Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (3/17/21)
Will it be The Way All Day?
NXT, let me talk to ya.
Tonight, LA Knight makes his in-ring debut and sees Austin Theory confront Dexter Lumis of the lies he’s been told! But will The Way get their way?
- Austin Theory w/ The Way VS Dexter Lumis; Lumis wins.
- El Legado del Fantasma w/ Santos Escobar VS Breezango; Legado wins.
- Dakota Kai w/ Raquel Gonzalez VS Zoey Stark; Kai wins.
- Tommaso Ciampa VS Marcel Barthel w/ Fabian Aichner; Ciampa wins.
- LA Knight VS August Grey; Knight wins.
- NXT Tag Team Championships: Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS Finn Balor & Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux; Lorcan & Burch win and retain the titles.
PLAY BY PLAY
Finn Balor heads to the ring!
The Prince is still the NXT Champion after defeating Adam Cole, but he already knows who is coming for him next. “St. Patrick’s Day, 2021, Finn Balor, still NXT Champion!” Kyle O’Reilly? Beat him. Pete Dunne? Beat him. Adam Cole? Beat him. And now, only one man remains. Karrion Kross, Finn has been waiting! And at TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, Kross’ time is up. But speaking of, here comes Mr. Doomsday and his femme fatale! They go right to the ring to join Finn, and Kross has a mic to say, “This entire situation was never gonna happen until you and I settled our separate affairs.
“And now, it’s me and you, one on one, mano a mano, nobody else involved. Otherwise, this whole entire confrontation is meaningless.” Here in NXT, the fans need to know who the REAL champion is around here. Kross says Finn needs to know it, Kross needs to know it, the entire world needs to know it. Finn says everyone wants to be champion until the real champion walks in the room. Finn tells Kross what no one else has the balls to say directly to him: Kross walks like a champion, he talks like a champion, but the problem is, FINN’S THE CHAMPION! Kross doesn’t have what it takes to beat Finn!
Kross smirks and says, “I promise you, at NXT TakeOver, you are going to know exactly what it feels like, when I squeeze all the oxygen out of your skull and I choke. You. Out!” Finn says Kross will know what it feels like to be in the main event of TakeOver and just CHOKE. Fans are on Finn’s side, but Scarlett says she’s already foreseen this in the cards. “This right here, two champions, both draped in gold, the world in awe. It all happens for a reason.” But wait, Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch walk out and Burch says, “Lads, lads, lads, lads, LADS!” To get this right, these two “burks” standing there, chatting big ol’ fighting words. Make no mistake, boys, they’re just words.
Does Balor know who he should be fighting for that title? The best technical wrestler in NXT history, Pete Dunne! “The man who held the UK Championship for 415 days!” As for Lorcan & Burch, they know Dunne can win. And “Big man” Kross, Dunne can definitely beat Kross! Kross wants to talk about time, but sooner or later, Dunne will be NXT Champion! Scarlett says, “There are moments in time, moments like this, that lead us to an inevitable future. Moments like this, where you two put your tag titles on the line against them.” Is this what she meant about two men draped in gold?! Did she foresee Balor & Kross taking the tag titles?!
Burch and Lorcan talk but Scarlett says these “boys” are confident, and know what they want. She’s got a point. So these two know what they bring to the table, right? And they wouldn’t dare to be called cowards, would they? Scarlett gets these two to step up, and they’ll put the titles on the line tonight! Fans are fired up, and Scarlett asks Balor if he sees what she’s saying. “Every moment happens for a reason. You can’t change fate.” Balor might be stuck between a rock and a hard place. Will he really win tag titles alongside the man who wants the NXT Championship?
One thing is for sure, Stand & Deliver will have Balor VS Kross for THE NXT Championship! Kross never truly lost the title, but will he be able to get it back? Or will the Prince prove that beyond a shadow of a doubt, he is the GREATEST NXT Champion ever?
Austin Theory w/ The Way VS Dexter Lumis!
Was the #RealSuperstar kidnapped by the Tortured Artist? Technically, yes. But did Lumis really want to be Theory’s friend? Who knows. Theory tries to figure out where The Way is, and he gets them on video chat, but they’re at home? Gargano is glad to see Theory got the gear Gargano sent. Gargano says tonight is the night, Theory is going to face his fear and break through his therapy, on his own. But The Way believes in him! Teach Lumis a lesson for saying those things about your abs! But will being motivated by a lie really help Theory win?
The bell rings, Theory and Lumis tie right up, and Theory knees low! Theory throws Lumis out, goes out after him and bumps him off the desk! NXT goes picture in picture as Theory gets in Lumis’ face!
Theory clearly wants to know why Lumis said the things Gargano told Theory he said, and Lumis blocks a desk bump to bump Theory in return! Lumis ROCKS Theory with an uppercut and Theory ends up in the ring. Lumis slithers in but runs into a drop toehold into buckles! Theory goes out, slingshots in and somersault SHOTGUN dropkicks Lumis down! Theory paces around, drags Lumis around to rain down angry fists and stomps. Theory clubs Lumis, shouts at Lumis, and then wraps on a chinlock. Theory clubs Lumis to ropes, then brings him up for a EuroUPper! Theory bumps Lumis off buckles now, then whips him corner to corner. Lumis reverses and CLOBBERS Theory!
Theory goes to ropes, Lumis follows after to CLUB Theory down! Theory goes to a corner, Lumis throws body shots and then looms over him. Lumis reels Theory in for crossface forearms, then pushes him around so he can drop ax handles. Theory gets up and throws hands! Theory ROCKS Lumis, scoops him and hits a BACKBREAKER! Theory seethes and KICKS Lumis in the back! Theory keeps talking to Lumis and drags him up to throw more EuroUppers! Lumis leans on ropes, Theory gets in his face while choking him, but lets off as the ref counts. Theory snap suplexes Lumis then covers, TWO! Theory grows frustrated but he keeps on Lumis with forearms to the back!
Theory keeps shouting at Lumis, he must want Lumis to answer him about what he said. Theory whips Lumis to a corner and runs in to clothesline! Theory scoops Lumis for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Cover, TWO! THE SILENCE!! Theory flails, throws elbows and gets free. Theory breaks Lumis up to scoop and SLAM him! Theory drops an elbow, covers, TWO! We can finally hear Theory say, “We were friends!” Theory pushes Lumis around, fans rally up for Lumis but Theory clamps onto Lumis’ neck. Theory back suplexes but Lumis lands on his feet! Lumis waistlocks, Theory bucks Lumis off the roll-up, then slingshots in again, into a SPINEBUSTER!
Fans fire up as Theory flounders to a corner. Lumis adjusts the gloves and rallies with BIG haymakers! Theory flounders about, Lumis uppercuts then runs in to clothesline and BULLDOG! Theory staggers into a BIG back suplex! Lumis drops a leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Lumis drags Theory up, reels him in, and suplexes, but Theory slips out! Roll up, TWO! Lumis pops Theory up for an UPPERCUT! Lumis reels Theory in, slingshot suplex! Theory is in a drop zone, Lumis climbs up top, and Lumis frames it for a LEAP! Theory dodges, Lumis rolls and slithers back! Theory CLOBBERS him with a forearm! Theory drags Lumis up to cross up the legs, ATAXIA!! Cover, TWO!!
Fans are thunderous as Lumis survives! Theory drags Lumis up and reels him in, but Lumis blocks the lift! Lumis powers out, ROCKS him, then ducks only for Theory to elbow him. Lumis LARIATS! Fans rally up as Lumis looms over Theory again. Theory looks up, and Lumis offers him a hand?! But he said all those things about Theory! Lumis seems genuine here, though, and he helps Theory up! Fans want them to “Hug It Out!” Theory says he knew it, and he hugs Lumis. But then Lumis puts on THE SILENCE!? Theory fights free, throws a hard forearm, and says he knew he shouldn’t have trusted Lumis! “Johnny was right! You are NOT The Way!”
Theory fireman’s carries, but Lumis lands out of the TKO to get a HUGE Urenage! SILENCE!! Theory fades out, and IS out, Lumis wins!!
Winner: Dexter Lumis, by submission
Lumis lets Theory go to pat his head, but does this mean he no longer wants to be Theory’s friend? Was Johnny right despite lying to Theory’s face? If only there was a way Lumis could tell us the truth!
After Burch & Lorcan accepted the challenge, though goaded on by Scarlett, the NXT Tag Team Championships are on the line!! Will The Prince and Mr. Doomsday bring about the end of the BritAm Brawlers’ reign?
McKenzie Mitchell waits outside William Regal’s office.
She’s hoping to get a word from the NXT General Manager about the huge tag title match he just made, but Tommaso Ciampa walks over first. Ciampa says “Toothless Timmy” isn’t here tonight, so maybe Imperium didn’t like his answer and took matters into their own hands. But two can play that game, so Ciampa wants McKenzie to find Imperium, ask them if they’ve seen Alexander Wolfe. They’ll probably say no, so tell them that after the bell rings, Ciampa will leave only one of them standing. Then Imperium will know they messed up. Is Old Man Ciampa right about Imperium taking out Thatcher over what Ciampa said about their offer?
NXT returns and Adam Cole is already in the ring.
“Last week, Kyle O’Reilly made the biggest mistake of his life! Before last week, I was never mad at Kyle O’Reilly, I just didn’t need him anymore. And then Kyle decides to cost me the NXT Championship!” Cole explains something to Kyle, that “little punk.” Kyle knows deep down in his soul that he is jealous of Cole! Kyle knows he will never be as successful as Cole and that eats him alive! “So congratulations, Kyle O’Reilly, you just wrote your death warrant!” Cole doesn’t care if Kyle is cleared or not, Cole is not leaving until Kyle brings his ass down here so they can finish this once and for all!
Regal tells Cole that last week, Kyle wasn’t cleared to even be here. But because of that confrontation, Kyle’s further damaged his neck and now is going to be out for longer. Regal promises Cole that Kyle is not here tonight, he’s been banned. But Kyle is on video! He confirms he isn’t there, it’s all a safety precaution. More Cole’s safety but hey, surely they’ll have this out again. Kyle just finds it funny how upset Cole is over losing. The look of fear and desperation was great. Kyle is patient, too. But when it comes to Cole, Kyle can’t wait. When it comes to Cole, Kyle cannot and will not rest until he ends Cole like Cole tried to END Kyle!! Cole tried to end Kyle, when they’ve been friends for 11 YEARS!!
Kyle cools off, and says know where Cole lives, where he likes to hang out and where he buys his video games. The only thing Kyle doesn’t know is what it is he’ll have to do, but Kyle hopes Cole understands Kyle is willing to do it. If that sounds like a threat, then he’s right, it is a threat. Kyle signs off, and Cole confronts Regal about the threats just made. Cole tells Regal that Kyle can find him and hurt him, but not if Cole finds him first! Cole storms off, Regal follows, will anything keep the Undisputed Civil War from happening?
Backstage interview with Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon.
The new and already second ever NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions have not gotten over the moment. It is still surreal that Shotzi got to celebrate with her dad about this! These titles didn’t exist until last week, but they’re already champions! Moments like this are exactly why Ember returned to NXT. Making history, being a face of a division, and it’s time to #TCB with Ember’s Law!
But then The Robert Stone Brand walks in, and Robert Stone himself says, “A wise woman once said that all champions need…” Aliyah and Jessi Kamea finish the quote by saying, “Challengers.” And these champions know more than anyone that champions can lose titles just like that. Besides, those titles will look way better on Jessi and Aliyah anyway. So then, how about Aliyah & Jessi do that next week? Ember’s & Shotzi’s first challenge? DONE! See you next week. Oh, and Stone’s suit sucks. BURN!! Will Ember & Shotzi be howling to the moon after tanking the Robert Stone Brand?
Jordan Devlin arrives at the Capitol Wrestling Center!
The Irish Ace and real NXT Cruiserweight Champion is back in the United States! And as promised, he’s heading in to confront the other NXT Cruiserweight Champion! Will Santos Escobar and El Legado del Fantasma be waiting to “welcome” him?
El Legado del Fantasma w/ Santos Escobar VS Breezango!
While Escobar hasn’t confronted Devlin yet, Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza are looking to settle things with Prince Pretty & the Lord of the Dance! It’s all business tonight, will Tyler Breeze & Fandango get back at Wilde & Mendoza for jumping them a couple weeks ago?
The teams sort out and Mendoza starts with Fandango. The bell rings, Mendoza runs right at Fandango but the dropkick is sent into buckles! Fandango CHOPS Mendoza, throws jabs, haymakers, but Mendoza hits back! They brawl, Fandango whips but Mendoza handsprings through the hip toss, only for Fandango to CLOBBER him! Wilde gets in but Fandango swings on him. Wilde ducks but Fandango spins through to CLOBBER Wilde! Fandango fires off on Mendoza, brings him over to suplex and hang out to dry! Tag to Breeze, they make it rain with DOUBLE BOOTS! Cover, TWO! Breeze keeps on Mendoza and CLUBS him, then whips.
Mendoza reverses, Breeze sunset flips, but Mendoza rolls through to SHINING WIZARD! Tag to Wilde, Wilde throws body shots on Breeze. Wilde snapmares Breeze, jams a knee into Breeze’s back, then runs to BASEMENT CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Wilde whips Breeze into a corner, runs in but Breeze BOOTS him down! Breeze steadies himself, drags Wilde into the corner but Wilde fights to get free. Breeze goes after Wilde, kicks low and puts him in the corner. Tag to Fandango, whips him around and Fandango dropkicks him down! Cover, ONE!! Wilde jawbreakers Fandango, drags him up and CLUBS him down! And CLUBS him again!
Wilde eggs Fandango on, mocks the hip swivel, then clamps on a facelock. Fandango endures, fights up, but Wilde knees him low! Wilde bumps Fandango off buckles, tags Mendoza in and Mendoza CHOPS! Mendoza whips, Fandango reverses and Mendoza hits buckles hard! Fandango climbs but Mendoza hits first! Mendoza climbs up, they brawl, Fandango sends Mendoza down with a GOURD BUSTER! Fandango adjust but Wilde rushes over! The ref and Fandango see him so Wilde stops, but Mendoza handsprings to PELE Fandango down! Fandango falls to the floor, Wilde tags in and looms over Fandango as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns, Mendoza and Fandango again are on the outside. Mendoza talks trash and whips but Fandango reverses, and Mendoza hits barriers so hard, he tumbles up and over! Fandango gets back in the ring, the ring count is 5 of 10, but Mendoza gets up and over to get back in the ring at 7! Hot tags to Breeze and Wilde! Prince Pretty rallies on Legado, mule kicks then runs to DROPKICK Wilde! Breeze runs to forearm smash in the corner! Breeze whips, Wilde reverse but Breeze kicks and ENZIGURIS! Mendoza runs in but Breeze hits him first, then clotheslines him out! Breeze body scissor rolls Wilde to a HALF CRAB! Wilde endures and turns, but Breeze sits deep!
Wilde crawls, reaches, but Breeze has him stuck! Breeze even drags Wilde away! Escobar tells Wilde to fight through, and he does, but Breeze shifts to CATAPULT Wilde up and out! Breeze builds speed, but Mendoza swipes at him! Fandango LEAPS but Mendoza deflects him into barriers! Wilde runs in, only to get a SUPER MODEL KICK! Cover, but Mendoza breaks it! The ref reprimands but both men are down again. Escobar feels a bit more relaxed now, but Breeze drags Wilde up with chicken wings. Wilde gets free to a waistlock, Breeze bucks the roll but Mendoza tags in at the same time! Mendoza HOTSHOTS Breeze! Legado forms up, ENZIGURI LEG SWEEP! Cover, Legado wins!
Winners: El Legado del Fantasma, by pinfall
Escobar says NXT belongs to Legado! But where is this Devlin guy, huh? Escobar is the TRUE Cruiserweight Champion. Everyone talks about Devlin, “Devlin this, Devlin that,” but where is he? Haven’t seen him yet. But speak of the Devlin, and here he is! Devlin goes down to the ring while Escobar gets up on the announce desk. They both get mics and Devlin says, “Y’know somethin’, mate? You’ve been running around for a year now, claiming that you’re this and you’re that. But I want you to take a good, long look at what’s in the ring right now, because this is what a REAL champion looks like!”
Devlin says he didn’t come here to jump Escobar from behind, because he told the whole world that he was coming to call Escobar out. And he doesn’t need two stooges with him to do it, either! Escobar tells Legado to stand down, because he’s got this. Escobar hops down off the desk to go into the ring. Devlin says Escobar’s problem is that he’s been claiming to be the King of the Cruiserweights, but The Ace is back in town. So Escobar can take his replica, throw it in the trash, because the guy he’s been filling in for is back! Filling in? Escobar laughs, and says he REDEFINED what it means to be a Cruiserweight! “You’re welcome.”
Escobar says he wasn’t filling in, he was making history! And he’s proven time and time again. Does Devlin know why he still has his belt? Because everyone here forgot Devlin had it in the first place! So wrap up business in the UK, then come back and face Escobar on the one stage big enough for the Emperor of Lucha Libre: NXT TakeOver, Stand & Deliver! Irish Ace VS Santos Escobar, to settle this once and for all! Devlin HEADBUTTS Escobar down!! And then hits a DEVLINSIDE!! Devlin gets away after dropping Escobar! But with Trent Seven having made weight, Devlin has to face him tomorrow on NXT UK! Will Devlin defeat Seven to then dethrone Escobar?
Backstage interview with Adam Cole.
Is he concerned about what Kyle had to say earlier tonight? Concerned? Cole will explain something here. Cole is going to leave now. It doesn’t matter if it’s in the parking lot or outside Cole’s house, when he finds Kyle, he is going to do exactly what he said he is going to do and END him! That isn’t just Undisputed, that’s a promise!
The NXT Women’s Division just keeps getting stronger!
“In the world’s most elite division, for every sun that sets, a new warrior will rise.” From the Land of the Rising Sun, a shining star in Sendai Girls Pro Wrestling and World Pro-Wrestling Diana, the newest recruit to the NXT roster is The Warrior of the Sun, Sarray!
Cameron Grimes tweets his “vacation photos.”
Though the pictures are so blatantly Photoshop’d, the GameStonks Doge Coin Carolina Caveman says, “Is it Wednesday already?! Dag on I meant to come to work today but I’ve been busy vacationing. #KissMyGRITS it’s a holiday!” Whether or not Grimes is swimming with dolphins or soaking up some sun on a beach somewhere, is Grimes ever to return to work again?
Dakota Kai w/ Raquel Gonzalez VS Zoey Stark!
The inaugural NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions are trying not to be upset that they lost those titles already. At the very least, will #CapKota crush the dreams of the young and promising superstar in front of her?
The bell rings and Starks stares down with Kai before they circle. They tie up, Stark powers Kai to a corner, but then Kai throws Stark down. Stark turns that around but Kai holds onto the collar ‘n’ elbow. They get up, fans rally as they go around and around, and Kai goes after an arm. Kai wrenches, YANKS the arm, then wristlocks. Stark rolls, handsprings and wrenches to a wristlock of her own! Kai bridges as Stark pushes her back, and Kai rolls, handsprings and wrenches to a keylock. Stark slips through and hammerlocks to a headlock. Kai endures the grind, pulls hair and gets a headlock back. Stark powers out then drops to hurdle, Kai leaps over but Stark arm-drags her!
Stark arm-drags again and has an armlock! Raquel is upset for Kai as Kai endures. Fans rally as Stark drops knees on the arm! Stark pulls back on the arm, fans rally and duel, Kai fights up and ROCKS Stark with a forearm! Stark scowls, Kai dodges her but Stark senses Kai following, and CLOBBERS her! High stack cover, TWO! Stark keeps cool and drags Kai back up. Stark scoops, Kai slips off to throw Stark down! Cover, TWO! Kai rains down forearms, covers, ONE! Kai scowls and drags Stark up to whip her to a corner hard! Stark sits down, Kai runs side to side to BOOT WASH! Raquel taunts Stark as Kai covers, TWO!
Kai grows frustrated but she says, “Okay, okay.” Kai reels Stark into a body scissor squeeze! Stark endures, pushes back to make it a cover, ONE! Kai clubs Stark, squeezes more, and digs palms into Stark’s head. Stark endures, fans rally and duel, Stark goes for another cover, ONE! Kai kicks low, whips Stark to a corner but Stark goes up and over and elbows her! Stark runs corner to corner, but Kai slips out! Kai ducks the forearm, hits a forearm, then trips Stark to spin her. Stark avoids the boot to mule kick back! Stark slingshots to PLANCHA! Direct hit and Stark fires up! The ref has Raquel stay back as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Kai has Stark in a chinlock. Stark fights up, fights back but Kai throws her by her hair! Kai rains down forearms again, covers, TWO! Kai grows frustrated, runs but Stark ducks the boot, DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES take both women down! Fans fire up as Kai and Stark slowly stir. Kai and Stark go to opposite corners, Kai runs but Stark CLOBBERS her! Stark rallies with clotheslines, kicks and kicks then kicks out a leg! Stark runs but Kai dodges the punt! Kai swings, into a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Stark kips up, fires up, and runs to KNEE Kai down! Cover, TWO! Kai survives and scrambles away but Stark runs in. Kai drop toeholds Stark into ropes!
Kai trips Stark, spins her and BOOTS her! Kai goes up onto the apron and brings Stark up. Stark HEEL KICKS back! Stark reels Kai in but Kai fights the lift and elbows free! Kai gets space, but runs in only for Stark to toss her into the ring! Stark springboards into a SUPERKICK!! Kai runs Around the World to BOOT!! Cover, TWO!?! Stark survives but Kai drags her up to a fireman’s carry. Stark sunset flips, TWO!! Kai powers her way to a jackknife bridge, ONE as Stark bridges up! Backslide, TWO! KNEE!! Kai wobbles, Stark yanks her into a fireman’s carry and ROLLING SENTON! Stark keeps going, goes up top, but Kai GAMANGIRIS!
Kai drags Stark out along ropes, for the DRAPING GO TO KICK!! Cover, Kai wins!!
Winner: Dakota Kai, by pinfall
Stark again showed promise, but #CobraKai took her down! Kai tells Stark she was crazy to think she could compete with her. But wait, here comes Io Shirai! The Evil Genius has a contract in hand! Kai steps up to Shirai, but the NXT Women’s Champion walks right past her to Raquel. “I told you, I want you next.” Shirai shoves the contract at Raquel, then makes sure Stark gets out of the ring safely. Is the ball in Big Mami Cool’s court now?
Backstage interview with William Regal.
Obviously Regal is busy, but can he comment on what we saw with Devlin and Escobar? He was about to right now. But then a staffer tells him something happened to Cole! Cameras follow after Regal but NXT goes to break! Did Kyle come through on his threat already?
Grizzled Young Veterans speak.
James Drake starts by saying, “MSK, we don’t expect you two clowns to understand the gravity of your actions. But trust me, you will soon enough.” Zack Gibson says that the little stunt MSK pulled last week “will go down as the biggest mistake of their short, insignificant careers.” Gibson isn’t sure if MSK was “blinded by the opportunity to play dress up, or too distracted simping for Fandango,” but GYV will not forgive or forget what they did to Gibson’s hand, and it will not go without a receipt. They are Grizzled Young Veterans, SSSSOON to be recognized as NXT’s Number One, and they promise MSK will not like where this is going next.
Tommaso Ciampa VS Marcel Barthel w/ Fabian Aichner!
Ciampa called them out, and then he attacks the Pride of Italy! Ciampa throws Aichner WAY over the barriers, then brawls with Barthel! Ciampa puts Barthel in the ring, he’s getting the fight he asked for! Will the Psycho Killer make sure Imperium pays for whatever they did to Timothy Thatcher?
The bell rings, Ciampa waistlocks and drags Barthel down. Barthel fights up, slips around to a waistlock, but Ciampa fights up. Fans rally, Ciampa pries free and elbows Barthel away. Ciampa wrenches, whips Barthel, Barthel reverses to wrench back. Ciampa gets a leg, Barthel throws haymakers! Barthel throws EuroUppers, Ciampa BOOTS back! Ciampa CHOPS, CHOPS, but Barthel headlocks! Barthel grinds, Ciampa puts him on ropes, things turn around and the ref wants Barthel to back off. Barthel throat chops then headlocks to a takeover! Fans rally, Ciampa fights up and tries to power out but can’t before Barthel hits another takeover! Barthel throws down palm strikes then grinds a forearm.
Barthel makes it a cover, ONE. Barthel traps an arm, Ciampa clubs back, but Barthel grinds the headlock. Ciampa fights up, pries the hold, but Barthel shifts to a chinlock! Barthel drags Ciampa down to elbow him in the head! Barthel still has the chinlock, Ciampa powers out and ROCKS Barthel! Ciampa runs but Barthel EuroUppers hard against ropes! Barthel puts Ciampa in a ring, gets him on a rebound for a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Barthel goes up, leaps, but into a dropkick! Ciampa runs to clothesline Barthel out! Fans fire up as Ciampa drags Barthel through ropes, but Aichner saves Barthel! Barthel then BOOTS Ciampa!
Barthel sets Ciampa up in ropes, to then dropkick Ciampa down! The ref tells Aichner to stay back, but Barthel talks trash on Ciampa. Barthel chokes Ciampa with the ropes! Barthel shouts at the camera, “Is this what you want, Tim?! Is that your future?! Step in line!” Barthel stands over Ciampa, then runs but Ciampa blocks the kick! Ciampa KNEES back, then throat chops in return! Ciampa whips, and CLOBBERS Barthel! Ciampa rallies, DECKS Aichner, then side steps Barthel to REBOUND GERMAN! Barthel flops to the apron, Ciampa drags him in for WILLOW’S BELL!! Cover, Ciampa wins!
Winner: Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall
But wait, here comes more members of Imperium! But that’s not Alexander Wolfe, that’s WALTER!! The Ring General has returned to the United States! Ciampa wanted the dominant NXT UK Champion and here he is! Walter has Imperium stand down as he gets in the ring with Ciampa. But NOW Imperium is let loose! Ciampa fights off Aichner and Barthel but turns around into a WALTER CHOP!! Walter has Aichner rain down fists, then Walter drags Ciampa up for a WALTER BOMB!! Aichner talks trash on Ciampa, and Imperium stands tall together. Will Imperium take over NXT on both sides of the Atlantic?
Regal finally finds Cole, and Kyle!
Kyle is being arrested for what he did to Cole! Cole shouts that Kyle is going to pay! Cole claims Kyle was trying to run him off the road!! Kyle has gone too far! Regal tells Cole to shut up, but Cole won’t shut up. Kyle tried to run Cole off the road, and he refuses to calm down because he says Kyle is screwed! If it’s gotten this serious, is there anything Regal can do?
NXT Media checks in with LA Knight.
He’s backstage in the locker room, takes a big gulp of water, and spots the camera. “You are always looking for a word, huh? You wanna know what I’m going to say? Well let me talk to ya, cuz here’s how it goes. Everybody’s talking about what’s about to go down right now, ain’t that right, Andre?” Knight talks to the picture of Andre the Giant in the hallway. It’s all about L A Knight. Wait, Bronson Reed is lurking, but he goes into Knight’s locker room. Knight says everyone here are “superstars,” but someone called Knight a MEGA STAR. That’s fitting and we’re about to find out why! But the match aside, will we find out what Reed is doing to Knight’s room?
LA Knight VS August Grey!
The hottest free agent turned mega star is having his NXT in-ring debut! Will #RetroAG find that this is Knight’s night and nothing’s going to change that?
The bell rings, Knight kicks and ROCKS Grey, then whips him to ropes. Knight elbows Grey down, then embraces the fans cheering for him. Knight chokes Grey on ropes, lets off to go to the apron and he KNEES Grey back in. Knight SLINGHOT SHOULDER TACKLES! Knight drags Grey up, scoops but Grey slips out to waistlock. Knight bucks Grey, Grey dodges but Knight scoops and POWERSLAMS him! Fans fire up and Knight spells out his name, to then snatch Grey’s bandanna. Wait, Reed walks out and has Knight’s blue leather jacket! Reed tries it on, but obviously it’s a few sizes too small, and it RIPS! Knight is furious but Reed just keeps trying, and the jacket just tears to shreds!
Knight is furious with Reed but Grey rolls Knight up! TWO!! Grey ROCKS Knight and CHOPS him, then ROCKS him again! Grey runs, spins Knight around, jawbreaker to NECKBREAKER! Grey goes to the corner, climbs up and tightrope walks for the CROSSBODY but flops! Knight rains down fists, then waits for him to rise. Knight spins Grey for a cravat KNEE, then a cravat DRIVER! Cover, Knight wins!
Winner: LA Knight, by pinfall
Knight is still heated after what the Colossal did to his custom leather jacket! Will he be able to cool off and focus on his real favorite thing in the world: himself?
Backstage interview with Raquel Gonzalez.
She still holds onto the contract Shirai gave her, and it is for an NXT Women’s Championship match. Of course it is! But it’s a big mistake to give it to her. Once Raquel puts pen to paper, Shirai’s reign has an expiration date. Kai comes in and they celebrate, but they need to continue things next week. Kai just talked to Regal, and it is set: Kai & Gonzalez VS Shirai & “her new best friend,” Zoey Stark. But Gonzalez can have Shirai whenever she wants. Yeah, but Kai needs this for herself, and they need this as a tag team. Controversy aside, they had back-to-back losses in title matches! They need to remind the NXT Women’s division who runs this place! Raquel agrees to that. Will Ricky Desperado and Cobra Kai make sure Stark knows her place, and Shirai knows what’s coming?
Xia Li has a message.
First in Mandarin, then in English, “Resistance will not be tolerated. Obstacles will be removed!” Tian Sha’s weapon is ready to strike again, but who will it be that suffers?
NXT Media catches up with Regal.
What just happened? Everything is out of control! The police officers hopefully drop charges and release Kyle. If they do, Regal will demand both Kyle and Cole come to the CWC so they won’t destroy each other. Regal promises to have a solution to this, but what could possibly contain the animosity between these two?
NXT Tag Team Championships: Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS Finn Balor & Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux!
A strange prophecy was closer at hand than either the current or the former NXT Champions realized. Scarlett managed to goad the would-be Kings of NXT into this war for the gold, is the end of Lorcan & Burch near? Will the NXT Tag Division be made to #FallAndPray should Balor & Kross become their champions?
From the way Balor and Kross glare at each other, you’d think this was their match for THE NXT Championship already. But the introductions are made, the tag titles are raised, and we see if it was truly in the cards or just in Scarlett’s head.
The teams sort out and Kross starts with Oney. They circle, Oney gets a headlock but Kross powers out and runs Oney over. Kross then scoops Oney for a single leg suplex! Oney tags to Burch, and Burch circles with Kross. They tie up, Kross throws Burch down, and Burch flounders up. Burch dodges but Kross runs him over, too! Kross runs, Burch elbows him but Kross CLOBBERS him in return! Balor applauds but maybe only somewhat genuinely. Kross brings Burch up for a bearhug! Burch endures, throws forearms but Kross thrashes him around! Burch keeps fighting but Kross keeps thrashing. Burch throws more hands, Kross squeezes tighter, but Burch finally gets free!
Kross hurries to scoop Burch and SLAM him back down! Kross stares Oney down and Oney might be a little intimidated. Kross drags Burch up and suplexes but Oney attacks from behind! Oney and Burch go after Kross together, but Kross DOUBLE SUPLEXES the champions! Balor lets it be what it is, and Burch might be in bad shape after a rough landing. Kross stands down just to watch Burch writhe, and NXT goes picture in picture.
Oney returns to his corner, Burch manages to make it over and tags out, so Balor tags in! Kross is a bit surprised by that but Balor and Oney circle. They tie up, Balor waistlocks and throws Oney down to then facelock. Oney fights up, Balor wrenches and hammerlocks to wrangle Oney down. Balor snaps the hammerlock then grinds, to snap again. Balor keeps Oney grounded, keeps snapping the hammerlock, but Oney fights up to reach back. Oney powers Balor into a corner, throws a hard back elbow, then throws EuroUppers! Oney wrenches an arm, gives the arm uppercuts, then wrenches to uppercut more! Oney wrangles Balor down now and grinds an armlock.
Balor endures, Scarlett and Kross watch and wait, and Balor fights up as NXT returns to single picture. Oney knees low, runs and sunset flips but Balor rolls through to basement dropkick! Oney staggers up but Balor arm-drags him down! Balor grinds the arm, Oney endures and both Scarlett and Kross are growing impatient. Oney gets up, puts Balor in a corner and knees low! Oney bumps Balor off buckles, throws EuroUppers, then whips Balor to ropes to CLOBBER him with an elbow. Oney bumps Balor off buckles, stomps away, but the ref backs him off. It’s of note that Burch is still recovering so Oney keeps on Balor with a boot to the head!
Oney brings Balor up and around, snap suplexes then covers, TWO! Oney clamps onto Balor with a chinbar and half nelson but Balor endures. Fans rally, medics check Burch’s arm out, but Oney wrenches Balor to throw EuroUppers. Oney taunts Kross that he’s a champion and not Kross, then he EuroUppers Balor again! Balor throws off his armbands off and brags that he’s the best NXT Tag Team Champion ever! Oney ROCKS Balor with EuroUppers then taunts him. Balor slowly gets up, and he jawbreakers Oney back! Oney throws another EuroUpper but Balor PELES Oney down! Fans fire up, Balor heads for the corner, but Oney DECKS Kross first!
Balor RAMS into Oney, CHOPS him, then whips him corner to corner to CHOP again! And then back the other way! Then back to the champions’ corner for another CHOP! Balor trips Oney to DOUBLE STOMP! The fans are thunderous as Balor clotheslines Oney out! Balor follows out and SLINGBLADES Oney down! Balor takes aim as Oney flounder sup, and he SHOTGUN DROPKICKS Oney, but into Scarlett?! That was not good, but Balor keeps on Oney. Balor puts Oney in the ring and checks on Scarlett. He tries to apologize, but Kross sees what happened, and he RAMS Balor into the barriers! Kross dribbles Balor off the Plexiglas then puts him in the ring!!
Oney BLASTS Balor with a EuroUpper! Cover, Oney & Burch win!
Winners: Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch, by pinfall (still NXT Tag Team Champions)
But then Kross DOOMSDAY SAIDOS Oney!! And then hauls him up for another DOOMSDAY SAIDO!! Kross then goes after Balor with a clothesline, an elbow and another clothesline! Kross hauls Balor up for an EXPLODER! Balor staggers up, into the KROSSJACKET!! Scarlett hurries in to stop Kross, and then she kneels down by Balor to help him up. Scarlett says she understands it was a mistake, but then she sets him up for Kross’ DOOMSDAY FOREARM!! Scarlett sets the title by Balor and says, “Everything happens for a reason. You can’t escape fate.” Was this the real prophecy she foretold? Or is Scarlett playing mind games so that Kross can conquer NXT once again?
A very good NXT, but perhaps with some odd choices for how to build to Stand & Deliver. The main event story is the main thing, with Kross & Balor challenging for the tag titles but losing because of a mishap with Scarlett ringside. Obviously if Kross and Balor were to lose, it had to be because of something screwy, and it wasn’t going to be Kross taking the loss because that’d be a lame way to end his undefeated streak. But then, I feel like letting Balor actually take the pin wasn’t the best either. Doesn’t this mean Oney should have a title shot before Stand & Deliver now? Not that WWE always follows that convention, but that just means it’s another point towards them being inconsistent.
I think it would’ve been better served if Kross annihilated Balor and Oney to the point of getting disqualified, the tag champions retain on that technicality. Granted, Kross annihilated them both anyway, but still. Also, the match didn’t really go the way they’d hoped anyway after Burch legitimately getting a stinger from the two awkward landings out of suplexes. The first was probably Oney being a little late on blindsiding Kross, then the other was because of the first, so that Burch wasn’t ready to take a suplex from Kross. Hopefully Burch will be alright and he can still defend alongside Oney at TakeOver.
GYV call out MSK, so of course they’ll be having a match. MSK is still owed a tag title match because they won the Men’s Dusty Cup, but there could be a case where that opportunity is put on the line. I want to say MSK finds a way to win in that scenario, as WWE still doesn’t do Heels VS Heels or Faces VS Faces, and Lorcan & Burch are definitely still Heels. Speaking of that, that’s why Devlin came off as the slightly more Face NXT Cruiserweight Champion, pointing out how Escobar has stooges and likes attacking from behind. Devlin got a great headbutt in on Escobar, and I am so ready for this Winner Takes All to crown THE ONE TRUE Cruiserweight Champion. Sorry, Trent, your hard work and heartfelt promos were just so Devlin can have in-ring momentum.
Kai VS Stark was a good match, but naturally Kai wins as the more experienced competitor. Shirai showing up to personally deliver the title match contract was a good touch, and was establishing a tag match for next week. There’s a chance Stark takes the loss there so Gonzalez gets momentum, but she could also pull of a quick pin on Kai so that Gonzalez stays strong, and there’s reason the team might start to crack. Meanwhile, Shotzi & Ember VS Robert Stone Brand was set up with a good promo segment, and the match will naturally be won by Shotzi & Ember because the Robert Stone Brand is definitely not championship material just yet. The third NXT Tag Team Champions will probably end up The Way’s Candice & Indi.
NXT signing another great Joshi wrestler is of course great for NXT. The name is of course changed enough so that WWE can have all rights to it, but it isn’t so far off. Sareee becomes Sarray so that phonetically it’s all the same, but the spelling is where it counts for WWE’s purposes. And with this being the fourth Joshi wrestler, I have to believe Io Shirai’s time in NXT really is on the latter end. Shirai’s sun will set but of course Sarray’s star will rise, and if Raquel wins at TakeOver, that will be a perfect transition for Shirai to Raw or SmackDown (preferably SmackDown) and then Sarray can start her journey to the top with Raquel being the new dominant alpha female in NXT.
The Way had far less to do tonight, but Theory VS Lumis was great. I just wish it wasn’t picture in picture as Theory was trying to get Lumis to confirm or deny what Gargano said he said. The moment of reaching out a hand was a good detail, but maybe Theory shouldn’t have hugged Lumis. Lumis is surely headed for a title rematch with Gargano with this story continuing the way it is, maybe he wins it at Stand & Deliver. Grimes’ “vacation” photos were so goofy for being fake, making them is probably what Grimes was actually spending his time doing.
Ciampa gets a good win off Barthel, gets what he wants in Walter showing up, but then gets beat up. I bet Thatcher wasn’t beat down by anyone, but he was perhaps convinced by Walter to stand down. Thatcher reuniting with Barthel and Walter is anyone’s guess, but I have a feeling it’ll be Imperium VS Thatcher & Ciampa to put it to the test. I like that Reed tried to cost Knight his debut match only for it not to work, but he still cost Knight an expensive jacket. Knight VS Reed could happen next week or it could somehow build to Stand & Deliver, but either way, their match will be big, no pun intended.
Another thing that was big was the development between Cole and Kyle tonight. Both promos were good, especially the fact that yes, Kyle probably does know where Cole lives and his lifestyle habits so he could easily get after Cole wherever and whenever outside of NXT’s two hours. We didn’t see the alleged vehicle attack so Cole could be lying. Plus, wouldn’t Kyle want to hurt Cole with his bare hands, not a car? Regal says he has an idea that can settle things but there are a lot of possibilities. Last Man Standing, I Quit, maybe even “Unsanctioned” like they did for Ciampa VS Gargano a few years ago as opposed to the One Final Beat cinematic. I have a feeling the one thing that’s solidly part of the stipulation is “Loser Leaves NXT.” That would be the perfect way for Cole to move on from NXT to Raw or SmackDown (again hopefully SmackDown) and make Kyle a sort of alpha in his own right.
My Score: 9.4/10
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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (6/2/23)
Champions are on a Rampage!
Four championships on one Friday night!
AEW Rampage hosts FOUR (non AEW) championship matches on one night! Will the champions make it through with their titles?
- AAA Mega Championship Triple Threat: El Hijo del Vikingo VS Komander VS Dralistico; Vikingo wins and retains the title.
- NJPW World Television Championship: Zack Sabre Jr. VS Action Andretti; ZSJ wins and retains the title.
- NJPW Strong Women’s Championship: Willow Nightingale VS Emi Sakura; Willow wins and retains the title.
- ROH Pure Championship: Katsuyori Shibata VS Lee Moriarty; Shibata wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
AAA Mega Championship Triple Threat: El Hijo del Vikingo VS Komander VS Dralistico w/ Jose!
Two of these men teamed up just last night on ROH to win a Six Man Tag, but now they are opponents for the top title in AAA Lucha Libre. Meanwhile, La Faccion Ingobernable’s Prince of Silver and Gold is hungry for gold, will he take it away from Vikingo?
The bell rings and the three circle. Fans rally up for “LUCHA! LUCHA!” and “LUCHA LIBRE!” Dralistico swings, Vikingo dodges, but then Komander ducks Vikingo’s kick! Dralistico picks Vikingo up, throws him at Komander, but Komander throws Vikingo back. Vikingo wheelbarrows and arm-drags Dralistico but handsprings through. Vikingo dodges Komander now, shoves him to ropes, but Komander springboards! Vikingo gets under the crossbody, Komander tumbles and rolls but Dralistico jumps over, and then Vikingo jumps over Dralistico. Komander jumps over Vikingo, Dralistico jumps over Komander again, and they cycle continues!
Fans fire up for jump after jump, and then the three stand off. Dralistico raises the LFI fist and the three circle. Dralistico shoves the other two to then DOUBLE SHOTGUN! They bail out, Dralistico runs to FLY! Dralistico wipes both men out and fans fire up! Dralistico RAMS Komander into steel steps, and then he runs and RAMS Vikingo into railing! Fans cheer, Jose pats Dralistico on the shoulder and Dralistico goes back to BOOT Komander down. Dralistico puts Komander in, aims and springboards, to SWANTON! Cover, TWO! Dralistico wants a faster count but the ref says his count was fair.
Dralistico stomps Komander but fans taunt him. Dralistico bails out, tells the fans he’s done with them, but then they boo. Dralistico goes back to the ring, brings Komander up and tells everyone to hush. Dralistico CHOPS and Komander sits right down! Fans cheer as Dralistico says one more time, and he CHOPS, and CHOPS, and whips Komander. Komander reverses, runs in but is put on the apron. Dralistico swings, Komander blocks, and then Komander CHOPS! Komander slingshots up but Dralistico trips him! Dralistico ROCKS Komander, puts him in the ropes, and then goes up the corner.
Fans fire up as Dralistico WOE STOMPS Komander to the apron!! Fans fire up but then Vikingo gets in to go up and up and AIRHARA MOONSAULT! Direct hit on Dralistico and the fans are thunderous! Vikingo gets Dralistico and Komander in the ring, and then runs in at the corner. Dralistico stands up into the GAMANGIRI! Vikingo goes up the corner, to IMPLODER DRAGON RANA!! Fans fire up as Vikingo keeps Dralistico in the ring to then go up the ropes, OUTSIDE-IN PHOENIX SPLASH!! Cover, Komander breaks it! Fans fire up as this continues, they love “LUCHA! LUCHA!”
Vikingo GAMANGIRIS Dralistico, Komander adds a knee, and they double whip corner to corner. Vikingo sends Komander in but Dralistico TOSSES him out! Vikingo and Dralistico step up face to face, and Vikingo CHOPS! Dralistico CHOPS! Vikingo CHOPS again! Dralistico drops to a knee, and fans rally up. Vikingo throws forearms but Dralistico gives them back. Dralistico then SOBATS, KNEES, and runs, but into a SCREW HIGH KICK! Cover, TWO! Dralistico survives and Vikingo is a bit surprised. Fans continue to rally as Vikingo sees Komander on the apron. Vikingo storms up to throw forearms on Komander while Rampage goes picture in picture.
Vikingo GAMANGIRIS Komander down to the floor, then he fires forearms on Dralistico. Vikingo gets the fans fired up as he whips corner to corner. Dralistico reverses, runs in, but Vikingo puts him on the apron. Dralistico bumps Viking off buckles, ROUNDHOUSES him, then springboards, FLYING CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Vikingo is still in this and Jose is upset. Dralistico drags Vikingo up, pushes him to ropes, then goes out to look under the ring. He brings out a TABLE! Jose helps Dralistico set that up at ringside, then Dralistico goes to fetch Vikingo. Komander is there but Dralistico ROCKS him and RAMS him into railing.
Dralistico CHOKES Vikingo against the railing, Rampage returns to single picture, and Dralistico puts Vikingo in the ring. Fans rally up, Dralistico runs to SUPERKICK Komander in the corner! Dralistico tranquilos on the top rope and fans are torn. Dralistico runs side to side again but Komander avoids the boot wash to GAMANGIRI! Komander springboards and double jumps, FLYING RANA!! Not the cleanest but fans fire up. Vikingo returns, Komander goes Matrix to then arm-drag Vikingo around! And dropkick! Fans fire up again as Vikingo brawls with Dralistico on the outside, and Komander climbs the far corner!
Komander tightrope walks to double jump MOONSAULT! “This is Awesome!” as Komander puts Dralistico in the ring. Komander goes up the corner again, tightrope walks again, 450 SPLASH!! Cover, but Vikingo DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS it apart! Fans fire up as Dralistico flops out onto the table. Vikingo whips Komander, Komander reverses, but Vikingo goes up and Komander hits buckles! Vikingo then springboards to FLYING POISON-RANA Komander down!! Vikingo puts Komander out on the table with Dralistico, and then runs the ropes! Fans fire up as Vikingo goes up and 630 SENTONS through the senton!!
“This is Awesome!” but Dralistico avoided disaster! Dralistico puts Vikingo in, slashes his throat, POWER- RANA!! Cover, VIKINGO WINS!!
Winner: El Hijo del Vikingo, by pinfall (still AAA Mega Champion)
Dralistico is furious that victory was snatched away from him in an instant! But this is why you cannot underestimate El Hijo del Vikingo! Will his AAA Mega reign continue through the summer?
Backstage interview with Team Triple J.
Lexi Nair is with Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt, Satnam Singh, as well as Jeff & Karen Jarrett, “and the talk all week has been that you, Sonjay Dutt, and your group will be suspended.” WHAT?! Fined? Suspended? The only ones who should be facing that is AEW itself! They backed Triple J into a corner and they came out swinging like any real fighters would! Lethal feels that there should be consequences for Aubrey Edwards! She’s been against Triple J since the dawn of time! Something needs to be done about her! Jeff adds that there’s been enough talk these past five days. Should the heat go on the promotion? Should the heat go on Briscoe? On Aubrey?
The reality of the fact is, these five people are walking, talking, fire-breathing heat! But wait, here comes Mark Briscoe! He wants everyone to simmer down. There will be no suspensions, he assures us that. Mark talked with Tony Khan, Tony promised them there would be no suspensions. Because if Triple J is suspended, then they can’t be here. Because if they aren’t here, then they can’t get the ass whooping they deserve! Lethal wants Mark to hold on but Mark tells Lethal to shut up! We ain’t talking about Lethal! We’re talking about Jeff and KAREN! What?! “We?” Who is “we?!” AUBREY EDWARDS!!
Triple J cannot believe this. Aubrey wants Karen? Then there’s nothing but air and opportunity between them. So then Aubrey CHOKES Karen!! Karen and Aubrey start scrapping and Triple J, other refs and security rush in to stop this! When and where will Double J & the one true Karen have to face off with the Sussex County Chicken and one pissed off zebra?
NJPW World Television Championship: Zack Sabre Jr. VS Action Andretti!
Speaking of just last night on ROH, the Frontman of TMDK just defended this belt against Rocky Romero to prove a point to “Samoan Joseph” about who is the better, harder working Television Champion. And here he is again as part of this championship edition of Rampage! Will the ZSJ Show continue on into the summer block? Or will NJPW have some #LightsCameraAction?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Action gets his 15 minutes of fame!
The bell rings and we’re on the clock. The two circle, fans rally, feel things out, and ZSJ shoots in to waistlock and full nelson. Then he spins Action to a cravat, but Action pries at the hold. ZSJ facelocks now, Action wrenches out of that but ZSJ rolls and slips away. Fans cheer this opening exchange and the two reset. Action shoots in but ZSJ avoids him. They tie up with knuckle locks, ZSJ bridges back and wrenches around to then wrangle Action with a top wristlock. Fans cheer and ZSJ digs a knee into the shoulder. Action rolls, cartwheels, arm-drags, but fans cheer as ZSJ holds onto the wrist!
ZSJ twists the wrist, bends the fingers, drags Action up and wrenches the arm to wrangle him again. Action keeps his shoulders up, fans rally, and Action kips up to wrench and MONKEY FLIP! But ZSJ still holds onto the wrist! Fans rally, ZSJ bends the fingers and he tortures Action’s arm. Action fights up but ZSJ keeps after the fingers. ZSJ flexes but Action stands. Action spins, flips and arm-drags free! Action then CHOPS ZSJ, then knuckle locks to go up and up and FLYING ARM-DRAG! ZSJ flounders up, Action DROPKICKS him down! Fans fire up as Action runs to IMPLODER TORNILLO! Cover, TWO!
ZSJ is still in this but he goes to a corner. Action runs in, but ZSJ dodges. Action goes up, leaps, and FLYING RANAS! ZSJ bails out, fans fire up and Action builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit into the railing! Fans are fired up with Action and he brings ZSJ back up. Action puts ZSJ in, slingshots, but ZSJ shoves him! Action lands safe but swings into body scissors, which ZSJ makes into a HANGING TRIANGLE! ZSJ did this to Rocky last night! The ref counts, ZSJ lets go at 4 and he drags Action back in, to WRING the arm out! Fans sing “OH~ Zack Sabre Junior~” as he stalks Action. ZSJ sits on the arm, hammerlocks it, and TWISTS!
Action writhes while fans are torn over the savagery. ZSJ gets Action’s leg, steps over to get the arm, and he STOMPS the arm! “OI! TV Tekkers, mates!” ZSJ stalks Action to a corner, brings him up and UPPERCUTS! And UPPERCUTS! “This is Awesome!” and ZSJ knuckle locks to wrench Action. Action endures as ZSJ twists the wrist more, and then ZSJ KICKS a leg. Action stays up so ZSJ wrenches and twists the wrist. Action throws body shots and CHOPS! ZSJ jumps on to drag Action down to a DISARMER! Action endures, reaches out, and fans rally. Action kicks around, ZSJ pulls on the arm, but Action gets the ROPEBREAK!
ZSJ lets go in frustration but he storms up to drag Action up. ZSJ has a double wristlock but Action endures. Fans rally, ZSJ jumps on to body scissor! Action stays up but ZSJ keeps on that arm. Action throws body shots, then suplexes high and HARD! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Action roars, runs, springboards, BEAUTIFUL DISASTER! Cover, TWO! ZSJ survives and fans rally up again. Action brings ZSJ up, but ZSJ fights the torture rack to wrench and PELE the arm! And then he drop toeholds Action so he can STOMP the arm again! Fans are torn while Action clutches the bad shoulder.
ZSJ drags Action up, but Action blocks the Pele to ENZIGURI! Action puts ZSJ up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up after him. But ZSJ gets the bad arm to twist it! And YANK it! Action throws body shots, forearms, but ZSJ DECKS Action! ZSJ eggs on the fans, the fans cheer, and Action kips up! PELE!! Action runs corner to corner and jumps up to SUPER STEINER!! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ survives and Action can’t believe it! Action drags ZSJ up, torture racks, but ZSJ has a SLEEPER! Action sputters, he starts fading! But Action powers up! ZSJ lets go, slips free, but Action drops to victory roll! TWO!!!
ZSJ KICKS Action in the leg! And then KICKS him in the arm! ZSJ is mad now, but he runs into a SUPERKICK! Action goes up, POISON-RANA!! ZSJ flops around, Action runs in again, “This is Awesome!” as Action SHOTGUNS ZSJ down! ZSJ is in the drop zone, Action goes up, SPLIT-LEG MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ survives again but Action goes right to the apron. Action springboards, but flies into a TAKEDOWN! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!!! Action flails around, but ZSJ gets the other arm! Modified Rings of Saturn, into JIM BREAKS ARMBAR!! Action verbally quits, ZSJ wins!!
Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by submission (still NJPW World TV Champion)
Action’s 15 minutes of fame were really just over 10 minutes as The Frontman does it again! But now he moves on to defend this title at NJPW Dominion on Sunday against Jeff Cobb in a highly anticipated rematch. The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but will ZSJ get crushed by the Imperial Unit?
NJPW Strong Women’s Championship: Willow Nightingale VS Emi Sakura!
The Babe with the Power, too sweet to be sour, is the very-first NJPW Strong Women’s Champion after a powerful run at Resurgence. But will Willow make it through her first defense? Or will the Queen of Joshi take Willow’s throne already?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and one way or another, we witness a historic first defense!
The bell rings and the two RAM each other! Fans rally up as Emi and Willow RAM shoulders again! And again! Emi eggs Willow on so she says okay! Willow runs, RAMS Emi, but Emi roars! Emi runs, Willow follows and runs Emi over! Fans fire up and Willow waves. Willow brings Emi up to snap suplex! Willow runs up to CHOP Emi in the corner, then follows her along the ropes. Willow CHOPS Emi in the other corner and fans rally up. Willow puts Emi in the third corner, CHOPS, CHOPS and MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Fans fire up but Emi avoids the big chop. Emi runs in but Willow goes out to the apron.
Emi stops from hitting buckles, but Willow still counter punches her! Willow then brings Emi up, and fans fire up as they go up the ropes! Emi fights the suplex, tries to suplex Willow, but Willow fights to try again. But Emi rakes the eyes! Emi runs to BODY CHECK Willow off the apron! Emi goes out, signals to media to move, and laughs before she TOSSES Willow at railing! Fans rally as Emi runs in to SPLASH Willow against the railing! The ring count climbs as Emi drags Willow up and Rampage goes picture in picture.
Emi puts Willow in the ring, taunts the fans a bit, soaks up some heat, and then takes her time going up the steel steps. Willow sits up, Emi steps in, but Willow throws body shots! Emi CHOPS Willow, Willow goes to ropes, and Emi CHOPS her again! Willow goes to a corner, Emi soaks up the heat, and she storms up to CHOP again! And again! And again! Emi swaggers around, storms back up, but Willow CHOPS! And CHOPS! And ROCKS! Willow CHOPS again! Willow falls, Emi hurries to sit her up into a DRAGON SLEEPER! Willow endures, fights around, but Emi cranks the hold!
Fans rally, Willow fights but Emi pushes her to a cover, TWO! Willow is free of the hold, but Emi CHOPS her! And CHOPS her again! Willow eggs Emi on but Emi pokes her in the eye! The ref reprimands but Emi just grins. Emi brings Willow up to HEADBUTT! Willow staggers but she throws body shots. Emi eggs Willow on and SLAPS her! Emi brings Willow around to reel her in and hook the arms. But Willow fights with body shots! Willow fires off but Emi CLUBS her down as Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns and Willow has Emi in a corner. Willow goes corner to corner to back body block! And clothesline! And snapmare to then go up. Emi stands, Willow MISSILE DROPKICKS! Cover, TWO! Emi survives, maybe even got Willow’s eyes again, but Willow comes back. Willow fireman’s carries but Emi slips fere to the DRAGON SLEEPER! Emi laughs, to TWISTING DDT! Willow staggers to a corner, Emi grins and runs in, BODY CHECK in the corner! Emi goes up top to TWISTING VADER! Cover, TWO!! Willow survives and Emi is frustrated. Emi reels Willow in, hooks the arms, but Willow fights again!
Willow Alabama Lifts but Emi sunset flips! Willow rolls through to BASEMENT CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Emi survives but Willow just runs in, only for Emi to sidestep and roll-up! TWO, but Emi steps over. Willow powers out of La Magistrol, and DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Willow fires up, DOUBLE LARIATS collide again! Willow fires up again, swings, but Emi gets around to CHOP LARIAT!! Both women are down and the fans fire back up! The ref checks and both women are still in this. Emi drags Willow up, fans rally, but Emi underhooks the arms. BUTTERFLY FACEBUSTER!! Emi fires up, she’s not done here!
Fans are thunderous as Emi waits on Willow to rise. Emi then CHOPS, CHOPS, and CHOPS again! MACHINE GUN CHOPS, but Willow shoves her away. Emi CHOP LARIATS, then whips corner to corner. Willow comes back to POUNCE Emi into the corner! Fans fire up as Willow runs to CANNONBALL! And then she drags Emi out to high stack, TWO!! Emi is still in this and fans fire up! But the straps come down and Willow fires up! Fans fire up with her, she reels Emi in to gut wrench, but Emi fights the lift! Emi slips free to SLAP! SLAP! And SLAP! Emi runs, but Willow CLOBBERS her!
Gut wrench, and BABE WITH THE POWER BOMB!! Cover, Willow wins!
Winner: Willow Nightingale, by pinfall (still NJPW Strong Women’s Champion)
Now that’s a first defense for the history books! How much better will Willow make this inaugural reign if this is just the beginning?
BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite!
After their encounter with Dralistico and Preston Vance last Wednesday, #JungleHook reunites for a TEXAS TORNADO TAG MATCH! Will Jack Perry & The FTW Champion tear apart La Faccion Ingobernable?
BIG news for ROH!
On Friday, July 21st in Trenton, New Jersey, ROH returns to PPV with Death Before Dishonor! Tickets go on sale next Friday, June 9th!
Mark Henry welcomes us back to Rampage.
“Tonight, two technical masters go face to face when Lee Moriarty takes on Shibata for the ROH Pure Championship.” Nigel McGuiness says a competitor like Shibata can pick you apart, one body part by another. But Tony Schiavone and Taz say not enough is said about just how talented Moriarty is for such a young wrestler. It looks like there’s been enough talk. It’s TIME for the main event!
ROH Pure Championship: Katsuyori Shibata VS Lee Moriarty!
The Wrestler defended this title just last night on ROH against his student, Alex “The Android” Coughlin. But now he faces #TAIGASTYLE, who has come close to snatching this title for his own not too long ago. Will tonight be Moriarty’s night? Or will Shibata make it through this Pure Wrestling Double Header?
The introductions are made, our judges are BJ Whitmer, Christopher Daniels & Jerry Lynn, and the belt is raised as we see who is truly THE Wrestler!
The bell rings and the clock is ticking on this 60 minute time limit. The two feel things out, Moriarty shoots in but Shibata holds him off with a sprawl. They clinch on the mat, Shibata slips to a waistlock and then a chinlock. Moriarty slips free but Shibata pushes him to a cover, ONE! Shibata wraps Moriarty up with his own arm and then goes for the armbar! Moriarty clasps hands but ends up in a TRIANGLE! Moriarty falls onto the ROPEBREAK, that is his first of three. Shibata even lets Moriarty know it as they reset. They knuckle lock, go shoulder to shoulder, clinch, and Moriarty tries for a leg.
Shibata powers Moriarty down, gets around to a waistlock, and they stand up. Moriarty pries the hold, fans cheer this technical exchange, but then Moriarty elbows free! Moriarty stomps Shibata into a corner, the ref counts, but Moriarty digs his boot in. Fans boo, but Shibata powers up to back Moriarty down! Shibata throws the foot down but Shibata ROCKS him! Moriarty runs to dropkick the legs out! Fans boo while Moriarty grits his teeth, and then the fans rally up for Shibata as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Moriarty mocks the applause as he stands over Shibata. Moriarty then says they can stop all that, and he grabs a leg to DDT the foot! Moriarty kips up, air guitars, and he ties up Shibata’s legs into a unique crisscross toehold. Then he sits with it for a modified stump puller! Shibata’s shoulders are down, Moriarty is practically stealing Darby Allin’s Last Supper! TWO as Shibata kicks out and Moriarty argues the count. Moriarty drags Shibata around, stomps a leg, then stomps it more and more before another DDT to the foot! Moriarty mocks the clapping from the fans, and then he drags Shibata around for a spinning toehold!
Shibata endures as Moriarty ties up the legs into another cross toehold. Moriarty puts Shibata into an Indian Deathlock, then he knuckle locks Shibata for a cover. TWO as Shibata gets an arm up! Moriarty pushes the arm back down, TWO as Shibata gets the other arm up! Moriarty pushes that arm down, TWO as Shibata gets both arms up! Moriarty CHOPS Shibata, pushes on the legs, then lets Shibata go. Moriarty gets a leg, hooks it, and ties Shibata up in another cross toehold, only for Shibata to trip him! Shibata gets Moriarty’s legs, steps through, but Moriarty fights the figure four! Shibata powers through to sync it in!
Moriarty endures, reaches out, but his shoulders are down. TWO as Moriarty sits up, Shibata keeps on the pressure, and Moriarty falls back onto his shoulders. TWO as he sits up again! Shibata has the extended leg caught in a heel hook behind his back! Moriarty falls back again, shoulders are down, TWO as he sits back up! Moriarty endures, reaches out, claws at the hold, and he pries it open. Shibata works to keep it on tight, Moriarty is down again, TWO! Moriarty sits up, Shibata thrashes around, and Rampage returns to single picture. Fans rally, Moriarty drags Shibata along as he reaches back, but Shibata drags him from the ropes!
Moriarty scrambles and goes to the opposite side, ROPEBREAK! That’s his second, he has one left, and we’ve only just past six minutes! Shibata stomps Moriarty’s bad leg, has him in a corner, and he fires off forearms! The ref counts, Shibata fires again and again, but lets off at 4. Shibata runs corner to corner but Moriarty follows to KNEE him in the corner! And then HALF HATCH BRIDGE! TWO as Shibata fights out of the “pancake.” Moriarty HAMMERS away on the back of Shibata’s head! Fans rally, Moriarty suplexes, but Shibata blocks! Shibata powers out but Moriarty kicks low!
Moriarty runs but into a kitchen sink knee! Fans rally, Shibata stomps his legs into working, and he storms up on Moriarty. Shibata drags Moriarty up to whip him to a corner and BOOT! And he fires off more forearms! The ref counts, Shibata runs corner to corner, HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Fans fire up for that Shibata signature and he drags Moriarty up. HALF HATCH! Cover, TWO! Moriarty is still in this but Shibata clamps right on with a chinlock! Moriarty fights to the ROPEBREAK, but that’s his last! Shibata waistlocks. Moriarty switches to roll up, TWO! But Moriarty rolls with to get the BORDER CITY STRETCH!!
Shibata endures, Moriarty pulls him back, but fans rally up. Shibata rolls things to a cover, TWO! Moriarty ROCKS Shibata, winds up, but Shibata ROCKS Moriarty! And then SLEEPER!! Shibata sits Moriarty down, runs, PENALTY KICK!! Cover, Shibata wins!!
Winner: Katsuyori Shibata, by pinfall (still ROH Pure Champion)
Just past nine minutes and Shibata finishes things off, but wait! Daniel Garcia is here! The Dragonslayer is a former ROH Pure Champion, and he’s walking out right to the ring! Garcia steps in, he swaggers up to Shibata, and it is clear this is what’s next for Shibata. Shibata raises the belt to signal his accepting the challenge, will The Wrestler put down this sports… enner-tay-ner?
A great Rampage here, though I’m surprised this wasn’t just a Battle of the Belts special. Excalibur said it himself on commentary in the main event, but it was great to start off with the epitome of lucha libre and finish on Strong Style technical wrestling. The AAA Mega Championship was a great opener, and was definitely another instance where I’m grateful we can pause things because they were going fast and furious. Or maybe at Flash speeds, since that’s a Warner Brothers movie they could plug. But as I figured going into this, all the champions retained, since none of these were AEW titles (directly, since ROH is a subsidiary of AEW now).
The NJPW World Television Championship continues to be a great title to watch because of the 15 minute time limit speeding things up. Likewise, ZSJ is always a great wrestler to watch, but so hard to write for cuz he has the biggest collection of named signature moves/holds of any wrestler I’ve seen. I had to double check what he was using to make Action tap, because I keep thinking things are Clarky Cat when they’re not Clarky Cat. ZSJ is setting a very high bar for this title, maybe he retains against Cobb at Dominion or maybe he loses, but it’s going to be hard for the second-ever NJPW World TV Champion to match what ZSJ has done.
Great first title defense for Willow and this title, she and Emi put on a great match. I wonder when Willow has her first defense on NJPW Strong, and who she’ll be facing. And we got a great Pure Championship match to finish, and I’m surprised it was so quick, even compared to the NJPW World TV Championship match. But great win for Shibata, I like that Garcia is stepping up, and that’s going to be an awesome match. I don’t know if they’re going to wait until Death Before Dishonor in July for that match, but knowing AEW and ROH, they can find a way to stretch things out. Especially with Garcia also busy being part of JAS and doing JAS things.
My Score: 8.7/10
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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (6/2/23)
Is the Bloodline finished?
SmackDown celebrates The Tribal Chief!
Roman Reigns celebrates 1000 DAYS as WWE Universal Champion, but what does it matter after Jimmy Uso betrayed him at Night of Champions?
- Six Man Tag: The Brawling Brutes VS Austin Theory & Pretty Deadly; Theory & Pretty Deadly win.
- The Good Brothers w/ The OC VS Hit Row w/ B-Fab; The Good Brothers win.
- Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: Zelina Vega VS Lacey Evans; Vega wins and advances to MITB.
- Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: LA Knight VS Montez Ford; Knight wins and advances to MITB.
PLAY BY PLAY
Paul Heyman speaks.
“Roman Reigns, your Undisputed WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion, stands at the apex of sports entertainment. Nearly three years ago, Your Tribal Chief reclaimed his Universal Championship. And as time passed, Roman’s title reign has surpassed legends, icons, hall of famers. On the Grandest Stage of Them All, the Head of the Table smashed and stacked his competition. Then humbled a Hall of Famer, and sent a 16-time world champion into the Ocean of Obscurity. Every contender, unable to withstand Roman’s sheer dominance and forced to…” ACKNOWLEDGE him.
“Challenger after challenger, crumble at his feet. And at his second Showcase of the Immortals as your reigning champion, Roman Reigns conquered The Beast, unifying the WWE and Universal titles on his 581st day as the champion in WWE. His power persisted. His Bloodline strengthened. His legacy flourished. Greatness on a different level. And on his 945th day, the greatest champion of any era made history by retaining his championship for the third straight WrestleMania. And now, it’s time to acknowledge the longest reign in over 35 years, over 1000 days. Roman. Reigns…!”
Austin Theory is in the ring.
The Now may not have reached even half of what Roman has achieved, but he is the United States Champion. He welcomes us to Austin Theory Live but the fans boo. Theory says they don’t need to have an attitude. Tonight is a very special night. “Tonight is the celebration of your Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns’ historical title reign. But you know what’s even better than that? If you took Roman’s title reign, and you combined it with the greatest United States Champion of all time… wait for it… Austin Theory’s reign, and you’d have… What is that? A total of 1,209 days! That is impressive. And not only that, it is very inspiring.
“It is almost as inspiring as being the guy who beat John Cena at WrestleMania.” Fans boo but Theory says we should face it. Let’s not be idiots! We all know Theory will have his 1000th day celebration for his title, and a 2000th, and maybe even a 3000th. Probably a 4000th. But if they just keep giving him guys like Sheamus, he’ll be the US Champion forever! “Guys, you really can’t boo me because I’m 25 and I’m the greatest to ever do this. And when you’re this great, everybody wants to gravitate towards you, they wanna be a part of it.” That brings Theory to the guys he wants to bring out.
These two guys did what was right! Theory presents none other than Pretty Deadly! Kit Wilson & Elton Prince make their entrance, and their theme song has a new remix, and they join Theory in the ring. They get mics, and Kit tells Theory, “We came here to tell you, that it was a pleasure destroying those ugly gremlins, the Brawling Brutes.” Elton says that unlike Sheamus, Theory is a champion the people deserve. They wanna show Theory their appreciation for such a good champion, in a way that only they can! “YES BOY~!” And they point to him! Feels good, right? But wait, here come the Brawling Brutes!
Fans fire up as Sheamus leads Ridge Holland & Pete Dunne out to the ring, ready for Fight Night! The ref hurries in to keep the peace, but will Theory & Pretty Deadly be leaving in pieces?
Six Man Tag: The Brawling Brutes VS Austin Theory & Pretty Deadly!
The trios sort out, Ridge starts against Elton. Elton headlocks, Ridge powers out and he CLOBBERS Elton! Fans fire up as Ridge UPPERCUTS Elton, then HEADBUTTS him to a corner. Ridge adds a clothesline, then bumps Elton off the buckle, KICKS him in the back and CLOBBERS him again! Ridge drags Elton up, tags in “Butch,” and they coordinate, suplex dropkick combo! Dunne drags Elton up, wrenches, but Elton throws body shots. Elton RAMS Dunne into the corner, tags in Kit, and Kit runs in to UPPERCUT! Dunne clutches his jaw while fans boo. Kit drops elbows, rains down hands, then covers, TWO!
Kit sits Dunne into a chinlock. Dunne endures, fans rally for Sheamus, and Dunne fights up. Dunne powers out, drops then hurdles to then drop and CLOBBER Kit! Fans fire up, Dunne stands on Kit’s hands, then STOMPS them! Kit ducks the buzzsaw and scrambles away. Tag to Theory, fans boo, and Theory tells Dunne he wants Sheamus! Fans fire up because they want that, too! Dunne tags Sheamus in and the Mohegan Sun Arena are fired up! These two circle, but then Theory bails out, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Elton has Dunne down with a top wristlock. Fans rally, Dunne endures and he fights up to his feet. But Elton throws him down by his hair! The ref reprimands and fans boo but Elton grabs at Dunne. Dunne grabs Elton’s fingers! Dunne bends the fingers, Elton screams, but Elton CLUBS Dunne down! Tag to Theory and he runs to BLAST Ridge! Theory taunts Sheamus, stomps Dunne, then brings Dunne up to CLUB him down. Fans rally for Dunne but Theory flexes on him. Theory drags Dunne over, tags in Kit, but Dunne kicks at Theory. Kit stomps Dunne, stands him up and UPPERCUTS him down!
Tag to Elton and Theory CHOKES Dunne behind the ref’s back! Pretty Deadly stomp while the ref is busy with Sheamus. Elton drags Dunne up but Dunne CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS again! Elton ROCKS Dunne, then runs in, but into a BOOT! Dunne goes up, leaps, FLYING DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Dunne and Elton crawl, hot tags to Theory and Sheamus! The Fella rallies on Theory! And clotheslines in the corner! Whip corner to corner for another clothesline! Scoop and POWERSLAM! Fans fire up as Sheamus ROCKS Pretty Deadly and has them both on the ropes!
But Theory rolls Sheamus up! TWO!! Sheamus gets Theory with an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Then an IRISH CURSE for Kit! And then an IRISH CURSE for Elton! Fans fire up and the Brutes return. Everyone fireman’s carries someone, for a TRIPLE WHITE NOISE! Fans are thunderous and Sheamus has Theory all alone! BROGUE!!! Cover, but Pretty Deadly drag Theory out! Sheamus hurries up top!? Ridge BLASTS Pretty Deadly, Sheamus steadies himself, and he FLYING LARIATS Pretty Deadly back down! Dunne goes up, everyone gathers, ASAI MOONSAULT onto Theory & Pretty Deadly!
Fans are thunderous as the Brutes prove they can fly! Sheamus commends Butch for topping things off, and SmackDown goes to break.
Elton stomps Dunne. Elton brings Dunn up but Dunne gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Kit runs in but into an ENZIGURI! ENZIGURI for Theory! GAMANGIRI for Kit in a corner! GAMANGIRI for Elton in a corner! Tag to Ridge and SPLASHES Elton! Then Ridge brings Elton up, Dunne joins in, BACK SUPLEX BOMB COMBO! Sheamus tags in and goes up for a KING KONG KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO!! Elton survives but Sheamus keeps his cool. Sheamus drags Elton up, reels him in, Canadian rack but Elton fights free of the crucifix! Elton BOOTS Sheamus, tags Kit, then gives Kit the boost, CRY MARTINI!
Theory tags in, drags Sheamus up to ROCK him and torture rack him! TOWER HACKER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Theory is furious and he rains down fists! Fans boo while Theory seethes and looms over Sheamus. Theory talks trash, brings Sheamus up, but Sheamus blocks a body shot to LARIAT point blank! Elton gets in but Ridge gives him an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Kit DROPKICKS Ridge but Dunne ENZIGURIS Kit! Dunne runs at Theory but Theory shovels him up and out! Theory somersaults, into a KNEE!! Cover, TWO!! Theory survives and Sheamus is too tired to be upset. Both men crawl and fans rally up.
Sheamus and Theory reach out, hot tags to Elton and Ridge! Kit tags in, but The Fridge picks Elton up! Kit saves Elton, but then Ridge picks them both up! DOUBLE back drop! Fans fire up as Ridge kicks Kit to the apron. Sheamus has Theory, and Dunne has Elton! Fans fire up for the TRIPLE BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN!! The Brutes all go to 10, though Dunne gets a little extra. Ridge then scoops for NORTHERN GRIT! Cover, but Theory breaks it! Dunne swings on Theory but into A-TOWN DOWN! Sheamus clotheslines Theory out! Sheamus pursues Theory, but Theory POSTS Sheamus!
Kit and Elton coordinate, they pull a sneaky move by hiding Elton under the apron skirt. The matching outfits make Ridge think that’s still Kit! Ridge drags Elton in, and surprise! Kit CHOP BLOCKS Ridge! Kit tags Elton, they get Ridge up for SPILT MILK!! And tag to Theory so he can cover, Theory & Pretty Deadly win!
Winners: Austin Theory & Pretty Deadly, by pinfall
The three of them hurry away before Dunne returns, having pulled another fast one. Will Kit & Elton be heading towards the tag titles? Will anyone be able to take the US Championship from Theory?
Paul Heyman is backstage.
The Wise Man is holding onto both the black WWE Championship and blue Universal Championship belts for the Tribal Chief as he walks up to the private suite. Heyman walks inside, is he going to discuss the celebration plans with Roman Reigns during the break?
SmackDown returns, and Heyman’s talking with Solo Sikoa. The magnitude that has never been accomplished before in the WWE. This needs to be special for the Tribal Chief, especially given what happened at Night of Champions. Heyman wants this to be special for Roman Reigns. And he knows Solo feels the same way. Heyman will go talk with Adam Pearce to make sure that Solo’s brothers, The Usos, are nowhere to be found tonight so that this is the night that we acknowledge Roman… Reigns! Heyman smiles and heads out, how does Solo really feel about what Jimmy did to Roman?
The OC talk backstage.
The Good Brothers are worried but Mia Yim says it’s fine, tonight is his birthday. AJ Styles walks in and they say happy birthday! Yes, it IS his birthday! And he apologizes for losing at Night of Champions, he ruined their night. No, no, it is not his fault. But you take the L, keep it moving. The OC has their back. But did anyone else see the “diss” track by Hit Row? Yeah, but Styles would rather see the Good Brothers drop Hit Row. Too Sweet, baby! And that match is happening next! Will Top Dolla & Ashante THEE Adonis think twice before opening their mouths next time?
The Good Brothers w/ The OC VS Hit Row w/ B-Fab!
SmackDown returns as Hit Row makes their entrance. The teams sort out, but Adonis ambushes Karl Anderson! Fans boo and the ref counts while Adonis stomps away, but then he lets off at 4. Adonis whips to CLOBBER Anderson, then he taunts Luke Gallows. Anderson goes to a corner, Adonis drags him out and tags Dolla. Hit Row whip Anderson to a corner, then Dolla whips Adonis in to RAM Anderson! Dolla talks trash on The Machine Gun, then reels him in for an ELBOW! Dolla talks more trash, drags Anderson to the ropes, and he CHOPKES him! The ref counts, Dolla lets off and tags Adonis.
Adonis runs to STRADDLE ATTACK! Adonis sits on Anderson while smoothing his hair, but lets off as the ref counts. The ref argues with Adonis and B-Fab sucker punches Anderson! Michin storms up and B-Fab backs off. Adonis covers, TWO, but he clamps onto a chinlock. The ref has Michin and B-Fab back off, and fans rally as Anderson fights up. Anderson throws body shots but Adonis CLUBS him! Adonis whips, Anderson reverses, SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up while both men are down. Fans rally, Anderson hot tags Gallows! Doc BOOTS Adonis, BOOTS Dolla, then DECKS Adonis!
Gallows ROUNDHOUSES Adonis to a corner, runs in and back elbows! Then he keeps moving, FLYING UPPERCUT on Adonis! Fans fire up as Gallows scoops to AK 47! Tag to Anderson, the Good Brothers get Adonis up, MAGIC KILLER!! Cover, Good Brothers win!
Winners: The Good Brothers, by pinfall
But Dolla BOOTS Anderson! And CLOBBERS Gallows! But Styles springboards in, PHENOMENAL FOREARM!! Fans fire up as the birthday boy gets him some, and The Hit Row? They don’t want none! Will The OC be too sweet all the way to some gold?
Adam Pearce is on the phone.
Yes, he is very excited, this is perhaps one of the biggest nights in SmackDown history. He excuses himself and ends the call as he sees Heyman walking in. Pearce tells Heyman right now that the Usos’ travel was canceled, they were told they weren’t needed tonight. And as requested, should The Usos want to show up, security has been doubled. The Usos are NOT getting inside the building. Heyman smiles and puts a call into Roman Reigns. Will nothing go wrong during the 1000 Day Acknowledgment?
BREAKING NEWS for Raw!
Seth Rollins put out the open challenge for his NEW World Heavyweight Championships on social media and it was quickly accepted by Damian Priest! Will the Judgment Day add more gold when the Punisher brings down The Visionary?
SmackDown presents an all new Grayson Waller Effect.
The 21st Century Success Story, “The Dynamite from Down Under, the Moment Maker, the Aussie Icon,” gets the big introduction once again as he’s already in the ring. And he says, “What a week it has been here in the WWE, and we’re gonna keep it rolling with the most honest talk show in WWE history.” Waller brings us the biggest and the best, and he’s done it again tonight. So please welcome the NEW Raw Women’s Champion, ASUKA~! The fans do like that as the Empress of Tomorrow walks out with the belt on her shoulder. She joins Waller in the ring and at the desk as he welcomes her to the show.
Waller says, “Congratulations, what an incredible performance against Bianca at Night of Champions. In fact, let’s see exactly how you got it done.” Waller and Asuka look to the tron as we all see a Progressive Match Flo recap video of that match. Asuka used blue mist fingers to finish Bianca, and Waller says wow. Asuka laughs and smiles, and in Japanese, she says “I told you saw! I’m the Raw Women’s Champion!” Waller says he could not have put it better himself! But he can’t help but notice the briefcases above the ring. There’s no shortage of people who think they’re ready for Asuka. They’re gonna climb the ladder, win the briefcase to be Miss MITB, and maybe cash in on her?
Waller says Asuka’s gotta keep her head on a swivel. Nevermind that Bianca’s gonna come looking for a rematch. Asuka is amused there. She reenacts how she spat mist on her finger, got Bianca in the eyes and made Bianca cry. Waller is amused, too! He says that was so true. And so smart! He can’t imagine the pain and suffering Bianca went through. Asuka’s even drooling some blue mist right now. Waller looks a bit worried, but also maybe excited. But then IYO SKY shows up! She tells Asuka in Japanese that she’s nothing special for what she did. And Iyo won’t even need MITB to take that title from! But she’s still gonna win it, and then Iyo will be the new champion!
Asuka laughs, and tells Iyo she’s a child, the way she’s storming up in here. Iyo tells Asuka to shut up, dammit! Asuka calls Iyo an idiot, Iyo calls Asuka a scumbag, and they go back and forth like that. Waller has them stop, this is HIS show, he did not approve a second guest! But wait, here comes BAYLEY! The Role Model says Iyo said that after both Iyo and Bayley qualify for the MITB, one of them is winning the MITB briefcase. Though it is every woman for themselves, and Bayley’s won it before, so either way, DMG CTRL will win the title- Wait! Here comes Shotzi!
Fans fire up as the Wild Child says, “Awww, Bayley! There is NOTHING that I would love more than to crush your dreams with the help of some cold, hard steel! Because, if there is anyone made for the pure chaos of the Money in the Bank Ladder match, it’s me!” Wait, here comes Lacey Evans! The Model Soldier is embodying Sergeant Slaughter and she tells Shotzi to shut up and salute her! Fans boo but Lacey says none of these nasty things are taking the briefcase anywhere, it’s coming home with her. But first, she’ll take her Cobra Clutch, wrap it around that “shrimp,” Zelina Vega, and-
Wait! Here comes Zelina! Fans fire up as La Muneca says there is only one problem with everyone’s plans. They are all underestimating Zelina. And y’know who else did that? Rhea Ripley at Backlash. Because Zelina was this close to becoming champion! So “Shrimp?” Keep that energy, Lacey. Because to be honest, even if Lacey got her hair done, her nails done and traded in those “piss soaked boots” for red bottoms, you still wouldn’t be half the woman Zelina is. So please, underestimate her. Everyone do that. Because it will be that much sweeter when she wins. Because that is how she is going to become Miss MITB!
Bayley laughs and says they’re all idiots. Waller says this is the best day of his life. Bayley asks him what kind of show he’s running here, and he’s hoping for more ladies to show up. Asuka slips away to say, “Hey hey hey hey! NO ONE is ready for Asuka!!” But then Bianca storms up to ROCK Asuka with a forearm! They brawl on the stage and fans fire up! Referees rush out to stop that scrap, only for Bianca to break lose and hit Asuka again! The refs and even some producers get in to separate them again, but fans wanna “Let Them Fight!” Will the angriEST Bianca be coming after the Empress?
Cameron Grimes talks with Adam Pearce backstage.
They watch a replay of Baron Corbin ruining Carmelo Hayes’ moment just last Tuesday on NXT, and Grimes said that’s exactly what Corbin did to him last week. Is Corbin even here? No, and with his free agency status, the next time we see him will be next Tuesday on NXT. Grimes says Melo will handle that. But the next time Corbin shows his face on SmackDown, Grimes will handle that. Pearce nods, will the Carolina Caveman crush Baron Corbin?
Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: Zelina Vega VS Lacey Evans!
Since everyone was already at ringside, this match is happening now! And Vega is already clutching her jaw, it seems the Model Soldier got a cheap shot in while everyone was watching Asuka and Bianca. Will Vega still be able to humble Lacey for underestimating her? Or will another Woman’s Right simply take Vega out?
The bell rings and Lacey stomps Vega into the corner! The ref counts, fans boo, but Lacey lets off at 4. Lacey stands on Vega’s hair and salutes, then lets off to SWINGING BRONCO BUSTER! Lacey pushes Vega around, covers, TWO! Lacey sits Vega up, and clamps on the COBRA CLUTCH! And she SWINGS Vega around! Fans rally for Vega but Lacey TOSSES her away! Lacey dusts off her hands, runs in, but Vega goes up and over and rolls Lacey, Schoolgirl Kick! Cover, TWO! Vega whips, Lacey reverses but Vega KICKS her! Only for Lacey to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Lacey dribbles Vega off the mat, then smirks as fans boo.
Lacey salutes but fans boo, and Vega hits low. Lacey BOOTS Vega, drags her from ropes and stands on her for a cocky cover. The ref says it’s on the throat! Lacey steps off to argue with him, and then Lacey clamps onto Vega with a chinlock. Fans rally but Lacey throws knees into Vega’s side! Vega still endures, fans rally up, and Vega kicks from below! Lacey drags Vega up but Vega RAMS her into a corner! And again! Vega smacks Lacey off buckles, headlocks and springboards for a headlock takeover! Lacey runs in but into the tilt-o-whirl and CODE RED!! Cover, VEGA WINS!
Winner: Zelina Vega, by pinfall (advances to MITB)
What did she just say about underestimating her? Because there’s the proof! Lacey toyed with Zelina but got played, will Zelina soon be La Muneca en el Banco?
The LWO celebrates backstage.
They are so proud of Vega! Latinos around the world are going to gather in celebration! And next week, when Escobar wins his qualifier and win the MITB contract, oh he can see it now. She can see it, too. Rey Mysterio can see it, too! It is only a matter of time before the entire locker room refers to them as Santos y Zelina, Mr. and Mrs. Money in the Bank! Will the LWO soon take over London?
Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: LA Knight VS Montez Ford!
The Mega Star told the Street Profits that if they want the smoke, he’ll be the one to burn ’em! Is that not an insult but just a fact of life? Or will #KingTez be the one saying “YEAH!” on the way to London?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up, the two tie up, and Knight wrenches to a hammerlock, and he slaps Ford around. Fans rally for “L A KNIGHT! L A KNIGHT!” The two circle, tie up, and Ford headlocks. Knight powers out the back to hammerlock, but Ford switches it onto him. Knight switches back, Ford switches again, Knight switches again. They keep going, Knight gest the ROPEBREAK, but Ford slaps him around now. Fans are a bit torn but Knight gets heated. Knight shoves, Ford shoves, repeat! Fans are on Knight’s side as the two tie up again but Ford headlocks. Knight powers out but Ford runs him over!
Ford actually seems to enjoy upsetting the Knight fans, and things speed up. Knight hurdles, but Ford whips him away to keep things moving. Ford hurdles, Knight hurdles, but Ford DROPKICKS! Fans are salty as Ford clotheslines Knight in the corner. And then in another corner! Ford whips Knight into the corner, runs in but Knight puts Ford on the apron. Ford ROCKS Knight back! But Knight BLASTS Ford! Fans cheer Knight while Ford crawls and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and both men collide! Fans rally up while both men are down, and then Knight stands. Knight throws haymakers but Ford gives them back! They go back and forth, “YEAH!” “BOO!” “YEAH!” “BOO!” “YEAH!” “BOO!” Ford gets the edge, whips, but Knight reverses, only for Ford to LARIAT! Ford rallies on Knight, ducks ‘n’ dodges to LARIAT again! Knight gets up, Ford hits a BIG back suplex! Ford kips up, fans fire up, and Ford flexes to MOONSAULT, but Knight moves! Ford lands on his feet, swings but misses, and Knight torture racks! SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up, Knight stalks Ford and fans duel. Knight stands Ford up but Ford elbows him! Ford runs in but into an elbow! Ford falls over, Knight tries a springboard, LIONSAULT FLOPS as Ford moves! Ford ENZIGURIS Knight, then fires up to clinch and ROCK BOTTOM! Cover, TWO!! Knight survives and Ford is seething. Fans fire up as Ford drags Knight up. Ford whips, Knight KICKS back! Ford doges the lariat, both men run, DOUBLE LARIATS take them down! Fans fire up again while the ref checks both men. Knight and Ford crawl to each other, and Knight throws a haymaker. Ford gives it back!
Fans rally as the hands go back and forth, “YEAH!” “BOO!” Ford CHOPS, then DECKS Knight! Knight stands at the ropes, Ford runs in but is put back on the apron. Ford GAMANGIRIS Knight then goes up a corner! But Knight ROCKS Ford first! Knight climbs, Ford throws body shots then shoves Knight away. Knight returns and springs right up! But Ford shoves him back down! Fans fire up as Ford comes in, FROM THE- NO, Knight moves! Knight kicks low, BF- NO, Ford O’Conner Rolls, TWO! Knight O’Conner Rolls with ropes!! Knight wins!!
Winner: LA Knight, by pinfall (advances to MITB)
The Mega Star snatches that one away from Ford, but the fans still love it! Knight then brings a ladder out and sets it up under the briefcases. Knight climbs, says this is what we’ll see, because whose game is it? Will this really be what happens when LA arrives in the UK?
Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn speak.
“Sanguis rubeus luna et exponentia exitio.” That phrase repeats as we travel through a snow covered forest. Translation: “The perfect moon will spell your doom.” The Unholy Union is here, what will they do to the landscape of SmackDown?
SmackDown sets the rest of the qualifiers!
For the Men’s MITB, Baron Corbin returns from NXT to take on “Butch” Pete Dunne, and Mustafa Ali returns from NXT to take on Santos Escobar! And then, as announced during the Grayson Waller Effect, DMG CTRL is in the mix as Bayley takes on Mia Yim and Iyo Sky takes on Shotzi! Will DMG CTRL look to take control of that briefcase one way or another?
Triple H is here!
Fans fire up for The Game as he heads to the ring! It seems even he is here to celebrate Roman Reigns’ 1000+ days as Universal Champion! What will HHH have to add to the occasion? We find out, after the break.
SmackDown returns and HHH is in the ring with a pedestal and a familiar looking cloth. HHH has the mic to say, “On rare occasions, an athlete comes along that is so dominant that they change the entire face of their chosen sport. And when it happens, they will be talked about for generations to come. In boxing, it was the Great One, Muhammad Ali. In basketball, Michael Jordan. In the WWE, right now, we have the privilege of witnessing that greatness live. Believe me, you will talk about this for generations, so please help me welcome a man who has passed 1000 days as champion. Please help me welcome a man that you will tell your children and your grandchildren about.
“Please help me welcome the Tribal Chief, the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, Roman Reigns.” The Head of the Table makes his entrance with fans torn between boos and throwing up the ones. Roman has Solo and Heyman with him, the brand new “1000 Days” branded jacket and shirt on as he holds up the belts for the pyro. The Bloodline, if this group even still counts as that, continues on into the ring. Roman then shakes HHH’s hand and Heyman fetches a mic. Heyman also shakes HHH’s hand, and then HHH tells Roman, “On behalf of the WWE, and on behalf of the entire WWE Universe, I would like to congratulate you on surpassing 1000 days as champion.”
That is something that hasn’t been accomplished in the WWE in almost forty years! Truly an epic accomplishment. So to congratulate Roman and celebrate this historic achievement, it is HHH’s honor to present him with a brand new Undisputed WWE Universal Championship belt. HHH takes the cover off to reveal the same home base design, but with a GOLDEN face plate! Heyman removes the belt Roman is wearing on his waist so that he can hold up the new belt, for more pyro! HHH then helps Roman put that belt on, then Heyman hands Roman the mic. Roman smiles while fans are torn between cheers and jeers.
Roman says, “Pennsyl- No, no, no. I mean, c’mon! That’s not good enough anymore. The entire universe…! ACKNOWLEDGE ME!!” Wait, the USOS are here?!? How?! Heyman heard from Pearce that this wasn’t supposed to happen! But Jimmy & Jey do walk out and Roman glares at Heyman. Heyman defends he was assured this wouldn’t happen, but it is! And we see what the Usos are going to do, after the break.
SmackDown returns and the Usos are now in the ring with Roman, Solo & Heyman. And Jimmy’s staring Roman down. He even glances at the brand new Universal Championship blet. Jimmy has the mic, but Roman speaks first, telling Jey to kick Jimmy in the face! Fans boo but Roman says it again, kick Jimmy in the face. He didn’t stutter, do it now! That’s what Jimmy did to Roman. Jimmy took Roman’s tag team titles away from him, so Jey has to fix this. Jey has to kick his brother in the face! Fans boo more, and Jey just paces. Roman is not happy about that, and he tells Jey this is the last time: KICK HIM IN THE FACE AND FIX THIS RIGHT NOW!
Jimmy speaks up to that the only one who needs fixing is ROMAN. Fans cheer that! Roman scowls but Jimmy says Jey can’t fix this. Jimmy kicked Roman in the face, “The Kick Heard Worldwide.” And Jimmy did what he did in Saudi not to be the Tribal Chief, not to lead the Bloodline, but because Jimmy was being a brother. Brothers treat each other with love and respect, and as of lately, you ain’t been such a good brother, Roman. What kind of brother manipulates, betrays and hurts his own family? What kind of brother does that, Uce? Roman has gone crazy! CRAZY! This right here is Jimmy’s brother! It is embedded in Jimmy to protect Jey.
In fact, SOLO is Jimmy’s brother! He’ll protect Solo, and he’s gonna tell Solo right now, that after Roman’s done using you, he’s gonna abuse you, betray you, kick you to the side, and put you in the dirt! Jimmy IS Solo’s brother, that’s why he’s saying this. Fans cheer that, too! Roman tries to laugh it off but Jimmy tells Solo to listen to him. Fans rally for the “USOS! USOS!” and Roman says that’s because of ROMAN! Roman is the Tribal Chief! You see him? Tribal Chief. This here is an imposter! Jimmy talking like he’s the leader, like Solo don’t have a voice. Let’s hear it from Solo who Solo is loyal to!
Roman hands the mic to Solo and fans boo. Solo looks at the mic, thinks about it, and fans chant for “SOLO! SOLO!” Solo says, “I acknowledge you, My Tribal Chief.” Fans boo and Roman smiles. But then Solo says, “But these two right here… They’re my brothers.” UH OH~! Roman is shocked and the Usos smile! Solo hands the mic back, to stand with his brothers!! Roman can’t believe what he’s seeing! Jimmy says hey, hey, so what’s it gonna be, Uce? Does Roman wanna run this thing together with respect? Or just end up on the Island of Relevancy all by himself? Roman tells Jimmy to shut up, but Jimmy pie faces him!!
Heyman is shocked and cowering in the corner! Fans fire up as Jey and Solo are both tense. Roman registers what just happened, then gets up in Jimmy’s face. Jey stops them both, and he wants to keep the peace. It’s not going like this. Jey needs them both, they cannot start fighting! They’re better than that, okay? Jey gets Jimmy to understand, and Jimmy cools off. Stronger together, Uce. But see, Jey is Jimmy’s brother, and Solo is Jimmy’s brother. But so is Roman. Roman’s always been family. So be a brother, have respect, and run this place like they’ve been doing! But TOGETHER! Bloodline, right? Family, right? They are still the ones, right?
Roman wipes sweat from his brow and takes a breath. Fans want Roman to accept what the Usos are saying, but he seems unsure what to do. Roman and Jimmy HUG!! Fans cheer, and Jey is relieved. Roman then says, “No.” WHAT?! Heyman is shocked all over again! Roman lets go and Jey is upset again! How could Roman say that?! And then Solo SAMOAN SPIKES JIMMY!?!? Jey is even more devastated!! Roman takes his leave, Heyman and Solo following behind. Is the Tribal Chief’s iron grip that powerful? Heyman then asks Roman, “What about Jey?” Roman says Jey will do what he always does and fall in line. Just give it time.
Fans boo as Roman refuses to share love and respect with his family. What will it take for The Usos to change that?
An awesome episode to follow Night of Champions with! Granted, a lot of that comes from the Bloodline story, which once again continues to be the top story. And with this story already having set a high bar, they find a way to raise the bar again. Great video package narrated by Heyman to open the show, good promos backstage to expertly set up what we got in the closing segment. I did appreciate that since they’re not undoing the unification, Roman now just has one actual belt to hold onto and he can just keep the other two at home. Naturally, they just kept the cookie cutter shape they’ve been using, but I like the gold backing on the logo there, it really stands out.
And naturally, the Usos DID show up, and what an amazing emotional rollercoaster there. After all that, we are definitely getting Usos VS Roman & Solo, and that will be the moment of truth where I would think Solo really does side with his brothers. Then it’s on Roman to either “fall in line” and accept his family as family, or he ends up all alone with just Heyman. Either way, this is all great stuff that can carry the story into the Summer, maybe even to SummerSlam. And what would really put a cherry on top: if Roman, no more pawns to get in the way, gets beat by a Mr. MITB cash-in.
Great opening Six Man from Theory & Pretty Deadly VS Brawling Brutes, and I figured the Heels would find a way to win. I would think Pretty Deadly finds a way into the Undisputed Tag Team Championship scene for the summer, as those titles are meant to be on both Raw and SmackDown. And who wouldn’t love seeing a promo between Kevin, Sami and Pretty Deadly? At the same time, The Good Brothers should also get in on some of that, they got a really good win off Hit Row. Happy birthday to AJ Styles, maybe he can find his way to a title match of some kind. Him and Theory wouldn’t be half bad for MITB.
Really good Grayson Waller Effect segment, though not really because of Waller. If this same stuff happened with The Miz and MizTV, it’d amount to about the same great stuff. Asuka and Iyo getting at each other and then arguing in Japanese seems to be their thing, but I would love if we got Iyo to turn Face. Between her and Asuka being longtime rivals, and DMG CTRL about to fall apart at a moment’s notice, Iyo could come out a top Face for the SmackDown Women’s Division. But I also do like that Bianca went after Asuka, that was a logical move. I just wish we got to see the sucker punch from Lacey live and not in a replay.
The MITB qualifiers were both good matches, but Zelina was a very obvious winner given Lacey’s attitude and how Zelina seems to be on a great push. Ford VS Knight was a bit closer, but the fans are just loving Knight, so it makes sense Knight won here. We’re also going to get great stuff out of next week’s matches, and I’m thinking Bayley, Iyo, Escobar and Dunne win. Bayley and Iyo because of the DMG CTRL breakup story they’re giving us, Escobar because the LWO tease they gave us, and Dunne because it won’t be Corbin since he’s got stuff brewing in NXT and Grimes just isn’t gonna let him win.
And what a spooky vignette from Fyre & Dawn. Just as it isn’t clear what they’re planning with having the Smackdown Women’s Championship on Raw and vice-versa, I’m not sure what’s going on with the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships still being up here on main roster. I don’t think they’d unify, nor do I want them to unify, mostly because Fyre & Dawn probably wouldn’t beat Ronda & Shayna. Well, Shayna didn’t do well against spooky given Twisted Alexa during pandemic era, but I still don’t think using supernatural elements would be enough to take out Ronda. Though it would be pretty funny to see.
My Score: 8.8/10
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