Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (3/14/22)
It’s a Cele-BRO-tion!
And your NEW Raw Tag Team Champions…!
After winning back the Raw Tag Team Championships last week, Randy Orton and Matt Riddle are going to through a championship celebration, bros!
- Finn Balor VS Damian Priest; Priest wins.
- Omos VS Commander Azeez w/ Apollo Crews; Omos wins.
- Liv Morgan w/ Rhea Ripley VS Queen Zelina Vega w/ Carmella; Liv wins.
- The Mysterios VS The Hurt Business; The Mysterios win.
- Bianca Belair VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven w/ Nikki A.S.H; Belair wins.
- Matt Riddle w/ Randy Orton VS Montez Ford w/ Angelo Dawkins; Riddle wins, by disqualification.
- Seth Rollins VS Kevin Owens; Kevin wins and hosts a talk show at WrestleMania.
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WWE mourns the loss of Scott Hall.
Kevin Owens heads to the ring!
Last week to close out Raw, the Prizefighter called out the Texas Rattlesnake for WrestleMania. Stone Cold Steve Austin answered online with a “OH HELL YEAH!” Kevin now gets a mic and looks to the WrestleMania sign. Jacksonville is booing but Kevin says, “Hey yo. What you’re looking at right now is the happiest Canadian camper in the world. Because ladies and gentlemen, it’s official. I am going to WrestleMania! And as far as I’m concerned, I’m not just going to WrestleMania, I am going to the main event of WrestleMania Saturday, because my guest on that night for the KO Show is none other than the greatest of all time, Stone Cold Steve Austin!”
Kevin says that for a minute, it looked like all hope was lost for him. So he used his superior Canadian intellect and started thinking, “What can I do?” And that’s when he got it. He knew what to do! Since none of these yellow-teethed Texans can turn down a challenge, why not challenge the embodiment of Texas itself? Kevin knew Austin would accept, and now he’s pretty proud. Now, the entire world- Fans chant for “USA! USA!” Yes, including the USA, everyone gets to witness the most stupendous KO Show of all time as he decimate and smears Stone Cold all over Texas, from Dallas to Austin to San Antonio to Corpus Christi to Loredo!
Kevin heard Stone Cold’s gonna open one last can of whoop ass on Kevin? EH-EH! Not happening! The only can that will open is a nice, cold can of Canadian beer after he’s done with Austin. And Kevin doesn’t even like beer! He’ll make an exception on that night, because mark Kevin’s words. NO one will be saying “OH HELL YEAH” after Kevin’s done with Austin. They’ll be going “OH HELL NO” as Kevin beats the hell outta Austin! That’s the bottom line, cuz KO said so! And then he gives the cameraman a STUNNER!! Will KO #StunTheWorld when he gives one of those to Austin? Or will he get a stunner from the man who did it best?
Finn Balor VS Damian Priest!
The Prince wants after the Archer of Infamy after the last two times Priest has roughed him up! Will Finn hit his target? Or will Damian earn himself a rematch for the US Championship in time for WrestleMania?
Raw returns and Priest makes his entrance. But then Austin Theory makes his own entrance, clearly wanting to keep an eye on this. Theory joins commentary, the bell rings, Finn SHOTGUNS Priest down! Finn fires off kicks, glares at Theory, then fires off on Priest. priest shoves back and knees low! Priest snarls, drags Finn up and puts him in a corner. Finn dodges to RAM his shoulder in again again, but Priest hauls him out! Finn trips Priest, Priest avoids the stomps but Finn rolls through the roll up to basement dropkick! Finn stomps away on Priest, Priest gets out of the ring. Finn aims but Priest blocks the kick!
Finn holds ropes, so Priest sweeps the other leg! Finn hits the apron, Priest gets in but goes back out to get Finn up. Canadian rack, Crucifix, RAZOR’S EDGE onto the desk! Theory applauds and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Finn fires off, only to run into a COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Finn survives but Priest snarls. Priest waits for Finn to sit up and he KICKS! And KICKS! Priest KICKS Finn more and more, Theory does commentary, and Priest hits a ROLLING ELBOW! Finn CHOPS, KICKS, but Priest BELL CLAPS! Priest runs in but Finn BOOTS him! Finn fires forearms and body shots, then whips. Priest reverses, Finn ducks and dodges, but runs into a choke grip! But Finn wheelbarrows to a DOUBLE STOMP! Finn runs in to SLINGBLADE! Fans fire up as Finn aims again, SHOT- ROUNDHOUSE from Priest!
Priest brings Finn up, scoops, Graves kisses up to Theory, but Finn ELBOW DROP DDTs! Priest gets up, into the SHOTGUN! Finn hurries up the corner, but Theory gets off commentary to distract! The ref reprimands, Theory backs off, and Priest clamps onto Finn’s neck! But Finn GAMANGIRIS him away! Finn hops down to SHOTGUN Theory out of his chair! Fans fire up seeing that, but Finn returns to a scoop and dragon sleeper! THE RECKONING! Cover, Priest wins!
Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall
Theory took the hit for Priest and now Priest gets a big win over the US Champion! And Theory again gets Finn up for an A T L! Theory takes another victory selfie, but will Finn get his revenge on the cocky upstarts?
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.
Kevin Patrick says Kevin Owens has a plan, but does Rollins have any developments? Or is he still not part of WrestleMania? Rollins glares at Kevin and Kevin leaves. Is there a plan in the Architect’s mind? Or is he too consumed with rage?
Omos VS Commander Azeez w/ Apollo Crews!
It’s like a kaiju battle in real life! Will the colossal Omos still be dominant going up against the Pride of Nigeria’s number one soldier? Or has he finally met his match?
Raw returns as Apollo and Azeez make their entrance. The bell rings and the two look each other over. Then they tie up! They’re in a deadlock, but Omos manages to power Azeez back. Azeez turns it around, Omos turns it back, but Azeez puts Omos in the corner. Omos turns it around again and they go along ropes. Omos powers Azeez back to center but Azeez knees low. Azeez runs, but Omos runs him over! Azeez tumbles tot he apron, gets up, but Omos clotheslines him out! Apollo gets on the apron to distract and Azeez gets back up to HOTSHOT Omos! Azeez gets in to fire off hands, and he ROCKS Omos!
Azeez RAMS Omos in the corner, runs side to side and SPLASHES! Azeez kicks low, reels Omos in, but OMOS suplexes Azeez!! Fans fire up as Omos gets Azeez with both hands, MOUNTAINTOP SLAM!! Cover, Omos wins!
Winner: Omos, by pinfall
Apollo is in shock, but Omos drags him up by his head! And CHOKE SLAMS him down! Omos dominates two men in one go, will anyone stop this juggernaut?
Kevin Owens finds Seth Rollins backstage.
Kevin snaps Rollins out of his funk and says he knows things are tough. But those tough times don’t last, tough guys do. Kevin knows Rollins can get on WrestleMania. He just has to focus his energy somewhere, like Kevin did! Kevin is going there by just thinking up something. Rollins is the Visionary, Kevin isn’t, so let’s get a vision! Think back to past WrestleMania moments. Triple H, Brock Lesnar, the Money in the Bank cash-in, losing to Kevin. Okay, don’t think about that one. But they created a moment together so they can do it again. They’re best friends, and Rollins is creative. They can build something and-
Rollins stops Kevin there. Rollins smiles and laughs because he has an idea! Kevin takes partial credit for this, but just what did he inspire Rollins to come up with?
Liv Morgan w/ Rhea Ripley VS Queen Zelina Vega w/ Carmella!
The WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships match grew into a Triple Threat, and that means a 33.33% of winning! But will Liv show the Queen of the Ring that a crown don’t mean a thing? Or will Vega prove she has the advantage going into WrestleMania?
Raw returns as Vega & Mella make their entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Vega throws Liv down but Liv kips up. Vega kicks low, straitjackets the arms and turns Liv for a NECKBREAKER! Vega holds the straitjacket for the CHANCERY! Liv endures, fans rally as Vega bridges, but then Vega drops to turn it into a straitjacket stretch! Liv continues to endure, Rhea rallies the fans, but Vega SLAMS Liv down. Vega soaks up the heat, bumps Liv off buckles, and then JUMP KICKS! Liv falls, Vega runs, and Vega KNEES Liv down! Cover, TWO! Mella isn’t worried as Vega has the legs.
But Liv kicks Vega away, Vega dodges, but Liv sunset flips! TWO! ROLLING CRADLE! They go around and around, back to the sunset, TWO! But now we go the other way! Liv has the sunset again, TWO! Liv and Vega are a little dizzy but Liv kicks, KICKS and DROPKICKS! Vega ends up in a corner, fans fire up but Mella distracts Liv. Liv swipes at Mella, Vega POWERBOMBS Liv! Mella applauds her own handiwork, but Rhea storms over. Fans fire up as Rhea warns Mella, and then starts chasing her! Mella leaps onto Graves for protection! Vega asks what the heck is going on out there, but then she focuses on Liv.
Vega runs, Liv gets around, OBLIVION! Cover, Liv wins!
Winner: Liv Morgan, by pinfall
Graves reassures Mella that this isn’t a big deal, but Vega glares over at her teammate. Is it all crumbling down for the Queen and the Most Beautiful Woman in the WWE?
Seth Rollins heads to the ring!
The Visionary doesn’t wait for the others to leave, he’s that excited for his WrestleMania idea! What is it that has him so happy? We’ll find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Rollins has the mic and a big smile on his face. “Ladies and gentlemen, I have a plan to get myself to Wrestle~ Mania~!” With less than three weeks to go, he thought all hope was lost. After losing out on the Raw Tag Team Championships, he thought all hope was lost! But then his best friend, Kevin, reminded him who he is! He IS a visionary, he IS a revolution, he is Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins! And he has a plan! But he wants his best friend to be here to party in Jacksonville! C’mon out, Kevin! Kevin makes his way back out and fans boo. Kevin goes to the ring and gets a mic to say he can’t wait to hear this!
So is Kevin ready? Are the fans ready? No drum roll yet. Kevin has a talk show, right? The KO Show. And his guest will be Stone Cold Steve Austin! But what if… Seth Rollins had a talk show? Like Freakin’ Speakin’ or the Rollins Report! Or check this! What if HIS guest was also Stone Cold Steve Austin! What? No no no. Stone Cold is Kevin’s guest, he has a talk show, Rollins can’t just copy Kevin. That’s not a good plan. Rollins should think differently. Right, right, of course. There can’t just be another talk show. So here we go! Rollins VS Kevin, winner gets the talk show with Stone Cold! YEAH! Why didn’t Rollins think of this sooner?!
No, no, no! Kevin had the idea first, Austin is his guest, Austin is pissed at Kevin, he’s coming for Kevin, that’s how it is. Rollins needs to get his own idea. But Rollins needs this! So does Kevin! What is Rollins doing this for? Sonya Deville walks out and she admits, she likes Rollins’ idea. What?! Sonya is going to give them time to get ready, because the main event will be Kevin VS Rollins! And yes, the winner gets to host the talk show with Austin? WHY!? Kevin is furious but Rollins is excited! Will Kevin have to give his best friend a stunner to keep things as planned?
The Mysterios VS The Hurt Business!
Rey & Dominik are back in action against Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin, and hopefully The Miz will be nowhere near ringside for this one. Will the King of Lucha Libre and his son get this one fair and square? Or will PRIMED Alexander & the Gold Standard get a win even without help?
Raw returns and the Hurt Business make their entrance. But at the same time, The Miz and Logan Paul head to ringside to join commentary. The teams sort out, Dom starts with Benjamin, but Benjamin sucker punches Rey at the bell! Dom fires off on Benjamin, whips but Benjamin reverses. Dom ducks and dodges to RANA! Benjamin gets up, Dom runs in to wheelbarrow and throw Benjamin to the ropes! But Alexander tags in as Dom dials it up. Benjamin puts Dom on the apron, Dom ROCKS Benjamin but Alexander CLOBBERS Dom! Dom hits apron hard and Alexander is all fired up!
Alexander puts Dom in the ring, covers, TWO! Alexander keeps Dom down with a rear bearhug. Dom endures while Miz and Logan discuss the disagreement over Cleveland’s WrestleMania worthiness. But they both laugh at Jacksonville. Fans rally for Dom as he fights up. Dom reaches out but Alexander knees him in the side. Alexander CLUBS Dom down, pushes him around, brings him up, and ROCKS him with a forearm. Alexander talks trash, brings Dom up, Dom throws body shots back! Dom JAWBREAKERS, dodges and NECKBREAKERS! Fans fire up as both men are down, and Dom crawls to hot tag Rey!
Rey dodges Alexander, heascissors him and KICKS his leg. Rey whips, Alexander reverses but Rey slides under! Alexander gets a waistlock, drags Rey up but Rey bucks him off. Rey hits Benjamin, elbows Alexander, then QUEBRADAS to TORNADO DDT! Cover, Benjamin breaks it in time! Rey ENZIGURIS Benjamin onto ropes, but Alexander knees Rey low! Alexander gets Rey up but Rey RANAS Alexander into Benjamin! Dom tags in, DOUBLE 619! Rey LEAPS onto Benjamin and Dom goes up! FROG SPLASH onto Alexander! Cover, The Mysterios win!
Winners: The Mysterios, by pinfall
Dom and Rey regroup but here come Miz and Logan! Miz goes right after Dom and Logan rains down on Rey! Miz has Logan get Rey up and Logan talks trash. Rey hits back but Logan CLUBS Rey, then feeds him to Miz! But Rey BOOTS Logan and wheelbarrows Miz out of the ring! Logan sees he’s surrounded by Mysterios, so he swings on Dom! Dom feeds him to Rey’s KICK! Dom DROPKICKS Logan onto ropes, but Miz saves him from the 619! Rey dares them to get back in here, but the “Most Must-See Tag Team” says they’re doing this on their time! Will Miz and Logan have to face the music when it’s finally them against the Mysterios in a fair fight?
The newest 2022 Hall of Fame inductee is announced!
It is Queen Sharmell! Wife to Booker T, aka KING BOOKAH, now joins him in the HOF. Long live the royal couple of the WWE!
Edge is here!
And he has a new theme! “You think you know me? Hahaha, you never did.” But he’s keeping that eerie purple spotlight from last week as he makes his way out to the ring. Edge gets the mic while Jacksonville boos. “Let’s bring you all up to speed, shall we? I am the benchmark of the WWE. For the last two weeks, my synapses have been firing at such a rapid degree that it took me time to decipher the code of what I’ve actually become. That’s above all your capability of understanding, you’re simple. That’s not your fault so I’ll grant you mercy. I’ll put this in terms you can understand: I am better than everyone.”
Edge is better than all the fans here but that’s a given. Edge is also better than everyone, every single superstar in this entire industry. But since Edge came back two years ago, he hasn’t shown that aptitude. The Edge that came back, intent in pleasing and appeasing the fans, was WEAK! Edge realized, the fans don’t matter! In trying to please them, he took his eyes of the prize, allowing Randy Orton to tear Edge’s triceps from the bone! Allowing Seth Rollins to cost Edge the Universal Championship, walk into his home and piss all over his territory! Allowing the Aquaman cosplayer, Roman Reigns, a man who can’t lace Edge’s boots, to stack and pin Edge at WrestleMania.
And if that Edge faced Styles at Mania, then Styles would leave that Edge in the dust. “But that Edge… That Edge is dead, baby! Because now, I sit perched on my mountain of omnipotence, looking down on everyone.” Edge will not be judged by fans! Or by anyone in the locker room, and certainly not by AJ Styles! Edge will pass the verdicts around here from now on. He would apologize if he cared, but he doesn’t! So AJ, if, and that is a big if. IF AJ Styles makes it to WrestleMania, and we see two generational talents face each other for the first time ever… Edge soaks in the moment while fans chant, “You Still Suck!”
Edge hears them chant at him but he just looks to the WrestleMania sign. “Then, AJ… You will be judged.” The Rated R Superstar drops the mic and laughs as he has become something far worse. Will Edge prove he is greater than phenomenal at the most stupendous WrestleMania of all time?
Backstage interview with Bianca Belair.
Sarah points out that Becky Lynch continues to assert Bianca’s hair is an unfair advantage in their matches. How does Bianca respond? It is both an advantage and disadvantage. It can whip sense into Becky, but that was after Becky wrapped the hair around the ropes. Bianca takes the good with the bad, that is part of her identity. And that right there is the weapon Becky is really afraid of. The way Bianca sees things, the real advantage is… Do you hear that? That’s the sounds of Becky NOT running her mouth. Raw has been so peaceful after Bianca got Becky in the throat and stopped her from flapping her lips all the time.
So tonight, Bianca is going to use this to her advantage. She’ll focus on her opponent, and use Doudrop to give Becky a preview of what’s to come at WrestleMania. And if Becky is speechless now, just wait until the EST of the WWE shuts her up for good at WrESTleMania.
Bianca Belair VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven w/ Nikki A.S.H!
The EST and Doudrop have battled a few times before, and Bianca continues to have the advantage in the win-loss record. But will having the Almost SuperHero in her corner give Piper a new advantage over Bianca?
Raw returns and Piper makes her entrance, accompanied by Nikki. The bell rings, Piper and Bianca approach and Piper kicks low to then CLUB away on Bianca. Piper bumps Bianca off buckles, stomps her, but then runs into buckles! Bianca ROCKS Piper, slingshots in and rams Piper. Piper stays up to run Bianca over! But Bianca kips up and dropkicks back! And then Bianca whips Piper, but Piper reverse. Bianca goes up and over and then eggs Piper on. Piper and Bianca circle, things speed up, and Bianca hurdles! Piper fakes out the drop kick, but misses the senton! Bianca handsprings, and MOONSAULTS!
Bianca kips up again and fans cheer as she swings her hair around, Bianca wants to torture rack but Piper fights that off. Piper HEADBUTTS Bianca and Bianca falls out of the ring. Piper goes out and runs in around the way, but Bianca hurdles her! Bianca leaps, but into Piper’s arms! Bianca slips off the scoop to RAM Piper into the apron! Piper SHOVES Bianca into barriers! Then CANONBALLS but misses as Bianca moves! Both women are down on the outside as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Bianca fights up out of the cobra clutch. But Piper uses that to ripcord and MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Piper is frustrated but she goes corner to corner to CANNONBALL into buckles! Bianca fires off on Piper with forearms, then she gets around to dropkick Piper to a corner! Bianca runs in to RAM into Piper! And again, and again! The ref counts, Bianca lets off to whip but Piper reveres. Bianca goes up, tells Piper to kiss this, then she jumps over Piper to spin her and reel her in! Piper is too much to suplex, but she suplexes back! Bianca slips free, goes to a corner and she BOOTS Piper away!
Piper snarls and runs in, but Bianca hits her with a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up, Bianca grabs at Piper. Bianca uses the corner to help with the torture rack! KISS OF DEATH! Cover, Bianca wins!
Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall
Nikki A.S.H. shakes her head, but Jacksonville is fired up for Bianca! But then BECKY is here! She drags Bianca out of the ring by the hair! Becky RAMS Bianca into steel steps, and is still seething as she SMACKS Bianca off the desk! Becky gets a chair from the timekeeper’s area, and she sits it up by Bianca. Becky SMACKS Bianca off the seat! And then she puts Bianca through the chair, and uses the hair to whip Bianca into the POST! Now Bianca’s clutching her neck! Becky says next week, it’s the hair’s turn! The Man, dressed in gold, swaggers out after having crushed the EST. Will she make sure Bianca never even makes it to WrestleMania?
RKBRO heads to the ring!
The Raw Tag Team Champions head to the ring, because it’s time to celebrate! How will these two party in Jacksonville? We’ll find out, after the break.
Raw returns and we see that the red carpet is out, as well as green balloons. Riddle feels he’s in a time vortex cuz he keeps replaying last week over and over again in his mind. Randy, we did it, bro! We’re going to WrestleMania!” Riddle is right, RKBRO is going to Mania! Now earlier today, Orton was doing some math. It turns out that 2022 is going to be the 18th appearance of Orton at Mania. But he thinks the 18th is going to be the sweetest, because he has never been tag team champion going in. He’s never had a real tag team partner, a friend! Riddle has had Orton’s back since day one and never doubted their success!
They are successful, so Orton thanks Riddle for that. They hug! Now, last time they won, they threw a party. So of course, this time, Orton is returning the favor. Popcorn and soda? Hmm. Orton admits, party planning isn’t his thing. But trying is what counts. Riddle says this is the greatest night of his career. He’s dead serious! Orton’s the coolest. And he even got the balloons. Riddle’s birthday is in 10 months but that’s the Viper’s wisdom. Did Orton get this from Truly Treasures in Jacksonville? Actually, Orton got this from the concession stand in the back. Orton knows Riddle so well! He loves that stuff!
And wow, bubblegum! They both love gum, they’re going to share those. The last give is also something they’re going to share. What is this? Is this…? Yes, Orton searched high and low to find it. But wait, here come the Street Profits! Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford walk out and say they came all the way to DUUUUUVAL~ to official congratulate the NEW W, W, E, Raw, Tag, Team, Champions, R K BRO! R K BRO! Yeaaaah~! Riddle didn’t know Orton invited the Profits. This is gonna be the party of the century! Like that Broga party but- Ford says this isn’t for the party. This is about business.
Profits pinned RKBRO in the ring a few weeks back. So seeing as how RKBRO are the tag team champions, the Profits figured they should officially challenge them to the most stupendous WrestleMania in history! Whoa, whoa, hold on. Do you even know what RKBRO had to do to get these titles back? What they had to even earn the rematch? They had to jump over every hurdle, through every hoop. The Profits can’t just win one match and expect to be next. RKBRO had to win a spelling bee! So thanks for coming, have some popcorn, but the answer is no. Okay, bros? Dawkins says when it comes to the titles, they ain’t bros.
And Orton, Ford isn’t sure if you misunderstood. RKBRO owes the Profits a match. They’re way past asking. They’re telling RKBRO that they’re facing them at WrestleMania. Orton says not once since he first stepped in this ring has anyone told Orton what to do. The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, even Vincent Kennedy McMahon hasn’t told Orton what to do when he is in this ring! And the Profits aren’t, either. So here’s some advice, homies. Turn around and leave, or Orton will listen to those voices in his head and make them leave! Riddle keeps the peace, and he says the Profits make a good point. And they gotta face somebody, right?
Orton isn’t sure but Riddle says this is the right thing to do. RKBRO argue it out, the Profits wait, and the champs come back. Orton says they’re lucky his boy here is cool. As far as that challenge for the titles go, “We accept.” Ford says they appreciate Riddle talking sense into Orton. The next time they’re in DUUUUVAL~, the Profits will show them how to throw a party that ain’t so much… ass. Riddle gets upset here. Don’t disrespect Orton! He worked long and hard for this! Riddle thought they were cool. But why wait for Mania? Dawkins says okay, if Riddle wants a match with Ford, then he’s got it! The Profits are up-
Oh, no, they don’t end like that! They end with the three most dangerous letters in sports entertainment: R K BRO! The Bro is fired up to take on one of his bros, will this only tear them all apart on the Road to WrestleMania?
Matt Riddle w/ Randy Orton VS Montez Ford w/ Angelo Dawkins!
Raw returns and the bell rings on this one! Ford is fired up as he circles with Riddle and they tie up. Riddle puts Ford in a corner, Ford turns it around but Riddle turns it back. They end up in another corner, Riddle gets a leg, but the ref has him let go. The two go again, Ford stomps Riddle’s foot! Ford headlocks, Riddle powers out but Ford runs Riddle over! Ford STANIDNG MOONSAULTS, into a TRIANGLE HOLD! Ford kicks and flails and pushes to a cover, TWO! Ford headlocks again, Riddle powers out but Ford goes up and over in the corner to CLAW Riddle’s back! Ford’s fighting nasty tonight and Riddle wants to know what the heck!
Ford runs in, but into a gut wrench and SLAM! Riddle holds on and drags Ford back up, for another gut wrench suplex! Riddle then covers, TWO! Ford gets to a corner, but Riddle KICKS him! And KICKS! And KICKS! The ref counts, Riddle lets off to then fisherman! Ford fights but Riddle still PERFECT PLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO! Riddle drops a BROTON! Cover, TWO! Riddle drags Ford back up to gut wrench, but Ford rolls Riddle to then dropkick him down! Riddle gets up, Ford clotheslines him out! Ford goes up to SUPER CROSSBODY, into a waistlock! GERMAN SUPLEX, but Ford lands on his feet!
Ford then LEAPS off the steps! The flying clothesline hits and Dawkins fires up with Ford! Ford taunts Orton as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Riddle fires forearms! Ford kicks low, whips, but Riddle sunset flips! Ford rolls through to PENALTY KICK! Dawkins is fired up as Ford MOONSAULTS, then SPLASHES! Cover, TWO! Orton is relieved but Ford goes to a corner. Ford climbs, points to the Mania sign, FROM THE- NO! He bails out as Riddle moves, and he spins Ford around to PELE! Riddle runs in to forearm smash! Then side to side, forearm smash again! Ford fights the clinch, runs, but into a POWERSLAM! Just like Orton’s! Orton applauds, and Riddle now has Ford in the ropes! DRAPING DDT, bro!
Fans fire up and Riddle starts hearing voices in his head! Dawkins shouts to Ford, but Ford staggers. He still stops the RKO to ENZIGURI! Ford gets Riddle up, but Riddle slips out of the bomb! RKO!! But Otis ATTACKS Orton! And Gable attacks Dawkins! Gable POSTS Dawkins, Riddle runs at Otis but gets caught! Otis RAMS Riddle into the barriers, that’s a disqualification!
Winner: Matt Riddle, by disqualification
The Alpha Academy annihilates RKBRO, and now they focus on the Profits! DISCUS GERMAN SUPLEX om Dawkins! Gable and Otis then drag Ford into the drop zone, and Otis goes up top! VADER BOMB!! Gable MOONSAULTS! Fans boo but Gable shouts, “A THANK YEW~!” Will Gable & Otis get back into the tag title picture #ForTheAcademy?
WWE pays tribute to “Razor Ramon,” Scott Hall.
He proved it was good to be a Bad Guy. Hall made an instant impact in 1992 as the character, Razor Ramon. “You can’t teach somebody to be cool. And Scott Hall has always been cool.” It was finally cool to be bad. Hall would become one of the greatest WWE Intercontinental Champions, winning WWE’s first ladder match to become the undisputed Intercontinental Champion. And then of course, in WCW, Hall & Nash would add Hulk Hogan to the New World Order. “Hey, yo. Are you hear to see the nWo?” When your nWo, you’re nWo 4 life! The WWE family will forever remember Hall as a gifted entertainer, two-time Hall of Famer, a loving father, and a dear friend.
“Hard work pays off. Dreams come true. Bad times don’t last, but bad guys do.” – Scott Hall
Seth Rollins VS Kevin Owens!
The Visionary apparently had a creative mental block because he’s just wanting to steal the Prizefighter’s idea! Will Kevin keep WrestleMania as the KO Show? Or will Rollins take that and meeting Stone Cold away from him?
Raw returns and Kevin Patrick interviews Rollins at gorilla. Rollins is so excited! Tonight is the night! Rollins once was lost but now he is found! And y’know what Rollins learned something through this ordeal. Not only does Rollins need WrestleMania, WrestleMania needs Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins! He’s gonna punch his ticket right now! With that, Rollins makes his entrance. Will the Architect ruin things for his best friend? We’ll find out, after one more break.
Raw returns again, and Rollins is arguing with Kevin. Fans sing Rollins’ theme and that annoys Kevin more. The bell rings, Rollins and Kevin circle and feel out the grapple. Rollins rolls Kevin up, ONE! Kevin is frustrated already but Rollins is laughing it up. They go again, feel out the knuckle lock but Kevin kicks low. Rollins scrambles away from the stunner and Kevin says it was that close. Kevin says this doesn’t have to happen if Rollins could just come up with something else. This is Kevin’s spot, Rollins isn’t going to take it! But Rollins fires off hands! They brawl fast and furious and fans fire up!
Rollins powers Kevin to a corner, fires off hands, but lets off at 4. Rollins looks to the sign, but Kevin puts Rollins in the corner to CHOP and HCOP and fire off hands! Kevin stomps, lets off as the ref counts, but Rollins kicks back! Rollins CHOPS, and CHOPS and CHOPS! Rollins fires haymakers, the ref backs Rollins off, and Rollins again looks to the sign, But Kevin tackles him! Kevin rains down fists, fans fire up as Kevin stomps Rollins down. Kevin walks into a body shot! Rollins ROCKS Kevin with a forearm, whips, but Kevin kicks back! Rollins LARIATS and KICKS Kevin in return!
Rollins drags Kevin to position him for a knee drop! Cover, ONE! Rollins drags Kevin up but Kevin gets away before Rollins can hook the arms. Rollins goes out after Kevin but Kevin sweeps the legs! Rollins hits apron, then Kevin gates the leg to SLAM it into the barriers! And again! The ring count is climbing, Rollins gets in but Kevin pursues to stomp the leg! Kevin SLAMS the leg on the mat, then turns Rollins over for a CALF CRUSHER! Kevin says he learned this from a Canadian legend! Rollins endures, reaches back, and he SLAMS Kevin’s head on the mat. Rollins clutches the knee but Kevin stomps him down!
Kevin gets Rollins on the apron, clubs way on him, but lets off to go outside. Kevin SLAMS the leg on the apron! The ref has the ring count start but Kevin SLAMS the leg on the apron again! Kevin gets in and says, “This is MY WrestleMania!” Kevin storms over, goes back out to the apron and he brings Rollins up. Rollins blocks the lift, to back drop Kevin on the apron! Kevin writhes, Rollins gets in the ring to build speed! DIVE, but into Kevin’s arms! FALL AWAY SLAM into barriers! Kevin drops a SENTON, then roars and gets in the ring as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns once more, and Kevin has Rollins in a HALF CRAB! Rollins endures, rolls through and kicks Kevin with the free leg! Kevin goes to a corner, Rollins hops up but Kevin BOOTS him back. Kevin goes up to get a TORNADO DDT! Then he drags Rollins up for another DDT! Cover, TWO! Rollins survives and fans rally up and duel. Rollins drags himself to a corner while Kevin gets up on the opposite side. Kevin says he’s going ot Mania, and he fires a clothesline in the corner! Rollins sits down, Kevin shouts, “THIS IS MINE!” before the CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO! Rollins shakes his head, he isn’t giving up yet.
Kevin stomps Rollins’ bad leg, then KICKS it! Rollins grits his teeth as he gets up, but Kevin kicks him again. Rollins throws haymakers but Kevin gives them back! Rollins gets the edge, Kevin kicks the bad leg again! Kevin whips, pop-up, but Rollins slips out! Rollins goes to a corner, Kevin runs in, BUCKLE SHOT! Fans fire up as Rollins and Kevin get up. Rollins throws hands and CHOPS on repeat as fans sing his theme song. Rollins picks up speed, then whips, but Kevin reverses, only for Rollins to SLINGBLADE! Rollins fires up, runs corner to corner, forearm smash! Then a whip corner to corner, but Kevin puts Rollins outside!
Rollins ROCKS Kevin, then springboards, FLYING KNEE! Rollins drags himself up as Kevin slowly rises. Rollins keeps looking to the sign, and he throws Kevin out. Rollins DIVES! Direct hit this time and Kevin hits barriers! Rollins puts Kevin back in but Kevin slips back out! Kevin staggers by the announce desk but Rollins runs in, to DIVE! Kevin goes flying over the desk! Both men are down, the ring count is climbing and Jacksonville is fired up! Rollins stands at 6 of 10 to go in. Kevin drags himself up with the desk, and is in at 9.5! SUPERKICK! Rollins goes up top! FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!
Rollins is beside himself as Kevin survives! Rollins has Kevin in a corner and shouts, “I need this, Kevin! I need this!” Rollins CHOPS, then hoists Kevin up top! Rollins climbs up but Kevin blocks the superplex! Kevin throws body shots, shoves Rollins away, but Rollins comes right back! Only for Kevin to SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER! Kevin crawls to the cover, TWO!! Kevin can’t believe that Rollins survives! But Kevin goes back up top, to SWANTON onto knees! Kevin writhes and rolls away while Rollins gets up. “This is Awesome!” as both men stand again. Rollins turns around, into a LARIAT!
Kevin wants Rollins to get back up! Rollins staggers into, NO! No stunner as Rollins shoves Kevin! But the ref got knocked down, too! He has to get up, TWO!! Rollins is furious! He feels he had that, but he runs in! Kevin dodges the stomp, STUNNER!! Cover, Kevin wins!
Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall; will host the KO Show at WrestleMania
Whether or not he wanted it more is debatable. But now it is undeniable that Stone Cold Steve Austin is going to be Kevin’s guest on the Grandest Stage of Them All. Rollins is stunned to say the least. Will he not have a WrestleMania moment after all?
A pretty good Raw in the wake of incredibly sad news. WWE put together a good tribute to Scott Hall, and he will be missed by all. And there were a great number of tribute references to him tonight, such as Kevin’s “Hey yo” when he started his promo, and how he paraphrased Hall’s HOF quote for Rollins. Priest had his own tribute with his entrance and with literally using a Razor’s Edge on Finn. I figured Priest was going to find a way to win that. This wasn’t a “Championship Contender’s match” but duh, they’re steering us towards Finn VS Priest. Theory keeps getting his shots in on Finn, too, mostly to get Heel Heat but it’s almost like Vince is using him to add on to Finn’s misery. Maybe all this goes together to give us Demon Balor at Mania.
Omos winning is great, but what a disservice to Azeez. That should’ve been way more than a squash. Yeah, it was awesome Omos suplexed Azeez but there should’ve been a bit more. Omos is nearing a level similar to Lesnar and Roman where it’s like no one normal can even touch them. I’ve said this last time but how is Omos supposed to be something more when he’s cleared out so many? We got a decent match out of Liv and Vega, but the better part was scaring Mella into using Graves as a shield, and for Vega to lose and be mad at Mella. Whether it’s Rhea & Liv or Sasha & Naomi, those titles are definitely going to another team, and maybe Vega will turn on Mella.
Good to see Nikki and Piper are sticking together, just as I was hoping. Nikki didn’t play much of a role, though, but I guess that’s the point. They’re Heels who see themselves as the heroes, so she let Piper face Bianca on her own. It went about the way all the other times Piper and Bianca went 1v1, but then Becky stands tall with a surprise return. That gold outfit was cool, and Becky beats Bianca down pretty savagely with that chair around the neck. Becky saying she’s going after the hair almost makes me wonder if we’d get a Hair VS Title match to spice things up. Probably not but who knows what’s coming next.
Mysterios VS Hurt Business was a good rematch from last week, but of course Miz and Logan Paul were going to attack again. The math is evening out with the Mysterios running them off, but Miz and Logan will surely keep trying. Edge had a pretty good promo this week, and that new theme song is fittingly also by Alter Bridge. It’s all working together for this new Heel persona of his. I wonder if he changes up how he wrestles, or even what his finishers are. We got a pretty good “celebration” segment for RKBRO, and I figured the Profits would show up. Their Mania match is definitely happening, and we got a great match out of Riddle VS Ford tonight. The Academy attacking was also a good twist, I sense another Triple Threat Tag.
Rollins and Kevin had great segments together tonight, and it was hilariously disappointing that Rollins couldn’t come up with some other idea than to copy Kevin’s. Hosting a talk show was probably the strangest prize for a match that I’ve heard of, but the match itself was great stuff. The desperation was strong from both guys, but naturally Kevin wins. Kevin and Austin is what makes sense given the use of the stunner. And Raw being in Jacksonville, all the talk of Cody Rhodes possibly returning, I was hoping for that, too. Cody and Rollins would make for an interesting dynamic given their current characters.
I thought we were going to hear a Cody theme song hit as we got that last shot of Rollins, but nope. Maybe they still bring Cody in next week, but it would’ve been way more fun to do it here in Jacksonville, given the last three years of AEW being based in Jacksonville. But maybe in Vince’s mind, that’s why they wouldn’t. He reluctantly gives fans things, so he wasn’t about to give fans what they want where Cody would get the best reaction.
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
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW International Championship: Orange Cassidy VS Swerve Strickland w/ The Mogul Embassy!
The Freshly Squeezed fighting champion survived Double or Nothing’s 20 VS 1 odds, but now he has to deal with The Mogul 1v1! Will Cassidy still be carrying the gold in his backpack? Or will that title be going to whose house? Swerve’s house!
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Cassidy survives once again!
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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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