Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (6/1/20)
The Queen VS The Empress, ROUND SIX!
Raw VS NXT in a Women’s Champion VS Champion showdown!
Charlotte Flair prepares for TakeOver while Asuka prepares for Backlash! But who will be more prepared for this epic SIXTH encounter?
- Aleister Black VS Seth Rollins; Aleister wins.
- WWE United States Championship, Champion’s Choice: Apollo Crews VS Kevin Owens; No Contest, Crews retains the WWE United States Championship.
- Apollo Crews & Kevin Owens VS Andrade Almas & Angel Garza w/ Zelina Vega; Crews & Kevin win.
- Bowling: The Street Profits VS The Viking Raiders; The Viking Raiders win.
- Nikki Cross w/ Alexa Bliss VS Billie Kay w/ Peyton Royce; Kay wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Backyard Blitz: Rob Gronkowski VS R-Truth; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- Kairi Sane VS Nia Jax; Jax wins.
- Champion VS Champion: Asuka VS Charlotte Flair; Flair wins, by count-out.
- Drew McIntyre VS MVP w/ Bobby Lashley; McIntyre wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Raw opens with Seth Rollins and his disciples!
The Monday Night Messiah leads Buddy Murphy and Austin Theory to the ring, and the crowd of NXT superstars and prospects boo as hard as they can the entire time. The crowd even chants, “You Suck!” as Rollins gets a mic. Rollins says tonight is a huge night! Just in a few moments, he will have a match with Aleister Black, who has been “confused” about things in regards to Rey Mysterio. Aleister leaves Rollins no choice but to “enlighten” him personally. Mysterio will be here later tonight to speak to the WWE Universe, and as difficult as it will be for him, he will NOT be able to formally announce his retirement. Therefore, Rollins takes it upon himself to perform that formality himself.
If anyone knows Mysterio as well as Rollins does, Mysterio is too humble and modest to call himself a legend. It is Rollins’ duty as a leader to appreciate Mysterio and how he was sacrificed for the greater good of Raw. Now, let’s all stop and let that sink in. This moment will live in time forever. Rey Mysterio was chosen as a sacrifice for the greater good of Raw! If that is not legendary, then what is? And now it is true that Mysterio is without a doubt the greatest luchador to ever live. Mysterio transcends language and border, and beyond that, he is a kind man. In Rollins’ darkest hour, Mysterio presented himself to Rollins to be that sacrifice so that Rollins can be the man he is before you! It is Rollins’ duty to appreciate Mysterio properly. The crowd boos as Rollins says he honors Mysterio’s career ending with a video. Let us take a moment to admire the greatness of Mysterio.
The video plays with genuine highlights of the biggest underdog in the WWE. His 2006 Royal Rumble victory and subsequent WrestleMania 22 win to become World Heavyweight Champion are just among the true accolades Mysterio accomplished in his career. But of course, this video turns sour as we return to just weeks ago when Rollins all but gouged Mysterio’s eye out with the steel steps! In the present, Rollins and his cronies applaud but the crowd boos. “What an amazing career for Rey Mysterio!” Mysterio is undoubtedly a first-ballot Hall of Famer. And Rollins wants Mysterio to know, that when it comes time, it will be Rollins’ honor to induct him. One of the NXT stars shouts, “You’re insane!”
But here comes Aleister! Aleister goes right after Rollins and kicks him out of the ring! The crowd cheers and Aleister dares Rollins to fight him now! We’ll see what Rollins does, after the break!
Aleister Black VS Seth Rollins!
The Embodiment of the End wants, his fight, with The Architect! But will he be able to make the Monday Night Messiah #FadeToBlack with the disciples lurking about?
The bell rings and Rollins circles with Aleister. Aleister gives testing kicks and Rollins backs away. The two approach and Aleister dodges hands to throw body shots. Rollins grows frustrated and approaches again. They tie up, Aleister kicks and punches more and backs Rollins down! Rollins uses the ropes as defense and Aleister backs off. Rollins turns things around, runs but into the leg sweep! Aleister runs but Rollins bails out to avoid the knee. Murphy and Theory check on their leader while the ring count climbs. Aleister paces but Rollins returns at 6, only to slip out. Rollins trips Aleister and drags him out, but Aleister KICKS him down! Aleister puts Rollins back in as the crowd cheers. Aleister return, Rollins dropkicks Aleister at the ropes!
Rollins hammers away and digs his forearm into Aleister’s face! Rollins stomps away but lets up at the ref’s count. Rollings stands Aleister up to CHOP and snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Rollins grabs a hand and turns Aleister over to stand on the shoulder. The crowd rallies up and Aleister fights to his feet. Aleister throws forearms, Rollins wrings the arm out! Rollins clubs Aleister on the back then stalks him to ropes. Rollins CHOPS Aleister against the ropes and has him in a corner. Aleister throws hands back and backs Rollins down again. Rollins knees low, whips and dropkicks Aleister down! The disciples cheer but the crowd boos. The crowd rallies as Rollins drags Aleister up. Rollins chokes Aleister on the ropes, saying Aleister is disrespecting Mysterio! Aleister grits his teeth as Rollins toys with him.
Aleister gets up and throws hands but Rollins kicks low. Rollins throws Aleister out then builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and Aleister hits barriers! Rollins glares down at Aleister while the crowd boos. The ring count climbs again as Rollins brings Aleister up to put in the ring. Rollins looms over Aleister as the crowd rallies. Rollins whips Aleister corner to corner hard, then runs in, only to block a boot. Aleister breaks free to boot again! Aleister hops up, Rollins gets under the attack and waistlocks. Aleister standing switches and avoids the Pele! But Rollins arm-drags the waistlock, only to get a ROUNDHOUSE! Aleister runs in but is sent out hard! Aleister hits the apron on the way down, and both Murphy and Theory head over. But here comes Humberto Carrillo! Carrillo has a chair aimed at Theory and Murphy! Rollins keeps his men back, saying, “Not now!” Because for now, Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Rollins is stomping a mudhole into Aleister! The ref backs Rollins off and Aleister gets up. Rollins clubs Aleister on the back and head but Carrillo coaches Aleister on. Aleister gets up and throws haymakers and elbows back on Rollins! Rollins knees low and whips, but Aleister denies the dropkick! Aleister waistlocks but Rollins fights off the suplex. Rollins punches Aleister away but Aleister BOOTS! But Rollins returns with a SLING BLADE! Cover, TWO! Rollins looms over Aleister and kicks him to a corner. Aleister gets up, Rollins runs corner to corner, and hits a big forearm smash! The crowd boos as Rollins pushes Aleister down. Rollins springboards from the corner but Aleister dodges! Aleister counter punches but Rollins pushes, only for Aleister to rally with forearms!
Aleister fires off the strike fest, sweeps the legs, and hits the knee! And the kip up! The crowd fires up for the QUEBRADA! Cover, TWO! The crowd rallies up as Aleister brings Rollins into a waistlock. Rollins backs Aleister into the buckle and again until he’s free. But Aleister comes back with a wheelbarrow takedown! Cover, TWO and Rollins has trunks! TWO, and a ROUNDHOUSE to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Rollins survives but Aleister keeps his cool. Aleister gets to his feet while Rollins stirs. Aleister lifts Rollins but Rollins pushes the foot away. They standing switch, Rollins PELES! And SUPERKICKS! FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Both men are down but the crowd rallies up. Murphy and Theory worry for Rollins as he gets up slowly.
Rollins goes to a corner and climbs up top. Aleister is still down and Rollins Frog Splashes, onto knees! Rollins writhes from pain and bails out the side near his followers. Aleister goes out after Rollins on the apron, but Rollins throws hands. Aleister boots but Rollins headbutts! Aleister elbows, Rollins kicks low and drags Aleister in! But Aleister fires off on the leg and BOOTS Rollins into the post! Rollins goes down, Aleister goes up, SUPER MOONSAULT! Both men are down and out as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Rollins resists a superplex! Rollins fights Aleister back and headbutts him down! Rollins adjusts and leaps, to hit the Frog Splash this time! But he bounces off so he has to crawl back to the cover, TWO!! Aleister survives and Rollins grows frustrated. The crowd rallies for Aleister but Rollins aims from a corner. Rollins wants Aleister to get up, “This is for Rey!” But Aleister moves, drags Rollins down, and has the armbar! Rollins stays on his feet and scrambles around. Rollins kicks Aleister off, then drag shim up for a POWERBOMB! But Rollins falls back to a corner, so he goes to the apron again. Rollins springboards back in, but INTO a knee! Both men are down and the crowd is fired up!
Aleister gets to his feet first and staggers back over to Rollins. He lifts Rollins with his foot, and the crowd knows what this means. But so do Theory and Murphy! They get on the apron, but Carrillo goes after them! That results in a 2v1 and Rollins rolls Aleister up! TWO and Aleister Oklahoma Rolls Rollins! Aleister wins!!
Winner: Aleister Black, by pinfall
The Architect and his followers can’t believe what just happened! And they go after Aleister like the sore losers they are! Carrillo tries to help but that’s still 3v2! Rollins stomps Aleister with Theory then stomps Carrillo with Murphy. Murphy and Theory go after Aleister while Rollins finishes stomping a mudhole into Carrillo. Rollins tells his followers to sit Aleister up so they can see what happens to Carrillo. CURB STOMP! Aleister calls Rollins a coward but Rollins said he warned them what would happen. “You want to be a hero!?” This is what happens to them! CURB STOMP for Aleister! The crowd boos but the damage has been done. Is there anything anyone can do to stop the merciless Monday Night Messiah?
Backstage interview with Angel Garza and Zelina Vega.
Before getting to the questions, Charly Caruso cues up the controversy in Garza’s match with Kevin Owens. A chop block before the match wounded Kevin’s leg, and it became a liability during the match, allowing Garza to capitalize. Before Garza can say anything, Vega steps in to say Kevin agreed to a match, so what is Charly getting at? Garza says he can handle this. He says that in love and war, everything is fair. So in matters of competition and seduction, you must always be a step ahead of the others. So in regards to last week, they think that Garza’s win was triumphant. Garza saw what he wanted and took it. IF anyone is upset, they clearly never wanted something as badly as Garza does. Charly thanks him for his time, but he thanks her, and gives her a rose. Garza heads out but Vega takes the rose away, and rips it up. “Boo freakin’ hoo.”
Raw hears from Shawn Michaels!
“Edge and Randy Orton. The Greatest Wrestling Match Ever.” That level of pressure, wouldn’t want to be them. But as someone who has had a few great matches in history, maybe HBK could talk WM12 against Bret Hart, or his two matches with The Undertaker. Well we’d be here all day at this rate. But for Edge and Orton,t hey have set the stage for the next greatest match ever. But who comes out on top? Maybe HBK is biased, but he says Edge! HBK believes that time, wisdom, knowledge and even faith gives Edge the edge.
Lana confronts MVP backstage.
The Ravishing Russian says MVP is getting into her husband’s head. Who does he think he is? Bobby Lashley is her husband, not MVP’s BFF. It doesn’t matter they go back 13 years ago- MVP interrupts Lana and says he has work to do. he has to get ready to face Drew McIntyre later. So he has no time or desire for this attention seeking drama she’s stirring up. Well he is nothing but a leech, using her Bobby to revive his washed up career. That’s not remotely true, but let’s pretend it was. Wouldn’t that make two of them? Lana smiles, then SLAPS MVP. She storms off, but that slap doesn’t deny MVP’s point.
Kayla Braxton introduces Apollo Crews!
The NEW WWE United States Champion defeated El Idolo last week in a rematch from their showdown that ended in misfortune. Clearly fortunes have turned around, and Apollo stands in the ring. Kayla congratulates him again, and asks what this first week has been like. It feels so good! The list goes on and on. There’s appreciation, humility, and overall, just the surreal factor that he IS the new champion. But his reign will have an interesting start, as he was given the opportunity to choose his first challenger. Apollo says there is a long list of superstars he’d love to face for this title. The first one is truly deserving. That superstar is Kevin Owens! A bold choice as The Prizefighter has already held this title and many others.
Kevin joins Apollo in the ring and before anything else, he also congratulates Apollo. And speaking of appreciation, Kevin appreciates that offer. It has been too long since he’s had a title, but the only problem he has with this, is that after last week and the loss to Garza, this seems like a pity move. Pity? There is no pity here. This is about respect. The crowd cheers that and Kevin says he still feels bad about this. What’s Kevin talking about? Kevin deserves this! Yes, but Kevin isn’t talk about deserving this. He does for every ounce of blood, sweat and tears he’s poured out the last five years. It’s just that Apollo’s first reign is going to be short. Well then! Is the respect going to be lost? Or will it be only the title Apollo gives up to Kevin?
WWE United States Championship, Champion’s Choice: Apollo Crews VS Kevin Owens!
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the young reign is put to the test!
Kevin and Apollo fist bump and tie up. Kevin waistlocks but Apollo switches, only for Kevin to switch back. Apollo switches but Kevin bucks him off. Things speed up and Apollo hurdles and dropkicks Kevin down! Cover, ONE, but Apollo is on him. They tie up, Kevin puts Apollo on the ropes then headlocks. Apollo powers out but Kevin runs him over. Apollo kips right up but Kevin dropkicks him down! Apollo staggers up but Kevin clotheslines him out! Kevin builds speed but Apollo moves. Kevin goes out after Apollo but Apollo ROCKS him! They fight up the ramp then Apollo whips. Kevin reverses. Apollo moonaults off the apron! Kevin moves, gets on the apron and CANNONBALLS! Kevin fires up as the ring count climbs. He puts Apollo in at 7 and climbs up at 8. SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Apollo survives by seconds!
Kevin stalks Apollo to ropes and whips him again. Apollo holds ropes but his boot misses. Kevin kicks low and Apollo collapses! Kevin claims that wasn’t a low blow but Apollo sure acts like it was. The ref checks on Apollo but Apollo wants to continue. Apollo rises as the crowd rallies. They reset and Apollo fires off hands! Kevin fights hands back! Kevin tosses Apollo out but Apollo brings him out! They brawl fast and furious as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Kevin brings Apollo up for haymakers. Apollo throws them back and we have a brawl! Kevin counter punches then CHOPS! Apollo punches back and backs Kevin down but Kevin headbutts! Kevin runs, but into a BOOT! Apollo scoops and POWERSLAMS! Cover, TWO! Apollo fires up as he brings Kevin up, but Kevin arm-drags out of the Olympic Slam! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Kevin goes up and hits a MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Kevin grits his teeth as the crowd rallies up. Kevin brings Apollo back up, whips again, but Apollo slips out of the pop-up to ENZIGURI! OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Kevin survives but Apollo standing moonsaults! Cover, TWO!!
Apollo keeps his cool as he and Kevin crawl to opposite ends. Kevin is in a corner and Apollo runs in, and hits the big splash! Apollo goes again, and hits the splash again! Kevin stays standing so Apollo goes a third time, only to miss! SUPERKICK! Kevin hurries up top, SWANTON ONTO KNEES! But here come Vega’s stable! They attack both men!
No Contest; Crews is still WWE United States Champion
Crews keeps his title but he and Kevin are thrown out of the ring by Garza and Andrade Almas! Vega joins her duo in the ring while Raw goes to break.
Apollo Crews & Kevin Owens VS Andrade Almas & Angel Garza w/ Zelina Vega!
Holla holla! This seems familiar, doesn’t it? Vega’s stable wants revenge for losing the title, but will they get shut down instead?
Raw returns as Apollo whips and runs Almas over with a shoulder! The crowd rallies as Apollo throws hands. Almas stomps and punches but Apollo turns it around to throw hands. Garza distracts and Almas clobbers Crews! Almas stomps Apollo then dusts himself off. He drags Apollo away from Kevin to tag in Garza, and the stable mug Apollo. Garza wraps up Apollo’s arm but Apollo powers out. Apollo runs at Garza but misses in the corner, only to boot Garza away! Apollo hops up and leaps but into a dropkick! Off come Garza’s pants, and he throws them at Kevin. Garza digs his knee into Apollo’s back and hooks a leg. Garza hooks Apollo’s face and drags him around to tag in Almas.
Almas stomps Apollo down while Vega talks trash. Almas stomps Apollo more while he says he should still be champion. He runs and basement dropkicks Apollo down! Vega cheers but the crowd boos. Almas clubs Apollo but Apollo hits back. Almas knees Apollo down and tags Garza back in. Garza KICKS Apollo’s leg then covers, TWO! Garza drags Apollo around and wants the double underhooks. Apollo powers out of the Wing Clipper to hot tag Kevin! Garza runs away to tag in Almas! Kevin goes after Garza but gets a thumb to the eye! Almas goes after Kevin with furious stomps as the crowd boos. Vega and the stable soak up the heat while Almas drags Kevin around. Kevin kicks back but Almas has the leg for a Half Crab! Kevin endures as Almas sits deep!
The crowd rallies as Kevin powers up. Kevin kicks free and reaches for Apollo. Almas drags Kevin away but Kevin hits back. They brawl, Kevin CHOPS and atomic drops! Kevin rebounds to LARIAT! And drop the senton! Vega is worried as Kevin goes corner to corner, but Garza distracts again! Almas dropkicks Kevin down! But Apollo manages to tag in, and he trophy lifts Almas up! Almas slips free, kicks low, and snap suplexes! Uno amigo! Another one but Apollo reverses to an OLYMPIC SLAM! Both men are down but Garza chop blocks Kevin! The crowd boos but Apollo wrecks Garza with a dropkick! Almas rolls Apollo and has the ropes, TWO! ENZIGURI! Apollo hits the CREWS MISSILE! Cover, Apollo wins!
Winner: Apollo Crews & Kevin Owens, by pinfall
Almas can’t stop Apollo and now Apollo has another win! But will Apollo and Kevin ever settle their own match? Or is there another person on Apollo’s list that will get their own opportunity?
Backstage interview with Asuka!
The Raw Women’s Champion dances in and knows she has another match with Charlotte Flair. They will go Champion VS Champion to prepare for their respective challengers in the near future. Speaking of which, Kairi Sane will once again take on Nia Jax, who is now Asuka’s #1 contender. How are they all preparing for such daunting challenges? Asuka says something in Japanese, but says that she will take down the bully Nia at Backlash. But Charlotte says Asuka can’t actually beat Charlotte. Well, Asuka is always getting better. Charlotte just stays the same. And one more thing: The Empress never bows down to anyone. Asuka dances off again, but has her evolution finally surpassed The Queen’s?
The Viking Raiders welcome the Street Profits to the bowling alley.
While Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins lead the series 2-1, they’re not sure about this. They can’t get no Jordans in here? No, those are bowling shoes, for bowling. And Erik vows that this series will be tied after this. Ivar references their basketball showdown by shouting, “Check!” and passing the bowling ball to Dawkins! Ouch. That’s not how bowling works, fam! But Erik blows the horn, and the game begins. Erik bowls a strike right out of the gate! Ivar does, too! The Profits take their turns, because anything they can do, Tez and Dawks can do better. Ford bowls… a gutter ball. Well try hitting the pins. Dawkins double hands it, but also bowls a gutter ball. Ivar tries that same technique, and still gets 9! Bring the drinks! First round on the Vikings. Well that’s nice. Solo cups all around, because the manager/waitress thinks Ivar’s cute.
Erik raises a toast, “Skol!” Cheers? No, skol. Cheers. Skol! Okay. SKOL! Oh what’s in here? The viking tradition: Goat’s milk! But back to the frames! Ivar gets a strike, Ford slips and gets a gutter again. Dawkins dares Ford to step up. But he has been stepping up! Ford plays with the ball too much and he drops it on Dawkins’ foot! Ivar and Erik wait for their ball to come back, and pull out… mutton! Dawkins misses the spare and blames the ball. Ivar says Dawkins can use his ball. It’s just painted on Ivar’s chest. Erik and Ivar start showing off with no looks and backwards rolls. Ford tries to curling this but it misses. Dawkins says he’s at least getting pins, unlike Gutter Ball Tez.
Ivar finishes the turkey and sees the snack bar is open. Ivar, wait! He goes right to the kitchen and takes out turkey legs from the fridge. Now the manager/waitress is upset with him now. Get out! They can’t go anywhere with these two. But the manager/waitress won’t throw them out, because Ivar’s cute. Erik bowls one last frame, and the ball bounces out of the gutter to still get a strike! After five frames, the Viking Raiders are all but perfect with 100, while the Profits are floundering with 21. But Ford says he has a way to change this. “Guy behind the counter! We want the smoke!” The lighting changes to have lasers, and the smoke comes up! Dawkins starts burning it up with strikes and high hits! And Erik starts missing! Ford finally gets something! Ivar finally misses! Now Dawkins does the no-look, and picks up that spare! “It’s Smoke Season, bruh!”
“How the turntables have turned!” The Profits made a comeback and are now leading, 130 to 121! This is the last chance for the Vikings, and Erik says no more playing around! Ivar holds onto the ball while Erik bowls Ivar! Ivar superman slides all the way to a STRIKE! And the Vikings finish it off, 131-130! The series is tied, but where will this series of oneupsmanship go next?
Nikki Cross w/ Alexa Bliss VS Billie Kay w/ Peyton Royce!
The battle of best friends is heating up! The IIconics may have self-destructed in their title challenge a couple weeks ago, this match could get them back on track. At least, it would be if they weren’t arguing with Bliss-Cross backstage! Billie shoves Nikki, Nikki shoves back, and Alexa and Peyton are close to getting involved before Adam Pierce intervenes! Will things sort out and head to the ring after the break?
Raw returns and this has moved to the ring. The bell sparks things off and the shoving continues. Nikki dodges and crossbodies! She thrashes Billie around but Billie gets up and knees low. But Nikki buckle bumps back! And again! And a third time! Billie flounders and gets the fourth buckle! Nikki fires up with the crowd as she headbutts and dropkicks Billie down! Cover, ONE, but Nikki stays close. Alexa cheers but Billie kicks Nikki away. Peyton is there to coach Billie up, SHADES OF KAY boot! Cover, TWO! Nikki survives and Billie is furious! Billie argues with the ref but Billie drags Nikki up to the corner. She stomps away but argues as the ref counts. Billie digs her boot into Nikki’s neck but lets up at 4.
Nikki gets to a corner but Billie scoops for the suplex! Cover, TWO! Billie taunts Alexa but Nikki rolls her, TWO! Nikki throws forearms and runs, but Billie spins to DECK Nikki! Billie covers again, TWO! Billie clamps onto Nikki with a chinlock and smothers Nikki while thrashing her about. The crowd rallies up and Nikki fights to her feet, only for Billie to wrangle her back down. Billie pulls Nikki back in a half camel clutch. Nikki endures as Billie taunts her, but the crowd is still on Nikki’s side. Nikki gets up, Billie knees low, and then scoops for a backbreaker! Billie and Peyton strike the IIconic pose together before Billie runs to drop an elbow. Cover, TWO! Billie argues with the ref again and even throws a bit of a tantrum. Billie goes back to Nikki to slap her around. Nikki shoves Billie back then ROKCS her! And again!
Nikki keeps hitting, then dodges to run and clothesline Billie down! The crowd fires up again and Nikki runs corner to corner at Billie for a big splash! To a bulldog! Nikki fires up even more as she goes to the apron. She shoulders into Billie, dropkicks her down, then goes up top. Nikki leaps but FLOPS as Billie moves! Billie drags Nikki up, fisherman to SPINE BUSTER! Cover, Billie wins!!
Winner: Billie Kay, by pinfall
That new move was the key for Kay to pin one of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions! Will this mean the IIconics are back in the title hunt? Will Bliss-Cross be able to get through Bayley & Sasha Banks this Friday to then worry about Billie & Peyton?
Backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.
Does the looming threat of Bobby Lashley give him concern about facing MVP tonight? Everyone should know by now that McIntyre doesn’t back down from any challenge. He loves challenges! He has beaten seven different superstars since becoming WWE World Champion, and will gladly make MVP number eight. IN fact, it would be better if Lashley gets in there! BOOM, Claymore for Lashley! Imagine this: Anyone in the locker room, anyone around the ring, anyone off the street, that wants to step to McIntyre, he will line them all up and give them all a one-way ticket to #ClaymoreCountry. McIntyre leaves, making sure to pick up his belt on the way. Will he punch, or rather kick, MVP’s ticket tonight?
Raw Talk returns!
Right after the show, go to the WWE Network, whether you’re a paid subscriber or hopping on the brand new FREE version, and watch as the return episode features Seth Rollins, The Street Profits and the Viking Raiders!
Rey Mysterio speaks via satellite.
How is his eye? And when can we expect to see him back on Raw? Mysterio says that while his eye is still recovering, he has no answers. There is no time table for when, or if, Mysterio can return. It is about how fast he can recover. But if an infection were to set in, that could end his career. Samoa Joe doesn’t want to be blunt, but Seth Rollins throwing that “retirement ceremony” earlier tonight, is Mysterio himself considering retirement? Mysterio isn’t really sure. He doesn’t know if it’s up to him anymore. Joe knows how bad eye injuries can be. Mysterio could be cleared in a few weeks, or never again! It is definitely an answer we do not know yet, but it has been on Mysterio’s mind.
Then to Joe’s point, is there anything, anything at all, Mysterio would like to address about the ceremony? Yes, actually. For a messiah, Rollins carries so much negativity. That negativity would be a burden for any man. For Rollins to say Mysterio was “chosen” as a sacrifice? C’mon! There was no higher power involved here. Rollins chose to blind Mysterio! Dominik comes in to say that what his father is getting at, is that Rollins is no messiah. Rollins is barely a human being anymore. Something needs to be done, and it needs to be someone from the Mysterio family. Dominik cannot calm down after what Rollins did, and how Rollins lies about it! That’s BS and we all know that. Mysterio calms Dominik and continues to say that he wants to thank the WWE Universe for reaching out. That means the world to him and his family.
He knows everyone wants an official statement, so here it is: “Seth Rollins, DAMN YOU for everything you put my family through!” From wife Angie to son Dominik and daughter Aliyah, they all had to helplessly watch Rollins jam those steps into Mysterio’s eye and blood run down Mysterio’s face. They saw the man that protects and provides for them suffer. Rollins says all these lies about Mysterio. Mysterio is a man of forgiveness, but Rollins will never be forgiven for what he did to Mysterio and what he put the family through! Mysterio apologizes to Dominik, and takes his leave. As for Dominik, he warns Rollins that as a “man of scripture,” he’ll understand eye for an eye. Is Dominik going to avenge his father by any means necessary?
Raw learns of a WWE 24/7 Championship confrontation!
Rob Gronkowski was heading out to film a Tiktok hit, but the gardener was working in the backyard. Gronk starts up his dance number, but then spots the gardener. He’s suspicious, and for good reason! His friend is now a referee! And the gardener rolls Gronk up! The gardener wins?! Wait, it’s R-Truth!!
Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)
Truth shouts, “You can’t get a touchdown if you don’t flip the mulch, Mr. Rob Gronkowski!” Truth runs off and Gronk is no longer in a social media mood.
Kairi Sane VS Nia Jax!
Just as we heard, the Pirate Princess wants to exact some sense of vengeance on the Irresistible Force for blindsiding her weeks ago. Will Kairi make sure the big bully stumbles before facing Asuka at Backlash?
Before the match, Nia grabs a mic to say, “I did not start this. I have been repeatedly attacked by Asuka and Kairi.” The classic 2v1 advantage. Don’t believe the hype. The Kabuki Warriors aren’t what they say they are, with the bright colors and being best friends and all that Japanese gibberish. “It’s all smoke and mirrors!” Just like Asuka’s reign! Asuka didn’t earn the title! She was gifted it because of Becky’s hormones. Becky got all preggers and then felt so bad that she gave the title away. “Oh, Asuka, here~! I love you!” And yet Nia is the villain in this? No, she’s the victim! And at Backlash, Nia exposes Asuka for the “backstabbing, undermining charlatan that she really is.” Bold words, but will Nia back them up?
Raw returns as Kairi makes her entrance. The bell rings as Asuka watches backstage again. Kairi dropkicks and fires off on Nia right away, but Nia pushes her down. Nia pats Kairi on the head for being so small, but Kairi SLAPS Her! Kairi throws more hands but Nia pushes her away and runs her over! Asuka is cheering as hard as she can but Nai drags Kairi up and tosses her! Nia drags Kairi back up, fireman’s carries, but Kairi slips out to a sleeper hold! Kairi squeezes tight and Nia fades! Nia drops to her knees but gets back up. Kairi clubs and ax kicks! And again! And again! Kairi back hands Nia! The crowd roars with Kairi as she goes to the corner. Kairi climbs up but Nia headbutts her first! Nia drags Kairi off the top, but Kairi spins to DDT! Cover, ONE!!
Kairi roars as she marches corner to corner. Kairi runs in for the SLIDING D! Nia is down and Kairi climbs up again! Kairi says anchors away, but Nia bails out. Nia paces the outside to catch her breath but Kairi builds speed and slides! But Nia spins her around to SLAM her on the apron! And then Nia whips Kairi into steel steps! Kairi hits face first and is down! But Nia drags her up to put her in the ring. The crowd boos hard as Nia drops a leg! Cover, Nia wins!
Winner: Nia Jax, by pinfall
The Irresistible Force infuriates Asuka, because here she comes! Asuka stares Nia down but Nia backs down. The #1 contender leaves for now, but will she leave Backlash the Raw Women’s Champion?
Raw hears from Randy Orton.
“For the past few months, I’ve woken when at home, sat on the couch, poured a cup of coffee and watched the WWE Network.” Orton has caught up on The Undertaker: The Last Ride, Chronicle: ArRival, WWE 360, WWE 24 and even Ride Along. But the one thing that every WWE superstar has in common is that they think Ric Flair is the greatest to ever do it. Orton agrees. But then last week, Orton watched Raw and saw Ric Flair say that in his opinion, Orton is the best ever. And y’know what? Edge said the same. But Edge also said that Orton didn’t have a passion for the business. That Orton was handed everything! That Orton did it for a paycheck! And y’know what? Edge was right.
Orton admits it, but Edge can’t stand that even half-assing it, Orton has accomplished more than anyone else! Edge scratched and clawed and pretended to be the heroes from his childhood to get here. All Orton had to do was wake up, lace the boots and get in the ring to prove he was the best. At Backlash, Orton does the same. What could very well be the greatest wrestling match ever is where Orton proves he is truly better than Edge. Orton set the bait, Edge bit. Now Edge’s storybook ending will be rewritten by the three most destructive letters in sports entertainment: R K O.
Champion VS Champion: Asuka VS Charlotte Flair!
WrestleMania 34. SmackDown 12/11/18. SmackDown 3/26/19. Raw 11/25/19. And Raw 1/27/20. These singles matches mark the rivalry of the Empress of Tomorrow and the Queen of All Eras. Now, Raw 6/1/20 will mark the next chapter! Which wrestling royal comes out the strongest towards their respective title defenses?
Before the match, Charlotte tells those who boo her to shut up and respect their NXT Women’s Champion.Because this Sunday, TakeOver: In Your House, Charlotte defends her title in a Triple Threat against Io Shirai and Rhea Ripley. Those are two women who each and every aspiring superstar should want to be like! They also know them. They share the gym, the locker room and the entire Performance Center. Charlotte cheers each and every one of them on. She wants them to be the next Rhea, the next Shirai, the next one to stand up to her throne, so that she can make them bow down.
But speaking of bowing down, there’s a woman who has a history of bowing down. That’s the Raw Women’s Champion, Asuka! Asuka was the first ever Women’s Rumble winner, and has the longest undefeated streak in the history of the WWE! She is even a Grand Slam Champion now! It seems like the Empress just wants to be like The Queen! But speaking of, Asuka returns! No more talk, it’s time to see if Asuka is just like Charlotte, or if she’s better!
The bell rings and the two circle as the crowd cheers for Asuka. Asuka and Charlotte tie up, go around, and Charlotte goes after the wrist. Charlotte wrenches, Asuka wrenches back, but Charlotte headlocks. Asuka slips out and drags Charlotte down but Charlotte gets away. Charlotte goes to boot but Asuka evades. Asuka kicks but Charlotte evades. So Asuka shoves Charlotte! Charlotte backs off a moment but comes back to shove even harder! Charlotte kicks low then bumps Asuka off buckles! Charlotte reviews the list of wins, but Asuka blocks the buckle bump. Charlotte DECKS Asuka and CHOPS her. And again! And again! Charlotte whips corner to corner but Asuka reverses! Asuka runs in, misses, but boots back. Charlotte ROCKS Asuka with a right, then drops a knee on the knee! Asuka writhes while Raw goes picture in picture.
Charlotte stalks Asuka then drags her leg to the ropes. Charlotte wraps the leg around the ropes but the ref counts. Charlotte stops at 4 but the damage is done. The Queen looms over the Empress as she stomps her bad leg around. Charlotte drops down to toehold and crank Asuka’s leg. Asuka fights back but Charlotte rains down rights! Asuka kicks back from the mat so Charlotte clobbers her! Cover, TWO! Charlotte keeps her cool as she looms over Asuka again. Raw returns to single picture as Charlotte soaks up the heat from the booing superstars. Charlotte puts the leg on the ropes to drop down on it! And again, only for Asuka to roll her up! ONE, and Charlotte CHOP BLOCKS! Charlotte grabs the leg to drop knees on it over and over! Asuka crawls to a corner as the crowd boos Charlotte.
Charlotte walks into Asuka’s elbow but gives a forearm back. Charlotte clubs Asuka down then puts the leg on the ropes again. Asuka avoids the knee drop to fire off forearms, but Charlotte ROCKS her! Charlotte again brags about the list of wins she has on Asuka but Asuka just gets angrier. Asuka fires off hands, blocks punches and gives more punches! Asuka palm strikes from all sides, but Charlotte blocks the back hand to stomp the bad leg! Asuka staggers away as Charlotte runs in, but Asuka ROUNDHOUSES! Down goes Charlotte! The crowd rallies for Asuka as she and Charlotte slowly rise. Asuka fires up and runs to hip attack Charlotte in the corner! Charlotte denies the sliced bread but runs into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Buzzsaw and shining wizard! Cover, TWO!
Asuka grits her teeth as she gets over to another corner. Asuka goes outside and climbs the corner. She leaps but Charlotte avoids the missile dropkick, and wants Natural Selection! But Asuka catches it to an ARMBAR! Charlotte hurries to get up but Asuka shifts to the Triangle Hold! Charlotte hammers Asuka and then dead lifts, to get the BOSTON CRAB! Asuka endures as Charlotte pulls back, and she flips Charlotte to a cover! TWO, to a KNEEBAR! Asuka has the leg but Charlotte turns around and pries her off in a dead lift! GERMAN SUPLEX! Both women are down but Charlotte sits up. Asuka gets to ropes and Charlotte runs over, but her boot misses! Asuka pulls on Charlotte but Charlotte elbows free. But Asuka mule kicks and runs, Charlotte follows, only for Asuka to get the ARMBAR!
Asuka pulls on the arm, has the Triangle again, but Charlotte keeps moving around. Charlotte manages to get up again, for another dead lift! For a SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Asuka survives and Charlotte just slumps over in frustration. The crowd rallies as Charlotte has the leg. Asuka kicks with the good leg then gets to the ropes! Asuka kicks Charlotte away and stands on the apron, but Charlotte BOOTS her down! Wait, Asuka’s music is playing? Because Nia is mocking her by wearing one of her spare masks, and even her make-up! Asuka ignores the ring count and it hits 10!
Winner: Charlotte Flair, by count-out
Asuka realizes she lost, and then gets CLOBBERED by Nia! Charlotte can thank Nia for this newest win over an old foe. Nia mocks Asuka to her face and leaves her behind. Will the opportunistic challenger use every trick in the book to get the title she thinks she deserves?
Backstage interview with Lana.
Lana knows Bobby Lashley’s “associate,” MVP faces McIntyre tonight. Some may consider Lana’s relationship with MVP “contentious,” and the slap from earlier tonight definitely lends to that. But this on top of Lashley saying Lana is a distraction at ringside, is this all MVP’s plan? Lana isn’t sure. But no, she’s certain it isn’t Lashley. He’d never do that to her. Her Bobby requested she not go ringside during his matches, but there was nothing about MVP’s matches. Lana laughs and heads off, is she scheming something already?
Drew McIntyre VS MVP w/ Bobby Lashley!
The Scottish Stud is set to take on the Rocky Mountain Machine at Backlash, but will gladly go through Montel Vontavius Porter first. However, Lashley being ringside certainly smells of a trap set for the champion. But just as we heard from Lana, she joins Lashley ringside because this is MVP’s match. Is the distraction going to ruin everything Lashley and MVP have planned?
The bell rings and McIntyre ramps MVP right into a corner! McIntyre stomps away then CHOPS MVP! He throws hyamakers but MVP hits back. McIntyre clubs and punches MVP back and CHOPS again! The crowd fires up as McIntyre whips but MVP reverses. McIntyre comes back and blocks the hip toss to CLOBBER MVP again! McIntyre wants MVP to stand and then gives him a Glasgow Kiss! The headbutt sends MVP out and Lashley heads over. McIntyre keeps his eyes on Lashley, but MVP POSTS McIntyre! Then whips him into Plexiglas before putting him in the ring! MVP runs corner to corner for a BOOT! McIntyre goes down, MVP covers, ONE! MVP is shocked and Lashley is worried, but the crowd fires up.
MVP brings McIntyre up, McIntyre pushes back but MVP kicks. It does nothing and McIntyre rallies with forearms and a boot! McIntyre goes to the corner and climbs up top, for the flying ax handles! And then he kips up! McIntyre starts the countdown, but Lashley drags MVP to safety. The crowd boos but McIntyre FLIES out! Direct hit takes MVP and Lashley out and the crowd is loving it! McIntyre drags MVP up and into the ring and now we get the countdown. Three! Two! One! CLAYMORE! Cover, McIntyre wins!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
And Lana has a big smile on her face. But Lashley goes after McIntyre with the full nelson! McIntyre tries to fight it off but he can’t get free! Raw goes off the air, what is going to happen to the WWE World Champion?!
A really good episode for Raw, very little lull, though they found a way to fill time with a recap of the opening segment to start the second hour. The “retirement ceremony” for Rollins was good, and the tribute video turning into anything but was a given. Aleister VS Rollins was a really good match, but I almost thought things were going to turn into a tag team match when Carrillo ran out. Turns out that was saved for later. Rollins gets a lot of good Heel Heat, he really is clicking as this character. The “update” video with Mysterio’s and Dominik’s response was great, and I really want to see Dominik’s in-ring debut to be him going after Rollins. That would add a wild layer to this story, and definitely set up Rollins VS Mysterio for say Extreme Rules or even SummerSlam. I don’t know if this story is how Mysterio retires or just leaves the WWE, but this has the potential to be his and Rollins’ best work in the WWE.
Apollo Crews getting to choose his opponent is an interesting move for his story. I’m surprised he chose Kevin, but with his back and forth with Kevin, I almost thought Apollo was going Heel tonight. But instead, we get the Teddy Long “impromptu” tag match because Vega, Almas and Garza aren’t done with Apollo or Kevin. Vega is dead set on crushing Garza x Charly, tearing up that rose. I wonder if there comes a point when Charly goes after Vega and that costs Garza and Almas. But at the same time, Garza and Almas are already losing to Kevin and Apollo without that kind of stuff, so I’m curious to see how Vega’s stable can turn things around. Speaking of turning things around, Profits VS Viking Raiders in random sports is turning around and is hilarious stuff now. And the Vikings turn the series around, tied 2-2. I also love the ongoing gag that Ivar is the cute one. It works since Erik is married to Sarah Logan anyway.
What a surprise for Billie Kay to win clean on Nikki Cross, with that new finisher, too. I don’t know how, but Bliss-Cross probably finds a way to retain their tag titles against Bayley and Banks so that they can have a rematch with the IIconics at Backlash. Another surprise was that we finally got some WWE 24/7 Championship action again. Truth finds Gronk’s house, pretends to be a gardener, and then surprises Gronk. I hope that brings this belt back to the WWE Performance Center and then a heaping helping of NXT superstars get to join in on the chase. There are so many great choices out in the crowd, it’d be amazing if it got passed around from one end to the other and then Truth gets it back at the end.
Given these episodes of Raw have been taped and delayed, there were leaks about Nia injuring Kairi and even busting her open. But as we did not see any blood, or a buckle bomb worthy of the move being recently banned, give credit to some WWE editors from having shots that avoided any of that. Of course, that assumes the recordings we heard about were even for tonight’s episode. In the vacuum of kayfabe, Nia definitely gets good Heel Heat for her part in ruining Charlotte VS Asuka. However, I still don’t see Nia winning the title at Backlash. As it goes, Bayley has a win over Charlotte but now Charlotte has a win over Asuka. It would be a shame for neither Rhea or Shirai to win the title at TakeOver, but we could still get some sort of Winner Takes All Triple Threat where all three titles are on the line come SummerSlam. Though to be honest, I’d rather see Shirai get her first reign over someone becoming WWE’s first-ever Women’s Triple Belt Champion.
HBK has a good promo hyping Orton VS Edge and Orton has a great promo to add on, and only now am I starting to think they’re going to take the overly done “Greatest Wrestling Match Ever” slogan serious. Orton and Edge might actually give us a solid 25 minutes or more of actual match, to then have Orton disqualify himself because he was losing. The main event and the world title picture have been going strong and that includes tonight. Lana wasn’t as much of a factor as she made it seem with her promo, but her getting to watch MVP lose in person is perhaps good enough for her. McIntyre and Lashley fighting again to end the show was pretty good, but I feel a bit cheated that we don’t see how things resolved. The WWE advertised Raw Talk and the new free WWE Network pretty hard, but they didn’t have footage of anything involving referees or security breaking it up. You get what you paid for, and since it costs nothing, we got nothing.
My Score: 8.4/10
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Lucha Libre returns to WWE NXT when Dragon Lee debuts at Stand & Deliver! What to expect, and more on this edition of Lucha Central Weekly!
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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (3/28/23)
Next stop: Hollywood!
It’s the last chance to get those golden tickets!
With one last spot in the NXT Women’s Championship ladder match, and one last spot in the North American Championship Fatal 5, who gets to Stand & Deliver?
- NXT North American Championship Qualifier Battle Royal: Axiom wins and joins the Fatal 5 Way title match at Stand & Deliver.
- Tyler Bate w/ Chase U VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone; Bate wins.
- Valentina Feroz VS Elektra Lopez; Lopez wins.
- Eddy Thorpe VS Myles Borne; Thorpe wins.
- NXT Women’s Championship Last Chance Qualifier: Indi Hartwell VS Sol Ruca VS Ivy Nile; Indi wins and joins the NXT Women’s Championship Ladder Match at Stand & Deliver.
- Hank Walker VS Drew Gulak w/ Charlie Dempsey; Gulak wins.
- NXT Tag Team Championship Qualifier: Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen VS Tony D’Angelo & Channing Lorenzo; Tony & Stacks win and deny Briggs & Jensen a spot at Stand & Deliver.
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NXT North American Championship Qualifier Battle Royal!
Everyone wants that fifth and final spot in Wes Lee’s star-studded title match, and Wes himself is watching from commentary. SCRYPTS attacks Axiom before the bell! Things are already off to a chaotic start! Dabba-Kato clotheslines Quincy Elliot up and out to ELIMINATE him! Quincy rushes back up but the refs stop him from getting after Kato! Damon Kemp brawls with Edris Enofe, Oro Mensah goes after Kato, Xyon Quinn has Dante Chen, Drew Gulak & Charlie Dempsey of course work together as they go after Nathan Frazer, and Dijak has Odyssey Jones in a corner. Big Body Javi throws hands on Malik Blade while Jinder storms up on Dempsey.
Kato shoves Oro away, CLUBS him, then CLUBS him again. Dempsey & Gulak lift Jinder but he fights free. Odyssey ROCKS Kato! Fans fire up as Jinder puts Dempsey on the apron but Dempsey slips back in. Dante fights off Kemp and a few others, but Kemp kicks him low. Kemp hangs Dante out to dry and Dante ends up on the apron. Dante fights off Kemp but Dijak BOOTS and ELIMINATES Dante! But then Kemp scoops Dijak! Dijak fights Kemp off, but Kemp hits him back. Quinn puts ? up top, Odyssey BLASTS Quinn but Quinn is knocked into ?! They ELIMINATE ? together!
Kemp suplexes Frazer, Frazer slips free and Apollo CLUBS Kemp! Apollo whips Kemp at the ropes and Frazer holds the ropes down! Kemp lands on the apron but a PELE hits! Kemp wobbles, Frazer SUPERKICKS! Kemp falls, Frazer ELIMINATES him! Dijak ELBOWS Enofe, ELBOWS Blade, and repeat! But Malik BOOTS back! Malik runs in, tilt-o-whirls, but into a fireman’s carry! Dijak pops Malik up but Malik wheelbarrows and throws Dijak into Enofe’s KNEE! And then Malik DROPKICKS! Malik & Enofe TOSS Dijak! Dijak holds on, but Odyssey RAMS Dijak and ELIMINATES him! Dijak is furious, and he goes back after Odyssey!
Dijak trips Odyssey, drags him out, then SUPERKICKS! And ROLLING ELBOWS! And RAMS him into steel steps! Fans boo and the refs reprimand, but Dijak puts Odyssey back into the ring for the sharks. Jinder drags Odyssey up to toss him back out, Jinder ELIMINATES Odyssey! Fans boo but then Enofe KNEES Jinder and Malik DROPKICKS him! Jinder flops over the top, but he HOTSHOTS Malik, and drags Enofe out to join him! Malik runs back in but Jinder ROCKS him! Jinder suplexes, Malik lands on the apron. Jinder fights 2v1, Malik & Enof pinball Jinder! But then Apollo and Scrypts DOUBLE DROPKICK! They ELIMINATE Malik & Enofe!
Axiom whips Scrypts at Jinder, Scrypts FLIES up and over Jinder, but then he lands out on the ramp! Axiom ELIMINATES Scrypts! Jinder grins that it wasn’t him. Apollo ROCKS Dempsey, lifts Javi, and TOSSES Javi out onto everyone else to ELIMINATE him! Fans fire up but Javi is furious as NXT goes picture in picture.
Kato goes after Apollo! Kato HEADBUTTS Apollo, pushes past Oro and Dempsey to fire off on Apollo in the corner. Dempsey whips, Oro reverses but then Dempsey dodges! Jinder CLUBS Quinn, Gulak helps Dempsey with Oro. Apollo and Kato fight, Hank fires off on Quinn. Hank scoops Quinn out to the apron but Quinn holds on. Hank throws haymakers, but Quinn pokes him in the eye! Oro springboards to MULE KICK Quinn down! Oro ELIMINATES Quinn! Jinder rushes up to kick and CLUB Oro! Axiom scoops Hank with ehlp from Apollo but Hank fights them off.
Dempsey and Gulak mug Frazer, Jinder ROCKS Oro. Jinder CLUBS Oro, whips him to a corner, but Oro goes up, only for Jinder to TOSS him out and ELIMINATE him! The Modern Day Maharaja grins then stomps Frazer. Apollo stomps Dempsey, Jinder stomps Axiom, Gulak stomps Frazer. Kato storms up but Gulak CHOPS him! Gulak digs his boot on Frazer’s head, but Kato goes after him! Jinder stomps Axiom at the ropes then digs his knee in. Dempsey OVERHEAD Suplexes Hank! Dempsey drags Hank up but Hank throws hands! Gulak & Dempsey stomp mudholes into Hank! Apollo stomps Kato in a corner then throws hands.
Jinder DECKS Axiom, then goes up the corner to STOMP him down! Gulak & Dempsey throw Hank at the ropes, but Hank holds on! Dempsey has an ANKLE LOCK on a leg to force him over! Hank still clings to ropes, even as boots are dug into his legs and stomach. Hank manages to kick Dempsey away, and NXT returns to single picture. Apollo CLUBS and ROCKS Jinder, Hank hoists Gulak up and over! Fans fire up as Hank has a SLEEPER on Gulak! Dempsey throat chops Kato, then gets Hank’s legs! ANKLE LOCK and a DUMP, Dempsey ELIMINATES Hank and Gulak! Gulak an d Hank don’t care, they brawl tot he back!
Fans fire up, and we’re down to six! Axiom and Jinder brawl, Apollo runs but Kato tilt-o-whirls him. Apollo sips free and BOOTS Kato to ropes! Kato comes back to scoop Apollo and TOSS him! Kato ELIMINATES Apollo! Jinder stomps Axiom down, Dempsey ROCKS Kato! Jinder swings on Frazer, Frazer dodges and springboards to CROSSBODY! Axiom GAMANGIRIS Jinder to ropes! Frazer SUPERKICKS Jinder up and over! Jinder holds on, Frazer gives Axiom a boost, RAILGUN DROPKICK sends Jinder down! Frazer & Axiom ELIMINATE Jinder!! The final four are Kato, Dempsey, Axiom & Frazer!
And speaking of, Kato CLUBS Dempsey down, but Axiom uses Dempsey as a step to GAMANGIRI Kato! Frazer uses Dempsey as a step to CALF KICK! They all dump Kato up and out to ELIMINATE him!! Kato is furious but fans sing, “NANA NA NA, HEY HEY HEY, GOOD-BYE~!” Frazer, Axiom and Dempsey circle. Axiom kicks Dempsey, then ducks the back hand, Dempsey hits Frazer! Axiom SOBATS Dempsey, whips him to ropes, but Dempsey reverses. Axiom wheelbarrows, but Dempsey stops the tuck to WHEELBARROW GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Frazer springboard SHOTGUN DROPKICKS!!
All three men are down, fans are thunderous, Axiom clotheslines Dempsey up and over! Dempsey lands on the apron, he ROCKS Axiom but Axiom ROCKS Dempsey! They go back and forth, Axiom fires off shots, but DOUBLE HAYMAKERS take both men down! Fans are thunderous , Axiom BOOTS Dempsey off the apron and ELIMINATES him! And that leaves the old friendly rivals, Axiom and Frazer! The fans are giving a standing ovation as we see these two stare down. Frazer and Axiom shake hands, then they start dodging kicks! Frazer runs, QUEBRADA, but Axiom snapmares free of the dragon sleeper!
Axiom rushes in but Frazer sends him to ropes! Frazer lifts but Axiom shoves him away. Axiom blocks a superkick but not the DRAGON WHIP! Frazer fires up, he whips Axiom, but Axiom springboards to arm-drag and kip up, ROUNDHOUSE!! Axiom whips, Frazer springboards to QUEBRADA REVERSE DDT!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! “This is Awesome!” as Frazer stands Axiom up. Frazer throws a haymaker, Axiom gives it back! They go back and forth, faster and faster, but Frazer gets the edge. Axiom blocks the kick, spins and DECKS Frazer! PENALTY KICK! Axiom aims from the corner!
Frazer stands, GOLDEN- SUPERKICK!!! Frazer hit first but he’s also down! Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” but this has to end somehow! Frazer CHOPS Axiom in a corner, hoists him up top, and DOUBLE CHOPS! Axiom wobbles, Frazer runs back in, but into a SLEEPER! Frazer pries free to ELBOW BREAKER! And then he springs up top, for a SUPERPPLEX! Roll through to the GOURD- NO, Axiom slips free! Axiom waistlocks but Frazer bucks the O’Conner! Axiom kips up, into a SUPERKICK!! Frazer drags Axiom up, whips, but Axiom reverses to send Frazer up and out! Frazer holds on, skins the cat, but into a SUPERKICK!!
Both men are down again, but Axiom hurries to his feet! Axiom TOSSES Frazer and WINS!!!
Winner: Axiom (advances to Stand & Deliver)
Fans are electric for this instant classic of a battle royal! Wes Lee joins Axiom in the ring to congratulate him, and Dragon Lee appears so he can do the same. Even Ilja Dragunov walks out to the ring, and JD McDonagh comes in from the crowd side. All five men are ready to battle, will these five stars get five stars?
Pretty Deadly speak.
Kit Wilson & Elton Prince, in suits ‘n’ ties and wide brimmed hats, want us to sit back, relax, and get ourselves some delicious snacks, because this will be a one of a kind Stand & Deliver Pretty Deadly Preview Show. We just saw a wonderful performance from Axiom in that Battle Royale, earning the fifth and final spot in the North American Championship match. And what a gaggle of vicious competitors he’s joining. “The Mad Dragon,” Ilja Dragunov! “The Devilish Gentleman,” JD McDonagh! “The Audacious Champion,” Wes Lee! And finally, “The Masked Mystery from Mexico,” Dragon Lee.
“A match born from carnage comes full circle with an encounter that is likely to be as unpredictable as the events of its creation.” But Kit has a question. How does Wes possibly retain? Elton doesn’t think Wes will. His money is on the man as smart as them, JD McDonagh. So if Elton is going with intelligence, Kit is betting on Dragon Lee. We don’t know a thing about him, and that makes him dangerous. “Kitty” loves danger, doesn’t he? Yes! And they love YOU!, fans! They’ll be back with more hot takes throughout the evening as we’re on the Road to Stand…! And Deliver!
Chase U talks backstage.
Thea Hail says Tyler Bate’s fired up! Andre Chase asks if Tyler’s fired up and Tyler says he’s fired up! Can he feel it? He feels it! Chase says Bate did great in the Great Debate, and they’re just four days away from Stand & Deliver, where the of Chase University hangs in the balance! But tonight, the Big Strong Boi takes on big bad Von Wagner, who has talked trash on Chase U and Chase U has yet to beat. But Bate will beat Von, and they’re gonna ride that lightning bolt all the way to Stand & Deliver! Bate says with mass and speed on his side, momentum will be theirs! Bate will harness that momentum, he’ll bring home a win for the university!
Chase likes the way Bate’s brain works. Duke, you coming? He wouldn’t miss this for the world. Though he doesn’t look anywhere near as pumped as the rest. The team heads out, will the Big Strong Boi give Von a #TeachableMoment?
Briggs & Jensen talk backstage.
Brooks Jensen feels pretty good, because Kiana James responded to him after three voicemails instead of five this time. Kiana says they’re on their way, but what does Briggs thinks she wants to talk about? He isn’t sure, but whatever it is, they’ll get through it. The sun always comes up tomorrow. Um, okay. The ladies arrive and Jensen asks if everything is okay. Her message seemed a bit off. Kiana hesitates but Fallon tells her to tell Jensen. “These past few months, I’ve really gotten to know you guys. Especially you, Brooks. And what you guys have is special. I don’t know how to say this, I feel horrible.”
Jensen says it’s okay, she can get it out. Kiana feels horrible… That Briggs & Jensen aren’t part of Stand & Deliver! So she pulled some strings, and she has a match tonight. And if they win, that Triple Threat Tag Team title match becomes a FATAL 4! Fallon says, “What?” Briggs says, “WHAT?!” Jensen can’t believe it! Well hey, Kiana & Fallon are tag team champions, the boys should be tag champs with them! Fallon can’t stand- Surprises! Briggs knows that, but he loves ’em! Kiana just knocked this one out of the park! They could go to Stand & Deliver! Jensen cannot believe Kiana! Fallon can’t, either. Briggs says yes, because it’s unbelievable!
Jensen says first they’ll win tonight, then go to Stand & Deliver and become the NEW NXT Tag Team Champions! Group hug! Fallon is not happy that Kiana backed out of the truth. But will her keeping that buried only come back to haunt her?
Tyler Bate w/ Chase U VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone!
The Big Strong Boi stepped up when Chase U needed him and won big in that Great Debate. But will he win even bigger against vicious Von? Or will Bate fail to stand and deliver before Saturday?
The bell rings and Bate circles with Von. Fans rally behind the Big Strong Boi and Bate headlocks. Von powers up, Bate holds on, but Von powers out. They RAM shoulders, but Bate DROPKICKS! Von comes back to BOOT Bate down! Fans boo while Bate sits up in a daze. Von pushes Bate down to drop an elbow! Von then stalks Bate, drags him up, and choke grips to trophy lift! Von DROPS Bate, and then soaks up the heat. Von waits on Bate to sit up, and he KICKS him in the side! Fans boo, Thea & Chase coach up Bate, but Von clamps on a neck wrench. Fans rally, Bate endures, and Bate fights up to his feet.
Bate pries free, throws a HEADBUTT into the ribs, then fires off body shots! Von shoves, Bate rebounds to sunset flip! Von stays up, but Bate avoids the elbow drop! Bate runs, but into a LARIAT! Von covers, TWO! Von snarls but the fans rally for Bate. Von puts Bate in a corner, clotheslines, and then throws back elbows. Fans obo but Von whips Bate out to throw him back into the corner. And then a BIG clothesline in the corner! Von mocks Bate, fans taunt Von. Von whips Bate corner to corner, runs in, but only gets buckles! Bate goes to another corner. Von runs in but into a BOOT! Bate runs to UPPERCUT! And UPPERCUT! And UPPERCUT!
Bate fires off shots, keeping Von in a corner! Von choke grips back and TOSSES Bate! Bate boots, Von blocks but Bate KNEES back! Bate goes up to leap, FLYING UPPERCUT! Von rebounds but so does Bate, LARIAT! Von drops to a knee, Bop up, BANG!! Bate keeps moving, but Stone swipes at Bate! Fans boo but Bate goes out after Stone! Stone panics as Bate puts him in the ring! Theta THESZ PRESSES Stone!! Fans fire up and Bate cheers Thea on! Thea kicks Stone all the way out of the ring, but Von SUCKER PUNCHES Bate! Von whips Bate but Duke holds ropes down, and Bate FLIES out onto Stone!!
Fans fire up, Bate is fired up, he high-fives Duke but Duke doesn’t seem to care. Bate gets in the ring, dodges a boot and rebounds, LARIAT! Bate hurries up the corner, to SKY TWISTER! Cover, Bate wins!
Winner: Tyler Bate, by pinfall
Chase U is on a roll! Will all this help them hold onto the school? Wait, The Schism speaks! “Attention students of Chase University!” Joe Gacy stands at a podium with Jagger Reed, Ava Raine & Rip Fowler by his side. “As of this Saturday, The Schism will be in control.” Reed says, “The curriculum is changing. Time to open your minds to a different way of looking at the world through a different lens. Under the Schism’s tree.” The students wear yellow masks and Ava hands out a quiz. “Deprogramming starts now.” Rip says they don’t need to worry. There will be a place for delinquents in the Chase U Memorial Detention Hall.
Ava says at Stand & Deliver, “the world of Chase U will fall when The Schism takes over.” Gacy says, “When the bell rings, a new class begins.” Will The Schism graduate from a cult into a college?
Roxanne Perez is here!
She’s backstage and asks if Shawn Michaels is at gorilla. No, he moved to his office. Okay, she’ll go there. Thanks! The former(?) NXT Women’s Champion is here, but why? What business will she have with the boss?
NXT returns and Roxie knocks on HBK’s door. He welcomes her in and asks how she’s feeling. Does he have a minute to talk? Sure. What is it? Well, as of this afternoon, the doctors cleared her to return to action! Oh. That’s great to hear. Yeah! So they told her that basically, after all the tests, it was a mix of physical exhaustion and stress. It was all through the roof that night, but the only thing on her mind is her title and Stand & Deliver. Well, HBK wants to be the first to say that it is a relief to hear Roxie is better. And more importantly, that the doctors found out why she fainted like that.
But the problem is, Stand & Deliver… He isn’t sure. Her health is the priority right now. And he doesn’t think defending the title in a Ladder Match is the best thing for her right now. They can crown a new champion at Stand & Deliver, get a few matches under Roxie’s belt, and then right after Stand & Deliver, Roxie is the first to get a title match. Oh… Roxie won’t lie, being NXT Women’s Champion has been unlike anything she’s ever experienced. Saying you want to be champion and being champion day in and day out are completely different. But Roxie does struggle with anxiety.
This year has been incredible, but when you accomplish your dreams so fast, you wonder, ‘What do I do now? Is it all downhill from here? Did I peak at 21?” And then that anxiety goes insane! See, that right there! HBK knows Roxie’s all better physically, but mentally, emotionally, she’s just unsure. Roxie, you’re 21 years old! You’ve got a long, wonderful career in front of you. There will be other Stand & Deliver events. Will there? She can’t think like that! Did HBK think like that? WrestleMania was the most important night of the year for him, and she knows that he never had the mindset of, “Well, there’s always next year.”
HBK took it as “There’s here and now,” and he stole the show every time! That’s what Roxie wants to do! Roxie’s anxiety is crippling, but she can’t run away from it. She has to confront it, and that means facing it head-on. The only way she wins that battle is by climbing the ladder, winning back her title, the title she never lost. So please! Let her do this! Let her do this for her and for everyone who struggles with what she struggles with! To show them that they don’t have to be a prisoner of anxiety! Please, HBK! HBK says fine, but she has to get tests, meet with doctors, and follow-ups! Okay, yes! Thank you!
HBK says Roxie deserves the right to defend her title at Stand & Deliver. She’s in the match. Thank you so much, HBK! She’ll get all that for him! Okay, but now he’s gonna have a nervous breakdown. “Roxanne, you can beat this. Good luck.” Roxie thanks him again, then heads out. Will the Prodigy be able to overcome her biggest challenge mentally to then overcome the biggest challenge physically?
Valentina Feroz VS Elektra Lopez!
The Brazilian sparkplug has been doing things fair and square, even as La Madrina told her it was pointless. But Feroz made sure Lopez couldn’t cheat and that cost her against Sol Ruca. Will Feroz show Lopez she can win the right way? Or is it true that nice people finish last?
The bell rings and the two rush each other. Lopez knees low, fires off forearms and a HEADBUTT! Lopez whips Feroz to a corner and ELBOWS her! Lopez then shouts at Feroz for messing with her. Feroz blocks the buckle bump, and she fires back with forearms! Lopez staggers, blocks a kick and CLUBS the leg to then sweep the other leg! Lopez gets the leg to SMASH the knee into the mat! Fans rally for Feroz but Lopez puts on a standing toehold. Feroz endures, kicks with her free leg, but Lopez drops an elbow on the bad leg! Feroz hooks with the good leg but Lopez fights that off to pull on the bad leg.
Fans rally, Feroz fights, and she rolls with Lopez. Lopez shifts to drop another elbow, but Feroz dodges! Feroz dropkicks Lopez down, covers, ONE! Feroz goes to a corner, Lopez runs in but Feroz dodges. Feroz arm-drags Lopez, drags her up to arm-drag again, and then whips to run and SPEAR! Fans fire up, Feroz covers, TWO! Lopez is hanging tough but Feroz fires up. Fans rally, Feroz aims from a corner and goes up. Feroz leaps, into Lopez’s arms! Lopez swings Feroz around into the ELEKTRIC SHOCK!! Cover, Lopez wins!
Winner: Elektra Lopez, by pinfall
Lopez wins, but the irony? She won fair and square! Did Feroz win the moral battle? Or does only the physical battle matter?
Eddy Thorpe speaks.
“Music is celebration. When I make music, I can feel the spirit of my people behind me. It is my honor to lead the way. Like an alpha wolf, I will conquer this territory and everything in it.” Thorpe is ready to level up, his NXT debut is next!
Eddy Thorpe VS Myles Borne!
The heritage and history of the Native American people, the fire and energy of progress, the Alpha Wolf looks to be the hybrid that paths the way to the future! Will Thorpe be the future of NXT?
The bell rings and Thorpe ties up with Borne. They are in a deadlock, Borne wrenches an arm but the fans rally behind Thorpe. Thorpe rolls, wrenches and wristlocks. Borne rolls, slips through and arm-drags to an armlock. Thorpe fights up, Borne headlocks, but Thorpe powers out, only for Borne to run him over. Things speed up., Thorpe hurdles then CROSSBODIES! Fans fire up, but Borne DROPKICKS Thorpe! Borne brings Thorpe up, but Thorpe CHOPS back! Thorpe CLUBS Borne, but Borne trips Thorpe. Thorpe boots Borne away but Borne throws hands! Borne UPPERCUTS, whips, and ELBOWS Thorpe down!
Borne drags Thorpe back up, ROCKS him with a haymaker, then has him on ropes. Thorpe hits back, Borne ROCKS and whips, but Thorpe reverses. Borne blocks a hip toss, body shots, and clinches for a BELLY2BELLY! Cover, TWO! Borne keeps cool and he clamps onto Thorpe with a chinlock. Fans rally and Thorpe fights up. Thorpe pries free, but Borne kicks low. Thorpe blocks to DRAGON SCREW! And then he CLOBBERS Borne with forearm after forearm! SOBAT! PELE! Borne staggers and fans fire up! Thorpe runs in to BOOT Borne! And then HIP TOSS! Borne flounders, Thorpe sets up, BIG elbow drop! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally, Thorpe brings Borne up but Borne wrenches out. Borne waistlocks, Thorpe elbows free but Borne kicks low. Borne swings, into a SAIDO! Fans fire up as Thorpe tries again, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Cover, Thorpe wins!
Winner: Eddy Thorpe, by pinfall
Borne gave him a good, hard fight, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Alpha Wolf. Thorpe says he’s coming for everything, will he get everything he wants in NXT?
Pretty Deadly checks back in.
Kit says what a night of headlines! Elton agrees. An impressive debut win for Thorpe. But it isn’t all smiles, as they’re here on the Grayson Waller Effect set. Waller VS Gargano is far more than personal. They say never mess with a man’s family, and that front yard brawl sure gave a new meaning to the term “viral moment.” Gargano has now vowed to do everything in his power to get revenge on Waller, and he wants this as an unsanctioned match. Will Waller sign the agreement? Would either Kit or Elton do it? Would you sign the contract, knowing what is coming for you? This could be a match so brutal, it’ll take YEARS off your career!
Kit says he would! Only to defend Elton’s honor. Oh, Kit is so selfless and brave. That is his middle name: Kit Bravery Wilson! Elton’s here for it. And stay tuned for more Pretty Deadly Talk as we continue towards Stand… and Deliver!
Backstage interview with Gallus.
McKenzie is with Mark Coffey & Wolfgang, and says that while we saw the end result of everything that happened at the bar last week, what led to it? Mark says it was obvious they’re not interior decorators, and Wolfgang admits, they were pretty banged up after that fight. Then at this point, it is a Triple Threat for Stand & Deliver. But then, why’re they willing to defend against not just one, not just two, but up to three teams with this deal made on behalf of Briggs & Jensen? You’re asking them, “Why?” They thought, “Why not?” The Creeds made a good case. Tony D & Stacks made a good case. And Gallus is all about equal opportunity.
If Briggs & Jensen do win tonight, then the more the merrier! Four, six, eight guys, it doesn’t matter. Well, Wolfie does love a good fight. How confident is Gallus that they’ll walk out of Stand & Deliver still NXT Tag Team Champions? Wolfgang admits that Markus likes to wind Wolfgang up, likes to get under his skin. But they’re the champs, heading into the biggest show of the year, against a collection of guys all ready to fight. They don’t need that much riling up. The odds don’t matter, at Stand & Deliver, the Creeds, The Don & Stacks, and should Briggs & Jensen make it there, they’ll all find out the hard way that it is #GallusBoysOnTop!
NXT Women’s Championship Last Chance Qualifier: Indi Hartwell VS Sol Ruca VS Ivy Nile!
Tiffany Stratton, Zoey Stark and Lyra Valkyria won their way in, and now that Roxie is physically cleared to compete, so is she! Who will win the final spot to make the Ladder Match a Furious 6 Way for the gold?
NXT returns as Ivy makes her entrance, followed by Indi. The bell rings and Indi kicks Ivy! Sol spins Indi around but Indi kicks, CLUBS and backhands her! Ivy rolls Indi up, TWO and Ivy jumps at Sol! Sol catches Ivy, pops her up but Ivy slips free to shove Sol into Indi! Down goes Indi, Ivy rolls Sol! TWO, and Sol scoops and SLAMS Ivy! Sol grabs at Ivy but Ivy kangaroo kicks her away, and Indi rolls Sol up! TWO, and Indi rushes in, but Sol dumps her out! Ivy KICKS Sol, KICKS her again, but Sol dodges the superwoman punch to DROPKICK Ivy out! Fans fire up and Sol goes up a corner! ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Direct hit on Ivy & Indi!
Fans fire up with the Sol Surfer, and she puts Indi back in. Sol hurries to cover, TWO! Fans sing for Sol while Indi flounders to ropes. Sol brings her up, whips her to ropes, but Indi reverses and hip tosses. Sol handsprings through to a FACEBUSTER! But Ivy leaps in to FLYING RANA! Ivy fires up, fans are with her and she ROCKS Indi! Ivy rolls and CALF KICKS Sol! Cover, TWO! ARMBAR!! Sol clasps hands, and Indi drops a BIG ELBOW on Ivy! Cover, TWO! Indi drags Ivy up, puts her through ropes and UPPERCUTS! And BOOTS! Ivy flops down, Indi covers, Sol breaks it! Fans duel, Sol drags Indi up to whip, but Indi reverses to put Sol through ropes!
Indi UPPERCUTS, but Sol dodges the boot to HOTSHOT! Indi is down, Sol springboards and SPLASHES! Cover, Ivy breaks it! All three women are down and fans rally back up. They all rise up slowly, Sol swings but Ivy tilt-o-whirls to sunset flip! ONE, but Ivy KNEES Sol down! Cover, TWO! Things speed up, Sol blocks a Rana, Ivy slips free of the bomb, but Sol SUPERKICKS! Sol handspring SPLASHES Ivy! Sol runs corner to corner to handspring, but Indi dodges! Sol bumps off buckles, into Indi’s IMPRESSIVE SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Sol survives, and Ivy BUZZSAWS Indi! Ivy whips but Indi reverses!
Ivy tilt-o-whirls, into the DIAMOND DRAGON!! Indi endures, fades, but Sol runs in, SOL SNATCHER!! But Indi BOOTS Sol away! BLINDSIDER LARAIT!! Cover, INDI WINS!!
Winner: Indi Hartwell, by pinfall (advances to Stand & Deliver)
#IndiWrestling is going to Hollywood! Will Indi finally have the top title? But speaking of, here’s Zoey Stark! And Lyra Valkyria! And Gigi Dolin! And of course, Tiffany Stratton! But also, Roxanne Perez! Roxie holds up the belt now, but who will bring it down from the sky in Hollywood?
Pretty Deadly checks in again.
They climb up a step ladder for this segment, and says Indi makes good on the Last Chance match. The field is now set. Six women put their bodies on the line in a match to crown a “new” women’s champion. Well, Roxie the plucky prodigy is back. And since she never lost the title, this becomes a title defense now. Who does Elton see coming away with the gold? Oh, so glad Kit asked. Because Elton recently had an epiphany. Los Angeles, the city of stars, Hollywood, and there’s only one woman suited for the City of Angels! #BuffBarbie herself! The most glamorous superstar in NXT, Tiffany Stratton! Yes girl!
Kit says this could be a show-stealer! If the fans wanna find out, join us on Saturday for Stand… And Deliver!
Grayson Waller speaks.
Via a Twitter video, captioned “Will I or won’t I?” Waller calls out “Johnny Cosplay.” He’s so close to finally getting what he wanted: him and Waller in an Unsanctioned match. In fact, Waller’s on his way inside right now. Waller had security do one last sweep of the perimeter, and because he knows Gargano’s “a sneaky little hobbit,” they’ll also be all around ringside. But Waller hopes Gargano tunes in. “Because you never know what I’m gonna say.” The 21st Century Success Story is trolling until the very end. Will he sign on the dotted line so that he and Gargano can go to the extreme?
NXT presents Prime Target: Bron Breakker VS Carmelo Hayes.
The NXT Champion says, “This match is like destiny. The youngest main event in WrestleMania Weekend history. Carmelo and I, we came in in the same class, these two alpha males that are just undeniable.” The challenger asks Bron, “Do you know what it takes to be a king? I don’t think you do. Heavy lies the head that wears the crown.” Melo is the 2021 Breakout Star, a winner of NXT WarGames (alongside Bron), the combined longest reigning NXT North American Champion, the one who unified the North American and Cruiserweight titles, and “HIM.”
Melo says this has been a whole different training camp to get ready for this match. He isn’t just doing his high-flying, his mat wrestling, he is covering every aspect. He hits the ropes harder, he takes less steps, he makes less mistakes. He worked out for four hours, partied for three, but skipped the afterparty. Trick Williams couldn’t believe it, but Melo has to put in the work to take on Bron Breakker. Trick and the others understood, and Melo let them go on. Melo didn’t need to go, he’ll celebrate when this is finished, when he has won, and he is at the top of the mountain. The job is not done, it is far from it.
Training montage as Melo pushes himself. But Bron chuckles. It’s funny because he’s been doing that and not going to parties since the first day. He works with weights two and a half hours a day. He runs the ropes another two and a half hours a day. Because that is what it takes to be champion, to be “The Guy.” Bron knows people think matches are won and loss in the ring or in the weight room. But Bron is of the opinion that they’re won and loss in the film room. There is nothing better than to watch film. Melo is fast, he will try to get in Bron’s head, gas him out, and get Bron playing Melo’s game.
You can take Bron to the deep water, but he’s been there so many times, it has become his home. Bron has carried NXT on his back for almost two years now. The NXT title is everything to him, this brand is everything to him. He respect everyone who has come before, but there is a difference. He is the most dominant of all time. This has been the path since Vengeance Day, and now, in LA, Melo vows to take that weight off Bron’s shoulders when he knocks Bron’s head off and takes the title. Melo is Him, and the kingdom of NXT is his, and he wants his effing crown!
Bron says that this one is a bit more special, it means a bit more to him. Fans are torn, but Melo says Bron doesn’t understands. Bron doesn’t want this like Melo wants this! Bron doesn’t wanna go as far as Melo is willing to go! But Bron says when he gets going with that 4.3 speed, hits those Steiner-lines, Melo won’t know where he is. Melo says at Stand & Deliver, he takes everything from Bron because everything is his! Melo is HIM! Bron has promised and continues to promise he will make it through as champion, but who will have the Hollywood ending to their story?
Isla Dawn & Alba Fyre speak.
The Firekeeper says, “When the sun goes down at Stand & Deliver, a darkness will rise over NXT.” The Wicked Witch says, “The eternal horror of gullible fools will not be contained.” The fate of Kiana James and Fallon Henley has already been sealed. Two spirits in turmoil do not deserve to be tag team champions. Fyre and Isla bond together to connect their past and forge their destiny. This Saturday, they burn their opposition tot he ground. And from the ashes, their message will spread far and wide. “It is always darkest before the Dawn, and where there’s smoke, there’s Fyre.” Will nothing stop this devious duo from ascending to the throne?
Hank Walker VS Drew Gulak w/ Charlie Dempsey!
The blue collar working man was already in the 20 Man Battle Royal, but so was the Philly Stretcher. Their fight that literally spilled out of the ring now returns to it, will the student avenge himself against his arrogant teacher? Or will Gulak show Hank he still doesn’t belong?
NXT returns as Gulak makes his entrance, the Son of the Gentleman Villain by his side. The bell rings and Hank rushes in! Gulak dodges, headlocks, but Hank slips out to hammerlock. Gulak throws back elbows then haymakers. Hank blocks to fire off haymakers in return! Hank whips, and he CLOBBERS Gulak! And CLOBBERS him again! Fans rally and Hank back drops Gulak! Gulak staggers up, but Hank hits a MONKEY FLIP, into an ARMBAR! Gulak flails, grapevines a leg and drags Hank into a camel clutch! But Hank slips out to put Gulak in the camel clutch! Gulak powers his way back and gets a leg, STRETCH MUFFLER!
But Hank trips Gulak to put on the STRETCH MUFFLER! And he lifts Gulak off the mat with it! Fans fire up, but Gulak kicks free. Gulak trips Hank, has the heel hook, and he turns Hank over for a HALF CRAB! Hank endures, powers Gulak down and gets the HALF CRAB for himself! Gulak endures, crawls forward, and he has the ROPEBREAK! Hank lets go quickly, Gulak goes to the apron but Hank drags him up. But Gulak HOTSHOTS Hank away! Gulak slides in for a NECKBREAKER! Then a knee drop! And another! And another! Gulak snarls but fans boo. Gulak drags Hank up and whips him to a corner.
Gulak runs in to clothesline! Gulak shoves Hank out to then BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Fans boo but Gulak tells Hank he doesn’t belong. Gulak goes up the corner, and FLYING LARIATS! Cover, TWO! But Gulak has the arm to drag Hank into a CROSSFACE! Hank endures, fans rally, and Hank moves around, only for Gulak to shift to a chinlock. Hank endures, fans rally more and Hank fights up! Hank pries free, but Gulak pulls hair! The ref reprimands but Hank pries Gulak’s hands away. Hank fires off big hands from all sides! Hank whips to THESZ PRESS! And fast hands! Hank fires up and fans are with him!
Hank has Gulak in a corner, whips him corner to corner then SPLASHES! And then whip and SPLASH the other way! Gulak flounders, Hank ripcords him for a FLAPJACK! And down come the straps! Hank roars, runs, and CLOBBERS Gulak! Cover, TWO!! Gulak survives that open field tackle, but Hank is right on him! Wheelbarrow and lift, but Gulak arm-drags to the press and CROSSFACE!! Hank endures, fans rally, and he pops out the back! Hank gets the legs again, wheelbarrows, into the ARMBAR!! Hank pulls on the arm but Gulak clasps hands. Hank powers it open!! Gulak flails, fans are thunderous, but Gulak scrambles over! ROPEBREAK!!
Hank lets go in frustration while fans boo. Hank hurries after Gulak, they’re in the ropes, the ref is busy with Gulak and Dempsey CLOBBERS Hank! Gulak cradles, Gulak wins!!
Winner: Drew Gulak, by pinfall
Fans boo as Gulak steals that one! Hank was about to beat Gulak at his own game, but Gulak needed the assist from his new friend! Will Hank get payback the next time they meet?
Pretty Deadly checks in again.
They’re having a couple mimosas at the bar and Kit says, “Ever since we joined the division, the tag team scene has been a bustling hive of competition.” Elton says that at Stand & Deliver, the NXT Tag Team Championships will be contested in a Triple Threat match. The Creed Brothers have got their mojo back, baby. #AustinPowers. Elton still can’t stand them, but he has to admit, Julius & Brutus have more personality then say this bar rag. The champions, Gallus, well, are the champions. Let’s move on, please. And the new team, Tony D’Angelo & “Stacks” Channing Lorenzo, show family loyalty.
Imagine if The Don & The Underboss win. Kit would love it! Or, speaking of love, Briggs & Jensen do have the opportunity to make this a Fatal 4 Way. Could you imagine if the foursome of Briggs, Jensen, Kiana & Fallon were all tag team champions together at Stand & Deliver? Aw, so magical. Such a perfect fairytale ending. But that’s just the thing about fairytales: there’s always a witch, or witches, right behind. Nice one. Isla & Alba are dangerous duo, and if they have their way, it’ll be a sinister Stand & Deliver. The fairytale could be of heartbreak and tragedy. So see you Saturday afternoon for Stand… And Deliver!
NXT Tag Team Championship Qualifier: Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen VS Tony D’Angelo & Channing Lorenzo!
Speaking of that Hollywood ready story, the next chapter is being written right here! Will the Country Strong good ol’ boys fight their way into the title match to join their leading ladies at Stand & Deliver? Or will these underdogs fail to live the dream?
The teams sort out and Stacks starts against Jensen. They circle, tie up, and Jensen shoots to a roll-up, TWO! Jensen waistlocks but Stacks fights up. Stacks arm-drags but Jensen holds on. Stacks makes that a cover, ONE as Jensen bridges into his own cover! TWO, Stacks is free, and the two stand off. Fans applaud while Jensen says it was that close. The two reset, tie up again, and Jensen waistlocks to O’Conner Roll. TWO, Jensen rebounds off ropes, things speed up, and Jensen hip tosses Stacks! Stacks kangaroo kicks, then he scoops and SLAMS Jensen! But Jensen kangaroo kicks back!
Stacks runs in, into a headlock takeover! Stacks tries to headscissor but Jensen fights that to a cover, TWO! Stacks headscissors after all but Jensen kips free. Jensen runs, hurdles, tags Briggs and FACEBUSTERS! Briggs runs in to CLOBBER Stacks! Fans fire up as Briggs scoops, but Tony drags Stacks down! Tony tags in and fans rally as he circles with Briggs. They tie up, Tony waistlocks and SLAMS Briggs. Tony talks trash, grinds his forearm into Briggs’ head, but Briggs fights up. Tony SLAMS Briggs back down, facelocks, but Briggs fights his way up again. Briggs pries the hold open, but Tony shoves him away, only for Briggs to run him over!
Things speed up, Tony drops but Briggs stops short of the back drop to CLUB Tony on the back! Stacks distracts Briggs, and Briggs turns around into a haymaker! Tony tags Stacks, they double whip, body shot and knee lift to an UPPERCUT! Stacks covers, ONE! The ladies are watching backstage, and Fallon still can’t believe Kiana lied to Jensen. Oh, yes, Kiana is so horrible to have gotten Jensen & Briggs a chance at the tag titles. When this is over, Fallon is telling Jensen! No, Fallon, wait! Let’s talk! Fallon hurries off, Kiana hurries after, and we watch the ring again as Stacks has Briggs down in a chinlock.
Briggs endures, fights up, and fans rally. Stacks thrashes Briggs around but Briggs still fights up. Briggs powers out, Tony tags in. Jensen tags in, Briggs CLOBBERS Tony and Jensen CLOBBERS Stacks! Tony & Stacks end up on the ropes, Briggs & Jensen fire up and they slide, to DOUBLE HAYMAKER! Fans fire up with the good ol’ boys as NXT goes picture in picture.
Jensen hurries in after Tony, wrenches an arm and RAMS shoulders. Jensen wrenches again, for an ELBOW BREAKER! Jensen wants after the shoulder but Tony stays on his feet. Briggs tags in, Jensen whips Tony so they can DOUBLE SHOULDER TACKLE! Briggs covers, TWO! Briggs clamps onto that arm and grinds it down. Briggs CLUBS Tony, but Tony fights up. Briggs wrenches the arm, tags in Jensen, and Jensen takes the handoff to wrench again. Jensen wrangles Tony to the mat, wrenches the arm again, but Tony DECKS Jensen! Tag to Stacks and he runs in, into an arm-drag!
Jensen has the armlock and grinds the shoulder. Stacks endures, fights up, but Jensen whips him to ropes. Stacks holds the ropes and ELBOWS in return! Jensen comes back, Stacks dodges and Tony CLOBBERS Jensen! The ref reprimands, but now Fallon and Kiana are ringside. Tony stomps Jensen, drags him up and ROCKS him. Tony brings Jensen around, whips Jensen to ropes, and hits a BELLY2BELLY! Cover, TWO! Tony is annoyed, but he drags Jensen up to whip him into the corner. Tag to Stacks, Stacks clamps on a chinlock, and NXT returns to single picture. Stacks claws at Jensen’s face!
Fans rally, the ref reprimands, and Jensen fights his way around. Jensen stands, throws body shots, and is free. Stacks grabs at the pants, Jensen throws elbows! Stacks catches Jensen to a BACKBREAKER! And then a BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Tag to Tony, he drags Jensen up and facelocks for some hockey scrum shots! Fans rally but Jensen drops to his knees. Tony DECKS Jensen, then drags him back up. Tony whips Jensen hard into the corner, tags Stacks, and then Tony scoops. BACKBREAKER, and Stacks leaps in, ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO!! Jensen survives but Stacks clamps on with a chinbar and armlock.
Fans rally, Jensen fights up, and Stacks shifts to a headlock. Jensen throws body shots, powers out, but heads collide! Both men fall over and fans rally up. Stacks and Jensen crawl, hot tag to Briggs! Britts rallies on Stacks & Tony! Briggs DECKS Stacks, runs and BOOTS Tony! Stacks runs in but into a SIDEWALK SLAM! SPLASH for Tony! Briggs is all fired up and the fans are with him. Tag to Jensen, and Jensen goes up. Briggs Electric Chair Lifts Stacks, WHEEL KICK DOOMSDAY DEVICE! Jensen covers, Tony barrels through Briggs to break it!! Fans are thunderous as all four men are down!
Fallon & Kiana coach up their boys, Briggs and Tony stare down. They fire up and stand to throw hands! Fans fire up, Briggs gets the edge, but Tony dodges the boot to DECK Briggs out of the ring! Tony tags in off Stacks, then helps Stacks to go after Jensen. They double whip, to BADA BING, BADA BOOM!! Cover, Tony & Stacks win!
Winners: Tony D’Angelo & Channing Lorenzo, by pinfall (DENIES Briggs & Jensen a spot in the NXT Tag Team Championship match)
The Triple Threat stays a Triple Threat, and Stacks says it’s The D’Angelo Boys On Top! Will that be how it goes in Hollywood?
As for the others, Fallon grabs the mic. Fallon knows this isn’t a good time, but this has gone on long enough! There is something Kiana needs to tell Jensen! Kiana says that’s true. There is something she should tell him. But she’d rather just show him. Jensen is confused, but Kiana gives him a kiss! Jensen is over the moon, and Fallon still can’t believe it! Is there no end to the back-up plans Kiana has to cover her bases?
Grayson Waller heads to the ring.
Security is at the ready, just as he said. Fans boo as the 21st Century Success Story walks down the ramp, and then he goes to Vic Joseph at the announce desk. Waller takes the contract, looks it over, and then grabs a pen. Waller says, “Once I’m done, whatever happens in this match, I want to do it in front of you (Vic). Whatever happens to your boy is on your hands.” Waller takes the contract into the ring, and gets a mic. “Hey! You flops better watch my back, because Gargano’s known for his cheap shots. And he could come from anywhere, right?” Fans boo as Waller continues.
“I’m staring at this paper and… I still can’t believe it. Grayson Waller VS Johnny Gargano, at Stand & Deliver.” Fans taunt Waller, “You Can’t Read!” Waller says Melo VS Bron thinks it’s the main event. But it doesn’t matter when he’s on, Waller’s the REAL main event! Because this is a full circle moment. Two years ago, Waller was trying to stand out in front of the new wave. He was trying to build a relationship with the idiot fans! He was singing, dancing, all the things the fans pretend they don’t like but secretly love. “And then came WarGames. And at the time, I was considered the fourth best member of Team 2.0.”
Fans tell Waller to shut up, but Waller continues. He went out there, he stepped in that cage, and he jumped from the top! He put his body on the line because that was gonna be his “viral moment.” That was gonna be what launched him to superstardom. But he was wrong. “Because at the end of the night, after WarGames, all anyone could talk about was Johnny Wrestling. So two nights later, in a night I know you remember very vividly. You (Johnny Gargano) walked to this ring, and everyone couldn’t wait to hear what you had to say! And because you kissed his ass so much, Shawn Michaels gave you as much time as you wanted!
“But it only took me 30 seconds. I saw my mark and I hit it. And let’s be real, Johnny, you are the biggest mark in this business.” Waller stepped out there, hit Gargano with the chair, and sent Gargano home. Then Waller sent himself into the stratosphere. It’s funny, because Gargano told the world that you should bet on yourself. “And if you wanna talk about the last 15 months, no one has bet on themselves more than Grayson Waller! And if you want proof, my proof is right here! I have the greatest big match superstar in NXT history begging me to kick his ass at Stand & Deliver. Don’t forget that, Johnny: you’re begging me. I’m your golden ticket right now!”
Waller admits, Gargano is the greatest big match superstar in NXT history. Gargano’s done it all. The records, the titles, the matches, the moments. Johnny Gargano IS Mr. NXT. “But just like your idol, Mr. WrestleMania, Shawn Michaels, you are gonna lose at Stand & Deliver. You bleed black ‘n’ gold, lad? I bleed green. 15 months ago, I used you to put myself on the map. And at Stand & Deliver, I use you one more time-” GARGANO IS HERE?! But Waller told him not to show up or he wouldn’t sign the contract! Waller is ready for a fight, he dares Gargano to come for this fight, but where is Gargano?
HE’S THE CAMERAMAN!! Gargano sets the camera down, takes off the hat and mask, and he rushes Waller! Security finally realizes and they rush in! Fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” but security does its job in separating them. But then Waller and Gargano get loose to fire off hands again! Waller bails, Gargano pursues, and they COLLIDE! Waller tumbles over steel steps, Gargano goes after him, and the scrapping continues at the ramp! Fans rally behind Gargano but Waller TACKLES him on the stage! Security pulls them apart again, but Gargano gets free to LEAP onto the pile!
Fans fire up but the two are separated again. Johnny Wrestling and the viral villain are ready to stand and deliver, but who will be left standing at all in the end?
A great NXT and a great go-home, though still with the usual level of talking for NXT, which is a little too much talking. I do appreciate that Pretty Deadly was inserting themselves all over the show to give their thoughts and predictions. And they were entertaining each segment so it is still fine. Isla & Alba have a good promo to give their thoughts on Fallon & Kiana being at odds. And I’m glad we got Prime Target back since this isn’t NXT 2.0 but “white & gold” era. But none of these really change the math in those matches as I see it. Melo is still the proper choice to win so Bron can move on, and given Fallon & Kiana are so against each other right now, Isla & Alba are definitely taking those titles.
Speaking of that story, the romcom of Jensen and Kiana continues to take some really clever turns that also help tie into other stories. The tag team “main event” of Briggs & Jensen VS Tony & Stacks was a really good match, and it adds to story. Kiana uses the tag match and that public kiss to deflect from Sebastian. At this rate, Kiana is gonna marry Jensen before she tells him about Sebastian. Which honestly, would be a hilarious thing given American pro-wrestling can’t help but have weddings. And this win gives Tony & Stacks the momentum going into the Triple Threat. I’m thinking this all leads to Gallus finding a way to retain the titles.
Opening with the battle royal was the right move, as was making it chaotic like the rest of the North American Championship open challenge segments. Scrypts going after Axiom is good consistency, but I’m pleasantly surprised to see he didn’t stop Axiom from winning. I thought they were gonna put a giant over but nope, we got two Cruiserweights at the end. Also great detail was that the final three were NXT UK alumni (Axiom is A-Kid for anyone who still doesn’t know). And in the end, Axiom finally gets what he wants in getting this title opportunity. If Wes isn’t winning, this is anyone’s game, all of these guys are that great.
Though, I’m not sure we needed Gulak VS Hank here tonight after both men already competed in the battle royal. It was still a great match, with a strong showing from Hank and a classic Heel shenanigan for Gulak to win. But I would’ve waited to make this part of the aftermath episode next Tuesday to help bridge things into the Spring and Summer phases. Meanwhile, Eddy Thorpe has a good TV debut after a string of matches on Level Up. Formerly Karl Fredericks in NJPW as a Young Lion, Thorpe brings those basics and essential moves, but shows he can do the fancier stuff. The Twist ‘n’ Shout swinging neckbreaker is a great finisher, can’t wait to hear its finisher name.
Good match from Feroz and Lopez, and I figured Lopez would win, but I’m surprised Lopez didn’t cheat since that was kinda the whole point of their story. Maybe Feroz points that out to Lopez next week and Lopez starts to see things her way. Good stuff out of Chase U, especially the checked out attitude of Duke Hudson. I think Duke’s assist was meant to screw Bate but it ended up an assist because Bate jumped for the tope. And good promo from The Schism to bum everyone out after Bate’s win. Duke helping screw Chase U over seems a bit obvious but sometimes stories go in the obvious direction.
Roxanne being back before Stand & Deliver is quite the surprise to me. I really thought we were waiting for an Undisputed NXT Women’s Championship story, but I suppose putting that on just a TV special like Spring Breakkin’ isn’t enough. So instead, Roxie makes her return, she champions the fight of mental health and anxiety to still be champion going into Stand & Deliver. I’d somehow lost count, but yeah, a SIX WAY Ladder Match. That is wild, and much like with the North American Championship, I see it as Roxie retaining, or anyone’s guess of a new champion. Indi winning that great Last Chance Triple Threat was a bit of a surprise, but Stand & Deliver could be her good-bye match to NXT. Then she rejoins The Way on Raw in a big moment of some kind.
And speaking of big moment, great final segment with Waller and Gargano. Good promo from Waller showing us that indeed, this is full circle. Waller was honestly good at being a Face back in the days of 205 Live. But even then, there were hints of being arrogant and defying authority, Waller’s come into his own as a Heel, perhaps one the top Heel at this point. I thought Waller was gonna beat up Vic since he was to have Gargano banned from the building, but Waller said it himself, Gargano became “Johnny Cosplay” pulling off the covered up cameraman disguise. Great brawl, it was a wash so no one has the math behind them, but I would think that with Gargano on Raw now, Waller will use the fact this is Unsanctioned/No Disqualification to win and just have all the Heel heat.
My Score: 8.7/10
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