While not quite to the standard of recent episodes of NXT, this week’s edition of the black and yellow brand still delivered a fun two hours of wrestling that helped advance several feuds within NXT as we continue to see the aftermath of NXT: TakeOver Stand and Deliver.
So with that in mind let’s not waste any more time and go straight into the top 5 moments that stood out on the black and yellow brand this week.
5. Dakota Kai faces Mercedes Martinez as Raquel Gonzalez watches on
NXT would open the show with two of the most talented women in the NXT roster facing off against each other. Dakota Kai and Mercedes Martinez would put on a great opener with both women looking strong as they went back and forth with no women getting a true advantage in the match with the match, unfortunately, being ended early after the NXT Women’s Champion, Raquel Gonzalez attacked Martinez to cause a disqualification
Mercedes Martinez would start the match of aggressively trying to catch Dakota Kai off guard. However, Kai would be the first one to get the upper hand in the match, hitting Martinez with a DDT. Kai would then send Martinez to the corner and hit a low boot on Martinez. Martinez would then fight back late in the match and throw Kai outside the ring, leading to a confrontation with Raquel Gonzalez outside the ring.
This would lead to Raquel Gonzalez hitting a big boot on Martinez to cause a disqualification. Gonzalez would then continue to beat down Martinez as a hurt Dakota Kai watched on. Gonzalez would then finish her brutal assault by throwing Martinez into the barricade screen in the corner sending a message to Martinez as well as the rest of the NXT Women’s division.
4. Adam Cole speaks his mind after TakeOver Stand and Deliver
After his brutal unsanctioned match against Kyle O’Reilly two weeks ago at Takeover: Stand and Deliver, Adam Cole would finally make his feelings known in a pre-recorded interview. Cole would start off the interview in classic heel fashion, showing his annoyance for being interviewed. Cole would then talk about how he felt Kyle got lucky at TakeOver: Stand and Deliver, telling fans that Kyle was not ready for the main event.
Cole would then talk about how he was still the biggest star in NXT and how he has carried NXT for the last four years and how we will soon see the best Adam Cole we have ever seen. Cole would then leave the interview as we sew Kyle O’Reilly watching the interview backstage, showing that the war between Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly is far from being over.
This was a short but sweet promo from Adam Cole as it showed off his cocky heel persona. This segment also did a solid job in setting up a future match between Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly in the future in what is sure to be another great match between the two men.
3. Bronson Reed takes on Austin Theory and The Way
Despite falling short against Johnny Gargano during night two of NXT: TakeOver Stand and Deliver. Bronson Reed would have another opportunity to get into the North American Championship scene as Reed had to face off against The Way member, Austin Theory to get another chance as Johnny Gargano’s North American Championship.
Reed would get the advantage early in the match, only for Austin Theory to regain control after Johnny Gargano superkicked Reed outside the ring allowing Theory to hit a crossbody. However Reed would fight back against Theory and The Way, hitting Theory with a brutal chokeslam for a near fall late in the match.
Things would get out of hand late in the match as Dexter Lumis appeared to look for Indi Hartwell. This would lead to Theory hitting Lumis with an elbow, allowing Reed to take out Theory, with Reed then hitting the Tsunami on Theory to earn another chance at Gargano’s North American Championship.
2. Killian Dain and Drake Maverick put on an underdog effort against Imperium
Before Killian Dain and Drake Maverick could take on Imperium, Maverick would state out his distrust for Killian Dain and his relationship with Imperium. Dain would then relax Maverick’s worried thoughts by telling to have some faith as both men got ready for their match. As the match started things would look bleak for Maverick and Dain as Maverick took most of the punishment early in the match.
Things would look even bleaker for Maverick and Dain as Imperium took out Dain as Maverick tried to tag in Dain, however despite Imperium’s best efforts, Dain would get the hot tag and fight back against Imperium. Things would then get interesting as Imperium distracted the referee, giving Alexander Wolfe a chance to hit Dain with a chair, however, Wolfe would then leave Dain alone.
Despite Maverick’s best efforts Maverick would fall short against Imperium as Imperium hit the uppercut powerbomb combo on Drake Maverick to pin Maverick with Dain feeling guilty after the match as he held a hurt Maverick. This was a great match with plenty of storytelling that helped set up a potential feud between these two teams.
1. MSK team with Kushida to take on Legado del Fantasma
After a solid episode of NXT with no real big moments. MSK and Kushida would take on Legado del Fantasma in an exciting action-packed match that was a great way to finish the show. MSK and Kushida would show off their teamwork early looking like a strong trio as they pushed Legado del Fantasma early in the match. However, Santos Escobar would then powerbomb Kushida through the announce table effectively making the match a 3 on 2 handicap match.
Wes Lee would then be left alone in the ring as Legado del Fantasma dominated Wes Lee with the numbers advantage. Despite the best effort from Carter and Kushida to fight back Legado del Fantasma would get the last laugh as Mendoza and Wilde hit a double team on Carter for the win.
After the match, Legado del Fantasma would all hold the gold in a great match that set up future feuds with MSK and Legado del Fantasma for the NXT Tag Team Championship as well as a future feud with Kushida and Santos Escobar for the Cruiserweight Championship.
These were my top 5 moments from a solid episode of NXT this week. What were your top 5 moments from the black and yellow brand this week and what do you think of NXT’s recent form after moving to Tuesdays recently. Let us know in the comments down below.
AJ’s Thoughts: Five Potential Returns
With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?
With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?
With everything going on with WWE, the one thing we have all been hyped about are all of these returns. Dakota Kai made her return at SummerSlam alongside Io and Bayley and now on last SmackDown, Karrion Kross and Scarlett made their returns in a big way against Drew McIntyre and showed the Hourglass to The Bloodline.
With all of that, there have been things in the pipeline saying Triple H’s foot isn’t off the pedal so these are 5 returns from either NXT, main roster or even Try-Outs that I would love to see happen with the new regime.
1. Johnny Gargano
Now this is a name that people have been saying, “Maybe Impact or MLW” but, what about a return? Gargano didn’t renew his contract, most likely to be with his family which is a valid and amazing reason, will never disrespect that. If he were to return, there would be a handful of great reasons. Maybe a singles run with the Intercontinental or United States but with Ciampa getting limelight in the main roster from RAW, what if we get a tag team reunion?
WWE is hurting for Tag Teams and what better than to scare off The Bloodline, loosen the stranglehold of championships with some Do It Yourself action. DIY reunion could be amazing, especially with newer faces showing up to get championship aspirations like Kross and Ciampa. Want to break the hierarchy? Do It Yourself.
2. James Storm
This one is a little bit weird and off. On one hand, who doesn’t love the Tennessee Cowboy, Jimmy James Storm? On the other, he is 45 and getting some nagging injuries as of late. So why would I say Triple H should bring James Storm back and give him something for the main roster? One of the things I said for Gargano, we have a lack of something and The Usos might need to watch two things in the rearview.
Watch your Money and your Alcohol.
Beer Money showing up in WWE would be amazing in my personal opinion. The Bloodline jump Roode, someone in a hoodie or jacket comes up and jumps them to even the fight and as soon as one Uso remained in the ring, the figure goes down and the old stomping goes off and we hear “BEER…” and Roode looks around and gets hyped up and shouts, “…MONEY!”
3. Big Cass
Since his departure from WWE, he has done something I have said since they split him off from Enzo. Take him through the Kevin Nash School of How To Big Man. ROH and Impact are great examples that he actually cleaned up and worked on what he has to do to be good in the ring. He can work the microphone, he can work the ring so we got a new big boy to take on the WWE once again.
Now I could have said Enzo and Cass to rejoin but, I’m sure the antics of Enzo will get Cass in deep water along with the fact that I already made two tag team predictions, we don’t need another. Cass brings a lot to the table and was kind of unproven in WWE because he was just the big enforcer to the more charismatic Enzo. Give this man about six months in the ring and you have your next MASSIVE problem in the IC or US Championship scene or even more.
4. Bronson Reed
The big man from down under is a former NXT North American Champion. He looked to have a good push going with that championship but he got release. If you wonder where he went… he actually made a pit stop in Impact Wrestling as JONAH with the most fire theme song in recent history I swear… I will link the theme song and Trips… please. Get rights to this theme song. I will be a bigger Bronson Reed fan.
Bronson to me is the weird man in all of this but, I think with Triple H involved, he could get something going for him with a good singles champion run or a big threat to go through like a gatekeeper of sorts. Big boy with a great amount of athleticism? Can’t really hate on that considering the last time we saw athletic bigger people were Keith Lee and… what was that one guy? Sherman Tank with a Ferrari Engine…?
5. Bray Wyatt
And the last one is the obvious one in all of this. Yes… we have Judgment Day as the somewhat supernatural dark group but we know the true successor of the supernatural and that is “The Eater of Worlds”, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt. This time around, I don’t think we will get the Jekyl and Hyde, Mister Rogers gimmick. I believe this time around we get full darkness and mayhem. We get the darkness and the theory of reverting back to your prime.
To make a refresher… Miz went back to being the cocky narcissist after fighting The Fiend. Finn turned back to the Prince and much more. With guys like Edge returning, maybe we see the return of the Heel Ultimate Opportunist, maybe a Fiend fight with AJ Styles to get the TN-AJ perhaps. Possibilities are endless and with a great mind like Wyatt for character and execution, I think Hunter will pick up the phone and Let Him In.
– There are clearly others that I could say, or maybe even didn’t think about, but hey, that’s the Chairshot way of Always Using Your Head. Those are just five returns that could happen and hopefully you read this before RAW or SmackDown and who knows if I get any of these right, maybe I missed an obvious one or maybe we get a giant signing that nobody thought possible. Let me and all of Chairshot know!
King’s Greatest Hits Of Jeff Hardy
As he battles his demons, Chris King looks at some more positive moments in Jeff Hardy’s career!
I’m sure by now you’ve heard the disturbing news that former WWE superstar and recent AEW signee Jeff Hardy, was arrested again for multiple charges including a DUI. Hardy has had a hard and tragic road of recovery throughout the years in multiple wrestling promotions.
Not too long ago, Hardy walked out on WWE after they were rumored to have offered the former world champion to go to treatment for his substance abuse issues. Hardy refused and said that he was better but, as we saw the demons are still lurking and got the best of him again.
I have seen some nasty comments and even some distasteful memes about the AEW superstar and felt compelled to go against the grain. Instead of kicking a man when he’s down, I’m going to put together a greatest hits for the “Charismatic Enigma.”
Jeff Hardy & The TLC Match
Everyone can say that Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon helped innovate the iconic ladder match and you are right, but Jeff Hardy and his death-defying stunts changed the concept of the match forever. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. Edge & Christian and their iconic TLC match should have their wing in the Hall of Fame. The risks all six superstars took for the adoration of the crowd could have ended all of their illustrious careers. In the words of Vince McMahon, It’s such good shit!
Jeff Hardy Earns The Undertaker’s Respect
On the July 1st, 2002 episode of Monday Night Raw, Hardy delivered the performance of a lifetime nearly winning the WWE Undisputed Championship from The Undertaker in an incredible ladder match. The young up-and-comer was faced with his greatest task yet, challenging for the most prestigious title in sports entertainment. Hardy showed that without a shadow of a doubt he deserved to be in the main event scene, but came within minutes of defeating Taker. At the time of the match, Hardy was still finding his footing as a singles competitor and earned the respect of the champion and legend.
Swanton Bomb From The Heavens
When I think of the daredevil Jeff Hardy, I can’t help but think of this one crazy-as-hell stunt. At WWE One Night Stand 2008, Hardy faced off against the juggernaut Umaga in a falls count anywhere match. This match was so insane as both superstars fought into the parking lot. Hardy is one of the craziest and bravest superstars, hit a Swanton Bomb off a damn stage truck onto Umaga. It’s one of the wildest things you’ll ever see.
Hardy Wins The WWE Championship
In 2008, Hardy finally made his way to the main event title picture alongside partner Triple H. HHH was Hardy’s mentor in some sort of way which led to the daredevil achieving his lifelong dream of becoming WWE champion. At the 2008 Armageddon pay-per-view, Hardy would face HHH and longtime rival Edge in a triple-threat match for the title. In what was a great match between all three superstars, Hardy delivered a Swanton Bomb to Edge to win the illustrious championship.
Straight Edge Problems For Hardy
The following year, Hardy found himself in the way of young-up-and-comer CM Punk who is looking to make an example out of him. Punk had won the Money in the Bank briefcase for the second year in a row and took advantage of Hardy to win the world title. What started as mutual respect between both superstars changed drastically, when Punk started throwing jabs at Hardy for his drug and substance abuse real-life issues. Punk would form his infamous stable known as the Straight Edge Society. This is a very underrated feud and you should go back and watch it in its entirety. The promos are gold.
The Hardy Boyz Return To WWE
Both Matt and Jeff Hardy found success in multiple other wrestling promotions including Ring of Honor, and TNA during their time away from WWE. Both brothers were struggling with their vices and made poor life choices but straightened up their act over the years. In 2017, the Hardy Boyz would face longtime rivals The Young Bucks in ROH. The following night the adored tag team would make their incredible return to WWE at WrestleMania 33. Matt and Jeff would be named the final team in the Fatal 4-way ladder match for the Raw Tag Team Championships. The pop these two received was insane and very much deserved. They would go on to win the match and win the titles to capitalize on their momentum.
Jeffery Nero Hardy Makes AEW Debut
From 2017-to 2022 Jeff Hardy would find himself pigeonholed in the mid-card title picture. He would have feuds with a plethora of superstars including Samoa Joe, and Randy Orton. Orton and Hardy had a nasty Hell in a Cell match back in 2018. Earlier this year, Hardy was seen running around after the 24/7 Championship, which was disappointing to see. After being genuinely unhappy in WWE, Hardy would make his AEW debut on the March 9th episode of AEW Dynamite. Hardy would come to the aid of his brother and longtime partner.
This week news broke that Hardy had been arrested for multiple charges including a DUI. While it’s easy to beat a man while he’s down, how about we uplift and try to encourage him to get the help he needs.
As a longtime wrestling fan, I have the utmost respect for Hardy and wish him the best of luck in his battle with addiction.
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