Gold is on the line on the last Raw before Survivor Series!
The Viper and Scottish Stud once again battle over THE WWE World Championship! Who will reign over Raw and take on Roman Reigns this Sunday?
- Six Woman Tag: Asuka, Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke VS Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler & Lana; Asuka, Mandy & Dana win.
- Raw Tag Team Championships: The New Day VS The Hurt Business; The New Day wins and retains the titles.
- 8 Man Tag: Retribution VS Raw’s Survivor Series Men’s Team; Retribution wins.
- The Miz w/ John Morrison VS Bray Wyatt w/ Alexa Bliss; Bray wins.
- WWE World Championship: Randy Orton VS Drew McIntyre; McIntyre wins and becomes the new WWE World Champion.
PLAY BY PLAY
Drew McIntyre heads to the ring!
Ahead of facing The Viper once again for the WWE World Championship, the Scottish Stud is here with something to say. “Welcome everyone, to Monday Night Raw!” And Sunday is WWE Survivor Series. Since its inception, Survivor Series has been an American Thanksgiving tradition. And since McIntyre’s been in America for a third of his life, he’s come to love Thanksgiving! What’s not to love? There’s the food, the people you care about and sharing what you’re grateful for.
And as McIntyre has grown up his adult life in front of the fans, they’re people he cares about so he’ll share what he’s thankful for: family and friends he can lean on, to fans who support him, and to the WWE ThunderDome bringing us all closer together. In fact, McIntyre asks us if we’re ready to see him Claymore Orton’s head off and get the title back! McIntyre is also thankful for the doubters, the ones that laugh and talk trash. McIntyre says you have to believe in yourself, work harder and prove them all wrong, and then throw it up and tell them to read between the lines!
And speaking of doubters, McIntyre reminds us of his visit on Friday to “the head of the table.” McIntyre was doing Roman Reigns a favor saying not to worry about Orton but to worry about McIntyre instead. Roman didn’t care about Orton or about McIntyre. Roman doesn’t care about anyone but himself. “Roman Reigns has put himself on a pedestal so high above everyone else, the rest of us look like ants right now. He’s also got his head shoved right up his ass!” McIntyre vows to win tonight, go to Survivor Series Sunday, and Claymore Roman down to Earth and humble him! But McIntyre would be a fool if he overlooked-
Speaking of, Orton is talking back on the titantron! Orton hears McIntyre talking about what he’s thankful for, so Orton will chime in. Orton is thankful for, right off the top, being a 14 time WWE World Champion. But he is also thankful that the fine handed to him by the WWE for grabbing Adam Pearce didn’t faze Orton. Why didn’t it? Because for 20 years, Orton has been fined more than any WWE superstar ever! And suspended more than any superstar under contract, sitting on his butt at home longer than 80% of the WWE locker room has been in the ring! And you want to know why Orton is still here? Orton says with all the fines, the suspensions and broken rules, Orton is still here because he IS the greatest wrestler ever! And Orton will prove it again, just like at Hell in a Cell, when he walks out still WWE World Champion.
McIntyre says Orton forgot one thing. He forgot the three most dangerous letters, R K O. They’ve done this so long, McIntyre can finish Orton’s sentences. But this time, McIntyre won’t fall off the cell! This time, McIntyre’s foot will crash through Orton’s head and McIntyre will once again be WWE Champion!! But just as McIntyre drops the mic and leaves the ring, The Miz and John Morrison strut out with the Money in the Bank Briefcase. “Hey, John, do you happen to know what the date is today?” Yes, November 16th. What does that mean? That there is a NEW episode of Miz and Mrs. after Raw! And? Well there’s nothing in it about HIAC because that was the past.
And why is that important? Because the future is way more interesting! And the future is them because Miz is Mr. MITB! And that means nothing can stop them from cashing in a favor and having front row seats for tonight. When will these two learn? The last few weeks what McIntyre has done to them will be nothing compared to what he does if they get involved tonight. Miz knows McIntyre is having a hard time dealing with change, and that Orton has a hard time talking about his feelings. But a legend like Orton who has been here so long, he should be able to accept the possibilities of change are endless! The title could change hand, and the hands holding that title by the end of the night will be MIZ’S! McIntyre doesn’t believe?
Hey, John, why did Bray Wyatt stay away last week? Because he’s afraid of Miz and Morrison. And? Well because even Bray can figure out, Miz can change everything by cashing in anywhere, any time! Correct! So unfortunately, the only one who hasn’t come to terms with that is McIntyre. Change is coming, whether he likes it or not. Yes, change is coming. But the difference between Orton and McIntyre, shocking as it is, is that McIntyre is not a patient man. Then doesn’t he realize that is what cost him? But then McIntyre steps to them and they hurry out of the ring. Miz wants McIntyre to understand that McIntyre gave title matches away! He gave Orton THREE chances, but who says he deserved it? Maybe Miz doesn’t deserve a match, but win or lose, he’ll still be laughing all the way to the bank. Does Miz have a point? Or is he showing his hand a little too early in this game?
Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax meet Lana at gorilla.
The WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions just found out tonight’s Six Woman Tag was Lana’s idea, and they don’t like that. Lana says that she is still on Team Raw, no matter what they do to her. And no matter how hard Lana tries, they just don’t take her seriously. So after Miz and Morrison had their match alongside Orton, Lana thought she could do the same! This is the way she can prove herself to the others. But unlike Orton, Lana will not refuse to tag in. She is all here for the team. How cute. But while Lana thinks this is about her, it’s not. This is about the tag champs proving they run the entire Women’s Division. So Lana can be here for Team Raw, but she is NOT to tag into the match. Got that?
Six Woman Tag: Asuka, Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke VS Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler & Lana!
The Ravishing Russian’s idea might come back to bite her. Will she stay out of the way and let the Irresistible Force and the Queen of Spades handle the Empress of Tomorrow and the #SexyMuscleFriends? Or will she try to take things into her own hands again?
Raw returns as Lana makes her entrance to join Shayna and Nia. Then Asuka makes her entrance, followed by Dana and Mandy. The teams sort out and Lana actually starts, only for Shayna to tag in right away. Dana goes after Shayna with forearms and a shove. Shayna gets around, swings Dana into a backbreaker then KNEES her down! Shayna sucker punches Asuka then drags Dana up. Shayna throws Dana out hard, then laughs as she leaves Lana’s tag hanging. Tag to Nia, Nia drags Dana up and fireman’s carries, but she drops Dana as Mandy runs in. Nia runs Mandy over, drags her up and puts her arm in the steel steps! Shayna STOMPS the arm!! The ref reprimands the tag champs but they don’t care, and Raw goes to break while Mandy writhes on the ground!
Raw returns again and Shayna tortures Dana’s arm now! And she hammerlocks, but Dana rolls Shayna into buckles! Dana crawls, and hot tags Asuka! Asuka dodges and rallies on Shayna with kicks! Asuka whips, Shayna reverses but Asuka hip attacks Nia down! Shayna runs in, Asuka dodges and runs her over! Asuka fires up and runs in at Shayna for a hip attack! And mule kick! And waistlock, but Shayna throws an elbow! Asuka ducks that, Shayna ducks the roundhouse but so does Asuka. Asuka hits a CODE BREAKER! Asuka hits the SLIDING KICK! Cover but Nia breaks it! Dana goes after Nia with a sleeper hold backpack! Nia throws Dana on the apron hard then finally leaves the ring.
Shayna gut wrenches but Asuka fights out to ROUNDHOUSE! Asuka wants her lock but Nia gets up. Asuka BOOTS Nia down, Shayna grabs Asuka! Asuka endures the Kirafuda, Lana tags in! Shayna has Asuka down, she might have this won but she realizes what happened! Lana gets in, SPLIT BOOT! Cover, TWO!! Nia is furious and wants Lana to tag one of them! But this distracts Lana, Asuka ROUNDHOUSES! To the ASUKA LOCK!! Lana taps, Asuka’s team wins!
Winner: Asuka, Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose by submission
Nia is clearing off the desk! Lana doesn’t know what to do and she doesn’t get any help from Asuka and Dana! Shayna throws Lana out to Nia, and Nia says she’s actually proud of the courage Lana showed. Nia offers her a hand, and Lana takes it. Nia says Lana did great and she is a member of Team Raw now. PSYCH! SAMOAN DROP THROUGH THE DESK!! That makes for NINE times total! With Mandy possibly injured and Lana constantly getting body slammed, is Raw’s women’s team in any shape to face SmackDown’s?
Raw’s Men’s Team is arguing backstage!
AJ Styles wants them to stop this, because Survivor Series is Sunday! Now listen! Don’t worry about Jordan Omogbehin, he’s not the giant advantage they have against Team SmackDown. But that’s on paper. The reality is, despite all the great physical gifts, talents and experience, it has been a bumpy road. Their egos get in the way. But Styles is very humble, so he takes responsibility as team captain. He’s not the captain! Yeah, Fire Face is right, the Skipper isn’t the captain! Shut up with the nicknames! Keith Lee actually liked his. Styles tells them to stop fighting over this! It doesn’t matter about the nicknames, or who Brogue kicks who, or who annoys everyone Riddle. Fighting like this means they’re going to lose!
If there’s one thing Styles knows about his team, is that they all hate to lose. So they need to unite. And they are going to have a tune up against something or someone NO ONE likes. And that… is RETRIBUTION! If they follow Styles’ lead, he will make this a team! A winning team! He hands out Raw USA Network shirts, but Keith and Braun aren’t so sure these will fit. Styles asks Jordan if this is going to work. Styles didn’t want to sound all rara but he thought the speech was good. Riddle returns to tells Styles that, so as not to leave anyone out, he could give Jordan a sweet nickname. No, no, no, no more nicknames. Don’t even look at Jordan. Whatever Styles wants, man. Later, Omoss.
Omoss?! Have they been talking behind Styles’ back?! No way he could, Jordan doesn’t even know English. Wait, does he? Of course he does. Oh. Why didn’t he say something to Styles? Styles never asked. Well now he has so many questions! But the real question is: Will facing Retribution really be the key to uniting the team?
Ramblin’ Rabbit and Abby the Witch are up to something.
They have a Miz Funko Pop and a pair of Miz sunglasses! Firefly Fun House is up next, we’ll find out what this is about after the break!
Dana Brooke waits outside the trainer’s room.
Charly Caruso comes by to say she’s sorry to bring this up, but we all saw what Shayna did to Mandy’s arm. How is she doing? Rough shape, really. What Shayna did was out of line. But then RECKONING attacks Dana! Retribution’s lone woman STOMPS Dana into road cases!! If what Shayna did was out of line, what does this count as?!
Raw presents an all new Firefly Fun House!
Bray and Alexa wave hi and say it’s so nice to see us again. But do you know what isn’t so nice? The Miz! Boo! But it’s okay. “All of those Hollywood types are exactly the same: obnoxious, pompous, vapid, willing to sacrifice their own offspring to appease their reptilian overlords, not to mention… Downright rude!” But Bray doesn’t fear Miz. He wants to help Miz with his issues. Bray offers Miz a special lesson in manners, in a match tonight! And Miz needs to pay attention. If Bray has to repeat himself, let’s just say Miz doesn’t want to see his bad side. Now, this might be short notice, but Bray has all his friends here to prepare! That’s what friends are for!
Training montage! Agility! Bray blindfolds himself and focuses his senses. He bops Mercy and Huskis! Huaaa~!! Spelling…? Bray’s word is, “jackass.” Can you use it in a sentence, please? “Just spell the damn word, you jackass!” “Jackass. M-I-Z!” YAY~! Accuracy! Ramblin’ isn’t so sure about this. Don’t worry, Bray never misses. And he hits Ramblin! How could he?! Bull’s Eye! More like rabbit’s heart! Bray is ready, hopefully Miz is, too! See you soon~!
After the injury to Mandy’s arm, and the attack from “Reckoning” on Dana, neither of them will be able to complete on the Raw Women’s Team! Will Raw have to scramble to find replacements before this Sunday?
Raw Tag Team Championships: The New Day VS The Hurt Business!
Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods aren’t heading to Survivor Series just yet! They have to retain the titles in order to face SmackDown’s Street Profits! Will Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander change all that by adding more gold to the business’ treasury?
Raw returns as MVP gives us another “official announcement” from the Hurt Business. Sunday will see the best VS the best, and to make it painfully clear, no one is better than them. The All Mighty CEO, the United States Champion, Bobby Lashley, will squeeze the life out of “vermin personified,” Sami Zayn. But first, Benjamin and Alexander will take out the New Day to become the Raw Tag Team Champions, and they will take on “those clowns,” the Street Profits. And we know how that’ll go. MVP knows Alexander and Benjamin will take the titles, add them to Bobby’s title, and then Hurt Business will have a controlling interest of Raw’s gold and put SmackDown out of business.
But the New Day comes out to cut MVP off! “Now, boys. You’ve got to take the bass out your voice, because right now you’re using your outside voices.” Bring it down before the New Day throw them out. Montel Vontavius Porter, everything you said was a lie! But the one ounce of truth in that was when MVP said it will be the best VS the best! Everything else was a lie. Because the best VS the best doesn’t mean it’ll be Cedric and Shelton, oh~ no~! It’s ya bois, the NEW~ DAY~! Does the Hurt Business ever really listen to themselves? Them saying all these terrible lies, you sound like a bunch of jerks! Then do something about it. Wait, Kofi needs the punchline! The Hurt Business is more like “The Jerk Business!” Bunch o’ jerks! Wait that was the punchline? Well, in Kofi’s defense, people would be laughing if they could be here live.
But Woods says they can’t allow jerks to represent Raw as the W, W, E, World, Tag, Team, CHAMPIONS~! But if not them, then who? Who who who? Ya bois, the NEW~ DAY~! And do you know whyyy~? BECAAAAAAAUSE~! NEW! DAY ROCKS! The Hurt Business are riled up, but will they make the New Day look like the jerks for talking big only to fail? We find out after the break!
Raw returns and the teams sort out. Kofi starts with Alexander but MVP is still giving Alexander pointers. MVP finally steps down, Alexander circles with Kofi and they tie up. Alexander waistlocks for the mat slam then he floats to a facelock. Kofi moves around, Alexander stands on him and waistlocks again. Kofi switches, Alexander switches and gets a leg to trip Kofi! Alexander gets a headlock, Kofi moves around but Alexander gator rolls him away from Woods. Alexander headlocks, Kofi powers out but Alexander runs Kofi over! Cover, ONE, but Alexander keeps moving. Kofi hurdles, hurdles and back elbows Alexander down! Cover, ONE, but Kofi keeps his cool.
Kofi brings Alexander up and over, wrenches and then tags to Woods. Kofi snapmares then penalty kicks! Woods sliding lariats, Kofi rebound SPLASHES, Woods FIST DROPS! Cover, TWO! MVP argues the count as Woods CHOPS Alexander! Alexander throat chops then tags in Benjamin! Woods pushes Benjamin away but Benjamin runs him over! Things speed up. Woods hurdles but Benjamin whips Woods. Woods slides under to rolling elbow! Woods throws haymakers and CHOPS then climbs up in the corner. Woods rains down rights but Benjamin pushes him away. Woods returns to dropkick back! Cover, ONE!
Woods keeps on Benjamin with elbows and haymakers. Benjamin pushes Woods away to CLOBBER him! MVP likes what he sees as Benjamin drags Woods back up, for a scoop slam! And then another! Benjamin brings Woods up to whip and SPINE BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Woods stays in this but Benjamin drags Woods back up. Benjamin puts Woods in the corner, tags Alexander, and Hurt Business mugs Woods in the corner. Alexander snapmares and dropkicks Woods in the back! Cover, TWO! MVP is adamant about staying on Woods so Alexander covers again. ONE, and Alexander rains down furious fists! Alexander puts Woods in a rear bearhug, but Woods endures and fights his way up. Woods elbows but Alexander shoves and dropkicks him down! Cover, TWO!
Alexander keeps his eyes on Kofi as he drags Woods away. Tag to Benjamin, and Benjamin stomps Woods in the ribs. Benjamin keeps Woods from Kofi, puts on a chinlock, but Woods fights up and throws body shots. Woods reaches but Benjamin keeps him away, even as Woods throws haymakers. Woods keeps reaching but Benjamin reels him in, but Woods sunset flips! TOW, Benjamin clubs Woods then scoops him. Woods slips out and enziguris! Both men are down, they crawl for corners, hot tag to Kofi! Kofi springboards and ax handles Benjamin, DECKS Alexander and clobbers Benjamin! Kofi is fired up and the fans are fired up with him!
Kofi keeps moving but Benjamin gets under to kick and whip! Benjamin runs but into a boot! Kofi goes up top, throws forearms to keep Benjamin away, then leaps for the crossbody! Cover, TWO! MVP is relieved but Kofi brings Benjamin up. Benjamin throws forearms, whips Kofi to ropes, but Kofi ducks and comes back with a LEAPING LARIAT! Kofi fires up and runs, for the NEW~ DAY~ Boom- NO! Benjamin catches Kofi out of the air for a BUCKLE BOMB! Benjamin tags Alexander, Alexander climbs, DOOMSDAY DEVICE! Cover, TWO!!! Kofi survives and Alexander can’t believe it as we go to break!
Raw returns as Kofi endures a chinlock. Kofi fights his way up but Benjamin wrangles him back down. Benjamin grinds Kofi into the mat but Kofi still fight sup. Fans clap and rally as Kofi fights up and out. Benjamin gets Kofi back in the chinlock but Kofi jawbreakers free! Both men are down, slowly rise, but Benjamin puts Kofi in a corner. Benjamin rams his shoulder in, hoists Kofi up top, and throws haymakers! Benjamin climbs up to join Kofi but Kofi fights back! Kofi CHOPS Benjamin down then leaps for a TORNADO DDT! Both men are down again and fans are rallying! MVP shouts to Benjamin to dig deep and get to the corner! Benjamin and Kofi crawl, hot tags to Alexander and Woods!
Woods dodges Alexander to hit Benjamin, then dodges Alexander to come back with a LEG LARIAT! Benjamin returns, whips Woods but Woods boots him! HONOR ROLL! Alexander whips Woods but Woods reverses to send him out! Woods puts Benjamin on ropes to run, slide attack and dropkick combo! Woods drags Benjamin out and puts Alexander in. Woods goes up top and leaps, big missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!! MVP is growing worried as he shouts at Alexander. “You want to be a champion? Now’s the time!” Woods brings Alexander up to CHOP him, then fireman’s carries. Alexander fights out and suplexes but Woods slips out! Kofi tags in and Woods SUPERKICKS! Woods feeds Alexander to Kofi’s shoulder, then school boy roll to a FLYING STOMP! Cover, Benjamin breaks it!
Woods goes after Benjamin but is put on the apron, the KNEE knocks Woods down! Benjamin dumps Kofi out, too, then Alexander DIVES! Alexander almost takes himself out but he keeps going, to DIVE again! Alexander wants the hat trick, Woods comes in, so Alexander tags Benjamin while he DIVES onto Woods! Not the best take-off but Benjamin comes over to LARIAT Kofi inside-out! Benjamin throws Kofi into barriers, POSTS him, then puts him in the ring! MVP is fired up as Benjamin gets in and drags Kofi up! ANGLE SLAM!! Cover, TWO!?!? Kofi survives and MVP can’t believe it! Alexander is back and he tags in to bring Kofi up. Alexander atomic drops, Benjamin SUPERKICKS Kofi down! Alexander brings Kofi back up for a BRAIN BUSTER!! Cover, Woods breaks it!!
Fans are fired up but MVP is frustrated. Alexander drags Kofi up to back suplex but Kofi slips out and SUPERKICKS! Benjamin runs in but is dumped out! Benjamin skins the cat as Kofi BOOTS Alexander! TROUBLE IN PARDISE for Benjamin! Tag to Woods, DAYBREAK for Alexander! Cover, The New Day wins!!
Winners: The New Day, by pinfall (still Raw Tag Team Champions)
The 10-time W, W, E, Tag, Team, CHAMPIONS~ find a way to win and hold onto the gold! They are one of the best, but will they prove they are THE best in the WWE today at Survivor Series?
Sheamus talks with McIntyre backstage again.
Sheamus wants McIntyre to hurry, Sheamus has to get ready for his match. Well so does McIntyre! But Sheamus says that they’ve known each other for years. They know each other’s families, McIntyre’s mum was like a mum to Sheamus. But Sheamus heard about the McIntyre ancestry and he was amazed to find something that was thought to be lost forever. Something that’s dear to McIntyre and that belongs to him. Reveal! A big chest? McIntyre walks up to it, opens it up, and…
McIntyre is emotional seeing the old things again. The kilts and belts. He remembers the stories of the family history. And Sheamus has an ACTUAL claymore sword to present McIntyre! Another thing McIntyre thought he’d never see again. McIntyre thanks Sheamus for this gift. Will this be just the thing for McIntyre to become champion once again?
8 Man Tag: Retribution VS Raw’s Survivor Series Men’s Team!
The Phenomenal but not official captain of Team Raw may have a point: Mustafa Ali and his cohorts haven’t endeared themselves to anyone, let alone their fellow superstars. Will Braun Strowman, Sheamus, (Matt) Riddle and Keith Lee be able to unite themselves once and for all against these common enemies? Or will Retribution find a way to tear this team apart even more?
Raw returns and Ali speaks backstage. “AJ Styles and the rest of Team Raw believe that the members of Retribution are nothing more than mere pawns.” But all it takes is one right move, and even a pawn can dethrone a king. “Reckoning” Mia Yim says she already proved that Retribution is always one step ahead. Later tonight will be no different. Team Raw is everything Retribution despises: Arrogant, selfish, immoral superstars willing to do anything to get ahead. Braun, Keith, Sheamus, Riddle all act like they’re so different, but they’re exactly the same: spineless cowards looking for a chance to stab each other in the back. So all Retribution has to do is stand back and watch them fall. Retribution doesn’t need to shut down Team Raw because they’ll do that themselves. Ali’s only concern is to see if the captain is willing to go down with the ship.
Speaking of, Styles joins commentary and says Ali has been here for a cup of coffee. He has no idea what he’s talking about. Team Raw makes their entrances, from Braun to Keith to Sheamus to Riddle. Retribution makes their entrance now, getting in Team Raw’s faces already. The ref keeps the peace and the teams sort out. Slapjack starts with Riddle as Ali shouts, “AJ, you call this a team?” Riddle gets a leg but Slapjack sprawls. Riddle gets around to a waistlock then headlock but Slapjack slips out. Riddle gets Slapjack back but they end up in ropes. The two separate and Riddle kicks at Slapjack as they get up. They tie up again, Riddle gets around to a sleeper hold! Slapjack throws Riddle off but Riddle gut wrenches! And then gut wrenches again!
Slapjack scrambles away, tag to T-Bar! Riddle gets around T-Bar to PELE! Riddle runs in to forearm T-Bar into the corner! Then side to side for another! T-Bar fights off the exploder then BOOTS Keith! Riddle gets T-Bar for the BROSPLODER after all! And the BROTON! Cover, ONE! Riddle keeps on T-Bar but Styles is amazed about that kick-out. Riddle reaches but Sheamus and Braun both want the tag. SO they start shoving each other! Styles is upset and has to go over to his team. He tells Sheamus and Braun that as captain, which he isn’t yet, the team needs to keep this together. Braun shoves Styles into Jordan and Styles has to tell Jordan to stand down now! Ali might be right about Team Raw as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and T-Bar has Riddle down with a chinlock! Riddle fights up but T-Bar throws him down! Cover, TWO! T-Bar keeps on Riddle with body shots and tags in Mace. Mace tags in Slapjack before he and T-Bar DOUBLE KNEE Riddle! Then they double hip toss CANNONBALL Slapjack into Riddle! Cover but Sheamus breaks it! Slapjack drags Riddle away, tags in Ali and Ali looms over Riddle. “AJ, are you watching?” Ali KICKS Riddle, then makes Styles watch. Riddle CHOPS back, but Ali spins him around for a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Styles is relieved but Ali drags Riddle up. “I want you to watch what a team can do!” Ali stomps a mudhole, tags T-Bar in and T-Bar stomps a mudhole of his own! T-Bar talks trash to the rest of Team Raw before he goes back to Riddle.
T-Bar drags Riddle up by his hair, tags Mace in, but Riddle fights back! Mace shoves Riddle, he and T-Bar double BOOT Riddle down! Cover, TWO! Riddle survives again but Mace tags in Slapjack. “We are judge, jury and executioner, AJ!” Slapjack clubs Riddle down then taunts the team. Riddle blocks a kick to an ANKLE LOCK! Slapjack rolls and throws Riddle off, but Riddle fireman’s carries! Slapjack fights out, ducks a kick and reels Riddle in for a ripcord KNEE! But Riddle hits a BROSPLODER! They both crawl, hot tags to Ali and Keith! Ali sees the Limitless One and runs away! Mace swing son Keith but Keith runs him over! And he runs T-Bar over! And corner splashes Mace and then T-Bar! And then he hits Slapjack!
Keith tosses Slapjack AT Mace and T-Bar! Then Keith POUNCES Slapjack down! Styles is excited to see this as Keith dead lifts Slapjack and swings him into Mace! And into T-Bar! And then Keith tosses Slapjack aside to double clothesline T-Bar and Mace out! They land on their feet to drag Keith out! Ali distracts the ref but Keith choke grips! Ali DIVES and sends Keith into the desk!! Retribution puts Keith in, Ali covers, TWO!! Braun and Sheamus decide to work together, and they flank Retribution! The Strowman Express DERAILS Mace and T-Bar!! Slapjack runs into a BROGUE!! Styles is loving this! Keith CHOKE SLAMS Ali! Sheamus tags in without notice, but then so does Braun!
Styles is disappointed again but Braun brings Ali up. Sheamus pushes Ali down and he argues with Braun again! Braun shoves Sheamus out of the ring! Riddle tags in and now Braun shoves Riddle down! Styles can’t believe his team is falling apart like this! Ali shoves Riddle into Braun AND Keith, and then rolls riddle up! RETRIBUTION WINS!!
Winner: Retribution, by pinfall
Just as Ali said it would go! Team Raw could not hold it together long enough and now they’re imploding! Styles is mad at all of them for letting it go this way when they had it won! Will this be exactly how Survivor Series turns out?
Nikki Cross is searching the halls.
She asks if anyone’s seen Alexa Bliss but no one’s seen her. Sarah comes by to ask Nikki about last week’s ultimatum, Fiend or Nikki. Alexa chose Fiend, so why is Nikki still trying to find her? Nikki says that friends never give up on friends. Last week wasn’t Alexa, it was whatever Bray has done to her. “No matter what, I have to get Lexi away from The Fiend. No matter what.” But what will that entail?
Sarah then spots Jeff Hardy up to something. He’s tearing down posters. It’s Elias still acting like the case of Hardy’s hit ‘n’ run is still going! Hardy knows it from the phone number, too: 555-AMEN. Elias’ skills with Photoshop are about as good as his musical ones. If Elias wants information, Hardy will give him the big break he’s after. Will the Charismatic Enigma finally enlighten The Drifter?
Raw returns and Hardy finds Elias.
Hardy throws Elias’ fliers in his face and asks what these are about. Elias says he’s looking for justice to be served. “The powers that be” haven’t found the man who tried to end Elias’ career, so Elias is taking this into his own hands. Does Hardy have something to report? Hardy keeps telling Elias that he didn’t do it! Elias says Hardy is the only one who knows exactly what happened that night, because he’s the one who did it. Hardy slams Elias against lockers and tells him he was proven innocent! How many times does Hardy have to say it? If Elias keeps accusing Hardy of something he didn’t do, Hardy will be found guilty of a lot worse. “Can I get an amen, brother?!” Hardy shoves Elias as he storms off, and Elias says we’ll just have to find out.
The Miz w/ John Morrison VS Bray Wyatt w/ Alexa Bliss!
This isn’t the first time the Hollywood A-Lister and Bray Wyatt have had beef, but Miz’s past might come back to haunt him. He gets a mic to say, “Listen, Bray. I know we haven’t seen eye to eye as of late.” Bray sent a demonic doll to torment Miz’s daughter, and now Miz said some things that were out of line. Both unacceptable, one more than the other, but not the point! Let’s just consider all things water under the bridge. Like Leonardo da Vinci once said, “Water is the driving force of all nature.” Wait, really? Yeah, it flows only one way. But the point is, there is no reason to have this match. None! They should find a peaceful solution. And the solution is that Orton and McIntyre are having a title match tonight. This is the perfect opportunity for them both! Bray wants after Orton, Miz wants the title, they can work together and make everyone’s dreams come true! “What do you say, pal?”
Alexa Bliss makes her entrance, with a properly twisted remix of her music. “He says… NO.” But Nikki shows up to try and tell Alexa Bray is bad news! Alexa needs to stop this! Leave the Fun House! Please! For your best friend? Alexa says Nikki is right. But then she SLAPS Nikki and fires off furious fists! Nikki hits back and they scrap on the stage! Officials hurry out to stop this, and now Bray comes out, and Alexa calms down! Bray looks disapprovingly at Nikki, then laughs and goes arm-in-arm with Alexa to the ring. Miz and Morrison are even more afraid, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Bray is in the ring, smiling at Miz. The bell rings and Bray says to hold on. He tells Miz this doesn’t have to be this way, just shake his hand and Bray will forgive him. Miz isn’t trusting that and he throws a haymaker! Bray just laughs as Miz hits him more! And CHOPS and whips! Bray reverses to body check Miz down! Alexa laughs as Bray says, “Oopsie daisy!” Bray drags Miz up but Miz kicks and clubs him to the ropes! Miz chokes Bray, lets off at 4, but Morrison gets a cheap shot in! That only angers Bray! Alexa spooks Morrison from the corner, but Miz shouts at Alexa. Bray DECKS Miz with an uppercut, then rains down uppercuts and forearms! Miz flounders out and Bray says Miz should never talk to Alexa like that!
Bray RAMS Miz into steel steps! Bray chokes Miz, drags him up and puts him in the ring. Bray calms down and blows a kiss to Alexa before he gets in the ring. But Miz BOOTS back! Bray just gets angry again. But then Bray laughs as he chases after Miz on the apron. Miz hotshots back, gets up top, and leaps to ax handle Bray down! Basement DDT! Cover, ONE!? Miz can’t believe it! Miz throws haymakers on Bray then gives him It Kicks! Bray sits up again but gets more kicks! And more kicks! And more, and more, and more! Miz glares at Alexa before he aims at Bray. Bray ducks the Buzzsaw and table tops Miz, to then get him for- No! Miz escapes Sister Abigail and runs, into a LARIAT!!
Bray glares at Miz as Alexa cheers. Corner splash! Whip, but Miz dodges, only to get another body check! Bray is wild eyed as he gives Miz an URENAGE! Bray isn’t done, he drags Miz up for the NECK TWIST! Morrison is worried for Miz as Bray does the spider walk in the corner! Morrison swipes at Bray but that only gets Bray’s eyes on him! Morrison backs away slowly, but then Alexa LEAPS onto him and they go over the barriers!! But Miz clobbers Bray, and hits an A-List Lariat in the corner! Miz seethes but Bray just glare at him! SISTER ABIGAIL!! Cover, Bray wins!
Winner: Bray Wyatt, by pinfall
Bray calms down and Alexa rises up with a big smile on her face. Alexa walks on the barrier like a tight rope, singing along with the theme song. Bray helps her down and they walk off hand in hand. But then he shows himself on the titantron. Bray and Alexa stare blankly into space before disappearing. Will the Firefly Fun House friends slowly but surely take over all of Raw?
Every story has a beginning, middle and end.
“But no two stories are ever the same.” For Drew McIntyre, he lives a hero’s tale. The proud warrior faces trials and tribulations. Released from the WWE, the journey back to greatness was long and hard. McIntyre never surrenders, and that is why he lived his dream at WrestleMania. “But even this noblest of tales can suffer a catastrophic twist from outta nowhere.” For Orton’s story followed “a more sinister plot.” Orton is a man who stops at nothing, does whatever he wants to whoever he wants, to fulfill a preordained legacy. “I know what I desire, and I desire to become champion again.” Now these divergent tales are heading for the same fateful chapter. Orton says he is the best, but the story is not over. McIntyre made sure to make Orton’s life a living hell. Beginning, middle, end, who writes their story with their own actions?
Backstage interview with Adam Pearce.
Pearce again says that the Raw Women’s Team is down two members because of injuries to Mandy and Dana tonight. He has no choice but to add Lacey Evans and Peyton Royce to the team. Thank you for the update, Adam Pearce. And now, Charly interviews Asuka in regards to her match with Sasha Banks. Asuka is fired up for this match with Sasha! She will beat her at Survivor Series because no one is ready for Asuka!! The Empress is so fired up, will she burn The Boss down?
Backstage with Randy Orton.
What is his confidence level right now? Orton tells Charly that he has a long list of distractions right now. Bray lurking, Miz and the MITB briefcase, Roman at Survivor Series, but of course his match up next. Don’t be on that long list of distractions. The Viper is coiled and ready to strike, will he take McIntyre down one last time?
Angel Garza speaks.
“When I was a kid, there would always be roses growing in the garden. Red, yellow, white, they were all so beautiful! But they had sharp, painful thorns to protect themselves.” To Garza, all the women in the world are like the roses. Garza likes to think of himself as a thorn protecting that beauty. Look at the man next to you and ask yourself, “Will he protect you like a thorn does a rose?” Is he willing to inflict pain to defend her beauty? Garza is. And his rose, is for you.
Nia and Shayna talk backstage.
Why did Shayna stomp Mandy’s arm that hard? Can’t she hold back or something? Oh please, Nia put Lana through a table nine weeks now. Pulverizing Lana is in good fun. The team could’ve actually used Mandy and Dana. Well first of all, don’t put Dana on Shayna, that was “Reckoning.” Secondly, they don’t need anyone on their team. The only two that ever mattered were Nia and Shayna. But Lacey and Peyton come over, and Lacey says “you two nasties” better not think they can push them around. They weren’t thinking about you at all.
Peyton says what Lacey is trying to say is that they’re all very excited to be on the team, and are wondering if they want to talk strategy. Seriously? Well, not if they’re busy. Peyton drags Lacey away and Nia says this is Shayna’s fault. This is the worst idea since… Quibi. What’s Nia got again Quibi?
WWE World Championship: Randy Orton VS Drew McIntyre!
We may have seen these two battle for the title over and over again, from SummerSlam to Clash of Champions to Hell in a Cell, but those were all with the Scottish Stud defending the title. Orton won after three, will McIntyre win the title back his first try?
McIntyre takes a little longer to make his entrance, because he finishes dressing in his ancestral kilt! And carrying THE McIntyre claymore, too! “There can only be one!!” McIntyre stabs the sword into the stage and flames erupt! McIntyre is ready for war! Will “what was lost, thought never to be found again” help McIntyre reclaim the title?
Raw returns again as Orton makes his entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and what could very well be the final chapter between these two finally begins!
Orton and McIntyre circle, tie up, and they go around. McIntyre puts Orton in a corner, Orton pushes out and headlocks, but McIntyre slips in to headlock back. Orton pulls hair, powers out but McIntyre runs him over! McIntyre dares Orton to get back up but Orton stays low. McIntyre smirks as he and Orton circle again. They tie up, Orton kicks low and clubs McIntyre on the back. Orton throws hands but McIntyre throws counter punches! McIntyre ROCKS Orton then headbutts him down! McIntyre stomps Orton’s hand, much like Orton might! McIntyre brings Orton up and throws hands, but Orton gives them back! ANOTHER headbutt rocks Orton! Orton holds his face, McIntyre runs, but Orton follows, only to run into a SPINE BUSTER! Jackknife cover, TWO!
Orton scrambles away, still checking his face. Orton grabs the belt and McIntyre sees he wants to use Champion’s Advantage! McIntyre won’t allow that and he pursues! McIntyre clobbers Orton from behind, drags Orton up and bumps him off barriers! And then says, “You belong to me!” before he puts Orton in the ring. Orton is dazed, McIntyre aims, but Orton ducks the Claymore like HIAC! Orton bails out again, grabs the belt of the ground, and considers leaving again. But Adam Pearce cuts him off at the ramp! Pearce says there will be NO HOLDS BARRED NOW!! Will the Viper stand a chance against McIntyre now that the rules have changed?
WWE World Championship No Holds Barred: Randy Orton VS Drew McIntyre!
Raw returns once again and Orton throw haymakers but McIntyre gives them back. They brawl back and forth, Orton kicks low then whips McIntyre to a corner. McIntyre comes back to clothesline Orton! McIntyre whips but Orton reverses to the back2backbreaker! Orton bails out to use the No DQ stipulation and he brings in a chair! Orton aims and JAMS McIntyre, then SMACKS him on the back! McIntyre writhes but Orton looms over him. Orton mockingly asks how McIntyre is doing. McIntyre paws at Orton but Orton JAMS McIntyre with the chair more! McIntyre holds the chair off as Orton goes after the jaw! Orton presses the steel into McIntyre’s face! Orton finally lets off but he grins as he aims again.
Another SMACK on McIntyre’s back sends him writhing to a corner! Orton covers, TWO! Another, ONE! Another, ONE! Orton pushes McIntyre out and follows behind, and he gives McIntyre a BARRIER BACK SUPLEX! McIntyre falls in a heap and Orton goes right to the steel steps. Orton aims at McIntyre as McIntyre rises, and RAMS him down! Orton drags McIntyre back up and puts him in the ring. Cover, TWO!! McIntyre is still in this and Orton can’t believe it! Orton keeps McIntyre from grabbing the chair as he stomps onto the bad jaw! Then a knee, then a foot, then a hand! Orton drops a knee right on McIntyre’s head, then covers, TWO! Orton doesn’t let off as he throws McIntyre right back out. Orton tosses the chair, no longer needing it.
Orton stalks McIntyre to the announce desk, but McIntyre blocks the bump to CHOP back! Orton pokes McIntyre’s eyes! McIntyre staggers about, Orton clears off the desk and brings McIntyre back. Orton throws uppercuts, then gives McIntyre an ANNOUNCE DESK BCK SUPLEX! The ref checks on McIntyre but he won’t give up like this. Orton climbs up to ground ‘n’ pound McIntyre into the desk! Orton makes sure to go after the bad jaw, too! “The title’s mine! It’ll never be yours again, you hear me?!” Orton drags McIntyre off the desk, just to back suplex him back onto it! McIntyre writhes but Orton clears some space.
Orton drags McIntyre up and around, but McIntyre blocks this third one! McIntyre punches Orton back, throws haymakers and has Orton against the desk! McIntyre punches Orton until he’s on the desk, then brings him up for a DESK BACK SUPLEX of his own! McIntyre brings Orton up for a second DESK BACK SUPLEX! Orton sputters and curses under his breath while McIntyre seethes. McIntyre gets some space, aims at Orton, runs in and CLAY- NO! Orton moves and McIntyre crashes and burns off the desk! McIntyre is down and writhing as Raw goes picture in picture!
Orton rests against the ring apron while McIntyre is still down. McIntyre gets up slowly as the ref checks on him. Orton goes searching under the ring again and he brings out a table! But Orton also moves slowly from all the damage he’s taken, so McIntyre is rising from behind the desk! McIntyre tumbles from the pain in his back, Orton gets the table up. Raw returns to single picture as Orton hobbles over to McIntyre. Orton brings McIntyre over, but McIntyre blocks the bump off steps to give it to Orton! McIntyre puts Orton in the ring but Orton kicks him down! Cover, TWO! Orton keeps on McIntyre by pulling hair and wrapping on a chinlock. McIntyre endures as Orton squeezes tight.
Fans rally up and McIntyre fights his way up. McIntyre throws body shots, throws haymakers and a CHOP! McIntyre whips and OVERHEAD SUPLEXES Orton! Then does it again from the corner! McIntyre grits his teeth as he demands Orton stand. Orton rises, McIntyre runs in, leaping neckbreaker! And a kip up! McIntyre says he still has plenty left! He watches Orton rise again, kicks low and underhooks, but no Future Shock! McIntyre kicks him again to whip Orton to a corner, but Orton puts McIntyre on the apron. McIntyre climbs up, Orton haymakers first then throws more hands as he climbs up to join McIntyre. McIntyre hits back, they brawl up top but Orton gets McIntyre up, for a SUPERPLEX! But both men are down, Orton has to crawl to a cover! TWO!!
Orton is too sore to be frustrated. He and McIntyre slowly rise, and he goes to RKO but McIntyre backslides! TWO, but McIntyre hits FUTURE SHOCK! Cover, TWO!! Orton survives both what beat him at SummerSlam and what would normally beat normal men! McIntyre drags Orton back up, fireman’s carries but Orton fights free to the apron. McIntyre hotshots Orton but Orton holds on! McIntyre JABS Orton, pie faces him, and then CHOPS him! Orton falls through the table!! McIntyre grins as he drags Orton back up from the wreckage and puts him back in the ring. Cover, TWO!! Orton survives and McIntyre is beside himself!
McIntyre goes to a corner, seethes as he aims at Orton again, and Orton rises, to POWERSLAM McIntyre out of the Claymore! Both men are down again, their backs both killing them! Orton’s back has a cut on it and it’s bleeding slightly as he stalks McIntyre outside and to the desk. Orton drags McIntyre along for a DRAPING DDT! A bit double-edged given Orton’s back but he won’t let up. Orton goes to the ring, drags McIntyre up through the ropes, for another DRAPING DDT! Fans give thumbs down as Orton hears the voices in his head! McIntyre sits up in a daze, Orton stalks up behind him, but McIntyre shoves him away! CLAYMORE OUTTA NOWHERE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall (NEW WWE World Champion)
The conquering hero is a two-time WWE World Champion!! And now he tells “the head of the table” to set a place for him this Sunday, because McIntyre’s coming for him! Will McIntyre finally prove HE is #TheBestoftheBest against Roman Reigns at Survivor Series?
What a great Raw for the go-home to Survivor Series! The main story with the world title and everyone related was great stuff. McIntyre doing a great opening promo, Miz and Morrison with a pretty good promo to remind us about the MITB chances, McIntyre scaring them off, good stuff. Firefly Fun House with Bray’s response to Miz was good stuff, and I just knew the spelling bee would have that kind of punchline. Bray VS Miz, with Alexa, Morrison and even Nikki having their own parts to play, was great stuff, too. I really need to see Alexa VS Nikki be a thing for at least Royal Rumble, possibly a rematch at WrestleMania and that is where we get the second ever Firefly Fun House match. Now obviously there was no cash-in tonight because Miz got beat up by Bray so it’s totally logical.
McIntyre VS Orton was incredible, practically PPV worthy in itself, and it has been quite some time since I’ve seen a table cut someone’s back up. It is amazing for McIntyre to win the title back and give us McIntyre VS Roman for Survivor Series. It was also good for Roman not to show up and step on McIntyre’s moment, McIntyre needed to have the ending of Raw alone to himself. Now, I feel like my idea for Miz cashing in during the World VS Universal Championship could still happen, but could also be disrupted any number of ways. For one, would Miz have to specify he’s after the world title and not the Universal? That could cause hesitation that then costs him. But there’s also the chances Jey Uso shows up to defend Roman, which can also be used as a pivotal moment in the Tribal Chief story, which I would love to see.
The Women’s Division story took an interesting turn. Mandy and Dana being sidelined from Survivor Series seems like a shame, but it at least meant “Reckoning” Mia Yim something to do tonight. Obviously Peyton and Lacey were going to replace Mandy and Dana, there are no other women to join the team right now. I did appreciate their bit with Nia and Shayna, and while Peyton and Lacey have similarly entertaining “not friends but still a team” chemistry, I don’t know why Vince broke IIconics up just to make another odd couple team. Asuka had a fairly goofy promo to hype up her match with Sasha Banks, but I think Asuka’s build to Survivor Series has been very lacking because of so many women being involved in the tag team story. And in Lana’s own role in this, I wish Nia had spared her this week, so that it can be even a slight surprise at Survivor Series if she gets put through a desk again.
Not sure how to feel about Elias and Hardy continuing the feud. Elias should just let it go, but then he wouldn’t have a feud with anyone. The Raw Tag Team Championship match was incredible stuff, but I’m glad New Day wins. It would make all the segments Big E and The Street Profits have had completely pointless. Profits want after New Day so it’s great that they get what they want, and that match will be great stuff, too. Unless SmackDown pulls the rug out from under this with a SmackDown Tag Team Championship match where Profits lose. SmackDown’s the cooler show so they probably wouldn’t do that.
The Raw Men’s Team had a lot of great stuff tonight. They had great character work arguing about things, and I liked the bit of banter with Styles and Jordan. Though, clearly WWE is just scrubbing Raw Underground continuity about Jordan. He talked to Shane all the time, Styles should know Jordan can speak English! Ali had a really good promo and it seemed natural that Team Raw fell apart as he said. I just wish Retribution would be written as better characters. Ali shouldn’t be chicken Heel, T-Bar should be on the same power level as Dijak, and the 8 Man Tag should’ve been amazing from start to finish. Dijak and Keith should’ve given us some reminders of NXT and then part of the story is that Keith feels like he’s met T-Bar before, a totally tongue in cheek way of hinting at who T-Bar really is behind the mask. That would be the ultimate way to redeem what Vince has done to Retribution.
My Score: 8.6/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (8/16/22)
Who gets burned by the Heatwave?
NXT is on fire tonight!
NXT is red hot with all this gold on the line! Will JD McDonagh dethrone Bron Breakker? Will the Toxic Reign finally come to an end?
- NXT North American Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Giovanni Vinci; Melo wins and retains the title.
- Roxanne Perez VS Cora Jade; Jade wins.
- The Fate of Legado Street Fight: Santos Escobar VS Tony D’Angelo; D’Angelo wins and Escobar must leave NXT.
- NXT Women’s Championship: Mandy Rose VS Zoey Stark; Mandy wins and retains the title.
- NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS JD McDonagh; Bron wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
A heatwave hits NXT!
With it, we see a finale in the saga of Legado and D’Angelo, a grudge match of former friends explodes, and the Toxic Goddess defending her throne against the returning rising star. And in the main event, the Irish Ace looks to pick the NXT Champion apart and take that title from whatever is left. So get yourself a nice cold beverage, sit back and relax a show that is too hot to handle!
NXT North American Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Giovanni Vinci!
Another title on the line is that of the North American Championship! Melo says when he shoots, he don’t miss! But when you live lavishly like Giovanni, every day is #ViniVediVinci! Will Melo shoot down the Pride of Italy? Or will it be a campione vittoria to spark the Heatwave?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who lights it up here tonight!
Fans rally up as the two circle and tie up. Vinci waistlocks and TOSSES Melo away then says he’s the new champion, Melo storms up but into a wrench and headlock. Melo powers out then leaps as Vinci leaps, and Melo clips Vinci’s legs! Vinci lands hard and Melo fires forearms. Melo headlocks but Vinci throws body shots. Vinci headlocks but Melo powers out to hurdle. Vinci blows past Melo to run him over! Cover, ONE, but Vinci has Melo in a corner, Melo avoids the forearm to CHOP! Melo headlocks then whips corner to corner but Vinci reverses. Melo goes up, Vinci catches him, but Melo slips off!
Melo waistlocks, Vinci switches, Melo rolls off his back to springboard LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Melo throws haymakers. Vinci staggers, Melo CHOPS him, then Melo pie faces Vinci! Vinci blocks the next punch to CHOP back! Fans fire up and even Trick is stinging, but Melo reverses the whip, only for Vinci to springboard CROSSBODY! Vinci gets Melo back and fans fire up again. Vinci kicks Melo around, drags him up into a corner, and CHOPS him! Melo staggers away but Vinci is after him to CHOP again! Vinci puts Melo into another corner, for another CHOP! The fans are all stinging from that one!
Vinci flexes and fans want that “One More Time!” but Melo throws a forearm. Vinci throws a EuroUpper, Melo forearms again, and Vinci throws another EuroUpper. Melo throat chops, whips but Vinci reverses. Melo ducks and both men run, and DOUBLE LARIATS wipe them both out! The fans are fired up even more as NXT goes picture in picture.
The ref checks both men and fans are rallying for “NXT! NXT!” as both men stand. Melo and Vinci throw DOUBLE HAYMAKERS, then Vinci kicks low. Vinci whips, and CALF KICKS Melo down! Vinci soaks up the cheers and jeers and he covers, TWO! Vinci jams his knee into Melo’s back, clamps onto the shoulders, then shifts to a chinlock. Vinci traps Melo’s arms but Melo pries at the hold. Melo fights up to his feet, throws body shots, but Vinci knees low! Vinci whips but Melo reverses. Trick swipes at Vinci but the ref warns him! Melo BOOTS Vinci all the same! Melo rains down fists, then flexes in his cover, TWO!
Melo storms up on Vinci and brings him up to ROCK him! Vinci throws a body shot! Melo comes back but Vinci throws more body shots. Melo knees low, rolls with the snapmare and BOOTS Vinci down! Cover, TWO! Melo clamps onto Vinci with a dragon sleeper but Vinci powers out! Melo is right back on Vinci with a facelock and he grinds Vinci down. Vinci fights up, but Melo wrangles him back down. Vinci endures the grind, but Melo CLUBS him on the back! Melo cranks on the hold, pushing up with his legs for leverage, but Vinci still endures. Vinci fights up again, Melo throws body shots, but Vinci powers up!
Melo holds on tight as Vinci tries to throw him off! Melo pulls back on the hold as NXT returns to single picture, but Vinci tries again! Vinci TOSSES Melo away! Melo storms back up but Vinci whips him away, to then scoop for a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Both men are down but the fans fire up! Vinci storms up and whips, but Melo reverses and follows, but springboards into Vinci’s arms! Vinci fireman’s carries for the ROLLING SENTON! And then a MOONSAULT from the corner! Cover, TWO! Vinci drags Melo up, reels him in, but Melo rolls Vinci up! TWO, Melo rebounds but the superkick is swatted!
Vinci springboards but Melo kicks the legs out! Vinci is stuck, for the FADEAWAY! Cover, TWO! Vinci survives and fans argue the count on Melo’s behalf, but that was two! Trick coaches Melo and Melo fires up. “This is Awesome!” and Melo brings Vinci up. Vinci suplexes first but Melo slips out to O’Conner Roll! TWO, Melo comes back to SUPERKICK! Vinci drops to a knee, Melo goes up the corner, but Vinci catches the jump! BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Vinci catches his breath. Vinci blocks a kick, reels Melo in but Melo slips free, but into the lift! Melo slips off to suplex CUTTER! Cover, TWO!!
Fans rally harder as Melo thinks on what he has to do. Melo goes to a corner, he goes up the corner, and then leaps, but Vinci gets under the Three Pointer! Vinci TOSSES Melo out, but Trick is there to catch him! Vinci goes up and up and SUPER CROSSBODIES!! Vinci wipes out Melo and Trick, fans lose their minds, and Vinci puts Melo back in! Vinci springboards and springboards to MOONSAULT!! Cover, Trick helps Melo get the ROPEBREAK! Were they watching The Miz and Ciampa last night on Raw? Vinci storms out after Trick and dares him to do something, but then Melo RAMS Vinci into the steel steps!
Melo goes back up top and leaps, but Vinci dodges again! Vinci shoves Melo, blocks his boot, and reels him in for a LARIAT! Melo gets turned inside out but that’s not all! Vinci gets Melo up as Trick runs in, POWERBOMBO onto Trick! Vinci drags Trick up to give him the POWERBOMB! Then another kick to Melo, another lift, another POWER- RANA!!! Melo wins!!
Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)
Huge assist to Trick! Melo would not have made it through the heat if not for him! Will there be another #Melobration in Trick’s honor soon enough?
Toxic Attraction arrives.
Mandy Rose, Jacy Jayne & Gigi Dolin see Bron Breakker also arriving. He’s got an uphill battle tonight, huh? Yeah, and so does Mandy. Well okay. We’ll see who leaves with their title. Yes, we will. Toxic Attraction seems to consider Bron a contender, but will Mandy and Bron still have the gold after tonight?
Julius Creed speaks.
Via twitter, Julius said, “So I went back and watched the 8 Man Tag over and over and over again, but I found what I was searching for. And I’m gonna address who needs to be addressed, but I’m gonna do it in front of the NXT Universe this Tuesday at Heatwave.” As such, he and the rest of Diamond Mine are heading to gorilla in the present. What did he see and who does he plan to confront? We’ll see, after the break.
Von Wagner & Robert Stone speak.
“Mr. Stone” says that two weeks ago, Solo Sikoa got a so-called victory, yet he’s the one on the shelf and Von’s still standing. If you learned anything from that match, it is that Von is a freak of nature! Von can run a 40 yard dash in 4.5 seconds and he can bench press 225 pounds 30 times. If Von wanted to go to an NFL team and get a contract, he could! Von says Stone has heard all the talk, how there is a change in the air. It doesn’t matter if you’re internet famous or popular with the media! “The Game has changed, but the rules remain the same. Anyone smaller or weaker will not survive in my jungle!”
The Diamond Mine heads to the ring!
Julius & Brutus Creed lead Roderick Strong and Damon Kemp out, and they all get a mic. Julius starts by saying, “Less than a year ago, my brother and I got an opportunity of a lifetime: to learn from one of the greatest champions in NXT history, Roderick Strong. And we jumped at that opportunity. And we dedicated every fiber of our being to win the Dusty Cup and to win these NXT Tag Team Championships for Diamond Mine. We’ve been stitched, we’ve been stapled, we’ve wound ourselves up doing cannonballs, all for this right here.
“But recently, it was brought to my attention that someone’s trying to destroy what we’ve built. Someone’s trying to destroy Diamond Mine. And I wanted to use this opportunity to call that person out right now!” Julius looks to the ramp, but then he looks at STRONG! Is Julius kidding?! Strong can’t believe Julius is blaming Strong! Strong founded Diamond Mine and brought in the Creeds! They’re one-of-a-kind athletes with endless potential! That is something he never had. And he stands here looking at them as the NXT Tag Team Champions! Fans chant, “They Don’t Need You!” and Strong says yes they do!
But look at him, Julius. They are one of the best tag teams in all the WWE! Strong would put the Creeds up against the Usos any day of the week! That is how much he believes in them! They’re the future of this place! That’s great, and they can tell the Usos for them, but the Creds aren’t just the future, they’re the now! But Strong can say whatever he wants to their face, because Julius knows Strong will just stab them in the back. Brutus isn’t so sure, though. Julius says he is sure, though. Then Brutus says he has his brother’s back! But Strong says Julius needs to be careful with the next works that come out of his mouth!
Julius says everything he does is calculated. He isn’t gonna play games, he’s gonna just show Strong instead! Roll the tape! Strong was throwing knees, Julius was throwing lariats, but then Tony looked to Strong and they had a moment! Strong hits Julius with the knee, and that is enough for Julius! Tony signaled Strong! Or was Julius imagining it? Strong says they can’t be serious here! Strong doesn’t know, Tony D is a scumbag. Maybe Tony has a tic or he was signaling his own team. But y’know what? Let’s just do it! Let’s lay all the cards on the table! Since MAY, they’ve had something against Strong, and now-
GALLUS ATTACKS!! Wolfgang and the Coffey Brothers are here in the States! They’re beating down Kemp and the Creeds! Fans fire up for Gallus as they glare at Strong, and then Joe hits a GLASGOW SENDOFF! Mark and Wolfgang stomp away on Strong, then they go back to whooping the Creeds! Fans are torn but it seems NXT is now Gallus’ kingdom! And there’s the green light, just as Apollo Crews foresaw! Has Gallus just destroyed the Diamond Mine?
Backstage interview with Roxanne Perez.
McKenzie says Roxie finally gets a shot at Cora, and she says this is the most nervous she’s ever been in a match. Her stomach has been in knots all day, because she never thought she’d be fighting her best friend. But Cora wanted this. Cora ended their friendship! And now Cora has nowhere to hide! Cora’s made her bed, and now she has to sleep in it. Cora’s music hits so Roxie heads out, will the Women’s Breakout Tournament winner break her former friend?
Roxanne Perez VS Cora Jade!
NXT returns as Roxie makes her entrance. And she rushes right in so the bell rings! THESZ PRESS and then Roxie dribbles Cora! Cora gets out, but Roxie runs and DIVES! Direct hit and Roxie puts Cora in the ring. Cora bails out again so Roxie DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp, and Roxie hurries to put Cora in. Cover, TWO! Roxie drags Cora up to whip her to ropes, but Cora holds ropes to stop herself. Cora ROCKS Roxie, ROCKS her against ropes, then whips her into the rope to run and back elbow her down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Cora drags Roxie up. Cora bumps Roxie off buckles, then throws big forearms!
Fans rally and duel as Cora throws more shots, and she snapmares Roxie to a cover. TWO, Roxie grits her teeth but Cora brings Roxie up. Cora suplexes but Roxie fights it. Roxie then slips out, UPPERCUTS, and UPPERCUTS again! Roxie whips, back drops Cora, then run sin to SOBAT! Roxie runs to SHOTGUN Cora down! Fans rally and Roxie drags Cora up. Cora ROCKS Roxie back, run sin at the ropes, but Roxie puts her on the apron. Roxie CLOBBERS Cora and Cora falls to the floor! Roxie builds speed again, to DIVE into a forearm! Cora drags Roxie out to snap suplex her to the floor! Cora seethes while NXT goes picture in picture.
Cora soaks up the heat from the fans while Roxie writhes. Cora returns to fetch Roxie, and smacks her off the apron! Cora CHOPS Roxie, puts her in the ring, then runs in to IMPLODER STOMP! Cover, TWO! Cora is furious and she hammers away on Roxie’s back! Cora talks trash and kicks Roxie around. Cora smacks Roxie off the mat, drops an elbow on her back, then stalks Roxie to ropes. Roxie throws forearms but Cora DECKS her! Cora snap suplexes Roxie hard, then grins as she covers. TWO, and Cora is annoyed. Cora stomps Roxie to the corner, digs her boot in, but lets off as the ref counts. Roxie crawls, Cora CHOKES her on the ropes!
Cora lets off as the ref counts again, and Cora stomps Roxie down. Cora kicks Roxie to another corner, taunts her as she stands Roxie up, and she fires off big forearms! Cora trips Roxie, then goes corner to corner to BRONCO BUSTER! Cora drags Roxie to a cover, TWO! Cora is annoyed and she stalks Roxie to ropes again. Cora makes Roxie smile with fishhooks, then puts her on the ropes. Cora runs side to side but Roxie avoids the back elbow! Roxie runs in to DOUBLE KNEE Cora against ropes! Roxie drags Cora up, wrenches and hooks her up, but Cora fights the leg sweep! Cora pulls hair to LARIAT Roxie down! Cover, TWO!
NXT returns to single picture and Cora is still cocky as she drags Roxie up. Cora gets the arms and has the motorcycle stretch, but Roxie endures. Fans rally up as Roxie fights up, but Cora wrangles her back down! Cora digs her knee in but Roxie endures. Fans rally again and Roxie fights up. Roxie turns things around but Cora turns them right back around! Roxie stands back up, flips through and KANGAROO KICKS Cora away! Cora storms back up but into a cradle! TWO! Cora rushes to Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Roxie has the cover now, TWO! Cora trips Roxie, jackknifes, TWO as Roxie bridges up!
Roxie spins Cora around, but Cora fights the backslide! Fans duel, Roxie spins Cora around and DOUBLE FOREARMS knock both women for a loop! DOUBLE BOOTS take them both down! Fans fire up as both women stir and go to opposite ends. Roxie and Cora slowly rise, and Roxie counter punches Cora! And again! Roxie eggs Cora on so Cora KNEES her low! Cora whips, Roxie ducks ‘n’ dodges, then CLOBBERS Cora! And CLOBBERS her again! Roxie puts Cora in a corner, runs in and UPPERCUTS! Then a roll and UPPERCUT! Roxie brings Cora around, for the RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO!
Roxie grows frustrated but she grabs at Cora. Roxie reels her in, PAIGE TURNER! Cover, TWO!! Cora survives and Roxie is beside herself! Roxie drags Cora up to throw a KNEE, and another KNEE, then she hops on! POP- NO, Cora pops free to SHINING WIZARD at the ropes! Cora full nelsons for a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Cora is fuming as Roxie survives but the fans rally back up. Cora goes to the corner and grabs her custom kendo stick! The ref says no, but Cora still aims at Roxie! Roxie ducks and kicks back! And now Roxie grabs the kendo stick! Fans fire up and Cora wants mercy! Roxie hesitates, but she drops the stick.
And Cora SUCKER PUNCHES Roxie! DDT onto the kendo stick! Cover, Cora wins!!
Winner: Cora Jade, by pinfall
#GenerationJade still got to use her kendo stick against Roxie, and she stands over her fallen friend. Will Cora be cruising her way to another title opportunity?
Backstage interview with Josh Briggs, Brooks Jensen & Fallon Henley.
McKenzie is with the NXT UKT ag Team Champions and brings up last week. Jensen says how about not. Briggs says Lash Legend & Pretty Deadly did get one up on them, but they’ll see each other again soon. But then Gallus walks by with security trying to escort them out. Wolfgang tells the good ol’ boys that those titles don’t belong to them. Well they’re the champs, so these belts do belong to them. Oh, they’ve been champions all of what? Five minutes? Six minutes, actually. But what’s up? Try 497 DAYS! Briggs mockingly applauds but Mark says that’s longer than Briggs or Jensen have been in the business!
Joe says here’s what we’ll do: turn this place upside down! And then it’ll be Gallus Boys Up Top! Those UK titles are coming home with them! Any time, any place! Then how about next week? Jensen says if Gallus can get in the building, then they’ll do the damn thing! Gallus gets fired up but security stays between them and the champions, will we see the UK Tag Team Championships be put on the line?
The Fate of Legado Street Fight: Santos Escobar VS Tony D’Angelo!
This has been building for four months, and it finally explodes here tonight! The Emperor of Lucha Libre is fighting for the freedom of his familia, but The Don is fighting for full control. If Escobar loses, he is OUT of NXT. But if Escobar wins, he and Legado del Fantasma are out from under Tony’s thumb. What happens when there’s nothing holding these two back from hurting the other?
Elektra Lopez, Joaquin Wilde & Cruz Del Toro follow El Hijo del Fantasma to the ring. They are united as familia, but will they have to part ways after this? Tony makes his entrance and hands his hat and tracksuit jacket to Stacks, and turns around into Escobar CHUCKING a chair in his face!! The ref reprimands as the match hasn’t even started but fans are loving it! The bell rings, Escobar fires off hands but Tony hits back. They brawl, Escobar KNEES Tony then LARIATS! Escobar sits that chair up, kicks Tony around then SMACKS him off the seat! Escobar runs to RANA Tony onto the chair! Cover, TWO!!
Tony survives but Escobar wedges the chair into the corner. Escobar runs in to the other corner to KICK Tony! And to KICK again! Escobar whips and CHOP BLOCKS Tony’s leg out! Fans fire up while Tony hobbles, into a dropkick to the leg from Escobar! Escobar stalks Tony, stomps his leg, then puts him in a corner to stomp away on that leg! Tony hobbles but Escobar stands him up. Tony fires off body shots, he throws more hands, then whips corner to corner! Escobar stops himself and he KNEES Tony down! Cover, TWO! Escobar makes sure the chair is secure in the corner before climbing. Escobar FLYING CROSSBODIES Tony down!
Fans fire up and Escobar calls to Legado! But Stacks LEAPS onto Cruz & Wilde! So much for their sidekicks! Tony throws hands but Escobar whips. Things speed up and Escobar DROPKICKS Tony down! Fans fire up and Tony flounders around. Escobar grins as he paces around the ring. Stacks glares at Escobar but Wilde CLOBBERS Stacks! Escobar builds speed and DIVES into a trash can lid!! Fans are torn as Tony looms over Escobar and NXT goes to break.
The ref check son Escobar as he clutches his arm, but Escobar says he’s still okay to go. So Tony SMACKS Escobar with the lid! And again! Tony puts Escobar in the ring, stomps him around, then drags him up to shove t a corner. BELLY2BELLY on the rebound! Cover, TWO! Tony talks trash but Escobar SLAPS him! So Tony whips Escobar to ropes, only for Escobar to duck and dodge and RANA, into a POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO! Tony is frustrated but he tells Escobar he’s gonna use Escobar’s chair. Tony aims and RAMS Escobar into the chair in the corner! Escobar tumbles out of the ring and Legado coaches him up.
Tony goes out, grabs the chair, and he SMACKS Escobar on the arm! And again! And again! Tony drags Escobar around, puts the bad arm through the chair, then POSTS the shoulder! The ref checks on Escobar again but he refuses to let this end it. Tony drags Escobar up but Escobar pie faces, so Tony ROCKS him! Tony SLAMS the bad arm on the apron, then brings Escobar around to shove him. Tony kicks low, throws hands, then CLUBS the bad arm. Tony kicks Escobar, talks more trash, then RAMS Escobar into steel steps! The ref checks on Escobar but he still refuses to quit. So Tony SLAMS the bad arm on the steps!
NXT returns to single picture, Tony brings Escobar around to put his arm between steps and corner! Tony BOOTS the steps to crush the arm! Tony brings out chair after chair from under the ring! He brings Escobar around to suplex high and hard onto the chair pile! Fans are wincing from that one as Tony puts Escobar in the ring. Cover, TWO!! Escobar is enduring but Tony throws body shots! Tony suplexes again, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Tony is frustrated but he drags Escobar up to throw down fists! Stacks goes looking under the ring for Tony and he brings out the trash can! Tony SMACKS Escobar down with it!
Tony drags Escobar to a cover, TWO!! Escobar is dazed but still in this, so Tony drags him back up. Tony throws hands, then SLAPS Escobar! Fans boo but Tony says this is HIS NXT now! He’s the Don! But Escobar counter punches Tony! And again! And then he DECKS Tony! And CLOBBERS him! And again! Then a RANA!! Fans fire up as Escobar runs in, but Tony puts him on the apron. Escobar GAMANGIRIS Tony away, goes up the corner and FLYING AX HANDLES! Fans fire up as Tony bails out, into a SLAP from Lopez! Escobar DIVES!! Direct hit at the corner and fans are thunderous for Legado!
Escobar drags Tony up but Tony POSTS him! Fans chant “This is Awesome!” as Tony puts Escobar in the ring again, drops an elbow, then tells Stacks to get the crowbar! But it isn’t where it usually is! It’s supposed to be by the steel steps! Cruz took the crowbar first! And he CRACKS Stacks with it! Tony BOOTS Cruz, but Escobar victory rolls! TWO!! Tony escapes in time but Escobar calls to Legado! The knuckles! But Tony RAMS Escobar into Wilde! Then O’Conner Rolls, TWO! Escobar dodges Tony but Tony puts him on the apron. Escobar CHOPS Tony, Lopez hurries to get the crowbar! Lopez has the bar and Escobar hurries to her, but Tony runs in!
Lopez pushes Escobar aside, and Tony runs Lopez over! Fans can’t believe it, and neither can Tony! Tony just shrugs, but Escobar is pissed! But Tony LOW BLOWS Escobar! Fans tell Tony he F’d up, but he doesn’t care, he has his crowbar now! But he walks into a CALF KICK! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Escobar and Tony grab at each other as they rise up, pulling hair. They’ll never give in to the other, so this has to end somehow. Tony sees his crowbar, Escobar sees his brass knuckles! They get their weapons, but Tony CRACKS Escobar first!! Cover, TONY WINS!
Winner: Tony D’Angelo, by pinfall (Escobar must LEAVE NXT)
The Don just banished the Emperor! And Legado has no choice but to follow Tony’s lead. What will this mean for all of their futures in the WWE?
Indi Hartwell talks with Katana & Kayden.
She knows they’ve competed against each other for a long time when it comes to the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships, but to be honest, when KC Squared won, Indi cried. No one is more deserving. That means a lot to them. Winning these belts, it is indescribable. Indi gets that feeling. Those were the days. Does Indi miss being in a tag team? Well, she’s loved her tag team partners, and being on her own has been thrilling, but having someone to depend on- Wait, a letter comes in for her. Indi opens it up and… It’s a drawing from Dexter Lumis! #INDEXFOREVER!! O M G~!
But then BLAIR DAVENPORT snatches it?! What’s she doing here? Who does she think she is? Uh, she’s Blair Davenport, the future NXT Women’s Champion. Blair rips the paper up and leaves! Will Indi and the rest of WWE soon #BewareTheHeir?
NXT hears from Tiffany Stratton and Wendy Choo.
“I am like completely over Wendy Choo. Like, so done with her. Seriously? It’s like not even funny!” Wendy sighs, and says it is real simple. Wendy is tired of Tiffany. Tired of Tiffany talking down to her, tired of Tiffany thinking she’s better than everyone, and tired of Tiffany thinking Wendy is a joke! Next week, Tiffany VS Wendy in a LIGHTS OUT MATCH! Where everything Wendy did behind closed doors is going to be legal in that ring! As for Tiffany, she is obsessed with this idea, because she gest to do whatever she wants to Wendy! There are like no rules! None!
The arena will be darker than usual, so you won’t be able to see Wendy’s face, which is perfect. But not seeing Tiffany’s face is so tragic. Wendy says Tiffany has one thing right: Wendy’s SO~ obsessed with Tiffany, in that she’s obsessed making Tiffany feel how she makes everyone else feel. “Wacky Wendy” is gonna turn Tiffany’s dream into a nightmare! But Tiffany says she’s putting Wendy to sleep! Who will turn the lights out on the other in this brutal no holds barred match?
NXT Women’s Championship: Mandy Rose VS Zoey Stark!
Toxic Attraction certainly feels they’re the hottest trio in the WWE today, but things have been cooling off for them after losing the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships. Can the Toxic Goddess keep hold of her gold? Or will the Toxic Reign finally be over thanks to the Iron Woman?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and things just got that much hotter in here!
Mandy kicks but Zoey blocks to ROCK Mandy! And again! And again! Mandy knees low but Zoey spins he around to the GO TO – NO, Mandy blocks in time to trip Zoey and go after the bad leg! But Zoey uses that to victory roll! ONE, things speed up and Mandy whips, only for Zoey to LOBBER Mandy! Mandy bails out but Zoey builds speed to WRECK her with a dropkick! Fans fire up and Zoey storms up on Mandy, but Mandy RAMS her into the apron! Mandy TOSSES Zoey over the commentary desk! Jacy & Gigi taunt Zoey as Mandy SMASHES the knee on the desk! Zoey writhes and clutches her knee as NXT goes picture in picture!
Zoey grits her teeth and seethes at Mandy as medics check on the leg. Zoey says it’s fine, and Mandy goes out to drag her into the ring. Zoey ROCKS Mandy, throws elbows, but Mandy KICKS the bad leg! Mandy drags Zoey by the leg, stomps it, then drops an elbow on it! Mandy drags Zoey to the corner and SLAMS the bad leg into the post! Zoey writhes but she refuses to give up. Mandy gets in the ring and Zoey CHOPS her! Mandy trips Zoey, pulls on the bad leg, but Zoey endures! Mandy moves around, has the leg caught, and she chinlocks Zoey into a bootleg STF. Zoey endures, so Mandy dribbles her head off the mat! Cover, TWO!
Zoey gets to ropes but Mandy storms up. Zoey kicks back but Mandy kicks the bad leg out! Mandy digs her knee into Zoey and puts her on the apron. Zoey crawls away, kicks back at Mandy, but Mandy fires off forearms! Zoey shoves her again but Mandy comes back. Zoey ROCKS, CHOPS and ROCKS Mandy, but Mandy LARIATS Zoey! Cover, TWO! Mandy is annoyed but Jacy says it’s okay, she’s got this. Mandy stalks Zoey to a corner, grabs at the bad leg, but Zoey pushes her back. Mandy KICKS the bad leg, then taunts Zoey. Mandy drags Zoey out to center for a standing toehold. Zoey endures, keeps her shoulder sup, and she KICKS with her good leg!
Mandy staggers away, Zoey gets up and Zoey ROCKS Mandy with a forearm! And then another! But then Gigi & Jacy trip Zoey up! NXT returns to single picture as the ref saw that whole thing! Toxic Attraction is EJECTED! Jacy & Gigi are furious but maybe they should’ve behaved. NIKKITA LYONS rushes out and she fights Gigi & Jacy tot he back! Fans fire up and Mandy freaks out! Mandy goes for a chop block but Zoey dodges it! Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Mandy CHOP BLOCKS the leg this time, and Zoey clutches her leg again. Mandy stomps away on the leg, drops another elbow, then another, and another!
Mandy KNEES the bad leg, and Zoey huffs and seethes as she gets to a corner. Mandy soaks up the cheers and jeers, and she kicks the bad leg again. Mandy has the leg, for a KNEE JAMMER! Zoey hobbles and falls, but Mandy looms over Zoey. Zoey stands but Mandy trips her, turns her and has the HALF CRAB! Zoey endures as Mandy sits deep on the hold! Fans duel, Zoey reaches out, moves around, and rolls through to kick Mandy away! Mandy falls right out of the ring! Mandy hurries back in, into a KNEE from Zoey! Mandy pulls hair but Zoey ELBOWS Mandy, then LARIATS! Zoey rallies on Mandy, even with one good leg! SLIDING KICK! Cover, TWO!!
Mandy scrambles away to a corner, but Zoey runs in to ELBOW Mandy, and UPPERCUT, and GAMANGIRI! Zoey snapmares Mandy into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and duel, Zoey gets to her feet and she storms up on Mandy. Mandy kicks the bad leg, gets it again, and BACK SUPLEXES Zoey inside out! Cover, TWO! Mandy grows frustrated but the fans rally up again. Zoey and Mandy hit each other as they stand up, and they go back and forth with forearms! Zoey CHOPS, Mandy fires off a flurry, but Zoey blocks to a GO TO STARK!!! But she can’t cover from using her bad leg!! Zoey crawls over, but Mandy rolls away to the apron!
Mandy saves herself by inches and Zoey is furious! Zoey goes out, but Mandy sweeps the bad leg! Zoey gets caught up in the ropes, and Mandy stomps away! The ref counts, Mandy lets off at 4, and then she goes back to CLUB away on the leg! Mandy undoes the leg brace!! The ref stops Mandy and gets Zoey free of the ropes. KNEE FROM- ROLL UP!! TWO!! Mandy swings but into a jackknife! TWO! KNEE FROM A ROSE!! Cover, TWO!?!? Zoey survives and shocks everyone! Mandy’s best shot fails to put this away and she has no idea what to make of it! Mandy still undoes Zoey’s knee brace, and then she puts it on her knee!
Mandy wants to finish this for good, and runs in, KNEE BRACE FROM A ROSE!!! Cover, Mandy wins!!
Winner: Mandy Rose, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Tag Team Champion)
Zoey is dazed, Mandy used her bad leg against her in more ways than one! The Toxic Reign keeps going, what will it take to finally stop Mandy?
NXT hears from one of its newest names.
“I’m Quincy Elliot, and I have a confession to make. I’m bringing all of this to NXT. I look to my left, I look to my right, I see people of all different walks of life, and it excites me. And you may be shocked at this, but I ain’t ever struggled with being different. I own it, I work it, because I am it! And everyone in NXT may be superstars, but Quincy Elliot is the Super Diva.” And he’s coming soon to NXT!
Backstage interview with Grayson Waller.
McKenzie isn’t happy about it and Waller notices. Is it because he ruined he Emmy Award Winning interview with Apollo Crews when Waller punked him out? Uh, Apollo was the one who made a challenge while Waller was the one who backed down. Backed down? No, he could’ve dropped Crews right there, but then McKenzie would’ve said it was unfair after the 20 minute war Apollo had with Strong. He can’t win with her! But everyone else is too scared to say it, so Waller will: Apollo Crews is selfish! He’s willing to stab anyone in the back to be the man around here! He might even come for McKenzie’s job!
McKenzie doubts that, but Waller says that while Apollo doesn’t smell as nice, he does have a better small than her. But those were Apollo’s words, not Waller’s. Anyway, next week is the debut of the Grayson Waller Effect, the ONLY honest talk show in WWE history! The tough questions and the hard truth given. Take notes because he’s inviting his very first guess, APOLLO~ Crews! Also, your perfume is cheap, McKenzie.
NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS JD McDonagh!
The Big Booty Nephew is already a TWO-TIME NXT Champion, but has proven that from facing veterans like Tommaso Ciampa and Dolph Ziggler to facing the best of his peers like Joe Gacy and Cameron Grimes, he is a juggernaut in this ring. However, the Irish Ace knows even a juggernaut has its weaknesses. Will JD pick Bron apart and perform a beltectomy? Or will Bron break another would-be champion?
Bron walks out with a sledgehammer, and sees a box with “JD” on it. Bron SMASHES the box, then heads to the ring. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Bron wins betting against the ace.
JD and Bron circle while fans rally up. They tie up, JD goes after the bad arm but Bron shove shim away. JD grins but Bron says the shoulder’s just fine. They tie up again, Bron pushes JD back but JD puts Bron in the corner. JD pulls the arm against the ropes but the ref counts. JD let soff and Bron SLAPS him! Fans duel as JD grins and stares Bron down. JD and Bron reset and tie up again. Bron wrenches JD’s arm now, but JD spins and monkey flips him, but Bron holds on! Bron brings JD up but JD rolls, pushes Bron to ropes and arm-drags. But Bron holds on again! Bron shows he can be technical and fans rally up.
JD fights up, reaches for ropes but Born keeps him away. JD rolls, handsprings, snapmares and headlocks, but Bron slips out to have the wristlock! JD ROCKS Bron, but Bron headlocks back. JD powers out, Bron turns the dropdown into a gator roll and deadlift suplex! Bron walks around with JD before the SLAM! Fans fire up with Bron and he storms back up on JD. Bron whips JD into a corner, JD tumbles up and out, but Bron DECKS him! The ring count starts but Bron goes out after JD. JD gets in the ring but Bron avoids the elbow drop! Bron HOTSHOTS the arm, then he knuckle locks to STRAIGHT ARM LEVER!
Fans fire up as Bron carries JD around, then hammerlocks and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! And then STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Bron is showing he can do whatever JD can do, and then he clamps onto the arm again. Born hammerlocks and RAMS JD into buckles. Fans rally up and duel as Bron drags JD back up. Bron has the hammerlock, then he whips JD, JD reverses but Bron ducks ‘n’ dodges. Bron staggers but he still comes back to LARIAT JD! Bron tosses JD out hard, then barks at JD as NXT goes picture in picture.
JD scowls as Bron eggs him on. Bron goes out after JD, smacks him off the apron, then brings JD around to smack off the apron again. Fans bark for Bron as he puts JD in, but JD bails out the side. Bron waits on JD as the ring count climbs. JD gets in the ropes and trips Bron up! Then SLINGSHOT SPLASHES! JD gets his arm moving, and he stalks Bron to a corner. JD CHOPS, stomps, ROCKS and then stalks Bron some more. JD brings Bron around to snap suplex! JD drags Bron up to throw down elbows into Bron’s head, then DECK him with a haymaker. JD wrenches the bad arm, CLUBS it, but Bron throws body shots!
Bron backs JD down, RAMS into him over and over, then hoists him up top. Bron climbs up as NXT returns to single picture, but JD slips out to trip Bron up! JD shoves Bron to the apron, climbs up the other side, and he turns Bron to NECKBREAKER against the crossbar! Bron falls to the floor and fans rally again. JD stalks Bron, brings him up but the ring count is 5 of 10. JD puts Bron in at 7, drives elbow after elbow into the shoulders from all sides! The fans are torn but JD lets off so the ref can check Bron. Bron is still in this somehow so JD drags Bron around. JD has a mounted armlock but Bron endures.
Fans rally and duel, Bron reaches out but JD puts more pressure on the arm. Bron pushes through and gets the ROPEBREAK! JD lets off in frustration but fans duel again. JD clamps onto Bron for a neck wrench, but Bron still endures. JD pushes on the head, but fans rally up and Bron stands up! JAWBREAKER! Bron ROCKS JD, and again, and again! Bron whips, JD reverses but Bron FLYING SHOULDER TACKLES! And again! And then a duck ‘n’ dodge, to a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up again as Bron snarls and aims from the corner. JD flounders up, Born runs in, but JD POSTS Bron! Then a wrench and a takedown, LEBELL LOCK!!
Bron endures as JD pulls back! Fans rally and duel, Bron reaches out, and JD can only use one arm as Bron did damage to him, too! Born gets the ROPEBREAK! JD lets off in frustration and fans continue to duel. JD drags Bron to a drop zone then he climbs up. But Bron CLUBS JD first! Bron climbs up after JD, SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO!! Bron keeps cool and he goes to a corner to climb up again. But JD GAMANGIRIS back! JD sets Bron up, climbs up after him, but Bron resists the clinch! JD drags him up, SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Fans are thunderous as JD hits the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!!
Bron survives and JD can’t believe it! JD storms to a corner and climbs up, to MOONSAUTL! But he has to roll through as Bron moves! SPEAR!! Bron crawls after JD but JD flops out of the ring! Fans rally as Bron puts JD back in and hurries to aim from the corner again. JD stands up, into another SPEAR!! But Bron doesn’t cover, he brings the straps down! Bron vows to break JD, but JD stands up!? JD has blood in his mouth but he’s smiling! Bron says fine! A THIRD SPEAR!! And then the trophy lift, to the BREAKKER SLAM! Cover, Bron wins!!
Winner: Bron Breakker, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)
JD welcomed that third tackle, but it ended up being his demise! Bron retains the title, but who will- Wait, what?! Is this… It is! TYLER BATE is back in the States! The fans are going nuts for the Big Strong Boy! And he goes right into the ring to look Bron eye to eye! The NXT UK Champion and the NXT Champion, in the same ring for the first time in a long time! Will worlds collide in the near future?
This was a very good special for NXT, with great matches all over the card, but Heatwave didn’t really shake anything up. I know I’ve said keeping the status quo isn’t always a bad thing, but in this case, it felt kinda bad. Melo VS Vinci was great, though maybe a little sloppy because they wanted to go as fast as possible. Melo winning was only because of Trick, so that was a bit of a sour taste. But Melo still has so many opponents to face so this is fine. Decent promo from Von & Stone, but I guess Von is downgrading from “Wagner’s World” to “Welcome to Wagner’s Jungle.” I have no idea where Von’s gonna go from here, in a bad way. He’s not championship material, so who’s his next feud?
Great segment out of the Diamond Mine confronting their dysfunction, and I figured it’d be Strong pointed out as the traitor. That was some amazing continuity to have it in the 8 Man Tag that Tony looked to Strong as if to signal something. But then just as Apollo saw, the Diamond Mine all gets attacked. Gallus coming to NXT is great, though I wonder if this means Mark Coffey loses the Heritage Cup to Noam Dar. Gallus also getting a shot at the NXT UK Tag Team Championships is a nice surprise, but I wonder which two are facing Briggs & Jensen. Assuming Gallus wins, I’d love if it was the Coffey Brothers. But if not, then it can be Mark & Wolfgang again, trying to be two-time winners.
Roxie VS Cora was very good, but I’m a little surprised Cora won. For one, we see the NXT Women’s Championship is still on a Heel. Also, why wasn’t the DDT onto the weapon a disqualification? If that thing was a chair, wouldn’t it have been a DQ? Whatever, Cora’s still been doing good work so it’s not like she doesn’t deserve some success. Tiffany and Wendy have a very good vignette to plug their match. They call it “Lights Out” but don’t expect that to be the same as what AEW does with their “Lights Out” matches. It’ll be great, but only at WWE levels of No DQ. And given there’s no disqualifications, it can probably go either way, though I personally hope Wendy wins.
Actually, a great example of WWE levels of violence versus AEW is the Street Fight between Escobar and Tony we got tonight. It was really more a Street Fight for the sake of allowing Stacks and Legado to get involved without disqualifying the match. It was still great storytelling, but it was more chaos than destruction. Escobar loses because he’s being called-up, and who knows where Legado goes from here since they’re still under Tony. We got a nice promo segment with Indi and KC Squared, and I appreciate that Indi got a love letter from Dexter now that he’s back. But what a surprise that Blair Davenport, who is supposed to be fighting her way to the NXT UK Women’s Championship is here. Maybe Blair beats Indi to send Indi off to Raw?
Good introduction to Quincy Elliot here for the mainstream audience, but those who have been watching Level Up are probably already familiar with Quincy’s work. I’m sure Quincy can go in the ring, so it’s just a matter of how stories go and if Quincy can deliver on his character. Good promo from Waller to call Apollo out, and they’ll have a very good match, but I wonder where they’re going with this. Great match out of Mandy VS Zoey, but I had a feeling that after RawDown got the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament going and how they mentioned Zoey and Lyons are part of that, Zoey wasn’t going to win here. Mandy at least did it in a more clever way than usual. I don’t think anyone else has thought to wear their opponent’s brace and use it against them like that.
And we got a great match out of Bron and JD, but I’m a little surprised Bron won here. I’m also a little surprised how Bron won, where JD just let Bron hit him again. This is not really the Jordan Devlin in NXT UK, he would’ve used that to sucker Bron in, not just let Bron hit him again. But Bron retains, and we got a great surprise, that was then ruined by a massive spoiler. NXT UK isn’t even in the middle of their vacated championship tournament, they’re at the BEGINNING of it, and we see now that Tyler Bate is a two-time UK Champion! That’s awesome for Tyler but this is a big letdown for all of us fans who are still watching NXT UK! The only silver lining to this spoiler is that Worlds Collide might return to give us NXT VS NXT UK, Champions VS Champions.
My Score: 8.2/10
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It’s a baker’s dozen for Universal Studios!
AEW Dark continues in Universal Studios, and “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs looks to send a message to Ricky Starks through his opponent tonight!
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- Willow Nightingale VS Robyn Renegade w/ Charlette Renegade; Willow wins.
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- “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs VS Blake Christian; Hobbs wins.
Great to see Abadon back in action, though I’m pretty sure she’s gotten even scarier since she’s been away… A lot of singles match-ups, a lot of easily called match-ups, but that’s par for the course on Dark. A bit surprised they didn’t just team up the Renegade Sisters against Willow & Skye, but maybe those matches are still connected. And while All Heart will lose to Powerhouse, you can beat Blake Christian will get to shine against the bigger Will Hobbs.
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