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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (3/17/21)

Will it be The Way All Day?

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NXT Coverage 2021

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?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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?

 

BREAKING NEWS!

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!

 

BREAKING NEWS!

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?


My Thoughts:

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 WWE NXT Results & Report! (1/31/23)

NXTag Team Tuesday!

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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Will tonight be a TEACHABLE MOMENT?

NXT is planning a Fatal 4 Way tag title match for Vengeance Day, and a Triple Threat will decide that fourth team! Who punches a golden ticket to Charlotte, North Carolina?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Creed Brothers VS Indus Sher w/ Jinder Mahal; Indus Sher wins.
  • Zoey Stark VS Indi Hartwell; Stark wins.
  • DIJAK VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone; Dijak wins.
  • Tyler Bate VS Axiom; Bate wins.
  • Stevie Turner VS Dani Palmer; Stevie wins.
  • Charlie Dempsey VS Drew Gulak w/ Hank Walker; Gulak wins.
  • Triple Threat Tag: The Dyad VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe VS Chase U; Chase U wins and joins the Vengeance Day NXT Tag Team Championship match.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Creed Brothers VS Indus Sher w/ Jinder Mahal!

Julius & Brutus were denied a New Year’s Evil showdown with Sanga & Veer, but they get their moment just days before Vengeance Day! Will the Diamond Mine finally shine? Or will they be slain by the tigers hunting them down?

The teams sort out, Julius starts against Veer and they tie up. They go around as fans chant for the Creeds, and the two break. They go again, Julius waistlocks then shoves Veer. Veer nods, eggs Julius on, but then avoids Julius’ takedown. Julius waistlocks, Veer elbows free then runs, but Julius drops and Veer rolls. They keep moving, Julius ducks then jumps but Veer blocks the hip toss! Julius blocks a hip toss, and the hand start flying! Veer knees low, TOSSES Julius to the corner, then storms up. Julius slips away but gets clipped. Tag to Sanga, and tag to Brutus. Fans rally up as Brutus and Sanga circle.

The two tie up, Brutus waistlocks but Sanga THROWS him away! Sanga and Brutus go again, and Brutus tries to lift Sanga! Sanga CLUBS Brutus, whips him to a corner, then runs in. Brutus dodges, fires hands from all sides but Sanga shoves back. Brutus blocks a boot! Brutus has a leg but Veer tags in! Veer ROCKS Brutus, Sanga whips Brutus, and Sanga runs Brutus over! Veer drops a BIG elbow! Jinder applauds while fans are torn. Veer stalks Brutus, stomps him down, then stomps him again. Brutus gets up to RAM Veer into the corner! Tag to Julius, the Creeds mug Veer, and then Julius runs to forearm smash!

The Creeds DOUBLE HIP TOSS Veer! Fans fire up as Julius KNEES Veer in the side! Brutus KNEES Veer, then Julius gut wrench SLAMS Brutus on Veer! Cover, TWO! Jinder talks trash, Julius swipes at him, then goes back for Veer. Veer elbows Julius away, tags in Sanga, and they FLAPJACK HOTSHOT Julius down! Sanga throws knees, puts Julius in the ropes and bends him back! The ref counts, Sanga lets off, but Jinder hits a cheap shot! Ivy Nile protests but Sanga stands on Julius’ chest! Tag to Veer, Sanga has the legs and drapes Julius out, for Veer to LEAP FROG ATTACK! Fans are torn while Indus Sher stands over Julius.

Veer throws body shots on Julius at the ropes, then he reaches out for Sanga. Julius throws hands but Veer ROCKS and CLUBS Julius! Tag to Sanga but Julius tackles Veer! Sanga BOOTS Julius for that, then scoops him. Sanga gives Julius SNAKE EYES, and then waits on Julius before he stomps him back down! Tag to Veer, Sanga throws knees, CLUBS Julius down, but Julius TACKLES Sanga! Veer stomps Julius, stomps him more, and then has him at the ropes. Tag back to Sanga, Indus Sher mugs Julius, then double whip. They run Julius over with double shoulders! Sanga stalks Julius, and clamps on a SLEEPER!

Fans rally for Julius as he fights up. Julius stands but Sanga wrangles him back down! Julius fights up, but Sanga knees him in the back! Sanga puts Julius against ropes, kicks him and whips him to a corner. Sanga runs in to SPLASH! Sanga reels Julius in, for a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Julius is hanging tough but Sanga throws off his armbands. Sanga drags Julius up but Julius powers Sanga back. Sanga CLUBS Julius in the corner, throws knees, then drags Julius over. But Julius shoves free! Sanga CLOBBERS Julius and smother shim into the mat! Sanga drags Julius back, tags Veer, and they hand off the leg.

Veer has a lock on the leg but Julius uses his other foot to pry at the hold! Julius hops up and ENZIGURIS! Hot tag to Brutus! Fans fire up as BRUTUS SMASH! And SMASH! And back body block for Sanga! BIG back suplex for Veer! Fans are thunderous as Brutus goes out to SMASH Sanga! Brutus drags Veer up to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Brutus roars, and he hammers away with fists! Sanga returns but Brutus DECKS him! Tag to Julius and Brutus STANDING MOONSAULTS! Julius STANDING SHOOTING STARS! Cover, TWO!! Sanga was almost there but Veer survives on his own. Fans rally, Brutus runs in and TACKLES Sanga out of the ring!

Julius drags Veer up, gut wrenches, and he double clutches to POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO!?! Veer survives and fans are thunderous again! Jinder panics but he coaches Veer up. Fans rally for “NXT!” as Julius hits the ROLLING SPINEBUSTER! The elbow pad comes off, but Jinder grabs Julius! Ivy storms over and fans rally for her! Veer ROCKS Julius, whips him, but Julius dodges! Only to BLAST Ivy off the apron by accident!! Julius can’t believe what happened, but he turns around into the MILLION DOLLAR LARIAT!! Tag to Sanga, choke grip and CHOKE SLAM! Cover, Indus Sher wins!!

Winner: Indus Sher, by pinfall

Jinder grins as he celebrates with his team, because a win is a win! Will Indus Sher look to take over the NXT Tag Division after Vengeance Day?

 

Axiom watches NXT UK episodes on Peacock.

Tyler Bate walks over to see it’s Tyler Bate VS A-Kid for the Heritage Cup. Bate was always a big fan of A-Kid’s. They had some excellent matches in NXT. Axiom agrees, A-Kid’s the best. What ever happened to him? Bate says Axiom reminds him of A-Kid. He isn’t sure what it is, he can’t put his finger on it. Axiom says he gets that a lot. But Bate, that Heritage Cup match was very unique, a real masterpiece. How about they create a masterpiece of their own tonight? Bate loves that idea! But then in walks Damon Kemp with sarcastic applause.

Kemp says he was walking around, and overhead them. Friendly competition makes him sick! “I respect your work a lot! I respect your work to infinity!” When Kemp was in NXT UK, he learned that all the Limeys are soft! And the European wrestling style is overrated! And if you ever see A-Kid personally, tell him that Kemp says he’s hot garbage! Well, if Axiom does see A-Kid around, he’ll tell him. Kemp walks off, but Bate says Kemp is a “right wazzock.” A what? A pendejo. Oh! Okay. Bate heads out, will Axiom get that friendly competition? Or will he first take care of Kemp’s attitude first?

 

Zoey Stark VS Indi Hartwell!

These two had an impressive showing in this year’s Women’s Royal Rumble match, though neither won their ticket to WrestleMania. But Indi also wants to get to the bottom of who attacked Nikkita Lyons in the parking lot. All signs point to The Hunter, will Indi get her to confess?

The bell rings and fans sing, “OH~ Zoey is angry~!” Zoey gets mad hearing that, and then ties up with Indi. They go around, Indi puts Zoey in a corner, and the ref counts. Indi lets off at 4, but Zoey shoves her back. Indi shoves back, then dodges to CHOP! And ROCK! Indi fires off and fans cheer her on. Indi whips, Zoey holds ropes, then Zoey bails out. Fans boo while Zoey throws a tantrum. Indi slips out after Zoey, they go around the way, and Indi avoids the elbow drop! Indi drags Zoey out to RAM Her into the apron, and again! Indi gets in the ring, drags Zoey up by her hair, and into the ropes for an UPPERCUT! And BOOT!

Zoey flops down, Indi drags her to a cover, TWO! Indi drags Zoey up for a short arm LARIAT! And then another! Fans rally but Zoey gets around and claws Indi’s eyes! Zoey snapmares Indi, runs and SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Indi sits up, Zoey stomps her on the back. Zoey tells fans that THEY suck, and she clamps onto an armlock and chinbar. Indi endures, fans rally up, and Indi fights up. “OH~ Zoey is angry~!” Indi stands, arm-drags free, but Zoey comes back to CHOP! Indi CHOPS, Zoey CHOPS, repeat! Zoey kicks low, whips Indi hard into a corner, then whips her in again! Zoey soaks up heat and whips corner to corner.

Indi reverses, Zoey bounces off buckles and into a SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Indi gives a thumbs up and fans cheer. Indi puts Zoey in the ropes again, but Zoey avoids the uppercut to HOTSHOT! Indi falls, Zoey slingshots for the ARABIAN SENTON! Cover, TWO! Zoey snarls and she rains down fists on Indi! Indi gets up and flounders to a corner but Zoey snapmares her down. Zoey cravats for a neck wrench but Indi endures. Fans rally, Indi fights up, but Zoey wrangles her back down! Zoey cranks the cravat but Indi still endures. Fans rally up again, Indi fights up again, but Zoey shifts to a facelock. Indi still powers Zoey to a corner!

Zoey powers Indi back, but Indi RAMS Zoey into the corner! Zoey BOOTS Indi back! And then fires forearms! Indi hits back, they go shot for shot, but Indi kicks, JABS and DECKS Zoey! Zoey staggers up and Indi rallies with clotheslines! Indi dodges to SPINEBUSTER! Highs tack, TWO! Zoey is still in this but Indi keeps her cool. Zoey goes to a corner, Indi runs in but Zoey dodges! HEEL KICK! Zoey waistlocks, to GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Indi is still in this but Zoey is frustrated. Zoey waistlocks and drags Indi up, but Indi arm-drags out of the half nelson. Indi scoops but Zoey slips out to fireman’s carry! But Indi flights free!

Indi shoves Zoey away, runs in but is put on the apron. Indi ROCKS Zoey first, then springboards, but Zoey trips her up! Indi crashes down, Zoey drags her back up! Z 360!! Cover, Zoey wins!

Winner: Zoey Stark, by pinfall

Whether innocent or guilty in the whodunnit, Zoey Stark is still the winner here! But then Zoey attacks Indi! Sol Ruca rushes out and chases Zoey off! The Hunter has a target on her own back, will karma catch up to her one way or another?

 

The Schism speaks.

Joe Gacy says, “A day of vengeance is on the horizon for The Schism.” Rip Fowley says, “We seek vengeance for something that has been owed to us for far too long.” Jagger Reed says, “The NXT Tag Team Championships have been kept from us since The Dyad’s inception.” Gacy says, “Tonight, Rip and Jagger change their destiny by altering others’ reality.” Ava Raine tells Edris Enofe & Malik Blade, “We know who you are. But everyone at Chase University, you worship a false idol. You are not a family. You are abusive, devious, and delusional. School spirit will not help you tonight, because Chase University will fail. There is no unit stronger than the Schism.”

They are four roots, one tree, but will they be the final team to enter the Fatal 4 Way?

 

Apollo Crews speaks.

“The city of Charlotte. Packed restaurants, tons of foot traffic, bars with lines out the door. Cars flying down I-85. I came out early to feel Charlotte’s energy, and I feel the city’s excitement all the way up here. NXT’s coming, and I’m coming. I need two falls, two pinfalls, two submissions, or one each. I’ve visualized this match a hundred times. Money Melo is gonna be fast, he’s gonna be flashy, but I am ready for Melo’s handprint. My best will always be better than his best. And if Trick Williams wants to get involved, well Trick’s gonna get handled. Melo wants to call me the past and him the future? At Vengeance Day, the past will dictate the future!”

Apollo has spoken, but will he speak his vision into existence? And just who did Apollo see having his back against Trick Melo Gang?

 

Wes Lee heads to the ring.

The North American Champion is here, ready for his fight with #HardJustice this Saturday! Wes gets the mic to say, “Yo~! We are T-minus four days from NXT back on the road, and we are swangin’ through Charlotte, North Cackalacky, for Vengeance Day.” And it’ll be a big day for Wes literally because he has his biggest test in Dijak. Dijak is back and claims to be serving justice, but ultimately he just wants what’s shining on Wes’s shoulder. Saturday will be tough, Wes will probably take an ass-whooping. But just like Wes did with Tony and Carmelo, the Cardiac Kid will rise as your North American Champion!

But wait! Here comes DIJAK! “Mr. Lee, I want you to soak this in. I want you to soak it all in. Enjoy these moments, because these are your final days as NXT North American Champion. That was a real impassioned speech you gave, really powerful and motivating. But the reality is, it’s not gonna make a damn bit of difference. You had EVERY opportunity to hand me that championship, but you were too stupid to take it, weren’t you? And now… On Saturday, you’re gonna be standing across the ring, staring down the biggest and baddest man in the ENTIRE NXT locker room! And when that happens, I’m gonna rip that championship from your cold hands.”

Wes says that is exactly what Dijak will have to do! You will have to pry this title from Wes’s cold, dead hands! But understand that it’s much easier said than done. Wes didn’t win by accident. Every minute of training, every risk Wes took in and out of the ring, and every trial and tribulation, Wes has FOUGHT! When Wes felt like he couldn’t anymore, the chaotic support from every single one of the fans showed him that he can reach levels he had only dreamt of! So Saturday, Dijak isn’t just fighting Wes. He is fighting everyone on the #WesSide. Fans cheer Wes on! But Dijak says Wes might be fighting for the fans, but they won’t be fighting for Wes!

Wait! Von Wagner is here? He and Robert Stone walk out and Stone “apologizes.” But maybe his ears aren’t working properly. Dijak said HE’S the biggest and baddest? Have they forgotten about Von? Von tells Dijak, “Take those stupid sunglasses off, we’re inside. and I’m right here. And the only injustice is me getting overlooked.” Dijak tells Von that his eyes are focused on championship gold. Dijak has no issue with Von whatsoever. Wes says he isn’t sure about that. Fans chant “WAGNER SUCKS!” Wes says Dijak claims to be the biggest and baddest, but Von claims HE is the biggest and baddest, so Dijak is basically calling Von a liar.

Dijak tells Wes to shut up, and he knows what he’s up top. What? Wes just sees an injustice that needs to be fixed! Wes hears Von and Stone loud and clear about being overlooked. Come Tuesday… We may need to have a new #1 contender to the North American title. So uh… If Von happens to beat Dijak tonight, then Von will no longer be overlooked. Von will be looked at as a contender. And Stone says that is why they’re here! Right, right. So let’s please, PLEASE solve this injustice. Or Dijak can just give Von his jacket now. Dijak throws hands on Von! Von hits back, and fans fire up as the brawl is on!

Von clotheslines Dijak up and out! Refs rush out to stop this, but fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Will we see this brawl turn into a match? WE WILL! Wes gets out of the way, who wins this battle of behemoths?

DIJAK VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone!

The bell rings, the haymakers fly again, and Dijak kicks low! Dijak whips, Von reverses and KNEES Dijak down! Stone fires up, Von scoops Dijak to FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans fire up while NXT goes picture in picture!

Von drags Dijak up to reel him in. Von suplexes but DIjak blocks! Von CLUBS Dijak, tries again, but Dijak still blocks! Dijak throws body shots, then suplexes, TIME TO FLY! Von crashes, writhes, and goes to a corner. Dijak runs in to kick Von and stomp aw mudhole in! Dijak CLUBS Von, Von kicks back and puts Dijak in a corner for elbows! Von whips corner to corner, Dijak reverses hard and Von falls to the mat! Dijak storms up, drags Von up and turns him to a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Von is still in this but Dijak grits his teeth. Dijak clamps on a cravat and grinds Von with a neck wrench.

Von endures, fans rally up, and Von fights up. Von throws body shots, then haymakers! Von whips Dijak to a corner, then lifts Dijak for a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Von is annoyed but he watches Dijak stand. Von CLUBS Dijak, HEADBUTTS him, then ROCKS him with a right. Von whips, Dijak ducks ‘n’ dodges, then holds ropes! Von runs in but is sent into ropes! Von sputters, Dijak stomps him down, and then rains down fists! Stone protests but Dijak lets off to have the neck wrench again. Von endures, fights up, and he throws body shots. NXT returns to single picture as Von throws hands, but Dijak throws elbows and knees!

Dijak SMASHES then DISCUS LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Wes is on commentary and says it was only right that we find out who is truly the biggest and baddest in NXT. Dijak choke grips but Von fights free! Dijak wrenches, mule kicks, then back elbows hard! Dijak reels Von in but Von suplexes Dijak into buckles!! Fans lose their minds while Dijak flops down. Dijak stands up, Von runs in, and Von clotheslines! Von whips corner to corner, but Dijak BOOTS back! Von still fireman’s carries, but Dijak slips off! Dijak shoves Von away and ROCKS him at the ropes! Dijak runs but Von KNEES him low! Von runs, to RAM Dijak!

Dijak rebounds to RAM Von, then he ELBOWS, ELBOWS and CLUBS Von! Then he SUPERKICKS! Dijak runs, into a BOOT! Cover, TWO!! Dijak survives and Stone can’t believe it! Fans rally for “NXT! NXT!” and Von waits on Dijak. Dijak slowly rises, Von choke grips, but Dijak flips through the lift! To choke grip and HIGH JUSTICE!! Cover, TWO?!! Von survives and the fans are thunderous! Von goes to a corner, Dijak storms up, “This is Awesome!” as Dijak throws elbows. Dijak hoists Von up top, CLUBS him in the chest, then climbs up after him. Dijak choke grips again, but Von elbows Dijak over and over and over!

Von CLUBS away on Dijak, roars, and hits a SUPER BUTTERFLY SLAM!! Cover, TWO!?!? Fans are thunderous, Stone is beside himself, and Wes is loving this! Von gets Dijak up, OLYMIPC- NO, Dijak slips out to have the HAMMERLOCK SLEEPER! Von flails, reaches out, Stone coaches him, but Dijak says this is gonna be Wes’s future! Von is fading out, then Dijak torture racks! FEAST YOUR EYES!! Cover, Dijak wins!

Winner: DIJAK, by pinfall

Hard Justice has proven to be THE biggest and baddest man in NXT! But will he prove he is championship material? Or will Wes Lee prove he is must-see?

 

Tony D’Angelo and Channing Lorenzo are watching backstage.

Stacks says he can’t stand that Dijak. He’ll probably win the title on Saturday now. But The Don says not to worry about Dijak. “Street justice has no expiration date.” But what was this big impact Stacks was gonna have? Stacks has to take care of a few things. The first or the second? Both. Wow, really? Yeah, he’s the Underboss! That’s what they do. So next week, Stacks gets it done. Tremendous. Now let’s take care of that other thing. They head out, just what is Stacks going to do to handle his business?

 

Nikkita Lyons tweets out her status.

“Surgery was a success. Thank you deeply to the WWE universe, my Lyon Pride, for all the love and support you show. I’ll be back stronger than I’ve ever been. #ReadyToPounce Also, a big thank you to the wonderful surgeons, doctors and nurses.” It may be another setback, but will Lyons use that to set up a huge comeback?

 

McKenzie Mitchell is backstage with more.

McKenzie Mitchell says there are many questions surrounding the attack on Lyons in the NXT parking lot, so she has prepared some footage so that we can get a better idea of what happened. Among those on scene at the time of the attack are Valentina Feroz walking away, Dani Palmer, Arianna Grace and Alexis Leddy walking together going inside, and an unidentified woman driving away. There is also Elektra Lopez walking and talking with newcomer Lola Vice, closest to Nikkita but going on their own path. Freeze here, and you see Tiffany Stratton just going through her bag, but maybe she’s hiding the evidence.

And of course, Zoey Stark is spotted walking away, and even Tatum Paxley and Lash Legend at the very end of the lot. Indi Hartwell and Lyra Valkyria come to Lyons’ aid, and we then spot Wendy Choo peeking out of a car window. Did Wendy witness anything? McKenzie says no one is taking credit for this attack, but she will keep us informed if anyone comes forward with information. Who is behind NXT’s newest whodunnit mystery, and why did they do it?

 

NXT looks closer at Bron Breakker VS Grayson Waller.

The Big Booty Nephew’s NXT record is already golden, but the 21st Century Success Story isn’t impressed. In fact, he’s sick and tired of it. Waller has been running this for the last eight months, and now he’s made the decision that he needs to be champion. New Year’s Evil was going well until a freak accident took Waller out. So at Vengeance Day, their rematch will be inside a STEEL CAGE! Waller says Bron is a wild dog, and Bron admits his temper has gotten the better of him. But no one has taken advantage of it like Waller. Waller is living rent free in Bron’s brain. Bron says his temper has led to both is biggest wins and most crushing losses.

Waller says Bron will beat himself this time. Bron thought he needed to control the anger, but then he realized, with the steel cage all around them, there’s no need to hold back. Bron will beat Waller within an inch of his life, and pin what’s left! But Waller says he can read Bron like a book. And Waller has read that book, so he’ll past this test. Waller will not just beat Bron but he’ll embarrass him! Bron promises to break Waller inside the steel, but Waller went viral the last time he was inside a cage. This is what Waller wanted, but it’ll be Bron’s Vengeance Day. Who survives the steel to bring home the gold?

 

Tyler Bate VS Axiom!

Even with Kemp being a right wanker, the Big Strong Boy and the Undeniable Truth are going to focus on friendly competition! Will Bate continue to get A-Kid vibes from Axiom? Or will Axiom be even better than that?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Bate powers Axiom to ropes. The ref counts, Bate lets off, and fans applaud the sportsmanship. They reset, tie up again, and Bate has a cording hold. Axiom whips Bate away, Bate goes up and under and then knuckle locks. Bate steps over, headlocks, waistlocks, trips and body scissors to a clutch, TWO! They tie up, Bate cravats and snapmares, but Axiom is right up. Axiom sidesteps but Bate blocks the arm-drag to hit an arm-drag! Bate has the armlock and fans applaud the exchange. Axiom fights up, facelocks, but Bate powers out to keep on the armlock.

Axiom endures, fans duel, and Axiom goes up and around to whip Bate! Bate reverses to hit the arm-drag again! Fans cheer as Bate keeps on the arm but Axiom fights up. Axiom facelocks, Bate fights that, but Axiom goes up and around again. Bate still has the arm, he turns another whip into another arm-drag, but Axiom fights up. Axiom uses the ref for an assist to flip through! But again Bate reverses a whip! And again! Axiom is frustrated as Bate keeps on the arm. Axiom fights up, goes up and headscissors! Bate throws Axiom away, Axiom avoids the elbow to springboard arm-drag, kip up and ENZIGURI! Cover, TWO!

Axiom keeps on Bate with a facelock, fans rally up, and Bate rolls. Axiom rolls with Bate, covers, TWO! The two stand off, Bate SOBATS! Axiom staggers away, Bate runs in, but Axiom arm-drags Bate and himself up and out of the ring! Fans fire up while NXT goes picture in picture.

Both men stir, and Bate stands up first. Bate follows Axiom, UPPERCUTS him, then puts him in the ring. Bate stalks Axiom, brings him up and headlocks, to bop him with a boot! Bate hits the headlock takeover, but Axiom headscissors in return. Axiom pushes up to put on pressure, but Bate moves around. Bate headstands, pops free and has Axiom’s legs tied up. Bate goes back to the headlock but Axiom goes back to the headscissor! Bate kips free, but Axiom holds onto an arm to drag Bate back down! Axiom headscissors again, but Bate moves around again. Bate headstands, pops free and basement dropkicks!

Bate drags Axiom up by an arm and wraps Axiom up in a straitjacket stretch. Axiom endures, arm-drags free, and runs in at the corner. Axiom blocks a boot but not the KNEE! Bate goes up to FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Bate keeps cool and he keeps his eyes on Axiom. Bate UPPERCUTS again and Axiom goes to rpoes. Bate whips Axiom to ropes, then catches him to a COBRA TWIST! Axiom endures the stretch, pops free and hip tosses Bate down! Axiom waistlocks, they go to ropes but Bate bucks the O’Conner, only to turn around into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Axiom floats to get the arm, but Bate stacks him, TWO!

Axiom has Bate in a Triangle Hold, and NXT returns to single picture. Fans chant, “This is Wrestling!” as Bate deadlifts Axiom to a fireman’s carry! AIRPLANE SPIN! Fans fire up as Bate goes around and around and around, fifteen times! Bate slows down, staggers a bit, squats, and then powers up to spin MORE!! And then POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Axiom survives and Bate has to catch his breath but fans rally back up. Axiom and Bate rise, Bate spins a few more times before he throws a forearm! Axiom throws a forearm back! Bate fires forearm after forearm but Axiom hits back! Axiom kicks, Bate blocks but Axiom hops the sweep to ENZIGURI!

Bate falls over, Axiom keeps moving, PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Bate goes to a corner, Axiom runs in, he blocks the boot but gets another knee! Bate goes up and leaps, into an SLEEPER!! Axiom has the body scissors and fans rally up! Bate endures, fights the hold, turns over, but Axiom squeezes tighter! Bate stands, pries at the hold, opens it up, but Axiom waistlocks. Bate bucks the O’Conner again but Axiom kips up, into a RIGHT! But he SUPERKICKS right back! Axiom rolls Bate up but Bate sits on the cover, TWO!!! Axiom escapes and fans are thunderous! Both men slowly rise and fans rally up.

Axiom ROCKS Bate! Bate rebounds, but Axiom avoids the rolling kick! Bate avoids the Penalty Kick, Axiom slips through the roll-up. Bate blocks the Superkick to spin Axiom, Bop up and BANG in! Axiom wobbles, Bate runs and REBOUND LARIATS! Bate underhooks, but Axiom NORTHERN LIGHTS out! Bridging cover, TWO as Bate bridges up! Axiom pushes Bate back down, TWO as Bate gets back up! Underhooks, TYLER- RANA!!! Cover, TWO!!! Bate has the arms again! TYLER DRIVER 97!!! Cover, Bate wins!!!

Winner: Tyler Bate, by pinfall

A big strong win for the Big Strong Boy! “That was Awesome!” but will this earn Bate a title match on the other side of this Saturday? But Bate and the fans show Axiom respect. But then Kemp CLBOBBERS them both! And he hits Axiom with an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Kemp says he told them before, but then Bate chases Kemp off! Will Bate make sure Kemp learns European wrestling is anything but soft?

 

Isla Dawn speaks.

“In my land, Imbolc is the beginning of Spring. It is a time to exhale all that is behind us, and to mark new beginnings. Tonight, on the Eve of Imbolc, we purge the constraints of the past. We purify the negative energy surrounding us, and we transfigure the uninitiated into members of this house. There has always been a rage inside of you,” Alba Fyre. And she just needed a nudge to reveal it. “Shall we?” Fyre nods, and Isla says they are letting go of their unbridled passions, shed their egos, and relinquish their need for control. “These emotions no longer serve us.” Fyre repeats that, and throws water on the fire. With this, the initiation process has begun.

Isla and Fyre smile as they walk into the night. Will the darkness within Fyre grow stronger with the Wicked Witch’s influence?

 

Backstage interview with Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams.

McKenzie is with Trick Melo Gang, and Trick is shaking. But he’s just joking. He’s “shaking like booty meat on a Friday night.” Not because he’s scared, but because it’s cold out. “But Trick Willy can’t lie. This whole Apollo thing, I mean, I don’t know. Should I even go to Vengeance Day? He looks, he sees in the future, that’s some Cleo stuff, man!” Melo has Trick calm down. Of course Trick’s going to Vengeance Day. Apollo can stay daydreaming, but they stay scheming. McKenzie notes the match is Best 2 out of 3, so how does Melo see this playing out? Melo says everyone knows him by now, so we know how Melo sees this playing.

“Apollo needs to realize that this ain’t Jackson, that this ain’t Jordan, that these shots I take don’t ever jam.” Melo is of a different caliber! Melo took Apollo from the sidelines to the headlines. Apollo could have a top combine vertical, and his fingertips still wouldn’t reach Melo’s level. Melo tells Apollo that you can be this or that, but until you beat Melo, you can never be HIM. That’s all it is, and that’s all it’s gonna be. But is Melo overlooking the wild cards in the equation?

 

Roxanne Perez and Toxic Attraction sit down for video interviews.

The NXT Women’s Champion is far, far away from Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne for this final interview before Vengeance Day. Vic Joseph notes Roxie is the youngest woman to ever compete in the Royal Rumble match. How did that feel for her? She was overwhelmed, and so grateful to hear her music hit in front of over 50 THSOUAND people, and make the run down the ramp she’s dreamed of for so long. It was so incredible! Jacy says, “Incredible? More like incredibly pathetic! RoXaNnE~, cOnGrAtUlAtIoNs~! YoU wErE iN tHe RoYaL rUmBlE~!” But you didn’t win! And you’re not going to WrestleMania, but to Vengeance Day, to lose your title.

Gigi says the reason Roxie lost the Rumble was cuz she got put through a table! That look on her face when she realized she got tricked was great. But it’ll all be over for Lil’ Miss Perfect real soon. Roxie says Gigi & Jacy act like they’re best friends, but Roxie knows there is a lot of truth behind what they said to each other last week. Gigi says the truth is that Roxie stands no chance at Vengeance Day. How is Roxie gonna beat them both? She has the same percent chance of winning the Triple Threat as she did winning the Rumble: ZERO! Roxie is good and all, but going against the two baddest women in NXT at the same time, she has NO chance.

Actually, Roxie says she has more of a chance- Jacy cuts her off to say that Roxie had a good run. Eight months in NXT is like a little jog. Good for her! But Roxie peaked at 21 years old. That sucks. But this Saturday, it’s all coming to an end. Roxie says it’s not. But Gigi says it is. At least Roxie can go home to Texas and tell everyone she had a “cup of coffee” in the big time. She just made one critical mistake: messing with Toxic Attraction. And look on the bright side! She can play the “What If” game! What if Roxie stayed in her lane and didn’t punch up? Roxie starts to speak but Jacy cuts her off again, telling her to shut up.

Jacy says “What if” Roxie was a good little girl and didn’t make any waves. Whether Roxie likes it or not, it’s 2v1. Gigi says Roxie’s ride is over, the 15 minutes of fame are over. Roxie storms out, and Toxic Attraction make fun of her for not being able to handle it. Vic says Toxic Attraction weren’t being fair, but Jacy says, “Who cares? After Saturday, she’ll be old news. You’re looking at the next NXT Women’s Champion right here.” Then which one will it be? Gigi says you’re looking at her! Gigi knows everyone, especially Booker, is a big fan of Roxie, and is just trying to find a crack between Toxic Attraction, but there isn’t one.

For almost two years, Toxic Attraction has controlled the NXT Women’s Division. But for the last six weeks, everyone’s been on a vacation from it. That changes on Saturday, as order will be restored when Jacy & Gigi take their rightful spot. This day has been a long time coming, Roxie is just the first one to push it to the edge. But at Vengeance Day, they course correct things back to Gigi- Er, they become NXT Women’s Champion. Jacy notices that “flub,” but before she can respond, ROXANNE POUNCES!! Roxie fires off with all the pent up anger on both of them! She TACKLES Jacy through the set!!

Fans fire up as security rushes in to stop Roxie from tearing into Toxic Attraction more! Will nothing, not even two opponents at once, stop The Prodigy from proving why she IS NXT Women’s Champion?

 

Stevie Turner VS Dani Palmer!

Updated, online and ready to play, the Fourth Dimensional Superstar is finally back in action! Will Stevie prove that she is always two steps ahead and two levels above? Or will Dani delete Stevie before she even gets started?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Stevie has an armlock, then wrenches Dani to wrangle her to the mat. Dani fights up, rolls, backflips and wrenches, but Stevie gets away. They go again, Stevie waistlocks but Dani switches, only for Stevie to elbow free. Stevie headlocks, Dani brings her down to a knee and handstands to slip free! Stevie avoids Dani’s headlock to BOOT, BOOT and then scrape Dani on ropes! Fans boo, Stevie runs side to side to BOOT WASH! Stevie laughs like mad and she pushes Dani down. Stevie then brings Dani up, but Dani pushes her away. Stevie kicks low, CLUBS Dani, then turns her for a HANGING NECKBREAKER!

Dani staggers to ropes, Stevie snapmares her and clamps on a chinlock. Fans rally, Dani fights up, and arm-drags free! Stevie runs back but into an elbow! Dani dodges to LEAPING LARIAT! And again! Dani keeps moving but Stevie kicks low! But Dani JAWBREAKERS back! Dani runs to THESZ PRESS! Dani rains down wild hands, thrashes Stevie around, and then drags Stevie up. Dani runs, but Stevie reels her in by her tights! Stevie whips Dani away, and BOOTS her down! Stevie hauls Dani up, TWISTING DDT!! Stevie isn’t done there, she drags Dani up, for the SIDE EFFECT! Cover, Stevie wins!

Winner: Stevie Turner, by pinfall

Stevie just rerouted Dani’s connection and has her first win in NXT! Will Stevie soon be the number one trend in wrestling?

 

Kiana James is on the phone.

She promises to see “Zack” there, and says, “Love you, too.” Fallon Henley then walks over and asks who she was talking to. No one, don’t worry about it. Fallon knew it! She KNEW Kiana would break Jensen’s heart!! Fallon, calm down, it’s not what you think. You don’t even know why you’re upset right now! Oh? Then who is Zack?! But then in walk the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions. Kayden Carter points out the #1 contenders, and how they’re not talking about their upcoming match. Katana Chance says that sounds like trouble. Kiana says sound travels fast around here. But the only sound the champs will hear on Saturday is, “And NEW…!”

Has Fallon been giving Kiana a lot to drink lately? They’ve been a team for like a week while KC Squared has been a team for over a year! Fallon says with all due respect, we all know, we all get it, Katana & Kayden are BFFs. But Saturday is the biggest match of Fallon’s life, so she is going all out. Kiana says they are going all out. Well, we’ll see about that. But either way, the titles are staying with KC Squared. Katana & Kayden head out, and Fallon gets Kiana’s attention. Stay focused for Saturday, but just know this conversation isn’t over. Fallon heads out, is she making a mountain out of a mole hill?

 

Charlie Dempsey VS Drew Gulak w/ Hank Walker!

The Son of the Gentleman Villain cost the Philly Stretcher and his blue collar protégé last week, so this is all about vengeance before Vengeance Day! Will Gulak lock Dempsey down? Or will the Philly Stretcher be the one getting stretched?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Gulak headlocks for a takeover. Dempsey fights up, hits a back suplex, but Gulak holds on! Gulak has control again but Dempsey headscissors. Gulak moves around, has the legs, but Dempsey keeps shoulders up in the stack. Dempsey pushes Gulak away, they stand, and Gulak facelocks. Dempsey wrenches out, wristlocks, but Gulak grinds forearms. Dempsey wrenches, Gulak gets away, and fans rally up as NXT goes picture in picture.

The two circle, knuckle lock, and go shoulder to shoulder for a test of strength. Dempsey powers Gulak down to his knees, but Gulak powers back up. They go shoulder to shoulder again and now Gulak powers Dempsey back. Dempsey bridges, but Gulak has the cover! TWO as Dempsey gets an arm up! Gulak puts that arm down, TWO as the other arm comes up! Gulak has both arms, TWO as Dempsey bridges back up! Gulak stands over Dempsey, brings him up, but Dempsey monkey flips! Dempsey rolls back to a cover, TWO as Gulak sunset flips! TWO, and Dempsey headlocks to keep Gulak down! Fans applaud as the technical exchange continues.

Gulak fights up to his feet, powers his way to a facelock, but Dempsey snap suplexes to a cover, TWO! Gulak has the facelock but Dempsey stands up again. Dempsey goes for a trip but Gulak uses that to get a cover, TWO! Dempsey fights up, Gulak facelocks, then scoops and SLAMS Dempsey into ropes! Dempsey clutches his legs but Gulak storms up. Dempsey throws body shots and uppercuts! Gulak DECKS Dempsey in return! Gulak hurries to a cover, TWO! Gulak grabs Dempsey’s legs and steps through, but Dempsey resists. Gulak still pushes through to get the deathlock, and then he gets the chinlock for a REGAL STRETCH!!

Dempsey endures, reaches out, but Gulak keeps the pressure on the hold! Dempsey still moves forward, NXT returns to single picture, and Dempsey pries the facelock away! Dempsey turns to trip Gulak into a HEEL HOOK! Gulak kicks away to get free! Dempsey UPPERCUTS, has the leg, DRAGON SCREW! Gulak clutches his knee and fans rally up again. Dempsey covers, TWO! Dempsey underhooks the arm, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Bridge, and then roll into the BUTTERFLY STRETCH! Gulak endures, fights up, but Dempsey shifts to have a FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Gulak endures, Dempsey turns it to a ghost pin, TWO!

ANOTHER BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Dempsey keeps on Gulak with a deadlift GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! “This is Wrestling!” as Dempsey brings Gulak up. Gulak wrenches the arm, CLUBS it, and then has the CROSSFACE CHICKEN WING! Dempsey pries free, arm-drags Gulak away, and storms up, to get the leg! Gulak slips out of the Dragon Screw, but Dempsey gets the leg again! DRAGON SCREW! And then Dempsey has the leg for a HEEL HOOK! Gulak kicks with his free leg, and he gets away! Both men rush in, Gulak blocks the forearm to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!

Gulak clutches his leg and Dempsey goes to ropes. Fans rally up, Gulak headlocks, but Dempsey hits a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Gulak is hanging tough and Hank coaches him up. Fans rally, Gulak and Dempsey slowly rise. Dempsehy runs in, into a SLAP!! Gulak just pissed Dempsey off! Dempsey BOOTS, but Gulak TACKLES Dempsey! Cover, TWO, but Dempsey has a SLEEPER! Gulak rolls out to get the arms! But Dempsey rolls, stands, but Gulak spins. Into Dempsey’s CROSSFACE CHICKEN WING! Gulak moves around, but Dempsey pushes on the bad leg! Dempsey drags Gulak down, body scissors are on!

Gulak fights, gets free of the body scissors, and Hank coaches Dempsey! Gulak runs to ropes and Dempsey is sent  into Hank!! Gulak rolls Dempsey up, Gulak wins!

Winner: Drew Gulak, by pinfall

Hank is dazed, did he just get used as a pawn? Is Gulak using his own student to help him cut corners?

 

Von is fuming backstage.

He throws a chair at the wall, and Stone says it ain’t working. This is not working. Von throws a locker room bench, and shouts, “YA THINK?!” Stone asks a question: Why does Von have Stone managing him? Stone has been managing Von for over a year now, yet he knows nothing about Von! Who IS Von Wagner? He’s big, he growls, but so do a lot of other guys. If Von wants to get to the next level, then he has to show Stone who he is! He has to show us who he is INSIDE! Help Stone help Von! Stone storms off, will these words help unlock Von’s true potential?

 

Triple Threat Tag: The Dyad VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe VS Chase U!

The New Day, Pretty Deadly and Gallus are waiting as there’s still room for one more for Vengeance Day! Will Rip Fowler & Jagger Reed plant the roots of The Schism in Charlotte? Will the underestimated underdogs finally unlock their potential? Or will Andre Chase & Duke Hudson share this #TeachableMoment with everyone? We find out, after the break!

NXT returns as Malik & Edris make their entrance, followed by Chase U’s entrance. In this kind of Triple Threat Tag, only two teams are legal at any given time, so Malik & Edris agree to let the other teams start. Duke and Rip circle as fans rally behind Chase U. Duke and Rip tie up, Rip knees low and whips Duke, but Duke blocks! Duke glares at Rip, reels him in and scoops to SLAM! Tag to Chase, Duke whips Rip and Chase drop toeholds for the “LET’S GO~!” ELBOW! Chase covers, TWO! Chase drags Rip up but Rip gets away to the third corner. Rip CHOPS Edris as part of the tag! Edris steps in and he circles with Chase.

Chase and Edris shake hands, then tie up. Edris wrenches, steps over, then arm-drags, but Chase blocks to step over and La Magistrol! ONE, but Edris wrangles Chase for a La Magi- NO, Chase blocks it to have a cover, TWO! Edris and Chase stand off, and Chase says that was a teachable moment! Fans cheer but Edris rushes in. They go around, Chase bucks the O’Conner, and things speed up! Edris jumps then DROPKICKS Chase down! Chase staggers up, Edris runs in and rolls off Chase’s back to tag Malik before the arm-drag! Malik hurries in, he and Edris double whip, to trip, BOOT and LARIAT! Malik covers, TWO!

Malik facelocks but Chase JAWBREAKERS free! Reed sneaks a tag before Chase whips. Malik reverses, Chase ducks ‘n’ dodges but Reed trips Chase up! Malik realizes what happened, the ref has him exit, and Reed keeps after Chase. Reed fires forearms and DECKS Chase! Chase bails out, Rip drags him up, and The Dyad coordinates, PLANCHA SHOULDER BREAKER! Chase clutches his arm while Rip pushes him around. Fans boo and Duke storms over but the ref has everyone stay back. Rip drags Chase up and puts him on the apron, to SLAM him on the edge! Chase sputters but Rip drags him around.

Fans rally, but Rip hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Rip clamps onto Chase with a cobra clutch but Chase endures. Fans rally for Chase U as Chase fights up. Rip ripcords to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Rip smothers Chase, has another cover, TWO! Rip and Reed are upset but the ref says his count is fair. Rip UPPERCUTS Chase in the back, then clamps on with another clutch. Fans rally, Chase fights up, but Rip ripcords to back elbow! Rip then suplexes, but Chase blocks it! Rip CLUBS Chase down, taunts Duke, but Chase fights up. Chase suplexes Rip! Fans fire up while both men are down! Reed tags in to run and DROPKICK Duke!

Reed turns around, into a BIG back drop! But no Duke means no tag! Thea Hail coaches Duke up but Rip tags back in. Rip goes after Chase but Chase throws him out! Malik & Edris call to Chase, they’re his only option! Chase runs over, but then The Dyad trips Malik & Edris up! Chase has no one, and turns around into a throat chop! Tag to Reed, the Dyad sets Chase up for a POWERBOMB BACKSTABBER!! Cover, TWO!?! Chase survives and everyone is shocked! Fans are thunderous for Chase U, but Rip says Chase is a hypocrite, a joke and a fool! Thea is furious on Chase’s behalf, and Reed runs in, but Chase goes up and over!

Hot tag to Duke! Duke rallies on The Dyad with big hands! Scoop for Rip, SIDEWALK SLAM! JAB after JAB for Reed! Rip rushes in, so he gets JAB after JAB! Flip, flop and U~! ELBOW! Then a SENTON! SPLASH for Reed, a whip corner to corner, and Reed tumbles up and out! Duke runs in to BOOT Reed down! Fans are thunderous as Duke fetches Reed back into the ring. Duke shoulders into Reed, slingshots and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Reed survives but the student section fires up! Duke tunes up the band, but Malik tags in! Malik GAMANGIRIS Duke, springboards and CROSSBODIES Reed!

Malik goes back to ropes, to SLINGSHOT RANA Duke!! Malik is fired up and fans can’t help but fire up with him! Tag to Edris, Malik goes up a corner, FROG SPLASH onto Reed! Edris goes up, MACHO ELBOW!! Edris drags Reed up, fireman’s carries, and Malik runs! ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Cover, Rip AND Chase break it! Fans are electric as “NXT! NXT!” gives them this amazing main event! Thea is also all pumped up as all six men start brawling! Reed tumbles out but Chase and Duke throw Rip out to join him. Malik & Edris DOUBLE DROPKICK Chase U out! Then they build speed, to DOUBLE TOPE CONJILO!!

“This is Awesome!” as Edris puts Reed in! Edris goes back up top, but Reed hits ropes! Edris lands bad up top, and Reed ROCKS him! Reed climbs up after Edris, but Malik CLUBS Reed! Malik climbs up but then Rip YANKS him down! Rip RAMS Malik into steel steps! The Dyad has Edris together now, but Chase sneaks a tag! Chase joins in, and using his physics knowledge, hits a TOWER OF DOOM!! Fans are thunderous as Chase fires up! Spell it out! C! H! A! S! E! U! What’s that spell?! “CHASE U!!” But Ava Raine distracts Chase! Reed CLOBBERS Chase! But Thea YANKS Ava down! Reed is shocked!

Reed runs at Chase, GRIT YOUR- NO, Chase dodges! Hot tag to Duke, and Duke turns Reed! Gory Especial, and Chase adds on, ROLLING COMPLETE SHOT!! Cover, Chase U wins!!!

Winners: Chase U, by pinfall (join the NXT Tag Team Championship Fatal 4 Way)

Thea is the most excited of all as the red ‘n’ black now get to compete for some gold! But then we see Gallus appear in the perch and Pretty Deadly appear on stage, with the New Day on the tron! Gimme a C! H! A! S! Well, we know the rest. Congrats to Chase U! This wins means they’re going to Vengeance Day! So then, New Day will see Chase U, and Gallus, and Pretty Deadly of course. Put it together for all these teams! But will this road game be a big win for Chase U? Will Pretty Deadly redo the #SidePlateCheck? Will Gallus Boys be on top? Or will ya bois the NEW~ DAY~, still be your W, W, E, N, X, T, Tag, Team, CHAMPIONS~?


My Thoughts:

Now this was a go-home episode! No need for filling/wasting time with recaps, just give us promos, action and other stuff to hype up what’s coming. Good promo from Apollo Crews, and good response from Trick & Melo. Apollo’s vision seems to foreshadow Oro Mensah being his back-up, as I’m pretty sure I saw his dreadlocks in that silhouette. At the same time, even if someone were to cancel out Trick, that doesn’t guarantee Apollo wins. Melo could win one fall cuz of Trick, Apollo could win one fall cuz Oro cancels out Trick, and then the third fall is truly 1v1. I’m leaning towards Melo since he makes sense as the next challenger to THE NXT Championship.

Speaking of, we got a pretty good promo vignette for Bron VS Waller in the steel cage. And from how they’re talking about it, this is going to be a No Escape Steel Cage match, where the door isn’t an option and climbing the walls won’t win it for you. I am all for that, and I think all Steel Cage matches should be like that to get rid of some of the more overused tropes of a Steel Cage match. Good interview promos from Roxie, Gigi & Jacy, and while part of me wanted Roxie to explode on Toxic Attraction verbally, her going after them directly was just as good. Roxie really should show she has grit, but I feel like her initiating the brawl is tantamount to her standing tall. I hope this doesn’t put the go-home math against her, she only just got that belt.

Stevie Turner’s first match back was pretty good, and I’m actually happy to see they came up with a completely kayfabed chat box for her entrance, as I imagined last week. Good promo from Isla & Fyre to establish that they’re a team now. I was sensing there’d be something building towards Valentine’s Day in a couple weeks, and I think this whole “Who is Zack and what is he to Kiana?” is gonna be the thing. Kiana is gonna reveal that’s like her brother and Fallon’s gonna feel dumb for getting protective of Jensen’s feelings. But with that, I don’t think they win the tag titles at Vengeance Day. That should probably be Isla & Fyre.

We also got a real good “NXT Investigates” promo from McKenzie to point out just how many suspects there really are in the Whodunnit of Lyons’ parking lot attack. Indi VS Stark was a good match to play off that, but I’m starting to wonder if Valentina Feroz did it. Feroz seems like the least likely, so that’d be quite the twist. Given her talk with Elektra Lopez about doing underhanded things, Feroz said she couldn’t do anything to Wendy Choo because Wendy’s a friend. But Feroz and Lyons have no connections, so Feroz could attack her from behind with no problems.

Good promo from Wes Lee, Dijak, Von and Stone to set up Dijak VS Von. That was a good match, but of course Dijak won to have momentum going into the North American title match. I still think Wes wins, but what was really interesting to come out of this was Stone getting fired up telling Von to bring out some personality. Is Von going to suddenly have a gimmick? I can’t even be sure what that’d be. Also, good promo from Tony D and Stacks. I thought Von was gonna be the big guy Stacks went after but then this happened, so maybe Stacks calls out Odyssey Jones or Quincy Elliot to give one of those guys some screen time. And also a win, because I feel like Stacks is gonna bite off more than he can chew.

We also got some great technical wrestling singles matches. Gulak VS Dempsey was not as good as Bate VS Axiom, but I like the detail that Hank takes the hit to tip things in Gulak’s favor. Hank might confront Gulak on that move, and we get closer to Heel Gulak. Then we got just a hilarious and very meta promo out of Bate and Axiom referencing A-Kid. Kemp sticking his nose in things is fine, he needs something to do and honestly should’ve had more time in NXT UK. Bate winning makes sense, he’s also back and needs some momentum. Kemp’s blindside attack definitely earns him a match with both of them in turn, probably winning against Axiom but losing to Bate.

Really good stuff out of the NXT Tag Division tonight, too. The opener of Creeds VS Indus Sher was good, though I feel like maybe they’re going for too real of a fight feel. Julius just came off like he forgot the match flow they discussed. But it was a clever move to have Indus Sher win because of the mishap with Ivy. This will add something more to the Diamond Mine story, and Indus Sher really should be climbing up the rankings. Especially with everything going on in the title story.

Great Triple Threat main event, and as great as all three teams are, it makes sense Chase U won. New Day is Face, Gallus and Pretty Deadly are Heel, so there needed to be another Face team. There’s intrigue in the Chase U story and it can play out in the Fatal 4. And Indus Sher being Heels, if New Day retains (or even if Chase U wins), that’d be a great program going to Stand & Deliver.

My Score: 8.8/10


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As they prepare to go after the AEW World Trios Championships, AR Fox & Top Flight reunite to take on The Wingmen: Peter Avalon, Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: AR Fox & Top Flight VS The Wingmen; Fox & Top Flight win.
  • Red Velvet VS Sofia Castillo; Velvet wins.
  • Zack Clayton VS Fulton; Clayton wins.
  • Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. w/ Arn Anderson VS Rosario Grillo & Dean Alexander; Anderson & Pillman win.
  • Skye Blue VS Renee Michelle; Skye wins.
  • Shane Taylor Promotions VS Mr. G & Dante Casanova; Shane Taylor Promotions wins.
  • Yuka Sakazaki VS Avery Breaux; Yuka wins.
  • The Workhorsemen VS Liam Gray & Adrian Alanis; The Workhorsemen win.
  • Angelico w/ Serpentico & Luther VS Konosuke Takeshita; Konosuke wins.

QUICK NOTES

A solid line-up, and I like that we’re getting to see Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. in action together after a backstage promo on Elevation not too long ago. Not sure what the team name is but two second generation stars together is a logical combination. Angelico VS Konosuke, that is going to be a great match, but I give the win to Konosuke. Red Velvet is in action again after also being on Elevation, she’s definitely building momentum towards taking on Jade Cargill for Jade’s 50th match. And good to see Shane Taylor Promotions in action here. They’ll be a strong part of the ROH Tag Team Division, even after having lost to Keith Lee after Swerve abandoned Keith.

And good to see AR Fox & Top Flight in action, and against The Wingmen. For one, good to see Avalon, Nemeth & Bononi teaming all together again. And this will be a good match to build momentum for Fox & Flight.


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