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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (2/1/22)




Will NXT 2.0 belong to Imperium?

New name, same Ring General! Will GUNTHER and Imperium crush Diamond Mine? Or are the Creed Brothers going to win over the NXT Tag Team Champions?


  • Six Man Tag: Imperium VS Diamond Mine; Imperium wins.
  • Cora Jade VS Raquel Gonzalez; Gonzalez wins.
  • Sarray VS Kayla Inlay; Sarray wins.
  • LA Knight VS Joe Gacy w/ Harland; Gacy wins.
  • Wendy Choo VS Amari Miller; Wendy wins.
  • Draco Anthony VS Andre Chase w/ Bodhi Hayward; Chase wins.
  • Bron Breakker & Tommaso Ciampa VS Legado Del Fantasma; Bron & Ciampa win.


Six Man Tag: Imperium VS Diamond Mine!

NXT opens with Marcel Barthel, Fabian Aichner and GUNTHER! Will they crush the Creed Brothers and Roderick Strong to prove their dominance? Or will Julius, Brutus & Roddy show who runs NXT 2.0?

The trios sort out, but Imperium strikes! They beat down Diamond Mine, Gunther kicks Strong out and Barthel throws out Julius. The bell rings, Brutus and Aichner brawl, Aichner headlocks. Brutus powers out, they ram shoulders, and neither man falls. Brutus waistlocks to SLAM Aichner, then he deadlift gut wrenches for a suplex! Brutus gets Aichner to the corner, tag to Julius and the Creed brothers mug Aichner! Tag back to Brutus, the brothers mug Aichner again, but Aichner kicks Brutus. Aichner CHOPS and CHOPS, then kicks again. Aichner whips, Brutus reverses but Aichner dodges and catches Brutus!

Aichner fireman’s carries for a ROLLING SENTON! Fans fire up, Aichner drags Brutus up but Brutus powers him back. Barthel tags in, Aichner whips Brutus and Barthel arm-drags Brutus down. Barthel grinds the armlock but Brutus endures. Brutus fights up, fans rally, and Brutus arm-drags. Barthel holds on and drags Brutus down. Brutus gets up, picks up Barthel and he hits a SPINEBUSTER! Brutus rains down forearms, then tags Julius. The Creed Brothers surround Barthel, they throw KNEE after KNEE into Barthel, and Bivens likes what he sees. Julius CLUBS Barthel with a crossface forearm, then hauls him up.

Barthel slips off the shoulder, ROCKS Julius and snapmares to run and PENALTY KICK!  Fans fire up as Barthel runs in but into an elbow. Barthel blocks the boot, shouts, “NEIN!” and then GAMANGIRI to a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Barthel goes up to FLYING EUROUPPER! Cover, TWO! Bivens coaches Julius but Barthel brings him to the corner. Gunther tags in, he KNEES and EuroUppers Julius. Fans still chant “WAL~TER! WAL~TER!” Julius throws hands, Gunther CHOPS him down! Gunther CLUBS Julius, clamps on and brings him up to scoop and SLAM! Gunther stomps Julius, tags Barthel, and Barthel covers, TWO!

Barthel clamps on with a cobra clutch and he grinds Julius down. Julius arm-drags free, facelocks and HALF HATCH suplexes! Hot tags to Strong and Aichner! Strong rallies on the Pride of Italy, then catches him for a half nelson BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up, Strong DECKS Gunther! Strong fires off big elbows on Aichner, then runs side to side! Forearm after forearm, but he slows down, still shaky from that ambush. Gunther tags in and CLOBBERS Strong! Fans rally for “WAL~TER!” as NXT goes picture in picture.

Strong crawls, Gunther looms over him and dares him to stand. Strong drags himself up the ropes, only for Gunther to stomp him down! Gunther stands on Strong, lets off as the ref counts, then KICKS Strong out of the ring! Gunther goes out to put Strong in and tags Aichner. Aichner covers, TWO! Aichner KNEES Strong in the back, clamps on with a chinlock and he thrashes Strong around. Strong endures, fights his way up, and throws body shots to get free. Strong BOOTS Aichner, but Aichner blocks to reel Strong in for a LARIAT! Aichner looms over Strong, but Strong crawls to ropes. Aichner tags Barthel and they both stomp away on Strong at the ropes!

Barthel gets in, paces and kicks Strong around. Barthel brings Strong up for a snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Barthel keeps Strong down with a chinlock! Tag to Gunther, and he stomps Strong in the ribs. Gunther drags Strong up, digs his elbow into Strong’s forehead then JAMS it in. Gunther wants after Strong but Strong gets to the ropes. Strong drags himself up, Gunther runs in and BOOTS him to the corner! Tag to Aichner, Imperium mugs Strong, and Aichner drags Strong back up. Aichner scoops and SLAMS Strong, then drops an elbow! Cover, TWO! Aichner is annoyed but he drags Strong back up.

NXT returns to single picture and fans are dueling. Aichner has a facelock but Strong throws body shots. Aichner shoves Strong, blocks his boot, but Strong ducks the lariat to tag in Julius! Julius rallies on Barthel and Aichner, CHOP BLOCK for Barthel, to a SIDE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Tag to Brutus, the brothers fire each other up, gut wrench SLAM onto Barthel! Cover, TWO! Brutus looms over Barthel, talks some trash, and brings him up,. Barthel hits a JAWBREAKER! Hot tag to Aichner, he fireman’s carries Brutus, but Brutus fights free. Brutus shoves Aichner, tags Julius, and the brothers DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER! Cover, Gunther CHOPS it apart!

Hot tags to Strong and Gunther! Strong fires off CHOP after CHOP but Gunther KNEES low. Gunther reels Strong in but Strong slips out of the bomb. Gunther catches the knee! Strong dodges the chop, SICK KICK! Fans fire up, hot tag to Brutus! Brutus and Strong CHOP Gunther, but Strong is dragged out and sent into steps! Julius CLOBBERS Barthel, Aichner BOOTS Julius! Brutus CLOBBERS Aichner! Fans are thunderous as big Brutus gets in, swings on Gunther, but into a SLEEPER! Brutus arm-drags free! He ROCKS Gunther, but Gunther swats his lariat away! Brutus still goes for a leg but Gunther just powers him to turn and CLUB him down!

Gunther gets Brutus up, POWERBOMB!! Cover, Imperium wins!

Winners: Imperium, by pinfall

The Ring General is still powerful, no matter his name! And with this victory, will the mat and all of NXT be sacred?


LA Knight speaks.

“All right, pipe down, that’s all I need to hear. Let me talk to you. Grayson Waller’s trying to avoid the inevitable. He’s trying to avoid what’s coming to him.” Restraining order, a bodyguard, and an impressive one, too. The guy’s gotta 7 foot tall! But it wouldn’t matter if the guy was 17 feet tall, Knight is coming for Waller. But then Joe Gacy says “Mr. Knight” has a lot of anger in his heart. Harland once had to move on from a restraining order unfairly put on him, too. So if Knight is open to it, Gacy can help Knight grow and move on from this, just like he did for Harland. Wow, Gacy would do that for Knight?

Well Knight has a better idea. They should all move on together to the ring and if they play their cards right, Knight will have more restraining orders, one from Gacy and one from Harland after he stomps their asses. That’s not an insult, that’s a fact of life, YEAH! Gacy says Knight is the troubled one. But will Gacy and Harland have the solution to the problem they perceive is L A Knight?


Toxic Attraction heads to the ring!

Mandy Rose, Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne, aka the NXT Women’s and Women’s Tag Team Champions, strut their way out and show off the gold. They all get mics, and Gigi starts by calling out Indi Hartwell & Persia Pirotta. “Even the most unworthy of people fall into luck sometimes.” Some call last week a fluke, but Gigi thinks of it as a death sentence. Jacy says at Vengeance Day, the tag titles will be on the line. Indi & Persia get their shot, and Toxic Attraction get their vengeance! Unlike- Kay Lee Ray interrupts Mandy, but that’s probably who Mandy was going to say. KLR says it’s Mandy’s turn to give her the title match.

How about no? Well, KLR figured Mandy would say that so… “Let’s have some fun!” How about KLR gets in there and bash their brains. No, put the bat down and the tag champs will leave. KLR puts the bat down, fans chant, “Not the face!” as Gigi & Jacy exit. KLR says she is the longest reigning woman’s champion of the modern era. And if there is anyone deserving, it’s her. But Mandy doesn’t care about that, she wants to talk about herself. Does KLR even know Mandy’s accomplishments before this? Mandy has been the face of multiple international campaigns, flaunted across billboards and magazine covers. Bikini World Champion, and the epitome of what every woman aspires to be and what every single man wishes they could be with.

Is she done? Cuz, all of that doesn’t compare to any in-ring skill. KLR was champion for 649 DAYS! She dominated an entire continent while Mandy was slipping on her ass at WrestleMania and sucking the face off of Otis! Well look at her now! She’s the hottest thing in WWE, and that’s a fact! Unlike all the fugazees that claim to be. This is what the company wants and needs in a champion. And KLR doesn’t really understand so Mandy will be completely transparent in the nicest way possible: “All the talent in the world will never replace this.” She means her figure. KLR tells Mandy that by the end of tonight, she’ll have her title match.

Mandy doubts that, but KLR gives her a SLAP!! And then she gets the bat back to chase off Toxic Attraction! Will the Scary Queen of Scots break into a title match


Backstage interview with Cora Jade.

#GenerationJade is moments away from a match with Raquel Gonzalez. Why does she want this match? To prove she is tough enough. They could win the Women’s Dusty Cup, but the only thing in the way is Raquel doubting Cora. Cora might get her ass kicked, but she’ll prove she can hang with the best. Aw, how cute. Raquel walks in and asks if Cora still wants this match. Yes, she does. Then good for her. Raquel heads out first, will she be the only one walking back to the back?


Toxic Attraction hurries out of the arena.

They tell NXT Media to hurry up with the questions because they gotta get going with that crazy lady running around the with bat. Is Mandy not going to give KLR her title match? Uh, no! Did you not hear her out there? KLR does not deserve an opportunity. They get in the car, and Mandy says KLR is not even on her level. She doesn’t deserve to be in the same ring with her. So please, get outta the way. But the car door won’t open. KLR already got in the driver seat! KLR says she’ll be back for Mandy later. KLR drives off with Gigi and Jacy!! What is she gonna do to the tag champs!?


Cora Jade VS Raquel Gonzalez!

NXT returns and Cora makes her entrance. Big Mami Cool is amused seeing the spunky skater girl running around the ring, but the bell rings and Raquel says this is Cora’s last chance to leave. Cora runs but bounces off Raquel! Is this just to waste Raquel’s time? Cora dodges, kicks but Raquel blocks to CLOBBER Cora! Raquel waistlocks, picks Cora up and throws her around, but Cora slips out the back and kangaroo kicks! Cora dropkicks to put Raquel in a corner, then runs in to forearm smash! Cora runs corner to corner again, but Raquel blocks the monkey flip! Raquel turns it around into a BACK DROP! Raquel drags Cora to a cover, TWO!

Raquel smiles, amused with Cora again. Raquel drags Cora up, Cora throws forearms but Raquel whips her to a corner hard. Cora bumps off buckles, Raquel bumps her off them again. Raquel stomps Cora, throws forearms, and gets in Cora’s face. “You wanna win the Dusty? You gotta show me something!” Raquel brings Cora around, Cora throws body shots and runs, but into a Raquel’s SWINGING SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Cora survives but Raquel stays cool. Raquel drags Cora back up, reels her in and suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Raquel clamps onto Cora’s shoulders and squeezes tight!

Cora endures, fights her way up and hits a JAWBREAKER! Raquel staggers, but she BOOTS Cora down! Fans duel but Raquel CLUBS Cora on the back. Raquel tells Cora that the fans want her to do something, and then Raquel gut wrenches Cora to a Canadian rack! Raquel bends Cora’s arms way back! But Cora still endures, so Raquel RAMS her into a corner! Cora ends up on the top rope, Raquel taunts her, and Cora SLAPS Raquel! Cora BOOTS Raquel, leaps, but into Raquel’s arms! Raquel swings Cora gain, but Cora makes it an IRON OCTOPUS! Raquel endures, stays on her feet, and powers her way around to SLAM Cora down!

Raquel climbs up the corner, VADER ELBOW FLOPS as Cora moves! Cora runs in again, but gets caught for another scoop! Raquel runs at a corner, Cora slips off, and she POSTS Raquel! Roll up, TWO!! Cora grits her teeth, takes aim, SUPERKICK! Cora drags Raquel up and throws haymakers! Cora knuckle locks, runs to the corner to go up and up and RANA! Fans fire up with Cora, but Raquel blocks the kick. Cora ENZIGURIS! Cora hurries to get up, runs in at the ropes, but Raquel blocks shining wizard into CHINGONA BOMB!! Cover, Raquel wins!

Winner: Raquel Gonzalez, by pinfall

Ricky Desperado destroyed Cora, but somehow Cora drags herself to the ropes. Raquel storms up on Cora, and offers a hand! Raquel helps Cora up, and says, “Let’s go win the damn thing!” Is Raquel actually giving Cora a chance? Are they going to enter the Women’s Dusty Cup and win it all?


Sarray speaks.

“2021 was my first year in NXT, but everything didn’t go as planned. At one point, I wanted to give up. But at that time, I found my grandma’s necklace. I thought I should never give up, I have something to do here.” Sarray is coming back with renewed passion and energy! The Warrior of the Sun is ready to rise again, and she’s up next!


Pete Dunne speaks.

“Hey, Tony! How’s the hand doing? What did you say? You said there’s 16 different ways to hurt somebody with a crowbar? Well with that cricket bat, I only needed one. So as you dip your hand in ice, think about how I took the advice of your cousin, Julio. ‘When you’re taking care of business, you gotta handle it by any means necessary.'” Dunne handled his business. But don’t get it twisted. He can do that with a cricket bat, a steel chair, brass knuckles, just about anything he gets his hands on. So Tony, tell Dunne how he wants to do this. They should settle this where it started: inside a STEEL CAGE!!


Sarray VS Kayla Inlay!

From bookish school girl to Warrior of the Sun, the transformation is complete! But will the comeback start here? Or will she be eclipsed right from the start?

The bell rings, Sarray offers a handshake. Kayla slaps it away, so that’s a no. Sarray nods, that’s fine by her. They circle, tie up, and Kayla wrenches to a wristlock. Sarray rolls, wrenches back, fans rally up behind her, but Kayla powers through to wrench back. Sarray headlocks, Kayla powers out, but Sarray handsprings over her to keep moving and arm-drag her down! Fans fire up with Sarray, and she runs corner to corner at Kayla for a back elbow! Sarray wrenches, arm-drags, and then rolls to get Kayla back up! Wrench and arm-drag back the other way! Kayla flounders, she dodges Sarray’s attack and stomps away in the corner!

Kayla brings Sarray around to bump off buckles, then she rams into her with shoulders. Kayla handsprings back, runs in and RAMS into Sarray again! Snapmare and cover, TWO! Fans rally but Kayla clamps onto Sarray with a rear bearhug. Sarray endures as Kayla leans on her. Sarray fights up, throws back elbows and is free to flying-mare! Sarray fires up, runs in and ROCKS Kayla with a forearm! And then another! Kayla staggers about, Sarray ROCKS her again! Sarray whips, follows Kayla then victory rolls to a DOUBLE STOMP! Fans fire up as Sarray digs her boots into Kayla at the ropes. The ref counts, Sarray runs and SUNRAY DROPKICK!

Sarray drags Kayla up, she’s not done! SUN PLEX! Cover, Sarray wins!

Winner: Sarray, by pinfall

Red hot as she was when she first arrived, the Warrior of the Sun gets back on track! Will she continue to shine all the way to the top?


Duke Hudson speaks.

“The only way to get ahead in this place is by striking first. It didn’t matter that it was Dante Chen. I saw an opportunity, so I took it.” Duke was addicted to the felt and the long game, but look where that got him. So now he’s only addicted to one thing: inflicting pain and suffering. Dante, you won the first hand. Duke’s done playing games. “When you control your own destiny, you don’t need to calculate odds. When you take matters into your own hands, you eliminate the luck.” Duke buzzes his hair short again, and says he makes his own luck now. Will the streamlined and sinister Duke Hudson put the hurt on Dante Chen and many, many more superstars?


Tommaso Ciampa speaks with Bron Breakker backstage.

Bron appreciates the assist last week, though he didn’t ask. But Ciampa says the mountaintop is a very lonely place. You don’t understand it until you get there. Bron is now part of a small circle of men and women who do understand that. This is about respect. And Ciampa wants to make sure Bron remains NXT Champion. Well alright, they’ll handle business tonight. They’ll rip Legado in half! Ready? Yeah. They’re gonna kick some ass. Ciampa and Bron fist bump, will they be standing tall in tonight’s main event?


Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams head to the ring!

The North American Champion and his right hand man get the mics and Trick says, “Hey, hold on, Melo. Let me get this straight. Last week, Cameron Grimes comes out here and beats a distracted D’Angelo, and now he thinks he’s ready for The A Champion?” He ain’t ready. Grimes was better of wasting time with poker than coming out here with the champ and getting dish ragged up and down the ring. Melo says the old him would verbally put Grimes in a grave. But it is important for him to explain that even though the fans don’t take Grimes serious and see him as a threat, believe it or not, Melo does. He really does. Hard to believe, but he does.

That is why Melo goes harder in the gym, puts more work in the ring, and still finds time for OllieJayy, because that’s what the A Champ does! And Melo IS the standard. He sets the bar on NXT. So even if Melo is looking down on you, he always will. That’s all it is, and that’s- Grimes interrupts! Grimes has a mic, but he wants to make sure he heard Melo right. These people don’t care about Grimes? Well, he could be wrong, but they’re not chanting “A Champ.” Grimes is pretty sure he’s hearing, “TO~ THE~ MOON!” And also “Whoop That Trick!” Trick tells the “low down, raggedy, two-footed bum,” that two things are for certain: Melo don’t miss, and trickin’ ain’t easy.

So Trick is gonna take his boot off and whoop that slimy- Whoa, whoa, whoa. Cameron ain’t slimy, he’s grimy. But if we wanna poke some fun, what about Melo’s hair? Did he go to the barber and ask for the pineapple under the sea? Melo’s looking like SpongeBob’s house! Then that makes Trick Squidward, right? But Grimes caught these clowns on OllieJayy’s Instagram, and they were in awe of her Bikini Bottom. Don’t you bring her into this! Trick says this is how they’ll do this. Trick says Grimes is a bum, his momma’s a gold digger, his daddy’s a boot licker, and if they wanna fight, they can fight! Grimes never been ’bout it ’bout it!

Grimes asks Trick to slow down. He isn’t sure what all that was, but the question back is, “Am I fighting you? Or am I fighting you,” Melo? Melo takes off the glasses to say he’ll put it like this. This is all it’s gone be: at Vengeance Day, Grimes finds out that Melo is him, and he will shoot for the moon and take the stars as casualties. OO-OOO~! Trick & Melo exit the ring, but Grimes says, “Hey, uh, Melo. Yo, Melo. It’s funny you were talking about the stars. Because at Vengeance Day, it’s only gonna be a one star match. And that one star is going TO~ THE~ MOON~!” These two are set to collide in two weeks, who gets the rocket strapped to their backs when they strap the North American title around their waist?


Edris Enofe & Malik Blade talk backstage.

They’re doing great in the Dusty Classic, but to keep up with the other teams, they gotta have a tag team name. Edris’ idea is, “Team Edris & Malik.” Yeah, Team Malik & Edris. Uh, no. Wait, they’re both bold, they’re both brave, and they’re both confident! Team BB- OH, no, wait. Well, okay. How about, Mandy Rose? Every week… Hey, if she walked in right now, what would Malik say to her? Uh… “Hey, Mandy. It’s Malik, one half of your favorite tag team, and I was wondering-” Wait, Mandy actually walks in and falls into Malik’s lap!  “Thank you!” Mandy needs help! She’s chasing her! Who?

KLR storms in with her bat! Edris fires up for the girl fight! KLR drags Mandy’s jacket off her but Mandy runs away! KLR pursues, and Edris wants to chase after them both! Malik says he needs a minute. Huh? Oh… Malik is a gentleman, but he’s still a man. Will Malik & Edris be able to calm down and think clearly on a tag team name? And what about the coming Dusty Classic showdown with MSK?


Backstage interview with Diamond Mine.

McKenzie knows they struggled with Imperium, but Bivens asks her, “What do you know about struggle?” Without struggle, there is no progression, and they are still moving forward because they will win the Dusty Rhodes Classic. Julius adds that they’ve been champions at every level. The bigger the stage, the better they perform. Brutus agrees, and adds that Diamond Mine strives for perfection. They will face Imperium again, but it’ll be for the tag team titles. But then Grizzled Young Veterans walk in and sarcastically applaud. Isn’t Bivens supposed to be managing these dopes? They’ve got fights right, left, back and front when they should focus on the Dusty Cup.

All this group achieved tonight was making GYV’s journey back to the finals that much easier. See you next week, mates. Pip pip cheerio to you, too, fellas. See you next time, nerds! But is Diamond Mine sssoooon to be kicked out of the Dusty Classic at the hands of Zack Gibson & James Drake?


LA Knight VS Joe Gacy w/ Harland!

The Million Dollar Megastar doesn’t much care for playing nice and considering someone else’s feelings. But will he be feeling unstoppable as he goes after Grayson Waller? Or will Mr. Inclusion make sure Knight thinks before he speaks from now on?

NXT returns and Gacy has made his entrance. Harland exits, but Knight is still wary of him. The bell rings, Gacy swings but Knight dodges to fire off haymakers. Knight whips, Gacy reverses but Knight comes back for a RUNNING NECKBREAKER! Knight gets Gacy to a corner, stomps a mudhole into him, “YEAH!” but lets off as the ref counts 4. Knight keeps moving to KNEE Gacy down! Fans fire up, Gacy flounders to another corner, but Knight is after him. Gacy sends Knight into the buckles, corner SPLASHES then hits an URENAGE! Gacy stalks Knight, stomps him down, then rains down fists.

Gacy drags Knight up to snapmare and clamps on the arms for a modified armlock and neck wrench. Fans rally, Knight fights up, Harland stares, and Knight fires off hands. Knight whips, Gacy whips the back drop away to then ROCK Knight with a forearm! And then a BIG back suplex! Gacy soaks up the heat, he stomps Knight more, then he digs his forearm into Knight’s face. Gacy elbows Knight down, drags him up, and ROCKS Knight with a right. Gacy throws more hands, then KNEES Knight against ropes. Gacy throws body shots but Knight fires off hands! Gacy kicks Knight in the leg, then KICKS the leg again.

Gacy has Knight in a corner, puts a leg on the ropes, but the ref counts. Gacy KICKS the leg as he lets off. Gacy ROCKS Knight with a EuroUpper, then he whips Knight corner to corner. Gacy runs in but Knight dodges the splash for a JUMPING NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Gacy staggers up. Knight dodges to scoop and POWERSLAM Gacy! Knight runs, and drops a BIG elbow! Fans fire up with Knight, he kicks and cravats but no BFT! They CLANK heads, and Knight tumbles out. SANGA appears from the crowd! But that’s just a distraction so Grayson Waller can SOMERSAULT STUNNER Knight down!

The ref doesn’t see any of that, and he starts a ring count! Fans boo Waller as hard as they can while Waller shows off his drop steps. The count is past 5, Knight flounders. The count is 9, Knight is in at 9.99!! But Gacy HANDSPRING LARIATS! Cover, Gacy wins!

Winner: Joe Gacy, by pinfall

Oh the irony! Gacy gets a win thanks to the most obnoxious man in NXT! Waller then shouts, “You think you belong in my ring, LA? You think you belong in my NXT? You don’t belong here! This is MINE now! I own NXT, and there’s nothing you can do about it, YEAH!” But Knight ROCKS Waller! Sanga clamps on with a choke grip for a CHOKE SLAM! Waller says if Knight wants to get his hands on Waller, then next week, he has to take on Sanga! And if he wins, maybe Waller will think about lifting the restraining order on Knight!


Wendy Choo wakes up again.

She stretches and heads for the ring, ready for her first singles match! But Tiffany Stratton is watching from the shadows. Does Daddy’s Little Rich Girl have a Mean Girls level plan for NXT’s resident sleepyhead?


Robert Stone speaks.

“For the longest time, I was focused on the entertainment side of this business, aligning myself with a group of talent that I thought was going to take me to the top. And then I saw a 6’5″, 255 pound athlete destroying people, and I said, ‘I gotta get connected to that.'” Stone gladly paid Von’s fines, and will gladly pay them again and again in the future, because Von Wagner is the future. A future NXT Champion, a future WWE World and Universal Champion! So who is going to stop them? No one! This is Von Wagner’s world, everyone else is just living in it.


Wendy Choo VS Amari Miller!

Two very different personalities meet in the ring, but it seems they have one thing in common: they can’t stand Tiffany Stratton. Tiffany tried to get Miller to agree with her that Wendy is a freak, using a shopping spree as a bribe. Amari said she’d think on it, but that might’ve just been to get Tiffany to leave. Will Amari still win that all expenses paid mall trip? Or will she be caught sleeping on the… eccentric Wendy Choo?

The bell rings and Wendy gets another stretch in. She dodges Amari with a roll, and then lounges on the mat. Fans cheer, Wendy looks ready to nap again. Amari grabs the legs, Wendy kicks her away and then trips Amari up! Wendy grapevines the leg, but more to snuggle with it like a pillow… Amari is annoyed but she can’t kick Wendy away. Wendy says shush, and she snoozes again. Amari kicks Wendy, so Wendy gets a standing toehold. Amari rolls, gets free, but things speed up and Amari blocks a hip toss. Amari spins Wendy around to a backslide, TWO! Wendy dropkicks Amari down and fans fire up!

Wendy runs to the corner and SUPERKICKS Amari! Amari staggers, Wendy stretches and drops a snoozing elbow! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up behind Wendy, she brings Amari up and whips. Amari gets around, sweeps the legs and runs to drop the SENTON! Cover, TWO! Amari clamps on with a cobra clutch but fans rally up. Wendy fights her way up, throws body shots and ripcords for a forearm, KICK and LARIAT! Wendy fires up now, whips Amari to ropes and hits an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Amari gets to a corner. Wendy handsprings in to SPLASH! EXPLODER! Wendy fires up more and fans are with her!

Wendy says time to go to sleep, but she means Amari! SLEEPER HOLD! Amari endures, snapmares free, and hits a CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Tiffany shows up to offer Amari the credit card, and Amari agrees to the deal. But Wendy rolls Amari up, TWO!! Amari hurries up, Wendy hits a RUNNING AX HANDLE! Cover, Wendy wins!

Winner: Wendy Choo, by pinfall

Wendy got the win though she really only just woke up, could she be the sleeper hit of NXT? As for Tiffany, she is very disappointed Amari couldn’t come through on the deal. Give her the credit card back! Wait, where is it? Wendy has it! Tiffany throws a hissy fit, will Wendy get herself a thousand refills on that cup?


Persia Pirotta goes through her phone.

Someone looks good to her. But then Indi and Dexter Lumis walk in. Indi is excited because they’re gonna win those tag titles! It’s gonna be Persia’s first and Indi’s second. But who was Persia looking at? Duke Hudson… Whoa, okay, friend to friend, Duke’s trouble. Persia likes trouble. Why’s Indi always on her about this stuff? Dexter, what do you think? Thumbs down? No way, those abs are a thumbs up. But Brooks Jensen walks over and wants to ask them some advice. He wants his relationship with Kayden Carter to just like Dexter’s and Indi’s. Well, okay, not exactly the same, and Brooks isn’t thinking marriage yet, but-

Indi says the biggest piece of advice is that when a guy talks too much, it’s a turn off. Really? Yep. Non-verbal communication is sexy. Watch Dexter. Indi looks at him and she’s all fired up. Whoa, how’d he…? That’s the hot tub look? That’s the hot tub look!! Brooks thinks that’ll work. He tries it on Persia, but Persia says she’s into someone else. W-Well so is he, but he’s trying to get somewhere with Kayden. He’s hoping for the “pickup truck” date but- Okay, Brooks is going motormouth again. Will he figure out how to charm Kayden before someone else does?


Draco Anthony speaks.

When everyone else’s day ends, his day begins. He goes to the Performance Center at 2 in the morning, and puts in the work. His drill sergeant said he’d never make it as a Marine, but he proudly served for four years. Tonight, he’ll make his NXT debut. And at the end of the day, when it’s you against the world, Draco will win. But will his actions speak louder than everyone else’s words?


Another new superstar is on her way.

“We all come from somewhere, right? Well, Nikkita Lyons comes from the world of entertainment.” Her dad was a bassist, her mom was a beautiful groupie, and Nikkita was the result. She grew up in a van that traveled from New York to California, from down south to the cold north while her dad worked for every cent he ever earned. People looked down on her, saying she learned about life from dirty bars and degenerate musicians. Well, that may be true, but each one of those experiences led to this moment. She’s living her truth, she’s in NXT and the most competitive women’s division in the world. If she attacks the ring like she does the mic, then you better watch out for her roar. Nikkita Lyons is coming soon!


Backstage interview with Sarray.

Having powered down back to her everyday self, Sarray dedicates her win tonight to her grandmother. Well the fans want ot know more about this necklace. When Sarray wears this necklace, she can do anything! Oh, how cute! Dakota Kai mocks the return of “the beloved” Sarray. She can tell by the way Sarray holds the necklace that it is important, just like her relationship with her grandma. But the Warrior of the Sun surely knows that no matter how strong a relationship is, the sun always sets on it. Dakota leaves and Sarray is worried, but will Sarray be able to outshine the gloom and doom of #CobraKai?


Draco Anthony VS Andre Chase w/ Bodhi Hayward!

The newest star in NXT finally has a match, but Professor Chase wants to make this a #TeachableMoment! Will Chase get through to Draco? Or has Draco already learned more than enough to make it big in NXT?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Draco powers Chase back. Chase turns things around to arm-drag Draco, and he says that was a TEACHABLE MOMENT! Draco shrugs that off as he and Chase circle again. They tie up, Draco headlocks, but Chase pries at the hold. Draco clamps on tighter, Chase pries free again to get a headlock back. Draco powers up, powers out, and jukes Chase to run him over! Things keep moving, Chase hurdles but Draco shoves and leaps, into an atomic drop! And then a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Chase keeps cool as he looms over Draco.

Chase brings Draco up, whips, but Draco reverses and scoops for a POWERSLAM! Fans cheer Draco’s strength, and he kicks Chase to a corner. Draco drags Chase up, throws big KNEES, then has him in the corner again. Draco runs in, KNEES Chase down, then RAMS into Chase with a shoulder. Draco lets off, whips Chase back into the corner, then hits an EXPLODER off the rebound! Cover, TWO! Chase is still in this as fans duel, but Draco clamps on and knees Chase in the back. Draco has the arms for a motorcycle stretch but Chase endures. Fans continue to duel, Chase fights his way up, and he stomps Draco’s foot!

Chase elbows Draco, runs, slips out of the scoop and rallies with ax handles! Chase whips, Draco reverses but Chase reverses back, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Fans fire up and the student section spell out “CHASE U” as Chase stomps away. Chase brings Draco up, whips him to a corner, but Draco boots back! Draco gets annoyed and he snatches the Chase U flag away from Bodhi! Draco waves it around before he stomps it! Draco digs his boot into the flag, but Bodhi snatches it back! Chase RAMS into Draco and fires off fast hands! Fans fire up, Chase jukes the ref to ROCK Draco! Chase stomps a mudhole into Draco but lets off at 4!

Chase gets Draco up to bounce him off buckles! Chase wrenches, hammerlocks and COMPLETE SHOTS! Cover, Chase wins?!?!

Winner: Andre Chase, by pinfall

What a shocker! Draco’s actions riled up Chase, and Chase says he’s coming for Von Wagner! Will Chase teach vicious Von Wagner something about respect?


Mandy Rose is still running away form Kay Lee Ray.

She tells people to get out of her way and stop looking at her. That crazy lady… Where are her girls? Mandy chugs water, but KLR pops up from behind the counter! And she dumps SPAGHETTI on Mandy! Mandy freaks out, KLR gets the cake! CAKE TO THE FACE! Mandy falls over as a hot mess, and she doesn’t understand why KLR is doing this! Oh, you know exactly why! Will KLR humiliate Mandy into giving her the title match she wants?


Bron Breakker & Tommaso Ciampa VS Legado Del Fantasma!

The young NXT Champion may be a second generation wrestler like the Emperor of Lucha, Santos Escobar, but that’s where the similarities end. Escobar has had Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza backing him up but Bron won the title all on his own. And now with the Psycho Killer backing him up, will Bron break Escobar’s pawns to leave him with no one? Or will Wilde & Mendoza do la familia proud?

NXT returns and Bron and Ciampa make their way to the ring. The teams sort out, Wilde starts with Ciampa. They tie up, Ciampa waistlocks and SLAMS Wilde down. Ciampa holds on, Wilde fights up to wrench out and he gets the arm to fireman’s carry. Wilde does his dance but Ciampa applauds before he kicks low. Ciampa headlocks, Wilde powers out, but Ciampa runs Wilde over! Things keep moving, Ciampa fakes Wilde out to CHOP him down! Ciampa does the macarena to mock Wilde, then he drop toeholds to the headlock. Wilde fights up, Mendoza tags in, but Ciampa is ready and gets Mendoza in a headlock.

Mendoza powers out to get the headlock but Ciampa powers out. Mendoza slides under, tilt-o-whirls then kicks low. Mendoza whips, Ciampa reverses, Mendoza goes up and over and things keep moving, Mendoza dropkicks Ciampa down! Mendoza stands Ciampa up to CHOP him! And CHOP him again! Mendoza swings but misses, Ciampa CHOPS back and now we have a CHOP fight! Ciampa kicks low, fires off haymakers and then he stomps Mendoza into the corner! The ref counts, Ciampa lets off but fans fire up. Ciampa runs in but Mendoza bails out to avoid the knee! Escobar stares down with Ciampa, but Ciampa backs off.

Mendoza gets back in, Wilde tags in, and Ciampa tags Bron. Bron gets Wilde for a facelock then headlock. Wilde powers out, Bron hurdles, ducks and catches the drop down for a deadlift suplex! Ciampa intercepts Mendoza to also suplex! Dual stalling suplexes, count to ten and SLAM! Fans fire up as both men applaud and pat themselves on the back! Fans are loving this as NXT goes picture in picture.

Ciampa exits the ring, Bron waits on Legado. Bron holds ropes open for whoever wants it, even if it’s Escobar! Escobar laughs that off, Wilde hobbles his way back in, and Wilde stays back. Bron rushes in, Wilde kicks him low and pokes him in the eye! Wilde bumps Bron off buckles, stomps him, then talks trash before he pie faces. Bron turns it around to fire off haymakers! Bron lets off to RAM his shoulder in, and again, and again! Bron lets off, scoops Wilde, carries him around, and hits a BACKBREAKER! Bron drags Wilde over, tags in Ciampa, and they mug Wilde in the corner. Ciampa snapmares to drop a knee on Wilde’s head!

Ciampa drags Wilde back up, whips him to ropes, but Wilde kicks back! Wilde whips Ciampa into the Legado corner, tags Mendoza, and Mendoza stomps away. Mendoza lets off at the ref’s count, JABS Ciampa then whips. Ciampa reverses, Mendoza ducks and CROSSBODIES, but flops as Ciampa ducks! Ciampa whips Mendoza and kitchen sink KNEES him down! Tag to Bron, they mug Mendoza, and Bron stomps Mendoza at ropes. Mendoza kicks back, tag to Wilde, and Wilde brings Bron around. Bron throws body shots, snapmares Wilde, NXT returns to single picture as Bron clamps on a chinlock.

Wilde endures, fans rally and duel, and Wilde fights up. Wilde throws body shots, then knees. Wilde runs, but into a LARIAT from Bron! Bron is fired up and fans bark with him. Escobar is annoyed as Wilde bails out, but he stays away as Bron goes out to fetch Wilde. Bron puts Wilde in the ring, Wilde distracts the ref and Escobar RAMS Bron into steel steps! Ciampa protests but Legado gets away with it as always. Wilde goes out, he puts Bron in the ring and stomps Bron down. Wilde says Bron should’ve stayed outta Legado business. Wilde SLAMS Bron’s arm down, RAMS him into the Legado corner, and Wilde runs in to clothesline!

Mendoza tags, he runs and clotheslines to then tag Wilde. Wilde clotheslines and tags! Mendoza clotheslines and tags! Wilde runs in, clothesline and tag! Mendoza runs in to GAMANGIRI! Tag to Wilde, Legado double suplex! Cover, TWO!! Bron survives the onslaught and Legado is frustrated. Fans rally and bark for Bron but Wilde stomps Bron down. Wilde pie faces Bron, paces around, and Escobar loves it. Wilde stomps Bron, shoves him to ropes and CLOBBERS him with an elbow. Cover, TWO! Wilde clamps on with a facelock and he grinds Bron down. Fans rally, Bron fights up, and he heads for his corner!

Wilde keeps Bron away with knees, but Bron endures the facelock to BACK DROP free! Both men are down and fans fire up! Bron and Wilde crawl, hot tag to Ciampa! The Blackheart rallies on Wilde with clothesline, then he gives some to Mendoza! Corner clothesline for Wilde, corner clothesline for Mendoza! He dodges their double clothesline to give DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES! Fans fire up with Ciampa, he tags Bron back in! Ciampa whips Wilde, poops him up, to Bron’s SPINEBUSTER! Fans say “This is Awesome!” But Escobar distracts Bron. Wilde tags Mendoza, Mendoza goes up and leaps, missile dropkick!

Mendoza drags Bron to a drop zone, goes up again, PHOENIX SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Escobar is stunned but Mendoza stomps away on Bron. Mendoza whips, Bron reverses, Mendoza slips out to GAMANGIRI! Bron ducks the springboard, runs in and SPEARS Mendoza down! Cover, Wilde breaks it! Ciampa gets in to throw Wilde back out, then he does the same to Mendoza. KNEE in the ropes! Ciampa feds Mendoza to Bron, then he SHOVES Wilde off the top, onto the announce desk! Fans lose their minds as Wilde crashes ‘n’ burns! Bron gives Mendoza the BREAKKER SLAM!! Cover, Bron & Ciampa win!

Winners: Tommaso Ciampa & Bron Breakker, by pinfall

Escobar is stunned silent, jaw dropped open! He still gets on the apron to stare Bron down, and Bron dares Escobar to get in. Straps are down, Escobar says they still do this on his time. Escobar leaves with Lopez and what’s left of Mendoza & Wilde, but when will he say it’s finally time?


Mandy Rose hurries out to ringside!

KLR says Mandy doesn’t look so good. They get in the ring, Mandy still tries to get away but KLR drags her back in! KLR has a mic to say Mandy knows what KLR wants. She wont’ even wait for Vengeance Day! She wants it next week! Mandy says fine! Just put down the bat! Okay, KLR will put down the bat. Then she SUPERKICKS Mandy down! And gets her back up, K L R BOMB!! The match is set, will KLR once again become Forever Champion?

My Thoughts:

A pretty good NXT here that paves the way to Vengeance Day 2022. A very good Six Man Tag opened the night, and if anything says changing Walter’s name was a dumb move, it’s that the fans kept chanting “Walter” during the match. Imperium wins and that puts it on the Creed Brothers to win the tag tournament. GYV had a decent promo to get on Diamond Mine for focusing on other things, but I feel like this is just setting GYV up for a loss. A shame for GYV but it just feels like how things are going. Malik & Edris have a good promo, even though it was more about a team name than game-planning for MSK. This was the one time “NXThirsty” worked out to be entertaining to me. They blended it with Mandy running away from KLR, and the punchline of a boner was clever.

Speaking of, KLR chasing Mandy all night worked out as a good through story. She abducted Gigi & Jacy for the night, scared and humiliated Mandy into giving her a title match, and it isn’t even for the big themed episode. There’s a chance Gigi & Jacy screw that up for KLR, but I would hope Indi & Persia try to counteract that. The women’s tag title match will be very good, and could go either way. I like that the promo of Indi, Persia and Lumis also tied into other NXThirsty stories, like Brooks just being a lovesick puppy dog for Kayden Carter. Persia liking Duke is probably just for character and tension between Persia and Indi, not sure if anything comes of that.

Duke himself is apparently embracing the buzzcut as it represents the new chapter in his character arc. He has a good promo to hype up his grudge match with Dante Chen, that’ll be a good one. We got good interactions between Knight and Gacy, and a pretty good match, but naturally Waller & Sanga screw Knight over. Knight VS Sanga is going to be pretty good, and Knight will find a way to win, but it isn’t an official stipulation that if Knight wins, Waller rips up the restraining order, so totally expect Waller to not rip up the restraining order. Knight has to find a way to get under Waller’s skin to make Waller want the match with Knight.

Grimes has a good promo segment with Melo & Trick, and I like that for as great as Trick is on the mic, everyone’s response is to have no idea what he said. Grimes could even have a proxy match with Trick as the tune-up to the title match and it’ll be a lot of fun. We got a good promo from Robert Stone, with Von punctuating the catchphrase, but this NXT 2.0 version of Lesnar and Heyman is probably the extent of the Robert Stone Brand’s revival. Dunne had a good promo to set up what will surely be his real good-bye match, even though a Steel Cage match is rather cliché. So, it’s actually rather fitting since Vince has seized more control of NXT.

Cora and Raquel had a good match, and of course Raquel won yet still chose to be Cora’s teammate. Those two are going to go far in the Women’s Dusty Cup, and maybe even win it. Sarray got a good return win, and I’m actually a little disappointed WWE didn’t go all in on the magical girl aspect. Where was her transformation sequence before she went out on stage? But anyway, Dakota calling all these teams and other superstars out, I’m waiting for when they figure out who her next feud is with. Dakota VS Sarray would be a really good one, provided they let these two give us all they can give in the ring.

Great to see Women of Wrestling’s Faith the Lioness coming to NXT as “Nikkita Lyons,” but wow, what a way to spell that. Couldn’t they just get away with one K and an I for Lions? But Nikkita showed promise in WOW, she’ll become something really special in NXT. In tonight’s biggest shocker, the debuting Draco Anthony got the jobber non-entrance, and he in fact jobs to Andre Chase! Chase going after Wagner is good stuff, but this is clearly a feud to get Wagner going in the ring. And we got a very good main event tag match, Bron and Ciampa had good chemistry, and what a spot for the newly positioned announce desk. That was rough for Wilde.

I feel like Ciampa and Escobar should have a match to see if Escobar can earn the title match, rather than being handed a match, the very thing Escobar complains happened with Bron. Of course, a Heel is usually a hypocrite, so maybe Escobar won’t care how he gets his match. Either way, Bron VS Escobar is going to be really good, but I’m wondering why Xyon Quinn hasn’t shown up again. Maybe they’re just waiting for the best possible moment for him to screw over Escobar? That would actually be good stuff.

My Score: 8.5/10

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Next stop: Hollywood!



NXT White 'n' Gold Era

It’s the last chance to get those golden tickets!

With one last spot in the NXT Women’s Championship ladder match, and one last spot in the North American Championship Fatal 5, who gets to Stand & Deliver?


  • NXT North American Championship Qualifier Battle Royal: Axiom wins and joins the Fatal 5 Way title match at Stand & Deliver.
  • Tyler Bate w/ Chase U VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone; Bate wins.
  • Valentina Feroz VS Elektra Lopez; Lopez wins.
  • Eddy Thorpe VS Myles Borne; Thorpe wins.
  • NXT Women’s Championship Last Chance Qualifier: Indi Hartwell VS Sol Ruca VS Ivy Nile; Indi wins and joins the NXT Women’s Championship Ladder Match at Stand & Deliver.
  • Hank Walker VS Drew Gulak w/ Charlie Dempsey; Gulak wins.
  • NXT Tag Team Championship Qualifier: Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen VS Tony D’Angelo & Channing Lorenzo; Tony & Stacks win and deny Briggs & Jensen a spot at Stand & Deliver.


NXT North American Championship Qualifier Battle Royal!

Everyone wants that fifth and final spot in Wes Lee’s star-studded title match, and Wes himself is watching from commentary. SCRYPTS attacks Axiom before the bell! Things are already off to a chaotic start! Dabba-Kato clotheslines Quincy Elliot up and out to ELIMINATE him! Quincy rushes back up but the refs stop him from getting after Kato! Damon Kemp brawls with Edris Enofe, Oro Mensah goes after Kato, Xyon Quinn has Dante Chen, Drew Gulak & Charlie Dempsey of course work together as they go after Nathan Frazer, and Dijak has Odyssey Jones in a corner. Big Body Javi throws hands on Malik Blade while Jinder storms up on Dempsey.

Kato shoves Oro away, CLUBS him, then CLUBS him again. Dempsey & Gulak lift Jinder but he fights free. Odyssey ROCKS Kato! Fans fire up as Jinder puts Dempsey on the apron but Dempsey slips back in. Dante fights off Kemp and a few others, but Kemp kicks him low. Kemp hangs Dante out to dry and Dante ends up on the apron. Dante fights off Kemp but Dijak BOOTS and ELIMINATES Dante! But then Kemp scoops Dijak! Dijak fights Kemp off, but Kemp hits him back. Quinn puts ? up top, Odyssey BLASTS Quinn but Quinn is knocked into ?! They ELIMINATE ? together!

Kemp suplexes Frazer, Frazer slips free and Apollo CLUBS Kemp! Apollo whips Kemp at the ropes and Frazer holds the ropes down! Kemp lands on the apron but a PELE hits! Kemp wobbles, Frazer SUPERKICKS! Kemp falls, Frazer ELIMINATES him! Dijak ELBOWS Enofe, ELBOWS Blade, and repeat! But Malik BOOTS back! Malik runs in, tilt-o-whirls, but into a fireman’s carry! Dijak pops Malik up but Malik wheelbarrows and throws Dijak into Enofe’s KNEE! And then Malik DROPKICKS! Malik & Enofe TOSS Dijak! Dijak holds on, but Odyssey RAMS Dijak and ELIMINATES him! Dijak is furious, and he goes back after Odyssey!

Dijak trips Odyssey, drags him out, then SUPERKICKS! And ROLLING ELBOWS! And RAMS him into steel steps! Fans boo and the refs reprimand, but Dijak puts Odyssey back into the ring for the sharks. Jinder drags Odyssey up to toss him back out, Jinder ELIMINATES Odyssey! Fans boo but then Enofe KNEES Jinder and Malik DROPKICKS him! Jinder flops over the top, but he HOTSHOTS Malik, and drags Enofe out to join him! Malik runs back in but Jinder ROCKS him! Jinder suplexes, Malik lands on the apron. Jinder fights 2v1, Malik & Enof pinball Jinder! But then Apollo and Scrypts DOUBLE DROPKICK! They ELIMINATE Malik & Enofe!

Axiom whips Scrypts at Jinder, Scrypts FLIES up and over Jinder, but then he lands out on the ramp! Axiom ELIMINATES Scrypts! Jinder grins that it wasn’t him. Apollo ROCKS Dempsey, lifts Javi, and TOSSES Javi out onto everyone else to ELIMINATE him! Fans fire up but Javi is furious as NXT goes picture in picture.

Kato goes after Apollo! Kato HEADBUTTS Apollo, pushes past Oro and Dempsey to fire off on Apollo in the corner. Dempsey whips, Oro reverses but then Dempsey dodges! Jinder CLUBS Quinn, Gulak helps Dempsey with Oro. Apollo and Kato fight, Hank fires off on Quinn. Hank scoops Quinn out to the apron but Quinn holds on. Hank throws haymakers, but Quinn pokes him in the eye! Oro springboards to MULE KICK Quinn down! Oro ELIMINATES Quinn! Jinder rushes up to kick and CLUB Oro! Axiom scoops Hank with ehlp from Apollo but Hank fights them off.

Dempsey and Gulak mug Frazer, Jinder ROCKS Oro. Jinder CLUBS Oro, whips him to a corner, but Oro goes up, only for Jinder to TOSS him out and ELIMINATE him! The Modern Day Maharaja grins then stomps Frazer. Apollo stomps Dempsey, Jinder stomps Axiom, Gulak stomps Frazer. Kato storms up but Gulak CHOPS him! Gulak digs his boot on Frazer’s head, but Kato goes after him! Jinder stomps Axiom at the ropes then digs his knee in. Dempsey OVERHEAD Suplexes Hank! Dempsey drags Hank up but Hank throws hands! Gulak & Dempsey stomp mudholes into Hank! Apollo stomps Kato in a corner then throws hands.

Jinder DECKS Axiom, then goes up the corner to STOMP him down! Gulak & Dempsey throw Hank at the ropes, but Hank holds on! Dempsey has an ANKLE LOCK on a leg to force him over! Hank still clings to ropes, even as boots are dug into his legs and stomach. Hank manages to kick Dempsey away, and NXT returns to single picture. Apollo CLUBS and ROCKS Jinder, Hank hoists Gulak up and over! Fans fire up as Hank has a SLEEPER on Gulak! Dempsey throat chops Kato, then gets Hank’s legs! ANKLE LOCK and a DUMP, Dempsey ELIMINATES Hank and Gulak! Gulak an d Hank don’t care, they brawl tot he back!

Fans fire up, and we’re down to six! Axiom and Jinder brawl, Apollo runs but Kato tilt-o-whirls him. Apollo sips free and BOOTS Kato to ropes! Kato comes back to scoop Apollo and TOSS him! Kato ELIMINATES Apollo! Jinder stomps Axiom down, Dempsey ROCKS Kato! Jinder swings on Frazer, Frazer dodges and springboards to CROSSBODY! Axiom GAMANGIRIS Jinder to ropes! Frazer SUPERKICKS Jinder up and over! Jinder holds on, Frazer gives Axiom a boost, RAILGUN DROPKICK sends Jinder down! Frazer & Axiom ELIMINATE Jinder!! The final four are Kato, Dempsey, Axiom & Frazer!

And speaking of, Kato CLUBS Dempsey down, but Axiom uses Dempsey as a step to GAMANGIRI Kato! Frazer uses Dempsey as a step to CALF KICK! They all dump Kato up and out to ELIMINATE him!! Kato is furious but fans sing, “NANA NA NA, HEY HEY HEY, GOOD-BYE~!” Frazer, Axiom and Dempsey circle. Axiom kicks Dempsey, then ducks the back hand, Dempsey hits Frazer! Axiom SOBATS Dempsey, whips him to ropes, but Dempsey reverses. Axiom wheelbarrows, but Dempsey stops the tuck to WHEELBARROW GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Frazer springboard SHOTGUN DROPKICKS!!

All three men are down, fans are thunderous, Axiom clotheslines Dempsey up and over! Dempsey lands on the apron, he ROCKS Axiom but Axiom ROCKS Dempsey! They go back and forth, Axiom fires off shots, but DOUBLE HAYMAKERS take both men down! Fans are thunderous , Axiom BOOTS Dempsey off the apron and ELIMINATES him! And that leaves the old friendly rivals, Axiom and Frazer! The fans are giving a standing ovation as we see these two stare down. Frazer and Axiom shake hands, then they start dodging kicks! Frazer runs, QUEBRADA, but Axiom snapmares free of the dragon sleeper!

Axiom rushes in but Frazer sends him to ropes! Frazer lifts but Axiom shoves him away. Axiom blocks a superkick but not the DRAGON WHIP! Frazer fires up, he whips Axiom, but Axiom springboards to arm-drag and kip up, ROUNDHOUSE!! Axiom whips, Frazer springboards to QUEBRADA REVERSE DDT!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! “This is Awesome!” as Frazer stands Axiom up. Frazer throws a haymaker, Axiom gives it back! They go back and forth, faster and faster, but Frazer gets the edge. Axiom blocks the kick, spins and DECKS Frazer! PENALTY KICK! Axiom aims from the corner!

Frazer stands, GOLDEN- SUPERKICK!!! Frazer hit first but he’s also down! Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” but this has to end somehow! Frazer CHOPS Axiom in a corner, hoists him up top, and DOUBLE CHOPS! Axiom wobbles, Frazer runs back in, but into a SLEEPER! Frazer pries free to ELBOW BREAKER! And then he springs up top, for a SUPERPPLEX! Roll through to the GOURD- NO, Axiom slips free! Axiom waistlocks but Frazer bucks the O’Conner! Axiom kips up, into a SUPERKICK!! Frazer drags Axiom up, whips, but Axiom reverses to send Frazer up and out! Frazer holds on, skins the cat, but into a SUPERKICK!!

Both men are down again, but Axiom hurries to his feet! Axiom TOSSES Frazer and WINS!!!

Winner: Axiom (advances to Stand & Deliver)

Fans are electric for this instant classic of a battle royal! Wes Lee joins Axiom in the ring to congratulate him, and Dragon Lee appears so he can do the same. Even Ilja Dragunov walks out to the ring, and JD McDonagh comes in from the crowd side. All five men are ready to battle, will these five stars get five stars?


Pretty Deadly speak.

Kit Wilson & Elton Prince, in suits ‘n’ ties and wide brimmed hats, want us to sit back, relax, and get ourselves some delicious snacks, because this will be a one of a kind Stand & Deliver Pretty Deadly Preview Show. We just saw a wonderful performance from Axiom in that Battle Royale, earning the fifth and final spot in the North American Championship match. And what a gaggle of vicious competitors he’s joining. “The Mad Dragon,” Ilja Dragunov! “The Devilish Gentleman,” JD McDonagh! “The Audacious Champion,” Wes Lee! And finally, “The Masked Mystery from Mexico,” Dragon Lee.

“A match born from carnage comes full circle with an encounter that is likely to be as unpredictable as the events of its creation.” But Kit has a question. How does Wes possibly retain? Elton doesn’t think Wes will. His money is on the man as smart as them, JD McDonagh. So if Elton is going with intelligence, Kit is betting on Dragon Lee. We don’t know a thing about him, and that makes him dangerous. “Kitty” loves danger, doesn’t he? Yes! And they love YOU!, fans! They’ll be back with more hot takes throughout the evening as we’re on the Road to Stand…! And Deliver!


Chase U talks backstage.

Thea Hail says Tyler Bate’s fired up! Andre Chase asks if Tyler’s fired up and Tyler says he’s fired up! Can he feel it? He feels it! Chase says Bate did great in the Great Debate, and they’re just four days away from Stand & Deliver, where the of Chase University hangs in the balance! But tonight, the Big Strong Boi takes on big bad Von Wagner, who has talked trash on Chase U and Chase U has yet to beat. But Bate will beat Von, and they’re gonna ride that lightning bolt all the way to Stand & Deliver! Bate says with mass and speed on his side, momentum will be theirs! Bate will harness that momentum, he’ll bring home a win for the university!

Chase likes the way Bate’s brain works. Duke, you coming? He wouldn’t miss this for the world. Though he doesn’t look anywhere near as pumped as the rest. The team heads out, will the Big Strong Boi give Von a #TeachableMoment?


Briggs & Jensen talk backstage.

Brooks Jensen feels pretty good, because Kiana James responded to him after three voicemails instead of five this time. Kiana says they’re on their way, but what does Briggs thinks she wants to talk about? He isn’t sure, but whatever it is, they’ll get through it. The sun always comes up tomorrow. Um, okay. The ladies arrive and Jensen asks if everything is okay. Her message seemed a bit off. Kiana hesitates but Fallon tells her to tell Jensen. “These past few months, I’ve really gotten to know you guys. Especially you, Brooks. And what you guys have is special. I don’t know how to say this, I feel horrible.”

Jensen says it’s okay, she can get it out. Kiana feels horrible… That Briggs & Jensen aren’t part of Stand & Deliver! So she pulled some strings, and she has a match tonight. And if they win, that Triple Threat Tag Team title match becomes a FATAL 4! Fallon says, “What?” Briggs says, “WHAT?!” Jensen can’t believe it! Well hey, Kiana & Fallon are tag team champions, the boys should be tag champs with them! Fallon can’t stand- Surprises! Briggs knows that, but he loves ’em! Kiana just knocked this one out of the park! They could go to Stand & Deliver! Jensen cannot believe Kiana! Fallon can’t, either. Briggs says yes, because it’s unbelievable!

Jensen says first they’ll win tonight, then go to Stand & Deliver and become the NEW NXT Tag Team Champions! Group hug! Fallon is not happy that Kiana backed out of the truth. But will her keeping that buried only come back to haunt her?


Tyler Bate w/ Chase U VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone!

The Big Strong Boi stepped up when Chase U needed him and won big in that Great Debate. But will he win even bigger against vicious Von? Or will Bate fail to stand and deliver before Saturday?

The bell rings and Bate circles with Von. Fans rally behind the Big Strong Boi and Bate headlocks. Von powers up, Bate holds on, but Von powers out. They RAM shoulders, but Bate DROPKICKS! Von comes back to BOOT Bate down! Fans boo while Bate sits up in a daze. Von pushes Bate down to drop an elbow! Von then stalks Bate, drags him up, and choke grips to trophy lift! Von DROPS Bate, and then soaks up the heat. Von waits on Bate to sit up, and he KICKS him in the side! Fans boo, Thea & Chase coach up Bate, but Von clamps on a neck wrench. Fans rally, Bate endures, and Bate fights up to his feet.

Bate pries free, throws a HEADBUTT into the ribs, then fires off body shots! Von shoves, Bate rebounds to sunset flip! Von stays up, but Bate avoids the elbow drop! Bate runs, but into a LARIAT! Von covers, TWO! Von snarls but the fans rally for Bate. Von puts Bate in a corner, clotheslines, and then throws back elbows. Fans obo but Von whips Bate out to throw him back into the corner. And then a BIG clothesline in the corner! Von mocks Bate, fans taunt Von. Von whips Bate corner to corner, runs in, but only gets buckles! Bate goes to another corner. Von runs in but into a BOOT! Bate runs to UPPERCUT! And UPPERCUT! And UPPERCUT!

Bate fires off shots, keeping Von in a corner! Von choke grips back and TOSSES Bate! Bate boots, Von blocks but Bate KNEES back! Bate goes up to leap, FLYING UPPERCUT! Von rebounds but so does Bate, LARIAT! Von drops to a knee, Bop up, BANG!! Bate keeps moving, but Stone swipes at Bate! Fans boo but Bate goes out after Stone! Stone panics as Bate puts him in the ring! Theta THESZ PRESSES Stone!! Fans fire up and Bate cheers Thea on! Thea kicks Stone all the way out of the ring, but Von SUCKER PUNCHES Bate! Von whips Bate but Duke holds ropes down, and Bate FLIES out onto Stone!!

Fans fire up, Bate is fired up, he high-fives Duke but Duke doesn’t seem to care. Bate gets in the ring, dodges a boot and rebounds, LARIAT! Bate hurries up the corner, to SKY TWISTER! Cover, Bate wins!

Winner: Tyler Bate, by pinfall

Chase U is on a roll! Will all this help them hold onto the school? Wait, The Schism speaks! “Attention students of Chase University!” Joe Gacy stands at a podium with Jagger Reed, Ava Raine & Rip Fowler by his side. “As of this Saturday, The Schism will be in control.” Reed says, “The curriculum is changing. Time to open your minds to a different way of looking at the world through a different lens. Under the Schism’s tree.” The students wear yellow masks and Ava hands out a quiz. “Deprogramming starts now.” Rip says they don’t need to worry. There will be a place for delinquents in the Chase U Memorial Detention Hall.

Ava says at Stand & Deliver, “the world of Chase U will fall when The Schism takes over.” Gacy says, “When the bell rings, a new class begins.” Will The Schism graduate from a cult into a college?


Roxanne Perez is here!

She’s backstage and asks if Shawn Michaels is at gorilla. No, he moved to his office. Okay, she’ll go there. Thanks! The former(?) NXT Women’s Champion is here, but why? What business will she have with the boss?

NXT returns and Roxie knocks on HBK’s door. He welcomes her in and asks how she’s feeling. Does he have a minute to talk? Sure. What is it? Well, as of this afternoon, the doctors cleared her to return to action! Oh. That’s great to hear. Yeah! So they told her that basically, after all the tests, it was a mix of physical exhaustion and stress. It was all through the roof that night, but the only thing on her mind is her title and Stand & Deliver. Well, HBK wants to be the first to say that it is a relief to hear Roxie is better. And more importantly, that the doctors found out why she fainted like that.

But the problem is, Stand & Deliver… He isn’t sure. Her health is the priority right now. And he doesn’t think defending the title in a Ladder Match is the best thing for her right now. They can crown a new champion at Stand & Deliver, get a few matches under Roxie’s belt, and then right after Stand & Deliver, Roxie is the first to get a title match. Oh… Roxie won’t lie, being NXT Women’s Champion has been unlike anything she’s ever experienced. Saying you want to be champion and being champion day in and day out are completely different. But Roxie does struggle with anxiety.

This year has been incredible, but when you accomplish your dreams so fast, you wonder, ‘What do I do now? Is it all downhill from here? Did I peak at 21?” And then that anxiety goes insane! See, that right there! HBK knows Roxie’s all better physically, but mentally, emotionally, she’s just unsure. Roxie, you’re 21 years old! You’ve got a long, wonderful career in front of you. There will be other Stand & Deliver events. Will there? She can’t think like that! Did HBK think like that? WrestleMania was the most important night of the year for him, and she knows that he never had the mindset of, “Well, there’s always next year.”

HBK took it as “There’s here and now,” and he stole the show every time! That’s what Roxie wants to do! Roxie’s anxiety is crippling, but she can’t run away from it. She has to confront it, and that means facing it head-on. The only way she wins that battle is by climbing the ladder, winning back her title, the title she never lost. So please! Let her do this! Let her do this for her and for everyone who struggles with what she struggles with! To show them that they don’t have to be a prisoner of anxiety! Please, HBK! HBK says fine, but she has to get tests, meet with doctors, and follow-ups! Okay, yes! Thank you!

HBK says Roxie deserves the right to defend her title at Stand & Deliver. She’s in the match. Thank you so much, HBK! She’ll get all that for him! Okay, but now he’s gonna have a nervous breakdown. “Roxanne, you can beat this. Good luck.” Roxie thanks him again, then heads out. Will the Prodigy be able to overcome her biggest challenge mentally to then overcome the biggest challenge physically?


Valentina Feroz VS Elektra Lopez!

The Brazilian sparkplug has been doing things fair and square, even as La Madrina told her it was pointless. But Feroz made sure Lopez couldn’t cheat and that cost her against Sol Ruca. Will Feroz show Lopez she can win the  right way? Or is it true that nice people finish last?

The bell rings and the two rush each other. Lopez knees low, fires off forearms and a HEADBUTT! Lopez whips Feroz to a corner and ELBOWS her! Lopez then shouts at Feroz for messing with her. Feroz blocks the buckle bump, and she fires back with forearms! Lopez staggers, blocks a kick and CLUBS the leg to then sweep the other leg! Lopez gets the leg to SMASH the knee into the mat! Fans rally for Feroz but Lopez puts on a standing toehold. Feroz endures, kicks with her free leg, but Lopez drops an elbow on the bad leg! Feroz hooks with the good leg but Lopez fights that off to pull on the bad leg.

Fans rally, Feroz fights, and she rolls with Lopez. Lopez shifts to drop another elbow, but Feroz dodges! Feroz dropkicks Lopez down, covers, ONE! Feroz goes to a corner, Lopez runs in but Feroz dodges. Feroz arm-drags Lopez, drags her up to arm-drag again, and then whips to run and SPEAR! Fans fire up, Feroz covers, TWO! Lopez is hanging tough but Feroz fires up. Fans rally, Feroz aims from a corner and goes up. Feroz leaps, into Lopez’s arms! Lopez swings Feroz around into the ELEKTRIC SHOCK!! Cover, Lopez wins!

Winner: Elektra Lopez, by pinfall

Lopez wins, but the irony? She won fair and square! Did Feroz win the moral battle? Or does only the physical battle matter?


Eddy Thorpe speaks.

“Music is celebration. When I make music, I can feel the spirit of my people behind me. It is my honor to lead the way. Like an alpha wolf, I will conquer this territory and everything in it.” Thorpe is ready to level up, his NXT debut is next!


Eddy Thorpe VS Myles Borne!

The heritage and history of the Native American people, the fire and energy of progress, the Alpha Wolf looks to be the hybrid that paths the way to the future! Will Thorpe be the future of NXT?

The bell rings and Thorpe ties up with Borne. They are in a deadlock, Borne wrenches an arm but the fans rally behind Thorpe. Thorpe rolls, wrenches and wristlocks. Borne rolls, slips through and arm-drags to an armlock. Thorpe fights up, Borne headlocks, but Thorpe powers out, only for Borne to run him over. Things speed up., Thorpe hurdles then CROSSBODIES! Fans fire up, but Borne DROPKICKS Thorpe! Borne brings Thorpe up, but Thorpe CHOPS back! Thorpe CLUBS Borne, but Borne trips Thorpe. Thorpe boots Borne away but Borne throws hands! Borne UPPERCUTS, whips, and ELBOWS Thorpe down!

Borne drags Thorpe back up, ROCKS him with a haymaker, then has him on ropes. Thorpe hits back, Borne ROCKS and whips, but Thorpe reverses. Borne blocks a hip toss, body shots, and clinches for a BELLY2BELLY! Cover, TWO! Borne keeps cool and he clamps onto Thorpe with a chinlock. Fans rally and Thorpe fights up. Thorpe pries free, but Borne kicks low. Thorpe blocks to DRAGON SCREW! And then he CLOBBERS Borne with forearm after forearm! SOBAT! PELE! Borne staggers and fans fire up! Thorpe runs in to BOOT Borne! And then HIP TOSS! Borne flounders, Thorpe sets up, BIG elbow drop! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally, Thorpe brings Borne up but Borne wrenches out. Borne waistlocks, Thorpe elbows free but Borne kicks low. Borne swings, into a SAIDO! Fans fire up as Thorpe tries again, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Cover, Thorpe wins!

Winner: Eddy Thorpe, by pinfall

Borne gave him a good, hard fight, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Alpha Wolf. Thorpe says he’s coming for everything, will he get everything he wants in NXT?


Pretty Deadly checks back in.

Kit says what a night of headlines! Elton agrees. An impressive debut win for Thorpe. But it isn’t all smiles, as they’re here on the Grayson Waller Effect set. Waller VS Gargano is far more than personal. They say never mess with a man’s family, and that front yard brawl sure gave a new meaning to the term “viral moment.” Gargano has now vowed to do everything in his power to get revenge on Waller, and he wants this as an unsanctioned match. Will Waller sign the agreement? Would either Kit or Elton do it? Would you sign the contract, knowing what is coming for you? This could be a match so brutal, it’ll take YEARS off your career!

Kit says he would! Only to defend Elton’s honor. Oh, Kit is so selfless and brave. That is his middle name: Kit Bravery Wilson! Elton’s here for it. And stay tuned for more Pretty Deadly Talk as we continue towards Stand… and Deliver!


Backstage interview with Gallus.

McKenzie is with Mark Coffey & Wolfgang, and says that while we saw the end result of everything that happened at the bar last week, what led to it? Mark says it was obvious they’re not interior decorators, and Wolfgang admits, they were pretty banged up after that fight. Then at this point, it is a Triple Threat for Stand & Deliver. But then, why’re they willing to defend against not just one, not just two, but up to three teams with this deal made on behalf of Briggs & Jensen? You’re asking them, “Why?” They thought, “Why not?” The Creeds made a good case. Tony D & Stacks made a good case. And Gallus is all about equal opportunity.

If Briggs & Jensen do win tonight, then the more the merrier! Four, six, eight guys, it doesn’t matter. Well, Wolfie does love a good fight. How confident is Gallus that they’ll walk out of Stand & Deliver still NXT Tag Team Champions? Wolfgang admits that Markus likes to wind Wolfgang up, likes to get under his skin. But they’re the champs, heading into the biggest show of the year, against a collection of guys all ready to fight. They don’t need that much riling up. The odds don’t matter, at Stand & Deliver, the Creeds, The Don & Stacks, and should Briggs & Jensen make it there, they’ll all find out the hard way that it is #GallusBoysOnTop!


NXT Women’s Championship Last Chance Qualifier: Indi Hartwell VS Sol Ruca VS Ivy Nile!

Tiffany Stratton, Zoey Stark and Lyra Valkyria won their way in, and now that Roxie is physically cleared to compete, so is she! Who will win the final spot to make the Ladder Match a Furious 6 Way for the gold?

NXT returns as Ivy makes her entrance, followed by Indi. The bell rings and Indi kicks Ivy! Sol spins Indi around but Indi kicks, CLUBS and backhands her! Ivy rolls Indi up, TWO and Ivy jumps at Sol! Sol catches Ivy, pops her up but Ivy slips free to shove Sol into Indi! Down goes Indi, Ivy rolls Sol! TWO, and Sol scoops and SLAMS Ivy! Sol grabs at Ivy but Ivy kangaroo kicks her away, and Indi rolls Sol up! TWO, and Indi rushes in, but Sol dumps her out! Ivy KICKS Sol, KICKS her again, but Sol dodges the superwoman punch to DROPKICK Ivy out! Fans fire up and Sol goes up a corner! ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Direct hit on Ivy & Indi!

Fans fire up with the Sol Surfer, and she puts Indi back in. Sol hurries to cover, TWO! Fans sing for Sol while Indi flounders to ropes. Sol brings her up, whips her to ropes, but Indi reverses and hip tosses. Sol handsprings through to a FACEBUSTER! But Ivy leaps in to FLYING RANA! Ivy fires up, fans are with her and she ROCKS Indi! Ivy rolls and CALF KICKS Sol! Cover, TWO! ARMBAR!! Sol clasps hands, and Indi drops a BIG ELBOW on Ivy! Cover, TWO! Indi drags Ivy up, puts her through ropes and UPPERCUTS! And BOOTS! Ivy flops down, Indi covers, Sol breaks it! Fans duel, Sol drags Indi up to whip, but Indi reverses to put Sol through ropes!

Indi UPPERCUTS, but Sol dodges the boot to HOTSHOT! Indi is down, Sol springboards and SPLASHES! Cover, Ivy breaks it! All three women are down and fans rally back up. They all rise up slowly, Sol swings but Ivy tilt-o-whirls to sunset flip! ONE, but Ivy KNEES Sol down! Cover, TWO! Things speed up, Sol blocks a Rana, Ivy slips free of the bomb, but Sol SUPERKICKS! Sol handspring SPLASHES Ivy! Sol runs corner to corner to handspring, but Indi dodges! Sol bumps off buckles, into Indi’s IMPRESSIVE SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Sol survives, and Ivy BUZZSAWS Indi! Ivy whips but Indi reverses!

Ivy tilt-o-whirls, into the DIAMOND DRAGON!! Indi endures, fades, but Sol runs in, SOL SNATCHER!! But Indi BOOTS Sol away! BLINDSIDER LARAIT!! Cover, INDI WINS!!

Winner: Indi Hartwell, by pinfall (advances to Stand & Deliver)

#IndiWrestling is going to Hollywood! Will Indi finally have the top title? But speaking of, here’s Zoey Stark! And Lyra Valkyria! And Gigi Dolin! And of course, Tiffany Stratton! But also, Roxanne Perez! Roxie holds up the belt now, but who will bring it down from the sky in Hollywood?


Pretty Deadly checks in again.

They climb up a step ladder for this segment, and says Indi makes good on the Last Chance match. The field is now set. Six women put their bodies on the line in a match to crown a “new” women’s champion. Well, Roxie the plucky prodigy is back. And since she never lost the title, this becomes a title defense now. Who does Elton see coming away with the gold? Oh, so glad Kit asked. Because Elton recently had an epiphany. Los Angeles, the city of stars, Hollywood, and there’s only one woman suited for the City of Angels! #BuffBarbie herself! The most glamorous superstar in NXT, Tiffany Stratton! Yes girl!

Kit says this could be a show-stealer! If the fans wanna find out, join us on Saturday for Stand… And Deliver!


Grayson Waller speaks.

Via a Twitter video, captioned “Will I or won’t I?” Waller calls out “Johnny Cosplay.” He’s so close to finally getting what he wanted: him and Waller in an Unsanctioned match. In fact, Waller’s on his way inside right now. Waller had security do one last sweep of the perimeter, and because he knows Gargano’s “a sneaky little hobbit,” they’ll also be all around ringside. But Waller hopes Gargano tunes in. “Because you never know what I’m gonna say.” The 21st Century Success Story is trolling until the very end. Will he sign on the dotted line so that he and Gargano can go to the extreme?


NXT presents Prime Target: Bron Breakker VS Carmelo Hayes.

The NXT Champion says, “This match is like destiny. The youngest main event in WrestleMania Weekend history. Carmelo and I, we came in in the same class, these two alpha males that are just undeniable.” The challenger asks Bron, “Do you know what it takes to be a king? I don’t think you do. Heavy lies the head that wears the crown.” Melo is the 2021 Breakout Star, a winner of NXT WarGames (alongside Bron), the combined longest reigning NXT North American Champion, the one who unified the North American and Cruiserweight titles, and “HIM.”

Melo says this has been a whole different training camp to get ready for this match. He isn’t just doing his high-flying, his mat wrestling, he is covering every aspect. He hits the ropes harder, he takes less steps, he makes less mistakes. He worked out for four hours, partied for three, but skipped the afterparty. Trick Williams couldn’t believe it, but Melo has to put in the work to take on Bron Breakker. Trick and the others understood, and Melo let them go on. Melo didn’t need to go, he’ll celebrate when this is finished, when he has won, and he is at the top of the mountain. The job is not done, it is far from it.

Training montage as Melo pushes himself. But Bron chuckles. It’s funny because he’s been doing that and not going to parties since the first day. He works with weights two and a half hours a day. He runs the ropes another two and a half hours a day. Because that is what it takes to be champion, to be “The Guy.” Bron knows people think matches are won and loss in the ring or in the weight room. But Bron is of the opinion that they’re won and loss in the film room. There is nothing better than to watch film. Melo is fast, he will try to get in Bron’s head, gas him out, and get Bron playing Melo’s game.

You can take Bron to the deep water, but he’s been there so many times, it has become his home. Bron has carried NXT on his back for almost two years now. The NXT title is everything to him, this brand is everything to him. He respect everyone who has come before, but there is a difference. He is the most dominant of all time. This has been the path since Vengeance Day, and now, in LA, Melo vows to take that weight off Bron’s shoulders when he knocks Bron’s head off and takes the title. Melo is Him, and the kingdom of NXT is his, and he wants his effing crown!

Bron says that this one is a bit more special, it means a bit more to him. Fans are torn, but Melo says Bron doesn’t understands. Bron doesn’t want this like Melo wants this! Bron doesn’t wanna go as far as Melo is willing to go! But Bron says when he gets going with that 4.3 speed, hits those Steiner-lines, Melo won’t know where he is. Melo says at Stand & Deliver, he takes everything from Bron because everything is his! Melo is HIM! Bron has promised and continues to promise he will make it through as champion, but who will have the Hollywood ending to their story?


Isla Dawn & Alba Fyre speak.

The Firekeeper says, “When the sun goes down at Stand & Deliver, a darkness will rise over NXT.” The Wicked Witch says, “The eternal horror of gullible fools will not be contained.” The fate of Kiana James and Fallon Henley has already been sealed. Two spirits in turmoil do not deserve to be tag team champions. Fyre and Isla bond together to connect their past and forge their destiny. This Saturday, they burn their opposition tot he ground. And from the ashes, their message will spread far and wide. “It is always darkest before the Dawn, and where there’s smoke, there’s Fyre.” Will nothing stop this devious duo from ascending to the throne?


Hank Walker VS Drew Gulak w/ Charlie Dempsey!

The blue collar working man was already in the 20 Man Battle Royal, but so was the Philly Stretcher. Their fight that literally spilled out of the ring now returns to it, will the student avenge himself against his arrogant teacher? Or will Gulak show Hank he still doesn’t belong?

NXT returns as Gulak makes his entrance, the Son of the Gentleman Villain by his side. The bell rings and Hank rushes in! Gulak dodges, headlocks, but Hank slips out to hammerlock. Gulak throws back elbows then haymakers. Hank blocks to fire off haymakers in return! Hank whips, and he CLOBBERS Gulak! And CLOBBERS him again! Fans rally and Hank back drops Gulak! Gulak staggers up, but Hank hits a MONKEY FLIP, into an ARMBAR! Gulak flails, grapevines a leg and drags Hank into a camel clutch! But Hank slips out to put Gulak in the camel clutch! Gulak powers his way back and gets a leg, STRETCH MUFFLER!

But Hank trips Gulak to put on the STRETCH MUFFLER! And he lifts Gulak off the mat with it! Fans fire up, but Gulak kicks free. Gulak trips Hank, has the heel hook, and he turns Hank over for a HALF CRAB! Hank endures, powers Gulak down and gets the HALF CRAB for himself! Gulak endures, crawls forward, and he has the ROPEBREAK! Hank lets go quickly, Gulak goes to the apron but Hank drags him up. But Gulak HOTSHOTS Hank away! Gulak slides in for a NECKBREAKER! Then a knee drop! And another! And another! Gulak snarls but fans boo. Gulak drags Hank up and whips him to a corner.

Gulak runs in to clothesline! Gulak shoves Hank out to then BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Fans boo but Gulak tells Hank he doesn’t belong. Gulak goes up the corner, and FLYING LARIATS! Cover, TWO! But Gulak has the arm to drag Hank into a CROSSFACE! Hank endures, fans rally, and Hank moves around, only for Gulak to shift to a chinlock. Hank endures, fans rally more and Hank fights up! Hank pries free, but Gulak pulls hair! The ref reprimands but Hank pries Gulak’s hands away. Hank fires off big hands from all sides! Hank whips to THESZ PRESS! And fast hands! Hank fires up and fans are with him!

Hank has Gulak in a corner, whips him corner to corner then SPLASHES! And then whip and SPLASH the other way! Gulak flounders, Hank ripcords him for a FLAPJACK! And down come the straps! Hank roars, runs, and CLOBBERS Gulak! Cover, TWO!! Gulak survives that open field tackle, but Hank is right on him! Wheelbarrow and lift, but Gulak arm-drags to the press and CROSSFACE!! Hank endures, fans rally, and he pops out the back! Hank gets the legs again, wheelbarrows, into the ARMBAR!! Hank pulls on the arm but Gulak clasps hands. Hank powers it open!! Gulak flails, fans are thunderous, but Gulak scrambles over! ROPEBREAK!!

Hank lets go in frustration while fans boo. Hank hurries after Gulak, they’re in the ropes, the ref is busy with Gulak and Dempsey CLOBBERS Hank! Gulak cradles, Gulak wins!!

Winner: Drew Gulak, by pinfall

Fans boo as Gulak steals that one! Hank was about to beat Gulak at his own game, but Gulak needed the assist from his new friend! Will Hank get payback the next time they meet?


Pretty Deadly checks in again.

They’re having a couple mimosas at the bar and Kit says, “Ever since we joined the division, the tag team scene has been a bustling hive of competition.” Elton says that at Stand & Deliver, the NXT Tag Team Championships will be contested in a Triple Threat match. The Creed Brothers have got their mojo back, baby. #AustinPowers. Elton still can’t stand them, but he has to admit, Julius & Brutus have more personality then say this bar rag. The champions, Gallus, well, are the champions. Let’s move on, please. And the new team, Tony D’Angelo & “Stacks” Channing Lorenzo, show family loyalty.

Imagine if The Don & The Underboss win. Kit would love it! Or, speaking of love, Briggs & Jensen do have the opportunity to make this a Fatal 4 Way. Could you imagine if the foursome of Briggs, Jensen, Kiana & Fallon were all tag team champions together at Stand & Deliver? Aw, so magical. Such a perfect fairytale ending. But that’s just the thing about fairytales: there’s always a witch, or witches, right behind. Nice one. Isla & Alba are dangerous duo, and if they have their way, it’ll be a sinister Stand & Deliver. The fairytale could be of heartbreak and tragedy. So see you Saturday afternoon for Stand… And Deliver!


NXT Tag Team Championship Qualifier: Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen VS Tony D’Angelo & Channing Lorenzo!

Speaking of that Hollywood ready story, the next chapter is being written right here! Will the Country Strong good ol’ boys fight their way into the title match to join their leading ladies at Stand & Deliver? Or will these underdogs fail to live the dream?

The teams sort out and Stacks starts against Jensen. They circle, tie up, and Jensen shoots to a roll-up, TWO! Jensen waistlocks but Stacks fights up. Stacks arm-drags but Jensen holds on. Stacks makes that a cover, ONE as Jensen bridges into his own cover! TWO, Stacks is free, and the two stand off. Fans applaud while Jensen says it was that close. The two reset, tie up again, and Jensen waistlocks to O’Conner Roll. TWO, Jensen rebounds off ropes, things speed up, and Jensen hip tosses Stacks! Stacks kangaroo kicks, then he scoops and SLAMS Jensen! But Jensen kangaroo kicks back!

Stacks runs in, into a headlock takeover! Stacks tries to headscissor but Jensen fights that to a cover, TWO! Stacks headscissors after all but Jensen kips free. Jensen runs, hurdles, tags Briggs and FACEBUSTERS! Briggs runs in to CLOBBER Stacks! Fans fire up as Briggs scoops, but Tony drags Stacks down! Tony tags in and fans rally as he circles with Briggs. They tie up, Tony waistlocks and SLAMS Briggs. Tony talks trash, grinds his forearm into Briggs’ head, but Briggs fights up. Tony SLAMS Briggs back down, facelocks, but Briggs fights his way up again. Briggs pries the hold open, but Tony shoves him away, only for Briggs to run him over!

Things speed up, Tony drops but Briggs stops short of the back drop to CLUB Tony on the back! Stacks distracts Briggs, and Briggs turns around into a haymaker! Tony tags Stacks, they double whip, body shot and knee lift to an UPPERCUT! Stacks covers, ONE! The ladies are watching backstage, and Fallon still can’t believe Kiana lied to Jensen. Oh, yes, Kiana is so horrible to have gotten Jensen & Briggs a chance at the tag titles. When this is over, Fallon is telling Jensen! No, Fallon, wait! Let’s talk! Fallon hurries off, Kiana hurries after, and we watch the ring again as Stacks has Briggs down in a chinlock.

Briggs endures, fights up, and fans rally. Stacks thrashes Briggs around but Briggs still fights up. Briggs powers out, Tony tags in. Jensen tags in, Briggs CLOBBERS Tony and Jensen CLOBBERS Stacks! Tony & Stacks end up on the ropes, Briggs & Jensen fire up and they slide, to DOUBLE HAYMAKER! Fans fire up with the good ol’ boys as NXT goes picture in picture.

Jensen hurries in after Tony, wrenches an arm and RAMS shoulders. Jensen wrenches again, for an ELBOW BREAKER! Jensen wants after the shoulder but Tony stays on his feet. Briggs tags in, Jensen whips Tony so they can DOUBLE SHOULDER TACKLE! Briggs covers, TWO! Briggs clamps onto that arm and grinds it down. Briggs CLUBS Tony, but Tony fights up. Briggs wrenches the arm, tags in Jensen, and Jensen takes the handoff to wrench again. Jensen wrangles Tony to the mat, wrenches the arm again, but Tony DECKS Jensen! Tag to Stacks and he runs in, into an arm-drag!

Jensen has the armlock and grinds the shoulder. Stacks endures, fights up, but Jensen whips him to ropes. Stacks holds the ropes and ELBOWS in return! Jensen comes back, Stacks dodges and Tony CLOBBERS Jensen! The ref reprimands, but now Fallon  and Kiana are ringside. Tony stomps Jensen, drags him up and ROCKS him. Tony brings Jensen around, whips Jensen to ropes, and hits a BELLY2BELLY! Cover, TWO! Tony is annoyed, but he drags Jensen up to whip him into the corner. Tag to Stacks, Stacks clamps on a chinlock, and NXT returns to single picture. Stacks claws at Jensen’s face!

Fans rally, the ref reprimands, and Jensen fights his way around. Jensen stands, throws body shots, and is free. Stacks grabs at the pants, Jensen throws elbows! Stacks catches Jensen to a BACKBREAKER! And then a BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Tag to Tony, he drags Jensen up and facelocks for some hockey scrum shots! Fans rally but Jensen drops to his knees. Tony DECKS Jensen, then drags him back up. Tony whips Jensen hard into the corner, tags Stacks, and then Tony scoops. BACKBREAKER, and Stacks leaps in, ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO!! Jensen survives but Stacks clamps on with a chinbar and armlock.

Fans rally, Jensen fights up, and Stacks shifts to a headlock. Jensen throws body shots, powers out, but heads collide! Both men fall over and fans rally up. Stacks and Jensen crawl, hot tag to Briggs! Britts rallies on Stacks & Tony! Briggs DECKS Stacks, runs and BOOTS Tony! Stacks runs in but into a SIDEWALK SLAM! SPLASH for Tony! Briggs is all fired up and the fans are with him. Tag to Jensen, and Jensen goes up. Briggs Electric Chair Lifts Stacks, WHEEL KICK DOOMSDAY DEVICE! Jensen covers, Tony barrels through Briggs to break it!! Fans are thunderous as all four men are down!

Fallon & Kiana coach up their boys, Briggs and Tony stare down. They fire up and stand to throw hands! Fans fire up, Briggs gets the edge, but Tony dodges the boot to DECK Briggs out of the ring! Tony tags in off Stacks, then helps Stacks to go after Jensen. They double whip, to BADA BING, BADA BOOM!! Cover, Tony & Stacks win!

Winners: Tony D’Angelo & Channing Lorenzo, by pinfall (DENIES Briggs & Jensen a spot in the NXT Tag Team Championship match)

The Triple Threat stays a Triple Threat, and Stacks says it’s The D’Angelo Boys On Top! Will that be how it goes in Hollywood?

As for the others, Fallon grabs the mic. Fallon knows this isn’t a good time, but this has gone on long enough! There is something Kiana needs to tell Jensen! Kiana says that’s true. There is something she should tell him. But she’d rather just show him. Jensen is confused, but Kiana gives him a kiss! Jensen is over the moon, and Fallon still can’t believe it! Is there no end to the back-up plans Kiana has to cover her bases?


Grayson Waller heads to the ring.

Security is at the ready, just as he said. Fans boo as the 21st Century Success Story walks down the ramp, and then he goes to Vic Joseph at the announce desk. Waller takes the contract, looks it over, and then grabs a pen. Waller says, “Once I’m done, whatever happens in this match, I want to do it in front of you (Vic). Whatever happens to your boy is on your hands.” Waller takes the contract into the ring, and gets a mic. “Hey! You flops better watch my back, because Gargano’s known for his cheap shots. And he could come from anywhere, right?” Fans boo as Waller continues.

“I’m staring at this paper and… I still can’t believe it. Grayson Waller VS Johnny Gargano, at Stand & Deliver.” Fans taunt Waller, “You Can’t Read!” Waller says Melo VS Bron thinks it’s the main event. But it doesn’t matter when he’s on, Waller’s the REAL main event! Because this is a full circle moment. Two years ago, Waller was trying to stand out in front of the new wave. He was trying to build a relationship with the idiot fans! He was singing, dancing, all the things the fans pretend they don’t like but secretly love. “And then came WarGames. And at the time, I was considered the fourth best member of Team 2.0.”

Fans tell Waller to shut up, but Waller continues. He went out there, he stepped in that cage, and he jumped from the top! He put his body on the line because that was gonna be his “viral moment.” That was gonna be what launched him to superstardom. But he was wrong. “Because at the end of the night, after WarGames, all anyone could talk about was Johnny Wrestling. So two nights later, in a night I know you remember very vividly. You (Johnny Gargano) walked to this ring, and everyone couldn’t wait to hear what you had to say! And because you kissed his ass so much, Shawn Michaels gave you as much time as you wanted!

“But it only took me 30 seconds. I saw my mark and I hit it. And let’s be real, Johnny, you are the biggest mark in this business.” Waller stepped out there, hit Gargano with the chair, and sent Gargano home. Then Waller sent himself into the stratosphere. It’s funny, because Gargano told the world that you should bet on yourself. “And if you wanna talk about the last 15 months, no one has bet on themselves more than Grayson Waller! And if you want proof, my proof is right here! I have the greatest big match superstar in NXT history begging me to kick his ass at Stand & Deliver. Don’t forget that, Johnny: you’re begging me. I’m your golden ticket right now!”

Waller admits, Gargano is the greatest big match superstar in NXT history. Gargano’s done it all. The records, the titles, the matches, the moments. Johnny Gargano IS Mr. NXT. “But just like your idol, Mr. WrestleMania, Shawn Michaels, you are gonna lose at Stand & Deliver. You bleed black ‘n’ gold, lad? I bleed green. 15 months ago, I used you to put myself on the map. And at Stand & Deliver, I use you one more time-” GARGANO IS HERE?! But Waller told him not to show up or he wouldn’t sign the contract! Waller is ready for a fight, he dares Gargano to come for this fight, but where is Gargano?

HE’S THE CAMERAMAN!! Gargano sets the camera down, takes off the hat and mask, and he rushes Waller! Security finally realizes and they rush in! Fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” but security does its job in separating them. But then Waller and Gargano get loose to fire off hands again! Waller bails, Gargano pursues, and they COLLIDE! Waller tumbles over steel steps, Gargano goes after him, and the scrapping continues at the ramp! Fans rally behind Gargano but Waller TACKLES him on the stage! Security pulls them apart again, but Gargano gets free to LEAP onto the pile!

Fans fire up but the two are separated again. Johnny Wrestling and the viral villain are ready to stand and deliver, but who will be left standing at all in the end?

My Thoughts:

A great NXT and a great go-home, though still with the usual level of talking for NXT, which is a little too much talking. I do appreciate that Pretty Deadly was inserting themselves all over the show to give their thoughts and predictions. And they were entertaining each segment so it is still fine. Isla & Alba have a good promo to give their thoughts on Fallon & Kiana being at odds. And I’m glad we got Prime Target back since this isn’t NXT 2.0 but “white & gold” era. But none of these really change the math in those matches as I see it. Melo is still the proper choice to win so Bron can move on, and given Fallon & Kiana are so against each other right now, Isla & Alba are definitely taking those titles.

Speaking of that story, the romcom of Jensen and Kiana continues to take some really clever turns that also help tie into other stories. The tag team “main event” of Briggs & Jensen VS Tony & Stacks was a really good match, and it adds to story. Kiana uses the tag match and that public kiss to deflect from Sebastian. At this rate, Kiana is gonna marry Jensen before she tells him about Sebastian. Which honestly, would be a hilarious thing given American pro-wrestling can’t help but have weddings. And this win gives Tony & Stacks the momentum going into the Triple Threat. I’m thinking this all leads to Gallus finding a way to retain the titles.

Opening with the battle royal was the right move, as was making it chaotic like the rest of the North American Championship open challenge segments. Scrypts going after Axiom is good consistency, but I’m pleasantly surprised to see he didn’t stop Axiom from winning. I thought they were gonna put a giant over but nope, we got two Cruiserweights at the end. Also great detail was that the final three were NXT UK alumni (Axiom is A-Kid for anyone who still doesn’t know). And in the end, Axiom finally gets what he wants in getting this title opportunity. If Wes isn’t winning, this is anyone’s game, all of these guys are that great.

Though, I’m not sure we needed Gulak VS Hank here tonight after both men already competed in the battle royal. It was still a great match, with a strong showing from Hank and a classic Heel shenanigan for Gulak to win. But I would’ve waited to make this part of the aftermath episode next Tuesday to help bridge things into the Spring and Summer phases. Meanwhile, Eddy Thorpe has a good TV debut after a string of matches on Level Up. Formerly Karl Fredericks in NJPW as a Young Lion, Thorpe brings those basics and essential moves, but shows he can do the fancier stuff. The Twist ‘n’ Shout swinging neckbreaker is a great finisher, can’t wait to hear its finisher name.

Good match from Feroz and Lopez, and I figured Lopez would win, but I’m surprised Lopez didn’t cheat since that was kinda the whole point of their story. Maybe Feroz points that out to Lopez next week and Lopez starts to see things her way. Good stuff out of Chase U, especially the checked out attitude of Duke Hudson. I think Duke’s assist was meant to screw Bate but it ended up an assist because Bate jumped for the tope. And good promo from The Schism to bum everyone out after Bate’s win. Duke helping screw Chase U over seems a bit obvious but sometimes stories go in the obvious direction.

Roxanne being back before Stand & Deliver is quite the surprise to me. I really thought we were waiting for an Undisputed NXT Women’s Championship story, but I suppose putting that on just a TV special like Spring Breakkin’ isn’t enough. So instead, Roxie makes her return, she champions the fight of mental health and anxiety to still be champion going into Stand & Deliver. I’d somehow lost count, but yeah, a SIX WAY Ladder Match. That is wild, and much like with the North American Championship, I see it as Roxie retaining, or anyone’s guess of a new champion. Indi winning that great Last Chance Triple Threat was a bit of a surprise, but Stand & Deliver could be her good-bye match to NXT. Then she rejoins The Way on Raw in a big moment of some kind.

And speaking of big moment, great final segment with Waller and Gargano. Good promo from Waller showing us that indeed, this is full circle. Waller was honestly good at being a Face back in the days of 205 Live. But even then, there were hints of being arrogant and defying authority, Waller’s come into his own as a Heel, perhaps one the top Heel at this point. I thought Waller was gonna beat up Vic since he was to have Gargano banned from the building, but Waller said it himself, Gargano became “Johnny Cosplay” pulling off the covered up cameraman disguise. Great brawl, it was a wash so no one has the math behind them, but I would think that with Gargano on Raw now, Waller will use the fact this is Unsanctioned/No Disqualification to win and just have all the Heel heat.

My Score: 8.7/10

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