SmackDown welcomes the WWE Universe back in a big way!
Money in the Bank Weekend kicks off with a stacked SmackDown, finally back in front of live fans! But will Bianca Belair still reign after facing Carmella?
- Six Man Tag: Roman Reigns & The Usos VS Edge & The Mysterios; Roman & The Usos win.
- Shotzi Blackheart & Tegan Nox VS Natalya & Tamina; Shotzi & Tegan win and become the new #1 contenders to the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bianca Belair VS Carmella; Bianca wins and retains the title.
- Cesaro VS Otis w/ Chad Gable; Cesaro wins, by disqualification.
- Fatal 4 Way: Big E VS Kevin Owens VS Seth Rollins VS Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Rick Boogs; Rollins wins.
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For a year and a half, something’s been missing.
Superstars look at an empty arena, and highlights from the last 40 years of WWE play, and even of WrestleMania 37. What did all those classic moments, the good and the bad, the ups and the downs, have in common? THE FANS! So, WWELCOME BACK to the show!
Vince McMahon is here!!
The Chairman of WWE is opens the first SmackDown back in front of the WWE Universe, and a sold-out Toyota Center in Houston, Texas! And he asks, “Where the hell have you been?” Good night! Aw c’mon, really? Well, Mr. McMahon doesn’t want to overstay his welcome, because the Tribal Chief is here! Fans again get to give their mixed reactions to the Reigns-ing, Defending, Undisputed, Uncontroverted, Universal Heavyweight Champion on his 320th day as champion, Roman…! Reigns! Paul Heyman gives him the belt to hold up, and the pyro goes off from the new super titantron LED stage! Roman then hands the belt back to make his way down the ramp.
The Usos already wait for Roman in the ring, and Roman again raises the belt for even more pyro! Heyman and the Usos shake hands, and we’re about to open with a HUGE 3v3!!
Six Man Tag: Roman Reigns & The Usos VS Edge & The Mysterios!
While the Head of the Table defends his Universal Championship against the Rated R Superstar, Jimmy & Jey are once again going after the SmackDown Tag Team Championships! Will the Bloodline be strong going into Money in the Bank this Sunday? Or will Edge, Rey and Dominik make sure Roman does NOT get his way?
Houston comes alive for Edge’s entrance, and HIS pyro! Roman isn’t intimidated, despite Edge having put both him, Jimmy and Jey in a full metal crossface at one time or another since his return. The energy is already electric, but this opening match begins after the break!
SmackDown returns and the Bloodline takes their time plotting. They’ve flanked the ring, and Jey gets in to blindside Edge! The bell rings, fans boo as Jey stomps Edge, and Jey whips Edge to ropes. Edge reverses and FLAPJACKS Jey! Fans fire up as Edge glares at Roman. Edge gets Jey up, wrenches an arm, and tags Dom in! Dom is finally in front of fans, and he wrenches Jey, kicks low, then tags Rey. Rey drops ax handles on the arm! Rey wrenches but Jey DECKS Rey to tag Jimmy! Jimmy runs in but into an arm-drag! Edge tags in, Rey gets Jimmy up for Edge to kick the arm. Edge wrenches, hits an elbow breaker, then another, then wrenches again.
Edge wrenches, wristlocks, tags back to Rey, and Edge whips to get Jimmy up, for Rey’s springboard seated senton! Fans fire up again as Rey covers, TWO! Rey tags in Dom, Rey holds Jimmy for Dom to LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO, but Dom arm-drags Jimmy right back down! Dom has the armlock and grinds the shoulder, but Jimmy fights up. Jimmy throws forearms, Dom throws them back! Dom fires off but Jey tags in. Jimmy whips Dom, Dom dodges but Jey GAMANGIRIS! Jimmy DECKS Dom with an uppercut, and Jey runs in to SPLASH Dom at the corner. Roman holds out a hand and Jey tags him in! Roman drags Dom out of the ring and THROWS him down!
Roman gets Dom up and into the ring now, facelocks and snap suplexes! Cover as Heyman holds up the belt, TWO! Roman shoves Dom out of the ring, goes out after him, and fans boo as the Usos fire up. Roman gets Dom up to bounce him off the desk! Roman refreshes the count to then fetch Dom, reel him in, and POWERBOMB him onto the desk! Rey rushes over in a fury but the ref has him stay back! Roman shouts at the crowd, “ACKNOWLEDGE ME!” as we go to break!
SmackDown returns again and Dom climbs up. Dom boots Jimmy away, leaps and TORNADO DDT’s Jimmy down! Fans fire up as both men crawl for their corners, hot tags to Jey and Edge! Edge rallies on the Usos, swings on Roman, but has to FLAPJACK Jey again! Edge BOOTS him down, then WRECKS Jimmy and CLOBBERS Roman! Edge gets in, Jey fireman’s carries but Edge slips out! Rey tags in, Jey SUPERKICKS Edge, but Rey seated sentons Jey! Rey runs, tilt-o-whirls and DDT’s Jey! Cover, but Jimmy breaks it in time! Dom gets in, wheelbarrow tosses Jimmy out, then SPRINGBOARD CROSSBODIES him down! But Roman POSTS Dom!
Rey focuses on Jey but Jey ROCKS him with an uppercut! Rey RANAS Jey onto ropes! Rey dials it up and fans go nuts, but Roman intercepts the call to RAM Rey into apron! And then tosses him into the ring! Roman talks trash, but Edge SPEARS Roman down!! Fans are thunderous as Jey gets Rey up, but Rey switches, O’Conner Rolls, TWO! Rey gets a SUCKER PUNCH from Jimmy! Jey rolls Rey up with tights, and the Bloodline wins!!
Winners: Roman Reigns & The Usos, by pinfall
Jey attacks Rey to add on, and he POSTS Rey! Dom fires off on Jey but Jimmy CLUBS Dom down! The Usos mug Dom, but Edge gets in with a chair! Edge JAMS and SMACKS Jimmy, then JAMS and SMACKS Jey! Roman returns with a SUPERMAN PUNCH! Fans boo but Roman soaks up all the heat. Roman gets the belt to hold it up, and he walks all around Edge. Edge is still moving, and Roman sees the chair. Roman wants to cash in a receipt as he breaks off a crossbar! Roman picks it up, but turns around into a SPEAR!! Twice, Edge has gotten Roman with their shared signature move, and Edge gets the crossbar! Fans go nuts as Edge puts Roman in the CROSSBAR CROSSFACE!!!
Roman has the same look on his face as from WrestleMania 37!! Roman is TAPPING!! Edge lets Roman go, having made his point! But as Edge picks up the Universal Championship and holds it over head, will Edge give the world a repeat performance at Money in the Bank?
Edge, Rey and Dom regroup backstage.
They’re obviously still upset over the loss. First, Rey gets hit with a cheap shot, then the roll up with tights! Edge says it’s fine, they’ll get payback at MITB. Kayla Braxton comes by to interview Edge and the Mysterios say they’ll meet up again later. Kayla says that though his team lost, Edge is still one step closer to defeating Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship. Well Edge wishes he could say that after “making Roman Reigns tap out like a bitch,” but this will not be easy. Edge has to go to a place he’s never gone before. He has to go to a part of his soul he hasn’t gone to before, and he isn’t sure if he wants to do that.
But in order to beat Roman, Edge has to become “the most selfish, manipulative son of a bitch,” and he will do that! Winning the Universal Championship is the one last thing he has to do in this industry- But then laughing as he enters is Seth Rollins in a literally star-studded suit. Rollins says Edge can’t beat Roman! Roman may be the most self-absorbed, megalomaniacal person he’s ever met, but Rollins says Roman has Edge’s number. But look, at Sunday, MITB, Rollins will be Edge’s biggest fan. Edge will be there with a “GO EDGE GO” sign. Rollins hopes Edge wins the title, because Rollins will do his job: go into the MITB match, climb the ladder, get the briefcase, and then finish what he started seven years ago when he had his boot on Edge’s neck.
Rollins sincerely hopes Edge becomes the new Universal Champion, because then Rollins will get to cash in on the man who made the match famous. “Good luck. HAHAHAHA!” Rollins is laughing now, but will someone else in the Men’s MITB match have the last laugh?
Sami Zayn is here!
The Great Liberator heads to the ring, but he tells all of the fans to stop! See that? Everyone is talking about the MITB match, but no one has the courage to talk about how Sami is PURPOSEFULLY being excluded! Fans boo but Sami says this is because “they” want us to focus on the happy things~! Oh~! Look! The fans are back! Look! Giant new titantron! All a distraction from the fact that for over a YEAR, there has been a conspiracy targeting Sami Zayn!! But that’s fine! Sami says tonight, for the first time in forever, he has something in his corner that he hasn’t had: the fans! Yes, the people! They’ve seen it all! They’ve seen the victimization and persecution!
So now, please stand up and make your voices heard to let “them” know that this will not stand! “Justice for Sami! Justice for Sami!” Fans do get into it. Well, not that many. But Sami says that’s not surprising. The Heehaws of Texas aren’t on Sami’s side. That’s fine, he doesn’t need you! He just needs JUSTICE! nd if there was anything like that in this world, Sami would be in the MITB match! No, better! The briefcase would be lowered to him right now and he’d be handed the contract on a silver platter! That would be justice. Sami will not let this show go on until- FINN BALOR is here?! The Prince is back on SmackDown and Sami is in shock!
Fans fire up as Balor stands in the ring with Sami, and Sami gives him an introduction for the very few who don’t know him. Sami welcomes Finn back, then swings on him! Finn gets Sami for an elbow drop DDT! And then a SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Sami flounders about and Finn goes up top! COUP DE GRACE! Fans are thunderous now that the Balor Club returns to the blue brand, but will Sami make him the new target for his tirades?
Shotzi Blackheart & Tegan Nox VS Natalya & Tamina!
They defeated the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions last week, but the upstarts from NXT are back to TCB again! And this time, if Shotzi ‘n’ Nox win again, they’ll get a tag title match! Will the Queen of Harts and Daughter of Superfly make sure this time is the last time they have to worry about the new kids on the block?
SmackDown returns and the champions make their entrances. Breaking news on the Women’s MITB, too: Tamina has been named the final entrant for SmackDown! That said, Liv Morgan and Zelina Vega have appeared on commentary to watch this very closely. Liv is very confident she’ll win the contract this Sunday, but Zelina laughs at her. Meanwhile, the teams sort out and Tamina starts with Shotzi for this all or nothing rematch!
Tamina kicks Shotzi, fires off hands, then scoops her to slam her! Shotzi gets to a corner but Tamina drags her back up to throw her to the champs’ corner. Tamina shoulders Tegan off the apron, runs in and fires off on Shotzi, then tags in Natty. The champs double whip Shotzi hard into the buckles, and Natty stomps a mudhole into her! The ref backs Natty off, Natty gets Shotzi up to scoop but Shotzi slips out to roll her up! ONE, and Shotzi ENZIGURIS Natty right down! Shotzi keeps moving, she trips Natty and drags her around to welcome her to the ball pit! Leg splitting leg drop a la Jeff Hardy! Jackknife cover, TWO!
Shotzi gets Natty up, whips her to a corner, but Natty reverses. Natty runs in but into an elbow! Shotzi hurries up top but Tamina distracts her! Shotzi drops down but Natty clobbers her! Natty tags Tamina, the champs stomp away on Shotzi while Vega and Liv argue. Tag back to Natty, Natty gets Shotzi up for forearms. Fans rally for Shotzi as the ref backs Natty off. Shotzi kicks back, elbows Tamina then kicks Natty again. Shotzi goes under Natty, Natty CLOBBERS Shotzi! Natty grabs at Shotzi but she kicks Natty away! Hot tag to Tegan! Tegan fires off CHOPS and EuroUppers! Then she dropkicks Tamina, to then CANNONBALL her down!
Tegan dodges Natty, runs in to uppercut, and fans fire up as she goes corner to corner to CANNONBALL again! Tegan puts Natty in center, SHINIEST WIZARD!! Cover but Tamina breaks it! Tamina attacks Shotzi, the ref reprimands, but the arguing on commentary stops and it’s just a scrap! Liv and Vega are brawling and fans go nuts! Things end up in the ring? The ref is distracted, so is Natty, and Liv LEAPS to clobber Vega! Tegan rolls Natty, she and Shotzi win again!!
Winners: Tegan Nox & Shotzi Blackheart, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contenders to the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships)
The new kids have done it again! Tegan & Shotzi now have a title match in their future! Will they continue to Take Care o’ Business and take over the tag division?
Meanwhile, Tamina CLOBBERS Liv for costing her and Natty! Natty stalks Vega and drags her up! Natty feeds her to Tamina’s SUPERKICK! Tamina then runs at Liv but Liv dodges to send her into the steps! Liv bounces Natty off the desk, puts her in the ring, and fans fire up with her as she goes after Natty. Natty kicks back but runs into a CODE BREAKER! Liv points to the briefcase and fans are fired up, will we be living in Morgan’s world?
Bianca Belair is headed to gorilla position!
She’s ready to defend her SmackDown Women’s Championship, but the Dirty Dawgs see her passing by. Dolph Ziggler wants her to tell Mella they said hi. Yeah, no. Then can she at least ask if Mella has a sister? Bianca shrugs those two off and is ready for her match, will the EST prove there’s so much more to this than meets the eye?
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bianca Belair VS Carmella!
The strongEST, the fastEST, the roughEST and the toughEST champion is going to take on the (self-proclaimed) Most Beautiful Woman in the WWE Today, in a match that came about after Bayley unfortunately injured herself while training. Will Mella be money even without the MITB contract? Or will she learn to never doubt Bianca’s bonafides?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the first title match back in front of fans since WrestleMania 37 looks to make this the hottEST SmackDown in a long time!
Mella and Biacna circle, but then Mella shoves Bianca. Bianca shoves Mella down! Mella gets up in a huff and SLAPS Bianca! Bianca chases Mella out of the ring, around the way, and back inside the ring. Mella runs and wheelbarrows, to arm-drag Bianca, only for Bianca to run her over! Bianca says kiss this, and she dropkicks Mella back down! Bianca kips up as Mella gets to a corner, but Mella boots back! Bianca comes back in but Mella dodges and digs Bianca into buckles. Mella fires off back elbows, lets off as the ref counts, but then adds one last elbow! Fans boo, Mella soaks up the heat, and hits a FABULOUS Bronco Buster! Cover, ONE!!
Mella keeps her cool, gets Bianca up, and whips her to a corner. Bianca goes up, over and handsprings to RAM back in! Bianca digs her shoulder in, rolls back, then returns, only for Mella to put her on the apron. Bianca DECKS Mella, gets her on the other side of the corner and brings her through. But Mella YANKS Bianca into the POST! Bianca falls to the ring, clutching her arm. Mella goes out to get Bianca and RAM her into barriers! Mella gets Bianca up and into the ring, covers, TWO! Mella is annoyed but she drags Bianca out to RAM her back into barriers! Mella throws Bianca around again, then soaks up the heat as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Bianca CLOBBERS Mella! Bianca fires up, and fires off CLUBBING forearms! Fans fire up as Bianca bumps Mella off buckle after buckle, then scoops her for a SLAM! Mella grabs at Bianca’s feet but Bianca kicks her away to handspring and moonsault! Mella even moved but couldn’t get away! Cover, TWO! Bianca drags Mella to a drop zone, goes up the corner, but Mella trips her up! Mella climbs up, throws elbows, then goes corner to corner to be denied her steiner! Bianca boots Mella, drags her up to reel her in, but Mella fights back. Mella clubs Bianca, gets up even higher, SUPER STEINER! Mella scrambles to get the cover, TWO!
Mella is beside herself but Bianca isn’t the toughEST for nothing. Bianca tries to get away but Mella gets her up. Fans rally for “E S T! E S T!” Mella swings but into Bianca’s chicken wings! Mella victory rolls through, TWO! Bianca has the cover, TWO and she’s sent into buckles! Mella runs in, guillotine! Bianca endures, stays up on her feet, reaches around, but she is fading! Fans rally as Mella drags Bianca down! But Bianca gets a second wind! Bianca powers up to stand, and pops Mella to a stalling suplex! She IS the strongEST for a reason, too! Cover, TWO!! Mella survives, still tough in her own right! Bianca keeps her cool but Mella gets to the apron.
Bianca swings but Mella grabs the ponytail! Bianca uses that to reel Mella in and DECK her! Bianca goes out, Mella dodges the hair whip! FABULOUS KICK! Mella puts Bianca in, covers, TWO! Mella is losing her cool but she drags Bianca around by the ponytail. She uses that to reel Bianca in for kicks! Bianca gets free, dodges Mella, and HAIR WHIPS!! Torture rack, KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, Bianca wins!
Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall (still SmackDown Women’s Champion)
The KOD seals the deal, and the EST is still the top woman on the blue brand! But with MITB on the horizon, will Bianca have the biggEST target on her back?
The Alpha Academy speaks.
Chad Gable says he teaches “the importance of all five senses.” When Otis and Gable walk through the locker room, they take it all in. They see grown men ducking in fear. They feel the tension and hear the whispers in awe, “Otis…” And Gable can already taste Otis’ win over Cesaro tonight! And Otis, what is that smell that they smell? “We smell fear.” But Cesaro walks in to say he smells a bunch of bull. Just like last week when Otis had a list of people he’d destroy. At least Gable didn’t make the bonehead mistake of having Cesaro on the list. Well, that’s because they weren’t thinking of him. But congrats, you have earned Otis’ full attention.
Otis sucker punches Cesaro! Then RAMS him into road cases!! The Dozer knocked the Swiss Superman over, but will Cesaro get up and uppercut Otis back with interest?
Toni Storm is on her way!
The Lightning From Down Under has been NXT UK Women’s Champion, but she’s ready to strike SmackDown! She’ll be here next Friday!
Cesaro VS Otis w/ Chad Gable!
We just saw the Alpha Academy’s number one (and only) student try to punk out Cesaro backstage, but now it’s time to put up or shut up in the ring! Will an unstoppable force crash into an immovable object right here in Houston?
The bell rings and the two tie up right away. Otis powers Cesaro to a corner, rams into him, but lets off as the ref counts. Otis CLUBS Cesaro, CLUBS him again, and Cesaro is dazed! Otis has Cesaro against ropes and CLUBS him in the chest. Otis whips Cesaro, Cesaro ducks and dodges to EuroUpper! And again! And again! Gable freaks out, gets on the apron, but Cesaro swipes at him! Otis throws hard hands in the distraction! Then he scoops and hits a POWERSLAM! Fans boo as Otis snarls at Cesaro and runs in, Cesaro dodges to POST Otis! Cesaro then dropkicks Otis into the post! Otis falls out, but Gable gets in!? Gable GERMAN SUPLEXES Cesaro!!
Winner: Cesaro, by disqualification
Gable still shouts, “FOR THE ACADEMY!” despite him ruining this for Otis! But Gable says this is what happens, only for Cesaro to shove, pop-up and UPPERCUT Gable down! Fans fire up and want the swing! Cesaro obliges, and gets Gable for the SWING! They go around and around and around but Otis get sin, to CLOBBER Cesaro! Otis then RAMS Cesaro in the corner! “No swingin’ tonight!” Otis stomps Cesaro, goes up the corner, “FOR THE ACADEMY!” VADER BOMB!! Gable and Otis celebrate what they did to Cesaro, will they keep mowing down the SmackDown roster like a runaway bus?
Kayla goes to Roman Reigns’ private suite.
She knocks on the door but Paul Heyman answers. He says she’s overdoing the knock a little. Kayla asks about the situation with Edge, but Heyman cuts her off. “The situation with EdGe~, who sinned tonight against your Tribal Chief. Who will confess and atone for those sins, or this Sunday at Money in the Bank, eDgE~ will have those sins beaten out of him by the defending Universal Heavyweight Champion, Roman… Reigns…!? That Edge? Don’t ask me about that Edge. Because what I just offered you is not a prediction.” AWWWW HEYMAAAN~! Big E is here, and says don’t you DAAARE be sour! CLAP, for the man who will WIN the Money in the Bank Contraaact… and FEEL~ the POWAAAH~! YES!
Oh, sorry, but there was something Big E wanted to talk with Heyman about. It appears that Edge has a hold of Roman Reigns. Get it!? He got hold with the hold! He put Roman in the deal! Big E would be SHOOK if he were Heyman! Big E heads for gorilla position, will he be gaining big momentum going into MITB?
Next week’s SmackDown will be it’s own historic event! For the first time in the brand’s history, action will emanate from TWO cities on ONE night! SmackDown will be live both in Cleveland, Ohio AND the Rolling Loud music festival in Miami, Florida!! What a way to heat up the summer!
Baron Corbin walks out on stage.
He is even more disheveled then he was last week, and the fans booing isn’t helping. He apparently has a request, and we’ll hear what he wants to ask, after the break.
SmackDown returns and Corbin has made it to the ring. He is forced to relive his failures with a quick recap package, and then he gets a mic. “Look, it’s no secret. Just look at me. These last few weeks have been the most difficult time of my life.” He’s lost his crown, his car, his investments and his savings. Now the bank is calling and threatening to foreclose on his house! Fans “WHAT?!” him, but Corbin says his two-year-old little girl is sick from eating spaghetti from a can and not with Wagyu beef meatballs. They had to fire the maids, the house is a mess, and if this continues the way it’s going… Corbin and the family might have to move in with the in-laws. Can you imagine that?
Fans are laughing at Corbin! And they chant, “You Deserve It!” for all the bullying he’s done. But Corbin says there is good news. All the fans here and those watching at home can help him out of his dark financial times. He’s started a GoFundMe website, the Corbin Fund. His target goal of $100,000 is just enough to pay a few bills and get back on his feet. So please, everyone, go to CorbinFund.com and donate today. Every little bit helps. Please, please, please, don’t tell him that everyone here in Texas is as cheap as everyone else in the world. Fans boo but Corbin pleads with the fans on bended knee! Corbin begs with us, please help him!
But instead, here comes Kevin Owens! The Prizefighter is so fired up to have fans in front of him again! Kevin sees Corbin still in the ring, and fans want to see him throw Corbin out! Corbin hopes Kevin is out here for the right reasons. Kevin must be here to help Corbin. Kevin has influence in the locker room, so maybe if Kevin and a few others throw their support behind Corbin, the fans will “fall in line.” Corbin and Kevin are the same. They have a heart, and Kevin sympathizes with the less fortunate. Kevin, Corbin knows Kevin has money. Just look at him! Do not take this the wrong way, but we know that Kevin isn’t spending that money on his clothing.
No, no, please! Find it in your- STUNNER! That’s what fans wanted! And now, Big E makes his entrance! The big Fatal 4 main event is about to begin!
Fatal 4 Way: Big E VS Kevin Owens VS Seth Rollins VS Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Rick Boogs!
The four men representing the blue brand at MITB are about to throw down! But will it be the Powerhouse of Positivity, the Prizefighter, the Architect, or the One True KING of Strong Style that leads the way into Sunday?
SmackDown returns and the rockin’ bard is here to shred the guitar and introduce Shinsuke… NakamurAAAAAA~! The King makes his entrance, fans sing along, and then Seth Freakin’ Rollins makes his entrance. The bell rings and the four stare down. Rollins says the other three can fight it out, he’s going to leave and come back Sunday. But Big E SPEARS Rollins off the apron! Then Kevin FLIES to take out Big E! Nakamura FLYING KNEES Kevin down! Everyone is down on the outside, but Nakamura gets Kevin up and into the ring! The fans are fired up as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again and Big E throws body shots. Big E whips and CLOBBERS Kevin, but Nakamura gets in to go after Big E. Big E whips Nakamura out, he throws hands on Kevin but Kevin ROCKS him back! Kevin climbs but Big E throws big hands! Big E and Kevin brawl, fans rally with “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” and Big E climbs up. But Kevin resists the superplex, and Nakamura gets up! Nakamura helps Big E to DOUBLE SUPERPLEX Kevin! But Rollins FROG SPLASHES, and FLOPS as everyone gets away! Nakamura fires a strike fest on Big E, then an ax kick! Rollins kicks and whips Nakamura to knee him in the corner.
Nakamura knees back, puts Rollins up top, and comes back with a TOP SHELF KNEE! Kevin kicks Nakamura, whips but Nakamura reverses. Kevin ducks one kick but not the WHEEL KICK! Nakamura gives Kevin an INVERTED EXPLODER! Nakamura fire sup, but he runs into Big E’s scoop for a BIG ENDING! Cover, Rollins breaks it! Rollins gets Big E up, throws him out, then soaks up the cheers and jeers as he goes for a ladder! No Disqualifications in Fatal 4 Ways, and this is becoming a true sampler of MITB! Rollins has the ladder and he RAMS Nakamura out of the ring! Rollins throws the ladder down, goes out after Nakamura, and then decides to clear off the desk!
Fans fire up as Rollins puts Nakamura on the table with haymakers! Rollins climbs a nearby ladder, but Kevin drag shim down! Kevin SMACKS Rollins off the ladder, then he climbs up! Kevin aims at Nakamura, for a SUPER MACHO ELBOW through the table!! The cameraman gets taken out by debris!! Fans are losing their minds but Rollins is after Big E in the corner! Big E CLOBBERS Rollins, scoops him, but Rollins rakes eyes! Rollins kicks a leg out, then CURB STOMPS Big E onto the ladder!! Cover, Rollins wins!!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall
The Architect took advantage of all the openings and has a massive win in Houston! Then he sets the ladder up under the briefcase, to climb up in a teaser for MITB. Rollins grabs the briefcase and takes it off the hook, claiming it’s already his! But will this only be a curse upon his chances when it’s a field of eight?
What a great way for SmackDown to return to having fans in the live audience! And there was no tricks of the camera this time, the arena was legitimately sold out tonight. We fans may not like 100% of the product right now, but obviously, no one wanted to miss this one. And for the most part, it worked out for the best. I both like and am disappointed Vince didn’t stick around a little longer. On one hand, he leaves it to the show to speak for itself. But on the other, I feel like he could’ve done a good job of giving us an opening speech. Then the new set looks great, that titantron upgraded to like, a Galvatron. I hope Transformers fans at least appreciate that one.
Opening with the Six Man was quite the surprise, but at the same time, it was just the thing for fans to get fired right up. The Six Man was a great match, and while the cheating roll-up win might’ve bummed the crowd out, this and Edge attacking Roman works for the math on both matches. Rey takes the pin but that’s because he and Dom are surely winning in the MITB kickoff. Jimmy Uso’s punishment for his newest DUI is surely the loss on PPV, so the Bloodline gets the win here. Conversely, Edge gets to stand tall because he’s not winning at MITB. Rollins interacting with Edge could imply Rollins screwing Edge over one way or another, and they could have a match for SummerSlam.
Speaking of which, Rollins winning in that awesome but fast Fatal 4, then taking the contract down, all that means he’s not winning. I already pegged Raw as not winning the Men’s MITB because of who is on SmackDown’s side, and my frontrunners are Big E and Kevin Owens. They have so much going for them, especially towards a story with Roman Reigns. Kevin’s had his past matches with Roman where he’s been screwed out over and over, but that’s because Roman can prepare his contingency plans. Kevin with MITB will be unpredictable, so Roman either always has the Usos with him or he tries to get the briefcase off Kevin. Big E has been saying on Talking Smack that he’ll get to Roman one way or another by WrestleMania 38, but maybe Big E uses that as a fake-out to get a championship before then.
Honestly, everything they’re doing with Baron Corbin right now is hilarious and brilliant. His arrogant, selfish way of asking for help from fans and fellow superstars was exactly the right next step, though I wouldn’t have had those moments where Boogs was rubbing it in before. And turns out, that crowdfund site is REAL! I don’t think it lets you actually give money to anyone, but the dedication to kayfabe to get the URL is great. I hope they rub in that it gets nothing week to week, and then it can make Corbin even more desperate and depressed in this “ultimate first world problems” gimmick.
Finn Balor, back on RawDown? Aw hell. I’m 51-49 in favor of being very concerned. Why couldn’t Finn stay in NXT to go after the other titles he’s never had? Two-time NXT Champion, inaugural Universal Champion, and Intercontinental Champion, why not add the North American or Cruiserweight Championship for a unique resume all his own? At the same time, Finn VS Sami is going to be a great match, and since he seems to be keeping his Prince gimmick, seeing that Finn take on some old foes like Roman Reigns would be too sweet. Also, Otis was great tonight, but I wish we got a bit more out of that match. Cesaro VS Otis is lowkey a barnburner if they get to really let loose.
The Women’s MITB sure has had a sadder road to putting people in. Natty and Tamina get named to the match on social media, and it was barely a mystery since who else is even on SmackDown now? And to that point, Shotzi & Tegan had to win their right to a title match off the champions. They should’ve already had that from last week’s win, but at least now it’s official. And while Zelina Vega is great in the ring, her arguing with Liv Morgan on commentary just came off as awkward. Liv standing tall among the SmackDown four, I feel like that takes her out of the running now. If SmackDown wins the men’s, I’m pretty sure that means Raw wins the women’s again.
The SmackDown Women’s Championship match not being the main event was a bit of a surprise, but it was a great match. I figured Bianca would win, both here and even when it was the I Quit match at MITB with Bayley. If the plan is for the Raw Women’s Championship to have a same night cash-in, it’s fine that the SmackDown title wasn’t involved. Plus, it gave the fans live something great to see in person. Even without the MITB contract, I want to see Vega get a feud with Bianca. They can reference their history from being on Raw together and really give fans a look at what Vega can really do.
Also, I do need to say, trying a two city/site broadcast for SmackDown next week sounds great, but I really hope it doesn’t end up going as poorly as Raw’s 25th anniversary episode went. They were at both the Hammerstein Ballroom aka Manhattan Center and the Barclays Center. Though, being at a musical festival, the fans won’t be bored when there aren’t matches happening, but I just feel like they might not care about the matches happening between musical performances. And what about the fans in Cleveland when the matches in Miami are happening? Will they at least get good reception on the Galvatron?
My Score: 8.6/10
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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