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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (4/13/21)

It’s a new era of NXT!

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NXT Coverage 2021

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!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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?

 

Walter speaks.

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?


My Thoughts:

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


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (8/16/22)

Who gets burned by the Heatwave?

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NXT Heatwave

NXT is on fire tonight!

NXT is red hot with all this gold on the line! Will JD McDonagh dethrone Bron Breakker? Will the Toxic Reign finally come to an end?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT North American Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Giovanni Vinci; Melo wins and retains the title.
  • Roxanne Perez VS Cora Jade; Jade wins.
  • The Fate of Legado Street Fight: Santos Escobar VS Tony D’Angelo; D’Angelo wins and Escobar must leave NXT.
  • NXT Women’s Championship: Mandy Rose VS Zoey Stark; Mandy wins and retains the title.
  • NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS JD McDonagh; Bron wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

A heatwave hits NXT!

With it, we see a finale in the saga of Legado and D’Angelo, a grudge match of former friends explodes, and the Toxic Goddess defending her throne against the returning rising star. And in the main event, the Irish Ace looks to pick the NXT Champion apart and take that title from whatever is left. So get yourself a nice cold beverage, sit back and relax a show that is too hot to handle!

 

NXT North American Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Giovanni Vinci!

Another title on the line is that of the North American Championship! Melo says when he shoots, he don’t miss! But when you live lavishly like Giovanni, every day is #ViniVediVinci! Will Melo shoot down the Pride of Italy? Or will it be a campione vittoria to spark the Heatwave?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who lights it up here tonight!

Fans rally up as the two circle and tie up. Vinci waistlocks and TOSSES Melo away then says he’s the new champion, Melo storms up but into a wrench and headlock. Melo powers out then leaps as Vinci leaps, and Melo clips Vinci’s legs! Vinci lands hard and Melo fires forearms. Melo headlocks but Vinci throws body shots. Vinci headlocks but Melo powers out to hurdle. Vinci blows past Melo to run him over! Cover, ONE, but Vinci has Melo in a corner, Melo avoids the forearm to CHOP! Melo headlocks then whips corner to corner but Vinci reverses. Melo goes up, Vinci catches him, but Melo slips off!

Melo waistlocks, Vinci switches, Melo rolls off his back to springboard LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Melo throws haymakers. Vinci staggers, Melo CHOPS him, then Melo pie faces Vinci! Vinci blocks the next punch to CHOP back! Fans fire up and even Trick is stinging, but Melo reverses the whip, only for Vinci to springboard CROSSBODY! Vinci gets Melo back and fans fire up again. Vinci kicks Melo around, drags him up into a corner, and CHOPS him! Melo staggers away but Vinci is after him to CHOP again! Vinci puts Melo into another corner, for another CHOP! The fans are all stinging from that one!

Vinci flexes and fans want that “One More Time!” but Melo throws a forearm. Vinci throws a EuroUpper, Melo forearms again, and Vinci throws another EuroUpper. Melo throat chops, whips but Vinci reverses. Melo ducks and both men run, and DOUBLE LARIATS wipe them both out! The fans are fired up even more as NXT goes picture in picture.

The ref checks both men and fans are rallying for “NXT! NXT!” as both men stand. Melo and Vinci throw DOUBLE HAYMAKERS, then Vinci kicks low. Vinci whips, and CALF KICKS Melo down! Vinci soaks up the cheers and jeers and he covers, TWO! Vinci jams his knee into Melo’s back, clamps onto the shoulders, then shifts to a chinlock. Vinci traps Melo’s arms but Melo pries at the hold. Melo fights up to his feet, throws body shots, but Vinci knees low! Vinci whips but Melo reverses. Trick swipes at Vinci but the ref warns him! Melo BOOTS Vinci all the same! Melo rains down fists, then flexes in his cover, TWO!

Melo storms up on Vinci and brings him up to ROCK him! Vinci throws a body shot! Melo comes back but Vinci throws more body shots. Melo knees low, rolls with the snapmare and BOOTS Vinci down! Cover, TWO! Melo clamps onto Vinci with a dragon sleeper but Vinci powers out! Melo is right back on Vinci with a facelock and he grinds Vinci down. Vinci fights up, but Melo wrangles him back down. Vinci endures the grind, but Melo CLUBS him on the back! Melo cranks on the hold, pushing up with his legs for leverage, but Vinci still endures. Vinci fights up again, Melo throws body shots, but Vinci powers up!

Melo holds on tight as Vinci tries to throw him off! Melo pulls back on the hold as NXT returns to single picture, but Vinci tries again! Vinci TOSSES Melo away! Melo storms back up but Vinci whips him away, to then scoop for a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Both men are down but the fans fire up! Vinci storms up and whips, but Melo reverses and follows, but springboards into Vinci’s arms! Vinci fireman’s carries for the ROLLING SENTON! And then a MOONSAULT from the corner! Cover, TWO! Vinci drags Melo up, reels him in, but Melo rolls Vinci up! TWO, Melo rebounds but the superkick is swatted!

Vinci springboards but Melo kicks the legs out! Vinci is stuck, for the FADEAWAY! Cover, TWO! Vinci survives and fans argue the count on Melo’s behalf, but that was two! Trick coaches Melo and Melo fires up. “This is Awesome!” and Melo brings Vinci up. Vinci suplexes first but Melo slips out to O’Conner Roll! TWO, Melo comes back to SUPERKICK! Vinci drops to a knee, Melo goes up the corner, but Vinci catches the jump! BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Vinci catches his breath. Vinci blocks a kick, reels Melo in but Melo slips free, but into the lift! Melo slips off to suplex CUTTER! Cover, TWO!!

Fans rally harder as Melo thinks on what he has to do. Melo goes to a corner, he goes up the corner, and then leaps, but Vinci gets under the Three Pointer! Vinci TOSSES Melo out, but Trick is there to catch him! Vinci goes up and up and SUPER CROSSBODIES!! Vinci wipes out Melo and Trick, fans lose their minds, and Vinci puts Melo back in! Vinci springboards and springboards to MOONSAULT!! Cover, Trick helps Melo get the ROPEBREAK! Were they watching The Miz and Ciampa last night on Raw? Vinci storms out after Trick and dares him to do something, but then Melo RAMS Vinci into the steel steps!

Melo goes back up top and leaps, but Vinci dodges again! Vinci shoves Melo, blocks his boot, and reels him in for a LARIAT! Melo gets turned inside out but that’s not all! Vinci gets Melo up as Trick runs in, POWERBOMBO onto Trick! Vinci drags Trick up to give him the POWERBOMB! Then another kick to Melo, another lift, another POWER- RANA!!! Melo wins!!

Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)

Huge assist to Trick! Melo would not have made it through the heat if not for him! Will there be another #Melobration in Trick’s honor soon enough?

 

Toxic Attraction arrives.

Mandy Rose, Jacy Jayne & Gigi Dolin see Bron Breakker also arriving. He’s got an uphill battle tonight, huh? Yeah, and so does Mandy. Well okay. We’ll see who leaves with their title. Yes, we will. Toxic Attraction seems to consider Bron a contender, but will Mandy and Bron still have the gold after tonight?

 

Julius Creed speaks.

Via twitter, Julius said, “So I went back and watched the 8 Man Tag over and over and over again, but I found what I was searching for. And I’m gonna address who needs to be addressed, but I’m gonna do it in front of the NXT Universe this Tuesday at Heatwave.” As such, he and the rest of Diamond Mine are heading to gorilla in the present. What did he see and who does he plan to confront? We’ll see, after the break.

 

Von Wagner & Robert Stone speak.

“Mr. Stone” says that two weeks ago, Solo Sikoa got a so-called victory, yet he’s the one on the shelf and Von’s still standing. If you learned anything from that match, it is that Von is a freak of nature! Von can run a 40 yard dash in 4.5 seconds and he can bench press 225 pounds 30 times. If Von wanted to go to an NFL team and get a contract, he could! Von says Stone has heard all the talk, how there is a change in the air. It doesn’t matter if you’re internet famous or popular with the media! “The Game has changed, but the rules remain the same. Anyone smaller or weaker will not survive in my jungle!”

 

The Diamond Mine heads to the ring!

Julius & Brutus Creed lead Roderick Strong and Damon Kemp out, and they all get a mic. Julius starts by saying, “Less than a year ago, my brother and I got an opportunity of a lifetime: to learn from one of the greatest champions in NXT history, Roderick Strong. And we jumped at that opportunity. And we dedicated every fiber of our being to win the Dusty Cup and to win these NXT Tag Team Championships for Diamond Mine. We’ve been stitched, we’ve been stapled, we’ve wound ourselves up doing cannonballs, all for this right here.

“But recently, it was brought to my attention that someone’s trying to destroy what we’ve built. Someone’s trying to destroy Diamond Mine. And I wanted to use this opportunity to call that person out right now!” Julius looks to the ramp, but then he looks at STRONG! Is Julius kidding?! Strong can’t believe Julius is blaming Strong! Strong founded Diamond Mine and brought in the Creeds! They’re one-of-a-kind athletes with endless potential! That is something he never had. And he stands here looking at them as the NXT Tag Team Champions! Fans chant, “They Don’t Need You!” and Strong says yes they do!

But look at him, Julius. They are one of the best tag teams in all the WWE! Strong would put the Creeds up against the Usos any day of the week! That is how much he believes in them! They’re the future of this place! That’s great, and they can tell the Usos for them, but the Creds aren’t just the future, they’re the now! But Strong can say whatever he wants to their face, because Julius knows Strong will just stab them in the back. Brutus isn’t so sure, though. Julius says he is sure, though. Then Brutus says he has his brother’s back! But Strong says Julius needs to be careful with the next works that come out of his mouth!

Julius says everything he does is calculated. He isn’t gonna play games, he’s gonna just show Strong instead! Roll the tape! Strong was throwing knees, Julius was throwing lariats, but then Tony looked to Strong and they had a moment! Strong hits Julius with the knee, and that is enough for Julius! Tony signaled Strong! Or was Julius imagining it? Strong says they can’t be serious here! Strong doesn’t know, Tony D is a scumbag. Maybe Tony has a tic or he was signaling his own team. But y’know what? Let’s just do it! Let’s lay all the cards on the table! Since MAY, they’ve had something against Strong, and now-

GALLUS ATTACKS!! Wolfgang and the Coffey Brothers are here in the States! They’re beating down Kemp and the Creeds! Fans fire up for Gallus as they glare at Strong, and then Joe hits a GLASGOW SENDOFF! Mark and Wolfgang stomp away on Strong, then they go back to whooping the Creeds! Fans are torn but it seems NXT is now Gallus’ kingdom! And there’s the green light, just as Apollo Crews foresaw! Has Gallus just destroyed the Diamond Mine?

 

Backstage interview with Roxanne Perez.

McKenzie says Roxie finally gets a shot at Cora, and she says this is the most nervous she’s ever been in a match. Her stomach has been in knots all day, because she never thought she’d be fighting her best friend. But Cora wanted this. Cora ended their friendship! And now Cora has nowhere to hide! Cora’s made her bed, and now she has to sleep in it. Cora’s music hits so Roxie heads out, will the Women’s Breakout Tournament winner break her former friend?

Roxanne Perez VS Cora Jade!

NXT returns as Roxie makes her entrance. And she rushes right in so the bell rings! THESZ PRESS and then Roxie dribbles Cora! Cora gets out, but Roxie runs and DIVES! Direct hit and Roxie puts Cora in the ring. Cora bails out again so Roxie DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp, and Roxie hurries to put Cora in. Cover, TWO! Roxie drags Cora up to whip her to ropes, but Cora holds ropes to stop herself. Cora ROCKS Roxie, ROCKS her against ropes, then whips her into the rope to run and back elbow her down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Cora drags Roxie up. Cora bumps Roxie off buckles, then throws big forearms!

Fans rally and duel as Cora throws more shots, and she snapmares Roxie to a cover. TWO, Roxie grits her teeth but Cora brings Roxie up. Cora suplexes but Roxie fights it. Roxie then slips out, UPPERCUTS, and UPPERCUTS again! Roxie whips, back drops Cora, then run sin to SOBAT! Roxie runs to SHOTGUN Cora down! Fans rally and Roxie drags Cora up. Cora ROCKS Roxie back, run sin at the ropes, but Roxie puts her on the apron. Roxie CLOBBERS Cora and Cora falls to the floor! Roxie builds speed again, to DIVE into a forearm! Cora drags Roxie out to snap suplex her to the floor! Cora seethes while NXT goes picture in picture.

Cora soaks up the heat from the fans while Roxie writhes. Cora returns to fetch Roxie, and smacks her off the apron! Cora CHOPS Roxie, puts her in the ring, then runs in to IMPLODER STOMP! Cover, TWO! Cora is furious and she hammers away on Roxie’s back! Cora talks trash and kicks Roxie around. Cora smacks Roxie off the mat, drops an elbow on her back, then stalks Roxie to ropes. Roxie throws forearms but Cora DECKS her! Cora snap suplexes Roxie hard, then grins as she covers. TWO, and Cora is annoyed. Cora stomps Roxie to the corner, digs her boot in, but lets off as the ref counts. Roxie crawls, Cora CHOKES her on the ropes!

Cora lets off as the ref counts again, and Cora stomps Roxie down. Cora kicks Roxie to another corner, taunts her as she stands Roxie up, and she fires off big forearms! Cora trips Roxie, then goes corner to corner to BRONCO BUSTER! Cora drags Roxie to a cover, TWO! Cora is annoyed and she stalks Roxie to ropes again. Cora makes Roxie smile with fishhooks, then puts her on the ropes. Cora runs side to side but Roxie avoids the back elbow! Roxie runs in to DOUBLE KNEE Cora against ropes! Roxie drags Cora up, wrenches and hooks her up, but Cora fights the leg sweep! Cora pulls hair to LARIAT Roxie down! Cover, TWO!

NXT returns to single picture and Cora is still cocky as she drags Roxie up. Cora gets the arms and has the motorcycle stretch, but Roxie endures. Fans rally up as Roxie fights up, but Cora wrangles her back down! Cora digs her knee in but Roxie endures. Fans rally again and Roxie fights up. Roxie turns things around but Cora turns them right back around! Roxie stands back up, flips through and KANGAROO KICKS Cora away! Cora storms back up but into a cradle! TWO! Cora rushes to Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Roxie has the cover now, TWO! Cora trips Roxie, jackknifes, TWO as Roxie bridges up!

Roxie spins Cora around, but Cora fights the backslide! Fans duel, Roxie spins Cora around and DOUBLE FOREARMS knock both women for a loop! DOUBLE BOOTS take them both down! Fans fire up as both women stir and go to opposite ends. Roxie and Cora slowly rise, and Roxie counter punches Cora! And again! Roxie eggs Cora on so Cora KNEES her low! Cora whips, Roxie ducks ‘n’ dodges, then CLOBBERS Cora! And CLOBBERS her again! Roxie puts Cora in a corner, runs in and UPPERCUTS! Then a roll and UPPERCUT! Roxie brings Cora around, for the RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO!

Roxie grows frustrated but she grabs at Cora. Roxie reels her in, PAIGE TURNER! Cover, TWO!! Cora survives and Roxie is beside herself! Roxie drags Cora up to throw a KNEE, and another KNEE, then she hops on! POP- NO, Cora pops free to SHINING WIZARD at the ropes! Cora full nelsons for a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Cora is fuming as Roxie survives but the fans rally back up. Cora goes to the corner and grabs her custom kendo stick! The ref says no, but Cora still aims at Roxie! Roxie ducks and kicks back! And now Roxie grabs the kendo stick! Fans fire up and Cora wants mercy! Roxie hesitates, but she drops the stick.

And Cora SUCKER PUNCHES Roxie! DDT onto the kendo stick! Cover, Cora wins!!

Winner: Cora Jade, by pinfall

#GenerationJade still got to use her kendo stick against Roxie, and she stands over her fallen friend. Will Cora be cruising her way to another title opportunity?

 

Backstage interview with Josh Briggs, Brooks Jensen & Fallon Henley.

McKenzie is with the NXT UKT ag Team Champions and brings up last week. Jensen says how about not. Briggs says Lash Legend & Pretty Deadly did get one up on them, but they’ll see each other again soon. But then Gallus walks by with security trying to escort them out. Wolfgang tells the good ol’ boys that those titles don’t belong to them. Well they’re the champs, so these belts do belong to them. Oh, they’ve been champions all of what? Five minutes? Six minutes, actually. But what’s up? Try 497 DAYS! Briggs mockingly applauds but Mark says that’s longer than Briggs or Jensen have been in the business!

Joe says here’s what we’ll do: turn this place upside down! And then it’ll be Gallus Boys Up Top! Those UK titles are coming home with them! Any time, any place! Then how about next week? Jensen says if Gallus can get in the building, then they’ll do the damn thing! Gallus gets fired up but security stays between them and the champions, will we see the UK Tag Team Championships be put on the line?

 

The Fate of Legado Street Fight: Santos Escobar VS Tony D’Angelo!

This has been building for four months, and it finally explodes here tonight! The Emperor of Lucha Libre is fighting for the freedom of his familia, but The Don is fighting for full control. If Escobar loses, he is OUT of NXT. But if Escobar wins, he and Legado del Fantasma are out from under Tony’s thumb. What happens when there’s nothing holding these two back from hurting the other?

Elektra Lopez, Joaquin Wilde & Cruz Del Toro follow El Hijo del Fantasma to the ring. They are united as familia, but will they have to part ways after this? Tony makes his entrance and hands his hat and tracksuit jacket to Stacks, and turns around into Escobar CHUCKING a chair in his face!! The ref reprimands as the match hasn’t even started but fans are loving it! The bell rings, Escobar fires off hands but Tony hits back. They brawl, Escobar KNEES Tony then LARIATS! Escobar sits that chair up, kicks Tony around then SMACKS him off the seat! Escobar runs to RANA Tony onto the chair! Cover, TWO!!

Tony survives but Escobar wedges the chair into the corner. Escobar runs in to the other corner to KICK Tony! And to KICK again! Escobar whips and CHOP BLOCKS Tony’s leg out! Fans fire up while Tony hobbles, into a dropkick to the leg from Escobar! Escobar stalks Tony, stomps his leg, then puts him in a corner to stomp away on that leg! Tony hobbles but Escobar stands him up. Tony fires off body shots, he throws more hands, then whips corner to corner! Escobar stops himself and he KNEES Tony down! Cover, TWO! Escobar makes sure the chair is secure in the corner before climbing. Escobar FLYING CROSSBODIES Tony down!

Fans fire up and Escobar calls to Legado! But Stacks LEAPS onto Cruz & Wilde! So much for their sidekicks! Tony throws hands but Escobar whips. Things speed up and Escobar DROPKICKS Tony down! Fans fire up and Tony flounders around. Escobar grins as he paces around the ring. Stacks glares at Escobar but Wilde CLOBBERS Stacks! Escobar builds speed and DIVES into a trash can lid!! Fans are torn as Tony looms over Escobar and NXT goes to break.

The ref check son Escobar as he clutches his arm, but Escobar says he’s still okay to go. So Tony SMACKS Escobar with the lid! And again! Tony puts Escobar in the ring, stomps him around, then drags him up to shove t a corner. BELLY2BELLY on the rebound! Cover, TWO! Tony talks trash but Escobar SLAPS him! So Tony whips Escobar to ropes, only for Escobar to duck and dodge and RANA, into a POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO! Tony is frustrated but he tells Escobar he’s gonna use Escobar’s chair. Tony aims and RAMS Escobar into the chair in the corner! Escobar tumbles out of the ring and Legado coaches him up.

Tony goes out, grabs the chair, and he SMACKS Escobar on the arm! And again! And again! Tony drags Escobar around, puts the bad arm through the chair, then POSTS the shoulder! The ref checks on Escobar again but he refuses to let this end it. Tony drags Escobar up but Escobar pie faces, so Tony ROCKS him! Tony SLAMS the bad arm on the apron, then brings Escobar around to shove him. Tony kicks low, throws hands, then CLUBS the bad arm. Tony kicks Escobar, talks more trash, then RAMS Escobar into steel steps! The ref checks on Escobar but he still refuses to quit. So Tony SLAMS the bad arm on the steps!

NXT returns to single picture, Tony brings Escobar around to put his arm between steps and corner! Tony BOOTS the steps to crush the arm! Tony brings out chair after chair from under the ring! He brings Escobar around to suplex high and hard onto the chair pile! Fans are wincing from that one as Tony puts Escobar in the ring. Cover, TWO!! Escobar is enduring but Tony throws body shots! Tony suplexes again, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Tony is frustrated but he drags Escobar up to throw down fists! Stacks goes looking under the ring for Tony and he brings out the trash can! Tony SMACKS Escobar down with it!

Tony drags Escobar to a cover, TWO!! Escobar is dazed but still in this, so Tony drags him back up. Tony throws hands, then SLAPS Escobar! Fans boo but Tony says this is HIS NXT now! He’s the Don! But Escobar counter punches Tony! And again! And then he DECKS Tony! And CLOBBERS him! And again! Then a RANA!! Fans fire up as Escobar runs in, but Tony puts him on the apron. Escobar GAMANGIRIS Tony away, goes up the corner and FLYING AX HANDLES! Fans fire up as Tony bails out, into a SLAP from Lopez! Escobar DIVES!! Direct hit at the corner and fans are thunderous for Legado!

Escobar drags Tony up but Tony POSTS him! Fans chant “This is Awesome!” as Tony puts Escobar in the ring again, drops an elbow, then tells Stacks to get the crowbar! But it isn’t where it usually is! It’s supposed to be by the steel steps! Cruz took the crowbar first! And he CRACKS Stacks with it! Tony BOOTS Cruz, but Escobar victory rolls! TWO!! Tony escapes in time but Escobar calls to Legado! The knuckles! But Tony RAMS Escobar into Wilde! Then O’Conner Rolls, TWO! Escobar dodges Tony but Tony puts him on the apron. Escobar CHOPS Tony, Lopez hurries to get the crowbar! Lopez has the bar and Escobar hurries to her, but Tony runs in!

Lopez pushes Escobar aside, and Tony runs Lopez over! Fans can’t believe it, and neither can Tony! Tony just shrugs, but Escobar is pissed! But Tony LOW BLOWS Escobar! Fans tell Tony he F’d up, but he doesn’t care, he has his crowbar now! But he walks into a CALF KICK! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Escobar and Tony grab at each other as they rise up, pulling hair. They’ll never give in to the other, so this has to end somehow. Tony sees his crowbar, Escobar sees his brass knuckles! They get their weapons, but Tony CRACKS Escobar first!! Cover, TONY WINS!

Winner: Tony D’Angelo, by pinfall (Escobar must LEAVE NXT)

The Don just banished the Emperor! And Legado has no choice but to follow Tony’s lead. What will this mean for all of their futures in the WWE?

 

Indi Hartwell talks with Katana & Kayden.

She knows they’ve competed against each other for a long time when it comes to the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships, but to be honest, when KC Squared won, Indi cried. No one is more deserving. That means a lot to them. Winning these belts, it is indescribable. Indi gets that feeling. Those were the days. Does Indi miss being in a tag team? Well, she’s loved her tag team partners, and being on her own has been thrilling, but having someone to depend on- Wait, a letter comes in for her. Indi opens it up and… It’s a drawing from Dexter Lumis! #INDEXFOREVER!! O M G~!

But then BLAIR DAVENPORT snatches it?! What’s she doing here? Who does she think she is? Uh, she’s Blair Davenport, the future NXT Women’s Champion. Blair rips the paper up and leaves! Will Indi and the rest of WWE soon #BewareTheHeir?

 

NXT hears from Tiffany Stratton and Wendy Choo.

“I am like completely over Wendy Choo. Like, so done with her. Seriously? It’s like not even funny!” Wendy sighs, and says it is real simple. Wendy is tired of Tiffany. Tired of Tiffany talking down to her, tired of Tiffany thinking she’s better than everyone, and tired of Tiffany thinking Wendy is a joke! Next week, Tiffany VS Wendy in a LIGHTS OUT MATCH! Where everything Wendy did behind closed doors is going to be legal in that ring! As for Tiffany, she is obsessed with this idea, because she gest to do whatever she wants to Wendy! There are like no rules! None!

The arena will be darker than usual, so you won’t be able to see Wendy’s face, which is perfect. But not seeing Tiffany’s face is so tragic. Wendy says Tiffany has one thing right: Wendy’s SO~ obsessed with Tiffany, in that she’s obsessed making Tiffany feel how she makes everyone else feel. “Wacky Wendy” is gonna turn Tiffany’s dream into a nightmare! But Tiffany says she’s putting Wendy to sleep! Who will turn the lights out on the other in this brutal no holds barred match?

 

NXT Women’s Championship: Mandy Rose VS Zoey Stark!

Toxic Attraction certainly feels they’re the hottest trio in the WWE today, but things have been cooling off for them after losing the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships. Can the Toxic Goddess keep hold of her gold? Or will the Toxic Reign finally be over thanks to the Iron Woman?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and things just got that much hotter in here!

Mandy kicks but Zoey blocks to ROCK Mandy! And again! And again! Mandy knees low but Zoey spins he around to the GO TO – NO, Mandy blocks in time to trip Zoey and go after the bad leg! But Zoey uses that to victory roll! ONE, things speed up and Mandy whips, only for Zoey to LOBBER Mandy! Mandy bails out but Zoey builds speed to WRECK her with a dropkick! Fans fire up and Zoey storms up on Mandy, but Mandy RAMS her into the apron! Mandy TOSSES Zoey over the commentary desk! Jacy & Gigi taunt Zoey as Mandy SMASHES the knee on the desk! Zoey writhes and clutches her knee as NXT goes picture in picture!

Zoey grits her teeth and seethes at Mandy as medics check on the leg. Zoey says it’s fine, and Mandy goes out to drag her into the ring. Zoey ROCKS Mandy, throws elbows, but Mandy KICKS the bad leg! Mandy drags Zoey by the leg, stomps it, then drops an elbow on it! Mandy drags Zoey to the corner and SLAMS the bad leg into the post! Zoey writhes but she refuses to give up. Mandy gets in the ring and Zoey CHOPS her! Mandy trips Zoey, pulls on the bad leg, but Zoey endures! Mandy moves around, has the leg caught, and she chinlocks Zoey into a bootleg STF. Zoey endures, so Mandy dribbles her head off the mat! Cover, TWO!

Zoey gets to ropes but Mandy storms up. Zoey kicks back but Mandy kicks the bad leg out! Mandy digs her knee into Zoey and puts her on the apron. Zoey crawls away, kicks back at Mandy, but Mandy fires off forearms! Zoey shoves her again but Mandy comes back. Zoey ROCKS, CHOPS and ROCKS Mandy, but Mandy LARIATS Zoey! Cover, TWO! Mandy is annoyed but Jacy says it’s okay, she’s got this. Mandy stalks Zoey to a corner, grabs at the bad leg, but Zoey pushes her back. Mandy KICKS the bad leg, then taunts Zoey. Mandy drags Zoey out to center for a standing toehold. Zoey endures, keeps her shoulder sup, and she KICKS with her good leg!

Mandy staggers away, Zoey gets up and Zoey ROCKS Mandy with a forearm! And then another! But then Gigi & Jacy trip Zoey up! NXT returns to single picture as the ref saw that whole thing! Toxic Attraction is EJECTED! Jacy & Gigi are furious but maybe they should’ve behaved. NIKKITA LYONS rushes out and she fights Gigi & Jacy tot he back! Fans fire up and Mandy freaks out! Mandy goes for a chop block but Zoey dodges it! Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Mandy CHOP BLOCKS the leg this time, and Zoey clutches her leg again. Mandy stomps away on the leg, drops another elbow, then another, and another!

Mandy KNEES the bad leg, and Zoey huffs and seethes as she gets to a corner. Mandy soaks up the cheers and jeers, and she kicks the bad leg again. Mandy has the leg, for a KNEE JAMMER! Zoey hobbles and falls, but Mandy looms over Zoey. Zoey stands but Mandy trips her, turns her and has the HALF CRAB! Zoey endures as Mandy sits deep on the hold! Fans duel, Zoey reaches out, moves around, and rolls through to kick Mandy away! Mandy falls right out of the ring! Mandy hurries back in, into a KNEE from Zoey! Mandy pulls hair but Zoey ELBOWS Mandy, then LARIATS! Zoey rallies on Mandy, even with one good leg! SLIDING KICK! Cover, TWO!!

Mandy scrambles away to a corner, but Zoey runs in to ELBOW Mandy, and UPPERCUT, and GAMANGIRI! Zoey snapmares Mandy into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and duel, Zoey gets to her feet and she storms up on Mandy. Mandy kicks the bad leg, gets it again, and BACK SUPLEXES Zoey inside out! Cover, TWO! Mandy grows frustrated but the fans rally up again. Zoey and Mandy hit each other as they stand up, and they go back and forth with forearms! Zoey CHOPS, Mandy fires off a flurry, but Zoey blocks to a GO TO STARK!!! But she can’t cover from using her bad leg!! Zoey crawls over, but Mandy rolls away to the apron!

Mandy saves herself by inches and Zoey is furious! Zoey goes out, but Mandy sweeps the bad leg! Zoey gets caught up in the ropes, and Mandy stomps away! The ref counts, Mandy lets off at 4, and then she goes back to CLUB away on the leg! Mandy undoes the leg brace!! The ref stops Mandy and gets Zoey free of the ropes. KNEE FROM- ROLL UP!! TWO!! Mandy swings but into a jackknife! TWO! KNEE FROM A ROSE!! Cover, TWO!?!? Zoey survives and shocks everyone! Mandy’s best shot fails to put this away and she has no idea what to make of it! Mandy still undoes Zoey’s knee brace, and then she puts it on her knee!

Mandy wants to finish this for good, and runs in, KNEE BRACE FROM A ROSE!!! Cover, Mandy wins!!

Winner: Mandy Rose, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Tag Team Champion)

Zoey is dazed, Mandy used her bad leg against her in more ways than one! The Toxic Reign keeps going, what will it take to finally stop Mandy?

 

NXT hears from one of its newest names.

“I’m Quincy Elliot, and I have a confession to make. I’m bringing all of this to NXT. I look to my left, I look to my right, I see people of all different walks of life, and it excites me. And you may be shocked at this, but I ain’t ever struggled with being different. I own it, I work it, because I am it! And everyone in NXT may be superstars, but Quincy Elliot is the Super Diva.” And he’s coming soon to NXT!

 

Backstage interview with Grayson Waller.

McKenzie isn’t happy about it and Waller notices. Is it because he ruined he Emmy Award Winning interview with Apollo Crews when Waller punked him out? Uh, Apollo was the one who made a challenge while Waller was the one who backed down. Backed down? No, he could’ve dropped Crews right there, but then McKenzie would’ve said it was unfair after the 20 minute war Apollo had with Strong. He can’t win with her! But everyone else is too scared to say it, so Waller will: Apollo Crews is selfish! He’s willing to stab anyone in the back to be the man around here! He might even come for McKenzie’s job!

McKenzie doubts that, but Waller says that while Apollo doesn’t smell as nice, he does have a better small than her. But those were Apollo’s words, not Waller’s. Anyway, next week is the debut of the Grayson Waller Effect, the ONLY honest talk show in WWE history! The tough questions and the hard truth given. Take notes because he’s inviting his very first guess, APOLLO~ Crews! Also, your perfume is cheap, McKenzie.

 

NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS JD McDonagh!

The Big Booty Nephew is already a TWO-TIME NXT Champion, but has proven that from facing veterans like Tommaso Ciampa and Dolph Ziggler to facing the best of his peers like Joe Gacy and Cameron Grimes, he is a juggernaut in this ring. However, the Irish Ace knows even a juggernaut has its weaknesses. Will JD pick Bron apart and perform a beltectomy? Or will Bron break another would-be champion?

Bron walks out with a sledgehammer, and sees a box with “JD” on it. Bron SMASHES the box, then heads to the ring. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Bron wins betting against the ace.

JD and Bron circle while fans rally up. They tie up, JD goes after the bad arm but Bron shove shim away. JD grins but Bron says the shoulder’s just fine. They tie up again, Bron pushes JD back but JD puts Bron in the corner. JD pulls the arm against the ropes but the ref counts. JD let soff and Bron SLAPS him! Fans duel as JD grins and stares Bron down. JD and Bron reset and tie up again. Bron wrenches JD’s arm now, but JD spins and monkey flips him, but Bron holds on! Bron brings JD up but JD rolls, pushes Bron to ropes and arm-drags. But Bron holds on again! Bron shows he can be technical and fans rally up.

JD fights up, reaches for ropes but Born keeps him away. JD rolls, handsprings, snapmares and headlocks, but Bron slips out to have the wristlock! JD ROCKS Bron, but Bron headlocks back. JD powers out, Bron turns the dropdown into a gator roll and deadlift suplex! Bron walks around with JD before the SLAM! Fans fire up with Bron and he storms back up on JD. Bron whips JD into a corner, JD tumbles up and out, but Bron DECKS him! The ring count starts but Bron goes out after JD. JD gets in the ring but Bron avoids the elbow drop! Bron HOTSHOTS the arm, then he knuckle locks to STRAIGHT ARM LEVER!

Fans fire up as Bron carries JD around, then hammerlocks and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! And then STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Bron is showing he can do whatever JD can do, and then he clamps onto the arm again. Born hammerlocks and RAMS JD into buckles. Fans rally up and duel as Bron drags JD back up. Bron has the hammerlock, then he whips JD, JD reverses but Bron ducks ‘n’ dodges. Bron staggers but he still comes back to LARIAT JD! Bron tosses JD out hard, then barks at JD as NXT goes picture in picture.

JD scowls as Bron eggs him on. Bron goes out after JD, smacks him off the apron, then brings JD around to smack off the apron again. Fans bark for Bron as he puts JD in, but JD bails out the side. Bron waits on JD as the ring count climbs. JD gets in the ropes and trips Bron up! Then SLINGSHOT SPLASHES! JD gets his arm moving, and he stalks Bron to a corner. JD CHOPS, stomps, ROCKS and then stalks Bron some more. JD brings Bron around to snap suplex! JD drags Bron up to throw down elbows into Bron’s head, then DECK him with a haymaker. JD wrenches the bad arm, CLUBS it, but Bron throws body shots!

Bron backs JD down, RAMS into him over and over, then hoists him up top. Bron climbs up as NXT returns to single picture, but JD slips out to trip Bron up! JD shoves Bron to the apron, climbs up the other side, and he turns Bron to NECKBREAKER against the crossbar! Bron falls to the floor and fans rally again. JD stalks Bron, brings him up but the ring count is 5 of 10. JD puts Bron in at 7, drives elbow after elbow into the shoulders from all sides! The fans are torn but JD lets off so the ref can check Bron. Bron is still in this somehow so JD drags Bron around. JD has a mounted armlock but Bron endures.

Fans rally and duel, Bron reaches out but JD puts more pressure on the arm. Bron pushes through and gets the ROPEBREAK! JD lets off in frustration but fans duel again. JD clamps onto Bron for a neck wrench, but Bron still endures. JD pushes on the head, but fans rally up and Bron stands up! JAWBREAKER! Bron ROCKS JD, and again, and again! Bron whips, JD reverses but Bron FLYING SHOULDER TACKLES! And again! And then a duck ‘n’ dodge, to a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up again as Bron snarls and aims from the corner. JD flounders up, Born runs in, but JD POSTS Bron! Then a wrench and a takedown, LEBELL LOCK!!

Bron endures as JD pulls back! Fans rally and duel, Bron reaches out, and JD can only use one arm as Bron did damage to him, too! Born gets the ROPEBREAK! JD lets off in frustration and fans continue to duel. JD drags Bron to a drop zone then he climbs up. But Bron CLUBS JD first! Bron climbs up after JD, SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO!! Bron keeps cool and he goes to a corner to climb up again. But JD GAMANGIRIS back! JD sets Bron up, climbs up after him, but Bron resists the clinch! JD drags him up, SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Fans are thunderous as JD hits the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!!

Bron survives and JD can’t believe it! JD storms to a corner and climbs up, to MOONSAUTL! But he has to roll through as Bron moves! SPEAR!! Bron crawls after JD but JD flops out of the ring! Fans rally as Bron puts JD back in and hurries to aim from the corner again. JD stands up, into another SPEAR!! But Bron doesn’t cover, he brings the straps down! Bron vows to break JD, but JD stands up!? JD has blood in his mouth but he’s smiling! Bron says fine! A THIRD SPEAR!! And then the trophy lift, to the BREAKKER SLAM! Cover, Bron wins!!

Winner: Bron Breakker, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)

JD welcomed that third tackle, but it ended up being his demise! Bron retains the title, but who will- Wait, what?! Is this… It is! TYLER BATE is back in the States! The fans are going nuts for the Big Strong Boy! And he goes right into the ring to look Bron eye to eye! The NXT UK Champion and the NXT Champion, in the same ring for the first time in a long time! Will worlds collide in the near future?


My Thoughts:

This was a very good special for NXT, with great matches all over the card, but Heatwave didn’t really shake anything up. I know I’ve said keeping the status quo isn’t always a bad thing, but in this case, it felt kinda bad. Melo VS Vinci was great, though maybe a little sloppy because they wanted to go as fast as possible. Melo winning was only because of Trick, so that was a bit of a sour taste. But Melo still has so many opponents to face so this is fine. Decent promo from Von & Stone, but I guess Von is downgrading from “Wagner’s World” to “Welcome to Wagner’s Jungle.” I have no idea where Von’s gonna go from here, in a bad way. He’s not championship material, so who’s his next feud?

Great segment out of the Diamond Mine confronting their dysfunction, and I figured it’d be Strong pointed out as the traitor. That was some amazing continuity to have it in the 8 Man Tag that Tony looked to Strong as if to signal something. But then just as Apollo saw, the Diamond Mine all gets attacked. Gallus coming to NXT is great, though I wonder if this means Mark Coffey loses the Heritage Cup to Noam Dar. Gallus also getting a shot at the NXT UK Tag Team Championships is a nice surprise, but I wonder which two are facing Briggs & Jensen. Assuming Gallus wins, I’d love if it was the Coffey Brothers. But if not, then it can be Mark & Wolfgang again, trying to be two-time winners.

Roxie VS Cora was very good, but I’m a little surprised Cora won. For one, we see the NXT Women’s Championship is still on a Heel. Also, why wasn’t the DDT onto the weapon a disqualification? If that thing was a chair, wouldn’t it have been a DQ? Whatever, Cora’s still been doing good work so it’s not like she doesn’t deserve some success. Tiffany and Wendy have a very good vignette to plug their match. They call it “Lights Out” but don’t expect that to be the same as what AEW does with their “Lights Out” matches. It’ll be great, but only at WWE levels of No DQ. And given there’s no disqualifications, it can probably go either way, though I personally hope Wendy wins.

Actually, a great example of WWE levels of violence versus AEW is the Street Fight between Escobar and Tony we got tonight. It was really more a Street Fight for the sake of allowing Stacks and Legado to get involved without disqualifying the match. It was still great storytelling, but it was more chaos than destruction. Escobar loses because he’s being called-up, and who knows where Legado goes from here since they’re still under Tony. We got a nice promo segment with Indi and KC Squared, and I appreciate that Indi got a love letter from Dexter now that he’s back. But what a surprise that Blair Davenport, who is supposed to be fighting her way to the NXT UK Women’s Championship is here. Maybe Blair beats Indi to send Indi off to Raw?

Good introduction to Quincy Elliot here for the mainstream audience, but those who have been watching Level Up are probably already familiar with Quincy’s work. I’m sure Quincy can go in the ring, so it’s just a matter of how stories go and if Quincy can deliver on his character. Good promo from Waller to call Apollo out, and they’ll have a very good match, but I wonder where they’re going with this. Great match out of Mandy VS Zoey, but I had a feeling that after RawDown got the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament going and how they mentioned Zoey and Lyons are part of that, Zoey wasn’t going to win here. Mandy at least did it in a more clever way than usual. I don’t think anyone else has thought to wear their opponent’s brace and use it against them like that.

And we got a great match out of Bron and JD, but I’m a little surprised Bron won here. I’m also a little surprised how Bron won, where JD just let Bron hit him again. This is not really the Jordan Devlin in NXT UK, he would’ve used that to sucker Bron in, not just let Bron hit him again. But Bron retains, and we got a great surprise, that was then ruined by a massive spoiler. NXT UK isn’t even in the middle of their vacated championship tournament, they’re at the BEGINNING of it, and we see now that Tyler Bate is a two-time UK Champion! That’s awesome for Tyler but this is a big letdown for all of us fans who are still watching NXT UK! The only silver lining to this spoiler is that Worlds Collide might return to give us NXT VS NXT UK, Champions VS Champions.

My Score: 8.2/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (8/16/22)

Powerhouse gets Dark!

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It’s a baker’s dozen for Universal Studios!

AEW Dark continues in Universal Studios, and “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs looks to send a message to Ricky Starks through his opponent tonight!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Ari Daivari VS Fuego Del Sol; Daivari wins.
  • Willow Nightingale VS Robyn Renegade w/ Charlette Renegade; Willow wins.
  • Serpentico w/ Luther VS Brock Anderson w/ Arn Anderson; Brock wins.
  • Abadon VS Mafiosa; Abadon wins.
  • Angelico VS Baliyan Akki; Angelico wins.
  • Emi Sakura VS Renee Michelle; Sakura wins.
  • Josh Woods VS Cobra; Cobra wins.
  • Skye Blue VS Charlette Renegade w/ Robyn Renegade; Skye wins.
  • Bear Country VS Axel Rico & Victor Iniestra; Bear Country wins.
  • Kayla Rossi w/ Diamond Sheik VS Avery Breaux; Rossi wins.
  • Cezar Bononi w/ The Wingmen VS Marcus Kross; Bononi wins.
  • Rohit Raju VS Invictus Khash; Raju wins.
  • “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs VS Blake Christian; Hobbs wins.

QUICK NOTES

Great to see Abadon back in action, though I’m pretty sure she’s gotten even scarier since she’s been away… A lot of singles match-ups, a lot of easily called match-ups, but that’s par for the course on Dark. A bit surprised they didn’t just team up the Renegade Sisters against Willow & Skye, but maybe those matches are still connected. And while All Heart will lose to Powerhouse, you can beat Blake Christian will get to shine against the bigger Will Hobbs.


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