Raw’s Money in the Bank field meets and it is must-see!
On top of MizTV having Raw’s field for the Men’s Money in the Bank match as guests, Ricochet and John Morrison will settle things from last week!
- Ricochet VS John Morrison w/ The Miz; Morrison wins, by count-out.
- 8 Woman Tag: Asuka, Naomi, Nikki Cross & Alexa Bliss VS Eva Marie, “Doudrop” Piper Niven, Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax w/ Reginald; Eva, Piper, Shayna & Nia win.
- Mustafa Ali VS Mansoor; Ali wins.
- Drew McIntyre VS Jinder Mahal w/ Shanky & Veer; McIntyre wins, by disqualification.
- Mace & T-Bar VS Lucha House Party; LHP wins.
- Matt Riddle VS AJ Styles w/ Omos; Riddle wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Random Run-Through: Akira Tozawa retains the title.
- Cedric Alexander & Elias VS R-Truth & Jaxson Ryker; Truth & Ryker win.
- The New Day VS Bobby Lashley & MVP; The New Day wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
MizTV opens the night!
The Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century is already in the ring, and Miz welcomes us to the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show and his very special Money in the Bank edition! His guests are Raw’s representatives for that match. And as a winner of the MITB contract twice and successfully having cashed in twice, Miz is an MITB master! And therefore, his first guest, his best friend and partner in crime is going to win! He’s talking about Johnny Drip Drip! Morrison says that’s right, the D R I P is gonna rain pain on the fools! America’s Moist Wanted is gonna climb that ladder like a water spout, take that contract and pour it out, and give all the “aquaholics” what they want: Morrison as El Senor Dinero en de Banko!
Miz says COOOORRECT! But their next guest is the man Miz cashed in on just earlier this year, Drew McIntyre! The Scottish Warrior makes his entrance and admits Miz is right. Miz is why McIntyre has a love-hate relationship with the MITB contract. Miz did cash in, after McIntyre defeated five of the bets in the Elimination Chamber, and after Bobby Lashley attacked from behind. But ever since, McIntyre has been fighting his way back to the top. It won’t stop until McIntyre wins and cashes in on whatever champion of whatever brand he chooses! But since we’re going to Texas, let’s talk about the Alamo! Did you know that McIntyre’s a distant relative of Davey Crockett?
What? Really? Yes, through his great, great, great great grandma, Miriam McIntyre IV! McIntyre and Crockett are known for legendary stories. McIntyre will make a legendary story at MITB. If Miz wheels himself out to the ring, the legend will be of when McIntyre shove Morrison’s head up Miz’s ass! And just like Davey, McIntyre would rather die in Texas than surrender! Well look here splash hole! You can kick the ocean, but all you’re gonna get is wet! But without an introduction, here comes the One and Only! Ricochet struts to the ring and Miz is annoyed. Ricochet is as rude as he is reckless. What Ricochet did last week was awe inspiring but also irresponsible.
And for those who missed it, Miz cues up the replay. Ricochet springboards from ring to barrier to crossbody Morrison to the floor! Miz says Ricochet got lucky it was a double count-out. That could’ve cost both men their careers! Explain yourself, Ricochet! Ricochet says he’s here to admit he’s still a bit shook, but he knows so is Morrison. That last week was a taste of what Ricochet is willing to do to get the MITB contract. He’ll even use Miz’s wheelchair as a battering ram if he has to. Because Ricochet is the R I C O C H E T, and he breaks it down with a dance. Powerful words, dry one. But can you back those words up against the Flood Stud?
Bro… Here comes Matt Riddle! His busted foot is still wrapped up but he scoots to the ring and kicks off the sandals before climbing. Miz says maybe Riddle can enlighten them with his notable yet doomed attempt to compete on Randy Orton’s behalf. Wait, what is he doing up at the top of the ladder? What, isn’t this what everyone’s supposed to be doing? Isn’t this the MITB edition of Miz TV? And whoa, Riddle’s really high right now. And sad, too. His foot’s better, but he let his bro down. Riddle is dedicating his win at the PPV to his bro, Randy Orton! He’ll make Orton proud, wherever he is. And then they’ll go for some ‘ritos and play games-
SHUT UP! Why hasn’t Orton kicked Riddle in the head yet?! Why would he? They’re best buds. McIntyre respects Riddle ,but Miz says not to enable and encourage him! Miz can’t wait Jinder Mahal rag doll McIntyre tonight and send him- Wait, now AJ Styles & Omos head out there? Styles says as a matter of fact, Miz doesn’t speak for everyone! Styles was robbed of his chance in MITB! ROBBED! Orton dropped out of the Last Chance match, and therefore, it shouldn’t have been a Triple Threat. It should’ve been 1v1, McIntyre VS Styles! But no no no, had to have a Triple Threat! A match with Riddle and McIntyre that Styles was not pinned in! So if anyone deserves to be in this match still, it’s Styles.
And it was Riddle who got pinned, so this is all Riddle’s fault! Riddle says hey to Skipper. He looks cute and little down there, like a rabbit. And Omos is almost as tall as Riddle on the ladder. High five? Nope, Omos shoves the ladder over! Riddle lands on the bad foot! Then Omos folds the ladder and TOSSES it out of the ring! Styles has Omos stand down, Morrison moves Miz to a corner, and then Styles KICKS Riddle in the foot! Ricochet gets in Styles’ face, as does McIntyre. Omos steps up to McIntyre, Morrison sucker punches Ricochet! Morrison whips but Ricochet reverses to send Morrison out! McIntyre helps Riddle up, Omos comes back in, McIntyre CLOBBERS Omos!
Miz can’t believe what’s going on as Ricochet triangle jump dropkicks Morrison! Ricochet grabs a Drip Stick and BREAKS it! Miz is furious but Morrison will be the one to settle things with Ricochet, after the break!
Ricochet VS John Morrison w/ The Miz!
Raw returns and we run it back for the King of Flight and the Moist Must-See! Will there be a true winner this time as MITB draws closer?
The bell rings and the hands fly! Ricochet ROCKS Morrison, body shots and CHOPS, then DECKS him with a right! Ricochet whips Morrison to a corner, runs in to hit a clotheslines, and Morrison falls! Ricochet drops an elbow, covers, TWO! Ricochet facelocks, brings Morrison up and throws haymakers. Morrison ends up in a corner and Ricochet stomps him. Ricochet whips Morrison to another corner and hits another clothesline! Ricochet keeps on Morrison with a scoop and SLAM, then another elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Miz coaches Morrison but Ricochet tells him to shut it. Ricochet throws a forearm, then digs a knee into Morrison while putting on the chinlock.
Morrison endures, fights up, pries the hold but Ricochet CLUBS him down! Ricochet brings Morrison back up but Morrison DECKS him with a right of his own! Morrison stomps Ricochet to a corner, lets off as the ref counts, but CLUBS him back down! Morrison brings Ricochet around by his legs, to ROPE GUILLOTINE! Ricochet gasps and sputters as he scrambles away, but Morrison wraps on a headlock. Morrison grinds Ricochet down, hooks an arm and drives in elbows. Miz cheers Morrison on as he leans on Ricochet. Ricochet endures, even as Morrison shifts to an inverted cravat. The ThunderDome rallies as Ricochet fights back but Morrison KICKS Ricochet down!
Morrison KICKS Ricochet to a corner, brings him around but Ricochet throws forearms and CHOPS! Morrison mule kicks, turns Ricochet and hits a NECKBREAKER! Morrison grins at the camera as he covers, TWO! Morrison keeps on Ricochet with another chinlock but Ricochet endures. Ricochet reaches for ropes but Morrison wraps him up in a half straitjacket stretch! Ricochet fights up, throws elbows but Morrison throws knees! Morrison ROCKS Ricochet with a right, brings him around and whips to ropes. Ricochet reverses, breaks free and then RANAS Morrison out of the ring! Morrison regroups with Miz, Ricochet builds speed, but Morrison and Miz get out of the way!
Morrison takes a Drip Stick, Ricochet avoids the spray, and uses the wheelchair to handspring over Miz! Morrison blocks the rana to BARRIER BOMB Ricochet! Miz says that’s what Ricochet gets as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Morrison fires off kicks and fast hands on Ricochet in the corner. The ref counts, Morrison lets off at 4, but Ricochet ROCKS him right back! Ricochet throws hands, Morrison shoves then trips him up to float around to do some ground ‘n’ pound and then a double stomp! Miz applauds but he’s the only one. Ricochet ducks the knee to roll Morrison up, TWO! Ricochet waistlocks to an O’Conner Roll, TWO! Ricochet CHOPS Morrison, throws hands, then whips Morrison to ropes. Morrison reverses but Ricochet hits a KNEE SMASH! But he swings into a STANDING SPANISH FLY!? Cover, TWO!!
Miz is furious but Morrison keeps on Ricochet with elbows! Morrison rolls through to turn Ricochet over and trap his arms! Morrison grins as he twists Ricochet up with a hammerlock and half nelson. Morrison throws forearms into ribs, but Ricochet manages to kick from below! Ricochet is free, gets up, but Morrison RAMS him into a corner! Morrison fires off shots, lets off as the ref counts, and then runs corner to corner. Morrison blocks a boot but not the second one! Ricochet runs, tilt-o-whirls, and TORNADO DDT’s! Both men are down and Miz panics! Miz coaches Morrison up but Ricochet rises first!
Ricochet throws forearms, elbows, body shots, and a DISCUS LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Morrison is still in this but Miz panics! Ricochet aims from a corner but Miz sprays him! The ref reprimands Miz, Ricochet kicks but Morrison blocks to wrench and drag Ricochet down to a Dragon’s Lair cradle! TWO!! Ricochet narrowly escapes, but Morrison gets him with an Eddy Gordo kick! Morrison snapmares Ricochet to KICK him in the back, then runs in to KNEE Ricochet against the ropes! Ricochet is stuck, Morrison slingshots, but Ricochet gets away! Morrison elbow drops the apron and staggers back up. Ricochet runs in and FLIES for a FALLING CROSSBODY!!
Miz can’t believe what he saw but it seems Morrison turned that around into his own move! Morrison crawls to the ring, Miz is blocking Ricochet! The count is 10, Morrison wins!!
Winner: John Morrison, by count-out
The Miz was a roadblock and that helps Johnny Drip Drip win! Will the “master” of the MITB use tactics like this and more to help Morrison be dripping with gold?
Jinder Mahal arrives by motorcycle.
The Modern Maharaja impresses his compatriots, Shanky & Veer, and Kevin Patrick interviews Mahal about his match with McIntyre. Mahal and McIntyre were close. They were tag partners and even friends. McIntyre was even there when Mahal bought this lovely motorcycle to celebrate his world title defense. Mahal texted McIntyre about going for a ride together on their motorcycles, but McIntyre took three days to reply, and simply said, “Sorry, bro, 2 busy.” McIntyre did not have the decency to write out “T O O,” he just used the number two! McIntyre thinks Mahal is better than him!
Mahal knows McIntyre has already qualified, but Mahal should’ve been included in the MITB race. That is why Mahal demanded this match! Mahal has always been better than McIntyre, and he will prove that tonight! Will Mahal get back at McIntyre for the apparent slights and disrespect?
Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler and Reginald talk backstage.
They’re all in agreement that they shouldn’t have to have this tag match alongside Eva Marie and “Doudrop,” but Reggie says Alexa Bliss is in the shadows! They turn around, and she’s gone? Shayna has had it up to here with this! Reggie is a fully- Well, mostly grown man, and he’s scared of shadows? Get it together! Nia says Shayna should stop. Reggie’s been through enough. They just need to get through the match. But as they leave, Alexa returns! Will Alexa and the other entries in the Women’s MITB match be any more united in this epic 8 Woman Tag?
Nikki Cross talks with Naomi and Asuka at gorilla position.
Naomi loves Nikki’s new look, name and everything! This is a #GlowUp! Asuka’s always wanted to team with a superhero! Nikki thanks them for that, but points out that she’s not a hero like Black Widow. She’s Almost a Superhero! But she’s finally started believing in herself and has never been more successful! Now, she has her chance to win the MITB Ladder Match! Nikki knows there are those who don’t always have confidence in their abilities, but if they believe in themselves, who knows what they can do? Naomi is glad for Nikki’s new confidence, but Ash needs to not get her hopes up. Naomi is winning! No, Asuka says for the second year in a row, SHE is winning!
Tension is rising between them, but Nikki’s music hits! Nikki feels like she’s coming to save the day! See you ladies out there! Wonder Woman spin and away~! But then Alexa walks in and says they all better lower their expectations for MITB. Is that a subtle threat to her teammates?
8 Woman Tag: Asuka, Naomi, Nikki Cross & Alexa Bliss VS Eva Marie, “Doudrop” Piper Niven, Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax w/ Reginald!
The Empress, the Glow, the Almost Superhero and the very Twisted Ms. Bliss are going to take on some of the most formidable women in WWE today, and the #EvaLution. But with everything going on between teammates, which team falls apart first?
Raw returns as the duo formerly known as #BlissCross are joined by their teammates. Then the Queen of Spades, Irresistible Force, and their sommelier make their entrance together, followed by Eva and “Doudrop.” Piper reluctantly takes Eva’s robe for her as they join the others in the ring. The teams sort out and Piper starts with Naomi. They circle, but then Eva tags herself in. Dysfunction already as Eva warms up and ties up with Naomi. Eva puts Naomi in a corner, but Naomi shoves her away. Naomi stares down with Piper but Eva sucker punches Naomi! Naomi gets up in a huff and Eva hurries to tag out to Piper!
Piper gets in, Naomi dropkicks her out of the ring! Naomi scares off the others, and PLANCHAS onto Nia and Shayna! Asuka comes in around the way. Eva moves and Piper takes the HPI ATTACK! Nikki flies in, Eva dodges and Piper takes the crossbody! Eva blows kisses o the fans, but turns around into a SCREAMING Alexa! Eva falls out of the ring in fear and Alexa smiles. Will the role model be able to compose herself while Raw goes to break?
Raw returns again and Piper blocks kicks but Alexa throws forearms. Piper ROCKS Alexa, whips her to ropes, but Alexa dodges and is a spider on the ropes! Nikki tags in and rushes Piper, but Pier turns wheelbarrow into a TOSS! Piper drags Nikki up but Nikki jawbreakers and dropkicks back! Tag to Asuka and Asuka KICKS away on Piper! Piper blocks a kick to HEADBUTT Asuka down! Piper staggers, reaches for her corner, and tags in Nia. Piper stands Asuka up, Piper and Nia run, and they SANDWICH Asuka with their body attacks! Cover, ONE!! Asuka survives, but Nia whips her to a corner. Nia runs corner to corner to SPLASH Asuka and shove her down!
Nia runs to drop an elbow! Cover, TWO! Asuka survives again but Nia drags her up. Nia tags in Shayna and they mug Asuka. The ref counts, Shayna lets off to bring Asuka to a cover, ONE! Asuka shakes her head but Shayna rains down rights! Shayna lets off but Asuka kicks from below. Shayna grabs a foot to twist the ankle! Asuka endures but Shayna GROUND DRAGON SCREWS! Shayna keeps her eyes from looking at Alexa as she taunts Naomi and Nikki. Shayna gets Asuka up, Eva tags herself in! Eva gets Asuka up for stomps in the corner, then she tags out to Nia. Nia stands Asuka up to scoop and SLAM! Cover, TWO! Asuka survives but Nia clamps on a cobra clutch!
Nia thrashes Asuka around but Asuka endures. Asuka’s team rallies up, and she stands to throw hips and a jawbreaker! Nia staggers, but she DECKS Nikki and swings on Naomi! Nia stands Asuka up but Asuka fires off body shots! Nia HEADBUTTS Asuka down! Wait, Alexa is hypnotizing Reggie! Shayna can’t snap him out of it and he gravitates towards Alexa. So Shayna trips Alexa off the apron and throws her into barriers! That worked! Meanwhile, Nia and Asuka brawl, and Nia CLOBBERS Asuka with a clothesline! Reggie gets himself back to the friendly corner as Nia gets Asuka up. Nia whips Asuka over but Asuka DECKS Piper!
Asuka swings on Shayna, dodges Nia, and Nia POSTS herself! Eva tags in and stomps Asuka down! Eva gets Asuka up but Asuka fires off hands! Eva ducks, and tags out to Shayna! Shayna rushes in but Asuka hits an armbar takedown! Shayna clasps hands, turns things around and gets an ARMBAR! Asuka clasps hands, makes it a cover, TWO! Hot tag to Naomi! Asuka gets Shayna around, Naomi springboards, FLYING CHUCK to GERMAN SUPELX! Asuka plays defense but Piper manages to knock her down onto the cover! Piper saves the day, then CANNONBALLS into Naomi in the corner! Nikki tags in as Asuka hits a CODE BREAKER on Piper!
Shayna KNEES Asuka but Nikki CROSSBODIES! Cover, but Eva breaks it! Eva drags Nikki up but Nikki saves Eva out! Nia tags in, Nikki gets Shayna for the tilt-o-whirl La Magistrol, but the ref points out who is legal! Nia drags Nikki up, fireman’s carries, but Nikki fights free with forearms! Nia shoves Nikki, Nikki dodges and comes in, but Nia catches crossbody to SAMOAN DROP! Cover, Nia and team win!
Winners: Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler, Piper Niven & Eva Marie, by pinfall
But again, Eva Marie takes all the credit! Nia wants to hurt Eva, Shayna wants to let her, and Piper wants to wash her hands of this. Will anything ever deflate the ego of the #EvaLution?
Bobby Lashley, MVP and the ladies still party.
But Kevin Patrick walks in and asks MVP and Lashley why they changed the match of Lashley VS Woods into a tag match to take on The New Day? MVP can’t understand how Kevin keeps getting in here! The next time Kevin wants to talk with Lashley, make an appointment! But to answer the question, it is that Woods doesn’t deserve to be 1v1 with the WWE Champion! The last time it happened, it didn’t go that well for Woods, anyway. Now to make this very clear, MVP has had one of the highest honors in his career to stand in Lashley’s corner. But he is not one to be disrespected, either! MVP simply wanted to talk with Kofi last week, and Kofi assaulted him!
Worse than that, Kofi disrespected the All Mighty Lashley. Lashley says he eviscerated McIntyre and Woods in back to back HIAC matches, so he took his vacation. But tonight, he sends the New Day on a permanent vacation! Kofi called Lashley soft!? There’s not a soft bone on Lashley’s body! It is ridiculous that Kofi thinks he’ll win at MITB, so Lashley is going to take all those words and shove them down Kofi’s throat! He’s ending the pipe dream and he’s hurting Kofi, because this is STILL the Hurt Business, and that is what they do! The ladies mockingly say “bye~” to Kevin as he leaves, but will they be saying bye to Lashley should things not go their way?
Mustafa Ali VS Mansoor!
The Beacon of Light has been trying to guide the young Star of Saudi Arabia, but he’s doing it with backhanded tactics. Will Mansoor give Mustafa a backhand of his own as they finally go 1v1 tonight?
Raw returns as Mansoor makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. Mustafa avoids a leg trip, wrenches and wristlocks, but Mansoor handsprings and wrenches back! Mustafa rolls, slips through, armlocks and arm-drags Mansoor to a grounded hold. Mansoor fights up, rolls back, but Mustafa headlocks. Mansoor puts Mustafa in a corner, lets off at 4, and is ready for Mustafa to come back. Mustafa pulls hair and puts Mansoor in the corner! The ref counts, Mustafa trips Mansoor and then says, “You cut every corner that you can!” Mansoor says he won’t be embarrassed, and he ties up with Mustafa again.
Mustafa headlocks, Mansoor powers out, but Mustafa runs him over. Cover, ONE, and Mansoor avoids a takedown! But Mustafa arm-drags from below to get a chinlock! Mustafa says you don’t let someone up off the mat. Mansoor fights up, endures the grind, throws body shots, and powers out to CLOBBER Mustafa with an elbow! Mansoor shouts at Mustafa to get up so Mansoor can teach him a lesson! Mustafa seems to like the fire in Mansoor, and he does get up. Mansoor blocks the clothesline, swings Mustafa alone to CLOBBER and CHOP him! Mansoor whips then atomic drops to a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Mansoor seethes but he’s after Mustafa right away with a whip. Mustafa kicks Mansoor but Mansoor ENZIGURIS! Mustafa falls, his foot gets stuck in the ropes! The ref and Mansoor work to free Mustafa, and they get him out. Mustafa clutches the leg, but it’s a fake-out! He rolls Mansoor up and WINS!
Winner: Mustafa Ali, by pinfall
“I told you! The high road only gets you so far!” Mansoor is furious with Mustafa but Mustafa says to stop listening to the heart and think with your mind! Which will Mansoor listen to when it comes to his path as a WWE superstar?
Backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.
How does McIntyre respond to Mahal claiming McIntyre took his opportunity in the MITB ladder match? Oh, Mahal’s opportunity, huh? Yeah, well, McIntyre heard about the complaints regarding their text messages, and McIntyre has opinions on that, too. But at least Mahal is willing to fight McIntyre in the ring. Nothing is given here, everything is taken! Now take his claymore sword, for example. It is a family heirloom and it means the world to him. But did you know the true story of this sword? McIntyre says this sword was in fact made from the tooth of the Loch Ness Monster!
Once upon a time, Nessie terrorized a village, would eat up their fisherman, and was just an all around “salty bitch.” But a brave Scottish Warrior stepped up to the edge of the Loch, cracked his neck and shrugged his shoulders, knowing it was going to go down! He felt it from head to plums, and he dove in and swam to come fact to face with the beast! The warrior did the biggest go-behind, got a rear naked choke, worked up that long neck and shouted, “WHOA, NESSIE!” He saw an opportunity and Claymore kicked the tooth right out of Nessie’s mouth! And then the two were friends and respected each other.
Nessie left the town alone, and told that warrior in her thick yet angelic and feminine Scottish accent, “Lad, if you take this here tooth and make a sword out of it, you’ll live a very successful life, and grow a manly, manly beard. And one day, you will defeat Jinder Mahal on this very day, and go on to Fort Worth, Texas, and win the Money in the Bank ladder match!” McIntyre smiles at his cleverness and then heads to the ring! Will McIntyre slay the Maharaja the way he did The Beast here in the ThunderDome?
Drew McIntyre VS Jinder Mahal w/ Shanky & Veer!
Raw returns as Mahal and his men make their way to the ring. The bell rings and McIntyre circles with Mahal. They tie up, go around, and McIntyre puts Mahal on ropes but Mahal puts McIntyre in a corner. McIntyre turns it around, the ref has them separate, and then they go again. Mahal waistlocks, headlocks, but McIntyre powers out. Mahal rams shoulders, McIntyre comes back to run Mahal over! McIntyre demands Mahal get up and Mahal says McIntyre isn’t better than him. Mahal resets, they tie up and McIntyre headlocks now. Mahal powers out, McIntyre ducks and dodges then follows to run Mahal over again!
McIntyre stalks Mahal but Mahal kicks low and elbows him back! Mahal bumps McIntyre off buckles, stomps him down, throws haymakers an clubbing shots, but stops as the ref counts. McIntyre stands, Mahal whips him corner to corner, but McIntyre comes back to CLOBBER Mahal! Veer & Shanky are worried as McIntyre fires off hands and CHOPS on Mahal! McIntyre brings Mahal out to SLAP him, but Mahal knees low! Mahal CLUBS McIntyre, SLAPS him back, but McIntyre knees and fires off haymakers! The ref has to back off the windmill but Mahal is dazed. McIntyre gets Mahal up but Mahal blocks a suplex to give a suplex!
Both men are down but Mahal gets up first. Mahal kicks McIntyre right in the head! And then again! McIntyre staggers up, Mahal runs, but into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Mahal falls out of the ring but McIntyre pursues! Veer & Shanky stand in his way, and Mahal throat chops McIntyre! Mahal suplexes McIntyre onto the announce desk! McIntyre writhes while Mahal leaves him behind, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Mahal grinds McIntyre down in the ring with a chinlock. McIntyre fights but Mahal CLUBS and KNEES him down! Mahal wraps the chinlock on again but McIntyre still fights up. McIntyre throws body shots, CHOPS free, and then CHOPS again! McIntyre whips Mahal to ropes but Mahal reverses, only for McIntyre to kick him! McIntyre runs but into a JUMPING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Mahal is furious as McIntyre survives, but Mahal brings him up to CLUB him! Mahal chokes McIntyre on the ropes, but he lets off as the ref counts 4. McIntyre sputters, Mahal kicks him down! Mahal has McIntyre in a corner, CLUBS and digs his knee in, but again lets off at 4.
Mahal grins as he brings McIntyre up to CLUB him again. Mahal ROCKS McIntyre with rights, whips him corner to corner hard, and McIntyre bounces off the buckles. Mahal CLUBS McIntyre again and again, then taunts him as he throws hands. McIntyre gives Mahal a GLASGOW KISS! Mahal falls over and McIntyre seethes as he stands back up. McIntyre rallies on Mahal with big clotheslines! McIntyre whips then OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Mahal again! And AGAIN! Mahal writhes but McIntyre fires up! McIntyre watches Mahal stand, gets around and NECKBREAKER! McIntyre kips up and wants to finish this! Kick and underhooks, but Mahal wrenches free!
Mahal wants the clutch but McIntyre elbows free! McIntyre spins Mahal around to a FUTURE SHOCK! McIntyre smirks as Mahal is dazed! McIntyre goes to a corner, counts it down, but Veer is on the apron! McIntyre DECKS him, SHANKY attacks!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by disqualification
McIntyre fights off Mahal’s henchmen but they mug him 2v1 in a corner! McIntyre DECKS Veer, elbows Shanky, but Mahal SUPERKICKS McIntyre down!! Veer & Shanky get McIntyre up to POST him! Mahal grins and he has them get McIntyre back up. They feed McIntyre to Mahal’s KALLAS!! The Maharaja and his men stand over McIntyre, but will this be enough to take McIntyre out of the MITB match?
Wait, Mahal takes McIntyre’s sword! Mahal says this is only fair for McIntyre taking away his MITB opportunity! What Will McIntyre do to not only get his revenge, but get his family’s greatest heirloom back?
Backstage interview with the New Day.
Xavier Woods & Kofi Kingston are here and “K-Peezy” brings up how the Hurt Business is hell bent on sending them a message. How do they plan on adjusting from the planned singles match to the now tag team match? Adjust? Why would they adjust? Kevin said it, they are the 11-time world tag team champions! WWE.com even named them THE greatest tag team of all time! They don’t need to adjust! When there is a tag match challenge, of course they accept! That is what they do! But MVP & Bob are overcompensating for the truth bombs that were dropped! Kofi threw them on the BBQ and roasted them!
Now, MVP was talking last week about not being medically cleared, but this week he’s magical healed? WOW~! And Bob is back from vacay early, so what Kofi said hit a little close to home. Ouchies! Woods says that MVP wouldn’t think Woods would be showing up. But guess what? Woods went to hell and back and here he is! And MVP says Kofi won’t win at MITB? But wrong again! Once they’re live in front of fans and we can see the pleasure they have of seeing the match, we all see Kofi walk out the NEW WWE Champion! And another truth nugget: when Kofi was champ, Kofi proved that Kevin Garnet was right when he said, “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE~!”
Kofi is about to do this again at MITB in front of live, human flesh! Kofi’s been putting in the work while Lashley’s been resting on his all mighty laurels. MVP & Lashley can do all the vacay they want to after MITB and take their ladies with them! Because Lashley’s services will no longer be required. And all of those championship responsibilities will belong to the new, future, TWO-TIME, W! W! E! WORLD! HEAVY! WEIGHT! CHAMPION~! But not done there! BAAAAAAAAAYBEEEEEEEEEEEE~! It’s fittin’ to be a breeze, hah! The New Day is ready, but will they be able to bring the hurt to the Hurt Business?
Mace & T-Bar VS Lucha House Party!
These two teams have been wanting to settle things since the Raw Tag Team contenders battle royal, and they finally get that time! But will this be the extinction of the Golden Lynx & King of the Ropes? Or will the destructive duo learn you can’t extinguish a team this #LuchaLit?
The teams sort out and T-Bar starts with Lince “Kane” DOrado. They circle, Lince fires off kicks but T-Bar puts him in a corner. Lince dodges and CHOPS! Then runs to tilt-o-whirl headscissor T-Bar down! Lince stomps T-Bar, brings him up, and whips him to ropes. T-Bar reverses to mule kick and CLUB Lince down! T-Bar stalks Lince to a corner but Lince boots back! Lince goes up and leaps, but into T-Bar’s arms! T-Bar snarls as he gives Lince knees in the side, then TOSSES him out of the ring! Then he cyclone BOOTS Gran Metalik down! Tag to Mace, he fetches Lince, and bounces him off the announce desk!
“This is how you do it!” Mace smacks Lince off the desk more! Mace puts Lince in the ring, drags Lince around and stomps him, to dribble him off the mat! T-Bar tags in, runs, Mace gets Lince up for a BOOT! Cover, TWO!! Lince still lives but T-Bar rains down fists! T-Bar tags Mace back in, Mace drags Lince around and stomps him more! Mace drags Lince to ropes and springboards for an elbow drop! Cover, TWO!! Lince is still in this, and he kicks Mace away! Lince kangaroo kicks then dropkicks, but Mace catches his jump! Mace TOSSES Lince, DECKS Metalik and LEG LARIATS Lince! Tag to T-Bar, they both get Lince up, for HIGH-
No! Metalik dropkicks Mace in the back! Metalik dumps Mace out, but T-Bar stomps and whips Metalik! Metalik FLIES to take out Mace! Lince rolls and SPIKE-RANAS T-Bar! Cover, LUCHA HOUSE PARTY WINS!!
Winners: Lucha House Party, by pinfall
What a shocker! Lince & Metalik proved you can’t overlook anyone, least of all them! Will LHP get back up and head for the tag titles soon enough?
Matt Riddle checks his foot.
Bending each toe in turn, the pain is still bad. But Damian Priest checks in with him, and they have their own secret handshake. What’s Priest up to? Not much but what about Riddle? That fall was nasty. Riddle has fallen from further up. His cousin has this house with a sick roof, and Riddle jumped off to dive into the pool, but when he woke up, he was in the hospital. Worst summer ever. Yeah, alright… But look, Riddle has to be easy. A match with Styles could jeopardize his chances in the MITB match, and that’d be really lame. Well, see, Riddle wasn’t quite done with his story. Next summer, with adrenaline pumping, Riddle did the jump again. And then he landed in the deep end!
Riddle isn’t afraid of heights, ladders or Styles! And Riddle will show everyone, and Randy wherever he is, that Riddle can do this with the three most dangerous letters in the WWE: R K BRO! Technically that’s five letters… Well, all that aside, will Riddle prove that he can overcome anything? Or will this be phenomenal redemption for Styles?
Matt Riddle VS AJ Styles w/ Omos!
Raw returns as Riddle scooters back out to the ring. He couldn’t quite kick the sandals off this time, but he isn’t letting that bother him. The bell rings and Styles says Riddle must be crazy. They circle, feel things out, and Styles corners Riddle. Riddle gets away from the leg shoot, and Styles grins as Riddle gingerly steps on that bad foot. They circle, Riddle avoids kicks to the bad foot, and then goes in for a leg. Styles blocks, gets around, but Riddle uses his legs to get the arm! Styles uses his legs to get a ropebreak, but Riddle gets away from Styles before Styles can get the foot. They go again, Riddle is cornered and Styles KICKS the leg!
Styles CLUBS Riddle, stomps the bad leg, and Riddle scrambles to a corner! The ref has Styles back off but Styles comes back to get the leg! SHIN BREAKER! Styles holds on to try another but Riddle sunset flips! TWO, and Riddle KICKS Styles to a corner! Riddle fires off hands but Styles kicks the bad leg out! Styles KICKS the leg again in the hamstring! Riddle crawls but Styles gets the foot for a trip and elbow to the knee! Styles pulls with a toehold and Riddle screams in pain! Riddle sits up, tries a chinbar but Styles pushes back harder! Riddle clubs Styles, gets free, but Styles seethes as Riddle gets away. Styles fakes Riddle out to kick low, then whips.
Riddle holds ropes, Styles kicks him again, then whips. Riddle can’t run on the foot and he falls over! Styles grins but Riddle gets up to body scissor Styles up and out! Riddle gets back in the ring as Styles hurries up to the apron, but Riddle KICKS him in the ropes! Riddle drags Styles in like Orton would, but Styles has to leg to hotshot it! Riddle falls over again, Styles takes his time returning, and Styles is in at 5 of 10. Riddle tries the Crane Stance! Karate Kid vibes, anyone? Styles can’t believe this! Styles is about to laugh but The CRANE KICK hits!! Riddle fires off hands, has Styles in a corner, but lets off as the ref counts.
Riddle hobbles back, brings Styles up and GUT WRENCH SUPLEXES! Cover, ONE!! Styles survives, but Riddle PENALTY KICKS him! That’s double-edged because of the bad foot! Styles gets up, kicks the bad foot, fires off a Phenomenal Blitz, but swings into an arm-drag! Riddle KICKS with the bad leg again, but he powers through. Styles blocks the next kick to DRAGON SCREW! Styles kicks away on the bad leg, stomps Riddle, stomps the bad leg, but lets off as the ref counts. Riddle hobbles up again, but Omos sweeps the legs through the ropes! There’s no mercy in the ThunderDome, and Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Styles has a toehold. Riddle kicks back with his good leg, and then fires off hands on Styles! Riddle kicks, Styles ducks to CHOP BLOCK the bad leg! Omos nods as Styles drags Riddle around to an ANKLE LOCK! Styles shouts out the Olympic Gold Medalist, Kurt Angle, and leans on the hold! Riddle fights up, rolls and throws Styles off, then runs in, only for Styles to roll him back! Riddle slips out of the Calf Crusher to FINAL FLASH point-blank! Both men are down as Riddle clutches his leg. Riddle fights back up to drop a BROTON! Cover, TWO! Riddle watches Styles slowly get up, and runs in at the corner, but Styles BOOTS him!
Styles goes up, out, but Riddle trips up the springboard! Styles tumbles to the apron, Riddle drags him up through the ropes and #WWROD? What would Randy Orton do? DRAPING DDT! Riddle glares at Omos, gets his bad foot moving, and goes up the corner! With one leg, Riddle reaches the top, to FLOATING BRO! But Styles moves, Riddle lands on his feet, and Riddle hobbles up. Styles runs in, Riddle fireman’s carries, but that’s too much for the foot! Styles gets Riddle in the modified torture rack, PHENOMENAL BURNING HAMMER! Cover, TWO!?! Riddle lives and Styles is furious! Styles snarls but he brings Riddle up again.
Styles reels Riddle in for the Clash, but wait, is that Ivar? He’s glaring at Omos from behind the barrier, but Omos doesn’t see Erik creeping up from the other side! Styles tells Omos to watch out, but Riddle rolls Styles! RIDDLE WINS!!
Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall
That was some smart thinking from the “stinky barbarians,” as Styles says the Viking Raiders are. Erik & Ivar help Riddle away and Riddle says this was for Randy! Will Riddle be able to make it through MITB on behalf of The Viper? Or will it be too hard to climb a ladder with only one leg?
Charlotte Flair is here!
And after the chop block from Rhea Ripley last week, she isn’t walking with swagger, but with a crutch! The Queen has a mic to say, “I know. It’s shocking to see me like this. After Rhea took my knee out after I won the Six Woman Tag match, with my own move…” Charlotte knows the NBA is in turmoil after top stars like Anthony Davis and James Harden go down, the Playoffs are ruined. But what’s bigger than that is that Charlotte might miss MITB! “Because the Nightmare is so scared to lose her Raw Women’s Championship to the Queen, she’s resorted to using my own moves.”
Charlotte doesn’t blame Rhea. Charlotte would be scared to defend a title against Charlotte, too. And the only way for Rhea to hold onto the title is if she takes Charlotte out completely! Honestly, Charlotte couldn’t have done it any better, and Rhea is learning pretty well. Rhea knows if she hurts Charlotte, she won’t have to face Charlotte and she won’t be exposed as someone who can’t beat Charlotte. It’s what Charlotte would do. If there was someone better than Charlotte, what would Charlotte do? “Except nobody is better than Charlotte Flair!” But Rhea makes her entrance to respond! And Rhea is mocking Charlotte by walking out with a crutch of her own!
Rhea grimaces as she hobbles down the ramp. Rhea “struggles” up the steel steps and to the apron, but needs help through the ropes. Charlotte claims Rhea is just stealing her entrance now, too. Rhea says she needs a mic and the staffer gets her one. “You’re right, Charlotte. I did exactly what you would’ve done. Which is exactly what I’m doing right now.” Rhea sees right through Charlotte, and can play her game way better. That’s why Rhea knows Charlotte is just being a little drama queen! The crutches go flying and both women walk well after all. Rhea was right, and now the belts and heels are put aside. They each pick up a crutch, and they circle as they talk trash.
Charlotte swings first, Rhea dodges, but then Charlotte dodges! Crutches clash, each woman dodges, but Rhea is disarmed! Charlotte smirks as she has the advantage now, but Rhea dodges and gets her crutch back! Now Rhea disarms Charlotte! And JABS her! Charlotte bails out before Rhea can swing again! Rhea smashes the crutch against the mat, showing how dangerous that would’ve been! Rhea holds up her belt, will Rhea make sure Charlotte isn’t just acting next time?
Cedric Alexander & Elias VS R-Truth & Jaxson Ryker!
PRIMED has been working on clearing out the “antiques” in WWE, and he’s willing to #WalkWithElias to do it. But will they be able to deny the Truth and the Forgotten Son?
The teams sort out and wait, Akira Tozawa is here? He’s running from someone as 24/7 Champion, and he ends up in the ring! He bumps into Ryker but Truth rolls him up! TWO!?! Tozawa gets up, and here comes Drew Gulak, Humberto Carrillo, Angel Garza and even Shelton Benjamin! They storm right through the ring as Tozawa goes out the other side! They go around ringside, Truth says he’s gotta go?! Ryker is alone as Truth chases after his “baby!” Alexander laughs as he starts for his team, and the bell rings! Does Ryker stand a chance now that he stands alone?
The bell rings, Alexander fires off hands but so does Ryker! Ryker shoves Alexander out but Alexander BOOTS him! Alexander talks smack, steps in, but Ryker catches him for an URENAGE! Ryker seethes as he drags Alexander back up and then throws him to Elias. Ryker dares Elias to tag in, but Elias is afraid of Ryker so he backs away! Now things are even again as Alexander is left alone! Ryker calls Elias a coward, and promises this isn’t over by a long shot. Alexander rushes Ryker, and runs into a SCRAPBUSTER! Cover, Ryker wins for his team!!
Winners: Jaxson Ryker & R-Truth, by pinfall
The wrath of Ryker is meant for the Drifter, but it all hit Alexander like a truck! Will Ryker run Elias down as WWE gets back on the road?
Bobby Lashley warms up with chin-ups.
MVP hypes him up by saying, “No one disrespects the Hurt Business.” The New Day is nuts for thinking they can get away with this. Kevin Patrick returns but MVP shuts him up already. “Does that look like a man that’s lost his edge to you?” Lashley stops warming up and is ready! Will the Chief Hurt Officer put the hurt on the New Day to end the night?
BREAKING NEWS for next week’s Raw!
First, Sheamus finally defends his WWE United States Championship against Humberto Carrillo, who has been scratching and clawing and getting in the Fella’s face for weeks! Will the Celtic Warrior finally prove he is a fighting champion? Plus, Styles & Omos square off in separate singles matches with Ivar & Erik, respectively, because in TWO weeks, the first Raw back in front of a live audience will see them defend those Raw Tag Team Championships! Who gets the last bit of momentum before going back on the road?
The New Day VS Bobby Lashley & MVP!
THE greatest tag team in WWE history will need to be great if they are to take down the Rocky Mountain Machine and Montel Vontavius Porter! Will it be just that easy as Kofi heads to MITB? Or is Lashley going to show just how hard it is to survive the wrath of the All Mighty World Champion?
Raw returns as the Hurt Business make their entrance. The teams sort out and Woods dares Lashley to start to continue where they left off. MVP says he’s got this, and MVP circles with Woods. They tie up, MVP gets an arm and wrenches to CLUB away on the shoulder. MVP wrenches gain, Woods wrenches through to give all the clubbing forearms back! Woods wristlocks, MVP fights through, and he throws uppercuts to the arm. Woods wrenches back, clubs the arm but MVP shoves him down! MVP talks smack but Woods gets up. They circle, tie up, and MVP knees Woods low! Woods clutches the ribs but MVP ROCKS him with a right!
MVP whips, Woods ducks and dodges to clip MVP’s leg! MVP clutches his bad knee and Woods rains down rights! Woods stares Lashley down then goes back to MVP. Woods wrenches the arm, MVP gets away but not very far! Woods drags MVP back, tags in Kofi, and Kofi climbs for a DIVING STOMP onto the bad leg! Cover, ONE!! Kofi keeps MVP down with a hammerlock. MVP fights up, elbows Kofi back, then brings him over to throw him down by his hair. Lashley wants in, so MVP tags him in. Lashley drags Kofi up and whips him to ropes, to then run him over with a shoulder! Lashley gets Kofi back up to put him in a corner and fire off hands!
The ref counts, Lashley lets off to then RAM his shoulder in again and again! The ref counts but Lashley lets off at 5, to then bring Kofi out for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Lashley gets Kofi back up, gut wrenches but Kofi slips out of the Dominator and lands on his feet to PENALTY KICK Lashley! Kofi CLUBS Lashley, headlocks, but Lashley powers up and SLAMS Kofi down! Lashley drags Kofi up by his beard, puts him in the corner, and stomps him down! Lashley CLUBS Kofi, tags in MVP, and MVP throws body shots. MVP brings Kofi up for forearms, then stares Woods down as he suplexes Kofi up! Kofi knees free and dropkicks MVP into the corner!
Kofi stomps MVP, Woods tags in and he stomps away! The Unicorn Stampede is short this time as Woods whips Kofi in to dropkick MVP! Kofi drags MVP up to headbutt him down! Woods taunts Lashley from across the way, but MVP bails out. Lashley goes over that way but Woods WRECKS him with a dropkick! Kofi builds speed, Woods holds down the ropes, and Kofi FLIES out to take down Lashley! The New Day are fire dup and standing tall in the ring as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns once more and Woods rains down rights on Lashley in a corner! Woods gets about 8, Lashley shoves him but Woods gets around. Lashley powers out of the DDT but Woods waistlocks. Lashley bucks Woods off this time to CLOBBER him! Woods writhes as Lashley looms over him. MVP dares Woods to talk now, and Lashley gets Woods up for a SNAP suplex! Cover, ONE, but Lashley has an armlock! Lashley grinds Woods but Woods gets a ropebreak. Lashley lets off but stays between him and Kofi. Lashley knocks Woods down with a straddle attack, then glares at Kofi. Lashley drags Woods by his hair, digs a knee into his head, then gets him up.
Tag to MVP, the Hurt Business mugs Woods, then MVP looms over him. MVP puts Woods on ropes to choke him! The ref counts, MVP lets off, but MVP brings Woods up again. Woods throws hands, MVP throat chops him! Then DECKS him! MVP soaks up the heat and skips the run to drop the BALLIN’ elbow! Cover, TWO! MVP keeps on Woods with a chinbar and armlock. Woods fights up, throws body shot after body shot, and then JAWBREAKER! MVP grabs Woods, Woods boots him away! Hot tag to Kofi! Springboard ax handle for MVP! Ax handle for Lashley! Kofi mule kicks, but MVP body shots! MVP back suplexes, Kofi lands on his feet to BULLDOG!
Kofi hurries to a cover, TWO! Kofi mule kicks MVP down, DECKS Lashley, then runs for the NEW~ DAY, BALLIN’ BOOM DROP! Kofi fires up and aims from a corner! Lashley goes after him but gets a SUPERKICK for it! Kofi turns around into MVP’s LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! MVP is frustrated but he goes after Kofi. MVP checks to see where Lashley went, and Lashley gets up to tag in. MVP BOOTS Kofi in the corner, and Kofi staggers into Lashley’s MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER! Cover, Woods breaks it in time! Lashley is furious and he throws Woods out hard! Lashley tags MVP back in, gets Kofi up, but Kofi gives Lashley TROUBLE IN PARADISE!
MVP throws hands on Kofi, but Woods LEAPS to take Lashley down! MVP CLUBS Kofi, gets Kofi up, but no Playmaker! Kofi slips out, TROUBLE IN PARADISE!! Cover, The New Day wins!!
Winners: The New Day, by pinfall
MVP sits up in a daze as the New Day gets away! Lashley is furious but he should’ve known the 11-time tag champions would pull this one off! Will he have a better business plan for when it’s 1v1 with Kofi at MITB?
This was another very good Raw, especially for the second-to-last one in the ThunderDome and before the PPV. The only real weak spot was the quite clearly filler of R-Truth & Ryker VS Alexander & Elias. Truth being there of course meant the 24/7 Championship would get a spot, and just as it seems Ryker would be in a bad situation, Elias chickens out and Alexander is left alone. Ryker’s push is definitely all Vince, it is going to be quite interesting to see live audiences around America react to Ryker even just showing up. Lucha House Party winning over Mace & T-Bar was also a bit filler, but I did like Mace talking trash at Byron, who replaced Dio Maddin on commentary.
MizTV was a really good opening moment, though perhaps a little awkward when Ricochet interacted with Miz and Morrison directly. Riddle was great, though, and then Styles & Omos showing up was also great. It works for Styles to pick on Riddle, that keeps the feud of Styles & Omos VS RKBRO alive. Styles VS Riddle was a great match, it perfectly used the foot injury angle. I like that Viking Raiders showed up to mess with Omos & Styles and that helped Riddle win, and now we’re getting quite a lot of great stuff next week. Next week being the go-home to the PPV and the good-bye to the ThunderDome, those singles matches and the US Championship match are going to really punctuate that intersection of moments.
Getting Mustafa VS Mansoor tonight was a good move, and it was a great move that Mustafa tricked Mansoor to get the win. It might be a bit derivative of THE Brian Kendrick and Akira Tozawa in the early days of 205 Live, but it’s not like that many fans watching Raw watched 205 Live so this will be some fresh material for the mainstream to have fun with. Charlotte was of course faking the bad leg, perhaps as a ploy to delay her match with Rhea or lure her into a trap, but whatever the plan was, it gets a bit trampled by Rhea copying Charlotte. Rhea and Charlotte having a chair fight was pretty good, but Rhea technically stands tall so who knows what this means for MITB.
The promos from the Women’s Division before the 8 Woman Tag were pretty good. The match itself was pretty fun, and it works for the Heels (and Piper) to win. The women in the MITB are all even, and then Eva gets to build her Heel heat, even with the others. After Nia and Piper did that double body attack together, I almost want those two to be a tag team after Piper ditches Eva. Of course, that’d require perhaps Shayna breaking it off with Nia because she just can’t stand Reggie any longer, but that could probably happen easily enough.
McIntyre’s promos aren’t bad, they’re just getting rather odd. He’s executing them perfectly but him pretending they’re historical stories and legends and then making them about himself seem a bit obnoxious for his character. He and Mahal had a really good match, though, even with Shanky & Veer attacking McIntyre and “ruining” things. Mahal taking the sword was a good detail, though. Maybe next week, we get another match so McIntyre can take the sword back and go into MITB strong, so that the math takes him out of the running. Then after MITB, McIntyre can feud with Mahal more, build both guys up, and see if the US Championship gets included in it.
We got good promos from the Hurt Business and the New Day, and we got a very good match in the main event. MVP being in this was definitely so he could take the loss, keeping the math essentially neutral between Kofi and Lashley, even with Kofi getting the win. There will surely be one last segment between them in the go-home, and that will be a bit more telling, but I still don’t see Kofi winning at MITB, as great as that would be.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (9/21/21)
Is Kushida’s time up?
The NXT Cruiserweight Championship takes center stage!
It may be a new era for NXT, but the Cruiserweight Championship still belongs to Kushida! Will Roderick Strong break the reign and take over the division?
- NXT Cruiserweight Championship: KUSHIDA VS Roderick Strong w/ The Diamond Mine; Strong wins and becomes the new NXT Cruiserweight Champion.
- Kay Lee Ray VS Amari Miller; KLR wins.
- Dante Chen VS Trey Baxter; Chen wins.
- Cameron Grimes VS Joe Gacy; Grimes wins.
- Elektra Lopez w/ Legado del Fantasma VS Anna Scheer; Lopez wins.
- 2v1 Handicap Match: Cary Millman & Darren Chiappetta VS Odyssey Jones; Jones wins.
- Tommaso Ciampa & Bron Breakker VS Pete Dunne & Ridge Holland; Ciampa & Breakker win.
PLAY BY PLAY
NXT opens with a lot of new stars in the ring.
Carmelo Hayes, Trick Williams, Odyssey Jones, Bron Breakker, Joe Gacy, Josh Briggs and Brooks Jensen are waiting as the NEW NXT Champion walks out! Tommaso Ciampa, Goldie in his arms, fires up the CWC and he joins these new guns in the ring. Fans are fired up for the champ and he says, “908 days, man, and on day 908, I reclaimed my spot at the top of the mountain and took back the title that I never lost in the first place! It has been a long, long journey,” and from neck surgery to tonight, “it was worth every damn second!” This moment here makes it worth it. Ciampa gets to say to each and every man in the ring, fan in the arena and fan at home that once again, Ciampa is YOUR NXT Champion!
Fans chant “Daddy’s Home!” but Ciampa hushes everyone. “I missed you, too.” Ciampa loves what’s going on with NXT 2.0! The energy is contagious, there are fresh faces, and fans like this, too. These young men and women are busting their asses day in and day out, ready to show the world just how damn good they are! Ciampa looks at Melo, “when Melo shoots, he don’t miss.” Odyssey Jones, Bron Breakker, the list goes on and on. Then there’s Ciampa, and we already know he is, was and always will be Mr. NXT! Now they can all give themselves a fresh coat of paint and put on “2.0” but one thing that hasn’t changed is the passion.
Ciampa looks around, Alicia is NXT, Barrett is NXT, and everyone in the ring is NXT! And of course, there’s the fans. They are the heartbeat and the soul of this place! The fans are the reason Ciampa gets to do what it is he does. Ciampa is so damn happy to have fans back and holding the title to represent this brand! With Ciampa holding the title, NXT 2.0 just became THE A-SHOW! So do Ciampa a solid: tell the world, and make them hear you and feel you, “WE ARE! N! X! T!” But here comes Cameron Grimes! “All this energy has got ol’ Cameron Grimes fired up!” And that fire will build with that championship, and he’ll go TO~ THE~ MOON~!
But Joe Gacy asks “Mr. Grimes” that as charitable that would be for Ciampa to give Grimes a shot- LA Knight interrupts. “Lemme talk to ya!” He’s looking at a heap of happy hot garbage when all the incels know they should be chanting “You Deserve It!” to Knight. But Odyssey tells Knight, “Last week, you lost twice in the same day! What’re you talking about, man? Shut up!” But here comes Pete Dunne and Ridge Holland! The Bruiserweight and Northern Grit storm right up to the ring, but they have Briggs & Jensen in their face. “So here we are, NXT 2.0. All these fresh new faces. SO let me give you all a piece of advice that I got: make a name for yourself.”
But Dunne says the problem is, he looks and sees “a bunch of geezers who are scared to throw the first punch.” Ciampa throws a forearm! And a brawl breaks out! Grimes stomps Gacy, Holland goes after Breakker, other superstars rush out to get them some! Hudson is after Trick, Grayson Waller and the Grizzled Young Veterans grab at who they can, and the ring clears aside from Breakker, Ciampa, Dunne and Holland. Ciampa ROCKS then TOSSES Dunne, Breakker does the same to Holland! The champion stands tall, as does the brightest of the new wave. Will they be the ones to give Dunne & Holland the fight they want?
Meanwhile, the women’s division is heating up backstage!
Elektra Lopez and B-Fab are jawing, but Amari Miller isn’t backing down from Kay Lee Ray! The shoving begins and turns to scrapping! Security hurries to break this up before it gets any worse, but the brawling continues in the ring, too! Breaker and Ciampa again DECK and eject Dunne & Holland, but then Breakker asks, “Where ya going?” The fans want to see this fight continue, so how about the two bitches grow balls and face Breakker & Ciampa TONIGHT?! Fans like the sound of that! Will NXT General Manager, William Regal, make it happen?
NXT Cruiserweight Championship: KUSHIDA VS Roderick Strong w/ The Diamond Mine!
The Time Splitter and the Savior of the Backbreaker have waited for this long enough, so they’re going to keep the energy of the night going by opening the card! Will the Super Junior still be champion? Or will the Diamond Mine finally strike gold?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who cracks under the pressure!
Strong rushes in but Kushida avoids the knee. Kushida drops down to throw kicks but Strong stays just out of reach. Kushida stands back up, they tie up, fight for control, Strong blocks a takedown to get a takedown, but Kushida fights the lateral press. Strong facelocks, gator rolls, but Kushida gets a toehold. Strong fights back with a chinlock but Kushida fights free of that. Strong wants an arm but Kushida gets away and fans cheer as the two reset. They tie up with knuckle locks and have a test of strength, but Kushida gets a takedown. Strong fights the press so Kushida throws down hands. Kushida still goes in but Strong turns it around with a clinch.
They fight up, Strong headlocks and shifts, but Kushida powers up and out, only for Strong to run him over. Things speed up, Kushida hip tosses to an ARMBAR! Strong fights to get up and make it a cover, ONE! Kushida has a short arm scissor and turns it into an ARM TWIST! Kushida keeps the omoplata, gets the other arm and falls back to SNAP! Strong bails out and is furious as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and the two clinch again. Strong knees low and puts Kushida in a corner, but Kushida kicks back. Kushida runs in after an arm but Strong turns that to an OLYMPIC- NO! Kushida arm-drags Strong away! Strong comes back but Kushida WRINGS out the arm! Strong gets to his feet, Kushida dodges him to SHOTEI! And SHOTEI! Atomic drop and a whip to a hip toss! Cartwheel basement dropkick! Fans fire up and Kushida winds up, FASTBALL! Strong is down, but he dodges the Penalty Kick to CHOP back! Kushida ends up in a corner, Strong hurries over and puts Kushida up top. Strong climbs but Kushida gets the arm for a KIMURA! FALLING ARMBAR DDT!
Fans are fired up as Kushida and Strong slowly rise. Kushida aims from the corner, PENALTY KICK to the bad arm! Strong staggers about, but he BOOTS back from the ropes! Strong hurries to bring Kushida in, BACKBREAKER, to the OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Kushida is still in this and Strong grows frustrated. The Diamond Mine coaches him up, fans are rallying and dueling, Strong runs to give forearm after forearm. But the bad arm makes things worse! Kushida kicks, Strong fires off CHOP after CHOP, then another forearm! Back suplex, but Kushida arm-drags out of the slam to get the KIMURA! Not quite the Hoverboard as Strong moves around to change leverage!
But Kushida throws Strong over! Strong keeps moving, he gets up, but Kushida gets the body scissors! HOVERBOARD!! Strong is down, Bivens helps him get the ropebreak!! The ref sees it, he calls it and Kushida lets off. Kushida already suspects Bivens! The ref is busy with Bivens as Kushida runs, but the Creed Brothers drag him out! And Ivy Niles hits a SUPERWOMAN PUNCH! The brothers put Kushida back in for Strong’s KNEE! END OF HEARTACHE!! Cover, Strong wins!
Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall (NEW NXT Cruiserweight Champion)
The Diamond Mine might as well have all their names on that belt with all the assists Strong just got! But now that they have a taste of gold, how long until Julius, Brutus and Ivy all get something for themselves?
But wait, here comes Grayson Waller! “Hey, chill, chill. Let’s hear it for the new champ, yeah?” Waller says after what happened to his boy, Drake Maverick, he’s starting to realize that NXT 2.0 is a jungle. But if anyone was built to survive in the jungle, it was Grayson Waller. So instead of just sitting in the back and waiting, Waller’s here to take one. So what does Strong say to a match with him for the title next week? Bivens says, “How dare you interrupt the champion’s celebration?” If we’re talking next week… Oh, gotta check in with daddy first? Bivens mocks Waller’s taunt, then talks with Strong.
Decision made! Next week, Diamond Mine shows Waller why they run NXT! Will Waller be baller and make it a slam dunk on his first try?
NXT hears from Tony D’Angelo.
He talks about the years spent on the docks, watching his uncles make some handshake deals. Some “business arrangements,” if you will. The family made many investments up and down the Atlantic, and his Uncle Paulie always told Tony, “There’s two things we take seriously: business, and family.” When it comes to sports, they were dead serious. Add a new item to that list: Tony’s success in the WWE. D’Angelo is on his way, will any wise guys try to start something with him?
NXT hears from Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen.
Big bad Briggs first met Brooks at Johnathan’s Pub the same night Briggs lost in the Breakout Tournament. Briggs was just trying to blow off some steam. He got three deep when some idiot, aka Brooks, bumps into him and so they start swinging. They got black eyes, loose teeth, and there’s still some blood somewhere on the bar. Brooks’ hands are like bricks, so Briggs learned to respect him. Brooks says if you can knock him onto a pool table and beat him down off it, you’ve got his respect, too. From where these boys are from, you throw hands, shake hands, and become friends. They love to fight and love to drink.
In the 2.0 era, it doesn’t matter if it’s a street fight, bar fight or dog fight, you fight these two, you’re in for a bad night. If you start something, Briggs & Jensen are going to end it! Will they fight until they end up contending for the tag titles?
Kay Lee Ray VS Amari Miller!
The Scary Queen of Scots isn’t letting that confrontation with the new girl go, and now it’s going down in the ring! Will KLR show Amari and everyone else in the NXT Women’s Division why she was NXT UK Women’s Champion for so long?
NXT returns and Amari makes her entrance. The all star athlete from KC, MO is all smiles now, feeling the vibe, but will she learn why KLR is a killer? The bell rings, Miller dodges KLR then eggs her on as she fires forearms. KLR shoves Miller away but Miller elbows back. Miller reels KLR in for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Miller gets KLR up and whips, but KLR reverses and ROCKS Miller with a forearm! KLR whips, dropkicks Miller down, then stomps Miller around. KLR covers, ONE! KLR drags Miller up, CLUBS her down, then gets her up again for a GOURD BUSTER! KLR scowls as she kicks Miller to a corner.
KLR eggs Miller on now, drags her up to CLUB her down again, and fans rally up. Miller throws body shots, KLR CLUBS her again. KLR brings Miller around, but Miller jawbreakers free! KLR blocks the heel kick to the Gory Especial, GORY BOMB! Cover, KLR wins!
Winner: Kay Lee Ray, by pinfall
And that is why KLR is here in NXT prime! Will she keep climbing the ranks until she’s the one facing Raquel Gonzalez for the title?
Backstage interview with Bron Breakker.
McKenzie asks Bron about his huge tag team match alongside Ciampa. How is he feeling? Oh, tonight’s huge! He’s getting in the ring with the top three guys in the world! Bron heard what Ciampa said, and those words hold a lot of weight. Ciampa walks over to say it’s sink or swim. Ready to get in the deep end, big fish? Hell yeah! Bron’s ready to kick some ass! And who better to do it with than the champ? Bron gives Ciampa a smack on the shoulder, but will he watch where his eyes drift in regards to Goldie?
Xyon Quinn walks into the CWC.
He talks with a few female superstars about their training, and they ask him the next time he’ll be in the ring. He’s hoping very soon. They note how good he looks in the ring and he thanks them. He gets the door as a gentleman, but someone tries to cut them off. Quinn has the guy wait, ladies first. Chivalry’s dead, bro. Yeah? Quinn SMASHES the guy into the door! Quinn is a gentleman but also a warrior, will this be a lesson to everyone else?
Dante Chen VS Trey Baxter!
The first Singapore superstar in the WWE makes his debut as the 2.0 era ushers in more new names! But will #AllHeart rain on the parade as he still tries to make a name for himself?
The bell rings and Chen ties up with Trey. They go around, Chen powers Trey to a corner and fans duel. Chen lets off, Trey BOOTS him and then gets around to a BACKBREAKER to HALF ‘N’ HALF! Trey hurries to a corner and up top, but Chen anchors a foot. Trey kicks at Chen but Chen holds on. Trey gets Chen to let go but has to leap over him. Chen turns around into a cradle, TWO! Chen dead lifts Trey for a SIT-OUT CRADLE DDT! Cover, Chen wins!
Winner: Dante Chen, by pinfall
Trey may be all heart but Chen won in the blink of an eye! Will this young star take NXT by storm?
NXT has a message from “Chase University.”
Andre Chase welcomes students to day one of a place of higher learning. They’ve chosen his course to get ahead in the careers. The first lesson is on Odyssey Jones and how he failed to get ahead by losing the finals of the Breakout Tournament. Roll film. Chase didn’t take kindly to Jones embarrassing him at the #InDex Wedding, but look at how embarrassing this weak cover was. Carmelo Hayes easily rolled Jones up, and there is the face of a loser. Chase teaches the fundamentals: a lateral press with all the weight on the shoulders. Lights, please, there’s a question. Didn’t Jones beat Chase in the first round?
What’s your name again? Steve. Well, Steve, who did you ever beat?! WHO THE F DID YOU EVER BEAT!? Get the F out of here! Don’t you disrespect him! Chase throws chairs around, is class going to be canceled?
NXT has a medical update on Kyle O’Reilly.
His ribs are reinjured and he will be week to week on whether or not he can compete.
NXT also has an update on Triple H!
The Game tweeted himself that he has been “blown away by the outreach and support from so many people.” HHH is recovering, doing well and so very grateful for all the love in his life, especially from the NXT crew. Also, Steph and the girls loved the snacks they sent. HHH hopes to see us soon, and we hope to see him again, too.
NXT returns and Joe Gacy is in the ring.
“Tonight, this ring is a safe space. NXT 2.0 is full of conflict, from the smallest microaggression to the most heinous grudges. This is a place where we settle our differences.” Gacy comes to us tonight with a mindset of conflict resolution, where he doesn’t need to use “male privilege” to get what he wants. Gacy understands that life isn’t fair. But he believes we can achieve unity and tolerance for us all. Gacy can be the man that will show us we can achieve peace in this safe space. That starts tonight!
Cameron Grimes VS Joe Gacy!
The Carolina Cash Money Caveman is ready to take 2.0 #ToTheMoon, but will he have to resolve this conflict he started with Gacy? Or will Gacy’s old wild man antics find their way back to the surface?
The bell rings, the two circle and grapple. Grimes gets a leg, Gacy facelocks but Grimes wrenches and has a wristlock. Gacy powers Grimes to ropes, lets off with the ropebreak, but Grimes ducks the sucker punch! Pacifist, huh? Grimes arm-drags Gacy down, grinds the armlock, and wrangles Gacy down. Gacy headscissors, Grimes kips free and says #KissMahGrits! Gacy laughs that off, but then swings on Grimes again. Grimes waistlocks but Gacy bucks the O’Conner Roll, only to run into a BOOT! Fans fire up as Grimes runs in but into a boot from Gacy! Gacy whips Grimes in, corner splashes to a BIG Urenage! Gacy works to keep his cool but fans rally for Grimes.
Gacy wraps on a chinlock, grinds Grimes down, but fans rally up behind Grimes. Grimes fights up, throws body shots, then powers out. Gacy runs in but only gets buckles, Grimes runs to rally with forearm smashes! Grimes eggs Gacy on but Gacy dodges, handsprings and LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Grimes survives and Gacy is surprised. Gacy fires up, gets Grimes up but Grimes evades the powerbomb to ROUNDHOUSE! Gacy comes back to BOOT! Grimes stays up so Gacy runs to forearm smash! Gacy keeps moving, but runs right into a CAVE-IN! Cover, Grimes wins!
Winner: Cameron Grimes, by pinfall
Gacy didn’t find peace or victory tonight and Grimes has the momentum he wants! But then Gacy stands up, and offers a handshake. Grimes says no thanks, so Gacy hugs him! Gacy leaves it at that, is he going to keep preaching conflict resolution while Grimes goes for the gold?
NXT hears from Von Wagner.
“Last week didn’t go my way. You can either bitch ‘n’ moan, or you can put in the work.” He’s an unconventional man with unconventional methods. His journey in NXT has only just begun, will this towering man find his way back up to the top of the mountain?
Elektra Lopez w/ Legado del Fantasma VS Anna Scheer!
Santos Escobar, Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza accompany Elektra to the ring. Despite the scuffle with B-Fab in the back, that beef’s being put on the back burner for now. Will Anna be the one paying the price for the fire B-Fab’s lit inside Lopez?
The bell rings and Lopez takes her time with her jacket. She circles with Scheer, then kicks hard and CLUBS her down! Lopez CLUBS Scheer, runs and runs her over, then runs to do it again! Lopez drags Scheer up, throws her by her pigtails, then tells her, “You are nobody!” Lopez throws Scheer down by her hair, then looms over her. Lopez scoops and SLAMS Scheer, but Scheer throws forearms back! Scheer runs and leaps, but into Lopez’s arms! SWINGING SIDE SLAM! Lopez hauls Scheer back up to snap suplex! Roll through, wrench and BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, Lopez wins!
Winner: Elektra Lopez, by pinfall
Scheer felt the sheer dominance of Lopez, but Escobar gets a mic to speak. “Class. Elegance. Sophistication. Fuego! And raw power to command silence and respect. And all of this under the umbrella of one word: familia!” Escobar tells Lopez that she completes Legado del Fantasma. Lopez takes the mic to speak now, saying, “What I did here tonight was just a little taste of what the First Lady of Legado del Fantasma, Elektra Lopez, La Madrina, is going to unleash on B-Fab and NXT 2.0.” Fans like the sound of that! Lopez tells B-Fab that she can keep talking, “but we all know that that’s all it is.” And if B-Fab doesn’t like, then she can get her skinny ass out to the ring!
But speaking of Hit Row, here they come! But B-Fab isn’t with the boys. She rushes in from the crowd to scrap with Lopez! Lopez turns things around but B-Fab comes back! Hit Row and Legado separate the two but fans want to “Let Them Fight!” B-Fab says it’s cool, but then she fires off on Lopez again! Hit Row and Legado get B-Fab and Lopez to back down, but this has to explode some time! When will these two finally get to have it out in the ring?
Cora Jade checks in on Trey Baxter.
She gives him a big hug and asks what’s wrong. What, she didn’t see? Well how long have they been together? He knows she still loves him. Chen came in looking like a superhero but whatever. Chin up, Trey. Then she gives him a big kiss to cheer him up. Trey does have a reason to smile, and then thinks on “superhero.” Will #AllHeart show he can be super in the 2.0 Era?
The Franky Monet Brand walks backstage.
Franky and Jessi want Rob Stone to stop jabbering as they head for Mr. Regal’s office. As they round the corner, Raquel Gonzalez is in their way. The NXT Women’s Champion says she already took care of this. They finally get their match next week. Aw, well, in that case, enjoy your last week, Chingona. La Wera Loca is ready, but then someone new walks by. She congratulates Franky on her big title match, but it won’t be as big as her talk show’s debut! Lashing Out with Lash Legend begins next week, and that is something to talk about. Wait, who and what now? Will #BougieBad feel like lashing out against Ms. Legend?
2v1 Handicap Match: Cary Millman & Darren Chiappetta VS Odyssey Jones!
Sound the alarm! Though he called out the Million Dollar Megastar, and though Andre Chase has been barking at him, Jones is more than ready to step up his game against two young and hungry opponents. Will it be a two-for-one special on squash tonight?
The bell rings, Jones is fired up and fans are fired up with him. Cary & Darren flank Jones, get an arm each, but he blocks the double whip to double shoulder tackle them! Darren & Cary regroup, coordinate, and circle with Jones again. Cary gets a leg, Darren gets a headlock, but Jones TOSSES Darren away, then drags and throws Cary! BACK SPLASH for Cary, FRONT SPLASH for Darren! Fans fire up but Chase walks out and talks trash. Jones says he’ll break Chase soon enough, but he gets Darren up first. Cary CLUBS Jones and Darren goes after the leg! They mug Jones but Jones shoves them both away! Darren & Cary come back, Jones breaks the clothesline to DOUBLE CROSSBODY!
Jones is feeling it and the fans are fired up, too! Jones gets Darren up, scoops him, and gives him a SHOUDLER BREAKER! Darren ends up in a corner but Cary jumps on for a sleeper! Jones just RAMS Cary into Darren! Jones has them both stacked on the mat, and Jones goes to the corner to climb up! DOUBLE FROG SPLASH! Cover, Jones wins!
Winner: Odyssey Jones, by pinfall
Chase may have to rethink his classes, because we just saw one be greater than two! Chase gets in with a chair, but Jones blocks it and the chair falls apart! Jones steps and Chase bails out! Will Chase’s big brain tell him that he can’t take on all that power?
Grayson Waller talks with other superstars backstage.
Baller Waller is feeling good about his chances against Strong, and they tell him these chances don’t come along very often as it is. But then Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams walk in, and Melo says he would congratulate Waller, but he wouldn’t mean it. His Breakout Tournament contract guarantees that even if Waller won the title next week, he could lose it in the same night to ya boi, Melo. So we’ll just wait and see. Right, Trick? Yeah, keeping the options open! Waller says Melo can go ahead and do that. Waller heads out, will he be ready to pull a double header just in case?
As for Melo and Trick, the #ToxicAttraction of Mandy Rose, Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne walk by to say hey. Well, damn! They fine! And they’re heading to gorilla position!
NXT hears from Ikemen Jiro.
The Handsome One welcomes us to his #Ikemansion! His collection of jackets and other merchandise is just the beginning. “When you think of Japanese superstars, you think of Strong Style. But when you think if Ikemen Jiro, you think of Style Strong!” A lot of people asks what “ikemen” means, and it means “handsome man.” Jiro is a handsome man, and a handsome man needs handsome jackets! From fruits to floral to shadowy black, Ikemen Jiro is always in style. But will his strong style get him closer to the always fashionable Cruiserweight Championship?
Toxic Attraction goes to the ring!
Mandy leads the way, we’ll hear from this newest trio in the NXT Women’s Division after the break.
NXT returns and Mandy speaks first. “When I came to NXT 2.0, I came here to be your gift, your golden goddess. I realized that this division was in desperate need for a woman like me! A woman that you people will never be with, but love to look at.” Then it took a little turn. Where were the fans when her face was battered and beaten?! What did they do!? NOTHING! It’s disgusting, really. The fans ridiculed her! She was a gif replayed over and over, just yesterday’s news. But that’s when she realized that they treated her the way they were treating Gigi & Jacy. The only difference, these two don’t give a damn about what the people think!
All the guidance and advice she can give, in return Gigi & Jacy showed that behind her beauty, a beast is ready to be unleashed! This is what the future of the women’s division in NXT 2.0 looks like! They’re ready to take over their precious “greatest women’s division of all time,” with these two baddies by her side. Gigi, your turn. “The pain of my past has always fueled my aggression.,” Gigi knew that if they could bring that out of Mandy, nothing would stand in their way. But they also needed Mandy’s guidance. “Because chaos without direction is just an accident waiting to happen.” Mandy’s experience gave them purpose. And that makes them unbeatable and will lead them to the top!
Mandy dares fans to go, “What?” if they don’t think they’re the hottest things alive. Jacy says they’re more than just the prettiest faces in the crowd. And if you thought for one second that they were going to sit in the back and wait like the rest of these broads, you’ve got another thing coming. “What Toxic Attraction wants is the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships!” Io Shirai, Zoey Stark, you’ve got an ass kicking waiting for you! And trust Jacy when she says you don’t want to keep them waiting. Speaking of which…
Backstage interview with Io Shirai & Zoey Stark.
McKenzie knows they were listening in, so what are their thoughts? Shirai doesn’t like Gigi & Jacy, so if they want a shot, they’re on! Uh, shouldn’t this be a conversation between the two of them first? As a team? Does Stark disagree? No, but it’s the principle of the matter. So Stark likes Toxic Attraction? No, Shirai knows she doesn’t. Then okay, match made. But Persia walks in and says Gigi & Jacy aren’t the only ones who want a chance. When Indi is back from her honeymoon, the two best friends are ready to go for the gold. So uh, good luck against Toxic Attraction. Stark and Shirai wonder what’s up with that, but will they make it through the thorny Gigi & Jacy first?
NXT is going to be BIG next week!
Not only is there the NXT Cruiserweight Championship match, Strong VS Waller, and the NXT Women’s Championship match, Gonzalez VS Monet, but the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships ARE on the line! Shirai & Stark will take on Gigi & Jacy, but will they make it through to take on the best friends, Indi & Persia? Plus, after all the jawing and jumping, B-Fab VS Lopez finally happens under No Disqualifications! Who will be left standing to have the last laugh after these ladies go all out?
Tommaso Ciampa & Bron Breakker VS Pete Dunne & Ridge Holland!
The Psycho Killer and the biggest and brightest new star are ready to take the fight to the Bruiserweight and Northern Grit! But will they prove they’re not just a couple of “geezers” against the self-proclaimed baddest men in NXT today?
NXT returns and Bron makes his entrance, quickly followed by the champ. Ciampa and Dunne start and the hands fly at the bell! Ciampa headlocks, Dunne powers out and things speed up. Ciampa sees the knee coming and he backslides but Dunne rolls through. Ciampa underhooks, Dunne wrenches out to get a takedown. Ciampa boots Dunne away and trips Dunne, but Dunne boots back. Ciampa ducks the enziguri, Dunne avoids the knee and fans fire up as the two stand off. Fans rally and duel but Ciampa and Dunne back down to tag in Breakker and Holland. Bron circles with the big man and they tie up. Bron shoves Holland away and is fired up!
They go again, Holland waistlocks, spins Bron and EuroUppers! Holland headlocks, Bron powers out but Holland runs him over! Holland headlocks again but Bron pries free of the hold to headlock back. Holland powers out but Bron runs him over! Bron stays fired up, he sees the drop down and waistlocks to a roll and SLAM! And then a dead lift and SLAM! Dunne runs in, Bron hurdles then catches Dunne for a POWERSLAM! Fans fire up but Holland ROCKS Bron with a right! Holalnd whips, Bron reverses and clotheslines in the corner! Tag to Ciampa and Bron whips Ciampa in for a big clothesline! Ciampa feeds Holland to Bron’s atomic drop, then adds a BULLDOG!
Ciampa brings Holland around to a chinlock and he grinds Holland down. Holland endures, fights up and throws body shots. Ciampa CHOPS back, whips but Dunne tags in. Holland reverses to SPINEBUSTER then Dunne adds a basement dropkick! Dunne glares at Bron, gets Ciampa up and grinds the arm, then he drops knees on the shoulder. Dunne bends the arm at the elbow, twists the wrist and tortures the fingers! Ciampa endures but Dunne isolates the arm to drop knees again. Dunne keeps punishing Ciampa’s arm from elbow to finger to then stomp Ciampa in the ribs! Dunne wrenches but Ciampa throws forearms! Dunne wrenches, snapmares and hooks up the arm for a SNAP!
Dunne keeps after Ciampa’s left arm, pulling on the hand and elbow. Another wrench, then Dunne ROCKS Ciampa with a forearm! Tag to Holland, Dunne DECKS Bron, but Ciampa shoves Dunne into Holland! Ciampa slides to trip Dunne up, then he dodges Holland to BOOT him! Ciampa RAMS Holland into steps, then he TOSSES Dunne over the announce desk! Ciampa claps and pats himself on the back and fans cheer along, but Holland POUNCES Ciampa over the desk! Northern Grit storms in to get Ciampa back up and around into the ring as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns once again and Dunne gives Ciampa some Danielson Stomps! Fans boo but Ciampa kicks from below! Dunne staggers and tags Holland, and Holland drags Ciampa. CIampa kicks but Holland spins him for clubbing crossface forearms. Holland hauls Ciampa up but Ciampa fights the suplex. Ciampa fights again, tries to suplex, and it happens on the second time! Fans fire up for Ciampa’s strength as he and Holland are down! Hot tags to Dunne and Bron! Bron rallies on Dunne with big shoulders, then he dodges Holland to hit a BIG shoulder tackle! Bron shoves Holland away, clinches Dunne and Belly2Belly suplexes! Then he clinches Holland for a BIG Belly2Belly!
Fans fire up with Bron as he brings down the straps! Bron gets Dunne in a STEINER RECLINER!! Dunne endures but Bron bends him back! Dunne gets his arms free, slips out the back and gets Bron’s fingers! Dunne JAMS the fingers into the mat! Then he bends them back even more, isolates the arm and STOMPS it! Tag to Holland, and the boys get Bron up for a ROUNDHOUSE to ALABAMA SLAM! Cover, Ciampa breaks it! Fans are thunderous as Dunne goes after Ciampa and they fire off big forearms! Ciampa KNEES Dunne, runs in and clotheslines Dunne in the corner! He keeps going but Dunne ROCKS him with a right! Ciampa comes back to forearm!
Ciampa keeps going, Dunne sidesteps but Ciampa still ROCKS him with a forearm! But then Holland gets Ciampa for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! But Bron does the same, giving Dunne an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up as Bron and Holland lock eyes again. They stand off, fire up and fire clotheslines point blank on each other! Again and again and again, but then Bron ducks and runs, DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES take them down! Fans fire up for “2 point 0! 2 point 0!” Ciampa sees Dunne getting in and takes away Holland’s Billy club! But Dunne ENZIGURIS Ciampa out! Bron gets Dunne, trophy lifts, but Holland HEADBUTTS Bron down!
Holland goes out to get his club as fans chant, “This is Awesome!” Wait a minute! Is that Kyle O’Reilly!? He snatches the club away to SMACK Holland with it! Kyle puts Holland in while the ref was busy with Dunne! Ciampa gets Dunne for WILLOW’S BELL! Bron gets Holland up in the trophy lift! POWERSLAM!! Cover, Bron & Ciampa win!
Winners: Bron Breakker & Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall
The young stud stands tall alongside the champion! Bron has the belt, though, and he hands it over to Ciampa. Ciampa pats him on the shoulder, but it’s clear what Bron is hungry for. How long will he have to wait before he has his chance at the championship?
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (9/21/21)
Never was a cloudy day~!
Universal Studio stays Dark!
Ba-dee-ya~! September gets Dark but there are plenty of stars ready to shine! Who builds momentum going into AEW’s Grand Slam week?
- Santana & Ortiz VS Chaos Project; win(s).
- Joey Janela w/ Kayla Rossi VS Dillon McQueen; wins.
- Lee Johnson & Brock Anderson VS Luke Curtis & Cameron Stewart; win.
- Tay Conti VS Marina Tucker; wins.
- Ryan Nemeth & Peter Avalon w/ The Wingmen VS John Silver & Alex Reynolds w/ The Dark Order; win.
- Colt Cabana w/ The Dark Order VS JD Drake w/ The Wingmen; wins.
- Wardlow VS JDX; wins.
- Daniel Garcia w/ 2point0 VS Alan Angels w/ The Dark Order; wins.
- Lance Archer VS Marcus Kross; wins.
- The Bunny w/ Penelope Ford VS Xtina Kay; wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Factory VS Darian Bengston, Cole Karter & Sean Maluta; win(s).
- Eddie Kingston VS Bear Bronson; wins.
- Big Swole VS Allie Katch; wins.
- FTR w/ Tully Blanchard VS Stallion Rogers & Anthony Greene; win(s).
AEW is pumping up Dark again, but this is a pretty big week for them being in New York for Dynamite and Rampage and paving the way towards the anniversary and the start of “season three.” Great to see a lot of fresh match-ups just within the established roster, such as the various Dark Order matches. Garcia VS Angels is probably going to be a show stealer in and of itself. Kingston VS Bear Bronson sounds like another great one, and I like that former WWE Cruiserweights are showing up somewhere. Curt Stallion & August Grey deserved better chances than WWE’s Prick Khan gave them, so maybe Tony Khan can at least find them a place to be within the various partnerships, even if it’s with Impact or NWA.
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