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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (5/1/20)

It’s May Day Night SmackDown!

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SmackDown makes one last push towards MITB!

Money in the Bank is almost here! Otis and Mandy both go for the final spots on SmackDown’s side! Will they be the one and only couple competing at WWE’s corporate headquarters?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Daniel Bryan VS Baron Corbin; Bryan wins, by disqualification.
  • Sheamus VS Leon Ruff; Sheamus wins.
  • Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifier: Mandy Rose VS Carmella; Carmella wins and advances to the Women’s MITB match.
  • The New Day VS The Forgotten Sons; The Forgotten Sons win.
  • Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifier: Dolph Ziggler VS Otis Dozovic; Otis wins and advances to the Men’s MITB match.

PLAY BY PLAY

Daniel Bryan VS Baron Corbin!

The GOAT and the Wolf King are both in the Men’s MITB, but this fight is more than just a sampler. The Artist Collective helped Corbin crack Drew Gulak with the scepter, so this is to avenge Bryan’s ally!

Before the match, Bryan has a mic. “It’s no secret that I love what I do. I love this.” And at this point in Bryan’s career, what he loves most is talking new challenges, overcoming new obstacles and trying new things. That’s why he’s so excited to be in the most unique MITB ever! Because this time it’s not about being in this ring, but being in WWE HQ. And this time, six men and six women all fighting at the same time, from the ground floor to the rooftop! They are risking it all to grab the briefcase, because inside is a championship contract for a match anytime, anywhere. And that’s wild.

Bryan has wrestled in a lot of weird and wild places, from Western bars to gas stations to pawn shop parking lots. But this will be the first time he’s been in an office building. Bryan doesn’t know the rules or etiquette. What about the elevator? What about catering? Will there be fines for breaking something? Does Vince McMahon have actual dinosaur bones in his office? Who knows! But we all get to find out, and that is exciting. But there’s another thing he’s excited about: the opportunity. No one knows more about the opportunity MITB brings than Bryan.

Nine years ago, Bryan couldn’t even get booked on SmackDown. And then, Bryan became Mr. MITB and cashed in on The Big Show to become World Heavyweight Champion! Bryan as a WWE Champion was thought to be impossible. MITB was the pivotal moment in his WWE career. That spawned the Yes Movement, YestleMania, and that fighting for your dreams means your dreams fight for you! So yes, Bryan is excited. But he’s also a bit sad. Bryan was hoping that his coach and good friend, Drew Gulak, would be there alongside him. He was hoping Gulak could have the chance to create his own great opportunity. But King Corbin and his new cronies ruined that. So Bryan wants Corbin to get out here and they can settle this now!

Corbin appears and says Bryan needs to be careful calling out a king. Bryan knows Corbin’s “kind” makes Bryan’s “kind” suffer. Just look as footage from last week plays, showing that sneak attack, victory, and extra brutality. Corbin says that felt good. And he says Bryan should just stop dreaming. Because that’s all this is: a dream. Bryan surely didn’t forget there are other former MITB winners. Corbin vows he will stand above all, as King Money in the Bank. Well is he going to squander that opportunity like last time? There have been 23 MITB winners, and Corbin is only one of four to “completely blow it.” How does that happen!? You can just surprise someone with the cash-in! And then Corbin blew it. That doesn’t make him a king, that makes him a loser.

Corbin warns Bryan that he better watch it before he ends up like Gulak and Elias. Things changed since their respective MITB wins. Bryan was young and hungry, but now he’s tired and desperate. Bryan hired Gulak as a coach. Corbin was strong when he won in the past, and now he’s even stronger and smarter. And he’ll prove it, right now! Corbin gets in the ring, but this match begins after the break.

SmackDown returns with the bell, and Corbin circles with Bryan. They tie up, Corbin powers Bryan to ropes, but lets up as the ref reprimands. Bryan and Corbin go again, and Corbin powers Bryan to a corner. The ref counts but Bryan turns things around. Bryan lets off at 4, but Corbin calls for a test of strength. They tie up, Bryan rolls and wrenches and then KICKS Corbin in the leg. Corbin walks it off and they tie up again. Corbin powers Bryan to a corner again, but throws body shots and forearms. The ref reprimands but Corbin just glares at him. Bryan kicks away on the leg then trips Corbin up. Corbin gets back up to knee low, then run. He runs Bryan over with a shoulder, and gloats that Bryan has no chance. Things speed up and Bryan dropkicks the leg out! Bryan kicks Corbin while he’s down, then goes after the leg again.

Corbin clubs Bryan but Bryan gives him a dragon screw! Bryan twists the knee then kicks the thigh. Bryan kicks then wrenches the leg to a kneebar! Corbin shouts and gets the ropebreak. Bryan lets go and dares Corbin to bring it. Corbin gets up, hobbles a bit, and now Bryan is after the other leg. Corbin catches Bryan into a facelock, and shifts back to a chinlock. Bryan slips out and has a hammerlock. Bryan gets the legs in a lock and pulls! Corbin endures the modified deathlock but then Bryan stomps the knee! Bryan kicks away on the leg but Corbin blocks one. Corbin trips Bryan and mounts for some ground ‘n’ pound! Bryan gets a guard up but Corbin stands him up. Corbin ROCKS Bryan with the right hand. Corbin walks off the bad leg and taunts Bryan again. “You’re a disappointment, just like your coach!” He punches Bryan down again then pulls him into a camel clutch.

Corbin says Bryan is washed up and doesn’t have it anymore as he elbows away on Bryan’s neck. Bryan grits his teeth as he punches back! Bryan kicks the legs and has Corbin cornered! The ref counts bu Bryan fires off until 4. Corbin headbutts low! Corbin bumps Bryan off buckles then hoists him up top. Bryan throws forearms but Corbin DECKS him! Bryan tumbles down to the floor and Corbin goes out after him. Corbin hammerlocks to throw Bryan into the post! Bryan is down as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Corbin grinds Bryan down with a double wristlock. Bryan endures and fights his way up. He goes to ropes and the ref calls for the break. Corbin throws body shots as he keeps the hammerlock on! Corbin lets up at 4 but glares at the ref. Bryan gets up and goes for a leg, but Corbin blocks to gut wrench! Bryan slips out, crucifix roll up, TWO! Corbin runs into a school boy, TWO! Corbin CLUBS Bryan then whips him to a corner. He runs corner to corner but Bryan dodges. Corbin slides out and in to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Corbin grows frustrated with the ref, but he goes back to taunting Bryan. Corbin forearms and elbows but Bryan gives body shots in return. Corbin KNEES Bryan down, and stalks him to a corner. He wraps an arm around the ropes to pull, then lets go at the count of 4. Corbin keeps on the bad arm with a CLUBBING forearm to the back!

Bryan gets to his feet but Corbin clubs him again. The ref reprimands Corbin as he pulls on hair, but Corbin clubs Bryan again. Corbin whips Bryan corner to corner, but Bryan goes up and over. Corbin goes out but Bryan DIVES to intercept! They hit barriers but Bryan puts Corbin in. Bryan goes up top, and hits the missile dropkick! Bryan grits his teeth as he KICKS Corbin’s leg! And again! And again! Corbin hobbles about but Bryan shows no mercy. Corbin blocks a kick but Bryan rolls and gets a takedown to the ANKLE LOCK! Bryan drags Corbin from ropes, sets the foot up to STOMP! And then BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!! Corbin survives but Bryan tries again, TWO! Another try, TWO! Corbin doesn’t go down but Bryan doesn’t let up. Bryan kicks the bad leg as Corbin crawls. Bryan uppercuts Corbin into a corner, then runs corner to corner to dropkick! And again, but gets DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO!!

Corbin is frustrated, but he rains down hands on Bryan. Bryan reaches up and gets a leg, to roll Corbin to a HALF CRAB! Corbin gets the ropebreak fast and drags himself to the apron. Bryan goes out to STOMP away on the apron! Corbin flops down, Bryan builds speed and DIVES! But Corbin catches him! Bryan kicks the bad knee, then BUZZSAWS! Corbin throws a LADDER at Bryan! DISQUALIFICATION!

Winner: Daniel Bryan, by disqualification

Corbin is furious, but what else is supposed to happen using a ladder in a non-ladder match? Corbin puts the ladder and Bryan in the ring and says this is on the ref! He drags Bryan up, reels him in, but Bryan slips out! Bryan drags Corbin down onto the ladder for the YES LOCK!! And with a clawing hand on Corbin’s face! But Nakamura appears to KINSHASA! The Artist Collective saves Corbin as Cesaro RAMS Bryan with the ladder! The King of Strong Style and Swiss Cyborg help the Wolf King again, and Corbin brings Bryan to the stage. Corbin throws Bryan into ladders! Bryan’s body bowls them all over and he’s stuck in the wreckage! Will Corbin fulfill his proclamation of reigning as King in the Bank?

 

Braun Strowman and Alexa Bliss talk backstage.

We can’t hear what they’re saying, but it seems he’s admiring her jacket. She seems to compliment his tattoos, and offers him a merchandise shirt. He uses it to wipe the sweat from his brow and beard and then hands it back before heading to the ring.

 

SmackDown returns with BRAUN!

The Monster Among Men and his WWE Universal Championship head to the ring, and he grabs a mic. “Last week, we took a trip down memory lane with my past with the Wyatt Family.” But the past is the past. Bray Wyatt can give Braun “gifts” all he wants, but at MITB, Braun- Is interrupted by The Firefly Fun House! Bray waves hi to the fireflies and to Braun. Tonight, Bray has something very special in store for us all. It’s story time! Tonight’s is a true story, called “The Black Sheep.” Oooh~! Yowie wowie.

Once upon a time, there was a black sheep. And he looked… A lot like Braun! He was big, smelled funny, but was stronger than every other animal on the farm. A good shepherd, who was smart, handsome, and had a ton of sweet muscles, noticed the black sheep wandering all alone. The shepherd took the sheep in, raised him and taught him well. In return, the black sheep guarded the farm. They had a lot of fun together. But the black sheep selfishly left in search of greener pastures. The black sheep didn’t say thank you, or even good-bye. He didn’t even leave a note. This made the shepherd very sad. “Why did you leave me?” the shepherd cried. After everything he did for the sheep! But the cries fell on deaf ears. And eventually, the rest of the animals abandoned the shepherd, too. The shepherd was all alone. To make matters worse, the government put a lien on the shepherd’s property! The farm was lost! Then reptilians came in and took over, because that’s what they do. The end.

Well that was a sad story, don’t you agree? But let’s come up with a happier ending! One where the shepherd finds the black sheep, and reminds him of his mistakes. The shepherd will take away what makes the sheep happy. Then the shepherd will take the sheep to the slaughter house! And then- Braun says there is no “and then.” Braun is done with Bray’s puppets and Firefly Fun House. If Bray has something to say, then come to the ring and say it face to face. Bray just smiles and waves good-bye instead. The games are almost over. Who wins when the story is finally finished?

 

WWE and Make-A-Wish celebrate 40 years of granting wishes.

But they’re not done. Help them make many more wishes come true by donating today.

 

Sheamus VS Leon Ruff!

The Celtic Warrior continues to weed out the weak, but he also continues to be annoyed by the mere mention of Jeff Hardy. Will Sheamus make sure everyone knows who to respect around here?

The bell rings and Ruff keeps his distance from Sheamus. He then comes back with a dropkick, but Sheamus stays up. Ruff tries again but Sheamus swats the dropkick away! Sheamus whips Ruff but Ruff holds ropes to kick back. That didn’t do much, either, and Ruff swings into Sheamus’ arms. Ruff elbows Sheamus again and again but Sheamus just eggs him on! And then gives him an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Ruff shouts in pain as Sheamus holds him up, and hits ANOTHER! Sheamus is having fun giving Ruff a third, and then he tosses Ruff aside. Sheamus watches Ruff manage to stand up, and then drags him right up onto the apron! “Welcome to SmackDown!” He clubs away with the Bodhrain! Ruff flops to the floor as the ref reprimands Sheamus. Sheamus drags Ruff back in and sets him in a corner. Sheamus aims from across the way and waits for Ruff to stand. BROGUE! Cover, Sheamus wins.

Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall

That wasn’t just rough for Ruff, that was torture. Will be Sheamus continue to devastate superstar after superstar? He goes by Michael Cole and asks about Jeff Hardy. Well, there will be more about Jeff Hardy, as part four of the Hardy mini-doc is up next.

SmackDown presents the Jeff Hardy Story, Part 4: The Comeback.

April of 2019, Hardy’s knee was a serious injury. He would be out for roughly six months, and just as he and brother Matt were SmackDown Tag Team Champions. But in the end, it was a blessing in disguise. Hardy worked to improve day by day, and was ready to be back. WWE Backstage had Hardy’s first on-air appearance, and a huge update on his condition! Hardy was officially cleared, and hopped back on the bicycle. Hardy has plenty of ideas for what he can do with the time he has left. This 2020 version of Hardy will have something to do in the WWE.

Hardy feels very blessed after all those dark days. He vows to do his very best in life, because this is the only one you get. All those iconic and extreme moments were just the beginning. Hardy has yet to get back this year, but he vows to do it better than ever before. He loves the fans who have stuck by him the whole way. “This is what I was born to do.” Hardy is ready, are you? Because his true return to SmackDown is next week!

Sheamus is not impressed. He tells Cole that if Hardy will be here next week, “so will I.” The Celtic Warrior wants to “welcome” the Charismatic Enigma, but how warm will that welcome be?

 

Backstage interview with Otis Dozovic and Mandy Rose!

The Dozer and his “sweet peach” each have qualifying matches for the MITB “corporate ladder” match. Otis goes up against romantic rival, Dolph Ziggler, and the last time they fought was WrestleMania. Does Otis plan on bringing that same winning strategy here tonight? Otis won once, he’ll do it again. It’s all about the MITB contract. Not just for him, but for Mandy, too. Mandy says her former best friend, Sonya Deville, hurt her. But this is about looking forward, not back. Carmella is a former SmackDown Women’s Champion and former Ms. MITB. But if Mella thinks she’ll moonwalk all over Mandy, she has another thing coming. Mandy and Otis vow to win those contracts, because the risk is worth the reward. But with those qualifiers coming up, Mandy gives Otis a good luck kiss. “Oh yeah~!” Will Dozer steamroll his way through the Show-Off? Will the Golden Gift be on her way to cashing in?

Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifier: Mandy Rose VS Carmella!

We heard Mandy’s thoughts, but now it’s about action! Will Mella again be money at Mandy’s expense?

SmackDown returns as Mandy makes her entrance. The bell rings and Mandy circles with Mella. They tie up, Mandy headlocks and hits a takedown. Mella fights back and headscissors free. Mandy pops free with a kip-up, and avoids the leg sweep. Mella back hands and snapmares, then jumps over the sweep to moonwalk away. Mandy keeps her cool as she and Mella circle again. Mella gets around to a waistlock then shifts to a headlock. Mandy powers out, things speed up as Mandy hurdles and Mella leaps. Mella FABULOUS KICKS Mandy down! Cover, TWO! Mella keeps on Mandy with an armlock and grinds Mandy down. Mandy fights her way up and throws forearms. Mandy scoops and slams Mella down! Cover, TWO! Mandy keeps Mella down with a chinlock and leans on her. Mella endures and fights her way up, but here comes Sonya!

“Mandy, bestie! Don’t worry, I’m here. I’m just supporting you, don’t get distracted. Keep wrestling, keep doing your thing. You go, girl.” It’s just nostalgic for Fire & Desire. Or does Mandy not remember? Sonya gave Mandy her MITB opportunity, out of the kindness of her heart! Yeah it sounds stupid, but live and learn. Mella fights out but Mandy shoves her away, and Mandy scoops Mella for a backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Sonya keeps going on about how Sonya helped Mandy climb up the ladder that year, and yet Mandy still lost! That’s unbelievably embarrassing. Though not more than losing to Mella here in a minute. Mandy keeps on Mella, whips her to a corner, but Mella LARIATS back! Sonya says this is not pretty. But she’ll shut up now and watch.

Mandy drags Mella up but Mella throws forearms! Mella bumps Mandy off her boot, and then hops up to huricanrana! Mandy DECKS Sonya and Sonya wants to pick a fight. “Karma’s a bitch, bitch, bring it on!” Mella FABULOUS KICKS Mandy down again! Cover, Mella wins!!

Winner: Carmella, by pinfall (advances to the Women’s MITB match)

Sonya’s “prediction” came true. Mission accomplished for the Gladiator Gal, but now she adds on with knees and hammering hands! “You think you’re better than me?!” Sonya says she will RUIN every aspect of Mandy’s life, and even her face! She throws Mandy out and says she is done being in the shadows! She throws Mandy into a post, then into the steel steps! Mandy sits up, to get a SHINING WIZARD into steps! Referees bring Sonya away as she shouts, “I will END you, Mandy!” Sonya was always the fire in Fire & Desire, is her rage about to burn Mandy to the ground?

 

Otis checks on Mandy in the trainer’s area.

She has quite the bruise on her leg from Sonya’s attack, but she assures Otis she’ll be okay. Otis gives her and the trainer privacy to check the rest of the leg, but the fire inside is building. Ziggler comes by to ask if she’s okay, but Otis doesn’t say a word. What will this do to the Dozer’s mental state when MITB is on the line?

 

The New Day VS The Forgotten Sons!

AWWWW~ people at hooome~! The SmackDown Tag Team Division has a new aggression now that Jaxson Ryker, Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake are in it. The savages savagely beat down Big E and Kofi Kingston last week, but will they be able to do that again now that the champs know what’s coming?

The teams sort out, but here come The Miz and John Morrison! It seems the former SmackDown Tag Team Champions want to watch this match up close, and they join commentary. As for the match, Cutler starts against Big E and the bell sounds.

Cutler and Big E tie up, go around, and Big E puts Cutler in a corner. Cutler turns things around but Big E turns it back. They go around more, Cutler waistlocks but Big E pries free and throws Cutler down! Kofi tags in and Big E snapmares Cutler for the Penalty Kick! Cover, ONE! Miz & Morrison avoid answering Cole’s questions while Kofi keeps on Cutler with an arm wrench. Cutler throws a forearm and tags in Blake. Blake kicks and bumps Kofi in a corner. He throws elbows and drags Kofi out. Kofi puts Blake in the corner and stomps away! The ref backs Kofi off but Kofi goes corner to corner to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Kofi keeps on Blake and whips, but Blake throws Kofi by his hair! Tag to Cutler and Cutler stomps away on Kofi. Tag to Blake and they double lift. Kofi slips out but Blake sends Cutler at Kofi. Kofi throws Cutler out and dodges Blake, tag to Big E!

Big E grabs Blake for an overhead suplex! And then another! Blake flounders up into Big E’s belly2belly! Big E has Blake on the apron, and clubs away with forearms. Cutler runs over but Big E back drops him! Big E goes after Blake, with the APRON SPLASH! Big E shouts “I thought we told you!” as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns as Kofi wrenches and yanks Cutler’s arm. Kofi tags in Big E and runs to leap frog Big E for a senton on Cutler! Big E covers, TWO! Miz says the New Day don’t look or act like champions, they’re more like cartoon characters. Big E stalks Cutler on the outside and around the way. Cutler gets in, tags in Blake, but Big E runs Blake over. Cutler knees Big E out of the ring! And Blake DIVES to ram Big E into the barriers! Blake puts Big E in and hits a springboard knee drop! Cover, TWO! Blake pushes Big E around then stands on him at the ropes! The ref counts, Blake backs off, but he drags Big E up to tag in Cutler. They double whip and double SPINE BUSTER Big E! Cover, TWO! Cutler drags Big E up as Miz & Morrison sing their praises. Cutler clubs Big E in the corner but Big E elbows back!

Big E throws body shots but Cutler throws some back. Cutler fires off against the ropes but lets up at 4. Tag to Blake and they bring Big E up for a double BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Big E toughs it out but Blake drops knees on Big E’s back. Blake clamps on a chinlock as Miz and Morrison start up their “Hey hey! Ho ho!” Big E powers Blake into buckles and is free. Blake grabs the singlet and uses that to bring Big E into the corner! Blake rams shoulder sin and stomps away! The ref backs Blake off but Blake runs in, into the URINAG-E! Both men are down and Kofi fires up. Big E and Blake crawl to their corners, hot tags to Cutler and Kofi! Kofi springboards and ax handles Cutler down! Then rallies with chops and a dropkick! Kofi runs to leaping lariat! He gives Cutler the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop!

Kofi aims from the corner and claps, but Blake distracts. He takes Blake out but Cutler catches him for a butterfly backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Kofi survives but Cutler keeps on him. Cutler puts Kofi on the top rope of an open corner and climbs up to join him. Miz and Morrison brag about how they made the SmackDown Tag Division better just by reuniting while Kofi throws hands on Cutler. Kofi headbutts Cutler down and adjusts. He leaps, but Cutler gets under. Cutler comes back, into DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Kofi grows frustrated as he can’t keep Cutler down. Cutler rolls to his corner and elbows Kofi away. Blake tags in then climbs up. Cutler BACKSTABBERS, to Blake’s MACHO ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! The double impact wasn’t enough and the Sons can’t believe it! But Cutler tags back in and Blake powerbomb lifts. Kofi escapes, baits Blake in and dumps Cutler out! Big E tags in and Kofi builds speed, Big E helps Kofi FLY! Direct hit on both Sons!

Kofi puts Cutler in and Big E scoops. But Blake distracts as Kofi tags in! Blake saves Cutler, but Big E CLOBBERS him for it! Cutler trips up Kofi at the same time, only for Big E to throw him out. Big E runs but misses as Cutler moves! Big E hits the floor, and then Ryker drags him up. The ref is busy with Kofi and Blake as Ryker POSTS Big E! Blake comes around the way as Kofi hits Cutler with a splash! Kofi rains down rights but Blake tags in! Cutler carries Kofi out as Blake gets in, powerbomb to the knees! Blake drags Kofi back up, Cutler goes up top, MEMORY REMAINS!! Cover, Forgotten Sons WIN!!

Winners: The Forgotten Sons, by pinfall

Miz & Morrison chant “You Deserve It!” Do they mean the defeat for The New Day? Or are they kissing up to the Forgotten Sons so that there is no beef between them? Either way, the savages have a win over the SmackDown Tag Team Champions! Will they cash it in for MITB?

 

Backstage interview with Tamina.

After the Sassy Southern Belle took advantage of Bayley and Sasha Banks being on different wavelengths, Tamina took advantage of Bayley being out of sorts with a SUPERKICK! Since her return, she has been a force of nature, and now she is challenging for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship. Is there nothing, not even The Boss, that can stop her? Well considering it took four women to eliminate her at WrestleMania, Tamina is up for the challenge. She is not intimidated by “bratty, disrespectful mean girls” pretending to be role models. But speaking of Sasha, she comes over to try and make peace with Tamina. They were Team BAD, Sasha made her main roster debut standing by Tamina’s side. Tamina helped Sasha more than she could ever imagine, so that is why Sasha will never forget her kindness. Tamina has a match with Bayley, another great friend of Sasha’s. But Sasha and Tamina can carry themselves as the strong, proud kickass women they are! There’s no need for name calling and cheap shots.

Except that’s what Bayley attempts right now! Only to be CAUGHT by Tamina! Sasha attacks and it’s 2v1! They RAM Tamina into a road case and send her rolling! But Lacey Evans comes in to get at Sasha! Now things are even, and refs rush in to stop the fighting! The Boss and the champ want after the Lady and the Samoan steamroller just as badly as they do! But all of this will have to wait until MITB!

 

Sonya Deville finds Dolph Ziggler backstage.

Sonya wishes she was there to see the look on Otis’ face when Ziggler asked about Mandy. She knows she hurt Mandy, but she vows to keep hurting her. And Ziggler will do the same to Otis. Ziggler agrees, he will hurt Otis. People think they know Ziggler. They think they’re watching a movie where Ziggler’s the bad guy. But he and Sonya know better. Just because they know how the world actually works doesn’t make them the villains. But Ziggler gets it. Fans cheer on Otis because they see themselves as him. They see themselves sitting on the couch with him, drinking a beer and watching the game. The fans think they’re witnessing greatness.

But Ziggler and Sonya know “guys like that don’t ever really win.” Guys like Otis get sympathy likes and participation awards. Guys like Otis start to believe heart actually matters more than skill or hard work. Maybe they get moral victories, but if you want real winners, “you are looking at it right here.” Ziggler vows to do what he does best, and that is win. Then he will go on to become Mr. MITB, again, and cash-in, again, to become world champion, again. After Sonya is done hurting Mandy, champion Ziggler will be there to make her feel better. Sounds like a plan to Sonya. But the first step is right here. Will the Show-Off show up and show Otis the door? Or will he be shown the floor thanks to the Compactor?

SmackDown announces big matches for next week!

In the last episode before MITB, it will be a Six Man Tag match! King Corbin has the Artist Collective while Daniel Bryan has Drew Gulak! But who will join Bryan and Gulak as the third man in taking on this new royal court?

Then, after the furious confrontation backstage, Bayley and Banks are going to put up or shut up against Lacey and Tamina! Who gains some last minute momentum before the SmackDown Women’s Championship match and climbing the corporate ladder?

And though not a match, this is still big: Bray will accept Braun’s challenge to speak face-to-face! What happens when the Monster Among Men and his “maker” are finally in the same ring again?

 

Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifier: Dolph Ziggler VS Otis Dozovic!

SmackDown returns as Ziggler makes his entrance. The bell rings and Otis BULLDOZES Ziggler down! Ziggler bails out right away, but Otis dares him to come back. Ziggler crawls around the way and gets on the apron, but he dodges Otis fast. He gets a leg but Otis clubs and claws at Ziggler. Otis throws Ziggler off, then drags him up to suplex! Otis holds Ziggler up for a count of 10 before slamming him down! Cover, TWO! Otis keeps on Ziggler but Ziggler mule kicks back. Ziggler throws haymakers to back Otis down, then he brings Otis towards a corner. Otis blocks the buckle bump to give the buckle bump! Otis stands on Ziggler’s back at the ropes but lets off at 4. Ziggler crawls, Otis drags him up and scoops for a BIG slam! Cover, TWO! Otis looms over Ziggler but Ziggler kicks and punches back! Ziggler headbutts Otis, then leaps! But Otis catches the legs to HOSS TOSS him into buckles!

Otis watches Ziggler on the apron, and Ziggler flops to the floor. Otis goes out to fetch Ziggler and puts him back in the ring. Ziggler crawls but Otis won’t let him get away. Otis reels Ziggler in for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Ziggler flounders but Otis runs corner to corner. Ziggler dodges to POST Otis! Otis tumbles out and Ziggler hurries after him. Ziggler RAMS Otis into barriers! The ref starts a count but Ziggler flounders back to the ring. Ziggler leaves Otis behind and wants the count to finish this. Otis drags himself over at 5 but SmackDown has to go to break.

SmackDown returns again, and Ziggler rakes Otis’ eyes! The ref reprimands but Ziggler bumps Otis off buckles to then scrape his face on the ropes! Ziggler stops but comes back with haymakers. He bumps Otis off buckles then again. But Otis blocks to elbow Ziggler away. Otis blindly staggers into kicks and punches and a dropkick! Ziggler continues to hit Otis and dropkicks again! Otis leans on ropes but flops to the mat. Ziggler stomps and digs his boot into Otis. The ref counts and Ziggler lets up at 4. Ziggler digs his fingers into Otis’ face as part of the camel clutch, then changes to the sleeper hold. Otis endures as Ziggler leans on him. Otis gets a second wind and fights his way up. He throws hands but Ziggler gets around to hop on again! But Otis rams him into buckles! Ziggler holds on but Otis throws him off.

Otis blindly staggers about but Ziggler kicks him low. This powers Otis up! Otis headbutts Ziggler and starts pumping into the HAYMAKER! Otis starts rallying, and then he runs corner to corner. Ziggler elbows back, but Otis RAMS him into buckles! Ziggler is down and Otis has a target! Otis hits the Caterpillar, but no elbow as Ziggler rolls away. Otis gets Ziggler at the ropes and drags him up. Ziggler hotshots Otis away! Ziggler runs, but no Famouser as Otis throws him off. Again Ziggler rakes the eyes, then leaps to ZIGZAG! Cover, TWO!? Otis survives but Ziggler is too exhausted to be shocked. Ziggler and Otis both go to opposite ends and slowly stand up. Ziggler looks up at the briefcase as he tunes up the band. Otis stands and Ziggler takes his shot, but no superkick! FALL AWAY SLAM! Ziggler is in the drop zone again, and here comes the CATERPILLAR ELBOW! Cover, Otis wins!!

Winner: Otis Dozovic, by pinfall (advances to the Men’s MITB match)

The Dozer does it! He downs Dolph and heads to Titan Towers! Will Otis demolish the competition as he climbs the corporate ladder?


My Thoughts:

A really good episode for SmackDown tonight with a lot of great story progress. Bryan had a really good promo to open the show and he officially confirms for us that both Men’s and Women’s MITB will happen simultaneously, truly making it the most unique match WWE has ever done. I am really going to love this year’s MITB just on that alone. Corbin and Bryan have a good match, but of course it sets up a Six Man for next week. That third man has to be Elias, it just makes sense. With Corbin in the MITB match, clearly his and Elias’ payoff is Extreme Rules in some kind of No DQ match. That’s fine by me, because it definitely means Corbin is not winning MITB. Otis’ story has been great, and his match with Ziggler was almost like that match Otis had with Tommaso Ciampa in NXT back in 2016. Otis winning is great, too, because he is red hot and will definitely do some damage inside Titan Towers. The men’s half of this is so hard to call but that’s what makes it exciting.

The developments in the Women’s Division tonight were really good. Sonya costs Mandy so that they can have their first match against each other at MITB. And I’m pretty sure this will just be the first of many with how Sonya vows to ruin Mandy’s life. That feud could go to SummerSlam, honestly. Meanwhile, we got a real good brawl with Lacey, Tamina, Sasha and Bayley, and their tag match next week will be a good go-home. Mella being in the MITB gives the women’s side of it another veteran, but I don’t see her winning. My money’s definitely on Raw, and on Asuka. I feel like Bayley still needs proper story with Mella and Sasha before that title changes hands, and it just works better for Raw if Asuka can strike at Becky Lynch or whoever at a moment’s notice. Of course, with the two matches now becoming one, anything could happen.

Bray and Braun had a decent segment together, but it treads similar ground to the very first time Bray made his challenge. We’re getting that face-to-face next week, and I hope it goes similarly to the segment Bray had with Cena before WrestleMania. Braun probably won’t be shaken, but him getting angry is good enough. I just fear Strowman is the transitional champion to Bray’s second reign and an eventual story with Roman Reigns. Lastly, and perhaps the biggest thing, is The Forgotten Sons got that non-title win over The New Day. I’m not sure about them getting the push so soon, but I don’t think they’ll win the titles. The part I do like is Miz & Morrison wanting to avoid a fight with the “savages,” it’s an interesting layer to the story. The go-home will confirm what kind of tag title match we’re getting, but I’m thinking what really comes out of it is Miz & Morrison being forced to face the Forgotten Sons to get back to the titles.

My Score: 8.4/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (10/4/22)

Who will grab the next golden ticket?

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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Will tonight have a TEACHABLE MOMENT?

With NXT Halloween Havoc fast approaching, the North American Championship Ladder match must be completed! And Andre Chase takes on Von Wagner for spot number four!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Oro Mensah; Hayes wins.
  • NXT North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Andre Chase w/ Bodhi Hayward & Thea Hail VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone; Wagner wins and advances to Halloween Havoc.
  • Wendy Choo VS Lash Legend; Wendy wins.
  • Six Woman Tag: Toxic Attraction VS Alba Fyre, Nikkita Lyons & Zoey Stark; changed to…
  • NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders match: Toxic Attraction VS Nikkita Lyons & Zoey Stark; Lyons & Stark win and will challenge for the titles at Halloween Havoc.
  • Julius Creed VS Duke Hudson; Julius wins.
  • Hank Walker VS Xyon Quinn; Quinn wins.
  • NXT Tag Team Championships: Pretty Deadly VS The Brawling Brutes; Pretty Deadly wins and retains the titles.

PLAY BY PLAY

NXT has a new look!

The logo changed first but now so have the graphics! And not only that, but Wade Barrett has TWO new commentary comrades in Byron Saxton and the new kid on the block, Suou Shah! They’re excited to be here because NXT is the place to be. They’re all ready to go, so what’s up first?

 

Pretty Deadly heads to the ring!

They’re dressed in their parliamentary best. They’ve got the powdered wigs, the make-up, the spotted capes and leather boots. They bow to the crowd and then to each other before going to the podium. They clack their gavels and bring the fans to order. Kit Wilson brings into session the Address of the NXT Commonwealth. Members present: Lord Elton Prince, OBE; and Viscount Kit Wilson. They are YOUR NXT Tag Team Champions, Pretty Deadly. Order! Order! First order: Do they look delicious? Like the two tastiest snack sin NXT! Nay, the whole WWE! And it is time for Ye Olde SIDE PLATE CHECK~! Look at those bad boys.

Now, to depressing matters. Once upon a time, brave pilgrims left the UK to the US and proceeded to make this a better place. Fast forward a few centuries and Pretty Deadly does the same thing to make NXT drastically better. Look at it now! They are the top of the tag team division as TWO-TIME Tag Team Champions! They rule over the fans with complete impunity. However! Order! There is the issue growing beneath them. They must search for new contenders! Wherefore art thou? Competent challengers! Seasoned veterans! Optimistic teams! Up-and-comers! All training in the PC, wanting a piece of PD.

Teams are hoping to be just as “effervescent” as the champions, but there is a problem. Pretty Deadly’s beaten EVERYONE~! Briggs & Jensen beat Gallus but Pretty Deadly has their numbers: 1-800-UGLY DENIM! Edris & Malik: One can’t keep a shirt on while the other needs to take his off. OHOHOHO! Yes, yes. Sweater vest and oil abs aren’t good enough. And don’t get them started on those “boring brothers.” You mean the Creeds? Yes! The Crrrrreeds! Damon Kemp might be closing the Diamond Mine Dojo forever. What about The Dyad? No, ew, skip them, they creep Kit out.

But that means there is no choice. Has it come to this? Yes. Order! Order! Elton Prince decrees that your TWO-TIME Tag Team Champions, Pretty Deadly, rulers of their domain with naught but a challenger in sight be awarded the titles forever and ever~! #YESBOY- WAIT! WHAT?! The Brawling Brutes are here from SmackDown! Fans fire up as Ridge Holland shouts, “Surprise, surprise, fellas! You two sounded pretty tough on social media talking about what happened to Sheamus this past Friday night SmackDown. So me and the Bruiser, we’re here tonight to see how tough you really are face-to-face.”

Dunne asks if there are any objections to kicking these two Muppets’ heads in! Fans shout “NO!” but Pretty Deadly panics! They were hacked! That was Kevin Nash! Kevin Patrick! Kevin Owens! Curse him! OH SHUT UP! Dunne & Ridge get in the ring but Ridge stops Dunne from tearing into Kit & Elton. Ridge says the champs sure like dressing up and prancing around like a couple of peacocks. But all they do is talk and talk about how great they are. All Ridge 7 Dunne ask is that they prove it. Because tonight, it’s Tuesday. That means it’s… FIGHT NIGHT! And then the brawl is on! Dunne DECKS Elton, Ridged CLUBS Kit and they both snatch the capes away!

Fans are thunderous for the Bruiserweight and the yoked Yorkshire, but we’ll have to wait as Carmelo Hayes makes his way out for his match. Will Melo remind everyone why he’s The A Champion?

 

Toxic Attraction arrives.

And they get attacked by Alba Fyre! She hits Jacy and Gigi then abducts Mandy! What’s going to happen to tonight’s Six Woman Tag? Well the math is simple: cut it down to 2v2, and make it a #1 contender’s match! Who will win here to head for Kayden Carter & Katana Chance at Halloween Havoc?

 

Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Oro Mensah!

The former NXT North American Champion wants that belt back but must go through a ladder match to do it. The Hottest Superstar Under the Sun has held NXT UK Tag Team Championship gold but never truly lost it. Who will have pole position going into the title race? And who will hit a major speed bump?

NXT returns as Oro makes his entrance. The bell rings and Melo circles with Oro. Fans rally, Melo shoves Oro, and then shoves him again. Melo says Oro ain’t ready, but Oro grabs the arm! Oro wrenches, wristlocks and grinds but Melo spins to wrench back. Oro rolls, headstands and kicks back. Oro then arm-drags Melo down to have an armlock. Fans rally while Melo fights up. Melo pulls hair, whips but Oro reverses. Melo stops himself, blocks a boot, but Oro tiger wall kicks him! Oro says he is championship material, then he arm-drags again. Melo fights up, knees low, and he throws Oro down by his hair. But Oro kips up!

Oro dropkicks but Melo blocks it. Melo dribbles, but Oro gets up to DROPKICK! That one hits and fans fire up. Oro runs, RANAS Melo, and then catches Melo for an EXPLODER! Cover, ONE!! Fans rally up, Oro aims from the corner and runs in, but Melo bails out. Oro stops, slingshots and PLANCHAS! Direct hit and down goes Melo! Fans fire up and Oro puts Melo in. Oro warns Trick and so does the ref. But Melo kicks Oro at the corner, then POSTS him! Oro staggers back, into a SLINGSHOT DDT TO THE APRON! Fans fire up and Melo high-fives with Trick. Melo puts Oro in, covers, TWO! Fans rally and duel while Melo grows annoyed.

Melo drags Oro up, whips him to ropes, but Oro ducks and comes back, into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Oro sputters, Melo fires himself up, and Melo drags Oro up. Oro throws body shots but Melo CHOPS! Melo drags Oro up, cravats and snapmare rolls, but Oro blocks the superkick to roll up! TWO!! Melo escapes to SUPERKICK! Oro sits up in a daze but he grabs Melo’s arm. Melo breaks free, springboards and CROSSBODIES! Fans fire up as Melo covers, TWO! Oro shows toughness and Trick is furious! Melo CLUBS away on Oro, then twists Oro’s head in the neck wrench. Fans rally, Oro throws elbows but Melo smothers him.

Melo drags Oro up in a cravat, and then he runs for a corner. Oro turns that around to RAM Melo into buckles! Both men are down and Trick is worried. Fans rally, Oro staggers away but he blocks a punch to give a punch! And another! And again, and again! Oro whips and back drops Melo high and hard! Melo gets up, Oro rallies with big forearms! Melo swings but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Oro kips up, fans fire up and Oro boots, but Melo blocks! Melo flips Oro but Oro AX KICKS out of it! Then he LIONSAULTS! Fans fire up with Oro more and he aims from a corner. Oro runs in at Melo, but Trick takes the WHEEL KICK for Melo!

Melo CODE BREAKERS Oro down! Melo hurries up top, shoots THE THREE POINTER! Cover, Melo wins!

Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall

Give Trick the assist, he helps Melo shoot and score again! Will Melo need Trick’s help again when the title is hanging high above the ring?

Carmelo gets on commentary to speak to everyone watching and in the audience. “They tried to say I was on a losing streak. Losing streak where?” While Trick gets helped out, Melo wants to watch who qualifies for his ladder match. And speaking of, here comes Professor Chase! Is it time for another TEACHABLE MOMENT?

 

Diamond Mine is with the medical trainer.

The trainer asks how Brutus Creed’s shoulder feels, and Brutus angrily shouts, “I’M FINE!” Ivy Nile & Julius tell him to chill. The trainer has to check Brutus in order to clear him. But the trainer says there is no way he can clear Brutus for competition. This is serious damage. But then Duke Hudson swaggers in, asking “Who’s crying this week?” Julius says he doesn’t have the patience for this. Duke, go away. Duke says he’s just here to see what TEN chairshots to the back looks like. Julius tells Duke to get walking or Julius will start stepping. And Julius won’t stop at ten chairshots with Duke. Oh, the older brother sticking up for the dumb one. Er, young one. Cute.

But if Julius comes at Duke while Diamond Mine is hurt, it’ll be Julius’ funeral. Oh, is that so? Yeah, Roddy’s still in the hospital, out of commission. Well Julius isn’t. If Duke thinks they’re vulnerable, let’s find out tonight. Duke will consider it. The doc should stay here, they’re both gonna need medical attention tonight. Ivy keeps Brutus back and Julius says she should stay here to keep an eye on Brutus. Brutus needs to chill, but will Julius turn up the heat on Hudson?

 

NXT North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Andre Chase w/ Bodhi Hayward & Thea Hail VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone!

Professor Chase may not have beaten Von Wagner before, but that was before and this is now! Will that golden ticket be motivation enough for the brains to beat the brawn? Or is this still Wagner’s World, and Chase U is just living in it?

NXT returns and Wagner makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two tie up. Wagner knees low, but Chase throws hands. Wagner DECKS Chase, Chase gets up and runs at Wagner, but Wagner picks him up to RAM him into a corner! Wagner RAMS in again and again, then throws elbows. Wagner stands Chase up, smothers him in the corner, but lets off as the ref counts. Chase dodges Wagner, blocks a boot and hits a KNEE JAMMER! Chase KICKS away on Wagner’s leg then CHOP BLOCKS it! Chase grabs the leg, Wagner pushes him away and LARIATS on the return! Fans boo but Wagner shakes out his leg.

Wagner storms up on Chase, SLAMS him off the mat then stomps away. Melo likes what he sees because he doesn’t like Chase after last week’s upset. Wagner digs his boot into Chase but the ref counts. Wagner lets off, he soaks up the heat while fans rally for Chase U. Chase blocks a boot to DRAGON SCREW! And then Chase YANKS the bad leg, drags Wagner up, but Wagner POWERSLAMS Chase for it! Chase goes to a corner, Wagner storms up and stomps Chase down. Wagner stands Chase up to whip him corner to corner, then he run sin, only to get buckles! Chase dropkicks the legs out! Chase runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges and dropkicks the legs out!

Fans fire up as Chase JABS away on Wagner! Chase ROCKS Wagner, whips, but Wagner reverses, only for Chase to reverse back into a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Fans spell out “CHASE U!” as Chase stomps away! But Stone gets on the apron! Chase chases him off, and THEA Electric Chair Lifts Stone! Stone fights free, but Bodhi is there! Stone snatches the banner and throws it down, only for Thea to scoop and SLAM Stone! Fans fire up and Chase is proud of his student, but Wagner CLUBS Chase from behind! Wagner back suplexes but Chase slips off! Chase body scissors and rolls Wagner, TWO!! Wagner escapes, and he BOOTS Chase down!

Wagner is furious, and he drags Chase up to the fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY NECKBREAKER! Cover, Wagner wins!

Winner: Von Wagner, by pinfall (advances to Halloween Havoc)

Melo mocks Chase’s loss as a “teachable moment,” but now a big, BIG man is in the match! Will Wagner finally back up his words and make NXT his world?

Melo talks trash more, saying it doesn’t matter if it’s Oro, Wagner, or “that doofus,” Wes Lee- WES LEE FLIES IN OUTTA NOWHERE! Wes CLOBBERS Melo off commentary, fires off on him around the way, but the refs hurry to stop this! Fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” but this will have to wait until Halloween Havoc!

 

Sanga and Nathan Frazer watch this all backstage.

The Gentleman Giant says he should’ve been in one of those qualifiers, but he lost against Von, too. And now Von beat Chase and is going on to Halloween Havoc. Frazer hears that. When he dropped the first fall to Axiom in their series, he was down. He has to win two matches in a row, and trust him, he was in his head about that. But Frazer blocked all the negativity out and he’s made it 1-1. Next week, Frazer has his chance in the tiebreaker. Sanga says if he can’t win it, then he hopes Frazer does. Well, cheers, mate! Thanks! Frazer heads out, and VEER walks in!! Sanga’s old friend is back, does that mean Indus Sher is back, too?

 

Lash Legend walks and talks to gorilla.

“Wendy Choo, I talk a lotta mess, but I walk it like I talk it like I drop it. Case in point: I dropped your ass. And I’m gonna do it again! Boot to face two, boo! Because when Lash comes around, it’s about to go down. Okay?” The Legend is ready to dunk on Wendy, but will she straight brick when taking on the Queen of Comfy?

 

Someone is handing out Schism’s happy face buttons.

It’s the same mysterious figure in the red hoodie. NXT audience members are a bit torn on accepting the free gifts, but Grayson Waller drives up in his yellow H2. Waller has security on hand and tells them they have one job: Make sure no visions of Apollo Crews’ come true. Crews is a coward, understand? Someone park the car. Waller brings the rest along to the arena, but will he not see Apollo Crews coming?

 

Wendy Choo VS Lash Legend!

Wendy’s shut up one big ego already in Tiffany Stratton in the Lights Out match, because she can bring out her dark side. Will she have to do the same thing again against Lash? Or will Lash’s legend grow at Wendy’s expense?

Lash snatches Wendy’s body pillow and BOPS her with it! The ref reprimands, Wendy is furious, and the bell rings. Wendy ducks Lash to fire off hands! Lash shoves her down but Wendy come back with more! Lash knees low, whips Wendy but Wendy reverses to CHOP! Wendy whips but Lash reverses, only for Wendy to DROPKICK her! Lash goes to a corner, Wendy runs in to BOOT her down! Lash bails out but Wendy goes to the apron to CROSSBODY! But Lash catches her with ease, and hits a SWINGING BACKBREAKER! Lash talks trash, brings Wendy up as the ring count passes 5 of 10, and she puts Wendy in at 7.

Lash stalks Wendy to a corner, drags her up and CLUBS her down! Lash talks more trash but fans rally for Wendy. Lash puts Wendy through ropes and CHOKES her while talking more smack. The ref counts, Lash lets off to then KICK Wendy down. Cover, TWO! Lash is annoyed but she drags Wendy up. Fans rally for Wendy but Lash runs to do her make-up and LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Lash is even more annoyed but she stalks Wendy to a corner. Lash brings Wendy out, whips her into a corner and Wendy hits buckles hard! Lash stands Wendy back up to whip her back in. But Wendy BOOTS back! Lash throws Wendy down by her hair!

Fans obo, but Wendy avoids the elbow drop! Wendy hurries to ROCK Lash, then KICK a leg. And KICKS again! Wendy sweeps the legs, then SHOTGUNS Lash down! Lash crawls to a corner, Wendy runs in to handspring back elbow! Wendy goes up, BOOTS Lash out, and then leaps, but into Lash’s arms again! Lash swings but Wendy rolls to a cover, TWO!! Fans rally as Wendy goes to a corner. Lash runs in, Wendy dodges the boot and KICKS the other leg! Wendy goes up for a VADER BOMB! Cover, WENDY WINS!

Winner: Wendy Choo, by pinfall

And a big win for Wendy! Lash gets humbled, but will she stay humbled? Or is this just the beginning of another grudge for Wendy to deal with?

 

Backstage interview with Wes Lee.

Kelly Kincaid, another new addition to NXT, asks him about going after Melo. Was that a message he was sending back to the former champion? Wes says that wasn’t a message. That was a receipt. Melo smashed Wes’s head in locker. Melo tried to crush Wes’s head and end his career! Wes keeps calm and says he’s focused on the ladder match. Wes is going to go all out to get the title, but he’d be lying if he said he didn’t want to get his hands on Melo- and just- Channing Lorenzo walks in and says this is the real Wes Lee. That is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Wes acts all sad and introspective with that lost boy look, going all, “My friends are gone…!”

But Stacks knows Wes is ruthless. Wes hit Tony D’Angelo’s leg so hard, The Don’s PCL is going one way while the rest of him is going that way. Wes defends that he didn’t wanna win that way. Sure, sure. But The Don knows how to make things look like an accident. Actions have consequences, Wes. Stacks leaves, will Wes have to watch his back from now until Halloween Havoc?

 

Gallus speak, though on suspension.

They assaulted referees and security, and now they’re suspended. They didn’t realize how soft everyone here in NXT was. But they’ll stay out of the ring until the suspension is lifted. So don’t worry, lads. They’ll be back soon enough. Briggs & Jensen, that scrap doesn’t prove anything. And Pretty Deadly, hold onto those titles tightly. And Bron Breakker, you watch yourself. When Gallus returns, they won’t just come back for tag gold. Soon, it will be Gallus Boys On Top!

 

Kayden Carter & Katana Chance speak.

A quote on screen reads, “Anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you.” It’s crazy that they’re even here! They shouldn’t even be besties! Look at Kayden and then look at Katana. Katana’s the “Goody two shoes.” Wow, really? Well, isn’t she? Katana’s nice to everyone and always tries to help out. Well Kayden can be nice sometimes. But the thing is, they’ve also had different paths here. Kayden’s known since she was a kid that she wants to be in the WWE. For Katana, her first love was gymnastics. She used that to win on American Ninja Warrior, and then she had a WWE tryout and fell in love.

It was a rough adjustment as the new girl. Katana had to earn respect, and a couple years back, she needed to step away. Kayden remembers that, and she holds hands with Katana. See? Kayden IS nice. Oh, stop it. But it was tough on Katana and she wasn’t sure where she belonged. Kayden was worried if Katana was ever going to come back. But Kayden being there for Katana helped in making that decision, and they both knew they had the same goal. They wanted to be champions together, and look at them now! They didn’t come together just for the gold, but because they wanted the best for each other.

Toxic Attraction thinks these titles are “on loan” to KC Squared. But no, the titles are where they belong, and Gigi & Jacy are crazy if they think they’re ever getting the titles back. KC Squared will never let go. As for Lyons & Stark, those two are great singles competitors, but as a team, they’re a question mark. KC Squared will be watching, ready for whoever comes out on top.

 

NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders match: Toxic Attraction VS Nikkita Lyons & Zoey Stark!

Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne are surely worried what Alba Fire is doing to their Toxic Goddess, Mandy Rose, but they have to focus on getting themselves a second chance at gold of their own. Will they be able to finally have that rematch with KC Squared? Or will the Pride & the Fighter prove they are a dynamic duo to be reckoned with?

NXT returns and Lyons makes her entrance, followed by Stark. The teams sort out and Lyons starts against Gigi. They circle, tie up, and Lyons gets around to a waistlock. Gigi throws an elbow, snapmares Lyons, then KICKS! But Lyons blocks! Lyons stands, she pins Gigi around and backhands her! Gigi gets away and tags in Jacy. Jacy and Lyons tie up, Lyons gets an arm and she wrenches. Jacy gets away as Stark tags in. Fans rally for Zoey but Jacy tells them to shut up. The two tie up, Stark shoves Jacy away and dares Jacy to come back. Jacy runs in, they tie up again and Jacy puts Zoey in a corner.

The ref counts, Stark shoves Jacy back. Stark then rolls Jacy up, TWO! Jacy sweeps and covers, ONE! Stark trips and jackknife covers, TWO! Jacy gets around, schoolgirl with bridge, TWO! Stark CLUBS Jacy, ROCKS her, but Jacy shoves her into the corner. Tag to Gigi, she kicks but Stark blocks! Stark shoves Gigi down, but has to dodge a cheap shot. Stark elbows Gigi then springboard CROSSBODIES! cover, TWO! Tag to Lyons but Gigi tags Jacy. Lyons ROCKS Jacy with fast hands and a BACKHAND! Lyons FOREARMS Jacy in the corner! SUPERKICK! Jacy bails out but Gigi gets in, only for Stark to springboard MISSILE DROPKICK!

Fans fire up as Toxic Attraction bail out! KC Squared is doing as they said and watching this from backstage. Stark & Lyons dare someone, anyone, to get in the ring while NXT goes picture in picture.

Jacy & Gigi take their time given the sore spots Alba Fyre left them with. They talk and then Jacy gets in. Jacy and Lyons reset, but then Gigi tags in. Gigi storms up, Lyons blocks the punches to give punches. Gigi ducks, knees low, and she headlocks. Lyons powers out but Jacy tags in. Gigi sunset flips, Lyons stays up, but Jacy SUPERKICKS Lyons down! Jacy grins and runs in to back body block! Jacy snapmares and KICKS Lyons, then covers, TWO! Jacy snarls and she drags Lyons by her hair. Tag to Gigi, then Jacy feeds Lyons to Gigi’s BOOT! Gigi & Jacy then double suplex! Cover, TWO! Lyons is still in this and Gigi snarls.

Gigi drags Lyons away, bumps her off buckles, and then tags Jacy. They mug Lyons, Jacy stomps away then tags Gigi back in. The ref is busy keeping Stark back and that allows Gigi to bend Lyons back against the ropes! The ref notices and counts, Gigi lets off to tag Jacy. Now Toxic Attraction both pull Lyons back! They let off at 4 and Jacy throws Lyons down. Jacy drags Lyons up to tag Gigi, they mug Lyons more, then Gigi goes to suplex. Lyons blocks, throws body shots and she snap suplexes Gigi down! Lyons rolls Gigi up, TWO! Gigi BOOTS Lyons back down! Gigi wraps on a chinlock and she grinds Lyons down.

Lyons fights up, fans rally, but Gigi wrangles her back down. Gigi leans on Lyons but Lyons grits her teeth and fights back up. Lyons JAWBREAKERS free, then gets Gigi for an ARMBAR! NXT returns to single picture as Gigi reaches out. Gigi gets a ROPEBREAK with her foot, and Lyons lets off. Gigi hurries to stomp Lyons down! Gigi drags Lyons away from Stark, she tags Jacy in, and they double wrench to double KICK! Then BUZZSAW and SENTON! Cover, TWO! Jacy is frustrated but she clamps onto Lyons to half nelson chinbar! Fans rally up and Lyons fights up, only for Jacy to CLUB her! Jacy whips, Lyons reverses and rolls Jacy again, TWO!

Jacy and Lyons DOUBLE BOOT! Fans fire up as both women crawl, hot tags to Gigi and Stark! Stark rallies on Toxic Attraction, BIG elbow for Gigi! Gigi scurries to a corner but Stark runs in to uppercut! And GAMANGIRI! Stark whips, ROCKS, ELBOWS and MULE KICKS! Fans fire up, Stark runs, SLIDING KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Gigi survives but Stark calls to Lyons. Tag to Lyons and Stark hands off Gigi. SUPERKICK GERMAN SUPLEX COMBO! Cover, Jacy breaks it! Stark BOOTS Jacy! Jacy SUPERKICKS back! They both run, DOUBLE LARIATS collide! KC Squared likes what they see and so do the fans!

The teams regroup and then Lyons spots Gigi. They go after each other, the HEADBUTT is a bit double-edged. Lyons and Gigi fire off forearm after forearm then Lyons fireman’s carries. Gigi slips off, shoves Lyons and runs to STO! Gigi drags Lyons up, tags Jacy, and then wrenches for a ROUNDHOUSE! Jacy hits the NECKBREAKER! Cover, Stark breaks it! Jacy is beside herself and she tells Lyons that this is Toxic’s time! Jacy throws forearms, but Lyons ducks the elbow to HEEL KICK! Tag to Stark and she springboards! But Jacy moves! Stark rolls through but into a ROLLING ELBOW! Jacy DECKS Lyons and hurries to tag Gigi!

Toxic Attraction set up, but Lyons trips Jacy up! SUPERKICK for Jacy! Scoop and Z 360 for Gigi!! Tag to Lyons and then Stark PLANCHAS Jacy! Lyons roars for the LYONS DEN!! Cover, Lyons & Stark win!

Winners: Nikkita Lyons & Zoey Stark, by pinfall (NEW #1 contenders to the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships)

KC Squared can’t help but applaud. The duo was doubted, but Stark & Lyons pull off the victory! Will the Sin City Soldier & the Lioness bring that same energy to the title match?

 

Ilja Dragunov speaks.

“I have never feared pain. Pain makes you feel alive. But agony is a different type of feeling. When I injured my ankle, it was far, far more than just the searing pain of a snapped ligament. The agony I felt to vacate MY NXT UK Championship, a title I slayed an unbeatable force to win. A title I defended with pride and honor was taken away not by an opponent, but by circumstance. It was my privilege to shoulder the weight of an entire brand, but my biggest challenge was sitting and watching NXT UK breathe it’s last breath.

“I watched in frustration as worlds collided, titles were unified, knowing that it should have been me in that ring against Bron. Opportunities like that only happen once in a lifetime. I cannot change the past. But I can change the future. Bron Breakker is a great champion, but he’s a man. And at Halloween Havoc, he’s stepping into the ring with a machine. JD McDonagh likes to take credit for my injury, and my body bares the scars of our great battles. But JD knows in his heard that I stop at nothing to be victorious. I leave every ounce of myself in that ring, including days, weeks, months of my career! That is something that JD talks about, but he doesn’t possess.

“At Halloween Havoc, I will suffer, I will endure a great deal of pain. But it will be worth it, because I will once again become champion as the world says in unison, ‘Long Live the Czar!'” Will UNBESIEGBAR be the one to break Bron and trump the Irish Ace?

 

It’s the Grayson Waller Effect!

The 21st Century Success Story has the second episode of his talk show, “back by overwhelming demand.” There are millions watching, including Apollo, but he can’t do a thing, lad! Waller has security! Waller gets his split screen, he’s live on Instagram, and everyone already follows him. So get in the chat and get a “second vision” of this show. But let’s start off hot with his first guess, the Tony Hawk of NXT, Cora Jade! Jade makes her entrance and Waller moshes to her theme. Cora also has her kendo stick, and Waller introduces Cora’s opponent for Halloween Havoc, Roxanne Perez! Roxie makes her entrance and she smiles at her former friend.

Waller sits at the desk with the ladies, setting up his phone. Sorry, he meant to get a booster seat for Roxie. But Cora, Roxie, the rematch is coming and- Yeah, so Cora’s heard. But how many people did Roxie have to cry to in order to get it? Roxie says it was easy since everyone wants to see her kick Cora’s ass. Oh~, using everyone else to get what you want. Typical Roxie. Ladies, stop interrupting Waller. This is his show. But question: This is the second time Roxie is facing Cora 1v1. How is she feel- “I feel nothing. Because I’m going into this match with no emotion. Unlike at Heatwave, where I was full of mixed emotions-”

“Awww… Are you gonna cry?” Cora mocks Roxie’s “sob stories.” Fans boo but Roxie says this is no sob story. Maybe Cora doesn’t remember, but they wanted to break into the business together, rise to the top of the division and raise the bar together. They could be to new fans what the Four Horsewomen were to them! But the second Cora thought Roxie passed her, Cora threw this away. But that’s okay, Roxie will leave Cora behind to do what they wanted by herself. Cora says at Halloween Havoc, she will beat Roxie again, and the fans will all realize Roxie was a lot of hype and not a lot of talent. Fans boo but Cora says Roxie just isn’t good enough to be part of #GenerationJade.

Roxie says no, Cora. Now that the TRUE Cora is out, see it like it is: For one whole year, Cora put on this whole act that no one was buying. And the second Cora realized that, she blamed Roxie for it! And the fans! Waller agrees with that. Roxie tells Cora and her generation are full of- HEY! Do not use that type of language on this show! And that is the second time they’ve interrupted Waller. Just so you know, Waller has two huge scoops they don’t know about! First: in two weeks, they’ll be playing a game of Pick Your Poison. Roxie and Cora pick each other’s opponents, and the whole WWE roster is fair game! Instagram likes that! Roxie VS Omos!

But secondly- Cora interrupts and says that’s perfect! She’s already got a whole list in mind for Roxie. Well, Roxie does for Cora, too. Cora says Roxie won’t even make it to Halloween Havoc. Roxie says same for Cora. SECONDLY!! Waller please asks they stop interrupting him! Their match at Halloween Havoc is a SPIN THE WHEEL, MAKE THE DEAL! Now we’re talking. But what’s wrong, Cora? Scared? Waller points out some great choices this year: Buried Alive; Casket Match; Bar Room Brawl. How about a Grayson Waller Exclusive and give it a spin right now! And if it lands on Spinner’s Choice, HE chooses! Heh heh. Oh, right. Good one.

Y’know what? You girls both suck! Spin the wheel now! Security, watch the guests. Cameraman, follow Waller! See, this is what you get on the Grayson Waller Effect. You never know what he’s gonna do! This is exciting. Wait, who is that in the hood? Fans think it’s Apollo, but Waller takes a peek. Can’t see in there. He checks the guy’s arm under the sleeve. White guy, okay! Spin the wheel! Waller wants a Coal Miner’s Glove! He doesn’t know what that is but it sounds great. Oh, oh, here we go. And… it’s a WEAPONS WILD MATCH! Not bad! But wait, security! Cora takes a swing, but Roxie blocks it! Security rushes in before this gets worse!

Waller films the brawl with his phone, fans chant “JERRY! JERRY!” and Waller is all smiles. But then he can see in his own camera, it’s APOLLO! He was in disguise as security! And he drags Waller under the ring! Just what is gonna happen under there?! Cora and Roxie can’t get loose, but this isn’t going to end here! Just what won’t they use against each other in a Weapons Wild Match?

Wait! Waller emerges from under the ring, and his eyes are bleeding red!! That was Apollo’s gruesome vision, and it has come true! Apollo stalks Waller and asks where he’s going. Waller scrambles away to the back, but will Apollo get his own revenge match at Halloween Havoc?

 

The Schism talks with the red hoodie.

What have they been doing all day? They had ONE job. All of their time and energy is put into this mission, yet red hoodie kid can’t even take this seriously! Joe Gacy has The Dyad cool off. But red hoodie kid does need to understand: they’re not mad, just disappointed. “You need to be better.” The Schism leaves, will little red hoodie kid make things right?

 

Julius Creed VS Duke Hudson!

The Diamond Mine wants revenge on Damon Kemp, but it seems Julius will have to make it through the flop to get at him. Will Julius have a hot hand after tonight? Or will he bust and have to fold?

The bell rings and Julius circles with Duke. They approach, Duke knees low and CLUBS Julius hard. Julius goes to ropes, Duke knees and stomps and CLUBS away! The ref counts and fans boo but Duke lets off at 4. Duke dusts his hands off and goes back to Julius. Duke whips, Julius ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Duke! Julius then hits an EXPLODER! Fans fire up as the straps come down! Julius lifts Duke for the ROLLING SPINEBSUTER! And the SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, Julius wins!

Winner: Julius Creed, by pinfall

Blink and you might’ve missed that one! This is how angry Julius is right now, and Duke really did choose the wrong time to push buttons. But then BRUTUS gets at Duke! Ivy tries to stop him but he’s already in “Brutus Smash” mode! Brutus puts Duke back in the ring but Julius tries to stop him. Brutus hammers away on Duke! Julius and Ivy drag Brutus away, but then Damon Kemp talks from the perch! “Congrats on your win tonight, Julius. But at Halloween Havoc, things are going to be… a little bit different.” Brutus tells Damon to get down here so they can beat his ass! Easy, Big Brute, you had your match. Now it’s Julius’ turn.

Julius says that’s fine. Damon, Julius will be his brother’s keeper. Damon is so arrogant, Julius can’t wait to beat him down. Damon says damn right he’s cocky! You would be, too, if you were this talented. Julius might be his brother’s keeper, but Brutus is Damon’s BI*CH! And y’know what? Damon’s so confident, that if Julius somehow does beat him, he’ll give Brutus another match, “but under one condition.” Brutus says he doesn’t need another match! Just another five minutes! Whatever Damon wants, he’s got it! Julius says he knows how Damon does things. He probably wants like a million stipulations.

So what’s the deal, Damon? Loser leaves NXT? Julius has to retire? End his career? Damon says this is Julius’ downfall. It proves Julius is so self-centered. Not everything is about him! This whole stipulation isn’t about Julius, it’s about BRUTUS. Damon has things he wants to accomplish in NXT, and he cannot do that if he has to constantly look over his shoulder. Julius, when Damon wins, it isn’t Julius who leaves. It’s BRUTUS! Brutus is furious, but then he accepts for Julius! Julius doesn’t like to be cold hearted, but when it calls for it, there is no one and he means NO ONE colder. He has ice in his veins.

So it won’t be good enough to beat Kemp. It won’t be good enough to pin him. It won’t even be good enough to submit him! Julius has to send Kemp out the same way Kemp did Roddy. If Kemp likes stipulations, then at Halloween Havoc, Kemp VS Julius, in an AMBULANCE MATCH! Kemp loves it! And oh, tell Roddy to make room for Julius at the hospital. Julius says if Kemp calls for him, Julius answers on the first ring. So Kemp, get your s*it together, Julius is waiting! Will Julius save the Diamond Mine singlehandedly? Or will Kemp pick it apart piece by piece?

 

JD McDonagh speaks.

“I have a pretty unique perspective on my opponents at Halloween Havoc. I’m the only man on this planet to share a ring with both Bron Breakker and Ilja Dragunov. Dragunov is a former NXT UK Champion. He’s unorthodox, ferocious, very dangerous. We all know Bron: he’d run through a brick wall to keep the title. You can be forgiven for looking at these two guys and thinking they’re two wildly different athletes. But to the educated brain, you can see that these guys are exactly the same. Boundless energy, passionate, they both use their bodies as a weapon, and neither one of them have two brain cells in their heads put together.

“They’re gonna go out there and try to see who the toughest is, who can withstand the most pain. But what’s my plan? I’m gonna let them. The bait’s already out there, I’m just gonna let the two animals tear each other apart. Because you see, at Halloween Havoc, it isn’t the strongest man that’s gonna walk away champion. It’s not the most aggressive. It’s the smartest. And you can call me whatever you want. Call me a vulture, a jackal, a hyena. But by the end of the night at Halloween Havoc, when the lights go down, you will call me NXT Champion.” Will the Irish Ace’s opportunistic strategy help him take the title?

 

Hank Walker talks with his friends in security.

They’re all proud of him for making the jump to NXT Superstar, and he has a huge opportunity. His first match as a contracted superstar! But don’t blow it! They’re just razzing him. But Hank says Xyon Quinn won’t know what hit him. And then Quincy Elliot walks in to say hey! The Super Diva does wanna warn Hank. Watch out for Xyon. As much as Quincy loves those tribal tattoos, he kinda pissed Xyon off. What? Who could be mad at you, Quincy? Exactly! What’s with Xyon? But Hank appreciates the advice, and he’s gonna head out. They all cheer Hank on, and Quincy breaks it down. Will Big Hank get an even bigger win than the one that won him a contract?

 

Axiom speaks.

“Next week is the trilogy match between myself and Nathan Frazer. When you think of trilogies, some of the greatest superheroes come to mind. This story with Nathan is not playing out on a comic book page, it’s live-action. It’s intense. And I know he will bring out things we have never seen before. The first two matches were so close. It could’ve gone either way. And I expect this one to be even closer. But the cool thing about the trilogy story with Nathan is that instead of reading it on a page, I get to write the final chapter.” Will Axiom be undeniable when both his pride and the final spot in the NXT North American Championship Ladder match is on the line?

 

Hank Walker VS Xyon Quinn!

Hank Walker was a superstar prospect paying his dues as a security guard, and taking out his frustrations on “Big Body” Javier Bernal was just the thing he needed to prove himself to the WWE. Will he prove they made the right choice? Or will Xyon prove he IS the “X Factor” after all?

The bell rings and Xyon RAMS Hank into a corner! Xyon rams his shoulder in more and more, then whips corner to corner. Hank reverses but runs into a back elbow. Hank staggers, but he still arm-drags Xyon! And again! Fans fire up for Hank as he whips corner to corner. Xyon reverses but Hank comes back, only for Xyon to SPINEBUSTER! Fans boo while Xyon snarls and throws down knees at Hank against the ropes. Xyon lets off as the ref counts, to go out and CLUB Hank back into the ring. Xyon snarls, slides back in and he drags Hank up to bend him back against ropes. Xyon UPPERCUTS, then back suplexes! Cover, TWO!

Xyon clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Hank down. Hank endures, fights up and fans rally. Hank throws body shots, but Xyon CLUBS him! Xyon HEADBUTTS Hank, whips him to a corner, but Hank comes back to LARIAT! Fans fire up as the shirt comes off! Hank runs in to THESZ PRESS! Hank rains down fast hands and fans are loving it! Hank then bumps Xyon off buckles, bumps him off more buckles, and then more! Hank runs in to SPLASH! Xyon staggers, Hank runs in again, but Xyon dodges! Xyon KICKS the leg, runs and RUNS IT STRAIGHT! Cover, Xyon wins!

Winner: Xyon Quinn, by pinfall

Well, Hank won’t have a historic winning streak to start, but Xyon doesn’t look done with him! Xyon aims from the corner, wanting to hit Hank again. But here comes QUINCY! Fans rally for the Super Diva as he backs Xyon down. Quincy helps Hank up and they fist bump. Quincy even gives Hank an encouraging smack on the butt! Y’know, it’s a sports thing. Quincy dances and Hank isn’t sure what to make of it, but does Hank at least have a friend watching his back?

 

Cameron Grimes finds little red hoodie kid.

He doesn’t know who this person is, but they don’t need to be dealing with Joe Gacy. All Gacy does is talk out both sides of his mouth! “Listen, listen. The guy’s a hypocrite. And it’s already bad enough the guy has The Dyad-” BOOT! Rip Fowler kicks Grimes down, then he and Jagger Reed mug Grimes! They RAM Grimes into a trunk, then Gacy hands Jagger a trash can. “Let it out.” Jagger unleashes on Grimes with the can! Gacy smiles and takes the can for himself to SMACK Grimes on the back! The Schism smiles as they look to red hoodie kid. “Job well done! Welcome to the Schism’s tree.” They hug it out, but just who is this in the hood?

 

Briggs & Jensen find the Brawling Brutes backstage.

The good ol’ boys want Dunne to take it easy, they’re just here to wish them good luck tonight. And they also want to let the Brutes know that once they beat Pretty Deadly and become the NEW NXT Tag Team Champions, Briggs & Jensen want the first shot. Oh, is that right? But then Malik Blade & Edris Enofe walk in, and they say they know the Brutes are gonna destroy Pretty Deadly. Ridge takes a guess and figures these two want the first shot, too. How’d he know that? Briggs & Jensen tell Malik & Edris to get in line. Now they’re all arguing, and Dunne SMACKS the lockers with a chair.

Ridge tells Briggs & Jensen that if they want a shot at the Brutes, bring that same aggressive style they brought to Gallus. And as for Malik & Edris, they need to get serious for once. Dunne says he’s done talking! it’s fight night! Watch and learn. The Brutes put on banger after banger after banger! The other teams agree, that is true. But then they argue with each other about who really gets the next shot. But will it all be for naught if the Brutes fail to dethrone Pretty Deadly?

 

Backstage interview with Bron Breakker.

Kelly asks the NXT Champion his thoughts on what both Ilja Dragunov and JD McDonagh have said about their Triple Threat. Bron says they can watch as much film as they want, train as hard as they want, but Halloween Havoc’s gonna be a dog fight. But then in walks Javier Bernal. He introduces himself as “Big Body Javi” and says he’s a future NXT Champion. Bron’s already proven he can beat JD, and he probably could take Dragunov 1v1. But why make it a Triple Threat, the same kind of match that cost him at Roadblock? Javi remembers, he’s got the brain of an elephant. Bron has all the tools in the world, except up there.

But hey, not everyone can be Big Body Javi. Bron says, “Big Body Javi? Yeah, I can tell. Look, my temper got me into the first Triple Threat match, my pride got me into this one. And your stupidity is gonna make me request a match against you for next week!” Javi just realized he put his foot in his mouth. Will he end up an appetizer for the Big Booty Nephew before the feast that is Halloween Havoc?

 

NXT Tag Team Championships: Pretty Deadly VS The Brawling Brutes!

Kit Wilson & Elton Prince thought they were clear and free to be the forever champions of NXT, but then the Bruiserweight and Yorkshire Grit returned to the brand! Will the “commonwealth” soon have new nobles? Or will their lordships survive this Tuesday Night Fight?

NXT returns and Pretty Deadly makes their entrance. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if Ridge & Dunne can bring these belts to SmackDown!

The teams sort out and Ridge starts with Elton. They circle, tie up, and Elton headlocks. Ridge powers up and out then hip tosses Elton hard! Fans fire up while Elton scrambles to ropes. Elton BOOTS Ridge, tags Kit, but Kit runs into a hip toss, too! Ridge taunts Kit, but Kit JAWBREAKERS! Kit CLUBS Ridge, suplexes, but Ridge blocks! Ridge suplexes and SLAMS Kit down! Tag to Dunne and Ridge butterfly suplexes Kit, for the SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Dunne keeps Kit from Elton, hammerlocks one arm and pulls the other. Fans cheer as Dunne bends Kit’s fingers! And then bends some more! Dunne then goes after the other arm, isolates it, and STOMPS!

Kit clutches the elbow and fans rally up. Dunne drags Kit up, wrenches the bad arm, but Elton jumps in, to tag Kit? The ref says that doesn’t count by a long shot, but it is all a distraction tactic so Kit can throw Dunne by his hair! Now Kit tags Elton legally, and Elton stomps away on Dunne. Fans boo but Elton covers, TWO! Elton keeps an eye on Ridge and he headlocks Dunne. Dunne powers out, hurdles and drops to then CLOBBER Elton! Tag to Ridge, Ridge gets Kit and together, the Brutes give him BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! Dunne runs to DECK Kit with the tenth! Fans fire up as Pretty Deadly flounders and NXT goes picture in picture.

Dunne and Ridge fall back while Pretty Deadly regroups. Elton is wary as he slides in, and he ties up with Ridge. Ridge RAMS Elton into a corner, EuroUppers him over an dover, then wrenches to whip corner to corner hard! Elton hits buckles then the mat, and Ridge storms over. Elton throws hands, CHOPS, and uppercuts! Elton whips, Ridge reverses and CLOBBERS him! Ridge drags Elton up, tags Dunne, and Dunne goes up while Ridge wrenches an arm. Dunne gives DOUBLE KNEES to the arm! Dunne then wrenches the arm, wrangles Elton to the mat, and he drops DOUBLE KNEES on the elbow! Dunne then runs in at the corner, but Elton dodges!

Elton tags Kit, They double whip Dunne into the adjacent corner! Then they get Dunne up in a Tree of Woe for Elton to BOOT Dunne down! Kit taunts Ridge, drags Dunne up, and wrenches for an ELBOW BREAKER! Kit wrangles Dunne now, and he drops knees, only to miss the arm! Kit clutches his leg, but he still BOOTS Dunne down! Kit rains down fists, smothers Dunne to a cover, TWO as Dunne bridges up! Kit wraps on a chinlock and makes it a cobra clutch as NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally as Dunne endures, and Dunne reaches up. Dunne gets Kit’s nose! The ref reprimands, but Kit lets go and Dunne CHOPS him!

Dunne CHOPS Elton, ROCKS Kit, ELBOWS Elton, but Kit RAMS Dunne! Tag to Elton, he runs in to UPPERCUT! Dunne flops down and Elton looms over him. Fans rally up but Elton stands on Dunne’s head and pulls the arm! The ref counts, Elton lets off, and Elton slaps Dunne around. Elton messes with Dunne’s hair, but Dunne stands up to ROCK Elton! Elton ROCKS Dunne but Dunne ROCKS Elton! The forearms keep going, Dunne fires off haymakers and CHOPS! Dunne CHOPS Elton off his feet! Dunne reaches for Ridge but Elton whips him away, so Dunne uses that momentum to DECK Kit! Elton runs in but Dunne dodges, hot tag to Ridge!

Ridge the Fridge runs and rallies on Elton with big shoulders! Ridge ducks ‘n’ dodges to FLYING SHOULDER! Fans fire up and Elton flounders. Ridge runs in to SPLASH Elton! Kit runs in, but gets a scoop and POWERSLAM for it! Elton swings but his arms get caught, for a HEADBUTT! Ridge then scoops Elton to POWERSLAM him on Kit! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Ridge and he drags Elton up. Ridge reels Elton in but Elton drops to KANGAROO KICK! Elton UPPERCUTS, then UPPERCUTS again! Elton runs but Ridge CLOBBERS him back! Fans are thunderous while both men are down!

Ridge and Elton crawl for their corners, kicking at each other. Hot tag to Kit, and he jumps on Ridge! Ridge carries Kit like a backpack but he’s fading in the sleeper hold. But then Ridge gets a second wind and he stomps his way to Dunne for the tag! Dunne goes up and he SUPER SUNSET BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Kit survives but Dunne snarls. Fans rally for “NXT! NXT!” as Dunne grabs the arms. Dunne gives Kit DRAGON STOMPS! Then Dunne DOUBLE WRISTLOCKS the arm! Kit endures, reaches out, but Elton grabs his hand. Dunne lets Kit go to STOMP Elton! And then ASAI MOONSAULT! Fans fire up and Dunne goes back for Kit, SNAP GERMAN!

Dunne dodges Elton, SNAP GERMAN! Fans fire up again as Dunne runs at Kit to GAMANGIRI! Then he runs at Elton, but Elton dodge the knee. Elton runs to Kit, Kit goes up and over and gets the boost, FLYING CODE BREAKER! Cover, but Ridge breaks it! Kit DROPKICKS Ridge for it, and then tags Elton. Pretty Deadly aim at Dunne, DOUBLE SHOTEI! But Ridge returns, only to get DOUBLE BOOTS! Dunne ENZIGURIS Elton, but Kit yoyos to LARIAT Dunne! Cover, TWO!! Dunne survives and Kit is shocked! Fans are loving it, though, and are giving a standing ovation! But Pretty Deadly sets up, SPILT- Ridge CLOBBERS Elton!

Dunne gets an ARMBAR on Kit!! Elton DECKS Ridge but is also down! Dunne has the arm, but Elton pushes things over to a cover! TWO!!! Dunne is up, he blocks the haymaker and bends the fingers, to SNAP them!! And then the pump handle, BITTER END!! Cover, but Elton helps Kit with the ROPEBREAK! Fans boo but the ref can’t reprimand what he didn’t see. Ridge saw it, though, and he’s pissed! He chases Elton into the ring, Dunne is there, too! Elton swings at the ref! The ref dodges the haymaker, though, and Dunne ROCKS Elton! Ridge POUNCES Elton out of the ring! Then Dunne GAMANGIRIS Kit!

Tag to Ridge, the Brutes bring Kit around, scoop, ROUNDHOUSE NORTHERN GRIT!! Cover, but wait, IMPERIUM is here?! Giovanni Vinci gets on the apron but Ridge DECKS him! Dunne spots Ludwig Kaiser, goes outside and MULE KICKS him! But then Elton CLOBBERS Dunne from behind! Kit CHOP BLOCKS Ridge, tags Elton, and Pretty Deadly sets up! SPILT MILK!! Cover, Pretty Deadly wins!

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

Another screw job, just like with the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships! But Imperium goes after the Brutes again, they all brawl to the back, allowing Pretty Deadly to celebrate surviving the night! But wait! Malik Blade & Edris Enofe storm out, followed by Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen! Pretty Deadly think they cleared everyone out but are proven dead wrong! Will they have to face all four men to prove they’re the best?


My Thoughts:

Great episode for NXT to introduce all the new aspects of this “White ‘n’ Gold” era. New commentators and interviewers (partially because Vic Joseph & McKenzie Mitchell are on their honeymoon) and the new look to fit the new logo, all good stuff. And a lot of great build towards Halloween Havoc, with that being NXT’s return to Saturday streaming events a la TakeOvers. Great vignette promos from Dragunov and JD, and a great interview promo from Bron where he actually used his “shoot voice,” not his “Steiner” voice. Javier Bernal stepping in it was also great, and he’ll be a good tune-up for Bron next week. Still personally hoping Dragunov wins, but I think Bron is finally finding himself as a character.

Great stuff for the North American Championship story. Melo has a great match with Oro but of course Trick helps Melo win, and we get a great transition right into Chase VS Wagner. Ironically, Chase U being ringside is what costs Chase and Wagner is going to bring some beef to the ladder match. That always seems rather standard for a multi-man ladder match like this, and Wagner is a natural pick. Sanga and Frazer have a good promo together, and I could’ve sworn Frazer VS Axiom was this week. But Veer showing up here, that’s great. He wasn’t really working out on Raw anymore, he was just another mean monster like Omos, so resetting his personality in NXT and reuniting with Sanga is great stuff.

Lash has a good promo going into her match with Wendy Choo, and it was a good match, and it was a bit of a surprise that Wendy won. It was also a surprise no Heel attacked her after. Maybe Lash will lash back at Wendy next week to set up a rematch for later. Then I loved that they decided to change things up from the Six Woman Tag. Alba “abducting” Mandy was a hilarious and aggressive way to push things to a women’s title match at Halloween Havoc, and we got a great #1 contenders match from Gigi & Jacy VS Lyons & Stark. KC Squared has a good promo to put their run together into perspective, but I have mixed feelings on Lyons & Stark winning.

I suppose it works that they’re proving people wrong by becoming a strong team, but WWE has done a lot of “the makeshift team beats the established team” these last few years. I’m sure Halloween Havoc’s title match will be awesome, but I would hope for KC Squared’s sake, they win in the end to reestablish that a long term team beats a short term team in the end. As for Alba and Mandy, I hope this is the moment Mandy loses to bring things full circle. She won the title at Halloween Havoc last year, she’ll basically get the one-year reign accolade and then she, Gigi & Jacy can be called up as SmackDown’s trio to counter Damage Control as Raw’s trio.

The inaugural Grayson Waller Effect talk show segment was a bit awkward, but I feel like they ironed out the problems and made this second one work. For one, Roxanne is finally showing some sass to match Cora’s, and I like that Waller kept getting annoyed by them. We got a good look at Spin the Wheel for this year, and I totally knew Roxie VS Cora II was going to allow weapons like Cora’s favorite little kendo stick. Cora won the first time so I think Roxie wins this one, and brutally. Also, great appearance from Apollo, of course Waller ends up with the “bloody” eyes from the prediction, and I would actually love if the blow-off for this is Eye for an Eye, because it just makes sense.

Good stuff from Hank, Quincy and Xyon. Xyon VS Quincy could make for a good match, but also maybe Xyon finds a tag partner to take on Quincy and Hank together. At this point, maybe it’s Duke since he likes picking fights. Duke gets SQUASHED by Julius, that’s good momentum for Julius. And while the promos weren’t the sharpest, Julius, Brutus and Damon Kemp set up quite the angle for Halloween Havoc. That Ambulance Match is going to be a lot of fun, but I don’t see the Creeds being split up like this. Plus, Kemp needs some comeuppance for what he’s done, this could be that moment.

There’s a lot of intrigue in this red hoodie kid and their connection to The Schism. I go with “they/them” because it’s hard to say who is under there. This could be Schism’s North American Championship member, or it could be their first female superstar recruit, it probably depends on what NXT is feeling. But “Red” setting up Grimes was good stuff, and thinking about it, Grimes confronting Red and perhaps revealing them could set up the twist that it IS a female superstar so Grimes can’t go after them. Maybe Grimes gets Chase U as an ally instead of Edris & Malik now that it looks like it could be 4v4.

And of course, great stuff for the NXT Tag Division. Pretty Deadly was so goofy in their “lordly” costumes, the Brutes showing up was a great surprise, and a great main event match out of them. Great interactions from the good ol’ boys, Malik & Edris and the Brutes that of course foreshadow the coming tag title match. Imperium screwing the Brutes over should’ve been expected, this just adds heat for their SmackDown/Extreme Rules stuff. Pretty Deadly VS Briggs & Jensen VS Malik & Edris is going to be great, would love if they decided to Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal for this match, too. Imagine a Triple Threat Tag Trick or Street Fight so they can all just go nuts.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (10/4/22)

It’s Dark before the Anniversary!

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Mitchell's AEW Dark Results & Report! (10/4/22)

Dark paves the way to the Dynamite Anniversary!

AEW is about to celebrate Dynamite’s Anniversary, but there’s plenty of action in the Dark! Will Dante Martin & Matt Sydal outwork the Workhorsemen?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Marina Shafir VS Sio Nieves; Shafir wins.
  • Ari Daivari w/ The Trustbusters VS AR Fox; Daivari wins.
  • Tony Nese & Josh Woods w/Mark Sterling VS Rohit Raju & Invictus Khash; Nese & Woods win.
  • Abadon VS Freya States; Abadon wins.
  • Slim J w/ The Trustbusters VS Blake Christian; Slim J wins.
  • Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi w/ Peter Avalon VS Eli Isom & Chris Farrow; Nemeth & Bononi win.
  • Parker Boudreaux w/ The Trustbusters VS Terry Kid; Boudreaux wins.
  • Skye Blue VS Robyn Renegade w/ Charlette Renegade; Skye wins.
  • The Iron Savages w/ JT Davidson VS Gus De La Vega & Levy Valenzuela; The Iron Savages win.
  • Dante Martin & Matt Sydal VS The Workhorsemen; Dante & Sydal win.

QUICK NOTES

Good line-up here. I feel like the Trustbusters are gonna sweep the night because they’ll all be supporting each other with Heel tactics. Honestly, I feel Blake Christian and AR Fox would each win their match-ups if they didn’t have to worry about outside distractions. Good to see the former Bear Country, now Iron Savages, Boulder & Bronson, back in action. They’ll definitely get a good return win. And Dante & Sydal VS JD Drake & Anthony Henry is a great tag match, and I would think Dante & Sydal win that.


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