It’s a high stakes Monday Night Raw!
Drew McIntyre reveals his stipulation, THREE teams battle to face The Street Profits, and the Raw Women’s Championship is on the line!
- Raw Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Triple Threat: The Viking Raiders VS Ricochet & Cedric Alexander VS Angel Garza & Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Garza & Almas win and will face The Street Profits for the titles at SummerSlam.
- Nia Jax VS Shayna Baszler; Double Count Out.
- WWE 24/7 Championship VIP Invasion: Shelton Benjamin w/ The Hurt Business VS R-Truth; Benjamin retains the WWE 24/7 Championship.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Shinobi Strike: Shelton Benjamin w/ The Hurt Business VS Akira Tozawa w/ ninjas; Benjamin retains the WWE 24/7 Championship.
- Mustafa Ali VS Bobby Lashley w/ The Hurt Business; Lashley wins.
- Raw Women’s Championship, No Champion’s Advantage: Asuka VS Sasha Banks; Banks wins by count-out and is the Raw Women’s Champion.
- Buddy Murphy VS Humberto Carrillo; Murphy wins.
- Drew McIntyre VS Dolph Ziggler, McIntyre’s Choice; McIntyre wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Raw opens with Randy Orton!
The Viper, the Apex Predator, the Legend Killer, heads to the ring. He added the World’s Largest Athlete, The Big Show, to his list of victims in their Unsanctioned Match last week, but it seems he isn’t done. Orton grabs a mic to say, “For 20 years, I’ve been here in the WWE. For 20 years, I’ve been called many names.” He was also the youngest world champion and has won that title 12 more times. He has had his part in some incredible tags teams, as well. From Legacy to The Authority, and let’s not forget Evolution. When Orton thinks of the greats the industry has given us, you think Steve Austin or The Rock, but they can’t hold a candle to his resume! Or to his longevity, his consistency, or his accomplishments! Orton has done what he wanted, when he wanted, and to whoever the hell he wanted, and that will not change!
But something is missing. Orton hasn’t been able to put his finger on it as of late. But he woke up this morning and it hit him like a ton of bricks. What he needs and desires is to become WWE World Champion once again! That means Orton needs to bring Drew McIntyre into the conversation, but comparing their resumes would be a short conversation. McIntyre was The Chosen One, but about 10 years ago, he had his head so far up his ass, he chose to get himself fired! That said, McIntyre did fight and claw his way back. He came to NXT, showed hunger and ambition and hustle. He also has Orton’s respect. Orton saw WrestleMania, when McIntyre beat Brock Lesnar for the title. And not only that, he did it in quick fashion.
But Orton talks to McIntyre directly here. McIntyre has a problem. That problem is that he has what Orton wants. And when Orton wants something, he tends to take it in the biggest way possible, in the biggest environment possible! Orton wants to have that WWE World Championship match at SummerSlam! The crowd loves the sound of that! And when Orton RKO’s McIntyre and takes McIntyre’s title to put on his shoulder, “you will never see it coming.” The Apex Predator has called his shot! Will McIntyre give it to him?
Nia Jax heads to the ring!
The Irresistible Force doesn’t wait for Orton to be all the way up the ramp to make her return to Raw! She tunes out the crowd booing her as she gets a mic. “I heard Randy just talking right now, waking up and wanting to be WWE Champion. And I know exactly how Randy feels.” Nia woke up and wanted to be Raw Women’s Champion. Last time she had her shot against Asuka, she was “screwed” by a referee. And when she went for the rematch, Charlotte Flair butted in line. But has anyone seen Charlotte since? Nope! Now Sasha Banks has her match with Asuka, but Nia wants to make sure- Shayna Baszler interrupts!
The Queen of Spades storms to the ring and stands in front of Nia, holding a mic of her own. “Nia, nobody gives a damn what you want.” Nai laughs and then SUCKER PUNCHES Shayna! Nia throws Shayna around, clubs away but Shayna hits back with kicks! Referees rush out to stop this brawl! Shayna and Nia egg the other on, are we getting a fired up opener?
Raw returns to the Street Profits!
Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins are fired up for what’s coming next! “Your WWE Raw Tag Team Champions are very excited to join you all tonight.” They’re here to watch the #1 contender’s tag match for their titles! But as Ford woke up, had his PB & J, he realized there’s something they need to do. Dawkins is excited, too! They’re going to do ring announcing! The first team, a team that if Thor had them in Wakanda, Thanos would have never snapped his fingers! Destiny is behind the Viking Profit brothers, THE Viking Raiders! Erik and Ivar make their entrance and the Profits introduce the next team. These two ride together, fly together and ALWAYS bring the smoke! These fly boys, Ricochet and Cedric “The Sports Entertainer” Alexander!
The fast and furious duo make their entrances, but there’s still one more! The Profits know we’re all excited! Last but not least, the least favorite telenovela, the frenemies that Vega cannot keep control of! And Garza, look. Charly ain’t looking for an angel on her shoulder, she’s wanting a viking adventure! It’s El Idolo y El Latino en la casa, Andrade Almas and Angel Garza!
Raw Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Triple Threat: The Viking Raiders VS Ricochet & Cedric Alexander VS Angel Garza & Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega!
This is a lot to say, but there’s also a lot to do! Which two men will take on Dawkins and Ford at the biggest show of the summer?
But before the bell, Garza and Almas sucker punch the Vikings! Erik and Ivar fall out but Ricochet and Alexander go after Almas and Garza! Almas and Garza throw them out, too, and off come the tearaway pants! Garza throws those pants at Dawkins and talks trash to the champs, but the Profits don’t back down. The Raw Tag Team Division is about to explode but Raw the show goes to break.
Raw returns and Alexander has Ivar in a headlock. Ivar powers out., Alexander slides under but Ivar rolls off his back! Ivar tosses Alexander to a corner, Alexander dodges but then Ivar goes up and over! Alexander springboards, comes back, escapes the scoop and dropkicks Ivar! Ivar comes back to run Alexander over! Oh, and by the way, Vega’s team is deciding to let things play out while they relax by the barriers. Alexander tags in Ricochet, they handspring and enziguri Ivar to a headscissor, then double dropkick! The Profits dig the innovation, but Erik tags in. These four stand off, but then realize Almas and Garza are outnumbered. They head over!
Almas and Garza try to escape but they’re caught! Almas gets mugged by the Viking Raiders while Garza is 2v1 against Ricochet and Alexander! Alexander and Ricochet double whip and double elbow Garza down then kick him to a corner. The Raiders give Almas a scoop slam, then human weapon Ivar slam! The crowd fires up while Ricochet CHOPS Garza! Alexander CHOPS Garza, then Almas is put in for the atomic drop and HAYMAKER! Snap suplex and Penalty Kick! Then they feed Garza to the Viking Raider’s pop-up springboard CLOTHESLINE GERMAN SUPLEX! But then Ricochet dropkicks Ivar and Erik DECKS Alexander! Erik and Ricochet circle but Almas clobbers Erik!
Almas and Ricochet stand off but Almas has him wait. Almas suggests teaming up on Erik! Ricochet throws hands on Erik and Almas joins in! They double mudhole stomp Erik in the corner, double whip him corner to corner, then Almas runs in to KNEE Erik! Ricochet leaps to uppercut Erik, snapmare to a cover, but Almas drags him off! No alliance survives the pinfall attempt, and though Almas “apologizes,” he CLOBBERS Ricochet! Ivar returns, turns Almas around and blocks punches to give punches! Ivar whips, Almas reverses but Ivar reverses back to pump handle FALL AWAY SLAM! Scoop to sidewalk slam! Basement splash! The crowd fires up with the “Love Splash” as Ford puts it.
Ivar runs into the corner but gets buckles. Almas runs in but gets a seated senton! Garza SUPERKICKS Ivar but Erik CLOBBERS Garza! Erik gives Garza an EXPLODER! Erik whips, Garza reverses, Erik goes up and over and rolls to shotgun knee Garza back! The Vikings have control as Raw goes to another break.
Raw returns again and Garza and Almas are stomping away on Erik on the outside! Garza SUPERKICKS Ivar down, then they both drag Ivar up for clubbing forearms. They double whip Ivar hard into barriers! Almas and Garza drag Alexander up to whip him into barriers, too! Ricochet is down by the steel steps but Almas has Erik in the ring. CIEN SHADOWS! Cover, TWO!! Erik survives to keep the Vikings alive! Vega is furious but Almas looms over Erik. Almas brings Erik up but Erik breaks free to ROCK him! Tag to Ricochet and Garza, Ricochet fires off first! Ricochet rocks Garza, runs in to CHOP! Ricochet whips corner to corner, then rams into Garza, bumps him off a buckle and BOOTS him away! Ricochet springboards for a flying clotheslines! Standing shooting star! Cover, TWO!!
Ricochet keeps his cool as he tags in Alexander. They drag Garza up, double whip but Garza reverses to SUPERKICK Ricochet! Alexander BOOTS Garza down! Ivar returns, cartwheels and CLOTHESLINES! Almas boot feints to ELBOW! Erik gives Almas Ace Ten Mao! The crowd is thunderous as Erik spots the group outside. Erik runs but into Garza’s enziguri! Vega rallies for her team as Garza clubs everyone else down. Ivar climbs up top and SENTONS onto them all! Almas hurries to get Alexander in and Garza, too! Garza drags Alexander up, WING CLIPPER!! Cover, Garza and Almas win!!
Winners: Angel Garza & Andrade Almas, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contenders to the Raw Tag Team Championships)
The Profits don’t mind, that was a wild show. Will it be even wilder now that it’s SummerSlam official?
Almas and Garza get in the Profits’ faces about taking those titles, and look to be leaving, only to sucker punch the Profits! The contenders stomp the champions down and make a mess of the desk, but the Profits run them off! Garza shouts about a “new era,” but what will it take for him and Almas to dethrone Dawkins and Ford?
Nia Jax VS Shayna Baszler!
The Irresistible Force and Queen of Spades were after each other earlier tonight and get to fight it out now! Who moves into position to meet the winner of Asuka VS Sasha?
The ref tries to keep these two back until the bell but that’s not so easy! Shayna almost knees through the ref into Nia, so the bell rings and this goes off! Shayna and Nia club and kick and knee each other back and forth, but Nia gut wrenches Shayna to put her on the ropes! Shayna holds on but Nia shoves her down to the floor! Nia hurries after Shayna but Shayna ROUNDHOUSES! Nia stays up!! Nia powers after Shayna, bumps her off Plexiglas, but doesn’t hear the ring count. She slams Shayna into more Plexiglas, the count reaches 10!!
A draw brought on by fury but the fight continues! Shayna clubs away, Nia trips her up and kicks her, then shoves her into more railing. Security tries to stop this but they get thrown around, too! Nia throws Shayna into the ring, security stands between them, until Shayna puts one in the KIRAFUDA KLULTCH! Head of security tries to reason with them, but he gets pinball’d between them! Shayna goes down and Nia rips the mans shirt off! Nia throws him around more, he blindly flails as the shirt is stuck over his head, and Nia kicks him out of the ring. Shayna wants back in but referees swarm. Nia BLASTS them all off the apron! Shayna gets back up but Nia shouts, “I’m not scared of you!” The rest of the Raw roster should be scared of both these women! Will they ever get to fight it out fully?
Seth Rollins meets with Buddy Murphy backstage.
Is Murphy with him? Murphy asks Rollins if Dominik is showing up. Rollins says he is, because people like Dominik can’t get out of their own way. Rollins tells Murphy not to worry. “The greater good will move forward. And tonight, it’s gonna be different. Trust me.” Does the disciple have faith in his Monday Night Messiah? Does Rollins have something planned for the son of Mysterio?
Mark Henry talks with Ruby Riott and Bianca Belair!
The World’s Strongest Man surely shares wisdom with these young and hungry superstars.
Seth Rollins heads to the ring!
The Monday Night Messiah leads his disciple out as the crowd boos. Murphy hands Rollins a mic for him to speak. “At Extreme Rules, I defeated the legend, Rey Mysterio.” Last week, Rollins defeated Aleister Black. The Monday Night Messiah is on a roll and should be in a great mood, but he’s not. He will tell us why: “Because Dominik Mysterio is here tonight and plans to confront the Monday Night Messiah.” This seems to be a recurring theme. Every time the greater good takes two steps forward, someone stands in the way and “we are forced to take a step backwards.” The ugliness in all of this is the fact that someone gets hurt every time! Kevin Owens broke his ankle at WrestleMania. We know what happened with Rey Mysterio. And last week, Aleister continuing to be a thorn in Rollins’ side injured his arm.
This is not how Rollins wants things to be. He doesn’t want to be a person that hurts peoples. That is not who the Monday Night Messiah is. The last time Dominik said he was coming to confront Rollins, he jumped Rollins from behind and things escalated. Rollins vows tonight is different. Rollins doesn’t want Dominik to hide in the shadows and ambush him. He doesn’t want violence, he wants this done the right way. Rollins has a soft spot in his heart for the Mysterio family. So to avoid confrontation, Rollins asks Dominik to come to the ring and confront him face to face, man to man, to talk this out. “Dominik, I know you’re here, so please. Don’t be afraid. Come into my ring, and please do this the right way.”
Dominik appears on stage, mic in hand. Rollins asks Dominik to join him in the ring. He promises not to hurt Dominik. The crowd chants things and Rollins tells them to stop putting ideas in people’s heads. Dominik walks down the ramp and Murphy holds the ropes open. Rollins says that’s fine, Dominik can say what he has to say. It doesn’t have to be the way it’s been. Dominik goes up the steel steps and walks through the ropes. Rollins understands why Dominik has been here, and that Rey is doing better, but there’s something Dominik needs to get off his chest. Rollins says he is a benevolent men. If it is not possible for Dominik to say how he feels, Rollins is here for him. If Dominik needs any guidance, Rollins is here with open arms.
Dominik steps closer, to tackle Rollins! Murphy drags Dominik off but Dominik hits him back! Rollins stomps Dominik down! Rollins and Murphy stomp until Dominik falls out of the ring, but Murphy goes after Dominik with forearms! Rollins stomps Dominik more! Clearly the promise has been broken as Rollins and Murphy double whip Dominik into barriers! They stomp him more! Then they bring him up to whip him into more barriers! “What is wrong with you?!” Rollins drags Dominik up, he and Murphy whip him into the announce desk! The crowd boos as Rollins looms over Dominik, but then Rollins stares at the steel steps. Rollins looks at Dominik, then the steps. “This isn’t my fault! This isn’t my fault! He asked for this!” Rollins didn’t want it to come to this!
Aleister leaps in out of nowhere! Aleister knocks Rollins down but Murphy is after him! They go after his bad arm, and slam it against the apron! Rollins throws Aleister into barriers! And into more barriers! Murphy drags Aleister up but Aleister pushes him away, so Murphy KNEE TRIGGERS him down! Murphy stomps away on Aleister but Rollins moves him aside. Rollins drags Aleister to the ramp, to CURB STOMP him down! Murphy and Rollins loom over Aleister, and again stare at steel steps. “You know what you have to do, Murphy!” What? What does Murphy have to do? Rollins asks if Murphy is “in this for real!” This is for the greater good! And then he SLAPS Murphy! “Think about what this man has done to you!” The constant losses! Do what you have to do!
Murphy drags Aleister up and over to the steel step! Rollins shouts to do it, Murphy pushes Aleister’s eye into the steel steps!! The referees get Murphy and Rollins to stop but the damage has been done! Rollins congratulates Murphy, but they’re not done. “Find the kid!” They want to go after Dominik again! But Dominik has a kendo stick and he starts swinging! He SMACKS and SMACKS and SMACKS until the stick breaks!! Rollins and Murphy run for their lives as Dominik keeps going! The rage is boiling over and Rollins feels the pain! Will Dominik get revenge for his father? Has Aleister suffered the same fate as the King of Lucha Libre?
R-Truth meets with Mustafa Ali backstage.
Truth heard Ali is the guest in the MVP Lounge. The VIP Lounge, but yeah, close enough. Truth wonders if Ali is after that 24/7 Championship. No, he’s got a match with Bobby Lashley, that’s his focus. Oh okay, good. Truth is hoping to get his baby back. Well alright. Truth says he’ll keep his eyes on “Mufasa,” though. What? Truth being Truth aside, will the Beacon be ready for anything and everything the Hurt Business might throw at him?
Raw returns to the VIP Lounge.
MVP and The Hurt Business are already in the ring, and that can only mean one thing: Big things poppin’, little things stoppin’. Sit back, relax and enjoy the view, because the VIP Lounge is for people like them, people who are better than you. Last week, MVP tried to celebrate with the boys over his “victory” at Extreme Rules, where he became “the real WWE United States Champion.” But things didn’t go the way he planned, but he got to meet someone he’d never met before. Someone who was gone for about 7 months. Where he’s been and what he was doing doesn’t matter to MVP. MVP does want to help this young man “see the light,” though. Welcome to the lounge, Mustafa Ali!
Ali goes to the ring but skips the velvet ropes as he joins everyone in the ring. MVP welcomes Mustafa to the VIP Lounge, and wants to give him a sample of “the good life.” This is where made men congregate, make good decisions, and good things happen. And where you make wrong decisions, you become “dissatisfied clients” of The Hurt Business, much like Ali’s friends, Ricochet and Alexander. “Dissatisfied,” huh? Like the stock holders of the Hurt Business after Ali and his friends put them out of business. Those guys must’ve been unhappy. But do you know who is happy? Ali! He’s happy to be back, to be on Raw, and to finally climb the ladder! He stands on the couch as he says he will finally become champion! A real champion.
Oh like MVP, the real US Champion, right? Of course that’s what Ali meant. MVP sees wonderful things for Ali, and they can still happen, if he makes the right decisions. And that comes down to spending time with the right people. Ali tells MVP to stop the proposal. Just because MVP brainwashed two meat heads to do what he wants, it won’t work on Ali. Ali has always thought for himself, and always will. MVP says Ali obviously isn’t thinking very clearly. He does realize that he is 1v1 with the Rocky Mountain Machine and CEO of the Hurt Business. MVP does want to help out here.
Apollo Crews went down this same path, and right now, he’s at home on the couch watching Raw. Ali can join them in the VIP Lounge, or he can sit at home like Apollo. Ali can be a champion, or chum in the water for predators. It’s his call. Ali’s call is still no. He doesn’t care what the proposal is, what MVP is forcing Ali to do. Ali then spots R-Truth and decides to “reconsider.” Truth TACKLES Shelton Benjamin out of the ring! Cover, TWO!! The Hurt Business surrounds Truth but he slips through the ring and hops the ropes! Truth lives to try another day, but will Ali have to suffer in his place?
Mustafa Ali VS Bobby Lashley w/ The Hurt Business!
Raw returns and the bell rings. Ali circles with Lashley, but is wary of MVP and Benjamin on the outside. Lashley dares Ali to “cross the line.” Ali steps over the line and gets in Lashley’s face, only for Lashley to shove him down! Ali gets up to fire off forearms! Lashley shoves him again then LARIATS Ali inside out! Lashley drags Ali up to TOSS him across the way! Ali flounders, Lashley takes aim as the crowd rallies, and Lashley runs to RAM Ali into a corner! Lashley stands on Ali at the ropes but lets up at 4 to loom over him. Lashley drags Ali up to throw elbows in the corner over and over! The ref counts, Lashley stops at 4 again to DECK Ali with a right!
Lashley drags Ali up, whips him to ropes, to flapjack and SLAM Ali down! Lashley drags Ali up again just to DECK him with another right! MVP and Benjamin tell Ali this is what he gets as Lashley brings Ali up again. Ali resists so Lashley throws him to a corner to fire off! Lashley grinds his boot in, the ref counts, and Lashley lets up at 4. The crowd rallies for Ali but MVP continues to talk trash. Lashley drags Ali up into a stalling suplex! He walks around and slams Ali down at 10! Wait! Akira Tozawa slips out from under the ring to roll up Shelton Benjamin!? Cover, TWO!! Benjamin glares at Tozawa, as does MVP. Benjamin tosses Tozawa into barriers! MVP BOOTS a ninja sidekick, then Benjamin OVERHEAD suplexes the next! Ninja 3 runs but Lashley runs him over!
Lashley hauls the third ninja up to then fireman’s carry and POST him with authority! But Ali DIVES out to take Lashley down! Lashley is against the barriers as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Lashley chokes Ali against ropes and clubs away with forearms! The ref counts, Lashley lets up but MVP is there to tell Ali this is what he gets. Lashley drags Ali up, pushes him against ropes again, but lets up at 4. Ali flounders to a corner but Lashley is on him with a whip to ropes. Ali kicks back but Lashley clamps on! Lashley trophy lifts but Ali slips off to shove him into a corner. Lashley puts Ali on the apron but Ali slingshots, into a FOREARM! Ali crashes and burns but the ref keeps the Hurt Business back. MVP claims to be helping Ali, fanning him with his hands. Lashley goes out to whip Ali and POST him! Ali flies almost as far as Ninja 3!
Lashley looms over Ali, drags him up and whips him into barriers! The ring count reaches 5, Lashley leaves Ali behind and MVP keeps telling Ali this is because of his decision. Lashley goes back out, puts Ali in and covers, TWO! Lashley elbows away on Ali’s shoulders then clamps on with a claw. Ali endures, the crowd rallies up, but Lashley leans on him. The crowd rallies harder, Ali fights up and throws hands, but Lashley shoves, follows and LIFTING COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!! Ali still lives but Lashley tries again, TWO! Lashley keeps his cool as he looms over Ali again. Ali crawls and climbs up Lashley’s leg, but Lashley scoops him to a trophy lift! Ali slips out and knees back!
Lashley kicks, reels Ali in, Canadian rack for the DOM- NO! Ali lands on his feet and goes to a corner! Lashley runs into a BOOT! Ali goes up, leaping DDT!! The crowd fires up as Ali drags himself to the outside. MVP shouts at Lashley to get up but Ali climbs a corner. Ali aims, leaps, 450 but has to roll through! Lashley comes back, blocks the arm-drag to the ALMIGHTY FULL NELSON! Ali taps, Lashley wins!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission
The Hurt Business makes up for the Six Man defeat and is back up this week. Will anyone be able to survive their run in with this powerful trio?
Backstage interview with Dolph Ziggler!
The Show-Off prepares for his match with Drew McIntyre, but still has no hints as to what McIntyre’s match type will be. But it doesn’t matter. Ziggler’s waited this long to figure things out, we’ve heard Orton say he’s figured things out. Ziggler vows to make Orton wait a little longer, he’ll be the one going to SummerSlam for a world title match. But does Ziggler stand a chance when McIntyre could choose anything for their stipulation?
Bayley and Sasha Banks head to the ring!
#BayleyDosStraps is again by The Boss’ side as we’re moments away from settling the score from Extreme Rules! Bayley grabs mics for the two of them as the crowd boos. Ssaha says, “Nobody likes a bully. And there is no bigger bully than Stephanie McMahon!” Stephanie is forcing Sasha to defend “her” title against Asuka for one reason and one reason only: Stephanie is jealous of Sasha! Jealous of them! Not because they have all the titles, but because they run the whole company! NXT, SmackDown, Raw, these two ARE the show! But being the role models that they are, they stand against injustice and do what needs to be done!
That is why when Asuka spit her gross green mist in that ref’s face, Bayley ran in to check on him. Then Sasha covers Asuka, and Bayley did what anyone would’ve done in counting the pin. But the bottom line is that they’ve done what they said. They said they’d hold all the gold, and they did. They said they’d make history and change the game, and they did. Tonight is no different! Time to end the charade and tap out “The Empress of Nothing.” But speaking of, here comes Asuka, with Kairi Sane right behind her! The Kabuki Warriors get in the ring, Kairi whispers some things to Asuka, and then she runs Bayley out of the arena! The Empress and the Boss are all alone as Raw goes to break!
Raw Women’s Championship, No Champion’s Advantage: Asuka VS Sasha Banks!
Raw returns as the introductions are made. The title is raised, and we finally settle who is THE Raw Women’s Champion!
Asuka and Sasha circle, tie up, and Sasha spins to elbow Asuka back. Sasha runs but Asuka drops down. Sasha jumps over, dropkicks but Asuka dropkicks back! Asuka runs at Sasha in the corner to hip attack! Asuka kicks and kicks and stomps but backs off at 4. Asuka drags Sasha up, snapmares and KICKS her in the back! The crowd rallies as Asuka kicks Sasha more and more. Sasha ducks, rolls Asuka, but Asuka comes back with a shining wizard! Cover, TWO! Asuka keeps her cool as she brings Sasha back up. Asuka whips, Sasha holds ropes and boots back! Sasha runs but into a takedown! Asuka has the arm but Sasha resists the Fujiwara and rolls, into an ARMBAR!
Sasha endures and rolls around but Asuka rolls with her. Sasha gets the ropebreak with a leg and Asuka lets up fast. Asuka says she is the champion, but she runs into buckles! Sasha blocks the kick to hotshot the leg! The crowd boos as Sasha gets back in and runs corner to corner. Sasha blocks boots, turns Asuka for the draping BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO! Sasha stomps Asuka’s legs then drags her around for a Boston Crab! Asuka endures as Sasha drops to a Half Crab and sits in deep! Asuka crawls, the crowd rallies, but Sasha shifts to STOMP the knee! Sasha taunts Asuka, drags her around again and steps through for a toehold, but Asuka kicks her out of the ring! Sasha is furious and says this is disrespectful! She wants out, her titles and all! But the ref reminds her that count outs will lose it, too!
Sasha throws one belt in, but has the other! Sasha tries to pull an Eddie Guerrero! But Asuka pretends Sasha hit her already! The ref takes the belt back, tries to sort out who did what, and Asuka ROUNDHOUSES Sasha down! The Empress roars as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and both women slowly rise. Sasha hobbles over but Asuka hits back. Asuka throws hands, whips but Sasha reverses to dropkick the bad leg out! Sasha gives the leg a DDT! Then she drags Asuka to a cover, TWO! Sasha still has the leg and wraps it up for a standing toehold. The crowd rallies as Asuka endures and Sasha cranks harder. Asuka kicks free with her good leg but Sasha stomps the bad one. Sasha has Asuka in a corner and digs her boot in. The ref counts, Sasha lets up at 4, to put the leg around the ropes! Sasha pulls, stops at 4, but comes back again. Asuka kicks from the mat but Sasha stomps the legs down. Sasha drags Asuka up and says she IS the champion. Asuka SLAPS her! And throws fast hands!
Asuka shoves, pop-up KNEE! Sasha goes down but the bad leg slows Asuka down. Asuka gets up, runs at Sasha, but Sasha ducks the hip attack to kick from below! Sasha runs to slide and trip Asuka up! Sasha drags Asuka out and around and clubs the leg on the apron! And then smash the knee! Sasha catches her breath before going in and covers, TWO! The crowd rallies, Sasha kicks Asuka! Sasha soaks up the heat while she mocks Asuka. Sasha runs, basement meteora! Cover, TWO!! Sasha has the leg for the HALF CRAB! Asuka endures as Sasha sits deep again, and even gets an arm! Sasha bites the fingers as the ref is busy asking Asuka. Asuka endures, powers up and kicks free again.
Sasha laughs as she has Asuka in a corner. Sasha wraps the leg around the ropes and clubs away! The ref counts, Sasha stops at 4, then runs side to side, into an elbow! Asuka saves her leg but has to take a moment to get it moving. Asuka runs to body scissor takedown into a KNEEBAR! It’s a cover, ONE, Sasha scrambles around but Asuka makes it an ANKLE LOCK! Sasha reaches for ropes, Asuka brings her away, but Sasha gets up to roll! Asuka goes into buckles and both women are down. Asuka checks her nose while Sasha hobbles up. Sasha runs corner to corner, double knees! She shoves Asuka down to hop up. “I’m not gonna slip this time.” Sasha leaps, into a CODE BREAKER! Both women are down again as the crowd fires up!
A standing count begins, both women stir at 4. Asuka and Sasha sit up at 6 and get to their feet at 8. Asuka throws furious palm strikes from all side! Sasha ducks the back hand, puts Asuka in a corner and O’Conner rolls, TWO! Sasha goes up but Asuka kicks the legs out! Asuka drags Sasha by that leg back into the Ankle Lock, then a trapped leg GERMAN SUPLEX! Asuka hobbles up, runs and HIP ATTACKS! Cover, TWO!! Sasha survives but Asuka shakes her head. Asuka shouts SHE is the champion, and crawls over to Sasha. Asuka drags Sasha up, hoists her up top, then climbs up to join her. Sasha fights back and the two brawl! Sasha headbutts Asuka down! Sasha adjusts, leaps, FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!!
BANK STATEMENT!! Sasha has her crossface, Asuka scrambles around but Sasha shouts, “I NEED this title!” Asuka doesn’t care, she drags herself over to ropes but Sasha pushes off! Only to end up in the ASUKA LOCK! Sasha throws Asuka out hard! The ring count begins but Asuka is standing at 3. Sasha runs to slide but Asuka dodges! Asuka fires off forearms but Sasha spins around to hit a SHIN BREAKER to the announce desk! Sasha leaves Asuka behind and at the mercy of the ring count! Asuka clutches her leg as the count reaches 5! Asuka forces herself to crawl and stand at 8, 9, and jumps in at 9.9!! Sasha can’t believe it! Sasha argues with the ref, but then turns her attention to Asuka. “I’M the Raw Women’s Champion!” She is Two Belts Banks! But Asuka rolls her up!! TWO!! BANK STATEMENT!!
Asuka endures, Sasha cranks back, but Asuka crawls around. Sasha changes sides! She turns Asuka away from ropes but Asuka grabs a food to roll Sasha! ANKLE LOCK! Sasha screams, flails, gets up, rolls again! But Asuka goes up and comes back to missile dropkick! But wait! Bayley is beating Kairi down backstage! Bayley throws Kairi into the garage door! Asuka tries to focus on Sasha, SNAP GERMAN! Asuka clamps onto Sasha as Bayley keeps throwing the Pirate Princess around! “You think you can jump me?!” Asuka is too distracted, she drops Sasha! Kairi shouts for Asuka and Asuka can’t help it! She runs to the back!! But what about the title?! The ring count hits 10!!!
Winner: Sasha Banks, by count-out (NEW Raw Women’s Champion)
Asuka runs Bayley off, but she’s already lost it all! #TwoBeltsBanks is real! Bayley joins Sasha and the Golden Role Models really are #DoubleDoubleChampChamps! Have they truly taken over?
Raw returns to Charly Caruso by the Doctor/Trainer room.
There is no word on Kairi’s condition but the Golden Role Models come in to brag about the match! “I did it! I did it!” Sasha and Bayley run off to celebrate, and Asuka comes out a moment later. What is the word on Kairi? Asuka shouts in furious Japanese! Should Sasha and Bayley be afraid of what she’ll do to get her revenge?
WWE mourns the loss of Regis Philbin.
A household name and daytime television host, Regis was also a big fan of the WWE. From hosting WWE events to having WWE icons as guests on his show, he was a big part of sports entertainment. WWE will always remember his charm and passion for life.
Buddy Murphy VS Humberto Carrillo!
The disciple fell to a new level of depravity to match his Monday Night Messiah. But Ultimo Ninja makes his return to seek revenge for not only Rey Mysterio, but Aleister Black and himself! Will Carrillo make Murphy pay for what he and Rollins have done?
The bell rings and Murphy tackles Carrillo to a corner! Murphy rams his shoulder and stomps away! The ref backs Murphy off but Murphy brings Carrillo out to bump off buckles. Murphy CHOPS and CHOPS, but Carrillo pushes Murphy to CHOP back! Carrillo CHOPS more, throws big forearms and whips but Murphy reverses. Carrillo ducks, dodges and springboard back elbows! Carrillo bumps Murphy off buckles, stomps away but lets up at the ref’s count. Carrillo whips Murphy but Murphy holds ropes to put Carrillo on the apron. Carrillo shoulders back in, slingshots up and over and ducks to springboard enziguri! Murphy bails out, Carrillo DIVES! Murphy crashes into barriers and the crowd fires up with Carrillo!
Carrillo bumps Murphy off the apron again and again then puts him in the ring. Carrillo climbs but Murphy anchors him. Carrillo clubs Murphy but Murphy SHOVES Carrillo down! Murphy lets the ring count climb while he catches his breath. Carrillo stirs at 4, but Murphy goes out to drag Carrillo up. Murphy shoves Carrillo into barriers, puts him back in the ring, and KCIKS him hard in the back! Cover, TWO! Murphy looms over Carrillo as the crowd rallies for Carrillo. Murphy shoves him into ropes to forearm him hard in the back! Murphy clamps on a chinlock and grinds Carrillo down. Carrillo endures, fights up and powers Murphy to a corner. Carrillo breaks free, but runs into a boot! Murphy whips Carrillo to a corner but Carrillo elbows back!
Carrillo climbs up, Murphy trips him up and clubs his back! Murphy brings Carrillo off the corner, runs corner to corner, but into a SUPERKICK! Both men are down and the crowd rallies up! Murphy and Carrillo stir and head for each other. Carrillo gabs at Murphy but Murphy pushes him back. Carrillo ROCKS Murphy with that right! Murphy ROCKS Carrillo back! Carrillo and Murphy throw heavier forearms, Murphy unleashes the strike fest! He kicks but misses, ducks one but not the second! Carrillo aims at Murphy, goes corner to corner but is put on the apron. Carrillo enziguris back hard! Murphy is down, Carrillo goes up, missile dropkick to the back! Cover, TWO!! Murphy survives and Carrillo grows frustrated.
Carrillo has Murphy in another drop zone and goes back up. Carrillo sees Murphy on the apron so he hops down to join him. Carrillo drags Murphy up, Murphy pushes back but Carrillo BOOTS Murphy! Carrillo fireman’s carries but Murphy fights back. Murphy is in the ring, he forearms Carrillo’s back again. Carrillo elbows back, climbs up again, and leaps into a KNEE! Pump handle, MURPHY’S LAW!! Cover, Murphy wins!!
Winner: Buddy Murphy, by pinfall
The disciple takes down another dissenter to the greater good, having gone further down the dark path Seth Rollins is leading him on. Will Murphy become an even more pivotal part to the future Rollins envisions?
Mark Henry talks with Drew McIntyre backstage.
The World’s Strongest Man imparted wisdom to Ruby Riott and Bianca Belair, so surely he has something for the WWE World Champion. Does it have anything to do with McIntyre’s stipulation choice for the rematch with Ziggler?
Drew McIntyre VS Dolph Ziggler, McIntyre’s Choice!
When the leader of Claymore Country gave the Show-Off this choice, we all had to wait until Extreme Rules to learn what the stipulation was. Ziggler made things as one-sided as he could with his choice and yet McIntyre still won in the end. Will McIntyre return the favor or be as fair as he can now that tables have turned?
Before Ziggler enters, McIntyre grabs a mic to address something else: the comments made by Randy Orton. “It’s official. At SummerSlam, it will be Drew McIntyre VS Randy Orton for the WWE Championship.” The crowd likes the sound of that! But McIntyre says he won’t stand here and pretend he has the pedigree Orton has, the list of titles Orton does, because no one does. And Orton is on fire right now, taking everyone out, and is the absolute biggest threat right now. But if you think McIntyre is an underdog, McIntyre hopes that’s what Orton is thinking. Please underestimate McIntyre, because Lesnar did and got his ass kicked in under five minutes! RKO outta nowhere? McIntyre will see it, and Orton will see the Claymore coming, too!
Now, to Ziggler! McIntyre has quite the stipulation in store! Ziggler makes his entrance now to make sure he hears this. McIntyre played head games no one cares about, talks about someone else before Ziggler arrives. Ziggler gave McIntyre time out of being a gentleman, so what is it? McIntyre says Ziggler is right, he did learn something from Ziggler. Ziggler’s actions were inspiring! McIntyre did the same thing. Use chairs to beat him down, try to crush his windpipe or crash him through a table again. But the only difference now, McIntyre gets to play by Extreme Rules, too! And he DECKS Ziggler! Extreme Rules all the way after Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and the bell rings on this truly extreme rematch. Ziggler pokes McIntyre’s eyes! Ziggler hurries out but McIntyre stops him as he gets a chair. McIntyre takes the chair for his own but Ziggler SUPERKICKS McIntyre! Then POSTS Him! Then again! Ziggler throws McIntyre into Plexiglas, then back into the post! But McIntyre stops himself to elbow Ziggler down! The crowd is thunderous already as McIntyre CHOPS Ziggler against the barriers. McIntyre POSTS Ziggler now, then brings him up to scoop. McIntyre LAWN DARTS Ziggler into Plexiglas! Ziggler flops down but is somehow okay to continue and McIntyre chuckles to himself.
McIntyre brings out a kendo stick! McIntyre takes aim at Ziggler and SMACKS him! Ziggler writhes and McIntyre SMACKS him again! That was with just one hand! McIntyre brings Ziggler up, chokes him with the kendo stick, then Russian leg sweeps Ziggler into Plexiglas! “Tell me how it feels! Having fun? Because I’m having a great damn time!” Then McIntyre SMACKS Ziggler again! McIntyre digs the bamboo into Ziggler’s mouth, then POSTS him! Ziggler clutches his jaw but McIntyre won’t let up. McIntyre drags Ziggler up to a fireman’s carry and dumps him in the ring. McIntyre throws chairs in a la ECW! One almost hits the ref!
McIntyre keeps adding chair after chair, calling this a party! And of course, he adds a table! The crowd is loving this as McIntyre CHOPS Ziggler again! McIntyre sets the table up in a corner, then stands on Ziggler’s hand as he grabs for a chair! Ziggler screams in pain before McIntyre SMACKS him with the chair! McIntyre aims again, Ziggler begs for mercy, and then LOW BLOWS!! McIntyre seethes, having fallen for that one again. Both men are down but the crowd rallies up. McIntyre rolls out of the ring, does his best to walk it off, but Ziggler pursues with his own kendo stick! Ziggler SMACKS and chokes McIntyre in return! McIntyre endures the bamboo in his teeth but Ziggler lets up to SMACK his leg!
McIntyre hobbles away in a hurry but Ziggler grins as he SMACKS again! Ziggler digs the stick into McIntyre’s eyes and nose! Ziggler scrapes McIntyre’s face as he moves the stick off, then gives him the Russian Leg Sweep into barriers in return! “How does it feel, Drew?!” Ziggler grabs the kendo stick again, but McIntyre blocks the strike! McIntyre SMACKS Ziggler’s leg! But Ziggler comes back to kick the legs out! Ziggler headlocks, McIntyre powers out and puts Ziggler on the apron! Ziggler leaps, into McIntyre’s arms! McIntyre runs and RAMS Ziggler through the timekeeper’s area!! Both men are down as Raw goes to one more break!
Raw returns once again and McIntyre crawls out of the wreckage. Ziggler stirs and starts to drag himself around ringside, but McIntyre is already upon him! McIntyre drags Ziggler back up, puts him in the ring, and takes a moment to breathe. Ziggler kicks the ropes to jam McIntyre up! McIntyre shoves Ziggler, Ziggler kicks on the return but McIntyre clobbers him! McIntyre whips and OVERHEAD suplexes! McIntyre does it again, corner to corner! Ziggler almost crashes into chairs! McIntyre climbs up, takes aim, and hits the falling ax handle! McIntyre keeps himself from crashing into the table and kips up! He has a wild grin as he drags Ziggler up. NO Future Shock, Ziggler kicks to FAMOUSER!
Both men are down but the crowd gets loud again. McIntyre drags himself up the ropes as Ziggler flounders to a corner. Ziggler climbs up, but McIntyre stops him! McIntyre CHOPS Ziggler then climbs up to join him. McIntyre throws haymakers and watches Ziggler flop around. McIntyre drags Ziggler up for a SUPERPLEX! But the impact is so strong, McIntyre can’t make the cover. McIntyre grits his teeth and goes to the corner. He fires up as he watches Ziggler stir. Ziggler stands, and ZIGZAGS the Claymore away! Cover, TWO!! Both men slowly rise again, flounder around, and Ziggler gets a chair. McIntyre is back in a corner, Ziggler aims but gets a CLAYMORE through the table!! Cover, McIntyre wins!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
The Scottish Stud just crushed the Show-Off! McIntyre stands tall with the WWE World Championship in hand, but RKO OUTTA NOWHERE!! Despite McIntyre’s confidence, Orton made good on his promise that he wouldn’t see it coming! The Viper puts the belt around his own waist as he stands over McIntyre. Will Orton stop McIntyre’s run and again be on top of the WWE? Or has he only angered McIntyre to the point of kicking the Viper’s fangs down his throat?
Another really good episode of Raw, a lot of great energy, and going by Kairi Sane’s tweet from before the end of the night, the true curtain call for the Pirate Princess. I did not expect a lot of what happened in the Raw Women’s Championship match, and certainly not that it would be before the main event. Asuka VS Sasha was epic, even better than their Extreme Rules PPV match, but another dirty finish, though not nearly as direct. Bayley beating down Kairi to the point we didn’t even get a medical update is clearly how they’re writing Kairi off so she can return home to Japan. Asuka loses the title but is going to come for revenge in the most powerful way. This of course seems to put the Bayley VS Sasha build on an even longer build, but that will surely make it even greater. Perhaps WWE is also biding time until fans can be live to react to things.
Shayna and Nia had a great interaction, and in a vacuum, a count out draw is fine to prolong their own battle. This is a great way to move past not having Charlotte Flair for Nia to go after, and can build Shayna back up in not just the fans’ eyes but also in Vince’s eyes. Vince “desperately” wants new starts, maybe he’ll finally use his eyes to see he has some right here. The Triple Threat Tag match was incredible, but I would’ve kept it as tornado the whole time, not just for the middle when it was “allowed” to be chaotic. Garza and Almas were the clear choices, they and Profits are going to have a really good match with a better build than what I remember the WrestleMania Raw Tag Team title match getting. And honestly, it could go either way, as Almas and Garza have been title worthy for weeks.
The segments with The Hurt Business were great, especially with throwing in all the 24/7 Championship shenanigans. Mustafa Ali is doing great already subbing in for Apollo Crews, he had a great match with Lashley, but naturally The Hurt Business stands tall as a unit. At a certain point, titantron Stephanie McMahon needs to speak up and A) bring up the on-again-off-again 30-day defense rule on Apollo, B) tell MVP he is NOT the real champion, C) officially vacate the WWE United States Championship and D) put that big shiny belt literally up for grabs in a SummerSlam ladder match so WWE can make it up to Ali for MITB and have him win the title. Then when Apollo does return, he and Ali can put on an incredible match to see if Ali has “truly earned” that title.
The Monday Night Messiah story reached a new level tonight. Murphy “gouges” Aleister’s eye and gets a win over Carrillo to reach a new level in his own right, but Dominik beating the crap out of him and Rollins was incredible. Admittedly, Murphy should’ve had his match first. The order of things would’ve worked a little better, because why wouldn’t Dominik have returned to get at Murphy? Dominik might have his first match at SummerSlam, that is amazing! And with them mentioning Rey Mysterio is recovering, I wonder if he’ll get to be there for Dominik. Orton calling out McIntyre was expected from last week, and therefore we all should’ve expected that RKO. The Extreme Rules match we got tonight was great stuff, and of course McIntyre wins, only to get hit by Orton. McIntyre VS Orton is going to be great, given what glimpses we got months ago, and honestly could go either way because it’s Randy Orton!
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (2/8/23)
There’s gold in El Paso!
Dynamite becomes championship fight night!
From the tag to the trios to both men’s and women’s world championships, AEW is giving out title opportunities on Dynamite! Who strikes gold in El Paso?
- AEW World Title Eliminator: MJF VS Konosuke Takeshita; MJF wins and denies Konosuke a title match.
- AEW Women’s World Title Eliminator: Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel VS The Bunny w/ Penelope Ford; Hayter wins and denies Bunny a title match.
- The Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet Challenge: Ricky Starks VS The Jericho Appreciation Society; The JAS wins and denies Starks a match with Chris Jericho.
- Bryan Danielson VS Rush; Bryan wins.
- AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS AR Fox & Top Flight; win and
- AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Acclaimed VS The Gunns; win and
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW World Title Eliminator: MJF VS Konosuke Takeshita!
While he is determined to not have the One Hour Ironman Match with Bryan Danielson, Maxwell Jacob Friedman has no choice but to have this match with The Future of Wrestling. Will MJF cross Konosuke off the list of contenders? Or will Konosuke have a golden ticket for a real shot at the Big Burberry Belt?
The bell rings and MJF has El Paso settle down as he offers a handshake to Konosuke. Konosuke shakes his head instead, not trusting this. Fans call MJF an A-Hole, but MJF still offers the handshake. Konosuke takes the handshake after all, but MJF kicks low! Konosuke was right to not trust MJF before! MJF whips, Konosuke ducks ‘n’ dodges and CLOBBERS MJF with the Takeshita Line! Fans fire up and Konosuke has MJF in a corner. Konosuke climbs up to rain down fists! Fans count along to nine, but MJF carries Konosuke off the corner for an atomic drop! MJF tells fans, “Up yours,” then runs, but into the JUMP KNEE!
Fans fire up again as Konosuke stands tall! Konosuke waits on MJF to get up, runs in, but MJF uses the ref as a shield! Fans boo as MJF tackles Konosuke and drops knees on the arm again and again! MJF drags Konosuke up and WRINGS him out into buckles! Fans taunt “Maxi-Pad!” but MJF just taunts them back. MJF drags Konosuke up, clamps onto the arm and also fishhooks Konosuke’s nose. Fans duel, “Let’s Go, Maxwell!” “MAXWELL SUCKS!” Konosuke fights up, throws forearm after forearm and is free! Konosuke runs, MJF spins him and WRINGS his arm out again! MJF drags Konosuke up, hammerlock and lift for a DDT! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally while MJF grows frustrated. MJF drags Konosuke by the bad arm, and BITES the fingers! The ref counts, MJF lets off, and he stalks Konosuke to a corner. MJF CLAWS Konosuke, whips, but Konosuke blocks. MJF CLUBS the bad arm and soaks up the heat. MJF whips, Konosuke reverses but MJF blocks the whip to reverse. MJF swings, into an EXPLODER into buckles! Fans fire up again while both men are down! Konosuke goes to the other corner, runs back in and BOOTS MJF! Konosuke keeps going, for another BOOT! Fans fire up, Konosuke keeps moving, but MJF moves! The boot gets caught up, MJF rolls Konosuke, TWO!
MJF whips, Konosuke reverses but MJF goes up, into a KICK! Konosuke pushes MJF down, brings him up and suplexes, BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! MJF survives and frustrates Konosuke but fans fire up. Konosuke clutches the bad arm, goes to a corner and climbs, and fans fire up for the Latino Heat from the Japanese Phenomenon! FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Fans cheer for “EDDIE! EDDIE!” while Konosuke grits his teeth. Konosuke drags MJF up, suplexes again, but MJF blocks. MJF wrenches the bad arm, they roll, Konosuke rolls free and tilt-o-whirls, but MJF has him in position!
But Konosuke kicks his way to reverse positions! Tuck and BASTARD DRIVER!! But then a deadlift WHEELBARROW GERMAN!! Fans are thunderous for Konosuke as he gets his bad arm working. Konosuke runs in but MJF bails out. Fans boo, but Konosuke doesn’t look away. Konosuke slingshots, but MJF moves to avoid the Plancha! Konosuke crashes ‘n’ burns and MJF is in the ring. The ring count climbs, but MJF goes out at 4 of 10. MJF fetches Konosuke, SLAMS the bad arm on the floor, then drags him up again. MJF says, “This is your boy? He’s done!” But Konosuke turns things around to POST MJF!
Fans fire up and Konosuke puts MJF in the ring. Fans chant “You Deserve It!” at MJF as Konosuke stalks him. Konosuke drags MJF to a drop zone, fires back up, and he goes up the corner. But MJF hits ropes to trip Konosuke up! Fans boo but MJF says he’s smarter than that. MJF climbs up behind Konosuke, brings him up, but Konosuke CLUBS MJF! Konosuke adjusts, to SUPER TAKESHITA LINE! But MJF lands on his feet?!? MJF SUPESRKICKS, runs, but into a FOREARM! MJF rebounds, ROLLING ELBOW! Konosuke rebounds to LARIAT!! Both men are down and fans are giving a standing ovation!
Fans are loving “A E DUB!” for this incredible opening contest. Konosuke crawls over to MJF and covers, TWO!! SALT OF THE EARTH FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! Konosuke bites his other hand to endure, rolls MJF over, TWO! MJF runs in, Konosuke sends him out and then builds speed to FLY!! Direct hit and fans are thunderous again! Konosuke puts MJF in the ring again, fires up and El Paso fires up with him. “This is Awesome!” as Konosuke returns to the ring. MJF rolls away, Konosuke brings a kneepad down, and Konosuke runs in! But MJF bails out again! Fans boo as MJF just narrowly avoids the strike.
MJF is down as the ring count starts but Konosuke goes out to fetch MJF. Konosuke puts MJF in but MJF uses the ref as a shield again! The ref gets free as Konosuke steps in, but MJF kicks the ropes to hit Konosuke low!! Fans boo as MJF gets away with that one! MJF drives knees into the bad arm again and again! Fans boo more but MJF spits at them. MJF lines up the shot, runs in, but Konosuke avoids the knee drop! MJF and Konosuke both stand up, MJF swings but Konosuke blocks, but that’s the bad arm! MJF calls Konosuke an idiot, but Konosuke ROCKS MJF with a straight right! And then forearm after forearm!
MJF kicks low but Konosuke blocks! Only to claw Konosuke’s eyes! Fans boo, MJF runs, but Konosuke ducks and runs. MJF dodges, runs, but Konosuke RANAS, into a POWERBOMB BACKBREAKER! But that’s MJF’s bad leg! MJF clutches his knee while Konosuke writhes from the bad back. Fans rally up as MJF goes to a corner. MJF runs in, into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Konosuke hurries to go to a corner, run in, DRIVE KNEE!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! MJF survives by a literal foot! Konosuke can’t believe it but fans fire back up again. Konosuke drags MJF back to center and fans fire up again.
Konosuke goes to the apron, goes up the ropes, SPRINGBOARD SWANTON FLOP! MJF hurries to get the SALT OF THE EARTH!! Konosuke endures, fans rally but MJF pushes back as hard as he can! Konosuke reaches out, crawls, moves around, and gets the ropes, only for MJF to drag Konosuke and BRIDGE the armbar! Konosuke taps, MJF wins!
Winner: MJF, by submission (denies Konosuke Takeshita a title match)
The Devil of AEW may have cheated Konosuke at some point, he finishes Konosuke off himself in the end. MJF then demands the ref hand the Dynamite Diamond Ring back. The ref obliges, and then MJF pushes the ref down! MJF is armed with his favorite weapon and he’s aiming at Konosuke! Fans boo, but MJF hits the DIAMOND RING PUNCH! Fans boo even harder, but MJF throws down fists on Konosuke! Konosuke’s busted open, but here comes BRYAN DANIELSON! The American Dragon chases MJF off, but the damage to The Future was done. Will Bryan make it through the night to be THE #1 contender?
Samoa Joe speaks.
“What stands before you is your assurance that all is right in the universe. I stand here, Samoa Joe, your ROH World Television Champion, and once again, your rightful TNT Champion. And Darby Allin, though I may not agree with the way you conduct yourself in the ring, I will say this: you are a worthy and a brave adversary. But do you know who is not a brave and worthy adversary, is you, Wardlow. I have taken your championship and I have taken your scalp. What more do you want me to take from you?
“I understand but you don’t. From the very beginning, from when WARJOE started, that I knew men like you are ambitious and need to be put down immediately, and that’s what I did. So Wardlow, if you come for me, know I know that you are a man with many secrets. And week after week, I will peel away that onion, and I will expose you for those secrets. Because you may be coming to take my championship from me, but Wardlow, I will take everything from you.” The One True King of Television has spoken, but will the Maestro of Mayhem heed his warning?
AEW Women’s World Title Eliminator: Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel VS The Bunny w/ Penelope Ford!
While there is division within the Women’s Division, the champion is still welcoming all challengers. The Bunny wants to sink her teeth into 24 carats, but will she be tasting the Hayterade instead?
The bell rings and fans rally as the two approach. Fans are strongly behind Hayter but Bunny offers a handshake. Hayter accepts it, and it isn’t a trick, so the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Hayter headlocks to a takeover. Bunny tries to chinbar but Hayter keeps things moving around in a circle. Bunny pulls hair, the ref reprimands and Bunny lets go. They stand up, Bunny pushes Hayter to ropes and powers out. Hayter runs Bunny over! Things speed up, Hayter runs Bunny over again and again! Fans fire up with Hayter and she kisses the biceps. Hayter runs in but Bunny elbows her away!
Bunny goes up, reels Hayter in, and has a HANGING HEADSCISSOR! The ref counts, Bunny thrashes around but she lets off at 4. Hayter sputters but Bunny brings her onto the ropes. Bunny goes to suplex but Hayter blocks! Hayter suplexes Bunny into the ring! Fans fire up while Bunny crawls to the far side. Ford coaches Bunny but Hayter ROCKS Bunny first! Bunny avoids the shoulder, knees Hayter in the ropes, then turns her for a NECKBREAKER HOTSHOT! Bunny drags Hayter out to snap suplex Hayter to the floor, AND the steps! Hayter clutches a leg while Bunny soaks up the heat and AEW goes picture in picture.
Bunny drags Hayter up, brings her around, but Hayter RAMS Bunny into railing! And whips her into the apron! Hayter fixes her hair, but then Bunny claws her eyes! Bunny whips Hayter into the steel steps! Hayter clutches her arm as she hobbles away but Rebel checks on her. Bunny refreshes the ring count and puts Hayter back in. Hayter throws body shots and she backs Bunny to a corner! Hayter then lets off, runs back in and CHOPS! Bunny rakes Hayter’s eyes! Bunny CHOPS Hayter in return, then CHOPS again! Bunny huffs and puffs, stomps a mudhole into Hayter, then lets off as the ref counts.
Bunny goes to the far side, comes running back in, SLIDING FOREARM! Bunny laughs and smiles into the camera, then digs her forearm into Hayter’s face. The ref counts, Bunny YANKS Hayter out to a cover, TWO! Hayter throws some elbows into Bunny’s back but Bunny rains down fists! The ref reprimands about closed fists, but Bunny just smiles. Bunny drags Hayter up, brings her through the ropes and to the apron, then reels her in. Hayter fights the lift, and RAMS Bunny into the post! Hayter kicks and CLUBS Bunny, but Bunny BOOTS back! Hayter BOOTS Bunny, CLUBS her some more, but Bunny CHOPS!
Hayter CHOPS, Bunny mule kicks! Bunny and Hayter each grab hair, DOUBLE APRON FACEBUSTERS! Dynamite returns to single picture as fans fire up! Both women crawl into the ring, Britt borrows a fan sign that reads “Hayterade is my workout drink!” But then Ford takes the sign from Britt to RIP it up! Fans boo and Brit is shocked. Bunny runs in at Hayter, but into an EXPLODER! Hayter clinches again, Bunny fights but the EXPLODER hits again! Hayter drags Bunny back up, Ford coaches Bunny up, but HAYTERADE hits! Cover, Hayter wins!
Winner: Jamie Hayter, by pinfall (denies Bunny a title match)
#HayterHitsHard is more than a catchphrase, and Bunny found that out face first. But then, who will come after Hayter and this title come Revolution in March?
Backstage interview with Saraya & Toni Storm.
Renee Paquette is with the Revolution and the Lightning to congratulate them on last week’s tag match win. But of course, they saw the AEW Women’s World Champion, Jamie Hayter, in action. Saraya says they did, and congrats, “baby girl.” But uh, Hayter’s just like everyone else here: a loser! In fact, Leva Bates is walking by so Saraya invites her over. Doesn’t Leva look so cute right now? Well, thanks! But doesn’t her name start with L? Yeah. That’s great, because, uh… Oh, Renee, you might wanna stand aside for this. Toni, do you wanna do the honors? Yes! BLAM! She sucker punches Leva to knock her down, and then she and Saraya stomp her out!
Toni has a can of spray paint! Saraya shakes it up, and sprays a big green L on Leva’s white shirt! Both sides, too! Saraya says they’re not here to make friends, they’re here to take over. Will Saraya & Storm make everyone in the AEW Women’s Division take the L?
Backstage interview with MJF.
Or rather, Lexi Nair is waiting outside MJF’s locker room, where there is an AEW security guard posted. Lexi notes this is to ask about MJF’s brutal attack on Konosuke after their match. MJF shouts to let her in, so the guard opens the door. Lexi walks in and MJF tells her to have a seat. She sits, he chugs some water then tosses the bottle aside. MJF tells Konosuke, “Everybody was talking about you like you were the next big thing, and I’ll give you credit, big man, you’re really good. But you’re no match for a generational talent such as myself. But don’t blame yourself, bud. Nobody is.
“Bryan Danielson, you treat me like I’m some sort of scumbag. These fans treat me like I’m a scumbag. I don’t know if you people hate me because I’m twisted, or if I’m twisted because you people hate me. But here’s what I do know. I know that a man does not know what he is truly made of until he is met with adversity. I remember the first time I was. Oh, yeah, Lexi Nair. It was junior year of high school, and boy oh boy was I a speed demon. I loved whipping around in my beautiful blue Camaro, and I just kept getting speed ticket after speed ticket after speed ticket.
“And eventually, I was only one point away from getting my license revoked, and then junior prom hit. Me and my football buddy, we showed up in our lettermans, and we hooked up with all the fine hotties Long Island has to offer. But there was one girl in particular, for legal reasons let’s call her ‘Liv.’ Man, she was my high school crush. I saw her cross the dance floor. Beautiful, sun-kissed brown skin, amazing light brown eyes, short curly brown hair, and the most infectious smile you’ve ever seen. She was perfect.” MJF walked up to her and told her, “Hey, baby, let’s go for a spin.” They got in the Camaro, he got to driving and she got to… Well, let’s just say she distracted him.
Once things finished up, MJF decided to put pedal to the metal and unfortunately, it was raining that night “like cats and dogs.” They hydroplaned, went roaring and spinning off the road, and in a panic, MJF put his foot on the brake but instead hit the accelerator, and at 90 miles per hour, BOOM! They hit a telephone pole. When MJF woke up, he tasted pennies in his mouth. He was confused, concussed, didn’t understand. When he looked down, his hands were covered in blood. And he looked over at his sweet Liv. Her head had cracked the windshield, she was not moving at all. He put a finger under her nose, and thank God she was still breathing.
Off in the distance, MJF heard police sirens. “There it was, Dragon: adversity. In that moment, I found out what type of man I am. You wanna know who I am, Dragon? I’m the type of guy who dragged Liv’s lifeless body and switched seats with her so when the cops showed up, I wasn’t the one driving. IN THIS LIFE, THERE ARE WINNERS, AND THERE ARE LOSERS! The history books don’t care how you get the job done! You wanna talk about exposing me, Dragon?! Tonight, I expose YOU!! You will be met with adversity, and everybody watching at home will know that you don’t have the guts, you don’t have the temerity, you don’t the balls to do what it takes to be a winner!”
MJF vows there will be NO world title match on March 5th at Revolution! There will be NO Ironman match, and Bryan will “never, ever come close to holding the greatest prize of them all, the Triple B! Because yes, Bryan, I am a scumbag. And I’m damn proud of it.” MJF grins as he admires the title, but will even the lowest of the low that he is be able to slay the American Dragon?
The Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet Challenge: Ricky Starks VS The Jericho Appreciation Society!
The Absolute wants one more match with The Wizard, but he has to get through the rest of the “JAS Holes” first. Will Starks win three in a row to get his shot at Chris Jericho?
Ricky Starks VS Angelo Parker w/ Matthew Menard!
First up is Cool Hand Ange, and the two fire off hands at the bell! Fans fire up as Starks gets the edge and has Parker on the ropes. Parker rakes eyes, the ref reprimands but Parker ROCKS Starks! Parker snap suplexes, covers, ONE!! Parker pushes Starks down to stomp him, covers, TWO! Parker drags Starks up, whips him to ropes and CALF KICKS him down! Cover, with feet on the ropes! The ref sees that, it’s so blatant! The ref kicks Parker off the ropes and the two argue. Starks goes to a corner and fans rally up but Parker stands Starks up. Starks ROCKS Parker, but Parker shoots in to roll him up! TWO, Starks kicks low!
Starks gets Parker up but Parker rakes eyes to avoid Roshambeaux! Parker whips, Starks ducks ‘n’ dodges to SPEAR! Cover, Starks ELIMINATES Parker! But Daddy Magic is right here, ready to go!
Ricky Starks VS Matthew Menard w/ Angelo Parker!
Menard swings, Starks dodges, and he rolls Menard up, Starks ELIMINATES Menard!! Fans are fired up as Starks dispatches 2Point0 in quick fashion! But the third man is a mystery, so who is it? The Dragonslayer, Daniel Garcia! Starks waits on Garcia and his leather pants, but then Sammy Guevara’s music hits? It seems the Spanish God swerved all of us, including Garcia! Guevara hugs Garcia, keeping us all guessing. Sammy and Garcia each go to the apron, Sammy steps in but Starks chases him off! Garcia gets in, he officially takes the third spot!
Ricky Starks VS Daniel Garcia w/ Sammy Guevara!
Garcia stomps away on Starks while fans boo. Sammy soaks up the heat, Garcia digs his boots into Starks and then also soaks up the heat. The ref counts, Garcia lets off at 4, and he storms up to stand Starks up. Garcia fires body shots, whips Starks corner to corner hard, and Starks bounces off buckles! Fans chant “Sammy Sucks!” but Sammy says he does not. Garcia stands Starks up but Starks CHOPS! And CHOPS! And fires off forearms! Starks runs, but Garcia CLOBBERS him! Garcia and Sammy soak up more heat, and Sammy says “That’s my best friend!” as AEW goes picture in picture.
Garcia drags Starks up in a corner but Starks holds onto the ropes. Garcia stomps away on Starks, stalks him along the ropes, and facelocks. Garcia snap suplexes Starks near the ropes, then goes to the apron. Garcia eggs the fans on, then he slingshots, just to scuff Starks! Garcia flips off the fans and Sammy laughs it up while Starks sneers. Garcia storms up on Starks, pushes him around, then pie faces him. Starks fires off fast hands! Starks knees low, CLUBS away on Garcia, but Garcia turns Starks around to DDT! Cover, TWO! Garcia mocks Starks, slaps him around, but Starks SLAPS back! They SLAP fight, then Garcia rains down fists!
Garcia lets off and Starks goes to a corner. Garcia stands on Starks on the ropes, mocks the fans, then lets off as the ref counts. The ref also tells Sammy to stay back and Sammy backs up. Garcia storms up on Starks but Starks kicks from below! Garcia stomps Starks, stands him up, and hits a BIG back suplex! Starks writhes and fans rally up but Sammy mocks them. Starks gets to ropes, drags himself up, but Garcia stands him up to talk trash right in his hear. Garcia fishhooks Starks’ face then CLUBS him on the back! Starks throws elbows and body shots in return! Dynamite returns to single picture as Starks wrenches an arm.
Starks kicks low, reels Garcia in, but Garcia trips Starks! Garcia steps through, but Starks makes it a cradle! TWO!! Garcia and Starks get up, Starks ducks ‘n’ dodges, SPEAR into a GUILLOTINE!! Starks flails and Sammy is fired up as Garcia has Starks down! Fans rally as Starks fights up again, pries the hold open and hits a POWERBOMB!! Starks is too tired to cover, though! A standing count starts and fans count along. Starks crawls towards a corner and reaches it by 5 of 10, but then he goes to the apron. Starks stands at 6, climbs the corner, but Garcia rolls to SHORYUKEN! Fans boo but Garcia drags Starks back up!
Garcia climbs up, he has Starks on the top rope, SUPERPLEX! Roll through to a suplex from Starks! BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Garcia survives and Sammy is relieved but fans rally behind “RICKY! RICKY!” Starks goes to a corner, he fires up and brings Garcia up! Canadian Rack but Garcia slips free to the apron! Garcia ROCKS Starks, reels him in and suplexes, but Starks lands on the apron. Starks throws body shots, Garcia ROCKS him, but the haymakers go back and forth! They speed up, Garcia BOOTS, but Starks SPEARS Garcia on the apron! Both men fall and fans fire up again! But a JUDAS EFFECT from a masked man?!
Fans boo but this supposed fan stares Starks down. Garcia puts Starks in the ring, covers, Garcia wins!!
Winner: Daniel Garcia, by pinfall (Starks will NOT get a match with Jericho)
The “fan” walks into the ring, takes off his mask, and duh! It’s CHRIS JERICHO!! Garcia and Sammy are “shocked” and they hug it out with The Wizard. Jericho absolutely screws Starks over, will Starks ever get even with him?
Backstage interview with The Acclaimed.
Renee is with Max Caster, Anthony Bowens and Daddy Ass. Tonight is a big night with the AEW World Tag Team Championships on the line, but for Billy Gunn specifically, this match has him in the middle. How is Billy feeling? Billy admits she’s right, he is being pulled in different directions. He cares about all four men, so as a team, as The Acclaimed became the tag team champions, they did that as a team. So the decision Billy has made tonight has come as a team decision. Billy is staying in the back to let all four men handle their business.
Caster says that is right. The Acclaimed is the world’s best tag team, the world’s favorite tag team, The People’s Choice, the People’s Voice, and THE AEW World Tag Team Champions. So Billy, they support this choice. He and Bowens have this. Bowens says yeah, but let’s give the people what they want. “SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS~!” They scissor finger for luck, but will things go The Acclaimed’s way? Or will The Gunn Sons finally make their father proud?
Backstage interview with Bryan Danielson.
AEW returns as Renee is with Bryan and Konosuke in the medical trainer’s room. Bryan came to the aid of Konosuke, but tonight is the final opportunity to win and be named THE #1 Contender to MJF’s title to also have that SIXTY MINUTE Ironman Match. And tonight, Bryan faces Rush- Whoa! Someone just slammed the door shut! And now they’ve blocked it! It won’t open!! Three guesses who did it and why.
Bryan Danielson VS Rush!
The American Dragon is just one win away from being 6-0 in 2023, but El Toro Blanco just had his henchmen trap Bryan in a room! MJF also makes his entrance, and he hobbles to the ring in a track suit. Fans boo but MJF blows a kiss. MJF tells referee Aubrey Edwards that they need to talk real quick. MJF hobbles into the ring but fans taunt him with “Maxi-Pad!” MJF isn’t sure if they’re aware, but considering the AEW rulebook and bylaws, Bryan Danielson is scheduled for his match right here and now in “sh*tty El Paso.” But he’s not here! Fans tell MJF off, but MJF says he no habla Espanol.
Anyway, his point is, the bell needs to ring and start the match right now. Aubrey signals, the bell rings, and now the ten count begins. But we can see Bryan is still stuck in the room! Bryan RAMS the door, and he busts it down! MJF panics and wants a faster count as Bryan and Konosuke fight off Vance and Jose! MJF says Bryan doesn’t have the guts, but Bryan is running at full sprint to gorilla! MJF tells Aubrey to count faster because we’re only at 4 of 10! He shouts but Aubrey only now counts “FIVE!” Fans cheer Aubrey on as she goes as slow as she can, and here’s Bryan!! Bryan slides in, Rush stomps away, and the match is truly on!
Rush drags Bryan up, rips his shirt off and CHOPS! Bryan staggers, Rush CHOPS him in another corner. Rush whips corner to corner, runs and clotheslines, then whips corner to corner to SPLASH! MJF joins commentary, very upset about not getting his way, but Rush snapmares and basement dropkicks Bryan! Rush does a bow but fans boo. Rush kicks Bryan around, taunts him, and sits Bryan up to CHOP! Bryan powers up and fans rally! Rush kicks, and kicks, and stomps, then drags Bryan around to stomp him on the ropes. Aubrey reprimands, Rush lets off, and Bryan stands up. Rush talks trash, then CHOPS again!
Bryan huffs and puffs and fans fire up! Bryan CHOPS back! Rush CHOPS! Bryan CHOPS! They CHOP back and forth, Rush eggs Bryan on and the CHOPS continue. Bryan then fires HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT on Rush! Fans fire up, Bryan BOOTS Rush then runs. Rush sidesteps to SNAP GERMAN! And BASEMENT KNEE! Bryan bails out, Rush pursues and RAMS him into railing! Rush RAMS Bryan into more railing! Rush smacks Bryan off the chair in the corner, then refreshes the ring count. Rush “apologizes” to Aubrey before he runs in at Bryan, to SHOTGUN Bryan into the railing! MJF says that is why Rush is worth every single penny.
Fans rally, Rush drags Bryan up, and he SMACKS him off the chair again! MJF defends that he is not panicked about this, and says Rush has practically already won. Rush digs his fingers into Bryan’s forehead to get at the bloody wound! Rush makes us look as he puts on a chinlock. Rush tastes Bryan’s blood! Fans boo, Aubrey reprimands, but Rush stands Bryan up to CHOP him down! Rush refreshes the count again to KNEE Bryan back down. Rush drags Bryan up, HEADBUTTS to go after the bloody forehead, and then he RAMS Bryan into more railing! Bryan has a crimson mask forming as Rush RAMS him into more railing!
MJF insults Tony Schiavone while Rush throws KNEE after KNEE into Bryan against the railing. Rush ROCKS Bryan with a forearm, then scuffs his boot on Bryan. Bryan stands, Rush talks trash, and he CHOPS again! Rush puts Bryan in the ring then soaks up the heat. MJF says he is having a blast and Taz doesn’t get why people dislike him. Rush is on the apron but Bryan fires off forearms! The fans cheer ‘YES! YES! YES!” and Bryan goes to the apron. Bryan CHOPS Rush, Rush CHOPS Bryan! They CHOP back and forth, then Bryan SLAPS and CHOPS on repeat! MJF is freaking out again as Bryan fires off haymakers!
Rush falls, gets back up, Bryan runs in, OVERHEAD Belly2Belly to the floor!! MJF is loving it and fans are losing their minds as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Aubrey checks on Bryan as that crimson mask has grown. Rush goes out to fetch Bryan, drags him up but Bryan resists, so Rush rains down HEADBUTTS! Aubrey has Rush let off and get back in the ring. Rush does as told, Bryan sits up in a daze as the crimson mask is all over now. Rush stands on the corner to soak up the heat. Rush goes out again to bring Bryan up and SMACK him off another chair in the corner of railing. Rush takes a bottle of water, washes himself off, and then goes back to ROCK Bryan with a forearm! Bryan staggers away, Rush stalks him, and then grabs a chair! Aubrey stops Rush and Bryan gets into the ring.
Rush huffs and puffs, but he gets in the kick Bryan around. Rush stomps away on Bryan at the ropes, but Aubrey reprimands. Rush lets off, and fans rally up as Bryan sits up. Rush stands Bryan up to CHOP! Then he sits Bryan down, goes corner to corner, only to BOOT Bryan in the face. Rush rolls back to tranquilo while Bryan flops over, Aubrey checks Bryan, he says he can still fight, so the match continues and Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans tell off Rush but he stands Bryan up to kick low and ROCK him with a forearm. But Bryan drags Rush right down! LEBELL LOCK!! MJF panics as Rush fights toward ropes!
Bryan tries to keep Rush back but Rush gets the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off, builds speed, but Rush walks away. Bryan stop and fans boo, but Bryan then DIVES from the other way!! Bryan stands Rush up to RAM him into railing! Bryan sits Rush down, goes to the far side, and runs back in to DROPKICK Rush against railing! MJF is furious but fans are thunderous as Bryan stands Rush up. Bryan puts Rush in the ring, climbs up the corner, but Rush stands up! Bryan MISSILE DROPKICKS Rush down! Fans stay fired up as Bryan nods and rises up. MJF says the fans should shut up, they’re distracting Rush. But fans chant, “This is Awesome!”
A standing count starts, but Bryan stands at 5 of 10. Rush sits up, Bryan KICKS him! And KICKS him! And KICKS! “SI! SI! SI!” Rush choke grips Bryan but Bryan breaks free to CHOP! Rush CHOPS back! The CHOPS go back and forth again! Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS and he has Rush in a corner for more kicks! Rush turns things around to CHOP! CHOP! CHOP! Bryan turns things around to CHOP! KICK! Repeat! Rush turns it around again to CHOP and CHOP, and then he jumps on Bryan to stomp away! Fans boo but MJF likes it! Rush scrapes Bryan, runs corner to corner, but Bryan follows and DROPKICKS Rush first!
Bryan keeps moving, to DROPKICK again! Bryan keeps moving, but Rush SUPERMAN ELBOWS! Rush drags Bryan up, reels him in, tucks the arms! STRAITJACKET PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! MJF is furious but the fans are thunderous! “SI! SI! SI!” MJF says they can cheer Bryan all they want, he’s not making it to Revolution! Rush rains down forearms in the corner but Aubrey counts. Rush lets off, goes to the far corner and runs back in, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Bryan hits first and covers, TWO!! MJF is relieved and even applauding. Fans chant “SI SE PUEDES!” as Bryan and Rush rise again, forehead to forehead.
Rush ROCKS Bryan, but Bryan ROCKS Rush! Bryan gets the edge, Rush CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS! But Bryan HEADBUTTS! Rush HEADBUTTS! Bryan wobbles, Rush eggs him on, and Bryan powers up! They DOUBLE HEADBUTT again and again and again! Fans are thunderous and even MJF and Taz can’t believe what they’re seeing! Both men wobble, Rush eggs Bryan, so Bryan SLAPS! Rush SLAPS Bryan down! But Bryan comes back, they DOUBLE SLAP! They both wobble, Bryan runs in but Rush dodges to SNAP GERMAN! Bryan goes to a corner, Rush runs in but Bryan BOOTS back!
Rush staggers, Bryan runs in, BUSAIKU KNEE!!! Cover, Bryan wins!!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the AEW World Championship)
MJF is pissed, but Taz says he knew Bryan was gonna pull it off! MJF hobbles angrily down the ramp, glaring right at Bryan! MJF gets in the ring and aims as Bryan rises. MJF DIAMOND RING SUCKER PUNCHES Bryan!! MJF rains down fists like he did on Konosuke!! SALT OF THE EARTH ARMBAR!! Fans tell MJF off but MJF says Bryan’s not making it to March! Security rushes out but MJF DECKS each of them! MJF gets the SALT OF THE EARTH on again! More security guards rush out to pry MJF off Bryan! The Devil of AEW is desperate to deny the American Dragon, but is there no stopping what’s coming?
Backstage interview with The Impractical Jokers.
Tony Schiavone is with James “Murr” Murray and “Q” Brian Quinn ahead of the brand new season for Impractical Jokers tomorrow night, Thursday, February 9th, premiering on both TBS and TruTV. They’re happy to be here, but what is that behind Murr’s back? It’s Chris Jericho’s baseball bat, Floyd! The official bat, check the logo. Q and Murr remember back to when Jericho was a guest on Impractical Jokers, torturing Q and putting him in an ice bath, and honestly, being just a total diva the entire time. He needed a scented candle before he’d be on camera. Oddly, the scent he wanted was loofah. Like, what?
But anyway, in the spirit of Impractical Jokers, Q and Murr are here to loosen Jericho up a bit and played a joke on him. Possession is nine-tenths of the law, Floyd is legally theirs now. Jericho won’t get the bat back until the Jokers say so. Jericho can respond to this situation during the Impractical Jokers premiere. The ball is in his court, Jericho can do whatever he wants. Then will The Wizard have something to say about the Tenderloins taking his stuff?
AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS AR Fox & Top Flight!
Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks made it through The Firm’s Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy on Friday Night Rampage, but they’re not stopping! They’re defending the belts all over again against The Coldest Trio in the Game. Will the, Elite, the the Elite, stay the two-time two-time AEW World Trios Champions? Or will Fox, Dante & Darius be flying higher than ever before after tonight?
The introductions are made, the trios belts are raised, and we see who is truly elite!
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (2/7/23)
DING DONG! Hello, NXT!
Bayley has a Toxic return to NXT!
Vengeance Day is done, and Roxanne Perez is STILL NXT Women’s Champion. But DING DONG, HELLO~! Bayley is back to talk with the losers, Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne!
- Zoey Stark VS Sol Ruca; Stark wins.
- Dabba-Kato VS Dante Chen; Kato wins.
- Isla Dawn w/ Alba Fyre VS Tatum Paxley; Dawn wins.
- Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS JD McDonagh; Hayes wins.
- Lyra Valkyria VS Valentina Feroz w/ Wendy Choo; Lyra wins.
- Odyssey Jones VS Channing Lorenzo w/ Tony D’Angelo; Lorenzo wins.
- Chase U VS Pretty Deadly; Pretty Deadly wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams head to the ring.
Fans are torn as the man who won 2-0 over Apollo Crews and his hype man get the mics. Trick has the music cut, and says, “Reporting to you live, the greatest duo alive, Trick Melo Gang has finally arrived. Coming through your television sets like only we can, Vengeance Day will go down as the day Carmelo Hayes turned Apollo Crews, the vision seer, into Stevie Wonder!” Melo adds, “Alright, Trick, let me hear one of my catchphrases real quick. Melo is…” No, not that one. Oh, alright. Then let’s go with, “Melo IS-” Wait, c’mon! Oh, right, right. Melo IN TWO! He did it! He spoke things to existence, he was on the logo when he shot that shot and Melo Don’t Miss!
Melo said he’d get two straight and what’d he do? Clean sweep! Let’s talk about it! Apollo had the right vision, juts with the wrong one. Now the whole NXT Universe is shook! Melo is everything he says that he is! He is the one! He is HIM. Talk your talk, dawg! History doesn’t lie. Melo did what he said he’d do, beat everyone he said he’d beat. But there is one more man that needs to be put on a T-shirt, and there’s only one event that can hold the both of them. This is destiny. That man is… JD McDonagh? The Irish Ace walks out and fans boo as he tells Melo, “I’m sitting back there, my ears must be deceiving me. It sounded like you were about to challenge for the NXT title, right? Not just me?”
JD gets it. Melo is like most people in this crowd, he’s from the entitled generation. Melo is flashy, wants everyone to think he’s the coolest. But JD is here to tell Melo that he is the coolest. But in the ring, he’s not fit to hold JD’s jockstrap. And Melo loves saying he’s The A Champ, but Melo is not ready for the big title, or to be the face of NXT. Melo says this is the UK bar-setter trying to come off the bench to face Melo. Melo thought he beat everyone there is to beat, but he apparently left a survivor. JD is jealous, he hates Melo cuz he ain’t Melo. JD says Melo can count his entrances and shirts, but JD is counting body parts!
JD says Melo is about being VIP, the clubs, private rooms. JD is about sending people to the emergency room. So get your buddy to dial 911 now and tell them Melo’s coming. Melo says they can go back and forth all night, or they can see who’s about it and run the game. Fans like the sound of that! JD steps to Melo, and JD says, “Game on.” Fans of both men are ready to see this one! Will Melo be the one to trump the Irish Ace? Or will the Necessary Evil change Melo’s destiny?
Kiana James meets up with Fallon Henley.
Kiana says, “Hey, champ,” but Fallon tells her to save it. Fallon saw the match footage and Kiana cheated! Uh, Fallon didn’t see that, and neither did the ref. So what is Fallon gonna do? Give the titles back? They won! For the first time in their lives, they’re champions! Yeah, and that’s great, but they should give Kayden & Katana a rematch. Kiana says they can talk about that. Well, what’s not up for discussion is Kiana needs to tell Jensen about “Zack” or Fallon will. Fallon keeps going back to that! It was no one! Oh, okay. Then Fallon will go tell Jensen. Fallon wait! SURPRISE~! It’s a surprise party for the new tag champs!
Will Fallon be able to tell Jensen the drama now? Or will she wait for a better time?
NXT shares Grayson Waller interrupting HBK’s media call.
The 21st Century Success Story was NOT happy about his loss, but he wanted to know from Shawn Michaels himself why he isn’t “the guy.” Is it not the gear? Is it the fact the others are big fans of HBK’s? Does Waller have to do the HBK pose? Take a picture of him and HBK together? A-Train escorted Waller out but Waller kept wanting to talk. Will HBK give Waller his answer tonight? Will Waller like what he hears?
Zoey Stark VS Sol Ruca!
The Hunter is the number one suspect in the whodunnit that is the attack on Nikkita Lyons. The Sol Surfer is just as convinced as anyone that Stark did it, will Stark fight to defend her innocence? Or will she be guilty as charged?
NXT returns and Stark makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, and Stark knees low! Sol wrenches an arm but Stark wrenches back to YANK the arm! Fans taunt Stark with “OH~ Zoey is Angry~!” Stark tells them to shut up, whips Sol to a corner, but Sol goes up and over to handspring then arm-drag! Sol holds onto the arm but Stark fights up. Stark pulls hair, powers out, but Sol runs her over! Things keep moving, Stark hip tosses but Sol handsprings through to hit a FACEBUSTER! Sol kips up, then clotheslines Stark out of the ring! Stark staggers up, Sol runs in but the boot is deflected! Sol does the splits on the apron!
Sol BOOTS Stark from the apron, then drags her up to put her back in. Sol hurries in to whip but Stark blocks. The ref calls the ropebreak but Stark sucker punches Sol! Stark whips Sol hard into a corner, then back again! Stark snapmares and runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Stark clamps onto Sol with a chinlock and stretches her back. Stark CLUBS Sol with a crossface forearm, but fans rally up for Sol. Sol fights up, snapmares, but Stark holds on with a cravat. Sol throws body shots but Stark KNEES Sol! Stark ROCKS Sol, snapmares, but Sol handsprings through! Sol gest around, tilt-o-whirl sunset flip! TWO!!
Sol stands, into a LARIAT from Stark! Cover, TWO!! Sol survives but Stark pushes her around. Stark ROCKS Sol with forearms, but fans rally up again. Sol throws body shots and forearms but Stark ROCKS her again. Stark whips Sol to a corner, runs in, but only gets buckles! Sol ducks ‘n’ dodges to rally with shoulder tackles! Fans fire up and Sol DROPKICKS Stark down! Stark goes to a corner, Sol runs in and handsprings to SPLASH! Sol scoops but Stark grabs ropes! Stark elbows free, SUPERKICKS Sol and Sol flops to the apron! Sol shoulders back in, and again, then springboards to FLYING SPLASH onto knees!!
Stark says she’s too smart for Sol! She then RAMS Sol into the corner, drags her back out, and Z 360!! Cover, Stark wins!
Winner: Zoey Stark, by pinfall
That was definitely a wipeout for Sol. Stark is on top, and she beats Sol down for questioning her! She RAMS Sol into buckles again! Sol falls and flounders but Stark grins. Stark taunts Sol, drags her back up, and RAMS- NO, Sol blocks that to hit SOL SNATCHER!! Fans fire up as Sol makes Stark wipeout! Will Sols till prove Stark had something to do with Lyons being attacked?
NXT checks in with the championship celebration.
Briggs is happy to see Gina, but wonders why Jensen brought her along. Kiana says Jensen is the sweetest guy ever. Well Jensen wanted to make it special for her first title reign. Plus, Kiana is special to him. Fallon says there’s something Kiana wants to tell Jensen. Kiana tells Fallon that she just did. She thanked Jensen for the party. And Briggs, too. Briggs says she’s never thanked him. Wait, Pretty Deadly walk through the crowd, telling people to move aside. Not hard to do, Elton Prince & Kit Wilson are a mess… Like they haven’t slept in days. BECAUSE THEY HAVEN’T! They haven’t slept since Vengeance Day!
Briggs has the boys hold their horses. Do they want a drink? No, they want tag titles! Does anyone have them? But of course not! They were so close…! And then they spot “YOU!” Chase U, that is. Andre & Duke are why Pretty Deadly aren’t Tag Team Champions! What’re they talking about? It was every team for themselves. And honestly, Andre could say the same thing back to these two a-holes! Chase U could’ve won in Andre’s hometown! So it doesn’t matter how tired Pretty Deadly is, Andre’s pissed off! Thea, what’s in Andre’s drink? Water. But tonight, Pretty Deadly gets the sh*t kicked outta them! BY Andre Chase University!
Everyone’s fired up for that, will Pretty Deadly be on the receiving end of a Teachable Moment?
Dabba-Kato VS Dante Chen!
Once an ally of Apollo Crews, the big, bad commander betrayed Apollo after he lost that Best 2 Out of 3 Falls! Will the Singapore Warrior survive his encounter with killer Kato?
The bell rings and fans rally for Chen. Chen and Kato tie up, but Kato choke grips! And THROWS Chen down! Kato hauls Chen up, puts him in a corner, and CHOPS him! Chen sputters and staggers, but Kato puts him in another corner to RAM his shoulder in! And again! And again! Kato lets off at the ref’s count of 4, but then Chen throws a forearm! Kato RAMS Chen, picks him up, and TOSSES him into the air! Chen crashes hard, Kato talks trash on him. Chan throws body shots, but Kato HEADBUTTS Chen down! Kato storms up to drag Chen up on the apron, and TOSSES him back into the ring!
Kato snarls and fans boo, but Kato runs corner to corner. Chen BOOTS Kato, Kato comes back but Chen dodges! Chen fires off fast hands, fans fire up, but Kato shoves Chen away. Chen comes back to clothesline! And UPPERCUT! And clothesline again! Chen keeps moving, and he BOOTS Kato! Kato drops to a knee and fans fire up! Chen powers up to DOUBLE CHOP! And then runs, into a CHOP from Kato!! Fans are going nuts and Kato has a wild look in his eyes! TWO HAND BOMB!! Cover, Kato wins!
Winner: Dabba-Kato, by pinfall
Chen put up a fight, but it wasn’t enough! Will Kato prove he doesn’t need anyone to be on top? An interviewer meets Kato at the ramp and asks Kato why he came back to attack Apollo. Kato says Apollo knows what he did, and that’s why Kato dropped his ass! But then, what did Apollo do?
Diamond Mine is with Ivy Nile in the medical center.
Julius Creed apologizes for knocking her off the apron last week. Ivy says it’s okay, she knows it was an accident. Brutus says they need to get back at Indus Sher, and especially Jinder Mahal. Julius agrees. Tatum Paxley asks if Ivy is okay. Yes, Ivy will be find by the weekend. But then in walks Isla Dawn & Alba Fyre. Isla says that for such a tight knit group, they’re letting someone very mysterious get awfully close. What’s she going on about? Well, Isla wants to know why Tatum was lurking in the parking lot a couple weeks ago. Isla says Tatum walks between rain drops. She’s not a part of Diamond Mine! She’s a lone wolf, and her target was Lyons.
Tatum says she didn’t attack Lyons. She was doing film study with the Creeds and then trained with Ivy. She needed some air, Lyons was done when she arrived. Isla says an innocent person would’ve just said, “No.” Isla laughs, she and Fyre walk away, and Brutus says to Tatum that if she did it, she could just say so. But she didn’t! Ivy believes Tatum. But doth Tatum protest too much? Or are these just mind games from the Wicked Witch? We’ll have to wait and see, because their match happens after the break!
Backstage interview with Roxanne Perez.
McKenzie Mitchell asks the NXT Women’s Champion how it feels to have won her first defense. Roxie says she is relieved. She put a lot of pressure on herself to win. It was her first defense, they were on the road, it was a big stage, she could NOT let Toxic Attraction reclaim the title. She’s just excited to see what’s next. That brings McKenzie to her next question, except she’s cut off by Kayden Carter & Katana Chance. “It must be nice walking in and out of Charlotte with a championship.” “Yeah, we got screwed.” Roxie says she saw that, and is sorry about that. But KC Squared will win those belts back, they’re too good not to.
Are they? Does Roxie even know if they’ll get their rematch? Is the top champion gonna make sure that happens? What’s their problem? Their problem is that they got cheated and no one is talking about it! Not that Roxie understands, she doesn’t have friends here. Uh, wow, she has no friends now? Yeah, cuz being in a tag team takes commitment. Uh, she knows, she was tag team champion once. Yeah, and how’d that work out? Y’know what? Roxie can make a call and show them she does have friends. They’ll see about that. KC Squared head out, Roxie takes out her phone. Who will the Prodigy call to take on the bitter Katana & Kayden?
Isla Dawn w/ Alba Fyre VS Tatum Paxley!
NXT returns as Tatum makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two tie up. Isla pushes Tatum to ropes but Tatum turns things around. Isla shoves Tatum away, they tie up again and Isla wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! Isla wristlocks, Tatum rolls and cartwheels to wrench and WRING Isla out! Tatum runs, handsprings over Isla to then CLOBBER her with an elbow! Cover, TWO! Isla flounders and Tatum talks trash with Fyre. Tatum goes back to Isla but Isla kicks Tatum’s leg out! Tatum gets a knee on the way down, then Isla brings her up. Tatum breaks free, blocks a kick, but Isla blocks the roll-up! Isla turns around to drop a leg!
Isla drags Tatum up, fireman’s carries, and FLAPJACK HOTSHOTS her! Isla throws Tatum down by her hair, then runs in to METEORA! Cover, TWO! Tatum hangs tough but Isla pushes her around. Isla steps on Tatum, stalks her to ropes and brings her up. Isla pulls hair, the ref reprimands but Tatum throws body shots. Tatum hits a JAWBREAKER, Isla storms up but into an elbow! Tatum rolls Isla up, TWO! Isla ROCKS Tatum, then swings again. Tatum throws hands, forearms, and body shots! Tatum whips and ELBOWS Isla again! Fans fire up as Tatum rallies, and ENZIGURIS Isla! Isla goes to a corner and Tatum runs in, into a BOOT!
Isla runs but Tatum dodges to kick low. Tatum reels Isla in, GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Tatum goes to a corner, goes up, and leaps, but Isla gets clear! Tatum crashes ‘n’ burns, Isla drags her up for the CALL OF THE SPIRITS! Cover, Isla wins!
Winner: Isla Dawn, by pinfall
Fyre stands with the Unholy Enchantress, and they loom over Tatum. But out rushes Ivy, with a steel chain! Ivy runs off Isla & Fyre, will the Diamond Mine be united against this unholy alliance?
Someone rolls up to NXT in style.
They step out of the Mercedes-Benz, but we don’t see their face! Who is this that has just arrived?
Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS JD McDonagh!
While the former North American Champion won handedly in the Best 2 Out of 3 Falls, it is true that it wasn’t an official #1 contender’s match. Will the Irish Ace prove there is some doubt to Melo’s claim? Or will Melo stand and deliver on the road to WrestleMania?
The bell rings and fans rally and duel as the two circle. They tie up, JD pushes Melo back then wrenches an arm. Melo rolls, handsprings, wrenches back and WRINGS JD out, but JD handsprings through! JD says he can do what Melo does, but Melo headlocks, JD hip tosses, Melo handsprings through and has a cording hold! Melo is showing he can do what JD does, too! But then JD hits low, gets a leg up to flip up and over, and he wrenches to NORTHERN LIGHTS, but Melo handsprings through!? Fans fire up for that, and the two reset. Melo “dribbles,” but JD “kicks” the ball away! Fans boo and the two tie up again.
Melo headlocks, JD powers out but Melo runs him over! Things keep going, JD hurdles and Melo flips over! JD kips up, kicks low and CHOPS! JD whips, Melo hits buckles hard, and JD CHOPS again! JD whips Melo corner to corner, runs in, but Melo tosses him up and HOTSHOTS in one go! Melo PLANCHAS to wipe JD out! Fans fire up with Melo and he puts JD back in the ring. Cover, TWO! Trick tells Melo, “Stop playing with your food.” Melo stands JD up to CHOP him! Melo throws hands on JD in the corner, lets off as the ref counts, and JD kicks low. JD kicks again, CLUBS Melo, then whips him to ropes for a FLAPJACK.
Fans fire up while Melo grits his teeth. JD stomps Melo down, drops elbows, then rains down fists. JD lets off but Melo grabs at a foot. JD stomps that hand away! Melo staggers up, JD brings him around, BIG back suplex! Fans are torn but most boo JD and cheer Melo. JD stands Melo up, Melo stops the suplex, but JD gets him up to hang him out to dry! Melo writhes, those ribs still bothering him from Saturday! Cover, TWO! JD argues the count but the ref says it was fair, and NXT goes picture in picture.
Melo winces and clutches his ribs, but JD stalks him to a corner. JD stomps Melo, digs his boot into the ribs, but the ref counts. JD lets off, Melo drags himself up, but JD is on him again. JD POSTS Melo! Melo flops to the apron, JD goes out the side and drags Melo closer to the post. JD bends Melo against the post! Trick can only freak out as Melo suffers! JD lets go at the ref’s count of 4, and he tells Trick to back off. JD gets in the ring, but Melo throws hands! JD clinches but Melo elbows free! Melo backslides, TWO!! JD escapes, Melo BOOTS him! Melo runs, but into the URENAGE! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!!
Melo is still in this but he’s also still clutching his ribs. JD keeps cool and drags Melo back up. JD ELBOWS Melo in the shoulder, then warps on a chinlock! Melo endures and fights up as fans rally. JD CLUBS Melo, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS! Melo headlock JD in the ropes! The ref counts, JD CHOPS! Melo turns things around to CHOP back! And CHOP again! But JD boots, only for Melo to block! Melo puts JD in the ropes but JD slips out! JD swings but Melo avoids his leg sweep, to SUPERKICK JD to the floor! Melo then PLANCHAS, into a GUTBUSTER!! JD gets the better of Melo and grins, but Trick coaches Melo up.
JD puts Melo in the ring and then drops an ax handle! JD stands on Melo’s face, scrapes his sole on Melo’s forehead, then argues with the ref. JD stalks Melo, and he clamps on for a ground cobra twist! NXT returns to single picture as Melo endures the stretch. Fans are rallying and dueling again, Melo grabs at JD’s hair but the ref reprimands. JD keeps on the pressure but Melo punches free! JD throws body shots, whips Melo hard into buckles, and mocks Melo’s pain. JD storms up, whips Melo again, but Melo reverses and now JD hits buckles! Melo back drops JD away! Fans rally and duel as Melo grimaces.
JD and Melo stand, JD clamps on but Melo scoops to SLAM JD down! Melo winces, but he storms up again. JD kangaroo kicks, then scoops, but Melo makes it a cradle! TWO and JD has the cradle! TWO and Melo has it! TWO and JD has it again! TWO!! Both men are up, STANDING SPANISH FLY from the Irish Ace! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives and Trick can breath easy again. Fans are fired up for “NXT! NXT!” Melo and JD rise, Melo pie faces JD away. JD comes back to cravat, snapmare, and DOUBLE STOMP the ribs! JD goes up a corner, but Melo stands to GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up and Melo positions JD in the ropes, to ENZIGURI!
Melo runs, springboards, FADE AWAY! Both men are down but Trick talks trash on JD. JD and Melo rise as the fans rally up. Melo ROCKS JD, JD ROCKS Melo! Melo BOOTS and fires off! JD and Melo brawl, ‘This is Awesome!” as Melo fires off a flurry! Melo whips, JD reverses, Melo springboards to FLYING LARIAT! And then a suplex, CUTTER! Cover, TWO! JD survives but Trick is hyped up as Melo has momentum. Melo drags JD up, JD breaks free to clinch, URE- NO, arm-drag! Melo blocks a boot but JD powers through. Melo tilt-o-whirls to the FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO, but into the CROSSFACE! JD endures, scrambles over, ROPEBREAK!
Melo holds on until the ref counts 4. Trick is frustrated but Melo keeps focus. Melo and JD rise as fans rally again. JD mule kicks, but Melo trips him! Jackknife bridge, TWO as JD powers up! JD spins Melo around, gets him up but Melo sips out! JD ROCKS Melo with the jab! LIGER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives and Trick is relieved but JD is too tired to be upset. Fans rally up again, JD stalks Melo and grabs the arm. Melo holds ropes to deny the ripcord, then he kicks JD away. JD yanks Melo but Melo lands on his feet! CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! JD survives but Melo hurries to a corner! Melo winces, but he still climbs!
JD anchors a foot! Melo kicks JD, drags him up and around, but JD HEADBUTTS!! Both men fall and fans go wild! Wait, ILJA DRAGUNOV IS HERE?!? Was he the one who arrived a moment ago?! Trick hurries to intercept, but he gets a TORPEDO MOSCOW!! JD hurries to ripcord, but Melo makes it a victory roll! MELO WINS!!
Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall
And now Melo stares down with the Czar! Dragunov lunges, but after JD! Dragunov rains down furious forearms on the Irish Ace, the man who injured him! “UN! BE! SIEG! BAR!!” But JD bails! Dragunov chases JD up into the crowd!! They go to the back while Melo has a good laugh. The Czar wants after the Irish Ace, will the Necessary Evil be exterminated? As for Melo, does he have a clear path to the NXT Championship for Stand & Deliver?
Tiffany Stratton finishes her make-up.
But Thea Hail is also there, talking about Chase U taking on Pretty Deadly. But also, Thea saw Tiffany’s TikTok video about Chase U. Oh, good. She’s one of Tiffany’s followers? She appreciates it. Thea has a question: Why does Tiffany not like Chase U? It’s fun, the people there are nice, and the colors red and black are good. The classes are a little hard, but- O M G Thea just realized she forgot to turn in her Road to WrestleMania essay! Uh, then just go. WAIT! It’s due tomorrow, she has time. Okay, then just relax. Stop breathing Tiffany’s air! Tiffany also stops Thea from starting up again, it’s Tiffany’s turn to talk.
Tiffany says Chase U is tacky, cringe, and annoying. No one likes Chase U and no one wants to go there. Ever. Thea remembers what Professor Shelby told her about anger, and to breathe three times. Thea does her deep breathing, but then Tiffany talks. Thea tells TIFFANY to stop! All “blondie” cares about are herself, her things, and her everything about her. All Thea cares about is Chase U! They open their arms to everyone! It doesn’t matter your background, your size, your shape or anything like that! If Tiffany’s not done with that, Thea has two words for ya! Chase U? NOPE! SUCK IT!! But then AVA RAINE SMOTHERS THEA AND KIDNAPS HER!!!
Tiffany doesn’t even notice, she’s too busy looking at herself! But what does The Schism have planned for Chase U’s top recruit?!
NXT checks in with the championship celebration again.
Everyone’s having a good time, and Fallon says this is really awesome. The boys didn’t have to do this. Briggs knows they didn’t have to, but they wanted to. Listen, Jensen, Fallon needs to talk with him about something. Oh, good! Jensen has something to talk with Fallon about, too. Oh, okay. They each say the other can go first, but someone has to go first. Briggs says Jensen should just go. Okay, okay. Since next week is Valentine’s Day, Jensen’s taking Kiana out on a date! No way! Briggs is pumped for Jensen! Jensen’s pumped, too! Fallon’s a champion, Jensen met the love of his life, and here she is! So, what was Fallon gonna say?
Uh… Just, all of this, thanks you guys. Yeah, raise a cup to the ladies! WOOOOO~! Jensen and Kiana are continuing the relationship, will Fallon just let it be what it is? Or will she spill the secret before Jensen and Kiana go all the way?
Lyra Valkyria VS Valentina Feroz w/ Wendy Choo!
The Morrigan wanted revenge on Cora Jade, but it seems the Generation of Jade doesn’t back up its talk with action. So instead, Lyra gets the Brazilian with the burning spirit! Will Feroz prove to everyone, including Elektra Lopez, that she can do things the right way and still win? Or will Lyra still be flying high?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Lyra throws Feroz down and has a wristlock. Feroz stands up, back drops Lyra, and has the wristlock back. Lyra kips up, hip tosses Feroz, and covers, TWO! Lyra facelocks to keep Feroz down but Feroz throws body shots. Lyra whips Feroz to a corner, Feroz goes up and around to roll Lyra up, TWO! A close call and Feroz fires up! SAYANAGI! SAYANAGI! Wendy fires up with Feroz, but Lyra also shouts! Lyra SOBATS, KICKS, HEADBUTTS and AX KICKS! Lyra whips, Feroz ducks ‘n’ dodges, but the crossbody is caught! Only for Feroz to make it a SUBMISSION!
Lyra powers up, to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Lyra clamps onto Feroz, Feroz resists, but Lyra throws down elbows! Wait, here comes Lopez. Lyra has Feroz in a motorcycle stretch but Feroz fights up. They go around, Feroz flips and handsprings to arm-drag but Lyra handsprings through. Feroz rushes in, Lyra sidesteps but Feroz headlocks. Lyra powers out, things speed up and Lyra hurdles but Feroz RANAS! Fans fire up and Feroz storms up to ROCK Lyra! Feroz whips, Lyra reverses and the two COLLIDE! Both women fall over and Lopez slides the brass knuckles to Feroz!
Wendy asks Lopez why she’s even here! And she tells Feroz that she doesn’t need those! But Feroz still puts them on! Fans duel. Feroz thinks about it, but Lyra ENZIGURIS! And HEEL KICKS! Cover, Lyra wins!
Winner: Lyra Valkyria, by pinfall
Lopez is disappointed, but this was her fault! If La Madrina just let Feroz do things her way, she would’ve been able to focus! Will Lopez learn to mind her own business? As for Lyra, will she find Cora soon enough so they can settle things once and for all?
Wes Lee shares his Vengeance Day story.
On Friday, he arrived in Charlotte, North Carolina. He’s taking it all in, is a little nervous, but this is what he lives for. He and his wife, Erica, meet up at the hotel, and she says the title gave him the confidence boost. She knows he deserves the title, and knows he’ll keep it because he doesn’t give up. Wes vowed that on Saturday, everyone will see that the North American Championship lives and stays on the #WesSide. Erica got emotional as she wished him luck and saw him off. She knows how hard he’s worked, and that he’s gonna kill it. She wants him to understand the impact he has on people, so she wants to see him succeed.
All the ups and downs, sacrifices and risks, have culminated in this moment, the biggest moment of his life, and he is ready for it. He and Dijak had a battle, and Wes kept his vow to succeed in overcoming the obstacle. Wes got congratulated by HBK, and Wes says he busts his ass every day he’s out in the ring. Wes will go around, through or over anyone in his way.
Backstage interview with Wes Lee.
McKenzie says that after watching his vlog diary, how is he feeling about Vengeance Day weekend? Wes says it was dope! But did you see Dijak’s finger? Ouch! But then Tony D’Angelo & Channing Lorenzo walk in. The Don asks everyone if, in that vlog diary, he happened to mention Tony. Stacks says no, we did not. Did we see Stacks? No, we did not. Wes, you reaped the benefits of their issues with Dijak so they want to be compensated. Uh, Wes never asked them for help, nor did he need it. But if they want compensation, Wes is gonna hold an Open Challenge next week. Maybe one of these two will have the cannolis to answer it.
Tony says he and Stacks have business to take care of. They leave, but will one of them take Wes up on that challenge?
Tyler Bate speaks.
“Grayson Waller. At Vengeance Day, you lost. You came up short, and trust me, I know how it feels, I’ve been there. But we all deal with losing from time to time, and we have to learn to take these on the chin. And that is something you couldn’t do. And instead, you chose to behave like an ungrateful child and you disrespected Shawn Michaels. And that’s not on! Myself and many others would not be here today if it were not for Shawn Michaels. And right now, you’re suspended. But next week, your suspension is over. So Grayson, you wanna disrespect someone? How’s about next week, you try and disrespect me?” Will the 21st Century Success Story be humbled by the Big Strong Boi?
Odyssey Jones VS ???
Sound the alarm! The Odyssey of Odyssey continues, but will this next chapter be a happy one? Or will the hero of this story run into hardships?
NXT returns, and Stacks makes his entrance. Is this the big bad behemoth Stacks claims he’ll take down to prove he’s a worthy Underboss? The bell rings and fans rally for Jones. He and Stacks circle, Stacks rushes in to go for a leg, but Jones throws him away. Stacks and Jones circle again, Jones corners Stacks but Stacks kicks low. Stacks wrenches but Jones headlocks. Stacks pulls hair but Jones grinds the hold. Stacks throws body shots but Jones shoves Stacks. They RAM shoulders, Stacks RAMS Jones again, then headbutts low! Stacks keeps RAMMING into Jones, but then Jones CLOBBERS Stacks!
Fans fire up for Jones while Tony is upset. Stacks goes to a corner, Jones stands Stacks up and throws body shots and DOUBLE CHOPS! Jones TOSSES Stacks across the way! Stacks flounders, Tony talks trash on Jones, but Jones storms up on Stacks. Jones RAMS into Stacks, Stacks staggers away, and Jones grins as he brings Stacks up. Jones scoops, Stacks slips free and kicks low! Stacks runs but is sent into another corner! Stacks bounces off buckles, Tony coaches Stacks but Jones puts Stacks up top. Jones CLUBS away on Stacks, then POLISH HAMMERS Stacks down! Fans fire up with Jones while Stacks goes to the apron.
Tony tells Stacks he asked for this so he has to win! Stacks shoulders into Jones, then HOTSHOT NECKBREAKERS! Jones staggers, Stacks runs to CLOBBER Jones onto the ropes! Stacks CLUBS away on Jones, lets off as the re counts, and Stacks says it’s HIS time now. Stacks pie faces Jones, slingshots and LEG DROPS! Stacks almost wipes himself out! Tony talks trash, Stacks stalks Jones, and Stacks throws hands. Stacks clamps onto the neck wrench but Jones endures. Fans rally, Jones fights up, and he pries free! Jones elbows but Stacks clamps on with a chinlock. Jones throws more hands, then CLOBBERS Stacks!
Jones CLOBBERS Stacks again, whips him and scoops him, SIDEWALK SLAM! Fans fire up and Jones runs, ROLLING SENTON! Stacks sputters and crawls around, and fans rally for Jones. Jones back body blocks in a corner, Stacks flops out of the ring, and Jones goes out after him. Jones runs in to CLOBBER Stacks again! Jones puts Stacks in the ring, slides in, but Stacks hurries to DDT! Jones is dazed and Tony fires up! Stacks snarls, runs, and SLIDING FOREARMS! Stacks fires himself up, wants Jones to get up again, and Stacks runs in, KNEE DROP!! Cover, STACKS WINS!
Winner: Channing Lorenzo, by pinfall
Fans boo but the Underboss just won big! Will Tony’s right hand man soon be getting his hands on gold?
Indus Sher speaks.
Jinder Mahal says Veer and Sanga, “two international icons, united by one desire, finally earned the respect they are after.” Veer says they told the world what was going to happen but no one believed them, “until they witnessed the devastation of the Creed Brothers.” Sanga says, “Julius, Brutus, don’t be ashamed. You lost before the bell even rang.” Jinder says, “An entire region of this planet rejoiced in celebration. Now these two men expected to be treated the same here as they are back home: deservedly so, larger than life superstars!” Veer says Indus Sher now moves on to accomplish bigger goals. The Creeds have little value now.
Seeing the landscape, there is no tag team that can beat them! Their NXT takeover has begun. Phase one is complete. Phase two begins and ends with the three of them draped in gold! Will the Modern Day Maharaja lead his brothers in arms to have their hands raised at Stand & Deliver?
Chase U heads to gorilla.
They have their match to worry about, but they’re also worried because they don’t know where Thea went. Andre is sure she was headed to Shake Shack, and Duke says it’s probably fine, Thea is an adult and can handle herself. But will they be able to focus on their own concerns against Kit & Elton? That match is next, after the break.
NXT catches up with Roxanne Perez in the parking lot.
They ask her if she has a tag team partner for next week’s match. She does, actually. And next week, KC Squared will be facing Roxie and Meiko Satomura! The Final Boss is returning to NXT! Will she help the Prodigy put Kayden & Katana in their place?
Chase U VS Pretty Deadly!
NXT returns as Kit & Elton make their entrance. But they’re still in the same disheveled state as they were earlier tonight. They can’t even put energy into their pose. Will they even have energy to have this match?
The teams sort out, and Duke starts against Elton. They circle, tie up, and Duke headlocks. Elton powers out but Duke runs him over! Elton flounders while fans rally for Duke. Elton CHOPS, but Duke doesn’t even flinch. Duke puts Elton in a corner and CHOPS! Fans taunt them as “Pretty Sleepy!” Duke bumps Elton off buckles and heh goes flying! Duke CLUBS and ROCKS Elton, then DECKS Elton right out of the ring! Duke isn’t even into this because it’s not much of a fight. Elton hurries into the ring, tags Kit, but Duke wrenches to RAM shoulders. Tag to Chase, Chase U whips, drop toeholds and drops an elbow! Cover, TWO!
Chase body scissors to a clutch, TWO! Chase rolls Kit again, TWO! ROLLING CLUTCH! Fans cheer as they go around and around, cover, TWO! Kit says, “What’s the point?! What’s the bloody point?!” Chase drags Kit up but Kit shoves him away. Kit wants to leave but Chase is on him at the ropes! Chase ROCKS Kit, Kit yoyos into another forearm! And another! And another! Elton protests but Chase kicks him low! Chase bumps Elton off Kit’s boots, they both fall out of the ring! Chase says THAT is a teachable moment! Pretty Deadly is frustrated, Kit tags Elton in and they go after Chase together! Kit anchors a foot, but Chase deflects Elton’s boot!
Chase CLUBS Kit, ducks Elton, and Elton almost hits Kit! But Kit sends Elton’s hand into Chase! And they’re suddenly back?! Tag to Kit, he and Elton stomp, “YES BOY~!” and LEG DROP SPLASH COMBO! Cover, ONE!! Kit drags Chase up, reels him in, suplexes but Chase slips free! Tag to Duke! Duke CLOBBERS Kit, ELBOWS him, then scoops to SLAM! Fans rally for Duke and he kicks Kit, CLUBS him, and stomps him! Duke mocks the Pretty Deadly fingers, then dodges Kit to scoop and SIDEWALK SLAM! Fans fire up with Duke and he runs in, only for Elton to dump him out! Fans boo but Duke sends Elton into the apron.
But Kit CLOBBERS Duke into the steel steps! “YES BOY!” Pretty Deadly has energy again as NXT goes picture in picture.
Chase checks on Duke but Kit drags Duke up. Kit puts Duke in the ring, kicks him to the corner, and tags in Elton. Pretty Deadly stomps Duke, Elton throws hands then more stomps. The ref counts, Elton lets off to tag Kit back in. Pretty Deadly drags Duke up to double suplex! Kit covers, ONE!! Kit snarls and he stomps Duke back down. Kit throws body shots, tags Elton, and Pretty Deadly mugs Duke more. Elton brings Duke around to CLUB him down. But Duke throws body shots in return, only for Elton to CLUB him down again. Elton drags Duke for a SPLASH, then he clamps on a chinlock.
Duke endures as Elton stretches him back. The fans rally, especially the Chase U student section. Duke fights up, but Elton throws him down by his hair! Elton pushes Duke to a cover, TWO! NXT returns to single picture as Elton keeps Duke from Chase. Duke throws body shots, fans rally up, but Elton runs to CLOBBER Duke from behind! Elton fixes his hair and grins but Duke crawls for Chase. Elton drags him away, the fans rally up as Chase stomps the steps. Duke crawls, boots Elton away, hot tags to Kit and Chase! Chase rallies on Pretty Deadly with big haymakers! Atomic drop for Elton! Atomic drop for Kit!
Chase DECKS Kit! Elton leaps in but into a body shot! Chase steps through on Elton’s legs, but Kit runs in so Chase trips him up. Chase steps through to try Kit now, but Elton runs in! BACK DROP, into the FIGURE FOUR! Fans fire up as Kit endures! Elton runs in, but Chase avoids the splash! Chase CHOPS Elton, Kit whips him away, but Chase catches them both, DDT COMPLETE SHOT COMBO! Cover on Kit, TWO! Fans fire up with Chase and he drags Kit up. Kit swings, but into an URE- NO, arm-drag! Kit KANGAROO KICKS, tags Elton, and Elton scoops Chase! SNAKE EYES! “YES BOY!” DRY MARTINI! Cover, Duke breaks it!
Duke JABS away on Kit! Flip, flop and “U~!” ELBOW! SENTON! Duke keeps moving and he clotheslines Kit out hard! But Elton dumps Duke out! Chase brings Elton in, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Fans fire up, time to spell it it! C! H! A! S! E! U! What’s that spell?! CHASE U! But THEA appears? she’s covered in smile faces! The Schism had her but let her go? And in the distraction, Kit rolls Chase up! Chase covers, TWO!! Chase ROCKS Kit, whips, but Elton tags, SPILT MILK!!! Cover, Pretty Deadly win!
Winners: Pretty Deadly, by pinfall
Duke didn’t realize Chase was in trouble because he was checking on Thea! What did The Schism do to scare Thea like that? What will Chase U to teach The Schism a lesson?
As for Pretty Deadly, they spot Gallus up in the perch. Mark Coffey & Wolfgang nod and applaud, will we see NXT UK revisited in Hollywood?
Drew Gulak talks with Hank Walker backstage.
Hank asks Gulak if he got that email with all his sketches for ring gear ideas. Yes, Gulak did. What’d he think? Gulak looked them over, and he was pretty impressed. Really? Wow! That fires Hank up! Hank’s feeling like taking Wes up on that Open Challenge now. Nice! But Charlie Dempsey walks over to say that it doesn’t matter what Hank wears in the ring, it matters what he does. Does Gulak really think Hank is ready for Wes Lee? Gulak says Hank is ready for a rematch with Dempsey. Fine. Just make sure he doesn’t take shortcuts like Gulak does. The Son of the Gentleman Villain is calling Gulak out, but will he tear Hank apart to prove his point?
DING DONG, HELLO~, it’s Bayley!
Bayley walks in through the door, arm in a sling, and welcomes us to a special NXT edition of Ding Dong, Hello. Now, we must all be wondering how she made it here after what “that idiot” Becky Lynch and Lita did to her and her girls on Raw last night. It’s because she’s the ULTRA Role Model, she loves NXT, and she loves her two guests tonight. Last Saturday, Bayley watched Vengeance Day, and she saw the NXT Women’s Championship slip through the fingers of these two ladies. She brings out “two of my absolute favorites,” Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne, Toxic Attraction!
Gigi & Jacy walk out, making their team entrance despite the tension and dysfunction from Saturday. They both frown at each other for a moment before going down the ramp and to the ring. Jacy insists she go up the steps first and Gigi rolls her eyes. They ring the doorbell then walk in through Bayley’s door, and Bayley says they’re total pros! That’s why she got them the nice seats. They each take an armchair and Bayley notices the tension. “So let’s just get right to it, guys. What happened on Saturday?” Jacy says that’s a great question. What happened Saturday, Gigi? Oh, why don’t you tell her, Jacy?!
Jacy would love to! Gigi screwed Jacy out of the title! Um, Roxie beat Jacy, not Gigi. So Jacy cost Gigi! Get it right. What? Saturday, Gigi was supposed to be behind Jacy. Gigi was not being a team player. They were supposed to be a team! they held hands, and then Gigi slipped away. Oh, look, another excuse! Saturday, it was sink or swim. If Gigi won, Jacy would’ve sunk into obscurity and we all know it! Jacy says she doesn’t need Gigi, she’s a star all on her own! Fans are a bit torn on that, but Jacy says Gigi’s gear “looked like a hobo who banged a Chucky doll.” Bayley is laughing at that one.
Gigi is surprised Jacy even noticed when Jacy was staring up at the lights. That’s the Jacy Jayne Position. Whoa, whoa, guys, it’s getting feisty. Bayley says we’re all getting a bit uncomfortable. This might be a natural split, but before they even think about splitting up, have they ever thought what they’d do if that did happen? Have they thought through what they’d be as individuals? Gigi hasn’t, actually. But sky’s the limit for her! Jacy says she’ll go straight to the top, obviously! Right, rather vague answers.
But if you wanna get to the top, isn’t it easier, quicker and better if you did that with a ride-or-die? With someone who knows you inside and out? Someone who will do anything for you? That has the same goals as you? Wow, Toxic Attraction has been Gigi’s life for almost three years now. And she’s alienated herself from everyone else in the locker room. Everyone hates her… If everyone hates Gigi, then what the hell do they feel about Jacy? Jacy’s called people “munchkins, idiots, disgusting, sickening.” It goes on and on! Bayley would know better than anyone that there is strength in numbers. Look at Damage CTRL! They’re on top of the world right now!
Bayley says yes they are! And Toxic Attraction should really think on that. Gigi says that at the end of the day, NXT is a shark tank. She needs someone she can trust, who will have her back. Someone that’s been through the wringer with her. Jacy won’t lie. When she gets mad, she cuts real deep, aims for the jugular. She can sit her and say she’ll change, but we know that’s not happening. Why even lie? But in all honesty, no matter what happens, Gigi will always be Jacy’s sister. Gigi feels the same! Bayley likes that. Jacy says that they have two options: go their separate ways and see what happens; or they can have one more run.
Gigi says, “One more run at the NXT Women’s Tag titles?” Or… They look at Bayley. No offense, Bayley, but maybe they want DMG CTRL’s WWE Women’s Tag titles! Bayley has them hold on here! Don’t get excited, ya idiots! We’re focusing on the now! These two feel a lot better, thanks to Bayley. So let’s all bring it back and hug it out. Right? C’mon. Jacy & Gigi do hug it out and everyone cheers! Beautiful. Bayley says, “Ladies and gentlemen, the happy couple, Toxic Attraction!” Gigi & Jacy raise each other’s hands, and then Jacy SUPERKICKS Gigi?!?! Jacy says it’s never been about “us,” it’s always been about her!
Jacy RAMS Gigi into Bayley’s door! And BOOTS her through it!! Fans boo as Jacy just did Gigi like Shawn Michaels did Marty Jannetty! Is this the beginning of a new and even more toxic chapter for Jacy?
A great episode to follow Vengeance Day and pivot to Stand & Deliver. For one, good of them to plug Waller getting in HBK’s face and his kayfabe suspension being why he wasn’t here. Tyler Bate had a good promo calling Waller out, and they’re going to have an awesome match. Trick Melo Gang had a good promo to open and celebrate the win, but JD McDonagh sticking his nose into things was a good surprise. Melo VS JD was an awesome match, and I like that Dragunov is back. And of course he goes after JD to settle their score. A grudge match between them for Stand & Deliver would be awesome stuff.
Great stuff from Kiana and Fallon throughout the night. The surprise party was a great, very “pro-wrestling meets sitcom” reason Fallon can’t tell Jensen what’s really going on, even though that is still very much her misunderstanding of what she heard, which is also very sitcom. I am also glad to know they’re going to do a Valentine’s Day segment with this story, and that will be the make or break moment for this team. I also appreciate that Fallon being the Face, she wants to give KC Squared a rematch. But wow, Kayden & Katana get cheated out of titles and suddenly they’re bitter Heels. Roxie & Satomura are definitely going to beat those two.
I also like the party setting up the tag match main event of Chase U VS Pretty Deadly. I loved Bum Ass Pretty Deadly, but it also makes sense that this phase didn’t last long. Great integration of stories with The Schism kidnapping Thea to start a story with Chase U and costing them the match. Pretty Deadly VS Gallus is going to be a great story towards Stand & Deliver, and with HBK at the helm, they will surely reference everything from NXT UK and give us an incredible tag title match. And of course, Indus Sher is implying they’re going after titles. I suppose Veer & Sanga could get into the tag title story, but I feel like they’ll be waiting for Pretty Deadly VS Gallus to resolve.
Sol VS Stark was a really good match, and a really good showing for Sol, but I had a feeling Stark would win again. Stark also showed us a great way for her to get to her finisher with sending Sol into the corner face first. Good promo from Diamond Mine with Isla & Fyre, and I like that Isla tied this into the whodunnit with Lyons. I also found it oddly amusing that Brutus was okay if she did do it. Good match from Tatum VS Isla but of course Isla won. Pretty sure we’ll get Ivy & Tatum VS Isla & Fyre, which Isla & Fyre will win to get going in the Women’s Tag Division and closer to the titles. And decent match from Lyra VS Feroz but it was of course just a vehicle to push Feroz’s story with Lopez forward.
Of course Dabba-Kato wins in a squash, but poor Dante Chen. Before he got hurt, he was looking to be a big part of NXT’s plans. But now that he’s back, he’s just the guy getting fed to other superstars NXT has big plans for. Kato being vague about why he turned on Apollo is fine, they have time to figure out what’s really going on here. Kato VS Apollo is definitely coming, and they could do some great storytelling on top of great action. Good, quick promo from Hank, Gulak and Dempsey. I was hoping we were going to see some of Hank’s ideas for ring gear, but I guess we’ll see what he’s got next week in the rematch with Dempsey.
Good stuff from Wes Lee, but of course Tony D & Stacks act like he owes them. The Open Challenge next week is going to be great no matter who answers it, but I wonder if Stacks is going to step up. Stacks literally won big over Odyssey Jones, but I don’t see him beating Wes. Personally, I’m hoping we see Dragon Lee (or whatever his WWE name will be) show up in time for Stand & Deliver to have an epic match with Wes. Though if that were to happen, I feel like Dragon Lee would have to win so as not to hurt his run. Maybe NXT waits to debut Dragon Lee at Stand & Deliver so that he can call out whoever is champion.
And of course, awesome stuff out of Ding Dong, Hello. Bayley was a great host, and I like that she was doing her best to keep Toxic Attraction together as a duo. That moment where they teased Face Toxic Attraction going after DMG CTRL was great, because that made the turn even more effective. Jacy is definitely the better Heel in how she’s better at being arrogant and boisterous in her promos, and it makes sense for Gigi to be the Face. Gigi is definitely the one fans liked the most, even when Mandy was around. The feud can go either way but this is going to be some great stuff.
My Score: 8.8/10
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