The Raw after the Horror Show at Extreme Rules!
Even with Extreme Rules over, things could get brutal and terrifying as Randy Orton and The Big Show have an UNSANCTIONED MATCH! Will Show survive an unrestricted Legend Killer?
- Aleister Black VS Seth Rollins w/ Buddy Murphy; Rollins wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Backstage Blindside: R-Truth VS Shelton Benjamin w/ MVP & Bobby Lashley; Benjamin wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- Six Man Tag: Mustafa Ali, Ricochet & Cedric Alexander VS The Hurt Business; Ali, Ricochet & Alexander win.
- Peyton Royce VS Ruby Riott; Riott wins.
- The Street Profits VS Angel Garza & Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega; The Street Profits win.
- Kairi Sane w/ Asuka VS Bayley w/ Sasha Banks; Kairi wins.
- Unsanctioned Match: The Big Show VS Randy Orton; Orton wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Raw opens with the Monday Night Messiah!
The crowd immediately boos, the sight of Rey Mysterio’s eye outside of his head still fresh in their minds. Buddy Murphy accompanies Seth Rollins to the ring. Murphy fetches a mic for Rollins but the crowd boos harder. They chant “Shame! Shame!” Rollins takes a moment before speaking. “Medically, it is referred to as ‘globe luxation.'” In the simplest of terms, Mysterio’s eye was hanging out of the socket. Rollins wants to be honest with us. He understood going into the match what the Eye for an Eye stipulation meant. IT was understood that to win, you had to remove your opponent’s eye from the socket. But what Rollins saw will stick with him forever. He wants the crowd to understand this is difficult for him, as well.
The image of Mysterio holding his own bloody eye in his hand will stay in Rollins’ memory forever. “It was disgusting, it was barbaric, it was violent, it was more than I expected.” Rollins was literally sick to his stomach, as we also saw last night. The question he has been asked most in the last day is, does Rollins regret any of it? Rollins doesn’t want to be obtuse, but he answers the question with a question: Do we the fans regret what we have done to Rollins? This was NOT Rollins’ decision! The fans made him the Monday Night Messiah! The fans demanded he become this person that they hate! “You made me!” Do we regret doing this to Rollins? And by proxy, doing this to Mysterio?
And speaking of, let’s remember who asked for this stipulation! Mysterio wanted Eye for an Eye! “Actions have consequences.” What happened to Mysterio was ugly and unfortunate but we cannot afford to dwell in the past. The beauty in all of this is that now, Mysterio is out of sight. Raw is free to fulfill its potential! “The greater good of this show can happen, will happen, and there is nobody left to stand in the way of the greater good.” Don’t speak so soon, Rollins! Here comes Aleister Black! The Embodiment of the End has a match with Rollins, but first he must respond to all Rollins said. “Don’t you dare deflect any of this blame but on yourself!” Rollins orchestrated all of this, the blood is on Rollins’ hand! But Aleister will rectify it all!
Aleister rushes the rung, ROUNDHOUSES Murphy down, and storms up to Rollins! Rollins is jumpy but Murphy drags Aleister out. Aleister RAMS and kicks and bumps Murphy off everything at ringside! Murphy clips a post, Aleister KICKS him into barriers then RAMS him into more! Aleister fires off hands and feet, then tosses Murphy over the announce desk! Rollins bails out as Aleister gets in, will this “greater good” #FadeToBlack?
Aleister Black VS Seth Rollins w/ Buddy Murphy!
Raw returns and Rollins is stomping Aleister, having turned things around during the break. Rollins bumps Aleister off buckles, throws haymakers and body shots but the ref backs him off. The crowd boos as Rollins stomps a mudhole into Aleister and digs his boot in. Rollins lets up to ram his shoulder in over and over then throw more body shots. Rollins argues with the ref about whose authority is superior. Rollins runs but into the kitchen sink knee! Aleister throws hands on Rollins now, as well as kicks! Aleister lets up to whip and elbow Rollins down! Rollins bails out but Aleister goes out the side. Murphy coaches Rollins up but Aleister fires off on Rollins again!
Aleister bumps Rollins off the apron then brings him around to throw haymakers. Rollins waistlocks but Aleister rams him into a post! Aleister punches but Rollins dodges and Aleister hits post! Rollins bumps Aleister off the desk then back into the ring. Rollins runs to SLING BLADE Aleister down! Rollins finally caches his breath and then clobbers Aleister back down. Rollins rains down rights then drops knees on Aleister’s arm! The crowd rallies up but Rollins stalks Aleister to the opposite ropes. Rollins clubs Aleister then wraps the arm around the rope! Rollins lets up to stomp Aleister down! Rollins drags Aleister up by the bad arm to kick the arm!
Aleister gets to a corner and elbows Rollins away. Aleister punches but that’s the bad arm! Rollins snapmares and KICKS Aleister then covers, TWO! Rollins grabs the bad arm for a high keylock. Aleister endures and the crowd rallies. Aleister fights up but Rollins rams him into buckles! Rollins snap suplexes and covers, TWO! The crowd rallies but Rollins is after Aleister’s arm again. Rollins hammerlocks then wrenches to a half straitjacket and he RAMS Aleister into buckles again! Aleister grits his teeth while Murphy taunts him. Rollins chinbars and straitjackets Aleister to ripcord, but Aleister dodges to forearm back! Then he BOOTS and BOOTS!
Rollins dodges the third boot to mule kick and suplex, but Aleister slips out! Aleister dumps Rollins out of the ring, waits for him to return, but the bad arm comes into play. Rollins springboards, Aleister dodges and rallies with forearm sand elbows! Aleister fires off kicks, sweeps the legs, and thrusts the knee! Aleister kips up to DECK Murphy off the apron! QUEBRADA! But Rollins dumps him down! Aleister dodges the Curb stomp to BLACK MASS!! Aleister has to drag Rollins off the ropes but Murphy runs in! BLACK MASS!! Murphy goes down but Rollins gets away! Aleister is denied victory for now as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Aleister drags Rollins up. Aleister KICKS Rollins, then KICKS him again! Rollins flounders up to his feet for Aleister to KICK him again! The ref checks on Rollins but Aleister looms over him. Aleister kneels to tell Rollins, “I will undo all that you have done.” Aleister lifts Rollins with a foot, but Rollins rolls him up! TWO, Rollins ducks the Black Mass to SUPERKICK! Rollins SUPERKICKS again! Both men are down as the crowd boos Rollins. The crowd then turns to rally up for Aleister but Rollins sits up first. Rollins shouts for Murphy to get up, but Murphy barely stirs. Rollins climbs the corner, Aleister intercepts with haymakers! Aleister climbs up to join Rollins, but Rollins fights the superplex.
Rollins has the bad arm but Aleister uses the good one to hit first! Rollins falls and hotshots Aleister’s arm at the same time! Rollins springboards, but into Aleister’s arms! Rollins goes after those arms, but Aleister ROUNDHOUSES! Aleister waistlocks but Rollins wrings him out! CURB STOMP!! But Rollins can’t cover right away! He crawls to it, Rollins still wins!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall
The Embodiment of the End gave it his all, but the Monday Night Messiah survives by the skin of his teeth. But something makes Rollins go after Aleister again! He has Murphy punch and stomp, and then Rollins joins in! The crowd boos as they dump Aleister to the outside and throw him into barriers. Murphy drags Aleister up to throw him into the barriers again! And again! They drag Aleister up again and Rollins grabs the bad arm. They bring him to the post and Rollins tells him, “When are you people going to learn?” Rollins SLAMS Aleister’s bad arm against the post! And then wrings it out even harder!
Rollins keeps asking, “When is enough enough?!” And he just SLAMS Aleister’s hand on the announce desk over and over and over and over!! Rollins dumps the desk hood onto Aleister and asks the angry crowd, “Do you think I want to do this?!” Murphy makes Aleister look at Rollins as he says, “It never had to be this way!” And where are Aleister’s friends? Who is here to save him? No one but Rollins the Messiah! And then he CURB STOMPS the hood into the arm!! Rollins has taken Mysterio’s eye, and may have just taken Aleister’s arm. Will he take Monday Night Raw’s soul once and for all?
Ron Simmons talks with MVP and Bobby Lashley backstage.
He knows they’ve got their way of doing things, but just think about what he told them. “There’s a better way.” They all fist bump and Simmons takes his leave, but MVP spots R-Truth. The 24/7 Champion has a frying pan, because he can’t trust MVP. But wow, that’s a great replica belt there. What? No this is legit! Well, maybe. Apollo Crews is the real champion, we all know that. No! MVP beat Apollo, so he’s the champ! Right, right. wink wink. Well MVP and Lashley are heading to the ring, maybe the 24/7 Champion will join them? Absolutely not! Truth doesn’t want to be put in a Full Simpson again. It’s call a Full Nelson. And they meant the NEW 24/7 Champion. A referee appears and SHELTON BENJAMIN boots Truth down! Benjamin covers Truth and WINS!
Winner: Shelton Benjamin, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)
The Gold Standard has a title once again! So maybe champ to champ, will the new 24/7 Champion care to join them? Absolutely. It seems the Hurt Business is growing!
Raw returns to MVP, Lashley and Benjamin heading to the ring.
The self-proclaimed new WWE United States Champion and officially new WWE 24/7 Champion stand together with the Rocky Mountain Machine and MVP gets a mic. “In case you were under a rock and you missed it,” Extreme Rules saw MVP emerge your new United States Champion without even breaking a sweat. The CEO of the Hurt Business, Bobby Lashley, ragdoll’d Apollo Crews so bad, Apollo stayed home instead of being the fighting champion he said he’d be. MVP doesn’t make excuses, he makes history! And his victory was a forgone conclusion anyway. It wouldn’t have mattered if Apollo showed up. But once they get done beating Dumb & Dumber, aka Ricochet and Cedric Alexander, aka two dumb kids who just don’t listen, these three will all celebrate their gold.
Ricochet and Alexander do appear, and can’t believe Dumb & Dumber is the best MVP can do. That would’ve been funny in 2006 when MVP was relevant. All we see now is a coward holding a title he doesn’t deserve, standing behind his meal ticket, acting like a champ but is really more like a chump. The advice MVP gave means nothing. These two have been champions before, on their own. Well that’s cute and all, but seeing these three grown ass men in the ring, you see the Hurt Business! Benjamin is the new “Executive of the Board!” Then looking at Alexander and Ricochet, those are two little kids who should stay in catering. But since they don’t have their buddy Apollo, MVP will make it fair. Choose any two of them and they can have 2v2.
Actually, there IS a third man for their team. Someone who thinks MVP is garbage, and someone who is making his return to Raw. Well it can’t be Apollo, he’s home eating some humble pie. No, you’re right. But this man will make sure MVP eats lots of humble pie. it’s MUSTAFA ALI! The Beacon joins forces with Ricochet and Alexander, and he SUPERKICKS Lashley! Then Ricochet and Alexander SUPERKICK Lashley together! Ricochet enziguris MVP, Alexander springboards and throws Benjamin out! Then they both fake them out, triple superhero landing! Will the Beacon shine bright alongside the King of Flight and the Age of Alexander?
Six Man Tag: Mustafa Ali, Ricochet & Cedric Alexander VS The Hurt Business!
Raw returns and Ricochet starts against Lashley. Lashley dares Ricochet to do something so Ricochet throws forearms and body shots! Lashley throws Ricochet to his corner and dares someone to tag in. Alexander does, fires off kicks and CHOPS, but those hurt Alexander. Lashley LARIATS Alexander inside out then throws him into the open corner. Lashley fires off stomps and haymakers but the ref counts. Lashley lets up at 4 and Alexander gasps for air. Benjamin tags in and he mugs Alexander in the corner. Benjamin drags Alexander up to whip and run over! Cover, ONE! Benjamin keeps on Alexander and tags MVP in.
MVP throws body shots on Alexander but Alexander shoves him back. MVP throws big knees into Alexander then scoops him for a slam! MVP drops a knee then covers, TWO! MVP tries again, TWO! MVP tries a third time, TWO! MVP waistlocks and squeezes Alexander in a rear bearhug. Alexander fights up, fights back, but MVP clubs him down. MVP back suplexes Alexander up and down! Cover, TWO! MVP keeps Alexander down, drags him up and tags in Benjamin. The Hurt Business keeps hitting Alexander but Alexander CHOPS back! Benjamin runs Alexander over hard! Benjamin drags Alexander up to DECK him! Cover, TWO!
Benjamin drags Alexander up as the crowd rallies. Benjamin fires off knees and forearms to then scoop and power Alexander to a corner. Tag to Lashley, the mugging continues with stomps and haymakers. The ref counts, Lashley lets off but MVP tells Alexander he needs to learn a lesson. Lashley suplexes and holds Alexander up for a count of 10! Alexander writhes while Lashley aims from a corner. Lashley watches Alexander stand, runs corner to corner, and RAMS him into the corner! Tag to MVP, he runs corner to corner to BOOT Alexander down! MVP swaggers and runs, BALLIN~! Elbow drop! Cover, TWO! MVP rains down furious fists on Alexander for not staying down! MVP covers again, TWO!
MVP drags Alexander up and around into an open corner. Alexander chops back, then throws big forearms. Alexander runs into a BOOT! Cover, TWO! Alexander still lives and MVP respects the toughness. But MVP still drags him to the corner and tags in Benjamin. Benjamin kicks Alexander while he’s down, then brings him up for knees. Benjamin whips but Alexander holds ropes to boot back! Ricochet tags in, and they fire off kicks and double enziguris! Tag to Ali, slingshot senton! Basement dropkick! Benjamin bails out and the Hurt Business regroups as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns from break and Benjamin stomps away on Ricochet! He whips Ricochet to ropes then back drops him high and hard! Cover, TWO! Benjamin keeps on Ricochet but Ricochet hits back. Benjamin knocks Ricochet down and grinds him down with a headlock. Ricochet endures as the crowd rallies up. Ricochet fights his way up and jawbreakers free! Benjamin wobbles but he anchors Ricochet’s feet! Benjamin drags Ricochet away and tags in MVP! MVP stomps Ricochet’s knee! MVP clubs Ricochet down and stomps him more. MVP drags Ricochet up and traps an arm. “Smile for the camera!” MVP then clubs Ricochet with crossface forearms!
Tag to Lashley and he throws Ricochet out hard! Lashley RAMS Ricochet into the barriers then drags him up into the ring. Lashley stalks Ricochet to the open corner and throws big elbows. Ricochet flounders but Lashley digs his palm into Ricochet’s chin! He almost pushes Ricochet out of the ring! Lashley lets off to put Ricochet back in the Hurt Business corner and digs his boot in. The ref counts, Lashley lets up to then dig his fingers back in! The ref backs Lashley off but MVP gets a cheap shot in! Tag to Benjamin and he brings Ricochet up to throw more forearms. Benjamin knees Ricochet low then throws forearms. Benjamin whips corner to corner, Ricochet BOOTS! And somersault shotgun dropkicks!
The crowd rallies as both men crawl for their corners. Hot tags to MVP and Ali! Ali rallies on MVP then whips. MVP reverses, Ali flapjack dropkicks him down! The crowd fires up with Ali as he CHOPS and whips MVP. MVP reverses again but Ali slips out and roundhouses back! Ali slingshots in for the somersault facebuster! Cover, Lashley breaks it! Lashley drags Ali up to gut wrench, but Ali escapes to bait Lashley in and out! Ricochet leaps but into Lashley’s grip! Alexander DIVES, but also into Lashley’s grip! But Ali DIVES and sends Lashley over the desk!! Benjamin creeps in to KNEE Alexander! Ricochet MOONSAULTS to take Benjamin out! Ali gets in the ring, MVP KNEES him!
MVP throws haymakers then whips Ali corner to corner. Ali dodges and the boot gets buckles! LEAPING NECKBREAKER! Ali climbs up top, for the 450 SPLASH! Cover, Ali and team win!!
Winners: Mustafa Ali, Ricochet & Cedric Alexander, by pinfall
The Beacon has just pinned the unofficial United States Champion! If MVP thinks himself THE champion, will he have to put his belt up against Ali?
Randy Orton speaks.
“Do you ever think to yourself about those moments back in time, those moments that may have changed your life? I do.” For some, you might think those moments are when Orton joined Evolution or had that match with Mick Foley. Or even when he became the youngest world champion in WWE history. Those moments did solidify Orton as the Legend Killer, those are not the moments he thinks back to. The moment he thinks back to is the one he always sees when he shuts his eyes. “The moment I’m referring to is 175 days ago, when I swung a steel chair as hard as I could down on the surgically repaired neck of Edge.” Orton has made friends in this business, friendships he thought were etched in stone. But they’re not. The friendships are gone.
Edge, Christian, Big Show. All men that one time or another helped save Orton from himself. Which is amazing, and even baffles Orton. A moment in his history brought so much pain to so many different people, all at the same time. That moment makes Orton, brought Orton, satisfaction! Orton felt good seeing the convulsing body of a man who paved the way for countless WWE superstars. It made Orton feel FANTASTIC to stand over that man at Backlash, knowing Orton had ended that man’s career. Then that man’s best friend came to the ring to confront Orton, but Orton ruined his #OneLastMatch. Tonight, Orton will punt Show in the skull and immensely enjoy ending that career once and for all. Will the Viper’s sadistic ego grow infinitely stronger after slaying a giant?
Ron Simmons also talks with the Viking Raiders.
Erik and Ivar like what he’s saying about them and the Street Profits. What great advice is Farooq bestowing on this young team?
Raw speaks with Christian.
Just a month ago, he was involved in his own Unsanctioned Match with Orton. But it was clearly a trap set by Orton and Ric Flair. The question must be asked: How has Christian been since that night? Christian doesn’t have to tell us Orton is one of the best ever. Christian knew a little of what he was getting into, but he didn’t think Orton would “weaponize” Christian’s respect for a legend like Flair. Christian will never look at those two the same again. He may never be the same again.
To touch on that topic, could Christian expand on that topic? How is he feeling? And, Show is finding himself in a very similar situation. Is it another trap set by Orton? Christian is doing better but he doesn’t feel good. Christian can endure that pain if it means Orton gets what’s coming to him. Show has a lot of people in his corner, but he may not be ready for a trap. But Christian is ready to see Show knock Orton out cold.
Backstage interview with Bianca Belair!
The EST is back again and she surprised us by helping Ruby Riott last week. What can we expect from her moving forward? What does she mean? We all know she is the strongest, the fastest, the smartest, and she is going to rise the fastest, too. She showed up, showed out, helped a friend because she is the nicest, and felt like teaching the thirstiest duo what’s what. Peyton Royce walks in and groans. This is the longest interview. Peyton excuses Sarah to talk to Bianca directly. Bianca is the dumbest for sticking her nose in someone else’s business. Well Ruby walks in and says that these two won but, where is Billie? Billie is handling business in the land of Mind Your Own Beeswax.
But Peyton has beaten Ruby once already, so just save us the trouble and forfeit. And as a tip from Peyton to Bianca, talk less and think more, before ending up like that trash, Liv Morgan. Say her name again! Bianca keeps a fight from breaking out and says she likes this. Wherever Billie went, she better get ready to watch Peyton get whooped in a way that can only be called IIconic~! Bianca and Ruby head out, will the rematch with Peyton be the sweetest revenge?
Peyton Royce VS Ruby Riott!
The bell rings and the two tie right up. Ruby powers Peyton to a corner but Peyton turns it around to rub her forearm in. Peyton says Liv hates Ruby and will never trust her again, but Ruby tackles Peyton and rains down furious fists! The crowd fires up as Peyton runs away and Ruby RAMS into her at the corner! Ruby lets up at the ref’s count but Peyton leg lariats her down! Peyton drags Ruby around and rains down rights of her own. Peyton keeps harping on Liv hating Ruby, and then she whips Ruby to ropes. Peyton elbows Ruby down, covers, TWO! Peyton grows frustrated, looms over Ruby, then drags her up to put her throw ropes. Peyton throws knees then goes to the other side for the draping motorcycle stretch! Peyton lets up and kicks Ruby down.
The crowd rallies for Ruby as Peyton calls her a loser. Peyton kicks Ruby around but Ruby hits back. Peyton clubs Ruby, drags her up, then drives elbows into the shoulder. Peyton stretches Ruby’s neck then covers, TWO! Ruby gets up but Peyton stalks behind her. Peyton grabs Ruby by the hair and says Ruby will never have friends. Ruby hits back, Peyton CLUBS her again. Ruby standing switches with Peyton but Peyton bucks her off to throw her out. Ruby rams back into Petyon then sunset flips, but Peyton sits on it! Peyton also has ropes so the ref refuses to count. Ruby rolls Peyton, TWO and Peyton jump kicks Ruby! Ruby wobbles and Peyton goes to the apron. Peyton goes to the top rope, leaps, but Ruby gets clear! Ruby gets Peyton with the RIOTT KICK! Cover, Ruby wins!
Winner: Ruby Riott, by pinfall
Ruby has some redemption against the IIconics! Will she be able to move past all the things they said about her?
Backstage interview with Zelina Vega, Andrade Almas & Angel Garza.
Charyl Caruso asks them about the tension between Garza and Almas and the coming match with the Street Profits. Vega answers for them: “Playtime is over.” Both men are on the same page, are ready for this. But what about the Profits? They were in hiding! Who knows, maybe Almas and Garza win on a count out when those champions don’t show up. Almas says that either way, they will be one step closer to becoming Raw Tag Team Champions! Garza has been waiting for this a long, long time. Match after match, interview after interview, Garza is always ready when the opportunity arises. But then the Profits attack!
Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins go after Garza and Almas for all the trash they’re talking! Ford throws Almas into fence and Dawkins stomps Garza down! Vega, get your men! The Profits prepare to meet them in the ring, after the break!
The Street Profits VS Angel Garza & Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega!
The Raw Tag Team Champions did stay away for a few weeks, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t ready! Will they bring the smoke to El Latino y El Idolo?
The teams sort out and Dawkins starts, but gets mugged 2v1 by Almas and Garza! Almas stomps Ford out and Garza has Dawkins in the ropes to KNEE him down! Off come the pants and Garza SUPERKICKS Dawkins in the back! Garza tags Almas and they mug Dawkins. Almas CHOPS back then throws forearms. Almas stomps a mudhole and looms over Dawkins at the ropes. Almas grabs the legs to stomp the stomach, then tags in Garza. They split the wishbone on Dawkins then Garza keeps on Dawkins with an armlock. Garza throws fists while he has the modified crossface but Dawkins endures.
Garza drags Dawkins up and SUPERKICKS him down! Ford coaches Dawkins and Dawkins ROCKS Garza! Garza blocks a kick to KNEE Dawkins back! But Dawkins tags in Ford! Almas tags in but Ford dodges and speeds up! Ford hurdles, hurdles and dropkicks Almas down! Ford kips up and fires up with the crowd, then builds speed to FLY! Direct hit on Almas! Ford gets back in the ring and shakes the ropes as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Ford has Almas in an armlock. Almas fights up but Ford wrenches and tags in Dawkins. Ford whips, Dawkins runs Almas over! Cover, ONE, but Dawkins keeps Almas down with the armlock. Almas endures and gets a ropebreak with a foot. Dawkins lets up at 4, brings Almas up to wrench and yank the arm. Tag to Ford and he jumps in as Dawkins whips. Dawkins ducks and Ford dropkicks Almas down! Ford keeps on Almas with a facelock but Almas powers Ford to the corner! Almas rams his shoulder in over and over then tags in Garza. Garza holds Ford open for the rib shot but Almas steps out. They’re not perfectly on the same page, but Garza makes up for that by stomping Ford down.
The ref counts, Garza lets off. Ford slowly gets up, Garza SUPERKICKS him down! Garza stomps away, Almas tags back in, and now they go after the ribs. Almas taunts Dawkins while bringing Ford up. Almas snap suplexes Ford then covers, TWO! Almas clubs Ford down, drags him around by the arm and has an armlock of his own. Ford endures, fights up, but Almas knees low. Tag to Garza, they continue to mug Ford with body shots. Ford hits back but Garza clubs him down. Garza underhooks the arms to make them into hammerlocks and Garza grinds Ford into the mat. Ford fights up as the crowd rallies but Garza clubs him down again. Almas tags back in and the mugging continues.
Almas drags Ford up, spins around, back suplex and Ford lands hard on his side! Ford flounders but Almas stomps him down. Almas drags him away from Dawkins and cranks on the arm again. Ford endures, the crowd builds to a rally, but Almas drives in elbows. Ford powers up to power out and hip toss Almas down hard! Both men are down but Ford forces himself to get up. Almas hurries after Ford but Ford enziguris him away! Hot tag to Dawkins! Dawkins rallies on Almas and Garza with big right hands! Dawkins dodges and flying back elbows Almas! Garza runs into a flapjack! Almas gets an EXPLODER! The crowd fires up with Dawkins as he hits the spinning splash! Then the bulldog! Cover, Garza makes it in time!
Dawkins drags Almas back up, tags Ford in, and Dawkins Electric Chair lifts. Almas slips out and uses Dawkins to trip Ford up! Garza tags in to SUPERKICK Dawkins! Garza goes after Ford but Ford fights the superplex off! Ford glares as he DECKS Garza! Ford adjusts, FROM THE HEAVENS with a twist! Dawkins intercepts Almas as Ford covers, The Profits win!!
Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall
Vega is in shock! The Raw Tag Team Champions keep their contenders down and keep the party going! Will Almas and Garza be able to stay on that same page after falling short?
Raw returns to Garza and Almas talking backstage.
Almas wants Garza to tranquilo. Yes, they lost but- Vega is angry and she says this was their opportunity to take control of the division! And they blew it! Now she has to fix the problem for these little boys. Garza says they are just fine. Then prove it! Almas and Garza take Vega up on that challenge. Will this trio stick together despite the tension?
Bayley and Sasha Banks head to the ring!
#BayleyDosStraps kept her title with lots of controversy, while there is even MORE controversy as to The Boss being #TwoBeltsBanks. Sasha holds the Raw Women’s Championship up but Bayley is the only reason anything happened last night. But the Golden Role Models still thank the crowd, despite all the booing. Shame on their envy and pettiness! Sasha knows people have been talking. People accuse her of stealing the belt! But either they have bad memory or bad screens. Sasha FOUGHT for the title, while Asuka was handed it! Becky Lynch gave Asuka the title, because Becky is on maternity leave. But everyone is forgetting that! Just like they’re forgetting that at Extreme Rules, Asuka spit her mist in that poor referee’s face, almost blinding him! That ref couldn’t continue!
And Bayley didn’t steal the shirt, she borrowed it. Someone had to be the official for the match. She’s not just #BayleyDosStraps but our role model! When Sasha covered Asuka, Bayley made a split decision and did the right thing to count it. But these idiots just don’t get it! Not that they need to. They just need to understand Sasha is the Boss, the Standard, the Blueprint and #TwoBeltsBanks, and these two have ALL THE GOLD! They cheer each other on, but here come the Kabuki Warriors! “OI OI OI!” What’re you talking about!? Sasha was NOT ready for Asuka! And Asuka was NOT ready for thieves! That is HER title! Then come get it! Well in that case… Asuka and Kairi storm the ring but Stephanie McMahon speaks on the titantron!
Stephanie congratulates Bayley and Sasha on being WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, and Bayley on also being SmackDown Women’s Champion. But Sasha, as far as the Raw Women’s Championship goes, that match was certainly a horror show. Sasha may think she’s champion, but Steph has a different opinion. Sasha didn’t win last not, but she didn’t lose. So next week, there will be a rematch to determine the rightful Raw Women’s Champion. And to be very clear, since the Role Models aren’t losing, Sasha can lose via pin, submission, disqualification or count-out. To be more blunt, if a certain role model gets involved, Sasha will lose. Good luck. And then the Kabuki Warriors run the Role Models out of the ring! Will the Pirate Princess get payback by proxy on Bayley?
Kairi Sane w/ Asuka VS Bayley w/ Sasha Banks!
Raw returns and Kairi dropkicks Bayley with the bell! Kairi throws chop after chop! Then even more chops! Bayley ducks, Kairi cradles! TWO, and Bayley uses the ropes as defense. The ref has Kairi stay back, Bayley comes back slowly, and she stomps Kairi’s foot! Bayley throws Kairi down by her hair, then looms over her. Sasha taunts Kairi as Bayley whips, but Kairi goes up and headscissors Bayley out! Bayley keeps her distance from Asuka, but Kairi hip attacks her! And Bayley’s arm got trapped in the ropes! Bayley gets free but Kairi goes after Bayley and puts her in the ring. Cover, TWO! Bayley gets to a corner, Kairi runs in but gets flapjack’d on the buckles! Bayley stomps away on Kairi but the ref backs her off. Sasha taunts Kairi and Bayley stomps her!
Bayley clubs Kairi while Asuka and Ssaha shout at each other. Bayley bumps Kairi off buckles then rams her shoulder in again and again. The ref counts, Bayley lets off, and drags Kairi out to snapmare to a cover. ONE, but Bayley wraps Kairi up in a chinlock. The crowd rallies, Kairi fights her way up, and fights out with body shots. Kairi runs to crossbody Bayley down! Cover, TWO! Bayley clobbers Kairi! Bayley rains down right hands on Kairi then covers. TWO, but Bayley pushes Kairi around. Bayley drags Kairi up to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Kairi toughs it out and Asuka coaches her up. Bayley glares at Asuka then looms over Kairi. Bayley brings Kairi up to suplex but Kairi resists to cradle again! TWO, but Bayley is after Kairi at the ropes!
Bayley lets up to then grab at Kairi again. Kairi holds the ropes but Bayley clubs her down. Bayley suplexes Kairi up and over, covers, TWO! Sasha and Bayley grow frustrated with Kairi but Kairi dumps Bayley out! Kairi runs into Bayley’s shoulder, then Bayley steps up to drag Kairi up. Bayley wants to suplex Kairi out but Kairi resists. Kairi throws body shots, clubs Bayley then ax kicks her! Bayley is stuck on the ropes, Kairi climbs up the corner to DOUBLE STOMP her down! Cover but Bayley flops out of the ring! Sasha checks on Bayley while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Kairi rams shoulders into Bayley’s back! Kairi runs corner to corner, SLIDING D into a boot! Bayley grabs Kairi’s arm for an arm wringer! Cover, TWO! Kairi gets to ropes but Bayley is after the arm again. Bayley clubs Kairi then wraps the arm on the ropes! The ref counts, Bayley stops at 4, but then Bayley mocks Asuka. Kairi hits back but Bayley hammerlocks the bad arm and twists the wrist. Kairi endures, the crowd rallies, so Bayley drags Kairi up. Shayna Baszler is watching backstage as Kairi double chops Bayley. Kairi rams Bayley but Bayley throws Kairi into buckles hard!
Charly asks if Shayna has a “vested interest” in this match. Shayna says she has beaten every other woman in the locker room, has been dominant, yet has no match tonight. Bayley covers Kairi, TWO! What is she supposed to do? Just sit in catering? Go and be a fan with the rest? As far as Shayna is concerned, no one else deserves the spotlight more than her. Does Shayna have an interest in this match? “Yeah, I guess I have a vested interest in this match. The same way a shark has a ‘vested interest’ anytime it sees prey in the water.” Bayley pushes Kairi around but Kairi gets mad. Kairi starts throwing big palm strikes! Bayley counter punches then drags Kairi into a big vertical suplex, for Kairi to turn into a DDT!
Both women in the ring are down and their respective partners cheer them on. Bayley gets to ropes while Kairi slowly sits up. Bayley swings on Kairi, Kairi blocks the kick to trip Bayley up, and hit the BLOCKBUSTER! Then basement dropkick! Kairi fires up with the crowd and Sasha is stressing out. Kairi stomps as she marches the plank, to SLIDING D! It hits this time! Bayley is in the drop zone and Kairi is climbing up. Bayley stops Kairi with a haymaker! Kairi hits back and the two brawl up top. Bayley hotshots the bad arm! Bayley drags Kairi back up, has the arm in a keylock as she climbs, and has a HANGING ARMLOCK! Kairi trips Bayley up and Bayley ends up in a Tree of Woe! Asuka coaches Kairi as Kairi climbs, WOE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!!
Bayley survives and Sasha still stresses out. Asuka coaches Kairi again and Kairi is back up. Kairi aims at Bayley, she runs in, but Bayley moves. Kairi stops herself from hitting buckles, to BACK HAND Bayley! INTERCEPTOR! Kairi has Bayley down again, climbs back up top, takes aim, InSANE Elbow!! But the impact is so strong, Kairi’s bad arm slows her down. Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Bayley survives and Kairi is beside herself. Sasha laughs in relief as Kairi drags Bayley up and whips. Bayley reverses, Kairi dodges but runs into a KNEE! Bayley gives Kairi a BIG back suplex! Bayley puts Kairi in the drop zone now and she climbs up top. MACHO ELBOW!! Cover, TWO!! Kairi survives and shocks the Role Models!
Bayley is seething but she says she’s got this. She watches Kairi stand, bearhug, but no Bayley2Belly as Kairi swings it to a cover! KAIRI WINS!!
Winner: Kairi Sane, by pinfall
The Pirate Princess shocks #BayleyDosStraps! Kairi has pinned the SmackDown Women’s Champion!! Does this change everything Bayley and Sasha were hoping for as #DoubleDoubleChampChamps?
Backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.
What condition is he in after that special stipulation match with Dolph Ziggler? Well, he’d be a liar if he said he feels good. He doesn’t, actually. But he is still WWE World Champion, so that is good. He’s heading to the ring to discuss his future, what will he have to say about his own title run?
Raw returns as Drew McIntyre heads to the ring!
Despite the Show-Off making the title match Extreme Rules just for Ziggler, McIntyre overcame the odds and downed Dolph with one mighty Claymore. McIntyre grabs a mic to say, “Man, I gotta hand it to Dolph.” That stipulation was brilliant and completely swayed things in his favor. Ziggler did everything he could, from using chairs to jumping off the corner to elbow McIntyre through a table. Ziggler almost had McIntyre. But “almost” is the story of Ziggler’s career. McIntyre is going onward and upwards, and SummerSlam is coming! That’s the biggest show second to WrestleMania, so McIntyre wants a worthy opponent.
Ziggler returns! That’s not who he meant. But Ziggler says at Extreme Rules, he saw something in McIntyre he hasn’t seen in some time. It was fear. Oh, Ziggler, what’re you doing? We’re sick of you! Wasn’t getting beat at Extreme Rules enough? Yes, yes, the whole world saw them beat the hell out of each other for the title. Yes, things were in Ziggler’s favor, but he was THIS close to having his moment that he has deserved for years! McIntyre has had a 19 year journey but no one talks about what Ziggler does day in and day out. McIntyre says Ziggler lost 24 hours after picking his own stipulation! The answer is no, “bugger off.” But that look in McIntyre’s eyes was real! McIntyre knew Ziggler was due, it’s a long time coming-
OH C’MON! Now you’re just embarrassing yourself. McIntyre will save Ziggler the embarrassment, and be the first to leave. McIntyre turns to go but Ziggler grabs his shoulder, so McIntyre HEADBUTTS him down! “One day, you’re gonna learn.” McIntyre leaves, Ziggler throws off his jacket and keeps running his mouth. “Don’t you walk away from me, you son of a b*tch!” Ziggler is deserving! He had it in his hands but it was slipping away! This time, McIntyre names the time, place and stipulation! Everyone deserves what’s coming to Ziggler! Ziggler wants the match! Well, maybe all those years at law school weren’t wasted. Ziggler presents a compelling case, so McIntyre might change his mind. McIntyre’s choice? He accepts.
But before McIntyre leaves, Ziggler asks for the stipulation. Oh c’mon, he just said yes! He hasn’t had an idea. Even if he had two weeks, he couldn’t tell. But now he’ll just do what Ziggler did: Ziggler learns the stipulation right before the bell. Ziggler is a glutton for punishment, but one way or another, he is getting what he deserves. What match type will McIntyre decide on?
Big Show speaks.
“In just a few minutes, I’ll be standing across the ring from Randy Orton, with Ric Flair by his side.” The Apex Predator, the most dangerous man in the WWE today. Orton has had an incredible year. Look what he did to Edge, tearing the triceps off the bone. He took Christian’s dream of #OneMoreMatch and made it a nightmare. Orton has systematically lashed out at everyone that tried to show him there’s more to life than living up to your last name. The people that reached out and pulled Orton out of the darkness have now been sadistically taken out. Show is next, and he’d be foolish not to realize the jeopardy his health and career are in.
But it’s funny. Show hoped and prayed for a long time that the sadistic side would never show itself again. But maybe the voices in Orton’s head are too loud. Whether Flair is turning up the volume, or Orton embracing them himself, the voices are screaming for him to no longer have empathy, to have no compassion, and to take everything that’s in his way out, permanently. Show is reminded of a long time ago, when the two were rolling together as a tag team. They called themselves the Hammer & Chisel. Pretty clear Show was the hammer. But they bonded a lot together, talking about the complexities of their roles in this business. Like tigers that can’t change stripes, no matter what.
Whether Show is dealing with the literal weight of being the World’s Largest Athlete, or Orton dealing with being a third-generation wrestler. Those talks were what bonded the two of them. They became friends because they both knew deep down what the other was dealing with. But that’s changed now. Orton brought back the Legend Killer, and has a kick with Show’s name on it. Show stared himself in the eye and asked the very hard question, “Is this the end of the line?” Maybe. But there’s another saying about tigers. Tigers are most dangerous when sensing the end, because they will do anything and everything to survive. This tiger is going to do anything and everything to make sure Orton doesn’t write the end of his story! Will this be the greatest moment in Big Show’s storied career? Or just the final one?
Unsanctioned Match: The Big Show VS Randy Orton!
Raw returns, and conspicuous by his absence, the Nature Boy doesn’t accompany Orton. The bell rings and Show goes right at Orton and powers him to a corner! Orton avoids the giant chop and kicks back. Show still powers Orton to the corner to throw body shots! Show stalks Orton as the crowd rallies behind. Show wraps an arm around the ropes to then CLUB it! Orton clutches that arm but Show throws more body shots. Show CHOPS Orton and Orton sits down as he gasps for air and feels the sting in his chest. Show mockingly asks if that hurt. Then he brings Orton up to throw more body shots!
Show turns Orton around to wrap the arm on the rope and CLUB it again! Orton gets away but Show just follows after. Orton kicks but Show throws more body shots! Show punches the shoulder but Orton punches back. Show whips and SPEARS Orton! The giant spear sends Orton rolling out of the ring in pain! Show pursues, but also fetches things from under the ring. Show gets a TABLE! The crowd likes that as Show puts the table in the ring. Orton writhes and sputters at the ramp but Show hurries over to fetch him. Show puts Orton in, on the apron, and CHOPS him again! But wait! Vega, Almas and Garza appear, and Garza and Almas attack Show! Unsanctioned also means no disqualifications!
Garza and Almas keep throwing hands on Show then go after his legs. They whip Show into steel steps! Show topples over and Orton watches Garza and Almas sit Show up. Orton takes aim with his kick, but then the Viking Raiders appear! Erik and Ivar brawl with Almas and Garza and Raw goes to break!
Raw returns once more and Orton has Show in the ring with a sleeper hold. The crowd rallies, Show pries the hold apart, then turns Orton around to headbutt! Orton goes down but Show leans on the ropes. The crowd rallies up, Show shakes out the cobwebs, and Show rallies on Orton with clotheslines! Show whips Orton to a corner, runs in and hip attacks! Then he runs, into a basement dropkick! Show goes down and Orton looms over him. Orton prepares the leg, takes aim, but Show choke grips Orton first! Show choke SLAMS! Cover, TWO!! Orton survives but Show keeps his cool. The crowd rallies up, Show stands, and Show prepares the punch! Orton stands, but he drops down to bail out!
Show grabs the table and finally sets it up. Orton catches his breath on the outside but Show has the table ready. Show goes to fetch Orton and drags him up to the apron! Then hip tosses him into the ring! Show looms over Orton, drags him to the table and sets him on the wood. Show climbs the corner, for a GIANT VADER BOMB! Orton moves, Show goes through the table alone! Orton laughs as he survives and has Show where he wants him. The crowd is thunderous for Show as he stirs, but Orton slithers up like the Viper he is. Orton watches Show rise, RKO!! Cover, TWO!?! Orton has no idea how that’s possible! The crowd won’t give up on Show and Show manages to sit up.
Orton goes looking under the ring and finds chairs. Orton brings one in, aims at Show and JAMS his ribs! And SMACKS his back! Orton drags Show up by his beard to SMACK him again! Show writhes and gasps but Orton still looms over him. The ref clears out the wreckage of the table while Show gets to the apron. Orton JAMS him with the chair again, and SMACKS him on the back a third time! Orton drags Show across the top rope, for a GIANT DRAPING DDT!! Orton throws the chair out of the ring, and hears the voices in his head! Orton wants Show to rise so he can put him down again. Show stands in a daze, ANOTHER RKO!!! Cover, Orton wins!
Winner: Randy Orton, by pinfall
The Viper strikes the Giant down and has another vicious victory. But being the Legend Killer, this isn’t enough. He watches Show drag himself up on the ropes little by little. Orton takes aim while Show is still in a daze. Orton is foaming at the mouth, as he PUNTS Show in the head!! And then he whispers, “I told you. I told you! Just like all the others. One more legend DEAD.” Show barely moves as Orton strikes his pose on the corner. Is this the end of the Big Show? Will the Legend Killer’s new list of victims ever end?
This was a pretty good Raw, especially to follow up the “controversies” at Extreme Rules. Can you believe Vince changed things last minute on the PPV? Actually, it isn’t the first time so it shouldn’t be a surprise. But Stephanie McMahon making a titantron Zoom call was a nice surprise. Next week’s No Champion’s Advantage (which is the easy way of saying it) will be a great match. Kairi VS Bayley was a great match, too, especially because I didn’t expect Kairi to win! There’s still talk of when Kairi’s WWE contract is up and when she’s returning home to Japan, so unless she hot potatoes the title back to Bayley very quickly, I don’t think Kairi becomes SmackDown Women’s Champion. But even if it would be only for a few moments, she, Asuka and Io Shirai all being singles champions at the same time would be great for the history books.
Seth Rollins opening the show to harp on Mysterio was a natural move. Aleister taking lead on this feud was also a good move. Aleister and Rollins had a great match, and that hood stomp to the arm was a great touch. I’m sure Aleister will come back, and it’ll make for good story if Aleister has the bad arm to worry about. The Hurt Business is now an official faction with adding Shelton Benjamin AND him taking the 24/7 Championship from R-Truth. The Six Man was great, as was the return of Mustafa Ali! The SmackDown Hacker story may have died but it wasn’t confirmed or denied if it was going to be Ali since WWE probably didn’t know, hence why they dropped it. Ali, Ricochet and Alexander winning was great, and will surely escalate things in Apollo’s absence.
Ruby Riott’s story with the IIconics continues, and it’s great that she finally gets a win. Still wondering how they’ll bring Liv back into this, but at least they aren’t letting it be more of the same for Ruby. Shayna watching Bayley and Kairi was good. It makes me wonder if she’s going after the Role Models and their titles despite them all being Heels. Or do we get that shocker of Kairi taking the SmackDown title, only to drop it to Shayna to parallel their shared time in NXT? I’m also curious how Bianca gets going in her own return. She could still be in a team with Ruby, but for how long? The Street Profits had a really good tag match with Garza and Almas, and I’m a little surprised they won. There is still time to determine contenders to the tag titles, I’m just not sure how that goes yet.
Almas and Garza getting involved with Orton’s match was a good touch, though. Orton and Show hype up tonight’s Unsanctioned match with great promos, and the match itself was pretty good. A little surprised Ric Flair wasn’t here tonight but also relieved given COVID concerns. Guess Orton won’t get to punt him in the head after all. But Orton beating Show and punting him was pretty big stuff for this story. Ziggler coming back to want another match with McIntyre must be a way of just biding time as we’re just starting towards SummerSlam. I like how tables have turned and Ziggler has to wait and see what McIntyre chooses. Ziggler had a pretty good surprise planned with the one-sided Extreme Rules, but I feel like McIntyre won’t be that unfair to Ziggler, being the Face and wanting to shut Ziggler up. For all we know, it’ll be just a normal match so that when Ziggler loses, it’s plain and simple.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (2/25/21)
Who will be on top of the Tag Division?
Gallus VS Pretty Deadly for the NXT UK Tag Team Championships!
Finally, Mark Coffey & Wolfgang take on Lewis Howley & Sam Stoker with the gold on the line! But only one team can win, so which boys will be on top?
- Loser Becomes Personal Assistant: Xia Brookside VS Nina Samuels; Brookside wins and Samuels must be her personal assistant for one month.
- Tyler Bate VS Bailey Matthews; Bate wins.
- Aoife Valkyrie VS Lana Austin; Valkyrie wins.
- NXT UK Tag Team Championships: Gallus VS Pretty Deadly; Pretty Deadly wins and are the new NXT UK Tag Team Champions.
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Loser Becomes Personal Assistant: Xia Brookside VS Nina Samuels!
The stipulation says it all! Whoever loses must be the personal assistant to the winner! Will Xia defy the Leading Lady’s assertion that Brooksides are only good as baggage handlers?
The bell rings and Xia dropkicks Nina right down! Xia fires off clubbing forearms and kicks! Nina scrambles around but Xia is on her with more clubbing forearms! Nina kicks and clubs back, but Xia boots Nina to ropes! Xia CLUBS Nina, brings her around, but Nina trips Xia to rain down rights! Nina pulls hair, the ref reprimands, and Nina lets off. Xia wrenches an arm, kicks it, and then wraps it on ropes! The ref counts, Nina kicks Xia but Xia kicks back. Xia wrenches, snapmares and KICKS Nina again! Nina bails out and wants a break, but Xia goes out to ROCK her with a right! Xia fires off forearms, the ref starts a ring count, and Xia brings Nina up.
Nina RAMS Xia into the apron, throws her into barriers, then clubs away on her again. Xia double chops but Nina BOOTS Xia into the luggage! The ring count is climbing but Nina puts Xia in at 9! Nina stomps Xia, kicks her to ropes, and Xia gets to a corner. Nina digs her boots in, lets off as the ref counts, and Xia sputters. Nina drags Xia up and wrenches Xia’s hand against ropes! Xia kicks back, Nina shoves then whips Xia corner to corner! Xia hits buckles hard, Nina drags her back up and scoops her for a slam! Cover, TWO! Nina drags Xia back by her hair and puts on a body scissors. Xia throws elbows but Nina clubs Xia on the back.
Nina gets Xia for a chinlock and shouts, “What makes you think you deserve to be in the ring with me?!” Xia throws more elbows but Nina shifts into a sleeper hold! Xia still elbows Nina, but Nina leg hooks a half nelson and rolls to a hammerlock. Nina gets the other arm and then points to her current assistant. “See what you’ll have to do!” Nina ties up Xia’s legs in a figure four, pulls hair, but the ref reprimands. Nina pulls Xia into a Bow ‘n’ Arrow, but Xia pops to a cover! TWO, and Xia fires off furious forearms! Xia ROCKS Nina, then hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Nina bails out to the apron, but Xia builds speed to WRECK Nina with a dropkick!
Xia drags Nina up, kicks and SWITCHBLADE KICKS Nina all around ringside! Nina RAMS Xia into barriers, the ring count is past 5 again! Xia goes to rana but Nina SLAMS her into the barrier! Nina gets in at 7, Xia is in at 9! Nina is furious, she stomps Xia over and over! Nina shouts for a bag form her assistant, but he doesn’t want to help her! He doesn’t like being insulted, and doesn’t want her to cheat again. Nina says she’ll get it herself! Nina shouts at her assistant but he still resists. Nina snatches the hand purse, swings on Xia but Xia KICKS the purse away! PRAWN HOLD, XIA WINS!!!
Winner: Xia Brookside, by pinfall (Nina is her personal assistant for one month)
Nina can’t believe it! This was her challenge, and she lost! She goes after her new boss, but the ref keeps her back! Xia is smiling ear to ear, what will she make Nina do as payback?
Trent Seven speaks.
“I’m very pleased at the way that I’ve been able to approach this mentally. It’s not easy putting this amount of pressure on yourself.” There have been times when Seven hasn’t really gotten off the sofa. The world is just a very different place now. More restrictions, less outlets. It’d be great if Seven was by a sunny beach, the Vitamin D would help. But you have to do what you can, and Seven will do the absolute best. Seven runs with his dogs, but tries not to stress himself out. Just eat nice, eat clean, and work hard. This is testing, but snow or rain, Seven just has to do it. “Let’s hope the juice is worth the squeeze.”
Seven has pushed himself out of his comfort zones, and now he feels as great as he looks. The cherry on top will be beating Jordan Devlin. Can the Man from Moustache Mountain climb this mountain and be atop a new division?
NXT UK Media catches up with Ilja Dragunov.
What happened in that match with Tyson T-Bone? Dragunov isn’t sure, he doesn’t want to lose control again, but how can he when someone is heckling him ringside? Speaking of, Sam Gradwell comes by to start something again! Gradwell won’t let Dragunov blame him when Dragunov’s the one “walking around this gaff like a big, overgrown baby, spitting your gummy out all over the ring!” Dragunov’s done it with Jack Starz and Tyson T-Bone, try and do it to Gradwell! Well if that’s a challenge, then Dragunov accepts. But there won’t be security to stand between them. Gradwell says, “In a bit, yogurt!” Will the Moscow Madman keep from going mad against the Thunderstorm and his constant trolling?
Tyler Bate VS Bailey Matthews!
After clearing his head, the Big Strong Boi is back in the ring! Will he start to look like the same young man who won the WWE United Kingdom Championship? Or will the debuting Bailey take advantage of Bate’s journey of refocus?
The bell rings and the two tie right up! Matthews arm-drags Bate, Bate gets up to monkey flip, but Matthews still has the arm! Bate gets up, arm-drags Matthews but Matthews wrenches through to have a wristlock. Bate gets up, spins, pries free with a leg and wrenches back! Bate rams shoulders, wrenches and wrings Matthews out, then ties up with him. They go around, Matthews has the arm, wrenches through and arm-drags to a double wristlock and headscissor! Bate can’t kip free, but he scrapes Matthews’ face with his foot. Bate moves around, endures as Matthews squeezes, and Bate gets free to get a headlock.
Matthews gets the headscissors again, squeezes tighter and pushes up for leverage! Bate endures, moves around, flips over and headstands to turn Matthews over again. Bate gets Matthews’ legs, figure four and a float over to a headlock. Matthews gets up, pries free, hooks a leg, uses his leg to break free, and wrenches Bate to a wristlock again. Matthews wrangles Bate to the mat, has the hammerlock and goes for the other arm to get a cording hold! Bate endures the combination, Matthews gets a cover, TWO! Bate gets up, Matthews has a cravat and cranks on the neck. Bate throws body shots, but Matthews hits an inverted snapmare!
Bate gets up, powers out, Matthews goes up in the corner to come back and run Bate over! Things speed up, Bate hurdles, but his hip toss is turned into a backslide, with bridge! TWO but barely! Matthews has a facelock, Bate slips out to EuroUpper! Bate throws more, Matthews gives them back! Matthews hits a gut wrench suplex! Float to the cover, TWO! Matthews drags Bate up, Bate throws EuroUppers to ROCK Matthews! Bate hits again, Matthews gives the EuroUppers back! Matthews being taller, he has more reach and he DECKS Bate! Bate BOOTS from below! Bate gets Matthews for an EXPLODER! Bate kips up, and hits a STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO!
Matthews is still in this and the BT Sports Studio is loving this! Bate fireman’s carries Matthews for the AIRPLANE SPIN! Matthews slips out and O’Conner rolls, TWO!! Bate narrowly escapes, he body scissors Matthews to a cover, TWO! Matthews eggs Bate on, then deflects the clothesline to ROCK Bate with a EuroUpper! Bate rebounds for the ROLLING KICK!! Matthews got hit hard, but Bate isn’t done with him! Double underhooks, TYLER DRIVER 98!! Cover, Bate wins!
Winner: Tyler Bate, by pinfall
The Big Strong Boy got a challenge out of this new young star! Does it mean Bate has more he must do to feel like himself again? Or is the next generation just catching up to him already?
NXT UK has another new signee!
From Germany, here is a story about a “lucky kid.” His story begins in one of the poorest and toughest districts of Berlin, where his family was just trying to survive. As the oldest, he was to take care of the family. To survive, you either need money or friends. “This kid had none of them.” Even the kid’s family started to lose hope. But the kid knew that one day, everyone would honor, respect and fear him. This story, to be continued. But whose story is this?
Aoife Valkyrie VS Lana Austin!
She has been waiting in the wings and is starting to feel like a bird in a cage. But will the Valkyrie spread her wings and fly towards the title soon enough?
The bell rings, Aoife and Austin tie up. They go around, Aoife throws Austin down but Austin keeps hold. They get back up, Aoife arm-drags Austin away but Austin gets mad. Austin shoves Aoife, Aoife headlocks, but Austin powers out. Aoife runs Austin over, then runs to catch Austin with a body scissor roll! TWO, and Aoife wrenches Austin’s arm. Austin spins, wrenches and wristlocks Aoife, but Aoife spins through and bridges back to then handspring and WRING Austin into the mat! Aoife runs, slides under Austin then headbutts low! Snapmare and armlock to a modified La Magistrol, TWO! Austin staggers up into KICKS from Aoife!
Austin gets angry, blocks a kick and talks smack as she throws Aoife down! HARD basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Aoife sputters, but Austin rains down fists on her! Austin drags Aoife up, bumps her hard off buckles, then drags Aoife back up. Austin goes to bump again but Aoife blocks to fire off CHOPS! Aoife CLUBS Austin, CLUBS her more, but Austin shoves her. Aoife comes back with a FLIPPING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Austin survives but Aoife runs. Austin wants mercy, Aoife hesitates, Austin small packages! TWO, and Aoife questions her own actions. Aoife runs into a roll-up, TWO!! Aoife gets mad, but Austin blocks her takedown to a backslide, TWO!!
Aoife loses her cool and ENZIGURIS Austin hard! Aoife drags Austin up, RAMS her into buckles and stomps away! Aoife hammers away, throws more stomps, then HEEL KICKS Austin off her feet! Aoife climbs the corner, takes aim and leaps for the PERIPETEIA!! Cover, Aoife wins!
Winner: Aoife Valkyrie, by pinfall
The Turn of Fortune goes in Aoife’s favor! But will she have a golden moment in her future?
With Tyler Bate wanting more competition, Johnny Saint and Sid Scala are giving him a match with a Proper British Heavyweight! In two weeks, it will be Tyler Bate VS Dave Mastiff! Will the Big Strong Boi be able to beat the Bomber?
Plus, for that same episode in two weeks, it will be a Mixed Tag grudge match! Piper Niven teams up with Jack Starz so that she can get payback on Jinny and her new righthand man, Joseph Conners! Will Piper the Viper make the Spoiled Princess finally pay for getting in her way?
NXT UK Media catches up with Xia Brookside.
How is she feeling after her win tonight? she feels great, but who knows about “this one.” Nina frowns as she comes out, pulling Brookside’s bags along for her. Xia tells her she has nothing to gripe about, this was her challenge. Nina struggles walking with all the luggage and in her heels. She does her best to keep it together, but will she break down before the next four weeks are up?
NXT UK Media interviews Amir Jordan & Kenny Williams.
These two will be watching the main event closely, of course! Pretty Deadly, Gallus, these two have been in the ring with both teams so they know how good both are! And Amir is confident that since Kenny is almost 100%, they’ll- Kenny stomps Amir right there. Kenny isn’t almost 100%. He IS 100%! Next week, they’ll reunite in the ring to take on Oliver Carter & Ashton Smith! So as great as Amir’s singles run was, short as it was, that’s on the shelf and it’s back to the tag team title chase! Amir is pumped up! He’s ready to talk tactics, combos, all that! Amir does need Kenny’s number again, it apparently changed. Will the Bhangra Badboy and Lucky Yin get back on track and head for the top?
BREAKING: Next week is a Big Strong Supernova Sessions!
Before taking on Dave Mastiff in two weeks, Tyler Bate will stop by Noam Dar’s hit new talk show! What will Mr. Supernova 11 have to ask the former WWE United Kingdom Champion?
NXT UK Tag Team Championships: Gallus VS Pretty Deadly!
Markus and Wolfie have held onto these belts for a long time, and admittedly from circumstances out of their control. But after a long road, Lewis Howley & Sam Stoker have found their way to challenging that status quo! Will it be Gallus Boys or #YESBOY on top after tonight?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and the make-or-break on a near 500 day reign begins!
The teams sort out, Mark Coffey starts with Sam Stoker. They circle, tie up, and then break. They tie up again, still a deadlock, so they break again. They circle, tie up, and now Coffey pushes Stoker to a corner. The ref calls for a break, they do let off, but both have their dukes up. Coffey backs off, circles with Stoker again and they tie up. Stoker tries to push Coffey but Coffey pushes him back. Stoker and Howley talk and decide to tag. Howley and Coffey tie up now, Coffey throws Howley down and has the arm. Tag to Wolfgang, he takes the hand-off and wrenches. Howley waistlocks, Wolfgang switches but Howley switches back to CLUB Wolfgang on the back.
Wolfgang just glares at Howley, but Howley waistlocks him again. Wolfgang throws Howley off and wrenches the arm to then arm-drag him! Wolfgang has the arm, fights off Howley’s headscissor attempts, and he tags Coffey back in. Coffey takes the hand-off to wrench and yank the arm, but Howley rolls to ROCK Coffey! Tag to Stoker but Stoker runs into an arm-drag! Coffey grinds the arm, Stoker gets up, tags Howley back in but Coffey reverses the whip to arm-drag! Howley runs in to snapmare but Coffey boots from below! Coffey arm-drags again, grinds the arm, and wrenches Howley. Tag to Wolfgang. he gets the hand-off and wrenches to an elbow breaker!
Howley endures, rolls, and gets a headlock. Wolfgang endures the grind, powers up but Howley thrashes about. Howley hits the takeover but Wolfgang gets a cover! ONE, Wolfgang gets the leg and tags in Coffey! Gallus give Howley a DOUBLE MONKEY FLIP! AKA, a Cornish Toss! Howley bails out, Stoker runs in, but Gallus sends him right out! Pretty Deadly regroups to cool off while Gallus stands tall in the ring. The ref counts, Wolfgang goes back to his corner while Stoker coaches Howley up. Howley gets in, circles with Coffey, and Coffey headlocks. Howley powers out, Coffey runs him over but Howley drops then hurdles to hip toss! Howley runs and rams Coffey!
Coffey drops to a knee, but drops lower to then come back with a hip toss! Cover, TWO, but Coffey tags Wolfgang. Gallus mugs Howley, Wolfgang ROCKS Howley with a EuroUpper, then whips him to a corner! Stoker saves Howley from the corner splash! Wolfgang ends up stuck on the top rope, Howley runs in to TOP SHELF KNEE! Tag to Stoker, Pretty Deadly double whip Wolfgang to DOUBLE LARIAT him! Pretty Deadly coordinate but Wolfgang fights off their combo move! Wolfgang scoops Stoker but Howley makes the save before Coffey tags in! The ref keeps this from turning into a scrap, but Wolfgang is ready for Stoker’s sucker punch!
Wolfgang throws hands then TOSSES Stoker! Stoker grabs at a buckle pad but Wolfgang CLUBS him, then TOSSES him the other way! Stoker still wants after a buckle pad but Wolfgang yanks him out of the corner. Howley goes after that open corner’s pad but Wolfgang goes after Howley! Stoker runs in to KNEE Wolfgang out of the ring! Wolfgang falls hard, Coffey backs Howley off but the ref tells them all to go to their corners. Howley POSTS Wolfgang in the distraction! Howley drags Wolfgang up, puts him in, and then Stoker stomps Wolfgang! Tag to Howley, Pretty Deadly bring Wolfgang up but Wolfgang fights them again! But they give Wolfgang a DOUBLE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Howley stomps Wolfgang over and over, tags Stoker back in, and they drag Wolfgang back up for a mugging. Stoker rains down hands and stomps, then tags Howley back in. Stoker sits Wolfgang up for Howley to BOOT him! Howley drops ax handles and a leg, then covers, TWO! Howley drags Wolfgang up with an arm and wrenches to an elbow breaker! Howley hammerlocks an arm and RAMS Wolfgang into buckles! Howley chokes Wolfgang at the ropes, the ref counts and Howley lets off. Cover, ONE, and Wolfgang throws body shots. Howley rams Wolfgang into the Pretty Deadly corner, Stoker tags in, and Stoker runs in to UPPERCUT Wolfgang! Cover, TWO!
Stoker facelocks Wolfgang, grinds him down, gets the arm and pulls on it. Tag to Howley and he elbows Wolfgang in the ribs. Wolfgang gets up to ROCK Howley, but Stoker swipes at Wolfgang! Wolfgang DECKS Stoker but Howley attacks! Howley throws knees, hauls Wolfgang up the corner, but Wolfgang hits back, and hits a SPLASH to Howley while he’s standing! Howley is pancaked, but he anchors Wolfgang’s feet! Wolfgang boots Howley but Stoker tags in to intercept! Wolfgang back drops Stoker away! Stoker tags Howley, both Pretty Deadly leap for Wolfgang, but Wolfgang gets the hot tag to Coffey! Coffey rallies on Pretty Deadly with forearms and shoulders!
Wolfgang hits a FULL NELSON SLAM on Howley, then a SNAP SUPLEX on Stoker! Howley runs into a clinch, Coffey throws body shots then whips Howley corner to corner for the running EuroUpper! LARIAT! Coffey shoves Howley to hit a FLYING BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Howley lives but Coffey drags him up to wrench and Russian Leg Sweep! Cover, TWO! Coffey drags Howley up, wrenches and crotch lifts but Howley turns that suplex into a sunset flip! TWO, Howley ducks Coffey to tag Stoker! Stoker runs but into a BOOT, and a BIG back suplex! Cover TWO! Stoker survives and BT Sports Studio fires up! Coffey drags Stoker up, choke grips but Stoker slips out of the slam!
Coffey standing switches, but Howley tags in! Coffey covers Stoker but Howley BOOTS him! Howley fireman’s carries Coffey to the ASSISTED GUT BUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Coffey survives but Howley drags him back up! Coffey wrenches out, whips and GAMANGIRIS Howley down hard! Howley sits up in a daze, Wolfgang is back on the corner, Coffey tags Wolfgang in! Gallus coordinates, CATAPULT SAMOAN DROP! Wolfgang MOONSAULTS!! Cover, but Stoker breaks it in time!! Wolfgang throws Stoker to the apron, Coffey runs in but Stoker jumps the baseball slide! Wolfgang DECKS Stoker and Coffey catches him, for an APRON CHOKE SLAM!
Wolfgang goes back to Howley, but into a small package! TWO!! Wolfgang SPEARS Howley down! Cover, TWO!?! Howley is still in this and so is Pretty Deadly! Wolfgang tags Coffey in, Gallus drags Howley up to feed to a scoop. Somehow, Stoker is back up and in! Coffey DECKS him, but Howley slips off Wolfgang and dodges him to CLOBBER Coffey! Wolfgang LARIATS Howley outside, Stoker SLAPS Wolfgang! Wolfgang chases Stoker out of the ring, they go around and Howley POUNCES Wolfgang over the barriers!! Howley tags Stoker but Coffey dodges his corner attack to kick Howley low!
Coffey whips Howley at Stoker, but Stoker goes up. Howley gives Stoker a boost to hit a CODE BREAKER on Coffey!! Cover, TWO!?!? Coffey survives that Pretty Deadly combo, but Howley has an idea! He tosses Stoker a tag title belt! The ref is busy with Stoker while Howley has the other belt! Coffey dodges the belt shot to POLISH HAMMER Howley! The ref is busy putting the one belt away as Stoker runs at Coffey, TORNADO DDT on the second belt!! Pretty Deadly hides the evidence and Stoker tags Howley in!! SPILT MILK!!! Cover off the neckbreaker spinebuster combo, Pretty Deadly wins!!
Winners: Pretty Deadly, by pinfall (NEW NXT UK Tag Team Champions)
#YESBOY indeed! Because yes, boy, Gallus’ reign ends at 497! Is this going to be the beginning of a Pretty Deadly Era?
A really good episode, with some really fun developments. I still would’ve wanted Xia VS Nina to be a match where the luggage was legal, but I like that it came to play in the end. Xia winning is great, she’ll get to make Nina do all sorts of menial labor. But I’m thinking as soon as the month is up, Nina attacks Xia and we get their real blow-off where maybe it IS a No Disqualification and the luggage can be a weapon. Aoife Valkyrie has a good match with Lana Austin, but naturally Aoife wins because she is still on the long build to challenging for the title. KLR VS Meiko Satomura feels like it could go either way given what little build we’ve gotten for it, but Aoife could easily work as a contender to either one.
Seven had a good vignette, but I’m hoping we’re close to his return as a Cruiserweight. Seven probably needs one match before facing Devlin to show us what Cruiserweight Trent Seven even looks like in the ring, and then we’ll get a great match out of Devlin VS Seven for a special Spring-to-Summer episode. According to sources you can easily google, NXT UK TakeOver: Dublin is still planned for this year since it couldn’t happen last year, but for June, and that is a ways off so I would think we get Devlin VS Seven as a holdover. We also got a good bit from Dragunov and Gradwell, and that match will be a lot of fun.
Amir Jordan & Kenny Williams are back in the tag division, but I’m thinking as soon as they lose, Kenny snaps and turns on Amir to give us their feud. Tyler Bate and Bailey Matthews had a really great match, and it both highlights Matthews’ skill and pushes the angle that Bate is still working things out for himself. Bate VS Mastiff is going to be great stuff, as will Supernova Sessions with Bate as the guest, but as I said last time, I’m hoping this circles back to the reunion of Bate and Seven as a team. And it could work now, because after a great tag match, Pretty Deadly comes out on top! They as clear Heels will freshen things up as they take on some great Face teams, and possibly be the ones to take on the reunited Moustache Mountain for a big event.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (2/24/21)
We will learn #WhyColeWhy!
Will Santos Escobar be stripped of the NXT Cruiserweight Championship?
NXT Cruiserweight, Santos Escobar, must face his doom! Karrion Kross and Escobar battle in a NO DISQUALIFICATION match! That is, if Escobar shows up!
- Dexter Lumis VS Johnny Gargano w/ The Way; Lumis wins.
- Tyler Rust w/ Malcolm Bivens VS Leon Ruff; No Contest.
- Io Shirai VS Zoey Stark; Shirai wins.
- Xia Li w/ Tian Sha VS Kacy Catanzaro w/ Kayden Carter; Xia wins, by referee stoppage.
- Grizzled Young Veterans VS Killian Dain & Drake Maverick; Grizzled Young Veterans win.
- No Disqualification: Santos Escobar w/ El Legado del Fantasma VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux; Kross wins.
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Dexter Lumis VS Johnny Gargano w/ The Way!
The Tortured Artist snatched Austin Theory away just as Johnny Freakin’ TakeOver was about to take on Kushida on Vengeance Day! But then surprisingly, Lumis gave Theory back without much of a fight. Will Johnny Gargano make sure Lumis doesn’t get away with that unpunished?
Speaking of, The Way pumps up back stage with “That’s The Way we uh-huh, uh-huh, we like it!” Theory says that should be a song! Um… Is Theory okay? Yes, of course! Well alright, but he doesn’t have to push himself if he doesn’t want to. Theory says he’s fine, Indi keeps her eyes on Theory as they all make their way out to the ring. And they make sure Theory stays away from Lumis. The no-look high-five doesn’t really work out this time, but that’s something minor. Will the North American Champion come away with a win over Lumis tonight?
The fans taunt Gargano with “Johnny Sucks!” as the bell rings. Lumis stares Gargano down but Gargano is unsettled by the fans cheering Lumis on. Gargano tries the “what’s that?!” trick but Lumis doesn’t even look away as Gargano rushes in! Lumis shows fist, Gargano falls over and scrambles away! Lumis slithers after him and that creeps Gargano out more! Gargano bails of the ring, Lumis slides to the apron but Gargano hammers away on him! Gargano gets back in, slingshots but into an UPPERCUT! Lumis stares at Theory, Theory gets antsy, Lumis builds speed but Gargano slingshots in! Lumis slides under and Gargano’s spear FLOPS! Lumis then goes under the ring?!
Gargano looks for Lumis and The Way look for him, too. Theory says he’s found Lumis! He’s behind Gargano! What?! Gargano turns around into Lumis’ UPPERCUT! And another! Lumis ROCKS Gargano with haymakers, then throws body shots in the corner! Lumis whips Gargano corner to corner, runs in but Gargano boots him away! Gargano runs, but into the THESZ PRESS! Lumis rains down fists, runs and drops an ax handle! Cover, ONE! Fans rally and duel, Lumis reels Gargano in but he stares at Theory. Lumis suplexes and holds Gargano up for a count of 10, even as Gargano kicks and flails! Gargano can’t escape, Lumis SLAMS him down!
Gargano rolls away and regroups with The Way, but Lumis keeps his eyes locked on Gargano. Lumis goes out after Gargano but Gargano RAMS him into the apron! Gargano throws Lumis down on the ramp, then rains down left hands! The ref starts the ring count, Gargano refreshes it, and Gargano “apologizes” to the ref. Gargano lines up a shot, but Lumis ducks the Penalty Kick to kip up and TOSS Gargano into the apron! Fans fire up, Lumis drags Gargano up and ROCKS him with another uppercut! Lumis whips Gargano into the ring, but The Way lurks close! Theory says he was just trying to call Indi over, and Indi rushes up on Lumis, only for Lumis to stare her down!
Indi has a nervous smile as she backs away into a post, and nervously says, “Call me.” LeRae steps up, leaps, but the rana is blocked! Lumis pops Candice to the apron, but Gargano baseball slides under her to hit Lumis! Gargano builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Lumis goes down as NXT goes picture in picture!
Gargano takes his time checking his chin while Lumis is down. The ref wants this to get back in the ring, Gargano checks with Theory but Theory says it worked out, didn’t it? Gargano bumps Lumis off the apron, CHOPS him, then CHOPS him again! Gargano puts Lumis back in, aims but Lumis ROCKS him with a haymaker! Gargano still SLINGSHOT SPEARS in! Gargano fires off fists, storms around the ring, then brings Lumis up for haymakers. Candice snaps at Indi to get her to pay attention. Does the Way have to worry about both kids now? Gargano climbs up in the corner to rain down more fists on Lumis’ head!
Lumis keeps fighting Gargano so Gargano snapmares him and basement dropkicks him in the back! Cover, TWO! Lumis gets to ropes, Gargano chokes him! The ref counts, Gargano lets off at 4, and Lumis drags himself up. Gargano is on Lumis but Lumis throws forearms back! Lumis backs Gargano down to a corner, stomps away (I swear I’ll stop), but Gargano turns it around to fire off forearms in return! The ref counts, Gargano stops at 4, and pushes Lumis around. Gargano clubs Lumis on the back, brings him up and hits a Russian Leg Sweep! Cover, TWO! Gargano grows annoyed and he drags Lumis up to put back on ropes for choking!
The ref counts, Gargano backs off (see? no way pun!), and The Way taunts Lumis up close. Gargano brings Lumis up, scoops him and slams him! Cover, TWO! Gargano gets the arm, drags Lumis around and reels him into a Camel Clutch! Lumis endures, NXT returns to single picture, and again Candice has to snap Indi out of whatever trance she’s in. Lumis still endures as fans rally, and Lumis fights up. Gargano tries to hold on with a sleeper hold, but Lumis RAMS Gargano into buckles! Lumis is free but Gargano hops right back on! Gargano elbows Lumis, hooks him up, but Lumis powers out to a BACKBREAKER!
Fans fire up, Lumis and Gargano stagger up, and Gargano walks into a BIG right hand! Lumis rallies with haymakers and uppercuts! Gargano is in a corner, Lumis runs in and clotheslines, to a BULLDOG! Lumis suplexes Gargano to rebound him off the ropes! Gargano staggers up into a BIG back suplex! Lumis kips up and drops a LEG! Cover, TWO!! Gargano survives and Candice is frustrated. Indi and Theory are the only ones not upset about this as Lumis hauls Gargano up. Gargano slips out of the scoop, ends up in a corner, and goes up and over Lumis to school boy! Lumis ducks the kick and stares down Gargano! Gargano gets the arm!
Johnny almost has GargaNO Escape, only for Lumis to roll over into the SILENCE!! Gargano scrambles around, ghost pins, TWO! Lumis sits up into a BUZZSAW! Gargano runs, into an UPPERCUT! Gargano rebounds, spins, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Lumis covers, TWO!! Gargano’s Wolverine-esque superhuman heart helps him survive! Lumis goes to a corner and climbs up and The Way moves away. Gargano runs in, Lumis punches him back, and Gargano falls to a drop zone! Lumis leaps, but he has to roll out of his double stomps as Gargano moves! Gargano kicks but Lumis gets under to get the clinch!
Gargano elbows out of that, runs, but into a pop-up UPPERCUT! Gargano SUPERKICKS on the rebound! Cover, TWO!! Lumis shocks Gargano with that and fans rally up! Candice distracts, Gargano tells the kids to get something for him. Theory goes to get a chair and he brings it over. Theory slides it in but Lumis stomps the chair down! The ref sees this and reprimands Gargano. Lumis uppercuts Gargano, Gargano ENZIGURIS! Gargano fakes his knee jamming, and he signals to Theory! Candice coaches Theory through getting on the apron and aiming at Lumis! Theory hesitates, Lumis stares Theory down, and Theory says, “My bad!”
Theory tries to explain, Gargano runs in, Lumis dodges and Gargano DECKS Theory!! Lumis drags Gargano into the URENAGE, and THE SILENCE!!! Gargano flails, reaches, fades, he is OUT! Lumis wins!!
Winner: Dexter Lumis, by submission
Lumis pats Gargano’s head, and Candice reprimands Theory! The Way couldn’t stay out of their own way, and now Lumis has a win over the North American Champion! Between Theory thinking of Lumis as a buddy, and Indi oddly infatuated, is Lumis going to cause The Way to go by the wayside?
William Regal waits for Santos Escobar.
If El Legado doesn’t arrive, Escobar will be STRIPPED of the NXT Cruiserweight Championship! Will Regal have to pull the trigger on his ultimatum?
NXT shares exclusive footage and interviews with MSK.
Wes Lee and Nash Carter look back on the night they won the 2021 Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. Lee had a strange calm come over him, but Carter was so nervous. “It was one of those moments where everything you’ve every done flashes in your head.” From opponents to tag partners and best friends, these two have put in the grind for years. They’re the same two kids from Dayton, Ohio as they always have been. And to get the win, they were so emotional, crying happy tears. Everything they’ve worked for paid off. Finally, being here, establishing themselves as a force in the Tag Division, and all the praise and congratulations from family and friends, it made that worth it, too.
The reason Carter got into wrestling was his dad. They’d watch Raw every week on Monday. But when Carter was a freshman in high school, his dad passed. It only ignited Carter’s passion for the business even more. He said he’d be in the WWE one day, and this is the first time in a long time that he felt his dad’s pride and admiration. “The Legacy Lives On” is tattooed on Carter’s chest, and this feeling will be unforgettable for them both. Their names are etched forever on the plaque, but this is only the beginning. They’ve been hungry, they’re ready to eat! That’s why these two are the #MustSeeKids!
Backstage interview with MSK!
Next week, Lee & Carter get to cash in their NXT Tag Team Championship opportunity, as they earned from winning the Dusty Cup. But then GRIZZLED YOUNG VETERANS jump them!! James Drake punches away on Carter’s head while Zack Gibson puts Lee’s arm in a chair like a vice!! Referees rush in to get GYV to stop, and Lee clutches his hand! Did GYV just sideline MSK and delay their title shot?
Tyler Rust w/ Malcolm Bivens VS Leon Ruff!
Bivens Enterprise’s #DiamondintheRust took Kushida to the limit, but was about to be broken if not for Bivens throwing in the towel, so to speak. However, Bivens made sure to personally arrange this match for Rust, asking Ruff right after he was medically cleared for the damage done by Isaiah “Swerve” Scott. Bivens has a mic now to say, “Success is taking advantage of every key opportunity that is put forth in front of you!” And when it comes to success, you think about Ruff!
But when Bivens thinks of Ruff, he just thinks of “the son that I didn’t have, and never wanted.” Ruff, you hold a very special place in Biven’s heart, and has a special opportunity tonight! He will go 1v1 with Rust! And Rust will prove to us why he IS the diamond in the Rust! Will the former North American Champion simply be used to sharpen Rust’s edge?
Wait, as Ruff makes his entrance, SWERVE BOOTS Ruff off the apron!! Swerve goes after Ruff with clubbing forearms, still upset about Ruff getting opportunities handed to him! Swerve slams Ruff into the announce desk and vents to commentary. “Swerve is gonna start getting opportunities, and less hand-outs for this guy right here!” Swerve fireman’s carries Ruff to DEATH VALLEY DRIVE him into the apron!! The ref tells Swerve to leave but Swerve says he told Ruff this wouldn’t be that easy! Swerve does leave, and he might have just done Bivens another favor! Bivens claims Rust wins by forfeit, but will NXT management really count it that way?
NXT shares footage from the WWE Performance Center.
It was yesterday that William Regal was talking with one of the newest signees, Zoey Stark, about an “opportunity” that was presented. He offered Stark a non-title match with NXT Women’s Champion, Io Shirai. Stark isn’t sure she heard that right, but Regal says after her great debut, there’s no one better he’d like to see face Shirai than Stark. Stark accepts that, how could she not?
Backstage interview with Zoey Stark!
We’re just moments away from only her second singles match in NXT and it is with THE NXT Women’s Champion. How is she feeling? Stark has so many emotions, her heart is pounding, but she is ready to get out there. But then she gets cut-off by technical difficulties! Will that be a bad omen on her opportunity with The Evil Genius?
NXT shares footage from earlier today.
Someone was reliving a classic Ted DeBiase moment. The Million Dollar Man challenges a little boy to dribble a basketball 10 times in a row for big money, only for DeBiase to mess the kid up! Oh, the one watching is Cameron Grimes! He’s seen enough, because time is money, after all! But that DeBiase, he was one smart guy! “With enough money, you can humiliate anyone!” Grimes has a lot of money, too, so he does a recreation of that basketball challenge! He has $1000 for 10 dribbles! The guy is up for that, and at 10… Grimes is confused! He didn’t watch the whole moment!! Grimes is the one suckered by his own scam! Grimes thinks DeBiase is to blame! Just proves money can’t fix stupid…
Io Shirai VS Zoey Stark!
Alright, the technical difficulties have been sorted out, and now it’s time for the Evil Genius to shine! But will Stark make this match a stark contrast from all Shirai’s other matches?
The bell rings and Stark circles with Shirai. They tie up, Stark powers Shirai to ropes, Shirai kicks free and the two go again. Shirai avoids Stark’s pick of the leg, they tie up, and Shirai throws Stark down, but the collar ‘n’ elbow stays on! Stark gets up, throws Shirai in return, but the grapple stays on again. Shirai gets up, Stark gets around to a waistlock, but Shirai wrenches an arm. Shirai has the wristlock, Stark rolls and handsprings and wrenches back! Stark hammerlocks, Shirai reaches back and throws elbows, then gets the headlock. Stark powers out, Shirai counters hip toss with arm-drag, and Stark staggers up. Stark avoids Shirai and manages a small back drop!
Shirai gets up, she spins Stark around, wrenches and kicks to whip. Stark reverses, Shirai reverses and hooks Stark up in an IRON OCTOPUS! Shirai digs her elbow in, Stark powers up but Shirai sunset flips! TWO, Shirai runs and basement dropkicks Stark down! Shirai stomps Stark to a corner, kicks at her, but Stark kicks back. Shirai CHOPS and CHOPS then sweeps the legs, to dig her boots in! SWINGING METEORA! Stark crawls along the ropes, Shirai runs in and 619’s, but Stark blocks to BOOT Shirai down! Stark builds speed but runs into BOOTS! Shirai swings to dropkick Stark back, then goes to a corner.
Shirai is slow to climb up, Stark intercepts with a GAMANGIRI! Shirai tumbles down as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns and Stark has Shirai in a facelock. Shirai throws body shots to get free, then throws forearms to back Stark down. Stark dodges to mule kick, front kick, kick a leg out, and then runs, but into a takedown! Shirai wants the arm but Stark holds on! Stark rolls, Shirai kicks low, but Stark ducks the buzzsaw to trip Shirai up! Stark runs again, to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Stark thought she had Shirai but she keeps her focus. Stark goes to a corner, hops up fast, and leaps for a 450! She has to roll through as Shirai moves, both women run to DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Both women are down and fans fire up!
The ref checks, both women are okay to continue, and Shirai sits up first. Stark follows and ghost pins! TWO, Stark hits a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Cover, TWO!! Shirai survives but Stark can’t believe how close she was! Starks wraps Shirai up in a chinlock and makes it a sleeper! Shirai endures so Stark KNEES her in the back! Stark kicks but Shirai blocks to elbow the leg, and SHOTEI! Shirai starts to rally with shoulder tackles, then a FLAPJACK! Stark goes to ropes, Shirai 619’s! Shirai climbs up top, takes aim and leaps to missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Stark survives and Shirai gets annoyed. Shirai drags Stark up, reels her in and underhooks, but Stark back drops out!
Stark gets back to a corner, hops up again, but Shirai SHOTEIS again! Shirai climbs up to join Stark and club away on her back! Shirai stands up on the very top, to SUPER STEINER! Stark staggers up into Shirai’s double underhooks, for the TIGER BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Stark survives and Shirai is frustrated! Shirai stomps away on Stark, drags her up, but Stark gets around to a waistlock, for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Stark is shocked but she’s seeing why Shirai is a champion! Stark drags Shirai up again, Shirai resists the German to victory roll Stark into buckles! SHINKANSEN!! Shirai goes up, OVER THE MOONSAULT! Cover, Shirai wins!
Winner: Io Shirai, by pinfall
Stark may not have won but she showed she’s one to watch! Will Shirai be keeping her eye on Stark from now on? But speaking of someone to watch out for, here comes Toni Storm! “Oh, Io, Io, Io.” Look at her! “Willing to fight literally anyone in this division, besides me.” But Storm is no Stark or whatever he name is. She IS Toni Storm, and she kicked Shirai’s head off, and Shirai couldn’t do a thing about it! There’s a reason Shirai pinned Mercedes Martinez and not Storm: Shirai can’t beat her. Shirai gets a mic to respond! “I will fight you, any time, any place, anywhere!”
But will she? Because if Shirai thought she could beat Storm, surely by now she would’ve asked Regal for it! But Shirai hasn’t done that, because she’s scared. Storm knows it, but she dares Shirai to prove her wrong. “Go find Regal, make the match happen.” Shirai says Storm’s on! Will Regal only need to see this to make it happen?
Backstage interview with The Way.
Even though they’re on their way out, McKenzie asks for a moment of their time. Gargano says not now! They need to get out of here before “that psycho” Lumis comes back for them. Gargano says all Theory had to do was hit Lumis with a chair! How was that so hard?! Theory says the chair was unnecessary, and Lumis doesn’t deserve that. Lumis is just misunderstood. What?! He kidnapped Theory! Chloroform, white van! And Theory isn’t even the first person Lumis did that to! Lumis isn’t misunderstood, he’s PSYCHO! Is Gargano taking crazy pills? Candice, back Johnny up! Candice agrees, Lumis should be in jail. THANK YOU! Indi, you, too! Indi says she finds Lumis “kinda hot…”
WHAT THE… Gargano keeps Candice from cursing so he can see “HELL?!” What is going on here?! What is happening!? No, no, whatever this is with Indi, and Theory’s Stockholm Syndrome, get them down. They will fix this! Theory is going to therapy! Seriously? Yes! And not another word! It is happening! Will therapy be enough to undo whatever Lumis may or may not have done to Theory?
Grimes is back with the basketball scam!
He made sure to watch the entire DeBiase moment, and he’ll get the better of someone this time. Grimes is sure these people know him for his money. He has a handful of green and explains his basketball challenge. Maybe not this guy, but how about the little lady over here? If she can bounce the basketball 10 times, she’ll get $1000 of his money! Like the Million Dollar Man back in the day? Uh, n-no… Just dribble the ball! It ain’t rocket science! Maybe her friend over here would like to try instead? No, the lady he asked first takes the challenge on. And when she stands up, Grimes realizes she’s not so little… Well still, she has to dribble! “Let’s see what you got, honey!”
The young lady dribbles, Grimes counts, but she gets tricky with it and he misses! That’s more than 10! “Gimme my money, honey.” Grimes is out $2000 total now. Don’t hate the player, hate the game. CURSE YOU, DEBIASE! This ain’t over!!
Xia Li w/ Tian Sha VS Kacy Catanzaro w/ Kayden Carter!
The friendship of Spicy and KC Squared may be all but gone after the harsh training Xia was put through by “her.” Can Kacy save whatever is left of the old Xia? Or will she be “purged” to only make Xia stronger?
The bell rings and Xia rushes Kacy! Kacy dodges, fires off on Xia, but Xia shoves her away! Xia rushes in again but Kacy waistlocks. Xia reaches under but Kacy leap frogs over and around. Kacy handsprings, headscissors and fires up! Kacy is after Xia with a facelock, whips her, but Xia reverses. Kacy goes up and over but gets caught! Xia hotshots Kacy, then takes her fighting stance! Xia powers up, storms over again, and bumps Kacy off buckles! Kacy shoves Xia but Xia stomps Kacy down in the corner! The ref counts, Xia adds on a springboard stomp to top it off! Xia drags Kacy back up, snap suplexes, covers, TWO!
Xia keeps on Kacy with a chinlock then makes it a cobra clutch. Kayden and the fans rally as Kacy fights up, and Kacy slips out the back! Xia BOOTS Kacy down, drags her up and reels her in, but Kacy slips out of the Gory Especial to sunset flip! TWO, and Xia back kicks Kacy hard! Cover, TWO! Xia wraps Kacy up in the cobra clutch again, but Kacy fights up. Kacy throws Xia off, gets to a corner, and elbows her away! Xia runs back in but into a boot! Xia returns, but Kacy trips her into the corner! Kacy fires off stomps, furious fists, but Xia shoves her away! Kacy comes back with more fire, the ref counts but Xia shoves her, only for Kacy to SHOTGUN Xia back!
Kacy runs, hits an A-List Lariat, then hits a FLIPPING AX KICK! Cover, TWO! Xia bails out, Kacy grits her teeth and goes to the apron to leap! Xia catches her, moves her around, but Kacy slips out to a waistlock. Xia standing switches to RAM Kacy into the barriers! Tian Sha tells Xia to finish this, and Xia looms over Kacy. The ring count is climbing, Kacy’s leg is on steel steps and Xia STOMPS IT!! Xia may have just broken Kacy’s leg! The ref checks on Kacy as she writhes and cries in pain, but Xia doesn’t even show emotion on her face! Xia goes up the steps, and drags Kacy up by her hair! Xia brings Kacy to the apron and makes sure Tian Sha sees this!
The ref reprimands, Xia shows no mercy as she drags Kacy in. More referees come out to check on Kacy, the refs call this!
Winner: Xia Li, by referee stoppage
Kayden wants after Xia but the refs keep her back. Kayden shields Kacy, but then glares at Tian Sha. Kayden storms over and asks what their problem is! Boa blocks Kayden’s path, Xia goes after Kacy with a HEEL KICK!! Kayden rushes back to Kacy and Xia slips away to leave with Boa and Tian Sha. Xia warns Kayden that she is next. Will what Xia did to Kacy pale in comparison to what she’ll do to Kayden?
Regal is still waiting for Escobar.
Still no sign of El Legado, but the clock is ticking. Will Escobar have the courage to face Karrion Kross? Or will he have to sacrifice his Cruiserweight title reign?
NXT profiles next week’s WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship match.
After making history by winning the inaugural Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez are poised to take on the Irresistible Force & Shayna Baszler! The Queen of Spades says, “The Women’s Division now is all the scraps left over from when I left.” And when it comes to Raquel telling them, “You don’t run this place anymore… we do!” Well, that’s a joke to Nia. Nia says Raquel can talk about dominating all she wants, but when she runs into Nia, it’ll be a different story.
Raquel says Nia is the one kidding herself. Nia needs to wake up. Dakota says she and Raquel will be bringing those WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships to NXT. Shayna says Dakota is only confident because she has Raquel. That’s perfect, because now there’s someone who can carry her to the hospital. Dakota said it before, she is NOT the scared little girl from Shayna’s reign of terror. Dakota will kick Shayna’s head off once and for all! Will the alumni come back to humiliate this generation? Or will Raquel and Dakota turn the whole Women’s Division upside-down?
Cameron Grimes wants one more try!
No one gets over on Cameron Grimes! He challenges a random guy in the parking lot! Dribble the ball 10 times, win $1000! Like that DeBiase- YES LIKE THAT!! Just do it!! Why is it so difficult?! He gonna do it or what? Yeah, sure, The guy starts dribbling, and Grimes DECKS him!! Grimes tells DeBiase to #KissMahGrits! Money CAN by happiness! Wait, he still throws like, $1500 into the air. Will that guy wake up and still get Grimes’ money?
Grizzled Young Veterans VS Killian Dain & Drake Maverick!
Zack Gibson & James Drake ambushed MSK because, well, they’re sore losers. But will the Belfast Beast and Rockstar Spud SSSOOON avenge Lee & Carter?
Maverick comes out wearing a shirt with Dain’s face on it, and Dain does not approve! Dain pulls that shirt off Maverick and smacks him on the back with it before throwing it away. GYV make their entrance, Gibson has a mic, and he says, “I’m sorry to interrupt this little dance party, but we have some breaking news! Wes Lee of MSK fame has unfortunately broken his hand.” James Drake mockingly “sheds a tear,” but says that the main headline now is that Regal has given GYV a hefty fine! They were just saving the NXT Universe! Imagine a few weeks without MSK “joking around like little children!”
Gibson says in the finals of the Dusty Cup, “the better team lost! Let’s make no mistakes: there’s only one team destined for tag title glory, and it’s NOT MSK. And it’s certainly not Shrek ‘n’ Donkey! It’s the Grizzled Young Veterans, SSSSSSOON to be recognized as NXT Tag Team Champions!” Gibson and Drake get in with Shrek- er, Dain & Maverick, and teams sort out. Of course Dain wants to start, and he runs right at James Drake to SHOTGUN DROPKICK him down! Dain drags Drake up to throw BIG EuroUppers! Tag to Maverick, Dain & Maverick double whip, Dain uses Maverick to trip Drake up, and then Dain drops a back senton! Maverick is the human weapon again, scoop slam senton! Cover, TWO!
Maverick keeps on Drake with an armlock, then wrenches to a wristlock. Maverick hammerlocks, Drake endures and fights up to elbow free. Drake headlocks, tags Gibson, Maverick powers out but GYV leap frog to CLOBBER Maverick! Gibson sucker punches Dain, but he doesn’t fall! The ref is busy keeping Dain back, and Gibson scoops Maverick to an Electric Chair! Mr. Mayhem goes up top but Dain gets Maverick away from Liverpool’s Number One, to then choke grip Gibson! Drake leaps into a choke grip, and Dain SHOVES GYV out of the ring! Fans fire up as Maverick shakes Dain’s hand. Then Dain TOSSES Maverick out onto GYV! GYV goes down as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns and Gibson keeps Maverick from Dain! Maverick throws forearms, Gibson whips Maverick to the corner and tags in Drake. Drake rolls and run sin but Maverick knees him down! Gibson keeps Maverick cornered, until Maverick slips under! Hot tag to Dain! Dain rallies on GYV, then clinches Drake for an OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Dain RAMS Gibson into Drake then CLOBBERS Gibson! Gibson begs for mercy but Drake jumps on with a sleeper! Dain just shifts Drake to a fireman’s carry, scoops Gibson, SAMOAN DROP FALL AWAY SLAM COMBO! Big Damo pops Drake back up for the WASTELAND, and SENTON! Cover, Gibson breaks it!
The ref reprimands as Gibson hammers Dain and helps Drake up. GYV coordinate, but it’s Dain who DOUBLE SUPLEXES them! Hot tag to Maverick! Maverick climbs up, leaps and CROSSBODIES Drake! Maverick dropkicks Gibson down, fires up and throws strikes on Drake! Punch, kick, repeat, but Drake shoves him! Maverick gets under to dropkick the legs out then basement dropkicks Drake in the head! Maverick fires up, hits a forearm smash in the corner, but Gibson tags in before the bulldog attempt! GYV coordinate, MISSILE DROPKICK COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, Dain breaks it! Dain goes after Drake and CLOBBERS him! Gibson throws Dain out, but Dain drags him out with him!
Dain has Gibson’s ear, Drake DIVES to take Dain out! Gibson gets in but Maverick runs in to forearm smash and BULLDOG! Maverick hurries up a corner, but Drake goes after him! Maverick kicks him away but Gibson YANKS Maverick down! Tag to Drake, they coordinate again, TICKET TO MAYHEM!! Cover, GYV wins!
Winners: The Grizzled Young Veterans, by pinfall
The teamwork makes the dream work, and GYV are one step closer to their dastardly dream of being the first team to have held both NXT UK and NXT prime Tag Team Championships!
William Regal DID see the confrontation earlier, and has made a match! In two weeks it will be Io Shirai VS Toni Storm, for the NXT Women’s Champion!
Finally El Legado arrives!
And just in time to make Regal’s deadline! Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza stand guard as Escobar stays in the SUV. Will Escobar go through with the match tonight? Or is he just here to turn over the title?
NXT returns as Dain is still carrying Maverick around.
He doesn’t want NXT Media to bother them, he sets Maverick down. But then Alexander Wolfe and Imperium walk by. What is this? Wolfe says Dain used to be a monster. That shake of his head shows Wolfe is disappointed, but Dain asks for medics to check on Maverick. Will Dain let the Hatchet Man get in his head about his… well not friendship, but partnership with Maverick?
No Disqualification: Santos Escobar w/ El Legado del Fantasma VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux!
Mr. Doomsday and his femme fatale make their way to the ring, and we see that Escobar has yet to even exit the vehicle. Wait! Kross attacks Wilde & Mendoza!! He got the drop on Legado this time! Kross TOSSES Mendoza into a garage door, but Escobar attacks! He’s going through with the match his way, but will he be made to #FallAndPray all the same?
Kross picks Escobar up to RAM him into the side of a truck! Escobar kicks back, they brawl again, and Kross CLUBS and ROCKS Escobar! Escobar goes to the back of the moving truck, Kross is after him again with haymakers, and then he tosses him into the truck’s trailer. But Escobar SLAMS the door on Kross! Kross writhes and Escobar talks trash in Spanish now that he has the advantage. Escobar kicks and forearms but Kros TOSSES him back into the side of the truck! Escobar kicks again, Kross throws more forearms, but Escobar dodges and a forearm shot hits the truck! Kross shakes that arm while Escobar gets into the truck cab!
Escobar closes the door to protect himself, but Kross rips off the side mirror! Kross finds a PICKAXE under the truck!? What’s that doing there?! Kross uses it to TEAR into the door!! Escobar has to bail out the other side and he throws hands on Kross! Wilde returns to throw hands but Kross TOSSES Wilde onto the hood! Wilde tumbles, Mendoza runs in but he gets THROWN into the grill! Escobar SMASHES Kross with a trash can! Escobar talks more trash and then SMACKS Kross again! El Legado has the 3v1 advantage now and they mug Kross! They bump Kross off the truck, hammer him more, and then RAM him into the side of the trailer!
Escobar wants another one, and they set Kross up again. They tell “the dog” this is what he gets for messing with them! They RAM him into the side again, and then Escobar has Wilde and Mendoza drag Kross into the arena. They go to the special stage area and beat Kross up at the steps! Fans boo but Escobar says to bring Kross around. Kross DECKS Wilde, BOOTS Mendoza, and then takes them both to throw them into the PLEXIGLAS! They go crashing through and Escobar is shocked! Kross glares at Escobar and Scarlett laughs at Escobar’s false bravado! Kross ROCKS Escobar and Escobar goes into the ring!
Escobar runs but Kross BOOTS him down! Cover, ONE!! Kross keeps on Escobar and CLUBS him out of the ring! Kross stalks Escobar, but Mendoza returns! Kross just TOSSES him into other barriers! Escobar SMACKS Kross with a chair! And SMACKS him again! Escobar stomps Kross down, rips Kross’ shirt off, and tosses it aside like trash. Escobar drags Kross up, hammerlocks the bad arm and POSTS him! And then RAMS Kross into steel steps! Escobar grins and soaks up the heat as NXT goes picture in picture.
Escobar takes his time regrouping with El Legado, and they drag Kross back up. Kross rakes Escobar’s eyes! But Legado has the steel steps and RAMS Kross with them! Kross clutches the bad arm, Escobar KICKS it! Escobar stomps the bad arm, drags Kross up and clubs away on the shoulder! Escobar puts Kross in the ring, throws more forearms, then covers, ONE!! Escobar clamps onto the bad arm, stomps away on it, then wrenches the arm. Escobar puts Kross in a corner, wraps the arm around ropes and SCRAPES it along the rope! Kross pushes Escobar away but Wilde HOTSHOTS the arm for him!
Escobar drags Kross up, has the arm, and gives it a CODE BREAKER! Kross scrambles to a corner but Escobar CHOPS him! Escobar puts the arm around ropes and pulls on it again! Kross can only clutch the elbow as Escobar runs in to forearm smash! Escobar cravats Kross, jams him with a shoulder, then headbutts Kross’ shoulder! Escobar fires off forearms, but Kross hits back with his good arm! They brawl, Escobar shoves Kross and runs in to shotgun dropkick! NXT returns to single picture as Legado trips Kross up for Escobar’s basement dropkick! Scarlett is furious and shouts for Kross to get up! Escobar shoves Kross out and goes back for the chair!
Escobar jams the bad arm, then slips the chair around it! Escobar aims and POSTS the arm!! Kross grabs at Escobar with the good arm but Escobar SLAPS him down! Escobar sits the chair up and stomps Kross down. Escobar drags Kross up and over, for a DDT to the chair! Escobar drags Kross up and into the ring, covers, TWO! Legado is frustrated but Escobar dropkicks Kross down! Escobar throws Kross out, pursues, but Kross hits back with is good arm! So Legado swarms him! Kross fights them off, but Escobar DIVES! The Arrow from Hell takes Kross down into barriers!! Scarlett is furious again but can only watch on as Escobar stands on Kross’ bad arm.
Escobar stomps Kross, and stomps and stomps! Escobar kicks the bad arm, wrenches it and clamps onto the shoulder! Escobar puts Kross in, covers, TWO! Escobar drops elbows on Kross’ bad arm, then clamps on with a short arm scissor. Kross endures, tries to use his good arm but Escobar shrugs that off. Kross sits up, Escobar puts him in a corner, and then runs in to DOUBLE KNEE! SNAP SUPLEX! Uno amigo, and Escobar drags Kross up, only for Kross to block! Kross gets around to use the good arm for an EXPLODER! Kross sees Wilde and DECKS him! Escobar leaps into a catch, for another EXPLODER!
Escobar bails out, Kross shakes the bad arm and pursues. Escobar POSTS Kross again! Escobar brings the bad arm around the post, but Kross YANKS Escobar into it instead! Kross bounces Escobar’s head off steel steps! Mendoza runs in with a chair but Kross BOOTS him down! Kross takes the chair for his own now and has a wild grin! Escobar is a fish in a barrel but Wilde saves him from a full metal Con-Chair-To! Kross glares at Wilde, aims with the chair, and he JAMS Escobar in the ribs! Kross puts Escobar in the ring, but Mendoza LEAPS, into an EXPLODER! Wilde leaps, but the rana is blocked! BARRIER BOMB!!
Kross gets in, Escobar is in a corner, Kross hits a corner clothesline! And BOOT! Escobar flops back out, Kross follows, and they’re by the other steps! Kross brings Escobar up and around, DOOMSDAY SAIDO through the announce desk!! Fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” and Scarlett seems euphoric now! Kross puts Escobar in the ring, hauls him up, and hits a DOOMSDAY SAIDO!! Kross aims from a corner, and winds up the hour hand. “TICK TOCK! TIME’S UP!!” BLINDSIDE FOREARM!! Cover, Kross wins!!
Winner: Karrion Kross, by pinfall
Escobar tried every trick in the book, but nothing can stop the sands of time! He still has the title, but will Escobar be in any shape to defend his Cruiserweight Championship? And will the clock start ticking on another champion’s reign?
NXT hears from LA Knight.
“Let me talk to ya. The question burning in everyone’s mind since TakeOver is, ‘Man, when’s LA Knight gonna debut?'” He’ll put it this way: the one thing that he asked is, “Whose game is it?” It’s HIS game. That means when he debuts, it’s on his time, his terms and done his way. What that means is Knight could debut next week, the week after that, or three months from now, because it doesn’t make a difference! In the end, everyone’s favorites, the ones that hold the gold, are just holding golden tickets to getting stomped out by LA Knight! That’s not an insult, that’s just a fact of life! But who will Knight go for first whenever it is he makes his in-ring debut?
Adam Cole is here!
After tweeting out that he will give us his explanation, Cole is finally here to do as he said! Cole goes to the ring, fans boo, and they don’t even feel like saying “BOOM” with him anymore. Cole takes a moment to watch a replay of last week, where Cole betrayed and booted Kyle O’Reilly to then give him a brainbuster to Kyle O’Reilly. Kyle has a herniated disc, not likely to return for several weeks, and fans chant, “You Suck!” for it. Cole gets a mic to say, “I… I had every intention of coming out here and explaining why I did what I did to Kyle, but… God, man, after watching that footage, I feel sick to my stomach.”
Everyone knows the NXT Championship is very important to Cole, especially the guys in the Undisputed Era. But Cole does not like the person he has become lately. At first, Cole was pissed off, because Kyle was getting opportunity after opportunity at the title, and he continued to fail. But that does not excuse Cole’s actions. After seeing it back, Cole is ashamed of himself. “Kyle, I know you’re sitting at home right now and you’re watching this. And I wish so, so badly that we could be having this conversation face to face, man to man, but we can’t.” They can’t, because of Cole.
Cole and Kyle know each other than anybody, and that means Kyle knows Cole hates admitting he’s wrong. Cole is telling us now that he was dead wrong. Kyle should be here in this ring, right here and now, but instead Cole made a stupid mistake and hates himself for it! Cole paces as he works on the words to say. “Kyle… Kyle, I am so, so sorry.” Cole will do whatever he can to fix this. Even if he can’t, he’ll try. “Wow, Adam. Really?” Roderick Strong confronts Cole! Now Cole feels bad?! Only now? For the past 10 days Cole didn’t feel bad for not letting Strong know what was going on? For what Cole did to Kyle, and to THE TEAM!?
“Adam, everything’s changed now. This whole thing, this Undisputed Era… This was built on trust! Love! A brotherhood!” The UE Boys would do whatever it took to have each other’s backs! And just like that, Cole “shattered that trust!” Strong wants Cole to look at him and understand this: Kyle IS going to heal up. They both know Kyle. But when Kyle does heal, Strong doesn’t know if he can save Cole from what Kyle’s gonna do to him! But wait, here comes Finn Balor! Strong tries to stop him but Balor pushes him aside and tackles Cole! Balor rains down fists, Strong gets in to pull him away from Cole, but Balor and Strong tumble out of the ring!
Balor kicks and stomps away on Strong but Cole RAMS Balor into barriers! And SUPERKICKS him down! Strong gets in the ring, Cole goes in to apologize, but Strong CLOBBERS Cole! And Strong is just as torn up as Cole was! Cole apologizes and he just wants things to go back to normal. Cole says this was his fault. Strong shouts, “What is happening?!” Cole starts to cry, but Strong sits with him. Strong says he’s sorry for hitting Cole. They’re brothers and they love each other! They hug it out and fans cheer! Cole keeps apologizing, he and Strong pat each other on the back, and then they shake hands. But Cole LOW BLOWS Strong?!?! That wasn’t a mistake!!
Cole tells Strong he is so STUPID! Cole says Strong is dead to him, and he takes the UE dog tag away from him! Then SUPERKICKS him down!! Was Cole just pretending to have regrets? Is there nothing undisputed anymore?!
Wow, this episode! And that’s meant in a good way, there was a lot of great, wild stuff. We had a really good match in Gargano VS Lumis, and some really crazy developments in that story. Theory thinking Lumis isn’t so bad is an alright choice, but I have no idea where this “Indi <3’s Lumis” is coming from. I get there’s a cliché of “daughter falls for bad boy” in sitcoms and family stories, but this still seems a bit out of nowhere. The pacing is what feels off, really. I still wish there were “Theory is hostage” antics but of course this is all leading to Gargano VS Lumis rematch for the North American Championship. I just don’t like the idea that it might come down to the loyalties of Theory and Indi, not that Lumis actually beats Gargano on his own merits.
The way (no pun intended this time, I swear) we learned about Rust VS Ruff getting on the card was arranged oddly. There was entrance, then a “earlier today” video, then Bivens has his promo to put Rust over and bury Ruff. We should’ve gotten the video first, then everything else. Swerve attacking Ruff was a good touch, though, and I guess any match being offered/given to Ruff is too much for Swerve. We got really good video packages for MSK and the coming Women’s Tag Title match, but what a twist for GYV to attack MSK and basically delay the NXT Tag Team Championship match. GYV VS Dain & Maverick was a good match, but of course GYV wins.
It seems Imperium and Wolfe are going to be the next feud for Dain & Maverick, and there could even be a chance of Dain being recruited/converted to Imperium! I don’t know if I want to see the dysfunctional duo break up, but Dain and Wolfe reuniting from their SAnitY days through Imperium would be an interesting story. Plus, one day we will be able to have NXT and NXT UK swap people around smoothly again, so with the North American Championship, NXT UK Heritage Cup, and another pair of tag titles out there, there could come a time when Imperium reigns from top to bottom.
Shirai VS Stark was very good, especially for Stark being new to NXT. But naturally, we’re getting Shirai VS Storm 1v1 now, but it does seem a little sudden for the long-awaited rematch from the second Mae Young Classic. The match itself will surely make up for that, though, and honestly could go either way, if Heel Toni decides to bend the rules or something. Then with Xia Li VS Kacy, it was obvious it would be brutal, but I didn’t think it’d be that brutal! Xia “breaking” Kacy’s leg, and threatening to do the same to Kayden, that is some serious Heel heat. I am still waiting for when Tian Sha/Mei Ling (Karen Q) gets back into action and tears up the Women’s Tag Division with Xia Li.
Grimes trying to recreate the Ted DeBiase basketball challenge, and messing up multiple times, was pretty hilarious. I have a feeling he’s not only going to waste his money on things but also on these silly bets until he’s basically back to where he was before #GameStonks. The story of Escobar waiting until the very last minute was pretty good, as was Kross going after him so he wouldn’t have a choice. Naturally Legado worked together for the entirety of the No DQ match, and I think the No DQ, brawling nature of the match made this work in Kross’ favor, as he felt much stronger than if this were a standard match. Kross wins so he can stay strong in his own path back to the NXT Championship, and I’m curious to see how this impacts Escobar’s title reign, if at all.
And speaking of, the NXT Championship scene is also attached to the #WhyColeWhy story. Cole taking the approach of, “It was impulsive and I regret it” was an interesting start, but from how he betrays Strong at the very last moment makes it seem it was an act. The anger Cole mentioned about Kyle getting his two opportunities might also be attached to jealousy, maybe some bitterness. Cole VS Kyle is definitely happening, but I think we’ll get a great Cole VS Strong first, maybe even Cole VS Balor, title optional. Heck, the title could be put up, but Kyle screws Cole over to set their own match up. The UE is basically all but over unless Fish returns and Cole is the one kicked out of the group. This could even be the long road to opening the door to Cole going to Raw/SmackDown, as much of a shame it’d be to see him finally move over.
My Score: 9.4/10
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