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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (10/4/21)

Raw wraps up the Draft!

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Coverage Raw 2021

The 2021 WWE Draft comes to a close!

SmackDown went through half the picks, now Raw finishes things up! Who will stay on Team Red? And who is moved over to the blue brand?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • WWE United States Championship: Damian Priest VS Jeff Hardy; Priest wins and retains the title.
  • Shayna Baszler VS Dana Brooke; Baszler wins.
  • Mansoor & Mustafa Ali VS Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo; Garza & Carrillo win.
  • Big E & Drew McIntyre VS The Dirty Dawgs; Big E & McIntyre win.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Backstage Bamboozle: Reggie retains the 24/7 Championship.
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Rhea Ripley & Nikki A.S.H. VS Natalya & Tamina; Rhea & Nikki win and retain the titles.
  • The New Day VS The Hurt Business; The New Day wins.
  • Charlotte Flair VS Bianca Belair; Belair wins, by disqualification.

PLAY BY PLAY

Raw shows their first night’s draft picks!

Big E, Edge, RKBRO, Bianca Belair, Rhea Ripley, Nikki A.S.H, Rey & Dominik Mysterio, “Doudrop” Piper Niven, “Bearcat” Keith Lee, Nia Jax, John Morrison, Reggie, Drake Maverick, R-Truth, Akira Tozawa, Austin Theory, Zelina Vega, T-Bar, the Alpha Academy, Apollo Crews & Commander Azeez are ALL Team Red! How much bigger can things get with night two?

 

Becky Lynch is here!

The SmackDown Women’s Champion is here, and the Man’s come ’round to Nashville! Big Time Becks gets a mic, and she’s excited to be on Monday Night Raw. It’s been a year and a half since she’s been on this show and it feels good to be back. But she’s about to make a lot of executives unhappy with jumping the gun, but she doesn’t care! She does what she wants! So the first pick for Monday Night Raw tonight is… Fans already guess it, and it’s BECKY! This is her show now! Now she’s still holding the SmackDown title but she was the longest reigning Raw Women’s Championship, and she never actually lost that belt!

And the person holding that belt right now, they’ve gone back and forth. Charlotte hasn’t been the same since the last time Becky beat her. But when Charlotte last beat Becky, Becky’s been better than ever and Charlotte can’t stand it! So Becky thinks it is time to become #BeckyTwoBelts once again! Fans like the sound of that but here comes The Queen! Charlotte struts her way to the ring, but fans chant for “Becky Two Belts!” Charlotte wants to first say hi to her old friend, Becks. But Charlotte says that before Becky won, she was just “Becky Preshow.” Charlotte made Becky famous. And Becky needs to get over her inferiority complex. She’ll always be looking up to the most decorated woman in sports entertainment.

But it’s good Becky is leaving SmackDown, these two have unfinished business. But here comes Bianca Belair! The EST is back on Raw and in her reddEST outfit. Fans chant for “E S T!” as Bianca hears them talking unfinished business. Bianca’s got unfinished business with both of them. They must feel threaten cuz they both took cheap shots at Bianca on Friday during and after the main event. So neither of these two are ready for the EST of the WWE to become the EST of Monday Night Raw. “Cuz I go here now.” Aw how cute, Bianca. But shh, the champions are talking. Hold up, Charlotte. Who you think you talking to? Did you just disrespect Bianca?

Fans chant “Charlotte Sucks! Charlotte Sucks!” and Charlotte counters with “What? What?” Bianca says Charlotte is here, but she don’t even go here! So then, Becky. Get your girl cuz she don’t know Bianca. Whoa, whoa, Charlotte is no one’s girl. And she is not a girl, she is a woman! And she isn’t disrespecting Bianca. Bianca’s done a lot, from winning the Royal Rumble to winning the SmackDown Women’s Championship to main-eventing WrestleMania! She’s done almost as much as Charlotte! But the only thing anyone should be doing is asking for autographs and thanking Charlotte for paving the way.

Becky says that sounds pretty disrespectful. If it was Becks, she’d fight Charlotte right now. But Becky’s beaten Charlotte so many times, there’s nothing to left to prove. But Becky feels these two haven’t fought on Raw. What would happen? Charlotte wants everyone to wait. “Bianca, I only give out opportunities. Not charities.” Becky says she wouldn’t take that, either. Bianca says she can give Charlotte something. The earrings start coming off but Sonya Deville and Adam Pearce come out to stop this. They can make the right opportunity for this in one hell o fa main event. For the first time ever on Raw, Charlotte Flair VS Bianca Belair!

But there’s more! Natalya & Tamina are having a rematch for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships with Rhea Ripley & Nikki A.S.H! And even bigger, a US Championship match will kick things off! And with that, the Charismatic Enigma heads out! Jeff Hardy is heading to SmackDown, but can he grab the title and bring it along with him?

 

Raw returns with the first round of draft picks.

The cat’s outta the bag, it’s official now, Raw chooses BECKY LYNCH! SmackDown chooses the SmackDown Tag Team Champions, The Usos! Sounds like Paul Heyman’s negotiations worked out. The Usos are backstage shaking hands and Paul Heyman thanks God for this mercy. Raw now chooses… BOBBY LASHLEY! Mondays stay mighty and Lashley is happy his suit matches the brand. And SmackDown closes the round with… Sasha Banks! The Boss stays on the blue brand, will she make it #LEGIT?

 

WWE United States Championship: Damian Priest VS Jeff Hardy!

Raw returns to the ring and the Archer of Infamy makes his entrance. He and Hardy have faced off already, will Priest make sure Hardy doesn’t take this title away to SmackDown?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and a critical moment in this Draft happens in the ring!

Hardy and Priest circle as fans rally up. They tie up, Priest wrenches to a hammerlock then a headlock. Hardy powers out, Priest runs him over with a shoulder. Things keep moving, Priest rolls over Hardy’s drop down. Hardy rams shoulders but Priest rebounds to run Hardy over! Cover, TWO! Priest keeps on Hardy but Hardy JAWBREAKERS back! Hardy kicks, throws hands, but Priest counter punches! Priest ROCKS Hardy then ROUNDHOUSES him down! Hardy flops out of the ring, Priest goes out to get him up. Choke grip but Hardy fights free! Hardy is on the apron now, and he LEAPS, only to crash ‘n’ burn as Priest dodges!

Priest gets in the ring and then builds speed, but Hardy moves! Priest slips out the side, goes up the steps, CANNONBALL! Direct hit and Priest fires up as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Hardy fights Priest as they’re both up top! Hardy throws headlock punches and then elbows Priest down. Hardy adjusts for a WHISPER IN THE WIND! Cover, TWO! Hardy keeps going and he CLUBS Priest at the ropes. Priest reverses the whip, dodges the haymaker and WHEEL KICKS Hardy down! Priest hurries to get Hardy up, dragon sleeper and RECK- NO! Hardy slips out, TWIST- NO! BELL CLAP and a RIPCORD ROUNDHOUSE! Hardy rebounds to SLINGBLADE! Kick and TWIST OF FATE! Hardy throws off the shirt and climbs up top! Fans fire up and Hardy SWANTON BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! And into a ghost pin! Priest wins!!

Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall (still WWE United States Champion)

The momentum flips in an instant, and the US Championship stays on Raw! Priest shows Hardy respect by helping him up, and Hardy shows it back. Hardy is still frustrated, can he use the move to SmackDown as a way to refresh himself? Sarah interviews Hardy to ask him about that move. Hardy says he loves the fans, and is so good to be in front of them again. He’s been to the highest of highs and crashed back down to reality at times. That said, Hardy going to SmackDown might be the perfect opportunity to see a different side of him. A different ego, if you will. But for the next few weeks, he’s still here so he intends to make the most of it.

Wait, who is this coming out? Austin Theory, Raw’s choice from NXT! Theory doesn’t mean to disrespect Hardy as he introduces himself and says a dream has come true. Theory got put on Raw and he gets to be in the ring with the legendary Jeff Hardy! Hardy motivated and inspired Theory and look where he is today! Theory doesn’t mean to fanboy right now, but could they take a selfie? Fans aren’t sure but Hardy gives Theory that opportunity. They take the pic, Theory saves it, then he CLOBBERS Hardy! Theory fireman’s carries to the A T L!! Hardy is down from the Austin Theory Liftoff, and Theory takes another selfie to rub it in. Is Theory going to use this to make his way up to the top?

 

Backstage interview with RKBRO.

Randy Orton and Matt Riddle are both still on Raw, but they’re going to defend their tag titles at Crown Jewel against AJ Styles & Omos. Riddle is just excited to have Orton back! especially with Ogre Omos choke slamming him. Is that a snake in Orton’s pocket or is he just as happy as Riddle? But hey! They’re back in action, time for sweet revenge. Speaking of, Orton took some sweet time off. He is glowing right now, like a skinless snake sitting in the sun. What? Riddle learned that snakes shed their skin in school. Orton says the useless facts are fine, but is he done? Yes. Okay. Then they have the opportunity to defend their titles and shut Styles & Omos up once and for all.

But that’s not until Crown Jewel. So don’t fret, because it’s a very special night here in Nashville. Orton has a proposition. “Omos. I’m talking to you, big brother. I think that it is time, Omos, that you finally go one on one… with the Legend Killer.” Riddle is in awe! Is the Viper about to bring down the biggest prey he’s ever gone after?

 

Raw returns with more draft picks!

The second round of tonight opens with Raw taking Seth Rollins! A highly logical pick, of course. SmackDown chooses… WWE Intercontinental Champion, Shinsuke Nakamura, and his rockin’ bard, Rick Boogs! The duo is fired up and rocking backstage! Raw then chooses… Damian Priest! The US Championship truly stays on Raw now that the Archer of Infamy is staying! But SmackDown takes SHEAMUS! Will the Fella make Fridays all about the fights?

 

Shayna Baszler VS Dana Brooke!

The Queen of Spades has been on the meanest of mean streaks and that’s still putting it mildly. But #FlexAppeal is back and she’s stepping up to fight the bully. Will Dana be the one to succeed? Or will she end up sidelined just like Nia Jax and Eva Marie?

Raw returns and Dana is in the ring. The bell rings, Dana dodges Shayna, goes after Shayna’s arm then fires off haymakers. The ref counts, Dana lets off only to tie Shayna up in the ropes. Dana digs her boots in, lets off as the ref counts, but Shayna gets her arms and brings her around for a BACKBREAKER! Dana writhes and clutches her arms as they were jammed in that move, but Shayna gets her up to whip hard into buckles! Shayna then stands on Dana, isolates the arm and lets down her hair, but Dana turns stomp into roll up! TWO, and Shayna has an ARMBAR! Dana flails, Shayna drags her into the KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Dana taps, Shayna wins!

Winner: Shayna Baszler, by submission

But she isn’t done! She goes out and pursues Dana. The ref tells her to back off, we’ve seen this two weeks in a row already. Shayna wrenches the arm and BOOTS it against the LED apron! Shayna smirks, pulls steel steps apart, then drags Dana over to steps! But here comes DOUDROP! Piper Niven won’t let Shayna bully Dana any longer. Shayna smirks at Piper, but then goes after her from behind! The clubbing forearm didn’t knock Piper over, and now Shayna may have picked on the wrong person. Will Piper be the one to give Shayna a taste of her own medicine?

 

The Usos are fired up backstage.

Heyman finishes a call but Kevin Patrick spooks him. Kevin asks that they must all feel good now that The Bloodline stays together on Raw, all thanks to Heyman’s influence. Well at least Kevin is prettier than Kayla. And yes, this is Heyman’s influence. He isn’t just the Special Counsel, he is the Warden of the Uso Penitentiary. Is that how Heyman managed Brock Lesnar’s free agency? Heyman is speechless and the Usos are in a bad mood again. They leave without him, can Heyman ever set the record straight?

 

Mansoor & Mustafa Ali VS Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo!

A rematch from a couple weeks ago, the Star of Saudi Arabia and the Beacon see if they can game plan a counter strategy for the lucha libre cousin combo. Will Garza & Carrillo keep their win streak going? Or can Mansoor & Mustafa finally figure teaming up out?

Mansoor starts with Carrillo, and Carrillo knees Mansoor right at the bell! Carrillo CLUBS and stomps Mansoor, then drags him up to whip him to a corner. Corner splash and fast hands! Carrillo CHOPS, stomps, then whips corner to corner. Mansoor returns to tilt-o-whirl inverted DDT! Both men crawl, hot tags to Ali and Garza! Things speed up, Ali calf kicks Garza then bumps him off buckles. Garza reverses the whip but Ali slips out of the corner to ROUNDHOUSE and somersault, into a ROLLING ELBOW! OFF COME THE PANTS! Now Garza matches Carrillo, but Ali wrenches, knees and FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, Carrillo breaks it!

Mansoor throws Carrillo out then PLANCHAS, only to miss! Carrillo CLOBBERS Mansoor and tells him off, but Ali O’Conner Rolls! TWO, and into a buckle Garza digs his boots in, then lets off so Carrillo can POST Ali! Garza covers, he and Carrillo win!

Winners: Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo, by pinfall

Handsome for sure, but devious to boot! Will these two continue to heat things up in the Raw Tag Division?

Wait, here comes Big E! The Powerhouse of Positivity loves the energy, but what will he have to say about all things WWE Draft 2021? We find out, after the break!

 

Raw returns with the third round of draft picks!

Raw starts this one off with… The Phenomenal AJ Styles and Omos! It only makes sense if they’re to challenge for the Raw Tag Team Championships. But will Omos give Orton his 1v1 match? SmackDown responds with… Shayna Baszler! The Queen of Spades has a whole new set of superstars to go after now. And Raw takes the relentless Kevin Owens! The Prizefighter is back on Raw! SmackDown closes and selects NXT’s Xia Li! Tian Sha has sharpened her to a razor’s edge, who will she cut down in the near future?

 

Big E is in the ring!

“Nashviiiille~! It feels incredible to be on MY show, Monday Night Raw! But, I’d be lying if I said this past week or so didn’t meet me with some challenges. For one, for the second consecutive year, Kofi & Woods were drafted to a brand that I am not on.” Fans boo that, but then rally up with “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Big E thanks them for that and notes the most physically grueling match of his career where he made sure the All Mighty Bobby Lashley fell down to his knees, and he came to show the world that he is indeed our RIGHTFUL WWE World Champion! Nashville chant “E! E! E!”

But in typical WWE fashion, before Big E could even breathe, his very next challenger came and declared himself. “This man is no joke. This man is a two-time WWE Champion. This man is an actual and literal swordsman. This man, is Drew McIntyre.” Big E won’t waste any more time by asking McIntyre to come to the ring and speak his mind. And so, here is the Scottish Warrior! And his sword, Angela, too! McIntyre joins Big E in the ring, Big E tells him to watch where he points the sword. McIntyre raises it up over his head before he sheaths it in the corner. McIntyre then gets a mic to tell Nashville, “It’s a DREW day, yes it is!”

Now McIntyre is going to SmackDown but he has unfinished business on Raw. Many months ago, he was screwed out of the WWE title and he has been biding his time. He’s been waiting for a hero to liberate the title from Lashley, and Big E did it! This is the part where most would antagonize Big E or egg him into a match, but McIntyre tells the truth. Big E deserves to be WWE Champion. Fans cheer that sentiment, and chant, “You Deserve It!” Big E has the love of the fans, of the others in the back, but surely Big E was waiting on social media for a congratulation. But McIntyre does things the old fashioned way and he wants to congratulate Big E face to face.

Fans cheer as the two shake hands, and McIntyre says, “But… Yeah, it was coming. Technically, you did cash-in on an injured Lashley. Although technically, Lashley attacked me from behind and I got cashed in on, so he does deserve it. And technically nobody likes Lashley anyway so you did the world a favor! And technically, it finally, after all this time allows me to do this. E, I challenge you for a match for the WWE Championship.” But wait, the Dirty Dawgs are here? Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler want all of this to wait a moment. Roode & Ziggler were minding their own business, waiting to here where they’re going, but couldn’t help but overhear this beautiful story.

Ziggler says this is all very inspirational. Ziggler’s a huge fan of E’s and is very proud. He even texted Big E but he left it unread and that’s fine. But this is a motivational, inspirational story. Ziggler just wanted to know why Big E was handing out congrats, he forgot Ziggler. Big E is supposed to thank Ziggler? Yeah! Many forget, but Ziggler has a reminder. Footage plays of 2013, when Ziggler was World Heavyweight Champion and Big E was his sidekick. Big E was super strong! They were at WrestleMania and beyond! Surely his mentoring had nothing to do with Big E’s success. But without Ziggler, there is no New Day, no Money in the Bank cash-in. Hell! Woods might not’ve been born! There is no Big E without #DZ!

McIntyre says Ziggler might have a point. But Ziggler reminds McIntyre where he was a few years ago. Ziggler is just bringing it up because McIntyre, another inspirational story of bringing himself back to the WWE, owes it all to Ziggler. 2018, they were a duo, helping each other out, and Ziggler was the one guiding McIntyre, all the while knowing McIntyre would main event against Brock Lesnar! All Ziggler’s ever wanted as a gentleman is a simple, “Thank you.” He did all the work, these guys rode the coattails. So he wants a thanks from them? Yes. Big E and McIntyre huddle up, and clearly Ziggler’s upgraded from them to Roode. Oh ha ha!

Roode says he is twice the friend and twice the tag team partner McIntyre ever was! As for Big E, he was a bodyguard! Bug Roode puts the “body” in bodyguard! Big E? Well this is BIG BOB! No one will ever call him that. Don’t disrespect Big Bob! And this is about Dolph! He was the kingmaker here! He is just asking for a simple thanks! “Because I am the perfect gentleman.” McIntyre and Big E nod, and McIntyre says, “What does Nashville think?” Fans boo Ziggler and Big E says they do owe something. That something is an ASS WHOOPIN’! The two Dirty Dawgs can take on Big E & BIG D! Right here, tonight, and right now!! It’s go time, after the break!

Big E & Drew McIntyre VS The Dirty Dawgs!

Raw returns and Ziggler starts against McIntyre. The bell rings, they circle, Ziggler fires off hands. McIntyre comes back and CLOBBERS Ziggler! Then he dead lift suplexes and TOSSES Ziggler to the corner! Tag to Big E and he puts Ziggler on the apron. Big E then gives Ziggler an APRON SPLASH! Ziggler flounders and Big E dares Roode to tag in. Roode tags in but things speed up and Big E hurdles to CLOBBER Roode. Big E tags in Drew, he CHOPS Roode then whips. Roode kicks back, swings but misses, NECKBREAKER and a kip up from McIntyre! Tag to Big E, he walks over into Roode’s kick. Roode bumps Big E off buckles, tags Ziggler, and they whip to dropkick! Cover, ONE!!

Big E snarls but Ziggler wraps on a chinlock. Ziggler wants Big E to show “daddy” something. Fans rally up for E and he fights up but into the Dawgs’ corner. Tag to Roode, they mug Big E, then Roode stomps a mudhole. The ref counts, Roode lets off and brings Big E up. Roode suplexes and goes to the corner to hop up. Roode leaps but the knee drop hits nothing but mat! Big E tags in McIntyre and he BOOTS Roode down! McIntyre gets Roode up, whips him to ropes and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! McIntyre clinches in the corner, OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Ziggler runs in but into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly!

McIntyre runs at Roode but Roode dodges and McIntyre hits posts! Roode distracts the ref, Ziggler SUPERKICKS McIntyre down! Fans boo as the Dawgs get away with that one, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Roode grinds McIntyre down with a chinlock. Fans rally as McIntyre endures and fights up to his feet. McIntyre throws body shots then ROCKS Roode with a right! McIntyre ends up in the Dawgs’ corner, he fights his way out, but Roode kicks McIntyre’s leg! Roode whips but McIntyre reverses to GLASGOW KISS! Both men are down from the headbutt and fans fire up! Roode tags Ziggler, hot tag to Big E! Big E gets DZ for an OVERHEAD B3lly2belly of his own! Then another! Then dodge to the side Belly2Belly! Fans fire up and Big E swivels them hips. Big E runs and hits the BIG SPLASH! Big E claps it up and fans join in, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!”

Big E scoops Ziggler, Ziggler claws eyes and slips off, to run and- NO! No DDT as Big E shoves Ziggler. Ziggler runs into the Urenag-E! Cover, Roode breaks it! Roode drags Big E up but is thrown out! Big E runs but into a knee! Ziggler runs up, ZIGZAG!! Cover, McIntyre breaks it in time! Roode clubs McIntyre out of the ring, then leaps, into McIntyre’s arms! OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Ziggler still rolls Big E, TWO! SUPER- NO! Big E dodges and CLOBBERS Ziggler on the return! Straps come down and Big E drags Ziggler up! McIntyre tags in, which disappoints Big E. McIntyre gives us the countdown, and CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre & Big E win!

Winners: Big E & Drew McIntyre, by pinfall

Big E is fine with McIntyre doing that, but here comes Roode! Big E intercepts, scoops and hits the BIG ENDING! McIntyre picks up the title and looks at it. Big E takes it from him, and if McIntyre wants it so bad, then it’ll be on at Crown Jewel. McIntyre likes the sound of that! Will Big E be able to keep the title away from McIntyre and SmackDown?

 

Reggie asks Adam Pearce for something.

Someone said Pearce wanted to talk to Reggie in regards to the Draft. Um, that’s news to Pearce. Maybe someone gave him bad info. Huh. Wait, wait, wait. The VIKING RAIDERS block Reggie’s path! R-Truth gets Reggie! Just give up the title! Reggie slips out of his jacket then dodges Truth, dodges Drew Gulak, dodges Jaxson Ryker, and dodges Drake Maverick coming in on a golf cart! Reggie goes up a table, up a crane lift’s arm, then flips off that, only to end up face to face with Apollo Crews & Azeez. Apollo says it is okay. Good to see Reggie again. Right, yeah. Maverick rushes in, Reggie dodges and the chase takes off into the night!

Apollo says he was right, things would get very exciting here on Raw. But will the Pride of Nigeria and his Commander look to take over more than just the 24/7 tier?

 

Kevin Owens is here!

And with him comes the KO Show! What will the Prizefighter say about what’s been happening on SmackDown?

Raw returns and Kevin doesn’t have his set, but he doesn’t have much time to say anything, anyway, as Akira Tozawa barges out! Tozawa apologizes but wants to say, Kevin is here, welcome back to Raw! Fans cheer that, but Tozawa says he isn’t here to fight Kevin. He wants to fight Reggie for the 24/7 Championship! Tozawa waits, but Kevin tosses the mic aside to STUNNER! Tozawa is down, Kevin shrugs and moves on. Will Kevin worry about venting next time?

 

Raw has more draft picks!

To open the fourth round, Raw chooses… The Street Profits! Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins return to Raw, Monday wants the smoke! SmackDown counters by taking the Viking Raiders! Erik & Ivar were once Raw Tag Team Champions, can they raid the SmackDown tag titles soon enough? Raw then selects… The Prince, FINN BALOR! The inaugural Universal Champion is back on the red brand, will he make Mondays Too Sweet? SmackDown closes this round with… The One & Only RICOCHET! Will going to Fridays be a fresh start for the King of Flight?

 

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Rhea Ripley & Nikki A.S.H. VS Natalya & Tamina!

#SuperBrutality is again facing the Queen of Harts & Daughter of Superfly! While they were drafted to Raw, will Rhea & Nikki keep the keys to all brands here tonight? Or will Natty & Tamina once again be statement makers and title takers?

Raw returns and Natalya & Tamina make their entrance. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if the belts stay on the red team or go back to blue.

The teams sort out, Natty starts with Nikki, kicks and bumps her off buckles, then bumps her off more buckles! And more buckles! Natty fires off in the corner, the ref counts and Natty lets off. Natty whips, Nikki goes up and over and keeps moving to dropkick Natty’s legs out. Nikki then basement dropkicks and Natty bails out. Nikki pursues and fires off hands! Natty goes around the way, Nikki chases her into the ring but Tamina tags in. Nikki DECKS Natty but Tamina BOOTS Nikki down! Tamina fires up and she drags Nikki up to bump off buckles. Tamina then TOSSES Nikki across the ring! Tamina stands Nikki up, clotheslines and HEADBUTTS Nikki down!

Tamina and Natty taunt Nashville, then Tamina toys with Nikki. Tamina fireman’s carries but Nikki slips into a SLEEPER! Rhea reaches out but Tamina throws Nikki away! SUPERKICK! Cover, Rhea breaks it in time! Tamina drags Nikki up, tags Natty, and then Natty gets the legs. Natty steps through but Nikki cradles! TWO, Nikki slips off the scoop, tag to Rhea! Rhea and Natty fire off hands, Rhea shoves Natty then dodges to dropkick Tamina! Rhea spins Natty for a short arm LARIAT! And another! Ripcord and HEADBUTT! Then a snapmare to basement dropkick! Fans fire up with Rhea and she drags Natty back up. Natty shoves but Rhea heel kicks!

Natty dodges in the corner, uses ropes to rebound Rhea for the sit-down spine jammer! Natty steps on Rhea but Rhea avoids the basement dropkick! NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, Tamina breaks it! Tamina drags Natty to the corner, tags in, but Rhea BOOTS Tamina out! Natty & Tamina regroup, but Nikki SUPER CROSSBODIES! Nikki is fired up, she and Rhea get Tamina in! Pump handle, RIPTIDE! Tag to Nikki and she gets a boot off Rhea’s shoulders, ELECTRIC CHAIR SPLASH! Cover, Nikki & Rhea win!

Winners: Rhea Ripley & Nikki A.S.H, by pinfall (still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)

That was some BOOM ZIP KAPOW, superhero level action! But we all know Shotzi Blackheart & Tegan Nox are still owed a shot. Will #SuperBrutality have to worry about the tank and the Shiniest Wizard from here on out?

 

Raw returns with the fifth round of draft picks!

Raw opens this round with choosing… Karrion Kross! Doomsday stays on Mondays, who faces the apocalypse next? SmackDown chooses… Humberto Carrillo & Angel Garza! We just saw them win tonight, will they keep things going once they move to Fridays? Raw continues and selects… Alexa Bliss! She may be mourning Lilly, but will she be back more twisted than ever? SmackDown closes this round with Cesaro! The Swiss Cyborg stays on the blue brand, will he be able to rebuild towards the top?

 

GOLDBERG is here!

The Hall of Famer issued his final warning to Bobby Lashley, but now he wants a face-to-face to hear Lashley’s response. He gets the mic and shouts out SEC Country! “Bobby Lashley has the audacity to claim that what he did to my son was a ‘misunderstanding.’ It wasn’t. It was intentional! So tonight, I’m inviting Bobby Lashley in this ring so I can intentionally break his frickin’ neck.” And so here comes Lashley! Lashley tells Bill that for the last time, what happened at SummerSlam was a misunderstanding. And Goldberg must be out of his mind thinking Lashley is going to risk this custom made suit just to whoop Goldberg’s ass again. Some people aren’t still dressing like it’s 1998.

Lashley knows Goldberg is angry, but Goldberg needs to understand Lashley’s perspective. This is character assassination, Goldberg owes Lashley an apology. They will have a match, at Crown Jewel, but under one condition! The match is NO HOLDS BARRED. Goldberg is happy for that! He thanks Lashley for that! That match gives Goldberg “license to kill!” Lashley thinks Goldberg is crazy? Well he is! Lashley wants an apology? Here it is: Goldberg will apologize to Lashley’s kids after he leaves Lashley gasping for air in the ring. “Because there’s one thing for sure, Bobby Lashley. You’re next. And, you’re dead!” Does the Rocky Mountain Machine realize what he just gave Goldberg?

But Lashley says Goldberg can’t kill the All Mighty. And the fruit doesn’t fall too far from the tree, so let Gage know that if he has the balls to do what he did last time, then it won’t be a misunderstanding this time. So what would Goldberg do if someone came out and jumped on his back? Like right now! THE HURT BUSINESS jump Goldberg from behind! But Goldberg elbows Shelton Benjamin away, throws off Cedric Alexander then KNEES him down! Benjamin swings, Goldberg dodges and SPEARS! Prime Alexander and the Gold Standard just got steamrolled, will far worse happen to Lashley at Crown Jewel?

 

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.

The Visionary sings, “Guess who’s back? Back again! Sethy’s back! Tell your friends!” And guess what? The best part is, Mikey (Kevin), is that Rollins is better than ever! But also drafted to Raw is- No no no, do NOT say his name. This is Rollins’ party! Don’t rain on his parade. Rollins takes care of that business on SmackDown. This is Raw. Rollins doesn’t give a s*it who steps to him! He is a visionary! He is a revolutionary! He is SETH FREAKIN’ ROLLINS! Party time! Pints!! Is Rollins going to compartmentalize between the brands the next few weeks?

 

The New Day VS The Hurt Business!

Well, we just saw Cedric & Shelton try to punk out Goldberg only to made into the punks. Will the Power of Positivity only add to their misery here tonight?

Raw returns and Benjamin starts with Kofi. They tie up, Shelton RAMS Kofi into the corner, throws hands, then lets off as the ref counts. Shelton hits Kofi again, whips then back drops! Kofi crashes, Shelton takes a breath then tags in Cedric. They mug Kofi, Cedric CLUBS and stomps Kofi down, then drags him up to tag Shelton back in. Shelton throws hands, then forearms, then whips corner to corner. Kofi goes up and hits a TORNADO DDT! Both men are down and fans rally up. Hot tags to Cedric and Woods! Woods rallies on Cedric, dodges and LEG LARIATS! Woods whips, Cedric reverses but Woods tilt-o-whirls to a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP!

Woods runs in at the corner but is put out. Woods falls off the apron, but he dodges Shelton. Kofi DOUBLE STOMPS Shelton down, Woods ROCKS and GAMANGIRIS Cedric down! Woods walks the tightrope for the LIMIT BREAKER! Cover, New Day wins!

Winners: The New Day, by pinfall

Woods shouts, “CROWN ME! CROWN ME! CROWN ME! ALL HAIL KING WOODS!!” But out come The Street Profits! Nashville chants, “We want the smoke!” but the Profits congratulate the New Day. Congrats on their new movie, too, “Escape the Undertaker.” How did they do it? No, that’s spoilers. But all the chopping up they did on SmackDown, the Profits want to congratulate the New Day on this win. Plus, they wanted to tell the WWE Universe that they are back on Monday Night Raw! And #WeWantTheSmoke! Everyone high fives and share the drinks. Kofi loves it! Will they each love being on their new home brands after Crown Jewel?

 

RKBRO head to the ring!

The Bro scoots alongside The Viper, but will the Mountain of a Main accept the 1v1 challenge? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Orton has a mic. “Omos. I’m here, and I am ready.” We still haven’t gotten a response for the challenge, so it makes Orton wonder… Is Omos AJ Styles’ personal colossus? Or just a big bitch? Styles & Omos head out now, and Styles has the music cut short to say, “Are you kidding me? You want a response?” They were celebrating Styles’ win over Gilligan there. Riddle is Gilligan cuz Styles is Skipper. But anyway, Orton is insignificant. It doesn’t matter if Omos destroys Orton tonight or not, and he would. Because frankly Randy, does Riddle have any brain cells left to stop Styles & Omos from taking the titles at Crown Jewel?

It’s great that they’ve all been drafted to Raw, actually! Because Styles & Omos can gloat week after week that they brought an end to this asinine team known as R K BRO. And as far as the 1v1 goes- Orton DECKS Styles! Omos DECKS Riddle, and these two are 1v1 after all! Orton dodges Omos, to RKO Styles! RKBRO bails out, because this was never about going 1v1 tonight! Can Orton and Riddle make sure Styles and Omos only get beat at Crown Jewel?

 

Raw returns with the last round of the entire draft!

Raw opens this sixth round with choosing… Carmella! The Most Beautiful Woman in ALL of the WWE is here on Mondays, and she is happy to hear it! SmackDown chooses… NXT’s RIDGE HOLLAND! Northern Grit is going to make the blue brand black ‘n’ blue! Raw chooses the NCAA champion and 2020 gold medalist, GABLE STEVESON! And SmackDown closes out the year with the very last pick! SAMI ZAYN! The Great Liberator is staying on SmackDown, will he continue to claim conspiracy now that he’s Mr. Irrelevant?

 

Charlotte Flair VS Bianca Belair!

So the Queen is still Raw Women’s Champion, but she’s going to SmackDown after Crown Jewel. Bianca Belair and Becky Lynch are going to Raw but they’ll be battling for the SmackDown Women’s Championship at Crown Jewel. Will the EST defeat one champion before going after the other? Or will Bianca’s return to Raw be ruined before it’s even official?

But wait! Here comes Big Time Becks! She clearly wants to see this up close and personal. But will she have any affect on the outcome like she did on Friday? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns once again and the bell rings. The fans cheer for “E S T! E S T!” but Charlotte keeps her cool. Charlotte and Bianca circle, tie up, and go around. Charlotte headlocks, hits a takeover, but Bianca moves around to headscissor. Bianca squeezes tight but Charlotte kips free, only for Bianca to headlocks. Bianca hits a takeover but Charlotte headscissors. Bianca pries free then kips up and runs in, but Charlotte sweeps. Cover, ONE! Bianca sweeps, covers, ONE! Charlotte kicks low, throws Bianca by her hair, then smirks as she stands over her. Things speed up, Charlotte cartwheels and handsprings, but Bianca returns the favor!

Bianca scoops, Charlotte slips off, things keep moving and Charlotte basement dropkicks! Charlotte kips up again and grins as she has Bianca in a corner. Charlotte bumps Bianca off buckles, whips and bumps Bianca into more buckles, but gets annoyed as fans chant for the EST. Charlotte whips corner to corner, Bianca goes up and over and handsprings to a corner to say kiss this. Charlotte runs in, Bianca goes up and over again then dropkicks Charlotte down! Bianca kips up and fans fire up and says kiss this again. But Charlotte rolls it up, TWO! Bianca kicks low, bumps Charlotte off buckles and brings Charlotte around for another buckle bump.

Bianca taunts Charlotte, runs in but Charlotte BOOST her! Charlotte whips Bianca to a corner, Bianca reverses but Charlotte tumbles up then out. Charlotte shoulders into Bianca, ROCKS her with a forearm, then drags Bianca out to the apron. Bianca fights back with body shots, ROCKS Charlotte in return, then reels Charlotte in. Charlotte pulls the ponytail to block the suplex! Charlotte kicks low, turns Bianca around, BACKBREAKER to ELBOW DROP DDT to the apron! Charlotte drags Bianca down to TOSS her into the timekeeper’s area! Charlotte soaks up the heat and mocks the EST as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns once more and Charlotte has a dragon sleeper on Bianca! Bianca fights with knees, then uses the corner to go up and over. Bianca runs into a knee from Charlotte, but she dodges the boot to dropkick! Bianca wrenches Charlotte to a suplex and she holds Charlotte up for a count of 10! Cover, TWO! Bianca stomps Charlotte and handsprings to a MOONSAULT onto knees! Charlotte CHOPS Bianca, then CHOPS again! And again! Bianca dodges but she runs into a clothesline from Charlotte! Charlotte rolls Bianca up, TWO! Charlotte dead lifts Bianca to a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!

Charlotte goes to a corner and aims as Bianca rises. Charlotte runs in as fans duel, Bianca slips out of Natural Selection! Bianca wrenches sand suplexes but charlotte slips out to use the ponytail! Bianca ROCKS Charlotte, torture racks, KISS OF- NO! Charlotte lands on her feet, both women dodge the other, SPEAR from Charlotte! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte is furious but she also grins as she stalks Bianca to a corner. Bianca back elbows but Charlotte ROCKS her back. Charlotte has the leg but Bianca avoid the knee drop! SPINEBUSTER! Not the cleanEST but still good! High stack, TWO! Charlotte survives but Bianca puts her in a drop zone!

Bianca climbs up, but Charlotte bumps ropes to trip her up! And then BOOTS her down! Charlotte climbs up as Becky boasts on commentary, MOONSAULT but Bianca moves, SECOND MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte hurries to get a leg, but Bianca turns the Figure Four into and inside cradle! TWO, and Bianca ROCKS Charlotte! Torture rack, KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, but Becky drags Bianca out?!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by disqualification

And Becky RAMS her into steps! BECKSPLODER into barriers! And then Becky puts Bianca back in the ring for a MANHANDLE SLAM! But SASHA BANKS is here! And she’s getting revenge on Becky! Mudhole stomps and a METEORA! But then METEORA for Bianca! Sasha stomps Bianca but Becky fires off on Sasha! Sasha gets around to hit a BACKSTABBER! The Legit Boss just sent a message to both the Man and the EST, will she be the one keeping the SmackDown Women’s Championship on Friday Night SmackDown?


My Thoughts:

Another pretty good Raw, even with the Draft. Quite a few of the supplemental picks from after SmackDown surprised me. I thought this was the chance for Nia to go to SmackDown but guess not. And Alpha Academy coming to Raw makes sense after seeing that Gable Stevenson is skipping NXT to be right on Raw. I have a feeling Stevenson interacts with Chase Gable & Otis right away, given Chad is a former Olympiad. But the entire 24/7 “Division” being kept on Raw makes sense. It seems only USA Network cares about this title and the pseudo American Ninja Warrior moments backstage with Reggie and the others.

One thing surprising was that the draft and the countdown to Crown Jewel is clearly putting a finite point on a few of the smaller feuds. Shayna beat Dana quickly but Piper stopped her from breaking Dana, only for Shayna to be drafted to SmackDown. Garza & Carrillo go to SmackDown, which does help that division build up a bit, and puts a pin on the feud with Mansoor & Ali. But only seeing T-Bar and not Mace in the supplemental picks, I wonder if the two of them finally ditch their Retribution gimmicks, as random as that’d be. Tozawa’s newest shtick seems to be similar to what John Morrison’s was a few weeks ago: getting beat up by guys that’re too much for him.

Kevin Owens being split of from Sami Zayn kills my hopes of them feuding with “Happy” Corbin & “Madcap” Moss to then move on to the SmackDown Tag Team Championships, and this might even be a sign Kevin is leaving to join his friends in AEW. On the other hand, Raw naturally secures the Raw Tag Team Champions and their challengers so that the titles stay put no matter what, and they can perpetuate that feud forever. The segment between RKBRO and Styles & Omos was alright, but it gets them screen time. But Austin Theory had a great impact his first day back going after Hardy. Also, why the hell is Vince acting like Theory wasn’t here during ThunderDome era?

Rhea & Nikki VS Natty & Tamina was good but obviously filler because who else does WWE even have right now before all these draft picks and call ups take effect? I was most disappointed that Natty & Tamina didn’t break up over this. Tamina should stay on SmackDown, Natty should be a supplemental pick to Raw. Tamina goes Bloodline, Natty at least gets to give more midcard strength to Raw. And as for Shotzi & Tegan still waiting their turn, that better happen on the “season premiere” of SmackDown as an aside to the King of the Ring and Queen’s Crown tournaments starting. Plus, it’s been over two months so what the hell are they waiting for?

We got a good segment out of Heyman and the Usos, but it seems almost too easy to just let the pick go the right way. Why not actually show some Heyman wheelin’ ‘n’ dealin’ skills by saying Usos can be traded back to SmackDown? Give Raw the New Day back and certainly fans like myself will be happy! Then there will be more purpose to New Day VS Hurt Business tonight! For that matter, Hurt Business look real weak losing right after failing to beat down Goldberg. Lashley VS Goldberg, No Holds Barred is fine, but feels like more of an excuse to have Hurt Business work as a trio against Goldberg, only for Gage to help out or something.

Big E and Drew McIntyre did have a really good match with the Dirty Dawgs, and naturally we’re getting Big E VS McIntyre at Crown Jewel. McIntyre will lose, move on to SmackDown, and try again with the Universal Championship. Sheamus going to SmackDown makes sense, because I’ve been wanting him to get the Intercontinental Championship for a Grand Slam this whole time. Rollins had a quick but great promo, because it adds to how complex his character is becoming. And we got great stuff out of the women’s title story, with Becky here giving away she is now on Raw, and her stirring up trouble with Charlotte and Bianca.

Charlotte VS Bianca was really good, and Sasha showing up making that big statement works. There is a possibility that Sasha Banks comes away with the SmackDown title at Crown Jewel because she’ll be staying on SmackDown through the draft. It’s either that or as I theorized on SmackDown, the SmackDown title is with someone drafted to Raw, we get a title trade like the New Day and Profits last year.

My Score: 8.2/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (2/8/23)

There’s gold in El Paso!

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Dynamite becomes championship fight night!

From the tag to the trios to both men’s and women’s world championships, AEW is giving out title opportunities on Dynamite! Who strikes gold in El Paso?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW World Title Eliminator: MJF VS Konosuke Takeshita; MJF wins and denies Konosuke a title match.
  • AEW Women’s World Title Eliminator: Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel VS The Bunny w/ Penelope Ford; Hayter wins and denies Bunny a title match.
  • The Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet Challenge: Ricky Starks VS The Jericho Appreciation Society; The JAS wins and denies Starks a match with Chris Jericho.
  • Bryan Danielson VS Rush; Bryan wins.
  • AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS AR Fox & Top Flight; win and
  • AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Acclaimed VS The Gunns; win and

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW World Title Eliminator: MJF VS Konosuke Takeshita!

While he is determined to not have the One Hour Ironman Match with Bryan Danielson, Maxwell Jacob Friedman has no choice but to have this match with The Future of Wrestling. Will MJF cross Konosuke off the list of contenders? Or will Konosuke have a golden ticket for a real shot at the Big Burberry Belt?

The bell rings and MJF has El Paso settle down as he offers a handshake to Konosuke. Konosuke shakes his head instead, not trusting this. Fans call MJF an A-Hole, but MJF still offers the handshake. Konosuke takes the handshake after all, but MJF kicks low! Konosuke was right to not trust MJF before! MJF whips, Konosuke ducks ‘n’ dodges and CLOBBERS MJF with the Takeshita Line! Fans fire up and Konosuke has MJF in a corner. Konosuke climbs up to rain down fists! Fans count along to nine, but MJF carries Konosuke off the corner for an atomic drop! MJF tells fans, “Up yours,” then runs, but into the JUMP KNEE!

Fans fire up again as Konosuke stands tall! Konosuke waits on MJF to get up, runs in, but MJF uses the ref as a shield! Fans boo as MJF tackles Konosuke and drops knees on the arm again and again! MJF drags Konosuke up and WRINGS him out into buckles! Fans taunt “Maxi-Pad!” but MJF just taunts them back. MJF drags Konosuke up, clamps onto the arm and also fishhooks Konosuke’s nose. Fans duel, “Let’s Go, Maxwell!” “MAXWELL SUCKS!” Konosuke fights up, throws forearm after forearm and is free! Konosuke runs, MJF spins him and WRINGS his arm out again! MJF drags Konosuke up, hammerlock and lift for a DDT! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally while MJF grows frustrated. MJF drags Konosuke by the bad arm, and BITES the fingers! The ref counts, MJF lets off, and he stalks Konosuke to a corner. MJF CLAWS Konosuke, whips, but Konosuke blocks. MJF CLUBS the bad arm and soaks up the heat. MJF whips, Konosuke reverses but MJF blocks the whip to reverse. MJF swings, into an EXPLODER into buckles! Fans fire up again while both men are down! Konosuke goes to the other corner, runs back in and BOOTS MJF! Konosuke keeps going, for another BOOT! Fans fire up, Konosuke keeps moving, but MJF moves! The boot gets caught up, MJF rolls Konosuke, TWO!

MJF whips, Konosuke reverses but MJF goes up, into a KICK! Konosuke pushes MJF down, brings him up and suplexes, BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! MJF survives and frustrates Konosuke but fans fire up. Konosuke clutches the bad arm, goes to a corner and climbs, and fans fire up for the Latino Heat from the Japanese Phenomenon! FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Fans cheer for “EDDIE! EDDIE!” while Konosuke grits his teeth. Konosuke drags MJF up, suplexes again, but MJF blocks. MJF wrenches the bad arm, they roll, Konosuke rolls free and tilt-o-whirls, but MJF has him in position!

But Konosuke kicks his way to reverse positions! Tuck and BASTARD DRIVER!! But then a deadlift WHEELBARROW GERMAN!! Fans are thunderous for Konosuke as he gets his bad arm working. Konosuke runs in but MJF bails out. Fans boo, but Konosuke doesn’t look away. Konosuke slingshots, but MJF moves to avoid the Plancha! Konosuke crashes ‘n’ burns and MJF is in the ring. The ring count climbs, but MJF goes out at 4 of 10. MJF fetches Konosuke, SLAMS the bad arm on the floor, then drags him up again. MJF says, “This is your boy? He’s done!” But Konosuke turns things around to POST MJF!

Fans fire up and Konosuke puts MJF in the ring. Fans chant “You Deserve It!” at MJF as Konosuke stalks him. Konosuke drags MJF to a drop zone, fires back up, and he goes up the corner. But MJF hits ropes to trip Konosuke up! Fans boo but MJF says he’s smarter than that. MJF climbs up behind Konosuke, brings him up, but Konosuke CLUBS MJF! Konosuke adjusts, to SUPER TAKESHITA LINE! But MJF lands on his feet?!? MJF SUPESRKICKS, runs, but into a FOREARM! MJF rebounds, ROLLING ELBOW! Konosuke rebounds to LARIAT!! Both men are down and fans are giving a standing ovation!

Fans are loving “A E DUB!” for this incredible opening contest. Konosuke crawls over to MJF and covers, TWO!! SALT OF THE EARTH FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! Konosuke bites his other hand to endure, rolls MJF over, TWO! MJF runs in, Konosuke sends him out and then builds speed to FLY!! Direct hit and fans are thunderous again! Konosuke puts MJF in the ring again, fires up and El Paso fires up with him. “This is Awesome!” as Konosuke returns to the ring. MJF rolls away, Konosuke brings a kneepad down, and Konosuke runs in! But MJF bails out again! Fans boo as MJF just narrowly avoids the strike.

MJF is down as the ring count starts but Konosuke goes out to fetch MJF. Konosuke puts MJF in but MJF uses the ref as a shield again! The ref gets free as Konosuke steps in, but MJF kicks the ropes to hit Konosuke low!! Fans boo as MJF gets away with that one! MJF drives knees into the bad arm again and again! Fans boo more but MJF spits at them. MJF lines up the shot, runs in, but Konosuke avoids the knee drop! MJF and Konosuke both stand up, MJF swings but Konosuke blocks, but that’s the bad arm! MJF calls Konosuke an idiot, but Konosuke ROCKS MJF with a straight right! And then forearm after forearm!

MJF kicks low but Konosuke blocks! Only to claw Konosuke’s eyes! Fans boo, MJF runs, but Konosuke ducks and runs. MJF dodges, runs, but Konosuke RANAS, into a POWERBOMB BACKBREAKER! But that’s MJF’s bad leg! MJF clutches his knee while Konosuke writhes from the bad back. Fans rally up as MJF goes to a corner. MJF runs in, into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Konosuke hurries to go to a corner, run in, DRIVE KNEE!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! MJF survives by a literal foot! Konosuke can’t believe it but fans fire back up again. Konosuke drags MJF back to center and fans fire up again.

Konosuke goes to the apron, goes up the ropes, SPRINGBOARD SWANTON FLOP! MJF hurries to get the SALT OF THE EARTH!! Konosuke endures, fans rally but MJF pushes back as hard as he can! Konosuke reaches out, crawls, moves around, and gets the ropes, only for MJF to drag Konosuke and BRIDGE the armbar! Konosuke taps, MJF wins!

Winner: MJF, by submission (denies Konosuke Takeshita a title match)

The Devil of AEW may have cheated Konosuke at some point, he finishes Konosuke off himself in the end. MJF then demands the ref hand the Dynamite Diamond Ring back. The ref obliges, and then MJF pushes the ref down! MJF is armed with his favorite weapon and he’s aiming at Konosuke! Fans boo, but MJF hits the DIAMOND RING PUNCH! Fans boo even harder, but MJF throws down fists on Konosuke! Konosuke’s busted open, but here comes BRYAN DANIELSON! The American Dragon chases MJF off, but the damage to The Future was done. Will Bryan make it through the night to be THE #1 contender?

 

Samoa Joe speaks.

“What stands before you is your assurance that all is right in the universe. I stand here, Samoa Joe, your ROH World Television Champion, and once again, your rightful TNT Champion. And Darby Allin, though I may not agree with the way you conduct yourself in the ring, I will say this: you are a worthy and a brave adversary. But do you know who is not a brave and worthy adversary, is you, Wardlow. I have taken your championship and I have taken your scalp. What more do you want me to take from you?

“I understand but you don’t. From the very beginning, from when WARJOE started, that I knew men like you are ambitious and need to be put down immediately, and that’s what I did. So Wardlow, if you come for me, know I know that you are a man with many secrets. And week after week, I will peel away that onion, and I will expose you for those secrets. Because you may be coming to take my championship from me, but Wardlow, I will take everything from you.” The One True King of Television has spoken, but will the Maestro of Mayhem heed his warning?

 

AEW Women’s World Title Eliminator: Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel VS The Bunny w/ Penelope Ford!

While there is division within the Women’s Division, the champion is still welcoming all challengers. The Bunny wants to sink her teeth into 24 carats, but will she be tasting the Hayterade instead?

The bell rings and fans rally as the two approach. Fans are strongly behind Hayter but Bunny offers a handshake. Hayter accepts it, and it isn’t a trick, so the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Hayter headlocks to a takeover. Bunny tries to chinbar but Hayter keeps things moving around in a circle. Bunny pulls hair, the ref reprimands and Bunny lets go. They stand up, Bunny pushes Hayter to ropes and powers out. Hayter runs Bunny over! Things speed up, Hayter runs Bunny over again and again! Fans fire up with Hayter and she kisses the biceps. Hayter runs in but Bunny elbows her away!

Bunny goes up, reels Hayter in, and has a HANGING HEADSCISSOR! The ref counts, Bunny thrashes around but she lets off at 4. Hayter sputters but Bunny brings her onto the ropes. Bunny goes to suplex but Hayter blocks! Hayter suplexes Bunny into the ring! Fans fire up while Bunny crawls to the far side. Ford coaches Bunny but Hayter ROCKS Bunny first! Bunny avoids the shoulder, knees Hayter in the ropes, then turns her for a NECKBREAKER HOTSHOT! Bunny drags Hayter out to snap suplex Hayter to the floor, AND the steps! Hayter clutches a leg while Bunny soaks up the heat and AEW goes picture in picture.

Bunny drags Hayter up, brings her around, but Hayter RAMS Bunny into railing! And whips her into the apron! Hayter fixes her hair, but then Bunny claws her eyes! Bunny whips Hayter into the steel steps! Hayter clutches her arm as she hobbles away but Rebel checks on her. Bunny refreshes the ring count and puts Hayter back in. Hayter throws body shots and she backs Bunny to a corner! Hayter then lets off, runs back in and CHOPS! Bunny rakes Hayter’s eyes! Bunny CHOPS Hayter in return, then CHOPS again! Bunny huffs and puffs, stomps a mudhole into Hayter, then lets off as the ref counts.

Bunny goes to the far side, comes running back in, SLIDING FOREARM! Bunny laughs and smiles into the camera, then digs her forearm into Hayter’s face. The ref counts, Bunny YANKS Hayter out to a cover, TWO! Hayter throws some elbows into Bunny’s back but Bunny rains down fists! The ref reprimands about closed fists, but Bunny just smiles. Bunny drags Hayter up, brings her through the ropes and to the apron, then reels her in. Hayter fights the lift, and RAMS Bunny into the post! Hayter kicks and CLUBS Bunny, but Bunny BOOTS back! Hayter BOOTS Bunny, CLUBS her some more, but Bunny CHOPS!

Hayter CHOPS, Bunny mule kicks! Bunny and Hayter each grab hair, DOUBLE APRON FACEBUSTERS! Dynamite returns to single picture as fans fire up! Both women crawl into the ring, Britt borrows a fan sign that reads “Hayterade is my workout drink!” But then Ford takes the sign from Britt to RIP it up! Fans boo and Brit is shocked. Bunny runs in at Hayter, but into an EXPLODER! Hayter clinches again, Bunny fights but the EXPLODER hits again! Hayter drags Bunny back up, Ford coaches Bunny up, but HAYTERADE hits! Cover, Hayter wins!

Winner: Jamie Hayter, by pinfall (denies Bunny a title match)

#HayterHitsHard is more than a catchphrase, and Bunny found that out face first. But then, who will come after Hayter and this title come Revolution in March?

 

Backstage interview with Saraya & Toni Storm.

Renee Paquette is with the Revolution and the Lightning to congratulate them on last week’s tag match win. But of course, they saw the AEW Women’s World Champion, Jamie Hayter, in action. Saraya says they did, and congrats, “baby girl.” But uh, Hayter’s just like everyone else here: a loser! In fact, Leva Bates is walking by so Saraya invites her over. Doesn’t Leva look so cute right now? Well, thanks! But doesn’t her name start with L? Yeah. That’s great, because, uh… Oh, Renee, you might wanna stand aside for this. Toni, do you wanna do the honors? Yes! BLAM! She sucker punches Leva to knock her down, and then she and Saraya stomp her out!

Toni has a can of spray paint! Saraya shakes it up, and sprays a big green L on Leva’s white shirt! Both sides, too! Saraya says they’re not here to make friends, they’re here to take over. Will Saraya & Storm make everyone in the AEW Women’s Division take the L?

 

Backstage interview with MJF.

Or rather, Lexi Nair is waiting outside MJF’s locker room, where there is an AEW security guard posted. Lexi notes this is to ask about MJF’s brutal attack on Konosuke after their match. MJF shouts to let her in, so the guard opens the door. Lexi walks in and MJF tells her to have a seat. She sits, he chugs some water then tosses the bottle aside. MJF tells Konosuke, “Everybody was talking about you like you were the next big thing, and I’ll give you credit, big man, you’re really good. But you’re no match for a generational talent such as myself. But don’t blame yourself, bud. Nobody is.

“Bryan Danielson, you treat me like I’m some sort of scumbag. These fans treat me like I’m a scumbag. I don’t know if you people hate me because I’m twisted, or if I’m twisted because you people hate me. But here’s what I do know. I know that a man does not know what he is truly made of until he is met with adversity. I remember the first time I was. Oh, yeah, Lexi Nair. It was junior year of high school, and boy oh boy was I a speed demon. I loved whipping around in my beautiful blue Camaro, and I just kept getting speed ticket after speed ticket after speed ticket.

“And eventually, I was only one point away from getting my license revoked, and then junior prom hit. Me and my football buddy, we showed up in our lettermans, and we hooked up with all the fine hotties Long Island has to offer. But there was one girl in particular, for legal reasons let’s call her ‘Liv.’ Man, she was my high school crush. I saw her cross the dance floor. Beautiful, sun-kissed brown skin, amazing light brown eyes, short curly brown hair, and the most infectious smile you’ve ever seen. She was perfect.” MJF walked up to her and told her, “Hey, baby, let’s go for a spin.” They got in the Camaro, he got to driving and she got to… Well, let’s just say she distracted him.

Once things finished up, MJF decided to put pedal to the metal and unfortunately, it was raining that night “like cats and dogs.” They hydroplaned, went roaring and spinning off the road, and in a panic, MJF put his foot on the brake but instead hit the accelerator, and at 90 miles per hour, BOOM! They hit a telephone pole. When MJF woke up, he tasted pennies in his mouth. He was confused, concussed, didn’t understand. When he looked down, his hands were covered in blood. And he looked over at his sweet Liv. Her head had cracked the windshield, she was not moving at all. He put a finger under her nose, and thank God she was still breathing.

Off in the distance, MJF heard police sirens. “There it was, Dragon: adversity. In that moment, I found out what type of man I am. You wanna know who I am, Dragon? I’m the type of guy who dragged Liv’s lifeless body and switched seats with her so when the cops showed up, I wasn’t the one driving. IN THIS LIFE, THERE ARE WINNERS, AND THERE ARE LOSERS! The history books don’t care how you get the job done! You wanna talk about exposing me, Dragon?! Tonight, I expose YOU!! You will be met with adversity, and everybody watching at home will know that you don’t have the guts, you don’t have the temerity, you don’t the balls to do what it takes to be a winner!”

MJF vows there will be NO world title match on March 5th at Revolution! There will be NO Ironman match, and Bryan will “never, ever come close to holding the greatest prize of them all, the Triple B! Because yes, Bryan, I am a scumbag. And I’m damn proud of it.” MJF grins as he admires the title, but will even the lowest of the low that he is be able to slay the American Dragon?

 

The Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet Challenge: Ricky Starks VS The Jericho Appreciation Society!

The Absolute wants one more match with The Wizard, but he has to get through the rest of the “JAS Holes” first. Will Starks win three in a row to get his shot at Chris Jericho?

Ricky Starks VS Angelo Parker w/ Matthew Menard!

First up is Cool Hand Ange, and the two fire off hands at the bell! Fans fire up as Starks gets the edge and has Parker on the ropes. Parker rakes eyes, the ref reprimands but Parker ROCKS Starks! Parker snap suplexes, covers, ONE!! Parker pushes Starks down to stomp him, covers, TWO! Parker drags Starks up, whips him to ropes and CALF KICKS him down! Cover, with feet on the ropes! The ref sees that, it’s so blatant! The ref kicks Parker off the ropes and the two argue. Starks goes to a corner and fans rally up but Parker stands Starks up. Starks ROCKS Parker, but Parker shoots in to roll him up! TWO, Starks kicks low!

Starks gets Parker up but Parker rakes eyes to avoid Roshambeaux! Parker whips, Starks ducks ‘n’ dodges to SPEAR! Cover, Starks ELIMINATES Parker! But Daddy Magic is right here, ready to go!

Ricky Starks VS Matthew Menard w/ Angelo Parker!

Menard swings, Starks dodges, and he rolls Menard up, Starks ELIMINATES Menard!! Fans are fired up as Starks dispatches 2Point0 in quick fashion! But the third man is a mystery, so who is it? The Dragonslayer, Daniel Garcia! Starks waits on Garcia and his leather pants, but then Sammy Guevara’s music hits? It seems the Spanish God swerved all of us, including Garcia! Guevara hugs Garcia, keeping us all guessing. Sammy and Garcia each go to the apron, Sammy steps in but Starks chases him off! Garcia gets in, he officially takes the third spot!

Ricky Starks VS Daniel Garcia w/ Sammy Guevara!

Garcia stomps away on Starks while fans boo. Sammy soaks up the heat, Garcia digs his boots into Starks and then also soaks up the heat. The ref counts, Garcia lets off at 4, and he storms up to stand Starks up. Garcia fires body shots, whips Starks corner to corner hard, and Starks bounces off buckles! Fans chant “Sammy Sucks!” but Sammy says he does not. Garcia stands Starks up but Starks CHOPS! And CHOPS! And fires off forearms! Starks runs, but Garcia CLOBBERS him! Garcia and Sammy soak up more heat, and Sammy says “That’s my best friend!” as AEW goes picture in picture.

Garcia drags Starks up in a corner but Starks holds onto the ropes. Garcia stomps away on Starks, stalks him along the ropes, and facelocks. Garcia snap suplexes Starks near the ropes, then goes to the apron. Garcia eggs the fans on, then he slingshots, just to scuff Starks! Garcia flips off the fans and Sammy laughs it up while Starks sneers. Garcia storms up on Starks, pushes him around, then pie faces him. Starks fires off fast hands! Starks knees low, CLUBS away on Garcia, but Garcia turns Starks around to DDT! Cover, TWO! Garcia mocks Starks, slaps him around, but Starks SLAPS back! They SLAP fight, then Garcia rains down fists!

Garcia lets off and Starks goes to a corner. Garcia stands on Starks on the ropes, mocks the fans, then lets off as the ref counts. The ref also tells Sammy to stay back and Sammy backs up. Garcia storms up on Starks but Starks kicks from below! Garcia stomps Starks, stands him up, and hits a BIG back suplex! Starks writhes and fans rally up but Sammy mocks them. Starks gets to ropes, drags himself up, but Garcia stands him up to talk trash right in his hear. Garcia fishhooks Starks’ face then CLUBS him on the back! Starks throws elbows and body shots in return! Dynamite returns to single picture as Starks wrenches an arm.

Starks kicks low, reels Garcia in, but Garcia trips Starks! Garcia steps through, but Starks makes it a cradle! TWO!! Garcia and Starks get up, Starks ducks ‘n’ dodges, SPEAR into a GUILLOTINE!! Starks flails and Sammy is fired up as Garcia has Starks down! Fans rally as Starks fights up again, pries the hold open and hits a POWERBOMB!! Starks is too tired to cover, though! A standing count starts and fans count along. Starks crawls towards a corner and reaches it by 5 of 10, but then he goes to the apron. Starks stands at 6, climbs the corner, but Garcia rolls to SHORYUKEN! Fans boo but Garcia drags Starks back up!

Garcia climbs up, he has Starks on the top rope, SUPERPLEX! Roll through to a suplex from Starks! BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Garcia survives and Sammy is relieved but fans rally behind “RICKY! RICKY!” Starks goes to a corner, he fires up and brings Garcia up! Canadian Rack but Garcia slips free to the apron! Garcia ROCKS Starks, reels him in and suplexes, but Starks lands on the apron. Starks throws body shots, Garcia ROCKS him, but the haymakers go back and forth! They speed up, Garcia BOOTS, but Starks SPEARS Garcia on the apron! Both men fall and fans fire up again! But a JUDAS EFFECT from a masked man?!

Fans boo but this supposed fan stares Starks down. Garcia puts Starks in the ring, covers, Garcia wins!!

Winner: Daniel Garcia, by pinfall (Starks will NOT get a match with Jericho)

The “fan” walks into the ring, takes off his mask, and duh! It’s CHRIS JERICHO!! Garcia and Sammy are “shocked” and they hug it out with The Wizard. Jericho absolutely screws Starks over, will Starks ever get even with him?

 

Backstage interview with The Acclaimed.

Renee is with Max Caster, Anthony Bowens and Daddy Ass. Tonight is a big night with the AEW World Tag Team Championships on the line, but for Billy Gunn specifically, this match has him in the middle. How is Billy feeling? Billy admits she’s right, he is being pulled in different directions. He cares about all four men, so as a team, as The Acclaimed became the tag team champions, they did that as a team. So the decision Billy has made tonight has come as a team decision. Billy is staying in the back to let all four men handle their business.

Caster says that is right. The Acclaimed is the world’s best tag team, the world’s favorite tag team, The People’s Choice, the People’s Voice, and THE AEW World Tag Team Champions. So Billy, they support this choice. He and Bowens have this. Bowens says yeah, but let’s give the people what they want. “SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS~!” They scissor finger for luck, but will things go The Acclaimed’s way? Or will The Gunn Sons finally make their father proud?

 

Backstage interview with Bryan Danielson.

AEW returns as Renee is with Bryan and Konosuke in the medical trainer’s room. Bryan came to the aid of Konosuke, but tonight is the final opportunity to win and be named THE #1 Contender to MJF’s title to also have that SIXTY MINUTE Ironman Match. And tonight, Bryan faces Rush- Whoa! Someone just slammed the door shut! And now they’ve blocked it! It won’t open!! Three guesses who did it and why.

Bryan Danielson VS Rush!

The American Dragon is just one win away from being 6-0 in 2023, but El Toro Blanco just had his henchmen trap Bryan in a room! MJF also makes his entrance, and he hobbles to the ring in a track suit. Fans boo but MJF blows a kiss. MJF tells referee Aubrey Edwards that they need to talk real quick. MJF hobbles into the ring but fans taunt him with “Maxi-Pad!” MJF isn’t sure if they’re aware, but considering the AEW rulebook and bylaws, Bryan Danielson is scheduled for his match right here and now in “sh*tty El Paso.” But he’s not here! Fans tell MJF off, but MJF says he no habla Espanol.

Anyway, his point is, the bell needs to ring and start the match right now. Aubrey signals, the bell rings, and now the ten count begins. But we can see Bryan is still stuck in the room! Bryan RAMS the door, and he busts it down! MJF panics and wants a faster count as Bryan and Konosuke fight off Vance and Jose! MJF says Bryan doesn’t have the guts, but Bryan is running at full sprint to gorilla! MJF tells Aubrey to count faster because we’re only at 4 of 10! He shouts but Aubrey only now counts “FIVE!” Fans cheer Aubrey on as she goes as slow as she can, and here’s Bryan!! Bryan slides in, Rush stomps away, and the match is truly on!

Rush drags Bryan up, rips his shirt off and CHOPS! Bryan staggers, Rush CHOPS him in another corner. Rush whips corner to corner, runs and clotheslines, then whips corner to corner to SPLASH! MJF joins commentary, very upset about not getting his way, but Rush snapmares and basement dropkicks Bryan! Rush does a bow but fans boo. Rush kicks Bryan around, taunts him, and sits Bryan up to CHOP! Bryan powers up and fans rally! Rush kicks, and kicks, and stomps, then drags Bryan around to stomp him on the ropes. Aubrey reprimands, Rush lets off, and Bryan stands up. Rush talks trash, then CHOPS again!

Bryan huffs and puffs and fans fire up! Bryan CHOPS back! Rush CHOPS! Bryan CHOPS! They CHOP back and forth, Rush eggs Bryan on and the CHOPS continue. Bryan then fires HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT on Rush! Fans fire up, Bryan BOOTS Rush then runs. Rush sidesteps to SNAP GERMAN! And BASEMENT KNEE! Bryan bails out, Rush pursues and RAMS him into railing! Rush RAMS Bryan into more railing! Rush smacks Bryan off the chair in the corner, then refreshes the ring count. Rush “apologizes” to Aubrey before he runs in at Bryan, to SHOTGUN Bryan into the railing! MJF says that is why Rush is worth every single penny.

Fans rally, Rush drags Bryan up, and he SMACKS him off the chair again! MJF defends that he is not panicked about this, and says Rush has practically already won. Rush digs his fingers into Bryan’s forehead to get at the bloody wound! Rush makes us look as he puts on a chinlock. Rush tastes Bryan’s blood! Fans boo, Aubrey reprimands, but Rush stands Bryan up to CHOP him down! Rush refreshes the count again to KNEE Bryan back down. Rush drags Bryan up, HEADBUTTS to go after the bloody forehead, and then he RAMS Bryan into more railing! Bryan has a crimson mask forming as Rush RAMS him into more railing!

MJF insults Tony Schiavone while Rush throws KNEE after KNEE into Bryan against the railing. Rush ROCKS Bryan with a forearm, then scuffs his boot on Bryan. Bryan stands, Rush talks trash, and he CHOPS again! Rush puts Bryan in the ring then soaks up the heat. MJF says he is having a blast and Taz doesn’t get why people dislike him. Rush is on the apron but Bryan fires off forearms! The fans cheer ‘YES! YES! YES!” and Bryan goes to the apron. Bryan CHOPS Rush, Rush CHOPS Bryan! They CHOP back and forth, then Bryan SLAPS and CHOPS on repeat! MJF is freaking out again as Bryan fires off haymakers!

Rush falls, gets back up, Bryan runs in, OVERHEAD Belly2Belly to the floor!! MJF is loving it and fans are losing their minds as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Aubrey checks on Bryan as that crimson mask has grown. Rush goes out to fetch Bryan, drags him up but Bryan resists, so Rush rains down HEADBUTTS! Aubrey has Rush let off and get back in the ring. Rush does as told, Bryan sits up in a daze as the crimson mask is all over now. Rush stands on the corner to soak up the heat. Rush goes out again to bring Bryan up and SMACK him off another chair in the corner of railing. Rush takes a bottle of water, washes himself off, and then goes back to ROCK Bryan with a forearm! Bryan staggers away, Rush stalks him, and then grabs a chair! Aubrey stops Rush and Bryan gets into the ring.

Rush huffs and puffs, but he gets in the kick Bryan around. Rush stomps away on Bryan at the ropes, but Aubrey reprimands. Rush lets off, and fans rally up as Bryan sits up. Rush stands Bryan up to CHOP! Then he sits Bryan down, goes corner to corner, only to BOOT Bryan in the face. Rush rolls back to tranquilo while Bryan flops over, Aubrey checks Bryan, he says he can still fight, so the match continues and Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans tell off Rush but he stands Bryan up to kick low and ROCK him with a forearm. But Bryan drags Rush right down! LEBELL LOCK!! MJF panics as Rush fights toward ropes!

Bryan tries to keep Rush back but Rush gets the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off, builds speed, but Rush walks away. Bryan stop and fans boo, but Bryan then DIVES from the other way!! Bryan stands Rush up to RAM him into railing! Bryan sits Rush down, goes to the far side, and runs back in to DROPKICK Rush against railing! MJF is furious but fans are thunderous as Bryan stands Rush up. Bryan puts Rush in the ring, climbs up the corner, but Rush stands up! Bryan MISSILE DROPKICKS Rush down! Fans stay fired up as Bryan nods and rises up. MJF says the fans should shut up, they’re distracting Rush. But fans chant, “This is Awesome!”

A standing count starts, but Bryan stands at 5 of 10. Rush sits up, Bryan KICKS him! And KICKS him! And KICKS! “SI! SI! SI!” Rush choke grips Bryan but Bryan breaks free to CHOP! Rush CHOPS back! The CHOPS go back and forth again! Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS and he has Rush in a corner for more kicks! Rush turns things around to CHOP! CHOP! CHOP! Bryan turns things around to CHOP! KICK! Repeat! Rush turns it around again to CHOP and CHOP, and then he jumps on Bryan to stomp away! Fans boo but MJF likes it! Rush scrapes Bryan, runs corner to corner, but Bryan follows and DROPKICKS Rush first!

Bryan keeps moving, to DROPKICK again! Bryan keeps moving, but Rush SUPERMAN ELBOWS! Rush drags Bryan up, reels him in, tucks the arms! STRAITJACKET PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! MJF is furious but the fans are thunderous! “SI! SI! SI!” MJF says they can cheer Bryan all they want, he’s not making it to Revolution! Rush rains down forearms in the corner but Aubrey counts. Rush lets off, goes to the far corner and runs back in, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Bryan hits first and covers, TWO!! MJF is relieved and even applauding. Fans chant “SI SE PUEDES!” as Bryan and Rush rise again, forehead to forehead.

Rush ROCKS Bryan, but Bryan ROCKS Rush! Bryan gets the edge, Rush CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS! But Bryan HEADBUTTS! Rush HEADBUTTS! Bryan wobbles, Rush eggs him on, and Bryan powers up! They DOUBLE HEADBUTT again and again and again! Fans are thunderous and even MJF and Taz can’t believe what they’re seeing! Both men wobble, Rush eggs Bryan, so Bryan SLAPS! Rush SLAPS Bryan down! But Bryan comes back, they DOUBLE SLAP! They both wobble, Bryan runs in but Rush dodges to SNAP GERMAN! Bryan goes to a corner, Rush runs in but Bryan BOOTS back!

Rush staggers, Bryan runs in, BUSAIKU KNEE!!! Cover, Bryan wins!!

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the AEW World Championship)

MJF is pissed, but Taz says he knew Bryan was gonna pull it off! MJF hobbles angrily down the ramp, glaring right at Bryan! MJF gets in the ring and aims as Bryan rises. MJF DIAMOND RING SUCKER PUNCHES Bryan!! MJF rains down fists like he did on Konosuke!! SALT OF THE EARTH ARMBAR!! Fans tell MJF off but MJF says Bryan’s not making it to March! Security rushes out but MJF DECKS each of them! MJF gets the SALT OF THE EARTH on again! More security guards rush out to pry MJF off Bryan! The Devil of AEW is desperate to deny the American Dragon, but is there no stopping what’s coming?

 

Backstage interview with The Impractical Jokers.

Tony Schiavone is with James “Murr” Murray and “Q” Brian Quinn ahead of the brand new season for Impractical Jokers tomorrow night, Thursday, February 9th, premiering on both TBS and TruTV. They’re happy to be here, but what is that behind Murr’s back? It’s Chris Jericho’s baseball bat, Floyd! The official bat, check the logo. Q and Murr remember back to when Jericho was a guest on Impractical Jokers, torturing Q and putting him in an ice bath, and honestly, being just a total diva the entire time. He needed a scented candle before he’d be on camera. Oddly, the scent he wanted was loofah. Like, what?

But anyway, in the spirit of Impractical Jokers, Q and Murr are here to loosen Jericho up a bit and played a joke on him. Possession is nine-tenths of the law, Floyd is legally theirs now. Jericho won’t get the bat back until the Jokers say so. Jericho can respond to this situation during the Impractical Jokers premiere. The ball is in his court, Jericho can do whatever he wants. Then will The Wizard have something to say about the Tenderloins taking his stuff?

 

AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS AR Fox & Top Flight!

Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks made it through The Firm’s Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy on Friday Night Rampage, but they’re not stopping! They’re defending the belts all over again against The Coldest Trio in the Game. Will the, Elite, the the Elite, stay the two-time two-time AEW World Trios Champions? Or will Fox, Dante & Darius be flying higher than ever before after tonight?

The introductions are made, the trios belts are raised, and we see who is truly elite!

 


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DING DONG! Hello, NXT!

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Bayley has a Toxic return to NXT!

Vengeance Day is done, and Roxanne Perez is STILL NXT Women’s Champion. But DING DONG, HELLO~! Bayley is back to talk with the losers, Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Zoey Stark VS Sol Ruca; Stark wins.
  • Dabba-Kato VS Dante Chen; Kato wins.
  • Isla Dawn w/ Alba Fyre VS Tatum Paxley; Dawn wins.
  • Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS JD McDonagh; Hayes wins.
  • Lyra Valkyria VS Valentina Feroz w/ Wendy Choo; Lyra wins.
  • Odyssey Jones VS Channing Lorenzo w/ Tony D’Angelo; Lorenzo wins.
  • Chase U VS Pretty Deadly; Pretty Deadly wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams head to the ring.

Fans are torn as the man who won 2-0 over Apollo Crews and his hype man get the mics. Trick has the music cut, and says, “Reporting to you live, the greatest duo alive, Trick Melo Gang has finally arrived. Coming through your television sets like only we can, Vengeance Day will go down as the day Carmelo Hayes turned Apollo Crews, the vision seer, into Stevie Wonder!” Melo adds, “Alright, Trick, let me hear one of my catchphrases real quick. Melo is…” No, not that one. Oh, alright. Then let’s go with, “Melo IS-” Wait, c’mon! Oh, right, right. Melo IN TWO! He did it! He spoke things to existence, he was on the logo when he shot that shot and Melo Don’t Miss!

Melo said he’d get two straight and what’d he do? Clean sweep! Let’s talk about it! Apollo had the right vision, juts with the wrong one. Now the whole NXT Universe is shook! Melo is everything he says that he is! He is the one! He is HIM. Talk your talk, dawg! History doesn’t lie. Melo did what he said he’d do, beat everyone he said he’d beat. But there is one more man that needs to be put on a T-shirt, and there’s only one event that can hold the both of them. This is destiny. That man is… JD McDonagh? The Irish Ace walks out and fans boo as he tells Melo, “I’m sitting back there, my ears must be deceiving me. It sounded like you were about to challenge for the NXT title, right? Not just me?”

JD gets it. Melo is like most people in this crowd, he’s from the entitled generation. Melo is flashy, wants everyone to think he’s the coolest. But JD is here to tell Melo that he is the coolest. But in the ring, he’s not fit to hold JD’s jockstrap. And Melo loves saying he’s The A Champ, but Melo is not ready for the big title, or to be the face of NXT. Melo says this is the UK bar-setter trying to come off the bench to face Melo. Melo thought he beat everyone there is to beat, but he apparently left a survivor. JD is jealous, he hates Melo cuz he ain’t Melo. JD says Melo can count his entrances and shirts, but JD is counting body parts!

JD says Melo is about being VIP, the clubs, private rooms. JD is about sending people to the emergency room. So get your buddy to dial 911 now and tell them Melo’s coming. Melo says they can go back and forth all night, or they can see who’s about it and run the game. Fans like the sound of that! JD steps to Melo, and JD says, “Game on.” Fans of both men are ready to see this one! Will Melo be the one to trump the Irish Ace? Or will the Necessary Evil change Melo’s destiny?

 

Kiana James meets up with Fallon Henley.

Kiana says, “Hey, champ,” but Fallon tells her to save it. Fallon saw the match footage and Kiana cheated! Uh, Fallon didn’t see that, and neither did the ref. So what is Fallon gonna do? Give the titles back? They won! For the first time in their lives, they’re champions! Yeah, and that’s great, but they should give Kayden & Katana a rematch. Kiana says they can talk about that. Well, what’s not up for discussion is Kiana needs to tell Jensen about “Zack” or Fallon will. Fallon keeps going back to that! It was no one! Oh, okay. Then Fallon will go tell Jensen. Fallon wait! SURPRISE~! It’s a surprise party for the new tag champs!

Will Fallon be able to tell Jensen the drama now? Or will she wait for a better time?

 

NXT shares Grayson Waller interrupting HBK’s media call.

The 21st Century Success Story was NOT happy about his loss, but he wanted to know from Shawn Michaels himself why he isn’t “the guy.” Is it not the gear? Is it the fact the others are big fans of HBK’s? Does Waller have to do the HBK pose? Take a picture of him and HBK together? A-Train escorted Waller out but Waller kept wanting to talk. Will HBK give Waller his answer tonight? Will Waller like what he hears?

 

Zoey Stark VS Sol Ruca!

The Hunter is the number one suspect in the whodunnit that is the attack on Nikkita Lyons. The Sol Surfer is just as convinced as anyone that Stark did it, will Stark fight to defend her innocence? Or will she be guilty as charged?

NXT returns and Stark makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, and Stark knees low! Sol wrenches an arm but Stark wrenches back to YANK the arm! Fans taunt Stark with “OH~ Zoey is Angry~!” Stark tells them to shut up, whips Sol to a corner, but Sol goes up and over to handspring then arm-drag! Sol holds onto the arm but Stark fights up. Stark pulls hair, powers out, but Sol runs her over! Things keep moving, Stark hip tosses but Sol handsprings through to hit a FACEBUSTER! Sol kips up, then clotheslines Stark out of the ring! Stark staggers up, Sol runs in but the boot is deflected! Sol does the splits on the apron!

Sol BOOTS Stark from the apron, then drags her up to put her back in. Sol hurries in to whip but Stark blocks. The ref calls the ropebreak but Stark sucker punches Sol! Stark whips Sol hard into a corner, then back again! Stark snapmares and runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Stark clamps onto Sol with a chinlock and stretches her back. Stark CLUBS Sol with a crossface forearm, but fans rally up for Sol. Sol fights up, snapmares, but Stark holds on with a cravat. Sol throws body shots but Stark KNEES Sol! Stark ROCKS Sol, snapmares, but Sol handsprings through! Sol gest around, tilt-o-whirl sunset flip! TWO!!

Sol stands, into a LARIAT from Stark! Cover, TWO!! Sol survives but Stark pushes her around. Stark ROCKS Sol with forearms, but fans rally up again. Sol throws body shots and forearms but Stark ROCKS her again. Stark whips Sol to a corner, runs in, but only gets buckles! Sol ducks ‘n’ dodges to rally with shoulder tackles! Fans fire up and Sol DROPKICKS Stark down! Stark goes to a corner, Sol runs in and handsprings to SPLASH! Sol scoops but Stark grabs ropes! Stark elbows free, SUPERKICKS Sol and Sol flops to the apron! Sol shoulders back in, and again, then springboards to FLYING SPLASH onto knees!!

Stark says she’s too smart for Sol! She then RAMS Sol into the corner, drags her back out, and Z 360!! Cover, Stark wins!

Winner: Zoey Stark, by pinfall

That was definitely a wipeout for Sol. Stark is on top, and she beats Sol down for questioning her! She RAMS Sol into buckles again! Sol falls and flounders but Stark grins. Stark taunts Sol, drags her back up, and RAMS- NO, Sol blocks that to hit SOL SNATCHER!! Fans fire up as Sol makes Stark wipeout! Will Sols till prove Stark had something to do with Lyons being attacked?

 

NXT checks in with the championship celebration.

Briggs is happy to see Gina, but wonders why Jensen brought her along. Kiana says Jensen is the sweetest guy ever. Well Jensen wanted to make it special for her first title reign. Plus, Kiana is special to him. Fallon says there’s something Kiana wants to tell Jensen. Kiana tells Fallon that she just did. She thanked Jensen for the party. And Briggs, too. Briggs says she’s never thanked him. Wait, Pretty Deadly walk through the crowd, telling people to move aside. Not hard to do, Elton Prince & Kit Wilson are a mess… Like they haven’t slept in days. BECAUSE THEY HAVEN’T! They haven’t slept since Vengeance Day!

Briggs has the boys hold their horses. Do they want a drink? No, they want tag titles! Does anyone have them? But of course not! They were so close…! And then they spot “YOU!” Chase U, that is. Andre & Duke are why Pretty Deadly aren’t Tag Team Champions! What’re they talking about? It was every team for themselves. And honestly, Andre could say the same thing back to these two a-holes! Chase U could’ve won in Andre’s hometown! So it doesn’t matter how tired Pretty Deadly is, Andre’s pissed off! Thea, what’s in Andre’s drink? Water. But tonight, Pretty Deadly gets the sh*t kicked outta them! BY Andre Chase University!

Everyone’s fired up for that, will Pretty Deadly be on the receiving end of a Teachable Moment?

 

Dabba-Kato VS Dante Chen!

Once an ally of Apollo Crews, the big, bad commander betrayed Apollo after he lost that Best 2 Out of 3 Falls! Will the Singapore Warrior survive his encounter with killer Kato?

The bell rings and fans rally for Chen. Chen and Kato tie up, but Kato choke grips! And THROWS Chen down! Kato hauls Chen up, puts him in a corner, and CHOPS him! Chen sputters and staggers, but Kato puts him in another corner to RAM his shoulder in! And again! And again! Kato lets off at the ref’s count of 4, but then Chen throws a forearm! Kato RAMS Chen, picks him up, and TOSSES him into the air! Chen crashes hard, Kato talks trash on him. Chan throws body shots, but Kato HEADBUTTS Chen down! Kato storms up to drag Chen up on the apron, and TOSSES him back into the ring!

Kato snarls and fans boo, but Kato runs corner to corner. Chen BOOTS Kato, Kato comes back but Chen dodges! Chen fires off fast hands, fans fire up, but Kato shoves Chen away. Chen comes back to clothesline! And UPPERCUT! And clothesline again! Chen keeps moving, and he BOOTS Kato! Kato drops to a knee and fans fire up! Chen powers up to DOUBLE CHOP! And then runs, into a CHOP from Kato!! Fans are going nuts and Kato has a wild look in his eyes! TWO HAND BOMB!! Cover, Kato wins!

Winner: Dabba-Kato, by pinfall

Chen put up a fight, but it wasn’t enough! Will Kato prove he doesn’t need anyone to be on top? An interviewer meets Kato at the ramp and asks Kato why he came back to attack Apollo. Kato says Apollo knows what he did, and that’s why Kato dropped his ass! But then, what did Apollo do?

 

Diamond Mine is with Ivy Nile in the medical center.

Julius Creed apologizes for knocking her off the apron last week. Ivy says it’s okay, she knows it was an accident. Brutus says they need to get back at Indus Sher, and especially Jinder Mahal. Julius agrees. Tatum Paxley asks if Ivy is okay. Yes, Ivy will be find by the weekend. But then in walks Isla Dawn & Alba Fyre. Isla says that for such a tight knit group, they’re letting someone very mysterious get awfully close. What’s she going on about? Well, Isla wants to know why Tatum was lurking in the parking lot a couple weeks ago. Isla says Tatum walks between rain drops. She’s not a part of Diamond Mine! She’s a lone wolf, and her target was Lyons.

Tatum says she didn’t attack Lyons. She was doing film study with the Creeds and then trained with Ivy. She needed some air, Lyons was done when she arrived. Isla says an innocent person would’ve just said, “No.” Isla laughs, she and Fyre walk away, and Brutus says to Tatum that if she did it, she could just say so. But she didn’t! Ivy believes Tatum. But doth Tatum protest too much? Or are these just mind games from the Wicked Witch? We’ll have to wait and see, because their match happens after the break!

 

Backstage interview with Roxanne Perez.

McKenzie Mitchell asks the NXT Women’s Champion how it feels to have won her first defense. Roxie says she is relieved. She put a lot of pressure on herself to win. It was her first defense, they were on the road, it was a big stage, she could NOT let Toxic Attraction reclaim the title. She’s just excited to see what’s next. That brings McKenzie to her next question, except she’s cut off by Kayden Carter & Katana Chance. “It must be nice walking in and out of Charlotte with a championship.” “Yeah, we got screwed.” Roxie says she saw that, and is sorry about that. But KC Squared will win those belts back, they’re too good not to.

Are they? Does Roxie even know if they’ll get their rematch? Is the top champion gonna make sure that happens? What’s their problem? Their problem is that they got cheated and no one is talking about it! Not that Roxie understands, she doesn’t have friends here. Uh, wow, she has no friends now? Yeah, cuz being in a tag team takes commitment. Uh, she knows, she was tag team champion once. Yeah, and how’d that work out? Y’know what? Roxie can make a call and show them she does have friends. They’ll see about that. KC Squared head out, Roxie takes out her phone. Who will the Prodigy call to take on the bitter Katana & Kayden?

 

Isla Dawn w/ Alba Fyre VS Tatum Paxley!

NXT returns as Tatum makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two tie up. Isla pushes Tatum to ropes but Tatum turns things around. Isla shoves Tatum away, they tie up again and Isla wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! Isla wristlocks, Tatum rolls and cartwheels to wrench and WRING Isla out! Tatum runs, handsprings over Isla to then CLOBBER her with an elbow! Cover, TWO! Isla flounders and Tatum talks trash with Fyre. Tatum goes back to Isla but Isla kicks Tatum’s leg out! Tatum gets a knee on the way down, then Isla brings her up. Tatum breaks free, blocks a kick, but Isla blocks the roll-up! Isla turns around to drop a leg!

Isla drags Tatum up, fireman’s carries, and FLAPJACK HOTSHOTS her! Isla throws Tatum down by her hair, then runs in to METEORA! Cover, TWO! Tatum hangs tough but Isla pushes her around. Isla steps on Tatum, stalks her to ropes and brings her up. Isla pulls hair, the ref reprimands but Tatum throws body shots. Tatum hits a JAWBREAKER, Isla storms up but into an elbow! Tatum rolls Isla up, TWO! Isla ROCKS Tatum, then swings again. Tatum throws hands, forearms, and body shots! Tatum whips and ELBOWS Isla again! Fans fire up as Tatum rallies, and ENZIGURIS Isla! Isla goes to a corner and Tatum runs in, into a BOOT!

Isla runs but Tatum dodges to kick low. Tatum reels Isla in, GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Tatum goes to a corner, goes up, and leaps, but Isla gets clear! Tatum crashes ‘n’ burns, Isla drags her up for the CALL OF THE SPIRITS! Cover, Isla wins!

Winner: Isla Dawn, by pinfall

Fyre stands with the Unholy Enchantress, and they loom over Tatum. But out rushes Ivy, with a steel chain! Ivy runs off Isla & Fyre, will the Diamond Mine be united against this unholy alliance?

 

Someone rolls up to NXT in style.

They step out of the Mercedes-Benz, but we don’t see their face! Who is this that has just arrived?

 

Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS JD McDonagh!

While the former North American Champion won handedly in the Best 2 Out of 3 Falls, it is true that it wasn’t an official #1 contender’s match. Will the Irish Ace prove there is some doubt to Melo’s claim? Or will Melo stand and deliver on the road to WrestleMania?

The bell rings and fans rally and duel as the two circle. They tie up, JD pushes Melo back then wrenches an arm. Melo rolls, handsprings, wrenches back and WRINGS JD out, but JD handsprings through! JD says he can do what Melo does, but Melo headlocks, JD hip tosses, Melo handsprings through and has a cording hold! Melo is showing he can do what JD does, too! But then JD hits low, gets a leg up to flip up and over, and he wrenches to NORTHERN LIGHTS, but Melo handsprings through!? Fans fire up for that, and the two reset. Melo “dribbles,” but JD “kicks” the ball away! Fans boo and the two tie up again.

Melo headlocks, JD powers out but Melo runs him over! Things keep going, JD hurdles and Melo flips over! JD kips up, kicks low and CHOPS! JD whips, Melo hits buckles hard, and JD CHOPS again! JD whips Melo corner to corner, runs in, but Melo tosses him up and HOTSHOTS in one go! Melo PLANCHAS to wipe JD out! Fans fire up with Melo and he puts JD back in the ring. Cover, TWO! Trick tells Melo, “Stop playing with your food.” Melo stands JD up to CHOP him! Melo throws hands on JD in the corner, lets off as the ref counts, and JD kicks low. JD kicks again, CLUBS Melo, then whips him to ropes for a FLAPJACK.

Fans fire up while Melo grits his teeth. JD stomps Melo down, drops elbows, then rains down fists. JD lets off but Melo grabs at a foot. JD stomps that hand away! Melo staggers up, JD brings him around, BIG back suplex! Fans are torn but most boo JD and cheer Melo. JD stands Melo up, Melo stops the suplex, but JD gets him up to hang him out to dry! Melo writhes, those ribs still bothering him from Saturday! Cover, TWO! JD argues the count but the ref says it was fair, and NXT goes picture in picture.

Melo winces and clutches his ribs, but JD stalks him to a corner. JD stomps Melo, digs his boot into the ribs, but the ref counts. JD lets off, Melo drags himself up, but JD is on him again. JD POSTS Melo! Melo flops to the apron, JD goes out the side and drags Melo closer to the post. JD bends Melo against the post! Trick can only freak out as Melo suffers! JD lets go at the ref’s count of 4, and he tells Trick to back off. JD gets in the ring, but Melo throws hands! JD clinches but Melo elbows free! Melo backslides, TWO!! JD escapes, Melo BOOTS him! Melo runs, but into the URENAGE! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!!

Melo is still in this but he’s also still clutching his ribs. JD keeps cool and drags Melo back up. JD ELBOWS Melo in the shoulder, then warps on a chinlock! Melo endures and fights up as fans rally. JD CLUBS Melo, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS! Melo headlock JD in the ropes! The ref counts, JD CHOPS! Melo turns things around to CHOP back! And CHOP again! But JD boots, only for Melo to block! Melo puts JD in the ropes but JD slips out! JD swings but Melo avoids his leg sweep, to SUPERKICK JD to the floor! Melo then PLANCHAS, into a GUTBUSTER!! JD gets the better of Melo and grins, but Trick coaches Melo up.

JD puts Melo in the ring and then drops an ax handle! JD stands on Melo’s face, scrapes his sole on Melo’s forehead, then argues with the ref. JD stalks Melo, and he clamps on for a ground cobra twist! NXT returns to single picture as Melo endures the stretch. Fans are rallying and dueling again, Melo grabs at JD’s hair but the ref reprimands. JD keeps on the pressure but Melo punches free! JD throws body shots, whips Melo hard into buckles, and mocks Melo’s pain. JD storms up, whips Melo again, but Melo reverses and now JD hits buckles! Melo back drops JD away! Fans rally and duel as Melo grimaces.

JD and Melo stand, JD clamps on but Melo scoops to SLAM JD down! Melo winces, but he storms up again. JD kangaroo kicks, then scoops, but Melo makes it a cradle! TWO and JD has the cradle! TWO and Melo has it! TWO and JD has it again! TWO!! Both men are up, STANDING SPANISH FLY from the Irish Ace! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives and Trick can breath easy again. Fans are fired up for “NXT! NXT!” Melo and JD rise, Melo pie faces JD away. JD comes back to cravat, snapmare, and DOUBLE STOMP the ribs! JD goes up a corner, but Melo stands to GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up and Melo positions JD in the ropes, to ENZIGURI!

Melo runs, springboards, FADE AWAY! Both men are down but Trick talks trash on JD. JD and Melo rise as the fans rally up. Melo ROCKS JD, JD ROCKS Melo! Melo BOOTS and fires off! JD and Melo brawl, ‘This is Awesome!” as Melo fires off a flurry! Melo whips, JD reverses, Melo springboards to FLYING LARIAT! And then a suplex, CUTTER! Cover, TWO! JD survives but Trick is hyped up as Melo has momentum. Melo drags JD up, JD breaks free to clinch, URE- NO, arm-drag! Melo blocks a boot but JD powers through. Melo tilt-o-whirls to the FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO, but into the CROSSFACE! JD endures, scrambles over, ROPEBREAK!

Melo holds on until the ref counts 4. Trick is frustrated but Melo keeps focus. Melo and JD rise as fans rally again. JD mule kicks, but Melo trips him! Jackknife bridge, TWO as JD powers up! JD spins Melo around, gets him up but Melo sips out! JD ROCKS Melo with the jab! LIGER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives and Trick is relieved but JD is too tired to be upset. Fans rally up again, JD stalks Melo and grabs the arm. Melo holds ropes to deny the ripcord, then he kicks JD away. JD yanks Melo but Melo lands on his feet! CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! JD survives but Melo hurries to a corner! Melo winces, but he still climbs!

JD anchors a foot! Melo kicks JD, drags him up and around, but JD HEADBUTTS!! Both men fall and fans go wild! Wait, ILJA DRAGUNOV IS HERE?!? Was he the one who arrived a moment ago?! Trick hurries to intercept, but he gets a TORPEDO MOSCOW!! JD hurries to ripcord, but Melo makes it a victory roll! MELO WINS!!

Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall

And now Melo stares down with the Czar! Dragunov lunges, but after JD! Dragunov rains down furious forearms on the Irish Ace, the man who injured him! “UN! BE! SIEG! BAR!!” But JD bails! Dragunov chases JD up into the crowd!! They go to the back while Melo has a good laugh. The Czar wants after the Irish Ace, will the Necessary Evil be exterminated? As for Melo, does he have a clear path to the NXT Championship for Stand & Deliver?

 

Tiffany Stratton finishes her make-up.

But Thea Hail is also there, talking about Chase U taking on Pretty Deadly. But also, Thea saw Tiffany’s TikTok video about Chase U. Oh, good. She’s one of Tiffany’s followers? She appreciates it. Thea has a question: Why does Tiffany not like Chase U? It’s fun, the people there are nice, and the colors red and black are good. The classes are a little hard, but- O M G Thea just realized she forgot to turn in her Road to WrestleMania essay! Uh, then just go. WAIT! It’s due tomorrow, she has time. Okay, then just relax. Stop breathing Tiffany’s air! Tiffany also stops Thea from starting up again, it’s Tiffany’s turn to talk.

Tiffany says Chase U is tacky, cringe, and annoying. No one likes Chase U and no one wants to go there. Ever. Thea remembers what Professor Shelby told her about anger, and to breathe three times. Thea does her deep breathing, but then Tiffany talks. Thea tells TIFFANY to stop! All “blondie” cares about are herself, her things, and her everything about her. All Thea cares about is Chase U! They open their arms to everyone! It doesn’t matter your background, your size, your shape or anything like that! If Tiffany’s not done with that, Thea has two words for ya! Chase U? NOPE! SUCK IT!! But then AVA RAINE SMOTHERS THEA AND KIDNAPS HER!!!

Tiffany doesn’t even notice, she’s too busy looking at herself! But what does The Schism have planned for Chase U’s top recruit?!

 

NXT checks in with the championship celebration again.

Everyone’s having a good time, and Fallon says this is really awesome. The boys didn’t have to do this. Briggs knows they didn’t have to, but they wanted to. Listen, Jensen, Fallon needs to talk with him about something. Oh, good! Jensen has something to talk with Fallon about, too. Oh, okay. They each say the other can go first, but someone has to go first. Briggs says Jensen should just go. Okay, okay. Since next week is Valentine’s Day, Jensen’s taking Kiana out on a date! No way! Briggs is pumped for Jensen! Jensen’s pumped, too! Fallon’s a champion, Jensen met the love of his life, and here she is! So, what was Fallon gonna say?

Uh… Just, all of this, thanks you guys. Yeah, raise a cup to the ladies! WOOOOO~! Jensen and Kiana are continuing the relationship, will Fallon just let it be what it is? Or will she spill the secret before Jensen and Kiana go all the way?

 

Lyra Valkyria VS Valentina Feroz w/ Wendy Choo!

The Morrigan wanted revenge on Cora Jade, but it seems the Generation of Jade doesn’t back up its talk with action. So instead, Lyra gets the Brazilian with the burning spirit! Will Feroz prove to everyone, including Elektra Lopez, that she can do things the right way and still win? Or will Lyra still be flying high?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Lyra throws Feroz down and has a wristlock. Feroz stands up, back drops Lyra, and has the wristlock back. Lyra kips up, hip tosses Feroz, and covers, TWO! Lyra facelocks to keep Feroz down but Feroz throws body shots. Lyra whips Feroz to a corner, Feroz goes up and around to roll Lyra up, TWO! A close call and Feroz fires up! SAYANAGI! SAYANAGI! Wendy fires up with Feroz, but Lyra also shouts! Lyra SOBATS, KICKS, HEADBUTTS and AX KICKS! Lyra whips, Feroz ducks ‘n’ dodges, but the crossbody is caught! Only for Feroz to make it a SUBMISSION!

Lyra powers up, to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Lyra clamps onto Feroz, Feroz resists, but Lyra throws down elbows! Wait, here comes Lopez. Lyra has Feroz in a motorcycle stretch but Feroz fights up. They go around, Feroz flips and handsprings to arm-drag but Lyra handsprings through. Feroz rushes in, Lyra sidesteps but Feroz headlocks. Lyra powers out, things speed up and Lyra hurdles but Feroz RANAS! Fans fire up and Feroz storms up to ROCK Lyra! Feroz whips, Lyra reverses and the two COLLIDE! Both women fall over and Lopez slides the brass knuckles to Feroz!

Wendy asks Lopez why she’s even here! And she tells Feroz that she doesn’t need those! But Feroz still puts them on! Fans duel. Feroz thinks about it, but Lyra ENZIGURIS! And HEEL KICKS! Cover, Lyra wins!

Winner: Lyra Valkyria, by pinfall

Lopez is disappointed, but this was her fault! If La Madrina just let Feroz do things her way, she would’ve been able to focus! Will Lopez learn to mind her own business? As for Lyra, will she find Cora soon enough so they can settle things once and for all?

 

Wes Lee shares his Vengeance Day story.

On Friday, he arrived in Charlotte, North Carolina. He’s taking it all in, is a little nervous, but this is what he lives for. He and his wife, Erica, meet up at the hotel, and she says the title gave him the confidence boost. She knows he deserves the title, and knows he’ll keep it because he doesn’t give up. Wes vowed that on Saturday, everyone will see that the North American Championship lives and stays on the #WesSide. Erica got emotional as she wished him luck and saw him off. She knows how hard he’s worked, and that he’s gonna kill it. She wants him to understand the impact he has on people, so she wants to see him succeed.

All the ups and downs, sacrifices and risks, have culminated in this moment, the biggest moment of his life, and he is ready for it. He and Dijak had a battle, and Wes kept his vow to succeed in overcoming the obstacle. Wes got congratulated by HBK, and Wes says he busts his ass every day he’s out in the ring. Wes will go around, through or over anyone in his way.

Backstage interview with Wes Lee.

McKenzie says that after watching his vlog diary, how is he feeling about Vengeance Day weekend? Wes says it was dope! But did you see Dijak’s finger? Ouch! But then Tony D’Angelo & Channing Lorenzo walk in. The Don asks everyone if, in that vlog diary, he happened to mention Tony. Stacks says no, we did not. Did we see Stacks? No, we did not. Wes, you reaped the benefits of their issues with Dijak so they want to be compensated. Uh, Wes never asked them for help, nor did he need it. But if they want compensation, Wes is gonna hold an Open Challenge next week. Maybe one of these two will have the cannolis to answer it.

Tony says he and Stacks have business to take care of. They leave, but will one of them take Wes up on that challenge?

 

Tyler Bate speaks.

“Grayson Waller. At Vengeance Day, you lost. You came up short, and trust me, I know how it feels, I’ve been there. But we all deal with losing from time to time, and we have to learn to take these on the chin. And that is something you couldn’t do. And instead, you chose to behave like an ungrateful child and you disrespected Shawn Michaels. And that’s not on! Myself and many others would not be here today if it were not for Shawn Michaels. And right now, you’re suspended. But next week, your suspension is over. So Grayson, you wanna disrespect someone? How’s about next week, you try and disrespect me?” Will the 21st Century Success Story be humbled by the Big Strong Boi?

 

Odyssey Jones VS ???

Sound the alarm! The Odyssey of Odyssey continues, but will this next chapter be a happy one? Or will the hero of this story run into hardships?

NXT returns, and Stacks makes his entrance. Is this the big bad behemoth Stacks claims he’ll take down to prove he’s a worthy Underboss? The bell rings and fans rally for Jones. He and Stacks circle, Stacks rushes in to go for a leg, but Jones throws him away. Stacks and Jones circle again, Jones corners Stacks but Stacks kicks low. Stacks wrenches but Jones headlocks. Stacks pulls hair but Jones grinds the hold. Stacks throws body shots but Jones shoves Stacks. They RAM shoulders, Stacks RAMS Jones again, then headbutts low! Stacks keeps RAMMING into Jones, but then Jones CLOBBERS Stacks!

Fans fire up for Jones while Tony is upset. Stacks goes to a corner, Jones stands Stacks up and throws body shots and DOUBLE CHOPS! Jones TOSSES Stacks across the way! Stacks flounders, Tony talks trash on Jones, but Jones storms up on Stacks. Jones RAMS into Stacks, Stacks staggers away, and Jones grins as he brings Stacks up. Jones scoops, Stacks slips free and kicks low! Stacks runs but is sent into another corner! Stacks bounces off buckles, Tony coaches Stacks but Jones puts Stacks up top. Jones CLUBS away on Stacks, then POLISH HAMMERS Stacks down! Fans fire up with Jones while Stacks goes to the apron.

Tony tells Stacks he asked for this so he has to win! Stacks shoulders into Jones, then HOTSHOT NECKBREAKERS! Jones staggers, Stacks runs to CLOBBER Jones onto the ropes! Stacks CLUBS away on Jones, lets off as the re counts, and Stacks says it’s HIS time now. Stacks pie faces Jones, slingshots and LEG DROPS! Stacks almost wipes himself out! Tony talks trash, Stacks stalks Jones, and Stacks throws hands. Stacks clamps onto the neck wrench but Jones endures. Fans rally, Jones fights up, and he pries free! Jones elbows but Stacks clamps on with a chinlock. Jones throws more hands, then CLOBBERS Stacks!

Jones CLOBBERS Stacks again, whips him and scoops him, SIDEWALK SLAM! Fans fire up and Jones runs, ROLLING SENTON! Stacks sputters and crawls around, and fans rally for Jones. Jones back body blocks in a corner, Stacks flops out of the ring, and Jones goes out after him. Jones runs in to CLOBBER Stacks again! Jones puts Stacks in the ring, slides in, but Stacks hurries to DDT! Jones is dazed and Tony fires up! Stacks snarls, runs, and SLIDING FOREARMS! Stacks fires himself up, wants Jones to get up again, and Stacks runs in, KNEE DROP!! Cover, STACKS WINS!

Winner: Channing Lorenzo, by pinfall

Fans boo but the Underboss just won big! Will Tony’s right hand man soon be getting his hands on gold?

 

Indus Sher speaks.

Jinder Mahal says Veer and Sanga, “two international icons, united by one desire, finally earned the respect they are after.” Veer says they told the world what was going to happen but no one believed them, “until they witnessed the devastation of the Creed Brothers.” Sanga says, “Julius, Brutus, don’t be ashamed. You lost before the bell even rang.” Jinder says, “An entire region of this planet rejoiced in celebration. Now these two men expected to be treated the same here as they are back home: deservedly so, larger than life superstars!” Veer says Indus Sher now moves on to accomplish bigger goals. The Creeds have little value now.

Seeing the landscape, there is no tag team that can beat them! Their NXT takeover has begun. Phase one is complete. Phase two begins and ends with the three of them draped in gold! Will the Modern Day Maharaja lead his brothers in arms to have their hands raised at Stand & Deliver?

 

Chase U heads to gorilla.

They have their match to worry about, but they’re also worried because they don’t know where Thea went. Andre is sure she was headed to Shake Shack, and Duke says it’s probably fine, Thea is an adult and can handle herself. But will they be able to focus on their own concerns against Kit & Elton? That match is next, after the break.

 

NXT catches up with Roxanne Perez in the parking lot.

They ask her if she has a tag team partner for next week’s match. She does, actually. And next week, KC Squared will be facing Roxie and Meiko Satomura! The Final Boss is returning to NXT! Will she help the Prodigy put Kayden & Katana in their place?

 

Chase U VS Pretty Deadly!

NXT returns as Kit & Elton make their entrance. But they’re still in the same disheveled state as they were earlier tonight. They can’t even put energy into their pose. Will they even have energy to have this match?

The teams sort out, and Duke starts against Elton. They circle, tie up, and Duke headlocks. Elton powers out but Duke runs him over! Elton flounders while fans rally for Duke. Elton CHOPS, but Duke doesn’t even flinch. Duke puts Elton in a corner and CHOPS! Fans taunt them as “Pretty Sleepy!” Duke bumps Elton off buckles and heh goes flying! Duke CLUBS and ROCKS Elton, then DECKS Elton right out of the ring! Duke isn’t even into this because it’s not much of a fight. Elton hurries into the ring, tags Kit, but Duke wrenches to RAM shoulders. Tag to Chase, Chase U whips, drop toeholds and drops an elbow! Cover, TWO!

Chase body scissors to a clutch, TWO! Chase rolls Kit again, TWO! ROLLING CLUTCH! Fans cheer as they go around and around, cover, TWO! Kit says, “What’s the point?! What’s the bloody point?!” Chase drags Kit up but Kit shoves him away. Kit wants to leave but Chase is on him at the ropes! Chase ROCKS Kit, Kit yoyos into another forearm! And another! And another! Elton protests but Chase kicks him low! Chase bumps Elton off Kit’s boots, they both fall out of the ring! Chase says THAT is a teachable moment! Pretty Deadly is frustrated, Kit tags Elton in and they go after Chase together! Kit anchors a foot, but Chase deflects Elton’s boot!

Chase CLUBS Kit, ducks Elton, and Elton almost hits Kit! But Kit sends Elton’s hand into Chase! And they’re suddenly back?! Tag to Kit, he and Elton stomp, “YES BOY~!” and LEG DROP SPLASH COMBO! Cover, ONE!! Kit drags Chase up, reels him in, suplexes but Chase slips free! Tag to Duke! Duke CLOBBERS Kit, ELBOWS him, then scoops to SLAM! Fans rally for Duke and he kicks Kit, CLUBS him, and stomps him! Duke mocks the Pretty Deadly fingers, then dodges Kit to scoop and SIDEWALK SLAM! Fans fire up with Duke and he runs in, only for Elton to dump him out! Fans boo but Duke sends Elton into the apron.

But Kit CLOBBERS Duke into the steel steps! “YES BOY!” Pretty Deadly has energy again as NXT goes picture in picture.

Chase checks on Duke but Kit drags Duke up. Kit puts Duke in the ring, kicks him to the corner, and tags in Elton. Pretty Deadly stomps Duke, Elton throws hands then more stomps. The ref counts, Elton lets off to tag Kit back in. Pretty Deadly drags Duke up to double suplex! Kit covers, ONE!! Kit snarls and he stomps Duke back down. Kit throws body shots, tags Elton, and Pretty Deadly mugs Duke more. Elton brings Duke around to CLUB him down. But Duke throws body shots in return, only for Elton to CLUB him down again. Elton drags Duke for a SPLASH, then he clamps on a chinlock.

Duke endures as Elton stretches him back. The fans rally, especially the Chase U student section. Duke fights up, but Elton throws him down by his hair! Elton pushes Duke to a cover, TWO! NXT returns to single picture as Elton keeps Duke from Chase. Duke throws body shots, fans rally up, but Elton runs to CLOBBER Duke from behind! Elton fixes his hair and grins but Duke crawls for Chase. Elton drags him away, the fans rally up as Chase stomps the steps. Duke crawls, boots Elton away, hot tags to Kit and Chase! Chase rallies on Pretty Deadly with big haymakers! Atomic drop for Elton! Atomic drop for Kit!

Chase DECKS Kit! Elton leaps in but into a body shot! Chase steps through on Elton’s legs, but Kit runs in so Chase trips him up. Chase steps through to try Kit now, but Elton runs in! BACK DROP, into the FIGURE FOUR! Fans fire up as Kit endures! Elton runs in, but Chase avoids the splash! Chase CHOPS Elton, Kit whips him away, but Chase catches them both, DDT COMPLETE SHOT COMBO! Cover on Kit, TWO! Fans fire up with Chase and he drags Kit up. Kit swings, but into an URE- NO, arm-drag! Kit KANGAROO KICKS, tags Elton, and Elton scoops Chase! SNAKE EYES! “YES BOY!” DRY MARTINI! Cover, Duke breaks it!

Duke JABS away on Kit! Flip, flop and “U~!” ELBOW! SENTON! Duke keeps moving and he clotheslines Kit out hard! But Elton dumps Duke out! Chase brings Elton in, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Fans fire up, time to spell it it! C! H! A! S! E! U! What’s that spell?! CHASE U! But THEA appears? she’s covered in smile faces! The Schism had her but let her go? And in the distraction, Kit rolls Chase up! Chase covers, TWO!! Chase ROCKS Kit, whips, but Elton tags, SPILT MILK!!! Cover, Pretty Deadly win!

Winners: Pretty Deadly, by pinfall

Duke didn’t realize Chase was in trouble because he was checking on Thea! What did The Schism do to scare Thea like that? What will Chase U to teach The Schism a lesson?

As for Pretty Deadly, they spot Gallus up in the perch. Mark Coffey & Wolfgang nod and applaud, will we see NXT UK revisited in Hollywood?

 

Drew Gulak talks with Hank Walker backstage.

Hank asks Gulak if he got that email with all his sketches for ring gear ideas. Yes, Gulak did. What’d he think? Gulak looked them over, and he was pretty impressed. Really? Wow! That fires Hank up! Hank’s feeling like taking Wes up on that Open Challenge now. Nice! But Charlie Dempsey walks over to say that it doesn’t matter what Hank wears in the ring, it matters what he does. Does Gulak really think Hank is ready for Wes Lee? Gulak says Hank is ready for a rematch with Dempsey. Fine. Just make sure he doesn’t take shortcuts like Gulak does. The Son of the Gentleman Villain is calling Gulak out, but will he tear Hank apart to prove his point?

 

DING DONG, HELLO~, it’s Bayley!

Bayley walks in through the door, arm in a sling, and welcomes us to a special NXT edition of Ding Dong, Hello. Now, we must all be wondering how she made it here after what “that idiot” Becky Lynch and Lita did to her and her girls on Raw last night. It’s because she’s the ULTRA Role Model, she loves NXT, and she loves her two guests tonight. Last Saturday, Bayley watched Vengeance Day, and she saw the NXT Women’s Championship slip through the fingers of these two ladies. She brings out “two of my absolute favorites,” Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne, Toxic Attraction!

Gigi & Jacy walk out, making their team entrance despite the tension and dysfunction from Saturday. They both frown at each other for a moment before going down the ramp and to the ring. Jacy insists she go up the steps first and Gigi rolls her eyes. They ring the doorbell then walk in through Bayley’s door, and Bayley says they’re total pros! That’s why she got them the nice seats. They each take an armchair and Bayley notices the tension. “So let’s just get right to it, guys. What happened on Saturday?” Jacy says that’s a great question. What happened Saturday, Gigi? Oh, why don’t you tell her, Jacy?!

Jacy would love to! Gigi screwed Jacy out of the title! Um, Roxie beat Jacy, not Gigi. So Jacy cost Gigi! Get it right. What? Saturday, Gigi was supposed to be behind Jacy. Gigi was not being a team player. They were supposed to be a team! they held hands, and then Gigi slipped away. Oh, look, another excuse! Saturday, it was sink or swim. If Gigi won, Jacy would’ve sunk into obscurity and we all know it! Jacy says she doesn’t need Gigi, she’s a star all on her own! Fans are a bit torn on that, but Jacy says Gigi’s gear “looked like a hobo who banged a Chucky doll.” Bayley is laughing at that one.

Gigi is surprised Jacy even noticed when Jacy was staring up at the lights. That’s the Jacy Jayne Position. Whoa, whoa, guys, it’s getting feisty. Bayley says we’re all getting a bit uncomfortable. This might be a natural split, but before they even think about splitting up, have they ever thought what they’d do if that did happen? Have they thought through what they’d be as individuals? Gigi hasn’t, actually. But sky’s the limit for her! Jacy says she’ll go straight to the top, obviously! Right, rather vague answers.

But if you wanna get to the top, isn’t it easier, quicker and better if you did that with a ride-or-die? With someone who knows you inside and out? Someone who will do anything for you? That has the same goals as you? Wow, Toxic Attraction has been Gigi’s life for almost three years now. And she’s alienated herself from everyone else in the locker room. Everyone hates her… If everyone hates Gigi, then what the hell do they feel about Jacy? Jacy’s called people “munchkins, idiots, disgusting, sickening.” It goes on and on! Bayley would know better than anyone that there is strength in numbers. Look at Damage CTRL! They’re on top of the world right now!

Bayley says yes they are! And Toxic Attraction should really think on that. Gigi says that at the end of the day, NXT is a shark tank. She needs someone she can trust, who will have her back. Someone that’s been through the wringer with her. Jacy won’t lie. When she gets mad, she cuts real deep, aims for the jugular. She can sit her and say she’ll change, but we know that’s not happening. Why even lie? But in all honesty, no matter what happens, Gigi will always be Jacy’s sister. Gigi feels the same! Bayley likes that. Jacy says that they have two options: go their separate ways and see what happens; or they can have one more run.

Gigi says, “One more run at the NXT Women’s Tag titles?” Or… They look at Bayley. No offense, Bayley, but maybe they want DMG CTRL’s WWE Women’s Tag titles! Bayley has them hold on here! Don’t get excited, ya idiots! We’re focusing on the now! These two feel a lot better, thanks to Bayley. So let’s all bring it back and hug it out. Right? C’mon. Jacy & Gigi do hug it out and everyone cheers! Beautiful. Bayley says, “Ladies and gentlemen, the happy couple, Toxic Attraction!” Gigi & Jacy raise each other’s hands, and then Jacy SUPERKICKS Gigi?!?! Jacy says it’s never been about “us,” it’s always been about her!

Jacy RAMS Gigi into Bayley’s door! And BOOTS her through it!! Fans boo as Jacy just did Gigi like Shawn Michaels did Marty Jannetty! Is this the beginning of a new and even more toxic chapter for Jacy?


My Thoughts:

A great episode to follow Vengeance Day and pivot to Stand & Deliver. For one, good of them to plug Waller getting in HBK’s face and his kayfabe suspension being why he wasn’t here. Tyler Bate had a good promo calling Waller out, and they’re going to have an awesome match. Trick Melo Gang had a good promo to open and celebrate the win, but JD McDonagh sticking his nose into things was a good surprise. Melo VS JD was an awesome match, and I like that Dragunov is back. And of course he goes after JD to settle their score. A grudge match between them for Stand & Deliver would be awesome stuff.

Great stuff from Kiana and Fallon throughout the night. The surprise party was a great, very “pro-wrestling meets sitcom” reason Fallon can’t tell Jensen what’s really going on, even though that is still very much her misunderstanding of what she heard, which is also very sitcom. I am also glad to know they’re going to do a Valentine’s Day segment with this story, and that will be the make or break moment for this team. I also appreciate that Fallon being the Face, she wants to give KC Squared a rematch. But wow, Kayden & Katana get cheated out of titles and suddenly they’re bitter Heels. Roxie & Satomura are definitely going to beat those two.

I also like the party setting up the tag match main event of Chase U VS Pretty Deadly. I loved Bum Ass Pretty Deadly, but it also makes sense that this phase didn’t last long. Great integration of stories with The Schism kidnapping Thea to start a story with Chase U and costing them the match. Pretty Deadly VS Gallus is going to be a great story towards Stand & Deliver, and with HBK at the helm, they will surely reference everything from NXT UK and give us an incredible tag title match. And of course, Indus Sher is implying they’re going after titles. I suppose Veer & Sanga could get into the tag title story, but I feel like they’ll be waiting for Pretty Deadly VS Gallus to resolve.

Sol VS Stark was a really good match, and a really good showing for Sol, but I had a feeling Stark would win again. Stark also showed us a great way for her to get to her finisher with sending Sol into the corner face first. Good promo from Diamond Mine with Isla & Fyre, and I like that Isla tied this into the whodunnit with Lyons. I also found it oddly amusing that Brutus was okay if she did do it. Good match from Tatum VS Isla but of course Isla won. Pretty sure we’ll get Ivy & Tatum VS Isla & Fyre, which Isla & Fyre will win to get going in the Women’s Tag Division and closer to the titles. And decent match from Lyra VS Feroz but it was of course just a vehicle to push Feroz’s story with Lopez forward.

Of course Dabba-Kato wins in a squash, but poor Dante Chen. Before he got hurt, he was looking to be a big part of NXT’s plans. But now that he’s back, he’s just the guy getting fed to other superstars NXT has big plans for. Kato being vague about why he turned on Apollo is fine, they have time to figure out what’s really going on here. Kato VS Apollo is definitely coming, and they could do some great storytelling on top of great action. Good, quick promo from Hank, Gulak and Dempsey. I was hoping we were going to see some of Hank’s ideas for ring gear, but I guess we’ll see what he’s got next week in the rematch with Dempsey.

Good stuff from Wes Lee, but of course Tony D & Stacks act like he owes them. The Open Challenge next week is going to be great no matter who answers it, but I wonder if Stacks is going to step up. Stacks literally won big over Odyssey Jones, but I don’t see him beating Wes. Personally, I’m hoping we see Dragon Lee (or whatever his WWE name will be) show up in time for Stand & Deliver to have an epic match with Wes. Though if that were to happen, I feel like Dragon Lee would have to win so as not to hurt his run. Maybe NXT waits to debut Dragon Lee at Stand & Deliver so that he can call out whoever is champion.

And of course, awesome stuff out of Ding Dong, Hello. Bayley was a great host, and I like that she was doing her best to keep Toxic Attraction together as a duo. That moment where they teased Face Toxic Attraction going after DMG CTRL was great, because that made the turn even more effective. Jacy is definitely the better Heel in how she’s better at being arrogant and boisterous in her promos, and it makes sense for Gigi to be the Face. Gigi is definitely the one fans liked the most, even when Mandy was around. The feud can go either way but this is going to be some great stuff.

My Score: 8.8/10


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