SmackDown’s Road to WrestleMania has a huge return!
After some time away, the Architect and Savior of SmackDown returns to Friday nights! What will Seth Rollins have planned for “the greater good” going forward?
- Elimination Chamber Qualifier Tag: Rey & Dominik Mysterio VS Sami Zayn & King Corbin; Zayn & Corbin win and qualify for the WWE Universal Championship Elimination Chamber match.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship: Big E VS Shinsuke Nakamura; Big E wins by disqualification and retains the title.
- Bayley VS Liv Morgan w/ Ruby Riott; Bayley wins.
- The Street Profits VS Chad Gable & Otis; The Street Profits win.
- Elimination Chamber Qualifier Tag: Cesaro & Daniel Bryan VS Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler; Cesaro & Bryan win and qualify for the WWE Universal Championship Elimination Chamber match.
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Roman Reigns heads to the ring!
The Head of the Table leads the way as he, his Special Counsel and his cousin walk down the ramp. Roman, just like everyone, is waiting on the Rated R Superstar’s decision for a WrestleMania main event challenge. But waiting in the ring is Adam Pearce, with a very formal looking folder. Roman now leads the way up the steel steps and into the ring. Pearce has a mic, and while fans boo and give thumbs down on their ThunderDome screens, Heyman fetches a mic for Roman. Roman speaks first, “What you standing back there for? Don’t be scared. Hurry up! I don’t wait on you, you wait on me.” Get this through your head, Pearce: You don’t do anything around here. You don’t call the shots. Pearce is here to wait on Roman, the sun of the WWE Universe. Pearce is here because of Roman. Roman doesn’t wait on Pearce or on Edge.
And speaking of Edge, Roman saw him last week, in this ring. “He don’t want it. He got nervous.” Edge is scared. And why? Because Edge knows what Roman will do to him. Roman will beat Edge so bad, he’ll be on a legends contract. Edge will just be an ambassador for the WWE! Roman says Edge waiting on Elimination Chamber is just a play, a game plan so that someone will take the title off Roman. That ain’t happening. Roman isn’t dropping the title until he wants to, he will have the title as long as he wants it.
Now to why Pearce is here. Pearce is here to talk Elimination Chamber. Pearce says Heyman wanted him to come up with something and insisted on doing it this way. The contract says Roman will defend his title inside the Elimination Chamber, just like Drew McIntyre will defend his. Roman grins and lets Heyman handle this one. Heyman tells “Mr. Pearce” that as Special Counsel to the Reigns-ing, Defending, Undisputed and Uncontroverted Universal Champion, he and Pearce have an agreement to look the contract in regards to the Elimination Chamber PPV and the Chamber match for the title.
Heyman explains Roman’s overall agreement with the WWE stipulates that he will appear on “certain mega events, including the Elimination Chamber,” and of course that means it is built around the Universal Championship. But that doesn’t mean it has to see Roman defend the title inside the Chamber, just that he has to defend the title at Elimination Chamber. Put whoever you want in the match, live out some fantasies, and whomever is the last person left after the brutality, that man will get the opportunity of a lifetime, because the winner will receive a Universal Championship opportunity on the spot against Roman.
Heyman can tell Pearce isn’t happy with Heyman’s alternative, but here’s the thing. “The hell you gonna do about it?” Is Pearce going to fire Roman before WrestleMania? How did Mania do last year without him? It was the lowest attended WrestleMania EVER! Well, there are circumstances Heyman is ignoring but… Heyman asks Pearce if they’re going to do the same dance as last year. Pearce’s opinion isn’t relevant, only Roman’s is! So just look to the cameras and tell the fans that Elimination Chamber will have a Chamber match full of amazing SmackDown superstars, and they will immediately face Roman! “You’re welcome, kid.”
Pearce says he has some work to do. There will be qualifying matches tonight, but while we’re all here, Pearce already has two names worthy of that opportunity without qualifying. Heyman asks if he means Bianca Belair. Pearce asks if Heyman ever shuts up. But Roman knows these two men. One took Roman to the limit in the past, and that is JEY USO. And after what happened at the Royal Rumble, the other man who doesn’t need to qualify is… KEVIN OWENS! Roman is not happy and he storms up to Pearce. “You don’t understand, do you?” Roman doesn’t care about Jey or KO, he cares about Pearce right now. Roman gets right up in Pearce’s face and has him cornered.
Heyman has Roman calm down, they still have things on their terms. Heyman says Roman calls the shots, but they can’t tip their hand. Roman spares Pearce for now, but will Pearce have to tread lightly with the other four choices for the Chamber?
Sonya Deville finds Adam Pearce backstage.
That was incredible how he stood up to Roman! Pearce has dealt with consequences before but they only have tonight to figure out participants. Sonya is already on it. This might be outside the box, but while the Chamber is every man for themselves, what about a tag team match to determine things? Sami Zayn & Baron Corbin VS Rey & Dominik Mysterio, both men on winning team is in. Pearce likes that idea, and Sonya says it’s already in motion. Thank goodness for that! And that very match, is NEXT!
Elimination Chamber Qualifier Tag: Rey & Dominik Mysterio VS Sami Zayn & King Corbin!
Father and son take on a common enemy, and also the obnoxious “Great Liberator,” all for a chance at gold! Will the King and Prince of Lucha Libre enter a very dangerous situation after getting through this one? Or will Sami finally stop shouting conspiracy with help from the Wolf King?
“It wouldn’t be Friday Night if WWE wasn’t trying to stick it to Sami Zayn somehow!” Sami says WWE is still helping Big E steal the Intercontinental Championship, and now he must earn his way into the Chamber! Against Rey and Dom, and with someone he usually doesn’t team with. But Sami and Corbin are united in their goal of wanting the Universal Championship. But luckily Sami has his film crew watching the ref like a hawk so no one “accidentally” hands the Mysterios this win. They’re the poster boys for the Latin American market! The WWE may want that but they aren’t getting it! Sami and Corbin are going to the PPV! But then Dom DECKS Sami and Rey fires off on Corbin!
The bell rings, Rey rams into Corbin but Corbin knees back. Corbin scoops but Rey slips out to dropkick Corbin to ropes! Rey dials it up, but Sami trips him up! Sami talks trash, Dom DIVES on Sami but also wrecks into the table! Corbin drags Rey up, but Rey fights the bomb to RANA Corbin out of the ring! The Mysterios regroup in the ring and SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns and Corbin bends Rey back against a knee while also grinding him down in a chinbar half nelson. Rey endures, fights up and fights free, but Corbin knees low and hard! Corbin choke grips, but Rey uses the lift to RANA Corbin into the buckles! Sami tags in and he goes after Rey, but Rey tags Dom! Dom ROCKS Sami, somersaults and CLOBBERS him! Dom whips, Sami reverses but Dom ducks and wheelbarrows to throw Sami! Dom runs corner to corner to elbow him in the corner! Dom whips, Sami reverses but Dom boots back from a corner. Dom goes up, walks the ropes and hits a TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!!
Sami goes to a corner, Dom is after him with shoulders, then stands up top. Dom rains down rights, Sami puts Dom on the apron but Dom shoulders into Sami. Dom bumps Sami off buckles, slingshots and sentons! Dom sees Corbin and DECKS him! Dom gives Corbin a slingshot senton, too! Rey coaches Dom but Sami rolls Dom up, TWO! BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Dom survives and Sami is furious! Rey coaches Dom more and he rises, but Sami is on him first. Sami whips, Dom reverses and reels Sami in, for a straitjacket swinging neckbreaker! Cover, Corbin breaks it! Corbin DECKS Rey, too, then drags Dom up. Corbin reels Dom in but no End of Days! Rey SEATED SENTONS!
Rey puts Corbin on ropes, Rey and Dom dial it up for DOUBLE 619!! Sami is in a corner, Dom runs in but gets an EXPLODER into buckles! Sami runs corner to corner, to hit a HELLUVA KICK! Cover, Sami and Corbin win!
Winners: Sami Zayn & King Corbin, by pinfall (advance to the Elimination Chamber match)
It wasn’t a conspiracy, it was a victory for “The Champion of the People” and the King of the Ring! Will one of these two men make it an even bigger win at the PPV?
Sonya and Pearce like what they see.
That first match was a good one, but now the SmackDown Tag Team Champions come in. Obviously Pearce and Sonya are both very busy with the Elimination Chamber match, but… What’s their third wish? Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode want the officials to imagine the overwhelming global response to the tag team champions being in that match! Two true pro Dirty Dawgs! There would be parades in their honor from Tampa to Thunder Bay! Sonya says they want to be in that match together? Two in one pod? No, no, no. Two Dirty Dawgs, two champions, two pods! Oh okay.
Well, Sonya and Pearce were thinking of something like this. They can earn spots in the Chamber match, but against… Cesaro and Daniel Bryan. Whoa, seriously? Well, pfft, the Dirty Dawgs are tag champs, they’re going to win this. Are they? Or will these Glorious Show-Offs be shown up by the Swiss Cyborg and the GOAT?
Reginald the sommelier has a drink.
He finds Sasha Banks talking with Kalisto, and interrupts. Sasha doesn’t want to hear it. Whatever Carmella lets him do is her problem. Sasha is The Boss, so he will show her some respect. She’s right, and Reggie is very sorry for what he did. He was out of line. But he will not do it again. So he meant what he said when he said she could beat Bianca? Of course! Well, just send Mella her regards. Reggie still serves her the drink and takes his leave. Is Reggie looking for a change of employer?
Big E VS ???
The WWE Intercontinental Champion has said he wants to be a fighting champion, emphasis on fighting! Who will the Powerhouse of Positivity be taking on? We’ll see after the break!
SmackDown returns and Big E has a mic to say, “Last week, I defended my Intercontinental Championship, and the odds were against me as I stood in the ring with Sami Zayn and Apollo Crews.” But much like Tom Brady on a celebratory float, Big E is still standing! When Big E won this title, he made a vow to be a fighting champion! A vow much like the bond between hair and Gorilla Glue, it is STRONG! And as Big E puts Sami and Apollo behind him- Apollo heads out! It seems there is no getting past this. Apollo says he can read Big E. Big E is going to issue an open challenge for the title, and as Apollo took Big E to the limit time and time again, who better to accept?
Big E says Apollo was close. Big E was going to offer an open challenge, but to anyone on SmackDown or even in Tropicana Field from Michael Cole to the cameraman, just not Apollo or Sami. Apollo says Big E is a locker room leader, a man everyone looks up to. Be a fighting champion! Big E says Apollo has had his chances, and now he’s whining to get another chance? Go back to catering, take the paycheck- Apollo and Big E argue about the hard work that went into this, and Apollo says Big E would do the same if the tables were turned. Big E says they’re done, go to the back. Bring out a new challenger!
And that new challenger is… SHINSUKE NAKAMURA! Will the King of Strong Style take that title back from a distracted Big E?
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Big E VS Shinsuke Nakamura!
SmackDown returns and the match is already going! Nakamura KICKS Big E, then hits a running KICK! Cover, ONE!! Apollo is still ringside to either cheer Nakamura on or get in Big E’s head. Nakamura has Big E in the corner, stomps away, then gives him Bad Vibrations! Nakamura lets off as the ref counts, goes corner to corner and runs back in, but Big E CLOBBERS Nakamura with an elbow! Big E puts Nakamura on the apron, clubs away on his chest, then goes back up to aim. Big E hits an APRON SPLASH! Big E puts Nakamura in and covers, TWO!
Apollo is on the apron, Big E tells him to go away, and the ref reprimands Apollo. Apollo hops down, Big E turns around and blocks Nakamura’s kick, but gets the enziguri! Nakamura drags Big E up but Big E is too much for an exploder! Big E elbows Nakamura away but Nakamura knees low! Nakamura puts Big E on the top rope, for the TOP SHELF KNEE! Nakamura pushes Big E down and takes aim as he goes up top. Big E stands, Nakamura leaps for a FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Big E lives and Nakamura is furious! Nakamura rams knees into Big E from both sides, then powers up again! “YAO~!” But Big E scoops! Nakamura slips out, Big E ducks one kick but not the other!
Nakamura aims again, Big E stands, and catches Nakamura for the Urenag-E! Cover, TWO!! Big E claps it up, Nakamura slowly rises, and Big E scoops, but Apollo dropkicks in!!
Winner: Big E, by disqualification (still WWE Intercontinental Champion)
Apollo grins as he gets the better of the champion, but not the title match like he wanted. Will Apollo keep getting in Big E’s business until he gets what he wants?
The SmackDown roster heads to the ring.
It seems for the return of the Savior of SmackDown, every single superstar is supposed to be in attendance. Will they have something to say about Seth Rollins’ major return after the break?
WWE celebrates Black History Month.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King Jr. Be the light and the love, and keep the dream alive.
Seth Rollins returns!
And surprisingly, he’s back to #BurnItDown! At least, as far as his theme song goes. But if you look at the titantron, he wants SmackDown to #EmbraceTheVision. Rollins goes to the ring in his leather suit jacket, leather pants, leather shirt and leather tie…? And he gets a mic. “Man, it feels good to be back!” Back in the ThunderDome, back in the ring, and just right to be where he belongs! “Now, a lot has changed since I sacrificed myself at Survivor Series. I knew it would. But in my absence, the thing that has changed the most has actually been a surprise.” That one thing has been himself.
As pretty much everyone knows, he is a parent for the very first time. Yes, he is the proud father of “a beautiful, perfect baby girl,” and she has changed Rollins in ways he never could have dreamed. That change has given Rollins a new perception, and that perception gave him a new vision. Looking around the ring, he sees some of the most talented performers in the history of the industry! Rollins sees SmackDown and how amazing it is and wonders, “Where do I fit in?” After self-reflection, the answer is very clear: “I am the great leader that SmackDown needs to push it into the future and make it greater than it already is!”
Success and leadership are not about what they can do for him, but what he can do for them! And the roster is fading away already. Rollins wants to be their leader, their teacher, their father figure and mentor! All they have to do for that better tomorrow, that better SmackDown, is #EmbraceTheVision. But then Rollins sees that no one is around. Cesaro stayed but maybe more out of pity than respect. Rollins says that is his guy! He knew Cesaro would get it! Of all the people! Cesaro sighs and shakes his head. Cesaro finally leaves, and now Rollins is truly alone. So he goes after Cesaro! CHOP BLOCK to the leg! And then hammering fists at the ramp!!
Rollins shouts at Cesaro that he will NEVER live up to his potential without Rollins! Referees rush over to stop Rollins and he backs off, only to jump on Cesaro again! Daniel Bryan hits Rollins and sends him scrambling away! Bryan and Cesaro are supposed to team up against the Dirty Dawgs for the last two spots in the Chamber! But will Rollins’ attack change that? Is Rollins’ return already impacting SmackDown for the worst, not the better?
Bayley VS Liv Morgan w/ Ruby Riott!
“DING DONG, HELLO~! SmackDown is MY show!” At least, that’s what the Role Model says. Will she prove it when she gets a sweep on the Squad?
SmackDown returns as the Squad makes their entrance. The bell rings and Liv shotgun dropkicks Bayley right down! Liv fires off but Bayley puts her in a corner for stomps and haymakers! Bayley whips Liv out then in, but Liv goes up and over. Bayley elbows Liv away but Liv goes Matrix to dodge! Liv drop toeholds Bayley into buckles, then hits a shotgun dropkick into her back! Liv hops up, leaps and missile dropkicks Bayley down! Cover, TWO! Liv chases Bayley but she gets out of the ring. Bayley sneers and paces around while Natalya and Tamina watch backstage. Bayley goes up onto the apron but Liv knocks her back down!
Liv goes out, and LEAPS, but into barriers as Bayley moves! Bayley laughs at Liv and then taunts Ruby. Bayley drags Liv up, puts her in the ring, covers, TWO! Bayley stomps Liv in frustration, drags her onto ropes and wraps the arm! The ref counts, Bayley lets off, and Liv hits Bayley with the good arm! Bayley CLUBS Liv down, Liv keeps hitting back from below. Liv goes to a corner, Bayley runs in but misses! LIv runs up to springboard FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Bayley is still in this but Liv shakes out the bad arm. Liv drags Bayley up, whips her to a corner but Bayley reverses. Liv goes up but Bayley knocks her down!
Bayley drags Liv up to a dragon sleeper, BACKBREAKER, but focused on the arm! Cover, TWO!! Liv still lives but she’s writhing in pain. Bayley taunts Ruby, whips but Liv blocks and enziguris back! Bayley staggers, Liv gets up, LIV BREAKER! Cover, TWO!?! Bayley survives and Ruby is shocked! Billie shows up and wants to apologize to Ruby but Ruby says she doesn’t have time for this. Billie says she has presents, but Ruby throws those away. The ref has to clean up after them, Liv turns around into Bayley’s eye rake! Bayley hits a ROSE PLANT!! Cover, Bayley wins!!
Winner: Bayley, by pinfall
Billie screws the Squad up again! Ruby checks on Liv, and Bayley taunts Billie with, “I don’t think they like you very much.” Bayley is laughing now, but will the Squad find a way to have the last laugh?
Backstage interview with Cesaro and Daniel Bryan.
We all saw the attack from Rollins, is Cesaro going to be able to compete tonight? Yes, he is. After Rollins wasted all of our time about his non-existent change, Cesaro and Bryan are going to make the best of their time and qualify. Bryan has Cesaro’s back, and says Cesaro is super tough. Will they prove they’re tougher than the Dirty Dawgs and take those final two spots in the Elimination Chamber match?
SmackDown shares The Street Profits’ visit to Daytona Speedway!
Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford were excited to be on Team Napa, and to give a special WWE Championship belt to “the man that rocks number 9,” Chase Elliot! One of the fastest up-and-coming racers of all time! A number 9 side plate, and Chase gives them gifts back! Steel Solo cups and some racer helmets! The Profits are all revved up and ready to go!
The Street Profits VS Chad Gable & Otis!
The cups are raining down, Ford & Dawkins are up, and #WeWantTheSmoke! They’re ready~, ready~, but while they can’t expect an immediate chance at those SmackDown Tag Team Championships, can they prove they’re always entertaining?
SmackDown returns and the Alpha Academy makes their entrance. The teams sort out and Dawkins starts with Gable. They circle, Gable gets around but Dawkins switches. Gable rolls to drop toehold and then waistlocks again. Dawkins switches, Gable switches back, but Dawkins does it again. Gable gets free but Dawkins CLOBBERS him right down to a cover! TWO, and Gable has the waistlock then facelock. Gable holds tight as Dawkins rolls, and they stand up. Gable gets a waistlock, he rolls Dawkins but Dawkins gets up to run the ropes. Dawkins hurdles, but he runs into an arm-drag! He gives one back but so does Gable! Dawkins arm-drags again and the two stand off!
Dawkins and Gable circle, Ford and Otis are fired up, and Dawkins tags Ford in. Ford shows off by slingshot’ing in, and then he circles with Gable. Ford wrenches an arm, Gable wrenches back and drags Ford down. Gable whips, Ford goes up and over and handsprings around to show off again. “I’m back~!” Things speed up, Ford hurdles and hurdles, but into a throw! Gable body scissors to clutch, TWO! Gable arm-drags Ford down to an armlock! Gable grinds Ford down but Ford endures. Gable steps over to wrench the arm into another armlock! Fans clap on the ThunderDome screens and Ford fights up to arm-drag, but Gable arm-drags back!
Ford gets up, tags Dawkins, powers out and Dawkins runs Gable over! Profits combine for the back suplex splash! Cover, TWO! Otis tells Gable to dig deep, Gable fights up and he arm-drags free! Gable manages to belly2belly Dawkins away, then tags in Otis! Otis rolls and then runs Dawkins over! Otis is rallying and Ford runs in, into a FLAPJACK! Otis whips Ford way out, then sees Dawkins coming! EXPLODER! Dawkins goes to a corner, Otis runs in to splash! Dawkins is down, Otis fires up and Caterpillars over for the “SHAKA LOO!” Elbow! Gable tags in, they’re going to use the new move they’ve practiced!
Otis runs, Gable waistlocks, but Ford dumps Otis out! Dawkins gets free, runs to sunset flip but Gable sits on it! TWO, and Dawkins gets up, but misses the cyclone! Ford tags in and Dawkins fights off Chaos Theory, THE ANOINTMENT! Ford FROM THE HEAVENS!! Cover, the Profits win!
Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall
That was entertaining and impressive! The Profits are back up, but will they be back after those tag titles?
As the Profits take their leave, Sasha Banks makes her entrance! The Profits are feeling the beat and cheer The Boss on, but will she be calling out the EST? We find out after the break!
SmackDown returns with Sasha Banks in the ring.
The pyro goes off for the SmackDown Women’s Champion and she has a big smile on her face. “Everybody is talking about Bianca Belair and her decision, because we are on the Road to WrestleMania!” Now, Bianca, Sasha likes you. Bianca is like a big strong little sister. Bianca knows there is only choice for The EST to make here! And that is M E, Sasha! But wait, here she comes! The Women’s Royal Rumble winner struts her stuff and has her own mic as she joins Sasha. “Sasha, gurl, I see you.” The title and all her accomplishments, of course Bianca sees her. And Bianca is hearing what Sasha is saying, and she likes Sasha, too.
But girl, uh-uh. Sasha ain’t the Boss of Bianca. This is Bianca’s time and she’s enjoying ever second! And everyone IS thinking about Bianca’s decision. Wait, why are the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler, here? Yes, the tag titles allow them to go to any part of the WWE, but why now? Nia says these two are insufferable. How do they fit in that ring with both their egos? And why is everyone talking about who Bianca is going to choose? Who cares? They don’t!
Shayna says on the same night that Bianca won the Rumble, Nia and Shayna beat Charlotte Flair and Asuka to become two-time tag team champions! Why is that being ignored? They’re the most dominant force in the Women’s Division! They are on a roll! Sasha says is that what that is? There were rumors these two would show so Sasha came prepared. Footage plays of Monday, where Shayna was after Naomi but then went after Lana! Shayna did take Lana down but Naomi got her in return and won the match! Wait, that wasn’t even what Sasha wanted to share! NO! Don’t even! Oh yes, even!
It was the match before, where Nia and Lana were in a Tables Match! Lana was on the apron, Nia went to drop a leg, but Lana moved! Nia hurt herself so bad she shouted, “MY HOLE!” and then got shoved into a table!! Nia gets mad and hits Bianca! Shayna goes after Sasha but Sasha KNEES her first! Bianca dumps Nia out and then Sasha trips Nia up! Oh no, not her hole! Nia contains her pain, but Bianca gets Shayna in chicken wings! Sasha helps out, GlamEST knee! The Boss and the EST just turned things around on the bullies, but what about Bianca’s title decision?
Elimination Chamber Qualifier Tag: Cesaro & Daniel Bryan VS Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler!
The Swiss Cyborg may be sore from what Seth Rollins did to him, but he isn’t going to use that as an excuse! Will he and Bryan say “YES! YES! YES!” to getting in on the Universal Championship Chamber match? Or will the Dirty Dawgs do them both dirty and take that opportunity for themselves?
SmackDown returns as Cesaro makes his entrance, followed by Daniel Bryan’s. The teams sort out, Bryan and Ziggler start and tie right up. Ziggler headlocks, grinds him down, but Bryan powers out. Ziggler runs Bryan over, covers, ONE! Ziggler is back to the headlock, but Bryan powers out again. Things speed up as Bryan drops then hurdles, and KICKS Ziggler down! Bryan drags Ziggler over, tags in Cesaro, and they work together to double scoop slam! Cover, TWO! Cesaro stays on Ziggler but he kicks the bad leg and dropkicks Cesaro down! Cover, ONE! Ziggler keeps on Cesaro with a headlock then tags Roode.
The Dirty Dawgs mug Cesaro, Roode whips but Cesaro EuroUppers! Tag to Bryan, Bryan KICKS Roode down, then kicks him from all sides! Bryan aims, Roode ducks the buzzsaw, Roode rolls Bryan up! ONE, and Bryan has the omoplata! Bryan wants the rest but Roode gets the ropebreak before the Yes Lock locks on. Bryan lets go, Roode knees Bryan then DECKS Cesaro! Roode throws hands on Bryan, whips him, but Bryan holds ropes. Bryan dumps Roode out, Bryan builds speed, but Roode dodges and Bryan DIVES into Cesaro! Roode RAMS Bryan into steps, Ziggler RAMS Cesaro into the other steps! The Dirty Dawgs have the advantage, and Sami and Corbin start walking to ringside as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again and Ziggler is a sleeper hold backpack on Bryan! Bryan reaches but he fades, but then gets a second wind! Bryan heads over, Roode distracts the ref and Cesaro, and Ziggler gets Bryan away to the Dirty Dawg corner! Roode tags in, he stomps away on Bryan, but lets off as the ref counts 4. Ziggler gets a cheap shot in! Corbin and Sami applaud that as Roode drags Bryan up for a suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! Roman is also watching from his VIP room as Roode slams Bryan and tags in Ziggler. Ziggler drops an elbow, covers, TWO! Ziggler keeps his focus and he drags Bryan back up.
Ziggler puts Bryan in a corner, throws forearms, then hoists Bryan up top. Ziggler climbs up, brings Bryan up, but Bryan throws body shots! Bryan headbutts Ziggler off the top, then adjusts. Ziggler stands, Bryan hits a missile dropkick! Both men are down, Roode and Cesaro fire up! Ziggler and Bryan crawl as fans give Yes Fingers on the ThunderDome screens. Hot tag to Roode and he DECKS Cesaro! But Bryan rolls Roode up! TWO, and Bryan throws EuroUppers! Bryan runs but into the GLORIOUS SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Roode scowls but tags in Ziggler. They want to finish this, and they double whip Bryan to double hip toss, for the NECKBREAKER BOMB COMBO! Cover, TWO!!
Ziggler is furious as Bryan survives, and Bryan gets away to a corner. Bryan stands up, dodges Ziggler’s A-List Lariat and Ziggler hits only buckles! Hot tag to Cesaro! Cesaro rallies, clobbers Ziggler with EuroUppers and fires off in the corner! Cesaro whips Ziggler corner to corner to run and hit him again! Whip and EuroUpper, repeat! Roode is up, Cesaro DECKS him! Ziggler runs, into a POP-UP UPPER! Cover, TWO! Ziggler survives, Sami and Corbin are impressed, but Cesaro gets the legs! Roode gets in and CHOP BLOCKS the leg! The same leg Rollins hit! Bryan hits Roode with the KNEE PLUS! Ziggler hits Cesaro with a FAMOUSER! Cover, TWO!!
Ziggler and Cesaro are down, but they rise. Cesaro blocks the superkick to torture rack, and BACKBREAKER DROP! Then the SWISS SWING! Ziggler goes around 10 times, Cesaro steps through to the SHARPSHOOTER! Ziggler endures but taps, Cesaro and Bryan win!!
Winners: Cesaro & Daniel Bryan, by submission (advance to the Elimination Chamber match)
But just as Cesaro and Bryan start to celebrate, JEY USO CHAIR SHOTS Cesaro from behind! Sami and Corbin mug Bryan! Corbin rams Bryan into the LED apron, Sami goes after Jey! After all, he’s an enemy in the Chamber match, too! But then Sami POSTS Corbin! Bryan gives Sami a KNEE PLUS! Corbin LARIATS Bryan while Cesaro EuroUppers Jey! And here comes Kevin Owens!! The Prizefighter is back, he dodges Corbin to give him a STUNNER! STUNNER for Bryan! STUNNER for Cesaro! Jey kicks, misses, Kevin hits a STUNNER!!
Kevin stares the camera down and Roman is seething. Kevin takes a seat and hopes Roman is watching, because Kevin is still coming for him! “We’re not done! I’m not going away!” But getting after Roman means surviving the Elimination Chamber and then facing him immediately! Can anyone withstand such a stacked deck?
A very good SmackDown to establish more of the Elimination Chamber card. It was good story to “intend” to parallel Raw and the WWE World Championship here, and for Roman to not want that at all. It is actually some evil genius for them to make a double header of sorts, where the Chamber winner will then have to face Roman Reigns that same night, not wait for SmackDown or Fastlane. Jey Uso and Kevin Owens being automatically nominated was a great move for Pearce to stick it to Roman. At this point, Jey will try to be a gatekeeper, going after the others to ensure that at the very least, they are in no condition to take on Roman. Kevin being in and standing tall at the end of tonight could foreshadow that he again gets very close, only to fall short.
I like that for the sake of saving time in story, we got tag team qualifiers. Though, to be fair, that made some results rather obvious. Rey and Dominik were not winning, the Chamber match is a bit much for Dom to take on this soon. I do think they need to start being considered for a tag team championship story, though. If we’re not getting a resolution on the story with Corbin that involves referencing Eddie Guerrero, then at least Dom can lean on his dad as they take on the Dirty Dawgs. Speaking of, Dirty Dawgs VS Cesaro & Bryan was a lot of fun, too, and Cesaro continues to build up.
I like that Cesaro and Bryan are in, it helps to have a balance of Faces and Heels in the Chamber match, and it could work to muddy up certain possibilities, such as Kevin getting to the end. It’d be quite the welcomed twist if Cesaro was given the nod, so that he can get his title shot at Roman. If it’s meant to be an automatic win for Roman, at least Cesaro can look strong by making it through a Chamber match and then still giving Roman a fight. Then, it’s also very clear that Cesaro VS Rollins is the first thing for Rollins now that he’s back. Rollins’ speech faking us out on his Face turn was a bit obvious, but he and Cesaro are going to put on a killer match or two.
Profits VS Otis & Gable was good, and obviously it is to help build the Profits back up, but also perhaps put a little bit back into the dysfunction of the Alpha Academy. Sasha and Bianca being interrupted by the tag champs is more than foreshadowing that they’ll have a tag title shot against Nia and Shayna at, say, Fastlane, it almost gives it away. Though I did laugh at them bringing up “MY HOLE!!” from Raw, but let’s not make this Nia’s thing for the rest of the year. It’s funny now because it’s new, maybe joke about it again on next Monday, and then let that be the last of it. And as for Reggie flirting with Sasha, I’m thinking this is a way into her head ahead of yet another rematch with Carmella, or at least a Mixed Tag since Kalisto seems to be hanging around Sasha, too. Like I said, one way or another, Reggie should be considered for 205 Live because he has some great acrobatic skill.
Of course Billie got involved with Bayley VS Liv this week, this is how the story is going to go. Maybe Billie gets a partner, maybe she has to do a series, who knows, but this is definitely turning into a rematch of months ago. It could even be written as an elaborate plan Billie had to get back at the Squad, though that might be too much for the Billie character to pull of. Big E, Apollo and Nakamura had a good segment tonight, but of course Apollo screws over Nakamura by going after Big E. We might get another Triple Threat, and that is how Apollo wins. Just as Apollo dealt with Sami only for Big E to capitalize, Apollo could do the same to Big E once he’s handled Nakamura or whoever else will be in the match.
My Score: 8.5/10
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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