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Mitchell’s NXT TakeOver: In Your House Results & Report! (6/13/21)

Knock, knock, knocking on NXT’s door~!

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NXT TakeOver In Your House 2

NXT is back In Your House, with extra guests!

NXT’s newest tradition, In Your House, is even bigger this year! A FATAL 5 WAY determines who’s on top of the brand! Tick tock, TIME’S UP! But for who?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Special Bonus Match – Sarray & Zoey Stark VS The Robert Stone Brand; Sarray & Stark win.
  • NXT North American & Tag Team Championships, Winners Take All: Bronson Reed & MSK VS El Legado del Fantasma; Reed & MSK win and retain the titles.
  • Mercedes Martinez VS Xia Li w/ Tian Sha; Xia Li wins.
  • Million Dollar Championship Ladder Match: Cameron Grimes VS LA Knight; Knight wins and becomes the new Million Dollar Champion.
  • NXT Women’s Championship: Raquel Gonzalez w/ Dakota Kai VS Ember Moon; Gonzalez wins and retains.
  • NXT Championship Fatal 5 Way: Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux VS Pete Dunne VS Johnny Gargano VS Kyle O’Reilly VS Adam Cole; Kross wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the TakeOver Preshow!

Join Sam Roberts and Justin Barrasso in analyzing, discussing and predicting this nostalgia-filled throwback tradition!

 

Ted DeBiase arrives!

“Alright, gentlemen, let’s go.” He has extra security holding onto the briefcase that holds THE most lavish title in WWE history, the Million Dollar Championship! THE Million Dollar Man is ready to crown a new Million Dollar Champion with the proof of a true workhorse superstar. Who will win this priceless title and bring the most extravagant prize in pro-wrestling to NXT?

 

Kyle O’Reilly arrives at the Capitol Wrestling Center.

It’s a nice day for a fight, but then The Way interrupts. Things look to be starting early! Theory shoves Kyle, Kyle shoves Theory, Gargano shoves Kyle and Kyle shoves back! William Regal and security keep this from happening in the parking lot. Will #CoolKyle lose his cool and go after Johnny TakeOver at the bell?

 

Special Bonus Match – Sarray & Zoey Stark VS The Robert Stone Brand!

Cut for time on the original broadcast, this special deleted scene is part of the director’s cut! The Warrior of the Sun and the rising star team up to shine bright, but will they be able to overshadow Jessi Kamea & Aliyah?

The teams sort out and Aliyah starts with Sarray. Aliyah reaches out for a handshake but Sarray slaps it away! Aliyah swings a punch but Sarray blocks and ROCKS Aliyah back! Sarray whips Aliyah to ropes, but Aliyah throws Sarray down by her hair! Cover, TWO as Sarray slips out. Sarray dropkicks Aliyah down, then adds another! And another! Aliyah tags in Jessi and sics her on Sarray! Sarray and Jessi circle, Jessi pie-faces Sarray as fans duel. Sarray shoves back, Jessi shoves Sarray, but Sarray ROCKS her! Sarray whips, Jessi reverses but Sarray blocks the punch to springboard arm-drag! Sarray arm-drags Jessi again for an armlock!

Jessi fights up to her feet, Sarray wrenches to a wristlock, and Stark tags in. Stark and Sarray double whip Jessi for an assisted shotgun dropkick, and a double elbow drop! Fans fire up for Stark & Sarray, but Jessi knees Stark back! Jessi snapmares, Stark handsprings through then dodges to KICK and KICK and BUZZSAW Jessi down! Jessi avoids Stark’s knee and gets to an open corner. Stark runs in but Aliyah saves Jessi! Stark hits buckles and Jessi reels her in for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO, and Jessi rains down rights! Jessi lets off to pace around, then she drags Stark up to whip her into the corner. Jessi hits a BIG splash, and tags in Aliyah!

Aliyah and Jessi work together, assisted HELLUVA KICK! Cover, TWO! Aliyah rains down rights on Stark, covers, TWO! Aliyah shrieks in frustration but Stone says she’s got control. Aliyah bumps Stark off buckles, tags Jessi, and they stomp away on Stark. Jessi drags Stark up, but Stark shoves her away! Jessi CLUBS and AX KICKS Stark! Jessi scoops Stark for a BIG slam! Jessi toys with Stark, waves to the fans and tells Stark to kiss this. Tag back to Aliyah, they work together, tilt-o-whirl SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Aliyah drags Stark to another cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Aliyah drags Stark to the corner. Stark RAMS Aliyah into buckles but Jessi tags in.

Aliyah KICKS Stark, Jessi KICKS Stark down! Cover, TWO! Another try, TWO! Jessi drags Stark up, whips her to ropes, but Stark sunset flips! Cover, TWO! Jessi dropkicks Stark down! Cover, TWO! Jessi clamps onto Stark with an armlock and chinbar. Fans rally as Stark fights up, but Jessi wrangles her down to another cover! TWO, but Jessi is right back on the arm. Fans rally, Sarray reaches out, and Stark throws forearms! Stark reaches but Jessi holds on! Stark ROCKS Jessi, goes under and HEEL KICKS! Jessi falls over and is in a daze as she sits back up. Hot tag to Sarray! Sarray dropkicks Jessi, BOOTS Aliyah, then fires off on Jessi!

Sarray whips Jessi corner to corner but Jessi reverses. Sarray goes up and back to ROCK Jessi again! Sarray reels Jessi in, FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Jessi KICKS Sarray back, then hurries to tag Aliyah! Aliyah runs in and gets Sarray up, only to get a SOBAT! And GERMAN SUPLEX! Another bridging cover, but Jessi breaks it! Stone is fired up as his team saves itself! The ref reprimands, Jessi goes after Sarray but Sarray throws her out. Fans fire up as Sarray builds speed, Stone stands in Sarray’s way! Aliyah rolls Sarray, TWO and Aliyah bumps into Stone! Sarray BLASTS Stone off the apron with a dropkick and his shoes go flying as he falls over!

Sarray has Aliyah set up, and she builds speed again, DROPKICK OF THE SUN!! Tag to Stark as Aliyah staggers to her feet, SPEAR! Stark hurries while Sarray watches Jessi closely, GO TO STARK!! Cover, Stark & Sarray win!

Winners: Zoey Stark & Sarray, by pinfall

The “rising upstarts” are no rookies! They can hang with the best of ’em and beat all the rest of ’em! Will Stark & Sarray stick together to climb up and go after the best?

 

Arash Markazi interviews Bronson Reed and MSK.

All there have worked so hard to get the titles they have, so why accept a Six Man Winners Take All? Well Reed is feeling stronger than ever, and MSK backing him up makes him unstoppable. Legado del Fantasma have been around together for a year, but they’ve faced them before. Reed will make it hard for Legado to get away with their usual tactics. Santos Escobar has every right to be confident, but he should’ve stayed in his lane. This is Reed’s first defense, but what does it mean to be on the other side of things at TakeOver? Reed feels he represents both his home country but also all those who believed in him.

Then what does In Your House mean to them? And what will they do tonight? This will be bigger than the International Incident. This will be COLOSSAL, #AllNightAndAllDay! Go from kaiju claw to MSK fingers! Nice, Markazi! They might invite him to the beach next time. But will this be a Championship Summer for Reed, Lee & Carter? Or will Escobar, Wilde & Mendoza truly take over?

 

Markazi also interviews Legado del Fantasma.

One year after becoming a trio, and they’re facing a trio that is in their first match together. They aren’t just going for one title or two, but three. Escobar says his hermanos were there for him when he won the Cruiserweight Championship. They’ve been together on this crazy ride to become the most dominant faction on NXT. This should’ve happened a few weeks ago, but guess what/ Bronson Reed decided he should make a cameo for that match. How amazing that Legado fooled those three into this match. This isn’t a team, they’ve never worked together. But Legado is familia

In Your House means a lot to a lot of fans. What can we expect from Legado tonight? Tonight is a huge night. They will flip two divisions upside-down in one match! And they’ll do it for tradition, lucha libre and each other. The special is “In Your House,” but the champs are in THEIR house! Legado will always look good, but imagine how much better they’ll look with all the gold? Escobar couldn’t say it better himself. Sangre, tradicion, familia, legado. That is what Legado del Fantasma stands for. In Your House is the perfect scenario for them to cement that legado. But will it be so easy against the powerful combination standing before them?

 

Take a seat, put a seat up, and make yourself at home!

Back by popular demand, it’s NXT TakeOver: In Your House 2021! Big Mami Cool is on a mission to prove her reign is not a house of cards! The Million Dollar Legacy is on the line and hanging high above in a Million Dollar Ladder Match! Four years of bitterness comes to a head as Xia Li looks to “purge” the #RuggedNThugged Mercedes Martinez! It’s an all or nothing Winners Take All for the North American AND Tag Team Championships! And hopefully you have room for more, because it is a FATAL 5 over THE NXT Championship! Kross, Gargano, Dunne, O’Reilly or Cole! Who will be the one atop the mountain?

In the homestretch of these hard times, Dok Hendrix says they will do their jobs and entertain the WWE Universe! There’s no place like home, and there’s no show like In Your House! Naomi Fox hypes up the CWC crowd with the In Your House 2021 theme song! Todd Pettengill is here to host In Your House again, and welcomes the largest crowd in the CWC yet! Speaking of large…

 

NXT North American & Tag Team Championships, Winners Take All: Bronson Reed & MSK VS El Legado del Fantasma!

It’s just as it sounds and just how it looks! Wes Lee & Nash Carter are joining forces with Auszilla to defend two divisions at once! But will these #MustSeeKaiju be able to crush Escobar, Wilde & Mendoza under their feet?

The introductions are made, all three belts are raised, and the CWC is fired up already as the trios sort out for this colossal start!

Lee dodges Mendoza’s boot, headlocks but Mendoza powers out. Lee runs him over, cover, ONE, Mendoza sunset flips, Lee jackknife covers, TWO! Backslide but Lee slips out to headscissor! Mendoza handsprings through and both men stand off, to which the fans cheer. Things speed up, Mendoza headscissors but Lee handsprings through now! Things keep moving, Le waistlocks and shoves but is put on the apron. Carter tags in, MSK rally but Mendoza dodges to tag Wilde. Wilde runs but into a roll up, ONE! Carter runs into a waistlock and ripcord, Wilde clubs and CHOPS, then goes and handsprings on the top rope to arm-drag!

Wilde does his dance then runs in but Carter dodges to KNEE him, and snapmare roll for a kick. Wilde ducks it to roll Carter, JAWBREAKER! Wilde runs but into a dropkick! Tag to Escobar and fans fire up! Escobar calls out Reed! Reed tags in and Escobar fires up, just to tag out. Mendoza and Wilde even wonder what he’s doing but Escobar says Mendoza can handle Reed. Mendoza runs but into Reed’s tilt-o-whirl! Mendoza lands out, kicks but Reed doesn’t flinch. Reed whips, Mendoza goes up and out and springboard sin, but his clothesline doesn’t even budge Reed! Reed flexes, Mendoza runs and slides under the boot then ducks and dodges, to run into a LARIAT!

Reed looms over Mendoza, fireman’s carries but Mendoza fights free! Escobar tags back in and Mendoza sunset flips. Reed SITS on him but Escobar basement dropkicks! Escobar fires off on Reed, reels Reed in and scoops, but falls over under Reed’s weight! Reed says nice try. Escobar scrambles away and tags out to Wilde. Wilde is surprised like Mendoza was but Reed eggs Wilde on. Wilde runs into a gorilla press and DROP! Reed tags Carter, Carter slingshots to senton! Tag to Lee, Lee knee-boards for a senton! Cover, TWO! Tag back to Carter, Lee WRINGS Wilde out, Carter tags Reed. They give Wilde a HAMMOCK SENTON! Cover, TWO!!

Wilde survives but Reed tags Carter back in. Reed whips Wilde, Carter tags Lee then hops onto Reed. BACKPACK ATTACK to a COLOSALL LEAP FROG! Cover, TWO!! Wilde is somehow still in this but Lee gets him up to RAM him into buckles. Tag to Carter, he and Lee get Wilde up for a snapmare. Carter wraps on a chinlock and squeezes tight. Fans rally as Wilde endures, and Wilde fights up to JAWBREAKER again! Wilde tags Escobar but Carter gets away to get around. Carter shoves, Escobar puts him on the apron then ROCKS him! Escobar builds speed but Carter trips him! Carter drags Escobar out, goes up and up and ARIHARA MOONSAULTS!

Carter sees Legado in the ring, Mendoza gives Wilde a boost to FLY! Direct hit with the super crossbody! But then Lee FLIES onto Wilde! Mendoza FLIES to take out Lee! Escobar hurries over and REED takes aim!? Reed builds speed, and COLOSSAL TOPES EVERYONE!! Escobar hits desk, the CWC is thunderous and Carter gets back in the ring with Escobar. Carter runs in to uppercut Escobar, Lee tags in, but Legado stops the Railgun! Escobar BLASTS Lee while Legado RAMS Carter into barriers! The ref reprimands but Escobar drags Lee up. Escobar taunts Reed and CUBS Lee down. Escobar CHOPS Lee in a corner but Lee hits back!

Escobar clubs away and puts Lee in a corner to whip corner to corner. Escobar runs in to DOUBLE KNEE! Escobar puts Lee up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up to SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO! Lee lives but Escobar scowls as he pulls on the arm and leg in a modified bow ‘n’ arrow! Lee endures, Escobar drags him up and tags Mendoza. Mendoza taunts Reed before running corner to corner to clothesline Lee! Tag to Wilde, he does the same! Escobar tags in to clothesline! The endless clotheslines continue! Escobar ends the cycle as he gets Lee up for a BRAIN BUSTER! Tag to Mendoza and he tags Wilde. Wilde runs, DOUBLE HIP TOSS SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!

Wilde fires off hands on Lee and wraps on a chinlock. Lee endures, fans rally up but Wilde CLUBS Lee down! Wilde whips but Lee denies the dropkick! Wilde trips Lee up before he could tag Reed! Lee kicks Wilde way, hot tag to Reed! Reed rallies on Wilde, whips him to ropes and BODY CHECKS him! Mendoza gets in but gets a BODY CHECK! Legado regroups in an open corner, Reed runs in to DOUBLE SPLASH! Reed puts Wilde up top then drags Mendoza over. A double stack for a DOUBLE SAMOAN DROP! Reed drags Wilde up and scoops him for a SWINGING SUPLEX! Reed glares at Escobar, and dares him to tag Wilde!

Fans rally for Escobar but he gets in without a tag! The ref stops him, Mendoza chop blocks Reed! NOW Escobar tags in, and he HITS A MICHINOKU DRIVER?!?! Cover but Carter mule kicks it apart! Wilde tags in, Carter tags in on his end! Carter dodges Wilde, fires off hands but misses the enziguri! Wilde reels Carter in, Carter standing switches. Wilde elbows Carter but runs into a knee! Wilde elbows again,. Mendoza tags in, LEGADO LEG SWEEP GMAANGIRI COMBO! Cover but Lee springboards in and breaks it up!! The fans are electric but Escobar is furious! Escobar grabs the North American Championship, but it isn’t his yet! Reed SPLASHES Escobar through the barriers!!

The straps are down as Lee tosses Wilde out! Carter KICKS Wilde, torture rack, Lee adds on< DOUBLE STOMP BURNING HAMMER!! Mendoza tightrope crossbodies into a SUPERKICK! MSK tags, MUST SEE BLOCKBUSTER!! Tag to Reed, and he climbs up, for the TSUNAMI!!! Cover, MSKAIJU WINS!!

Winners: Bronson Reed & MSK, by pinfall (still NXT North American & Tag Team Champions)

They trusted each other, and they stayed focused on taking out their common enemies! The champions roll on, but are they on to new challenges? Legado is left all over ringside, will they be in any shape to regroup and try again?

 

Todd Pettengill wants to watch back to the Mae Young Classic 2018.

Wait, he has the tape? McKenzie Mitchell does her best to explain VHS isn’t a thing anymore. The footage is just cued up from the truck. Mercedes beat Xia Li in the Mae Young Classic, and their careers diverged onto different paths. But now they meet again all these years later! Will Tian Sha’s human weapon get back at Mean Ms. Martinez?

Mercedes Martinez VS Xia Li w/ Tian Sha!

The bell rings and the two tie right up. They go around the ropes and FALL out of the ring! Xia is up fast to RAM Mercedes then fire off KICKS! Xia puts Mercedes in the ring, stalks behind her, and runs, but into a back drop! Mercedes roars and storms over to Xia to fore off forearms and CHOPS! The ref counts, Mercedes lets off to scoop Xia into a T-BONE SUPLEX! Xia flounders to the apron but Mercedes is after her. Xia hits back with forearms then turns Mercedes around to cobra clutch against the ropes! With body scissors! The ref counts, Xia lets off at 4, then drags Mercedes to the outside. Xia POSTS Mercedes!

Fans fire up and duel as Xia gets Mercedes back up. Xia RAMS Mercedes into the apron, pushes her into the ring, and then toyingly kicks her. Xia taunts Mercedes but Mercedes hits back. Xia stomps Mercedes into the corner! The ref counts, Xia tops it off with a JUMPING STOMP! Xia then goes outside to again bring Mercedes over. Xia pulls Mercedes into the post! The ribs take a lot of damage before Xia lets off. The ref has a ring count but Xia gets in at 3 of 10. Xia looms over Mercedes, talks more trash, but Mercedes hits her back. Mercedes gets up but Xia is on her again to RAM her into the buckles!

Xia RAMS Mercedes in another corner, then runs side to side to SHOTGUN DROPKICK Mercedes out of the ring! Xia goes out after Mercedes, Mercedes drags herself up but Xia aims. Mercedes dodges and the kick hits post! Xia falls over and clutches her leg! The ring count climbs and is at 5 of 10! Xia stands at 7, drags herself in and gets in at 9! Both women are down, Xia with a bad leg and Mercedes with sore ribs. Mercedes gets up but Xia is after her! Mercedes counter punches, Xia hits back low then KICKS her back! But the bad leg hurts her!

Mercedes fires off haymakers but Xia KNEES Mercedes low! Xia goes after an arm, pulls hair, and whips Mercedes, only for Mercedes to reverses! ROYAL BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Xia gets to a corner, Mercedes runs in but misses the splash! Xia runs in to go up, and ELBOW Mercedes down! Xia gets Mercedes into a PUMP HANDLE EXPLODER! Mercedes flounders to a corner while Xia grits her teeth and fights through the pain in her leg. Xia runs but Mercedes FLAPJACKS her onto buckles! Xia flounders up now and Mercedes CLUBS her on the back. Mercedes Electric Chair lifts Xia up top and CLUBS away on her back!

Mercedes has the Crucifix, to the AK 47!! Cover, TWO!! Xia survives the modified Cliffhanger, and fans are fired up! Mercedes gets Xia up for KNEE after KNEE after KNEE! Mercedes lines up a shot but Xia rolls under it! Mercedes avoids the roll-up to KNEE her down! But Boa bails Xia out! Mercedes goes out after them but Boa stands in her way. The ref tells Boa to move, but Xia runs in! Mercedes BACK DROPS her! Fans fire up again as Mercedes eggs Xia on! Mercedes gets Xia up and into the ring at 5 of 10! Mercedes drags Xia up and fireman’s carries, but Xia fights! Xia shoves Mercedes, to then SCREW HIGH KICK on the rebound! Cover, XIA WINS!

Winner: Xia Li, by pinfall

She has avenged her failure in the past! Xia tells Boa to get her something, and he brings out a chair! Boa hands the chair to Xia and Xia aims at Mercedes’ leg! Mercedes kicks Xia’s leg out! Mercedes avoids disaster, but will she go for revenge? Boa shouts to Xia as Mercedes gets the chair! Boa gets in, Mercedes SMACKS him! And then jams and SMACKS Xia! Boa gets back in but he gets another SMACK! Mercedes grins as she now has Xia cowering in a corner. “You wanna take me out? I’m gonna break your back!” Mercedes SMACKS Xia again! Xia crawls to the ramp, but Mei Ying’s anger stirs! Mercedes says she’s not scared! And she SMACKS Xia again!

But Mei Ying gets out of her chair! Mercedes says if she wants to go, then let’s go! Mercedes storms over, but Mei Ying meets her halfway. Mercedes stares Mei Ying down, fans are fired up, and then Mei Ying choke grips Mercedes! She has Mercedes down on her knees, but Mercedes hits back with the chair! Mei Ying stays up, and then choke grips Mercedes again! And TOSSES her into the barriers! Will Mercedes learn to fear the wrath of Tian Sha?

 

Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher speak.

TakeOver: In Your House is not how these two expected them to be represented. They wanted to be the NEW tag champions, but GYV took that away. This Tuesday, they break GYV’s limbs!! GYV wants to scrap in a Tornado Tag and show a side we haven’t seen? Well listen good! Take a look at them. Really look. You are looking at two grown ass men and in precisely 48 hours, they will show the world how dangerous they are at GYV’s expense! BOO! Toothless Timmy & Old Man Ciampa are ready, will Liverpool’s Number One and Mr. Mayhem SSSSOOOOON be recognized as the team that could’ve been the world’s number one, but got ripped in two?

 

Million Dollar Championship Ladder Match: Cameron Grimes VS LA Knight!

Fortune, fame, status and the ability to get the job done no matter the cost. The man who holds this title embodies that and so much more! Will the Carolina Cash Money Caveman take this title #ToTheMoon? Or will this be both LA Knight’s Game and LA Knight’s Title?

Ted DeBiase walks out on stage with that Million Dollar Laugh, and he has his security bring the guest of honor, THE Million Dollar Championship belt, to the ring. Knight makes his entrance, followed by Grimes. The introductions are made, the belt and its clear briefcase are hoisted high above, and we see who climbs the literal ladder of success to carry on the Million Dollar Legacy!

Grimes and Knight talk trash but the fans chant, “LA SUCKS! LA SUCKS!” Knight shoves Grimes, they tie up and go around! They end up in a corner, then onto ropes and around the way. Knight headlocks, Grimes powers out but Knight runs him over! Fans boo but Knight just dismisses them with a wave of the hand. But Grimes gets a leg, shoves Knight down, and tells him to #KissMahGrits! Knight gets up, Grimes ROCKS him and CHOPS him and ROCKS him again! Grimes whips then CLOBBERS Knight! Knight gets to ropes, Grimes gets him up and KICKS him to a corner! Grimes KICKS Knight in the corner, too!

Grimes keeps Knights on the ropes with haymakers, then whips him to ropes. Knight kicks Grimes away, then grins, before he runs into a RANA! Knight bails out, Grimes has the fans fired up and on his side, but Knight gets a ladder! Knight puts it in, and Grimes is right there to put it aside. Knight shoves Grimes out and Grimes falls onto the ladder as he goes! Knight gets the ladder up and TOSSES it, but Grimes dodges! Grimes gets in, Knight BOOTS and LARIATS Grimes down! Knight soaks up the heat from the “incels” and he mocks the #ToTheMoon catchphrase! Knight gets Grimes up and throws him out of the ring.

Knight hurries to get the ladder again, and puts it in. Knight sets the ladder up, starts climbing, but Grimes meets him at the top! Grimes ROCKS Knight but Knight yanks Grimes down! Knight DECKS Grimes, but Grimes avoids the ladder SLAM! Grimes flounders, ladders tumble, and the two tug-o-war with the main ladder. Knight drags Grimes into the ring, rushes him, but Grimes sends him out! Grimes takes a moment to catch his breath before he sets this ladder up. Knight gets his own ladder, and now we have a ladder fight! They CLASH and CLASH, but both men drop their ladders! Knight gets his up, swings but misses! Grimes BOOTS Knight out and has the ring to himself!

Knight grabs the ladder Grimes wanted to use and we have another tug-o-war! Grimes RAMS Knight into the barriers with the ladder! Grimes goes to the apron and takes aim as Knight flounders up. Knight turns around into a PENALTY KICK! Knight goes down in a heap and fans fire up for Grimes! Grimes goes down to the floor to get another ladder into the ring. Knight grabs Grimes’ hair but Grimes elbows him away. Knight RAMS Grimes into the boards! Grimes flounders up now, Knight SWINGS the ladder into him! Grimes goes down in a heap and Knight grins as he soaks up the heat from the fans.

Knight stomps Grimes down, and then mocks the fans, “You wanna meet him?” He RAMS Grimes into the boards, then bounces Grimes off the steel steps! Knight tells DeBiase that Grimes is NOT Million Dollar material. Grimes gets up to RAM Knight into boards! Things are even now and fans fire up as both men are down on the outside! Grimes gets up, hurries after Knight but Knight pokes Grimes in the eyes! Knight whips Grimes hard into barriers on the far side! The barrier somehow stays up but Knight gets one of the tallest ladders yet! Knight brings it over, makes a ladder bridge, and then he sees Grimes floundering into the ring.

Knight goes in after Grimes, but Grimes counter punches him! Grimes shoulders into a KNEE! Knight aims, slingshots and SHOULDER TACKLES Grimes down! Knight grins, paces about, and fetches a ladder that was still in the ring. Knight leans the ladder up against a corner, then he stands on Grimes’ head on the ropes! There are no disqualifications so Grimes can only suffer! Knight gets Grimes up, but Grimes blocks a ladder smack. Knight body shots, but Grimes waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX Knight into the ladder! Grimes is glaring as he RAMS Knight with the ladder! Grimes says here we go, but Knight jumps the low ladder shot!

Knight waistlocks, Grimes elbows and switches but Knight returns the favor. Knight RAMS Grimes into the post, then hits a NECKBREAKER across the ladder!! Grimes’ back gets wrecked but it seems Knight’s arm took damage, too! Fans rally as Grimes stirs but Knight is up and looking for more ladders. Knight finds another towering one and brings that into the ring. Grimes crawls and feebly grabs the ladder but Knight stomps him away. Knight stands the ladder up under the briefcase, but Grimes kicks him from between the legs! Grimes swing kicks Knight, then throws forearms and uppercuts! Knight staggers but RAMS Grimes into the rungs!

Knight takes his tall ladder, leans it against ropes, then stomps Grimes. Knight sets the other ladder on the top rope so that it juts out precariously! Knight wants to take Grimes “to the moon,” and whips! Grimes reverses and Knight COLLIDES with the corner ladder!! Fans are thunderous for Grimes as he gets up and he KICKS away on Knight against the ropes! Again and again and again and again! Grimes is fired up and the fans are, too! Knight staggers but YANKS Grimes down by his hair! Grimes crawls, Knight runs, but Grimes BACK DROPS Knight onto his tall ladder! Knight flops down off the rungs and fans rally up!

Grimes whips Knight out and Knight CRASHES onto the ladder bridge! Grimes shouts, “I WANT THAT GOOOLD~!” He wants the gold LADDER! THE Million Dollar Ladder that’s on the stage! Grimes fetches it, brings that bad boy over to the ring, and wants to do this like the Million Dollar Man would! Fans are fired up as Grimes stands the ladder up, and starts to climb! But as he reaches for the briefcase, Knight climbs up to anchor him! Knight and Grimes brawl at the very top of this ladder, and Grimes bumps Knight off the top! Grimes shoves Knight off, but Knight shoves the ladder over! Grimes HOTSHOTS on the top rope! Knight runs at Grimes, but into a COLLISION COURSE!!

“This is Awesome!” and far from over! Grimes and Knight stir, and while Knight goes to the apron, Grimes goes for the gold ladder. Grimes uses it to stand up but Knight hurries over. Knight stomps Grimes down, gets one of the other ladders, and as Grimes goes to the ramp, Knight shoves the ladder through ropes. Knight then fetches another ladder to SLAM it on Grimes’ back! Knight stands this new ladder up on the ramp, and he brings his other ladder over to wedge it into the other. Knight has a nasty looking bridge, but Grimes DECKS him, then PENALTY KICKS him from the ramp! Knight stumbles all the way to the other side of the ring!

Grimes hurries after Knight, leaning against barriers as he goes. Knight hides behind DeBiase’s security to then sucker punch Grimes! Knight drags Grimes up, whips him, but Grimes climbs a ladder that was nearby! Grimes mule kicks Knight, climbs more, but Knight shoves the ladder over! Grimes leaps to the girder! Grimes climbs up a little more to then SUPER CROSSBODY Knight down!! Fans are electric again as Grimes stands up first! Grimes has the gold ladder, stands it up, and climbs! Grimes paws at the briefcase but Knight drags him back for a POWER- NO! Grimes RANAS Knight out of the ring, then skins the cat!

Grimes hurries over to the gold ladder, shouts, “TO THE MOON!” then climbs again! Grimes has the case, but Knight tips the ladder again! Grimes FALLS THROUGH KNIGHT’S LADDER BRIDGE!! Knight resets the gold ladder, climbs it and grabs the case! He unhooks it, and wins!!

Winner: LA Knight (NEW Million Dollar Champion)

Whose title is it? L A Knight’s title! DeBiase gives this match, and the man who won it, a standing ovation! DeBiase takes the belt out of the case and gives it a kiss before handing it over to Knight himself. DeBiase raises Knight’s hand in victory! Knight is the NEW Million Dollar Champion, and that’s not bragging, that’s just a fact of life, dummy!

 

Hit Row talk with Todd Pettengill.

Who cares about all of this other merchandise? The merch you should get is Hit~ Row~! Switch things up and get all you’ll ever need this summer to replace your old favorites. But wait, there’s more! Who’s hotta than Top Dolla? Not nada! Except the Hit Row’s theme song, Now You Know. They have it in vinyl

 

A fight is breaking out backstage!

The Bruiserweight and Mr. Apocalypse are fighting already! Regal separates Dunne and Kross, but will this only explode once the Fatal 5 is under way?

 

NXT Women’s Championship: Raquel Gonzalez w/ Dakota Kai VS Ember Moon!

Big Mami Cool has proven she can beat some of the best in Io Shirai and Rhea Ripley. The Evolved Shenom wants to show she is on par with some of the best, such as Charlotte Flair and Asuka. Raquel made sure to wreck Shotzi Blackheart first, but that only lit a fire under the Prophecy of Flame. Will Ember Eclipse the champion and hit her where it hurts? Or will Raquel do what she does best and dominate?

The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we’ll see what happens when Ricky Desperado fights Ember’s Law!

Ember dropkicks Raquel right away! Ember runs, ranas and has Raquel in a corner for a back body block! Ember fires off fast hands but Raquel shoves her away. Raquel swings, Ember dodges and boots back. Ember runs but gets SWATTED! Raquel seethes and Dakota cheers her on. Raquel gets Ember up, but Ember avoids the bomb to headscissor Raquel into the POST! Ember goes to the apron, Dakota distracts, and Raquel avoids the knee! Ember hits post, then Raquel BLASTS her into the barriers! Dakota taunts Ember then forearm bumps with Raquel as she fetches Ember. Raquel TOSSES Ember into barriers!

Raquel eggs Ember on, CLUBS her down, then refreshes a ring count. Raquel scoops Ember to put her in the ring, then goes in after her. Cover, TWO! Raquel taunts Ember, “You really think you’re gonna beat me?” Ember hits back but Raquel bumps her off buckles. Raquel throws knees, lets off as the ref counts, then whips Ember hard into the corner! Ember bounces off buckles but Raquel drags her up for a scoop. Ember slips out, tilt-o-whirls but the sunset doesn’t work! Raquel gets Ember up, puts her in a corner, but Ember boots back! Ember hops up, leaps, but the code breaker is TOSSED! Raquel snarls as she YANKS Ember up into a SIDEWALK SLAM!

Raquel steps on Ember, climbs up the corner, and TWISTING VADER BOMBS! Cover, TWO! Ember survives and Raquel is annoyed with her. Raquel looms over Ember, drags her up, and reels her in for a gut wrench. Raquel uses the Canadian rack to torture Ember but Ember endures being bent. Ember pries at Raquel’s grip but Raquel gets it back. Raquel flips and SLAMS Ember, then covers, TWO! Raquel says, “That’s how it’s gonna be?” She taunts Ember in Spanish to get up but Ember kicks back. Raquel gets Ember up, Ember fires body shots! Raquel shoves Ember down, storms over and gets Ember up. Ember kicks back, Raquel yanks her up, but Ember SUPERKICKS!

Ember fires off more kicks then ENZIGURIS! Raquel wobbles and Ember runs, but the lariat isn’t enough! Raquel reels Ember in but gets another SUPERKICK! ROLLING ELBOW takes Raquel down! Ember fires up and hops on, for a CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! Ember gives shoutout to Shotzi but Raquel is too tough for that! Dakota coaches Raquel but Ember is after the leg! Modified figure four, and then a pull of the hair and hook of the face for a modified Queen Angelito stretch! Dakota helps with the ropes and Raquel gets the ropebreak! The ref reprimands but still counts Ember, and Ember lets go at 4.

Dakota gets Raquel out of the ring, but Ember builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and Raquel hits desk!! Fans are thunderous for Ember as she scares Dakota off. Ember fetches Raquel up and bounces her off the desk! Ember glares at Dakota again, then gets Raquel into the ring. Ember runs and BASEMENT COMPLETE SHOTS! Cover, TWO!! Raquel lives but Ember keeps her focus. Ember climbs but Dakota distracts! The ref reprimands but Raquel gets up top in an instant! SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Raquel can’t believe it but Ember still lives! Raquel sits Ember up, brings her around, and hooks her up, CHINGAN- NO! Victory roll, TWO!!

Ember gets up and Raquel BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO!! Ember is still in this and fans rally up. Raquel fumes as she drags Ember back up. Raquel suplexes, holds Ember up but Ember hits STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE! Raquel wobbles after Ember, Ember ROCKS her with a forearm! Ember wants the corner but Raquel keeps her away. Ember hits a JAWBREAKER, climbs up the corner, and leaps, FLYING CODE BREAKER! Ember hurries back to the corner, and to the very top! Raquel rises, Ember aims, ECLIPSE!!! Cover, Dakota puts Raquel’s leg on the rope!! The ref sees only the ropebreak but Ember knows better.

BUT SHOTZI IS HERE! Shotzi chase Dakota to RAM her into barriers! Shotzi fires off hands on Dakota, Dakota runs away to the ramp! Shotzi catches up to her, and they brawl right up to the house! Dakota gets tossed into the potted plants! Shotzi chases Dakota backstage while Ember stalks Raquel. Raquel kicks to avoid the leg lock, but Ember POSTS her! Ember goes out to join Raquel and climbs up top. Ember gets Raquel in position, for a TORNADO DDT TO THE RAMP! Ember drags Raquel’s dead weight to the ring but that is on easy task! Cover, TWO!! Raquel survives again, but Ember’s rage is boiling up.

Ember climbs a corner again, Raquel stands back up, ECLIP- NO!! Raquel shoves Ember away, scoops her, tilt-o-whirl, and back around, to SNAKE EYES! Ember staggers into a waistlock, pop-up, CHINGONA BOMB!! Cover, Raquel wins!!

Winner: Raquel Gonzalez, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Champion)

The “human insurance policy” that is Dakota Kai comes through again! Ember would’ve had this if not for her, and Raquel will have to make it up to her. Will anyone be able to get past #CobraKai to take this title from Big Mami Cool?

 

Todd Pettengill is having a hard night.

All the “you’re old” jokes and someone even took his Walkman! But at least he gets to play Karate Fighters! With Dexter Lumis? So, Lumis, how’s the love life lately? Not the thing to say, Todd! Lumis grabs Todd’s action figure and Todd declares Lumis the winner. Will Lumis do better in all things love and warfare?

 

The Great American Bash is coming back!

Get ready for Tuesday, July 6th, as the black ‘n’ gold celebrates the red, white ‘n’ blue!

 

NXT Championship Fatal 5 Way: Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux VS Pete Dunne VS Johnny Gargano VS Kyle O’Reilly VS Adam Cole!

It doesn’t matter when the time is tolled, everyone pays the toll. So why waste time crossing off the defiant challengers one by one? Doomsday comes for FOUR contenders at once! But will Kross have to admit his time is up? Or can he thwart the Bruiserweight, Johnny TakeOver, #CoolKyle and Adam Cole BAYBAY all at once?

Gargano walks by the madness that is Shotzi and Dakota brawling, with Raquel standing with Dakota. He shrugs that off and makes his way to the ring. Then Kyle makes his entrance, followed by Dunne, then Cole, then lastly the champion himself, Karrion Kross. The introductions are made, THE belt is raised, and we see who will #FallAndPray!

The bell rings and all five men look to each other. Dunne spokes Cole and Kyle BOOTS him! Dunne and Gargano brawl, Kyle is after Cole on the outside! Dunne throws Gargano out and has Kross to himself now! They tie up, go around, Kross shoves Dunne away but Dunne KICKS his leg! And again! Kross blocks a kick, shoves, but Dunne leaps for a guillotine! Kross grins as he powers through to SNAP SUPLEX! Dunne rolls out of the ring and Kyle rushes in, having dealt with Cole. Kyle and Kross test the waters with kicks while feeling out the grapple. Kyle fires hands but Kross clinches to shove and BOOT Kyle! Kyle stays up to BOOT back!

Kyle kicks, Kross blocks and ROUNDHOUSES Kyle! Kross waistlocks, Kyle blocks to drop toehold! KNEEBAR!! Kyle has Kross caught but Kross powers up and pries Kyle off for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Kyle bails out, Gargano slingshots and kicks! Gargano taunts Kross, fires off boxing elbows, then tilt-o-whirls to go for the arm! Kross resists, powers up, and tosses Gargano, only for Gargano to chop block! Kross choke grips, Gargano kicks the leg and gets free to rolling elbow! Kross stays up but Gargano RANAS! Gargano runs in at the corner but Kross catches him for an EXPLODER! Cole gets in and dropkicks the leg out!

Cole fires off forearms on Kross then pie faces him. Cole talks trash, Kross waistlocks but Cole breaks free to PELE! Cole runs, Dunne trips him and traps him in the apron skirt! Dunne, Gargano and Kyle mug Cole! But Kross storms over to drag Cole up and TOSS him into the ring! Kross runs at Cole in a corner for a clothesline! And elbow! And DISCUS! But Kross turns around into Dunne’s forearms! Kross BOOTS Dunne, BOOTS Gargano, and BOOTS Kyle! Dunne gets up, but gets a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Roll through, Dunne and Gargano work together, but Kross DOUBLE BACK DROPS them! Kross gets Kyle for a POINT-BLANK LARIAT! Cover, TWO!

Kyle survives and every other challenger is down! Kross snarls as he drags Kyle back up. Kross reels Kyle in, Kyle slips out and fires off kicks! Kyle gets the leg, Kross blocks the takedown and hits a SAYANAGI! Kross gets Kyle up but Kyle escapes the bomb to fire off a strike fest! KICK after KICK, then leg sweep! Kyle BOOTS Dunne! And KNEES Gargano! And kicks Cole, to fire off knees! Kyle wants to hurt Cole as much as he does anyone, and he grounds ‘n’ pounds with elbows and palm strikes! Cole blocks the armbar, but Dunne gets Kyle for an ARMBAR! Cole gets away, Kyle rolls but Dunne hammerlocks!

Gargano gets after Dunne but Dunne adds him to the hold! FINGER TORTURE! But Kross gets Dunne up to POWERBOMB him into Gargano and Kyle! And then Kross shouts, “YOU!” at Cole! Cole dares him to bring it! They’re not done and they’re fighting on the ramp! Kross catches Cole and gets him up! Cole rakes eyes and escapes! Gargano CHOP BLOCKS, and Dunne PENALTY KICKS Kross! Kross goes after Gargano but Dunne BOOTS him! Gargano SUPERKICKS Kross, then Gargano and Dunne RAM Kross through the front door!! The CWC fans lose their minds as all three of those men are down!

Cole returns to the ring, and that means going after Kyle! Cole runs, SHINING WIZARD! Fireman’s carry, for an USHIGORISHI! Cover, TWO! Kyle survives and Cole smirks. Cole goes to a corner and climbs up. Gargano returns and Cole punches him away! Kyle ducks under the Sunrise but into a GAMANGIRI! Cole dodges Gargano to clothesline Kyle but Gargano ENZIGURIS Cole! Gargano has Kyle and Cole in the corner, the Tree of Woe trapping them both! Gargano stomps a mudhole, then goes corner to corner, into Dunne’s roll up! TWO, and Dunne shifts to pump handle! BITTER- FINAL BEAT!

Gargano scoops Dunne to LAWN DART him into Cole and Kyle!! Gargano covers Dunne, TWO!! Gargano can’t believe it as the Bruiserweight survives! The fans rally and duel in all sorts of directions as Gargano throws hands on Dunne. Gargano stomps and kicks Cole, no love lost there. Gargano calls upon the DIY powers but runs into a fireman’s carry! Cole BOOTS, Kyle CLOHTESLINES! Cole BOOTS Kyle, Dunne ENZIGURIS Cole but DOUBLE CLOTHELINES take out Kyle and Dunne! Cole crawls to cover Gargano, TWO!! The CWC is thunderous as all four men stand back up. Kyle and Cole brawl, Gargano DECKS Dunne!

Cole hits, Kyle hits back, repeat, faster and faster! 52 FAKE OUT! Then SUPER- NO! Kyle blocks to an ANKLE LOCK!! Cole kicks him away, Kyle yoyos into KROSS’ arms! Kross RAMS Kyle into the barrier, then gives Cole an EXPLODER! Kross tosses Cole so he can join Kyle, and then he CATCHES Gargano’s tope! TWO HAND SLAM on the apron! Dunne jumps but into Kross’ arms! Kross TOSSES Dunne onto Cole and Kyle! Kross puts Gargano in the ring, reels him in and scoops, for a pop-up to the fireman’s carry, and an F5 HUNDRED! Cover, TWO!! Gargano survives! Kross is surprised by Gargano’s superhuman heart.

Cole returns but Kross ROCKS him! Gargano kicks and kicks Kross, and uses Cole to boost for the TORNADO DDT! Kross bails out, Cole is in a corner, and Gargano DIVES onto Kyle! Kyle hits announce desk, Gargano CANNONBALLS Kross from the steps! Gargano gets in to TOPE TORNADO DDT Dunne!! Fans love “Johnny Wrestling!” but Cole SUPERKICKS him! Then BLINDSIDE SUPERKICKS! Then LAST- NO! Gargano ducks the wizard to get the GargaNO Escape! Cole does escape, though, but Gargano boot shim away. Cole puts Gargano on the apron, Gargano slingshots into a SUPERKICK!

Cole goes up, PANAMA- NO!! Gargano makes it a CRUNCHY!! Cover, TWO!!! Fans are loving this as all five men are down! Dunne rises and gets back in the ring, as does Kyle. Gargano is in the middle of the ring, he sees he has targets in the corners. Gargano runs to clothesline Dunne, then goes for Kyle. Kyle dodges, ROCKS Dunne, but Gargano schoolboys Kyle! DOUBLJE KICK from Gargano and Dunne but Dunne ENZIGURIS Gargano! Gargano and Cole get Dunne with a SUPERKICK POISON RANA! Kyle and Gargano get Cole with SUPERKICK FISHERMAN BACK SUPLEX! Bridging cover, Gargano STOMPS it apart! “This is Awesome!” and it’s still going!!

Kross returns and unleashes clotheslines on each and every corner! Kyle dodges and lariats but Kross stays up! Dunne tries, no. Cole tries, no. Gargano tries, YES! Everyone trades forearms, DOUBLE CLOHTESLINE for Cole! Kyle fires off on Gargano and Dunne, Dunne hits back, Kyle yoyos! Gargano SUPERKICKS, Kyle yoyos for a DOUBLE LARIAT! Kross runs in, runs through the roundhouse and CLOBBERS Kyle! Fans are electric as all five men are down! The rally builds and Kross stands first. Kross talks Kyle, reels him in and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Kyle flops away but Kross gets Cole for a GERMAN SUPLEX!

Kross stalks Gargano, GERMAN SUPLEX! Kross soaks up the heat as he embodies The Beast and he stalks Dunne! GERMAN, but Dunne lands on his feet to BUZZSAW! PENALTY KICK from Kyle! Kross bails out, Gargano SUPERKICKS Kross on the apron! Cole SUPERKICKS Kross, too! Kross leans on ropes, and though they’re enemies now, Cole and Kyle remember back to their Undisputed Era days! DOUBLE POWERBOMB onto the announce desk! The desk does not break but perhaps Kross’ back just did! Cole and Kyle join Gargano and Dunne in the ring, and the fists start flying!! Fast and furious all four ways, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS take out Gargano and Cole!

Kyle and Dunne get each man in a GUILLOTINE! Double submissions, who gives in first? Kyle and Dunne spare Cole and Gargano to fire off on each other! Fans duel as Kyle ROCKS Dunne! Kyle KNEES Dunne, gets him up, but Dunne turns suplex into BODY SCISSOR KIMURA!! Kyle throws body shots, gets free and drags Dunne down! Dunne turns that into a TRIANGLE! Kyle gets Dunne up, Gargano SLINGSHOT SPEARS them both!! Cole throws Gargano out, gets Kyle up, GHOSTBUSTER!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Kyle survives and Cole can’t believe it! Dunne returns, Cole gets him up, and he throws forearms. Dunne CHOPS back and we have a new brawl!

Cole blocks a kick but ducks and the ENZIGURI hits Gargano! Dunne goes up and up into DOUBLE USPERKICKS! Cole throws Gargano out again, covers Dunne, TWO!! ONE FINAL BEAT for Cole!! Gargano covers both Dunne and Cole, TWO!!! Wait, DOUBLE GargaNO Escape?!? But Kyle gets in to KNEE Gargano down! Kyle saves Cole and Dunne but also his own chances! Fans are hoping these guys “Fight Forever!” at this point but it has to end somehow. Kyle and Gargano brawl, Kyle KICKS but Gargano jumps the sweep to BUZZSAW! Gargano runs into a KNEE! Kyle KNEES Gargano again, gets him up, BRAIN BUSTER!!

Kyle roars and goes to a corner. Kyle climbs, Cole SHOVES him down! Cole climbs, aims, PANAMA SUNRISE!!! Cover, Dunne drags Cole off! For a BRAIN BUSTER to the FLOOR! But Kross rises?!?! Dunne dares him to get in the ring then! Fans are fired up for the Bruiserweight but Kross grins as he gets in. Dunne fires off fast hands from all sides! Kross puts up a guard, then gets under Dunne to GERMAN SUPLEX! Dunne gets back up?! And side steps to SNAP GERMAN! Pump handle, BITTER END!!!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Dunne doesn’t question it, he just puts on a TRIANGLE! And throws elbow after elbow after elbow!

Kross is fading, Dunne wants to keep on, but Cole, Gargano AND Kyle break it up! They save Kross just to save their own chances! “This is Awesome!” is an understatement as everyone resets. Dunne STOMPS hands, and BUZZSAWS Kyle, then BUZZSAWS Gargano! Cole goes to low blow but Dunne blocks it! Dunne has the fingers, but Kross has Dunn AND Cole! DOUBLE DOOMSDAY SAIDO!!! Cole stagger sup into the APOCALYPSE ELBOW!! Kross vows to end this now, and he has Dunne for the KROSSJACKET!! Dunne is fading, but he gets a second wind! Dunne has the fingers! Dunne SNAPS ‘EM!! But ONE FINAL BEAT FOR DUNNE!

Kross gets Gargano in the KROSSJACKET! Gargano fights, uses the corner, pushes back and has a cover!! TWO!?!? KROSSJACK- NO! Gargano is moving around, Kross is on him, but LAST SHOT SHINING WIZARD!! Kyle gives Cole AX ‘N’ SMASH!! Kyle aims at Kross as he climbs, KING KONG KNEE DROP!!! Cover, Cole SUPERKICKS Kyle!! And SUPERKICKS Gargano! And SUPERKICKS Dunne! Cole aims at Kyle, for- NO! Kyle ducks, trips Cole, HEEL HOOK! Cole kicks and kicks but Kyle just adds that other foot! DOUBLE HEEL HOOK!! Cole flails, shouts “NO!” and KROSS gets Kyle with a KROSSJACKET!!! Cole is still caught, Kyle could still do this! But Kyle is fading, too!!

Kyle lets Cole go and Kross smothers him!! Kyle is OUT, Kross wins!!!

Winner: Karrion Kross, by submission (still NXT Champion)

Kyle falls right at the finish line and Kross takes the win! The chaos and the carnage was Kross’ bread and butter, and now he solidifies his place atop the NXT mountain! Is there no end to the apocalypse

 

Backstage interview with William Regal.

As he heads for the door, McKenzie wants Regal’s thoughts on In Your House 2021. Regal walks out to the parking lot. It has been seven years since he became GM of NXT, and he’d never seen such bedlam and madness. “I think it’s time for a change.” What? What does he mean by that? Where is Regal going?!


My Thoughts:

WHOOOOA! What an amazing TakeOver! Best one of the year so far, as far as I’m concerned. The only thing that would’ve made it better is if the Peacock didn’t suck from having no livestream pause and skip-back abilities. That Six Man Tag was amazing, but I am 111% sure I missed some details at the beginning because of no pausing or replaying. I am so glad that Reed & MSK won, and not just because Escobar’s Heel heat borders on Go Away Heat with me. Though c’mon, he literally used the chicken shit strategy in that match, how can you be okay with that? Reed annihilating him through a barrier was the best, though. Reed VS Escobar 1v1 has to happen next before Hit Row moves in.

Mercedes VS Xia Li was very good, and it makes sense for Xia to win. Mercedes beating her and Boa up is fine because then we got interaction between Mercedes and Mei Ying. I am definitely hoping Mei Ying’s first match, aka Karen Q’s return to the ring, is against Mercedes in a great match that doesn’t rely on the supernatural stuff. WWE Raw isn’t doing the best with supernatural characters fighting without their powers, so NXT can show them a thing or two here. The Million Dollar Ladder match was awesome stuff. Knight wins so that that the Face can chase, and Grimes proving he has the fortitude to come back will be great for his character over the summer.

We got a really good promo from Ciampa & Thatcher to hype up their tornado tag with Grizzled Young Veterans, though I feel like it could’ve been put in the preshow. That match is going to be great stuff, though. The many Todd Pettengill moments were great, though, especially with Hit Row and Dexter Lumis. We got another great Women’s Championship match in Raquel VS Ember, but I just knew Dakota would get involved and Shotzi would return to go after her. Shotzi VS Dakota has to be set for this Tuesday already. To be fair to my judgment of Escobar, I should question if Raquel really needed help to retain the title if she’s to stay strong. Maybe her next challenger can be someone she actually does defeat on her own.

Everything with the NXT Championship Fatal 5 tonight was great. The parking lot confrontation of Kyle and The Way, then the backstage one with Dunne and Kross all keeps with how the go-home was chaotic and tense. The Fatal 5 itself was an amazing match, really giving us every bit of story between the five, and I am really surprised Cole didn’t take the loss here. It was great drama for all the multi-submissions, and for Kross taking the win away from Kyle like that. I wonder if we’re getting reverse psychology: Kyle takes the loss so that he’ll be the one to take the title from Kross one day.

Regal implying he’s stepping down as GM is the big shocker, though. All the stuff tonight and last week does lend towards why his character would feel that way, but I’m not sure how to feel about that. Who could possibly replace Regal after seven years? Now that is an end of an era.

My Score: 9.7/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (2/1/23)

Dynamite is No Holds Barred!

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Will Darby Allin still be the Relentless TNT Champion?

Samoa Joe wants the AEW TNT Championship back, but he knows Darby Allin is relentless. Tonight on Dynamite, they go NO HOLDS BARRED for the gold! Will Joe once again be the King of Television?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page; Moxley wins.
  • The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd; The Acclaimed wins.
  • Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita; Takeshita wins.
  • Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher; Bryan wins.
  • AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet; Cargill wins and retains the title.
  • AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe; wins and

PLAY BY PLAY

Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Hangman Page!

The Maniac and the Cowboy go for their tiebreaker as Dynamite is in Dayton, Ohio! Will Ohio’s own knock this one out of the park like he did before? Or will there be some serious #CowboySh*t going down in Dayton?

Not only does Moxley have the Decoder by his side, he has his dad, Dan! Hangman makes his entrance next, and Moxley goes right after him! Moxley throws hands then whips Hangman into railing! The ref reprimands but Moxley sends Hangman into steel steps! Moxley throws hands, whips Hangman again and Hangman hits more railing hard! Fans fire up and the ref reprimands. Moxley just takes off his hoodie to CHOKE Hangman with it! Moxley TOSSES Hangman over the railing, and then he hops onto the railing! Dayton fires up, gives Moxley a hand, and Moxley FLYING AX HANDLES Hangman down!

Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman throws hands! Hangman sits Moxley down, fires off more shots, then backs up. Hangman runs in to BOOT Moxley against railing! The ref reprimands, he wants this in the ring, but it isn’t a match yet so there’s no real repercussions. Hangman stalks Moxley along the way but Moxley kicks back. And CHOPS! Moxley trips Hangman then ties him up, FIGURE FOUR on the floor! Moxley and Hangman flip each other off but the ref still wants this in the ring. Hangman grabs someone’s beer and splashes Moxley with it! Moxley lets Hangman out of the hold, and then Hangman ROCKS Mox!

They go back to ringside, Moxley grabs a chair but Hangman CLUBS Moxley. But Moxley JAMS Hangman, tris him, and then drops an elbow on the leg! Moxley has a toehold, then he puts the chair around the leg! The ref reprimands but Moxley goes up the apron. The ref shouts at Moxley to not jump, but then Hangman gets free! Hangman CHUCKS the chair at Moxley’s head!! Moxley goes down and fans fire up! The ref reprimands again and wants this to get in the ring. Moxley is dazed, but Hangman drags him around, to suplex onto the chair! Hangman drags Moxley up and puts him in the ring, but he also brings the chair!

The ref stops Hangman, so Hangman leaves the chair behind. The bell finally rings, and Hangman runs in to forearm Moxley! Moxley hits back, they go back and forth! Moxley’s eyebrow is already busted open, but he keeps throwing shots. Hangman gets the edge, HEADBUTTS, then whips. Moxley reverses to dropkick the legs out! Moxley looms over Hangman, drags him into the INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Hangman endures, keeps his shoulders off the mat, but fans rally behind Moxley. Hangman drags himself back, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets Hangman go at 3.

Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman gets around to GERMAN SUPLEXES! Moxley snarls but the blood is getting into his eye. Hangman DECKS Moxley and has him at the ropes. Hangman brings Moxley up, fans boo but Hangman CHOPS! Moxley flounders and falls and fans start dueling. Hangman stalks Moxley, sits him up, and he starts raining down fists right on the bloody eyebrow! Mox fans boo but Hangman fans are fired up for the “COWBOY SH*T!” Hangman wipes Moxley’s blood off on his chest, but then turns around into a CHOP! Moxley eggs Hangman on and Hangman CHOPS back!

Moxley CHOPS, Hangman CHOPS, fans “WOO~!” for the CHOP fight! Moxley shifts to boxing elbows, then runs, but Hangman catches the crossbody! FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans are torn while Moxley goes to the apron. Hangman runs, triangle jumps, but Moxley LARIATS first! Moxley drags Hangman up and to the apron, then turns Hangman, for a SLEEPER! The ref reprimands and wants this in the ring, but Hangman claws the bloody eyebrow! Moxley turns Hangman around, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman tries to lift, Moxley resists, and then Moxley lifts! Hangman fights that and lifts again, but Moxley still fights!

Both men are fighting for control, and Hangman fireman’s carries! To SNAKE EYES Moxley off the post! Moxley falls to the floor and Dynamite goes picture in picture!

The ref checks Moxley but he’s somehow okay to continue. Hangman goes over to fetch Moxley, and whips him into railing! Hangman ROCKS Moxley with haymakers as the bloody eyebrow becomes a crimson mask. Hangman refreshes the count, goes back to Moxley and CHOPS him! Moxley gets in Hangman’s face so Hangman CHOPS again! Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Hangman DECKS him! Hangman snarls, looms over Moxley, and then drags him back up. Hangman puts Moxley in the ring, and rains down more fists on that bloody eyebrow! Moxley falls over, but Hangman gets the wrists!

Hangman sits Moxley up, for a DRAGON STOMP, but Moxley blocks! Moxley throws Hangman to a corner and fires off forearms and CHOPS on repeat! Moxley then hoists Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and CLAWS Hangman’s back, painfully slow! Then he CLAWS and BITES Hangman’s back, before blowing a kiss to the fans. But Hangman throws body shots in return! Dynamite returns to single picture as Hangman BITES Moxley’s forehead! Hangman then slips under Moxley to fireman’s carry him on the second rope! SUPER DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives and fans are fired up!

Fans duel as Hangman sits up. Hangman scowls while Moxley sits up. Moxley eggs Hangman on so Hangman kicks him! And BOOTS him! Hangman tells Moxley to stay down but he refuses. Moxley sits up, so Hangman BOOTS him! Moxley sits up to SLAP Hangman, and flips him off! Hangman is fuming, but he runs into a CUTTER! A standing count starts, fans count along as Moxley and Hangman stir. They sit up at 5 of 10, and Moxley throws a haymaker. Hangman throws it back, so Moxley gives another,. They go back and forth, Hangman wobbles but he CHOPS! Moxley CHOPS! Hangman forearms! Moxley forearms back!

Moxley eggs Hangman on, Hangman staggers over and CHOPS again! Moxley KICKS a leg, KICKS Hangman’s arm, then KICKS him again! Moxley ducks the haymaker to get the SLEEPER! Hangman shifts to SAIDO! But Moxley’s right up! SAIDO!! Hangman ends up in a corner and fans say “This is Awesome!” Moxley puts Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and hits a SUPER HALF HATCH SUPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley immediately rains down the HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Then he clamps on a SLEEPER! Hangman endures as Moxley shifts to a BULLY CHOKE! Hangman pushes around, so Moxley shifts to get the wrists! DRAGON STOMPS!!

Moxley then drags Hangman up into the underhooks! But Hangman fights Death Rider! So Moxley rolls Hangman to an ARMBAR! Hangman endures, moves around, and reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and Moxley lets go at 4. Hangman crawls to a corner, fans rally up, and Moxley says this is it! Moxley runs in but Hangman TOSSES him up and out! Moxley staggers up, Hangman goes up top! ARIHARA MOONSAULT but Moxley moves! And LARIATS!! Both men are down at the ramp and fans are thunderous! The ref checks both men, Moxley is up first while fans lose their minds.

Moxley goes to the timekeeper’s area and he clears off the table! Moxley drags Hangman over, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman Alabama Lifts but Moxley fights that. DOUBLE LARIATS hit! And again! Moxley runs in, POP-UP POWERBOMB THROUGH THE TABLE!! Fans lose their minds again while Hangman leaves Moxley behind in the ring. The ring count climbs to 5 of 10 before Moxley sits up. The count is 7! Then “OCHO!” Moxley stands at 9, and springs in at 9.9!! But into a LARIAT!! And then Alabama Lift, DEADEYE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Moxley survives and no one can believe it!

Hangman kicks at Moxley, almost taunting him. Hangman goes to a corner while Moxley’s fans boo. Hangman runs in, but Moxley dodges the stomp to KING KONG LARIAT!! Fans are thunderous as both men stand again. Moxley eggs Hangman on, and Hangman stands. Moxley throws a forearm, so Hangman hits back! Moxley forearms again, but so does Hangman! Fans duel, the forearms fly faster, and then Hangman gets the edge! SUPERKICK! Hangman reels Moxley in, fisherman’s a leg, but Moxley fights the suplex! Hangman powers it through, FISHERMAN CRADLE DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?!?!?

Hangman’s wild eyes say he can’t believe Moxley survived! Hangman goes to the apron, he aims at Moxley, slingshot for the BUCK- NO! DEATH- NO, Hangman blocks to scoop! TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER!!! But Hangman doesn’t cover, he goes to the apron! Hangman loads up, for the BUCKSHOT!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? HOW?!?! Moxley has survived all of Hangman’s best, but Hangman has the BULLY CHOKE!! Hangman pulls back on Moxley’s favorite hold! Moxley shifts, fights back up, and he snapmares into a cradle! MOXLEY WINS!!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall

Moxley just taught Hangman not to play games! Hangman is furious that he got caught like that, but the Blackpool Combat Club steps into the ring. Yuta and Claudio keep Hangman back but Moxley stands up. Moxley and Hangman get in each other’s face but the BCC keep them apart. Hangman flips Moxley off, and fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Moxley and Hangman keep jawing, they get close but Claudio keeps them separate. Moxley mocks Hangman by lying down, giving Hangman a chance. Hangman mocks Moxley back by doing a quick burpie push-up. Claudio tells Hangman to go and cool off.

Moxley flips Hangman off as he leaves, and fans celebrate their home state hero. Will there be a fourth round out of these two to truly settle things?

 

AEW takes a look at tonight’s TNT Championship No Holds Barred main event!

Darby Allin tells Samoa Joe, “I knew when I took this from you in Seattle that you’d want it back. And I know you’d stop at nothing to have it back. Well, I’m gonna make things fair. You beat me in Texas, and you granted me my rematch in Seattle. So I’m granting you your rematch in Ohio. But I want it under one condition: No Holds Barred.” Samoa Joe told the “Little Dead Boy” that Joe is “coming to take back what’s mine. The King will not be usurped by a man like you.” Darby says if he walks out the winner, Joe doesn’t get another rematch. If Joe walks out the winner, Darby won’t get a rematch. This will be the final chapter of their feud! So who writes their happily ever after?

 

Backstage interview with Jamie Hayter, The Bunny, The Butcher & The Blade.

Renee Paquette is with the AEW Women’s World Champion, as well as the mercenary trio. Renee thanks them for agreeing to no physicality, and understands that Allie the Bunny requested this time. Bunny tells Hayter, they’re all very impressed by Hayter’s win over Emi Sakura on Rampage last Friday. Now, Bunny feels like Sakura outshined Hayter, but great win nonetheless. And Bunny knows Hayter isn’t the type to back down from a challenge, right? Right. So here’s a challenge: next week on Dynamite, Hayter VS Bunny in a Title Eliminator Match! What does Hayter say? Hayter says absolutely! She bloody loves a challenge, and next week, she’s free.

Renee says there’s something happening as we speak! They get it on the television screen nearby, and it’s Britt Baker being mugged by Saraya and Toni Storm!! Bunny is shocked and Hayter is furious! Hayter hurries off, Saraya talks right into the camera, “AEW is OUR house!” Storm drags Britt up to RAM her into a garage door! Bunny more or less expresses exasperation, but will Hayter be able to save the Doctor?

 

The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd!

The AEW World Tag Team Champions have been reigning for 133 days, but they know the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten, are gunning for them. But first, they tune up against “The Outrunners.” As always, Platinum Max has a diss track ready! “Acclaimed on the mic, you know we the nicest. Fighting two guys in their midlife crisis! I bet you have sex with each other. How we gonna fight the bootleg Beverly Brothers? C’mon, it’s not the 80s! Acclaimed gonna make you call it quits like you Tom Brady! ‘Ey, y’all should be ashamed. In Ohio, everybody loves The Acclaimed.”

Fans cheer, and Bowens gets the mic to say, “NNNUTTER CENTERRR~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And he does~! But while Caster & Bowens just embarrassed Truth & Turbo, are they walking into a trap game before taking on the Ass Boys?

The teams sort out, the Outrunners decide they’ll scissor finger! They mock the Mega Powers at the same time, but then Bowens SUPERKICKS Truth out of the ring! The bell rings, Caster CHOPS Turbo and scoops him to SLAM him! Tag to Bowens and Bowens goes up top! Caster holds open the legs, SCISSOR ME TURBO! Daddy Ass gets in the ring so that he and the boys can TRIPLE SCISSOR~! Bowens waits on Turbo, mule kicks and hits the ARRIVAL! Tag to Caster and he goes up top, MIC DROP! Cover, The Acclaimed win!

Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall

But wait! Raining on the parade are Austin & Colten! Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” But they tune that out. They go to the ring, and Colten has a mic. “Hey, good match, guys. But we’re here to talk about something serious. Last week, what we said would make us happy are your belts. And we want a shot at those belts, and we want an answer right now.” Fans boo but Caster has the mic to say, “Yo! Yo! Yo! Yo! Listen.” Bowens says, “You two Rod ‘n’ Todd lookin’ asses want an answer. You do realize you are interrupting the most popular tag team in all of wrestling, right?” Caster adds, “That’s right!”

“The winningest tag team in AEW history!” “That’s right!” “The FOREVER champs, the Acclaimed!” “That’s right!” “And not to mention, EVERYONE! LOVES! THE ACCLAIMED!” But they are the People’s Choice, and the People’s Voice, they will ask the people. Colten says these fans can’t even read! But Bowens still asks Dayton’s opinion: Do the Ass Boys deserve a shot at the tag titles? “NOOO~!” Well, the people have spoken, so NO. Austin & Colten get in Caster’s & Bowens’ faces, but Billy tells them all to stop! Isn’t it enough already? Billy is so sick of this, he is just done! Billy says this is too much, so go ahead, beat the sh*t out of each other!

Daddy Ass steps aside, fans fire up, but Austin says, “There you go. Do exactly what you did our entire childhoods and turn your back on us.” Billy stops walking up the ramp, but then chuckles as he keeps going. Austin says Billy should do what he used to do, and drown his sorrows at the bottom of a PILL BOTTLE! That gets Billy to turn around! Billy storms up on his sons and The Acclaimed, as well as the fans, tell the Ass Boys that they F’d up. Billy is up in Austin’s face and says, “So you two think you just put your big boy pants on? Then you just step up, and you just made the biggest mistake…”

The mic is wonky so Billy throws it down. Bowens gives Billy the good one. Billy wants Austin to look at him after what he just said. Austin looks up at his father’s eyes. Billy says if they’ve got their big boy pants on, if they think they got what it takes, if they think they have what Billy had, then we’ll see next week. They’ve got their title shots! The Acclaimed is surprised but the Ass Boys smile that they’re getting their way. Will Austin & Colten get what they want? Or just what they deserve?

 

Backstage interview with Jack Perry.

Alex Marvez is with Jungle Boy and notes that he and Hook are 2-0 as a team, having beaten The Firm’s Ethan Page & Matt Hardy. The question is: What’s next for #JungleHook? JB says that he had an amazing time teaming with Hook, and Hook has had JB’s back when no one else did. But JB’s done the tag team thing before. In fact, JB has been all the way to the top of that mountain, and fallen all the way down. But this year isn’t about that. What JB will say is that he’ll be a champion again, but all by himself. Then just what title will Jack Perry aim for in this Tarzan Life?

 

Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita!

Speaking of having people’s backs, just as The Machine and MJF were about to destroy Bryan Danielson, The Future of Wrestling rushed out to run them off! But now, Cage and Konosuke go toe to toe, will Cage make Konosuke pay for interfering?

The bell rings and Konosuke BOOTS Cage! Cage BOOTS Konosuke, then DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Cage swings but Konosuke swats it to ROLLING ELBOW! Cage wobbles, Konosuke runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and then TAKESHITA LINES! Cage bails out and fans fire up! Konosuke runs to BOOT Cage off the apron! Konosuke then PLANCHAS and takes Cage down at the ramp! Fans fire up, Konosuke winks at the camera, and then goes back to the apron. But Cage grabs a foot! Konosuke kicks and stomps Cage but Cage yanks Konosuke into a POST BOMB! Konosuke tumbles down and fans boo but Nana cheers.

Cage drags Konosuke up, puts him in, and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Konosuke but Cage drags him back up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts one out, but Konosuke wrenches out! Konosuke throws a forearm, but Cage gives it back! They go forearm for forearm, and Konosuke throws boxing elbows into the ROLLING ELBOW! Cage fights the back suplex, KNEES low, and brags, “Who betta than Cage?” But he runs into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Cage survives and Konosuke is surprised! Nana coaches Cage up but Konosuke aims from a corner. Konosuke runs in to JUMP KNEE, but Cage dodges!

Konosuke tumbles to the apron, Cage ROUNDHOUSES him! Cage climbs the ropes, and he stands Konosuke up. DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX! Fans boo but Cage flexes while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Cage drops a knee on Konosuke, sits him up to KNEE him in the back again and again, then he stomps Konosuke back down. Cage paces, drags Konosuke up, and bumps him off buckles. Cage RAMS into Konosuke, RAMS him again, and then CHOPS him! Cage soaks up the heat, but Konosuke CHOPS back! Konosuke fires forearms, then another CHOP! And another CHOP! But Cage BOOTS Konosuke down! Cage grabs the legs, stomps Konosuke in the stomach, then paces around. Cage stands Konosuke up, wrenches and YANKS the arm, then RAMS shoulders. Cage wrenches, pump handles, and lifts, but Konosuke slips out!

Konosuke runs in but Cage ducks the boot to roll Konosuke up! Konosuke slips out, but runs into a drop toehold! Konosuke’s on ropes, Cage dials it up, TIGER FEINT KICK! Konosuke staggers to a corner, Cage runs in and UPPERCUTS, GAMANGIRIS, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Cage and Nana are annoyed, but Cage looms over Konosuke. Cage hears the fans rally for Konosuke, but Cage drags him up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts out another one, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Cage lifts, only for Konosuke to RANA Cage into buckles! BLINDSIDE JUMP KNEE! Cage staggers, Konosuke goes up, FLYING KNEE!

Both men are down and fans fire up! Konosuke and Cage stir as the ring count starts. Konosuke sits up and feeds off the energy. Konosuke drags Cage up into a waistlock, but Cage elbows free! Cage whips, Konosuke LARIATS on the return! Konosuke drags Cage up, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans rally while Konosuke fires up. Konosuke aims from the corner as Cage stands, and Konosuke runs in, JUMP- NO! Cage blocks the knee to BUCKLE BOMB! And then fireman’s carry, to an F- NO! Konosuke lands out, lifts and LIGER BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives but fans fire up behind Konosuke!

Konosuke aims again while Nana shouts to Cage. Cage stands, Konosuke runs in but the knee is blocked! Cage spins, Konosuke ducks! Konosuke spins, ROLLING ELBOW!! Konosuke reels Cage in, but Cage wrenches out to HEADBUTT! And then SAIDO!! But Konosuke is right up?! Into a DISCUS LARIAT from Cage!! Cover, TWO!?! Konosuke survives and Nana is furious! Cage says he’s gonna end this, and he suplexes, only for Konosuke to slip out! Konosuke suplexes, SHEER DROP BRAINBUSTER!! Cage roars as he rises up, but Konosuke ROCKS him with another elbow! And then another suplex, for another BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, TWO!?!?

Cage survives, he must truly be a machine! But Dayton rallies behind Konosuke. Konosuke runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Cage fireman’s carries, for the F10!! Nana says no prisoners! Cage drags Konosuke up again, puts him in the corner and hoists him to the top. Cage then goes to the outside and climbs up after Konosuke. But Konosuke throws forearms in return! Konosuke suplexes for a SUPER BRAINBUSTER!!! Fans are thunderous and Konosuke aims again! KNOCKOUT KNEE!!! Cover, Konosuke wins!!

Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall

Cage may be a machine, but the machine just broke down against the bullet train! Will Konosuke continue to prove why he IS The Future of Wrestling?

 

Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.

Renee is with Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker, Daniel Garcia, Sammy Guevara, and of course, Chris Jericho himself. Renee says that we heard Ricky Starks’ comments from last week, addressing how the JAS cheated to win. What is their reaction? Jericho says, “Cheated? We haven’t worked together in five years, and you’re accusing us of cheating? Let me say this, Renee. Ricky Starks, he didn’t lose to a baseball bat, no. Did you see a baseball bat in there?” Of course the JAS says no. Jericho says Starks lost to the JAS. And now Starks challenges them, “How can I get another match with Chris Jericho?”

Jericho says the JAS has an idea how Starks can do that. Right, Sammy? Sammy says yes. Garcia and Sammy put their heads together, and they came up with a great idea: The Guevara-Garcia… No, wait, the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet! Danny thanks Sammy for the top billing on that name. Renee asks what kind of gauntlet they have in mind. Garcia says it’s a rather simple concept. “Ricky, first you’re gonna have to beat Cool Hand Ange. And if that happens, you’re gonna have to beat Daddy Magic.” Menard adds, “Beat Daddy Magic? I DON’T THINK SO!” Garcia says that if Starks somehow does that, then he beats either Garcia or Guevara, but they’ll reveal that the night of.

And then, if somehow, by the skin of his teeth, Starks makes it past all that, only then does Starks get his hands on Jericho. Jericho tells Starks, “You don’t call the shots around here, the Jericho Appreciation Society does. So if you can get through the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet, I’ll be ready to rip your ass!” Will the Absolute survive three matches in one go to finally have another shot at The Ocho?

 

The Elite speak.

Matt Jackson asks Brandon Cutler if the camera is rolling as he, brother Nick, Kenny Omega, Michael Nakazawa and Don Callis are on the basketball court. Cutler says yes, they’re live, while Nakazawa and Callis are oiling Omega up. Matt says, “Ladies and gentlemen, check it out who it is! It’s the first-ever, two-time Trios Champions, The Elite.” Omega says that’s right, and he tells Top Flight, “I watched what you guys did. After a Best of 7 Series in a ladder match, you got one up on our boys. Well how ’bout next week, you bring your friend, AR Fox, next week and we’ll put these belts on the line, and you guys can shoot your shot.

“But hey, when you shoot that shot, you best not miss. Because The Elite never miss. Nick, if you will.” Nick takes the rock and shoots it, THREE POINTER! Oh, but wait! The Firm’s Stokely Hathaway, Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy walk in. Callis has Cutler keep rolling, and Omega mockingly asks where Stokely is, he can’t see him. Oh haha, Stokely knows you see him, he’s right here. But listen, you three are doing NOTHING all week? No wrestling, nothing? Just a week off? Ethan thinks that’s funny. The Firm’s employees don’t have that luxury, they work every single week, and Ethan wants that streak to continue.

So Ethan says how about this: The Elite VS Ethan, Matt & “Zay,” Friday on Rampage. Omega tells Callis he isn’t so sure, but Callis says this is Matt Hardy. If they get footage of Hardy taking a One Winged Angel, they could sell that NFT for a lot of money. Hardy says, “What about an NFT with Matt Hardy Twist-Of-Fating Omega?” Ethan likes that better! Well, as far as a match, it’s done. The Elite VS The Whatever They Are. Kassidy says he hopes the Elite is ready, cuz they sure are. Kassidy unsettles Kenny with an arm around his shoulders and a moan, and Ethan says this is good business. Hey, Brandon, is it? Cut the camera!

Matt Jackson tells Ethan Page that he doesn’t tell Brandon what to do! THEY tell him! Turn off the camera, ya damn dumbass! And get off the court, they’re trying to play. But will this 3v3 pick-up game go The Elite’s way? Or is it a trap game before taking on Fox, Dante & Darius?

 

Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher!

In the American Dragon’s quest to be #1 contender, he has defeated Tony Nese, Konosuke Takeshita, Bandido and Brian Cage, an undefeated streak of 4-0 in 2023! But now, Maxwell Jacob Friedman has enlisted a fighter very much like Bryan in his savage technical ability. Will Bryan make it to the deadline still on top? Or is this where MJF wins before Revolution even begins?

The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple, but Bryan’s shoulder is an obvious target. They grapple, Bryan puts Thatcher on ropes but Thatcher shifts to get the arm. Thatcher wrangles Bryan but Bryan scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, and then smirks as he watches Bryan get up. Bryan and Thatcher feel out another grapple, Thatcher puts him in the corner, and then European Uppercuts! And again! And again! Bryan sits down and Thatcher goes after the arm! Thatcher twists the elbow and wrist, isolates the arm, and stands on the hand! Thatcher KNEES the arm!

Bryan scrambles away but Thatcher is right on him with a double wristlock! Bryan powers Thatcher to ropes, and clasps his hands behind his back. The ref counts, the two let off, but then Bryan fires off body shots and kicks! Bryan grabs a leg to DRAGON SCREW! Bryan holds onto the leg, turns Thatcher over and ties those legs up, to get a Deathlock! Fans rally as Bryan sits on the hold, then SNAPS it! Bryan then shifts to a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Thatcher pries the fingers away! Bryan shouts in pain but Thatcher twists the arm! And STOMPS it down! Fans boo but Thatcher grins with that missing-tooth smile.

Thatcher KNEES Bryan in the back, stalks him to a corner, but Bryan puts Thatcher in the corner to CHOP and CHOP and KICK and KICK! Fans rally, Bryan runs corner to corner, and DROPKICKS! Bryan facelocks but Thatcher wrenches and WRINGS Bryan’s arm! Fans boo more but Thatcher drags Bryan up with a double wristlock! Thatcher uses his height to lift Bryan off the mat! Then Thatcher pushes Bryan down, but Bryan keeps his shoulders up. Bryan crawls around, ROPEBREAK! Thatcher lets go at 4 while fans rally up. Bryan clutches his arm but Thatcher goes after it again as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Bryan endures but they’re also in the ropes so the ref counts. Thatcher lets off at 4, then digs his boot into Bryan at the corner. The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, only to stand on Bryan’s chest! The ref counts, Thatcher steps away, and he grins as he soaks up the heat. Thatcher mocks Bryan’s pain, then KNEES the bad shoulder! Thatcher KNEES Bryan again, goes out to drag Bryan tot he apron, and he SLAMS the arm on the edge! Bryan clutches his bicep and shoulder while the ref reprimands. Thatcher slides into the ring and stands Bryan up by his ears! Thatcher CLUBS Bryan on the chest! Thatcher fishhooks Bryan to stand him up, and CLUBS him again!

Bryan sits down, Thatcher stands him back up, and he hammerlocks the bad arm. Thatcher then back suplexes Bryan up and into the ring! Thatcher dusts off his hands while crawling to the cover, but Bryan wrangles him into the LEBELL LOCK!! Thatcher got cocky and got caught! But he scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off quickly, but Thatcher is right on him! Thatcher UPPERCUTS the arm! Bryan goes to a corner, Thatcher KNEES him down, then drags Bryan back up. Thatcher EuroUppers Bryan, taunts the fans, then EuroUppers Bryan again. Bryan leans against ropes, Thatcher snarls at the fans, then gets in Bryan’s face.

Dynamite returns to single picture as Thatcher traps Bryan’s bad arm behind his back and throws hard body shots to that side. The ref counts but Thatcher grins as he throws more shots. Bryan fights back with HEADBUTTS! Fans fire up as Bryan backs Thatcher down, but Thatcher fires off body shot after body shot! Thatcher drags Bryan out to a hammerlock GROVIT, and then hits a GROVIT-PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Bryan is still in this but Thatcher snarls. Thatcher stalks Bryan at the ropes, bumps him off buckles, then reels Bryan in to hoist him up top. Thatcher UPPERCUTS, climbs up after Bryan, and he underhooks the arms!

Bryan resists and fans fire up! Bryan breaks free, throws body shot after body shot in return, and then HEADBUTTS Thatcher down! Thatcher growls and gets right back up! But Bryan throws more body shots! Fans rally “YES! YES! YES!” and Bryan HEADBUTTS again! Thatcher stays down this time, and Bryan stands up! Thatcher stands in time for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Both men are down as Bryan clutches his bad arm, but Dayton rallies up behind him! Bryan and Thatcher sit up, both snarl, and Thatcher EuroUppers! Bryan EuroUppers in return! They go uppercut for uppercut, but Thatcher gets the edge!

Bryan fires up to KICK! And KICK! Bryan KICKS away on Thatcher’s chest, “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan powers up but Thatcher blocks the Buzzsaw! Thatcher goes for the bad arm, wrangles Bryan down, but Bryan rolls through and gets around to waistlock. Thatcher bucks the O’Conner but runs into a backslide! TWO, FUJIWARA! No, Bryan rolls through to BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!! But Bryan clamps on for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans rally again, but Thatcher blocks the arm! Bryan claws Thatcher’s face to get free, and get a SLEEPER! But Thatcher wants that bad arm! Bryan has to shift his grip, but Thatcher stands!

Thatcher pries the sleeper open because he can get the bad arm, but Bryan powers up! Bryan has the hold on tight, so Thatcher backs Bryan down! They end up ramming the ref into the corner! Bryan still holds on, but Thatcher hits a BIG back suplex! All three men are down and fans fire up! But here comes MJF! The AEW World Champion tells Dayton to shush, and he puts on the Dynamite Diamond Ring! MJF says, “It’s too damn easy. This is done! This is done!” MJF goes to the ring, but KONOSUKE flies in outta nowhere!! Konosuke won’t let MJF screw Bryan over! Konosuke attacks MJF, RAMS him into railing, and chases him to the back!

Bryan has Thatcher but Thatcher snatches the arm! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! The ref is up, he asks Bryan, but Bryan endures! Thatcher pushes way back on the arm, but Bryan pushes his way forward with his legs! ROPEBREAK!! Fans fire up as Bryan survives by a literal foot! Thatcher lets go in frustration and he scowls as he throws hands on the bad arm. Thatcher drags Bryan up, clinches, BELLY2BELLY SUPLEX! Bryan flounders but Thatcher runs in, clinches, but Bryan switches! GERMAN SUPLEX! Thatcher fumes as he gets back up! Bryan dodges him, runs back in, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, Bryan wins!

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall

Now 5-0 on the year, the quest continues! The American Dragon is not yet slain, but wait! MJF and Konosuke continue brawling backstage! MJF turns things around to send MJF into a road case! MJF gets a chair to CHUCK it at Konosuke’s head! And then he throws a trash bin! MJF says if Konosuke wants after him, this is what he gets! But Konosuke turns things back around to SMACK MJF off a table! MJF comes back, the hands fly, and security rushes in! Referees and management try to stop this, too! MJF says he’ll kill Konosuke but Konosuke says about the same in Japanese! Renee runs in to be on the scene, and she tells everyone to stop!

Renee informs everyone, “Per Tony Khan, next week on Dynamite in an Eliminator match, it will be Takeshita VS MJF!” MJF is pissed, he doesn’t agree to that, but he MUST! Will the Devil of AEW find that the Future of Wrestling is better than him?

 

Mogul Affiliates speak.

Swerve Strickland says, “It’s been a real relaxing last couple of weeks for Swerve and the Mogul Affiliates and all, since getting rid of some dead weight and all this. Until I was like, retriggered.” Dustin Rhodes returning to stand in front of Swerve’s camera, in front of Swerve’s lights, and with Swerve’s interviewer! “The Rhodes Family legacy really gets under my skin, with your father, Dusty Rhodes, giving Keith Lee the ‘Limitless’ moniker. So, since he’s not here, Dustin’s not here, either, let’s find some other nepotism, second generation punk boy to get rid of Friday night on Rampage. That means you, Brian Pillman. Ain’t that right, Parker?”

Parker Boudreaux says that’s right. “Ain’t that right, Trench?” The tattooed man says, “Yeah, that’s right.” Hoodies up, but will they put Bulletproof BPJ down?

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week!

February 8th, the deadline for Bryan Danielson becoming #1 contender, will see The American Dragon taking on La Faccion Ingobernable’s El Toro Blanco, RUSH!! And speaking of…

Backstage interview with LFI.

Lexi Nair is with El Toro Blanco, but also Jose the Assistant and “Perro Peligroso,” Preston Vance. She notes the announcement of Rush VS Bryan, but then there’s a knock at the door. MJF walks in and says, “Hola, mi hermanos! Senor Vance, Senor Jose, Senor Rrrrrush.” Rush asks what the hell this “perro” wants. MJF double checks, “perro” is dog, right? Well, there’s a little thing called personal space, so he’s just gonna take a step back. “But here’s the deal: my, uh, Spanish is come se dice… Mid. But I know one language, my friend, that is mucho, mucho universal.” And that is MONEY! A huge briefcase full of it!

MJF snaps the case shut and smiles. This first one is free of charge. But he has FIVE MORE filled to the brim with dinero. All Rush has to do is beat Bryan Danielson “by any means necessary.” All Rush needs to do is rip Bryan’s arm off and beat him over the head with it. Can Rush pull that off for him? Jose, translate. Jose translates, but Rush seems to understand explicitly. Rush tells MJF in Spanish, and MJF asks “dipsh*t” Jose to translate. Jose sums it up by saying they have a deal. Oh, is that right? That sounded a bit longer than that. But Rush, you don’t have to like MJF. He just has to get the job done. Pleasure doing business with you, perro.

MJF leaves, but Rush has his mission. Will Rush be raking in the money with one match? Or will nothing stop Bryan Danielson from earning his title match?

 

AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet!

Finally, the biggest, fastest-rising star has reached her FIFTIETH match! But while the streak started with The Chef, will it end with her, too? Or will #ThatBitch not be stopped by even the person who knows her best?

The introductions are made, but Velvet attacks while Jade is strutting around! The bell rings, Velvet fires off forearms but Jade knees her low. Jade whips Velvet to a corner but Velvet boots her back! THESZ PRESS! Velvet rains down hands but Jade shoves her away. Velvet ducks but runs into an elbow! Jade drags Velvet up, but Velvet fires off forearms! Velvet whips, Jade blocks to reverse, but Velvet holds ropes. Jade runs in but Velvet sends her out! Leila hurries to Jade’s side but Velvet builds speed! Velvet WRECKS Jade with a dropkick! Velvet tells Leila to back off, then she storms up on Jade.

Jade elbows Velvet away, but Velvet comes back to ROCK Jade! Velvet CHOPS Jade right in front of her family! Velvet then puts Jade in the ring, storms up on her and Oklahoma Rolls! TWO! Jade staggers up, blocks a superkick, and she spins Velvet around. Velvet ducks the haymaker and runs the ropes, then wheelbarrows, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up while Jade drags Velvet over to a cover, TWO! Velvet is toughing it out but Jade is getting frustrated. Jade scoops Velvet to SLAM her, then drops a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Leila is annoyed and Jade frowns while Velvet sputters. Jade drags Velvet up, CLUBS her down, and Leila applauds. Jade bumps Velvet off top buckles, then middle buckles, then bottom buckles! Jade stands on Velvet in the corner and soaks up the cheers and jeers, but lets off at 4. Jade and the ref argue, but Leila gets cheap shots in! Leila scurries away and Jade hauls Velvet up for a FALL AWAY SLAM! And then kips up! Jade holds up both hands to say 50, and then flexes. Velvet bails out, Leila talks trash, and Jade storms over. Jade walks up but Velvet sends her into railing! Jade is getting mad, but Velvet avoids one haymaker to PENALTY KICK from the apron!

Velvet CROSSBODIES, but Jade catches her! Jade POSTS Velvet, then carries her around the way. Jade trophy lifts Velvet, goes up the steel steps, and then TOSSES Velvet at the ropes! Velvet falls, Jade covers, TWO!!! Velvet survives and Jade is getting real mad. Leila rallies the Baddie cheering section, and Jade stalks Velvet to a corner. Jade drags Velvet up, and TOSSES her across the way! Jade says that’s 50 right there, and then she does push-ups as Dynamite returns to single picture. But Velvet CHOPS! Jade CLUBS Velvet, then TOSSES her across the way again! Jade swaggers, dribbles, but Velvet dodges the dunk!

Velvet DROPKICKS Jade, then hits a CODE BREAKER! Jade staggers around, Velvet KICKS and KICKS and mule kicks! Velvet runs, but Jade BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO!! Velvet is still in this and wait! Kiera Hogan RAMS Leila into steel steps! The other former Baddie is here, but other refs come out to have her leave. This all distracts Jade, and Velvet rolls her up! Jade rolls through, but the STIR IT UP hits!! Cover, but the refs aren’t paying attention!! Fans count, Velvet would’ve won twice over by now! Aubrey Edwards finally notices and counts, TWO!! Jade survives and fans can’t believe it!!

Velvet is furious, she drags Jade around and hooks an arm, short arm scissor, and then the INVERSION! Jade endures, fights, but Velvet kicks at her! Jade endures as Velvet pulls on the arm, and she deadlifts Velvet! But Velvet sunset flips! Jade stays up, drags Velvet up with both hands, and pops her around! Chicken wings for JADED!!! Cover, Jade wins!!

Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)

FIFTY AND OH! Velvet came the closest of all, but will anyone ever stop Jade’s undefeated streak?

 

Backstage interview with Britt Baker.

Renee is with The Doctor, as well as Jamie Hayter, as they are with Doc Sampson. We only caught a glimpse of what happened to her earlier at the hands of Saraya & Storm, how is Britt feeling? Britt says this is fine. She’s fine, and if that’s how Storm & Saraya wanna play, that’s fine, too. Because Britt & Hayter can play that game, too. But wait, in walks Ruby Soho! Ruby just wants to talk. She heard what happened, is Britt good? Uh, Ruby, weren’t those your girls? Ruby has Britt hold on there. Ruby has nothing to do with Saraya & Storm, she doesn’t know what Britt’s talking about.

Britt says Ruby’s known Saraya & Storm a lot longer than she’s known the AEW originals, so sorry if it’s strange that Ruby only now shows up. But yeah, Britt is good. Hayter says Britt is great, actually. Ruby says she’s glad to hear it and walks off. There are battle lines being drawn, which side is the Runaway on?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!

Not only are The Elite and The Firm having it out, it is for the AEW World Trios Championships! Will Kenny & The Young Bucks make it through All Ego, Hardy & Kassidy to then take on Fox & Top Flight? Or will there be a change of plans for Dynamite? And speaking of Saraya & Storm, they are in tag team action once again, but will they continue to beat down All Elite homegrown talent? Plus, before taking on Bryan Danielson, Rush will take on the Fallen Angel, Christopher Daniels, in an epic match of former ROH World Heavyweight Champions! Will El Toro Blanco build momentum going into his battle with The American Dragon?

 

AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe!

The series is tied at 1-1, with the Samoan Submission Specialist winning in Texas, but the Relentless One winning in his hometown of Seattle. Dynamite in Dayton is throwing out all the rules except one: win! Will Darby continue to be the fighting champion? Or will Joe return to being the One True King of Wrestling Television?

The introductions are made, the TNT title is raised, and one way or another, this is the series finale of Darby VS Joe!

Darby takes off his trench coat to reveal he, uh, customized his Hoodlum hoodie. He’s covered it in thumbtacks!! And as soon as he’s in the ring, he rushes in to COFFIN SPLASH Joe! Joe is reeling from the tack attack but Darby fires off tack-covered forearms! Fans fire up as Darby runs corner to corner, but Joe dodges the splash to GAMANGIRI! Joe then wraps up an arm in his towel, to LARIAT Darby down! Fans rally, Joe pulls Darby’s tack hoodie off and throws it away. Joe drags Darby up to CHOP him! Darby goes to a corner, but Darby kicks back. Joe stomps Darby, stomps him down, then storms off.

Joe goes out to look under the ring, and he brings out a TABLE! Dayton fires up, Joe picks the table up, but Darby DIVES into the table and Joe! The table doesn’t break but it, Joe and Darby all hit the floor! Joe is busted open on his forehead and fans fire up! Darby hurries to stand the table up, to then drop it on Joe! Darby then brings the steel steps around into the corner of the railing. Darby whips, Joe reverses, and Darby not only clips steel steps, he clips railing! Darby lands on his feet just from momentum, but he soon falls to his knees, clutching his back! Fans lose their minds while Joe stalks out after Darby.

Joe stands Darby up, throws knees into him, and then throws him into railing. Joe drags Darby up and they go up the bleachers. Joe SMACKS Darby off the handrail, then brings him up further. Joe smacks Darby off more railing, then keeps him going up. But Darby fights back! Darby CLUBS and CLAWS Joe’s back! Fans fire up but Joe DUMPS Darby down the steps! Fans are going nuts while Joe glares through his crimson mask, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Joe drags Darby up again, grinds him against the handrail, then SMACKS him off a fan’s chair! They go back to the lower level as Darby kicks Joe and crawls away. Joe keeps after Darby, drags him up, and brings him around the way to TOSS back to ringside! Darby narrowly misses hitting steel steps head first! Joe stalks Darby, drags Darby back up, then scoop SLAMS him on the steps! Darby writhes, flounders away, but Joe follows him to the corner. Darby throws Joe’s ROH World TV title at him, but that only upsets Joe. Joe storms in after Darby, stalks him to a corner, and waits on Darby to stand before he DECKS him!

Joe eggs Darby on as he stands over him. Darby doesn’t stand so Joe makes him. Joe snapmares to CHOP Darby on the back! And PENALTY KICK him in the chest! And then drops a fist on his head! Joe watches Darby writhe and the ref checks on him. Joe grins through the crimson mask, then stomps Darby down. Joe kicks Darby, then clamps on a neck wrench! Joe leans all his weight on Darby but Darby throws body shots. Joe doesn’t budge, and he CLUBS Darby down. Joe grins as Darby tires to sit back up. Joe clamps the neck wrench back on and he twists even harder! Darby endures, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Darby throws more body shots.

Joe lets go of the neck wrench, Darby hobbles and runs, but into an ELBOW! Darby falls over and Joe covers, TWO! Joe keeps focus as he looms over Darby. Joe KICKS Darby to a corner, and then stomps him. Fans rally and duel, but Joe is annoyed by that. Joe drags Darby up, DECKS him with a forearm, then clamps on another neck wrench! It’s practically a vice on Darby’s head, squeezing his skull! Darby endures, fights up, and he RAMS Joe into buckles! Darby fires off forearms and SLAPS! Darby runs corner to corner, but into the URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives the #STJOE, but Joe stands Darby up to CHOP him!

Darby staggers, Joe CHOPS him again! Darby flops to the apron, Joe builds speed and he BOOTS Darby to the floor! Joe then storms out and looks under the ring. Joe brings out another TABLE! Fans fire up again but Joe has fans move aside. Fans oblige and Joe rests the table against railing. Darby is in the ring, Joe goes in and brings Darby up, but Darby JAWBREAKERS before the sleeper could lock in! Darby runs in at the corner to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Darby CHOPS away on Joe, but Joe TOSSES Darby right out of the ring! Joe has been treating Darby like a throw pillow, emphasis on the “throw!”

Darby flounders up, but Joe goes back over to bring him back in. Joe suplexes high and hard! Joe then goes out to fetch chairs! Joe puts a handful of chairs in the ring, then sets them up together. Fans fire up as they’re back to back to make a wedge! Joe stands Darby up, brings him over, BIG back suplex on the chair wedge!! Darby writhes and Joe has a sadistic smile. “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Joe turns the chairs around to face each other, then brings Darby back up. But Darby uses POCKET SAND to stop the bomb! CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives but Darby hurries to hop on! THROWBACK STUNNER!

Joe falls into a drop zone, and Darby hurries to get his hoodie back! Darby puts that back on, climbs up the corner, and COFFIN DROPS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Joe survives the tack-enhanced senton and fans can’t believe it! Darby hurries outside and goes looking. Darby uses a knife to cut the strings that hold down the canvas! Some are tough but they all give way, and Darby pulls the canvas away. Darby then drags off the foam padding to expose bare wood! Darby is deconstructing the ring in order to better destroy Joe! Darby sees Joe outside, builds speed and DIVES, but Joe walks away! Darby CRASHES THROUGH THE TABLE!!!

Dayton is losing their minds as Joe puts Darby back in! Joe sets Darby’s tack covered jacket down, he picks Darby up, and he POWERBOMBS him on the tacks! AND THEN HE SMOTHERS DARBY WITH THE TACK JACKET!! Darby DIGS at Joe’s eyes!! Joe lets Darby go, but he staggers around blindly! Joe stands up into a CHAIR SHOT! And another! And another! Darby has Joe on the hard wood, climbs up top, but Joe pushes the ref into the ropes to trip Darby up!! Joe climbs up after Darby, tucks him in, and hits a SUPER MUSCLE BUSTER TO THE WOOD!!!! Cover, JOE WINS!!!

Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)

Darby’s relentless streak is over! Samoa Joe is now a TWO-TIME TWO BELT CHAMPION! But wait! “THIS IS WAAAR~!” Fans go nuts for Wardlow as he storms down to the ring! Joe is just as shocked as Wardlow runs in! SPEAR!! Wardlow rains down fists on the man who took his title and his top knot! Wardlow rips his shirt off, drags Joe up, but Joe scrambles away! Fans boo but Joe isn’t going to fight again so soon after the war he just went through. Security rushes out but Wardlow CLOBBERS them all! Then he hauls one up to POWERBOMB out onto all the others!! Wardlow will not be denied, when and where will he get his hands on Joe?


My Thoughts:

This was an awesome Dynamite! Same balance of action and talking, but the action was all on a different level this week. Of the talking, we got good stuff out of this AEW Originals VS Imports in the Women’s Division. Saraya & Storm really up their Heel heat by just attacking Britt unprovoked, and then Ruby checking in on Britt was an interesting turnaround from her telling she didn’t want Britt’s help. But we’re getting closer and closer to that big tag(?) match. Hell, make it a Blood & Guts match but with the women rather than the men. Saraya leads a team, Britt leads a team, Ruby will choose Britt’s side and there could even be a twist of Shida betraying Saraya during the match to cost the anti-AEW team.

Good promo from the JAS to set up things with Starks. I just knew Starks would have to beat everyone in the JAS eventually, so it’s clever for them to get it all done in one gauntlet match. Starks will of course make it past Menard and Parker, and I bet that just as it looks like Garcia is stepping up to face Starks, Guevara takes the spotlight from him. Starks will still get through the final opponent, and he’ll get his match with Jericho. Good promo from Mogul Affiliates, because one: it establishes that their group doesn’t like multigenerational wrestlers, and two: it gave Granden Goetzman his wrestler name, “Trench.” Swerve will surely beat BPJ, but I bet Dustin teams up with BPJ and Brock Anderson as a sort of AEW take on WWE’s Legacy faction to take on Mogul Affiliates.

Good promo from Jack Perry, but I’m surprised he waited until now to establish that he’s done with tag teams. But I suppose he’s done with The Firm, too, so he’s done needing reinforcements. As it stands, if he wants a singles title, he could start with the All-Atlantic Championship, but I could see JB making a move for THE AEW World title. Speaking of The Firm, good promo from them and The Elite. I wonder if this was really live or just the take where Nick actually made that shot. Anyway, I’m also surprised the trios match for Rampage is for the titles when the titles are going to be on the line for Dynamite. But I suppose if Orange Cassidy and Darby Allin are fighting champions, then so should the Elite. Which of course means The Elite win on Rampage to go on to face Fox & Flight.

We got an awesome match from Bryan VS Thatcher, but of course Bryan wins to keep his story going. Even after he had that awesome match with Brian Cage, Konosuke going after MJF was a great move. And getting himself an Eliminator match is a good, too, but I feel like MJF finds a way to stand tall. He’ll either cheat to win, or just get himself disqualified quickly so his night will be over quickly. MJF also had a really good promo with LFI. Rush is a great choice to take on Bryan Danielson, and Rush is also going to have a great match with Christopher Daniels on Rampage. I’m sure Bryan will still find a way to win and we’ll still get that Ironman match, it just has to be how this goes.

It’s mostly because I don’t even know who is the #2 contender, since AEW still hasn’t kept up with rankings in this new year. AEW bringing out a sudden twist of MJF still having that One Hour Ironman match against someone other than Bryan would be great stuff, since MJF has been so focused on Bryan, but I feel like getting MJF VS Bryan is still the thing everyone wants to see. Great opening match out of Hangman VS Moxley, and of course Moxley bleeds. It’s practically in his contract. But Hangman losing by a roll-up was a great surprise, and them still being after each other after, this has to continue until Revolution.

The Acclaimed winning a squash was a bit surprising, but obviously that was to make room for the promo that set up things with The Gunn Sons. But Billy suddenly saying his sons can have a title match with The Acclaimed? I hope there isn’t a turn coming where Billy is suddenly on his sons’ side again. It just feels like something is fishy, but who knows. Really good TBS title match from Jade and Velvet, but I guess since this wasn’t at a PPV, Jade wasn’t about to lose. Kiera trying to help Velvet only to mess things up was at least a good detail to protect Jade. But at this rate, who is even going to beat Jade when she’s gotten through even some great established names.

And of course, an awesome No Holds Barred match for the TNT title. Great innovation, such as Darby’s tack covered jacket and the different table spots. I was actually rather surprised to see Joe win this to once again be dual champion. But at the same time, Wardlow returning to continue his story with Joe is a logical reason as to why Joe needs to have the TNT title again. Perhaps Wardlow gets the TNT title back to have a second chance with that, and Darby can move up into the world title scene. And assuming MJF retains at Revolution, it works for Darby to be next as they have history in AEW.

My Score: 9/10


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

NXTag Team Tuesday!

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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Will tonight be a TEACHABLE MOMENT?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

The Creed Brothers VS Indus Sher w/ Jinder Mahal!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Indus Sher, by pinfall

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

 

Axiom watches NXT UK episodes on Peacock.

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

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

 

Zoey Stark VS Indi Hartwell!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Zoey Stark, by pinfall

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

 

The Schism speaks.

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

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

 

Apollo Crews speaks.

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

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

 

Wes Lee heads to the ring.

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

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

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

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

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

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

DIJAK VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: DIJAK, by pinfall

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

 

Tony D’Angelo and Channing Lorenzo are watching backstage.

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

 

Nikkita Lyons tweets out her status.

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

 

McKenzie Mitchell is backstage with more.

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

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

 

NXT looks closer at Bron Breakker VS Grayson Waller.

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

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

 

Tyler Bate VS Axiom!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Tyler Bate, by pinfall

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

 

Isla Dawn speaks.

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams.

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

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

 

Roxanne Perez and Toxic Attraction sit down for video interviews.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Stevie Turner VS Dani Palmer!

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

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

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

Winner: Stevie Turner, by pinfall

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

 

Kiana James is on the phone.

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

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

 

Charlie Dempsey VS Drew Gulak w/ Hank Walker!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Drew Gulak, by pinfall

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

 

Von is fuming backstage.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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