NXT revives the In Your House brand for the 25th Anniversary and even brought Todd Pettengill along for the ride.
So with the nostalgia insinuation we should be expecting 90s love and great wrestling. I don’t see an issue with how this could turn out.
To actually discuss the matches, Karrion Kross should hopefully have a dominant showing and give the adorable Evil Genius of the Sky the damn title. Just do it. Insert a Nike commercial here WWE…cause JUST DO IT!
Okay…let’s see how the show shakes out.
- Shotzi Blackheart, Teagan Nox & Mia Yim vs Candice LeRae, Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai: Nox wins via Shiniest Wizard @9:50 – ** 1/4
- Damian Priest vs Finn Balor: Balor wins via Coup de Grace @13:05 – ****
- North American Championship: Johnny Gargano vs Keith Lee (c): Lee retains via Big Bang Catastrophe @20:35 – *** 3/4
- Last Chance Backlot Brawl NXT Championship Match: Adam Cole (c) vs Velveteen Dream: Cole retains via Panama Sunrise @15:00 – ***
- Karrion Kross w/Scarlett vs Tommaso Ciampa: Kross wins via Kross Jacket Sleeper @6:15 – ***
- NXT Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Io Shirai vs Charlotte Flair (c) vs Rhea Ripley: Io Shirai wins via Moonsault @17:35 – **** 1/2 – TITLE CHANGE!!!
Shotzi Blackheart, Teagan Nox & Mia Yim vs Candice LeRae, Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai
When it comes to telling a story, this match worked pretty well. Mia and Candice had most of their moments together, including eventually battling to the backstage area to turn the match from 6 woman to tag match. There were a few close calls early on with Dakota missing kicks and nearly hitting Raquel, which lead to the finishing sequence. Shotzi pulled Tegan off Raquel’s shoulder, so Dakota Pump Kicked her in the head. This gave Shotzi and Teagan chances to pull off some signatures. Chokeslam from Teagan to Dakota, assisted Shiranui from Shotzi to Raquel; and then Teagan won with the Shiniest Wizard.
As a match, it was clunky at times and forgettable, but the possible dissension between Raquel and Dakota, mixed with Mia and Candice not being over is good story telling.
WWE Cookie Sandwiches? Oh wow…CM Punk return confirmed.
Damian Priest vs Finn Balor
Priest really went all out in this match. Granted some of his motions referencing Razor Ramon and AJ Styles were unnecessary since that didn’t really have anything to do with the story of the match. That however, is nitpicking.
We saw fantastic work, a bevvy of strikes and martial arts kicks from Priest, a few big spots like a Crucifix Bomb on the apron and an Avalanche Side Effect. Priest took a huge bump when he tried to throw Finn from the apron on to steps, but Finn slipped out and launched Priest back first over the steps. Finn hits a Double Stomp to the back of Priest’s neck and then Coup de Grace in the middle of the ring for the pinfall. It’s a little surprising to see Finn win with the Coup de Grace, but given where the last big bump happened, it makes sense.
Adam Cole…with a throwback Ico Pro bumper. Triple H must be watching NWA Powerrr with all this nostalgia fueled commercial amusement.
North American Championship: Johnny Gargano vs Keith Lee (c)
A LOT of character work early in this match. They played up the size difference, Lee’s injuries that Johnny caused and amusing gif moments of Lee catching Gargano like a small child. This was fun to watch, but honestly went a little long and got slightly overbooked with the inclusion of the significant others. I did really appreciate the usage of the Plexiglas in the Pounce spot, though if it was sugar glass…that shatter would’ve been awesome.
The fact Gargano couldn’t keep Keith Lee down after cheating, using the keys again and 5 or 6 Superkicks. It all played well, but like I said, just felt like a little too long and a little too much at points. It was still damn entertaining.
Last Chance Backlot Brawl NXT Championship Match: Adam Cole (c) vs Velveteen Dream
Well we get another cinematic match, and this had that same dark, serious tone that Ciampa versus Gargano had. Granted, entrances aside, this didn’t really excite me. I loved Dream’s Lamborghini and Cole’s Monster Truck (I wanted a Monster Truck Sumo Match dammit). Lots of brawling, a stupid Uber Driver, a bad baseball bat against a car spot and random brawling around the block.
The action was decent, some of the help spots were alright, but I felt myself being much more bored than I should’ve been during this match. Fish and Strong getting nullified by Dexter Loomis was fun, but I’m also over the dozens of chairs in the ring for no real reason spot. This whole thing felt super forced. I like both men in it, and I guess it told the story decently enough.
Pettengil with more nostalgia. 900 number references and even the AOL chat, lead by D-generation X…doing their best Zoolander impression!
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) June 8, 2020
Karrion Kross w/Scarlett vs Tommaso Ciampa
This was probably an obvious result to most of us, but how we get there is part of the fun. Kross showed himself to be fairly immune to pain. Ciampa came out of the blocks quickly, but Kross absorbed the attacks and smiled. Whenever it looked like Ciampa could put a few moves together, Kross used the pain and transferred it into punishment.
We got a small glimpse of the old sadistic Ciampa, but it was too little, too late and Kross overpowered him and put him to sleep. Fall and Pray.
Robert Stone is seen disheveled, leaning against the N in the NXT logo and stroking it like a man with no direction in life.
NXT Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Io Shirai vs Charlotte Flair (c) vs Rhea Ripley
Wow, just…wow. Be it a Triple Threat AND a match involving Charlotte, suffice it to say, I wasn’t enthused. But Charlotte embodied her father (and every heel basically) early on by powdering and letting the other two get dirty first. After picking a few spots, we saw part of the story was going to be the size difference between Io and her opponents. Where Io was getting caught and stopped mid move quite often, so the others could vie for Alpha.
The match was laid out well (even if we did see the referee slow down Io for replay and appropriate build up before the Knees in the corner), I found myself really enjoying it. Charlotte took a lot of big bumps for Rhea in particular, and Io’s dive off of the In Your House Set will be replayed for the foreseeable future. Also the fact the reintroduced the Keno Stick that Charlotte loves to go to out of desperation; was a nice thread to tug on for the finish. I would’ve preferred Io to Moonsault Charlotte, and yes it looked a little brutal when she landed on Rhea’s face (mostly from how Rhea was selling the Figure Eight), but Io going over makes the most sense. Damn great match and I love the finish.
Overall Score: 8.25/10
So let’s work backwards here. The main event was fantastic and if Rhea got the belt back, people would wonder why she lost it in the first place. So this is a great time/excuse to crown Io. Kross looking like a beast is great to build up a new big threat; coupled with Scarlett is just money. Velveteen losing does lend a lot of credence to the rumors of him being called up. Lastly, the opening 6 woman match did a lot for future TV storylines.
What else can I say? This show played well for stories, future stories, big crowning achievements and great moments. Great show, filled with fun nostalgia bits… AND THOSE DAMN COOKIE SANDWICHES BETTER BE REAL!
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (11/22/22)
A Champion? Who is THE champion?
Wes Lee and Carmelo Hayes finally settle things!
After going back and forth for the NXT North American Champion, Wes Lee and Carmelo Hayes go toe-to-toe one more time to put an end to this! Who will come out not just a champion, but THE A Champion?
- Cora Jade VS Wendy Choo; Cora wins.
- Kiana James VS Ivy Nile w/ Tatum Paxley; Ivy wins.
- SCRYPTS VS Guru Raaj; SCRYPTS wins.
- Zoey Stark VS Sol Ruca; Stark wins.
- NXT Tag Team Championships: Pretty Deadly VS Andre Chase & Duke Hudson; Pretty Deadly wins and retains the titles.
- NXT North American Championship: Wes Lee VS Carmelo Hayes; Wes wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Toxic Attraction heads to the ring!
Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne are fully recovered from what Alba Fyre did to them, and the Toxic Goddess, Mandy Rose, is STILL NXT Women’s Champion after what Isla Dawn did to Alba Fyre! They get the mics and Mandy starts with, “In the immortal words of Queen, another one bites the dust. But there is only one queen in the NXT ring. And after last week, without my girls, all by myself, I was the last Woman Standing.” Fans boo because Mandy’s glossing over the truth. But Mandy says at 400 days and counting, she has defended her title, and now NXT has to create this first-ever revolutionary match just to figure out who her next opponent’s gonna be!
The Iron Survivor Challenge makes Mandy a bit jealous. She’d love to add another title to her collection. But don’t worry, she will be watching NXT Deadline very, very closely. Mandy cannot wait to see who is willing to go to war just to share the same ring. We all know that after Deadline, the last woman standing won’t stand a chance in hell of taking the title off Mandy! And Jacy says with “Fyre Bat” out of their hair, and clearly having her own new drama to deal with, Mandy can sit upon the throne and await her next victim. Meanwhile, Jacy & Gigi will focus on becoming the first-ever THREE-TIME NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions!
Gigi says with every passing day, the lust to get the titles back becomes intolerable! Kayden & Katana, Gigi hopes you’re listening. Because unlike Zoey & Nikkita, a team that was a train wreck waiting to happen, this is a real team! And everyone can agree that #GoldenAttraction is where the money’s at! But wait! Here come the champions! Kayden tells Gigi to just shut up already! She is so sick of these three thinking they can say what they want and get what they want. Mandy says when you’re as good as the three of them, you can do whatever you want!
Katana says, “Oh please. You are so phony! Standing up there saying ‘I did this all by myself,’ when the only reason that you’re still champion is because of Isla Dawn.” Fans cheer Katana for telling the truth! Kayden says Mandy’s words aren’t the only things phony. Jacy asks if Kayden & Katana have a reason for interrupting. Yes, it’s that Toxic Attraction is THE train wreck waiting to happen. Gigi & Jacy, just look in the mirror! “You two spend all your time protecting Mandy because you know that if Mandy loses that NXT Women’s Championship, you two lose all meaning, all equity, and have no use for Mandy!”
Gigi says, “Do you know how much equity those titles have lost with the two of you holding them?” Kayden says NONE, cuz these titles finally belong to a respectable team! Jacy tells the “Munchkins,” the last time Jacy checked, Toxic Attraction made the two of them relevant! And seeing them with those titles makes Jacy sick! But don’t worry, once Jacy & Gigi get the belts back, Kayden & Katana will return to being irrelevant, just like before. Kayden rushes in and tackles Gigi! Jacy goes after Kayden but Katana gets in to CODE BREAKER! Mandy goes after Katana, Kayden goes after Mandy! But now they’re outnumbered, 3v2!
Fans boo as Katana gets set up for the TOXIC ANNIHILATION! Mandy SLAMS Kayden down right beside Katana, and Toxic Attraction stands tall. Will Gigi & Jacy prove they’re greater than KC Squared? Who will be the Women’s Iron Survivor to then go after the Toxic Goddess?
NXT shares footage from earlier today.
Wes Lee was just walking into the arena when Tony D’Angelo and Channing Lorenzo literally pull up. “There he is,” The Don says. “Mr. North American Champion.” Stacks says, “Yeah, for now.” Tony tells Wes that he hasn’t forgotten what he did to Tony’s leg. But he still wishes Wes luck tonight. Wes starts to defend his innocence, but then he says, “Forget it. When I’m finished with Melo, you know where to find me.” Oh, yeah? Yeah. Tony drives off to go park his Tahoe, but will he be pulling up to Wes again at the end of tonight?
Cora Jade walks and talks to gorilla.
“You think I’m afraid bringing up Wendy Choo’s past? If you never go too far, you’ll never go far in life. But you don’t know anything about that, because you, too, sat alone at the lunch table. Hit my music!” The Generation of Jade is becoming one part Mean Girls, one part punk rock. But will this mean girl punk get rocked by the Queen of Comfy?
Duke Hudson is reading the Chase U playbook.
But he hurries to put it away when Grayson Waller walks in the room. Waller is loving Duke’s dedication to the bit! But he is wondering, when does it all end? Duke says he doesn’t understand what Waller means. Waller says the flag waving, the “ChAsE U~” and hand signs, like, Waller’s known Duke for years! This isn’t Duke! But that’s where Waller is wrong. This IS Duke. Maybe not on the outside, but on the inside, Duke is a committed and dedicated student of Chase U. Now, anyone who talks bad on Chase U is Duke’s enemy. Pfft, right. Waller knows the real Duke and his real colors will show eventually.
Duke leans in and says his true colors are black ‘n’ red, mate. Waller laughs, thinking Duke is still playing a part. Waller heads off mocking “CHASE U~!” but will Duke teach him the hard way that Duke is Chase U for life?
Cora Jade VS Wendy Choo!
NXT returns and Wendy makes her entrance. The bell rings and fans rally for Wendy. She eggs Cora on, Cora steps up and Wendy SLAPS her! Wendy headlocks, thrashes Cora around, but Cora pulls hair. The ref reprimands, Cora powers out but Wendy runs her over! Wendy eggs Cora on, has her in the corner and dribbles her off buckles! And then off more buckles! Wendy CHOPS, then she bumps Cora off more buckles. Wendy forearms, CHOPS, and fires up! Fans rally as Wendy whips but Cora whips the back drop away, only for Wendy to run her over again! Cora crawls away while fans rally behind Wendy.
Wendy drags Cora up, wrenches and YANKS the arm, then wrenches again to YANK again. Wendy wrenches again and whips Cora around and around to WRING her out! Wendy keeps on Cora with a hammerlock but Cora fights up. Cora elbows free, runs, and runs Wendy over! Cora “kicks dirt” at Wendy then runs, but Wendy stays low. Cora rolls over, Wendy sidesteps and hip tosses her down! Fans fire up while Cora goes to ropes. Cora uses the ropes as defense and the ref backs Wendy down. Cora kicks low and whips Wendy into the ropes! Cora then runs to BACK ELBOW Wendy down! Fans boo as Cora HAMMERS away!
Cora drags Wendy up to dribble her off the m at! Wendy gets to ropes, Cora CLUBS her down then eggs her own. Cora pulls Wendy’s pigtail to scoop, but Wendy slips out to roll-up! TWO, and Wendy DROPKICKS Cora down! Cora ends up in a corner, Wendy runs side to side to BOOT Cora! Wendy snapmares, but Cora avoids the sleepy elbow! Cora runs in and springboards, but Wendy avoids the stomps! Wendy drags Cora out, but Cora counter punches! Cora runs in, into a JAPANESE ARM-DRAG! Fans fire up and Wendy gest on the apron as NXT goes picture in picture!
Wendy eggs Cora on, but Cora crawls away. Wendy hops down to drag Cora up and ROCK her with a forearm. Wendy bumps Cora off the apron, pushes her into the ring, and Wendy hurries after Cora in a corner. Wendy ROCKS Cora, whips her out to send her back in, but Cora elbows back! Wendy ROCKS Cora again, whips her to another corner, then runs in. Cora dodges to SHINING WIZARD! Wendy flops down and Cora paces around. Cora stomps Wendy, drags her up and LARIATS her down! Cover, TWO! Cora smirks as she looms over Wendy. Cora stomps Wendy to a corner, digs her boot in, but lets off as the ref counts.
Cora swaggers about, runs in, and BRONCO BUSTERS! Cora then drags Wendy to a cover, TWO! Cora smirks and nods, amused by Wendy’s toughness. Wendy throws body shots but Cora CLUBS her down! Cora stomps Wendy to the ropes, drags her up and CHOKES her! The ref counts again, Cora lets off, and Cora swaggers around again. Cora runs to IMPLODER STOMP! Cover, TWO! Wendy is hanging tough but Cora looms over her. Cora taunts Wendy, pulls on her arms, and she gets the motorcycle stretch! Wendy endures and fans rally up. Wendy fights up, turns things around, but Cora turns it back onto Wendy!
Cora pulls harder on the arms, digs her knee into Wendy’s back, but Wendy still endures. Wendy fights but Cora keeps on those arms. Fans continue to rally as NXT returns to single picture, and Wendy fights up to her feet! Wendy arm-drags Cora away! Wendy runs but into a drop toehold onto ropes! Cora runs but Wendy dodges! Cora hits ropes and flounders! Wendy fires off body shots, KICKS and a LARIAT! Cora flounders again but Wendy whips her to ropes. OVERHEAD Belly2BellY! Cora staggers up and Wendy fires up! Fans fire up with her and she handspring clotheslines! Wendy goes up the corner, to SLEEPY CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!
Wendy grits her teeth and fans rally up behind her. Wendy drags Cora up, suplexes, but Cora slips free. Cora waistlocks, O’Conner Rolls, TWO!! Cora kicks low, but Wendy wrenches through to suplex, BRAINBUSTER! Wendy puts Cora in a drop zone and goes up the corner! Fans rally as Wendy reaches the top. Cora moves, Wendy hops back down, but Cora kicks her! Cora grabs her kendo stick! Cora swings, Wendy dodges and BOOTS! Cora flops down and Wendy gets the kendo stick! Fans fire up but the ref says don’t do it! Wendy argues with the ref, but Cora gets the thermos! Cora SPLASHES Wendy with her own orange juice!! And then BUTTERFLY DDT!! Cover, Cora wins!
Winner: Cora Jade, by pinfall
Cora laughs at Wendy, but the ref questions what’s all over the mat and now his hands. Cora pretends to have no idea. Wendy cries, which makes Cora laugh more. Will Wendy make sure Cora’s the one in tears next time?
Apollo Crews speaks.
“Deadline: a time or date when things should be completed. On Saturday, December 10th, I have the opportunity to complete something I came back to NXT to accomplish. Six months to almost the day when I looked Bron Breakker in the face and I said I envisioned you and me, Bron, making history together. And now, here it is: Bron Breakker, Apollo Crews, for the NXT Championship. These three weeks will be the longest three weeks of my life, because I’ve never wanted the bell to ring so bad in my life.
“I’ve been in many title matches, won the United States Championship, walked out of WrestleMania the Intercontinental Champion, but this match against Bron Breakker is the one I wake up in the middle of the night thinking about. Six months ago, I said I’m back to rewrite history, to change history, and to make history. The weight of being champion has taken its toll on Bron, I can see it on his face. I can see it in his eyes. But when you look into my eyes, the vision, the ending is clear.” Will Apollo make his vision a reality come Deadline? Or will Bron end up breaking another iconic superstar?
Backstage interview with Kiana James.
McKenzie Mitchell says we are moments away from Kiana’s match with Ivy Nile, and Kiana says that Ms. Nile may be tough, but there isn’t a woman Kiana sits across the boardroom from or stands across the ring from that intimidates her. Kiana doesn’t count wins, just losses, because there are so few. Then does that include not getting the deed to Fallon Henley’s bar? Kiana says that deal fell through because of stupidity, and they paid for it with interest last week. Now, if you’ll excuse her, she has a match to win. But before McKenzie cuts away, Javier Bernal walks in.
Javier says last week, McKenzie deprived the NXT Universe of seeing “The Greatest NXT Superstar” unlock his full potential. Not this time! He has something bigger than three names. Behold! The Big Body Javi Files. What is this? Santa’s naughty and nice list? How many names are on this!? Javi says 1347. Oh. Well number one, and wow, really? Axiom? She told Javi last week that Axiom is hurt! Still? That guy’s soft. Uh, his leg was completely bent backwards! Then keep going. Number 14… Elon Musk?! Why would Javi wanna fight him? Hey, he’s not paying $8 for a blue checkmark! How many followers does Javi have? T-Two… Thousand! MILLION!
Two thousand million? That’s not really a number. What? What? WHAT?! Just keep reading!! Okay, number 68: Drake. Drake Maverick? Oh, haha, another person not available. NO, Drake the rapper. What? What’s his beef with that Drake? Uh, did you hear his last album? Then number 250… This guy’s retired, too. Well, is he? Legends say they’re retired, but they always come back for “One! More! Match!” And what about having that “one more match” with Big Body Javi? Never say never! Well, Javi, you’re not fighting anyone on this list. Uh, it’s not a list, it’s a file. And at this rate, he’ll be fighting McKenzie! Javi storms off, is at least ONE of his 1347 choices be a real option?
Duke Hudson meets up with other Chase U students.
One student says Mr. Kenwa’s AWA class is so tough! And Thea Hail says Mr. Shabu’s pop quiz would’ve been so much harder without the head’s up. They thank Duke for that. He says it’s no big deal. No one likes pop quizzes. But uh, he does accept gifts. Ha, good one. No, he means it. But then Pretty Deadly walk in and mockingly laugh. The honorary Duke Hudson of Chase U fame, these two have a proposition: There is a poker game tonight, and they could use a ringer to help them clean up. Does Duke fancy a go? Sorry, boys, Duke would rather stay here with his classmates.
Wait, what? Is Duke serious? They joke about the poker game and Duke doesn’t even react! Well serious or not, gambling is against school policy. Duke, when are you going to take off that disgusting school uniform and go back to being the Duke they know he really is. Not that that Duke was great, but at least he tried to look good doing it. Nowadays, Duke’s just a stooge. Duke DECKS Elton Prince, then fights with Kit Wilson! Thea wants in but the others keep her back! Duke fights Pretty Deadly 2v1, but they RAM him into the storage lockers! Referees rush in to break this up! Kit & Elton pushed Duke too far, will Duke find a way to fight back?
Kiana James VS Ivy Nile w/ Tatum Paxley!
As smart and business savvy as The Calculator is, she couldn’t account for family memories and principles being stronger than her money. Will Kiana move on to more important business like climbing the ranks towards the title? Or will the Diamond Pitbull tear her to shreds and move on to Deadline herself?
NXT returns as Ivy makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two tie up. Ivy powers Kiana back to ropes but lets off as the ref counts. Kiana shoves Ivy, but Ivy shoves Kiana! Kiana headlocks, Ivy pries at the hold but Kiana holds on tight. Fans rally up and Ivy pries the hold open to arm-drag! Ivy headlocks back, shifts sides and wrenches to a wristlock. Kiana pries the hold to wrench and trip Ivy. Ivy slips away and the two reset. Kiana and Ivy circle, fans rally for Ivy but Kiana shoots around to full nelson. Ivy breaks it, sunset flips, TWO! Ivy facelocks to keep Kiana down and she moves around to wrench the hold.
Kiana fights up, wrenches out and pulls hair to hit a BACKBREAKER, and BLINDSIDE LARIAT! The ref reprimands and fans boo but Kiana taunts Ivy. Kiana stomps Ivy, reels her in, gut wrenches and carries Ivy in the Canadian Rack. CANADIAN BACKBREAKER! Ivy writhes but Kiana pushes her to a cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Ivy but Kiana facelocks. Ivy fights up, throws body shots, but Kiana whips Ivy to a corner. Ivy bounces off buckles and Kiana scoops to a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Kiana snarls but she clamps claws into Ivy’s shoulders! Kiana JAMS her knee in, and again, then pushes Ivy down to cover, TWO!
Kiana pushes Ivy around, grabs a leg and has a CALF CRUSHER! Ivy endures, reaches out, claws around, and she grabs Kiana for a chinlock! Kiana lets the leg go to fight up and back suplex! Cover, TWO! Kiana grows frustrated but she drags Ivy up to scoop again. Ivy slips through to CLUB away on Kiana! Ivy then hooks Kiana up to bend the arms back! Kiana endures the “Diamond Octopus,” and Ivy YANKS the arm! Kiana staggers and fumes, but she storms up into a roll-up! TWO, but Ivy hurries up to KICK and KICK and ROUNDHOUSE! Kiana wobbles, Ivy RANAS her down! Ivy keeps moving and she shoulder tackles Kiana!
Ivy gut wrenches and SUPLEXES! Fans fire up with Ivy and she runs in at Kiana to DROPKICK her out of the ring! Kiana gets to her feet, she says she’s done, but she turns around to see Fallon Henley there! Fallon tells Kiana off about attacking her last week and Kiana hurries back into the ring. Ivy swings Kiana around, into the DIAMOND DRAGON SLEEPER! Kiana taps, Ivy wins!
Winner: Ivy Nile, by submission
But Kiana’s suffering isn’t over, Fallon gets in the fire off forearms! Kiana runs away but Fallon pursues and fires off more in front of commentary! They go all the way to the back, will Fallon teach Kiana not to mess with family?
Meanwhile, the Creed Brothers appear to cheer on Ivy in her win, and Julius says, “Ivy Nile continues to prove that she is the most dangerous woman in NXT! She’s underappreciated. But you still don’t see her running around jumping people like Indus Sher! These guys think they’re gonna make their names on the backs of the Creed Brothers. I don’t think so! We’ve been bodying dudes that’re bigger and stronger than us our entire lives! Ask Nick Gwiazdowski, two-time world medalist. He can get frequent flyer miles whenever he wanted. Ask Sam Stolk!” Ivy has Julius stop there.
But Brutus says the point is this: Intimidation doesn’t affect the Creeds. They’ve worked too damn hard to be worried about anything with a heartbeat! Indus Sher walks around wanting respect after attaching the Creeds? Well that’s the last thing they’re gonna get! Julius tells Veer & Sanga that they might have the admiration of all of India, but when it comes to set foot in the ring, it’s just them and the Creeds. NXT Deadline, Indus Sher VS Julius & Brutus Creed! “If you guys want respect, try and come get it!” Ivy tries to get the boys to focus on what really matters, but are the Creeds hitting back before Indus Sher strikes again?
Isla Dawn speaks.
“The light of your fire, Alba, was met by the darkness of the Unholy Enchantress. But I did give fair warning of my approach. But you did not heed the signs. No one saw the ethereal thing materializing before their very eyes. But Alba, for any answers you seek, you must listen. Listen to the same spirit voices that have guided me straight to you. Alba, we’re gonna have so much fun together!” Isla laughs and blows out her candles, but will she end up burned by the Fyre she’s playing with?
Andre Chase speaks with one of his students.
“We’ve been over this countless times. The Elimination Chamber debuted as Survivor Series 2002-” Duke flops into the room! He’s sputtering as he asks Mr. Chase for help. But he’s in a meeting with Mario! Duke ran here because he remembered Chase talking about leaving it in the ring. Yes, he did say that. Well, Duke says he couldn’t do it, he punched him! Duke, you can’t get into fights with fellow students. No, not a classmate! It was Pretty Deadly. Who? The… Hold on, Duke’s gotta catch his breath. The two with the long hair and half shifts. They were talking bad on Chase U! They were?! Yeah, so Duke had to double down and then everyone rushed in.
Wait, were there any repercussions? Did he get fined? No no no. He doubled down and got them a tag title match. Wait, really?! When!? Tonight. TONIGHT?! Duke, that’s great! Mario also says that’s great! Chase asks Mario WTF he’s still doing in his office. Get out so they can prepare! Duke, way to go! Chase says they gotta game plan right now! But will Duke be alright after gassing himself to go find Mr. Chase?
SCRYPTS VS Guru Raaj!
The mysterious messages, both audio and visual, finally have a face to the name! Scrypts flips his way out to the ring and walks the tightrope as he writes his name in the air. But will Raaj be able to flip the script and end the story before it begins?
The bell rings and Scrypts handsprings right up to Raaj! Scrypts writes Raaj off already, but Raaj rushes in. Scrypts gets around Raaj, slips under and KANGAROO KICKS, then kips up! Raaj wobbles, Scrypts DROP-SAULTS! Scrypts brings Raaj up, whips him to ropes but Raaj reverses, only for Scrypts to slide under his double stomps! Scrypts kicks low, clinches and whips Raaj to a corner. Fans start chanting “REGGIE! REGGIE!” as Scrypts runs in, but into an elbow! Scrypts shrugs that off, Raaj lariats but Scrypts handsprings under it! Scrypts mule kicks, front kicks, then TWISTING CROSSBODIES!
Scrypts rains down fists on Raaj, then drops an elbow! Scrypts goes to the corner, writes in the air then climbs up the corner, for the PUNCTUATION! Cover off the somersault seated senton, Scrypts wins!
Winner: SCRYPTS, by pinfall
The first chapter in the story is complete, and it was a success for the mysterious scribe. He leaves Raaj with his card, but will Scrypts leave his mark on NXT?
The Schism is in the ring.
Joe Gacy, Rip Fowler, Jagger Reed & Ava Raine sit at a table, bathed in the black light that turns their yellow smiling masks red. Rip is “Gluttony,” Gacy is “Invictus,” Raine is “Oath,” and Reed is “Greed” while fans boo. The masks come off and the lights return to normal. Gacy says, “Autumn is the time of year when trees shed their leaves, and The Schism’s tree is no different. We shed the transgressions of those against us and we reflect on what togetherness has brought to our lives. This week, we recognize a day for giving thanks. And it is our duty to reinforce the meaning of a day meant for togetherness and something to be thankful for.”
Ava speaks next. “Every year, stories are told of families being torn apart by Thanksgiving. Despite the American tradition of quality time shared with loved ones, dysfunction remains the norm. Blood relatives cannot guarantee a united family. But The Schism can be counted on.” Some fans cheer that message, and Rip speaks next. “A day to be grateful that you have enough to fed yourselves during the darkest of times has exploded into a ritual of overabundance, and embarrassment of riches.” Ava exits the ring while Rip continues to rant that “Gluttony that cannot be contained has left this holiday a far cry from it’s intent.”
Ava seems to be looking in the crowd for something… She points to someone in the front row and he hops over the railing. Reed says, “Thanksgiving is now anticipated more for Black Friday deals. The deals creep in earlier and earlier each year, so that you can forego Thanksgiving altogether in hopes of grabbing that new hot item, when you should be focused on your belief system.” Ava welcomes this fan into the ring and into the open chair at the middle of the table. Gacy says Ava has found someone who practices the traditions of Thanksgiving and brought them here. As you can see, their table is bare so that it is open for new opportunities to forge new traditions.
Gacy turns to the fan and says tonight we christen a new holiday. This man will be the bridge to the old traditions they leave behind, and to the new ones they will forge, which will “forever lasting traditions.” Fans chant, “Sacrifice! Sacrifice!” Are they anticipating something? Gacy says this man’s inclusion will be the centerpiece of their table. Now please, stand with them as they pledge “The Day of Schism Invictus.” They all stand, and Gacy leads them in the pledge. “We pledge on this day of Schism Invictus to refuse anyone who is not The Schism, and build strength through togetherness. Four roots, one tree.”
Ava welcomes the guest into a hug, and Gacy says it is too late to join. They are no longer inclusive. They are now DIVISIVE! What? Gacy thanks this man for his sacrifice. Fans cheer as Gacy URENAGES the guest through the table! Happy Schism Invictus! But will this tradition lead the Schism to titles and supremacy over the masses they rejected?
Backstage interview with Trick Williams.
McKenzie notes this was to be an interview with both Trick and Melo, but it doesn’t seem Melo is joining them. Trick says that is because The A Champion is in The A Locker Room preparing for his A PLUS performance tonight. But don’t worry, Trick Willy will answer all your questions. He is sure McKenzie is good enough to work on the fly, so fire away. Then what are his thoughts on- Trick says, “Wes Lee’s Cinderella Man story ends tonight! Melo’s gonna beat that bitter bad man into an oblivion. And then I can’t wait to hear them say, ‘THREE-TIME NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPION!'”
But then Wes appears! Trick puts up his dukes but Wes says settle down. Don’t stop on his account, continue to talk how money Melo is. Well okay, Melo looks like money, walks like money, and talks like money because Melo IS money. Interesting. So then, Melo has this in the bag tonight? Is water wet? So then, Trick doesn’t need to be out there. He can watch Melo take the L from the locker room. Whoa, Melo ain’t taking the L. And Trick Melo Gang is a package date, they go out there together. Hmm… Well, Melo needs Trick to win? Oh, Trick sees what Wes is trying to do. But now he’s caught! Is Trick saying it without saying it?
McKenzie, Trick thought you were on his side! No, she’s an unbiased reporter. Trick says Melo doesn’t need Trick to win! He doesn’t? Then it’ll be just Wes and Melo out there tonight? That’s putting words in Trick’s mouth! Wes says see ya later. Trick just got got! Will Melo be A-OK without his sidekick? Or will Wes prove HE’s the A Champion now?
Bron Breakker speaks.
“After a big match, this is where you can find me. Just out here.” He puts his boat in the water and goes cruising. “Out here, I don’t have to be Bron Breakker, the guy that smashes people. I’m just a regular guy. I’m just another fisherman out here. What I love most about being out here is just how quiet it is.” Bron casts his line and waits. “Being the NXT Champion comes with a lot of weight, a lot of responsibility. Don’t get me wrong, I love it. Just takes a toll after awhile. In the beginning, I felt like Superman. It’s just all excitement and no real expectations. But as time goes on, there’s more weight, there’s more pressure. That’s why I come out here.
“As it gets colder and winter comes in, my experience is, these fish slow down, they’re not as active in the wintertime, so that forces me to broaden my bait choice and throw some different things that have some movement or some action to it to get these fish to react to it. This is my escape. This is where I can come and drop all that weight. Because when I go back ashore, I’ve got competitors coming at me from all directions. All the heavy hitters. Apollo Crews, he’s next. When one challenge ends, another begins. Apollo’s right. Three weeks, NXT Deadline, the weight goes back on. And after I retain my title, you know where you can find me.”
Zoey Stark VS ???
Angry, bitter, but not one to mess with, the Sin City Soldier gets back in action as a solo star. Will she show everyone that she’s the only one that matters?
NXT returns and Sol Ruca makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Zoey waistlocks and SLAMS Sol, then facelocks to dig Sol’s face into the mat. Sol gets up and circles with Zoey again. They tie up again, Zoey headlocks, Sol lifts her but Zoey flying-mares for the takedown. Sol moves around to keep her shoulders up, and she handstands to walk out of the headlock! Sol eggs Zoey on and Zoey runs right into a drop toehold! Sol floats over to a facelock but Zoey fights up. Zoey wrenches out to WRING the arm, but Sol one-hand handsprings through! Only for Zoey to KNEE low!
Zoey bumps Sol off buckles, then hip tosses her, but Sol handsprings through that, too! Fans fire up as Sol eggs Zoey on. Zoey rushes in but Sol hurdles over and DROPKICKS Zoey down! Zoey goes to a corner, Sol storms in but into a SUPERKICK! But Sol SUPERKICKS back! Zoey claims something’s wrong with her jaw, but that’s so she can SUCKER SUPERKICK Sol! Cover, TWO! Zoey drags Sol up, but Sol ROCKS Zoey with a forearm then LARIATS! Zoey bails out but Sol calls her a chicken. Sol baseball slides, into an apron skirt trap! Zoey fires off haymakers! The ref reprimands, fans boo, but Zoey leaves Sol behind, to then WRECK Sol with a dropkick!
Zoey puts Sol back in the ring, slides in and covers, TWO! Zoey fishhooks Sol’s face, the ref reprimands, and Zoey lets off at 4. Zoey CLUBS Sol with crossface forearms, then wraps on a chinlock. Fans rally and Sol endures while Zoey thrashes her. Sol fights up, throws body shots, but Zoey CLUBS Sol down. Zoey snarls, whips Sol to a corner, but Sol dodges to roll Zoey up! TWO! Sol elbows Zoey away, then runs to run her over! Fans fire up with Sol’s flying shoulders and DROPKICK! Sol dodges Zoey to back drop her high and hard! Cover, TWO! Sol hurries to go to the corner and climb up! But Zoey GAMANGIRIS her down!
Zoey drags Sol up, Sol shoulders in then slingshot sunset flips! TWO! Sol brings Zoey up to whip to the corner, then she handsprings in to SPLASH! Sol scoops Zoey to POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Zoey survives and Sol is frustrated! Fans fire up as Sol goes up the corner again. Sol leaps, but Zoey avoids the dropkick to SLIDING KNEE! Cover, Zoey wins!
Winner: Zoey Stark, by pinfall
The Hunter takes down her prey, but now she picks at the bones! But wait, here comes Nikkita Lyons! Zoey goes out to meet her, but Lyons ROCKS her first! Lyons gets in the ring, blocks the superkick and DECKS Zoey! Zoey stagger sup, but she avoids the heel kick! Zoey says they’re not doing this now, they’re doing this on her time. Will the Hunter quickly become the hunted with Lyons on the prowl?
Malik Blade & Edris Enofe talk with someone.
Malik tells them that “Big O” Odyssey Jones has room for one more if they wanna join in. And there’ll be plenty of ladies, too. Edris knows they haven’t always seen eye to eye with Von Wagner & Robert Stone, but Edris & Malik are trying to be the bigger men here. And they’re sure Von is upset after losing to Bron, but that was last week. They know for a fact Von will get back on top, just like them! Onward and upward! Von says Malik sure is looking sharp. And they’ve got lots of swag. Von’s not sure about Rob, but he’s got his dancing shoes on! Nice! Von takes off the jacket, and Edris says big Von Wagner, Malik, Edris and Odyssey, it’ll be a fun night!
Yeah, Von could use a night out being mediocre for once. Stone laughs at that one. Onward and upward, was it? These guys don’t know about that! They don’t know about success! They never will see him hang out with “you two losers.” Who’s Von calling losers?! Malik has Edris calm down, but Von DECKS Malik then KNEES Edris! Von TOSSES Edris into the cars! Von DECKS Malik again, CLUBS Edris, then he goes after Malik! Security rushes in but Von shoves them away! Von RIPS Malik’s sweater vest!!! Odyssey storms over and Von backs off now. Odyssey checks on Malik. Will Odyssey #SoundTheAlarm and look for vengeance on vicious Von?
Charlie Dempsey speaks.
“All these new workouts… CrossFit? Power yoga? Circuit training? Just give me a good ol’ fashioned deck of cards. Legends like Carl Gotch and Billy Robinson didn’t have all this technology and equipment. All they had was their bodies. I train like they trained for performance. But I’m surrounded by people who train to look cool for Instagram. Guys like Wes Lee, Carmelo Hayes, Grayson Waller, they spend their mornings choosing their outfits while I wake up and do 5003 squats before breakfast. There’s a lot of pretend tough guys in that locker room with their beach muscles. They even gave a security guard a contract, for pity’s sake.
“But I’ll have them all screaming when I stretch them in the ring. Because professional wrestling is a serious business.” Will Dempsey prove to NXT that sports entertainers don’t stand a chance against him?
NXT Tag Team Championships: Pretty Deadly VS Andre Chase & Duke Hudson w/ Thea Hail!
After Grayson Waller questioned Duke’s genuineness, Elton Prince & Kit Wilson pushed Duke’s buttons, and he just couldn’t help it! But that fight turned into a title match! Will this be a #TeachableMoment for the dandy highwaymen? Or will the #SidePlateCheck continue to show Pretty Deadly’s logo?
NXT returns and the champions make their entrances. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who pasts the test here tonight!
The teams sort out and fans rally for Chase U. Chase wants to start, but Duke sees Elton rushing up, so Duke CLOBBERS him first! Duke is starting now, and Chase tells him to fight smarter, not harder. But then Elton tags out to Kit. Duke rushes in to CLOBBER Kit! Duke whips Kit to a corner, scoops him on the rebound, and hits a BIG sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO! Duke brings Kit up, tags in Chase, and they double whip Kit to drop toehold and elbow drop! Chase covers, TWO! Chase drags Kit up, but Kit stomps a foot! Kit elbows Chase, Chase kicks back, but Kit fires off forearms! Chase gets around to lift Kit but Elton tags in!
Chase gives Kit the atomic drop, but Elton hops up onto Chase’s shoulders. Kit throws a body shot and that helps Elton with the victory roll! TWO!! Chase escapes, blocks a kick and body scissors to roll Elton! TWO, Elton trips Chase but Chase twists and throws him away! Chase headlocks for a takeover! Fans rally for “CHASE U! CHASE U!” but Elton fights up. Elton powers out, Chase runs Elton over! Chase runs, things speed up, Elton DROPKICKS Chase down! Fans boo but Kit says, “Yes Boy~!” Elton puts Chase in the corner, tags Kit, and they double whip to run Chase over. “Yes Boy~!” They both run to LEG DROP SPLASH COMBO! Kit covers, TWO!
Kit wrenches Chase to whip, but Chase kicks him away! Chase then headlocks, but Kit powers out. Chase goes up and under to then trip Kit! Kit throws Chase but Chase cartwheels through! Chase RAMS Kit, snapmares him and runs, but Kit catches the legs! Only for Chase to roll and drag Kit down! Cover, TWO!! Kit escapes but Chase headlocks again. Kit reaches out to Elton but Chase kicks the foot away! Elton storms in, but Chase back drops him while holding onto Kit! Elton staggers up, Chase jumps up, RANA HEADLOCK TAKEOVER COMBO! Fans fire up for Chase, and he says that is a TEACHABLE MOMENT!
The champs rush Chase, he dodges, and Duke runs in! Duke CLOBBERS Elton, Kit comes back, into a double back drop! Chase whips Kit, Kit reverses but Chase reverses back to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! And time to spell it out! “C! H! A! S! E! U!” “What’s that spell?!” “CHASE U~!” Fans are all fired up as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns again and Chase uppercuts Elton! Chase runs, but into an elbow! Elton snarls and he kicks Chase around. Fans boo Elton then rally up again as Elton drags Chase up. Chase JAWBREAKERS free! Kit hurries out to fetch Elton, but then Thea points it out and Duke storms over that way! Kit hurries back to his corner, but this leaves Chase without someone to tag! Elton CLOBBERS Chase from behind! Duke goes back to his corner but Elton stomps a mudhole in the open corner. Elton fires off point-blank clotheslines, the ref counts, but Elton lets off. Elton has Chase on ropes, wraps on a cobra clutch, and he tags in Kit.
Elton ripcords Chase for a double kick. DOUBLE CLUB! And then Pretty Deadly both stomp Chase’s hands! Pretty Deadly mock Duke with Scott Hall fingers, then they stomp Chase down. Tag to Elton, Kit wrenches and traps Chase. Elton goes up to DOUBLE AX HANDLE! Cover, TWO! Chase is hanging tough but Elton tags Kit. They double whip Chase but he holds ropes! Chase BOOTS Elton, ROCKS Kit, reaches for Duke, but Elton rushes over. Chase throws Elton out, but Elton falls on Thea! Duke is furious and he chases Elton off, but he again leaves Chase without a tag! Duke hurries back but Kit RAMS Chase all the way to the Pretty Deadly corner!
Elton tags in, Kit holds Chase in place for the UPPERCUT! Feed to a fireman’s carry, ASSISTED GUT BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Chase is hanging tough and fans fire up! Elton clamps onto Chase to keep him down and then drags him up. Fans rally and Chase DECKS Elton! Both men are down, Elton realizes he has to stop Chase, but Chase crawls under him! Hot tags to Kit and Duke! Duke rallies on the champions with big haymakers and elbows! Scoop SLAM for Elton, scoop SLAM for Kit onto Elton! Then Duke scoops Chase to SLAM him onto Elton! Fans fire up and Duke raises the roof! Duke JABS Kit, and JABS, and JABS, and JABS!
Duke flips, flops ‘n’ flies! CHASE U ELBOW!! Cover, Elton breaks it! Duke throws body shots on Elton then TOSSES him out! Fans fire up and Duke tags in Chase! Chase is wobbly, though! Duke wants Chase to finish this, and he hauls Kit up. But Elton runs in! Chase DECKS Elton! Duke Gory Especials Kit, slings him out, but Kit drops and the BOOT hits Chase!! Duke can’t believe what just happened, but Elton drags Duke out! Elton RAMS Duke into steel steps! Tag and SPILT MILK!! Cover, Pretty Deadly wins!!
Winners: Pretty Deadly, by pinfall (still NXT Tag Team Champions)
Chase U’s student section cannot believe it! Kit & Elton escape by the seat of their fancy pants, will anyone be able to stop them? Chase sighs but he isn’t upset with Duke. Will they go back to the drawing board and work on a way back to the titles?
NXT shares Roxanne Perez’s video.
It was an an NXT Live event last Saturday that Roxie was making some TikTok vids and she with Nikkita Lyons. Roxie asked Lyons about the matches that night, but then Indi Hartwell just storms over to tell Roxie there are NO friends in this business! Indi says Roxie is being all friendly with Lyons but she can’t even be a good friend to Indi and watch her match! Roxie said she did! Indi said how could Roxie have watched Indi’s match when she’s over here recording stuff with Nikkita?! They were talking ABOUT Indi’s match!
Indi didn’t accept that answer, and then via Elektra Lopez’s video of this same incident, the argument got so heated that other superstars came over to try and cool it off. Lopez says, “Seems like I’m not the only one who has a problem with Indi Hartwell.” La Madrina is stirring the pot, but Indi is already pretty heated on her own. Indi and Roxie settle things in a match next week, who gets burned when this reaches a boiling point?
Kayden & Katana regroup backstage.
They agree that Toxic Attraction only stood tall in that brawl because it was 3v2. But then Lyons says hey. What does she want? She admits that she said some stuff leading up to their tag title match, but she doesn’t regret it. Well, neither do they. But Lyons also admits KC Squared was right. Lyons & Stark were never a real team. And yes, she knows everyone’s been saying that they weren’t partners for very long, but it’s just that Lyons looked up to Zoey and admired her. Can you blame her? But then we didn’t know the real Zoey until she hit Lyons upside the head with a title belt. Katana appreciates Lyons saying this, and knows that the tag titles can make or break friendships.
Kayden agrees, but says the break-up isn’t on Lyons. The champs know Lyons is a badass. And if Zoey can’t see that, that’s her loss. Katana says what matters is staying true to who you are. And who doesn’t love to shake that booty and have some fun? They call agree there! But if KC Squared is looking for a third against Toxic Attraction, then count her in. Well alright then! Kayden & Katana now have Nikkita backing them up, will KC Squared plus one be greater than Toxic Attraction’s three?
BIG NEWS for next week!
With time running out, Shawn Michaels will reveal the Iron Survivor Challenge competitors! Who will be the five men and five women HBK deems worthy of this historic match debut?
NXT North American Championship: Wes Lee VS Carmelo Hayes!
The Must-See Kid is finally a singles champion, and he has his first defense against the man who was champion. But will Wes be one and done? Or can he prevent the rise of the three-time (three-time three-time) North American Champion?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see just who is THE A Champion!
The bell rings and the two stare down. Wes and Melo circle, fans rally and duel, and the two tie up. Melo and Wes go around, end up in a deadlock, so Melo ROCKS Wes with a right! Melo talks trash, but Wes says if that’s how he wants it, Wes TACKLES Melo! Wes throws hands, Melo scrambles out of the ring, but Wes slides out to ELBOW Melo into the announce desk! Melo staggers away, Wes rushes in but is sent into barriers! But then Wes drop toeholds Melo into the barriers! And LARIATS him into the gap! Melo staggers up and Wes throws him back into ringside! Melo flounders, Wes runs in and RAMS Melo into the apron!
Melo CLUBS away on Wes, puts him in the ring, and then he slides in. Wes stares Melo down and says, “It won’t be that easy. I’d rather die!” Melo stands Wes up but Wes ROCKS him back! Melo ROCKS Wes, then BOOTS him! Wes staggers to ropes, Melo runs in, but into a RANA! Melo staggers up, Wes shoots around him to get the headlock, but Melo fights up. Fans rally, Melo back suplexes but Wes lands on his feet. Wes waistlocks, Melo swings elbows but misses, and Wes lifts. Melo fights the suplex, trips Wes and turns him over, but Wes dodges the falling elbow! Melo sweeps the legs, rolls Wes to his feet, but Wes gets around to schoolboy! TWO, Melo cradles, TWO!
Wes avoids the sweep, Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Both men hurry to stand up, Wes ducks but Melo springboard! Wes dodges again, handsprings, but Melo gets under! Both men BOOT and they’re both down! But it’s a double cover at the same time! TWO!! Fans fire up as both men avoid the loss and NXT goes picture in picture.
Fans rally as Wes and Melo stir. Melo sits up, shakes his head and talks more trash. Melo goes to the ropes and then the corner. Wes runs in but Melo moves! Melo comes back but Wes swats him! Wes boots but Melo blocks to put Wes in the ropes! ENZIGURI, and then the FADE AWAY! Wes is folded up from that impact! Melo drags Wes to a cover, TWO! Melo is frustrated but he drags Wes around to drop knees on the shoulder! Melo pulls on the arm, he slaps Wes around, and then focuses on bending the elbow! Wes endures, reaches out, but Melo slaps him down again. Melo pulls on the arm, but Wes powers up with is legs to get a roll-up! TWO!!
Melo escapes, and he CLOBBERS Wes! Melo hurries to cover, TWO!! Wes is still in this but Melo keeps on him. Melo goes after the bad arm and puts it in a cobra clutch! Wes endures, claws at the hold, and NXT returns to single picture. Fans duel as Wes reaches out. Melo shakes his head, but Wes pulls at the hold more. Melo HEADBUTTS the bad arm to keep it down! Wes still endures as Melo leans on the hold, and Wes reaches up. Wes stands up, but Melo KNEES low! Melo whips but Wes ducks ‘n’ dodges to come back, but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Melo springboards, FLYING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!
Melo argues with the ref but the ref says his count was fair. Melo goes back to Wes and he CLUBS him down! Fans duel hard as ever while Melo HAMMERS away on Wes! Wes crawls to ropes but Melo drags him up. Melo whips Wes to a corner hard and Wes falls back. Melo says that the title is going home where it belongs. Melo drags Wes up, whips him to the other corner hard, and Wes falls back again. Melo laughs as he looms over Wes, and then he dribbles his free throw. Did Melo make the shot? Fans chant, “AIR BALL!” Melo whips Wes but Wes slides to stop! Melo runs in but into a FLAPJACK into the buckles!
Fans fire up as Wes GERMAN SUPLEXES Melo away! Both men are down and fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” Wes crawls his way over, Melo gets up, and Melo throws a haymaker! Wes gives it back, so Melo throws another! They go back and forth, faster and faster, harder and harder! Fans fire up as this is a hockey fight! Wes goes low, SOBATS, then fires off a strike fest! Snapmare and BIG basement dropkick! Melo goes to a corner, Wes goes to the other. Wes goes Around the World for a SUPER PUNCH! Wes whips Melo corner to corner as fans declare, “This is Awesome!” Melo bounces off buckles, Wes runs in and around him to UPPERCUT!
Wes waits on Melo to get up, to SUNSET DDT! Melo staggers to his feet, Wes SPIKE-RANAS him down! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives and Wes is fuming. Wes drags Melo to a drop zone, goes up the corner, and fans hope they “Fight Forever!” But this has to end somehow, and Wes takes aim. 450- NO, Melo moves and then cradles Wes! TWO!! Wes escapes, Melo tilt-o-whirl FACEBUSTERS! Cover, TWO!! Wes survives and shocks everyone, even Booker T on commentary! Fans rally up as both men slowly rise. Melo runs in but Wes BOOTS him! Melo CODE- NO, Wes holds ropes to stop the Code Breaker!
Wes spins Melo around, stands him up, and SUPERKICKS him back down! Wes runs, Melo ducks the double knees, to CODE BREAKER this time! Wes flops over and Melo goes to his favorite corner! THREE POINT- NO, Melo misses!! Wes METEORAS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Melo survives Wes’s best shot?! Fans are thunderous again and Wes moves, ROLLING KICK! Melo falls all the way out of the ring! Trick rushes out, unable to watch from the back any longer! Trick coaches Melo up but Wes builds speed. Wes FLIES to take out TRICK! Wes hurries after Melo, but Melo ROCKS him! Melo puts Wes in the ring then goes to a corner!
Melo climbs, he takes aim, but Wes SHORYUKENS! Wes drags Melo from the ropes, but Melo wrenches out to bump Wes off buckles. Melo runs in, but Wes sends him into buckles! ENZIGURI! And then a handspring PELE!! Melo wobbles, Wes drags him up to scoop and MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, Wes wins!!
Winner: Wes Lee, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)
Trick couldn’t help Melo get this one, and the phoenix that is Wes Lee is still burning bright with the gold! But wait, what’s this cage that’s opening? And then shutting? Because from behind, it’s DIJAK!! Dijak is back in NXT, he’s the one who’s been talking about “hard justice!” And he choke grips Wes, to lift him right into the torture rack! FEAST YOUR EYES!!! What has Wes done to be deemed guilty by Dijak? Or is Dijak just after the title?
This was a great NXT, and it helped build a lot towards NXT Deadline. For one, Toxic Attraction having it out with Kayden & Katana again, and then Lyons volunteering to be their third for next week all feels like a preview of the women’s title matches for Deadline. I don’t know if Lyons will take the title off Mandy, but the last NXT special of the year would be the time to do it. Mandy’s got 400 days, she’ll be at 410 come Deadline, she’s going to be second place all-time for a single reign, she can hang her hat on that and put over the next generation. The tag titles might be harder to call, but I wonder if Toxic Attraction falls apart because Gigi & Jacy admit KC Squared is right about Mandy holding them back.
At the same time, the feud of Lyons and Stark might keep Lyons from getting the belt. Toxic Attraction didn’t save Mandy from Alba Fyre, Isla Dawn did. And so Gigi & Jacy might not help Mandy, but Zoey might if it means keeping Lyons from winning the title per the classic Heel trope. At the same time, what if Zoey is in the Women’s Iron Survivor Challenge? Zoey could win that and be the next challenger, just in time for Lyons to be the new champion. Their feud can build towards New Year’s Evil 2023. And speaking of Isla and Fyre, Isla has a good promo to call out Fyre, they might even have a part to play in the Iron Survivor Challenge.
Another part of that match is probably going to be Indi Hartwell, and either Roxie or Lopez. Indi VS Roxie might be how to settle that story, and then Indi takes on Lopez, Fyre, Isla and Stark in the Iron Survivor. There are a ton of options on the men’s side, but I think we’ll be seeing Von Wagner and Odyssey Jones involved after the parking lot promo where Von beat up on Malik and Edris. And even if not, Odyssey and Von are going to have a great match as two big hosses who can move pretty quick in the ring. We might even see Gacy representing the Schism in that match. The Schism had a good promo, but I really liked how the fans knew what was coming with the “sacrifice.”
Kiana VS Ivy was a good match, and of course Fallon goes after Kiana in return for last week. They’re going to have a match and that will surely settle things with their story. The Creeds calling out Indus Sher was good stuff, and even Ivy continuing to insist they shouldn’t. Creeds VS Indus Sher could even be a #1 contenders match for the tag titles. I’m leaning towards Indus Sher winning, because they aren’t going to come back just to lose their first feud. And speaking of the tag titles, I really liked how things went here with Duke Hudson and Chase U. Waller and Pretty Deadly questioning Duke’s intentions was a nice detail, and Andre Chase does such great character work.
I figured Chase U wasn’t going to get the titles here, but that was a great match, and I think even Chase is wondering what’s up with Duke. Dempsey had a good promo, and I like that he emphasized the phrase “professional wrestling.” Obviously Dempsey will be a Heel right now, but he called out names on both Face and Heel sides, so I’d love if he was a Tweener who touted “pro-wrestling” in the “sports entertainment” company as like a weird parallel to AEW’s “pro-wrestlers VS sports entertainers” in the BCC VS JAS story. And I would love if Dempsey got in on the Iron Survivor Challenge, that’s the kind of match where stamina would come in handy.
Did anyone else have Reggie the acrobatic wine sommelier on their list of who SCRYPTS could be? Because I sure as hell didn’t. And sadly, it was a bit obvious looking at him that it was Reggie. This is like the wish.com version of Axiom. With Axiom, we could tell it was A-Kid because of the voice, but the mask covers him up so well that fans who never saw NXT UK wouldn’t have any idea. Here, pretty much everyone remembers Reggie from his time on RawDown with the 24/7 Championship, and that mask does nothing to disguise him. But hey, he is at least getting a story WWE is going to take seriously.
Speaking of seriously, Javi’s character may be taking this seriously but he is coming off as a goof for having such a long list of people to fight, and surely 90% of them will never happen. I do wonder what “retired not retired” legend they were alluding to at the end there. And then namedropping Drake Maverick, I kinda hope Rockstar Spud comes back (again) to whoop Big Body Javi. Good match from Cora and Wendy, and I should’ve figured Cora would cheat to win. Wendy crying after was a bit of a surprise. Tiffany pushed Wendy to bring out her dark side, I wonder if Cora pushes Wendy over the edge and we get another Lights Out match.
Good promos from Apollo and Bron, and I found it interesting they both brought up “the toll” this current reign has been taking on Bron. It’s kind of weird Apollo is pointing out he’s basically beating down a beat-up Bron Breakker, but perhaps the point is that timing is everything. I don’t know if Apollo wins, but just as Deadline would be a good time to dethrone Mandy, maybe this is the time someone dethrones Bron (again, but for good). And we got an awesome North American title match. Wes getting Trick to stay backstage for most of the match was good stuff, and I figured Wes would retain the title. But Dijak going after Wes, I wonder if Tony D is behind that… Dijak is going to be a great opponent for Wes to overcome and establish himself as a strong champion, and then maybe Tony takes his turn.
My Score: 8.6/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (11/15/22)
Bron VS Von! Rose VS Fyre!
The top two titles are on the line!
Tonight, both the NXT and NXT Women’s Championships are on the line as Bron Breakker takes on his largest opponent yet in Von Wagner, and Rose VS Fyre goes LAST WOMAN STANDING! Will the landscape change a month out from NXT Deadline?
- NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone; Bron wins and retains the title.
- Indus Sher VS George Cannon & Ariel Dominguez; Indus Sher wins.
- Apollo Crews VS JD McDonagh; Crews wins.
- Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen w/ Fallon Henley VS The Dyad w/ The Schism; The Dyad wins.
- Tatum Paxley w/ Ivy Nile VS Indi Hartwell; Indi wins.
- NXT Women’s Championship Last Woman Standing: Mandy Rose VS Alba Fyre; Rose wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone!
The Big Booty Nephew has faced legends and peers but had the physical advantages of size and strength. That advantage now goes the other way against Vicious Von! Will that tip the scales and make this Wagner’s to win? Or can Bron break through against the odds once again?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Bron survives Wagner’s World!
The bell rings and Von throws STONE at Bron! Bron throws Stone away, but Von BOOTS Bron! Von throws hands on Bron in the corner! Then he bumps Bron off buckles! Von stomps a mudhole in, digs his knee in, but the ref counts. Von lets off at 4, and he stalks Bron to ropes. Von whips to ELBOW Bron down! Fans boo but Von talks smack on Bron. Von CHOKES Bron on the ropes but lets off as the ref counts. Fans rally for Bron but Von whips him to ropes. Bron slides under the boot and comes back to run Von over! Von gets up, into an EXPLODER! Fans bark as Bron whips Von and RANAS! Fans fire up with Bron while Von flounders!
Stone coaches Von up but Bron headlocks. Von endures and fights up, but he can’t power free. Fans rally but Von powers up and puts Bron on ropes. Von then steps over the ropes to HOTSHOT Bron! Von gets in to CLUB Bron, YANKS the arm, and runs Bron over! Von drags Bron up to run him over again! Von CLUBS Bron’s arm more, Stone coaches Von, and Von hammerlocks before the scoop and SLAM! Bron writhes and fans boo but Von doesn’t care. Von drags Bron up, snapmares him down and drops an elbow! Cover, TWO! Bron clutches his arm but he’s still in this. Von drags Bron up to CLUB the arm more.
Von whips Bron to ropes, but Bron turns that around into a suplex! Bron holds Von up and fans fire up before the SLAM! Bron kips up and fans bark. Bron headlocks, Von powers out but Bron ducks ‘n’ dodges and CLOBBERS Von! Fans fire up as Von goes to a corner. Bron barks at Von while NXT goes picture in picture.
Bron and Von stare down, but Von keeps cool. They reset, circle again, and tie up. VOn knees low! And CLUBS Bron down! Von CHOKES Bron on the ropes again, but lets off to then bend him back! The ref counts, Von lets off at 4, and Bron sputters. Stone talks trash and Von drags Bron up to YANK the arm again. Von wrangles Bron into a chinbar but Bron endures. Von keeps Bron down but Bron fights up, only for Von to wrangle him back down! Von keeps on the bad arm but Bron fights his way up. Von KNEES low, whips Bron to ropes, but Bron slips around to headlock and takeover! Von rolls it to a cover, ONE!
Bron grinds the hold, shifts around, then goes back to the headlock. Von headscissors back and holds tight! Bron endures, kips free, and he headlocks for another takeover. Von keeps his shoulders up, fights to his feet, and powers out. Von KNEES Bron down! Von then hauls Bron up to throw him with a headlock takeover. But Bron headscissors back! Bron holds tight, even as Von kicks around. Von reaches out with a leg but Bron shifts to facelock. Bron gator rolls Von from the ropes, then back the other way! Von stands up but Bron headlocks. Bron hits another takeover and NXT returns to single picture.
Fans rally for Bron, but Von fights his way back up. Von powers out, but Bron gets around again, only for Von to hit a BIG back suplex! Both men are down but Bron crawls his way out of the ring. Von goes out after Bron and RAMS him into the steel steps! Fans boo but Von pulls the steps apart. Stone says, “You do you, Von! You do you.” Von goes after Bron as fans boo more, and Von brings Bron over to choke grip, and CHOKE SLAM on the steps!! Bron writhes while fans lose their minds! Von then puts Bron in the ring and covers, TWO!! Bron survives, showing the toughness of a two-time NXT Champion!
Von snarls and Stone is furious, but Von drags Bron up into double underhooks! BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Von hauls Bron up again to scoop SLAM! Von drags Bron up a third time to POST HIM! Then he reels Bron in, for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO!! Bron survives again and Von is fuming! Von looms over Bron, and drags him up into a BEARHUG! Bron endures as fans actually duel, “Let’s Go, Breakker!” “Let’s Go, Wagner!” Von drags Bron into a cobra clutch and thrashes him around! Bron endures, but Von throws him down. Stone wants the ref to call this but Bron crawls to the ropes.
Von storms up on Bron, hauls him up to the top rope, and throws haymakers! Von climbs up after Bron, but Bron blocks the suplex! Bron throws body shots, Von staggers away, and Bron FLYING LARIATS! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Stone panics as Von sits up in a daze. Von throws a haymaker but Bron counter punches! And again! Bron ducks ‘n’ dodges to start throwing big shoulder tackles! Bron dodges again, then catches Von’s leap for a SPINEBUSTER! Fans bark it up and Bron climbs up top. FLYING BULLDOG! Bron roars and fans fire up more! Bron goes to the corner, he runs in at Von, but into a fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!!
Von and the fans can’t believe Bron survives! Stone throws off his jacket while Von gets in the ref’s face! Von argues the count but the ref says it was fair. Bron rises and brings down the straps! Stone tries to tell Von but Von shoves him down! Bron lifts Von! But Von slips off, fireman’s carries, but Bron slips off and SPEARS! Cover, Bron wins!
Winner: Bron Breakker, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)
Von was bigger, but Bron was still stronger! Bron’s beaten those more experienced, more sadistic and more massive than him, who will ever take this title from him?
Alba Fyre speaks.
“Mandy Rose, the only reason I stand here today without the NXT Women’s title is because of your two best friends. Now I’ve taken out Gigi Dolin and I’ve taken out Jacy Jayne. You don’t have the numbers anymore. All you have is this fire keeper burning a hole in your soul. Everything that you hold close to you will go up in flames, and your Toxic Empire will burn. Mandy, the fear you’re experiencing is real. And tonight, anything goes as I stand over you the Last Woman Standing, and NEW NXT Women’s Champion!” Will Fyre burn the Rose to a crisp to finally take that title from her?
Bron returns backstage.
He takes a seat with the title, only for JD McDonagh to walk over. “Congratulations, champ. You know you’re never going to be done with me, right?” JD then leaves before Bron can respond. Will the Irish Ace come back around to pick apart what’s left of Bron?
Zoey Stark goes to the ring.
She may not be NXT Women’s Tag Team Champion, but the Sin City Soldier doesn’t seem upset at all. But that’s because she beat down Nikkita Lyons, putting all the blame for losing on her! Stark gets the mic to say, “Oh, man, does my back feel so much lighter not having to carry Nikkita Lyons for another week. See let me tell you a story. Nine months ago, I was out on the shelf. I was on the shelf for nine MONTHS! And when I came back in July, I came in like a bat outta hell! I tore through 19 other women to earn an opportunity against Mandy Rose for the NXT Women’s Championship.
“And I was ready. Boy, was I ready. And then… I get called into a meeting. And in that meeting, everything changed. See, in this meeting, I was told they were gonna hold a tournament for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships, and they wanted me to team with Nikkita Lyons. You guys, they chose us over more established teams like Toxic Attraction or the champs, Kayden & Katana. I knew I was gonna have to do a lot of the heavy lifting, but that was fine, I took pride in knowing that we were going to represent NXT. But as we all know, we didn’t get to make it to that part, because after my match against Mandy Rose at Heatwave, I wasn’t medically cleared.
“As I was in the medical room, Nikkita Lyons, she walks in. She puts her hand on my shoulder, and she looks me dead in my eyes and tells me, ‘Zoey, it’s okay. Accidents happen. I’m not mad at you.'” Stark laughs! Lyons wasn’t mad at Stark? Stark is the weak link? NO! Stark didn’t get hurt during training or doing stupid TikTok videos! She got injured wrestling, working with one of the top, dominant females, one of the best champions ever in Mandy Rose! And what did Starks do when she returned again? She put Lyons on her back and carried her ass! Stark carried Lyons through training, the tape study, all of it!
And all Stark asked was that Lyons take a fraction of the work to lighten the load. But no. All Stark got was endless apologies instead of results! Stark was angry, but she’s not anymore. When she had the tag titles in her hands, which should’ve been hers, Stark knew exactly what she needed to do. And she did it: she CLOBBERED Lyons with them! Stark says she tried her hardest to help Lyons! And the new recruits, the new athletes! The more she helped, the more time she gave, the more they just clung and leeched off of her! Stark is done with that. She is tired of it! She tried to be part of the solution.
But now, Stark will be a huge part of the problem! Stark didn’t get famous posing on the beach, doing some stupid dance on social media, no! She did it all in the ring, busting her ass! For all of them clapping and cheering her on, “Screw you!” They are all the same people who go on social media and like those dance videos! They’re the same people who look at Lyons with all of her “assets,” and them dream about her all night. So just screw all of you! Fans boo but Stark says the way she sees it, NXT is no longer about the future. It’s about ZOEY STARK. And Stark is UNDENIABLE!! Stark is the hunter! And everyone in the back? They are the prey!
NXT checks in with Chase U.
Andre Chase is impressed by Thea Hail’s recent test results, she got it 100% right. Duke Hudson then walks in, as Chase wanted to meet with him. Yes, have a seat, Duke. Duke sits with Chase and Chase wants to know: Why did Duke throw in the towel? Did he want to see Chase lose? Well, that’s a good question, given Duke’s track record. But if Chase wants the truth, then the truth is… Duke saw Chase was in so much pain and he couldn’t stand to watch. Chase’s health is far more important than one wrestling match.
Chase is a fantastic teacher, but he knows nothing about quitting, he doesn’t know the meaning of the word! That is why Duke threw in the towel: so that Chase could live to fight another day. Imagine if Charlie Dempsey did permanent damage to Chase’s shoulder. If Chase goes down, Chase U goes down. If Chase is on the shelf, the entire school is on the shelf, so that is why Duke threw in the towel. If people want to say Duke cares too much about Chase U, that he bleeds black ‘n’ red, then guilty as charged! Chase says okay. But then in walks Thea. Chase wanted to go over a paper? Duke gives up his seat and takes his leave.
Thea says Duke’s kinda growing on her. Chase seems to agree. Will Duke Hudson prove he is the Ace of Chase U?
Apollo Crews finds Bron in the locker room.
Apollo reminds Bron that he’s back in NXT for one reason and one reason only: the NXT Championship. ANd Apollo knows Bron is sore and tired, but just watch what Apollo does. Where one challenge ends, the next begins. Later, champ. Bron’s challengers clash later on, who comes out as the #1 contender?
Indus Sher VS George Cannon & Ariel Dominguez!
Veer & Sanga have reunited, and they look to start where they left off! Will these tigers tear apart the NXT Tag Team Division until they are the kings of the jungle?
The teams sort out and Sanga starts against George. They tie up, and Sanga SLAMS George down! Sanga drags George up to SLAM him down again! And then Sanga scoops George to LAWN DART HOTSHOT! Sanga waits on George to stand, then he full nelson SLAMS him down! Tag to Veer, Sanga stands George up, and they SANDWICH him! George sputters, Veer stands on his foot to keep him from getting away! Veer then RAMS him into the corner! Veer dares Ariel Dominguez to tag in! Fans say “NO! NO! NO!” but Veer makes him tag George! Veer then TOSSES this guy across the ring! Fans are stunned seeing that!
Veer looms over Ariel and hauls him up. Ariel SLAPS Veer, but that was a mistake. Veer RAMS Ariel into his chest! Then he tags Sanga, and they SANDWICH Ariel! Sanga smirks as he drags Ariel up with one arm, and SLAMS him! Sanga then drags Ariel up again, scoops with one arm again, and SLAMS him again! Tag back to Veer, and Veer drags Ariel around. LEAPING ELBOW DROP! Veer tags Sanga back in because they’re still not done! They drag George up, Sanga runs as Veer holds him up, DRAPING BOOT!! Ariel is in a corner, Sanga SPLASHES him! Sanga drags Ariel over, tags in Veer, and Indus Sher coordinate.
Veer goes up, Sanga scoops, FLYING LEG DROP SIDEWALK SLAM!! Cover, Indus Sher wins!
Winners: Indus Sher, by pinfall
The tigers toyed with their prey, but they feasted on every last bit of them! They then get the mics to say, ‘Creed Brothers. We have a great respect for you. The NXT Universe has a great respect for you. But they don’t respect us!” In India, they are celebrities. Here in America, they are not appreciated. Sanga & Veer no longer stand for it! The only way to gain respect is by destroying the Creeds! And unfortunately for you, Julius & Brutus, that is what Indus Sher will do to you!
The Creed Brothers are watching backstage.
Julius says, “Respect? After these dudes jumped us? They’re delusional! We’re going to maul ’em.” Brutus says Indus Sher did just maul their opponents, but if they’re trying to make a name of Diamond Mine… Julius says if they wanna hit the Creeds, the Creeds will hit harder. Step up, get thrown down! Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley walk in. Ivy says not to sweat Indus Sher. Diamond Mine is finally past Damon Kemp, the reason they’re not the tag team champions. Time to circle back. Just worry about Pretty Deadly. Yeah, but Indus Sher is calling them out! This isn’t something they can just let go unchecked. They started it, too.
Ivy won’t argue, she has to go help Tatum prepare. But if it were her, this is the wrong fight. Ivy & Tatum head out, the Creeds say that if they’re to go after Pretty Deadly, they gotta handle Indus Sher first. Will the Creeds be able to withstand the might of Sanga & Veer?
Backstage interview with Wendy Choo.
McKenzie Mitchell brings up Cora Jade’s comments aimed at Wendy, so what is Wendy’s response? “Cora Jade is always going to be a salty and petulant child. She’s never gonna change. She said some things about me last week that just aren’t true. But she did say some things about me that I haven’t heard since high school. She’s trying to open old wounds. The fact is, I am a little wacky. I just like to be fun and not so serious. So Cora and anyone else who disagrees just need to take a long hard look in the mirror. But in Cora’s case, I want her to wait a week, because I want her to look at herself in the mirror after I give her two black eyes.”
The Queen of Comfort looks to play rough with #GenerationJade, will Choo humble Cora herself?
Apollo Crews VS JD McDonagh!
Both men have said their piece to Bron Breakker, but now they must back it all up with actions. Will Apollo’s vision of the future come true? Or will the Irish Ace trump all that to get another shot?
NXT returns as Crews makes his entrance. The bell rings and Crews circles with JD. They tie up, Crews waistlocks and SLAMS JD! JD slips out of the facelock to get an arm but Crews slips through to wrench back. They switch, JD headlocks for a takeover but Crews rolls to a cover, ONE! Fans applaud that opening exchange as the two reset. They feel things out, knuckle lock, and then JD kicks low! JD CLUBS Crews, has him in a corner, and whips him corner to corner. Crews goes up and over and handsprings to then arm-drag! Crews has the armlock but JD endures. JD moves around, stands up and whips, but Crews slides under.
Crews headlocks, JD powers out, but Crews RAMS JD. Crews runs again, but into JD’s arm-drag! JD armlocks but Crews kips up, only to run into another arm-drag! JD tries again but Crews headscissors. JD kips free, and he fakes out the takeover to drop an elbow on Crews! Fans applaud this exchange, and JD drags Crews up. JD CHOPS and stomps and punches Crews to a corner. JD stomps a mudhole then digs his boot in, but lets off as the ref counts 4. Fans boo JD, but Apollo CHOPS him back! And CHOPS! JD ducks a chop but Crews DECKS him with a right! Crews whips JD corner to corner, then back drops JD on the rebound!
Fans fire up and JD wants mercy! But then he kicks! Crews blocks it and spins JD to then duck, dodge and CLOBBER JD! JD flounders right out of the ring! Crews pursues but JD leads him on a cat ‘n’ mouse. They get in the ring but then JD slips right out, only for Crews to moonsault away! Crews blocks the Penalty Kick to YANK JD off the apron! Crews cradles JD, to then SLAM him on the announce desk! JD writhes and Crews flexes as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns again and JD has a SLEEPER on Crews! But Crews climbs a corner?! For a SUPER BACKPACK SENTON! Crews is free, but JD rises again! JD has the SLEEPER back on!! Fans fire up and rally as Crews hurries to his feet again! Crews powers free, and he puts a SLEEPER on JD! But JD hits as BIG back suplex! Fans fire up while both men are down! Crews and JD stir, and Crews crawls to the ropes. JD goes to the other side, he runs in, but Crews TOSSES JD up and out! JD hits the floor, Crews goes out and MOONSAULTS! Fans fire up as Crews knocks JD down again! Crews hurries to put JD in the ring as fans chant for “NXT! NXT!”
Crews dodges JD’s haymaker to mule kick and run for a BOOT! And a LARIAT! JD sits up in a daze, Crews takes aim from a corner. JD flounders to a corner, Crews runs in and SPLASHES! JD is down again but Crews goes right up! Crews SENTONS but has to roll through! JD gets up, into a BOOT! Crews underhooks and lifts, TIGER BOMB! Then a deadlift to a SIT-OUT BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! JD survives and fans fire up as this one continues! Crews drags JD up, fireman’s carries and then puts JD up top. Crews climbs up after JD, but JD throws hands! They brawl up top, Crews gets the edge, and he tries again.
Crews goes to the very top, but JD slips out to trip Crews up! JD puts Crews in the Tree of Woe to CLUB him down out of it! Fans duel and JD stomps Crews down. JD drags Crews up, CHOPS him, then whips corner to corner. Crews reverses but JD tumbles up and around! JD flops to the apron, but he DUMPS Crews out! JD aims to PENALTY KICK! A glancing blow, but then JD ASAI MOONSAULTS! Direct hit as JD proves he can fly like Crews! JD puts Crews in the ring now, catches his breath, then snarls as he goes up a corner. But Crews springs up after him! SUPER OLYMPIC SLAM!! Fans are thunderous as both men are down!
Fans rally up as JD and Crews stir. A standing count starts, and reaches 5 of 10 as JD and Crews sit up. The count is 7, but both men stand at 9! Crews CHOPS! JD CHOPS back! Crews CHOPS, ROCKS and facelocks to suplex! JD knees free and cradles! TWO!! Crews has it, TWO!! JD has it back, TWO!! Crews has it again, TWO!! Crews ducks ‘n’ dodges, but into a SPANISH FLY!! Fans are thunderous again and JD drags Crews right up, but Crews KNEES! JD HEADBUTS! Ripcord, but Crews sunset flips! And deadlifts, but JD SUNSET BOMBS! Cover, TWO!!! Crews escapes and no one can believe it!
“This is Awesome!” as JD rises again. JD goes to a corner, he grits his teeth and he aims at Crews. Crews slowly rises, rushes in, but JD slips out! JD HOTSHOTS Crews down, goes up top again, to MOONSAULT! But he has to roll through as Crews dodges! Crews hits a MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER!! Cover, Crews WINS!
Winner: Apollo Crews, by pinfall
The Irish Ace went all in but went bust! Apollo looks like the frontrunner going after Bron’s title, and Bron appears to stare him down! Will NXT soon be under Crews’ control?
Backstage interview with Mandy Rose.
Tonight’s NXT Women’s Championship match is under a Last Woman Standing match, but Fyre- Rose stops McKenzie there, we all heard what Fyre said. But the world needs to listen to Mandy now. “For the last year, I have heard every prediction in the book. Mandy’s not ready, the stage is too big, Mandy can’t wrestle, she’s outmatched. Oh, the best one: She can’t carry this title. Every flash in the pan, flavor of the month, one hit wonder, international ranker, and every cliché you can think of that has been thought of and promoted as the woman who could beat me. Well here I stand, still as your NXT Women’s Champion.
“And not because you’re looking at a cliché, but because you’re looking at a one in a BILLION superstar! Listen, I know Alba Fyre is gonna bring it tonight. But with or without my girls, this title is staying with me. Because after tonight, I will be the Last Woman Standing. You can get outta here.” McKenzie leaves, but will the Toxic Goddess make her promise a reality?
Backstage interview with Javier Bernal.
McKenzie says Javier requested this time to speak, what’s on his mind? He has a lot on his mind! He knows he’s the new kid on the block, but he’s learned that he can’t wait for opportunities to come to him. no no, he is going to seize them. So instead of people telling him who he is facing, he’s going to be the one to issue a challenge. Who will it be? The guy Javier’s going to face, the guy who will bring out the best in him and really push him: Axiom! Axiom is a hell of a competitor, so- Wait, Axiom? Yes. Didn’t he see what happened last week? Axiom isn’t medically cleared to compete.
Well who is McKenzie to doubt Axiom? He’s a professional! You can sell him short but- NO one disagrees, Javier, but Axiom is hurt. Well, okay, fine. Then maybe the former NXT UK Champion, Ilja Dragunov! Big Body Javi VS The Mad Russian! They’ll tear the house down! They’ll build it up and t- No, he’s also injured, back in Germany rehabbing. Well, if Big Body Javi challenged him, he’d go back to German, too. Ok, let’s get serious. Javi wants someone from Gallus! Let’s see how rough and tough you boys are! McKenzie can even pick one of them! Uh, Gallus is still suspended. Doesn’t he know that?
Javi sighs. Well here is what he knows. McKenzie is part of the problem! She’s holding back one of the greatest NXT superstars from unlocking his potential! That’s just to right. Javi heads out, but it sounds like Javi has his wires crossed. Will he actually step up and challenge someone he knows can fight back?
Booker T is in the ring.
“What up~? Guys, I’m so excited because next week, we have a match for the NXT North American Championship! At this time, I give you the challenger. He is flanked by Trick Williams. He is a two-time North American Champion. Give it up for Carmelo Hayes!” Hayes comes out in a deep purple suit, Trick by his side, and he goes to the ring. Booker continues to say, “And without any further ado, ladies and gentlemen, I give you the NXT North American Champion, Wes Lee!” The Must-See Kid makes his way out now, and everyone takes their seats at the table.
Booker says he is excited. But first, he must say, he’s a fan of both of them. Melo says before getting to “this sucker,” he wants to say one thing. Melo says as a “lower case g to a big G,” it is an honor to be part of Booker’s fave five. It really is. Real recognizes real. Booker says he did say that. But his thing is, no diss to the champ… Wes says that’s all fine. But everyone has to accept that Melo is no longer The A Champion. He’s the X Champion. But Melo can hold onto his accolade as much as he wants, it’s all fine.
Booker says he is excited for this contract signing, but first, some questions. Melo is on the precipice of becoming a three-time- Trick adds, “THREE TIME~!” Booker sighs. He finishes by saying Melo could become a three-time North American Champion. His thoughts? Melo says he IS, but Wes, there’s no doubt that Wes will go to his absolute limits to retain the title. But what Wes should understand is that his absolute limit is where Melo pulls up and starts from. Melo is relentless about being The A Champion, and Wes only just got it so he wouldn’t understand.
So next week, the 15 minutes of sympathy and attention, the best time of Wes’s life and the worst time of Melo’s, it ends! It’s over! Trick says, “Over, Wes!” Booker says then it’s fair that Melo is feeling real confident. Trick tells Booker that Wes is good, he’s a great athlete, but he don’t got nothing on Melo! And no ladders for Wes to climb, either! This will be Wes’s first and last title defense! Booker says he was going to bring that up to Wes. This is his first singles title defense in his first reign. The question is: What is Wes willing to do to make sure he walks out still NXT North American Champion?
Wes says, “Booker, everyone knows how hard I worked in order to earn this. If you had told me a year ago that I’d be sitting here, having this conversation with you, I wouldn’t have believed you. But I took the hand that the universe dealt me, and I played it really, really well. I found some inner peace knocking Trick’s ass out.” Fans cheer that! And from the ashes, Wes climbed up to become a champion. Now he solidifies the man he has become as he becomes the new standard as champion! Wes will risk everything to keep it! Shucky ducky quack quack~! Let’s get this signed right now! First, the challenger, Melo.
Melo says he prefers, “The Future Three-Time North American Champion.” But Melo signs his part. Wes promises Melo that his attitude and arrogance will be his downfall. The contract is then passed to Wes, and Wes likes hearing himself be called the champion. Wes signs on the line now, and there we have it! The contract is signed and sealed, and next week it’ll be delivered! Next week, it’ll be on. Wes says it feels great to have this moment right here. Trick says no one cares how Wes feels. How did it feel when Wes’s head was smashed into a locker? Wes tells Trick to SHUT UP! This is between Wes and Trick’s meal ticket!
Melo says he is at the point where he will “First 48” Wes in front of witnesses, and nobody will do a damn thing! But then Booker tells them all, “WHOA! Wait a damn minute!!” Booker says it ain’t going down like this! Ain’t nobody dropping nobody tonight, going through no tables! Both of them can save the drama for their mamas, because next week, the world will see the finest NXT has to offer! Who will be North American Champion? We’ll just see! NOW CAN YOU DIG THAT, SUCKAAAAA?!
We hear from the mysterious man once again.
“The truth is never simple. Until I’m sitting across the table. At that point, you have two choices: give me the truth, or I beat it out of you. NXT is a soft society, but soon, that will change. Because I am not a product of my environment. My environment is a product of me. And hard justice is on its way.”
Odyssey Jones, Malik Blade & Edris Enofe hang out backstage.
Jones says he can’t lie, these past few weeks with them have been great! And they’re going to keep it going tonight! Yeah! But before, uh, what’s up with the sweater vests, Malik? Well, it’s about his best friend, his dad. Malik’s father was a pastor, and he used to wear the best clothes around. He went to a store called Lookin’ Good. And every time Malik’s dad pulled up, the store owner would have a custom order book ready for Malik’s dad to pick out the craziest designs. And the first thing he ever ordered out of that book for Malik was a sweater vest.
But then his dad passed away. And up in the attic, there were so many sweater vests wrapped in plastic. So that’s why Malik rocks the vests! To honor his dad and follow his advice! Edris knows this one, too. “Either you drip or drown, and I’m gon’ drip!” Jones loves it! Now, let’s have some fun! Will Malik, Edris & Jones bring the drip to NXT?
Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen w/ Fallon Henley VS The Dyad w/ The Schism!
The good ol’ boys are back in action, hoping to rope themselves another shot at the NXT Tag Team Championships. But will this be a Sunday drive or a wild rodeo as they take on the grizzled Rip Fowler & Jagger Reed?
The teams sort out and Jensen starts against Rip. They circle, tie up, and Rip cravats to then headlock. Jensen powers out but Rip runs him over. Things speed up, Rip whips Jensen but Jensen turns hip toss into hip toss! And then he step-up RANAS Rip away! And then he DROPKICKS Rip down! Cover, ONE! Rip gets up, but Jensen wrenches to wristlock. Rip pulls hair and then the waistband. Tag to Jagger, he and Rip mug Jensen, then Reed ROCKS and CLUBS Jensen! Reed shoves Jensen but Jensen hurdles and tags Briggs before the BULLDOG! Reed staggers up, into Briggs’s big shoulder!
Briggs fires up, he tags Jensen back in, and they hand off the wrench to a wristlock. Jensen grinds the armlock and he wrangles Reed. Reed gets up, works on his escape, but Jensen wrenches and headlocks. Reed powers out but Jensen runs him over! Tag to Briggs, they whip Reed onto ropes, then they run, slide and DOUBLE HAYMAKER! Fans fire up with the country boys and Briggs pushes Reed over. Tag to Jensen, Jensen CLUBS Reed, then headlocks. Reed powers out while tagging Rip. Jensen hurdles Reed but Rip trips Jensen! Rip drags Jensen out but Jensen DECKS him! But then Ava Raine stands in Jensen’s way.
Jensen tells Ava to back off, but Reed DIVES! Direct hit and Reed even hits the desk! But the Schism is fired up as they have control and put Jensen on the apron. Rip cravats Jensen and SLAMS him into the edge! Jensen checks his chin but Rip stands him up to ROCK him! But Jensen fights back! He throws big elbows and haymakers, but Rip keeps him from Briggs! Jensen CLUBS Rip away and hot tags Briggs! Briggs rallies on The Dyad with big haymakers! And then a TIGER BACKBREAKER for Rip! BOOT for Reed! Rip bails out, Briggs goes to the apron and FLYING SHOULDERS Rip down! Reed comes around, but gets the pop-up LARIAT!
Fans are thunderous as Briggs goes up to FLYING LARIAT Rip! Briggs scoops to SIDEWALK SLAM and SPLASH! Fans fire up but Kiana James storms out here to yell at Fallon?! She wants that bar! She swings on Fallon, Fallon dodges, and Fallon DECKS Kiana into Jensen! Jensen is a gentleman, but he’s still a man. He’s all flustered, Briggs gets distracted, and Rip tags Reed. The Dyad dodges Briggs to then DOUBLE CODE BREAKER!! Cover, The Dyad wins!!
Winners: The Dyad, by pinfall
Jensen is beside himself as he let this one slip away! The Schism stands tall thanks to the chaos, but will their dystopian order take over NXT soon enough?
Shawn Michaels speaks!
“NXT is a brand focusing on developing the superstars of tomorrow, but also a brand focused on innovation. On Saturday, December 10th, at NXT Deadline, we will present to you a revolutionary new match never done before in WWE history: The Iron Survivor Challenge. There will be two Iron Survivor Challenges at NXT Deadline, one for the men and one for the women. Five superstars will compete in this unique 25 minute match. They will battle each other, and the clock. Two superstars will start the match. Every five minutes, a new superstar will enter, until all five are in the ring. The goal of the match is have the most falls when the clock hits 25 minutes.
“Falls can be won at any time via pinfall, submission, or disqualification. When a superstar wins a fall, they will earn one point. However, when the superstar loses a fall, they must pay the penalty. They are forced out of the ring and into the Penalty Box for 90 seconds. Once the 90 seconds are up, that superstar can reenter the match. The superstar who has scored the most falls when the clock hits 25 minutes will be named the Iron Survivor, and become the #1 contender to the NXT (and NXT Women’s) Championship. The superstars competing in this one of a kind, first-time-ever match will be announced in the coming weeks. Thank you and we’ll see you Saturday, December 10th, at NXT Deadline.” A complex but historic match, who will come out as the inaugural Iron Survivors?
Tatum Paxley w/ Ivy Nile VS Indi Hartwell!
The Diamond Mine’s prospect is back in action, hoping to impress NXT management and get a golden opportunity. But so is #IndiWrestling, who is all about her, herself and Indi! Who will be the more impressive and perhaps even get a spot in the coming Iron Survivor Challenge?
The bell rings and wait, the lights go weird. Indi isn’t distracted, she knees Tatum low then bumps her off buckles. Tatum turns things around but Indi throws body shots. Indi scoops and SLAMS Tatum, then scoops again. Tatum slips off, waistlocks, but Indi bucks her away. Indi storms up but into a dropkick to the leg! Tatum then dropkicks Indi down! Tatum hurries to cover, ONE! Indi is in a corner but Tatum ROCKS her! Tatum whips, Indi blocks and she whips Tatum right into buckles. Indi then shoves Tatum to ropes, Tatum goes to counter the hip toss with a hip toss, but Indi blocks that!
Tatum throws a body shot, then gets a leg up to flip around! Indi CLOBBERS Tatum for it! Fans rally for Indi as she smirks at Tatum. Indi drags Tatum up, EuroUppers, and then EuroUppers again! Indi short arm LARIATS, then covers, TWO! Indi clamps onto Tatum with a chinlock but Tatum endures. Fans rally, Tatum fights up, but Indi wrangles Tatum down! Tatum still endures as Ivy coaches her, but Indi pushes Tatum to a cover. TWO, but Indi clamps back on with the chinlock. Tatum fights up as fans rally again, but Indi EuroUppers her down! Cover, TWO! And back to the chinlock!
Fans rally, Tatum endures and fights up, and she throws body shots! But Indi kicks low, CLUBS Tatum then DECKS her! Tatum crawls to the apron but Indi drags her up through the ropes. Indi swings but misses! Tatum trips Indi up! Ivy tells Tatum to hustle and she ROCKS Indi! Indi grabs the face brace! Tatum KICKS Indi away, and bumps her off buckles! Tatum bumps Indi off more buckles, then rallies with lariats and forearms! Tatum turns Indi to a NECKBREAKER! And STANDING MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO!! Indi is still in this, but Tatum isn’t giving up, either. Tatum fireman’s carries but Inti pulls the brace off!
Indi CHPO BLOCKS the leg, then STOMPS Tatum’s arm! Fans boo as Indi tosses the brace aside, to SLIDING FOREARM!! Cover, Indi wins!
Winner: Indi Hartwell, by pinfall
That was impressive, and pretty savage all at once. Ivy guards Tatum from anything more happening, but will Indi worry about bigger fish to fry?
SCRYPTS leaves another message.
“Your cameras couldn’t catch me. I got past your guards with ease. Now that I’m here, everything after this will only be a breeze. Because I’m fast as lightning, smarter than you think. Moves are incredible, you miss it if you blink. Next week, you will see that you and I aren’t the same. So tell me, who’s first to play a little game? Sincerely, SCRYPTS.”
Roxanne Perez finds Indi backstage.
Indi sighs and rolls her eyes. What is it this week, Roxie? Roxie just wanted to congratulate Indi. Well, thanks, it does feel good to string some W’s together. But uh, doesn’t Indi think that was a little too far, taking off Tatum’s face mask? And there it is. There can never just be a congrats from “Little Ms. Perfect.” Roxie is just saying, that could’ve rebroken Tatum’s nose. Does Roxie think Tatum would care if Indi’s nose was broken? Indi is just doing what she has to in order to get into the Iron Survivor match. Well, Roxie wants in, too. Everyone does! So Indi has to break someone’s nose, that’s just what she’ll do! Indi is getting savage, but will it pay off come Deadline?
NXT Women’s Championship Last Woman Standing: Mandy Rose VS Alba Fyre!
For over one year, the Toxic Reign has poured down upon NXT, adding name after name to a star-studded list. But it wasn’t without help from the Toxic Followers, Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne, now and again. Mandy is all alone with the furious fire keeper, but can she keep from being burned? Or will from the ashes of a Rose rise a brand new reign?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is standing when the smoke clears!
The bell rings and Fyre storms up, only for Rose to bail out. Mandy says she’s champ, she makes the rules. Uh, no, she doesn’t. But Fyre rushes out to chase Rose back into the ring! And Fyre blocks the knee! To hook Rose up! Rose bails out of the Gory Especial and then back out of the ring. But Fyre DIVES and takes Rose out! Fans fire up with Fyre and she pulls the desk apart! Fyre drags Rose up and over, hooks her up again, but Rose flails free! Rose whips Fyre into the apron! And then whips again, but Fyre reverses to POST Rose! Fyre RAMS Rose into barriers, too! And then brings her up to whip her into more barriers!
Fans fire up more as Fyre goes under the ring to bring out a chair. Fyre JAMS Rose, puts the chair aside, and then she brings out the toolbox! Fyre dumps it out, and she has herself a steel rod! Fyre brings out another chair, puts that down, and scoops. But Rose slips out to scoop and SLAM Fyre on the chair! Rose gets away and the standing count starts. Fyre sits up at 4 and stands at 5. Fyre slides in, fans duel with “MAN~DY!” “SUCKS!” Fyre rises, Rose runs in and kicks her low! Rose kicks al eg out, then runs in, but the knee hits a CHAIR! Rose clutches that knee, and Fyre trips her up! Fyre has the rod, and she uses it as part of a HALF CRAB!!
Rose can only endure as there are no tap outs in this match! Fyre thrashes the leg as NXT goes picture in picture, but Roes reaches out to get the ropes! But no ropebreaks, either! Rose still endures, she turns over and she kicks Fyre away! Rose flops out of the ring while Fyre steadies herself. Fyre builds speed to DIVE into a trash can! Rose tosses the can into the ring and slides back in. Rose grabs the can to SMACK Fyre on the back with it. And again! And again! Rose lets off so the ref can count. Fyre is down at 5, but she rises at 6, so Mandy fires off on her! Rose grabs that rod and shows it off. She then steps up to Fyre, but she CLUBS her with her forearm.
Fyre kicks back! Fyre fireman’s carries but Rose slips off to shove and SPINEBUSTER! Fyre writhes and the count starts again. Rose hobbles a bit, her leg now bothering her. Rose snarls as she stalks Fyre and throws more haymakers. Rose CHOKES Fyre on the ropes, lets off to go grab the rod, and she looms over Fyre. Rose CLUBS Fyre in the side with the rod! And then PULLS Fyre back in a iron rod chinlock! NXT returns to single picture as Fyre endures and fans boo! Fyre has the iron bar in her MOUTH, but she fights up! Fyre arm-drags free, and she CLOBBERS Rose! And again!
Rose swings, into a spin, and a GOURD BUSTER! Fyre then PENALTY KICKS Mandy, and KICKS again! Rose goes to a corner, Fyre ROCKS her, then hits a TORNADO DDT! Rose avoids the trash can and she flounders out of the ring. Fyre runs and goes up, up and SUPER CANNONBALLS! A risky move but both women are down! Fans fire up as the count begins. Fyre sits up at 4, stands at 6, but Rose sits up. Rose slowly rises but is up at 8! Fyre goes looking under the ring again, and she brings out a LADDER! Fyre RAMS Rose down with it! Fyre then sets the ladder up against a corner before she stalks Rose.
Rose stands, Fyre whips her, but Rose reverses! Fyre hits the ladder and steps! She falls over, Rose THROWS the ladder down! Fyre barely avoids disaster! Rose snarls as she RAMS the ladder into Fyre! Fans rally and duel as Rose keeps hitting Fyre with the ladder! Fyre is still down at 6, but she drags herself up at 7 to stand at 8! Rose storms over to put Fyre back in the ring. Rose sets the trash can in the middle of the ring and she drags Fyre up. Rose ROCKS Fyre, scoops her, but the bad leg gives out! Fyre fireman’s carries in return, WIDOWMAKER on the trash can! Rose is down and the count begins again!
Fyre stands at 5, Rose crawls at 6. Rose hobbles at 8 and then drops to a knee. Fyre storms over, but Rose TOSSES her up and out! Fyre hits the floor hard! Fyre sits up at 3, but Rose drags her up at 4. Rose TOSSES Fyre into the gap between barriers and fans! And then Rose jumps on Fyre to fire off forearms! Fyre hits back and it’s a brawl in front of the fans! Fans are thunderous as Fyre drags Rose up! But Rose fights the suplex with body shots! Rose TOSSES Fyre at the steel steps! Fyre bounces off the edge and the count is climbing! Fyre drags herself up at 7, and stands at 9.5!! Rose is fuming, but she LEAPS, into a SUPERKICK!
Rose wobbles, “This is Awesome!” as Fyre GORY BOMBS Rose to the apron! Rose is down again and the count begins again! Rose sits up at 5, stands at 6, and Fyre has her baseball bat! HOME RUN to the ribs!! Rose sputters, Fyre brings the ladder back around. Rose manages to stand at 6 but Fyre is on her with forearms! Fyre pushes Rose onto the desk, and fans fire up as Fyre climbs that ladder! Fyre grins as she rises higher, but then ISLA DAWN appears!? BLACK MIST!!! She SHOVES Fyre down, and Fyre falls through the desk!! The Wicked Witch of NXT UK is here in NXT and she may’ve just screwed Fyre over!!
The count is 6! Rose has to get up, too! Her bad leg is slowing her down but she stands! Fyre is down, Rose wins!!
Winner: Mandy Rose (still NXT Women’s Champion)
Fyre took out Gigi & Jacy, but who could have guessed that ISLA DAWN would help the Toxic Goddess survive? Rose gets away with the gold, but who will be the Iron Survivor that comes for her? And as for Isla, is she going to extinguish Fyre once and for all?
A very good NXT that went a lot harder than it probably needed to for a random Tuesday in November. Opening with the men’s title was a bit of a surprise, but I figured Bron was going to win anyway, so he and Von got their match out of the way. It was a really good match, honestly, and I like that we got the opposite of the usual Heel distraction. Stone ends up costing Von by just trying to help. I feel like this could lead to Von firing Stone as his manager. And we got an awesome match out of JD and Crews, and it would seem Apollo is unofficially the #1 contender with that win and with Bron walking out to stare him down.
Then the Last Woman Standing match closes, and it was some awesome stuff, too. But I’m very torn on how they chose to do the finish. On one hand, I’m happy that Isla Dawn is in NXT cuz she was doing great stuff in NXT. But on the other, C’MON, ISLA! Wait until Fyre has won and then you go after her!! Sometimes, Heels don’t think far ahead enough and would rather just keep the wrestler(s) they hate down instead of going for two birds with one stone. But I suppose this means Fyre and Isla can have it out as part of the Iron Survivor Challenge for NXT Deadline.
And wow, that is a really complex match. It does stem a bit from the Gauntlet Eliminator that William Regal introduced to NXT, which was really a downsized Aztec Warfare from Lucha Underground. But all that about the Penalty Box is going to be a lot to keep track of. I can’t wait to see who gets in it, and then who wins it. Indi does make a good case for herself with that win over Tatum, but I bet Roxie gets in for story reasons, and to possibly take the win. Roxie won the Breakout Tournament but Cora screwed her out of that, so this could be Roxie’s way back to a title shot and she’ll get a slightly more fair chance at Mandy.
Indus Sher mauled those two randos, prolonging it longer than they had to just because they could. They also had a good promo calling out the Creeds. The Creeds had a good response, and while Ivy has a point that they should worry about Pretty Deadly, the Creeds would probably have to face Indus Sher to get that title shot, so they might as well feud and get it done. That said, I feel like Indus Sher is going to get that upset victory and finally go for titles like they were likely meant to before Sanga spoiled Keith Lee VS Adam Cole to the world and got suspended for it.
Briggs & Jensen VS The Dyad was a really good match, and it was clever for them to have Kiana James be the distraction that costs Briggs & Jensen rather than something The Schism did. Kiana VS Fallon for the rights to the bar has to be on its way. We also got a good promo out of Chase U, with Duke continuing to put on this Face persona. This has to be a long con of some kind, but I can’t be sure of the endgame. And Wendy had a good promo to respond to Cora and set up a match between them. They’re going to have a good match next week, and the winner could even be part of the Iron Survivor Challenge.
Zoey Stark had a good promo, but I feel like the crowd took out a lot of the Heel heat she was supposed to have because they aren’t as onboard with Nikkita Lyons as NXT wants them to be. Stark really tried to get the fans mad at her, but they either respected what she said, or just trolled her with “Oh~ Zoey is Angry~!” I don’t know how well this feud between Stark and Lyons will work out, maybe they’ll have to call an audible and turn Stark back to Face while Lyons ends up more like if Lana’s TikTok influencer character could actually fight.
Dijak had another good promo, and his talk of “hard justice” makes me think he’s returning as a Heel. He’ll go after those he thinks are in the wrong per his standards. And SCRYPTS is already just boring. This week’s promo sounded like if Muhammad Ali and Jigsaw fused. But I loved the origin story of Malik’s sweater vests. I hope he, Edris and Jones rise up the ranks and go for some gold in the new year.
The contract signing segment tonight was great stuff, especially with Booker coming off as not even wanting to deal with Trick. Booker showed great authority as he told Wes and Melo to stand down, too. Melo VS Wes is going to be awesome stuff, but I would think Wes retains so that Melo can move up to the top title. Melo could even make a meal out of that Iron Survivor Challenge, racking up points like crazy depending on where he lands. Then he can go after Bron and be the guy to dethrone him so that Bron can move up to RawDown. Then Melo can spin that as him truly becoming THE A Champion.
My Score: 8.5/10
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