Is the United Empire going to be out of the New Japan Cup?
One half of the semifinals is set, but now for the other half! David Finlay or Jay White, Will Ospreay or Sanada, who moves on in the New Japan Cup?
NOTE: NJPW no longer wants to feed AXS TV now that it is with Anthem and Impact Wrestling. But never fear, I will cover NJPW in the spirit of AXS in providing the most important matches of the show.
- Six Man Tag: Bullet Club VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; LIJ wins.
- 2021 New Japan Cup Quarterfinals: David Finlay VS Jay White; Finlay wins and advances.
- 2021 New Japan Cup Quarterfinals: Will Ospreay VS SANADA; Ospreay wins and advances.
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Six Man Tag: Bullet Club VS Los Ingobernables de Japon!
Evil ruined Shingo Takagi’s moment a couple days ago, and now he looks ready to ruin things for him again! Will Chase Owens and Taiji Ishimori help the King of Darkness beat his former friends? Or will Tetsuya Naito and Bushi also get their revenge on Evil alongside the Dragon?
Naito takes off his elaborate entrance gear while Bullet Club Low Sweets. LIJ then fist bumps, and Takagi calls out Evil! Fans cheer that and Evil steps up against Takagi. Fans rally with the bell and Takagi fires up. Takagi and Evil feel out the grapple, but then Evil falls back to tag Ishimori. Takagi and Ishimori circle, but Takagi rushes at Evil! Evil gets away, Chase gets in and attacks! Ishimori and Chase double whip Takagi but he holds ropes. Takagi kicks Ishimori, runs Chase over, then scoop slams Ishimori! Fans fire up as Takagi glares and points at Evil, but he bumps Ishimori off buckles. Tag to Naito and Naito fires off on Ishimori to snapmare and Pluma Blanca!
Ishimori endures, Naito pulls hair but the ref reprimands. Ishimori moves around to get a ropebreak. Bushi tags in, the ref helps Naito release Ishimori, and Bushi stomps Ishimori. Bushi drags Ishimori up to CHOP and then DOUBLE CHOP Ishimori to a corner. Bushi stomps but lets off as the ref reprimands. Bushi whips corner to corner, Ishimori dodges and runs back in but into the swing kick! But Chase trips BUshi! Evil DECKS Takagi then DECKS Naito, and Chase joins Evil in going after them. Evil RAMS Takagi into the timekeeper’s area! What does Evil have against Abe-san?! Evil stands on Takagi’s head while Chase keeps on Naito.
Young Lions help the timekeeper while Ishimori throws Bushi out. Evil gets his shots in on Bushi, Ishimori puts Bushi back in, cover, TWO! Ishimori drags Bushi up, turns him and hits a neckbreaker to the knee! Cover, TWO! Tag to Chase, and Chase stomps Bushi. Chase headlocks to punch Bushi, and Bushi ends up in the corner. Evil digs his boot in, Chase drags Bushi up but Bushi fires off forearms! Chase shoves Bushi down, stomps him then rains down rights! Chase stomps Bushi around, tags Evil back in, and Evil gets Bushi’s leg. Evil stomps away on the leg, drops an elbow on the knee and pulls on the toehold. Bushi tries to fight free, but Evil says the ref needs to watch LIJ.
But that’s all a distraction so Evil can put Bushi in the cobra twist, with the Bullet Club forming a chain from ring to railing! The ref stops bothering with LIJ but Bullet Club lets go. Evil covers, but Naito breaks it! Naito coaches Bushi while Evil complains. Evil kicks at Bushi, drags him up, but Bushi throws body shots! Evil knees low, reels Bushi in, but Bushi resists the fisherman suplex! Bushi fights, Evil still tries but Bushi resists again. Evil kicks low, runs, but Bushi spins him around for a DDT! Both men are down but fans rally up. Bushi crawls and hot tags Takagi! Takagi rushes Evil and runs him over! Takagi hits the Bullet Club corner, threatens Dick, then runs in at Evil.
Takagi blocks Evil’s boot, then JABS and CHOPS on repeat! Then Takagi unloads JABS, but Ishimori attacks! Takagi whips Ishimori away but Ishimori boots back! Ishimori holds Takagi and Evil runs in but Takagi boots Evil, throws Ishimori into him, then DOUBLE LARIATS! Fans fire up with Takagi and the “OI! OI! OI!” Takagi whips Evil, knees him at ropes, then suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Fans rally with “TA-KA-GI!” as he drags Evil back up. Takagi runs but Evil ducks the sliding lariat, only to swing into a Gory Especial! Evil fights it, rams Takagi into a corner, and Dick anchors Takagi’s feet! Evil runs in to clothesline, then he FISHERMAN BUSTERS!
Tag to Chase, Chase hits Naito off the corner, then runs in at Takagi. chase forearms, reels Takgai in and clotheslines! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer but Chase sits Takagi up, only for the Jewel Trigger to be blocked! Chase thumbs Takagi’s eye but runs into elbow, JAB and LARIAT! Both men are down again, Takagi tags Naito! Naito throws hands on Chase, whips him corner to corner, then runs in to rocket kick and leg sweep! COMBINACION CABRON! Fans fire up as Naito strikes his pose. Naito drags Chase up but Chase fights the neckbreaker off. Naito kicks, whips, but Chase reverses and Ishimori gets a cheap shot in!
Chase BOOTS Naito down, Bullet Club knocks Bushi down! Bullet Club whips Naito to a corner, Ishimori double knees, Evil corner clotheslines, then feeds Naito to Chase’s SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives but Bullet Club goes after LIJ on the outside! Evil of course goes after Takagi, but Takagi whips Evil into railing instead! Chase tucks Naito in but Naito fights and puts Chase in a corner! Bushi runs in and elbows Chase, Takagi runs in to clothesline! Takagi feeds Chase to Naito’s atomic drop, Bushi hits a CODE BREAKER! Naito rolls into a jackknife! Cover, but Ishimori breaks it!
Bushi throws Ishimori out, then builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and Ishimori goes into railing! Naito hits Chase, wrenches, but Chase fights off Destino. Naito gives Chase back elbows, an enziguri, and then DESTINO!! Cover, LIJ wins!
Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall
Naito pins the Texas Heavyweight Champion! Will Naito be in line for a shot at that title? Or does he even really care? Meanwhile, Takagi wants after Evil with the ring bell but thinks better of it. Takagi and Evil talk trash and stare down, but they’ll have it out soon enough. Will Evil slay the Dragon? Or will Takagi make sure NOTHING is Evil’s?
2021 New Japan Cup Quarterfinals: David Finlay VS Jay White!
The record between these two is 12-1, in favor of the Switchblade! But if Finlay beat White once, can he do it again? Or will the New Jay-pan Cup continue on to the semifinals?
White complains that Juice Robinson is ringside, but it’s just because White always has Gedo. White and Gedo Low Sweet, White shows off the muscles and fans do cheer the physique. The bell rings, Finlay and White circle and fans rally up. White and Finlay approach, but White uses ropes as defense. Finlay backs off, White comes back and they circle again. White avoids Finlay shooting in for a leg, and then he uses ropes for defense again. They tie up, Finlay headlocks but White pulls hair. White puts Finlay in a corner, Red Shoes reprimands and counts, but White bails out while he lets go. White and Gedo talk a second before White goes back in the ring.
Gedo gets on the apron to distract and White attacks! White throws hands, stomps Finlay, then brings Finlay around to ROCK him with a right! White brings Finlay up to whip but Finlay reverses. White holds ropes, boots Finlay away then runs but Finlay ducks and drops to dropkick! Gedo is mad but fans cheer as White bails out. Finlay is after White, and he throws him into railing! Gedo storms over but Finlay backs him down. Red Shoes keeps peace between them and Finlay goes back to White. White POSTS Finlay! White wants space, and he whips Finlay into the railing by commentary! Gedo cheers but he’s the only one, as White RAMS Finlay into railing, then into apron!
White rams Finlay back into railing, and then back into the apron! White rams Finlay into railing one more time, then double guns at Yuji Nagata on commentary. White scoops to snake eyes Finlay on the railing! The ring count is climbing, White goes in at 10 of 20 and counts along. Finlay gets up at 15 and in at 16, but White stomps him down! Fans rally for Finlay as White stands on his neck! White lets off as Red Shoes reprimands, and White stands Finlay to CHOP him! White RAMS Finlay into the corner, rams him more, then scoops him for a backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer Finlay on but White drives knees into Finlay’s back again and again!
White wraps Finlay up in a rear bearhug and puts as much weight on Finlay as he can. Finlay endures, fans rally up and Finlay fights up. Finlay throws body shots but White knees low. Finlay forearms, White knees again! Finlay still throws forearms but White kicks low. Finlay EuroUppers and White stumbles! Finlay whips, White reverses and runs in but Finlay elbows him away. White plays up getting hit in the eye and Gedo swipes at Finlay! White attacks and CLUBS Finlay down! Juice protests but White drags Finlay up to a back suplex. Finlay lands on his feet, blocks the kick and hits a neckbreaker! Both men are down, fans fire up and Finlay rises first.
Finlay throws forearms on White, EuroUppers, then whips. White reverses but Finlay hits a LEAPING ELBOW! White bails out again but Finlay PLANCHAS! Finlay drags White up while Gedo and Juice shout at each other. Finlay puts White in, watches him from the corner, then runs corner to corner to EuroUpper! White falls over, Finlay goes up, and hits a FLYING UPPER! Cover, TWO! Finlay keeps focus, drags White up, and reels him in. White fights the lift off with elbows, but Finlay school boys. White rolls through, CHOPS Finlay, but Finlay runs in to clothesline White and himself out of the ring! Finlay gets up but Gedo is there again.
Finlay tells him to back down, but White RAMS Finlay into railing again! White whips but Finlay reverses and White hits railing now! Finlay drags White up, puts him in the ring, but Gedo anchors Finlay’s feet! Finlay kicks Gedo away but White hotshots Finlay down! Juice grabs Gedo to a fireman’s carry! Juice takes Gedo away so things are fair now! Fans cheer but White is pissed! Finlay rolls White up, TWO!! White kicks low to SPIKE DDT! White again protests about Juice taking Gedo away but he glares at Finlay. White runs in at the corner to EuroUpper, then he suplexes to the BLADE BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Finlay grits his teeth but he’s still in this.
White drags Finlay up, reels him in, but Finlay fights the urenage. White trips Finlay to get the BOSTON CRAB! Finlay endures as White sits deep! White tells Finlay to “tap like back then,” but Finlay refuses! Finlay powers up but White shifts to a Lion Tamer! Finlay just powers up more and gets the ropebreak! White mocks the applause for Finlay and then stomps Finlay down. White stalks Finlay, drags him up, fireman’s carries, but Finlay fights free! White elbows Finlay then runs but Finlay elbows back hard! Finlay runs but White forearms him at the ropes! Finlay returns the favor! White runs into a DEEP SIX! Both men are down, Finlay fires up and fans join in!
Finlay runs, into a SNAP COMPLETE SHOT! And DEAD LIFT GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans rally as both men are down, and White sits up first. White drags Finlay up, reels him in, but Finlay fights the urenage! White knees low over and over, harder and harder! White drags Finlay up again but Finlay throws elbows! They end up by ropes, so White TOSSES Finlay up and out! White then quickly fetches Finlay into the ring, and hits the URENAGE! High stack cover, TWO! White mocks the Young Lions, and he wants one of them to say “Kiwi” a la Gedo. They don’t, but White gets Finlay up and hits the KIWI KRUSHER! Cover, TWO!!
White grows frustrated, drags Finlay up in the sleeper, but Finlay fights it! White RAMS Finlay into buckles! White taunts Finlay and says this is his big chance. White stands on Finlay’s head and mocks the fans rallying up. White gives toying kicks but Finlay gets angry. Finlay swings but fights off the sleeper! White denies Prima Nocta, Finlay gets around to BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Both men are down but the fans fire up again! Finlay drags White up, cravats, but White RAMS him into buckles again! No Acid Drop, not even Sliced Bread, and both men are down again. White sits up and taunts Finlay while fans rally.
They go forehead to forehead, White throws a forearm but Finlay throws a forearm back! They go back and forth, fight up to their feet, and fans rally as they pick up speed! It’s fast and furious, Finlay ROCKS White, then ROCKS him again! Finlay brings White up to DECK him, and then brings him up, only for White to body shot and jab. But White swings into the IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Finlay grits his teeth, fans rally again, and he drags White back up. Finlay suplexes but White fights it, wrenches out, and again denies Prima Nocta, but Finlay comes back to CLOBBER White! Finlay fires up, gets White back up, and hits TRASH PANDA! Cover, TWO!!
White survives but Finlay is still fired up! Finlay drags White back up, cravats, but White wants a sleeper! Finlay fights out of that, White reels him in but Finlay also escapes Blade Runner! White still wants the sleeper but Finlay rolls White to a cover, TWO!! PRIMA- NO!! White slammed Finlay down, then gets him up for SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX! White wants to end this, he gets Finlay up, BLADE- PRIMA NOCTA! And then, ACID DROP!! Cover, FINLAY WINS?!?!
Winner: David Finlay, by pinfall (advances to the next round)
WHAT A SHOCKER! White was so confident, and perhaps everyone else just assumed the same, but Finlay ends the New Jay-pan Cup in the quarterfinals! And Finlay makes sure White remembers it! Will this be remembered as the moment Finlay finally rose up into the upper tier?
2021 New Japan Cup Quarterfinals: Will Ospreay VS SANADA!
The Commonwealth Kingpin is the last member of the United Empire left in the tournament, but he has a bull’s eye on his nose! Will Cold Skull make no bones about going after that target? Or will Ospreay be flying high one step closer to the trophy?
Ospreay talks trash about Sanada being in the ring with the best, and also about being a liar wanting to go after his nose. The bell rings, Ospreay rushes out but Sanada deflects the dropkick! Ospreay avoids Sanada’s standing moonsault but Sanada basement dropkicks Ospreay out of the ring! Sanada builds speed but fakes Ospreay out, to slingshot back into the ring. Fans cheer but Ospreay is annoyed already. Sanada waits for Ospreay to return as Ospreay rants on about his nose. Ospreay gets in and Sanada shows kick, but it’s a fake-out to kick him low. Sanada puts Ospreay in a corner, clubs him on the back, and Ospreay guards his nose.
Sanada whips, Ospreay holds ropes and elbows Sanada way. Ospreay makes Sanada straddle the ropes to then run and BOOT him down! Sanada tumbles to the floor, Ospreay goes out and brings him up to whip into railing! Ospreay whips Sanada into more railing nearby, then gives him a RAILING BACK SUPLEX! Ospreay says if Sanada won’t respect the bad nose, he won’t respect Sanada’s bad shoulders. Ospreay leaves Sanada behind and lets the ring count climb. Sanada gets up at 10 of 20, walks the pain off, and gets in at 17, only for Ospreay to stomp him down. Ospreay brings Sanada up, scoops and SLAMS, then uses a knee to cover. ONE, but Ospreay KICKS Sanada in the back.
Ospreay uses the knee to cover again, TWO! Red Shoes warns about how close to the throat Ospreay got, but Ospreay scoops Sanada for a BACKBREAKER! Ospreay looms over Sanada before he covers, TWO! Fans rally but Ospreay hooks an arm and turns Sanada over. Ospreay jabs Sanada in the ribs, gets the other arm, and reclines against the arm! Sanada endures, moves around, Ospreay reaches for a leg but Sanada gets the ropebreak! Ospreay lets Sanada go, puts him on the apron and CLUBS away on Sanada’s back. Ospreay goes up for a GUILLOTINE KNEE DROP! Sanada slumps down and Ospreay allows Shizuoka to applaud him.
Ospreay says he’s giving them the performance of a lifetime so they must applaud him! Fans do applaud and Ospreay goes back to the ring. The ring count starts again, Sanada is down as it reaches 10 of 20 already. Sanada rises as fans rally, and he is up at 15 to get in the ring at 17 again. Ospreay is annoyed but he drags Sanada back up. Sanada fires a forearm! And another! Ospreay knees low, whips Sanada to a corner, runs in but Sanada dodges. Ospreay boots him back, then PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Ospreay grows frustrated but Red Shoes says the count is fair. Fans rally, “SA-NA-DA!” and Ospreay is offended. Ospreay kicks Sanada around, toying with him, and then brings him up.
Sanada grabs Ospreay’s nose! Ospreay breaks free, is furious and he clubs Sanada. Ospreay runs but Sanada dropkicks the legs out! Ospreay is worried about his nose, Sanada drags him up but Ospreay throws a forearm. Ospreay whips, Sanada reverses, hurdles and hurdles and dropkicks! Ospreay flops out again, Sanada slingshots but Ospreay gets in. Ospreay forearms Sanada, suplexes, but Sanada slips out. Ospreay elbows him away then runs, but Sanada RANAS on return! Fans fire up as Sanada fireman’s carries Ospreay. Ospreay fights free, Sanada kicks and whips but Ospreay handsprings to NEURALIZER!
Both men are down, Ospreay tells fans to shut up with their rallying for Sanada, and he gets to a corner while checking his nose. Ospreay drags Sanada up, CHOPS him, then kicks him to CHOP again! Sanada ends up in a corner, Ospreay throws forearms on him and Sanada sits down. Ospreay dares Sanada to go after his broken nose as he digs boots into Sanada’s own nose! Red Shoes reprimands but Ospreay says this is what Sanada gets! Ospreay drags Sanada up, but Sanada traps both of Ospreay’s arms with one arm! Sanada uses his free hand to grab Ospreay’s nose! And then CLUB it! Sanada gets Ospreay’s arms and legs to tie him up in Paradise!
Sanada makes an adjustment and has Ospreay propped up against buckles! Sanada runs to dropkick Ospreay out of Paradise, and into buckles nose first! Fans fire up as Ospreay bails out, and Sanada PLANCHAS! Direct hit and down goes Ospreay! Fans rally up and Sanada encourages them to get louder. The fans get louder and Sanada is satisfied. Sanada fetches Ospreay, puts him in the ring, and hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Sanada drags Ospreay up but Ospreay resists the fireman’s carry. Ospreay elbows Sanada, side steps him and ROLLING ELBOWS! Sanada wobbles, Ospreay brings him up to whip into a corner. Sanada goes out, springboards in but Ospreay gets under.
Sanada rolls, Ospreay flips around him to underhook and Canadian rack, but Sanada slips out to the dragon sleeper! Sanada inverted suplexes Ospreay onto the ropes, for a DRAPING STUNNER! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives but Sanada goes right to the corner! ROUNDING- No! Ospreay moves, Sanada lands on his feet but staggers into Ospreay’s SPANISH FLY! Both men are down, Ospreay still holds his nose but fans rally up. Ospreay gets to the apron, goes to a corner and climbs up. Sanada stands, Ospreay BLINDSIDE PIP PIP CHEERIO! Ospreay is furious as he drags Sanada up, lifts, POWERBOMB! High stack cover, TWO!! Sanada survives and Ospreay is on him again.
Ospreay underhooks, Sanada blocks the lift, so Ospreay fires off Kowata Kicks! Ospreay fireman’s carries, but Sanada slips off to chicken wing! Ospreay breaks free to forearm, but swings into more chicken wings! TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans rally up and Sanada vows to end this! Sanada scoops Ospreay for a BACKBREAKER! Sanada goes up but Ospreay anchors him! Ospreay climbs up to join Sanada, brings him up but Sanada fights back! Sanada clubs Ospreay down, but Ospreay tucks him in! CHEEKY NANDOS, to a fireman’s carry, LONDON HAS FALLEN! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is furious but he tears off his shoulder tape so he can pull his armband off!
Ospreay drags Sanada up with a wild grin on his face! Ospreay turns Sanada but Sanada spins through to suplex. Ospreay fights that, suplexes, but Sanada slips to the dragon sleeper! Ospreay arm-drags free, runs and springboards, OS- NO! Dragon sleeper! Ospreay snapmares through to dragon sleeper, but Sanada spins it back onto Ospreay! Ospreay reaches out, walks up the corner and has the dragon sleeper! Ospreay lets Sanada go to spin, but into Sanada’s SOBAT! Sanada Quebrada to the dragon sleeper! Sanada squeezes tight, then gives Ospreay a SKULL SWING, to SKULL END! Ospreay is caught, he reaches and flails but is starting to fade!
Fans rally, Ospreay gets a second wind but Sanada cranks the hold harder! Red Shoes checks, Ospreay’s arm drops once. Sanada lets him go, goes up top, ROUNDING BODY PRESS, onto knees!! Ospreay saves himself and fans fire up! Ospreay drags himself over to Sanada, then drags Sanada despite being on wobbly legs. Ospreay underhooks, lifts, but Sanada slips off! Ospreay gets around to a full nelson, Sanada breaks that and elbows Ospreay, but Ospreay HOOK KICKS! Ospreay runs but Sanada O’Conner Bridges! TWO!?! Ospreay narrowly escapes, blocks a boot and ROLLING ELBOWS! Ospreay runs but into a pop-up, only to make it a POISON-RANA!!
Fans are thunderous as Ospreay drags Sanada back up. Ospreay springboards for the OSCUTTER!! Cover, TWO!?! Sanada survives and Ospreay is shocked! Ospreay drags Sanada up, turns him, DREAM SMASHER ELBOW! Ospreay brings Sanada in, underhooks, STORM BREAKER!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!
Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall (advances to the next round)
Cold Skull is the one who reached the end of his run, and now the semifinals are set! Ospreay gets the mic and says, “Shizuoka, hey! Now! Now you’re clapping for me?! You guys were all clapping for Sanada! Sa-Na-Da~! Sa-Na-Da~! Sa-Na-Da~! You SHOULD be doing OS-PREAY! OS-PREAY! OS-PREAY! Oh now you’re doing it?!” Shizuoka might be trolling Ospreay. But he tells them that they all really, really need someone like him, because he is “the most talented professional wrestler alive today!” And to prove it once again, Ospreay will go to the next round and beat Jay White-
Wait, no, it’s not White? It’s… David Finlay!? FINLAY!? Finlay beat Jay White? Seriously? Is that a rib? Ospreay laughs at how things have turned out! “Oh what a Cinderella Story! This is beautiful! But stories aren’t the fairy tales that you’ve told your children. So Finlay, well done on beating Jay White. But you’re dealing with a whole other animal.” Finlay’s Cinderella story comes crashing down. “Tell me the best, show me the best, but you all need to be reminded! I am Will Ospreay! And I am on! Another! Level!!” As shocking as Finlay winning was, will Ospreay’s victory be inevitable? Will the United Empire conquer NJPW?
A very good event to finish the quarterfinals, with some surprising twists. I skipped the Young Lion VS Young Lion match, and the United Empire beating Nagata and another Young Lion because Young Lions. Kenta & Fale VS Henare & Juice was not really consequential, all four guys are out of the running, but good for Fale to get a win on Henare, thereby keeping things completely neutral for Juice as one half of the Impact Wrestling Tag Team Champions. LIJ VS “Darkness Club” was a good match for the story, and Naito gets the win to keep math on Takagi and Evil even. I think it’d be funny if Naito was offered the opportunity to face Chase for the Texas Heavyweight title, and then turns it down because he doesn’t like how the belt looks or something.
Finlay VS White was a really good match, but what a shocker! I said it myself just a couple days ago, I thought White was winning again, so what a great twist. Sanada VS Ospreay was a great match, it played up the nose very well, and it seems Sanada can modify the Paradise Lock to send his opponent into corners. But I’m lightly surprised that Ospreay won this over Sanada, as I thought we were getting Evil VS Sanada, or even Evil VS White. But now, could we be looking at Takagi VS Ospreay in a rematch from their Best of the Super Juniors final instant classic? That’s a pretty awesome idea.
My Score: 9.2/10
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.
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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
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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!
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