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NXT Minus 6: What Are You Here For?

Seriously. What are you here for? Why do you watch wrestling? What do you want from it?

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Seriously. What are you here for? Why do you watch wrestling? What do you want from it?

NXT Highlights This Week: Drake Maverick Loses, Saves His Job

6. A lot of people are upset that NXT used Drake Maverick’s “firing” as an angle. Not me. It’s one of the best stories of the year. Even though he didn’t win the Cruiserweight title, it still gave us one of the best moments of the year. I don’t even want to know the truth. Work. Shoot. BFD. Without that story, Maverick in the tournament is silly, and his matches flat. The best stories are the ones that blur the lines. There have been dozens of real life stories “exploited” for our entertainment. This was blurry and beautiful and I’m happy for Maverick.

Karrion Kross sends a violent message to Tommaso Ciampa: WWE NXT ...

5. I don’t know why everyone is so desperate to proclaim Karrion Kross as the next big NXT thing. He’s boring. Another jacked up, angry, snarling nostril popper. He is what they wanted Dijakovic to be, until he turned down the anger, showed his true personality and became infinitely more interesting.  Kross, your time is running out to impress me. Tick Tock.

Would Breezango Have Won The 2020 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic ...

4. I like Tyler Breeze. I like Fandango. I like Breezango. They are the wrong choice to face Imperium at Takeover. The Brit-Am Brawlers have worked their asses off for a title shot. I do like the character contrast between Breezango and Imperium, but it feels more like a Wednesday night match. I hope Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch still get their shot. They deserve it, and we deserve to watch them and Imperium beat the snot out of each other.

3. Normally, I’d do an entire column previewing Takeover. In three years, this is the most lackluster card I can remember. I have Takeover expectations for Keith Lee versus Johnny Gargano and the women’s title triple threat. Sadly, the rest is meh. There is something about Adam Cole versus Velveteen Dream that just feels flat. And in my humble opinion, I’d rather watch Prince Balor wrestle Invisible Stan, but he’s under contract with AEW. I hope to be pleasantly surprised. 

Triple H Reacts To Drake Maverick Receiving New WWE NXT Contract

2. One last thought on Drake Maverick. People are picking this story apart as though it’s Bible Code and discovering the truth will save the planet. I really, truly don’t care. I love wrestling for the stories. I will gladly suspend disbelief and get lost in a story. I teared up when HHH offered Maverick the contract. Maybe I’m a mark. A rube. A huckleberry. But if you aren’t here for the stories, what are you here for? 

Isaiah “Swerve” Scott vs. Tony Nese: WWE NXT, June 3, 2020 | WWE

1. This week’s That’s Why I Love Wrestling Award goes to…Tony Nese and Swerve Scott. It’s an afterthought match, probably leading to nothing, and they still went out there and crushed it. Right now, they are two of the best and most consistent wrestlers in all of NXT. Win. Lose. Three minutes. Twelve minutes. Doesn’t matter. There aren’t many wrestlers I’d rather see on my screen than Tony Nese and Swerve Scott. 


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (9/27/22)

Which boys will be on top?

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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Who gets within reach of the gold?

The NXT North American Championship will once again be up for grabs in a ladder match, and Wes Lee wants to EARN his spot against Tony D’Angelo! Will The Don make Wes FOGEDABOUTIT?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Mandy Rose w/ Toxic Attraction VS Fallon Henley; Mandy wins.
  • NXT North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Wes Lee VS Tony D’Angelo; Lee wins and advances to Halloween Havoc.
  • Sol Ruca VS Amari Miller; Ruca wins.
  • Cameron Grimes VS Joe Gacy w/ The Schism; Gacy wins.
  • Nikkita Lyons w/ Zoey Stark VS Kayden Carter w/ Katana Chance; Lyons wins.
  • Ilja Dragunov VS Xyon Quinn; Dragunov wins.
  • Brutus Creed w/ Julius Creed VS Damon Kemp; Brutus wins, by disqualification.
  • Pub Rules Match: Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen VS Gallus; Briggs & Jensen win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Ilja Dragunov is here!

The Czar of NXT UK made his shocking return last week to close out NXT, and he’s here again to open this week’s! Fans are fired up to see him as he gets the mic. They chant, “Welcome Back!” and he says, “Last time I was in NXT, I conquered an unbeatable machine to become champion! I walked into this place like it’s a coliseum. I suffered, I struggled, I endured, but I succeeded in front of all of you with a heart like a gladiator!” Fans cheer that! Dragunov was armed with nothing but a burning will and an inhuman perseverance. He became a Czar, because pain has always been his best friend.

Dragunov returned again to repeat history and achieve his destiny! One more time, he will beat an unbeatable machine to reclaim gold! Fans cheer that, too! Dragunov says this time, his name is not GUNTHER. This time, it’s BRON BREAKKER! But wait! Here comes JD McDonagh! The Irish Ace has a mic of his own, and he tells Ilja that the fans don’t know him as well as JD does. JD knows that Dragunov is “a sneaky, dirty little rat.” JD isn’t surprised Dragunov followed JD to America. Well, JD, Dragunov seems to remember beating JD and forcing him to leave NXT UK. JD admits, that is right, that did happen. But that’s not the end of the story, is it?

No, no, no, because what happens next? Dragunov’s body was so broken up, so battered, that he had to give up the title anyway! JD joins Dragunov in the ring as fans boo. JD asks how the ankle’s doing. Dragunov better hope JD doesn’t get to find out. Fans chant, “He Still Won!” as JD gets in the ring. JD makes one thing clear to Dragunov: “This is not your time. This is MY time. So if I was you, I’d stay just exactly where you’ve been these past few months: on the sidelines. Because if I need to stop you one more time, just once more, I swear to GOD, I will end your career.” But that only seems to pump Dragunov up.

And wait! Now BRON is making his way out! The NXT Champion has his own mic and says, “With everything going on, I was wondering when you were gonna show up. Welcome to NXT, Ilja. You’re a warrior. But with all due respect, my man…” Bron gets in the ring as the fans bark. “This NXT Championship isn’t going anywhere.” JD has Bron stop right there. Bron, use your brain for once! JD Is the #1 Contender to the title! And he just had a great idea. Fans chant ‘TRIPLE THREAT!” but JD says, “Do not make me laugh; I earned my shot.” But maybe these two Alpha Males should beat the snot out of each other, and then after that, JD takes his shot.

Fans boo but Bron says, “Really? You really think we’re gonna fall for that? After all the props I’ve given you for having such a high ring IQ…” But Bron says he’ll help JD out. Bron is champion, JD is #1 contender, but Ilja never lost his UK Championship. So the way Bron sees it, if his math is correct, which it always is… “You have a 33 and a third percent chance o’ winnin’!” Fans cheer the “Breakker” Math. Bron says there’s three of them, so make it a TRIPLE THREAT! JD is the only one upset by this. Bron tells them he’ll see them at HALLOWEEN HAVOC! Bron holds up the belt in a recreation of last week. Will the Big Booty Nephew make sure the numbers spell disaster for JD & Dragunov?

 

A brawl is going on backstage!

Gallus and the good ol’ boys aren’t waiting for later! They’re fighting NOW! Security does their best to break this up, but that’s easier said than done! Will these teams even wait for the main event’s Pub Rules Match!?

 

Toxic Attraction walks ‘n’ talks to gorilla.

Mandy Rose knows Alba Fyre is watching, so she tells her that Fallon Henley is about to find out what happens when you cross “The Baddest Bitch in the Game.” So Fyre can put down her bat and start taking some notes. Will the Toxic Goddess sting the Cowgirl and check her off the list? Or is Mandy already going to get burned?

 

The Schism speaks.

Joe Gacy tells Cameron Grimes, “we tried to show you that the solution to all your problems lies with us in the shade under the Schism’s tree. You refused our embrace. Now the same limbs that reached out will bind you in helplessness.” Jagger Reed says Grimes has been warned. Grimes brought this upon himself. It didn’t have to be this way! “But to change the world for the better, we have to make an example out of you.” Rip Fowler says, “The wrath of The Schism is imminent.” And Grimes, when you wake up tomorrow, both physically and spiritually decimated, just know that as The Schism continues to grow, Grimes will be right back where he started: alone.

 

Mandy Rose w/ Toxic Attraction VS Fallon Henley!

The Toxic Goddess has held onto her title by hook AND by crook for almost a year now, perhaps even getting lucky here and there. But with Fyre blazing a trail up to her throne, can Mandy focus on Fallon? Or will this Rose’s thorns not matter when trampled by some Cowgirl boots?

The bell rings and fans rally and duel already. Fallon and Mandy circle, tie up, and Mandy gets around to a waistlock and SLAM! Mandy soaks up the heat but Fallon gets in her face. Mandy tells Fallon to hold on, then she wrenches and wristlocks. Fallon rolls, trips Mandy, floats to a headlock and she grinds Mandy down! Mandy keeps her shoulders up, fights up and pulls hair. Mandy powers out, Fallon runs Mandy over! Fallon struts, things speed up, and Mandy hurdles only for Fallon to waistlock! Mandy fights, trips Fallon up but Fallon kicks her away. Mandy handsprings around to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!

Gigi & Jacy coach Mandy while Mandy kicks Fallon around. “You are nobody!” Fallon snarls and CHOPS Mandy! Fallon whips, Mandy reverses but Fallon ELBOWS her! Fallon runs, shoots around, sits Mandy down and dropkicks her back! Fans fire up with Fallon and she slides to ROCK Mandy at the apron! Fallon tips her cap to the boys then gets back in the ring. Cover, TWO! Fallon drags Mandy up, whips her to a corner but Mandy reverses. Fallon stops herself, elbows Mandy again, but leaps into Mandy’s arms! Mandy FALL AWAY SLAMS Fallon! Fans fire up as Mandy runs in at Fallon, and RAMS her into the corner!

Mandy RAMS her shoulder in again, then lets off to SLAP Fallon. Fans rally and duel, Mandy CLUBS Fallon and ELBOWS her down. Cover, TWO! Mandy drags Fallon up for a suplex! Jacy says that is A+ material. Mandy soaks up the cheers and jeers, then CLUBS Fallon’s arm. Mandy wrenches, ties Fallon up and brings her into an OCTOPUS STRETCH! Fans rally as Fallon endures and fights back! Fallon is free, but Mandy knees low. Mandy reels Fallon in for the GUT WRENCH SLAM! Cover, TWO! Mandy is annoyed but she drags Fallon up and ties her up again. Mandy keeps on that Octopus but Fallon endures.

Fans rally, Fallon fights up, but Mandy digs her elbow into Fallon’s side. Fallon fights and hip tosses free! Mandy rises, Fallon ROCKS her with haymaker after haymaker! Fallon then spins Mandy around to short arm LARIAT! Fans fire up, Fallon runs in and she back elbows Mandy in the corner! Fallon runs but Mandy ROCKS her at the ropes! Toxic Attraction cheers Mandy as she whips Fallon to ropes, but Fallon comes back with a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fallon is frustrated but Toxic Attraction is relieved. Fans rally up as the forearms and CHOPS fly! Fallon sobats, front kicks and then wrenches to facelock.

Mandy TOSSES Fallon away, KNEE FROM A ROSE! Cover, Mandy wins!

Winner: Mandy Rose, by pinfall

The Toxic Goddess turns things around in a blink of an eye, and she conquers another filly. Mandy gets a mic to call out Fyre! “I know you’re jealous that I conquered two continents and unified two titles while you were too busy throwing another log on a fire. You may keep the fire going, but you’re looking at the woman who starts them. So this is your last chance.” But then Fyre tells Mandy from the tron that while Mandy is Women’s Champion, Fyre doesn’t do verbal warnings. Fyre is more of a visual person. Fyre has a fire to light the words, “AND NEW!” Mandy is afraid, is she about to have a meltdown against Fyre?

 

Apollo Crews speaks.

“It is said that revenge is an act of passion, but vengeance is an act of justice. Last week, Grayson Waller got a small taste of what vengeance means. He tried to permanently blind my vision. But in his match, my mere presence blinded him from having an opportunity at the North American Championship. Everything still has a haze to it, but one image sticks out crystal clear.” Apollo envisions Grayson Waller with red eyes! “See you on the other side, Grayson. Keep an eye out, Grayson, because I’m not done with you yet, b*tch!”

 

Dragunov crosses paths with Xyon Quinn backstage.

Czar, meet The X-Factor. Quinn’s heard a lot about Dragunov. All the hype for nothing, eh? Uh, thanks? Quinn says “In the Book of Xyon, you couldn’t even carry all the weight that’s needed to be champion, let alone get a second chance.” Quinn’s yet to get his first chance to “carry the ball.” Maybe because if he did, no one would take the title from him. Xyon Quinn, right? Dragunov’s also heard a lot about him! Just look at him. Unlimited potential, but a total mental moron. Quinn says Dragunov can’t carry the burden of being a champion, but to Dragunov, no one will ever even call Quinn a champion. But we’ll see who’s right. The ball is in your court, Quinn.

 

NXT North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Wes Lee VS Tony D’Angelo w/ Channing Lorenzo!

The Must See Kid has Connor’s Cure Thriver, Quinn “The King Crusher” Molitor, by his side as he makes his entrance. Will this support help Lee go for gold? Or will The Don crush dreams and take the golden ticket for his own?

NXT returns as Tony D makes his entrance, Stacks by his side. The bell rings and fans chant, “Tony Sucks!” Tony and Lee tie up, and Tony throws Lee down. Tony taunts Lee, “Are you serious?” Lee gets up, they tie up again, and Tony puts Lee in the corner. The ref counts, Tony lets off at 4 and Lee pushes him back. Lee eggs Tony on as he sits up top. Tony rushes in, Lee goes up and over and headlocks. Tony powers up but Lee holds on. Tony rolls to a cover, ONE, but Lee holds on and grinds the headlock. Tony fights, Trick Williams & Carmelo Hayes watch backstage, and Tony back suplexes free. Lee lands on his feet to drop toehold!

Tony stays up and he drags Lee up. Tony DECKS Lee then drags him around. Lee avoids the elbow drop and he dodges Tony. Lee runs and RANAS Tony, and Tony gets up into a DROPKICK! Tony flops out of the ring, Stacks coaches him up but fans rally for “WES! WES! WES”! Lee builds speed but Stacks stands in the way. The Don needs time! Lee is annoyed so he PLANCHAS Stacks down! Fans fire up and Lee jumps into the ring. Tony has to keep Stacks back now, but Lee eggs them both on. Stacks gets in the ring, Tony says enough! Stacks says he’ll leave, but then he shoves Lee! Tony is upset, but then the ref EJECTS Stacks!

Tony is even more upset that he’s lost his back-up but fans sing “Nana na na, hey hey hey, good bye~!” Stacks fumes while NXT goes picture in picture.

Tony and Lee reset now that things are truly 1v1. Lee and Tony tie up, Tony RAMS Lee into a corner and fires off body shots! Tony lets off as the ref counts, but he CLUBS Lee down. Tony stalks Lee along the ropes, bumps him off buckles, then bumps him off more buckles. The ref reprimands, Tony bumps Lee off the bottom buckle and digs his boot in! Tony lets off with a stomp, then paces around. Tony digs his boots in again, lets off with another stomp, but Lee kicks back from below! Lee throws body shots, Tony CLUBS Lee down, and Tony stalks Lee to the ropes. Tony drags Lee up, RAMS him back into the corner, and hoists Lee up. Tony back drops Lee away! Cover, TWO!

Tony is annoyed, but he looms over Lee. Tony drags Lee up, throws body shots, then hits a HALF HATCH SUPLEX! Lee writhes and Tony smirks. Tony drags Lee up and ROCKS him with a right. Lee staggers to ropes, Tony whips him to a corner hard, and Lee bounces off buckles. Tony taunts Lee, and the fans, then stands on Lee’s neck at the ropes. The ref counts, Tony lets off and he drags Lee up. Tony whips Lee into the corner hard again! Tony talks trash, paces around, then KICKS Lee in the side! And again!

NXT returns to single picture as Lee blocks a kick! Lee holds onto the foot but Tony drags him up by his hair. The ref reprimands but Tony ROCKS Lee then whips him to ropes. Tony scoops Lee for a tilt-o-whirl SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Tony clamps onto Lee with a chinlock and he grinds him down. Fans rally, Trick & Melo like what they see as Tony fishhooks Lee’s face. The ref counts, Tony lets off, and fans rally as Lee endures. Lee fights up, moves around, and he throws hands. Tony CLUBS Lee down, fans duel, and Tony drags Lee up to SLAP him. Lee snarls as Tony talks more trash, and Lee stands back up.

Tony runs in but Lee drop toeholds him into buckles! Fans rally, Lee and Tony slowly rise, but Tony hobbles on a bad leg. Lee staggers, but the ref calls it! “Due to referee stoppage, the winner of this match is Wes Lee.”

Winner: Wes Lee, by referee stoppage (advances to Halloween Havoc)

Lee seems even more deflated than Tony. Lee wanted to earn the spot in the match, but it seems that drop toehold did the damage. Will Lee just have to accept this and fight to earn that North American Championship?

 

Backstage interview with Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams.

McKenzie asks the former North American Champion how he feels that Wes Lee now has an equal shot at the title. Melo says he doesn’t care about Lee. Go ask Lee how he feels after Melo & Trick put his head in a locker and slamming it shut. But then Oro Mensah walks over to introduce himself. Trick, Melo, it is Oro’s pleasure meeting them. Oro looks forward to facing Melo, Wes, and whoever else qualifies for the ladder match. Melo knows who Oro is. He respects the drip. They can hang out, put Oro’s face on a shirt or something, but at Halloween Havoc, make no mistake, it’s every man for themselves, playboy.

Oro takes off the sunglasses to get serious as he says, “Looking forward to it.” Melo & Trick head out, but will The A Champion still become a champion with the competition stacking up?

 

It’s A Day in the Life of Pretty Deadly.

AKA “A Day in the Life of YOUR NXT Tag Team Champions.” Elton Prince 7 Kit Wilson, the “tastiest snacks in the whole universe.” To maintain their physiques, it looks like they rise at 4 AM to hit the gym, but they don’t. They wake up at 10 AM and have breakfast in bed. They’d get a butler, but they don’t want anyone disturbing their “utopia.” At 11 AM, they go through their extensive wardrobe and pick out the perfect outfits for the day. They always make sure to take a few extra minutes to make sure they look ravishing.

At 2 PM, they’re almost ready to go. They take an hour each to brush each other’s magnificent hair. Then the stop for a quick cup of tea, and then they hit the gym. When they work out, they don’t lift weights. They’re not animals. They’re works of art! They are the yin to each other’s yang, using each other as the equipment. Then after training, they bask in the wonderfulness of each other. Two to three hours of appreciating what makes them the greatest tag team in NXT history, and two of the most handsome creatures to ever walk the earth. #YesBoy. They are YOUR NXT Tag Team Champions, Kit Wilson, Elton Prince, Pretty Deadly!

 

Sol Ruca VS Amari Miller!

The surfer girl has come ashore to start her journey in NXT, and she’s ready to ride a wave of momentum! Will Ruca hang ten? Or will she wipe out against the Vibe of St. Louis?

The bell rings, Sol and Amari shake hands to show there is respect. They tie up, Sol wrenches but Amari reverses. Fans rally for Sol as Amari pushes with the top wristlock. Sol bridges back, powers up, but Amari trips her up! Amari keeps on the arm but Sol kips up. Sol wrenches, wristlocks, then sunset flips! ONE, Amari shoots around to a waistlock but Sol slips free with a spin! Amari blocks the sobat, then she flips Sol! Sol does her best to land out but still falls on her butt. Amari facelocks and fires forearms! Solo throws body shots in return, but Amari CLUBS her down. Amari shoves Sol but Sol rolls back to headscissor!

Sol storms up on Amari, whips, but Amari reverses. Sol flips through the hip toss to FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Sol brings Amari up and CLUBS her. Amari shoves back and RAMS into Sol. Amari whips but Sol sunset flips again! Amari stays up to sit on the cover, ONE! Sol has the sunset, TWO! Amari knees low, brings Sol around and whips, but Sol goes up and over! Sol rolls through, DROPKICKS Amari down, and then covers, TWO! Amari is hanging tough but Solo drags her up. Amari pries free to step over and HEEL KICK! Sol stays up, the LEG LARIAT takes her down! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally for Sol but Amari clamps on a straitjacket stretch! Sol endures, Amari thrashes her around, and fans rally up. Sol fights up, Amari monkey flips her away, but Sol avoids the boot! Sol arm-drags Amari, runs her over with shoulder tackle after shoulder tackle, then she DROPKICKS again! Fans fire up and Sol runs at Amari in the corner, HANDSPRING SPLASH! Sol pushes Amari down, and then STANDING SOMERSAULT LEG DROPS! Cover, Sol wins!

Winner: Sol Ruca, by pinfall

A big win for the debuting surfer-gymnast hybrid, but she still shows respect to Amari. Amari shakes her hand and fans cheer. Will both Sol and Amari be future champions in NXT?

 

Security again keeps Gallus contained.

Wolfgang and the Coffey Brothers back down towards the door, but then Joe DECKS one of the guards! Gallus goes into their locker room, but will there be repercussions for that unnecessary assault?

 

Cameron Grimes VS Joe Gacy w/ The Schism!

The Carolina Caveman continues to be a lone wolf, and that upsets Mr. Inclusion to no end. Will Grimes face the so-called wrath of The Schism? Or will chop down that tree Gacy keeps talking about and use it as green energy to go #ToTheMoon?

The bell rings and Grimes BOOTS Gacy! And KICKS away on him at the ropes! Fans fire up, the ref counts, Grimes lets off at 4, and The Dyad gets Gacy out of the ring. Grimes reaches out but Gacy trips him up. Gacy drags Grimes out to RAM him into the apron and CLUB away on him! Then Gacy stomps away on Grimes! Gacy puts Grimes in the ring, they throw forearms, and Gacy ROCKS Grimes. Gacy CLUBS Grimes more, whips him to ropes, but Grimes hurdles and CLOBBERS Gacy! Grimes runs and CLOBBERS Gacy again! Grimes whips, kitchen sink knees, then SLIDING BOOTS! Fans fire up while Gacy bails out.

Grimes goes to the apron but The Dyad block his way. Grimes LEAPS over them to CANNONBALL Gacy! Grimes puts Gacy in, glares at The Dyad, then hurries into the ring. But Gacy clotheslines him in the corner! And then he hits an URENAGE! Gacy crawls after Grimes, “You could’ve had your chance.” Gacy says those chances are gone, and he stomps Grimes around. Gacy drops an elbow, then drags Grimes up. Grimes throws body shots but Gacy whips him into the corner hard! Grimes bounces off buckles, Gacy hits a DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Grimes as Gacy sits him up. Gacy throws hands, then he tells Grimes that it is over for him!

Grimes snarls and he throws body shots back! Grimes swings, but into an URE- NO! Grimes arm-drags free and ROUNDHOUSES Gacy! Gacy wobbles, Grimes SUPERKICKS him down! Fans fire up and Grimes aims from a corner. But Rip Fowler gets up! Grimes DECKS him, Jagger Reed distracts! Gacy HANDSPRING LARIATS! Cover, Gacy wins!

Winner: Joe Gacy, by pinfall

Gacy entered the Upside-Down, and with help from The Dyad, he cuts Grimes down. Will the Schism continue to pass judgment on those who refuse to join them?

 

Backstage interview with Grayson Waller.

McKenzie asks if Waller saw Apollo’s “vision.” Of course he did! You think he’s pacing around for cardio? Apollo isn’t Naz-tra-dumbass, though! You mean Nostradamus? Yeah, whatever! Did you see what Waller’s eyes looked like in that vision? Waller can’t let that happen to his beautiful emerald green eyes! And if you look closely enough, you can see there’s just a speck of sky blue in them. Do you know how rare that is? But y’know what color they aren’t? RED. If he’s so nervous, then he can just stay home next week.

And what? Deprive the fans of the second episode of The Grayson Waller Effect? He already has Roxanne Perez and Cora Jade booked as guests! Those two in the ring together, it’s gonna be fire! But Waller says he’ll just get extra security. No way that vision comes true with extra security! No stress, he’s Grayson Waller. Waller hurries off, but will nothing stop Apollo’s vision from becoming a reality?

 

Nikkita Lyons w/ Zoey Stark VS Kayden Carter w/ Katana Chance!

The NXT Women’s Tag Team Division is heating up, and the dynamic duo that almost didn’t happen are hungry for that gold! Will Lyons’ pride get her a big win over the Filipina Spitfire? Or will the champions prove they’re strong even in singles competition?

NXT returns as KC Squared make their entrance. Lyons likes the music, and the bell rings. Kayden and Lyons circle as fans rally and duel. They tie up, Kayden gets around and slaps dat ass. But uh, that’s a brick house right there, so Lyons shrugs it off. Lyons and Kayden tie up, Lyons waistlocks and SLAMS Kayden down. Lyons holds onto the waistlock but Kayden fights up. Lyons SLAMS Kayden back down! Kayden fights up again, Lyons shifts to a headlock but Kayden slips out to get her own headlock. Lyons powers out, does the splits, but Kayden handsprings over to shimmy ‘n’ shake. Fans cheer and Lyons kips up.

Lyons and Kayden circle, Kayden evades the grapple to kangaroo kick and Eddy Gordo kick! Kayden whips, Lyons reverses but Kayden slides under. Kayden tries a sunset flip but Lyons stays up. Kayden avoids Lyons’ stomp, then she trips Lyons to EDDY GORDO! Cover, TWO! Kayden keeps cool and brings Lyons up. Lyons KICKS back, KICKS the other leg, ROCKS and body shots and URAKENS! Kayden staggers, into a HEEL KICK! Fans are torn as Lyons drags Kayden back up. Lyons scoops but Kayden slips off. Kayden tries a roll-up but Lyons stays up to stomp Kayden down. Lyons then scuffs Kayden to a corner and somersaults to RANA! Kayden flounders, Lyons covers, TWO!

Lyons keeps on Kayden with a straitjacket while Katana and Stark coach them on. Fans rally, Kayden endures the cobra clutch but Lyons grinds her down. Lyons leans on the hold, Kayden fights back up, but Lyons wrangles her down! Fans rally, Kayden fights, and Kayden arm-drags free! Lyons storms up but into a kick and another EDDY GORDO! Roll into the GHOST PIN, TWO!! Lyons escapes but Kayden runs in, into a BOOT! And another BOOT! Lyons scoops for a MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Kayden survives and Katana is relieved. Lyons drags Kayden up, swings but Kayden bobs ‘n’ weaves to kick and SUPERKICK!

Kayden aims again, runs, and she BOOT WASHES Lyons in the ropes! Cover, TWO! Lyons is still in this but fans rally up. Kayden knuckle locks Lyons, CHOPS her, then CHOPS again. Kayden goes up and up but Lyons trips her up! Kayden flops down, fans are torn but Katana coaches Kayden. But the ROARING ROUNDHOUSE and the LYONS DEN hit first!! Cover, Lyons wins!

Winner: Nikkita Lyons, by pinfall

Stark celebrates with her tag partner as they check off one half of the champions. But will it be a different story when it’s 2v2?

 

Chase U holds a public pep rally.

Andre Chase is on stage with Bodhi Hayward & Thea Hail. Chase says that because of the win he and Bodhi scored over Melo & Trick last week, in which Chase pinned Melo, Chase has earned himself a North American Championship Ladder Match qualifier next week! Everyone cheers that news! But who is it against? Von Wagner. Boo! Chase says he’ll beat Von and go to Halloween Havoc to become the NEW North American Champion! Everyone cheers that on! Chase U forever! Chase now opens things to questions from the press. Dave has a question: How confident is Chase going into his match, having never beaten Von Wagner before?

“Who the **** have you ever beaten, Dave?! You think that was a five star question!?” Has Dave ever even gotten in the ring? When Chase punches Von, he’ll be thinking of Dave’s stupid, smug face! Now THAT is a #TeachableMoment! But will Chase be the one to fail the test against vicious Von?

 

Nathan Frazer speaks.

“This isn’t the first time I’ve been tied at one-all. When I was playing soccer, I was always the guy that my team turned to when we needed to pull ahead. Me and Axiom, we’re all square, and headed into extra time in the decider. But now, the stakes are even higher: a place in the NXT North American Championship Ladder Match at Halloween Havoc. With everything level in a Cup Final, and the minutes ticking down, every player on the field tightens up. But that is when I’m at my most outrageous and dangerous. The ball came over my head, and I volleyed it to the goal from like 30 yards to propel us to the championship.

“I’m sure Axiom is gonna pull out moves that we’ve never seen before. But so am I. This is the biggest match of our careers. We’re gonna empty our playbooks, because it’s win or go home. And I just got the ball with the clock ticking down and the game on the line.” Will the British Prodigy score a game-winning goal? Or will he be denied his chance at gold?

 

Ilja Dragunov VS Xyon Quinn!

The Czar is back in a big way! He’ll be part of a Triple Threat at Halloween Havoc, against a great rival in JD McDonagh and a great champion in Bron Breakker. But will he prove Xyon isn’t either of those things in this return match? Or will UNBESIEGBAR fall to “The X-Factor” of NXT?

The bell rings and Dragunov circles with Quinn. They tie up, Dragunov wrenches an arm and then hooks a leg to wrangle Quinn to a headlock. Quinn fights up, fans rally for Dragunov and Dragunov shifts his grip. Quinn throws body shots, pries the hold open and headlocks Dragunov. But Dragunov hip tosses him down! Cover, ONE, but Dragunov facelocks. Fans still rally for Dragunov as Quinn powers up and out. They RAM shoulders, Quinn rebounds but into another headlock takeover! Dragunov grinds but Quinn fights up. Dragunov wrenches, Quinn ROCKS him, but Dragunov CHOPS back!

Dragunov reels Quinn in for a cobra twist! Quinn endures, reaches out, and fans rally. Quinn pries at the hold, pulls Dragunov’s hair, then HIP TOSSES Dragunov away! Fans boo as Dragunov goes to a corner. Quinn runs in to back elbow Dragunov! Quinn fires body shots, and then he smirks as Dragunov sputters. Quinn stands Dragunov up but Dragunov CHOPS, CLUBS, and CHOPS again! Quinn shoves Dragunov and becomes a wall! Dragunov bounces off him and fans boo. Quinn whips Dragunov into a corner, then scoops him for a BACKBREAKER! Quinn then STANDING SPLASHES! Cover, ONE!!

Quinn is practically offended but he clamps onto Dragunov with a cobra clutch. Dragunov endures and fights up! It shocks and upsets Quinn but fans rally up! Quinn ripcords but Dragunov SLAPS him! Quinn SLAPS back, but Dragunov PELES! Both men wobble and drop to their knees but fans fire up! Dragunov snarls, waistlocks, but Quinn switches. Quinn shoves, but Dragunov comes back with the CONSTANTINE SPECIAL! Fans fire up and Dragunov is feeling it! Dragunov waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX Quinn! Dragunov holds on, but Quinn fights! Quinn throws back elbows but Dragunov ducks one to fire knees in return!

Now Dragunov fires palm strike after palm strike, and then a suplex! FALLING FOREARM! Fans fire up for Dragunov after that one! Dragunov aims from the corner, “UN! BE! SIEG! BAR!” TORPEDO MOSCOW! Cover, Dragunov wins!

Winner: Ilja Dragunov, by pinfall

Fans are fired up to see The Czar hasn’t missed a step! Will Dragunov take down both the Irish Ace and the Dog Faced Gremlin’s Son to take back his throne?

 

NXT hears from Wendy Choo and Lash Legend.

“When I hear Lash Legend speak, it’s like listening to nails on a chalkboard. I don’t apologize for sticking up for myself. And I’m not letting Lash Legend and her huge ego interrupt my ego.” Lash says she has no problems with how Wendy dresses, does her hair or anything like that. “You do you, boo.” But when Lash has something to say, you get up out the way. It doesn’t matter if you’re Wendy Choo, Doja Cat, Beyoncé, Lizzo, you move! Buh-bye! Wendy says Lash thinks she can pick on her. But why? Cuz she’s smaller? Not as loud? Not as obnoxious? Well, that last one is impossible.

And Wendy proved in Lights Out that when she gets pushed and pushed, she can tap into the dark side. That is what Lash gets next week! Lash says when you piss her off, she kicks your head off. If Wendy wants to see this next one coming, no problem there. Wendy’s face can kiss the heel of Lash’s boot again. Mwah. Wendy says she gets it. When you have natural ability like Lash, it is hard to be humble. But Wendy will humble Lash. Lash says Wendy is an athlete, but not one like Lash. Wendy says next week, we’ll hear this: … Yep! NOTHING. Because Wendy’s gonna shut up the biggest mouth in NXT history!

Lash says get Wendy’s bed, hug pillow and nightlight, because she’s putting Wendy to bed, OKAY~? But just who is going to take a three second nap at the end of their match?

 

Brutus Creed VS Damon Kemp!

The Diamond Mine had a snake inside their camp the whole time, and it was the Golden Gopher all along! The Creeds lost their NXT Tag Team Championships because of Kemp, will #BrutusSmash? Or will Kemp have another trick up his proverbial sleeve to pour salt in the wounds?

Kemp makes his entrance second, and Brutus rushes him at the ramp! They brawl, fans fire up, and Kemp ROCKS Brutus with forearms and body shots. But Brutus brings Kemp along and puts him in the ring! The bell rings, Brutus TACKLES Kemp and fires hands! Kemp gets up but Brutus tackles him again! Brutus throws a knee, then he gut wrench THROWS Kemp! Kemp staggers up, Brutus runs in, but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Brutus sputters but Kemp KICKS him down! Kemp CLUBS Brutus, cravats, and he grinds Brutus down. Brutus endures and fans rally up. Brutus fights up and gets a leg to suplex Kemp!

But Kemp holds onto the cravat! Kemp grinds Brutus again but fans rally as Brutus endures. Brutus fights up, rolls, but Kemp stays clamped on! Kemp talks trash but Brutus fights up again. Kemp RAMS Brutus into buckles, and again, and again! The ref counts, but Kemp GRINDS Brutus’ face on ropes! Brutus endures, fans rally, but Kemp throws knees. Brutus is starting to fade inside that cravat! But fans rally, Kemp snapmares Brutus then redoes the cravat. Kemp then drops an elbow! Kemp facelocks, fans boo but Brutus still endures. Brutus fights up and he scoops Kemp to SLAM him down! Fans fire up as Brutus is free!

Brutus runs in but Kemp sends him into buckles! Kemp grins, brings the straps down, and he mocks Brutus’ bear crawl. Kemp SLAPS Brutus, but Brutus snarls! Brutus storms up on Kemp, rolls him up, TWO! Brutus POUNCES Kemp to the ropes!! Kemp flops out of the ring and he’s furious. Kemp grabs a chair and he JAMS Brutus! And SMACKS him! And again and again!!

Winner: Brutus Creed, by disqualification

Kemp tells Brutus to get up and he puts him in the ring. Kemp keeps after Brutus with the chair! Refs rush out to try and stop Kemp but now Kemp just shouts in Brutus’ face! Kemp then tells Julius that if he wants some, he can come get some! Kemp storms off, telling Brutus he’s nothing! Will all this only bring more pain down on Kemp’s head?

 

Quincy Elliot talks with Sanga backstage.

The Super Diva asks why the Gentleman Fighter is so down. Sanga says last week, Quincy had a great win while Sanga did not fare so well against Von Wagner of all people. Quincy says that’s alright, there’s plenty of Quincy love to go around. Keep your head up. Sanga gives a lot of advice, but sometimes he needs it. Thank you, brother. Of course, you got this. Sanga heads out, and Xyon enters in. Quincy wants him to hold on. Remember that talk they had last week? Quincy watched Quinn’s match, and that X-Factor thing Quinn keeps talking about… Yeah, Quincy just doesn’t see it. Teehee, laters.

Quinn’s even more upset now. Will he look to ruin Quincy’s good times for his honest opinion?

 

NXT Media catches up with Stark & Lyons.

They congratulate Lyons on the win tonight, she and Stark are picking up momentum going towards the NXT Women’s Tag Team titles. Lyons thanks them for that. Kayden put up a great fight, but the results make it clear. Lyons & Stark are coming for the titles! Stark agrees. With Lyons’ power and Stark’s experience, they’ll be unstoppable. Those titles are coming home with them soon enough. “You guys can’t be serious.” Toxic Attraction walk over and Jacy says Stark & Lyons are nowhere near ready for their titles. Uh, their titles? Didn’t Gigi & Jacy lose? Oh yeah, they did! So those are NOT their titles.

Gigi says those titles look good on them, not on Lyons & Stark. Ew, could you imagine? Mandy says Lyons & Stark should just shut up right now, cuz it’s 3v2. Oh, really? You think they’re scared? But then WOOSH, Fyre lights another fire! Seems now the odds are even. Lyons & Stark like this, but Toxic Attraction backs down. Will Fyre help Lyons & Stark burn down the Toxic Empire once and for all?

 

Pub Rules Match: Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen VS Gallus!

As if these teams weren’t in fighting moods before, they’ve been after each other all night! Now things get to finally pop off, with plenty of kegs and Guinness at ringside! Who will end up under the table? And who will be the boys on top?

NXT returns as Briggs & Jensen make their entrance. Briggs is bringing a bull rope to this bar brawl! The bell rings and the brawl is on! Jensen throws hands with Mark Coffey but ends up cornered, while Briggs backs down Wolfie! Wolfgang turns things around on Briggs but Jensen turns things around on Mark. Well, not for long as Mark ROCKS Jensen. Wolfgang bumps Briggs off buckles, the hands fly more, but Jensen throws body shots. Wolfgang shoves Briggs out, he takes Briggs’ rope and LASHES Jensen! Mark goes out after Briggs to CLUB him down! Wolfgang digs his boots in on Jensen while Mark throws more hands.

Wolfgang fishhooks Jensen so he can watch Mark throw hands on Briggs. Mark grabs a trash can lid, but Briggs kicks him first. Briggs gets a trash can lid now, but Mark kicks back. Both men stagger, and Briggs CHUCKS the can at Mark’s head! Down goes Markus while Wolfgang CHOKES Jensen! Wolfgang stomps Jensen but Briggs CLUBS Wolfgang. The good ol’ boys hit back, double whip Wolfgang to ropes, and they double shoulder tackle Wolfgang down! They bring Wolfgang up, but Mark CLOBBERS Briggs! Mark BOOTS Jensen, Wolfgang throws hands on Briggs. Fans rally with “USA! USA!” but the brawl still goes Gallus’ way.

Jensen and Briggs hit back, Mark knees low and Wolfgang claws Briggs’ eyes! The Gallus Boys each whip Briggs & Jensen, but Briggs BOOTS Wolfgang and Jensen WHEEL KICKS Mark! Gallus bails out to regroup and fans fire up! Mark and Wolfgang go under the ring to bring out a TABLE! Fans love that, and Jensen hurries to match them! There’s another table in play as Jensen puts it in the ring. Briggs helps set the table up in a corner, and both teams dare the other to bring it. Briggs & Jensen go out but Gallus hurries around the way. Gallus gets the trash can lids, and Briggs has Jensen stand down so he doesn’t get clobbered.

Briggs & Jensen nod at each other and go looking under the ring. They bring out chairs! Fans fire up as the chairs and lids clash! The chairs win out, Briggs & Jensen SMACK Wolfgang & Mark on the backs! And again! And then they focus on Mark as Wolfgang bails out! Mark bails out and the fans fire up for the good ol’ boys as NXT goes picture in picture.

Briggs & Jensen dare Gallus to get back in the ring. Mark paces while Wolfgang checks his hands. Gallus starts throwing trash cans and lids into the ring, but Briggs & Jensen easily catch those and set them down. Gallus is annoyed as Jensen throws a can back! Gallus go to commentary to complain, and they hurry with trash cans, but they get DOUBLE DROPKICKS! Gallus hits the desk, then Briggs & Jensen put Wolfgang in! Briggs & Jensen corner Wolfgang to forearm and clothesline! Then they double whip Wolfgang to atomic drop and- Mark CLOBBERS Briggs! Jensen DECKS Mark, but Wolfgang CLOBBERS Jensen!

Wolfgang drags Jensen up and POSTS him! Wolfgang then fires off on Briggs at the apron. Briggs hits back, and now they brawl on the edge. Wolfgang kicks Briggs down but Briggs ROCKS Wolfgang back. They brawl more, Briggs gets the edge, but Wolfgang ROCKS him back. Briggs BOOTS Wolfgang down! Briggs then LEAPS at Mark, but Mark DECKS him out of the sky!

NXT returns to single picture, Mark whips Briggs to Wolfgang for the scoop. GAMANGIRI to POWERSLAM! Gallus stands over Briggs, and then they go after Jensen. Jensen throws haymakers! Fans fire up but Mark knees Jensen low. Mark whips Jensen to kitchen sink knee! Wolfgang SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Mark drags Jensen up to Backslide, and then Wolfgang KNEES a chair into Jensen’s face!! Jensen flounders and writhes in pain but Mark covers, TWO!! Jensen survives but Mark covers again, TWO! Gallus is annoyed, but they drop knees on Jensen. Wolfgang covers, TWO! Jensen reaches out but Mark smothers him.

Mark takes Jensen’s belt off him and now he has a leather strap! Wolfgang rips Jensen’s shirt off, but Briggs CLOBBERS Mark! Briggs fires off forearms but he gets mugged 2v1! And then CATAPULT FOREARM COMBO! Briggs is dazed, Mark takes his belt from him, and Gallus loom over both good ol’ boys. They LASH and LASH and LASH both Briggs & Jensen! Fans are stinging just watching and listening to this! LASH after LASH after LASH mark up Briggs & Jensen! Briggs & Jensen fight back but they just get more LASHES! Mark & Wolfgang prepare to use all the slack, but Briggs & Jensen block the lashing!

Briggs HEADBUTTS Mark, Jensen HEADBUTTS Wolfgang, and fans fire up! Now the tide has turned, time for the LASHING of Gallus!! LASH after LASH, and then they literally put Gallus on the ropes. Briggs puts Wolfgang’s shirt over his head while Mark’s shirt is just gone, Briggs & Jensen DOUBLE LASH!! Gallus writhes and fans want that “ONE MORE TIME!” The good ol’ boys instead slide out to DOUBLE HAYMAKER! And then, they spot the table with the pitcher on it. Fans chant for “BEER! BEER! BEER!” Briggs & Jensen grab a mug each, to SMASH them on Gallus’ heads!! Briggs & Jensen put Mark in the ring and then put him in a trash can!

Mark is upside-down, but here comes Joe! The Iron King is furious, but Briggs & Jensen DOUBLE BOOT him down, and Joe falls through the table!! The good ol boys are all fired-up, and Wolfgang runs in, DOUBLE HIP TOSS through the other table!! Mark gets right-side-up, for the COUNTRY HIGH LOW!! Cover, Jensen & Briggs win!

Winners: Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen, by pinfall

The Pub Rules Match turned more into a slobber knocker, and we saw that country boys can survive! Will Gallus not leave it at this? Just how much wilder can this one get? Well, speaking of, Gallus isn’t letting security push them back, Wolfgang DECKS one! And then refs rush out, only for Joe to DECK one of them!! That’ll be a mighty big fine! Well now police storm in! They ARREST Gallus for disorderly conduct! Will not even the law stop this firm from taking over?


My Thoughts:

A great NXT with a lot of great things set up for Halloween Havoc. For one, great vignette from Nathan Frazer to frame his rivalry with Axiom within his favorite thing outside of wrestling in soccer. As if Frazer VS Axiom Round 3 wasn’t going to be great already, making it a qualifier for the North American Championship Ladder match is going to boost that into something amazing. Either guy can win and either guy will make an awesome addition to that ladder match. Chase U has a great “pep rally,” and we got another classic Andre Chase outburst. Chase VS Von definitely feels like Von’s to win, but I would love if Chase got another shocker upset.

Wes VS Tony was really good, but I feel like that had to be a legit injury for Tony D. There’s no way NXT would intentionally make that part of story, but they can definitely spin it for story. Wes has to prove to everyone, including himself, that he deserves to be in the ladder match, so he might go above and beyond with wild spots. Given that, maybe Wes dooms himself and overdoes it, allowing someone else to win the title. Melo & Trick also keep hating on Wes so whether it’s Melo or Wes who wins, they can have an awesome feud going into the Fall and whatever NXT special parallels Survivor Series this year.

Great segment from Dragunov, JD and Bron with great use of continuity from NXT UK. And while I personally don’t think a Triple Threat is best for this, obviously the fans all wanted it, and Bron even played along by doing his own take on Steiner Math so that was fun. I just hope that this Triple Threat doesn’t go the way of Mandy Rose using Blair Davenport and Meiko Satomura against each other to win. Bron has had a great time in NXT, but he could easily move up to RawDown. My main thing is, Dragunov cannot, should not and better not be fed to further boost Bron. Dragunov can pin JD so that Bron loses without losing, clean exit and finally NXT UK gets some respect over here.

Mandy VS Fallon was a solid opening match but of course Mandy wins. She calls out Fyre, but then Fyre throws it back at her, obviously we’re getting that title match for Halloween Havoc. Lyons VS Kayden was a great match but it makes sense for Lyons to win since this was 1v1. Lyons, Stark & Fyre have a great confrontation with Toxic Attraction, that is definitely a Six Woman Tag to help factor things in for the women’s title and women’s tag titles. I almost feel like we’ll get a Triple Threat Tag for the women’s tag titles just so we get another situation of one side losing without really losing any power levels. Lyons & Stark can pin Toxic, they can pin KC Squared, the other goes after Lyons & Stark for the Fall season.

Decent promo from The Schism and a really good match from Grimes VS Gacy. The Dyad of course make the difference and Gacy wins, and I further believe this is leading to a Six Man Tag of The Schism VS Grimes, Edris & Malik. Good promo from Apollo and good response from Waller. I have a weird feeling Apollo VS Waller can end up an Eye for an Eye match like Seth Rollins had with Rey Mysterio a couple years ago. Waller also having Roxanne AND Cora on his talk show, he’s of course going to stir the pot, but we all know Roxie VS Cora II was going to happen at some point, so this is a good way to get multiple stories going at once.

Good debut match from Sol Ruca, and with her athletic background, there are parallels between her and Tiffany Stratton, so I’m almost expecting Sol’s first feud to be with Tiffany. Wendy and Lash have a good promo segment, their match will be very good, and it could go either way. Wendy kept her feud with Tiffany going even after losses, so whether Wendy loses or Lash does, they both have that character where they’ll just go back for more. Dragunov has a great return match with Quinn, and of course Dragunov wins. Sanga, Quincy and Quinn had a good segment backstage, and Quinn is a good foil for Quincy to feud with.

Really good match from Brutus and Kemp, but obviously Kemp wasn’t worried about winning, just hurting Brutus. Mission accomplished there and obviously we’ll get Julius VS Kemp next. It’s just rather odd that Kemp still wears the singlet he spray painted last week. I’m sure Kemp will have his own, non-Diamond-Mine ring gear soon, and since Damon Kemp is a former Minnesota wrestler, I’m hoping for gold and maroon. That’d look pretty awesome, especially to contrast the blue and white of Diamond Mine.

We got great segments from Gallus and the good ol’ boys all night, especially with Gallus pushing the limits with NXT security. That main event was awesome stuff, and I’m a bit surprised Briggs & Jensen won, but HHHBK seem to really like those guys. But I feel like having Gallus arrested is actually the wrong way to go about this. Hank Walker should’ve stormed out there cuz he’s basically alpha security guard. Also, Hank has felt like the third man in the Country Boys stable since he showed up on Level Up months ago. Maybe that still happens next week, with a segment where Gallus is released on bail and Hank gets in their face. Then we can get Briggs, Jensen & Hank VS Gallus in a huge Six Man Tag for Halloween Havoc, whatever wild stipulation attached to it you want.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (9/20/22)

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Can the Big Strong Boy trump the Irish Ace?

Both Tyler Bate and JD McDonagh have faced Bron Breakker before, and they both want another shot! Who will be the NEW #1 Contender to the NXT Championship?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Best of 3 Series, Part 2: Nathan Frazer VS Axiom, Axiom leads 1-0; Frazer wins and ties the series.
  • Toxic Attraction VS Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley; Toxic Attraction wins.
  • Malik Blade & Edris Enofe VS The Dyad w/ Joe Gacy; The Dyad wins.
  • Wendy Choo VS Cora Jade; Cora wins.
  • Andre Chase & Bodhi Hayward w/ Thea Hail VS Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams; Chase & Bodhi win.
  • Sanga VS Von Wagner; Wagner wins.
  • North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Oro Mensah VS Grayson Waller; Mensah wins and advances to Halloween Havoc.
  • NXT Championship #1 Contender’s Match: JD McDonagh VS Tyler Bate; McDonagh wins and will challenge Bron Breakker for the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Carmelo Hayes and Solo Sikoa end up in the same interview.

And Melo ain’t happy about it. Solo says the title looks better on him. Melo shot and missed. But Shawn Michaels says they’re not doing this right now. They’re both meeting here because of how their match ended. HBK commends Solo stepping up but he wasn’t sanctioned to be in that match. Therefore, that match result cannot stand. Solo must vacate the North American Championship. HBK is sorry, but he’s been there. It sucks. Solo understands, rules are rules. Solo has unfinished business then. HBK wants Solo to know something. What he did here over the last year is staggering, so good luck on SmackDown, Raw and wherever his WWE career takes him.

Solo told Melo he had next. Melo says Solo had next. Now beat it. And HBK, thank you for making the right decision. What? He expects to get this handed back to him? Melo tried to outsmart the system and got burned. HBK doesn’t care if Melo is cocky, he even respects that. But as soon as you think you’re bigger than the business, the business slaps you in the face. And that’s what happened. Melo will get his chance to get this belt back, in six weeks at Halloween Havoc! Melo and four others who qualify over the next few weeks will compete for the North American title, in a LADDER MATCH!

Melo accepts that and heads out. Who will join him in that massive match to crown a NEW North American Champion?

 

Best of 3 Series, Part 2: Nathan Frazer VS Axiom!

The British Prodigy lost the all important first round to the Undeniable Truth, but now he gets a chance to start again! Will Frazer tie this series up and push it to a third? Or will Axiom keep this from becoming a trilogy?

The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Axiom waistlocks but Frazer arm-drags Axiom. Axiom headscissors, fans duel, and Frazer kips free. They circle again, tie up, and Axiom wrenches an arm. Axiom stands Frazer up, whips him to ropes, but Frazer rolls Axiom! TWO, but Frazer hurries to backslide! Axiom slips off to La Magistrol! But Frazer counters! TWO!! Axiom waistlocks, Frazer slips under, O’Conner Rolls, ONE! SLEEPER!! Frazer flails, rolls back to a cover, TWO!! Axiom lets go in time and fans cheer the standoff. The two reset and circle again as fans continue to duel.

They knuckle lock, Axiom rolls back, wrenches, trips Frazer and has the toehold. Frazer endures, pushes up to roll but Axiom handsprings through! Fans fire up as the two go again. They tie up, Frazer headlocks but axiom powers out. Frazer runs him over, covers, ONE! Frazer runs Axiom over again! Cover, ONE! Frazer headlocks for a takeover and he grinds Axiom down! Axiom rolls to a cover, TWO! Frazer holds on, Axiom fights up to his feet, but Frazer spins and waistlocks to drag Axiom down. Axiom switches, fans rally, and Frazer fights up. Axiom shifts to a headlock then hits a takeover.

Frazer endures, headscissors, and he holds tight! Frazer pushes up for pressure but Axiom moves around. Axiom heastands, turns Frazer over and bridges to get the legs tied up! Axiom shifts to get the arms and he has a headstand into the CATTLE MUTILATION! Frazer moves, Axiom has the arms but Frazer flips and arm-drags free! Axiom ducks ‘n’ dodges and springboards to arm-drag! Then a kip up and DROPKICK! Frazer scrambles, he denies the O’Conner but runs into a BIG NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Axiom looms over Frazer, whips him to a corner, but Frazer goes up and over!

Axiom catches Frazer but Frazer headscissors him out! Frazer builds speed but Axiom ROCKS him! Axiom climbs up the corner, leaps, but Frazer DROPKICKS him out of the sky! Axiom scrambles to get away to the outside! Frazer is frustrated as NXT goes picture in picture.

Frazer goes out after Axiom, drags him up, and RAMS him into the apron! Frazer puts Axiom in the ring, ELBOWS him down, then covers, TWO! Frazer is frustrated again, and he drags Axiom. Frazer hangs Axiom out to dry on the ropes, then DECKs him! Axiom flops to the apron but he holds on to the ropes. Frazer drags Axiom up and through the ropes, but Axiom kicks at Frazer! Frazer still drags Axiom in, YANKS him from the ropes, and SPLASHES down! Cover, TWO! Frazer drags Axiom back up, puts him in a corner and whips him corner to corner hard! Axiom hits buckles chest first and falls back.

Frazer storms up on Axiom but Axiom CHOPS him! Frazer DECKS Axiom and stomps away! Frazer puts Axiom in another corner, RAMS into him, then RAMS in again! Frazer gets the leg and trips Axiom for a jackknife bridge! TWO, and Axiom scrambles away. Frazer grows further frustrated but he storms up on Axiom again. Frazer drags Axiom up, and fisherman’s for a GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Axiom is showing his toughness, and fans rally up. Frazer whips Axiom to ropes, then kitchen sink KNEES him down! Cover, TWO! Frazer is really frustrated now, and he clamps on with a rear bearhug.

Axiom endures, reaches out and crawls for ropes as NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally and duel, Frazer KNEES Axiom in the back, and then squeezes tighter on the bearhug. Axiom fights up to his feet but Frazer CLUBS him on the back! Frazer whips, Axiom reverses and reels him in for an IRON OCTOPUS! But Frazer slips out to get a COBRA TWIST! Axiom hip tosses free! Frazer staggers up, Axiom fires off forearms and counter punches! Axiom headbutts low, fires off palm strikes then whips! And DROPKICKS! Fans fire up as Axiom runs, to HOTSHOT Frazer! And then springboard, FLYING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!

Frazer is still in this, and perhaps Axiom is growing frustrated. Hard to say with that mask on. Fans rally and Axiom aims to KICK! Frazer sits up and Axiom KICKS him again! And again, but Frazer blocks! Axiom avoids the leg sweep to ENZIGURI! But Frazer ENZIGURIS back! Frazer goes to roll up but Axiom sits on it! TWO!! Fans are thunderous, Axiom dodges Frazer to PELE! Axiom fires up and takes aim from the corner! GOLDEN- SUPERKICK from Frazer!! Cover, TWO!!! Axiom survives and Frazer can’t believe it! But the fans are loving “NXT! NXT!” for this one! Frazer hurries to a corner and climbs up top! Axiom gets up to GAMANGIRI first!

Axiom climbs up after Frazer now, and hits a SUPER ARM-DRAG! Cover, TWO!! Frazer survives and Axiom is beside himself! Fans rally, “This is Awesome!” as Axiom waistlocks. Frazer holds ropes, Axiom has the SLEEPER! Frazer elbows free, then elbows from the corner! QUEBRADA, into the SLEEPER! Axiom has the body scissors but Frazer fights up to his feet! But Axiom shifts to a GUILLOTINE! And then to an omoplata! Frazer gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans fire up but Axiom lets off, to STOMP Frazer down! Fans boo the savagery but Axiom goes up top. Axiom aims but Frazer springs up top! SUPERPLEX!

Roll through a la Rollins, for ANARCHY!! Frazer hurries up top again, for the PHOENIX SPLASH!! Cover, Frazer wins!!

Winner: Nathan Frazer, by pinfall (series is now tied 1-1)

The British Prodigy finds his opening and hits the mark! Now it’ll all come down to the final round, who will take the series and rise in the ranks?

 

Alba Fyre speaks.

“Mandy Rose. Your reign as Women’s Champion has been historic. You’ve blazed through opponent after opponent. But last week, when we locked eyes, I smelled your soul. I’ve seen the fear building up inside you. And in your heart, you know that I’m going to be the one to take that woman’s title away from you and burn your empire to the ground.”

Mandy Rose sees that.

Gigi & Jacy ask if she’s okay. Yeah, why? She’s not impressed by Fyre. Mandy will take out Fallon Henley next week, and then she’ll do the same thing to Alba Fyre. Now tonight, Gigi & Jacy has to show us why there’s Toxic Attraction, and then everyone else. The trio heads out, will Gigi & Jacy prove they’re ready to get the tag titles back?

 

Damon Kemp speaks.

He throws down the Diamond Mine singlet and sprays a red X on it. “Did you see the Creeds’ faces when I cost them the tag team titles last week? It was priceless. It’s the same dumb look they had on their faces when they were trying to figure out if it was Roddy that was on the take from Tony D. Roddy didn’t take any money, I did. It was all set up so Tony & Stacks could win the tag team titles. But Santos came back and ruined it. IT was only a matter of time before Julius and Roddy were gonna clash.

“Then Roddy said he pulled the security footage to help clear his name. I thought I was dead in the water, I knew I had to get ride of the footage. So, I destroyed Roddy’s phone, then I destroyed Roddy. Did you know he’s still in this hospital? Maybe. I just sent him flowers. The Creed Brothers were pissed at me before, I can only imagine how they’re feeling right now. They’re probably in the gym right now, pacing. Listen, I am a world class athlete, but I am not gonna fight the Creed Brothers two on one. That’s not fair. One on one, any time, any place. One in the ring, and one back in the locker room. They can pick who gets this work first. That’s all you get today.”

 

Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley hear about this.

The Diamond Pitbull is pissed! It was Damon all along?! Tatum wants Ivy to calm down but she can’t! Damon’s all but destroyed Diamond Mine! Tatum says there’s nothing they can do about that now. Julius & Brutus will handle Damon while they have business with Toxic Attraction. Focus. Ivy IS focused! Let’s go! But did Damon do more damage than to just Roderick and the Creeds with his betrayal?

Toxic Attraction VS Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley!

KC Squared have the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, and in many ways, Gigi & Jacy kept them safe against their other challengers. But now, Gigi & Jacy want the gold back around their waists. Will they get their rematch with Kayden & Katana? Or will Diamond Mine get some gold of their own again?

The teams sort out and Gigi starts against Tatum. Fans rally as Gigi and Tatum tie up. Gigi wrenches, wristlocks, and whips, but Tatum reverses. Things speed up, Tatum hurdles but Gigi leaps over. Tatum goes Matrix then DROPKICKS Gigi down! Gigi gets up, Tatum facelocks but Gigi keeps her from Ivy! Gigi blocks a kick, flips Tatum but she lands on her feet! Gigi CLOBBERS Tatum and tags in Jacy! Toxic Attraction double wrench, double KICK, then BUZZSAW and SENTON! Cover, TWO! Jacy smirks and she KICKS Tatum in the back. Jacy taunts “muscles” Ivy, but Tatum O’Conner Rolls! TWO, and Tatum ROCKS Jacy! Jacy reverses the whip to CLOBBER Tatum!

Jacy tags Gigi, then feeds Tatum to the BOOT! Gigi hurries to cover, TWO! Gigi drags Tatum around, CLUBS her down, then pulls the arms back to keep Tatum from Ivy. Fans rally as Tatum endures a top wristlock. Gigi JAMS the arm, Tatum still fights up, but Gigi knees low. Gigi whips Tatum and ROCKS her at the ropes! But Tatum rolls Gigi up! TWO, and both women run, DOUBLE FACEBUSTERS take them down! Fans fire up as Gigi and Tatum crawl, hot tags to Jacy and Ivy! The Female Titan rallies on Toxic Attraction with big forearms! Ivy KICKS, KICKS and ENZIGURIS! Jacy flops down, Ivy runs in at the corner to CALF KICK!

Fans fire up with Ivy and she deadlift Half Hatch suplexes! Cover, Gigi breaks it! Tatum runs in, but into Gigi’s SAIDO! Ivy hurries after Jacy but Jacy ROLLING ELBOWS her! Tag to Gigi and Jacy hits a CODE BREAKER! But Ivy avoids the lariat to ROCK Gigi! And ENZIGURI Jacy! Ivy has Jacy but Gigi YANKS her out of the ring! Fans boo as Gigi puts Ivy back in. Tag to Jacy, TOXIC ANNIHILATION! Cover, Toxic Attraction wins!

Winners: Toxic Attraction, by pinfall

Gigi & Jacy blow kisses to everyone, happily moving on down the road towards the titles! Will Kayden & Katana have to be ready for a toxic showdown?

 

NXT returns to The Schism in the ring.

Jagger Reed says, “Last week signified the end of opportunities for those who are on the fence about The Schism. The time has come for you to pick a side!” No longer will The Schism turn the other cheek. And to anyone not sitting in the shade of their tree, you’ve been warned! Rip Fowler says to those enlightened few brave enough to break the status quo and sit with them under their tree, “you have nothing to fear. We will never abandon you. In fact, we will hold you tighter in our arms.” Jagger says the road to peace and inclusivity is a bumpy one. But they will make the world a better place and accept that mission.

Joe Gacy says we’ve brought this upon ourselves. “Change can be scary, but we have given you ample time to accept the change. Now, whether you accept us or not, you will see the world through our eyes. Cameron Grimes, you have had multiple chances, and I have been more than patient. I have tried reasoning, I have tried compassion, but it seems that this world only responds to a firm hand. Cameron Grimes, you have made a life altering decision. And to you and anyone else that refuses to listen, the wrath of The Schism is imminent.” But wait! Here come Edris & Malik! They fire off on The Dyad for that brawl last week!

Edris & Malik DECK Jagger & Rip, then DOUBLE PLANCHA! Fans fire up and we have a match! Will The Schism learn what happens to hypocrites?

Malik Blade & Edris Enofe VS The Dyad w/ Joe Gacy!

The bell rings, Malik goes after Rip but Rip throws haymakers! And CHOPS! And forearms! Rip whips but Malik reverses to hurdle and dropkick! Fans fire up with Malik and he brings Rip up. Malik scoops, Rip slips off to wrench and RAM shoulders. Rip whips but Edris tags in. Malik reverses, he and Edris trip Rip up to BOOT and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Edris wrenches Rip, Rip pulls hair and the ref reprimands. Rip puts Edris in the corner, tags Jagger, and the Dyad traps Edris to mug him! Jagger reels Edris in for a short arm LARIAT! Cover, ONE!! Jagger is annoyed, he ROCKS Edris with a haymaker!

Tag to Rip, but Edris fights back! The Dyad mugs Edris again but Edris BOOTS Rip away! Edris ducks the double clothesline to hot tag Malik! Springboard CROSSBODY! Edris DOUBLE LARIATS the Dyad out, then holds the ropes down for Malik to FLY! Direct hit and Gacy is furious while NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and Jagger ROCKS Malik with a right, but Malik ROCKS Jagger with haymakers of his own! Jagger powers Malik back, Rip tags in, then Jagger whips Malik. Rip grabs at Malik’s sweater vest, Malik swings on Rip but Jagger CLOBBERS Malik! Fans boo but Jagger throws Malik out. Rip then gets Malik up, PLANCHA BACKBREAKER COMBO! Fans boo more but The Schism soak up the heat while hugging it out! Fans boo more but Rip puts Malik in the ring. Rip drags Malik up, ROCKS him, then tags Jagger. The Dyad mug Malik, Jagger snapmares and stomps Malik down!

Fans rally up and Malik throws body shots! But Jagger ROCKS Malik with forearms! Jagger drags Malik by his sweater vest then ROCKS him again. Tag to Rip, The Dyad double whip Malik to ropes, but Malik holds ropes to rally back on The Dyad! Hot tag to Edris and he fires off on The Dyad! SPLASH for Jagger in a corner! SPLASH for Rip in a corner! Edris fires off haymakers on Rip but Jagger rushes over. Edris just fires haymakers on Jagger! Fans fire up with Edris, he dodges Jagger to UPPERCUT Rip! Then he SHOTGUNS Jagger! Rip reverses a whip but Edris trips him up! SLING-DOG! Edris fires up and brings Rip up.

Rip wrenches to JAWBREAKER! Malik sneaks a tag, Edris KNEES Rip! Malik runs in, LEAP FROG LEG DROP SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Rip survives and fans argue the count but Malik stays focused and fired up! Tag to Edris, they get Rip up in a fireman’s carry, but Jagger dumps Malik out! Rip rolls Edris up, TWO and Edris has a cradle! TWO!!! Rip escapes and throat chops! Tag to Jagger, MAYHEM DESTROYER!! Fans are losing their minds over that one, but then there’s the TICKET TO RIDE!! Cover, The Dyad wins!

Winners: The Dyad, by pinfall

Gacy joins his men in celebrating, having showed Edris & Malik what happens to the opposition. Will there be zero tolerance for those who incur the wrath of The Schism?

 

Roxanne Perez speaks.

“Meiko Satomura is a legend, and in my opinion, the true measuring stick of women in this business. I challenged Meiko because I wanted to find out where I stood. I was very nervous, it was pretty obvious. I’m sure everyone saw me slip during my entrance because I knew I was in for a battle. I’ve never been hit harder in my life. I still have bruises on my back two weeks later. I hit her with everything I had, but she proved why she’s Meiko. I may have lost the match, but I gained Meiko’s respect.” Meiko says Roxie was super tough. Meiko was hard on her but she still stood up to her. Roxie has fighting sprit, and will be a great women’s champion one day.

Roxie found the toughness and grit she never knew she had. She can never thank Meiko enough. And that is what Roxie will use on Cora Jade! The next time they face off, Cora is going to face a tougher, rougher Roxie! When and where will the former friends have it out?

 

Wendy Choo VS Cora Jade!

The Queen of Comfy didn’t appreciate what was said by #GenerationJade. Will Wendy prove to Cora that Cora’s the one in her own little world? Or will Cora make Wendy go night-night tonight?

NXT returns as Cora makes her entrance. The bell rings, the two circle, and fans duel. The two tie up, Cora puts Wendy in a corner but the ref counts. Cora lets off and pats Wendy on the head. Wendy SHOVES Cora down! Cora gets up, Wendy gets around and headlocks! Wendy hits a takeover, but Cora headscissors free. Cora holds on as Wendy tries to kip free, so Wendy moves around. Wendy headstands, pops free and mocks Cora before getting her own headlock. Fans fire up but Cora pushes with forearms. Wendy holds on, they stand up and Cora powers out. Wendy runs Cora over, things speed up, and Wendy body scissors to a cover, TWO!

Wendy SHOTGUNS Cora down! Cora goes to a corner, Wendy runs side to side to YAKUZA KCIK! Cora flounders out of the ring, so Wendy builds speed to slide! Cora blocks that, spins Wendy and ROCKS her! Cora snarls, stomps Wendy down, and CLUBS her. Cora CHOKES Wendy on the ropes, lets off as the ref counts, and Cora mocks Wendy as she sputters. Cora ROCKS Wendy with forearms then whips her to ropes, only to send her into ropes and ELBOW her down! Cover, TWO! Fans duel, Cora stomps Wendy, and then Cora runs to springboard DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Cora pulls Wendy back into a straitjacket stretch!

Fans rally and Wendy endures but Cora thrashes her around. Fans rally as Cora pulls o the arms. Wendy fights up, arm-drags free, and then throws a body shot! And a KICK! And a LARIAT! Wendy fires up, whips Cora to ropes and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! Cora staggers to a corner, Wendy handspring FOREARMS her! Cora holds ropes to deny the suplex, but Wendy yanks her away! GERMAN SUPLEX! Cora goes back to the corner, Wendy runs in, but Cora trips her into the buckles! DDT! Cover, Cora wins!

Winner: Cora Jade, by pinfall

Cora turns things around on Wendy at the last second, then “kicks dirt” at her. Cora heads out, will she be headed for the top of NXT? And then Lash Legend gets in the ring! She BOOTS Wendy down! Fans boo Lash as she talks trash on Wendy, will Wendy have another ego to deal with?

 

Backstage interview with Bron Breakker.

McKenzie asks the NXT Champion about Bate VS McDonagh in tonight’s main event. Bron first wants to thank the fans for voting him as the NXT Superstar of the Year. Now, tonight. Bate has a great mix of strength, speed and agility while JD picks a body part and dissects it. It is main event worthy for sure. But who does he think will win? It could go either way, but Bron picks Bate. They had a banger at Worlds Collide, Bron would love to do that again. Bron heads out, will the Big Strong Boy come through for him? Or will Bron regret betting against the Irish Ace?

 

Trick Williams talks with Carmelo Hayes backstage.

Trick says what happened last week is the past. Today is a new day. Melo IS the man. Carmelo says yes he is! They head for gorilla, what will the former A Champion have to say about the coming ladder match?

 

Backstage interview with Oro Mensah.

Kelly Kingcaid says what a unique name and what an exciting night. We know what Oro can do from NXT UK, but what does he say to his match with Grayson Waller being a North American Championship Ladder Match qualifier? Oro says he came to NXT to face the best, Waller is one of the best, as he will tell you himself. He even tweets about it! But the uniqueness of his name, he’ll explain what it means. “Oro” means “Gold,” and Ghana is known as the Country of Gold. Now tonight, Oro will make sure he qualifies for that ladder match! Then good luck! Oro thanks Kelly and is all fired up. Will the Freshest Flavor on the Brand have one sweet debut?

 

Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams head to the ring!

Fans chant “SOLO~!” at them as they get the mics. Trick has the music cut and tells everyone to shut their mouths. “Y’all saw what happened last week. Solo musta lost his mind! Melo needs to get something off his chest, now talk your talk, dawg.” Melo says first off, he says vote or no vote, he IS the biggest superstar in NXT! PERIOD. Fans boo in disagreement but Solo says everyone’s preying on his downfall, and last week proves it. So what Melo wants now is the person that played the music and rang the bell and even the referee that counted the pinfall, they should ALL lose their jobs! Sign up for unemployment!

Fans boo but Melo tells Solo, “I don’t care what bloodline you come from, You came into my house and you stole something that belongs to me. So it doesn’t matter which way you flip it, I am still THE A Champion!” Wait, here comes CHASE U! Fans fire up for Andre Chase, Bodhi Hayward & Thea Hail, and Chase has the mic. “Carmelo Hayes, I saw what happened last week. And I think what we have right now-” NO! NO! Melo will stop Chase right there! Any other time, but now’s not the time. This is serious business! Chase says Melo may not want to hear this, but last week, we had-

Trick says to stop there! He doesn’t care if Chase is backed by all of Chase U, Thea Hail, Bodhi, Brody, Jabronies, it don’t matter! Don’t you finish that line! “What we have right now…” Don’t do it…! “IS A TEACHABLE MOMENT!!” And the brawl is on! Melo & Trick bail out, fans fire up, and a ref hurries out! We’ve got ourselves a tag match, playa!

Andre Chase & Bodhi Hayward w/ Thea Hail VS Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams!

The bell rings, Chase and Trick start and Chase gets a headlock. Trick powers out, things speed up, and Trick hurdles. Chase blocks the hip toss to give a hip toss! Fans fire up but Trick ROCKS Chase! Trick bumps Chase off buckles, tags in Melo, and they double whip Chase. Trick DROPKICKS Chase down, Melo talks trash and covers, ONE! Melo drags Chase up to CHOP! And ROCK! Fans rally but Melo snapmares Chase. Chase gets up to wrench and wristlock! Tag to Bodhi, they double whip and double ELBOW Melo! Bodhi wrenches, but Melo ROCKS Bodhi! And CHOPS! Tag to Trick, they mug Bodhi but fans rally up.

Trick suplexes Bodhi, then mocks Chase U. Trick CLUBS Bodhi, but Bodhi turns things around into an arm-drag! Three-point stance, FLYING TACKLE! Fans fire up and Bodhi tags Chase! Chase CHOPS Trick, clinches, but Trick ROCKS Chase! Trick whips, Chase reverses and hits a RUSISAN LEG SWEEP! Fans fire up and they spell along with the stomps, “CHASE U!” Tag to Bodhi and he drags Trick up. Bodhi facelocks, torture racks, but Melo tags in! Melo drags Trick off and they DOUBLE LARIAT Bodhi! Fans duel, Melo SPRINGBOARD LARIATS! Melo shoots his three then SUPERKICKS Bodhi down! Cover, TWO!

Melo is frustrated but he brings Bodhi around. Tag to Trick, they mug Bodhi more, but fans chant, “Whoop That Trick!” Trick stomps away on Bodhi, then throws a hard body shot! And an UPPERCUT! Trick runs, but Bodhi ducks the flying shoulder! Hot tag to Chase! Chase JABS Trick, JABS, DECKS Melo, CHOPS Trick, and atomic drops! Trick hobbles into a scoop SLAM! Fans fire up with Chase and he goes up a corner! But Trick gets under the leap! Pop-up UPPERCUT! Hot tag to Melo and he runs in to BOOT Chase down! SUPERKICK for Bodhi! Melo runs, springboards, but into a roll and cradle! CHASE U WINS!!!

Winner: Andre Chase & Bodhi Hayward, by pinfall

WHOA!! The Professor just taught the A Champion something! NEVER underestimate your opponent, no matter who they are! Will this help Chase get a spot in that ladder match?

 

Gallus is having a good time backstage.

Joe Coffey throws darts while the boys play cards. The good ol’ boys & Fallon Henley walk in and Josh Briggs asks what the big X is for. That’s the Scottish flag… But anyway, the country trio thought Gallus was on their way outta here after losing the tag title match. No, they thought they’d stick it out. They kinda like it here. And this is a closed game. The kids games are down the block. Go Fish. Oh, be careful now. Brooks Jensen might put you boys under the table. Better yet, let’s put Gallus through a table! But then security rushes in to stop this from breaking down into a brawl. Briggs tells Gallus it’ll take more than a bit of chaos to scare them off!

Wolfgang says if they want a fight, they’ll get a fight! More security rushes in and they have Briggs & Jensen stand down. Will we see a showdown between these two teams soon enough?

 

Sanga VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone!

The Giant Gentlemen didn’t like how Vicious Von talks around the ladies, and now he’s going toe to toe, behemoth against behemoth! Will Sanga humble the hulking brute? Or will even Sanga see that this is Wagner’s World, and he’s just living in it?

The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Von dodges and RAMS Sanga, but Sanga rebounds to run Von over! Sanga storms up but into an elbow! Von throws hands and kicks then whips, but Sanga blocks to reverse. Von holds ropes, he elbows Sanga away, but Sanga CLOBBERS Von! Fans fire up and Sanga scoops Von! Von slips off to RAM Sanga into a corner. Von fires off with hands and stomps and point-blank clotheslines! Fans boo, the ref counts, but Sanga counter punches Von! Sanga ROCKS Von, Von knees low! Von CLUBS Sanga, KNEES him and CLUBS him more! Von clamps on for a neck wrench but Sanga endures.

Fans rally, Sanga fights up and he throws body shots! Fans cheer Sanga and he SPLASHES in the corner! Sanga scoops for a SIDEWALK SLAM! Von bails out and Sanga BOOTS him off the apron! Fans fire up but the ref keeps Sanga back to start the ring count. Sanga goes out the side and he storms up on Von to CLOBBER him! Fans fire up with Sanga, and Stone leaps in!? Sanga catches Stone, but Von POSTS Sanga! Fans boo as Von POSTS Sanga again! And then RAMS him into the steel steps! Von puts Sanga in the ring, Von runs, and he BOOTS Sanga! Sanga rebounds, but into the fireman’s carry!! Von powers up to TKO!! Cover, Von wins!

Winner: Von Wagner, by pinfall

Fans boo but Von roars! Will this insane display of power prove Von is ready for a title opportunity?

 

Wes Lee speaks.

“Trick and Melo really did a number on me. But not good enough. The medical team says I’m cleared for action, so I’m more than ready to qualifier for this North American title ladder match.” There’s a rumor going around that Wes doesn’t even need to qualify, and it’s true. But Wes won’t accept special treatment. The fans entursted him to walk out with the title last week, but he let them down. There is no bye week, Wes is gonna EARN his shot! Will he make the ladder match must-see?

Channing “Stacks” Lorenzo responds to this.

What a touching story from our guy, Wes Lee. “But he must have rocks for brains! What a stunad! You always take the free ride.” But that’s Wes’s decision. He’s taking on The Don, Tony D’Angelo, in that qualifier! Will Tony D ruin Wes’s redemption?

 

Cameron Grimes speaks.

“Joe Gacy, you target the vulnerable and feast on the weak. But Cameron Grimes is neither of them! You preach about peace and compassion, but next week, you won’t find either of them! Cuz I’m gonna chop down that Schism tree, throw it in the woodchipper, and use it as fuel to go TO! THE! MOON!!” Grimes is all fired up, will he burn down Gacy’s tree of woe once and for all?

 

North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Oro Mensah VS Grayson Waller!

The Hottest Superstar Under the Sun is a former NXT UK Tag Team Champion, but he’s made the jump to NXT prime to heat back up! Will he be the first of four to qualifier for the coming title match? Or will the Grayson Waller Effect ruin Oro’s debut for his own success?

NXT returns as Oro makes his entrance. The bell rings and Waller talks trash before he JABS Oro! Waller whips, Oro reverses and hurdles, then he goes to hip toss. Waller blocks to CLOBBER Oro, then he shows off with drop steps. Waller kicks Oro around, wrenches his arm and wristlocks, but Oro rolls and handsprings. Waller throws Oro by his hair! Waller grinds the armlock but Oro kips up! Waller pulls hair again to throw Oro back down! Oro kips up again, but Waller throws him down again! Fans rally and duel, oddly, and Oro kips up. Waller arm-drags but Oro arm-drags back! Waller freaks out as his move backfires!

Oro CLUBS Waller’s arm, wrenches it, but Waller pulls hair again. Waller whips, Oro reverses and runs in to Tiger Wall Kick! Oro mocks the drop steps and shoots a three to then arm-drag Waller around! Oro body shots and PELES! Fans fire up but Waller SLAPS Oro! Waller won’t be disrespected! Oro fires off hands in return! Oro CLUBS Waller to a corner, CHOPS and ROCKS him, but lets off as the ref counts. Waller storms up but Oro knees low. Waller avoids the scissor kick to Electric Chair SLAM DUNK! Waller KNEES Oro in the back with his drop steps! Waller then drops an elbow and covers, TWO!

Fans chant “WALLER UCKS!” “NO!” as Waller stomps Oro down. Waller stands on Oro’s head but the ref counts. Oro gets up to throw body shots but Waller hits back. Waller whips, Oro ducks ‘n’ dodges, then sunset flips! Waller stays up, drags Oro around and drops another elbow! Waller rains down forearms on the back of Oro’s head! Fans boo and call Waller names, but Waller just clamps onto Oro for hammering elbows! He even takes off his elbow pad to throw more! Cover, TWO! Waller is frustrated but he taunts Oro. Waller fireman’s carries, but Oro fights free! Oro CLUBS Waller, ROCKS him, then ROCKS him again!

Waller kicks low, whips but Oro slides under and rallies on Waller! Oro whips, Waller reverses but Oro QUEBRADAS! Fans fire up and Oro clinches. Waller fires elbows, blocks a boot and flips Oro, but Oro AX KICKS Waller! Fans fire up as Waller goes to the apron and Oro storms over. Waller HOTSHOTS Oro, gets some space, and Waller runs to0 APOLLO CREWS!? Apollo’s bloody red eye scares Waller! And Oro DIVES onto him! Oro puts Waller in, Waller flounders around to a corner, and Oro run sin to WHEEL KICK! Cover, Oro wins!

Winner: Oro Mensah, by pinfall (qualifies for the North American Championship Ladder match)

Apollo looks like Halloween come early, and now the Hottest Superstar Under the Sun is headed to Halloween Havoc! Will Oro live up to his name and have gold around his waist again? Who else joins him and Melo in that match?

 

The Creed Brothers talk and train in the Diamond Dojo.

Brutus knows Julius got cuffed to the cage, but to be honest, he wants to beat Damon’s ass. Julius says that’s good, but Julius is the one who got hit with a backbreaker and a chair. Julius says he’s first. No, Damon cost them both those tag titles. Brutus is first. No, Julius was cuffed to the cage, it’s gonna be him. No, look what Damon did to Brutus’ face! It’s gonna be him! It NEEDS to be Brutus. Julius says fine. He wants Brutus to forget about it being a match. Go out there and END Damon’s career! Deal. The Creeds are out for blood, will they get their pound of flesh from the Golden Gopher?

 

Bron Breakker heads to the ring!

The NXT Champion is accompanied by Connor’s Cure Thriver, Landon “The Conqueror” Chase! Will you help Connor’s Cure conquer cancer? And who conquers who in the main event to get a title rematch with Bron?

 

Sol Ruca speaks.

She loves to express herself creatively in music, photography and art. But her home is the ocean, where it’s just her and the spirit of the water. No distracts, and absolute peace. “But as the tide rises, it’s time to come ashore.” Next week, Sol leaves the sand to hit the ring! Who will be first up to hang ten with the surfer girl?

 

NXT Championship #1 Contender’s Match: JD McDonagh VS Tyler Bate!

NXT returns as The Big Strong Boy makes his entrance, followed by the Irish Ace. The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. Everyone is on Bate’s side as he ties up with JD. JD wrenches to a wristlock but Bate rolls and hooks a leg. JD cranks the wristlock to wrangle Bate and he has a top wristlock now. Bate endures, fights up and kips up to headlock back. JD powers out but Bate goes up and under and baits JD into knuckle locks. Bate waistlocks, baits JD again, leap frogs over, then baits JD into a step over and roll-up! TWO, and Bate runs to CROSSBODY! Cover, ONE! JD gets up into an arm-drag and Bate has an armlock!

Fans cheer, Bate pushes to a cover, ONE! Bate keeps on the arm, but JD rolls and fight sup. Bate wrenches, JD pulls hair! JD has Bate in a corner but the ref counts. JD throws body shots, whips Bate corner to corner, then runs in, but Bate blocks with a boot and knees back! Bate goes up and leaps to FLYING UPPERCUT! Fans fire up as Bate watches JD get up. Bate fireman’s carries and starts the AIRPLANE SPIN! JD slips around to a sunset flip, TWO! Bate has a prawn hold, TWO! JD has the sunset, TWO! Bate’s back with the prawn hold, TWO! JD sunsets again, TWO! Bate high stacks now, TWO as JD pops Bate through, TWO!!

The two get up, Bate swings into a full nelson but he breaks free to victory roll! TWO! JD has it now, TWO! Bate body scissors to a clutch, TWO! JD ELBOWS Bate, jackknifes, TWO as Bate bridges up! Bate spins JD around to backslide, TWO! JD gets Bate up but Bate victory rolls again! TWO!! JD escapes but DOUBLE LARIATS knock them both down! Fans fire up and NXT goes picture in picture.

The ref checks both men and they’re okay to continue. Bate drags JD up to fire off EuroUppers! And CHOPS! JD leans against ropes, Bate headlocks and smacks JD with his boot! Then again! Then he hits a headlock takeover. JD headscissors back, but Bate moves around, pops free, but JD turns Bate’s headlock attempt around into a facelock. Bate fights up, throws body shots, and he powers out. Things speed up again, Bate hurdles and MONKEY FLIPS JD! Then DROPKICKS him out of the ring! JD flops to the floor and Bate builds speed, only for JD to return! URENAGE to STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!

Bate sputters from how fast JD turned that around on him. JD keeps focused, he drags Bate by a leg, and turns him! Bate kicks back from below but JD just grabs that leg! BOSTON CRAB! Bate endures and powers up to crawl forward! JD holds Bate back and he pulls Bate away from the ropes! NXT returns to single picture as fans rally for Bate. JD sits deep on the hold, Bate still endures and he powers up again! Bate powers his way around as the fans rally, and he actually goes backwards to push JD into the ropes! The ref counts the ropebreak, JD lets go, and Bate sits up. JD looms over Bate, drags Bate up, and KICKS him around!

The fans boo as JD has fun kicking away! JD goes to ripcord but Bate blocks! Bate grits his teeth, and he reels JD into a whip! JD goes up and out of the ring!! Even Bron’s surprised by that one! Bate hurries to build speed, and he FLIES! Direct hit and JD hits the desk! Fans fire up and Bron is shocked to see JD smiling through that! Bate drags JD up but JD SMACKS Bate off the desk! JD tells Bron this is going to be Bron next time. But Bate throws a body shot and puts JD in the ring! JD runs in at Bate but into Bate’s arms! Bate hits an EXPLODER! And a kip up! And a STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO!

Fans fire up behind Bate as he drags JD up. Bate gives JD some of those Kowata Kicks! Bate then EuroUppers JD to a corner. Bate runs in but JD slips out! Bate hits buckles, JD slingshots, but into a torture rack! Bate pops JD around to the AIRPLANE SPIN! Fans fire up and count, Bate goes all the way to 20 before the SLAM! Cover, TWO!! JD survives and both men are down as fans fire back up. “This is Awesome!” as both men slowly sit up. Bate gets an arm and he whips JD to a corner. JD tumbles up and out, Bate runs in but JD dumps him! JD PENALTY KICKS from the apron, then ASAI MOONSAULTS! Direct hit and fans fire up!

JD puts Bate in the ring, goes up the corner and 450 SPLASHES! Cover, TWO!! Bate survives but JD doesn’t stop! He stands Bate up to suplex, SHEER DROP BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! This is why Bate’s the UK Triple Crown Winner! But JD drags Bate up to throw JABS! Bate JABS back! JD shakes his head and ROCKS Bate with a right. Bate ROCKS JD, JD JABS, Bate JABS, it’s a boxing match in there, that turns into a fast ‘n’ furious brawl! Bop up, but JD blocks Bang! Bate ducks a haymaker to BANG after all! Underhooks, but JD wrenches out! JD kicks a leg out! Ripcord, DEVLIN- NO! Bate goes up for a DDT, but JD back drops him! Bate still lands on his feet!

Bate rebounds, for the- SPANISH FLY!! But BANG rises from the floor!! Fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” and hope these two “FIGHT FOREVER!” But this has to end somehow, and Bate climbs up the corner. JD ROCKS Bate first! JD climbs up but Bate fires off forearms! Bate then climbs up even higher, and he underhooks the arms! JD resists, and slips out to HEADBUTT! Both men wobble up top, but JD climbs up. JD stands Bate up, “This is Awesome!” as the SUPER SPANISH FLY hits!! Ripcord, DEVLINSIDE!! Cover, JD wins!!

Winner: JD McDonagh, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the NXT Championship)

Bron is a bit upset, but the better man won tonight. The Irish Ace is coming back for another try, will he hit the jackpot at Halloween Havoc? Bron joins JD in the ring to stare him down, but wait! No way! YES WAY! ILJA DRAGUNOV has come back to NXT!! JD is in shock seeing the Czar, and Bron is just smiling ear to ear as another heavy hitter joins the roster! Dragunov gets in the ring with the NXT Champion, and a man he is very familiar with in JD. Bron knows JD is up next, but he holds up his title to tell both men he’s ready for whatever. Will Bron be able to break even UNBESIEGBAR? Or will Dragunov take back the throne he never truly lost?


My Thoughts:

An awesome episode that really set up a lot of great stuff for Halloween Havoc. For one, what a surprise with the North American Championship situation. I guess giving up the title confirms that Solo is fully called up to RawDown, but that is a great way to give opportunities to a lot of other guys. Wes Lee had a good promo, and Stacks had a good enough response to set up Wes VS Tony D. I would think Wes beats Tony to get into the ladder match so that Wes can settle things with Melo, and I feel like Wes should be the one that wins the whole thing. We did get a great tag match out of Melo & Trick VS Chase U, though, and what a great surprise for Chase U to win. I hope this also means Andre Chase gets in the ladder match just to establish he’s moving up in the ranks.

Von VS Sanga was a great hoss fight, but I’m a bit bummed Von won this. I guess Von still needs to be seen as a threat, but who knows where he goes next. Oro VS Waller was a great match to introduce Oro (Oliver Carter) to NXT USA, and a great return for Apollo to screw Waller over. I have a feeling Apollo VS Waller will be a Halloween Havoc grudge match with a great Halloween themed Street Fight going on. And with that, I would think Apollo wins to get even from last time so that they can go one more time. And speaking of, Axiom VS Frazer Round 2 was great stuff, and Frazer of course wins so that they’ll have to have the third. As awesome as these last two have been, the third will be just amazing.

Good promo from Alba Fyre to again call out Mandy, and good response promo from Mandy where she did sound just a bit uncertain. I hope Fyre dethrones Mandy at Halloween Havoc, there’s something very full circle about something like that happening. Good promo from Roxie to put Meiko over, as well as Meiko putting Roxie over, too. Wendy VS Cora was really good but I guess Cora needs momentum going into her grudge match with Roxie. That should also happen at Halloween Havoc to throw a really fun stipulation on top of it. Though, I feel like the winner in Cora VS Roxie will have a lot to do with who is champion, sticking to the traditional Face VS Heel dynamic.

Lash also going after Wendy of course sets up their feud. I would love if we saw something from them for Halloween Havoc, too, to really see if Lash can keep up. Gigi & Jacy of course beat Ivy & Tatum, but at least they didn’t make it outright seem like Ivy was unfocused given the Diamond Mine drama. Damon had a great promo, complete with defaming the Diamond Mine gear. And I like that the Creeds almost got into a fight over who gets to destroy Damon. Damon VS Brutus probably won’t be the end of this, though. Damon will find an underhanded way to beat Brutus, and then Damon VS Julius happens to settle this.

Great interaction from Gallus and the good ol’ boys to set up their own match. The winner of that can probably be seen as the contenders to the tag titles to take on Pretty Deadly. No offense to Briggs & Jensen, but I think Gallus should get that one so that American audiences can see Gallus feud with Pretty Deadly and reference a lot of their UK material. Good promo from The Schism, really good tag match from Dyad VS Malik & Edris, but I had a feeling Dyad would win. Grimes has a good promo to set up a match with Gacy, but I am fully expecting this to give us the Six Man Tag of Schism VS Grimes, Edris & Malik.

And of course, great stuff from the main event and the NXT Championship scene. JD winning makes sense, they’ll want the classic Face VS Heel for the title match at Halloween Havoc, but WOW, Dragunov returning tonight was a great little surprise. I know fans were chanting “Triple Threat!” at the end, but I don’t want that. That’s just an excuse for Bron to retain the way Mandy did at Worlds Collide. Let Bron and JD settle their score, and then either way, we get another great match-up where Dragunov takes on the winner. There’s history between Dragunov and JD from NXT UK, but Dragunov VS Bron would be fresh material. And no offense to Bron, but he should NOT defeat Dragunov. Dragunov beat Gunther, then lost the belt to injury, Dragunov needs to be champion.

My Score: 8.8/10


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