The Tribal Chief has a special request for the first SmackDown of 2021!
After defeating Kevin Owens twice in Universal Championship matches, Roman Reigns makes a request of WWE management! Will they honor it?
- Big E VS King Corbin w/ The Knights of the Lone Wolf; Big E wins, by disqualification.
- Big E & Apollo Crews VS Sami Zayn & Baron Corbin w/ the Knights of the Lone Wolf; Big E & Crews win.
- The Riott Squad VS
Billie Kay & ???Natalya & Tamina w/ Billie Kay; The Riott Squad wins.
- Sasha Banks & Bianca Belair VS BayMella w/ Reginald the sommelier; BayMella wins.
- Daniel Bryan & Otis Dozovic w/ Chad Gable VS Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura; Bryan & Otis win.
- Kevin Owens VS Jey Uso; Kevin wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
WWE and SmackDown mourn the loss of Jon Huber, aka Luke Harper.
Roman Reigns heads to the ring!
The Tribal Chief, his Special Counsel, Paul Heyman, and cousin Jey Uso are all here, and still holding onto the Universal Championship. Jey made sure Kevin Owens didn’t bring that title home as a Christmas present, and as advertised, the Head of the Table is here to make a special request in regards to the title and Kevin Owens. Heyman fetches the microphone for Roman, and Roman says “as the face of the WWE, let me start by saying Happy New Year. And as I thought about it, 2020 was rough. It’s been a tough year. But when you’re the Head of the Table, when you’re the Tribal Chief, you make it work.”
Roman asks Jey, “Why do you think I wear the gold glove? Because everything I touch turns into greatness.” Look at who he has around him. Special Counsel, Paul Heyman, who was discarded and thrown out, but Roman saved him. Roman doesn’t understand it. Heyman is “the most genuine, honest man” that Roman has done business with. And then there’s Jey Uso. “He’s a prime example of what I can do. What did I say? All you got to do is listen to me. All you got to do is understand how my brain works, and why I do what I do, and what’s happened? It’s been the best year of your career, has it not?” Main event Jey, barn burner after barn burner, Jey can’t miss because he ACKNOWLEDGE Roman as Head of the Table.
Roman did all of this because he knows who Jey is. Roman understood “since day one.” To everyone else, it was like, ‘Which one are you?” To Roman, he’s always been Main Event Uso. Roman wouldn’t put the pressure on Jey if he didn’t think he could handle it. And what happened? Jey knocked it all out of the park, just like he knew he could. But then KEVIN OWENS appears!! Roman has the music shut off and tells Kevin not to say anything because they don’t want to hear it. Why is Kevin here? No one wants to see him anymore! He’s like a roach that won’t die and keeps begging for crumbs.
Kevin had his time, was on the Island of Relevancy, was a social media sweetheart for a few weeks, and now he needs to leave. Roman helped Kevin get that big payday, so he better use it well. Hopefully Kevin gave his family a good Christmas, but that’s it. They’re done, Roman doesn’t want anything to do with Kevin because he’s just an embarrassment. “It ain’t about you!” Tonight is about Jey Uso and the family! “Get it through your thick head!” No one cares anymore, Kevin, stop being selfish.
Kevin doesn’t go, and instead responds with, “You’re right, me standing out here is embarrassing to you, and it should be.” Why? Because Kevin standing here right now, despite Roman still being champion, means he and his family failed. What has Roman tried to do at TLC and then in a steel cage? He has tried to end Kevin’s career, yet here he is. Roman should be embarrassed that Jey had to physically drag Kevin off ladder after ladder, and then handcuff him in the cage. Roman should be embarrassed because Kevin here now makes it 100% clear is that the Big Dog is gone and he’s just been replaced by a Big BITCH!
But it’s good to see Roman celebrating. Kevin and Roman don’t want anything to do with each other, because Kevin wants to make it about cousin Jey! Kevin is here to fight Jey Uso! But for everything they’ve done to Kevin, Kevin will make Jey pay. Kevin is going backstage and isn’t asking but demanding that he fights Jey Uso, and when he’s done with Jey, Roman’s family will have nothing to celebrate. Mic drop! Will Kevin #JustKeepFighting until he’s gotten even with the entire Bloodline?
Big E VS King Corbin w/ The Knights of the Lone Wolf!
The NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion is ready to blaze a trail in 2021! Will he make the Lone Wolf King #ThinkBig on the first SmackDown of the new year?
SmackDown returns as Corbin makes his entrance, with Steve Cutler and Wesley Blake behind him. Sami Zayn is on commentary with his two Sami Awards as Big E throws his jacket at him. Sami says there is a conspiracy as the bell rings. Big E and Corbin circle, tie up, and go around. Big E puts Corbin in a corner but Corbin turns it around. Big E powers out but Corbin headlocks, only for Big E to power out again. Corbin rams Big E with a shoulder but Big E stays up, and swivels the hips. Things speed up, Big E drops to hurdle then elbows Corbin down! Cover, ONE! Big E keeps on Corbin with a facelock and gator roll, yeah yeah yeah yeah, cover, ONE!
Big E whips, Corbin kicks and CLOBBERS him! Sami cheers Corbin as he covers, ONE! Big E checks his jaw, Corbin drives elbows into the shoulders over and over! Corbin drags Big E up but Big E throws haymakers! Corbin blocks to throat chop Big E, then POST him! Corbin rains down rights in the corner but the ref counts and Corbin lets off. Sami admits he holds a grudge while Corbin brings Big E out to whip and elbow him down! Cover, TWO! Corbin runs to ROCK Big E with a haymaker! Corbin runs again, Big E throws him out and runs, but into a KNEE! Sami is loving this as Corbin runs in, only for Big E to dodge. Corbin slides out, slide sin, but into a scoop and BIG ENDING! Cover, but Sami attacks!!
Winner: Big E, by disqualification
Well Big E looked to be winning anyway, but the sore loser former champion just handed it to him! And then the Knights of the Lone Wolf attack Big E on Corbin’s behalf! They drag Big E up but Big E fights them off, only for Sami to sucker punch Big E! They stomp Big E 3v1 but here comes APOLLO CREWS! Apollo gets in, dumps Blake out HARD, then clotheslines Cutler out! Sami runs in but misses, for Apollo to trophy lift and TOSS Sami out onto the Knights! Apollo and Big E are fired up, is this going to turn into a tag match after the break, playa?
Big E & Apollo Crews VS Sami Zayn & Baron Corbin w/ the Knights of the Lone Wolf!
It has! And SmackDown returns as Apollo whips Sami corner to corner, only for Sami to reverse. Apollo goes up and over and dropkicks Sami down! Cover, TWO! Apollo stalks Sami to ropes, drags him up but Sami elbows him away. Tag to Corbin, and Corbin circles with Apollo. They tie up, Corbin kicks low then throws Apollo out. Apollo lands on the apron, shoulder sin then slingshots, but Corbin DECKS him with that right hand! Sami tags himself in because he’s going to pick the bones with haymakers. Apollo hits back, Sami knees low and throws more hands. Sami pushes Apollo into the corner and tags Corbin back in to mug Apollo.
Corbin whips Apollo corner to corner, runs in, but Apollo boots back! Corbin comes back to clothesline and down goes Apollo! Corbin throws Apollo out and takes a cheap shot at Big E, all to distract the ref as the Knights attack Apollo! The Knights get away with it, Corbin goes out to fetch Apollo into the ring, and Sami tags himself in again. Sami is getting on Corbin’s nerves but Sami drags Apollo up to throw him out again. Sami distracts the ref, but the Knights don’t do Sami’s dirty work, they do Corbin’s. Sami has to fetch Apollo and bumps him off the apron. Sami argues with the Knights, hurries back in to keep Apollo from Big E, and throws forearms.
Sami whips, Apollo reverses and scoops to POWERSLAM! Both men are down, fans fire up on their screens, hot tags to Big E and Corbin! Big E gets Corbin for an OVERHEAD! And then another OVERHEAD! And then a side Belly2Belly! Big E fires up, he runs and hits the BIG SPLASH! Big E claps it up, “New! Day Rocks!” Corbin is up, Big E scoops but Corbin slips out to shove. Big E dodges but runs into DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO! The Knights and Sami argue again, Corbin shouts at all of them to quit it, but Big E tags in! Apollo ROCKS Corbin and LARIATS! Apollo fires up, whips but Corbin DECKS him!
Tag to Sami, Corbin waistlocks but Apollo fires off elbows! Sami comes in, but Apollo dodges and the Helluva Kick almost gets Corbin! Sami stomps away but then Corbin argues with Sami. The Knights are with Corbin and Sami wants them all to calm down because they’re on the same team. But Corbin says nope, they’re leaving! Sami is all alone because of his ego, and Apollo gets Sami with an enziguri! And then the CREWS MISSILE!! Cover, Apollo wins!
Winners: Apollo Crews & Big E, by pinfall
A big win for Apollo and Big E, will this year be bigger than ever for the two of them?
Kevin Owens finds Adam Pearce.
Pearce ends his phone call to hear Kevin out. Kevin knows Pearce heard him earlier and Kevin will fight Jey somehow. But Pearce has been making matches so make a match for him. Pearce knows but what is he supposed to do? Pearce takes orders- From Heyman and Roman!? This is NOT the Adam Pearce Kevin’s known for over 15 years. This isn’t the one he fought with at the Philly Armory and all that. Is he serious? Kevin needs this! But Pearce can’t and Kevin knows why! But how about this? Anyone else but Jey! Fine, fine. Make it Roman.
Why is Kevin doing this to him!? Well Pearce used to be Kevin’s boss, and the ones he said that matter aren’t the ones back here, but out there watching! So Kevin guarantees the fans watching want to see Kevin beat Jey’s ass! And Pearce knows if roles were reversed, Pearce would want the same thing! Fine. But if Kevin wants Jey, he has his match. Happy? Yes. Thanks, boss. Kevin heads out, but will the consequences come down on Pearce for this?
Big E and Apollo talk backstage.
Big E appreciates Apollo helping out there, but then Kayla Braxton catches up to congratulate them on their victory tonight. But what can we expect from the Intercontinental Champion in 2021? Big E says fans all around the world, from Rome to Rochester, from Amandas to Nolans coming up to him, at a safe distance, showing him so much love! That is why much like the 1967 Toronto Maple Leaves, Big E will be a fighting champion! So next week, Big E issues an open challenge-
And Apollo already accepts! But it will be an honor to face Big E for the title that he technically helped Big E win. And think about this: Big E might not be so lucky without Apollo there to watch his back. The tension is strong but only for a second before the two laugh this off. But does Apollo have a point? And will he make it when he gives Big E his first defense of the new year?
The Riott Squad VS Billie Kay & ???
They say the third time is the charm, and that is what the Femme Fatale is hoping for this week. Her newest mystery partner is… Wait it’s just Tamina again. They tried this before, but can Billie and Tamina make it work out? Wait, here’s Natalya? Oh, Billie Kay is being ditched, and the second generation superstars are teaming up! Will the Queen of Harts and Daughter of Superfly be too much to handle with Billie in their corner?
The Riott Squad VS Natalya & Tamina w/ Billie Kay!
The teams sort out and Natty starts with Liv. They tie up, Natty headlocks but Liv powers out, only for Natty to run her over. Things speed up, Liv drops then hurdles but the hip toss is blocked. Liv blocks back, body shots and springboards to a wheelbarrow, to then victory roll and cover, TWO! Billie keeps shouting orders that might not even make sense, and Natty tells her to shut up while she shoves Liv down. Liv hurries away and tags Ruby! Tamina tells Billie to stop, but the Squad double dropkicks Natty! Tamina tags in and she circles with Ruby. Ruby throws forearms but Tamina barely flinches. Ruby dodges Tamina’s shots to hit back! Ruby runs, into an UPPERCUT!
Billie cheers Tamina but Tamina ignores her to put her in the corner. Tamina stomps, Ruby fights out! Ruby elbows Natty then rocks Tamina, and hops up to leap over Tamina! Roll and tag to Liv! Liv dodges Tamina, DECKS Natty but Tamina grabs Liv, only to get forearms! Liv fires off forearms and kicks, Tamina shoves but Ruby tags in. The Squad gets Tamina for a DOUBLE STO! Cover, TWO! Billie has… changed corners?! Is she on the Squad’s side now? Ruby tells her to stop and brings Tamina up. Tag to Liv, but Tamina pushes LIv away and SUPERKICKS Ruby! Ruby bails out, Billie talks trash and Tamina fireman’s carries Liv. Billie keeps coaching, Liv rolls Tamina up, the Squad wins!
Winners: The Riott Squad, by pinfall
Well, Billie ended up helping them after all. Billie cheers like she’s part of their team, but the Squad says thanks, but no thanks. Will Billie ever find where she fits in on SmackDown?
Sasha Banks & Bianca Belair VS BayMella w/ Reginald the sommelier!
Both teams were part of the big Christmas Triple Threat for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships, but The Boss and the EST were somewhat distracted by the Role Model and the Untouchable fluttering around ringside. Will the #LegitEST team get even with their respective rivals?
SmackDown returns as Bianca joins Sasha in the ring, followed by Bayley and her other best friend making their entrances. The teams sort out and Mella starts against Bianca. They circle but Mella dodges to adjust her ring gear. They approach again, Mella waistlocks but Bianca throws her down hard! Bianca brings Mella up, blocks the slap and makes it a knuckle lock. Bianca says uh-uh, and she lifts Mella right up! Mella scrambles away and tags out to Bayley, but Bayley gets a dropkick! Bianca eggs Bayley on, Bayley rushes in but Bianca throws her out! Mella runs in, she’s put on the apron and Bianca handspring kicks her down!
Tag to Sasha, and Sasha leaps, but Bayley avoids the meteora! Bianca gives Sasha a boost to hit a crossbody on Bayley! Sasha puts Bayley in, covers, TWO! The SmackDown Women’s Champion says that’s okay, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns as Bayley grinds Bianca down but Bianca gets away to a corner. Bayley runs in but Bianca boots her! Bianca hops up and leaps over Bayley to roll, but Bayley CLOBBERS her first! Bayley covers again, ONE! Bayley pushes Bianca and gets in Sasha’s face. Bayley stomps Bianca to the ropes, wraps her arm around to a hammerlock and pulls! The ref counts, Bayley lets off and Mella mocks Bianca. Bayley kicks Bianca then drags her to the corner. Tag to Mella and she stomps away on Bianca! The ref counts, Mella lets off to cover, TWO! Mella stalks Bianca to a corner as she taunts Sasha, and Mella goes after the arm. The ref counts, Mella stops, but then pulls the arm again!
Mella lets off as the ref counts, then brings Bianca around to tag in Bayley. They mug Bianca, Bayley rolls her up, TWO! Bayley keeps Bianca down, drags her away, and chicken wings the arms. Fans rally on their screens, Bianca fights up but Bayley clubs her. Bayley goes to suplex but it’s Bianca who gets Bayley up and over! Bayley hurries and tags Mella in, and Mella clubs Bianca down! Mella talks trash, then sucker punches Sasha! Mella drags Bianca up, but Bianca cradles, TWO! Mella mule kicks low, then talks trash, “I’m the best, Bianca! Not you!” Bianca hits back but Mella clubs her. Mella gets a double wristlock but Bianca fights up to scoop! Mella slips out but Sasha tags in!
Sasha dares Mella to get cocky now, and the two tie up. Mella puts Sasha on the apron but Sasha shoulder sin then knees back! Sasha bumps Mella off buckles, then stands on Mella in the corner! The ref counts, Sasha lets off to swing in for a METEORA! Sasha runs side to side to BOOT WASH Mella! Mella flounders away but Sasha runs in, SHINING WIZARD! Cover, but Bayley KNEES Sasha down! Bianca throws Bayley out and hurries back to her corner. Sasha crawls over, Bianca wants to use her hair as a life line, but Bayley grabs it first! Only for Bianca to whip and POST her instead!
Bianca is after Sasha, and she suplexes Bayley to the floor! But this leaves Sasha alone and Mella rolls her up! TWO, mule kick and FABULOUS KICK! Mella smiles as she runs in the corner, but her bronco buster gets buckles! Sasha rolls Mella to the BANK STATEMENT!! The crossface is on but Reginald grabs out and drags Mella to safety! The ref reprimands but Reginald gets in the ring to stare Sasha down. Then he rolls away, and moonsaults off the apron, for Mella to slide in! But Sasha blocks the kick to KNEE Mella back! Jackknife cover, TWO! Sasha sees Reginald coming and SLAPS him! But Mella tilt-o-whirls and hits a FACEBUSTER! Cover, BayMella wins!
Winners: Bayley & Carmella, by pinfall
Carmella gets a pin off the SmackDown Women’s Champion, thanks to her surprisingly agile assistant! Does this mean Mella will get a second chance at becoming champion in the new year?
Roman Reigns hears the news about Kevin VS Jey.
And he’s not happy about it. “Everything I’ve done for this company, everything that I do, somebody still actually made that match. And that somebody, they don’t appreciate me.” Roman has Heyman give him the belt, and then Roman tells Heyman to go find that someone. Heyman heads out, and the cousins turn their attention back to the television screen. Will Jey teach Kevin and the rest of the WWE a lesson about appreciating the Tribal Chief?
Sonya Deville is backstage!
She lost to Mandy Rose and had to leave the WWE, but now she’s back? Is this the sign of something
The Street Profits are here!
Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford head to the ring, dressed for a party! Will 2021 bring the swag like nobody can after the break?
SmackDown returns and the Profits are ready~, ready~ for their New Year’s Day Smoketacular! It even has music and a graphic! They have a table with bottle service and something under a curtain. Before getting to the new year, real talk to 2020. It doesn’t have to go home but it has to get out of here! Hey, 2020 wasn’t all bad. What other tag team pulled off the trifecta by becoming Raw and SmackDown Team Championships? And they even beat the Tag Team GOAT in the NEW~ DAY~! And then TWO Slammy’s, one for Breakout and Tag Team Superstars of the year! And 2021 will be even bigger! Because here’s the big reveal! A big reveal? You ready~?
REVEAL! A drum set?! Dawkins gonna get his lunch table grind on. Dawkins can play! And now, it’s time for the Street Profits’ 2021 predictions! Now we all know that not everyone has the skills to become high class fashion designers. But in 2021, they predict their sophisticated “I Was Intercontinental Champion-shirt” will go on sale at WWE Shop and become the number one selling shirt of the year! Talk to ’em! Footage replays of when they revealed said shirt to Sami on the same night that he lost the title to Big E.
You get a prediction! You get a prediction! Et cetera. Prediction number two! The Simpsons ain’t even got predictions like the Profits! And Ford says that “for years,” Dolph Ziggler has been entertaining the masses and stealing the show, and even stealing HBK’s style, so in 2021, Ziggler will get a nickname he truly deserves: The Heart ACHE Kid. AKA, HAK. TALK TO ‘EM! But speaking of Ziggler, he and Robert Roode attack! SUPERKICK for Ford! Dawkins is sent through his drum set, and then into a SUPERKICK! The Dirty Dawgs mug Ford, push him and Dawkins around, and Roode grabs chairs from the timekeeper’s area.
Roode dares Dawkins to make a joke as he SMACKS him on the back! Then he throws Dawkins over the barriers! Ziggler puts Ford in a corner, and Roode SLAMS a leg into the post! And then they hold the leg against the steel steps, for a CHAIR SHOT!! “Now we’re having fun!” Roode SMACKS Ford’s leg again! Dawkins drags himself back over and goes to Ford, but Roode and Ziggler leave, sarcastically wishing them a Happy New Year. Will Roode and Ziggler make sure the Profits can’t even defend those SmackDown Tag Team Championships in 2021?
SmackDown returns as Kayla interviews Roode & Ziggler.
“What was the reason for that vicious and unprovoked attack?” Vicious? Sure. But unprovoked? C’mon. The “Cheap” Profits have been provoking them for months, and went so far as to say the “washed up” HBK to Ziggler! HBK is not on Ziggler’s level, but Roode is. It’s always fun and games with the Profits, but did they have fun out there tonight? That is on the Profits’ hands. They have something Ziggler & Roode want and deserve. The Profits strut around waving titles and trophies around, but do you want to know what champions look like? You’re looking at two pros, two aces, who do what they want and when they want. And what they want, and what they demand, is a rematch for their SmackDown Tag Team Championships. And they will not stop until they get what they want.
Daniel Bryan & Otis Dozovic w/ Chad Gable VS Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura!
The YES Movement is teaming up with the Alpha Academy to see what he can learn before jumping into the Royal Rumble! Will Bryan and the Blue Collar Brawler both be ready for the Swiss Cyborg and King of Strong Style?
The teams sort out and Cesaro starts with Bryan. They tie up, Cesaro headlocks and hits a takeover, but Bryan fights his way up. Bryan powers out, Cesaro runs him over and covers, ONE as Bryan bridges. Cesaro jumps on but Bryan monkey flips him away! Bryan wrenches an arm but Cesaro powers Bryan to a corner. Nakamura tags in, they mug Bryan and Nakamura snapmares to wrap on a chinlock. Bryan fights up to standing switch, and he uses that hip training to hit a mat slam! And another! Nakamura fights up, gets to ropes, and elbows free to tag Cesaro.
Bryan DECKS Cesaro but Nakamura whips him. Bryan DIVES, but Cesaro catches him for a pop-up UPPERCUT! Cesaro and Nakamura mug Bryan with stomps, but Otis runs over! Otis runs them over and SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns and Nakamura stomps away on Bryan, and fires off KICKS! Nakamura drags Bryan up, whips him out, and then tags to Cesaro. Cesaro bumps Bryan off the desk, puts him in the ring, and then dropping an elbow! Cover, TWO! Cesaro clamps onto Bryan with a chinlock and fans rally on their screens. Bryan fights up, fights free and runs, into a SCRAPBUSTER! For Brodie! Cover, TWO! Cesaro throws Bryan out and tags in Nakamura. Nakamura stomps Bryan, then puts him on the apron, to give him a KNEE! Nakamura goes in, covers, TWO!
Nakamura drags Bryan up, puts him in a corner and hoists him up top. Nakamura ROUNDHOUSES Bryan down, then whips him again, only for Bryan to reverse and send Nakamura out! How very Royal Rumble like! Bryan hurries to his corner but Cesaro gets Nakamura in. Cesaro tags, but Bryan tags in Otis! Otis rallies and runs Cesaro over! EXPLODER! The Dozer keeps moving, RUNNING DISCUS! Gable is fired up for his student, and Otis runs in to corner splash! Cesaro wobbles and falls, and Gable says it’s time! CATERPILLAR ELBOW! Cover, but Nakamura breaks it!
Nakamura eggs Otis on then slides out, and Otis goes back to Cesaro. Otis climbs, but Cesaro avoids the Vader Bomb! Cesaro tags Nakamura in, Nakamura aims, but Otis pop-up FLAPJACKS Nakamura! Both men are down, Otis crawls, hot tag to Bryan! Bryan climbs, leaps, flying sunset! TWO!! Bryan keeps close to throw uppercuts and a whip. Nakamura reverses Bryan goes up and over and keeps moving, to duck and dodge, into a DYNAMIC DROPKICK! Nakamura drags Bryan up, scoops but Bryan slips out, into Nakamura’s tilt-o-whirl takedown! Nakamura wants an armbar but Otis falling headbutts!
Cesaro EuroUppers Otis but Otis pushes him! SUPERKICK AND BOOT from Cesaro and Nakamura! Otis tumbles out, but Bryan runs over, KNEE PLUS into Cesaro! Nakamura grabs Bryan for a roll up, TWO, into the YES LOCK! Nakamura taps, Bryan and Otis win!
Winners: Daniel Bryan & Otis Dozovic, by submission
Gable celebrates with his students, and they all cheer “YES! YES!” with the fans. And they do the Three Amigos, arm, arm, hips, THRUST!
Roman Reigns sits in his room.
Heyman tells Roman it was Adam Pearce who made Kevin VS Jey. “He just doesn’t get it, does he?” Roman looks to Jey, and Roman says “they” are trying to take everything the family has worked for. Don’t let them. “Go out and show them why you’re the Main Event Uso.” Jey nods and fist bumps Roman and heads out. Will the Samoan godfather be pleased with what Jey does to the Prizefighter?
Kevin Owens VS Jey Uso!
Once again in the main event, and once again battling Roman’s pawn. Will Kevin #JustKeepFighting until he’s gotten even with the Head of the Table?
SmackDown returns and Jey makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two tie up right away, for Kevin to tackle Jey and rain down rights! Kevin elbows away but Jey gets up to throw hands back! They scrap on the mat, Kevin gets the advantage and he stomps away on Jey! Kevin bumps Jey off buckles, brings him around and stomps a mudhole in! The ref counts, Kevin lets off and then pursues Jey to the outside. Kevin CLOBBERS Jey then drops a back senton! The ring count is already 5 of 10 but Kevin puts Jey in. Kevin drops another senton! Cover, TWO! Kevin keeps his cool and he stalks Jey to the ropes for more stomps!
Jey clutches his leg, Kevin drags him by it and kicks the leg. “Remember my ankle?! Huh!?” Kevin puts Jey’s leg on the ropes to KICK it! Jey falls over, Kevin looms over him to kick the leg again. Jey gets up to throw forearms but Kevin DECKS him! Kevin puts the leg on the ropes to springboard and sit down on it! The ref reprimands Kevin but Kevin just stalks Jey again. Kevin grabs the leg to kick it, then goes out to bring Jey to the apron. Kevin SLAMS the leg on the apron edge! And again! The ref counts but Kevin is in and shouts, “I told you you were gonna pay! And the worst part, it’s not even your goddamn fault.”
Kevin stomps Jey more, drags him up in a corner, and he makes Jey look at him. “Blame Roman!” Kevin punches and kicks Jey down. Jey crawls, Kevin stalks and says Roman is the one doing this to Jey. Jey ROCKS Kevin with uppercut after uppercut, but he walks into a kick to the bad leg! Kevin kicks again but Jey denies the stunner to SUPERKICK! Kevin goes down and Jey walks off the pain. Jey follows Kevin out, comes around the way and leaps into a SUPERKICK from Kevin! Kevin TOSSES Jey over the announce desk and dares Roman to show himself as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns once more and Jey is fighting off Kevin’s superplex! Jey shoves Kevin down and leaps but has to bail out of the splash as Kevin moves! Jey hobbles into a STUNNER! Cover, Kevin wins!!
Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall
Well that commercial break sure cut things short! But Kevin still dares Roman to show himself. Kevin stomps Jey’s leg more and hits another STUNNER! Kevin is making the point he warned everyone he’d make, but still no Roman. Jey writhes while Kevin goes out to get Corey Graves’ headset. “Roman, come take care of your family, bitch.” Kevin then goes to the ring, and brings out handcuffs!! Kevin returns the sour Christmas sentiments and he cuffs Jey to the rope! Jey thrashes at the cuffs but Kevin SUPERKICKS him down! Kevin makes sure the cuffs are on nice and tight before he stomps away on Jey’s bad leg! Roman still doesn’t show himself!
Kevin shouts, “Have some goddamn pride!!” Kevin wants Roman to show himself, and he stomps Jey more! Kevin puts Jey against ropes to hammer away with haymakers! The ref tells Kevin to stop and Kevin unlocks the cuffs from the ropes, to put on Jey’s other wrist! Kevin drags Jey with a headlock and says if Roman won’t come here, they’ll go to Roman. Jey pushes Kevin away but Kevin pushes, and throws him into a ThunderDome screen! Kevin SUPERKICKS Jey onto a spare table, and then rips away coverings so he can climb. Kevin says this is on Roman! Kevin gets some space, but Roman attacks from behind the ThunderDome screens!
Roman throws Kevin into screens, into more screens, then throws haymakers! Roman shouts to Jey to hurry up, but Kevin fights back! Jey clobbers Kevin with cuffed hands, and the cousins drag Kevin up to the top level of the ThunderDome! They dump him over, stomp him down, and Jey finds chairs! Jey hands one to Roman, and the Bloodline JAMS Kevin with the chairs together! And again, and again! Roman SMACKS Kevin on the back, then digs the chair into Kevin’s head! “You should’ve just left!” Jey uses the cuffs to CHOKE Kevin, and Roman RAMS the chair into ribs over and over! And then he SMACKS Kevin down again!
Kevin staggers away to the edge, and he still kicks back! Jey SUPERKICKS Kevin, Roman ROCKS Kevin with a haymaker then throws him into more screens! Roman dribbles Kevin’s head off LEDs, then rains down furious fists! Roman gives Kevin one last whip into the screens! “This is MY company! Now you know!” Roman TOSSES Kevin off the edge, down through the tables!! The referees hurry to check on Kevin in the wreckage while Roman and Jey look down over them. Has the Head of the Table finally ended Kevin Owens’ fight? Will the Bloodline dominate the WWE then, now and forever?
What a great episode for SmackDown to follow up last week’s, and for the new year. Firstly, though nothing was said directly, there were great tributes to Jon Huber/Brodie Lee/Luke Harper throughout the night, such as many superstars wearing the black Brodie armband. And Big E cleverly put in all the references he could in his post match promo because he had one of the closest friendships with Huber. Big E had a good match with Corbin but it turned out to be a vehicle to get Sami Zayn and Apollo Crews involved. The tag match was really good, and I like that we’re getting Big E VS Apollo for the first Intercontinental Championship defense of both Big E’s reign and the new year. That is going to be a great match but I expect Big E to win. And perhaps Sami gets involved, too, but mostly Big E wins.
We got some good Women’s Tag matches tonight to strengthen SmackDown’s end of things. Billie Kay was pretty funny going back and forth between the teams after getting dumped by Tamina and Natty. Tamina and Natty should stick together as a team, mostly to fill out the Tag Division, but also because that is a great combination in itself. But Riott Squad of course takes the win as they are still the longest tenured team and were already poised for a tag title shot as it was. Banks & Bianca VS BayMella was a really good match, but Reginald was doing a lot of acrobatics just to distract Sasha, so I feel like Mella was slow to getting to her spot. BayMella gets a win to put the Faces against the ropes, so to speak, but that surely means Bianca and Sasha each get the better of Bayley and Carmella.
Sonya Deville making a return was oddly understated, but I think it worked. Everyone was confused because of the Loser Leaves WWE stipulation of Sonya’s grudge match with Mandy Rose, so it’ll be interesting to see how they kayfabe this. The Profits’ section was able to keep itself from being too much and too awkward, and the attack from Roode & Ziggler helped in that. That tag title match is going to be really good given the animosity now. The set-up to Bryan & Otis VS Cesaro & Shinsuke was an interesting one, but it was a very good match, and the Faces win to build momentum for Bryan towards the Rumble. I can’t be sure Bryan wins the Rumble if we’re going to focus on how he’s never won a battle royal type, but it’d be great story if he made it to the final two only to fall short, and then feuds with the other finalist.
We again got great stuff out of Roman, Jey and Kevin. Roman continues to do great on the mic as this new character of his, and it seems like he’s growing even more cold and sadistic. I’m not sure how Pearce will start being used in this, but it sure seems like WWE wants to use him as more than just the authority representative backstage. Kevin and Jey had a really good match, but it was rather surprising that the commercial break happened, we come back and Kevin finishes the match. But then we get that last bit of Kevin egging Roman on, beating up Jey, and then the Bloodline ganging up on Kevin to take him down. It might be a bit much for Kevin to recover from being thrown down onto tables like that, so maybe he’s being written off for a moment. Maybe the build to the Rumble brings Pearce into the story more, and then at the go-home, Kevin shows up and we get one more title match.
My Score: 8.6/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (2/7/23)
DING DONG! Hello, NXT!
Bayley has a Toxic return to NXT!
Vengeance Day is done, and Roxanne Perez is STILL NXT Women’s Champion. But DING DONG, HELLO~! Bayley is back to talk with the losers, Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne!
- Zoey Stark VS Sol Ruca; Stark wins.
- Dabba-Kato VS Dante Chen; Kato wins.
- Isla Dawn w/ Alba Fyre VS Tatum Paxley; Dawn wins.
- Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS JD McDonagh; Hayes wins.
- Lyra Valkyria VS Valentina Feroz w/ Wendy Choo; Lyra wins.
- Odyssey Jones VS Channing Lorenzo w/ Tony D’Angelo; Lorenzo wins.
- Chase U VS Pretty Deadly; Pretty Deadly wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams head to the ring.
Fans are torn as the man who won 2-0 over Apollo Crews and his hype man get the mics. Trick has the music cut, and says, “Reporting to you live, the greatest duo alive, Trick Melo Gang has finally arrived. Coming through your television sets like only we can, Vengeance Day will go down as the day Carmelo Hayes turned Apollo Crews, the vision seer, into Stevie Wonder!” Melo adds, “Alright, Trick, let me hear one of my catchphrases real quick. Melo is…” No, not that one. Oh, alright. Then let’s go with, “Melo IS-” Wait, c’mon! Oh, right, right. Melo IN TWO! He did it! He spoke things to existence, he was on the logo when he shot that shot and Melo Don’t Miss!
Melo said he’d get two straight and what’d he do? Clean sweep! Let’s talk about it! Apollo had the right vision, juts with the wrong one. Now the whole NXT Universe is shook! Melo is everything he says that he is! He is the one! He is HIM. Talk your talk, dawg! History doesn’t lie. Melo did what he said he’d do, beat everyone he said he’d beat. But there is one more man that needs to be put on a T-shirt, and there’s only one event that can hold the both of them. This is destiny. That man is… JD McDonagh? The Irish Ace walks out and fans boo as he tells Melo, “I’m sitting back there, my ears must be deceiving me. It sounded like you were about to challenge for the NXT title, right? Not just me?”
JD gets it. Melo is like most people in this crowd, he’s from the entitled generation. Melo is flashy, wants everyone to think he’s the coolest. But JD is here to tell Melo that he is the coolest. But in the ring, he’s not fit to hold JD’s jockstrap. And Melo loves saying he’s The A Champ, but Melo is not ready for the big title, or to be the face of NXT. Melo says this is the UK bar-setter trying to come off the bench to face Melo. Melo thought he beat everyone there is to beat, but he apparently left a survivor. JD is jealous, he hates Melo cuz he ain’t Melo. JD says Melo can count his entrances and shirts, but JD is counting body parts!
JD says Melo is about being VIP, the clubs, private rooms. JD is about sending people to the emergency room. So get your buddy to dial 911 now and tell them Melo’s coming. Melo says they can go back and forth all night, or they can see who’s about it and run the game. Fans like the sound of that! JD steps to Melo, and JD says, “Game on.” Fans of both men are ready to see this one! Will Melo be the one to trump the Irish Ace? Or will the Necessary Evil change Melo’s destiny?
Kiana James meets up with Fallon Henley.
Kiana says, “Hey, champ,” but Fallon tells her to save it. Fallon saw the match footage and Kiana cheated! Uh, Fallon didn’t see that, and neither did the ref. So what is Fallon gonna do? Give the titles back? They won! For the first time in their lives, they’re champions! Yeah, and that’s great, but they should give Kayden & Katana a rematch. Kiana says they can talk about that. Well, what’s not up for discussion is Kiana needs to tell Jensen about “Zack” or Fallon will. Fallon keeps going back to that! It was no one! Oh, okay. Then Fallon will go tell Jensen. Fallon wait! SURPRISE~! It’s a surprise party for the new tag champs!
Will Fallon be able to tell Jensen the drama now? Or will she wait for a better time?
NXT shares Grayson Waller interrupting HBK’s media call.
The 21st Century Success Story was NOT happy about his loss, but he wanted to know from Shawn Michaels himself why he isn’t “the guy.” Is it not the gear? Is it the fact the others are big fans of HBK’s? Does Waller have to do the HBK pose? Take a picture of him and HBK together? A-Train escorted Waller out but Waller kept wanting to talk. Will HBK give Waller his answer tonight? Will Waller like what he hears?
Zoey Stark VS Sol Ruca!
The Hunter is the number one suspect in the whodunnit that is the attack on Nikkita Lyons. The Sol Surfer is just as convinced as anyone that Stark did it, will Stark fight to defend her innocence? Or will she be guilty as charged?
NXT returns and Stark makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, and Stark knees low! Sol wrenches an arm but Stark wrenches back to YANK the arm! Fans taunt Stark with “OH~ Zoey is Angry~!” Stark tells them to shut up, whips Sol to a corner, but Sol goes up and over to handspring then arm-drag! Sol holds onto the arm but Stark fights up. Stark pulls hair, powers out, but Sol runs her over! Things keep moving, Stark hip tosses but Sol handsprings through to hit a FACEBUSTER! Sol kips up, then clotheslines Stark out of the ring! Stark staggers up, Sol runs in but the boot is deflected! Sol does the splits on the apron!
Sol BOOTS Stark from the apron, then drags her up to put her back in. Sol hurries in to whip but Stark blocks. The ref calls the ropebreak but Stark sucker punches Sol! Stark whips Sol hard into a corner, then back again! Stark snapmares and runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Stark clamps onto Sol with a chinlock and stretches her back. Stark CLUBS Sol with a crossface forearm, but fans rally up for Sol. Sol fights up, snapmares, but Stark holds on with a cravat. Sol throws body shots but Stark KNEES Sol! Stark ROCKS Sol, snapmares, but Sol handsprings through! Sol gest around, tilt-o-whirl sunset flip! TWO!!
Sol stands, into a LARIAT from Stark! Cover, TWO!! Sol survives but Stark pushes her around. Stark ROCKS Sol with forearms, but fans rally up again. Sol throws body shots and forearms but Stark ROCKS her again. Stark whips Sol to a corner, runs in, but only gets buckles! Sol ducks ‘n’ dodges to rally with shoulder tackles! Fans fire up and Sol DROPKICKS Stark down! Stark goes to a corner, Sol runs in and handsprings to SPLASH! Sol scoops but Stark grabs ropes! Stark elbows free, SUPERKICKS Sol and Sol flops to the apron! Sol shoulders back in, and again, then springboards to FLYING SPLASH onto knees!!
Stark says she’s too smart for Sol! She then RAMS Sol into the corner, drags her back out, and Z 360!! Cover, Stark wins!
Winner: Zoey Stark, by pinfall
That was definitely a wipeout for Sol. Stark is on top, and she beats Sol down for questioning her! She RAMS Sol into buckles again! Sol falls and flounders but Stark grins. Stark taunts Sol, drags her back up, and RAMS- NO, Sol blocks that to hit SOL SNATCHER!! Fans fire up as Sol makes Stark wipeout! Will Sols till prove Stark had something to do with Lyons being attacked?
NXT checks in with the championship celebration.
Briggs is happy to see Gina, but wonders why Jensen brought her along. Kiana says Jensen is the sweetest guy ever. Well Jensen wanted to make it special for her first title reign. Plus, Kiana is special to him. Fallon says there’s something Kiana wants to tell Jensen. Kiana tells Fallon that she just did. She thanked Jensen for the party. And Briggs, too. Briggs says she’s never thanked him. Wait, Pretty Deadly walk through the crowd, telling people to move aside. Not hard to do, Elton Prince & Kit Wilson are a mess… Like they haven’t slept in days. BECAUSE THEY HAVEN’T! They haven’t slept since Vengeance Day!
Briggs has the boys hold their horses. Do they want a drink? No, they want tag titles! Does anyone have them? But of course not! They were so close…! And then they spot “YOU!” Chase U, that is. Andre & Duke are why Pretty Deadly aren’t Tag Team Champions! What’re they talking about? It was every team for themselves. And honestly, Andre could say the same thing back to these two a-holes! Chase U could’ve won in Andre’s hometown! So it doesn’t matter how tired Pretty Deadly is, Andre’s pissed off! Thea, what’s in Andre’s drink? Water. But tonight, Pretty Deadly gets the sh*t kicked outta them! BY Andre Chase University!
Everyone’s fired up for that, will Pretty Deadly be on the receiving end of a Teachable Moment?
Dabba-Kato VS Dante Chen!
Once an ally of Apollo Crews, the big, bad commander betrayed Apollo after he lost that Best 2 Out of 3 Falls! Will the Singapore Warrior survive his encounter with killer Kato?
The bell rings and fans rally for Chen. Chen and Kato tie up, but Kato choke grips! And THROWS Chen down! Kato hauls Chen up, puts him in a corner, and CHOPS him! Chen sputters and staggers, but Kato puts him in another corner to RAM his shoulder in! And again! And again! Kato lets off at the ref’s count of 4, but then Chen throws a forearm! Kato RAMS Chen, picks him up, and TOSSES him into the air! Chen crashes hard, Kato talks trash on him. Chan throws body shots, but Kato HEADBUTTS Chen down! Kato storms up to drag Chen up on the apron, and TOSSES him back into the ring!
Kato snarls and fans boo, but Kato runs corner to corner. Chen BOOTS Kato, Kato comes back but Chen dodges! Chen fires off fast hands, fans fire up, but Kato shoves Chen away. Chen comes back to clothesline! And UPPERCUT! And clothesline again! Chen keeps moving, and he BOOTS Kato! Kato drops to a knee and fans fire up! Chen powers up to DOUBLE CHOP! And then runs, into a CHOP from Kato!! Fans are going nuts and Kato has a wild look in his eyes! TWO HAND BOMB!! Cover, Kato wins!
Winner: Dabba-Kato, by pinfall
Chen put up a fight, but it wasn’t enough! Will Kato prove he doesn’t need anyone to be on top? An interviewer meets Kato at the ramp and asks Kato why he came back to attack Apollo. Kato says Apollo knows what he did, and that’s why Kato dropped his ass! But then, what did Apollo do?
Diamond Mine is with Ivy Nile in the medical center.
Julius Creed apologizes for knocking her off the apron last week. Ivy says it’s okay, she knows it was an accident. Brutus says they need to get back at Indus Sher, and especially Jinder Mahal. Julius agrees. Tatum Paxley asks if Ivy is okay. Yes, Ivy will be find by the weekend. But then in walks Isla Dawn & Alba Fyre. Isla says that for such a tight knit group, they’re letting someone very mysterious get awfully close. What’s she going on about? Well, Isla wants to know why Tatum was lurking in the parking lot a couple weeks ago. Isla says Tatum walks between rain drops. She’s not a part of Diamond Mine! She’s a lone wolf, and her target was Lyons.
Tatum says she didn’t attack Lyons. She was doing film study with the Creeds and then trained with Ivy. She needed some air, Lyons was done when she arrived. Isla says an innocent person would’ve just said, “No.” Isla laughs, she and Fyre walk away, and Brutus says to Tatum that if she did it, she could just say so. But she didn’t! Ivy believes Tatum. But doth Tatum protest too much? Or are these just mind games from the Wicked Witch? We’ll have to wait and see, because their match happens after the break!
Backstage interview with Roxanne Perez.
McKenzie Mitchell asks the NXT Women’s Champion how it feels to have won her first defense. Roxie says she is relieved. She put a lot of pressure on herself to win. It was her first defense, they were on the road, it was a big stage, she could NOT let Toxic Attraction reclaim the title. She’s just excited to see what’s next. That brings McKenzie to her next question, except she’s cut off by Kayden Carter & Katana Chance. “It must be nice walking in and out of Charlotte with a championship.” “Yeah, we got screwed.” Roxie says she saw that, and is sorry about that. But KC Squared will win those belts back, they’re too good not to.
Are they? Does Roxie even know if they’ll get their rematch? Is the top champion gonna make sure that happens? What’s their problem? Their problem is that they got cheated and no one is talking about it! Not that Roxie understands, she doesn’t have friends here. Uh, wow, she has no friends now? Yeah, cuz being in a tag team takes commitment. Uh, she knows, she was tag team champion once. Yeah, and how’d that work out? Y’know what? Roxie can make a call and show them she does have friends. They’ll see about that. KC Squared head out, Roxie takes out her phone. Who will the Prodigy call to take on the bitter Katana & Kayden?
Isla Dawn w/ Alba Fyre VS Tatum Paxley!
NXT returns as Tatum makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two tie up. Isla pushes Tatum to ropes but Tatum turns things around. Isla shoves Tatum away, they tie up again and Isla wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! Isla wristlocks, Tatum rolls and cartwheels to wrench and WRING Isla out! Tatum runs, handsprings over Isla to then CLOBBER her with an elbow! Cover, TWO! Isla flounders and Tatum talks trash with Fyre. Tatum goes back to Isla but Isla kicks Tatum’s leg out! Tatum gets a knee on the way down, then Isla brings her up. Tatum breaks free, blocks a kick, but Isla blocks the roll-up! Isla turns around to drop a leg!
Isla drags Tatum up, fireman’s carries, and FLAPJACK HOTSHOTS her! Isla throws Tatum down by her hair, then runs in to METEORA! Cover, TWO! Tatum hangs tough but Isla pushes her around. Isla steps on Tatum, stalks her to ropes and brings her up. Isla pulls hair, the ref reprimands but Tatum throws body shots. Tatum hits a JAWBREAKER, Isla storms up but into an elbow! Tatum rolls Isla up, TWO! Isla ROCKS Tatum, then swings again. Tatum throws hands, forearms, and body shots! Tatum whips and ELBOWS Isla again! Fans fire up as Tatum rallies, and ENZIGURIS Isla! Isla goes to a corner and Tatum runs in, into a BOOT!
Isla runs but Tatum dodges to kick low. Tatum reels Isla in, GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Tatum goes to a corner, goes up, and leaps, but Isla gets clear! Tatum crashes ‘n’ burns, Isla drags her up for the CALL OF THE SPIRITS! Cover, Isla wins!
Winner: Isla Dawn, by pinfall
Fyre stands with the Unholy Enchantress, and they loom over Tatum. But out rushes Ivy, with a steel chain! Ivy runs off Isla & Fyre, will the Diamond Mine be united against this unholy alliance?
Someone rolls up to NXT in style.
They step out of the Mercedes-Benz, but we don’t see their face! Who is this that has just arrived?
Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS JD McDonagh!
While the former North American Champion won handedly in the Best 2 Out of 3 Falls, it is true that it wasn’t an official #1 contender’s match. Will the Irish Ace prove there is some doubt to Melo’s claim? Or will Melo stand and deliver on the road to WrestleMania?
The bell rings and fans rally and duel as the two circle. They tie up, JD pushes Melo back then wrenches an arm. Melo rolls, handsprings, wrenches back and WRINGS JD out, but JD handsprings through! JD says he can do what Melo does, but Melo headlocks, JD hip tosses, Melo handsprings through and has a cording hold! Melo is showing he can do what JD does, too! But then JD hits low, gets a leg up to flip up and over, and he wrenches to NORTHERN LIGHTS, but Melo handsprings through!? Fans fire up for that, and the two reset. Melo “dribbles,” but JD “kicks” the ball away! Fans boo and the two tie up again.
Melo headlocks, JD powers out but Melo runs him over! Things keep going, JD hurdles and Melo flips over! JD kips up, kicks low and CHOPS! JD whips, Melo hits buckles hard, and JD CHOPS again! JD whips Melo corner to corner, runs in, but Melo tosses him up and HOTSHOTS in one go! Melo PLANCHAS to wipe JD out! Fans fire up with Melo and he puts JD back in the ring. Cover, TWO! Trick tells Melo, “Stop playing with your food.” Melo stands JD up to CHOP him! Melo throws hands on JD in the corner, lets off as the ref counts, and JD kicks low. JD kicks again, CLUBS Melo, then whips him to ropes for a FLAPJACK.
Fans fire up while Melo grits his teeth. JD stomps Melo down, drops elbows, then rains down fists. JD lets off but Melo grabs at a foot. JD stomps that hand away! Melo staggers up, JD brings him around, BIG back suplex! Fans are torn but most boo JD and cheer Melo. JD stands Melo up, Melo stops the suplex, but JD gets him up to hang him out to dry! Melo writhes, those ribs still bothering him from Saturday! Cover, TWO! JD argues the count but the ref says it was fair, and NXT goes picture in picture.
Melo winces and clutches his ribs, but JD stalks him to a corner. JD stomps Melo, digs his boot into the ribs, but the ref counts. JD lets off, Melo drags himself up, but JD is on him again. JD POSTS Melo! Melo flops to the apron, JD goes out the side and drags Melo closer to the post. JD bends Melo against the post! Trick can only freak out as Melo suffers! JD lets go at the ref’s count of 4, and he tells Trick to back off. JD gets in the ring, but Melo throws hands! JD clinches but Melo elbows free! Melo backslides, TWO!! JD escapes, Melo BOOTS him! Melo runs, but into the URENAGE! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!!
Melo is still in this but he’s also still clutching his ribs. JD keeps cool and drags Melo back up. JD ELBOWS Melo in the shoulder, then warps on a chinlock! Melo endures and fights up as fans rally. JD CLUBS Melo, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS! Melo headlock JD in the ropes! The ref counts, JD CHOPS! Melo turns things around to CHOP back! And CHOP again! But JD boots, only for Melo to block! Melo puts JD in the ropes but JD slips out! JD swings but Melo avoids his leg sweep, to SUPERKICK JD to the floor! Melo then PLANCHAS, into a GUTBUSTER!! JD gets the better of Melo and grins, but Trick coaches Melo up.
JD puts Melo in the ring and then drops an ax handle! JD stands on Melo’s face, scrapes his sole on Melo’s forehead, then argues with the ref. JD stalks Melo, and he clamps on for a ground cobra twist! NXT returns to single picture as Melo endures the stretch. Fans are rallying and dueling again, Melo grabs at JD’s hair but the ref reprimands. JD keeps on the pressure but Melo punches free! JD throws body shots, whips Melo hard into buckles, and mocks Melo’s pain. JD storms up, whips Melo again, but Melo reverses and now JD hits buckles! Melo back drops JD away! Fans rally and duel as Melo grimaces.
JD and Melo stand, JD clamps on but Melo scoops to SLAM JD down! Melo winces, but he storms up again. JD kangaroo kicks, then scoops, but Melo makes it a cradle! TWO and JD has the cradle! TWO and Melo has it! TWO and JD has it again! TWO!! Both men are up, STANDING SPANISH FLY from the Irish Ace! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives and Trick can breath easy again. Fans are fired up for “NXT! NXT!” Melo and JD rise, Melo pie faces JD away. JD comes back to cravat, snapmare, and DOUBLE STOMP the ribs! JD goes up a corner, but Melo stands to GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up and Melo positions JD in the ropes, to ENZIGURI!
Melo runs, springboards, FADE AWAY! Both men are down but Trick talks trash on JD. JD and Melo rise as the fans rally up. Melo ROCKS JD, JD ROCKS Melo! Melo BOOTS and fires off! JD and Melo brawl, ‘This is Awesome!” as Melo fires off a flurry! Melo whips, JD reverses, Melo springboards to FLYING LARIAT! And then a suplex, CUTTER! Cover, TWO! JD survives but Trick is hyped up as Melo has momentum. Melo drags JD up, JD breaks free to clinch, URE- NO, arm-drag! Melo blocks a boot but JD powers through. Melo tilt-o-whirls to the FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO, but into the CROSSFACE! JD endures, scrambles over, ROPEBREAK!
Melo holds on until the ref counts 4. Trick is frustrated but Melo keeps focus. Melo and JD rise as fans rally again. JD mule kicks, but Melo trips him! Jackknife bridge, TWO as JD powers up! JD spins Melo around, gets him up but Melo sips out! JD ROCKS Melo with the jab! LIGER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives and Trick is relieved but JD is too tired to be upset. Fans rally up again, JD stalks Melo and grabs the arm. Melo holds ropes to deny the ripcord, then he kicks JD away. JD yanks Melo but Melo lands on his feet! CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! JD survives but Melo hurries to a corner! Melo winces, but he still climbs!
JD anchors a foot! Melo kicks JD, drags him up and around, but JD HEADBUTTS!! Both men fall and fans go wild! Wait, ILJA DRAGUNOV IS HERE?!? Was he the one who arrived a moment ago?! Trick hurries to intercept, but he gets a TORPEDO MOSCOW!! JD hurries to ripcord, but Melo makes it a victory roll! MELO WINS!!
Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall
And now Melo stares down with the Czar! Dragunov lunges, but after JD! Dragunov rains down furious forearms on the Irish Ace, the man who injured him! “UN! BE! SIEG! BAR!!” But JD bails! Dragunov chases JD up into the crowd!! They go to the back while Melo has a good laugh. The Czar wants after the Irish Ace, will the Necessary Evil be exterminated? As for Melo, does he have a clear path to the NXT Championship for Stand & Deliver?
Tiffany Stratton finishes her make-up.
But Thea Hail is also there, talking about Chase U taking on Pretty Deadly. But also, Thea saw Tiffany’s TikTok video about Chase U. Oh, good. She’s one of Tiffany’s followers? She appreciates it. Thea has a question: Why does Tiffany not like Chase U? It’s fun, the people there are nice, and the colors red and black are good. The classes are a little hard, but- O M G Thea just realized she forgot to turn in her Road to WrestleMania essay! Uh, then just go. WAIT! It’s due tomorrow, she has time. Okay, then just relax. Stop breathing Tiffany’s air! Tiffany also stops Thea from starting up again, it’s Tiffany’s turn to talk.
Tiffany says Chase U is tacky, cringe, and annoying. No one likes Chase U and no one wants to go there. Ever. Thea remembers what Professor Shelby told her about anger, and to breathe three times. Thea does her deep breathing, but then Tiffany talks. Thea tells TIFFANY to stop! All “blondie” cares about are herself, her things, and her everything about her. All Thea cares about is Chase U! They open their arms to everyone! It doesn’t matter your background, your size, your shape or anything like that! If Tiffany’s not done with that, Thea has two words for ya! Chase U? NOPE! SUCK IT!! But then AVA RAINE SMOTHERS THEA AND KIDNAPS HER!!!
Tiffany doesn’t even notice, she’s too busy looking at herself! But what does The Schism have planned for Chase U’s top recruit?!
NXT checks in with the championship celebration again.
Everyone’s having a good time, and Fallon says this is really awesome. The boys didn’t have to do this. Briggs knows they didn’t have to, but they wanted to. Listen, Jensen, Fallon needs to talk with him about something. Oh, good! Jensen has something to talk with Fallon about, too. Oh, okay. They each say the other can go first, but someone has to go first. Briggs says Jensen should just go. Okay, okay. Since next week is Valentine’s Day, Jensen’s taking Kiana out on a date! No way! Briggs is pumped for Jensen! Jensen’s pumped, too! Fallon’s a champion, Jensen met the love of his life, and here she is! So, what was Fallon gonna say?
Uh… Just, all of this, thanks you guys. Yeah, raise a cup to the ladies! WOOOOO~! Jensen and Kiana are continuing the relationship, will Fallon just let it be what it is? Or will she spill the secret before Jensen and Kiana go all the way?
Lyra Valkyria VS Valentina Feroz w/ Wendy Choo!
The Morrigan wanted revenge on Cora Jade, but it seems the Generation of Jade doesn’t back up its talk with action. So instead, Lyra gets the Brazilian with the burning spirit! Will Feroz prove to everyone, including Elektra Lopez, that she can do things the right way and still win? Or will Lyra still be flying high?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Lyra throws Feroz down and has a wristlock. Feroz stands up, back drops Lyra, and has the wristlock back. Lyra kips up, hip tosses Feroz, and covers, TWO! Lyra facelocks to keep Feroz down but Feroz throws body shots. Lyra whips Feroz to a corner, Feroz goes up and around to roll Lyra up, TWO! A close call and Feroz fires up! SAYANAGI! SAYANAGI! Wendy fires up with Feroz, but Lyra also shouts! Lyra SOBATS, KICKS, HEADBUTTS and AX KICKS! Lyra whips, Feroz ducks ‘n’ dodges, but the crossbody is caught! Only for Feroz to make it a SUBMISSION!
Lyra powers up, to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Lyra clamps onto Feroz, Feroz resists, but Lyra throws down elbows! Wait, here comes Lopez. Lyra has Feroz in a motorcycle stretch but Feroz fights up. They go around, Feroz flips and handsprings to arm-drag but Lyra handsprings through. Feroz rushes in, Lyra sidesteps but Feroz headlocks. Lyra powers out, things speed up and Lyra hurdles but Feroz RANAS! Fans fire up and Feroz storms up to ROCK Lyra! Feroz whips, Lyra reverses and the two COLLIDE! Both women fall over and Lopez slides the brass knuckles to Feroz!
Wendy asks Lopez why she’s even here! And she tells Feroz that she doesn’t need those! But Feroz still puts them on! Fans duel. Feroz thinks about it, but Lyra ENZIGURIS! And HEEL KICKS! Cover, Lyra wins!
Winner: Lyra Valkyria, by pinfall
Lopez is disappointed, but this was her fault! If La Madrina just let Feroz do things her way, she would’ve been able to focus! Will Lopez learn to mind her own business? As for Lyra, will she find Cora soon enough so they can settle things once and for all?
Wes Lee shares his Vengeance Day story.
On Friday, he arrived in Charlotte, North Carolina. He’s taking it all in, is a little nervous, but this is what he lives for. He and his wife, Erica, meet up at the hotel, and she says the title gave him the confidence boost. She knows he deserves the title, and knows he’ll keep it because he doesn’t give up. Wes vowed that on Saturday, everyone will see that the North American Championship lives and stays on the #WesSide. Erica got emotional as she wished him luck and saw him off. She knows how hard he’s worked, and that he’s gonna kill it. She wants him to understand the impact he has on people, so she wants to see him succeed.
All the ups and downs, sacrifices and risks, have culminated in this moment, the biggest moment of his life, and he is ready for it. He and Dijak had a battle, and Wes kept his vow to succeed in overcoming the obstacle. Wes got congratulated by HBK, and Wes says he busts his ass every day he’s out in the ring. Wes will go around, through or over anyone in his way.
Backstage interview with Wes Lee.
McKenzie says that after watching his vlog diary, how is he feeling about Vengeance Day weekend? Wes says it was dope! But did you see Dijak’s finger? Ouch! But then Tony D’Angelo & Channing Lorenzo walk in. The Don asks everyone if, in that vlog diary, he happened to mention Tony. Stacks says no, we did not. Did we see Stacks? No, we did not. Wes, you reaped the benefits of their issues with Dijak so they want to be compensated. Uh, Wes never asked them for help, nor did he need it. But if they want compensation, Wes is gonna hold an Open Challenge next week. Maybe one of these two will have the cannolis to answer it.
Tony says he and Stacks have business to take care of. They leave, but will one of them take Wes up on that challenge?
Tyler Bate speaks.
“Grayson Waller. At Vengeance Day, you lost. You came up short, and trust me, I know how it feels, I’ve been there. But we all deal with losing from time to time, and we have to learn to take these on the chin. And that is something you couldn’t do. And instead, you chose to behave like an ungrateful child and you disrespected Shawn Michaels. And that’s not on! Myself and many others would not be here today if it were not for Shawn Michaels. And right now, you’re suspended. But next week, your suspension is over. So Grayson, you wanna disrespect someone? How’s about next week, you try and disrespect me?” Will the 21st Century Success Story be humbled by the Big Strong Boi?
Odyssey Jones VS ???
Sound the alarm! The Odyssey of Odyssey continues, but will this next chapter be a happy one? Or will the hero of this story run into hardships?
NXT returns, and Stacks makes his entrance. Is this the big bad behemoth Stacks claims he’ll take down to prove he’s a worthy Underboss? The bell rings and fans rally for Jones. He and Stacks circle, Stacks rushes in to go for a leg, but Jones throws him away. Stacks and Jones circle again, Jones corners Stacks but Stacks kicks low. Stacks wrenches but Jones headlocks. Stacks pulls hair but Jones grinds the hold. Stacks throws body shots but Jones shoves Stacks. They RAM shoulders, Stacks RAMS Jones again, then headbutts low! Stacks keeps RAMMING into Jones, but then Jones CLOBBERS Stacks!
Fans fire up for Jones while Tony is upset. Stacks goes to a corner, Jones stands Stacks up and throws body shots and DOUBLE CHOPS! Jones TOSSES Stacks across the way! Stacks flounders, Tony talks trash on Jones, but Jones storms up on Stacks. Jones RAMS into Stacks, Stacks staggers away, and Jones grins as he brings Stacks up. Jones scoops, Stacks slips free and kicks low! Stacks runs but is sent into another corner! Stacks bounces off buckles, Tony coaches Stacks but Jones puts Stacks up top. Jones CLUBS away on Stacks, then POLISH HAMMERS Stacks down! Fans fire up with Jones while Stacks goes to the apron.
Tony tells Stacks he asked for this so he has to win! Stacks shoulders into Jones, then HOTSHOT NECKBREAKERS! Jones staggers, Stacks runs to CLOBBER Jones onto the ropes! Stacks CLUBS away on Jones, lets off as the re counts, and Stacks says it’s HIS time now. Stacks pie faces Jones, slingshots and LEG DROPS! Stacks almost wipes himself out! Tony talks trash, Stacks stalks Jones, and Stacks throws hands. Stacks clamps onto the neck wrench but Jones endures. Fans rally, Jones fights up, and he pries free! Jones elbows but Stacks clamps on with a chinlock. Jones throws more hands, then CLOBBERS Stacks!
Jones CLOBBERS Stacks again, whips him and scoops him, SIDEWALK SLAM! Fans fire up and Jones runs, ROLLING SENTON! Stacks sputters and crawls around, and fans rally for Jones. Jones back body blocks in a corner, Stacks flops out of the ring, and Jones goes out after him. Jones runs in to CLOBBER Stacks again! Jones puts Stacks in the ring, slides in, but Stacks hurries to DDT! Jones is dazed and Tony fires up! Stacks snarls, runs, and SLIDING FOREARMS! Stacks fires himself up, wants Jones to get up again, and Stacks runs in, KNEE DROP!! Cover, STACKS WINS!
Winner: Channing Lorenzo, by pinfall
Fans boo but the Underboss just won big! Will Tony’s right hand man soon be getting his hands on gold?
Indus Sher speaks.
Jinder Mahal says Veer and Sanga, “two international icons, united by one desire, finally earned the respect they are after.” Veer says they told the world what was going to happen but no one believed them, “until they witnessed the devastation of the Creed Brothers.” Sanga says, “Julius, Brutus, don’t be ashamed. You lost before the bell even rang.” Jinder says, “An entire region of this planet rejoiced in celebration. Now these two men expected to be treated the same here as they are back home: deservedly so, larger than life superstars!” Veer says Indus Sher now moves on to accomplish bigger goals. The Creeds have little value now.
Seeing the landscape, there is no tag team that can beat them! Their NXT takeover has begun. Phase one is complete. Phase two begins and ends with the three of them draped in gold! Will the Modern Day Maharaja lead his brothers in arms to have their hands raised at Stand & Deliver?
Chase U heads to gorilla.
They have their match to worry about, but they’re also worried because they don’t know where Thea went. Andre is sure she was headed to Shake Shack, and Duke says it’s probably fine, Thea is an adult and can handle herself. But will they be able to focus on their own concerns against Kit & Elton? That match is next, after the break.
NXT catches up with Roxanne Perez in the parking lot.
They ask her if she has a tag team partner for next week’s match. She does, actually. And next week, KC Squared will be facing Roxie and Meiko Satomura! The Final Boss is returning to NXT! Will she help the Prodigy put Kayden & Katana in their place?
Chase U VS Pretty Deadly!
NXT returns as Kit & Elton make their entrance. But they’re still in the same disheveled state as they were earlier tonight. They can’t even put energy into their pose. Will they even have energy to have this match?
The teams sort out, and Duke starts against Elton. They circle, tie up, and Duke headlocks. Elton powers out but Duke runs him over! Elton flounders while fans rally for Duke. Elton CHOPS, but Duke doesn’t even flinch. Duke puts Elton in a corner and CHOPS! Fans taunt them as “Pretty Sleepy!” Duke bumps Elton off buckles and heh goes flying! Duke CLUBS and ROCKS Elton, then DECKS Elton right out of the ring! Duke isn’t even into this because it’s not much of a fight. Elton hurries into the ring, tags Kit, but Duke wrenches to RAM shoulders. Tag to Chase, Chase U whips, drop toeholds and drops an elbow! Cover, TWO!
Chase body scissors to a clutch, TWO! Chase rolls Kit again, TWO! ROLLING CLUTCH! Fans cheer as they go around and around, cover, TWO! Kit says, “What’s the point?! What’s the bloody point?!” Chase drags Kit up but Kit shoves him away. Kit wants to leave but Chase is on him at the ropes! Chase ROCKS Kit, Kit yoyos into another forearm! And another! And another! Elton protests but Chase kicks him low! Chase bumps Elton off Kit’s boots, they both fall out of the ring! Chase says THAT is a teachable moment! Pretty Deadly is frustrated, Kit tags Elton in and they go after Chase together! Kit anchors a foot, but Chase deflects Elton’s boot!
Chase CLUBS Kit, ducks Elton, and Elton almost hits Kit! But Kit sends Elton’s hand into Chase! And they’re suddenly back?! Tag to Kit, he and Elton stomp, “YES BOY~!” and LEG DROP SPLASH COMBO! Cover, ONE!! Kit drags Chase up, reels him in, suplexes but Chase slips free! Tag to Duke! Duke CLOBBERS Kit, ELBOWS him, then scoops to SLAM! Fans rally for Duke and he kicks Kit, CLUBS him, and stomps him! Duke mocks the Pretty Deadly fingers, then dodges Kit to scoop and SIDEWALK SLAM! Fans fire up with Duke and he runs in, only for Elton to dump him out! Fans boo but Duke sends Elton into the apron.
But Kit CLOBBERS Duke into the steel steps! “YES BOY!” Pretty Deadly has energy again as NXT goes picture in picture.
Chase checks on Duke but Kit drags Duke up. Kit puts Duke in the ring, kicks him to the corner, and tags in Elton. Pretty Deadly stomps Duke, Elton throws hands then more stomps. The ref counts, Elton lets off to tag Kit back in. Pretty Deadly drags Duke up to double suplex! Kit covers, ONE!! Kit snarls and he stomps Duke back down. Kit throws body shots, tags Elton, and Pretty Deadly mugs Duke more. Elton brings Duke around to CLUB him down. But Duke throws body shots in return, only for Elton to CLUB him down again. Elton drags Duke for a SPLASH, then he clamps on a chinlock.
Duke endures as Elton stretches him back. The fans rally, especially the Chase U student section. Duke fights up, but Elton throws him down by his hair! Elton pushes Duke to a cover, TWO! NXT returns to single picture as Elton keeps Duke from Chase. Duke throws body shots, fans rally up, but Elton runs to CLOBBER Duke from behind! Elton fixes his hair and grins but Duke crawls for Chase. Elton drags him away, the fans rally up as Chase stomps the steps. Duke crawls, boots Elton away, hot tags to Kit and Chase! Chase rallies on Pretty Deadly with big haymakers! Atomic drop for Elton! Atomic drop for Kit!
Chase DECKS Kit! Elton leaps in but into a body shot! Chase steps through on Elton’s legs, but Kit runs in so Chase trips him up. Chase steps through to try Kit now, but Elton runs in! BACK DROP, into the FIGURE FOUR! Fans fire up as Kit endures! Elton runs in, but Chase avoids the splash! Chase CHOPS Elton, Kit whips him away, but Chase catches them both, DDT COMPLETE SHOT COMBO! Cover on Kit, TWO! Fans fire up with Chase and he drags Kit up. Kit swings, but into an URE- NO, arm-drag! Kit KANGAROO KICKS, tags Elton, and Elton scoops Chase! SNAKE EYES! “YES BOY!” DRY MARTINI! Cover, Duke breaks it!
Duke JABS away on Kit! Flip, flop and “U~!” ELBOW! SENTON! Duke keeps moving and he clotheslines Kit out hard! But Elton dumps Duke out! Chase brings Elton in, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Fans fire up, time to spell it it! C! H! A! S! E! U! What’s that spell?! CHASE U! But THEA appears? she’s covered in smile faces! The Schism had her but let her go? And in the distraction, Kit rolls Chase up! Chase covers, TWO!! Chase ROCKS Kit, whips, but Elton tags, SPILT MILK!!! Cover, Pretty Deadly win!
Winners: Pretty Deadly, by pinfall
Duke didn’t realize Chase was in trouble because he was checking on Thea! What did The Schism do to scare Thea like that? What will Chase U to teach The Schism a lesson?
As for Pretty Deadly, they spot Gallus up in the perch. Mark Coffey & Wolfgang nod and applaud, will we see NXT UK revisited in Hollywood?
Drew Gulak talks with Hank Walker backstage.
Hank asks Gulak if he got that email with all his sketches for ring gear ideas. Yes, Gulak did. What’d he think? Gulak looked them over, and he was pretty impressed. Really? Wow! That fires Hank up! Hank’s feeling like taking Wes up on that Open Challenge now. Nice! But Charlie Dempsey walks over to say that it doesn’t matter what Hank wears in the ring, it matters what he does. Does Gulak really think Hank is ready for Wes Lee? Gulak says Hank is ready for a rematch with Dempsey. Fine. Just make sure he doesn’t take shortcuts like Gulak does. The Son of the Gentleman Villain is calling Gulak out, but will he tear Hank apart to prove his point?
DING DONG, HELLO~, it’s Bayley!
Bayley walks in through the door, arm in a sling, and welcomes us to a special NXT edition of Ding Dong, Hello. Now, we must all be wondering how she made it here after what “that idiot” Becky Lynch and Lita did to her and her girls on Raw last night. It’s because she’s the ULTRA Role Model, she loves NXT, and she loves her two guests tonight. Last Saturday, Bayley watched Vengeance Day, and she saw the NXT Women’s Championship slip through the fingers of these two ladies. She brings out “two of my absolute favorites,” Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne, Toxic Attraction!
Gigi & Jacy walk out, making their team entrance despite the tension and dysfunction from Saturday. They both frown at each other for a moment before going down the ramp and to the ring. Jacy insists she go up the steps first and Gigi rolls her eyes. They ring the doorbell then walk in through Bayley’s door, and Bayley says they’re total pros! That’s why she got them the nice seats. They each take an armchair and Bayley notices the tension. “So let’s just get right to it, guys. What happened on Saturday?” Jacy says that’s a great question. What happened Saturday, Gigi? Oh, why don’t you tell her, Jacy?!
Jacy would love to! Gigi screwed Jacy out of the title! Um, Roxie beat Jacy, not Gigi. So Jacy cost Gigi! Get it right. What? Saturday, Gigi was supposed to be behind Jacy. Gigi was not being a team player. They were supposed to be a team! they held hands, and then Gigi slipped away. Oh, look, another excuse! Saturday, it was sink or swim. If Gigi won, Jacy would’ve sunk into obscurity and we all know it! Jacy says she doesn’t need Gigi, she’s a star all on her own! Fans are a bit torn on that, but Jacy says Gigi’s gear “looked like a hobo who banged a Chucky doll.” Bayley is laughing at that one.
Gigi is surprised Jacy even noticed when Jacy was staring up at the lights. That’s the Jacy Jayne Position. Whoa, whoa, guys, it’s getting feisty. Bayley says we’re all getting a bit uncomfortable. This might be a natural split, but before they even think about splitting up, have they ever thought what they’d do if that did happen? Have they thought through what they’d be as individuals? Gigi hasn’t, actually. But sky’s the limit for her! Jacy says she’ll go straight to the top, obviously! Right, rather vague answers.
But if you wanna get to the top, isn’t it easier, quicker and better if you did that with a ride-or-die? With someone who knows you inside and out? Someone who will do anything for you? That has the same goals as you? Wow, Toxic Attraction has been Gigi’s life for almost three years now. And she’s alienated herself from everyone else in the locker room. Everyone hates her… If everyone hates Gigi, then what the hell do they feel about Jacy? Jacy’s called people “munchkins, idiots, disgusting, sickening.” It goes on and on! Bayley would know better than anyone that there is strength in numbers. Look at Damage CTRL! They’re on top of the world right now!
Bayley says yes they are! And Toxic Attraction should really think on that. Gigi says that at the end of the day, NXT is a shark tank. She needs someone she can trust, who will have her back. Someone that’s been through the wringer with her. Jacy won’t lie. When she gets mad, she cuts real deep, aims for the jugular. She can sit her and say she’ll change, but we know that’s not happening. Why even lie? But in all honesty, no matter what happens, Gigi will always be Jacy’s sister. Gigi feels the same! Bayley likes that. Jacy says that they have two options: go their separate ways and see what happens; or they can have one more run.
Gigi says, “One more run at the NXT Women’s Tag titles?” Or… They look at Bayley. No offense, Bayley, but maybe they want DMG CTRL’s WWE Women’s Tag titles! Bayley has them hold on here! Don’t get excited, ya idiots! We’re focusing on the now! These two feel a lot better, thanks to Bayley. So let’s all bring it back and hug it out. Right? C’mon. Jacy & Gigi do hug it out and everyone cheers! Beautiful. Bayley says, “Ladies and gentlemen, the happy couple, Toxic Attraction!” Gigi & Jacy raise each other’s hands, and then Jacy SUPERKICKS Gigi?!?! Jacy says it’s never been about “us,” it’s always been about her!
Jacy RAMS Gigi into Bayley’s door! And BOOTS her through it!! Fans boo as Jacy just did Gigi like Shawn Michaels did Marty Jannetty! Is this the beginning of a new and even more toxic chapter for Jacy?
A great episode to follow Vengeance Day and pivot to Stand & Deliver. For one, good of them to plug Waller getting in HBK’s face and his kayfabe suspension being why he wasn’t here. Tyler Bate had a good promo calling Waller out, and they’re going to have an awesome match. Trick Melo Gang had a good promo to open and celebrate the win, but JD McDonagh sticking his nose into things was a good surprise. Melo VS JD was an awesome match, and I like that Dragunov is back. And of course he goes after JD to settle their score. A grudge match between them for Stand & Deliver would be awesome stuff.
Great stuff from Kiana and Fallon throughout the night. The surprise party was a great, very “pro-wrestling meets sitcom” reason Fallon can’t tell Jensen what’s really going on, even though that is still very much her misunderstanding of what she heard, which is also very sitcom. I am also glad to know they’re going to do a Valentine’s Day segment with this story, and that will be the make or break moment for this team. I also appreciate that Fallon being the Face, she wants to give KC Squared a rematch. But wow, Kayden & Katana get cheated out of titles and suddenly they’re bitter Heels. Roxie & Satomura are definitely going to beat those two.
I also like the party setting up the tag match main event of Chase U VS Pretty Deadly. I loved Bum Ass Pretty Deadly, but it also makes sense that this phase didn’t last long. Great integration of stories with The Schism kidnapping Thea to start a story with Chase U and costing them the match. Pretty Deadly VS Gallus is going to be a great story towards Stand & Deliver, and with HBK at the helm, they will surely reference everything from NXT UK and give us an incredible tag title match. And of course, Indus Sher is implying they’re going after titles. I suppose Veer & Sanga could get into the tag title story, but I feel like they’ll be waiting for Pretty Deadly VS Gallus to resolve.
Sol VS Stark was a really good match, and a really good showing for Sol, but I had a feeling Stark would win again. Stark also showed us a great way for her to get to her finisher with sending Sol into the corner face first. Good promo from Diamond Mine with Isla & Fyre, and I like that Isla tied this into the whodunnit with Lyons. I also found it oddly amusing that Brutus was okay if she did do it. Good match from Tatum VS Isla but of course Isla won. Pretty sure we’ll get Ivy & Tatum VS Isla & Fyre, which Isla & Fyre will win to get going in the Women’s Tag Division and closer to the titles. And decent match from Lyra VS Feroz but it was of course just a vehicle to push Feroz’s story with Lopez forward.
Of course Dabba-Kato wins in a squash, but poor Dante Chen. Before he got hurt, he was looking to be a big part of NXT’s plans. But now that he’s back, he’s just the guy getting fed to other superstars NXT has big plans for. Kato being vague about why he turned on Apollo is fine, they have time to figure out what’s really going on here. Kato VS Apollo is definitely coming, and they could do some great storytelling on top of great action. Good, quick promo from Hank, Gulak and Dempsey. I was hoping we were going to see some of Hank’s ideas for ring gear, but I guess we’ll see what he’s got next week in the rematch with Dempsey.
Good stuff from Wes Lee, but of course Tony D & Stacks act like he owes them. The Open Challenge next week is going to be great no matter who answers it, but I wonder if Stacks is going to step up. Stacks literally won big over Odyssey Jones, but I don’t see him beating Wes. Personally, I’m hoping we see Dragon Lee (or whatever his WWE name will be) show up in time for Stand & Deliver to have an epic match with Wes. Though if that were to happen, I feel like Dragon Lee would have to win so as not to hurt his run. Maybe NXT waits to debut Dragon Lee at Stand & Deliver so that he can call out whoever is champion.
And of course, awesome stuff out of Ding Dong, Hello. Bayley was a great host, and I like that she was doing her best to keep Toxic Attraction together as a duo. That moment where they teased Face Toxic Attraction going after DMG CTRL was great, because that made the turn even more effective. Jacy is definitely the better Heel in how she’s better at being arrogant and boisterous in her promos, and it makes sense for Gigi to be the Face. Gigi is definitely the one fans liked the most, even when Mandy was around. The feud can go either way but this is going to be some great stuff.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (2/7/23)
Konosuke Takeshita gets Dark!
The future of wrestling could be defined in the Dark!
Konosuke Takeshita is going strong in AEW, but he takes on MLW’s EJ Nduka! Will Konosuke still be The Future? Or will The Judge bring down the law?
- Blake Christian VS Serpentico w/ Spanish Announce Project; Blake wins.
- Rush w/ Jose the Assistant VS Aiden Park; Rush wins.
- Kiera Hogan VS Megan Meyers; Kiera wins.
- Dalton Castle w/ The Boys VS Dante Casanova; Castle wins.
- Slim J w/ The Trustbusters VS Mascara Dorada; Dorada wins.
- The Outrunners VS Logan Cruz & Tyshaun Perez; The Outrunners win.
- Baliyan Akki VS Rico Gonzalez; Akki wins.
- Konosuke Takeshita VS EJ Nduka; Takeshita wins.
Another pretty good line-up, but the highlight is of course Konosuke VS Nduka. Both are great, having been champions outside of AEW. In fact, Nduka will be featured on tonight’s debut edition of MLW Underground on the Reelz channel. Nduka is challenging Alex Hammerstone for the MLW World Heavyweight Championship in a Last Man Standing match. Between AEW Dark on YouTube and the MLW television debut, Nduka is going to get noticed by a lot of wrestling fans, and he very well could be the new MLW Champion the next time he’s in AEW.
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