There was triumph and heartbreak felt at TakeOver!
NXT is still trying to calm down from the history made by Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez as well as the shock of Adam Cole SUPERKICKING Kyle O’Reilly!!
- Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon VS The Way’s Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell; Blackheart & Moon win.
- Isaiah “Swerve” Scott VS Leon Ruff; Ruff wins.
- Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter VS Jessi Kamea & Aliyah w/ Robert Stone; Catanzaro & Carter win.
- Tyler Rust w/ Malcolm Bivens VS KUSHIDA; Kushida wins.
- Zoey Stark VS Valentina Feroz; Stark wins.
- Six Man Tag: Finn Balor, Roderick Strong & Kyle O’Reilly VS The Kings of NXT; The Kings of NXT win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Kyle O’Reilly goes to the ring!
No music, no introductions, he just wants a mic. “You all saw what happened Sunday at TakeOver. I keep replaying the moment over and over in my head in my head, trying to make sense of it, but I can’t.” Kyle is shocked, confused, pissed off and disappointed. The Undisputed Era was supposed to be unlike every other group that ever came and went in the business. They were special and you ruined that for all of us, Adam Cole. Cole kicked Kyle in the face but stabbed him in the back. The thing is, Cole is still Kyle’s brother, and so that is why he’s giving Cole the benefit of the doubt. Kyle needs Cole to come out and explain himself. And when it’s done, Kyle might punch Cole in the face, but he’s willing to hear Cole out.
Kyle waits, and the UE music plays for Cole’s entrance. Wait, no, it’s Roderick Strong coming out! The UE IS special! But Kyle, they both know Adam. Strong is speaking for himself, he says Cole did that out of emotion. But right now, in this moment, Strong knows Cole regrets it. Kyle doesn’t need Strong to say it! He needs Cole to say it! Stop wasting everyone’s time! Strong and Kyle argue but Kyle tells Strong to stay out of the ring. Not that Kyle doesn’t trust Strong, but maybe it is! Kyle doesn’t know who to trust! Kyle says it one more time: He doesn’t need to hear Strong’s BS, he needs COLE to be here! “Adam Cole, get your ass out here!!”
But instead, it’s Finn Balor who makes his way out! Kyle is angry because he’s not here for Finn, but Finn is angry because he IS here for Kyle. If Kyle wants Cole, he has to get in line behind Finn! Finn and Kyle have business to address. On Sunday, Kyle offered Finn a hand in friendship. Finn shouldn’t have accepted but he did, and then we saw what happened! Strong defends Kyle to Finn, Kyle had nothing to do with what Cole did. But then wait! The Kings of NXT attack! They throw Finn and Strong around, then Kyle goes out to get mugged by them, too! The brawl is all over ringside but the referees hurry out to stop it! But they can’t, The Kings of NXT just blow past them to go after Finn, Kyle and Strong!
Fans boo as Dunne, Oney and Burch finally let off, only for Dunne to go after Finn again! Dunne finally stops stomping the NXT Champion to leave with the NXT Tag Team Champions. Will they all be back for more soon enough? And what about Adam Cole’s explanation?
William Regal has an update on tonight’s match card.
He received a message from Santos Escobar: Escobar was to be in a match with Kross, and Kross made threats to Escobar, but no one threatens Escobar. Escobar says he will… GO HOME! The NXT Cruiserweight Champion won’t do this on Regal’s time but his own! Regal says the match won’t happen this week, but it will happen next week. And though the title is not on the line, if Escobar stays away again, he will be suspended AND stripped of the championship! As for tonight’s new main event, it will be a Six Man Tag! Finn Balor, Roderick Strong & Kyle O’Reilly will take on the Kings of NXT to settle the scrap we just saw!
Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon VS The Way’s Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell!
Johnny Gargano accompanies Mrs. Wrestling & Indi to the ring, and they all have missing person posters for Austin Theory, because no one has seen or heard from him since TakeOver! Is there no way for The Way to focus with a part of their family missing?
Gargano also joins commentary to say there is an ATAPB, Austin Theory All Points Bulletin. The teams sort out, Shotzi and Candice start, and Shotzi dodges Candice to shotgun dropkick her down! Shotzi runs in to corner clothesline, tags in Ember, and Ember runs in to back body block! Tag back to Shotzi, Ember runs side to side to dropkick Candice! Shotzi runs side to side to WRECK Candice with a dropkick! The Way is reeling as NXT goes picture in picture.
Ember throws Candice back in for Shotzi, cover, TWO! Shotzi keeps on Candice with clubbing forearms, then brings her around to tag in Ember. They mug Candice, Ember drags Candice up and snap suplexes, una amiga! Ember snap suplexes again for dos amigas, then covers, TWO! Ember keeps on Candice with another facelock but Candice shoves her away. Candice runs back to her corner to tag in Indi, so Shotzi tags back in. They tie up, Shotzi wants a leg but Indi holds her off with a gut wrench. Shotzi rolls Indi to a cover, TWO! Shotzi keeps Indi down with a facelock, clubbing forearms, and then brings her over to tag in Ember. Ember rolls Indi, TWO!
Indi crawls away and tags in Candice. Ember dares Candice to bring it, and then dodges her to waistlock and throw her around. Tag to Shotzi, Ember whips Candice for Shotzi’s sweep, then Ember adds a basement dropkick! Shotzi runs to drop an elbow and cover, TWO! Gargano gets worried on commentary as Shotzi puts on a headlock. Candice pulls hair and powers Shotzi to a corner, but lets off as the ref counts. Candice RAMS into Shotzi, and again, and again! Candice digs her shoulder in, lets off as the ref counts, then snapmares Shotzi to neck snap! Cover, TWO! Candice keeps on Shotzi, tags in Indi, and The Way stomps her at the ropes.
Indi drags Shotzi from the ropes to stomp the legs, then covers, TWO! Indi keeps her eyes on Ember, has Shotzi at the ropes, but Shotzi hits back with body shots. Indi clubs Shotzi, tags Candice, and Candice runs in to back elbow Shotzi in the corner. Tag back to Indi as NXT returns to single picture, and Indi scoops. Shotzi slips off and shoves Indi to ropes. Candice runs in but Shotzi shoves her to ropes, too! Shotzi tags Ember and the two coordinate, BALL PIT ENZIGURI COMBO! Then a KNEE for Indi! Ember slingshot SPLASHES, covers, TWO! Ember drags Indi up, tags in Shotzi, and they mug “Indi Freakin’ Wrestling.” Gargano claims there was a semifinal screwjob as Shotzi covers, TWO!
Shotzi tags Ember back in, they coordinate again, and Ember wrenches Indi to feed to Shotzi’s HANGING HEADSCISSOR! Candice CLOBBERS Shotzi on the outside, Indi BOOTS Ember down! Tag to Candice and she hurries to cover Ember, TWO! Candice facelocks Ember and grinds her down, but Ember endures as fans rally up. But wait, there’s a van pulling in outside? A familiar white van… Candice and The Way see it on screen, and Ember back drops but Candice sunset flips! TWO, Candice CLOBBERS Ember! Cover, TWO! Candice kicks Ember, Ember shoves back. Candice DECKS Ember, stomps away on her at the ropes, then tags in Indi.
Indi drags Ember up, brings Ember around to whip and CLOBBER her! Cover, TWO! Indi grows frustrated, she drags Ember up but Ember hits back. Indi bumps Ember off buckles, RAMS shoulders into her over and over, then hoists her up to a fireman’s carry. Ember slips off, shoves Indi to the corner, but Indi catches up to Ember for a SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Indi drags Ember away, tags Candice, and Candice stomps Ember down! Candice drops down on Ember, then stands on Ember’s back. Candice grabs the arms and pulls Ember back into a half surfboard. Fans taunt The Way with “Where is Theory?” but Gargano tells Indi to ignore them.
Ember endures and fights her way up but Candice throws her down by her arms! Candice whips Ember into the corner, tags to Indi, but Ember fights back! Indi kicks and ROCKS and CLUBS Ember, then stomps her to the corner. Ember fights back again with big forearms, but Indi smothers Ember to whip her to the apron. Indi EuroUppers Ember in the ropes, tags Candice and then BOOTS Ember to the floor! Candice goes out to springboard CROSSBODY Ember down! But back to that van, Gargano is getting annoyed that it’s just idling outside. Gargano leaves commentary to go investigate, and NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Ember enziguris Candice away! Hot tags to Indi and Shotzi! Shotzi enziguris Indi to a corner! Shotzi runs in, blocks the boot and elbows Indi down! Shotzi rolls and comes back, SHINING WIZARD! Shotzi snapmares Indi to hit a SLING-DOG! Cover, TWO! Shotzi is after Indi’s arms, and gets CATTLE MUTILATION! Indi endures, Candice gives Shotzi a step-up senton! Ember gets in, blocks Candice’s kick to get her with a half hatch suplex! Indi hits a SPINEBUSTER on Ember! Shotzi hits a ROLLING ELBOW, but Indi comes back with a LARIAT! All four women are down, and Gargano has found the van!
Gargano shouts for Theory but is anyone even in this van? There isn’t a driver so who brought it here?! Back to the match, Shotzi and Indi rise, and Indi brings Shotzi over. Tag to Candice, Indi chicken wings Shotzi for a GLAM SLAM! Not the prettiest, but Candice adds on with a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Shotzi survives and fans fire up! Candice brings Shotzi up, Shotzi jawbreakers free! Tag to Ember, Shotzi fireman’s carries Candice, but Indi runs in! Shotzi uses Candice’s boots against Indi, then hits the swinging STUNNER, and Ember gut wrenches for the AK CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Candice survives and fans fire up again!
Shotzi and Ember coordinate and go to opposite corners. They climb up, but The Way trip them each up! Tag to Indi and Candice hurries up top. Indi sets Ember up, but Gargano has FOUND Theory! What is he wearing? Ember gets Indi with a roll up and bridge! Ember and Shotzi win!!
Winners: Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon, by pinfall
The Way is 0-2 against the wild child and Shenom, but they don’t even seem to care because at least they have Theory back! Will Shotzi and Ember move on towards bigger and better things? Will The Way make sure Dexter Lumis does not get away with what he did to Theory?
NXT hears from Pat McAfee.
“Hello, Internet Wrestling Community. It’s your favorite wrestler of all time,” on his plane to travel to warmer climates. But he says we finally saw what he’s known all along: We were bamboozled that Adam Cole “protecting wrestling” form McAfee was a scumbag all along! And McAfee knows fans are way too dumb to know that so he is here to tell us all. #PatWasRight, and Cole will be a bum while McAfee will always be the greatest thing to happen to wrestling. He’s going to go get some sun and some Mai Thais while all the fans stay stuck inside like a bunch of bums.
Backstage interview with Kushida.
The Time Splitter is in the trainer’s room after the epic match with Johnny Gargano. What are his thoughts about his NXT North American Championship match at TakeOver? Kushida says it was an honor to compete at TakeOver, but he’s not done with Gargano or the North American title. Bronson Reed walks over and asks if Kushida is alright. He is. Good, because Kushida had one hell of a match at TakeOver. And while Bronson knows Kushida isn’t done with Gargano, Bronson isn’t, either. Bronson wants another shot at the North American title, and if it comes down to him and Kushida, Bronson will cross that bridge when they get there. For now, heal up and get better. They fist bump, and Bronson takes his leave.
But also in the trainer’s room, as if waiting for this moment, is Malcolm Bivens! He wonders what Kushida is doing here. Bivens is a big fan, Kushida was very impressive going 25 minutes with Gargano. But do you know what would be even more impressive? Competing here tonight! And Bivens has the perfect opponent in mind! Bivens asks the trainer if Kushida is medically cleared for tonight. He is. Then Bivens is very excited to talk with Mr. Regal about his match idea. Is Bivens trying to serve up a banged up Kushida to his client for an easy win?
Isaiah “Swerve” Scott VS Leon Ruff!
The Capital Wrestling Center again becomes Swerve’s House as the contender’s race continues! But will Swerve have a rough go of handling Ruff, who is just as hungry for another shot of gold?
The bell rings and the two circle. Ruff and Swerve tie up, Swerve puts Ruff in a corner but lets off as the ref counts. Swerve fakes Ruff out and then laughs at him. Swerve puts up his dukes and dares Ruff to take a shot. Ruff starts swinging but Swerve starts weaving, then he gets Ruff in a elbow ‘n’ collar. Ruff uses that to arm-drag Swerve, then arm-drag again! Ruff runs in but Swerve dodges, only for Ruff to land on ropes and go up and over! Swerve avoids the arm-drag to have another little laugh. Swerve rolls, brings Ruff up and whips him to a corner, but Ruff goes up and out and ROCKS Swerve! Ruff goes up, around, under and dropkicks Swerve to the corner, then arm-drags again!
Ruff clamps onto the arm as fans fire up, and he cranks on the shoulder. Swerve scuffs Ruff and gets to his feet. Ruff forearms and whips but Swerve reverses. Ruff dodges but runs into a JUMPING KNEE! Swerve drags Ruff up, POWER BREAKER! Ruff writhes and Swerve swaggers about. Swerve runs around the world to dropkick Ruff out of the ring! Ruff flounders around, Swerve aims from the apron, and Swerve BOOTS Ruff back down! Swerve smirks as he drags Ruff up and puts him in the ring. Cover, TWO! Swerve slaps Ruff around, sits him up and reels him in for a body scissors! Swerve hooks Ruff’s face but the ref reprimands.
Swerve squeezes tight, Ruff elbows at the leg, then CHOPS Swerve! And CHOPS again! Swerve shoves Ruff away and taunts Ruff. Ruff throws body shots, some chops, but Swerve CHOPS Ruff back! Swerve full nelsons, Ruff breaks it and elbows back hard! Ruff kicks low, throws forearms, then starts rallying! Ruff whips, Swerve reverses but Ruff twists to rebound and LARIAT! Ruff headlocks, Swerve powers out of the bulldog but Ruff goes up for a FLYING CUTTER! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Ruff goes to the corner again, climbs up, but Swerve yanks him back. Ruff throws forearms, Swerve throws body shots! Swerve is seething but Ruff throws more forearms!
Swerve shoves Ruff, fakes him out to kick out the legs, but Ruff avoids the House Call to DOUBLE STOMP Swerve down! Fans fire up but Swerve grits his teeth as he CLOBBERS Ruff! Swerve whips, reels Ruff in, but Ruff rolls up and around to a crucifix takedown! Cover, RUFF WINS!!
Winner: Leon Ruff, by pinfall
Swerve is shocked that he got caught! Swerve manages to smile and laugh it off, perhaps impressed that Ruff got the better of him. They shake hands, but then Swerve DECKS Ruff! Swerve rains down fists and stomps away on Ruff, and fans boo how sore of a loser he’s being! Swerve drags Ruff up because he’s not done with him. Swerve drags Ruff up by his face to a fireman’s carry, and gives him a CORNER DEATH VALLEY! “I’m tired of you getting handed everything, while I’ve gotta scratch and claw for everything!” Swerve says this isn’t just his house, this is his time! What will Swerve do to get what he wants?
Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter VS Jessi Kamea & Aliyah w/ Robert Stone!
KC Squared are back to not just rebound from their loss in the Women’s Dusty Rhodes Classic, but the loss of their friend, Xia Li, to the dark side that is Tian Sha. Will they be able to break through against the Robert Stone Brand and worry about Xia later?
The teams sort out and Kacy starts with Jessi. They circle, approach, and Kacy gets around to waistlock. Jessi throws Kacy off and then taunts little Kacy. Kacy tries a toehold but Jessi stays standing. Jessi drags Kacy up to reel her in, but Kacy slips out of the bomb lift to arm-drag Jessi to the corner! Kacy storms over, tags in Kayden, and KC Squared whip Jessi into the ropes! KC Squared to the apron to DOUBLE BOOT Jessi back in! Kayden covers, TWO! Kayden brings Jessi up but Jessi knees low and whips Kayden away. Kayden holds ropes, boots Jessi, then tags in Kacy. Kacy shoulders into Jessi, then uses her gymnastics to slingshot headscissor! Cover, TWO!
Kacy tags Kayden back in, but wait! Boa is lurking in the shadows! Jessi sucker punches Kayden, drags her away and tags in Aliyah. The Brand mug Kayden, then Aliyah fires off in the corner. Tag back to Jessi. they coordinate to wheelbarrow CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Jessi drags Kayden into a chinlock but Kayden rolls her off. Kayden hits a jawbreaker, then ROCKS Jessi with a right! Hot tags to Aliyah and Kacy! Kacy trips Aliyah, fires off in the corner, but Aliyah shoves her away. Kacy comes back to A-List Lariat! Then handspring AX KICK! Cover, TWO! Kacy tags Kayden in and they coordinate, NECKBREAKER SPLASH! Cover, KC Squared win!
Winners: Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter, by pinfall
But now Xia Li is on stage! She and Boa storm down to the ring, and Kayden is ready to fight! Kacy keeps Kayden calm and wants to talk to Xia. This doesn’t have to be this way! They’re just friends worried about her! But Xia grabs Kacy’s arm, to mark it with black ink! The same warning Xia and Boa were given! “Next week, I will hurt you!” Xia has given her former friends an ultimatum, what is going to happen to Kacy on behalf of Tian Sha?
Malcolm Bivens speaks.
“It has already been established that at TakeOver, Kushida was impressive. But do you know who is even more impressive? Tyler Rust.” Kushida is great but Rust is a superstar that only comes once in a generation. Kushida doesn’t have Rust’s determination or ambition. And Kushida may not be 100% but he’s cleared. Bivens says Rust will take good care of Kushida. Rust isn’t a rookie, he’s a #DiamondintheRust. But will Bivens’ client be able to take advantage of a sore Super Junior as easy as he thinks?
NXT returns and Beth Phoenix is in the ring!
She stands with THE Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic trophy as she quotes Dusty, “When you’re a walk-behinder, the view never changes.” What that means is that to be great, you have to take risks, step up, and lead. And we can all agree every single team in the Men’s and Women’s Dusty Cup tournaments did just that. Phoenix cues up the highlight reel of both tournaments from this year. Raquel Gonzalez was dominant and Dakota Kai was savvy, while MSK were surely #MustSeeKids. And in the end, in epic battles with equally impressive teams, history was made both ways! Kai & Gonzalez win the first-ever while Carter & Lee go 4-0 from debut to winners!
“Two tag teams stood head and shoulders above the rest,” so now we welcome out the winner of the 2021 Men’s Dusty Cup, MSK! Nash Carter & Wes Lee apologize to Beth but they need a moment. They run around and Carter says this is the best feeling ever! The trophy is so beautiful! They hug Beth, admire the boots and the plaque, and say they are THE 2021 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic CHAMPIONS! That feels good to say and great to hear! And what makes it even better is the opportunity they have. Carter tells Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan that on March 3rd, they will step in the ring with MSK with the NXT Tag Team Championships on the line!
Lee says that does feel good. But it’ll be even better when we hear… “AND NEW~ NXT Tag Team Champions…! M S K!!” Okay, back to you, Beth. Beth says that does sound great, but let’s all welcome two women who have etched their names in history for ever: The inaugural Women’s Dusty Cup winners, Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez! #CapKota and #BigMamiCool make their entrance and MSK are gentlemen enough to hold the ropes for them and hand over their mics. Beth welcomes them here and the fans chant, “You Deserve It!”
Beth asks how they’re feeling, and Dakota says they feel awesome! Crushing the competition always takes our breath away, but a moment like this is why they do this! And they were clearly the best tag team in the tournament by far! So it is no surprise that- Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax are here?! Well, as WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, they are allowed to be on any show they want. The Queen of Spades says, “Look! It’s Dakota Kai and Raquel. They just won the first-ever Women’s Dusty Cup. On that night, they were on the right side of history.” So now they get to face the women’s tag champs for the titles!
MSK again hold ropes as gentlemen as Nia and Shayna enter the ring. Nia and Shayna say on that night, Kai and Gonzalez will be on the wrong side of history. Dakota knows Raquel wasn’t here when these two were, here are introductions. Nia is big, and beats people up. And Shayna… Well she still has fans, apparently. Shayna ran away after Rhea beat her ass! Oh, the same Rhea that Raquel beat in a Last Woman Standing? Yep, one in the same! MSK has some popcorn to watch this one, and are sharing with Beth. Shayna says this is the same ol’ Dakota that cried and whined, scared of Shayna after she broke her arm.
Dakota smirks and says she’s not the same person she was then. But if Shayna wants to find out, Dakota will happily kick her head off! Raquel says it’s been a long time since Shayna left, and she doesn’t run this anymore! It’s Raquel and Dakota. And in two weeks, when they face off for those titles, they will make sure Nia & Shayna know that! Nia says they should all take it down a notch. This is really feisty right now. Nia just came here to honor the late, great Dusty Rhodes. Nia worked with Dusty while she was in NXT, and when she closes her eyes, she’ll never forget how he’d say, “Babay, you are one big, beautiful badass bitch.”
And Dusty was right: Nia is the biggest, baddest bitch. And Shayna and Nia are the most dominant force in all of the WWE. Raquel tells Nia that Dusty, God rest his soul, never got to meet Raquel! Oh? Well yeah, duh. Shayna says either way, in two weeks, March 3rd, the tag champs come to the challengers’ home turf to humiliate them! Double mic drop and the champs head out! But Raquel tells “hermana” Nia, “Be careful what you say.” Raquel is gonna take that silver boot and shove it up Nia’s hole! MSK is dead from that line! Will Ricky Desperado and Cobra Kai end the most dominant reign in the Women’s Tag Division? And what of MSK going after the One Two of Lorcan & Burch?
NXT Media spots Strong and Kyle arguing in the parking lot.
Clearly there’s a lot for the UE to sort out with Adam Cole and the main event tonight, but is this just going to add to the team falling apart?
NXT encores the Cameron Grimes Wrestle & Flow music video.
It’s still just as ridiculous as the first time. Will Grimes take them GameStonks #ToTheMoon? Oops! Grimes went and done wrecked his lambo! But that’s okay, he can just buy another!
NXT shares photos from after TakeOver.
Specifically, it was the post match photoshoot with Io Shirai, as she is still NXT Women’s Champion! But one of her challengers came back for revenge and it was Toni Storm! Toni BOOTS Shirai down, goes after her more, and referees hurry to pull her away! Is the Lightning From Down Under doing to strike twice and go after the Evil Genius again?
Tyler Rust w/ Malcolm Bivens VS KUSHIDA!
Bivens Enterprise’s best (and only) client is going to take on one of the best in the world, but while he’s not at his best! Will the damage done by Johnny Freakin’ TakeOver be too much for even Kushida to overcome?
The bell rings and fans are fired up already. Rust and Kushida circle, feel out the grapple, and tie up with knuckle locks. Rust rolls, gets a leg, and shifts. Kushida slips away and resets with Rust. They tie up again, Kushida gets an arm but Rust gets the ropebreak. Rust gives a swipe as the two break and go again. Kushida wants a leg but Rust backs away to a corner. Rust and Kushida circle, tie up, and Rust wrenches to a wristlock. Kushida rolls, wrenches back, but Rust spins and spins and rolls to wrench back. Kushida rolls with the momentum and he holds that elbow. Rust and Kushida go again and Kushida starts throwing big kicks!
Kushida leap son, body scissors and knuckle locks to then wrench Rust. Rust spins and slips around to get an arm-drag takedown. Kushida endures, fights up, works against the hold and hammerlocks Rust. Rust gets around to hammerlock back, but Kushida gets to the ropes. Kushida then waves Rust into the ropes and kicks the ropes to jam the arm! Bivens protests but Kushida and Rust tie up again. Rust headlocks, Kushida shifts to his own headlock, Rust powers out but Kushida handspring back elbows Rust down! Kushida hurries up to arm-drag Rust around but Rust headscissors. Kushida kips free, drops under the boot and double pump handles to the EuroClutch, TWO!
Kushida argues how close that was but Rust ROKCS him with that sucker punch! Rust throws EuroUppers, Bivens coaches him up, and Rust whips Kushida to ropes. Kushida holds ropes, boots Rust back and goes to the apron to enziguri back! Kushida has the arm, wrenches, and hotshots it! Rust clutches that elbow, Kushida climbs up top, but Rust trips him up! Kushida tumbles hard against buckles, Rust is right on him with an omoplata and armbar! Kushida endures, fights but Rust rolls him to body scissors. Rust has the sleeper, but Kushida has the ropebreak! The ref counts, Rust lets go and Kushida gets out, clutching his shoulders while NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Rust grinds Kushida with a cravat. Fans rally up and Kushida fights out with body shots. Kushida arm-drags Rust, then hits an atomic drop to a whip. Hip toss and cartwheel to basement dropkick! FAST BALL! PENALTY- No, Rust dodges the kick but Kushida wrenches the arm to the ARMBAR BULLDOG! Bivens is panicking as Kushida drags Rust up. Kushida gives Rust Kowata Kicks, then reels him into underhooks. Rust resists but Kushida adds a hammerlock. Rust back drops free, Kushida staggers over into Rust’s BOOT! Rust reels Kushida into a sleeper, then shifts around to a guillotine, SNAP SUPLEX!
Rust AX KICKS the neck, covers, TWO! Kushida has the ghost pin, TWO! Rust switchblade kicks and BUZZSAWS Kushida down! Cover, TWO!! Kushida is still in this and Bivens is fuming! Rust grits his teeth as Bivens coaches him and fans rally for Kushida. Rust drags Kushida up to a waistlock dead lift, but Kushida elbows free! Kushida switches to lift but Rust resists. Kushida full nelsons, Rust breaks it, rolls, EuroClutch but Kushida switches it to his own! Rust makes it a REAR NAKED CHOKE! Kushida grabs at Rust’s hands but Rust clubs away with crossface forearms! GROUNDED BOW ‘N’ ARROW!? Kushida endures Rust’s innovation, and he shifts to a cover! TWO!!
Kushida dropkicks the arm! Rust swings but misses, PENALTY KICK! Kushida fires up, runs in, but Rust gets around to waistlock. The bad arm is no good, Kushida swings, but Rust fireman’s carries! Kushida wants the bad arm, Rust has to drop Kushida and Kushida drags Rust down to a mounted double wristlock! HOVERBOARD!! Bivens starts waving at the ref but Rust taps, Kushida wins!
Winner: Kushida, by submission
The Time Splitter wins but Bivens claims he was protecting his investment in Rust. Either way, Kushida wins, so how much better will he be back at 100%?
NXT Media catches up to LA Knight.
He asks what the hell they want, but then says while the cameras are here, he wants to speak. It was only a few days ago that Knight showed up at TakeOver to put NXT on its ear. With the signing of Knight, people are already wondering if he’s the greatest NXT star of all time. If you knock on his door again, he’ll knock your damn head off. But everyone who comes in as “the hottest free agent,” if they’re not Knight, they aren’t it. Knight is going to claim his perch, and who is gonna stop him? NOBODY! NXT already belongs to Knight. No one can take it from him, not because they’re not good, but because he won’t let you! It’s the Knight’s Game now!
Zoey Stark VS Valentina Feroz!
Though she didn’t get out of the first round of the Women’s Dusty Cup, the newest addition to the Women’s Division did impress. Now she has her 1v1 debut, will she impress even more with a win? Or will Feroz’s own debut overshadow Stark’s?
The bell rings, the two circle and tie up, and Stark waistlocks to a slam! Starks stays on Feroz with a facelock and hard snap suplex! Stark picks Feroz up to RAM her into the corner, stomps her then reels her in to CLOBBER her! Fans rally, Stark wrenches an arm but Feroz throws a forearm! Feroz uses ropes to flip through then she gets a headlock. Stark powers out but Feroz comes back to sunset flip! Stark stays up but Feroz avoids the stomp to kick Stark to the corner! Feroz fires up to judo throw Stark down and cover, ONE!! Feroz is furious, Stark throws big knees and clubs away on her as she fires up in return!
Stark drags Feroz up, suplexes, but Feroz slips off to shove her away. Feroz runs but into Stark’s arms for a SNAKE EYES! Stark SUPERKICKS Feroz and then reaches a boiling point. HALF ‘N’ HALF!! Feroz writhes, Stark runs and SLIDING KNEES Feroz back down! Stark grins as she looms over Feroz. Stark says this is done, and she hoists Feroz up for a flip and a knee, GO TO STARK! Cover, Stark wins!
Winner: Zoey Stark, by pinfall
Ferocious and without slowing down, Stark dominates in her singles debut! Will Stark storm up the ranks sooner rather than later?
Karrion Kross and Scarlett Bordeaux speak.
“You like to play games, Santos?” Playing with time is not Escobar’s forte. Escobar doesn’t have that power. “There is no pause button on this nightmare.” Kross tells Mr. Santos that his destiny has already been decided and there’s no going back. Escobar has a big decision. A) Escobar shows up next week, stands in the ring like he was supposed to, and Kross takes his arm to drive it through Escobar’s head. B) Escobar doesn’t show up, he loses his title, and then Kross still finds him to leave him wherever he finds him. There is on easy way out, just the hard way. Tick-tock. What happens when Escobar’s time is up?
Six Man Tag: Finn Balor, Roderick Strong & Kyle O’Reilly VS The Kings of NXT!
While the Prince and the Undisputed Era tried to sort things out, Pat McAfee’s boys pounced! But will the Bruiserweight and the BritAm Bruisers come to regret that move?
NXT returns once more, the teams sort out, and Kyle starts with Oney. They tie up, fans fire up already, and Oney puts Kyle in a corner. Kyle dodges Oney’s chops to fire off forearms! The ref counts, Oney turns things around but Kyle turns them right back around to fire off more! Oney headlocks, Kyle powers out but Oney runs him over! Things speed up and Kyle kitchen sink knees Oney down! Strong wants the tag but Kyle tags Finn! Finn and Kyle mug Oney, Finn wrenches Oney’s arm then tags Kyle back in. Kyle hops up and drops ax handles on Oney’s arm! Kyle wrenches the arm to elbow breaker, then he tags Finn back in. Finn hops up, he drops an ax handle now!
Finn wrenches Oney’s arm to drag him down as fans rally up. Oney fights up, Burch tags in, but Balor fights back! Finn snapmares Burch to the armlock and fans fire up. Burch fights up, Strong tags in and he goes after Burch. Strong wrenches to hit an elbow breaker! Burch endures, fights up, and pulls on Strong’s ear to put him on ropes. The ref counts, Burch lets off but Strong has to worry about Oney. Burch ROCKS Strong, tags in Dunne and Dunne wrenches Strong’s arm to twist the wrist and elbow! Dunne grinds the elbow into Strong’s shoulder, Strong gets up but Dunne wrangles him back down. Strong whips Dunne away to dropkick him down! Cover, TWO!
Strong keeps on Dunne, Dunne resists the lift to get the ropebreak. The ref counts, Strong lets go, Dunne DECKS him! Dunne drags Strong up but Strong CHOPS and CHOPS! Dunne throws Strong out, sucker punches Kyle, and then the tag champs pull steel steps apart! They throw the top half away and then go after Strong. Strong fights them off, the ref reprimands but Strong gets up to hotshot Dunne! Strong runs but into Dunn’s kick! Dunn brings Strong in but Strong slips out of the suplex to HALF NELSON BACKBRAEKER! Hot tag to Kyle and Oney! Kyle BOOTS Kyle, rallies with kicks, but Oney blocks to ROCK Kyle!
Tag to Burch, but Kyle dodges to fires off strikes! Leg sweep and Burch goes rolling away! Dunne tags in but Kyle gets the leg for a DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Then DRAPING DRAGON SCREW to Oney! Kyle is on the apron, he leaps but Burch dodges and Dunne BLASTS Kyle with a forearm! The ref goes out to check on Kyle while NXT goes picture in picture.
Dunne stomps Kyle, the ref reprimands, and Dunne drags Kyle up and into the ring. Dunne has Kyle on the apron, wrenches the arm and pulls, but the ref counts. Dunne stops at 4, goes back in the ring and he wrenches Kyle’s arm around to pull on it from finger to elbow. Kyle endures, Dunne stomps him on the back! Dunne wrenches, tag sin Burch, and wrenches again to hand off to Burch. Burch hits the elbow breaker, then wrenches again to chinbar and wrangle Kyle down. Burch stomps the arm! Burch drags Kyle back up, tags in Oney, and they double wrench to double CHOP Kyle! Oney snap suplexes Kyle and covers, TWO! Oney gets in Strong’s face before going back to Kyle.
Oney drags Kyle up to CHOP him to the Kings’ corner. Tag to Burch, Burch brings Kyle around to throw EuroUppers, but Kyle hits back! Burch drop toeholds Kyle down and clamps onto the arm! Dunne tags in, he gets the legs and hooks those up to then go after Kyle’s arms. Kyle endures, Dunne digs knuckles into his ribs and shoulders to then STOMP both legs! Dunne clamps onto Kyle with a chinbar and cranks hard on the neck as NXT returns to single picture.
Fans are fired up as Kyle endures and Dunne pulls harder. Kyle fights up, throws body shots, but Dunne ROCKS him! Dunne sucker punches Finn and Strong, but Kyle gets Dunne with a DRAGON SCREW! Hot tag to Burch and he drags Kyle away to throw EuroUppers! Kyle counters to a backslide, TWO! Burch gets Kyle’s leg and drags him down to a HALF CRAB! Tag to Dunne, Dunne stomps Kyle back down! Dunne goes after Kyle’s legs again, ties them up then tags in Burch. Burch stomps Kyle, brings Kyle up and whips him corner to corner. Kyle boots back and throws an elbow, but DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES take both men down!
Fans fire up as Burch and Kyle slowly crawl. Hot tag to Dunne, and Dunne DECKS Strong! Dunne drags Kyle back by a foot for an ANKLE LOCK! Kyle flails, reaches, rolls and kicks Dunne away! Kyle kicks Dunn’s leg, Dunne ROCKS Kyle with a forearm! But Kyle yo-yos, dodges Dunne and tags in Finn! Finn rallies, Dunne reveres but Finn dropkicks the legs out! Finn CHOPS Dunne in the corner, Oney runs in but Finn trips and DOUBL ESTMOPS him! Finn goes after Burch, then he trips Dunne up! Dunne counters to a cradle, TWO! Dunne runs, Finn gets around, elbow drop DDT! Cover, Lorcan breaks it!
Strong throws Oney into Burch then WREWCKS them with a dropkick! Burch DECKS Strong, fans are thunderous and Finn drags Dunne up by his leg. But Dunne is after Finn’s fingers! Finn gets free but gets an ENZIGURI for it! Dunne pump handles, but no Bitter End as Finn facelocks. Dunne rams Finn into a corner but Finn BOOTS back, then SLINGBLADES! Finn takes aim from the corner, but Burch gets in with a title belt! The ref is busy going after Burch, Finn shotgun dropkicks Dunne into the ref! Finn DECKS Burch, climbs up top and aims at Dunne, but Adam Cole is here!! He SHOVES Finn into the ref! Fans boo but then Cole BOOTS Kyle down!
Cole drags Kyle over to the steel steps that the Kings set up, to BRAINBUSTER Kyle onto them!! Cole snarls as he storms off, but we still get no answers as to why! Oney crawls into the ring but Strong hurries after him! Oney has the belt but gets a STRONG KNEE! Strong has the belt, he goes over to Finn but Finn PELES out of instinct! Finn had no idea who it was, of course, but the damage is done! Dunne gets Finn with a BITTER END!! Cover, The Kings of NXT win!!
Winners: The Kings of NXT, by pinfall
The Bruiserweight finally pins the NXT Champion! But it was far from fair with everything going on! Is this still grounds for another battle between Finn and Dunne? And what does this mean for Cole’s friendship with Kyle and Strong? Wait, Cole returns to SUPERKICK Finn!! The Prince just got blindsided, and Cole stands over him and Kyle! Cole picks up the NXT Championship, because he clearly wants it back. Is Cole moving on from being undisputed to being the only one at the top?
This was a very intense episode and a great follow-up to TakeOver. I’m a little disappointed we didn’t get more out of Lumis abducting Theory, and that the white van pulling up overlapped with the tag match. I guess it was a way to keep The Way strong while losing to Shotzi & Ember, and it did save time on the episode, but I feel like we would’ve gotten a lot more fun if the tag match was allowed to end cleanly, and if we got messages from Lumis about where he put Theory and what he was doing to him. Lumis’ art skills should’ve been used to create illustrated ransom letters, where Lumis will return Theory only once Gargano gives him a North American Championship match.
The Dusty Cup Trophy Presentation being a segment tonight was interesting. The winning teams got to see the trophy during the entire tournament and at TakeOver, but I suppose pointing out the names on the plaque was kayfabe reason enough to have this happen. The real reason was to formally announce when the tag title matches would be happening, and to give us a great promo segment. It seems NXT is already planning counter programming for March 3rd, aka AEW’s go-home to Revolution. Two tag title matches in one night as just the beginning of the card is a great move either way, and the timing makes it clear why it’s happening.
Dakota and Raquel did great being Faces with Attitude, as they’d be the Faces by comparison against Nia & Shayna anyway. MSK also did a good job playing support to the women’s tag teams, Wes Lee’s reaction to the line about Nia’s hole was a great detail. KC Squared VS Robert Stone Brand was pretty good, and KC Squared wins to have momentum going into what I’m sure will be a series of matches with Xia Li. I still say this ends up with a tag match where “Tian Sha” has her in-ring debut, meaning Karen Q and Xia Li are going to be a tag team. Surely this all stems from the match we saw of Xia Li VS Karen Q back in the second Mae Young Classic, and I think they’re going to be a great addition to the Women’s Tag Division.
Swerve VS Ruff was good, and Ruff winning and Swerve being a sore loser, this is just the start of what already feels like a really good feud. Escobar basically chickening out of his match with Kross tonight is a bit lame but Kross has a good response promo. The one disappointment is that, at least to me, it feels like the only reason Escobar still has the belt right now is to use it against him in this story. And I noticed Curt Stallion’s feelings after losing were just a video on social media when they should’ve been aired somewhere on programming. I still say the title should’ve been handed off to Stallion while we have this Kross VS Escobar non-title story.
Bivens trying to take advantage of a less than 100% Kushida was very clever, and we got a great match between Kushida and Rust. I was a little confused at the end there but it seems Bivens threw in the towel without having a towel, but it also felt like he was trying to distract the ref so Rust’s tap-out wasn’t noticed and the match could continue. I’m thinking the Bivens-Rust story goes until Bivens gets fed up with Rust always falling short, he gets a new client, and Rust beats the new client to prove he didn’t really need Bivens, or something similar. Zoey Stark had a good singles match with Feroz, but it seemed pretty clear Stark was going to win with how they hyped her up tonight.
The main story with the Undisputed Era and NXT Champion was very good stuff. Kyle wants answers, Finn wants answers, Strong defends Cole only to be proven wrong, and all the while McAfee’s guys take advantage because they don’t like any of them. The Six Man was a lot of fun, Cole’s interference was pretty logical since he hates Kyle and Finn equally now. The only downside is that after everything was said and done, Kyle suffered a seizure and had to be rushed out of there. I had a feeling something was wrong with that steel step spot, but that’s very scary stuff. On behalf of The Chairshot, I hope Kyle makes a speedy recovery.
My Score: 9.4/10
Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 1.27.2022
BULLET CLUB! HONOR NO MORE! Royal Rumble Mentions! IMPACT is really proving to be the real Forbidden Door. How does this craziness continue?
BULLET CLUB! HONOR NO MORE! Royal Rumble Mentions! IMPACT is really proving to be the real Forbidden Door. How does this craziness continue?
This was their first show from the most recent tapings. We know the Guerrillas of Destiny will be here, Jay White is also supposed to be around…plus everything keeping Ring of Honor relevant we’ve got a lot to try and fit into two hours.
Any more crazy debuts, returns, or what have you? Let’s get to it!
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 28, 2022
- Chris Bey vs Jake Something: Something wins via Into the Void – *** ¼
- The Influence (Madison Rayne & Kaleb) vs The IInspiration: Cassie Lee wins via Code Red Cradle Counter – ***
- Massive Cassidy vs The Learning Tree: Cassidy wins via BQE – N/A
- Johnny Swinger vs Jonah: Jonah wins via Tsunami – N/A
- Chris Sabin vs PCO: PCO wins via Bubba Bomb – *** ¼
We see they are still selling the D’lo is injured angle, so we get 205 Live flashbacks! Tom is on commentary with Matthew Rehwoldt!
Chris Bey vs Jake Something
Bey starts things off quickly but Jake puts a stop to that with a big right hand that dazes Bey. Bey powders, Jake follows, but it set up Bey to hit an Apron Tiger Feint. He goes for an Asai Moonsault, but Jake catches him and hits Snake Eyes on the apron. Bey bounces to the post, Jake charges and Bey moves to have Jake crash himself into the pole.
We get more of the clash of styles where Bey goes for a few quick shots or high flying haymakers, but Jake seems to return 3 or 4 of Bey’s moves just with one big power move. There’s a tenacious spot with Bey clinging to Jake with the Rear Naked choke and refusing to let go regardless of being driven into the corner and even flat on the mat.
Jake powers through and manages to drop Bey to break the Sleeper. The action is quick and could go either way. Bey counters Jake’s corner spear, he counters Jake’s Blackhole Slam and we see a beautiful Spinning Heel Kick. Huricanrana, but Jake holds on and turns it into a Sitout Powerbomb. Bey keeps everything moving quickly, he baits Jake into the corner, goes to the top rope and Jake catches him out of mid-air. A small pause for the cause, and Jake creates the momentum for Into the Void himself.
Post-Match G.o.D. run down beat the hell out of Jake, Speedball Mike Bailey makes a save until Jay White comes down and Bailey sells the involvement hilariously. G.o.D. tell us exactly why they’re here and we all knew, Good Brothers gonna fall victim to the Firing Squad.
.@ScottDAmore just made it official!
"You win, you stay! You lose don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out!"
Honor No More VS IMPACT WRESTLING at No Surrender! pic.twitter.com/6q7v4lfGso
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 28, 2022
The Influence (Madison Rayne & Kaleb) vs The IInspiration
This is a little stupid but it keeps the story moving. The IInspiration missed the first title match because of covid stopping them from going to Hard to Kill. Now Tenille isn’t available for these tapings I guess, so this is a non-title match.
Madison starts off with Cassie and Madison gets out-wrestled. So Madison tags in Kaleb and Cassie immediately starts making a joke of the situation and Cassie feigns an old Jimmy tap. Cassie again out-wrestles Kaleb and tags in Jessie. Jessie and Kaleb have a weird moment where he pulls her up from a failed Sunset Flip and they have a pause where it almost looks like they’re gonna kiss or something.
The hiccup in the action gives The Influence and opening and a big Superkick from Kaleb connects on Cassie. Madison controls the match and tags in Kaleb. He comes off the middle rope Jerry Lawler style but Cassie counters the move with a Manhattan Drop. Then she retreats to the ropes, he charges, and crotches himself on the middle rope. Madison tags back in since Kaleb has been having issues.
Jessie hits the Shades of Kay which causes Madison to DDT Kaleb. After some shenanigans, a blind tag from Kaleb gives The Influence a close call. But a Code Red kind of counter to a Powerbomb gives Cassie the victory. Watching Kaleb and Madison throw tantrums over the loss is pretty hilarious.
AHH Gisele Shaw is the Quintessential Diva! She’s been on AXS TV before when she was Azteca during WOW from a few years ago. She’s been in the business for a while and isn’t terrible in the ring. I’m looking forward to her honestly.
Something says that did not go the way @The_Ace_Austin planned…@gailkimITSME loved the idea of @FultonWorld/@The_Ace_Austin/@SpeedballBailey & @JakeSomething_ vs The Bullet Club and made it official for next week on #IMPACTonAXSTV!#IMPACTWRESTLING pic.twitter.com/nxZ5Eu9N3x
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 28, 2022
Mickie holds a State of the Knockouts and it’s just a big hype session for the Royal Rumble, to help set the stage that Chelsea Green is still somewhat relevant in the title picture even though Tasha Steelz is the rightful number one contender. It was fine, but went a bit long.
We get about 10 seconds of Jordynne Grace defending the Digital Media title against Kiera Hogan, then she officially accepts Zack, erhm…Matt Cardona’s challenge. And Brian Myers adds like nine guys to the Learning Tree just to throw numbers at Massive Cassidy as he joins commentary.
Massive Cassidy vs The Learning Tree
Tom calls Zicky Dice “If the State of Florida were a person”; super accurate. This is a hilarious Squash match and the commentary makes it fantastic. BQE wins the match for Cassidy.
Brian Myers squares up to Cassidy, and Moose comes down to attack his next challenger. Morrissey fights them off mostly, gets buried under the Learning Tree and goes full Super Shredder but Moose cuts him in half with Lights Out! Myers is amused and Moose poses victorious and looking sharp as hell.
Johnny Swinger vs Jonah
Swingman gonna be a dead man. Jonah gonna take em to the morgue. We do see apparently Dan Lambert is in the crowd. So this could be a return of Dan Lambert to IMPACT. Yeah Tsunami wins, anyone surprised? Jonah tosses out Swinger and looks like he might do more damage, but Decay’s music hits and they seem to have an interest in Swinger. So Jonah allows them to have their fun and do what they will.
Chris Sabin vs PCO
Definitely NOT a match I expected in 2022, especially with the faction seconds around the ring. PCO makes sure the pace is slow and works on Sabin’s left arm. Driving it into the turnbuckles, wrenching over the ropes, dropping hammers into his elbow and of course Arm Wringers. Sabin needs to do a little Junior stylings to roll with the Wringer and now tries the rope runs. Frankenstein doesn’t go down until Sabin goes for the low Dropkick, then a Flying Shoulder Tackle.
Sabin is moving nicely, but PCO calls the refs attention and Honor No More trips up Sabin running the ropes. Eddie Edwards tries to return it in kind, but the referee is staring right at him. Stupid good guy Eddie tries to cheat and he’s just bad at it. Commercial break takes us to Sabin having PCO in the corner for 10 count punches. Springboard Flatliner attempt but PCO grabs him out of the sky and sends him to the outside. Brings him back in just to crush him over the top rope with a car crash lariat. Middle Ropes PCO Senton through the ropes to the outside onto Sabin.
PCO throws Sabin into the steps and just rocks him. Then we see the top corner Senton onto Sabin as he’s draped on the apron. PCO doing those moves you’re not expecting from someone his age or size, but it’s been his bread and butter with his PCO resurgence the last 5 years or so. PCO SAULT – MISSES! Sabin has been getting destroyed and now finally has a second to put things together.
Missile Dropkick, Yakuza Kick and then a Missile Dropkick to the back of the head sending PCO to the outside. Suicide Dive sends PCO reeling into the guardrail! Top Rope Crossbody from Sabin for 2. Cradle Shock attempt but no, Crucifix Cradle near fall and then a big clubbing lariat from PCO and Sabin’s momentum is stunted. Vader Bomb from PCO, Sabin gets the Knees up, kick, running Enzuigiri, Cradle Shock but Honor No More starts making their presence known. PCO is still selling so Sabin attacks all of them, Maria distracts the referee, and the numbers catch up with Sabin. PCO hits the Bubba Bomb and folds up Sabin for the victory!
Overall Score: 7/10
They set up the main event during the show, made it feel like a big deal, and it wasn’t really over booked given all the people being involved. Massive Cassidy dismantling the Learning Tree was comedic and great given the commentary and the way the segment ended with Myers and Moose having their moments.
Bullet Club opened things and made it all feel important, I mean let’s just put it this way. There were a lot of factions being involved, but no one felt lost, it all felt kinda cool and big and even the throw together group of Ace/Fulton/Jake/Speedball felt logical and of course a little campy, but works for the IMPACT presentation. Gisele Shaw being shown and named as the Quintessential Diva could be great since she’s not a WWE hand me down, but she does have a little bit of stroke given her other work. The personality they gave her in the promo makes me feel like she’ll fit into Inspiration/Tenille kind of style, but when they recently added Lady Frost and Masha Slammovich; it’s really great to see a bunch of different women in the division.
Also not gonna lie, I’m a little curious what Dan Lambert will be doing. Given the fact that like 2018 ATT was positioned against Moose, I wonder if there will be any of that animosity or if Moose will align with them since 2018 Moose is not 2022 Moose. Fun threads in this show!
Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (1/27/22)
Grudge match after grudge match!
Will the Irish Ace strike gold again?
Ilja Dragunov defends the NXT UK Championship against Jordan Devlin, in an EMPTY ARENA MATCH! Will Devlin celebrate all by himself tonight?
- Six Man Tag: Gallus VS Die Familie; Die Familie wins.
- Amale VS Jinny; Jinny wins.
- NXT UK Championship Empty Arena Match: Ilja Dragunov VS Jordan Devlin; Dragunov wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Six Man Tag: Gallus VS Die Familie!
Wolfgang & The Coffey Brothers are a firm and a family, but The Babo still says he, Rohan Raja & Charles Dempsey have a stronger bond. These bonds will be tested as these six finally have it out! What happens on this full contact family feud?
The trios sort out, Teoman starts against Joe Coffey and fans sing for Gallus right away. The Iron King talks trash with Teoman as they circle. They tie up, go around, and Joe puts Teoman in the corner. Teoman BOOTS but Joe ROCKS Teoman with haymakers! Teoman kicks and fires off forearms, but then Joe gives more haymakers. Tag to Mark, and the brothers double wrench to lift and CHOP Teoman down! Mark gets Teoman up to punch, arm-drag, and armlock. Mark puts on a cobra clutch, drags Teoman up and Wolfgang tags in. Ripcord to a shoulder and a forearm! Teoman crawls, kicks Wolfie’s leg, and Raja tags in!
But Wolfgang hip tosses Raja down! Then arm-drags him up and over for an armlock. Wolfgang tags Mark back in, they coordinate to takedown and DOUBLE MONKEY FLIP! Raja hits ropes on the way to a corner, Mark runs in to back body block! Mark goes up, Dempsey distracts him! Raja YANKS Mark down to then DECK him, BOOT him, and stomp him around! Raja drags Mark up, tags in Teoman, and they mug Mark. Teoman wrenches, CLUBS the arm, then uppercuts it. Teoman has a wristlock and he wrangles Mark down. Teoman bends the fingers and then the elbow! Mark fights back but Teoman hits him in return.
Mark gets up, throws big forearm after forearm, then rams Teoman into an open corner. Mark throws body shots but Teoman BOOTS and elbows Mark away! Teoman goes up, blindside missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Teoman is annoyed but he keeps Mark down with an armlock. Mark endures, Gallus and the fans rally up, and Mark fights up. Teoman tags Dempsey, they mug Mark, and Dempsey drags Mark up to facelock. Mark endures but Dempsey RAMPS him into the corner! And then again! Dempsey keeps on the grovit but Mark throws body shots. Mark gets free, he EuroUppers, but Dempsey gives it back!
They go back and forth, Mark catches the arms for a backslide! ONE, Dempsey headbutts low, ROCKS Mark then clinches. Dempsey CHOPS Mark off his feet, covers, TWO! Dempsey keeps on Mark with an armlock and he grinds the shoulder. Fans sing for Gallus but Dempsey moves around to grind the shoulder and twist it through! Mark tries to fight, Dempsey mounts for a cover, ONE as Mark sunsets! Dempsey rolls through, lateral press, ONE but Dempsey has a double wristlock. Mark fights up as Dempsey cranks the hold! Raja tags in, Dempsey feeds Mark to a BIG forearm! Raja covers, TWO!
Raja stomps Mark, drags Mark up and over, and Dempsey tags back in. They whip Mark, knee low, then KNEE lift Mark down! Cover, but Joe breaks it! Dempsey glares at Joe, but turns around into big forearms and CHOPS from Mark! Dempsey knees Mark low, elbows Joe down, then swings, into a back suplex! Dempsey tags Raja, Mark crawls for his corner but Raja gets the legs. Mark kicks Raja away, Teoman tags in! Teoman goes around to swing on Wolfgang, but turns around into a back drop! Mark crawls, hot tag to Wolfgang! Fans rally as Wolfgang CLOBBERS Teoman, SPLASHES Raja, then goes up to AX HANDLE Teoman!
Wolfgang DECKS Dempsey, fires off hands on Teoman, then whips to KNEE low! BASEMENT SPLASH! Wolfgang drags Teoman up, EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Teoman is still in this for Die Familie, and he kicks Wolfgang away to get to his corner. Wolfgang SPLASHES, but Raja tags in! Wolfgang SLAPS Raja down, Wolfgang runs in, but Raja gets Teoman out of the way! Teoman hits a SLIDING FOREARM, then Raja drags Wolfgang up, INVERTED DDT! Cover, TWO!! Wolfgang survives and Raja is furious! Fans rally up, Teoman swings on Joe! Raja goes after Wolfgang, but backstabber is denied! Tag to Joe!
Joe rallies on Raja, DECKS Teoman, CLOBBERS Raja, and pop-up UPPERCUTS Teoman! Raja sidesteps Joe but Joe breaks through the clothesline to FLYING SHOULDER! Joe shoves, clinches and OVERHEAD suplexes Raja! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with Joe as he drags Raja back up. Joe whips Raja to a corner, Raja reverses, but Joe goes up and ROCKS Raja. Joe goes up and up, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Joe goes to the corner, runs in, but Raja dodges the sendoff! BACKSTABBER! Joe flounders and both men are down! Raja crawls over to the corner, hot tag to Dempsey! Dempsey knees low, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!
Dempsey drags Joe up into a FULL NELSON! Joe fights the suplex and THROWS Dempsey off! GLASGOW SENDOFF! Tag to Mark! The Coffey Brothers get Dempsey up, HIGH LOW!! Cover, Teoman breaks it! Teoman throws Joe out, goes to the apron and PENALTY KICKS! Mark swings on Teoman, then DOUBLE CHOPS Dempsey! Tag to Wolfgang and they get Dempsey up. Feed to the scoop, but Raja drags Mark out! Teoman gets in, to CHOP BLOCK Wolfgang’s leg! Dempsey has the STF!! Wolfgang endures, and taps! DIE FAMILIE WINS!
Winners: Die Familie, by submission
Though not blood, these brothers in arms found a way to keep down the Gallus boys! Is NXT UK going to be their kingdom soon enough?
NXT UK hears from Oliver Carter & Ashton Smith, as well as Jack Starz & Dave Mastiff.
The finals are coming! And that means one step closer to becoming the next NXT UK Tag Team Champions! But Jack & Dave are no joke. They’re good, but they’re only a team of two months. Smith & Carter have been a team of two years. Jack is more like Dave’s apprentice. This is their time.
Dave Mastiff says the #1 contendership is close. And he knows Tyler Bate & Trent Seven pretty well. But they can’t underestimate Carter & Smith. Yeah, they’ve had things to say about Mastiff & Starz, and two years together is impressive. But how about a 20 year career? That’s impressive. Two years is a drop in the ocean to The Bomber. Everything Smith learned about tag matches, he learned from Mastiff. Starz will take care of Carter, and Mastiff knows Smith like the back of his hand.
Smith says he’s learned more on his own than what Mastiff taught him, he and Carter are ready. Carter says they’re the hottest tag team under the sun and the freshest flavor on the brand. If there’s any team more serious, it’s Smith & Carter. If there’s any team more supreme, it’s Smith & Carter. If there’s any team winning the match, it’s Smith & Carter. Ready and Forward, Always Forward! Starz says to bring their A Games, and everything they’ve got, because no one is stopping him and Mastiff from taking those NXT UK Tag Team Championships! All four men are fired up, but which duo burns brighter in this #1 contender’s tag?
Amale VS Jinny!
Similar backgrounds, similar career paths, but completely different outlooks on life; that is why the French Hope and the Spoiled Princess of Knightsbridge can’t stand each other. But now that things have come to blows, will Amale’s positivity negate Jinny’s negativity? Or does Jinny have that much more fury and fire to win out?
The bell rings, the two tie right up, and Jinny knees low! Jinny headlocks, Amale powers out but Jinny pulls hair to CLUB Amale down. Jinny hits a headlock takeover, Amale headscissors, but Jinny kips free. Amale clinches, headlocks for the takeover, but Jinny goes for the headscissors. Amale shrugs that off, Jinny fights up, and Jinny pulls hair. Jinny powers out but Amale runs her over! Jinny kicks low, but Amale throws body shots! And forearms! Jinny gives those back, clamps onto an arm, but Amale gets to ropes. The ref counts but Jinny wraps the arm around ropes to throw knee after knee!
Jinny stops as the ref counts 4, but Amale fires forearms in return! Jinny kicks low, scowls and whips, but Amale reverses to then duck, dodge, and scoop SLAM! Jinny flounders, Amale hits a somersault senton, to a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Amale grits her teeth as she follows Jinny. Amale waistlocks, Jinny holds ropes, and then Jinny HOTSHOTS Amale off the top! Jinny WRINGS Amale’s arm out, stomps Amale around, then grabs an arm to drop a knee on it! Then she does the same to the other arm! Cover, TWO! Jinny grabs hair but fans rally up. Jinny drags Amale up but Amale throws haymakers! Jinny wrenches to wrangle Amale down!
Amale endures the armlock but Jinny CLAWS the arm from wrist to shoulder! Amale keeps Jinny from getting the other arm, then gets up to throw body shots and forearms. Jinny shoves Amale, but Amale sunset flips! TWO! Jinny rushes in, ducks and dodges to throw Amale by her hair! Fans boo but Jinny KNEES Amale down! And KNEES Her in the side! And again! And again! Jinny drags Amale up, tucks the arm, and throws elbows down before putting on the IRON OCTOPUS! Amale endures but Jinny pulls the arm way back! Amale stays on her feet, powers up, and is free to hip toss Jinny down!
Fans rally, Jinny gets up but she knees Amale low! Jinny whips Amale to a corner, runs in but into a BOOT! Amale goes up to DOUBLE STOMP Jinny down! Amale runs corner to corner to LARIAT Jinny! And then another lariat! Fans fire up with Amale and she brings Jinny up. Jinny throws body shots and low kicks, but Amale reverses the whip, corner clothesline! Amale roars, Jinny is rocked, Amale whips her into a buckle! Amale runs side to side, BOOT WASH! Amale drags Jinny out for a waistlock, but Jinny throws back elbows! Amale turns that around to a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!
Amale grows frustrated, but she keeps on Jinny. Amale hooks the leg but Amale pulls hair! Jinny throws elbows, brings Amale to a corner, and trips her up to high stack! Legs on the ropes! JINNY WINS!
Winner: Jinny, by pinfall
Jinny snatches that win by waiting until the last second to get the leverage! Amale is furious, but will she be able to get her revenge?
To up the ante from their first time around, Meiko Satomura and Blair Davenport face off for the NXT UK Women’s Championship, in a Japanese Street Fight! Blair brutalized Meiko after losing, will she brutalize her again before winning? Or will Meiko make Blair regret showing her that disrespect?
NXT UK Media catches up with Nathan Frazer.
The British Prodigy comes off a big loss against Ring General, Walter/Gunther. How is he feeling now? Considering literally no one thought he was going to win, he feels great with how well he did. But then barging in to celebrate their victory is Die Familie. They already have champagne ready, but they ask Frazer what he’s doing in their locker room. Oh so this is their room now? Well, congrats, boys, you must be so proud of yourselves. Teoman tells Frazer that Die Familie doesn’t need anything from a loser like him. Oh, Die Familie? Cute nickname. You really think you’re family? Teoman just keeps the others around so he isn’t a loser himself. It’s so blatantly obvious.
Raja gets in Frazer’s face about those comments, and Teoman says to get out of the room. Fine, enjoy your little party. Will Frazer prove who the real loser is soon enough?
NXT UK Championship Empty Arena Match: Ilja Dragunov VS Jordan Devlin!
Oh the irony. Just as we got fans back, now they have to leave! The Irish Ace says the fans are the real source of the Czar’s power. But when it’s No Holds Barred and Falls Count Anywhere, will Devlin be able to stand all on his own? Or will UNBESIEGBAR still have the power to break him as the fans cheer him on from outside the arena?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who can stand on their own two feet!
Devlin HEADBUTTS Dragunov before the bell! Then he rains down forearms! The ref wants Delvin to stop, the bell hasn’t rung! Devlin picks up the title and says it is coming home with him! The ref asks Dragunov if he still wants to fight, and of course he does! The bell rings, Devlin swings the belt at Dragunov, but Dragunov dodges and gets around for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Dragunov holds on, talks trash back in Russian to GERMAN SUPLEX Devlin again! Dragunov holds on, gets Devlin up again, but Devlin grabs ropes! No ropebreaks in this match, so Devlin MULE KICK LOW BLOWS!
Devlin CLUBS Dragunov down, ROCKS him with a forearm, then keeps on him with more heavy shots. Devlin ties Dragunov up in the ropes! Devlin SLAPS Dragunov, and says he’s stronger, faster and smarter than Dragunov! Devlin goes out to get the timekeeper’s chair! Devlin says Dragunov’s family will have to live with this. Dragunov eggs Devlin on, then boots him! Devlin is annoyed, he fires off haymakers on Dragunov’s head! Devlin goes back outside, and he brings in a screwdriver?! Devlin gets in, wanting to go HHH on Ric Flair that one time. Dragunov BOOTS Devlin down, and is free of the ropes!
Devlin ROCKS Dragunov, Dragunov ENZIGURIS Devlin! Both men get up, Dragunov runs in to clothesline Devlin and himself out of the ring! Dragunov and Devlin get up again, Dragunov CHOPS Devlin against barriers. And CHOPS again! Dragunov hits an APRON BACK SUPLEX! And then a scoop and SLAM to the floor! Dragunov seethes while Devlin writhes on the mat. Dragunov drags Devlin up, brings him around with a headlock to bump him off the apron. And then off the barriers! Dragunov waistlocks, Devlin holds the barriers, and he elbows free of the waistlock. Dragunov staggers, but he swings. Devlin ducks but Dragunov uses the left to LARIAT!
Dragunov chases after Devlin, stands him up, and CHOPS him against barriers. Dragunov brings Devlin along and whips him into barriers! Dragunov takes a moment, still shaking out cobwebs from those shots Devlin gave him while tied up in the ropes. Dragunov gets Devlin up but Devlin uses the barriers to block! Dragunov clutches one side of his head, perhaps still feeling that headbutt. Devlin CHOPS Dragunov, brings him around, and RAMS him into steel steps! Dragunov clutches an arm and cries out in pain! Devlin gets the top half of the steps and lifts it up into the ring. Devlin then goes back for Dragunov, only for Dragunov to TORPEDO MOSCOW him through barriers!!
Both men writhe and groan where fans would’ve been sitting otherwise. Dragunov flounders to lean against a chair while Devlin manages to sit up. Devlin falls against a chair, but Dragunov is after him again! Dragunov BOWLS Devlin through the chairs! Dragunov tosses some folding chairs into the ring, all the while telling Devlin in Russian what’s coming. Dragunov holds onto the last few chairs to SMACK Devlin on the back! Devlin screams in pain, Dragunov sets the tables down in a nice little pile. Devlin tries to get away and he tumbles over the barriers. Dragunov drags him back up, CLUBS away on him, but and suplexes him up and over, onto the chairs!
Devlin writhes, Dragunov pushes him down to cover, TWO!! Devlin survives that hard landing, but Dragunov stalks him as they go towards the staging area. Devlin sits in a chair and wants mercy, but Dragunov just CHOPS him out of his seat! They continue down the way, Dragunov dares Devlin to talk about his family now! Dragunov drags Devlin up to TOSS him into a nearby table! All the computers and things on it go flying off! Devlin is stuck on the table, Dragunov pushes him off it. Dragunov drags Devlin up, waistlocks, Gotch lifts, but Devlin rakes eyes! Devlin goes to suplex but Dragunov slips out to CLOBBER Devlin!
Devlin leans on the table again. Dragunov gets space, and he runs in, TORPEDO MOSCOW but Devlin gets clear! Only Dragunov crashes through the table!! Devlin covers, TWO!! Dragunov survives, and Devlin can’t believe it! Devlin drags Dragunov from the wreckage and SMACKS him off a road case! Did he leave a dent in it? Devlin SMACKS Dragunov off it again, then gets a smaller case! Devlin shoves the case in, ROAD CASE SANDWICH! Devlin SLAPS Dragunov down, stands him back up, and CLUBS him on the back. Dragunov flounders, Devlin drags him up, but Dragunov resists the suplex.
Devlin CLUBS Dragunov, but it’s Dragunov who suplexes! Devlin knees free, stands on top of the road case, and RAKES Dragunov’s eyes! Devlin SMACKS Dragunov off the edge of the case! MOONSAULT OFF THE CASE! Direct hit and both men fall on the concrete! Both men are down as Devlin can’t get the cover! Devlin manages to sit up first, and he brings Dragunov back up. Devlin CHOPS Dragunov, they go back around the staging, and Devlin ROCKS Dragunov. Dragunov staggers through the chairs, Devlin throws down fists! Devlin brings Dragunov up to TOSS him over the barriers! They’re back at ringside as Dragunov groans and writhes.
Devlin hobbles his way around and he starts looking under the ring. Fans may not be here to chant it, but Devlin wants a table! Dragunov CLUBS him and CHOPS him first! Dragunov puts Devlin in the ring, and Dragunov decides he wants the table. Dragunov puts the table in the ring, but Devlin has a chair! Devlin SMACKS Dragunov the second he’s in the ring! Devlin takes the table back for his own, sets it up in a corner, and then goes back for Dragunov. Devlin stands Dragunov up, ROCKS him with a right, and Dragunov wobbles. Dragunov blocks the ripcord to body scissors! Dragunov rains down elbows over and over on Devlin!!
Dragunov is furious, and he drags Devlin back up, traps the arms in the Gotch lift, POWERSLAM onto a chair! Cover, TWO!!? Devlin survives but Dragunov has no energy to be frustrated! Dragunov instead makes his way to a corner and climbs up top. Devlin JAMS Dragunov’s knee with a chair! Fireman’s carry, SWINGING SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO!?!? Devlin is furious that Dragunov survives! Devlin gives thumbs down to say this is over. He has the arm, but Dragunov again blocks the ripcord. Dragunov gets up to reel Devlin into a fireman’s carry! Devlin elbows over and over but Dragunov won’t let him down!
Devlin rakes eyes, but Dragunov still CORNER DEATH VALLEY DRIVERS through the table!!! Cover, TWO?!?!! Devlin survives and surely somewhere, the BT Sports Studio crowd is losing its mind! Dragunov aims from a corner as Devlin flounders his way to the far side. Dragunov still shouts out, “UN! BE! SIEG! BAR!!” But his head starts hurting! Devlin says Dragunov can’t win when there’s no fans! Devlin eggs Dragunov on to do it for Constantin! Dragunov staggers, HEADBUTT!!! Devlin suplexes for a SHEER DROP BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, TWO!!!! Devlin is beside himself, how is Dragunov doing this?!
Devlin storms his way back out of the ring and he thinks of what he has to do. He finds the zip ties used for the cables. He brings those into the ring, LASHES Dragunov with them, then KICKS him down! Devlin zip ties one of Dragunov’s arms, hammers away on his shoulder and then gets the other. Dragunov is defiant to the end as he talks trash in Russian, but his arms are now zip tied to each other! Devlin rains down fists over and over, Dragunov unable to guard his head. Devlin says he told Dragunov this was coming. Dragunov could have walked away, but now he’ll be rolled out of here without the title! Devlin SMACKS Dragunov’s leg!
Devlin says this was Dragunov’s choice. Dragunov still kicks from below! Devlin brings him to the steel steps and digs his head into the steel! Devlin has the chair! But Devlin avoids the steel step con-chair-to! Dragunov BOOTS Devlin, and Devlin staggers in a daze! Dragunov jumps off the steps, TORPEDO MOSCOW!!! He crawls to the cover, Dragunov wins!!!
Winner: Ilja Dragunov, by pinfall (still NXT UK Champion)
The Irish Ace gave Dragunov his most sadistic fight yet, and yet Dragunov still comes out the winner! If not even this could stop him, will anything ever stop The Czar? Or is UNBESIEGBAR eternal?
What an episode! Gallus VS Die Familie was a very good opener, but I had figured Die Familie was winning. I said as much last week that Gallus could be in the next wave of NXT UK transfers to NXT 2.0. Joe Coffey isn’t looking like NXT UK Champion material so maybe Gallus joins Imperium, and perhaps Joe Coffey has a repeat run where he gives the singles champs great matches but never gets those belts. Die Familie having a confrontation with Nathan Frazer nods towards what’s next for them, but I feel like Frazer’s gonna need an ally to take them on. No idea who, but maybe we could get an equally eclectic counter faction to take on Die Familie. Frazer, Gradwell and Huxley for some reason seem like the most logically illogical trio to make.
We got a really good promo vignette out of the tag team finalists. Carter & Smith VS Mastiff & Starz, that match could go any which way since it’s Faces VS Faces with Face tag team champions right now. And also, Meiko VS Blair in a Japanese Street Fight is going to be awesome, but it makes me wonder what will make it stand out from any standard Street Fight. Honestly, when WWE does a Street Fight, the only theme is holiday. When another place like AEW does a Street Fight named for a location, they try to bring items specific to that location. So seeing what NXT UK comes up with will be reason enough to watch.
Amale VS Jinny was really good, really aggressive, but of course Jinny cheats to win. These two are definitely going to have a series of matches, and the final winner (probably Amale) will be primed for a title match. And there’s a chance Jinny moves on to NXT 2.0 since they don’t seem to see her as NXT UK Women’s Championship material at this point. I am curious to see Jinny interact with Toxic Attraction. And then that main event, what an awesome match! Match of the week, even match of the month. I again point out the irony of Devlin saying Dragunov can’t win without fans, but going Empty Arena was great as they could fully use the BT Sports Studio arena area.
Great creativity in how vicious Devlin was, but Dragunov wins out and gains some major power levels. And just as I’ve said about Joe Coffey and Jinny, if Devlin isn’t seen as NXT UK Champion material at this point, he’s probably going to NXT 2.0 to try for the North American Championship. Between COVID and Vince McMahon, Devlin’s Cruiserweight title reign was killed, and he could end up following Balor’s footsteps by Vince “losing faith” in him as a top champion. But Devlin can still do a lot as someone who pushes the new kids to their limits.
My Score: 8.8/10
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