirai wants the arm but Stark holds on! Stark rolls, Shirai kicks low, but Stark ducks the buzzsaw to trip Shirai up! Stark runs again, to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Stark thought she had Shirai but she keeps her focus. Stark goes to a corner, hops up fast, and leaps for a 450! She has to roll through as Shirai moves, both women run to DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Both women are down and fans fire up!
The ref checks, both women are okay to continue, and Shirai sits up first. Stark follows and ghost pins! TWO, Stark hits a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Cover, TWO!! Shirai survives but Stark can’t believe how close she was! Starks wraps Shirai up in a chinlock and makes it a sleeper! Shirai endures so Stark KNEES her in the back! Stark kicks but Shirai blocks to elbow the leg, and SHOTEI! Shirai starts to rally with shoulder tackles, then a FLAPJACK! Stark goes to ropes, Shirai 619’s! Shirai climbs up top, takes aim and leaps to missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Stark survives and Shirai gets annoyed. Shirai drags Stark up, reels her in and underhooks, but Stark back drops out!
Stark gets back to a corner, hops up again, but Shirai SHOTEIS again! Shirai climbs up to join Stark and club away on her back! Shirai stands up on the very top, to SUPER STEINER! Stark staggers up into Shirai’s double underhooks, for the TIGER BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Stark survives and Shirai is frustrated! Shirai stomps away on Stark, drags her up, but Stark gets around to a waistlock, for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Stark is shocked but she’s seeing why Shirai is a champion! Stark drags Shirai up again, Shirai resists the German to victory roll Stark into buckles! SHINKANSEN!! Shirai goes up, OVER THE MOONSAULT! Cover, Shirai wins!
Winner: Io Shirai, by pinfall
Stark may not have won but she showed she’s one to watch! Will Shirai be keeping her eye on Stark from now on? But speaking of someone to watch out for, here comes Toni Storm! “Oh, Io, Io, Io.” Look at her! “Willing to fight literally anyone in this division, besides me.” But Storm is no Stark or whatever he name is. She IS Toni Storm, and she kicked Shirai’s head off, and Shirai couldn’t do a thing about it! There’s a reason Shirai pinned Mercedes Martinez and not Storm: Shirai can’t beat her. Shirai gets a mic to respond! “I will fight you, any time, any place, anywhere!”
But will she? Because if Shirai thought she could beat Storm, surely by now she would’ve asked Regal for it! But Shirai hasn’t done that, because she’s scared. Storm knows it, but she dares Shirai to prove her wrong. “Go find Regal, make the match happen.” Shirai says Storm’s on! Will Regal only need to see this to make it happen?
Backstage interview with The Way.
Even though they’re on their way out, McKenzie asks for a moment of their time. Gargano says not now! They need to get out of here before “that psycho” Lumis comes back for them. Gargano says all Theory had to do was hit Lumis with a chair! How was that so hard?! Theory says the chair was unnecessary, and Lumis doesn’t deserve that. Lumis is just misunderstood. What?! He kidnapped Theory! Chloroform, white van! And Theory isn’t even the first person Lumis did that to! Lumis isn’t misunderstood, he’s PSYCHO! Is Gargano taking crazy pills? Candice, back Johnny up! Candice agrees, Lumis should be in jail. THANK YOU! Indi, you, too! Indi says she finds Lumis “kinda hot…”
WHAT THE… Gargano keeps Candice from cursing so he can see “HELL?!” What is going on here?! What is happening!? No, no, whatever this is with Indi, and Theory’s Stockholm Syndrome, get them down. They will fix this! Theory is going to therapy! Seriously? Yes! And not another word! It is happening! Will therapy be enough to undo whatever Lumis may or may not have done to Theory?
Grimes is back with the basketball scam!
He made sure to watch the entire DeBiase moment, and he’ll get the better of someone this time. Grimes is sure these people know him for his money. He has a handful of green and explains his basketball challenge. Maybe not this guy, but how about the little lady over here? If she can bounce the basketball 10 times, she’ll get $1000 of his money! Like the Million Dollar Man back in the day? Uh, n-no… Just dribble the ball! It ain’t rocket science! Maybe her friend over here would like to try instead? No, the lady he asked first takes the challenge on. And when she stands up, Grimes realizes she’s not so little… Well still, she has to dribble! “Let’s see what you got, honey!”
The young lady dribbles, Grimes counts, but she gets tricky with it and he misses! That’s more than 10! “Gimme my money, honey.” Grimes is out $2000 total now. Don’t hate the player, hate the game. CURSE YOU, DEBIASE! This ain’t over!!
Xia Li w/ Tian Sha VS Kacy Catanzaro w/ Kayden Carter!
The friendship of Spicy and KC Squared may be all but gone after the harsh training Xia was put through by “her.” Can Kacy save whatever is left of the old Xia? Or will she be “purged” to only make Xia stronger?
The bell rings and Xia rushes Kacy! Kacy dodges, fires off on Xia, but Xia shoves her away! Xia rushes in again but Kacy waistlocks. Xia reaches under but Kacy leap frogs over and around. Kacy handsprings, headscissors and fires up! Kacy is after Xia with a facelock, whips her, but Xia reverses. Kacy goes up and over but gets caught! Xia hotshots Kacy, then takes her fighting stance! Xia powers up, storms over again, and bumps Kacy off buckles! Kacy shoves Xia but Xia stomps Kacy down in the corner! The ref counts, Xia adds on a springboard stomp to top it off! Xia drags Kacy back up, snap suplexes, covers, TWO!
Xia keeps on Kacy with a chinlock then makes it a cobra clutch. Kayden and the fans rally as Kacy fights up, and Kacy slips out the back! Xia BOOTS Kacy down, drags her up and reels her in, but Kacy slips out of the Gory Especial to sunset flip! TWO, and Xia back kicks Kacy hard! Cover, TWO! Xia wraps Kacy up in the cobra clutch again, but Kacy fights up. Kacy throws Xia off, gets to a corner, and elbows her away! Xia runs back in but into a boot! Xia returns, but Kacy trips her into the corner! Kacy fires off stomps, furious fists, but Xia shoves her away! Kacy comes back with more fire, the ref counts but Xia shoves her, only for Kacy to SHOTGUN Xia back!
Kacy runs, hits an A-List Lariat, then hits a FLIPPING AX KICK! Cover, TWO! Xia bails out, Kacy grits her teeth and goes to the apron to leap! Xia catches her, moves her around, but Kacy slips out to a waistlock. Xia standing switches to RAM Kacy into the barriers! Tian Sha tells Xia to finish this, and Xia looms over Kacy. The ring count is climbing, Kacy’s leg is on steel steps and Xia STOMPS IT!! Xia may have just broken Kacy’s leg! The ref checks on Kacy as she writhes and cries in pain, but Xia doesn’t even show emotion on her face! Xia goes up the steps, and drags Kacy up by her hair! Xia brings Kacy to the apron and makes sure Tian Sha sees this!
The ref reprimands, Xia shows no mercy as she drags Kacy in. More referees come out to check on Kacy, the refs call this!
Winner: Xia Li, by referee stoppage
Kayden wants after Xia but the refs keep her back. Kayden shields Kacy, but then glares at Tian Sha. Kayden storms over and asks what their problem is! Boa blocks Kayden’s path, Xia goes after Kacy with a HEEL KICK!! Kayden rushes back to Kacy and Xia slips away to leave with Boa and Tian Sha. Xia warns Kayden that she is next. Will what Xia did to Kacy pale in comparison to what she’ll do to Kayden?
Regal is still waiting for Escobar.
Still no sign of El Legado, but the clock is ticking. Will Escobar have the courage to face Karrion Kross? Or will he have to sacrifice his Cruiserweight title reign?
NXT profiles next week’s WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship match.
After making history by winning the inaugural Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez are poised to take on the Irresistible Force & Shayna Baszler! The Queen of Spades says, “The Women’s Division now is all the scraps left over from when I left.” And when it comes to Raquel telling them, “You don’t run this place anymore… we do!” Well, that’s a joke to Nia. Nia says Raquel can talk about dominating all she wants, but when she runs into Nia, it’ll be a different story.
Raquel says Nia is the one kidding herself. Nia needs to wake up. Dakota says she and Raquel will be bringing those WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships to NXT. Shayna says Dakota is only confident because she has Raquel. That’s perfect, because now there’s someone who can carry her to the hospital. Dakota said it before, she is NOT the scared little girl from Shayna’s reign of terror. Dakota will kick Shayna’s head off once and for all! Will the alumni come back to humiliate this generation? Or will Raquel and Dakota turn the whole Women’s Division upside-down?
Cameron Grimes wants one more try!
No one gets over on Cameron Grimes! He challenges a random guy in the parking lot! Dribble the ball 10 times, win $1000! Like that DeBiase- YES LIKE THAT!! Just do it!! Why is it so difficult?! He gonna do it or what? Yeah, sure, The guy starts dribbling, and Grimes DECKS him!! Grimes tells DeBiase to #KissMahGrits! Money CAN by happiness! Wait, he still throws like, $1500 into the air. Will that guy wake up and still get Grimes’ money?
Grizzled Young Veterans VS Killian Dain & Drake Maverick!
Zack Gibson & James Drake ambushed MSK because, well, they’re sore losers. But will the Belfast Beast and Rockstar Spud SSSOOON avenge Lee & Carter?
Maverick comes out wearing a shirt with Dain’s face on it, and Dain does not approve! Dain pulls that shirt off Maverick and smacks him on the back with it before throwing it away. GYV make their entrance, Gibson has a mic, and he says, “I’m sorry to interrupt this little dance party, but we have some breaking news! Wes Lee of MSK fame has unfortunately broken his hand.” James Drake mockingly “sheds a tear,” but says that the main headline now is that Regal has given GYV a hefty fine! They were just saving the NXT Universe! Imagine a few weeks without MSK “joking around like little children!”
Gibson says in the finals of the Dusty Cup, “the better team lost! Let’s make no mistakes: there’s only one team destined for tag title glory, and it’s NOT MSK. And it’s certainly not Shrek ‘n’ Donkey! It’s the Grizzled Young Veterans, SSSSSSOON to be recognized as NXT Tag Team Champions!” Gibson and Drake get in with Shrek- er, Dain & Maverick, and teams sort out. Of course Dain wants to start, and he runs right at James Drake to SHOTGUN DROPKICK him down! Dain drags Drake up to throw BIG EuroUppers! Tag to Maverick, Dain & Maverick double whip, Dain uses Maverick to trip Drake up, and then Dain drops a back senton! Maverick is the human weapon again, scoop slam senton! Cover, TWO!
Maverick keeps on Drake with an armlock, then wrenches to a wristlock. Maverick hammerlocks, Drake endures and fights up to elbow free. Drake headlocks, tags Gibson, Maverick powers out but GYV leap frog to CLOBBER Maverick! Gibson sucker punches Dain, but he doesn’t fall! The ref is busy keeping Dain back, and Gibson scoops Maverick to an Electric Chair! Mr. Mayhem goes up top but Dain gets Maverick away from Liverpool’s Number One, to then choke grip Gibson! Drake leaps into a choke grip, and Dain SHOVES GYV out of the ring! Fans fire up as Maverick shakes Dain’s hand. Then Dain TOSSES Maverick out onto GYV! GYV goes down as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns and Gibson keeps Maverick from Dain! Maverick throws forearms, Gibson whips Maverick to the corner and tags in Drake. Drake rolls and run sin but Maverick knees him down! Gibson keeps Maverick cornered, until Maverick slips under! Hot tag to Dain! Dain rallies on GYV, then clinches Drake for an OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Dain RAMS Gibson into Drake then CLOBBERS Gibson! Gibson begs for mercy but Drake jumps on with a sleeper! Dain just shifts Drake to a fireman’s carry, scoops Gibson, SAMOAN DROP FALL AWAY SLAM COMBO! Big Damo pops Drake back up for the WASTELAND, and SENTON! Cover, Gibson breaks it!
The ref reprimands as Gibson hammers Dain and helps Drake up. GYV coordinate, but it’s Dain who DOUBLE SUPLEXES them! Hot tag to Maverick! Maverick climbs up, leaps and CROSSBODIES Drake! Maverick dropkicks Gibson down, fires up and throws strikes on Drake! Punch, kick, repeat, but Drake shoves him! Maverick gets under to dropkick the legs out then basement dropkicks Drake in the head! Maverick fires up, hits a forearm smash in the corner, but Gibson tags in before the bulldog attempt! GYV coordinate, MISSILE DROPKICK COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, Dain breaks it! Dain goes after Drake and CLOBBERS him! Gibson throws Dain out, but Dain drags him out with him!
Dain has Gibson’s ear, Drake DIVES to take Dain out! Gibson gets in but Maverick runs in to forearm smash and BULLDOG! Maverick hurries up a corner, but Drake goes after him! Maverick kicks him away but Gibson YANKS Maverick down! Tag to Drake, they coordinate again, TICKET TO MAYHEM!! Cover, GYV wins!
Winners: The Grizzled Young Veterans, by pinfall
The teamwork makes the dream work, and GYV are one step closer to their dastardly dream of being the first team to have held both NXT UK and NXT prime Tag Team Championships!
William Regal DID see the confrontation earlier, and has made a match! In two weeks it will be Io Shirai VS Toni Storm, for the NXT Women’s Champion!
Finally El Legado arrives!
And just in time to make Regal’s deadline! Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza stand guard as Escobar stays in the SUV. Will Escobar go through with the match tonight? Or is he just here to turn over the title?
NXT returns as Dain is still carrying Maverick around.
He doesn’t want NXT Media to bother them, he sets Maverick down. But then Alexander Wolfe and Imperium walk by. What is this? Wolfe says Dain used to be a monster. That shake of his head shows Wolfe is disappointed, but Dain asks for medics to check on Maverick. Will Dain let the Hatchet Man get in his head about his… well not friendship, but partnership with Maverick?
No Disqualification: Santos Escobar w/ El Legado del Fantasma VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux!
Mr. Doomsday and his femme fatale make their way to the ring, and we see that Escobar has yet to even exit the vehicle. Wait! Kross attacks Wilde & Mendoza!! He got the drop on Legado this time! Kross TOSSES Mendoza into a garage door, but Escobar attacks! He’s going through with the match his way, but will he be made to #FallAndPray all the same?
Kross picks Escobar up to RAM him into the side of a truck! Escobar kicks back, they brawl again, and Kross CLUBS and ROCKS Escobar! Escobar goes to the back of the moving truck, Kross is after him again with haymakers, and then he tosses him into the truck’s trailer. But Escobar SLAMS the door on Kross! Kross writhes and Escobar talks trash in Spanish now that he has the advantage. Escobar kicks and forearms but Kros TOSSES him back into the side of the truck! Escobar kicks again, Kross throws more forearms, but Escobar dodges and a forearm shot hits the truck! Kross shakes that arm while Escobar gets into the truck cab!
Escobar closes the door to protect himself, but Kross rips off the side mirror! Kross finds a PICKAXE under the truck!? What’s that doing there?! Kross uses it to TEAR into the door!! Escobar has to bail out the other side and he throws hands on Kross! Wilde returns to throw hands but Kross TOSSES Wilde onto the hood! Wilde tumbles, Mendoza runs in but he gets THROWN into the grill! Escobar SMASHES Kross with a trash can! Escobar talks more trash and then SMACKS Kross again! El Legado has the 3v1 advantage now and they mug Kross! They bump Kross off the truck, hammer him more, and then RAM him into the side of the trailer!
Escobar wants another one, and they set Kross up again. They tell “the dog” this is what he gets for messing with them! They RAM him into the side again, and then Escobar has Wilde and Mendoza drag Kross into the arena. They go to the special stage area and beat Kross up at the steps! Fans boo but Escobar says to bring Kross around. Kross DECKS Wilde, BOOTS Mendoza, and then takes them both to throw them into the PLEXIGLAS! They go crashing through and Escobar is shocked! Kross glares at Escobar and Scarlett laughs at Escobar’s false bravado! Kross ROCKS Escobar and Escobar goes into the ring!
Escobar runs but Kross BOOTS him down! Cover, ONE!! Kross keeps on Escobar and CLUBS him out of the ring! Kross stalks Escobar, but Mendoza returns! Kross just TOSSES him into other barriers! Escobar SMACKS Kross with a chair! And SMACKS him again! Escobar stomps Kross down, rips Kross’ shirt off, and tosses it aside like trash. Escobar drags Kross up, hammerlocks the bad arm and POSTS him! And then RAMS Kross into steel steps! Escobar grins and soaks up the heat as NXT goes picture in picture.
Escobar takes his time regrouping with El Legado, and they drag Kross back up. Kross rakes Escobar’s eyes! But Legado has the steel steps and RAMS Kross with them! Kross clutches the bad arm, Escobar KICKS it! Escobar stomps the bad arm, drags Kross up and clubs away on the shoulder! Escobar puts Kross in the ring, throws more forearms, then covers, ONE!! Escobar clamps onto the bad arm, stomps away on it, then wrenches the arm. Escobar puts Kross in a corner, wraps the arm around ropes and SCRAPES it along the rope! Kross pushes Escobar away but Wilde HOTSHOTS the arm for him!
Escobar drags Kross up, has the arm, and gives it a CODE BREAKER! Kross scrambles to a corner but Escobar CHOPS him! Escobar puts the arm around ropes and pulls on it again! Kross can only clutch the elbow as Escobar runs in to forearm smash! Escobar cravats Kross, jams him with a shoulder, then headbutts Kross’ shoulder! Escobar fires off forearms, but Kross hits back with his good arm! They brawl, Escobar shoves Kross and runs in to shotgun dropkick! NXT returns to single picture as Legado trips Kross up for Escobar’s basement dropkick! Scarlett is furious and shouts for Kross to get up! Escobar shoves Kross out and goes back for the chair!
Escobar jams the bad arm, then slips the chair around it! Escobar aims and POSTS the arm!! Kross grabs at Escobar with the good arm but Escobar SLAPS him down! Escobar sits the chair up and stomps Kross down. Escobar drags Kross up and over, for a DDT to the chair! Escobar drags Kross up and into the ring, covers, TWO! Legado is frustrated but Escobar dropkicks Kross down! Escobar throws Kross out, pursues, but Kross hits back with is good arm! So Legado swarms him! Kross fights them off, but Escobar DIVES! The Arrow from Hell takes Kross down into barriers!! Scarlett is furious again but can only watch on as Escobar stands on Kross’ bad arm.
Escobar stomps Kross, and stomps and stomps! Escobar kicks the bad arm, wrenches it and clamps onto the shoulder! Escobar puts Kross in, covers, TWO! Escobar drops elbows on Kross’ bad arm, then clamps on with a short arm scissor. Kross endures, tries to use his good arm but Escobar shrugs that off. Kross sits up, Escobar puts him in a corner, and then runs in to DOUBLE KNEE! SNAP SUPLEX! Uno amigo, and Escobar drags Kross up, only for Kross to block! Kross gets around to use the good arm for an EXPLODER! Kross sees Wilde and DECKS him! Escobar leaps into a catch, for another EXPLODER!
Escobar bails out, Kross shakes the bad arm and pursues. Escobar POSTS Kross again! Escobar brings the bad arm around the post, but Kross YANKS Escobar into it instead! Kross bounces Escobar’s head off steel steps! Mendoza runs in with a chair but Kross BOOTS him down! Kross takes the chair for his own now and has a wild grin! Escobar is a fish in a barrel but Wilde saves him from a full metal Con-Chair-To! Kross glares at Wilde, aims with the chair, and he JAMS Escobar in the ribs! Kross puts Escobar in the ring, but Mendoza LEAPS, into an EXPLODER! Wilde leaps, but the rana is blocked! BARRIER BOMB!!
Kross gets in, Escobar is in a corner, Kross hits a corner clothesline! And BOOT! Escobar flops back out, Kross follows, and they’re by the other steps! Kross brings Escobar up and around, DOOMSDAY SAIDO through the announce desk!! Fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” and Scarlett seems euphoric now! Kross puts Escobar in the ring, hauls him up, and hits a DOOMSDAY SAIDO!! Kross aims from a corner, and winds up the hour hand. “TICK TOCK! TIME’S UP!!” BLINDSIDE FOREARM!! Cover, Kross wins!!
Winner: Karrion Kross, by pinfall
Escobar tried every trick in the book, but nothing can stop the sands of time! He still has the title, but will Escobar be in any shape to defend his Cruiserweight Championship? And will the clock start ticking on another champion’s reign?
NXT hears from LA Knight.
“Let me talk to ya. The question burning in everyone’s mind since TakeOver is, ‘Man, when’s LA Knight gonna debut?'” He’ll put it this way: the one thing that he asked is, “Whose game is it?” It’s HIS game. That means when he debuts, it’s on his time, his terms and done his way. What that means is Knight could debut next week, the week after that, or three months from now, because it doesn’t make a difference! In the end, everyone’s favorites, the ones that hold the gold, are just holding golden tickets to getting stomped out by LA Knight! That’s not an insult, that’s just a fact of life! But who will Knight go for first whenever it is he makes his in-ring debut?
Adam Cole is here!
After tweeting out that he will give us his explanation, Cole is finally here to do as he said! Cole goes to the ring, fans boo, and they don’t even feel like saying “BOOM” with him anymore. Cole takes a moment to watch a replay of last week, where Cole betrayed and booted Kyle O’Reilly to then give him a brainbuster to Kyle O’Reilly. Kyle has a herniated disc, not likely to return for several weeks, and fans chant, “You Suck!” for it. Cole gets a mic to say, “I… I had every intention of coming out here and explaining why I did what I did to Kyle, but… God, man, after watching that footage, I feel sick to my stomach.”
Everyone knows the NXT Championship is very important to Cole, especially the guys in the Undisputed Era. But Cole does not like the person he has become lately. At first, Cole was pissed off, because Kyle was getting opportunity after opportunity at the title, and he continued to fail. But that does not excuse Cole’s actions. After seeing it back, Cole is ashamed of himself. “Kyle, I know you’re sitting at home right now and you’re watching this. And I wish so, so badly that we could be having this conversation face to face, man to man, but we can’t.” They can’t, because of Cole.
Cole and Kyle know each other than anybody, and that means Kyle knows Cole hates admitting he’s wrong. Cole is telling us now that he was dead wrong. Kyle should be here in this ring, right here and now, but instead Cole made a stupid mistake and hates himself for it! Cole paces as he works on the words to say. “Kyle… Kyle, I am so, so sorry.” Cole will do whatever he can to fix this. Even if he can’t, he’ll try. “Wow, Adam. Really?” Roderick Strong confronts Cole! Now Cole feels bad?! Only now? For the past 10 days Cole didn’t feel bad for not letting Strong know what was going on? For what Cole did to Kyle, and to THE TEAM!?
“Adam, everything’s changed now. This whole thing, this Undisputed Era… This was built on trust! Love! A brotherhood!” The UE Boys would do whatever it took to have each other’s backs! And just like that, Cole “shattered that trust!” Strong wants Cole to look at him and understand this: Kyle IS going to heal up. They both know Kyle. But when Kyle does heal, Strong doesn’t know if he can save Cole from what Kyle’s gonna do to him! But wait, here comes Finn Balor! Strong tries to stop him but Balor pushes him aside and tackles Cole! Balor rains down fists, Strong gets in to pull him away from Cole, but Balor and Strong tumble out of the ring!
Balor kicks and stomps away on Strong but Cole RAMS Balor into barriers! And SUPERKICKS him down! Strong gets in the ring, Cole goes in to apologize, but Strong CLOBBERS Cole! And Strong is just as torn up as Cole was! Cole apologizes and he just wants things to go back to normal. Cole says this was his fault. Strong shouts, “What is happening?!” Cole starts to cry, but Strong sits with him. Strong says he’s sorry for hitting Cole. They’re brothers and they love each other! They hug it out and fans cheer! Cole keeps apologizing, he and Strong pat each other on the back, and then they shake hands. But Cole LOW BLOWS Strong?!?! That wasn’t a mistake!!
Cole tells Strong he is so STUPID! Cole says Strong is dead to him, and he takes the UE dog tag away from him! Then SUPERKICKS him down!! Was Cole just pretending to have regrets? Is there nothing undisputed anymore?!
Wow, this episode! And that’s meant in a good way, there was a lot of great, wild stuff. We had a really good match in Gargano VS Lumis, and some really crazy developments in that story. Theory thinking Lumis isn’t so bad is an alright choice, but I have no idea where this “Indi <3’s Lumis” is coming from. I get there’s a cliché of “daughter falls for bad boy” in sitcoms and family stories, but this still seems a bit out of nowhere. The pacing is what feels off, really. I still wish there were “Theory is hostage” antics but of course this is all leading to Gargano VS Lumis rematch for the North American Championship. I just don’t like the idea that it might come down to the loyalties of Theory and Indi, not that Lumis actually beats Gargano on his own merits.
The way (no pun intended this time, I swear) we learned about Rust VS Ruff getting on the card was arranged oddly. There was entrance, then a “earlier today” video, then Bivens has his promo to put Rust over and bury Ruff. We should’ve gotten the video first, then everything else. Swerve attacking Ruff was a good touch, though, and I guess any match being offered/given to Ruff is too much for Swerve. We got really good video packages for MSK and the coming Women’s Tag Title match, but what a twist for GYV to attack MSK and basically delay the NXT Tag Team Championship match. GYV VS Dain & Maverick was a good match, but of course GYV wins.
It seems Imperium and Wolfe are going to be the next feud for Dain & Maverick, and there could even be a chance of Dain being recruited/converted to Imperium! I don’t know if I want to see the dysfunctional duo break up, but Dain and Wolfe reuniting from their SAnitY days through Imperium would be an interesting story. Plus, one day we will be able to have NXT and NXT UK swap people around smoothly again, so with the North American Championship, NXT UK Heritage Cup, and another pair of tag titles out there, there could come a time when Imperium reigns from top to bottom.
Shirai VS Stark was very good, especially for Stark being new to NXT. But naturally, we’re getting Shirai VS Storm 1v1 now, but it does seem a little sudden for the long-awaited rematch from the second Mae Young Classic. The match itself will surely make up for that, though, and honestly could go either way, if Heel Toni decides to bend the rules or something. Then with Xia Li VS Kacy, it was obvious it would be brutal, but I didn’t think it’d be that brutal! Xia “breaking” Kacy’s leg, and threatening to do the same to Kayden, that is some serious Heel heat. I am still waiting for when Tian Sha/Mei Ling (Karen Q) gets back into action and tears up the Women’s Tag Division with Xia Li.
Grimes trying to recreate the Ted DeBiase basketball challenge, and messing up multiple times, was pretty hilarious. I have a feeling he’s not only going to waste his money on things but also on these silly bets until he’s basically back to where he was before #GameStonks. The story of Escobar waiting until the very last minute was pretty good, as was Kross going after him so he wouldn’t have a choice. Naturally Legado worked together for the entirety of the No DQ match, and I think the No DQ, brawling nature of the match made this work in Kross’ favor, as he felt much stronger than if this were a standard match. Kross wins so he can stay strong in his own path back to the NXT Championship, and I’m curious to see how this impacts Escobar’s title reign, if at all.
And speaking of, the NXT Championship scene is also attached to the #WhyColeWhy story. Cole taking the approach of, “It was impulsive and I regret it” was an interesting start, but from how he betrays Strong at the very last moment makes it seem it was an act. The anger Cole mentioned about Kyle getting his two opportunities might also be attached to jealousy, maybe some bitterness. Cole VS Kyle is definitely happening, but I think we’ll get a great Cole VS Strong first, maybe even Cole VS Balor, title optional. Heck, the title could be put up, but Kyle screws Cole over to set their own match up. The UE is basically all but over unless Fish returns and Cole is the one kicked out of the group. This could even be the long road to opening the door to Cole going to Raw/SmackDown, as much of a shame it’d be to see him finally move over.
My Score: 9.4/10
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