Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (1/31/22)
Royal Rumble fallout!
Raw, welcome back to the All Mighty Era!
Bobby Lashley is once again WWE World Champion, but BROCK LESNAR won the Rumble! Will Raw see the Beast choose the All Mighty? Or will he choose revenge on Roman Reigns?
- Rhea Ripley VS Nikki A.S.H; Ripley wins.
- The Miz VS Dominik Mysterio w/ Rey Mysterio; The Miz wins.
- WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Qualifier: Kevin Owens VS Austin Theory; Theory wins and enters the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber match.
- Angelo Dawkins w/ Montez Ford VS Dolph Ziggler; Dawkins wins.
- Alpha Academy Academic Challenge, Round Two – Scooter Race: RKBRO VS Alpha Academy; Alpha Academy wins and chooses the final Academy Challenge.
- WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Qualifier: Matt Riddle VS Otis w/ Chad Gable; Riddle wins and enters the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber match.
- Bianca Belair VS Carmella; Belair wins.
- WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Qualifier: AJ Styles VS Rey Mysterio; Styles wins and enters the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber match.
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Adam Pearce is in the ring.
“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Monday Night Raw!” And we’re officially on the Road to WrestleMania after the Royal Rumble event and the shocking return of Rowdy Rhonda Rousey! Plus, we saw the crowning of the All Mighty Bobby Lashley, and pure decimation from The Beast, Brock Lesnar. But on this road, there is a road block: The Elimination Chamber! And in just three weeks, the NEW WWE World Champion will step inside the chamber to defend his title! There will be five other competitors- But here comes Lashley! He’s in a shiny red suit, MVP right behind him, and Lashley is in a great mood.
MVP gets a mic for Lashley, and MVP says that is NOT how this works. Lashley pinned Brock Lesnar 1-2-3, already proved his superiority, going to Hell and back to do it. And now Pearce wants Lashley to defend his title inside the Elimination Chamber? That’s not fair! The odds are awful! What Pearce is doing is wrong! The Chamber is the most brutal and barbaric match in the WWE. What is wrong with Pearce?! Lashley then asks Pearce, “Who the hell do you think you are?” He’s supposed to be celebrating his win over Lesnar. He knew he was better all along. Lashley is a better amateur wrestler, a better MMA fighter and a better WWE Champion!
Everyone thought the Beast could not be slain, and Lashley slayed the Beast. Watch the footage if you have any doubts. So all the Lesnar fans, Lashley asks you, “Who’s the conqueror now? Who’s the beast now? Who’s the champion now? Bobby Lashley.” Pearce tries to reason with Lashley but here comes Lesnar! And he’s still dressed for a fight! Lesnar smiles now as Mr. Royal Rumble 2022 and takes a victory lap to fist bump fans. Lesnar then gets in the ring, gets the mic from Pearce, and tells MVP to shut up or he’ll stick that cane up MVP’s ass. And as for “Bobby Who,” he’s gonna stand here and pretend like he’s the champion? C’mon, Bobby!
From one athlete to another, where’s the pride in that? Lashley knows he didn’t actually win. C’mon. Now, they know the only way Lashley won was cuz of Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman. Lashley laughs that off but Lesnar says he isn’t mad at Lashley. They’re good. Lesnar is mad at Roman and Heyman. Now, after that little “debacle,” a good contest honestly, kudos to Lashley, but uh… Lesnar took it upon himself to enter the Royal Rumble match. News flash: Lesnar won the Royal Rumble! Ain’t that a knee slapper? But Lesnar won, and because he won, he can choose a champion for a fight at WrestleMania.
“Now, listen. No need to worry, Bobby. It’s not you. Y’see, at WrestleMania, I’m gonna face Roman Reigns.” Fans like the sound of that! Lesnar says what this has to do with Lashley, is that at WrestleMania, Lesnar VS Roman is going to be title VS title. So that’s where Lashley comes back into this. See, Lesnar is dressed to fight. So uh, because of that, Lesnar challenges Lashley for a rematch right here in Cinci-freakin-nati! Lesnar is fired up, he wants Lashley to get that $5 suit off and get in gear. Lashley isn’t a fighter, his manager is holding him back! C’mon, Bobby! MVP says “after conferring” with Lashley, the answer is Lesnar can go to the end of the line and earn a shot! Challenge DELCINED!
Lesnar shouts after Lashley as he and MVP go to leave. But Lesnar says Lashley is just CHICKEN SH*T! That pisses Lashley off, but MVP keeps telling him to use logic. Lashley exits the ring, fans boo, but then Lesnar swipes at MVP! MVP gets away, he and Lashley hurry to the ramp. Lesnar keeps shouting, “CHICKEN SH*T!” but Lashley tunes it out. Pearce says Lashley may have said no to a title match tonight, but he will have to defend the title against five superstars at the Elimination Chamber. So then, one of those five will BE Brock Lesnar!! MVP is furious, but Lashley is ready. Will the All Mighty still be mighty inside the Chamber?
Rhea Ripley VS Nikki A.S.H!
The Nightmare and the Almost Super “Hero” are broken up, and now they’re looking to break the other apart! Will Rhea body slam some sense into Nikki? Or will Nikki ride out the Riptide to leave Rhea in the dust?
Raw returns and Nikki makes her entrance. The bell rings, Nikki rushes Rhea but gets run over! Nikki realizes she’s yet to get super strength, but she goes for a leg. Rhea gut wrenches Nikki up to TOSS her! Rhea then drags Nikki back up, scoops, but Nikki slips out and dropkicks the leg. Nikki runs and leaps, but into Rhea’s arms. Rhea pops Nikki around to a suplex! Rhea holds Nikki up there and walks around before she SLAMS Nikki down! Nikki bails out, super durability still not her power. Rhea waits on Nikki but Nikki wants a timeout. Rhea goes out, Nikki slides in. “So you wanna play that game, huh, Nikki?”
Rhea slides in, Nikki slides back out, then traps Rhea in the skirt! Nikki fires off on Rhea, drags her out from the bottom of the skirt, and fans boo while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Nikki grinds Rhea down with a top wristlock. Rhea endures, fights up and fans rally. Nikki whips Rhea to a corner, RAMS into her and stomps away. The ref counts, Nikki lets off but ROCKS Rhea with a forearm! Nikki pushes Rhea, goes up top, and she drags Rhea up and in. Tornado but no DDT! Rhea elbows Nikki, then catches her haymaker in a cording hold! Short arm LARAIT! And then another LARIAT! Nikki tries another haymaker but Rhea catches her again, for a HEADBUTT! Snapmare, basement dropkick! Rhea roars and fans fire up with her. Rhea aims from a corner, runs in but Nikki dodges, roll up! ONE, SUPERKICK!
Rhea hauls Nikki up, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Nikki survives but Rhea gets her up top. Rhea and Nikki brawl with wild haymakers, but then Nikki SMACKS Rhea in the nose! TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!! Rhea survives and Nikki loses her cool! Nikki hurries back up top, Rhea stands, CROSS- NO! Rhea gets under, Nikki rolls, dodges, and CLUBS Rhea on the back. Nikki reels Rhea in, takes a moment to pose, but Rhea slips out of the neckbreaker to pump handle and RIPTIDE! Cover, Rhea wins!
Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall
Nikki let her super ego get the better of her and now Rhea is standing tall! Will Rhea be able to move on from this and head back for the Raw Women’s Championship?
Alpha Academy Academic Challenge, Round Two – Scooter Race: RKBRO VS Alpha Academy!
Kevin Patrick welcomes us to this special event. Representing the Alpha Academy will be Chad Gable, and representing RKBRO will be Matt Riddle. RKBRO has a 1-0 lead in this best of three series, and Riddle chose this stipulation. Would he like to elaborate on the rules of this race? Riddle would be glad to, KP. This is dedicated to Randy. Love you, bro. Gable grabs Riddle’s crumpled paper and sees it. It just says “Gustavo!” Yeah, that’s the name of his scooter. SHOOSH. Shoosh. This is a joke, and a slap in the face to the Alpha Academy that this is part of an academic challenge.
And that spelling bee was rigged! Accents have given Gable nightmares all week. He oughta dissolution both of them. Bro, save the big words for the master spellers. Don’t even right now. Kevin, hit them with the rules they talked about. Certainly. The first man to complete 50 laps around the arena and arrive at ringside first will be the winner. Gable says that’s easier than he thought. And he called some Olympic friends, the speed skaters. They sent him this speed suit to make him more aerodynamic, bro. Gotta admit, that’s a sweet suit. But more flow means quadruple the acceleration. That’s just science.
Kevin introduces the special guest race starter, R-Truth! Scooterers, to your marks! Ready, get set, GOOO~! Gable takes an early lead, but where will they be after fifty laps?
Raw checks in with Alexa Bliss’ therapy sessions.
The wheels are spinning. What is she thinking about? “Two weeks ago, you mentioned ‘imaginary.’ But Lily was real. Lily’s always been real.” Any time she was pushed around, looked down on, or made fun of, Lily’s been there for her. That was real. Then how would she feel if Lily returned? Really? Well… She’d hug her, play with her, dress her up in her pajamas, maybe have a sleepover and watch scary movies. They always had so much fun. The doctor would like to show her a replica Lily. It shouldn’t mean anything then, since it’s not really her. He brings it out. How does Alexa feel? She smiles, but is that a good or bad sign?
The Miz VS Dominik Mysterio w/ Rey Mysterio!
The Hollywood A-Lister may have lost to Edge again, but he won’t let that stop him from stroking his ego. Will he start on re-inflating it at the expense of the Son of Mysterio?
Raw returns and the Mysterios make their entrance. The bell rings, Miz taunts Rey, but then Miz circles with Dom. They tie up, Miz powers Dom to a corner, but lets off as the ref counts. Miz musses Dom’s hair but Dom pushes back. Dom dodges a haymaker to ROCK Miz with one! Miz grins and gets up to circle with Dom again. They tie up, Dom waistlocks but Miz swings an elbow. Dom ducks, fires haymakers, runs and wheelbarrows to body scissor Miz onto ropes! Miz ducks the 619 and asks if Rey thinks this is funny. Dom drags Miz up to the apron! But Miz hotshots Dom back, then shoves Rey!
Miz gets in the ring, has the ref keep Rey back, and Miz laughs at Rey. But Dom runs in to kick, whip, but Miz kicks him back. Miz runs, but then pretends Rey tripped him! Miz is using a Guerrero tactic to get Rey in trouble! The ref EJECTS Rey! Dom is distracted by Rey having to leave. Miz gets Dom in a SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!! Cover, Miz wins!
Winner: The Miz, by pinfall
The A-Lister outsmarted the Mysterios to get back on the winning track! Will Dom get payback soon enough?
Dana Brooke is on alert.
But Tamina still finds her! They scuffle, Dana pushes Tamina away and gets moving. The scooterers go by, 18 of 50 laps down! Will Tamina ever catch the 24/7 Champion again? Will Riddle make it a 2-0 sweep for RKBRO?
Riddle has the lead in the scooter race!
But wait, he has to stop because Omos is in his way! Oh, hey, Omos. You’ve got beautiful eyes. What? Gable gets the lead back! Oh, sorry, Omos, gotta go! They’re at the halfway point of 25 laps! The finish line is waiting at ringside, who reaches it first?
Kevin Owens heads to the ring!
Before his Elimination Chamber qualifier tonight, The Prizefighter is holding a “Road to WrestleMania” edition of the KO Show! What will Kevin have to say about his journey back to the Grandest Stage of Them All? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Kevin welcomes us back to his show. The last few nights have been very exciting. People were thrown over the top ropes, titles were defended and titles were won. We have a new All Mighty WWE Champion! But Kevin agrees, boo that result. But things are only going to get more exciting because we’re headed to, get this, the most STUPENDOUS WrestleMania ever! Two nights, double the stupendousness! And as exciting as that might be, here’s a little scoop. Kevin Owens is in the Elimination Chamber match! Well, as soon as he beats that protected, sheltered wannabe, Austin Theory. But he’ll get it done.
Enough about that, tonight is about Kevin’s guest. A man who should be here as your WWE Universal Champion. It is Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins! The Visionary walks out, still moving despite being sore from the chairshots Roman gave him. Rollins goes to the ring and Kevin hands him a mic. Kevin asks how Rollins is feeling. Are they going to sit? Yeah, they’ll sit tonight, Rollins isn’t 100%. Kevin thanks Rollins for accepting his invitation. Rollins says Cincy is the hottest city in the country! He wouldn’t miss this for the world. Fans chant, “WHO DEY? WHO DEY?” Kevin doesn’t get it but Rollins says it’s a football thing.
Kevin wants to remind everyone what happened on Saturday. “Despicable people in the truck, play the footage.” A highlight reel shows us how Rollins used The Shield attire and theme to mess with Roman, and how he came so close to winning the title. Rollins trolling Roman might’ve gone a bit too far with the fist bump offer, as Roman held onto his guillotine headlock during the ropebreak and got himself disqualified. Roman still retained the title despite losing, but that only made Roman snap and recreate the chair attack from the night of the Shield betrayal. Kevin say she can’t sit, he’s all fired up.
What Roman did to Rollins was “disgusting, it was shameful.” But Roman did that on purpose because he knew he couldn’t beat Rollins. And y’know what? While Rollins may not officially be champion, Kevin wants Rollins to look at him when he says he is the Universal Champion of Kevin’s heart. Rollins tells Kevin thanks, that means a lot. Rollins stands up to say that he may not be Universal Champion, he did acquire something else. And that is a permanent piece of real estate int he mind of Roman Reigns. And the net time he goes back, he will bring back that Universal title. But that’s SmackDown business. Tonight is Raw. Yes, that is true.
So it has come to Rollins’ attention that Lashley is defending his title inside Elimination Chamber. Rollins is here with a special announcement for that match. Oh? Rollins didn’t tell Kevin. Well it’s a surprise. Oh, okay. Surprises are good. Go ahead, the floor is Rollins. Drum roll, please. Uh, ok. The speakers give a drum roll, and Rollins says one of the men in that Elimination Chamber will be… SETH FREAKIN’ ROLLINS! Whoa, so he’s in the match? Automatically? Kevin has to qualify. Well Rollins’ match with Roman was enough. Be happy for him. Kevin is happy for Rollins! He’s pumped!
Kevin says this is well deserved. Rollins in the Chamber, that’s awesome. Kevin will get in, too. But where are Pearce and Sonya? In the back. Well maybe Rollins can tell them to just put Kevin in the Chamber or else Rollins will give up his spot. That way, Kevin can just be in the match, too! Uh… Maybe. Kevin says he’d do it for Rollins. That is 100% truth. Well, Rollins wants to believe that but… Austin Theory shows up! Vince McMahon’s pet project is ready for his chance to get in the Chamber! Will KO make his discussion with Rollins moot by winning his way in? Or will Theory make Vince proud with a big win over the Prizefighter?
WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Qualifier: Kevin Owens VS Austin Theory!
Raw returns and the bell rings. Kevin kicks Theory, CHOPS him, COHPS him more and more, then has him in the corner for more CHOPS! Kevin bumps Theory off buckles, headlocks, but Theory powers out. Kevin runs Theory over, things speed up as Kevin keeps moving, and Theory hurdles. Kevin drops to then CLOBBER Theory, and drop a SENTON! Fans fire up for Kevin as he stands Theory up for more CHOPS! Kevin whips Theory to a corner hard, and Theory bounces off buckles. Kevin stomps Theory, CHOPS him, then CHOPS him again. Theory shoves back, kicks and forearms, then throws haymakers.
Theory stomps Kevin in the corner, lets off as the ref counts, and wrenches to whip corner to corner. Kevin puts Theory on the apron but Theory hotshots him! Theory slingshots and somersaults to SHOTGUN dropkick! Cover, TWO! Theory keeps cool, drags Kevin up, and Theory ROCKS Kevin with a forearm. Theory throws back elbow after back elbow then haymakers and body shots. The ref counts, backs Theory off, and Kevin CHOPS him! Kevin ROCKS Theory, CHOPS him, whips, but Theory reverses. Kevin kicks Theory and CLOBBERS him again! Theory goes to a corner, Kevin runs in, but Theory bails out.
Kevin keeps cool but Theory trips him and drags him out. Kevin whips Theory into barriers! And then CANNONBALL! Kevin roars and fans fires up with him. Kevin drags Theory up and into the ring, but Theory bails out the other side. Fans boo, Kevin goes out after Theory, but Theory BOOTS Kevin! Theory throws Kevin backwards onto the steel steps! Kevin writhes on the floor as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Kevin throws forearms over and over on Theory. Theory shoves, kicks, but Kevin ENZIGURIS back! And DDT! Both men are down and fans fire up! Kevin gets up, goes to a corner and climbs up top. But Theory ROCKS him with a forearm first! Theory climbs up, Kevin hits back and headbutts Theory down! Kevin adjusts, goes up, MOONSAULT! Theory moves, Kevin FLOPS! Theory hits a BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Theory is shocked but he shakes his head. Theory stalks Kevin, fireman’s carries, but Kevin fights free to ROCK Theory, and CHOP him! Kevin runs, Theory ROCKS Kevin back!
Theory gets Kevin reeled in, fisherman and AOI SHODOU! Cover, TWO! Kevin survives and Theory is frustrated. Theory drags Kevin up, tries again but Kevin wrenches out and pump handles for a MADE IN JAPAN USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Theory survives and Kevin can’t believe it! Kevin aims, kicks, but Theory denies the Stunner. Kevin SUPERKICKS back! Theory is down, Kevin goes up, SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?! Theory survives and Kevin is beside himself! Kevin goes up the corner, reels Theory in, but Theory climbs up to fire off haymakers and forearms! Theory then goes to the very top, but Kevin blocks!
Kevin throws body shots, hooks a leg, SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER! Kevin crawls, covers, ROPEBREAK!! Theory saves himself by mere inches and fans can’t believe it! Theory gets out of the ring while Kevin seethes. Kevin goes out, CLUBS away on Theory’s back, then bumps him off the apron again and again! And then off the announce desk! And then Kevin reels Theory in, APRON POWER- NO! Theory slips into the ring, Kevin hurries in, Theory kicks the ropes! Kevin gets Kevin up, A T L!! Cover, Theory wins!!
Winner: Austin Theory, by pinfall (qualifies for the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber)
And Theory takes a victory selfie. Fans aren’t happy about it, but will Mr. McMahon shower Theory with praises for taking down the Prizefighter?
The Street Profits see Riddle scootering up.
They give him a drink as a pitstop, and Riddle says that isn’t a sports drink. But it’ll definitely wash down that tasty burrito from earlier. Thanks, bros! Riddle hurries off, and Gable comes up behind him. He wants a drink, but Angelo Dawkins says NOPE. They’re parched. No! Gable needs a drink! Luckily Otis is there for Gable. Ew, what is this? Steak sauce?! Yes, only the best for Master Gable. No, the sodium will dehydrate him! Gable frowns and scooters on, they’re nearing the last 10 laps! Will Gable be able to come back from behind?
Angelo Dawkins w/ Montez Ford VS Dolph Ziggler!
Cincy’s own is here to represent on the Road to WrestleMania! #WhoDey that thinks they can beat the Curse of Greatness? Will the Show-Off be just the Dirty Dawg to do it?
Raw returns and Ziggler makes his entrance. The bell rings, Ziggler KNEES Dawkins down! Cover, TWO! Ziggler talks trash, scrapes laces off Dawkins’ face, then POSTS him! Cover, TWO! Ziggler grins as he keeps on Dawkins and claws at the eyes! The ref counts, Ziggler lets off at 4, then scrapes laces off the face again. Ziggler stalks Dawkins, scrapes his face again, then covers. TWO, Ziggler hurries to full mount and then shoot the half into a headlock. Dawkins endures, fans chant, “WHO DEY!” and Dawkins fights up. Dawkins throws body shots, gets free, but Ziggler kicks low to turn and NECKBREAKER!
Fans boo but Ziggler grins. Dawkins gets away to a corner and Ford coaches him up. Ziggler runs in to SPLASH! Ziggler soaks up the heat, runs in again and SPLASHES! Ziggler mocks the Icky Shuffle, runs in but Dawkins DECKS him with a right! Ford fires up and the fans do, too, as both men are down. Dawkins and Ziggler crawl around, drag themselves up at ropes, and Dawkins speeds up to LARIAT! Dawkins whips, Ziggler reverses but Dawkins hurdles to FLYING ELBOW! Pump handle EXPLODER! Fans fire up with Dawkins and he runs in to CYCLONE SPLASH! Dawkins keeps moving, BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!
Dawkins keeps cool, brings Ziggler back up, and underhooks. Ziggler slips out, rolls Dawkins up, TWO! Dawkins clinches but Ziggler fires elbows. Dawkins shoves, pops up, SATELLITE DDT! Cover, TWO! Dawkins survives and Ziggler can’t believe it! Dawkins flounders, Ziggler waits on him. Ford rallies the fans, Dawkins gets up, and he blocks the superkick to spin Ziggler around! Ziggler flips through the backslide but into the underhooks! SILENCER! Cover, Dawkins wins!
Winner: Angelo Dawkins, by pinfall
Who dey? Not Ziggler! Dawkins gets a big singles win, but will he and Ford get back up in the tag division?
The scooter race is still on!
They start restoring to pushing and shoving! We’re entering the final lap! Who will make it to the finish line first?!
Veer Mahaan is still coming.
“I have been patient like a lion. Waiting, watching, biding my time. But now, the hunter has finally spotted its prey. And soon, I will strike.”
Kevin Patrick welcomes us back.
He and R-Truth are at the finish line, waiting for what could be a photo finish here. RKBRO wants to earn that tag title rematch, but who does Truth think will win? The Bengals! Cincy likes the sound of that. Riddle and Gable are making the home stretch to gorilla! Gable has a lead, but Riddle has the stamina! Riddle gets around the corner, Gable goes down! Riddle laughs as he coasts, but then Otis CLOBBERS Riddle feet from the finish! Gable gets up, sees he has a chance, and he hurries back onto his scooter. Gable scoots around Riddle, does some taunting laps around Riddle, then crosses the line!
Winner: Chad Gable
Gable’s number one guy made sure to turn this race into a demolition derby! Riddle protests! That got rid of all the integrity! Randy always said- SHOOSH! Do Gable’s cauliflower ears deceive him, or is Riddle saying Gable’s a cheater? Gable’s never cheated at anything in his life. Not to make the Olympics, not to get a Master’s Degree, and not on his 4.0 GPA, thank you. But if Riddle wants a match, and because Gable is pissed, Riddle has his match with Otis. Will the Dozer demolish Riddle again? Or can The Bro get some semblance of revenge through the ring?
Matt Riddle VS Otis w/ Chad Gable!
Raw returns but then Adam Pearce walks out to officially inform us that this match is now an Elimination Chamber qualifier! Winner joins the WWE World Championship match! Ring the bell!
The bell does ring and Riddle fires off on Otis! Otis knees low, whips, runs, and POUNCES Riddle to the ropes! “For the Academy!” Riddle flounders to the corner, Otis runs in and SPLASHES! Otis whips back the other way hard, and Riddle bounces off buckles! Otis stands Riddle up to CLUB him and fire off body shots. Otis CLOBBERS Riddle, drags Riddle up again and back suplexes for a CLUBBING SLAM! Gable soaks up the heat on Otis’ behalf as he runs, for a BIG SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Otis drags Riddle up again, clamps on a neck wrench, but fans rally for Riddle. Riddle fights up, throws body shots, and then forearms!
Riddle runs, but into the WRECKER ELBOW! Otis drags Riddle back up, CLUBS him back down, and says, “I’m the tree trunk!” But Riddle boots from the corner! Otis CLUBS Riddle again, RAMS a shoulder into him, then digs in. The ref counts, Otis lets off at 4, and he stalks Riddle. Otis kicks Riddle and Riddle falls out of the ring. The ref counts but Gable laughs at Riddle. Otis soaks up the heat but Riddle drags himself up. Riddle shoulders into Otis, slingshots up and over and gets moving, but Otis POUNCES him again! Otis is all fired up while Riddle writhes. Riddle manages to sit up but Otis CLUBS him again!
Otis has the neck wrench again and Riddle endures. Riddle fights up as fans rally, and Riddle throws more body shots. Otis CLUBS Riddle, scoops and SLAMS him, then runs to ELBOW DROP! Riddle flounders and writhes as he clutches his ribs. Riddle sputters, Otis stalks him to ropes. Otis stands on Riddle to choke him on the ropes! The ref counts, Otis lets off at 4, then he stands on Riddle’s chest! The ref counts again, Otis lets off, and Gable mocks Riddle’s pain. Riddle gets to the apron, Otis drags him up, but Riddle HOTSHOTS Otis away! Riddle hurries up, slingshots in and ROCKS Otis with forearms!
Riddle runs, ROCKS Otis again, then keeps moving. But Otis LARIATS Riddle right down! “You can’t run through a brick wall!” Cover, TWO! Otis still gloats, and he sits Riddle up again. Otis clamps onto the neck wrench a third time but fans still rally. Riddle fights up, throws body shots, but Otis CLUBS him yet again. Otis drags Riddle back up, back suplexes, but Riddle lands on his feet! Riddle fires off palm strikes and a ROUNDHOUSE! Riddle fires off KICKS in the corner, but Otis blocks to EXPLODER! Gable says Otis has to shut this down. Riddle dodges in the corner to forearm smash! And then side to side, another forearm smash!
Riddle is slowing down but he dodges Otis to ripcord, FINAL FLASH! Otis drops to a knee, FINAL FLASH again! Riddle hurries to a corner and up top, FLOATING BRO!! On Otis’ leg! Otis hobbles as Riddle fires up and hears the voices, bro! Otis stands, and he blocks the RKO! Riddle elbows Otis away from the corner, goes up, FLOATING BRO ATTACK! Jackknife cover, Riddle wins!!
Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall (qualifies for the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber)
A HUGE win for The Bro! The Viper may not be here, but is he proud of The Stallion here tonight?
Bianca Belair VS Carmella!
The EST didn’t make history with back-to-back Rumble wins, but she’s still the Iron Woman three years running! Will she fight her way to that Raw Women’s Championship on this Road to WrestleMania? Or will the self-proclaimed Most Beautiful Woman in the WWE put her on a detour?
Raw returns, and Mella wants a timeout. She goes to her team to put on the protective mask. Fans boo, Bianca is annoyed, but Mella finally returns to the ring. The bell sounds, they tie up and Bianca waistlocks to SLAM Mella down. Bianca keeps the waistlock, Mella complains and fights up, but Bianca SLAMS her back down. Mella flails but she can’t get away. “Am I still pretty?” Umm… Mella gets up, Bianca picks her up but Mella elbows free. Mella pushes Bianca and says she’s the hottEST. Bianca laughs it off, but Mella shoves her again. Bianca winds up the hair, and Mella freaks! Bianca says GOTTEE, and then shoves Mella down!
Bianca says kiss this, but Mella SLAPS Bianca! Bianca can’t believe Mella did that, and the chase is on! They go around the ring, back in the ring, and Mella stomps Bianca down at the ropes. The ref counts, Mella lets off and says she’s the prettiEST. But Bianca kips up and runs Mella over! Bianca says she’s the prettiEST. And then she RAMS into Mella, but Mella pushes Bianca back. Bianca stomps Mella, storms up on her, but Mella YANKS her into the buckles. Mella stomps away on Bianca then fires off hands. Mella lets off, fans boo, but Mella soaks it all up. Mella clubs and stomps Bianca, then struts around.
Mella has Bianca in a corner, she digs forearms into Bianca’s face then throws back elbow after back elbow. Mella lets off just a second, then elbows Bianca down! Mella drags Bianca up to CLUB her, then pushes her around to a cover. ONE, but Mella clamps on with a chinlock. Bianca endures, fans rally up for the “E S T! E S T!” and Bianca fights up. Bianca scoops but Mella slips out to throw Bianca down by her hair! Cover, TWO, and Mella clamps on with another chinlock. Mella leans on the hold, “I’m the hottEST!” Bianca endures, fans rally up again, and Bianca powers up against Mella’s leverage.
Bianca throws body shots, scoops and hits a BACKBREAKER! Mella gets to ropes, she runs back in but Bianca spins her around for a suplex! Bianca kips up, fires up, and fires off on Mella! Bianca whips, Mella ducks and dodges but Bianca ROCKS her! Torture rack for the KISS OF DEATH! Cover, Bianca wins!
Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall
Mella can have her opinion about her looks, but Bianca proved that she’s still the strongEST with that win! Will Bianca find a way to make it WrESTleMania once again?
Raw checks back in with Alexa.
Her smile at the substitute Lily assures the doctor that they’re making progress. Alexa says she’s missed Lily so much. But this isn’t the real Lily. This is just a replica from WWE’s shop. Now, he will let Alexa hold her just to prove to her it isn’t THE Lily. Alexa holds onto Not Lily and she gets emotional. Alexa cries, but is she finally getting past her past?
Backstage interview with The Alpha Academy.
Chad Gable & Otis split the difference with Matt Riddle, but they did win the scooter race. Gable laughs and says of course he won the race! He’s an Olympian! And that means he gets to choose the final challenge. It’ll be a doozy! It’ll be a QUIZ BOWL! And when Riddle & Orton lose the quiz bowl, just like the Bengals will lose their bowl game, RKBRO can kiss their tag title rematch good-bye. SHOOSH. Do the Stallion & Viper stand a chance in the final Alpha Academy Academic Challenge?
WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Qualifier: AJ Styles VS Rey Mysterio!
The Phenomenal One was this year’s Ironman of the Rumble, but he still has to fight his way to the world title! Will Styles make the Elimination Chamber that much more phenomenal? Or will the King of Lucha start on his own Road to WrestleMania here tonight?
Raw returns and Rey makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They shake hands to show sportsmanship, and then they tie up. Styles powers Rey to a corner, but he lets off clean. Rey comes back, they feel out the grapple, and Rey shoots in to waistlock. Styles switches, SLAMS Rey, but Rey grabs the ropes. Styles lets off clean again, and he waits on Rey. They circle, feel things out, knuckle lock for a test of strength, but Styles pushes Rey down. Rey kicks up, sunset flips, ONE! Styles sweeps, covers, ONE! Styles has a headlock to keep Rey down. Rey powers up, powers out, things speed up and Styles runs Rey over!
Styles keeps moving, Rey follows and RANAS! Styles gets to a corner, fans fire up with Rey as he runs in, but Styles blocks the monkey flip to put Rey up top. Styles CHOPS, climbs up, but Rey headbutts him back down! Leap frog RANA! Rey whips, Styles reverses but Rey tilt-o-whirls, into a BACKBREAKER! Styles takes a moment to catch his breath, then he drags Rey up. Rey throws body shots, Styles CLUBS and whips Rey to slide him out of the ring! Rey rolls through, that’s new! But Styles slingshots out! Rey dodges, dropkicks Styles down, then builds speed to slide and SPLASH onto knees!
Styles suckered Rey in, and now he fireman’s carries. But Rey RANAS free and sends Styles into barriers! Both men are down while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Styles drags Rey into a chinlock. Rey endures as Styles squeezes tight and leans his weight on Rey. Rey fights up, throws body shots then forearms. Styles shoves, Rey kicks back, and then Rey springboards to QUEBRADA! Styles catches, spins Rey but Rey uses that to DDT! Both men are down and fans rally back up. Rey gets to ropes, drags himself up, and he runs at Styles to tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Rey whips, Styles reverses but Rey ducks and springboards to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Rey keeps his cool, fans fire up again and Rey KICKS Styles’ leg. Rey KICKS, whips, but Styles holds ropes to deny the dropkick! SLIDING FOREARM!
Styles fireman’s carries, USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Rey is still in this but Styles keeps focus. Styles waistlocks and gets Rey up, but Rey victory rolls to put Styles on ropes! Rey dials it up, but Styles ducks the 619! Styles ROCKS Rey from the apron, springboards in, but Rey gets under! Rey runs in but Styles catches him and rolls him. Rey rolls through to BUZZSAW! But Rey collapses, both men are down on the mat! Rey crawls to a cover, TWO!! Rey almost caught Styles sleeping on the job, but he keeps cool as he stalks Styles to the corner. Rey RAMS his shoulder in, hoists Styles up top and climbs.
Rey calls his shot, but Styles blocks the Super Steiner! Styles drags Rey into position, SUPER- NO! No Clash! Rey pops out, elbows back and goes up to leap, RANA onto the ropes! Rey redials, 619!! Rey goes up top as fast as he can, for the FROG SPLASH but he flops as Styles sits up! But Rey still gets him for a ghost pin! TWO!! Styles ducks Rey’s clothesline to PELE! Both men are down again, but Styles hurries to get up. Styles drags Rey up, reels him in, but Rey turns Clash into SEATED SENTON! Rey hurries back up top, SEATED SENTON again, but Styles rolls through! STYLES CLASH!! Cover, Styles wins!
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall (qualifies for the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber)
Once again, a phenomenal finish! Styles finds a way to win, and now he is the sixth and final man in that grueling title match! Will he find a way to take that title from the All Mighty Lashley?
Rhonda Rousey is here!
As promised, the Baddest Woman on the Planet is in Cincinnati, and she’s back as the winner of the Women’s Royal Rumble! Rhonda gets a mic, she smirks as the fans cheer for her, and then she says, “I’ve been debating since Saturday whose title I want to take at WrestleMania. Charlotte’s, or Rebecca’s. I have unfinished business with both. Now, I could choose Rebecca, but… My attention is a compliment she doesn’t really deserve. Because the biggest fight for any woman at any time is always with me. And Rebecca’s stagnating title reign is not my problem. It is hers, though.
“Now, I could choose Charlotte, just to prove that even as a contender, not even a champion yet, that Rebecca is still on my undercard. Then Charlotte will know, Rebecca will know, and everyone will know, that the baddest big time bitch is me!” But here comes Becky! Dressed like a playing card…? “Oh Ronnie, ya little weirdo. I missed ya!” Using her gov’t name and spouting nonsense. Nice to see Rhonda hasn’t changed. But she’s losing credibility with statements like that, when Becky’s the only one who beat Rhonda. And no one’s beat Becky for a title ever since. Wasn’t even sure we’d ever see Rhonda again.
But now that we are seeing her, the biggest match in anyone’s mind is Rhonda VS Becky. But seeing as this is Rhonda’s first WrestleMania back, Becky won’t blame her going for an appetizer like Charlotte before going after the main course. You don’t just sip down a cup of Gazpacho. But if Rhonda wants to go right for the meat ‘n’ potatoes and chooses Becky, Becky’s all game. But if Rhonda could just please decide soon, because this division has never been hotter, and Becky just wants to know who she’ll beat next. So then, who’s it gonna be? Rhonda stays quiet but Becky gets the fans in on it. The fans want to know, that’s why Rhonda came out.
Rhonda THROWS Becky down! Then she takes Becky’s mic to say, “You’ll have my answer on Friday.” Rhonda just gave everyone a reason to watch SmackDown! Well how rude! Becky thought they were catching up. Make it official, Ronnie Fears Becky! Or maybe Rhonda just wanted to get outta Cincy as bad as Becky does! But in that case, Ronnie, run and- LITA?! Lita’s here?! She’s wearing a Big Time Becks merch shirt, and says, “So rude, amirite?” Yes, so rude! What is Rhonda’s problem? That’s what Becky’s said the last four years! Fans are chanting for Lita, and Lita says Rhonda can’t talk like that to the GOAT. Yes, thank you!
Lita knew since day one that Becky would be right here. Becky has set the division on fire. Yes, completely right. And speaking of legends, Becky’s been a fan of Lita’s since she was growing up. She got in trouble wearing a thong outside the pants, but that’s neither here nor there. Well, Lita says the one thing she respects above anything is that Becky’s a fighting champion and never backs down. Yes, Becky never backs down. Wait, what’s Lita getting at? Well, if Becky never backs down from a challenge, Lita was just thinking… Becky VS Lita at Elimination Chamber? Uh, n-no. Fans say, “YES! YES! YES!”
But Becky never backs down, Lita is giving a challenge, so- Yeah, but Lita is putting words in Becky’s mouth, taking things outta context. Lita says it is a lot of work defending a title. If Becky’s scared, just say so. No, she is many things, but she is NOT scared. If Lita wants that match, she’s got it! Then the match is made! The Man takes on the extreme icon, will Becky regret being so big time?
After the Royal Rumble has good action but disappointing results, Raw here did a very good job of turning those lemons into lemonade as WWE turns the corner on the Road to WrestleMania. Lesnar setting out his roadmap was some great stuff. He got on Lashley’s nerve but is in the Elimination Chamber for the first time. Just Lesnar and Lashley could demolish that structure if they wanted to. I like that Rollins was automatically put in more as a point of upsetting Kevin Owens than anything. And we got great qualifier matches to give us the other three entries. Theory beating Kevin of course goes in line with Theory legit being Vince’s new favorite, and it could add to Kevin’s frustrations. Maybe Kevin still faces Damian Priest for the US title.
I really like that they found a way to blend Riddle’s tag team story with his singles story. He gets cheated out of the scooter race, which of course brings up round three of the Academic Challenge, but then Riddle wins huge off Otis to get in the Chamber. Riddle will get another chance to interact with Lesnar in the ring, as well as all these other great stars, he’ll definitely be a highlight of the Chamber match. Just no Floating Bro off the top of a pod, though. Styles VS Rey was great stuff as the main event match of the night, and with Theory in the Chamber, Styles getting in makes sense. Plus, Miz cheating Dom in their match, I’m thinking Miz sets something up with Rey for Mania.
WWE finally did something good for hometown wrestlers with Dawkins winning over Ziggler. Depending on how things go between Alpha Academy and RKBRO, I’m sure the Profits will be set back up for another tag title shot. Veer Mahaan’s still on his way so that’s nice to know. He did mention he has a target in mind now, maybe he’s aiming for the US Championship as his return feud. And we got perhaps one Alexa Bliss segment that was cut into two just for the sake of filling time. I have a feeling she’ll be holding onto that replica Lily as a surrogate, and trying to take it from her could trigger her.
We actually got decent stuff out of the women’s matches tonight. Rhea VS Nikki could’ve still been bigger, but we got a good match for just giving it to us so suddenly. Bianca VS Mella was perhaps one of Mella’s best singles matches in a long time. The stuff with the mask is getting old, though, but there isn’t exactly anything motivating her to give it up. Bianca sweeping the tag champs could lead to her going for tag titles, but I wouldn’t know who to give Bianca as a tag partner. And then Rhonda was of course the last segment of the night, in part. What she said was good teasing of the decision but she seemed bored delivering it. Her getting to throw Becky was probably the part she wanted to do most.
What a great surprise with Lita goading Becky into a title match. That is going to be a lot of fun for Elimination Chamber, and just as Charlotte has a win over Trish Stratus as a feather in her cap, Becky will have one on Lita. Then maybe, just maybe, they use WrestleMania 38 being two nights to set up Rhonda VS one champion, then winner of that VS the other, another Winner Takes All scenario.
My Score: 8.4/10
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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (6/7/23)
On the road to Collision!
Dynamite brings out the gold!
AEW Dynamite lands in Colorado Springs, and Kris Statlander defends her TBS Championship against Anna Jay A.S! Will Kris still be the Galaxy’s Greatest?
- AEW International Championship: Orange Cassidy VS Swerve Strickland; wins and
- Texas Tornado Tag: #JungleHook VS La Faccion Ingobernable; wins.
- Six Man Tag: Blackpool Combat Club VS Chaos; wins.
- Ricky Starks VS Jay White; wins.
- AEW TBS Championship: Kris Statlander VS Anna Jay A.S; wins and
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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (6/6/23)
Who earns some Tiffy Time?
Only one can be The Center of the Universe!
To earn a shot at Tiffany Stratton’s NXT Women’s Championship, the Women’s Division fights in a battle royal! Who wins a golden ticket to Tiffy Time?
- Mixed Six Tag Match: Diamond Mine VS The Schism; The Schism wins.
- Blair Davenport VS Dani Palmer; Blair wins.
- Baron Corbin VS Trick Williams; Corbin wins.
- Mustafa Ali VS Joe Gacy; Ali wins.
- Eddy Thorpe VS Damon Kemp; Thorpe wins.
- Dabba-Kato VS SCRYPTS; Dabba wins.
- NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Battle Royal: Thea Hail wins and will challenge Tiffany Stratton for the title.
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Baron Corbin arrives backstage.
The Lone Wolf stares down Tyler Bate and Eddy Thorpe, chuckles at a poster of Carmelo Hayes, then stares down Hank Walker, Tank Ledger and some of the prospects. He tells staff to hit his music and they do as told. Corbin scoffs at the rest of the posters while he makes his entrance. Fans boo as Corbin makes his way to the ring, because we all remember him going after Melo after Melo retained the title against Noam Dar. Corbin gets the mic to say, “Y’know, I never thought I’d walk back through these doors. When I got the call, I cleaned out my locker and never looked back.
“Over the next eight YEARS, I ascended to the top of Raw and SmackDown. While I was main-eventing PPVs, NXT superstars continued to get called up to the main roster. When they got there, they were full of talent and hunger. And then something changed. I wonder what it was. Now, they come up full of ego and attitude. Hell, some of ’em sit in the locker room, twiddle their thumbs on their cellphone, acting like they got nowhere better to be. They act like we should thank them for coming up to Raw and SmackDown.
“Then I walk in through these doors. I hear superstars in the back talking about their legacy, talking about how they’re the next ones to be called up. Or, they’re complaining that they haven’t been called up yet, and it’s starting to make me sick! They walk through these doors to a championship team. They have guaranteed contracts, and they’re living in a house that I built! Me and all the other OGs started in FCW, and we took this train all the way to sell out Barclays Arena, with 16,500 people! Don’t clap for that now, you’ve never done it before, get off my bandwagon.
“I come through those doors tonight, and there’s superstars can’t even look me in the eye. They don’t show me the respect that I deserve. Now I had no control over that last Draft that came up. But you can make damn sure I got control of the next, because I’m gonna make every one of those superstars regret ever signing a WWE contract! Every single one of ’em is soft, every single one of ’em is weak, and they’re sure as hell not as good as they think they are. That all lies on the champion, the NXT Champion, Carmelo Hayes. Melo walks around here like his stuff doesn’t stink. Yeah, there you go. Cheer for him. Cheer for him!
“Cuz ol’ Melo got a taste of main roster reality when I laid him out, put him down, I took his title and I stood over his body, and I held it over my head.” Wait, ILJA DRAGUNOV is here! The Czar tells Baron, “Would you please, um, give me the chance to introduce myself. My name is Ilja Dragunov.” Fans cheer and Corbin says he knows who Ilja is, but what does he want? Ilja isn’t sure about the people Corbin saw in the hall, but Ilja is here to look him in the eyes to say, he’s NOT soft and he is NOT weak. He is the most animalistic, intense man in NXT! He’s beaten everyone put in front of him, and after Battleground, he is the first man in line to face Melo for the title.
Oh, here we go. There’s the NXT arrogance. Corbin has competed in SIX WrestleMania matches, he retired THE Kurt Angle, and he is the last man to pin Roman Reigns. Fans chant “BUM ASS CORBIN!” Ilja gets it, Corbin is targeting Melo to make some kind of point. But Ilja is targeting Melo for the title. And Ilja really doesn’t care how many Manias Corbin’s been to. If Ilja must ravage Corbin with pain to get what he wants, then so be it. Corbin tells the “kid” that there is a big difference between what he wants and what he’s gonna get. Corbin jumps the line cuz he says so, cuz he’s the biggest star in the building.
Ilja says Corbin is making assumptions, but Ilja makes challenges. So why not show everyone how much of a star you are, against Ilja tonight?! Fans love the sound of that! Corbin asks Ilja really wants “a piece of this” after Battleground. Well, there’s nothing Corbin can bring as hard as Dijak did at Battleground. Ilja shows off the NASTY bruise on his hip! Corbin says that’s cute. That’s one bruise. When Corbin’s done with him, Ilja will be covered in ’em. Ilja welcomes the challenge. Fans fire up, will the Lone Wolf be sent back to the main roster with his tail between his legs?
But wait! Trick shows up to start throwing hands! Fans fire up as Trick is after Corbin, Corbin shoves him back, but Trick clotheslines Corbin out! Fans fire up as the refs back Corbin off. Will Trick get payback on Corbin for that sneak attack on Melo?
Thea Hail finishes training.
She hobbles and says she can barely feel her legs anymore. Duke Hudson finds her but Charlie Dempsey says not bad. He better see her again tomorrow. Oh he’ll see her again! And he’ll see improvement! You bring your A Game! Wait, Duke is confused, what’s going on? Dempsey & Gulak are teaching her how to crunch people! It’s firing her up! Really? Yeah, she’s got all these great grappling holds now! Wanna see? She grabs Duke’s arm in a wristlock! OW! Sorry! But it works, right? Duke says she doesn’t even like those guys! Yeah, but you just gotta give it back to ’em, y’know? Thea shouts, “I’ma kick you in the ass, professor!”
See? They love it! Well, okay, as long as she’s learning. But you can’t just “crunch” someone over the top rope. It’s a battle royal tonight! Yeah, but she can still throw people over. He believes in her, right? Y-yeah… Then let’s go! Thea is fired up, will she crunch and toss everyone else in the ring to get that golden ticket?
Bron Breakker attacks Ilja Dragunov backstage!
The Big Bad Booty Nephew tells The Czar to keep “thinking” he’s the most intense guy in NXT. If Ilja likes pain, how’s that feel? The refs back Bron off, will Dragunov have to go after him and Corbin before going after Melo?
Mixed Six Tag Match: Diamond Mine VS The Schism!
Ivy Nile has had it with Ava Raine, and by extension, the Creed Brothers and the Dyad have gotten at each other. Now things will be settled as all six get in the ring! Will Diamond Mine crush Ava, Rip Fowler & Jagger Reed under the pressure? Or will the roots of Schism’s tree only grow and spread?
NXT returns as Diamond Mine make their entrance. The teams sort out and and Julius starts against Rip. They circle, tie up, and Julius wrenches an arm. Rip whips Julius away, things speed up, and Julius drops to fireman’s carry takeover into an armlock! Rip fights free but Julius just grabs the other arm. Rip fights to his feet, CHOPS, but Julius wrenches the arm. Rip CHOPS, Julius wrenches, but then Rip pulls an ear! Tag to Jagger, the Dyad mugs Julius, and Jagger ROCKS Julius with forearms. Jagger swings again, but Julius gets around to waistlock and SLAM! Jagger fights up, but Julius SLAMS him again!
Julius keeps hold of Jagger to SLAM him again, and KNEE him in the side! Tag to Brutus, and the Creeds pinball Jagger between knees! Brutus drags Jagger up, ROCKS him, and then clamps onto another arm. Tag to Julius, they mug Jagger, but Jagger ELBOWS him away! And then DECKS him! Jagger facelocks, but Julius deadlifts from the floor! Julius stands back up, walks over, and tags in Brutus. Brutus takes the handoff, fans fire up as Brutus keeps Jagger up! Brutus tags Julius back in, takes the handoff back, and then marches around before the SLAM! And then he kips up! Fans fire up, Julius whips but Jagger reverses
Jagger runs in, MONKEY FLIPS, but Julius lands through it! And he DROPKICKS Jagger! Julius whips Jagger, Jagger reverses and CLOBBERS Julius! And Ava tags in! Ava SLAPS Julius! Ivy steps in to calm Julius down, but then Ava tags out to Rip. The Schism trolls Ivy but Julius storms up to shoot in and waistlock, for a SLAM! And then he KNEES Rip in the side! Julius headlocks, Rip powers out but Julius goes up and over and keeps moving. Brutus tags in,. Julius ducks ‘n’ dodges, Brutus AX HANDLES Rip! And then shoots around, but Rips witches. TERMAN SUPLEX, but Brutus lands on his feet!
Brutus trophy lifts Rip, to DROP him, and STANDING MOONSAULT! Fans fire up with Brutus and Julius tags back in. Brutus cross-arm SLAMS Julius onto Rip! And Then Ivy snap suplexes Brutus onto Rip! And then Julius gives Ivy a boost for a SENTON! Fans are thunderous for the Diamond Mine’s combinations, and Ivy calls out Ava! Fans want to see that, too, but NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Rip has Brutus down in a chinlock. Brutus endures, fights up, and fans rally. Brutus pries the hold open, but Rip knees low. Rip ROCKS Brutus, but Brutus ROCKS Rip! And Jagger! And Rip again! Brutus staggers along ropes, but he ELBOWS Rip away. Jagger distracts, Rip shoves Brutus into the ropes! Brutus sputters off that low hotshot, and then Ava sucker punches Ivy! Rip BLASTS Julius, too! Fans boo but Rip tags Jagger. The Dyad whip Brutus into the corner hard, then hit an ASSISTED SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!! Brutus survives and The Dyad is frustrated.
Jagger tags Rip back in, the Dyad stomp away on Brutus! Fans boo but The Dyad drag Brutus up. Rip fishhooks Brutus’ face, lets off as the ref counts, and fans rally up. Rip drags Brutus up, suplexes, but Brutus blocks! Brutus suplexes Rip up and over instead! Rip tags Jagger in, Jagger keeps Brutus from the corner with a SLEEPER! Brutus endures, reaches out, marches forward, and fans rally behind him. Hot tag to Julius! Julius CLOBBERS Jagger, OVERHEAD Belly2Belly for Rip! Then an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly for Jagger! And a kip up! And then an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly for Rip! Kip up, and another OVERHEAD for Jagger!
Julius just keeps going, but The Dyad go after him together! SO they get a DOUBLE OVERHEAD SUPELX! Fans are thunderous with Julius, and he runs up the corner, to DOUBLE QUEBRADA! Julius scoops Jagger but Rip makes the save. Julius kicks Rip but Rip RAMS him into the corner! Jagger hits GRIT YOUR TEETH! But Brutus runs in, BRUTUS BALL! Down goes Rip! Jagger ENZIGURIS Brutus, runs, but Julius LARIATS Jagger! Fans fire up, but Jagger SUPERKICKS back! All four men are down and the fans fire up! Ivy grins as she stares Ava down. Julius crawls, hot tag to the Diamond Pitbull!
Fans fire up and even Ava smiles. The two circle, tie up, and they start throwing forearms! Ivy dodges a lariat, KCIKS and KICKS and ROUNDHOUSES! Fans fire up as Ivy runs, and DROPKICKS! Then she runs, but Ava SCORPION KICKS! Ava scoops but Ivy slips out, DIAMOND DRAGON!! But Jagger gets Ivy! So Ivy gets HIM in the DIAMOND DRAGON!! Fans fire up but the ref says Ivy has to let off, it’s only men against men and women against women! But Ava HEADBUTTS Ivy while wearing her plastic mask!! The ref missed that dealing with Jagger! Cover, Schism wins!
Winners: The Schism, by pinfall
Ava snatches victory away from the jaws of the Diamond Pitbull, the Schism gets a big win here tonight. Will we see their roots soon bear golden fruit?
Stacks visits Tony D’Angelo in prison.
Tony’s in the orange jumpsuit as he sits down to talk with Stacks. How’s he been? Good. But guess what? Knuckles is in here! The guy who- SHH! Oh, right. But yeah, Giorgio the Whale gets Tony his paper, and the guards even pitched in so Tony could have a subscription to The Peacock so he can watch the show the next day. That’s great! It’s almost like being in a hotel. Almost. But did Stacks get any more info on this rat? Stacks says he’s put in some calls. Miss Kim Cashstashian will get them off. Whoa, gotta reword that, Stacks.
But anyhow, Tony isn’t sure how he feels with his life in the hands of Cashstashian. Tony might as well play the lottery. Stacks’ gut says it’s Gallus, they didn’t wanna face Tony & Stacks at Battleground. But they’ve got a lot of enemies. This could be Legado, or, or- Is Stacks hearing himself? He’s on a wild goose chase! You’re going around the world to go next door. Trust your gut! It’s Gallus! Get those guys for all they’re worth! Tony swears on his mother’s eyes- Oh, don’t make a threat on the phone… But okay, listen. What Joe Coffey did last week, forget about it. But 3v1 ain’t cutting it.
Then what’s Stacks to do? Visitation time is almost up, so Tony tells Stacks that he’s the Underboss, he can figure it out. Tony leaves, and it is all in Stacks’ hands now.
Robert Stone & Von Wagner go to therapy.
They’re impatiently waiting in the lobby, and Stone tells Von that he hopes this all works out. They have had quite the week trying to find the right fit. Montage: one guy skips the breathing exercise to get to the anger issue. Von says he has no anger issue. But anger management is nothing to be ashamed of. Learning to control it can actually help him. Von tells this guy to GFY. Stone apologizes and pays in cash. Von says that guy was a jackass! Oh and the other guy? Von had that guy up against a wall! Stone again paid for that in cash. Von is on the verge of a breakthrough, so long as he gives things a chance.
One guy comes out crying. Von sighs. He doesn’t wanna do this now. Oh, c’mon, Von! NO! Didn’t you see that guy crying? Von is not a crier! What do you think Von’s dad would think seeing this? Von is NOT walking through this door. But then the therapist walks out. A very lovely lady therapist… Well, maybe Von can give this a shot. But alone. Von winks before the door closes. Is therapy going to be the solution after all?
Blair Davenport VS Dani Palmer!
Who was the assailant of the NXT Women’s Division? It was BLAIR, Dani! It was Blair all along! And now that she’s back, will she tear through what’s left of the roster to get at the title? Or can Dani avenge Sol Ruca, Nikkita Lyons and everyone else Blair terrorized?
The bell rings and Dani rushes in! They tie up, go around, and Blair puts Dani on ropes. The ref counts, Dani turns nit around but Blair turns it back around. Blair lets off at 4, to SLAP Dani! Dani SLAPS Blair! Blair kicks low, whips her to a corner, but Dani goes up and over and handsprings away. Blair chases, but runs into headscissors! Blair blocks to SLAM Dani down, then BOOT her out of the ring! Blair goes out after Dani, puts her in the ring, then CLOBBERS her! Fans rally for Dani but Blair drags Dani up to whip. Blair KNEES low, gut wrenches and GUTBUSTERS! Then she throws Dani into ropes!
Fans rally for Dani as she sputters, but Blair clamps on with a waistlock. Blair SLAMS Dani, holds onto the waistlock, and squeezes with a rear bearhug. Fans rally as Dani fights up, and she fights free with elbows! Dani switches, rolls up, TWO! Blair kicks Dani low! Fans boo but Blair whips Dani to kitchen sink knee! Blair soaks up the heat, she KNEES Dani in the side, then stalks her around the way. Blair kicks Dani around, KICKS her in the side, but Dani grits her teeth. Dani blocks the next kick, but Blair ROCKS her with a forearm! Dani hits back, kicks low, and UPPERCUTS! And CHOPS! And DOUBLE KNEES! Cover, TWO!
Dani goes to a corner and climbs up. Blair grabs Dani’s hair to TOSS her to the mat! Blair then sits Dani up, has the wrists, KAMI-GOYE! And then, FALCON ARROW! Cover, Blair wins!
Winner: Blair Davenport, by pinfall
Blair satiates her appetite for violence, and says she has just put the entire roster on notice! Will even Tiffany Stratton have to beware the heir?
Dana Brooke arrives?!
Another callback to NXT is here, and she wants in on the battle royal. There’s a lot of buzz in NXT now, so Dana will make her own opportunities when she is the last woman standing! Will the Flex Appeal grab that golden ticket for herself?
Backstage interview with Tiffany Stratton.
McKenzie Mitchell says the battle royal was Tiffany’s idea, but now Dana Brooke is here and wants in on the match. Tiffany stops McKenzie there. Tiffany would say she’s shocked, but she’s not. Of course Dana wants a shot at Tiffany’s title. Come one, come all. Sometimes the title makes the superstar, but in this case, Tiffany has made this title the most desirable belt in all of the WWE. And every single woman in that battle royal is envious of what Tiffany has. Are you kidding me? NO ONE was happy Tiffany won. But Tiffany has no problem proving she’s in a class of her own. So who does she think wins tonight?
“TBH, Lyra is the only one I can see pulling it off. I mean, she pushed me at Battleground. Like, damn, gurl, you were almost at the Tiffy Top. But it won’t matter, because the result will stay the same on the other side: And still NXT Women’s Champion, Tiffany Stratton! I just love the sound of that. Tootles.”
Baron Corbin VS Trick Williams!
The Lone Wolf is looking down on the new generation of NXT, and Trick Willie isn’t gonna stand for it! Will Trick represent for Trick Melo Gang? Or will Corbin bring about the End of Days for this new “arrogant” era?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up, the two tie up but Corbin knees low. Corbin CLUBS Trick, stalks him to ropes, and puts him in a corner. Corbin throws body shots and CLUBS Trick again, to then whip corner to corner. Trick hits buckles hard, and then Corbin CLOBBERS Trick! Fans boo but Corbin stands Trick up to throw hands. Corbin CHOKES Trick on the ropes, lets off at 4, and argues with the ref. Trick drags himself up, but Corbin shoves him into ropes to CLUB him in the back! Corbin taunts Trick, stomps him, and then swings, but Trick counter punches! Trick fires off fist after fist, but Corbin knees low again!
Corbin CLUBS Trick, but fans taunt “BUM ASS CORBIN!” Corbin puts Trick in a corner, whips him corner to corner, and runs in to SPLASH! Trick sputters but Corbin stands him up. Corbin talks trash on Trick, but Trick ROCKS him with forearms! Fans fire up and Trick runs, but Corbin CLOBBERS Trick again! Corbin looms over Trick and he taunts the fans. Fans boo, Corbin whips Trick corner to corner again, then runs in, but Trick dodges! Trick fires off fast hands! The ref counts, Trick stomps away, but Trick lets off, and dodges Corbin to DROPKICK him! Corbin staggers, into a POP-UP HAYMAKER!
Corbin falls out of the ring and Trick dares him to come back for more as NXT goes picture in picture.
Trick storms out after Corbin, drags him up, and RAMS him into barriers. Trick stalks Corbin around the way, CHOPS him against barriers, and then brings him up. Trick RAMS Corbin into barriers, the fans rally up, and Trick CHOPS Corbin again! Trick refreshes the ring count, puts Corbin back in, but Corbin kicks the ropes! The ropes get Trick low, and Corbin fires off fast hands! The ref counts, Corbin lets off and he has Trick in a corner. Corbin reels Trick in for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Corbin scowls as he looms over Trick. Corbin clamps on a half nelson and chinbar, and he thrashes Trick around.
Trick endures, fans rally up, and Trick fights up to throw body shots. Corbin shoves Trick away, Trick ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Corbin! Cover, TWO! Trick fires off on Corbin at the ropes, drags him up, brings him in and suplexes! Corbin writhes, Trick pushes him down, and Trick rains down forearms! Then Trick covers, TWO! Trick clamps on with a headlock and he grinds Corbin down. Corbin fights up, and hits another BIG back suplex! Fans rally while both men are down, and Corbin crawls over to Trick. Corbin hammers away with elbows! Corbin hears the fans rallying, and he clamps onto Trick with the chinbar half nelson.
Trick endures as Corbin leans on the hold. Trick fights up, but Corbin wrangles him back down! Corbin thrashes Trick as NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally for Trick and Trick fights up again. Trick arm-drags free, runs in and ROCKS Corbin! Corbin flops to the apron, Trick BLASTS him off it! Trick goes out to SMACK Corbin off the desk! Corbin wobbles and flops over, Trick runs in, but Corbin moves! Trick knees only the desk! Corbin has his opening, he punches away on the knee! The ref has the ring count climbing as Corbin pulls on the arm. Corbin lets off, refreshes the count, and he drags Trick up.
Corbin RAMS Trick into the steel steps, making sure those knees hit hard! Trick writhes and clutches the leg while fans boo and gives Corbin thumbs down. Corbin puts Trick in the ring, and he stomps away on the bad leg! Fans chant “CORBIN SUCKS!” but Corbin stands Trick up to whip and SPINEBUSTER! Corbin has the leg for a HALF CRAB! Trick endures, fans rally, and Trick reaches out! Trick gets the ROPEBREAK! Corbin lets go fast, Trick kicks him with the good leg! But Corbin grabs that leg, so Trick EDDY GORDO KICKS! Fans rally, Trick and Corbin rise, and Corbin storms over.
Trick fires body shots and counter punches! Trick has Corbin in a corner and he fires off! Corbin shoves Trick, Trick comes back to DROPKICK! And then wrench and JUMP KNEE! Trick runs to FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! Fans fire up with Trick and he runs in again, SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Corbin survives but Trick stalks him to ropes. Corbin elbows low, choke grips, and CHOKE- NO, Trick fights out, EDDY GORDO KICK 2! Trick runs, but into DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO!! Trick survives and Corbin is beside himself! Fans rally as Corbin storms up on Trick. “This is Awesome!” as Corbin puts Trick up top.
Corbin climbs up but Trick CLUBS away on him! Trick sends Corbin away, hops off the corner, but Corbin returns. Trick dodges to POST Corbin! Trick fires off big haymakers! Fans fire up and Trick DECKS Corbin! Trick wants more, he waits on Corbin to stand, Trick spins but the leg gives out! Corbin kicks low, reels Trick in, END OF DAYS! Cover, Corbin wins!
Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall
Trick fought valiantly, but one miscalculation cost him. Corbin says he’s going back to SmackDown to go qualify for Money in the Bank, then he’ll be back next Tuesday. Will Melo be back to get back at Corbin directly?
NXT presents an all-new Hard Hitting Home Truths.
Nathan Frazer welcomes us back to HHHT. Now we’re nine days removed from Battlegrounds, and the landscape never stops shifting. Tiffany is the new Women’s Champion, Wes Lee is breaking every single record in the book, Ilja Dragunov is not human–though that’s not exactly news–and we have Free Agents popping up left, right and middle. But most importantly, Noam Dar has a new pack o’ friends who helped him hold onto his “precious baby,” the Heritage Cup. They were useful enough to help him retain, but not enough to gain another title, as “a couple of fine, handsome gentlemen” in Nathan and Dragon Lee saw to that.
However, Noam is still Heritage Cup Champion, and while Nathan is not really fond of this new Supernova group, he and everyone else will just have to “deal with it.” Speaking of, here is a special guest who feels the same way about Dar as he does. That’s right, HHHT is going global with their “Senior International Correspondent,” Mr. Dragon Lee. Dragon appears on set and he says mucho gracias, and (in Spanish) for this opportunity to be part of this premier show. Uh, si! Dragon does have in his hand a list of the top five names for Dar’s new super group.
CINCO: Two Awful Chat Show Hosts, Plus Two. QUATRO: The Oro Mensah Experience. TRES: The Jakara Jackson Five! Well, minus one. DOS: The Long Lost Legend of Lash Legend. And numero UNO: Noam’s Rent-a-Friends! Nathan says number one is the best because it is the truest. And after Battleground, Dar is running out of surprises, and needs new challengers. The hard-hitting truth here is that Dar is fragile and he knows it. Nathan beat Dar in a regular match, so here’s a proposal: Dar VS Frazer for the Cup next week! And Dragon will return the favor by being in Nathan’s corner!
Frazer thanks Dragon for that, and so, they will love ya and leave ya. They’ve been Nathan Frazer and Dragon Lee, and Dar… Ball’s in your court. Peace. Will the British Rocket get his shot at the Cup? Or will he not be able to reach the Scottish Supernova?
Backstage interview with Mustafa Ali.
McKenzie is with The Beacon, nothing how he shocked the entire world when he showed up during Bate & Wes VS The Dyad. What brings him here to NXT? He is Free Agent Ali, baby! He can show up wherever he wants! And now, Ali is the one riding the storm. The next chapter Ali will write is titled, “Mustafa Ali Finally Wins Gold.” Then before he faces off against Joe Gacy- Wait, Wes Lee walks in. Wes has to let everyone know how excited he is that Ali is here! And talking about gold, uh, well Wes wants to make sure- Ali stops Wes there. Don’t do that. Don’t hand Ali a chance. Ali wants to earn it, like Wes did!
And that starts with Gacy. Maybe down the road, it will be Ali VS Lee for the title. That is, if Wes is still champ by then. Jokes aside, Wes wishes Ali luck, but will The Beacon shine bright on the white ‘n’ gold brand? Or will The Schism’s roots continue to grow tonight?
Mustafa Ali VS Joe Gacy!
NXT returns as Mr. Inclusion makes his entrance. The bell rings, the two circle, and they tie up. They break, and then tie up again. Ali headlocks, Gacy throws hands but Ali ROCKS Gacy! Ali headlocks, Gacy powers out and then CLOBBERS Ali! Fans rally as Gacy fires off on Ali in the corner. Gacy whips corner to corner, runs in, but Ali goes up and over! Things speed up,. Ali ducks ‘n’ dodges and RANAS! Fans fire up as Gacy flounders. Ali storms up but Gacy dumps him out! Ali skins the cat, shoulders in, and ROCKS Gacy again! Ali slingshots but Gacy SHOVES him down! Fans boo as Ali crashes to the floor!
Gacy goes out after Ali, drags him back into the ring, and then hurries to cover, TWO! Gacy clamps onto Ali with a chinlock but fans rally. Ali fights with body shots, and a CHOP! Ali whips, Gacy reverses and reels Ali in, URENAGE! Cover, TWO! Ali is hanging tough but Gacy clamps on with a chinbar. Fans rally as Ali endures. Ali fights up, throws body shots, but Gacy CLUBS him o the back. Gacy back suplexes, Ali lands on his feet, but Gacy DDTS! Cover, TWO! Ali survives and goes to a corner but Gacy goes to the opposite. Gacy runs in, but Ali slips out and Gacy hits buckles! Ali ROUNDHOUSES, slingshots and BLOCKBUSTERS!
Fans fire up and Ali goes up the corner! Gacy hurries to ROCK Ali first! Gacy goes up after Ali, but Ali fights the superplex! Ali throws headbutts, then SMACKS Gacy off buckles! Ali stands up to SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB! Ali then skins the cat to the top rope, and fans fire up as Ali 450 SPLASHES!! Cover, ALI WINS!
Winner: Mustafa Ali, by pinfall
But then The Dyad attacks! Rip & Jagger won’t let Ali celebrate, they stomp away while Gacy drags Ali down,. But then here come Wes Lee & Tyler Bate! They fire off, SUPERKICK Rip, Bop and BANG for Jagger! Gacy sees he’s surrounded, he turns around into a SUPERKICK from Ali! Fans fire up as the Beacon, the Big Strong Boi & The Cardiac Kid send the Schism running! Will they have to tear down The Schism’s tree before they can talk title matches?
Fallon Henley, Brooks Jensen & Josh Briggs talk backstage.
Tonight, the main event is a battle royal for a shot at the women’s title. Jensen knows Fallon is ready, Fallon says she’s ready, she feels tonight is her night. But wait, Malik Blade & Edris Enofe walk up. They say Briggs & Jensen were “the ones who started all this.” Hank ‘n’ Tank fought each other to get closer, so now Malik wants to fight Edris! Fallon excuses herself to get ready, and the guys talk. Jensen says it really did work for Hank ‘n’ Tank, and Briggs says it really did work for him and Jensen. Did it really? Okay, let’s find out. What is Jensen’s favorite color? Blue. Yeah, right here on the shirt.
Okay, okay, that was an easy one. Edris then asks Jensen when is Briggs’ birthday. Jensen thinks back… March 5th. BINGO! See? They are good! Malik asks Edris if he knows his birthday. But then Hank ‘n’ Tank walk in, they’re talking country songs. Hank’s a Boy Named Sue guy all the way. Right! Johnny Cash is the man! But Tank likes the modern stuff, like Taylor Swift. Bingo! Tank is a big T. Swifty boy. What the what? But Tank says after Fallon wins that battle royal, let’s all go get some brewskis. Now he’s talking their language! But uh, do Malik & Edris want in? They’ll catch up later. Alright! Laters!
Malik asks Edris if he’s thinking what Malik is thinking. Well after this past week, clearly not! But then Gallus walk up. Don’t worry, lads. It doesn’t matter if you’re on the same page or not, because you’d never beat Gallus for the titles. Gallus Boys On Top, no one else has to play stupid games. Malik nods to Edris and Edris gives in. They’re doing this next week, huh? OH YEAH! Malik VS Edris is happening! Edris accepts his fate, and asks his phone when IS Malik’s birthday.
Backstage interview with Noam Dar and his crew.
McKenzie asks the Heritage Cup Champion about Nathan Frazer’s challenge. And also, what is up with his group? Oh, his group? No, this is THEIR group. When you’re the Supernova, you have to be surrounded by stars, and that is what he has here. This is a collection of shooting stars with unlimited potential! Starting with Dar’s main man, Mensah. Oro is underappreciated, undervalued, but no more! Dar is the one who believed in Oro, got him on a premium event, and has Oro flying in a new stratosphere. And that’s just the beginning. We have Action Ms. Jakara Jackson, a world class athlete who competed on the Titan Gams! And now she’s a titan in this game!
Jakara says she’s sugar, spice, and everything that ain’t so nice. Heard that? And last but not least. Lash THEE Legend! She will beat you physically, emotionally, mentally, she is a GOAT in the making! One of one! Does McKenzie not know what’s going on right here? The screen can’t handle all this brightness, they’re shinin’ shinin’. Five trophies, one picture, okay? But then about Nathan’s challenge. Ugh. If he wants a cup match, remember two things: Dar is NEVER losing the Cup; and there is no stopping… The Meta Four. CHECK PLEASE, bye bye!
Eddy Thorpe VS Damon Kemp!
The Alpha Wolf won once before, but it didn’t humble the Golden Gopher one bit. Will this be a clean sweep? Or will Kemp make Eddy feel like trash, and then make him pick it up?
NXT returns and Kemp makes his entrance. The bell rings, the two tie up, and they go around. Kemp puts Thorpe on the ropes, the ref counts, and Kemp lets off with a shove. Thorpe comes back, arm-drags, headlocks and hits the takeover. Kemp keeps his shoulder up and fights up, but Thorpe holds onto the headlock. Kemp lifts, but Thorpe still holds on! Kemp throws body shots, powers out, but Thorpe reverses the whip to SPINNING CROSSBODY! Direct hit, Thorpe drags Kemp around by his legs, but Kemp kicks free. Thorpe runs up to BOOT Kemp to a corner! Thorpe storms up but into a BOOT from Kemp!
Thorpe CHOPS in return! Thorpe whips, Kemp reverses, but Thorpe goes up, only to get caught! ROLLING DEATH VALLEY! Cover, TWO! Kemp stomps away on Thorpe, drags him up, but Thorpe CHOPS! Kemp ducks the next chop to RAM low, UPPERCUT, and shove, to then OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans rally, Kemp stalks Thorpe, and Kemp drops elbow after elbow! Kemp scrapes his sole off Thorpe’s face, then clamps on with a chinlock. But Thorpe fights with elbows! Kemp still hits an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Kemp talks trash, stomps Thorpe, and then pulls on Thorpe in a chinlock stretch.
Fans rally for “EDDY! EDDY!” but Kemp bends him back! Thorpe fights, but Kemp body scissors to keep Thorpe down. Fans still rally, Thorpe fights up, and Thorpe throws body shots! Thorpe is free, he bobs ‘n’ weaves and throws more shots! Thorpe CHOPS and COHPS and whips, to CLOBBER kemp! And DECK him! Kemp gets up, Thorpe blocks, SOBATS, and PELES! Thorpe runs, to ELBOW DROP! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Kemp survives but Thorpe is on him. Kemp wrenches, Thorpe switches, they run into the ref! Kemp gets a cheap shot in, but Thorpe switches on Kemp to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, Kemp’s foot is on the ropes, but the ref misses it! Thorpe wins!!
Winner: Eddy Thorpe, by pinfall
Kemp complains, he says Thorpe is winning by cheating again! The ref says the decision is final, but are we going to get a round three out of these two?
Gigi Dolin is on the phone.
She talks with her brother Miles and says this is her chance to finally be NXT Women’s Champion. The Weaponized Steel Cage aside, Gigi isn’t going to let anything stop her. She’ll be fine, he just needs to stay out of trouble, okay? Love you, bye. Kiana James walks over and says that’s the “before” phone call. Can’t wait to hear the “after.” Sorry, she came up short again. But they’re used to it. Oh so that’s how Gigi sounds to Kiana? Kiana tells Gigi not to put unrealistic ideas in her brother’s head, like her winning the battle royal. An outcast, with Gigi’s background and emotional instability, will always fall short.
Gigi would rather have her background, as bad as it was, over being a stuck-up elitist like Kiana. Gigi can’t wait to see the smug look on Kiana’s face as she sends her sailing over the top rope and wins. But then Dabba-Kato walks past and everyone clams up. Will Dabba destroy Scrypts for saving Axiom?
Dabba-Kato VS SCRYPTS!
NXT returns as Reggie- er, Scrypts makes his entrance. A wrestler by any other name still flies as high as him, but will he be able to get up and over the mountain of a main before him?
The bell rings, Scrypts dodges a lariat to mule kick, but Dabba barely budges! Scrypts throws a haymaker, but Dabba barely flinches. Scrypts fires more shots, but Dabba grabs him! Scrypts breaks free, runs, but Dabba CLOBBERS him! Dabba whips Scrypts to a corner, Scrypts goes up to AX HANDLE! Scrypts keeps moving, he kicks and CHOPS and runs, but Dabba BOOTS him inside out! Dabba drags Scrypts up to scoop and SLAM him! And then scoop and SLAM again! And then scoop and SLAM again! Dabba looms over Scrypts, drags him up right into a BEARHUG! Scrypts endures the squeeze, CLUBS Dabba again and again, and gets free!
Dabba wobbles but he gets Scrypts up, to TOSS him out of the ring! Scrypts tumbles to the floor, Dabba goes out after him, and drags him back up to CHOP against the desk! Dabba roars while fans boo, but he hauls Scrypts up again to scoop, but wait! AXIOM is there! Where’d he come from/ Dabba SHOVES Axiom down, puts Scrypts in the ring, and storms up to grab Scrypts with both hands. But Axiom is up top, he leaps, Dabba dodges, and then chases Axiom off. Dabba turns around, into Scrypts’ SLINGSHOT ELBOW! Dabba staggers around, he rushes in but into buckles! Scrypts table tops Dabba to cover, SCRYPTS WINS!!
Winner: SCRYPTS, by pinfall
But Dabba drags Scrypts right up for a TOSS! And he SWATS Axiom out of the sky! Dabba SLAMS Axiom onto Scrypts! Fans boo as Dabba looms over them both. Will nothing stop Dabba from storming his way up to a title?
The Schism regroups backstage.
Gacy is furious! “This phony friendship of Wes and Tyler makes me sick! It’s as pathetic as Ali’s positive mental attitude drivel! Next week, we will expose this union of convenience!” Rip says yes, they will! But don’t forget that tonight, The Schism reminded everyone of their strength. They secured a great win over Diamond Mine. Yes, that they did. They’ve pulled their weight, they’ve shown the world what The Schism can be. Gacy, however, has fallen short. He fell short tonight and lost at Battleground. He must reflect and rectify. Ava says one root cannot stabilize an entire tree, no matter how strong it is. Jagger says next week, they have his back.
Mustafa Ali regroups with Tyler Bate and Wes Lee backstage.
He appreciates them having his back, and Wes says it was them returning the favor. And Bate says next week, in a Six Man Tag, they’ll tear “that rotten Schism tree” out, roots and all. Wes tells Ali that Bate says stuff like that, just roll with it. Well, okay, that’s great, but Ali feels like there’s still some magic between Wes and Bate. At Battleground, it was all about the spirit of competition. And in a Triple Threat, luck is just as important as skill. They love this! They love competition! Everyone wants to see it again, and this time, it can be 1v1! Bate says it has crossed his mind. But he doesn’t want to jeopardize the friendship.
Wes says with Bate coming to him face to face on it now, he respects it. They secret handshake, Bate says that’s Wes’ weird thing you gotta roll with. Well, okay. Ali will be on SmackDown this Friday for an MITB qualifier, next Tuesday is the Six Man Tag. And then the Tuesday after that, we can figure out when Bate and Wes tear the house down. They’re all for it! Is the Summer already heating up for the North American Championship?
NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Battle Royal!
Tiffany Stratton truly became the Center of the Universe when she become champion, but that also means she’s surrounded on all sides by those aiming for her belt. Who wins here to be the one with the golden ticket to Tiffany’s first title defense?
NXT returns and Roxanne Perez makes her entrance to join an already packed ring. And last but not least, Dana Brooke makes her entrance! The Flex Appeal is here as a Free Agent, will she be the wild card that wins it all? The bell rings, and the brawl is on! Cora of course goes after Roxie, but Dana helps Valentina Feroz fight Jakara Jackson! Gigi is after Elektra Lopez, Yulisa Leon has Tatum Paxley, Fallon and Kiana go after each other for old time’s sake. Lash swings someone around and clips opponent after opponent! Jakara and Lash help Cora with Roxie and a few others, Jacy clotheslines someone up and out.
Jacy ducks the counter punch to ROLLING ELBOW and ELIMINATE them! Jacy says this is all about her, but fans boo. Dana throws Jakara out, kicks her off the apron, but Oro catches her! Jakara applauds the assist and he helps her back into the ring. Cora DUMPS and ELIMINATES Ariana Grace! Fans boo as Cora laughs at her, but then she and Jacy mug some other superstars. Jacy is after Jakara, Kiana is after Gigi for their little backstage argument, and Thea fights off Tatum. Gigi runs at Kiana, Kiana puts her out but Gigi KNEES back! Gigi drags Kiana up and over to join her! They brawl on the apron!
Fans fire up as Gigi UPPERCUTS Kiana down! But then Kiana kicks Gigi’s legs out! Gigi tumbles and hits the steel steps, then the floor! Kiana ELIMINATES Gigi! Kiana tells Gigi to go call her little brother. Jacy stomps Tatum, Lash fires off hands on Kelani Jordan but Kelani dodges, comes back, only to be clotheslined out to the apron! But Kelani dodges, swings around the corner post, but Jakara trips her up! Kelani falls, Jakara ELIMINATES her! Fallon ROCKS Lash, CHOPS Jakara, and Roxie helps out! Fallon puts Jakara out, fires hands, but Jakara HOTSHOTS! Oro says good work, but Fallon BOOTS Jakara!
Oro catches Jakara again, but then Thea hurries over! Thea SPRINGBOARD TRUST FALLS Oro and Jakara down! Thea ELIMINATES Jakara, but she is safe cuz she went under the top rope! Lash slides out to go after Thea, but ends up in a KIMURA! Lash scoops Thea, and SNAKE EYES her off the steel steps! The ref reprimands but there’s no disqualifications in such a match. Lash leaves Thea behind, only for Feroz & Leon to go after her! She BOOTS them away, but Leon gives Feroz the boost to RANA Lash out! Lash stays on the apron, fires back, but Leon ELBOWS Lashl! Leon goes up and out to go after Lash!
Las Latinas trip and DOUBLE BOOT Lash to ELIMINATE her! They celebrate, but then Lash & Jakara YANK them both off the apron to ELIMINATE them!! And now they brawl! Oro shouts for help, but the battle rages on in and outside the ring as NXT goes picture in picture.
Dana brawls with Cora, Dana BOOTS Cora, and Roxie stomps Jacy. Tatum brawls with Fallon, Elektra has Lyra in a corner. Cora fights off Dana and Kiana while Elektra digs a boto in on Lyra. Roxie throws Jacy up and out but Jacy holds on to fight her off. Lyra scoops Elektra?! What strength! But Elektra lands safe on the apron and tries to drag Lyra up and over with her! Lyra resists, throws elbows, and Elektra wobbles! Lyra WRECKS Elektra with a dropkick and ELIMINATES her! Tatum SLAPS Dana but Dana fires off forearms on her! Cora and Jacy mug Lyra, Kiana keeps on Roxie, and Fallon tires to help Dana.
Tatum fights them off, Dana DECKS Fallon, and then Tatum ROCKS Dana! Tatum bumps Dana off buckles, stomps away, and Cora stomps away on Lyra. Fallon bumps Jacy off buckles, stomps away, and Roxie holds onto ropes as Kiana tries to dump her out. Tatum and Dana brawl more, Dana kicks Tatum down, and NXT returns to single picture. Blair Davenport appears? She wasn’t officially in this match, is she going to insert herself into it? Roxie UPPERCUTS Kiana in a corner, she dodges Jacy to send her into Kiana, then UPPERCUTS them both! Roxie snarls, but Cora grabs her former friend, only for Roxie to turn it around! RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP!
Blair taunts Roxie, who was one of her targets, so Roxie goes out after her! THESZ PRESS and fast hands! Blair shoves Roxie away, whips, but Roxie reverses to send Blair into the apron! BACKHAND, and POP- NO, Tatum saves Blair to CROSSBODY Roxie! Tatum ELIMINATES herself, but she and Blair stomp away on Roxie! They throw Roxie back in, and Jacy slithers up behind. Jacy dumps Roxie up and out to ELIMINATE her!! Jacy says Roxie is a loser, but Lyra stalks up behind her! ENZIGURI! Lyra fires off kicks on Cora, dodges Dana, and goes up to MISSILE DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Fallon runs in, but Lyra blocks to HEEL KICK!
Lyra drags Fallon up, scoops her and puts her on the ropes, but Fallon is safe on the apron. Lyra DECKS Fallon, but Jacy TOSSES Lyra! Lyra skins the cat, headscissors Jacy and throws her out to ELIMINATE her! Fans fire up, but then Cora DROPKCIKS Lyra down to ELIMINATE her! Fans boo as Cora laughs at Lyra and blows a kiss. Now we just have Fallon, Cora, Dana and Kiana. Fallon DECKS Cora, DECKS Kiana, ROCKS Dana, then ELBOWS Kiana, and THROWS Dana! Cora returns but Fallon CHOPS her! Fallon runs up the corner, steadies herself, BLOCKBUSTER for Cora! But Kiana RAMS Fallon into a corner!
Kiana reels Fallon in but Fallon doges to ROCK Kiana! Fallon goes up but Kiana shoves her over! Fallon stays on the apron, gets under Kiana, and BACK DROPS her out of the ring! Fallon ELIMINATES Kiana! Dana rushes in, Fallon slides under, sunset flip but Dana rolls through, so Fallon DECKS her! Cora runs in but Fallon dodges to ROCK her! Cora ROCKS back! Dana DOUBLE LARIATS them both! Fans are torn, but Dana runs in at Fallon to handspring back elbow! Dana handspring back elbows Cora! Dana goes back to Fallon, but Fallon headscissors! Dana shoves Fallon away to ELIMINATE her!
Cora goes after Dana! Dana shoulders in, but Cora DROPKCIKS Dana! Dana clutches onto ropes but Cora stomps away! Dana gets back in, both women run, and DOUBLE LARIATS take them down! But wait! Chase U’s student section remembers, Thea is STILL in this match! Thea rises and she has her chance! Thea shakes the ropes, runs in and Cora says she and Dana should work together. Dana says no no, she and Thea will work together! They kick Cora, double whip, and lift her up! Cora fights free, kicks Dana away but Thea dodges! Thea runs, Cora ducks and Thea CLOBBERS Dana! Cora attacks and TOSSES Thea!
Thea holds onto the ropes, Dana storms up to DECK Cora! Thea GAMANGIRIS Cora, gets in, but Dana kicks her. Dana runs, ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Cora returns to SHINING WIZARD Dana in a corner! And then runs to SHINING WIZARD at the ropes! And then SHINING- NO, Dana blocks, Thea dumps them BOTH!! Thea wins!!
Winner: Thea Hail (NEW #1 Contender to the NXT Women’s Champion)
The Chase U student section storms the court! Er, ring! They celebrate as one of their own has herself a title shot! Even Duke, Gulak & Dempsey applaud. Even Haley & Hanna Cavinder, NXT’s newest NIL prospects, are here to celebrate with Thea! Will Chase U finally have some gold thanks to their ultimate underdog?
NXT Media catches Bron Breakker as he is leaving the building.
NXT Media asks him why he attacked Ilja Dragunov. Why? He isn’t gonna let Ilja spit out garbage about being the most intense guy in the WWE. Bron is gonna hold everyone accountable, from top to bottom. And speaking of the top, how about the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Seth Freakin’ Rollins? The workhorse of the WWE? How about he proves it. Rollins knows how things are done in NXT cuz he was the first-ever NXT Champion! And Bron was the most DOMINANT NXT Champion ever! So Rollins should come back to NXT to put the World Heavyweight Championship on the line… against Bron? Will the Visionary accept that challenge?
A great episode for NXT here and we’re in some exciting times right now. Corbin isn’t usually must-see but he did show up last week so we gotta know what that’s about. He of course goes with the usual trope of “this generation doesn’t appreciate anything, they don’t understand,” which oddly was very much where they had JBL going with all his promos when he was Corbin’s manager. But I like that Dragunov got in Corbin’s face, and that Trick Williams took the fight to Corbin. I think tonight was the first time I heard a “This is Awesome!” chant during a Corbin match, but he and Trick were great out there. Corbin of course wins, he needs momentum going towards Melo and the title.
Bron attacking Dragunov was quite the surprise, but it seems the next chapter for him is to double down on the aggression and go after everyone who claims to be better at the things he claims to be. Calling out Rollins was an even bigger surprise, but I would love seeing Rollins having a return to NXT, as I know the live audience there would love seeing it. Could these “callbacks” and callouts be how NXT brute forces its way to being the third brand once and for all?
That question aside, great stuff building with The Schism and the North American Championship. Really good Mixed Six, and I loved that string of human weapon moves from Diamond Mine, especially Ivy suplexes Brutus. But of course The Schism cheats a win in that one. Ali VS Gacy was surprisingly short, but I suppose it builds towards story on both ends. Gacy feels like he’s letting the team down but they’re still standing with him, and Ali seems to be literally match making. The Six Man of Ali, Bate & Wes VS Schism is going to be great, and I bet we get Bate VS Wes on TV since Great American Bash is so far away still.
We got good matches out of Thorpe VS Kemp and Dabba-Kato VS SCRYPTS. A little surprised Thorpe won again with some controversy, I would’ve thought they’d go the other way and have Kemp win by controversy. And in Dabba VS Scrypts, I should’ve figured Axiom would show up. Scrypts gets the win but Dabba has the last laugh, so I sense a handicap match in the future. WWE has done 2 Faces VS 1 Heel before, but it never felt like it was a situation where the Heel was really so much more powerful. In this case, it will work because Dabba is as big as Scrypts and Axiom combined.
Good prison visitation promo, especially that Kardashian joke. Stacks keeps saying it’s Gallus but that just means it isn’t Gallus. But Tony is giving him permission to do what he needs to in order to bring Gallus down, I wonder if Stacks recruits people to the D’Angelo Family for a Six Man Tag. Also, good stuff out of the tag division with everyone doing the mind meld and irritating Malik. Malik VS Edris will be a fun match, who knows how that goes. I feel like NXT could even be building things to a massive NXT Tag Team Championship match for Great American Bash, like the Ladder Fatal 4 Ways of old.
Hard Hitting Home Truths was alright, but those names Dragon Lee came up with for Dar’s group felt more like something HBK and Road Dogg would come up with. But Dar and his group had a good promo in return, and their name, “The Meta Four” is much better than those five names. Frazer VS Dar is going to be great stuff, but with just Dragon Lee, I don’t see Frazer having a chance with Oro, Jakara and Lash all out there. But in tonight’s main event, it looks like they could’ve been building some women’s tag feuds. Lash & Jakara went after Yulisa & Valentina, that could be some good stuff, and we could see Yulisa & Valentina side with Dragon & Frazer as their own quartet.
And speaking of that battle royal, good promo from Gigi and Kiana beforehand, and same for Thea’s promo earlier on. Gigi and Kiana feuding seems to be the next move, helping Gigi build up momentum while Tiffany takes care of her first defense. Roxie brawling with Blair made sense, but I did not see Tatum joining Team Blair. Maybe Dani helps Roxie against them since she was also a target, and also lost to Blair tonight. Great moving of pieces to have Thea out of commission until the end and then finish it up with a big win over Dana and Cora. Thea got that like, Lex Luger beat Yokozuna celebration, where even future superstars, Haley & Hanna Cavinder, got to show up for it.
Now, Thea and Tiffany are going to have an awesome build to their match, they’re going to have an awesome match, but with this being Tiff’s first defense and there being the bigger Chase U story, I don’t see Thea winning. If only NXT had a women’s midcard title, Thea and a few other names could be fighting for that. Just not sure what to name it, as the WWE already uses the phrases Intercontinental, United States and North American, and they wouldn’t want to copy AEW’s International Championship. WWE hasn’t had a Television Championship in 20 years, so giving that concept to the women’s division would be pretty cool.
My Score: 8.8/10
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