You think you know the Raw After the Rumble!
After a return through the Royal Rumble, the Rated R Superstar proved he can be an ironman! But who will Edge choose to challenge for WrestleMania?
- WWE United States Championship: Bobby Lashley VS Matt Riddle; Riddle wins by disqualification, Lashley retains the title.
- Xavier Woods w/ Kofi Kingston VS Mustafa Ali w/ Retribution; Woods wins.
- Damian Priest VS The Miz w/ John Morrison; Priest wins.
- Raw Tag Team Championships: The Hurt Business VS Lucha House Party; The Hurt Business wins and retains the titles.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Triple Threat: Charlotte Flair & Asuka VS Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose VS Naomi & Lana; Naomi & Lana win and will challenge Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler for the titles.
- Jeff Hardy & Carlito VS Elias & Jaxson Ryker; Hardy & Carlito win.
- Alexa Bliss VS Nikki Cross; Bliss wins.
- Randy Orton VS Edge; Edge wins.
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Ladies and gentlemen, the WWE World Champion, DREW MCINTYRE!
The Scottish Warrior still has title and sword, and is here to open Monday Night Raw! He conquered the icon, Goldberg, and now moves forward towards WrestleMania! He welcomes us to the show, and says this is no ordinary episode. “We’re taking it up a notch tonight because we are officially on the road to WrestleMania.” It started last night with the Royal Rumble, and how awesome was it? McIntyre and Goldberg went to war, McIntyre earned Goldberg’s respect and Goldberg earned his.
Then the Women’s Tag Titles, the SmackDown Women’s Championship, and that Last Man Standing was physical as hell! Bianca Belair solidified herself as the future of the WWE in the Women’s Rumble! And then the Men’s Royal Rumble, McIntyre was watching closely. But speaking of, here comes EDGE! The Rated R Superstar is the winner of that Men’s Rumble, and he is here to look his potential target in the eye! McIntyre says he was about to say Edge’s name. But where to begin? Ever since joining WWE, McIntyre had been around Edge, Edge was a mentor and always looking out for him. McIntyre was also there when Edge had to retire, and how that felt for everyone.
McIntyre also remembers Edge’s return. AJ Styles was choking McIntyre, but then “You Think You Know Me” plays and boom, Edge’s back. Edge has been incredible since then. He gets hurt, leaves, comes back again, and outlasts 29 other men, truly, to win. McIntyre is so happy and proud. Edge says he appreciates all of that, and he does really like McIntyre. But to be blunt, Edge asks, “What is wrong with you?” Edge won the Royal Rumble last night! That means Edge could challenge McIntyre for the title at WrestleMania! McIntyre won, too, and should know how much of a threat this makes Edge. But instead of attacking, he’s showering Edge with compliments?
McIntyre gets it. That’s something an opportunist would do, but that’s not what McIntyre would do. Damn right McIntyre isn’t Edge! But then here comes Sheamus! The Fella says, “Look at this! The Rated R Superstar! Congrats on the big win last night, fella!” McIntyre is showing him with respect, he should be flattered! But then Sheamus is upset because who is Edge to question McIntyre? A man who has single-handedly carried WWE through uncharted waters while Edge was nursing his triceps. McIntyre, someone who has been Sheamus’ friend for half their lives! Edge should take the high road, but Sheamus says he won’t.
McIntyre says he appreciates Sheamus backing him up but he has this. Edge has his shot at any title, so is he doing to make the decision or will McIntyre make it for him? Edge is the opportunist, and he will let us all know what he’s doing on his time. But McIntyre has a target on his back and is playing a dangerous game. Sheamus doesn’t like what Edge is implying. Edge says McIntyre will know when Edge makes his choice. But also know that when Edge makes that choice, he WILL walk out of Mania a champion once again. Will the Rated R Superstar’s ultimatum get through to McIntyre?
But then Sheamus BROGUES McIntyre!? The Celtic Warrior just betrayed a man he literally said has been his friend for half their lives! And ironically, someone had warned McIntyre not too long ago. But will we get an answer as to #WhySheamusWhy?
Backstage interview with Sheamus.
Why did he do that?! Sheamus says everyone is starting to see him as just “Drew McIntyre’s friend!” Sheamus doesn’t want pity, he wants to be himself AND be the WWE World Champion! Drew Gulak is there to even hand Sheamus his bags so he can leave! Will Sheamus be gone before McIntyre can find him?
WWE United States Championship: Bobby Lashley VS Matt Riddle!
The Chief Hurting Officer has not gotten past the Bro by any means! But going around one more time, will Lashley finally rid himself of Riddle?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the rematch of the rematch begins, after the break!
Raw returns and the bell rings, and Riddle rushes Lashley! Deja vu, anyone? Lashley shoves him away, throws hands back then knees low! Lashley elbows Riddle, runs, but Riddle rocks him and fires off more hands! Riddle fires off kicks, Lashley SLAMS Riddle down! Lashley rains down fast hands and MVP says to punish him! Riddle gets ropes, Lashley lets off to bring Riddle up in a stalling suplex! Lashley waits for a count of 10 before he SLAMS Riddle down, without even falling himself! Lashley runs at Riddle at the ropes but Riddle headscissors him out! Penalty Kick rom the apron! SPRINGBOARD FLOATING BRO!
The ring count climbs, MVP hurries over but Riddle puts Lashley in. Riddle aims again, but swings into a HURT LOCK in the ropes!! The ref counts, Riddle fights using ropes, Lashley does NOT let go!! Lashley gets himself disqualified!
Winner: Matt Riddle, by disqualification (Lashley retains the US Championship)
But Lashley doesn’t care about winning or losing, just hurting! He puts Riddle back in the Hurt Lock, thrashes Riddle around, and even though Riddle taps, it doesn’t matter! Even MVP says Lashley should stop, this is too much! Lashley throws Riddle down! MVP says Lashley can hurt him, not kill him! Lashley is heated and glares at MVP, but then Lashley goes back to Riddle! The Rocky Mountain Machine is ruthless! He puts Riddle in a third Hurt Lock!! Riddle is a rag doll as Lashley TOSSES him over the barriers! The ref wants Lashley to leave, and he does, but is still dangerously angry. Will this help Lashley wreck all of Raw on the Road to WrestleMania?
Raw returns as medics check on Riddle.
Riddle tries to remember what happened, and then he remembers Lashley did this to him. He gets up fast but can’t stay up. He still can’t quite remember what happened, but will he be even angrier than Lashley when he finally does?
Randy Orton speaks.
“Edge. I gotta level with you, man, I didn’t think it was possible.” He didn’t think Edge would ever return. Not only does he return, Edge enters the Royal Rumble at #1 and wins it all! So congratulations, really! But there’s a problem here. Orton said Edge would never EVER come back, and yet here he is. So that means Orton looks like a liar! After everything Orton did for Edge, Edge makes him a liar?! Orton hit him with chairs, an RKO, a punt kick, and RKO’d Beth Phoenix, so that Edge could be a husband and father! It was out of mercy and compassion! Edge thinks he will main event WrestleMania, but here’s a secret: he wont.
And the reason Edge won’t is because he made a decision to look past Orton and what Orton’s done for Edge. There will be no mercy, compassion or main event at WrestleMania for Edge! Will there be any stopping the Viper from making Edge another victim?
The New Day reunites backstage!
Xavier Woods is in the best of five with Retribution but it’s time to even things up! Kofi Kingston says Mustafa Ali is out of his mind that everything in “KofiMania” should’ve been Ali’s? No way! But this is about payback! And Kofi has Woods’ back! Do you know why~? BEEeEEeeECAUSE! NEW! DAY ROCKS! Is it time for Retribution to face retribution of their own?
Xavier Woods w/ Kofi Kingston VS Mustafa Ali w/ Retribution!
Raw returns and Ali makes his entrance, but only with T-Bar and Slapjack. Ali’s message on social media is that they’re all so excited to see Kofi is back, and they are happy to have him ringside so he can watch Ali torture and break Woods! The bell rings and the two tie up. Woods powers Ali to a corner, Ali switches but Woods switches it back. Woods digs his forearms in, lets off and Ali mule kicks! The ref reprimands but Ali throws hands on Woods. Ali headlocks, Woods powers out and Woods runs Ali over! Woods clotheslines Ali out! Then PLANCHAS, but Ali dodges! Woods kicks and throws Ali into the barriers, then puts him in the ring!
T-Bar and Slapjack are lurking but Kofi has them stay back. Woods gets in and Ali hits him with a neckbreaker! Ali tells Kofi to watch as he stomps Woods down. Kofi talks trash but Ali says Kofi took opportunities from him! Ali is after Woods’ head with a rain of fists, then he drags Woods up to bump Woods off buckles. Ali digs his boot in, lets off as the ref counts, and then drags Woods back up to CHOP him! Woods shoves Ali but Ali fires off hands! Ali whips Woods corner to corner, Woods bounces off buckles, into another neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Ali looms over Woods, drags him up to snapmare him down and into a chinlock.
Kofi coaches Woods and Woods fights his way up. Woods arm-drags free, mule kicks hard, then mule kicks again! Ali goes to a corner, runs at Woods but Woods throws haymakers! Woods CHOPS, CHOPS, haymakers, and whips. Ali reverses, Woods dodges and ducks to tilt-o-whirl and Russian Leg Sweep! Kofi fires up with Woods but Woods runs into a boot! Ali goes up and leaps but Woods denies the tornado to DISCUS LARIAT! Kofi is fired up as Woods covers, but T-Bar drags Ali away! The ref reprimands, but Kofi leaps over T-Bar to CLOBBER Slapjack! T-Bar is chasing Kofi. Ali rolls Woods, TWO! Woods has the ghost pin, Woods wins!
Winner: Xavier Woods, by pinfall
Kofi and Woods get to safety before they celebrate! Things have been tied up, but what happens in the fifth and final battle?
Damian Priest hangs out with Bad Bunny.
They speak Spanish as Priest explains how things could go down tonight on Miz TV. Will the Archer of Infamy have Bunny’s back with “MC M I Z” tonight?
Raw presents a new Miz TV!
The Miz makes his way to the ring with John Morrison, and they welcome us to the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show in WWE, and this is a historic one tonight! The Rumble is over, we’re on the Road to WrestleMania! History was made as both Bianca Belair and Edge won the Rumble matches, McIntyre beat Goldberg, and there are new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions. But the star of the night was the international megastar, Bad Bunny, and his great performance. His music inspires the world to get up and have a good time! So welcome the MTV VMA winner, Bad Bunny!
Miz and Morrison do their best to dance like Bunny and Booker T in the music video of that song as Bunny makes his way to the ring. Miz and Morrison are hyped to see him again, even after everything that happened. Bunny takes a seat, has his custom mic, and Miz thanks “Mr. Bunny” for being here. They’re going to clear the air over the misunderstandings. For anyone who missed anything from the Royal Rumble, here is a highlight reel! From Bunny performing his hit track, “Booker T,” with Booker on stage, to the sales pitch from Miz and Morrison that was rejected, to then Miz taking that out on Bunny’s DJ rig!
Of course, Bunny retaliated with help from his new pal, Damien Priest! Miz says they both did things they regret, and two wrongs don’t make a right. Both can be bigger men about this, so Miz wants to apologize. Bunny says that’s fine, and accepts it. What about Bunny to them? Hmm… No, he can’t think of anything. Really? Not even costing Miz and Morrison their chance at a Mania main event? Well, Miz heard from a little birdie that Bunny’s dream is to be a superstar. He has come to the right place! Many stars under Miz’s learning tree have had amazing careers!
Miz took the B Plus Player, Daniel Bryan, and made him into the beloved, international star and WrestleMania main eventer he is today! Imagine what they could do for Bunny! They could be movie stars! Red carpets and private jets! They could mentor Bunny in becoming a WWE superstar. He just needs to help them get a recording session. Grammy’s and Slammy’s! Morrison does his best freestyle, but Bunny tells them they’re… “Special.” He is still not interested. Esta loco?! He doesn’t apologize, he disrespects them! Does he know who he is talking to?! He is talking to The Miz and Morrison, not J Lo and Shakira!
Bunny knows who they are, but he is here because a good friend wanted to be on Miz TV. And that friend is the Archer of Infamy! Damian Priest takes aim and heads to the ring! Priest eliminated Miz and Morrison, and now he’s here to DECK Miz! Morrison helps Miz get out of the ring and Priest high-fives Bunny! Will the A-Lister and Guru of Greatness have a response after the break?
Damian Priest VS The Miz w/ John Morrison!
Raw returns and Priest circles with Miz! Miz rushes in but into a bell clap,. ROUNDHOUSE, and HEEL KICK! Miz scrambles away and Morrison bails him out! Bad Bunny has a seat ringside to watch this as Priest takes aim again. Priest builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit on the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century! And a high five to Bunny again. Priest puts Miz in, goes back in and up a corner, for a FLYING HAYMAKER! Cover, TWO! Miz crawls, Priest stalks him to ropes, and he drags Miz up to back suplex! Miz rakes eyes to fight that off, and then he POSTS Priest! Morrison cheers Priest on and Miz drags Priest up for kicks and haymakers!
The ref counts, Miz stops and runs corner to corner to hit the A-List Lariat! Priest goes down, Morrison talks smack in Spanish, and Miz leaps to ax handle Priest down! Cover, ONE! Miz rains left fists down but Priest pushes him away. Miz goes after Priest on ropes and chokes him! The ref counts, Miz lets off at 3 to then run and STRADDLE ATTACK! Miz stares Bunny down, Bunny gets up but Miz talks trash. Miz goes after Priest again but his kick gets punched! Priest ROCKS Miz, KICKS him, fires off more kicks then a ROLLING ELBOW! And a LARIAT! Priest fires up and Morrison panics as Priest takes aim! Priest goes corner to corner, BIG back elbow!
Priest brings Miz up and throws him with the BROKEN ARROW! Cover, TWO! Miz survives but Priest keeps his focus. Priest takes aim again, Miz slowly gets up but Morrison calls Priest out on the apron! Priest runs him off, Miz BOOTS Priest down! Morrison distracts the ref but Miz goes for the briefcase. Bunny snatches it away! No cheating on Bunny’s watch! Morrison tells Bunny to give them the briefcase back, and Bunny does, to then SUCKER PUNCH Morrison with his custom mic! Miz is furious, but he turns around into RECKONING! Cover, Priest wins!
Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall
That is a Raw debut that will go down in infamy! Priest dropped Miz while Bunny dropped Morrison and the mic! Will this be how Priest and Bunny #LiveForever?
Raw Tag Team Championships: The Hurt Business VS Lucha House Party!
The Rocky Mountain Machine wrecked Riddle but now it’s on Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander to do the same to Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado. Will the business stay strong? Or will these tag titles become #LuchaLit?
MVP is on commentary to briefly touch on not Lashley’s wrath but Bunny being in the wrong place. But he does apologize, he knew Lashley was going to unleash something, but not like that. As for this match, the introductions are made, the titles are raised, and we see if the Gold Standard and “Prime” Alexander can do the same to the King of the Ropes and the Golden Lynx!
Benjamin and Lince start, Lince gets around to kick and throw hands! Lince runs but Benjamin runs him over! Benjamin TOSSES Lince across the way, then drags him up to bring him around for a back suplex. Lince make sit a sunset flip, Benjamin stays up so Lince kangaroo kicks! Lince runs, QUEBRADA, but Benjamin gets under! Metalik tags in, Lince BOOTS Benjamin, and then Lince gives Metalik a boost for a FLYING- NO! Benjamin blocks the Rana to bring Metalik up, but Metalik still RANAS anyway! Metalik CHOPS Benjamin, goes up and up, but leaps into an OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO!
Benjamin tags Alexander, the Business CLOBBERS Metalik, and Alexander covers, TWO! Alexander toys with Metalik, throws forearms, then runs, into a dropkick! Metalik tags Lince, LHP double whip Alexander to a corner. Metalik hits a clothesline, Lince hits a windmill kick! Benjamin gets in to brawl with Metalik, but Lince dropkicks him! The Business regroups, MVP wants them to get it together, but they both get handspring heel kicks! MVP is not happy and Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Alexander brawls with Lince! Lince throws haymakers then CHOPS, but runs into a SCOOP DRIVER! Cover, TWO! MVP is proud of the pitbull and tells Alexander to stay on him. Alexander KICKS Lince and MVP claps more. Alexander tags Benjamin while digging forearms into Lince’s face, then Benjamin rocks Lince to scoop and slam him! Benjamin scoop slams again, then covers, TWO! Benjamin sits Lince up to put on a chinlock but Lince endures. Lince fights up, throws body shots, and jawbreakers free! Lince runs, dodges and wheelbarrows, to GOLDEN REWIND! Cover, ONE, and Benjamin fireman’s carries for a GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO!!
Tag to Alexander, he drags Lince up and snap suplexes him hard! Cover, TWO! Alexander pats Lince’s head, tags Benjamin back in and the Business mugs Lince. Benjamin throws crossface forearms to put Lince in a corner, and then he throws knees in! The ref backs Benjamin off, Lince grabs Benjamin for headscissors, but Benjamin blocks those to throw knees! Benjamin pops Lince up but Lince hits a DDT! Both Lince and Benjamin are down, MVP admits that was good, but Benjamin tags in Alexander. Alexander drags Lince from Metalik, flips Lince but Lince lands on his feet! DROPSAULT and hot tag to Metalik!
Metalik springboards to crossbody Alexander! And KICK Benjamin! Alexander hits and whips but Metalik handsprings! Things keep moving, Metalik rebound arm-drags Alexander then mule kicks! Metalik walks the corner to FLYING RANA! Alexander flounders, MVP freaks out as Lince FLIES onto Benjamin! Benjamin catches Lince, but Metalik DIVES to tip them over! Metalik KICKS Alexander, springboards in but Alexander fireman’s carries! GUT- No! Metalik makes the buster a cradle! TWO!! Metalik BOOTS Alexander and brings him around for a SLING DOG! Tag to Lince, Lince goes up then tags back to Metalik! FROG SPLASH to SPRINGBOARD SWANTON! Cover, Benjamin breaks it!!
Lince is after Benjamin., he shoves Lince but Lince boots back! Lince goes up but Benjamin KNEES Him down! Metalik whips Benjamin, but Benjamin reverses and Alexander KNEES Metalik down! Alexander fires up and says he’s done playing games! But Benjamin tags in!? PAYDIRT!! Cover, The Hurt Business wins!
Winners: The Hurt Business, by pinfall (still Raw Tag Team Champions)
Well, as far as Alexander is concerned, he won this match for them! But a win is a win, and that’s what matters! The Hurt Business still has the gold, and are still united. Will things stay that way as Raw rolls towards WrestleMania?
Backstage interview Charlotte Flair & Asuka.
What are the former champions’ mindsets going into the Triple Threat contender match, after Ric Flair and Lacey Evans cost them? Lacey may think she’s learning how to play dirty, but she knows what will happen to her when she gets in the ring with Charlotte. But Charlotte still feels bad for messing up last night, letting down Asuka, and letting that drama get in the way. Asuka will speak for herself on this. Asuka isn’t happy they lost, but she herself was ready! If it wasn’t for Ric and that woman, they would’ve won. They agree on that. They only want to get those tag titles back now! With that, The Queen makes her entrance! Will she and the Empress take that step back towards the Women’s Tag Division thrones?
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Triple Threat: Charlotte Flair & Asuka VS Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose VS Naomi & Lana!
Raw returns and Asuka makes her entrance. Then the #SexyMuscleFriends enter, followed by the Ravishing Russian and The Glow. The teams sort out, and in this Triple Threat, only two teams are in. Charlotte and Naomi start, tie up, and Charlotte headlocks. Naomi powers out, things speed up and Charlotte runs Naomi over! Charlotte runs, Naomi splits but Charlotte shows off a handspring! Naomi still runs at her, then dropkicks cancel out! Both women kip up and the champs are backstage watching. Naomi waistlocks, Charlotte elbows out, then runs, but Mandy tags in! Naomi runs but Asuka tags in, they cancel out dropkicks! Asuka avoids the knee, victory rolls, TWO!
Asuka and Mandy run, Dana and Lana tag in off them! Lana and Dana rush each other, Dana dodges kicks but so does Lana! Lana rolls Dana, ONE! Dana kicks low, whips Lana to a corner, then handsprings in to back elbow! Tag to Mandy and the Sexy Muscle Friends combine for a KNEE FROM A ROSE! Cover, Asuka breaks it! Asuka fires off on Mandy, Mandy ducks a kick and CLOBBERS Asuka in return! Mandy DECKS Naomi for good measure, then brings Asuka over to tag in Dana. The Sexy Muscle Friends whip Asuka, and double flapjack! Mandy DECKS Charlotte for good measure before she and Dana show that #FlexAppeal, and Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Dana goes after Charlotte in the one open corner. Dana then handsprings but Charlotte CLOBBERS her! Cover, TWO! Charlotte drags Dana into a headscissors hold and jams her over and over into the mat! Then Charlotte throws Dana hard! Dana tags in Mandy, Mandy runs but into a waistlock. Mandy elbows out, Shayna and Nia aren’t impressed, but Mandy whips Charlotte to a corner. Charlotte goes up and out, shoulders in then slingshots to a roll up, ONE! Charlotte BOOTS Mandy down! Mandy scrambles to the open corner, dodges Charlotte to then stomp away! Mandy lets off, throws haymakers, then brings Charlotte over to tag in Dana.
Sexy Muscle Friends snapmare and handspring splash! Cover, TWO! Dana rains down rights on Charlotte, Charlotte fights her way up but Dana puts her in the corner. Charlotte fights back but Dana ROCKS her, CHOPS her, and repeat! Charlotte shoves Dana, BOOTS her, but Dana comes back with fire! Tag to Mandy, she and Dana double suplex Charlotte but Charlotte slips out to tag in Asuka! Charlotte DOUBLE LARIATS the Sexy Muscle Friends, then Asuka runs them over with shoulders! Asuka runs to HIP ATTACK Mandy, and then GERMAN SUPLEXES! Asuka keeps moving, SLIDING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!
Asuka says that’s not all, she goes to a corner and climbs up. Asuka leaps, to missile dropkick Mandy! But Mandy ends up in a corner, Lana tags in! Charlotte tags in off Asuka, DECKS Lana then DECKS Naomi! Charlotte clubs Lana, covers, TWO! Another cover, ONE! Charlotte taunts Lana to reach for Naomi, then wraps on a chinlock. Lana endures, fights up, but Charlotte throws her down! Charlotte stares down Naomi, drags Lana up and reels her in to lift, but Lana fights the bomb to LANA RANA! Lana tags in Naomi! Naomi rallies on Charlotte with big clotheslines and elbows! And a flying JAWBREAKER!
Naomi fires off forearms with fury, whips Charlotte to ropes, then dodges to springboard, FLYING CHUCK! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte survives but Naomi tags Lana in. They coordinate and have Charlotte on ropes, Lana hits a DOUBLE KNEE! Lana brings Charlotte around, ROCKS her then runs, but into a BOOT! Charlotte gets the legs, but no Figure Four! KNEE FROM A ROSE! Naomi gives Mandy an ENZIGURI! Dana hits a ROLLING NECKBREAKER on Naomi! CODE BREAKER from Asuka to Dana! NATURAL SELECTION for Dana! But here come Ric and Lacey!!
The Nature Boy and Sassy Southern Belle strut about but Charlotte doesn’t care. She tags to Asuka so she can handle this herself. Asuka isn’t so sure, but Naomi hits a REAR VIEW! Cover, Naomi and Lana win!!
Winners: Naomi & Lana, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contenders to the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships)
Charlotte doesn’t even seem to care! But now the #RavishingGlow has a shot at the gold! Will Lana and Naomi make Nia and Shayna pay for trying to rip Lana apart?
Backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.
This has been a whirlwind 24 hours. We learned Edge will challenge for a title, but then Sheamus betrays McIntyre, and with no explanation other than jealousy! How is he feeling? McIntyre says he will still be honored to face Edge at WrestleMania. As for Sheamus, families fight all the time, and they’ve fought more times than he can count. That Brogue was different. He isn’t sure what to say. But McIntyre says if Sheamus is willing to throw away 20 years, the ups, the downs and becoming men together, or even having Christmas at a diner when there was no one else, all because of the title, then so be it. If Sheamus wants a fight, McIntyre will give him a fight. When and where will we see the Celtic and Scottish Warriors go to war?
Jeff Hardy & Carlito VS Elias & Jaxson Ryker!
The Charismatic Enigma and Caribbean Cool combine forces to see if they can rock The Drifter and his follower! Will these classics make Elias #DriftAway?
The teams sort out, Carlito starts against Elias and they circle. They tie up, Elias pulls Carlito’s hair and puts him in a corner. The ref counts, Elias lets off to wrench an arm, then whip. Carlito elbows back, wrenches Elias in return, and wristlocks. Elias swings but into a half nelson then a spin and then another spin for a snapmare. Cover, ONE, but Carlito is right on Elias with another wrench and a YANK of the arm! Tag to Hardy, Hardy hits an ax handle on Elias’ arm, then wrenches. Elias knees low, tags to Ryker, and Ryker runs into an atomic drop! Hardy trips Ryker to drop the legs and hit a basement dropkick! Splash down, cover, ONE!
Hardy clamps onto Ryker’s arm, wrenches, and keeps Ryker from Elias. Ryker pulls hair, tags Elias, and Elias wrenches Hardy. Hardy wrenches back, wrenches again, CLUBS the arm then whips Elias into the corner, Elias slips away, Ryker swipes at Hardy, and Elias CLOBBERS Hardy! Elias stomps Hardy, the ref backs him off but not for long. Elias puts Hardy in the corner, throws forearms, tags Ryker, and they mug Hardy with body shots. Ryker bumps Hardy off buckles, covers, TWO! Ryker drags Hardy up, reel shim in, and suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Ryker keeps Hardy from Carlito, Elias tags in and throws more hands.
Elias whips Hardy and elbows him hard at ropes! “Who wants to walk with Elias?!” Elias then bends Hardy back against ropes! The ref counts, Elias lets off, but the ref keeps his eye son Ryker. Elias keeps Hardy from Carlito and CLUBS him down! Elias drags Carlito up, then SUCKER PUNCHES Carlito! Elias throws Hardy to the corner, the ref keeps Carlito back but then makes sure Ryker doesn’t do anything. Elias whips Ryker in to RAM Hardy! Ryker feeds Hardy to Elias’ SIT-OUT CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Elias talks smack on Hardy, drags him back up, and scoops him for a slam!
Tag to Ryker, he goes up top and talks smack on Carlito, only for his falling headbutt to FLOP! Hardy crawls away, Ryker hurries after, but Hardy spin back kicks him away! Tag to Carlito! Carlito rallies on Ryker, whips him to ropes and hits a kick to a knee lift! Carlito keeps moving but Ryker dodges, only to get a dropkick! Carlito kips up! Carlito whips again, but Ryker throws him down on the mat! Tag to Elias, Elias swings but Carlito dodges to ROCK Ryker! Elias rolls Carlito up, TWO!! Carlito escapes, and escapes the back suplex to hit a BACKSTABBER! Tag to Hardy and Hardy goes up! Carlito WRECKS Ryker with a dropkick, Hardy SWANTON BOMBS! Cover, Hardy & Carlito win!
Winners: Jeff Hardy & Carlito, by pinfall
Now that was cool! Will this be the beginning of an even cooler tag team partnership?
“I’m torn today. On one hand, I am ecstatic because i won the Royal Rumble.” He came back from a torn triceps to outlast 29 other superstars, bell to bell. “But on the other hand, there’s always this black cloud,” and it hangs over his head and his family’s head. That cloud is Randy Orton. Last night, Orton was also in the Rumble. He could’ve gone bell to bell like Edge but he didn’t. Orton claimed a knee injury, came back to pounce, but it didn’t work! That is what all of this is about, right? Orton says it’s about love, but quit spitting that crap! This is jealousy because Orton isn’t the man Edge is, and that kills him inside.
So of course Orton challenges Edge after Edge got all beat up. But Edge will still take this match, and will finally put Orton in the rear view. Edge has to get out from under that cloud to get into the main event of WrestleMania to take back the title he never lost! But Orton can’t understand that, can he? Tonight, Edge gets closure for himself, for his little girls and why he couldn’t help them to bed or play soccer with them! Tonight, this ends! One way or another, Rated R Superstar VS The Viper ends, but who will have the last victory?
Edge comes across Damian Priest backstage.
Edge says Priest did a good job last night at the Rumble, and looks forward to Priest’s future. Quite the endorsement for the Archer of Infamy!
Alexa Bliss VS Nikki Cross!
Speaking of going around one more time, Twisted Lil’ Bliss “reunites” with her former best friend and teammate in the Twisted Sister! But will Nikki be better prepared for the schemes and tricks Alexa has up her proverbial sleeves?
Raw returns and Nikki makes her entrance. She rushes the ring but waits on Alexa. Alexa stops playing in the ropes and the bell rings, and Nikki rushes Alexa! Alexa dodges, smooths her hair and skirt out and Nikki shouts, “What do you want from me?!” They were best friends but now they want nothing to do with each other, so what is this? Is this Alexa now? Good for her! Wanna fight? Let’s go! They tie up, Nikki headlocks, then hits a takeover. Alexa moves around, Nikki shouts Alexa’s nothing to her now, but Alexa headscissors out. Nikki moves around, pops free, but Alexa just sits there and smiles. Nikki drags her up and bumps her off buckles!
Nikki throws Alexa down, kicks and headbutts then whips Alexa to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Nikki is still upset with Alexa because they were done. Alexa couldn’t just leave well enough alone. Nikki puts Alexa in the corner, CLUBS her, then RAMS her! Nikki brings Alexa around to a snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Nikki gets her own crazy smile as she brings Alexa up but Alexa jawbreakers and SLAPS Nikki, then DECKS her! Alexa mocks Nikki with her frantic flailing, then covers, TWO! Alexa is annoyed, covers again, ONE! She gets up, straightens up but Nikki shoves her! Alexa dropkicks Nikki down and then stands on her at the ropes. Alexa brings back the skateboard stomps!
The ref counts, Alexa stops at 4, then dribbles Nikki off the mat. Alexa giggles as she does it again! Alexa then mockingly lines up the shot, to do some hop scotch before she KICKS Nikki in the side! Cover, TWO! Alexa drags Nikki around to wrap her into a body scissors! Nikki endures the squeeze, pries at the hold, but Alexa tries to add a sleeper. Nikki fights her off, is free, but Alexa goes right after her again. Nikki elbows but Alexa clamps on! But Nikki fights off Sister Abigail to a straitjacket neckbreaker! And a senton! Nikki runs at Alexa in the corner to stomp away! The ref backs Nikki off, but Alexa has transformed back to the old Alexa!
Alexa asks what’s wrong. She and Nikki circle, but Nikki doesn’t want to play these games. Alexa is confused, it’s her! Hug? Nikki BOOTS Alexa then reels her in for a LARIAT! Nikki whips, splashes Alexa down, but then the transformation happens and we’re back to Fun House Alexa! Nikki is starting to doubt what she’s seeing! Alexa dusts herself off, smiles and poses, but Nikki runs in, only for Alexa to run her over! Alexa mocks Nikki, catches her and spins her, for the Sister- No, SIDEWINDER DDT! Cover, Alexa wins!
Winner: Alexa Bliss, by pinfall
Alexa puts her own twist on Sister Abigail, after having twisted Nikki’s mind! And she’s still all smiles and sunshine as she skips up the ramp. But here comes RANDY ORTON! The Viper and Alexa meet at the ramp, but they both let the other pass. Will Orton worry more about that twisted tale after he writes this next chapter with Edge?
Randy Orton VS Edge!
Raw returns and Edge makes his entrance. Edge gets in the ring, the ref keeps Orton back, and the bell rings! Edge runs and CROSSBODIES Orton! And rains down furious fists! Orton gets away but Edge BOOTS him! Cover, ONE! Edge aims, knee lifts Orton, then covers again! TWO, but Edge just grits his teeth. Edge drags Orton up, arm-head triangles but Orton fights it off! Orton pulls hair to stop the #AntiVenom then he trips Edge up! Orton is furious now, drags Edge up and clinches him for EuroUppers! Edge flounders to a corner, Orton stomps him down, then digs his boots into the ribs! The ref counts, Orton stops at 4, but he drags Edge back up.
Orton pushes Edge against buckles, throws haymakers, then scrapes his laces on Edge’s face! Orton drags Edge back up, Edge hits back with haymakers, but Orton kicks low. Orton throws more EuroUppers, chokes Edge on the ropes, but the ref counts. Orton stops at 4, watches Edge flop down, then drags him up again. Edge reverses the whip, and hits the EDGE-ECUTION! Cover, TWO!! Orton survives but Edge goes to a corner. Edge aims at Orton, runs at him, but into a SPINNING POWERSLAM! Orton pushes Edge and brings him up, to POST him! Edge flops down, Orton scrapes him off the apron, then goes out after him.
Orton paces, looms over Edge, then drags him up to whip him into steel steps! Edge is down and in trouble as Raw goes to one more break!
Raw returns again and Orton is clubbing Edge around the ring with EuroUppers! Edge flounders, Orton DECKS him, then drags him around to stomp him! Orton dares Edge to get up while he paces about. Edge uses the corner to stand but Orton throws haymakers. Orton throws more haymakers, Edge keeps staggering about but then Edge DECKS Orton back! Both men are down but rising again. Edge runs but Orton does, too, and double clotheslines take them down! Edge crawls to cover, TWO! Both men crawl, and Edge goes to a corner again. Edge drags himself up, and climbs up?! Orton stops Edge with a haymaker!
Orton throws more hands, climbs up to join Edge, and brings Edge up. Edge resists, fights back by going after Orton’s bad leg, then throws forearms! Orton ROCKS Edge right back! Orton climbs back up, brings Edge up, but Edge fights back again! Edge headbutts and DECKS Orton! Edge adjusts and leaps, FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Both men are down, Edge crawls again for another cover, TWO! Orton is still in this but both he and Edge rise up again. Orton goes for an RKO but gets an EDGE O’MATIC! Cover, TWO!! Orton survives getting caught off guard and both men are down again!
Orton goes to an apron, drags himself up, and Edge is doing the same on the opposite side. Edge runs over and BLASTS Orton off to the barriers! The ring count begins as Orton is down, and is already to 5 of 10. Edge goes out to fetch Orton, not wanting this to end on a ring count. He puts Orton in, hurries after Orton, but Orton rolls all the way back out. Orton stays standing by leaning on the apron, but Edge heads over. Orton goes to the announce desk, and he pokes Edge in the eye! Orton gives Edge an ANNOUNCE DESK BACK SUPLEX! The ring count is climbing, Orton drags Edge up off the desk, to put Edge in at 7.
Orton slithers behind Edge, Edge crawls to the far side, but Orton grabs his legs! ROPE GUILLOTINE! Edge sputters but Orton drags Edge up through the ropes now! DRAPING DDT! But Orton isn’t done there, he’s starting to hear the voices in his head! Orton wants Edge to stand, but wait. ALEXA IS BACK! Orton turns around to see her on the top corner, and she’s drooling… Blood?! Ink? What is it? EDGE SPEARS ORTON!! Cover, Edge wins!!
Winner: Edge, by pinfall
What a twisted assist from Lil’ Miss Bliss! The Rated R Superstar is rolling towards WrestleMania, but who will he choose? And as for Orton, is he going to be haunted forever by Alexa and “him?”
For Raw being rather lacking the last few weeks, this was a great Raw to follow the Rumble! Though, not as great as it could have been. I like that we were getting both the US Championship and Raw Tag Team Championships in one night, but we got a bit cheated on the US Championship. Lashley VS Riddle Round 3 should’ve been way more than Lashley getting himself disqualified. Looking at the way these matches have gone, I feel like they’re out of order. This finish should’ve been how the second one went, after Riddle found a sneaky way to tap out without getting caught. Then they’d get a clean finish for the third round, aka tonight. Clearly Vince wants to stretch things out a little longer, which is probably fine with COVID concerns back again and quite a few stars out for now.
If Edge does choose Raw’s Drew McIntyre, I can see the Elimination Chamber giving us something for the US Championship, and that is how Riddle finally wins the belt. And I think Edge is choosing Raw because Raw needs him back for ratings. McIntyre being betrayed by Sheamus tonight was inevitable, but this was too soon. They should’ve at least waited until Keith Lee was back so he could also say “I told you so” during the show. But McIntyre VS Sheamus can still happen at Elimination Chamber outside of the Chamber, or even on Raw to get Raw the ratings it needs. McIntyre can even go a couple rounds with Sheamus since there’s a lot of time before Mania.
The Raw Tag Team Championship match was a lot of fun, too, and it was smart story wise for Benjamin to snatch victory from Alexander. Turnabout is fair play, Alexander admits to it and for now, Hurt Business is sticking together. There’s a lot of build for Mania to go, and after seeing the pretty good return match for Carlito, I kinda want to see him and Hardy be a team for right now over the #HardyBros of Jeff and Riddle. Woods VS Ali was good, and could be even better, but if Kofi is cleared soon, a tag match of New Day VS Retribution’s Ali and T-Bar would be my bet. That should be when T-Bar gets to show off his Dijak powers to give us an amazing match.
The Women’s Tag Team Triple Threat was very good, but the story of Lacey, Ric and Charlotte made it sadly clear Asuka was losing. Naomi and Lana win, but that does make for good story. Lana was meant to have the title match with Asuka at TLC, Jax and Shayna took her out of it, now they’ll have to face Lana after all. Charlotte VS Lacey is clear but Asuka’s path isn’t. I hope Vince hasn’t gotten bored of her or whatever, she was an MVP of the Empty Arena Era, and has continued to be a very strong part of things in the days of ThunderDome. Asuka should get a Chamber match and a big win to make up for a lot of what’s been going on.
Damian Priest’s call-up to Raw is great, though I feel like he would’ve been better off on SmackDown overall. But between going against Miz and Morrison via a story with Bad Bunny might actually be a good sign of where he’s heading. Though part of that might be to a tag match with Bunny as his partner. But if Riddle doesn’t get the US Championship, I feel like Priest could pop right into that. Alexa VS Nikki was a lot of fun, especially the mind games of normal Alexa returning, but Nikki not falling for it because she saw that before. Alexa still wins and could go into that Raw Women’s Championship scene by default, just to keep someone else from winning it off Asuka.
Edge VS Orton was a great part of tonight, too. It wasn’t quite the blow-off they were meant to have in 2020, but it was still a very, very good main event. Alexa having a part to play on behalf of The Fiend was also good, and it just made sense since we didn’t get any of that at the Rumble. Edge wins to keep his momentum going, and while I said he’s surely choosing Raw, I do want him to at least make it seem like he could choose SmackDown. He should show up on Friday to say hey to everyone, confront Roman verbally, make Roman consider the possibility of a Spear VS Spear match, but then ultimately choose Raw. It’s just logical writing for a Rumble winner. Which also means Bianca Belair should visit Raw at least once to tease that, too.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (8/16/22)
Who gets burned by the Heatwave?
NXT is on fire tonight!
NXT is red hot with all this gold on the line! Will JD McDonagh dethrone Bron Breakker? Will the Toxic Reign finally come to an end?
- NXT North American Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Giovanni Vinci; Melo wins and retains the title.
- Roxanne Perez VS Cora Jade; Jade wins.
- The Fate of Legado Street Fight: Santos Escobar VS Tony D’Angelo; D’Angelo wins and Escobar must leave NXT.
- NXT Women’s Championship: Mandy Rose VS Zoey Stark; Mandy wins and retains the title.
- NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS JD McDonagh; Bron wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
A heatwave hits NXT!
With it, we see a finale in the saga of Legado and D’Angelo, a grudge match of former friends explodes, and the Toxic Goddess defending her throne against the returning rising star. And in the main event, the Irish Ace looks to pick the NXT Champion apart and take that title from whatever is left. So get yourself a nice cold beverage, sit back and relax a show that is too hot to handle!
NXT North American Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Giovanni Vinci!
Another title on the line is that of the North American Championship! Melo says when he shoots, he don’t miss! But when you live lavishly like Giovanni, every day is #ViniVediVinci! Will Melo shoot down the Pride of Italy? Or will it be a campione vittoria to spark the Heatwave?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who lights it up here tonight!
Fans rally up as the two circle and tie up. Vinci waistlocks and TOSSES Melo away then says he’s the new champion, Melo storms up but into a wrench and headlock. Melo powers out then leaps as Vinci leaps, and Melo clips Vinci’s legs! Vinci lands hard and Melo fires forearms. Melo headlocks but Vinci throws body shots. Vinci headlocks but Melo powers out to hurdle. Vinci blows past Melo to run him over! Cover, ONE, but Vinci has Melo in a corner, Melo avoids the forearm to CHOP! Melo headlocks then whips corner to corner but Vinci reverses. Melo goes up, Vinci catches him, but Melo slips off!
Melo waistlocks, Vinci switches, Melo rolls off his back to springboard LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Melo throws haymakers. Vinci staggers, Melo CHOPS him, then Melo pie faces Vinci! Vinci blocks the next punch to CHOP back! Fans fire up and even Trick is stinging, but Melo reverses the whip, only for Vinci to springboard CROSSBODY! Vinci gets Melo back and fans fire up again. Vinci kicks Melo around, drags him up into a corner, and CHOPS him! Melo staggers away but Vinci is after him to CHOP again! Vinci puts Melo into another corner, for another CHOP! The fans are all stinging from that one!
Vinci flexes and fans want that “One More Time!” but Melo throws a forearm. Vinci throws a EuroUpper, Melo forearms again, and Vinci throws another EuroUpper. Melo throat chops, whips but Vinci reverses. Melo ducks and both men run, and DOUBLE LARIATS wipe them both out! The fans are fired up even more as NXT goes picture in picture.
The ref checks both men and fans are rallying for “NXT! NXT!” as both men stand. Melo and Vinci throw DOUBLE HAYMAKERS, then Vinci kicks low. Vinci whips, and CALF KICKS Melo down! Vinci soaks up the cheers and jeers and he covers, TWO! Vinci jams his knee into Melo’s back, clamps onto the shoulders, then shifts to a chinlock. Vinci traps Melo’s arms but Melo pries at the hold. Melo fights up to his feet, throws body shots, but Vinci knees low! Vinci whips but Melo reverses. Trick swipes at Vinci but the ref warns him! Melo BOOTS Vinci all the same! Melo rains down fists, then flexes in his cover, TWO!
Melo storms up on Vinci and brings him up to ROCK him! Vinci throws a body shot! Melo comes back but Vinci throws more body shots. Melo knees low, rolls with the snapmare and BOOTS Vinci down! Cover, TWO! Melo clamps onto Vinci with a dragon sleeper but Vinci powers out! Melo is right back on Vinci with a facelock and he grinds Vinci down. Vinci fights up, but Melo wrangles him back down. Vinci endures the grind, but Melo CLUBS him on the back! Melo cranks on the hold, pushing up with his legs for leverage, but Vinci still endures. Vinci fights up again, Melo throws body shots, but Vinci powers up!
Melo holds on tight as Vinci tries to throw him off! Melo pulls back on the hold as NXT returns to single picture, but Vinci tries again! Vinci TOSSES Melo away! Melo storms back up but Vinci whips him away, to then scoop for a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Both men are down but the fans fire up! Vinci storms up and whips, but Melo reverses and follows, but springboards into Vinci’s arms! Vinci fireman’s carries for the ROLLING SENTON! And then a MOONSAULT from the corner! Cover, TWO! Vinci drags Melo up, reels him in, but Melo rolls Vinci up! TWO, Melo rebounds but the superkick is swatted!
Vinci springboards but Melo kicks the legs out! Vinci is stuck, for the FADEAWAY! Cover, TWO! Vinci survives and fans argue the count on Melo’s behalf, but that was two! Trick coaches Melo and Melo fires up. “This is Awesome!” and Melo brings Vinci up. Vinci suplexes first but Melo slips out to O’Conner Roll! TWO, Melo comes back to SUPERKICK! Vinci drops to a knee, Melo goes up the corner, but Vinci catches the jump! BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Vinci catches his breath. Vinci blocks a kick, reels Melo in but Melo slips free, but into the lift! Melo slips off to suplex CUTTER! Cover, TWO!!
Fans rally harder as Melo thinks on what he has to do. Melo goes to a corner, he goes up the corner, and then leaps, but Vinci gets under the Three Pointer! Vinci TOSSES Melo out, but Trick is there to catch him! Vinci goes up and up and SUPER CROSSBODIES!! Vinci wipes out Melo and Trick, fans lose their minds, and Vinci puts Melo back in! Vinci springboards and springboards to MOONSAULT!! Cover, Trick helps Melo get the ROPEBREAK! Were they watching The Miz and Ciampa last night on Raw? Vinci storms out after Trick and dares him to do something, but then Melo RAMS Vinci into the steel steps!
Melo goes back up top and leaps, but Vinci dodges again! Vinci shoves Melo, blocks his boot, and reels him in for a LARIAT! Melo gets turned inside out but that’s not all! Vinci gets Melo up as Trick runs in, POWERBOMBO onto Trick! Vinci drags Trick up to give him the POWERBOMB! Then another kick to Melo, another lift, another POWER- RANA!!! Melo wins!!
Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)
Huge assist to Trick! Melo would not have made it through the heat if not for him! Will there be another #Melobration in Trick’s honor soon enough?
Toxic Attraction arrives.
Mandy Rose, Jacy Jayne & Gigi Dolin see Bron Breakker also arriving. He’s got an uphill battle tonight, huh? Yeah, and so does Mandy. Well okay. We’ll see who leaves with their title. Yes, we will. Toxic Attraction seems to consider Bron a contender, but will Mandy and Bron still have the gold after tonight?
Julius Creed speaks.
Via twitter, Julius said, “So I went back and watched the 8 Man Tag over and over and over again, but I found what I was searching for. And I’m gonna address who needs to be addressed, but I’m gonna do it in front of the NXT Universe this Tuesday at Heatwave.” As such, he and the rest of Diamond Mine are heading to gorilla in the present. What did he see and who does he plan to confront? We’ll see, after the break.
Von Wagner & Robert Stone speak.
“Mr. Stone” says that two weeks ago, Solo Sikoa got a so-called victory, yet he’s the one on the shelf and Von’s still standing. If you learned anything from that match, it is that Von is a freak of nature! Von can run a 40 yard dash in 4.5 seconds and he can bench press 225 pounds 30 times. If Von wanted to go to an NFL team and get a contract, he could! Von says Stone has heard all the talk, how there is a change in the air. It doesn’t matter if you’re internet famous or popular with the media! “The Game has changed, but the rules remain the same. Anyone smaller or weaker will not survive in my jungle!”
The Diamond Mine heads to the ring!
Julius & Brutus Creed lead Roderick Strong and Damon Kemp out, and they all get a mic. Julius starts by saying, “Less than a year ago, my brother and I got an opportunity of a lifetime: to learn from one of the greatest champions in NXT history, Roderick Strong. And we jumped at that opportunity. And we dedicated every fiber of our being to win the Dusty Cup and to win these NXT Tag Team Championships for Diamond Mine. We’ve been stitched, we’ve been stapled, we’ve wound ourselves up doing cannonballs, all for this right here.
“But recently, it was brought to my attention that someone’s trying to destroy what we’ve built. Someone’s trying to destroy Diamond Mine. And I wanted to use this opportunity to call that person out right now!” Julius looks to the ramp, but then he looks at STRONG! Is Julius kidding?! Strong can’t believe Julius is blaming Strong! Strong founded Diamond Mine and brought in the Creeds! They’re one-of-a-kind athletes with endless potential! That is something he never had. And he stands here looking at them as the NXT Tag Team Champions! Fans chant, “They Don’t Need You!” and Strong says yes they do!
But look at him, Julius. They are one of the best tag teams in all the WWE! Strong would put the Creeds up against the Usos any day of the week! That is how much he believes in them! They’re the future of this place! That’s great, and they can tell the Usos for them, but the Creds aren’t just the future, they’re the now! But Strong can say whatever he wants to their face, because Julius knows Strong will just stab them in the back. Brutus isn’t so sure, though. Julius says he is sure, though. Then Brutus says he has his brother’s back! But Strong says Julius needs to be careful with the next works that come out of his mouth!
Julius says everything he does is calculated. He isn’t gonna play games, he’s gonna just show Strong instead! Roll the tape! Strong was throwing knees, Julius was throwing lariats, but then Tony looked to Strong and they had a moment! Strong hits Julius with the knee, and that is enough for Julius! Tony signaled Strong! Or was Julius imagining it? Strong says they can’t be serious here! Strong doesn’t know, Tony D is a scumbag. Maybe Tony has a tic or he was signaling his own team. But y’know what? Let’s just do it! Let’s lay all the cards on the table! Since MAY, they’ve had something against Strong, and now-
GALLUS ATTACKS!! Wolfgang and the Coffey Brothers are here in the States! They’re beating down Kemp and the Creeds! Fans fire up for Gallus as they glare at Strong, and then Joe hits a GLASGOW SENDOFF! Mark and Wolfgang stomp away on Strong, then they go back to whooping the Creeds! Fans are torn but it seems NXT is now Gallus’ kingdom! And there’s the green light, just as Apollo Crews foresaw! Has Gallus just destroyed the Diamond Mine?
Backstage interview with Roxanne Perez.
McKenzie says Roxie finally gets a shot at Cora, and she says this is the most nervous she’s ever been in a match. Her stomach has been in knots all day, because she never thought she’d be fighting her best friend. But Cora wanted this. Cora ended their friendship! And now Cora has nowhere to hide! Cora’s made her bed, and now she has to sleep in it. Cora’s music hits so Roxie heads out, will the Women’s Breakout Tournament winner break her former friend?
Roxanne Perez VS Cora Jade!
NXT returns as Roxie makes her entrance. And she rushes right in so the bell rings! THESZ PRESS and then Roxie dribbles Cora! Cora gets out, but Roxie runs and DIVES! Direct hit and Roxie puts Cora in the ring. Cora bails out again so Roxie DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp, and Roxie hurries to put Cora in. Cover, TWO! Roxie drags Cora up to whip her to ropes, but Cora holds ropes to stop herself. Cora ROCKS Roxie, ROCKS her against ropes, then whips her into the rope to run and back elbow her down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Cora drags Roxie up. Cora bumps Roxie off buckles, then throws big forearms!
Fans rally and duel as Cora throws more shots, and she snapmares Roxie to a cover. TWO, Roxie grits her teeth but Cora brings Roxie up. Cora suplexes but Roxie fights it. Roxie then slips out, UPPERCUTS, and UPPERCUTS again! Roxie whips, back drops Cora, then run sin to SOBAT! Roxie runs to SHOTGUN Cora down! Fans rally and Roxie drags Cora up. Cora ROCKS Roxie back, run sin at the ropes, but Roxie puts her on the apron. Roxie CLOBBERS Cora and Cora falls to the floor! Roxie builds speed again, to DIVE into a forearm! Cora drags Roxie out to snap suplex her to the floor! Cora seethes while NXT goes picture in picture.
Cora soaks up the heat from the fans while Roxie writhes. Cora returns to fetch Roxie, and smacks her off the apron! Cora CHOPS Roxie, puts her in the ring, then runs in to IMPLODER STOMP! Cover, TWO! Cora is furious and she hammers away on Roxie’s back! Cora talks trash and kicks Roxie around. Cora smacks Roxie off the mat, drops an elbow on her back, then stalks Roxie to ropes. Roxie throws forearms but Cora DECKS her! Cora snap suplexes Roxie hard, then grins as she covers. TWO, and Cora is annoyed. Cora stomps Roxie to the corner, digs her boot in, but lets off as the ref counts. Roxie crawls, Cora CHOKES her on the ropes!
Cora lets off as the ref counts again, and Cora stomps Roxie down. Cora kicks Roxie to another corner, taunts her as she stands Roxie up, and she fires off big forearms! Cora trips Roxie, then goes corner to corner to BRONCO BUSTER! Cora drags Roxie to a cover, TWO! Cora is annoyed and she stalks Roxie to ropes again. Cora makes Roxie smile with fishhooks, then puts her on the ropes. Cora runs side to side but Roxie avoids the back elbow! Roxie runs in to DOUBLE KNEE Cora against ropes! Roxie drags Cora up, wrenches and hooks her up, but Cora fights the leg sweep! Cora pulls hair to LARIAT Roxie down! Cover, TWO!
NXT returns to single picture and Cora is still cocky as she drags Roxie up. Cora gets the arms and has the motorcycle stretch, but Roxie endures. Fans rally up as Roxie fights up, but Cora wrangles her back down! Cora digs her knee in but Roxie endures. Fans rally again and Roxie fights up. Roxie turns things around but Cora turns them right back around! Roxie stands back up, flips through and KANGAROO KICKS Cora away! Cora storms back up but into a cradle! TWO! Cora rushes to Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Roxie has the cover now, TWO! Cora trips Roxie, jackknifes, TWO as Roxie bridges up!
Roxie spins Cora around, but Cora fights the backslide! Fans duel, Roxie spins Cora around and DOUBLE FOREARMS knock both women for a loop! DOUBLE BOOTS take them both down! Fans fire up as both women stir and go to opposite ends. Roxie and Cora slowly rise, and Roxie counter punches Cora! And again! Roxie eggs Cora on so Cora KNEES her low! Cora whips, Roxie ducks ‘n’ dodges, then CLOBBERS Cora! And CLOBBERS her again! Roxie puts Cora in a corner, runs in and UPPERCUTS! Then a roll and UPPERCUT! Roxie brings Cora around, for the RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO!
Roxie grows frustrated but she grabs at Cora. Roxie reels her in, PAIGE TURNER! Cover, TWO!! Cora survives and Roxie is beside herself! Roxie drags Cora up to throw a KNEE, and another KNEE, then she hops on! POP- NO, Cora pops free to SHINING WIZARD at the ropes! Cora full nelsons for a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Cora is fuming as Roxie survives but the fans rally back up. Cora goes to the corner and grabs her custom kendo stick! The ref says no, but Cora still aims at Roxie! Roxie ducks and kicks back! And now Roxie grabs the kendo stick! Fans fire up and Cora wants mercy! Roxie hesitates, but she drops the stick.
And Cora SUCKER PUNCHES Roxie! DDT onto the kendo stick! Cover, Cora wins!!
Winner: Cora Jade, by pinfall
#GenerationJade still got to use her kendo stick against Roxie, and she stands over her fallen friend. Will Cora be cruising her way to another title opportunity?
Backstage interview with Josh Briggs, Brooks Jensen & Fallon Henley.
McKenzie is with the NXT UKT ag Team Champions and brings up last week. Jensen says how about not. Briggs says Lash Legend & Pretty Deadly did get one up on them, but they’ll see each other again soon. But then Gallus walks by with security trying to escort them out. Wolfgang tells the good ol’ boys that those titles don’t belong to them. Well they’re the champs, so these belts do belong to them. Oh, they’ve been champions all of what? Five minutes? Six minutes, actually. But what’s up? Try 497 DAYS! Briggs mockingly applauds but Mark says that’s longer than Briggs or Jensen have been in the business!
Joe says here’s what we’ll do: turn this place upside down! And then it’ll be Gallus Boys Up Top! Those UK titles are coming home with them! Any time, any place! Then how about next week? Jensen says if Gallus can get in the building, then they’ll do the damn thing! Gallus gets fired up but security stays between them and the champions, will we see the UK Tag Team Championships be put on the line?
The Fate of Legado Street Fight: Santos Escobar VS Tony D’Angelo!
This has been building for four months, and it finally explodes here tonight! The Emperor of Lucha Libre is fighting for the freedom of his familia, but The Don is fighting for full control. If Escobar loses, he is OUT of NXT. But if Escobar wins, he and Legado del Fantasma are out from under Tony’s thumb. What happens when there’s nothing holding these two back from hurting the other?
Elektra Lopez, Joaquin Wilde & Cruz Del Toro follow El Hijo del Fantasma to the ring. They are united as familia, but will they have to part ways after this? Tony makes his entrance and hands his hat and tracksuit jacket to Stacks, and turns around into Escobar CHUCKING a chair in his face!! The ref reprimands as the match hasn’t even started but fans are loving it! The bell rings, Escobar fires off hands but Tony hits back. They brawl, Escobar KNEES Tony then LARIATS! Escobar sits that chair up, kicks Tony around then SMACKS him off the seat! Escobar runs to RANA Tony onto the chair! Cover, TWO!!
Tony survives but Escobar wedges the chair into the corner. Escobar runs in to the other corner to KICK Tony! And to KICK again! Escobar whips and CHOP BLOCKS Tony’s leg out! Fans fire up while Tony hobbles, into a dropkick to the leg from Escobar! Escobar stalks Tony, stomps his leg, then puts him in a corner to stomp away on that leg! Tony hobbles but Escobar stands him up. Tony fires off body shots, he throws more hands, then whips corner to corner! Escobar stops himself and he KNEES Tony down! Cover, TWO! Escobar makes sure the chair is secure in the corner before climbing. Escobar FLYING CROSSBODIES Tony down!
Fans fire up and Escobar calls to Legado! But Stacks LEAPS onto Cruz & Wilde! So much for their sidekicks! Tony throws hands but Escobar whips. Things speed up and Escobar DROPKICKS Tony down! Fans fire up and Tony flounders around. Escobar grins as he paces around the ring. Stacks glares at Escobar but Wilde CLOBBERS Stacks! Escobar builds speed and DIVES into a trash can lid!! Fans are torn as Tony looms over Escobar and NXT goes to break.
The ref check son Escobar as he clutches his arm, but Escobar says he’s still okay to go. So Tony SMACKS Escobar with the lid! And again! Tony puts Escobar in the ring, stomps him around, then drags him up to shove t a corner. BELLY2BELLY on the rebound! Cover, TWO! Tony talks trash but Escobar SLAPS him! So Tony whips Escobar to ropes, only for Escobar to duck and dodge and RANA, into a POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO! Tony is frustrated but he tells Escobar he’s gonna use Escobar’s chair. Tony aims and RAMS Escobar into the chair in the corner! Escobar tumbles out of the ring and Legado coaches him up.
Tony goes out, grabs the chair, and he SMACKS Escobar on the arm! And again! And again! Tony drags Escobar around, puts the bad arm through the chair, then POSTS the shoulder! The ref checks on Escobar again but he refuses to let this end it. Tony drags Escobar up but Escobar pie faces, so Tony ROCKS him! Tony SLAMS the bad arm on the apron, then brings Escobar around to shove him. Tony kicks low, throws hands, then CLUBS the bad arm. Tony kicks Escobar, talks more trash, then RAMS Escobar into steel steps! The ref checks on Escobar but he still refuses to quit. So Tony SLAMS the bad arm on the steps!
NXT returns to single picture, Tony brings Escobar around to put his arm between steps and corner! Tony BOOTS the steps to crush the arm! Tony brings out chair after chair from under the ring! He brings Escobar around to suplex high and hard onto the chair pile! Fans are wincing from that one as Tony puts Escobar in the ring. Cover, TWO!! Escobar is enduring but Tony throws body shots! Tony suplexes again, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Tony is frustrated but he drags Escobar up to throw down fists! Stacks goes looking under the ring for Tony and he brings out the trash can! Tony SMACKS Escobar down with it!
Tony drags Escobar to a cover, TWO!! Escobar is dazed but still in this, so Tony drags him back up. Tony throws hands, then SLAPS Escobar! Fans boo but Tony says this is HIS NXT now! He’s the Don! But Escobar counter punches Tony! And again! And then he DECKS Tony! And CLOBBERS him! And again! Then a RANA!! Fans fire up as Escobar runs in, but Tony puts him on the apron. Escobar GAMANGIRIS Tony away, goes up the corner and FLYING AX HANDLES! Fans fire up as Tony bails out, into a SLAP from Lopez! Escobar DIVES!! Direct hit at the corner and fans are thunderous for Legado!
Escobar drags Tony up but Tony POSTS him! Fans chant “This is Awesome!” as Tony puts Escobar in the ring again, drops an elbow, then tells Stacks to get the crowbar! But it isn’t where it usually is! It’s supposed to be by the steel steps! Cruz took the crowbar first! And he CRACKS Stacks with it! Tony BOOTS Cruz, but Escobar victory rolls! TWO!! Tony escapes in time but Escobar calls to Legado! The knuckles! But Tony RAMS Escobar into Wilde! Then O’Conner Rolls, TWO! Escobar dodges Tony but Tony puts him on the apron. Escobar CHOPS Tony, Lopez hurries to get the crowbar! Lopez has the bar and Escobar hurries to her, but Tony runs in!
Lopez pushes Escobar aside, and Tony runs Lopez over! Fans can’t believe it, and neither can Tony! Tony just shrugs, but Escobar is pissed! But Tony LOW BLOWS Escobar! Fans tell Tony he F’d up, but he doesn’t care, he has his crowbar now! But he walks into a CALF KICK! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Escobar and Tony grab at each other as they rise up, pulling hair. They’ll never give in to the other, so this has to end somehow. Tony sees his crowbar, Escobar sees his brass knuckles! They get their weapons, but Tony CRACKS Escobar first!! Cover, TONY WINS!
Winner: Tony D’Angelo, by pinfall (Escobar must LEAVE NXT)
The Don just banished the Emperor! And Legado has no choice but to follow Tony’s lead. What will this mean for all of their futures in the WWE?
Indi Hartwell talks with Katana & Kayden.
She knows they’ve competed against each other for a long time when it comes to the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships, but to be honest, when KC Squared won, Indi cried. No one is more deserving. That means a lot to them. Winning these belts, it is indescribable. Indi gets that feeling. Those were the days. Does Indi miss being in a tag team? Well, she’s loved her tag team partners, and being on her own has been thrilling, but having someone to depend on- Wait, a letter comes in for her. Indi opens it up and… It’s a drawing from Dexter Lumis! #INDEXFOREVER!! O M G~!
But then BLAIR DAVENPORT snatches it?! What’s she doing here? Who does she think she is? Uh, she’s Blair Davenport, the future NXT Women’s Champion. Blair rips the paper up and leaves! Will Indi and the rest of WWE soon #BewareTheHeir?
NXT hears from Tiffany Stratton and Wendy Choo.
“I am like completely over Wendy Choo. Like, so done with her. Seriously? It’s like not even funny!” Wendy sighs, and says it is real simple. Wendy is tired of Tiffany. Tired of Tiffany talking down to her, tired of Tiffany thinking she’s better than everyone, and tired of Tiffany thinking Wendy is a joke! Next week, Tiffany VS Wendy in a LIGHTS OUT MATCH! Where everything Wendy did behind closed doors is going to be legal in that ring! As for Tiffany, she is obsessed with this idea, because she gest to do whatever she wants to Wendy! There are like no rules! None!
The arena will be darker than usual, so you won’t be able to see Wendy’s face, which is perfect. But not seeing Tiffany’s face is so tragic. Wendy says Tiffany has one thing right: Wendy’s SO~ obsessed with Tiffany, in that she’s obsessed making Tiffany feel how she makes everyone else feel. “Wacky Wendy” is gonna turn Tiffany’s dream into a nightmare! But Tiffany says she’s putting Wendy to sleep! Who will turn the lights out on the other in this brutal no holds barred match?
NXT Women’s Championship: Mandy Rose VS Zoey Stark!
Toxic Attraction certainly feels they’re the hottest trio in the WWE today, but things have been cooling off for them after losing the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships. Can the Toxic Goddess keep hold of her gold? Or will the Toxic Reign finally be over thanks to the Iron Woman?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and things just got that much hotter in here!
Mandy kicks but Zoey blocks to ROCK Mandy! And again! And again! Mandy knees low but Zoey spins he around to the GO TO – NO, Mandy blocks in time to trip Zoey and go after the bad leg! But Zoey uses that to victory roll! ONE, things speed up and Mandy whips, only for Zoey to LOBBER Mandy! Mandy bails out but Zoey builds speed to WRECK her with a dropkick! Fans fire up and Zoey storms up on Mandy, but Mandy RAMS her into the apron! Mandy TOSSES Zoey over the commentary desk! Jacy & Gigi taunt Zoey as Mandy SMASHES the knee on the desk! Zoey writhes and clutches her knee as NXT goes picture in picture!
Zoey grits her teeth and seethes at Mandy as medics check on the leg. Zoey says it’s fine, and Mandy goes out to drag her into the ring. Zoey ROCKS Mandy, throws elbows, but Mandy KICKS the bad leg! Mandy drags Zoey by the leg, stomps it, then drops an elbow on it! Mandy drags Zoey to the corner and SLAMS the bad leg into the post! Zoey writhes but she refuses to give up. Mandy gets in the ring and Zoey CHOPS her! Mandy trips Zoey, pulls on the bad leg, but Zoey endures! Mandy moves around, has the leg caught, and she chinlocks Zoey into a bootleg STF. Zoey endures, so Mandy dribbles her head off the mat! Cover, TWO!
Zoey gets to ropes but Mandy storms up. Zoey kicks back but Mandy kicks the bad leg out! Mandy digs her knee into Zoey and puts her on the apron. Zoey crawls away, kicks back at Mandy, but Mandy fires off forearms! Zoey shoves her again but Mandy comes back. Zoey ROCKS, CHOPS and ROCKS Mandy, but Mandy LARIATS Zoey! Cover, TWO! Mandy is annoyed but Jacy says it’s okay, she’s got this. Mandy stalks Zoey to a corner, grabs at the bad leg, but Zoey pushes her back. Mandy KICKS the bad leg, then taunts Zoey. Mandy drags Zoey out to center for a standing toehold. Zoey endures, keeps her shoulder sup, and she KICKS with her good leg!
Mandy staggers away, Zoey gets up and Zoey ROCKS Mandy with a forearm! And then another! But then Gigi & Jacy trip Zoey up! NXT returns to single picture as the ref saw that whole thing! Toxic Attraction is EJECTED! Jacy & Gigi are furious but maybe they should’ve behaved. NIKKITA LYONS rushes out and she fights Gigi & Jacy tot he back! Fans fire up and Mandy freaks out! Mandy goes for a chop block but Zoey dodges it! Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Mandy CHOP BLOCKS the leg this time, and Zoey clutches her leg again. Mandy stomps away on the leg, drops another elbow, then another, and another!
Mandy KNEES the bad leg, and Zoey huffs and seethes as she gets to a corner. Mandy soaks up the cheers and jeers, and she kicks the bad leg again. Mandy has the leg, for a KNEE JAMMER! Zoey hobbles and falls, but Mandy looms over Zoey. Zoey stands but Mandy trips her, turns her and has the HALF CRAB! Zoey endures as Mandy sits deep on the hold! Fans duel, Zoey reaches out, moves around, and rolls through to kick Mandy away! Mandy falls right out of the ring! Mandy hurries back in, into a KNEE from Zoey! Mandy pulls hair but Zoey ELBOWS Mandy, then LARIATS! Zoey rallies on Mandy, even with one good leg! SLIDING KICK! Cover, TWO!!
Mandy scrambles away to a corner, but Zoey runs in to ELBOW Mandy, and UPPERCUT, and GAMANGIRI! Zoey snapmares Mandy into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and duel, Zoey gets to her feet and she storms up on Mandy. Mandy kicks the bad leg, gets it again, and BACK SUPLEXES Zoey inside out! Cover, TWO! Mandy grows frustrated but the fans rally up again. Zoey and Mandy hit each other as they stand up, and they go back and forth with forearms! Zoey CHOPS, Mandy fires off a flurry, but Zoey blocks to a GO TO STARK!!! But she can’t cover from using her bad leg!! Zoey crawls over, but Mandy rolls away to the apron!
Mandy saves herself by inches and Zoey is furious! Zoey goes out, but Mandy sweeps the bad leg! Zoey gets caught up in the ropes, and Mandy stomps away! The ref counts, Mandy lets off at 4, and then she goes back to CLUB away on the leg! Mandy undoes the leg brace!! The ref stops Mandy and gets Zoey free of the ropes. KNEE FROM- ROLL UP!! TWO!! Mandy swings but into a jackknife! TWO! KNEE FROM A ROSE!! Cover, TWO!?!? Zoey survives and shocks everyone! Mandy’s best shot fails to put this away and she has no idea what to make of it! Mandy still undoes Zoey’s knee brace, and then she puts it on her knee!
Mandy wants to finish this for good, and runs in, KNEE BRACE FROM A ROSE!!! Cover, Mandy wins!!
Winner: Mandy Rose, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Tag Team Champion)
Zoey is dazed, Mandy used her bad leg against her in more ways than one! The Toxic Reign keeps going, what will it take to finally stop Mandy?
NXT hears from one of its newest names.
“I’m Quincy Elliot, and I have a confession to make. I’m bringing all of this to NXT. I look to my left, I look to my right, I see people of all different walks of life, and it excites me. And you may be shocked at this, but I ain’t ever struggled with being different. I own it, I work it, because I am it! And everyone in NXT may be superstars, but Quincy Elliot is the Super Diva.” And he’s coming soon to NXT!
Backstage interview with Grayson Waller.
McKenzie isn’t happy about it and Waller notices. Is it because he ruined he Emmy Award Winning interview with Apollo Crews when Waller punked him out? Uh, Apollo was the one who made a challenge while Waller was the one who backed down. Backed down? No, he could’ve dropped Crews right there, but then McKenzie would’ve said it was unfair after the 20 minute war Apollo had with Strong. He can’t win with her! But everyone else is too scared to say it, so Waller will: Apollo Crews is selfish! He’s willing to stab anyone in the back to be the man around here! He might even come for McKenzie’s job!
McKenzie doubts that, but Waller says that while Apollo doesn’t smell as nice, he does have a better small than her. But those were Apollo’s words, not Waller’s. Anyway, next week is the debut of the Grayson Waller Effect, the ONLY honest talk show in WWE history! The tough questions and the hard truth given. Take notes because he’s inviting his very first guess, APOLLO~ Crews! Also, your perfume is cheap, McKenzie.
NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS JD McDonagh!
The Big Booty Nephew is already a TWO-TIME NXT Champion, but has proven that from facing veterans like Tommaso Ciampa and Dolph Ziggler to facing the best of his peers like Joe Gacy and Cameron Grimes, he is a juggernaut in this ring. However, the Irish Ace knows even a juggernaut has its weaknesses. Will JD pick Bron apart and perform a beltectomy? Or will Bron break another would-be champion?
Bron walks out with a sledgehammer, and sees a box with “JD” on it. Bron SMASHES the box, then heads to the ring. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Bron wins betting against the ace.
JD and Bron circle while fans rally up. They tie up, JD goes after the bad arm but Bron shove shim away. JD grins but Bron says the shoulder’s just fine. They tie up again, Bron pushes JD back but JD puts Bron in the corner. JD pulls the arm against the ropes but the ref counts. JD let soff and Bron SLAPS him! Fans duel as JD grins and stares Bron down. JD and Bron reset and tie up again. Bron wrenches JD’s arm now, but JD spins and monkey flips him, but Bron holds on! Bron brings JD up but JD rolls, pushes Bron to ropes and arm-drags. But Bron holds on again! Bron shows he can be technical and fans rally up.
JD fights up, reaches for ropes but Born keeps him away. JD rolls, handsprings, snapmares and headlocks, but Bron slips out to have the wristlock! JD ROCKS Bron, but Bron headlocks back. JD powers out, Bron turns the dropdown into a gator roll and deadlift suplex! Bron walks around with JD before the SLAM! Fans fire up with Bron and he storms back up on JD. Bron whips JD into a corner, JD tumbles up and out, but Bron DECKS him! The ring count starts but Bron goes out after JD. JD gets in the ring but Bron avoids the elbow drop! Bron HOTSHOTS the arm, then he knuckle locks to STRAIGHT ARM LEVER!
Fans fire up as Bron carries JD around, then hammerlocks and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! And then STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Bron is showing he can do whatever JD can do, and then he clamps onto the arm again. Born hammerlocks and RAMS JD into buckles. Fans rally up and duel as Bron drags JD back up. Bron has the hammerlock, then he whips JD, JD reverses but Bron ducks ‘n’ dodges. Bron staggers but he still comes back to LARIAT JD! Bron tosses JD out hard, then barks at JD as NXT goes picture in picture.
JD scowls as Bron eggs him on. Bron goes out after JD, smacks him off the apron, then brings JD around to smack off the apron again. Fans bark for Bron as he puts JD in, but JD bails out the side. Bron waits on JD as the ring count climbs. JD gets in the ropes and trips Bron up! Then SLINGSHOT SPLASHES! JD gets his arm moving, and he stalks Bron to a corner. JD CHOPS, stomps, ROCKS and then stalks Bron some more. JD brings Bron around to snap suplex! JD drags Bron up to throw down elbows into Bron’s head, then DECK him with a haymaker. JD wrenches the bad arm, CLUBS it, but Bron throws body shots!
Bron backs JD down, RAMS into him over and over, then hoists him up top. Bron climbs up as NXT returns to single picture, but JD slips out to trip Bron up! JD shoves Bron to the apron, climbs up the other side, and he turns Bron to NECKBREAKER against the crossbar! Bron falls to the floor and fans rally again. JD stalks Bron, brings him up but the ring count is 5 of 10. JD puts Bron in at 7, drives elbow after elbow into the shoulders from all sides! The fans are torn but JD lets off so the ref can check Bron. Bron is still in this somehow so JD drags Bron around. JD has a mounted armlock but Bron endures.
Fans rally and duel, Bron reaches out but JD puts more pressure on the arm. Bron pushes through and gets the ROPEBREAK! JD lets off in frustration but fans duel again. JD clamps onto Bron for a neck wrench, but Bron still endures. JD pushes on the head, but fans rally up and Bron stands up! JAWBREAKER! Bron ROCKS JD, and again, and again! Bron whips, JD reverses but Bron FLYING SHOULDER TACKLES! And again! And then a duck ‘n’ dodge, to a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up again as Bron snarls and aims from the corner. JD flounders up, Born runs in, but JD POSTS Bron! Then a wrench and a takedown, LEBELL LOCK!!
Bron endures as JD pulls back! Fans rally and duel, Bron reaches out, and JD can only use one arm as Bron did damage to him, too! Born gets the ROPEBREAK! JD lets off in frustration and fans continue to duel. JD drags Bron to a drop zone then he climbs up. But Bron CLUBS JD first! Bron climbs up after JD, SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO!! Bron keeps cool and he goes to a corner to climb up again. But JD GAMANGIRIS back! JD sets Bron up, climbs up after him, but Bron resists the clinch! JD drags him up, SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Fans are thunderous as JD hits the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!!
Bron survives and JD can’t believe it! JD storms to a corner and climbs up, to MOONSAUTL! But he has to roll through as Bron moves! SPEAR!! Bron crawls after JD but JD flops out of the ring! Fans rally as Bron puts JD back in and hurries to aim from the corner again. JD stands up, into another SPEAR!! But Bron doesn’t cover, he brings the straps down! Bron vows to break JD, but JD stands up!? JD has blood in his mouth but he’s smiling! Bron says fine! A THIRD SPEAR!! And then the trophy lift, to the BREAKKER SLAM! Cover, Bron wins!!
Winner: Bron Breakker, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)
JD welcomed that third tackle, but it ended up being his demise! Bron retains the title, but who will- Wait, what?! Is this… It is! TYLER BATE is back in the States! The fans are going nuts for the Big Strong Boy! And he goes right into the ring to look Bron eye to eye! The NXT UK Champion and the NXT Champion, in the same ring for the first time in a long time! Will worlds collide in the near future?
This was a very good special for NXT, with great matches all over the card, but Heatwave didn’t really shake anything up. I know I’ve said keeping the status quo isn’t always a bad thing, but in this case, it felt kinda bad. Melo VS Vinci was great, though maybe a little sloppy because they wanted to go as fast as possible. Melo winning was only because of Trick, so that was a bit of a sour taste. But Melo still has so many opponents to face so this is fine. Decent promo from Von & Stone, but I guess Von is downgrading from “Wagner’s World” to “Welcome to Wagner’s Jungle.” I have no idea where Von’s gonna go from here, in a bad way. He’s not championship material, so who’s his next feud?
Great segment out of the Diamond Mine confronting their dysfunction, and I figured it’d be Strong pointed out as the traitor. That was some amazing continuity to have it in the 8 Man Tag that Tony looked to Strong as if to signal something. But then just as Apollo saw, the Diamond Mine all gets attacked. Gallus coming to NXT is great, though I wonder if this means Mark Coffey loses the Heritage Cup to Noam Dar. Gallus also getting a shot at the NXT UK Tag Team Championships is a nice surprise, but I wonder which two are facing Briggs & Jensen. Assuming Gallus wins, I’d love if it was the Coffey Brothers. But if not, then it can be Mark & Wolfgang again, trying to be two-time winners.
Roxie VS Cora was very good, but I’m a little surprised Cora won. For one, we see the NXT Women’s Championship is still on a Heel. Also, why wasn’t the DDT onto the weapon a disqualification? If that thing was a chair, wouldn’t it have been a DQ? Whatever, Cora’s still been doing good work so it’s not like she doesn’t deserve some success. Tiffany and Wendy have a very good vignette to plug their match. They call it “Lights Out” but don’t expect that to be the same as what AEW does with their “Lights Out” matches. It’ll be great, but only at WWE levels of No DQ. And given there’s no disqualifications, it can probably go either way, though I personally hope Wendy wins.
Actually, a great example of WWE levels of violence versus AEW is the Street Fight between Escobar and Tony we got tonight. It was really more a Street Fight for the sake of allowing Stacks and Legado to get involved without disqualifying the match. It was still great storytelling, but it was more chaos than destruction. Escobar loses because he’s being called-up, and who knows where Legado goes from here since they’re still under Tony. We got a nice promo segment with Indi and KC Squared, and I appreciate that Indi got a love letter from Dexter now that he’s back. But what a surprise that Blair Davenport, who is supposed to be fighting her way to the NXT UK Women’s Championship is here. Maybe Blair beats Indi to send Indi off to Raw?
Good introduction to Quincy Elliot here for the mainstream audience, but those who have been watching Level Up are probably already familiar with Quincy’s work. I’m sure Quincy can go in the ring, so it’s just a matter of how stories go and if Quincy can deliver on his character. Good promo from Waller to call Apollo out, and they’ll have a very good match, but I wonder where they’re going with this. Great match out of Mandy VS Zoey, but I had a feeling that after RawDown got the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament going and how they mentioned Zoey and Lyons are part of that, Zoey wasn’t going to win here. Mandy at least did it in a more clever way than usual. I don’t think anyone else has thought to wear their opponent’s brace and use it against them like that.
And we got a great match out of Bron and JD, but I’m a little surprised Bron won here. I’m also a little surprised how Bron won, where JD just let Bron hit him again. This is not really the Jordan Devlin in NXT UK, he would’ve used that to sucker Bron in, not just let Bron hit him again. But Bron retains, and we got a great surprise, that was then ruined by a massive spoiler. NXT UK isn’t even in the middle of their vacated championship tournament, they’re at the BEGINNING of it, and we see now that Tyler Bate is a two-time UK Champion! That’s awesome for Tyler but this is a big letdown for all of us fans who are still watching NXT UK! The only silver lining to this spoiler is that Worlds Collide might return to give us NXT VS NXT UK, Champions VS Champions.
My Score: 8.2/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (8/16/22)
Powerhouse gets Dark!
It’s a baker’s dozen for Universal Studios!
AEW Dark continues in Universal Studios, and “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs looks to send a message to Ricky Starks through his opponent tonight!
- Ari Daivari VS Fuego Del Sol; Daivari wins.
- Willow Nightingale VS Robyn Renegade w/ Charlette Renegade; Willow wins.
- Serpentico w/ Luther VS Brock Anderson w/ Arn Anderson; Brock wins.
- Abadon VS Mafiosa; Abadon wins.
- Angelico VS Baliyan Akki; Angelico wins.
- Emi Sakura VS Renee Michelle; Sakura wins.
- Josh Woods VS Cobra; Cobra wins.
- Skye Blue VS Charlette Renegade w/ Robyn Renegade; Skye wins.
- Bear Country VS Axel Rico & Victor Iniestra; Bear Country wins.
- Kayla Rossi w/ Diamond Sheik VS Avery Breaux; Rossi wins.
- Cezar Bononi w/ The Wingmen VS Marcus Kross; Bononi wins.
- Rohit Raju VS Invictus Khash; Raju wins.
- “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs VS Blake Christian; Hobbs wins.
Great to see Abadon back in action, though I’m pretty sure she’s gotten even scarier since she’s been away… A lot of singles match-ups, a lot of easily called match-ups, but that’s par for the course on Dark. A bit surprised they didn’t just team up the Renegade Sisters against Willow & Skye, but maybe those matches are still connected. And while All Heart will lose to Powerhouse, you can beat Blake Christian will get to shine against the bigger Will Hobbs.
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