NXT is stocking up on tag team action tonight!
Tonight, Breezango defend their NXT Tag Team Championships against Roderick Strong and Bobby Fish! Will it be the Second Coming of the Golden Prophecy?
- KUSHIDA VS The Velveteen Dream VS Tommaso Ciampa; Kushida wins.
- Ember Moon VS Jessi Kamea; Moon wins.
- Austin Theory VS Bronson Reed; Reed wins.
- Austin Theory VS Bronson Reed again; Reed wins, again.
- Six Man Tag: El Legado del Fantasma VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, Ashante “Thee” Adonis & Jake Atlas; El Legado wins.
- Killian Dain & Drake Maverick VS Ever-Rise; Ever-Rise wins, by disqualification.
- Xia Li VS Kacy Catanzaro w/ Kayden Carter; Catanzaro wins.
- Timothy Thatcher VS Anthony Greene; Thatcher wins.
- NXT Tag Team Championships: Breezango VS
The Undisputed EraOney Lorcan & Danny Burch; Lorcan & Burch win and become the new NXT Tag Team Champions.
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KUSHIDA VS The Velveteen Dream!
The Time Splitter doesn’t want to wait, he wants his TakeOver rematch with the Experience NOW! Kushida won then, will he win again? Or has Dream learned to be more serious with the Super Junior that broke his arm?
Wait a minute! The Psycho Killer attacks Dream as he makes his entrance! Dream made the mistake of interfering with Kushida VS Ciampa and now he’s paying for it! Ciampa punches Dream down the ramp then throws him into the Plexiglas! Dream flounders but Ciampa throws him into more boards! And then into the ring! Kushida DECKS Dream, and turns out this is a TRIPLE THREAT!
KUSHIDA VS The Velveteen Dream VS Tommaso Ciampa!
Well, Dream is paying double for what he’s done! Will it be Kushida or Ciampa that gets their revenge first?
Ciampa and Kushida take turns punching Dream around the ring, then they throw Dream out hard! Kushida and Ciampa settle things with each other as they trade hands, but Ciampa kicks and punches back. Ciampa whips, Kushida ducks and dodges to handspring Dream back down! Ciampa goes out after Dream by ramming him into more Plexiglas! Kushida goes out to go after Ciampa, but Ciampa whips him into Plexiglas, too! “This is MY home!” The fans here at the Capitol Wrestling Center are thunderous as they agree! Ciampa kicks Dream, and SLAMS the bad hand off the announce desk! Ciampa throws Dream into more Plexiglas, then runs to PSYCHO KNEE Kushida! He comes back to KNEE Dream! Ciampa is fired up and the fans fire up with him!
Ciampa finally throws off the shirt, drags Dream up and puts him in the ring. Dream runs, Ciampa ducks so Dream hurdles him and then ducks Kushida’s clothesline. Dream comes back, Kushida hip tosses Dream! Ciampa hip tosses Kushida but Kushida handsprings through only for Ciampa to DECK him! Ciampa stomps Dream and stands on the bad hand! Ciampa STOMPS the cast! Dream backs off, Kushida runs in but is sent into Dream but Kushida forearms Dream first. Also, apparently Dream’s shirt has anime girl eyes on it? Ciampa runs but into Kushida’s COMPLETE SHOT into Dream’s Experience! Kushida rolls Ciampa up, TWO! Kushida stays on Ciampa with a wrench and elbows. Kushida whips, Ciampa grabs him for a facelock but Kushida fights through to get the arm!
Ciampa knees low and hard, then drags Kushida up. Dream reaches for Kushida through ropes, Ciampa drags Kushida until Dream is the one draped on the ropes! CHAIN WILLOW’S BELL! Ciampa covers Dream, TWO! He covers Kushida, TWO! Fans rally up behind Ciampa as he stomps Kushida to a corner. Ciampa stomps a mudhole into Kushida, then goes to Dream. Ciampa wrenches the bad arm and gives it a YANK! And then he CLUBS the elbow! Ciampa stands on the bad arm and drops knees on it! Dream writhes but Ciampa goes after Kushida. Ciampa CHOPS Kushida in the corner, whips him corner to corner but Kushida reverses and throws a big back elbow! Kushida drags Ciampa up, wrenches, but Ciampa hooks the ropes! Kushida keeps pulling but Ciampa rakes Kushida’s eyes!
The ref reprimands but Dream covers Kushida! ONE, Ciampa DECKS Dream! Ciampa drags Dream around, Kushida gets up, snap suplex for Dream! Ciampa drags Kushida up, wrenches and grinds the shoulder then chinbars. Kushida endures, fans rally up and Ciampa cranks on the hold. Kushida fights up, fights out and throws haymakers! Kushida whips, Ciampa reverses but Kushida sunset flips! Cover, TWO! Ciampa gets to a corner, Kushida is after him but Dream adds on. Dream CLUBS Kushida and ROCKS Ciampa! Dream stomps Kushida down, shows off the cast that’s falling apart and fans jeer with, “Dream Sucks!” Dream whips Kushida into Ciampa then poses before running into a BIG forearm from Ciampa! Ciampa CHOPS Dream, ROCKS Kushida, then puts them in the same corner.
Ciampa CHOPS Kushida but Dream feels the impact, too! Then Ciampa CHOPS Dream directly! Ciampa CHOPS Kushida again, CHOPS Dream again, repeat! Dream hits back but Ciampa CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Dream tries to guard but Ciampa just CHOPS away on his arms! Fans fire up with Ciampa as he drags Kushida back up. Kushida blocks the chop, spins Ciampa and CHOPS away! And KICKS! Kushida whips, Ciampa reverses, Kushida handsprings but Dream helps Ciampa catch Kushida for a double back suplex! Kushida lands on his feet to FAST BALL Ciampa! Dream BOOTS Kushida then tries again but Kushida blocks! Kushida spins Dream, Dream fireman’s carries, DREAM VALLEY! Ciampa KNEES Dream out of the ring! All three men are down and the fans are thunderous as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns and Kushida fights out of a headlock with elbows, only for Ciampa to throat chop him! The fans are loving “NXT! NXT!” as Ciampa shoves and ROCKS Kushida at the ropes. Kushida boots back and ends up on the apron! He enziguris Ciampa away then jumps Dream’s sweep! SEATED SENTON! Kushida rains down rights and gets an ARMBAR! Dream taps but it doesn’t matter on the outside! Ciampa stomps away on both Dream and Kushida! Fans are thunderous again as Ciampa drags Kushida up. Kushida turns things around and throws Ciampa at boards, but Ciampa stops himself! Ciampa swings into the Fujiwara BULLDOG! Ciampa clutches the arm, Kushida puts him in the ring and PENALTY KICKS the arm! Then whips Ciampa for a hip toss INTO ARMBAR!!
Ciampa endures, clasps hands, Dream PURPLE RAIN MAKERS!! All three men are down again but Dream flounders to a cover, Ciampa breaks it!! Dream tried dropping in but it didn’t work out! Kushida flounders away so Ciampa ROCKS Dream! Dream rebounds off ropes to hit back, but Ciampa wobbles and comes back to hit again. Dream gets up, Ciampa kicks low and reel shim in to underhooks. Dream slips out, the ref almost ends up a casualty and Ciampa rolls Dream up! WITH TIGHTS! TWO!! Ciampa argues but Dream SUPERKICKS! fireman’s carry, DREAM VALLEY! It took a lot out of Dream to do that but he covers, Kushida breaks it! Fans are loving this as all three men reset!
Dream soaks up the heat as he swivels his hips. Dream tells Ciampa and Kushida that “The future is not yours! The future belongs to The Dream.” Dream swivels his hips more, but Ciampa CHOPS him! Kushida KICKS the bad arm! CHOP! KICK! Ciampa forearms Kushida, Kushida FAST BALLS! Kushida KICKS Dream, dodges Ciampa and Ciampa BOOTS Dream! Kushida throw’s Ciampa out hard, then FLIES out onto Dream! Kushida gets back in and FLIES out onto Ciampa! Kushida is back in and fans are thunderous again as Kushida again FLIES onto Dream! Ciampa gets in, gets Kushida, WILLOW’S BELL!! Ciampa keeps going, drags Kushida up, underhooks, but Dream SUPERKICKS! Dream fireman’s carries, Kushida crucifix takedown, TWO!! Kushida BOOTS Dream out, Ciampa CLOBBERS Kushida!
Ciampa drags Kushida up once again but has to get Dream first! Dream escapes the DDT so Ciampa kicks away. Kushida runs in, Ciampa switches on the O’Conner roll, TWO and into Dream’s CAST PUNCH! Kushida drags Ciampa up, DEAD LIFT GERMAN! Bridging cover, KUSHIDA WINS!
Winner: KUSHIDA, by pinfall
An incredible match that was fast, furious and everything in between! Is this going to be the beginning to the Time Splitter’s time?
The Undisputed Era speaks.
Adam Cole is via Zoom as he says, “Boys and girls, the past couple of weeks, the Undisputed Era, we’ve hit some roadblocks.” But tonight, that will change. As we all know, Cole is still out but is getting better every single day. That is bad news for anyone not in the Undisputed Era. As for tonight, Roderick Strong and Bobby Fish will succeed in bringing back the NXT Tag Team Champions. That’s right! Kyle O’Reilly says that when they first talked about the Golden Prophecy, “believe it or not, there were doubters. But look at us now. We’ve accomplished all that and more.” Fish says of course! And speaking of tonight, Breezango is one heck of a team, but c’mon. Do they stand a chance against Roddy and him? Strong says absolutely not! Tonight, the NXT Tag Team titles come back to where they belong, courtesy of the Rod ‘n’ Bob Express. Choo choo! And THAT is Undisputed.
NXT has some Halloween Havoc news!
On top of #SpintheWheelMakeaDeal determining what stipulations BOTH the NXT North American and NXT Women’s Championships will be fought under, and on top of Rhea Ripley VS Raquel Gonzalez in a battle of alpha females, there will be Cameron Grimes VS Dexter Lumis in a HAUNTED HOUSE OF TERROR match! Just what spooky scary stipulations will this match have in store for the Technical Savage and the Tortured Artist?
NXT profiles The Aussie Nightmare, Rhea Ripley!
The only woman to have been NXT and NXT UK Women’s Champion in her career, Rhea is “sick and tired of all these daydreamers. This is my division now, and the Nightmare is just beginning.” She has dominated on both sides of the Atlantic, and took down all the women in NXT who thought they could take her out. “And I have brutalized every single one of them.” But that level of attitude and aggression invites even more challengers, and the Daughter of the Desperado is taking her shot. Raquel says SHE is the biggest and the baddest woman in the business today. They wanted to throw down in the Performance Center, but they’re going to have this out in the ring! Rhea isn’t afraid of a fight. Halloween Havoc will make a nightmare into reality, but for who?
Ember Moon VS Jessi Kamea!
The Shenom is back and is more than happy to start from scratch in the rankings. It’s a long road to the NXT Women’s Championship, will Ember’s Law be upheld tonight?
The bell rings and Ember circles with Jessi. They tie up, are in a deadlock, so Ember arm-drags Jessi down and gets in her face. Jessi sits up, Ember eggs her on, then Ember sweeps the legs! Ember pats Jessi on the head but Jessi gets up to hip toss her down! Ember gets up, Jessi dodges and does the splits to duck! Jessi runs to EuroUpper Ember down! Cover, ONE! Jessi cravats Ember, cranks on the neck, but Ember handsprings through the snapmare! Fans cheer the exchange and Ember gets attitude. Ember dodges and shotgun dropkicks Jessi! Then mule kick to front KICK! Jessi is down, Ember runs to STOMP her down! Ember walks all over Jessi before hitting a standing moonsault! Cover, TWO!
Ember keeps on Jessi with a crossface! Jessi reaches, drags herself forward but Ember taunts her. Ember cranks back, pulls Jessi from ropes, but Jessi rolls to a cover, TWO! Ember stomps Jessi down again but Jessi uses her long legs to kick back. Ember kicks and kicks, then gets those legs. Jessi keeps kicking but Ember wrenches to an ANKLE LOCK, with a deep lean like a Half Crab! Jessi endures this scorpion style hold and she drags herself towards ropes. Jessi rolls and sends Ember into buckles! Ember comes back but the back senton flops as Jessi evades! Jessi dodges again, runs back in for a LEAPING forearm smash! Jessi brings Ember out as she runs, SPINNING HEEL KICK! Ember is down, Jessi springboards to elbow drop! Cover, TWO!! Ember survives and Jessi can’t believe it! She almost beat a former NXT Women’s Champion!
Ember rises as the fans rally. Jessi whips but Ember blocks! Jessi tries again and sends Ember to a corner but Ember goes up and flies back for a CODE BREAKER! Ember has the legs, ties them up and turns Jessi over, Queen Angelito with some hair pulling into a chinlock! Jessi taps, Ember wins!
Winner: Ember Moon, by submission
That’s the first time the Prophecy of Flame won with a submission, and it definitely impressed! Whatever Ember calls that, will she be telling us all she was right to come back? But wait, someone trips Ember up and drags her out! It’s Dakota Kai, coming back for revenge! Dakota BOOTS Ember on the apron! Dakota was Eclipsed in that tag match last week, and she is pissed! “If you think you can just use me to get yourself back in the spotlight, think again!” Dakota counters Ember’s Law with an ultimatum! Will #CobraKai strike down Ember Moon before she has a chance to shine?
Something’s happened backstage!
Roderick Strong and NXT officials have found Bobby Fish down in a hallway! Fish insists he’s fine but he can barely stand! Kyle helps Strong get Fish up. Fish says someone blindsided him and went after his leg. And this, on the night of their NXT Tag Team Championship match! Could this be related to Ridge Holland’s attack on Adam Cole? Who is trying to eliminate the Undisputed Era?
Austin Theory VS Bronson Reed!
“The Real Superstar” says he can go #AllDay, but all he’s been doing lately is losing. Will that change or remain the same against the COLOSSAL One?
The bell rings and and Theory gets around Reed to shove him. Reed storms up on Theory and he goes to a corner, but the ref counts. Reed drags Theory out of the corner but Theory gets around to headlock. NXT patches in Mackenzie Mitchell with a quick update on Bobby Fish. Fish is on his way to a local hospital for an MRI on his knee. Therefore, Breezango won’t be facing Roderick Strong and Bobby Fish, but Roderick Strong and Kyle O’Reilly, who was confirmed medically cleared this morning. Will the combination of O’Reilly and Strong once again hold gold together?
As for the match, Reed powers out of Theory’s headlock, Theory leaps but BOUNCES OFF Reed’s shoulder! Reed watches Theory flounder and whips him corner to corner. Reed runs in to corner splash! Theory flounders around again, Reed brings him back up and throws haymakers! Theory flounders even more, Reed has him in another corner and CHOPS him down! Reed brings Theory up to whip corner to corner, Theory goes up and over and rolls back to dropkick! Reed wobbles but Theory stays on him with forearms and stomps. Theory has Reed in a corner, the ref counts but Theory lets off to bump Reed off buckles. Reed CHPOS Theory and sends him rolling! Reed drags Theory up, scoops, but Theory slips out to chop block! Theory clubs Reed then clamps on a chinlock!
Reed endures, fans rally and Theory talks trash. Reed fights up, pries free but Theory kicks the leg! Theory puts the chinlock back on, but Reed endures again. Fans rally, Reed powers up and throws big body shots! Theory knees low, whips but Reed reverses to POWERSLAM! And COLOSSAL SENTON! Theory is down, Reed goes up top, but Theory fires off forearms! Theory CHOPS, climbs up to join Reed, and tries to bring him up. Reed resists, CLUBS Theory and then shoves him down! Theory is back up but sent back down with that forearm! Reed adjusts, TSUNAMI SPLASH!! Cover, Reed wins!!
Winner: Bronson Reed, by pinfall
The losing streak for Theory continues, and Reed is back on track! Will Reed continue back up towards titles? Theory gets a mic as he gasps and sputters, and says, “Stop right there!” Theory is the FUTURE of the WWE! He’s 23 and done more in the business than Reed’s done in his entire “stupid 15 year career!” So get back in the ring because Theory isn’t going to stop until he wins. Reed does get in, and this rematch is happening!
Austin Theory VS Bronson Reed again!
Theory clubs away on Reed and stomps and forearms! Theory runs but into a POP-UP SAMOAN DROP!! That had some air! Cover, Reed wins AGAIN!
Winner: Bronson Reed, by pinfall again
Theory really didn’t think that through! Now he’s 2-0 in the same night! Will Theory every figure out what he’s missing to get out of this slump?
Backstage interview with Xia Li and Kacy Catanzaro.
Last week, Xia asked William Regal to give her a match, and when Kacy volunteered, this is the match-up he created. Xia wants everyone to understand how important having this match is, and she thanks Kacy for accepting the challenge. Kacy says that they’ve had their differences recently, but Xia has been a friend in the past, and Kacy is always up for a challenge. So the pressure is on Xia for some reason, what has changed? It’s just very important to Xia. She has to win, she needs this match. Kacy gets it. May the best woman win. Xia says this is going to be the biggest match of her career. She HAS to win. But why is she so desperate for a victory?
NXT Media finds Austin Theory as he leaves.
Any comments on losing to Bronson Reed twice in one night? “That’s it. I’m done.” Done? Theory puts his things in his car, and says he QUITS NXT?! Is he serious? Or is he just saying that out of frustration? Will Mr. Regal call Theory to see if he’ll reconsider?
Six Man Tag: El Legado del Fantasma VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, Ashante “Thee” Adonis & Jake Atlas!
Just as the saga of Santos Escobar and Isaiah “Swerve” Scott looks to be over, something keeps it going! Escobar, Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde wanted after the man formerly known as Tehuti Miles in return for him screwing up their screw job, but they didn’t expect Atlas to help him out! And now, Swerve, Adonis and Atlas form a new alliance to take on the would-be conquerors of the Cruiserweight Division! Will Swerve’s House stand tall once again against El Legado?
The tension builds as all six men are in the ring. The bell rings, Legado bails out and Escobar says he’s too smart for that. They taunt Swerve’s team, then flank the ring! Swerve, Adonis and Atlas are ready, and then Swerve rushes forward to handspring out of the ring and get in Escobar’s face! Wilde and Mendoza rush in but Adonis and Atlas are ready! Those four brawl while Escobar smirks at Swerve’s trash talk! Escobar swings on Swerve but Swerve counter punches him! Swerve fires off on Escobar and throws him into barriers! Adonis throws Mendoza out while Swerve throws Escobar into steps! Atlas is on Wilde and fans are thunderous as Atlas CHOPS Wilde! Atlas drags Wilde up to throw hands then snapmares him to KICK him in the back! Atlas keeps on Wilde with a rain of furious right fists!
Atlas lets off to drag Wilde up and tags in Adonis. They double whip, Wilde runs into a FLAPJACK! Cover, TWO! Adonis clubs Wilde, drags him into a chinlock and then throws forearms on the back. Adonis puts Wilde on ropes and chokes him, then lets off to bump him off buckles. Tag to Atlas, they mug Wilde in the corner, and Atlas CLUBS Wilde in the chest. Atlas snap suplexes Wilde, uno amigo! And then dos amigo! Fans fire up for “Eddie! Eddie!” as Atlas hits the three amigos! Cover, TWO! Atlas keeps focused as he stomps Wilde down. Atlas talks smack and slaps Wilde around. Atlas also clubs Wilde, then clubs him again! Atlas drags Wilde up, throws him to a corner, and Wilde ends up rolling, posting groin first! Atlas mocks Wilde’s pain before he ROCKS him with a right!
Atlas knuckle locks, runs up a corner, but has to jump over Escobar! Atlas mule kicks Escobar from the top rope, sees Mendoza running in and leaps to get him, too! Headscissor arm-drag combo! Tag to Adonis and Atlas eggs Escobar on. Escobar runs in, Atlas dodges and Adonis sends him out! El Legado regroup but Adonis fakes them out! “Got ‘im!” Atlas helps Swerve go up top and FLY onto them all! Direct hit takes out Escobar and his cohorts and fans are fired up as “NXT! NXT!” goes picture in picture!
Swerve drags Wilde up and into the ring for Adonis and Adonis covers, TWO! Mendoza gets in but Adonis sees him coming so Mendoza bails back out. But Wilde blindside knees Adonis down! Adonis tumbles out, Mendoza tags in and he drags Adonis up to throw into steel steps! Mendoza goes in to coordinate with Wilde and they BLAST Atlas and Swerve off the apron! Swerve comes back but he gets mugged 2v1! El Legado clears off the announce desk! They mug Swerve more, and then bring him up to the apron. Swerve fights off their triple powerbomb but Escobar sweeps the legs! Swerve hits the apron on the way down and then Escobar backs off to his corner. Swerve slowly stands up and goes back to his corner while Mendoza covers Adonis, TWO!
Mendoza stomps Adonis down, steps over him then brings him up for a snap suplex! Tag to Wilde, Wilde drags Adonis up and CLUBS him down! Wilde pushes Adonis then taunts Swerve and Atlas. The ref keeps them out and Wilde stomps away on Adonis. Wilde drags Adonis up, Adonis fights back but Wilde rams him into the Legado corner. Wilde CHOPS Adonis, tags Mendoza and Mendoza CHOPS Adonis! Tag to Escobar, Legado mugs Adonis then Escobar pushes Adonis into the corner to CHOP him again! Adonis fights back but gets mugged more as Wilde tags in. Wilde snapmares Adonis and drives in a knee for a chinlock. NXT returns to single picture as fans rally for Adonis. Adonis fights up, fights out, but Wilde clubs away!
Wilde bumps Adonis off buckles, tags to Escobar, and Escobar stomps. Tag to Mendoza, double whip and double elbows! Wilde runs, Mendoza and Escobar are there, rebound hip toss splash! Mendoza LIONSAULTS! Cover, Swerve breaks it with a scuff of his boot. The ref gets Swerve to stand down, but Mendoza stomps Adonis down. Mendoza grins as he drags Adonis up to wrench and whip into the corner hard! Mendoza stomps a mudhole and digs in a knee, tag to Wilde. Wilde drags Adonis up and whips him to elbow him down hard! Wilde taunts Swerve and Atlas but again the ref keeps them in. Wilde stands on Adonis’ arm but Adonis fights up. Wilde knees low and hard then brings him to the corner. Tag to Escobar, they CHOP and CHOP away.
Escobar puts Adonis in a corner, rolls back to run in, DOUBLE KNEES to the chest! Escobar pushes Adonis down to stand on him, and not even as a cover, he’s just taunting his opponents. Tag to Mendoza, they mug Adonis more and Mendoza keeps Adonis from his corner. Mendoza has the arm for a mounted armlock, grinning at Swerve and Atlas. Fans rally up as Adonis endures. Mendoza jams the arm, pulls back harder, but Adonis powers up! Adonis fights up, Mendoza knees low and bumps him off buckles! Tag to Wilde, Wilde snapmares Adonis down to drive his knee in again! Wilde drags Adonis up, Adonis dropkicks him down! Fans fire up as both men are down, crawling for their corners! Hot tags to Escobar and Atlas!
Atlas springboards in to crossbody! Wilde returns but Atlas DECKS him! Atlas DECKS Mendoza, hits everyone and then uppercuts Escobar into a GERMAN SUPLEX! And he DECKS Escobar, too! Tag to Swerve, Escobar CALF KICKS Atlas! Swerve ROCKS Escobar with fast hands and has him in a corner! Swerve shoves, ROLLING THUNDER COMPLETE SHOTS! Cover, TWO! Escobar survives but Swerve whips him to ropes. Mendoza tags in, Escobar dodges the kick but Mendoza runs into the back drop! Swerve decks Wilde and then goes out to BOOT Escobar! Mendoza ENZIGURIS Atlas but Swerve comes around! Swerve is up top, Mendoza hits him first. Mendoza goes to the apron, drags Swerve to a fireman’s carry but Swerve slips out. They brawl on the edge, Swerve BOOTS Mendoza down! Mendoza YANKS Swerve down!
The ref wants this inside the ring but Wilde runs and leaps, but Atlas intercepts in midair! SPANISH FLY onto everyone! Well, not everyone as Escobar was nowhere near! But everyone is down and the fans are thunderous! Swerve rises and puts Mendoza in! Swerve half nelsons, lifts, but Mendoza manages to arm-drag out! Mendoza fires up and runs at Swerve, Swerve dodges and Mendoza goes up, but Swerve catches him for the CONFIDENCE BOOST! Cover, but Wilde breaks it up! Swerve throws Wilde out, tags Adonis, and they go after Mendoza. Swerve helps get Adonis up in bomb position, Swerve runs but Mendoza huricanranas Adonis into Swerve! Swerve staggers, Mendoza throws him out! Escobar returns, builds speed and DIVES! The ARROW FROM HELL sends Swerve over the desk! But Atlas is there, CARTWHEEL DDT off the desk!! Atlas is fired up after taking down the champion!
Meanwhile, Mendoza waistlocks Adonis, and Wilde tags in before Adonis bucks Mendoza away! Hotshot, then the ENZIGURI LEG SWEEP!! Cover, El Legado wins!!
Winners: El Legado del Fantasma, by pinfall
The Leader of Leaders was wiped out but his cohorts took care of this for him! Escobar has the Cruiserweight Championship for now, but will Atlas rise up to take that all away?
The Garganos are upset.
“Why are we doing this?” Candice LeRae knows how Johnny feels about chance wheels. Yes, but- Everybody knows Johnny Gargano hates wheels! Yet here we are. Yes, but this is to prepare themselves for the worst. They are going to spin the wheel, but they can’t leave it all to chance. So Candice has created a tiny version of the Halloween Havoc wheel of stipulations to practice with. It’s literally a training wheel. Fine! What’s the worst that can happen? Johnny gives the wheel a spin, and he lands on… Buried Alive. THAT is the worst that can happen. He’ll be buried alive, with a bunch of dirt on him! What’re the odds of that, though? One in a million? Technically one in 12… Just take your turn, Candice.
Candice spins and lands on… Trick or Street Fight! That’s great! Candice can totally beat Io Shirai in one of those! Great, for her! Candice will be champion, Johnny will be six feet under! He goes again. And lands on… Casket Match! Almost as bad as Buried Alive. “Why does this wheel want me dead?!” This is why he hates them! They’re unpredictable! He can’t control them! Candice knows how he does things! He needs to be in control! “I hate you, wheel! I hate you!” Johnny storms off to go to bed, and tells Candice to get rid of the wheel. Will Johnny have better luck with the real wheel next week?
Killian Dain & Drake Maverick VS Ever-Rise!
While the Belfast Beast and Rockstar Spud don’t have a team name yet like Chase Parker and Matt Marthel have, Big Damo isn’t going to let anyone bully Drake, because that’s Dain’s thing! Will they at least stay on the same page here tonight?
The teams sort out, Maverick starts with Parker and they tie up. They go around, Parker pulls hair and puts Maverick in the corner. Tag to Marthel and Ever-Rise mugs Maverick. Marthel scoops, Parker runs, backbreaker and KNEE! Marthel taunts Maverick, wrenches and yanks the arm, tags to Parker, and the mugging continues. Parker stomps a mudhole into Maverick then throws haymakers. Parker drags Maverick up to shove him to ropes, and CLUB him on the rebound! Tag to Marthel and they mug Maverick more. Marthel bumps Maverick off buckle then whips him corner to corner. Tag to Parker, Parker whips Marthel for Marthel to whip Parker in for a big forearm smash! Parker feeds Maverick to Marthel’s drop toehold, then hits the BOOYAH elbow drop!
Parker taunts Dain, “This is your partner?!” but Maverick hits back Maverick swings into a back suplex but manages to tag Dain! Parker throws Maverick out but turns around into Dain’s clothesline! Dain hip tosses Marthel in, runs Parker over, and then he bumps Marthel off buckles to CLOBBER him! Dain whips Parker, and hits the DIVIDE! Marthel staggers up into the fireman’s carry but Parker chop blocks the legs! Marthel staggers away, but Dain gets up! Dain choke grips Parker but Marthel chop blocks again! Parker has the leg, turns Dain over for a HALF CRAB! Marthel makes Maverick watch “the loser” and says that’s Maverick’s only friend! Maverick gets mad and ROCKS Marthel! And then whips him into boards!
Marthel catches up to Maverick to keep him from Dain! Marthel shoves Maverick into the timekeeper’s area, so Maverick grabs a chair! Maverick JAMS Marthel without the ref seeing! Maverick gets in with the chair, the ref tells him no, but Maverick SMACKS Parker on the back!!
Winners: Ever-Rise, by disqualification
The rage of Rockstar Spud has been unleashed! He SMACKS Marthel! Ever-Rise retreats and Maverick shouts, “WHO WANTS SOME?!” Fans are thunderous and Dain is shocked! The team lost, and Maverick realizes what he did. Dain is upset, Maverick apologizes but understands if he wants to him him. Dain slaps him on the chest and says, “THAT WAS AWESOME!” Maverick actually kicked some ass! Dain wonders where THAT Maverick has been! Well, the music doesn’t help, but Dain has started to respect Maverick. A little. Will that little respect grow as the two stick together?
There’s been another backstage incident?!
And this time, it’s Roderick Strong! He is down in a doorway and Kyle shows up. Medics check on Strong but he looks in worse shape than Fish! Who is doing this to the Undisputed Era?! Will they even be able to compete for the titles tonight?
NXT returns with Regal, Breezango and others on the scene.
Regal asks “How the bloody hell did nobody see who did it?!” Danny Burch says he and Oney Lorcan at least heard something happening. Regal tells Kyle that he knows this is a rough position, but NXT promised a tag title match tonight. Kyle knows, he isn’t competing tonight. And at this point, maybe they should just give the match to the runner-ups, Lorcan and Burch. Burch says he and Oney don’t want it this way. The UE won fair and square. Maybe just have one of them substitute in. Kyle isn’t so sure about that. Kyle leaves, and Regal asks if Breezango has any objections to the change. They don’t. Then that’s that. Breezango will now defend against Oney and Burch, “best of luck to the four of you.” They shake hands, but with the way things are going, will they all make it to the main event?
Xia Li VS Kacy Catanzaro w/ Kayden Carter!
The Spicy is growing a bit desperate, but with no real explanation why. Will it matter if she can get a win over the American Ninja Warrior?
The bell rings and KC circles with Xia. They tie up, go around, Xia headlocks but KC powers out only to be run over. Xia talks trash then runs, but sees KC drop down so she counters with a body scissors and clutch! ONE, KC wobbles up but into a whip. KC goes up and over, O’Conner rolls but Xia slips out, only for KC to basement dropkick! Twisting splash and a cover, TWO! KC is after an arm but Xia chinbars, and then ties KC’s hair around a rope! Xia hits the rope to pull the hair and tweak KC’s neck! Xia whips, hip tosses and CHOPS KC down! KC gets to ropes as Xia fires herself up. Xia drags KC up for knees from all sides then a hard back kick! Cover, TWO! Another try, TWO! Xia is furious as she tries again, TWO!
Xia argues the count but two is two. Xia drags KC back up, scoops her, but KC slips out and shoves! KC dodges and comes back with body shots! KC rocks Xia and keeps on her! KC stomps a mudhole in a corner but Xia pushes her away. KC fires up and comes back with an A-List Lariat! KC throws Xia out, HANDSPRING AX KICK! KC wheelbarrows, victory rolls, KC wins!
Winner: Kacy Catanzaro, by pinfall
Xia can’t believe she lost! She CLOBBERS KC! Kayden gets in but Xia BOOTS her down! Xia fires off on KC and bumps her off buckles! She stomps a mudhole into KC, losing her cool! But Raquel gets in to CLOBBER Xia! And then she lifts KC to throw her at Kayden! And then she drags Kayden up, fisherman POWERBOMB! Whatever problems Xia is dealing with, Raquel doesn’t care! “Rhea Ripley! THIS is what awaits you! I’m bigger! I’m badder! And next week at Halloween Havoc, I’m going to be La Diabla of your nightmare!” Big Mama Cruel wants to take over and be THE woman to fear in NXT! Will she be just that after taking on the Mosh Pit Kid?
Backstage interview with Cameron Grimes.
Next week, he’s 1v1 with Dexter Lumis, just as he figured it’d happen after he stomped Dexter here, there and everywhere. But what are his thoughts on it being next week- Right, Halloween Havoc! Lumis VS Grimes! Got it, Mackenzie, thanks. But it’s a Haunted House of Terror match. Wait, a what? Haunted House of Terror. The heck is that? Who said it was that? Mr. Regal confirmed it. AND LUMIS IS STARING AT GRIMES THROUGH A WINDOW! Grimes is in disbelief about the stipulation. Regal’s accent is a bit thick, maybe he said something and it just sounded like that. Is Grimes afraid? G-Grimes ain’t afraid! W-Why would he be afraid? He’s b-beaten L-Lumis loads of times, and after this H-Haunted House thing… Grimes g-g-going to the moon… Will Grimes be up all night worrying about this haunting news?
Io Shirai studies up on Halloween Havoc.
Spin the Wheel, Make a Deal. The Evil Genius does her research on each stipulation, and the likely outcome. Biker Chain Match, a la Brock Lesnar VS The Undertaker, “I beat Candice.” Blindfold match, another classic, “I beat Candice.” Casket Match, also a la Taker, “I beat Candice.” Trick or Street Fight, “I beat Candice.” Weapons Wild Match, a la a certain Lunatic Fringe asylum, “I beat Candice.” At Halloween Havoc, no matter what, Shirai beats Candice. Will the odds always be in the NXT Women’s Champion’s favor?
Thatch As Thatch Can is in the ring!
Timothy Thatcher welcomes us to a special live session of his teachings. Tonight’s lesson: success. “Now, to understand your craft and be a confident technical wrestler does not lead to success. You need to have aggression and you need to be able to show no mercy.” Tonight, Thatcher and… What’s your name again? Anthony Greene. Thatcher and Andrew here will demonstrate how to apply simple techniques in a way that causes extreme pain. So Alex, go for his leg. Greene does, and Thatcher quickly sprawls to push Greene down. So now, Thatcher easily has Greene’s head. As he tries to work his way back up, you can hook it, stop the shoulder, bar the face, use his chest to block the rise.
Now, as Thatcher went over before, cutting bone digs underneath as he lifts up. Greene taps to the modified facelock and Thatcher releases. The fans applaud as Thatcher explains it damages the neck and turns the head in an awkward angle. Alright Matt, let’s go again, and this time be aggressive. Green goes in faster, Thatcher flips him over this time and has the double wristlock. This time, Thatcher used his opponent’s own momentum against him. Thatcher grabbed the arm Greene left exposed, pulled him right over. Notice the angle here. Greene taps to the wristlock, but there’s still so much more space to take it! Thatcher pushes with his legs as he works to bring the arm even further behind Greene! Greene keeps tapping and shouts for Thatcher to left off. Thatcher says it’s no work for him, all pain for Greene.
Thatcher finally lets go and explains that the double wristlock is effective because no matter how big someone is, the arm can’t push out. Greene is upset but Thatcher pats him on the shoulder. It’s how you learn! So obviously, Greene can’t take the leg, so Thatcher offers up an arm. But Greene DOES get the leg and he trips Thatcher up! Thatcher comes back, and Greene uses what he was just taught to get Thatcher in a facelock! They end up on ropes, fans cheer as the student is punking out the professor! Thatcher pries free and Greene backs off. Thatcher is upset, but he does have to admit that was good. Greene wants to be a tough guy, huh? Well let’s move on from a demonstration to an exhibition. The referee gets in, and Thatcher DECKS Green! Ring the bell!
Timothy Thatcher VS Anthony Greene!
Thatcher throws off the shirt and RAMS a knee into Greene’s side! And again! Thatcher stomps Green, fans rally for “Andrew!” but Thatcher drags him up into a corner. Thatcher throws forearms over and over, the ref backs him up. Thatcher drags Greene up in the facelock, and ROCKS him with the EuroUpper! Thatcher has a standing heel hook, he kicks away on Greene’s back then steps over for a HALF CRAB! Greene taps, Thatcher wins!
Winner: Timothy Thatcher, by submission
But Thatcher tortures Greene’s leg with a deeper pull! Fans boo as Thatcher holds on longer. Thatcher kicks Greene out of his ring, literally, and then says, “Class dismissed.” Thatch As Thatch Can is far more than a school of hard knocks, it’s a university of vicious locks! Will Thatcher school even more of NXT’s prospects?
Damian Priest speaks.
While getting his tattoos touched up, the Archer of Infamy says, “Johnny, before TakeOver: 31, I understood why you came at me the way you did. I’ve been there, you know I’ve done that.” But the difference between them is that win or lose, once Priest’s handled business, he moves on. Gargano can’t do that, can he? He can’t let go because he’s still wondering, “What happened to the great Johnny Wrestling? What’s changed?” Priest will tell him: not a damn thing. Gargano is still great as he ever was. What changed was Priest showed up. Halloween Havoc’s wheel will decide the stipulation, and it could be very dangerous. Priest can take the pain. Can Gargano?
NXT Tag Team Championships: Breezango VS Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch!
What was meant to be a match with The Undisputed Era’s “Rod ‘n’ Bob Express” turned into Strong & O’Reilly, and now not the Undisputed Era at all! Will the One Two make good on this newest second chance? Or will Prince Pretty and the Lord of the Dance keep those golden accessories around their wrists?
NXT returns as the introductions are made. The belts are raised, the teams sort out, and it’s Fandango and Oney to start off this surprise turn of (main) events!
Fandango and Oney circle as fans rally up. They tie up, Oney arm-drags Fandango then the two stand off. Fandango and Oney circle again, tie up again, and are in a deadlock. Fans rally as Fandango gets a headlock. Oney powers up but can’t power out as Fandango holds tight. Oney tries again and gets free this time, to then arm-drag Fandango, only for Fandango to get the headlock back! Fandango grinds Oney down, Oney fights up and powers out again. Fandango runs Oney over, swivels the hips then speeds things up. Oney jumps but into a CHOP! Fandango CHOPS more, then whips Oney corner to corner. Oney reverses, Fandango goes up and sunset flips but Oney slips out to get a leg! Oney wants the Crab but Fandango flails. Oney still gets the HALF CRAB! Ropebreak! Oney lets go fast and the two reset.
Fandango and Oney tie up, Oney throws EuroUppers but Fandango EuroUppers back! Oney kicks and CHOPS, wrenches, tags Burch in. The One Two double wrench and double chop Fandango, then Burch EuroUppers Fandango down! Burch drags Fandango up, wrenches to an elbow breaker, then throws another EuroUpper, but into a backslide! TWO, Fandango EuroUppers Burch! Tag to Breeze, Breezango mug Burch in their corner then Breeze snap suplexes! Cover, ONE, but Breeze keeps close. Burch moves around, fights up, but Breeze clubs him down. Breeze puts Burch in the corner but Burch fights back with haymakers! Breeze powers Burch back in and rams his shoulder in! The ref counts, Breeze lets off and stomps a mudhole! Breeze digs his heels in, the ref counts, Breeze lets off.
Burch gets out, Breeze pursues but Burch headbutts low! Burch throws a EuroUpper then throws Breeze into barriers! Fans fire up as Burch brings Breeze up. Breeze pushes him away, the ring count climbs, but Burch gets in and grabs at Breeze from the apron. Burch gets Breeze in at 7 but Breeze goes out and trips Burch. Breeze SLAMS Burch’s leg into the post! Burch writhes and winces as NXT goes picture in picture.
Breeze gets back after Burch’s leg to POST it again! Burch writhes more, Breeze gets in and drags Burch up. Burch DECKS Breeze! Burch hobbles, tags in Oney, and Oney runs into an enziguri! The BritAm Brawlers are down, Breeze tags in Fandango! Fandango drops a knee on Oney’s leg then throws haymakers. Fandango CHOPS Oney in the corner, whips him corner to corner HARD, and watches Oney hit the mat. Cover, TWO! Fandango drags Oney up, swivels the hips as he facelocks and suplexes, to hang Oney out to dry! Tag to Breeze, Breezango BOOT SANDWICH! Cover, TWO! Breeze keeps on Oney, drags him over and tags Fandango in. They mug Oney, Fandango drags Oney up to throw hands but Oney hits back!
Oney CHOPS Fandango, tags Burch, and the One Two work together, atomic drop to HEADBUTT! Cover, TWO! Burch dares Fandango to get up, then drags him away to tag in Oney. NXT returns to single picture as Oney EuroUppers Fandango down! Cover, ONE! Oney tags Burch, they coordinate on Fandango again, but Fandango slips out to kick Burch’s bad leg! Oney is on Fandango, he ducks the back elbow but not Fandango’s LARIAT! Fandango LARIATS Burch, too! The One Two go out, Fandango follows and throws hands! Fandango CHOPS Burch, Breeze joins in to brawl with Oney! The ref has a ring count, Oney EuroUppers Breeze and Burch CHOPS Fandango! Oney gets in the ring, Burch DECKS Fandango, and Oney DIVES, into a BEAUTY SHOT! Burch throws Burch over the barriers!
The ring count starts again, Burch leaves Breeze behind but Fandango gets him for a kick and FALCON ARROW! Fandango hurries up top, leaps, LAST DANCE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!?! Burch survives but Fandango is too tired to be shocked. Breeze flounders his way back to his corner and fans are rallying hard as ever. Fandango drags Burch up and over to the corner, tags Breeze in, and the champs coordinate. But Oney get sin to throw Fandango out! Oney ducks the enziguri to get the leg! HALF CRAB! Burch adds on the CROSSFACE! The ref counts, Oney holds on but Fandango throws him out! Fandango stomps Burch then bails out! Breeze and Burch are down but so are their partners! Fandango returns to his corner first and fans rally as Burch and Breeze rise.
Burch hobbles to Breeze, Breeze trips him by the bad leg and drops elbow after elbow on the knee! Burch writhes but Breeze slowly makes his way to an open corner. Breeze climbs up, Burch trips him up! Burch drags Breeze out, LONDON TOWER! Cover, Oney tries to intercept Fandango but Fandango just barrels through to break up the pin! All four men are down and the fans are loving this! The ref tells the illegal partners to leave as the teams regroup. Burch grits his teeth, Oney snarls, Breezango DOUBLE SUPERKICK Burch down! Oney runs, misses, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for him, too! Fandango hurries up to the top rope, but a masked man shoves him down!? Who is that in that shiny mask?! He goes under the ring before the ref can see him! The ref is distracted checking on Fandango, Burch LOW BLOWS Breeze?! What is this!?
Burch and Oney get Breeze up, ASSISTED DRAPING DDT!! Cover, Burch and Lorcan win!?!
Winners: Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch, by pinfall (NEW NXT Tag Team Champions)
For the first time ever in the WWE, these two are champions! But needless to say, there was a lot of controversy! Wait, the masked man returns and celebrates with these two? Who is this?! The mask comes off, and it’s… PAT MCAFEE!! “You’re NEW NXT Tag Team Champions~! Danny Burch! Oney Lorcan! And that, my friends, is Undisputed!” McAfee orchestrated the most elaborate screw job ever! “You’re welcome!”
This was a pretty great episode, with lots of twists and turns. The opening Triple Threat was incredible and a bit of a surprise. I thought we would’ve gotten Ciampa VS Dream that Kushida interferes with and then Halloween Havoc would add a Triple Threat with a Halloween theme. But either way, it’s big for Kushida to win. Maybe he is in line for the North American Championship after next week’s match. We got great promos from the Garganos, Priest and Shirai, too. Johnny is hilarious with his dislike of roulette wheels. I really thought he was going to trash the one Candice made out of anger. And also, I hope NXT didn’t show their hand by Candice landing on Trick or Street Fight. That’s a good match and all, but we need to go fairly big for the first ever NXT Halloween Havoc. If the “Weapons Wild” is implied to be the rehashed Ambrose Asylum, go with that.
I like that Grimes VS Lumis was given a stipulation to fit Halloween, and Grimes was hilarious in his promo going 180 from confident to very afraid. I don’t know what the Haunted House of Terror match is going to look like, but these two are going to make it a lot of fun. Xia’s story is intriguing, I just kinda wished Raquel let her off the hook so we could understand why Xia is desperate. But Raquel sends a message to Rhea, so she’s totally losing right? A bit of a shame in some respects. Dakota going after Ember was a good touch, though. Ember gets a win off Jessi Kamea in a really good match, but could have an extended feud with Dakota. Dain and Maverick VS Ever-Rise was good, but Maverick snapping was definitely the best. Especially with Dain actually starting to accept Maverick. Maybe they do change the theme to something they can both agree on, and that helps them really get going as a team.
I really thought Theory’s story was going to take him into The Johnny Gargano Way, but after losing a pretty good match to Reed, then demanding another only to get crushed, I suppose him “quitting” is also an interesting direction. I wonder if this still leads him towards #TJGW as Johnny reaches out to him. We also need developments with Indi Hartwell, so maybe she shows up during whatever kind of match the NXT Women’s Championship is under. Which actually might dictate that it is something more like Trick of Street Fight, or just something not in a cage environment. Thatch As Thatch Can was a pretty good segment, but I almost expected someone to go out and save Anthony/Andrew/Alex Greene. Maybe that’ll be the next time class is live in the ring.
The Cruiserweight Six Man Tag was a lot of fun, maybe just a little hairy here or there, but definitely something. And though it wasn’t obvious at first, the ending sequence definitely made it seem that Atlas was moving up. Atlas got the drop on Escobar, he is Latino and gave the smack talk in Spanish as good as the Heels, and shows a lot of promise overall with his combination of athletics and charisma. It’s a shame Swerve never got the belt off Escobar once, a bit like Austin Aries in his rivalry with Adrian Neville a couple years ago, but maybe Swerve and Adonis can be the tag team I was picturing them to be. And maybe, with everyone having seen Escobar’s tricks, Swerve and Adonis to counter Mendoza and Wilde, and Atlas’ newfound aggression, he’s the first man to dethrone Escobar.
Now obviously story of the night was the Undisputed Era being picked apart. This was actually a great way to pivot from the Ridge Holland injury. Or it could have even been the plan all along, but the injury was just an unfortunate detail that happened. Either way, PAT MCAFEE being the mastermind behind this conspiracy is incredible! He has the money from his multi-million dollar endeavors, so of course he could pay Holland enough to buy that fancy car. He lost to Adam Cole, so he wants revenge, and he got some of that by keeping the UE out of the title match. Then he screws over Breezango to help Burch and Lorcan, who could easily have been on this the entire time! Oney and Lorcan sidelining Holland could’ve been them “tying up loose ends,” or however they might say it in a crime drama series. This has to lead to McAfee recruiting a fourth, his team VS UE, at the very least in an 4v4 elimination tag.
My Score: 9/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (8/16/22)
Who gets burned by the Heatwave?
NXT is on fire tonight!
NXT is red hot with all this gold on the line! Will JD McDonagh dethrone Bron Breakker? Will the Toxic Reign finally come to an end?
- NXT North American Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Giovanni Vinci; Melo wins and retains the title.
- Roxanne Perez VS Cora Jade; Jade wins.
- The Fate of Legado Street Fight: Santos Escobar VS Tony D’Angelo; D’Angelo wins and Escobar must leave NXT.
- NXT Women’s Championship: Mandy Rose VS Zoey Stark; Mandy wins and retains the title.
- NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS JD McDonagh; Bron wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
A heatwave hits NXT!
With it, we see a finale in the saga of Legado and D’Angelo, a grudge match of former friends explodes, and the Toxic Goddess defending her throne against the returning rising star. And in the main event, the Irish Ace looks to pick the NXT Champion apart and take that title from whatever is left. So get yourself a nice cold beverage, sit back and relax a show that is too hot to handle!
NXT North American Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Giovanni Vinci!
Another title on the line is that of the North American Championship! Melo says when he shoots, he don’t miss! But when you live lavishly like Giovanni, every day is #ViniVediVinci! Will Melo shoot down the Pride of Italy? Or will it be a campione vittoria to spark the Heatwave?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who lights it up here tonight!
Fans rally up as the two circle and tie up. Vinci waistlocks and TOSSES Melo away then says he’s the new champion, Melo storms up but into a wrench and headlock. Melo powers out then leaps as Vinci leaps, and Melo clips Vinci’s legs! Vinci lands hard and Melo fires forearms. Melo headlocks but Vinci throws body shots. Vinci headlocks but Melo powers out to hurdle. Vinci blows past Melo to run him over! Cover, ONE, but Vinci has Melo in a corner, Melo avoids the forearm to CHOP! Melo headlocks then whips corner to corner but Vinci reverses. Melo goes up, Vinci catches him, but Melo slips off!
Melo waistlocks, Vinci switches, Melo rolls off his back to springboard LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Melo throws haymakers. Vinci staggers, Melo CHOPS him, then Melo pie faces Vinci! Vinci blocks the next punch to CHOP back! Fans fire up and even Trick is stinging, but Melo reverses the whip, only for Vinci to springboard CROSSBODY! Vinci gets Melo back and fans fire up again. Vinci kicks Melo around, drags him up into a corner, and CHOPS him! Melo staggers away but Vinci is after him to CHOP again! Vinci puts Melo into another corner, for another CHOP! The fans are all stinging from that one!
Vinci flexes and fans want that “One More Time!” but Melo throws a forearm. Vinci throws a EuroUpper, Melo forearms again, and Vinci throws another EuroUpper. Melo throat chops, whips but Vinci reverses. Melo ducks and both men run, and DOUBLE LARIATS wipe them both out! The fans are fired up even more as NXT goes picture in picture.
The ref checks both men and fans are rallying for “NXT! NXT!” as both men stand. Melo and Vinci throw DOUBLE HAYMAKERS, then Vinci kicks low. Vinci whips, and CALF KICKS Melo down! Vinci soaks up the cheers and jeers and he covers, TWO! Vinci jams his knee into Melo’s back, clamps onto the shoulders, then shifts to a chinlock. Vinci traps Melo’s arms but Melo pries at the hold. Melo fights up to his feet, throws body shots, but Vinci knees low! Vinci whips but Melo reverses. Trick swipes at Vinci but the ref warns him! Melo BOOTS Vinci all the same! Melo rains down fists, then flexes in his cover, TWO!
Melo storms up on Vinci and brings him up to ROCK him! Vinci throws a body shot! Melo comes back but Vinci throws more body shots. Melo knees low, rolls with the snapmare and BOOTS Vinci down! Cover, TWO! Melo clamps onto Vinci with a dragon sleeper but Vinci powers out! Melo is right back on Vinci with a facelock and he grinds Vinci down. Vinci fights up, but Melo wrangles him back down. Vinci endures the grind, but Melo CLUBS him on the back! Melo cranks on the hold, pushing up with his legs for leverage, but Vinci still endures. Vinci fights up again, Melo throws body shots, but Vinci powers up!
Melo holds on tight as Vinci tries to throw him off! Melo pulls back on the hold as NXT returns to single picture, but Vinci tries again! Vinci TOSSES Melo away! Melo storms back up but Vinci whips him away, to then scoop for a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Both men are down but the fans fire up! Vinci storms up and whips, but Melo reverses and follows, but springboards into Vinci’s arms! Vinci fireman’s carries for the ROLLING SENTON! And then a MOONSAULT from the corner! Cover, TWO! Vinci drags Melo up, reels him in, but Melo rolls Vinci up! TWO, Melo rebounds but the superkick is swatted!
Vinci springboards but Melo kicks the legs out! Vinci is stuck, for the FADEAWAY! Cover, TWO! Vinci survives and fans argue the count on Melo’s behalf, but that was two! Trick coaches Melo and Melo fires up. “This is Awesome!” and Melo brings Vinci up. Vinci suplexes first but Melo slips out to O’Conner Roll! TWO, Melo comes back to SUPERKICK! Vinci drops to a knee, Melo goes up the corner, but Vinci catches the jump! BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Vinci catches his breath. Vinci blocks a kick, reels Melo in but Melo slips free, but into the lift! Melo slips off to suplex CUTTER! Cover, TWO!!
Fans rally harder as Melo thinks on what he has to do. Melo goes to a corner, he goes up the corner, and then leaps, but Vinci gets under the Three Pointer! Vinci TOSSES Melo out, but Trick is there to catch him! Vinci goes up and up and SUPER CROSSBODIES!! Vinci wipes out Melo and Trick, fans lose their minds, and Vinci puts Melo back in! Vinci springboards and springboards to MOONSAULT!! Cover, Trick helps Melo get the ROPEBREAK! Were they watching The Miz and Ciampa last night on Raw? Vinci storms out after Trick and dares him to do something, but then Melo RAMS Vinci into the steel steps!
Melo goes back up top and leaps, but Vinci dodges again! Vinci shoves Melo, blocks his boot, and reels him in for a LARIAT! Melo gets turned inside out but that’s not all! Vinci gets Melo up as Trick runs in, POWERBOMBO onto Trick! Vinci drags Trick up to give him the POWERBOMB! Then another kick to Melo, another lift, another POWER- RANA!!! Melo wins!!
Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)
Huge assist to Trick! Melo would not have made it through the heat if not for him! Will there be another #Melobration in Trick’s honor soon enough?
Toxic Attraction arrives.
Mandy Rose, Jacy Jayne & Gigi Dolin see Bron Breakker also arriving. He’s got an uphill battle tonight, huh? Yeah, and so does Mandy. Well okay. We’ll see who leaves with their title. Yes, we will. Toxic Attraction seems to consider Bron a contender, but will Mandy and Bron still have the gold after tonight?
Julius Creed speaks.
Via twitter, Julius said, “So I went back and watched the 8 Man Tag over and over and over again, but I found what I was searching for. And I’m gonna address who needs to be addressed, but I’m gonna do it in front of the NXT Universe this Tuesday at Heatwave.” As such, he and the rest of Diamond Mine are heading to gorilla in the present. What did he see and who does he plan to confront? We’ll see, after the break.
Von Wagner & Robert Stone speak.
“Mr. Stone” says that two weeks ago, Solo Sikoa got a so-called victory, yet he’s the one on the shelf and Von’s still standing. If you learned anything from that match, it is that Von is a freak of nature! Von can run a 40 yard dash in 4.5 seconds and he can bench press 225 pounds 30 times. If Von wanted to go to an NFL team and get a contract, he could! Von says Stone has heard all the talk, how there is a change in the air. It doesn’t matter if you’re internet famous or popular with the media! “The Game has changed, but the rules remain the same. Anyone smaller or weaker will not survive in my jungle!”
The Diamond Mine heads to the ring!
Julius & Brutus Creed lead Roderick Strong and Damon Kemp out, and they all get a mic. Julius starts by saying, “Less than a year ago, my brother and I got an opportunity of a lifetime: to learn from one of the greatest champions in NXT history, Roderick Strong. And we jumped at that opportunity. And we dedicated every fiber of our being to win the Dusty Cup and to win these NXT Tag Team Championships for Diamond Mine. We’ve been stitched, we’ve been stapled, we’ve wound ourselves up doing cannonballs, all for this right here.
“But recently, it was brought to my attention that someone’s trying to destroy what we’ve built. Someone’s trying to destroy Diamond Mine. And I wanted to use this opportunity to call that person out right now!” Julius looks to the ramp, but then he looks at STRONG! Is Julius kidding?! Strong can’t believe Julius is blaming Strong! Strong founded Diamond Mine and brought in the Creeds! They’re one-of-a-kind athletes with endless potential! That is something he never had. And he stands here looking at them as the NXT Tag Team Champions! Fans chant, “They Don’t Need You!” and Strong says yes they do!
But look at him, Julius. They are one of the best tag teams in all the WWE! Strong would put the Creeds up against the Usos any day of the week! That is how much he believes in them! They’re the future of this place! That’s great, and they can tell the Usos for them, but the Creds aren’t just the future, they’re the now! But Strong can say whatever he wants to their face, because Julius knows Strong will just stab them in the back. Brutus isn’t so sure, though. Julius says he is sure, though. Then Brutus says he has his brother’s back! But Strong says Julius needs to be careful with the next works that come out of his mouth!
Julius says everything he does is calculated. He isn’t gonna play games, he’s gonna just show Strong instead! Roll the tape! Strong was throwing knees, Julius was throwing lariats, but then Tony looked to Strong and they had a moment! Strong hits Julius with the knee, and that is enough for Julius! Tony signaled Strong! Or was Julius imagining it? Strong says they can’t be serious here! Strong doesn’t know, Tony D is a scumbag. Maybe Tony has a tic or he was signaling his own team. But y’know what? Let’s just do it! Let’s lay all the cards on the table! Since MAY, they’ve had something against Strong, and now-
GALLUS ATTACKS!! Wolfgang and the Coffey Brothers are here in the States! They’re beating down Kemp and the Creeds! Fans fire up for Gallus as they glare at Strong, and then Joe hits a GLASGOW SENDOFF! Mark and Wolfgang stomp away on Strong, then they go back to whooping the Creeds! Fans are torn but it seems NXT is now Gallus’ kingdom! And there’s the green light, just as Apollo Crews foresaw! Has Gallus just destroyed the Diamond Mine?
Backstage interview with Roxanne Perez.
McKenzie says Roxie finally gets a shot at Cora, and she says this is the most nervous she’s ever been in a match. Her stomach has been in knots all day, because she never thought she’d be fighting her best friend. But Cora wanted this. Cora ended their friendship! And now Cora has nowhere to hide! Cora’s made her bed, and now she has to sleep in it. Cora’s music hits so Roxie heads out, will the Women’s Breakout Tournament winner break her former friend?
Roxanne Perez VS Cora Jade!
NXT returns as Roxie makes her entrance. And she rushes right in so the bell rings! THESZ PRESS and then Roxie dribbles Cora! Cora gets out, but Roxie runs and DIVES! Direct hit and Roxie puts Cora in the ring. Cora bails out again so Roxie DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp, and Roxie hurries to put Cora in. Cover, TWO! Roxie drags Cora up to whip her to ropes, but Cora holds ropes to stop herself. Cora ROCKS Roxie, ROCKS her against ropes, then whips her into the rope to run and back elbow her down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Cora drags Roxie up. Cora bumps Roxie off buckles, then throws big forearms!
Fans rally and duel as Cora throws more shots, and she snapmares Roxie to a cover. TWO, Roxie grits her teeth but Cora brings Roxie up. Cora suplexes but Roxie fights it. Roxie then slips out, UPPERCUTS, and UPPERCUTS again! Roxie whips, back drops Cora, then run sin to SOBAT! Roxie runs to SHOTGUN Cora down! Fans rally and Roxie drags Cora up. Cora ROCKS Roxie back, run sin at the ropes, but Roxie puts her on the apron. Roxie CLOBBERS Cora and Cora falls to the floor! Roxie builds speed again, to DIVE into a forearm! Cora drags Roxie out to snap suplex her to the floor! Cora seethes while NXT goes picture in picture.
Cora soaks up the heat from the fans while Roxie writhes. Cora returns to fetch Roxie, and smacks her off the apron! Cora CHOPS Roxie, puts her in the ring, then runs in to IMPLODER STOMP! Cover, TWO! Cora is furious and she hammers away on Roxie’s back! Cora talks trash and kicks Roxie around. Cora smacks Roxie off the mat, drops an elbow on her back, then stalks Roxie to ropes. Roxie throws forearms but Cora DECKS her! Cora snap suplexes Roxie hard, then grins as she covers. TWO, and Cora is annoyed. Cora stomps Roxie to the corner, digs her boot in, but lets off as the ref counts. Roxie crawls, Cora CHOKES her on the ropes!
Cora lets off as the ref counts again, and Cora stomps Roxie down. Cora kicks Roxie to another corner, taunts her as she stands Roxie up, and she fires off big forearms! Cora trips Roxie, then goes corner to corner to BRONCO BUSTER! Cora drags Roxie to a cover, TWO! Cora is annoyed and she stalks Roxie to ropes again. Cora makes Roxie smile with fishhooks, then puts her on the ropes. Cora runs side to side but Roxie avoids the back elbow! Roxie runs in to DOUBLE KNEE Cora against ropes! Roxie drags Cora up, wrenches and hooks her up, but Cora fights the leg sweep! Cora pulls hair to LARIAT Roxie down! Cover, TWO!
NXT returns to single picture and Cora is still cocky as she drags Roxie up. Cora gets the arms and has the motorcycle stretch, but Roxie endures. Fans rally up as Roxie fights up, but Cora wrangles her back down! Cora digs her knee in but Roxie endures. Fans rally again and Roxie fights up. Roxie turns things around but Cora turns them right back around! Roxie stands back up, flips through and KANGAROO KICKS Cora away! Cora storms back up but into a cradle! TWO! Cora rushes to Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Roxie has the cover now, TWO! Cora trips Roxie, jackknifes, TWO as Roxie bridges up!
Roxie spins Cora around, but Cora fights the backslide! Fans duel, Roxie spins Cora around and DOUBLE FOREARMS knock both women for a loop! DOUBLE BOOTS take them both down! Fans fire up as both women stir and go to opposite ends. Roxie and Cora slowly rise, and Roxie counter punches Cora! And again! Roxie eggs Cora on so Cora KNEES her low! Cora whips, Roxie ducks ‘n’ dodges, then CLOBBERS Cora! And CLOBBERS her again! Roxie puts Cora in a corner, runs in and UPPERCUTS! Then a roll and UPPERCUT! Roxie brings Cora around, for the RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO!
Roxie grows frustrated but she grabs at Cora. Roxie reels her in, PAIGE TURNER! Cover, TWO!! Cora survives and Roxie is beside herself! Roxie drags Cora up to throw a KNEE, and another KNEE, then she hops on! POP- NO, Cora pops free to SHINING WIZARD at the ropes! Cora full nelsons for a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Cora is fuming as Roxie survives but the fans rally back up. Cora goes to the corner and grabs her custom kendo stick! The ref says no, but Cora still aims at Roxie! Roxie ducks and kicks back! And now Roxie grabs the kendo stick! Fans fire up and Cora wants mercy! Roxie hesitates, but she drops the stick.
And Cora SUCKER PUNCHES Roxie! DDT onto the kendo stick! Cover, Cora wins!!
Winner: Cora Jade, by pinfall
#GenerationJade still got to use her kendo stick against Roxie, and she stands over her fallen friend. Will Cora be cruising her way to another title opportunity?
Backstage interview with Josh Briggs, Brooks Jensen & Fallon Henley.
McKenzie is with the NXT UKT ag Team Champions and brings up last week. Jensen says how about not. Briggs says Lash Legend & Pretty Deadly did get one up on them, but they’ll see each other again soon. But then Gallus walks by with security trying to escort them out. Wolfgang tells the good ol’ boys that those titles don’t belong to them. Well they’re the champs, so these belts do belong to them. Oh, they’ve been champions all of what? Five minutes? Six minutes, actually. But what’s up? Try 497 DAYS! Briggs mockingly applauds but Mark says that’s longer than Briggs or Jensen have been in the business!
Joe says here’s what we’ll do: turn this place upside down! And then it’ll be Gallus Boys Up Top! Those UK titles are coming home with them! Any time, any place! Then how about next week? Jensen says if Gallus can get in the building, then they’ll do the damn thing! Gallus gets fired up but security stays between them and the champions, will we see the UK Tag Team Championships be put on the line?
The Fate of Legado Street Fight: Santos Escobar VS Tony D’Angelo!
This has been building for four months, and it finally explodes here tonight! The Emperor of Lucha Libre is fighting for the freedom of his familia, but The Don is fighting for full control. If Escobar loses, he is OUT of NXT. But if Escobar wins, he and Legado del Fantasma are out from under Tony’s thumb. What happens when there’s nothing holding these two back from hurting the other?
Elektra Lopez, Joaquin Wilde & Cruz Del Toro follow El Hijo del Fantasma to the ring. They are united as familia, but will they have to part ways after this? Tony makes his entrance and hands his hat and tracksuit jacket to Stacks, and turns around into Escobar CHUCKING a chair in his face!! The ref reprimands as the match hasn’t even started but fans are loving it! The bell rings, Escobar fires off hands but Tony hits back. They brawl, Escobar KNEES Tony then LARIATS! Escobar sits that chair up, kicks Tony around then SMACKS him off the seat! Escobar runs to RANA Tony onto the chair! Cover, TWO!!
Tony survives but Escobar wedges the chair into the corner. Escobar runs in to the other corner to KICK Tony! And to KICK again! Escobar whips and CHOP BLOCKS Tony’s leg out! Fans fire up while Tony hobbles, into a dropkick to the leg from Escobar! Escobar stalks Tony, stomps his leg, then puts him in a corner to stomp away on that leg! Tony hobbles but Escobar stands him up. Tony fires off body shots, he throws more hands, then whips corner to corner! Escobar stops himself and he KNEES Tony down! Cover, TWO! Escobar makes sure the chair is secure in the corner before climbing. Escobar FLYING CROSSBODIES Tony down!
Fans fire up and Escobar calls to Legado! But Stacks LEAPS onto Cruz & Wilde! So much for their sidekicks! Tony throws hands but Escobar whips. Things speed up and Escobar DROPKICKS Tony down! Fans fire up and Tony flounders around. Escobar grins as he paces around the ring. Stacks glares at Escobar but Wilde CLOBBERS Stacks! Escobar builds speed and DIVES into a trash can lid!! Fans are torn as Tony looms over Escobar and NXT goes to break.
The ref check son Escobar as he clutches his arm, but Escobar says he’s still okay to go. So Tony SMACKS Escobar with the lid! And again! Tony puts Escobar in the ring, stomps him around, then drags him up to shove t a corner. BELLY2BELLY on the rebound! Cover, TWO! Tony talks trash but Escobar SLAPS him! So Tony whips Escobar to ropes, only for Escobar to duck and dodge and RANA, into a POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO! Tony is frustrated but he tells Escobar he’s gonna use Escobar’s chair. Tony aims and RAMS Escobar into the chair in the corner! Escobar tumbles out of the ring and Legado coaches him up.
Tony goes out, grabs the chair, and he SMACKS Escobar on the arm! And again! And again! Tony drags Escobar around, puts the bad arm through the chair, then POSTS the shoulder! The ref checks on Escobar again but he refuses to let this end it. Tony drags Escobar up but Escobar pie faces, so Tony ROCKS him! Tony SLAMS the bad arm on the apron, then brings Escobar around to shove him. Tony kicks low, throws hands, then CLUBS the bad arm. Tony kicks Escobar, talks more trash, then RAMS Escobar into steel steps! The ref checks on Escobar but he still refuses to quit. So Tony SLAMS the bad arm on the steps!
NXT returns to single picture, Tony brings Escobar around to put his arm between steps and corner! Tony BOOTS the steps to crush the arm! Tony brings out chair after chair from under the ring! He brings Escobar around to suplex high and hard onto the chair pile! Fans are wincing from that one as Tony puts Escobar in the ring. Cover, TWO!! Escobar is enduring but Tony throws body shots! Tony suplexes again, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Tony is frustrated but he drags Escobar up to throw down fists! Stacks goes looking under the ring for Tony and he brings out the trash can! Tony SMACKS Escobar down with it!
Tony drags Escobar to a cover, TWO!! Escobar is dazed but still in this, so Tony drags him back up. Tony throws hands, then SLAPS Escobar! Fans boo but Tony says this is HIS NXT now! He’s the Don! But Escobar counter punches Tony! And again! And then he DECKS Tony! And CLOBBERS him! And again! Then a RANA!! Fans fire up as Escobar runs in, but Tony puts him on the apron. Escobar GAMANGIRIS Tony away, goes up the corner and FLYING AX HANDLES! Fans fire up as Tony bails out, into a SLAP from Lopez! Escobar DIVES!! Direct hit at the corner and fans are thunderous for Legado!
Escobar drags Tony up but Tony POSTS him! Fans chant “This is Awesome!” as Tony puts Escobar in the ring again, drops an elbow, then tells Stacks to get the crowbar! But it isn’t where it usually is! It’s supposed to be by the steel steps! Cruz took the crowbar first! And he CRACKS Stacks with it! Tony BOOTS Cruz, but Escobar victory rolls! TWO!! Tony escapes in time but Escobar calls to Legado! The knuckles! But Tony RAMS Escobar into Wilde! Then O’Conner Rolls, TWO! Escobar dodges Tony but Tony puts him on the apron. Escobar CHOPS Tony, Lopez hurries to get the crowbar! Lopez has the bar and Escobar hurries to her, but Tony runs in!
Lopez pushes Escobar aside, and Tony runs Lopez over! Fans can’t believe it, and neither can Tony! Tony just shrugs, but Escobar is pissed! But Tony LOW BLOWS Escobar! Fans tell Tony he F’d up, but he doesn’t care, he has his crowbar now! But he walks into a CALF KICK! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Escobar and Tony grab at each other as they rise up, pulling hair. They’ll never give in to the other, so this has to end somehow. Tony sees his crowbar, Escobar sees his brass knuckles! They get their weapons, but Tony CRACKS Escobar first!! Cover, TONY WINS!
Winner: Tony D’Angelo, by pinfall (Escobar must LEAVE NXT)
The Don just banished the Emperor! And Legado has no choice but to follow Tony’s lead. What will this mean for all of their futures in the WWE?
Indi Hartwell talks with Katana & Kayden.
She knows they’ve competed against each other for a long time when it comes to the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships, but to be honest, when KC Squared won, Indi cried. No one is more deserving. That means a lot to them. Winning these belts, it is indescribable. Indi gets that feeling. Those were the days. Does Indi miss being in a tag team? Well, she’s loved her tag team partners, and being on her own has been thrilling, but having someone to depend on- Wait, a letter comes in for her. Indi opens it up and… It’s a drawing from Dexter Lumis! #INDEXFOREVER!! O M G~!
But then BLAIR DAVENPORT snatches it?! What’s she doing here? Who does she think she is? Uh, she’s Blair Davenport, the future NXT Women’s Champion. Blair rips the paper up and leaves! Will Indi and the rest of WWE soon #BewareTheHeir?
NXT hears from Tiffany Stratton and Wendy Choo.
“I am like completely over Wendy Choo. Like, so done with her. Seriously? It’s like not even funny!” Wendy sighs, and says it is real simple. Wendy is tired of Tiffany. Tired of Tiffany talking down to her, tired of Tiffany thinking she’s better than everyone, and tired of Tiffany thinking Wendy is a joke! Next week, Tiffany VS Wendy in a LIGHTS OUT MATCH! Where everything Wendy did behind closed doors is going to be legal in that ring! As for Tiffany, she is obsessed with this idea, because she gest to do whatever she wants to Wendy! There are like no rules! None!
The arena will be darker than usual, so you won’t be able to see Wendy’s face, which is perfect. But not seeing Tiffany’s face is so tragic. Wendy says Tiffany has one thing right: Wendy’s SO~ obsessed with Tiffany, in that she’s obsessed making Tiffany feel how she makes everyone else feel. “Wacky Wendy” is gonna turn Tiffany’s dream into a nightmare! But Tiffany says she’s putting Wendy to sleep! Who will turn the lights out on the other in this brutal no holds barred match?
NXT Women’s Championship: Mandy Rose VS Zoey Stark!
Toxic Attraction certainly feels they’re the hottest trio in the WWE today, but things have been cooling off for them after losing the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships. Can the Toxic Goddess keep hold of her gold? Or will the Toxic Reign finally be over thanks to the Iron Woman?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and things just got that much hotter in here!
Mandy kicks but Zoey blocks to ROCK Mandy! And again! And again! Mandy knees low but Zoey spins he around to the GO TO – NO, Mandy blocks in time to trip Zoey and go after the bad leg! But Zoey uses that to victory roll! ONE, things speed up and Mandy whips, only for Zoey to LOBBER Mandy! Mandy bails out but Zoey builds speed to WRECK her with a dropkick! Fans fire up and Zoey storms up on Mandy, but Mandy RAMS her into the apron! Mandy TOSSES Zoey over the commentary desk! Jacy & Gigi taunt Zoey as Mandy SMASHES the knee on the desk! Zoey writhes and clutches her knee as NXT goes picture in picture!
Zoey grits her teeth and seethes at Mandy as medics check on the leg. Zoey says it’s fine, and Mandy goes out to drag her into the ring. Zoey ROCKS Mandy, throws elbows, but Mandy KICKS the bad leg! Mandy drags Zoey by the leg, stomps it, then drops an elbow on it! Mandy drags Zoey to the corner and SLAMS the bad leg into the post! Zoey writhes but she refuses to give up. Mandy gets in the ring and Zoey CHOPS her! Mandy trips Zoey, pulls on the bad leg, but Zoey endures! Mandy moves around, has the leg caught, and she chinlocks Zoey into a bootleg STF. Zoey endures, so Mandy dribbles her head off the mat! Cover, TWO!
Zoey gets to ropes but Mandy storms up. Zoey kicks back but Mandy kicks the bad leg out! Mandy digs her knee into Zoey and puts her on the apron. Zoey crawls away, kicks back at Mandy, but Mandy fires off forearms! Zoey shoves her again but Mandy comes back. Zoey ROCKS, CHOPS and ROCKS Mandy, but Mandy LARIATS Zoey! Cover, TWO! Mandy is annoyed but Jacy says it’s okay, she’s got this. Mandy stalks Zoey to a corner, grabs at the bad leg, but Zoey pushes her back. Mandy KICKS the bad leg, then taunts Zoey. Mandy drags Zoey out to center for a standing toehold. Zoey endures, keeps her shoulder sup, and she KICKS with her good leg!
Mandy staggers away, Zoey gets up and Zoey ROCKS Mandy with a forearm! And then another! But then Gigi & Jacy trip Zoey up! NXT returns to single picture as the ref saw that whole thing! Toxic Attraction is EJECTED! Jacy & Gigi are furious but maybe they should’ve behaved. NIKKITA LYONS rushes out and she fights Gigi & Jacy tot he back! Fans fire up and Mandy freaks out! Mandy goes for a chop block but Zoey dodges it! Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Mandy CHOP BLOCKS the leg this time, and Zoey clutches her leg again. Mandy stomps away on the leg, drops another elbow, then another, and another!
Mandy KNEES the bad leg, and Zoey huffs and seethes as she gets to a corner. Mandy soaks up the cheers and jeers, and she kicks the bad leg again. Mandy has the leg, for a KNEE JAMMER! Zoey hobbles and falls, but Mandy looms over Zoey. Zoey stands but Mandy trips her, turns her and has the HALF CRAB! Zoey endures as Mandy sits deep on the hold! Fans duel, Zoey reaches out, moves around, and rolls through to kick Mandy away! Mandy falls right out of the ring! Mandy hurries back in, into a KNEE from Zoey! Mandy pulls hair but Zoey ELBOWS Mandy, then LARIATS! Zoey rallies on Mandy, even with one good leg! SLIDING KICK! Cover, TWO!!
Mandy scrambles away to a corner, but Zoey runs in to ELBOW Mandy, and UPPERCUT, and GAMANGIRI! Zoey snapmares Mandy into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and duel, Zoey gets to her feet and she storms up on Mandy. Mandy kicks the bad leg, gets it again, and BACK SUPLEXES Zoey inside out! Cover, TWO! Mandy grows frustrated but the fans rally up again. Zoey and Mandy hit each other as they stand up, and they go back and forth with forearms! Zoey CHOPS, Mandy fires off a flurry, but Zoey blocks to a GO TO STARK!!! But she can’t cover from using her bad leg!! Zoey crawls over, but Mandy rolls away to the apron!
Mandy saves herself by inches and Zoey is furious! Zoey goes out, but Mandy sweeps the bad leg! Zoey gets caught up in the ropes, and Mandy stomps away! The ref counts, Mandy lets off at 4, and then she goes back to CLUB away on the leg! Mandy undoes the leg brace!! The ref stops Mandy and gets Zoey free of the ropes. KNEE FROM- ROLL UP!! TWO!! Mandy swings but into a jackknife! TWO! KNEE FROM A ROSE!! Cover, TWO!?!? Zoey survives and shocks everyone! Mandy’s best shot fails to put this away and she has no idea what to make of it! Mandy still undoes Zoey’s knee brace, and then she puts it on her knee!
Mandy wants to finish this for good, and runs in, KNEE BRACE FROM A ROSE!!! Cover, Mandy wins!!
Winner: Mandy Rose, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Tag Team Champion)
Zoey is dazed, Mandy used her bad leg against her in more ways than one! The Toxic Reign keeps going, what will it take to finally stop Mandy?
NXT hears from one of its newest names.
“I’m Quincy Elliot, and I have a confession to make. I’m bringing all of this to NXT. I look to my left, I look to my right, I see people of all different walks of life, and it excites me. And you may be shocked at this, but I ain’t ever struggled with being different. I own it, I work it, because I am it! And everyone in NXT may be superstars, but Quincy Elliot is the Super Diva.” And he’s coming soon to NXT!
Backstage interview with Grayson Waller.
McKenzie isn’t happy about it and Waller notices. Is it because he ruined he Emmy Award Winning interview with Apollo Crews when Waller punked him out? Uh, Apollo was the one who made a challenge while Waller was the one who backed down. Backed down? No, he could’ve dropped Crews right there, but then McKenzie would’ve said it was unfair after the 20 minute war Apollo had with Strong. He can’t win with her! But everyone else is too scared to say it, so Waller will: Apollo Crews is selfish! He’s willing to stab anyone in the back to be the man around here! He might even come for McKenzie’s job!
McKenzie doubts that, but Waller says that while Apollo doesn’t smell as nice, he does have a better small than her. But those were Apollo’s words, not Waller’s. Anyway, next week is the debut of the Grayson Waller Effect, the ONLY honest talk show in WWE history! The tough questions and the hard truth given. Take notes because he’s inviting his very first guess, APOLLO~ Crews! Also, your perfume is cheap, McKenzie.
NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS JD McDonagh!
The Big Booty Nephew is already a TWO-TIME NXT Champion, but has proven that from facing veterans like Tommaso Ciampa and Dolph Ziggler to facing the best of his peers like Joe Gacy and Cameron Grimes, he is a juggernaut in this ring. However, the Irish Ace knows even a juggernaut has its weaknesses. Will JD pick Bron apart and perform a beltectomy? Or will Bron break another would-be champion?
Bron walks out with a sledgehammer, and sees a box with “JD” on it. Bron SMASHES the box, then heads to the ring. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Bron wins betting against the ace.
JD and Bron circle while fans rally up. They tie up, JD goes after the bad arm but Bron shove shim away. JD grins but Bron says the shoulder’s just fine. They tie up again, Bron pushes JD back but JD puts Bron in the corner. JD pulls the arm against the ropes but the ref counts. JD let soff and Bron SLAPS him! Fans duel as JD grins and stares Bron down. JD and Bron reset and tie up again. Bron wrenches JD’s arm now, but JD spins and monkey flips him, but Bron holds on! Bron brings JD up but JD rolls, pushes Bron to ropes and arm-drags. But Bron holds on again! Bron shows he can be technical and fans rally up.
JD fights up, reaches for ropes but Born keeps him away. JD rolls, handsprings, snapmares and headlocks, but Bron slips out to have the wristlock! JD ROCKS Bron, but Bron headlocks back. JD powers out, Bron turns the dropdown into a gator roll and deadlift suplex! Bron walks around with JD before the SLAM! Fans fire up with Bron and he storms back up on JD. Bron whips JD into a corner, JD tumbles up and out, but Bron DECKS him! The ring count starts but Bron goes out after JD. JD gets in the ring but Bron avoids the elbow drop! Bron HOTSHOTS the arm, then he knuckle locks to STRAIGHT ARM LEVER!
Fans fire up as Bron carries JD around, then hammerlocks and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! And then STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Bron is showing he can do whatever JD can do, and then he clamps onto the arm again. Born hammerlocks and RAMS JD into buckles. Fans rally up and duel as Bron drags JD back up. Bron has the hammerlock, then he whips JD, JD reverses but Bron ducks ‘n’ dodges. Bron staggers but he still comes back to LARIAT JD! Bron tosses JD out hard, then barks at JD as NXT goes picture in picture.
JD scowls as Bron eggs him on. Bron goes out after JD, smacks him off the apron, then brings JD around to smack off the apron again. Fans bark for Bron as he puts JD in, but JD bails out the side. Bron waits on JD as the ring count climbs. JD gets in the ropes and trips Bron up! Then SLINGSHOT SPLASHES! JD gets his arm moving, and he stalks Bron to a corner. JD CHOPS, stomps, ROCKS and then stalks Bron some more. JD brings Bron around to snap suplex! JD drags Bron up to throw down elbows into Bron’s head, then DECK him with a haymaker. JD wrenches the bad arm, CLUBS it, but Bron throws body shots!
Bron backs JD down, RAMS into him over and over, then hoists him up top. Bron climbs up as NXT returns to single picture, but JD slips out to trip Bron up! JD shoves Bron to the apron, climbs up the other side, and he turns Bron to NECKBREAKER against the crossbar! Bron falls to the floor and fans rally again. JD stalks Bron, brings him up but the ring count is 5 of 10. JD puts Bron in at 7, drives elbow after elbow into the shoulders from all sides! The fans are torn but JD lets off so the ref can check Bron. Bron is still in this somehow so JD drags Bron around. JD has a mounted armlock but Bron endures.
Fans rally and duel, Bron reaches out but JD puts more pressure on the arm. Bron pushes through and gets the ROPEBREAK! JD lets off in frustration but fans duel again. JD clamps onto Bron for a neck wrench, but Bron still endures. JD pushes on the head, but fans rally up and Bron stands up! JAWBREAKER! Bron ROCKS JD, and again, and again! Bron whips, JD reverses but Bron FLYING SHOULDER TACKLES! And again! And then a duck ‘n’ dodge, to a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up again as Bron snarls and aims from the corner. JD flounders up, Born runs in, but JD POSTS Bron! Then a wrench and a takedown, LEBELL LOCK!!
Bron endures as JD pulls back! Fans rally and duel, Bron reaches out, and JD can only use one arm as Bron did damage to him, too! Born gets the ROPEBREAK! JD lets off in frustration and fans continue to duel. JD drags Bron to a drop zone then he climbs up. But Bron CLUBS JD first! Bron climbs up after JD, SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO!! Bron keeps cool and he goes to a corner to climb up again. But JD GAMANGIRIS back! JD sets Bron up, climbs up after him, but Bron resists the clinch! JD drags him up, SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Fans are thunderous as JD hits the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!!
Bron survives and JD can’t believe it! JD storms to a corner and climbs up, to MOONSAUTL! But he has to roll through as Bron moves! SPEAR!! Bron crawls after JD but JD flops out of the ring! Fans rally as Bron puts JD back in and hurries to aim from the corner again. JD stands up, into another SPEAR!! But Bron doesn’t cover, he brings the straps down! Bron vows to break JD, but JD stands up!? JD has blood in his mouth but he’s smiling! Bron says fine! A THIRD SPEAR!! And then the trophy lift, to the BREAKKER SLAM! Cover, Bron wins!!
Winner: Bron Breakker, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)
JD welcomed that third tackle, but it ended up being his demise! Bron retains the title, but who will- Wait, what?! Is this… It is! TYLER BATE is back in the States! The fans are going nuts for the Big Strong Boy! And he goes right into the ring to look Bron eye to eye! The NXT UK Champion and the NXT Champion, in the same ring for the first time in a long time! Will worlds collide in the near future?
This was a very good special for NXT, with great matches all over the card, but Heatwave didn’t really shake anything up. I know I’ve said keeping the status quo isn’t always a bad thing, but in this case, it felt kinda bad. Melo VS Vinci was great, though maybe a little sloppy because they wanted to go as fast as possible. Melo winning was only because of Trick, so that was a bit of a sour taste. But Melo still has so many opponents to face so this is fine. Decent promo from Von & Stone, but I guess Von is downgrading from “Wagner’s World” to “Welcome to Wagner’s Jungle.” I have no idea where Von’s gonna go from here, in a bad way. He’s not championship material, so who’s his next feud?
Great segment out of the Diamond Mine confronting their dysfunction, and I figured it’d be Strong pointed out as the traitor. That was some amazing continuity to have it in the 8 Man Tag that Tony looked to Strong as if to signal something. But then just as Apollo saw, the Diamond Mine all gets attacked. Gallus coming to NXT is great, though I wonder if this means Mark Coffey loses the Heritage Cup to Noam Dar. Gallus also getting a shot at the NXT UK Tag Team Championships is a nice surprise, but I wonder which two are facing Briggs & Jensen. Assuming Gallus wins, I’d love if it was the Coffey Brothers. But if not, then it can be Mark & Wolfgang again, trying to be two-time winners.
Roxie VS Cora was very good, but I’m a little surprised Cora won. For one, we see the NXT Women’s Championship is still on a Heel. Also, why wasn’t the DDT onto the weapon a disqualification? If that thing was a chair, wouldn’t it have been a DQ? Whatever, Cora’s still been doing good work so it’s not like she doesn’t deserve some success. Tiffany and Wendy have a very good vignette to plug their match. They call it “Lights Out” but don’t expect that to be the same as what AEW does with their “Lights Out” matches. It’ll be great, but only at WWE levels of No DQ. And given there’s no disqualifications, it can probably go either way, though I personally hope Wendy wins.
Actually, a great example of WWE levels of violence versus AEW is the Street Fight between Escobar and Tony we got tonight. It was really more a Street Fight for the sake of allowing Stacks and Legado to get involved without disqualifying the match. It was still great storytelling, but it was more chaos than destruction. Escobar loses because he’s being called-up, and who knows where Legado goes from here since they’re still under Tony. We got a nice promo segment with Indi and KC Squared, and I appreciate that Indi got a love letter from Dexter now that he’s back. But what a surprise that Blair Davenport, who is supposed to be fighting her way to the NXT UK Women’s Championship is here. Maybe Blair beats Indi to send Indi off to Raw?
Good introduction to Quincy Elliot here for the mainstream audience, but those who have been watching Level Up are probably already familiar with Quincy’s work. I’m sure Quincy can go in the ring, so it’s just a matter of how stories go and if Quincy can deliver on his character. Good promo from Waller to call Apollo out, and they’ll have a very good match, but I wonder where they’re going with this. Great match out of Mandy VS Zoey, but I had a feeling that after RawDown got the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament going and how they mentioned Zoey and Lyons are part of that, Zoey wasn’t going to win here. Mandy at least did it in a more clever way than usual. I don’t think anyone else has thought to wear their opponent’s brace and use it against them like that.
And we got a great match out of Bron and JD, but I’m a little surprised Bron won here. I’m also a little surprised how Bron won, where JD just let Bron hit him again. This is not really the Jordan Devlin in NXT UK, he would’ve used that to sucker Bron in, not just let Bron hit him again. But Bron retains, and we got a great surprise, that was then ruined by a massive spoiler. NXT UK isn’t even in the middle of their vacated championship tournament, they’re at the BEGINNING of it, and we see now that Tyler Bate is a two-time UK Champion! That’s awesome for Tyler but this is a big letdown for all of us fans who are still watching NXT UK! The only silver lining to this spoiler is that Worlds Collide might return to give us NXT VS NXT UK, Champions VS Champions.
My Score: 8.2/10
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Powerhouse gets Dark!
It’s a baker’s dozen for Universal Studios!
AEW Dark continues in Universal Studios, and “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs looks to send a message to Ricky Starks through his opponent tonight!
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- Willow Nightingale VS Robyn Renegade w/ Charlette Renegade; Willow wins.
- Serpentico w/ Luther VS Brock Anderson w/ Arn Anderson; Brock wins.
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- “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs VS Blake Christian; Hobbs wins.
Great to see Abadon back in action, though I’m pretty sure she’s gotten even scarier since she’s been away… A lot of singles match-ups, a lot of easily called match-ups, but that’s par for the course on Dark. A bit surprised they didn’t just team up the Renegade Sisters against Willow & Skye, but maybe those matches are still connected. And while All Heart will lose to Powerhouse, you can beat Blake Christian will get to shine against the bigger Will Hobbs.
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