Will the SmackDown Women’s Championship still be legit?
SmackDown has a rematch from Hell in a Cell! Will Bayley once again be our Role Model? Or will Sasha Banks prove she can hold onto the gold?
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Sasha Banks VS Bayley; Banks wins and retains the title.
- Survivor Series Team SmackDown Qualifier: Rey Mysterio VS Baron Corbin; Corbin wins and joins Team SmackDown.
- Survivor Series Women’s Team SmackDown Qualifier Triple Threat: Natalya VS Ruby Riott VS Zelina Vega; Riott wins and joins Team SmackDown.
- Survivor Series Team SmackDown Qualifier: Seth Rollins VS Otis; Rollins wins and joins Team SmackDown.
- Jey Uso VS Kevin Owens; Uso wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Sasha Banks VS Bayley!
History waits for no one, so there’s no point in waiting on this one! And speaking of history, Bayley has pointed out Sasha’s history of losing titles as quickly as she wins them. But will The Boss keep history from repeating itself and establish this is finally her time?
Before the match, Kayla Braxton interviews Bayley backstage. Since their start in the WWE, these two have been “intertwined.” Watching the video package just now must’ve stirred up some emotions. Yeah, so many. Like when Bayley hit Sasha with the chair, that brought her joy. And thinking about Sasha forcing Bayley to sign the contract, that makes her angry. But she’s mostly sad. In that amazing video, they forgot the biggest part of Sasha’s career: DING DONG, hello? losing titles when she defends them! Sasha better got her fill these last two weeks, because tonight, Bayley takes back the title. This rivalry ends the same way it started: Sasha crippled in the ring by her own failure!
Bayley makes her entrance, the introductions are made and the belt is raised. What could be the final chapter between these best frenemies starts now!
The two tie up, go around, pulling hair as they go into the corner. Bayley turns things around but Sasha turns them back. The ref counts, the two let up at 4, and then Bayley shoves Sasha. Sasha CHOPS Bayley! Then throws forearms! Sasha knuckle locks and goes up the ropes to arm-drag and cover, ONE! Sasha keeps on Bayley with knuckle locks and brings her up. Bayley steps through to chicken wing but Sasha goes up a corner to get out! Back to knuckle locks, Bayley trips Sasha to a cover, TWO! Sasha keeps Bayley away, then goes up to wheelbarrow and takedown! Bayley scrambles to ropes and Sasha has no choice but to let go. Sasha seethes, “Hello, ding dong! I’m waiting!” We’ll all have to wait as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Sasha dodges Bayley’s baseball slide to come back. Bayley is on the apron so Sasha slides to trip her up! Sasha then spins on the apron to kick Bayley down! Sasha puts Bayley back in, Bayley is in the corner and Sasha hits the swinging meteora! Cover, TWO! Bayley gets to the far side but Sasha follows after. Sasha goes to the apron and runs at Bayley to METEORA into the post! Sasha goes side to side again but Bayley LAUNCHES Sasha with her boots! Sasha crashes and burns on the apron then hits the floor! Bayley grins as she looms over Sasha. She puts Sasha in, covers, TWO! Bayley drives knees into Sasha’s back then chokes her on the ropes! The ref reprimands, Bayley stops and Sasha gets to a corner.
Bayley stomps Sasha, drags her around and has the legs, ROPE GUILLOTINE! Cover TWO! Bayley grows annoyed and she drags Sasha up to a chinlock. Sasha endures as Bayley thrashes her around and fans clap on their ThunderDome screens. Sasha fights up, but Bayley throws her into a corner! Bayley goes corner to corner but misses! Sasha runs in but Bayley catches her, only for Sasha to DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! CORNER METEORA! Cover, TWO! Bayley staggers up and CLOBBERS Sasha! Cover, TWO! Bayley grows frustrated but the fans rally. Bayley drags Sasha up to the top rope, climbs up to join her, but Sasha fights back! Sasha hammers away, Bayley hops down, FLYING METEORA! Both women are down but fans fire up!
Bayley gets to the apron but Sasha hurries after her. Sasha aims, CROSSBODY from the apron! Both women go down on the outside as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again and Sasha is back up top. Bayley hits her but Sasha hits back! Sasha adjusts but Bayley goes to the apron to throw haymakers! Bayley tries to superplex Sasha to the outside, but Sasha resists! Sasha fights back, slides under and around to drag Bayley off the top, only for Bayley to huricanrana her into the desk! Bayley gets Sasha up an din the ring fast, then goes up top herself! Sasha intercepts with a forearm! Sasha YANKS Bayley off the top! Bayley hits a buckle on the way down, and Sasha runs side to side, BOOT WASH DROPKICK! Sasha slips back to the outside as she hits Bayley, and she comes back to run up the steps, APRON ELBOW DROP! Bayley tumbles down but Sasha puts her right back in!
Sasha gets up top again, aims and FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Bayley survives and Sasha can’t believe it! Fans clap and rally up, Sasha stands Bayley up for the BACKSTABBER, but Bayley rolls through the crossface! BAYLEY2- NO! Sasha drop toeholds out of the suplex to get the CROSSFACE! Bayley goes under the ropes, Sasha lets go to get a leg but Bayley BOOTS Sasha into barriers! Sasha slumps down while Bayley steadies herself. Bayley goes out, drags Sasha up and in, and decides to bring out a kendo stick?! The ref warns her, this is a normal match! But the stick is a distraction for a chair! Bayley wants to use THAT chair, but Sasha BOOTS it! Then BOOTS Bayley! Sasha TOSSES the chair, but Bayley hits a BACKSTABBER! To BAYLEY2BELLY!! Cover, TWO!?! Sasha survives and Bayley can’t believe it!
Bayley hurries up top again, MACHO ELBOW!! Cover, TWO!!! Bayley is beside herself! She seethes as she looms over Sasha, and she brings the arm in. Sasha avoids the Planter and throws Bayley into buckles! Bayley boots back, runs and gets around to redirect and KNEE Sasha! Then SAIDO! Cover, TWO!! Sasha survives the onslaught and Bayley is losing her cool. Sasha shakes her head, saying she is not done. But Bayley STEALS the Bank Statement crossface!! Sasha endures, moves around, crawls forward, but Bayley blocks with her foot! The ref reprimands, Sasha gets around to jackknife, TWO! The two go to the apron again, Sasha dodges and Bayley POSTS herself!
Sasha goes back to the apron and stomps Bayley down! Sasha drags Bayley back in, BACKSTABBER to BANK STATEMENT! Bayley raises a hand but Sasha traps it! Bayley TAPS, Sasha wins!!
Winner: Sasha Banks, by submission (still SmackDown Women’s Champion)
Now it’s legit! The curse was broken and Sasha Banks holds onto the gold! But now she goes to Survivor Series to take on Asuka in a Champion VS Champion match! Will The Boss be better than the Empress of Tomorrow? Wait, CARMELLA attacks with a FABULOUS KICK! And then the MELLA BUSTER! “I’m back, baby!” The now #Untouchable Princess of Staten Island just called her shot! Will she be the one to break Banks?
Kevin Owens finds Jey Uso backstage.
Rough couple of weeks for the two of them. Kevin says Jey getting Roman’s coffee should be Paul Heyman’s job. What was that? Dude, he’s just kidding. Oh so he thinks the family is a joke? No, none of this is a joke. Kevin says he and Jey are teammates at Survivor Series. Kevin doesn’t have the best record at Survivor Series, so he just wanted to check in. But Jey has a lot on his mind, so that’s fine. Maybe switch to decaf. Kevin leaves before things get any more tense. Will Team SmackDown be able to hold it together better than Team Raw?
WWE has HUGE news for Survivor Series!
After reaching 30 YEARS, the Undertaker will be at the PPV where it all started, and he bids his “Final Farewell.” Will it truly be the last ride for the Dead Man?
Backstage interview with Jey Uso!
Kayla says the last month or so has been very emotional. But let’s look at last week in particular. Jey was face to face with Roman after the brutal and humiliating way Roman defeated him at Hell in a Cell. And while it looked like Jey was going to defy the Tribal Chief, blood was thicker than water. Jey bowed the knee, fell in line, and acknowledged Roman as head of the table. Jey not only beat Daniel Bryan to qualify for the SmackDown Survivor Series team, but he beat down Daniel Bryan to make a point. Can he explain his actions? He did what he had to do. It wasn’t personal. Bryan is a friend, but family is forever. Yes, unless you don’t fall in line. Oh haha, Kayla. Everyone wants to be funny, is that it?
Paul Heyman walks in and says hi. But he has a question: did Roman authorize this interview? That’s rhetorical. Roman did not approve. Roman needs to speak to Jey. Kayla says Heyman has a better spot in the family. Still throwing shade, huh? Let’s not keep Roman waiting. Heyman and Jey leave, but that wasn’t a yes or a no to Kayla’s questions.
Rey Mysterio is on the phone.
He’s trying to contact daughter Aalyah but she’s clearly not answering. Dominik hurries over and asks what’s going on. Rey’s match is next and he’s not even dressed?! Because he’s trying to figure out where Aalyah is! Dom hasn’t seen or heard from her, but the match! Rey asks Dom to go get his things for him. Dom hurries off, but CORBIN attacks! The Wolf King is going to take a shortcut to Survivor Series by beating up his opponent! Dom chases Corbin off, but has Corbin already won?
Heyman talks with Jey.
Heyman respects what Jey is doing, but if he wants to do something like that interview, he has to run it by Roman first. He has to ask about doing interviews?! Yes, glad you understand. Then let’s go talk to him! Heyman tells Jey to wait so he can get Roman, and they’ll talk… when Roman’s ready. Heyman goes inside, leaving Jey literally on the outside. Roman shows up rather quickly, and he asks Jey why he’s doing interviews. Trying to tell his story? No it’s part of the job. Well there’s a chain of command here. If you want to do one of those, talk to Roman. If he can’t find Roman, talk to Heyman. What’s going on with Kevin? Forget that fool, he’s making dumb jokes. Jokes, huh? Sounded more like disrespect. If he disrespects Jey, he disrespects Roman. If he disrespects Roman, he disrespects the entire bloodline.
Kevin running his mouth against the family, who are at the top of the mountain, he’s going to let that slide? No, Jey will handle it. Jey goes off somewhere, but what is he going to do? Roman asks if Heyman knew. Heyman stutters that he found out as it happened. Heyman’s supposed to know everything. Heyman is supposed to handle everything so that Roman doesn’t have to. Heyman understands. Then go find Pearce. They’ll handle the KO problem tonight. Heyman heads off, but how is Roman going to “handle” this?
Survivor Series Team SmackDown Qualifier: Rey Mysterio VS Baron Corbin!
The Wolf King is already in the ring, and of course is smug about what he just did backstage. The music hits for the King of Lucha Libre, but he doesn’t come out. At least, not alone. Dom is with him, but will Rey be able to fight in street clothes, beat up and still worried about his daughter?
The bell rings and Rey rushes Corbin, only to get hit with a SPINE BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Rey gets to a corner but Corbin throws body shots! Corbin throws haymakers, too, and then mockingly asks if Rey is okay. Corbin bumps Rey off buckles, digs his knee in, but lets off at the ref’s count. Rey gets to the apron and Dom is worried, but Corbin mockingly applauds. Corbin goes out, ROCKS Rey with a right, then bumps him off the apron. The ref starts a ring count but Corbin puts Rey in. Rey gets to a corner, elbows back and throws body shots, but Corbin knees hard and low! Corbin stands on Rey’s head and chest! Corbin lets off while fans give thumbs down. Corbin throws Rey out then lets the ring count climb.
Dom checks on Rey but Corbin comes out to break the count. Corbin stalks behind Rey and throws more big forearms. Corbin runs in but Rey moves, Corbin only gets steel steps! Rey refreshes the count and goes out after Corbin with kicks! Rey puts Corbin against the apron to throw hands then he puts Corbin in. Rey gets in, throws forearms, and runs, into Corbin’s elbow! Corbin looms over Rey and drags him up. Corbin choke grips and lifts, but Rey sunset flips out of the slam to cover, TWO! Tilt-o-whirl headscissors throws Corbin out! But Seth Rollins is here! The Savior of SmackDown smirks, but then says he means no harm. Will that be true while SmackDown goes to break?
SmackDown returns and Corbin has Rey against the post. The ref counts, Corbin lets off, and Rey now POSTS Corbin! Both men are down and the ring count climbs. Rollins mockingly rallies for Rey as Rey puts Corbin in. Rey springboards and splashes! But he can’t cover, his own body is too sore! Corbin and Rey slowly rise and Corbin shoves Rey into a corner! Corbin runs in but Rey elbows back! Rey boots back, Corbin wobbles but runs into more boots! Rey springboards to QUEBRADA, but into Corbin’s arms! Corbin hits a Canadian rack BACKBREAKER! Rollins cheers Corbin on as he covers, TWO! Rey survives and crawls to the apron. Corbin drags Rey around as Dom glares at Rollins. Corbin CLUBS Rey down and soaks up the heat from fans.
Corbin drags Rey up, puts him against ropes and throws forearm after forearm into the back! The ref counts, Corbin lets off and Rollins cheers. Corbin drags Rey around, hoists him up top and throws haymakers. Corbin climbs up but Rey fights back! Rey headbutts Corbin until he staggers down, then Rey adjusts to leap! But Corbin catches him this time, for a BACKBREAKER! And another! Corbin carries Rey around for a SLAM! Cover, TWO! Corbin grows frustrated, as does Rollins, but Corbin digs his knee into Rey for his chinlock clutch. Rey gets the ropebreak and Corbin lets off. Rey tumbles out of the ring but Corbin goes out to fetch him. Corbin brings Rey up to RAM into the apron!
The ring count climbs to 5 before Corbin puts Rey in. Corbin rains down rights over and over, then stares down Dom. Dom glances between Corbin and Rollins, who shakes his head. Corbin hauls Rey up to CLUB him down, then runs to DECK him with a right! Corbin taunts Rey, runs again and DECKS Rey with another right! Corbin grins as he drags Rey up, runs a third time, but Rey dodges and runs, but into a bearhug! Rey endures, fights and BITES! Corbin rams Rey into the buckles, then runs corner to corner. Rey ducks down to dodge, then enziguris from the apron! Rey climbs up and leaps, SEATED SENTON! And then he speeds up to dropkick the legs out and basement dropkick Corbin down! Rollins is worried as Rey SPRINGBOARD SENTONS! Cover, TWO!
Rey and Corbin slowly rise as fans rally. Rollins gets frustrated on Corbin’s behalf but Dom coaches Rey on. Corbin shoves Rey away, but Rey slips through End of Days to drop toehold! Corbin is on the ropes, Rey dials it up, but Corbin bails out! And then Corbin sucker punches Dom! Rey dropkicks Corbin then PLANCHAS! Direct hit and everyone is down! Rollins watches closely while Dom sits up. Rey puts Corbin in the ring but he’s still worried about his son. Dom says he’s fine so Rey goes in. Corbin headbutts low, reels Rey in, and lifts, but Rey fights out to huricanrana! 6 1 9!! Rollins attacks Dom! Rey goes out to hit Rollins and throw him into barriers! Fans give thumbs down as Buddy Murphy and Aalyah finally appear!
Rey says Murphy needs to leave but Aalyah says he’s here to help now! The ring count climbs, Rey has to hurry back in, but he’s still shouting at Murphy. Corbin gets Rey for END OF DAYS!! Cover, Corbin wins!!
Winner: King Corbin, by pinfall (joins Team SmackDown)
Rey could not keep his focus, and now he’s out of Survivor Series! But will the Wolf King of the Ring be King of Team SmackDown?
Jey will “handle” the KO problem himself as he and Kevin will have a match tonight! Will this only sabotage SmackDown’s chances at Survivor Series?
Survivor Series Women’s Team SmackDown Qualifier Triple Threat: Natalya VS Ruby Riott VS Zelina Vega!
The Queen of Harts, the Best of All Time #BOAT, didn’t qualify in the Triple Threat against Billie Kay and Bianca Belair, but there’s still time. Will the winningest woman in WWE history be able to qualify against the Squad leader and La Muneca?
The bell rings and Natty shoves Zelina away to get Ruby in a facelock. Zelina comes back to roll Natty but Ruby pushes that part. Zelina gets around Ruby but Ruby switches, only for Natty to get her in an O’Conner roll. Zelina boots Natty down, Ruby and Zelina brawl and Zelina clubs Ruby down. Zelina ax kicks, runs, but Natty trips her and throws her out! Natty gets in but Ruby cradle counters, ONE! Natty gets Ruby for a scoop and slam! Natty gets the legs, hooks them up and grabs the arms. Natty hoists Ruby up into the Romero Special surfobarods! But Zelina slides in to cover Natty, TWO as Natty lets Ruby go at the same time.
Natty shoves Zelina but Zelina elbows back and huricanranas around and around and around and around! Zelina is dizzy now, and she runs into Ruby’s STO! Ruby goes up top while Natty and Zelina are down! Natty gets to Ruby but Ruby kicks her away! Ruby adjusts, STAGE DIVE SENTON, but Zelina moves! Natty Sharpshooters but Zelina BULLDOGS! Zelina hits METEORA! She snapmares Ruby and runs to SPIKE-RANA! But Ruby rolls out! Natty rolls Zelina up, TWO! DISCUS- NO! Zelina gets around, crucifix to sunset flip, TWO! Natty has the legs, another Sharpshooter! Zelina endures, crawls, reaches, but has to keep going because of no ropebreak disqualifications! But Ruby clamps on to get the arms! Natty lets go and NOW Zelina taps?! Ruby wins!!
Winner: Ruby Riott, by submission (joins Team SmackDown)
Natty can’t believe it! She’s 0-2 in these Triple Threats! Ruby benefits from the #BOAT making a mistake, will Ruby and Bianca Belair make for a strong combination?
Big E is backstage, playing Trivial Pursuit?
The answer is, the Duchess of Cornwall! Pay up! Big bank takes little bank! The Street Profits come by clapping, “Big! E Rocks!” Big E appreciates that. Wanna kick it in the Champions’ Lounge? They got the lease off Cesaro and Shinsuke so they’ll remodel. Big E will take them up on it. Let’s talk Survivor Series! Oh okay, this is about the scoop on the New Day, huh? Just a little scoop. Well if you really wanna know… “If y’all lay down in the ring, Kofi and Woods won’t beat you up too bad.” Ouch. But they laugh it off together. That’s funny, brother. Big E heads out, comes back for more laughs, then they do some Three Stooges.
Billie Kay comes by and joins in the laughter, but then she cuts that short to show “Mr. Profits” her headshot and resume, if they’re looking for some real inside info on the Raw brand. After all, she was just there. Billie, they were, too! Oh right. Then that’s a no on the help? The Profits head out, will Billie find somewhere to belong on the Blue Brand?
Survivor Series Team SmackDown Qualifier: Seth Rollins VS Otis!
The Savior had a hand in screwing over Rey, but will he be directly responsible for keeping The Dozer off the team? Or will the Blue Collar Solid working man turn his luck around to get back on top?
SmackDown returns and Rollins makes his entrance. The Mysterios are watching closely backstage, hoping he faces the consequences of his actions. The bell rings and Otis circles with Rollins. They tie up Rollins waistlocks and clubs Otis over and over. Rollins laughs and whips but Otis blocks! Otis is too big and strong and he whips Rollins HARD into the corner! Then he MAT SLAMS Rollins, then SLAMS him again! Rollins bails out and composes himself after getting thrown around. But Buddy Murphy walks out to confront Rollins. The Mysterios are still watching as Rollins gets back in the ring. Rollins kicks but Otis blocks and throws him down! Otis bumps Rollins off buckles hard, then brings him up to whip. Rollins kicks back then runs, but Otis dumps him out! And at Murphy’s feet!
Rollins scrambles up and away from Murphy but Murphy just stares him down. Otis comes out to TACKLE Rollins! Otis puts Rollins in, check son Murphy but Murphy stays put. Otis goes in, Rollins hits a SLING BLADE! Cover, TWO! Rollins is a bit shocked but Otis is in a corner. Rollins runs in and RAMS his shoulder in! But Otis isn’t bothered! Otis jiggles and shimmies as Rollins kicks! Rollins keeps kicking but Otis keeps powering up! Otis is fired up, Rollins CHOPS, but the jiggling just continues! And the thrusting starts! Otis is feeling it as he counter HEADBUTS, then rallies with big body blocks! Rollins swings, runs but into a FLAPJACK! Otis brings Rollins up tp out him in a corner, scoop and spin for the SLAM!
Rollins is in the corner again but he boots back! Rollins goes up, leaps, but into Otis’ arms! Otis FALL AWAY SLAMS Rollins to the far side! Otis is all fired up and he runs to corner splash! Rollins is down, Otis has a target! Otis starts things up but Murphy gets on the apron? Is Murphy here to help Rollins? He does look Rollins’ way, but then reconsiders. Otis still swipes at Murphy but Rollins SUPERKICKS Otis down! And hits a CURB STOMP! Cover, Rollins wins!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall (joins Team SmackDown)
The Mysterios are confused! Is Murphy still Rollins’ disciple? Or is Murphy playing a mind game even more complex than Rollins understands?
SmackDown returns as Rollins confronts Murphy backstage!
Rollins knows what he saw tonight. At least, he thinks he knows. Tell him he saw what he thinks he saw. Tell him! Murphy points to Rollins and says “messiah,” then to himself and says “disciple.” Yes! Say it again! Rollins is messiah, Murphy is disciple. Rollins knew Murphy would understand! He knew Murphy would see the light, and that the Mysterio family would never truly accept him. Welcome home, Murphy. There’s work to be done! But now Aalyah confronts him! Murphy says it isn’t what it looks like but she’s still upset! Murphy says she needs to trust him. This is for the greater good. Is Murphy tricking Rollins? Or is he just fooling himself?
Michael Cole interviews Lars Sullivan.
Cole knows Lars sat down for an interview with Corey Graves last week, speaking on the issues as a child and how he was called “a freak” by bullies. Lars sits with his shirt off as he says he hates bullies. “I’ve been bullied my entire life.” For how he looks, for how he talks, for how he dresses. “Those bullies, they would push me down. They would kick me. They would steal my lunch. They would mock me and they would call me ‘freak.'” The other kids would just stand there and watch, and laugh! Lars seethes as he says at 13 years old, he started lifting weights and learned how to take care of himself. He gained 50 pounds of muscle in about 18 months. The bullying stopped. In fact, Lars became a bully. Lars bullied those bullies, “and that was so much fun, man.”
Lars bullied the bystanders who watched and laughed! He got back at them because they deserved it. “I learned that I could bully whoever I wanted.” He could make them do whatever he want, or eat whatever he wanted. “Dirt. Glass. Bugs.” Lars could do whatever Lars wanted. Like this! He ROARS at Cole, and then laughs to himself. “Now that’s intimidation! That’s bullying! And I love it.” What else will Lars do? And who will he do it to?
Jey Uso VS Kevin Owens!
Making fun of the family will not be allowed by the Tribal Chief. In fact, it seems if it isn’t Roman’s will, it will not happen. Will Jey carry out Roman’s will and humble Kevin here tonight?
SmackDown returns as Kayla interviews Kevin backstage. He’s about to face his Survivor Series teammate. Does he feel things got out of hand? Yes, of course they did! When Kevin came into work today, he didn’t expect to fight his Survivor Series partner! But the thing is, Kevin has a tendency to speak his mind. It’s like a bad habit. But if Jey or Roman or Roman’s little b- Special counsel, has a problem with that, so be it. Kevin says what else is out of hand is what Jey did- well, what Roman told Jey to do to Daniel Bryan last week.
But hey, Kevin’s done questionable things for his family, too. The difference is, Kevin chose to do those things. He wasn’t made to do them. He is his own man. Which is more than he can say for Jey right now. So know this, Jey. The beating you’ve got coming? It is 100% from Kevin. Will Kevin be able to #JustKeepFighting after his fight with Jey?
The bell rings, Kevin and Jey circle. They tie up, Kevin headlocks and grinds Jey down. Jey fights up, powers out but Kevin runs him over! Jey gets to ropes but Kevin stays back. Roman is watching backstage as Jey gets back up. Jey and Kevin tie up again, Kevin waistlocks but Jey pries free to a wristlock. Kevin ROCKS Jey with a right then headlocks again. Kevin grinds Jey down but Jey fights up. Jey throws body shots but Kevin scoops and slams him, then drops a back senton! Cover, TWO! Kevin keeps on Jey but Jey throws Kevin out. Kevin comes back but Jey runs, into a forearm! Kevin drags Jey up but Jey throws body shots! Jey hotshots Kevin down! Roman gives an order and Heyman heads out?
Jey runs and DIVES but Kevin catches him to throw him into the barriers! Kevin refreshes the count to then FROG SPLASH to the floor! Double-edged but worth it in Kevin’s mind! The Prizefighter is in control as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns as Jey stomps a mudhole into Kevin! Jey lets off at the ref’s count but he fires himself up. Jey goes after Kevin but Kevin throws hands. Jey ROCKS Kevin with a right then stalks him at ropes. Jey whips Kevin, Kevin kicks back but Jey still fireman’s carries. Kevin slips off for a HEADSHOT neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Kevin goes up top but has to shake out the cobwebs. And now Heyman appears? This was Roman’s order, and Kevin is distracted. Jey SUPERKICKS Kevin down to the ground! Jey builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Kevin hits barriers! Jey gets up and brings Kevin up to bump him off steel steps! Kevin checks his jaw but his teeth are still there. Kevin and Jey get in, Jey drags Kevin around to stomp him down! Kevin gets up, Jey SUPERKICKS him again!
Jey tells Heyman, “This is how we do, Paul!” Jey rains down rights on Kevin, then brings him up into a chinlock. Jey clamps down tight but Kevin endures. Kevin fights up as fans clap. Kevin arm-drags free, but Jey superkicks again, only for Kevin to block and SUPERKICK back! Both men are down and Heyman grows worried. Fans rally as Kevin goes to a corner. Jey slowly rises, runs at Kevin but misses! Kevin SUPERKICKS again! And then CANNONBALLS! Kevin has Jey in the drop zone and he climbs up, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Jey survives and Heyman is surprised! Kevin drags Jey up and whips him to ropes, but Jey slips off the pop-up to SUPERKICK back! And then back suplex NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!!
Kevin and Jey stir and Heyman is flustered. Jey gets to a corner, and goes up top as Kevin is in a drop zone. Kevin gets up to intercept with haymakers! Jey punches Kevin back and then down, but Kevin gets under the leap! Pop-up POWERBOMB! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Kevin stomps Jey, tells Heyman to shut up, but now ROMAN comes out! The ref and Kevin are both distracted, Jey LOW BLOW HEADBUTTS Kevin down!! SUPERKICK!! Jey goes to the corner, climbs up top, USO SPLASH! Cover, Jey wins!
Winner: Jey Uso, by pinfall
The family basically won together! Jey high-fives Heyman, then meets Roman at the stage. Roman is proud of Jey that he is starting to see things his way. Will the Anoa’i Dynasty soon control all of SmackDown?
This was a fairly good SmackDown, but there sure was a lot of Mysterio family drama this week. Both Men’s Survivor Series Team matches had to do with that story, with some very interesting twists and turns. I almost thought Corbin attacking Rey outta nowhere meant Dominik was going to sub in and somehow win his way to Survivor Series. In a way, I’m glad Rey still had the match, as he’s been needing to get back in the ring one way or another. But with Rollins and ultimately Murphy distracting him, obviously Rey was going to lose. At the same time, it’d be way too easy to copy the dysfunction angle from Raw if Rey and Rollins were both on the team. And while Rollins beats Otis thanks to Murphy, I like that it isn’t just Murphy blindly going back to Rollins. Murphy wants Aalyah to trust this is part of a plan, but honestly, it’d just be better if Murphy outright beat the hell out of Rollins. The Mysterio men just need to understand people can change and Murphy can be their ally rather than another enemy.
Natty being in another Triple Threat is fine, because there are various reasons to explain it. For one, there are only so many women on either Raw or SmackDown so you gotta use them all. And Natty is the winningest woman in WWE, she really is a great wrestler, and this is her giving back and putting the newer stars over. It was very clever to copy last week’s spot of double submissions to then let it be Ruby’s win. I have a feeling Natty ends up on the team eventually, but the dysfunction there is Natty is on a team with women who have beaten her to get on the team. Opening tonight with Bayley VS Sasha was a great move, it was a great match though not exactly top 5 for even just their rivalry. Naturally Sasha retains to finally get that “curse” off her back, and then to set up a fresh match-up as Carmella makes a surprise return! Sasha VS Carmella will surely take us through to Royal Rumble.
Lars Sullivan’s second interview definitely built upon the first, and it easily framed the motivations behind Lars’ behavior. Not sure who his first feud will be against with the singles titles all under Heel control, but maybe he gets on Team SmackDown and we get all kinds of hoss match-ups with Keith Lee, Braun Strowman and even Sheamus. Big E should also be on Team SmackDown, he and Sheamus can bring back some of that recent rivalry. Big E’s segment with The Street Profits was really fun, and I feel like while things are respectful right now, the Raw VS SmackDown Tag Champions match could get real chippy and rough real quick. I feel like if Big E isn’t destined for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania, he and Sami Zayn need to start on an Intercontinental Championship program before the Royal Rumble.
The big story of Jey Uso was really strong tonight. Jey is understandably on edge, so it works that he’d take that out on Kevin and his general wry wit. There is also understandable tension as Jey doesn’t want to go to Roman for permission on everything like Roman’s his dad or something. But Jey still seems to agree with the general mission, and there are any number of ways this can go. Jimmy might even return to confront Jey on all of this, and it’s up to Jimmy to either save Jey or end up just like him. Again, this is perhaps some of the best pure story stuff you can find anywhere right now, it’s so good.
My Score: 8.2/10
Chairshot Radio: The Mystery & Magic of Lucha Underground 
Miranda Morales sits on the host’s chair and welcomes her Lucha Central buddies for a look back at the magic & mystery of Lucha Underground!
Miranda Morales sits on the host’s chair and welcomes her Lucha Central buddies for a look back at the magic & mystery of Lucha Underground!
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- What was it that made Lucha Underground so different, and so successful?
- What was the mysteries behind Lucha Underground’s storytelling–and the whole universe it created?
- What are your greatest Lucha Underground memories?
- Can MLW recreate the magic with Azteca Underground?
- Should they even try?
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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.
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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
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