Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (3/17/22)
A Strong debut in NXT UK!
Is Diamond Mine looking to expand?
With A-Kid visiting the States, it seems only fair NXT UK welcomes a guest! Roderick Strong takes on Wolfgang in what’ll surely be a hard-hitting match!
- Tyler Bate w/ Trent Seven VS Oliver Carter w/ Ashton Smith; Carter wins.
- Emilia McKenzie VS Nina Samuels; McKenzie wins.
- Aleah James VS Stevie Turner; James wins.
- Roderick Strong VS Wolfgang; Strong wins.
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NXT UK mourns the loss of “Razor Ramon,” Scott Hall.
Tyler Bate w/ Trent Seven VS Oliver Carter w/ Ashton Smith!
The Big Strong Boy and his tag partner in Moustache Mountain are willing to give the hottest tag team in NXT UK a second chance, if they earn it! Will the Predator Killer prove he can win 1v1 against NXT UK’s first and only Triple Crown winner?
The bell rings and Carter circles with Bate. They shake hands to show there’s sportsmanship, and fans sing for Bate. Bate wrenches, wristlocks, but Carter rolls and goes to kick, but Bate blocks for a toehold! Carter rolls but Bate cartwheels through and fans love the exchange. They go again, Carter wrenches to a wristlock, but Bate rolls and rolls and uses his leg to break free. Bate knuckle locks, WRINGS Carter, but Carter rolls through. Bate rushes in but Carter headlocks. Bate powers out, Carter runs him over! Things speed up, Bate hurdles but Carter sunset flips him, TWO!
Carter goes for a leg but Bate steps over, only for Carter to step through! Cover, TWO, and Bate sunset flips! ONE, Carter high stacks! ONE, Bate sunsets, TWO! They RAM shoulders, then DOUBLE LARIAT, and DOUBLE DROPKICK! Both men handspring up and Carter flexes as fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” Carter and Bate tie up again, Carter arm-drags to get the armlock. Bate fights up, arm-drags but Carter drags Bate back down. Fans rally, Bate fights up and whips Carter. Carter RANAS Bate away! Carter runs in to tiger wall kick and arm-drag! But Bate headscissors back! Carter kips free, and LEG LARIATS! Cover, TWO!
Fans fire up as Carter cools off. Carter gets Bate up, but Bate wheelbarrows to victory roll! TWO, Carter sweeps the legs! Bate dodges the boot to dropkick Carter over and out of the ring! Smith coaches Carter but Bate goes out to stomp Carter down. Bate puts Carter in, fans rally and duel as Bate drops elbows. Cover, TWO! Bate clamps on a rear bearhug to squeeze Carter. Seven and Smith talk some trash while fans rally and duel harder. Carter fights up, pries free and elbows, but Bate CLUBS Carter on the back! Bate waistlocks but Carter runs to RAM Bate into a buckle! Carter blocks a kick to spin and LARIAT! And dropkick!
Bate goes to a corner, Carter runs in but Bate ducks the shining wizard! Carter heel kicks Bate from up top! Then Carter springboards to missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans rally more and Carter brings Bate up. Bate swings a punch but Carter blocks! Carter swings a punch but Bate blocks! Carter LARIATS! Fans fire up and Carter runs in, SCISSOR KICK! Booker would be proud! Cover, TWO! Bate survives and fans fire up more! The dueling continues as Carter drags Bate up. Carter whips, Bate holds ropes and sends Carter out. Carter blocks to ENZIGURI! Another springboard but Bate gets clear!
Bate catches Carter in the corner! Bate throws Carter with an EXPLODER! Bate kips up to SHOOTING STAR PRESS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally behind the “Big Strong Boy!” and Bate drags Carter up. Fireman’s carry, for the AIRPLANE SPIN! Bate goes eight times around before the GUTBUSTER! Then a cobra twist! Carter endures as Bate digs his elbow into the side. Fans rally, Carter scoots but Bate brings him away from ropes to hook him up in an IRON OCTOPUS! Carter endures as Bate pulls back on the arm! Carter reaches out, falls and gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer as Bate lets off.
Smith coaches Carter but Bate brings Carter around to throw heavy hands! GAMANGIRI! Then cradle! TWO! Carter survives but Bate reels him in to underhook arms. Carter back drops free but Bate lands on his feet! Bate waistlocks but Carter elbows free. SUPERKICK! Bate is down! Carter runs in, into a BOOT! But he comes back to MURAMASA! Carter hits a FULL NELSON BACKBREAKERS! Cover, TWO!! PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous as Carter and Bate are both down! Bate and Carter stir as the fans rally and duel. Bate brings Carter up to EuroUpper but Carter gives that back! Bate headlocks to boot! Carter SUPER PUNCHES!
Carter boots, Bate blocks and flips Carter but Carter uses that for an AX KICK! Bate rebounds to ROLLING LIGER KICK! Bate runs, but Carter is up and dodges, QUEBRADA! Bate dodges, REBOUND LARIAT! Bate gets Carter up, TYLER DRIVER- NO! RANA!! Cover, TWO!?! Bate escapes and no one can believe it! Carter and Bate go to opposite corners while Smith and Seven shout at each other. Carter runs corner tp corner, but into a boot! Bate KNEES Carter away, then goes up! Smith and seven argue face to face now, and Seven shoves Smith! This distracts Bate enough for Carter to go up!
Bate DECKS Carter, but he’s still watching the outside! FLYING EURO- NO! Carter catches the uppercut to backslide! Cover, Carter wins!!
Winner: Oliver Carter, by pinfall
The Big Strong Boy lost focus at the last second, and Carter gets the biggest win in his NXT UK career! But this is just the first step! Can Smith do the same to Seven when it’s their turn?
NXT UK Media catches up with A-Kid.
He has a big tag match with Die Familie, how goes the hunt for a partner? Funny they should mention that, as AK is pretty sure that guy is doing a photoshoot. It’s Saxon Huxley! He won’t hold still for the photographer, but AK talks to him. Saxon remembers AK, right? “The rain in Spain! Saxon’s driving train!” Close enough. AK has Saxon calm down to hear him out. AK needs a partner for a tag match. What does he say? Saxon says it falls mainly on the plane, he’s driving the train! Is that a yes or a no? Will Saxon be AK’s partner? YES! Alright then. Will the Divine Beast of the Astral Plane help the Spanish Sensation stick it to Die Familie?
Wild Boar speaks.
“Eddie Dennis. I hold you personally responsible for every bit of hell and every bit of torture I went through last year. And I swear right now, every bit of hell and every bit of that torture, I’ll put directly on you! I’m coming for my revenge! Boar! BOAR!” Will the Welsh Dragon be slain by this boar straight outta hell?
Emilia McKenzie VS Nina Samuels!
Meiko Satomura’s protégé may not have gotten a title shot from the Final Boss, but she has done a good job weeding out who is worthy and who isn’t. Will the Leading Lady have to face facts that she just isn’t ready to co-star with the NXT UK Women’s Champion?
The bell rings and fans sing for Millie as she circles with Nina. They tie up, go around, and Nina puts Millie on ropes. But Millie turns it around to waistlock. Nina pries the hold open and gets the headlock. Millie rolls to a cover, TWO! Nina holds the headlock tight, but Millie powers out and gets the arm. Millie grinds the shoulder, Nina endures but Millie double wristlocks. They stand, wristlock becomes hammerlock, but Nina rolls and wrenches back. Millie gets up, Nina cranks the wristlock but Millie slips through to wrench back. Millie YANKS the arm, Nina cartwheels and wrangles Millie to the mat. Nina drops knees on the arm!
Nina holds the arm down, gets a cover, TWO! Fans rally as Nina facelocks. Millie slips around to waistlock but Nina flails and gets the ropes! The ref counts the ropebreak and Millie lets off. Nina tentatively comes back and they circle. They tie up again, Millie arm-drags and then arm-drags again! Nina blocks the third, but Millie wrenches and reels Nina in. Nina throws body shots, whips Millie to a corner, then runs in, but into a boot! Millie goes up, reels Nina in and RANAS! Fans fire up and Nina flounders. Millie CLUBS Nina, ROCKS her with a right, then stomps away in the corner. Nina uses ropes for defense, then cheap shots!
Millie RAMS Nina back, whips her corner to corner, but Nina reverses. Millie bounces off into a back drop! Nina stomps Millie down, CLUBS her away, then drags Millie up. Nina TOSSES Millie by her hair! The ref reprimands but Nina simply soaks up the heat. Nina digs her knees into Millie but lets off at 4. Fans boo, Nina stalks Millie to a corner. Nina stands Millie up to dig her boot in under the chin! The ref counts, Nina lets off, and Nina goes corner into corner, but misses the back elbow! Millie fires off forearms, then whips corner to corner. Nina reverses hard and Millie bounces off buckles! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up and Nina kicks Millie to a corner. Nina taunts Millie, Millie hits back but Nina boots her down. Nina sits Millie up to wrap her arms up and drive in elbows! Nina chinbars and grinds Millie’s arm at the same time. Millie endures, Nina fish hooks! The ref reprimands, Nina lets off the hook to chinbar again. Millie fights up and gets her arms free. Millie pries free but Nina CLUBS her to facelock. Millie keeps fighting, throws body shots, but Nina CLUBS her again. Nina reels Millie in, but Millie back drops free of the bomb! Nina flounders to ropes and Millie fires up! Millie runs in, dodges Nina, to LARIAT!
Millie keeps going with more LARIATS, then a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans still sing for Millie and she drags Nina up in a waistlock. Nina fights, drop toeholds and puts Millie on ropes! Nina runs back in, and she dropkicks Millie down! Cover, TWO! Millie survives but Nina scowls. Nina stomps Millie and rains down hands. Nina drags Millie up, dragon sleeper! But Millie fights out and rolls Nina up, TWO! Nina staggers up, Millie dodges her, waistlock for GERMAN SUPLEX! Nina flounders out of the ring but Millie builds speed! DIVE! Direct hit and down goes Nina! Fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!”
Millie drags Nina up and puts her in the ring. Fans fire up with Millie as she goes up the corner! Nina gets the hair! Nina THROWS Millie by her ponytail! Then runs in, to BOOT Millie down! Cover, TWO! Nina is furious that Millie is still in this! Nina goes up as fans rally, and she MOONSAULTS but FLOPS! Millie SPEARS Nina down! Cover, Millie wins!
Winner: Emilia McKenzie, by pinfall
And the protégé wins another one! Will Millie be deemed worthy of a title match after we see Meiko Satomura take on Isla Dawn?
NXT UK Media catches up with Mark Coffey.
He just finished talking with Sid Scala, and he’s excited. Good news for Gallus! Joe comes up and goofs around. What was that about? Guess who has a Heritage Cup match? Joe has a rematch. No. Wolfie’s got one? No! Mark’s got one! Oh well congratulations! Mark says watching that match of Joe VS Dar, Mark noticed some of Dar’s weaknesses and Mark wants to exploit them. He can win this one for Gallus! Gallus Boys on top then. Joe doesn’t seem overly thrilled but will he be over the moon when his brother brings that cup home?
A reminder for stateside fans!
Once again, NXT UK will be at 4 PM Eastern, so make sure to mark your schedules accordingly.
NXT UK Media catches up with Kenny Williams.
What does he have to say about what he did to Sam Gradwell’s hair? “Eh, eh, eh, Sam is but a memory of the past. He may have won a match, but I got the last laugh.” But then Kenny sees a note on his locker. “You’ve made a lot of enemies, Kenny Cockroach!!! TICK TOCK” Kenny laughs it off, because of course he has enemies. He’s put people in the hospital, cost them their livelihoods. This threat isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. But then he gets spooked by a locker slamming shut. Kenny better watch his back, a Thunderstorm is coming for him!
Symbiosis meets with Sid Scala.
Eddie Dennis asks “Mr. Scala” why he wanted to speak with them. Sid says he and Johnny Saint have been talking with Wild Boar, and Boar would like a 1v1 match with Dennis. Dennis say she is going to be honest. He’s pretty much just a manager these days, and Boar is like a wild animal! A better idea is Boar VS T-Bone! Better still, former tag partners! Boar VS Primate! Sid says these are good arguments, but Dennis takes that as a done deal. Sid will make a call, but will it be one Dennis likes?
Aleah James VS Stevie Turner!
The bubbly collides with the snarky as all smiles Aleah gets a rematch with the Four Dimensional Superstar. Will Aleah be smiling from ear to ear as she gets payback? Or will history repeat itself as Turner looks to get back in the title race?
The bell rings, fans rally behind Aleah and she ties up with Turner. They are in a deadlock but Turner gets the arm. Turner wrenches to a wristlock but Aleah cartwheels and wrenches back to YANK the arm. Aleah has the wristlock, but Turner spins through and pulls hair! Turner gets the headlock that way, but Aleah powers out. Turner runs Aleah over, then taunts her. Things speed up, Aleah hurdles, then dropkicks! Turner hurries to a corner, Aleah runs in but Turner dodges! Turner runs in but Aleah goes up and over and then goes Matrix! Aleah runs to tilt-o-whirl headscissor! Cover, TWO!
Aleah has Turner against ropes with forearms, then she whips. Turner reverses, and THESZ PRESS! Aleah shoves Turner away but Turner BOOTS her down! Turner kicks Aleah around, then scrapes her against ropes! Fans rally but Turner runs side to side, to BOOT WASH Aleah down! Fans boo while Turner snarls and KNEE LIFTS Aleah down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Aleah and she hits back but Turner CLUBS her down. Turner clamps on a chinlock and digs her knee into Aleah’s back. Aleah endures, fights up, and throws body shots. Turner shoves Aleah to KNEE her down again! Cover, TWO!
Turner clamps on claws into Aleah’s shoulders, then goes for the chinlock again. Aleah endures, fights up, but Turner throws her down. Aleah keeps fighting up, and she gets a JAWBREAKER! Aleah slides under to rally with big forearms! And a CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Aleah drags Turner up but Turner tosses her! Aleah lands on her feet, but runs into a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO!! Aleah survives and Turner is scowling! Turner stalks Aleah, stomps her to ropes, then runs in, but Aleah dodges! Aleah O’Conner BRIDGE! Aleah wins!
Winner: Aleah James, by pinfall
It seems Aleah was one step ahead of the Four Dimensional Turner! Will Aleah keep fighting her way up the ranks until she’s on the championship level?
Sha Samuels speaks.
“Oi, oi. Welcome back to the East End Bookie’s. Business is booming, we’re making a lot of money, and a new market has opened! Because in two week’s time, Noam Dar, Mark Coffey, Heritage Cup!” Obviously all options are in Dar’s favor. Dar himself walks in and asks why is Gallus all getting shots so easily. Dar beat Wolfgang easy, he beat Joe easy, and now the little-big brother? Isn’t he just their driver? Sha has a call. Someone wants to put money on Mark? Well alright. Sha will even makes the odds higher, cuz he’s definitely gonna win. Putting the house on it? And the college funds? Alright, Sha’s locking that in.
Dar is excited and Sha says they’re going to make a LOT of money! The board says Mark’s chances are already 1690 to 1, will someone else be making a killing when it’s Gallus Boys On Top?
NXT UK hears from Isla Dawn and Meiko Satomura.
The Wicked Witch says, “It will be spectacular. It will be beautiful. The fall of Meiko Satomura at the hands of Isla Dawn.” The Final Boss remembers back to a year ago, when she came to NXT UK, Dawn was her first opponent. Meiko won then, but the Isla back then is gone. Meiko says Isla is different. More… mysterious. Isla says Meiko has no idea what’s in store for her! Isla’s been taking trophy after trophy, every single ingredient she needed. “The final piece of the puzzle is guarded by the Final Boss.” Meiko and Isla both know what that is. But who does Isla think Meiko is? She can’t lose, she’s the champion. Isla promises, no matter what, she will walk away with the title.
Meiko says Isla’s attack will not go unpunished. This is a NEW Dawn! Meiko tells Isla to bring it on! Isla says it is written in the stars, but will the Best in the World rewrite that with her own hands?
Roderick Strong VS Wolfgang!
The former NXT Tag Team, North American and Cruiserweight Champion, and now captain of Diamond Mine, makes his NXT UK debut! But will the Savior of the Backbreaker put the pressure on the Last King of Scotland? Or will Gallus Boys be on top even against such a decorated superstar?
Strong throws his jacket at Wolfgang and that riles him right up! The ref keeps Wolfgang back but barely as Strong gets out of the ring. Things calm down a moment, then the bell rings and Wolfgang circles with Strong. Fans rally and duel, Wolfgang and Strong tie up, and Wolfgang puts Strong in the corner. Strong goes up the buckles, kicks at Wolfgang then eggs him on. Wolfgang stays back to cool off, so Strong goes out to taunt the Gallus fans. Fans sing for “Roddy Strong! Roddy, Roddy Strong~” as he trolls Wolfgang. Strong even gets the fans singing about his, “Little boots! Roddy’s little boots~!”
Strong returns, circles with Wolfgang, feels out the grapple, but Strong shoots in to get a leg. Wolfgang stays up and gets the ropes, and the ref calls the ropebreak. Strong lets off at 4 but with a kick. Strong bails out again and flexes as Wolfgang gets annoyed. The ring count starts, Strong gets back in at 5 of 10, and fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Strong gets around but Wolfgang wrenches. Strong wrenches back to wristlock, Wolfgang wrenches through to headlock. Wolfgang thrashes Strong and grinds him down, but Strong fights back up. Fans chant, “We Want Bivens!” Strong slips out to headlock back.
Wolfgang powers out but Strong holds ropes, so Wolfgang dropkicks him down! Wolfgang gets Strong up, straight arm lever suplex! Wolfgang has the armlock, Strong fights up but Wolfgang RAMS shoulders! Wolfgang wrenches and twists the wrist, another straight arm lever! Then he CLUBS Strong down! Wolfgang gets the arm again, but Strong fights through to wrench Wolfgang for an ELBOW BREAKER! Strong gets the legs to sweep! Strong then clamps onto a headlock and he grinds Wolfgang. Fans rally, Wolfgang endures and fights up. Strong shifts his grip to have more of a sleeper but Wolfgang keeps getting up.
Wolfgang powers up to TOSS Strong away! Strong flounders and Wolfgang SPLASHES in the corner! Wolfgang bumps Strong off buckles, then off more buckles! Then the third corner! Strong flounders out and fans fire up as Wolfgang catches his breath. The ring count climbs but Wolfgang goes out after Strong. Strong clings to the barriers, then he RAMS Wolfgang into the apron! And then BARRIER BACK SUPLEX! Wolfgang flops to the floor and fans are torn as Strong raises his hand. The ring count is 7 of 10 but Strong gets Wolfgang in at 8. Strong slingshots to stomp Wolfgang down!
Strong rains down fists, he pushes Wolfgang down into the mat and pulls on the ear and arm. The ref reprimands, Strong lets off and he stomps Wolfgang more. Strong drags Wolfgang up with a sleeper but Wolfgang gets to a corner. The ref counts, Strong throws a knee! Strong CHOPS and stomps and CHOPS again! Strong stomps more as fans continue to sing. Strong stomps a mudhole into Wolfgang but lets off at 4. Wolfgang slowly gets up as Strong taunts him. Wolfgang throws body shots, Strong CLUBS Wolfgang! They throw more hands, Wolfgang CHOPS back! Strong ROCKS Wolfgang with a haymaker!
Strong CLUBS Wolfgang then digs him into the ropes! The ref counts, Strong lets off at 4. Cover, TWO! Another, TWO! Strong jams his knee into Wolfgang’s side, then pulls Wolfgang’s hair to get the chinlock stretch. Wolfgang endures, fans rally up, and Wolfgang throws body shots. Strong knees low then whips, but Wolfgang reverses! Strong hits buckles hard, but he comes back for Wolfgang. Wolfgang elbows Strong down, Strong runs in at the corner but misses! Wolfgang reels Strong in to RAM him into the corner! Wolfgang DECKS Strong, and again, and then hip tosses! Fans fire up as Strong flounders to a corner.
Wolfgang checks his back, then runs in to CROSSBODY in the corner! Strong staggers, Wolfgang ROCKS him! Wolfgang goes up, leaps, AX HANDLES! Fans sing for “Gallus Boys on Top!” Wolfgang scoops for a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer “NXT! NXT!” for this crossover match, and Wolfgang clamps onto Strong. Wolfgang brings Strong up, fireman’s carries, but Strong slips off. Strong CLUBS Wolfgang, Wolfgang CHOPS Strong! Strong kicks the legs out! Strong drags Wolfgang up, but Wolfgang suplexes free! Strong flounders out of the Caber Toss, and Wolfgang runs in! Strong jumps over!
Wolfgang runs right into buckles! Then turns around into Strong’s JUMP KNEE! Cover, Strong wins!
Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall
You probably could’ve called that a knockout! Strong gets the win, and he gets the mic to say, “Listen. I’m not here for a long time, I’m here for a good time. And I’m here for the big money fights! This match isn’t the only reason I was here. Everybody knows who the big money fight is. And Ilja Dragunov, I am laying down the challenge. And the ball is in your court!” The Diamond Mine is coming for the gold! Will the Czar give Strong the UNBESIEGBAR title match he’s looking for?
Another great NXT UK, getting back up to four matches, and getting the fans back! Plus, getting the women’s division back on the card here after a few weeks without. Millie VS Nina and Aleah VS Turner were both good matches, and the Faces winning both could mean Isla Dawn is winning that title. The promo vignette from Isla and Meiko was good, and if Isla isn’t winning that title, Meiko is going to have that belt for a real long time. We’re still waiting on Aoife Valkyrie to make a return from injury, and the same for Blair Davenport, those are really the only two I see NXT UK even considering as next.
Wild Boar has a good promo, and we got a good “meeting” promo out of Symbiosis and Sid. I liked that Dennis was chickening out by suggesting someone else face Boar first, and Boar VS Primate is a great idea anyway. We’ll definitely get that before getting Boar VS Dennis, probably for NXT UK Prelude 2022 or something like that. Good promo from A-Kid and Saxon Huxley. As I said last week, AK’s already recorded all the stuff for his feud with Die Familie so they can just roll them out like this while he’s in the States for Stand & Deliver. Maybe AK & Saxon win against Die Familie, and then maybe they add a third man to take on the entire faction. Or AK VS Teoman is the blow-off, who knows.
I would’ve suggested Sam Gradwell work with AK and Saxon since Gradwell and Saxon teamed up once, but I forgot he has beef with Kenny. The promo with the threatening note was good, those guys will have a really good rematch. Bate VS Carter was a great match, and Carter winning was going to happen because he and Smith are going to get a title rematch. The distraction was a good touch so that it wasn’t the strongest win, but it’s a start. Seven VS Smith could go either way now, and still result in the tag match. Either it’s seen as a tiebreaker, or it’s because Smith & Carter swept and Moustache Mountain has no choice but to give them the rematch.
Mark getting a Heritage Cup match is great stuff, as was Sha and Dar responding to the news. I saw on Sha’s board that he also has a “Joe makes it all about him” on there, so maybe that one happens, too. I don’t want brothers feuding, that’s not cool, and it breaks up a great faction. But as it stands, I feel like Dar’s going to sweep Gallus. Strong had a great match with Wolfgang, and I figured he was going to win. I would love if there was Diamond Mine UK, and I feel like that is where Dempsey belongs, not Die Familie. But Strong going for the UK title is awesome. That’s going to be great for Prelude, or even for Stand & Deliver. Actually, it should definitely be on Stand & Deliver.
My Score: 8.3/10
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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (6/7/23)
On the road to Collision!
Dynamite brings out the gold!
AEW Dynamite lands in Colorado Springs, and Kris Statlander defends her TBS Championship against Anna Jay A.S! Will Kris still be the Galaxy’s Greatest?
- AEW International Championship: Orange Cassidy VS Swerve Strickland; wins and
- Texas Tornado Tag: #JungleHook VS La Faccion Ingobernable; wins.
- Six Man Tag: Blackpool Combat Club VS Chaos; wins.
- Ricky Starks VS Jay White; wins.
- AEW TBS Championship: Kris Statlander VS Anna Jay A.S; wins and
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[Due to scheduling conflicts, coverage of AEW Dynamite will begin later tonight]
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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (6/6/23)
Who earns some Tiffy Time?
Only one can be The Center of the Universe!
To earn a shot at Tiffany Stratton’s NXT Women’s Championship, the Women’s Division fights in a battle royal! Who wins a golden ticket to Tiffy Time?
- Mixed Six Tag Match: Diamond Mine VS The Schism; The Schism wins.
- Blair Davenport VS Dani Palmer; Blair wins.
- Baron Corbin VS Trick Williams; Corbin wins.
- Mustafa Ali VS Joe Gacy; Ali wins.
- Eddy Thorpe VS Damon Kemp; Thorpe wins.
- Dabba-Kato VS SCRYPTS; Dabba wins.
- NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Battle Royal: Thea Hail wins and will challenge Tiffany Stratton for the title.
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Baron Corbin arrives backstage.
The Lone Wolf stares down Tyler Bate and Eddy Thorpe, chuckles at a poster of Carmelo Hayes, then stares down Hank Walker, Tank Ledger and some of the prospects. He tells staff to hit his music and they do as told. Corbin scoffs at the rest of the posters while he makes his entrance. Fans boo as Corbin makes his way to the ring, because we all remember him going after Melo after Melo retained the title against Noam Dar. Corbin gets the mic to say, “Y’know, I never thought I’d walk back through these doors. When I got the call, I cleaned out my locker and never looked back.
“Over the next eight YEARS, I ascended to the top of Raw and SmackDown. While I was main-eventing PPVs, NXT superstars continued to get called up to the main roster. When they got there, they were full of talent and hunger. And then something changed. I wonder what it was. Now, they come up full of ego and attitude. Hell, some of ’em sit in the locker room, twiddle their thumbs on their cellphone, acting like they got nowhere better to be. They act like we should thank them for coming up to Raw and SmackDown.
“Then I walk in through these doors. I hear superstars in the back talking about their legacy, talking about how they’re the next ones to be called up. Or, they’re complaining that they haven’t been called up yet, and it’s starting to make me sick! They walk through these doors to a championship team. They have guaranteed contracts, and they’re living in a house that I built! Me and all the other OGs started in FCW, and we took this train all the way to sell out Barclays Arena, with 16,500 people! Don’t clap for that now, you’ve never done it before, get off my bandwagon.
“I come through those doors tonight, and there’s superstars can’t even look me in the eye. They don’t show me the respect that I deserve. Now I had no control over that last Draft that came up. But you can make damn sure I got control of the next, because I’m gonna make every one of those superstars regret ever signing a WWE contract! Every single one of ’em is soft, every single one of ’em is weak, and they’re sure as hell not as good as they think they are. That all lies on the champion, the NXT Champion, Carmelo Hayes. Melo walks around here like his stuff doesn’t stink. Yeah, there you go. Cheer for him. Cheer for him!
“Cuz ol’ Melo got a taste of main roster reality when I laid him out, put him down, I took his title and I stood over his body, and I held it over my head.” Wait, ILJA DRAGUNOV is here! The Czar tells Baron, “Would you please, um, give me the chance to introduce myself. My name is Ilja Dragunov.” Fans cheer and Corbin says he knows who Ilja is, but what does he want? Ilja isn’t sure about the people Corbin saw in the hall, but Ilja is here to look him in the eyes to say, he’s NOT soft and he is NOT weak. He is the most animalistic, intense man in NXT! He’s beaten everyone put in front of him, and after Battleground, he is the first man in line to face Melo for the title.
Oh, here we go. There’s the NXT arrogance. Corbin has competed in SIX WrestleMania matches, he retired THE Kurt Angle, and he is the last man to pin Roman Reigns. Fans chant “BUM ASS CORBIN!” Ilja gets it, Corbin is targeting Melo to make some kind of point. But Ilja is targeting Melo for the title. And Ilja really doesn’t care how many Manias Corbin’s been to. If Ilja must ravage Corbin with pain to get what he wants, then so be it. Corbin tells the “kid” that there is a big difference between what he wants and what he’s gonna get. Corbin jumps the line cuz he says so, cuz he’s the biggest star in the building.
Ilja says Corbin is making assumptions, but Ilja makes challenges. So why not show everyone how much of a star you are, against Ilja tonight?! Fans love the sound of that! Corbin asks Ilja really wants “a piece of this” after Battleground. Well, there’s nothing Corbin can bring as hard as Dijak did at Battleground. Ilja shows off the NASTY bruise on his hip! Corbin says that’s cute. That’s one bruise. When Corbin’s done with him, Ilja will be covered in ’em. Ilja welcomes the challenge. Fans fire up, will the Lone Wolf be sent back to the main roster with his tail between his legs?
But wait! Trick shows up to start throwing hands! Fans fire up as Trick is after Corbin, Corbin shoves him back, but Trick clotheslines Corbin out! Fans fire up as the refs back Corbin off. Will Trick get payback on Corbin for that sneak attack on Melo?
Thea Hail finishes training.
She hobbles and says she can barely feel her legs anymore. Duke Hudson finds her but Charlie Dempsey says not bad. He better see her again tomorrow. Oh he’ll see her again! And he’ll see improvement! You bring your A Game! Wait, Duke is confused, what’s going on? Dempsey & Gulak are teaching her how to crunch people! It’s firing her up! Really? Yeah, she’s got all these great grappling holds now! Wanna see? She grabs Duke’s arm in a wristlock! OW! Sorry! But it works, right? Duke says she doesn’t even like those guys! Yeah, but you just gotta give it back to ’em, y’know? Thea shouts, “I’ma kick you in the ass, professor!”
See? They love it! Well, okay, as long as she’s learning. But you can’t just “crunch” someone over the top rope. It’s a battle royal tonight! Yeah, but she can still throw people over. He believes in her, right? Y-yeah… Then let’s go! Thea is fired up, will she crunch and toss everyone else in the ring to get that golden ticket?
Bron Breakker attacks Ilja Dragunov backstage!
The Big Bad Booty Nephew tells The Czar to keep “thinking” he’s the most intense guy in NXT. If Ilja likes pain, how’s that feel? The refs back Bron off, will Dragunov have to go after him and Corbin before going after Melo?
Mixed Six Tag Match: Diamond Mine VS The Schism!
Ivy Nile has had it with Ava Raine, and by extension, the Creed Brothers and the Dyad have gotten at each other. Now things will be settled as all six get in the ring! Will Diamond Mine crush Ava, Rip Fowler & Jagger Reed under the pressure? Or will the roots of Schism’s tree only grow and spread?
NXT returns as Diamond Mine make their entrance. The teams sort out and and Julius starts against Rip. They circle, tie up, and Julius wrenches an arm. Rip whips Julius away, things speed up, and Julius drops to fireman’s carry takeover into an armlock! Rip fights free but Julius just grabs the other arm. Rip fights to his feet, CHOPS, but Julius wrenches the arm. Rip CHOPS, Julius wrenches, but then Rip pulls an ear! Tag to Jagger, the Dyad mugs Julius, and Jagger ROCKS Julius with forearms. Jagger swings again, but Julius gets around to waistlock and SLAM! Jagger fights up, but Julius SLAMS him again!
Julius keeps hold of Jagger to SLAM him again, and KNEE him in the side! Tag to Brutus, and the Creeds pinball Jagger between knees! Brutus drags Jagger up, ROCKS him, and then clamps onto another arm. Tag to Julius, they mug Jagger, but Jagger ELBOWS him away! And then DECKS him! Jagger facelocks, but Julius deadlifts from the floor! Julius stands back up, walks over, and tags in Brutus. Brutus takes the handoff, fans fire up as Brutus keeps Jagger up! Brutus tags Julius back in, takes the handoff back, and then marches around before the SLAM! And then he kips up! Fans fire up, Julius whips but Jagger reverses
Jagger runs in, MONKEY FLIPS, but Julius lands through it! And he DROPKICKS Jagger! Julius whips Jagger, Jagger reverses and CLOBBERS Julius! And Ava tags in! Ava SLAPS Julius! Ivy steps in to calm Julius down, but then Ava tags out to Rip. The Schism trolls Ivy but Julius storms up to shoot in and waistlock, for a SLAM! And then he KNEES Rip in the side! Julius headlocks, Rip powers out but Julius goes up and over and keeps moving. Brutus tags in,. Julius ducks ‘n’ dodges, Brutus AX HANDLES Rip! And then shoots around, but Rips witches. TERMAN SUPLEX, but Brutus lands on his feet!
Brutus trophy lifts Rip, to DROP him, and STANDING MOONSAULT! Fans fire up with Brutus and Julius tags back in. Brutus cross-arm SLAMS Julius onto Rip! And Then Ivy snap suplexes Brutus onto Rip! And then Julius gives Ivy a boost for a SENTON! Fans are thunderous for the Diamond Mine’s combinations, and Ivy calls out Ava! Fans want to see that, too, but NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Rip has Brutus down in a chinlock. Brutus endures, fights up, and fans rally. Brutus pries the hold open, but Rip knees low. Rip ROCKS Brutus, but Brutus ROCKS Rip! And Jagger! And Rip again! Brutus staggers along ropes, but he ELBOWS Rip away. Jagger distracts, Rip shoves Brutus into the ropes! Brutus sputters off that low hotshot, and then Ava sucker punches Ivy! Rip BLASTS Julius, too! Fans boo but Rip tags Jagger. The Dyad whip Brutus into the corner hard, then hit an ASSISTED SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!! Brutus survives and The Dyad is frustrated.
Jagger tags Rip back in, the Dyad stomp away on Brutus! Fans boo but The Dyad drag Brutus up. Rip fishhooks Brutus’ face, lets off as the ref counts, and fans rally up. Rip drags Brutus up, suplexes, but Brutus blocks! Brutus suplexes Rip up and over instead! Rip tags Jagger in, Jagger keeps Brutus from the corner with a SLEEPER! Brutus endures, reaches out, marches forward, and fans rally behind him. Hot tag to Julius! Julius CLOBBERS Jagger, OVERHEAD Belly2Belly for Rip! Then an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly for Jagger! And a kip up! And then an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly for Rip! Kip up, and another OVERHEAD for Jagger!
Julius just keeps going, but The Dyad go after him together! SO they get a DOUBLE OVERHEAD SUPELX! Fans are thunderous with Julius, and he runs up the corner, to DOUBLE QUEBRADA! Julius scoops Jagger but Rip makes the save. Julius kicks Rip but Rip RAMS him into the corner! Jagger hits GRIT YOUR TEETH! But Brutus runs in, BRUTUS BALL! Down goes Rip! Jagger ENZIGURIS Brutus, runs, but Julius LARIATS Jagger! Fans fire up, but Jagger SUPERKICKS back! All four men are down and the fans fire up! Ivy grins as she stares Ava down. Julius crawls, hot tag to the Diamond Pitbull!
Fans fire up and even Ava smiles. The two circle, tie up, and they start throwing forearms! Ivy dodges a lariat, KCIKS and KICKS and ROUNDHOUSES! Fans fire up as Ivy runs, and DROPKICKS! Then she runs, but Ava SCORPION KICKS! Ava scoops but Ivy slips out, DIAMOND DRAGON!! But Jagger gets Ivy! So Ivy gets HIM in the DIAMOND DRAGON!! Fans fire up but the ref says Ivy has to let off, it’s only men against men and women against women! But Ava HEADBUTTS Ivy while wearing her plastic mask!! The ref missed that dealing with Jagger! Cover, Schism wins!
Winners: The Schism, by pinfall
Ava snatches victory away from the jaws of the Diamond Pitbull, the Schism gets a big win here tonight. Will we see their roots soon bear golden fruit?
Stacks visits Tony D’Angelo in prison.
Tony’s in the orange jumpsuit as he sits down to talk with Stacks. How’s he been? Good. But guess what? Knuckles is in here! The guy who- SHH! Oh, right. But yeah, Giorgio the Whale gets Tony his paper, and the guards even pitched in so Tony could have a subscription to The Peacock so he can watch the show the next day. That’s great! It’s almost like being in a hotel. Almost. But did Stacks get any more info on this rat? Stacks says he’s put in some calls. Miss Kim Cashstashian will get them off. Whoa, gotta reword that, Stacks.
But anyhow, Tony isn’t sure how he feels with his life in the hands of Cashstashian. Tony might as well play the lottery. Stacks’ gut says it’s Gallus, they didn’t wanna face Tony & Stacks at Battleground. But they’ve got a lot of enemies. This could be Legado, or, or- Is Stacks hearing himself? He’s on a wild goose chase! You’re going around the world to go next door. Trust your gut! It’s Gallus! Get those guys for all they’re worth! Tony swears on his mother’s eyes- Oh, don’t make a threat on the phone… But okay, listen. What Joe Coffey did last week, forget about it. But 3v1 ain’t cutting it.
Then what’s Stacks to do? Visitation time is almost up, so Tony tells Stacks that he’s the Underboss, he can figure it out. Tony leaves, and it is all in Stacks’ hands now.
Robert Stone & Von Wagner go to therapy.
They’re impatiently waiting in the lobby, and Stone tells Von that he hopes this all works out. They have had quite the week trying to find the right fit. Montage: one guy skips the breathing exercise to get to the anger issue. Von says he has no anger issue. But anger management is nothing to be ashamed of. Learning to control it can actually help him. Von tells this guy to GFY. Stone apologizes and pays in cash. Von says that guy was a jackass! Oh and the other guy? Von had that guy up against a wall! Stone again paid for that in cash. Von is on the verge of a breakthrough, so long as he gives things a chance.
One guy comes out crying. Von sighs. He doesn’t wanna do this now. Oh, c’mon, Von! NO! Didn’t you see that guy crying? Von is not a crier! What do you think Von’s dad would think seeing this? Von is NOT walking through this door. But then the therapist walks out. A very lovely lady therapist… Well, maybe Von can give this a shot. But alone. Von winks before the door closes. Is therapy going to be the solution after all?
Blair Davenport VS Dani Palmer!
Who was the assailant of the NXT Women’s Division? It was BLAIR, Dani! It was Blair all along! And now that she’s back, will she tear through what’s left of the roster to get at the title? Or can Dani avenge Sol Ruca, Nikkita Lyons and everyone else Blair terrorized?
The bell rings and Dani rushes in! They tie up, go around, and Blair puts Dani on ropes. The ref counts, Dani turns nit around but Blair turns it back around. Blair lets off at 4, to SLAP Dani! Dani SLAPS Blair! Blair kicks low, whips her to a corner, but Dani goes up and over and handsprings away. Blair chases, but runs into headscissors! Blair blocks to SLAM Dani down, then BOOT her out of the ring! Blair goes out after Dani, puts her in the ring, then CLOBBERS her! Fans rally for Dani but Blair drags Dani up to whip. Blair KNEES low, gut wrenches and GUTBUSTERS! Then she throws Dani into ropes!
Fans rally for Dani as she sputters, but Blair clamps on with a waistlock. Blair SLAMS Dani, holds onto the waistlock, and squeezes with a rear bearhug. Fans rally as Dani fights up, and she fights free with elbows! Dani switches, rolls up, TWO! Blair kicks Dani low! Fans boo but Blair whips Dani to kitchen sink knee! Blair soaks up the heat, she KNEES Dani in the side, then stalks her around the way. Blair kicks Dani around, KICKS her in the side, but Dani grits her teeth. Dani blocks the next kick, but Blair ROCKS her with a forearm! Dani hits back, kicks low, and UPPERCUTS! And CHOPS! And DOUBLE KNEES! Cover, TWO!
Dani goes to a corner and climbs up. Blair grabs Dani’s hair to TOSS her to the mat! Blair then sits Dani up, has the wrists, KAMI-GOYE! And then, FALCON ARROW! Cover, Blair wins!
Winner: Blair Davenport, by pinfall
Blair satiates her appetite for violence, and says she has just put the entire roster on notice! Will even Tiffany Stratton have to beware the heir?
Dana Brooke arrives?!
Another callback to NXT is here, and she wants in on the battle royal. There’s a lot of buzz in NXT now, so Dana will make her own opportunities when she is the last woman standing! Will the Flex Appeal grab that golden ticket for herself?
Backstage interview with Tiffany Stratton.
McKenzie Mitchell says the battle royal was Tiffany’s idea, but now Dana Brooke is here and wants in on the match. Tiffany stops McKenzie there. Tiffany would say she’s shocked, but she’s not. Of course Dana wants a shot at Tiffany’s title. Come one, come all. Sometimes the title makes the superstar, but in this case, Tiffany has made this title the most desirable belt in all of the WWE. And every single woman in that battle royal is envious of what Tiffany has. Are you kidding me? NO ONE was happy Tiffany won. But Tiffany has no problem proving she’s in a class of her own. So who does she think wins tonight?
“TBH, Lyra is the only one I can see pulling it off. I mean, she pushed me at Battleground. Like, damn, gurl, you were almost at the Tiffy Top. But it won’t matter, because the result will stay the same on the other side: And still NXT Women’s Champion, Tiffany Stratton! I just love the sound of that. Tootles.”
Baron Corbin VS Trick Williams!
The Lone Wolf is looking down on the new generation of NXT, and Trick Willie isn’t gonna stand for it! Will Trick represent for Trick Melo Gang? Or will Corbin bring about the End of Days for this new “arrogant” era?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up, the two tie up but Corbin knees low. Corbin CLUBS Trick, stalks him to ropes, and puts him in a corner. Corbin throws body shots and CLUBS Trick again, to then whip corner to corner. Trick hits buckles hard, and then Corbin CLOBBERS Trick! Fans boo but Corbin stands Trick up to throw hands. Corbin CHOKES Trick on the ropes, lets off at 4, and argues with the ref. Trick drags himself up, but Corbin shoves him into ropes to CLUB him in the back! Corbin taunts Trick, stomps him, and then swings, but Trick counter punches! Trick fires off fist after fist, but Corbin knees low again!
Corbin CLUBS Trick, but fans taunt “BUM ASS CORBIN!” Corbin puts Trick in a corner, whips him corner to corner, and runs in to SPLASH! Trick sputters but Corbin stands him up. Corbin talks trash on Trick, but Trick ROCKS him with forearms! Fans fire up and Trick runs, but Corbin CLOBBERS Trick again! Corbin looms over Trick and he taunts the fans. Fans boo, Corbin whips Trick corner to corner again, then runs in, but Trick dodges! Trick fires off fast hands! The ref counts, Trick stomps away, but Trick lets off, and dodges Corbin to DROPKICK him! Corbin staggers, into a POP-UP HAYMAKER!
Corbin falls out of the ring and Trick dares him to come back for more as NXT goes picture in picture.
Trick storms out after Corbin, drags him up, and RAMS him into barriers. Trick stalks Corbin around the way, CHOPS him against barriers, and then brings him up. Trick RAMS Corbin into barriers, the fans rally up, and Trick CHOPS Corbin again! Trick refreshes the ring count, puts Corbin back in, but Corbin kicks the ropes! The ropes get Trick low, and Corbin fires off fast hands! The ref counts, Corbin lets off and he has Trick in a corner. Corbin reels Trick in for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Corbin scowls as he looms over Trick. Corbin clamps on a half nelson and chinbar, and he thrashes Trick around.
Trick endures, fans rally up, and Trick fights up to throw body shots. Corbin shoves Trick away, Trick ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Corbin! Cover, TWO! Trick fires off on Corbin at the ropes, drags him up, brings him in and suplexes! Corbin writhes, Trick pushes him down, and Trick rains down forearms! Then Trick covers, TWO! Trick clamps on with a headlock and he grinds Corbin down. Corbin fights up, and hits another BIG back suplex! Fans rally while both men are down, and Corbin crawls over to Trick. Corbin hammers away with elbows! Corbin hears the fans rallying, and he clamps onto Trick with the chinbar half nelson.
Trick endures as Corbin leans on the hold. Trick fights up, but Corbin wrangles him back down! Corbin thrashes Trick as NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally for Trick and Trick fights up again. Trick arm-drags free, runs in and ROCKS Corbin! Corbin flops to the apron, Trick BLASTS him off it! Trick goes out to SMACK Corbin off the desk! Corbin wobbles and flops over, Trick runs in, but Corbin moves! Trick knees only the desk! Corbin has his opening, he punches away on the knee! The ref has the ring count climbing as Corbin pulls on the arm. Corbin lets off, refreshes the count, and he drags Trick up.
Corbin RAMS Trick into the steel steps, making sure those knees hit hard! Trick writhes and clutches the leg while fans boo and gives Corbin thumbs down. Corbin puts Trick in the ring, and he stomps away on the bad leg! Fans chant “CORBIN SUCKS!” but Corbin stands Trick up to whip and SPINEBUSTER! Corbin has the leg for a HALF CRAB! Trick endures, fans rally, and Trick reaches out! Trick gets the ROPEBREAK! Corbin lets go fast, Trick kicks him with the good leg! But Corbin grabs that leg, so Trick EDDY GORDO KICKS! Fans rally, Trick and Corbin rise, and Corbin storms over.
Trick fires body shots and counter punches! Trick has Corbin in a corner and he fires off! Corbin shoves Trick, Trick comes back to DROPKICK! And then wrench and JUMP KNEE! Trick runs to FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! Fans fire up with Trick and he runs in again, SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Corbin survives but Trick stalks him to ropes. Corbin elbows low, choke grips, and CHOKE- NO, Trick fights out, EDDY GORDO KICK 2! Trick runs, but into DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO!! Trick survives and Corbin is beside himself! Fans rally as Corbin storms up on Trick. “This is Awesome!” as Corbin puts Trick up top.
Corbin climbs up but Trick CLUBS away on him! Trick sends Corbin away, hops off the corner, but Corbin returns. Trick dodges to POST Corbin! Trick fires off big haymakers! Fans fire up and Trick DECKS Corbin! Trick wants more, he waits on Corbin to stand, Trick spins but the leg gives out! Corbin kicks low, reels Trick in, END OF DAYS! Cover, Corbin wins!
Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall
Trick fought valiantly, but one miscalculation cost him. Corbin says he’s going back to SmackDown to go qualify for Money in the Bank, then he’ll be back next Tuesday. Will Melo be back to get back at Corbin directly?
NXT presents an all-new Hard Hitting Home Truths.
Nathan Frazer welcomes us back to HHHT. Now we’re nine days removed from Battlegrounds, and the landscape never stops shifting. Tiffany is the new Women’s Champion, Wes Lee is breaking every single record in the book, Ilja Dragunov is not human–though that’s not exactly news–and we have Free Agents popping up left, right and middle. But most importantly, Noam Dar has a new pack o’ friends who helped him hold onto his “precious baby,” the Heritage Cup. They were useful enough to help him retain, but not enough to gain another title, as “a couple of fine, handsome gentlemen” in Nathan and Dragon Lee saw to that.
However, Noam is still Heritage Cup Champion, and while Nathan is not really fond of this new Supernova group, he and everyone else will just have to “deal with it.” Speaking of, here is a special guest who feels the same way about Dar as he does. That’s right, HHHT is going global with their “Senior International Correspondent,” Mr. Dragon Lee. Dragon appears on set and he says mucho gracias, and (in Spanish) for this opportunity to be part of this premier show. Uh, si! Dragon does have in his hand a list of the top five names for Dar’s new super group.
CINCO: Two Awful Chat Show Hosts, Plus Two. QUATRO: The Oro Mensah Experience. TRES: The Jakara Jackson Five! Well, minus one. DOS: The Long Lost Legend of Lash Legend. And numero UNO: Noam’s Rent-a-Friends! Nathan says number one is the best because it is the truest. And after Battleground, Dar is running out of surprises, and needs new challengers. The hard-hitting truth here is that Dar is fragile and he knows it. Nathan beat Dar in a regular match, so here’s a proposal: Dar VS Frazer for the Cup next week! And Dragon will return the favor by being in Nathan’s corner!
Frazer thanks Dragon for that, and so, they will love ya and leave ya. They’ve been Nathan Frazer and Dragon Lee, and Dar… Ball’s in your court. Peace. Will the British Rocket get his shot at the Cup? Or will he not be able to reach the Scottish Supernova?
Backstage interview with Mustafa Ali.
McKenzie is with The Beacon, nothing how he shocked the entire world when he showed up during Bate & Wes VS The Dyad. What brings him here to NXT? He is Free Agent Ali, baby! He can show up wherever he wants! And now, Ali is the one riding the storm. The next chapter Ali will write is titled, “Mustafa Ali Finally Wins Gold.” Then before he faces off against Joe Gacy- Wait, Wes Lee walks in. Wes has to let everyone know how excited he is that Ali is here! And talking about gold, uh, well Wes wants to make sure- Ali stops Wes there. Don’t do that. Don’t hand Ali a chance. Ali wants to earn it, like Wes did!
And that starts with Gacy. Maybe down the road, it will be Ali VS Lee for the title. That is, if Wes is still champ by then. Jokes aside, Wes wishes Ali luck, but will The Beacon shine bright on the white ‘n’ gold brand? Or will The Schism’s roots continue to grow tonight?
Mustafa Ali VS Joe Gacy!
NXT returns as Mr. Inclusion makes his entrance. The bell rings, the two circle, and they tie up. They break, and then tie up again. Ali headlocks, Gacy throws hands but Ali ROCKS Gacy! Ali headlocks, Gacy powers out and then CLOBBERS Ali! Fans rally as Gacy fires off on Ali in the corner. Gacy whips corner to corner, runs in, but Ali goes up and over! Things speed up,. Ali ducks ‘n’ dodges and RANAS! Fans fire up as Gacy flounders. Ali storms up but Gacy dumps him out! Ali skins the cat, shoulders in, and ROCKS Gacy again! Ali slingshots but Gacy SHOVES him down! Fans boo as Ali crashes to the floor!
Gacy goes out after Ali, drags him back into the ring, and then hurries to cover, TWO! Gacy clamps onto Ali with a chinlock but fans rally. Ali fights with body shots, and a CHOP! Ali whips, Gacy reverses and reels Ali in, URENAGE! Cover, TWO! Ali is hanging tough but Gacy clamps on with a chinbar. Fans rally as Ali endures. Ali fights up, throws body shots, but Gacy CLUBS him o the back. Gacy back suplexes, Ali lands on his feet, but Gacy DDTS! Cover, TWO! Ali survives and goes to a corner but Gacy goes to the opposite. Gacy runs in, but Ali slips out and Gacy hits buckles! Ali ROUNDHOUSES, slingshots and BLOCKBUSTERS!
Fans fire up and Ali goes up the corner! Gacy hurries to ROCK Ali first! Gacy goes up after Ali, but Ali fights the superplex! Ali throws headbutts, then SMACKS Gacy off buckles! Ali stands up to SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB! Ali then skins the cat to the top rope, and fans fire up as Ali 450 SPLASHES!! Cover, ALI WINS!
Winner: Mustafa Ali, by pinfall
But then The Dyad attacks! Rip & Jagger won’t let Ali celebrate, they stomp away while Gacy drags Ali down,. But then here come Wes Lee & Tyler Bate! They fire off, SUPERKICK Rip, Bop and BANG for Jagger! Gacy sees he’s surrounded, he turns around into a SUPERKICK from Ali! Fans fire up as the Beacon, the Big Strong Boi & The Cardiac Kid send the Schism running! Will they have to tear down The Schism’s tree before they can talk title matches?
Fallon Henley, Brooks Jensen & Josh Briggs talk backstage.
Tonight, the main event is a battle royal for a shot at the women’s title. Jensen knows Fallon is ready, Fallon says she’s ready, she feels tonight is her night. But wait, Malik Blade & Edris Enofe walk up. They say Briggs & Jensen were “the ones who started all this.” Hank ‘n’ Tank fought each other to get closer, so now Malik wants to fight Edris! Fallon excuses herself to get ready, and the guys talk. Jensen says it really did work for Hank ‘n’ Tank, and Briggs says it really did work for him and Jensen. Did it really? Okay, let’s find out. What is Jensen’s favorite color? Blue. Yeah, right here on the shirt.
Okay, okay, that was an easy one. Edris then asks Jensen when is Briggs’ birthday. Jensen thinks back… March 5th. BINGO! See? They are good! Malik asks Edris if he knows his birthday. But then Hank ‘n’ Tank walk in, they’re talking country songs. Hank’s a Boy Named Sue guy all the way. Right! Johnny Cash is the man! But Tank likes the modern stuff, like Taylor Swift. Bingo! Tank is a big T. Swifty boy. What the what? But Tank says after Fallon wins that battle royal, let’s all go get some brewskis. Now he’s talking their language! But uh, do Malik & Edris want in? They’ll catch up later. Alright! Laters!
Malik asks Edris if he’s thinking what Malik is thinking. Well after this past week, clearly not! But then Gallus walk up. Don’t worry, lads. It doesn’t matter if you’re on the same page or not, because you’d never beat Gallus for the titles. Gallus Boys On Top, no one else has to play stupid games. Malik nods to Edris and Edris gives in. They’re doing this next week, huh? OH YEAH! Malik VS Edris is happening! Edris accepts his fate, and asks his phone when IS Malik’s birthday.
Backstage interview with Noam Dar and his crew.
McKenzie asks the Heritage Cup Champion about Nathan Frazer’s challenge. And also, what is up with his group? Oh, his group? No, this is THEIR group. When you’re the Supernova, you have to be surrounded by stars, and that is what he has here. This is a collection of shooting stars with unlimited potential! Starting with Dar’s main man, Mensah. Oro is underappreciated, undervalued, but no more! Dar is the one who believed in Oro, got him on a premium event, and has Oro flying in a new stratosphere. And that’s just the beginning. We have Action Ms. Jakara Jackson, a world class athlete who competed on the Titan Gams! And now she’s a titan in this game!
Jakara says she’s sugar, spice, and everything that ain’t so nice. Heard that? And last but not least. Lash THEE Legend! She will beat you physically, emotionally, mentally, she is a GOAT in the making! One of one! Does McKenzie not know what’s going on right here? The screen can’t handle all this brightness, they’re shinin’ shinin’. Five trophies, one picture, okay? But then about Nathan’s challenge. Ugh. If he wants a cup match, remember two things: Dar is NEVER losing the Cup; and there is no stopping… The Meta Four. CHECK PLEASE, bye bye!
Eddy Thorpe VS Damon Kemp!
The Alpha Wolf won once before, but it didn’t humble the Golden Gopher one bit. Will this be a clean sweep? Or will Kemp make Eddy feel like trash, and then make him pick it up?
NXT returns and Kemp makes his entrance. The bell rings, the two tie up, and they go around. Kemp puts Thorpe on the ropes, the ref counts, and Kemp lets off with a shove. Thorpe comes back, arm-drags, headlocks and hits the takeover. Kemp keeps his shoulder up and fights up, but Thorpe holds onto the headlock. Kemp lifts, but Thorpe still holds on! Kemp throws body shots, powers out, but Thorpe reverses the whip to SPINNING CROSSBODY! Direct hit, Thorpe drags Kemp around by his legs, but Kemp kicks free. Thorpe runs up to BOOT Kemp to a corner! Thorpe storms up but into a BOOT from Kemp!
Thorpe CHOPS in return! Thorpe whips, Kemp reverses, but Thorpe goes up, only to get caught! ROLLING DEATH VALLEY! Cover, TWO! Kemp stomps away on Thorpe, drags him up, but Thorpe CHOPS! Kemp ducks the next chop to RAM low, UPPERCUT, and shove, to then OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans rally, Kemp stalks Thorpe, and Kemp drops elbow after elbow! Kemp scrapes his sole off Thorpe’s face, then clamps on with a chinlock. But Thorpe fights with elbows! Kemp still hits an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Kemp talks trash, stomps Thorpe, and then pulls on Thorpe in a chinlock stretch.
Fans rally for “EDDY! EDDY!” but Kemp bends him back! Thorpe fights, but Kemp body scissors to keep Thorpe down. Fans still rally, Thorpe fights up, and Thorpe throws body shots! Thorpe is free, he bobs ‘n’ weaves and throws more shots! Thorpe CHOPS and COHPS and whips, to CLOBBER kemp! And DECK him! Kemp gets up, Thorpe blocks, SOBATS, and PELES! Thorpe runs, to ELBOW DROP! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Kemp survives but Thorpe is on him. Kemp wrenches, Thorpe switches, they run into the ref! Kemp gets a cheap shot in, but Thorpe switches on Kemp to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, Kemp’s foot is on the ropes, but the ref misses it! Thorpe wins!!
Winner: Eddy Thorpe, by pinfall
Kemp complains, he says Thorpe is winning by cheating again! The ref says the decision is final, but are we going to get a round three out of these two?
Gigi Dolin is on the phone.
She talks with her brother Miles and says this is her chance to finally be NXT Women’s Champion. The Weaponized Steel Cage aside, Gigi isn’t going to let anything stop her. She’ll be fine, he just needs to stay out of trouble, okay? Love you, bye. Kiana James walks over and says that’s the “before” phone call. Can’t wait to hear the “after.” Sorry, she came up short again. But they’re used to it. Oh so that’s how Gigi sounds to Kiana? Kiana tells Gigi not to put unrealistic ideas in her brother’s head, like her winning the battle royal. An outcast, with Gigi’s background and emotional instability, will always fall short.
Gigi would rather have her background, as bad as it was, over being a stuck-up elitist like Kiana. Gigi can’t wait to see the smug look on Kiana’s face as she sends her sailing over the top rope and wins. But then Dabba-Kato walks past and everyone clams up. Will Dabba destroy Scrypts for saving Axiom?
Dabba-Kato VS SCRYPTS!
NXT returns as Reggie- er, Scrypts makes his entrance. A wrestler by any other name still flies as high as him, but will he be able to get up and over the mountain of a main before him?
The bell rings, Scrypts dodges a lariat to mule kick, but Dabba barely budges! Scrypts throws a haymaker, but Dabba barely flinches. Scrypts fires more shots, but Dabba grabs him! Scrypts breaks free, runs, but Dabba CLOBBERS him! Dabba whips Scrypts to a corner, Scrypts goes up to AX HANDLE! Scrypts keeps moving, he kicks and CHOPS and runs, but Dabba BOOTS him inside out! Dabba drags Scrypts up to scoop and SLAM him! And then scoop and SLAM again! And then scoop and SLAM again! Dabba looms over Scrypts, drags him up right into a BEARHUG! Scrypts endures the squeeze, CLUBS Dabba again and again, and gets free!
Dabba wobbles but he gets Scrypts up, to TOSS him out of the ring! Scrypts tumbles to the floor, Dabba goes out after him, and drags him back up to CHOP against the desk! Dabba roars while fans boo, but he hauls Scrypts up again to scoop, but wait! AXIOM is there! Where’d he come from/ Dabba SHOVES Axiom down, puts Scrypts in the ring, and storms up to grab Scrypts with both hands. But Axiom is up top, he leaps, Dabba dodges, and then chases Axiom off. Dabba turns around, into Scrypts’ SLINGSHOT ELBOW! Dabba staggers around, he rushes in but into buckles! Scrypts table tops Dabba to cover, SCRYPTS WINS!!
Winner: SCRYPTS, by pinfall
But Dabba drags Scrypts right up for a TOSS! And he SWATS Axiom out of the sky! Dabba SLAMS Axiom onto Scrypts! Fans boo as Dabba looms over them both. Will nothing stop Dabba from storming his way up to a title?
The Schism regroups backstage.
Gacy is furious! “This phony friendship of Wes and Tyler makes me sick! It’s as pathetic as Ali’s positive mental attitude drivel! Next week, we will expose this union of convenience!” Rip says yes, they will! But don’t forget that tonight, The Schism reminded everyone of their strength. They secured a great win over Diamond Mine. Yes, that they did. They’ve pulled their weight, they’ve shown the world what The Schism can be. Gacy, however, has fallen short. He fell short tonight and lost at Battleground. He must reflect and rectify. Ava says one root cannot stabilize an entire tree, no matter how strong it is. Jagger says next week, they have his back.
Mustafa Ali regroups with Tyler Bate and Wes Lee backstage.
He appreciates them having his back, and Wes says it was them returning the favor. And Bate says next week, in a Six Man Tag, they’ll tear “that rotten Schism tree” out, roots and all. Wes tells Ali that Bate says stuff like that, just roll with it. Well, okay, that’s great, but Ali feels like there’s still some magic between Wes and Bate. At Battleground, it was all about the spirit of competition. And in a Triple Threat, luck is just as important as skill. They love this! They love competition! Everyone wants to see it again, and this time, it can be 1v1! Bate says it has crossed his mind. But he doesn’t want to jeopardize the friendship.
Wes says with Bate coming to him face to face on it now, he respects it. They secret handshake, Bate says that’s Wes’ weird thing you gotta roll with. Well, okay. Ali will be on SmackDown this Friday for an MITB qualifier, next Tuesday is the Six Man Tag. And then the Tuesday after that, we can figure out when Bate and Wes tear the house down. They’re all for it! Is the Summer already heating up for the North American Championship?
NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Battle Royal!
Tiffany Stratton truly became the Center of the Universe when she become champion, but that also means she’s surrounded on all sides by those aiming for her belt. Who wins here to be the one with the golden ticket to Tiffany’s first title defense?
NXT returns and Roxanne Perez makes her entrance to join an already packed ring. And last but not least, Dana Brooke makes her entrance! The Flex Appeal is here as a Free Agent, will she be the wild card that wins it all? The bell rings, and the brawl is on! Cora of course goes after Roxie, but Dana helps Valentina Feroz fight Jakara Jackson! Gigi is after Elektra Lopez, Yulisa Leon has Tatum Paxley, Fallon and Kiana go after each other for old time’s sake. Lash swings someone around and clips opponent after opponent! Jakara and Lash help Cora with Roxie and a few others, Jacy clotheslines someone up and out.
Jacy ducks the counter punch to ROLLING ELBOW and ELIMINATE them! Jacy says this is all about her, but fans boo. Dana throws Jakara out, kicks her off the apron, but Oro catches her! Jakara applauds the assist and he helps her back into the ring. Cora DUMPS and ELIMINATES Ariana Grace! Fans boo as Cora laughs at her, but then she and Jacy mug some other superstars. Jacy is after Jakara, Kiana is after Gigi for their little backstage argument, and Thea fights off Tatum. Gigi runs at Kiana, Kiana puts her out but Gigi KNEES back! Gigi drags Kiana up and over to join her! They brawl on the apron!
Fans fire up as Gigi UPPERCUTS Kiana down! But then Kiana kicks Gigi’s legs out! Gigi tumbles and hits the steel steps, then the floor! Kiana ELIMINATES Gigi! Kiana tells Gigi to go call her little brother. Jacy stomps Tatum, Lash fires off hands on Kelani Jordan but Kelani dodges, comes back, only to be clotheslined out to the apron! But Kelani dodges, swings around the corner post, but Jakara trips her up! Kelani falls, Jakara ELIMINATES her! Fallon ROCKS Lash, CHOPS Jakara, and Roxie helps out! Fallon puts Jakara out, fires hands, but Jakara HOTSHOTS! Oro says good work, but Fallon BOOTS Jakara!
Oro catches Jakara again, but then Thea hurries over! Thea SPRINGBOARD TRUST FALLS Oro and Jakara down! Thea ELIMINATES Jakara, but she is safe cuz she went under the top rope! Lash slides out to go after Thea, but ends up in a KIMURA! Lash scoops Thea, and SNAKE EYES her off the steel steps! The ref reprimands but there’s no disqualifications in such a match. Lash leaves Thea behind, only for Feroz & Leon to go after her! She BOOTS them away, but Leon gives Feroz the boost to RANA Lash out! Lash stays on the apron, fires back, but Leon ELBOWS Lashl! Leon goes up and out to go after Lash!
Las Latinas trip and DOUBLE BOOT Lash to ELIMINATE her! They celebrate, but then Lash & Jakara YANK them both off the apron to ELIMINATE them!! And now they brawl! Oro shouts for help, but the battle rages on in and outside the ring as NXT goes picture in picture.
Dana brawls with Cora, Dana BOOTS Cora, and Roxie stomps Jacy. Tatum brawls with Fallon, Elektra has Lyra in a corner. Cora fights off Dana and Kiana while Elektra digs a boto in on Lyra. Roxie throws Jacy up and out but Jacy holds on to fight her off. Lyra scoops Elektra?! What strength! But Elektra lands safe on the apron and tries to drag Lyra up and over with her! Lyra resists, throws elbows, and Elektra wobbles! Lyra WRECKS Elektra with a dropkick and ELIMINATES her! Tatum SLAPS Dana but Dana fires off forearms on her! Cora and Jacy mug Lyra, Kiana keeps on Roxie, and Fallon tires to help Dana.
Tatum fights them off, Dana DECKS Fallon, and then Tatum ROCKS Dana! Tatum bumps Dana off buckles, stomps away, and Cora stomps away on Lyra. Fallon bumps Jacy off buckles, stomps away, and Roxie holds onto ropes as Kiana tries to dump her out. Tatum and Dana brawl more, Dana kicks Tatum down, and NXT returns to single picture. Blair Davenport appears? She wasn’t officially in this match, is she going to insert herself into it? Roxie UPPERCUTS Kiana in a corner, she dodges Jacy to send her into Kiana, then UPPERCUTS them both! Roxie snarls, but Cora grabs her former friend, only for Roxie to turn it around! RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP!
Blair taunts Roxie, who was one of her targets, so Roxie goes out after her! THESZ PRESS and fast hands! Blair shoves Roxie away, whips, but Roxie reverses to send Blair into the apron! BACKHAND, and POP- NO, Tatum saves Blair to CROSSBODY Roxie! Tatum ELIMINATES herself, but she and Blair stomp away on Roxie! They throw Roxie back in, and Jacy slithers up behind. Jacy dumps Roxie up and out to ELIMINATE her!! Jacy says Roxie is a loser, but Lyra stalks up behind her! ENZIGURI! Lyra fires off kicks on Cora, dodges Dana, and goes up to MISSILE DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Fallon runs in, but Lyra blocks to HEEL KICK!
Lyra drags Fallon up, scoops her and puts her on the ropes, but Fallon is safe on the apron. Lyra DECKS Fallon, but Jacy TOSSES Lyra! Lyra skins the cat, headscissors Jacy and throws her out to ELIMINATE her! Fans fire up, but then Cora DROPKCIKS Lyra down to ELIMINATE her! Fans boo as Cora laughs at Lyra and blows a kiss. Now we just have Fallon, Cora, Dana and Kiana. Fallon DECKS Cora, DECKS Kiana, ROCKS Dana, then ELBOWS Kiana, and THROWS Dana! Cora returns but Fallon CHOPS her! Fallon runs up the corner, steadies herself, BLOCKBUSTER for Cora! But Kiana RAMS Fallon into a corner!
Kiana reels Fallon in but Fallon doges to ROCK Kiana! Fallon goes up but Kiana shoves her over! Fallon stays on the apron, gets under Kiana, and BACK DROPS her out of the ring! Fallon ELIMINATES Kiana! Dana rushes in, Fallon slides under, sunset flip but Dana rolls through, so Fallon DECKS her! Cora runs in but Fallon dodges to ROCK her! Cora ROCKS back! Dana DOUBLE LARIATS them both! Fans are torn, but Dana runs in at Fallon to handspring back elbow! Dana handspring back elbows Cora! Dana goes back to Fallon, but Fallon headscissors! Dana shoves Fallon away to ELIMINATE her!
Cora goes after Dana! Dana shoulders in, but Cora DROPKCIKS Dana! Dana clutches onto ropes but Cora stomps away! Dana gets back in, both women run, and DOUBLE LARIATS take them down! But wait! Chase U’s student section remembers, Thea is STILL in this match! Thea rises and she has her chance! Thea shakes the ropes, runs in and Cora says she and Dana should work together. Dana says no no, she and Thea will work together! They kick Cora, double whip, and lift her up! Cora fights free, kicks Dana away but Thea dodges! Thea runs, Cora ducks and Thea CLOBBERS Dana! Cora attacks and TOSSES Thea!
Thea holds onto the ropes, Dana storms up to DECK Cora! Thea GAMANGIRIS Cora, gets in, but Dana kicks her. Dana runs, ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Cora returns to SHINING WIZARD Dana in a corner! And then runs to SHINING WIZARD at the ropes! And then SHINING- NO, Dana blocks, Thea dumps them BOTH!! Thea wins!!
Winner: Thea Hail (NEW #1 Contender to the NXT Women’s Champion)
The Chase U student section storms the court! Er, ring! They celebrate as one of their own has herself a title shot! Even Duke, Gulak & Dempsey applaud. Even Haley & Hanna Cavinder, NXT’s newest NIL prospects, are here to celebrate with Thea! Will Chase U finally have some gold thanks to their ultimate underdog?
NXT Media catches Bron Breakker as he is leaving the building.
NXT Media asks him why he attacked Ilja Dragunov. Why? He isn’t gonna let Ilja spit out garbage about being the most intense guy in the WWE. Bron is gonna hold everyone accountable, from top to bottom. And speaking of the top, how about the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Seth Freakin’ Rollins? The workhorse of the WWE? How about he proves it. Rollins knows how things are done in NXT cuz he was the first-ever NXT Champion! And Bron was the most DOMINANT NXT Champion ever! So Rollins should come back to NXT to put the World Heavyweight Championship on the line… against Bron? Will the Visionary accept that challenge?
A great episode for NXT here and we’re in some exciting times right now. Corbin isn’t usually must-see but he did show up last week so we gotta know what that’s about. He of course goes with the usual trope of “this generation doesn’t appreciate anything, they don’t understand,” which oddly was very much where they had JBL going with all his promos when he was Corbin’s manager. But I like that Dragunov got in Corbin’s face, and that Trick Williams took the fight to Corbin. I think tonight was the first time I heard a “This is Awesome!” chant during a Corbin match, but he and Trick were great out there. Corbin of course wins, he needs momentum going towards Melo and the title.
Bron attacking Dragunov was quite the surprise, but it seems the next chapter for him is to double down on the aggression and go after everyone who claims to be better at the things he claims to be. Calling out Rollins was an even bigger surprise, but I would love seeing Rollins having a return to NXT, as I know the live audience there would love seeing it. Could these “callbacks” and callouts be how NXT brute forces its way to being the third brand once and for all?
That question aside, great stuff building with The Schism and the North American Championship. Really good Mixed Six, and I loved that string of human weapon moves from Diamond Mine, especially Ivy suplexes Brutus. But of course The Schism cheats a win in that one. Ali VS Gacy was surprisingly short, but I suppose it builds towards story on both ends. Gacy feels like he’s letting the team down but they’re still standing with him, and Ali seems to be literally match making. The Six Man of Ali, Bate & Wes VS Schism is going to be great, and I bet we get Bate VS Wes on TV since Great American Bash is so far away still.
We got good matches out of Thorpe VS Kemp and Dabba-Kato VS SCRYPTS. A little surprised Thorpe won again with some controversy, I would’ve thought they’d go the other way and have Kemp win by controversy. And in Dabba VS Scrypts, I should’ve figured Axiom would show up. Scrypts gets the win but Dabba has the last laugh, so I sense a handicap match in the future. WWE has done 2 Faces VS 1 Heel before, but it never felt like it was a situation where the Heel was really so much more powerful. In this case, it will work because Dabba is as big as Scrypts and Axiom combined.
Good prison visitation promo, especially that Kardashian joke. Stacks keeps saying it’s Gallus but that just means it isn’t Gallus. But Tony is giving him permission to do what he needs to in order to bring Gallus down, I wonder if Stacks recruits people to the D’Angelo Family for a Six Man Tag. Also, good stuff out of the tag division with everyone doing the mind meld and irritating Malik. Malik VS Edris will be a fun match, who knows how that goes. I feel like NXT could even be building things to a massive NXT Tag Team Championship match for Great American Bash, like the Ladder Fatal 4 Ways of old.
Hard Hitting Home Truths was alright, but those names Dragon Lee came up with for Dar’s group felt more like something HBK and Road Dogg would come up with. But Dar and his group had a good promo in return, and their name, “The Meta Four” is much better than those five names. Frazer VS Dar is going to be great stuff, but with just Dragon Lee, I don’t see Frazer having a chance with Oro, Jakara and Lash all out there. But in tonight’s main event, it looks like they could’ve been building some women’s tag feuds. Lash & Jakara went after Yulisa & Valentina, that could be some good stuff, and we could see Yulisa & Valentina side with Dragon & Frazer as their own quartet.
And speaking of that battle royal, good promo from Gigi and Kiana beforehand, and same for Thea’s promo earlier on. Gigi and Kiana feuding seems to be the next move, helping Gigi build up momentum while Tiffany takes care of her first defense. Roxie brawling with Blair made sense, but I did not see Tatum joining Team Blair. Maybe Dani helps Roxie against them since she was also a target, and also lost to Blair tonight. Great moving of pieces to have Thea out of commission until the end and then finish it up with a big win over Dana and Cora. Thea got that like, Lex Luger beat Yokozuna celebration, where even future superstars, Haley & Hanna Cavinder, got to show up for it.
Now, Thea and Tiffany are going to have an awesome build to their match, they’re going to have an awesome match, but with this being Tiff’s first defense and there being the bigger Chase U story, I don’t see Thea winning. If only NXT had a women’s midcard title, Thea and a few other names could be fighting for that. Just not sure what to name it, as the WWE already uses the phrases Intercontinental, United States and North American, and they wouldn’t want to copy AEW’s International Championship. WWE hasn’t had a Television Championship in 20 years, so giving that concept to the women’s division would be pretty cool.
My Score: 8.8/10
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