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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (3/29/22)

Who’s going to Stand & Deliver?

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One last North American Championship Ladder Match spot is up for grabs!

Carmelo Hayes wants his NXT North American Championship Ladder Match to have five men, so he’s giving one last chance to Cameron Grimes, Roderick Strong and A-Kid!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: LA Knight & MSK VS Imperium; Imperium wins.
  • Ivy Nile w/ Malcolm Bivens VS Tiffany Stratton; Nile wins.
  • Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen w/ Fallon Henley VS Legado del Fantasma w/ Elektra Lopez; Briggs & Brooks win.
  • Bodhi Hayward w/ Andre Chase VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone; Wagner wins.
  • Draco Anthony VS Joe Gacy w/ Harland; Gacy wins.
  • Nikkita Lyons VS Sloane Jacobs; Lyons wins.
  • NXT North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier Triple Threat: Cameron Grimes VS Roderick Strong VS A-Kid; Grimes wins and advances to NXT Stand & Deliver.

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: LA Knight & MSK VS Imperium!

The Ring General and the NXT Tag Team Champions- ARE ATTACKED FROM BEHIND! The Megastar, Wes Lee & Nash Carter ain’t waiting for a bell! But will the mat still be sacred after such an ambush?

Gunther and Knight brawl in the ring, then Knight clotheslines Gunther back out! Fabian Aichner jumps in but Knight throws more hands! The bell rings and Knight stomps a mudhole, “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” Knight runs corner to corner to KNEE Aichner down! Knight whips Aichner, Aichner reverses and kicks back. Aichner CLUBS Knight, scoops him, but Knight slips off to shove. Things speed up, Aichner duck san dodges then runs Knight over! Aichner headlocks for a takeover and he grinds Knight down. Knight endures, keeps his shoulders up, and fans rally as he gets to his feet.

Knight powers out but Barthel tags in. Barthel arm-drags Knight, then grinds the armlock. Knight endures, fights his way back up, and fans rally again. Knight moves around, pries the hold and wrenches, and he has the wristlock. Knight YANKS and YANKS on the arm, but Barthel throws Knight by his hair! Barthel shouts, “NEIN!” then he clamps onto the armlock again. Knight endures the armlock and chinbar, and fans rally up again. Knight fights up, puts Barthel on ropes, but Barthel whips. Knight hits a NECKBREAKER! Knight tags Carter, and Carter tags Lee. Carter sweeps the legs, Lee Chanceries and Carter basement dropkicks! Cover, ONE!

Carter facelocks Barthel, wrenches and wristlocks. tag to Knight. Knight mugs Barthel, but Barthel uppercuts back. Barthel runs, into a back drop, but he sunset flips! Knight stays up, but misses the knee drop! Tag to Aichner but Knight counter punches with haymakers! Aichner headlocks. Barthel tags in again, Aichner distracts Knight and Barthel CLOBBERS Knight into ropes! Barthel rains down fists and stomps, then scrapes Knight’s face! Barthel taunts MSK, then PENALTY KICKS Knight! Barthel smirks and brings Knight up to throw hands. Tag to Gunther and fans go wild!

Gunther stomps but Knight fires off haymakers! Gunther swings but Knight ducks the chop to throw more hands! Another duck, but Gunther comes back to CHOP! And he kicks Knight around in frustration! Tag to Aichner, he scoops and SLAMS Knight into ropes! Cover, TWO! Aichner is frustrated but he stands Knight up to CLUB him down! Aichner snapmares for a chinlock but Knight endures. Knight fights up as fans rally again, and Knight throws body shots. Aichner shoves and headbutts low! Aichner shakes his head and fires up, then he brings Knight back up. Aichner throws hands and has Knight on ropes.

Aichner CLAWS Knight, SLAPS him, but that only angers Knight! Knight throws more haymakers! He backs Aichner down, Aichner shoves, and gets around, back suplex! Knight lands on his feet, hot tag to Carter! Lee tags in, MSK fires off the strike fest on him! Barthel runs in but is sent right out! Gunther get sin, SUPERKICK from Lee! Carter SUPERKICKS Aichner then DIVES onto Barthel! They crash to the ramp, Lee builds speed to- GET A BOOT! Gunther takes down Lee then eggs on Knight! The ref keeps these two back, Knight’s not legal! Fans are thunderous as NXT goes picture in picture!

Gunther and Knight stand down, but Gunther drags Lee up to CLUB him down! Lee grits his teeth and gets to ropes but Gunther stomps him down! Gunther drags Lee up but Lee throws body shots! SUPERKICK! Gunther wobbles, so Lee SUPERKICKS again! And runs, but gets caught! Gunther SPINEBUSTERS to a BOSTON CRAB! Lee endures, Knight BOOTS Walter down! Knight rains down on Gunther but the ref backs him off. Knight is fired up but Gunther drags Lee away to the corner. Tag to Barthel, he stomps Lee down. Barthel drags Lee up, puts him in a corner, then runs in, and blocks a boot! “NEIN!” GAMANGIRI!

Then a HALF HATCH SUPLEX! Barthel goes up, FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Barthel taunts Knight but again the ref keeps him back. Barthel stomps Lee, drags him over and tags Gunther. They mug Lee, Gunther stomps Lee’s arm, then stalks him to ropes. Lee kicks back but Gunther stomps him again! Gunther drags Lee up, scoops him and SLAMS him! Gunther drags Lee over, tag to Aichner. They focus on the leg, and Aichner drops an elbow into a toehold. Lee throws hands but Aichner turns him for an STF! Lee endures, Aichner turns him over for a cover, TWO! Aichner is annoyed but he taunts Lee.

Aichner drags Lee up, CLUBS him again, and Lee scrambles to ropes. Aichner drags Lee up again to EuroUpper him back down! Knight and Carter coach Lee as NXT returns to single picture. Aichner shoves Lee, Lee BOOTS back! Lee is in a corner, Aichner blocks the boot but not the ENZIGURI! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Lee and Aichner crawl, hot tags to Barthel and Knight! Knight fires off on Barthel, DECKS Gunther, then dodges Barthel for a NECKBREAKER! Scoop and SLAM! Fans spell out his name and he drops the elbow! Cover, Aichner breaks it! Knight throws Aichner out, tag to Carter!

Carter goes corner to corner and gets a boost, RAILGUN DROPKICK to Barthel! Carter goes up but Gunther YANKS him down! Imperium gets away with that one, but Knight goes after Gunther! They brawl outside right by the barriers, and then to the back! Aichner gets to the corner, as does Lee. Barthel tags Aichner in, fans rally up, but Carter jackknifes! Aichner BOOTS Lee while the pin doesn’t count. Barthel anchors Carter for a LARIAT! Aichner covers, Imperium wins!

Winners: Imperium, by pinfall

The chaos was too much for MSKnight, Imperium comes out on top! Will Aichner & Barthel keep the NXT Tag Team Championships sacred this Saturday? But wait, here come the Creed Brothers! Julius & Brutus don’t want anyone to forget them. Will they be the ones to Stand & Deliver in Dallas?

 

NXT hears from Kay Lee Ray & Io Shirai.

KLR brings up how two weeks ago, Mandy Rose said she’d fight any woman in NXT for her title. She genuinely believes she’s the greatest in history. That is why KLR & Shirai knew she’d accept the Fatal 4 Way. There has never been a group like Toxic Attraction. They cost KLR her shot, they took out Zoey Stark, so these two teamed up to get payback. Toxic Attraction will crumble and it’ll be hilarious! KLR & Shirai are no strangers to being champions. Shirai has been both singles and tag champions, and KLR is the NXT UK Women’s Forever Champion! When KLR becomes champ here, she won’t need help like Mandy.

KLR will make sure the title is around the waist of the best in the world! Yeah, it’ll be Shirai. Um… Well okay. Shirai will win, even if it means beating KLR. Then KLR looks forward to seeing her try. Good luck. May the best woman win. These two can agree on that. But will they make sure not to let Mandy slip through their fingers?

 

Dakota Kai is looking for Wendy Choo.

Where is she? Dakota asks around but no one’s seen her. Oh no! Her body pillow is all torn up and her pajamas are here. What happened to Dakota’s sleepy time tag partner?

 

Ivy Nile finds Tatum Paxley in the Diamond Mine dojo.

What is she doing? Tatum was just helping out. Well no one asked her to do this. In Diamond Mine, they kick ass, not kiss ass. Now get out! Tatum still cleans up the mess. But will Diamond Mine accept Tatum one way or another?

 

Ivy Nile w/ Malcolm Bivens VS Tiffany Stratton!

One is tough as nails, the other likes to get her nails done. These two couldn’t be any more different, except in one way: they both want to win. Will Ivy break Tiffany and send her running home to daddy? Or will Tiffany find a way to shine brighter than Diamond Mine?

The bell rings, they knuckle lock and Ivy wrenches the wrists for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Ivy keeps wrist control, Tiffany handsprings around and WRINGS Ivy out! Then STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Tiffany brings Ivy up, whips but Ivy blocks the hip toss. Tiffany blocks back, but then Ivy CLOBBERS Tiffany! Fans fire up while Tiffany crawls away. Ivy rushes over but into a knee! Tiffany says it’s her time! Tiffany runs to HIP ATTACK against ropes! Then she drags Ivy to center, jackknife! But Ivy rolls that back, ONE! Tiffany knees low, headlocks, and hits the takeover. Ivy fights up and fans rally.

Tiffany wrenches and wraps Ivy in a MILLION DOLLAR DREAM! Ivy endures, even as Tiffany thrashes her! Tiffany throws Ivy down while fans rally up. Tiffany blows a kiss but Ivy fires off KICK after KICK and then an ENZIGURI! Tiffany goes to a corner, Ivy runs in to forearm smash! Ivy goes around the world, CALF KICK! Ivy gets the legs, ties those up, CLUBS Tiffany and gets the arms, modified surfboard! Tiffany endures, so Ivy STOMPS her down! Tiffany bails out to check her face but Ivy puts her back in! Ivy reels Tiffany in but Tiffany LARIATS! Wait, that smoke! Tiffany knows what that means! IT’S SARRAY!

Tiffany shouts at Sarray that this is what she’ll do to her! But Ivy gets the DRAGON SLEEPER! Tiffany taps, Ivy wins!

Winner: Ivy Nile, by submission

Tiffany got bit by karma! The Warrior of the Sun gets back at her and the Diamond Mine’s tiny titan is climbing up the ranks! Will Tiffany have to settle things with Sarray before she can move on and up?

 

Tommaso Ciampa speaks.

“For a long time now, this has been my sanctuary. Not as much mine as it is ours. A place for us to connect. So let us connect.” When Ciampa first arrived, he had so much to prove. To his peers, to his fans, to his critics, and perhaps most of all, to himself. Now it’s been a long journey with the highest of highs and lowest of lows, and we’ve all been a part of it all. Something as public as winning the title or needing neck surgery. Something as private as his wife having five miscarriages or the eventual miracle of the birth of his daughter. Every triumph and tragedy, we were Ciampa’s confidants.

“Together, we overcame. Together, we created black ‘n’ gold magic. And now I hear all the whispers. Stand & Deliver just might be the end of an era. Well in Dallas, we will create that magic one final time.” Ciampa gets up a bit more calmly, as he puts the chair up. And on the chair, it reads, “9/9/2015 – 4/2/2022.” Will nearly seven years of NXT history be wrapped up in a bow? Or tarnished with a stain?

 

Dolph Ziggler speaks.

“Intercontinental Champion, United States Champion, tag team champion, Money in the Bank winner, Sole Survivor, world heavyweight champion.” And now, NXT Champion. The Show-Off says this isn’t just NXT 2.0, this is DZ 2.0! He just got back from Raw, and normally takes the car service, makes NXT relevant and jets back. But with Stand & Deliver, he’ll stay an extra half day in Orlando for media. Bron Breakker’s still a kid. He’s like a kid with a first time or a first kid. This is gonna be Ziggler’s 18th time for WrestleMania weekend, he knows what to expect. He is in the zone, and will be doing all the media. They wanna talk to him, not Bron.

To Ziggler, Bron won the title long before he should have. And to say he was champion, everyone should want to talk to Ziggler. Ziggler is associated with NXT, NXT is associated with him, everyone just needs to get on board. Is Bron doing interviews? Ziggler would love to hear what that guy has to say. But uh, no one knows who that kid is outside of Florida so maybe he’s doing local. Then Ziggler will do the others because he can, and because they’re all happy to see him. He did the WWE Bump, After the Bell, pumped up to defend this title at Stand & Deliver. Ziggler does photoshoots, is happy to be in this moment.

Ziggler can only imagine what his career would’ve been like if he had all these teachers and classes. Maybe you wouldn’t have seen golf caddie, Nicky the Cheerleader. Yes, he’s bitter but he wouldn’t have it any other way. And he knows, Breakker lost so the kid’s gonna have his moment at Stand & Deliver. But that’s what you thought at Roadblock. This is just the second genesis of Ziggler’s career. This is the DZ everyone wanted. All Ziggler wants is everyone to leave with shocked looks on their faces. The Show-Off believes he’ll still stand tall, but will Bron deliver the performance of a lifetime in Dallas?

 

Cora Jade speaks.

While looking back at an old journal, with a letter from her younger self to her “future” self, Cora says, “Stand & Deliver means more than just getting revenge. This is about turning a pipedream into a reality. In high school, I was sitting there in math class not taking notes, but writing out my dreams in a WWE journal. I even graduated early so I could focus on becoming a WWE superstar.” When Cora held that belt in her hands, it was like everything stopped. The same title held by Paige, Sasha Banks, Asuka, Bayley, Charlotte Flair- Okay, Cora isn’t a fan of Charlotte’s, but the list goes on and on. Rhea, Shayna, etc.

Mandy doesn’t care about anything but Mandy. The women before her carried the title with dignity. Mandy sure as hell knows Cora is coming for her. Last week, Cora’s climb got harder because she isn’t just against Mandy. Now she has to deal with one of the most dominant women in NXT history in Io Shirai, and THE most dominant woman in NXT UK history in Kay Lee Ray. At Stand & Deliver, Cora will give everything she has. The odds are against her, but that was never really her thing. Cora knows she’s the underdog, but that’ll make it all the sweeter when she becomes the next NXT Women’s Champion!

 

Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen w/ Fallon Henley VS Legado del Fantasma w/ Elektra Lopez!

Between the whodunnit on the Creed Brothers and the brawl ringside during Rey VS Escobar, this match was bound to happen! But will the bar brawling good ol’ boys or the henchmen of Legado be the ones standing tall this close to Stand & Deliver?

NXT returns as Briggs & Brooks make their entrance. The teams sort out, Wilde and Brooks start and they tie up. Wilde wants a leg, Brooks headlocks but Wilde throws body shots. Wilde headlocks, Brooks powers out, Wilde ducks and dodges but runs into a FLAPJACK! Brooks BOOTS Wilde down, then has Wilde in a corner. Brooks CHOPS, clotheslines and whips to run and clothesline again! POWERSLAM! Brooks fires up and circles around Wilde. He brings Wilde over, tag to Briggs, and they double scoop SLAM Wilde down! Briggs is fired up now, and he brings Wilde up, only to get a JAWBREAKER!

Tag to Mendoza and he fires off on Briggs. Headlock, but Briggs powers up to power out. Mendoza slides under, tilt-o-whirls and sobats! Briggs blocks the whip to whip Mendoza to a corner, but Mendoza slips out and kicks back! Mendoza springboards up and over, rolls through but returns, into a pop-up BEARHUG! Briggs squeezes tight, RAMS Mendoza into the corner, then tags Brooks! They double whip and double TACKLE Mendoza down! Fans are torn, but Briggs and Brooks slide out, DOUBLE HAYMAKERS! They high-ten, but then Lopez looks Brooks up and down. Brooks waves hi then goes in to whip Mendoza.

Mendoza dropkicks Brooks out! Mendoza then WRECKS Brooks with a dropkick! Wilde laughs at Brooks, the ring count starts. Wilde tags in, he uses the corner for some flag pole and then a SPALSH! Wilde puts Brooks in, pushes him around, then brings him up to bump off buckles. Wilde stomps Brooks, taunts Briggs, then runs in to clothesline! Tag to Mendoza, he also clotheslines and tags! Wilde clotheslines and tags! Mendoza clotheslines and tags! Wilde clotheslines and tags again! Mendoza winds it up, to GAMANGIRI! Tag to Wilde, Legado double suplexes! Wilde keeps Brooks from Briggs, covers, TWO!

Wilde clamps onto Brooks with a chinlock and fans rally. Brooks fights up, powers Wilde to a corner, but then Wilde hops on for a SLEEPER HOLD! Brooks flails, Mendoza runs in but Brooks back drops him! Brooks throws Wilde off, hot tag to Briggs! Briggs runs Wilde over, throws big hands, then BOOTS Wilde down! Mendoza returns, into a SLAM and SPLASH! Briggs is all fired up, and he BUTTERFLY BACKBREAKERS Wilde! Cover, Mendoza breaks it! Mendoza whips but Briggs reverses to toss Mendoza! Briggs runs but Lopez is in his way! Wilde tags Mendoza in, Mendoza goes up to missile dropkick!

Mendoza tags Wilde back in, he goes up, but Fallon CLOBBERS Lopez! The women brawl now and Wilde is distracted. Wilde 450splashes into a choke grip! Briggs BOOTS Mendoza and CHOKE SLAMS Wilde! Tag to Brooks and they coordinate, HIGH LOW! Cover, Briggs & Brooks win!

Winners: Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen, by pinfall

That was quite the football blitz from these boys, and they take the win! Will they and Fallon celebrate in Dallas just for the hell of it?

 

Indi Hartwell & Persia Pirotta talk.

They can’t believe Will Smith is still trending. Is Duke’s chest still all cut up from those chops? Uh, no, almost all gone. Persia spent all week rubbing in lotion. Gross. Well Duke will make it up to Persia with a romantic weekend in “The Big D.” That D is for Dexter. Uh, no, Big Duke Energy. Don’t be jelly when #Dusia is the talk of the weekend. Nope, it’ll be the hottest couple, #InDex. Then lets find out once and for all! Okay then. They can get their men and have the WWE universe decide. Deal! Persia says, “See you in Dallas, second best.” Indi says, “We’ll see about that.” Which way with the universe’s poll sway this weekend at Stand & Deliver?

 

Toxic Attraction heads to gorilla.

Mandy Rose leads Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne, but what will these three champions have to say this close to Stand & Deliver?

 

Backstage interview with Cameron Grimes.

McKenzie asks him how he is feeling ahead of the Last Chance Triple Threat. Usually, he’s pretty confident, cocky even. But tonight, he’s nervous. Nervous because this is the biggest match of his career. A-Kid and Roddy Strong are both excellent competitors. But they don’t need this the way Grimes needs this. he NEEDS Stand & Deliver. This is more than just being on top of the ladder with the North American Championship. This is about delivering on the promise he made to his late father. Grimes heads out, will this finally be Grimes’ big moment?

 

Toxic Attraction heads to the ring.

The NXT Women’s and Women’s Tag Team Champions strut their way out and show off their belts, among their many other assets. They all get mics, and Mandy starts with, “This Saturday, at NXT Stand & Deliver, I was supposed to fight Cora Jade one on one. But instead, Io Shirai and Kay Lee Ray got a little win, and they totally took what I said out of context. They manipulated my words! I said I would fight any woman. Not at the same damn time! I mean, but I’m not scared. No no no no no. I am never scared. No, not me. Which reminds me… I think you all need to remember who the hell I am!”

Mandy Rose is the baddest bitch in the game, and she got the greatest back up this entire company has ever seen! Toxic Attraction has been dominating this entire division for the last six months, and will continue to do so. So come this Saturday, Mandy vows to humiliate Cora, rid NXT of Shirai once and for all, and send KLR back under the bridge she came from! After Mandy beats those three, she will cement her legacy of being the greatest NXT Women’s Champion of all time! “But hold on, hold on. Before we witness greatness on Saturday, we got some business to take care of tonight.”

Wendy Choo and Dakota Kai! They did you a favor by taking out the most dangerous team of Cora & Raquel. They practically  handed them the tournament! They just had to beat KLR & Shirai, but they failed. So let’s just say Wendy Choo “apologized” for not getting the job done. Show ’em! They have Wendy’s stuffed animal and favorite drink cup! Fans boo while Toxic Attraction says, “Aww~! We’ve beaten everyone there is to beat! We’ve beaten everyone!” Shirai & KLR even forfeited their shots, and it’s not like Dakota can find poor lil’ Wendy. They literally run this show! Jacy says, “Who’s left? I mean, really?”

Trick question! There is NO ONE left! Toxic Attraction has beaten and embarrassed every team that’s stepped in front of them. And come Saturday, Stand & Deliver, Jacy & Gigi walk in the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, and watch Mandy beat three other bimbos at the same damn time! Yeah, believe that! Toxic Attraction walks in with all the gold, and they walk out with all the gold. They’re not just Toxic Attraction, they are THE attraction! The champs hold up their belts, but wait! Here comes Dakota! She wants after them! She dodges Gigi, CLOBBERS Jacy, then gest at Mandy!

Gigi and Jacy beat Dakota down, this is 3v1 and not in Dakota’s favor! But wait! Is that Raquel!? Big Mami Cool is recovered and she HEADBUTTS Jacy! Then CLOBBERS Mandy! Gigi stomps Dakota to keep numbers advantage, but then she has to save Mandy from a scoop! Jacy also tries, but Dakota throws Jacy out! Raquel CLOBBERS Mandy, Toxic Attraction regroups on the outside, and the frenemies are standing tall together? This is quite the turn of events, and fans are liking it! Are we seeing these two make amends? THEY ARE! They hug it out, and even hold up the tag titles! Will Raquel and Dakota clobber Toxic Attraction once and for all at Stand & Deliver?

 

Backstage interview with Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams.

The North American Champion had a hand in making of these qualifying matches, what does he think of the results so far? Well first, everyone needs to put some respect on his managerial skills. He gave us all these banger “Melo-fication” matches. But in walk Grayson Waller & Sanga. They gonna be on commentary tonight? Maybe Waller & Sanga will be, too. Look how far they’ve all come! From WarGames and Waller jumping off the cage to win the match. Just imagine what he’ll do to win that North American title. Oh, Melo can imagine. He knows what lengths Waller will go to just to get a little bit of attention, when all Melo’s gotta do is be Melo.

And Waller finds out the hard way, that’s just how it is. Okay, Melo can keep lying to himself. That title will be Waller’s soon enough? And Waller’s is bigger than Melo’s. Wait, does he mean comparing Sanga and Trick? Or perhaps egos?

 

Bodhi Hayward w/ Andre Chase VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone!

The star student of Chase University will defend the school’s honor as well as his own against the new Stone Brand’s leading man. But is Bodhi going to ace this test? Or must we all accept that this is Wagner’s World?

But a special surprise is ringside, Jacket Time is standing in as Japanese commentary! Kushida & Ikemen Jiro are fired up to watch this one. The bell rings and Bodhi fires off haymakers! He kicks, throws more hands, and fans are behind him! Wagner shoves him, DECKS him, then takes a breath, But Bodhi gets up to lift Wagner and dump him out of the ring! Fans fire up and Bodhi rushes in to RAM Wagner into steps! Fans fire up even more as Bodhi chases Wagner back in the ring. Bodhi runs, into a BOOT! Jacket Time says that was quite the rally but it sure didn’t last long. Wait, Jiro is distracted by the same lovely lady that’s been around Stone lately.

Wagner STOMPS Bodhi, drags him up, headbutts him down, then paces like a shark. Wagner throws another headbutt, rains down fists, and Kushida gets Jiro to focus on the match, not Ms. Sophia Cromwell. Fans boo but Wagner bumps Bodhi off buckles. Wagner RAMS his shoulder in again and again, then lets off as the ref counts. Wagner whips Bodhi out to put him in the corner and clothesline down! Fans rally but Wagner suplexes Bodhi across the ring! Bodhi gets to the apron, and he shoulders back in! Then he slingshots up and over to get the cover, TWO! Wagner swings but misses, Bodhi ROCKS him with a right!

Bodhi runs, into Wagner’s arms! FALL AWAY SLAM! Bodhi flounders to a corner, Wagner stomps him. Jiro is still distracted by Sophia and Wagner pulls Bodhi against ropes. The ref counts, Wagner lets off at 4, and the ref reprimands. Bodhi elbows Wagner back! And boots him! And fires forearms! Wagner shoves, but he misses his own boot! Bodhi goes corner to corner as fans rally up, and Bodhi CHOP BLOCKS Wagner’s big leg! Then shoulder tackles him down! And a SPLASH! Wagner flounders. Bodhi fires up, and he does it for the U! Scoop, but Wagner slips out to smack Bodhi off buckles!

Wagner hauls Bodhi up, fireman’s carry and DEATH VALLEY BOMB! Cover, Wagner wins!

Winner: Von Wagner, by pinfall

Bodhi gets an A+ for effort, but effort isn’t enough. And now Wagner storms over to Jacket Time! He DECKS Kushida and TOSSES Jiro! Wagner puts Jiro in the ring, gets in after him, and fireman’s carries for the DEATH VALLEY BOMB! Fans boo as Wagner rips Jiro’s jacket off him, and then RIPS the jacket! Stone says that’s what Jiro gets! Kushida gets in but Wagner is leaving. Sophia seems rather impressed. Has this convinced her to sign up with the Stone Brand?

 

Tony D’Angelo speaks.

“Tommaso Ciampa. See you though tit was a good idea to attack me from behind? Stunad. Big mistake. See on the streets, you start off as a soldier. Earn your stripes, make a name for yourself. But as you climb your way up the food chain, there comes a time when you know what’s best for the family. Which way to steer the ship.” Tony is making a decision. He has to remove Ciampa from his chair. Tony is telling Ciampa, whether he likes it or to, that Stand & Deliver WILL be his last match. And when Tony takes his place at the top of the family, he will control the streets. He will call the shots in the ring. And Tony will control anything and everything as the Don of NXT. He already likes the sound of that, but will there be a Fairy Tale Ending in his future?

 

Draco Anthony VS Joe Gacy w/ Harland!

The hard working, hard fighting loner has had enough of Mr. Inclusion hypocritically acting like he has to live the way he’s told. Will Draco get Gacy to shut up and leave him alone? Or will he be made to see things Gacy’s way?

NXT returns and Draco makes his entrance. Gacy has Harland relax, and then Gacy offers a handshake. Draco slaps it away, then ducks a clothesline! Draco headlocks, Gacy powers out but Draco dodges, only for Gacy to run him over! Gacy apologizes and wants to hug it out. Draco kangaroo kicks instead! Draco fires shots, WRINGS Gacy out, then hip tosses Gacy down! Draco whips Gacy to a corner, Gacy tumbles up but Harland distracts with juts a glare. Gacy is still upside down in the corner, and then tumbles back to dodge Draco! Kick and DDT! Both men are down but Harland glares at Draco.

But wait, is that NXT prospect Quincy Elliot behind Harland? He’s making his own face but Gacy sits Draco up to wrap on a chinbar. Gacy CLUBS Draco, clamps on an armlock and he grinds Draco down. Draco endures, fans fire up, but Gacy digs his forearm in. Draco fight sup, pries free, but Gacy HEADBUTTS! Gacy pats Draco, and he says Draco’s loneliness doesn’t have to be his only friend. Draco knees low, whips, but Gacy reverses and clotheslines in the corner! Then URENAGE! Cover, TWO! Gacy is back on Draco with another chinbar! Draco endures so Gacy shifts to a chinbar and armlock. Fans rally, Draco fights up, and he fireman’s carries!

But Gacy slips off to get Draco in a chinbar half nelson! Draco backs Gacy into buckles, but Gacy holds on! Draco rams him in again, arm-drags free, and he fires off haymakers on Gacy! Draco whips and dodges Gacy to then run him over! Fans fire up with Draco as he runs side to side to back elbow! Gacy flounders, Draco fires up and he reels Gacy in, EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Gacy is still in this, but Draco keeps his cool. Draco drags Gacy up, reels him in, and suplexes, but Gacy slips out! He drags Draco up to waistlock, O’Conner Roll, TWO! Gacy handsprings and LARIATS! Cover, Gacy wins!

Winner: Joe Gacy, by pinfall

Harland joins Gacy in the ring as Gacy stands tall! But what of Quincy glaring at them the whole match? Will he have something to say about them getting on Draco’s case?

 

Bron Breakker speaks.

“The entire world is descending upon Dallas, Texas. Stand & Deliver, the main event, Bron Breakker VS the NXT Champion, Dolph Ziggler.” And damn right it’s the biggest match of Bron’s life! His first run as champion was about proving to everyone and to himself that he could be the guy. Bron dreamt of that moment, he was ready to carry the weight of NXT, but the Triple Threat was screwed up by the Dirty Dawgs. Ziggler is a poison. No one is bigger than the brand but Ziggler acts like it. He flies down from Raw on Monday nights to be here on a Tuesday to do his stuff and get out. He takes everything he needs and gives nothing back.

“NXT is my life.” Bron wakes up, comes to the performance center, trains his ass off, works every single day. WrestleMania Weekend is the biggest weekend of the year, and Bron vows that Ziggler will NOT leave champion! There is too much on the line! Bron doesn’t care what Ziggler thinks. The culture of NXT means too much to Bron for Ziggler to be walking around with that belt. Ziggler can’t screw Bron because this isn’t a Triple Threat. Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. Bron promises to smash Ziggler at Stand & Deliver and take back the brand for everyone who chants “N X T.”

 

Nikkita Lyons VS Sloane Jacobs!

She may want after Lash Legend, but for now she’ll have to settle for an appetizer. Will Lyons roar and be Queen of the Jungle?

The bell rings, they tie up, and Lyons headlocks. Sloane pulls hair and powers out but Lyons runs her over! Lyons arm-drags Sloane around, then scoops her for a SLAM! Lyons roars and fans fire up, and then Lyons hauls Sloane up. Sloane throws body shots but Lyons HEEL KICKS her down! Cover, TWO! Sloane flounders but Lyons hauls her up to a fireman’s carry. Sloane elbows free, and hits an ARM BREAKER! Fans rally for Lyons but Sloane wraps the arm around ropes and kicks away! The ref reprimands and counts., Sloane stops at 4 but Lyons hits back! Lyons ducks Sloane’s kick to GERMAN SUPLEX!

Lyons roars again, fireman’s carries and SAMOAN DROPS! “LET’S GO!” Lyons waits on Sloane to get up to kick, KICK and ROUNDHOUSE! And then, the SPLIT LEG LEG DROP! Cover, Lyons wins!

Winner: Nikkita Lyons, by pinfall

But Lash talks trash on the titantron. That win deserves two snaps and a clap, like a goldfish blowing bubbles. But after Stand & Deliver, these two have business to take care of. Lyons is okay, but she ain’t Lash Legend, okay? Lash will prove she is more talented, more athletic, and most importantly, a bigger star than her. Lash talks a big game, but will stepping into the #LyonsDen only prove why Lash is a talk show host and not a champion?

 

Diamond Mine regroups backstage.

Everyone congratulates Ivy on the win, and then Bivens says, “The craziest thing about NXT today is the fact that all these people here brag about the fact that they can walk these streets alone. But these are the same people who are afraid to fight Diamond Mine one on one. But tonight, we’re gonna solve that problem.” Strong will win the Last Chance Triple Threat and go on to Stand & Deliver to climb that ladder, grab that title, and become a TWO-TIME North American Champion! And that same day, the Creeds will beat two other tag teams to become the NEW NXT Tag Team Champions! This is WrestleMania Weekend, it doesn’t get any better than that!

And at the end of it, Malcolm Bivens will have more gold than Mr. T himself. And Bivens pities the fool who wants to get it with Big Nasty. The Creeds see Bivens, Strong and Ivy off, but then Brutus gets a text. A 781 area code is wishing them luck on Saturday, because they’ll be watching. Oh wait, those guys who jumped them! It’s fine. Stand & Deliver is first, then when these guys finally pop up, Julius & Brutus can take their heads off. Julius is levelheaded, but will he and hotheaded Brutus have to worry about their stalkers?

 

NXT North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier Triple Threat: Cameron Grimes VS Roderick Strong VS A-Kid!

The Carolina Caveman wants gold, but before even getting to the ladder match, he must go through a former NXT North American, Cruiserweight and Tag Team Champion, as well as the inaugural NXT UK Heritage Cup Champion! Will Grimes keep his dream going #ToTheMoon? Or will someone else take that fifth and final spot in Melo’s star studded showdown?

NXT returns as the Spanish Sensation, A-Kid, makes his entrance. Then Grimes makes his, and the main event begins! The fans rally up with “To The Moon!” and the three slowly circle. Grimes goes for AK’s legs but he kicks free, only for Strong to waistlock. AK headlocks, Strong powers out and Grimes gets around AK to waistlock. Strong waistlocks Grimes, AK switches all the way to waistlock Strong. Grimes breaks free, AK trips Strong but Grimes pushes AK aside. Grimes wants La Magistrol but AK sunset flips Grimes! Strong ghost pins AK, ONE! Grimes headlocks but Strong powers out, Grimes runs AK over!

Grimes keeps moving, now he runs Strong over! But Strong trips Grimes on the return, but AK gets Strong with a sleeper! Strong snapmares free, but he narrowly avoids the Cave-In! Fans fire up for this triple threat standoff! Grimes tells both AK and Strong to #KissMahGrits! Strong runs in, but into a ROUNDHOUSE! AK runs in, dodges, springboards, and arm-drags Grimes to then dropkick Strong! And then he dropkicks Grimes! Fans fire up but Strong CLOBBERS AK and stomps him in the corner! Strong stomps a mudhole in, then stands AK up to CHOP! Strong goes to Grimes, throws heavy hands, then whips Grimes at AK.

Grimes slows up and monkey flips AK, and AK RANAS Strong! Fans fire up more and AK runs in to alley-oop over Grimes and dropkick Strong! All three men are down and fans are thunderous! Melo & Trick finally arrive at commentary, Melo shoots and scores. Grimes gets up and checks his jaw. He swings on AK but AK blocks, knuckle locks and CHOPS! AK goes up and leaps to DOUBLE THROW both Strong and Grimes! Grimes bucks the O’Conner Roll, but AK dodges to DIVE and take out Strong! Melo takes all the credit for this match, and Grimes PENALTY KCIKS AK! Strong gets Grimes for an APRON BACKBREAKER!

All three men are down, and Solo Sikoa shows up on stage! Melo is upset but the fans are fired up, and NXT goes picture in picture.

Strong gets up, he fetches AK into the ring, bit of a wedgie, and he stomps AK around. Strong scoops AK for a BACKBREAKER! AK writhes, Strong fish hooks his face and CLUBS him down. Strong then WRECKS Grimes with a dropkick, goes back to AK, and he fires off knees. AK fires forearms and a BOOT back, but Strong throws hands. AK gets the armbar takedown! Strong hurries to turn it to a cover, TWO! Strong fights out of the Triangle Hold to stomp AK down! Grimes is on the apron so Strong rushes over, but into a shoulder! Grimes slingshots but into a BACKBREAKER! Solo applauds, that was a good one.

Strong gets AK’s legs but AK resists the rollover to get the ropes! But Strong uses that to ROPE GUILLOTINE! AK sputters and Strong soaks up heat. Strong drags AK up, CHOPS him again, and AK drops to his knees! Strong POSTS AK, then drags Grimes up the corner. Strong throws hands, climbs up and brings Grimes to the top. Grimes hits back, so Strong drops down to GAMANGIRI! Strong BOOTS AK out of the ring for good measure! Strong then goes up again, CHOPS Grimes, brings him up, but Grimes resists! Grimes shoves Strong away, but Strong comes back to ROCK Grimes! NXT returns to single picture as Strong SUPERPLEXES Grimes!

AK is up top, he FROG SPLASHES Grimes!! Fans are thunderous and even Melo likes what he sees! But wait, Escobar is up in the perch to watch this, because “This is Awesome!” But then Waller & Sanga ruin the mood by showing up in the cheap seats. Melo is loving what he’s created, but Strong RAMS AK into a corner. Strong then gets Grimes’ legs, but Grimes resists. AK runs in to leap on! Strong resists the takedown and he POWERSBOMBS AK onto Grimes! Then he has a DOUBLE STRONG HOLD!! But he just gets double the kicks! Grimes O’Conner Rolls, TWO, and Grimes uses momentum to ROCK Strong!

Grimes elbows AK, AK swings but ROCKS Strong! Grimes runs to DOUBL ERANA! It wasn’t the cleanest but the fans are thunderous all the same! Grimes rallies on Strong, then runs to CLOBBER AK! Grimes keeps going on AK, BOOTS Strong in the corner, then goes side to side to ENZIGURI AK! AK staggers, Grimes is up top, Strong joins in, CROSSBODY on Strong! AK runs in, but Grimes scoops for a SWINGING SIDE SLAM! Cover, Strong breaks it! Strong staggers, he drags Grimes to ropes and stands him up. Strong goes side to side for forearms over and over, but Grimes ROUNDHOUSE! COLLISION COURSE!!

AK QUEBRADAS, but Grimes catches him! SWINGING DDT counter from AK! Melo says this fire from the fans is all for him on commentary, but they’re really losing their minds from all three men being down on the mat. Strong flounders up, staggers over, but AK stands. AK CHOPS Strong, Grimes DECKS AK! Strong CHOPS Grimes, CHOPS again, but AK ROCKS Strong! AK CHOPS and forearms Strong, then forearms Grimes. Strong ROCKS AK, CHOPS Grimes, repeat! Strong fires off on Grimes, but AK CHOPS Strong! AK runs, goes up, but Strong blocks arm-drag to a BACKBREAKER! Strong runs, and he CLOBBERS Grimes!

Strong KNEES Grimes in the corner! AK runs in, into a half nelson BACKBREAKER! Strong RAMS AK into Grimes, fireman’s carries Grimes, GUTBUSTER DROP! AK leaps, but into a SLAM onto Grimes! Strong is putting on a clinic as he hauls AK up! But AK slips out the suplex to O’Conner. Strong bucks it, AK leaps, into the STRONG KNEE! And then END OF HEARTACHE!! But Grimes CAVE-IN OUTTA NOWHERE!! Cover, Grimes wins!!!

Winner: Cameron Grimes, by pinfall (advances to Stand & Deliver)

The End of Heartache is true for Grimes! He has the biggest win in his career yet, but will he get an even bigger win this weekend at Stand & Deliver? Melo gets the mic to congratulate Grimes, and surely Pops is proud of him. But ain’t no way Grimes walks out THE Champion. But Escobar tells Melo to shut up! On Saturday, Escobar takes the title and brings it back to La Familia! But Waller tells Santos, “Mate, family doesn’t matter! And that image of me bringing down the North American title is gonna go viral!” Solo tells everyone to shut their asses up! This is gonna be a fight, and the Street Champion will become the NEW North American Champion!

Grimes says he’ll take the title #ToTheMoon! Then he DECKS Melo! The brawl is on! Grimes is after Melo, Escobar is after Trick, Sanga & Waller are after Solo, Legado rushes out to help their boss, and the fans are going nuts! Just who is even going to make it to Dallas at this rate?!


My Thoughts:

This was a much better go-home than what Raw had last night. Not that it was hard to outdo Recap Night Raw. Great opener in the Six Man, especially with LA Knight & MSK taking the fight to Imperium from the entrances. Imperium gets the win, though we never did see how Gunther and Knight finished their brawl. I feel like Imperium stands tall so that Barthel & Aichner lose the tag titles while Gunther wins over Knight. The Creeds might be the ones to win, so that they can have those titles while feuding with this team that is stalking them. But it seems strange that we were told it was 781 area code when, after looking at all the clues from last week, this might actually be Pretty Deadly from NXT UK showing up.

Ivy Nile gets promo with Tatum to keep it in mind that Tatum might join Diamond Mine, and then Ivy gets a win thanks to Sarray. Sarray VS Tiffany definitely feels like a post WrestleMania NXT level match, and Sarray being “magical girl mode” will definitely beat Tiffany. Draco VS Gacy was good, but it seemed really strange that Xyon Quinn didn’t show up, and instead they’re plugging “Quincy Elliot,” who debuted through NXT Level Up and lost to Gacy. Vince is already inconsistent with his stories, but maybe he’ll have more people join up with Gacy to give Draco a reason to have Quinn and Quincy as his allies.

Are we really going to get #InDex VS #Dusia in a vote of “Who do you guys get turned on by more?” This NXThirst crap is getting outta hand. We did get a good match out of Briggs & Brooks VS Legado, and I figured Briggs & Brooks would win. Wagner of course beats Bodhi, but the match was a vehicle to set up more of the story with Jacket Time, and apparently with Sophia Cromwell. Maybe Sophia sticks to Stone Brand, or maybe Jacket Time impresses her with their heart and fortitude in standing against big bad Von. Naturally, Nikkita crushes her opponent tonight, no pun intended. Lash talks good trash, but Nikkita is getting the push so she’ll win.

We got some great promos out of the bigger singles matches for Stand & Deliver. Ciampa’s was rather simple but very effective, especially with the dates on the chair. Tony D’Angelo’s was in character, but somehow not as effective. Tradition is that the person moving on puts over the other guy, but it just doesn’t feel like Tony deserves it given the differences in who they are and what they’ve done, even just keeping it to 2.0. We got a great couple of vignettes from Ziggler and Bron, and the dynamic differences between these guys actually works. I am still confident Bron wins, but I don’t necessarily disagree with Ziggler saying him getting the title the first time was too soon. But Bron is Mr. 2.0, he’ll become Mr. Two-Time Champion.

We got very good promos out of KLR, Shirai and Cora. Naturally, tension is building between KLR and Shirai, that could mean those two cancel out. Toxic Attraction has a good group promo to talk typical trash, but them bringing up Gigi & Jacy having no one to beat left of course meant someone was stepping up. Them taking out Wendy offscreen, Dakota of course goes after them, but what a great surprise that Raquel is back and that she and Dakota reunite. This could still relate to Gigi not being healthy enough to take on a team like Shirai & KLR, but she still had select parts in the brawl where she didn’t get hit. Will Jacy get squashed to give us two-time tag champs in Raquel & Dakota? Will a fourth Toxic Attraction member show up? Will it be Wendy for some weird reason?

And then we got such an awesome Triple Threat main event. Thankfully there’s such a thing as DVR because that was so hard to keep up with but that made it all the more amazing. Given last week’s promo and this week’s promo,  all in his real voice and not his hyped up voice, Grimes of course was winning tonight. He’s gotten this far, who knows if he’ll get the title, but what a great brawl of all the participants and the sidekicks. Melo might become too powerful if he wins in such a big match, so maybe Grimes fulfills his promise. That would be a great Face moment for Grimes, it’d really make him a star in NXT and maybe even in the eyes of all WWE fans.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 6.30.2022

The Go Home to Against All Odds with the main event of Battle of the Futures Redux! TNA vibes and hype in the Asylum!

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Against All Odds is tomorrow, and the one thing IMPACT has excelled with are the quick turnaround angles. Plus we also HOPEFULLY get a real finish to the Battle of the Futures 2022 edition. Frankie Kazarian and Chris Sabin have a main event that could definitely be something special.

Ratings:

  • Fatal 4 Way: Steve Maclin vs Trey Miguel vs Laredo Kid vs Chris Bey: Trey wins via Meteora – ***
  • Rosemary vs Gisele Shaw: Gisele wins via Knee Strike – ** ¼
  • Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Jordynne Grace: Jordynne wins via Muscle Buster – **
  • IMPACT Tag Team Championship: The Good Brothers (c) w/James Storm vs Vincent & PCO w/ Honor No More: Karl retains via Roll Up – ** ½
  • Ace Austin w/Chris Bey vs Alex Zayne: Ace wins via The Fold – ** ¾
  • Battle of the Futures Redux: Frankie Kazarian vs Chris Sabin w/Alex Shelley: Sabin wins via Cradle Shock – *****

 

Results:

Fatal 4 Way: Steve Maclin vs Trey Miguel vs Laredo Kid vs Chris Bey

Early on the smaller men gang up on Maclin, which of course is the smart thing to do. Trey and Bey trade a few shots, Laredo tries to interject himself but Maclin comes back in and starts taking over. Wipes out most of the guys then they start trickling in for pinfall saves and each guy chopping at the bigger man. Trey does however go for a John Woo, misses and Tree of Woes himself to set up for Maclin’s Caught in the Crosshairs corner spear.

Action continues to be pretty fluid, Trey takes out Maclin, Bey looks for an Asai Moonsault, but turns it into the 5 Hole Dive that MCMG do when Laredo Kid dives through Bey’s legs. Then Bey hits the Asai Moonsault and Bey brings Laredo into the ring and tries to find a winning angle. Pop Up Cutter from Bey, but Trey saves it. A little back and forth, Trey goes to the top, misses the Meteora, but lands on his feet and manages a Running Meteora for the pinfall victory.

Trey beat Speedball before Slammiversary, so Speedball has some payback in his mind.

Rosemary vs Gisele Shaw

Madison Rayne and Tenille Dashwood are at the commentary desk for this match since Gisele did offer to fill in for an injured Madison for the Knockouts Tag rematch.

Rosemary controls Gisele early and then bends her backwards and bites her forehead. Gisele almost starts taking back over, but then Rosemary gets out of a headlock the Crazzy Steve way. Rosemary takes some control early until Gisele powders and tries to find a way back into the match. Commercial break brings us to Gisele taking Rosemary’s head off with a Lariat.

Now Gisele is in control, throws Rosemary into a corner and starts pandering for a photo op and posturing to The Influence. Gisele strings together a lot of corner attacks, whips her into the corner again and lays her out with a Flying European Uppercut. Gisele tries to hit the knee in the back of the head, but Rosemary moves and starts her comeback. Big Suplex from the corner and Rosemary keeps her down for 2. Rosemary is in control until Gisele hits and Oscutter out of nowhere for 2. Reverse DDT from Rosemary for another near fall and then The Influence is on the move. They ambush Taya, Rosemary tries to go for her Spear anyway and Shaw kills Rosemary with a great Knee Strike. Rosemary is out, Gisele wins.

A small beat down, and then The Influence pause in the ring for a little, before posing with Gisele and seemingly giving their mark of approval on her being in The Influence now.

Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Jordynne Grace

Savannah bulldozes Jordynne into the corner, but the power game is pretty even here. Savannah has some height, but Jordynne is quicker. Jordynne manages to turn the tables on Savannah, up and over in the corner and whips her into the ropes while setting up behind her causing Evans to trip and fall. Savannah powders, Jordynne tries to break up the discussion, but after a quick flurry, Savannah hits an Apron Chokeslam and takes over.

After some back and forth, Jordynne takes back over and then Muscle Buster on Savannah Evans and its over!

IMPACT Tag Team Championship: The Good Brothers (c) w/James Storm vs Vincent & PCO w/ Honor No More

Karl and Vincent start things off, and corner to corner we see the Machine Gun in control, but a thumb to the eyes and quick strike give Vincent the chance to tag in PCO. French Canadian Frankenstein starts beating on Karl, throws him into the ropes, Vincent kicks him and it just pisses off Karl. But Karl getting distracted gives PCO the ambush chance and Karl is just getting rocked. Vincent tagged back in, quick strikes including a corner Facewash with the elbow, sliding Flatliner and PCO is back in.

PCO goes Splash into dropping DDT before hitting the middle rope Guillotine Leg Drop. LG has gotten no action while Karl is getting killed. Deanimator set up looks to take out Karl even further, and it hits! Vincent tags in, and finally Anderson Spinebuster gets LG a hot tag. Big Boot takes out PCO on the apron, Superkick and flying Big Man flattens Vincent, tag to Karl, Magic Killer set up…but PCO with the save. Satellite Russian Leg Sweep from Vincent, RedRUM misses and Karl scoops the Small Package for the win.

Immediately Honor No More attacks. Chris Harris slides in and Honor No More choose to jaw and tease him instead of attacking immediately. HEATH’s music hits before they can attack Harris, and he comes loaded with pipes. Harris and Heath lay out Honor No More with pipes, Wake Up Call from Heath, Pump Kick, Gun Stun and then only Taven is left. Last Call Superkick sends Taven to sleep.

Ace Austin w/Chris Bey vs Alex Zayne

Zayne tries to start immediately, but Ace takes a page from the Jay White book and powders right away. Ace stays a step ahead until a nice Flipping Bodyscissors out of the corner keeps Ace rolling and eating some kicks. Ace tries a top corner move and Zayne flips into a Headscissors for the advantage before commercial. Coming back Ace is in control after driving Zayne into the post.

Ace and Zayne trade, we see Zayne finally get the best of the situations. Cinnamon Twist or Crunchwrap Supreme are hinted at, but Ace rolls away. Zayne tries to get Ace in position for his Taco Driver, but Ace has all the answers. Big kicks and strikes, Ace goes for the Outside/In Avalanche Headscissors, but Zayne mostly flips the through it, but eats a Triangle Kick for his attempted counter. The Fold – gets countered with a Sauce Trigger! Ace powders, Moonsauce to take out Bey and Ace, but Bey grabs his foot before he can get back in, Ace keeps the referee distracted…THE FOLD as soon as Zayne is back in the ring and Bullet Club wins!

Battle of the Futures Redux: Frankie Kazarian vs Chris Sabin w/ Alex Shelley

If this is as good as I anticipate…I may forget how to type. So fair warning if I get sucked in, this could be a short review.

We saw both men had a plan, Sabin went after Kaz’s legs early and often, where Kaz focused on the neck. There were great callbacks, classic moments, even the feint with the Flux Capacitor which is how Kaz won the original Battle of the Futures.

This was Brian Hebner’s final match, and hot damn was it a classic. Everything about this was great.

Overall Score: 9/10

Starting out hot with the X Division match, 2 solid Knockouts matches and a main event that could’ve easily been on any PPV over the last 20 years. This set the stage well for tomorrow’s Against All Odds and could’ve been one of the best Go Home episodes from any company in recent memory. Also it was really awesome getting the Raven vignette to hype the Clockwork Orange House of Fun.

My review of Against All Odds will be a little late since I had prior engagements because Fridays aren’t usually PPVs, but I’ll get to it on Saturday. Watch it live yourself, catch the run down Saturday, either way IMPACT is killin it with that TNA vibe. Maybe its time we go back to a certain 3 letters…a 6 sided ring, or hell, just announce Lethal Lockdown. Bring that back from the dead dammit!


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (6/30/22)

WHY, SEVEN, WHY?!

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Artful Dodger or dastardly coward? You decide!

Last time he was on NXT UK, Trent Seven gave us crocodile tears and betrayed Tyler Bate! What will Seven say this week about what he’s done?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Blair Davenport VS Angel Hayze; Davenport wins.
  • Emilia McKenzie VS Fallon Henley; Henley wins.
  • Wolfgang VS Sha Samuels w/ Noam Dar; Wolfgang wins.

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Blair Davenport VS Angel Hayze!

NXT UK beware, it’s the return of the heir! The gothic gladiator is back after that freak accident during her NXT UK Women’s Championship match with Meiko Satomura. Will Blair prove that nothing will stop her from taking the throne this time? Or will Angel leave her in a haze in her first match back?

The bell rings and the two circle. Blair and Angel tie up, go around, and Blair puts Angel on the ropes. The ref counts but Blair lets off fast. Blair and Angel reset, tie up, and Blair shoves Angel down! Fans rally up as Angel and Blair reset again. They tie up, Angel gets around to waistlock, Blair arm-drags free and Angel flounders to a corner. Blair runs in but Angel goes up and over, TWO! Angel boots Blair’s punch away, sobats then runs, to SHOTGUN Blair down! Cover, ONE!! Fans rally, Angel drags Blair up and reels her in, but Blair fights the suplex. Blair powers up, wrenches out and WRINGS the arm!

Fans rally as Blair snarls and stalks Angel. Blair runs in at the corner, Angel goes up and over again, but runs into a CHOP BLOCK! Blair DROPKICKS Angel in the back! Blair pushes Angel over to CLUB her on the back. Blair pushes Angel around, kicks her, and Angel gets to a corner. Blair is after her already and throws a heavy body shot! Angel hits back but Blair CLUBS her down again. Blair hauls Angel up, whips her to ropes and runs her over! Cover, TWO! Blair clamps onto Angels with a chinlock and she grinds Angel down. Fans rally as Angel endures, but Blair thrashes her around. Blair cranks the hold but Angel fights up to her feet.

Angel throws body shots, Blair CLUBS her again! Blair hauls Angel up to whip her to a corner. Blair runs in and GAMANGIRIS! Blair shoves Angel onto ropes, then runs side to side, SLIDING KICK! Cover, TWO! Angel survives and Blair is annoyed but the fans rally up. Blair shoves Angel to a corner, but Angel hits back. Blair CLUBS Angel, stands her up and whips her corner to corner. Blair runs in but Angel dodges and Blair hits buckles! Angel returns with a forearm smash! And then a back elbow! Angel keeps moving, she evades the lariat to fire off forearms and a ROLLING ELBOW! Angel runs again, SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally as Blair goes to a corner. Angel runs corner to corner but into a BOOT! Blair hops up and leaps to missile dropkick! Blair drags Angel up, reels her in, but Angel wrenches out to reel Blair in! GUILLOTINE! Angel has Blair in the body scissors, too! Blair endures, stays up, CLUBS Angel and powers out with a BIG suplex! Fans fire up, Blair hauls Angel up for the FALCON ARROW! Cover, Blair wins!

Winner: Blair Davenport, by pinfall

And the heir gets right back on track! Blair gets the mic to say she is back! And she is here to crush all of your hopes. Is that key word a message to a certain someone? Or is it a message to everyone who would dare defy the heir?

 

NXT UK Media caught up with Sid Scala.

The Assistant General Manager returns to his office, and Kenny Williams is there waiting! Kenny says it’s about time Sid showed up! Kenny’s been working all night, as we can see by the conspiracy web taking over Sid’s office, and Kenny claims he has finally figured it out! Tiger Turan has to be none other than… Sid says Kenny needs to stop, this isn’t why Sid asked to meet with him. This is about next week, a match between Kenny and Tiger Turan! And just as Sid says that, Tiger steps in. Kenny says this is just who he was looking for. But here’s what will happen. Kenny will win, knock Turan out and take off his mask to reveal it’s Amir Jordan!

So right now, Tiger Turan can clean up this mess while Kenny prepares. Is the Scum of the Earth on to something? Is Tiger Turan obsessed with Kenny because it’s Amir Jordan, the man Kenny banished from NXT UK over a year ago? Or is he going to lose this match along with his mind?

 

Noam Dar & Sha Samuels enter the NXT UK Performance Center.

The Scottish Supernova isn’t sure why they’re here, but the East End Bookie/Butcher promises it is for good reason: they’re going to make some big money. Dar then sees the ring and the training session Mark Coffey is helping with. Dar & Sha taunt them and Mark walks over to ask, “What’s wrong? Run out of ways to cheat?” Dar says he never needs to cheat, and certainly not to beat Mark. Dar didn’t need to cheat to beat “Dog Man” Wolfgang, or to beat big brother Joe and run him out of town. Mark points out Dar only won because of his bookie at ringside. Mark guarantees that if Sha isn’t around, Mark wins the cup.

Sha says no way, Dar is the best ever! Mark says they can bet on it. Sha takes that bet! 100 to 1, Dar still beats Mark! Sha puts money on it quite literally, and says the market is open! Everyone else swarms Sha, wanting to put money on this, too! Dar looks worried with just how many want to join in. Are they betting all on Mark? Dar is a bit upset by that, but will he prove Sha right and take everyone, including Coffey, to the cleaners?

 

Emilia McKenzie VS Fallon Henley!

#SuplexMillie is still Meiko Satomura’s protégé, but she might be feeling the pressure as of late. The Final Boss demands the best out of her disciple, but will those expectations be met? Or will the Cowgirl rope herself a big win just like Briggs & Jensen did?

The bell rings and the two tie up. They go around, end up in a deadlock, but Millie shots around to waistlock. Fallon pries at the hold, standing switches, and SLAMS Millie down. Millie slips out to hammerlock and fans rally for Millie as she cranks the hold. Fallon fights to sit up, rolls out and has the wristlock. Millie slips through, wristlocks back, but Fallon pries at the hold. Fallon slips through, hammerlocks Millie now, but Millie works on the hold. Fallon rolls Millie up, TWO! Fans applaud the opening exchange as the two stare down. Fallon and Millie reset, tie up with knuckle locks, and they have a test of strength!

Millie wrenches the wrists, kicks an arm, rolls and trips Fallon to have a standing toehold! Fallon endures, uses her free leg to kick free, but Millie cartwheels through. Fans applaud again, and even Fallon offers a handshake. Millie accepts and fans cheer the sportsmanship, and the two tie up again. Millie powers Fallon back but Fallon turns it around to arm-drag Millie away. Fallon shoots in but Millie sits on the cover, ONE! Fallon sunset flips, ONE! Millie tries a jackknife but Fallon rolls through it, TWO! Millie has the sunset, TWO!! Fans fire up for that exchange and the two reset again.

They tie up, Millie headlocks, but Fallon powers up. Millie holds tight, Fallon pries the hold open and turns it around onto Millie! Millie endures, powers out but Fallon runs her over! Fallon does a two step then runs, but Millie keeps up with the drop, sidestep, but Fallon counters hip toss with a hip toss! Fallon arm-drags Millie away and Millie takes a moment to catch her breath. Fallon is on her but Millie EuroUppers! Millie kicks low, CLUBS Fallon on the back, and has her on the ropes. Millie CLUBS Fallon again, has her in a corner now and kicks her low. Fallon throws shots back but Millie CLUBS Fallon, into the TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally and Millie clamps on a chinlock. Millie shifts to have almost a bully choke but Fallon endures. Fans rally again as Fallon fights up. Fallon throws elbows, body shots, but Millie EuroUppers! Fallon catches on to hooks and a backslide, TWO! Fallon rolls Millie again, TWO! Millie CLOBBERS Fallon! Cover, TWO! Millie is on Fallon again, going after the arms. Fallon fights but Millie still gets a COBRA CLUTCH! Fallon endures, resists, and fans rally as Millie still tries to lock this on! Fallon fights, Millie might just have it! Fallon is fading as Millie bends her backwards!! But Fallon gets a second wind and pries free to arm-drag Millie away!

Millie comes back to ROCK Fallon, Fallon ROCKS Millie! They throw hands, and Fallon DECKS Millie! Fallon fires up to back elbow Millie in a corner! And then a RUNNING FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Millie survives! Fallon drags Millie up, fireman’s carries, but Millie slips off and shoves to then LARIAT! And again! Millie shoots around to get Fallon up for a BIG bag suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Millie snarls as she hauls Fallon up. Fallon fights the German Suplex, pops free to switch, but Millie elbows Fallon. Millie whips Fallon to a corner but Fallon goes up and over. Fallon’s leg tweaks! Millie shows no mercy, CHOP BLOCK!!

Millie stomps away on Fallon’s leg and fans fire up! Millie drags Fallon up, reels her in, SHIN BREAKER! And then another SHIN BREAKER! Fallon hobbles, Millie gets her again, but Fallon sunset flips! FALLON WINS!

Winner: Fallon Henley, by pinfall

Millie showed her killer instinct, but maybe she let it get the better of her! Will this be the exact opposite of what Meiko wanted for Millie?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Oliver Carter.

They ask him if he’s been keeping in contact with Ashton Smith while he’s out with injury. Of course! Oliver has Ashton on speed dial. They are brothers, that’s never gonna change. But then Teoman and his Die Familie “brothers,” Rohan Raja and Charlie Dempsey slither in and say hi to “Oli.” They sit with him and they feel like this is deja vu. Oliver’s alone, no Ashton Smith, no titles. Oliver needs a family to watch out for him. It is a dangerous place out there. Join them! It’s in his best interest. They’ll let him think about it, and take their leave. Is there anything to think about? Or will the Hottest Superstar Under the Sun actually consider their invitation?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Sarray.

The Warrior of the Sun is about to get in a set of squats as they ask her how she feels after her NXT UK debut. Sarray says it was very good. She got a win over Nina Samuels, and she- “Aww~, look!” Xia and Eliza return to mock Sarray for simply training in the UK PC after her first win. It’s so cute. But has Eliza heard the good news? Sarray’s sticking around for a bit. Oh, is she? But then Meiko and Millie step up to back the bullies down. Eliza tells Sarray that she better just play by their rules, or they’ll be more than happy to teach Sarray a few things.

Meiko tells Eliza that she talks too much. If Eliza & Xia want a match with Meiko and Sarray, then Eliza & Xia will be the ones being taught a lesson. Millie seems a bit surprised Meiko didn’t choose her, while Xia & Eliza storm off, Xia complaining about who is teaching who lessons. But with that, Sarray finishes putting up the weights for Meiko to take a turn. Will Final Boss & Warrior of the Sun prove to the bullies the power of Joshi Strong Style?

 

Wolfgang VS Sha Samuels w/ Noam Dar!

The Last King of Scotland heard the East End Butcher talking some smack like he wouldn’t hear it. But since he did, it’s time for Sha to put his money where his mouth is! Will Wolfgang get a big win and cash in? Or will Sha find another way to weasel out another victory?

The bell rings and the two circle. Sha gets some last minute pointers from Dar. They say they can frustrate Wolfgang and get the edge. But then Dar needs to give Sha another pointer. The ref insists they get this started already, and Wolfgang rushes in. Sha dodges, then dodges again. Sha goes back to Dar for that last pointer but Wolfgang throws Sha out of the corner! Wolfgang fires off haymakers, then an arm-drag! Wolfgang keeps on the arm with a wristlock, then stands Sha up to RAM shoulders. And again! And then a straight arm lever and SLAM! Fans fire up and Wolfgang drags Sha up again to RAM shoulders again.

Wolfgang wrenches, and hits a straight arm suplex! Cover, ONE! Dar is upset but Wolfgang keeps on Sha’s arm. Sha ROCKS Wolfgang with his free arm, then bumps Wolfgang off buckles. Sha bumps Wolfgang off more buckles, then throws heavy back elbows. Sha runs in to SPLASH Wolfgang. Wolfgang shoves Sha away, runs in, but Sha sends Wolfgang into buckles! Fans boo but Dar wants to throw up the X. Sha grabs the bad arm for an ARMBAR DDT! Sha CLUBS the bad arm, uppercuts it, then hip drops on it! Wolfgang clutches that arm, tries to get it working, but Sha drops an elbow on it!

Sha clamps onto the arm, Wolfgang fights the cobra clutch and throws body shots. But Sha wrenches and WRINGS the bad arm! Dar offers a drink but Sha says no, he has to keep working. Sha throws down elbows into the bad arm, then stands on Wolfgang to say, “ON THE MONEY~!” Sha KICKS the bad leg, then shouts out “EAST~!” Sha stomps Wolfgang but fans chant, “You’re a Mug! You’re a Mug!” Dar says yeah, Wolfgang’s the mug! But that’s not who they mean. Sha RAMS Wolfgang into the buckles, stomps away on the bad arm, then runs in to stomp it again! The ref backs Sha off, and Dar SMACKS Wolfgang around with the papers!

Wolfgang gets mad and he CHOPS Sha! And CHOPS again! And counter punches! Wolfgang suplexes Sha, but Sha fights to get to the apron. Sha HOTSHOTS the bad arm! Wolfgang staggers away and Sha gets in to run and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Wolfgang is still in this, and Dar offers another drink. Sha says no, and he drops elbow after elbow on Wolfgang! Sha then goes up a corner, and leaps for a FLYING ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Wolfgang is still in this and fans rally up. Sha stalks Wolfgang, CLUBS him at the ropes, then pulls on the bad arm. Wolfgang ROCKS Sha and gives him a kitchen sink knee! BASEMENT SENTON!

Dar is worried as Wolfgang suplexes Sha for the CAB- NO, no toss! Sha slips off, CLUBS Wolfgang and has a top wristlock on the bad arm! Fans rally as Wolfgang endures, fights up, but Sha wants the arm! Wolfgang arm-drags free! Wolfgang goes to the corner, Sha runs in but Wolfgang sends him into buckles! Wolfgang bumps Sha off buckles, fires off haymakers, then keeps Sha cornered to CHOP! Wolfgang whips corner to corner, then runs in, into an uppercut! Wolfgang snarls, shoves Sha back in, and SPLASHES in the corner! Sha flops and Wolfgang is on the apron, working on the bad arm.

Wolfgang climbs but Dar distracts! The ref reprimands but Wolfgang leaps, into a SPINEBUSTER from Sha! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally for Wolfgang while Sha is furious! Sha hauls Wolfgang up, reels him in and whips, but Wolfgang slips off the scoop to POINT-BLANK SPEAR!! But the bad arm holds Wolfgang back from making the cover, and Sha crawls away to his corner. Dar fans Sha, but fans rally for Wolfgang. Wolfgang grabs at Sha on the apron, hauls him up the corner, but Sha throws body shots. Sha HOTSHOTS the bad arm again! Wolfgang is stuck up top and Sha ROCKS him with haymakers! Sha DECKS Wolfgang!

Sha climbs up again, for the FROG SPLASH onto knees! Wolfgang saves himself but both men are down and writhing. Fans rally up again and Wolfgang grits his teeth as he gets back up. Wolfgang rallies on Sha with the one good arm! Wolfgang whips Sha to then back drop him! Fans fire up, Sha gets to a corner and Wolfgang runs in to fire off forearms! Wolfgang howls and runs, to SPLASH again! Dar is up on the apron but Wolfgang BOOTS him down! Fans cheer and Wolfgang SLINGSHOTS to SPEAR!! Cover, Wolfgang wins!!

Winner: Wolfgang, by pinfall

Fans cheer as the Last King of Scotland stands tall! This Gallus Boy is on top, but will Mark Coffey be on top in two weeks after he gets one more shot at Dar and the Heritage Cup?

 

Trent Seven heads to the ring.

And what a strange thing, for all the fans to boo this Founding Father of NXT UK. He gets a mic and “thanks” us all for that reception. Seven heard the chant of “Why, Trent, Why?” Good question! He will use visual aids to explain just exactly why. The tron shows Trent giving Tyler Bate that truly underhanded low blow uppercut. Trent gets teary eyed as he says it is just beautiful. “It’s the best low blow ever. That’s what it is.” Just look at his positioning! A work of art, really. And more importantly, it represents a turning point. “That right there is the most important moment in British Sports.” Fans chant, “No it’s not! No it’s not!”

But he says yes it is, and we all know it is, “because it’s the moment that Trent Seven saved the industry.” Fans boo but Seven asks they listen. It is the truth “because this place was dead! This studio was a ghost town! And now look at you all! Now look at you all back! The largest crowd in NXT UK BT Sports history is here because Trent Seven is on top!” Fans boo more but Seven says, “It’s a fact. This is where I like to be. Right here. Right at the top, right in the middle, the CENTER of attention!” Fans chant, “We Want Tyler!” and Seven is annoyed. “Tyler Bate is done. Now I am the center of attention, and we were the center of attention as British Strong Style! And as Moustache Mountain.”

Seven goes on about how they were touring the world, selling out every arena, and promotors were begging them to even be on the shows. “Please~! We need you~!” Yes, they did. And that is why fans need to understand it isn’t Seven who changed, it’s Tyler who changed. Seven never lost the killer instinct, he never stopped doing what was needed to win, but it was Tyler who lost his nerve. That will to win is gone, because “it’s all that rubbish, sitting in a field, hugging a tree.” But Bate isn’t coming back, and we know he won’t because he won’t fight Seven! Fans chant, “Yes, He Will!” Seven says no, he won’t, because Bate lost his fighting spirit.

“Tyler Bate is the Little Weak Boy. And I am NXT UK! I am this brand! I am NXT! I am British Strong Style! Come here! Come here! I am Moustache Mountain!!” Fans boo as Seven sets down the mic, and Seven says everyone knows he’s telling the truth. Is he telling the truth about the future of NXT UK? Or will Tyler Bate prove Trent Seven is a liar and make a heroic return?

Wait, a fan gets really heated about Seven saying Tyler is weak and afraid. So much so, friends and security are trying to get him to calm down. But the fan jumps the barrier instead! Security rushes in to stop this man from getting closer and Seven says, “We’ve got a live one!” And then he LOW BLOW KICKS the fan!! Referees rush out and say Seven is out of line! Seven says the fan is the one who got up in Seven’s face. Is there nothing Seven won’t do just to make himself feel like the bigger man?


My Thoughts:

A very good episode of NXT UK with some good set-up for the summer episodes. Blair Davenport gets a good return match win, with Angel Hayze still looking very good in the loss. And Blair emphasizing “hope” at the end of her promo has to be her setting up something with Amale before moving on to the title again. Kenny and Sid had a good interaction to set up Kenny VS Tiger Turan. But sadly for me and my theories, if Kenny also thinks Amir Jordan is Tiger Turan, then that must mean it isn’t because they wouldn’t do that. They can’t let Kenny be right about this, right? It’d be pretty wild for Kenny to win and be right about who Tiger Turan is under the mask.

Millie VS Fallon was a very good match, but I feel like they could’ve played up more of Millie struggling to be aggressive before it backfired on her. But Millie losing does help build her story of disappointing Meiko and herself. Millie also had a very good bit of character work showing her surprise and bit of hurt feelings when Meiko chose Sarray to be her tag partner against Xia & Eliza. But that’s still going to be an awesome match with Sarray and Meiko side by side. Meiko & Sarray will surely win and that will surely set up Meiko VS Sarray for an awesome NXT UK Women’s Championship.

We got a decent interaction from Oliver Carter and Die Familie. I would think Carter rejects Die Familie’s invitation, and he could easily team up with other superstars who don’t like Die Familie, like Mastiff & Starz or even A-Kid. And we got a pretty good promo with Sha, Dar and Mark Coffey about how we’re getting that 100 to 1 betting odds Heritage Cup match. If Mark is getting one more shot in what Dar claims should be his “retirement” match, does that mean Mark wins? Someone from Gallus should get something more, and Dar losing will be his own reason for “not retiring.” Plus, if Mark wins, and Joe Coffey comes back, I’d love seeing Mark VS Joe for the cup.

Wolfgang VS Sha was a great main event match, and I figured Wolfgang would win to get Gallus back up. I don’t know what’s next for Wolfgang, but he’s always been a solid character and in-ring worker. And then, we closed with a very good promo from Seven, with him playing off the crowd’s chants and booing very well. That final bit with “the fan” was quite a surprise but it sure adds to Seven’s Heel heat. But obviously, Bate is coming back and he is going to have one hell of a match with Seven. Can’t be sure who wins that, but it’d make a lot of sense if Seven cheated to win, and then somehow, Seven uses that to go after Ilja Dragunov and the UK Championship.

My Score: 8.5/10


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