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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (12/4/20)

Will Roman Reigns acknowledge Kevin Owens?

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WWE SmackDown Coverage 3.0

The Prizefighter calls out SmackDown’s Head of the Table!

Kevin Owens was defiant as he told Roman Reigns he’s neither fears nor respects him! Will we see the Tribal Chief put fear into Kevin’s heart?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bayley VS Natalya; Natalya wins.
  • Pat Patterson Tribute Six Man Tag: Daniel Bryan, Rey Mysterio & Big E VS Sami Zayn, Dolph Ziggler & Shinsuke Nakamura; Bryan, Mysterio & Big E win.
  • Buddy Murphy w/ the Mysterio Family VS King Corbin; Corbin wins.
  • Kevin Owens & Otis VS Roman Reigns & Jey Uso w/ Paul Heyman; Kevin & Otis win by disqualification.

PLAY BY PLAY

WWE and SmackDown mourn the loss of Pat Patterson.

The stars of Friday nights, as well as legends and even Vince McMahon, are on stage. Michael Cole tells us of the loss of the WWE Hall of Famer. “Tonight, we pay tribute to a man who touched our hearts.” An incredible mind, body and spirit have been lost. Please join in a moment of silence for the ten bell salute. #ThankYouPat, you will be missed.

 

Kayla Braxton welcomes us to the show!

She will have a special in-ring interview in a moment with the man joining his cousin Jey in a match against Kevin Owens and Otis! It is none other than “arguably one of the most, if not the most, dominant superstar of his era, a five-time heavyweight champion, a Royal Rumble match winner, a former United States, Intercontinental and Tag Team Champion,” the Head of the Table, #TheBestoftheBest and THE Universal Champion, ROMAN REIGNS! The Tribal Chief, his Special Counsel, and Jey Uso all head to the ring together, at the pace Roman sets. Fans give thumbs down as Roman holds up the Universal Championship.

Kayla holds the mic to Roman and Roman says she missed part of his announcement. She needs to do it right. Which one did she miss? Heyman says it is the “Reigns-ing, Defending, Undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion.” Kayla apologizes then asks about Roman’s comments to Jey about his status and perception here on SmackDown. But he is a commanding presence in the ThunderDome, so what happened last week?

Footage replays of Roman grilling Jey about Team SmackDown being swept at Survivor Series. There is no fear, no respect, from the roster or even their own family. Jey of course took this to mean to attack all those who “did them wrong,” from Daniel Bryan to Otis. And Kevin Owens got in Roman’s face about it, and that resulted in a main event match that turned into Jey trying to break Kevin on behalf of Roman. But Kevin would not be broken, and he dealt some damage to Jey!

Back in the present, Kayla asks about Kevin saying he does not fear Roman, but then Roman avoided confronting Kevin himself. Does Roman fear Kevin? Roman laughs that off. “This is probably the biggest thing you’ve ever done in your career,” the most viewed thing she has ever been part of, and she goes and asks stupid questions? There is a man of experience and tenure on commentary in Michael Cole, but they took a chance on Kayla in allowing her this moment. And this is how she talks to Your Tribal Chief? Next question.

Then what about Jey. A lot of the fans are wondering: Is Roman just using Jey as a pawn? Manipulating him even. Manipulating? Stupid words for stupid people. Does he look like someone who manipulates? He is a protector and provider. He just said, he is the Head of the Table. Jey Uso, one half of the greatest tag team in their generation, and what has he done on his own now? Has Kayla not done research and looked at the facts? Heyman went to bat for her because of Talking Smack, and she blows it. Two strikes. Heyman, handle the amateur.

Heyman asks Kayla rather quickly, who over the last five weeks has been main-evented on SmackDown each and every week? “The answer to that rhetorical question is Jey Uso.” How have the ratings been? According to Fox, the highest surge tis entire calendar year. Why? Because of Jey! And is that manipulating? No! Roman has given his entire FAMILY something to aspire to. Roman is a motivator! But wait, here comes Kevin! Kevin has a mic to say, “Last week, I made it pretty clear I don’t fear you. And since we’ve established you don’t fear me, I don’t see the point of waiting for later tonight!” Roman didn’t go to Kevin, so Kevin will go to Roman, and we’ll settle this now! What’s Roman’s response?

Jey snatches the mic and says “We get down, Uce! We run this show! We accept, easy!” Kevin wants Jey to take a moment because he wasn’t talking to the busboy. He was talking to the Head of the Table. So what does Roman say? If not now, then how about T, L, C? Or not even that! Roman is the Head of the Table, right? “Let’s get a table in there! Let’s get a ladder, let’s get some chairs! Put that title on the line, and you and I settle this like men.” What does Roman say to Kevin’s challenge? Heyman snatches the mic back but Kevin says they could just do this now. Kevin puts the mic down to give Roman a chance.

This is what Kevin wants, right? That’s the best for Kevin, “being on the Island of Relevancy.” But Roman has trained Jey well. They don’t back down from anyone, they do not fear anyone. Roman says Jey already said it, they accept. And Kevin is lucky. If Roman was the man he used to be, he’d whoop Kevin’s ass right now! “But there’s a time and a place for everything. And the time’s not right.” Roman isn’t a savage. He’s a gentleman. “There’s a lady in the ring. Grow up.” Roman, Heyman and Jey take their leave, but Kevin wants to say one more thing. “I just want you to know, you want me to grow up, I’ll row up when you grow up some balls.” Roman says he’s a gentleman, but is acting more like a bitch. Roman shrugs that off, but will he make Kevin pay for that in the tag match main event?

 

Roman’s party talks backstage.

Jey apologizes, but Kevin was out of line so Jey had to tell him what for all that disrespect! “My bad, I probably overstepped this time, again. My bad.” Roman has Jey calm down. It’s okay. Roman knows Jey meant well. “Just remember: there’s consequences for everything that we do. I love you.” Is this another warning from the Tribal Chief? What will happen if Jey loses again?

 

And it’s official!

TLC will have a TLC match for THE Universal Championship! Will Kevin #JustKeepFighting until he shuts Roman up and dethrones him?

 

Bayley VS Natalya!

The Role Model still says SmackDown is HER show, since she was the longest reigning SmackDown Women’s Champion. But the most winningest woman in WWE history wants to show her that’s not the case! Will Bayley have to sink the #BOAT to solidify her legacy?

SmackDown returns, Natty makes her entrance, and Bianca Belair is on commentary. Cole and Corey congratulate her on the win over Natty last week, and the bell rings on this match. Natty and Bayley tie up, Natty headlocks to hit the takeover but Bayley headscissors back. Natty pops free, the two reset, and they circle. Bayley kicks low, wrenches the arm and pulls it through the ropes to wrap it around the rope, then she fires off on Natty’s head! Bayley clubs Natty down, tells Bianca to watch, and then hits the hotshot! Natty tumbles down, Bianca says she is minding her business. Bayley talks trash before going out again and gives Natty a corner dropkick!

The ring count climbs as Bayley talks more trash, then Bayley refreshes the count. Bayley gets at Bianca again but Natty whips Bayley into steel steps! Bianca taunts Bayley to get in so she isn’t counted out, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Bayley clubs Natty down. Bayley dodges a discus to SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Bayley grows annoyed and Bayley gets the legs. Natty stops Bayley from stealing the Sharpshooter, to drag Bayley down. Bayley kicks Natty away, then runs to KNEE her down! Natty gets up, Bayley steals the DISCUS! Bayley soaks up the heat from the ThunderDome but Natty O’Conner rolls! TWO and Natty hits buckles! Natty dodges and Bayley knees the buckles, then Natty trips her and gets the SHARPSHOOTER! Bianca claps at Bayley, Bayley taps out!! Natty wins!

Winner: Natalya, by submission

This isn’t an upset because Natty is the #BOAT, Best of All Time! The EST rubs it in Bayley’s face, but when will these two face of to settle who is at the top of the SmackDown Women’s Division?

 

SmackDown 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.

 

Pat Patterson Tribute Six Man Tag: Daniel Bryan, Rey Mysterio & Big E VS Sami Zayn, Dolph Ziggler & Shinsuke Nakamura!

With the original 1979 Intercontinental Championship ringside, this match has not only the current WWE Intercontinental Champion but five former ones in one match! But with the chase after that title still going, will this match go a long way to determining The Great Liberator’s next challenger?

SmackDown returns and the Show-Off makes his entrance. Second, the King of Strong Style, and then Pat Patterson’s favorite, Sami Zayn! The teams sort out and Rey starts with Nakamura. They approach, Nakamura kicks and scoops but Rey slips out to waistlock. Nakamura elbows free, runs Rey over, then speeds things up. Mysterio dodges, tilt-o-whirls and headscissors! Tag to Big E but Nakamura gets away to tag in Ziggler. Ziggler and Big E tie up, Ziggler gets a leg but Big E fights that off. Ziggler waistlocks, Big E swivels the hips to get free, and then he fireman’s carries to toss Ziggler away!

Big E wrenches Ziggler’s arm, tags in Bryan, and Bryan goes up to drop ax handles on the arm! Bryan keeps on that arm with a wrench, then throws a European Uppercut! And again! Bryan wrenches, double wristlocks but Ziggler powers out, but Bryan runs him over! Things speed up, Sami swipes Bryan, Ziggler CLOBBERS Bryan from behind! Sami plays innocent while also telling commentary to tell us he is a “master strategist.” Ziggler taunts Bryan, then whips Bryan to the corner, but Bryan goes up and over. Bryan keeps moving, dodges Ziggler and DIVEs onto Sami! Bryan forearms Ziggler, DECKS Nakamura, then he climbs up top! Ziggler dropkicks Bryan down to the ground! Sami’s team is in control as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Ziggler rains rights down on Bryan. Ziggler dares Bryan to do something, and Bryan fights back out of the corner! Bryan DECKS Sami, elbows Nakamura but Ziggler kicks low! “I say when we’re done here!” Ziggler whips, Bryan dodges and ducks, DOUBLE CROSSBODIES take both men down! Ziggler and Bryan crawl, hot tags to Nakamura and Big E! Former NXT Champions tie up, and Big E throws Nakamura with overhead suplexes! Then the belly2belly! Fans clap on their screens as Big E swivels the hips. Big E runs and SPLASHES down! But he’s not done there! Big E claps it up, whips Nakamura, but Nakamura reverses. Big E ducks one kick but not the other!

Big E flounders to a corner, Nakamura runs, but into the URENAG-E! Cover, Ziggler breaks it! Ziggler drags Big E up, whips him but Big E reverses to put Ziggler out. Big E runs, but into a knee! Speaking of, Nakamura runs in, but Big E scoops! Sami tags in as Nakamura escapes! Sami runs at Big E, but Big E dodges! Big E runs in but Sami moves and Big E POSTS himself! Rey tags in to springboard sunset flip! TWO!! Sami swings, Mysterio dodges and huricanranas! Sami flounder sup into a wheelbarrow and- BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Sami counters, covers, TWO!! Mysterio survives and Sami is furious! Tag to Ziggler and he runs at Mysterio, but misses the splash! Hot tag to Bryan!

Bryan runs in at Ziggler for a dropkick! And then YES KICKS! Ziggler flounders in the corner but the kicks keep coming! Bryan lets off and drags Ziggler up to put him up top. Bryan climbs up to join Ziggler, stands up and SUPER STEINERS! But Ziggler sunset flips it?! TWO, and Ziggler jackknifes! TWO as Bryan bridges up! Bryan spins Ziggler around to backslide, but Ziggler fights it to the last! Bryan still gets the shoulders down, TWO! YES KICK! Ziggler flounders, Bryan gives another YES KICK! And then another! And another! Ziggler flounders around more, Bryan powers up, but Ziggler dodges the buzzsaw to FAMOUSER! Cover, but Big E breaks it!

Nakamura DYNAMIC DROPKICKKS Big E! Rey seated sentons Nakamura! Sami drags Rey up to throw him into barriers! Sami hurries up and tags in off Ziggler! Ziggler aims, tunes up the band, and Bryan stands. Bryan ducks the superkick to RUNNING KNEE! But Sami rolls Bryan up! TWO, and the YES LOCK is one! Sami endures, reaches around, and gets the ropebreak! Bryan lets go reluctantly but he drags Sami right back up. Bryan whips, Sami kicks him back! Sami kicks again, reels Bryan in, BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! and tow a cover, TWO!! Sami escapes, but Bryan cradles! Team Bryan wins!!

Winner: Daniel Bryan, Big E & Rey Mysterio, by pinfall

And a win Pat would be proud of! But the fight might not be over! Bryan, Rey and Big E get back in and they stare Sami’s team down. Sami, Nakamura and Ziggler huddle up and decide to rush Bryan’s team! But Ziggler leaves the others hanging! Sami and Nakamura get thrown out, and Ziggler sees he’s all alone… Ziggler says they all go way back, so they should be friends! Ziggler offers a handshake to them all, but when no one accepts, he drops to his knees to beg for mercy. Yes? No? High five? But then Bryan sees the sucker punch coming, and he atomic drops Ziggler! Rey watches, Ziggler end sup on ropes, 619!! To the BIG ENDING! That’s for you, Pat!

 

Kayla interviews Kevin backstage.

She says he made a “bold choice” to stand up to Roman. Not just tonight in the tag match, but a TLC match at TLC for the Universal title. What is it about Roman that upsets him? What bothers Kevin about Roman is that he used to respect Roman, even looked up to him. As big as a star as Roman was, he never looked down on others. He never needed a private room. “But not anymore.” IT might be Heyman or Roman started seeing himself this way, but it doesn’t matter. Kevin again admits he’s done awful things to people, but he’s trying to make amends. Whether it’s staff, other superstars, without them there is no Kevin.

Kalisto accidentally walks in and apologizes. Kevin compliments him on the fedora. The what? Your hat, Kalisto. Oh, right. Kevin continues to say that Roman is now an “arrogant jackass.” He can’t say what else he wants to say, but it’s all there. Fans chant it sometimes. “You’re a hmm hmm.” Otis comes by and he likes that tune. It’s “A-” No no no. Remember, we’re on Fox. Right, sorry. But Kevin and Otis will talk now about their match.

Otis knows Kevin’s rep as a tag partner is pretty bad, but Otis also knows Kevin’s a “blue collar brawler” like him, too. Not afraid to get dirty. What Kevin’s said about Roman is right. Roman doesn’t respect others. Otis will get his hands on them and bulldoze right through them! Kevin likes that. Fist bump. Oof, that’s a strong fist. Will the Prizefighter and the Blue Collar Workin’ Man put in some work against the Tribal Chief?

 

SmackDown holds a dual video interview with Sasha Banks and Carmella.

These two obviously can’t have a face-to-face after the blindside attacks both have pulled off on the other. Michael Cole wants to ask Carmella something first but Sasha says Mella has run her mouth enough. Oh riveting! Sasha’s gonna say the usual, right? She’s the boss, the standard, the blueprint, blah blah blah. Yes, and she is the SmackDown Women’s Champion, too! And Mella is “the chick who keeps on attacking me from behind every week because you’re not woman enough to do it to my face.” Mella has Sasha’s attention, let’s settle this.

Cole then asks Sasha about Mella’s comments. Mella has said she used to be like Sasha, from having the title to the admiration of the fans, but was doing everything for fans. Are they more alike than Sasha thinks? Sasha just laughs and says no. Mella wishes she was like Sasha. Oh, a Nicki Minaj wannabe? No thanks. Pff, get new material, Mella, Sasha’s heard that one. Cole says they’ve known each other since training at the Performance Center. Yes, that is a long time. They used to train with each other, that is why Sasha will give Mella her props. A former SmackDown Women’s Champion, the first ever Ms. Money in the Bank. Mella points out she was the first two-time Ms. MITB, did it in a row. Get the facts straight.

Sasha says Mella needed help every time. The guy with no chin, then R-Truth. Mella says she can’t help it if men are obsessed with her. Mella can say it however she wants, but there’s a reason these two haven’t faced 1v1. Sasha is out of Mella’s league. Always have, always will be, no matter how hard Mella tries. Oh is that so? If Sasha wants to get personal, get real, let’s get real. Sasha is jealous of Mella! Sasha’s blood boils because this was Mella’s dream. All Sasha has ever wanted to be was a WWE Superstar. She worked her butt of to be the best. Mella walked in on a whim and it all came easily to her. She skyrockets to the top, with only half the work. Mella held on that SmackDown Women’s Championship longer than Sasha’s multiple reigns combined!

So yeah, Mella is not like Sasha. She’s superior in every way, and Sasha can’t stand it. Sasha sees “the hot chick eye candy,” not the “competitor.” Well guess what, Sasha? She is the hot chick that will embarrass Sasha and take her title! What’s embarrassing is that Mella thinks she stands a chance. Mella wants her shot? She has it, 1v1, at TLC! But Sasha promises her this: “You ain’t ever been in the ring with a badder bitch than me!” Mella hangs up on her end, but will Sasha be the one to call her bluff come TLC?

 

Buddy Murphy w/ the Mysterio Family VS King Corbin!

Though he is accompanied out by Aalyah, Dominik and Rey Mysterio, Murphy has to prove he can win this without their help! Will the former disciple prove he can stand up to the King of the Ring on his own?

SmackDown returns as Murphy gets fist bumps for luck from Aalyah, Dom and Rey. Corbin makes his entrance, and he has back-up! Steve Cutler and Wesley Blake, formerly of the Forgotten Sons, are by the king’s side to cancel out the Mysterios being in Murphy’s corner. The bell rings and Murphy circles with Corbin. They tie up, Corbin powers Murphy to a corner but lets off to then RAM into Murphy again and again! Corbin lets off again, and Murphy elbows back! Murphy leaps into Corbin’s arms and Corbin RAMS him back into the corner! The ref counts, Corbin TOSSES Murphy across the way! Corbin taunts the Mysterios while he stalks Murphy to the apron, and TOSSES him back in!

Corbin drags Murphy around but Murphy kicks him back! Murphy avoids the stop, the hands, and then jawbreakers back! Murphy runs in at the corner but is put on the apron. Murphy shoulders Corbin back then climbs up top! Corbin choke grips Murphy but Murphy fights free! Murphy boots Corbin, leaps, sunset flips, but Corbin stays up! Corbin drags Murphy back up, knees low and hard, then knees Murphy again. Corbin whips, Murphy dodges and huricanranas! Corbin tumbles out, Murphy wrecks him with a dropkick! Then Murphy slingshots out, lands on the apron and dodges a sweep to PENALTY KICK Corbin down!

The Mysterios stare down with the hooded pages, but the ref warns them all to stay back, Murphy goes out, Corbin RAMS him into the apron, then TOSSES him into the timekeeper’s area! A cameraman is part of the collateral and SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns yet again, and Corbin is raining down elbows into Murphy’s shoulder and neck! Corbin finally stops and he stares the Mysterios down. Murphy stirs, Corbin drags Murphy up, whips him to a corner, and then runs in. Murphy dodges, Corbin slides out then in and spins Murphy to a COBRA CLUTCH SLAM! Cover, TWO! Corbin grows frustrated but his pages, Cutler and Blake, move closer to the Mysterios. Corbin taunts Aalyah, “Watch what happens to your boyfriend!” and he rains down rights on Murphy’s head. Corbin drags Murphy up, runs and DECKS him with a right hand!

Corbin grins as his pages nod in approval. Corbin mockingly claps and he sits Murphy back up, to DECK him again! Murphy stirs, sits up and pushes Corbin, but Corbin sits him up again. Murphy dodges the haymaker, kicks a leg out and puts on a sleeper hold! Corbin endures, fights up and powers Murphy to a corner! Murphy lets go, but then climbs back on to be a backpack! Corbin puts Murphy on the top rope, the ref counts, Murphy lets go at 4! Corbin breathes but Murphy CLUBS him down! Murphy adjusts and missile dropkicks Corbin down! Rey coaches Murphy up, Dom and Aalyah cheer him on.

Corbin and Murphy throw hands, Murphy blocks to fire off a strike fest! He stops a foot but misses the knee! Corbin shoves Murphy, blocks his boot but not the next! Murphy goes up and over, Corbin slides out then in, into the KNEE TRIGGER! Corbin flops out of the ring, Murphy hurries out after him, and Murphy puts Corbin in the ring. The pages creep over but the Mysterios are there to back Murphy up. Murphy goes to the apron, swing kicks Corbin away, and Murphy goes up. But then the pages pounce on Rey and Dom! Murphy sees this as Cutler throws Rey into barriers! Murphy stops them from doing the same to Dom, and chases the pages around the ring! They go in the ring, and Murphy follows, but Corbin is waiting with END OF DAYS!! Cover, Corbin wins!!

Winner: King Corbin, by pinfall

The formerly Forgotten Sons are now the King’s Court, and they helped Corbin get revenge on Murphy! But is this battle only escalating into a war?

 

The Street Profits are fired up!

Doth Montez’s eyes deceive him? Does King Corbin have plans? Anything can happen in the WWE! But even tonight in the main event, Kevin and Otis could get even with the Head of the Table, Roman, and his cousin, Jey! So many questions! Can you trust KO? Can Jey make it up to Big Uce? Who knows, but uh, KO has a history. Yeah but Otis doesn’t want that smoke. And is Roman mad at Jey or not? Dawkins says it’s very confusing. This is a different Roman, thinking he’s Jordan. Not saying what’s up to the homies, and not even coming to Marty’s party.

But then Robert Roode interrupts, saying it’s “funny” how the Profits will talk about everyone else’s business, except the fact that Ziggler and Roode beat them and should be champions. Cesaro comes in and knows the Profits haven’t been around for more than a cup of coffee, but Cesaro-Shinsuke is the S Tier team here. AKA Number one. Do they have titles? Nope! These four argue, but will the title chase be settled in the ring soon enough?

 

Kevin Owens & Otis VS Roman Reigns & Jey Uso w/ Paul Heyman!

The Prizefighter doesn’t fear the Tribal Chief, and the Blue Collar Brawler is HANGRY to get after #MainEventJey! But will they both get what they want in this tag team grudge match? Or will they be made to acknowledge the Head of the Table is the Universal Champion?

SmackDown returns as Jey makes his entrance first, followed by… No one? Is Roman no-showing the main event what he meant by “consequences?” That’s harsh. But Jey still goes into the ring and takes on Otis to start! Jey and Otis tie up, Otis throws Jey down hard! Otis throws big haymakers to swat Jey around the ring! Jey flounders, Otis drags him up and bumps him off buckles! Otis CLUBS Jey, Jey fires forearms back! Otis CLUBS Jey again, then TOSSES him across the ring! Otis stalks Jey but Jey throws forearms! Jey ROCKS Otis, runs, but Otis DISCUS LARIATS Jey down! “OH YEAH~!” Not quite Macho Man but that lariat was savage!

Otis drags Jey up, whips him to the corner, and Kevin taunts how Jey has no one to tag. Jey dodges, Otis POSTS himself! Kevin tags in and he goes after Jey with forearms meant for Roman! Kevin lets off, drags Jey up and whips him corner to corner. Jey reverses, Kevin rebounds off buckles into a SAMOAN DROP! And now Roman arrives! Roman waited until Kevin was vulnerable for even a moment, and he’s here to stand by his cousin. Kevin enziguris Jey back! Roman is already disappointed but Otis is fired up as both men are down. Jey crawls over, but ROman doesn’t even wait for a tag to SUPERMAN PUNCH Otis down!

The ref reprimands, Roman goes out and stalks Otis. Roman bumps Otis off the apron, and then off the announce desk! And then POSTS him!! Roman takes out the anger he has for Kevin on Otis as he RAMS him into steel steps! And then he takes the steps apart, and JAMS Otis with it! And again! And again! The Tribal Chief shows no mercy to the Dozer! Kevin goes after Roman and hits him back! Kevin bounces Roman off the desk, but Jey DIVES in to take Kevin down! The Bloodline’s blood is boiling as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns once more, Otis was taken away but Kevin fires off on Roman! Kevin kicks and whips but Roman reverses to LEAPING LARIAT! Roman drags Kevin up, pushes him around and wrenches him to tag in Jey. Jey and Roman mug Kevin, then feed Kevin to a BIG uppercut from Jey! Roman takes his time exiting and Jey talks trash on Kevin. “That’s your problem, Kevin Owens! You talk too damn much!” Jey hammers away on Kevin in a corner, then lets off at the ref’s count. Jey gets in Kevin’s face as he claws his face! The ref counts again, Jey lets off and Jey goes to the other corner. “You gotta get this! Now I gotta get you!” Jey paces, “UCE! OH!” But Kevin avoids the hip attack! Kevin comes back to CANNONBALL!

Both Kevin and Jey are down and Roman literally facepalms at his cousin’s bravado. Jey gets up, swings on Kevin but Kevin counter punches and CHOPS! And forearms, and CHOPS! Kevin whips, Jey reverses, Kevin kicks him away but Jey uppercuts! Kevin rebounds to LARIAT! And back senton! Kevin whips Jey but Jey holds ropes to uppercut back! Jey swings, into Kevin’s spin and kick and DDT! Cover, TWO!! Roman is getting upset with Jey but Kevin hears that. Kevin dares Roman to handle his business instead! Kevin runs at Jey but gets another elbow. Jey runs into Kevin’s SAMOAN DROP! Roman seethes as Kevin talks more trash! “Get in the ring!”

Roman does get in, Jey sneaks up but Kevin is ready and ROCKS Jey with an uppercut! But then Kevin turns around into Roman’s uppercut! The ref reprimands but Jey SUPERKICKS! Jey heads up top, takes aim, but Roman tells him to get down to tag out? “This is my show. I finish the show. Get down and tag out.” Jey listens to Roman, dragging Kevin over. But Kevin throws hands and DECKS Roman! Kevin blocks the kick, gives a kick and a STUNNER! Cover, Roman breaks it! The ref says to stop, but Roman puts on the GUILLOTINE! The ref calls for the bell!!

Winners: Kevin Owens & Otis, by disqualification

But Roman still puts Kevin to sleep with the guillotine hold! And then Jey fetches chairs for Roman! They each have one, and the Bloodline circles Kevin. The ref tries to stop them but Roman SMACKS Kevin, Jey SMACKS Kevin, and repeat! Even Heyman is horrified! Roman wants Jey to make Kevin understand, and Jey puts a chair on Kevin’s chest! Jey climbs, FULL METAL USO SPLASH! Jey takes almost as much damage as Kevin but it was clearly worth it. But then Roman SMACKS Jey!?! “What do I have to tell you ever time?!” Roman hates repeating himself, and he just keeps hitting Jey!

Roman takes the title from Heyman and puts it on Kevin’s chest. “You trying to split me and my family up?! You want my attention!? You have the whole world watching!” This is what Roman is going to teach Kevin! Kevin wants to try to take the family from the top, over a title! Kevin is trying to make Roman out to be a monster! Roman says this is just the beginning. Roman will take Kevin’s manhood, his livelihood, and then he will make the entire Owens family fear Roman! Roman holds his title up overhead, showing the Tribal Chief is in fact a tyrant with an iron fist. Will he use that fist to crush everyone underneath him?


My Thoughts:

WOW! What an episode for SmackDown! For one, so much great stuff to pay tribute and honor the memory of Pat Patterson. It was a great idea to feature Intercontinental Champions of past and present in one great Six Man Tag. The Faces go over because I’m thinking that’s what Patterson would’ve wanted. Bryan got the quick pin win on Sami, so maybe they have one more go for the title, but Big E also has a new solo entrance so maybe he’s not too far behind. I would love if there was another big match to determine who challenges Sami next, another way to honor Pat before the year is out. There’s definitely going to be something at TLC, that just makes sense.

I will say the gripe from tonight was that we didn’t get as much as we should have out of the Women’s Division. Bayley VS Natty should’ve been bigger than it was, since a good portion of time was used up with a commercial break. But it would make a lot of sense if Bayley VS Bianca was next week, and then Natty is on commentary, and then all three compete in a Triple Threat to name a contender for the title match at Royal Rumble. Sasha and Mella had a good back and forth on their “war of words” promo segment, and a match is being made for TLC obviously. Maybe it’s a Ladder match to reference Mella winning the Women’s MITB.

Corbin VS Murphy was a pretty good match, even with it being overbooked on purpose. I was moderately disappointed that Corbin’s back-up were the returning Wesley Blake and Steve Cutler, but at the same time, this is to separate them from the old Forgotten Sons gimmick that got tainted by controversy around Jaxson Ryker’s social media. It does make for interesting continuity, though, since Blake and Murphy finally meet again after all this time. I suppose this is as good of a Six Man situation as anything, with Corbin, Cutler and Blake going against Murphy and the Mysterios. It can still result in the winning side coming out strong towards the Intercontinental and/or Tag Team titles.

Then THE story was once again on fire! Roman was fitting the condescending role perfectly, just as Kevin then framed later in his interview. Speaking of which, did Kalisto legitimately not know Kevin’s interview was in that area? That moment seemed legitimately awkward, and this is live television, after all. This episode was recorded live, right? Because I’d think they’d just edit that part out or something. Anyway, the promos were great, the character work was great, the match was amazing! Roman tried to turn Otis into ground beef or something! And then after basically throwing the match to get after Kevin, Roman prove he is just cold-blooded now, beating up Jey almost as bad because Jey got ahead of himself again. This Tribal Chief Samoan sociopath Roman is a true highlight of 2020.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (1/31/23)

NXTag Team Tuesday!

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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Will tonight be a TEACHABLE MOMENT?

NXT is planning a Fatal 4 Way tag title match for Vengeance Day, and a Triple Threat will decide that fourth team! Who punches a golden ticket to Charlotte, North Carolina?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Creed Brothers VS Indus Sher w/ Jinder Mahal; Indus Sher wins.
  • Zoey Stark VS Indi Hartwell; Stark wins.
  • DIJAK VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone; Dijak wins.
  • Tyler Bate VS Axiom; Bate wins.
  • Stevie Turner VS Dani Palmer; Stevie wins.
  • Charlie Dempsey VS Drew Gulak w/ Hank Walker; Gulak wins.
  • Triple Threat Tag: The Dyad VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe VS Chase U; Chase U wins and joins the Vengeance Day NXT Tag Team Championship match.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Creed Brothers VS Indus Sher w/ Jinder Mahal!

Julius & Brutus were denied a New Year’s Evil showdown with Sanga & Veer, but they get their moment just days before Vengeance Day! Will the Diamond Mine finally shine? Or will they be slain by the tigers hunting them down?

The teams sort out, Julius starts against Veer and they tie up. They go around as fans chant for the Creeds, and the two break. They go again, Julius waistlocks then shoves Veer. Veer nods, eggs Julius on, but then avoids Julius’ takedown. Julius waistlocks, Veer elbows free then runs, but Julius drops and Veer rolls. They keep moving, Julius ducks then jumps but Veer blocks the hip toss! Julius blocks a hip toss, and the hand start flying! Veer knees low, TOSSES Julius to the corner, then storms up. Julius slips away but gets clipped. Tag to Sanga, and tag to Brutus. Fans rally up as Brutus and Sanga circle.

The two tie up, Brutus waistlocks but Sanga THROWS him away! Sanga and Brutus go again, and Brutus tries to lift Sanga! Sanga CLUBS Brutus, whips him to a corner, then runs in. Brutus dodges, fires hands from all sides but Sanga shoves back. Brutus blocks a boot! Brutus has a leg but Veer tags in! Veer ROCKS Brutus, Sanga whips Brutus, and Sanga runs Brutus over! Veer drops a BIG elbow! Jinder applauds while fans are torn. Veer stalks Brutus, stomps him down, then stomps him again. Brutus gets up to RAM Veer into the corner! Tag to Julius, the Creeds mug Veer, and then Julius runs to forearm smash!

The Creeds DOUBLE HIP TOSS Veer! Fans fire up as Julius KNEES Veer in the side! Brutus KNEES Veer, then Julius gut wrench SLAMS Brutus on Veer! Cover, TWO! Jinder talks trash, Julius swipes at him, then goes back for Veer. Veer elbows Julius away, tags in Sanga, and they FLAPJACK HOTSHOT Julius down! Sanga throws knees, puts Julius in the ropes and bends him back! The ref counts, Sanga lets off, but Jinder hits a cheap shot! Ivy Nile protests but Sanga stands on Julius’ chest! Tag to Veer, Sanga has the legs and drapes Julius out, for Veer to LEAP FROG ATTACK! Fans are torn while Indus Sher stands over Julius.

Veer throws body shots on Julius at the ropes, then he reaches out for Sanga. Julius throws hands but Veer ROCKS and CLUBS Julius! Tag to Sanga but Julius tackles Veer! Sanga BOOTS Julius for that, then scoops him. Sanga gives Julius SNAKE EYES, and then waits on Julius before he stomps him back down! Tag to Veer, Sanga throws knees, CLUBS Julius down, but Julius TACKLES Sanga! Veer stomps Julius, stomps him more, and then has him at the ropes. Tag back to Sanga, Indus Sher mugs Julius, then double whip. They run Julius over with double shoulders! Sanga stalks Julius, and clamps on a SLEEPER!

Fans rally for Julius as he fights up. Julius stands but Sanga wrangles him back down! Julius fights up, but Sanga knees him in the back! Sanga puts Julius against ropes, kicks him and whips him to a corner. Sanga runs in to SPLASH! Sanga reels Julius in, for a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Julius is hanging tough but Sanga throws off his armbands. Sanga drags Julius up but Julius powers Sanga back. Sanga CLUBS Julius in the corner, throws knees, then drags Julius over. But Julius shoves free! Sanga CLOBBERS Julius and smother shim into the mat! Sanga drags Julius back, tags Veer, and they hand off the leg.

Veer has a lock on the leg but Julius uses his other foot to pry at the hold! Julius hops up and ENZIGURIS! Hot tag to Brutus! Fans fire up as BRUTUS SMASH! And SMASH! And back body block for Sanga! BIG back suplex for Veer! Fans are thunderous as Brutus goes out to SMASH Sanga! Brutus drags Veer up to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Brutus roars, and he hammers away with fists! Sanga returns but Brutus DECKS him! Tag to Julius and Brutus STANDING MOONSAULTS! Julius STANDING SHOOTING STARS! Cover, TWO!! Sanga was almost there but Veer survives on his own. Fans rally, Brutus runs in and TACKLES Sanga out of the ring!

Julius drags Veer up, gut wrenches, and he double clutches to POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO!?! Veer survives and fans are thunderous again! Jinder panics but he coaches Veer up. Fans rally for “NXT!” as Julius hits the ROLLING SPINEBUSTER! The elbow pad comes off, but Jinder grabs Julius! Ivy storms over and fans rally for her! Veer ROCKS Julius, whips him, but Julius dodges! Only to BLAST Ivy off the apron by accident!! Julius can’t believe what happened, but he turns around into the MILLION DOLLAR LARIAT!! Tag to Sanga, choke grip and CHOKE SLAM! Cover, Indus Sher wins!!

Winner: Indus Sher, by pinfall

Jinder grins as he celebrates with his team, because a win is a win! Will Indus Sher look to take over the NXT Tag Division after Vengeance Day?

 

Axiom watches NXT UK episodes on Peacock.

Tyler Bate walks over to see it’s Tyler Bate VS A-Kid for the Heritage Cup. Bate was always a big fan of A-Kid’s. They had some excellent matches in NXT. Axiom agrees, A-Kid’s the best. What ever happened to him? Bate says Axiom reminds him of A-Kid. He isn’t sure what it is, he can’t put his finger on it. Axiom says he gets that a lot. But Bate, that Heritage Cup match was very unique, a real masterpiece. How about they create a masterpiece of their own tonight? Bate loves that idea! But then in walks Damon Kemp with sarcastic applause.

Kemp says he was walking around, and overhead them. Friendly competition makes him sick! “I respect your work a lot! I respect your work to infinity!” When Kemp was in NXT UK, he learned that all the Limeys are soft! And the European wrestling style is overrated! And if you ever see A-Kid personally, tell him that Kemp says he’s hot garbage! Well, if Axiom does see A-Kid around, he’ll tell him. Kemp walks off, but Bate says Kemp is a “right wazzock.” A what? A pendejo. Oh! Okay. Bate heads out, will Axiom get that friendly competition? Or will he first take care of Kemp’s attitude first?

 

Zoey Stark VS Indi Hartwell!

These two had an impressive showing in this year’s Women’s Royal Rumble match, though neither won their ticket to WrestleMania. But Indi also wants to get to the bottom of who attacked Nikkita Lyons in the parking lot. All signs point to The Hunter, will Indi get her to confess?

The bell rings and fans sing, “OH~ Zoey is angry~!” Zoey gets mad hearing that, and then ties up with Indi. They go around, Indi puts Zoey in a corner, and the ref counts. Indi lets off at 4, but Zoey shoves her back. Indi shoves back, then dodges to CHOP! And ROCK! Indi fires off and fans cheer her on. Indi whips, Zoey holds ropes, then Zoey bails out. Fans boo while Zoey throws a tantrum. Indi slips out after Zoey, they go around the way, and Indi avoids the elbow drop! Indi drags Zoey out to RAM Her into the apron, and again! Indi gets in the ring, drags Zoey up by her hair, and into the ropes for an UPPERCUT! And BOOT!

Zoey flops down, Indi drags her to a cover, TWO! Indi drags Zoey up for a short arm LARIAT! And then another! Fans rally but Zoey gets around and claws Indi’s eyes! Zoey snapmares Indi, runs and SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Indi sits up, Zoey stomps her on the back. Zoey tells fans that THEY suck, and she clamps onto an armlock and chinbar. Indi endures, fans rally up, and Indi fights up. “OH~ Zoey is angry~!” Indi stands, arm-drags free, but Zoey comes back to CHOP! Indi CHOPS, Zoey CHOPS, repeat! Zoey kicks low, whips Indi hard into a corner, then whips her in again! Zoey soaks up heat and whips corner to corner.

Indi reverses, Zoey bounces off buckles and into a SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Indi gives a thumbs up and fans cheer. Indi puts Zoey in the ropes again, but Zoey avoids the uppercut to HOTSHOT! Indi falls, Zoey slingshots for the ARABIAN SENTON! Cover, TWO! Zoey snarls and she rains down fists on Indi! Indi gets up and flounders to a corner but Zoey snapmares her down. Zoey cravats for a neck wrench but Indi endures. Fans rally, Indi fights up, but Zoey wrangles her back down! Zoey cranks the cravat but Indi still endures. Fans rally up again, Indi fights up again, but Zoey shifts to a facelock. Indi still powers Zoey to a corner!

Zoey powers Indi back, but Indi RAMS Zoey into the corner! Zoey BOOTS Indi back! And then fires forearms! Indi hits back, they go shot for shot, but Indi kicks, JABS and DECKS Zoey! Zoey staggers up and Indi rallies with clotheslines! Indi dodges to SPINEBUSTER! Highs tack, TWO! Zoey is still in this but Indi keeps her cool. Zoey goes to a corner, Indi runs in but Zoey dodges! HEEL KICK! Zoey waistlocks, to GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Indi is still in this but Zoey is frustrated. Zoey waistlocks and drags Indi up, but Indi arm-drags out of the half nelson. Indi scoops but Zoey slips out to fireman’s carry! But Indi flights free!

Indi shoves Zoey away, runs in but is put on the apron. Indi ROCKS Zoey first, then springboards, but Zoey trips her up! Indi crashes down, Zoey drags her back up! Z 360!! Cover, Zoey wins!

Winner: Zoey Stark, by pinfall

Whether innocent or guilty in the whodunnit, Zoey Stark is still the winner here! But then Zoey attacks Indi! Sol Ruca rushes out and chases Zoey off! The Hunter has a target on her own back, will karma catch up to her one way or another?

 

The Schism speaks.

Joe Gacy says, “A day of vengeance is on the horizon for The Schism.” Rip Fowley says, “We seek vengeance for something that has been owed to us for far too long.” Jagger Reed says, “The NXT Tag Team Championships have been kept from us since The Dyad’s inception.” Gacy says, “Tonight, Rip and Jagger change their destiny by altering others’ reality.” Ava Raine tells Edris Enofe & Malik Blade, “We know who you are. But everyone at Chase University, you worship a false idol. You are not a family. You are abusive, devious, and delusional. School spirit will not help you tonight, because Chase University will fail. There is no unit stronger than the Schism.”

They are four roots, one tree, but will they be the final team to enter the Fatal 4 Way?

 

Apollo Crews speaks.

“The city of Charlotte. Packed restaurants, tons of foot traffic, bars with lines out the door. Cars flying down I-85. I came out early to feel Charlotte’s energy, and I feel the city’s excitement all the way up here. NXT’s coming, and I’m coming. I need two falls, two pinfalls, two submissions, or one each. I’ve visualized this match a hundred times. Money Melo is gonna be fast, he’s gonna be flashy, but I am ready for Melo’s handprint. My best will always be better than his best. And if Trick Williams wants to get involved, well Trick’s gonna get handled. Melo wants to call me the past and him the future? At Vengeance Day, the past will dictate the future!”

Apollo has spoken, but will he speak his vision into existence? And just who did Apollo see having his back against Trick Melo Gang?

 

Wes Lee heads to the ring.

The North American Champion is here, ready for his fight with #HardJustice this Saturday! Wes gets the mic to say, “Yo~! We are T-minus four days from NXT back on the road, and we are swangin’ through Charlotte, North Cackalacky, for Vengeance Day.” And it’ll be a big day for Wes literally because he has his biggest test in Dijak. Dijak is back and claims to be serving justice, but ultimately he just wants what’s shining on Wes’s shoulder. Saturday will be tough, Wes will probably take an ass-whooping. But just like Wes did with Tony and Carmelo, the Cardiac Kid will rise as your North American Champion!

But wait! Here comes DIJAK! “Mr. Lee, I want you to soak this in. I want you to soak it all in. Enjoy these moments, because these are your final days as NXT North American Champion. That was a real impassioned speech you gave, really powerful and motivating. But the reality is, it’s not gonna make a damn bit of difference. You had EVERY opportunity to hand me that championship, but you were too stupid to take it, weren’t you? And now… On Saturday, you’re gonna be standing across the ring, staring down the biggest and baddest man in the ENTIRE NXT locker room! And when that happens, I’m gonna rip that championship from your cold hands.”

Wes says that is exactly what Dijak will have to do! You will have to pry this title from Wes’s cold, dead hands! But understand that it’s much easier said than done. Wes didn’t win by accident. Every minute of training, every risk Wes took in and out of the ring, and every trial and tribulation, Wes has FOUGHT! When Wes felt like he couldn’t anymore, the chaotic support from every single one of the fans showed him that he can reach levels he had only dreamt of! So Saturday, Dijak isn’t just fighting Wes. He is fighting everyone on the #WesSide. Fans cheer Wes on! But Dijak says Wes might be fighting for the fans, but they won’t be fighting for Wes!

Wait! Von Wagner is here? He and Robert Stone walk out and Stone “apologizes.” But maybe his ears aren’t working properly. Dijak said HE’S the biggest and baddest? Have they forgotten about Von? Von tells Dijak, “Take those stupid sunglasses off, we’re inside. and I’m right here. And the only injustice is me getting overlooked.” Dijak tells Von that his eyes are focused on championship gold. Dijak has no issue with Von whatsoever. Wes says he isn’t sure about that. Fans chant “WAGNER SUCKS!” Wes says Dijak claims to be the biggest and baddest, but Von claims HE is the biggest and baddest, so Dijak is basically calling Von a liar.

Dijak tells Wes to shut up, and he knows what he’s up top. What? Wes just sees an injustice that needs to be fixed! Wes hears Von and Stone loud and clear about being overlooked. Come Tuesday… We may need to have a new #1 contender to the North American title. So uh… If Von happens to beat Dijak tonight, then Von will no longer be overlooked. Von will be looked at as a contender. And Stone says that is why they’re here! Right, right. So let’s please, PLEASE solve this injustice. Or Dijak can just give Von his jacket now. Dijak throws hands on Von! Von hits back, and fans fire up as the brawl is on!

Von clotheslines Dijak up and out! Refs rush out to stop this, but fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Will we see this brawl turn into a match? WE WILL! Wes gets out of the way, who wins this battle of behemoths?

DIJAK VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone!

The bell rings, the haymakers fly again, and Dijak kicks low! Dijak whips, Von reverses and KNEES Dijak down! Stone fires up, Von scoops Dijak to FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans fire up while NXT goes picture in picture!

Von drags Dijak up to reel him in. Von suplexes but DIjak blocks! Von CLUBS Dijak, tries again, but Dijak still blocks! Dijak throws body shots, then suplexes, TIME TO FLY! Von crashes, writhes, and goes to a corner. Dijak runs in to kick Von and stomp aw mudhole in! Dijak CLUBS Von, Von kicks back and puts Dijak in a corner for elbows! Von whips corner to corner, Dijak reverses hard and Von falls to the mat! Dijak storms up, drags Von up and turns him to a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Von is still in this but Dijak grits his teeth. Dijak clamps on a cravat and grinds Von with a neck wrench.

Von endures, fans rally up, and Von fights up. Von throws body shots, then haymakers! Von whips Dijak to a corner, then lifts Dijak for a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Von is annoyed but he watches Dijak stand. Von CLUBS Dijak, HEADBUTTS him, then ROCKS him with a right. Von whips, Dijak ducks ‘n’ dodges, then holds ropes! Von runs in but is sent into ropes! Von sputters, Dijak stomps him down, and then rains down fists! Stone protests but Dijak lets off to have the neck wrench again. Von endures, fights up, and he throws body shots. NXT returns to single picture as Von throws hands, but Dijak throws elbows and knees!

Dijak SMASHES then DISCUS LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Wes is on commentary and says it was only right that we find out who is truly the biggest and baddest in NXT. Dijak choke grips but Von fights free! Dijak wrenches, mule kicks, then back elbows hard! Dijak reels Von in but Von suplexes Dijak into buckles!! Fans lose their minds while Dijak flops down. Dijak stands up, Von runs in, and Von clotheslines! Von whips corner to corner, but Dijak BOOTS back! Von still fireman’s carries, but Dijak slips off! Dijak shoves Von away and ROCKS him at the ropes! Dijak runs but Von KNEES him low! Von runs, to RAM Dijak!

Dijak rebounds to RAM Von, then he ELBOWS, ELBOWS and CLUBS Von! Then he SUPERKICKS! Dijak runs, into a BOOT! Cover, TWO!! Dijak survives and Stone can’t believe it! Fans rally for “NXT! NXT!” and Von waits on Dijak. Dijak slowly rises, Von choke grips, but Dijak flips through the lift! To choke grip and HIGH JUSTICE!! Cover, TWO?!! Von survives and the fans are thunderous! Von goes to a corner, Dijak storms up, “This is Awesome!” as Dijak throws elbows. Dijak hoists Von up top, CLUBS him in the chest, then climbs up after him. Dijak choke grips again, but Von elbows Dijak over and over and over!

Von CLUBS away on Dijak, roars, and hits a SUPER BUTTERFLY SLAM!! Cover, TWO!?!? Fans are thunderous, Stone is beside himself, and Wes is loving this! Von gets Dijak up, OLYMIPC- NO, Dijak slips out to have the HAMMERLOCK SLEEPER! Von flails, reaches out, Stone coaches him, but Dijak says this is gonna be Wes’s future! Von is fading out, then Dijak torture racks! FEAST YOUR EYES!! Cover, Dijak wins!

Winner: DIJAK, by pinfall

Hard Justice has proven to be THE biggest and baddest man in NXT! But will he prove he is championship material? Or will Wes Lee prove he is must-see?

 

Tony D’Angelo and Channing Lorenzo are watching backstage.

Stacks says he can’t stand that Dijak. He’ll probably win the title on Saturday now. But The Don says not to worry about Dijak. “Street justice has no expiration date.” But what was this big impact Stacks was gonna have? Stacks has to take care of a few things. The first or the second? Both. Wow, really? Yeah, he’s the Underboss! That’s what they do. So next week, Stacks gets it done. Tremendous. Now let’s take care of that other thing. They head out, just what is Stacks going to do to handle his business?

 

Nikkita Lyons tweets out her status.

“Surgery was a success. Thank you deeply to the WWE universe, my Lyon Pride, for all the love and support you show. I’ll be back stronger than I’ve ever been. #ReadyToPounce Also, a big thank you to the wonderful surgeons, doctors and nurses.” It may be another setback, but will Lyons use that to set up a huge comeback?

 

McKenzie Mitchell is backstage with more.

McKenzie Mitchell says there are many questions surrounding the attack on Lyons in the NXT parking lot, so she has prepared some footage so that we can get a better idea of what happened. Among those on scene at the time of the attack are Valentina Feroz walking away, Dani Palmer, Arianna Grace and Alexis Leddy walking together going inside, and an unidentified woman driving away. There is also Elektra Lopez walking and talking with newcomer Lola Vice, closest to Nikkita but going on their own path. Freeze here, and you see Tiffany Stratton just going through her bag, but maybe she’s hiding the evidence.

And of course, Zoey Stark is spotted walking away, and even Tatum Paxley and Lash Legend at the very end of the lot. Indi Hartwell and Lyra Valkyria come to Lyons’ aid, and we then spot Wendy Choo peeking out of a car window. Did Wendy witness anything? McKenzie says no one is taking credit for this attack, but she will keep us informed if anyone comes forward with information. Who is behind NXT’s newest whodunnit mystery, and why did they do it?

 

NXT looks closer at Bron Breakker VS Grayson Waller.

The Big Booty Nephew’s NXT record is already golden, but the 21st Century Success Story isn’t impressed. In fact, he’s sick and tired of it. Waller has been running this for the last eight months, and now he’s made the decision that he needs to be champion. New Year’s Evil was going well until a freak accident took Waller out. So at Vengeance Day, their rematch will be inside a STEEL CAGE! Waller says Bron is a wild dog, and Bron admits his temper has gotten the better of him. But no one has taken advantage of it like Waller. Waller is living rent free in Bron’s brain. Bron says his temper has led to both is biggest wins and most crushing losses.

Waller says Bron will beat himself this time. Bron thought he needed to control the anger, but then he realized, with the steel cage all around them, there’s no need to hold back. Bron will beat Waller within an inch of his life, and pin what’s left! But Waller says he can read Bron like a book. And Waller has read that book, so he’ll past this test. Waller will not just beat Bron but he’ll embarrass him! Bron promises to break Waller inside the steel, but Waller went viral the last time he was inside a cage. This is what Waller wanted, but it’ll be Bron’s Vengeance Day. Who survives the steel to bring home the gold?

 

Tyler Bate VS Axiom!

Even with Kemp being a right wanker, the Big Strong Boy and the Undeniable Truth are going to focus on friendly competition! Will Bate continue to get A-Kid vibes from Axiom? Or will Axiom be even better than that?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Bate powers Axiom to ropes. The ref counts, Bate lets off, and fans applaud the sportsmanship. They reset, tie up again, and Bate has a cording hold. Axiom whips Bate away, Bate goes up and under and then knuckle locks. Bate steps over, headlocks, waistlocks, trips and body scissors to a clutch, TWO! They tie up, Bate cravats and snapmares, but Axiom is right up. Axiom sidesteps but Bate blocks the arm-drag to hit an arm-drag! Bate has the armlock and fans applaud the exchange. Axiom fights up, facelocks, but Bate powers out to keep on the armlock.

Axiom endures, fans duel, and Axiom goes up and around to whip Bate! Bate reverses to hit the arm-drag again! Fans cheer as Bate keeps on the arm but Axiom fights up. Axiom facelocks, Bate fights that, but Axiom goes up and around again. Bate still has the arm, he turns another whip into another arm-drag, but Axiom fights up. Axiom uses the ref for an assist to flip through! But again Bate reverses a whip! And again! Axiom is frustrated as Bate keeps on the arm. Axiom fights up, goes up and headscissors! Bate throws Axiom away, Axiom avoids the elbow to springboard arm-drag, kip up and ENZIGURI! Cover, TWO!

Axiom keeps on Bate with a facelock, fans rally up, and Bate rolls. Axiom rolls with Bate, covers, TWO! The two stand off, Bate SOBATS! Axiom staggers away, Bate runs in, but Axiom arm-drags Bate and himself up and out of the ring! Fans fire up while NXT goes picture in picture.

Both men stir, and Bate stands up first. Bate follows Axiom, UPPERCUTS him, then puts him in the ring. Bate stalks Axiom, brings him up and headlocks, to bop him with a boot! Bate hits the headlock takeover, but Axiom headscissors in return. Axiom pushes up to put on pressure, but Bate moves around. Bate headstands, pops free and has Axiom’s legs tied up. Bate goes back to the headlock but Axiom goes back to the headscissor! Bate kips free, but Axiom holds onto an arm to drag Bate back down! Axiom headscissors again, but Bate moves around again. Bate headstands, pops free and basement dropkicks!

Bate drags Axiom up by an arm and wraps Axiom up in a straitjacket stretch. Axiom endures, arm-drags free, and runs in at the corner. Axiom blocks a boot but not the KNEE! Bate goes up to FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Bate keeps cool and he keeps his eyes on Axiom. Bate UPPERCUTS again and Axiom goes to rpoes. Bate whips Axiom to ropes, then catches him to a COBRA TWIST! Axiom endures the stretch, pops free and hip tosses Bate down! Axiom waistlocks, they go to ropes but Bate bucks the O’Conner, only to turn around into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Axiom floats to get the arm, but Bate stacks him, TWO!

Axiom has Bate in a Triangle Hold, and NXT returns to single picture. Fans chant, “This is Wrestling!” as Bate deadlifts Axiom to a fireman’s carry! AIRPLANE SPIN! Fans fire up as Bate goes around and around and around, fifteen times! Bate slows down, staggers a bit, squats, and then powers up to spin MORE!! And then POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Axiom survives and Bate has to catch his breath but fans rally back up. Axiom and Bate rise, Bate spins a few more times before he throws a forearm! Axiom throws a forearm back! Bate fires forearm after forearm but Axiom hits back! Axiom kicks, Bate blocks but Axiom hops the sweep to ENZIGURI!

Bate falls over, Axiom keeps moving, PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Bate goes to a corner, Axiom runs in, he blocks the boot but gets another knee! Bate goes up and leaps, into an SLEEPER!! Axiom has the body scissors and fans rally up! Bate endures, fights the hold, turns over, but Axiom squeezes tighter! Bate stands, pries at the hold, opens it up, but Axiom waistlocks. Bate bucks the O’Conner again but Axiom kips up, into a RIGHT! But he SUPERKICKS right back! Axiom rolls Bate up but Bate sits on the cover, TWO!!! Axiom escapes and fans are thunderous! Both men slowly rise and fans rally up.

Axiom ROCKS Bate! Bate rebounds, but Axiom avoids the rolling kick! Bate avoids the Penalty Kick, Axiom slips through the roll-up. Bate blocks the Superkick to spin Axiom, Bop up and BANG in! Axiom wobbles, Bate runs and REBOUND LARIATS! Bate underhooks, but Axiom NORTHERN LIGHTS out! Bridging cover, TWO as Bate bridges up! Axiom pushes Bate back down, TWO as Bate gets back up! Underhooks, TYLER- RANA!!! Cover, TWO!!! Bate has the arms again! TYLER DRIVER 97!!! Cover, Bate wins!!!

Winner: Tyler Bate, by pinfall

A big strong win for the Big Strong Boy! “That was Awesome!” but will this earn Bate a title match on the other side of this Saturday? But Bate and the fans show Axiom respect. But then Kemp CLBOBBERS them both! And he hits Axiom with an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Kemp says he told them before, but then Bate chases Kemp off! Will Bate make sure Kemp learns European wrestling is anything but soft?

 

Isla Dawn speaks.

“In my land, Imbolc is the beginning of Spring. It is a time to exhale all that is behind us, and to mark new beginnings. Tonight, on the Eve of Imbolc, we purge the constraints of the past. We purify the negative energy surrounding us, and we transfigure the uninitiated into members of this house. There has always been a rage inside of you,” Alba Fyre. And she just needed a nudge to reveal it. “Shall we?” Fyre nods, and Isla says they are letting go of their unbridled passions, shed their egos, and relinquish their need for control. “These emotions no longer serve us.” Fyre repeats that, and throws water on the fire. With this, the initiation process has begun.

Isla and Fyre smile as they walk into the night. Will the darkness within Fyre grow stronger with the Wicked Witch’s influence?

 

Backstage interview with Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams.

McKenzie is with Trick Melo Gang, and Trick is shaking. But he’s just joking. He’s “shaking like booty meat on a Friday night.” Not because he’s scared, but because it’s cold out. “But Trick Willy can’t lie. This whole Apollo thing, I mean, I don’t know. Should I even go to Vengeance Day? He looks, he sees in the future, that’s some Cleo stuff, man!” Melo has Trick calm down. Of course Trick’s going to Vengeance Day. Apollo can stay daydreaming, but they stay scheming. McKenzie notes the match is Best 2 out of 3, so how does Melo see this playing out? Melo says everyone knows him by now, so we know how Melo sees this playing.

“Apollo needs to realize that this ain’t Jackson, that this ain’t Jordan, that these shots I take don’t ever jam.” Melo is of a different caliber! Melo took Apollo from the sidelines to the headlines. Apollo could have a top combine vertical, and his fingertips still wouldn’t reach Melo’s level. Melo tells Apollo that you can be this or that, but until you beat Melo, you can never be HIM. That’s all it is, and that’s all it’s gonna be. But is Melo overlooking the wild cards in the equation?

 

Roxanne Perez and Toxic Attraction sit down for video interviews.

The NXT Women’s Champion is far, far away from Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne for this final interview before Vengeance Day. Vic Joseph notes Roxie is the youngest woman to ever compete in the Royal Rumble match. How did that feel for her? She was overwhelmed, and so grateful to hear her music hit in front of over 50 THSOUAND people, and make the run down the ramp she’s dreamed of for so long. It was so incredible! Jacy says, “Incredible? More like incredibly pathetic! RoXaNnE~, cOnGrAtUlAtIoNs~! YoU wErE iN tHe RoYaL rUmBlE~!” But you didn’t win! And you’re not going to WrestleMania, but to Vengeance Day, to lose your title.

Gigi says the reason Roxie lost the Rumble was cuz she got put through a table! That look on her face when she realized she got tricked was great. But it’ll all be over for Lil’ Miss Perfect real soon. Roxie says Gigi & Jacy act like they’re best friends, but Roxie knows there is a lot of truth behind what they said to each other last week. Gigi says the truth is that Roxie stands no chance at Vengeance Day. How is Roxie gonna beat them both? She has the same percent chance of winning the Triple Threat as she did winning the Rumble: ZERO! Roxie is good and all, but going against the two baddest women in NXT at the same time, she has NO chance.

Actually, Roxie says she has more of a chance- Jacy cuts her off to say that Roxie had a good run. Eight months in NXT is like a little jog. Good for her! But Roxie peaked at 21 years old. That sucks. But this Saturday, it’s all coming to an end. Roxie says it’s not. But Gigi says it is. At least Roxie can go home to Texas and tell everyone she had a “cup of coffee” in the big time. She just made one critical mistake: messing with Toxic Attraction. And look on the bright side! She can play the “What If” game! What if Roxie stayed in her lane and didn’t punch up? Roxie starts to speak but Jacy cuts her off again, telling her to shut up.

Jacy says “What if” Roxie was a good little girl and didn’t make any waves. Whether Roxie likes it or not, it’s 2v1. Gigi says Roxie’s ride is over, the 15 minutes of fame are over. Roxie storms out, and Toxic Attraction make fun of her for not being able to handle it. Vic says Toxic Attraction weren’t being fair, but Jacy says, “Who cares? After Saturday, she’ll be old news. You’re looking at the next NXT Women’s Champion right here.” Then which one will it be? Gigi says you’re looking at her! Gigi knows everyone, especially Booker, is a big fan of Roxie, and is just trying to find a crack between Toxic Attraction, but there isn’t one.

For almost two years, Toxic Attraction has controlled the NXT Women’s Division. But for the last six weeks, everyone’s been on a vacation from it. That changes on Saturday, as order will be restored when Jacy & Gigi take their rightful spot. This day has been a long time coming, Roxie is just the first one to push it to the edge. But at Vengeance Day, they course correct things back to Gigi- Er, they become NXT Women’s Champion. Jacy notices that “flub,” but before she can respond, ROXANNE POUNCES!! Roxie fires off with all the pent up anger on both of them! She TACKLES Jacy through the set!!

Fans fire up as security rushes in to stop Roxie from tearing into Toxic Attraction more! Will nothing, not even two opponents at once, stop The Prodigy from proving why she IS NXT Women’s Champion?

 

Stevie Turner VS Dani Palmer!

Updated, online and ready to play, the Fourth Dimensional Superstar is finally back in action! Will Stevie prove that she is always two steps ahead and two levels above? Or will Dani delete Stevie before she even gets started?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Stevie has an armlock, then wrenches Dani to wrangle her to the mat. Dani fights up, rolls, backflips and wrenches, but Stevie gets away. They go again, Stevie waistlocks but Dani switches, only for Stevie to elbow free. Stevie headlocks, Dani brings her down to a knee and handstands to slip free! Stevie avoids Dani’s headlock to BOOT, BOOT and then scrape Dani on ropes! Fans boo, Stevie runs side to side to BOOT WASH! Stevie laughs like mad and she pushes Dani down. Stevie then brings Dani up, but Dani pushes her away. Stevie kicks low, CLUBS Dani, then turns her for a HANGING NECKBREAKER!

Dani staggers to ropes, Stevie snapmares her and clamps on a chinlock. Fans rally, Dani fights up, and arm-drags free! Stevie runs back but into an elbow! Dani dodges to LEAPING LARIAT! And again! Dani keeps moving but Stevie kicks low! But Dani JAWBREAKERS back! Dani runs to THESZ PRESS! Dani rains down wild hands, thrashes Stevie around, and then drags Stevie up. Dani runs, but Stevie reels her in by her tights! Stevie whips Dani away, and BOOTS her down! Stevie hauls Dani up, TWISTING DDT!! Stevie isn’t done there, she drags Dani up, for the SIDE EFFECT! Cover, Stevie wins!

Winner: Stevie Turner, by pinfall

Stevie just rerouted Dani’s connection and has her first win in NXT! Will Stevie soon be the number one trend in wrestling?

 

Kiana James is on the phone.

She promises to see “Zack” there, and says, “Love you, too.” Fallon Henley then walks over and asks who she was talking to. No one, don’t worry about it. Fallon knew it! She KNEW Kiana would break Jensen’s heart!! Fallon, calm down, it’s not what you think. You don’t even know why you’re upset right now! Oh? Then who is Zack?! But then in walk the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions. Kayden Carter points out the #1 contenders, and how they’re not talking about their upcoming match. Katana Chance says that sounds like trouble. Kiana says sound travels fast around here. But the only sound the champs will hear on Saturday is, “And NEW…!”

Has Fallon been giving Kiana a lot to drink lately? They’ve been a team for like a week while KC Squared has been a team for over a year! Fallon says with all due respect, we all know, we all get it, Katana & Kayden are BFFs. But Saturday is the biggest match of Fallon’s life, so she is going all out. Kiana says they are going all out. Well, we’ll see about that. But either way, the titles are staying with KC Squared. Katana & Kayden head out, and Fallon gets Kiana’s attention. Stay focused for Saturday, but just know this conversation isn’t over. Fallon heads out, is she making a mountain out of a mole hill?

 

Charlie Dempsey VS Drew Gulak w/ Hank Walker!

The Son of the Gentleman Villain cost the Philly Stretcher and his blue collar protégé last week, so this is all about vengeance before Vengeance Day! Will Gulak lock Dempsey down? Or will the Philly Stretcher be the one getting stretched?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Gulak headlocks for a takeover. Dempsey fights up, hits a back suplex, but Gulak holds on! Gulak has control again but Dempsey headscissors. Gulak moves around, has the legs, but Dempsey keeps shoulders up in the stack. Dempsey pushes Gulak away, they stand, and Gulak facelocks. Dempsey wrenches out, wristlocks, but Gulak grinds forearms. Dempsey wrenches, Gulak gets away, and fans rally up as NXT goes picture in picture.

The two circle, knuckle lock, and go shoulder to shoulder for a test of strength. Dempsey powers Gulak down to his knees, but Gulak powers back up. They go shoulder to shoulder again and now Gulak powers Dempsey back. Dempsey bridges, but Gulak has the cover! TWO as Dempsey gets an arm up! Gulak puts that arm down, TWO as the other arm comes up! Gulak has both arms, TWO as Dempsey bridges back up! Gulak stands over Dempsey, brings him up, but Dempsey monkey flips! Dempsey rolls back to a cover, TWO as Gulak sunset flips! TWO, and Dempsey headlocks to keep Gulak down! Fans applaud as the technical exchange continues.

Gulak fights up to his feet, powers his way to a facelock, but Dempsey snap suplexes to a cover, TWO! Gulak has the facelock but Dempsey stands up again. Dempsey goes for a trip but Gulak uses that to get a cover, TWO! Dempsey fights up, Gulak facelocks, then scoops and SLAMS Dempsey into ropes! Dempsey clutches his legs but Gulak storms up. Dempsey throws body shots and uppercuts! Gulak DECKS Dempsey in return! Gulak hurries to a cover, TWO! Gulak grabs Dempsey’s legs and steps through, but Dempsey resists. Gulak still pushes through to get the deathlock, and then he gets the chinlock for a REGAL STRETCH!!

Dempsey endures, reaches out, but Gulak keeps the pressure on the hold! Dempsey still moves forward, NXT returns to single picture, and Dempsey pries the facelock away! Dempsey turns to trip Gulak into a HEEL HOOK! Gulak kicks away to get free! Dempsey UPPERCUTS, has the leg, DRAGON SCREW! Gulak clutches his knee and fans rally up again. Dempsey covers, TWO! Dempsey underhooks the arm, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Bridge, and then roll into the BUTTERFLY STRETCH! Gulak endures, fights up, but Dempsey shifts to have a FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Gulak endures, Dempsey turns it to a ghost pin, TWO!

ANOTHER BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Dempsey keeps on Gulak with a deadlift GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! “This is Wrestling!” as Dempsey brings Gulak up. Gulak wrenches the arm, CLUBS it, and then has the CROSSFACE CHICKEN WING! Dempsey pries free, arm-drags Gulak away, and storms up, to get the leg! Gulak slips out of the Dragon Screw, but Dempsey gets the leg again! DRAGON SCREW! And then Dempsey has the leg for a HEEL HOOK! Gulak kicks with his free leg, and he gets away! Both men rush in, Gulak blocks the forearm to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!

Gulak clutches his leg and Dempsey goes to ropes. Fans rally up, Gulak headlocks, but Dempsey hits a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Gulak is hanging tough and Hank coaches him up. Fans rally, Gulak and Dempsey slowly rise. Dempsehy runs in, into a SLAP!! Gulak just pissed Dempsey off! Dempsey BOOTS, but Gulak TACKLES Dempsey! Cover, TWO, but Dempsey has a SLEEPER! Gulak rolls out to get the arms! But Dempsey rolls, stands, but Gulak spins. Into Dempsey’s CROSSFACE CHICKEN WING! Gulak moves around, but Dempsey pushes on the bad leg! Dempsey drags Gulak down, body scissors are on!

Gulak fights, gets free of the body scissors, and Hank coaches Dempsey! Gulak runs to ropes and Dempsey is sent  into Hank!! Gulak rolls Dempsey up, Gulak wins!

Winner: Drew Gulak, by pinfall

Hank is dazed, did he just get used as a pawn? Is Gulak using his own student to help him cut corners?

 

Von is fuming backstage.

He throws a chair at the wall, and Stone says it ain’t working. This is not working. Von throws a locker room bench, and shouts, “YA THINK?!” Stone asks a question: Why does Von have Stone managing him? Stone has been managing Von for over a year now, yet he knows nothing about Von! Who IS Von Wagner? He’s big, he growls, but so do a lot of other guys. If Von wants to get to the next level, then he has to show Stone who he is! He has to show us who he is INSIDE! Help Stone help Von! Stone storms off, will these words help unlock Von’s true potential?

 

Triple Threat Tag: The Dyad VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe VS Chase U!

The New Day, Pretty Deadly and Gallus are waiting as there’s still room for one more for Vengeance Day! Will Rip Fowler & Jagger Reed plant the roots of The Schism in Charlotte? Will the underestimated underdogs finally unlock their potential? Or will Andre Chase & Duke Hudson share this #TeachableMoment with everyone? We find out, after the break!

NXT returns as Malik & Edris make their entrance, followed by Chase U’s entrance. In this kind of Triple Threat Tag, only two teams are legal at any given time, so Malik & Edris agree to let the other teams start. Duke and Rip circle as fans rally behind Chase U. Duke and Rip tie up, Rip knees low and whips Duke, but Duke blocks! Duke glares at Rip, reels him in and scoops to SLAM! Tag to Chase, Duke whips Rip and Chase drop toeholds for the “LET’S GO~!” ELBOW! Chase covers, TWO! Chase drags Rip up but Rip gets away to the third corner. Rip CHOPS Edris as part of the tag! Edris steps in and he circles with Chase.

Chase and Edris shake hands, then tie up. Edris wrenches, steps over, then arm-drags, but Chase blocks to step over and La Magistrol! ONE, but Edris wrangles Chase for a La Magi- NO, Chase blocks it to have a cover, TWO! Edris and Chase stand off, and Chase says that was a teachable moment! Fans cheer but Edris rushes in. They go around, Chase bucks the O’Conner, and things speed up! Edris jumps then DROPKICKS Chase down! Chase staggers up, Edris runs in and rolls off Chase’s back to tag Malik before the arm-drag! Malik hurries in, he and Edris double whip, to trip, BOOT and LARIAT! Malik covers, TWO!

Malik facelocks but Chase JAWBREAKERS free! Reed sneaks a tag before Chase whips. Malik reverses, Chase ducks ‘n’ dodges but Reed trips Chase up! Malik realizes what happened, the ref has him exit, and Reed keeps after Chase. Reed fires forearms and DECKS Chase! Chase bails out, Rip drags him up, and The Dyad coordinates, PLANCHA SHOULDER BREAKER! Chase clutches his arm while Rip pushes him around. Fans boo and Duke storms over but the ref has everyone stay back. Rip drags Chase up and puts him on the apron, to SLAM him on the edge! Chase sputters but Rip drags him around.

Fans rally, but Rip hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Rip clamps onto Chase with a cobra clutch but Chase endures. Fans rally for Chase U as Chase fights up. Rip ripcords to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Rip smothers Chase, has another cover, TWO! Rip and Reed are upset but the ref says his count is fair. Rip UPPERCUTS Chase in the back, then clamps on with another clutch. Fans rally, Chase fights up, but Rip ripcords to back elbow! Rip then suplexes, but Chase blocks it! Rip CLUBS Chase down, taunts Duke, but Chase fights up. Chase suplexes Rip! Fans fire up while both men are down! Reed tags in to run and DROPKICK Duke!

Reed turns around, into a BIG back drop! But no Duke means no tag! Thea Hail coaches Duke up but Rip tags back in. Rip goes after Chase but Chase throws him out! Malik & Edris call to Chase, they’re his only option! Chase runs over, but then The Dyad trips Malik & Edris up! Chase has no one, and turns around into a throat chop! Tag to Reed, the Dyad sets Chase up for a POWERBOMB BACKSTABBER!! Cover, TWO!?! Chase survives and everyone is shocked! Fans are thunderous for Chase U, but Rip says Chase is a hypocrite, a joke and a fool! Thea is furious on Chase’s behalf, and Reed runs in, but Chase goes up and over!

Hot tag to Duke! Duke rallies on The Dyad with big hands! Scoop for Rip, SIDEWALK SLAM! JAB after JAB for Reed! Rip rushes in, so he gets JAB after JAB! Flip, flop and U~! ELBOW! Then a SENTON! SPLASH for Reed, a whip corner to corner, and Reed tumbles up and out! Duke runs in to BOOT Reed down! Fans are thunderous as Duke fetches Reed back into the ring. Duke shoulders into Reed, slingshots and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Reed survives but the student section fires up! Duke tunes up the band, but Malik tags in! Malik GAMANGIRIS Duke, springboards and CROSSBODIES Reed!

Malik goes back to ropes, to SLINGSHOT RANA Duke!! Malik is fired up and fans can’t help but fire up with him! Tag to Edris, Malik goes up a corner, FROG SPLASH onto Reed! Edris goes up, MACHO ELBOW!! Edris drags Reed up, fireman’s carries, and Malik runs! ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Cover, Rip AND Chase break it! Fans are electric as “NXT! NXT!” gives them this amazing main event! Thea is also all pumped up as all six men start brawling! Reed tumbles out but Chase and Duke throw Rip out to join him. Malik & Edris DOUBLE DROPKICK Chase U out! Then they build speed, to DOUBLE TOPE CONJILO!!

“This is Awesome!” as Edris puts Reed in! Edris goes back up top, but Reed hits ropes! Edris lands bad up top, and Reed ROCKS him! Reed climbs up after Edris, but Malik CLUBS Reed! Malik climbs up but then Rip YANKS him down! Rip RAMS Malik into steel steps! The Dyad has Edris together now, but Chase sneaks a tag! Chase joins in, and using his physics knowledge, hits a TOWER OF DOOM!! Fans are thunderous as Chase fires up! Spell it out! C! H! A! S! E! U! What’s that spell?! “CHASE U!!” But Ava Raine distracts Chase! Reed CLOBBERS Chase! But Thea YANKS Ava down! Reed is shocked!

Reed runs at Chase, GRIT YOUR- NO, Chase dodges! Hot tag to Duke, and Duke turns Reed! Gory Especial, and Chase adds on, ROLLING COMPLETE SHOT!! Cover, Chase U wins!!!

Winners: Chase U, by pinfall (join the NXT Tag Team Championship Fatal 4 Way)

Thea is the most excited of all as the red ‘n’ black now get to compete for some gold! But then we see Gallus appear in the perch and Pretty Deadly appear on stage, with the New Day on the tron! Gimme a C! H! A! S! Well, we know the rest. Congrats to Chase U! This wins means they’re going to Vengeance Day! So then, New Day will see Chase U, and Gallus, and Pretty Deadly of course. Put it together for all these teams! But will this road game be a big win for Chase U? Will Pretty Deadly redo the #SidePlateCheck? Will Gallus Boys be on top? Or will ya bois the NEW~ DAY~, still be your W, W, E, N, X, T, Tag, Team, CHAMPIONS~?


My Thoughts:

Now this was a go-home episode! No need for filling/wasting time with recaps, just give us promos, action and other stuff to hype up what’s coming. Good promo from Apollo Crews, and good response from Trick & Melo. Apollo’s vision seems to foreshadow Oro Mensah being his back-up, as I’m pretty sure I saw his dreadlocks in that silhouette. At the same time, even if someone were to cancel out Trick, that doesn’t guarantee Apollo wins. Melo could win one fall cuz of Trick, Apollo could win one fall cuz Oro cancels out Trick, and then the third fall is truly 1v1. I’m leaning towards Melo since he makes sense as the next challenger to THE NXT Championship.

Speaking of, we got a pretty good promo vignette for Bron VS Waller in the steel cage. And from how they’re talking about it, this is going to be a No Escape Steel Cage match, where the door isn’t an option and climbing the walls won’t win it for you. I am all for that, and I think all Steel Cage matches should be like that to get rid of some of the more overused tropes of a Steel Cage match. Good interview promos from Roxie, Gigi & Jacy, and while part of me wanted Roxie to explode on Toxic Attraction verbally, her going after them directly was just as good. Roxie really should show she has grit, but I feel like her initiating the brawl is tantamount to her standing tall. I hope this doesn’t put the go-home math against her, she only just got that belt.

Stevie Turner’s first match back was pretty good, and I’m actually happy to see they came up with a completely kayfabed chat box for her entrance, as I imagined last week. Good promo from Isla & Fyre to establish that they’re a team now. I was sensing there’d be something building towards Valentine’s Day in a couple weeks, and I think this whole “Who is Zack and what is he to Kiana?” is gonna be the thing. Kiana is gonna reveal that’s like her brother and Fallon’s gonna feel dumb for getting protective of Jensen’s feelings. But with that, I don’t think they win the tag titles at Vengeance Day. That should probably be Isla & Fyre.

We also got a real good “NXT Investigates” promo from McKenzie to point out just how many suspects there really are in the Whodunnit of Lyons’ parking lot attack. Indi VS Stark was a good match to play off that, but I’m starting to wonder if Valentina Feroz did it. Feroz seems like the least likely, so that’d be quite the twist. Given her talk with Elektra Lopez about doing underhanded things, Feroz said she couldn’t do anything to Wendy Choo because Wendy’s a friend. But Feroz and Lyons have no connections, so Feroz could attack her from behind with no problems.

Good promo from Wes Lee, Dijak, Von and Stone to set up Dijak VS Von. That was a good match, but of course Dijak won to have momentum going into the North American title match. I still think Wes wins, but what was really interesting to come out of this was Stone getting fired up telling Von to bring out some personality. Is Von going to suddenly have a gimmick? I can’t even be sure what that’d be. Also, good promo from Tony D and Stacks. I thought Von was gonna be the big guy Stacks went after but then this happened, so maybe Stacks calls out Odyssey Jones or Quincy Elliot to give one of those guys some screen time. And also a win, because I feel like Stacks is gonna bite off more than he can chew.

We also got some great technical wrestling singles matches. Gulak VS Dempsey was not as good as Bate VS Axiom, but I like the detail that Hank takes the hit to tip things in Gulak’s favor. Hank might confront Gulak on that move, and we get closer to Heel Gulak. Then we got just a hilarious and very meta promo out of Bate and Axiom referencing A-Kid. Kemp sticking his nose in things is fine, he needs something to do and honestly should’ve had more time in NXT UK. Bate winning makes sense, he’s also back and needs some momentum. Kemp’s blindside attack definitely earns him a match with both of them in turn, probably winning against Axiom but losing to Bate.

Really good stuff out of the NXT Tag Division tonight, too. The opener of Creeds VS Indus Sher was good, though I feel like maybe they’re going for too real of a fight feel. Julius just came off like he forgot the match flow they discussed. But it was a clever move to have Indus Sher win because of the mishap with Ivy. This will add something more to the Diamond Mine story, and Indus Sher really should be climbing up the rankings. Especially with everything going on in the title story.

Great Triple Threat main event, and as great as all three teams are, it makes sense Chase U won. New Day is Face, Gallus and Pretty Deadly are Heel, so there needed to be another Face team. There’s intrigue in the Chase U story and it can play out in the Fatal 4. And Indus Sher being Heels, if New Day retains (or even if Chase U wins), that’d be a great program going to Stand & Deliver.

My Score: 8.8/10


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As they prepare to go after the AEW World Trios Championships, AR Fox & Top Flight reunite to take on The Wingmen: Peter Avalon, Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: AR Fox & Top Flight VS The Wingmen; Fox & Top Flight win.
  • Red Velvet VS Sofia Castillo; Velvet wins.
  • Zack Clayton VS Fulton; Clayton wins.
  • Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. w/ Arn Anderson VS Rosario Grillo & Dean Alexander; Anderson & Pillman win.
  • Skye Blue VS Renee Michelle; Skye wins.
  • Shane Taylor Promotions VS Mr. G & Dante Casanova; Shane Taylor Promotions wins.
  • Yuka Sakazaki VS Avery Breaux; Yuka wins.
  • The Workhorsemen VS Liam Gray & Adrian Alanis; The Workhorsemen win.
  • Angelico w/ Serpentico & Luther VS Konosuke Takeshita; Konosuke wins.

QUICK NOTES

A solid line-up, and I like that we’re getting to see Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. in action together after a backstage promo on Elevation not too long ago. Not sure what the team name is but two second generation stars together is a logical combination. Angelico VS Konosuke, that is going to be a great match, but I give the win to Konosuke. Red Velvet is in action again after also being on Elevation, she’s definitely building momentum towards taking on Jade Cargill for Jade’s 50th match. And good to see Shane Taylor Promotions in action here. They’ll be a strong part of the ROH Tag Team Division, even after having lost to Keith Lee after Swerve abandoned Keith.

And good to see AR Fox & Top Flight in action, and against The Wingmen. For one, good to see Avalon, Nemeth & Bononi teaming all together again. And this will be a good match to build momentum for Fox & Flight.


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