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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (3/25/22)

The PENULTIMATE SmackDown!

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SmackDown 2022

SmackDown is revving up for WrestleMania!

Last week, Brock Lesnar almost took Roman Reigns’ head! This week, will the Tribal Chief even return to SmackDown knowing Lesnar’s still hunting him?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Jimmy Uso w/ Jey Uso VS Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Rick Boogs; Nakamura wins.
  • Kofi Kingston VS Ridge Holland w/ Sheamus & “Butch” Pete Dunne; changed to…
  • Xavier Woods w/ Kofi Kingston VS Ridge Holland w/ Sheamus & “Butch” Pete Dunne; Woods wins.
  • Championship Contenders Match: Ricochet VS Angel Garza w/ Humberto Carrillo; Garza wins and has an Intercontinental Championship opportunity.
  • Championship Contenders Match: Ricochet VS Humberto Carrillo w/ Angel Garza; Carillo wins and also has an Intercontinental Championship opportunity.
  • Fatal 4 Way: Sasha Banks w/ Naomi VS Rhea Ripley w/ Liv Morgan VS Shayna Baszler w/ Natalya VS Queen Zelina Vega w/ Carmella; Sasha wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Brock Lesnar waits outside Roman Reigns’ room.

Kayla Braxton asks him if he’s thought about the consequences of last week. Well, Roman had time to think. Lesnar’s paid fines, bought some vehicles, and he even got Roman a new SUV. In his favorite color, too: blood red. And management had a little talk with Lesnar. Lesnar is not to make physical contact unless provoked. So… Tonight, Lesnar will just hang out in Roman’s locker room and wait for that provoking. Lesnar steps in through the doors, walks around. This is what Roman gets? Nice. Lesnar helps himself to some grapes, puts his hat on a lap and takes a seat at the couch. Lesnar puts his feet up on the table and breaks it! Will he do the same to the Head of the Table?

 

Rick Boogs makes his entrance!

He gets the call ‘n’ response with Brooklyn, and he’s here to rock with one-half of the future SmackDown Tag Team Champions! Shinsukeee… NakamurAAAAAA~! McAfee rocks out as the King of Strong Style makes his way to the ring, but will Nakamura avenge Boogs by taking out the other Uso?

Jimmy Uso w/ Jey Uso VS Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Rick Boogs!

After a recap from last week, the Usos make their entrance, and then they go right after Nakamura and Boogs! Nakamura fights back, Boogs lifts Jey! Boogs presses Jey like last week, and throws him at Jimmy! The Usos go down and fans fire up as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and this match begins! They tie up, break, then tie up again. They break again, tie up, and Jimmy headlocks. Nakamura powers out but Jimmy runs him over! The Usos say #WeTheOnes but Nakamura is up. He gets around Jimmy to waistlock, but Jimmy wrenches out to a wristlock. Nakamura endures as Jimmy twists the wrist, but Nakamura rolls and kips up to wrench and cartwheel to wrench back! Nakamura hammerlocks, headlocks, but Jimmy pulls hair. Jimmy headlocks, Nakamura powers out, but Jimmy runs him over again! But Nakamura rolls Jimmy, only for Jimmy to avoid the buzzsaw!

Nakamura says HE the one, and then says, “C’MON~!” Jimmy snarls, he runs in, but into a knee! Snapmare and knee drop! Nakamura drags Jimmy up, bumps him off buckles, then more buckles. Nakamura bumps Jimmy off a third corner, then gives him GOOD VIBRATIONS! The ref counts, Nakamura lets off and Jimmy bails out. Nakamura slides out to CLUB Jimmy and put him on the apron. Nakamura has Jey move aside, so he can run and KNEE Jimmy back in! Nakamura slides in, but Jimmy CLOBBERS him! Jimmy drags Nakamura up, for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO!

Jimmy grows frustrated but he clamps on a chinlock. Jimmy grinds Nakamura down, Nakamura endures and fights up, but Jimmy pushes him down to drop a knee! Jimmy clamps the chinlock back on but Nakamura fights back up. Jimmy throws Nakamura down by his hair! The fans boo as the Usos say #WeTheOnes again, then Jimmy fireman’s carries. Nakamura gets to the apron, shoulders back in, and blocks the boot, only to get the DRAGON WHIP! Down goes Nakamura! Boogs coaches Nakamura on but Jey applauds Jimmy. Jimmy builds speed, but into a GAMANGIRI! Jimmy tumbles down and Nakamura fires up as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Jimmy has Nakamura in a chinlock. Nakamura throws body shots, Jimmy scoops but Nakamura slips off! Nakamura runs to DYNAMIC DROPKICK! Fans fire up with Nakamura, he fires off a strike fest, but Jimmy blocks a kick to get an ENZIGURI! Nakamura whips, Jimmy reverses, but Nakamura knees back! Nakamura puts Jimmy up top, rolls and runs to TOP SHELF KNEE! Cover, TWO! Nakamura throws knees into Jimmy’ shead ‘n’ shoulders, then stomps him! Nakamura drags Jimmy up, wraps on a chinlock, but Jimmy fights the exploder! Jimmy elbows free and CHOPS!

Nakamura is in a corner., he BOOTS back, then goes up! FLYING KNEE! Boogs is fired up for Nakamura and Nakamura goes to the corner! “YAO~!” But Jey CLOBBERS Boogs! Nakamura notices that and glares at Jey! But Jimmy SUPERKICKS Nakamura! Cover, TWO!! Nakamura survives and Brooklyn is fired up while the Usos are furious! Jimmy tells Jey to get Boogs’ guitar! They’re gonna do like they did last week! But Boogs stops Jey! They fight over the Gibson and Boogs POSTS Jey! Jimmy is freaking out, he ducks a roundhouse but not the WHEEL KICK! Nakamura aims, KINSHASA!! Cover, Nakamura wins!

Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura, by pinfall

The King of Strong Style and Boogs celebrate! They’ve gone 2-0 on the Usos 1v1, but will they be able to use this momentum to take those tag titles?

 

Lesnar is still lounging in the Tribal Chief suite.

He’s basically gone through all the grapes, but he hates the champagne. He spits it out, and throws the bottle at the wall. But will he get a palate cleanser in the form of beating up Roman Reigns?

 

Next week is the WWE Hall of Fame!

It’ll be on after SmackDown, live in Dallas and on the Peacock! There, Vince McMahon will induct The Undertaker, and the late, great Shad Gaspard will be given the Ultimate Warrior Award.

 

Backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.

Kayla knows the Scottish Warrior goes 1v1 with the “undefeated” Happy Corbin. But McIntyre knows where this is going. Can’t compare Corbin and McIntyre’s previous opponents because this is personal. Corbin tried to end McIntyre’s career but he wasn’t successful. McIntyre has loved every single second of making Corbin’s live a living hell! It makes McIntyre feel something inside. It makes him… happy. McIntyre could’ve taken Corbin out at any time, but he wants to do it at WrestleMania with the most eyes watching! And McIntyre will wipe that stupid, smug, pathetic grin off Corbin’s face… permanently!

 

Corbin reflects on his last 12 months.

Can you believe how low he was last Summer? 2021 was the most challenging year of his life. He lost all his money, his possessions, and even his wife and kids. He was at rock bottom. He was so desperate, he want to Las Vegas with his last $20 and turned it into millions! He got all those things back. Only poor people say money doesn’t buy you happiness! Now he has wealth, fame, and the most hilarious best friend, “Mad Cap” Riddick Moss! He is undefeated since becoming Happy, and his best day was Day One, when McIntyre “stuck his neck out” for Corbin. Corbin beat down the Scottish Psycho again and again, made fun of him each time, and knows his happiness will become euphoria when he finally ends McIntyre’s career!

Corbin and Moss watch that video package.

“Un-de-feated! My life is an inspiration!” They could do a movie! Or a trilogy! Part one: get rich. Part two: destroy McIntyre at Day One. Part Three: embarrass McIntyre at WrestleMania! He could even get an Oscar: Happiest man alive as he celebrates over McIntyre’s limp body. Moss even has an idea for the title! Bald Fellas! Corbin isn’t laughing. Moss’ humor seems to be missing the mark lately. Will he have to work on getting new material in time for the most stupendous fight of Corbin’s career?

 

Kofi Kingston VS Ridge Holland w/ Sheamus & “Butch” Pete Dunne!

Kofi tried to avenge Big E’s broken neck last week, but the chaos caused by the Celtic Warrior and Bruiserweight allowed Ridge to hit him with Northern Grit. Will Kofi be better prepared this time and finally get even?

SmackDown returns as Kofi makes his entrance, and he has a mic. He says that when he told these guys Ridge was having a match with a New Day member, Kofi didn’t mean himself. Oh~ no~! But if not Kofi, then who? Who who who? KING XAVIER WOODS! The King of the Ring is back, and now he will battle for the honor of Big E! Will Woods and his even shinier crown exact vengeance upon Sheamus’ sidekick?

Xavier Woods w/ Kofi Kingston VS Ridge Holland w/ Sheamus & “Butch” Pete Dunne!

The bell rings and Woods mule kicks! And CHOPS! And fires off forearms and haymakers! Ridge ROCKS Woods, whips him to ropes, but Woods ducks and dodges to slide and mule kick a leg! Woods runs, but Ridge runs to POUNCE Woods! Ridge roars and Sheamus gloats while fans boo. Ridge talks trash on Kofi, he drags Woods up, but Woods cradles! WOODS WINS!

Winner: Xavier Woods, by pinfall

The New Day gets away, having just punked out Ridge! Will The Fella and his boys want after ya bois, the NEW~ DAY?

 

SmackDown receives a message from Paul Heyman.

The Special Counsel introduces himself, and then introduces the Tribal Chief. Roman says he knows Brooklyn is dying to acknowledge their Tribal Chief but that’ll have to wait. Roman and Heyman have handled business all over the city, and they ate at Del Frisco’s steakhouse. Easily the best in the whole city. And the sides, oh! At least 5 grand worth. And then they stopped by Madison Square Garden, the place Roman busted Lesnar open in. How can anyone forget? And while on that subject, Roman warns Lesnar once. Lensar better get his ass out of Roman’s suite in the Barclays Center before Roman arrives, or he’ll bust that head open again. Will the Beast do as he’s told?

 

Ronda Rousey is here!

The Baddest Woman on the Planet is back, even after getting body slammed by Charlotte Flair through the announce table. What will Rowdy Ronda have to say to the SmackDown Women’s Champion this time? We find out, after the break.

SmackDown returns and after a recap of last week, Ronda gets the mic to speak. “Y’know what, Charlotte? Just for that, I’m not gonna take your title. No, next weekend on WrestleMania Saturday, when you tap out, you’re gonna give it to me. And then you can call me your new SmackDown Women’s Champion. SmackDown Women’s Champion? Why do we even have to say ‘women’ in there? You can call me your new SmackDown Champion!” And Ronda won’t wait on Charlotte. Leave the hells and excuses backstage to get your Barbie ass out here! Ronda waits, but Charlotte responds on the titantron.

“That was a great speech. Loved the visuals. But did you actually think I was gonna be in Brooklyn tonight? Did you actually think I was going to step foot in that low rent city before WrestleMania? I don’t know who you think you are, but I don’t answer when you call. You’re the contender, I’m the champion.” Ronda says she knows exactly who she is. She’s THE Ronda Rousey. But Charlotte doesn’t. Ronda broke her first arm at 14 years old, and was so proud, she kept count. Until she just lost count. Ooooh~, Charlotte’s shaking in her boots. She actually ran out of way sot hurt Ronda. She’d have to throw Ronda off the bridge to get any kind of satisfaction. But Charlotte will just have to wait until next week.

Ronda says that’s cute. Charlotte must think she’s the Ronda of WWE, huh? But she’s not, and here’s why. If Charlotte beats Ronda, it will hands down be the biggest win of Charlotte’s career. As for when Ronda beats Charlotte at her own game, it’ll just be another lost count. The Baddest Woman leaves it at that mic drop, but will she be able to drop the Queen once and for all?

 

Kayla Braxton interviews Lesnar backstage again.

He’s still in Roman’s suite, and he allows her to sit on the couch. Would she like some grapes? No, that’s fine.  Maybe some of that cheap champagne? No. She asks if Brock is going to leave. Why? He’s having so much fun! In fact, Lesnar suggests Kayla find Roman and tell him to get her asap. Lesnar’s running out of things to smash. He throws a lamp at the wall! Will the Head of the Table hurry before Lesnar starts smashing the room itself?

 

Championship Contenders Match: Ricochet VS Angel Garza w/ Humberto Carrillo!

The One and Only wants to be a fighting champion, and this is a chance for a Lethal Lover to get their title shot. Humberto & Angel give a young lady the Los Lotharios Kiss Cam spotlight, but will Garza get himself a golden ticket to WrestleMania?

SmackDown returns and the match begins. Garza throws his tearaway pants at Ricochet but Ricochet dodges to fire off haymakers and CHOPS! Garza puts Ricochet in the corner, CHOPS, but Ricochet hits back! They brawl, Garza fires off more shots, then he puts Ricochet in the corner. The ref counts but Garza uppercuts Ricochet! Ricochet BOOTS back, goes up, but Garza YANKS Ricochet down! Ricochet hits buckles, rolls away but Garza drags him back to SLAM the leg down, then SLAM Ricochet’s head down! Garza throws down fists, stalks Ricochet to ropes, and then chokes him on the ropes!

Garza grinds Ricochet against the ropes, lets off to put him in a corner, and then UPPERCUT again! Garza covers with a smug smirk, TWO! Garza clamps on with a headlock and he grinds Ricochet down. Ricochet fight sup, but Garza throws him into a corner! Ricochet BOOTS Garza, but Garza rolls back, only for Ricochet to SHOTGUN dropkick him tot he corner! Ricochet runs in, shoulders in the corner and bumps Garza off buckles, tot hen KICK the buckle! Garza staggers, Ricochet springboards to FLYING LARIAT! Fans fire up and Ricochet goes up the corner, only for Carrillo to rush in! Ricochet jumps away, but into a roll-up! GARZA WINS!

Winner: Angel Garza, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the Intercontinental Championship)

Ricochet wants everyone to hold on. He says it won’t go like that tonight. Good to see the cousins stick together like that, that’s cool. But Ricochet will break up the family reunion. It won’t happen at his expense. So Carrillo, you come on in here and you get in the ring to take the L Garza was gonna get. Definitely a fighting champion, but will Ricochet tire himself out going twice in a row?

Championship Contenders Match: Ricochet VS Humberto Carrillo w/ Angel Garza!

The bell rings, Ricochet kicks Carrillo and fires off! Carrillo throws body shots and haymakers, then wrenches to CLUB the arm. Carrillo whips, Ricochet rolls off the back, then rolls under to handspring headscissor! Fans fire up and Ricochet dropkicks Carrillo out of the ring! Ricochet wants Carrillo to get back in already and fans boo. Carrillo tells them to shut up and he takes his time getting back in. Ricochet CHOPS, Carrillo hits back with haymakers and kicks, but runs into another dropkick! Carrillo bails out again so Ricochet FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp! Ricochet is back on top as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Carrillo has a chinlock. Ricochet fights up, throws body shots, then whips. Carrillo reverses, runs in at the corner but is put on the ropes! GAMANGIRI! Carrillo wobbles, Ricochet goes up, FLYING  SUPER STEINER! Garza coaches up Carrillo while he and Ricochet are both down. Ricochet and Carrillo are in opposite corners, fans rally as Ricochet runs corner to corner to forearm smash! Then whip the other way for an uppercut! Another whip corner to corner, another uppercut! Ricochet keeps moving, QUEBRADA! Fans fire up with Ricochet as he aims from a corner.

Ricochet brings the kneepad down, but now Garza distracts! ricochet DECKS Garza, Carrillo rolls Ricochet! TWO, and Ricochet hits a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Roll through, to BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Carrillo survives but Ricochet keeps cool. Ricochet goes to the corner, climbs up as fans fire up, but Garza drags Carrillo out of the ring! Ricochet says aight, and he SUPER CROSSBODIES! Down goes Garza as he saves Carrillo! Carrillo runs in, but into a TORNADO DDT! Both men are down as the ring count climbs! We’re past 5 of 10, Ricochet drags Carrillo up at 7 and puts in him in. Garza anchors Ricochet’s foot! Carrillo wins!!

Winner: Humberto Carrillo, by count-out (NEW #1 Contender to the Intercontinental Championship)

Garza pops out the other side, celebrating as if Carrillo did that all by himself! But wait, if both Los Lotharios have a win over the champ, who is going for gold?

 

Backstage interview with Sami Zayn.

Megan brings up the Anything Goes match with Johnny Knoxville, and The Great Liberator says, “Anything Goes. You love to hear it.” There is only one thig blowing Sami’s mind is the way people are talking like Knoxville stands a chance now! If this was a normal match, Knoxville still wouldn’t stand a chance. But Anything Goes? Are you kidding? “The man has no idea what he’s in store for. I can do anything I want out there.” If Sami wants to tap dance on Knoxville’s face while sipping a cappuccino, he could! Anything goes!

And yes, Knoxville might have his pranks and his jokes that work on his braindead Jackass buddies, but this is the Master Strategist. He’s always two steps ahead and has had nothing but time. Knoxville has done nothing but get under Sami’s skin, and yet Sami has come up with all these ways that he can hurt him! And Sami promises that’ll happen. He promises Megan, us, and Knoxville, that at WrestleMania, Anything Goes, Knoxville will experience punishment in a way that has never, ever, EVER been seen in a WWE ring before. Will Sami prove who the real Jackass is on the most stupendous

 

Austin Theory smacks Pat McAfee outta nowhere!

McAfee immediately gives chase! Theory runs for his life, to Mr. McMahon’s office. Of course the “rat bastard” runs to “daddy.” McAfee shouts at the door, but will he convince Vince that Theory is the instigator who deserves to be punished?

 

Triple H officially retires from in-ring competition!

The Game has called it Game Over after 27 years as a superstar. He helped hundreds of others get into this business, so surely we all can say, #ThankYouHHH.

 

Fatal 4 Way: Sasha Banks w/ Naomi VS Rhea Ripley w/ Liv Morgan VS Shayna Baszler w/ Natalya VS Queen Zelina Vega w/ Carmella!

Before the Fatal 4 Way Tag at WrestleMania, and even the 8 Woman Tag on Raw this Monday, we get one half of each team battling for those belts right here in Brooklyn! Will the Boss, the Nightmare, the Queen of Spades or one half of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions take all the momentum going into the homestretch?

SmackDown returns and the Queens have all made their entrances, not just the Queen of the Ring. That leaves #Liv4Brutality for last but not least! The bell rings and each woman has a corner. Rhea rushes Vega but she bails right out! So Rhea and Sasha both go after Shayna! Natty helps Shayna get away, so Boss and Nightmare circle. Sasha points to the WrestleMania sign, but Rhea shrugs that off. They tie up. Rhea throws Sasha around and whips her, but Sasha ducks and redirects. Things keep going, Rhea hurdles but Sasha leaps to SLAP! Sasha knuckle locks, goes up and up and flying arm-drags!

Rhea ends up in a corner, Shayna returns but is added to the pile! Sasha METEORAS them both, then snapmares Shayna. Rhea shoves Sasha, Sasha comes back to wheelbarrow, and BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Sasha runs but Vega trips her up and drags her out to throw into the desk! Naomi goes after Vega but Mella is after her, as is Natty! Mella gets in, but so does Liv! They brawl, Vega and Rhea brawl, then Shayna and Natty join in, as do Naomi and Sasha! It’s like the tag match is happening now! The ref tries to restore order while SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns and it would seem the tag partners have all been EJECTED! Meanwhile, Rhea has Sasha’s legs for a PRISM TRAP! Sasha endures, Shayna runs in to KNEE her down! Rhea dodges Shayna, HEADBUTTS her, then sees Vega getting in. Rhea scoops but Vega tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Cover, TWO! So Vega hurries to cover Shayna, TWO! Vega hurries to cover Sasha, TWO! The Queen of the Ring throws a fit, but Shayna and Sasha are in opposite corners. Vega runs in to METEORA Shayna! And then METEORA for no one as Sasha dodges! Sasha drags Vega down, CROSSFACE!!

Vega endures, Shayna gets back in, to block the tap! And BEND Vega’s arm!! Shayna wants to snipe the tap out but Sasha traps Vega’s other arm! Sasha then drags Shayna into the CROSSFACE! A DOUBLE BACK STATEMENT! But Rhea DROPKICKS it all apart! Rhea slaps some sense into herself and fires herself back up! She drags Shayna up, reels her in, pump handle and- NO! Shayna slips out, for the KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! But Sasha DOUBLE BACKSTABBERS! Shayna flounders away before Sasha can get her, and Vega hops on to CODE RED Sasha! Cover, TWO!! Shayna drags Vega out hard!

Sasha is all alone in the ring, but Rhea drags herself back up. Vega throws forearms on Shayna but Shayna hits back. Rhea goes to the apron to CANNONBALL Shayna! Vega avoided disaster to FLYING RANA Rhea into barriers! Vega goes back for Sasha as Brooklyn boos. Vega gloats a bit too much, Sasha drags her back down! BANK STATEMENT CROSSFACE!!! Vega taps, Sasha wins!!

Winner: Sasha Banks, by submission

And it’s BOOS TIME in the Barclays! Naomi returns to celebrate with her teammate, will Team BAD get those belts off Vega & Mella?

 

Roman Reigns arrives!

His car pulls in, Heyman opens the door while keeping an eye out for Lesnar, and then Heyman says he doesn’t feel so well. Roman says they’ll be fine. “But Brock won’t be.” Will Universal and World Champions clash this close to the biggest match in WrestleMania history?

 

WWE breaks ground for the National Medal of Honor Museum.

Stephanie McMahon, The Undertaker and Michelle McCool joined former President George W. Bush in sticking the first shovels in the dirt that will build this monument to those who bravely fought for America’s freedoms.

 

The Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal returns!

To honor the late legend, Apollo Crews, Commander Azeez, The Viking Raiders, the Hurt Business, Mad Cap Moss, Akira Tozawa, Drew Gulak, Reggie, Jinder Mahal, Shanky, Robert Roode, R-Truth, Mansoor, Damian Preist and even WWE United States Champion, Finn Balor, are going to battle it out! The last man left will have his name etched onto the plaque and go down in history!

But that’s not all!

With both members of Los Lotharios having earned title opportunities tonight, Ricochet said why wait? He’ll take them BOTH on in a Triple Threat! Will the One and Only be able to defeat both Lethal Lovers and stay WWE Intercontinental Champion?

 

The Most Stupendous WrestleMania card is sorted out!

On Saturday, it will be: McIntyre VS Corbin; the Raw Women’s Championship, Becky Lynch VS Bianca Belair; the SmackDown Women’s Championship, Charlotte Flair VS Ronda Rousey; and The KO Show with STONE COLD! Will we see a Scottish Warrior slay a hyena? Will both women’s champions stand tall or fall to powerful challengers? And will Kevin Owens be on the one on the other end of a Stunner?

On Sunday, it will be: the grudge match of McAfee VS Theory; the dream match of Edge VS AJ Styles; Anything Goes, Sami Zayn VS Johnny Knoxville; Raw Tag Team Championship Triple Threat, RKBRO VS The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy; and the Biggest Match of All-Time, Winner Takes All, Championship Unification, World Champion Brock Lesnar VS Universal Champion Roman Reigns! And speaking of…

 

Roman Reigns heads to the ring!

He raises the Universal Championship for the pyro, then continues on his way as Special Counsel Heyman holds up the belt. They get in the ring, Roman hears Brooklyn cheer and jeer, and then Heyman hands him the mic. “Brooklyyyn! ACKNOWLEDGE ME!” Brooklyn is still torn, and then Roman continues. “Wise Man.” “Yes, My Tribal Chief?” “Is Brock still in my locker room?” “I don’t know where he is except I know that he’s here in Brooklyn at the same time you are, My Tribal Chief.” Heyman is panicking, he’s afraid. Roman tells him not to be afraid. It is only a bad thing for Brock.

Cuz if Brock is still in the locker room, Roman will go back there and personally put Brock’s head through the wall. But speaking of which, the cameras are live in the suite, and there’s no Beast to be found! Roman isn’t happy about all the broken and spilt items strewn around the suite, but Heyman worries about where Brock went. Fans chant for “SUPLEX CITY!” and that upsets Roman. “I told you idiots before, this ain’t Suplex City! This is the Island of Relevancy!” And it doesn’t look like Brock’s in the room so where is he now? Brock has another camera follow him, and Brock has a PICKAXE!

Brock SMASHES the windows on Roman’s new rental! Roman says he has four Suburbans, this is small money. Wise Man, Roman was right. Lesnar is scared of him! He’s an idiot! Ain’t no weapons allowed at WrestleMania, dummy. Lesnar knows that. So he bangs on the hood with the pickaxe, then chucks the pickaxe at the car. Lesnar storms his way to gorilla position! Roman and Heyman both start to worry now, it’s time to see who is scared of who! Roman’s face starts to give it away! Brock comes through the crowd from behind Roman! Lesnar’s on the desk! Heyman spots him and freaks out! Roman sees Lesnar and Lesnar grins ear to ear.

Lesnar then hops down, grabs a chair, and security rushes to stay between him and Roman! Roman laughs, and he tells fans to quiet down. Lesnar holds up the chair, Roman says he ain’t gonna do nothing. Lesnar jumps into the security and fires off with the chair! Lesnar just cleared out six men, but the Usos are here to help Roman get away! The Bloodlines run away again! They the ones… afraid of Lesnar! Lesnar goes out, SMACKS another security goober, and holds up the bent chair in victory! Fans fire up and Lesnar goes back to grab a new chair! He SMACKS the other guards! He even threatens Michael Cole!

Lesnar gets on the desk, title and chair both raised high! Roman talks to Lesnar from gorilla, “Hey, Brock! At WrestleMania, you ACKNOWLEDGE ME as the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion!” Roman’s music plays, but we can see it’s The Beast standing tall tonight. Will Lesnar change Roman’s plans by becoming the REIGNING! DEFENDING! UNDISPUTED! WWE Heavyweight Champion of the World?!


My Thoughts:

A really good SmackDown here, but I do have to point out there were some miscues. I glossed over them in Play By Play, but the ring announcer and graphics team were in disarray with that Ricochet and Los Lotharios stuff. I suppose part of the confusion was that they were going to go back to back, Ricochet VS Garza and Ricochet VS Carrillo, but they gotta make sure they know the order before ever going out there. But with Ricochet ending up in a double header, I figured right away that he’d owe both guys and they’d end up in a Triple Threat. For WrestleMania being the most stupendous, not having an Intercontinental Championship on the card is disappointing.

For that matter, a little sad yet totally expected that the Andre the Giant Battle Royal is again on TV. Furthermore, Finn is in it so it just adds to how Vince has seemingly given up on him. Sure he has the US title, but he has been the heat builder for Theory. He and Priest should’ve just already had a US title match on the card, but it seems like Priest will win the battle royal, get a US title match through it, and then lose that. Also, is the SmackDown Tag Team title match on Saturday? It wasn’t in that last roll call and I can’t remember what they said during the segment with Usos, Nakamura and Boogs. Nakamura VS Jimmy was a really good match, but Nakamura winning makes me think Usos find a way to retain.

Oh, another miscue happened with the New Day and Team Sheamus segment. They let it slip that Woods was with Kofi already, not that Kofi let it affect his announcing Woods’ return for himself. Hell, it completely threw Michael Cole off and it’s like he spaced out on the match swerve. But also, Woods won quick so they’re taking it easy until it’s time for Woods & Kofi VS I would assume Ridge & “Butch.” We got a good interview promo from McIntyre, and a good combination of vignette and promo from Corbin and Moss. It just feels more and more likely McIntyre wins, and hopefully, we’re getting Moss and Corbin breaking up. Moss’ jokes are coming at Corbin’s expense and Corbin isn’t the kind of guy to take that lightly.

Sami had a good promo to hype up Anything Goes, and I really do hope he decides to go somewhat goofy with it to match the Jackass tone. Theory smacking McAfee then running away was a decent segment, and it makes sense Theory would have that sort of spoiled brat attitude where he knows Vince won’t get mad at him, even when he does stuff like this. If anything, Vince is encouraging it. Meanwhile, the Ronda and Charlotte segments continue to be a bit rough because, well, Ronda speaks. She was of course given that promo to recite, but her pacing through it was awful. But that probably won’t affect Ronda’s chances of winning, which are still pretty good.

At least they’re letting the Women’s Tag Division finally look good. Great, even, with this Fatal 4 Way. It doesn’t make up for the disappointingly short matches that led to this, but this is a good sign that the 8 Woman on Monday and the Tag Fatal 4 Way at WrestleMania will be great matches. Still hoping we get new tag champions, but with Naomi & Sasha getting momentum here, hard to know if it’ll be them. And of course, we got great stuff from Lesnar, Roman and Heyman tonight. Lesnar gets to smash more stuff, which he definitely enjoys, and he also gets to beat up security guard jobbers, another thing he seems to enjoy. Roman kinda tips his hand on what he wants to name the unified title, and probably what it’ll become. Lesnar’s having fun but I don’t see him winning in the end.

My Score: 8.3/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (1/31/23)

NXTag Team Tuesday!

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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Will tonight be a TEACHABLE MOMENT?

NXT is planning a Fatal 4 Way tag title match for Vengeance Day, and a Triple Threat will decide that fourth team! Who punches a golden ticket to Charlotte, North Carolina?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Creed Brothers VS Indus Sher w/ Jinder Mahal; Indus Sher wins.
  • Zoey Stark VS Indi Hartwell; Stark wins.
  • DIJAK VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone; Dijak wins.
  • Tyler Bate VS Axiom; Bate wins.
  • Stevie Turner VS Dani Palmer; Stevie wins.
  • Charlie Dempsey VS Drew Gulak w/ Hank Walker; Gulak wins.
  • Triple Threat Tag: The Dyad VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe VS Chase U; Chase U wins and joins the Vengeance Day NXT Tag Team Championship match.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Creed Brothers VS Indus Sher w/ Jinder Mahal!

Julius & Brutus were denied a New Year’s Evil showdown with Sanga & Veer, but they get their moment just days before Vengeance Day! Will the Diamond Mine finally shine? Or will they be slain by the tigers hunting them down?

The teams sort out, Julius starts against Veer and they tie up. They go around as fans chant for the Creeds, and the two break. They go again, Julius waistlocks then shoves Veer. Veer nods, eggs Julius on, but then avoids Julius’ takedown. Julius waistlocks, Veer elbows free then runs, but Julius drops and Veer rolls. They keep moving, Julius ducks then jumps but Veer blocks the hip toss! Julius blocks a hip toss, and the hand start flying! Veer knees low, TOSSES Julius to the corner, then storms up. Julius slips away but gets clipped. Tag to Sanga, and tag to Brutus. Fans rally up as Brutus and Sanga circle.

The two tie up, Brutus waistlocks but Sanga THROWS him away! Sanga and Brutus go again, and Brutus tries to lift Sanga! Sanga CLUBS Brutus, whips him to a corner, then runs in. Brutus dodges, fires hands from all sides but Sanga shoves back. Brutus blocks a boot! Brutus has a leg but Veer tags in! Veer ROCKS Brutus, Sanga whips Brutus, and Sanga runs Brutus over! Veer drops a BIG elbow! Jinder applauds while fans are torn. Veer stalks Brutus, stomps him down, then stomps him again. Brutus gets up to RAM Veer into the corner! Tag to Julius, the Creeds mug Veer, and then Julius runs to forearm smash!

The Creeds DOUBLE HIP TOSS Veer! Fans fire up as Julius KNEES Veer in the side! Brutus KNEES Veer, then Julius gut wrench SLAMS Brutus on Veer! Cover, TWO! Jinder talks trash, Julius swipes at him, then goes back for Veer. Veer elbows Julius away, tags in Sanga, and they FLAPJACK HOTSHOT Julius down! Sanga throws knees, puts Julius in the ropes and bends him back! The ref counts, Sanga lets off, but Jinder hits a cheap shot! Ivy Nile protests but Sanga stands on Julius’ chest! Tag to Veer, Sanga has the legs and drapes Julius out, for Veer to LEAP FROG ATTACK! Fans are torn while Indus Sher stands over Julius.

Veer throws body shots on Julius at the ropes, then he reaches out for Sanga. Julius throws hands but Veer ROCKS and CLUBS Julius! Tag to Sanga but Julius tackles Veer! Sanga BOOTS Julius for that, then scoops him. Sanga gives Julius SNAKE EYES, and then waits on Julius before he stomps him back down! Tag to Veer, Sanga throws knees, CLUBS Julius down, but Julius TACKLES Sanga! Veer stomps Julius, stomps him more, and then has him at the ropes. Tag back to Sanga, Indus Sher mugs Julius, then double whip. They run Julius over with double shoulders! Sanga stalks Julius, and clamps on a SLEEPER!

Fans rally for Julius as he fights up. Julius stands but Sanga wrangles him back down! Julius fights up, but Sanga knees him in the back! Sanga puts Julius against ropes, kicks him and whips him to a corner. Sanga runs in to SPLASH! Sanga reels Julius in, for a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Julius is hanging tough but Sanga throws off his armbands. Sanga drags Julius up but Julius powers Sanga back. Sanga CLUBS Julius in the corner, throws knees, then drags Julius over. But Julius shoves free! Sanga CLOBBERS Julius and smother shim into the mat! Sanga drags Julius back, tags Veer, and they hand off the leg.

Veer has a lock on the leg but Julius uses his other foot to pry at the hold! Julius hops up and ENZIGURIS! Hot tag to Brutus! Fans fire up as BRUTUS SMASH! And SMASH! And back body block for Sanga! BIG back suplex for Veer! Fans are thunderous as Brutus goes out to SMASH Sanga! Brutus drags Veer up to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Brutus roars, and he hammers away with fists! Sanga returns but Brutus DECKS him! Tag to Julius and Brutus STANDING MOONSAULTS! Julius STANDING SHOOTING STARS! Cover, TWO!! Sanga was almost there but Veer survives on his own. Fans rally, Brutus runs in and TACKLES Sanga out of the ring!

Julius drags Veer up, gut wrenches, and he double clutches to POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO!?! Veer survives and fans are thunderous again! Jinder panics but he coaches Veer up. Fans rally for “NXT!” as Julius hits the ROLLING SPINEBUSTER! The elbow pad comes off, but Jinder grabs Julius! Ivy storms over and fans rally for her! Veer ROCKS Julius, whips him, but Julius dodges! Only to BLAST Ivy off the apron by accident!! Julius can’t believe what happened, but he turns around into the MILLION DOLLAR LARIAT!! Tag to Sanga, choke grip and CHOKE SLAM! Cover, Indus Sher wins!!

Winner: Indus Sher, by pinfall

Jinder grins as he celebrates with his team, because a win is a win! Will Indus Sher look to take over the NXT Tag Division after Vengeance Day?

 

Axiom watches NXT UK episodes on Peacock.

Tyler Bate walks over to see it’s Tyler Bate VS A-Kid for the Heritage Cup. Bate was always a big fan of A-Kid’s. They had some excellent matches in NXT. Axiom agrees, A-Kid’s the best. What ever happened to him? Bate says Axiom reminds him of A-Kid. He isn’t sure what it is, he can’t put his finger on it. Axiom says he gets that a lot. But Bate, that Heritage Cup match was very unique, a real masterpiece. How about they create a masterpiece of their own tonight? Bate loves that idea! But then in walks Damon Kemp with sarcastic applause.

Kemp says he was walking around, and overhead them. Friendly competition makes him sick! “I respect your work a lot! I respect your work to infinity!” When Kemp was in NXT UK, he learned that all the Limeys are soft! And the European wrestling style is overrated! And if you ever see A-Kid personally, tell him that Kemp says he’s hot garbage! Well, if Axiom does see A-Kid around, he’ll tell him. Kemp walks off, but Bate says Kemp is a “right wazzock.” A what? A pendejo. Oh! Okay. Bate heads out, will Axiom get that friendly competition? Or will he first take care of Kemp’s attitude first?

 

Zoey Stark VS Indi Hartwell!

These two had an impressive showing in this year’s Women’s Royal Rumble match, though neither won their ticket to WrestleMania. But Indi also wants to get to the bottom of who attacked Nikkita Lyons in the parking lot. All signs point to The Hunter, will Indi get her to confess?

The bell rings and fans sing, “OH~ Zoey is angry~!” Zoey gets mad hearing that, and then ties up with Indi. They go around, Indi puts Zoey in a corner, and the ref counts. Indi lets off at 4, but Zoey shoves her back. Indi shoves back, then dodges to CHOP! And ROCK! Indi fires off and fans cheer her on. Indi whips, Zoey holds ropes, then Zoey bails out. Fans boo while Zoey throws a tantrum. Indi slips out after Zoey, they go around the way, and Indi avoids the elbow drop! Indi drags Zoey out to RAM Her into the apron, and again! Indi gets in the ring, drags Zoey up by her hair, and into the ropes for an UPPERCUT! And BOOT!

Zoey flops down, Indi drags her to a cover, TWO! Indi drags Zoey up for a short arm LARIAT! And then another! Fans rally but Zoey gets around and claws Indi’s eyes! Zoey snapmares Indi, runs and SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Indi sits up, Zoey stomps her on the back. Zoey tells fans that THEY suck, and she clamps onto an armlock and chinbar. Indi endures, fans rally up, and Indi fights up. “OH~ Zoey is angry~!” Indi stands, arm-drags free, but Zoey comes back to CHOP! Indi CHOPS, Zoey CHOPS, repeat! Zoey kicks low, whips Indi hard into a corner, then whips her in again! Zoey soaks up heat and whips corner to corner.

Indi reverses, Zoey bounces off buckles and into a SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Indi gives a thumbs up and fans cheer. Indi puts Zoey in the ropes again, but Zoey avoids the uppercut to HOTSHOT! Indi falls, Zoey slingshots for the ARABIAN SENTON! Cover, TWO! Zoey snarls and she rains down fists on Indi! Indi gets up and flounders to a corner but Zoey snapmares her down. Zoey cravats for a neck wrench but Indi endures. Fans rally, Indi fights up, but Zoey wrangles her back down! Zoey cranks the cravat but Indi still endures. Fans rally up again, Indi fights up again, but Zoey shifts to a facelock. Indi still powers Zoey to a corner!

Zoey powers Indi back, but Indi RAMS Zoey into the corner! Zoey BOOTS Indi back! And then fires forearms! Indi hits back, they go shot for shot, but Indi kicks, JABS and DECKS Zoey! Zoey staggers up and Indi rallies with clotheslines! Indi dodges to SPINEBUSTER! Highs tack, TWO! Zoey is still in this but Indi keeps her cool. Zoey goes to a corner, Indi runs in but Zoey dodges! HEEL KICK! Zoey waistlocks, to GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Indi is still in this but Zoey is frustrated. Zoey waistlocks and drags Indi up, but Indi arm-drags out of the half nelson. Indi scoops but Zoey slips out to fireman’s carry! But Indi flights free!

Indi shoves Zoey away, runs in but is put on the apron. Indi ROCKS Zoey first, then springboards, but Zoey trips her up! Indi crashes down, Zoey drags her back up! Z 360!! Cover, Zoey wins!

Winner: Zoey Stark, by pinfall

Whether innocent or guilty in the whodunnit, Zoey Stark is still the winner here! But then Zoey attacks Indi! Sol Ruca rushes out and chases Zoey off! The Hunter has a target on her own back, will karma catch up to her one way or another?

 

The Schism speaks.

Joe Gacy says, “A day of vengeance is on the horizon for The Schism.” Rip Fowley says, “We seek vengeance for something that has been owed to us for far too long.” Jagger Reed says, “The NXT Tag Team Championships have been kept from us since The Dyad’s inception.” Gacy says, “Tonight, Rip and Jagger change their destiny by altering others’ reality.” Ava Raine tells Edris Enofe & Malik Blade, “We know who you are. But everyone at Chase University, you worship a false idol. You are not a family. You are abusive, devious, and delusional. School spirit will not help you tonight, because Chase University will fail. There is no unit stronger than the Schism.”

They are four roots, one tree, but will they be the final team to enter the Fatal 4 Way?

 

Apollo Crews speaks.

“The city of Charlotte. Packed restaurants, tons of foot traffic, bars with lines out the door. Cars flying down I-85. I came out early to feel Charlotte’s energy, and I feel the city’s excitement all the way up here. NXT’s coming, and I’m coming. I need two falls, two pinfalls, two submissions, or one each. I’ve visualized this match a hundred times. Money Melo is gonna be fast, he’s gonna be flashy, but I am ready for Melo’s handprint. My best will always be better than his best. And if Trick Williams wants to get involved, well Trick’s gonna get handled. Melo wants to call me the past and him the future? At Vengeance Day, the past will dictate the future!”

Apollo has spoken, but will he speak his vision into existence? And just who did Apollo see having his back against Trick Melo Gang?

 

Wes Lee heads to the ring.

The North American Champion is here, ready for his fight with #HardJustice this Saturday! Wes gets the mic to say, “Yo~! We are T-minus four days from NXT back on the road, and we are swangin’ through Charlotte, North Cackalacky, for Vengeance Day.” And it’ll be a big day for Wes literally because he has his biggest test in Dijak. Dijak is back and claims to be serving justice, but ultimately he just wants what’s shining on Wes’s shoulder. Saturday will be tough, Wes will probably take an ass-whooping. But just like Wes did with Tony and Carmelo, the Cardiac Kid will rise as your North American Champion!

But wait! Here comes DIJAK! “Mr. Lee, I want you to soak this in. I want you to soak it all in. Enjoy these moments, because these are your final days as NXT North American Champion. That was a real impassioned speech you gave, really powerful and motivating. But the reality is, it’s not gonna make a damn bit of difference. You had EVERY opportunity to hand me that championship, but you were too stupid to take it, weren’t you? And now… On Saturday, you’re gonna be standing across the ring, staring down the biggest and baddest man in the ENTIRE NXT locker room! And when that happens, I’m gonna rip that championship from your cold hands.”

Wes says that is exactly what Dijak will have to do! You will have to pry this title from Wes’s cold, dead hands! But understand that it’s much easier said than done. Wes didn’t win by accident. Every minute of training, every risk Wes took in and out of the ring, and every trial and tribulation, Wes has FOUGHT! When Wes felt like he couldn’t anymore, the chaotic support from every single one of the fans showed him that he can reach levels he had only dreamt of! So Saturday, Dijak isn’t just fighting Wes. He is fighting everyone on the #WesSide. Fans cheer Wes on! But Dijak says Wes might be fighting for the fans, but they won’t be fighting for Wes!

Wait! Von Wagner is here? He and Robert Stone walk out and Stone “apologizes.” But maybe his ears aren’t working properly. Dijak said HE’S the biggest and baddest? Have they forgotten about Von? Von tells Dijak, “Take those stupid sunglasses off, we’re inside. and I’m right here. And the only injustice is me getting overlooked.” Dijak tells Von that his eyes are focused on championship gold. Dijak has no issue with Von whatsoever. Wes says he isn’t sure about that. Fans chant “WAGNER SUCKS!” Wes says Dijak claims to be the biggest and baddest, but Von claims HE is the biggest and baddest, so Dijak is basically calling Von a liar.

Dijak tells Wes to shut up, and he knows what he’s up top. What? Wes just sees an injustice that needs to be fixed! Wes hears Von and Stone loud and clear about being overlooked. Come Tuesday… We may need to have a new #1 contender to the North American title. So uh… If Von happens to beat Dijak tonight, then Von will no longer be overlooked. Von will be looked at as a contender. And Stone says that is why they’re here! Right, right. So let’s please, PLEASE solve this injustice. Or Dijak can just give Von his jacket now. Dijak throws hands on Von! Von hits back, and fans fire up as the brawl is on!

Von clotheslines Dijak up and out! Refs rush out to stop this, but fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Will we see this brawl turn into a match? WE WILL! Wes gets out of the way, who wins this battle of behemoths?

DIJAK VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone!

The bell rings, the haymakers fly again, and Dijak kicks low! Dijak whips, Von reverses and KNEES Dijak down! Stone fires up, Von scoops Dijak to FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans fire up while NXT goes picture in picture!

Von drags Dijak up to reel him in. Von suplexes but DIjak blocks! Von CLUBS Dijak, tries again, but Dijak still blocks! Dijak throws body shots, then suplexes, TIME TO FLY! Von crashes, writhes, and goes to a corner. Dijak runs in to kick Von and stomp aw mudhole in! Dijak CLUBS Von, Von kicks back and puts Dijak in a corner for elbows! Von whips corner to corner, Dijak reverses hard and Von falls to the mat! Dijak storms up, drags Von up and turns him to a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Von is still in this but Dijak grits his teeth. Dijak clamps on a cravat and grinds Von with a neck wrench.

Von endures, fans rally up, and Von fights up. Von throws body shots, then haymakers! Von whips Dijak to a corner, then lifts Dijak for a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Von is annoyed but he watches Dijak stand. Von CLUBS Dijak, HEADBUTTS him, then ROCKS him with a right. Von whips, Dijak ducks ‘n’ dodges, then holds ropes! Von runs in but is sent into ropes! Von sputters, Dijak stomps him down, and then rains down fists! Stone protests but Dijak lets off to have the neck wrench again. Von endures, fights up, and he throws body shots. NXT returns to single picture as Von throws hands, but Dijak throws elbows and knees!

Dijak SMASHES then DISCUS LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Wes is on commentary and says it was only right that we find out who is truly the biggest and baddest in NXT. Dijak choke grips but Von fights free! Dijak wrenches, mule kicks, then back elbows hard! Dijak reels Von in but Von suplexes Dijak into buckles!! Fans lose their minds while Dijak flops down. Dijak stands up, Von runs in, and Von clotheslines! Von whips corner to corner, but Dijak BOOTS back! Von still fireman’s carries, but Dijak slips off! Dijak shoves Von away and ROCKS him at the ropes! Dijak runs but Von KNEES him low! Von runs, to RAM Dijak!

Dijak rebounds to RAM Von, then he ELBOWS, ELBOWS and CLUBS Von! Then he SUPERKICKS! Dijak runs, into a BOOT! Cover, TWO!! Dijak survives and Stone can’t believe it! Fans rally for “NXT! NXT!” and Von waits on Dijak. Dijak slowly rises, Von choke grips, but Dijak flips through the lift! To choke grip and HIGH JUSTICE!! Cover, TWO?!! Von survives and the fans are thunderous! Von goes to a corner, Dijak storms up, “This is Awesome!” as Dijak throws elbows. Dijak hoists Von up top, CLUBS him in the chest, then climbs up after him. Dijak choke grips again, but Von elbows Dijak over and over and over!

Von CLUBS away on Dijak, roars, and hits a SUPER BUTTERFLY SLAM!! Cover, TWO!?!? Fans are thunderous, Stone is beside himself, and Wes is loving this! Von gets Dijak up, OLYMIPC- NO, Dijak slips out to have the HAMMERLOCK SLEEPER! Von flails, reaches out, Stone coaches him, but Dijak says this is gonna be Wes’s future! Von is fading out, then Dijak torture racks! FEAST YOUR EYES!! Cover, Dijak wins!

Winner: DIJAK, by pinfall

Hard Justice has proven to be THE biggest and baddest man in NXT! But will he prove he is championship material? Or will Wes Lee prove he is must-see?

 

Tony D’Angelo and Channing Lorenzo are watching backstage.

Stacks says he can’t stand that Dijak. He’ll probably win the title on Saturday now. But The Don says not to worry about Dijak. “Street justice has no expiration date.” But what was this big impact Stacks was gonna have? Stacks has to take care of a few things. The first or the second? Both. Wow, really? Yeah, he’s the Underboss! That’s what they do. So next week, Stacks gets it done. Tremendous. Now let’s take care of that other thing. They head out, just what is Stacks going to do to handle his business?

 

Nikkita Lyons tweets out her status.

“Surgery was a success. Thank you deeply to the WWE universe, my Lyon Pride, for all the love and support you show. I’ll be back stronger than I’ve ever been. #ReadyToPounce Also, a big thank you to the wonderful surgeons, doctors and nurses.” It may be another setback, but will Lyons use that to set up a huge comeback?

 

McKenzie Mitchell is backstage with more.

McKenzie Mitchell says there are many questions surrounding the attack on Lyons in the NXT parking lot, so she has prepared some footage so that we can get a better idea of what happened. Among those on scene at the time of the attack are Valentina Feroz walking away, Dani Palmer, Arianna Grace and Alexis Leddy walking together going inside, and an unidentified woman driving away. There is also Elektra Lopez walking and talking with newcomer Lola Vice, closest to Nikkita but going on their own path. Freeze here, and you see Tiffany Stratton just going through her bag, but maybe she’s hiding the evidence.

And of course, Zoey Stark is spotted walking away, and even Tatum Paxley and Lash Legend at the very end of the lot. Indi Hartwell and Lyra Valkyria come to Lyons’ aid, and we then spot Wendy Choo peeking out of a car window. Did Wendy witness anything? McKenzie says no one is taking credit for this attack, but she will keep us informed if anyone comes forward with information. Who is behind NXT’s newest whodunnit mystery, and why did they do it?

 

NXT looks closer at Bron Breakker VS Grayson Waller.

The Big Booty Nephew’s NXT record is already golden, but the 21st Century Success Story isn’t impressed. In fact, he’s sick and tired of it. Waller has been running this for the last eight months, and now he’s made the decision that he needs to be champion. New Year’s Evil was going well until a freak accident took Waller out. So at Vengeance Day, their rematch will be inside a STEEL CAGE! Waller says Bron is a wild dog, and Bron admits his temper has gotten the better of him. But no one has taken advantage of it like Waller. Waller is living rent free in Bron’s brain. Bron says his temper has led to both is biggest wins and most crushing losses.

Waller says Bron will beat himself this time. Bron thought he needed to control the anger, but then he realized, with the steel cage all around them, there’s no need to hold back. Bron will beat Waller within an inch of his life, and pin what’s left! But Waller says he can read Bron like a book. And Waller has read that book, so he’ll past this test. Waller will not just beat Bron but he’ll embarrass him! Bron promises to break Waller inside the steel, but Waller went viral the last time he was inside a cage. This is what Waller wanted, but it’ll be Bron’s Vengeance Day. Who survives the steel to bring home the gold?

 

Tyler Bate VS Axiom!

Even with Kemp being a right wanker, the Big Strong Boy and the Undeniable Truth are going to focus on friendly competition! Will Bate continue to get A-Kid vibes from Axiom? Or will Axiom be even better than that?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Bate powers Axiom to ropes. The ref counts, Bate lets off, and fans applaud the sportsmanship. They reset, tie up again, and Bate has a cording hold. Axiom whips Bate away, Bate goes up and under and then knuckle locks. Bate steps over, headlocks, waistlocks, trips and body scissors to a clutch, TWO! They tie up, Bate cravats and snapmares, but Axiom is right up. Axiom sidesteps but Bate blocks the arm-drag to hit an arm-drag! Bate has the armlock and fans applaud the exchange. Axiom fights up, facelocks, but Bate powers out to keep on the armlock.

Axiom endures, fans duel, and Axiom goes up and around to whip Bate! Bate reverses to hit the arm-drag again! Fans cheer as Bate keeps on the arm but Axiom fights up. Axiom facelocks, Bate fights that, but Axiom goes up and around again. Bate still has the arm, he turns another whip into another arm-drag, but Axiom fights up. Axiom uses the ref for an assist to flip through! But again Bate reverses a whip! And again! Axiom is frustrated as Bate keeps on the arm. Axiom fights up, goes up and headscissors! Bate throws Axiom away, Axiom avoids the elbow to springboard arm-drag, kip up and ENZIGURI! Cover, TWO!

Axiom keeps on Bate with a facelock, fans rally up, and Bate rolls. Axiom rolls with Bate, covers, TWO! The two stand off, Bate SOBATS! Axiom staggers away, Bate runs in, but Axiom arm-drags Bate and himself up and out of the ring! Fans fire up while NXT goes picture in picture.

Both men stir, and Bate stands up first. Bate follows Axiom, UPPERCUTS him, then puts him in the ring. Bate stalks Axiom, brings him up and headlocks, to bop him with a boot! Bate hits the headlock takeover, but Axiom headscissors in return. Axiom pushes up to put on pressure, but Bate moves around. Bate headstands, pops free and has Axiom’s legs tied up. Bate goes back to the headlock but Axiom goes back to the headscissor! Bate kips free, but Axiom holds onto an arm to drag Bate back down! Axiom headscissors again, but Bate moves around again. Bate headstands, pops free and basement dropkicks!

Bate drags Axiom up by an arm and wraps Axiom up in a straitjacket stretch. Axiom endures, arm-drags free, and runs in at the corner. Axiom blocks a boot but not the KNEE! Bate goes up to FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Bate keeps cool and he keeps his eyes on Axiom. Bate UPPERCUTS again and Axiom goes to rpoes. Bate whips Axiom to ropes, then catches him to a COBRA TWIST! Axiom endures the stretch, pops free and hip tosses Bate down! Axiom waistlocks, they go to ropes but Bate bucks the O’Conner, only to turn around into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Axiom floats to get the arm, but Bate stacks him, TWO!

Axiom has Bate in a Triangle Hold, and NXT returns to single picture. Fans chant, “This is Wrestling!” as Bate deadlifts Axiom to a fireman’s carry! AIRPLANE SPIN! Fans fire up as Bate goes around and around and around, fifteen times! Bate slows down, staggers a bit, squats, and then powers up to spin MORE!! And then POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Axiom survives and Bate has to catch his breath but fans rally back up. Axiom and Bate rise, Bate spins a few more times before he throws a forearm! Axiom throws a forearm back! Bate fires forearm after forearm but Axiom hits back! Axiom kicks, Bate blocks but Axiom hops the sweep to ENZIGURI!

Bate falls over, Axiom keeps moving, PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Bate goes to a corner, Axiom runs in, he blocks the boot but gets another knee! Bate goes up and leaps, into an SLEEPER!! Axiom has the body scissors and fans rally up! Bate endures, fights the hold, turns over, but Axiom squeezes tighter! Bate stands, pries at the hold, opens it up, but Axiom waistlocks. Bate bucks the O’Conner again but Axiom kips up, into a RIGHT! But he SUPERKICKS right back! Axiom rolls Bate up but Bate sits on the cover, TWO!!! Axiom escapes and fans are thunderous! Both men slowly rise and fans rally up.

Axiom ROCKS Bate! Bate rebounds, but Axiom avoids the rolling kick! Bate avoids the Penalty Kick, Axiom slips through the roll-up. Bate blocks the Superkick to spin Axiom, Bop up and BANG in! Axiom wobbles, Bate runs and REBOUND LARIATS! Bate underhooks, but Axiom NORTHERN LIGHTS out! Bridging cover, TWO as Bate bridges up! Axiom pushes Bate back down, TWO as Bate gets back up! Underhooks, TYLER- RANA!!! Cover, TWO!!! Bate has the arms again! TYLER DRIVER 97!!! Cover, Bate wins!!!

Winner: Tyler Bate, by pinfall

A big strong win for the Big Strong Boy! “That was Awesome!” but will this earn Bate a title match on the other side of this Saturday? But Bate and the fans show Axiom respect. But then Kemp CLBOBBERS them both! And he hits Axiom with an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Kemp says he told them before, but then Bate chases Kemp off! Will Bate make sure Kemp learns European wrestling is anything but soft?

 

Isla Dawn speaks.

“In my land, Imbolc is the beginning of Spring. It is a time to exhale all that is behind us, and to mark new beginnings. Tonight, on the Eve of Imbolc, we purge the constraints of the past. We purify the negative energy surrounding us, and we transfigure the uninitiated into members of this house. There has always been a rage inside of you,” Alba Fyre. And she just needed a nudge to reveal it. “Shall we?” Fyre nods, and Isla says they are letting go of their unbridled passions, shed their egos, and relinquish their need for control. “These emotions no longer serve us.” Fyre repeats that, and throws water on the fire. With this, the initiation process has begun.

Isla and Fyre smile as they walk into the night. Will the darkness within Fyre grow stronger with the Wicked Witch’s influence?

 

Backstage interview with Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams.

McKenzie is with Trick Melo Gang, and Trick is shaking. But he’s just joking. He’s “shaking like booty meat on a Friday night.” Not because he’s scared, but because it’s cold out. “But Trick Willy can’t lie. This whole Apollo thing, I mean, I don’t know. Should I even go to Vengeance Day? He looks, he sees in the future, that’s some Cleo stuff, man!” Melo has Trick calm down. Of course Trick’s going to Vengeance Day. Apollo can stay daydreaming, but they stay scheming. McKenzie notes the match is Best 2 out of 3, so how does Melo see this playing out? Melo says everyone knows him by now, so we know how Melo sees this playing.

“Apollo needs to realize that this ain’t Jackson, that this ain’t Jordan, that these shots I take don’t ever jam.” Melo is of a different caliber! Melo took Apollo from the sidelines to the headlines. Apollo could have a top combine vertical, and his fingertips still wouldn’t reach Melo’s level. Melo tells Apollo that you can be this or that, but until you beat Melo, you can never be HIM. That’s all it is, and that’s all it’s gonna be. But is Melo overlooking the wild cards in the equation?

 

Roxanne Perez and Toxic Attraction sit down for video interviews.

The NXT Women’s Champion is far, far away from Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne for this final interview before Vengeance Day. Vic Joseph notes Roxie is the youngest woman to ever compete in the Royal Rumble match. How did that feel for her? She was overwhelmed, and so grateful to hear her music hit in front of over 50 THSOUAND people, and make the run down the ramp she’s dreamed of for so long. It was so incredible! Jacy says, “Incredible? More like incredibly pathetic! RoXaNnE~, cOnGrAtUlAtIoNs~! YoU wErE iN tHe RoYaL rUmBlE~!” But you didn’t win! And you’re not going to WrestleMania, but to Vengeance Day, to lose your title.

Gigi says the reason Roxie lost the Rumble was cuz she got put through a table! That look on her face when she realized she got tricked was great. But it’ll all be over for Lil’ Miss Perfect real soon. Roxie says Gigi & Jacy act like they’re best friends, but Roxie knows there is a lot of truth behind what they said to each other last week. Gigi says the truth is that Roxie stands no chance at Vengeance Day. How is Roxie gonna beat them both? She has the same percent chance of winning the Triple Threat as she did winning the Rumble: ZERO! Roxie is good and all, but going against the two baddest women in NXT at the same time, she has NO chance.

Actually, Roxie says she has more of a chance- Jacy cuts her off to say that Roxie had a good run. Eight months in NXT is like a little jog. Good for her! But Roxie peaked at 21 years old. That sucks. But this Saturday, it’s all coming to an end. Roxie says it’s not. But Gigi says it is. At least Roxie can go home to Texas and tell everyone she had a “cup of coffee” in the big time. She just made one critical mistake: messing with Toxic Attraction. And look on the bright side! She can play the “What If” game! What if Roxie stayed in her lane and didn’t punch up? Roxie starts to speak but Jacy cuts her off again, telling her to shut up.

Jacy says “What if” Roxie was a good little girl and didn’t make any waves. Whether Roxie likes it or not, it’s 2v1. Gigi says Roxie’s ride is over, the 15 minutes of fame are over. Roxie storms out, and Toxic Attraction make fun of her for not being able to handle it. Vic says Toxic Attraction weren’t being fair, but Jacy says, “Who cares? After Saturday, she’ll be old news. You’re looking at the next NXT Women’s Champion right here.” Then which one will it be? Gigi says you’re looking at her! Gigi knows everyone, especially Booker, is a big fan of Roxie, and is just trying to find a crack between Toxic Attraction, but there isn’t one.

For almost two years, Toxic Attraction has controlled the NXT Women’s Division. But for the last six weeks, everyone’s been on a vacation from it. That changes on Saturday, as order will be restored when Jacy & Gigi take their rightful spot. This day has been a long time coming, Roxie is just the first one to push it to the edge. But at Vengeance Day, they course correct things back to Gigi- Er, they become NXT Women’s Champion. Jacy notices that “flub,” but before she can respond, ROXANNE POUNCES!! Roxie fires off with all the pent up anger on both of them! She TACKLES Jacy through the set!!

Fans fire up as security rushes in to stop Roxie from tearing into Toxic Attraction more! Will nothing, not even two opponents at once, stop The Prodigy from proving why she IS NXT Women’s Champion?

 

Stevie Turner VS Dani Palmer!

Updated, online and ready to play, the Fourth Dimensional Superstar is finally back in action! Will Stevie prove that she is always two steps ahead and two levels above? Or will Dani delete Stevie before she even gets started?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Stevie has an armlock, then wrenches Dani to wrangle her to the mat. Dani fights up, rolls, backflips and wrenches, but Stevie gets away. They go again, Stevie waistlocks but Dani switches, only for Stevie to elbow free. Stevie headlocks, Dani brings her down to a knee and handstands to slip free! Stevie avoids Dani’s headlock to BOOT, BOOT and then scrape Dani on ropes! Fans boo, Stevie runs side to side to BOOT WASH! Stevie laughs like mad and she pushes Dani down. Stevie then brings Dani up, but Dani pushes her away. Stevie kicks low, CLUBS Dani, then turns her for a HANGING NECKBREAKER!

Dani staggers to ropes, Stevie snapmares her and clamps on a chinlock. Fans rally, Dani fights up, and arm-drags free! Stevie runs back but into an elbow! Dani dodges to LEAPING LARIAT! And again! Dani keeps moving but Stevie kicks low! But Dani JAWBREAKERS back! Dani runs to THESZ PRESS! Dani rains down wild hands, thrashes Stevie around, and then drags Stevie up. Dani runs, but Stevie reels her in by her tights! Stevie whips Dani away, and BOOTS her down! Stevie hauls Dani up, TWISTING DDT!! Stevie isn’t done there, she drags Dani up, for the SIDE EFFECT! Cover, Stevie wins!

Winner: Stevie Turner, by pinfall

Stevie just rerouted Dani’s connection and has her first win in NXT! Will Stevie soon be the number one trend in wrestling?

 

Kiana James is on the phone.

She promises to see “Zack” there, and says, “Love you, too.” Fallon Henley then walks over and asks who she was talking to. No one, don’t worry about it. Fallon knew it! She KNEW Kiana would break Jensen’s heart!! Fallon, calm down, it’s not what you think. You don’t even know why you’re upset right now! Oh? Then who is Zack?! But then in walk the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions. Kayden Carter points out the #1 contenders, and how they’re not talking about their upcoming match. Katana Chance says that sounds like trouble. Kiana says sound travels fast around here. But the only sound the champs will hear on Saturday is, “And NEW…!”

Has Fallon been giving Kiana a lot to drink lately? They’ve been a team for like a week while KC Squared has been a team for over a year! Fallon says with all due respect, we all know, we all get it, Katana & Kayden are BFFs. But Saturday is the biggest match of Fallon’s life, so she is going all out. Kiana says they are going all out. Well, we’ll see about that. But either way, the titles are staying with KC Squared. Katana & Kayden head out, and Fallon gets Kiana’s attention. Stay focused for Saturday, but just know this conversation isn’t over. Fallon heads out, is she making a mountain out of a mole hill?

 

Charlie Dempsey VS Drew Gulak w/ Hank Walker!

The Son of the Gentleman Villain cost the Philly Stretcher and his blue collar protégé last week, so this is all about vengeance before Vengeance Day! Will Gulak lock Dempsey down? Or will the Philly Stretcher be the one getting stretched?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Gulak headlocks for a takeover. Dempsey fights up, hits a back suplex, but Gulak holds on! Gulak has control again but Dempsey headscissors. Gulak moves around, has the legs, but Dempsey keeps shoulders up in the stack. Dempsey pushes Gulak away, they stand, and Gulak facelocks. Dempsey wrenches out, wristlocks, but Gulak grinds forearms. Dempsey wrenches, Gulak gets away, and fans rally up as NXT goes picture in picture.

The two circle, knuckle lock, and go shoulder to shoulder for a test of strength. Dempsey powers Gulak down to his knees, but Gulak powers back up. They go shoulder to shoulder again and now Gulak powers Dempsey back. Dempsey bridges, but Gulak has the cover! TWO as Dempsey gets an arm up! Gulak puts that arm down, TWO as the other arm comes up! Gulak has both arms, TWO as Dempsey bridges back up! Gulak stands over Dempsey, brings him up, but Dempsey monkey flips! Dempsey rolls back to a cover, TWO as Gulak sunset flips! TWO, and Dempsey headlocks to keep Gulak down! Fans applaud as the technical exchange continues.

Gulak fights up to his feet, powers his way to a facelock, but Dempsey snap suplexes to a cover, TWO! Gulak has the facelock but Dempsey stands up again. Dempsey goes for a trip but Gulak uses that to get a cover, TWO! Dempsey fights up, Gulak facelocks, then scoops and SLAMS Dempsey into ropes! Dempsey clutches his legs but Gulak storms up. Dempsey throws body shots and uppercuts! Gulak DECKS Dempsey in return! Gulak hurries to a cover, TWO! Gulak grabs Dempsey’s legs and steps through, but Dempsey resists. Gulak still pushes through to get the deathlock, and then he gets the chinlock for a REGAL STRETCH!!

Dempsey endures, reaches out, but Gulak keeps the pressure on the hold! Dempsey still moves forward, NXT returns to single picture, and Dempsey pries the facelock away! Dempsey turns to trip Gulak into a HEEL HOOK! Gulak kicks away to get free! Dempsey UPPERCUTS, has the leg, DRAGON SCREW! Gulak clutches his knee and fans rally up again. Dempsey covers, TWO! Dempsey underhooks the arm, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Bridge, and then roll into the BUTTERFLY STRETCH! Gulak endures, fights up, but Dempsey shifts to have a FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Gulak endures, Dempsey turns it to a ghost pin, TWO!

ANOTHER BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Dempsey keeps on Gulak with a deadlift GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! “This is Wrestling!” as Dempsey brings Gulak up. Gulak wrenches the arm, CLUBS it, and then has the CROSSFACE CHICKEN WING! Dempsey pries free, arm-drags Gulak away, and storms up, to get the leg! Gulak slips out of the Dragon Screw, but Dempsey gets the leg again! DRAGON SCREW! And then Dempsey has the leg for a HEEL HOOK! Gulak kicks with his free leg, and he gets away! Both men rush in, Gulak blocks the forearm to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!

Gulak clutches his leg and Dempsey goes to ropes. Fans rally up, Gulak headlocks, but Dempsey hits a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Gulak is hanging tough and Hank coaches him up. Fans rally, Gulak and Dempsey slowly rise. Dempsehy runs in, into a SLAP!! Gulak just pissed Dempsey off! Dempsey BOOTS, but Gulak TACKLES Dempsey! Cover, TWO, but Dempsey has a SLEEPER! Gulak rolls out to get the arms! But Dempsey rolls, stands, but Gulak spins. Into Dempsey’s CROSSFACE CHICKEN WING! Gulak moves around, but Dempsey pushes on the bad leg! Dempsey drags Gulak down, body scissors are on!

Gulak fights, gets free of the body scissors, and Hank coaches Dempsey! Gulak runs to ropes and Dempsey is sent  into Hank!! Gulak rolls Dempsey up, Gulak wins!

Winner: Drew Gulak, by pinfall

Hank is dazed, did he just get used as a pawn? Is Gulak using his own student to help him cut corners?

 

Von is fuming backstage.

He throws a chair at the wall, and Stone says it ain’t working. This is not working. Von throws a locker room bench, and shouts, “YA THINK?!” Stone asks a question: Why does Von have Stone managing him? Stone has been managing Von for over a year now, yet he knows nothing about Von! Who IS Von Wagner? He’s big, he growls, but so do a lot of other guys. If Von wants to get to the next level, then he has to show Stone who he is! He has to show us who he is INSIDE! Help Stone help Von! Stone storms off, will these words help unlock Von’s true potential?

 

Triple Threat Tag: The Dyad VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe VS Chase U!

The New Day, Pretty Deadly and Gallus are waiting as there’s still room for one more for Vengeance Day! Will Rip Fowler & Jagger Reed plant the roots of The Schism in Charlotte? Will the underestimated underdogs finally unlock their potential? Or will Andre Chase & Duke Hudson share this #TeachableMoment with everyone? We find out, after the break!

NXT returns as Malik & Edris make their entrance, followed by Chase U’s entrance. In this kind of Triple Threat Tag, only two teams are legal at any given time, so Malik & Edris agree to let the other teams start. Duke and Rip circle as fans rally behind Chase U. Duke and Rip tie up, Rip knees low and whips Duke, but Duke blocks! Duke glares at Rip, reels him in and scoops to SLAM! Tag to Chase, Duke whips Rip and Chase drop toeholds for the “LET’S GO~!” ELBOW! Chase covers, TWO! Chase drags Rip up but Rip gets away to the third corner. Rip CHOPS Edris as part of the tag! Edris steps in and he circles with Chase.

Chase and Edris shake hands, then tie up. Edris wrenches, steps over, then arm-drags, but Chase blocks to step over and La Magistrol! ONE, but Edris wrangles Chase for a La Magi- NO, Chase blocks it to have a cover, TWO! Edris and Chase stand off, and Chase says that was a teachable moment! Fans cheer but Edris rushes in. They go around, Chase bucks the O’Conner, and things speed up! Edris jumps then DROPKICKS Chase down! Chase staggers up, Edris runs in and rolls off Chase’s back to tag Malik before the arm-drag! Malik hurries in, he and Edris double whip, to trip, BOOT and LARIAT! Malik covers, TWO!

Malik facelocks but Chase JAWBREAKERS free! Reed sneaks a tag before Chase whips. Malik reverses, Chase ducks ‘n’ dodges but Reed trips Chase up! Malik realizes what happened, the ref has him exit, and Reed keeps after Chase. Reed fires forearms and DECKS Chase! Chase bails out, Rip drags him up, and The Dyad coordinates, PLANCHA SHOULDER BREAKER! Chase clutches his arm while Rip pushes him around. Fans boo and Duke storms over but the ref has everyone stay back. Rip drags Chase up and puts him on the apron, to SLAM him on the edge! Chase sputters but Rip drags him around.

Fans rally, but Rip hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Rip clamps onto Chase with a cobra clutch but Chase endures. Fans rally for Chase U as Chase fights up. Rip ripcords to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Rip smothers Chase, has another cover, TWO! Rip and Reed are upset but the ref says his count is fair. Rip UPPERCUTS Chase in the back, then clamps on with another clutch. Fans rally, Chase fights up, but Rip ripcords to back elbow! Rip then suplexes, but Chase blocks it! Rip CLUBS Chase down, taunts Duke, but Chase fights up. Chase suplexes Rip! Fans fire up while both men are down! Reed tags in to run and DROPKICK Duke!

Reed turns around, into a BIG back drop! But no Duke means no tag! Thea Hail coaches Duke up but Rip tags back in. Rip goes after Chase but Chase throws him out! Malik & Edris call to Chase, they’re his only option! Chase runs over, but then The Dyad trips Malik & Edris up! Chase has no one, and turns around into a throat chop! Tag to Reed, the Dyad sets Chase up for a POWERBOMB BACKSTABBER!! Cover, TWO!?! Chase survives and everyone is shocked! Fans are thunderous for Chase U, but Rip says Chase is a hypocrite, a joke and a fool! Thea is furious on Chase’s behalf, and Reed runs in, but Chase goes up and over!

Hot tag to Duke! Duke rallies on The Dyad with big hands! Scoop for Rip, SIDEWALK SLAM! JAB after JAB for Reed! Rip rushes in, so he gets JAB after JAB! Flip, flop and U~! ELBOW! Then a SENTON! SPLASH for Reed, a whip corner to corner, and Reed tumbles up and out! Duke runs in to BOOT Reed down! Fans are thunderous as Duke fetches Reed back into the ring. Duke shoulders into Reed, slingshots and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Reed survives but the student section fires up! Duke tunes up the band, but Malik tags in! Malik GAMANGIRIS Duke, springboards and CROSSBODIES Reed!

Malik goes back to ropes, to SLINGSHOT RANA Duke!! Malik is fired up and fans can’t help but fire up with him! Tag to Edris, Malik goes up a corner, FROG SPLASH onto Reed! Edris goes up, MACHO ELBOW!! Edris drags Reed up, fireman’s carries, and Malik runs! ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Cover, Rip AND Chase break it! Fans are electric as “NXT! NXT!” gives them this amazing main event! Thea is also all pumped up as all six men start brawling! Reed tumbles out but Chase and Duke throw Rip out to join him. Malik & Edris DOUBLE DROPKICK Chase U out! Then they build speed, to DOUBLE TOPE CONJILO!!

“This is Awesome!” as Edris puts Reed in! Edris goes back up top, but Reed hits ropes! Edris lands bad up top, and Reed ROCKS him! Reed climbs up after Edris, but Malik CLUBS Reed! Malik climbs up but then Rip YANKS him down! Rip RAMS Malik into steel steps! The Dyad has Edris together now, but Chase sneaks a tag! Chase joins in, and using his physics knowledge, hits a TOWER OF DOOM!! Fans are thunderous as Chase fires up! Spell it out! C! H! A! S! E! U! What’s that spell?! “CHASE U!!” But Ava Raine distracts Chase! Reed CLOBBERS Chase! But Thea YANKS Ava down! Reed is shocked!

Reed runs at Chase, GRIT YOUR- NO, Chase dodges! Hot tag to Duke, and Duke turns Reed! Gory Especial, and Chase adds on, ROLLING COMPLETE SHOT!! Cover, Chase U wins!!!

Winners: Chase U, by pinfall (join the NXT Tag Team Championship Fatal 4 Way)

Thea is the most excited of all as the red ‘n’ black now get to compete for some gold! But then we see Gallus appear in the perch and Pretty Deadly appear on stage, with the New Day on the tron! Gimme a C! H! A! S! Well, we know the rest. Congrats to Chase U! This wins means they’re going to Vengeance Day! So then, New Day will see Chase U, and Gallus, and Pretty Deadly of course. Put it together for all these teams! But will this road game be a big win for Chase U? Will Pretty Deadly redo the #SidePlateCheck? Will Gallus Boys be on top? Or will ya bois the NEW~ DAY~, still be your W, W, E, N, X, T, Tag, Team, CHAMPIONS~?


My Thoughts:

Now this was a go-home episode! No need for filling/wasting time with recaps, just give us promos, action and other stuff to hype up what’s coming. Good promo from Apollo Crews, and good response from Trick & Melo. Apollo’s vision seems to foreshadow Oro Mensah being his back-up, as I’m pretty sure I saw his dreadlocks in that silhouette. At the same time, even if someone were to cancel out Trick, that doesn’t guarantee Apollo wins. Melo could win one fall cuz of Trick, Apollo could win one fall cuz Oro cancels out Trick, and then the third fall is truly 1v1. I’m leaning towards Melo since he makes sense as the next challenger to THE NXT Championship.

Speaking of, we got a pretty good promo vignette for Bron VS Waller in the steel cage. And from how they’re talking about it, this is going to be a No Escape Steel Cage match, where the door isn’t an option and climbing the walls won’t win it for you. I am all for that, and I think all Steel Cage matches should be like that to get rid of some of the more overused tropes of a Steel Cage match. Good interview promos from Roxie, Gigi & Jacy, and while part of me wanted Roxie to explode on Toxic Attraction verbally, her going after them directly was just as good. Roxie really should show she has grit, but I feel like her initiating the brawl is tantamount to her standing tall. I hope this doesn’t put the go-home math against her, she only just got that belt.

Stevie Turner’s first match back was pretty good, and I’m actually happy to see they came up with a completely kayfabed chat box for her entrance, as I imagined last week. Good promo from Isla & Fyre to establish that they’re a team now. I was sensing there’d be something building towards Valentine’s Day in a couple weeks, and I think this whole “Who is Zack and what is he to Kiana?” is gonna be the thing. Kiana is gonna reveal that’s like her brother and Fallon’s gonna feel dumb for getting protective of Jensen’s feelings. But with that, I don’t think they win the tag titles at Vengeance Day. That should probably be Isla & Fyre.

We also got a real good “NXT Investigates” promo from McKenzie to point out just how many suspects there really are in the Whodunnit of Lyons’ parking lot attack. Indi VS Stark was a good match to play off that, but I’m starting to wonder if Valentina Feroz did it. Feroz seems like the least likely, so that’d be quite the twist. Given her talk with Elektra Lopez about doing underhanded things, Feroz said she couldn’t do anything to Wendy Choo because Wendy’s a friend. But Feroz and Lyons have no connections, so Feroz could attack her from behind with no problems.

Good promo from Wes Lee, Dijak, Von and Stone to set up Dijak VS Von. That was a good match, but of course Dijak won to have momentum going into the North American title match. I still think Wes wins, but what was really interesting to come out of this was Stone getting fired up telling Von to bring out some personality. Is Von going to suddenly have a gimmick? I can’t even be sure what that’d be. Also, good promo from Tony D and Stacks. I thought Von was gonna be the big guy Stacks went after but then this happened, so maybe Stacks calls out Odyssey Jones or Quincy Elliot to give one of those guys some screen time. And also a win, because I feel like Stacks is gonna bite off more than he can chew.

We also got some great technical wrestling singles matches. Gulak VS Dempsey was not as good as Bate VS Axiom, but I like the detail that Hank takes the hit to tip things in Gulak’s favor. Hank might confront Gulak on that move, and we get closer to Heel Gulak. Then we got just a hilarious and very meta promo out of Bate and Axiom referencing A-Kid. Kemp sticking his nose in things is fine, he needs something to do and honestly should’ve had more time in NXT UK. Bate winning makes sense, he’s also back and needs some momentum. Kemp’s blindside attack definitely earns him a match with both of them in turn, probably winning against Axiom but losing to Bate.

Really good stuff out of the NXT Tag Division tonight, too. The opener of Creeds VS Indus Sher was good, though I feel like maybe they’re going for too real of a fight feel. Julius just came off like he forgot the match flow they discussed. But it was a clever move to have Indus Sher win because of the mishap with Ivy. This will add something more to the Diamond Mine story, and Indus Sher really should be climbing up the rankings. Especially with everything going on in the title story.

Great Triple Threat main event, and as great as all three teams are, it makes sense Chase U won. New Day is Face, Gallus and Pretty Deadly are Heel, so there needed to be another Face team. There’s intrigue in the Chase U story and it can play out in the Fatal 4. And Indus Sher being Heels, if New Day retains (or even if Chase U wins), that’d be a great program going to Stand & Deliver.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Orlando stays Dark!

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Universal Studios is still the AEW Dark Arena!

As they prepare to go after the AEW World Trios Championships, AR Fox & Top Flight reunite to take on The Wingmen: Peter Avalon, Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: AR Fox & Top Flight VS The Wingmen; Fox & Top Flight win.
  • Red Velvet VS Sofia Castillo; Velvet wins.
  • Zack Clayton VS Fulton; Clayton wins.
  • Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. w/ Arn Anderson VS Rosario Grillo & Dean Alexander; Anderson & Pillman win.
  • Skye Blue VS Renee Michelle; Skye wins.
  • Shane Taylor Promotions VS Mr. G & Dante Casanova; Shane Taylor Promotions wins.
  • Yuka Sakazaki VS Avery Breaux; Yuka wins.
  • The Workhorsemen VS Liam Gray & Adrian Alanis; The Workhorsemen win.
  • Angelico w/ Serpentico & Luther VS Konosuke Takeshita; Konosuke wins.

QUICK NOTES

A solid line-up, and I like that we’re getting to see Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. in action together after a backstage promo on Elevation not too long ago. Not sure what the team name is but two second generation stars together is a logical combination. Angelico VS Konosuke, that is going to be a great match, but I give the win to Konosuke. Red Velvet is in action again after also being on Elevation, she’s definitely building momentum towards taking on Jade Cargill for Jade’s 50th match. And good to see Shane Taylor Promotions in action here. They’ll be a strong part of the ROH Tag Team Division, even after having lost to Keith Lee after Swerve abandoned Keith.

And good to see AR Fox & Top Flight in action, and against The Wingmen. For one, good to see Avalon, Nemeth & Bononi teaming all together again. And this will be a good match to build momentum for Fox & Flight.


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The WWE Royal Rumble is a blast to watch, but the times are often worked to hell. What were the...

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