Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (6/4/21)
Bloodlines battle over belts!
SmackDown pits history against history!
Jimmy and Jey want to reign alongside Roman, but they have to get those SmackDown Tag Team titles off Rey & Dominik Mysterio first! Will the Usos put Friday nights back on lockdown?
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships: Rey & Dominik Mysterio VS The Usos; The Mysterios win and retain the titles.
- Carmella VS Liv Morgan; Carmella wins.
- King Corbin VS Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Rick Boogs; Corbin wins.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship: Apollo Crews VS Kevin Owens; Crews wins and retains the title.
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships (redo): Rey & Dominik Mysterio VS The Usos; The Mysterios win by disqualification and retain the titles.
PLAY BY PLAY
SmackDown opens with Roman Reigns!
The WWE Universal Champion walks out on stage, Paul Heyman carrying the title for him. Heyman hands the belt over so that Roman can hold it up under the pyro. The introductions are made before Roman hands the belt back to Heyman and they go to the ring. Heyman then hands the belt back so Roman can lift it back up and enjoy his second round of pyro. Heyman now hands Roman the mic, and he takes a moment before speaking as the ThunderDome fans boo. “I believe in being very direct about how I’m feeling. Last Friday, by the end of the night, I wasn’t happy.
“But with the counsel of a wise man,” with a wink and nod to Heyman, “and a full week to chew on it, I changed my position on this tag team championship opportunity that my cousins, the Usos, have tonight.” Roman is THE centerpiece of the WWE, but he is a giver. He is allowing this to happen. But to be very clear, Roman tells Jimmy that he said it all last week and is feeling it right now. If Jimmy says they’re going to win, then they better win. As a matter of fact, why waste any more time? There’s a lot on Roman’s plate. Wise Heyman, bring Roman’s cousins out. Heyman shouts to the ring announcer to hit the Usos’ music, the music plays and the Usos make their entrance.
Jimmy & Jey are fired up as they join Roman in the ring and get mics for themselves. Jey says, “OG, Tribal Chief, what up, Uce?” Jimmy isn’t as cordial but Roman tells him it’s his turn to acknowledge him. Jimmy thought he did. Hell in a Cell, when Roman choked him and Jey out. But that’s not what this is about. Tonight is about becoming SEVEN TIME tag team champions! Tonight is about putting SmackDown back on lockdown! Tonight is about making the whole family proud! What we gonna do, Uce? Gon’ get ’em! That’s right! SEVEN TIME champs, coming soon! Roman nods and smirks, and wishes them luck.
Jimmy called their shot, he gets that. Roman does that, too. But Roman gets the job done. So again, if Jimmy says they’re winning, then they better win. And remember, Jey knows this, but their whole family is watching. Get the job done. Bring Roman the titles when it’s over. Oh yeah, Uce! Seven time champs, coming soon! Welcome to the USO! PENITENTIARY!! Roman nods and takes his leave with Heyman following behind. The Usos are ready but here come the Mysterios! Will the first-ever father-son tag team champions lose in only their second defense?
SmackDown Tag Team Championships: Rey & Dominik Mysterio VS The Usos!
SmackDown returns, the teams sort out and Dominik starts against Jimmy. The titles are raised, the bell rings and the two tie up. They go around, Dom puts Jimmy in a corner but Jimmy turns it around to headlock. Dom powers out, Jimmy runs him over, and Jimmy fires up. Things speed up, Dom hurdles to dropkick and arm-drag! Dom has an armlock, Jimmy fights up but Rey tags in. The Mysterios double whip and double hip toss! Rey runs and Dom helps out, POWERBOMB SENTON! Cover, TWO! Rey keeps cool and KICKS Jimmy. Rey throws hands, Jey tags in and Jimmy reverses the whip. The Usos double back elbow then double elbow drop! Jey covers, TWO!
Jey drags Rey up, scoops and hits a BACKBREAKER! Jey glares then covers, TWO! Jey runs to a corner and runs back, but the falling headbutt misses! Rey throws hands, whips, but JEy reverses. Rey slides under, tilt-o-whirls and arm-drags Jey into ropes! Jimmy gets to check but Rey gets Jey up for knees. Rey whips, Jimmy tags in and Jey reverses. Flapjack HOTSHOT from the Usos! Jimmy covers, TWO! Roman watches backstage as Jimmy hammers on Rey. Cover, TWO, but Jimmy wraps on a chinlock. Jimmy grinds Rey down but Rey reaches for Dom. Rey fights up as ThunderDome fans rally, and he JAWBREAKERS free!
Jimmy wobbles, but he kicks Rey. Rey blocks but gets the DRAGON WHIP! Cover, TWO! Jimmy grows annoyed but he chokes Rey on ropes! The ref counts, Jimmy lets off, and Jey gets a cheap shot in! Dom protests but there’s nothing he can do. Tag to Jey, the Usos split the wishbone! Jey stays between the Mysterios as he talks trash. Rey bails out, Jey pursues, and Jey gets Rey up for a BARRIER BACK SUPLEX! Jey hauls Rey into the ring, drags him over, and anchors a leg to tag in Jimmy. Jimmy stomps Rey, digs his boot in, then stomps again! Jimmy sits Rey up and clamps on a chinlock. Rey endures, fights up and throws elbows, but Jimmy shoves.
Rey KICKS Jimmy, gets around, but Jimmy goes to ropes. Jey tags in as Jimmy bucks Rey away, Rey dodges Jimmy and DECKS Jey! Rey springboards backwards to get on Jimmy’s shoulders! Rey headscissors Jimmy out of the ring! The Usos regroup as Rey builds speed, and Rey slides, into a fireman’s carry, SAMOAN DROP to the announce desk! It was double-edge for Jey but the Usos are back on top of things as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns and Jey is stomping a mudhole into Rey! The ref counts, Jey lets off but then Jey gets in Rey’s face and pulls at the mask! Jey sits Rey up for more stomps, then taunts Dom before running in to HIP ATTACK! Tag to Jimmy, he climbs up and Jey stands Rey up. They coordinate, AX HANDLE BACKBREAKER COMBO! Cover, TWO! Jey tags back in, the Usos mug Rey, and Jey taunts Rey as he crawls. Jey clamps on a camel clutch then focuses on just the chinlock. Rey endures, fights up, and throws elbows. Rey throws hands, Jey shoves him away but runs into a drop toehold! Jey eats buckles, Rey crawls for his corner! Hot tag to Jimmy and he CLOBBERS Rey!
Jimmy drags Rey away, tags Jey back in, and Jey runs for a FALLING HEADBUTT! Jey stays between the Mysterios again and dares Rey to get up. Rey slowly rises, Jey stands him up and ROCKS him with an uppercut! Jey and Jimmy coordinate, but Rey dodges the splash! Jimmy tags in, Jey keeps Rey cornered, but Rey fights back with elbows and boots! Rey BOOTS Jimmy AND dodges Jey! Jey POSTS himself, Jimmy is down on the apron, and Rey crawls to the far side! HOT TAG! Dom DIVES and takes out BOTH Usos! Dom puts Jimmy in, springboards, and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Dom hits Jey with a NECKBREAKER! Jimmy mule kicks and stops the rally!
Jimmy whips Dom to a corner, Dom goes up and over and kicks low. Dom knuckle locks, CHOPS, and goes up and up for a FLYING TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!! Jimmy survives but Dom hasn’t lost focus. Dom goes up the corner, but Jimmy ROCKS him with an uppercut! Jimmy throws headbutts, climbs up to join Dom, and gets Dom up. Dom fights the superplex but Jey tags in! Dom shoves Jimmy and elbows Jey! Dom leaps but Jimmy goes under! Dom runs, but into a POP-UP SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO!! Dom survives and the Usos can’t believe it! Dom gets to ropes, Jey tags in Jimmy. The Usos aim at Dom, but Dom ducks the superkicks! Dom dumps both Usos out!
Rey is there and he LEAPS to Seated Senton Jey! Jimmy SUPERKICKS Rey down! Jimmy GAMANGIRIS Dom, but Dom drop toeholds him to ropes! Dom dials it up, but into a SUPERKICK! Jimmy climbs, aims, USO SPLASH onto knees! Dom gets a victory roll, the Mysterios win?!
Winners: The Mysterios, by pinfall (still SmackDown Tag Team Champions)
Wait, wait, wait! Did Jimmy get out or not? He had a shoulder up on one side, but the side the ref wasn’t watching! Jey saw it, too, but “the referee’s decision is final.” Will the Mysterios be champions much longer with this close of a victory?
Roman is not happy, either. “Bring ’em to me now.” Heyman hurries off while the Usos still argue the controversy. Will justice be served? Or simply the punishments for failure?
SmackDown returns as the Usos talk with Roman.
Jimmy explains that they got cheated! The shoulder was up, and Jimmy knows Roman was watching. Roman shouts, “I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT!!” To Roman, a loss is a loss. And they lost to a child! Jimmy called his shot but he lost and embarrassed the family! What did Roman say about that? The only thing they’re lucky about is that there’s still time left in the night. So go to Adam Pearce, Sonya Deville, whoever, and correct this mistake. Roman wants this fixed TONIGHT.
And before they go, they need to understand Roman’s position. “You guys are six-time tag team champions, who made the WrestleMania show once. And in less than a year with the Universal Champion, with the Tribal Chief, with the Head of the Table, Jey closed the show, walked out with his head held high, holding our culture, our heritage, our family above his head for the whole world to see.” Does Jimmy understand his position? Roman is looking at Jey… Oh, right. But the way things are going, does it matter anyways? Roman keeps rubbing salt in the wound, but will Jey stand for it much longer?
Kayla Braxton sits down for an interview with Seth Rollins.
She introduces him as a man who has had quite the impression on the WWE Universe lately, and he thanks her for having him. She asks about what he did to Cesaro a couple weeks ago. What explanation does he have for his actions? That is to say, a blindside attack on an already damaged Cesaro, then shouting in Cesaro’s face as he was being stretchered out of the building. Rollins sees the footage and just shrugs. Kayla says Cesaro always comes back and is very resilient, and Rollins stops her there. He sees how she’s faming things. “Please remember: I don’t owe you or the WWE Universe anything. Certainly not my time or an answer to your leading question.”
She admits he has a point there. But this doesn’t take away from Cesaro never giving up or backing down. What will Rollins do when Cesaro returns? Rollins takes the lapel mic off, holds it out to her, then drops it on the floor. In other words, “no comment.” Will he uses his actions to respond whenever it is the Swiss Superman returns to SmackDown?
The Street Profits speak.
“Father and son tag team champions.” The Usos di good, but- Oh, Chad Gable walks over and says he is compelled to advise them on their downward trend. He’s been doing some tape study and it is obvious. The Profits are down. For example, Montez Ford has lost at least 6 inches on his splash. And Dawkins’ “Sky High” spinebuster is more like a grounded median. But just look at what Gable has done for Otis! He can do this for them, too! They need management from an Olympian! Are they ready to unleash their inner alphas? Can Gable get the smoke? Wow he did not just… But how insulting! To think they’d need him. That’s a no from them, fam. A hard one. Will Gable make the Profits pay for passing on his offer?
The Usos find both Sonya Deville and Adam Pearce in the office.
Jimmy & Jey know they saw what they saw! They got CHEATED! The ref ain’t got it right! Yes, yes, there was a mistake. But again, referee decisions are final. Sonya agrees there, but also agrees with the Usos about there being a clear mistake. So they’re going to get a rematch? Well, Sonya and Pearce will review the footage, talk it over, and get back to the Usos before the night is over. Fair enough, right? Alright, so long as management makes it right. Which way will Sonya and Pearce go knowing the Usos and Roman want answers?
Carmella VS Liv Morgan!
Mella is money and always feeling herself. But will the UNTOUCHABLE and self-proclaimed most beautiful woman in all of the WWE have to get ugly to win against the rebel without a riot?
SmackDown returns as Liv makes her entrance. The bell rings and Mella talks trash then pie faces Liv around. Liv chases Mella out of the ring, around the ring, and back into the ring. Liv catches the sneaky stomps and drags Mella out to TOSS her into barriers! The ring count starts, Liv gets Mella up to THROW her again! Liv refreshes the count, dribbles Mella off the apron, and then taunts her before giving one last bump! Liv puts Mella in the ring at 6 of 10, but Mella goes to the other side of the corner. Liv storms over but into a kick to her leg! Mella then gets Liv with a mule kick to the face! Liv flounders to the corner, Mella talks trash and throws elbow after elbow!
Mella lets off as the ref counts, and she brings Liv up to snapmare. Cover, ONE! Mella is annoyed and talks more trash as she pie faces again. Mella whips Liv to a corner but Liv reverses. Liv runs in to back body block, then goes again, Mella dodges but Liv gets her for a WING SNAPPER and a BOOT into buckles! Liv fires up, runs and goes up the corner to STOMP Mella down! Cover, TWO! Liv keeps going, but Mella dodges ObLIVion and throws Liv down! Liv flounders up into Mella’s drop toehold! Mella floats to the CODE OF SILENCE! Liv taps, Mella wins!
Winner: Carmella, by submission
Mella calls the ring announcer over to add “the most beautiful woman in all the WWE” to her title. Looks aside, will Mella look to go back after the title soon enough?
The Mysterios are heading out.
They have their luggage ready but Pearce and Sonya find them just before they get to the door. Pearce explains that going over the footage again and again made it clear, the ref made a mistake. That match shouldn’t have ended that way, and the Usos deserve another shot. The titles will be on the line again, tonight. Seriously? Yes. Dom’s fine with that. Rey goes with Dom on this one, and they head back to the locker room. Will the Mysterios make sure they get a more definitive win over Jimmy & Jey this time? Or will the Usos redeem themselves in the eyes of Roman?
Bianca Belair heads to the ring!
The SmackDown Women’s Champion gets a mic to say, “Ever since I beat Sasha Banks and won this title at WrestleMania, Bayley has been so pressed.” But the only thing Bayley’s done about it is laugh. So you’d think Bayley would realize that the fans aren’t laughing with her, they’re laughing at her. And what is so funny? Bianca will admit that Bayley’s laugh is getting to her. And that in itself is funny. Do we really think Bayley is the first person to try her? Gurl, uh-uh. People have been keeping her down since she was three feet tall. They want her to shrink herself to help their own insecurities. They’ve been playing mind games, saying she’s doing too much and showing off.
Oh and let’s not forget when some would say she was “mannish” for being muscular and athletic. But guess what? Bianca left all those people in the dust as she won trophy after trophy and championship after championship. So yeah, Bianca’s dealt with teasers, doubters and bullies. But after it all, Bianca has never had anyone laugh at her. “That’s utter disrespect, and I’m not standing for that.” This is what Bianca proposes to Bayley: If Bayley can’t stay fresh her whole life, but if she’s that committed, then BET. Bianca wants Bayley to take her cackling self to HELL IN A CELL, and then we’ll see who laughs last! So Bayley, what’s good?
Bianca waits, watches the ringside area for any ambushes, but still no Bayley. We don’t have all night! What’s Bayley going to do about the challenge? Bayley laughs and laughs and laughs. But where is she? Oh, now she’s on the titantron! DING DONG, HELLO~! You want Bayley to go out there? When is Bianca going to learn that the whole world doesn’t revolve her? Bayley’s been laughing at people like that her whole life! And she’s obviously not at the ThunderDome, she’s here via satellite! Bayley has her Wall of Bayley, where she goes to clear her mind and find peace so that she doesn’t go blabbing her mouth like some people she knows.
But if Bianca wants to clear her conscience and have a fair rematch, Bayley accepts. Then Bayley will win, and laughing. But not alone! Bayley laughs and laughs again, but Bianca holds up her belt. Wait, the ThunderDome screens are being hijacked by Bayley! Who’d Bayley pay to do that for her? But will Bayley be laughing much longer with Hell in a Cell on the horizon?
The Street Profits talk again.
Bayley is always getting at Bianca. But now Otis comes storming in? The Dozer says they’re out of line. Gable is trying to help them and yet they mock him? They need to apologize! Whoa, Otis, they aren’t letting anyone tell them what they need to do. Ford says to calm it down and handle this like adults. The Profits don’t owe anyone an apology. But Otis, Gable is holding you back! What has Otis really done since he and Gable teamed up? Maybe Otis should get a refund. Otis SLAPS Ford and SHOVES Dawkins down!! The Dozer is dedicated to a dangerous degree! Will the Profits get back up to knock these “alphas” down?
King Corbin VS Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Rick Boogs!
The Wolf King and the King of Strong Style are tied 1-1, and the crown is still with Nakamura! With his electric guitar playing bard still by his side, will Nakamura once again rock Corbin and roll in style?
The bell rings and Corbin rushes Nakamura. They tie up, go around the ropes and end up in a corner. Corbin fires off body shots and haymakers, the ref counts and Corbin argues with him. Corbin glares at Boogs, runs in but Nakamura dodges to ENZIGURI! Nakamura puts Corbin up for a TOP SHELF KNEE! Cover, ONE!! Corbin ROCKS Nakamura, gets him up for a TWO HAND SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Corbin rains down fists on Nakamura, but swings into an ARMBAR! Nakamura pulls but Nakamura scrambles around. Corbin gets a ropebreak, the ref counts and Nakamura lets off fast. Nakamura KICKS Corbin, throws knees, and gets him up.
Nakamura whips, Corbin reverses and runs in but Nakamura dodges. Corbin slides out, DECKS Boogs, then gets in, but into Nakamura’s STO! Cover, TWO! Nakamura aims and kicks but Corbin ducks and throws Nakamura down by his hair! Prawn hold, Corbin wins?!
Winner: King Corbin, by pinfall
The king grabs his crown, but Boogs anchors Corbin’s feet! Nakamura ROUNDHOUSES Corbin down, and gets the crown back again! Nakamura puts the crown back on and Boogs plays him off! Will we ever get to the bottom of who is the rightful ruler of SmackDown’s kingdom?
Kevin Owens is preparing backstage, as Azeez attacks!
With the commander banned from ringside, he’s getting in the screwjob early! Azeez rams Kevin into the wall, bounces him off a road case, then rams a road case into Kevin! The refs and officials rush in before a Nigerian Nail can finish Kevin off! Apollo passes by, smiling and laughing, will he even have to defend his title now?
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Apollo Crews VS Kevin Owens!
SmackDown returns and Apollo is already in the ring. He is still all smiles, thinking he’ll win by forfeit now. Kevin’s music still plays, and Kevin still walks out! Kevin wants to #JustKeepFighting, but will he #StunTheWorld by overcoming what Azeez just did to him?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the fists start flying! Apollo throws body shots and then stomps Kevin down! Apollo scoops and hits a BACKBREAKER! Kevin sputters as he goes to a corner but Apollo drags him out to stomp him more. Apollo gets Kevin up, kicks and throws hands then stomps a mudhole. The ref counts, Apollo lets off, and Kevin kicks back! Apollo ROCKS Kevin, and snap suplexes! Cover, ONE!! Kevin is tough but Apollo digs elbows into the ribs! Apollo drags Kevin up, whips but Kevin blocks. Apollo kicks and CLUBS Kevin, whips again, and kitchen sink knees Kevin down! Apollo grins and looms over Kevin as Kevin sputters and gasps.
Apollo gets Kevin up, reels him in for body shots, but Kevin CHOPS back! Apollo kicks low and Kevin goes to a corner. Apollo wrenches, whips corner to corner hard, and Kevin bounces off buckles! Kevin writhes as so much of his body hurts, but Apollo paces around him. Apollo is a shark with blood in the water, or perhaps a vulture picking at the bones. Apollo gets Kevin up to throw body shots, whips Kevin to ropes, but Kevin kicks back and CLOBBERS Apollo! BACK SENTON! Apollo gasps now as he gets to ropes. Kevin runs over and gets Apollo up to whip, but the ribs affect the pop-up! Apollo mule kicks the ribs!
Apollo runs but Kevin dumps him out! Kevin hurries to get back up, and build speed?! But the ribs hurt just from hitting ropes that hard! Kevin goes to the apron and Apollo trips him up! Kevin hits apron, Apollo hits an OLYMPIC SLAM to the floor! Apollo gloats and Kevin gasps while SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Apollo RAMS Kevin into a corner! Kevin flounders and rolls, Apollo takes his time stalking Kevin so he can soak up the heat. Apollo stomps Kevin, gets him up, whips him to ropes and KNEES him against the ropes! Apollo throws hands, gets Kevin up, and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! Kevin writhes his way to ropes, but Apollo drags Kevin up. Kevin throws hands but Apollo kicks low and CLUBS him down. Apollo gets Kevin up for another OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Apollo gloats again as he stalks Kevin to ropes. Apollo gets Kevin up to waistlock for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Kevin survives but Apollo dares him to keep trying.
Kevin slowly rises, Apollo waistlocks again, but Kevin standing switches and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Kevin still has power despite his bad ribs! But he might have paid for it as he’s slow to stand up. Kevin throws haymakers and forearms but Apollo RAMS him into another corner. Apollo hoists Kevin up top, climbs up to join him, but Kevin holds off the superplex! Kevin throws body shots, and even headbutts, and Apollo falls back! Kevin adjusts, for a SWANTON BOMB onto knees! Apollo was ready, and he ENZIGURIS Kevin, into a STRAITJACKET GERMAN! Cover, TWO!! Kevin survives but Apollo hits a STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!!
Kevin is still in this and Apollo is growing frustrated. Apollo goes to a corner, climbs up top, and FROG SPLASHES but flops! Kevin SUPERKICKS from a corner! And then dodges Apollo to POST him! SUPERKICK again! Whip and POP-UP POWEBOMB!!! But Kevin has to crawl to the cover, TWO!! Apollo lives and Kevin is furious! But Kevin gets to the apron. The ribs slow him down as he tries to climb, but he fights through the pain. Apollo bails out to the apron but Kevin just adjusts course. Kevin throws hands from above, only for Apollo to fireman’s carry! APRON DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Apollo shoves Kevin to a cover, and wins!
Winner: Apollo Crews, by pinfall (still WWE Intercontinental Champion)
The Pride of Nigeria may have won, but it took this much to do it, and that includes Azeez’s ambush! What will it take for anyone to have a fair fight with Apollo?
Sami Zayn runs into the ring! HE is the vulture as he gives Kevin a HELLUVA KICK! “Doesn’t feel good, does it, huh?! You’re already hurt, and then someone comes along and makes it worse!” That’s what Kevin did to Sami! Sami says he didn’t just kick Kevin, KARAM kicked Kevin!! But Sami isn’t done, he stomps Kevin down! Will Sami and Kevin ever settle things?
The Street Profits again try to have a conversation.
Otis just walks up and says they disrespected Gable, but Gable is the one being disrespectful. Otis wasn’t feeling their advice so there’s only one thing left to say: The Alphas better stay away and mind their own business. Because it doesn’t matter what kind of bulldozer or crane or whatever Otis thinks he is, they’re going to send him back to the dump, along with his partner, where they both belong. The Profits are up, and #WeWantTheSmoke. Will Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins look to tear down the Alpha Academy to get back to the titles?
SmackDown Tag Team Championships: Rey & Dominik Mysterio VS The Usos!
Twice on one Friday night, all because management wants to make it right! Jimmy & Jey got Sonya and Pearce to hear them out, and we settle score based on the controversial call! Will this be when lucky number seven becomes a reality? Or will the historic father-son duo finish it definitively?
The introductions are made again, the titles are raised again, and one way or another, someone’s walking out of here with the tag titles!
Dom and Jimmy start again in a true restart of the first time around. The bell rings and the fists start flying! Dom backs Jimmy down, whips but Jimmy reverses to CLOBBER him! Cover, TWO! Another try, TWO! A third try, ONE and referee Charles Robinson is watching the shoulders carefully. Jimmy CHOPS Dom to the corner, tags in Jey, and Jimmy digs his shoulder in so Jey can hit a forearm smash! Jey brings Dom around to scoop and SLAM! Jey covers, ONE! Jey shoves Dom to the corner, Dom hits back and hits Jimmy, too! Dom swings but Jey dodges and back suplexes to a NECKBREAKER!
Dom bails out but Jey builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the desk! The Usos are on top all over again as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Jey rains down furious fists on Dom! Dom can only guard but Jey goes for a cover, TWO! Jey snarls and he clamps on a chinlock. Jey squeezes tight and thrashes Dom around but Dom endures. Rey coaches Dom and the ThunderDome fans rally. Dom fights up, throws body shots and gets free, only for Jey to ROCK him with an uppercut! Jey gets Dom up and whips him, but Dom reverses to a wheelbarrow that sends Jey into buckles! Dom crawls for his corner, Jey crawls for his, hot tags to Jimmy and Rey! Rey dodges, hits Jey and then rallies on Jimmy! Rey whips, Jimmy reverses but Rey dodges and springboards for a CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!
Rey throws hands, whips again but Jimmy holds ropes to elbow Rey back. Jey tags in and gets Rey in position. Jey brings Rey up, Jimmy tags back in, but Rey RANAS Jey! Jimmy rolls Rey up, but Rey rolls through to KICK Jimmy out! Rey WRECKS Jimmy with a dropkick, then builds speed. SLIDE and SPLASH hits this time! Dom coaches Rey up as he and Jimmy go to the ring. Jimmy is in at 5 of 10, but Jey rushes Rey! Rey dodges and Jey gets post! Rey hurries back in and up the corner to hit a FLYING RANA! Jimmy staggers into ropes, Rey CLUBS him then dials it up! 619!! Dom wants in and Rey gives the tag!
Dom climbs up like Latino Heat, but ROMAN REIGNS gets in!? And SUPERMAN PUNCHES Dom down?!?
Winners: The Mysterios, by disqualification (still SmackDown Tag Team Champions)
Roman shouts, “What do you think this is?!” but Rey goes after Roman for that attack on Dom! Roman shoves Rey away to then SPEAR him down!! The Tribal Chief just ruined his cousins’ chances, just because he assumes they were going to lose! Roman is upset that they’re embarrassing the family, but he makes Rey pay by TOSSING him out of the ring! Roman goes out, sees Dom getting back up, and RAMS him into steel steps! Roman drags Rey up to RAM him into barriers! Dom gets up only for Roman to THROW him into barriers! Roman goes back for Rey and gets steel steps! Roman sees Dom getting up and tells Rey to watch what happens to his boy! STEEL STEP BATTERING RAM!
Roman goes back to Rey, and RAMS him with the steps! The ref shouts at Roman to stop this but he drags Rey up to toss him OVER the barriers! Roman storms back over to where he left Dom, gets him up and throws haymakers over and over! Roman gets Dom up, puts him in the ring, and scowls at Jimmy as he rains down fists on Dom! Heyman can’t even bring himself to watch but the Usos gets back in the ring. Roman drags Dom up into the GUILLOTINE! Dom flails but he’s turning red as he fades out! Jimmy says that’s enough, Roman’s made his point. Roman refuses to let Dom go until he is satisfied. Jimmy tells Jey they should get going. “Not like this, bruh.”
Jimmy exits, Roman seems offended that Jimmy would even suggest this. Jey is heading for the ropes but Roman gets in his face first. Roman is questioning Jey’s loyalties, and Jey is frozen in place. Roman goes back to raining fists down on Dom! Jey just watches as Roman dead lift POWERBOMBS Dom!! Roman’s brutality knows no bounds, will it scare Jey into obedience?
What a wild episode for SmackDown this week. It was rather clever for them to have the SmackDown Tag title match open the show just so there could be a way to have it still main event, too. With Roman being a tyrant, it makes sense that he wouldn’t accept excuses as well as demand the Usos do something about it. I find it surprising that management went with it, but I do get that Sonya wanted to use this moment to undermine Pearce again. Both the opener and the main event were great matches, even though Roman “ruins” the main event just because it looked like the Mysterios were winning. He doesn’t know if Jimmy was going to take the frog splash, or if Jey wasn’t going to make the save, but this could still be Roman refusing to let anyone else in the family have a spotlight. This also furthers that Roman VS Jimmy is coming, and Jey’s loyalty will be tested.
With all the releases, Ruby Riott included, Liv Morgan has no choice but to go solo again. I would’ve thought for that reason, they’d give her a better showing against Carmella, but nope. Mella comes out the winner, she’ll be waiting on the other side of HIAC and face Bianca for the title, I’m sure of it. Bianca’s promo was a bit shaky at first, maybe she wasn’t sure how to go that long without fans there actually cheering her on, but she found her footing. Bayley literally laughing at Bianca and then getting all the screens to be her was strange. Is Bayley becoming SmackDown’s Joker? This might be a weird step for Bayley’s Heel persona. Just put them in the Cell and let them steal the show.
The Profits and the Alpha Academy had perhaps one of the weirder ways of getting into a match with each other. The Profits were just trying to have their conversation style promos but kept getting interrupted. Actually, that much makes it creative. But they could’ve done all of it in one section: both Gable and Otis talk with the Profits about how Gable wants to “help” the Profits; the Profits get upset and make their jokes, Otis gets upset and attacks; match is announced. I fear with all the releases both in-ring and backstage, and whatever reason for it that’s coming down the line, the flaws of Raw are invading SmackDown and dragging it down slowly but surely.
This third Corbin VS Nakamura was the worst of the bunch this week! Yes, we get it! They’re fighting over the crown. Boogs continues to be a great sidekick but he should really be showing that he can compete in the ring. Corbin VS Nakamura needs to finish with the crown officially on the line, in a Ladder Match. Maybe Corbin wins the crown back officially, maybe Nakamura wins it to keep it once and for all and forcing Corbin to change his gimmick again. Maybe someone random takes it away, spurring on a new King of the Ring Tournament, which should happen period. It’d be the thing WWE RawDown has needed to get ratings back up and get fans watching now that they’ll be back on the road. Of course, releasing people cuts down the field considerably…
Rollins’ interview promo was actually well done because it didn’t really go through. Rollins is playing this pseudo politician character very well, and he is certainly going to explode when Cesaro returns. I don’t know how many Cell matches are planned this year, but it’s not like Rollins VS Cesaro has to be in one. But at the same time, if they’re going to have more than a normal match, just going with No Disqualifications seems underwhelming. Roman VS Jimmy has to be a HIAC match to bring things full circle from Roman VS Jey. The world title, Lashley VS McIntyre, doesn’t have to be in the Cell, either, but something on Raw is getting one, and it’s either them or Rhea VS Charlotte.
The Intercontinental Championship could probably be put in the Cell this year. The match was still great, and it was clever for Azeez to get around the ringside ban by attacking backstage, and that was the key to Apollo winning this week. Sadly, with Aleister Black among the released, he could’ve been the way around the ringside ban and he’d get himself in on this title, as he should have a long time ago. Big E is without anything now other than to default back to Apollo, but at least Kevin and Sami have more. I wonder if they’d be the third Cell match and let the other titles be singles matches.
My Score: 8.4/10
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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (6/7/23)
On the road to Collision!
Dynamite brings out the gold!
AEW Dynamite lands in Colorado Springs, and Kris Statlander defends her TBS Championship against Anna Jay A.S! Will Kris still be the Galaxy’s Greatest?
- AEW International Championship: Orange Cassidy VS Swerve Strickland; wins and
- Texas Tornado Tag: #JungleHook VS La Faccion Ingobernable; wins.
- Six Man Tag: Blackpool Combat Club VS Chaos; wins.
- Ricky Starks VS Jay White; wins.
- AEW TBS Championship: Kris Statlander VS Anna Jay A.S; wins and
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[Due to scheduling conflicts, coverage of AEW Dynamite will begin later tonight]
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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (6/6/23)
Who earns some Tiffy Time?
Only one can be The Center of the Universe!
To earn a shot at Tiffany Stratton’s NXT Women’s Championship, the Women’s Division fights in a battle royal! Who wins a golden ticket to Tiffy Time?
- Mixed Six Tag Match: Diamond Mine VS The Schism; The Schism wins.
- Blair Davenport VS Dani Palmer; Blair wins.
- Baron Corbin VS Trick Williams; Corbin wins.
- Mustafa Ali VS Joe Gacy; Ali wins.
- Eddy Thorpe VS Damon Kemp; Thorpe wins.
- Dabba-Kato VS SCRYPTS; Dabba wins.
- NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Battle Royal: Thea Hail wins and will challenge Tiffany Stratton for the title.
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Baron Corbin arrives backstage.
The Lone Wolf stares down Tyler Bate and Eddy Thorpe, chuckles at a poster of Carmelo Hayes, then stares down Hank Walker, Tank Ledger and some of the prospects. He tells staff to hit his music and they do as told. Corbin scoffs at the rest of the posters while he makes his entrance. Fans boo as Corbin makes his way to the ring, because we all remember him going after Melo after Melo retained the title against Noam Dar. Corbin gets the mic to say, “Y’know, I never thought I’d walk back through these doors. When I got the call, I cleaned out my locker and never looked back.
“Over the next eight YEARS, I ascended to the top of Raw and SmackDown. While I was main-eventing PPVs, NXT superstars continued to get called up to the main roster. When they got there, they were full of talent and hunger. And then something changed. I wonder what it was. Now, they come up full of ego and attitude. Hell, some of ’em sit in the locker room, twiddle their thumbs on their cellphone, acting like they got nowhere better to be. They act like we should thank them for coming up to Raw and SmackDown.
“Then I walk in through these doors. I hear superstars in the back talking about their legacy, talking about how they’re the next ones to be called up. Or, they’re complaining that they haven’t been called up yet, and it’s starting to make me sick! They walk through these doors to a championship team. They have guaranteed contracts, and they’re living in a house that I built! Me and all the other OGs started in FCW, and we took this train all the way to sell out Barclays Arena, with 16,500 people! Don’t clap for that now, you’ve never done it before, get off my bandwagon.
“I come through those doors tonight, and there’s superstars can’t even look me in the eye. They don’t show me the respect that I deserve. Now I had no control over that last Draft that came up. But you can make damn sure I got control of the next, because I’m gonna make every one of those superstars regret ever signing a WWE contract! Every single one of ’em is soft, every single one of ’em is weak, and they’re sure as hell not as good as they think they are. That all lies on the champion, the NXT Champion, Carmelo Hayes. Melo walks around here like his stuff doesn’t stink. Yeah, there you go. Cheer for him. Cheer for him!
“Cuz ol’ Melo got a taste of main roster reality when I laid him out, put him down, I took his title and I stood over his body, and I held it over my head.” Wait, ILJA DRAGUNOV is here! The Czar tells Baron, “Would you please, um, give me the chance to introduce myself. My name is Ilja Dragunov.” Fans cheer and Corbin says he knows who Ilja is, but what does he want? Ilja isn’t sure about the people Corbin saw in the hall, but Ilja is here to look him in the eyes to say, he’s NOT soft and he is NOT weak. He is the most animalistic, intense man in NXT! He’s beaten everyone put in front of him, and after Battleground, he is the first man in line to face Melo for the title.
Oh, here we go. There’s the NXT arrogance. Corbin has competed in SIX WrestleMania matches, he retired THE Kurt Angle, and he is the last man to pin Roman Reigns. Fans chant “BUM ASS CORBIN!” Ilja gets it, Corbin is targeting Melo to make some kind of point. But Ilja is targeting Melo for the title. And Ilja really doesn’t care how many Manias Corbin’s been to. If Ilja must ravage Corbin with pain to get what he wants, then so be it. Corbin tells the “kid” that there is a big difference between what he wants and what he’s gonna get. Corbin jumps the line cuz he says so, cuz he’s the biggest star in the building.
Ilja says Corbin is making assumptions, but Ilja makes challenges. So why not show everyone how much of a star you are, against Ilja tonight?! Fans love the sound of that! Corbin asks Ilja really wants “a piece of this” after Battleground. Well, there’s nothing Corbin can bring as hard as Dijak did at Battleground. Ilja shows off the NASTY bruise on his hip! Corbin says that’s cute. That’s one bruise. When Corbin’s done with him, Ilja will be covered in ’em. Ilja welcomes the challenge. Fans fire up, will the Lone Wolf be sent back to the main roster with his tail between his legs?
But wait! Trick shows up to start throwing hands! Fans fire up as Trick is after Corbin, Corbin shoves him back, but Trick clotheslines Corbin out! Fans fire up as the refs back Corbin off. Will Trick get payback on Corbin for that sneak attack on Melo?
Thea Hail finishes training.
She hobbles and says she can barely feel her legs anymore. Duke Hudson finds her but Charlie Dempsey says not bad. He better see her again tomorrow. Oh he’ll see her again! And he’ll see improvement! You bring your A Game! Wait, Duke is confused, what’s going on? Dempsey & Gulak are teaching her how to crunch people! It’s firing her up! Really? Yeah, she’s got all these great grappling holds now! Wanna see? She grabs Duke’s arm in a wristlock! OW! Sorry! But it works, right? Duke says she doesn’t even like those guys! Yeah, but you just gotta give it back to ’em, y’know? Thea shouts, “I’ma kick you in the ass, professor!”
See? They love it! Well, okay, as long as she’s learning. But you can’t just “crunch” someone over the top rope. It’s a battle royal tonight! Yeah, but she can still throw people over. He believes in her, right? Y-yeah… Then let’s go! Thea is fired up, will she crunch and toss everyone else in the ring to get that golden ticket?
Bron Breakker attacks Ilja Dragunov backstage!
The Big Bad Booty Nephew tells The Czar to keep “thinking” he’s the most intense guy in NXT. If Ilja likes pain, how’s that feel? The refs back Bron off, will Dragunov have to go after him and Corbin before going after Melo?
Mixed Six Tag Match: Diamond Mine VS The Schism!
Ivy Nile has had it with Ava Raine, and by extension, the Creed Brothers and the Dyad have gotten at each other. Now things will be settled as all six get in the ring! Will Diamond Mine crush Ava, Rip Fowler & Jagger Reed under the pressure? Or will the roots of Schism’s tree only grow and spread?
NXT returns as Diamond Mine make their entrance. The teams sort out and and Julius starts against Rip. They circle, tie up, and Julius wrenches an arm. Rip whips Julius away, things speed up, and Julius drops to fireman’s carry takeover into an armlock! Rip fights free but Julius just grabs the other arm. Rip fights to his feet, CHOPS, but Julius wrenches the arm. Rip CHOPS, Julius wrenches, but then Rip pulls an ear! Tag to Jagger, the Dyad mugs Julius, and Jagger ROCKS Julius with forearms. Jagger swings again, but Julius gets around to waistlock and SLAM! Jagger fights up, but Julius SLAMS him again!
Julius keeps hold of Jagger to SLAM him again, and KNEE him in the side! Tag to Brutus, and the Creeds pinball Jagger between knees! Brutus drags Jagger up, ROCKS him, and then clamps onto another arm. Tag to Julius, they mug Jagger, but Jagger ELBOWS him away! And then DECKS him! Jagger facelocks, but Julius deadlifts from the floor! Julius stands back up, walks over, and tags in Brutus. Brutus takes the handoff, fans fire up as Brutus keeps Jagger up! Brutus tags Julius back in, takes the handoff back, and then marches around before the SLAM! And then he kips up! Fans fire up, Julius whips but Jagger reverses
Jagger runs in, MONKEY FLIPS, but Julius lands through it! And he DROPKICKS Jagger! Julius whips Jagger, Jagger reverses and CLOBBERS Julius! And Ava tags in! Ava SLAPS Julius! Ivy steps in to calm Julius down, but then Ava tags out to Rip. The Schism trolls Ivy but Julius storms up to shoot in and waistlock, for a SLAM! And then he KNEES Rip in the side! Julius headlocks, Rip powers out but Julius goes up and over and keeps moving. Brutus tags in,. Julius ducks ‘n’ dodges, Brutus AX HANDLES Rip! And then shoots around, but Rips witches. TERMAN SUPLEX, but Brutus lands on his feet!
Brutus trophy lifts Rip, to DROP him, and STANDING MOONSAULT! Fans fire up with Brutus and Julius tags back in. Brutus cross-arm SLAMS Julius onto Rip! And Then Ivy snap suplexes Brutus onto Rip! And then Julius gives Ivy a boost for a SENTON! Fans are thunderous for the Diamond Mine’s combinations, and Ivy calls out Ava! Fans want to see that, too, but NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Rip has Brutus down in a chinlock. Brutus endures, fights up, and fans rally. Brutus pries the hold open, but Rip knees low. Rip ROCKS Brutus, but Brutus ROCKS Rip! And Jagger! And Rip again! Brutus staggers along ropes, but he ELBOWS Rip away. Jagger distracts, Rip shoves Brutus into the ropes! Brutus sputters off that low hotshot, and then Ava sucker punches Ivy! Rip BLASTS Julius, too! Fans boo but Rip tags Jagger. The Dyad whip Brutus into the corner hard, then hit an ASSISTED SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!! Brutus survives and The Dyad is frustrated.
Jagger tags Rip back in, the Dyad stomp away on Brutus! Fans boo but The Dyad drag Brutus up. Rip fishhooks Brutus’ face, lets off as the ref counts, and fans rally up. Rip drags Brutus up, suplexes, but Brutus blocks! Brutus suplexes Rip up and over instead! Rip tags Jagger in, Jagger keeps Brutus from the corner with a SLEEPER! Brutus endures, reaches out, marches forward, and fans rally behind him. Hot tag to Julius! Julius CLOBBERS Jagger, OVERHEAD Belly2Belly for Rip! Then an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly for Jagger! And a kip up! And then an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly for Rip! Kip up, and another OVERHEAD for Jagger!
Julius just keeps going, but The Dyad go after him together! SO they get a DOUBLE OVERHEAD SUPELX! Fans are thunderous with Julius, and he runs up the corner, to DOUBLE QUEBRADA! Julius scoops Jagger but Rip makes the save. Julius kicks Rip but Rip RAMS him into the corner! Jagger hits GRIT YOUR TEETH! But Brutus runs in, BRUTUS BALL! Down goes Rip! Jagger ENZIGURIS Brutus, runs, but Julius LARIATS Jagger! Fans fire up, but Jagger SUPERKICKS back! All four men are down and the fans fire up! Ivy grins as she stares Ava down. Julius crawls, hot tag to the Diamond Pitbull!
Fans fire up and even Ava smiles. The two circle, tie up, and they start throwing forearms! Ivy dodges a lariat, KCIKS and KICKS and ROUNDHOUSES! Fans fire up as Ivy runs, and DROPKICKS! Then she runs, but Ava SCORPION KICKS! Ava scoops but Ivy slips out, DIAMOND DRAGON!! But Jagger gets Ivy! So Ivy gets HIM in the DIAMOND DRAGON!! Fans fire up but the ref says Ivy has to let off, it’s only men against men and women against women! But Ava HEADBUTTS Ivy while wearing her plastic mask!! The ref missed that dealing with Jagger! Cover, Schism wins!
Winners: The Schism, by pinfall
Ava snatches victory away from the jaws of the Diamond Pitbull, the Schism gets a big win here tonight. Will we see their roots soon bear golden fruit?
Stacks visits Tony D’Angelo in prison.
Tony’s in the orange jumpsuit as he sits down to talk with Stacks. How’s he been? Good. But guess what? Knuckles is in here! The guy who- SHH! Oh, right. But yeah, Giorgio the Whale gets Tony his paper, and the guards even pitched in so Tony could have a subscription to The Peacock so he can watch the show the next day. That’s great! It’s almost like being in a hotel. Almost. But did Stacks get any more info on this rat? Stacks says he’s put in some calls. Miss Kim Cashstashian will get them off. Whoa, gotta reword that, Stacks.
But anyhow, Tony isn’t sure how he feels with his life in the hands of Cashstashian. Tony might as well play the lottery. Stacks’ gut says it’s Gallus, they didn’t wanna face Tony & Stacks at Battleground. But they’ve got a lot of enemies. This could be Legado, or, or- Is Stacks hearing himself? He’s on a wild goose chase! You’re going around the world to go next door. Trust your gut! It’s Gallus! Get those guys for all they’re worth! Tony swears on his mother’s eyes- Oh, don’t make a threat on the phone… But okay, listen. What Joe Coffey did last week, forget about it. But 3v1 ain’t cutting it.
Then what’s Stacks to do? Visitation time is almost up, so Tony tells Stacks that he’s the Underboss, he can figure it out. Tony leaves, and it is all in Stacks’ hands now.
Robert Stone & Von Wagner go to therapy.
They’re impatiently waiting in the lobby, and Stone tells Von that he hopes this all works out. They have had quite the week trying to find the right fit. Montage: one guy skips the breathing exercise to get to the anger issue. Von says he has no anger issue. But anger management is nothing to be ashamed of. Learning to control it can actually help him. Von tells this guy to GFY. Stone apologizes and pays in cash. Von says that guy was a jackass! Oh and the other guy? Von had that guy up against a wall! Stone again paid for that in cash. Von is on the verge of a breakthrough, so long as he gives things a chance.
One guy comes out crying. Von sighs. He doesn’t wanna do this now. Oh, c’mon, Von! NO! Didn’t you see that guy crying? Von is not a crier! What do you think Von’s dad would think seeing this? Von is NOT walking through this door. But then the therapist walks out. A very lovely lady therapist… Well, maybe Von can give this a shot. But alone. Von winks before the door closes. Is therapy going to be the solution after all?
Blair Davenport VS Dani Palmer!
Who was the assailant of the NXT Women’s Division? It was BLAIR, Dani! It was Blair all along! And now that she’s back, will she tear through what’s left of the roster to get at the title? Or can Dani avenge Sol Ruca, Nikkita Lyons and everyone else Blair terrorized?
The bell rings and Dani rushes in! They tie up, go around, and Blair puts Dani on ropes. The ref counts, Dani turns nit around but Blair turns it back around. Blair lets off at 4, to SLAP Dani! Dani SLAPS Blair! Blair kicks low, whips her to a corner, but Dani goes up and over and handsprings away. Blair chases, but runs into headscissors! Blair blocks to SLAM Dani down, then BOOT her out of the ring! Blair goes out after Dani, puts her in the ring, then CLOBBERS her! Fans rally for Dani but Blair drags Dani up to whip. Blair KNEES low, gut wrenches and GUTBUSTERS! Then she throws Dani into ropes!
Fans rally for Dani as she sputters, but Blair clamps on with a waistlock. Blair SLAMS Dani, holds onto the waistlock, and squeezes with a rear bearhug. Fans rally as Dani fights up, and she fights free with elbows! Dani switches, rolls up, TWO! Blair kicks Dani low! Fans boo but Blair whips Dani to kitchen sink knee! Blair soaks up the heat, she KNEES Dani in the side, then stalks her around the way. Blair kicks Dani around, KICKS her in the side, but Dani grits her teeth. Dani blocks the next kick, but Blair ROCKS her with a forearm! Dani hits back, kicks low, and UPPERCUTS! And CHOPS! And DOUBLE KNEES! Cover, TWO!
Dani goes to a corner and climbs up. Blair grabs Dani’s hair to TOSS her to the mat! Blair then sits Dani up, has the wrists, KAMI-GOYE! And then, FALCON ARROW! Cover, Blair wins!
Winner: Blair Davenport, by pinfall
Blair satiates her appetite for violence, and says she has just put the entire roster on notice! Will even Tiffany Stratton have to beware the heir?
Dana Brooke arrives?!
Another callback to NXT is here, and she wants in on the battle royal. There’s a lot of buzz in NXT now, so Dana will make her own opportunities when she is the last woman standing! Will the Flex Appeal grab that golden ticket for herself?
Backstage interview with Tiffany Stratton.
McKenzie Mitchell says the battle royal was Tiffany’s idea, but now Dana Brooke is here and wants in on the match. Tiffany stops McKenzie there. Tiffany would say she’s shocked, but she’s not. Of course Dana wants a shot at Tiffany’s title. Come one, come all. Sometimes the title makes the superstar, but in this case, Tiffany has made this title the most desirable belt in all of the WWE. And every single woman in that battle royal is envious of what Tiffany has. Are you kidding me? NO ONE was happy Tiffany won. But Tiffany has no problem proving she’s in a class of her own. So who does she think wins tonight?
“TBH, Lyra is the only one I can see pulling it off. I mean, she pushed me at Battleground. Like, damn, gurl, you were almost at the Tiffy Top. But it won’t matter, because the result will stay the same on the other side: And still NXT Women’s Champion, Tiffany Stratton! I just love the sound of that. Tootles.”
Baron Corbin VS Trick Williams!
The Lone Wolf is looking down on the new generation of NXT, and Trick Willie isn’t gonna stand for it! Will Trick represent for Trick Melo Gang? Or will Corbin bring about the End of Days for this new “arrogant” era?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up, the two tie up but Corbin knees low. Corbin CLUBS Trick, stalks him to ropes, and puts him in a corner. Corbin throws body shots and CLUBS Trick again, to then whip corner to corner. Trick hits buckles hard, and then Corbin CLOBBERS Trick! Fans boo but Corbin stands Trick up to throw hands. Corbin CHOKES Trick on the ropes, lets off at 4, and argues with the ref. Trick drags himself up, but Corbin shoves him into ropes to CLUB him in the back! Corbin taunts Trick, stomps him, and then swings, but Trick counter punches! Trick fires off fist after fist, but Corbin knees low again!
Corbin CLUBS Trick, but fans taunt “BUM ASS CORBIN!” Corbin puts Trick in a corner, whips him corner to corner, and runs in to SPLASH! Trick sputters but Corbin stands him up. Corbin talks trash on Trick, but Trick ROCKS him with forearms! Fans fire up and Trick runs, but Corbin CLOBBERS Trick again! Corbin looms over Trick and he taunts the fans. Fans boo, Corbin whips Trick corner to corner again, then runs in, but Trick dodges! Trick fires off fast hands! The ref counts, Trick stomps away, but Trick lets off, and dodges Corbin to DROPKICK him! Corbin staggers, into a POP-UP HAYMAKER!
Corbin falls out of the ring and Trick dares him to come back for more as NXT goes picture in picture.
Trick storms out after Corbin, drags him up, and RAMS him into barriers. Trick stalks Corbin around the way, CHOPS him against barriers, and then brings him up. Trick RAMS Corbin into barriers, the fans rally up, and Trick CHOPS Corbin again! Trick refreshes the ring count, puts Corbin back in, but Corbin kicks the ropes! The ropes get Trick low, and Corbin fires off fast hands! The ref counts, Corbin lets off and he has Trick in a corner. Corbin reels Trick in for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Corbin scowls as he looms over Trick. Corbin clamps on a half nelson and chinbar, and he thrashes Trick around.
Trick endures, fans rally up, and Trick fights up to throw body shots. Corbin shoves Trick away, Trick ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Corbin! Cover, TWO! Trick fires off on Corbin at the ropes, drags him up, brings him in and suplexes! Corbin writhes, Trick pushes him down, and Trick rains down forearms! Then Trick covers, TWO! Trick clamps on with a headlock and he grinds Corbin down. Corbin fights up, and hits another BIG back suplex! Fans rally while both men are down, and Corbin crawls over to Trick. Corbin hammers away with elbows! Corbin hears the fans rallying, and he clamps onto Trick with the chinbar half nelson.
Trick endures as Corbin leans on the hold. Trick fights up, but Corbin wrangles him back down! Corbin thrashes Trick as NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally for Trick and Trick fights up again. Trick arm-drags free, runs in and ROCKS Corbin! Corbin flops to the apron, Trick BLASTS him off it! Trick goes out to SMACK Corbin off the desk! Corbin wobbles and flops over, Trick runs in, but Corbin moves! Trick knees only the desk! Corbin has his opening, he punches away on the knee! The ref has the ring count climbing as Corbin pulls on the arm. Corbin lets off, refreshes the count, and he drags Trick up.
Corbin RAMS Trick into the steel steps, making sure those knees hit hard! Trick writhes and clutches the leg while fans boo and gives Corbin thumbs down. Corbin puts Trick in the ring, and he stomps away on the bad leg! Fans chant “CORBIN SUCKS!” but Corbin stands Trick up to whip and SPINEBUSTER! Corbin has the leg for a HALF CRAB! Trick endures, fans rally, and Trick reaches out! Trick gets the ROPEBREAK! Corbin lets go fast, Trick kicks him with the good leg! But Corbin grabs that leg, so Trick EDDY GORDO KICKS! Fans rally, Trick and Corbin rise, and Corbin storms over.
Trick fires body shots and counter punches! Trick has Corbin in a corner and he fires off! Corbin shoves Trick, Trick comes back to DROPKICK! And then wrench and JUMP KNEE! Trick runs to FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! Fans fire up with Trick and he runs in again, SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Corbin survives but Trick stalks him to ropes. Corbin elbows low, choke grips, and CHOKE- NO, Trick fights out, EDDY GORDO KICK 2! Trick runs, but into DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO!! Trick survives and Corbin is beside himself! Fans rally as Corbin storms up on Trick. “This is Awesome!” as Corbin puts Trick up top.
Corbin climbs up but Trick CLUBS away on him! Trick sends Corbin away, hops off the corner, but Corbin returns. Trick dodges to POST Corbin! Trick fires off big haymakers! Fans fire up and Trick DECKS Corbin! Trick wants more, he waits on Corbin to stand, Trick spins but the leg gives out! Corbin kicks low, reels Trick in, END OF DAYS! Cover, Corbin wins!
Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall
Trick fought valiantly, but one miscalculation cost him. Corbin says he’s going back to SmackDown to go qualify for Money in the Bank, then he’ll be back next Tuesday. Will Melo be back to get back at Corbin directly?
NXT presents an all-new Hard Hitting Home Truths.
Nathan Frazer welcomes us back to HHHT. Now we’re nine days removed from Battlegrounds, and the landscape never stops shifting. Tiffany is the new Women’s Champion, Wes Lee is breaking every single record in the book, Ilja Dragunov is not human–though that’s not exactly news–and we have Free Agents popping up left, right and middle. But most importantly, Noam Dar has a new pack o’ friends who helped him hold onto his “precious baby,” the Heritage Cup. They were useful enough to help him retain, but not enough to gain another title, as “a couple of fine, handsome gentlemen” in Nathan and Dragon Lee saw to that.
However, Noam is still Heritage Cup Champion, and while Nathan is not really fond of this new Supernova group, he and everyone else will just have to “deal with it.” Speaking of, here is a special guest who feels the same way about Dar as he does. That’s right, HHHT is going global with their “Senior International Correspondent,” Mr. Dragon Lee. Dragon appears on set and he says mucho gracias, and (in Spanish) for this opportunity to be part of this premier show. Uh, si! Dragon does have in his hand a list of the top five names for Dar’s new super group.
CINCO: Two Awful Chat Show Hosts, Plus Two. QUATRO: The Oro Mensah Experience. TRES: The Jakara Jackson Five! Well, minus one. DOS: The Long Lost Legend of Lash Legend. And numero UNO: Noam’s Rent-a-Friends! Nathan says number one is the best because it is the truest. And after Battleground, Dar is running out of surprises, and needs new challengers. The hard-hitting truth here is that Dar is fragile and he knows it. Nathan beat Dar in a regular match, so here’s a proposal: Dar VS Frazer for the Cup next week! And Dragon will return the favor by being in Nathan’s corner!
Frazer thanks Dragon for that, and so, they will love ya and leave ya. They’ve been Nathan Frazer and Dragon Lee, and Dar… Ball’s in your court. Peace. Will the British Rocket get his shot at the Cup? Or will he not be able to reach the Scottish Supernova?
Backstage interview with Mustafa Ali.
McKenzie is with The Beacon, nothing how he shocked the entire world when he showed up during Bate & Wes VS The Dyad. What brings him here to NXT? He is Free Agent Ali, baby! He can show up wherever he wants! And now, Ali is the one riding the storm. The next chapter Ali will write is titled, “Mustafa Ali Finally Wins Gold.” Then before he faces off against Joe Gacy- Wait, Wes Lee walks in. Wes has to let everyone know how excited he is that Ali is here! And talking about gold, uh, well Wes wants to make sure- Ali stops Wes there. Don’t do that. Don’t hand Ali a chance. Ali wants to earn it, like Wes did!
And that starts with Gacy. Maybe down the road, it will be Ali VS Lee for the title. That is, if Wes is still champ by then. Jokes aside, Wes wishes Ali luck, but will The Beacon shine bright on the white ‘n’ gold brand? Or will The Schism’s roots continue to grow tonight?
Mustafa Ali VS Joe Gacy!
NXT returns as Mr. Inclusion makes his entrance. The bell rings, the two circle, and they tie up. They break, and then tie up again. Ali headlocks, Gacy throws hands but Ali ROCKS Gacy! Ali headlocks, Gacy powers out and then CLOBBERS Ali! Fans rally as Gacy fires off on Ali in the corner. Gacy whips corner to corner, runs in, but Ali goes up and over! Things speed up,. Ali ducks ‘n’ dodges and RANAS! Fans fire up as Gacy flounders. Ali storms up but Gacy dumps him out! Ali skins the cat, shoulders in, and ROCKS Gacy again! Ali slingshots but Gacy SHOVES him down! Fans boo as Ali crashes to the floor!
Gacy goes out after Ali, drags him back into the ring, and then hurries to cover, TWO! Gacy clamps onto Ali with a chinlock but fans rally. Ali fights with body shots, and a CHOP! Ali whips, Gacy reverses and reels Ali in, URENAGE! Cover, TWO! Ali is hanging tough but Gacy clamps on with a chinbar. Fans rally as Ali endures. Ali fights up, throws body shots, but Gacy CLUBS him o the back. Gacy back suplexes, Ali lands on his feet, but Gacy DDTS! Cover, TWO! Ali survives and goes to a corner but Gacy goes to the opposite. Gacy runs in, but Ali slips out and Gacy hits buckles! Ali ROUNDHOUSES, slingshots and BLOCKBUSTERS!
Fans fire up and Ali goes up the corner! Gacy hurries to ROCK Ali first! Gacy goes up after Ali, but Ali fights the superplex! Ali throws headbutts, then SMACKS Gacy off buckles! Ali stands up to SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB! Ali then skins the cat to the top rope, and fans fire up as Ali 450 SPLASHES!! Cover, ALI WINS!
Winner: Mustafa Ali, by pinfall
But then The Dyad attacks! Rip & Jagger won’t let Ali celebrate, they stomp away while Gacy drags Ali down,. But then here come Wes Lee & Tyler Bate! They fire off, SUPERKICK Rip, Bop and BANG for Jagger! Gacy sees he’s surrounded, he turns around into a SUPERKICK from Ali! Fans fire up as the Beacon, the Big Strong Boi & The Cardiac Kid send the Schism running! Will they have to tear down The Schism’s tree before they can talk title matches?
Fallon Henley, Brooks Jensen & Josh Briggs talk backstage.
Tonight, the main event is a battle royal for a shot at the women’s title. Jensen knows Fallon is ready, Fallon says she’s ready, she feels tonight is her night. But wait, Malik Blade & Edris Enofe walk up. They say Briggs & Jensen were “the ones who started all this.” Hank ‘n’ Tank fought each other to get closer, so now Malik wants to fight Edris! Fallon excuses herself to get ready, and the guys talk. Jensen says it really did work for Hank ‘n’ Tank, and Briggs says it really did work for him and Jensen. Did it really? Okay, let’s find out. What is Jensen’s favorite color? Blue. Yeah, right here on the shirt.
Okay, okay, that was an easy one. Edris then asks Jensen when is Briggs’ birthday. Jensen thinks back… March 5th. BINGO! See? They are good! Malik asks Edris if he knows his birthday. But then Hank ‘n’ Tank walk in, they’re talking country songs. Hank’s a Boy Named Sue guy all the way. Right! Johnny Cash is the man! But Tank likes the modern stuff, like Taylor Swift. Bingo! Tank is a big T. Swifty boy. What the what? But Tank says after Fallon wins that battle royal, let’s all go get some brewskis. Now he’s talking their language! But uh, do Malik & Edris want in? They’ll catch up later. Alright! Laters!
Malik asks Edris if he’s thinking what Malik is thinking. Well after this past week, clearly not! But then Gallus walk up. Don’t worry, lads. It doesn’t matter if you’re on the same page or not, because you’d never beat Gallus for the titles. Gallus Boys On Top, no one else has to play stupid games. Malik nods to Edris and Edris gives in. They’re doing this next week, huh? OH YEAH! Malik VS Edris is happening! Edris accepts his fate, and asks his phone when IS Malik’s birthday.
Backstage interview with Noam Dar and his crew.
McKenzie asks the Heritage Cup Champion about Nathan Frazer’s challenge. And also, what is up with his group? Oh, his group? No, this is THEIR group. When you’re the Supernova, you have to be surrounded by stars, and that is what he has here. This is a collection of shooting stars with unlimited potential! Starting with Dar’s main man, Mensah. Oro is underappreciated, undervalued, but no more! Dar is the one who believed in Oro, got him on a premium event, and has Oro flying in a new stratosphere. And that’s just the beginning. We have Action Ms. Jakara Jackson, a world class athlete who competed on the Titan Gams! And now she’s a titan in this game!
Jakara says she’s sugar, spice, and everything that ain’t so nice. Heard that? And last but not least. Lash THEE Legend! She will beat you physically, emotionally, mentally, she is a GOAT in the making! One of one! Does McKenzie not know what’s going on right here? The screen can’t handle all this brightness, they’re shinin’ shinin’. Five trophies, one picture, okay? But then about Nathan’s challenge. Ugh. If he wants a cup match, remember two things: Dar is NEVER losing the Cup; and there is no stopping… The Meta Four. CHECK PLEASE, bye bye!
Eddy Thorpe VS Damon Kemp!
The Alpha Wolf won once before, but it didn’t humble the Golden Gopher one bit. Will this be a clean sweep? Or will Kemp make Eddy feel like trash, and then make him pick it up?
NXT returns and Kemp makes his entrance. The bell rings, the two tie up, and they go around. Kemp puts Thorpe on the ropes, the ref counts, and Kemp lets off with a shove. Thorpe comes back, arm-drags, headlocks and hits the takeover. Kemp keeps his shoulder up and fights up, but Thorpe holds onto the headlock. Kemp lifts, but Thorpe still holds on! Kemp throws body shots, powers out, but Thorpe reverses the whip to SPINNING CROSSBODY! Direct hit, Thorpe drags Kemp around by his legs, but Kemp kicks free. Thorpe runs up to BOOT Kemp to a corner! Thorpe storms up but into a BOOT from Kemp!
Thorpe CHOPS in return! Thorpe whips, Kemp reverses, but Thorpe goes up, only to get caught! ROLLING DEATH VALLEY! Cover, TWO! Kemp stomps away on Thorpe, drags him up, but Thorpe CHOPS! Kemp ducks the next chop to RAM low, UPPERCUT, and shove, to then OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans rally, Kemp stalks Thorpe, and Kemp drops elbow after elbow! Kemp scrapes his sole off Thorpe’s face, then clamps on with a chinlock. But Thorpe fights with elbows! Kemp still hits an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Kemp talks trash, stomps Thorpe, and then pulls on Thorpe in a chinlock stretch.
Fans rally for “EDDY! EDDY!” but Kemp bends him back! Thorpe fights, but Kemp body scissors to keep Thorpe down. Fans still rally, Thorpe fights up, and Thorpe throws body shots! Thorpe is free, he bobs ‘n’ weaves and throws more shots! Thorpe CHOPS and COHPS and whips, to CLOBBER kemp! And DECK him! Kemp gets up, Thorpe blocks, SOBATS, and PELES! Thorpe runs, to ELBOW DROP! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Kemp survives but Thorpe is on him. Kemp wrenches, Thorpe switches, they run into the ref! Kemp gets a cheap shot in, but Thorpe switches on Kemp to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, Kemp’s foot is on the ropes, but the ref misses it! Thorpe wins!!
Winner: Eddy Thorpe, by pinfall
Kemp complains, he says Thorpe is winning by cheating again! The ref says the decision is final, but are we going to get a round three out of these two?
Gigi Dolin is on the phone.
She talks with her brother Miles and says this is her chance to finally be NXT Women’s Champion. The Weaponized Steel Cage aside, Gigi isn’t going to let anything stop her. She’ll be fine, he just needs to stay out of trouble, okay? Love you, bye. Kiana James walks over and says that’s the “before” phone call. Can’t wait to hear the “after.” Sorry, she came up short again. But they’re used to it. Oh so that’s how Gigi sounds to Kiana? Kiana tells Gigi not to put unrealistic ideas in her brother’s head, like her winning the battle royal. An outcast, with Gigi’s background and emotional instability, will always fall short.
Gigi would rather have her background, as bad as it was, over being a stuck-up elitist like Kiana. Gigi can’t wait to see the smug look on Kiana’s face as she sends her sailing over the top rope and wins. But then Dabba-Kato walks past and everyone clams up. Will Dabba destroy Scrypts for saving Axiom?
Dabba-Kato VS SCRYPTS!
NXT returns as Reggie- er, Scrypts makes his entrance. A wrestler by any other name still flies as high as him, but will he be able to get up and over the mountain of a main before him?
The bell rings, Scrypts dodges a lariat to mule kick, but Dabba barely budges! Scrypts throws a haymaker, but Dabba barely flinches. Scrypts fires more shots, but Dabba grabs him! Scrypts breaks free, runs, but Dabba CLOBBERS him! Dabba whips Scrypts to a corner, Scrypts goes up to AX HANDLE! Scrypts keeps moving, he kicks and CHOPS and runs, but Dabba BOOTS him inside out! Dabba drags Scrypts up to scoop and SLAM him! And then scoop and SLAM again! And then scoop and SLAM again! Dabba looms over Scrypts, drags him up right into a BEARHUG! Scrypts endures the squeeze, CLUBS Dabba again and again, and gets free!
Dabba wobbles but he gets Scrypts up, to TOSS him out of the ring! Scrypts tumbles to the floor, Dabba goes out after him, and drags him back up to CHOP against the desk! Dabba roars while fans boo, but he hauls Scrypts up again to scoop, but wait! AXIOM is there! Where’d he come from/ Dabba SHOVES Axiom down, puts Scrypts in the ring, and storms up to grab Scrypts with both hands. But Axiom is up top, he leaps, Dabba dodges, and then chases Axiom off. Dabba turns around, into Scrypts’ SLINGSHOT ELBOW! Dabba staggers around, he rushes in but into buckles! Scrypts table tops Dabba to cover, SCRYPTS WINS!!
Winner: SCRYPTS, by pinfall
But Dabba drags Scrypts right up for a TOSS! And he SWATS Axiom out of the sky! Dabba SLAMS Axiom onto Scrypts! Fans boo as Dabba looms over them both. Will nothing stop Dabba from storming his way up to a title?
The Schism regroups backstage.
Gacy is furious! “This phony friendship of Wes and Tyler makes me sick! It’s as pathetic as Ali’s positive mental attitude drivel! Next week, we will expose this union of convenience!” Rip says yes, they will! But don’t forget that tonight, The Schism reminded everyone of their strength. They secured a great win over Diamond Mine. Yes, that they did. They’ve pulled their weight, they’ve shown the world what The Schism can be. Gacy, however, has fallen short. He fell short tonight and lost at Battleground. He must reflect and rectify. Ava says one root cannot stabilize an entire tree, no matter how strong it is. Jagger says next week, they have his back.
Mustafa Ali regroups with Tyler Bate and Wes Lee backstage.
He appreciates them having his back, and Wes says it was them returning the favor. And Bate says next week, in a Six Man Tag, they’ll tear “that rotten Schism tree” out, roots and all. Wes tells Ali that Bate says stuff like that, just roll with it. Well, okay, that’s great, but Ali feels like there’s still some magic between Wes and Bate. At Battleground, it was all about the spirit of competition. And in a Triple Threat, luck is just as important as skill. They love this! They love competition! Everyone wants to see it again, and this time, it can be 1v1! Bate says it has crossed his mind. But he doesn’t want to jeopardize the friendship.
Wes says with Bate coming to him face to face on it now, he respects it. They secret handshake, Bate says that’s Wes’ weird thing you gotta roll with. Well, okay. Ali will be on SmackDown this Friday for an MITB qualifier, next Tuesday is the Six Man Tag. And then the Tuesday after that, we can figure out when Bate and Wes tear the house down. They’re all for it! Is the Summer already heating up for the North American Championship?
NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Battle Royal!
Tiffany Stratton truly became the Center of the Universe when she become champion, but that also means she’s surrounded on all sides by those aiming for her belt. Who wins here to be the one with the golden ticket to Tiffany’s first title defense?
NXT returns and Roxanne Perez makes her entrance to join an already packed ring. And last but not least, Dana Brooke makes her entrance! The Flex Appeal is here as a Free Agent, will she be the wild card that wins it all? The bell rings, and the brawl is on! Cora of course goes after Roxie, but Dana helps Valentina Feroz fight Jakara Jackson! Gigi is after Elektra Lopez, Yulisa Leon has Tatum Paxley, Fallon and Kiana go after each other for old time’s sake. Lash swings someone around and clips opponent after opponent! Jakara and Lash help Cora with Roxie and a few others, Jacy clotheslines someone up and out.
Jacy ducks the counter punch to ROLLING ELBOW and ELIMINATE them! Jacy says this is all about her, but fans boo. Dana throws Jakara out, kicks her off the apron, but Oro catches her! Jakara applauds the assist and he helps her back into the ring. Cora DUMPS and ELIMINATES Ariana Grace! Fans boo as Cora laughs at her, but then she and Jacy mug some other superstars. Jacy is after Jakara, Kiana is after Gigi for their little backstage argument, and Thea fights off Tatum. Gigi runs at Kiana, Kiana puts her out but Gigi KNEES back! Gigi drags Kiana up and over to join her! They brawl on the apron!
Fans fire up as Gigi UPPERCUTS Kiana down! But then Kiana kicks Gigi’s legs out! Gigi tumbles and hits the steel steps, then the floor! Kiana ELIMINATES Gigi! Kiana tells Gigi to go call her little brother. Jacy stomps Tatum, Lash fires off hands on Kelani Jordan but Kelani dodges, comes back, only to be clotheslined out to the apron! But Kelani dodges, swings around the corner post, but Jakara trips her up! Kelani falls, Jakara ELIMINATES her! Fallon ROCKS Lash, CHOPS Jakara, and Roxie helps out! Fallon puts Jakara out, fires hands, but Jakara HOTSHOTS! Oro says good work, but Fallon BOOTS Jakara!
Oro catches Jakara again, but then Thea hurries over! Thea SPRINGBOARD TRUST FALLS Oro and Jakara down! Thea ELIMINATES Jakara, but she is safe cuz she went under the top rope! Lash slides out to go after Thea, but ends up in a KIMURA! Lash scoops Thea, and SNAKE EYES her off the steel steps! The ref reprimands but there’s no disqualifications in such a match. Lash leaves Thea behind, only for Feroz & Leon to go after her! She BOOTS them away, but Leon gives Feroz the boost to RANA Lash out! Lash stays on the apron, fires back, but Leon ELBOWS Lashl! Leon goes up and out to go after Lash!
Las Latinas trip and DOUBLE BOOT Lash to ELIMINATE her! They celebrate, but then Lash & Jakara YANK them both off the apron to ELIMINATE them!! And now they brawl! Oro shouts for help, but the battle rages on in and outside the ring as NXT goes picture in picture.
Dana brawls with Cora, Dana BOOTS Cora, and Roxie stomps Jacy. Tatum brawls with Fallon, Elektra has Lyra in a corner. Cora fights off Dana and Kiana while Elektra digs a boto in on Lyra. Roxie throws Jacy up and out but Jacy holds on to fight her off. Lyra scoops Elektra?! What strength! But Elektra lands safe on the apron and tries to drag Lyra up and over with her! Lyra resists, throws elbows, and Elektra wobbles! Lyra WRECKS Elektra with a dropkick and ELIMINATES her! Tatum SLAPS Dana but Dana fires off forearms on her! Cora and Jacy mug Lyra, Kiana keeps on Roxie, and Fallon tires to help Dana.
Tatum fights them off, Dana DECKS Fallon, and then Tatum ROCKS Dana! Tatum bumps Dana off buckles, stomps away, and Cora stomps away on Lyra. Fallon bumps Jacy off buckles, stomps away, and Roxie holds onto ropes as Kiana tries to dump her out. Tatum and Dana brawl more, Dana kicks Tatum down, and NXT returns to single picture. Blair Davenport appears? She wasn’t officially in this match, is she going to insert herself into it? Roxie UPPERCUTS Kiana in a corner, she dodges Jacy to send her into Kiana, then UPPERCUTS them both! Roxie snarls, but Cora grabs her former friend, only for Roxie to turn it around! RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP!
Blair taunts Roxie, who was one of her targets, so Roxie goes out after her! THESZ PRESS and fast hands! Blair shoves Roxie away, whips, but Roxie reverses to send Blair into the apron! BACKHAND, and POP- NO, Tatum saves Blair to CROSSBODY Roxie! Tatum ELIMINATES herself, but she and Blair stomp away on Roxie! They throw Roxie back in, and Jacy slithers up behind. Jacy dumps Roxie up and out to ELIMINATE her!! Jacy says Roxie is a loser, but Lyra stalks up behind her! ENZIGURI! Lyra fires off kicks on Cora, dodges Dana, and goes up to MISSILE DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Fallon runs in, but Lyra blocks to HEEL KICK!
Lyra drags Fallon up, scoops her and puts her on the ropes, but Fallon is safe on the apron. Lyra DECKS Fallon, but Jacy TOSSES Lyra! Lyra skins the cat, headscissors Jacy and throws her out to ELIMINATE her! Fans fire up, but then Cora DROPKCIKS Lyra down to ELIMINATE her! Fans boo as Cora laughs at Lyra and blows a kiss. Now we just have Fallon, Cora, Dana and Kiana. Fallon DECKS Cora, DECKS Kiana, ROCKS Dana, then ELBOWS Kiana, and THROWS Dana! Cora returns but Fallon CHOPS her! Fallon runs up the corner, steadies herself, BLOCKBUSTER for Cora! But Kiana RAMS Fallon into a corner!
Kiana reels Fallon in but Fallon doges to ROCK Kiana! Fallon goes up but Kiana shoves her over! Fallon stays on the apron, gets under Kiana, and BACK DROPS her out of the ring! Fallon ELIMINATES Kiana! Dana rushes in, Fallon slides under, sunset flip but Dana rolls through, so Fallon DECKS her! Cora runs in but Fallon dodges to ROCK her! Cora ROCKS back! Dana DOUBLE LARIATS them both! Fans are torn, but Dana runs in at Fallon to handspring back elbow! Dana handspring back elbows Cora! Dana goes back to Fallon, but Fallon headscissors! Dana shoves Fallon away to ELIMINATE her!
Cora goes after Dana! Dana shoulders in, but Cora DROPKCIKS Dana! Dana clutches onto ropes but Cora stomps away! Dana gets back in, both women run, and DOUBLE LARIATS take them down! But wait! Chase U’s student section remembers, Thea is STILL in this match! Thea rises and she has her chance! Thea shakes the ropes, runs in and Cora says she and Dana should work together. Dana says no no, she and Thea will work together! They kick Cora, double whip, and lift her up! Cora fights free, kicks Dana away but Thea dodges! Thea runs, Cora ducks and Thea CLOBBERS Dana! Cora attacks and TOSSES Thea!
Thea holds onto the ropes, Dana storms up to DECK Cora! Thea GAMANGIRIS Cora, gets in, but Dana kicks her. Dana runs, ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Cora returns to SHINING WIZARD Dana in a corner! And then runs to SHINING WIZARD at the ropes! And then SHINING- NO, Dana blocks, Thea dumps them BOTH!! Thea wins!!
Winner: Thea Hail (NEW #1 Contender to the NXT Women’s Champion)
The Chase U student section storms the court! Er, ring! They celebrate as one of their own has herself a title shot! Even Duke, Gulak & Dempsey applaud. Even Haley & Hanna Cavinder, NXT’s newest NIL prospects, are here to celebrate with Thea! Will Chase U finally have some gold thanks to their ultimate underdog?
NXT Media catches Bron Breakker as he is leaving the building.
NXT Media asks him why he attacked Ilja Dragunov. Why? He isn’t gonna let Ilja spit out garbage about being the most intense guy in the WWE. Bron is gonna hold everyone accountable, from top to bottom. And speaking of the top, how about the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Seth Freakin’ Rollins? The workhorse of the WWE? How about he proves it. Rollins knows how things are done in NXT cuz he was the first-ever NXT Champion! And Bron was the most DOMINANT NXT Champion ever! So Rollins should come back to NXT to put the World Heavyweight Championship on the line… against Bron? Will the Visionary accept that challenge?
A great episode for NXT here and we’re in some exciting times right now. Corbin isn’t usually must-see but he did show up last week so we gotta know what that’s about. He of course goes with the usual trope of “this generation doesn’t appreciate anything, they don’t understand,” which oddly was very much where they had JBL going with all his promos when he was Corbin’s manager. But I like that Dragunov got in Corbin’s face, and that Trick Williams took the fight to Corbin. I think tonight was the first time I heard a “This is Awesome!” chant during a Corbin match, but he and Trick were great out there. Corbin of course wins, he needs momentum going towards Melo and the title.
Bron attacking Dragunov was quite the surprise, but it seems the next chapter for him is to double down on the aggression and go after everyone who claims to be better at the things he claims to be. Calling out Rollins was an even bigger surprise, but I would love seeing Rollins having a return to NXT, as I know the live audience there would love seeing it. Could these “callbacks” and callouts be how NXT brute forces its way to being the third brand once and for all?
That question aside, great stuff building with The Schism and the North American Championship. Really good Mixed Six, and I loved that string of human weapon moves from Diamond Mine, especially Ivy suplexes Brutus. But of course The Schism cheats a win in that one. Ali VS Gacy was surprisingly short, but I suppose it builds towards story on both ends. Gacy feels like he’s letting the team down but they’re still standing with him, and Ali seems to be literally match making. The Six Man of Ali, Bate & Wes VS Schism is going to be great, and I bet we get Bate VS Wes on TV since Great American Bash is so far away still.
We got good matches out of Thorpe VS Kemp and Dabba-Kato VS SCRYPTS. A little surprised Thorpe won again with some controversy, I would’ve thought they’d go the other way and have Kemp win by controversy. And in Dabba VS Scrypts, I should’ve figured Axiom would show up. Scrypts gets the win but Dabba has the last laugh, so I sense a handicap match in the future. WWE has done 2 Faces VS 1 Heel before, but it never felt like it was a situation where the Heel was really so much more powerful. In this case, it will work because Dabba is as big as Scrypts and Axiom combined.
Good prison visitation promo, especially that Kardashian joke. Stacks keeps saying it’s Gallus but that just means it isn’t Gallus. But Tony is giving him permission to do what he needs to in order to bring Gallus down, I wonder if Stacks recruits people to the D’Angelo Family for a Six Man Tag. Also, good stuff out of the tag division with everyone doing the mind meld and irritating Malik. Malik VS Edris will be a fun match, who knows how that goes. I feel like NXT could even be building things to a massive NXT Tag Team Championship match for Great American Bash, like the Ladder Fatal 4 Ways of old.
Hard Hitting Home Truths was alright, but those names Dragon Lee came up with for Dar’s group felt more like something HBK and Road Dogg would come up with. But Dar and his group had a good promo in return, and their name, “The Meta Four” is much better than those five names. Frazer VS Dar is going to be great stuff, but with just Dragon Lee, I don’t see Frazer having a chance with Oro, Jakara and Lash all out there. But in tonight’s main event, it looks like they could’ve been building some women’s tag feuds. Lash & Jakara went after Yulisa & Valentina, that could be some good stuff, and we could see Yulisa & Valentina side with Dragon & Frazer as their own quartet.
And speaking of that battle royal, good promo from Gigi and Kiana beforehand, and same for Thea’s promo earlier on. Gigi and Kiana feuding seems to be the next move, helping Gigi build up momentum while Tiffany takes care of her first defense. Roxie brawling with Blair made sense, but I did not see Tatum joining Team Blair. Maybe Dani helps Roxie against them since she was also a target, and also lost to Blair tonight. Great moving of pieces to have Thea out of commission until the end and then finish it up with a big win over Dana and Cora. Thea got that like, Lex Luger beat Yokozuna celebration, where even future superstars, Haley & Hanna Cavinder, got to show up for it.
Now, Thea and Tiffany are going to have an awesome build to their match, they’re going to have an awesome match, but with this being Tiff’s first defense and there being the bigger Chase U story, I don’t see Thea winning. If only NXT had a women’s midcard title, Thea and a few other names could be fighting for that. Just not sure what to name it, as the WWE already uses the phrases Intercontinental, United States and North American, and they wouldn’t want to copy AEW’s International Championship. WWE hasn’t had a Television Championship in 20 years, so giving that concept to the women’s division would be pretty cool.
My Score: 8.8/10
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