Grudge matches take the spotlight!
After losing out on the NXT Tag Team Championships, Von Wagner turned on Kyle O’Reilly, and now they’ll settle this inside a STEEL CAGE! Plus, Xyon Quinn settles the score with Santos Escobar!
- Steel Cage Match: Kyle O’Reilly VS Von Wagner; Wagner wins.
- Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen VS The Creed Brothers w/ Diamond Mine; Briggs & Brooks win.
- Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Dexter Lumis; Lumis wins, by disqualification.
- Toxic Attraction VS Valentina Feroz & Yulisa Leon; Toxic Attraction wins.
- Xyon Quinn VS Santos Escobar w/ Legado Del Fantasma; Escobar wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Steel Cage Match: Kyle O’Reilly VS Von Wagner!
The odd couple tag team broke up, and Von tried to get the jump on Kyle! But as Von makes his entrance, Kyle gets the jump on him! Kyle shoves Von into steel steps, Von crawls into the ring and this begins already! The door is closed, the bell rings and Kyle BOOTS Von to a corner! Kyle fires off body shots, whips Von corner to corner but Von reverses, only for Kyle to come back with a clothesline! Von stays up to CLOBBER Kyle in return! Von RAMS Kyle into a corner, RAMS his shoulder in over and over, then lets off to reel Kyle in. Kyle slips out to wrench the arm! Kyle CLUBS the shoulder, wrenches the arm and YANKS it! And YANKS it again!
Kyle throws haymakers on the shoulder, wrenches again, but Von back suplexes Kyle down! Von runs but Kyle avoids the splash to rain down forearms! Kyle hammers and KNEES Von from all sides! Kyle runs to SLIDING KNEE, then runs to KNEE DROP! Kyle bends Von back against his knee while fish hooking the face! Von can only endure with no disqualifications in the cage. Kyle knees and elbows Von in the corner, puts a leg on the ropes, but Von shoves Kyle away. Kyle gets up but Von BOOTS him down! Von snarls, looms over Kyle, then rains down forearms. Fans chant, “You Suck!” but Von drags Kyle up to gut wrench suplex!
Von digs his boots into Kyle against the steel, lets off, then digs his boots in again. But Kyle makes it a HEEL HOOK! Von is caught because they’re in the ropes, but he hammers Kyle down! Von brings Kyle up, reels him in but Kyle slips under to fire off KICKS and KNEES! Von blocks a kick to scoop and SLAM! Von runs to FALLING HEADBUTT! Cover, TWO! Von waistlocks for a rear bearhug, but Kyle endures and fans rally up. Von rolls Kyle to a bridging cover, TWO! Von holds on, fans are behind Kyle and he fights up to his feet. Von SLAMS Kyle down and leans his weight on the bearhug. Kyle still endures, fights but Von rolls to another cover. TWO, but the bearhug stays on!
Kyle fights up, gets to his feet, and he throws elbows from both sides! Kyle wrenches, to an ELBOW BREAKER! Von staggers to a corner, Kyle runs in but blocks the boot! He puts the leg in the ropes, KICKS the other, and gives it a DRAGON SCREW! Von hobbles, Kyle KICKS him in the leg. And again! And again! And again! Von gets an arm to reel Kyle in for a LARIAT! Von drags Kyle up, POWERBOMB against the steel! But Kyle turns things into a DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down and NXT goes picture in picture!
Kyle and Von slowly stir, and Kyle sits up to throw forearms. Von gives the forearms back, so Kyle kicks Von. They stand, Kyle throws another forearm but Von waistlocks to SLAM! And the bearhug is back! Kyle fights up again to throw more elbows. Kyle backs Von into a corner and fires more elbows. Kyle whips, Von reverses and Kyle bounces off buckles! Von drags Kyle up, scoops him and hits a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! And back to the bearhug! Roll to a bridging cover, TWO! Kyle fights back up again, throws more elbows, but Von KNEES low. Von has the bearhug back, Kyle throws more elbows so Von knees him in the back.
Von stalks Kyle to ropes, drags him back up, and whips him to ropes to CLOBBER with an elbow! Cover, TWO! Von grows frustrated but he CLUBS Kyle down, and returns to the bearhug! Kyle fights up, throws more elbows, but Von knees him again. Von scoops Kyle, Kyle slips out and KICKS the leg. NXT returns to single picture as Von DECKS Kyle. Kyle gets up to KICK the leg, Von DECKS him again. Fans fire up as Kyle gets up to KICK and KICK! Von choke grips, Kyle CLUBs free, but Von HEADBUTTS! Von runs, but Kyle sends him into steel! Kyle KICKS and KNEES and forearms! Kyle keeps on Von with strikes, he kicks a leg out to KNEE Von down!
Fans fire up, duel, and Kyle gets up as Von goes between rope and steel. Kyle runs and forearm smashes Von into steel! And again! And again! Kyle then climbs up to stomp Von from the top rope! Kyle drags Von through the ropes, DRAPING DDT, and a GUILLOTINE! Von manages to get out of the ropes, fights up, and powers out to suplex Kyle down! Fans chant, “You Still Suck!” as Von whips Kyle to ropes. Kyle ducks and dodges but Von LEG LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Von stalks Kyle and drags Kyle up to- NO! Kyle slips out of the Olympic Slam to CLUB, AX ‘N’ SMASH!! Von is dazed, Kyle goes to a corner and climbs up. But Von gets him with a forearm first!
Von goes up top, choke grips Kyle, but Kyle throws haymakers! Von bounces Kyle off steel but Kyle KICKS and then SMACKS Von off the steel in return! Von drops down, Kyle takes aim, KING KONG KNEE DROP!! Cover, TWO!?! Von survives but Kyle fires up! Kyle drags Von around, Von LOW BLOWS! No disqualifications, after all! Von RAMS Kyle into steel! And then into more steel! Von underhooks, for the BUTTERFLY BOMB! Cover, Von wins!!
Winner: Von Wagner, by pinfall
Fans boo as villainous Von Wagner vanquishes Kyle! But he’s not done with Kyle! He puts Kyle on top the corner by the door, DECKS him into a Tree of Woe, and then steps outside, to SLAM the door shut on Kyle!! And again! The refs have Von stop there, but he comes back to SLAM the door a third time! Fans boo even more, but has Von just slammed the door on Kyle in NXT period?
Joe Gacy speaks.
“Hello, my name is Joe Gacy. And the outcome of the match at WarGames is not as important as our bigger vision.” What they did was far more important than the Cruiserweight Championship. They ended years of division, broke down barriers, and Gacy is working to change the name of a show that promotes such exclusivity. And speaking of barriers, Harland has faced them every day of his life. “People unfairly judge him for the size of his body, but they don’t consider the size of his heart.” Gacy accepts Harland. Next week, Harland makes his official in-ring debut. It is only a matter of time before everyone else accepts him, too. “Together, we can change the world.”
Bron Breakker heads to the ring!
The man who won WarGames for Team 2.0 is back and he gets the mic. “Last Sunday at WarGames, two teams went to battle, and I can honestly say, Team Black ‘n’ Gold is tough as nails. They built the foundation that NXT is today, and I can say right now, I have nothing but the utmost respect for Team Black ‘n’ Gold. BUT! Tommaso Ciampa! You pinned me at Halloween Havoc, I pinned you at WarGames, that makes us one and one! SO I’m throwing out the challenge right now, me and you, one more time for the NXT Championship.” But instead, here comes Diamond Mine! Malcolm Bivens has the music so he can talk to “LeBRON Breakker.”
Before the Creed Brothers destroy Briggs & Brooks, Bivens had to come out here and tell Bron, “Congratulations.” Bron is the real deal. BUT he isn’t the only one who was successful at WarGames. Roderick Strong had another incredible performance and has wiped the NXT Cruiserweight Division. The weight limit has been lifted, now he’s going to face the very best NXT has to offer. Bron says they have two seconds to get to the point before he throws Bivens’ ass to the fifth row. “LeBron, first of all, the Creeds are not going to let you do that.” Then, Bron says Black ‘n’ Gold build NXT. Well Strong gave them the blueprint!
Bivens knows Bron has his eyes set on Ciampa, but Strong is THE Champion in NXT! And he has his sights set on Bron! Oh? Then where is he? He’s not here! Don’t worry where Strong is at, he’s chilling. But when Strong returns, he’ll put an ened to the “unstoppable” Bron Breakker. Does he accept the challenge? Bron explains this: He doesn’t care who he has to run through to get at Ciampa. He accepts the challenge! See you next week! Bron pushes past Bivens, but will he be able to break through Strong to get to the champion in NXT?
And here come Brooks Jensen & Josh Briggs to have that match Bivens mentioned! Will these good ol’ boys break Julius & Brutus to break through to the tag team titles?
Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen VS The Creed Brothers w/ Diamond Mine!
NXT returns and Brooks starts against Brutus Creed while Grizzled Young Veterans have appeared on commentary. And then, IMPERIUM make their entrance! The NXT Tag Team Champions appear from the perch, Brutus CLOBBERS Brooks! Brutus rains down forearms, slaps him around in the rear mount and pretends its the rodeo. Brooks gets up fast, and he DECKS Brutus with forearms! Brooks headlocks, Brutus powers out, Brooks runs Brutus over! Things keep moving, Brooks drops an elbow on Brutus! Brutus gets to a corner, Brooks CHOPS Brutus then clotheslines! Brooks snapmares Brutus to then forearm him in the back! Cover, ONE!
Brooks brings Brutus over to tag Briggs, they double whip to double shoulder Brutus down! Brutus EuroUppers, tags in Julius but Briggs DECKS him, then reels him in for elbows. Briggs whips, Julius reverses but Briggs CLUBS Brutus then SLAMS him down, for a SPLASH! Briggs fires up, tags in Brooks, and they both run to slide and HAYMAKER Julius off the ropes! High-ten, and then Brooks gets in to run at Julius, only for Julius to dodge! Hot tag to Brutus for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Brutus drags Brooks, Brooks kicks but Brutus drops an elbow! Brutus grinds his forearm into Brooks, drags him back, tags in Julius, and Brutus rolls Brooks so he and Julius can KNEE him down!
Julius drags Brooks up, facelocks, clinches, scoops and SLAMS! Julius stares Imperium down, kicks Brooks around, then he wraps on a modified head ‘n’ arm triangle. Tag to Brutus, Julius feeds Brooks to the fireman’s carry takeover! Brutus returns the favor and Julius throws Brooks into the corner! Brutus drags Brooks up but Brooks boots back! Elbow to Julius, uppercut for Brutus! Brooks reaches for Briggs but Brutus CLOBBERS him out of the ring! Tag to Julius, he drags Brooks up to HALF HATCH SUPLEX to the floor! Briggs hurries over to check on Brooks, and GYV spring into action! They take away Briggs’ tag rope?
Brutus puts Brooks in, covers, TWO! Briggs reaches out, Brutus drags Brooks away. Tag to Julius, and he stomps Brooks, to then get the STRETCH MUFFLER! Brooks kicks with his free leg but Julius SLAMS him down! Brooks kicks Julius away, DECKS him, and fans rally up! Brooks crawls, Julius anchors Brooks, and Briggs looks for the tag rope! James Drake taunts him with it on commentary! Tag to Brutus, but the ref won’t let Briggs tag in! GYV get one over on Briggs, but Brooks slips out of a scoop! Brooks waistlocks Brutus but rams him into Briggs! Briggs goes down, Brooks O’Conner rolls, Brooks & Briggs still win!!
Winners: Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen, by pinfall
Despite GYV having the fix in, the good ol’ boys win! They ruin the Creed Brothers’ spotless record, will they soon look to ruin the reign of Imperium?
Backstage interview with Von Wagner.
We’re waiting on a medical update for Kyle O’Reilly, but Von asks everyone, “What did you think was gonna happen? Look! WarGames is over, Kyle is over, but my WarGames has just begun.” What does that mean? And what is Robert Stone doing here taking more notes? Is Von Wagner a potential recruit for the new Robert Stone Brand?
Xyon Quinn speaks.
“Santos Escobar, you said that reality was gonna hit me in the face? Let’s see about that. Elektra Lopez, hope you’re watching.”
Duke Hudson goes to the ring.
He’s clearly wearing a blonde wig to hide what happened to him at WarGames, and he says if the last 48 hours have taught him anything, it’s that you shouldn’t believe everything you read on the internet. Headlines claimed Cameron Grimes shaved Hudson bald at WarGames, yet here he stands, full head of hair! Fans chant, “You Look Stupid!” Hudson says he fixed what happened, it’s good as new! So what does that mean? It means Grimes is a disappointment to everyone in the WWE Universe, and to everyone in his life! His friends, family. Grimes is- Here! Hudson hurries to put on wrestling headgear to protect his hair.
Grimes knew Hudson would come out here and so something like this, but he didn’t expect this. We all saw it: Grimes shaved Hudson bald. Yet, here he is, denying it? Hudson put Grimes through a table! Hudson cut Grimes’ hair! And Hudson even embarrassed Grimes. But Grimes came out here and stood here like a man. But that’s cuz Grimes can’t change the way he is. But Hudson can’t handle losing. Losing?! What!? No! Grimes cheated! That’s the only way he could win! He’s cum and a lowdown- Dirty, trashy, grimy, etc. Grimes knows who he is and where he is from! It’s a lowdown, dirty town, but they handle things a little different there.
So if Hudson wants to go one more time, let’s throw out the rules so Grimes can’t “cheat.” Grimes wants it NO HOLDS BARRED! Hudson accepts! And then he goes for a cheap shot! But Grimes is ready, throws counter punches, whips but Hudson avoids the Cave-In! Only for Grimes to grab the headgear! Hudson gets away, but will he lose much more than just a wing when nothing holds these two back?
Briggs & Brooks celebrate backstage.
Another one in the books! Jacket Time come over to congratulate these two, but Ikemen Jiro might go a step too far with the smack on the butt. Kushida says it’s all to celebrate beating the Creed Brothers. These four all agree on that, they don’t like the Creeds. But GYV show up, saying the win only happened cuz of them! But Kacy & Kayden walk by and say a win is a win. They’ve got two extra tickets if the boys are interested. Briggs & Brooks call dibs. Brooks likes this place. GYV is up in arms, but Jacket Time hush them. “Very sensitive operation.” GYV start a fight with them! The refs hurry to stop this brawl, but will this have to be settled in the ring?
Grayson Waller checks his views.
He shows Tesha Price the gif of his top-of-the-cage elbow drop. Pretty brave, right? Plus, main event winner. But moving on from WarGames, what is she up to tonight? Oh she’s got something. She already has someone else. Huh? Who? LA Knight. Sup, Wally. Tesha leaves with the Megastar, and if Wally’s all about likes and views, how does he like this view? YEAH! Waller vows to get views, but will Knight not like it?
Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Dexter Lumis!
Team 2.0 may have won, but these two are worse for wear. However, the rib tape might only be the start of it. Will the Tortured Artist torture “The A Champion” for what he did to the hand?
NXT returns as Lumis makes his entrance. The bell rings and Lumis stares at Trick, who should’ve been in this match. Trick is shook, Melo headlocks. Lumis powers out, Melo rolls off LUmis’ back but Lumis DECKS him with an uppercut! Lumis stares at Trick again, but Melo rolls Lumis to the mat, they struggle for control and Melo has the clinch. But Lumis powers up, only for Melo to slip out and trip Lumis up. Cover, ONE, but the two stand off. They reset, circle, and Lumis corners Melo. Melo kicks low, throws forearms, then CHOPS! Melo headlocks, Lumis RAMS him into buckles! Melo falls, clutching his ribs. Lumis pulls at the tape to dribble Melo as he tears it away!
Lumis drags Melo up, scoops and SLAMS, and then he stares at Trick. Trick tells Lumis to hold on, but Lumis goes out to creep over. Trick hides behind commentary! Melo gets out but Lumis DECKS him again! Fans fire up as Lumis stares at Trick again. Lumis puts Melo in the ring, slithers in and brings him up to RAM Melo into buckles! Lumis RAMS into Melo again, and again! The ref counts, Lumis RAMS Melo again then lets off. Lumis frames the shot, runs in but Melo dodges! Lumis stops from hitting buckles, but Melo ducks and dodges to SPRINGBOARD LARIAT! Melo writhes but he manages to cover, ONE!
Fans rally but Melo stands on Lumis’ bad hand! Melo gives some payback and STOMPS the bad hand! Melo gets the arm, FUJIWARA, and he pulls at the bad hand! Melo CLUBS the hand, pulls at Lumis’ glove, but Lumis fights up. Fans rally, Lumis resists, and he throws a body shot to the bad ribs! Lumis clinches but Melo knees low! Melo whips, Lumis reverses but Melo ducks, only for Lumis to hit a THESZ PRESS! Running AX HANDLE DROP! Fans fire up for Lumis as he stalks Melo, and Melo gets to a corner. Melo kicks but Lumis digs his boots into Melo’s chest! Lumis lets off, brings Melo up and throws him out of the ring! Lumis then goes back to staring at Trick!
Lumis slithers out but Trick says don’t even! Melo BOOTS Lumis off the apron! Lumis’ obsession keeps getting the better of him, and NXT goes to break!
NXT returns again and Melo has Lumis’ arm but fans rally up. Lumis fights up, throws body shots but Melo throws Lumis down by his hair! Melo covers, and even hammers the hand at the same time, TWO! Melo wraps on a chinlock, fans duel, Lumis endures, but Melo stands on the hand. Lumis avoids the stomp this time, then throws body shots and uppercuts! Melo staggers, Lumis whips but Melo reverses to throw forearms. Melo KNEES the bad arm, then snapmares Lumis to get the arm again. Melo SLAMS the hand on the mat, and Lumis writhes and he clutches the wrist. Melo gets the hand again to SLAM it back down!
Melo storms over to Lumis in the corner to CHOP him! Melo whips corner to corner and Lumis hits buckles hard. Melo stomps Lumis, has him down and stomps him more. Trick talks trash to Lumis, but Lumis stares at him and scares him! Lumis kicks Melo away, Melo comes back to BOOT! Melo reels Lumis in and gloats, “What goes up, must come down.” But Lumis suplexes Melo instead! Lumis rallies on Melo now with clotheslines and an uppercut! Lumis runs corner to corner to clothesline and BULLDOG! Then a BIG back suplex! And a kip up to LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Trick breathes easy, but Lumis keeps his cool.
Lumis stalks Melo, reels him in, but Melo slips out to roll up! TWO, but Lumis ducks the roundhouse! THE SILENCE!! Melo falls to ropes, Trick SWATS Lumis!!
Winner: Dexter Lumis, by disqualification
Trick gets Melo out of the ring, but Lumis catches him! Melo saves Trick from the Silence, but will Lumis come back for revenge on them both with gold on the line?
MSK reveal the Shaman’s identity!
Bro, it’s Matt Riddle! And Riddle has been waiting for them to knock on his door for weeks! He watches NXT and loves it. But now that these stallions are here, let’s get to business. Nash Carter & Wes Lee sit with Riddle and Riddle asks what’ son their minds. Well, first of, Shaman Bro, sir, it is great to finally meet him. Carter says that when MSK came to NXT, they thought they were going to be the bottom of the totem pole, and work their way up. But instead, the debuted in the Dusty Rhodes Classic, won the cup, then the tag titles. Yes, congratulations on that. Riddle remembers when the Bro-serweights won the cup and titles, too. Riddle misses Stallion Pete. Such a beautiful man.
Wait, Pete isn’t dead… But anyway, MSK want to know if this is the peak. What happens when you accomplish your goals so quickly? Is this the end already? Riddle says life is a long journey? It is rough, hard, and won’t be easy. But when you hike up the mountain and get to the top, that view is chef’s kiss, bro. But Imperium beat them for the titles and have MSK’s number. Are MSK goofing too much? What needs to change? “Mah dudes, you don’t need to change. MSK needs to be MSK all night and all day. That rhymed, that’s pretty cool.” But they’ve been at the top and fallen together. They’ll climb up together, and Riddle will be there every step of the way, bros!
Wait, Riddle isn’t leaving? Nope. But under one condition. What’s in the bag, man? Sharing is caring, bros. By all means. Riddle looks inside and WHOA~! Will MSK learn much from Riddle on how to bring out their inner stallions and ride back to the championships?
Toxic Attraction speaks.
Mandy Rose starts by telling Vic Joseph to shut up on commentary, then says she’s the one talking,. When Mandy speaks, everyone else shuts their mouths. The NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne, have business to take care of. “Like real women. Not like these little girls with their ratty clothes and their hand-me-down sneakers and their stupid skateboards.” And boys, stop drooling. Yeah, Vic! But all those comments were directed at Cora Jade. Will #GenerationJade and friends have to pay for their victory at WarGames?
Persia Pirotta & Indi Hartwell talk backstage.
Did Indi know Dexter would be at WarGames? No, he’s full of surprises. But Indi’s so happy he’s back. Persia is, too, because now Indi can focus, they can get on the same page. Does Indi remember what it was like when they started in Australia? Yes, they did whatever it took to get to WWE. Indi got here first, got things going, and then the world finally opened back up so Persia could arrive. But then it was all about the engagement, the wedding, the honeymoon. If they want to be contenders, Persia needs her best friend at 100%. Indi needs to focus on the team and leave the love life at home.
Indi knows Persia is a committed friend, she wants to that while she’s committed to Dexter, she’s committed to the team, too. But then Dexter walks in and she jumps in his arms to congratulate him. And Johnny Gargano walks over. This is what he loves to see! The family’s back together! The Way is united, but is Persia feeling left out?
Toxic Attraction VS Valentina Feroz & Yulisa Leon!
Mandy said her team will handle business tonight, but not even Gigi & Jacy can be feeling 100% after WarGames. Will this be an opening for Feroz & Leon to pounce? Or will Gigi & Jacy prove they’re tough enough to fight through the pain?
The teams sort out, Feroz starts against Jacy and the two circle. Jacy’s arm is taped up, she and Feroz tie up and Jacy puts Feroz on the ropes to slap her around. Feroz shoves back, then they tie up again. Feroz headlocksd and grinds Jacy down, but Jacy throws body shots and pulls hair. Jacy wrenches, whips, Feroz goes up and over and goes to arm-drag, but Jacy blocks. Feroz victory rolls, TWO! Jacy kicks but misses, Feroz waistlocks and rams her into the corner. Tag to Leon, she fireman’s carry throws Jacy, then has the wrist. Jacy wrenches through, Leon handsprings and headlocks. Jacy powers out, Gigi tags in, Jacy trips Leon up for Gigi to KICK, and Jacy LARIATS!
Gigi drags Leon up, throws forearms, then she whips Leon to ropes to ROCK her with a forearm! Gigi fish hooks Leon, has her on the ropes and chokes her, but lets off at 4 to SLAM Leon’s face off the mat. Gigi taunts Leon to go make a tag then she CLUBS Leon on the back. Gigi whips Leon to the corner, runs in and BOOTS her, then tags Jacy. Jacy shrieks and CANNONBALLS! Cover, TWO! Jacy is furious and she wraps on a chinlock. Leon endures, fights up, and fireman’s carries! Jacy elbows free then ROCKS Leon again! Jacy runs, but into a fireman’s carry and ROLLING DEATH VALLEY! Both women are down and fans fire up!
Jacy crawls, hot tag to Gigi! Hot tag to Feroz, she gets around, ripcord and arm-drag! Then another! Then a SHOTGUN dropkick! Fans fire up with Feroz as she goes up top, for a HUGE CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Feroz can’t believe it, but she hurries to bearhug! Gigi tags Jacy before the roll-up, Jacy hits a NECKBREAKER! Jacy DECKS Leon, then she runs and CYCLONE BOOTS Feroz down! Cover, Toxic Attraction wins!
Winners: Toxic Attraction, by pinfall
Gigi & Jacy rebound and Mandy gets the mic to speak again. “And that’s how it’s done. Here we stand, even after WarGames, as the baddest bitches in town and still got all the gold.” Mandy knows everyone wants a shot at them, they’re the talk of the town. Honestly, she doesn’t blame them. “When you’re this damn good, it’s expected.” But to get one thing straight, Toxic Attraction doesn’t run from anyone! So if there’s anyone who wants their opportunity, bring it on! Whether it’s little Cora jade, or Io Shirai, or Raquel Gonzalez, they’ll be waiting. “We are Toxic Attraction, and still the attraction.”
But here comes Cora! Her arm is in a sling, but she has a mic to say, “Aw, Mandy., Thank you for talking about me again. I don’t know if you remember or not, but um, two weeks ago, I beat you.” Mandy says Cora got lucky. But then Cora’s team won Wargames, so while Mandy is throwing shade, Cora wants to see if she’ll handle this face to face. Hate to break it to you, Cora, but you’re not the one. But if she wants Mandy to embarrass her, then get in here so they can settle this right now! But Raquel Gonzalez shows up first, with a chair! Toxic Attraction runs away from this fight! Will the champions have to put up or shut up?
NXT has another Tiffany Epiphany.
Daddy says she’s a natural born athlete. When she said she wanted to do gymnastics, Daddy got her a fulltime trainer to take her to the gym whenever. She dominated every competition. And of course, she ended up on Team USA. But he said she was too good to be on a team. She’s a solo star, just like in NXT. She will get a gold medal, in the form of the NXT Women’s Championship.
Backstage interview with Tony D’Angelo.
McKenzie says Team 2.0 had a great win at WarGames, but things got rather personal between him and Pete Dunne. Tony quickly notes that Tiffany is one nimble lady. But he said the heavy money was on 2.0, and he wasn’t wrong. Did things get personal between him and Petey Poppins? Eh. But he’s not someone you cross. He has Dunne’s mouthpiece on display. Normally he’d sell this to some stunatz, but- Andre Chase applauds. Tony might’ve won WarGames, but if Team 2.0 had listened to him, Tony would’ve been the star, not Waller. A star, huh? Look, “professor,” Tony would normally give Chase a beating right here, but he’s got collections to make.
So next week, why not meet Tony in the ring and we’ll see who the star is? Chase can’t believe Tony talks like that. That grammar would not be acceptable in Chase University. That right there is a teachable moment! But will Chase be the one learning some things from the street wise Tony D’Angelo?
Cora Jade and Raquel Gonzalez talk backstage.
Cora thanks Raquel for having her back. It’s been crazy since Cora got here. They won at WarGames, Cora pinned Mandy, and she might even become NXT Women’s Champion. Alright, take it easy, now. If anyone has that shot, it’s Raquel. Yeah, but Cora hasn’t been champion before. What if she won? Let’s talk about that later. For now, let’s relax. But then Kay Lee Ray walks over. Before they go, Cora might need this bat more than she does. Trust her. Okay, but then what’ll KLR use? Sweetheart, she’s got plenty. KLR might be crazy, but is Cora on to something about her title chances?
Xyon Quinn VS Santos Escobar w/ Legado Del Fantasma!
The Gentleman Fighter got on Legado’s bad side when he turned won Elektra Lopez. Will the Emperor of Lucha make him pay for that slight? Or will Quinn show everyone what happens when he gets angry?
NXT returns and Escobar is given his introduction. Quinn makes his entrance, gives a look to Lopez, then gets in the ring. The bell rings and they both look to Lopez before they tie up. Quinn slams Escobar down, glances at Lopez, and Escobar turns it around. Quinn kips up, Escobar throws body shots and windmilling haymakers! Fans fire up as Escobar CHOPS Quinn down! Escobar then goes corner to corner, into DOUBLE FOREAMS from Quinn! Quinn drags Escobar up, cravats and puts Escobar in a corner to scrape against ropes! The ref counts, Quinn lets go, and he CLUBS Escobar on the neck. Quinn scoops and SNAKE EYES Escobar down!
Escobar crawls, Quinn brings him up and DECKS him! Escobar throws body shots but Quinn CLUBS him again! Quinn stalks Escobar to a corner, throws body shots and haymakers, then CLUBS him to another corner. The ref has Wilde & Mendoza stay back while Quinn digs his knee into Escobar. Quinn lets off as the ref counts, and he throws heavy body shots. Quinn CLUBS Escobar down, then glances at Lopez. Quinn gets Escobar up, Escobar fires body shots but Quinn CLUBS him again. Fans rally, Quinn scoops and SLAMS Escobar, then goes to the apron. Legado lurks and distracts, Escobar BOOTS Quinn!
Escobar goes out but Quinn whips him into the desk! Quinn puts Escobar in the ring, but Escobar slips right back out to get a breather with Legado. Wilde & Mendoza are frustrated for Escobar as NXT goes picture in picture.
Quinn storms out but Escobar hurries away. Legado keeps their distance as Quinn stalks Escobar around the way. Quinn CLUBS Escobar and he goes tumbling to Lopez. Quinn refreshes the ring count, stalks behind Escobar, and drags him up to whip, only for Escobar to reverse and send Quinn into steel steps! Escobar refreshes the count now, drags Quinn up and puts him in the corner. Escobar gets in to stomp Quinn, step on him and then VADER BOMB Quinn’s back! Cover, TWO! Escobar CLUBS Quinn in the back, then brings him up to RAM him into the corner! Escobar stomps a mudhole, lets off as the ref counts, and then bumps Quinn off buckles.
Escobar climbs up to rain down fists on Quinn! Escobar rolls back and KNEES Quinn down! Escobar brings Quinn up, ROCKS him to a corner, then shoves Quinn to ropes to ROCK him with a forearm! Escobar takes a bow before he kicks Quinn around. Quinn is in a corner, NXT returns to single picture as Escobar DOUBLE KNEES him! Escobar turns Quinn around, runs in, DOUBLE KNEES to the back! Escobar clamps onto an arm and tortures it from wrist to elbow. Quinn endures, fights up, but Escobar CLUBS Quinn in the ribs. Escobar pulls the arm to stretch Quinn more. Quinn fights up, breaks free and fires off body shots and a HEADBUTT! Then he atomic drops to run and LARIAT!
Fans fire up as Escobar crawls to a corner. Quinn is on him and TOSSES him corner to corner! Escobar flounders, Quinn runs in to RAM a shoulder in! Escobar falls, Quinn covers, TWO! Lopez is hard to read, is she worried for Escobar or impressed by Quinn? Quinn runs in but Escobar dodges to fire off forearms and a GAMANGIRI! Escobar fires himself up, goes corner to corner again, DOUBLE KNEES! Then a fireman’s carry, but Quinn fights free to ROCK Escobar, fireman’s carry back, and SWINGING SAMOAN DROP! Lopez distracts Quinn by grabbing ropes, and Escobar shoves Quinn away. Quinn RAMS Escobar into another corner, and RAMS his shoulder in again!
The ref counts, Quinn lets off, then hoists Escobar up top. Quinn throws haymakers, ROCKS Escobar with an uppercut, then climbs up, but Escobar hits back! Quinn HEADBUTTS Escobar! Quinn brings Escobar up, but Escobar fights free to ROCK Quinn with haymakers! Escobar climbs back up, they’re on the very top, SUPER STEINER!! Fans lose their minds, and Lopez puts brass knuckles on Quinn’s hand?!? Quinn slowly comes to, he sees what she’s done, but will he use them? Wilde points things out, the ref sees the knuckles and reprimands Quinn! Quinn throws the knuckles to Wilde then DECKS him!
Escobar KNEES Quinn down! Fireman’s carry, PHANTOM DRIVER!! Cover, Escobar wins!
Winner: Santos Escobar, by pinfall
And that smirk says it all! Lopez cheated Quinn by making him think she was on his side! Will this be the end of Legado’s grudge with the Gentleman Fighter?
Diamond Mine heads out.
NXT Media asks about the coming match of Strong VS Breakker. Bivens says Strong will beat Bron because Strong is THE Champion in NXT. Oh no no, Melo ain’t hearing that. Melo says they can’t talk about who is THE champion in NXT without mentioning his name. Seriously? His name? Yes, his name. Melo doesn’t care if the weight limit was lifted, Melo is worried about checks and championships. Well listen up Melo ‘n’ Trick. Strong beat Odyssey Jones and Joe Gacy, and he will beat Breakker. How about that, playboy?
Melo says Strong is good. He is the foundation of NXT and the last man standing in that group. But you know what he isn’t? THE A CHAMPION. That’s all it is, that’s all it’s gonna be. Bivens angrily asks, “Why is everyone so disrespectful around here?!” Will the Cruiserweight Champion have to teach the North American Champion the true pecking order of the titles?
“Edris Enofe. You don’t understand the fire you have ignited. Once I become one with these powers, impending doom awaits you. As quickly as you came into NXT 2.0, I will take you out of it. Next week!” The power of Tian Sha is coming, will the Epitome of Excellence feel its wrath?
Johnny Gargano heads to the ring!
As he promised in a digital exclusive after WarGames, Johnny Wrestling will put his rebel heart on his sleeve and explain everything about his future in NXT. The CWC is fired up and he already looks emotional as he gets the mic. “Heartbreak told me I can go as long as I want. Chucky isn’t coming on at 10, I think London Has Fallen is coming up next but they can wait.” He was always more a Le Fem Nikita guy. But anyway, he loves the fans. Fans chant, “Please Don’t Go!” but he apologizes, this won’t be his most eloquent promo since he just wanted to live in the moment. If there is one regret he has these last six years, he didn’t enjoy this more.
He always worried if his match wasn’t good enough, if his promo wasn’t good enough, if he wasn’t good enough. He wanted us to have the best, they deserve things they can be proud of, and he hopes he gave us that. We have no idea what we’ve given him. The first time he was here was 2015 and a WWE tryout where he was told he would never be in NXT. He hasn’t been blessed with the best genetic gifts, but William Regal brought him back for a dark match against Apollo Crews. The fans at Full Sail chanted, “Johnny Wrestling!” so loud, they brought him back every single week, even though he wasn’t under contract. This is all thanks to the fans.
TakeOver main events, video games, action figures, all of that. The fans helped Johnny live a dream. In his heart is still that same, shy, chubby wrestling fan. He’s dealt with self confidence issues his entire life, and is dealing with them even now. But the only place he’s ever felt important or special is in the ring in front of all of the fans. And for years, people have sked why he’s been in NXT for so long. it’s because he loves it and believes in it so much. Fans chant, “We Love You!” back.
Johnny’s family may be in Cleveland, hi mom who is crying and hi dad who is sleeping. But he has family back there. Hunter, Shawn, others we don’t even really know, like Steve Corino, Matt Bloom, Terry Taylor, Sara Amano, Vic Joseph even right here is a best friend. JB, Jimmy, Dustin, all the coaches, so many people. “This is like my family here. This is my family, that’ll never change. And I know change is scary, but sometimes it needs to happen.” There’s one message Johnny wants to leave for us: you’ll never fail if you bet on yourself. He doesn’t know what his immediate future holds, that’s up in the air. He might do things here and there.
But he does know one thing: February, he’ll start the most important job of his life. He’ll be a dad. Fans chant, “Baby Wrestling!” and Johnny is sure his son will watch this back and thank them all. Johnny knows he’ll love that little guy so much. But he’s going to focus on Candice, and his son, and teach his son how to be the best man he can be. Fans are reacting to something but it isn’t Johnny! SMACK from a chairshot to the back! GRAYSON WALLER ruins Johnny’s moment!! Waller says this isn’t Gargano’s house no more! Waller throws Gargano out of the ring, brings the chair along and dares Vic to do something about his boy.
Fans call Waller an A-Hole, but he sits Gargano up. “This is your NXT?” Waller puts the chair around Gargano’s neck and RAMS him into steel steps!! “This is your house, huh!?” Waller pulls the desk hook off and clears the desk while talking trash to Vic. Waller gets Gargano up, reels him in, POWERBOMB through the desk!! Waller says if you want views, come to him! This isn’t Gargano’s house, it’s Waller’s! Fans boo and call him a “Piece of Sh*t!” but Waller just soaks it all up. Has Waller just broken the rebel heart of NXT?
A great NXT to follow up WarGames. The cage match opening was a bit of a surprise, but really good. Especially since we just saw a cage match on Raw last night. Von winning makes sense with Kyle on his way out, and him going even more Heel by using the low blow was a nice touch. Joe Gacy was clearly talking about 205 Live in his promo, and I am looking forward to the rebrand, since I’d been talking about that right up until I stopped doing 205 Live coverage a few weeks ago. I’ll definitely want to see what Gacy has in store for it, but I still say it should just become NXT Lite. I’ll definitely make time to cover the episode of 205 Live Gacy gets his hands on.
Bron Breakker having a detour to face Roderick Strong is definitely a good way to tie stories together, as is Bivens calling Strong “THE champion of NXT” and Melo countering. Melo VS Lumis was a great match, even with Trick “ruining” things. I’m pretty sure we’ll get Lumis VS Trick before we get Lumis VS Melo for the North American Championship. It would be awesome if Lumis got that title to start following in Gargano’s footsteps, but I feel like Melo’s going to hold onto the title until he can have a match with Strong. It still feels like Vince wants to do away with the Cruiserweight Division again, and Melo winning the belt off Strong could be a step towards that.
Briggs & Brooks winning over the Creed Brothers while Imperium was watching and GYV tries to cheat them was a great bit of tag team story interweaving. Pretty sure we’re going to get more of Europeans VS Muricans antics with a feud between Briggs & Brooks and Imperium. Handing off GYV to Jacket Time in that promo was pretty clever. But NXT 2.0 sure is a randy place, ain’t it? Almost everyone’s hooking up with someone somewhere. Briggs & Brooks go on a double date with KC Squared, Tony takes a liking to Tiffany Stratton and Knight snipes Tesha Price from Waller. I feel like there could be something that builds to the return of NXT Vengeance Day for Valentine’s.
MSK’s Shaman being Matt Riddle seems a bit like a cop-out to me, but I suppose it makes sense on some level. I would’ve liked if they brought RVD back but WWE took the easy road. And while Riddle is going to be with MSK along the way, he’s still Raw Tag Team Champion so he’ll be traveling a lot in real-life. He might just do more of these vignettes so that they can record them in chunks and debut them a week at a time. It’ll also be a good way to keep MSK building up without them in the ring since the NXT Tag Team Championships are very busy with all the other teams.
Toxic Attraction of course win their match, but it was all a vehicle to bring back the title conversations. Cora does have a point that beating the champ means she gets a shot, but I feel like Toxic Attraction will cheat her. I’m thinking KLR gets her shot, and not to be mean to Mandy, but I feel like KLR should go ahead and dethrone Mandy so KLR can join Rhea Ripley in history as having held both NXT UK and NXT prime women’s titles. Not quite sure on the tag titles, though. Quinn VS Escobar had a very good main event match, and Lopez doing the brass knuckle trick was very clever. But I feel like this extends things, and we might get the real blow-off at New Year’s Evil.
Gargano had a great closing promo. We were all sensing he was leaving NXT, and I figured it would be because of the baby on the way. But I don’t think he’s going to be gone just yet with that attack from Grayson Waller. Waller, being burned by Tesha and angered by Knight, is going for that top Heel spot by going after one of NXT’s true top guys. Gargano VS Waller is going to be awesome, could be for New Year’s Evil, and could be Gargano’s good-bye whether he wins or loses since the baby is due in February. Then who knows, maybe we’ll see Johnny Wrestling, the heart of NXT, return once again and accomplish stuff no other great NXT superstar’s done before.
My Score: 8.9/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (5/27/22)
Who’s the third man, brother?
Just who (who who who) is joining The New Day?
The Brawling Brutes have been beating the New Day SmackDown after SmackDown, but now Xavier Woods & Kofi Kingston even the odds! But with who?
- SmackDown Women’s Championship Contender’s Match: Ronda Rousey VS Raquel Rodriguez; No Contest.
- Ronda Rousey & Raquel Rodriguez VS Natalya & Shayna Baszler; Ronda & Raquel win.
- Los Lotharios VS Jinder Mahal & Shanky; Los Lotharios win.
- Ricochet & Drew Gulak VS Imperium; Imperium wins.
- Six Man Tag: The New Day & Drew McIntyre VS The Brawling Brutes; New Day & McIntyre win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome the NEW Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions!
Jimmy & Jey Uso walk out, the 312 day SmackDown Tag Team Champions, but also THE tag team champions of the WWE! They get the mics while shouldering the belts, and Jey welcomes Little Rock to the show! Jimmy says before getting the celebration on, everyone put their fingers up to thank the Tribal Chief, the Needle Mover, the Head of the Table, and the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, their cousin, Roman Reigns! Jey also thanks Big Uce to allow them to beat RKBRO all on their own. Thank you, Roman. Fans boo that bold faced lie, but Jey says he’ll get real and off script.
Those rocking with the Usos since day one, you know that two days ago marks 12 YEARS in the WWE. Fans do applaud that, that is a triumph. 12 years ago, the Usos walked out and never in a million years would Jey have thought they’d still be here after all that. For 12 years, the fans have cheered them, booed them, seen the ups and the downs. But that means that for 12 years, y’all watched these two grow up. That means for 12 years, all these plane rides, the miles on the road, the time being away from family, you know who was there for the Uso? Fans cheer because they know, it was all of us fans! Real talk.
But check this out. The world is crazy these days. Jey loves coming to the WWE and entertaining the fans. So from the bottom of their hearts, for their family, the Usos want to say thank you to the fans. Fans cheer that in thanks back. Jimmy takes a breath as the fans chant, “UCE! OH! UCE! OH!” Jimmy then says, “For the past 12 years, we’ve also realized that… We absolutely needed NOBODY~!” GOTTEE! All they needed were each other! They didn’t need you, you, or you! The Bloodline is drippin’ in all the gold! Look upon your undisputed! Unified! WWE Tag Team Champions!! Don’t boo them! Boo Randy for not being here!
Where is Randy? Home! He got bodied by the Usos! And Little Bro, got his ass crying like the kids last week. Riddle is looking at the true tag team! He the two, and #WeTheOnes! But here comes SHINSUKE NAKAMURA! He tells the Usos that he and his partners challenges them to a match for those tag titles! HE wanted to get them by himself but Nakamura asked to join. What? Well where is his partner? Peg Leg Pete, the dude who got busted? Rick, BOOOGS~? No, it’s THE BRO! Matt Riddle is teaming with the King of Strong Style! Will they get revenge on the Usos together? They rush the ring, and they brawl at the ropes!
Fans fire up, Jimmy sends Riddle down, Jey sends Nakamura down, but Riddle rushes right back in! He fights them both, but they throw him out! Nakamura gets back in, but he gets mugged, too! Riddle returns with a FLOATING BRO ATTACK! Fans fire up as Riddle and Nakamura get the Usos up! Nakamura throws Jimmy out, ROUNDHOUSE! Riddle DECKS Jey! The Usos grab up their gold and get outta there! Will the Usos be able to handle the #BrosOfStrongStyle?
SmackDown returns as Riddle and Nakamura talk backstage.
The Bro wonders what they should call themselves. Nakamura Bro? Kayla says they did look good out there, but how would Randy feel about this? Actually, this was Randy’s idea. and Nakamura is pleased. He may not be B0ogs, but Riddle and Nakamura will dominate. And Nakamura may not be Randy, but there’s potential for greatness here. Will these two becoming the ultimate
SmackDown Women’s Championship Contender’s Match: Ronda Rousey VS Raquel Rodriguez!
Last time was for the SmackDown Women’s Championship, but this to see if Big Mami Cool can earn another shot! Of course, backstage, we see Shotzi, Xia Li, Aliyah, Natalya and Shayna Baszler watching from the locker room. Shotzi complains that Raquel is getting another match with Ronda when she choked! Why are all of them getting passed over? Xia is undefeated in the WWE, so why isn’t she out there? Xia thinks about that, then storms out. Aliyah may be annoying but she has the fastest win in WWE at 3.16 seconds. Even she deserves a shot. Aliyah tells Shotzi to just shut up, then she storms out.
But Natty has more wins than any woman in WWE history! She is a living legend! If she had the same opportunities as Raquel, she’d be champion now! And Shayna, straight up, you’re a killer. Raquel has zero killer instincts. They are the best in the world yet here they are, letting another opportunity pass them by. So then, what’re they gonna do about it? Spades & Hart look at each other, is there an understanding between them and the wild card? Will they do something about this while Raquel faces Ronda?
SmackDown returns and Ronda makes her entrance. And now Shotzi, Natty & Shayna decide to go out there to stop this! Shayna & Natty go first, Shotzi has to get her helmet. But then the door is locked!? Shotzi gets shut out of her plan! By Aliyah! Payback! Back tot he ring, though, the match begins and Ronda dodges Raquel. Then she fires hands, but Raquel waistlocks and SLAMS Ronda! Raquel drags Ronda up but Ronda elbows free and throws kicks. Ronda goes up but Raquel holds her up! Only to end up in a HANGING ARMBAR! But Raquel drags Ronda up, only for Ronda to cradle! TWO, and Raquel kicks low.
Raquel gut wrenches Ronda up to a Canadian Rack! And then she BENDS Ronda’s arms! But Shayna CHOP BLOCKS Raquel down!
Winner: Raquel Rodriguez, by disqualification
Shayna & Natty mug Raquel but Ronda goes after Natty! They brawl, Shayna runs in but Raquel blocks a knee! Raquel dumps Shayna out, Ronda BOOTS Natty out! Fans fire up as the baddest and the biggest women on SmackDown are standing tall! But will there be something more after the break, playa?
Ronda Rousey & Raquel Rodriguez VS Natalya & Shayna Baszler!
SmackDown returns and holla holla, we have a tag match! Natty stomps Raquel’s leg, tags Shayna, and Shayna puts the leg in a toehold. Raquel endures while fans rally for her and Ronda. Raquel kicks at Shayna with the free leg, but Shayna turns her over to isolate the foot and STOMP it! Raquel gets to a neutral corner, Shayna blocks the kick and JAMS the bad leg! Shayna puts Raquel in the corner but Raquel BOOTS her away! Raquel swipes at Natty but Shayna KICKS away on the bad leg! Shayna puts the leg on the ropes for a HIP- NO! Raquel boots Shayna out! Raquel crawls but Natty gets Shayna in.
Natty tags in, drags Raquel back, and steps through! But Raquel fights out of the Sharpshooter! Hot tag to Ronda! Fans fire up as Ronda rallies on Natty! Drop sayanagi after sayanagi, and Ronda fires up! Ronda boots but Natty blocks to trip her! Natty steps through, SHARPSHOOTER! Ronda endures, reaches out, crawls over, but Natty drags her away! Natty sits deep but Ronda still fights! Ronda reaches out, Raquel tags back in! Raquel CLUBS Natty down! Natty tags Shayna but Raquel rallies on her! Raquel swings, CLOBBERS Shayna, and fires up to fight through the bad leg! The bad leg gives up on the bomb, but Raquel HEADBUTTS Shayna down!
Raquel goes up the corner, TWISTING VADER! Cover, Natty breaks it! Ronda goes after Natty but Natty hits her first. But Ronda throws Natty out! Raquel shoves Shayna into Ronda, and Ronda snarls at her old pal. But then Natty drags Ronda out! Natty and Ronda trade hands, Raquel gets Shayna up for the TEXANA BOMB!! Cover, Raquel & Ronda win!
Winners: Ronda Rousey & Raquel Rodriguez, by pinfall
A huge win for Rowdy Ronda and Ricky Desperado! But will this keep back the tide of those coming for them both?
Backstage interview with The New Day.
Megan asks Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods who their partner will be in tonight’s match. Uh, does Netflix give away the ending to Stranger things? Does Bad Bunny give away all the songs before the album drops? The point is, errybody, and they mean errybody, has been blowin’ up the phones of the NEW~ DAY~ Because they wanna fight the Brawling Brutes. With Big E out, this could be anyone joining them! Even Moon Knight! Or Max Moon! Or Reed Richards, Mr. Fantastic. Or a fantastic beast. Or some dude off the streets! It could be anyone. Even Megan.
But what ya bois have is the element of surprise. They won’t go out there outnumbered. Tonight, they will take on and defeat those Brawling Brutes. BECAAAAAUSE~! NEW! DAY ROCKS! NEW! DAY ROCKS!
Mad Cap Moss posts a message to Happy Corbin.
“You spit in the face of Andre’s legacy. You tried to end my career. But you didn’t, cuz Mad Cap is built different. Corbin, get ready to see a side of me you’ve neve seen before. No jokes. No cap. Next week on SmackDown, I’m coming to WHOOP YOUR ASS!” Will Corbin wish he’d never even brought Moss up to SmackDown?
Los Lotharios VS Jinder Mahal & Shanky!
The Lethal Lovers are back in action, and also bring the Kiss Cam with them. They spot a lovely lady in the front row and give her kisses on the cheeks. But will Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo be kissing the mat against the Modern Day Maharaja and his towering sidekick? Or will they be blowing kisses to everyone with a win tonight?
SmackDown returns as Jinder & Shanky make their entrance. Or, maybe not? The music hits but Jinder is looking for Shanky. Shanky is jamming out to the theme song, but he should be going to gorilla! Well, the Lotharios flirty with ring announcer Samantha while they wait. Now Jinder & Shanky make their entrance, and Shanky is still jamming out. The teams sort out, and Carrillo starts with Shanky. They tie up, Shanky powers Carrillo to a corner but Carrillo goes up the ropes. The ref counts, Shanky lets go, and Carrillo leaps! But Shanky catches him, shoves him, but Carrillo ducks, only to get a BOOT!
Shanky roars and fans fire up! Shanky gets Carrillo up, tags in Jinder, and they mug Carrillo. Jinder CLUBS Carrillo, whips him to ropes but Carrillo RANAS! Carrillo dropkicks Jinder, tags Garza, and they set up for the LEAP FROG ATTACK! They then DOUBLE CHOP Jinder, and Garza fires off haymakers! Jinder throws body shots back but Garza headlocks. Jinder powers up, Carrillo tags in and Garza reverses. Jinder KICKS Garza, back drops Carrillo, but Garza dumps him out! Garza WRECKS Jinder with a dropkick! Jinder hits the desk, Garza puts him back in. Garza then grins at Samantha and OFF COME THE PANTS!
But Shanky creeps up on Garza while he swivels, and he shows off his dance moves. Shanky CLUBS Garza, then SUPERKICKS! But Carrillo SUPERKICKS Jinder! Cover, Los Lotharios win!
Winners: Los Lotharios, by pinfall
So much for Shanky’s good time! Garza & Carrillo snatch that win, and Jinder is upset with Shanky losing focus! They lost again because Shanky was too busy dancing! Shanky tells Jinder no more! Jinder storms off, and Shanky looks at Samantha. She smiles and the fans chant for “Shanky! Shanky!” as he does his Bollywood best! Is Shanky going to be his own man from now on?
Adam Pearce is visited by Max Dupri.
Max hopes Mr. Pearce has reached out to his legal team and verified the contract so that Maximum Male Models can begin recruiting. Isn’t it about time SmackDown unleashed Max Du-PRI? Well, yes, turns out it is legal and binding, Max is onboard. Say it right, they did this last week. Max Du-PRI! Well, Max can teach everyone how to say the name because he is officially on SmackDown. Oh, y’know what this means? That means the process of Maximum Male Models finding their first client is on. And by the way, Pearce doesn’t make the cut. Max heads out, but just who will he say is a fit for MMM?
Kevin Owens is here!
It’s a very special edition of The KO Show! Kevin promises a member of The Bloodline as his special guest! Will it be the Usos? Paul Heyman? The Tribal Chief himself? We find out, after the break!
SmackDown returns and Kevin has his own custom KO mic. Kevin welcomes us to this special edition of HIS show! And for the last few months, Kevin has been seeking the truth and dealing with a liar by the name of ELIAS! NOT EZEKIEL! ELIAS! At Hell in a Cell, Elias will regret showing his stupid, beardless face in the WWE! That brings Kevin to his guest tonight. There is a special reason why this is Kevin’s guest. It’s the locker room leader and close personal confidant of the Bloodline, SAMI ZAYN! Of course it’s Sami… Fans boo because now who is lying? But Sami and Kevin reunite after a long time apart, with a BIG hug!
Kevin and Sami are so happy to see each other, they look great. Sami’s flowing locks are amazing! Sami says last time, they had some bad blood, but they’re always up and down. They don’t even remember what it was about. But Sami’s been killing it here! He is the leader they sorely need. And what he’s doing for the Bloodline, it’s unbelievable. Oh, don’t sell yourself short. Kevin is doing great on Raw! Elias? Ezekiel? Uh, clearly the same person! C’mon! How does no one see it? They hug again because Kevin is touched that Sami understands. Is he crying? N-No… Just finally good to hear someone say it!
Everyone knows it’s Elias! But everyone plays along and it’s horrible! But these two always have each other’s back! Always. Well not always. No, always. But tonight, this is why Sami is Kevin’s guest. Kevin needs Sami to kinda drop what he’s doing on Smackdown to go to Raw so he and Kevin can call out all the liars! That starts with Elias. Let’s go. C’mon. Uh, look, Kev. Sami’s always got your back, but now is not a good time. He has a lot on hips plate leading SmackDown. They need him, the Bloodline needs him, it’s just not a good time, Uce. Uce? Did you just say, “Uce?” Did he? Yes. That’s weird. He’s been hanging out with the Usos so much, they’re rubbing off on each other.
This is the side Kevin forgot about Sami. He’s naïve. No he’ snot! Ye she is! Uce?! Sami is not actually in the Bloodline. Yes, but he’s an associate. No, no, you’re not. Frankly, Kevin is sorry to say this, but Sami is praising them, wearing their merch, he looks like a moron. Let’s just cut it out and listen to your real friend. Oh, real friend, huh? Moron, huh? Sami was being nice. Sami says Elias and Ezekiel are clearly different people. Brothers who don’t look like, there’s photos that prove it. Who is the moron? NO, SAMI IS MORON! They’re not different people! Kevin is a liar! Well Sami’s a moron! Liar! Moron! Liar liar pants on fire! TOO FAR! They’re not on fire!
Sami needs to snap out of it! If he’s so tight with the Usos, why did they leave him high ‘n’ dry on Raw? Sami is like this with them, right Then Kevin can call them out, and they won’t leave Sami high and dry. Ladies and gentlemen, the Bloodline! … Well, give them a sec. Then Kevin will say it louder. Ladies and gentlemen, THE BLOODLINE!! Still nothing. Kevin tells Sami that the reason they’re not coming out is because the Bloodline couldn’t care less about Sami. He’s sorry but that’s true. Sami looks around and says “Whatever, man. You don’t know what you’re talking about.” Sami leaves, but Kevin chases after. Forget them, come to Raw!
Sami SHOVES Kevin! Sami tells Kevin to leave him alone and go back to Raw without him. Sami has a locker room to lead! Kevin is speechless, and ring staff already pack up his set. Kevin gets mad at the staff and gives one a STUNNER! Kevin glares at the other guy and the other guy says to calm down. Kevin says he’s right. Then STUNNER! Kevin leaves the ring, but will he be able to forget what happened between him and Sami?
Ricochet & Drew Gulak VS Imperium!
The King of Flight and the Philly Stretcher team up to take on Der Ring General and Ludwig Kaiser! But will they get payback on GUNTHER together? Or will SmackDown and the mat become sacred?
SmackDown returns and Ludwig has the mic. “Ladies and gentlemen… The mat is sacred! Only one gives the rightful respect it truly deserves. DER RING GENERAL…! GUNTHER!” With that, Imperium makes their entrance and go to the ring. The teams sort out and Ludwig starts with Gulak. They tie up, Ludwig arm-drags, brings Gulak around and has the armlock. Ludwig grinds the shoulder but Gulak headlocks back. They end up on ropes, Ludwig turns things around to cravat and choke Gulak! The ref counts, Ludwig lets off and Gunther BOOTS Gulak down! Ludwig fires off stomps and hands, then tags Gunther!
Gunther brings Gulak up to TOSS Gulak out of the ring! Gunther shows no mercy while Ricochet checks on Gulak, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Gunther ha Gulak in a motorcycle stretch! Gulak fights up, but Gunther CHOPS him down! Gunther then stares down the Intercontinental Champion, then he stomps Gulak down. Tag to Ludwig and he waistlocks. Gulak reaches out for Ricochet, throws elbows, and fans fire up as he reaches again! Ludwig holds on, swings, but Gulak dodges! Ludwig scoops, Gulak escapes, tag to Ricochet! Ricochet fires off on Ludwig, whips, Ludwig reverses but Ricochet RANAS! Then he dodges to springboard CROSSBODY! Gunther gets in and the ref tells him to go back. But that was just to distract, Ludwig rolls Ricochet up, TWO!
Ricochet JUMPING KNEES Ludwig! Ricochet stares Gunther down now, fireman’s carries, but Ludwig rakes eyes! Gulak tags in before Ludwig tosses Ricochet! Gulak fires off, Ludwig THROAT CHOPS! But Gulak boots! Ludwig blocks, “NEIN!” He ROCKS Gulak then HALF HATCH SUPLEX! Ludwig grinds, drags Gulak up, fans boo but Ludwig runs to PENALTY KICK! Cover, Imperium wins!
Winners: Imperium, by pinfall
Ricochet gets back in to keep them from doing any more to Gulak, but he should worry about himself! Gunther BOOTS Ricochet out, Ludwig PENALTY KICKS Gulak again! Will Imperium soon reign over SmackDown?
Sami apologizes to the Usos.
He is sorry but he just feels Kevin said some truths. He isn’t sure he’s getting respect for what he’s putting in. They can tell him the truth. What do they think of Sami? What is he to them? Cuz here’s what he’s thinking. What if Sami joined the group? Not by blood or anything, but like an honorary member. Sure, honorary Uce works. Yeah, there we go! Sami says they’re smart, this is the right choice. Now, if they need anything, he’s got them. And if he needs anything, they have him. Got you, Uce! Peace! Sami is fired up, but is he just being strung along?
For Memorial Day Monday, Riddle & Nakamura get a Championship Contenders Match against The Usos! If The Bro & The King of Strong Style can take down Jimmy & Jey, they’ll get their shot at the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships!
SmackDown celebrates Memorial Day early.
“They didn’t volunteer to die. They volunteered to defend values which make up what we call civilization.” – Ronald Regan
“What doe sit mean to be selfless? To have the courage to put all else first for a greater cause? In every generation, there are those who put everything before themselves. And this weekend, we honor them.” The men and women who fought for our freedom, from World War I to Desert Storm, Normandy to Afghanistan. Look back at the moments, the events, that defined America’s history. The struggles, the battles. Remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Ronald Regan said that we honor their memory so that their pledges and sacrifices will be remembered.
We show our gratitude to those who shaped us, who guided us, and who ensured our values and freedom would live forever. We show reverence and respect. On this weekend, we say, “Thank you.”
Six Man Tag: The New Day & ??? VS The Brawling Brutes!
The numbers game has been in the favor of the Fight Night Boys after Big E’s horrible accident, but Woods & Kofi have found a way to turn things back around! But just who (who who who) is the third man, brother? We’ll find out, after the break!
SmackDown returns and Sheamus has a mic. “What’s the story? Now let me make one thing perfectly clear, yeah? It’s FIGHT! NIGHT! FIGHT! NIGHT! Every night!” But the New Day don’t want a fair fight! They won’t tell us who the mystery partner is, but Sheamus doesn’t care. They could bring out King Kong, Godzilla or Moby Dick. It won’t matter, because they’ll get a severe beatin’ from these Brawlin’ Brutes! It could be anyone in the world and they’d still lay out all three. And they’ll all be on bed rest right next to Big E. Ain’t that right, Ridge? Too bloody right! It won’t matter how big and tall they are, they’ll cut ’em root to stem, Right, Butch? Butch goes wild!
Sheamus says the truth is, these are two of the toughest brutes Sheamus has ever seen. New Day finds out they don’t rock, “NEW! DAY SUCKS!” But here come the New Day! Woods wants everyone to hold up a sec. Brawlin’ Brutes? Who are they? Off-brand Wrestle Buddies? Who is this dick they speak of? But Sheamus is right about one thing. Tonight IS fight night! But not 2v3, because Sheamus is right about something else: This will be an unfair fight. The New Day found a real physical specimen. They found a true freak of nature! A man who will steal Ridge’s girl, AND Butch’s Auntie at the same damn time!
So then, brutes, this man will not have any problem kicking Sheamus right in that ugly mug he calls a face. Good accent, Woods. No, don’t lie to him. He was more Blackbeard than anything. Then arrrr ya ready? So who (who who who) is it? It’s… DREW MCINTYRE! The Scottish Warrior knows Sheamus all too well and vice-versa! Will “Big D” McIntyre help Kofi & Woods layeth the smack DOWN on these brutes?
SmackDown returns once again and Woods starts with Butch! They rush each other, Dunne CLOBBERS Woods, DECKS Kofi, but just swipes at McIntyre. Woods whips but Dunne runs him over! Things keep moving, Woods hurdles then mule kicks! Woods CLUBS Dunne, runs, Kofi tags in and Woods hits a SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Kofi PENALTY KICKS, Woods SLIDING LARITS Kofi IMPLODER SPLASH! LEG DROP to FIST DROP to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Kofi brings Dunne right up, wrenches, tag back to Woods. Dunne gets away but the New Day dodges him to DOUBLE BULLDOG!
Woods rains down rights on Dunne, then brings him up. Dunne fishhooks Woods’ face! Dunne ROCKS Woods with a right, tags Sheamus, and Sheamus CLUBS Woods down. Sheamus stomps Woods, brings him up and gives him BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! Sheamus goes all the way to nine, then tags Dunne so he can give Woods way m ore shots! Ridge then tags in, he drags Woods around and suplexes him into the ring! Cover, TWO! Ridge drags Woods up, whips him to ropes, but Woods ducks and dodges, Kofi tags in before the slide! ROLLIGN ELBOW, then FLYING AX HANDLE! Fans fire up with Kofi and he whips Ridge to a corner.
Ridge reverses, Kofi goes up and missile dropkicks! Dunne misses his chance to swipe at Kofi, and Kofi stomps Ridge! Tag to Woods, he stomps and it’s the good ol’ stampede! Dunne runs in but is sent right back out! And now the tag to McIntyre! Little Rock fires up as McIntyre joins in on the stampede! Tag to Kofi, McIntyre DECKS Dunne, and McIntyre whips Kofi in for a basement dropkick! Kofi claps it up, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” But Ridge pushes Kofi to a corner. Kofi boots back, Sheamus distracts, Dunne sucker punches Kofi! Ridge POUNCES Kofi, roars “FIGHT NIGHT!” and the brute shave control as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Dunne keeps Kofi from the corner! Kofi throws hands, Dunne holds on and whips Kofi into the brute corner! Forearm smash then tag to Ridge, but Ridge keeps Dunne from going after McIntyre. Ridge RAMS Dunne into Kofi, tag to Sheamus! POWERSLAM and Sheamus is up top, KING KONG KNEE! Cover, TWO! Sheamus tags Ridge back, they get Kofi up and Ridge ROCKS Kofi with a forearm. Tag to Dunne, they mug Kofi but Kofi fights back! Sheamus gets in, IRISH- NO! Kofi slips out to DDT! Fans fire up as Kofi and all the brutes are down! Kofi crawls, but Dunne trips Woods off the apron! Ridge trips McIntyre!
Ridge RAMS McIntyre into steps! Sheamus CLOBBERS Kofi, Alabama Lifts, ALABAMA SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Kofi survives and Sheamus is shocked! Sheamus fishhooks Kofi’s face for the Dublin Smile, but Kofi fights up with body shots! Sheamus swings, into SOS! Both men are down and fans fire up! Kofi crawls, and McIntyre rises! Fans fire up for the hot tags to Ridge and McIntyre! McIntyre rallies on Ridge! McIntyre whips, CLOBBERS Ridge, then clinches in a corner for the OVEREHAD Belly2Belly! Dunne laps in, but into a clinch! OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Dunne flounders out, McIntyre dodges Ridge to NECKBREAKER!
McIntyre kips up and fans fire up! McIntyre grins and waits on Ridge, but Dunne leaps on for a SLEEPER! McIntyre tosses Dunne out of the ring! Woods gets in, builds speed and he RWECKS Dunne with a dropkick! But Sheamus BROGES Woods! Kofi FLIES and takes out Sheamus! Fans are thunderous as McIntyre has Ridge! Ridge throat chops! Ridge scoops, but McIntyre fights free and shoves, to GLASGOW KISS! Then from the corner, “THREE! TWO! ONE!” CLAYMORE!! McIntyre tags to Woods so he can finish this! Woods goes up, tightrope walks, LIMIT BREAKER!! Cover, #DrewDay WINS!
Winners: The New Day & Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
Vengeance and vindication here in Little Rock! But New Day wants McIntyre to stick around to celebrate! Woods plays the trombone and Kofi gets the hips into it. They want McIntyre to take a turn! Fans fire up for it, and McIntyre figures why not. He does a strut, a shoulder shimmy, and a little spin around! #DrewDay roar in victory, have they all dealt with those Brawling Brutes once and for all?
This was actually a really fun episode of SmackDown here, though not without its strange choices. I feel like the meta of Shotzi’s promo escaped the writers. Why have Ronda VS Raquel so soon already after their previous match? Why not have Raquel go against the Heels who criticized the booking? And of course it leads to an “impromptu” tag match, Raquel & Ronda getting a great win over Shayna & Natty. I do like that we got interaction between Ronda and Shayna. Maybe Shayna can step up and get her shot to feud with Ronda for a stretch? A little late to set anything up for Hell in a Cell, but maybe something for Money in the Bank? Ironically, that might’ve helped ticket sales but oh well.
I liked the opening segment of Usos giving us a work shoot of their heartfelt feelings that then raise their Heel heat. And I like that while Nakamura is without Boogs and while Riddle is without Randy, we’ll get these two trying for the tag titles together. We have already heard Roman is not defending his title(s) at Hell in a Cell, but maybe if Bros of Strong Style win on Monday, we get a last minute addition to Hell in a Cell for those tag titles. We also got a hilarious and amazing segment from Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn where they build both their stories of being delusional at the same time. That segment shows why those two should reunite and go for those tag titles very soon.
Moss has a good social media post promo, his return next week is going to be great. Max Du-PRI has a good segment with Pearce, and now that MMM is getting going, can’t wait to see who Max brings in and see how this goes. It’ll probably be a bit goofy but I suppose if it gives people screen time, there should be no complaints. I like that we got Imperium taking on Gulak and Ricochet. Gulak of course takes the loss but it was cool that Ludwig got the pin. He finally gets going on SmackDown, and there’s still ways for Gunther to get at the Intercontinental Championship. Too bad it’s not in time for Hell in a Cell. Maybe MITB will have one because duh, this title needs to be on a PPV again, and it sounds like this PPV needs more to it.
And of course, great stuff from The New Day. Great interview promo, good pre-match promos from them and The Brawling Brutes (I still hate how lazy Vince and team are in naming them), and naturally, it was McIntyre. We didn’t get as much between McIntyre and Sheamus as I was hoping for but that’s because Dunne being frantic and all over the place seems to take the focus of the match and the story. Naturally, #DrewDay wins because New Day needed to get even with the Brutes, and McIntyre needed to get going again here. But I feel like this feud is going to keep going. Maybe we get McIntyre VS Dunne? That’d be awesome stuff, at least.
My Score: 8.4/10
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (5/27/22)
The Young Bucks are on a Rampage!
Time to pregame before the SUPERKICK, PARTAAAY~!
Before going Double or Nothing with the Hardy Boyz in Las Vegas, The Young Bucks are in action on another early edition of Rampage!
- Bryan Danielson VS Matt Sydal; Bryan wins.
- The Young Bucks VS Jon Cruz & Taylor Rust; The Young Bucks wins.
- Max Caster VS Dante Martin; Dante wins.
- Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament: Ruby Soho VS Kris Statlander; Soho wins and advances to the finals.
PLAY BY PLAY
Bryan Danielson VS Matt Sydal!
The American Dragon had a scary spill just last week, but he looks just fine now. Will he kick Sydal’s head in to prove to the Jericho Appreciation Society he’s more than ready for Anarchy in the Arena? Or will Sydal’s third eye see an opening to exploit?
The bell rings and fans are already thunderous for “A E DUB!” as the two men stare down. Bryan and Sydal circle, they tie up, and Bryan arm-drags Sydal. Fans fire up more as Regal on commentary assures us, Bryan is in great shape. Bryan and Sydal tie up with knuckle locks, they go shoulder to shoulder, but Bryan gets a forearm shot in! Bryan then drops back, gets the arm, spins Sydal to a headlock, and he grinds Sydal down. Sydal endures, but Bryan throws a palm strike! Sydal endures as Bryan shifts to a cravat, Bryan snapmares and drops a knee on his head! Fans fire up and Bryan backs off.
Sydal and Bryan circle again, the two feel things out, and fans rally up. Sydal shoot sin, cravats but Bryan shove shim away. Sydal comes back for a flying-mare! Bryan stays back and shakes his head. Bryan hops up to his feet and the two circle again. They tie up, Bryan waistlocks, full nelsons and he drags Sydal down. Sydal endures, fights up and fans rally again. Sydal pries free but Bryan gets him for a BACKBREAKER! Sydal goes to ropes but Bryan brings him up to EuroUpper! Bryan has Sydal in the corner, brings him out to EuroUpper again! And again! Bryan gets the leg, turns Sydal over, and he hooks up the legs.
Sydal reaches out but Bryan grabs as the shoulders. Sydal resists so Bryan fishhooks his face! The ref counts, Bryan lets go, and rolls forward to get the head! Bryan fires off forearms then lets off, “Who’s the best?!” Fans fire up because it’s him! Bryan headlocks, but Sydal endures. Sydal powers out but Bryan runs him over! Fans fire up as things sped up, Sydal hurdles and WHEEL KICKS! Fans fire up more as Sydal stomps and STANDING MARIPOSAS! Rampage goes picture in picture as Sydal covers, TWO! Sydal keeps cool and he KICKS Bryan in the side. Bryan gets up but Sydal throws knees. Bryan throws knees back!
Bryan has Sydal on the ropes, ROCKS him with forearms and uppercuts, then brings Sydal around to hang him out to dry! Sydal is stuck up top, Bryan KICKS him for good measure. Bryan goes to the corner, climbs up, and he FLYING KNEE DROPS! Bryan paces around Sydal then clamps on a cravat. Sydal endures, Rampage returns to single picture, but Bryan snapmares him down to drop another knee! Cover, TWO! Sydal growls but Bryan clamps onto him for another snapmare. Sydal handsprings through to JUMP KNEE! And SOBAT! Fans fire up while both men are down, Regal says Sydal should capitalize!
But too late, Bryan gives back more EuroUppers! Sydal KICKS, CHOPS and CHOPS again! Sydal fires off forearms, whips, but Bryan reverses. Sydal WHEEL- NO, Bryan catches the kick to pop Sydal up, but Sydal RANAS! Cover, TWO! Sydal fires up and so do the fans, Sydal KICKS Bryan’s leg, then KICKS it again! Bryan shoves Sydal, but Sydal QUESTION MARK KICKS! Cover, TWO! Sydal hurries up top as fans rally, but Bryan ROCKS him first! Bryan gets up after Sydal and underhooks the arms. Sydal fights free, throws forearm sand he sends Bryan down! METEORA!! But into a HALF CRAB!! Bryan has the leg, Sydal endures, but Bryan steps over to get a deep angle!
Sydal still endures and he fights around! Bryan shifts to HEEL HOOK! But Sydal scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Fans fire up as Sydal is let go, and Bryan snarls. Bryan KICKS Sydal, and KICKS again! KICK after KICK and Sydal flounders. Fans fire up and Bryan soaks it in. Bryan has Sydal in a corner, HEADBUTTS him, then hoists him up top backwards. Bryan climbs up behind Sydal, fans fire up as he brings Sydal up, but Sydal throws down elbows. Bryan CLUBS Sydal back, brings Sydal back up, but Sydal SUPER SUNET POWERBOMBS! DEEP stack, TWO!!! Bryan narrowly escapes and fans are thunderous for “A E DUB!”
Sydal and Bryan throws shots back and forth, Sydal gets the edge, but Bryan EuroUppers again and again! Sydal spins one to a backslide, TWO! JUMP KNEE! Bryan wobbles, but he ducks the next kick to BUSAIKU KNEE! Bryan then sits Sydal up, for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Bryan hits Sydal again and again then gets the DRAGON GUILLOTINE!! Sydal is OUT, Bryan wins!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission
Regal thanks commentary for having him again, and the American Dragon is on fire! Will he, Jon Moxley, Eddie Kingston, Santana & Ortiz all get their revenge on the Jericho Appreciation Society?
The Hardy Boyz are- Wait.
That’s not Matt & Jeff, that’s Matt and Nick! The Young Bucks are taking that comment about being Hardy Boyz cosplayers to heart! And then they bring out Gangrel!? Sadly, Brandon Cutler is stuck as Lita.
The Young Bucks VS ???
Matt & Nick Jackson are taking on Matt & Jeff Hardy for Double or Nothing in a battle of brothers as well as generation defining tag teams. But will the Bucks be able to take this all seriously while mocking the Hardys? Or will Jon Cruz & Taylor Rust be the ones with the last laugh tonight?
The teams sort out and Nick starts against Cruz. They circle, tie up, and Nick headlocks. Cruz powers out, Nick runs him over, then mocks Jeff’s dance. Things speed up, Cruz leaps but into an atomic drop! Nick triops Cruz and uses the leg splitting leg drop and basement dropkick! Tag to Matt, Nick DECKS Rust, and Matt puts Cruz in the corner. The Bucks set up, POETRY IN MOTION! Fans fire up for the picture perfect recreation! Matt scoop SLAMS Cruz, goes up top, and with the V1 fingers, Matt goes to the second rope. Tag to Nick, he gets Cruz up and now the V1 fingers! Elbow drop! Nick tags Matt back in and they bring Cruz up.
Double back suplex but Cruz lands out! Tag to Rust! Rust dropkicks Nick, dodges Matt and kitchen sink knees! Sobat and SCISSOR KICK on Matt! Rust runs, but into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! The Bucks show their true colors, but Cruz tags in! He punches the Bucks, goes up top, but the Bucks get clear to DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Matt gets Cruz up, and he hits a TWIST OF FATE! Tag to Nick, he throws off the shirt and goes up top, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, the Bucks win!
Winners: The Young Bucks, by pinfall
It seems anything the Hardys can do, the Bucks can do better! But then they attack Gangrel! Seems he is part of them making an example to the Hardys! They get Gangrel down, but the REAL Hardys appear! “DELETE! DELETE!” The Bucks stand their ground as they stare down the Hardys, but they run into kicks! Cutler attacks! But then they turn their attention to him. Gangrel kicks Cutler and hits the IMPALER! And then a TWIST OF FATE from the real Matt Hardy! SWANTON BOMB for the real Jeff Hardy! Gangrel makes up with his old friends, but will the Hardys be able to DELETE the Elite?
Darby Allin speaks.
“It wasn’t Adam Cole, it wasn’t Bobby Fish. It wasn’t the Young Bucks, it was you, Kyle O’Reilly. It was you who took out sting.” Darby wants a fight at Double or Nothing with Kyle, or else he’ll interfere with Cole’s match, the Young Bucks’ match, and he’ll just make that night a living hell. So let’s make it official: Darby Allin VS Kyle O’Reilly, Double or Nothing. Will #KillerKyle accept the Relentless One’s challenge?
Max Caster w Gunn Club VS Dante Martin!
Platinum Max and Angel Dorado faced off on the very first episode of AEW Dark: Elevation, and now here, just after AEW turns three years old, they meet again! But will it be a repeat of history? Or will Dante show how much he’s improved since that day? Caster has a rap, of course. “Acclaimed ‘n’ the Gunns, we the new hot thing. Dante’s out of the break, already in the ring. I’ma bend your knees like the shmoney dance. Man, you couldn’t get laid at the bunny ranch! Your girl told me that you such a bitch. I’ma put you on the shelf like your brother is! Top Flight’s ’bout to crash, boy! You getting beat by Acclaimed and the Ass Boys!”
Austin says they talked about this, don’t use that name. “LOS ANGELES!” No, VEGAS, stupid! Oh, right. LAS ANGE- NO!! Bowens gets the mic and says, LAS VEGAAAAAS~! The Acclaimed have arrived! But Dante springboards and takes out Caster & said Ass Boys! But then Billy Gunn CLOBBERS Dante and RAMS him into the steps! Billy then helps Caster get in the ring so this match can start. The ref reprimands and EJECTS rest of the club! Bowens can’t believe it, and Dante rolls Caster up! TWO!! Dante springs up but Caster KICKS the leg out! Caster stomps the leg again and again, then covers. ONE, but Caster hurries to get Dante back up.
Caster has the leg, Dante CLUBS him down, throws forearms then KICKS! Dante whips, Caster reverses and CLOBBERS Dante, to then GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Cover, ONE!! Rampage goes picture in picture as Caster stalks Dante. Caster drags Dante up but Dante throws body shots. Caster grabs hair! Dante knees low, runs up the corner, and leaps, but into Caster’s arms! Caster SLAMS Dante down, gets the leg and ties him up, FIGURE FOUR LEG LOCK! Dante endures and reaches out, fans rally up, and Dante works to turn it over! Dante turns the leglock! Caster endures, but he gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref undoes the hold, Dante storms over but Caster trips him! Caster SMASHES the knee into the mat, then wraps Dante up with a leg inside the chinlock!
Dante endures so Caster shifts to focus on an arm. Dante fights up, Caster CLUBS him down. Caster whips Dante to the apron but Dante ROCKS him back. Dante springboards, but Caster BOOTS him down! Caster drags Dante in and snap suplexes! Caster covers, ONE, and Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns, Cater back hands then back suplexes Dante! Caster goes up the corner fast, aims and MIC- NOPE! Caster has to land on his feet as Dante moves! Dante elbows Caster, sunset flips, TWO! Caster gets the leg, steps through again but Dante kicks him away to O’Conner Roll on the rebound! TWO, and Dante springs up and over! Dante jumps over again, CLOBBERS Caster, and starts to rally! Fans fire up and Dante runs at the corner, but is put on the apron. Dante KICKS Caster, goes up top, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Dante hurries to the apron, fans fire up but Caster blocks the gamangiri. Dante HOTSHOTS, then resets! NOSEDIVE!! Cover, Dante wins!
Winner: Dante Martin, by pinfall
Dante avenges his loss on Elevation! Will this help Dante fly to the top of the ranks in the near future?
AEW looks closely at the Owen Hart Cup Men’s Finals.
Samoa Joe says that when it comes to facing someone like Adam Cole, you must take everything into account. Cole says he is in the finals with a man he truly admires. People look at the legacy Joe has left on this great sport and Cole finds himself where he has to beat that legacy. Cole says he is a world-class pro-wrestler, he ill be a franchise player for AEW for years to come, and it all starts with these finals! After Cole beats Joe and wins the Owen Hart Tournament, the world will remember Adam Cole BAYBAY. But Joe says as the ROH World Television Champion, Cole’s time is near.
The Men of the Year and Dan Lambert are in the ring.
Lambert says we live in crazy times, and there are very few things we can count on in this world. Death, taxes, and if you have bad acne, and a girlfriend whose CM Punk merch shirt is two sizes bigger than yours, you’re an AEW fan! If you need anything in the world of combat sports, come see Dynamite Dan. That’s what Scorpio did when he needed a new TNT Championship belt. These usually take six months to handcraft, but Dan called his buddy Ron at Red Leather Belts, and not only did he put this together in less than a week, but this is a masterpiece truly worthy of Scorpio Sky, LA’s favorite champion.
Ethan does the honors, and it is a GOLD strap with purple ribbon! The TNT Champion honors the Black Mamba, and Ethan says that now that Sky has a belt to match his talent, we can all finally be finished with the trash known as Sammy Guevara and Tay Conti! But speaking of, they and Frankie Kazarian are back on the tron. They hate to interrupt the celebration, but here is breaking news! A break in at the American Top Team HQ! Luckily, they’re on the scene! They bust in, keep people from calling authorities, and they see the trophies. They’ll take some of those. Oh hey, the “participation trophy” TNT belt! Kaz wants that belt!
Sammy says hold on, there’s something better. The BMF Championship! That is one of a kind and beautiful. You thinking what he’s thinking? Kaz sure hopes not. SamTay say they’ll “celebrate” with this belt. Sammy SMASHES the case open and they grab the BMF belt! And a few other belts, too. If Men of the Year want all these back, they’ll be in Vegas on Sunday. And bring VanZant, too. BMF: Be Mad, Fellas. Scorpio is FURIOUS! This has gone on way too long! If they want their mixed trios match, then those three scumbags against the Men of the Year & PAIGE VANZANT is happening!
But here’s the kicker: If MOTY win, then Sammy and Frankie are BARRED from challenging for the TNT Championship! They’ve been begging for this ass kicking a long time, and they’ll get it at Double or Nothing! And after that, they are DONE! But now that SamTay & the Heavy Metal Rebel have the match they wanted, will they get the revenge they wanted, too?
Mark Henry speaks tonight’s main eventers.
He starts with Ruby about what this tournament means to her. These last couple of months, Ruby’s been doubting herself, second guessing herself, losing the confidence she had when she arrived in AEW. Then she earned her shot in this tournament. This could be a turning point in her career, even if she has to beat her friend and whatever version of herself she’s bringing to the ring. Kris says that it seems everyone “needs” to win this. But Ruby needs to understand Kris has been here since day one, and what does she have to shown for it? No title, a blown out knee, and a back-up plan to the prestigious tournament. And all her friends have turned on her.
So Ruby needs to understand Kris isn’t letting this get away from her like all the other opportunities. No one, not friend or enemy, can stop her! Then there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will the Runaway’s destination be Double or Nothing? Or will Statlander’s new form take the form of an Owen Hart Cup finalist?
Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament: Ruby Soho VS Kris Statlander!
The bell rings and fans fire up as the two circle and tie up. Kris headlocks, hits the takeover, but Ruby keeps her shoulders up. Ruby headscissors, squeezes tight, but Kris kips free. Ruby sweeps, Kris kips up and sweeps back! Ruby rushes after the bad leg but Kris has the ropes. The ref counts, Ruby lets off, and fans are dueling hard. The two tie up, Kris headlocks but Ruby powers up to power out. Kris runs Ruby over and fans fire up. Kris runs, Ruby drops then shoots in to waistlock. Kris throws Ruby off and flexes! Things speed up again, Kris runs Ruby over, covers, ONE! Kris drags Ruby up to wrench and whip to the corner.
Ruby goes up and over, shows a punch, but she pulls it back! Kris gets in Ruby’s face about literally pulling punches, and the two tie up again. Kris monkey flips but Ruby comes back to wheelbarrow and arm-drag! Ruby runs in at the corner, Kris dodges but Ruby FLYING ARM-DRAGS! Kris blocks the next arm-drag to ROCK Ruby with a forearm! Ruby KICKS the leg, Kris CLOBBERS Ruby! Fans fire up while Rampage goes picture in picture.
Kris glares at Ruby, drags her up, and suplexes. Kris holds Ruby up for a count of 10, then 20, before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Kris drags Ruby up, wraps on a chinlock then makes it a cobra clutch! Ruby endures, fights up, throws body shots, and runs, into Kris’ arms! Kris SLAMS Ruby down, then SPLASHES! Cover, TWO! Kris grows annoyed but she rallies the fans up. Kris drags Ruby up, scoops, but Ruby slips out to roll Kris up! TWO, and Kris scoops Ruby to SLAM her again! Kris drags Ruby up, brings her around, but Ruby turns back suplex into CROSSBODY! Ruby bounces off and the ref starts a standing count.
Kris sits up at 3, Ruby follows at 4, and they go after each other at 5 with forearms. Ruby ROCKS Kris, Kris ROCKS Ruby, and back again! They stand, throw more forearms, then Ruby HEADBUTTS! Ruby runs, but the monkey flip is bounced off the ropes! Ruby tries a DDT but Kris throws her off! Ruby comes back, into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Rampage returns to single picture as fans rally up. Kris whips Ruby to a corner and uppercuts! Kris then fireman’s carries Ruby up the ropes! Ruby fights with elbows, slips around and SUPER STEINERS! Kris flounders, Ruby runs, but into a POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO!!
Kris can’t believe it! Ruby survives and she gets to ropes while fans fire up! Kris runs in at the corner but Ruby dodges! Kris’ bad arm hits buckles! She still fireman’s carries, “This is Awesome!” but the bad arm holds the trophy lift back! NO FUTURE! But Kris tumbles out of the ring! Ruby hurries to get Kris up but Kris is almost dead weight. Ruby gets Kris on her feet but Kris shoves her away. Kris puts Ruby on the apron but Ruby FLYING RANAS back! Ruby puts Kris in, hurries up the corner, but Kris rushes in! Ruby ROCKS Kris first, reels her in by the arm, TORNADO ARMBAR DDT!! Then KIMURA!!
Kris endures as Ruby cranks on the arm, and Kris reaches out for the ROPEBREAK! Ruby drags Kris up again, turns her, but no neckbreaker as Kris pushes free. Ruby goes up, but no Deadly Nightshade! Kris has the Electric Chair, but Ruby tries to bend back. No Poison-Rana, WHIPLASH INTO BUCKLES! O’Conner Roll, CHAOS THEORY!! And then the fisherman, DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?! Ruby survives and no one can believe it! Kris snarls, she drags Ruby up, and she CLOBBERS her point blank! Kris gets the legs and the arms, SPIDE- NO! Ruby kicks and kicks and kicks! Kris staggers, Ruby sweeps the legs! Oklahoma Roll, RUBY WINS!!
Winner: Ruby Soho, by pinfall (advances to the finals)
Tony Schiavone gets in the ring to interview the winner, but Britt Baker shows up first! She has a mic but Ruby tells everyone to cut the music. Britt can put the mic down. Everyone’s listened to Britt over and over, no one wants to listen to her anymore! Ruby gets it, the fans are upset she win. She did what she had to do to win the match. But Ruby needs to tell Britt something. Kris is Ruby’s friend, she loves and respects her, but look what she did. And Ruby hates Britt, so she’s gonna hurt her. Ruby has been telling Britt since Grand Slam that Britt has a receipt coming. Ruby’s cashing it in at Double or Nothing! Britt just smiles, but will she still be smiling after the Owen Hart Cup Women’s Finals?
A great episode here for Rampage, especially as a go-home. Great opening contest out of Bryan VS Sydal, wild to think that these guys only faced off once in ROH and missed each other in WWE, because this felt like they’d been going back and forth for years. Bryan wins, of course, for the momentum going into the Anarchy in the Arena 10 Man. Could be a sign that someone on Blackpool Combat Club & Friends is taking the loss to JAS. Great cosplay by the Bucks, that was a really fun match of them squashing Cruz and Rust. Also good to see Rust somewhere after WWE cut him way too soon, too. Great to see Gangrel, and of course the Hardys get their own bit. Bucks VS Hardys at Double or Nothing could go either way but I’m leaning towards Hardys.
They didn’t advertise Caster VS Dante but this was a great surprise. Obviously good stuff within the Acclaimed Gunn Club faction, and we got a very good match. Caster won the Elevation match they highlighted, Dante wins this one, maybe they’ll give this a tiebreaker match down the line. Scorpio Sky having a purple ‘n’ gold TNT belt is a great choice, and then an honestly genius move from SamTay & Kaz to steal some of the belts American Top Team “can’t replace.” A Mixed Trios is actually better than just 2v2, and I do like the stipulation of blocking Kaz and Sammy as contenders. It does give it away just a little that SamTay & Kaz win, but I bet Ethan takes the loss. PVZ isn’t being brought in to take the pin and no one is going to pin the TNT Champion unless it’s for the belt.
Great promo vignette from Cole and Joe, and I’m still leaning towards Cole winning. Great promos from Ruby and Kris going into their match, it really added to the fire in that main event, which was a great main event. Ruby using what Velvet told her was good story stuff, but I didn’t expect fans to boo it as hard as they did. Kris is a fan favorite, so maybe she comes around to get a title shot, like the TBS Championship after Jade beats Jay. I did like Ruby’s promo to end the show, shutting Britt up before she can begin. But Ruby being so adamant about getting that fire back, pretty sure she’s losing to Britt.
My Score: 8.6/10
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