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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (10/5/20)

Champions UNITE!

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WWE Raw Coverage 3.0

One more Raw to say good-bye, but to who?

The 2020 WWE Draft is coming, which means superstars will be coming and going! But tonight, Raw’s champions team together to take a stand!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Woman Tag: Zelina Vega, Lana & Natalya VS Asuka, Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose; Asuka, Dana & Mandy win.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Mess Making: R-Truth w/ Lil’ Jimmy VS Drew Gulak; Gulak wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • Seth Rollins & Buddy Murphy VS Dominik Mysterio & Humberto Carrillo; Rollins & Murphy win.
  • Exhibition: Keith Lee VS Braun Strowman; Double Count-Out.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Garbage Day: Drew Gulak VS R-Truth VS Akira Tozawa; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • The Hurt Business VS Apollo Crews & Ricochet w/ Mustafa Ali; The Hurt Business wins.
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler VS The Riott Squad; Jax & Baszler win and retain the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.
  • MVP w/ The Hurt Business VS Mustafa Ali; No Contest.
  • Six Man Tag: Drew McIntyre & The Street Profits VS Randy Orton, Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode; Orton, Ziggler & Roode win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Raw hears from Randy Orton.

“I didn’t leave Clash of Champions with the WWE Championship. Instead, I left… in an ambulance.” Orton doesn’t remember much from that ride, but he remembers the match. He remembers Big Show wrapping a hand around his throat for a choke slam through the announce desk. He remembers being ambushed by Christian at catering. He remembers Shawn Michaels kicking him right between the eyes. And he remembers McIntyre kicking Orton where he got McIntyre, putting him into the ambulance before he lost consciousness. “In those moments, I saw nothing but complete darkness.” Orton felt nothing but pain. Fast-forward the next day, McIntyre stood in the ring with his mentors on Raw, celebrating.

“Just recalling the sight of Drew standing with each of them, raising a title he didn’t deserve, makes me sick.” They laughed, they smiled, and even played some poker. They toasted with the Street Profits and enjoyed a victory lap. As the saying goes, “With every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” After the actions Show, HBK, Christian and Ric Flair took at Clash of Champions, Orton felt obligated to treat them to that equal and opposite reaction in the form of a reintroduction to the Legend Killer! Orton needed to guarantee those four men saw and felt everything Orton felt when the ambulance doors closed. The lights went out, that was the darkness he saw. And he made sure they felt the exact same pain he felt!

Wearing the night vision goggles, Orton had a front-row seat to every second of their agony. They looked here, there, but could not stop the inevitable. Show tried, started swinging, so Orton got both hands and put him through the table to end up right over there in the corner. Christian tried looking for help but there was none, and Orton whispered in his ears, “Say hi to Edge for me.” Then came HBK. HBK used the chair he was sitting in but Orton took it away and kicked HBK’s skull! Flair was grabbing for the door but Orton put his arm on Flair’s shoulder. Flair let go of the door, turned around and “met his fate.” If only Orton could’ve seen McIntyre’s face when learning the price that is paid. But the bill hasn’t been paid! Not until Orton is again WWE World Champion! This isn’t over until Orton says it’s over. Orton says McIntyre still has hell to pay!

Orton speaks to McIntyre directly here. “You tell anyone that’ll listen that you want to cement your legacy as WWE Champion. You want that legacy so badly? It’ll be waiting for you, if you survive one more WWE Championship match against me, inside… Hell in a Cell!” But then McIntyre busts into the room! And he rams Orton into the wall! McIntyre fires off fists and says he doesn’t need to turn the lights off to beat Orton’s ass! McIntyre rains down and shouts, “What do you know about Hell!?” Referees and security rush in as McIntyre keeps trying to hit Orton! The Viper slithers away but McIntyre says this is just getting started! Will the Scottish Psychopath slaughter the snake in the grass in the Six Man main event?

 

Six Woman Tag: Zelina Vega, Lana & Natalya VS Asuka, Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose!

La Muneca joins forces with the Ravishing Russian and the #BOAT to take on the Empress of Tomorrow and Raw’s newest additions! Will no one be ready for Flex Appeal, the Golden Goddess and ASUKA?

The teams sort out and the Queen of Harts starts with Dana. They tie up, Natty headlocks to a takedown but Dana gets up to power out. Natty runs Dana over then speeds things up. Dana hurdles, Natty blocks the hip toss to take down to a cover, TWO! Dana headlocks now but Natty powers out. Dana handsprings over Natty to come back for a swinging headscissors! Cover, TWO! Dana drags Natty up, brings her over and tags in Mandy. They mug Natty and Mandy facelocks. Mandy and Dana double suplex Natty up, hold her up and bring her down after 5! Cover, TWO! Mandy keeps on Natty with a waistlock but Natty switches. Mandy trips Natty, Natty blocks the cover and shoves, but Mandy cartwheels and dropkicks back! Cover, TWO!

Mandy keeps her cool and brings Natty up, but Vega trips Asuka! Mandy knees Natty and Dana goes after Vega. Vega gets in the ring, Mandy drags Vega up but Natty throws Mandy down! Cover, TWO! Natty pushes Mandy to a corner, throws haymakers, and Vega tags herself in. Natty didn’t like that but she lets Vega stomp a mudhole and BOOT Mandy down! Cover, TWO! Vega drags Mandy up, wrenches and hooks Mandy for a Mouse Trap to Ground Octopus! Mandy endures, pries the leg off and rolls back to a cover, TWO! Vega drags Mandy up by her hair to throw her down, then she sucker punches Asuka! Vega tags Natty in and Natty tags Lana. Natty snapmares Mandy for Lana’s sliding kick! Cover, TWO!

Lana stomps Mandy down to then bring her back. Tag to Natty, they mug Mandy and Natty scoops to slam her! Natty sucker punches Dana, drags Mandy around and gets the legs! Mandy denies the Sharpshooter, Lana tags in but so does Asuka! Asuka hip attacks Vega, side steps and runs Lana over! Fans fire up with Asuka as she hip attacks Lana! Asuka sees Vega running in and sends her into Lana! Asuka back kicks Vega, ROUNDHOUSES Natty, and pop-up KNEES Lana! Lana wobbles, Asuka shows her her sliding kick! Cover, Natty breaks it! Dana goes after Natty, handspring back elbow! Natty flops out, Asuka has Lana but Lana elbows free! Mandy tags in. Asuka runs at Lana but Lana avoids the hip attack. Lana runs into Asuka’s back elbow, and staggers into a KNEE FROM A ROSE! Cover, Mandy and team win!

Winners: Mandy Rose, Dana Brooke & Asuka, by pinfall

A big win for the champ and the new kids on the block! They all dance off together and do some flexing, will Raw make sure to secure these three in the Draft?

But wait! Here comes Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler! Vega bails out but it’s a little harder for Natty to get Lana up and running. They’re surrounded already by the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions! Natty hits first but Nia HEADBUTTS her down! Shayna clears the table for her, and Nia brings Natty over for a fireman’s carry. Lana saves Natty, tries to hit Nia first, but again, SAMOAN DROP THROUGH THE TABLE!! The Ravishing Russian just keeps getting wrecked! Will Natty and Lana beg SmackDown to draft them?

 

Raw returns to R-Truth’s Mock WWE Draft!

Truth explains to Lil’ Jimmy he isn’t done yet, but he’s got Jimmy as third overall to SmackDown. Not Truth’s decision, it’s just how he sees the Draft going. Truth doesn’t want Lil’ Jimmy to go away, either. They’re buddies. And yes, he notices the janitor. But the ref shows up! Is that Randy?! The janitor takes a swing with the mop but Truth ducks and the ref gets hit! You ain’t getting Truth, Randy! But Truth trips over the water bucket! Cover, the janitor wins!! And it’s DREW GULAK!

Winner: Drew Gulak, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)

Did you have a nice trip? See you next fall! Gulak runs away, Truth says he got got! But will Truth be able to fix this before the night is over?

 

Apollo Crews, Mustafa Ali and Ricochet are talking backstage.

They’re worried about how the Draft will shake out, in that they might get separated. But MVP comes over and Mustafa already knows what he’s going to say. It’ll be some excuse as to why he lost last week. Wrong. They can win a match but they never win the fight. But MVP is here about the Draft, too. These guys are young and green, he’s experienced, he’s been through a number of them. It can change your career like that. Apollo was on SmackDown, “a nobody doing nothing,” and then he gets traded to Raw. Boom, he’s a champion! What is he getting at?

MVP says that this Friday, they’re all on the clock. But tonight, they’re on the clock for an opening in the Hurt Business. Alexander said no, but he came around and look at him now. It doesn’t matter if you’re on red or blue, but if you’re with the black ‘n’ gold, business is booming. Apollo says that’s just classic MVP. Let’s just get ready for the match. But is someone considering…?

 

Seth Rollins & Buddy Murphy VS Dominik Mysterio & Humberto Carrillo!

The Monday Night Messiah, with his disciple, Buddy Murphy, behind him, is back for a rematch with El Hijo del Rey and the Ultimo Ninja! Will this battle lead to ending the war?

Before the match, Rollins has Murphy fetch the mic. But Murphy is distracted given all that’s happened with him, Dominik and Aalyah. Rollins snaps him out of it. “Now is not the time or the place, we’ve got a very important match. Give me the microphone.” Murphy keeps the mic to get something off his chest. “For months now, I have been your ideal disciple. I have done everything you’ve wanted of me, plus more.” But these last few weeks… If Rollins still wants Murphy to be his disciple, Rollins needs to apologize. Rollins? Apologize to him? What?! No, not to him! To Aalyah! Yes, Rollins despises Rey but-

Rollins snatches the mic out of Murphy’s hand! “Do you understand who you’re talking to?! I saved you!” Rollins is the messiah, Murphy’s the disciple! That is how this works! Apologize to Aalyah? For what?! That was going easy on her! He could’ve very easily exposed all the other DM’s. You know, where she tells Murphy her true feelings! How she feels Dominik’s the favorite! He could’ve put that out there but he didn’t it! And Murphy wants Rollins to apologize?! “Get this through your head, Murphy.” You are the disciple. Rollins is the messiah. He pokes Murphy in the head, but here comes Dom and Carrillo! The tensions are running high as it is, will things only get more intense from here?

Things turn into a brawl right away! Dom is after Rollins but Murphy throws Carrillo out. Murphy goes after Dom, Dom dodges and ducks to tilt-o-whirl into a Russian leg sweep! Basement enziguri from Carrillo! Rollins runs back in but is put on the apron, Carrillo helps Dom get up to BOOT Rollins down! Dom goes up, Carrillo builds speed, CRISSCROSS DIVES!! Rollins and Murphy are down, Carrillo and Dom are fired up, and Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Rollins has Dom in a armlock. Dom throws forearms but Rollins whips him away to clobber him! Cover, ONE, but Rollins drags Dom back up. Rollins DECKS Dom, clubs him down, stomps him around, then drags him up again to ram into the corner. Rollins rams Dom over and over and over, the ref counts but Rollins lets up at 4. Murphy tags in without permission and stomps Dom for himself. The ref counts, Murphy lets off at 4, but he comes back to stomp Dom more. Rollins tags in because he doesn’t need permission, and tells Murphy to not tag in unless told to. Understood? Disciple: Murphy. Messiah: Rollins. But Dom punches them both back! Dom decks Murphy but leaps into Rollins’ GUT BUSTER! Cover, TWO!

Rollins is frustrated but he wraps Dom up in a bearhug. Dom endures, fans rally up, but Rollins stands Dom up for a cobra twist. Dom endures the stretch but Rollins cranks harder. Dom unhooks a leg, and hits a jawbreaker! Murphy tags in as Rollins hits the SLING BLADE! But Rollins gets in Murphy’s face again! Rollins says he had it under control and that he doesn’t need Murphy! Tag to Carrillo! Carrillo crossbodies them both down! Springboard back elbow for Murphy! And then a corner clothesline! Carrillo BOOTS Rollins, runs at Murphy but is put on the apron. Carrillo shoulders in, ROCKS Murphy and climbs up again to missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Carrillo runs Rollins off, Murphy rolls him, TWO! BASEMNET DDT! Cover, Dom breaks it!

Rollins whips Dom but Dom throws Rollins out. Rollins drags Dom out but Dom bumps Rollins off barriers! Murphy throws Dom over barriers! Rollins is angry with Murphy again, Carrillo FLIES and takes them both out with the Fosbury Flop! Carrillo enziguris Murphy, BOOTS Rollins and climbs up top! And leaps into the KNEE TRIGGER! Cover, Murphy and Rollins win!

Winners: Buddy Murphy & Seth Rollins, by pinfall

The disciple wins for his messiah! But he leaves Rollins behind, so is he even the disciple anymore? Rollins did say he doesn’t need Murphy, despite what we just saw. Will Rollins continue this war with the Mysterios all alone?

 

Adam Pearce is on the phone.

“It all depends. … I see that.” But Braun Strowman storms over and Pearce says he’ll talk to this person later. The Monster knows Raw Underground was cancelled again tonight, but he didn’t drive all this way to do nothing! He won’t leave until he’s whooped someone’s ass! Find him one or he’ll go get one! Well, Strowman is a SmackDown superstar, so he isn’t even really supposed to be here. After the Draft, maybe Strowman will be on Raw, but there’s nothing Pearce can do. Why? Let him finish. It’ll be an exhibition match. The hell is that? It’ll be an unsanctioned competition. As long as someone will #GetTheseHands, fine. Then it’s a deal. Who will Pearce find? Keith Lee walks right up and says, “Sign me up.” Limitless One VS Monster Among Men?! Is Raw going to still be standing after that battle of titans?!

 

Raw returns as Rollins finds Murphy backstage.

Rollins shoves Murphy and demands to know what’s going on with him! Murphy wants Rollins to apologize?! Rollins apologizes for nothing because everything he does is for the greater good! But Rollins thinks… No, he knows that given the last two weeks, Murphy should apologize to him! In fact, if Murphy wants to stay Rollins’ disciple, then he has until 10 PM EST to do it. Or else, there will be hell to pay! Will Rollins get the apology he thinks he’s owed? Or will he instead get what he deserves?

 

Raw presents the Kevin Owens Show!

The special SmackDown edition didn’t quite go how he wanted, but the Prizefighter is back to try things from a different angle. Will he regret inviting the host of the Firefly Fun House to be his guest? We find out after the break.

Raw returns and Kevin has the ring announcer stop. Kevin is usually very excited to host his KO Show, sit down with a guest and talk, but not tonight. There’s a different feel, because Kevin feels different. He felt it over the weekend and wasn’t sure why. Then he figured it out: People are right about when The Fiend touches you, it changes you. Kevin feels changed. On Friday, that was his first time being in the presence of The Fiend, and it’s still with him. He still feels the anger, agony and dread. That’s why tonight’s different. Because it’s not about sitting down for a nice chat, so there’s no need for the arm chairs! Kevin tosses them out of the ring, as well as the signs! Tonight, the KO Show is about this!

Footage replays from SmackDown, as Alexa Bliss described the sensation she felt and the “cleansing” she was given by The Fiend. And it shows The Fiend appearing, attacking and smothering Kevin with the Mandible Claw! Kevin says that claw is really hard to describe the feeling. The feeling of The Fiend pulling the breath from his body! Kevin was paralyzed. He isn’t sure what’s going on with the dark, tortured souls coming after him! Aleister Black, The Fiend, what about The Brood? The Ministry of Darkness, maybe? But all Kevin cares about right now is that Bray Wyatt comes out so they can “chat!” Pack up the puppets, put on a nice sweater vest and come out here, Bray! But the Firefly Fun House interrupts!

Bray waves hi to Raw and Kevin! Or should he say, bonjour! It’s nice to be part of the KO Show. That’s what friends do! And Kevin is Bray’s new friend, right? It’s always nice to make a new friend. To have someone to play ball with, or have a sleepover with, maybe make a mess finger-painting with, or even bury a dead body in the woods together with! Friends are so great! Huskis worries about The Draft. Ramblin’ Rabbit, too! Don’t worry, guys! Friends stick together no matter what! Bray even wrote a song about it! “Friends! Are very special~! Friends! The warm your heart~! Friends! What would we do without them~? Friends! ’til death do us part~!” And Mercy eats Ramblin’, again. But c’mon, Kevin! Sing along!

NO! Kevin is not going to sing. That is the only thing worse than having to watch this demented Mr. Rogers reboot. And they’re not friends! Though, they could have, until Bray attacked Kevin on Friday! Bray can’t brainwash Kevin like he did Alexa. The only thing that matters is that Bray gets in this ring so we don’t have to wait until Friday for Kevin to beat the hell out of Bray! Well that’s not very nice. And Bray doesn’t like bullies. Neither does he. As for Alexa, that’s none of your business. That’s between her and him. “IT’s quite clear that you’ve got no idea what you’ve gotten yourself into.” But on SmackDown this Friday, Kevin will. So, consider this a warning! After all, that’s what friends are for! Bye~!

Well, Kevin knows what that all translates to. Kevin won’t wait until Friday, so if Bray isn’t coming to the ring, Kevin’s going to Bray. Kevin heads out but Aleister attacks!! Blindside forearm and a BLACK MASS!! The Embodiment of the End just made sure Kevin doesn’t even get to start anything with Bray! But does that mean things aren’t over between these two?

 

Raw returns with a backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.

Charly welcomes us back and welcomes the WWE World Champion. She knows for months that Orton has gotten under McIntyre’s skin. McIntyre stops her there because he knows this is about Orton. Why did he attack? How does he feel about Orton’s attack on the legends? What does he say to Orton’s Hell in a Cell challenge? McIntyre answers all of that by saying this: ” Every time I see Randy Orton, or I’m even in the same building as Randy Orton from now on, I kick the crap out of ’em.” That’s how it was at the start of the night, it will be that way to end the night, and actually, McIntyre will address Orton directly now.

“Thank you? The hell is wrong with you, Randy? The answer’s yes. We both know what that match does to people.” Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. But McIntyre isn’t going to be locked in there with Orton, Orton’s gonna be locked in there with McIntyre! If the title and legacy is on the line, Orton isn’t going to purgatory. He’s going straight to hell! Who even survives this Hell in a Cell?

 

Exhibition: Keith Lee VS Braun Strowman!

The Limitless One accepted the opening challenge for this exhibition against the Monster, but that might be a taller task than he thinks. What happens when these behemoths collide without having to worry about the consequences?

The bell rings and Keith stares down with Strowman as they circle. They tie up, go around, then let off when it’s a deadlock. They go again, Lee headlocks but Strowman powers out. They collide, neither even budges! Strowman brushes off his shoulder, swings on Lee but they run into each other again! Strowman rebounds to DROPKICK Lee out! Strowman goes out and builds up steam, but Keith kicks him first! Keith clubs and knees Strowman and then whips him, but Strowman reverses to send Keith into the steps! The ref’s ring count hits 10!

Double Count-out

Strowman is FURIOUS, but he won’t let things end here! Strowman BLASTS Keith through the barriers!! The Monster doesn’t care about the consequences, and that includes the damages down to the ThunderDome! Keith gets up!? Strowman doesn’t like that and he heads back after him! The refs and security can’t stop this as Keith LEAPS to tackle Strowman! They brawl up the ramp, Strowman ROCKS Keith and Strowman brings him to the stage. But Keith sends Strowman into the LED wall!! The wall short circuits, but Keith goes back to TACKLE Strowman off the stage! They crash down into spare tables and equipment!! Strowman manages to rise and pushes Keith away!

Security and referees help the two out of the rubble, will Raw and SmackDown use the Draft to keep these two apart? Or make sure one of them gets both to do this all over again?

 

Bianca Belair is the SmartEST.

She and some friends get together for game night, and it’s clearly trivia. Why is the sky blue? Bianca is fast on the buzzer, and says the phrasing is misleading. The sky is made up of many colors, but blue has the shortest wavelength in the visible spectrum, so that is why it appears blue. Montage mode: Genghis Khan’s empire spanned over 9 million square miles; chess originated in India; an octopus has three hearts. Oh, sorry she’s answering them all. They can, too, if they hit the buzzer faster. And also, the answer is Plato. Bianca is on fire! Michael Jordan was the GOAT, until Bianca came around! She dominated the trivia game! Just let her know who finishes second.

 

Raw catches up with Drew Gulak.

The current WWE 24/7 Champion hides behind a dumpster, and he talks to the belt. Gulak will write about the title in his book, Drew Gulak’s Guide to Preparedness. Chapter 1: always be alert! But then Truth pops up out of the trash! Orton, that is the worst Drew Gulak mask he’s ever seen. Gulak bumps into the recycling! Where Akira Tozawa emerges!? “YOU!!” They go after each other, Gulak boots Tozawa down but Truth dumps him in the trash! “Mah baby!” Truth AND Tozawa jump into the dumpster, fight in the bags, and Gulak gets dragged back down! Someone is covering someone, the ref counts, and the winner is… TRUTH!!

Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)

FORTY-TWO TIMES!! Truth hurries off with the 24/7, 48/7, 7/11, 747, 1-95 South, European ThunderDome Television Championship! Will he get it washed before someone comes after him again?

 

The Hurt Business w/ MVP VS Apollo Crews & Ricochet w/ Mustafa Ali!

Shelton Benjamin and Bobby Lashley are going 2v2 without MVP, but they’re confident they can handle business. Will the Gold Standard and All Mighty United States Champion show what the Hurt Business can do for one’s career?

Raw returns and MVP has joined his business partners as he gives “an official announcement.” It seems MVP needs to clear up the confusion from last week. Apollo, Ricochet and Ali did NOT beat the Hurt Business. They won the match, but they never, EVER win the fight. They’re very talented young men, yes. So much so that MVP is offering them a position in the Hurt Business. Last week’s whatever it was would NOT have happened without interference from Retribution. MVP puts them all on notice, and will make it very clear so that they can understand. “T-Bag” and his buddies wanna run around and play tough, but they’ll learn! When you see the black ‘n’ gold, prepare to fold. Retribution can wear masks, dress up for Halloween and try to scare people, but Hurt Business fit the description of “what nightmares are made of!”

Ali comes out to say there’s just more excuses. Retribution’s logo on screen scared them? But what happened was MVP pushed Ali, and Ali pushed back. But MVP is always about excuses man! Ricochet speaks up, though. MVP gave them until the end of the night to give him an answer, but Ricochet just didn’t want to keep him waiting. Ricochet’s answer is… PASS! He got them there, huh? How cute. You think you’re funny? Well Ricochet’s gonna LeBron on him with the PASS! Hah! MVP mad? No, just disappointed that Ricochet forgot he’s about to be on the business end of some hurt. Oh but he already has. He didn’t run then, and he isn’t running now. MVP keeps things from breaking down. He wants this match to happen, and to put special emphasis on Ricochet. The teams sort out, the One and Only starts with Benjamin, and we see if The Hurt Business finally gets beat!

Benjamin and Ricochet tie up, Benjamin waistlocks but Ricochet scrambles around. Benjamin CLUBS Ricochet down, brings him up and scoops him, but Ricochet slips out the back and rolls off his back to then leap! Benjamin catches Ricochet, Ricochet sunset flips but Benjamin stays up! Benjamin drags Ricochet around into a FUJIWARA! Ricochet gets a ropebreak with a foot, Benjamin lets up. MVP coaches Benjamin as he drags Ricochet up. Tag to Lashley, Lashley throws forearms on Ricochet then brings him up for a scoop slam! Cover, TWO! Lashley puts Ricochet in a corner for big forearms, then whips him corner to corner. Lashley runs in but into a boot!

Ricochet goes out and springboards to missile dropkick! Hot tag to Apollo, and they both clothesline Lashley out! The Hurt Business regroups as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns, Lashley mugs Ricochet in the corner then RAMS into him! MVP tells Ricochet this is what he gets, and Lashley drags Ricochet back up to suplex. Lashley holds Ricochet up for a count of 10 and with one arm! He SLAMS Ricochet down, covers, TWO! Ricochet survives and Lashley grows frustrated, but he drags Ricochet around by his arm. Ricochet gets away for a moment but Lashley puts him on the rope to choke him! MVP talks trash in Ricochet’s face, but Lashley lets up at the ref’s count of 4. Lashley chokes Ricochet again, MVP gets too close and Ricochet JABS him! Lashley gives Ricochet a COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!

Tag to Benjamin, they mug Ricochet and Benjamin paces around him. Benjamin kicks Ricochet around, drags him back up but Ricochet kicks back. Benjamin catches it, ducks the enziguri but not the mule kick! Benjamin and Ricochet are down, fans rally up and hot tag to Apollo! Apollo rallies on Benjamin, hits Lashley for good measure, and boots Benjamin to hit the FROGGYBODY! Apollo RAMS Benjamin into a corner over and over, throws haymakers then fires up. Benjamin runs into a SPINE BUSTER! Standing moonsault! Cover, Lashley breaks it! Ricochet gets in, dodges Lashley to SUPERKICK! Lashley keeps going, SUPERKICK! Ricochet runs, into a tilt-o-whirl, flip and DOMINATOR! Apollo enziguris Lashley down!

Apollo lifts Benjamin but Benjamin slips out. Apollo breaks free, runs but Benjamin gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Tag to Lashley and MVP says they’re done. Lashley watches Apollo rise, runs in, but Apollo leaps over the Spear to ENZIGURI! Lashley staggers but gets Apollo for the MILE HIGH CHOKE SLAM! Lashley stalks Apollo, HURT LOCK!! Apollo endures but taps! The Hurt Business wins!

Winners: The Hurt Business, by submission

The Rocky Mountain Machine is the CEO of the Hurt Business for a reason! Will he, MVP and Benjamin continue to put the hurt on Apollo and his crew?

 

Murphy and Aalyah cross paths.

She wanted to talk to him all night. Murphy wants to apologize to her. This whole thing with Rollins has gotten way out of hand. It’s not her he needs to worry about, it’s Rollins. Is he actually going to apologize to him? He doesn’t know yet. There’s only a few minutes left before the deadline Rollins imposed. What will Murphy do?

 

Raw returns to the Hurt Business backstage.

MVP feels great after that win. They keep trying to tell those kids, but Lashley’s a good teacher. Ali finds them and is alone. Ali says he’ll be alone in the ring, but is fine if MVP brings his goons. After Ali takes care of MVP, he’ll go after Benjamin and then Lashley. MVP laughs and he keeps Lashley from putting the hurt on Ali now. Has the Beacon of Light made a very bad decision?

 

Seth Rollins heads to the ring.

The 10 PM Eastern deadline is almost upon us. The Monday Night Messiah wants an apology, Murphy told Aalyah he has no idea what he’s going to do. Rollins grabs a mic to say, “Alright, Murphy. The time has come. Your Messiah awaits your apology.” Murphy makes his entrance now, goes to the ring and stands before Rollins. Rollins doesn’t want to mince words or waste time. Murphy had an hour to think, so this should be very easy. All Murphy has to do is apologize and we can all move forward. But Murphy hesitates and Rollins doesn’t understand. Murphy is fine, so just spit it out, apologize, and they can continue to serve the greater good. Still, Murphy doesn’t speak.

What is eating at Murphy? Just get this over with! He doesn’t want to go down this road. We have seen firsthand what happens to those who stand in the way of the greater good. They’ve been through so much together. Rollins plucked Murphy from obscurity and saved his career by making him into the man he is right now before him. Just apologize. That’s all he has to do. That’s all… he has to do…! This shouldn’t be so hard! But it clearly is. Rollins keeps telling Murphy to apologize, and grabs him by the beard. Rollins made Murphy, so apologize! Rollins made him so he can break him! Rollins pushes Murphy, Murphy TACKLES Rollins!! They brawl, get up and Murphy BOOTS Rollins! They fall out of the ring, and Murphy tackles Rollins over the announce desk!

Murphy hammers away but Rollins rams him into barriers! Rollins hits back but Murphy keeps hitting Rollins! Rollins sends Murphy into the barriers, Murphy hits back, they brawl around ringside and Murphy bounces Rollins off the apron! Rollins flounders, Murphy drags him up but Rollins has a kendo stick! Murphy ducks the stick swing to tackle Rollins! Murphy has the kendo stick and SMACKS away on Rollins! Rollins scrambles away but Murphy follows to SMACK him more! Murphy chases Rollins back into the ring, Rollins begs for mercy! NOPE! Murphy SMACKS Rollins and demands Rollins apologizes! Rollins says he’s sorry, but again it’s not about Murphy. Apologize to Aalyah! Rollins begs Murphy stop. “Aalyah! Aalyah! Wherever you are-” SMACK! “I’m sorry, Aalyah! I’m sorry!!”

Murphy stops hitting Rollins and Rollins says he didn’t mean to bring her into this. Rollins takes his jacket off and asks for mercy. Murphy hesitates as Rollins asks Murphy stop. He’s done enough, Rollins is sorry. Murphy puts the kendo stick down, but Rollins goes after Murphy’s EYES!! Rollins rakes Murphy’s eyes and gets the kendo stick! Rollins SMACKS Murphy over and over! Rollins doesn’t show mercy back to Murphy! He breaks the stick on Murphy’s body, but he wants more! Rollins gets a CHAIR! Aalyah runs out to ask Rollins to stop. Dominik hurries out, too, and Rollins retreats.

Dom gets Aalyah away from Murphy, and now Rey and Angie are here. Rollins manages to get away on the outside, but Dom is still upset about Aalyah and Murphy. The Mysterio Family whisk Aalyah away, leaving Murphy all alone. Rollins still grins as Dom tries to get Aalyah to understand what Murphy has done to them. Has Rollins’ plan still worked out, even if he is without followers?

 

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler VS The Riott Squad!

What was meant for Clash of Champions happens tonight! Will the Irresistible Force and Queen of Spades make up for the delay by making quick work of Ruby and Liv? Or will the extra time to prepare mean Ruby and Liv are even more likely to take the titles?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised and we finally see what makes a stronger tag team: friendship or business!

The teams sort out, Nia starts with Liv and Liv fires off! Nia shoves Liv down, runs in but Ruby tags in. The Squad go after Nia from all angles, chop block and blindside lariat! Tag to Liv, she jumps off Nia to piggyback onto Ruby, the Squad hits a DOUBLE SENTON! Cover, TWO! Liv keeps on Nia with haymakers, she runs and Ruby tags in., Nia CLOBBERS Liv, then fireman’s carries Ruby to put her in a Tree of Woe! Nia HEADBUTTS Ruby’s stomach, then runs into HIP ATTACK Ruby down! Nia kicks Ruby out of the ring to let the ring count handle this. Shayna wants in so Nia tags her. Shayna drags Ruby up to throw her into the apron! The ring count restarts, Shayna puts Ruby in, covers, TWO!

Shayna keeps her focus as she drags Ruby away from the corner. Shayna twists a wrist and bends the elbow. Shayna STOMPS the arm!! Ruby clutches the elbow, Liv shouts at Shayna but Shayna shows no remorse. Shayna looms over Ruby, grabs the bad arm again and has the keylock. Shayna moves around to twist the shoulder, then she goes after the wrist and fingers again, to SNAP it! Liv shouts at Shayna again but Shayna mocks the pain. Shayna drags Ruby up by the arm again for a keylock and just drags Ruby around! Ruby endures but Shayna throws her out hard! Nia tags in and drags Ruby up to RAM her into the apron! The champions are just doing what they want to Ruby as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Shayna KICKS Ruby in the chest! But Ruby eggs her on?! So Shayna KICKS Ruby again! Liv shouts at Shayna, Ruby eggs Shayna on again, so Shayna KICKS Ruby again! Ruby ducks the next kick, rolls Shayna up, TWO! Shayna grabs the arm, Ruby ROCKS Shayna with the good one! Hot tag to Liv and Liv fires off on Shayna! Nia tags in as Liv ENZIGURIS! Nia throws Liv to a corner, runs in but Liv boots! Liv hops up, huricanranas Nia into buckles! Liv runs at Shayna for a back body block! Liv gives Nia one! And then back to Shayna! Liv runs at Nia, Nia CLOBBERS her! Nia shouts and runs in but Liv boots her again! Liv goes up, Nia yanks her off and swings her up., Liv sunset flips, Nia stays up and drags Liv up to HEADBUTT!

Nia asks if Shayna’s good and Shayna says she is. She wants in so Nia tags her. The champs mug Liv with body shots, and Liv crawls to a corner. Shayna runs in, Liv dodges and the knee hits the buckle! Liv avoids the kick, Shayna gets a leg but Liv still tags Ruby in! Ruby runs past Shayna to knock Nia off the apron! Liv sweeps the legs on Shayna, Ruby runs into KICK Shayna down! Ruby runs again, hops up, Liv tags in as Ruby rebounds for the TORANDO DDT! Liv runs in, DOUBLJE STMOPS! Cover, TWO!! Ruby tags back in, she wrenches Shayna but Nia runs Liv over! Ruby SUPERKICKS Nia, but Shayna sweeps the legs! KNEE to Ruby’s head! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Ruby endures, Liv runs in but Nia catches her!! Liv can’t get free, Ruby taps!! Nia and Shayna win!!

Winners: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler, by submission (still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)

Shayna won’t let go! Liv tries to get Shayna off Ruby but Ruby is OUT! Nia smiles as she and Shayna get their belts back and hold them high. Liv is distraught by Ruby’s side. Will the Squad ever be the same after this? And while the Women’s Tag titles can go anywhere, will the champions still be on the same brand after the Draft?

 

The Street Profits speak!

We are ready! They are in the main event of Monday Night Raw! Dolph and Roode ain’t ready, because it’s time to get our Braveheart on with the world champion, Drew McIntyre! Does that mean they’re gonna moon Orton, Ziggler and Roode? Is that the only part of that movie Dawkins knows? Real talk, though. The Profits don’t need night vision to see Orton. Last Monday, what he did was cold. Ain’t no flair without Ric, and Edge & Christian taught us all we could have fun while being champs. The Big Show is an honorary Viking Profit, and the Profits are showstoppers just like HBK! Tonight, they’re coming for Orton, and not outta nowhere. The Profits are up, and #WeWantTheSmoke! McIntyre walks over, and says Roode and Ziggler are all theirs. HE gets to kick the crap out of Orton. Will the champions of Raw stand tall at the end of the night?

 

MVP w/ The Hurt Business VS Mustafa Ali!

Montel Vontavius Porter has Lashley and Benjamin with him because Ali dared him to! Will MVP dim the lights on the Beacon to teach him another lesson?

The bell rings and Ali circles with MVP. They approach, tie up, and MVP knees hard and low! MVP scoops and slams Ali to then drop the knee! Cover, TWO! Ali gets to ropes but MVP is after him with forearms. Ali hits back, MVP ROCKS Ali. MVP brings Ali up, throws more forearms in the corner, then whips Ali corner to corner. Ali bounces off buckles into a LARIAT! MVP asks Ali how he’s feeling. Is he still feeling tough? Cover, TWO! Another try, TWO! MVP rocks Ali again, has him on ropes to choke him, but lets off at 4. MVP brings Ali up, whips him to ropes but Ali ducks to dropkick MVP out of the ring! MVP regroups with the Hurt Business and a ring count starts. MVP says it’s time to teach Ali that lesson, and all three men get in!

Ali doesn’t back down but he is cornered. The ref tells them to back off, but the lights start flickering! Retribution makes its presence known again! And they’re actually here this time! T-Bar, Mace, Slapjack and the minions are all around here! Ali joins Hurt Business in this fight against them, but then Ali bails out! Ali joins Retribution instead?! MVP sees how it is as Ali sicks Retribution on them!! Mace RAMS MVP into barriers, T-Bar is after Lashley and Slapjack has Benjamin! They send Benjamin into steel steps, and then Lashley is all alone! That’s a 8v1 at least! Lashley till hits Mace but T-Bar clobbers him! T-Bar clubs away on Lashley then POSTS him! The steel steps are brought into this as they RAM Lashley into them!! “THIS is Retribution!” They are judge, jury and executioner, but have they always been with Ali?!

 

Six Man Tag: Drew McIntyre & The Street Profits VS Randy Orton, Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode!

After Clash of Champions, the Scottish Stud is still the WWE World Champion, and the Raw Tag Team Championships still belong to Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins. But while the Viper wants to take McIntyre to Hell in a Cell, surely the Show-Off and the Glorious One will want after gold, too. Will this become a sampler of those title matches and more?

The teams sort out, McIntyre starts against Roode but then Orton swipes at him. Roode uses that opening to attack and he punches McIntyre to a corner. Tag to Ziggler, they mug McIntyre in the other corner and then whip him corner to corner. McIntyre dodges Ziggler’s splash and clotheslines Roode, then he CHOPS Ziggler! Orton gets in but the RKO is denied! McIntyre hits Roode, throws him out, and he glare at McIntyre. Ford runs in and FLIES to take out the Glorious Show-Offs! The champions stand tall as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Ziggler talks trash on Dawkins. Ziggler pushes Dawkins around but Dawkins DECKS him! Hot tag to Ford! Ford rallies on Ziggler with clotheslines and aw hip. Ziggler reverses, Ford leaps over him and leaps to lariat! Roode runs in but into a dropkick! Ziggler back suplexes, Ford lands on his feet to back suplex Ziggler! Ford handsprings and standing moonsautls! Cover, TWO! Ford keeps his cool as he runs. Roode distracts the ref, Orton trips Ford up and Ziggler attacks! Roode tags in, Ford fights him and Ziggler off, but Roode reverses the whip for a GLORIOUS SPINE BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Roode stomps Ford, drags him up and tags Orton in. Roode throws Ford out and Orton pursues to give Ford a back suplex to the announce desk!

McIntyre glares at Orton as Orton puts Ford back in the ring. Orton gets in and drags Ford up to look at his partners. Orton stomps Ford’s hand while glaring at McIntyre. Orton brings Ford up to knock him down with an uppercut. Orton stands Ford up again, taunts McIntyre and Dawkins with a possible tag, but Ford throws body shtos! Orton kicks low and throws Ford down by his hair. Orton sucker punches Dawkins and taunts McIntyre. The ref keeps McIntyre in the corner, Ford kicks back and DDT’s! Ford and Orton crawl for their corners as fans rally up. Hot tags to McIntyre and Ziggler! McIntyre rallies on Ziggler, whips him to ropes and OVERHEAD suplexes him! McIntyre DECKS Roode for good measure!

McIntyre THROWS Ziggler again! McIntyre sees Orton getting in and bumps him off buckles first! McIntyre drags Orton into the ring, rains down rights, but Roode and Ziggler go after him! The ref tells them to stop, the Glorious Show-Offs mug McIntyre to a corner. Dawkins tags in, McIntyre pushes Ziggler and HEADBUTTS Roode! Ziggler SUPERKICKS McIntyre, Dawkins rolls Ziggler up, TWO! Ziggler runs in and counters the Anointment with the SATELLITE DDT! Dawkins tumbles down in a heap, Orton reaches out and Ziggler tags him in. Orton takes his time toying with Dawkins as he stomps him to the apron. Orton drags Dawkins through the ropes, DRAPING DDT! Orton hears the voices in his head as he watches Dawkins rise! R- NO! No RKO, ANOINTMENT!!

Tag to Ford, Ford goes up top, FROM THE HEAVENS!! Cover, but Roode AND Ziggler break it! Dawkins gets in, Roode throws him out but Ford enziguris Roode! Ziggler stalks Ford for the ZIG- NO! McIntyre tags in, Ford bucks Ziggler off but misses the enziguri to get a FAMOUSER! CLAYMORE sends Ziggler OUT! McIntyre has Orton all to himself now but Roode runs in. CLAYMORE for Roode! Orton waits for McIntyre to kip up, to RKO!! Cover, Orton, Ziggler and Roode win!!

Winners: Randy Orton, Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode, by pinfall

The Viper strikes the champion down!! Orton took advantage of the chaos, but it won’t be the same inside the cell! Will McIntyre make Orton pay when there’s nowhere to run and nowhere to hide?


My Thoughts:

An incredible episode to be the “go-home” to the WWE Draft! Obviously this is meant to at least feel like the last night some superstars will be on Raw, so the matches were all on a higher level for that reason. Orton had a long promo that wasn’t really necessary. Orton describing what he did to the legends was really just for his character’s ego, but it was great for McIntyre to attack him. McIntyre VS Orton, Hell in a Cell match for the title, is going to be great and has to be the blow-off somehow, that’ll be three matches in a row. The Six Man Tag main event was great stuff, and it works that Orton gets the win off McIntyre to make the math work in McIntyre’s favor. I’m not sure if the Draft moves Orton to SmackDown or not, he seems just fine on Raw still. But I would hope McIntyre stays because there are still plenty of people on Raw that could challenge him, they’re just in other stories.

For example, Keith Lee and Braun Strowman, who surely started a feud here tonight. The Draft will move Strowman over and they can both wreck the ring all over again! Another possibility is Seth Rollins, given his overall Monday Night Messiah story. The match he and Murphy had against Dominik and Carrillo was really good, the dysfunction with Murphy resulting in that fight was great, and while bringing in Aalyah is still an odd point, I’m still going with this somehow being Murphy’s redemption. Dom and Rey still aren’t ready to trust Murphy, but depending on Rollins’ next move, Murphy might “sacrifice” himself in saving the Mysterios.

And then there’s how things might shake out with Kevin, Aleister and Bray. The KO Show was a good segment, and Aleister attacking outta nowhere was both surprising but not surprising since that’s what he’s been doing. I feel like the easiest move is to move Kevin to SmackDown, with Kevin and Aleister have their blow-off match next Raw. Moving Aleister with Kevin means moving Vega, too. Vega may have lost to Asuka twice already, but if Bayley retains, then Vega isn’t getting a title shot because that’s Heel VS Heel, something WWE rarely does. Speaking of the Women’s Division, the Six Woman was really good but the Women’s Tag title match was incredible! Ruby basically gets Dakota’d by Shayna, she endures so much at the hands of Shayna and Nia, and in the end she is the one that takes the loss.

While they have the belts, it doesn’t matter where Shayna and Nia go, but it feels like Bayley and Sasha were the only reasons the tag belts were going to all brands. USA has been hoarding the tag titles and the 24/7 Championship, so I don’t think those champions are going anywhere. Truth, Gulak and Tozawa had some great stuff again, I wonder if Gulak is getting drafted to Raw to keep these three going. It’s a bit of a shame, WWE really should have tried to reunite Catch Point (Gulak and Riddle) in SmackDown’s tag division. And I would hope Raw makes sure they keep both the Hurt Business and Retribution, because HOLY CRAP! Mustafa Ali not just joining but LEADING Retribution!? That’s an amazing way to salvage Retribution! And I feel like it’s salvaging, there’s no way they had something this wild just waiting to be sprung on us. But now, there are four men in Retribution that can take on the four men of Hurt Business, THIS would make a great match for the traditional Survivor Series elimination tag.

My Score: 9/10


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Mtichell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (1/21/21)

Who is NXT UK’s one true queen?

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Will Kay Lee Ray still reign in NXT UK?

The Scary Queen of Scots has held the NXT UK Women’s Championship for over 500 days! But that could all change against the Spoiled Princess, Jinny!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Dave Mastiff VS Rampage Brown; Brown wins.
  • Ilja Dragunov VS Jack Starz; Dragunov wins.
  • Amir Jordan w/ Kenny Williams VS Tyson T-Bone; Jordan wins.
  • NXT UK Women’s Championship: Kay Lee Ray VS Jinny w/ Joseph Conners; KLR wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Dave Mastiff VS Rampage Brown!

The Proper British Heavyweight is up for any challenge, and so is the newest star in NXT UK! But will the Bomber be able to stop the Rampage when they finally collide?

The bell rings and the two big men tie right up! They go around, break, and then tie up again. Rampage headlocks, Mastiff powers out and they collide! Neither man falls, and Rampage is liking this already! They tie up again, go around, and Mastiff headlocks now. Rampage throws heavy body shots then powers out, they collide again, and still neither man falls! They tie up once more, Rampage headlocks, but Mastiff powers out. They ram shoulders again and again and again! Rampage throws a forearm, Mastiff gives it back and we have a heavyweight brawl! Mastiff rocks Rampage, headlocks, but Rampage powers out to dropkick Mastiff down!

Rampage drags Mastiff up to throw more forearms, fireman’s carries, but Mastiff slips out, shoves and DROPKICKS?! Mastiff defies gravity with that one! Mastiff drags Rampage up to CLUB him, and ROCK him, and put him in a corner. Mastiff CLUBS Rampage in the chest, hoists him up top, but Rampage hits back with forearms and a boot! Rampage leaps and hits a FLYING TACKLE! Rampage crossface forearms Mastiff from all sides! Rampage stomps Mastiff down, drops elbows, then covers, TWO! Rampage keeps his cool and he clamps onto Mastiff with a chinlock!

Mastiff endures as Rampage thrashes him around! Mastiff fights up and throws body shots but Rampage CLUBS him! BT Sports Studios fires up as Rampage tries to gut wrench Mastiff, but Mastiff back drops and SITS on Rampage! Rampage staggers up but Mastiff fires off forearms! Mastiff backs Rampage to ropes, whips him and CLOBBERS him! And drops a BACK SENTON! Rampage gasps and sputters as Mastiff stalks him to a corner. Mastiff runs in but into boots! Rampage goes up, and leaps into a CLOTHESLINE! Mastiff drags Rampage up, for an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Rampage survives but Mastiff powers up.

Mastiff waits for Rampage to stand, runs, but into a BOOT and a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Mastiff survives and Rampage can’t believe it! Rampage drags Mastiff up, reels him in and LARIATS, but Mastiff stays up! Mastiff gets around, Rampage elbows out of the waistlock but Mastiff CLUBS him! GERMAN SUPLEX! Mastiff runs corner to corner but Rampage bails out! Rampage is on the apron, Mastiff climbs up the corner, but Rampage CHOP BLOCKS a leg out! Mastiff falls, Rampage gets in and manages a BACK SUPLEX! Rampage drags Mastiff back up, and DOCTOR BOMBS?!? Cover, Rampage wins!!

Winner: Rampage Brown, by pinfall

Incredible! Rampage Brown takes down massive Dave Mastiff! If he can win against this big of an opponent, is no one safe from the Rampage?

 

A-Kid reflects on his match with Walter.

Heritage Cup Champion took on NXT UK Champion in an instant classic, and he put so much heart into taking on the Ring General. But in the end, the body was not strong enough and Walter still reigns. “I am proud of how I represented the Heritage Cup Championship against Walter. I came up short this time, but next time, it will be different.” Will the Spanish Ace rise back up the ranks while growing the prestige of the trophy he holds?

 

NXT UK Media finds Kenny Williams backstage.

Williams is on the phone, and here is Amir Jordan! Williams says not to worry about his leg when Jordan has bigger fish to fry. Jordan has a big singles match that Williams helped arrange, and it’s against… Tyson T-Bone! Really? T-Bone? Williams knows Jordan is thinking that T-Bone will level him, but that doesn’t matter! Williams has faith in Jordan that he’ll be the lucky one tonight! Okay, but, he couldn’t find anyone smaller? Nope, sorry. But hey, go get ready, Williams will be right there with him. Did Williams write a check Jordan’s body can’t cash?

 

Ilja Dragunov VS Jack Starz!

After the epic battle with Walter that disappointingly ended in a loss, the Moscow Madman reflected for a long time, and decided that he needed to start from scratch. He chose to bring things full circle against his first opponent in NXT UK, but will it go the same way now that #UNBESIEGBAR isn’t so sure of himself?

The bell rings and the two circle. They low five to show respect, then tie up. Starz powers Dragunov to ropes but lets off clean. BT Sports Studio cheers the sportsmanship as the two circle. They tie up, Dragunov arm-drags but Starz moves around. Dragunov wristlocks, Starz pushes back and uses ropes to flip through. Starz rolls, handsprings and throws Dragunov up and over! Starz has the wrist and bends the fingers but Dragunov fights up. Dragunov wrenches back, Starz spins and breaks free to dropkick! Dragunov flounders to a corner but comes back after Starz. Starz stays back and circles with Dragunov again. Dragunov blocks the arm-drag to hit a hip toss to a headlock takeover.

Starz fights up, Dragunov hits another takeover but Starz rolls it to his own headlock! Starz grinds on the hold, Dragunov fights up, and Dragunov slips through to hip toss Starz down! Dragunov has the headlock, Starz rolls it to a cover, ONE! Starz gets around Dragunov to O’Conner roll, TWO! Dragunov hurries up, Starz sunset flips over, TWO! Starz LARIATS but Dragunov stays up! Dragunov gets Starz by his legs and SPINEBUSTERS to a headlock! Dragunov grinds Starz down, Starz fights up, and Starz tries to power out but Dragunov holds on. Starz keeps trying, gets out on the third try but Dragunov runs him over!

Things speed up, Starz hurdles then ducks but leaps into Dragunov’s arms! Dragunov swings and tosses Starz but Starz lands on his feet, only to run into a BACK HAND CHOP! Dragunov goes to a corner and runs out, into a LARIAT! Starz hops up but Dragunov holds off the huricanrana, to bring Starz back up! Starz fights out, gets around and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Starz keeps on Dragunov with HARD EuroUppers! Dragunov throws forearms, Starz EuroUppers! Starz CHOPS Dragunov on the back, much like Walter would! Dragunov grits his teeth and SLAPS Starz, BOOTS him, and then fires off forearms and CHOPS in the corner!

The ref counts, backs Dragunov off, but Draguno half hatch suplexes Starz hard! Then a DEAD LIFT GERMAN! Dragunov holds on, CHOPS Starz on the back, and GERMAN SUPLEXES again! Dragunov floats to a facelock, throws heavy knees, then pump handles for an EXPLODER! Starz flounders as Dragunov shouts in Russian. Dragunov goes to a corner, and runs for a BLINDSIDE TORPEDO MOSCOW! But he’s not done, Dragunov puts Starz into a double armlock and just rains down furious elbows! Starz is OUT, the ref calls it!

Winner: Ilja Dragunov, by knockout

But Dragunov keeps going! The ref counts and Dragunov stops at 4! Though passionate and aggressive before, Dragunov has unlocked a new level to it! When he calms down, he realizes what he did to Starz. Dragunov apologizes to Starz, but can Starz even hear him? What will this new intensity in Dragunov mean for his road back to redemption?

 

NXT UK looks back on Ben Carter’s in-ring debut.

From Supernova Sessions right into a Cruiserweight Championship match with Jordan Devlin, the pro-wrestling prodigy impressed many on the roster. Carter may not have won his title match debut, but he shows a lot of promise, and will be back in action next week!

Sam Gradwell shares his own opinion of Ben Carter.

“Ben Carter? This supposed to be exciting? Fizzing around like a bloody Catherine wheel?” As much as Gradwell likes spelling out naughty words with a sparkler, he’s not here to be “a pretty little bonfire treat.” Gradwell will admit Carter push Devlin to his limit in just his debut, “but we’ll see how exciting the lad is when this Thunderstorm sends him packing back to Jersey. Ben Carter is a yogurt!” Will Gradwell rain on Carter’s parade before it even gets going?

 

Amir Jordan w/ Kenny Williams VS Tyson T-Bone!

The Bhangra Badboy is back in action on his own, and the Lucky-Yin set him up against a rather tough opponent. Will the returning King of Travelers trample all over Jordan’s singles run?

The bell rings and Jordan circles with T-Bone. They tie up, T-Bone shoves him but Jordan comes back with a shoulder! Jordan ducks the punch to get a headlock, but T-Bone powers up. Jordan holds on, T-Bone keeps fighting but Jordan grinds on the hold. T-Bone back suplexes, Jordan lands on his feet and gets another headlock! T-Bone powers out, Jordan goes up and around the corner, but T-Bone is there to snapmare and RAM Jordan! Things speed up, Jordan hurdles but T-Bone blocks the hip toss. Jordan body shots and flips up an dover, then dodges the clothesline, only to get hit with a forearm!

T-Bone drags Jordan up, scoops him, and gives him a BACKBREAKER, to a FALL AWAY SLAM! Jordan flounders but T-Bone is on him with elbows and forearms and even knees! Jordan gets to a corner, kicks back but T-Bone throws heavy hands! Williams coaches Jordan up but T-Bone kicks Jordan down! T-Bone throws more forearms, Jordan gives some but T-Bone jabs and forearms back! Jordan shoves but T-Bone kicks him down. T-Bone shoves Jordan to ropes to CLUB him on the rebound! And again the other way! T-Bone covers and glares at Williams, TWO! Williams rallies for Jordan as T-Bone whips him, but Jordan elbows back!

Jordan throws forearms, CHOPS, but T-Bone shoves. Jordan goes up, the monkey flip is blocked to a SLAM! T-Bone has the legs, and he swings Jordan under the ropes, for a ROPE GUILLOTINE! The ref reprimands then checks on Jordan, T-Bone covers, TWO! T-Bone clamps onto Jordan and drives knees into Jordan over an dover! T-Bone clamps on with a chinlock, fish hooks Jordan’s face, then CLUBS him in the chest! T-Bone wraps on the chinlock again nice and tight, and he thrashes Jordan around. Jordan fights his way up, and jawbreakers free! Jordan kicks at T-Bone’s leg, throws body shots and forearms, but T-Bone shoves.

Jordan comes back with more forearms and a dropkick! T-Bone rebounds, Jordan dodges the boot and sunset flips! T-Bone stays up, but Jordan avoids the elbow drop! Jordan throws hands, facelocks and grabs at arms, but T-Bone back drops free! T-Bone stalks Jordan to a corner, and is Williams smirking? Jordan dodges T-Bone’s corner splash, then runs in, only into T-Bone’s arms! T-Bone brings Jordan up, but Jordan sunset flips again. T-Bone stays up again, then sits on Jordan! TWO and Jordan slips out the back?! Roll up, Jordan wins!!

Winner: Amir Jordan, by pinfall

What a shocker! Certainly for Williams, he seems almost confused as to how that happened. But Williams did say Jordan would have luck on his side. Will that luck run out? Or will it take Jordan all the way back to a Cruiserweight Championship opportunity?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Xia Brookside.

“Nina Samuels. I beat you fair and square. And then you jump me after the match. You then cost me the match with Isla Dawn. What is it? This is not the Nina Samuels Show. And now, you want to drag my family’s name through the dirt? Soon enough, Nina, you will see exactly what a Brookside is truly capable of.” Will Nina consider bowing out of the leading role in a sequel with this fired up second generation superstar?

 

BREAKING NEWS!

While Primate & Wild Boar are part of next week’s massive Fatal 4 Way ELIMINATION Tag Match to name new #1 contenders to the NXT UK Tag Team Championships, their mastermind will be BANNED from ringside! That’s right, Eddie Dennis will not be allowed to interfere in the battle between The Hunt, Ashton Smith & Oliver Carter, Pretty Deadly, and South Wales Subculture! Will The Hunt end up the hunted without the Welsh Dragon there to guide them?

 

NXT UK Women’s Championship: Kay Lee Ray VS Jinny w/ Joseph Conners!

The reign that is 509 days and counting could be stopped right here! The Scary Queen of Scots has overcome everyone put in front of her, even the likes of Toni Storm and Piper Niven! But she and the Spoiled Princess haven’t had a real opportunity to go 1v1 until today! Will KLR make it to day 510? Or will Jinny having a knight in not so shining armor be a major factor?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this battle to determine the brand’s one true queen begins!

KLR and Jinny tie up, go around, and KLR powers Jinny back. Jinny pulls hair to back KLR down but KLR pulls at hair, too! They go around, into a corner, and the ref calls for a break. The ref steps in between them to break this up, and BT Sports Studio likes the aggression. KLR and Jinny circle, tie up and KLR wrenches to a wristlock. KLR grinds on the shoulder then chinbars Jinny down. Jinny pulls at her and grabs at KLR’s chin, but KLR pushes her down to scrape her boot off Jinny’s head! Jinny gets up to shove KLR, KLR SLAPS Jinny back! KLR wrenches, Jinny wrenches back and wrangles KLR with an armlock.

Piper Niven is spotted on the screens watching this match as Jinny talks trash and pushes KLR around. KLR CHOPS Jinny back! KLR bumps Jinny off buckles, throws more CHOPS and fast hands, but the ref counts and she stops at 4. Jinny puts KLR in the corner to stomp a mudhole into her! The ref counts, Jinny stops at 4, and now Dani Luna is spotted among those watching on the screens. KLR CHOPS Jinny then kicks her back. KLR whips and dropkicks Jinny down! Cover, TWO! KLR argues the count, and now Amale is spotted among the screens. KLR keeps on Jinny but Jinny shoves back, only for KLR to spin her to a GOURD BUSTER! Cover, TWO!

Conners is relieved but KLR is annoyed. KLR drags Jinny to a drop zone and climbs up top, and Conners waves hi. Jinny gets up, KLR has to jump over her and her leg jams! KLR runs back but into Jinny’s OVERHEAD ARM-DRAG into buckles! Cover, TWO!! KLR flops out of the ring and Conners is there to taunt her, but the ref tells him to stay back. Jinny fetches KLR and bumps her off the apron! And off the steel steps! Jinny fires off forearms but the ring count is climbing! Jinny refreshes things at 7, then brings KLR up. KLR throws body shots, Jinny clubs her down, and the count begins again. Jinny brings KLR up but KLR RAMS her into the barriers!

KLR brings Jinny up but Jinny bumps her off the apron! Jinny refreshes the count at 8 but KLR gets in. Jinny hurries after KLR and rains down rights. Cover, TWO! Something’s going on with the screens, and is that Aoife Valkyrie? The screens go back to normal and Jinny puts KLR in a corner. Jinny wrenches and whips KLR corner to corner hard! KLR bounces off buckles and Jinny covers, TWO! Jinny grows frustrated and she tells KLR, “You are NOT championship material!” KLR SLAPS Jinny away! Jinny comes back to ROCK KLR with a right, whips her, but KLR reverses. Jinny rolls to trip KLR up into the grounded surfboard!

KLR endures as Jinny rocks back and forth! KLR tells the ref to shut up and stop asking her, and she gets an arm free! KLR crawls and reaches but Jinny stomps her over and over! KLR still gets the ropebreaks! The ref counts, Jinny lets go to stomp KLR over and over! Jinny rains down rights again, then drags KLR back up. Jinny pulls hair and snapmares KLR to a cover, TWO! Jinny clamps on with a chinlock and now both Xia Brookside and Nina Samuels are watching. KLR endures, fights up, but Jinny pulls hair again. Jinny brings KLR up to throw a heavy forearm!

Jinny ripcords but KLR dodges, only for Jinny to ROLLING HEEL KICK! And another ROLLING HEEL KICK! But KLR SUPERKICKS back! Both women are down and BT Sports Studio fires up! Conners is worried as the standing count climbs past 5. Jinny and KLR are up at 8, and KLR ROCKS Jinny! Jinny comes back to forearm KLR and now they go back and forth! KLR gets the edge, Jinny knees low and hard! Jinny whips, KLR reverses to SUPERKICK again! DDT! Cover, TWO! Jinny survives, but KLR puts on a KOJI KLUTCH! Jinny flails, KLR thrashes, but Jinny endures! Conners grows worried again, but Jinny fights up and rolls KLR to a cover, TWO!!

KLR lets Jinny go and kicks, but Jinny blocks! Jinny throws KLR into the KNEE! Jinny drags KLR up and reels her in, LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! KLR survives but Conners argues the count. Jinny drags KLR up to club her over and over on the back! Jinny drags KLR up, KLR CHOPS her! KLR gets the leg, uses that to reel Jinny into the Gory Especial, but Conners gets on the apron! KLR lets Jinny go to back Conners off, but she turns around into Jinny’s KNEE! Jinny drags KLR up, puts her in the ropes, THE MAKEOVER!! Cover, Conners even holds KLR’s legs down, but the ref sees that!! The ref EJECTS Conners!!

Conners is furious but he grabs the belt, saying it’s Jinny’s! KLR rolls Jinny up, TWO!! SUPERKICK!! Conners is taking the title but KLR goes out to snatch it from him! KLR DECKS Conners, gets in, but Jinny has the belt! KLR ducks the belt shot, and the ref sees it, too! The ref grabs at the belt but Jinny won’t let it go! KLR gets Jinny for the Gory Especial! GORY BOMB!! Cover, KLR wins!!

Winner: Kay Lee Ray, by pinfall (still NXT UK Women’s Champion)

Jinny’s insurance policy failed her, and the historic reign continues! What will it take for someone, anyone, to dethrone KLR?


My Thoughts:

A great episode for NXT UK from top to bottom! Mastiff and Rampage was a great match, especially for an opener, and naturally Rampage wins as he’s the new big star moving up the ranks. Who knows, we might get a rematch or a series of rematches because if this was the first one, I’d love to see what they could do to build upon it. At the very least, this helps get Rampage on track towards the NXT UK Championship and Walter, and he could be in a position to challenge in the Spring to match with WrestleMania season. As a fall back, have these two guys be a tag team and just steamroll some people.

A-Kid had a decent “self-reflection” promo, but I still expect him to focus on the Heritage Cup Championship, and to build up that reign with a lot of great defenses, maybe even giving rematches to some of his opponents from the tournament. I again enjoyed Sam Gradwell’s promo running down one of the bright stars of NXT UK, he has great obscure references because I forgot what a “Catherine wheel” was until I googled it. This surely means Ben Carter’s match week is against Gradwell, and that will be Carter’s first win in NXT UK. Xia Brookside had a good video promo warning Nina Samuels, I look forward to a more intense Brookside in the coming weeks.

I was completely and gladly shocked by how Dragunov changed in that match with Jack Starz. I thought there was going to be a long run of Dragunov being mellow, more technical, and struggling to win, and then at a certain point, he’d snap and get back to Unbesiegbar. Instead, they did a lot of that in just this one match and then he went above and beyond into this extra scary Dragunov. This fugue state Dragunov is a very interesting take, but I look forward to seeing the follow-up with Starz confronting Dragunov about it.

I think Williams is turning Heel on Jordan. He tried to set Jordan up to fail against T-Bone, but then Jordan wins, so maybe Williams tries to take it up a notch and set Jordan up against someone like Mastiff or Saxon Huxley. It’ll come out that Williams is doing this out of a sense of jealousy and bitterness, the team splits up, and we’ll get a great match of Jordan VS Williams.

KLR VS Jinny was a great main event, but the only thing that brought it down was NXT UK trying to make it seem like all the women on the roster were watching via ThunderDome technology. They did a good job with Piper Niven but I swear Amale was edited in, she was in far better focus than all the other screens. The one effective one was Aoife taking over the screens with supernatural powers similar to The Fiend or Taker. I like the creativity with how Conners tries to screw KLR over but ends up screwing Jinny over. There were some good false dirty finishes, and in the end KLR wins to keep history going. I have a feeling, given those ThunderDome screen edits, Aoife will be built up so that she will be the one to dethrone KLR and immediately be a star. Not sure how effective that is but it’s clearly NXT UK’s goal.

My Score: 8.4/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (1/20/21)

The first ever WOMEN’S Dusty Cup begins!

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NXT is making history with the inaugural WOMEN’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic!

For the first time ever, Toni Storm teams with Mercedes Martinez and they’re taking on Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter to open this inaugural Women’s Dusty Cup! Who takes their first steps towards history?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: KUSHIDA & Leon Ruff VS The Way; Kushida & Ruff win and advance.
  • Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux VS Ashante “Thee” Adonis w/ Desmond Troy; Kross wins.
  • Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Imperium VS Lucha House Party; Lucha House Party wins and advances.
  • Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Toni Storm & Mercedes Martinez VS Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter; Catanzaro & Carter win and advance.
  • Tyler Rust w/ Malcolm Bivens VS Bronson Reed; Reed wins.
  • Fight Pit: Timothy Thatcher VS Tommaso Ciampa; Thatcher wins.

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Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: KUSHIDA & Leon Ruff VS The Way!

The Time Splitter and NXT’s ultimate underdog want after Johnny Gargano and Austin Theory for many reasons, one of which is the NXT North American Championship. But first, will they make sure Johnny and Austin don’t get their way in this historic tag team tournament?

The teams sort out and Ruff wants to go first. Kushida obliges and Ruff starts with Theory. They circle, tie up, and Theory waistlocks to easily toss Ruff away! Ruff gets up and circles with Theory again, they tie up and Ruff gets a headlock. Theory powers out and runs Ruff over! Theory flexes, but Ruff trips him up to dropkick him to a corner! Ruff runs in, whips but Theory reverses. Ruff goes up and out and ROCKS Theory, to then jumps back in, but Theory gets him in a torture rack! Ruff goes for a crucifix but Theory throws him off, only for Ruff to avoid the dropkick! Ruff gives back a basement dropkick, covers, ONE!!

Ruff keeps on Theory with a facelock, Kushida tags in and they double wrench to double elbow breakers! And double PENALTY KICKS to the arms! Kushida wrenches one arm to a wristlock, then steps over to hammerlock it and get the other arm! Kushida moves around to bend both arms just by standing! Kushida falls back for the SNAP LOCK! Kushida keeps Theory away from Gargano with a wrench and armlock. Theory endures, Kushida cranks on the shoulder, but Theory fights his way up to stomp Kushida’s foot! Theory throws Kushida by his head, then drags him over to tag in Gargano.

Gargano throws furious forearms on Kushida, gets him down and rams in knees! Gargano stomps away on Kushida then shouts, “I’M THE BEST!” Kushida hits back with furious forearms of his own! Kushida whips, Gargano stops himself and elbows back! Tag to Theory, who somersault shotguns Kushida down! Cover, ONE! Theory drags Kushida up, throws more forearms, then has Kushida in a corner. Theory wrenches and whips Kushida corner to corner hard! Kushida bounces off buckles to writhe but Theory stomps his arm! Theory clamps onto the arm with a double wristlock but Kushida fights up. Gargano tags in and The Way mugs Kushida in the corner.

The Way double whip Kushida, double elbow him, and then no look high-five for more stomps! The ref reprimands, Gargano covers, TWO! Gargano snapmares and basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Gargano looms over Kushida, drags him up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Theory, The Way mug Kushida more, then Theory goes for a suplex. Kushida holds that off but Theory throws body shots. Theory brings Kushida up, Kushida slips out of the suplex and tags in Ruff! Ruff goes up to missile dropkick! Ruff dodges, rallies and hits Theory with forearms! Mule kick but Theory trips Ruff, only for Ruff to kip up and KICK back!

Ruff bumps Theory off buckles, runs corner to corner, but misses the splash! Gargano rushes over but Ruff knocks him down! Ruff leaps, into Theory’s torture rack! TOWER HACKER BOMB! Cover, TWO?! Ruff still lives as NXT goes picture in picture!

Theory seethes as he looms over Ruff. Theory brings Ruff up, scoops, then taunts Kushida before he FALL AWAY SLAMS Ruff to the corner! Theory KICKS Ruff down, digs his boots in, then tags Gargano. Theory feeds Ruff to Gargano’s boots, then Gargano drags Ruff up by his arm. Gargano wrenches, and copies Kushida with the wristlock and elbow breaker! The ref keeps Kushida back as Gargano puts Ruff on ropes to choke him! The ref counts, Gargano stops at 4, then drags Ruff back up. Ruff tries to fight to his corner, he throws body shots, but Gargano turns things around to snap suplex Ruff back towards The Way! Tag to Theory, and The Way stomp Ruff down!

Theory drags Ruff up for big forearms, then traps Ruff in the corner. Theory rams Ruff over and over, then hauls him out to throw him down! Theory taunts Kushida, covers Ruff, TWO! Theory keeps Ruff down with a knee in the back and a chinlock with some digging knuckles in the shoulder! Ruff endures, fights his way up, and throws body shots. Theory ROCKS Ruff with a right then CLOBBERS him with a clothesline! Theory tags Gargano in, snapmares Ruff, and Gargano wraps on a chinlock of his own. Ruff endures again, even as Gargano drives his knee in over and over! NXT returns to single picture as fans rally up.

Ruff fights up, throws body shots, but Gargano turns him for a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Gargano clamps onto Ruff, tags in Theory, and The Way double whips Ruff to a corner. Gargano whips Theory in but Ruff BOOTS him! Ruff puts Gargano on the apron, flounders for his corner, but Theory intercepts! Theory grabs at Ruff but Ruff scrambles under! Theory has the foot but Ruff ENZIGURIS! Gargano trips Kushida off the apron! And Theory CLOBBERS Ruff! Tag to Gargano, The Way coordinate for a backbraker and neckbreaker gutbuster combo! Cover, TWO! Ruff is still in this but Gargano drags him up.

Tag to Theory, and Gargano gets Ruff up into Theory’s lift. Ruff fights the bomb and gets to a corner! Theory gets faked out, Ruff leaps to hit the FLYING CUTTER! Fans rally up as both men crawl! Hot tags to Gargano and Kushida! The Super Junior leaps with an ax handle, then TACKLES Gargano for ground ‘n’ pound! Theory gets in but Kushida KICKS him over and over! Theory whips Kushida but Kushida handspring back elbows! Handspring HEEL KICK for Gargano! Kushida boots Theory and tumbles out to TORNADO DDT Gargano to the floor! Fans fire up for Kushida as he drags Gargano up and into the ring!

Kushida aims, but Gargano avoid the Penalty Kick! School Boy KICK! Gargano drags Kushida up but Kushida turns into a suplex into an ARMBAR! Kushida clubs at the hands but Theory CLOBBERS Kushida! Kushida throws Theory out but Gargano turns Kushida around! Kushida dodges to spin Gargano, ROLLING ELBOW! Gargano ENZIGURIS! Tag to Theory and Theory drags Kushida up! Fisherman figure four and BRAINBUSTER! To SUPERKICK from Gargano! Cover, TWO!! Kushida survives the combo but Theory tags Gargano back in. The Way coordinates again, but Ruff dropkicks Theory away! Ruff dodges Gargano to FLY out onto Theory!

Kushida gets Gargano in the HOVERBOARD! Gargano cradle counters, TWO!! BUZZSAW! But Kushida comes back to hip toss and cartwheel dropkick! FAST BALL! Kushida gets that arm, hammerlock SUPLEX! Bridging cover, Kushida and Ruff win!!

Winners: KUSHIDA & Leon Ruff, by pinfall (advance to the next round)

The Way is ALREADY out of the Dusty Cup! And furthermore, Kushida has again pinned the North American Champion! Will Kushida be on the path for not just one but two titles in 2021?

 

Pete Dunne speaks.

“Finn Balor, whether you want to admit it or not, you know full well me and you are cut from the same cloth.” Same humble beginnings in the UK, but here’s what’s different. Balor left, while Dunne “built an entire brand. I made NXT UK! And what do I get as a thank you? I constantly get compared to you and what you’ve done.” Balor said everyone wants to face the champ so Dunne needs to get in line. What does he mean by that? Dunne is the REAL threat to the NXT Championship. Balor claims he doesn’t watch the business, but surely he’s been watching Dunne these last few years.

We all know that this is inevitable. And this time, Balor can’t just leave. He will pass the torch. History will speak well of Balor, but will speak better of Dunne. “The day that me and you finally meet, people will finally realize that you’ve just been taking part in MY legacy.” Will the Bruiserweight be the one to dethrone the Prince?

 

Backstage interview with Malcolm Bivens.

What’s he waiting outside of William Regal’s for? Well he and Tyler Rust are waiting for a presentation to Regal. Rust is the future of NXT. He is no rookie, he is the #DiamondintheRust! Rust will be a future North American Champion, a future NXT Champion, and- Rust finishes his talk with Regal and thanks Regal for this, promising that Regal won’t regret it. Bivens is surprised and Rust apologizes, he got here early and already had his talk with Regal. The match is made for tonight! Rust VS Bronson Reed! Bivens isn’t quite as happy about this, that wasn’t the direction Bivens was hoping for. But what’s done is done. Bivens says Rust is going straight to the top and he has a match to win. Rust is the future, but how far in the future will it be when he’s headed for a colossal obstacle?

 

Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux VS Ashante “Thee” Adonis w/ Desmond Troy!

While Dunne wants after the NXT Champion, Mr. Doomsday never lost it! Will Kross get back to the title and bring the apocalypse with him?

The bell rings and Kross circles with Adonis. Adonis kicks but Kross doesn’t flinch! Adonis throws a forearm but Kross just grits his teeth. Adonis runs but into Kross’ arms for a NORTHERN LIGHTS SUPLEX! And a roll through to a wrench and DOOMSDAY SAIDO!! Adonis writhes while Kross roars! The ref checks on Adonis but he manages to get up, only to stagger into ANOTHER DOOMSDAY SAIDO! Kross asks if Adonis hears the clock ticking! Adonis somehow gets back up, only for Kross to say TIME’S UP! BLINDSIDE FOREARM!! Cover, Kross wins!

Winner: Karrion Kross, by pinfall

The countdown to the inevitable has certainly begun, but will it be Kross who takes that title from Balor, not Dunne? But wait, Kross isn’t done! He goes after Troy, who was just checking on his Dusty Cup tag team partner! KROSSJACKET!! Troy flails, but he passes out! Kross shows no mercy, will that be the same for anyone on the path back to the title?

 

NXT takes a closer look at MSK.

Nash Carter tells Wes Lee he’s about to throw off the other tag teams. “MSK, Wes Lee and Nash Carter, number tag team in all of NXT!” How is a Borat impersonation going to do anything? “Because I’m number one!” Very nice, yes! But who are MSK? Nash and Lee came together by fate and now they’re family. They impressed against Isaiah “Swerve” Scott and Jake Atlas, and even other NXT superstars like Ember Moon gives them credit for being so innovative and precise. All the hard work, dedication, blood, sweat and tears… They’re getting teary-eyed just thinking about that Dusty Cup. They’ve fought for so long, and now they’re finally here. This is everything to them. But will they make another impressive impact in the second round?

 

Mercedes Martinez & Toni Storm speak.

They tell Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter, “being best friends means absolutely nothing in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.” Toni and Mercedes don’t need to be friends, they’re just two tough women with a common interest. So for all they care, KC and KC can go preheat an EZ Bake Oven, practice some cartwheels, and then maybe work on a TikTok video. Because what Mercedes did to Io Shirai will be nothing compared to what she and Toni do to them tonight! Enjoy the first round exit, though. Will the combined forces of Mean Mercedes and The Lightning From Down Under be greater then KC Squared?

 

Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Imperium VS Lucha House Party!

Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner have been NXT Tag Team Champions before, but they wish to return to the top and keep the mat sacred! Will Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik change those plans and make the Dusty Cup #LuchaLit?

The teams sort out and the Impeccable German starts against the Golden Lynx. They circle, Barthel corners Lince and pushes him to the buckles but the ref has him back off. Lince comes back but Barthel throws him with an arm-drag! Barthel clamps onto Lince, clubs away on him, then drags him up to a facelock and half hatch suplex! Barthel keeps on Lince with an armlock, hammerlocks it, but Lince reaches back to get up and flying mare free! But Barthel throat chops him down! Barthel glares at Metalik then goes to Lince in an open corner. Barthel ROCKS Lince with an uppercut, then digs his boot into Lince’s head! The ref counts, Barthel lets off and wrenches Lince to a knuckle lock.

Lince breaks free to CHOP, CHOP and whip! Barthel reverses, Lince Quebradas up and over and tags in Metalik! Metalik gives Lince a boost on the springboard RANA! Metalik goes up, Lince returns the favor and Metalik gets a boost for the SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Metalik chinlocks and gets an arm to wrench and wristlock. Barthel tags to Aichner and then whips Metalik, Aichner arm-drags Metalik then stomps him down! The Pride of Italy drags the King of the Ropes up to ROCK him with a EuroUpper! Aichner whips Metalik to hit him low! Aichner taunts Metalik then drags him back up to ram him into buckles and CHOP him!

Aichner talks trash in Italian but fans boo. Metalik throws body shots, dodges but runs into a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Aichner looms over Metalik, brings him up to whip him to a corner but Metalik elbows him away! Metalik runs and hits the SLING DOG! Tag to Lince, LHP double whip Aichner into the corner, Metalik corner clotheslines then runs corner to corner to BOOT Barthel! Lince heel kicks Aichner down! Imperium regroups outside but Lince DIVES! Aichner catches Lince to RAM him into the apron, then scoop SLAM him down! Metalik goe sup top but Barthel trips him up!

Barthel drags Metalik into a Tree of Woe to kick, then Imperium meets with DOUBLE DROPKICKS! Imperium strikes a pose while NXT goes to break!

NXT returns and Aichner grinds Lince down with a chinlock. Fans rally up and Lince fights back, but Aichner CLUBS him down! Aichner drags Lince up, whips him to ropes, but Lince handsprings, GOLDEN REWIND! Barthel tags in, drags Lince from Metalik with a chinlock, and grinds him down again. Fans rally, Lince fights up again, and Lince throws body shots. Barthel whips Lince to a corner but Lince kicks! Barthel blocks it, shouts “NEIN!” and then puts the leg on ropes to KICK the leg! Barthel hoists Lince up top and throws haymakers, but Lince counter punches! Lince hammers away but Barthel KICKS Lince back!

Barthel climbs up, Lince resists the superplex with body shots and headbutts! Lince CHOPS Barthel, grabs him, tornado and rebound for the DDT! Both men are down but fans fire up, hot tags to Aichner and Metalik! Metalik springboards to crossbody Aichner down! Metalik kicks, whips but Aichner reverses. Metalik goes up and out and enziguris back! Metalik is up top, tightrope to RANA! Aichner flounders, Metalik walks the ropes again to boot and springboard, QUEBRADA! Cover, TWO! Aichner survives that onslaught but Metalik fireman’s carries. Aichner slips out, dragon sleepers and suplexes but Metalik slips out!

Metalik waistlocks but Aichner bucks the O’Conner roll and Barthel tags in! Metalik knuckle locks and goes up the ropes but Barthel blocks the arm-drag! Barthel wheelbarrows Metalik, Aichner is up top, they combine for a FLYING DDT!! Cover, but Lince breaks it! Fans fire up as Barthel protests, but he drags Metalik up to rock him with rights! Tag to Aichner, they put Metalik up top and ROCKET LAUNCHER to the suplex, but Metalik slips out! Tag to Lince, LHP kick Aichner and Lince sunset flips! Aichner holds it off but Metalik goes up to missile dropkick him into the SUNSET BOMB! Cover, but Barthel breaks it in time!

Lince kicks Barthel out, then stomps Aichner. Lince drags Aichner over and whips, only for Aichner to reverse. Aichner runs into a boot, but Barthel pushes him off the corner! Aichner catches Lince and holds him up, but Metalik springboards and jumps at Barthel! Barthel catches him to a fireman’s carry, then shifts him around, AIR RAID BRAINBUSTER IN STEREO! Cover, TWO?!? Lince still lives and Imperium is furious! Aichner rains down rights on Lince then tags in Barthel. Imperium drags Lince up, whips him, SPINEBUSTER to PENALTY KICK! Aichner hauls Lince up and Barthel climbs, but Lince counters the bomb lift to a FACEBUSTER!

Metalik gets Barthel with a springboard SUPER STEINER into Aichner! LHP coordinates and Lince helps Metalik get up to ASAI MOONSAULT Aichner at the ramp! But Barthel BLINDSIDES Lince! Roll up, TWO!! Lince SUPERKICKS from the corner! Barthel is down, Lince goes up, SHOOTING STAR!! Cover, LHP wins!!

Winners: Lucha House Party, by pinfall (advance to the next round)

Was this a bracket buster right here?! Metalik and Lince send Imperium packing, and are headed for a battle of lucha libre with El Legado del Fantasma! Will the party keep rolling through the second round?

As for Imperium, ALEXANDER WOLFE returns to NXT USA, and he looks a bit disappointed in Aichner and Barthel. Will the Hatchet Man get his compatriots back on top on behalf of the Ring General, Walter?

 

NXT shares the Fight Pit weigh-in from earlier today.

Tommaso Ciampa steps on the scale to officially weigh in at 201 pounds. Ciampa double guns to show off the lean, mean fighting machine, then Timothy Thatcher takes his turn. Thatcher officially weighs in at 225 pounds, quite the gap between him and Ciampa. Regal wishes both men best of luck, and Ciampa offers a handshake. Thatcher shoves him instead! Ciampa wants after Thatcher but he has to save it for tonight! Will they both leave it all inside the Fight Pit?

 

William Regal and Beth Phoenix are on stage.

They stand on stage with the Dusty Cup to proudly present the field the next step in the Women’s (R)Evolution! Right here, in this building, women like Bianca Belair, Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Asuka, Sasha Banks, Alexa Bliss, Bayley, Carmella, Shayna Baszler and many others have had their part in that progress. These women have main-evented TakeOvers, Pay-Per-Views, and even WrestleMania! “Women’s Wrestling, you guys wanted this! It was the WWE Universe, the NXT Universe, that wanted this.” Tonight, we prepare to make history again! So let’s kick off the first-ever WOMEN’S DUSTY RHODES CLASSIC!

The lights come up to present the inaugural field of eight teams! Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter, Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon, Aliyah with the Robert Stone Brand’s newest client, Jessi Kamea, and even newcomers Gigi Dolan & Cora Jade stand on one side, with Toni Storm & Mercedes Martinez, The Way’s Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell, Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez, and Marina Shafir with newcomer Zoey Stark standing on the other. Beth says let’s get started with the first match!

Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Toni Storm & Mercedes Martinez VS Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter!

History is being made in 2021, and both teams have said their peace. Who will back those words with actions as the Women’s Dusty Classic begins NOW?

The teams sort out, Toni starts with Kayden, and they tie up and go around at the bell. They break, tie up again, go around again, and Kayden waistlocks. Toni pries free, wrenches to a wristlock, but Kayden rolls and rolls to wrench back. Fans rally, Toni spins through and wrenches again, but Kayden slips through and around to headlock. Toni powers out, Kayden rams her but neither falls. So Kayden trips Toni, taunts her, then speeds things up. Toni drops, Kayden handsprings over, but Toni runs her over! Things keep moving, Toni redirects to basement dropkick! Cover, ONE!! Toni drags Kayden up, tags in Mercedes, and she scoops Kayden to a sidewalk slam!

Mercedes glares at Kayden, Toni drops an elbow then Mercedes adds one. Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Kayden kicks from the mat then Eddy Gordo kicks Mercedes in the head! Kayden whips Mercedes to the corner but Mercedes blocks to reverse! Kayden gets around, tags Kacy, and then they bait Mercedes into a double drop toehold! Mercedes hits off ropes, KC Squared DOUBLE BOOT her down! Kacy slingshot sentons and covers, TWO! Kacy drags Mercedes up but Mercedes CHOPS her off her feet! Mercedes taunts Kacy and ROCKS her with an uppercut! Mercedes kicks Kacy at ropes, drags her up and throws a big EuroUpper! Fans rally but Mercedes looms over Kacy.

Mercedes clamps onto Kacy with a chinlock and digs her knee into Kacy’s back. Kacy endures, fights up, and throws body shots. Mercedes throws Kacy down by her hair, then “apologizes” to the ref. Kacy hits back but Mercedes kicks her down. Mercedes whips Kacy, Kacy dodges and tilt-o-whirls but the DDT is blocked! Mercedes powers up to suplex, scoop then SLAM! Cover, but Kayden breaks it! The fans are fired up as NXT goes to break!

NXT returns and Toni slams Kacy down. Cover, TWO! Toni drags Kacy up, throws forearms then tags in Mercedes. Toni DECKS Kacy, Mercedes grabs Kacy with both hands for an OVERHEAD TOSS! Toni runs in to HIP ATTACK Kacy, then Mercedes drags Kacy to a cover, TWO! Mercedes grows frustrated and drags Kacy up to CLUB her down! Mercedes bumps Kacy off buckles, CHOPS her, then hoists her up top. Mercedes throws uppercuts then climbs up but Kacey resists the superplex. Kacy throws body shots but Mercedes ROCKS her with a right! Mercedes fireman’s carries but Kacy resists and shifts position, to spin and SUPER STEINER!

Mercedes flounders away and fans fire up! Mercedes crawls and hobbles, tag to Toni! Toni intercepts Kacy, scoops her, but Kacy slips out to hot tag Kayden! Kayden dodges boots to fire off forearms! Kayden dropkicks Mercedes, whips Toni into her, then runs in to forearm smash them both! Kayden keeps moving and dropkicks Mercedes to splash down on Toni! Kayden drags Toni up, CHOPS and forearms, then whips! Toni reverses, Kayden slides to a stop to come back and victory roll, to SUPERKICK! Kayden keeps moving, BOOT WASH! Fans fire up and Kayden waistlocks Toni. O’Conner roll, TWO, springboard basement dropkick! Cover, Mercedes breaks it!

Kacy returns to ENZIGURI Mercedes out! Then Kacy slingshots for a TORNILLO! Fans fire up with KC Squared as Kayden drags Toni up. Toni HEADBUTTS! And GERMAN SUPLEXES! Toni drags Kayden up and waistlocks again but Kayden elbows free. Toni trips Kayden and has the leg, but Kayden flails to resist the Half Crab! Toni turns her over, stands on Kayden’s back, but Kayden still endures! Kayden reaches, but Io Shirai is here! Shirai yanks Mercedes off the apron and then TOSSES her across the announce desk! The ref doesn’t see this, but Toni lets Kayden go to DECK Kacy! Toni realizes something happened to Mercedes, too, and is all alone!

Kayden trips Toni up! Kacy tags in, KC Squared coordinate with a NAVARRO DEATH ROLL from Kayden, to Kacy hitting a PHOENIX SENTON?! Cover, KC SQUARED WINS!!

Winners: Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter, by pinfall (advance to the next round)

Give a tiny assist to the Evil Genius, but that was still a spectacular way to finish! Will this be what propels these two to the top of the Women’s Tag Division?

 

Backstage interview with Finn Balor.

He’s heading to William Regal’s office and barges in. Balor says Regal knows why he’s here: Balor wants Pete Dunne. But Balor already knows the games Dunne is playing, they’re all from Balor’s old playbook. So Balor wants to start with Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch. “First I’ll chop off the arms, then I’ll chop off the head.” Regal understands how Balor feels but he has to protect Balor from himself. After what happened last week, Balor can’t fight them all alone. So Regal says Balor should find a tag team partner. Regal should know Balor better than anyone. Balor doesn’t have friends, that’s the old Finn. All Balor has now are enemies. Then keep your enemies closer. Balor leaves, but will he find someone willing to fight alongside him against the would-be Kings of NXT?

 

Isaiah “Swerve” Scott finds Bronson Reed backstage.

Swerve tells Reed to not get in his business again. But then wishes him “luck” out there. Will Swerve’s words get in Reed’s head as he heads for the ring?

 

BREAKING NEWS!

After what happened to both Ashante “Thee” Adonis and Desmond Troy at the hands of Karrion Kross, Adonis’ injury won’t let him compete this Friday on 205 Live, where he and Troy would be competing in the Dusty Cup. Speaking of the Dusty Cup, KC Squared run in and are PUMPED for their win! Congratulations are in order, and they say this is what they told us would happen! No one believed in them, but they said they’d win and go down in the history books. They just beat two of the toughest women in NXT and are going to win the whole thing. Say it again! “We’re going to win the whole thing!” Will KC Squared continue to rise into immortality?

 

Tyler Rust w/ Malcolm Bivens VS Bronson Reed!

Bivens Enterprise’s current client kinda stepped in it, talking to Regal without Bivens being present. But will they keep this from being a huge setback in Rust’s rise to the top? Or is there no getting past Auszilla when you’re across from him in the ring?

The bell rings and Reed circles with Rust. Rust dodges the grapple and kicks, but Reed stays up. Rust gets around to get an arm and wrenches but Reed pushes him off. Rust comes back to get the arm again but Reed is the one with the killer knuckle lock! Rust spins through, keylocks, but Reed powers him away and headlocks. Reed grinds Rust but Rust powers up. Rust tries to power out but Reed holds on tight. Fans rally, Rust pulls hair and puts Reed on ropes. The ref counts, Rust lets off and then kicks the arm! Rust dodges Reed, things speed up and Reed BLASTS Rust out of the ring with that shoulder!

Bivens coaches Rust up and says he’s got this. Rust gets up and gets back in, dodges Reed but Reed blocks the kick to give the kick. Reed trophy lifts Rust then drops him to a GUT BUSTER! And then dead lifts him for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Rust sits on the apron as he catches his breath but Bivens says to use his brains against Reed’s brawn. But Reed drags Rust up, only for Rust to wrench the arm and hotshot it! Rust hurries after the arm, ARMBREAKER DDT!

Whoa, something big is happening backstage! Clearly Toni and Mercedes found out Shirai screwed them over, and they’re after her in the locker room! The refs and security keep them apart but is that easier said than done?

Back to the ring, Rust KICKS at Reed’s arm, and again and again. Rust throws uppercuts to the arm but Reed ROCKS Rust with a right! Rust kicks the arm, throws more uppercuts, but Reed swats the kick and throws a forearm to the chest! Reed clobbers Rust over and over, then whips him to ropes for a BODY CHECK! Fans fire up with Reed as he corner splashes Rust! Reed choke grips to CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Rust survives but Reed keeps his cool. Reed climbs up the corner, Rust hurries up and ROCKS Reed with a right! Rust climbs, goes after the arm, and double wristlocks! The ref counts, Reed uses one body shot to get Rust away, but Rust comes back to BOOT him!

Rust wants to fireman’s carry Reed, and gets him long enough for a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Rust keeps on Reed with a cravat but the driver is thrown off! Reed drops a back senton, then goes up top! TSUNAMI SPLASH!! Cover, Reed wins!

Winner: Bronson Reed, by pinfall

Rust still shows promise, but Reed is just too much for a normal man! Will Reed crush the competition on his way back to title contention?

 

Another backstage interview with Finn Balor!

Given what Regal told him about taking on Oney & Danny, Balor just needs to find a tag team partner. The Prince says there are some people around here that owe him a favor, so maybe they’ll have a little chat. Will Balor get himself a tag team partner to go after the Bruiserweight’s BritAm Brawlers?

 

Finn Balor finds the Undisputed Era.

Adam Cole says, “Look what the cat dragged in, fellas.” Balor says the cat is looking for payback. They’re all grown men. Kyle O’Reilly knows why Balor is here. Is he in? Or is he still sucking meals through a straw? Roderick Strong gets heated but Cole has him stand down. Balor waits on Kyle’s answer. The answer is yes. Then see you next week. See you then, champ. Kyle and Balor put each other through hell as opponents, will they put Oney & Danny through even worse as allies?

 

El Legado del Fantasma is here!

Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde are already in the ring as Santos Escobar walks around. “A real champion does what he wants, when he wants. You are looking at the champion of champion, the NXT Cruiserweight Champion, El Campeon, Santos Escobar.” Escobar explains to us what a true champion is. “A champion of champions doesn’t have to conquer a curse like Johnny Gargano. A champion of champions doesn’t have a glass jaw like Finn Balor.” Some people try to act like a champion, with badass cars and pretty mamacitas, with all the pomp and circumstance, like Karrion Kross! But when it’s time to prove themselves, they don’t make it to their first title defense!

Escobar has Mendoza hold onto the belt as he continues to boast. “I guess carrying a title is a heavy, heavy chip on your shoulders.” Escobar joins the others in the ring as he says, “I back up every word that I have said. And I have beaten every single person that has been on my path.” Now, even Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado came to NXT to try and destroy Escobar’s empire! But he sent them packing. Now to Raul and Joaquin, they won their first match in the Dusty Cup, and that puts them one step closer to becoming the NXT Tag Team Champions, joining Escobar as the champions of champions. LOS CAMPEONES!

But speaking of LHP, they return! Lince and Metalik don’t want to wait until round tow, they go after Legado already! But Mendoza and Wilde stomp and club them down! They set Lince up for Escobar as he climbs up, but then CURT STALLION trips him up! LHP DOUBLE SUPERKICK Legado out, and Stallion DECKS Escobar on top of them! It seems Escobar forgot that the Lonestar has his title shot up his sleeve! Will Stallion, Lince and Metalik make sure El Legado are NEVER the Champions of Champions in NXT?

 

Backstage interview with Killian Dain & Drake Maverick.

Congratulations are in order for their win on 205 Live and in the Dusty Cup, putting them into the quarterfinals. But they’re next up against MSK. How are they feeling? Maverick speaks up and interrupts Dain, saying that while last year got off to a rocky start for him, this year will be big! Maverick’s got an ally who will always have his back. It’s his best friend and tag team partner, Killian Dain! Maverick knows how great MSK is, they want to come right into the Dusty Classic and win it all, but they won’t! Because the team that will win this will storm into the tournament, go all the way to the finals and stand tall with the trophy! That team is none other than Maverick and Dain!

Dain is impressed by that little speech, and gives Maverick a hard pat on the shoulder. Maverick still doesn’t have Dain’s contact info, though. Will the oddest of odd couples be the ones to shock the world and win the Dusty Cup?

 

Backstage interview with Curt Stallion and Lucha House Party!

A couple months ago, the Lonestar earned his shot at the NXT Cruiserweight Championship. Tonight, he went out there to embarrass Escobar and it won’t stop until he gets his shot! El Legado heads in and referees keep the peace. Escobar says if Stallion wants to interrupt and ruin his message to the world, then Escobar will destroy him. But not now, because he’ll make sure to expose Stallion as the rookie he is NEXT WEEK, with the title on the line! Legado leaves and Stallion finally has his match! Will the fall of Fantasma begin this close to TakeOver: Valentine’s Day?

 

Fight Pit: Timothy Thatcher VS Tommaso Ciampa!

A battle originally meant for New Year’s Evil had to be delayed because NXT wanted to make sure both men went into this as close to 100% as possible. This is only the second Fight Pit ever, but the Professor of Pain has a huge advantage by being one of the two men in the original! Will he teach the Psycho Killer that he has all the grit he needs to stand atop the brand? Or will Ciampa show Thatcher that even he has much to learn?

NXT returns and both men make their entrances. The introductions are made, the rules are reviewed, and the only way to win is by submission or knockout! The bell rings, and this grittiest of grudge matches finally begins!

Ciampa and Thatcher don’t drop down right away, they circle on the upper ledge first. Ciampa pursues but Thatcher backs away, and then they rush each other with fast hands! Ciampa clubs away on Thatcher, has him against railing, and wants to dump him out?! Thatcher resists, Ciampa KNEES him against the railing, but Thatcher comes back with uppercuts! Thatcher ROCKS Ciampa with more EuroUppers, then he chokes Ciampa on the railing! Fans rally and Thatcher throws body shots and forearms! Thatcher brings Ciampa around for more uppercuts, then half hatch suplexes Ciampa! What a thud off the wooden platform!

Thatcher heel hooks a leg and KICKS away on Ciampa’s back! Ciampa keeps from falling over the edge as Thatcher tries to turn him, and Ciampa kicks Thatcher away! Ciampa gets up, runs in and BOOTS Thatcher down! Ciampa kicks Thatcher and throws down haymakers! And then he stomps away at the railing! Thatcher scrambles up but Ciampa CHOPS! Thatcher throws a forearm but Ciampa gives it back! Ciampa CHOPS again, and again! Thatcher is against railing as he grits his teeth, but Ciampa throws more forearms. Thatcher throws body shots and forearms in return, then knees Ciampa in the ribs!

Thatcher drags Ciampa up for more forearms then stalks him along the platform. Ciampa blocks a bump off the railing, pulls on Thatcher’s ear then ROCKS him with a haymaker! Ciampa stomps Thatcher then digs his boot into his head! Ciampa fish hooks Thatcher’s face, then gets the legs to stomp the stomach! Ciampa tries to scrape Thatcher through railing and off the top but Thatcher holds onto railing! Ciampa gets the legs to GUILLOTINE CATAPULT Thatcher into the bars! Thatcher is gasping and crawling while Ciampa applauds himself and pats himself on the back, and NXT goes picture in picture!

Ciampa sees Thatcher crawling and finally heading into the pit. But Ciampa stomps Thatcher’s hands and makes him fall down into it! Ciampa climbs down to join Thatcher and digs his face into the steel fencing! Ciampa lets off and Thatcher crawls, only for Ciampa to dig his face into the fencing on that side! Ciampa CLUBS Thatcher down, but Thatcher goes after a leg! Thatcher gets Ciampa down, digs forearms into Ciampa’s face and goes to turn him. Ciampa resists but Thatcher just smothers him with the forearm. Ciampa tweaks Thatcher’s fingers! Ciampa CHOPS, Thatcher EuroUppers! Thatcher looms over Ciampa, KNEES him in the back, then sits him up for a chinlock.

Ciampa endures as Thatcher grinds him down. Ciampa fights his way up, throws body shots but Thatcher clubs him back. NXT returns to single picture as Thatcher whips Ciampa but Ciampa stops from hitting steel fencing. Ciampa elbows Thatcher back, then throws Thatcher into the fencing! And again! And again! Ciampa then runs side to side to KNEE Thatcher into the steel! The ref checks on Thatcher and starts a count. If Thatcher doesn’t stand up before 10, it’s a technical knockout. Thatcher is up at 6, but Ciampa is on him with underhooks! Thatcher resists, and throws Ciampa into the corner where there’s only bare post!

Ciampa writhes and clutches his shoulder but Thatcher is after that arm! Thatcher stands on Ciampa’s head, pulls on an arm, then drags Ciampa to the corner. Thatcher puts the arm in the gap, but Ciampa kicks Thatcher away! Fans fire up as Ciampa and Thatcher rise. Ciampa CHOPS, and CHOPS, but Thatcher clinches, rams Ciampa into fencing then BELLY2BELLY SUPLEXES! Thatcher is after the arm for a double wristlock! Ciampa endures, moves around, but Thatcher mounts for a ground ‘n’ pound of forearms! Thatcher tortures the fingers, twists the wrist, and JAMS them into the mat! Ciampa clutches his hand and Thatcher has a sadistic grin!

Thatcher stalks Ciampa but Ciampa throws him into the steel! Thatcher slowly rises but Ciampa is up to trip him! And CATAPULTS him into steel! Thatcher falls back onto Ciampa’s knees! Ciampa has a HALF CRAB! Then he KICKS Thatcher in the back! Ciampa rains down rights but Thatcher kicks back! Ciampa stomps, rains down more rights, then goes after a leg again. Thatcher boots Ciampa into the steel! Thatcher stalks Ciampa, clamps onto the head and has a SLEEPER HOLD! Ciampa flails but there are no ropebreaks when there are no ropes! Ciampa still grabs the steel, and then LOW BLOW MULE KICKS! No disqualifications in the Fight Pit, either!

The ref checks on Thatcher but Thatcher grabs at Ciampa over the ref’s back! Ciampa uses the leverage for WILLOW’S BELL!! But Ciampa can’t win off a cover, he wants to know if that knocked Thatcher out! The ref starts a count, Thatcher is still conscious but he has to get up before 10! The count is 5, then 6! Thatcher uses the cage and drags himself up at 9.9! But Ciampa CLOBBERS him, underhooks, but Thatcher spins out to throw EuroUppers! Ciampa forearms, they’re brawling back and forth with fury! The fans are fired up as Ciampa CHOPS but Thatcher tackles him into steel!

Ciampa throws elbows, has a facelock, and he RAMS Thatcher into steel! FAIRYTALE ENDING!! And then a SLEEPER HOLD!! Ciampa wants Thatcher to pass out, but Thatcher fights up! And scoops Ciampa to RAM him into the steel! Thatcher gets Ciampa in a sleeper hold of his own, but Ciampa uses the corner to go up! Thatcher shoves Ciampa into the corner! Thatcher CLUBS Ciampa over and over and over, then has the leg trapped in the girder! HANGING STRETCH MUFFLER!! Ciampa shouts in pain, he TAPS! THATCHER WINS!!

Winner: Timothy Thatcher, by submission

Undefeated in the Fight Pit, it is truly the site of Professor of Pain’s masterclass in mauling and mangling the human body! Has Thatcher proven once and for all that he is the toughest man in NXT? But perhaps most shocking of all, Thatcher goes over to Ciampa, to nod respect to him! Is the feeling mutual after what they just put each other through?


My Thoughts:

A great episode! We got three great Dusty Cup matches, with some rather surprising outcomes. The Way VS KUSHIDA & Ruff was a great opener, and I really thought it was going to go the other way with Gargano and Theory getting this win so that they’d have something to fall back on if Kushida takes the title from Gargano. But now I feel like it’ll be Gargano retaining so that Kushida and Ruff can continue on in this tournament. Imperium VS LHP was another great match with another surprise. Though, story did dictate we get LHP VS Legado del Fantasma again to continue their story of battling over lucha libre, as also made clear with the Legado segment.

Speaking of that segment, a damn shame Stallion is a nobody to even NXT commentary outside of Vic Joseph, who is on 205 Live’s commentary. This just proves what I’ve been saying about the blending of the brands needs to be stronger because I’m pretty sure many NXT fans were just as lost as Wade Barrett was. We also got a great surprise in Wolfe showing up when last we knew, he was still in the UK for NXT UK. I suppose Walter doesn’t need Imperium backing up as no faction is trying to go after him, but I would’ve thought Wolfe would stay and go after the Heritage Cup. Maybe Wolfe finds his way into the North American Championship scene while he’s here.

The Women’s Dusty Cup had a great introduction from Regal and Beth, and we got a very good opening match between Toni-Mercedes VS KC Squared. Shirai showing up was a great surprise, and naturally she pulls Mercedes and Toni back towards the title story. Kacy should be careful with that unique corkscrew move of hers, she could’ve taken herself out since she was only half on Toni’s back. Raquel & Dakota being in the tournament was as much a given as The Way’s LeRae & Indi were, even with Raquel having that great Last Woman Standing win over Rhea. And I like that we’re getting the newest additions in the tournament already, it’ll be a great way to show their skills from the start.

Speaking of new additions, MSK had a good promo but it didn’t really explain much about who they are, which was supposed to be the point. For one, why is it “MSK?” What does that stand for when their names are “Nash Carter” and “Wes Lee?” Will we finally get that explanation when they win again? And while Dain and Maverick are a great duo and Maverick had a great promo of his own, I don’t think they’re winning against MSK. Rust definitely wasn’t beating Reed tonight but it was a great way to give him and Bivens some story. Bivens is trying to do things in Rust’s best interest but he’s just not getting it, so maybe Bivens needs to get a bit stern with him until Rust is actually champion.

Dunne had a really good promo on Balor, and Balor’s response was natural. I like that Balor said having friends and a team and all that was the old Balor, even older than being in the WWE. But it also makes some sense that he and the UE would team up against Oney & Danny, and with Cole & Strong in the Dusty Cup, Kyle was the obvious choice. Though that’s not to say Kyle was by default, the story between him and Finn made that the natural choice, and it is going to be awesome to see them brawl with the BritAm Brawlers. Kross destroying Adonis & #DesTroy seems to be a way of writing those two out of the tournament and possibly putting a losing team back in, or surprising us with a completely new team. Dare I say that Balor & O’Reilly could end up that team after what they do to the tag champs? Would Balor make history as a two-time Dusty Cup winner?

And then the Fight Pit was a great main event, and a story unique from the original. Staying up top and fighting up there for an extended time was a nice way of changing this match up in only its second edition, and it was a natural choice that Thatcher would win. Thatcher should have the Fight Pit as “his match” just as much as Taker had the Casket Match (among a few others), and it could easily be made so that whoever finally beats him in the Fight Pit looks like a million bucks. I wonder if there will ever be a title match inside the Fight Pit. That’d be pretty awesome, since they already treated this one like a title match with the introductions and dramatic lighting.

My Score: 9.3/10


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