Will things finally be done between Mysterio and Rollins?
Enough is enough! This story has gone from Raw to SmackDown, and to finally put this to rest, the Savior and the King of Lucha Libre battle ONE LAST TIME!
- WWE Intercontinental Championship: Sami Zayn VS Apollo Crews; Zayn wins and retains the title.
- Dolph Ziggler w/ Robert Roode VS Otis; Otis wins.
- No Holds Barred: Seth Rollins VS Rey Mysterio; Mysterio wins.
- Survivor Series Women’s Team SmackDown Qualifier Triple Threat: Natalya VS ??? VS ???; changed to…
- Survivor Series Women’s Team SmackDown Qualifier Triple Threat: Natalya VS Liv Morgan VS Tamina VS Chelsea Green; Liv wins and joins Team SmackDown.
- Unsanctioned Match: Drew McIntyre VS Jey Uso; McIntyre wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Roman Reigns is here!
The Tribal Chief and his Special Counsel again open up SmackDown and head to the ring. Paul Heyman gets the mic to Roman, and Roman asks him what he calls this place again. “The Island of Relevancy.” And why is it called that? Heyman explains that anyone around Roman is relevant. Roman is who makes everyone relevant. The numbers do not lie. You can look at it in the flesh. Take cousin Jey Uso, for example. Before, Jey was just a twin, but now he’s Main Event Jey. Jey put Daniel Bryan out, haven’t seem him since. Jey destroyed Kevin Owens. And now Jey will lead Roman’s team, Team SmackDown, to victory at Survivor Series. Roman will do the same the secondary champion, Randy Orton.
And when you think about Orton, which Roman doesn’t, “he’s the classic example of, you can respect a man’s accomplishments, and still not respect the man himself.” But wait! Is that Drew McIntyre?! The Scottish Stud is on SmackDown?! The Brand 2 Brand Invitation must be part of this! Heyman is stunned but Roman just looks annoyed as McIntyre gets in the ring with a mic of his own. “It’s been a minute. Paul Heyman, did you miss me?” McIntyre was “passing through” and heard Roman. He doesn’t want Roman wasting his time and energy. He was talking about Orton but he won’t be facing Orton at Survivor Series. Raw will have the WWE World Championship, Orton VS McIntyre, and McIntyre will win to make it him against Roman at Survivor Series.
And that made McIntyre think back to the last time they were in the ring together. A lot has changed since. When was that? “Oh yeah! I was eliminating you to win the Royal Rumble earlier this year!” Roman may not have been paying attention, but he can just ask Heyman what happened. McIntyre made Heyman’s client his b*tch, and defeated him at WrestleMania. Roman knows what happened after, right? No, the head of the table just disappeared! Left us all high and dry! Someone had to step up. And that was McIntyre. But it has been a privilege and will continue to be. Roman sees the Top Guy spot as a right, but McIntyre sees it is an honor! McIntyre is so excited to seeing Roman face to face to say MCINTYRE is the man now! And he’ll prove it at Survivor Series!
Roman responds by saying he likes McIntyre, and always has. He respects McIntyre and what McIntyre said is the truth. “But I’m back now.” And ever since coming back, nobody knows who McIntyre is. Roman doesn’t watch Raw and Heyman says he’s not missing much. Well nobody watches Raw, do they? Because they’re watching SmackDown, and they’re watching SmackDown because they’re all watching Roman. And since McIntyre failed his audition here, please tell us “Who is Drew McIntyre?” Who is McIntyre? Roman wants to know? McIntyre is the guy who is going to beat Orton for the world title, then head into Survivor Series, and will show Roman who the secondary champion really is.
Jey rushes out to back Roman up. Jey tasks McIntyre what he’s doing here. This isn’t Monday, it’s Friday! And they run this show! They do this! Roman didn’t invite Drew so what’s he doing here? Being real disrespectful, that’s what! The last one to do that was Daniel Bryan, Jey got him. The last one to do that was Kevin Owens, Jey got him. So it seems like Jey has to get Drew, too! With that said, 1v1 right here tonight! What’s McIntyre’s answer? “Well-” Jey drops the mic on McIntyre! So McIntyre shoves Jey! McIntyre gets in Roman’s face and Roman has Jey stand down. Roman leads Jey and Heyman away, but will this be settled before the night is over?
SmackDown returns as Roman yells at Jey.
Don’t say it “we,” “ours,” “us!” ROMAN runs this! This is HIS! Roman calls the shots! Who is the Universal Champion?! Roman never said for Jey to go out and handle his business! No one said for Jey to come out and make a match for himself! Roman calls the shots! Okay, okay, Uce. Jey will handle it. Does this mean Jey is facing Drew after all?
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Sami Zayn VS Apollo Crews!
The self-proclaimed Champion of the People is angry! He was told just today, at 7 PM Eastern, only an hour before the show started, that he has to defend this title! And not just against anyone, but against a former US Champion in Apollo Crews! Crews, 235 pound powerhouse, one of the most agile men in the WWE, and Sami only gets one hour notice!? “Tell me that doesn’t reek of sabotage!” WWE is trying to sabotage the Champion of the People! But Sami is used to that and will use this as an opportunity to show everyone, especially Bobby Lashley, the difference between an Intercontinental and a US Champion!
Sami says he has had to jump through more hoops than anyone! He had to defeat two future Hall of Famers just to have the title he never lost! Who else has done that?! But Apollo makes his entrance, the introductions are made, and the belt is raised as we see who is meeting the Rocky Mountain Machine at Survivor Series!
Sami kicks and punches Crews to a corner then fires off with haymakers! The ref counts, Sami lets off and he CHOPS Apollo against ropes. Sami whips but Apollo runs him over! And again! Apollo has Sami in a corner and hits a corner splash! Then he gorilla presses and carries Sami around, to then throw him at the buckles! Sami flounders out of the ring but Apollo hurries and puts him back in. Sami kicks back, reels Apollo in, but Apollo blocks the suplex. Apollo suplexes, gets Sami up and over and brings him down! And then enziguris! Standing moonsault! Cover, TWO!! Sami narrowly escapes but Apollo is right after him.
Apollo whips, Sami holds ropes and bails out. Sami grabs the apron skirt and yanks it off! He plays like he didn’t mean to but Apollo stalks over. Sami throws Apollo into the ring frame! Sami sticks a foot through the framing and tightens the ropes! Sami gets in the ring, Apollo is counted out! Sami wins!
Winner: Sami Zayn, by count out (still WWE Intercontinental Championship)
Another sneaky- er, clever way for Sami to come away the winner! And he again repeats that this is the difference between Intercontinental and United States Champion! But will Sami’s brain power matter when up against the All Mighty?
Adam Pearce talks with Drew McIntyre.
He wants McIntyre to understand McIntyre being on Raw and Jey being on SmackDown, they can’t officially have a match. However, Pearce can arrange an unsanctioned match. McIntyre thinks about it. He asks Pearce if he’s met McIntyre before. Obviously. Interacted with him before? Certainly. And knows what he is about? Yes. Then the answer is obviously yes. And tell Roman to have a front row seat, he’ll want to see this one! It IS happening, but will the Tribal Chief be happy about it?
Backstage interview with The Mysterio Family.
Rey has Dominik, Aalyah and Angie with him to witness the #FinalChapter with Seth Rollins. Ever since Rollins started targeting him, he has endured attacks. Rey stops that talk there. This isn’t about him or Seth or the eye. “Things have changed once he started targeting my family.” Rollins devoted all of his time trying to destroy them with their secrets, text messages, not at all knowing the strength of their bonds. Tonight will be the final chapter. Everything Rollins has done to the Mysterios culminates in this final match. Rollins says he is the Messiah, but he is the devil. So for Rey, his family, the WWE Universe and the powers above, Rey vows to send Rollins “back to that soul crushing hell where he belongs!”
Sasha Banks is here!
The Boss struts her way to the ring with the SmackDown Women’s Championship. And we will hear from her after the break!
SmackDown returns and Sasha has a mic to say, “The haters said I could win but I couldn’t retain it. Yet here I am, your SmackDown Women’s Champion, and damn does it feel good.” After the past six months, the highs and the lows, that would’ve been enough to stop anyone else. But not Sasha! She is at the top of her game and on top of the Women’s Division. So everyone else is put on notice. Carmella, Sasha knows you’re watching. Bravo to- Bayley shows up? But Carmella sneaks up behind Sasha and turns her around to SUPERKICK! “Better watch your back, Boss! I’m right here, baby!” Mella drags Sasha up to hit her with a FACEBUSTER! The Untouchable gets the drop on Sasha again! Was Bayley setting Sasha up for her? Or was she just taking advantage of an opening?
Otis eats up a storm!
Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode walk up to talk bad on him as if he isn’t there! Eating three plates by himself, all alone, because his one friend betrayed him! And now he doesn’t even have the Money in the Bank contract! Miz has it now! Otis gets angry now. Roode and Ziggler act like they don’t get it, but Otis throws the TABLE at them! Ziggler and Roode get out of there, but will the wrath of Dozer be felt soon enough?
Dolph Ziggler w/ Robert Roode VS Otis!
Well it seems that could happen after all! Will the Show-Off be doing anything but laughing after facing an angry Dozer?
The bell rings, Ziggler talks smack and then SLAPS Otis! Otis snarls and rams Ziggler to a corner! Otis TOSSES Ziggler across the way, then fires up as he brings Ziggler up. Otis throws haymakers and clubbing fists from all sides! The ref counts, Otis lets off and then runs in to corner splash! Ziggler is down, Otis pumps up but Roode gets on the apron. Otis DECKS Roode, but gets hit with a ZIGZAG! Cover, TWO!! Ziggler is furious but he wants Otis to stand. Ziggler tunes up the band, aims but is blocked! Otis spins Ziggler for a POWERSLAM! Otis hits the CATERPILLAR ELBOW! Ziggler is in the corner, Otis goes up but Roode creeps closer. Otis glares at Roode and Roode stops! VADER BOMB!! Cover, Otis wins!
Winner: Otis, by pinfall
You can only push Otis so far before he pushes back! Will Otis push through these hard times to be a big winner once again?
Rollins talks with Murphy backstage.
Clearly the Architect has plans for tonight’s match. But will Murphy have plans of his own?
Otis is fired up backstage!
“I did not lose my way, I stayed focused, I stayed on target!” And Chad Gable comes by to say that is what Otis needs to be doing every single week. Otis could be doing that to anyone. But what he needs is discipline. A mentor, even! Otis needs someone to show him how to unlock his “inner alpha.” Gable is creating the “Alpha Academy” and already has pamphlets! Otis likes this idea! Blue Collar Solid never stops! Otis asks if Gable wants to “clang ‘n’ bang” in the gym, get those reps going. Maybe have some club sodas on the way? Otis heads off, perhaps not taking Gable’s offer seriously. Will Gable make Otis understand?
No Holds Barred: Seth Rollins w/ Buddy Murphy VS Rey Mysterio w/ the Mysterio Family!
The Monday Night Messiah turned Savior of SmackDown has been anything but a saving grace for the WWE. Rollins has tried to ruin the lives of those who simply don’t agree with him. And in the midst of it all, there has been a family drama the likes of a top tier telenovela. All the players are here at ringside, will it all truly end here in this #FinalChapter where the only rule is to win?
SmackDown returns and the bell rings, Rollins smirks as he stares Rey down. Rey fires off, goes after legs and he backs Rollins to a corner! Rey rams but Rollins carries Rey all the way to the other corner! Rollins whips corner to corner, Rey goes up and headscissors Rollins down! Rey KICKS Rollins’ leg, clubs and shoves him but Rollins kicks back. Rollins runs, sunset flips but Rey rolls through to kick Rollins down! Rey takes a moment to catch his breath but Rollins bails out. Rey is after Rollins at the apron but Rollins hotshots him back hard! Rollins goes looking under the ring and brings out a chair. Rollins gets in the ring but Rey dropkicks the leg out! Rollins is on the ropes, Rey runs but Rollins bails out before Rey can dial it up!
Rollins gets back on the apron but Rey rams him with a shoulder. Rey CLUBS Rollins, bumps Rollins off buckles, and then goes up and out, only for Rollins to catch him! Rollins laughs as he spins Rey, but Rey APRON DDT’S Rollins down! Rey gets in the ring to rest but comes out after Rollins. Rey shoves Rollins into barriers! And then stalks him around the way to RAM him into the apron! And back into the barriers! Rollins goes rolling but Rey keeps after him. Rey KICKS Rollins, clubs him down, but Rollins shoves Rey into steel steps! Rollins Electric Chairs Rey but Rey fights back! Rey spins and sunset BOMBS Rollins into barriers!
The Mysterio family cheers Rey on as both he and Rollins are down. Murphy stays close but doesn’t really show emotion one way or another. Rey kicks Rollins then KICKS him again! Rey gets back in the ring, builds speed, and slides, but into Rollins’ suplex and FALCON ARROW to the desk! Rey writhes, his mask all offset, as he tries to get back up. Rollins hobbles over and drags Rey back up. Rollins bounces Rey off the desk, and then throws him into barriers! Rollins puts Rey back in the ring, covers, TWO! Rey is still in this and Rollins is annoyed. Rollins drops elbows to Rey’s back, then drags Rey up into a backbreaker!
Rollins stalks Rey to a corner and stands on Rey’s head! Rollins lets off to bring Rey back up, whips him corner to corner hard and Rey bounces off buckles! Cover, TWO! Dom and the family cheer for Rey to get up but Rollins wedges the chair into the corner. Rollins stalks Rey and CLUBS him on the back! Rollins brings Rey around, scoops him and aims for the corner, but Rey slips out! Rollins avoids hitting the chair and elbows Rey back! Rollins shoves Rey into the corner, but misses his corner splash! Rey goes up and springboards for a seated senton! Rey keeps moving, tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Rollins shoves Rey, Rey wheelbarrows back to BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!
Rollins crawls to a corner but the Mysterios cheer Rey on. Rey RAMS into Rollins, and again! Rollins knees him back then whips him and slides him out! Rey hits the floor at the feet of his family! Rollins goes out and the Mysterios move out of the way. Rollins has the steel steps and he RAMS Rey down! Rollins stares at Dom, Aalyah and Angie, and decides to bring the rest of the steps over! Rollins drags Rey up and over. “You wanted the end, the end is coming!” Rollins says “bye bye” to Dom, Angie and even Aalyah, but Rey avoids the curb stomp! Rey kicks Rollins in the leg then trips Rollins up! Rollins hits face first off the steps!
Rey clubs Rollins down, gets in to build speed and SLIDING SPLASH onto the steps!! Rollins clutches his ribs as Rey evens things up, and SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again and Rollins has put Rey in the ring. Rollins goes back to under the ring to bring out a table! Rollins puts the table in, stomps Rey down, then sets the table up. Rey kicks back, throws haymakers, but Rollins kicks low and snap suplexes! Wait, Rollins holds on! That was uno amigo! Then he hits dos amigos! Rollins aims for the table but Rey fights out of the third! Rey throws haymakers and forearms, he whips Rollins but Rollins reverses! Rey slides under the table, comes back but Rollins JAMS the table into Rey! Rollins goes around the table to stomp away on Rey! Rollins drags Rey up while he climbs the corner. Rey fights back and the Mysterios rally with the fans! Rey enziguris and Rollins wobbles up top!
Rey throws more hands, climbs up but Rollins fights back. They brawl, Rey throws a headbutt then jumps, but his steiner is blocked! Rollins brings Rey back up, to POWERBOMB Rey through the table!! Rollins crawls to the cover, TWO!! Rey still lives and Rollins is shocked! The Mysterios cheer Rey on while Rollins seethes and shouts. The wreckage is cleared out and Rollins thinks on what to do next. Rollins gets the chair from the corner, and takes off the feet paddings! Rollins aims those for Rey’s GOOD eye! Dom drags Rollins off Rey but Rollins SUPERKICKS him down! Murphy heads over but Rollins says it is okay. Rollins tells them to just watch them. Rollins gets in, has the chair, but Rey dropkicks it into Rollins’ face!
Rollins writhes, Murphy gets in and helps him up! Murphy has the chair, holds it out to Rollins and Rollins takes it. Is Murphy really still Rollins’ disciple? Aalyah is hurt most of all by this, but then Murphy KNEE TRIGGERS Rollins!! This was what he was panning all along!! Rollins gets up in rage but Murphy gets away! Rey runs in but Rollins is moving the ropes too much and the 619 doesn’t connect! Rey gets back in fast to go after Rollins with kicks! Rollins ends up back on the ropes, and Rey redials the 619!! Then he goes up, shout out to Eddie with the FROG SPLASH! Cover, Rey wins!!
Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall
The Final Chapter is a happy ending for Rey Mysterio! And how fitting on the 15th anniversary of losing Eddie Guerrero that a frog splash wins it for him! Murphy also has written his last chapter with Rollins as he finally and truly turned against him! But Rey is still wary of Aalyah going to him. Rey goes to Murphy first, and wants Murphy to join him in the ring “like a man.” Murphy does. Is he looking for Rey’s approval? Rey offers a handshake, and Murphy takes it. Aalyah runs to Murphy and they hug. And Dom also accepts Murphy with a handshake of his own. Is the Mysterio family even stronger than before now that they’ve triumphed over Rollins and forgiven Murphy?
Natalya talks with Adam Pearce.
He already knows what she wants. She wants to earn her spot on the SmackDown Women’s Team for Survivor Series. He’s already arranged another Triple Threat for that. No, that’s not what she wanted! How hard is it for him to just name her to the team!? She is the #BOAT, Best Of All Time! If SmackDown is going to win, only she can charter that voyage! It is her journey! Why is it that hard?! Sorry, but it is his duty to inform her that the Triple Threat is up next. Natty storms off, and in walks CHELSEA GREEN! The Hot Mess is now officially SmackDown, will she have a spot on Team SmackDown?
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.
“NOT NOW, ELAINE!” Well so much for that. Rollins demands Pearce get out and talk! If this is about Mysterio- No, this is NOT about Mysterio! Rollins never wants to see the Mysterios again! This is about Murphy! “I created him. That coward. That disgraceful bastard!” Murphy betrayed him!! Rollins demands Pearce give him the opportunity to destroy Murphy! Has one story ended only for another to begin?
Survivor Series Women’s Team SmackDown Qualifier Triple Threat: Natalya VS Liv Morgan VS Tamina!
The Queen of Harts has tried this two times before, and instead of her, it was Bianca Belair and Ruby Riott who qualified for the team. Will Liv have a chance to join her friends at Survivor Series? Will a different multi-generation superstar be shining in the light? Or will the third time be the charm for the #BOAT?
Wait, the announcement comes down that this Triple Threat is being turned into a FATAL 4 WAY!? And it’s CHELSEA GREEN joining the match! Did she pull some strings to get this opportunity?
Survivor Series Women’s Team SmackDown Qualifier Fatal 4 Way: Natalya VS Liv Morgan VS Tamina VS Chelsea Green!
The bell rings and the four women circle. Tamina finds herself surrounded as the strongest, and Chelsea hits her first! Tamina doesn’t go down so Chelsea gets away! Liv jumps on with a sleeper and Natty rushes head on but Tamina headbutts Natty down! Tamina backs into buckles but Liv holds on. Chelsea runs in but Tamina BOOTS her down! Natty runs in but Tamina BOOTS her, too! Tamina throws Liv off, then goes to boot, but Liv catches that to a KNEE JACKER! Liv goes up and missile dropkicks Tamina down! Chelsea and Natty drag Tamina out to whip her into barriers! Chelsea clubs Natty then DECKS her, but Liv dropkicks Chelsea down!
Liv goes to the apron but Natty RAMS her into the apron! Then puts her in the ring to throws haymakers! Natty whips but Liv reverses to send Natty into buckles, Natty dodges, rebound sit down but Liv rolls through it! Liv ducks the discus for the SPINNING DDT! Cover, TWO!! Natty survives and Liv is surprised! Liv clubs away on Natty, Natty hits back! Cover, TWO! Liv checks her face but Natty has the legs! Natty steps through, Liv kicks the Sharpshooter away. Natty clamps onto Liv with a chinlock but Liv endures. Natty thrashes Liv, Liv fights her way up, Liv arm-drags Natty off and CLOBBERS her! Cover, TWO!
Liv keeps on Natty but Natty trips her up! Natty steps through but Liv again kicks her away. Liv brings Natty up, whips but Natty reverses, only to take the LIV BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Liv is furious but she sees Tamina coming. Liv runs and hits another LIV BREAKER! Natty bails out as Liv covers Tamina, Liv wins!!
Winner: Liv Morgan, by pinfall (joins Team SmackDown)
The Riott Squad will not be united on Team SmackDown! And Natty is furious! Is the #BOAT sinking faster and faster? Or can she still keep afloat with spots still left on the team?
Backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.
The Scottish Stud is ready to compete, but with the world title match on Raw, is it wise to take on a man who has been on a vicious hot streak like Jey Uso? McIntyre is happy for Jey stepping up. Jey has beaten two former world champions in a row. “Good for him.” And while McIntyre wanted to send a message to Roman, he also gets to send a message to Orton. McIntyre is in a great mood! But there’s also a lot of pent up anger. So a warning to Jey: “It’s a lot more humiliating to get your ass kicked in your own backyard.” Will McIntyre be confident all the way into his rematch with Orton? Or is Jey about to beat a third former world champion in a row?
Big E is in the middle of another playground style bet.
This backstage staffer is doing jump rope but he is short of 100! “A sucker is born every day!” Too easy getting that money. The Street Profits roll up with a cart and some pans. Last week, we ended with laughs but the Profits felt they crossed the line wanting a scoop on ya bois, the NEW~ DAY~! So they made the New Day some Guy Fieri worthy apology food. BOOM! Chocolate cake, apple slices and green beans! Nice, nice. But why are they all arranged like… an L… Oh, because ya bois are known for serving pancakes, but the Profits are serving up an L! IF the New Day retains the tag titles against The Hurt Business!
Big E says while the Profits are great athletes and champions, the best they’ll ever be is “New Day Lite. Great Value New Day. Knockoff New Day. Diet New Day!” Because at Survivor Series, the best tag team in the world, and Big E means the whole world, will be clear as day. The NEW~ DAY~! Big E laughs and the Profits join in again, but not for long. Will there be anything but jokes and laughs as we draw closer and closer to the battle between #TheBestoftheBest?
Unsanctioned Match: Drew McIntyre VS Jey Uso!
Raw VS SmackDown gets started early in this match! Will the Scottish Stud be rolling towards his newest rematch with Randy Orton? Or will Jey make up for stepping out of line by defeating another top tier superstar?
SmackDown returns, the bell rings and McIntyre circles with Jey. They tie up, McIntyre powers Jey to a corner and grinds him into buckles. The ref counts, McIntyre lets off and lets Jey out. Jey and McIntyre circle again, tie up, and Jey waistlocks. Jey shifts to a headlock and thrashes, but McIntyre powers out. McIntyre runs Jey over and then says, “C’mon, Uce!” Jey gets up slow, McIntyre is after him but Jey uppercuts! And again! Jey whips corner to corner but McIntyre reverses. Jey slides to a stop but runs into a double hand TOSS! McIntyre fires off on Jey, stomps away, then CHOPS him! Jey falls to his knees, his chest stinging, but McIntyre takes his shirt off to CHOP him again! NOW Jey is really stinging!
McIntyre drags Jey back up with a DEAD LIFT SUPLEX! McIntyre grins before he covers, TWO! Jey sputters and crawls but McIntyre stomps a hand! Jey clutches his fingers, McIntyre brings him up to whip him and run him over again! McIntyre dares Jey to get up. “Roman’s watching! Head of the table! Prove yourself!” McIntyre brings Jey up to CHOP him again! And bump him off buckles! Jey jawbreakers back! McIntyre wobbles, Jey whips but McIntyre reverses. Jey goes up but McIntyre kicks him out of the air! But Jey dumps McIntyre out, builds speed but runs into a big haymaker! McIntyre gets in, Jey kicks the ropes! McIntyre stops from being hit in the claymore and then Jey SUPERKICKS him out! Jey catches his breath as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns once more, and now Jey rains down rights on McIntyre! Jey lets off and stalks McIntyre to ropes. McIntyre hits back, throws haymakers and CHOPS him again! McIntyre runs but Jey SAMOAN DROPS him! Cover, TWO! Jey watches McIntyre get to a corner. Jey stomps away on McIntyre but lets off at the ref’s count. Jey goes to the opposite corner, “UCE!” but he runs into a LARIAT! McIntyre rallies and whips to OVERHEAD SUPLEX Jey! Then he gets Jey in a corner, to OVERHEAD SUPLEX him again! Jey flounders about, McIntyre hits a leaping neckbreaker! And kips up! McIntyre drags Jey up, underhooks, but no Future Shock as Jey trips him up! Jackknife cover, TWO!
Jey mule kicks McIntyre, uppercuts him, but McIntyre HEADBUTTS! Jey wobbles from the Glasgow Kiss and McIntyre runs, but Jey follows, but runs into a POP-UP SIT-OUT BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Jey survives but McIntyre keeps his cool. McIntyre drags Jey up, but Jey breaks free to SUPERKICK him down! Jey heads to a corner and climbs up top! But McIntyre is right up to throw haymakers! McIntyre climbs, brings Jey up, but Jey trips McIntyre up! Jey throws headbutts of his own and McIntyre is in the Tree of Woe! Jey adjusts, McIntyre sits right up to SPIDER SUPLEX him away! McIntyre headstands out of the Tree and aims at Jey! Jey flounders up, but he bails out to deny the Claymore!
McIntyre goes out and brings Jey out to throw him into barriers! And then into the apron! Then into more barriers! Jey flounders and Roman’s music hits! McIntyre puts Jey in the ring and sees Roman heading down the ramp! But Jey POSTS McIntyre in the distraction! And POSTS him again! Jey grabs McIntyre to throw him into steel steps! The ref reprimands but Jey drags McIntyre into the ring. Jey says he’ll beat him now, but Roman keeps Jey out of the ring? “I don’t care if you beat him. Make him… understand.” Jey understands what Roman means, and slides in at the count of 8. Jey rains down furious fists over and over, from all sides! McIntyre can only guard himself but Jey lets off, only to turn into a CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
Roman’s motivation wasn’t enough for Jey to beat McIntyre at all! And now McIntyre asks Roman, “Do you understand me now?” Roman says McIntyre still needs a title. Maybe then they’ll talk. Roman leaves without waiting for Jey. But will McIntyre be there on Survivor Series Sunday to “talk” with the Tribal Chief, champion to champion?
This was a really good SmackDown, though I hope they haven’t foreshadowed too much about Raw with McIntyre being here. It makes a lot of sense that McIntyre would want Roman to keep in mind it isn’t automatically Roman VS Orton. It was great for Jey to get a little too fired up, for Roman to get angry with him, and then go out to try and affect Jey’s match with McIntyre. A great match even before Roman showed up, naturally McIntyre wins and gets in Roman’s face, but I hope this doesn’t affect McIntyre’s chances of winning the world title. Actually, I suppose it would, because if McIntyre wins, that means we’re getting exactly what was set up tonight in these two battling to show us who is really the top dog in the WWE.
Sami VS Apollo for the Intercontinental Championship was sadly more a formality since a lot of titles have been put on the line before Survivor Series to see if matches change. Sami had another clever way of beating an opponent without having to battle him for too long, but I don’t think tricks like that will work if Lashley has MVP ringside for him. Setting up Otis VS Ziggler was painfully blatant, but Otis needed a win after the things he’s been losing. I’m curious as to Gable wanting to recruit Otis to some kind of self-help academy, but I think it’ll actually benefit them both if this turns into a feud. Gable is becoming the cocky Heel high on his own accomplishments, but surely he’ll be taken down a peg over time.
It was a little funny for Natty to turn Pearce’s expectations around. The winningest woman in WWE history wants to be on the team by default, but she’s starting to become the losingest woman since she keeps striking out. Of course, they are Triple Threats and now a Fatal 4 Way. She’ll probably demand a 1v1 to have a fair chance. I am pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t Chelsea Green just getting in because she was added last minute. The SmackDown women’s team will be far less dysfunctional than Raw’s since the Riott Squad are together and teaming up with someone established as a friend of theirs in Bianca Belair. Of course, that can always change with the last two spots left to fill.
For the story of Rey and Rollins having been dragged out for as long as it was, which is to say perhaps a little too long, with too much melodrama, the “Final Chapter” was a great No Holds Barred match. I’m glad the mind games Murphy was playing with Rollins weren’t dragged out, either. Murphy gets his own revenge on Rollins to help Rey, and while that part of the story is over, I can only imagine how Rollins VS Murphy will go. I also don’t know how the apparent romance of Murphy and Aalyah is going to go, but it’s bound to be a messy end. I hope someone at least comes out a title contender from this. Maybe we get a battle of bloodlines as Roman and Jey take on Rey and Dom, maybe even throw Murphy in should Jimmy “fall in line” with the family. That much would at least make up for some things.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (6/22/21)
Adam Cole hits the ring, BAYBAY!
NXT lights the fuse, get ready for fireworks!
Before an explosive rematch on the Great American Bash, Kyle O’Reilly takes on NXT Cruiserweight Champion, Kushida, and Adam Cole takes on…?
- Adam Cole VS ???; Cole wins.
- Io Shirai & Zoey Stark VS The Robert Stone Brand; Shirai & Stark win.
- Johnny Gargano & Austin Theory VS Pete Dunne & Oney Lorcan; Gargano & Theory win.
- Franky Monet VS ???; Monet wins.
- Ever-Rise VS Hit Row; Hit Row wins.
- Kyle O’Reilly VS KUSHIDA; O’Reilly wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Adam Cole VS ???
The Panama City Playboy is back, but he never gave an answer to last week’s “pick your poison” challenge as posed to him and Kyle O’Reilly. Cole is confident as ever, though, does he have an idea?
Cole gets the mic and reminds us that William Regal set up Cole VS Kyle at Great American Bash. Oh, and Samoa Joe assaulted and attacked him! Now this week, he gets to handpick his opponent. Cole was doing some thinking, so ain’t no way in hell HE is going to do that. He doesn’t have to start following the rules just cuz Joe is here. And Cole wants Joe to know there’s a new king of this brand, and you’re looking at him! After Cole embarrasses Kyle at Great American Bash 2021, Cole will be recognized the best in NXT ever! So the fans can consider themselves lucky for having seen Cole, but this isn’t happening.
Oh wait, here comes Carmelo Hayes! This newcomer came close to the Cruiserweight Championship in his debut, seems he’s aiming at another prize. “Hey, Cole, you might not know who I am, but I know who you are.” Melo introduces himself, and says if anyone changes Cole’s mind, it’s him. Oh is that so? Then enlighten him on how. Melo says there is this famous phrase. How does it go? “RUTHLESS! AGGRESSION!” Same energy, bruh. And then Melo SLAPS Cole!! Cole is pissed and the match is on!
Hayes dodges, fires off hands on Cole but Cole knees low! Cole ROCKS Hayes, runs, but Hayes springboards to FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Hayes chases Cole but Cole gets out of the ring. So Hayes just PLANCHAS Cole down! The CWC fires up for Hayes as he gets Cole up and into the ring. Hayes gets on the apron but Cole BOOTS him down! Fans fire up as Cole finally throws off his merch shirt. Cole goes out after Hayes, drags him up and into the ring, then stalks him to a corner. Cole stomps a mudhole into Hayes, throws forearms, does more stomping, but lets off as the ref counts. Cole gets Hayes up but Hayes shoves him away.
Cole ROCKS Hayes again, then brings him out for a snap suplex! Cole dusts off his hands as fans rally up. Hayes sits up, Cole gets him up, and turns him for a NECKBREAKER! Cole is having fun now as he stalks Hayes to ropes. Cole chokes Hayes on the ropes, lets off as the ref counts, and fans are dueling between the veteran and the new kid. Hayes throws body shots and CHOPS but Cole throws haymakers and forearms! Hayes kicks from the mat, but falls for 52 Fake Out! Cole grins, but Hayes blocks the superkick to TKO KNEE SMASH and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Coles gets to a corner but Hayes keeps his cool.
Hayes storms over to fire off body shots, windmills clubbing forearms, but lets off as the ref counts. Cole yanks Hayes into buckles! Cole gets space, comes back, but into a boot! Hayes goes up but Cole SHOVES him down! Hayes hits the floor hard and Cole goes out to RAM him into barriers! Cole gets Hayes back up to TOSS him into boards! Fans boo Cole as NXT goes picture in picture.
Cole paces, refreshes the ring count, and fetches Hayes, just to TOSS him into the boards again! Hayes gasps and sputters as Cole refreshes the count again. Cole puts Hayes back in the ring, JAMS his knee in Hayes’ back, then wraps on a headscissor necklock. Hayes endures, even as Cole drives in elbows into his head. Hayes turns, rolls, and gets the ropebreak! Cole holds on until the ref counts, and then lets off at 4. Hayes hits Cole as he goes, but Cole stomps him down. Cole drags Hayes up to throw haymakers and then bumps him off buckles. Cole throws hands, wrenches, and whips him corner to corner hard! Hayes bounces off buckles and Cole smirks as he taunts the rookie.
Cole drags Hayes up, Hayes shoves free but Cole kicks low! Cole gets Hayes up for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Cole grows annoyed now but he looms over Hayes before bringing him up again. Hayes throws forearms so Cole gives them back! Hayes knees low, Cole EuroUppers! Hayes CHOPS but Cole kicks low! Cole fireman’s carries for the USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Hayes’ toughness is getting on Cole’s nerves and Cole wraps on a chinlock. Hayes endures as Cole grinds him down. Cole talks some trash while cranking the hold back, but Hayes fights with hammering hands.
NXT returns to single picture and fans rally up as Hayes keeps working on the chinlock. Hayes sits up, pries the grip open and gets to his feet to throw body shots. Hayes is free, runs, but Cole CLOBBERS him with a back elbow! Fans duel again as Cole gets Hayes up. Cole bumps Hayes off buckles, wrenches and whips Hayes corner to corner hard, and Hayes slumps down in the corner. Cole says Hayes chose the wrong guy to step to. Hayes bails out, Cole lets the ring count climb. Hayes stands at 5 of 10 and flounders a bit, but gets himself in at 7 of 10. Cole smirks as he stalks over to the corner. Hayes gets up but Cole throws forearms!
Cole says “You’re a nobody, you hear me? I’m Adam Cole, BAYBAY, and you’re nobody!” Hayes gets up but Cole SLAPS him down! Hayes gets up to throw forearms and Cole gives them back! Cole whips Hayes to ropes but Hayes rolls off Cole’s back to BOOT him down! Fans fire up with Hayes as he runs, but into a BOOT from Cole! Hayes wobbles, Cole gets him in a suplex, but Hayes suplexes to a CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Cole survives but Hayes gets him up and reels him in. Cole cradle counters, TWO! Hayes boots but Cole blocks, ENZIGURI follows! And a HUGE Code Breaker!! Cover, TWO!! Cole survives and Hayes can’t believe it!
The CWC is fired up while Hayes refocuses. Cole goes to ropes, Hayes grits his teeth and storms over to CHOP him! Hayes whips, Cole reverses but swings into a spin and fireman’s carry! Cole slips off to BACKSTABBER! High stack cover, TWO!! Hayes survives and Cole is getting mad now! Cole goes to a corner, hops up but Hayes gets away from the drop zone. Cole still leaps, into a SUPERKICK! Hayes runs, springboards, into a SUPERKICK!! Cole goes back to a corner, goes back up and leaps, PANAMA SUNRISE!! Cover, Cole wins!
Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall
The Generational Talent came close again, but this is why Cole considers himself the king of NXT! However, Cole has two weeks to get ready for the rematch with Kyle O’Reilly! Will Cole be ready to bash it up at the Bash?
Franky Monet talks with Jessi Kamea & Aliyah.
Monet is so excited for tonight. The Robert Stone Brand has a match with Zoey Stark & Io Shirai, and Aliyah says it’ll be a piece of cake. Jessi says it’s already in the bag. And of course, Franky has her second match! These three should be the Winner’s Circle! Yeah, great name. But then suit man Stone come sin and Franky says tonight is going to be a great night for them all. Good luck, ladies! Thank you! The high-five to Stone is a little hard, will it hurt even harder if and when his clients ditch him for Monet?
Backstage interview with Zoey Stark.
We all just saw Monet talk up Jessi & Aliyah, but why did she help Shirai last week? Well Shirai gave Stark her big break. All last week was was paying it back. But tagging tonight is a surprise, especially with how notorious Shirai can be when playing with others. But speaking of, Shirai comes in to say it for herself: She did pick Stark for tonight, but that doesn’t mean she likes her. Mutual respect is all they need tonight as far as Stark is concerned. Will that help them get a win against the bougie bad brand?
LA Knight speaks.
The Million Dollar Ladder match made him the NEW Million Dollar Champion, “So let me talk to ya.” Knight’s coronation made him drop what he didn’t need, and that was the old man DeBiase boarding the gravy train! Then the ungrateful NXT fans are all shouting “TO THE MOON!” for that “Hilljack” Grimes, who comes out to go after Knight. Good on Grimes, because even Knight thought Grimes only cared about the title and the money. Turns out, he cares about the old man. That’s so sweet. Grimes is what Knight knew he was on day one: a moron idiot!
That fall Grimes took at TakeOver was beautiful, but that won’t compare to when he gets dropped on his head by the Million Dollar Megastar, the- Oh, thank you! Drinks on Knight! Whose game is it? L A Knight’s game! Toast to that! But will Knight be living the high-life after coming face to feet with a Cave-In?
Johnny Gargano & Austin Theory are here!
They make their way down to the ring, and Gargano says these are exciting times! There is new management in town so we need a new NXT Champion! A new face of the brand! We don’t need the big, mean, angry, leather jacket wearing doomsday guy. No! We need the handsome, the hardworking, the headband wearing, respectable family man! We need Johnny! Theory agrees, of course. The 57 days Gargano was champion, NXT THRIVED! It was a paradise! Chef’s kiss and all that. At TakeOver, Gargano proved Karrion Kross is NOT on Gargano’s level. Gargano outshined him every time they were in the ring together! And everyone knows Gargano can outwrestle Kross on his worst day!
But instead of Kross, Pete Dunne and Oney Lorcan show up! The Bruiserweight has a mic to respond, “Are you mad?” This is so stupid. Gargano must be nuts if he thinks he’s #1 contender over Dunne. And shut up, Theory. Theory gets heated but Gargano has him stop. These two are trying to provoke them and start chaos! There is a new way to do things around here, the Way does not partake in hijinks and shenanigans! They are law-abiding citizens, and there are rules to follow, Peter. The Way are good people. If Dunne and Oney want a fight, it won’t come from them. Gargano puts the mic down, he and Theory wash their hands of this as they leave the ring.
Oney picks up the mic as Theory says he is watching Dunne. Theory points at Dunne, but Dunne grabs those fingers to SNAP them! Theory needs to be more careful around the Bruiserweight! Will Gargano find a way to get back at Dunne that follows the rules?
Cameron Grimes rolls up.
Everyone says hey and Grimes gives them money for their troubles. How is DeBiase doing? He’s alright, Grimes will keep checking on him. Ari Sterling says Grimes must’ve just come from the nursing home. Had to check on Gramps and all that. What was that? Grimes heard him. Grimes did, and he laughs, before he DECKS Sterling! That’s for Ted, this is for you. Grimes gives Sterling a $100 even so, and laughs his way into the CWC.
Backstage interview with Adam Cole.
McKenzie asks him about his coming match with Kyle, and Cole says no. He is not talking about Kyle at all. He doesn’t care about Kyle, he doesn’t care about Kyle VS Kushida tonight, because what Cole did to Hayes will happen to Kyle at the Bash. But here comes Regal. Cole asks what he wants. Regal appreciates Cole going through with that match tonight. Cole says he did it for himself, not for Regal. Regal hopes there’s no animosity between Cole and Joe. According to who? Well Cole touched Joe, Joe got him with the clutch, that’s the end of it. Don’t provoke Joe again.
Oh is that how Regal sees this? How great that Regal has done absolutely nothing to reprimand Joe for putting his hands on Cole! But don’t worry, Cole will do Regal a favor by getting out of his hair. Cole takes his things and goes, will this make things considerably easier on the General Manager tonight?
The battery continues to charge.
We are now at 31%.
Gargano is fuming and he gets the cameraman to follow him.
He and Theory storm up to the GM’s office and since Theory’s fingers hurt, Gargano knocks. Regal lets them enter and Gargano hopes he saw what happened. Regal did. The Way are being model citizens, and look! A new pencil to replace the other one. But there need to be consequences! Regal agrees, there should be. Alright, so what’s gonna happen? Is Joe gonna go get them? Put them through a wall? Or better yet, Coquina Clutch! Regal stands up and Gargano wants to see Regal get those brass knuckles and “knuck ’em up!” No, no, they’re going to face Dunne & Oney in a match, later tonight.
What?! They’re not even dressed, they don’t have their stuff! Doesn’t matter, they have to go. Gargano and Theory panic and rush out of the room, will they suffer more than two bad fingers tonight?
Io Shirai & Zoey Stark VS The Robert Stone Brand!
The Evil Genius and the Rising Star(k) are ready to shine, but Franky did fire up Jessi & Aliyah backstage. Will Shirai’s return to the ring be a great success or a disappointing stumble on her way back after the title?
The teams sort out and Aliyah starts with Shirai. They tie up, Shirai headlocks, but Aliyah powers out. Shirai counters the hip toss to an arm-drag, then fireman’s carries. Aliyah slips out and pulls hair, but Shirai CHOPS and punches her on repeat for it! Shirai pulls hair now but Aliyah shoves her away. Aliyah runs but into a FLAPJACK! Shirai runs and basement dropkicks Aliyah down! Shirai brings Aliyah over, sits her down in the corner and digs her boots in! Swinging knees! Tag to Stark, Stark gets Aliyah up to wrench and fireman’s carry takedown. Stark wrenches the arm, Aliyah throws forearms, but Stark blocks the whip to reverse it!
Tilt-o-whirl, Aliyah throws Stark but Stark handsprings through to SLIDING LARIAT! Aliyah scrambles and tags in Jessi, Stark dodges the boot to waistlock. Jessi bucks the O’Conner roll and hits a sliding wheel kick! Cover, TWO to a Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Stark avoids the dropkick to Oklahoma Roll again! TWO, but Stark DOUBLE STOMPS! Stark fires up, gets Jessi up on the apron, but Jessi hotshots her down! Jessi slingshots in to then springboard for an elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Stark grits her teeth but Jessi is frustrated, and now Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell make their way down to ringside.
Jessi puts Stark in the corner, Aliyah tags in and stomps a mudhole then fires off hands! Tag to Jessi, they mug Stark then Jessi CLUBS Stark down! Tag to Aliyah, she stomps a mudhole into Stark again, and then Aliyah brings Stark out. Stark rolls Aliyah, ONE, and Aliyah calf kicks Stark down! Aliyah covers again, TWO! Stark tries to get away from Aliyah while Shirai glares at Candice, and NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Jessi keeps Starks down with clubbing forearms. Tag to Aliyah, she gets a boost for a tilt-o-whirl SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Aliyah puts on a body scissor squeeze and thrashes Stark around! Stark endures, pushes back to a cover, TWO! Aliyah clubs away on Stark but Stark turns around to fire off on Aliyah! Aliyah squeezes tighter then gets a facelock to keep Stark down! Stark powers up and powers out to SLAM Aliyah down! Fans fire up while both women are down, and The Way isn’t sure what to make of this. Hot tags to Shirai and Jessi! Shirai rallies then FLAPJACKS Jessi down! Shirai DECKS Aliyah for good measure, then hits a 619 on Jessi!
Jessi flounders, Shirai dodges Aliyah’s swipe to AX KICK her down! Springboard missile dropkick for Jessi! Cover, TWO! Shirai keeps her focus and she gets Jessi up. Shirai underhooks but Jessi wrenches out to KICK! Tag to Aliyah and she gets Shirai up for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Shirai survives and Aliyah shrieks! Tag to Jessi, they double suplex, but Shirai lands on her feet! Hot tag to Stark and she DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICKS! Stark gets Jessi up for a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Tag back to Shirai, and Shirai makes sure Candice sees this! Shirai goes up, and OVER THE MOONSAULT! Cover, Shirai & Stark win!
Winners: Io Shirai & Zoey Stark, by pinfall
The Evil Genius stares Candice down as she and Stark have their hands raised. They dare The Way to get in, but then Raquel Gonzalez and Dakota Kai come out from the crowd side. Raquel teases that Shirai goes on vacation and came back to get a friend. If either of them think they’re jumping the line for that #1 contender’s spot, they’re crazy! Those titles belong to Kai & Gonzalez! But whoa, whoa, whoa! Shotzi & Ember show up! Now certainly no one forgot about them! They done lost their minds! MARBLES! But also, they beat Kai & Gonzalez for that contendership spot, right? Right! So then that puts Kai & Gonzalez at the back, right? Right!
But, wait, Ember… They DID forget! Whaaa…? Well let’s remind them! And by that, Shotzi means, KICK SOME ASS!! It’s a chaotic brawl in the ring, but the champs stay far away from it all! Shirai, Kai and Ember, then Raquel, Shotzi and Stark! Samoa Joe comes out and Candice says this isn’t on them! Joe has referees and security get in this, and teams are separated from other teams. Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but that’s not happening! Shotzi and Ember are the ones left in the ring, Shirai and Stark are on one side, and Kai and Gonzalez are on the other. Will Candice & Indi have to watch out with this many teams targeting them?
“I knew my professional wrestling life wouldn’t last forever. This will be a special moment in my career. Nobody can take this moment away from us.” The Time Splitter is ready, but will he come out on top against a motivated Kyle O’Reilly?
The Great American Bash just got bigger! After Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher got past the Grizzled Young Veterans, they are getting their shot at the NXT Tag Team Champions! Will the Must-See Kids find themselves in a must-win scenario?
Johnny Gargano & Austin Theory VS Pete Dunne & Oney Lorcan!
The Way scrambles to finish dressing but they’ve made it in time! Will they make the Bruiserweight and Boston Fury regret getting in their way tonight? Or will it be the other way around?
The teams sort out and Oney starts with Gargano. Gargano fires off hands but Oney knees low and waistlocks. Gargano switches, shoves, then follows to RANA Oney! Oney is up but Gargano dropkicks him down! Oney scrambles to tag Dunne, Gargano arm-drags Dunne but then Dunne fakes Gargano out. Dunne goes for La Magistrol but Gargano slips right out to arm-drag Dunne after all! Fans rally as Dunne kips up, but Gargano wrenches. Tag to Theory but that was the bad hand! Dunne throws Gargano out, but Theory gets Dunne with a forearm! Theory headlocks, Dunne powers out and things speed up, Dunne CLOBBERS Theory!
Tag to Oney, he and Dunne double wrench and double CHOP Theory! Oney CHOPS Theory in a corner, then CHOPS him again! Theory flops down, Oney gets him up to wrench the bad arm and wristlock the bad hand! Dunne tags in, Dunne takes those fingers and bends them! Theory shouts in pain as Dunne hammerlocks the arm into the mat and STOMPS it! Theory flounders, Dunne stays between him and Gargano, then he stomps the bad hand! Dunne gets Theory up, tortures the already damaged digits, and then digs knees into the elbow. Dunne gets the bandages off the fingers to stomp them directly!
Dunne again keeps Theory from Gargano, CHOPS him, then tags Oney. Oney CHOPS Theory, and Theory might have to worry about his chest as much as his fingers. Oney wrenches the arm, bends the fingers, but Theory throws hands. Oney ducks but comes up into a back elbow! Oney is in a corner, Theory hits a clothesline then throws Oney down for slingshot stomps! And a dead lift suplex! Fans fire up as Theory tags Gargano. The Way double whips Oney and double elbow him down! No look high-five and double elbow drop! Gargano is after Oney but Oney kicks low. Tag to Dunne, but Gargano atomic drops!
Tag back to Theory, Gargano whips Dunne and Theory somersaults, SHOTGUN SPINEBUSTER COMBO! Cover, TWO! Theory storms after Dunne in a corner to throw forearms. Theory’s arm bothers him, Dunne fires off KICKS to the leg! Dunne has the arm again for a hammerlock, then pulls the far arm! Dunne digs knuckles into ribs, a knee into the shoulder, and he hammers away on Theory’s side! Dunne drops knees on the bad hand! Chinbar and hammering hands, Dunne just tortures Theory! Dunne sits on Theory to bend the arm back, bend the fingers, and then PENALTY KICK the triceps! Theory sits up into another KICK!
Dunne brings Theory up, whips him to a corner, but Theory manages to go up and over and duck to DROPKICK! Oney gets in but Theory clotheslines him back out! Theory aims, and manages a PLANCHA but misses! Dunne comes around to CLOBBER Theory! Dunne gets in to DECK Gargano, and he tags Oney! Oney & Dunne get Theory up for a DOUBLE APRON SLAM!! The Way is in a bad way as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns and Dunne drags Theory by his legs. Tag to Oney as Dunne gets Theory up in the Surfboard! Oney CHOPS Theory over and over while he endures, but Dunne lets go at the ref’s count, and Oney DDT’s Theory right down! Gargano coaches Theory but Dunne tags back in. Oney isolates the arm for him and Dunne STOMPS it again! Theory writhes but Dunne gets his wrists. Theory dodges the stomps to roll Dunne up! TWO, and Dunne trips Theory before he gets to Gargano! Theory BOOTS Dunne, Oney tags in, and Oney just barely keeps Theory from Gargano! Theory ROCKS Oney, hot tag to Johnny!
Johnny Wrestling rallies, ENZIGURI for Dunne and CHOP for Oney! BULLDOG CLOTHESLINE COMBO! The fans rally, Gargano whips but Oney puts him on the apron., Gargano SUPERKICKS Dunne, slingshots and SPEARS Oney down! Gargano DIVES to take out Dunne! Fans are thunderous as Gargano gets in and tags Theory. The Way works together but Oney fights hem both off! Oney goes up but Gargano GMAANGIRIS, Theory ARABIAN SPANSIH FLIES! Cover, but Dunne breaks it in time! Gargano scoops Dunne but Dunne slips out to pump handle! BITTER- NO! Gargano slips out but Dunne ROCKS him! Gargano rebounds to DISCUS!
All four men are down and fans are loving “NXT! NXT!” Theory gets Oney back up, Oney CHOPS him! And CHOPS him! Theory CHOPS back! And throws a BIG forearm! Oney comes back with a BLOCKBUSTER! Tag to Dunne and Dunne KICKS Theory to ropes. Dunne WRINGS out the bad arm, locks it, and tortures the fingers before he pulls way back on the arm!! Oney blocks Gargano but Gargano boots him down onto Dunne! Theory is free thanks to that, and Dunne gets his legs moving. Gargano tags in but Dunne ROCKS him! Gargano ROCKS Dunne back with boxing elbows, but Dunne SNAP GERMANS! STOMP to the hands, but Gargano ducks the kick to schoolboy KICK!
Gargano keeps moving, Dunne dodges him, slingshot SPEAR into a FOREARM! Tag to Oney, he and Dunne get Gargano up but Gargano fights free! Gargano shoves Dunne and Oney into each other, then runs and tilt-o-whirls Dunne. Dunne fights off the takedown, and feeds Gargano to Oney’s half nelson! HALF NELSON POWERBOMB COMBO!? Cover, Theory breaks it in time!! Fans are thunderous again as Theory fires off on Dunne! Dunne is after the bad arm again! Theory kicks low, reels Dunne in, but no bomb as Dunne slips out and ENZIGURIS! EuroUpper from Oney! And a CHOP! Oney runs, into Gargano’s SUPERKICK!
Gargano tosses Dunne, runs and DIVES! TOPE TORNADO DDT!! Gargano gets back up to ONE FINAL BEAT!! Cover, The Way wins!!
Winners: Johnny Gargano & Austin Theory, by pinfall
Bad fingers, little time to prepare, but a victory all the same! Gargano is feeling great, until KARRION KROSS blindsides him with a forearm!! Fans boo cranky Kross for attacking Gargano, but Gargano should’ve known better than to call out Mr. Apocalypse. Will there be any way for Johnny Wrestling to take that title from Kross 1v1?
The batter continues to charge.
We are now at 41%.
Backstage interview with Kross and Scarlett.
Kross won’t talk to the media, he wants to talk to management. Joe is the one to meet him, though. Kross says, “So, these are the new rules. Remember, ‘unless provoked.'” Of course, champ. Joe lets Kross through to the exit. Scarlett shoots Joe a sneer, and then Joe turns around to see Dunne. Another silent stare down between these two certified destroyers of men. Will there ever be words exchanged?
MORE BREAKING NEWS!
After the huge brawl earlier tonight, we’re getting a TRIPLE THREAT to determine #1 contenders to the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships! Shirai & Stark VS Shotzi & Ember VS Gonzalez & Kai!! Who wins to make their way to the Great American Bash to take on Candice & Indi?
Franky Monet VS Elektra Lopez!
While La Wera Loca calls this her “encore,” it’s really just her second match in NXT. However, she is against a debuting face. Will Franky foil another superstar’s premiere to shine brighter again?
The bell rings and the two tie right up. Franky headlocks, hits a takeover, and cranks on the hold. Lopez gets up, pries free and wrenches to a wristlock, but Franky rolls and wrenches back. Franky powers Lopez into a corner, the ref counts and Franky lets off to CHOP Lopez! Franky dares Lopez to do something, but then runs into Lopez’s elbow! And boot! Lopez storms after Franky to scoop and SLAM her! And drop an elbow! And then another! Lopez does a little dance but Franky bails out. Lopez storms over but into a shoulder! Franky runs into forearms from Lopez! Lopez runs but Franky follows, blocks and wrenches to KICKS and an STO!
Franky fires up and the fans follow as she floats around to ground ‘n’ pound. Looks familiar, like a certain guru taught her. Franky stomps Lopez, then drags Lopez up to TOSS her by her hair! Franky eggs Lopez on again and Lopez throws body shots, only for Franky to CLUB her down! Franky whips Lopez to the corner, runs in and elbows her! Franky makes Lopez take a seat, then goes corner to corner, but Lopez dodges! Franky bumps into buckles, and Lopez gets up to CHOP! And CHOP! Lopez dodges, comes back and back elbows! Fans fire up with Lopez and she BOOTS Franky, to then fireman’s carry! Franky fights free, blocks Lopez and spins her to ROLLING ELBOW!
Franky gets Lopez up, chicken wing, GLAM SLAM! Cover, Franky wins!
Winners: Franky Monet, by pinfall
The sequel is a success, just like the first! Will it only be a matter of time before #BougieBad goes after the belt?
Backstage interview with Bronson Reed.
The North American Champion knows Santos Escobar is calling him out, and his response is that he is confused. He squishes Escobar, puts him through a barricade, what more does Reed have to do? Does he have to squish Escobar into this TV here? Or put him through the windows? Through walls? Reed could destroy the whole CWC and- Hit Row interrupts by walking in, and Swerve gets in Reed’s face. Swerve eyes the title, and Top Dolla says, “Everybody’s colossal, until a colossus walks in the room.” True, Top Dolla is talla than Reed. Adonis tells the fans that Ever-Rise are about to get a crash course, without seatbelts.
Also, Reed ain’t even from North America. Yeah, cuz that’s how to get this. Reed doesn’t sweat Hit Row, but will he worry about them more after dealing with Escobar?
NXT shares a video from social media.
Apparently, this incident earlier today is what Hit Row was referring to before the break. Ever-Rise was lurking like parking lot ninjas, and they crept up on Hit Row’s ride. They shake up the spray paint, but “Dolla King” was already in the driver’s seat. Does he know that Ever-Rise is Ever-Rise? “Ski masks don’t work when your name’s on your shirt.” Oh, right. RUN FOR IT! Will Ever-Rise at least rule in the ring?
Ever-Rise VS Hit Row!
Matt Martel & Chase Parker take on Top Dolla & Ashante “Thee” Adonis, and if you didn’t know, now you know!
The teams sort out, Martel gets bulldozed by Dolla and Dolla even hits Parker for good measure! “What is my name?!” Dolla DECKS Martel, stands on him, and tags Adonis. Adonis takes his shirt off to throw it at Parker! Parker gets mad but Martel gets around to tag him in! Parker ROCKS Adonis but Adonis hits the AIR-DROP! Adonis hammers away on Parker, fires off knees, and B-Fab tells him to cool off. Adonis drags Parker back, tags Dolla back in, and Hit Row gets Parker up. Dolla taunts Martel but Parker wriggles free! Tag to Martel and Ever-Rise fires off hands! Dolla shoves them both away, but they dump him out hard!
Fans fire up for Ever-Rise as they fire each other up. Dolla gets up and he’s pissed! Parker runs in but Dolla DECKS him, then TOSSES him! Dolla gets Martel with a choke grip, shoves him to the corner and SPLASHES! Tag to Adonis for the LONG KISS GOODNIGHT! Tag back to Dolla, and Swerve says to end it. Dolla drags Parker up, reels him in, and coordinates with Adonis, POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER! Cover, Hit Row wins!
Winners: Hit Row, by pinfall
Parker checks on Martel, but he gets a HOUSE CALL from Swerve! Ever-Rise might not ever get back up! Will they make sure to keep Hit Row’s names out of their mouths from now on?
Backstage interview with Mercedes Martinez.
McKenzie has huge news, there will be a mixed tag with her against Boa & Xia Li! But who has she chosen for a partner? Well, Mercedes can get down with this. But she doesn’t make friends that easily. She can go, with or without- But then XIA LI attacks from behind! Boa talks some smack to Mercedes, too, but JAKE ATLAS comes in and BOOTS him down! Atlas says he’s just joined the fight! Mercedes and Atlas tell Tian Sha’s warriors they’ll see them next week. Will Mean Ms. Mercedes and the Muscle of El Monte make Tian Sha shrink back into the shadows?
Kyle O’Reilly speaks.
“Sometimes, you come across a guy you were just born to wrestle, and Kushida is that for me.” When Kyle and Kushida face off, the world watches a great match that is just a byproduct of them stepping in the ring. Kyle will wrestle like this is the last match of his career, and he is sure Kushida will do the same. That match is coming! Will Kyle keep pace with Cole? Or is he going to find why Kushida is still the Super Junior?
Kyle O’Reilly VS KUSHIDA!
This match may have come about because of the “pick your poison” challenge, but both men (and the fans) are more than happy to have this dream match happen in NXT! Will Kyle be fired up just weeks away from the Great American Bash? Or will plenty of fireworks go off right here?
The bell rings and the two circle. They give a quick low-five of respect before they clinch and go for control. Kushida hooks a leg to block a takedown and they end up on ropes. Kyle gets the other leg, trips Kushida, but Kushida’s leg guard is strong. Kushida trips Kyle, Kyle’s leg guard is also strong, and they knuckle lock on top of the leg grapple. Kyle turns things back around, cover, ONE! Kyle pushes that arm down for another cover, Kushida bridges. Kushida uses his leg guard to keep Kyle away, and then gets up to push Kyle over with body weight. Kushida throws elbows, handsprings through and gets Kyle for an ARMBAR! Kyle gets up and gets free, and fans cheer the exchange!
Kyle and Kushida go again, another leg hook to block a takedown, and Kushida gets a waistlock. Kyle pries the waistlock open, tackles Kushida, and uses his knee to keep Kushida down while going for the Triangle! Kushida gets the ropebreak, Kyle lets off, and fans cheer again. Kushida and Kyle circle, tie up, Kyle waistlocks but Kushida pries at it. Kyle headlocks, Kushida powers out and things speed up. Kyle rolls to BOOT, but Kushida stays up. Kyle whips, Kushida handsprings, into an ARMBAR! Kushida gets free and comes back to go around with Kyle! Kyle holds Kushida off to put Kushida in the cobra twist! But Kushida hip tosses free and cartwheels to basement dropkick!
Fans love this as Kushida looms over Kyle. Kushida steps over to hammerlock the arm, and TWISTS it! Kyle writhes but Kushida gets him up for a top wristlock. Kyle tries to fight free but Kushida wrangles him down. Kushida bends fingers, twists the wrist, and drags Kyle around. Kyle pushes a forearm into Kushida’s face but Kushida KICKS him to a corner! Kushida whips Kyle corner to corner, Kyle stops himself and comes back to go for a leg. Kushida gets free and he goes for a leg, but Kyle steps over to get Kushida’s leg. Kushida shakes Kyle off and goes for Kyle’s leg, but Kyle gets free. They both shoot in and their heads collide! Fans fire up how even these two are, and NXT goes picture in picture!
Kushida and Kyle back off to opposite ends and Kyle even goes out of the ring to walk it off. Kushida sees him, Kyle gets on the apron and Kushida is after the arm! Wrench and elbow breaker HOTSHOT! Kyle flops down, Kushida gets him inside and has the arm for another wristlock. Kushida grinds Kyle down, hooks up the arm and pulls the other back! Kyle endures, Kushida steps over and further, for a RECLINER! Kushida’s wrestler bridge is leverage enough but he gets back up to fall back! Kyle writhes from the snap in the shoulders! Kushida gets Kyle up but Kyle waistlocks and drags Kushida down to CLUB him! And KNEE him! And float to CLUB and KNEE again!
Kyle backs off to run and KNEE DROP! Kushida writhes now, but Kyle gets him up to tie up the legs in a figure four knot. Kyle adds on a cobra twist, Kushida endures what Kyle wants to call this combination, and pulls hair to pull Kyle back! TWO, and Kyle grimaces but Kushida KICKS him in the leg! Kushida KICKS the leg again, but Kyle kicks back! They kick and boot each other on the mat, then get space again. Kyle gets Kushida up to throw forearms, but Kushida KICKS the arm! And again! And again! Kyle walks around, clutching his elbow, but Kushida YANKS the arm! And YANKS! And YANKS again!
NXT returns to single picture and fans rally as Kyle tries a chinlock. Kushida snapmares free then PENALTY KICKS the arm in the corner! Kushida keeps moving but Kyle KNEES him back! Kyle wants a sayanagi but Kushida blocks the first time. Kyle gets the throw after all, and wraps on body scissors and sleeper! Kushida moves around to resist, and he hooks Kyle’s legs for a toehold! Kyle CLUBS Kushida, the two separate, and Kyle KICKS and SLAPS and KNEES and KICKS! Kushida jumps the sweep to CLOBBER Kyle! Kyle staggers up into an atomic drop! Kushida whips and hip tosses to an ARMBAR! Kyle moves around but into the HOVERBOARD!
Kyle slips free and he wants an armbar! Kushida moves around, waistlocks, but Kyle switches! Kushida drops, slips under and trips Kyle to the Hoverboard! But Kyle headscissors! Kushida floats, gets free, PENALTY KICK to the arm! Kyle clutches the wrist and Kushida KICKS away on the biceps! Kyle blocks a kick to slip around, fisherman but Kushida knees free! Kushida underhooks for a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Bridge, ROPEBREAK! Kyle saves himself and Kushida is a bit surprised! Kushida goes to the corner, climbs up top, and leaps, but Kyle avoids the flying knee! Kyle gives knees, forearms, KICKS and a rolling takedown! HEEL HOOK!
Kushida gets up to BRIDGE! TWO!! Kyle escapes but Kushida ROCKS him! Kyle forearms, both men try to fake the other out, but Kyle KNEES Kushida! Kushida holds off the suplex to ROLLING ELBOW! Kyle yoyos but Kushida dodges to PELE! Kyle still yoyos to LARIAT!! Kyle drags Kushida up, suplex and BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Kushida survives, this is why he is a champion! The CWC is thunderous as they rally and duel! Kyle goes to the apron, to a corner, and he climbs up. Kushida HANDSPRING KICKS Kyle down! Kyle is on the apron, Kushida gets his arm, and RAMS the arm into the post!
Kushida goes out to join Kyle on the apron now, and Kushida KICKS the arm again! And again! And again! Kyle grits his teeth as he blocks, but he has to reverse grip. Kushida fights off the guillotine and HAMMERLOCK SUPLEXES Kyle to the apron! Both men fall to the floor and fans are thunderous as a ring count begins! We’re at 5 of 10 as Kushida drags Kyle up and into the ring. Kushida aims and PENALTY KICKS the arm again! Kushida keeps moving, tilt-o-whirl but Kyle KNEES Kushida! AX ‘N’ SMASH! But Kushida FAST BALLS!! Both men fall over and fans are still loving this! Kushida gets Kyle up by his bad arm, wrenches it and hits an ELBOW BREAKER! TO THE HOVEBOARD!
Kyle moves around and around, slips out and whips Kushida to a corner to KNEE him! Kyle keeps moving, but runs into a body scissor! HOVERBOARD!! Kyle uses his own tights to block! But Kushida keeps Kyle from ropes! HOVEBOARD IS ON! But Kyle victory rolls?! KYLE WINS!!!
Winners: Kyle O’Reilly, by pinfall
Kyle just snatched victory from the jaws of defeat! Kushida can’t believe it, but Kyle gives Kushida his due. Kushida returns the favor, these two have great respect for each other, and for good reason! But here comes Cole! Kyle was ready and he tackles Cole over the announce desk! They brawl and bounce each other off desk and barriers! Then they throw more hands! Cole bounces Kyle off desk and barriers again, security rushes out to stop this, but Kyle wants payback! Cole goes after him, too, but Joe is
Wait, who is that going after Kushida?! Waistlock and SLAM!! That’s RODERICK STRONG?!?! Strong, Tyler Rust and a third man are here, and Strong KNEES Kushida down! Strong and his new compatriots have matching jackets, and MALCOLM BIVENS is here, too? Bivens shows Strong the NXT Cruiserweight Championship, and says “THIS! IS! DIAMOND MINE!!” Finally, we see just who was coming to NXT! And Strong tells Kushida, “Soon.” The Diamond Mine is open, and the Messiah of the Backbreaker is coming for gold! Will Kushida be able to withstand the pressure?
What an awesome episode! Cole opening with his promo about not wanting to and then Carmelo Hayes coming out and literally referencing John Cena, and especially the match, all of it was great stuff. Hayes is definitely a future champion on any if not all levels of NXT, this was perhaps Cole’s seal of approval on him. We got a good promo from Knight, and a good, quick segment with Grimes. I am pretty sure this means Grimes VS Ari Sterling is next week to help get Grimes back into the swing of things before going after Knight in a Million Dollar Rematch. Also, Ciampa & Thatcher VS MSK for Great American Bash, that’s a great move and could go either way to me.
Bronson Reed had a good promo to respond to Santos Escobar, their 1v1 match should definitely happen at Great American Bash. Given Swerve getting in Reed’s face tonight, Reed has to retain so Swerve can get his shot. Escobar can still come back around later, but Reed and Swerve have history so it just makes sense they have their match. Hit Row VS Ever-Rise was really good, really fun, lot of character work from everyone. Hit Row of course wins, Adonis and Dolla might need to work on that bomb neckbreaker combo, but they’re gonna get in the title scene soon enough. I’m just curious as to if and when “B-Fab” Briana Brandy gets in a match.
Franky Monet is totally swiping Robert Stone’s team from him, just a matter of when. Franky of course wins her second match, but I will say Elektra Lopez gave her a lot better fight than I expected. Franky leading an all female faction will definitely help keep her bougie bad persona from getting stale, she is already having good chemistry with Aliyah and Jessi, they could definitely make big moves in the division. Though, obviously, not right now. Shirai & Stark did great in their match against the Robert Stone Brand, and I did like that we got that big brawl of the women’s teams to set up next week’s contender’s match.
The only shortcoming was Shotzi & Ember having awkward banter. I appreciate Ember sticking to a catchphrase but I feel like Shotzi should change up her add-on. She already used “MARBLES!” so maybe other synonyms for going crazy should be used. In that Triple Threat, they all have reason to get after The Way, but given the recent build, I think Shirai & Stark get the nod for Great American Bash. At the same time, I don’t think the challengers take the titles off The Way, unless Dexter Lumis returns to distract Indi with his apology about that Poppy misunderstanding. Love conquers all, and #InDex is gonna conquer The Way.
The other half of The Way had great stuff, too. Gargano and Theory are so great together, both in promos and in matches. They had an awesome match with Dunne & Oney, Gargano got to unleash again, and Kross going after Gargano totally means those two face off, maybe even at The Great American Bash. Kross will certainly cross off Gargano and just keep going until Kyle comes back around. Speaking of which, Kyle and Kushida each had great promos to hype the main event, and it was definitely a match that lived up to the hype. Kyle winning with a quick pin rather than any finisher is great, it keeps Kushida strong enough given what’s coming next.
Cole attacking Kyle makes sense, and I like that it wasn’t used to “ruin” the main event. And it all worked that Joe was more focused on that chaos than what ended up happening in the ring. The Diamond Mine was hyped for showing up tonight, and just when it seemed like they wouldn’t, they did! I could not have ever guessed it was Roderick Strong coming back after claiming he was quitting. And at the same time, the writing was there for Rust and Bivens. “Diamond in the Rust,” that all comes back around to be Rust is in the Diamond Mine and that is clever.
The third man, though not named here, is apparently Hideki Suzuki, who has built his career for the last 13 years in the Japanese independents, having Pro-Wrestling Zero1’s Triple Crown. I therefore know very little else, but if he’s in NXT and debuting through this group, he’s a big deal and will show us some great stuff in the coming weeks.
My Score: 9.3/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (6/22/21)
The Path of Cage grows Dark!
AEW Dark paves the way towards a Dynamite Saturday!
Abadon, Brian Cage, Lance Archer and The Dark Order are in action as AEW prepares for a super Saturday Night Dynamite!
- Lance Archer VS Rex Lawless; Archer wins.
- Brian Pillman Jr. w/ Julia Hart VS Bear Bronson; BPJ wins.
- Brian Cage VS Chandler Hopkins; Cage wins.
- Diamante VS Ashley D’Amboise; Diamante wins.
- Colt Cabana w/ The Dark Order VS Kit Sackett; Cabana wins.
- Chuck Taylor w/ Best Friends VS Dan Barry; Chuck wins.
- Abadon VS Ashley Vox; Abadon wins.
- Marko Stunt VS Griff Garrison w/ Julia Hart; Griff wins.
- The Bunny w/ The Blade VS Reka Tehaka; The Bunny wins.
- Stu Grayson w/ The Dark Order VS Serpentico w/ Luther; Grayson wins.
Wow, only ten matches and only 48 minutes? Now these are numbers for Dark I can get behind. Varsity Blonds having a promo to open to respond to what happened with Miro on Dynamite was good, and the promo itself was good. BPJ’s match being second on the card is a bit odd, why not just go right to him? It was still a strong match because Bear Bronson is doing great stuff even though he’s on his own. BPJ wins, of course, because he’s headed for that match with Miro. Lance Archer going right after Lawless from his entrance was good stuff and keeps with the promo he and Jake the Snake had last Dynamite. I’m thinking All Out is when Archer finally “wins the big one.”
Brian Cage being third was definitely more for the sake of having Ricky Starks on commentary so he could be bitter. Taz added good character to this with his frustrations about Starks and Cage not getting along. Hopkins got a really good showing against Cage, but Cage wins all the same. Cage chasing Starks backstage was a good detail, too. Hopefully Starks will be healthy by All Out, that makes the perfect place for this to blow off. Then Diamante gets a good and fast win off D’Amboise, really showing that fire. I still wonder what her route will be with Ivelisse and those women’s tag medals gone. There are still a few factions that have no female presence, I wonder if she’d be open to joining up with one.
Colt Cabana starts off strong and wins fast against Sackett, I feel like they could’ve again had a case where another faction member on the card just has their match right after. Stu Grayson being the main event with Serpentico was both good for them, and made for a really good match. The Dark Order is going to maintain this midcard momentum, but I really wonder if any of them will ever get titles. Maybe as AEW enters year three, and maybe as Hangman finally “wins the big one,” the Dark Order will make that breakthrough to get gold again.
Just as I was wondering when the other Best Friends would return to action, Chuck is here to get a win off the debuting “Detective” Dan Barry, but Barry had a great showing. Abadon still scares me but that goes to show her character work is top tier. And she just keeps winning so she’s gonna be sticking around. Griff keeps the Blonds strong winning against Marko Stunt but Marko is always fun to watch. Bunny Allie and Reka Tehaka getting the penultimate match is great for both of them, really builds the women’s division as a whole, too. Bunny of course wins, HFO needs to be strong in all title chases and she’s a very complete character so she’s a natural choice.
My Score: 8.2/10
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