The Raw Before Backlash!
Before the Greatest Wrestling Match Ever happens, Edge joins his old buddy, Christian, on The Peep Show! Is the Rated R Superstar ready for his standard rules match with Randy Orton?
- Asuka VS Charlotte Flair; rescheduled.
- Women’s Triple Threat Tag: Sasha Banks & Bayley VS The IIconics VS Asuka & Charlotte Flair; Asuka & Flair win.
- Aleister Black & Humberto Carrillo VS Buddy Murphy & Austin Theory; Aleister & Carrillo win.
- Decathlon: The Street Profits VS The Viking Raiders; 5-5 draw.
- WWE United States Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Kevin Owens VS Angel Garza VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Almas wins and will challenge Apollo Crews for the title at Backlash.
- The Viking Raiders VS MVP & Bobby Lashley; MVP & Lashley win.
- Asuka VS Charlotte Flair (for real); Flair wins.
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Asuka VS Charlotte Flair!
We just had Chapter 6 last week, but now we’re getting Chapter SEVEN! The Empress of Tomorrow prepares for Nia Jax this Sunday while The Queen is reeling from defeat at TakeOver: In Your House! Will Asuka add onto Charlotte’s woes and add to her own momentum?
Wait, Sasha Banks comes out instead? And Bayley, too! The Boss and #BayleyTwoBelts are here now that they’re once again WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions! They head to the ring and stand before Asuka. “Relax, relax. First of all, you guys should be thanking us for being here and gracing you with our star quality.” That goes for Asuka, too. Most nights it would be befitting for the Raw Women’s Champion to open the show, but not tonight! In case you were living under a rock, last Friday Night SmackDown, Bayley & Banks beat Bliss-Cross to win the tag titles! You are in the presence of the reigning SmackDown Women’s Champion, BAYLEY, and #DaBlueprint, the two-time tag team women’s champion, SASHA!
Asuka tells them this is HER ring, kore! So if they want to fight her, fight her! Wait, hold on. Yes, this is normally Asuka’s ring, but the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions can go anywhere they want. So back up, shut up and get out. But wait! Here comes Charlotte! The Queen finally appears as planned, and likes the brand-to-brand-to-brand arguing. They’re being just like Charlotte! But good luck in keeping up with her. But Charlotte understands that they want to celebrate. Please make your victory lap quick before someone swoops in and takes those titles off them. Or do they not remember WrestleMania? Charlotte and Asuka have a match, and that is what fans want to see. But then the IIconics appear!
Billie Kay & Peyton Royce bring up that Charlotte isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed. Best looking but hey. The match that everyone wants to see isn’t happening tonight. It’s happening at Backlash! It’ll be a Women’s Tag Team Championship TRIPLE THREAT! Sasha & Bayley, who lost to the IIconics, against Bliss-Cross, and most importantly, Peyton & Billie! They will make Backlash #IIconic! Strike the pose. Asuka is angry again and yells at the Aussies now. Get out and go away! Bayley wants everyone to calm down, but also brings up how Charlotte was trying to bring a wedge between Bayley and Sasha. But then what happened? They became champs! “WOO~!” Charlotte isn’t sure how to put this nicely, but at least she doesn’t need titles to be relevant. No matter how many titles they have on their waists or shoulders or necks or wherever, they are still garbage.
And now the fight breaks out! Bayley and Sasha are after Charlotte while the IIconics are after Asuka! But then the tag teams trash talk at each other. For Asuka and Charlotte to go after together! Asuka and Charlotte throw Bayley, Banks, Billie and Peyton out, and then stare each other down! Will we get Chapter 7 as planned? Or is something wilder about to happen?
Women’s Triple Threat Tag: Sasha Banks & Bayley VS The IIconics VS Asuka & Charlotte Flair!
It’s something wild! Holla holla, we get a preview of that big Backlash tag battle as the Boss & Role Model face Peyton & Billie, but with the Empress and the Queen throw in! Will Asuka and Charlotte be able to get along and ruin the fun for the tag champs and the IIconics?
But as teams sort out, Bayley and Sasha sucker punch Asuka while the IIconics deck Charlotte! The ref manages to keep the peace and we finally have a start with Peyton and Sasha. Peyton rolls Sasha up, TWO, and Sasha runs into a headlock. Peyton gets the takeover but Sasha fights her way up to throw Peyton down by her hair. Sasha brags and runs, but Peyton drops and hurdles, only for Sasha to roll her up! TWO, and Sasha blocks a kick to give a knee, that Peyton blocks! Peyton spins a kick, Sasha ducks it, but Peyton catches Sasha to a Gory Especial! Sasha pops out to sunset flip, TWO! METEORA, but turned into a sunset flip! TWO, and double dropkicks cancel out! The crowd cheers as Sasha and Peyton circle.
Bayley cheers for Sasha, Billie tells her to shut up, but Peyton pie faces Sasha for Sasha to pie face back. Peyton shoves, Sasha shoves, but then Sasha and Peyton sucker punch Asuka and Charlotte again! Sasha knocks Peyton down and tags in Bayley. The tag champs crisscross and whip Peyton into buckles! Snapmare and knee drop, cover, TWO! Bayley glares at Billie and throws forearms on Peyton. Peyton knee and clubs back, tags to Billie, and the IIconics whip and forearm Bayley down! Cover, ONE, and Billie is annoyed already. Billie whips but Bayley reverses to the open corner. Bayley blocks the boot but Billie breaks free to elbow her down! Flipping suplex and cover, TWO! Billie shouts at Sasha and then stands on Billie’s hand. Bayley bites Billie’s leg!
Billie punches but Bayley dodges, only for Billie to throw Bayley by her hair! Sasha swipes at Billie but Charlotte reaches for a tag. Billie keeps Bayley from her, but as Bayley standing switches, Charlotte tags off Billie! Billie bucks the roll away, Billie knees Bayley down, but Charlotte steps in. The IIconics are annoyed and Charlotte stalks Bayley. But the crowd rallies, “We Want Asuka!” Charlotte tells them to be quiet, but then reaches to Asuka. Asuka reaches out, but Charlotte leaves her hanging. Charlotte RAMS Bayley into the buckles, then again and again! She brings Bayley around to CHOP her off her feet! Charlotte mocks Sasha and brings her up and around to whip her to a corner. Bayley dodges and fires off on Charlotte! Bayley powers Charlotte to the corner and Sasha tags in to stomp away!
Sasha tags Bayley back and they both stomp away on Charlotte. Bayley tags Sasha back in, and they double whip Charlotte. Charlotte kicks Sasha way and DECKS Bayley! Charlotte runs but Asuka tags in! Charlotte clobbers Sasha but Asuka gets in. Charlotte is upset but Asuka is dancing around. Asuka dodges Sasha, hip attacks Bayley and then dodges and follows Sasha to run her over! Sasha flounders up to get a hip attack! Billie runs in but is sent into Sasha in the corner. Peyton runs into a ROUNDHOUSE! Asuka hits a bulldog clothesline combo on the IIconics! The crowd is fired up for Asuka but Charlotte sarcastically applauds as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Asuka looms over Billie. Peyton runs in but gets a mule kick! Billie throws forearms, then spins Asuka around to SOLE FOOD! Cover, TWO! Billie is furious and she drags Asuka up. Tag to Peyton and the IIconics combine for a half nelson wheelbarrow and KNEE! Peyton covers but Sasha breaks it! Sasha taunts Billie but Peyton grabs her for the Gory Especial again, for a Gory SHINBREAKER! Very unique stuff, but Bayley runs in. Billie BOOTS Bayley with the Shades of Key! Peyton hurries after Asuka but Asuka elbows her away! Charltote tags in, Asuka boots Peyton and Charlotte adds on. Charlotte scoops Peyton for an EXPLODER! And the kip up! Billie checks on Peyton while Charlotte scares off the tag champs. Charlotte blocks a boot to DECK Billie! Asuka tags in and Charlotte BOOTS Billie down!
Asuka fires off kicks on Billie while Charlotte shouts about the tag. Asuka runs, Charlotte tags in, and things are getting tense. Charlotte CHOPS Billie, and CHOPS her again! And again! And again! Billie dodges but runs into the backbraeker! Charlotte BOOTS Billie again and dusts off her hands. Charlotte brings Billie over, goes up top, but Asuka tags in! Asuka rolls Billie into the ASUKA LOCK!! Billie taps, Asuka and Charlotte win!
Winners: Asuka & Charlotte Flair, by submission
They didn’t get along but they still found a way to win! Depending on how things go at Backlash, could this unlikely team of wrestling royals become a tag team to be reckoned with? Charlotte tells Asuka to watch out for the IIconics, but she’s the one who CLOBBERS Asuka! The Queen holds up the Raw Women’s Championship and says Asuka still hasn’t beaten her. Chapter 7 is still to come later tonight, how will it end?!
Seth Rollins heads to the ring!
The Monday Night Messiah is without his disciples, Buddy Murphy and Austin Theory, but just for now. Rollins takes Byron Saxton’s seat on commentary so that he may join them for this moment he has been waiting for. Rollins wants to talk with Rey Mysterio, and would not have missed this interview for the world. Mysterio calls Rollins an SOB before Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Tom Phillips asks about any medical updates on the damaged eye. Mysterio appreciates that, and says that the doctor checked it this morning. There are still no promises, but it looks good. The eye is healing, but any further damage or even an infection are high risk. Mysterio isn’t sure when he’ll be medically cleared, but he has a warning for when he is. “Seth, I’m not going to wait until the end of a match to hit the 619. Oh, no, no. The second that bell rings, there’s a 619 with the name ‘Monday Night Messiah’ written all over it.” Rollins will pay for what he did to Mysterio and what he put his family through! Mysterio vows to kick Rollins’ ass!
Rollins wants Mysterio to calm down. “You don’t understand the power of your words.” If Mysterio continues to spread these lies about his sacrifice… Mysterio had the opportunity to walk away gracefully after his greatest moment in the WWE! He’d walk away a legend and a hero, but he continues to spread misinformation! Rollins tells Mysterio to be grateful. Take this opportunity to walk away. Rollins will give Mysteiro one more chance, and personally invites him and Dominik back to Raw next week. He hopes Mysterio and Dominik come in peace so that Rollins can show them the sacrifice made is for the greater good.
Enough! Mysterio knows Rollins is only doing this because Mysterio isn’t medically cleared. But when Mysterio is, not just Rollins but the whole world will kn ow about it! Mysterio says in Spanish that he is sending Rollins to hell! Rollins says Mysterio has this all backwards! Rollins wants Mysterio to understand what he’s trying to say. But then Aleister Black leaps in outta nowhere to tackle Rollins! The Embodiment of the End beats Rollins down while Raw goes to break!
Aleister Black & Humberto Carrillo VS Buddy Murphy & Austin Theory!
The Monday Night Messiah’s disciples once again step up to fight the Embodiment of the End and Ultimo Ninja! Will things go the same as before? Or will the disciples #FadeToBlack once and for all?
The teams sort out and Carrillo starts against Theory. They circle, Carrillo blocks a kick and rolls Theory up, ONE! Theory swings but Carrillo dodges and springboards for the crossbody! Carrillo springboards and hits a big arm-drag! The crowd fires up as Carrillo has Theory on the apron, but Theory hotshots Carrillo away! Theory somersaults and shotgun dropkicks Carrillo down! Cover, ONE, but Theory stays on Carrillo with a facelock. Theory clubs Carrillo then throws forearms. Carrillo throws forearms back but Theory knees low and clubs him down. Theory drags Carrillo up, back suplexes, but Carrillo lands on his feet! Hot tags to Aleister and Murphy! The rivals go right at each other! Murphy has the strike fest, but Aleister ducks to throw his strikes! Aleister boots, Murphy KNEES! Murphy pump handles, but Aleister victory rolls, TWO!
Aleister kicks Murphy’s punch away to ROUNDHOUSE Murphy right back! QUEBRADA! The crowd fires up as Aleister lifts Murphy with his foot. Theory runs in but he gets sent right back out. Aleister BOOTS Theory down and Carrillo DIVES to finish him off! But Murphy rolls Aleister! TWO, and Murphy uses the momentum to wreck Carrillo with a dropkick! Murphy enziguris Aleister away then hurries up top. But Aleister hops right up to join him! Murphy fights him off, but Aleister returns to KICK Murphy down! Cover, Aleister & Carrillo win!
Winners: Aleister Black & Humberto Carrillo, by pinfall
Wait, Rey Mysterio is here!? No, it’s just Rollins wearing the Mysterio mask he stole! And his disciples attack Aleister and Carrillo from behind! Murphy POSTS Carrillo while Theory stomps away on Aleister. Rollins gets his shots in, but has them focus on Carrillo. Carrillo takes the A T L! Rollins drags Aleister up by his hair and shouts in his face, “I TOLD YOU!” AUSSIE-GOYE! Rollins scrapes Carrillo out of the ring and shouts at Aleister, “I TOLD YOU!” Murphy rains down rights and then Theory rains down lefts. Rollins adds on his own again, and wants Aleister to learn his lesson. MURPHY’S LAW!
Rollins tells them to stand Aleister up, and they wrap him in the ropes. “I told you what would happen if you stand in my way! I will make you a sacrifice!” The disciples set Aleister up, for the CURB STOMP! Rollins raises his disciples’ hands victoriously. Is it inevitable that the Monday Night Messiah’s vision comes true?
Backstage interview with Randy Orton.
The Viper faces Edge in the “Greatest Wrestling Match Ever,” but how is he preparing for such a match? The only question Orton cares about right now is if Edge will be the only guest on The Peep Show. That segment is next, isn’t it? Orton is glad, but why? Well, keep this between you and him, but there might just be a second guest for tonight’s show. Well it’s pretty obvious who he means. Is The Viper about to crash the reunion that reeks of awesomeness?
The Peep Show returns to Raw!
And that means Captain Charisma, Christian, returns to Raw, too! He heads to the ring but there’s a good chance Orton is going to slither out there. We’ll see what happens after the break.
Raw returns and Christian says they’ll get right to it. His guest tonight, ahead of what might be the Greatest Wrestling Match Ever, is Edge! The Rated R Superstar heads to the ring and hugs his old friend. E & C take a seat, and Christian says Edge knows how excited he was for Edge to make his return at the Royal Rumble. To come back from a career ending injury after 9 years, and how genuinely happy Christian was for Edge to have that WrestleMania win, he must be honest here. Right now, Edge is running on fumes. The crowd disagrees, “You Still Got It!” Christian continues to say that when it comes to a “Greatest Wrestling Match Ever,” Edge wouldn’t have even pulled that off in his prime.
Christian and Edge are best friends, but that means they need to be brutally honest. This is a high, lofty expectation for Backlash. If Edge thinks he can live up to them, he’s lying to himself. He’s starting to buckle, and can’t handle the pressure. Edge wants Christian to pump the brakes. Has Christian ever put himself in Edge’s shoes? Has he ever thought what Edge is going through when he hasn’t had a straight-up match for over 9 years? Not only that, people are already calling it “The Greatest Wrestling Match Ever,” does Christian know what that feels like? It’s like being dropped at the bottom of Mount Everest with no crew, no gear, and you’re just supposed to climb it! “So pardon me if this Edge is a little bit different, if this Edge has a little bit of doubt.” This isn’t the same Edge that used to look Christian in the eye every night to give Christian confidence to go out for their tag team matches!
Edge “apologizes” if this Edge has some doubts. This Edge is about to face a guy in Randy Orton, who has been here for those same 9 years and is firing on every cylinder! Edge doesn’t even know how many cylinders he has. Those are excuses! Christian doesn’t want to hear excuses. The two stand up and Christian asks what Edge thought would happen when he came back. Did he think he could just give the fans a greatest hits? Spear here, spear there, smile and go home? Is that what Edge expected? What happened to him? Where’s the belief? There is someone that used to believe in Edge more than anyone, and that was his mother. She was there for his title wins, right there at ringside! And if he doesn’t think she won’t be there for this one, he’s wrong. So to put it this way, Adam, if Edge isn’t showing up, then step through the ropes and just go home!
Edge and Christian look each other in the eyes, and Christian sees what he was looking for. There’s those eyes. Christian and the fans believe in Edge. We saw something at WrestleMania we never saw before. It was something Orton surely never saw before. When Edge locked Orton in that submission hold, he put Orton down! Edge has the anti-venom, and the fans have confidence in him. They think Edge is as good now as he’s ever been. They think he can win, and truly have the Greatest Wrestling Match Ever. But then Orton talks on the titantron. He begs them to shut the hell up. If he has to hear them spew words out of their mouths any longer, he is going to be sick to his stomach! “We think, we think, we think,” but we’re not hearing what they actually know.
Orton reminds Edge that he made one guarantee for this match, and that was that Edge was going to try. And that is absolutely pathetic. The expectations on this match are astronomical, and what is Edge going to do when he doesn’t live up to them? Orton vows to embarrass Edge, humiliate Edge, and take every ounce of passion and grit away! At the end of the day, Edge will be a broken man forced to go back home to stay with his wife and daughters! At Backlash, the Greatest Wrestling Match Ever, the redemption story of Edge… is over. Edge says it’s not! He throws down the mic and takes his leave, but will this be the last time we see the Rated R Superstar on Raw?
Backstage interview with MVP.
Montel Vontavius Porter gives some “perspective” to what happened when Raw went off the air while Bobby Lashley still had Drew McIntyre in that All Mighty full nelson. If Charly wants an in-depth analysis of the immobilizing, excruciating full nelson that Lashley will use on McIntyre to take the WWE World Championship, please wait for the VIP Lounge. But what MVP will tell us, is that- R-Truth, what’re you doing with that trunk? The WWE 24/7 Champion asks MVP to tell anyone looking for Truth that he hasn’t seem him. Truth just beat “Robin Gronk” for the 24/7, 1287, 7/11 Trophy, so Truth needs to lay low. MVP says Truth is a clown, but Truth says he just wants some help. Lashley goes after Truth with that full nelson!! He thrashes Truth and throws him down, but lets him keep the title. Lashley has bigger fish to fry, but will McIntyre have a response that’s just as powerful?
It’s the Anything You Can Do, We Can Do Better DECATHLON!
The Street Profits won in basketball and golf (normal and miniature), but the Viking Raiders won in ax throwing and bowling. It was on the return of Raw Talk that Samoa Joe suggested this be settled in the biggest way possible, and that brings us to tonight! The Vikings and Profits meet on the field, but Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins don’t understand why Erik & Ivar have swords and shields. Sword fighting is one of the five viking themed events! That’s a bit dangerous. Relax, what’s the worst that can- WHOA! Mah bad, fam.
But moving along, the Profits and Vikings alternated choices of events. First up is the Profits, and they made the first event the 1600 meter dash! Ivar and Ford run, but Ivar gets lapped. And lapped. And beat! The Vikings chose archery! Ivar finishes his 1600 meters while Erik sinks a bull’s eye! Dawkins… hits the groundskeeper! The Profits choose Flip Cup, SKOL! Too easy for the Profits and too hard for the Vikings. Ivar breaks the table with his bare hands! But now it’s time for sword fighting! Ford VS Erik, but Ford forfeits. He’s not risking bodily harm. Also Erik doesn’t know what a “forfeit” is. Moving on, the Profits choose hurdles! Dawkins and Ivar run, but Ivar breaks through the hurdles while Ford goes over. Ford still wins on reaching the finish line first, but Ivar misunderstands how hurdles work.
The Vikings choose stick fighting! Get knocked into the pool of milk and you loose! Ford is pumped up for Dawkins but Dawkins don’t want to hear it from a quitter. The two use the sticks for a tug-o-war scenario, and Dawkins splashes down! Dawkins makes sure Ford gets some, too. The Profits next choose a Dance Off! A panel of judges will decide who has the best moves. Ford dances to Shawn Michaels’ theme song. He even hits the HBK pose. Ivar says he’s got this. And his song of choice: Fandango’s! Ivar does his best Fandango finger pointing, and he has charmed the female judge. She might be a bit biased after this but… One vote for Ford! One vote for Ivar, because Ivar’s cute. Erik? Not so much. But the tiebreaker is the third judge, and he chose Ford!
After seven events, the Profits lead 4-3! But the Vikings choose shotput! Erik launches the weight, but Dawkins goes even further! The score is now 5-3! The Vikings didn’t think they’d lose that one, but now they have the turkey leg eating contest! First team to finish their feast wins! And Dawkins needs some hot sauce. But the Vikings win and are making a comeback! But the Profits have the last choice, and it’s the pole vault! Ford runs and launches himself! Successful leap! Can Ivar match him? Time to raise the bar for #AirIvar! Ivar charges and… He makes it?! We’re tied at 5-5!! But then, what happens now? They argue about luck and being the best, but it doesn’t seem like the decathlon settled anything!
Apollo Crews heads to the ring!
The new WWE United States Champion has new theme music! He is still feeling great after finally having a title in the WWE, even if his title match with handpicked opponent, Kevin Owens, was ruined by Zelina Vega’s stable. The tag team match we got was still great, and still a big win for Apollo, but what does he have planned this week? Apollo grabs a mic to say, “I am so, so, so, so, so excited to defend my United States Championship at Backlash, against the winner of this Triple Threat between Angel Garza, Andrade, and Kevin Owens!” But before Apollo can say more, El Idolo makes his way out to the ring, along with El Latino y La Muneca! Will Almas and Garza work together or be torn apart by this golden opportunity?
WWE United States Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Kevin Owens VS Angel Garza VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega!
But before Almas and Garza even get to the ring, Kevin attacks from behind! The Prizefighter gets some payback as he knocks Almas down and throws Garza into Plexiglas! Vega panics as Almas is also sent into Plexiglas, and then Garza gets another! Kevin goes back after Almas to throw him into more barriers! And even more! Kevin goes to the ring while the crowd is thunderous, but Raw goes to break!
Raw returns as the bell rings, and Kevin immediately finds himself in a 2v1 situation against Almas and Garza! They back Kevin down and mug him against ropes. Kevin fights back but that’s still a lot. Vega’s stable still gets Kevin down in the corner and stomps away on him! Garza tries to drag Kevin out of the corner but Kevin holds the ropes. Almas helps and they drag Kevin together to go after both legs. They twist and pull then hammer away with fists and stomps. The crowd boos, Garza covers but Almas pulls him off it. Almas is upset and Garza “apologizes” for jumping the gun, but Kevin SLAPS and CHOPS! Garza and Almas mug Kevin then double whip, and double elbow him down. Almas wants to cover but Garza won’t let him. Off come the pants, but Kevin rolls Almas up! Garza breaks it up and cranks on Kevin’s arm and leg. Almas stomps Kevin down and Vega applauds both her men.
Almas and Garza split the wishbone on Kevin, and Vega cheers again as they double MULE KICK Kevin down! Almas taunts Kevin and so does Garza. Garza drags Kevin up but the crowd rallies. Kevin fights back with fists but he gets clubbed and hammered to the ropes. Garza and Almas both choke Kevin, and there’s no limit because Triple Threats have no disqualifications. Almas hotshots Kevin then Garza basement dropkicks! Vega applauds as Garza puts Kevin in a corner. Garza SLAPS Kevin but Kevin fights back! Almas runs in to boot Kevin down, then he and Garza double whip Kevin corner to corner. Almas whips Garza but Kevin BOOTS him down! Kevin boots at Almas but Almas blocks to jam the knee! Almas decks Kevin and wags his finger, “No no no.”
Garza and Almas circle Kevin like sharks. Almas sits Kevin up for an arm stretch, and Garza drops down for a leg stretch! They’re pulling on all off Kevin’s limbs while Apollo watches from backstage. Kevin endures so Almas shifts to a chinlock. Garza keeps on the legs with a standing toehold, but Kevin slaps at him. Garza CHOPS back and Almas adds on stomps. Vega says this is all theirs as Almas and Garza mug Kevin more. They double suplex but Kevin resists. They knee and punch Kevin and finally get the double suplex! Almas covers but Garza pushes him off! They argue over who should get the win off this, and they start shoving! Almas kicks Garza out of the ring then goes after him to throw him into barriers! And bounce him off Plexiglas! Vega tries to settle them down but she gets knocked down! The men argue over whose fault that is, but they both check on her as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Vega has been helped to the back. Kevin puts Garza back in the ring and climbs up top, but Garza enziguris first! Garza climbs up to join Kevin and the two brawl for control. Kevin headbutts but Garza gives it back! Garza brings Kevin up but Kevin resists the superplex. Kevin punches Garza and Bionic Elbows him down! SWANTON BOMB! Cover, but Almas breaks it! Almas says he is getting the title back and he throws forearms. Kevin gives them back and they brawl. Almas kicks low, headlocks but Kevin makes him a backpack. Kevin uses Almas to senton onto Garza! All three men are down but the crowd rallies up. Almas gets to one corner and Garza is in the other. Kevin is up, and CANNONBALLS onto Almas! But then he CANNONBALLS Garza! And back to Almas, but he misses!
Almas goes after Garza, CIEN SHADOWS! Then to Kevin! Almas fires up but Garza SUPERKICKS him! Kevin SUPERKICKS Garza! Kevin hurries back up top and he FROG SPLASHES Almas! Cover, TWO!! Almas survives but Apollo digs what he is watching. The crowd rallies and Kevin grabs Almas. Kevin whips, pops Almas up but Almas slips out to boot feint and ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Kevin survives but Almas BOOTS Garza away. Almas drags Kevin up, reels him in and shimmies the shoulders. But Kevin fireman’s carries, only for Almas to power out. Garza missile dropkicks Kevin down! Almas and Gatrza stare down and start firing off CHOPS! CHOP and forearm and CHOP, they do not back down! Things get fast and furious, Garza blocks a kick to KNEE, but Almas clotheslines Garza and himself out of the ring!
Kevin sees his targets on the outside and the crowd rallies as he runs. He FLIES out onto them both! Kevin is all fired up and so are the NXT prospects! Kevin puts Garza in and waits for him to rise. Kick and NO Stunner, Garza dropkicks the bad leg out! Garza puts on a Calf Crusher! Kevin endures, crawls, and gets the ropebreak! Garza clubs the arm off and drags Kevin up, underhooks but Kevin spins out. Kevin kicks low, STUNNER! Cover but Almas dropkicks Kevin away! Almas takes the cover on Garza, and WINS!
Winner: Andrade Almas, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the WWE United States Championship)
El Idolo is going to get the rematch he wants! But will getting the gold back be worth his partnership with Garza falling apart?
Backstage interview with Charlotte Flair.
The Queen has had an eventful 24 hours between TakeOver and the Triple Threat Tag alongside Asuka. She still has her regularly scheduled match with Asuka to come, but is no longer NXT Women’s Championship. But Charlotte says she did not lose her title. She was not the one pinned, and she sure didn’t submit. And it is always a busy 24 hours for her. But that’s the difference between being a Flair and being everyone else. Charlotte was raised to respect the rule: To be The Woman, you have to beat The Woman. Charlotte still accomplished her goal, too. She elevated the NXT Women’s Division, she main evented a TakeOver, now she’s main eventing Raw. But Asuka tried to steal Charlotte’s moment.
Speaking of, Asuka comes through dancing as the Raw Women’s Champion. Does Asuka ever take anything serious anymore? Yes, she does. And then she SLAPS Charlotte! Well then. Are things about to get very serious between Queen and Empress?
Almas and Garza argue backstage.
They succeeded in making sure Kevin didn’t get the title match, but Garza is upset Almas had to pin him to do it. And there’s still the issue of what happened to Vega. She walks in and tells them both to leave. The trio seems to be sticking together, but for how much longer?
Kurt Angle weighs in on Orton VS Edge!
The Olympic hero thinks on who will win the Greatest Wrestling Match Ever. And much like HBK or Ric Flair, Angle knows a thing or two about putting on great matches. He’s always believed a lot of things go into a great match, but chemistry might be the most important. It’s hard to explain, but sometimes all you need to do is step in the ring with someone and just like that, you’re on the same page. You bring out the best in them, and they bring out the best in you. Flair had that with Ricky Steamboat, HBK had that with The Undertaker, and Angle had that with Brock Lesnar. Edge has that with Orton. But Angle is glad he’s not in this match. The Greatest Wrestling Match Ever sounds like a lot of pressure. If they can bring the absolute best out of each other, they’ll rise to the occasion. As for who wins, Angle votes Edge! It wasn’t easy, but Angle can’t vote against a fellow Hall of Famer. Edge will win, because it’s true, it’s damn true!
Erik & Ivar prepare for their match.
But wait! Has a certain someone decided to join the raid? Drew McIntyre has taken it under consideration, and the decathlon was very impressive. Ivar is becoming quite the ladies’ man. And Erik… Well, not so much. Ivar has been told he has a certain je ne sais quoi. Erik doesn’t know what that means. Exactly. But they definitely have that “I don’t know what.” But McIntyre says he’s going to have a little get together after the show tonight, and hopefully after the Viking Raiders beat MVP and Lashley, not only will they have a big celebration, they can enjoy meat and turkey legs. TURKEY! Ivar, keep your focus. It’s alright. Celtics, like the Vikings, loved to celebrate after the fight but even a little before the battle. The VIP Lounge is coming up, so maybe they’ll check it out. You never know what could happen on Monday Night Raw. McIntyre has Erik & Ivar intrigued. We’ll see what happens after the break.
Raw returns to the VIP Lounge!
MVP is already in the ring and that can only mean one thing: big things still poppin’, little things still stoppin’, because the VIP Lounge is for people like him, who are better than all of you. And for people like his guest. The once-in-a-generation athlete that is a physical specimen no one else can aspire to be, and the man with the single most devastating move in ALL of the WWE. It’s- Drew McIntyre?! Well McIntyre said anything can happen, and what’s happening is he’s crashing the VIP Lounge! McINtyre grabs a mic and sets the title on the couch. “Well, well. After the last few weeks, I was concerned we weren’t friends anymore. But after that incredible introduction, I see we’re still cool. Thank you, brother, I really appreciate that.” But there’s something MVP missed. He forgot to mention he’s WWE Champion!
MVP says they are not friends anymore, McIntyre made that clear. But why is he here? Well there were rumors, and McIntyre couldn’t help but notice a “disagreement” between Lashley and Lana. MVP was going to call Lashley out but McIntyre didn’t want his amigo looking silly. And yes, that devastating finisher, the Claymore, keep going. No, MVP wasn’t talking about McIntyre or the Claymore. He was talking about Lashley and the full nelson! The very move that will take the title from McIntyre at Backlash! Well alright. Lashley did get that full nelson on McIntyre and he’s still feeling it. MVP doesn’t really know how that feels, but he does know how a Claymore feels. He’s taken so many recently. And MVP hiding behind Lashley is understandable-
Whoa! MVP doesn’t hide behind anyone! This is all part of the business plan for Lashley to reach his potential. That culminates Sunday when Lashley ragdolls McIntyre again. McIntyre keeps asking himself questions, but the top one is if MVP really understands the nature of himself and Lashley. Is MVP becoming Lashley’s Yoda? Is he teaching Lashley the secrets to having zero world championship reigns? But to be honest, this is just dragging on. McIntyre has a new saying: Talk less, Claymore. That will happen after the countdown, which MVP is also familiar with. So MVP either takes it or runs away, gets chased down, beat down and takes the Claymore anyway. Okay, let’s begin. Three. Two. One-
Lashley is here! MVP laughs but McIntyre tells Lashley how this will go. McIntyre knows Lashley has waited a long time for this, just as McIntyre had to wait. But this Sunday, the only way Lashley takes the title is to pry it from his cold dead, hands! MVP runs in but gets a Glasgow Kiss! And here come the Viking Raiders! McIntyre dares Lashley to do something but Lashley does have to worry about the tag team match. Erik & Ivar step through the ropes, but here come the Street Profits to show some support to their friendly rivals. The VIP Lounge closes down for now, but is the party only about to begin?
The Viking Raiders VS MVP & Bobby Lashley!
Raw returns and McIntyre gives a big thumbs up as MVP starts against Ivar. The bell rings, and MVP tags out to Lashley. Lashley kicks Ivar low then clubs him down with forearms. Lashley whips Ivar to a corner, but Ivar elbows back! Ivar runs, but into the COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Lashley bumps Ivar off buckles, MVP tags in and MVP throws hands on Ivar. MVP even throws European Uppercuts and big body shots. MVP tags Lashley and holds Ivar in place for Lashley’s elbows. Lashley keeps throwing forearms on Ivar, then he glares at Erik. Lashley also makes sure McIntyre sees this, but Ivar powers Lashley to the corner! Tag to Erik and the Vikings feed Lashley to knees! Lana watches in a denim dress as Lashley tags out to MVP.
MVP runs at Erik but Erik tackles him and rains down rights! Ford & Dawkins are fired up for Erik as he RAMS MVP into an open corner! Erik drags MVP up, throws knees over and over, then tags in Ivar. Ivar RAMS into MVP now, then drags MVP into an armlock. Ivar leans on the arm but MVP fights his way up. Ivar knees low, tags Erik, then scoops MVP for a slam. Erik scoops Ivar, to slam onto MVP! MVP scrambles to tag in Lashley, but Erik throws forearms! Erik runs but into the ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPINE BUSTER! McIntyre is moderately impressed as Lashley covers, TWO! Lashley punches Erik down then looms over him. Lashley puts Erik in the corner and stomps away. He glares at McIntyre and McIntyre waves as MVP tags in.
MVP throws hands on Erik, then rams in knees. MVP snapmares Erik for a Penalty Kick! And then a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! MVP tries again, TWO! MVP tries a third, TWO! Erik refuses to go down and MVP grows frustrated. MVP clamps on a chinbar and armlock but the Profits coach Erik up. Erik fights to his feet, the crowd rallies up, but MVP gets Erik to the corner. Tag to Lashley and Lashley throws hammering hands. Lashley digs his boot into Erik at the ropes but lets up at 4. Erik sputters but Lashley brings him up to tag MVP back in. They work together on Erik for a double suplex! Cover, TWO! MVP drags Erik over fast and tags in Lashley. Lashley mugs Erik then brings him out. Erik breaks free to ROCK Lashley!
Hot tags to Ivar and MVP! Ivar rallies, hits a sidewalk slam, and a BASEMENT SPLASH! The fans rally with Ivar as he whips MVP. MVP reverses and throws hands, then tags in Lashley. Ivar seated sentons MVP, then cartwheels and BOOTS Lashley out of the ring! The Profits are thunderous but Lashley drags Ivar out to bounce him off commentary! Lashley gets in the Profits’ face and MVP backs him up. The trash talk heats up, but Ivar DIVES! MVP and Lashley go crashing down and things fire up even more as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and McIntyre watches as Erik grinds Lashley’s arm. Erik throws knees to keep Lashley down, but Lashley fights back up. Erik rocks Lashley with forearms and tags in Ivar. The Vikings mug Lashley and then Ivar wrenches the arm. Lashley endures and then LARIATS free! Lashley tags MVP in, then runs corner to corner to RAM Ivar! MVP runs corner to corner to BOOT Ivar down! Cover, TWO! MVP keeps on Ivar with a chinlock and another cover, TWO! The chinlock stays on and Lana keeps watching. Charly asks Lana if it bothers her that her husband, Lashley, asked she stay backstage during his matches. Of course it does, because MVP is a leech attaching himself to “My Bobby.” But she is respecting her husband’s wishes because “we are about to become champion.”
And to be honest, it has been a wake-up call to her. Ever since being asked to stay backstage, she has been realizing that she has “selflessly neglected” her own in-ring career for the sake of her marriage. If she’s always focusing on her Bobby, how can she possibly focus on herself and make 2020 the Year of Lana? Is this a sign that the Ravishing Russian is going to get back to wrestling?
In the match, Ivar fights his way up but MVP clubs him down. MVP drags Ivar up to tag in Lashley. Lashley mugs Ivar then brings him up for a neckbreaker! Lashley clamps on the chinlock now and taunts McIntyre with it. The crowd rallies, Ivar fights his way up and throws body shots. He haymakers then runs, but into a spinning powerslam! Cover, TWO! Lashley keeps on Ivar with stomps and a whip. Ivar hits buckles hard and Lashley tags in MVP. MVP brings Ivar around to throw forearms on his back. The ref backs MVP up and Ivar ROCKS him! Ivar back hands and haymakers but MVP gives them back. MVP brings Ivar up and whips, but Ivar rolls off his back!? And tags in Erik! Erik rallies on MVP with big forearms! He blocks a punch, gives kicks and knees, then ROCKS Lashley for good measure!
Erik whips MVP but MVP reverses. Erik goes up and over, rolls back and picks MVP up for an EXPLODER! The Profits roar with the Vikings as Ivar tags in! Ivar drags MVP up to throw into buckles. Tag back to Erik and Ivar corner clotheslines! Feed to the shotgun knees! And then human weapon, Ivar hip attack! Erik drags MVP to a cover, but Lashley breaks it! Ivar throws hands on Lashley and throws him out. Lashley bumps into McIntyre and McIntyre stares him down. Lashley runs to SPEAR Ivar!! Lashley stares McIntyre down and tags in from MVP. MVP gets Ace Ten Mao! But Lashley grabs Erik in the FULL NELSON!! Lashley thrashes Erik, Erik taps! Lashley and MVP win!
Winners: MVP & Bobby Lashley, by submission
McIntyre is no longer in a good mood, and now Lashley dares him to do something. MVP talks smack to Ivar but Ivar rocks him! Lashley grabs Ivar in the full nelson! The Profits run in to try and stop Lashley, but the CLAYMORE does it! McIntyre sends Lashley reeling, and holds up the title! Lashley glares back at McIntyre, and McIntyre tells Lashley to bring his absolute best at Backlash! “This is gonna be a damn war!” But who wins that war to reign supreme?
Asuka VS Charlotte Flair!
What was meant to open the show will now close it out! Lucky chapter 7 could very well be the Empress of Tomorrow finally getting one over on The Queen 1v1! Will it happen?!
The bell rings and… Sasha and Bayley have to show up again. The Boss and The Role Model just can’t leave Charlotte or Asuka alone as they’re going to commentary to watch this up close and personal. But Charlotte DECKS Asuka to take out her frustration! Asuka gets to the apron while Charlotte talks trash on the tag champs. Charlotte then storms over to Asuka but Asuka throws forearms! Charlotte shoulders out but into a kick! Asuka ax kicks then gets in to get a facelock. Charlotte powers Asuka to a corner and rams her over and over! Charlotte backs off but Asuka mule kicks! Asuka runs to dropkick but misses! Charlotte goes to boot but Asuka grabs it for an ANKLE LOCK! Then a trapped leg waistlock, but Charlotte elbows out! Charlotte BOOTS Asuka down and dusts herself off. The crowd boos but she boos them.
Charlotte drags Asuka out of the ring and throws them over commentary! Bayley and Sasha avoid getting bowled over but Charlotte has just put them on notice. But either way, Asuka is down and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Charlotte DECKS Asuka on the outside! Charlotte bumps Asuka off the apron, then mockingly asks Bayley and Sasha if they’d like some popcorn. They sarcastically respond back they’d love some, but Charlotte brings Asuka up. Asuka ROUNDHOUSES Charlotte down then gets back in the ring. Bayley asks Charlotte if she wants some ice for that. Charlotte gets up on the apron and BOOTS Asuka, but Asuka grabs it again! Charlotte kicks Asuka way but Asuka runs, ducks and hip attacks, into a waistlock! Asuka fights free and switches, to hook Charlotte for the IRON OCTOPUS! Charlotte endures, Asuka shifts around to sunset flip, but Charlotte slips out to basement dropkick Asuka down! It was more like a boot! Cover, TWO!
The IIconics are spotted in the crowd and the tag champs claim they’ve become stalkers. The IIconics don’t care about Bayley or Sasha, they’re watching the match. Charlotte sits Asuka up just to bounce her off the mat. And again! Charlotte pulls on the arms for an inverted Danielson Stomp! Asuka endures as Charlotte pulls back on the arms and digs in her knee. Charlotte pulls back as far as she can while the tag champs brag about themselves. Charlotte grabs hair but the ref counts. She lets up at 4 to then CLUB Asuka down. The crowd rallies for Asuka and boos Charlotte, but Charlotte soaks up the heat. Charlotte puts Asuka on the apron to KNEE her between the ropes over and over. Asuka flops down to the floor, Charlotte runs, but Asuka dodges the baseball slide to get in. Asuka grabs the boot to DRAGON SCREW!
Bayley and Sasha applaud as Charlotte hobbles around the corner. Asuka hurries to come around, to HIP ATTACK her into barriers! The crowd is loving this as Asuka throws Charlotte, only for Charlotte to throw Asuka into barriers. Charlotte CLOBBERS Asuka up against the barriers! The ring count is at 7 but Charlotte puts Asuka in fast. Charlotte takes her time returning, and brings down a knee pad, to drop a knee on Asuka’s head! And again! Charlotte wraps Asuka up in a chinlock and thrashes her around. Asuka endures but the crowd rallies up. Asuka fights up, bumps free, but Charlotte knees her back down. Charlotte drags Asuka up, but Asuka blocks the suplex. Asuka cradles, TWO! Charlotte LARIATS Asuka down, covers, TWO!
Charlotte grins but is also frustrated with Asuka. She drags Asuka up and around to throw her out of the ring. “This is your Raw Women’s Champion?” But Charlotte has been in the main event two nights in a row! The ring count climbs but Asuka revives at 4. Asuka gets up but Charlotte baseball slides her down! Charlotte talks trash as she throws forearms on Asuka. Asuka throws them back and they brawl right against the ring! Asuka kicks away on the leg, but Charlotte gets back in the ring. Asuka fires up as she follows, climbs up top, but Charlotte BOOTS her down to the ground!! But wait, the IIconics are attacking Bayley and Sasha at commentary! How did they get around without being seen!?
Billie bounces Bayley off the desk while Peyton tosses Sasha into barriers! The ref tells them to leave but the IIconics are still after Bayley. They give her the INVERTED MAGIC KILLER to the desk!! Bayley just had her #FallFromGrace as Raw goes on break!
Raw returns once again, and Charlotte brawls with Asuka in the ring. Charlotte CHOPS away on Asuka, but Asuka ducks one, only to get another CHOP anyway! Asuka gets to the corner and throws forearms and boots! Asuka hits a basement hip attack! Cover, ONE!? Asuka keeps on Charlotte with kicks! Asuka runs again, but Charlotte ducks to roll her up! TWO, into the ARMBAR! Asuka pulls on the arms but Charlotte grips her fingers. Charlotte gets inside the leg guard to throw forearm after forearm! The crowd rallies for Asuka but Charlotte drags Asuka up. Charlotte scoops but Asuka slips out to shove. Asuka ducks and runs to hip attack, into another waistlock! BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Asuka survives but Charlotte keeps her focus.
Charlotte toys with Asuka and drags her up to the ropes. She bends Asuka back and dares the crowd to cheer now. The ref counts and Charlotte lets go at 4 to let Asuka flop down. Charlotte drags Asuka back up and snapmares into a thrashing chinlock. Asuka endures but Charlotte traps a leg and grabs an arm. The crowd rallies, Asuka fights her way up and hip bumps. She arm-drags but Charlotte holds on to chinlock! Asuka tries again, but Charlotte back slides. Asuka slips out but Charlotte KNEES Her down! Cocky cover, and with some ropes, TWO! Charlotte stomps Asuka’s hand! And then the legs! Asuka punches back but Charlotte clubs her down. Charlotte KICKS Asuka while she’s down, too. Asuka sits up, Charlotte drags her up, and whips Asuka, only for Asuka to reverse and fire off forearms!
Asuka and Charlotte brawl and Charlotte ROCKS Asuka! Charlotte looms over Asuka but Asuka grits her teeth. Charlotte whips, Asuka goes up and missile dropkicks back! Asuka and Charlotte crawl to opposite ends, and Charlotte runs. The boot misses, and Asuka hits a GERMAN SUPLEX! Asuka runs corner to corner, HIP ATTACK! Charlotte is down and Asuka kicks away at the ropes! Asuka runs, to hip attack Charlotte out! The ring count begins again but Asuka won’t wait. She fetches Charlotte, only for Charlotte to RAM her into the apron! Charlotte puts Asuka in but Asuka is up fast to apron PENALTY KICK! Charlotte checks her face but Asuka drags her up and onto the apron. Asuka goes to suplex but Charlotte blocks! Charlotte pulls hair and pushes Asuka away to BOOT her down!
The crowd boos as Charlotte pushes Asuka down. Charlotte drags Asuka up and around towards barriers. Charlotte climbs the barriers to MOONSAULT! Direct hit and the Queen fires up again! Charlotte puts Asuka in the ring, “This is Awesome!” but far from over! Charlotte grabs the legs, drags Asuka over to the post, and SLAMS the leg into the post! And again! The ref reprimands and starts a ring count, but Charlotte grabs the legs again. Asuka pulls Charlotte into the post! Charlotte clutches her shoulder but Asuka drags her up from the apron. Charlotte throws another forearm, but Asuka comes back. The hip attack misses, the BOOT doesn’t! Cover, TWO!! Asuka still lives and Charlotte is growing frustrated.
Charlotte grabs Asuka’s legs, but Asuka kicks the Figure Four away! But Charlotte returns to SPEAR, but into a knee!! Cover, TWO!! Asuka almost had Charlotte there, but now she grabs onto an arm. Charlotte gets up, Asuka drops back for the Asuka Lock, but Charlotte rolls back to make it a cover!! TWO, and Asuka still has the chicken wing. She uses it for a GROUND OCTOPUS! Charlotte reaches with her legs but Asuka holds onto the arms! Charlotte pops free, has the leg, but Asuka kicks her again. Asuka staggers up, into a SPEAR!! It hits this time and Charlotte covers, TWO!?! Charlotte can’t believe she hasn’t put Asuka away yet! The crowd rallies up as the brawling begins again!
They go back and forth, fast and furious, and Asuka grabs an arm for a takedown! Charlotte rolls through but Asuka still wants her head! Charlotte backs Asuka into buckles and breaks free. But she turns around into a ROUNDHOUSE! But Nia Jax suddenly appears?! She swipes at Asuka but Asuka throws fast hands! Asuka runs and hip attacks Nia down! But Charlotte BOOTS her down!! Cover, Charlotte wins?!?
Winner: Charlotte Flair, by pinfall
Asuka almost got out of that, but the Queen needs to give the assist to the Irresistible Force. And speaking of, Nia picks the bones with the A-NIA-Lator! Nia may be standing tall, but she needs to give the assist to Charlotte. Will Asuka be able to rise up and enact her revenge?
This was a surprisingly good go-home towards Backlash. For one, everything with the Women’s Division being connected was brilliantly done. The WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions showing up by surprise worked because those titles need to bring them to all the shows. After Backlash, I hope Bayley & Banks still have those titles so that they can finally bring them to NXT like they promised almost two years ago. If SummerSlam doesn’t have a Triple Threat featuring all three brands, I’m going to be disappointed. The Triple Threat we got tonight was really good, and it ended without really affecting the math on the tag title match for Backlash. The brawling of the IIconics, Bayley and Banks during the main event was great as that helped build things, but SmackDown will have the final say since Bliss-Cross can get involved.
For Asuka and Charlotte, I was really surprised to see we got another match between them already, but it was incredible. Charlotte definitely puts in the work, giving us a truly TakeOver worthy match with Rhea Ripley and Io Shirai last night, and then a match on a similar level here tonight. Naturally, Nia got involved to mess with Asuka, and Charlotte gets a second tainted win on Asuka in two weeks. This alone should mean Asuka should just go off on Nia. Asuka either destroys Nia (as punishment for real issues like hurting Kairi Sane) or goes so hard she gets disqualified and keeps the title out of Champion’s Advantage. But Charlotte getting a pinfall win tonight, this has to bring her and Asuka back around for Chapter 8, for that title, at either Extreme Rules or SummerSlam. Then and only then are we getting Asuka definitively defeating Charlotte to finally get her back for WrestleMania 34. If only there could be fans by then…
There was also great stuff with Seth Rollins and his growing story with Mysterio, Aleister and Humberto. I’m hoping for a Six Man Tag of Rollins and his disciples against Mysterio and his allies, but also for Dominik to make his in-ring debut trying to get revenge for Rollins. I don’t really want the theory of Dominik joining Rollins to happen, unless it were as a way to spare his father from further destruction. We also got great stuff out of the United States Championship scene with a great Triple Threat. I liked the dysfunctional developments in Vega’s trio but I have a feeling she’ll get them to cooperate when it comes to Apollo VS Almas at Backlash. I feel like Apollo will narrowly retain because Garza might mess up helping Almas out, and there might be a full meltdown from Vega after that.
Christian, Edge and Orton had good promos for “The Greatest Wrestling Match Ever,” and they’re still going so hard on that phrase, how can it not turn into a swerve? The Anything You Can Do Decathlon was great stuff, but I’m both surprised and not surprised it resulted in a draw. The way this story ends is with a Raw Tag Team Championship match and nothing less. But of course, with MVP and Lashley getting involved with them, I wouldn’t be surprised if things turned into a Triple Threat Tag at some point. And of course, MVP and Lashley had great stuff with McIntyre. Lashley and MVP win so that Lashley goes into his match with McIntyre strong, though he also gets Claymore’d out of the ring. I’m still leaning towards McIntyre retaining, but he’ll have as tough a time with Lashley as he did with Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania. Backlash might actually turn out to be a great event this year, despite its past as the afterthought PPV.
My Score: 8.9/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (10/4/22)
Who will grab the next golden ticket?
Will tonight have a TEACHABLE MOMENT?
With NXT Halloween Havoc fast approaching, the North American Championship Ladder match must be completed! And Andre Chase takes on Von Wagner for spot number four!
- Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Oro Mensah; Hayes wins.
- NXT North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Andre Chase w/ Bodhi Hayward & Thea Hail VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone; Wagner wins and advances to Halloween Havoc.
- Wendy Choo VS Lash Legend; Wendy wins.
- Six Woman Tag: Toxic Attraction VS Alba Fyre, Nikkita Lyons & Zoey Stark; changed to…
- NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders match: Toxic Attraction VS Nikkita Lyons & Zoey Stark; Lyons & Stark win and will challenge for the titles at Halloween Havoc.
- Julius Creed VS Duke Hudson; Julius wins.
- Hank Walker VS Xyon Quinn; Quinn wins.
- NXT Tag Team Championships: Pretty Deadly VS The Brawling Brutes; Pretty Deadly wins and retains the titles.
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NXT has a new look!
The logo changed first but now so have the graphics! And not only that, but Wade Barrett has TWO new commentary comrades in Byron Saxton and the new kid on the block, Suou Shah! They’re excited to be here because NXT is the place to be. They’re all ready to go, so what’s up first?
Pretty Deadly heads to the ring!
They’re dressed in their parliamentary best. They’ve got the powdered wigs, the make-up, the spotted capes and leather boots. They bow to the crowd and then to each other before going to the podium. They clack their gavels and bring the fans to order. Kit Wilson brings into session the Address of the NXT Commonwealth. Members present: Lord Elton Prince, OBE; and Viscount Kit Wilson. They are YOUR NXT Tag Team Champions, Pretty Deadly. Order! Order! First order: Do they look delicious? Like the two tastiest snack sin NXT! Nay, the whole WWE! And it is time for Ye Olde SIDE PLATE CHECK~! Look at those bad boys.
Now, to depressing matters. Once upon a time, brave pilgrims left the UK to the US and proceeded to make this a better place. Fast forward a few centuries and Pretty Deadly does the same thing to make NXT drastically better. Look at it now! They are the top of the tag team division as TWO-TIME Tag Team Champions! They rule over the fans with complete impunity. However! Order! There is the issue growing beneath them. They must search for new contenders! Wherefore art thou? Competent challengers! Seasoned veterans! Optimistic teams! Up-and-comers! All training in the PC, wanting a piece of PD.
Teams are hoping to be just as “effervescent” as the champions, but there is a problem. Pretty Deadly’s beaten EVERYONE~! Briggs & Jensen beat Gallus but Pretty Deadly has their numbers: 1-800-UGLY DENIM! Edris & Malik: One can’t keep a shirt on while the other needs to take his off. OHOHOHO! Yes, yes. Sweater vest and oil abs aren’t good enough. And don’t get them started on those “boring brothers.” You mean the Creeds? Yes! The Crrrrreeds! Damon Kemp might be closing the Diamond Mine Dojo forever. What about The Dyad? No, ew, skip them, they creep Kit out.
But that means there is no choice. Has it come to this? Yes. Order! Order! Elton Prince decrees that your TWO-TIME Tag Team Champions, Pretty Deadly, rulers of their domain with naught but a challenger in sight be awarded the titles forever and ever~! #YESBOY- WAIT! WHAT?! The Brawling Brutes are here from SmackDown! Fans fire up as Ridge Holland shouts, “Surprise, surprise, fellas! You two sounded pretty tough on social media talking about what happened to Sheamus this past Friday night SmackDown. So me and the Bruiser, we’re here tonight to see how tough you really are face-to-face.”
Dunne asks if there are any objections to kicking these two Muppets’ heads in! Fans shout “NO!” but Pretty Deadly panics! They were hacked! That was Kevin Nash! Kevin Patrick! Kevin Owens! Curse him! OH SHUT UP! Dunne & Ridge get in the ring but Ridge stops Dunne from tearing into Kit & Elton. Ridge says the champs sure like dressing up and prancing around like a couple of peacocks. But all they do is talk and talk about how great they are. All Ridge 7 Dunne ask is that they prove it. Because tonight, it’s Tuesday. That means it’s… FIGHT NIGHT! And then the brawl is on! Dunne DECKS Elton, Ridged CLUBS Kit and they both snatch the capes away!
Fans are thunderous for the Bruiserweight and the yoked Yorkshire, but we’ll have to wait as Carmelo Hayes makes his way out for his match. Will Melo remind everyone why he’s The A Champion?
Toxic Attraction arrives.
And they get attacked by Alba Fyre! She hits Jacy and Gigi then abducts Mandy! What’s going to happen to tonight’s Six Woman Tag? Well the math is simple: cut it down to 2v2, and make it a #1 contender’s match! Who will win here to head for Kayden Carter & Katana Chance at Halloween Havoc?
Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Oro Mensah!
The former NXT North American Champion wants that belt back but must go through a ladder match to do it. The Hottest Superstar Under the Sun has held NXT UK Tag Team Championship gold but never truly lost it. Who will have pole position going into the title race? And who will hit a major speed bump?
NXT returns as Oro makes his entrance. The bell rings and Melo circles with Oro. Fans rally, Melo shoves Oro, and then shoves him again. Melo says Oro ain’t ready, but Oro grabs the arm! Oro wrenches, wristlocks and grinds but Melo spins to wrench back. Oro rolls, headstands and kicks back. Oro then arm-drags Melo down to have an armlock. Fans rally while Melo fights up. Melo pulls hair, whips but Oro reverses. Melo stops himself, blocks a boot, but Oro tiger wall kicks him! Oro says he is championship material, then he arm-drags again. Melo fights up, knees low, and he throws Oro down by his hair. But Oro kips up!
Oro dropkicks but Melo blocks it. Melo dribbles, but Oro gets up to DROPKICK! That one hits and fans fire up. Oro runs, RANAS Melo, and then catches Melo for an EXPLODER! Cover, ONE!! Fans rally up, Oro aims from the corner and runs in, but Melo bails out. Oro stops, slingshots and PLANCHAS! Direct hit and down goes Melo! Fans fire up and Oro puts Melo in. Oro warns Trick and so does the ref. But Melo kicks Oro at the corner, then POSTS him! Oro staggers back, into a SLINGSHOT DDT TO THE APRON! Fans fire up and Melo high-fives with Trick. Melo puts Oro in, covers, TWO! Fans rally and duel while Melo grows annoyed.
Melo drags Oro up, whips him to ropes, but Oro ducks and comes back, into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Oro sputters, Melo fires himself up, and Melo drags Oro up. Oro throws body shots but Melo CHOPS! Melo drags Oro up, cravats and snapmare rolls, but Oro blocks the superkick to roll up! TWO!! Melo escapes to SUPERKICK! Oro sits up in a daze but he grabs Melo’s arm. Melo breaks free, springboards and CROSSBODIES! Fans fire up as Melo covers, TWO! Oro shows toughness and Trick is furious! Melo CLUBS away on Oro, then twists Oro’s head in the neck wrench. Fans rally, Oro throws elbows but Melo smothers him.
Melo drags Oro up in a cravat, and then he runs for a corner. Oro turns that around to RAM Melo into buckles! Both men are down and Trick is worried. Fans rally, Oro staggers away but he blocks a punch to give a punch! And another! And again, and again! Oro whips and back drops Melo high and hard! Melo gets up, Oro rallies with big forearms! Melo swings but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Oro kips up, fans fire up and Oro boots, but Melo blocks! Melo flips Oro but Oro AX KICKS out of it! Then he LIONSAULTS! Fans fire up with Oro more and he aims from a corner. Oro runs in at Melo, but Trick takes the WHEEL KICK for Melo!
Melo CODE BREAKERS Oro down! Melo hurries up top, shoots THE THREE POINTER! Cover, Melo wins!
Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall
Give Trick the assist, he helps Melo shoot and score again! Will Melo need Trick’s help again when the title is hanging high above the ring?
Carmelo gets on commentary to speak to everyone watching and in the audience. “They tried to say I was on a losing streak. Losing streak where?” While Trick gets helped out, Melo wants to watch who qualifies for his ladder match. And speaking of, here comes Professor Chase! Is it time for another TEACHABLE MOMENT?
Diamond Mine is with the medical trainer.
The trainer asks how Brutus Creed’s shoulder feels, and Brutus angrily shouts, “I’M FINE!” Ivy Nile & Julius tell him to chill. The trainer has to check Brutus in order to clear him. But the trainer says there is no way he can clear Brutus for competition. This is serious damage. But then Duke Hudson swaggers in, asking “Who’s crying this week?” Julius says he doesn’t have the patience for this. Duke, go away. Duke says he’s just here to see what TEN chairshots to the back looks like. Julius tells Duke to get walking or Julius will start stepping. And Julius won’t stop at ten chairshots with Duke. Oh, the older brother sticking up for the dumb one. Er, young one. Cute.
But if Julius comes at Duke while Diamond Mine is hurt, it’ll be Julius’ funeral. Oh, is that so? Yeah, Roddy’s still in the hospital, out of commission. Well Julius isn’t. If Duke thinks they’re vulnerable, let’s find out tonight. Duke will consider it. The doc should stay here, they’re both gonna need medical attention tonight. Ivy keeps Brutus back and Julius says she should stay here to keep an eye on Brutus. Brutus needs to chill, but will Julius turn up the heat on Hudson?
NXT North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Andre Chase w/ Bodhi Hayward & Thea Hail VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone!
Professor Chase may not have beaten Von Wagner before, but that was before and this is now! Will that golden ticket be motivation enough for the brains to beat the brawn? Or is this still Wagner’s World, and Chase U is just living in it?
NXT returns and Wagner makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two tie up. Wagner knees low, but Chase throws hands. Wagner DECKS Chase, Chase gets up and runs at Wagner, but Wagner picks him up to RAM him into a corner! Wagner RAMS in again and again, then throws elbows. Wagner stands Chase up, smothers him in the corner, but lets off as the ref counts. Chase dodges Wagner, blocks a boot and hits a KNEE JAMMER! Chase KICKS away on Wagner’s leg then CHOP BLOCKS it! Chase grabs the leg, Wagner pushes him away and LARIATS on the return! Fans boo but Wagner shakes out his leg.
Wagner storms up on Chase, SLAMS him off the mat then stomps away. Melo likes what he sees because he doesn’t like Chase after last week’s upset. Wagner digs his boot into Chase but the ref counts. Wagner lets off, he soaks up the heat while fans rally for Chase U. Chase blocks a boot to DRAGON SCREW! And then Chase YANKS the bad leg, drags Wagner up, but Wagner POWERSLAMS Chase for it! Chase goes to a corner, Wagner storms up and stomps Chase down. Wagner stands Chase up to whip him corner to corner, then he run sin, only to get buckles! Chase dropkicks the legs out! Chase runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges and dropkicks the legs out!
Fans fire up as Chase JABS away on Wagner! Chase ROCKS Wagner, whips, but Wagner reverses, only for Chase to reverse back into a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Fans spell out “CHASE U!” as Chase stomps away! But Stone gets on the apron! Chase chases him off, and THEA Electric Chair Lifts Stone! Stone fights free, but Bodhi is there! Stone snatches the banner and throws it down, only for Thea to scoop and SLAM Stone! Fans fire up and Chase is proud of his student, but Wagner CLUBS Chase from behind! Wagner back suplexes but Chase slips off! Chase body scissors and rolls Wagner, TWO!! Wagner escapes, and he BOOTS Chase down!
Wagner is furious, and he drags Chase up to the fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY NECKBREAKER! Cover, Wagner wins!
Winner: Von Wagner, by pinfall (advances to Halloween Havoc)
Melo mocks Chase’s loss as a “teachable moment,” but now a big, BIG man is in the match! Will Wagner finally back up his words and make NXT his world?
Melo talks trash more, saying it doesn’t matter if it’s Oro, Wagner, or “that doofus,” Wes Lee- WES LEE FLIES IN OUTTA NOWHERE! Wes CLOBBERS Melo off commentary, fires off on him around the way, but the refs hurry to stop this! Fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” but this will have to wait until Halloween Havoc!
Sanga and Nathan Frazer watch this all backstage.
The Gentleman Giant says he should’ve been in one of those qualifiers, but he lost against Von, too. And now Von beat Chase and is going on to Halloween Havoc. Frazer hears that. When he dropped the first fall to Axiom in their series, he was down. He has to win two matches in a row, and trust him, he was in his head about that. But Frazer blocked all the negativity out and he’s made it 1-1. Next week, Frazer has his chance in the tiebreaker. Sanga says if he can’t win it, then he hopes Frazer does. Well, cheers, mate! Thanks! Frazer heads out, and VEER walks in!! Sanga’s old friend is back, does that mean Indus Sher is back, too?
Lash Legend walks and talks to gorilla.
“Wendy Choo, I talk a lotta mess, but I walk it like I talk it like I drop it. Case in point: I dropped your ass. And I’m gonna do it again! Boot to face two, boo! Because when Lash comes around, it’s about to go down. Okay?” The Legend is ready to dunk on Wendy, but will she straight brick when taking on the Queen of Comfy?
Someone is handing out Schism’s happy face buttons.
It’s the same mysterious figure in the red hoodie. NXT audience members are a bit torn on accepting the free gifts, but Grayson Waller drives up in his yellow H2. Waller has security on hand and tells them they have one job: Make sure no visions of Apollo Crews’ come true. Crews is a coward, understand? Someone park the car. Waller brings the rest along to the arena, but will he not see Apollo Crews coming?
Wendy Choo VS Lash Legend!
Wendy’s shut up one big ego already in Tiffany Stratton in the Lights Out match, because she can bring out her dark side. Will she have to do the same thing again against Lash? Or will Lash’s legend grow at Wendy’s expense?
Lash snatches Wendy’s body pillow and BOPS her with it! The ref reprimands, Wendy is furious, and the bell rings. Wendy ducks Lash to fire off hands! Lash shoves her down but Wendy come back with more! Lash knees low, whips Wendy but Wendy reverses to CHOP! Wendy whips but Lash reverses, only for Wendy to DROPKICK her! Lash goes to a corner, Wendy runs in to BOOT her down! Lash bails out but Wendy goes to the apron to CROSSBODY! But Lash catches her with ease, and hits a SWINGING BACKBREAKER! Lash talks trash, brings Wendy up as the ring count passes 5 of 10, and she puts Wendy in at 7.
Lash stalks Wendy to a corner, drags her up and CLUBS her down! Lash talks more trash but fans rally for Wendy. Lash puts Wendy through ropes and CHOKES her while talking more smack. The ref counts, Lash lets off to then KICK Wendy down. Cover, TWO! Lash is annoyed but she drags Wendy up. Fans rally for Wendy but Lash runs to do her make-up and LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Lash is even more annoyed but she stalks Wendy to a corner. Lash brings Wendy out, whips her into a corner and Wendy hits buckles hard! Lash stands Wendy back up to whip her back in. But Wendy BOOTS back! Lash throws Wendy down by her hair!
Fans obo, but Wendy avoids the elbow drop! Wendy hurries to ROCK Lash, then KICK a leg. And KICKS again! Wendy sweeps the legs, then SHOTGUNS Lash down! Lash crawls to a corner, Wendy runs in to handspring back elbow! Wendy goes up, BOOTS Lash out, and then leaps, but into Lash’s arms again! Lash swings but Wendy rolls to a cover, TWO!! Fans rally as Wendy goes to a corner. Lash runs in, Wendy dodges the boot and KICKS the other leg! Wendy goes up for a VADER BOMB! Cover, WENDY WINS!
Winner: Wendy Choo, by pinfall
And a big win for Wendy! Lash gets humbled, but will she stay humbled? Or is this just the beginning of another grudge for Wendy to deal with?
Backstage interview with Wes Lee.
Kelly Kincaid, another new addition to NXT, asks him about going after Melo. Was that a message he was sending back to the former champion? Wes says that wasn’t a message. That was a receipt. Melo smashed Wes’s head in locker. Melo tried to crush Wes’s head and end his career! Wes keeps calm and says he’s focused on the ladder match. Wes is going to go all out to get the title, but he’d be lying if he said he didn’t want to get his hands on Melo- and just- Channing Lorenzo walks in and says this is the real Wes Lee. That is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Wes acts all sad and introspective with that lost boy look, going all, “My friends are gone…!”
But Stacks knows Wes is ruthless. Wes hit Tony D’Angelo’s leg so hard, The Don’s PCL is going one way while the rest of him is going that way. Wes defends that he didn’t wanna win that way. Sure, sure. But The Don knows how to make things look like an accident. Actions have consequences, Wes. Stacks leaves, will Wes have to watch his back from now until Halloween Havoc?
Gallus speak, though on suspension.
They assaulted referees and security, and now they’re suspended. They didn’t realize how soft everyone here in NXT was. But they’ll stay out of the ring until the suspension is lifted. So don’t worry, lads. They’ll be back soon enough. Briggs & Jensen, that scrap doesn’t prove anything. And Pretty Deadly, hold onto those titles tightly. And Bron Breakker, you watch yourself. When Gallus returns, they won’t just come back for tag gold. Soon, it will be Gallus Boys On Top!
Kayden Carter & Katana Chance speak.
A quote on screen reads, “Anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you.” It’s crazy that they’re even here! They shouldn’t even be besties! Look at Kayden and then look at Katana. Katana’s the “Goody two shoes.” Wow, really? Well, isn’t she? Katana’s nice to everyone and always tries to help out. Well Kayden can be nice sometimes. But the thing is, they’ve also had different paths here. Kayden’s known since she was a kid that she wants to be in the WWE. For Katana, her first love was gymnastics. She used that to win on American Ninja Warrior, and then she had a WWE tryout and fell in love.
It was a rough adjustment as the new girl. Katana had to earn respect, and a couple years back, she needed to step away. Kayden remembers that, and she holds hands with Katana. See? Kayden IS nice. Oh, stop it. But it was tough on Katana and she wasn’t sure where she belonged. Kayden was worried if Katana was ever going to come back. But Kayden being there for Katana helped in making that decision, and they both knew they had the same goal. They wanted to be champions together, and look at them now! They didn’t come together just for the gold, but because they wanted the best for each other.
Toxic Attraction thinks these titles are “on loan” to KC Squared. But no, the titles are where they belong, and Gigi & Jacy are crazy if they think they’re ever getting the titles back. KC Squared will never let go. As for Lyons & Stark, those two are great singles competitors, but as a team, they’re a question mark. KC Squared will be watching, ready for whoever comes out on top.
NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders match: Toxic Attraction VS Nikkita Lyons & Zoey Stark!
Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne are surely worried what Alba Fire is doing to their Toxic Goddess, Mandy Rose, but they have to focus on getting themselves a second chance at gold of their own. Will they be able to finally have that rematch with KC Squared? Or will the Pride & the Fighter prove they are a dynamic duo to be reckoned with?
NXT returns and Lyons makes her entrance, followed by Stark. The teams sort out and Lyons starts against Gigi. They circle, tie up, and Lyons gets around to a waistlock. Gigi throws an elbow, snapmares Lyons, then KICKS! But Lyons blocks! Lyons stands, she pins Gigi around and backhands her! Gigi gets away and tags in Jacy. Jacy and Lyons tie up, Lyons gets an arm and she wrenches. Jacy gets away as Stark tags in. Fans rally for Zoey but Jacy tells them to shut up. The two tie up, Stark shoves Jacy away and dares Jacy to come back. Jacy runs in, they tie up again and Jacy puts Zoey in a corner.
The ref counts, Stark shoves Jacy back. Stark then rolls Jacy up, TWO! Jacy sweeps and covers, ONE! Stark trips and jackknife covers, TWO! Jacy gets around, schoolgirl with bridge, TWO! Stark CLUBS Jacy, ROCKS her, but Jacy shoves her into the corner. Tag to Gigi, she kicks but Stark blocks! Stark shoves Gigi down, but has to dodge a cheap shot. Stark elbows Gigi then springboard CROSSBODIES! cover, TWO! Tag to Lyons but Gigi tags Jacy. Lyons ROCKS Jacy with fast hands and a BACKHAND! Lyons FOREARMS Jacy in the corner! SUPERKICK! Jacy bails out but Gigi gets in, only for Stark to springboard MISSILE DROPKICK!
Fans fire up as Toxic Attraction bail out! KC Squared is doing as they said and watching this from backstage. Stark & Lyons dare someone, anyone, to get in the ring while NXT goes picture in picture.
Jacy & Gigi take their time given the sore spots Alba Fyre left them with. They talk and then Jacy gets in. Jacy and Lyons reset, but then Gigi tags in. Gigi storms up, Lyons blocks the punches to give punches. Gigi ducks, knees low, and she headlocks. Lyons powers out but Jacy tags in. Gigi sunset flips, Lyons stays up, but Jacy SUPERKICKS Lyons down! Jacy grins and runs in to back body block! Jacy snapmares and KICKS Lyons, then covers, TWO! Jacy snarls and she drags Lyons by her hair. Tag to Gigi, then Jacy feeds Lyons to Gigi’s BOOT! Gigi & Jacy then double suplex! Cover, TWO! Lyons is still in this and Gigi snarls.
Gigi drags Lyons away, bumps her off buckles, and then tags Jacy. They mug Lyons, Jacy stomps away then tags Gigi back in. The ref is busy keeping Stark back and that allows Gigi to bend Lyons back against the ropes! The ref notices and counts, Gigi lets off to tag Jacy. Now Toxic Attraction both pull Lyons back! They let off at 4 and Jacy throws Lyons down. Jacy drags Lyons up to tag Gigi, they mug Lyons more, then Gigi goes to suplex. Lyons blocks, throws body shots and she snap suplexes Gigi down! Lyons rolls Gigi up, TWO! Gigi BOOTS Lyons back down! Gigi wraps on a chinlock and she grinds Lyons down.
Lyons fights up, fans rally, but Gigi wrangles her back down. Gigi leans on Lyons but Lyons grits her teeth and fights back up. Lyons JAWBREAKERS free, then gets Gigi for an ARMBAR! NXT returns to single picture as Gigi reaches out. Gigi gets a ROPEBREAK with her foot, and Lyons lets off. Gigi hurries to stomp Lyons down! Gigi drags Lyons away from Stark, she tags Jacy in, and they double wrench to double KICK! Then BUZZSAW and SENTON! Cover, TWO! Jacy is frustrated but she clamps onto Lyons to half nelson chinbar! Fans rally up and Lyons fights up, only for Jacy to CLUB her! Jacy whips, Lyons reverses and rolls Jacy again, TWO!
Jacy and Lyons DOUBLE BOOT! Fans fire up as both women crawl, hot tags to Gigi and Stark! Stark rallies on Toxic Attraction, BIG elbow for Gigi! Gigi scurries to a corner but Stark runs in to uppercut! And GAMANGIRI! Stark whips, ROCKS, ELBOWS and MULE KICKS! Fans fire up, Stark runs, SLIDING KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Gigi survives but Stark calls to Lyons. Tag to Lyons and Stark hands off Gigi. SUPERKICK GERMAN SUPLEX COMBO! Cover, Jacy breaks it! Stark BOOTS Jacy! Jacy SUPERKICKS back! They both run, DOUBLE LARIATS collide! KC Squared likes what they see and so do the fans!
The teams regroup and then Lyons spots Gigi. They go after each other, the HEADBUTT is a bit double-edged. Lyons and Gigi fire off forearm after forearm then Lyons fireman’s carries. Gigi slips off, shoves Lyons and runs to STO! Gigi drags Lyons up, tags Jacy, and then wrenches for a ROUNDHOUSE! Jacy hits the NECKBREAKER! Cover, Stark breaks it! Jacy is beside herself and she tells Lyons that this is Toxic’s time! Jacy throws forearms, but Lyons ducks the elbow to HEEL KICK! Tag to Stark and she springboards! But Jacy moves! Stark rolls through but into a ROLLING ELBOW! Jacy DECKS Lyons and hurries to tag Gigi!
Toxic Attraction set up, but Lyons trips Jacy up! SUPERKICK for Jacy! Scoop and Z 360 for Gigi!! Tag to Lyons and then Stark PLANCHAS Jacy! Lyons roars for the LYONS DEN!! Cover, Lyons & Stark win!
Winners: Nikkita Lyons & Zoey Stark, by pinfall (NEW #1 contenders to the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships)
KC Squared can’t help but applaud. The duo was doubted, but Stark & Lyons pull off the victory! Will the Sin City Soldier & the Lioness bring that same energy to the title match?
Ilja Dragunov speaks.
“I have never feared pain. Pain makes you feel alive. But agony is a different type of feeling. When I injured my ankle, it was far, far more than just the searing pain of a snapped ligament. The agony I felt to vacate MY NXT UK Championship, a title I slayed an unbeatable force to win. A title I defended with pride and honor was taken away not by an opponent, but by circumstance. It was my privilege to shoulder the weight of an entire brand, but my biggest challenge was sitting and watching NXT UK breathe it’s last breath.
“I watched in frustration as worlds collided, titles were unified, knowing that it should have been me in that ring against Bron. Opportunities like that only happen once in a lifetime. I cannot change the past. But I can change the future. Bron Breakker is a great champion, but he’s a man. And at Halloween Havoc, he’s stepping into the ring with a machine. JD McDonagh likes to take credit for my injury, and my body bares the scars of our great battles. But JD knows in his heard that I stop at nothing to be victorious. I leave every ounce of myself in that ring, including days, weeks, months of my career! That is something that JD talks about, but he doesn’t possess.
“At Halloween Havoc, I will suffer, I will endure a great deal of pain. But it will be worth it, because I will once again become champion as the world says in unison, ‘Long Live the Czar!'” Will UNBESIEGBAR be the one to break Bron and trump the Irish Ace?
It’s the Grayson Waller Effect!
The 21st Century Success Story has the second episode of his talk show, “back by overwhelming demand.” There are millions watching, including Apollo, but he can’t do a thing, lad! Waller has security! Waller gets his split screen, he’s live on Instagram, and everyone already follows him. So get in the chat and get a “second vision” of this show. But let’s start off hot with his first guess, the Tony Hawk of NXT, Cora Jade! Jade makes her entrance and Waller moshes to her theme. Cora also has her kendo stick, and Waller introduces Cora’s opponent for Halloween Havoc, Roxanne Perez! Roxie makes her entrance and she smiles at her former friend.
Waller sits at the desk with the ladies, setting up his phone. Sorry, he meant to get a booster seat for Roxie. But Cora, Roxie, the rematch is coming and- Yeah, so Cora’s heard. But how many people did Roxie have to cry to in order to get it? Roxie says it was easy since everyone wants to see her kick Cora’s ass. Oh~, using everyone else to get what you want. Typical Roxie. Ladies, stop interrupting Waller. This is his show. But question: This is the second time Roxie is facing Cora 1v1. How is she feel- “I feel nothing. Because I’m going into this match with no emotion. Unlike at Heatwave, where I was full of mixed emotions-”
“Awww… Are you gonna cry?” Cora mocks Roxie’s “sob stories.” Fans boo but Roxie says this is no sob story. Maybe Cora doesn’t remember, but they wanted to break into the business together, rise to the top of the division and raise the bar together. They could be to new fans what the Four Horsewomen were to them! But the second Cora thought Roxie passed her, Cora threw this away. But that’s okay, Roxie will leave Cora behind to do what they wanted by herself. Cora says at Halloween Havoc, she will beat Roxie again, and the fans will all realize Roxie was a lot of hype and not a lot of talent. Fans boo but Cora says Roxie just isn’t good enough to be part of #GenerationJade.
Roxie says no, Cora. Now that the TRUE Cora is out, see it like it is: For one whole year, Cora put on this whole act that no one was buying. And the second Cora realized that, she blamed Roxie for it! And the fans! Waller agrees with that. Roxie tells Cora and her generation are full of- HEY! Do not use that type of language on this show! And that is the second time they’ve interrupted Waller. Just so you know, Waller has two huge scoops they don’t know about! First: in two weeks, they’ll be playing a game of Pick Your Poison. Roxie and Cora pick each other’s opponents, and the whole WWE roster is fair game! Instagram likes that! Roxie VS Omos!
But secondly- Cora interrupts and says that’s perfect! She’s already got a whole list in mind for Roxie. Well, Roxie does for Cora, too. Cora says Roxie won’t even make it to Halloween Havoc. Roxie says same for Cora. SECONDLY!! Waller please asks they stop interrupting him! Their match at Halloween Havoc is a SPIN THE WHEEL, MAKE THE DEAL! Now we’re talking. But what’s wrong, Cora? Scared? Waller points out some great choices this year: Buried Alive; Casket Match; Bar Room Brawl. How about a Grayson Waller Exclusive and give it a spin right now! And if it lands on Spinner’s Choice, HE chooses! Heh heh. Oh, right. Good one.
Y’know what? You girls both suck! Spin the wheel now! Security, watch the guests. Cameraman, follow Waller! See, this is what you get on the Grayson Waller Effect. You never know what he’s gonna do! This is exciting. Wait, who is that in the hood? Fans think it’s Apollo, but Waller takes a peek. Can’t see in there. He checks the guy’s arm under the sleeve. White guy, okay! Spin the wheel! Waller wants a Coal Miner’s Glove! He doesn’t know what that is but it sounds great. Oh, oh, here we go. And… it’s a WEAPONS WILD MATCH! Not bad! But wait, security! Cora takes a swing, but Roxie blocks it! Security rushes in before this gets worse!
Waller films the brawl with his phone, fans chant “JERRY! JERRY!” and Waller is all smiles. But then he can see in his own camera, it’s APOLLO! He was in disguise as security! And he drags Waller under the ring! Just what is gonna happen under there?! Cora and Roxie can’t get loose, but this isn’t going to end here! Just what won’t they use against each other in a Weapons Wild Match?
Wait! Waller emerges from under the ring, and his eyes are bleeding red!! That was Apollo’s gruesome vision, and it has come true! Apollo stalks Waller and asks where he’s going. Waller scrambles away to the back, but will Apollo get his own revenge match at Halloween Havoc?
The Schism talks with the red hoodie.
What have they been doing all day? They had ONE job. All of their time and energy is put into this mission, yet red hoodie kid can’t even take this seriously! Joe Gacy has The Dyad cool off. But red hoodie kid does need to understand: they’re not mad, just disappointed. “You need to be better.” The Schism leaves, will little red hoodie kid make things right?
Julius Creed VS Duke Hudson!
The Diamond Mine wants revenge on Damon Kemp, but it seems Julius will have to make it through the flop to get at him. Will Julius have a hot hand after tonight? Or will he bust and have to fold?
The bell rings and Julius circles with Duke. They approach, Duke knees low and CLUBS Julius hard. Julius goes to ropes, Duke knees and stomps and CLUBS away! The ref counts and fans boo but Duke lets off at 4. Duke dusts his hands off and goes back to Julius. Duke whips, Julius ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Duke! Julius then hits an EXPLODER! Fans fire up as the straps come down! Julius lifts Duke for the ROLLING SPINEBSUTER! And the SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, Julius wins!
Winner: Julius Creed, by pinfall
Blink and you might’ve missed that one! This is how angry Julius is right now, and Duke really did choose the wrong time to push buttons. But then BRUTUS gets at Duke! Ivy tries to stop him but he’s already in “Brutus Smash” mode! Brutus puts Duke back in the ring but Julius tries to stop him. Brutus hammers away on Duke! Julius and Ivy drag Brutus away, but then Damon Kemp talks from the perch! “Congrats on your win tonight, Julius. But at Halloween Havoc, things are going to be… a little bit different.” Brutus tells Damon to get down here so they can beat his ass! Easy, Big Brute, you had your match. Now it’s Julius’ turn.
Julius says that’s fine. Damon, Julius will be his brother’s keeper. Damon is so arrogant, Julius can’t wait to beat him down. Damon says damn right he’s cocky! You would be, too, if you were this talented. Julius might be his brother’s keeper, but Brutus is Damon’s BI*CH! And y’know what? Damon’s so confident, that if Julius somehow does beat him, he’ll give Brutus another match, “but under one condition.” Brutus says he doesn’t need another match! Just another five minutes! Whatever Damon wants, he’s got it! Julius says he knows how Damon does things. He probably wants like a million stipulations.
So what’s the deal, Damon? Loser leaves NXT? Julius has to retire? End his career? Damon says this is Julius’ downfall. It proves Julius is so self-centered. Not everything is about him! This whole stipulation isn’t about Julius, it’s about BRUTUS. Damon has things he wants to accomplish in NXT, and he cannot do that if he has to constantly look over his shoulder. Julius, when Damon wins, it isn’t Julius who leaves. It’s BRUTUS! Brutus is furious, but then he accepts for Julius! Julius doesn’t like to be cold hearted, but when it calls for it, there is no one and he means NO ONE colder. He has ice in his veins.
So it won’t be good enough to beat Kemp. It won’t be good enough to pin him. It won’t even be good enough to submit him! Julius has to send Kemp out the same way Kemp did Roddy. If Kemp likes stipulations, then at Halloween Havoc, Kemp VS Julius, in an AMBULANCE MATCH! Kemp loves it! And oh, tell Roddy to make room for Julius at the hospital. Julius says if Kemp calls for him, Julius answers on the first ring. So Kemp, get your s*it together, Julius is waiting! Will Julius save the Diamond Mine singlehandedly? Or will Kemp pick it apart piece by piece?
JD McDonagh speaks.
“I have a pretty unique perspective on my opponents at Halloween Havoc. I’m the only man on this planet to share a ring with both Bron Breakker and Ilja Dragunov. Dragunov is a former NXT UK Champion. He’s unorthodox, ferocious, very dangerous. We all know Bron: he’d run through a brick wall to keep the title. You can be forgiven for looking at these two guys and thinking they’re two wildly different athletes. But to the educated brain, you can see that these guys are exactly the same. Boundless energy, passionate, they both use their bodies as a weapon, and neither one of them have two brain cells in their heads put together.
“They’re gonna go out there and try to see who the toughest is, who can withstand the most pain. But what’s my plan? I’m gonna let them. The bait’s already out there, I’m just gonna let the two animals tear each other apart. Because you see, at Halloween Havoc, it isn’t the strongest man that’s gonna walk away champion. It’s not the most aggressive. It’s the smartest. And you can call me whatever you want. Call me a vulture, a jackal, a hyena. But by the end of the night at Halloween Havoc, when the lights go down, you will call me NXT Champion.” Will the Irish Ace’s opportunistic strategy help him take the title?
Hank Walker talks with his friends in security.
They’re all proud of him for making the jump to NXT Superstar, and he has a huge opportunity. His first match as a contracted superstar! But don’t blow it! They’re just razzing him. But Hank says Xyon Quinn won’t know what hit him. And then Quincy Elliot walks in to say hey! The Super Diva does wanna warn Hank. Watch out for Xyon. As much as Quincy loves those tribal tattoos, he kinda pissed Xyon off. What? Who could be mad at you, Quincy? Exactly! What’s with Xyon? But Hank appreciates the advice, and he’s gonna head out. They all cheer Hank on, and Quincy breaks it down. Will Big Hank get an even bigger win than the one that won him a contract?
“Next week is the trilogy match between myself and Nathan Frazer. When you think of trilogies, some of the greatest superheroes come to mind. This story with Nathan is not playing out on a comic book page, it’s live-action. It’s intense. And I know he will bring out things we have never seen before. The first two matches were so close. It could’ve gone either way. And I expect this one to be even closer. But the cool thing about the trilogy story with Nathan is that instead of reading it on a page, I get to write the final chapter.” Will Axiom be undeniable when both his pride and the final spot in the NXT North American Championship Ladder match is on the line?
Hank Walker VS Xyon Quinn!
Hank Walker was a superstar prospect paying his dues as a security guard, and taking out his frustrations on “Big Body” Javier Bernal was just the thing he needed to prove himself to the WWE. Will he prove they made the right choice? Or will Xyon prove he IS the “X Factor” after all?
The bell rings and Xyon RAMS Hank into a corner! Xyon rams his shoulder in more and more, then whips corner to corner. Hank reverses but runs into a back elbow. Hank staggers, but he still arm-drags Xyon! And again! Fans fire up for Hank as he whips corner to corner. Xyon reverses but Hank comes back, only for Xyon to SPINEBUSTER! Fans boo while Xyon snarls and throws down knees at Hank against the ropes. Xyon lets off as the ref counts, to go out and CLUB Hank back into the ring. Xyon snarls, slides back in and he drags Hank up to bend him back against ropes. Xyon UPPERCUTS, then back suplexes! Cover, TWO!
Xyon clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Hank down. Hank endures, fights up and fans rally. Hank throws body shots, but Xyon CLUBS him! Xyon HEADBUTTS Hank, whips him to a corner, but Hank comes back to LARIAT! Fans fire up as the shirt comes off! Hank runs in to THESZ PRESS! Hank rains down fast hands and fans are loving it! Hank then bumps Xyon off buckles, bumps him off more buckles, and then more! Hank runs in to SPLASH! Xyon staggers, Hank runs in again, but Xyon dodges! Xyon KICKS the leg, runs and RUNS IT STRAIGHT! Cover, Xyon wins!
Winner: Xyon Quinn, by pinfall
Well, Hank won’t have a historic winning streak to start, but Xyon doesn’t look done with him! Xyon aims from the corner, wanting to hit Hank again. But here comes QUINCY! Fans rally for the Super Diva as he backs Xyon down. Quincy helps Hank up and they fist bump. Quincy even gives Hank an encouraging smack on the butt! Y’know, it’s a sports thing. Quincy dances and Hank isn’t sure what to make of it, but does Hank at least have a friend watching his back?
Cameron Grimes finds little red hoodie kid.
He doesn’t know who this person is, but they don’t need to be dealing with Joe Gacy. All Gacy does is talk out both sides of his mouth! “Listen, listen. The guy’s a hypocrite. And it’s already bad enough the guy has The Dyad-” BOOT! Rip Fowler kicks Grimes down, then he and Jagger Reed mug Grimes! They RAM Grimes into a trunk, then Gacy hands Jagger a trash can. “Let it out.” Jagger unleashes on Grimes with the can! Gacy smiles and takes the can for himself to SMACK Grimes on the back! The Schism smiles as they look to red hoodie kid. “Job well done! Welcome to the Schism’s tree.” They hug it out, but just who is this in the hood?
Briggs & Jensen find the Brawling Brutes backstage.
The good ol’ boys want Dunne to take it easy, they’re just here to wish them good luck tonight. And they also want to let the Brutes know that once they beat Pretty Deadly and become the NEW NXT Tag Team Champions, Briggs & Jensen want the first shot. Oh, is that right? But then Malik Blade & Edris Enofe walk in, and they say they know the Brutes are gonna destroy Pretty Deadly. Ridge takes a guess and figures these two want the first shot, too. How’d he know that? Briggs & Jensen tell Malik & Edris to get in line. Now they’re all arguing, and Dunne SMACKS the lockers with a chair.
Ridge tells Briggs & Jensen that if they want a shot at the Brutes, bring that same aggressive style they brought to Gallus. And as for Malik & Edris, they need to get serious for once. Dunne says he’s done talking! it’s fight night! Watch and learn. The Brutes put on banger after banger after banger! The other teams agree, that is true. But then they argue with each other about who really gets the next shot. But will it all be for naught if the Brutes fail to dethrone Pretty Deadly?
Backstage interview with Bron Breakker.
Kelly asks the NXT Champion his thoughts on what both Ilja Dragunov and JD McDonagh have said about their Triple Threat. Bron says they can watch as much film as they want, train as hard as they want, but Halloween Havoc’s gonna be a dog fight. But then in walks Javier Bernal. He introduces himself as “Big Body Javi” and says he’s a future NXT Champion. Bron’s already proven he can beat JD, and he probably could take Dragunov 1v1. But why make it a Triple Threat, the same kind of match that cost him at Roadblock? Javi remembers, he’s got the brain of an elephant. Bron has all the tools in the world, except up there.
But hey, not everyone can be Big Body Javi. Bron says, “Big Body Javi? Yeah, I can tell. Look, my temper got me into the first Triple Threat match, my pride got me into this one. And your stupidity is gonna make me request a match against you for next week!” Javi just realized he put his foot in his mouth. Will he end up an appetizer for the Big Booty Nephew before the feast that is Halloween Havoc?
NXT Tag Team Championships: Pretty Deadly VS The Brawling Brutes!
Kit Wilson & Elton Prince thought they were clear and free to be the forever champions of NXT, but then the Bruiserweight and Yorkshire Grit returned to the brand! Will the “commonwealth” soon have new nobles? Or will their lordships survive this Tuesday Night Fight?
NXT returns and Pretty Deadly makes their entrance. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if Ridge & Dunne can bring these belts to SmackDown!
The teams sort out and Ridge starts with Elton. They circle, tie up, and Elton headlocks. Ridge powers up and out then hip tosses Elton hard! Fans fire up while Elton scrambles to ropes. Elton BOOTS Ridge, tags Kit, but Kit runs into a hip toss, too! Ridge taunts Kit, but Kit JAWBREAKERS! Kit CLUBS Ridge, suplexes, but Ridge blocks! Ridge suplexes and SLAMS Kit down! Tag to Dunne and Ridge butterfly suplexes Kit, for the SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Dunne keeps Kit from Elton, hammerlocks one arm and pulls the other. Fans cheer as Dunne bends Kit’s fingers! And then bends some more! Dunne then goes after the other arm, isolates it, and STOMPS!
Kit clutches the elbow and fans rally up. Dunne drags Kit up, wrenches the bad arm, but Elton jumps in, to tag Kit? The ref says that doesn’t count by a long shot, but it is all a distraction tactic so Kit can throw Dunne by his hair! Now Kit tags Elton legally, and Elton stomps away on Dunne. Fans boo but Elton covers, TWO! Elton keeps an eye on Ridge and he headlocks Dunne. Dunne powers out, hurdles and drops to then CLOBBER Elton! Tag to Ridge, Ridge gets Kit and together, the Brutes give him BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! Dunne runs to DECK Kit with the tenth! Fans fire up as Pretty Deadly flounders and NXT goes picture in picture.
Dunne and Ridge fall back while Pretty Deadly regroups. Elton is wary as he slides in, and he ties up with Ridge. Ridge RAMS Elton into a corner, EuroUppers him over an dover, then wrenches to whip corner to corner hard! Elton hits buckles then the mat, and Ridge storms over. Elton throws hands, CHOPS, and uppercuts! Elton whips, Ridge reverses and CLOBBERS him! Ridge drags Elton up, tags Dunne, and Dunne goes up while Ridge wrenches an arm. Dunne gives DOUBLE KNEES to the arm! Dunne then wrenches the arm, wrangles Elton to the mat, and he drops DOUBLE KNEES on the elbow! Dunne then runs in at the corner, but Elton dodges!
Elton tags Kit, They double whip Dunne into the adjacent corner! Then they get Dunne up in a Tree of Woe for Elton to BOOT Dunne down! Kit taunts Ridge, drags Dunne up, and wrenches for an ELBOW BREAKER! Kit wrangles Dunne now, and he drops knees, only to miss the arm! Kit clutches his leg, but he still BOOTS Dunne down! Kit rains down fists, smothers Dunne to a cover, TWO as Dunne bridges up! Kit wraps on a chinlock and makes it a cobra clutch as NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally as Dunne endures, and Dunne reaches up. Dunne gets Kit’s nose! The ref reprimands, but Kit lets go and Dunne CHOPS him!
Dunne CHOPS Elton, ROCKS Kit, ELBOWS Elton, but Kit RAMS Dunne! Tag to Elton, he runs in to UPPERCUT! Dunne flops down and Elton looms over him. Fans rally up but Elton stands on Dunne’s head and pulls the arm! The ref counts, Elton lets off, and Elton slaps Dunne around. Elton messes with Dunne’s hair, but Dunne stands up to ROCK Elton! Elton ROCKS Dunne but Dunne ROCKS Elton! The forearms keep going, Dunne fires off haymakers and CHOPS! Dunne CHOPS Elton off his feet! Dunne reaches for Ridge but Elton whips him away, so Dunne uses that momentum to DECK Kit! Elton runs in but Dunne dodges, hot tag to Ridge!
Ridge the Fridge runs and rallies on Elton with big shoulders! Ridge ducks ‘n’ dodges to FLYING SHOULDER! Fans fire up and Elton flounders. Ridge runs in to SPLASH Elton! Kit runs in, but gets a scoop and POWERSLAM for it! Elton swings but his arms get caught, for a HEADBUTT! Ridge then scoops Elton to POWERSLAM him on Kit! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Ridge and he drags Elton up. Ridge reels Elton in but Elton drops to KANGAROO KICK! Elton UPPERCUTS, then UPPERCUTS again! Elton runs but Ridge CLOBBERS him back! Fans are thunderous while both men are down!
Ridge and Elton crawl for their corners, kicking at each other. Hot tag to Kit, and he jumps on Ridge! Ridge carries Kit like a backpack but he’s fading in the sleeper hold. But then Ridge gets a second wind and he stomps his way to Dunne for the tag! Dunne goes up and he SUPER SUNSET BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Kit survives but Dunne snarls. Fans rally for “NXT! NXT!” as Dunne grabs the arms. Dunne gives Kit DRAGON STOMPS! Then Dunne DOUBLE WRISTLOCKS the arm! Kit endures, reaches out, but Elton grabs his hand. Dunne lets Kit go to STOMP Elton! And then ASAI MOONSAULT! Fans fire up and Dunne goes back for Kit, SNAP GERMAN!
Dunne dodges Elton, SNAP GERMAN! Fans fire up again as Dunne runs at Kit to GAMANGIRI! Then he runs at Elton, but Elton dodge the knee. Elton runs to Kit, Kit goes up and over and gets the boost, FLYING CODE BREAKER! Cover, but Ridge breaks it! Kit DROPKICKS Ridge for it, and then tags Elton. Pretty Deadly aim at Dunne, DOUBLE SHOTEI! But Ridge returns, only to get DOUBLE BOOTS! Dunne ENZIGURIS Elton, but Kit yoyos to LARIAT Dunne! Cover, TWO!! Dunne survives and Kit is shocked! Fans are loving it, though, and are giving a standing ovation! But Pretty Deadly sets up, SPILT- Ridge CLOBBERS Elton!
Dunne gets an ARMBAR on Kit!! Elton DECKS Ridge but is also down! Dunne has the arm, but Elton pushes things over to a cover! TWO!!! Dunne is up, he blocks the haymaker and bends the fingers, to SNAP them!! And then the pump handle, BITTER END!! Cover, but Elton helps Kit with the ROPEBREAK! Fans boo but the ref can’t reprimand what he didn’t see. Ridge saw it, though, and he’s pissed! He chases Elton into the ring, Dunne is there, too! Elton swings at the ref! The ref dodges the haymaker, though, and Dunne ROCKS Elton! Ridge POUNCES Elton out of the ring! Then Dunne GAMANGIRIS Kit!
Tag to Ridge, the Brutes bring Kit around, scoop, ROUNDHOUSE NORTHERN GRIT!! Cover, but wait, IMPERIUM is here?! Giovanni Vinci gets on the apron but Ridge DECKS him! Dunne spots Ludwig Kaiser, goes outside and MULE KICKS him! But then Elton CLOBBERS Dunne from behind! Kit CHOP BLOCKS Ridge, tags Elton, and Pretty Deadly sets up! SPILT MILK!! Cover, Pretty Deadly wins!
Winners: Pretty Deadly, by pinfall (still NXT Tag Team Champions)
Another screw job, just like with the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships! But Imperium goes after the Brutes again, they all brawl to the back, allowing Pretty Deadly to celebrate surviving the night! But wait! Malik Blade & Edris Enofe storm out, followed by Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen! Pretty Deadly think they cleared everyone out but are proven dead wrong! Will they have to face all four men to prove they’re the best?
Great episode for NXT to introduce all the new aspects of this “White ‘n’ Gold” era. New commentators and interviewers (partially because Vic Joseph & McKenzie Mitchell are on their honeymoon) and the new look to fit the new logo, all good stuff. And a lot of great build towards Halloween Havoc, with that being NXT’s return to Saturday streaming events a la TakeOvers. Great vignette promos from Dragunov and JD, and a great interview promo from Bron where he actually used his “shoot voice,” not his “Steiner” voice. Javier Bernal stepping in it was also great, and he’ll be a good tune-up for Bron next week. Still personally hoping Dragunov wins, but I think Bron is finally finding himself as a character.
Great stuff for the North American Championship story. Melo has a great match with Oro but of course Trick helps Melo win, and we get a great transition right into Chase VS Wagner. Ironically, Chase U being ringside is what costs Chase and Wagner is going to bring some beef to the ladder match. That always seems rather standard for a multi-man ladder match like this, and Wagner is a natural pick. Sanga and Frazer have a good promo together, and I could’ve sworn Frazer VS Axiom was this week. But Veer showing up here, that’s great. He wasn’t really working out on Raw anymore, he was just another mean monster like Omos, so resetting his personality in NXT and reuniting with Sanga is great stuff.
Lash has a good promo going into her match with Wendy Choo, and it was a good match, and it was a bit of a surprise that Wendy won. It was also a surprise no Heel attacked her after. Maybe Lash will lash back at Wendy next week to set up a rematch for later. Then I loved that they decided to change things up from the Six Woman Tag. Alba “abducting” Mandy was a hilarious and aggressive way to push things to a women’s title match at Halloween Havoc, and we got a great #1 contenders match from Gigi & Jacy VS Lyons & Stark. KC Squared has a good promo to put their run together into perspective, but I have mixed feelings on Lyons & Stark winning.
I suppose it works that they’re proving people wrong by becoming a strong team, but WWE has done a lot of “the makeshift team beats the established team” these last few years. I’m sure Halloween Havoc’s title match will be awesome, but I would hope for KC Squared’s sake, they win in the end to reestablish that a long term team beats a short term team in the end. As for Alba and Mandy, I hope this is the moment Mandy loses to bring things full circle. She won the title at Halloween Havoc last year, she’ll basically get the one-year reign accolade and then she, Gigi & Jacy can be called up as SmackDown’s trio to counter Damage Control as Raw’s trio.
The inaugural Grayson Waller Effect talk show segment was a bit awkward, but I feel like they ironed out the problems and made this second one work. For one, Roxanne is finally showing some sass to match Cora’s, and I like that Waller kept getting annoyed by them. We got a good look at Spin the Wheel for this year, and I totally knew Roxie VS Cora II was going to allow weapons like Cora’s favorite little kendo stick. Cora won the first time so I think Roxie wins this one, and brutally. Also, great appearance from Apollo, of course Waller ends up with the “bloody” eyes from the prediction, and I would actually love if the blow-off for this is Eye for an Eye, because it just makes sense.
Good stuff from Hank, Quincy and Xyon. Xyon VS Quincy could make for a good match, but also maybe Xyon finds a tag partner to take on Quincy and Hank together. At this point, maybe it’s Duke since he likes picking fights. Duke gets SQUASHED by Julius, that’s good momentum for Julius. And while the promos weren’t the sharpest, Julius, Brutus and Damon Kemp set up quite the angle for Halloween Havoc. That Ambulance Match is going to be a lot of fun, but I don’t see the Creeds being split up like this. Plus, Kemp needs some comeuppance for what he’s done, this could be that moment.
There’s a lot of intrigue in this red hoodie kid and their connection to The Schism. I go with “they/them” because it’s hard to say who is under there. This could be Schism’s North American Championship member, or it could be their first female superstar recruit, it probably depends on what NXT is feeling. But “Red” setting up Grimes was good stuff, and thinking about it, Grimes confronting Red and perhaps revealing them could set up the twist that it IS a female superstar so Grimes can’t go after them. Maybe Grimes gets Chase U as an ally instead of Edris & Malik now that it looks like it could be 4v4.
And of course, great stuff for the NXT Tag Division. Pretty Deadly was so goofy in their “lordly” costumes, the Brutes showing up was a great surprise, and a great main event match out of them. Great interactions from the good ol’ boys, Malik & Edris and the Brutes that of course foreshadow the coming tag title match. Imperium screwing the Brutes over should’ve been expected, this just adds heat for their SmackDown/Extreme Rules stuff. Pretty Deadly VS Briggs & Jensen VS Malik & Edris is going to be great, would love if they decided to Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal for this match, too. Imagine a Triple Threat Tag Trick or Street Fight so they can all just go nuts.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (10/4/22)
It’s Dark before the Anniversary!
Dark paves the way to the Dynamite Anniversary!
AEW is about to celebrate Dynamite’s Anniversary, but there’s plenty of action in the Dark! Will Dante Martin & Matt Sydal outwork the Workhorsemen?
- Marina Shafir VS Sio Nieves; Shafir wins.
- Ari Daivari w/ The Trustbusters VS AR Fox; Daivari wins.
- Tony Nese & Josh Woods w/Mark Sterling VS Rohit Raju & Invictus Khash; Nese & Woods win.
- Abadon VS Freya States; Abadon wins.
- Slim J w/ The Trustbusters VS Blake Christian; Slim J wins.
- Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi w/ Peter Avalon VS Eli Isom & Chris Farrow; Nemeth & Bononi win.
- Parker Boudreaux w/ The Trustbusters VS Terry Kid; Boudreaux wins.
- Skye Blue VS Robyn Renegade w/ Charlette Renegade; Skye wins.
- The Iron Savages w/ JT Davidson VS Gus De La Vega & Levy Valenzuela; The Iron Savages win.
- Dante Martin & Matt Sydal VS The Workhorsemen; Dante & Sydal win.
Good line-up here. I feel like the Trustbusters are gonna sweep the night because they’ll all be supporting each other with Heel tactics. Honestly, I feel Blake Christian and AR Fox would each win their match-ups if they didn’t have to worry about outside distractions. Good to see the former Bear Country, now Iron Savages, Boulder & Bronson, back in action. They’ll definitely get a good return win. And Dante & Sydal VS JD Drake & Anthony Henry is a great tag match, and I would think Dante & Sydal win that.
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