From now on, we are… N! X! Tuesday!
TakeOver: Stand & Deliver definitely delivered, and now we’re in a new era! NXT takes over Tuesdays, and opens with huge championship matches!
- NXT Tag Team Championships: MSK VS Killian Dain & Drake Maverick; MSK wins and retains the titles.
- Mercedes Martinez VS Jessi Kamea w/ The Robert Stone Brand; Martinez wins.
- NXT Cruiserweight Championship Open Challenge: Santos Escobar VS ???; KUSHIDA wins and becomes the new NXT Cruiserweight Champion.
- Leon Ruff VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott; Swerve wins.
- 8 Person Mixed Tag: The Way VS Dexter Lumis, Bronson Reed, Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon; Lumis, Reed, Shotzi & Ember win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Karrion Kross opens NXT!
Doomsday is upon us as the NEW NXT Champion and his femme fatale, Scarlett Bordeaux, head to the ring! Kross gets the mic, and says, “I told you. Time always comes full circle.” Fans chant, “You Deserve It!” as Kross says it was only a matter of time before he was standing back in this ring with this title as his title. And as for Mr. Balor, without a shadow of a doubt, he is one of the greatest of all time. Balor has won titles wherever he’s gone. Kross hears the fans chanting, “Fall And Pray!” for him. When Balor had the belt, he went on a tear. But Balor believed Kross’ emotions were a weakness. He didn’t understand. Anything can become a driving force when you learn to control it, and Kross controls everything!
“So understand this: Now that time has allowed the course to correct itself, I am in command of NXT until I say so.” They say, “When you’re at the top, there’s no where else to go but down.” But that is a complete and total lie! No one will out work or out wrestle Kross. NXT has the hungriest roster in the world! But Kross is starving and insatiable! “You want this, step right up and roll the dice!” Kross will roll everyone single one of them off their heads! It doesn’t matter who you are, where you’ve been or how much you’ve made! He will fold every single one of you until there is no one left! “Because no matter where the time is tolled, in the end, everybody pays the toll!”
MSK head to the ring!
Nash Carter & Wes Lee are the NEW NXT Tag Team Champions after winning the TakeOver: Stand & Deliver Triple Threat Tag! But there’s no rest for the Must-See Kids, because they’re about to take on the Belfast Beast & Rockstar Spud!
NXT Tag Team Championships: MSK VS Killian Dain & Drake Maverick!
NXT returns and the challengers make their entrance. Fans fire up already as the introductions are made and the belts are raised. Teams sort out and Carter starts against Dain. They circle, Carter dodges to kick, but Dain stays up! Dain blocks the next, waistlocks and slams Carter then pushes him to a cover, ONE! Dain gets Carter up for a suplex! Cover, TWO! Dain drags Carter up, tags Maverick, and they double whip to then use Maverick for the trip! Dain runs to drop a BIG elbow! Maverick covers, TWO! Maverick keeps on Carter but Carter jawbreakers free! Lee tags in, Maverick ducks and dodges but Lee knocks him down with the hurdle!
Lee throws down hands, gets Maverick up and whips him, but Maverick goes up and over. Maverick keeps moving, duck san dodges again to dropkick a leg out! And then he dropkicks Lee to a corner! Fans fire up as Maverick runs in but Lee dodges. Maverick elbows back, then goes up for a SENTON! Cover, TWO! Maverick drags Lee over, but Lee fights back with an arm-drag. Lee runs in but is put on the apron! Carter tags in, Lee ENZIGURIS then holds Maverick in for Carter’s BRONCO BUSTER! Carter drags Maverick over, covers, TWO! Carter keeps cool and KICKS Maverick in the back! Tag to Lee, Lee drags Maverick up and throws knees.
Tag back to Carter, MSK double back suplex but Maverick lands on his feet! Tag to Dain! Dain gets Carter for an URENAGE! Lee SUPERKICKS Dain then builds speed, but DIVES into Dain’s hands! Dain RAMS Lee into the apron, then runs to DIVIDE Lee! The challengers stand tall as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns and Lee kicks Dain away but Maverick tags in! Maverick anchors Lee’s legs but Lee kicks him away! Hot tag to Carter and he rallies on Maverick with forearms! Carter knees, BOOTS, then runs in to KNEE in the corner! Carter snapmare rolls and PENALTY KICKS Maverick down! Carter dropkicks Dain down, too, then GERMAN SUPLEXES Maverick! Tag to Lee, MSK coordinates for the PUSH-SAULT! Cover, but Dain breaks it with a kick! Dain drags Maverick away and then tags in! Carter runs in but into a fireman’s carry! Lee leaps but Dain catches him! MSK fights free, throw a strike fest and kicks, ENZIGURI to DUMDUM STOMPS!
Carter gets Dain up, Dain shove shim but Lee tags in. Carter sweeps the legs, they meet at the corner, SUPERKICK TIGER FEINT COMBO! Lee goes up top, for a SKY TWISTER!! Cover, TWO!! Dain survives but Lee drags him up to tag Carter in. MSK coordinate, but Dain shoves them into each other, Lee boosts Carter to the sunset flip but Dain blocks the kick! Dain scoops Lee to MICHINOKU DRIVER him onto Carter! Cover, but Lee is there to break it! Maverick runs in to tilt-o-whirl DDT Lee down!! Fans fire up as Dain and Maverick hip Carter, corner splash and then Maverick is put outside to tag in. BOOT ENZIGURI!
Dain gets Carter up, Maverick hurries in, POWERBOMB to Carter, then POWERBOMB- NO! Lee saves Carter from the Rockstar Spud Bomb! Dain throws Lee into the corner, then gets Carter. Carter goes up and around to CUTTER!! Lee BOOTS Dain out! MSK get Maverick but Maverick cradles Carter! TWO!! Carter runs in but Maverick turns him to ROCK him! Lee tags in, Carter gets Maverick, BLOCKBUSTER SPINEBUSTER! Carter DIVES to take Dain out while Lee covers, MSK wins!
Winners: MSK, by pinfall (still NXT Tag Team Champions)
The first defense is in the books, and it was must-see! Will Carter & Lee redefine NXT’s Tag Division in this new era?
But now, Alexander Wolfe walks out! He looks at Dain and then IMPERIUM attacks! Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner mug Dain, SPINEBUSTER to PENALTY KICK! This must be because Dain rejected their offer to join them! Imperium stands tall over a defeated Dain and Drake, but will there be retaliation next NXTuesday?
NXT Media follows The Robert Stone Brand backstage.
Aliyah and Robert Stone himself are going to talk to William Regal to get a tag title shot for her and Jessi Kamea. But then Mercedes Martinez asks where is the rest of her money. Stone stutters and Mercedes chokes Aliyah! Jessi storms in and stands in Mercedes’ face. Oh she wants to step up, huh? No, Jessi wants to step on her. Mercedes likes the attitude, and says they’ll face off tonight. Will mercenary Mercedes make sure Jessi pays before she gets blood from Robert Stone?
Roderick Strong & Marina Shafir arrive.
The Savior of the Backbreaker said he was done, but now he’s back. Will he and his wife explain what is next for their family in NXT?
The Unsanctioned Match settled the score, but at what cost?
After Kyle O’Reilly and Adam Cole put each other through hell, Kyle came out the winner. But in the end, they both needed to be hospitalized! Cole’s spirit wouldn’t stop fighting as he kept cursing Kyle out in the hospital. Will things only escalate after TakeOver?
Mercedes Martinez VS Jessi Kamea w/ The Robert Stone Brand!
Robert Stone doesn’t have the other half of Mercedes’ payment, even though the team did lose against the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions. But will Mercedes get Jessi to pay with blood, sweat and tears?
Jessi attacks before the bell! She clubs away, the bell rings to get this on record, and she stomps Mercedes down. Jessi whips, dropkicks and stalks Mercedes to a corner for more stomps! The ref counts, Jessi lets off, and Stone talks trash. Jessi chokes Mercedes on the ropes, Aliyah also talks trash, but Jessi lets off as the ref counts. Jessi gets Mercedes up to TOSS her, then run and forearm smash her down! Jessi throws Mercedes down, then springboard stomps her! Fans rally as Jessi drags Mercedes up and drags her around by her hair! Jessi throws Mercedes down, then springboard elbow drops! Aliyah hopes we all saw that!
Mercedes gets to a corner, dodges Jessi, but JEssi goes up to leap! Mercedes gets under, comes back and KNEES Jessi down! Mercedes hauls Jessi up, fireman’s carries and AIR RAID CRASHES! Cover, Mercedes wins!
Winner: Mercedes Martinez, by pinfall
Now that business is done, Mercedes chases Stone! She grabs him by his fancy suit and RAMS him into the boards! Stone pays up as Aliyah freaks out, and Mercedes spares Stone’s life. And then Mercedes congratulates Raquel Gonzalez, but gives her a warning! “I’m coming for you!” Will the new champion already have a merciless challenger aiming for her gold?
Backstage interview with The Way.
Tonight, it is an 8 Person Mixed Tag, but Gargano says this is CUCKOO BANANAS! Regal is sticking it to them, but for the first time in NXT history, all four team members are in the match together, and will show the world the way to handle business. Theory gets his revenge on Lumis! And speaking of revenge, Indi & Candice handle business with Shotzi & Ember! Indi just wants to get into the ring to handle Lumis. NO! They’re just going to prove they’re the most dominant intergender group in NXT! Put your hands in! McKenzie, you, too! Theeeee… WAAAAY~! Theory, no, wrong way, they’re going this way. Will these four be united in winning a very unique 4v4 showdown?
Swerve is back in the studio.
He knows why we’re all here “in the lab.” He had the star-making performance in TakeOver’s Gauntlet Eliminator. He’s just different. he took out Cameron Grimes and former North American Champion, Leon Ruff. But fate has brought us back together in the ring tonight. Swerve’s a little sick of it but he can’t move on without getting rid of Ruff. Swerve isn’t playing, he is serious. After tonight, Swerve and Ruff are DONE. That may be true, but will it be because Swerve wins or loses?
NXT Cruiserweight Championship Open Challenge: Santos Escobar w/ El Legado del Fantasma VS ???
The Emperor of Lucha trumped the Irish Ace and is now THE Cruiserweight Champion of the world! But now, he thinks he’s untouchable, so he’s putting this title up against anyone who wants it! Will his bravado be his undoing?
Escobar gets a mic to say, “One year ago, this was the title of a forgotten division. But no more!” Legado del Fantasma was born, and what was the sideshow become PRIMETIME! Main events, TakeOvers, the Emperor of Lucha Libre stole the show at Stand & Deliver! And now, Escobar IS the Undisputed Cruiserweight Champion! Just like his father before him, and just like his son will be after him. “We are warriors, we never back down.” They always fight, which is why tonight, Escobar gives us this Open Challenge! And it is answered… BY KUSHIDA! The Super Junior is here, and in regular wrestling gear?! He’s giving us a throwback in his career to show he is serious!
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we’ll see who is undisputed after this!
Escobar fist-bumps Legado, but Kushida dropkicks him out of the ring! Escobar has to regroup with Legado now but he manages to laugh that off. Escobar returns, they tie up, and fire off hands! Escobar knees low, whips but Kushida arm-drags to reverse. Kushida dodges, ducks, leaps over and comes back to sweep and cover! ONE, Escobar sweeps and covers, ONE! Kushida fakes Escobar out but Escobar avoids the Penalty Kick! Kushida avoids Escobar, Escobar sunset flips but Kushida turns it to Hoverboard! Escobar gets the ropebreak first but Kushida hammerlocks to arm to CRANK it!
Escobar writhes and bails out, but Kushida runs to fake him out again! Kushida poses to shout out to Jushin Thunder Liger, another legendary Junior Heavyweight/Cruiserweight, and NXT goes picture in picture!
Escobar checks his arm, Kushida dares him to come back. Escobar takes his time as he has Champion’s Advantage, but he does return before 10, just to bail out and give himself more time. Escobar gets on the apron, Kushida dropkicks him down! Kushida drags Escobar in, goes after the arm, and wrenches to grind him down. Escobar endures the chinbar and armlock but Kushida grinds harder. Kushida digs his knee into Escobar’s head, lets off, and then CLUBS the arm! Kushida YANKS the arm, then stalks Escobar to ropes. Kushida wraps the arm around ropes and pulls, lets off at the ref’s count, and runs in, but is put on the apron! Escobar dropkicks Kushida down!
Escobar goes out, fans fire up and Escobar drags Kushida up to RAM him into boards! And RAM him into the apron! And back into boards! Escobar RAMS Kushida into the apron again, refreshes the ring count, then stomps Kushida down. Escobar puts Kushida in, has him on the apron, and drags Kushida over to the post. Escobar turns Kushida to PULL him against the post! The ref counts, Escobar lets off at 4, and then gets in to drag Kushida back up. Escobar scoops to SLAM Kushida, covers, TWO! Escobar puts Kushida outside again, looms over him on the apron, and stomps Kushida’s arm! Escobar then brings Kushida around to RAM into the boards!
Kushida stumbles, Escobar puts him in the ring, and NXT returns to single picture as Escobar runs corner to corner to clothesline! Fans fire up for Escobar while Kushida flops out of the ring. Escobar looms over Kushida, dead lifts him and SWINGS him into steel steps! The ref reprimands, Escobar brings Kushida up and onto the steps, then gets him by the legs again, to turn him into the post while putting on the Boston Crab!! The ref counts, Escobar lets off, and kicks Kushida while he’s down. Escobar paces while Kushida gets in. Escobar gives Kushida some Kowata Kicks before a shotgun basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!! Escobar keeps on Kushida with a grinding cording hold!
Kushida endures, Escobar threatens to break that arm, but Kushida fights with his legs. Escobar CLUBS Kushida down, talks trash to him, then kicks him more. Escobar CHOPS Kushida in a corner, then goes corner to corner, to DOUBLE KNEE Kushida! Escobar hoists Kushida up top, climbs up, and SUPER STEINERS! Cover, TWO!! Kushida still lives and Escobar grows annoyed. Escobar drags Kushida up with a top wristlock, then pulls back for a motorcycle stretch! Kushida endures the knee into the back and fights up. Fans rally both ways as Kushida elbows free! Kushida CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS! Kushida runs, but into a SHOTGUN BOOT!
Escobar gets Kushida up, fireman’s carries, but Kushida elbows free! Kushida shoves and atomic drops! Kushida whips, hip tosses, cartwheels and dropkicks! FAST BALL! PENALTY KICK to the arm! Kushida underhooks, but Escobar fights to wrench free. The bad arm lets go, Kushida runs in to SHOTEI! Another shout out to Liger! Kushida puts Escobar up top, climbs up, but Escobar CHOPS! Kushida hops down to GAMANGIRI the arm! Kushida climbs back up, hammerlocks for a SUPERPLEX!! Then ANOTHER! Bridging cover, ROPEBREAK!!! Kushida can’t believe how close that was but fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!”
Kushida aims, runs and leaps, to get the arm! Escobar fights the Hoverboard, the go around, Escobar wrenches out to ENZIGURI! Kushida PELES!! Both men are down, Kushida crawls over to Escobar as fans rally up. They both sit up, Kushida fires a forearm but Escobar gives it back. They brawl to their feet, Kushida and Escobar KICK and KICK and KICK! Escobar reverse the whip, Kushida handsprings, into a BACKSTABBER!! Escobar drags Kushida up, reels him into the fireman’s carry, but Kushida sunset flips!! TWO!! Escobar has a sunset, TWO! Kushida sits on the prawn hold, and WINS!!!
Winner: Kushida, by pinfall (NEW NXT Cruiserweight Champion)
And the Super Junior is the ULTIMATE JUNIOR!! The Emperor blinked and Kushida has the title! What does this mean for Legado’s legacy? Or are we seeing the beginning of the Time Splitter Era?
Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher speak.
Ciampa says, “Life has a way of testing us. Sometimes in the least expected ways. The Dusty Classic tested our strength as a team. Walter and Imperium tested our will to team. Did we win every fight? No. Did we pass every test? I think so.” And now they come out the other side stronger as a unit, ready to face a new NXT, a new landscape. Thatcher says, “New NXT Champion. New NXT Tag Team Champions. What path to choose?” The standard procedure is for them to finish what they start. MSK, they’re coming for you! Ciampa gets up in a huff and Thatcher grins that jagged grin. Will MSK not survive when the Blackheart and the Professor of Pain come for their gold?
NXT returns as Kushida is in the back.
William Regal congratulates Kushida and Kushida says his dream is real. Jordan Devlin shows up to applaud Kushida, too. Six-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion and now NXT Cruiserweight Champion. He beat Escobar, which makes him the man. Except just because you go up a ladder faster, that doesn’t make you the better wrestler. That means Devlin is the best, and Kushida is just very lucky. Because now, the “travel gods” are smiling down on them. Devlin is going to be gone for a little while, but he’ll come back for the title. Hold onto it for him. Kushida says he’s ready for anyone anytime! Will these two aces of Cruiserweight wrestling meet up in the very near future?
Dakota Kai is in the ring!
“Ladies and gentlemen~! Please welcome your NEW NXT Women’s Champion, Raquel Gonzalez!” Big Mami Cool dethroned the Evil Genius in the main event of TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, Night One! And now, she stands very tall with the title as pyro fires off for her. Raquel goes to the ring, shows off belt and back muscles, and everyone cheers, “You Deserve It!” Raquel gets a mic to say, “A year and a half ago was the biggest night in NXT history: NXT goes live on USA Network, and I was supposed to have my big debut. But I wasn’t ready.” She went home that night and swore she wouldn’t let that happen again. She busted her ass to move faster, hit harder and lift heavier. And now, she stands here THE NXT Women’s Champion!
The one person who recognized Raquel’s dedication was Dakota Kai. Without Kai, Raquel wouldn’t have debuted at Portland, they wouldn’t have become the inaugural Women’s Dusty Cup winners or inaugural NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, and she sure wouldn’t be here as THE champion! Dakota says that for 14 months, these two have dominated the best division in the world! And all due respect to Io Shirai for being a great champion. But Raquel Gonzalez’s era has officially begun! Wait, the lights drop? And here comes FRANKY MONET! She struts down the ramp with her little Pomeranian, and goes right to the ring!
Franky gets a mic to congratulate the champ. She formally introduces herself to them and the world. She is “The Crazy Blonde,” Franky Monet! Now the BEST division jut got shinier, bougier, and a whole lot better! And since Raquel is at the top of Franky’s division, we’ll be seeing a whole lot more of her! Oh, you’re lucky Raquel is in a good mood. Because if Franky does this again, the little poochie will be shoved right up her culo! Franky tells her, “Okay, cabrona.” See you every single Tuesday, champ. Franky has put Ricky Desperado on notice, but wait, is that RHEA RIPLEY!?! The NEW Raw Women’s Champion is back in NXT!!
The Nightmare storms down the ramp, is face to face with her old foes, and stares Raquel down champion to champion! And they both smile as they get to clink belts and hug it out! Yay~! But wait, now BIANCA BELAIR is here! The NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion is here to join in the fun! The Nightmare, the EST and Big Mami Cool are reunited! They all raise their belts high and the fans are thunderous! Are we looking at the new big three of WWE?
Pete Dunne speaks.
“Last week at TakeOver, I outclassed and outwrestled Kushida, and proved it’s not just talk. I’m the BEST technical wrestler not just in NXT but all of WWE.” If anyone from any brand still thinks otherwise, step up, try and prove him wrong. Meanwhile, Dunne is going to focus on what he’s after: CHAMPIONSHIPS! Will the Bruiserweight look to break the reign of the big names in NXT?
NXT hears more about Sarray.
William Regal says, “I’ve had connections with top Japanese wrestlers for over 30 years, and a few years ago, they were all contacting me about a certain lady.” It took some time, but they finally have the Warrior of the Sun, Sarray, coming to NXT. She is something very, very special, and will take things to a new level. Meiko Satomura says Sarray has a cute smile, and a strong bite! Simon Inoki says Sarray has been handed the torch by some of the biggest names in Japanese wrestling. Asuka to Kairi Sane to Io Shirai to now Sarray, the NXT Women’s Division that has had the best wrestling in the world will only get better. Sarray arrives in NXT next week!
Backstage interview with Regal.
With word about Sarray’s debut, how exciting is this This is a wonderful acquisition! Now, Regal has business to attend to with Strong & Shafir. He apologizes for being late, and Strong presents him with an envelope. “I’m done.” Is he sure? Strong nods. Regal won’t say there weren’t times that were trying when it came to the Undisputed Era. But Strong is welcomed back any time he wants. Strong shakes Regal’s hand, and takes his leave. Is this the last NXT has seen of the Savior of the Backbreaker?
Leon Ruff VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott!
This grudge has gone off the charts, and now it all comes to a head! Will Ruff finally shut Swerve up for talking down to him? Or will NXT continue to be Swerve’s House?
The bell rings and they talk trash to each other. They get forehead to forehead and then fire off forearms! Swerve shoves Ruff, Ruff trips him up and ground ‘n’ pounds! Swerve shoves him again, then pops him up for a FLAPJACK! But Ruff blocks the kick to trip Swerve up! Ruff dropkicks Swerve out of the ring! Ruff goes to the apron, gets the arm, and hits a FALLING ARMBAR! Swerve scrambles back into the ring, Ruff gets him up but Swerve throws body shots. Ruff uppercuts, runs but is put on the apron. Swerve CHOPS Ruff down, then drags him back in. Swerve scoops and SLAMS Ruff, then goes to the corner for the FALLING UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO!
Swerve keeps on Ruff, drags him up and spins him around to back suplex. Ruff lands on his feet to dropsault! Ruff forearms at the ropes, whips but Swerve reverses. Ruff CLOBBERS Swerve then rallies with forearms! Ruff runs to BOOT Swerve to a corner! Ruff gets Swerve up, forearms, then runs corner to corner but Swerve puts him out again. Ruff ROCKS Swerve then goes up and around and around, slides under and gets up and over to go up again, into a SUPER RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Swerve gets Ruff up to throw him out hard! Swerve aims from the apron, to BOOT Ruff down! Fans boo but Swerve just looms over Ruff while NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Swerve has Ruff in a chinlock. Ruff fights up but Swerve bumps him off buckles and CHOPS him in the corner! Swerve shouts for Ruff to get up, and says, “I love this!” He gives Ruff short headbutts, then brings him up to CHOPS him again! Swerve talks trash as Ruff flounders down. “I told you, we’re done!” Swerve stands Ruff up again, winds up and CHOPS again! Ruff roars in Swerve’s face then CHOPS and SLAPS away! Ruff runs to LARIAT! Ruff aims and LARIATS again! Ruff gets Swerve up, headlocks and heads for a corner, goes up and up, to leap into an ARMBAR! Ruff slips free and STMOPS the bad arm! Ruff tries again, RUFF CUT!
The cutter hits but Swerve bails out! Ruff builds speed to go up and up and FLY!! Direct hit and Ruff even lands on his feet! Ruff gets Swerve in, climbs back up, and leaps to missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Swerve survives but Ruff keeps his cool. They both go to the apron, Ruff is on the other side of the same corner. Ruff drags Swerve up but Swerve pushes him down. Ruff ENZIGURIS the arm! Ruff climbs up, gets Swerve up, for a SUPER DUPER STEINER!! Ruff crawls to a cover as fans lose their minds, TWO!! Swerve survives and seethes but both men are down on the mat. Fans rally up, Ruff goes after Swerve and throws hands! Swerve CHPOS back, but Ruff fires off more!
Ruff runs, Swerve follows and ROCKS him with that uppercut! Swerve fireman’s carries, runs and pops Ruff up but Ruff RANAS Swerve into a buckle! Ruff rebounds and LARIATS! Swerve stays up to DISCUS back! Swerve drags Ruff up, suplex, but Ruff RANAS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Swerve escapes and staggers to a corner. Ruff runs in but Swerve BOOTS him! Swerve goes up, Ruff climbs up to get him, but the Steiner is blocked this time! Swerve gets Ruff up to DROP him on the buckle! Swerve reels Ruff in, half nelson and wheelbarrow, JML DRIVER!! Cover, Swerve wins!
Winner: Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, by pinfall
Swerve handled Ruff roughly and now he has his win! Is this truly the end between these two? What will Swerve look to do next?
Backstage interview with Zoey Stark.
She’s been very impressive since coming to NXT, but how does she feel after her first TakeOver? Well how would you feel if four months ago, you were living in Las Vegas, struggling to make ends meet, and now you’re here in NXT? When Stark was in Vegas, she was training every single day for eight hours a day. That hard work got her here, and then her biggest match was at the biggest TakeOver ever, against one of the best ever in Toni Storm! And just like everyone else, her ultimate goal is THE NXT Women’s Champion.
But Mercedes says whoa. Why are we wasting time on a nobody? Everyone knows Mercedes is next in line, not some rookie. Rookie? Let’s see about that. Will Stark make sure everyone understands that new kid on the block or not, she can still rock the block with the best of them?
At NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, we proved again that Imperium is the most dominant force in all of professional wrestling. For the last two years, I’ve been the most dominant champion in WWE. And Tommaso Ciampa was one of the biggest challenges yet. But nothing’s changed. I’m still the NXT UK Champion.” Imperium’s crusade to restore the honor of this great sport is just beginning. They will grow, they will expand, and Imperium is here to stay> Soon all of NXT will understand what it means when they say, “The Mat is Sacred.” Who are they looking to recruit? Who is going to sign up?
Backstage interview with Isaiah “Swerve” Scott.
After all he’s had to say about Leon Ruff, is it safe to say that this is officially over with him? Didn’t you just see what he did out there? Swerve made a statement! But Ruff responds by attacking Swerve! He dribbles him off the lockers, then shouts, “You wanna play, Swerve?!” before he RAMS Swerve with a road case!! Ruff tells Swerve that this is NOT over until HE says it’s over! Security and officials rush over, Ruff takes his leave, and Ruff is showing he’s got an edge as sharp as Swerve’s! Will this only end when one of them is cut down for good?
8 Person Mixed Tag: The Way VS Dexter Lumis, Bronson Reed, Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon!
This is certainly one of the most unique match in NXT history, and one of the most colossal as Johnny Gargano, Austin Theory, Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell will have to face all of their common enemies! Will the North American Champion and his fighting family be able to do things their way against the Tortured Artist, Auszilla and buckwild NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions?
The teams sort out, Lumis starts against Theory and Theory powers Lumis right to a corner! Theory rams his shoulder in again and again, then whips him corner to corner., Lumis reverses. Theory goes up and over but Lumis THESZ PRESSES! Lumis rains down rights, Theory gets away and reaches out, but Indi wants in?! Candice tags in and shouts that Lumis has to leave, men face men and women face women. So Ember runs in to DYNAMIC DROPKICK Candice down! Ember brings Candice over, tags Shotzi, and they whip Candice to trip and basement dropkick, to a elbow drop! Cover, TWO!
Shotzi sees Indi getting in and DECKS her! Tag to Ember, the tag champs coordinate to Canadian rack, but Gargano saves Candice! Ember ROCKS Gargano, Shotzi ROCKS Gargano, Wade Barrett protests on commentary but Reed ROCKS Gargano, for Shotzi & Ember to DOUBLE ROLLING ELBOW! Gargano is down, Ember offers a tag to Lumis but he doesn’t take it, so she just tags him in herself. Lumis talks up behind Gargano, throws counter punches, then rocks Gargano. Lumis whips, Gargano holds ropes and kicks back! But Gargano runs into a pop-up UPPERCUT! Lumis DECKS Theory, and then Indi makes goo-goo eyes at him!
Lumis looks closer, Indi puckers up, but Candice stops that! Gargano attacks Lumis from behind as NXT goes picture in picture!
Gargano stomps away on Lumis, the ref backs him off, and Gargano taunts Lumis’ team before storming back over. Gargano CLUBS Lumis, CLUBS him again, then tags in Theory. They mug Lumis, Theory has Lumis in an open corner for bckle bumps, and then whips him corner to corner hard! Lumis bounces off buckles, Theory pushes him around, and then looms over him, Lumis shoves back so Theory CLUBS him down! Theory drags Lumis up, snap suplexes, and flexes at Reed. The ref keeps Reed out as Theory stomps Lumis. Cover, TWO! Theory clamps onto Lumis with a bearhug then CLUBS him on the back.
Theory clamps on a chinlock and digs a knee in, but Lumis endures. Fans rally up, Lumis fights up as his team is chomping at the bit. Lumis is up, he pries the hold but Theory knees low. Theory scoops to BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Theory keeps on Lumis with another chinlock and squeezes tight. Lumis endures, Theory cranks on the hold, and NXT returns to single picture. Lumis fights up to back suplex free! Both men are down, Lumis crawls over, hot tag to Reed! Reed rallies on Theory with big forearms! Reed whips, then runs to BODY CHECK! Geargano gets in, dodges but gets a BODY CHECK!
Gargano and Theory are in one corner, Reed runs in to SANDWICH them! Reed puts Gargano up top, fireman’s carries Theory and then adds Gargano! It’s a DOUBLE STACKED SAMOAN DROP! Cover, Indi and Candice break it! Shotzi & Ember go after them in a brawl! The ref reprimands, Indi knees low and whips to pop Ember up for the IMPRESSIVE SPINEBUSTER! Shotzi DECKS Candice to DDT Indi! Candice SUPERKICKS Shotzi down! Candice goes up top, but Reed stands in her way of Shotzi! Candice still jumps, but she bounces off Reed! Theory somersaults to SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Lumis tags in to SPINEBUSTER Theory!
Fans fire up but Gargano drags Lumis out to forearm. Ember DIVES into Gargano! Candice runs to DIVE onto Lumis, for a DDT!! Fans are losing their minds as Candice talks trash and tells Lumis not to talk to Indi! Shotzi wants Reed to use her as a weapon! Reed lifts Shotzi up to TOSS her onto EVERYONE!! “This is Awesome!” as Reed decides to build speed?! But Gargano SUPERKICKS first! Lumis gets in, blocks the kick to spin Gargano, to the URENAGE! And THE SILENCE!!! Gargano flails, Indi is in but she can’t bring herself to hit Lumis! So she just falls over?! Lumis does look at her, and does he show concern?! He lets Gargano go, looks at Indi and checks if she’s okay.
Lumis sits her up, but Theory BOOTS Lumis down!! Theory checks on Gargano but Indi gets mad at Theory! Indi throws Theory out!? And then Indi goes back to her Sleeping Beauty act. Lumis looks at Indi, touches her hand, and then lifts her up to carry her away like a princess! Indi gives a thumbs up!! Reed is as confused as anyone, but he runs into Theory’s’ shoulder! Theory somersaults, into a FOREARM BLAST!! Reed tells Ember to hop on and she climbs up to his shoulders! Ember aims at Theory, for a COLOSSAL ECLIPSE!! But Candice throws Ember out! Reed is up top now, but Gargano trips him!
Gargano gets in, he and Theory coordinate to go after Reed! Gargano throws forearms, climbs up top, but Reed GOURD BUSTERS Gargano onto Theory! Candice attacks, she tries, but Reed is too big for the little pixie! Reed gets Candice up for Shotzi to Electric Chair SLAM onto Theory! Reed adjusts now, and Theory gets the TSUNAMI SPLASH!! Cover, Reed and team win!
Winners: Bronson Reed, Dexter Lumis, Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon, by pinfall
The Way got washed away by that tidal wave! #InDex might be the fairy tale ending to this otherwise bad ending for The Way! But will Candice get her payback on Shotzi & Ember one way or another?
What a great episode, especially for a post-TakeOver! There was still a good amount of recap but we also got something new out of the Unsanctioned Match. We saw that Cole, despite being the loser and in the worst shape, kept barking at Kyle all the way. This could mean there is no “call-up” of Cole to RawDown, and one day we get a rematch, much in the same way Gargano VS Ciampa seemed to never end. I was a little surprised that Strong is going through with being “done” with NXT, but maybe there’s a family matter we’re not privy to. Strong will surely be back when things are better, and then he can rise up to be in the main event scene like Kyle and Cole.
Speaking of, the titles are going strong already. Kross has a fairly good promo to establish he’s starting where he left off, and I do like that he’s planning on being a fighting champion. Raquel had a great promo with Dakota to put things into frame, and what a great moment for Rhea and Bianca to show up and show off that this class of NXT is running the division! Mercedes had a good squash match with Jessi, then had a good promo with Zoey Stark, while Franky Monet (formerly Taya Valkyrie) had a decent promo to introduce herself. Not sure if we need her to be using the glamorous gimmick when that’s supposed to be the Robert Stone Brand’s thing, but maybe she only acts that way out of the ring to truly give us “The Crazy Blonde” in the ring. Mercedes, Stark and Franky in a Triple Threat contender’s match would be great stuff in time for some sort of Spring/Summer special.
The NXT Tag Team Championship match was a lot of fun, but naturally MSK wins to get their first defense in. Ciampa & Thatcher calling them out is also great, and that match will be really good. Fans at the CWC don’t like MSK for whatever reason, but I bet they will love it when/if Ciampa & Thatcher take those titles from MSK. Imperium also getting after Dain & Maverick is a good circling back to their story. Walter had a good promo to tease that there is still someone joining Imperium from NXT USA, but I can’t be sure if it’s Dain or Thatcher yet. Maybe not Dain, after what happened tonight, and Thatcher could be using Ciampa to get the belts for Imperium’s sake.
Dunne had a good promo to continue his mission of proving he’s the best technical wrestler. I hope someone from RawDown moves over to NXT just long enough to have a match with Dunne, like a Daniel Bryan or… Whoever is a great technical wrestler on Raw. Drew Gulak maybe? We got a good plug for Sarray, and her debut next week will be very good to be sure. We got a great match out of Swerve VS Ruff, and I should’ve figured Ruff would retaliate. They should definitely make the blow-off something like an I Quit match since this is about both men saying this isn’t over until they say it’s over. Then the winner gets to go for whatever title is without challenger.
Speaking of, we got a great Cruiserweight Championship match, and it was AWESOME to see Kushida take the title from Escobar! This may seem sudden given we just got the “unification” match, but Escobar’s reign was ever since the Interim Cruiserweight Champion Tournament last year, not just the unification. Kushida winning finally freshens things up, and him eventually facing Devlin will be awesome. And personally, I wouldn’t mind if one day, Finn Balor could add the Cruiserweight title to his list of accomplishments so that he’d be the first in a unique combination of NXT, Universal, Intercontinental and Cruiserweight Champion.
That 8 Person was great stuff, too, and a really fun way to close the first NXTuesday. It was a great blending of the various rivalries The Way has, and I loved that Indi somehow charmed Lumis into carrying her away. The Faces winning was of course the way to go, because it will extend the stories. Gargano and Reed can have another match for the North American title, Candice can try to get Indi to focus on the tag titles, and we can explore #InDex more. If there isn’t another “The Way sitcom promo” and we get Indi shouting “BUT I LOVE HIM!” in the cliché teenage daughter way, I will be very disappointed.
My Score: 9.4/10
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
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As they prepare to go after the AEW World Trios Championships, AR Fox & Top Flight reunite to take on The Wingmen: Peter Avalon, Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi!
- Six Man Tag: AR Fox & Top Flight VS The Wingmen; Fox & Top Flight win.
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- Zack Clayton VS Fulton; Clayton wins.
- Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. w/ Arn Anderson VS Rosario Grillo & Dean Alexander; Anderson & Pillman win.
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- 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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