Will Raw see a Hollywood remake of last week?
After trying to help Miz cash-in, AJ Styles is taking a more direct approach! Will he, Miz and Morrison get another go at McIntyre’s WWE Championship?
- Asuka w/ Lana VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax; Asuka wins.
- Mixed Tag: Ricochet & Dana Brooke VS Slapjack & Reckoning w/ Retribution; Ricochet & Dana win.
- Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods VS Shelton Benjamin w/ The Hurt Business; Kofi wins.
- Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods VS Cedric Alexander w/ The Hurt Business; Alexander wins.
- 3v2 Handicap: The Miz, John Morrison & AJ Styles w/ Jordan Omogbehin VS Drew McIntyre & Sheamus; Styles, Miz & Morrison win.
- Bobby Lashley w/ The Hurt Business VS Jeff Hardy; Lashley wins.
- Bray Wyatt VS Randy Orton; No Contest.
PLAY BY PLAY
WWE and Raw mourn the loss of Pat Patterson.
Once again, Vince McMahon and the many superstars of the roster stand on stage for a moment of silence and the ten rings of the bell.
Randy Orton heads to the ring!
The Viper prepares to meet The Fiend at TLC, but has also promised to “visit” the Firefly Fun House. Orton knows Bray Wyatt quite well, and has a lot in common with Bray’s newest creation. But Orton found Bray’s weakness before, and he’s found it again. “Any ordinary man would tremble at the mere thought of facing The Fiend. But I am no ordinary man. I smashed my moral compass years ago, and there’s no boundary that I will not cross!” But Orton doesn’t wear a mask to show his darkness. When the time comes, when Orton’s time comes, he “will stare the devil right in the eyes and let him the most evil SOB has come home.”
But in the meantime… Orton is knocking on the Fun House door, waiting and wondering just exactly who is going to #LetHimIn. But speaking of, the Firefly Fun House is here! Bray waves hi to “Randy Bo Bandy,” and says it’s so nice to see him tonight. Alexa Bliss would be here, too, but Orton was being mean. Orton is the last person Bray wants to play games with. Wait, did Orton say games!? Bray Barker becomes the host of our favorite new game show, Let’s Get Randy! Here is the prize! A brand new crucix! Meticulous crafted from the wood of the Tree of Knowledge by St. Louis’ most skilled shaman of the dark arts, this was used by Randy Orton to destroy the dark heart of Sister Abigail!
But wait, there’s more! Smell that? It’s the rotting corpse of Friendship Frog! This perfect addition to any circle of hell, this and the crucix are priced at $49.95! But the question is: How should Orton be punished at TLC? Mercy the Buzzard says… Oh wait he just wants to eat the button. Huskis the Pig Boy says it should be an endless buffet. Sister Abigail says hell no. Sorry, Huskis. Ramblin’ Rabbit says it should be a discussion of their feelings. Why would he say something like that? That’s sick, Ramblin’! Well no one got it right, so unfortunately for Orton, “he” always has the right answers.
Orton plays along. He wants a match TONIGHT, but not with The Fiend. Tonight is for BRAY! Really? Yowie wowie! Challenge accepted! See you soon~! But who is being more foolish, Orton and Bray?
BREAKING NEWS for TLC!
After their two consecutive non-title wins over the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, Asuka and LANA are going to be facing Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler again, with the titles on the line! Are we going to see Lana finally have her first title in WWE?
Asuka w/ Lana VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax!
Well before the tag title match, the Empress of Tomorrow and Queen of Spades go 1v1 to build momentum! Will not even Shayna be ready for Asuka? Or can Shayna make Asuka #TapNapOrSnap even before TLC?
Raw returns and Nia says Shayna should forget last week. Lana got lucky. Tonight is Asuka. Asuka is dangerous, but Shayna is the Queen of Spades, one half of the most feared women’s tag team EVER. So when Shayna goes out there, the focus is on demolishing Asuka! Tear her limb from limb. Twist her until she screams for mercy! But Lana is not getting off that easy. When they’re done with Lana, she will be hideous, with her body twisted and contorted. Her back will look like her front, her front will look like her back. Yeah, she’ll have boobs on her back… Well, those technicalities aside, will Shayna make an appetizer out of Asuka before feasting on Lana at the PPV?
The bell rings and Shayna circles with Asuka. They tie up, go around, and Asuka shoves Shayna away. Asuka talks some trash in Japanese and circles with Shayna again. They tie up, Asuka hooks a leg and rolls her to an ankle lock! Shayna gets up but Asuka reels her in. Shayna elbows out, gets Asuka’s leg, but Asuka fights it off. They fight over leg locks but Shayna has the heel hook! Asuka counters with one of her own! The two of them crank on the other, but Shayna’s is harder! Asuka just gets her back with a KNEEBAR! Shayna drags Asuka with her as she goes for ropes, but then she backs up to stand up and pry Asuka off! BIG back suplex!
Asuka bails out, Lana regroups with her, and the ref tells Nia to stay back. Shayna goes out and says Lana needs to back off. Nia and Shayna go after Lana and Asuka, and throw them both down! The tag champions are in control of this singles match as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Shayna wrangles Asuka down with a keylock and slam! Then Shayna drops a leg on the arm! Asuka resists the short arm scissor and Lana grows worried, but Shayna keeps at it. Nia likes what she sees as Shayna cranks way back on the arm! Lana rallies with the ThunderDome screens and Asuka makes it a cover! TWO, and Shayna KICKS the legs out! Then KICKS Asuka! Asuka shakes her head defiantly so Shayna KICKS her again! And again! Asuka sits up again and shakes her head. She ducks a kick to get the leg for an ANKLE LOCK! And then a GERMAN SUPLEX! Lana is fired up for Asuka but Nia coaches Shayna up.
Asuka goes to a corner, Shayna runs in but Asuka elbows her away. Asuka boots, runs and CODE BREAKERS! Lana smiles as Asuka runs, but Shayna knees her down! Shayna runs in but into an armbar takedown! Shayna resists, Asuka pries at the hands, but Shayna rolls back. KIRAFUDA! Asuka flips back to pop out to a cover, TWO! Asuka wants her lock! Nia POSTS Lana just because! Well it also distracts Asuka and Shayna CLOBBERS her! Nia hauls Lana up but Lana slips off and shoves Nia into steps!
Shayna is distracted now as Lana climbs up and LEAPS at Nia! The seated senton is CAUGHT! But Lana ranas and Nia hits the desk!! Shayna is shocked and shouts at Lana but Lana runs off, and Asuka rolls Shayna up! Asuka WINS!
Winner: Asuka, by pinfall
The Ravishing Russian accomplished two things at once! She got payback on Nia for all those table slams, and she helped Asuka pin Shayna! Will they do something similar at TLC to become champions together?
The Hurt Business arrives backstage.
Cedric Alexander’s win over Xavier Woods was a “definitive statement,” but this week will- Wait, who is this in their way? Move! Pick that up and go! Yes, sir, sorry. No, not this way. Go that way. The poor staff member gets the boxes out of their way either way, and MVP notes how Alexander’s been feeling pretty good. Will the entire Hurt Business feel even better after handling their business tonight?
Ricochet and Dana Brooke talk backstage.
Dana is still showing the shiner from “Reckoning” hitting her in the eye. That’s rough. But they are preparing a game plan for their Mixed Tag later tonight. But first, Matt Riddle walks by with a sampler of “Bronutts.” He asks if they’ve seen MVP and/or Bobby Lashley tonight. Sorry, Riddle, no. But they were talking strategy- Right, right the mixed tag with Retribution! So if he could- Give them Bronutts? No, sorry, Dana’s cutting back. Okay, but let him know if they change their minds.
Sarah then walks in and asks them about their match. This isn’t a “lonely” crusade. He isn’t opposed to being on teams. Just not n a team of jackasses. But Retribution does understand one thing: strength in numbers. That’s why he and Dana will show Slapjack and Reckoning what real change looks like. And if slapping Mustafa Ali across the face got Retribution’s attention, then she’s clearly gotten the point across. She won’t let someone disrespect all of her hard work. Tonight, this is about team work. if Ali tries to disrespect them again, she won’t hesitate to slap him around again. And as for Reckoning, Dana promises a shiner in return.
Mixed Tag: Ricochet & Dana Brooke VS Slapjack & Reckoning w/ Retribution!
Mustafa Ali is the only one accompanying his henchmen to the ring this time, but surely T-Bar and Mace will be waiting in the wings. Will the Beacon prove one plus one won’t get it done?
Raw returns and the Flex Appeal makes her entrance, followed by the One and Only. Being a mixed tag, it’s ladies first and Dana SLAPS Reckoning! Reckoning SLAPS back and then Dana tackles her! They brawl on the mat, Reckoning kicks Dana away and kicks her low. Reckoning whips Dana to a corner and BOOTS her! Then Reckoning brings Dana around but Dana enziguris! Tag to Ricochet and Slapjack gets in, for ricochet to huricanrana! Ricochet builds speed and FLIES to take Slapjack down! Ricochet puts Slapjack in but Ali talks smack about “You think anything’s gonna change?!” Ricochet gets Slapjack but Slapjack Falcon Arrows! Cover, TWO!
Ricochet is in a corner, Slapjack CANNONBALLS but only gets buckles! Both men are down, but Reckoning tags in! And she dropkicks Dana down! Ali says this isn’t working the way they wanted but Reckoning says she has this! But then she runs into Dana’s fireman’s’ carry, to a SAMOAN DRIVER! Cover, Dana and Ricochet win!!
Winners: Dana Brooke & Ricochet, by pinfall
And Ali is not pleased. He says this is Reckoning’s fault! She’s embarrassed Retribution again! And where was Slapjack!? Ali says HE made them better, but this is how they repay him?! Is Retribution’s strength in numbers actually becoming a weakness?
Keith Lee finds Sheamus backstage.
The Fella asks if he has something to say. Yeah. Keith isn’t buying Sheamus’ good guy routine. It is only a matter of time before Sheamus stabs McIntyre in the back. Well as Sheamus said last week, excuse him while he “turns” on McIntyre and beats the hell out of him. Sheamus’ sarcasm isn’t proving anything to Keith, but will Sheamus’ actions do that for him?
Raw presents a new Miz TV!
John Morrison and Mr. Money in the Bank welcome us to the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show. Miz has been very busy, from Tribute to the Troops to the new season of Miz & Mrs. on USA Network. But tonight, oh tonight! Tonight’s special guest earned a WWE Championship match against Drew McIntyre, in a TLC match at the TLC PPV, it is the Phenomenal A! J! STYLES! Styles and Jordan “Omos” Omogbehin head to the ring to join Miz and Morrison. But there’s no chair big enough for Omos. That’s okay, he likes standing. Miz says Styles’ match is in fact THE Tables, Ladders and Chairs match. How is Styles going to use that to stop the Scottish Warrior?
Well, this will be the first time Styles and McIntyre have gone 1v1 ever! That alone is a challenge. But simply put, Styles will take that steel chair and wrap it around McIntyre’s back until the chair breaks. Then ever table Styles see,s he’ll put McIntyre through it. McIntyre will be spitting up splinters! McIntyre is huge, he has heart, strength and passion, but it won’t matter when Styles knocks him out cold, climbs the ladder and brings down the title to be atop the mountain as the NEW WWE World Champion! Phenomenal! Must-see! If McIntyre makes it as champion. Because tonight, these three could DESTROY McIntyre and Sheamus in a Handicap match! Good accent! Omos likes it, too.
Morrison mocks the “Naughty Scotty” while Miz is “Sheamus.” Tha only ting bigger than Sheamus’ potato head is his love o’ whiskey and fightin’! McIntyre likes fightin’ too! Then that’ll come in handy when Sheamus Brogues McIntyre’s arse and takes the title “for me self!” You wouldn’n dare! He would! Blah blah and scene. Styles loved it! Morrison practiced watching Shrek. But here comes the Celtic Warrior! He says that was hilarious! You nailed those accents, lads. Hats off too ya. But as entertaining as all that was, Sheamus is sick that everyone thinks he’s betraying McIntyre.
The thing is, listening to them talk, he could close his eyes and transport himself back to the Long Haul pub in Dublin. But if they were actually in there, and he heard these two “twerps” talking trash like that, “I’d nail yer faces to the bar, kick your dopey heads off, and sling you out with the slops into the gutter where you belong!” Morrison says Ireland must not teach math. How many friends does Sheamus have right now? Zero. CORRECT. How many are here right now in the ring? Three! CORRECT! Which means Sheamus is outnumbered, fella! Styles loves the accents. Sheamus says they’re a bit off on that. Because here comes McIntyre!
The Celt and the Scot enter the ring together and McIntyre has a mic now. “Where do I begin?” He’ll start with Styles and his threats. But here’s the deal: McIntyre doesn’t make threats, he makes promises. A TLC match gives Styles an advantage, as does having big bad Omos. But McIntyre has had odds against him and he’s overcome them to be WWE Champion. It could be Brock Lesnar, Randy Orton or “Jackass and the Beanstalk.” As for Miz and Morrison, he will actually compliment them. No matter how many times you knock them down, they keep coming back for more. But some in the back have been talking some crap about Miz. What was it again? Oh yeah, no guts, no balls, all that.
But McIntyre knows that’s not true. Miz has balls! Just not his original pair. McIntyre watched Miz & Mrs. and clearly Maryse keeps Miz’s pair in the purse. But Miz replaced his balls with Morrison’s, when they teamed back up and Miz made Morrison into a “sidekick bitch!” Styles gets out of the ring and says it’s not 3v2 but FOUR and two! Or even four and a half. But it’s only 2v2 in the brawl!! Miz and Morrison get tossed and then so do the chairs! Sheamus dares Styles to bring the rest of that four! And then McIntyre TOSSES the MITB briefcase, and it hits the stage! Will McIntyre and Sheamus make sure that briefcase isn’t a factor later tonight?
Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods VS Shelton Benjamin w/ The Hurt Business!
While Xavier got caught by Cedric Alexander’s Lumbar Check, the other half of the W, W, E, Raw, Tag, Team, CHAMPIONS~ will surely be wary of the Gold Standard hitting Pay Dirt. Will the series of singles matches be tied up after tonight? Or will Benjamin cash-in and win the Hurt Business another go at the gold?
Raw returns and the Hurt Business makes their entrance, minus the “CEO” Bobby Lashley, as he has to get ready for his own match. That aside, MVP and Alexander are watching very closely and the bell rings. Benjamin and Kofi tie up, Benjamin knees low and clubs Kofi down, then throws forearms. Kofi kicks back, fires off, and runs but into a flapjack! Benjamin KNEES Kofi then BOOTS him! Cover, TWO! Kofi can’t get away, Benjamin covers again, TWO! Benjamin drags Kofi up to scoop and slam! MVP has Alexander take notes, so to speak, and Benjamin drags Kofi back up.
Benjamin facelocks Kofi but Kofi resists the suplex. Kofi throws body shots, Benjamin shoves him away and throws knees in. The ref counts, MVP says Benjamin has until 5. Benjamin whips at 4 but Kofi comes back with a DOUBLE STOMP! Woods rallies for Kofi and Kofi stands, to rally on Benjamin! The double drops and dropkick send Benjamin down! Benjamin ducks the leaping lariat, kicks back and whips, but Kofi goes up and over! SOS denied to a POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO, but into an ANKLE LOCK! That’s a unique angle and it hurts just as much! Kofi scrambles and gets the ropebreak! Benjamin lets go but goes after Kofi again.
Benjamin climbs up to monkey flip but Kofi lands on his feet !Kofi hobbles, leaps but Benjamin waistlocks and TOSSES Kofi out! Kofi tumbles and clutches his leg, but the Hurt Business mocks his pain. Benjamin runs in but Kofi dodges! Benjamin hits barriers, Kofi gets in the ring, and the count is past 5 of 10! MVP shouts at Benjamin to get up and in, and he does at 9! TROUBLE IN PARADISE!! Cover, Kofi wins!!
Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall
A fast and furious fight, and Kofi ties things up! Alexander is pissed off and says they need to “run that back!” Alexander is sick of New Day slipping through their fingers! If Kofi is a real man, he’ll take Alexander on and take the whooping Alexander put on Woods! Kofi and Woods won’t let that trash talk stand so they accept! Will Kofi sweep after the break?
Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods VS Cedric Alexander w/ The Hurt Business!
Raw returns and the brawling is already happening! Alexander gets a leg but Kofi stays up to club him. Alexander still gets Kofi in the corner and the body shots are flying! The ref counts, Alexander lets off but Kofi dodges as he runs back in. Kofi then comes back, but is put on the apron! The leg buckles, and Alexander sweeps the leg! Kofi tumbles down, Woods checks on him, but Alexander has the leg to SLAM it on the floor! Alexander puts Kofi up and in to cover, TWO! Alexander has the leg for a heel hook! Kofi endures but Alexander gets up to LEG DDT! Kofi writhes and gets to a corner but Alexander drags him back out for a toehold.
Alexander cranks on the leg but Kofi uses chinlocks and forearms to fight back. Fans clap on their screens but Alexander hammers the leg. Kofi kicks with his free leg and is free of the toehold! Kofi gets to a corner, Woods coaches him up but MVP shouts at Alexander. Alexander runs in but Kofi BOOTS with the good leg! Kofi crawls, Woods gets the “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” beat going. Kofi hobbles, Alexander runs over but into CHOPS! And more CHOPS! But Alexander just gets mad and storms over, only for Kofi to tilt-o-whirl and cradle, TWO!! Alexander escapes but runs into SOS!! Cover, TWO!!
The Hurt Business is furious but Alexander did survive. Kofi slowly rises, Alexander has the leg! Alexander back drops, Kofi sunset flips then high stacks, TWO! Alexander dropkicks the bad leg out! Then he drags Kofi up, BRAIN BUSTER!! Cover, TWO!?!? Kofi survives and MVP is furious again! Alexander grits his teeth, drags Kofi back up, and Alexander rams Kofi into a corner! Alexander puts the bad leg around ropes and pulls but lets off as the ref counts. Alexander runs back in but Kofi elbows him away. Kofi hops up but Alexander uppercuts first!
Alexander climbs, brings Kofi up, but Kofi fights back! Kofi gourd busters Alexander down! Then he adjusts to LEAP! Alexander moves, the leg jams, LUMBAR CHECK!! Cover, Alexander wins!!
Winner: Cedric Alexander, by pinfall
Now the series is 2-1! Alexander has pinned both Raw Tag Team Champions, though with special circumstances on the second. But will this mean he and Benjamin get a second chance at the tag team championships?
Raw pays further tribute to Pat Patterson.
We celebrate the life of the legend we lost, with Frank Sinatra’s “I Did It My Way,” and Pat’s own karaoke cover of it, playing. The inaugural WWF/WWE Intercontinental Champion, the inventor of the Royal Rumble match, and the architect of countless memories in pro-wrestling history, we will never forget him. Thank you, Pat, for everything.
3v2 Handicap: The Miz, John Morrison & AJ Styles w/ Jordan Omogbehin VS Drew McIntyre & Sheamus!
Last week’s main event is remade and modified so that the Phenomenal One will have to participate rather than interfere! Will the #1 contender improve his chances at TLC one way or another? Or is he just going to get a sample of what’s waiting for him in two weeks?
Raw returns and Sheamus makes his entrance. Miz makes his entrance, then is joined by Morrison. And then Styles (and Omos) returns, and there doesn’t seem to be hard feelings between him and the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century. The teams sort out and McIntyre starts against the Guru of Greatness. Morrison throws a forearm, McIntyre DECKS him right back! McIntyre drags Morrison up to TOSS him to the corner! McIntyre dares Styles to tag in, so Styles does… not. Styles isn’t doing this on McIntyre’s schedule, and Morrison get sup, to get a HEADBUTT! McIntyre puts Morrison in the ring, tag to Sheamus, and they mug Morrison!
Sheamus throws Morrison down with a headlock takeover, and he holds off the headscissor. Morrison rolls Sheamus over, floats to a headlock of his own, but Sheamus fights up. Sheamus throws body shots but Morrison throws clubbing elbows. Sheamus headlocks back, wrenches an arm and hammerlocks to add a chinbar. Morrison spins through to headlock Sheamus, but Sheamus throws body shots. Sheamus powers out of the headlock but Morrison throws kicks and forearms! Morrison runs, into a hammering ax handle from Sheamus! And then another! Sheamus stalks Morrison but KNEES Styles off the apron!
Sheamus keeps Morrison from running away and CLUBS him on the back! Morrison resists the Bodhrain, Miz runs over but Sheamus DECKS Miz! Morrison uses body scissors to throw Morrison out, but McIntyre makes sure Miz doesn’t sucker punch Sheamus! Sheamus runs in, Miz moves and McIntyre almost gets a forearm! Sheamus says it was meant for Miz and McIntyre says that’s fine, just give a heads up. Morrison slingshots and PALNCHAS, but is CAUGHT!? For a DOUBLE FALL AWAY SLAM over the announce desk! Morrison ends up in Byron’s seat and Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Sheamus clinches with Miz in a corner. The ref counts, Sheamus lets off but then throws body shots and haymakers on Miz! Sheamus stomps but the ref backs him off. Sheamus reels Miz in for a clothesline! Sheamus hops up and drops a knee! Cover, TWO! Sheamus drags Miz up and over, tags McIntyre, and they mug Miz. McIntyre bumps Miz off buckles then CHOPS him! McIntyre brings Miz over, tags Sheamus back in, and they double suplex Miz to TOSS him! Sheamus taunts Miz and gives him kicks. Sheamus dares Styles to get in but Morrison says they follow the rules!
Sheamus drags Miz up, tags McIntyre in, and they double whip to double hip toss Miz! McIntyre holds Miz’s hand out for Styles to tag, but then he STOMPS the hand! Miz jawbreakers back! Miz hurries and rams McIntyre into the corner! Miz rams in more and NOW Styles tags in! Styles rams his shoulder into McIntyre, then Morrison tags in to ROCK McIntyre with forearm after forearm! Tag to Miz and they mug McIntyre. Miz stomps and grinds McIntyre into the buckles, then lets off to taunt Sheamus. McIntyre fights back with big forearms and elbows! McIntyre fires off, tags in Sheamus, and they mug Miz with CHOPS and CHOPS and a kick!
Sheamus throws Miz out to the apron then drag shim up. Sheamus has Miz on the ropes and gives him Beast of the Bodhrain! Sheamus even eggs Styles on to do something! Sheamus gets all ten beats, brings Miz up and hits a ROLLING SENTON! Morrison gets on the apron but Sheamus tosses him in! Morrison distracts the ref, Miz rakes Sheamus eyes and chop blocks the leg! McIntyre protests but Miz BOOTS Sheamus down! Miz drags Sheamus to ropes to choke him! The ref counts, Miz lets off at 4, and Morrison KICKS Sheamus down! McIntyre is furious but the ref keeps him at his corner.
Tag to Morrison, he and Miz bring Sheamus up for a DOUBLE GUT BUSTER! And a blindside lariat! Cover, TWO! Morrison stomps Sheamus, rains down forearms then alternates. The ground ‘n’ pound continues, Morrison covers, TWO! Morrison KICKS Sheamus at the ropes, and KICKS and then throws more forearms! Sheamus eggs Morrison on, blocks a kick and shoves Morrison away! But Morrison flips around on Sheamus to gator roll him away! Tag to Styles and Styles stomps Sheamus down. Styles has Sheamus in a corner, throws big forearms and CHOPS, but Sheamus blocks the whip. Styles KICKS Sheamus, then brings him up.
Styles keeps Sheamus away from McIntyre but Sheamus powers up! Styles throws elbows, rolls Sheamus and gets the CALF CRUSHER! Sheamus endures, but Styles gets more torque! McIntyre gets in to stomp the hold apart! Styles is angry at McIntyre and says he’s lucky to have gotten back to his corner. Styles reels Sheamus in, but Sheamus fireman’s carries out to WHITE NOISE! Both men are down and McIntyre fires up! Styles and Sheamus crawl, hot tags to McIntyre and Morrison! And McIntyre CLOBBERS Morrison! And rallies with clotheslines! McIntyre whips and OVERHEAD SUPLEXES Morrison! And then again!
Miz runs in but McIntyre rams him into Morrison! McIntyre OVERHEAD SUPLEXES them both! And kips up! McIntyre grins and aims at Morrison, brings him up, but no Future Shock! Morrison resists the whip, dodges the clothesline, but runs into a BIG back drop! McIntyre aims from a corner as fans go nuts on their ThunderDome screens. Miz gets Morrison out and Styles gets a cheap shot in! Morrison gets back in but Sheamus tags! Styles tags, but runs into an IRISH CURSE! BROGUE for Miz, but Morrison springboards! Sheamus ducks the Flying Chuck, but then Morrison dodges, BROGUE HITS MCINTYRE!! The misdirection paid off, Styles hits a PHENOMENAL FOREARM! Cover, Styles and team win!!
Winners: AJ Styles, The Miz & John Morrison, by pinfall
High-five to Omos! The Phenomenal, the A-Lister and the Guru of Greatness got the better of the #CelticConnection! But will McIntyre accept the truth that it was friendly fire?
Lana freaks out backstage.
After the confrontation that happened during Asuka VS Shayna, the Ravishing Russian must face Nia Jax 1v1! And she is telling Asuka that she just can’t! She can’t! She will get slaughtered! Asuka and Lana together might be able to be tag team champions, maybe. They’re a great team, but Lana can’t face Nia! Asuka says Lana can! Trust in yourself. Believe in yourself! Say it! “I believe in myself. I can beat Nia Jax! And then we will become Women’s Tag Team Champions!” The affirmations are giving Lana courage, but then Nia shows up and all that courage goes away. Lana slowly slips off screen, will she regret ever trying to fight the Irresistible Force?
Sheamus paces backsatge.
Charly Caruso comes over and asks about the Brogue to his best friend. What does he think- Sheamus isn’t going to say what he thinks, he’s going to say that he just knows McIntyre will storm up and kick his ass! But Sheamus will kick McIntyre’s ass back. But then, was what happened intentional? NO! But before Sheamus can explain, McIntyre walks in. Sheamus says it wasn’t intentional. McIntyre knows that. But Sheamus knows what happens next, right? The two stare down, and we go to break! Are these two about to wreck catering?!
Raw returns and it IS a brawl! Erik, Nikki Cross, Akira Tozawa, even Dana Brooke, are all cheering this on, but referees are trying to stop it! Sheamus shoves McIntyre into bins but McIntyre hits back! The haymakers fly, then McIntyre tosses Sheamus into ladders! The Lucha House Party is here to watch and Gulak is getting this for his social media! Officials try to get in and Pat Buck finally gets them to stop brawling! Sheamus and McIntyre just look at each other, and they go after Buck! They pull his suit apart, then his under shirt, then they DOUBLE CHOKE SLAM him through the table! McIntyre and Sheamus laugh it off now and agree to go get a pint. But this time, McIntyre’s buying. It seems the friendship is just fine, but what about Buck?
Bobby Lashley w/ The Hurt Business VS Jeff Hardy!
Thanks to Cedric, the Hurt Business broke even against Kofi Kingston. Will the All Mighty United States Champion get the group back up at the expense of the Charismatic Enigma?
Before Hardy heads out, Riddle walks over and asks him to spare a minute. But Hardy has to go for his match. Riddle says that’s fine, he’s been thinking about tag teaming. The Hurt Business is a team, and the “business” part is obvious because of those sick suits, but Riddle just got that hurt part last week. It didn’t hurt the body so much as it hurt his heart, right? Yeah, Hardy gets that. So what’s Riddle’s plan? Well, the Hardy Boyz are one of the greatest tag teams to ever exist, right? But imagine, Jeff Hardy and Matt Riddle, and they’re the #HardyBros! Hardy likes the offer, and the idea of “Broetry in Motion,” but it’s match time. Aw, but he didn’t even try one of the Bronutts! Oh well, more for Riddle!
Hardy makes his entrance and the bell rings. For the first time in WWE, Hardy and Lashley circle and tie up. They go around, Lashley waistlocks and SLAMS Hardy down! MVP says this isn’t going to be good for Hardy and Lashley bumps Hardy off buckles. Lashley drags Hardy up and puts him in a corner to throw big elbows! The ref counts, Lashley lets off but then he gives one more forearm! MVP says Hardy’s back is hurting from the Symphony of Destruction, so Lashley straddles and knocks Hardy down! Lashley stalks Hardy, throws haymakers in the corner, then stomps him. The ref counts, Lashley lets off, only to dig his heel into Hardy’s head!
Lashley lets off, MVP mocks Hardy’s pain, and Lashley drags Hardy up to bump off buckles. Lashley throws hands, the ref reprimands, but Lashley runs to corner splash Hardy hard! MVP says this is why they’re the Hurt Business! Lashley throws more forearms and haymakers but the ref counts. Lashley digs a knuckle into Hardy’s eye! Lashley runs but into boots! Hardy runs but Lashley hurdles and kicks back! Lashley reels hardy in for the gut wrench, Canadian rack, and DOMINAT- No! Hardy lands on his feet out of the toss, and drops a leg on Lashley!
Hardy waits for Lashley to stand, kicks him low, but Lashley denies the Twist! Hardy resists the full nelson and throws elbows! Lashley shoves Hardy to a corner but Hardy elbows back! Hardy goes up, MVP is there to distract! Lashley Electric Chairs Hardy off the top, but Riddle trips MVP! Hardy fights out and throws Lashley to the outside! Hardy swings and dropkicks Lashley away, then goes to the apron! FLYING LARIAT! Downs goes Lashley and Riddle is fired up as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Lashley CLOBBERS Hardy! Lashley cleans off his hands from the hair and face paint he got from throwing Hardy around, and then he stomps Hardy. Riddle rallies for Hardy as Lashley drags Hardy up. Lashley clubs Hardy, throws him out, then glares at Riddle. Riddle says Lashley should be careful if he wants some of the stallion. Lashley RAMS Hardy into barriers, then puts Hardy back in the ring. Riddle coaches Hardy up and Hardy tries to stand, but just can’t. Lashley digs his fingers into Hardy’s face! The ref counts, Lashley stops, but Riddle and the fans rally up.
Lashley brings Hardy up and hoists him to the top rope to put him in a Tree of Woe. Lashley stomps away on Hardy’s stomach! Lashley paces while Hardy manages to get free of the tree, and Hardy kicks back! Lashley drags Hardy back up and suplexes! Cover, TWO! Riddle says it’s not that easy, Lashley! Lashley looms over Hardy, slaps him around, and then brings Hardy up. Hardy again fights off the Hurt Lock, rolls, but Lashley goes for a sleeper! Hardy is caught in body scissors but Riddle coaches Hardy through! Hardy fights the body scissors off but Lashley still keeps on the sleeper. Hardy fights up, throws body shots then a jawbreaker!
Lashley staggers, MVP tells him to shake it off! Hardy gets up, counter punches Lashley, and then throws haymakers! Hardy whips, Lashley reverses but Hardy CLOBBERS Lashley! Atomic drop, trip up and leg splitting leg drop! Basement dropkick added on, then the SPLASH! Cover, TWO! MVP says Lashley needs to shut this down! Hardy kicks but Lashley blocks, only to get the spinning mule kick! Hardy hurries up top, for a WHISPER IN THE WIND! Direct hit and both men are down! MVP and Riddle shout as Hardy covers, TWO! Lashley is still in this but Riddle says Hardy is close! But then Lashley FLAPJACK HOTSHOTS!
Lashley brings Hardy around for a COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!! Hardy survives but MVP says to finish this! Lashley stalks Hardy as he rises, and then reels him in for another suplex! Hardy slips out, kicks and hits TWIST OF FATE! Hardy throws the shirt off, climbs up top, but Lashley gets up! Hardy jumps over, but his back tweaks, and he turns around into a SPEAR!! Lashley won’t let it end there, he drags Hardy back up and puts him in the HURT LOCK!! Hardy is a rag doll, he taps out, Lashley wins!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission
Lashley won’t let Hardy go! Riddle gets in, kicks MVP away, but Lashley throws Hardy into him! Lashley dares Riddle to do something but is retreating with MVP. And they even take the Bronutts! MVP eats one but throws the rest away. Will the Hurt Business be dining on much better meals? Or will the #HardyBros make sure they get their just desserts?
Randy Orton hears a knock on his door.
He goes over to answer, and it’s… No one? Wait, down here! It’s Ramblin’ Rabbit! He wants Orton to know Bray can’t wait to see him in the ring! It’s gonna be so much fun! Ramblin’ hops away and the Viper prepares to strike. Will Orton be the only one having fun beating down Bray before facing The Fiend?
Bray Wyatt VS Randy Orton!
Before The Fiend has his turn, the Firefly Fun House host has a chance to “play” with The Viper. But will Bray regret accepting the challenge? Or will Orton regret making it in the first place?
The bell rings and Orton stares Bray down. They circle, tie up, and Orton headlocks. Orton grinds Bray down, but Bray powers out to run Orton over! Bray is fired up as he and Orton circle again. Orton shrugs it off and kicks Bray low to then club Bray and throw European Uppercuts! Bray tumbles out of the ring but Orton is right after him! Orton bumps Bray off the desk but Bray fights off the back suplex! Bray then gives Orton the back suplex to the desk! Bray runs over, takes a headset from commentary, and says, “Yowie wowie, we’ll be right back!” And just as he says, Raw goes to break!
Raw returns once more and Orton looms over Bray. Orton stomps Bray’s foot, then scrapes his laces on Bray’s face! Bray just laughs as Orton stomps a mudhole into him! The ref backs Orton off but Orton goes after Bray again to dig his heel into Bray’s neck! Bray is still laughing even as Orton lets off. Orton doesn’t understand why but he doesn’t care. He hurries over but Bray throws a throat chop and haymakers! Bray whips and runs but Orton elbows him back! Orton scrapes Bray’s face then drops a knee! Cover, ONE, but Orton stomps Bray back down! Orton stalks Bray, pulls him into a chinlock and squeezes tight. Bray just smiles as he endures!
Orton cranks harder on the chinlock but Bray fights up. Fans rally and clap on their screens, Bray fights up and pries free, then throws body shots! Orton kicks low and throws Bray down by his hair! Cover, TWO! Orton drags Bray back into the chinlock and squeezes tight. Bray smiles as he fights back up and throws elbows. Orton kicks and runs but Bray LARIATS him! Bray isn’t laughing anymore as he goes to a corner. Bray gives us the spider walk, then throws haymakers on Orton! Orton swings but into Bray’s atomic drop! Bray runs in and corner clotheslines! Bray keeps going, BODY CHECK! Bray seethes as he kicks and DDT’s Orton down! Cover, TWO!!
Bray drags Orton up by his chin and reels him in, for SISTER- NO! Orton slips out, and hits the back2backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Orton keeps his cool while he watches Bray sputter. Bray goes to ropes but Orton stomps him down! Orton stomps the legs, the ref reprimands and counts and Orton lets off. Orton brings Bray up on the apron and headbutts him down! Bray staggers away but Orton brings him to the desk, for the BACK SUPLEX! Orton puts Bray in, slithers in and runs, but into SISTER A- NO! Orton slips out, thumbs Bray’s eye and puts him through ropes! Orton throws haymakers, drags Bray out, DRAPING DDT!
Orton hears the voices in his head! But then the lights start turning off! But Bray is right here! Orton still hits the RKO!! Cover, but the lights go out! The ref can’t count in the dark! When the lights come back, they’re read, and Orton has the FIEND in the ring! MANDIBLE CLAW!!! The Fiend smothers The Viper!! Orton tries to fight free but The Fiend just slams that other hand down! Orton passes out and The Fiend shouts, “LET! ME! IN!!!” Perhaps now, that regret sinks in! Will Orton fear what is coming for him at TLC?
A great Raw with some great progress towards TLC. First, obviously we were getting Asuka and Lana VS Nia and Shayna for the tag titles, so good to see it confirmed. Asuka VS Shayna was a very good match, even with Lana and Nia doing stuff ringside. In fact, the Lana Rana was a great moment for her since she got back at Nia just a bit. But next week’s Lana VS Nia for the go-home is going to be a pretty strong indicator for how the title match turns out. I really hope next week announces the title match will be a Tables match. It’s the only justification for Lana being put through an announce desk as many times as she was.
Speaking of tag titles, we got great stuff out of the New Day and Hurt Business with Kofi doing a double header. Alexander is himself red hot, and I feel like he’ll put it on himself to win the match, which could blow up in his face. There was also good developments with the Hurt Business and Matt Riddle. Instead of Keith Lee, we swap in Jeff Hardy and we revisit #HardyBros from the time on SmackDown where it looked like that was going to be a thing. It can be a thing now, but with Lashley as US Champion, I would think TLC is about the title. Hardy Bros VS MVP & Lashley can be the go-home, Riddle gets a pin on MVP and then we get Riddle VS Lashley announced. There’s a chance Hurt Business is completely golden outside of MVP, but even that can change if the 24/7 Championship comes back into things.
I am glad to see I guessed right on Ricochet and Dana joining forces against Retribution. Mustafa Ali might be too strict on his team, but that could be the real drama of the story. He’s pushing his team too hard and they’re just going to quit on him until he is the one trying to do this all alone. Still wishing they’d have Keith Lee realize something is familiar about Reckoning and/or T-Bar. Speaking of Keith, he again puts Sheamus on notice, but I didn’t get why he then didn’t come back around after the other segments. The Miz TV stuff was great, especially McIntyre CHUCKING the briefcase and I would think shoot breaking LED paneling.
The 3v2 was great stuff, too, and Sheamus accidentally hitting McIntyre with the Brogue was a great detail. Again, where was Keith? But I did like that Sheamus and McIntyre brawled not because they were turning on each other, but because that’s just how they handle things. I would actually like if the #CelticConnection went the way of Bliss-Cross, in that they were a team that stuck together despite what everyone said. They don’t have to be tag champions, but if they stuck together as allies for a good amount of time, I’d be fine with that. Then maybe Sheamus can turn after a year of being Face.
Then of course, Styles was great as being selfish and worrying more about himself than Miz actually cashing in tonight. There’s still a go-home, but I bet the next cash-in attempt will be in the TLC match and Miz can climb that ladder to take the belt from McIntyre and Styles at the same time. And lastly, Orton’s story with Bray was good tonight. I was hoping when Orton invited himself to the fun house, he meant getting on the show. But I guess no one who has invaded the Firefly Fun House before gave Orton the tips on how to do it himself. Speaking of FFH, Bray had a good promo in there with the game show gag, but I was hoping the “answer” was going to be their own TLC match, non-title so it’s just about using the weapons. Maybe not. Maybe just a Chairs match so they can use those on each other?
Bray VS Orton tonight was good, but The Fiend swapping in at the end there was a great move. Fiend gets the last laugh tonight, but I’m not sure how the go-home goes. What can Orton do to turn the tables on Bray to make it seem like he has a chance at TLC? I would be shocked if Orton gave Alexa an RKO so she couldn’t make TLC to support Bray, but also a little excited because that means Alexa’s on some new level in her own right.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (8/16/22)
Who gets burned by the Heatwave?
NXT is on fire tonight!
NXT is red hot with all this gold on the line! Will JD McDonagh dethrone Bron Breakker? Will the Toxic Reign finally come to an end?
- NXT North American Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Giovanni Vinci; Melo wins and retains the title.
- Roxanne Perez VS Cora Jade; Jade wins.
- The Fate of Legado Street Fight: Santos Escobar VS Tony D’Angelo; D’Angelo wins and Escobar must leave NXT.
- NXT Women’s Championship: Mandy Rose VS Zoey Stark; Mandy wins and retains the title.
- NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS JD McDonagh; Bron wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
A heatwave hits NXT!
With it, we see a finale in the saga of Legado and D’Angelo, a grudge match of former friends explodes, and the Toxic Goddess defending her throne against the returning rising star. And in the main event, the Irish Ace looks to pick the NXT Champion apart and take that title from whatever is left. So get yourself a nice cold beverage, sit back and relax a show that is too hot to handle!
NXT North American Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Giovanni Vinci!
Another title on the line is that of the North American Championship! Melo says when he shoots, he don’t miss! But when you live lavishly like Giovanni, every day is #ViniVediVinci! Will Melo shoot down the Pride of Italy? Or will it be a campione vittoria to spark the Heatwave?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who lights it up here tonight!
Fans rally up as the two circle and tie up. Vinci waistlocks and TOSSES Melo away then says he’s the new champion, Melo storms up but into a wrench and headlock. Melo powers out then leaps as Vinci leaps, and Melo clips Vinci’s legs! Vinci lands hard and Melo fires forearms. Melo headlocks but Vinci throws body shots. Vinci headlocks but Melo powers out to hurdle. Vinci blows past Melo to run him over! Cover, ONE, but Vinci has Melo in a corner, Melo avoids the forearm to CHOP! Melo headlocks then whips corner to corner but Vinci reverses. Melo goes up, Vinci catches him, but Melo slips off!
Melo waistlocks, Vinci switches, Melo rolls off his back to springboard LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Melo throws haymakers. Vinci staggers, Melo CHOPS him, then Melo pie faces Vinci! Vinci blocks the next punch to CHOP back! Fans fire up and even Trick is stinging, but Melo reverses the whip, only for Vinci to springboard CROSSBODY! Vinci gets Melo back and fans fire up again. Vinci kicks Melo around, drags him up into a corner, and CHOPS him! Melo staggers away but Vinci is after him to CHOP again! Vinci puts Melo into another corner, for another CHOP! The fans are all stinging from that one!
Vinci flexes and fans want that “One More Time!” but Melo throws a forearm. Vinci throws a EuroUpper, Melo forearms again, and Vinci throws another EuroUpper. Melo throat chops, whips but Vinci reverses. Melo ducks and both men run, and DOUBLE LARIATS wipe them both out! The fans are fired up even more as NXT goes picture in picture.
The ref checks both men and fans are rallying for “NXT! NXT!” as both men stand. Melo and Vinci throw DOUBLE HAYMAKERS, then Vinci kicks low. Vinci whips, and CALF KICKS Melo down! Vinci soaks up the cheers and jeers and he covers, TWO! Vinci jams his knee into Melo’s back, clamps onto the shoulders, then shifts to a chinlock. Vinci traps Melo’s arms but Melo pries at the hold. Melo fights up to his feet, throws body shots, but Vinci knees low! Vinci whips but Melo reverses. Trick swipes at Vinci but the ref warns him! Melo BOOTS Vinci all the same! Melo rains down fists, then flexes in his cover, TWO!
Melo storms up on Vinci and brings him up to ROCK him! Vinci throws a body shot! Melo comes back but Vinci throws more body shots. Melo knees low, rolls with the snapmare and BOOTS Vinci down! Cover, TWO! Melo clamps onto Vinci with a dragon sleeper but Vinci powers out! Melo is right back on Vinci with a facelock and he grinds Vinci down. Vinci fights up, but Melo wrangles him back down. Vinci endures the grind, but Melo CLUBS him on the back! Melo cranks on the hold, pushing up with his legs for leverage, but Vinci still endures. Vinci fights up again, Melo throws body shots, but Vinci powers up!
Melo holds on tight as Vinci tries to throw him off! Melo pulls back on the hold as NXT returns to single picture, but Vinci tries again! Vinci TOSSES Melo away! Melo storms back up but Vinci whips him away, to then scoop for a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Both men are down but the fans fire up! Vinci storms up and whips, but Melo reverses and follows, but springboards into Vinci’s arms! Vinci fireman’s carries for the ROLLING SENTON! And then a MOONSAULT from the corner! Cover, TWO! Vinci drags Melo up, reels him in, but Melo rolls Vinci up! TWO, Melo rebounds but the superkick is swatted!
Vinci springboards but Melo kicks the legs out! Vinci is stuck, for the FADEAWAY! Cover, TWO! Vinci survives and fans argue the count on Melo’s behalf, but that was two! Trick coaches Melo and Melo fires up. “This is Awesome!” and Melo brings Vinci up. Vinci suplexes first but Melo slips out to O’Conner Roll! TWO, Melo comes back to SUPERKICK! Vinci drops to a knee, Melo goes up the corner, but Vinci catches the jump! BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Vinci catches his breath. Vinci blocks a kick, reels Melo in but Melo slips free, but into the lift! Melo slips off to suplex CUTTER! Cover, TWO!!
Fans rally harder as Melo thinks on what he has to do. Melo goes to a corner, he goes up the corner, and then leaps, but Vinci gets under the Three Pointer! Vinci TOSSES Melo out, but Trick is there to catch him! Vinci goes up and up and SUPER CROSSBODIES!! Vinci wipes out Melo and Trick, fans lose their minds, and Vinci puts Melo back in! Vinci springboards and springboards to MOONSAULT!! Cover, Trick helps Melo get the ROPEBREAK! Were they watching The Miz and Ciampa last night on Raw? Vinci storms out after Trick and dares him to do something, but then Melo RAMS Vinci into the steel steps!
Melo goes back up top and leaps, but Vinci dodges again! Vinci shoves Melo, blocks his boot, and reels him in for a LARIAT! Melo gets turned inside out but that’s not all! Vinci gets Melo up as Trick runs in, POWERBOMBO onto Trick! Vinci drags Trick up to give him the POWERBOMB! Then another kick to Melo, another lift, another POWER- RANA!!! Melo wins!!
Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)
Huge assist to Trick! Melo would not have made it through the heat if not for him! Will there be another #Melobration in Trick’s honor soon enough?
Toxic Attraction arrives.
Mandy Rose, Jacy Jayne & Gigi Dolin see Bron Breakker also arriving. He’s got an uphill battle tonight, huh? Yeah, and so does Mandy. Well okay. We’ll see who leaves with their title. Yes, we will. Toxic Attraction seems to consider Bron a contender, but will Mandy and Bron still have the gold after tonight?
Julius Creed speaks.
Via twitter, Julius said, “So I went back and watched the 8 Man Tag over and over and over again, but I found what I was searching for. And I’m gonna address who needs to be addressed, but I’m gonna do it in front of the NXT Universe this Tuesday at Heatwave.” As such, he and the rest of Diamond Mine are heading to gorilla in the present. What did he see and who does he plan to confront? We’ll see, after the break.
Von Wagner & Robert Stone speak.
“Mr. Stone” says that two weeks ago, Solo Sikoa got a so-called victory, yet he’s the one on the shelf and Von’s still standing. If you learned anything from that match, it is that Von is a freak of nature! Von can run a 40 yard dash in 4.5 seconds and he can bench press 225 pounds 30 times. If Von wanted to go to an NFL team and get a contract, he could! Von says Stone has heard all the talk, how there is a change in the air. It doesn’t matter if you’re internet famous or popular with the media! “The Game has changed, but the rules remain the same. Anyone smaller or weaker will not survive in my jungle!”
The Diamond Mine heads to the ring!
Julius & Brutus Creed lead Roderick Strong and Damon Kemp out, and they all get a mic. Julius starts by saying, “Less than a year ago, my brother and I got an opportunity of a lifetime: to learn from one of the greatest champions in NXT history, Roderick Strong. And we jumped at that opportunity. And we dedicated every fiber of our being to win the Dusty Cup and to win these NXT Tag Team Championships for Diamond Mine. We’ve been stitched, we’ve been stapled, we’ve wound ourselves up doing cannonballs, all for this right here.
“But recently, it was brought to my attention that someone’s trying to destroy what we’ve built. Someone’s trying to destroy Diamond Mine. And I wanted to use this opportunity to call that person out right now!” Julius looks to the ramp, but then he looks at STRONG! Is Julius kidding?! Strong can’t believe Julius is blaming Strong! Strong founded Diamond Mine and brought in the Creeds! They’re one-of-a-kind athletes with endless potential! That is something he never had. And he stands here looking at them as the NXT Tag Team Champions! Fans chant, “They Don’t Need You!” and Strong says yes they do!
But look at him, Julius. They are one of the best tag teams in all the WWE! Strong would put the Creeds up against the Usos any day of the week! That is how much he believes in them! They’re the future of this place! That’s great, and they can tell the Usos for them, but the Creds aren’t just the future, they’re the now! But Strong can say whatever he wants to their face, because Julius knows Strong will just stab them in the back. Brutus isn’t so sure, though. Julius says he is sure, though. Then Brutus says he has his brother’s back! But Strong says Julius needs to be careful with the next works that come out of his mouth!
Julius says everything he does is calculated. He isn’t gonna play games, he’s gonna just show Strong instead! Roll the tape! Strong was throwing knees, Julius was throwing lariats, but then Tony looked to Strong and they had a moment! Strong hits Julius with the knee, and that is enough for Julius! Tony signaled Strong! Or was Julius imagining it? Strong says they can’t be serious here! Strong doesn’t know, Tony D is a scumbag. Maybe Tony has a tic or he was signaling his own team. But y’know what? Let’s just do it! Let’s lay all the cards on the table! Since MAY, they’ve had something against Strong, and now-
GALLUS ATTACKS!! Wolfgang and the Coffey Brothers are here in the States! They’re beating down Kemp and the Creeds! Fans fire up for Gallus as they glare at Strong, and then Joe hits a GLASGOW SENDOFF! Mark and Wolfgang stomp away on Strong, then they go back to whooping the Creeds! Fans are torn but it seems NXT is now Gallus’ kingdom! And there’s the green light, just as Apollo Crews foresaw! Has Gallus just destroyed the Diamond Mine?
Backstage interview with Roxanne Perez.
McKenzie says Roxie finally gets a shot at Cora, and she says this is the most nervous she’s ever been in a match. Her stomach has been in knots all day, because she never thought she’d be fighting her best friend. But Cora wanted this. Cora ended their friendship! And now Cora has nowhere to hide! Cora’s made her bed, and now she has to sleep in it. Cora’s music hits so Roxie heads out, will the Women’s Breakout Tournament winner break her former friend?
Roxanne Perez VS Cora Jade!
NXT returns as Roxie makes her entrance. And she rushes right in so the bell rings! THESZ PRESS and then Roxie dribbles Cora! Cora gets out, but Roxie runs and DIVES! Direct hit and Roxie puts Cora in the ring. Cora bails out again so Roxie DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp, and Roxie hurries to put Cora in. Cover, TWO! Roxie drags Cora up to whip her to ropes, but Cora holds ropes to stop herself. Cora ROCKS Roxie, ROCKS her against ropes, then whips her into the rope to run and back elbow her down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Cora drags Roxie up. Cora bumps Roxie off buckles, then throws big forearms!
Fans rally and duel as Cora throws more shots, and she snapmares Roxie to a cover. TWO, Roxie grits her teeth but Cora brings Roxie up. Cora suplexes but Roxie fights it. Roxie then slips out, UPPERCUTS, and UPPERCUTS again! Roxie whips, back drops Cora, then run sin to SOBAT! Roxie runs to SHOTGUN Cora down! Fans rally and Roxie drags Cora up. Cora ROCKS Roxie back, run sin at the ropes, but Roxie puts her on the apron. Roxie CLOBBERS Cora and Cora falls to the floor! Roxie builds speed again, to DIVE into a forearm! Cora drags Roxie out to snap suplex her to the floor! Cora seethes while NXT goes picture in picture.
Cora soaks up the heat from the fans while Roxie writhes. Cora returns to fetch Roxie, and smacks her off the apron! Cora CHOPS Roxie, puts her in the ring, then runs in to IMPLODER STOMP! Cover, TWO! Cora is furious and she hammers away on Roxie’s back! Cora talks trash and kicks Roxie around. Cora smacks Roxie off the mat, drops an elbow on her back, then stalks Roxie to ropes. Roxie throws forearms but Cora DECKS her! Cora snap suplexes Roxie hard, then grins as she covers. TWO, and Cora is annoyed. Cora stomps Roxie to the corner, digs her boot in, but lets off as the ref counts. Roxie crawls, Cora CHOKES her on the ropes!
Cora lets off as the ref counts again, and Cora stomps Roxie down. Cora kicks Roxie to another corner, taunts her as she stands Roxie up, and she fires off big forearms! Cora trips Roxie, then goes corner to corner to BRONCO BUSTER! Cora drags Roxie to a cover, TWO! Cora is annoyed and she stalks Roxie to ropes again. Cora makes Roxie smile with fishhooks, then puts her on the ropes. Cora runs side to side but Roxie avoids the back elbow! Roxie runs in to DOUBLE KNEE Cora against ropes! Roxie drags Cora up, wrenches and hooks her up, but Cora fights the leg sweep! Cora pulls hair to LARIAT Roxie down! Cover, TWO!
NXT returns to single picture and Cora is still cocky as she drags Roxie up. Cora gets the arms and has the motorcycle stretch, but Roxie endures. Fans rally up as Roxie fights up, but Cora wrangles her back down! Cora digs her knee in but Roxie endures. Fans rally again and Roxie fights up. Roxie turns things around but Cora turns them right back around! Roxie stands back up, flips through and KANGAROO KICKS Cora away! Cora storms back up but into a cradle! TWO! Cora rushes to Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Roxie has the cover now, TWO! Cora trips Roxie, jackknifes, TWO as Roxie bridges up!
Roxie spins Cora around, but Cora fights the backslide! Fans duel, Roxie spins Cora around and DOUBLE FOREARMS knock both women for a loop! DOUBLE BOOTS take them both down! Fans fire up as both women stir and go to opposite ends. Roxie and Cora slowly rise, and Roxie counter punches Cora! And again! Roxie eggs Cora on so Cora KNEES her low! Cora whips, Roxie ducks ‘n’ dodges, then CLOBBERS Cora! And CLOBBERS her again! Roxie puts Cora in a corner, runs in and UPPERCUTS! Then a roll and UPPERCUT! Roxie brings Cora around, for the RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO!
Roxie grows frustrated but she grabs at Cora. Roxie reels her in, PAIGE TURNER! Cover, TWO!! Cora survives and Roxie is beside herself! Roxie drags Cora up to throw a KNEE, and another KNEE, then she hops on! POP- NO, Cora pops free to SHINING WIZARD at the ropes! Cora full nelsons for a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Cora is fuming as Roxie survives but the fans rally back up. Cora goes to the corner and grabs her custom kendo stick! The ref says no, but Cora still aims at Roxie! Roxie ducks and kicks back! And now Roxie grabs the kendo stick! Fans fire up and Cora wants mercy! Roxie hesitates, but she drops the stick.
And Cora SUCKER PUNCHES Roxie! DDT onto the kendo stick! Cover, Cora wins!!
Winner: Cora Jade, by pinfall
#GenerationJade still got to use her kendo stick against Roxie, and she stands over her fallen friend. Will Cora be cruising her way to another title opportunity?
Backstage interview with Josh Briggs, Brooks Jensen & Fallon Henley.
McKenzie is with the NXT UKT ag Team Champions and brings up last week. Jensen says how about not. Briggs says Lash Legend & Pretty Deadly did get one up on them, but they’ll see each other again soon. But then Gallus walks by with security trying to escort them out. Wolfgang tells the good ol’ boys that those titles don’t belong to them. Well they’re the champs, so these belts do belong to them. Oh, they’ve been champions all of what? Five minutes? Six minutes, actually. But what’s up? Try 497 DAYS! Briggs mockingly applauds but Mark says that’s longer than Briggs or Jensen have been in the business!
Joe says here’s what we’ll do: turn this place upside down! And then it’ll be Gallus Boys Up Top! Those UK titles are coming home with them! Any time, any place! Then how about next week? Jensen says if Gallus can get in the building, then they’ll do the damn thing! Gallus gets fired up but security stays between them and the champions, will we see the UK Tag Team Championships be put on the line?
The Fate of Legado Street Fight: Santos Escobar VS Tony D’Angelo!
This has been building for four months, and it finally explodes here tonight! The Emperor of Lucha Libre is fighting for the freedom of his familia, but The Don is fighting for full control. If Escobar loses, he is OUT of NXT. But if Escobar wins, he and Legado del Fantasma are out from under Tony’s thumb. What happens when there’s nothing holding these two back from hurting the other?
Elektra Lopez, Joaquin Wilde & Cruz Del Toro follow El Hijo del Fantasma to the ring. They are united as familia, but will they have to part ways after this? Tony makes his entrance and hands his hat and tracksuit jacket to Stacks, and turns around into Escobar CHUCKING a chair in his face!! The ref reprimands as the match hasn’t even started but fans are loving it! The bell rings, Escobar fires off hands but Tony hits back. They brawl, Escobar KNEES Tony then LARIATS! Escobar sits that chair up, kicks Tony around then SMACKS him off the seat! Escobar runs to RANA Tony onto the chair! Cover, TWO!!
Tony survives but Escobar wedges the chair into the corner. Escobar runs in to the other corner to KICK Tony! And to KICK again! Escobar whips and CHOP BLOCKS Tony’s leg out! Fans fire up while Tony hobbles, into a dropkick to the leg from Escobar! Escobar stalks Tony, stomps his leg, then puts him in a corner to stomp away on that leg! Tony hobbles but Escobar stands him up. Tony fires off body shots, he throws more hands, then whips corner to corner! Escobar stops himself and he KNEES Tony down! Cover, TWO! Escobar makes sure the chair is secure in the corner before climbing. Escobar FLYING CROSSBODIES Tony down!
Fans fire up and Escobar calls to Legado! But Stacks LEAPS onto Cruz & Wilde! So much for their sidekicks! Tony throws hands but Escobar whips. Things speed up and Escobar DROPKICKS Tony down! Fans fire up and Tony flounders around. Escobar grins as he paces around the ring. Stacks glares at Escobar but Wilde CLOBBERS Stacks! Escobar builds speed and DIVES into a trash can lid!! Fans are torn as Tony looms over Escobar and NXT goes to break.
The ref check son Escobar as he clutches his arm, but Escobar says he’s still okay to go. So Tony SMACKS Escobar with the lid! And again! Tony puts Escobar in the ring, stomps him around, then drags him up to shove t a corner. BELLY2BELLY on the rebound! Cover, TWO! Tony talks trash but Escobar SLAPS him! So Tony whips Escobar to ropes, only for Escobar to duck and dodge and RANA, into a POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO! Tony is frustrated but he tells Escobar he’s gonna use Escobar’s chair. Tony aims and RAMS Escobar into the chair in the corner! Escobar tumbles out of the ring and Legado coaches him up.
Tony goes out, grabs the chair, and he SMACKS Escobar on the arm! And again! And again! Tony drags Escobar around, puts the bad arm through the chair, then POSTS the shoulder! The ref checks on Escobar again but he refuses to let this end it. Tony drags Escobar up but Escobar pie faces, so Tony ROCKS him! Tony SLAMS the bad arm on the apron, then brings Escobar around to shove him. Tony kicks low, throws hands, then CLUBS the bad arm. Tony kicks Escobar, talks more trash, then RAMS Escobar into steel steps! The ref checks on Escobar but he still refuses to quit. So Tony SLAMS the bad arm on the steps!
NXT returns to single picture, Tony brings Escobar around to put his arm between steps and corner! Tony BOOTS the steps to crush the arm! Tony brings out chair after chair from under the ring! He brings Escobar around to suplex high and hard onto the chair pile! Fans are wincing from that one as Tony puts Escobar in the ring. Cover, TWO!! Escobar is enduring but Tony throws body shots! Tony suplexes again, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Tony is frustrated but he drags Escobar up to throw down fists! Stacks goes looking under the ring for Tony and he brings out the trash can! Tony SMACKS Escobar down with it!
Tony drags Escobar to a cover, TWO!! Escobar is dazed but still in this, so Tony drags him back up. Tony throws hands, then SLAPS Escobar! Fans boo but Tony says this is HIS NXT now! He’s the Don! But Escobar counter punches Tony! And again! And then he DECKS Tony! And CLOBBERS him! And again! Then a RANA!! Fans fire up as Escobar runs in, but Tony puts him on the apron. Escobar GAMANGIRIS Tony away, goes up the corner and FLYING AX HANDLES! Fans fire up as Tony bails out, into a SLAP from Lopez! Escobar DIVES!! Direct hit at the corner and fans are thunderous for Legado!
Escobar drags Tony up but Tony POSTS him! Fans chant “This is Awesome!” as Tony puts Escobar in the ring again, drops an elbow, then tells Stacks to get the crowbar! But it isn’t where it usually is! It’s supposed to be by the steel steps! Cruz took the crowbar first! And he CRACKS Stacks with it! Tony BOOTS Cruz, but Escobar victory rolls! TWO!! Tony escapes in time but Escobar calls to Legado! The knuckles! But Tony RAMS Escobar into Wilde! Then O’Conner Rolls, TWO! Escobar dodges Tony but Tony puts him on the apron. Escobar CHOPS Tony, Lopez hurries to get the crowbar! Lopez has the bar and Escobar hurries to her, but Tony runs in!
Lopez pushes Escobar aside, and Tony runs Lopez over! Fans can’t believe it, and neither can Tony! Tony just shrugs, but Escobar is pissed! But Tony LOW BLOWS Escobar! Fans tell Tony he F’d up, but he doesn’t care, he has his crowbar now! But he walks into a CALF KICK! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Escobar and Tony grab at each other as they rise up, pulling hair. They’ll never give in to the other, so this has to end somehow. Tony sees his crowbar, Escobar sees his brass knuckles! They get their weapons, but Tony CRACKS Escobar first!! Cover, TONY WINS!
Winner: Tony D’Angelo, by pinfall (Escobar must LEAVE NXT)
The Don just banished the Emperor! And Legado has no choice but to follow Tony’s lead. What will this mean for all of their futures in the WWE?
Indi Hartwell talks with Katana & Kayden.
She knows they’ve competed against each other for a long time when it comes to the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships, but to be honest, when KC Squared won, Indi cried. No one is more deserving. That means a lot to them. Winning these belts, it is indescribable. Indi gets that feeling. Those were the days. Does Indi miss being in a tag team? Well, she’s loved her tag team partners, and being on her own has been thrilling, but having someone to depend on- Wait, a letter comes in for her. Indi opens it up and… It’s a drawing from Dexter Lumis! #INDEXFOREVER!! O M G~!
But then BLAIR DAVENPORT snatches it?! What’s she doing here? Who does she think she is? Uh, she’s Blair Davenport, the future NXT Women’s Champion. Blair rips the paper up and leaves! Will Indi and the rest of WWE soon #BewareTheHeir?
NXT hears from Tiffany Stratton and Wendy Choo.
“I am like completely over Wendy Choo. Like, so done with her. Seriously? It’s like not even funny!” Wendy sighs, and says it is real simple. Wendy is tired of Tiffany. Tired of Tiffany talking down to her, tired of Tiffany thinking she’s better than everyone, and tired of Tiffany thinking Wendy is a joke! Next week, Tiffany VS Wendy in a LIGHTS OUT MATCH! Where everything Wendy did behind closed doors is going to be legal in that ring! As for Tiffany, she is obsessed with this idea, because she gest to do whatever she wants to Wendy! There are like no rules! None!
The arena will be darker than usual, so you won’t be able to see Wendy’s face, which is perfect. But not seeing Tiffany’s face is so tragic. Wendy says Tiffany has one thing right: Wendy’s SO~ obsessed with Tiffany, in that she’s obsessed making Tiffany feel how she makes everyone else feel. “Wacky Wendy” is gonna turn Tiffany’s dream into a nightmare! But Tiffany says she’s putting Wendy to sleep! Who will turn the lights out on the other in this brutal no holds barred match?
NXT Women’s Championship: Mandy Rose VS Zoey Stark!
Toxic Attraction certainly feels they’re the hottest trio in the WWE today, but things have been cooling off for them after losing the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships. Can the Toxic Goddess keep hold of her gold? Or will the Toxic Reign finally be over thanks to the Iron Woman?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and things just got that much hotter in here!
Mandy kicks but Zoey blocks to ROCK Mandy! And again! And again! Mandy knees low but Zoey spins he around to the GO TO – NO, Mandy blocks in time to trip Zoey and go after the bad leg! But Zoey uses that to victory roll! ONE, things speed up and Mandy whips, only for Zoey to LOBBER Mandy! Mandy bails out but Zoey builds speed to WRECK her with a dropkick! Fans fire up and Zoey storms up on Mandy, but Mandy RAMS her into the apron! Mandy TOSSES Zoey over the commentary desk! Jacy & Gigi taunt Zoey as Mandy SMASHES the knee on the desk! Zoey writhes and clutches her knee as NXT goes picture in picture!
Zoey grits her teeth and seethes at Mandy as medics check on the leg. Zoey says it’s fine, and Mandy goes out to drag her into the ring. Zoey ROCKS Mandy, throws elbows, but Mandy KICKS the bad leg! Mandy drags Zoey by the leg, stomps it, then drops an elbow on it! Mandy drags Zoey to the corner and SLAMS the bad leg into the post! Zoey writhes but she refuses to give up. Mandy gets in the ring and Zoey CHOPS her! Mandy trips Zoey, pulls on the bad leg, but Zoey endures! Mandy moves around, has the leg caught, and she chinlocks Zoey into a bootleg STF. Zoey endures, so Mandy dribbles her head off the mat! Cover, TWO!
Zoey gets to ropes but Mandy storms up. Zoey kicks back but Mandy kicks the bad leg out! Mandy digs her knee into Zoey and puts her on the apron. Zoey crawls away, kicks back at Mandy, but Mandy fires off forearms! Zoey shoves her again but Mandy comes back. Zoey ROCKS, CHOPS and ROCKS Mandy, but Mandy LARIATS Zoey! Cover, TWO! Mandy is annoyed but Jacy says it’s okay, she’s got this. Mandy stalks Zoey to a corner, grabs at the bad leg, but Zoey pushes her back. Mandy KICKS the bad leg, then taunts Zoey. Mandy drags Zoey out to center for a standing toehold. Zoey endures, keeps her shoulder sup, and she KICKS with her good leg!
Mandy staggers away, Zoey gets up and Zoey ROCKS Mandy with a forearm! And then another! But then Gigi & Jacy trip Zoey up! NXT returns to single picture as the ref saw that whole thing! Toxic Attraction is EJECTED! Jacy & Gigi are furious but maybe they should’ve behaved. NIKKITA LYONS rushes out and she fights Gigi & Jacy tot he back! Fans fire up and Mandy freaks out! Mandy goes for a chop block but Zoey dodges it! Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Mandy CHOP BLOCKS the leg this time, and Zoey clutches her leg again. Mandy stomps away on the leg, drops another elbow, then another, and another!
Mandy KNEES the bad leg, and Zoey huffs and seethes as she gets to a corner. Mandy soaks up the cheers and jeers, and she kicks the bad leg again. Mandy has the leg, for a KNEE JAMMER! Zoey hobbles and falls, but Mandy looms over Zoey. Zoey stands but Mandy trips her, turns her and has the HALF CRAB! Zoey endures as Mandy sits deep on the hold! Fans duel, Zoey reaches out, moves around, and rolls through to kick Mandy away! Mandy falls right out of the ring! Mandy hurries back in, into a KNEE from Zoey! Mandy pulls hair but Zoey ELBOWS Mandy, then LARIATS! Zoey rallies on Mandy, even with one good leg! SLIDING KICK! Cover, TWO!!
Mandy scrambles away to a corner, but Zoey runs in to ELBOW Mandy, and UPPERCUT, and GAMANGIRI! Zoey snapmares Mandy into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and duel, Zoey gets to her feet and she storms up on Mandy. Mandy kicks the bad leg, gets it again, and BACK SUPLEXES Zoey inside out! Cover, TWO! Mandy grows frustrated but the fans rally up again. Zoey and Mandy hit each other as they stand up, and they go back and forth with forearms! Zoey CHOPS, Mandy fires off a flurry, but Zoey blocks to a GO TO STARK!!! But she can’t cover from using her bad leg!! Zoey crawls over, but Mandy rolls away to the apron!
Mandy saves herself by inches and Zoey is furious! Zoey goes out, but Mandy sweeps the bad leg! Zoey gets caught up in the ropes, and Mandy stomps away! The ref counts, Mandy lets off at 4, and then she goes back to CLUB away on the leg! Mandy undoes the leg brace!! The ref stops Mandy and gets Zoey free of the ropes. KNEE FROM- ROLL UP!! TWO!! Mandy swings but into a jackknife! TWO! KNEE FROM A ROSE!! Cover, TWO!?!? Zoey survives and shocks everyone! Mandy’s best shot fails to put this away and she has no idea what to make of it! Mandy still undoes Zoey’s knee brace, and then she puts it on her knee!
Mandy wants to finish this for good, and runs in, KNEE BRACE FROM A ROSE!!! Cover, Mandy wins!!
Winner: Mandy Rose, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Tag Team Champion)
Zoey is dazed, Mandy used her bad leg against her in more ways than one! The Toxic Reign keeps going, what will it take to finally stop Mandy?
NXT hears from one of its newest names.
“I’m Quincy Elliot, and I have a confession to make. I’m bringing all of this to NXT. I look to my left, I look to my right, I see people of all different walks of life, and it excites me. And you may be shocked at this, but I ain’t ever struggled with being different. I own it, I work it, because I am it! And everyone in NXT may be superstars, but Quincy Elliot is the Super Diva.” And he’s coming soon to NXT!
Backstage interview with Grayson Waller.
McKenzie isn’t happy about it and Waller notices. Is it because he ruined he Emmy Award Winning interview with Apollo Crews when Waller punked him out? Uh, Apollo was the one who made a challenge while Waller was the one who backed down. Backed down? No, he could’ve dropped Crews right there, but then McKenzie would’ve said it was unfair after the 20 minute war Apollo had with Strong. He can’t win with her! But everyone else is too scared to say it, so Waller will: Apollo Crews is selfish! He’s willing to stab anyone in the back to be the man around here! He might even come for McKenzie’s job!
McKenzie doubts that, but Waller says that while Apollo doesn’t smell as nice, he does have a better small than her. But those were Apollo’s words, not Waller’s. Anyway, next week is the debut of the Grayson Waller Effect, the ONLY honest talk show in WWE history! The tough questions and the hard truth given. Take notes because he’s inviting his very first guess, APOLLO~ Crews! Also, your perfume is cheap, McKenzie.
NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS JD McDonagh!
The Big Booty Nephew is already a TWO-TIME NXT Champion, but has proven that from facing veterans like Tommaso Ciampa and Dolph Ziggler to facing the best of his peers like Joe Gacy and Cameron Grimes, he is a juggernaut in this ring. However, the Irish Ace knows even a juggernaut has its weaknesses. Will JD pick Bron apart and perform a beltectomy? Or will Bron break another would-be champion?
Bron walks out with a sledgehammer, and sees a box with “JD” on it. Bron SMASHES the box, then heads to the ring. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Bron wins betting against the ace.
JD and Bron circle while fans rally up. They tie up, JD goes after the bad arm but Bron shove shim away. JD grins but Bron says the shoulder’s just fine. They tie up again, Bron pushes JD back but JD puts Bron in the corner. JD pulls the arm against the ropes but the ref counts. JD let soff and Bron SLAPS him! Fans duel as JD grins and stares Bron down. JD and Bron reset and tie up again. Bron wrenches JD’s arm now, but JD spins and monkey flips him, but Bron holds on! Bron brings JD up but JD rolls, pushes Bron to ropes and arm-drags. But Bron holds on again! Bron shows he can be technical and fans rally up.
JD fights up, reaches for ropes but Born keeps him away. JD rolls, handsprings, snapmares and headlocks, but Bron slips out to have the wristlock! JD ROCKS Bron, but Bron headlocks back. JD powers out, Bron turns the dropdown into a gator roll and deadlift suplex! Bron walks around with JD before the SLAM! Fans fire up with Bron and he storms back up on JD. Bron whips JD into a corner, JD tumbles up and out, but Bron DECKS him! The ring count starts but Bron goes out after JD. JD gets in the ring but Bron avoids the elbow drop! Bron HOTSHOTS the arm, then he knuckle locks to STRAIGHT ARM LEVER!
Fans fire up as Bron carries JD around, then hammerlocks and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! And then STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Bron is showing he can do whatever JD can do, and then he clamps onto the arm again. Born hammerlocks and RAMS JD into buckles. Fans rally up and duel as Bron drags JD back up. Bron has the hammerlock, then he whips JD, JD reverses but Bron ducks ‘n’ dodges. Bron staggers but he still comes back to LARIAT JD! Bron tosses JD out hard, then barks at JD as NXT goes picture in picture.
JD scowls as Bron eggs him on. Bron goes out after JD, smacks him off the apron, then brings JD around to smack off the apron again. Fans bark for Bron as he puts JD in, but JD bails out the side. Bron waits on JD as the ring count climbs. JD gets in the ropes and trips Bron up! Then SLINGSHOT SPLASHES! JD gets his arm moving, and he stalks Bron to a corner. JD CHOPS, stomps, ROCKS and then stalks Bron some more. JD brings Bron around to snap suplex! JD drags Bron up to throw down elbows into Bron’s head, then DECK him with a haymaker. JD wrenches the bad arm, CLUBS it, but Bron throws body shots!
Bron backs JD down, RAMS into him over and over, then hoists him up top. Bron climbs up as NXT returns to single picture, but JD slips out to trip Bron up! JD shoves Bron to the apron, climbs up the other side, and he turns Bron to NECKBREAKER against the crossbar! Bron falls to the floor and fans rally again. JD stalks Bron, brings him up but the ring count is 5 of 10. JD puts Bron in at 7, drives elbow after elbow into the shoulders from all sides! The fans are torn but JD lets off so the ref can check Bron. Bron is still in this somehow so JD drags Bron around. JD has a mounted armlock but Bron endures.
Fans rally and duel, Bron reaches out but JD puts more pressure on the arm. Bron pushes through and gets the ROPEBREAK! JD lets off in frustration but fans duel again. JD clamps onto Bron for a neck wrench, but Bron still endures. JD pushes on the head, but fans rally up and Bron stands up! JAWBREAKER! Bron ROCKS JD, and again, and again! Bron whips, JD reverses but Bron FLYING SHOULDER TACKLES! And again! And then a duck ‘n’ dodge, to a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up again as Bron snarls and aims from the corner. JD flounders up, Born runs in, but JD POSTS Bron! Then a wrench and a takedown, LEBELL LOCK!!
Bron endures as JD pulls back! Fans rally and duel, Bron reaches out, and JD can only use one arm as Bron did damage to him, too! Born gets the ROPEBREAK! JD lets off in frustration and fans continue to duel. JD drags Bron to a drop zone then he climbs up. But Bron CLUBS JD first! Bron climbs up after JD, SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO!! Bron keeps cool and he goes to a corner to climb up again. But JD GAMANGIRIS back! JD sets Bron up, climbs up after him, but Bron resists the clinch! JD drags him up, SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Fans are thunderous as JD hits the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!!
Bron survives and JD can’t believe it! JD storms to a corner and climbs up, to MOONSAUTL! But he has to roll through as Bron moves! SPEAR!! Bron crawls after JD but JD flops out of the ring! Fans rally as Bron puts JD back in and hurries to aim from the corner again. JD stands up, into another SPEAR!! But Bron doesn’t cover, he brings the straps down! Bron vows to break JD, but JD stands up!? JD has blood in his mouth but he’s smiling! Bron says fine! A THIRD SPEAR!! And then the trophy lift, to the BREAKKER SLAM! Cover, Bron wins!!
Winner: Bron Breakker, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)
JD welcomed that third tackle, but it ended up being his demise! Bron retains the title, but who will- Wait, what?! Is this… It is! TYLER BATE is back in the States! The fans are going nuts for the Big Strong Boy! And he goes right into the ring to look Bron eye to eye! The NXT UK Champion and the NXT Champion, in the same ring for the first time in a long time! Will worlds collide in the near future?
This was a very good special for NXT, with great matches all over the card, but Heatwave didn’t really shake anything up. I know I’ve said keeping the status quo isn’t always a bad thing, but in this case, it felt kinda bad. Melo VS Vinci was great, though maybe a little sloppy because they wanted to go as fast as possible. Melo winning was only because of Trick, so that was a bit of a sour taste. But Melo still has so many opponents to face so this is fine. Decent promo from Von & Stone, but I guess Von is downgrading from “Wagner’s World” to “Welcome to Wagner’s Jungle.” I have no idea where Von’s gonna go from here, in a bad way. He’s not championship material, so who’s his next feud?
Great segment out of the Diamond Mine confronting their dysfunction, and I figured it’d be Strong pointed out as the traitor. That was some amazing continuity to have it in the 8 Man Tag that Tony looked to Strong as if to signal something. But then just as Apollo saw, the Diamond Mine all gets attacked. Gallus coming to NXT is great, though I wonder if this means Mark Coffey loses the Heritage Cup to Noam Dar. Gallus also getting a shot at the NXT UK Tag Team Championships is a nice surprise, but I wonder which two are facing Briggs & Jensen. Assuming Gallus wins, I’d love if it was the Coffey Brothers. But if not, then it can be Mark & Wolfgang again, trying to be two-time winners.
Roxie VS Cora was very good, but I’m a little surprised Cora won. For one, we see the NXT Women’s Championship is still on a Heel. Also, why wasn’t the DDT onto the weapon a disqualification? If that thing was a chair, wouldn’t it have been a DQ? Whatever, Cora’s still been doing good work so it’s not like she doesn’t deserve some success. Tiffany and Wendy have a very good vignette to plug their match. They call it “Lights Out” but don’t expect that to be the same as what AEW does with their “Lights Out” matches. It’ll be great, but only at WWE levels of No DQ. And given there’s no disqualifications, it can probably go either way, though I personally hope Wendy wins.
Actually, a great example of WWE levels of violence versus AEW is the Street Fight between Escobar and Tony we got tonight. It was really more a Street Fight for the sake of allowing Stacks and Legado to get involved without disqualifying the match. It was still great storytelling, but it was more chaos than destruction. Escobar loses because he’s being called-up, and who knows where Legado goes from here since they’re still under Tony. We got a nice promo segment with Indi and KC Squared, and I appreciate that Indi got a love letter from Dexter now that he’s back. But what a surprise that Blair Davenport, who is supposed to be fighting her way to the NXT UK Women’s Championship is here. Maybe Blair beats Indi to send Indi off to Raw?
Good introduction to Quincy Elliot here for the mainstream audience, but those who have been watching Level Up are probably already familiar with Quincy’s work. I’m sure Quincy can go in the ring, so it’s just a matter of how stories go and if Quincy can deliver on his character. Good promo from Waller to call Apollo out, and they’ll have a very good match, but I wonder where they’re going with this. Great match out of Mandy VS Zoey, but I had a feeling that after RawDown got the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament going and how they mentioned Zoey and Lyons are part of that, Zoey wasn’t going to win here. Mandy at least did it in a more clever way than usual. I don’t think anyone else has thought to wear their opponent’s brace and use it against them like that.
And we got a great match out of Bron and JD, but I’m a little surprised Bron won here. I’m also a little surprised how Bron won, where JD just let Bron hit him again. This is not really the Jordan Devlin in NXT UK, he would’ve used that to sucker Bron in, not just let Bron hit him again. But Bron retains, and we got a great surprise, that was then ruined by a massive spoiler. NXT UK isn’t even in the middle of their vacated championship tournament, they’re at the BEGINNING of it, and we see now that Tyler Bate is a two-time UK Champion! That’s awesome for Tyler but this is a big letdown for all of us fans who are still watching NXT UK! The only silver lining to this spoiler is that Worlds Collide might return to give us NXT VS NXT UK, Champions VS Champions.
My Score: 8.2/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (8/16/22)
Powerhouse gets Dark!
It’s a baker’s dozen for Universal Studios!
AEW Dark continues in Universal Studios, and “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs looks to send a message to Ricky Starks through his opponent tonight!
- Ari Daivari VS Fuego Del Sol; Daivari wins.
- Willow Nightingale VS Robyn Renegade w/ Charlette Renegade; Willow wins.
- Serpentico w/ Luther VS Brock Anderson w/ Arn Anderson; Brock wins.
- Abadon VS Mafiosa; Abadon wins.
- Angelico VS Baliyan Akki; Angelico wins.
- Emi Sakura VS Renee Michelle; Sakura wins.
- Josh Woods VS Cobra; Cobra wins.
- Skye Blue VS Charlette Renegade w/ Robyn Renegade; Skye wins.
- Bear Country VS Axel Rico & Victor Iniestra; Bear Country wins.
- Kayla Rossi w/ Diamond Sheik VS Avery Breaux; Rossi wins.
- Cezar Bononi w/ The Wingmen VS Marcus Kross; Bononi wins.
- Rohit Raju VS Invictus Khash; Raju wins.
- “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs VS Blake Christian; Hobbs wins.
Great to see Abadon back in action, though I’m pretty sure she’s gotten even scarier since she’s been away… A lot of singles match-ups, a lot of easily called match-ups, but that’s par for the course on Dark. A bit surprised they didn’t just team up the Renegade Sisters against Willow & Skye, but maybe those matches are still connected. And while All Heart will lose to Powerhouse, you can beat Blake Christian will get to shine against the bigger Will Hobbs.
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