WWE brings out the Tables, Ladders, Chairs, and CHAMPIONSHIPS!
2020 is almost over, but it’s about to get more painful! Will Roman Reigns still be WWE Universal Champion after tonight? Or can Kevin Owens #StunTheWorld and dethrone the Tribal Chief?
- Kickoff – 8 Man Tag: Daniel Bryan, Big E, Otis Dozovic & Chad Gable VS Sami Zayn, Shinsuke Nakamura, Cesaro & King Corbin; Bryan, Big E, Otis & Gable win.
- WWE World Championship TLC Match: Drew McIntyre VS AJ Styles w/ Jordan Omogbehin; changed to…
- WWE World Championship TLC Triple Threat: Drew McIntyre VS AJ Styles w/ Omogbehin VS The Miz w/ John Morrison; McIntyre wins and retains the title.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Sasha Banks VS Carmella; Sasha wins and retains the title.
- Raw Tag Team Championships: The New Day VS The Hurt Business; The Hurt Business wins and become the new Raw Tag Team Champions.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler VS Asuka & ???; Asuka & Charlotte Flair win and become the new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.
- WWE Universal Championship TLC Match: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Kevin Owens; Reigns wins and retains the title.
- Firefly Inferno Match: The Fiend VS Randy Orton; Orton wins.
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It’s the WWE TLC Kickoff Show!
The last kickoff show for the last WWE PPV for 2020! Join Charly Caruso, Booker T, Jeff Jarrett and Peter Rosenberg in discussing, analyzing and predicting all of tonight’s action!
MVP joins the kickoff show by video.
“Bring ’em out, bring ’em out!” Charly asks MVP what it would mean for The Hurt Business to add the Raw Tag Team Championships. It would be destiny fulfilled. Shelton Benjamin is one of the most decorated superstars, Cedric Alexander is a former Cruiserweight Champion, and MVP just reminded them of their past glory and got them back to their winning ways. So as the de facto leader, what advice does MVP give to his guys? Well Benjamin was a former tag team champion, so he knows what he’s doing. MVP just directs traffic. The New Day are clowns, it’s hard for MVP to respect them, but you have to acknowledge they are one of the greatest tag teams in this industry. But every day must end in night. And the only “new” we’ll be talking about is the new tag team champions.
Booker knows he and MVP both come “from the neighborhood,” and Alexander was the guy who needed that “dirt” on him. Has MVP had that talk with Alexander? Oh they’ve talked a lot lately, and in this re-emergence, Alexander now has that attack dog in him. We’ve seen a new Alexander. “They dropped, if you will.” Charly thanks MVP for his time and wishes his team luck in that title match up. Will the Hurt Business acquire new assets tonight at the expense of the 10-time tag team champions?
The Miz and John Morrison join the panel!
Hey, hey! Ho ho! They’re on the kickoff show, and Miz is feeling great as Mr. Money in the Bank. Is he cashing in? Well he doesn’t know. If the opportunity presents itself, then that opportunity will be taken. But if not, then no. What does that look like then> Morrison says this is about chaos and carnage, and a lot of people have a lot to lose. Morrison says even Roman and Kevin could be a target. So these two are working together? Why wouldn’t they? But who takes the case home? Miz is Mr. MITB so it is his. Morrison gets the first shot after, though. To cash in for a championship, they both understand how valuable the MITB is.
Then what about Omos, Jordan Omogbehin? Well we haven’t seen or heard much from him, but his presence alone, “you can’t teach tall.” Miz considers Omos as a factor. But McIntyre has been unstoppable! People keep asking why Miz hasn’t cashed in, but that’s because McIntyre is hard to pin! AJ Styles is also to be reckoned with. Miz felt the wrath of AJ Styles when Styles first came to WWE. Miz knows the talent on display is TLC, pain and torment!
But to cash in, the window has to be cracked, the back door has to be opened, but Miz doesn’t seem that confident. Morrison defends Miz’s confidence but Booker says he’s calling it like he sees it. Miz IS confidence! The most confidence in the WWE! And he is going to cash in, at the right time. Could it be tonight? Yes! Could it be tomorrow on Raw? Yes! Could it be months from now? Yes! But it isn’t if, it is when, and Miz will be champion! The Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century head off, will the opportunity present itself tonight?
R-Truth joins the kickoff show!
Asuka needs a tag partner, right? Truth had a #WWJCD moment. What Would John Cena Do? Truth officially declares, or rather offers, to be Asuka’s tag team partner! They can win and become champions! There are many reasons she should choose him! He knows Japanese, and has held more titles, title reigns combined, in WWE history! Well 45 of them are as 24/7 Champion. Please don’t say “45-time” 45 times… Truth hurries of, but will someone please remind him it’s the Women’s Tag Team Championships, not a mixed tag title match?
8 Man Tag: Daniel Bryan, Big E, Otis Dozovic & Chad Gable VS Sami Zayn, Shinsuke Nakamura, Cesaro & King Corbin!
Quite a star-studded 4v4 match courtesy of SmackDown! Will the YES Movement, Mr. Five Count, the Blue Collar Brawler and the Alpha Academy Coach be able to best the group formerly known as the Artist Collective?
Naturally, the Wolf King has the Knights of the Lone Wolf, Steve Cutler and Wesley Blake, with him. Perhaps they’ll be factors in this match. The teams sort out, and Sami starts with Gable. But Sami wants Big E, so Gable obliges! Big E tags in, rushes Sami, but Sami tags out! So much for wanting after him. Corbin is in and he circles with Big E. They tie up, go around, and Corbin pushes Big E to a corner. Big E turns it around, but lets off at the ref’s count. Big E comes back for more but Corbin stays in the corner. Sami taunts Big E, Corbin knees Big E low! Corbin runs, Big E drops to then hurdle and elbow Corbin, but Corbin comes back to CLOBBER Big E!
Sami talks trash but Big E dodges Corbin. Corbin slides out, slides in but into the belly2belly! Tag to Gable but Cesaro tags in. The Swiss Cyborg headlocks, Gable powers out but Cesaro runs him over! Cover, ONE, Gable has the waistlock! Cesaro elbows out, headlocks but Gable powers out. Things speed up, Gable leaps but into Cesaro’s arms! Gable slips out and runs to arm-drag! And then he goes up to headscissor Cesaro! Gable wrenches, tags in Bryan, and Bryan hops up to drop ax handles on Cesaro’s arm! Bryan wrenches an arm to an elbow breaker, then he throws EuroUppers and KICKS in the corner! Bryan wrenches, whips Cesaro but Cesaro reverses.
Bryan goes up and over and keeps moving, ducks a clothesline to leap and lariat! Cesaro sits up, blocks the Yes Kick and trips Bryan, but Bryan denies the swing with a victory roll! TOW, and Bryan kicks, but Cesaro powers him to ropes! The ref counts, Cesaro lets off and Nakamura gets a cheap shot roundhouse! Tag to Nakamura, they combine for a KNEE and SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Nakamura drags Bryan around, cravats and grinds, but Bryan endures. Sami tags in, they mug Bryan and Sami fires off haymakers! Nakamura gets a cheap shot as the ref pulls Sami back. Sami taunts Big E, drags Bryan up to throw more hands, then he drags Bryan to the corner.
Corbin tags in, the mugging continues, then Corbin puts Bryan on ropes to throw forearms into his back! Corbin taunts Otis, throws more clubbing forearms to Bryan’s back, then argues with the ref. Corbin laces Bryan in the ropes to stomps him! Tag to Sami and he gets in Big E’s face! The ref has to keep Big E back before Sami goes over to bump Bryan off the boots of Cesaro and Nakamura! Tag back to Corbin, Corbin throws haymakers then hoists Bryan up top. Corbin climbs, brings Bryan up, but Bryan resists the superplex! Bryan throws body shots, then headbutts Corbin! Corbin holds on but Bryan headbutts until Corbin falls! Bryan leaps and missile dropkicks!
Both men are down, the teams fire up, but Sami grabs at Big E! Big E chases Sami but Sami goes to the barriers! Cesaro EUROUPPERS Big E, Gable CANNONBALLS onto Cesaro! Bryan hot tags Otis! Nakamura is in, Otis rallies with big elbows! Otis whips Nakamura and FLAPJACKS him! Gable coaches Otis on and Otis hits a corner splash! Nakamura is down, but it’s time for the test! What will Otis do? He chooses CATERPILLAR ELBOW! Tag to Gable, they coordinate, but Nakamura ROUNDHOUSES Otis first! Gable ducks one kick but not the windmill! Tag to Cesaro, they combine for FLYING KNEE GUT WRENCH BOMB!! Cover, but Otis breaks it!
Otis throws Nakamura out, but Corbin SPINEBUSTERS Otis! Bryan dodges Corbin to hit the FLYING KNEE! Cesaro pop-up UPPERCUTS Bryan! Gable waistlocks Cesaro for CHAOS THEORY! Both men are down but Sami is lurking! Sami returns to the corner and tags in! Sami drags Gable up, but Gable slips out of Blue Thunder to tag in Big E! And Sami is alone!! Big scoop, but Sami slips out to BOOT! Sami runs corner to corner, into a Urenag-E! Big E scoops for the BIG ENDING! Cover, Big E and team win!
Winners: Big E, Daniel Bryan, Chad Gable & Otis Dozovic, by pinfall
Sami is a clever strategist but he didn’t #ThinkBig E-nough! Will this lead Big E back to the Intercontinental Championship that Sami clings to?
A storm is coming.
It isn’t raining cats ‘n’ dogs, but wood and steel! And with gold sprinkled in between! Will the Boss still be in charge against the #UNTOUCHABLE? Will the Empress of Tomorrow have a surprise for the sadistic Queen of Spades and Irresistible Force? Will a Viper be burned to ash by a Fiend? Will the tables, ladders and chairs raining down change the landscape of the WWE forever?
WWE World Championship TLC Match: Drew McIntyre VS AJ Styles w/ Jordan Omogbehin!
The Scottish Warrior and the Phenomenal One have their first-ever 1v1 encounter and it’s with the highest stakes possible! But between tables, ladders, chairs, Omos ringside and Mr. MITB lurking in the shadows, what will take the title away from McIntyre? CAN anything take the title away from him?
The introductions are made, the belt is already high above the ring, and the first high stakes battle of the night begins!
McIntyre takes time to take off the kilt and gauntlets but Styles fires off on him! Styles CHOPS away in a corner, gets a leg but McIntyre kicks him away. McIntyre runs in but Styles dodges to fire off haymakers and kicks and a CHOP! Styles brings McIntyre out but McIntyre suplexes and TOSSES Styles away! McIntyre glares as he stands Styles up to CHOP him! And then McIntyre TOSSES Styles again! Styles gets to a corner, McIntyre throws hands! McIntyre dares Styles to get up but McIntyre CHOPS Styles back down! Styles crawls, McIntyre stalks him, whips him corner to corner HARD and Styles bounces off buckles chest first!
McIntyre drags Styles up, whips him back the other way and Styles bounces off into haymakers! McIntyre stomps Styles’ leg then glare at Omos. Omos stays put but McIntyre drags Styles up to kick low. Styles throat chops! Styles runs, but McIntyre back drops him high and hard! McIntyre watches Styles flounder to a corner. McIntyre runs in but into Styles’ boot! Styles hops up, McIntyre CHOPS him off and to the floor! McIntyre goes out after Styles, and he brings Styles up to bump him off the announce desk! Styles slumps down and McIntyre clears off a table with ease. McIntyre brings the table closer and then drags Styles up.
McIntyre bounces Styles’ head off the table, climbs up and over, then brings Styles up to suplex. Styles fights free but McIntyre ROCKS him with a right! Styles flounders into furniture but McIntyre scoops him to SNAKE EYES those ribs off the barriers! McIntyre wants Omos to move out of the way, and he obliges, and McIntyre uses Styles to bowl chairs off another table! Strike! Styles reaches around but McIntyre brings him up again, to again SNAKE EYES off barriers! That was head first this time. McIntyre gets a ladder and puts it in the ring! McIntyre stands the ladder up right under the belt and begins his climb! Styles hurries back in and he SMACKS McIntyre’s leg with a chair!
McIntyre falls off the ladder and Styles takes it for his own! Styles climbs, but McIntyre hobbles up. Styles gets the chair again and sees McIntyre clutching that leg. Styles SMACKS McIntyre on the back! Styles slows down because of his own hurting body but he wedges the chair in a corner. McIntyre hobbles, uses ropes for support, but Styles stops him from climbing the ladder. Styles goes to bump McIntyre off the chair but McIntyre blocks, trips Styles up, and catapults him! But Styles uses that to get UP the ladder! McIntyre stops Styles with clubbing forearms, pries him off and then aims at the ladder, but Styles sunset flips! McIntyre rolls through to catapult Styles into the CHAIR! Styles’ plan backfires on him!
McIntyre clutches his leg but goes to the ladder. McIntyre climbs but Omos fetches more chairs for Styles! Styles THROWS the ladder into McIntyre’s back! McIntyre stops his climb and even comes down a rung, for Styles to chop block! McIntyre writhes, clutching his leg, and Styles steadies himself. Styles drags McIntyre up and RAMS his head into rungs! McIntyre is down, the ladder tips over, but Styles brings it around to push down onto McIntyre! McIntyre is even more dazed and Styles walks over to bring him up. Basement enziguri! Styles looms over McIntyre as McIntyre crawls to the ladder.
Styles drags McIntyre up, reels him in and wants the Clash, but McIntyre resists the lift! McIntyre spins out, FUTURE SHOCK! Styles flounders, McIntyre gets up and has the ladder back. McIntyre sees Styles in a corner, and decides to wield the ladder LIKE A SWORD! Styles manages to avoid a direct hit, and he CHOP BLOCKS McIntyre again! Styles yanks on the leg, slams it on the ladder, then puts it inside the ladder for a FULL METAL CALF CRUSHER! McIntyre can only endure as there is no tapping out in this kind of match! Styles lets go when he tires out, and he frees McIntyre’s leg of the ladder. Or rather he frees the ladder of McIntyre’s leg, so that he can stand the ladder up.
McIntyre anchors Styles’ foot but Styles stomps him down. Styles tells McIntyre if he doesn’t stay down, he’ll be put down! CHAIR SHOT to the back! And another! And then to the leg! McIntyre flails and writhes but now Styles puts the leg through the chair! Another FULL METAL CALF CRUSHER! McIntyre endures, moves around, but Styles just pulls on the leg more! McIntyre crawls onto the ladder, to SLAM Styles’ head off it! Styles lets go of McIntyre to clutch his own head! McIntyre frees his leg but both men are both still down. Styles crawls back to the ladder, works to stand it up, but McIntyre grabs the other end of the ladder! McIntyre RAMS the ladder into the corner, Styles trips McIntyre to drag him to a corner. Styles KICKS the leg, then SLAMS the leg against the post!
Styles drags McIntyre out to throw a haymaker, then to RAM him down with another ladder! McIntyre is down and dazed, but Styles clears off a table and clears some space. McIntyre flounders over but Styles kicks him again. Styles takes a seat while McIntyre crawls, and then Styles throws more haymakers. Styles puts McIntyre on the table, rains down fists, and then goes back in the ring. Styles walks up the ladder wedged in the corner, but McIntyre gets up and THROWS a chair back at him! Direct hit and down goes Styles! McIntyre gets the table while Styles sputters and staggers about. McIntyre tosses the table in without even folding it up!
McIntyre gets his bad leg moving, stands the table back up, but Styles is after him. McIntyre elbows Styles, but runs into a drop toehold, into the corner ladder! McIntyre is down and dazed all over again! Styles drags McIntyre back up, whips him but McIntyre reverses. Styles slides under the table, then shoves it into McIntyre’s legs! Styles uses the table to leap, but McIntyre catches him! McIntyre OVERHEAD SUPLEXES Styles onto the ladder! Styles slides down the rungs while McIntyre gets to a corner. McIntyre works to get his bad leg moving again, and he heads over. Styles forearms McIntyre away, springboards, and hits a PHENOMENAL FOREARM!
Both men are down but they both roll to corners. Styles has Omos fetch him a new ladder, and he sets this one up under the belt. Styles climbs up, but McIntyre returns to grab at him! Styles kicks McIntyre but McIntyre still comes back! McIntyre gets Styles in a trophy lift, to TOSS out of the ring and through a table!! Referees check on Styles in the wreckage but McIntyre hurries to the ladder! McIntyre begins his climb, but here comes THE MIZ!! The Miz attacks McIntyre and Morrison has the briefcase! Miz POWERBOMBS McIntyre THROUGH THE TABLE!! Morrison gives the ref the briefcase because Miz is cashing in! THIS CHANGES THE MATCH TYPE!!
WWE World Championship TLC Triple Threat: Drew McIntyre VS AJ Styles w/ Omogbehin VS The Miz w/ John Morrison!
And as such, Miz is now climbing the ladder! Miz is grinning because he sees the title right above him! But OMOS gets involved! Omos yanks Miz off the ladder, cradles him like a child, and DROPS him through a TABLE! The cash-in is in jeopardy! Morrison SMACKS Omos with a chair, but the CHAIR breaks?! Omos barely felt that! Morrison sees he’s in trouble, and ditches the chair to bail out! Omos glares at Morrison, Morrison gets another chair as protection, but he falls over spare ladders! Morrison is up the ramp, Omos storms up that way, but the match is still going on! Miz, McIntyre and Styles are all in wreckage of tables, but McIntyre is the one in the ring!
McIntyre drags himself up, but Styles is back in now. Styles positions the ladder, McIntyre staggers but that leg is not cooperating. McIntyre hobbles over to get on the ladder, and the two are climbing! McIntyre has the lead based on his own natural height, but Styles manages to hit him in his leg! McIntyre keeps going and he hits back! McIntyre reaches at the belt but Styles punches him in the gut! Styles bounces McIntyre off the ladder but so does McIntyre! Miz is setting up another ladder next to theirs! McIntyre and Styles brawl but Miz climbs clear to the top! Mcintyre punches Miz, punches Styles, Styles falls down! GLASGOW KISS!
But Miz stays up and throws more hands! They go back and forth, they bounce each other off their ladders! McIntyre shoves Miz away! Styles springboards up to the top! Styles throws forearms, McIntyre throws hands, they brawl again! Styles sends McIntyre down into the ropes! But Miz is back! Miz hits Styles with haymakers! Miz reaches, Styles hits him! McIntyre uses Miz’s ladder to tip the other, and both men hit ropes! Styles tumbles out hard and Miz flounders, into a CLAYMORE!! McIntyre stands a ladder back up, climbs as fast as he can with his bad leg, he’s all alone up top! McIntyre WINS!
Winner: Drew McIntyre (still WWE World Champion)
The Scottish Warrior slays all of his adversaries! The Phenomenal One could not get it done, Mr. Money in the Bank went bankrupt, and the gold stays with McIntyre! If even these odds were not enough to knock McIntyre off the top, what in the world can?
Backstage interview with Paul Heyman.
The Tribal Chief’s Special Counsel is here, and Kayla brings up Kevin Owens’ ultimatum of winning the title, or die trying. “Aesthetics over competency again, I see.” But Heyman will give everyone the real question, “Is Heyman a sports fan?” Yes. And outside of the WWE, he likes NASCAR. Not for who wins, but for the crashes. Heyman is a sick individual, yes, but he likes that part of him.
Pro-wrestling is dangerous enough as it is, but tonight is carnage. People fall of ladders and through tables because they were hit by a chair. “Someone is going to get hurt bad tonight, and that someone’s name is Kevin Owens.” And Kevin will be hurt on purpose by your Tribal Chief, the undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion, Roman Reigns. And that is not just a prediction. That is a spoiler! Will Heyman again be proven right? Or will Kevin prove him oh so wrong?
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Sasha Banks VS Carmella!
The Boss, the blueprint, the standard of the Women’s Division has been the target of the #UNTOUCHABLE Princess of Staten Island ever since Carmella made her return. But while Mella has been successfully ambushing Sasha, and thought she had Sasha right where she wanted her, Sasha turned the tables on her! A disqualification ended the match these two had on television, but will things end very differently here on PPV?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the battle to see who is truly the baddest bitch on the blue brand begins again!
Sasha rushes Mella but Mella bails out right way! Mella claims she needs to make sure her ring gear is fitting just right, and she’s using the ring count. Mella returns at 5 but Sasha is right on her with fast hands! Mella knocks Sasha down and talks trash as she knocks her down. Mella drags Sasha up, whips, but Sasha reverses and trips her up to drag her out! Sasha bumps Mella off the apron, then uses the apron for an arm-drag! Sasha CLUBS Mella, puts her back in the ring, and covers, TWO! Sasha looms over Mella, drags her up but Mella SLAPS her! Mella drags Sasha back up, whips but Sasha reverses to throw Mella out! Luckily, Mella’s sommelier, Reginald, is there to catch her!
Sasha goes to the apron and leaps, but Reginald gets under the Meteora! Reginald then helps Mella give Sasha a huricanrana! Sasha gets up but Mella shoves Sasha into the steel steps! Mella puts Sasha in the ring, covers, TWO! Mella takes her time to adjust her gear and then she drags Sasha back up. Mella puts Sasha in a corner and stomps her down! The ref counts, Mella lets off at 3, but then runs in to BRONCO BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Mella drags Sasha back into a chinlock and talks trash while grinding her down. Sasha endures even as Mella bends her back, and Sasha fights up to hip bump. Mella ends up a backpack as Sasha rams her into a corner!
Sasha snapmares out, runs and BASEMENT METEORA! Cover, TWO! Mella goes to a corner, Sasha runs in but is put on the apron. Sasha KNEES Mella back, drags her out, and turns her around, but Mella switches out of the Backstabber to hit an apron EDGE O’MATIC! Or maybe a Mella Matic? Mella puts Sasha in, covers, TWO! Mella keeps on Sasha with a motorcycle stretch and she digs a knee into Sasha’s back. Mella shouts, “You’re not the Boss!” Sasha fights up as fans clap on their ThunderDome screens. Sasha elbows out then scoops Mella for a BACKBREAKER! Mella hobbles over but Sasha blocks the kick to KNEE Mella back!
Sasha runs at Mella in the corner, METEORA! Sasha snap suplexes, una amiga! Dos amigas! And then THREE AMIGAS! Sasha smiles as she gives her tribute to Latino Heat, and then she drags Mella to a drop zone. The tribute isn’t over as Sasha climbs up, for a FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Mella survives and shocks Sasha! Sasha works to keep her cool, but she says Mella messed up. Sasha reels her in but Mlela backs Sasha into buckles! Mella throws elbow after elbow but the ref counts, so she stops at 3. Mella runs back in but into a BOOT! Sasha hosp up and leaps, but Mella gets under! Mella runs, into a tilt-o-whirl, into a MELLA BUSTER! Cover, TWO!?!
Mella tries again, TWO!! Mella is furious, she high stacks, TWO!! Sasha is still in this and Mella is in disbelief! Mella drags Sasha back up, then feeds Sasha to Mella’s boot! Mella goes up, for the HANGING NECKLOCK! The ref counts, Mella lets go at 4, and then adjusts her gear again. Mella drags Sasha by her hair to pull against the ropes! Sasha SLAPS Mella and that angers Mella! Mella clubs away with furious fists on Sasha’s back! The ring count begins but Mella says to be patient. FABULOUS KICK to Sasha! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Mella is furious! Sasha flounders away but Mella stalks over. Sasha throws Mella into buckles! Sunset flip, TWO!
Sasha gets Mella for Deadly Nightshade! Sasha drags Mella up to the top now, but Mella throws body shots back! Mella clubs Sasha, adjusts position, and FABULOUS STEINERS! But Sasha sunset flips through, TWO!! Sasha runs into a roll up, TWO! Sasha spins Mella for a backslide, TWO! They roll over, fight up, and Mella reels Sasha back in. Sasha trips to the jackknife, TWO! Mella has the CODE OF SILENCE!! Sasha endures the necklock, rolls to pop out but Mella fights off the crossface! RINGS OF SATURN, WITH A NECKLOCK!! Mella stomps away on Sasha’s head!! Sasha manages a cover, TWO!! Mella let Sasha go and Sasha is gasping in a corner.
Mella runs in but her Bronco Buster misses! Sasha rolls Mella to a takedown and a BANK STATEMENT CROSSFACE!! Mella crawls around, reaches with her legs and arms, Reginald gets her out of the hold! The ref reprimands Reginald but Sasha LEAPS to METEORA Reginald down! But another FABULOUS KICK! And another FABULOUS KICK! Mella puts Sasha in, covers, TWO!?!? Mella is beside herself as Sasha survives again! Mella refuses to believe this, and she shouts, “You are NOT better than me, Sasha!” Mella slaps Sasha over and over and keeps shouting at her! Mella drags Sasha up, but Sasha pops out of the facebuster to get the CROSSFACE!! Mella flails, but she taps! Sasha wins!
Winner: Sasha Banks, by submission (still SmackDown Women’s Champion)
And it is STILL #BossTime for SmackDown! Mella had her assistant helping her and she still couldn’t put Sasha away! Will Sasha be popping bottles to celebrate this victory tonight?
Billie Kay talks with Asuka backstage.
Billie asks Asuka if she just saw that match. Billie just knew Sasha would retain. Maybe Billie’s clairvoyant? She’ll add that to her resume real quick. And speaking of, Billie presents her headshot and resume to Asuka. We all know Asuka needs a tag team partner, Billie is a former tag team champion, so she’d be a great partner against Nia and Shayna. And in the skills section, Billie is proficient in Japanese! Really? Asuka fires off Japanese and Billie says “Right back at you.” Billie even made her own mask to match Asuka’s! Asuka says enough! Clearly Billie did not understand. But thank you, but no thank you. The position has been filled. Billie is NOT ready for Asuka! Thanks, bye. But then if Asuka has a tag partner all set up, who is it?!
Raw Tag Team Championships: The New Day VS The Hurt Business!
The title matches do not stop! The 10-time W, W, E, World, Tag, Team, CHAMPIONS~ are hoping to hold onto the gold against the very hungry Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander! But will Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods have to kiss their assets good-bye tonight?
Backstage, Charly Caruso asks if the New Day is ready. How is this match going to be different from the last time? Well Kofi puts it like this: it won’t be. But the longer answer: it definitely won’t be. The Hurt Business have gone against the New Day before, but this is #BigMatch New Day! The Butt Hurt Business will be even more butt hurt because 2020 ends as it began: with the New Day as tag team champions. Why? BECAAAUSE- It’s still not quite right without Big E. But the point is, NEW! DAY ROCKS!
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and the teams sort out, with Kofi starting against Alexander!
Alexander rushes Kofi but gets a SUPERKICK for it!! Cover, TWO! Kofi drags Alexander up, hits a Russian Leg Sweep, then tags Woods. Kofi twerks on Alexander as Woods drops the SUPER LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Woods drags Alexander up as MVP shouts for him to tag out! Kofi tags in, rams into Alexander, Woods rolls Alexander for Kofi’s crossbody! Cover, TWO! Kofi keeps Alexander away from Benjamin with a snapmare. Tag to Woods, penalty kick to sliding lariat, and Kofi’s rebound splash! Woods dragon sleepers for a SAVING GRACE! Cover, Benjamin breaks it up!
Benjamin and MVP coach Alexander and Alexander kicks Woods away. Benjamin tags in to clobber Woods! Benjamin snap suplexes Woods, covers, TWO! MVP helps Alexander hydrate while Benjamin whips Woods for a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Benjamin drags Woods back up and whips, but Woods ducks and dodges to slide and ROLLING ELBOW! Woods whips, wrenches and puts Benjamin on ropes! Kofi tags in as Woods builds speed, sliding attack onto Benjamin and he wrecks Alexander with a dropkick! The Hurt Business is reeling from that 2-for-1 special, Kofi springboards and STOMPS Benjamin down! Cover, TWO!
Woods keeps on Alexander with elbows and Kofi kicks Benjamin. Kofi mule kicks, tags Woods, PLANCHA for Alexander and GET OVER HERE for Benjamin! Cover, TWO! The New Day is fired up and Woods brings Benjamin up. Woods CHOPS Benjamin, and CHOPS and CHOPS, then whips. Benjamin puts Woods on the apron but Woods hits him away, Benjamin KNEES Woods back! Benjamin throws Woods hard into the buckles! Tag to Alexander, and Alexander aims at Woods, to PENALTY KICK him in the back! MVP says the kick was good! Alexander puts Woods in, covers, TWO!
Alexander rains down elbows, digs knuckles into ribs, and then pulls Woods back in a chinlock. Alexander drags Woods over, tags Benjamin in, and Benjamin stomps Woods down. Benjamin drags Woods up and wrenches to an elbow breaker! Benjamin keeps on the arm but MVP wants to hear it snap. Benjamin stomps Woods, tags Alexander back in, and Alexander throws elbows. Alexander clamps on claws into Woods’ shoulder and he taunts, “How’s that nerve feeling!?” Woods endures, fights up and fights back but Alexander DECKS him with a right! Alexander runs, handsprings, but into Woods’ enziguri! He neutralizes the Neuralizer!
Woods and Alexander crawl, hot tags to Kofi and Benjamin! Kofi springboard ax handles Benjamin first! And he hits Alexander, then rallies with CHOPS on Benjamin! Dropkick! Benjamin gets up, Kofi LEAPING LARIATS! MVP shouts at Benjamin but Kofi BOOTS Alexander down! Kofi runs for the Boom Drop, but gets caught! Alexander tags in, climbs up, Benjamin moves Kofi around, but no Doomsday! Kofi victory rolls and STOMPS Benjamin! Kofi catches Alexander for SOS! Cover, TWO!! MVP is panicking as Kofi watches Alexander. Kofi claps it up, spins, but Alexander ducks Trouble to back suplex! Kofi lands out, whips Alexander but Alexander reveres! Kofi goes up, up and over, but Alexander gets under to come back with a KNEE! BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, but Woods breaks it!
Benjamin brawls with Woods, KNEE, to Alexander’s NEURALIZER! Benjamin hits PAYDIRT on Woods! Kofi is down, Alexander tags back to Benjamin, and Benjamin drags Woods up. OLYMIPC- NO! Kofi slips out to dropkick Benjamin down! Alexander is there, Kofi KICKS him, too! Kofi slips out to swing kick Benjamin! Kofi goes up, but Benjamin ROCKS him first! Benjamin climbs, drags Kofi up but Kofi fights back! Kofi headbutts Benjamin away, adjusts, but Benjamin ROCKS him again! Benjamin goes up, brings Kofi right up, for a HALF HATCH SUPERPLEX! Benjamin fires up and wants to hit Kofi with something more, but Alexander tags in!? Alexander drags Kofi up, LUMBAR CHECK!! Cover, The Hurt Business wins!!
Winners: The Hurt Business, by pinfall (NEW Raw Tag Team Champions)
MVP doesn’t mind Alexander improvising, because they just took the titles! The Hurt Business’ treasury is growing larger, and Bobby Lashley is there to celebrate with them! Will they soon take over all of Raw together?
Sami Zayn confronts Kayla Braxton.
“Oh, there she is! Little Ms. Journalist!” She must be proud of leaking that audio that breached his privacy! Does she have no shame? But Sami stops himself and apologizes. He just wants to know who gave her the audio. Was it Big E? Sami will deal with it himself. Kayla apologizes, but a journalist doesn’t reveal their sources. Oh is she lecturing him on ethics?! He is the ONLY ONE who knows about ethics in the WWE! Will Sami rant and rave until this mystery is solved?
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler VS Asuka & ???
Nia and Shayna have bullied the Ravishing Russian for months, but while her spirit did not break, they finally broke her physically. Lana is not able to compete tonight for the opportunity she and the Empress of Tomorrow won together, but WWE is allowing for a substitution! Who is it that Asuka has chosen for her new teammate? It’s… THE QUEEN, CHARLOTTE FLAIR!! She finally returns and wants her own revenge on Nia! They’ve been rivals before, but will Charlotte and Asuka now reign together?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and Asuka starts against Shayna to start this wrestling royal showdown!
Asuka and Shayna circle, feel the grapple out, and Asuka gets a leg. Shayna waistlocks, Asuka switches, but Shayna rolls to get free and KICK Asuka back! Asuka shakes her head but Shayna KICKS her again! Asuka ducks the next kick to give KICKS! Shayna blocks a kick but Asuka gets an arm! They roll, Asuka wants the armbar but Shayna moves around to trap an arm! Hair down, but Asuka dodges the stomp! Asuka and Shayna stand off, but Charlotte wants in! Asuka gives her the tag! The Queen of Spades and Queen of Flair stare down, but then Charlotte blasts past Shayna to hit Nia! Charlotte elbows Shayna down and gets the leg but Shayna kicks her away!
Shayna and Charlotte circle, but Shayna grins as she tags to Nia. That’s what Charlotte wanted anyway! Charlotte and Nia tie up, Charlotte waistlocks but Nia rams her into the corner! Nia keeps hitting, then runs in, but Charlotte dodges! Charlotte headlocks, Nia powers out and the two collide. Neither falls, Nia dares Charlotte to bring it, so Charlotte kicks and headlocks. Asuka tags in, fire off kicks, then fast hands! Asuka back kicks then whips, but Nia reverses. Asuka holds ropes and she elbows back then ROUNDHOUSES and CODE BREAKERS! Nia stays up so Asuka kicks her in the corner! Asuka goes up but Nia ROCKS her!
Nia fireman’s carries, Asuka flails to a sunset but Nia drags her up to headbutt! Nia POSTS Asuka in the corner, tags Shayna, and they throw Asuka down. Nia sets the arm up for Shayna’s STOMP! Shayna keeps stomping the arm, then covers, TWO! Charlotte coaches Asuka but Shayna has the cording hold. Shayna tortures the elbow then the wrist and fingers! Asuka endures, Shayna twists it around to a double wristlock, but Asuka fights up to roll her! ONE, Shayna CLOBBERS Asuka! Shayna drags Asuka up, throws her into buckles, then tags in Nia. Nia drags Asuka down then YANKS her into the post! Nia drags Asuka up to whip her hard into barriers!
The ring count climbs but Nia takes her time. Nia puts Asuka in at 6, tags Shayna, and they wrap the arm around ropes to throw body shots! The ref reprimands, Shayna brings Asuka out to twist the arm around into another double wristlock. Asuka endures as Shayna goes after the elbow more, then Shayna shifts. Asuka goes after Shayna’s arm now! Shayna pulls hair, whips, but Asuka wrenches back to kick away! Shayna blocks a kick, trips Asuka up, and covers, TWO! Charlotte was ready just in case but Asuka survives. Shayna throws Asuka out, tags to Nia, and Nia goes around to go after Asuka. Nia scoops Asuka but Asuka slips off to shove Nia! Nia avoids post but not BACK HAND!
Asuka hurries back in, Nia gives chase, and Shayna lurks around the way, Asuka kicks Nia away, ROUNDHOUSE! But Shayna yanks Charlotte down! Charlotte DECKS Shayna for it, and tags in! Charlotte CHOPS away on Nia! Charlotte’s father, Ric Flair, is watching backstage! Charlotte whips, Nia reverses but Charlotte kicks back! Charlotte runs to BOOT Nia down! Shayna returns but gets a kick! And an EXPLDOER! Shayna flops out while Charlotte kips up! Charlotte runs, blocks a boot to give a forearm! Charlotte puts the leg on a rope to drop a knee! Nia staggers, Charlotte BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO!
Charlotte keeps her cool but Shayna gets Nia out. Asuka SLIDING KICKS Shayna! Charlotte goes up and aims, MOONSAULT takes the champions down! Charlotte fires up as she gets back up and she puts Nia back in at 6 of 10! Charlotte is in at 7, gets Nia’s legs, and ties them up, but Nia kicks her away! Nia reels Charlotte in but Charlotte fights the fireman’s carry! Asuka tags in, Nia gets Charlotte for the SAMOAN DROP! Asuka is up top and leaps to missile dropkick Nia all the way to her corner! Shayna tags in, Asuka dodges, but Shayna ducks a kick to wrench the arm! Kirafuda, but Asuka slips out! Asuka wants her lock but Shayna wrenches the arm! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!
But Charlotte tags in! Asuka gets away and Charlotte gives Shayna a backbreaker to buckle shot! BOOT for Nia! Charlotte smirks but Shayna creeps up behind! Charlotte fights the Kirafuda off but Shayna cradles, TWO! Charlotte has the legs, FIGURE FOUR! Bridge, FIGURE EIGHT!! Nia drags Charlotte off her own hold! FLYING HIP ATTCK from Asuka to Nia! Charlotte holds ropes to avoid the Kirafuda, but Shayna brings her away! Charlotte rolls to a cover, TOW! NATURAL SELECTION! Cover, Charlotte and Asuka win!!
Winners: Charlotte Flair & Asuka, by pinfall (NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)
Asuka is a double champion, and the Queen is a GRAND SLAM CHAMPION! Will this combination of Empress and Queen be even more unstoppable than Nia and Shayna?
Big E and R-Truth are laughing about something backstage.
Sami confronts them! It WAS Big E who gave Kayla the audio! No, Sami, don’t worry about that leak. But go on somewhere else with that conspiracy theory. Truth has a conspiracy thesis. “Your lips don’t touch when you say the word ‘touch,’ but they do when you say the word, ‘separate.'” Sami says Big E is not as clever as Sami, because Sami is still Intercontinental Champion while Big E has been a joke ever since going water! Alright, Sami, keep playing these games. Big E will see him soon. Big E’s scary seriousness gets both Truth and Sami to leave, but will Sami find himself being chased by a powerful contender?
WWE Universal Championship TLC Match: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Kevin Owens!
The Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table, this Samoan sociopath, has been instilling fear and pain into not only those who oppose him, but his own flesh and blood. Jey Uso has fallen in line, and others shy away. But not the Prizefighter! Kevin has defiantly fought back and claims that he will be champion, or die trying. Will Roman make it so that Kevin never fights again? Or will Kevin #StunTheWorld and take away the title?
Roman Reigns enters first for the title to be hoisted high above the ring. But Kevin shows up out of nowhere and attacks! He fires off fists on Roman, the bell rings to start the match, and Kevin stomps a mudhole into Roman! Roman shoves Kevin but Kevin fires off on Roman! Kevin runs corner to corner to CANNONBALL! Roman is down, Heyman is stressed out, and Kevin goes out after Roman! Kevin whips Roman into barriers, then CANNONBALLS again! Kevin drags Roman back up, and whips him into steel steps! Roman is down and writhing, so Kevin goes up to the apron, for an APRON FROG SPLASH! Direct hit and now Roman is gasping!
Kevin finally leaves Roman behind for a moment, and he’s fetching a ladder! Kevin puts the ladder in, but here comes Jey Uso! Kevin SUPERKICKS Jey down! Kevin goes back out, gets a chair and he JAMS it into Jey’s ribs! And SMACKS Jey on the back! Kevin SMACKS Roman on the back with the chair, too! Kevin storms after Jey but Jey ROCKS Kevin with the uppercut! Jey kicks but into the CHAIR! Kevin SMACKS away on Jey’s leg! Kevin puts the chair around the leg, then STOMPS the chair! Jey writhes and clutches his foot and Kevin says him he should’ve stayed in the back!
Kevin clears off the announce desk and he drags Jey over! The refs and medics want Kevin to spare Jey, so Kevin does. And Roman returns with a DRIVE-BY DROPKICK! Kevin falls off the apron and Roman grits his teeth. Roman throws the desk hood down on Kevin, then finds something more while Jey is helped to the back. Roman has the steel steps and he RAMS Kevin down! And RAMS him again! And then hammers away with the steps! Then Roman tosses the steps aside in anger! Roman sees the ladder in the ring, but he wants something to end Kevin first. Roman drags Kevin up and into the ring, and then fetches another ladder.
Roman puts this shorter ladder in while Kevin gets up, and Roman SMASHES Kevin with that ladder! And then swings and SMACKS Kevin, and again! And then Roman hammers Kevin with this ladder! Roman digs the ladder into Kevin’s ribs! Kevin keeps trying to fight but Roman stomps him down. Roman puts the ladder on ropes, stomps Kevin more, then fetches chairs. Roman mumbles to himself as he puts the chairs in, then he stomps Kevin’s hand! And SMACKS Kevin on the back! Kevin gets the other chair and tries to swing back, but Roman hits chair with chair into Kevin! Roman just hammers away with the chair on Kevin’s ribs! And another chair shot to the back!
Roman smiles a bit as he sets up the chairs together, side by side. Kevin gets up, hits back with haymakers and body shots, but Roman ROCKS him with a right! Roman fireman’s carries but Kevin slips out! Kevin wants to bomb but Roman back drops him onto the chairs! Roman takes a moment to talk to himself again, “I’m gonna torture this fool,” then he brings Kevin up. Roman throws Kevin out, moves things around in the ring, and stands the tall ladder up. The ladder is under the belt, Roman climbs up, but Kevin SMACKS Roman with a chair! And again! Roman is down and Kevin SMACKS him again! Heyman is feeling that one!
Kevin sits a chair up, brings Roman over, and fisherman BUSTERS Roman onto the chair!! Roman writhes, Heyman is shocked, and Kevin tells Roman, “You’re making me do this!” Kevin goes to the ladder, climbs up now, and grabs the belt! But Jey is back!? Jey is on one good leg as he drags Kevin down, and the two of them brawl! Kevin kicks and punches and kicks! Kevin rains down rights on Jey, but a SUPERMAN PUNCH takes Kevin down! Roman and Jey move the ladder aside for now, and Jey fetches a table for the Head of the Table! And not just one, but another table! Roman makes sure the ladder is out of the way enough for these tables to be set up.
Roman stomps Kevin to keep him down, and the tables are set up. Roman has one propped up in a corner, Jey stands his up on its own. Again, Roman talks to himself. Roman stands on Kevin’s head and grinds him into the mat! “This is because you pissed me off!” Roman drags Kevin up but Kevin keeps fighting him. Roman feeds Kevin to Jey but Kevin kicks back! SUPERKICK even! STUNNER for Roman!! Kevin clears the ring of the Bloodline and hurries to get the ladder back up! Kevin heads up, but Jey anchors a foot and drags him down! Jey and Kevin brawl again, Kevin kicks Jey’s bad leg! Kevin has Jey by the announce desk, and uses a POP-UP POWERBOMB to put Jey through it!
Kevin hobbles over to flip pieces of the desk onto Jey! The Bloodline tried to bury him, he’s burying one of them! With armchairs, too! Kevin goes back to the ring, climbs up the ladder, is at the top, but Roman returns! Roman keeps Kevin from touching the belt, throws hands, but Kevin throws hands back! Kevin punches Roman but Roman rakes eyes! Kevin falters, Roman goes around to his side, and drags him down to throw haymakers. Kevin stays standing against ropes, and he hits back! Kevin SUPER- No, Roman blocks the kick to POWERBOMB Kevin onto the short ladder!
Kevin is down, Roman brings the short ladder around, and then brings Kevin over. The ladder is on its edge, Roman back suplexes Kevin onto the ladder! Roman follows Kevin out of the ring, moves things aside, and drags Kevin back up. Roman CHOKE SLAMS Kevin through a table! Roman checks on Jey under all the wreckage then throws the armchair onto Kevin! Roman drags Kevin up by his shirt, throws more haymakers but Kevin falls right over. Roman drags Kevin up again, and SAMOAN DROPS him through a table! Kevin coughs and sputters as Roman goes back to the ring. Roman is all alone with the ladder, and he takes his time climbing up.
Roman is at the top, but Kevin is back?! Roman chuckles in disbelief. Roman goes back down the ladder, kicks at Kevin, but Kevin keeps clawing at him. Roman can’t believe Kevin is doing this. “You’re embarrassing your family now.” Roman toys with Kevin, but Kevin SLAPS him! Roman SPEARS Kevin through a table! The table in the corner! But that was risky, as Roman is clutching his own neck and shoulder. Kevin flops out of the ring, and is still moving?! Kevin is crawling to another ladder, and says, “You’re gonna have to kill me!” Roman goes out as Kevin leans against the ladder to stand. Roman runs in and SPEARS, but Kevin moves! Roman blasts though barriers!!
Kevin drags himself back into the ring, climbs the ladder, and gets to the top! Kevin reaches at the belt but Roman is back in! Roman drags Kevin down, grabs him by the head and digs him into the ladder, to then throw him into it! The ladder tips over and Kevin falls again, and Roman is seething as he moves things aside. Roman walks into a SUPERKICK! And ANOTHER SUPERKICK! Kevin whips Roman for a POP-UP- SUPERMAN PUNCH! Roman hits back, runs, but into a POP-UP BOMB THROUGH A TABLE!! Roman flops out of the ring and Kevin gets the ladder! Roman stands the ladder up, climbs up, and grabs at the belt!
But JEY is back!! Jey climbs up, keeps Kevin from bringing the belt down, but Kevin headbutts Jey over and over! Kevin gives Jey a STUNNER! Kevin goes back up, reaches the top again, and grabs for the belt! Roman is back?! Roman LOW BLOWS Kevin through the rungs! Roman chokes Kevin out with the GUILLOTINE! Kevin fades, falls off the ladder, and Roman stands up to grab the belt off the holder!
Winner: Roman Reigns (still WWE Universal Champion)
The Tribal Chief still reigns! But it took so much out of Roman, Kevin, and even Jey, the Head of the Table’s insurance policy! Will anyone ever overthrow the Bloodline?
BREAKING NEWS for SmackDown!
Big E’s pin on Sami Zayn tonight has earned him a title match for Christmas! Will Big E give us the best present of all when he dethrones the Great Liberator?
Firefly Inferno Match: The Fiend VS Randy Orton!
Bray Wyatt and The Viper seem to be fated to battle again and again. But a rivalry has never been more heated than this! One will burn for the sins of the past, will this be a completely different kind of nightmare before Christmas?
Orton is wary as he gets in the ring with The Fiend, because The Fiend keeps watching him. The bell rings, the two slowly, slowly circle, and then Orton throws a haymaker! But The Fiend just laughs it off! Orton is put off by that as he still circles around. Orton kicks low but again The Fiend just laughs, and even sticks out his tongue. Orton throws another hand, then tries an RKO but is denied! The Fiend fires off haymakers, uppercuts, and a flurry of headbutts! Then The Fiend stomps Orton down, paces, and brings Orton up to uppercut him back down! Orton flounders, Fiend whips him and headbutts him down! Orton flounders even more and gets to a corner.
The Fiend storms over to drag Orton back up, reels him in, but Orton gets out of Sister Abigail to dropkick! The Fiend stays up and throat chops back! The Fiend rams into Orton in the corner, digs Orton’s face into ropes, then whips Orton to swing. Orton dodges but Fiend BODY CHECKS him! Orton fights off Sister Abigail to hit the back2backbreaker! The Fiend is finally down, but he’s up fast! Fiend denies an RKO to hit SISTER ABIGAIL! And NOW there’s fire! The Fiend summons it all around ringside, but Orton gets back in the ring. The Fiend fires off uppercuts, throws Orton back out, and they’re closer to the fire.
Orton hurries back in but Fiend drags him back out to ROCK him with an uppercut! Fiend bumps Orton off steel steps, and digs his thumbs into Orton’s eyes! Orton screams in pain but Fiend laughs! Fiend drags Orton over but Orton pushes away to avoid flames! Orton punches back, but runs into a clothesline! The fire spouts stronger with that impact, as if responding to The Fiend’s mood. The Fiend finds a leather strap and he LASHES Orton with it! And LASHLES him again! Fiend laughs as he LASHES Orton even more! Fiend has an even bigger, heavier strap of leather, and he LIGHTS IT ON FIRE! Fiend swings the burning leather but Orton moves! Strap meets flames and they erupt again!
Fiend reels back to keep himself from catching on fire. Orton throws hands and pushes Fiend close to flames but Fiend hits back. Fiend POSTS Orton, then brings out a PICKAXE!? Orton avoids getting chopped down! The Fiend finds the pickaxe is stuck, but Orton attacks! Wait is that a rocking chair? Fiend POSTS Orton again, and again, then rams him into barriers! The fires are getting hungrier but The Fiend sees the rocking chair. The Fiend brings the chair, and a gas can, and sets it up, to soak the chair in the gasoline! The Fiend draws a line with the gasoline, goes after Orton, but Orton avoids the flames! The Fiend whips Orton into steel steps!
The Fiend drags Orton over, makes him take a seat in the gas soaked chair, and then has a LIGHTER! Fiend lights the line of gas and it goes right for the chair! Orton moves before the chair is burned to ash! The Fiend laughs as he stalks after Orton, and has part of the steel steps! But Orton uses an AX HANDLE! Orton SMACKS and CLUBS Fiend with it, then RAMS Fiend with the steps! And RAMS him again! The flames are only getting hotter but Orton fetches a chain from under the ring! FULL METAL KNUCKLE! Orton keeps hitting The Fiend with the chain fist, and then uses the chains to choke the Fiend! The Fiend is inches from fire but he fights free!
Orton hurries back up, wraps his fist back up, and stalks Fiend into the ring. The Fiend catches Orton for an URENAGE! NECK SNAP! Fiend drags Orton up, brings him around and throws him back out. Fiend looms over Orton, and STOMPS his hand before he could grab the ax handle! Fiend takes the handle for his own, and ignites it! Orton kicks Fiend first! Orton drags Fiend onto the apron for a DRAPING DDT! And the fires are erupting again! Orton hears the voices in his head as he lurks close to The Fiend. The Fiend slowly stirs and stands, but he catches Orton into the MANDIBLE CLAW! Fiend is pushing Orton towards the fire! But Orton turns it around! Now Fiend is pushing Orton, but Fiend IGNITES!! Orton wins!!
Winner: Randy Orton
But The Fiend is still after Orton! Orton hits an RKO!! Orton looks at The Fiend as he is out cold but on fire! Is the Viper feeling remorse for what he’s done? Orton checks on Bray, kicks at him, but Bray isn’t moving… Orton leaves the ring, because he wants to be sure he’s gotten rid of The Fiend. He has the gas can, and there’s plenty still inside! Orton told the world before that he’s “the most evil son of a bitch” ever, and he is pouring the gasoline all over The Fiend’s body! Is he really going to…!? Orton fetches matches!
Orton stands over the gas soaked Fiend, lights a match, watches it burn… and throws it down on The Fiend!! THE FIEND ERUPTS IN FLAMES, and the flames around the ring react in kind! Is Orton going to have a circle of hell all to himself?!
This was a great TLC PPV, but obviously with some glaring flaws. First, I don’t like that they didn’t include a separate Tables match and separate Chairs match for the matches that it could’ve worked for. If they had kept Lana in the match with Asuka, it could’ve been a Tables Tag match. That is a match that Lana and Asuka honestly still could’ve won because it’s just about getting someone through a table. Plus, that’s just using the story telling Vince was giving us in a logical way: Lana puts Nia through a table somehow, and wins the titles off her as the cherry on top. But I suppose two TLC matches and an Inferno Match makes up for that in WWE’s mind.
We got a good 8 Man Tag of what is basically the WWE Intercontinental Championship field, and Corbin. Big E gets a big win and a title match for Christmas SmackDown! I feel like that’s as good as having a match here tonight on the PPV, and I really think if Big E’s winning the title, he’s winning it then. And R-Truth was present tonight, yet no WWE 24/7 Championship moments so that was a tiny letdown. They could’ve gotten some SmackDown stars involved since PPV’s seem to be the best opportunity for that, but nope. It sounds like Truth is doing stuff on WWE Main Event, which is more of a reason I wish it was on the Network, not on Hulu.
Opening the main card with the WWE World Championship TLC was a clear sign there would be an MITB cash-in, and then we got it! Even before Miz and Morrison got involved, it was a great match of McIntyre VS Styles. And then with Miz and Morrison getting involved, OMOS got involved, and I love that they made a completely gimmicked chair that falls apart, just to sell that Omos is a tank in his own right. Sucks that Miz’s cash-in failed but this was the best opening for him. But McIntyre’s power is off the charts retaining in this situation, so whatever plans they have for him at Royal Rumble must be huge!
Sasha VS Mella was also very good, but of course “Reginald the sommelier” gets involved somehow. But it didn’t cost Sasha so I’m not really sure it helped anything. Honestly, I thought Mella’s new submission hold was going to win, but that thing got buried out the gate. Y’know, maybe Sasha VS Mella could’ve been a Champagne match to “redefine the C” for one night. It was being set up by Mella smashing bottles on Sasha this whole time, but much like Lana being removed from the Women’s Tag title match, WWE misses another opportunity they themselves set up.
And then, in said Women’s Tag title match, they could’ve given us Asuka & Mandy or Asuka & Dana, but they went with the answer that oddly enough, quite a few people predicted. It was great for Charlotte to return now, and the tag match was great because it was Charlotte, and now Charlotte is a Grand Slam Champion, but I feel like there was an opportunity missed again. I suppose they can still circle around for Dana and Mandy to get involved with the story, but Charlotte getting a tag title reign with Asuka must be because WWE is very concerned about Raw’s ratings.
New Day VS Hurt Business was a great tag title match, even without extra stipulations added on. Alexander and Benjamin worked well together, and just as I thought Alexander tagging in without warning would backfire, he instead takes the win for his own. The Hurt Business has three champions, and I really hope there’s a way for MVP to be 24/7 Champion with the others defending him so he can have a long reign. Of course, now the problem is, WWE has downsized the tag team divisions on Raw and SmackDown, so who is there on Raw to challenge Hurt Business other than the New Day? I suppose because of what’s been building, it’ll be Jeff Hardy & Matt Riddle, but then is Riddle also going to challenge Lashley for the US Championship to tease being a double champion? Vince has really written himself into a corner with how he’s booked things.
Roman VS Kevin was a great TLC match. Better than McIntyre VS Styles VS Miz, and perhaps the best one in a long time because of the story going into it. Kevin had a great sneak attack and just wouldn’t stop moving despite what happened to him. Of course Jey gets in, and he gets thrown around quite a bit himself. They did a great job teasing us into thinking Kevin was going to win, because he was so close to getting the belt with both hands at one point. But in the end, Roman finds a way to win, mostly because he remembers he can just low blow his opponent, then choke them out. Much like with McIntyre, I have no solid idea what is happening next, but I am so ready for it.
The Firefly Inferno Match wasn’t all that “Firefly,” I was expecting the puppets to get involved and for Ramblin’ Rabbit to perhaps get set on fire as part of his immortality gag where he just keeps coming back from the dead. But it was a decent Inferno Match, with Orton and Bray brawling, and the reference to original Bray using the rocking chair. This match was clearly partially edited because Orton would not have had time to get out of the chair before the fire got to him if it were live. But the editing just made things work out better, because obviously that was a dummy Fiend “unconscious” in the ring for Orton to set on fire. Been a long time since Orton’s tried burning someone alive *cough* Taker */cough* but this really escalates things between him and Bray. Bray could take this any which way, and he and Orton could still have a proper Firefly match come Rumble or Mania.
My Score: 8.6/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (2/1/23)
Dynamite is No Holds Barred!
Will Darby Allin still be the Relentless TNT Champion?
Samoa Joe wants the AEW TNT Championship back, but he knows Darby Allin is relentless. Tonight on Dynamite, they go NO HOLDS BARRED for the gold! Will Joe once again be the King of Television?
- Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page; Moxley wins.
- The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd; The Acclaimed wins.
- Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita; Takeshita wins.
- Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher; Bryan wins.
- AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet; Cargill wins and retains the title.
- AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe; wins and
PLAY BY PLAY
Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Hangman Page!
The Maniac and the Cowboy go for their tiebreaker as Dynamite is in Dayton, Ohio! Will Ohio’s own knock this one out of the park like he did before? Or will there be some serious #CowboySh*t going down in Dayton?
Not only does Moxley have the Decoder by his side, he has his dad, Dan! Hangman makes his entrance next, and Moxley goes right after him! Moxley throws hands then whips Hangman into railing! The ref reprimands but Moxley sends Hangman into steel steps! Moxley throws hands, whips Hangman again and Hangman hits more railing hard! Fans fire up and the ref reprimands. Moxley just takes off his hoodie to CHOKE Hangman with it! Moxley TOSSES Hangman over the railing, and then he hops onto the railing! Dayton fires up, gives Moxley a hand, and Moxley FLYING AX HANDLES Hangman down!
Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman throws hands! Hangman sits Moxley down, fires off more shots, then backs up. Hangman runs in to BOOT Moxley against railing! The ref reprimands, he wants this in the ring, but it isn’t a match yet so there’s no real repercussions. Hangman stalks Moxley along the way but Moxley kicks back. And CHOPS! Moxley trips Hangman then ties him up, FIGURE FOUR on the floor! Moxley and Hangman flip each other off but the ref still wants this in the ring. Hangman grabs someone’s beer and splashes Moxley with it! Moxley lets Hangman out of the hold, and then Hangman ROCKS Mox!
They go back to ringside, Moxley grabs a chair but Hangman CLUBS Moxley. But Moxley JAMS Hangman, tris him, and then drops an elbow on the leg! Moxley has a toehold, then he puts the chair around the leg! The ref reprimands but Moxley goes up the apron. The ref shouts at Moxley to not jump, but then Hangman gets free! Hangman CHUCKS the chair at Moxley’s head!! Moxley goes down and fans fire up! The ref reprimands again and wants this to get in the ring. Moxley is dazed, but Hangman drags him around, to suplex onto the chair! Hangman drags Moxley up and puts him in the ring, but he also brings the chair!
The ref stops Hangman, so Hangman leaves the chair behind. The bell finally rings, and Hangman runs in to forearm Moxley! Moxley hits back, they go back and forth! Moxley’s eyebrow is already busted open, but he keeps throwing shots. Hangman gets the edge, HEADBUTTS, then whips. Moxley reverses to dropkick the legs out! Moxley looms over Hangman, drags him into the INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Hangman endures, keeps his shoulders off the mat, but fans rally behind Moxley. Hangman drags himself back, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets Hangman go at 3.
Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman gets around to GERMAN SUPLEXES! Moxley snarls but the blood is getting into his eye. Hangman DECKS Moxley and has him at the ropes. Hangman brings Moxley up, fans boo but Hangman CHOPS! Moxley flounders and falls and fans start dueling. Hangman stalks Moxley, sits him up, and he starts raining down fists right on the bloody eyebrow! Mox fans boo but Hangman fans are fired up for the “COWBOY SH*T!” Hangman wipes Moxley’s blood off on his chest, but then turns around into a CHOP! Moxley eggs Hangman on and Hangman CHOPS back!
Moxley CHOPS, Hangman CHOPS, fans “WOO~!” for the CHOP fight! Moxley shifts to boxing elbows, then runs, but Hangman catches the crossbody! FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans are torn while Moxley goes to the apron. Hangman runs, triangle jumps, but Moxley LARIATS first! Moxley drags Hangman up and to the apron, then turns Hangman, for a SLEEPER! The ref reprimands and wants this in the ring, but Hangman claws the bloody eyebrow! Moxley turns Hangman around, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman tries to lift, Moxley resists, and then Moxley lifts! Hangman fights that and lifts again, but Moxley still fights!
Both men are fighting for control, and Hangman fireman’s carries! To SNAKE EYES Moxley off the post! Moxley falls to the floor and Dynamite goes picture in picture!
The ref checks Moxley but he’s somehow okay to continue. Hangman goes over to fetch Moxley, and whips him into railing! Hangman ROCKS Moxley with haymakers as the bloody eyebrow becomes a crimson mask. Hangman refreshes the count, goes back to Moxley and CHOPS him! Moxley gets in Hangman’s face so Hangman CHOPS again! Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Hangman DECKS him! Hangman snarls, looms over Moxley, and then drags him back up. Hangman puts Moxley in the ring, and rains down more fists on that bloody eyebrow! Moxley falls over, but Hangman gets the wrists!
Hangman sits Moxley up, for a DRAGON STOMP, but Moxley blocks! Moxley throws Hangman to a corner and fires off forearms and CHOPS on repeat! Moxley then hoists Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and CLAWS Hangman’s back, painfully slow! Then he CLAWS and BITES Hangman’s back, before blowing a kiss to the fans. But Hangman throws body shots in return! Dynamite returns to single picture as Hangman BITES Moxley’s forehead! Hangman then slips under Moxley to fireman’s carry him on the second rope! SUPER DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives and fans are fired up!
Fans duel as Hangman sits up. Hangman scowls while Moxley sits up. Moxley eggs Hangman on so Hangman kicks him! And BOOTS him! Hangman tells Moxley to stay down but he refuses. Moxley sits up, so Hangman BOOTS him! Moxley sits up to SLAP Hangman, and flips him off! Hangman is fuming, but he runs into a CUTTER! A standing count starts, fans count along as Moxley and Hangman stir. They sit up at 5 of 10, and Moxley throws a haymaker. Hangman throws it back, so Moxley gives another,. They go back and forth, Hangman wobbles but he CHOPS! Moxley CHOPS! Hangman forearms! Moxley forearms back!
Moxley eggs Hangman on, Hangman staggers over and CHOPS again! Moxley KICKS a leg, KICKS Hangman’s arm, then KICKS him again! Moxley ducks the haymaker to get the SLEEPER! Hangman shifts to SAIDO! But Moxley’s right up! SAIDO!! Hangman ends up in a corner and fans say “This is Awesome!” Moxley puts Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and hits a SUPER HALF HATCH SUPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley immediately rains down the HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Then he clamps on a SLEEPER! Hangman endures as Moxley shifts to a BULLY CHOKE! Hangman pushes around, so Moxley shifts to get the wrists! DRAGON STOMPS!!
Moxley then drags Hangman up into the underhooks! But Hangman fights Death Rider! So Moxley rolls Hangman to an ARMBAR! Hangman endures, moves around, and reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and Moxley lets go at 4. Hangman crawls to a corner, fans rally up, and Moxley says this is it! Moxley runs in but Hangman TOSSES him up and out! Moxley staggers up, Hangman goes up top! ARIHARA MOONSAULT but Moxley moves! And LARIATS!! Both men are down at the ramp and fans are thunderous! The ref checks both men, Moxley is up first while fans lose their minds.
Moxley goes to the timekeeper’s area and he clears off the table! Moxley drags Hangman over, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman Alabama Lifts but Moxley fights that. DOUBLE LARIATS hit! And again! Moxley runs in, POP-UP POWERBOMB THROUGH THE TABLE!! Fans lose their minds again while Hangman leaves Moxley behind in the ring. The ring count climbs to 5 of 10 before Moxley sits up. The count is 7! Then “OCHO!” Moxley stands at 9, and springs in at 9.9!! But into a LARIAT!! And then Alabama Lift, DEADEYE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Moxley survives and no one can believe it!
Hangman kicks at Moxley, almost taunting him. Hangman goes to a corner while Moxley’s fans boo. Hangman runs in, but Moxley dodges the stomp to KING KONG LARIAT!! Fans are thunderous as both men stand again. Moxley eggs Hangman on, and Hangman stands. Moxley throws a forearm, so Hangman hits back! Moxley forearms again, but so does Hangman! Fans duel, the forearms fly faster, and then Hangman gets the edge! SUPERKICK! Hangman reels Moxley in, fisherman’s a leg, but Moxley fights the suplex! Hangman powers it through, FISHERMAN CRADLE DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?!?!?
Hangman’s wild eyes say he can’t believe Moxley survived! Hangman goes to the apron, he aims at Moxley, slingshot for the BUCK- NO! DEATH- NO, Hangman blocks to scoop! TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER!!! But Hangman doesn’t cover, he goes to the apron! Hangman loads up, for the BUCKSHOT!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? HOW?!?! Moxley has survived all of Hangman’s best, but Hangman has the BULLY CHOKE!! Hangman pulls back on Moxley’s favorite hold! Moxley shifts, fights back up, and he snapmares into a cradle! MOXLEY WINS!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall
Moxley just taught Hangman not to play games! Hangman is furious that he got caught like that, but the Blackpool Combat Club steps into the ring. Yuta and Claudio keep Hangman back but Moxley stands up. Moxley and Hangman get in each other’s face but the BCC keep them apart. Hangman flips Moxley off, and fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Moxley and Hangman keep jawing, they get close but Claudio keeps them separate. Moxley mocks Hangman by lying down, giving Hangman a chance. Hangman mocks Moxley back by doing a quick burpie push-up. Claudio tells Hangman to go and cool off.
Moxley flips Hangman off as he leaves, and fans celebrate their home state hero. Will there be a fourth round out of these two to truly settle things?
AEW takes a look at tonight’s TNT Championship No Holds Barred main event!
Darby Allin tells Samoa Joe, “I knew when I took this from you in Seattle that you’d want it back. And I know you’d stop at nothing to have it back. Well, I’m gonna make things fair. You beat me in Texas, and you granted me my rematch in Seattle. So I’m granting you your rematch in Ohio. But I want it under one condition: No Holds Barred.” Samoa Joe told the “Little Dead Boy” that Joe is “coming to take back what’s mine. The King will not be usurped by a man like you.” Darby says if he walks out the winner, Joe doesn’t get another rematch. If Joe walks out the winner, Darby won’t get a rematch. This will be the final chapter of their feud! So who writes their happily ever after?
Backstage interview with Jamie Hayter, The Bunny, The Butcher & The Blade.
Renee Paquette is with the AEW Women’s World Champion, as well as the mercenary trio. Renee thanks them for agreeing to no physicality, and understands that Allie the Bunny requested this time. Bunny tells Hayter, they’re all very impressed by Hayter’s win over Emi Sakura on Rampage last Friday. Now, Bunny feels like Sakura outshined Hayter, but great win nonetheless. And Bunny knows Hayter isn’t the type to back down from a challenge, right? Right. So here’s a challenge: next week on Dynamite, Hayter VS Bunny in a Title Eliminator Match! What does Hayter say? Hayter says absolutely! She bloody loves a challenge, and next week, she’s free.
Renee says there’s something happening as we speak! They get it on the television screen nearby, and it’s Britt Baker being mugged by Saraya and Toni Storm!! Bunny is shocked and Hayter is furious! Hayter hurries off, Saraya talks right into the camera, “AEW is OUR house!” Storm drags Britt up to RAM her into a garage door! Bunny more or less expresses exasperation, but will Hayter be able to save the Doctor?
The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd!
The AEW World Tag Team Champions have been reigning for 133 days, but they know the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten, are gunning for them. But first, they tune up against “The Outrunners.” As always, Platinum Max has a diss track ready! “Acclaimed on the mic, you know we the nicest. Fighting two guys in their midlife crisis! I bet you have sex with each other. How we gonna fight the bootleg Beverly Brothers? C’mon, it’s not the 80s! Acclaimed gonna make you call it quits like you Tom Brady! ‘Ey, y’all should be ashamed. In Ohio, everybody loves The Acclaimed.”
Fans cheer, and Bowens gets the mic to say, “NNNUTTER CENTERRR~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And he does~! But while Caster & Bowens just embarrassed Truth & Turbo, are they walking into a trap game before taking on the Ass Boys?
The teams sort out, the Outrunners decide they’ll scissor finger! They mock the Mega Powers at the same time, but then Bowens SUPERKICKS Truth out of the ring! The bell rings, Caster CHOPS Turbo and scoops him to SLAM him! Tag to Bowens and Bowens goes up top! Caster holds open the legs, SCISSOR ME TURBO! Daddy Ass gets in the ring so that he and the boys can TRIPLE SCISSOR~! Bowens waits on Turbo, mule kicks and hits the ARRIVAL! Tag to Caster and he goes up top, MIC DROP! Cover, The Acclaimed win!
Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall
But wait! Raining on the parade are Austin & Colten! Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” But they tune that out. They go to the ring, and Colten has a mic. “Hey, good match, guys. But we’re here to talk about something serious. Last week, what we said would make us happy are your belts. And we want a shot at those belts, and we want an answer right now.” Fans boo but Caster has the mic to say, “Yo! Yo! Yo! Yo! Listen.” Bowens says, “You two Rod ‘n’ Todd lookin’ asses want an answer. You do realize you are interrupting the most popular tag team in all of wrestling, right?” Caster adds, “That’s right!”
“The winningest tag team in AEW history!” “That’s right!” “The FOREVER champs, the Acclaimed!” “That’s right!” “And not to mention, EVERYONE! LOVES! THE ACCLAIMED!” But they are the People’s Choice, and the People’s Voice, they will ask the people. Colten says these fans can’t even read! But Bowens still asks Dayton’s opinion: Do the Ass Boys deserve a shot at the tag titles? “NOOO~!” Well, the people have spoken, so NO. Austin & Colten get in Caster’s & Bowens’ faces, but Billy tells them all to stop! Isn’t it enough already? Billy is so sick of this, he is just done! Billy says this is too much, so go ahead, beat the sh*t out of each other!
Daddy Ass steps aside, fans fire up, but Austin says, “There you go. Do exactly what you did our entire childhoods and turn your back on us.” Billy stops walking up the ramp, but then chuckles as he keeps going. Austin says Billy should do what he used to do, and drown his sorrows at the bottom of a PILL BOTTLE! That gets Billy to turn around! Billy storms up on his sons and The Acclaimed, as well as the fans, tell the Ass Boys that they F’d up. Billy is up in Austin’s face and says, “So you two think you just put your big boy pants on? Then you just step up, and you just made the biggest mistake…”
The mic is wonky so Billy throws it down. Bowens gives Billy the good one. Billy wants Austin to look at him after what he just said. Austin looks up at his father’s eyes. Billy says if they’ve got their big boy pants on, if they think they got what it takes, if they think they have what Billy had, then we’ll see next week. They’ve got their title shots! The Acclaimed is surprised but the Ass Boys smile that they’re getting their way. Will Austin & Colten get what they want? Or just what they deserve?
Backstage interview with Jack Perry.
Alex Marvez is with Jungle Boy and notes that he and Hook are 2-0 as a team, having beaten The Firm’s Ethan Page & Matt Hardy. The question is: What’s next for #JungleHook? JB says that he had an amazing time teaming with Hook, and Hook has had JB’s back when no one else did. But JB’s done the tag team thing before. In fact, JB has been all the way to the top of that mountain, and fallen all the way down. But this year isn’t about that. What JB will say is that he’ll be a champion again, but all by himself. Then just what title will Jack Perry aim for in this Tarzan Life?
Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita!
Speaking of having people’s backs, just as The Machine and MJF were about to destroy Bryan Danielson, The Future of Wrestling rushed out to run them off! But now, Cage and Konosuke go toe to toe, will Cage make Konosuke pay for interfering?
The bell rings and Konosuke BOOTS Cage! Cage BOOTS Konosuke, then DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Cage swings but Konosuke swats it to ROLLING ELBOW! Cage wobbles, Konosuke runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and then TAKESHITA LINES! Cage bails out and fans fire up! Konosuke runs to BOOT Cage off the apron! Konosuke then PLANCHAS and takes Cage down at the ramp! Fans fire up, Konosuke winks at the camera, and then goes back to the apron. But Cage grabs a foot! Konosuke kicks and stomps Cage but Cage yanks Konosuke into a POST BOMB! Konosuke tumbles down and fans boo but Nana cheers.
Cage drags Konosuke up, puts him in, and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Konosuke but Cage drags him back up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts one out, but Konosuke wrenches out! Konosuke throws a forearm, but Cage gives it back! They go forearm for forearm, and Konosuke throws boxing elbows into the ROLLING ELBOW! Cage fights the back suplex, KNEES low, and brags, “Who betta than Cage?” But he runs into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Cage survives and Konosuke is surprised! Nana coaches Cage up but Konosuke aims from a corner. Konosuke runs in to JUMP KNEE, but Cage dodges!
Konosuke tumbles to the apron, Cage ROUNDHOUSES him! Cage climbs the ropes, and he stands Konosuke up. DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX! Fans boo but Cage flexes while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Cage drops a knee on Konosuke, sits him up to KNEE him in the back again and again, then he stomps Konosuke back down. Cage paces, drags Konosuke up, and bumps him off buckles. Cage RAMS into Konosuke, RAMS him again, and then CHOPS him! Cage soaks up the heat, but Konosuke CHOPS back! Konosuke fires forearms, then another CHOP! And another CHOP! But Cage BOOTS Konosuke down! Cage grabs the legs, stomps Konosuke in the stomach, then paces around. Cage stands Konosuke up, wrenches and YANKS the arm, then RAMS shoulders. Cage wrenches, pump handles, and lifts, but Konosuke slips out!
Konosuke runs in but Cage ducks the boot to roll Konosuke up! Konosuke slips out, but runs into a drop toehold! Konosuke’s on ropes, Cage dials it up, TIGER FEINT KICK! Konosuke staggers to a corner, Cage runs in and UPPERCUTS, GAMANGIRIS, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Cage and Nana are annoyed, but Cage looms over Konosuke. Cage hears the fans rally for Konosuke, but Cage drags him up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts out another one, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Cage lifts, only for Konosuke to RANA Cage into buckles! BLINDSIDE JUMP KNEE! Cage staggers, Konosuke goes up, FLYING KNEE!
Both men are down and fans fire up! Konosuke and Cage stir as the ring count starts. Konosuke sits up and feeds off the energy. Konosuke drags Cage up into a waistlock, but Cage elbows free! Cage whips, Konosuke LARIATS on the return! Konosuke drags Cage up, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans rally while Konosuke fires up. Konosuke aims from the corner as Cage stands, and Konosuke runs in, JUMP- NO! Cage blocks the knee to BUCKLE BOMB! And then fireman’s carry, to an F- NO! Konosuke lands out, lifts and LIGER BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives but fans fire up behind Konosuke!
Konosuke aims again while Nana shouts to Cage. Cage stands, Konosuke runs in but the knee is blocked! Cage spins, Konosuke ducks! Konosuke spins, ROLLING ELBOW!! Konosuke reels Cage in, but Cage wrenches out to HEADBUTT! And then SAIDO!! But Konosuke is right up?! Into a DISCUS LARIAT from Cage!! Cover, TWO!?! Konosuke survives and Nana is furious! Cage says he’s gonna end this, and he suplexes, only for Konosuke to slip out! Konosuke suplexes, SHEER DROP BRAINBUSTER!! Cage roars as he rises up, but Konosuke ROCKS him with another elbow! And then another suplex, for another BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, TWO!?!?
Cage survives, he must truly be a machine! But Dayton rallies behind Konosuke. Konosuke runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Cage fireman’s carries, for the F10!! Nana says no prisoners! Cage drags Konosuke up again, puts him in the corner and hoists him to the top. Cage then goes to the outside and climbs up after Konosuke. But Konosuke throws forearms in return! Konosuke suplexes for a SUPER BRAINBUSTER!!! Fans are thunderous and Konosuke aims again! KNOCKOUT KNEE!!! Cover, Konosuke wins!!
Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall
Cage may be a machine, but the machine just broke down against the bullet train! Will Konosuke continue to prove why he IS The Future of Wrestling?
Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Renee is with Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker, Daniel Garcia, Sammy Guevara, and of course, Chris Jericho himself. Renee says that we heard Ricky Starks’ comments from last week, addressing how the JAS cheated to win. What is their reaction? Jericho says, “Cheated? We haven’t worked together in five years, and you’re accusing us of cheating? Let me say this, Renee. Ricky Starks, he didn’t lose to a baseball bat, no. Did you see a baseball bat in there?” Of course the JAS says no. Jericho says Starks lost to the JAS. And now Starks challenges them, “How can I get another match with Chris Jericho?”
Jericho says the JAS has an idea how Starks can do that. Right, Sammy? Sammy says yes. Garcia and Sammy put their heads together, and they came up with a great idea: The Guevara-Garcia… No, wait, the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet! Danny thanks Sammy for the top billing on that name. Renee asks what kind of gauntlet they have in mind. Garcia says it’s a rather simple concept. “Ricky, first you’re gonna have to beat Cool Hand Ange. And if that happens, you’re gonna have to beat Daddy Magic.” Menard adds, “Beat Daddy Magic? I DON’T THINK SO!” Garcia says that if Starks somehow does that, then he beats either Garcia or Guevara, but they’ll reveal that the night of.
And then, if somehow, by the skin of his teeth, Starks makes it past all that, only then does Starks get his hands on Jericho. Jericho tells Starks, “You don’t call the shots around here, the Jericho Appreciation Society does. So if you can get through the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet, I’ll be ready to rip your ass!” Will the Absolute survive three matches in one go to finally have another shot at The Ocho?
The Elite speak.
Matt Jackson asks Brandon Cutler if the camera is rolling as he, brother Nick, Kenny Omega, Michael Nakazawa and Don Callis are on the basketball court. Cutler says yes, they’re live, while Nakazawa and Callis are oiling Omega up. Matt says, “Ladies and gentlemen, check it out who it is! It’s the first-ever, two-time Trios Champions, The Elite.” Omega says that’s right, and he tells Top Flight, “I watched what you guys did. After a Best of 7 Series in a ladder match, you got one up on our boys. Well how ’bout next week, you bring your friend, AR Fox, next week and we’ll put these belts on the line, and you guys can shoot your shot.
“But hey, when you shoot that shot, you best not miss. Because The Elite never miss. Nick, if you will.” Nick takes the rock and shoots it, THREE POINTER! Oh, but wait! The Firm’s Stokely Hathaway, Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy walk in. Callis has Cutler keep rolling, and Omega mockingly asks where Stokely is, he can’t see him. Oh haha, Stokely knows you see him, he’s right here. But listen, you three are doing NOTHING all week? No wrestling, nothing? Just a week off? Ethan thinks that’s funny. The Firm’s employees don’t have that luxury, they work every single week, and Ethan wants that streak to continue.
So Ethan says how about this: The Elite VS Ethan, Matt & “Zay,” Friday on Rampage. Omega tells Callis he isn’t so sure, but Callis says this is Matt Hardy. If they get footage of Hardy taking a One Winged Angel, they could sell that NFT for a lot of money. Hardy says, “What about an NFT with Matt Hardy Twist-Of-Fating Omega?” Ethan likes that better! Well, as far as a match, it’s done. The Elite VS The Whatever They Are. Kassidy says he hopes the Elite is ready, cuz they sure are. Kassidy unsettles Kenny with an arm around his shoulders and a moan, and Ethan says this is good business. Hey, Brandon, is it? Cut the camera!
Matt Jackson tells Ethan Page that he doesn’t tell Brandon what to do! THEY tell him! Turn off the camera, ya damn dumbass! And get off the court, they’re trying to play. But will this 3v3 pick-up game go The Elite’s way? Or is it a trap game before taking on Fox, Dante & Darius?
Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher!
In the American Dragon’s quest to be #1 contender, he has defeated Tony Nese, Konosuke Takeshita, Bandido and Brian Cage, an undefeated streak of 4-0 in 2023! But now, Maxwell Jacob Friedman has enlisted a fighter very much like Bryan in his savage technical ability. Will Bryan make it to the deadline still on top? Or is this where MJF wins before Revolution even begins?
The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple, but Bryan’s shoulder is an obvious target. They grapple, Bryan puts Thatcher on ropes but Thatcher shifts to get the arm. Thatcher wrangles Bryan but Bryan scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, and then smirks as he watches Bryan get up. Bryan and Thatcher feel out another grapple, Thatcher puts him in the corner, and then European Uppercuts! And again! And again! Bryan sits down and Thatcher goes after the arm! Thatcher twists the elbow and wrist, isolates the arm, and stands on the hand! Thatcher KNEES the arm!
Bryan scrambles away but Thatcher is right on him with a double wristlock! Bryan powers Thatcher to ropes, and clasps his hands behind his back. The ref counts, the two let off, but then Bryan fires off body shots and kicks! Bryan grabs a leg to DRAGON SCREW! Bryan holds onto the leg, turns Thatcher over and ties those legs up, to get a Deathlock! Fans rally as Bryan sits on the hold, then SNAPS it! Bryan then shifts to a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Thatcher pries the fingers away! Bryan shouts in pain but Thatcher twists the arm! And STOMPS it down! Fans boo but Thatcher grins with that missing-tooth smile.
Thatcher KNEES Bryan in the back, stalks him to a corner, but Bryan puts Thatcher in the corner to CHOP and CHOP and KICK and KICK! Fans rally, Bryan runs corner to corner, and DROPKICKS! Bryan facelocks but Thatcher wrenches and WRINGS Bryan’s arm! Fans boo more but Thatcher drags Bryan up with a double wristlock! Thatcher uses his height to lift Bryan off the mat! Then Thatcher pushes Bryan down, but Bryan keeps his shoulders up. Bryan crawls around, ROPEBREAK! Thatcher lets go at 4 while fans rally up. Bryan clutches his arm but Thatcher goes after it again as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Bryan endures but they’re also in the ropes so the ref counts. Thatcher lets off at 4, then digs his boot into Bryan at the corner. The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, only to stand on Bryan’s chest! The ref counts, Thatcher steps away, and he grins as he soaks up the heat. Thatcher mocks Bryan’s pain, then KNEES the bad shoulder! Thatcher KNEES Bryan again, goes out to drag Bryan tot he apron, and he SLAMS the arm on the edge! Bryan clutches his bicep and shoulder while the ref reprimands. Thatcher slides into the ring and stands Bryan up by his ears! Thatcher CLUBS Bryan on the chest! Thatcher fishhooks Bryan to stand him up, and CLUBS him again!
Bryan sits down, Thatcher stands him back up, and he hammerlocks the bad arm. Thatcher then back suplexes Bryan up and into the ring! Thatcher dusts off his hands while crawling to the cover, but Bryan wrangles him into the LEBELL LOCK!! Thatcher got cocky and got caught! But he scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off quickly, but Thatcher is right on him! Thatcher UPPERCUTS the arm! Bryan goes to a corner, Thatcher KNEES him down, then drags Bryan back up. Thatcher EuroUppers Bryan, taunts the fans, then EuroUppers Bryan again. Bryan leans against ropes, Thatcher snarls at the fans, then gets in Bryan’s face.
Dynamite returns to single picture as Thatcher traps Bryan’s bad arm behind his back and throws hard body shots to that side. The ref counts but Thatcher grins as he throws more shots. Bryan fights back with HEADBUTTS! Fans fire up as Bryan backs Thatcher down, but Thatcher fires off body shot after body shot! Thatcher drags Bryan out to a hammerlock GROVIT, and then hits a GROVIT-PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Bryan is still in this but Thatcher snarls. Thatcher stalks Bryan at the ropes, bumps him off buckles, then reels Bryan in to hoist him up top. Thatcher UPPERCUTS, climbs up after Bryan, and he underhooks the arms!
Bryan resists and fans fire up! Bryan breaks free, throws body shot after body shot in return, and then HEADBUTTS Thatcher down! Thatcher growls and gets right back up! But Bryan throws more body shots! Fans rally “YES! YES! YES!” and Bryan HEADBUTTS again! Thatcher stays down this time, and Bryan stands up! Thatcher stands in time for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Both men are down as Bryan clutches his bad arm, but Dayton rallies up behind him! Bryan and Thatcher sit up, both snarl, and Thatcher EuroUppers! Bryan EuroUppers in return! They go uppercut for uppercut, but Thatcher gets the edge!
Bryan fires up to KICK! And KICK! Bryan KICKS away on Thatcher’s chest, “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan powers up but Thatcher blocks the Buzzsaw! Thatcher goes for the bad arm, wrangles Bryan down, but Bryan rolls through and gets around to waistlock. Thatcher bucks the O’Conner but runs into a backslide! TWO, FUJIWARA! No, Bryan rolls through to BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!! But Bryan clamps on for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans rally again, but Thatcher blocks the arm! Bryan claws Thatcher’s face to get free, and get a SLEEPER! But Thatcher wants that bad arm! Bryan has to shift his grip, but Thatcher stands!
Thatcher pries the sleeper open because he can get the bad arm, but Bryan powers up! Bryan has the hold on tight, so Thatcher backs Bryan down! They end up ramming the ref into the corner! Bryan still holds on, but Thatcher hits a BIG back suplex! All three men are down and fans fire up! But here comes MJF! The AEW World Champion tells Dayton to shush, and he puts on the Dynamite Diamond Ring! MJF says, “It’s too damn easy. This is done! This is done!” MJF goes to the ring, but KONOSUKE flies in outta nowhere!! Konosuke won’t let MJF screw Bryan over! Konosuke attacks MJF, RAMS him into railing, and chases him to the back!
Bryan has Thatcher but Thatcher snatches the arm! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! The ref is up, he asks Bryan, but Bryan endures! Thatcher pushes way back on the arm, but Bryan pushes his way forward with his legs! ROPEBREAK!! Fans fire up as Bryan survives by a literal foot! Thatcher lets go in frustration and he scowls as he throws hands on the bad arm. Thatcher drags Bryan up, clinches, BELLY2BELLY SUPLEX! Bryan flounders but Thatcher runs in, clinches, but Bryan switches! GERMAN SUPLEX! Thatcher fumes as he gets back up! Bryan dodges him, runs back in, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, Bryan wins!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall
Now 5-0 on the year, the quest continues! The American Dragon is not yet slain, but wait! MJF and Konosuke continue brawling backstage! MJF turns things around to send MJF into a road case! MJF gets a chair to CHUCK it at Konosuke’s head! And then he throws a trash bin! MJF says if Konosuke wants after him, this is what he gets! But Konosuke turns things back around to SMACK MJF off a table! MJF comes back, the hands fly, and security rushes in! Referees and management try to stop this, too! MJF says he’ll kill Konosuke but Konosuke says about the same in Japanese! Renee runs in to be on the scene, and she tells everyone to stop!
Renee informs everyone, “Per Tony Khan, next week on Dynamite in an Eliminator match, it will be Takeshita VS MJF!” MJF is pissed, he doesn’t agree to that, but he MUST! Will the Devil of AEW find that the Future of Wrestling is better than him?
Mogul Affiliates speak.
Swerve Strickland says, “It’s been a real relaxing last couple of weeks for Swerve and the Mogul Affiliates and all, since getting rid of some dead weight and all this. Until I was like, retriggered.” Dustin Rhodes returning to stand in front of Swerve’s camera, in front of Swerve’s lights, and with Swerve’s interviewer! “The Rhodes Family legacy really gets under my skin, with your father, Dusty Rhodes, giving Keith Lee the ‘Limitless’ moniker. So, since he’s not here, Dustin’s not here, either, let’s find some other nepotism, second generation punk boy to get rid of Friday night on Rampage. That means you, Brian Pillman. Ain’t that right, Parker?”
Parker Boudreaux says that’s right. “Ain’t that right, Trench?” The tattooed man says, “Yeah, that’s right.” Hoodies up, but will they put Bulletproof BPJ down?
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
February 8th, the deadline for Bryan Danielson becoming #1 contender, will see The American Dragon taking on La Faccion Ingobernable’s El Toro Blanco, RUSH!! And speaking of…
Backstage interview with LFI.
Lexi Nair is with El Toro Blanco, but also Jose the Assistant and “Perro Peligroso,” Preston Vance. She notes the announcement of Rush VS Bryan, but then there’s a knock at the door. MJF walks in and says, “Hola, mi hermanos! Senor Vance, Senor Jose, Senor Rrrrrush.” Rush asks what the hell this “perro” wants. MJF double checks, “perro” is dog, right? Well, there’s a little thing called personal space, so he’s just gonna take a step back. “But here’s the deal: my, uh, Spanish is come se dice… Mid. But I know one language, my friend, that is mucho, mucho universal.” And that is MONEY! A huge briefcase full of it!
MJF snaps the case shut and smiles. This first one is free of charge. But he has FIVE MORE filled to the brim with dinero. All Rush has to do is beat Bryan Danielson “by any means necessary.” All Rush needs to do is rip Bryan’s arm off and beat him over the head with it. Can Rush pull that off for him? Jose, translate. Jose translates, but Rush seems to understand explicitly. Rush tells MJF in Spanish, and MJF asks “dipsh*t” Jose to translate. Jose sums it up by saying they have a deal. Oh, is that right? That sounded a bit longer than that. But Rush, you don’t have to like MJF. He just has to get the job done. Pleasure doing business with you, perro.
MJF leaves, but Rush has his mission. Will Rush be raking in the money with one match? Or will nothing stop Bryan Danielson from earning his title match?
AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet!
Finally, the biggest, fastest-rising star has reached her FIFTIETH match! But while the streak started with The Chef, will it end with her, too? Or will #ThatBitch not be stopped by even the person who knows her best?
The introductions are made, but Velvet attacks while Jade is strutting around! The bell rings, Velvet fires off forearms but Jade knees her low. Jade whips Velvet to a corner but Velvet boots her back! THESZ PRESS! Velvet rains down hands but Jade shoves her away. Velvet ducks but runs into an elbow! Jade drags Velvet up, but Velvet fires off forearms! Velvet whips, Jade blocks to reverse, but Velvet holds ropes. Jade runs in but Velvet sends her out! Leila hurries to Jade’s side but Velvet builds speed! Velvet WRECKS Jade with a dropkick! Velvet tells Leila to back off, then she storms up on Jade.
Jade elbows Velvet away, but Velvet comes back to ROCK Jade! Velvet CHOPS Jade right in front of her family! Velvet then puts Jade in the ring, storms up on her and Oklahoma Rolls! TWO! Jade staggers up, blocks a superkick, and she spins Velvet around. Velvet ducks the haymaker and runs the ropes, then wheelbarrows, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up while Jade drags Velvet over to a cover, TWO! Velvet is toughing it out but Jade is getting frustrated. Jade scoops Velvet to SLAM her, then drops a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Leila is annoyed and Jade frowns while Velvet sputters. Jade drags Velvet up, CLUBS her down, and Leila applauds. Jade bumps Velvet off top buckles, then middle buckles, then bottom buckles! Jade stands on Velvet in the corner and soaks up the cheers and jeers, but lets off at 4. Jade and the ref argue, but Leila gets cheap shots in! Leila scurries away and Jade hauls Velvet up for a FALL AWAY SLAM! And then kips up! Jade holds up both hands to say 50, and then flexes. Velvet bails out, Leila talks trash, and Jade storms over. Jade walks up but Velvet sends her into railing! Jade is getting mad, but Velvet avoids one haymaker to PENALTY KICK from the apron!
Velvet CROSSBODIES, but Jade catches her! Jade POSTS Velvet, then carries her around the way. Jade trophy lifts Velvet, goes up the steel steps, and then TOSSES Velvet at the ropes! Velvet falls, Jade covers, TWO!!! Velvet survives and Jade is getting real mad. Leila rallies the Baddie cheering section, and Jade stalks Velvet to a corner. Jade drags Velvet up, and TOSSES her across the way! Jade says that’s 50 right there, and then she does push-ups as Dynamite returns to single picture. But Velvet CHOPS! Jade CLUBS Velvet, then TOSSES her across the way again! Jade swaggers, dribbles, but Velvet dodges the dunk!
Velvet DROPKICKS Jade, then hits a CODE BREAKER! Jade staggers around, Velvet KICKS and KICKS and mule kicks! Velvet runs, but Jade BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO!! Velvet is still in this and wait! Kiera Hogan RAMS Leila into steel steps! The other former Baddie is here, but other refs come out to have her leave. This all distracts Jade, and Velvet rolls her up! Jade rolls through, but the STIR IT UP hits!! Cover, but the refs aren’t paying attention!! Fans count, Velvet would’ve won twice over by now! Aubrey Edwards finally notices and counts, TWO!! Jade survives and fans can’t believe it!!
Velvet is furious, she drags Jade around and hooks an arm, short arm scissor, and then the INVERSION! Jade endures, fights, but Velvet kicks at her! Jade endures as Velvet pulls on the arm, and she deadlifts Velvet! But Velvet sunset flips! Jade stays up, drags Velvet up with both hands, and pops her around! Chicken wings for JADED!!! Cover, Jade wins!!
Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
FIFTY AND OH! Velvet came the closest of all, but will anyone ever stop Jade’s undefeated streak?
Backstage interview with Britt Baker.
Renee is with The Doctor, as well as Jamie Hayter, as they are with Doc Sampson. We only caught a glimpse of what happened to her earlier at the hands of Saraya & Storm, how is Britt feeling? Britt says this is fine. She’s fine, and if that’s how Storm & Saraya wanna play, that’s fine, too. Because Britt & Hayter can play that game, too. But wait, in walks Ruby Soho! Ruby just wants to talk. She heard what happened, is Britt good? Uh, Ruby, weren’t those your girls? Ruby has Britt hold on there. Ruby has nothing to do with Saraya & Storm, she doesn’t know what Britt’s talking about.
Britt says Ruby’s known Saraya & Storm a lot longer than she’s known the AEW originals, so sorry if it’s strange that Ruby only now shows up. But yeah, Britt is good. Hayter says Britt is great, actually. Ruby says she’s glad to hear it and walks off. There are battle lines being drawn, which side is the Runaway on?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!
Not only are The Elite and The Firm having it out, it is for the AEW World Trios Championships! Will Kenny & The Young Bucks make it through All Ego, Hardy & Kassidy to then take on Fox & Top Flight? Or will there be a change of plans for Dynamite? And speaking of Saraya & Storm, they are in tag team action once again, but will they continue to beat down All Elite homegrown talent? Plus, before taking on Bryan Danielson, Rush will take on the Fallen Angel, Christopher Daniels, in an epic match of former ROH World Heavyweight Champions! Will El Toro Blanco build momentum going into his battle with The American Dragon?
AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe!
The series is tied at 1-1, with the Samoan Submission Specialist winning in Texas, but the Relentless One winning in his hometown of Seattle. Dynamite in Dayton is throwing out all the rules except one: win! Will Darby continue to be the fighting champion? Or will Joe return to being the One True King of Wrestling Television?
The introductions are made, the TNT title is raised, and one way or another, this is the series finale of Darby VS Joe!
Darby takes off his trench coat to reveal he, uh, customized his Hoodlum hoodie. He’s covered it in thumbtacks!! And as soon as he’s in the ring, he rushes in to COFFIN SPLASH Joe! Joe is reeling from the tack attack but Darby fires off tack-covered forearms! Fans fire up as Darby runs corner to corner, but Joe dodges the splash to GAMANGIRI! Joe then wraps up an arm in his towel, to LARIAT Darby down! Fans rally, Joe pulls Darby’s tack hoodie off and throws it away. Joe drags Darby up to CHOP him! Darby goes to a corner, but Darby kicks back. Joe stomps Darby, stomps him down, then storms off.
Joe goes out to look under the ring, and he brings out a TABLE! Dayton fires up, Joe picks the table up, but Darby DIVES into the table and Joe! The table doesn’t break but it, Joe and Darby all hit the floor! Joe is busted open on his forehead and fans fire up! Darby hurries to stand the table up, to then drop it on Joe! Darby then brings the steel steps around into the corner of the railing. Darby whips, Joe reverses, and Darby not only clips steel steps, he clips railing! Darby lands on his feet just from momentum, but he soon falls to his knees, clutching his back! Fans lose their minds while Joe stalks out after Darby.
Joe stands Darby up, throws knees into him, and then throws him into railing. Joe drags Darby up and they go up the bleachers. Joe SMACKS Darby off the handrail, then brings him up further. Joe smacks Darby off more railing, then keeps him going up. But Darby fights back! Darby CLUBS and CLAWS Joe’s back! Fans fire up but Joe DUMPS Darby down the steps! Fans are going nuts while Joe glares through his crimson mask, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Joe drags Darby up again, grinds him against the handrail, then SMACKS him off a fan’s chair! They go back to the lower level as Darby kicks Joe and crawls away. Joe keeps after Darby, drags him up, and brings him around the way to TOSS back to ringside! Darby narrowly misses hitting steel steps head first! Joe stalks Darby, drags Darby back up, then scoop SLAMS him on the steps! Darby writhes, flounders away, but Joe follows him to the corner. Darby throws Joe’s ROH World TV title at him, but that only upsets Joe. Joe storms in after Darby, stalks him to a corner, and waits on Darby to stand before he DECKS him!
Joe eggs Darby on as he stands over him. Darby doesn’t stand so Joe makes him. Joe snapmares to CHOP Darby on the back! And PENALTY KICK him in the chest! And then drops a fist on his head! Joe watches Darby writhe and the ref checks on him. Joe grins through the crimson mask, then stomps Darby down. Joe kicks Darby, then clamps on a neck wrench! Joe leans all his weight on Darby but Darby throws body shots. Joe doesn’t budge, and he CLUBS Darby down. Joe grins as Darby tires to sit back up. Joe clamps the neck wrench back on and he twists even harder! Darby endures, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Darby throws more body shots.
Joe lets go of the neck wrench, Darby hobbles and runs, but into an ELBOW! Darby falls over and Joe covers, TWO! Joe keeps focus as he looms over Darby. Joe KICKS Darby to a corner, and then stomps him. Fans rally and duel, but Joe is annoyed by that. Joe drags Darby up, DECKS him with a forearm, then clamps on another neck wrench! It’s practically a vice on Darby’s head, squeezing his skull! Darby endures, fights up, and he RAMS Joe into buckles! Darby fires off forearms and SLAPS! Darby runs corner to corner, but into the URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives the #STJOE, but Joe stands Darby up to CHOP him!
Darby staggers, Joe CHOPS him again! Darby flops to the apron, Joe builds speed and he BOOTS Darby to the floor! Joe then storms out and looks under the ring. Joe brings out another TABLE! Fans fire up again but Joe has fans move aside. Fans oblige and Joe rests the table against railing. Darby is in the ring, Joe goes in and brings Darby up, but Darby JAWBREAKERS before the sleeper could lock in! Darby runs in at the corner to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Darby CHOPS away on Joe, but Joe TOSSES Darby right out of the ring! Joe has been treating Darby like a throw pillow, emphasis on the “throw!”
Darby flounders up, but Joe goes back over to bring him back in. Joe suplexes high and hard! Joe then goes out to fetch chairs! Joe puts a handful of chairs in the ring, then sets them up together. Fans fire up as they’re back to back to make a wedge! Joe stands Darby up, brings him over, BIG back suplex on the chair wedge!! Darby writhes and Joe has a sadistic smile. “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Joe turns the chairs around to face each other, then brings Darby back up. But Darby uses POCKET SAND to stop the bomb! CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives but Darby hurries to hop on! THROWBACK STUNNER!
Joe falls into a drop zone, and Darby hurries to get his hoodie back! Darby puts that back on, climbs up the corner, and COFFIN DROPS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Joe survives the tack-enhanced senton and fans can’t believe it! Darby hurries outside and goes looking. Darby uses a knife to cut the strings that hold down the canvas! Some are tough but they all give way, and Darby pulls the canvas away. Darby then drags off the foam padding to expose bare wood! Darby is deconstructing the ring in order to better destroy Joe! Darby sees Joe outside, builds speed and DIVES, but Joe walks away! Darby CRASHES THROUGH THE TABLE!!!
Dayton is losing their minds as Joe puts Darby back in! Joe sets Darby’s tack covered jacket down, he picks Darby up, and he POWERBOMBS him on the tacks! AND THEN HE SMOTHERS DARBY WITH THE TACK JACKET!! Darby DIGS at Joe’s eyes!! Joe lets Darby go, but he staggers around blindly! Joe stands up into a CHAIR SHOT! And another! And another! Darby has Joe on the hard wood, climbs up top, but Joe pushes the ref into the ropes to trip Darby up!! Joe climbs up after Darby, tucks him in, and hits a SUPER MUSCLE BUSTER TO THE WOOD!!!! Cover, JOE WINS!!!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)
Darby’s relentless streak is over! Samoa Joe is now a TWO-TIME TWO BELT CHAMPION! But wait! “THIS IS WAAAR~!” Fans go nuts for Wardlow as he storms down to the ring! Joe is just as shocked as Wardlow runs in! SPEAR!! Wardlow rains down fists on the man who took his title and his top knot! Wardlow rips his shirt off, drags Joe up, but Joe scrambles away! Fans boo but Joe isn’t going to fight again so soon after the war he just went through. Security rushes out but Wardlow CLOBBERS them all! Then he hauls one up to POWERBOMB out onto all the others!! Wardlow will not be denied, when and where will he get his hands on Joe?
This was an awesome Dynamite! Same balance of action and talking, but the action was all on a different level this week. Of the talking, we got good stuff out of this AEW Originals VS Imports in the Women’s Division. Saraya & Storm really up their Heel heat by just attacking Britt unprovoked, and then Ruby checking in on Britt was an interesting turnaround from her telling she didn’t want Britt’s help. But we’re getting closer and closer to that big tag(?) match. Hell, make it a Blood & Guts match but with the women rather than the men. Saraya leads a team, Britt leads a team, Ruby will choose Britt’s side and there could even be a twist of Shida betraying Saraya during the match to cost the anti-AEW team.
Good promo from the JAS to set up things with Starks. I just knew Starks would have to beat everyone in the JAS eventually, so it’s clever for them to get it all done in one gauntlet match. Starks will of course make it past Menard and Parker, and I bet that just as it looks like Garcia is stepping up to face Starks, Guevara takes the spotlight from him. Starks will still get through the final opponent, and he’ll get his match with Jericho. Good promo from Mogul Affiliates, because one: it establishes that their group doesn’t like multigenerational wrestlers, and two: it gave Granden Goetzman his wrestler name, “Trench.” Swerve will surely beat BPJ, but I bet Dustin teams up with BPJ and Brock Anderson as a sort of AEW take on WWE’s Legacy faction to take on Mogul Affiliates.
Good promo from Jack Perry, but I’m surprised he waited until now to establish that he’s done with tag teams. But I suppose he’s done with The Firm, too, so he’s done needing reinforcements. As it stands, if he wants a singles title, he could start with the All-Atlantic Championship, but I could see JB making a move for THE AEW World title. Speaking of The Firm, good promo from them and The Elite. I wonder if this was really live or just the take where Nick actually made that shot. Anyway, I’m also surprised the trios match for Rampage is for the titles when the titles are going to be on the line for Dynamite. But I suppose if Orange Cassidy and Darby Allin are fighting champions, then so should the Elite. Which of course means The Elite win on Rampage to go on to face Fox & Flight.
We got an awesome match from Bryan VS Thatcher, but of course Bryan wins to keep his story going. Even after he had that awesome match with Brian Cage, Konosuke going after MJF was a great move. And getting himself an Eliminator match is a good, too, but I feel like MJF finds a way to stand tall. He’ll either cheat to win, or just get himself disqualified quickly so his night will be over quickly. MJF also had a really good promo with LFI. Rush is a great choice to take on Bryan Danielson, and Rush is also going to have a great match with Christopher Daniels on Rampage. I’m sure Bryan will still find a way to win and we’ll still get that Ironman match, it just has to be how this goes.
It’s mostly because I don’t even know who is the #2 contender, since AEW still hasn’t kept up with rankings in this new year. AEW bringing out a sudden twist of MJF still having that One Hour Ironman match against someone other than Bryan would be great stuff, since MJF has been so focused on Bryan, but I feel like getting MJF VS Bryan is still the thing everyone wants to see. Great opening match out of Hangman VS Moxley, and of course Moxley bleeds. It’s practically in his contract. But Hangman losing by a roll-up was a great surprise, and them still being after each other after, this has to continue until Revolution.
The Acclaimed winning a squash was a bit surprising, but obviously that was to make room for the promo that set up things with The Gunn Sons. But Billy suddenly saying his sons can have a title match with The Acclaimed? I hope there isn’t a turn coming where Billy is suddenly on his sons’ side again. It just feels like something is fishy, but who knows. Really good TBS title match from Jade and Velvet, but I guess since this wasn’t at a PPV, Jade wasn’t about to lose. Kiera trying to help Velvet only to mess things up was at least a good detail to protect Jade. But at this rate, who is even going to beat Jade when she’s gotten through even some great established names.
And of course, an awesome No Holds Barred match for the TNT title. Great innovation, such as Darby’s tack covered jacket and the different table spots. I was actually rather surprised to see Joe win this to once again be dual champion. But at the same time, Wardlow returning to continue his story with Joe is a logical reason as to why Joe needs to have the TNT title again. Perhaps Wardlow gets the TNT title back to have a second chance with that, and Darby can move up into the world title scene. And assuming MJF retains at Revolution, it works for Darby to be next as they have history in AEW.
My Score: 9/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (1/31/23)
NXTag Team Tuesday!
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?
- 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!! AKA the Frat Liner! 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~?
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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