Raw continues down the Road to WrestleMania!
Having made it through the Fastlane, Raw focuses on WrestleMania! And to make this night even bigger, RHEA RIPLEY finally arrives!
- Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Sheamus; Lashley wins.
- Asuka VS Peyton Royce; Asuka wins.
- Jeff Hardy VS The Miz / John Morrison; The Miz wins.
- AJ Styles w/ Omos VS Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods; Kingston wins.
- 2v1 Handicap: The Hurt Business VS Drew McIntyre; McIntyre wins and bans The Hurt Business from ringside at WrestleMania.
- Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke VS Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler; Jax & Baszler win.
- Braun Strowman VS Elias w/ Jaxson Ryker; Strowman wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Bobby Lashley heads to the ring!
The All Mighty WWE World Champion opens Monday Night Raw, with MVP by his side, and he’s ready to finish off The Fella after what Drew McIntyre did to Sheamus in Fastlane’s No Holds Barred match! Will there even be anything left of the Celtic Warrior after this?
Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Sheamus!
The bell rings and Sheamus ties up with Lashley. They’re in a deadlock but Lashley turns Sheamus to a waistlock, drags him down, then floats to a facelock. Lashley gator rolls but Sheamus powers him to a corner. The ref counts, Sheamus lets off at 3, and the two reset. Lashley waistlocks, Sheamus goes after the arm and elbows Lashley to a wrench. Sheamus grinds an elbow into Lashley’s shoulder but Lashley endures. Sheamus shifts to a facelock, they end up in ropes, and the ref counts. Sheamus lets off but he and Lashley tie up again. Lashley powers Sheamus to a corner, both men push forearms into the other’s face, but Sheamus throws a haymaker! Lashley fires off in return!
The ref backs Lashley off but only for a moment before he runs in. Sheamus boots Lashley, runs but Lashley hurdles! Sheamus still clotheslines Lashley down, knees him back to the corner, then stomps him down! Sheamus digs his knee into Lashley’s head, lets off as the ref counts, and Sheamus brings Lashley up for forearms to the back! Sheamus reels Lashley in but Lashley holds ropes. Lashley headlocks, clubs Sheamus, then brings him around to snap suplex! Lashley keeps on Sheamus with a chinlock and grinds Sheamus down. Sheamus endures as Lashley shifts to digging a knuckle into his head.
Sheamus fights up, fights back and fireman’s carries, but Lashley slips out to spin Sheamus for a neckbreaker! Cover, ONE!! Sheamus is still in this but Lashley grinds him back down with a chinlock. Sheamus endures, fights up, and fights back again. Lashley knees low, throws forearms and haymakers, then brings Sheamus around to whip. Sheamus reverses, Lashley holds ropes then dumps Sheamus out. But Sheamus hotshots Lashley back! Sheamus catches his breath, but the rest of the Hurt Business appears! Sheamus focuses on Lashley and catches him, but Lashley elbows out of the Bodhrain to CLOBBER Sheamus!
The Hurt Business distract the ref, Shelton Benjamin CLOBBERS Sheamus! MVP asks what they’re doing, this wasn’t their plan. Are Benjamin and Alexander doubting their Chief Hurting Officer? Lashley and MVP try to figure that out while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns as Lashley has Sheamus in a cobra clutch. Sheamus fights up while the Hurt Business coaches Lashley. Sheamus throws elbows to get free, but Lashley CLUBS and shoves Sheamus to ropes. Sheamus kicks back, runs but into a SPINNING POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Lashley tells Alexander to calm down, he’s got this. But Sheamus rolls Lashley up! TWO, and Lashley runs in, only to get POST! Alexander tells Lashley to shake it off but Sheamus rallies with ax handles! Lashley blocks to elbow away on Sheamus, then runs, only for Sheamus to send him out to the apron! Sheamus clubs away on Lashley’s back, then clubs away on his chest with the Bodhrain!
Lashley blocks at 5 but Sheamus CLUBS Lashley down! Sheamus climbs and leaps to DIVING LARIAT Lashley!! Sheamus gets Lashley in, climbs up again, and leaps for another LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! The Hurt Business coaches Lashley but Sheamus fireman’s carries. Lashley slips off, CLUBS Sheamus’ back and then brings him around for body shots. Lashley suplexes but Sheamus slips out to KNEE Lashley down! Cover, TWO!! Sheamus almost caught Lashley with that one! The Hurt Business continues to coach Lashley while Sheamus goes to a corner. Sheamus comes back, Lashley dodges the Brogue but runs into an elbow!
Alexander gets on the apron, Sheamus swipes at Alexander, Lashley hits the ALL MIGHTY SPINEBUSTER!! Lashley drags Sheamus back up for a HURT LOCK!! Sheamus taps, Lashley wins!!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission
The Hurt Business celebrates with the champion, but they almost cost him, too! But then Alexander and Benjamin are piranhas as they drag Sheamus out and beat him down! But here comes McIntyre! Deep down, McIntyre is still Sheamus’ friend! He RAMS Benjamin into barriers, catches Alexander and RAMS him into barriers then tosses him over them! McIntyre dares Benjamin to do something but he stands down. McIntyre then glares at Lashley and goes into the ring. Lashley stares McIntyre down and holds up the belt.
McIntyre and Lashley shout at each other but MVP tells Lashley to save it for Mania! McIntyre says Lashley needs to prove he’s the baddest, “Do it! Move your man outta the way, throw the first punch!” MVP shouts that this isn’t about emotion, this is about business! But McIntyre still dares Lashley to do something! Lashley listens to MVP and stands down. Will we see this battle of titans tear down the house on the Grandest Stage of Them All?
The Hurt Business regroups backstage.
Lashley asks Alexander & Benjamin what the heck they were doing out there! What does he mean? When you mess with the Hurt Business, you mess with everyone. No, it wasn’t about The Hurt Business, that was Lashley and Sheamus 1v1. Lashley didn’t want nor did he need their help! MVP gets Lashley to cool off and asks if the others realized what they did. They tarnished Lashley’s image by making it seem like he couldn’t beat Sheamus alone. It was an embarrassment, just like when these two lost the Raw Tag Team Championships. And when you embarrass yourselves, you embarrass the All Mighty. So think about what to do to make that right.
Asuka VS Peyton Royce!
The Empress of Tomorrow almost got even with Shayna Baszler in regards to having a tooth knocked out of her mouth. But for now, the Queen of Spades can wait. Will Asuka be ready for a very determined Venus Flytrap?
Raw returns and Peyton makes her entrance. The bell rings and Peyton circles with Asuka. They tie up, go around, and around a little more, before ending up on ropes. Peyton powers back to a headlock and takeover but Asuka headscissors. Peyton kips out, Asuka headlocks but Peyton blocks the takeover. Peyton powers out, Asuka goes up and over and then dances around. Asuka dodges Peyton, runs, and runs her over! Asuka is still having fun as she rolls Peyton to whip. Peyton reverses, Asuka dodges and whips again but Peyton sunset flips! Asuka rolls through, Peyton ducks the Shining Wizard to get a leg pick! Asuka gets a ropebreak then boots Peyton away!
Peyton storms back over, wrenches and spins Asuka for an arm-drag, but holds the wrist, only for Asuka to turn that into an ARMBAR! Peyton pops free, gets a leg, BRIDING CALF CRUSHER?! Asuka endures this innovation and manages to turn over to stomp Peyton away! Peyton goes to a corner, Asuka runs in but Peyton throws her into buckles! Asuka checks her face, Peyton drags her up to club away on her neck! Peyton snap suplexes Asuka, rolls through to a cover, TWO! Peyton is seething as she looms over Asuka. “I am sick of you!” Peyton pushes Asuka around but Asuka hits back. Peyton CLUBS Asuka to a corner then looms over her again.
Peyton drags Asuka up, but Asuka sends her into buckles! Asuka runs in, Peyton boots her away! Peyton slips outside, Asuka goes up and out to follow but Peyton slides inside! Asuka returns, dumps Peyton out and BACK HANDS her! Peyton wobbles, Asuka runs but the hip attack misses! HEEL KICK, DRAPING NECKBREAKER!! Peyton looms over Asuka again as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and both Peyton and Asuka are down. A standing count begins, both women get up slowly and Peyton is up first at 4. Asuka follows, Peyton walks into a dropkick! Pop-up KNEE! Peyton ends up in a corner, Asuka runs in, hip attack! Peyton fights the German, kicks but Asuka blocks to spin. GERMAN SUPLEX! Asuka isn’t done yet! She runs to SLIDING WIZARD! Cover, TWO! Peyton survives but Asuka throws her armbands away. Asuka goes to a corner, climbs up top, and leaps to missile drop- NO! Peyton dodged the kick, brings Asuka up, but Asuka spins to waistlock. Peyton switches, Asuka elbows but back hands into the Gory Especial, WIDOW’S PEAK!! Cover, TWO!?!
Peyton can’t believe Asuka survived! Peyton grimaces as she looms over Asuka again. She drags Asuka up, Asuka wrenches to the chicken wing! ASUKA LOCK!! Peyton moves around, victory rolls, TWO!! Heel kick misses but the CODE BREAKER hits! Cover, TWO!! Peyton lives and Asuka is the one shocked now! Asuka drags Peyton up, puts her in a corner and hoists her up top. Asuka climbs up to join Peyton, but Peyton fights back! They brawl and Peyton shoves Asuka away! Peyton adjusts, leaps, DOUBLE STOMPS to Asuka’s back! Cover, TWO!! Asuka still lives and Peyton is losing her mind! Peyton argues with the ref but then turns around into a mule kick!
Asuka storms over, Peyton tries to drag her down, but Asuka makes it an ARMBAR!! Peyton kicks and gets through but now she’s in a body scissors! ASUKA LOCK!! Peyton taps, Asuka wins!!
Winner: Asuka, by submission
That level of competition is what the Raw Women’s Championship is about! But wait! Is that Rhea Ripley!? We knew she was heading to Raw, but she’s aiming right for the top! The Nightmare goes right to the ring, gets a mic, and tells Asuka, “You’re one of the greatest women’s champions in WWE history. You’ve proved your point. Now, last I saw, Charlotte Flair was out here challenging you for the Raw Women’s Championship while you were recovering from having your teeth knocked out?” But Charlotte isn’t here right now, recovering from COVID. So then, Asuka… Rhea wants an answer. On her first official night here on Raw, straight up, she challenges Asuka for a MANIA MATCH!!
Asuka takes the mic, nods and says, “Oh, oh, oh~!” Rhea’s got guts, huh? But Rhea is NOT ready for Aaaasukaaa~!! But… Asuka still accepts! The Empress, the Nightmare, WrestleMania 37! Can it get any wilder than that?
Adam Pearce finds McIntyre backstage.
McIntyre VS Sheamus was huge, but makes Pearce wonder why McIntyre helped Sheamus out there after beating each other senseless. Well yeah, hitting half the guys on this roster that hard, they’d all turn to dust. But McIntyre wasn’t going to let Sheamus get beaten down by two guys. But Pearce isn’t here for all that so what is it? Pearce says Alexander and Benjamin want a 2v1 Handicap against McIntyre, but Pearce doesn’t feel right making that match. So he’s letting McIntyre consider this first. Right, that’s not very sensible this close to Mania. But McIntyre admits he isn’t the most sensible guy.
Well, let’s spin it like this: Lashley did whatever it took to get the title, and whatever it takes to defend the title. So McIntyre beats Hurt Business, they’re banned from ringside at Mania! Deal? Consider it done! Will McIntyre be able to remove some obstacles on his Road to WrestleMania tonight?
Raw presents an all new Miz TV!
The Miz and John Morrison make their entrances, and welcome us to the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show. Before discussing WrestleMania, Miz needs to get something off his chest about the last couple of weeks. Great highs, terrible lows, but the last thing he needed was to be laughed at and ridiculed by Damian Priest and Bad FREAKIN’ Bunny! Without reason, too! To Bunny’s credit, he’s one of the biggest stars in music today, multi-platinum hits, one of the most famous people in the world. And with Bad Bunny, you think about it and go, “Who do you think you are?!”
Bunny walks around here, came in at the Royal Rumble and decided to stick around. it’s one thing to do special performances but it’s another to hang on and hang on with his “bouncer” Damian, while showing zero respect towards The Miz. Miz will remind us who he is: A two-time GRAND SLAM CHAMPION! Who else is a two-time Grand Slam Champion? NOT John Cena. Correct! NOT Brock Lesnar. CORRECT! And NOT The Undertaker! COOOOORRECT! Miz is the ONLY one to do that in the history of the WWE! Miz has been the backbone of WWE for over 15 years! John Morrison has been a multi-time champion in his own right yet they don’t get the respect they deserve!
Don’t believe that? Look at the Mania promotional material! Two mean with over 30 years combined experiences, with titles more than you can count on hands and feet, and yet BAD BUNNY is featured “on the most significant poster in the WWE year.” Last week was the last straw! Congrats, Bunny, you wanted Miz’s attention, and you’ve got it and a lot more. It was a bold strategy, but how did that work out? The footage shows Priest winning his match with Ryker, but Morrison distracting him and Bad Bunny for Miz to GUITAR SMASH Bunny from behind! Morrison says THAT was a smash hit.
Miz says let that be a lesson to all celebrities that think they can do what superstars do. That they can waltz in here and walk all over them! Bunny probably hopped back down his rabbit hole. But for those who love MC M I Z and Johnny Drip Drip, drum roll please… Next week, on a special edition of the Dirt Sheet, it will be the world premiere of the highly anticipated track, “Hey Hey, Hop Hop,” dedicated to Bad Bunny! And the opposite of Bad Bunny is a Good Rapper! They give us a preview, and it’s them in bunny onesies…? They say Bunny’s career is about to be over faster than Vanilla Ice’s!
WWE is their domain, and Mania will be Bunny’s nightmare! Because Miz challenges Bunny to a match!! “I will not just end your music career, I will end your career period.” And if you want a sneak preview of that, watch Miz VS Jeff Hardy, NOW! Is the Charismatic Enigma about to feel what’s coming for Bad Bunny in three weeks?
Jeff Hardy VS The Miz / John Morrison!
Raw returns and Hardy gets a mic. He knows Miz will get in trouble and ask Morrison to help. So if Miz was really a man, he’d ask Morrison to go to the back right now! Miz takes Hardy up on the challenge and Morrison heads out. The bell rings, Hardy and Miz circle and tie up. Miz knees low, clubs Hardy down, then brings him up for haymakers. Miz stalks Hardy to a corner, goes to bump Hardy off buckles but Hardy blocks and bumps Miz instead! And then off another corner! Then another corner! Hardy completes the set of four, then brings Miz up to jawbreaker! Miz staggers, Hardy runs but Miz BOOTS him down! Miz stomps Hardy, puts him on ropes and chokes!
The ref counts, Miz lets off to then run and straddle attack! Miz grins as he looms over Hardy. Hardy sits up, Miz runs and basement BOOTS him down! Cover, TWO! Miz is still cocky as he brings Hardy back up. Hardy counter punches Miz, whips him to ropes, but Miz reverses to kitchen sink Hardy down! Miz says, “I’m the man! Me!” then he digs a knee into Hardy’s back! Miz clamps onto Hardy’s chin, drives an elbow in, then wraps on a chinlock. Hardy endures, fights up and fights out as fans rally on their screens. Hardy spinning back kicks and Miz ends up in a corner! Miz comes back to get more counter punches from hardy!
Hardy whips, Miz reverses but Hardy hits back with forearms! Atomic drop, takedown and leg splitting leg drop to basement dropkick! SPLASH, cover, TWO! Hardy keeps on Miz with a stomp, but Miz reverses the whip. Hardy boots Miz down, goes up and drops a SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Hardy calls for it, fans rally on their screens again, but Miz denies the Twist to POST Hardy! SKULL CRUSHING FINALE! Cover, Miz wins!
Winner: The Miz, by pinfall
He DID do it fair and square, 1v1! Miz is ready to show Bad Bunny what for, but SMASH!! Bad Bunny hits Miz with a guitar in return!! Bunny gets a mic and says, “I accept your challenge, BITCH!” Bunny and Miz go smash hit for smash hit, who will be the first one to drop at WrestleMania?
AJ Styles and Omos walk backstage.
But wait, what’s that revving sound? “Looking good, Skipper!” Matt Riddle zips by on his scooter! Styles says he’s not the Skipper anymore, that was Survivor Series! But see what New Day is doing? They’re inspiring goofs like Riddle! Styles is inspired to make New Day look really bad! BOOM! Gottee! The Phenomenal One takes on Kofi Kingston after the break!
AJ Styles w/ Omos VS Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods!
The Phenomenal One is only missing tag team championships in his WWE Grand Slam, so he and his colossal cohort are going for gold at WrestleMania! But will one half of the New Day be enough to prove Styles isn’t ready to be W, W, E, Raw, Tag, Team, Champion~?
Styles gets a mic to say, “It is going to happen! AJ Styles and Omos VS The New Day at WrestleMania!” And it’ll be Omos’ in-ring debut! What a debut it’ll be! Because it’ll be for the Raw Tag Team Championships! Does it get any better than that? It does! Because Omos will be tagging with one of the greatest superstars in WWE history, AJ Styles! Styles is so excited about what Omos will do to Xavier and Kofi! Omos will literally put them through the rings! Literal holes in the ring floor! Omos will bury them in their graves! But what a way to go out at WrestleMania! New Day are the longest reigning tag team champions ever, and they’ve earned everything they’ve gotten.
But Styles & Omos will still defeat them! They can’t lose! Styles’ wisdom and acrobatics and all the things that makes him Phenomenal, and then Omos’ size and strength, they can’t lose! But the New Day interrupt with their entrance! Kofi asks Styles if he really said he and Omos are going to beat them for the W, W, E, World, Tag, Team, Championships~ at Mania?! That’s what he said. Bury them like in the Boneyard, and then take the titles and become unstoppable! But pray tell, future King Woods, in order to become an unstoppable tag team, dost one not first have to become a team? Yes. And yet, we see no team here.
What is here is a wee little man trying to overcompensate for his size, or rather lack there of, *exaggerated royal laugh* hiding behind a GIANT and commands the giant to do his bidding! That’s what they see! Styles tells them to shut up! Or what?! What he gonna do? Sick Omos him? Maybe. Well who could possibly pin Omos’ shoulders to the mat? Joining Styles will only bring him down! Styles says Omos shouldn’t listen to them! Styles found Omos, he’ll take care of him! Found him? You don’t even know him! Yes he does! Then what is his favorite color? Red! Actually, it’s mauve. WHAT?! That’s not a real color!
What’s his favorite flavor of ice cream? Vanilla bean! Peanut Butter Caramel. Well he was close. HAH! Styles doesn’t know nothing! But then here’s a softball pitch. Who (who who who) is Omos’ favorite WWE superstar of all time? Easy! AJ Styles! No, Andre the Giant. HAHA!! Think about this, Omos. There has to be trust in a team, but how can you trust a man who doesn’t know your favorite color? Styles says enough of this! Kofi should just get in the ring so Styles can beat him like they will at Mania! Because… “A! J ROCKS! A! J ROCKS!” Omos chants along and the New Day are upset, but this will sort out and get underway, after the break!
Raw returns and the bell rings. Kofi and Styles circle, Styles kicks but Kofi blocks to spin Styles to a headlock and takeover! Styles grinds forearms but Kofi thrashes him about. They stand, Kofi holds on as Styles tries to power out, and Kofi grinds Styles back down. Styles fights up, rolls to a cover, ONE! Kofi holds on, Styles gets up but Kofi still holds on as Styles tries to power out. Styles gets up, throws body shots and gets free, but Kofi runs him over! Cover, ONE, but Kofi gets another headlock takeover! Styles fights up again, Woods gives his own play by play, but Styles puts Kofi in a corner. Styles pops out but Kofi gets him in a headlock again. Styles powers out and gets Kofi in a headlock!
Styles grinds Kofi, Kofi powers out but Styles runs him over! Things speed up, Kofi hurdles, hurdles and back elbows! Cover, ONE! Kofi gets the headlock back, puts Styles in a corner, but Kofi lets off to throw haymakers. Styles staggers to another corner, Kofi keeps on him and back hands him down. Kofi brings Styles up but Styles knees him low. Styles throws Kofi down, throws him out, and catches his breath before he slingshots! Kofi avoids the plancha and DECKS Styles on the apron! Styles rolls to a corner, Kofi runs in, MONKEY FLIP! Cover, ONE!! Kofi CHOPS Styles in a corner, whips him corner to corner, but Styles reverses, only for Kofi to go up and missile dropkick!
Kofi gets Styles in a body scissor catch, cover, TWO! Kofi dropkicks Styles out of the ring! But Styles is on the side where Omos stands. Styles drags Kofi out, Kofi DECKS Styles, and stares down Omos. Kofi whips Styles, but Styles reverses to throat chop! Styles RAMS Kofi into steel steps! Woods wants to check on Kofi but Omos stands in his way! Omos tells Woods to back down as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Kofi fights with body shots and haymakers to back Styles down! Kofi whips, Styles reverses and Styles elbows Kofi down! Kofi checks his face, Styles drags him up and wraps on a chinlock. Styles grinds Kofi down but fans rally up on their screens. Kofi fights up, throws body shots, but Styles wrangles him back down. Kofi keeps fighting, keeps getting up, throws body shots and headbutts! Kofi runs, dodges Styles then hits a leaping forearm! Kofi rallies with double chops, then dropkicks Styles down! Kofi runs to LEAPING LARIAT! Kofi runs for the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Kofi powers up in the corner and claps while Woods plays the trombone. Styles PELES Trouble in Paradise away!!
Woods coaches Kofi but he is moving slowly. Kofi gets to a corner, Styles runs in but Kofi swing kicks from the corner! Woods fires up as Kofi climbs up top. Styles intercepts with a haymaker! Styles climbs to join Kofi, but Kofi fights off the superplex! Kofi throws body shots, and GOURD BUSTERS Styles down! Kofi adjusts, but he’s still a bit dazed. Kofi LEAPS to SPLASH Styles on his back! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives and Kofi grows frustrated. Kofi gets up, Woods shouts, “FINISH HIM!” But Styles avoids SOS to roll Kofi for a CALF CRUSHER!! Kofi endures, looks but is the wrong direction for the ropes! Kofi drags himself towards the side, and gets the ROPEBREAK!
Styles lets go, Kofi clutches his knee, but Styles drags him up. Styles wants the leg again, lifts but Kofi makes that a sunset flip! TWO, and Styles dropkicks the leg out hard! Omos nods, Styles goes to the apron. Styles aims, springboards, but Woods’ trombone playing throws him off! Omos storms over but Woods dares him to bring it! Styles springboards, into SOS!! Cover, Kofi wins!!
Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall
Kofi gets away before Omos can storm into the ring! The New Day showed up the lack of teamwork between Styles and Omos, but will this only make the giant more determined to crush them?
Bakcstage interview with Sheamus.
After Fastlane’s war, why did Sheamus accept tonight’s match with Lashley? Because that’s who he is, fella. Sheamus doesn’t back down or run from a fight. Sheamus lives for the fight! If you have to ask Sheamus that, you have no clue about him. Then what does Sheamus have to say about McIntyre helping him against the Hurt Business? Sheamus says that was about respect, something the world needs more of. But Sheamus didn’t ask McIntyre to come save him! He can’t stand the ground McIntyre walks on. But before Sheamus can say more, Riddle zooms in on his scooter and circles Sheamus while asking him about the Loch Ness Monster and if leprechauns are real. If Sheamus could make a wish, what would he wish for?
Sheamus tells Riddle to stop! What is he doing? Just asking questions. Then Sheamus will ask Riddle a question. Is that scooter easy to ride? Yeah, bro! Super easy! Riddle greased up the wheels! The brakes are dodgy, but you sacrifice stopping power for speed. Sheamus puts a foot on the scooter and bets they’re hard to handle. And then he JAMS Riddle with the handle bar!! Was it something Riddle said?
2v1 Handicap: The Hurt Business VS Drew McIntyre!
Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin wanted to help Lashley when he didn’t want them, but now they might help him here tonight. Can Primed Alexander and the Gold Standard do damage to the Scottish Warrior before WrestleMania? Or will McIntyre clear them both out of the way so he has a clear shot at the champion?
Raw returns as the Hurt Business make their entrance. They sort out, and Benjamin starts against McIntyre. Benjamin throws his shirt at McIntyre, McIntyre throws the shirt out. McIntyre kicks low, puts Benjamin in a corner and stomps him down then CHOPS him hard! McIntyre whips to run Benjamin over with an elbow! He doesn’t stay away, either, he DEAD LIFT SUPLEXES Benjamin! Cover, TWO! McIntyre looms over Benjamin but Alexander talks trash. McIntyre just hip tosses Alexander into the ring and CHOPS him in a corner! McIntyre whips Alexander corner to corner then back drops high and hard!
Benjamin runs in to waistlock, and he gets McIntyre down to the mat! McIntyre fights up, Benjamin throws him again, but McIntyre fights up to pry the hold. McIntyre gets Benjamin’s arms apart but Benjamin clubs him on the back! McIntyre still runs Benjamin over! McIntyre bends Benjamin’s fingers and stomps the hand! He bumps Benjamin off buckles, bumps him off more buckles, then whips him corner to corner. Benjamin elbows back, throws haymakers, backs him to a corner, and whips McIntyre corner to corner. McIntyre comes back to CLOBBER Benjamin! Benjamin gets up, but Alexander saves him from the Claymore!
The Hurt Business regroups but McIntyre goes out after them! McIntyre ROCKS Benjamin, POSTS him, then brings him up to give him SNAKE EYES on the barriers! Alexander protests but McIntyre puts Benjamin in the ring. McIntyre stays between Benjamin and Alexander as he throws more haymakers. Benjamin knees low, headlocks, and Alexander tags in before McIntyre powers out. McIntyre elbows Alexander, ROCKS Benjamin, but Alexander chop blocks a leg! Benjamin KNEES McIntyre out of the ring! Alexander builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the ramp! Alexander hurries back to the ring and tags Benjamin back in.
The Hurt Business go after McIntyre together to RAM him into barriers! McIntyre is down and the Hurt Business is fired up as we go to break!
Raw returns and Alexander grinds McIntyre down with a chinlock. McIntyre fights up as fans rally but Alexander CLUBS him back down! McIntyre throws body shots, forearms, and then shoves Alexander away! Benjamin tags in, Alexander dropkicks the legs out, and Benjamin KNEES McIntyre down! Cover, TWO! Benjamin hurries to get McIntyre up, tags Alexander in, then uses an atomic drop to feed McIntyre to Alexander’s KNEE! Benjamin BOOTS McIntyre down, Alexander covers, TWO!! Alexander is furious but he hammers away on McIntyre’s back. Alexander claws at McIntyre’s face but argues with the ref. Tag to Benjamin and the Hurt Business mugs McIntyre.
Benjamin drags McIntyre up but McIntyre hits back. Benjamin throws knees, clubs him with forearms and hammers McIntyre back down to the mat! Alexander shouts, “LET HIM KNOW!” Benjamin clamps on with a chinlock and grinds McIntyre down. Fans rally up, McIntyre fights up and rams Benjamin into a corner! McIntyre throws forearms, CHOPS Benjamin, but Benjamin kicks back! McIntyre rocks Benjamin, drags him up but Benjamin hits back. McIntyre kicks low, shoves but blocks a kick, only to get the DRAGON WHIP! But he gives a GLASGOW KISS in return! Both men are down but only Benjamin has someone to tag! Alexander reaches, Benjamin crawls, hot tag!
Alexander runs in but McIntyre CLOBBERS him! And again! McIntyre whips and OVERHEAD SUPLEXES Alexander! And then OVERHEAD SUPLEXES again! Benjamin runs in but gets FUTURE SHOCK! McIntyre sees Alexander and hits the NECKBREAKER! McIntyre kips up, aims from a corner and sees Benjamin get up first. CLAYMORE! Alexander back kicks then runs, but McIntyre dodges to CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
And with that, the Hurt Business CANNOT be ringside for Lashley at Mania! Is this only going to upset Lashley and MVP more? Will there be no excuses when WrestleMania becomes the Clash of the Titans?
MVP talks with Alexander & Benjamin.
“That was stupid.” They try to help Lashley when he doesn’t ask for their help. But then, in some crazy way of trying to make it up to Lashley, they fight McIntyre 2v1 and still lose! Now they can’t even- Lashley storms in and says if these two can’t get the job done, he’ll go find someone that can! Lashley looks in the Raw locker room and offers an open opportunity! Any one of them that takes out McIntyre before Mania, they can get McIntyre’s shot at the WWE World Championship! Who will make good on this open hit on the Scottish Warrior?
Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke VS Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler w/ Reginald!
The #SexyMuscleFriends are going against the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions but the #RavishingGlow is on commentary to see it. With the Road to WrestleMania in the home stretch, will we see Mandy & Dana get into pole position for the title chase?
The teams sort out, Shayna wants Nia to stop worrying about where Reggie’s gonna sit, and Mandy goes right at the Queen of Spades! Mandy fires off hands, then powers Shayna to the corner! Mandy RAMS into Shayna over and over, Dana tags in and Mandy scoop SLAMS! Dana handsprings to SPLASH, then covers, TWO! Reggie and Nia are too busy talking, Shayna shoves Dana and gets around her for a swinging BACKBREAKER! Dana writhes, Shayna drags Dana up but Nia is distracted! Dana rolls Shayna, TWO and Dana bumps into Nia! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! But Mandy dropkicks Shayna away! Nia tags in and she CLOBBERS Mandy!
Nia drags Dana up, Dana enziguris! Dana runs and handsprings in to elbow Nia! Dana keeps going but Nia CLOBBERS her now! Reggie “apologizes” to Mandy but Mandy shouts at him to stay out of it. Reggie scurries into the ring, Nia headbutts Dana but Reggie shows off his moves for Nia. Nia drags Dana up, scoops her, but Dana slips off to chop block! Mandy tags in to BULLDOG! Mandy DECKS Shayna, KNEES Nia down, cover, TWO!! Mandy stomps Nia, tags Dana, and Reggie is worried! Shayna yanks Mandy off the apron, Dana DECKS Shayna, but Reggie distracts! Nia trips Dana up! Mandy swipes at Reggie, he handsprings away and Shayna CLOBBERS Mandy!
Nia gets Dana for the SAMOAN DROP!! Cover, Nia & Shayna win!
Winners: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler, by pinfall
Naomi & Lana say this ain’t right. They want a rematch, and maybe even a shot at Reggie. Reggie and Nia celebrate but Shayna is beside herself. Will the Queen of Spades have to start doing things on her own with the third wheel sommelier rolling with them?
Alexa sits in her playground.
She hums to herself while sitting on her swing. “Randy, I know you wanted me out of your life, but I’m still here~! And so is he.” But y’know what they say: You can’t always get what you want. But tonight… Alexa says Randy should be careful what he wishes for. Alexa laughs and swings again… And then in the Fiend’s voice, says “LET ME IN.” Will The Viper bring the Fiend back to Raw, and regret it?
Ladies and gentlemen: Elias.
But not just Elias, as he has Jaxson Ryker and Shane McMahon with him again. Shane still has a knee brace and a crutch, and he says that while many are upset about what didn’t happen last night, Shane is most upset. He would’ve wiped the floor with “that peanut brained” B-B-Braun. But their match will happen once Shane’s leg is healed up. And Elias didn’t have a lot of time to prepare, but he didn’t get the job done. Elias tries to explain but Shane tells him not to interrupt. But now, Elias had time to prepare and he’s having a rematch with Braun tonight! And they are going to present a song they put together: Braun Is Stupid.
Elias plays the guitar, and it’s a duet between him and Shane. “There’s a man named Braun, who’s big in size. But his brain is small, and he’s not too wise. Shane, he struggles, with solving 2+2. I don’t think he can tie his shoes. He lives in a forest, filled with stupid trees. And any smart man can clearly see, Braun is Stupid. So stupid, his IQ has been diluted. Braun is stupid, so stupid, that in a cell, we’ve concluded… B-B-B-Braun is sooooooooo stuuuuupiiiiid~!” But speaking of… Here comes BRAUN~!
The Monster Among Men has a mic and says they think they’re all so funny. It doesn’t matter if Shane has a peg leg, there’s nothing stopping the ass whooping that’s coming! But here’s a song for Elias, that he might be familiar with: The Man Who Got These Hands! Braun gets a rematch with Elias, after the break!
Braun Strowman VS Elias w/ Jaxson Ryker & Shane McMahon!
Raw returns and Braun powers Elias right to a corner to hammer away on! Braun headbutts Elias down, stalks him then bumps him off buckles, then bumps him off more buckles! Braun drags Elias up, CLUBS him in a corner, then throws more haymakers. Braun digs his boot into Elias’ head at a corner, but lets off at the ref’s count. Braun glares at Shane, drags Elias up and whips him corner to corner hard! Elias bounces off buckles and hits the mat! Braun KICKS Elias in the ribs! Elias goes to ropes, Braun chokes him against the ropes! Braun says this is on Shane! Braun throws Elias out of the ring, storms out and Shane hobbles away.
Braun kicks Elias around, puts him back in the ring at the count of 5, then gets in at 7. Elias runs in to KNEE Braun to a corner! Elias fires off stomps and fast hands! The ref backs Elias off, Elias runs corner to corner, into a MONSTER SHOTGUN! Ryker gets on the apron but Braun DECKS him! Braun sees he has targets, and he gets the Strowman Express going! Wait, is there an actual train sound? Braun BLASTS Ryker over the announce desk! And then he BLASTS Elias into barriers! Braun drags Elias up and into the ring, Elias staggers around and Braun runs corner to corner, and blocks a boot to ROCK Elias with an uppercut!
Braun scoops, for the MONSTER SLAM!! Cover, Braun wins again!
Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall
But then Shane gets in the ring to SMACK Braun with the crutch! But Braun doesn’t even flinch!! The crutch is bent! “You must be one of the stupidest sons of bitches I’ve ever seen!” Braun chases Shane, and Shane is actually running on that “bad leg!” Braun gets a mic to point out Shane’s knee looks good now, running off with his tail between his legs! Braun is fed up with the games. No more chasing him around, no more Shane calling Braun stupid. Braun vows to end this. Is Shane man enough to face Braun 1v1? Because Braun wants a match at WRESTLEMANIA! Pony up, golden boy! Braun VS Shane to end it all!
Shane has a mic and accepts the challenge! Any match type Braun wants, Shane will win, because Braun is STUPID. But is Shane the fool for giving Braun a blank check on the match type?
Randy Orton heads to the ring.
He has a mysterious black bag and is bringing it with him to gorilla. Is what’s inside going to summon The Fiend to Raw?
WWE confirms matches for Nights 1 and 2 of WrestleMania Weekend!
For night one: The WWE World Championship, Bobby Lashley VS Drew McIntyre; The Miz VS Bad Bunny; and the SmackDown Women’s Championship, Sasha Banks VS Bianca Belair!
For night two: The WWE Universal Championship, Roman Reigns VS Edge; and the Raw Women’s Championship, Asuka VS Rhea Ripley!
Randy Orton heads to the ring!
The Viper didn’t beat Twisted Lil’ Bliss thanks to the resurrected and mangled Fiend that rose from the ring mat. Orton says it seems like it was just yesterday that he was standing right here, watching The Fiend burn alive! He apparently didn’t finish the job because he could smell it. The smell that gets stuck in the nose, the smell of burning flesh. Orton saw an abomination! So tonight, Orton finishes the job. After tonight, there will be no more mind games! There will be no more Alexa Bliss, there will be no more Fiend! “After tonight, the bullshit comes to an end.” But Alexa makes her way out! She has her spooky little jack-in-the-box, too.
“I told you, Randy. Be careful what you wish for.” All around the mulberry bush, the monkey chased the weasel~. The monkey thought ’twas all in good fun. POP, goes the weasel. The lights start going out and the screens start turning off! And when the lights come back up, FIRE and red light! THE FIEND IS HERE! Orton turns around to see him, and finally gets a good look at what he did to him! But Orton goes to his bag, and brings out… A tank of gasoline! Orton splashes some on The Fiend, but he doesn’t move. So Orton keeps splashing him with more! The Fiend doesn’t seem to react at all! So Orton gets a match! But then the Fiend moves, into an RKO!!
Alexa is there, but Orton stares her down. But The Fiend is getting up! Orton turns around, runs, but into the MANDIBLE CLAW!! The Fiend smothers Orton, then gets him into the SISTER ABIGAIL! Alexa laughs and skips around before standing by the Fiend’s side. She points to the WrestleMania sign! The Fiend wants to end this on the Grandest Stage of Them All! It’s made official!! Will this rematch be the most horrifying Mania moment of them all?
While Fastlane underdelivered, this Raw was a great rebound. I was very surprised to see we’d be getting Lashley VS Sheamus, and it was very good, especially with the tie in from the other Hurt Business members and McIntyre. McIntyre and Sheamus have respect for each other, but they don’t really like anyone else. Sheamus was already annoyed by Riddle in the past, so him hitting Riddle with his own scooter fit in, but this is clearly setting things up for Riddle VS Sheamus for the US Championship. That match could go either way, really, but they had great matches against each other before, so that US title match is going to be awesome.
McIntyre VS Hurt Business was really good, but of course McIntyre wins because he needs to roll towards Mania. Adding the part about banning Hurt Business from ringside at Mania is an interesting story twist. Lashley also giving the mid/lower card locker room a bounty on McIntyre. That is going to be an interesting detail to the next three weeks, but I could totally see McIntyre turning these into matches rather than brawls, and McIntyre taking on guys like Drew Gulak, Humberto Carrillo and (sadly he’s buried down to this level) Ricochet will make for some great match-ups. No one’s going to take McIntyre out, but it’ll help McIntyre build some momentum and maybe end up “behind the 8 ball” if someone gets a good shot on him.
Asuka VS Peyton tonight was perhaps the best match Peyton’s had ever. I’m glad that after her great Raw Talk promo calling Asuka out, she gets to show this much aggression and ability. That modified Calf Crusher is really good, she should definitely keep that in her arsenal. But of course Asuka wins, and then Rhea Ripley shows up to call Asuka out right from the start. Charlotte being sidelined because of COVID sucks for her and for how we could’ve gotten a rematch from Mania, but in a way, Rhea is getting her own Mania redemption because now it’ll be in Raymond James Stadium, in front of fans, and fans will get to cheer these two on as they’re both fan favorites.
Miz TV was alright, but of course it sets up for a match with Bad Bunny. Miz VS Hardy was good, and Miz wins clean so that Bunny could blast him with the guitar and accept the challenge. We all expected this to be a tag match, but Morrison has also not been wrestling much lately, maybe there’s an injury WWE wants to hide since it isn’t so serious as to keep Morrison off television. Braun VS Elias rematch was a touch better than Fastlane’s, but at least Fastlane didn’t add a train sound to Braun’s “Strowman Express” spot. Braun wins again, Shane is of course exposed as a faker, and of course we’ll get this at Mania.
With Braun allowed any stipulation, I feel like he’ll choose something from the No Disqualification family, which of course will allow Shane to bring in whoever he thinks can help him, and maybe that’s why Shane wins. Or it could all be used to build Braun back up by just destroying everyone put in his path. I hope it’s the latter. We got an interesting Women’s Tag moment. Reggie was all over the place, being annoying, but that was of course the point. The champs win, even with Reggie being a distraction to Nia, but I am still hoping things build to a very big match for Mania. Ravishing Glow, Sexy Muscle Friends, and then Natty & Tamina from SmackDown, all against Shay-Nia for the titles.
Styles & Omos had a pretty good promo segment with the New Day, though I feel like Omos wasn’t able to deliver as well as he could, because he might’ve been starting to laugh. Styles VS Kofi was a great match, but naturally Woods and Omos become an element because they were ringside. Kofi beats Styles as a way to show the new “team” is not ready for what that means, but if Omos isn’t going to get in a match before Mania, I feel like Styles will have to face Woods and then Omos finds a way to get back at him so Styles can tie the series 1-1. I don’t see New Day losing at Mania, but it could happen if Omos focuses on defense while Styles is legal and does the heavy lifting.
The final segment with Orton, Alexa and this undead Fiend was alright. I should’ve figured Orton would want to burn The Fiend up again but I also expected a bit more from the “summoning.” He really more egged Alexa on into summoning The Fiend rather than mockingly tried it himself first. Like, he should’ve tried a Bloody Mary/Candyman creepypasta thing first. But of course Fiend and Alexa stand tall here to set up the Mania match. A little disappointed it won’t be Firefly Funhouse 2, but I did want to see how zombie Fiend battles first. Maybe it changes into a Fun House match in the middle to reference the very disappointing Orton VS Wyatt match from a few years ago, but then finally make it what it should’ve been back then.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (1/31/23)
NXTag Team Tuesday!
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?
- 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~?
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
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/31/23)
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Universal Studios is still the AEW Dark Arena!
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!
- 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.
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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