Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (6/1/21)
Who will be In Your House?
Who is heading to TakeOver: In Your House?
NXT STARTS with Kyle O’Reilly VS Johnny Gargano VS Pete Dunne in a #1 Contender’s Triple Threat! Who will punch their ticket for THE NXT Champion, Karrion Kross?
- NXT Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Kyle O’Reilly VS Johnny Gargano VS Pete Dunne; No Contest.
- LA Knight VS Jake Atlas; Atlas wins.
- NXT Cruiserweight Championship Open Challenge: KUSHIDA VS Carmelo Hayes; Kushida wins and retains the title.
- Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Zoey Stark & Zayda Ramier; LeRae & Hartwell win.
- NXT Tag Team Champions: MSK VS El Legado del Fantasma; MSK wins and retains the titles.
PLAY BY PLAY
NXT Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Kyle O’Reilly VS Johnny Gargano VS Pete Dunne!
A main event caliber match is OPENING tonight! Karrion Kross thwarted the Prince, but that doesn’t mean the end is near! Will it be #CoolKyle, Johnny Freakin’ TakeOver, or the Bruiserweight that looks to cancel the apocalypse?
The bell rings and Kyle BOOTS Dunne then tackles Gargano! Kyle grounds ‘n’ pounds but Dunne gets him up to brawl with forearms! Gargano joins in to brawl with Kyle, but then Dunne cuts in. Kyle clinches to knee over and over but Gargano cuts in. Kyle throws Gargano out, but Dunne DECKS Kyle with that forearm! And basement dropkicks him in the head! Dunne gets an arm, twists it from wrist to elbow, and bends the fingers! Dunne hammerlocks then double wristlocks but Kyle back drops to an ARMBAR! Dunne scrambles, Gargano stomps in, but gets caught to a HEEL HOOK! Dunne gets Kyle’s arm for an ARMBAR!
Gargano gets free of Kyle, Kyle pushes Dunne to ropes, and Gargano throws Kyle out! Gargano hobbles and Dunne pounces on that leg! Dunne floats to a headlock and grinds Gargano down. Gargano chinbars, gets up, throws body shots and powers out. Dunne runs Gargano over, things speed up and Dunne side steps but Gargano RANAS! Dunne dodges the arm-drag, hooks up the legs, and fish hooks Gargano’s face! Dunne hammers Gargano, gets the arms, but Kyle returns to KICK Dunne down! Kyle gets Gargano up, Gargano ROCKS him but runs into a BIG knee! Kyle gets Gargano up to wrench and YANK the arm, then wrenches again. Gargano ROCKS, Kyle wrenches, repeat!
Kyle has the arm for an ARMBAR DDT! Kyle throws down hammering elbows and rams his knee into Gargano’s side. Dunne slithers in and gets Kyle’s arm! Dunne has both men stacked, for a DOUBLE FAR ARM STRETCH! He bends both men’s fingers way back, then stacks the hands to STOMP them both! Fans fire up as Gargano and Kyle go to opposite corners. Dunne runs and forearms Kyle, then runs to forearm Gargano. Dunne heads back for Kyle but Kyle dodges. Gargano dodges Kyle to ROCK Dunne! Kyle dodges Gargano to ROCK Dunne! Kyle dodges Gargano again and Gargano uppercuts Dunne! Kyle gets Gargano’s leg, then Dunne’s, DOUBLE DRAGON SCREW!
Gargano bails out so Kyle gets Dunne’s leg for an ANKLE LOCK! Dunne rolls to drag Kyle down, for an ANKLE LOCK! Kyle rolls to throw Dunne out, Gargano DECKS Dunne! Gargano aims at Kyle, GAMANGIRI, ONE FINAL- Dunne stops Gargano by grabbing his rope side arm! Dunne bends the fingers, Kyle gets Dunne’s leg, DRAGON SCREW and HOTSHOT combo! Gargano comes back, he dropkicks Dunne while giving Kyle a TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Kyle is still in this as NXT goes picture in picture!
Gargano gets the bad leg moving as he and Kyle are alone in the ring. Gargano drags Kyle up to a cravat, snapmares and basement dropkicks him in the back! Dunne grabs at Gargano but Gargano kicks him away. Gargano covers Kyle, TWO! The delay might’ve helped Kyle, but Gargano gets him up in a facelock. Kyle blocks the suplex but Gargano throws body shots, to then snap suplex! Gargano goes at Dunne but Dunne shoulders into him! Things speed up, Dunne hurdles then drops then CLOBBERS Gargano! Gargano flounders out and now Dunne is alone with Kyle. Dunne drags Kyle around, digs his face into the mat, and bends the arm way back!
Kyle endures as Dunne twists his wrist and digs into the shoulder! Dunne puts the arm back down and stands on it, but Gargano is there. Dunne DECKS Gargano and kicks him down, then goes back to Kyle! Dunne arm-drags to a wristlock, then headscissors for a squeeze! Kyle endures but Dunne throws elbows. Dunne gets Kyle’s hand and again bends fingers! Dunne lets off the scissors to hammerlock and KICK the arm! Dunne sees Gargano getting up so he goes out to RAM him into boards! Dunne goes back to Kyle but Kyle is up and throws forearms! Dunne DECKS Kyle all the same! Dunne KICKS Kyle in the side, and drops knees on his stomach!
Kyle sits up and sputters but Dunne stands on his hand. Dunne hooks Kyle’s face, stands him up and throws knees. NXT returns to single picture as the knees keep hitting! Gargano is back again and baits Dunne to the ropes. Kyle gets Dunne with a kitchen sink knee! Kyle BOOTS Gargano, ROUNDHOUSES Dunne, then fires off a strike fest on Gargano! Leg sweep and fans fire up with Kyle! Kyle runs at Dunne to forearm smash against ropes! Kyle wrenches the arm, hits an elbow breaker, but Dunne throws forearms. Kyle knees low and BUTTERFLY SUPLEXES, but holds on, for another! Gargano runs in, he gets a BUTTERFLY SLAM onto Dunne! Kyle covers Dunne, TWO!
Gargano stays by ropes but Kyle KNEES Dunne out of the ring! Kyle runs to SLIDING KNEE Gargano in the ribs! Kyle goes out but Dunne ROCKS him! Kyle fights the X-Plex, goes to the apron, and hits Dunne with a FLYING KNEE! Gargano DIVES onto Kyle outta nowhere! Gargano gets back in to DIVE out onto Dunne! And then does it again to DIVE on Kyle into the boards! The fans are rallying and dueling as Gargano puts Kyle in. Gargano aims, slingshots and SPEARS! Cover, TWO! Kyle keeps this alive and Gargano grows frustrated. Gargano hobbles, gets Kyle up and CHOPS him in a corner! And CHOPS him again!
Fans want that “One More Time!” but Gargano tells them nope. Gargano puts Kyle up top, has the inverted crucifix lift, but Kyle slips off to try a backslide! Gargano holds it off, Dunne KICKS their legs out! Dunne BUZZSAWS Kyle and basement SHOTGUNS Gargano! Dunne STOMPS Kyle’s hands, and another BUZZSAW! Dunne gets Kyle up, LIGER BOMB! Cover but Gargano BOOTS it! Kyle has a prawn hold cover, but Gargano mule KICKS him! Gargano drags Dunne up, but Dunne hits the X-PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Gargano survives and all three men are down as the CWC fires up! “NXT! NXT!” knows how to open a show!
Dunne has Kyle’s arm and wrenches it to a BODY SCISSOR KIMURA! Kyle uses his own tights to block, and then Gargano CLOBBERS Dunne! Kyle CATAPULTS Dunne out! But Gargano rolls Kyle, with tights! TWO, school boy kick into a HEEL HOOK! Kyle twists Gargano’s leg but Dunne BOOTS him! Dunne drops knees on Gargano’s arm! Pump handle, BITTER- DDT!! Gargano scoops Dunne, to LAWN DART him into Kyle! Kyle falls out of the ring as Gargano covers Dunne, TWO!! Dunne survives but Gargano is too tired to be frustrated. The CWC hopes these guys “Fight Forever!” but this has to end somehow!
Gargano and Dunne brawl on the mat, forearms and CHOPS and jabs and elbows! Dunne gets the edge, Kyle returns to fire off KICKS on both men! KICK for Dunne, KICK for Gargano and back again! Gargano ducks the next kick, rolls Kyle, SCHOOL BOY BUZZSAW COMBO on Kyle’s head! Dunne STOMPS Gargano’s hands but Gargano ducks the buzzsaw to ENZIGURI! Kyle gives Gargano AX ‘N’ SMASH! Dunne ENZIGURIS Kyle! Kyle rebounds into a SUPERKICK! But Kyle just rebounds again to DOUBLE LARIAT! All three men are down and the CWC are thunderous! “This is Awesome!” but not over yet!
Gargano goes to the apron, slingshots, but Kyle catches for a GUILLOTINE! Kyle squeezes tight but Dunne gets Kyle for a SLEEPER! Kyle is already fading, and he lets Gargano free! Kyle fights, but Gargano runs in! Tilt-o-whirl and takedown, GargaNO Escape on Dunne!! Dunne flails, claws at Gargano’s fingers and gets free to SNAP them! Dunne gets Gargano up to pump handle, BITTER END! But Kyle climbs to KING KONG KNEE DROP!! Fans are thunderous again as Kyle and Dunne brawl on the apron. They boot back and forth, but Gargano DECKS Kyle! Dunne DECKS Gargano, goes after Kyle but DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES take both men down!
All three men are down again but only Gargano is in the ring. Dunne crawls for the ring, Kyle stands up, ADAM COLE attacks Kyle with a CHAIR! And then he SMACKS Dunne! Gargano DIVES but Cole THROWS the chair into him! Cole rains down fists on Kyle, then DECKS the ref! Dunne gets Cole with a guillotine, but Cole RAMS Dunne into the ref! The ref hits boards and flops over, Cole gives Dunne a BRAINBUSTER to the ramp! And a LAST SHOT to Kyle! Gargano sits up in the ring, Cole gives him a LAST SHOT! Cole just wrecked all three men but William Regal storms in with security!
Cole says he’ll leave, because he already did what he wanted. He tells Regal and the guards to back up and give him space. But then he SUPERKICKS Kyle again! Cole says now he’s going, but he wants Regal to understand NXT needs Cole. What is going to happen to this Triple Threat? We’ll see, after the break.
NXT returns, and Cole still hasn’t left?
Regal and Cole keep arguing, but Ember Moon storms past them to go to the ring! Security drags Cole to the back while Ember gets on the mic to tell Raquel Gonzalez, “Get your big ass out here! You think what you did to Shotzi was funny?! I am not gonna let that slide!” Ember will hold the show hostage if she has to! The NXT Women’s Champion makes her entrance but Regal tells her to stay back. she won’t, and the brawl is on in the ring! Ember SUPERKICKS, front kicks and SUPERKICKS again! ROLLING ELBOW!! Raquel tumbles out but is right back up! Regal keeps this from going any further, but the fans want to “Let Them Fight!”
Raquel says Ember called her out so she’s gonna get what she gets! And that’s DAKOTA KAI from behind! Kai fires off Kowata Kicks on Ember’s face with those Timberlands! And then a BOOT from those boots send Ember tumbling! Regal realizes the bait ‘n’ switch and now tells both Raquel and Kai to get out of here! Now on top of the NXT Championship, what’s going on with the NXT Women’s Championship?
NXT hears from El Legado del Fantasma.
Santos Escobar says, “Familia is everything. And that’s what we are.” Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza were there for him a year ago when he became Cruiserweight Champion. He will be there for them when they take what is rightfully theirs in the NXT Tag Team Champions. Mendoza says a true warrior doesn’t back down and isn’t afraid of bleeding, especially to become campeones. Wilde says tonight is their coronation, and tonight they follow in Escobar’s footsteps by becoming Leaders of Leaders, Champions of Champions! They will do what they do best: take what’s theirs. But will MSK let them take over so easily?
LA Knight speaks.
“It’s that night of the week! The greatest wrestler alive! Hit that LA jam, dummy!” Knight makes his way to the ring for the LA Knight Show, “let me talk to ya! Live and in living color, everybody’s got a price! And who drew the short stick this week, but the one man that defeated Cameron Grimes two weeks ago. I think his name is Jake Atlas.” But Knight has it on good authority that Ted DeBiase will be watching backstage as Knight drops “this cross-eyed halfwit on his head,” just like he did to Grimes! This is the Mega Star and the only man to carry the Million Dollar Legacy! That’s not an insult, that’s just a fact of life! Will Knight put his money where his mouth is against Atlas after the break?
NXT shares what happened earlier today.
As seen on WWE’s YouTube and other social media, Drake Maverick was simply arriving but Ever-Rise gets in his face about last week. But then Hit Row rolls up and the Ever-Rise boys tease “The Dollar King” and the “Music Boy.” B-Fab teases them back as the “runts,” and Swerve says they’re the clowns of NXT. Adonis wants them to pause, rewind and watch their mouths. Top Dolla says these boys are drinking their own Kool-Aid. Swerve asks what Maverick is laughing at. Well they called him a clown, so Maverick will make them laugh: Swerve needs a new dentist. Swerve says Maverick should run and get help. No need to run, Killian Dain walks up right behind Maverick.
Dain tells Swerve that if he has a problem with Maverick, he has a problem with Dain. Dolla says if Dain’s feeling froggy, then jump. Maverick jumps in but he can’t stop this. Swerve tells Dain to check his little buddy, or they’ll both end up on the hit list. The Hit Row moves on, because they’re here to get money, not mess around with dorks. “Let’s blow this popsicle stand.” Ever-Rise doesn’t get what that line’s about, but will these teams be lining up to take shots at Hit Row?
LA Knight VS Jake Atlas!
NXT returns to the ring and Atlas is already here. The bell rings, Atlas dares Knight to bring it on. Fans are on Atlas’ side as he and Knight tie up. Knight arm-drags but then brags, only for Atlas to roll him up! TWO, and Knight kicks low! Knight throws hands, whips Atlas to ropes, but Atlas gets around to arm-drag Knight back! And dropkick him down! Atlas keeps moving, and springboard arm-drags! Cover, TWO! Atlas keeps on Knight with an armlock, and SLAMS the arm down! Atlas gets Knight up, is after the arm again, and WRINGS Knight out! Cover, ONE! Atlas keeps on Knight’s arm but Knight endures as Atlas CLUBS it!
Atlas hooks the leg to drop a knee! Knight gets up, Atlas CHOPS him then arm-drags! Atlas grinds the arm, Knight fights up and pulls hair! The ref counts, Knight whips but Atlas reverses. Knight sunset flips but Atlas sits on it, TWO! Knight kicks but Atlas blocks to BOOT back! Atlas reels Knight in but Knight wrenches out. Atlas knees and uppercuts first! Atlas gets Knight up, Knight throws hands but Atlas hits back! Atlas runs but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Knight hits a LEAPING NECKBREAKER! Fans taunt Knight, “You Still Suck!” but here comes the Million Dollar Man! DeBiase is here to see this in person as Knight says he’ll shut Atlas up.
Atlas fires off hands, but Knight ROCKS him! Knight says this is chump change! But then Atlas catches him by surprise with a springboard sunset flip! High stack, TWO! Knight almost got caught, but he scoops Atlas for a FALLING SLAM! Knight gets his ego back as he hits a Million Dollar Fist Drop! Atlas gets to a corner, Knight chokes him on the ropes! Knight lets off as the ref counts, but he KICKS Atlas in the ribs! Knight drops knees, gets the legs and grins as he STOMPS Atlas in the gut! Knight drags Atlas up but fans rally for Atlas as Knight chokes him on ropes again! The ref counts, Knight lets off and KNEES him back down!
Knight slingshots for a FLYING SHOULDER! DeBiase seems mildly impressed, but Knight still has to win. Will Knight do just that after the break?
NXT returns and Knight battles with Atlas for suplex control. Knight knees Atlas low, reels him back in and suplexes, but Atlas slips out! Atlas suplexes but Knight lands on his feet for a NECKBREAKER! DeBiase does like that as Knight gets back up. Knight has Atlas in a waistlock and wants a nelson but Atlas RAMS him into buckles! Atlas flounders up but Knight is after him again! Knight wants the Million Dollar Dream but Atlas arm-drags him away! Atlas runs, ducks and dodges and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Atlas fires up and fires off forearms! Atlas whips, Knight reverses and then throws Atlas WAY out of the ring! Atlas hits the ground hard, right in front of DeBiase.
Knight gloats and soaks up heat on the top rope. A ring count climbs and Knight says this is what the Million Dollar Legacy looks like! Atlas gets up at 7 and in at 9 of 10! Knight stomps Atlas, CLUBS him down, but fans chant “To The Moon!” for Grimes. Knight is annoyed and he rains down fists on Atlas. Knight goes to the corner, climbs up and tells the incels to watch this. Knight leaps into Atlas’ body shot! Fans fire up and DeBiase seems disappointed in Knight there. Knight runs at Atlas but gets a JAWBREAKER! Atlas waistlocks and spins Knight for a LARIAT! Atlas fires off haymakers, and here comes Grimes!
Grimes talks up up DeBiase as Atlas KNEES and ROLLING ELBOWS Knight! BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Grimes says DeBiase should reconsider and let him have the Million Dollar Legacy. Atlas aims at Knight, brings him around and fireman’s carries but Knight slips free to cravat knee! Atlas stays up, and turns Knight’s clothesline into a fireman’s carry, ROLLING DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! PENALTY KICK, STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Grimes says that was close! Is DeBiase sure Knight is the right guy? Atlas goes up, but Knight ROCKS him first! Knight climbs, but Atlas ROCKS him! Knight comes back, leaps to the top, and grins but Grimes distracts!
Atlas trips Knight up! Knight lands on his pawn, Atlas aims and CARTWHEEL DDT!! Cover, ATLAS WINS!!
Winner: Jake Atlas, by pinfall
Grimes laughs at Knight’s loss, but it isn’t quite the Million Dollar Laugh. Knight glares at Grimes and Grimes says he’ll wait DeBiase’s call. DeBiase leaves without Knight and Knight desperately flounders after. Has Knight just missed out on a major endorsement?
Kyle, Gargano and Dunne are all in the trainer’s room.
Oney Lorcan checks on Dunne while Austin Theory talks with Gargano. Oney tells the camera to get out of here. All we need to know that if not for Cole, Dunne would be #1 contender already. Austin hears that and says that it would be Gargano a #1 contender! Because that’s the way it is! They start fighting now! Security keeps these two apart, but the bigger question is, what happens with the NXT Championship match?
Backstage interview with Ted DeBiase.
He just saw Knight lose, so who is he considering for the Million Dollar Legacy now? Well, Knight dropped the ball. Grimes showed that it takes not only mind but brawn together. Cole storms past DeBiase to go right to gorilla! What is he doing back in the building?! And what the hell is he going to do now!?
Next week, Poppy returns!
The Grammy nominee is ready to rock NXT again next Tuesday!
NXT returns and Cole is in the ring with a mic.
“Two years ago to the day, I became the NXT Champion! And whether NXT wants to admit it or not, whether Regal wants to admit it or not, you’re looking at the REAL #1 Contender!” Cole’s been gone two months, and for those two months, he watched as everyone tried to live up to his legacy! Surprise surprise, everyone’s failed! Cole took out THREE of NXT’s best, in one night! So what does that mean, boys ‘n’ girls? Ol’ Adam Cole BAYBAY wants the title back!
Which brings him to Karrion Kross. People think Kross is a monster but Cole sees through him: He’s a big, overrated muscle head who doesn’t deserve to be in the same ring as him! You think it was a mistake Cole had the title for 403 DAYS? You think that- Wait, here comes Kross and Scarlett! Kross goes right to the ring, gets himself a mic, and tells the “little man” that his motives tonight are understandable. But the title isn’t Cole’s. And no matter what he says, Cole will never change things in the grand scheme. Because when Kross signed with NXT, Cole was no longer special and he knows that. We can talk about it here.
But hey, humor Kross! Tell him a story, entertain him, Mr. Cole! Oh Cole would happy to, Mr. Overrated! But the truth is, Kross is never going to be Adam Cole BAYBAY. This brand has done everything in its power to make KROSS feel special! Cool music, the lights, the fog, the girl. But what do they do to make Cole feel special? They ring the freakin’ bell!! Even on Kross’ best day, he couldn’t lace Cole’s boots! Kross can’t hang with Cole and isn’t on Cole’s level! And anyone who watches pro-wrestling can see it! If we are talking special, Kross is NOT special, COLE is special. Kross is just someone who has Cole’s property!
Regal walks out and tells Cole that he knows what’s going on and it won’t work! Cole won’t weasel his way into a 1v1 for that title! But Kross tells Regal to shut up! Kross doesn’t care what Regal thinks, or what Cole thinks. This is about what Kross wants. And what he wants at TakeOver… is EVERYONE!! WHAT?! Kross wants Kyle, Gargano, Dunne AND “this gas station weasel” Cole!! Kross promises that no matter what Cole thinks he can do until then, he’s not avoiding disaster. Cole says Kross will regret it. He’s a different animal. The fans want this match, Regal is smirking already, and the match is made!! Cole leaves the ring, to tear up the desk!
“I RUN THIS SHOW, KROSS!” Kross can kiss the title good-bye, because Cole runs this! Always has, always will! And then he throws water at Kross and Scarlett. “See you soon, punk!” Things were heated before tonight, it is about to get downright explosive at TakeOver! The biggest match ever for this title, but who comes out the most powerful champion NXT has ever had?
Backstage interview with The Way’s Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell.
Indi is wearing noise cancelling headphones while McKenzie notes the major news we just heard: Poppy’s back! And then there’s- Whoa, whoa, whoa, McKenzie. The NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions are right here, but you want to talk about that idiot, Kross, who of course is going to lose to Gargano, by the way. And Poppy? Really? Why do we keep bringing her back? To pull a Bad Bunny? Pff, grow up, kids. Right, Indi? Indi? Candice takes the headphones off. The music playing is an 80’s power ballad? Let’s go, Indi. C’mon. The song is hard to hear but clearly it relates to the pain in Indi’s heart. Is there still hope for #InDex?
NXT hears from Christian Casanova, now Carmelo Hayes.
Hayes impressed so much at the WWE Performance Center, that NXT is allowing him to answer Kushida’s Open Challenge for the Cruiserweight Championship! “Walking in the door and being given this opportunity, it’s humbling.” But he’s going to make an impression on the world, and why he is THE Generational Talent. You won’t ever see another him. His ability is once in a lifetime, and in his humble opinion, we’re looking at the NEXT NXT Cruiserweight Champion. Hayes may have gotten people to notice him, but will he be able to make NXT acknowledge him?
NXT hears from Tian Sha.
Xia Li tells Mercedes Martinez, “Something I will never forget is how you tried to embarrass me.” It as the Mae Young Classic, and Xia’s first match ever. Mercedes tried to bring shame to her name and disgrace her family! She feels sick thinking back to that. She’s been waiting for this moment for FOUR YEARS! “Now I am a true warrior, and you stand in the way of my destiny!” Mercedes, at TakeOver: In Your House, Xia will HURT YOU! For the glory of Tian Sha, will Xia Li slay her dragon?
Those headphones are still playing the power ballad playlist.
But someone comes by to pick them up. It’s DEXTER LUMIS! He listens to what Indi was listening to. And he starts to tear up! Is #InDex still possible?!
BREAKING NEWS for TakeOver!
Not only has the Fatal 5 been approved, but Cameron Grimes VS LA Knight is happening! Will this Million Dollar Grudge Match help DeBiase decide who to pass the legacy on to?
NXT Cruiserweight Championship Open Challenge: KUSHIDA VS Carmelo Hayes!
NXT returns to the ring as Hayes makes his entrance. This is quite the debut for this young and insanely confident superstar, but will he learn the difference between him and the Super Junior?
The introductions are made, the title is raised, and the Time Splitter puts the new kid to the test!
Fans rally as the two stand off and slowly circle. They tie up, Hayes gets around to roll Kushida up, ONE! Hayes says he’s taking the title, but Kushida just keeps focus. They circle. Kushida calls for a test of strength, and Hayes accepts. They knuckle lock, go shoulder to shoulder, and Kushida pushes Hayes down. Hayes tries a monkey flip but Kushida prevents it. Kushida gets Hayes up but Hayes goes up and over to sunset flip! TWO, but Hayes gets Kushida in a headlock. Hayes hits a headlock takeover, Kushida fights up and powers out. Things speed up, Kushida hurdles but Hayes leaps and hurdles to mule kick! Hayes arm-drags Kushida around then dropkicks him down!
Fans duel as Hayes looms over Kushida. Kushida hits back, CHOPS and has Hayes in a corner. Kushida CHOPS again, whips him, but Hayes reverses. Hayes runs in but Kushida boots him! Kushida swings but Hayes gets around to roll and EDDY GORDO! Fans cheer that move as Hayes covers, TWO! “Melo! Melo!” has fans but Kushida has just as many. Hayes gets Kushida up but Kushida wrenches and headlocks. Hayes tries but can’t power out as Kushida holds on tight. Kushida grinds but Hayes powers up to power out. Kushida handsprings and back elbows Hayes down! Kushida powers up and watches Hayes, then runs in at the corner.
Hayes dodges and ducks the boot to put Kushida in ropes for an ENZIGURI! Kushida is in the ropes, Hayes springboards for a DRAPING LEG DROP! Kushida is in a daze as Hayes drags him to a cover, TWO! Hayes grows frustrated but he still has the champ reeling as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns as Hayes throws haymakers on Kushida. Hayes KNEES him low and hard, bumps him off buckles, then paces around him. Hayes gets Kushida up to whip him, but Kushida holds ropes. Kushida puts Hayes outside, runs and handspring kicks him down! Hayes hits boards! Kushida aims from the apron, Hayes gets up, Kushida FLYING KNEES the arm! Kushida drags Hayes up and around to put in the ring. Kushida climbs the corner, Hayes gets up again, and Kushida FLYING- NO! Hayes dodges to SUPERKICK! Kushida stays up but Hayes fireman’s carries. TKO KNEE SMASH! Hayes runs, springboards, FLYING SLINGBLADE! Hayes has to crawl to the cover, TWO!!
Kushida survives the #SpringBlade and the two slowly sit up. They throw forearms back and forth, Hayes CHOPS, but Kushida snarls. Hayes CHOPS but Kushida stays up! Kushida KICKS and KICKS and KICKS but Hayes eggs him on, to get a SHOTEI! Kushida powers up, but Hayes dodges again, to tilt-o-whirl FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fans are fired up while Hayes tries to figure out what he has to do. Hayes says he NEEDS this, and he runs, but Kushida turns the tilt-o-whirl into a hip toss! Cartwheel basement dropkick! FAST BALL! PENALTY- NO! Hayes avoids the kick, waistlocks, they trade standing switches, but Kushida gets the arm!
Hayes grits his teeth and shakes his head. He wrenches, dodges a clothesline, and springboards, into a FAST BALL! PENALTY KICK to the arm! Kushida gets Hayes’ arm for the HOVERBOARD!!! Hayes endures, flails, reaches, but he taps! Kushida wins!!
Winner: Kushida, by submission (still NXT Cruiserweight Champion)
What a debut for the newest recruit to the Cruiserweight Division! Kushida shows his respect to Hayes, Hayes shows respect back. Who will be next for the Time Splitter and the title? Will Hayes climb his way back up to try again some day?
MSK talks backstage.
Wes Lee tells Nash Carter that Legado been talkin’. Talking about warrior spirit, giving up blood, sweat and tears to get an opportunity at MSK’s NXT Tag Team Championships. But honestly, when have they been doing it? They just use backhanded tactics to get MSK’s attention! Just like in that Six Man! Exactly. That isn’t happening tonight. Tonight, MSK gonna beat the brakes off these boys! Odale, vato, Lee is feeling it! Because no matter what Legado does, MSK is NOT walking out without the titles. Everyone will hear, “And still! NXT Tag Team Champions, M! S! K!” That’s all night, and all day! The Must-See Kids are fired up for this must-see main event!
Franky Monet finishes up with the make-up department.
The reviews for her world premiere last week are in! “The Franky Monet debut was perfect!” YAAASS~! “Franky Monet picks up a quick win in impressive debut, I’m hyped.” YASS~! “Franky Monet killed her debut, welcome to the La ERA of Franky Monet!” Gurrrl~! Oh, and she’s just getting started.
Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Zoey Stark & Zayda Ramier!
The Way is feeling great, as they are the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions and are hoping Gargano gets THE NXT title back in the near future. But first, Candice & Indi Wrestling are taking on a new duo. Will they put #ZNZ to sleep? Or will this be a happily ever after for the two upstarts?
The teams sort out, Indi and Zayda start and tie up. Indi throws Zayda down then drops an elbow! Indi scoops Zayda, SLAMS her, and tags Candice so she can NECK SNAPPER! Cover, TWO! Candice is already annoyed and gets Zayda up to bump her off buckles. Tag to Indi, but Zayda fights back. Indi stomps her then puts her through ropes to ROCK Zayda with an uppercut! Candice tags in before Indi BOOTS Zayda down! Candice covers, TWO! Candice sits Zayda up for a neck wrench but fans rally up. Zayda fights, gets to her feet, but Candice throws her down! Cover, TWO! Candice wraps on a sleeper and grinds Zayda down.
Zayda gets up, rolls Candice up, TWO! Candice CLOBBERS Zayda then tags Indi. Indi BOOTS Zayda down before she can reach Stark! Indi gets in Stark’s face, drops elbows on Zayda, but Zayda gets up to ENZIGURI! Both women are crawling, hot tag to Candice! Candice drops elbows on Zayda! Then sucker punches Stark! Zady gets up to fire off on Candice, but Candice shoves her away. Zayda SUPER WOMAN PUNCHES Candice down! Hot tag to Stark! Stark rallies on The Way with big lariats! HEEL KICK to Indi! Stark fires up, handsprings and ENZIGURIS Candice! Cover, TWO! Stark tags Zayda, they combine for a wheelbarrow SPLASH! Cover, Indi breaks it in time!
Indi gets up and dumps Stark out hard! Zayda runs but Candice CLOBBERS her again! Tag to Indi, The Way coordinates, WICKED STEP SISTER and IMPRESSIVE ELBOW! Candice DIVES to take out Stark while Indi covers, The Way wins!
Winners: Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell
That was a #WickedSavage combination, and are rolling towards TakeOver! But who will meet them In Your House for a golden opportunity?
Mercedes Martinez speaks.
“So Tian Sha wants to mark me as their next victim. News flash! I’ve been a marked woman my entire career! Xia, you’re not the same girl I faced at the Mae Young Classic. You’re more badass, you’re dangerous, and I get it, but so am I. You say I’m standing in your way of your destiny? No, you’re standing in MY way back to the women’s title. So listen real close, chaquita.” Mercedes beat Xia at MYC, so she’ll run THROUGH her at TakeOver! Is there no fear as Mercedes and the frightening Xia are headed for a collision course?
The Diamond Mine is opening soon!
This is they key to realize your potential. Pressure makes diamonds, but who will shine in NXT?
Backstage interview with Ember Moon.
How is she feeling after the confrontation earlier tonight? How is she supposed to feel? Happy and jumping for joy? No, she’s livid. But what she can’t wrap her head around is that Raquel is one of the most dominant women’s champions in NXT history, and yet consistently uses her lackey, Dakota, to fight for her! But Ember says that’s fine. She will get Raquel where it hurts her the most. Ember gets revenge on the insurance policy, and then goes In Your House to take what matters most to Raquel and become a TWO-TIME NXT Women’s Champion! Raquel thinks she’s unstoppable, but hell hath no fury like Ember’s Law! Will #CobraKai regret riling up the Evolved Shenom?
NXT Tag Team Champions: MSK VS El Legado del Fantasma!
Lee & Carter made an impact debuting and WINNING the Dusty Cup and eventually taking these titles for their own. But Escobar accompanies the “technical assassin” and “death from above” to the ring. Will his presence be a factor in this big money main event?
The introductions are made, the titles are raised, and we see if MSK can deny Legado their crowning achievement!
The teams sort out and Lee starts with Wilde. Wilde and Lee circle, show off some agility, and tie up. Lee waistlocks, Wilde pries the hold, but Lee SLAMS Wilde down. Lee gets Wilde up but Wilde arm-drags him! Lee sweeps, covers, ONE! Wilde sweeps but Lee handsprings through to headlock! Wilde gets up, but he can’t power out as Lee holds tight! Lee rolls to get back to a better vantage point, but Wilde back suplexes! Lee lands on his feet, headlocks again, but Wilde throws him by his hair! Wilde drags Lee but Lee BOOTS him to the corner! Lee runs in, is put outside but Carter tags in! ENZIGURI, then Carter runs in, but Wilde slides out of the way!
Carter bronco busts buckles, Wilde CLOBBERS Lee! Legado fires up and the fans are dueling as Wilde bumps Carter off buckles. Tag to Mendoza, they stomp mudholes into Carter and Escobar is very amused! Mendoza CHOPS Carter, then BOOTS him down! Tag to Wilde, Legado double whips Carter to double back elbow! Mendoza uses Wilde as a weapon, GOURD BUSTER SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Wilde gets Carter up to DECK him with an uppercut! Wilde scrapes his soles off Carter, runs and BASEMENT CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Wilde keeps on Carter with a chinbar and armlock. Fans rally, duel and Carter fights up to JAWBREAKER free!
Hot tag to Lee, he runs in and MSK fires off strikes on Wilde! Kick to ENZIGURI to DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, but Mendoza breaks it! Carter KNEES Mendoza down, Wilde RAMS Carter into buckles! Wilde does his dance, but into Lee’s HANDSPRING PELE! All four men are down and the CWC fires up! The ref checks on everyone, but here come the Grizzled Young Veterans! These two claim they’re here to watch, but Ciampa & Thatcher get to them first! Ciampa clubs away on Zack Gibson while Thatcher is after James Drake’s EYE! These four go up the ramp and to the back while the teams in the ring reset.
Lee dodges Wilde and dumps him out of the ring! Lee BOOTS Mendoza at Carter and Carter dumps Mendoza out! Carter goes up and out and up again to MOONSAULT Mendoza down! Lee FLIES to hit Wilde! Fans go wild as NXT goes picture in picture!
MSK puts Wilde in, Lee climbs up top and leaps! Lee has to bail out of his 450 as Wilde moves, but Wilde returns for Lee to arm-drag him down! Lee grinds the armlock, Wilde claws at him but Lee digs a knee into Wilde’s head. Wilde gets up to throw hands but Lee just cranks the arm harder! Wilde endures, Lee steps through to La Magistrol! TWO, and Lee arm-drags again! Wilde seethes as he endures another armlock. Wilde fights up, pulls Lee’s hair, and uses that to whip, only for Lee to wrangle Wilde back down. Wilde fights up, glares at Lee and throws more haymakers. Lee grinds the arm even more, then KICKS it! And DECKS Wilde!
Lee gets Wilde to the MSK corner, tags Carter, and Lee snapmares Wilde for Carter’s slingshot senton! Cover, TWO! Wilde crawls for his corner but Carter stops him with a facelock. Carter shifts to go after the arm and continue where Lee left off. Carter drops knees on Wilde’s arm, then whips him to the corner for a EuroUpper! Tag to Lee, MSK mugs Wilde and Lee keeps Wilde cornered for more body shots and a BOOT! Lee brings Wilde around but Wilde throws Lee into buckles! Wilde bumps Lee off more buckles, tags Mendoza, and Mendoza RAMS his shoulder in again and again! Mendoza snapmares Lee to stomp him down, then sits him up for a cobra clutch!
Lee endures now as Mendoza leans on the hold. Carter and fans rally up as Lee fights. Lee throws hands, NXT returns to single picture, and Mendoza knees low and hard. Mendoza bumps Lee off buckles, CHOPS him, and then whips him corner to corner. Mendoza runs in but Lee BOOTS him back! Lee hops up, Mendoza handspring GAMANGIRIS! Lee tumbles and Mendoza drags him into the ring to cover, TWO! Legado is frustrated but Mendoza stomps Lee down. Mendoza drags Lee up, bumps him off buckles and tags Wilde. Legado double whip Lee to double SPINEBUSTER! And split the wishbone, to basement dropkick sandwich! Cover, TWO!!
Wilde fires off on Lee with furious fists! Escobar likes that as Wilde taunts Lee. Wilde gets Lee up, snapmares him, and KNEES him in the back. Wilde clamps on a chinbar and armlock but Lee endures. Mendoza talks trash from the corner but Lee fights up. Lee throws body shots and even punches Wilde’s legs. Lee throws forearms, runs, but Wilde CLOBBERS him with an elbow! Wilde covers, TWO! Wilde pushes Lee to the ropes, tags Mendoza, and Mendoza slingshot sentons. Mendoza stomps Lee, tags Wilde back in, and Wilde slingshot SPLASHES! And hits a LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Legado is furious but the CWC is fired up!
Tag to Mendoza, he digs his boot into Lee, but lets off as the ref counts. Mendoza CLUBS Lee down, taunts Carter, and drags Lee up. Mendoza gets Lee up but Lee turns bomb into DDT!! Both men are down, fans are dueling, and both men crawl. Hot tags to Wilde and Carter! Carter rallies on Wilde, headbutts and uppercuts then KICKS and ENZIGURIS! Wilde flounders, Carter fires up and SHINING WIZARDS in the corner! Snapmare roll, SUPERKICK for Mendoza and PENALTY KICK for Wilde! Tag to Lee, MSK coordinates, PUSH SAULT! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally and duel as Escobar stresses. Lee gets Wilde up but Wilde JAWBREAKERS!
Wilde runs in but only gets buckles! Mendoza sneaks a tag, Lee ENZIGURIS Wilde to then BACK SUPLEX! Mendoza tightrope MISSILE DROPKICKS! Mendoza gets Lee up for ANARCHY!! Cover, TWO!!? Lee survives and no one can believe it! Mendoza powers up and “This is Awesome!” Mendoza sucker punches Carter, runs and clotheslines Lee! Wilde tags in and clotheslines! Mendoza tags in and clotheslines! The cycle continues, Wilde tags back in and puts Lee up top! Mendoza tags back in, Wilde climbs, SUPER STEINER POWERBOMB COMBO!! Cover, TWO??!?! How does Lee keep doing this?!
Mendoza rains down furious forearms to make Lee pay for defying them! Lee hits back, but Mendoza ROUNDHOUSES Lee out of the ring! The ref check son Mendoza and his mask, Escobar RAMS Lee right into steel steps! Escobar gets away with it as he goes back to his sat, and Wilde tags. Legado coordinates for the GAMANGIRI LEG SWEEP! Cover, but Carter breaks it in time!! Escobar is furious! But Bronson Reed shows up outta nowhere to SQUASH Escobar against boards!! Fans are fired up but Legado is in shock! MSK hits Mendoza with the RAILGUN DROPKICK! Wilde runs into the MUST-SEE HART ATTACK!! Cover, MSK wins!!
Winners: MSK, by pinfall (still NXT Tag Team Champions)
That wasn’t just must-see, that was colossal! Escobar tried to screw over the champions to help his team, but that only got him steamrolled by the North American Champion! Will Reed make sure Escobar gets more than that when they finally meet 1v1? And while MSK still have the tag titles, will they still reign In Your House?
Another great NXT, but what a twist on that opener! I thought the Triple Threat was first just so it had time to breathe, but it was really to set up Cole’s return and him screwing them all over, not just Kyle. Cole and Kross having that confrontation felt like a worked shoot. They might not like each other that much backstage, and a Fatal 5 Way helps make it so they don’t always have to fight each other. Plus, this is just a huge match to really get a lot out of the way at once. Cole and Kyle can battle to settle their grudge, but Cole of course doesn’t have a lot of kayfabe love for Gargano or Dunne, either. And I assume Cole loses so that he can move on to RawDown (hopefully SmackDown not Raw).
Kross won’t completely clear out his contenders since he’d have to pin just one, and I bet that’s Cole to send him off. Then he can use the rest of the year to go through the list, from Dunne to Kyle to Gargano. Actually, the order might have Kyle go last so that his 1v1 match with Kross could be Kyle’s crowning achievement where he finally gets the NXT Championship. Also, it’s of note that the segment with Lorcan and Theory, I almost thought we were going to get a weird proxy Triple Threat, Lorcan VS Theory VS Fish to represent Kyle. Fish could two birds one stone by going after Lorcan and helping out his friend.
There was a lot of great chaos at the opening, too, going from Cole attacking to Ember calling out Raquel. Dakota of course is the one to attack, she’s like a weird gatekeeper for Raquel right now. Ember is definitely beating Dakota to face Raquel at TakeOver, I bet Dakota gets involved but then Shotzi goes after Dakota, and Raquel uses all that to win. Raquel is still building her reign so she isn’t going to lose for quite some time, and adding Ember to the list of accomplishments is going to be big for her. Sarray is still building her strength, she’ll probably be ready for an NXT Women’s Championship match by year’s end, and she will at least take Raquel to her limits.
LA Knight VS Atlas with DeBiase and Grimes having a part to play was a good segment. I almost thought DeBiase was going to consider Jake Atlas for the Million Dollar Legacy. Honestly, that’s still not out of the realm of possibility, even with Grimes VS Knight happening for TakeOver now. The winner will think he’s earned the legacy, but then DeBiase swerves them and says Atlas is the Million Dollar Muscle of El Monte or whatever. Speaking of swerve, Swerve and Hit Row had a good segment with Ever-Rise, Maverick & Dain. If Hit Row had a fourth male superstar, I could see a big 8 Man happening, but maybe Dain stands down so it’s a 3v3, then Dain takes Swerve on 1v1.
Mercedes VS Xia being on TakeOver is big. I really thought that match was going to be something to make the go-home bigger, but this makes the feud bigger. That could go either way, but I’m leaning towards Tian Sha/Mei Ling having a part to play so that Xia wins and the feud extends over the summer. The Way VS Zayda & Zoey was a good match, but of course The Way wins to stay strong. #InDex having their moment with the headphones was nice. I have a feeling whatever tag title match is happening next, Dexter shows up with a big, romantic picture of him and Indi, that distracts her and costs The Way the titles.
The NXT Cruiserweight Championship being defended tonight was a great surprise, and it’s extra surprising that it was a brand new superstar to step up to Kushida. Carmelo Hayes definitely had a great showing, and he has a bright future ahead of him, but naturally Kushida wins. At some point, 205 Live needs to be integrated into NXT better so that other new guys (Ari Sterling, Asher Hale and Ikemen Jiro) get a chance to get some real attention from fans. Hell, we hardly get much of August Grey on NXT anymore, why not let Retro AG answer an open challenge? I bet he could give Kushida a good match.
I’m a little confused, though. The Diamond Mine is still not here yet, but is it a faction or a place? “Opening soon” would mean the latter, but then who runs it? That person or people would still have to debut. And it honestly sounds like a knockoff of Thatcher’s Thatch As Thatch Can class, which I feel like could’ve kept doing even though he’s Face alongside Ciampa. Thatcher & Ciampa stopping GYV was great stuff to add to the tag title main event, which was awesome all by itself. The CWC still love Legado, but MSK keeps the belts. I like that Reed showed up to counteract Escobar and further their North American Championship build, and MSK is open to face GYV or Ciampa-Thatcher next.
I’m thinking the go-home announces that match on top of a lot of others still not accounted for. Though we’re already at five matches with Grimes VS Knight, Mercedes VS Xia, and the three major titles (NXT Champion, NXT Women’s Champion, NXT North American Champion), so maybe this is where it stays. NXT is good about keeping TakeOvers to a manageable length of time, so two grudge matches and the three title matches works for a good three-hours-or-less special, especially with that Fatal 5 being a massive match by itself.
My Score: 9.3/10
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Andrew’s IMPACT Sacrifice Results & Match Ratings: 3.24.2023
Well damn, 24 hours changes everything! Josh is injured and has to vacate the World title! Mickie is also injured but she’s making her announcement during the show. How does IMPACT salvage their two main title pictures at Sacrifice?
Well hot damn, a lot of news popped up in less than 24 hours. So Josh Alexander tore his triceps; so he has to vacate the World Title and he’s being replaced by Steve Maclin in the 6 man match. Mickie James apparently also has an injury, but they are going to turn it into a segment on the show instead of a straight up vacating.
Now from a story perspective this sucks since I loved the Maclin/Alexander segment last night. That’s just me being selfish since I wanted to see that build and Maclin get the big win he deserves. Now he’ll be facing Kushida for the vacated title at Rebellion, and even if Maclin wins it will feel a little flat. Here’s to hoping that when Josh returns from injury they can find a way to bridge the time lost and keep the story going eventually.
.@MeanGiaMiller caught up with @FrankieKazarian and #RichSwann to talk about @Walking_Weapon's unfortunate injury and @SteveMaclin replacing him as their partner TONIGHT at #Sacrifice! #CountdownToSacrifice pic.twitter.com/jdnqk6BLN9
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) March 24, 2023
- Speedball Mike Bailey vs Jonathan Gresham: Bailey wins via Reverse Figure Four – *** 3/4
- Digital Media Championship: Joe Hendry (c) vs Brian Myers: Hendry retains via Standing Ovation – ***
- Gisele Shaw w/Jai Vidal & Savannah Evans vs Deonna Purrazzo: Deonna wins via Venus de Milo – *** 1/4
- Kenny King w/Eddie Edwards vs PCO: PCO wins via Straight Right Chair Punch – *** 1/4
- X Division Championship: Lince Dorado vs Trey Miguel (c): Trey retains via Cradle – *
- IMPACT Tag Team Titles: TMDK (Shane Haste & Bad Dude Tito) vs Bullet Club (Ace Austin & Chris Bey) (c): Bullet Club retains via ABC 1-2-Sweet – ****
- Busted Open Match: Bully Ray vs Tommy Dreamer: Bully wins – ** 1/2
- Time Machine (Kushida, Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs Rich Swann, Frankie Kazarian & Steve Maclin: Kushida wins via Hoverboard Lock – ****
Speedball Mike Bailey vs Jonathan Gresham
With the injuries in the main event, I could definitely see one, or both of these guys; fast tracked into the title scene after Rebellion. And I don’t think anyone would really be mad at that.
A quick tit for tat start, no one really gets any advantage. Just a few quick counters and takeover attempts. They both pause to take in chants from the crowd and then lock up again. Collar and Elbow tie up, they don’t release and both roll one another under the rope and out of the ring. There is an early moment where while he’s against the ropes he pokes Speedball in the eye and then apologizes. So things go back to a technical face vs face, but it could be a precursor.
Technical catch wrestling continues. Wrestling one another down, trying to get positions for small submission picks or limb attacks, but nothing is sticking yet. Gresham does manage to an Indian Deathlock, and then a Reverse Figure Four that Gresham conveniently can’t untangle so the referee has to do it and Bailey is pissed. Gresham tries to explain it, but Bailey lights him up, Gresham falls out of the ring, Golden Triangle Moonsault and now the aggression is starting to pick up. Hamstring Kicks and Chops from Bailey, but Gresham baits the attack and trips up Bailey before attacking the left knee with a grin on his face. Bailey is grounded for a while and Gresham keeps trying to twist off his leg. Eventually some Up Kicks break the submission attempt but Gresham wrestles him down again into a Bow and Arrow Trailer Hitch kind of move. Since Bailey has Tanahashi next week, Gresham must be trying to make Bailey’s knees equal. Good Guy Gresham.
Bailey starts stringing some offense together, but a few Low Dropkicks ruins Bailey’s base and causes him to face plant and the offense is going nowhere. Gresham even goes for the pinfall by trying to hyper extend the leg he’s been working on. Strikes continue to trade, Gresham tries to shoot the half but Bailey kicks off, Hamstring Kick again, Gresham Kips Up but clutches the leg a little, a chance for Speedball but Gresham cradles him to the ground and locks in a Figure Four. Speedball eventually rolls to the apron, Gresham tries to continue the stretching but Bailey kicks him into the post, sweeps the leg and Moonsault Double Knees right on Gresham’s head; Bailey went full Billy Kidman with his offense.
Bailey and Gresham continue to jockey for position on the outside, it looks like it might be a double count out. Gresham gets in at 9, Bailey gets in right at the 10 and the referee allows the match to continue. Some quick offense, Tornado Kicks to the corner, Ultima Weapon misses, Gresham goes for the Figure Four again but Speedball reverses it and Gresham taps pretty quick.
Backstage segment with Brian Myers, Moose joins and says he’ll help him beat Hendry – but then Santino shows up! He tells Moose he’s dumb and just stooged himself out, so he’s banning him from ringside. Who would’ve thunk it, the comedy character brings the logic.
Digital Media Championship: Joe Hendry (c) vs Brian Myers
Myers powders after a few early bumps and then Hendry follows him. Hendry is definitely not fighting with “champion’s advantage”, as is the way for babyfaces. Myers tries to fight back on the floor but a Scoop Slam leaves Myers on the receiving end. Hendry has to roll in to reset the 10 count and Myers catches him.
A few quick attacks, Roster Cut attempt but Hendry gets the goozle on. Standing Ovation attempt but Myers slips it, Chop Block, and continues to hammer down on Hendry. Myers with a Falcon Arrow and a bunch of slightly arrogant offense until he goes for the Crossbody, gets caught again, Sack of Shit, and Hendry is back on the offensive. Pop Up Power – no, slips and a Running Spear from Myers for a 2 count. Myers hits the top rope but Hendry cuts him off, Myers pushes him off, launches and Hendry hits the RKO mid move! Throws Myers into the ropes, Standing Ovation, and Hendry retains!
So Mickie addresses her injury, it seems she broke a rib during the tag match. They are allowing Mickie to hold on to the title until Rebellion. Either she defends it in a 3 way versus Jordynne and the winner of the 4 Way at the Multiverse United show or Jordynne will face the winner of the 4 Way for the vacated title.
Gisele Shaw w/Jai Vidal & Savannah Evans vs Deonna Purrazzo
Deonna starts off angry, Gisele is getting rocked early, they go through a few rope running counter cradles and slides but its just early counter wrestling. Gisele manages to surprise Deonna going for an Armbar, but Deonna counters it, tries the Venus de Milo but Shaw powders. Deonna hits the Baseball Slide, starts beating on Gisele but she slides back in to distract the referee while Savannah clocks Deonna.
Triplicate European Uppercuts from Gisele keep her very comfortably in control. Another distraction to the ref and Savannah swings and connects with Deonna again. Deonna tries to fight from the corner, Gisele grabs Deonna’s feet drapes her across the ropes and drops both knees on Deonna. Gisele drives her knee into Deonna’s shoulder blades and goes for the Chin Lock. Deonna tries to power out, Gisele stifles it a little, but Deonna catches her with a Twisting Neckbreaker. Slow start to the strike exchange but it slowly picks up, Deonna with a beautiful spot of a no look Back Kick right to Gisele’s stomach, Running Knee Lift into the Russian Leg Sweep for 2. Deonna Pump Kick, Gisele Superkick, Deonna bounces off the ropes, Flatliner into Koji Clutch, but Gisele slides back a little to turn it into a pinfall to break the submission.
Both women have wrist control and just swing at each other. Deonna gets the best, one big swing but Gisele ducks it, catches Deonna in Shock and Awe (Backbreaker into Flatliner). Denouement attempt, Deonna grabs at the arm for the Fujiwara attempt but Gisele fights it off. Venus de Milo gets locked in and Deonna holds it a little longer to make a point.
Savannah attacks Deonna afterwards, but Tasha Steelz music hits. Tasha tries to play nice like she’s here to help Savannah, then cheap shots her, fights off Jai with a Tornado DDT kicking off of Savannah. Okurr on Jai and Tasha cleans house and babyfaces herself.
Kenny King w/Eddie Edwards vs PCO
Kenny comes out in an Honor No More shirt, which is a nice way to play into the story.
Eddie tries to get PCO’s attention and then Kenny attacks him right as the bell rings. PCO turns things around shortly, Eddie keeps trying to find angles to give Kenny ambush spots but PCO keeps fighting back. PCO stalks Eddie on the outside and Kenny hits a beautiful Tornillo, then a Scoop Slam as he mocks the whole Frankenstein gimmick. PCO rolls in and Kenny John Woo’s him into the corner and starts Bootwashing his face to talk smack. PCO fires, goozle and just throws Kenny out of the ring.
PCO kicks Kenny from getting back in the ring, looks to do his Senton but “short circuits”. So PCO does a Senton to the wrong side of the ring, crashing but popping right back up, and it apparently helped correct the issue. So Senton onto Kenny, throws him back in, Kenny tries the Eddy Gordo kick but PCO just barrels over him. PCO drapes Kenny in the corner, Codebreaker, into the back of the head Guillotine Leg Drop and now PCO pulls him to the apron.
Here we go, Deanimator attempt – but Eddie cuts him off, PCO kicks him back into the cameras, Kenny gets up and an Iconoclasm bouncing off the apron of the ring! Kenny throws him into the steps, rolls in, things he’s all but won…yet PCO beats the 10 count. “He’s Not Human” chant starts, Frog Splash from Kenny and PCO kicks out and fires at 2. Eddie throws a Kendo stick in the ring to distract the referee from Kenny using a chair. Kenny hits PCO once, PCO shakes it off and has a gameplan. So he actually helps keep the referee distracted to bait in Kenny for another chairshot attempt, but PCO just punches through the chair and knocks out Kenny.
Maclin, Kaz and Rich have a backstage segment. It perfectly shows the story beats of Maclin being annoyed that he put in all this prep and recon on Josh just for the opponent to be flipped. Typical tumultuous team members vibe, but Maclin gets his story beats across beautifully.
Can #RichSwann and @FrankieKazarian trust @SteveMaclin? #Sacrifice pic.twitter.com/TcEZ79IWkC
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) March 25, 2023
X Division Championship: Lince Dorado vs Trey Miguel (c)
Okay Lince comes out in a bathrobe with some cringe ass “Lucha Lit” gimmick. I…hate it. This is probably the first time ever that I want Trey to win. Cause Dorado is cringe as hell. In a game of them both sucking, I’ll pick the style of trash that I can tolerate more…which is Trey.
Lucha counter wrestling with flips over trips and that stupid ass Mirrored Dropkick Spot. I also don’t love the Lince doing the cat mannerisms, but Puma King and a few others have done that…so I guess its more tolerated in Lucha. This whole match has been a little paint by numbers boring Lucha where the moves are done just to pop the crowd but not to actually accomplish anything.
Diving whatever moves they accomplish nothing. Its really hard for me to care about flippy trash matches. Lince hits 2 of the 3 step Moonsaults, but Trey of course no sells and dodges the third, Tiger Wall Kick, but Trey stumbles a little for the Enzuigiri, Trey also hits a sloppy Outside In Tiger Feint…its just sloppy spots for spots sake. I would probably be more entertained if I had Runescape fired up on a different tab. This is just a waste of space, much like both “wrestlers”.
Lince hits a Avalanche Frankensteiner, into a Shooting Star Press but Trey powders. Lince tries that bounce off the corner with his legs spot, but its sloppy. Another sloppy Tiger Feint from Trey, Slingshot Sunset Bomb for 2. These are just stupid moves for stupid sake. Lince tries to cut off Trey from a rope run with a Big Boot but mostly misses, makes the whole cut off exchange look stupid. Trey with a flash cradle during the cut offs for pinfall. Eww…this was garbage.
IMPACT Tag Team Titles: TMDK (Shane Haste & Bad Dude Tito) vs Bullet Club (Ace Austin & Chris Bey) (c)
It is nice to see a variation of TMDK back together. I also enjoyed Tito called Ace and Bey the “Mini Bullet Club” since they’re the juniors heavyweights.
Tito and Bey start off, Bey is trying to show off his speed, Tito gets across the power though. Tito kinda looks like a young Scott Steiner, and he literally tosses Bey back into his corner. Ace tags in, tries to do something but Tito is just too strong. Haste gets tagged in for some flashy yet effective offense. Ace finds something with the Triangle Victory Roll, Bey blind tag, cheap shot on Tito, Russian Leg Sweep + Low Sweep combination into some Click Click Boom. So Bullet Club is showing very nice Junior style synergy. Haste is very loud and animated, so he’s a great one to have eating the offense. Especially when they do their Back Rake goof spot.
Haste finally maneuvers things to tag Tito in, and Haste hands off Ace to Tito and Tito hits a Standing Blue Thunder Bomb. Tree of Woe, Bey tries to come in to break up the spot but the referee is distract, Tito steps up and stands on the groin, nice homage to Petey Williams. We are in Canada. Announce team almost sets up too much meme fodder, and then Rehwoldt steers into it. Rehwoldt said Bey was trying to rush into to get Tito off…paused for a second, which you know Hannifan gave him a look. So then they just pivot to everyone in TMDK being like Australian Sex Pistols. Very clever misdirection.
The match is fun, Bey gets the hot tag, clocks everyone, Haste tries a Lariat, Bey ducks that, flies onto Tito on the outside, comes back in, Tornado Fameasser for 2. Bullet Club goes for a Torture Rack/Triangle Kick combo, but Haste gets out of it. Tito gets tagged in and he start to look like Steve Williams with the Doctor Bomb for 2. Tito hits a big battering ram Dive on Bey to clear him out. Haste Falcon Arrow, Tito Froggy Splash, but Bey breaks it up.
Tito starts getting ping ponged between the two Juniors, Torture Rack/Triangle Kick combination, for 1-2-3? – no Haste comes in the referee says it was in time to stop the 3 count. Tito charges and a beautifully times Superkick + Spinning Back Heel Kick on Tito. He’s dazed, ABC 1-2-Sweet! Bullet Club retain!
Busted Open Match: Bully Ray vs Tommy Dreamer
This is a First Blood Match for anyone who doesn’t know, and Dreamer comes out with an ECW Championship Belt.
Chair duel to start things, ECW replica belt to the face of Bully Ray. Dreamer grabs a soda from a fan, Muta mist on Bully, tries to shove the can into his skull for early blood but no. Bully crotches Dreamer on the guardrail and then picks a fight with Darren McCarty who’s in the crowd. Darren McCarty was the enforcer for the Detroit Red Wings, so its very old school letting the ex sports guy play. Bully also has a great spot where he pulls out a step ladder, then asks the referee to hold it, does the Jimmy Snuka pose and goes for a Splash and misses. Bully gets to rile up AEW and WWF fans all in one spot. Good old school heat. Corny, but good.
Dreamer gets a bag of tacks, Bully fights off the Piledriver, gets the cheese grater but Dreamer hits the Bionic Elbow as a counter. Cheese grater with Dreamer, Dreamer charges, Bully pulls the referee in the corner, so ref bump. Dreamer eventually makes contact with the cheese grater, but there’s no referee and Bully has his back to the camera, so it slow rolls the result nicely. Good Hands hit the ring, on with a towel to see if he can blot the bleeding before the ref comes to.
Bully hits Tommy with pocket tacks instead of pocket sand. Tries to drive Dreamer’s face into the tacks and then Elbow it further down but Dreamer moves. Dreamer grabs the grater again, Bully tries to beg off, screams he’s sorry and now tries to guilt Tommy with his family is going to see this. Dreamer actually stops and then Bully hits him in the balls. Bully busts open Tommy with the tacks, the Good Hands slide in Tommy as the referee comes to, so the referee only sees Dreamer bleeding. Its a solid old school Hardcore match but it was definitely a little too plodding and corny.
Yuya Uemura tries to make the save, then Darren McCarty jumps the railing. This really has turned into ECW, Bully gets a mic, asks him if he really wants to fight and tells security to let him go. LOL – a literal Hockey Fight. McCarty gets the best of things, Good Hands mug him from behind. Triple Powerbomb McCarty through the table.
Scott D’Amore’s music hits! Scott starts stripping like he’s Ric Flair. Bully calls down Scott, but Scott has backup. He calls Rino, Heath, Gresham, Baily and Joe Hendry. Good Hands try to attack Scott…Scott stops him…and HITS A CANADIAN DESTROYER! Can this lead to a Lethal Lockdown match? Team D’Amore versus Team Bully? Give me that…give me some Lethal Lockdown now!
Time Machine (Kushida, Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs Rich Swann, Frankie Kazarian & Steve Maclin
Shelley and Swann start off, and its just a bit of chain wrestling. They both have Hammerlocks, Headlocks, and just twist around to try and find an angle. Shelley speeds things up a little, Shoulder Tackle, rope run, Swann goes down and Shelley puts on the brakes to sink in a quick STF but Rich grabs the rope. Kaz and Sabin tag in and we get some Battle of the Futures nostalgia.
Back and forth, Up and Over, Sabin with the Arm Drag into the Top Wristlock. Kaz fights through, a little more quick counters and fun stalemate spots as they are all having fun with each other. Kushida tags in and points to Maclin. Kaz slaps Maclin’s chest and we all know Maclin isn’t a fun loving babyface like Kaz and Swann, so the tone should start to change. Kushida starts by starting Grounded ala Inoki vs Ali, then manages to trip up Maclin and keep the mat wrestling going, but Maclin finally gets back to hit feet and can finally use his size and power to his advantage. Shelley blind tag, Time Splitters PK to the Arm combo.
Shelley keeps on the arm that got kicks with the Arm Wringer and then a few quick shots to the damaged arm. Kaz makes the blind tag after Maclin uses the middle rope into Shelley’s throat. Kaz and Rich with a little Hip Toss tandem stuff for a near fall on Shelley. But the tone of Rich and Kaz is definitely much different. Shelley fights his way out of the enemy corner, Time Machine triple team, Single Leg Crab, Camel Clutch, Sliding Dropkick from Sabin onto Rich. Kaz is trying to police too much of Maclin’s motion, typical team that doesn’t get along stuff. Rich driven into Kaz in the corner, triple Dropkicks from all of Time Machine.
Kushida tags in, stares down Maclin and then Maclin picks up and throws Rich to Time Machine because you can tell he’s frustrated getting policed with all of his moves. MCMG hold Rich, Kushida hits the Baseball Slide on the restrained wrestler and Kushida does the little Liger spin around pose/taunt and stares down Maclin. Shelley starts with the joint manipulation, and Swann is just getting torn apart. Swann in the Tree of Woe, Sliding Dropkick to Swann’s face, and then the Triple Baseball Slide. Sabin tags in with the Octopus Hold on Rich which he rolls into a pinfall, but Rich kicks out. You hear Maclin say “All you have to do is tag me bitch” – which proves that Maclin is trying to be a team player in his own way.
Rich fights out of the triple team, and chooses to tag in Kaz. Kaz hot tag, exchanges with Sabin which turns into the Guillotine Leg Drop through the ropes, Kaz is taking out everyone right now. Two Springboard Leg Drops…and now a third as all of the Time Machine offense is stopped. Sabin blind tag though gives Time Machine some momentum. Rich tries to come in, gets rocked, Maclin charges, Sabin grabs him and Tornado DDT sends Maclin to powder. Missile Dropkick/Flatliner on Kaz for 2.
Cradle Shock counter, rolling tag to Rich. Avalanche Headscissors, Rich goes to the top rope, Maclin tags himself in, but Time Machine gets rolling. Dragon Screw from Kushida with the Mutoh pose afterwards. Maclin and Shelley are legal, and going back and forth. Double Arm Breaker from Shelley after Kaz tries to get involved. Maclin gets some offense back in, Caught in the Crosshairs form Maclin, Maclin tags in Kaz, Kaz tags Rich, tandem attacks, Cutter form Rich into a 450…1-2-Kushida Kicks out! Swann goes for Phoenix Splash but misses. Flying Armbar from Kushida, triple Submission spot, but Maclin gets out of his and breaks Kushida’s submission. Maclin stares down Time Machine, hits the ropes and gets eaten alive by tandem attacks.
Time Machine goes for a Double Shiranui Tower, but it gets broken up. Outatime lands on Kaz. Sliced Bread lands on Swann. Tanaka Punch blocked, Maclin eats Shell Shock, Sabin gives Kushida a rolling start to throw him onto Maclin like a Spider Monkey and sink in the Hoverboard Lock. Maclin taps relatively quick, which is strategic to not risk injury.
Overall Score: 7/10
Talk about a show that no one knew what the hell to expect! Josh vacating the belt means that things had to change with fairly short notice. Mickie’s implications of either a Triple threat or she’ll hand over the belt to the winner if she’s not cleared is something you don’t see too often. But when it comes down to the card, the show was relatively good. Trey & Lince was hot garbage, and Busted Open was what we all kind of expected. Was it a bit more entertaining with some of the ECW nods? Sure. But it was just a spectacle and honestly Scott D’Amore hitting the Canadian Destroyer made that all worth it.
OH CANADA! @ScottDAmore CANADIAN DESTROYERS @TheJasonHotch and Windsor EXPLODES! #Sacrifice pic.twitter.com/iqqpiH0tMZ
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) March 25, 2023
The tag and six man matches were the best stuff on the card, and sets the stage decently well for storylines into Rebellion. I’m not joking though, if we don’t get Team D’Amore vs Team Bully in a Lethal Lockdown…the salt will pour. Don’t let the Canadian Destroyer spot be for naught! Oh – and put the damn belt on Maclin!
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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (3/24/23)
It’s a family feud!
Wrestling really does have more than one royal family.
While Cody Rhodes is back on SmackDown to take on Ludwig Kaiser, Dominik Mysterio plans on confronting in his entire family in Las Vegas! Will Rey finally snap on his son?
- Cody Rhodes VS Ludwig Kaiser w/ Giovanni Vinci; Cody wins.
- Rey Mysterio VS LA Knight; Knight wins.
- WrestleMania Women’s Tag Team Showcase Qualifier: Lacey Evans & Xia Li VS Shotzi Blackheart & Natalya; Shotzi & Natalya win and advance to WrestleMania.
- “Butch” Pete Dunne w/ The Brawling Brutes VS GUNTER; Gunther wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Cody Rhodes VS Ludwig Kaiser w/ Giovanni Vinci!
The American Nightmare is back on SmackDown, looking to stay razor sharp for his match with the Tribal Chief. But will he get more than just a tune-up from the Impeccable German? Or will Kaiser keep the mat sacred?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up for “CODY! CODY!” Ludwig eggs Cody on, they tie up, and they’re in a deadlock. Cody powers Ludwig to a corner but Ludwig turns it around. Ludwig lets off, but throws a body shot! Ludwig whips, Cody reverses and reels Ludwig in to suplex! Fans fire up as Cody keeps Ludwig in the air, before the GOURD BUSTER! But wait, here comes Paul Heyman. Cody is distracted by the Wise Man, Ludwig waistlocks, but Cody trips Ludwig to then SHINING WIZARD! Ludwig bails out while Cody glances back at Heyman. Fans continue to rally for Cody while SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Cody staggers over to Ludwig. Ludwig UPPERCUTS then COMPLETE SHOTS! Cover, TWO! Ludwig scowls, and he rains down fists in a headlock! Fans boo but Ludwig lets off. Ludwig clamps onto Cody with a chinlock, then CLUBS him down. Fans boo as Ludwig goes outside to drag Cody to the corner, but Cody YANKS Ludwig into the post! Cody goes out to CHOP Ludwig, ROCKS him, and then CHOPS him against the announce desk! Cody rains down fists and fans fire up! Cody puts Ludwig back in the ring, runs and springboards, but Ludwig trips him up and YANKS him down!
Heyman is stoic as Ludwig sits Cody up to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Cody scowls but Ludwig looms over him. Ludwig pie faces Cody, drags him up but Cody ROCKS Ludwig and JABS and throws a body shot. Ludwig throat chops in return! Ludwig CHOKES Cody on the ropes, the ref counts and Ludwig lets off. Fans boo, but Vinci gets a cheap shot! Cover, TWO! Ludwig clamps back on with a chinlock. Cody endures, fans rally up, and Cody fights up to his feet. Ludwig throws Cody down by his hair! Fans boo more as Ludwig paces around and taunts Cody. Ludwig rains down more fists, then scrapes Cody’s face!
Ludwig runs to BASEMENT UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Heyman is still stoic as Cody drags himself to ropes. Ludwig kicks the ropes to jam Cody’s arm! Ludwig drags Cody up to UPPERCUT! Cody ROCKS Ludwig with forearm after forearm! Ludwig JAWBREAKERS! Ludwig throws body shots and stomps in the corner, whips corner to corner, then runs in, but Cody puts him on the apron! Cody ROCKS Ludwig, and BEAUTIFUL DISASTER KICKS Ludwig down! Fans fire up and Heyman is upset now. Ludwig staggers up into a kick, and Cody reels Ludwig in! Cody hooks the arms, but now SOLO SIKOA appears!
Fans boo as the Bloodline approaches, but Ludwig CHOP BLOCKS Cody’s leg! Solo and Heyman stay at the ramp as Ludwig goes out. Cody throws hands, whips, but Ludwig reverses and sends Cody crashing into steel steps! Fans boo but Cody drags himself up, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Cody throws hands on Ludwig. Ludwig headlocks, Cody powers out and things speed up, but DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Solo & Heyman are now ringside as fans rally up. Vinci coaches Ludwig but Cody sits up first. They stand, Cody throws a body shot but Ludwig throws a haymaker. Cody throws a forearm, Ludwig gives it back, they go shot for shot, back and forth, faster and faster, and fans fire up! Ludwig kicks low, whips, but Cody reverses to then follow and CLOBBER Ludwig! Cody kicks, RHODES UPPERCUT! Cody then baits Ludwig, goes up and over in a corner, and POWERSLAMS! Cover, TWO!
Solo is stoic, Heyman smiles, but then Vinci throws in his track jacket. The ref gets that out of the way, but misses the HIGH LOW COMBO from Imperium! Cover, TWO!! Cody survives and Ludwig is surprised. Ludwig shouts “NEIN!” and runs in to UPPERCUT, GAMANGIRI and HALF HATCH SUPLEX! Ludwig goes up top, leaps, but into a dragon sleeper! But Ludwig drops to victory roll! TWO, and Cody dodges Ludwig to springboard, CODY CUTTER! Fans fire up as Cody stares down Heyman & Solo! Cody waits on Ludwig, reels him back in, CROSS RHODES!! Cover, Cody wins!
Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall
The Impeccable German was less than perfect, and he loses to the American Nightmare! But Cody watches Solo get up on the apron and Heyman has the mic. Heyman has Solo stand down, and then tells Cody, “You’re owed an apology. And since I’m the Wise Man of the Bloodline, may I? I am going to be the one to deliver that apology to you.” The ring announcer did a lousy job. She must be from Vegas. Fans boo and Heyman acts surprised. But Heyman will do the honors. “Ladies and gentlemen! Your winner… and still challenger for the reigning! Defending! Undisputed! WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion, Roman Reigns… Cody! RRRRHODES!”
Fans are torn but Heyman says this is the very same Cody Rhodes that sees his Road to WrestleMania with a giant pothole in front of him that happens this Monday Night Raw, when Cody goes one versus one against… SOLO! And if, and isn’t that a big “if,” IF Cody survives Solo, then it’s not the Road to WrestleMania. All roads lead to Roman Reigns, who will be here live on SmackDown next Friday to see Cody one final time face to face. Heyman tosses the mic to Cody and he catches it. “Is that what we’re doing, Mr. Heyman? Are you moving the goal posts for me? Another thing you did, you interrupted them while they were singing the song.
“And now, you wanna move the goal posts and move ’em right here, huh? Am I expected to say ‘No?’ Oh, it’s six days out from the biggest match in the history of my family, I should probably say no, right? WELL, I probably shouldn’t have wrestled with half my body hanging off, and I still beat Seth Rollins! So when it comes to you,” he says as he points at Solo, “undefeated and as good as you are, like I said last week. You’re. Not. Ready!” Fans chant that, then Cody continues.
“And as for the champion, Roman Reigns. After Solo finds out that he’s not ready, at WrestleMania on April 2nd, your boy, Roman Reigns, the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, will find out the same thing. He is not ready, either!” Cody throws the mic back and Heyman misses it! Will everything about this homestretch to Hollywood be a nightmare for The Bloodline?
BREAKING NEWS for WrestleMania!
The very first match of night one on Saturday, April 1st will be… AUSTIN THEORY VS JOHN CENA! The United States Championship will set the pace for the weekend, will The Now find that he’s not ready, either?
Charlotte Flair is here!
Vegas fires up as The Queen heads to the ring. The SmackDown Women’s Champion has her pyro then gets the mic to tell Las Vegas, “We are just eight days away from WrestleMania! Fourteen times. Fourteen time world champion. And I can tell you, that was not built on fear, insecurities or nepotism. The same three things have been used against me by everyone, and I mean everyone, since I started in this business.
“Fear. What is fear? Fear is a lack of understanding. It’s ignorance. This business wasn’t built on fear. This business was built on respect! Rhea Ripley, I don’t fear you. I respect you! The only thing that I fear is my own potential. I respected Nikki and Brie. I respect Sasha, Bayley, Becky, Trish, Ronda, Asuka, Natty! I respected all of them! Insecurities. Damn right I have insecurities! Are you really ‘whatting’ me? This is important to me so listen. Insecurities, damn right I have them. And I have built this house on every brick that all of you have thrown at me! For the last seven YEARS! Lastly, nepotism.” Fans “WOO~!”
“That’s right, Vegas. I love my dad. And I will never apologize for continuing the greatest legacy in sports entertainment! And whether you like it or don’t like it, you better learn to love it, because diamonds are forever, and so is Charlotte Flair. WOO~!” The Queen is fired up, but will she be able to hold her throne at WrestleMania?
Rey Mysterio VS LA Knight!
The King of Lucha Libre, the headliner of this year’s WWE Hall of Fame class, has been pushed and pushed and pushed by his punk of a son, and the Mega Star was one big mouth too far! Will Rey be able to shut up the obnoxious jerk that isn’t Dominik? Or will things only get worse for Rey on the Road to WrestleMania Weekend?
SmackDown returns and Knight makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. Knight chases Rey but Rey dodges and fires off hands! Knight shoves Rey away, but Rey slides under and dropkicks Knight to a corner. Rey runs in but Knight fights off the monkey flip. But Rey avoids the elbow drop! Rey runs in, and now he MONKEY FLIPS! Knight staggers up,. Rey KICKS Knight to a corner, and then rains down fists! Fans count all the way to TEN, then Rey gives us some Latino Heat. Rey runs, but Knight FLAPJACKS him down! Knight stomps Rey, stomps him to ropes, but the ref counts.
Knight lets off, “YEAH!” Then he bumps Rey off a buckle. Knight throws hands, JABS Rey, then digs his boots in. The ref counts, Knight lets off at 4, and Knight brings Rey up. Knight shoves Rey into the corner, Rey bounces off buckles, and into the NECKBREAKER! Knight spells it out, “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!” Cover, ONE!! Knight is annoyed and he throws fists down. Knight keeps on Rey, throws hands, then he bumps Rey off buckles. Fans rally and duel, but Knight whips Rey to ropes. Rey ducks ‘n’ dodges then tilt-o-whirls to RANA! Knight flounders out of the ring and fans fire up!
Rey runs, WRECKS Knight with a dropkick, then he builds speed. Rey SLIDES to SPLASH! Fans fire up for that one, and Rey stalks Knight to CLUB him! Rey puts Knight in the ring, climbs up and shoulders in! Then he GAMANGIRIS Knight away, climbs the corner, but here comes Dom! Dom said he’d ruin the fun, and Knight trips Rey up! Rey tumbles to the mat, but Dom doesn’t care. Fans boo as Dom walks down the ramp while SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Knight stomps away on Rey again. Knight drags Rey up but Rey throws hands! Rey fires off but Knight knees low! Knight scoops, Rey slips off and rolls Knight up, to then dropkick! Fans fire up while Knight scrambles around. Knight goes after Rey, Rey slips under and runs, but into a BOOT! Cover, TWO! Dom paces at ringside, and Knight sits Rey up to KNEE him in the back! Knight drags Rey up, back suplexes high and hard, then dusts off his hands. “YEAH!” Knight grins as he stands over Rey, then he pulls on the mask. The ref reprimands, Knight whips Rey to ropes, but Rey ducks ‘n’ dodges!
Rey CROSSBODIES, but Knight catches him for a POWERSLAM! Dom smirks while Knight spells it out again. “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!” But Rey avoids the elbow drop! Rey and Knight slowly stand up, Rey goes to ropes and Knight storms over, but into an elbow! Rey springboards, wheelbarrows and BULLDOGS! Dom is annoyed but Rey goes to the apron. Rey climbs up, SEATED SENTONS! And Rey keeps moving, SPRINGBOARD CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Knight is still in this but Rey brings him up to whip him to ropes. Knight reverses, kicks low and back suplexes, but Rey lands on his feet! Tilt-o-whirl, but Knight blocks to a BACKPACK SLAM! Cover, TWO!
Knight grows frustrated but he drags Rey back up. Fans rally for “619! 619!” as Knight scoops, but Rey turns slam into DDT! Rey then dropkicks Knight onto the ropes! Fans fire up, Rey dials it up, 619 BLOCKED by Knight! Knight grins, lifts Rey up, but Rey RANAS free! Rey redials, but Dom trips him up!! Fans boo and Rey is furious! He can’t believe Dom is doing this now, but Knight rolls Rey up! KNIGHT WINS!!
Winner: LA Knight, by pinfall
Dom smiles because he just screwed his dad over. Dom gets the mic and tells, “Jefe… You gonna give me what I want? Huh? C’mon. C’mon Or are you gonna run away? Or are you gonna finally be a man and face me at WrestleMania?” Dom pushes Rey, and Rey brings down the straps. To wag his finger, “No.” Dom says, “That’s right. Walk away like you always do. Hey, mom. How does it feel to be married to such a pathetic loser? A coward who can’t even stand up to his own son?” Fans boo but then Dom points out the rest of the family. He asks if mom knew she married a deadbeat.
She did, because here’s why. She sat there every night while Rey abandoned Dom, sot hat makes her no better! His sister steps up now, and Dom asks Aalyah what she’s gonna do about it. She’s too stupid to understand this. Mom Angie snatches the mic from Dom but Dom snatches it back to tell her to shut up! Rey storms back over and fans fire up! Dom dares Rey to do something, and Rey DECKS Dom!! Dom is shocked but Vegas is thunderous! Rey tells Dom that Dom pushed him to do this. Rey doesn’t wanna do this but Dom gave him no choice! You do not disrespect your mother like that! That is Rey’s wife!
Dom wanted a fight at Mania? Then he’s on!! Fans are thunderous again as Rey says, “I’ll see you at WrestleMania, son.” Dom scurries away, having gotten what he wanted like the brat he is. But will Dom come to regret everything he’s done these past few months?
WrestleMania Women’s Tag Team Showcase Qualifier: Lacey Evans & Xia Li VS Shotzi Blackheart & Natalya!
The Model Soldier teams with The Predator to take on the Wild Child and the Queen of Harts! Liv Morgan & Raquel Rodriguez are watching ringside, who will they see join them in this Fatal 4 Way tag team showcase?
The teams sort out, Shotzi and Lacey start. Fans rally as Shotzi and Lacey circle, then Shotzi gets around to a waistlock. Shotzi ripcords, wrenches and wristlocks but Lacey throws Shotzi by her hair! Cover, TWO! Lacey drags Shotzi up and fans rally as Lacey whips her to the corner. Lacey RAMS into Shotzi, tags Xia, and then mocks the fans. Xia stomps Shotzi, brings her up to CHOP, then taunts Natty. Xia runs in to KNEE and ELBOW Shotzi, then reels her in for an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Natty rallies the fans behind Shotzi but Lacey tells them to shut up. Xia bumps Shotzi off buckles and tags in Lacey.
Lacey mocks the fans, then runs to headstand and BRONCO BUSTER! Lacey drags Shotzi up, snapmares and then dribbles Shotzi’s face off the mat! Cover, TWO! Fans rally but Lacey drags Shotzi up. Shotzi throws hands, kicks but Lacey blocks to trip her up! Lacey then sucker punches Natty! Fans boo but Shotzi rolls Lacey up! TWO and Shotzi ENZIGURIS Lacey down! But Natty is still off the corner so Shotzi has to BOOT Lacey away! Shotzi runs but Lacey CLOBBERS her! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Lacey tags Xia. Lacey & Xia drag Shotzi up, double whip but Shotzi KICKS Xia and JAWBREAKERS Lacey!
Xia waistlocks Shotzi, Lacey storms up, but Shotzi slips free and the WOMAN’S RIGHT takes out Xia!! Lacey is furious, but Shotzi whips her out of the ring! Shotzi swings on Lacey, Lacey counter punches, but Natty is back! Natty BOOTS Lacey, then Shotzi DIVES to take Lacey down! Fans fire up as Shotzi hurries back in and tags Natty! HART ATTACK! And then the SHARPSHOOTER! Xia taps, Natty & Shotzi win!
Winners: Shotzi Blackheart & Natalya, by pinfall (advance to WrestleMania)
Two hearts and a lot of fire, these two make it through! But wait, here come Ronda & Shayna! Shayna says, “Look at all the history in the ring right now! I mean, each single one of those women has a reason to want to get revenge on us, right? Let’s look. Broken hand, broken nose, broken arm, broken spirit. What do you say we uh… Give them the opportunity tonight?” Fans fire up as the Baddest Women on the Planet step up, but then Ronda says, “Wait, Shay-Bayz. I’ve got a question for you. How many times have we sold out this exact arena?” A couple times. And what about this entire town? A couple more times.
And how much did they appreciate it? ZERO TIMES! These two have given Vegas more than it deserves, so never again! And certainly not tonight. Shayna agrees with that. But lucky for the others, or maybe unlucky, these two are here to let them know, they’re in the tag team showcase! WrestleMania may be taking place in Hollywood, but the stakes just got raised like here in Vegas! Who wins when the odds are not in their favor?
Drew McIntyre heads to the ring.
Vegas fires up as the Scottish Warrior, Celtic Warrior and Der Ring General are about to converge for a contract signing! The Triple Threat for the Intercontinental Championship isn’t until WrestleMania, but will things break down on SmackDown?
SmackDown returns and Adam Pearce is in the ring to welcome us to this contract signing. But before he can introduce McIntyre, Sheamus and the Brawling Brutes make their way out! “Las Vegas, what’s the crack?” Sheamus says everyone’s been asking why he’s so mad at McIntyre. Imagine this: imagine working 15 YEARS of your life to achieve a particular goal; now imagine telling your best friend about that goal, only for him to go behind your back to try and steal it away from you. Imagine that friend being someone you let sleep and live on your couch, that you brought to his first training session in this business!
McIntyre rolls his eyes as Sheamus has said a lot of this before. Sheamus says, “Now imagine getting the opportunity to smash that person’s face in on the Grandest Stage of Them All, because they’re nothing but a backstabbing-” McIntyre says, “Imagine shutting up for a second. Every week, you run your mouth, you try to give me this guilt trip, trying to make me feel bad. And if it’s not on SmackDown, it’s on social medial with your little gifs and memes you create, blow up my Twitter like a teenage girl. It’s embarrassing, mate!”
McIntyre says last week, they were in this ring, proving why they are the most physical superstars in the WWE! They beat the hell out of each other! And afterwards, they should’ve been in the bar, laughing about it. That’s what they did in the old times. But now, Sheamus is so sensitive, he has this temper, that Sheamus can’t separate personal and business. Sheamus says McIntyre made this personal! McIntyre has a lot he’d love to say but he’ll stick to facts. And the facts are: McIntyre has beaten Sheamus, and he KNOWS he can beat Gunther. And history has shown that Sheamus can’t. Fans fire up as the two stare down.
Pearce has both men stand down because in order to get to WrestleMania, he needs three signatures on the contract. So how about we get the first two taken care of now? McIntyre takes the pen, signs his part, and then hands things over to Sheamus. Sheamus takes another pen, he signs his part, and then McIntyre throws his pen to the crowd as a free souvenir. And here comes GUNTHER! Gunther storms right into the ring, he gets right in Pearce’s face, and he tells Pearce to justify this decision. Justify why Gunther is in a match where the other two can pin or submit the other and Gunther still loses his title. Justify it! JUSTIFY IT!!
Pearce has Gunther calm down now, and Gunther signs his part. Is Pearce happy now? Whatever he has to do to defend HIS title at WrestleMania will be justified. Gunther will beat McIntyre. He will beat Sheamus. And if he has to, he’ll beat up Ridge and- What is Dunne looking at him like that for? DUNNE JUMPS THE TABLE TO GET AT GUNTHER!! Fans go wild as Butch goes wild! Ridge drags Dunne away, Gunther TOSSES the table! Gunther gets in Pearce’s face and Gunther wants a match! Pearce says okay, just calm down! Is Der Ring General about to break the Bruiserweight?
“Butch” Pete Dunne w/ The Brawling Brutes VS GUNTER!
SmackDown returns, and Gunther has Dunne on the ropes. Dunne pulls on Gunther’s ears! Then CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Dunne runs, but into a BOOT! Gunther drags Dunne up, scoops and SLAMS him, then sits him up to PENALTY KICK! Dunne kicks back from below! Dunne forearms, CHOPS, SLAPS and then jumps on for a a DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Gunther throws body shots and then shifts Dunne around into a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Fans fire up while Gunther paces around Dunne. Gunther kicks Dunne in the side, he taunts Sheamus, then he stomps Dunne down.
Gunther brings Dunne up but Dunne throws body shots! Dunne forearms, but Gunther CHOPS Dunne off his feet! Even McIntyre is feeling that one. Gunther drags Dunne up, and CHOPS him right back down! But Gunther holds onto the wrist and he brings Dunne up again. Gunther CHOPS Dunne inside-out! Gunther still holds the wrist and he gives toying kicks to Dunne while taunting Sheamus. Gunther ripcords, but Dunne uses that for a TRIANGLE HOLD! Gunther CHOPS Dunne down, into a BOSTON CRAB! Dunne endures, Sheamus and Ridge coach Dunne, and Dunne fights, only for Gunther to shift to an STF!
Dunne still endures, even as Gunther bends him back. Dunne pries free, wrenches the arm and bends the fingers! Gunther pulls hair, then CHOPS Dunne down! Gunther drags Dunne back up but Dunne ENZIGURIS! And ENZIGURIS again! Gunther wobbles, blocks the third enziguri and deadlift GERMAN SUPLEXES! Dunne goes to a corner, Gunther hauls him up onto the top rope to CHOP! Gunther climbs up and he STANDS on Dunne! Dunne endures and the ref counts, Gunther lets off and Dunne tumbles to the floor! Sheamus checks on Dunne, Gunther stands tall, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Gunther has Dunne on the ropes. Gunther taunts Sheamus, but Dunne catches his Beats of the Bodhrain! Fans fire up as Dunne bends the fingers, and SNAPS them!! Gunther staggers away, Dunne runs in to fire forearms! GAMANGIRI! Gunther staggers, Dunne goes up and fans chant for the “BRUISERWEIGHT! BRUISERWEIGHT!” as Dunne DOUBLE STOMPS the arm! Dunne waistlocks, but Gunther switches and puts on a SLEEPER! Dunne drops down, but powers up and he pries at the hold! Gunther holds on tight, Dunne reaches for ropes, and fans rally up, ROPEBREAK!
Gunther SLAPS the arms down, GERMAN SUPLEXEs, but Dunne lands on his feet! BUZZSAW! Gunther bails out and McIntyre smirks. Dunne goes to the apron but Gunther avoids the moonsault! Gunther CHOPS Dunne, and Dunne tumbles onto the desk! Gunther turns around to see Sheamus and McIntyre, but Dunne runs in! Gunther sends him into McIntyre! Gunther BOOTS Dunne into the ring! But Dunne STOMPS the hands and BUZZSAWS Gunther! Fans fire up, but McIntyre is on the apron! Sheamus drags McIntyre down! GLASGOW KISS from McIntyre! Ridge goes after McIntyre but McIntyre POSTS him!
Sheamus KNEES McIntyre down! Dunne runs in at Gunther, into a LARIAT!! Gunther drags Dunne up, scoops for the LAST SYMPHONY!! Cover, Gunther wins!!
Winner: Gunther, by pinfall
Der Ring General used his enemies against each other, but The Fella stands back up. They both look at the WrestleMania sign, but Sheamus gets out of the way! CLAYMORE hits Gunther!! Fans fire up as Sheamus and McIntyre stare down now, will either of these men come away the NEW Intercontinental Champion in Hollywood? Or will Gunther use them against each other then like he did tonight?
The Street Profits are fired up backstage.
Montez Ford says that Intercontinental Championship Triple Threat is bound to be a banger. But he says there’s one thing bigger than that. Angelo Dawkins asks what, and Ford says THEIR tag team showcase. Alpha Academy, Viking Raiders, Braun Strowman & Ricochet, but wait. What do they have in common? Ford motions to the top of the head. Oh, right. They’re “smooth operators~.” But then Braun & Ricochet walk in. Real funny, guys. Y’all got jokes, huh? They got a problem with bald men? They don’t have a lot of room to talk, Dawkins is thinning up top. Whoa, fam, c’mon. Just jokes! Just playing. Well no one’s laughing.
Dawkins is just saying, Braun & Ricochet aren’t much of a tag team. Oh, well, we’ll see who’s playing when Ricochet & Braun show up and the other three teams fool around and find out. They want ALL that smoke. Well, okay, okay. Everyone is fired up for WrestleMania, but who wins the tag team showcase at the Showcase of the Immortals?
It’s the SmackDown return of the Kevin Owens Show!
And as such, Kevin Owens himself is headed to the ring. His guest will be Sami Zayn, but what will the Prizefighter and Great Liberator have to say about their coming Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship match? We’ll see, after the break.
SmackDown returns one more time and Kevin has his set and his mic. He thanks the ring announcer for the introduction, and then welcomes us back to the KO Show. Now please welcome his guest, tag team partner, friend and brother, the one and only Sami Zayn! Sami makes his entrance and the fans fire up again. Sami gets a mic and Kevin says, “Yeah, so I did it right? The way you wanted. It worked out?” Sami asks what Kevin means. Well, he brought Sami out with the big introduction like he wanted. It was good, right? Sami says he didn’t want a big introduction, this is Kevin’s show, and Sami’s the guest.
Yeah, but earlier, Kevin suggested they come out as co-hosts but Sami said they should make separate entrances so the fans can hear both of their songs and cheer for both of them. Which really means Sami wanted his own pop. Sami says he did not, but Kevin says it’s fine, the fans love him! Kevin gets it. Fans do cheer for “SAMI! SAMI!” Kevin sits, Sami asks if they need to spill more backstage secrets, or can they just get to business? Yeah, of course. Sami says more than anyone, he’s been going non-stop about taking down Roman, the Usos, the Bloodline. And even Sami has lost sight of the fact that, does Kevin realize what they’re on the verge of doing?
“After all these years, from where we started, from nothing, staring together in Montreal all those years ago, we are on the verge of winning the WWE Undisputed Tag Team Championships! We are on the verge of doing that together, at WrestleMania! And not just any WrestleMania. This year, I don’t know what it is, but WrestleMania feels different this year.” Kevin says that’s right. And it isn’t lost on him. He knows what they can accomplish. But Sami is right, WrestleMania does feel different this year. Which is why Kevin brought Sami out here. Kevin has something for Sami.
Now, remember a few months ago, after Roman gave Sami that Honorary Uce shirt, that Kevin said Sami needed a new one. Kevin has one, it’s a KO-Mania Goes Hollywood shirt. That’s great! Well yes, but this is the back of it. Kevin does KO-Mania every year. But this year is different. This year isn’t about KO-Mania. “This year, there is only one person who took WWE by storm, who caught fire like no one else. There’s only one person that people can look at and say, ‘That guy has been the MVP of the WWE for the last 12 months,’ and that person is you,” Sami. Fans chant “MVP! MVP!” and Sami is rather touched.
Kevin says this year, it isn’t KO-Mania. It’s about the other side of the shirt. Kevin hands it over, Sami turns it around, and he sees… WrestleZAYNIA!! Sami’s all fired up now! Kevin shows that he’s been wearing one the whole time! Sami loves it! He throws off his shirt to put on the new shirt! Sami wants a hug but Kevin says no, one hug a year. Aw what the heck? THEY HUG! But then THE USOS attack!! They blindside KO & Sami from the crowd side, and then Jimmy rains down fists on Kevin while Jey rains down fists on Sami! Fans boo while the Usos clear the ring of the chairs. DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Kevin!
Jey drags Sami up, whips him to ropes, and the Usos hit ONE AND DONE!! The fans boo more but Kevin gets up with a steel chair! The Usos run for it, telling KO & Sami that they’re going down! Kevin beats an armchair with the steel chair, but Sami tells the Usos that they’re not getting away with this one. Will Jimmy & Jey ruin the first ever WrestleZaynia? Or will KO & Sami be the ones to finally stop the ones?
A great episode for SmackDown here, especially with the story developments. For one, great closing moment we just saw with a great KO Show. I love that we got a positive swerve where Kevin gave Sami a shirt that had a WrestleZaynia logo on it. But I should’ve figured the Bloodline would do something, and the Usos technically stand tall here. That math would suggest the Usos are losing at WrestleMania, and we finally get so much in that moment, from vindication for Sami to the WWE Grand Slam for Kevin. We also got a really good match out of Cody VS Ludwig that Cody of course wins, and a really good promo segment right after for Cody and Heyman. The Bloodline is definitely desperate to hold onto everything, but that could be what brings them down.
Fairly big news with Theory VS Cena opening WrestleMania Night One. I’ve said before that it just feels like Theory is gonna win, since Cena doesn’t need the US title, and isn’t gonna be sticking around long enough to do anything with the US title. So if Theory wins the first match of the weekend, I could see him boasting, bragging and partying the entire weekend until he is just insufferable and annoys someone into challenging him for that title on the Raw After Mania. And then a pretty good promo from Charlotte, and I did like her calling out the “WHAT” chants here. Stone Cold Steve Austin is timeless, but lemming fans throwing out “WHAT” just to throw out ‘WHAT” are what? Stupid, that’s what. A) Show respect and pay attention. B) Come up with something of your own.
Really good match from Rey VS Knight, but of course Dom distracts to cost Rey. But biggest of all from that segment, the moment fans have wanted for the last few weeks now: REY DECKS DOM! And now we’ll get Rey VS Dom, and Dom sold all the emotion after that perfectly. He was upset, but there was also the fear and realization that comes with seeing something he thought would never happen actually happening. His dad is gonna whoop him, because Dom will only have Priest by his side while Finn prepares for Edge and Rhea prepares for Charlotte. And Legado can make a heroic move by countering Priest so that Rey VS Dom has a fair finish.
Good promo from Profits, Braun & Ricochet to put some tension between those teams going into the men’s Fatal 4. Good tag match qualifier for the women’s Fatal 4, and it was good weaving of stories that Shotzi & Natty win. Shayna & Ronda get that “first round bye” right into the match, but it does work because all four Faces want payback on them. It might not even matter who the fourth team is (though I’m sure it’ll be a team from Raw), Ronda & Shayna are probably gonna tear into them all to win and essentially be #1 contenders to the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.
And there was just so much great stuff in the Intercontinental Championship contract signing. Sheamus brought back the same stuff he said when he and McIntyre had their 1v1 feud last year but that makes sense, it is how people can be when they argue with friends and family. I feel like McIntyre was tempted to Steiner Math because this is a Triple Threat, and he knows he can beat Sheamus. Gunther was also great, and I love that “Butch” Dunne went right after Gunther over their NXT UK past. Gunther VS Dunne was great stuff to have just for the hell of it, but of course there was the usual misunderstanding shenanigans that helped Gunther win.
If Gunther somehow retains at Mania, can we have HHH get Trent Seven back in WWE so we can have British Strong Style VS Imperium for the Summer? There were fans in Vegas who remembered Dunne for being Dunne and not for being a sidekick, and all fans deserve to see that Dunne alongside Tyler Bate and Trent Seven.
My Score: 8.8/10
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