Mitchell’s NXT TakeOver: In Your House Results & Report! (6/7/20)
It’s time to TakeOver!
NXT makes what’s old new again!
In an homage to an old tradition, NXT isn’t just taking over! NXT is In Your House! But who will reign supreme between Queen, Nightmare and Evil Genius?
- Six Woman Tag: Mia Yim, Tegan Nox & Shotzi Blackheart VS Candice LeRae, Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez; Yim, Nox & Blackheart win.
- Finn Balor VS Damian Priest; Balor wins.
- NXT North American Championship: Keith Lee VS Johnny Gargano; Lee wins and retains the NXT North American Championship.
- NXT Championship Backlot Brawl: Adam Cole VS The Velveteen Dream; Cole wins and retains the NXT Championship.
- Tommaso Ciampa VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlet Bordeaux; Kross wins.
- NXT Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Charlotte Flair VS Rhea Ripley VS Io Shirai; Shirai wins and becomes the new NXT Women’s Champion.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s the NXT TakeOver Preshow!
Join Scott Stanford, Sam Roberts and Pat McAfee in reliving, discussing and predicting all the action set for tonight as NXT honors the 25th anniversary! And none other than Todd Pettingill gives the introduction!
Todd Pettengill introduces us to the inaugural NXT TakeOver: In Your House!
The host of the original is back for this special night, 25 years in the making! NXT has laid out the welcome mat, but Tommaso Ciampa says “Daddy’s Home!” Will he pull the rug out from under Karrion Kross? Will Velveteen’s dream of becoming champion come to an end? But no, no one is winning a house tonight. “Welcome to OUR house!” Code Orange performs the official theme, Underneath!
Six Woman Tag: Mia Yim, Tegan Nox & Shotzi Blackheart VS Candice LeRae, Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez!
Just think of this as a Women’s Division civil war! The Head Baddie, the Shiniest Wizard and the Wild Child won’t let Mrs. Gargano remake NXT in her image! Will the resistance hold strong? Or will Candice, #CobraKai and the Daughter of the Desperado give them no other choice but to surrender?
The trios sort out and Mia starts with Candice. The crowd cheers “This is Awesome!” already, but Candice tags out to Raquel. Not that awesome but still a good start as the two tie up. Mia tries but can’t power Raquel back. Raquel pushes Mia down, but Mia gets up. Mia gets the waistlock but gets thrown off! Raquel is on Mia but Mia CHOPS away! Raquel blocks but Mia hops on for a guillotine! Mia tries to drag Raquel down, but Raquel powers out to a suplex and toss! Mia lands on her feet and Tegan tags in. Tegan dodges a boot to kick away on Raquel’s leg. Tegan runs, Raquel follows and rusn Tegan over! Tag to Dakota and she goes to kick Tegan. Tegan ducks, rolls Dakota, TWO! Tegan grabs Dakota with the choke grip, but Dakota breaks free! Dakota kicks but Tegan blocks and ROCKS her to a corner!
Tegan runs in, Dakota goes up and over to roll Tegan up, TWO! Dakota goes after Tegan fast with a whip, but Tegan slides under to sunset flip! TWO, and Dakota sits on the cover! TWO, and Tegan HEADBUTTS Dakota! Dakota flounders back, Tegan runs and uppercuts! Tegan sweeps the legs, for the CANNON-BOAR! Cover, TWO! Dakota survives but Tegan tags in Shotzi! Shotzi drags Dakota up and boots the punch away to hit a SLING-DOG! Dakota flounders, Shotzi runs, but her rope attack misses! Shotzi dodges the boot but not the scorpion kick! Dakota drags Shotzi in to cover, TWO! Dakota drags Shotzi over and tags Candice in. Candice hits the step-up but not the senton as Shotzi moves! Question Mark kick for Candice sends her out! Mia laughs as she looms close, but Raquel and Dakota protect her.
Shotzi DIVES but into Raquel’s arms! And a toss! But Mia DIVES to take Dakota and Raquel down! Candice scurries away to springboard and crossbody Mia and Shotzi! Tegan climbs up to top this off with a 450!! All six women go down but the crowd fires up for “NXT! NXT!” Shotzi finds Candice and puts her in the ring. Shotzi gets to the top rope again and she leaps to METEORA! Candice flounders, Shotzi runs, CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO!! Candice lives but Shotzi fires up more. Shotzi drags Candice up, ducks the enziguri, and gets CATTLE MUTILATION!! Dakota gets in to KICK the hold apart! And Raquel sneaks in to drag Shotzi up for a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Shotzi survives but Candice drags her away. Tag to Dakota and she stomps Shotzi down. Dakota taunts Shotzi reaching for Tegan and bumps her off buckles. Dakota grinds her boot in then lets off at the ref’s count.
Dakota drags Shotzi up to bump her off more buckles. Tag to Raquel and Raquel stomps and hammers away on Shotzi in the corner! She lets up at 4 but Dakota pulls Shotzi’s hair! Raquel tags Dakota in and Raquel whips Shotzi into the corner. Dakota taunts Mia and Tegan as Shotzi gets up. Dakota goes around the world but Shotzi gets clear! Raqauel and Candice get clear, too, but Shotzi hurries away! Dakota hurries after but gets double jawbreakers! Enziguri ends Dakota into her corner! Candice tags in and hammers Shotzi down! Candice talks trash but Shotzi slips under, tag to Mia! Mia rallies on the Poison Pixie with forearms, dropkick and a neckbreaker! The crowd fires up with Mia but the Pnealty Kick misses! Candice swings, into a DRAGON SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Candice survives again but Mia rocks Raquel!
Mia drags Candice up, wrench, but Candice PUMP HANDLE SUPLEXES first! Both women are down but the crowd rallies up. Candice crawls and tags in Raquel, but Mia tags in Tegan! Tegan rallies on Raquel and fires off shots! Tegan clotheslines but Raquel stays up! Tegan stomps a foot, uppercuts, then runs, to be caught! Raquel pops Tegan up, Tegan lands and kicks the legs. Tegan goes up, but her huricanrana becomes a POWERBOMB! Matchbook cover, TWO!! Mia swings on Raquel but is sent out by Candice! Candice hammers away on the ramp but they brawl on the “lawn” and into the “garage” of the set! Raquel drags Tegan up and she tags in Dakota. Raquel scoops but Shotzi saves, and the BOOT rocks Raquel! Tegan has Dakota for the CHOKE SLAM! Shotzi gets some help for a SLICED BREAD! They dropkick Raquel one after the other, then SHINIEST WIZARD for Dakota! Cover, Tegan and team win!
Winners: Mia Yim, Tegan Nox & Shotzi Blackheart, by pinfall
The brawling of the Head Baddie and Mrs. Wrestling still happens somewhere in the back, but Tegan and Shotzi finish this off with great team work! Will this end the war between them? Or is it only going to escalate from here?
Finn Balor VS Damian Priest!
When you come at the Prince, you better not miss! The Archer of Infamy wants to use Balor’s name as the foundation of his legacy, but will he #LiveForever or be buried instead?
Before there’s a bell, Balor BLASTS Priest with a dropkick! Priest gets up in a huff and the bell rings, but Balor kicks him and stomps him at the ropes! Priest pushes Balor away but Balor returns to CHOP him! Balor tackles Priest to a corner then whips, but Priest reverses. Priest runs in but misses his back elbow and Balor CHOPS! Balor chop blocks and stomps more! Priest gets out but Balor pursues from around the way. Balor runs to ROCK Priest with a forearm! The count begins but Balor whips Priest. Priest reverses to send Balor into the steel steps! Priest drags Balor up to ROCK him with a right! The count keeps going but Priest snake eyes Balor off the apron! Priest refreshes the count and throws steel steps around. Priest brings the base around, catches Balor’s Sling Blade and goes up the steps, for an APRON SIDEWALK SLAM!
Balor writhes into the ring but Priest takes his time stalking him. Balor stands up and Priest DECKS him! Priest mocks Balor as he looms over him. Priest kicks Balor while he’s down and the crowd duels. Priest ROCKS Balor again, then drags him up. Balor breaks free to throw forearms! Priest choke grips, shoves Balor, but runs into boots! Balor runs, into a LIFTING COMPLETE SHOT! Priest grounds ‘n’ pounds then looms over Balor. Balor slowly sits up, Priest drags him back up, and Priest whips Balor for a LEAPING back elbow! Balor flounders to a corner and Priest stomps away! Priest stops at the ref’s count to drag Balor around. Cover, ONE, but Priest clamps on with a chinbar and half nelson. Balor endures as Priest taunts him. The crowd rallies up, Balor fights his way up, but Priest wrangles him back down.
Priest leans and grinds on the hold but Balor fights up again. The crowd rallies as Balor jawbreakers free! Priest wobbles but EAR CLAPS and BOOTS Balor away! Priest runs into more boots! Balor throws big forearms, then runs, ducks and forearms Priest down! Priest flounders to a corner now, Balor runs in to CHOP! Balor whips corner to corner but Priest blocks and reels Balor in. But Balor hits a suplex first! The crowd cheers as Balor gets up. Priest is on the apron, Balor dropkicks him off! Balor kicks Priest against the barriers and stomps away! The ref counts but Balor goes back in to refresh the count. Balor throws more forearms and then gets in the ring to build speed. But Priest returns to CLOBBER Balor! Priest drags Balor up, Canadian rack but Balor slips out! Balor has the dragon sleeper but Priest powers out to BROKEN ARROW! Priest drags Balor up again, but Balor trips him up to DOUBLE STOMP!
Both men are down but the crowd rallies up. Balor grits his teeth as he gets up first. Balor throws forearms on Priest then kicks. Priest uppercuts, knees, kicks, kicks and ROLLING ELBOWS! But Balor returns with forearms! Priest ROUNDHOUSES, but Balor PELES! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives but the fans are loving “NXT! NXT!” all over again. Balor stares at Priest as he gets to ropes. Priest stands, but Balor rocks him with a running forearm! And another! But Priest stops the third with the choke grip, pop up, but Balor victory rolls, TWO!! Balor clotheslines Priest out, then builds speed. But Priest leaps right up on the apron to ROUNDHOUSE! Priest drags Balor out to ram him into barriers! Priest reels Balor in, Canadian racks and lifts, CRUCIFIX BOMB TO THE APRON!! Priest puts Balor in, covers, TWO!?! Balor survives and Priest is beside himself.
Priest gets to his feet while Balor slowly gets to a corner. Priest runs in, for a BIG back elbow! He runs again, for a second! Priest wants the hat trick, but he runs into a SLING BLADE! Balor takes aim now, but runs into the SPINNING ROUNDHOUSE! And then another! Priest reels Balor in, but no Final Reckoning, he gets Balor’s elbow drop DDT! Balor resets and aims, for the shotgun dropkick! Priest goes down and Balor goes up! But Priest grabs Balor first! Priest climbs up to join Balor, for a SUPER SOUTH OF HEAVEN!! Cover, TWO!?!? “This is Awesome!” because it’s not over yet! A standing count begins but both men stir. Priest and Balor go to ropes on adjacent ends. Priest sees the positioning of the steel steps and gets an idea. He promises Balor isn’t going to finish this match, and drags Balor to the apron.
Balor senses what’s coming, and fires off forearms! But he gets another ROUNDHOUSE! Priest reels Balor in, Canadian rack again, but Balor escapes again! Balor rocks Priest with a forearm, and Priest falls onto the steel steps!!! The referee checks on Priest as the crowd loses its mind. Priest manages to rise, gets in the ring, but Balor is up top! COUP DE GRACE! But that’s not enough, Balor goes up again! COUP DE GRACE DEUX! Cover, Balor wins!!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall
“Brutal” doesn’t even begin to cover it! The Archer of Infamy might #LiveForever just for that fall! Will Priest be able to rise again? Or is The Prince finally going to head back for the throne?
NXT North American Championship: Keith Lee VS Johnny Gargano!
The Limitless One vows to show #TheJohnnyGarganoWay has already reached its limit. But #JohnnyRuthless won’t #BaskInHisGlory, he wants the title back! What happens to the heart and soul of NXT as these two icons do battle?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the gold is on the line In Your House!
Gargano and Keith circle, but Keith knows what Gargano is up to asking for a test of strength with the bad hand. Keith knuckle locks then TOSSES Gargano! Gargano gets up and goes again, but his headlock barely bothers Keith. Keith powers Gargano off but the bad eye is bothering him. Gargano puts up his dukes and circles with Keith again. Keith goes after Gargano but Gargano dodges the strikes. Keith blocks the kick and almost heel kicks Gargano’s head off! Gargano backs away to a corner while the fans cheer, “Keith Lee! Woop woop!” Gargano runs at Keith but gets run over! Gargano bails out but Keith pursues. Gargano gets back in and dropkicks Keith away! Then he DIVES, but Keith catches him! Keith brings Gargano over to pop him up. But Gargano gets to the apron to MULE KICK the eye!
Gargano leaps, but Keith catches him! Keith pops Gargano back up, but Gargano goes after the eyes! Keith lets Gargano go, but avoids another step trap! Keith bumps Gargano off the apron then hoists him up and snake eyes him on the apron! Gargano tries to get away but Keith brings him back out to ROCK with a right! Gargano scurries away to the “front door,” and knocks? No one’s home, Gargano. Keith smiles as he heads over. Gargano pleads with whoever might be backstage, but Keith bumps him off the door! And GRIZZLY MAGNUM CHOPS him! The crowd wants “One More Time!” but Keith TOSSES Gargano down the “lawn.” Keith stalks Gargano back to the ring and they get in. Gargano clubs and stomps and hammers away! Keith pushes Gargano away but Gargano comes back for more. Keith pushes Gargano away again but Gargano goes after the bad hand!
Keith puts Gargano in a corner, tosses him across the way, then brings Gargano up for knees and a HARD left. But that hurts Keith’s hand almost as much! Gargano gets up and enziguris Keith down! Gargano clubs Keith to a corner and only stops because of the count. Gargano stands on the bad hand then digs his forearm into the bad arm. Keith powers Gargano away but Gargano comes back to CHOP! Gargano climbs up to rain down palm strikes on the bad eye! Keith powers Gargano off but Gargano just keeps coming back for more! Gargano haymakers, wrenches the bad hand and knees the elbow, but Keith pushes him away. Gargano comes back to BOOT Keith to the corner! Gargano goes after the bad arm but the ref backs him off. Keith is seething but Gargano comes from the outside. He pulls Keith’s hand against the buckle’s crossbar!!
Gargano lets up at 4 but the crowd boos. Gargano says they’re lucky to watch him perform. Gargano goes back to Keith for a cover, ONE! Gargano wraps Keith up in a cobra clutch to go after both wrist and eye! Keith endures as the crowd rallies. Keith fights up but Gargano knees him in the back. Gargano wrangles Keith down and keeps on the bad eye. Keith continues to endure and fights up again. Gargano becomes a backpack and digs his palm into the bad eye! Gargano elbows Keith down! Gargano springboard stomps over and over then drops an elbow! Cover, TWO! Gargano seethes as Keith clutches his hand. The crowd rallies but Gargano stands on the bad hand and fish hooks the mouth. Gargano drags Keith up to throw hands into the eyes! Keith can only push Gargano away, but Gargano mocks the #BaskInHisGlory.
Gargano throws more palm strikes but the fans sing “Johnny Sucks!” to the tune of Darth Vader’s Imperial march. Gargano mocks Keith but the fans rally up. Keith throws punches but that’s still his bad hand. But his good hand grabs Gargano’s to keep him from running! Keith blocks punches to give forearms! Keith whips Gargano to a corner, runs in, but misses as Gargano moves. Gargano ducks, slips out and enziguris! Gargano slingshots into a CLUB! Keith brings Gargano up for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Gargano survives but Keith keeps his focus. Keith gets to his feet, brings Gargano up, but Gargano holds onto a leg to block the bomb. Gargano pulls on the fingers, slips under Keith to throw forearms from all sides. Keith DECKS Gargano with just one! Gargano gets up to fire off more, but Keith ROCKS him again!
Gargano bobs ‘n’ weaves to give more forearms, then runs, into a pop-up! But Gargano gets the arm for a hanging armbar! Keith stays on his feet to lift Gargano up with that one arm! But Gargano pulls the fingers! Keith endures, powers up, and SLAMS Gargano down. Keith blocks a punch but Gargano fires off clotheslines, only to spin into a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Gargano may have no soul but he still has that superhuman heart! The crowd rallies as Keith looms over Gargano. Keith dares Gargano to get up, but he brings him up himself. Keith lifts, Gargano pulls the fingers! Gargano kicks away but Keith powers through! Gargano sunset flips through, TWO!! Keith just barely escapes but both men are down. Now the crowd sings “Gargano Sucks~” to the tune of, well, “John Cena Sucks.”
Gargano headbutts Keith down then kicks him over and over. Gargano sits Keith up but Keith pushes him away, tilt-o-whirl but Gargano goes for the arm! Keith whips Gargano away, Keith ducks to SUPERKICK! Keith HEADBUTTS, and fireman’s carries, for Big Bang- NO! Gargano rolls Keith up, TWO!! Keith barely escapes again, and he gets a BUZZSAW! Gargano runs, into a SPINEBUSTER! But Gargano flops to the bottom rope, and then out of the ring. The crowd rallies as Keith catches his breath. Keith fetches Gargano and puts him back in the ring. Keith grabs the rope to get back in, Gargano kicks the bad hand! And then Gargano DIVES, to TORNADO DDT! Gargano realizes Champion’s Advantage will be against him if he can’t get Keith back in. Gargano drags Keith but Keith is out cold!
The count is at 8, Gargano refreshes it desperately, and argues with the ref about it. Gargano goes back out, Keith has revived, and he POUNCES Gargano through the Plexiglas!! The crowd is going nuts as Gargano is down and out on the outside! The ref checks on Gargano but Keith still fetches Gargano. Keith drags Gargano by one hand back to the “lawn.” Keith scoops Gargano to carry him, but Candice returns? She was going to help Gargano, but then Mia is there and she fires off on Candice! Candice and Mia get in the ring and they brawl, all the way back out of the ring! Keith drags Gargano up, but Gargano has a KEY!! HE DIGS IT INTO KEITH’S OTHER EYE!! SLINGSHOT DDT!! Cover, TWO!?!? The #OneFinalBeat didn’t beat Keith and Gargano is furious!
Gargano aims from a corner, to SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Gargano SUPERKICKS again! Cover, TWO!! Keith still has so much left and Gargano is furious! Gargano SUPERKICKS a third time! Cover, TWO!?! The crowd is loving this but Gargano is hating it! Gargano stands up as the crowd rallies for Keith. Gargano stomps the bad hand, then brings Keith up. Keith choke grips Gargano! Gargano tries to break free but Keith pops him up, for a SPIRIT BOMB!! Gargano flounders to a corner but Keith glares at him. Keith goes full power for a DEAD LIFT POWERBOMB! And then the fireman’s carry, BIG BANG CATASTROPHE!! Cover, Keith Lee wins!
Winner: Keith Lee, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)
#TJGW did NOT get the W he wanted! Keith Lee is still limitless and still champion! Will NXT forever #BaskInHisGlory?
NXT Championship Backlot Brawl: Adam Cole VS The Velveteen Dream!
The longest reigning NXT Champion ever wants this to be the Undisputed END to the Experience! If Dream doesn’t win now, he’ll never get another shot so long as Cole is champion. But with this very special match type, who will shine brightest as THE champion of NXT?
Cole drives up in an Undisputed monster truck, while Dream drives up in the Lamborghini of everyone’s dreams. And Dream cosplays as Negan! Dream brings Lucille’s cousin with him while the rules are set: anything goes, but the match must end inside the ring. Regal told the ref to tell them, “Enjoy the spotlight.” The crowd in their cars are fired up as Dream gets to the ring. Cole talks trash but it’s hard to hear over the roar of the engines. Cole wants Dream to fight like a man, aka without the bat. Dream says, “Anything for you, Cole man.” Cole gets in the ring while Dream takes off the jacket and scarf. Dream throws the scarf at Cole, but Cole swings the belt! Dream rolls Cole up, TWO! The two stand off, Cole swings but into a backslide! TWO and Cole backs away again. Dream catches Cole to an Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Cole scurries out, then into the ring, to BOOT Dream down!
Cole rains down right hands but Dream pushes him away. Dream flounders but Cole talks trash. Cole wants to take his belt and go home, but Dream hurries after. Cole grabs a car without a driver, but Dream brings back Lucille’s cousin! Dream starts swinging and breaks off rear view mirrors and dents the doors! Dream tells Cole to get out of the car, and Cole does, to go around and throws hands. Cole rocks Dream but Dream DECKS Cole! Dream pulls on Cole’s hair but another car pulls up. “Did somebody call for an Uber?” No but Cole and Dream end up fighting through the van! The ref tells the Uber driver to move on, and Dream goes after Cole. Dream says they’re just getting started, and he ROCKS Cole again! Cole tries to find a door he can get through but Dream clubs him down.
Dream throws Cole into trash cans then throws the trash can down! Cole avoids getting canned, and he suddenly begs Dream for mercy. Dream walks hover, but is yanked into a pole! Cole scurries away and still looks for shelter. Dream manages to follow Cole, bringing another trash can along. Dream throws the can and swings the lid, but where did Cole go? Dream starts looking for unlocked doors, and finds one. Only to get blasted with an extinguisher! Cole keeps smoking Dream then brings him up gasping for air. Cole clubs Dream down while bragging about being the best NXT Champion ever. Dream manages to make it back to the cars but Cole clubs him to ringside. Cole throws more forearms but Dream uppercuts. Cole kicks low and brings Dream around, for another BOOT! Dream staggers away towards the cars, but Cole throws uppercuts to send him further on.
“Why don’t you just quit, Dream? You won’t, because you’re stupid!” Cole hammers Dream’s face against the bumper of a truck but the crowd boos. Dream uses his shirt to choke Cole! Cole gets loose as the shirt tears, but Dream kicks him low and POSTS him! Dream goes to the apron, aims at Cole, and drops ax handles. Dream drags Cole up into the ring, covers, but Cole uses the ropes to pry Dream off him. Cole wants a time-out, but there are no time-outs in pro-wrestling. Dream climbs up and aims, to leap, into a SUPERKICK! Cole asks what he has to do to end Dream. Cole goes to the apron now, takes aim, and says night night. Cole leaps, into DREAM’S SUPERKICK! Dream wobbles as he brings Cole back up. He bumps Cole off the hood of a car! And then POWERSLAMS him onto one! Dream promises Cole will never forget this.
Dream produces a ladder and brings it over. Cole begs for mercy again but Dream hammers away instead. Dream sets the ladder up and starts climbing. But another car comes in with horns loud and lights bright. It’s the Undisputed Era’s Roderick Strong and Bobby Fish! The distraction allows Cole to go after Dream, but then Cole brags too much. Dream shoves him OFF the ladder and Cole CRASHES Onto the windshield! Cole’s arm is bleeding and the Era goes after Dream! Dream fights as best he can, but that’s 2v1! The Era beats Dream down then checks on Cole. Cole tells them that they know what to do. Strong and Fish hurry to the Undisputed Monster Truck and they put in chair after chair after chair into the ring! ECW flashbacks, anyone? How many chairs did Cole load up on that truck!?
Strong fetches Dream but then something drags a chair under the ring? It’s DEXTER LUMIS! The “tortured artist” is here, and looks to make good on his artistic warning. Lumis gives chair shot after chair shot to Strong and Fish! Then uppercut after uppercut! Lumis clubs Fish and Strong over to an open trunk! He puts Strong in first, then tosses Fish onto him! The trunk is closed and Lumis has two captives! Lumis drives off into the night while Dream flounders his way into the ring. Cole sits up with his bleeding and possibly broken arm, and crawls his way to the ring. Cole drags himself up the apron, up the corner, and to the top rope. Cole aims at Dream, leaps, but into a DREAM VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!?! Cole survives but Dream hurries to the corner now.
Dream flounders up to the top rope, Cole is sitting on the chairs, PURPLE RAIN MAKER ONTO THE CHAIRS!! Cover, TWO?!?! How did Cole survive?! Dream rips off his shirt, and says, “Every era is meant to end. BAYBAY, do you hear it? This is the sound of your dream coming to an end.” #DreamOver! But Cole LOW BLOWS Dream!! No disqualifications in the Backlot Brawl, and Cole heads up top! PANAMA SUNRISE ONTO THE CHAIRS!!! Cover, Cole wins!!
Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)
372 days and counting for the Undisputed Era! The dream is over, but for Velveteen himself! What must Dream do to finally have the brightest spotlight of them all? Will anyone ever end Cole’s reign?
Todd Pettengill checks in with us.
What a night already! He’s still just now catching his breath. But we check in with some “viewers” on… AOL Chat? It’s Triple H, Shawn Michaels and Road Dogg! They don’t know how to computers, so they get frustrated. But while they figure that out, let’s move on with the action!
Tommaso Ciampa VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlet Bordeaux!
Ticktock, the Psycho Killer is on the clock. He and Mr. Doomsday promise to show each other something “special.” But labels aside, either #NoOneWillSurvive, or someone will #FallAndPray!
The bell rings and Scarlet is already enjoying this. The crowd rallies up already as the two stare down. Ciampa throws a forearm but Kross doesn’t flinch. Ciampa throws forearms and even boots, but Kross pushes Ciampa to a corner and BOOTS back! Kross drags Ciampa up, and TOSSES him! Ciampa bails out but Kross pursues around the way. Kross keeps Ciampa from getting back in the ring, but Ciampa elbows back and bumps Kross off steps! Scarlet checks on Kross, but Ciampa gets Kross between the ropes! No Willow’s Bell, but Ciampa denies the Exploder. Ciampa ROCKS Kross but Kross grits his teeth and comes back. Ciampa dodges and BOOTS, but Kross is up again! Kross powers Ciampa out hard and then continues after him. “You’re in my house now, Tommy boy!” APRON POWERBOMB! The surgically replaced neck is in danger after that one! But Kross and Scarlet just smile as Ciampa writhes and clutches his neck.
Kross tells the ref to move, then he drags Ciampa up and into the ring. Kross stalks Ciampa to the corner and kicks away. Kross knees low then reels Ciampa in, for another EXPLODER! Ciampa writhes but Kross just roars and revels in his ruthlessness. “How’s your neck holding up?!” Kross cranks on the neck then stomps Ciampa down. Kross brings Ciampa up again to put in a corner, and then use another EXPLODER! Ciampa is folded up but manages to get to a corner. Kross looms over him before ramming in his knee! And again, over and over! The ref counts, Kross backs off and Ciampa flounders up. Kross dares Ciampa to hit him, but Kross catches Ciampa for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Roll through, LARIAT! Scarlet mocks Ciampa’s pain while Kross stalks him.
Ciampa slips away to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Kross grabs Ciampa’s neck but Ciampa fires off palm strikes! Ciampa enziguris Kross down, then runs to KNEE him out of the ring! Scarlet is worried now as Ciampa hits WILLOW’S BELL!! Cover, TWO!?! Ciampa was so close and he knows it. But Ciampa aims to KNEE Kross down again! Kross gets up, only to get another KNEE! Ciampa drags Kross up, underhooks, but Kross powers out to an F10 TOSS!! Kross drags Ciampa into the KROSS-JACKET!! Ciampa flails, reaches, but he’s trapped! Ciampa fades out, Kross wins!!
Winner: Killer Kross, by submission
The end is near, and Ciampa has fallen! Scarlet raises Kross’ hand in celebration, will she follow Kross down the road to total dominance of NXT?
Renee Young is here!
What a fun retro vibe! But the party doesn’t stop with the show. Renee will interview the man behind NXT, Triple H, on Facebook Live!
NXT Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Charlotte Flair VS Rhea Ripley VS Io Shirai!
The Queen is back atop the division after dethroning the Nightmare at WrestleMania 36. And since then, “the hardest working woman in any industry” has made sure every woman in the WWE understands their place on the food chain. But after throwing the match against the Evil Genius, and ruining the match between Shirai and Rhea, it comes to this! Will Charlotte still reign when she has two opponents to worry about? Is Rhea going to again be the future of NXT? Or will Shirai drag them down into the darkness so that she can finally shine?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this battle for true dominance begins!
Shirai, Rhea and Charlotte stare down as the crowd rallies up. The three circle, but Charlotte bails out to let Rhea and Shirai have it out. Rhea is already annoyed, and the crowd chants, “You Don’t Go Here!” Charlotte shouts back, “I MADE here!” Shirai and Rhea do tie up, Rhea powers Shirai down, but Charlotte returns to throw Rhea down! Charlotte runs away, Shirai rolls Rhea, ONE! Rhea ROCKS Shirai, Charlotte kicks Rhea low! Charlotte bumps Rhea off buckles and then stomps away. Shirai runs over to pull Charlotte off, but Charlotte kicks her back. Charlotte scoops,. Shirai slips out and hits an Edge-o-matic! Shirai runs into Rhea’s BOOTS, but Rhea runs into Charlotte’s neckbrekaer! Charlotte catches Shirai’s leap for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Charlotte kips up and the crowd lets out a “WOO~!”
Charlotte says this is her house and the others are guests. She CHOPS her “guests” over and over, back and forth, then soaks up the heat. Charlotte brings Rhea and Shirai up and says they’re never leaving. But they both hit her with CHOPS! And fast hands! They stomp Charlotte to a corner but Rhea headbutts Shirai down. Rhea clubs Charlotte over and over, then whips her to a corner. Charlotte tumbles up and out, forearms Rhea away, but Shirai runs in. Charlotte shoulders Shirai away but Rhea trips Charlotte up. Rhea cannonballs from the apron but misses! Charlotte RAMS Rhea into barriers! Charlotte smiles but turns around into Shirai’s huricanrana! The crowd fires up with Shirai as she brings Charlotte up. Charlotte POSTS Shirai, then RAMS her into Rhea! The contenders are down and the Queen tells the crowd to kiss her ass.
Charlotte drags Shirai up to put her in the ring. Charlotte takes her time stalking Shirai and even toys with her. “You’re the best?!” Shirai fights back but Charlotte clubs her down. Charlotte drags Shirai up and whips, but Shirai hops up! Charlotte catches her, back suplexes but Shirai lands on her feet! Shirai runs, handsprings, dropkicks but into the BOSTON CRAB! Shirai endures as Charlotte sits deep! Shirai crawls for the ropes but Charlotte shifts to a Lion Tamer! Shirai kicks free and Rhea returns to LARIAT Charlotte! Rhea rallies on Charlotte, spins her and hits cravat knees! Rhea runs to BOOT Charlotte down! The crowd is fired up with Rhea as she hits the basement dropkick! Shirai runs in and flapjack dropkicks Rhea! Charlotte is on the ropes, she gets the Tiger Feint!
Shirai climbs up and leaps but Charlotte gets under. Shirai comes back, victory roll to STOMPS! Shirai keeps moving, basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Charlotte survives the onslaught but Shirai keeps her focus. Shirai fires up and goes corner to corner, but Rhea intercepts to O’Conner roll, and dead lift! Shirai elbows out, a HEADBUTT takes them both out! The crowd rallies up as all three women are down. Charlotte sees her contenders stirring and going after each other. Shirai and Rhea grab each other’s hair, but Charlotte SPEARS them both! Cover on Shirai, TWO! Cover on Rhea, TWO! Charlotte just grins as the match continues. Charlotte drags Rhea over to a corner and says “SUCK IT” a la DX. Charlotte places Shirai next to Rhea before going up top. She hit this before, and wants it again, MOONSAULT, but she gets KNEES!
Shirai rolls Charlotte, but Rhea rolls Shirai, to a pump handle and RIP- NO! Crossbody counter! Shirai tilt-o-whirls Charlotte to a CROSSFACE!! Charlotte endures, reaches out, but Rhea BUZZSAWS Shirai off! Charlotte BOOTS Rhea, covers, TWO! Rhea lives and Charlotte is losing her cool. “This is Awesome!” as Charlotte aims from a corner. Rhea sits up, but she avoids Natural Selection to SUPERKICK and Atomic SLAM! Shirai springboards to missile dropkick Rhea down! The crowd is thunderous as Shirai gives Rhea a corner METEORA! Charlotte hits NATURAL SELECTION on Shirai!! Cover, TWO!?! Shirai survives and Charlotte is shocked! Charlotte thinks of what she has to do, but Shirai ghost pins! TWO and Charlotte has the legs! Figure Four and the bridge, but Rhea drags Charlotte out! Rhea clubs and hammers away on Charlotte but Charlotte gives it back!
Charlotte bumps Rhea off steps, but Rhea kicks back. The two brawl towards the “lawn”, and Shirai DIVES! Direct hit on Rhea! The crowd is thunderous again but Charlotte clips Shirai! Charlotte throws Shirai THROUGH THE WINDOW! Rhea stalks up and SMASHES Charlotte with a potted plant! Charlotte tackles Rhea and the two scrap right by the “garage!” Rhea slaps Charlotte around while the ref says they need to end this in the ring. Charlotte slaps and clubs Rhea back, then smooshes her into the Plexiglas! Charlotte and Rhea keep brawling, but Rhea staggers. Charlotte aims from the door, but Shirai’s on the “roof!” “Please Don’t Die!” Rhea and Charlotte brawl more, and Shirai is like a cat as she drops in on them! DOUBLE CROSSBODY! All three wipe out and the crowd loses their minds!
Shirai gets up first and she puts Charlotte in the ring. Shirai hurries up to the corner and the top rope. Rhea rises and hurries over and she ROCKS Shirai with a right! Rhea gets in, Charlotte runs in but is sent into the POST! Charlotte flops out and Rhea goes after Shirai with CHOPS and haymakers! Rhea climbs up, brings Shirai up, but Shirai resists! Shirai fights Rhea back, slips under, and pushes Rhea into the buckles. Shirai climbs back up, clubs away on Rhea, then brings her up for a SUPER STEIN- NO! And Charlotte returns to BOOT Shirai down! Rhea BOOTS Charlotte, but Charlotte throws forearms and CHOPS! Charlotte CHOPS and CHOPS and climbs again. Rhea resists and headbutts back! Rhea pump handles for a SUPER RIPTIDE!! Cover, but Shirai breaks it! That was so close!
The crowd is at a fever pitch but Rhea is furious. Rhea boots, misses, and the SHOTEIS land from all sides! Shirai runs, pops up, but the victory roll is blocked to the INVERTED CLOVERLEAF! Or as she calls it, the Prism Trap! But Charlotte has a kendo stick! Rhea spanks Shirai, Charlotte SMACKS Rhea! And then Shirai! And then Rhea again! And then Shirai more! Rhea, again! Charlotte says she’s going to beat Rhea again! She tosses the kendo stick away, and SPEARS Rhea again! Charlotte grabs the legs, Figure Four! Bridge to the Figure EIGHT!! Rhea endures, but Shirai ASAI MOONSAULTS RHEA!! Cover, SHIRAI WINS!!!
Winner: Io Shirai, by pinfall (NEW NXT Women’s Champion)
The Evil Genius found a brilliant solution to this problem! And finally, she has the title! The confetti rains down and the streamers fly! What does this change in power mean for the future of NXT?
An incredible night for what felt like a rather oddly placed TakeOver event. One odd thing was that we didn’t get a tag title match. I don’t remember them saying Imperium VS Breezango wasn’t for TakeOver, but maybe that’s why Indus Sher showed up at the end of last Wednesday’s NXT. There might be more build for that match before we get it, which would actually help things just a little bit. I still feel like it should’ve been Oney Lorcan and Imperium, but maybe that is being saved for what would’ve been TakeOver: Boston in a couple months. Instead, the Six Woman Tag opens and it was really good. I was surprised the Faces won, but it didn’t feel like the many feuds in that match are over. For one, Mia and Candice brawl during the North American Championship match, and I almost thought it was going to cost Keith the title.
Keith VS Gargano was great, with or without the brawling, but it makes a lot of sense for Keith to win. The Johnny Gargano Way can’t get its way just yet. He and Candice haven’t shown us enough just yet, and their goal of reigning together might make more sense if Gargano has the NXT Championship again. On top of no tag titles, I was surprised the NXT Championship was the middle of the show. Dream cosplaying Negan from The Walking Dead was a great surprise but that bat wasn’t much help. It barely dented the car Cole tried to escape in and didn’t come into play later. Lumis kidnapping Strong and Fish was a great bit, but it didn’t help Dream win. I’m rather surprised, I would’ve thought this was Dream’s time, but maybe WWE wants to give reason Cole to stay since there’s concern he might go to AEW. At the same time, this could mean Dream will help just about anyone in defeating Cole now, so as to undo the clause of being kept from future opportunities.
Finn Balor VS Damian Priest was an incredible match, definitely worth of a TakeOver. That steel step spot alone was so rough. I’m surprised Priest was able to get up after that. But I figured Balor would win, he needs to stay strong to head for a title story of his own. I hope Cole VS Balor is next, I don’t think we got a proper “Who is THE BEST NXT Champion ever?” story out of them. And it would be great if Balor got the NXT Championship back before going back after Walter and the NXT UK Championship. Having a truly undisputed champion in NXT might be a bit much, but someone of a Cole, Balor and Walter level is definitely worthy. Ciampa VS Kross definitely had a great match, but of course Kross was going to win. He dominated Ciampa here, but I preferred his character work from Lucha Underground as the White Rabbit. Either way, Kross definitely has a title in his future, and it might be the North American Championship.
And finally, for the first time in a long time, the women main event TakeOver! This match was amazing, above and beyond expectations, but with the outcome I was most hoping for. Io Shirai is finally on top of the NXT Women’s Division! She probably should’ve been champion sooner, but better late than never. Charlotte might be back to give us a proper match with Shirai, but I would hope Shirai retains in that match. And while Charlotte beat Asuka again on Raw, it was via count-out thanks to Nia. I’m sure Charlotte can come back around as I don’t see Nia winning at Backlash next Sunday, but I would hope Charlotte loses to Asuka. What would be creative for Charlotte is if she had to struggle and work harder than ever before, all the while giving us some dream matches between Raw and NXT.
My Score: 9.3/10
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Andrew’s IMPACT Sacrifice Results & Match Ratings: 3.24.2023
Well damn, 24 hours changes everything! Josh is injured and has to vacate the World title! Mickie is also injured but she’s making her announcement during the show. How does IMPACT salvage their two main title pictures at Sacrifice?
Well hot damn, a lot of news popped up in less than 24 hours. So Josh Alexander tore his triceps; so he has to vacate the World Title and he’s being replaced by Steve Maclin in the 6 man match. Mickie James apparently also has an injury, but they are going to turn it into a segment on the show instead of a straight up vacating.
Now from a story perspective this sucks since I loved the Maclin/Alexander segment last night. That’s just me being selfish since I wanted to see that build and Maclin get the big win he deserves. Now he’ll be facing Kushida for the vacated title at Rebellion, and even if Maclin wins it will feel a little flat. Here’s to hoping that when Josh returns from injury they can find a way to bridge the time lost and keep the story going eventually.
.@MeanGiaMiller caught up with @FrankieKazarian and #RichSwann to talk about @Walking_Weapon's unfortunate injury and @SteveMaclin replacing him as their partner TONIGHT at #Sacrifice! #CountdownToSacrifice pic.twitter.com/jdnqk6BLN9
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) March 24, 2023
- Speedball Mike Bailey vs Jonathan Gresham: Bailey wins via Reverse Figure Four – *** 3/4
- Digital Media Championship: Joe Hendry (c) vs Brian Myers: Hendry retains via Standing Ovation – ***
- Gisele Shaw w/Jai Vidal & Savannah Evans vs Deonna Purrazzo: Deonna wins via Venus de Milo – *** 1/4
- Kenny King w/Eddie Edwards vs PCO: PCO wins via Straight Right Chair Punch – *** 1/4
- X Division Championship: Lince Dorado vs Trey Miguel (c): Trey retains via Cradle – *
- IMPACT Tag Team Titles: TMDK (Shane Haste & Bad Dude Tito) vs Bullet Club (Ace Austin & Chris Bey) (c): Bullet Club retains via ABC 1-2-Sweet – ****
- Busted Open Match: Bully Ray vs Tommy Dreamer: Bully wins – ** 1/2
- Time Machine (Kushida, Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs Rich Swann, Frankie Kazarian & Steve Maclin: Kushida wins via Hoverboard Lock – ****
Speedball Mike Bailey vs Jonathan Gresham
With the injuries in the main event, I could definitely see one, or both of these guys; fast tracked into the title scene after Rebellion. And I don’t think anyone would really be mad at that.
A quick tit for tat start, no one really gets any advantage. Just a few quick counters and takeover attempts. They both pause to take in chants from the crowd and then lock up again. Collar and Elbow tie up, they don’t release and both roll one another under the rope and out of the ring. There is an early moment where while he’s against the ropes he pokes Speedball in the eye and then apologizes. So things go back to a technical face vs face, but it could be a precursor.
Technical catch wrestling continues. Wrestling one another down, trying to get positions for small submission picks or limb attacks, but nothing is sticking yet. Gresham does manage to an Indian Deathlock, and then a Reverse Figure Four that Gresham conveniently can’t untangle so the referee has to do it and Bailey is pissed. Gresham tries to explain it, but Bailey lights him up, Gresham falls out of the ring, Golden Triangle Moonsault and now the aggression is starting to pick up. Hamstring Kicks and Chops from Bailey, but Gresham baits the attack and trips up Bailey before attacking the left knee with a grin on his face. Bailey is grounded for a while and Gresham keeps trying to twist off his leg. Eventually some Up Kicks break the submission attempt but Gresham wrestles him down again into a Bow and Arrow Trailer Hitch kind of move. Since Bailey has Tanahashi next week, Gresham must be trying to make Bailey’s knees equal. Good Guy Gresham.
Bailey starts stringing some offense together, but a few Low Dropkicks ruins Bailey’s base and causes him to face plant and the offense is going nowhere. Gresham even goes for the pinfall by trying to hyper extend the leg he’s been working on. Strikes continue to trade, Gresham tries to shoot the half but Bailey kicks off, Hamstring Kick again, Gresham Kips Up but clutches the leg a little, a chance for Speedball but Gresham cradles him to the ground and locks in a Figure Four. Speedball eventually rolls to the apron, Gresham tries to continue the stretching but Bailey kicks him into the post, sweeps the leg and Moonsault Double Knees right on Gresham’s head; Bailey went full Billy Kidman with his offense.
Bailey and Gresham continue to jockey for position on the outside, it looks like it might be a double count out. Gresham gets in at 9, Bailey gets in right at the 10 and the referee allows the match to continue. Some quick offense, Tornado Kicks to the corner, Ultima Weapon misses, Gresham goes for the Figure Four again but Speedball reverses it and Gresham taps pretty quick.
Backstage segment with Brian Myers, Moose joins and says he’ll help him beat Hendry – but then Santino shows up! He tells Moose he’s dumb and just stooged himself out, so he’s banning him from ringside. Who would’ve thunk it, the comedy character brings the logic.
Digital Media Championship: Joe Hendry (c) vs Brian Myers
Myers powders after a few early bumps and then Hendry follows him. Hendry is definitely not fighting with “champion’s advantage”, as is the way for babyfaces. Myers tries to fight back on the floor but a Scoop Slam leaves Myers on the receiving end. Hendry has to roll in to reset the 10 count and Myers catches him.
A few quick attacks, Roster Cut attempt but Hendry gets the goozle on. Standing Ovation attempt but Myers slips it, Chop Block, and continues to hammer down on Hendry. Myers with a Falcon Arrow and a bunch of slightly arrogant offense until he goes for the Crossbody, gets caught again, Sack of Shit, and Hendry is back on the offensive. Pop Up Power – no, slips and a Running Spear from Myers for a 2 count. Myers hits the top rope but Hendry cuts him off, Myers pushes him off, launches and Hendry hits the RKO mid move! Throws Myers into the ropes, Standing Ovation, and Hendry retains!
So Mickie addresses her injury, it seems she broke a rib during the tag match. They are allowing Mickie to hold on to the title until Rebellion. Either she defends it in a 3 way versus Jordynne and the winner of the 4 Way at the Multiverse United show or Jordynne will face the winner of the 4 Way for the vacated title.
Gisele Shaw w/Jai Vidal & Savannah Evans vs Deonna Purrazzo
Deonna starts off angry, Gisele is getting rocked early, they go through a few rope running counter cradles and slides but its just early counter wrestling. Gisele manages to surprise Deonna going for an Armbar, but Deonna counters it, tries the Venus de Milo but Shaw powders. Deonna hits the Baseball Slide, starts beating on Gisele but she slides back in to distract the referee while Savannah clocks Deonna.
Triplicate European Uppercuts from Gisele keep her very comfortably in control. Another distraction to the ref and Savannah swings and connects with Deonna again. Deonna tries to fight from the corner, Gisele grabs Deonna’s feet drapes her across the ropes and drops both knees on Deonna. Gisele drives her knee into Deonna’s shoulder blades and goes for the Chin Lock. Deonna tries to power out, Gisele stifles it a little, but Deonna catches her with a Twisting Neckbreaker. Slow start to the strike exchange but it slowly picks up, Deonna with a beautiful spot of a no look Back Kick right to Gisele’s stomach, Running Knee Lift into the Russian Leg Sweep for 2. Deonna Pump Kick, Gisele Superkick, Deonna bounces off the ropes, Flatliner into Koji Clutch, but Gisele slides back a little to turn it into a pinfall to break the submission.
Both women have wrist control and just swing at each other. Deonna gets the best, one big swing but Gisele ducks it, catches Deonna in Shock and Awe (Backbreaker into Flatliner). Denouement attempt, Deonna grabs at the arm for the Fujiwara attempt but Gisele fights it off. Venus de Milo gets locked in and Deonna holds it a little longer to make a point.
Savannah attacks Deonna afterwards, but Tasha Steelz music hits. Tasha tries to play nice like she’s here to help Savannah, then cheap shots her, fights off Jai with a Tornado DDT kicking off of Savannah. Okurr on Jai and Tasha cleans house and babyfaces herself.
Kenny King w/Eddie Edwards vs PCO
Kenny comes out in an Honor No More shirt, which is a nice way to play into the story.
Eddie tries to get PCO’s attention and then Kenny attacks him right as the bell rings. PCO turns things around shortly, Eddie keeps trying to find angles to give Kenny ambush spots but PCO keeps fighting back. PCO stalks Eddie on the outside and Kenny hits a beautiful Tornillo, then a Scoop Slam as he mocks the whole Frankenstein gimmick. PCO rolls in and Kenny John Woo’s him into the corner and starts Bootwashing his face to talk smack. PCO fires, goozle and just throws Kenny out of the ring.
PCO kicks Kenny from getting back in the ring, looks to do his Senton but “short circuits”. So PCO does a Senton to the wrong side of the ring, crashing but popping right back up, and it apparently helped correct the issue. So Senton onto Kenny, throws him back in, Kenny tries the Eddy Gordo kick but PCO just barrels over him. PCO drapes Kenny in the corner, Codebreaker, into the back of the head Guillotine Leg Drop and now PCO pulls him to the apron.
Here we go, Deanimator attempt – but Eddie cuts him off, PCO kicks him back into the cameras, Kenny gets up and an Iconoclasm bouncing off the apron of the ring! Kenny throws him into the steps, rolls in, things he’s all but won…yet PCO beats the 10 count. “He’s Not Human” chant starts, Frog Splash from Kenny and PCO kicks out and fires at 2. Eddie throws a Kendo stick in the ring to distract the referee from Kenny using a chair. Kenny hits PCO once, PCO shakes it off and has a gameplan. So he actually helps keep the referee distracted to bait in Kenny for another chairshot attempt, but PCO just punches through the chair and knocks out Kenny.
Maclin, Kaz and Rich have a backstage segment. It perfectly shows the story beats of Maclin being annoyed that he put in all this prep and recon on Josh just for the opponent to be flipped. Typical tumultuous team members vibe, but Maclin gets his story beats across beautifully.
Can #RichSwann and @FrankieKazarian trust @SteveMaclin? #Sacrifice pic.twitter.com/TcEZ79IWkC
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) March 25, 2023
X Division Championship: Lince Dorado vs Trey Miguel (c)
Okay Lince comes out in a bathrobe with some cringe ass “Lucha Lit” gimmick. I…hate it. This is probably the first time ever that I want Trey to win. Cause Dorado is cringe as hell. In a game of them both sucking, I’ll pick the style of trash that I can tolerate more…which is Trey.
Lucha counter wrestling with flips over trips and that stupid ass Mirrored Dropkick Spot. I also don’t love the Lince doing the cat mannerisms, but Puma King and a few others have done that…so I guess its more tolerated in Lucha. This whole match has been a little paint by numbers boring Lucha where the moves are done just to pop the crowd but not to actually accomplish anything.
Diving whatever moves they accomplish nothing. Its really hard for me to care about flippy trash matches. Lince hits 2 of the 3 step Moonsaults, but Trey of course no sells and dodges the third, Tiger Wall Kick, but Trey stumbles a little for the Enzuigiri, Trey also hits a sloppy Outside In Tiger Feint…its just sloppy spots for spots sake. I would probably be more entertained if I had Runescape fired up on a different tab. This is just a waste of space, much like both “wrestlers”.
Lince hits a Avalanche Frankensteiner, into a Shooting Star Press but Trey powders. Lince tries that bounce off the corner with his legs spot, but its sloppy. Another sloppy Tiger Feint from Trey, Slingshot Sunset Bomb for 2. These are just stupid moves for stupid sake. Lince tries to cut off Trey from a rope run with a Big Boot but mostly misses, makes the whole cut off exchange look stupid. Trey with a flash cradle during the cut offs for pinfall. Eww…this was garbage.
IMPACT Tag Team Titles: TMDK (Shane Haste & Bad Dude Tito) vs Bullet Club (Ace Austin & Chris Bey) (c)
It is nice to see a variation of TMDK back together. I also enjoyed Tito called Ace and Bey the “Mini Bullet Club” since they’re the juniors heavyweights.
Tito and Bey start off, Bey is trying to show off his speed, Tito gets across the power though. Tito kinda looks like a young Scott Steiner, and he literally tosses Bey back into his corner. Ace tags in, tries to do something but Tito is just too strong. Haste gets tagged in for some flashy yet effective offense. Ace finds something with the Triangle Victory Roll, Bey blind tag, cheap shot on Tito, Russian Leg Sweep + Low Sweep combination into some Click Click Boom. So Bullet Club is showing very nice Junior style synergy. Haste is very loud and animated, so he’s a great one to have eating the offense. Especially when they do their Back Rake goof spot.
Haste finally maneuvers things to tag Tito in, and Haste hands off Ace to Tito and Tito hits a Standing Blue Thunder Bomb. Tree of Woe, Bey tries to come in to break up the spot but the referee is distract, Tito steps up and stands on the groin, nice homage to Petey Williams. We are in Canada. Announce team almost sets up too much meme fodder, and then Rehwoldt steers into it. Rehwoldt said Bey was trying to rush into to get Tito off…paused for a second, which you know Hannifan gave him a look. So then they just pivot to everyone in TMDK being like Australian Sex Pistols. Very clever misdirection.
The match is fun, Bey gets the hot tag, clocks everyone, Haste tries a Lariat, Bey ducks that, flies onto Tito on the outside, comes back in, Tornado Fameasser for 2. Bullet Club goes for a Torture Rack/Triangle Kick combo, but Haste gets out of it. Tito gets tagged in and he start to look like Steve Williams with the Doctor Bomb for 2. Tito hits a big battering ram Dive on Bey to clear him out. Haste Falcon Arrow, Tito Froggy Splash, but Bey breaks it up.
Tito starts getting ping ponged between the two Juniors, Torture Rack/Triangle Kick combination, for 1-2-3? – no Haste comes in the referee says it was in time to stop the 3 count. Tito charges and a beautifully times Superkick + Spinning Back Heel Kick on Tito. He’s dazed, ABC 1-2-Sweet! Bullet Club retain!
Busted Open Match: Bully Ray vs Tommy Dreamer
This is a First Blood Match for anyone who doesn’t know, and Dreamer comes out with an ECW Championship Belt.
Chair duel to start things, ECW replica belt to the face of Bully Ray. Dreamer grabs a soda from a fan, Muta mist on Bully, tries to shove the can into his skull for early blood but no. Bully crotches Dreamer on the guardrail and then picks a fight with Darren McCarty who’s in the crowd. Darren McCarty was the enforcer for the Detroit Red Wings, so its very old school letting the ex sports guy play. Bully also has a great spot where he pulls out a step ladder, then asks the referee to hold it, does the Jimmy Snuka pose and goes for a Splash and misses. Bully gets to rile up AEW and WWF fans all in one spot. Good old school heat. Corny, but good.
Dreamer gets a bag of tacks, Bully fights off the Piledriver, gets the cheese grater but Dreamer hits the Bionic Elbow as a counter. Cheese grater with Dreamer, Dreamer charges, Bully pulls the referee in the corner, so ref bump. Dreamer eventually makes contact with the cheese grater, but there’s no referee and Bully has his back to the camera, so it slow rolls the result nicely. Good Hands hit the ring, on with a towel to see if he can blot the bleeding before the ref comes to.
Bully hits Tommy with pocket tacks instead of pocket sand. Tries to drive Dreamer’s face into the tacks and then Elbow it further down but Dreamer moves. Dreamer grabs the grater again, Bully tries to beg off, screams he’s sorry and now tries to guilt Tommy with his family is going to see this. Dreamer actually stops and then Bully hits him in the balls. Bully busts open Tommy with the tacks, the Good Hands slide in Tommy as the referee comes to, so the referee only sees Dreamer bleeding. Its a solid old school Hardcore match but it was definitely a little too plodding and corny.
Yuya Uemura tries to make the save, then Darren McCarty jumps the railing. This really has turned into ECW, Bully gets a mic, asks him if he really wants to fight and tells security to let him go. LOL – a literal Hockey Fight. McCarty gets the best of things, Good Hands mug him from behind. Triple Powerbomb McCarty through the table.
Scott D’Amore’s music hits! Scott starts stripping like he’s Ric Flair. Bully calls down Scott, but Scott has backup. He calls Rino, Heath, Gresham, Baily and Joe Hendry. Good Hands try to attack Scott…Scott stops him…and HITS A CANADIAN DESTROYER! Can this lead to a Lethal Lockdown match? Team D’Amore versus Team Bully? Give me that…give me some Lethal Lockdown now!
Time Machine (Kushida, Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs Rich Swann, Frankie Kazarian & Steve Maclin
Shelley and Swann start off, and its just a bit of chain wrestling. They both have Hammerlocks, Headlocks, and just twist around to try and find an angle. Shelley speeds things up a little, Shoulder Tackle, rope run, Swann goes down and Shelley puts on the brakes to sink in a quick STF but Rich grabs the rope. Kaz and Sabin tag in and we get some Battle of the Futures nostalgia.
Back and forth, Up and Over, Sabin with the Arm Drag into the Top Wristlock. Kaz fights through, a little more quick counters and fun stalemate spots as they are all having fun with each other. Kushida tags in and points to Maclin. Kaz slaps Maclin’s chest and we all know Maclin isn’t a fun loving babyface like Kaz and Swann, so the tone should start to change. Kushida starts by starting Grounded ala Inoki vs Ali, then manages to trip up Maclin and keep the mat wrestling going, but Maclin finally gets back to hit feet and can finally use his size and power to his advantage. Shelley blind tag, Time Splitters PK to the Arm combo.
Shelley keeps on the arm that got kicks with the Arm Wringer and then a few quick shots to the damaged arm. Kaz makes the blind tag after Maclin uses the middle rope into Shelley’s throat. Kaz and Rich with a little Hip Toss tandem stuff for a near fall on Shelley. But the tone of Rich and Kaz is definitely much different. Shelley fights his way out of the enemy corner, Time Machine triple team, Single Leg Crab, Camel Clutch, Sliding Dropkick from Sabin onto Rich. Kaz is trying to police too much of Maclin’s motion, typical team that doesn’t get along stuff. Rich driven into Kaz in the corner, triple Dropkicks from all of Time Machine.
Kushida tags in, stares down Maclin and then Maclin picks up and throws Rich to Time Machine because you can tell he’s frustrated getting policed with all of his moves. MCMG hold Rich, Kushida hits the Baseball Slide on the restrained wrestler and Kushida does the little Liger spin around pose/taunt and stares down Maclin. Shelley starts with the joint manipulation, and Swann is just getting torn apart. Swann in the Tree of Woe, Sliding Dropkick to Swann’s face, and then the Triple Baseball Slide. Sabin tags in with the Octopus Hold on Rich which he rolls into a pinfall, but Rich kicks out. You hear Maclin say “All you have to do is tag me bitch” – which proves that Maclin is trying to be a team player in his own way.
Rich fights out of the triple team, and chooses to tag in Kaz. Kaz hot tag, exchanges with Sabin which turns into the Guillotine Leg Drop through the ropes, Kaz is taking out everyone right now. Two Springboard Leg Drops…and now a third as all of the Time Machine offense is stopped. Sabin blind tag though gives Time Machine some momentum. Rich tries to come in, gets rocked, Maclin charges, Sabin grabs him and Tornado DDT sends Maclin to powder. Missile Dropkick/Flatliner on Kaz for 2.
Cradle Shock counter, rolling tag to Rich. Avalanche Headscissors, Rich goes to the top rope, Maclin tags himself in, but Time Machine gets rolling. Dragon Screw from Kushida with the Mutoh pose afterwards. Maclin and Shelley are legal, and going back and forth. Double Arm Breaker from Shelley after Kaz tries to get involved. Maclin gets some offense back in, Caught in the Crosshairs form Maclin, Maclin tags in Kaz, Kaz tags Rich, tandem attacks, Cutter form Rich into a 450…1-2-Kushida Kicks out! Swann goes for Phoenix Splash but misses. Flying Armbar from Kushida, triple Submission spot, but Maclin gets out of his and breaks Kushida’s submission. Maclin stares down Time Machine, hits the ropes and gets eaten alive by tandem attacks.
Time Machine goes for a Double Shiranui Tower, but it gets broken up. Outatime lands on Kaz. Sliced Bread lands on Swann. Tanaka Punch blocked, Maclin eats Shell Shock, Sabin gives Kushida a rolling start to throw him onto Maclin like a Spider Monkey and sink in the Hoverboard Lock. Maclin taps relatively quick, which is strategic to not risk injury.
Overall Score: 7/10
Talk about a show that no one knew what the hell to expect! Josh vacating the belt means that things had to change with fairly short notice. Mickie’s implications of either a Triple threat or she’ll hand over the belt to the winner if she’s not cleared is something you don’t see too often. But when it comes down to the card, the show was relatively good. Trey & Lince was hot garbage, and Busted Open was what we all kind of expected. Was it a bit more entertaining with some of the ECW nods? Sure. But it was just a spectacle and honestly Scott D’Amore hitting the Canadian Destroyer made that all worth it.
OH CANADA! @ScottDAmore CANADIAN DESTROYERS @TheJasonHotch and Windsor EXPLODES! #Sacrifice pic.twitter.com/iqqpiH0tMZ
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) March 25, 2023
The tag and six man matches were the best stuff on the card, and sets the stage decently well for storylines into Rebellion. I’m not joking though, if we don’t get Team D’Amore vs Team Bully in a Lethal Lockdown…the salt will pour. Don’t let the Canadian Destroyer spot be for naught! Oh – and put the damn belt on Maclin!
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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (3/24/23)
It’s a family feud!
Wrestling really does have more than one royal family.
While Cody Rhodes is back on SmackDown to take on Ludwig Kaiser, Dominik Mysterio plans on confronting in his entire family in Las Vegas! Will Rey finally snap on his son?
- Cody Rhodes VS Ludwig Kaiser w/ Giovanni Vinci; Cody wins.
- Rey Mysterio VS LA Knight; Knight wins.
- WrestleMania Women’s Tag Team Showcase Qualifier: Lacey Evans & Xia Li VS Shotzi Blackheart & Natalya; Shotzi & Natalya win and advance to WrestleMania.
- “Butch” Pete Dunne w/ The Brawling Brutes VS GUNTER; Gunther wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Cody Rhodes VS Ludwig Kaiser w/ Giovanni Vinci!
The American Nightmare is back on SmackDown, looking to stay razor sharp for his match with the Tribal Chief. But will he get more than just a tune-up from the Impeccable German? Or will Kaiser keep the mat sacred?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up for “CODY! CODY!” Ludwig eggs Cody on, they tie up, and they’re in a deadlock. Cody powers Ludwig to a corner but Ludwig turns it around. Ludwig lets off, but throws a body shot! Ludwig whips, Cody reverses and reels Ludwig in to suplex! Fans fire up as Cody keeps Ludwig in the air, before the GOURD BUSTER! But wait, here comes Paul Heyman. Cody is distracted by the Wise Man, Ludwig waistlocks, but Cody trips Ludwig to then SHINING WIZARD! Ludwig bails out while Cody glances back at Heyman. Fans continue to rally for Cody while SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Cody staggers over to Ludwig. Ludwig UPPERCUTS then COMPLETE SHOTS! Cover, TWO! Ludwig scowls, and he rains down fists in a headlock! Fans boo but Ludwig lets off. Ludwig clamps onto Cody with a chinlock, then CLUBS him down. Fans boo as Ludwig goes outside to drag Cody to the corner, but Cody YANKS Ludwig into the post! Cody goes out to CHOP Ludwig, ROCKS him, and then CHOPS him against the announce desk! Cody rains down fists and fans fire up! Cody puts Ludwig back in the ring, runs and springboards, but Ludwig trips him up and YANKS him down!
Heyman is stoic as Ludwig sits Cody up to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Cody scowls but Ludwig looms over him. Ludwig pie faces Cody, drags him up but Cody ROCKS Ludwig and JABS and throws a body shot. Ludwig throat chops in return! Ludwig CHOKES Cody on the ropes, the ref counts and Ludwig lets off. Fans boo, but Vinci gets a cheap shot! Cover, TWO! Ludwig clamps back on with a chinlock. Cody endures, fans rally up, and Cody fights up to his feet. Ludwig throws Cody down by his hair! Fans boo more as Ludwig paces around and taunts Cody. Ludwig rains down more fists, then scrapes Cody’s face!
Ludwig runs to BASEMENT UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Heyman is still stoic as Cody drags himself to ropes. Ludwig kicks the ropes to jam Cody’s arm! Ludwig drags Cody up to UPPERCUT! Cody ROCKS Ludwig with forearm after forearm! Ludwig JAWBREAKERS! Ludwig throws body shots and stomps in the corner, whips corner to corner, then runs in, but Cody puts him on the apron! Cody ROCKS Ludwig, and BEAUTIFUL DISASTER KICKS Ludwig down! Fans fire up and Heyman is upset now. Ludwig staggers up into a kick, and Cody reels Ludwig in! Cody hooks the arms, but now SOLO SIKOA appears!
Fans boo as the Bloodline approaches, but Ludwig CHOP BLOCKS Cody’s leg! Solo and Heyman stay at the ramp as Ludwig goes out. Cody throws hands, whips, but Ludwig reverses and sends Cody crashing into steel steps! Fans boo but Cody drags himself up, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Cody throws hands on Ludwig. Ludwig headlocks, Cody powers out and things speed up, but DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Solo & Heyman are now ringside as fans rally up. Vinci coaches Ludwig but Cody sits up first. They stand, Cody throws a body shot but Ludwig throws a haymaker. Cody throws a forearm, Ludwig gives it back, they go shot for shot, back and forth, faster and faster, and fans fire up! Ludwig kicks low, whips, but Cody reverses to then follow and CLOBBER Ludwig! Cody kicks, RHODES UPPERCUT! Cody then baits Ludwig, goes up and over in a corner, and POWERSLAMS! Cover, TWO!
Solo is stoic, Heyman smiles, but then Vinci throws in his track jacket. The ref gets that out of the way, but misses the HIGH LOW COMBO from Imperium! Cover, TWO!! Cody survives and Ludwig is surprised. Ludwig shouts “NEIN!” and runs in to UPPERCUT, GAMANGIRI and HALF HATCH SUPLEX! Ludwig goes up top, leaps, but into a dragon sleeper! But Ludwig drops to victory roll! TWO, and Cody dodges Ludwig to springboard, CODY CUTTER! Fans fire up as Cody stares down Heyman & Solo! Cody waits on Ludwig, reels him back in, CROSS RHODES!! Cover, Cody wins!
Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall
The Impeccable German was less than perfect, and he loses to the American Nightmare! But Cody watches Solo get up on the apron and Heyman has the mic. Heyman has Solo stand down, and then tells Cody, “You’re owed an apology. And since I’m the Wise Man of the Bloodline, may I? I am going to be the one to deliver that apology to you.” The ring announcer did a lousy job. She must be from Vegas. Fans boo and Heyman acts surprised. But Heyman will do the honors. “Ladies and gentlemen! Your winner… and still challenger for the reigning! Defending! Undisputed! WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion, Roman Reigns… Cody! RRRRHODES!”
Fans are torn but Heyman says this is the very same Cody Rhodes that sees his Road to WrestleMania with a giant pothole in front of him that happens this Monday Night Raw, when Cody goes one versus one against… SOLO! And if, and isn’t that a big “if,” IF Cody survives Solo, then it’s not the Road to WrestleMania. All roads lead to Roman Reigns, who will be here live on SmackDown next Friday to see Cody one final time face to face. Heyman tosses the mic to Cody and he catches it. “Is that what we’re doing, Mr. Heyman? Are you moving the goal posts for me? Another thing you did, you interrupted them while they were singing the song.
“And now, you wanna move the goal posts and move ’em right here, huh? Am I expected to say ‘No?’ Oh, it’s six days out from the biggest match in the history of my family, I should probably say no, right? WELL, I probably shouldn’t have wrestled with half my body hanging off, and I still beat Seth Rollins! So when it comes to you,” he says as he points at Solo, “undefeated and as good as you are, like I said last week. You’re. Not. Ready!” Fans chant that, then Cody continues.
“And as for the champion, Roman Reigns. After Solo finds out that he’s not ready, at WrestleMania on April 2nd, your boy, Roman Reigns, the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, will find out the same thing. He is not ready, either!” Cody throws the mic back and Heyman misses it! Will everything about this homestretch to Hollywood be a nightmare for The Bloodline?
BREAKING NEWS for WrestleMania!
The very first match of night one on Saturday, April 1st will be… AUSTIN THEORY VS JOHN CENA! The United States Championship will set the pace for the weekend, will The Now find that he’s not ready, either?
Charlotte Flair is here!
Vegas fires up as The Queen heads to the ring. The SmackDown Women’s Champion has her pyro then gets the mic to tell Las Vegas, “We are just eight days away from WrestleMania! Fourteen times. Fourteen time world champion. And I can tell you, that was not built on fear, insecurities or nepotism. The same three things have been used against me by everyone, and I mean everyone, since I started in this business.
“Fear. What is fear? Fear is a lack of understanding. It’s ignorance. This business wasn’t built on fear. This business was built on respect! Rhea Ripley, I don’t fear you. I respect you! The only thing that I fear is my own potential. I respected Nikki and Brie. I respect Sasha, Bayley, Becky, Trish, Ronda, Asuka, Natty! I respected all of them! Insecurities. Damn right I have insecurities! Are you really ‘whatting’ me? This is important to me so listen. Insecurities, damn right I have them. And I have built this house on every brick that all of you have thrown at me! For the last seven YEARS! Lastly, nepotism.” Fans “WOO~!”
“That’s right, Vegas. I love my dad. And I will never apologize for continuing the greatest legacy in sports entertainment! And whether you like it or don’t like it, you better learn to love it, because diamonds are forever, and so is Charlotte Flair. WOO~!” The Queen is fired up, but will she be able to hold her throne at WrestleMania?
Rey Mysterio VS LA Knight!
The King of Lucha Libre, the headliner of this year’s WWE Hall of Fame class, has been pushed and pushed and pushed by his punk of a son, and the Mega Star was one big mouth too far! Will Rey be able to shut up the obnoxious jerk that isn’t Dominik? Or will things only get worse for Rey on the Road to WrestleMania Weekend?
SmackDown returns and Knight makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. Knight chases Rey but Rey dodges and fires off hands! Knight shoves Rey away, but Rey slides under and dropkicks Knight to a corner. Rey runs in but Knight fights off the monkey flip. But Rey avoids the elbow drop! Rey runs in, and now he MONKEY FLIPS! Knight staggers up,. Rey KICKS Knight to a corner, and then rains down fists! Fans count all the way to TEN, then Rey gives us some Latino Heat. Rey runs, but Knight FLAPJACKS him down! Knight stomps Rey, stomps him to ropes, but the ref counts.
Knight lets off, “YEAH!” Then he bumps Rey off a buckle. Knight throws hands, JABS Rey, then digs his boots in. The ref counts, Knight lets off at 4, and Knight brings Rey up. Knight shoves Rey into the corner, Rey bounces off buckles, and into the NECKBREAKER! Knight spells it out, “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!” Cover, ONE!! Knight is annoyed and he throws fists down. Knight keeps on Rey, throws hands, then he bumps Rey off buckles. Fans rally and duel, but Knight whips Rey to ropes. Rey ducks ‘n’ dodges then tilt-o-whirls to RANA! Knight flounders out of the ring and fans fire up!
Rey runs, WRECKS Knight with a dropkick, then he builds speed. Rey SLIDES to SPLASH! Fans fire up for that one, and Rey stalks Knight to CLUB him! Rey puts Knight in the ring, climbs up and shoulders in! Then he GAMANGIRIS Knight away, climbs the corner, but here comes Dom! Dom said he’d ruin the fun, and Knight trips Rey up! Rey tumbles to the mat, but Dom doesn’t care. Fans boo as Dom walks down the ramp while SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Knight stomps away on Rey again. Knight drags Rey up but Rey throws hands! Rey fires off but Knight knees low! Knight scoops, Rey slips off and rolls Knight up, to then dropkick! Fans fire up while Knight scrambles around. Knight goes after Rey, Rey slips under and runs, but into a BOOT! Cover, TWO! Dom paces at ringside, and Knight sits Rey up to KNEE him in the back! Knight drags Rey up, back suplexes high and hard, then dusts off his hands. “YEAH!” Knight grins as he stands over Rey, then he pulls on the mask. The ref reprimands, Knight whips Rey to ropes, but Rey ducks ‘n’ dodges!
Rey CROSSBODIES, but Knight catches him for a POWERSLAM! Dom smirks while Knight spells it out again. “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!” But Rey avoids the elbow drop! Rey and Knight slowly stand up, Rey goes to ropes and Knight storms over, but into an elbow! Rey springboards, wheelbarrows and BULLDOGS! Dom is annoyed but Rey goes to the apron. Rey climbs up, SEATED SENTONS! And Rey keeps moving, SPRINGBOARD CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Knight is still in this but Rey brings him up to whip him to ropes. Knight reverses, kicks low and back suplexes, but Rey lands on his feet! Tilt-o-whirl, but Knight blocks to a BACKPACK SLAM! Cover, TWO!
Knight grows frustrated but he drags Rey back up. Fans rally for “619! 619!” as Knight scoops, but Rey turns slam into DDT! Rey then dropkicks Knight onto the ropes! Fans fire up, Rey dials it up, 619 BLOCKED by Knight! Knight grins, lifts Rey up, but Rey RANAS free! Rey redials, but Dom trips him up!! Fans boo and Rey is furious! He can’t believe Dom is doing this now, but Knight rolls Rey up! KNIGHT WINS!!
Winner: LA Knight, by pinfall
Dom smiles because he just screwed his dad over. Dom gets the mic and tells, “Jefe… You gonna give me what I want? Huh? C’mon. C’mon Or are you gonna run away? Or are you gonna finally be a man and face me at WrestleMania?” Dom pushes Rey, and Rey brings down the straps. To wag his finger, “No.” Dom says, “That’s right. Walk away like you always do. Hey, mom. How does it feel to be married to such a pathetic loser? A coward who can’t even stand up to his own son?” Fans boo but then Dom points out the rest of the family. He asks if mom knew she married a deadbeat.
She did, because here’s why. She sat there every night while Rey abandoned Dom, sot hat makes her no better! His sister steps up now, and Dom asks Aalyah what she’s gonna do about it. She’s too stupid to understand this. Mom Angie snatches the mic from Dom but Dom snatches it back to tell her to shut up! Rey storms back over and fans fire up! Dom dares Rey to do something, and Rey DECKS Dom!! Dom is shocked but Vegas is thunderous! Rey tells Dom that Dom pushed him to do this. Rey doesn’t wanna do this but Dom gave him no choice! You do not disrespect your mother like that! That is Rey’s wife!
Dom wanted a fight at Mania? Then he’s on!! Fans are thunderous again as Rey says, “I’ll see you at WrestleMania, son.” Dom scurries away, having gotten what he wanted like the brat he is. But will Dom come to regret everything he’s done these past few months?
WrestleMania Women’s Tag Team Showcase Qualifier: Lacey Evans & Xia Li VS Shotzi Blackheart & Natalya!
The Model Soldier teams with The Predator to take on the Wild Child and the Queen of Harts! Liv Morgan & Raquel Rodriguez are watching ringside, who will they see join them in this Fatal 4 Way tag team showcase?
The teams sort out, Shotzi and Lacey start. Fans rally as Shotzi and Lacey circle, then Shotzi gets around to a waistlock. Shotzi ripcords, wrenches and wristlocks but Lacey throws Shotzi by her hair! Cover, TWO! Lacey drags Shotzi up and fans rally as Lacey whips her to the corner. Lacey RAMS into Shotzi, tags Xia, and then mocks the fans. Xia stomps Shotzi, brings her up to CHOP, then taunts Natty. Xia runs in to KNEE and ELBOW Shotzi, then reels her in for an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Natty rallies the fans behind Shotzi but Lacey tells them to shut up. Xia bumps Shotzi off buckles and tags in Lacey.
Lacey mocks the fans, then runs to headstand and BRONCO BUSTER! Lacey drags Shotzi up, snapmares and then dribbles Shotzi’s face off the mat! Cover, TWO! Fans rally but Lacey drags Shotzi up. Shotzi throws hands, kicks but Lacey blocks to trip her up! Lacey then sucker punches Natty! Fans boo but Shotzi rolls Lacey up! TWO and Shotzi ENZIGURIS Lacey down! But Natty is still off the corner so Shotzi has to BOOT Lacey away! Shotzi runs but Lacey CLOBBERS her! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Lacey tags Xia. Lacey & Xia drag Shotzi up, double whip but Shotzi KICKS Xia and JAWBREAKERS Lacey!
Xia waistlocks Shotzi, Lacey storms up, but Shotzi slips free and the WOMAN’S RIGHT takes out Xia!! Lacey is furious, but Shotzi whips her out of the ring! Shotzi swings on Lacey, Lacey counter punches, but Natty is back! Natty BOOTS Lacey, then Shotzi DIVES to take Lacey down! Fans fire up as Shotzi hurries back in and tags Natty! HART ATTACK! And then the SHARPSHOOTER! Xia taps, Natty & Shotzi win!
Winners: Shotzi Blackheart & Natalya, by pinfall (advance to WrestleMania)
Two hearts and a lot of fire, these two make it through! But wait, here come Ronda & Shayna! Shayna says, “Look at all the history in the ring right now! I mean, each single one of those women has a reason to want to get revenge on us, right? Let’s look. Broken hand, broken nose, broken arm, broken spirit. What do you say we uh… Give them the opportunity tonight?” Fans fire up as the Baddest Women on the Planet step up, but then Ronda says, “Wait, Shay-Bayz. I’ve got a question for you. How many times have we sold out this exact arena?” A couple times. And what about this entire town? A couple more times.
And how much did they appreciate it? ZERO TIMES! These two have given Vegas more than it deserves, so never again! And certainly not tonight. Shayna agrees with that. But lucky for the others, or maybe unlucky, these two are here to let them know, they’re in the tag team showcase! WrestleMania may be taking place in Hollywood, but the stakes just got raised like here in Vegas! Who wins when the odds are not in their favor?
Drew McIntyre heads to the ring.
Vegas fires up as the Scottish Warrior, Celtic Warrior and Der Ring General are about to converge for a contract signing! The Triple Threat for the Intercontinental Championship isn’t until WrestleMania, but will things break down on SmackDown?
SmackDown returns and Adam Pearce is in the ring to welcome us to this contract signing. But before he can introduce McIntyre, Sheamus and the Brawling Brutes make their way out! “Las Vegas, what’s the crack?” Sheamus says everyone’s been asking why he’s so mad at McIntyre. Imagine this: imagine working 15 YEARS of your life to achieve a particular goal; now imagine telling your best friend about that goal, only for him to go behind your back to try and steal it away from you. Imagine that friend being someone you let sleep and live on your couch, that you brought to his first training session in this business!
McIntyre rolls his eyes as Sheamus has said a lot of this before. Sheamus says, “Now imagine getting the opportunity to smash that person’s face in on the Grandest Stage of Them All, because they’re nothing but a backstabbing-” McIntyre says, “Imagine shutting up for a second. Every week, you run your mouth, you try to give me this guilt trip, trying to make me feel bad. And if it’s not on SmackDown, it’s on social medial with your little gifs and memes you create, blow up my Twitter like a teenage girl. It’s embarrassing, mate!”
McIntyre says last week, they were in this ring, proving why they are the most physical superstars in the WWE! They beat the hell out of each other! And afterwards, they should’ve been in the bar, laughing about it. That’s what they did in the old times. But now, Sheamus is so sensitive, he has this temper, that Sheamus can’t separate personal and business. Sheamus says McIntyre made this personal! McIntyre has a lot he’d love to say but he’ll stick to facts. And the facts are: McIntyre has beaten Sheamus, and he KNOWS he can beat Gunther. And history has shown that Sheamus can’t. Fans fire up as the two stare down.
Pearce has both men stand down because in order to get to WrestleMania, he needs three signatures on the contract. So how about we get the first two taken care of now? McIntyre takes the pen, signs his part, and then hands things over to Sheamus. Sheamus takes another pen, he signs his part, and then McIntyre throws his pen to the crowd as a free souvenir. And here comes GUNTHER! Gunther storms right into the ring, he gets right in Pearce’s face, and he tells Pearce to justify this decision. Justify why Gunther is in a match where the other two can pin or submit the other and Gunther still loses his title. Justify it! JUSTIFY IT!!
Pearce has Gunther calm down now, and Gunther signs his part. Is Pearce happy now? Whatever he has to do to defend HIS title at WrestleMania will be justified. Gunther will beat McIntyre. He will beat Sheamus. And if he has to, he’ll beat up Ridge and- What is Dunne looking at him like that for? DUNNE JUMPS THE TABLE TO GET AT GUNTHER!! Fans go wild as Butch goes wild! Ridge drags Dunne away, Gunther TOSSES the table! Gunther gets in Pearce’s face and Gunther wants a match! Pearce says okay, just calm down! Is Der Ring General about to break the Bruiserweight?
“Butch” Pete Dunne w/ The Brawling Brutes VS GUNTER!
SmackDown returns, and Gunther has Dunne on the ropes. Dunne pulls on Gunther’s ears! Then CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Dunne runs, but into a BOOT! Gunther drags Dunne up, scoops and SLAMS him, then sits him up to PENALTY KICK! Dunne kicks back from below! Dunne forearms, CHOPS, SLAPS and then jumps on for a a DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Gunther throws body shots and then shifts Dunne around into a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Fans fire up while Gunther paces around Dunne. Gunther kicks Dunne in the side, he taunts Sheamus, then he stomps Dunne down.
Gunther brings Dunne up but Dunne throws body shots! Dunne forearms, but Gunther CHOPS Dunne off his feet! Even McIntyre is feeling that one. Gunther drags Dunne up, and CHOPS him right back down! But Gunther holds onto the wrist and he brings Dunne up again. Gunther CHOPS Dunne inside-out! Gunther still holds the wrist and he gives toying kicks to Dunne while taunting Sheamus. Gunther ripcords, but Dunne uses that for a TRIANGLE HOLD! Gunther CHOPS Dunne down, into a BOSTON CRAB! Dunne endures, Sheamus and Ridge coach Dunne, and Dunne fights, only for Gunther to shift to an STF!
Dunne still endures, even as Gunther bends him back. Dunne pries free, wrenches the arm and bends the fingers! Gunther pulls hair, then CHOPS Dunne down! Gunther drags Dunne back up but Dunne ENZIGURIS! And ENZIGURIS again! Gunther wobbles, blocks the third enziguri and deadlift GERMAN SUPLEXES! Dunne goes to a corner, Gunther hauls him up onto the top rope to CHOP! Gunther climbs up and he STANDS on Dunne! Dunne endures and the ref counts, Gunther lets off and Dunne tumbles to the floor! Sheamus checks on Dunne, Gunther stands tall, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Gunther has Dunne on the ropes. Gunther taunts Sheamus, but Dunne catches his Beats of the Bodhrain! Fans fire up as Dunne bends the fingers, and SNAPS them!! Gunther staggers away, Dunne runs in to fire forearms! GAMANGIRI! Gunther staggers, Dunne goes up and fans chant for the “BRUISERWEIGHT! BRUISERWEIGHT!” as Dunne DOUBLE STOMPS the arm! Dunne waistlocks, but Gunther switches and puts on a SLEEPER! Dunne drops down, but powers up and he pries at the hold! Gunther holds on tight, Dunne reaches for ropes, and fans rally up, ROPEBREAK!
Gunther SLAPS the arms down, GERMAN SUPLEXEs, but Dunne lands on his feet! BUZZSAW! Gunther bails out and McIntyre smirks. Dunne goes to the apron but Gunther avoids the moonsault! Gunther CHOPS Dunne, and Dunne tumbles onto the desk! Gunther turns around to see Sheamus and McIntyre, but Dunne runs in! Gunther sends him into McIntyre! Gunther BOOTS Dunne into the ring! But Dunne STOMPS the hands and BUZZSAWS Gunther! Fans fire up, but McIntyre is on the apron! Sheamus drags McIntyre down! GLASGOW KISS from McIntyre! Ridge goes after McIntyre but McIntyre POSTS him!
Sheamus KNEES McIntyre down! Dunne runs in at Gunther, into a LARIAT!! Gunther drags Dunne up, scoops for the LAST SYMPHONY!! Cover, Gunther wins!!
Winner: Gunther, by pinfall
Der Ring General used his enemies against each other, but The Fella stands back up. They both look at the WrestleMania sign, but Sheamus gets out of the way! CLAYMORE hits Gunther!! Fans fire up as Sheamus and McIntyre stare down now, will either of these men come away the NEW Intercontinental Champion in Hollywood? Or will Gunther use them against each other then like he did tonight?
The Street Profits are fired up backstage.
Montez Ford says that Intercontinental Championship Triple Threat is bound to be a banger. But he says there’s one thing bigger than that. Angelo Dawkins asks what, and Ford says THEIR tag team showcase. Alpha Academy, Viking Raiders, Braun Strowman & Ricochet, but wait. What do they have in common? Ford motions to the top of the head. Oh, right. They’re “smooth operators~.” But then Braun & Ricochet walk in. Real funny, guys. Y’all got jokes, huh? They got a problem with bald men? They don’t have a lot of room to talk, Dawkins is thinning up top. Whoa, fam, c’mon. Just jokes! Just playing. Well no one’s laughing.
Dawkins is just saying, Braun & Ricochet aren’t much of a tag team. Oh, well, we’ll see who’s playing when Ricochet & Braun show up and the other three teams fool around and find out. They want ALL that smoke. Well, okay, okay. Everyone is fired up for WrestleMania, but who wins the tag team showcase at the Showcase of the Immortals?
It’s the SmackDown return of the Kevin Owens Show!
And as such, Kevin Owens himself is headed to the ring. His guest will be Sami Zayn, but what will the Prizefighter and Great Liberator have to say about their coming Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship match? We’ll see, after the break.
SmackDown returns one more time and Kevin has his set and his mic. He thanks the ring announcer for the introduction, and then welcomes us back to the KO Show. Now please welcome his guest, tag team partner, friend and brother, the one and only Sami Zayn! Sami makes his entrance and the fans fire up again. Sami gets a mic and Kevin says, “Yeah, so I did it right? The way you wanted. It worked out?” Sami asks what Kevin means. Well, he brought Sami out with the big introduction like he wanted. It was good, right? Sami says he didn’t want a big introduction, this is Kevin’s show, and Sami’s the guest.
Yeah, but earlier, Kevin suggested they come out as co-hosts but Sami said they should make separate entrances so the fans can hear both of their songs and cheer for both of them. Which really means Sami wanted his own pop. Sami says he did not, but Kevin says it’s fine, the fans love him! Kevin gets it. Fans do cheer for “SAMI! SAMI!” Kevin sits, Sami asks if they need to spill more backstage secrets, or can they just get to business? Yeah, of course. Sami says more than anyone, he’s been going non-stop about taking down Roman, the Usos, the Bloodline. And even Sami has lost sight of the fact that, does Kevin realize what they’re on the verge of doing?
“After all these years, from where we started, from nothing, staring together in Montreal all those years ago, we are on the verge of winning the WWE Undisputed Tag Team Championships! We are on the verge of doing that together, at WrestleMania! And not just any WrestleMania. This year, I don’t know what it is, but WrestleMania feels different this year.” Kevin says that’s right. And it isn’t lost on him. He knows what they can accomplish. But Sami is right, WrestleMania does feel different this year. Which is why Kevin brought Sami out here. Kevin has something for Sami.
Now, remember a few months ago, after Roman gave Sami that Honorary Uce shirt, that Kevin said Sami needed a new one. Kevin has one, it’s a KO-Mania Goes Hollywood shirt. That’s great! Well yes, but this is the back of it. Kevin does KO-Mania every year. But this year is different. This year isn’t about KO-Mania. “This year, there is only one person who took WWE by storm, who caught fire like no one else. There’s only one person that people can look at and say, ‘That guy has been the MVP of the WWE for the last 12 months,’ and that person is you,” Sami. Fans chant “MVP! MVP!” and Sami is rather touched.
Kevin says this year, it isn’t KO-Mania. It’s about the other side of the shirt. Kevin hands it over, Sami turns it around, and he sees… WrestleZAYNIA!! Sami’s all fired up now! Kevin shows that he’s been wearing one the whole time! Sami loves it! He throws off his shirt to put on the new shirt! Sami wants a hug but Kevin says no, one hug a year. Aw what the heck? THEY HUG! But then THE USOS attack!! They blindside KO & Sami from the crowd side, and then Jimmy rains down fists on Kevin while Jey rains down fists on Sami! Fans boo while the Usos clear the ring of the chairs. DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Kevin!
Jey drags Sami up, whips him to ropes, and the Usos hit ONE AND DONE!! The fans boo more but Kevin gets up with a steel chair! The Usos run for it, telling KO & Sami that they’re going down! Kevin beats an armchair with the steel chair, but Sami tells the Usos that they’re not getting away with this one. Will Jimmy & Jey ruin the first ever WrestleZaynia? Or will KO & Sami be the ones to finally stop the ones?
A great episode for SmackDown here, especially with the story developments. For one, great closing moment we just saw with a great KO Show. I love that we got a positive swerve where Kevin gave Sami a shirt that had a WrestleZaynia logo on it. But I should’ve figured the Bloodline would do something, and the Usos technically stand tall here. That math would suggest the Usos are losing at WrestleMania, and we finally get so much in that moment, from vindication for Sami to the WWE Grand Slam for Kevin. We also got a really good match out of Cody VS Ludwig that Cody of course wins, and a really good promo segment right after for Cody and Heyman. The Bloodline is definitely desperate to hold onto everything, but that could be what brings them down.
Fairly big news with Theory VS Cena opening WrestleMania Night One. I’ve said before that it just feels like Theory is gonna win, since Cena doesn’t need the US title, and isn’t gonna be sticking around long enough to do anything with the US title. So if Theory wins the first match of the weekend, I could see him boasting, bragging and partying the entire weekend until he is just insufferable and annoys someone into challenging him for that title on the Raw After Mania. And then a pretty good promo from Charlotte, and I did like her calling out the “WHAT” chants here. Stone Cold Steve Austin is timeless, but lemming fans throwing out “WHAT” just to throw out ‘WHAT” are what? Stupid, that’s what. A) Show respect and pay attention. B) Come up with something of your own.
Really good match from Rey VS Knight, but of course Dom distracts to cost Rey. But biggest of all from that segment, the moment fans have wanted for the last few weeks now: REY DECKS DOM! And now we’ll get Rey VS Dom, and Dom sold all the emotion after that perfectly. He was upset, but there was also the fear and realization that comes with seeing something he thought would never happen actually happening. His dad is gonna whoop him, because Dom will only have Priest by his side while Finn prepares for Edge and Rhea prepares for Charlotte. And Legado can make a heroic move by countering Priest so that Rey VS Dom has a fair finish.
Good promo from Profits, Braun & Ricochet to put some tension between those teams going into the men’s Fatal 4. Good tag match qualifier for the women’s Fatal 4, and it was good weaving of stories that Shotzi & Natty win. Shayna & Ronda get that “first round bye” right into the match, but it does work because all four Faces want payback on them. It might not even matter who the fourth team is (though I’m sure it’ll be a team from Raw), Ronda & Shayna are probably gonna tear into them all to win and essentially be #1 contenders to the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.
And there was just so much great stuff in the Intercontinental Championship contract signing. Sheamus brought back the same stuff he said when he and McIntyre had their 1v1 feud last year but that makes sense, it is how people can be when they argue with friends and family. I feel like McIntyre was tempted to Steiner Math because this is a Triple Threat, and he knows he can beat Sheamus. Gunther was also great, and I love that “Butch” Dunne went right after Gunther over their NXT UK past. Gunther VS Dunne was great stuff to have just for the hell of it, but of course there was the usual misunderstanding shenanigans that helped Gunther win.
If Gunther somehow retains at Mania, can we have HHH get Trent Seven back in WWE so we can have British Strong Style VS Imperium for the Summer? There were fans in Vegas who remembered Dunne for being Dunne and not for being a sidekick, and all fans deserve to see that Dunne alongside Tyler Bate and Trent Seven.
My Score: 8.8/10
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