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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (4/19/22)

Whosoever be he worthy shall haveth the power!

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Who is worthy of challenging Cameron Grimes for the title?

Carmelo Hayes and Santos Escobar both want after Cameron Grimes and the NXT North American Championship, but only the winner gets that opportunity! Who will get to go #ToTheMoon with the Carolina Cash Money Caveman?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Sarray VS Tiffany Stratton; Stratton wins.
  • Grayson Waller VS Sanga; Waller wins.
  • Grizzled Young Veterans VS Legado del Fantasma; Legado wins.
  • Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Santos Escobar w/ Legado del Fantasma; Melo wins.
  • Natalya VS Tatum Paxley; Natalya wins.
  • Xyon Quinn VS Wes Lee; Quinn wins.
  • Roxanne Perez VS Jacy Jayne w/ Toxic Attraction; Perez wins.
  • NXT Tag Team Championships: Pretty Deadly VS Dexter Lumis & Duke Hudson w/ Indi & Persia; Pretty Dealdy wins and retains the titles.

PLAY BY PLAY

Joe Gacy interrupts the tag gauntlet recap video?!

“Bron Breakker. Tonight, we’re going to see what kind of sacrifices you’re wiling to make. For you, your family, and for this.” Rick Steiner’s WWE Hall of Fame ring! Gacy laughs like he’s a supervillain, but will Bron be able to rescue his father’s HOF ring from him?

 

Pretty Deadly heads to the ring!

Sam Stoker/Kit Wilson and Lewis Howley/Elton Prince are the NEW NXT Tag Team Champions, and they’re living it up already. They get mics and Elton says, “Last week, me ‘n’ Kit made history! As we pranced down to the shiny door of NXT 2.0 and won the NXT Tag Team Championships.” #YesBoy! They’re used to having gold around their waists. They dominated the UK when they won the NXT UK Tag Team Championships. But that scene was too drab. So why not come to Murica and take their titles? And it wasn’t even that hard! They beat four of the best in one night! SURPRISE~! SURPRISE~!

“Oh shut up, you bad dweebs! Look at the absolute state of these two!” Zack Gibson wants to know where was the invite for the Grizzled Young Veterans into the tag gauntlet? James Drake says if they were in it, they would’ve dismantled every single meat bag in that match, and especially Pretty Deadly. The only reason those two had an ounce of success in the UK was because GYV decided to leave first! And the only reason these DOGS are champions is because GYV weren’t included! But they’re sick of waiting at the back! They are long overdue an opportunity, and they are gonna take it tonight!

But wait! Here comes Legado del Fantasma! Elektra Lopez tells GYV they’re not the only ones who want a match. And then Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza/Del Toro ATTACK! LDF and GYV are brawling into the ring, so Pretty Deadly bails out! Refs rush out to try and stop this but it just spills back out of the ring! Drake gets lose of Wilde but Gibson and Raul are still brawling! And in from the back, here comes Bron Breakker! The NXT Champion has fans barking it up as he says if Joe Gacy wants to know what he’s willing to sacrifice, Gacy just has to come out with that HOF ring and Bron will show him!

But Gacy responds on the tron. He has what Bron’s looking for and he is not a hard man to find. Just come find him! Gacy laughs as he hacks all the trons to show his face! Will Bron break the face of this Wish.com Joker?

 

Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams talk backstage.

Trick wants to get this right. Since Stand & Deliver, everyone is confused. Cameron Grimes thinks he’s The A Champion now, Santos Escobar says he can hang with Melo. Melo says he’ll give Santos credit, he is in a league of his own. But Melo not worthy? Melo goes to the back of the line? Is he crazy? Santos, do you not realize that Melo created the line! He IS the line. Solo last week, Santos tonight, and then the Cinderella story comes to an end for Grimes as Melo sets things right. Santos will be the first casualty on the Getting Back the Gold Tour! That’s all it is, and that’s all it’s gonna be!

 

Sarray VS Tiffany Stratton!

The Warrior of the Sun and the #BuffBarbie of NXT have gone back and forth, even backstage. But now, Stratton will have to take Sarray on at full power! Will Daddy’s Little Rich Girl get burned?

NXT returns and Sarray makes her entrance. The bell rings and Stratton talks trash on Sarray. Sarray shoves Stratton, Stratton kicks low! Stratton wrenches to a wristlock but Sarray rolls, kips up and arm-drags Stratton away, tot hen dropkick her down! Fans fire up but Stratton is angry. Sarray dodges her to ROCK her! Sarray runs, but into an elbow! Stratton runs but into a roll-up! ONE, but Sarray has the legs! Sarray ties them up fast and then puts pressure on the deathlock! Fans rally and fire up as Sarray bridges back! Stratton endures, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Sarray lets go at 4, but runs corner to corner!

Stratton dodges, dropkick hits ropes! Stratton KICKS Sarray down! Stratton drags Sarray around, puts her in the ropes and then runs, to HIP ATTACK! Cover, TWO! Stratton drags Sarray up to CLUB her down, then wraps on a cobra clutch! Fans rally and even duel as Sarray endures. Sarray fights up but Stratton thrashes her around! Stratton grins and makes kissy faces as she grinds Sarray down. Sarray still fights up but Stratton knees low! Stratton whips Sarray to a corner, RAMS in, then gets to the apron. Stratton throws Sarray down by her hair, then knee-board sentons! Cover, TWO!

Stratton is furious and she thrashes Sarray around! Fans boo but Sarray bridges up! Sarray breaks free to SLAP Stratton! Stratton SLAPS back! Sarray chases Stratton and DROPKICKS her down! Then GERMAN SUPLEX! Stratton flounders, Sarray steps on her and goes up the corner! DOUBLE STOMPS! But that’s not all, as Stratton crawls to ropes. Sarray stands on Stratton but Stratton grabs the foot. So Sarray stomps her for it! And KICKS her! Sarray fires up, runs, SUNSPOT DROPKICK! Stratton flops out of the ring and fans are thunderous! Sarray gets Stratton back in, and has her in a corner.

Stratton holds ropes to resist the German Suplex, the ref counts, and Sarray gets Stratton away. But Stratton BACK HEADBUTTS! TWSITING VADER! Cover, Stratton wins!

Winner: Tiffany Stratton, by pinfall

A sneaky way to blind the Warrior of the Sun and take the win! Will Daddy’s Little Rich Girl always get her way?

 

Gibson & Drake talk backstage.

They can’t stand that Pretty Deadly of all people are the champions, but also grumble about Legado going after them. Bron barges through them and GYV ask what he’s up to. He asks them if they saw Gacy. But then Bron hears his dad? It’s a recording of his dad, inside the very cage he was kept in. Then Gacy tells Bron that he said family was everything. Wait, the whole scene is replaying on a tablet. Gacy is playing mind games, and Bron BREAKS the tablet! Is Gacy’s game only going to drive Bron over the edge?

 

Pretty Deadly are still feeling good backstage.

They relish in how the other tag teams of NXT want what they can never have. Then they go down the line of iconic photos. #YesBoy, #YesBoy, and even #YesGIRL to Mae Young. And also #YesGirls to Indi & Persia. Indi & Persia say hi to the NXT Tag Team Champions. Pretty Deadly do look better in person than on TV. #YesBoy and #YesGirl. Well, they were hoping Pretty Deadly would do them a favor. For these two? Anything! Then they want a match. Really? Well okay, name the time and place. Oh, Howley/Prince can think of a place. Well are Pretty Deadly fighting champions or what? Oh absolutely! Give ’em everything you’ve got!

Oh, sorry, they didn’t mean with them. Indi & Persia meant Dexter & Duke. Maybe the boys can take on some men. Well uh, Pretty Deadly will keep ’em posted! Bye, now! Keep in touch! Will Pretty Deadly say, “NO boy!” to Duke & Dex?

 

Backstage interview with Grayson Waller.

He goes 1v1 with his former bodyguard, Sanga, but why did he even fire Sanga in the first place? Waller says he had the whole world fooled thinking he had a bad elbow after the ladder jump at Stand & Deliver. Little old ladies were coming up to him, and yeah, he had those ladies carry his bags. Waller was so committed to the plan, but Sanga ruined it! Waller is too good a commodity for Sanga to weigh him down! So Waller isn’t afraid of an angry giant? Afraid? Without Waller, Sanga is nothing! But Andre Chase walks in to say this is a TEACHABLE MOMENT! Benjamin Franklin put it best when he said, “He that is good at making excuses is seldom good at anything else.”

Wow, Ben Franklin? Who’d that guy ever beat? Listen here, Dr. Seuss! But Bodhi Hayward steps in Waller’s face, only for Sanga to bust in! Waller throws Bodhi to the wolves! And then he throws everything else he can find! Sanga still gets through it all and shouts, ‘HOW DARE YOU!?” Chase and Hayward cheer on Sanga! They’re continuing to gorilla, but nothing Waller throws at Sanga slows him down! They end up going down the ramp! And in the ring! Sanga catches Waller before he can get away but Waller elbows him! The ref appears, the match starts now!

Grayson Waller VS Sanga!

Waller realizes he just stepped in it, but he UPPERCUTS Sanga! Waller does a shoulder shimmy, but Sanga is still standing! Sanga then CLOBBERS Waller, stalks him to a corner, and then TOSSES him across the way! Waller flounders up, Sanga is on him again to TOSS him back the other way! Sanga has Waller again, another TOSS! Fans fire up and Sanga gets Waller for a FOURTH TOSS! Fans want that “One More Time!” so here’s NUBMER FIVE! Waller flounders again, Sanga still gets him for a SIXTH! Waller clings to ropes, the ref counts and Sanga backs off. Waller gets up to dropkick a leg out!

Waller CLUBS Sanga, fires off more shots, then JABS! But Sanga gets up and shoves Waller to then run him over! Sanga stalks Waller, brings him up, shoves him to ropes and CLUBS him down! And then again! Waller is on noodle legs as he gets to the corner. Sanga hauls Waller up to whip him corner to corner! Sanga runs in, but into a BOOT! Waller runs in, into a scoop and SIDEWALK SLAM! Fans fire up and Sanga drags Waller back. Sanga says Waller is gonna pay for his disrespect! NAMASTE BIG ELBOW DROP! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Waller survives for a little longer but Sanga drags him back up.

Sanga scoop SLAMS Waller, then wants him to stand! Waller somehow stands, Sanga storms over but Waller bails out! Waller plays some cat ‘n’ mouse and he BOOTS Sanga into the table! Waller runs and slides, into a choke grip! But he slips out of the choke slam to POST Sanga! Waller gets Sanga in the ring, runs and somersaults, STUNNER! Cover, Waller wins!

Winner: Grayson Waller, by pinfall

Somehow, someway, Waller survives Sanga’s onslaught and snatches away the victory! Will the 21st Century Success Story ever get what he deserves?

 

Cora Jade speaks on what happened last week.

“When Natalya’s music hit, my heart literally stopped. And I know they always say to never meet your heroes, because they’ll always disappoint you. I guess I never really realized how true that was, until I met the real Natty. The future isn’t bleak, my future isn’t bleak. Natalya is a future Hall of Famer, but she is dead ass wrong.” The girl in this old selfie saw Natty as one of her dream matches. But now, Cora’s only dream is to kick Natty’s legendary ass! Cora shreds the picture and stomps on the past. Will this solidify Cora as the future?

 

A new star is making her way to NXT.

“When I was a little girl, things weren’t always easy. I grew up in a pretty chaotic home, and I was sort of an outcast in school. But when I opened up my WWE video games, none of that seemed to matter. It was my escape.” Her mom got her a PlayStation for Christmas, and every year, she’d get the newest game, getting lost for hours and hours. She’d make herself, dream what it’d be like to be in the ring. She was told playing as herself would be the closest she’d ever get to that dream. But she knew one day, the virtual world would become reality. So next week, she steps out of the game and into real-life! Roxanne Perez is coming!

Backstage interview with Roxanne!

McKenzie asks her how it feels to know her debut is just one week away. IT is so surreal. She is super nervous but this is something she’s worked for her entire life. Next week- But then Toxic attraction walks over to introduce themselves. And the butterflies she has standing next to them right now, totally normal. But some advice: don’t set the bar too high, you’ll never get there. Uh, thanks…? Gigi Dolin senses attitude, and Jacy Jayne says Roxanne’s got a big head already. Let’s see if she can back all that up. The debut should move up to… tonight! What? Tonight?!

Yes, tonight. This isn’t a game, honey, this is the real deal! Roxanne says she’ll figure it out then. She heads out, but will Toxic Attraction be in for a shock?

 

Grizzled Young Veterans VS Legado del Fantasma!

Zack Gibson & James Drake are sick of waiting, but Joaquin Wilde & “Cruz Del Toro” aren’t going to let them have their turn without a fight! Will GYV SSSOOOON be recognized as the next contenders up for the NXT Tag Team Championships?

NXT returns as GYV make their entrance. They discuss strategy, but then Legado FLIES and takes them both out! Legado puts Drake in, the ref sorts things out, and the bell rings. Mendoza mule kicks, tags Wilde, Legado double whips Drake and double elbow him down! Then they coordinate, Electric Chair SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Wilde drags Drake up to bring him up. Drake gets around, Wilde switches, but Drake switches back and headlocks. Wilde powers out but Gibson tags in, they play leap frog and Wilde still ROCKS Drake! Wilde knuckle locks, CHOPS Gibson, dodges Drake and then goes up to missile dropkick Drake while arm-dragging Gibson!

Wilde gets Gibson with a wheelbarrow FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Gibson ends up in the Legado corner, but he BOOTS Wilde away! Gibson DECKS Mendoza, tags Drake and then he clinches Wilde. Drake ENZIGURIS Wilde down, Gibson sets up, MAYHEM IN MOTION takes out Mendoza! Fans fire up and duel, but Drake goes after Wilde. Drake DECKS Wilde, drags him up and DECKS him again! Wilde goes to apron, Gibson tags in, but Wilde shoulders in! Wilde sunset flips but Gibson stays up! Wilde still gets him down, cover, TWO! Gibson hurries to whip Wilde but he holds ropes. Wilde BOOTS, then SLINGBLADE FACEBUSTERS!

Wilde reaches out but Gibson trips him! Gibson drags Wilde back but Wilde boot shim away! Hot tags to Drake and Mendoza! Mendoza dodges, GAMANGIRIS Gibson then JABS and CHOPS away on Drake! Mendoza whips to CLOBBER and dropkick Drake! Then tilt-o-whirl headscissors put Drake in a corner! Mendoza puts Drake up top, climbs up after him, but Drake fights back! Drake ROCKS Mendoza and he hops down. Gibson tags in, Mendoza goes up, SUPER STEINER! But Gibson slides in to throat chop! Gibson drags Mendoza up to CLUB away on him! Gibson DECKS Mendoza but fans duel!

Tag to Drake, Drake DECKS Wilde, then Gibson feeds Mendoza to Drake. Drake scoops Mendoza but Wilde springboards to SENTON Gibson! Mendoza spins around for a DDT on Drake! Wilde builds speed, gets a boost, and he FLIES onto Gibson! It wasn’t the cleanest but he’s back up tot ag back in! Legado get Drake, tilt-o-whirl into the RUSSIAN LEG GAMANGIRI! Cover, Legado wins!

Winners: Legado del Fantasma, by pinfall

Escobar celebrates with his men as they take over and get the win! But with Duke & Dex wanting after Pretty Deadly, who will Legado be aiming for after tonight?

And speaking of Escobar, he gets the mic to say we should keep this momentum going! He wants to take care of Carmelo Hayes NOW! Oh and Tony D’Angelo, watch very, very closely as a true leader handles business. The Emperor of Lucha is calling the shots, but will he earn his shot at Cameron Grimes and the North American Championship tonight?

 

Backstage interview with Wes Lee.

Formerly MSK, Lee is now on his own, but the world wants to know how he feels about things. The last few weeks have been… chaotic. Rough, even. He has a lot of doubts, and there’s a big part of him that feels lost. But Xyon Quinn walks over to say that Lee’s real problem is that he doesn’t run it straight. Bro, you sound mad cool saying that, but what doe sit mean? Does anyone know what that means? And this isn’t time for someone giving Lee a lecture. Well that’s funny. But Xyon is going to teach him a lesson. Lee says there’s one thing he doesn’t doubt: he’s at home in the ring. And maybe, just maybe, Lee fighting Xyon will bring him peace.

 

NXT shares what happened just after Legado’s win.

Lopez, Wilde & Mendoza were heading back to the back, but Fallon Henley runs out there like a bat outta hell, and goes right after Lopez! Briggs & Brooks had to get involved, and it turned into a huge brawl! Referees got them all to stop, but what will it take to settle things between Lopez and Henley?

 

Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Santos Escobar!

NXT returns as Melo puts down a shirt with Escobar on it, and steps on it. The bell rings and these two circle as fans rally up. They tie up, Escobar waistlocks but Melo gets to ropes. The ref counts, Escobar lets off and both men laugh things off as they go again. They feel out the grapple, tie up, and Escobar rolls Melo to an armlock, only for Melo to get a ROPEBREAK! Fans rally and duel as the two go again. They tie up but Melo kicks low, facelocks and CLUBS away. Escobar gets the ropes and the ref counts. Melo lets off slowly, but he’s still pushing Escobar into ropes! Escobar sputters as Melo lets off, and then Melo pie faces him down.

Melo grins and Trick says Escobar was gonna tap out. Escobar gets up in a huff and they go again. Melo kicks low again, headlocks, but Escobar powers out. They ram shoulders but Escobar grins as he doesn’t fall. The two tie up again, Melo headlocks but Escobar powers out. Things speed up and Escobar DROPKICKS Melo down! Fans fire up and Escobar whips Melo corner to corner. Escobar runs in, but Melo puts him on the apron! Escobar blocks a punch to GAMANGIRI! Escobar goes up, to CROSSBODY! He bounces off but fans rally up as he runs again. Trick swipes at Escobar! The ref sees that but Escobar turn around into the SPRINGBOARD SLINGBLADE!

Melo drags Escobar up, headlocks again, but Escobar powers out. Melo rolls off the back but he staggers against ropes. He comes back to BOOT, then he blocks a hip toss to turn things around, NECKBREAKER! Melo shoots his three as NXT goes picture in picture.

Melo soaks up the cheers and jeers but Escobar bails out. Escobar catches his breath but Melo rushes out after him. Melo kicks low, throws haymakers, then CHOPS him against barriers! Escobar hits back but Melo grinds him down with a facelock. Melo KNEES low, then RAMS Escobar into steel steps. Melo gets in the ring, lets Escobar get himself in, then drops an elbow on him! Cover, TWO! Melo clamps on a chinlock and grinds Escobar, but Escobar endures. Trick coaches Melo on the crank but Escobar still fights his way up. Melo traps an arm and body scissors Escobar, but he moves around to reach for ropes.

Trick goes to that side to taunt Escobar and coach Melo, but Escobar still fights the hold. Escobar sits up, reaches out, but Melo squeezes tighter! Escobar still fights, gets free of the body scissors, but Melo shifts to a facelock. Escobar powers out but Melo CLOBBERS him! Melo shoots another three before dropping another elbow! Cover, TWO! Melo clamps on with the chinlock and Escobar endures all over again. Escobar fights as fans rally, and he JAWBREAKERS Melo away! Both men stagger, but Melo gets around to POST Escobar! Melo then brings Escobar around to POST in another corner!

Melo goes for a third but Escobar turns it around to POST Melo! NXT returns to single picture as fans rally up! Escobar runs, blocks Melo’s boot to KNEE back! But Melo blocks the haymaker to spin Escobar, only for Escobar to BACK ELBOW! Escobar then runs, but into a SPANISH FLY! Not the cleanest but fans are fired up for “NXT! NXT!” as both men are down! Escobar slowly gets up but Melo follows. They go after each other, Melo throat chops! Melo then springboards again, into a hook and HALF NELSON BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Melo survives but Escobar hurries to half nelson again.

Escobar drags Melo up, HALF NELSON- NO, wheelbarrow and takedown! Melo wants that leg but his back is holding him back! He still powers through, HALF CRAB! Escobar endures as Melo sits deep, but Melo’s own back is bothering him! Escobar drags himself forward to the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer and Melo lets go at 4, then gets a facelock. Melo grinds Escobar down again, but Escobar fights up again. Melo powers through but Escobar cradles, TWO! Both men hold onto the facelocks, they’re fighting for control. Melo powers through again but Escobar snap suplexes first! Bridging cover, TWO!!

Melo escapes but Escobar keeps close. They scrap on the mat, fans rally up, and Melo even kicks Escobar from the mat. Melo then clamps onto a facelock again, and he brings Escobar up. Escobar still turns things back around on him with a stalling suplex! Escobar holds for 10, then 20, before the SLAM! Both men are down again and fans are loving this! Trick looks worried, though, as Melo and Escobar stir. They slowly rise, Escobar SLAPS so Melo SLAPS! They SLAP back and forth, then start throwing forearms! They stand up as the haymakers start flying! Melo wobbles, and falls against ropes! To then rebound and ROCK Escobar!

Escobar clinches back to CHOP Melo in a corner! Escobar climbs up but Melo shoves him away. Escobar whips Melo corner to corner to GAMANGIRI! Escobar goes up top to rain down those fists! Fans count and Escobar goes all the way to 8 before Melo trips him up! Melo runs in, but into a BOOT! Escobar runs in to LARIAT! And again! And again! And KNEE, to then whip Melo out of the ring! Escobar builds speed, ARROW FROM HELL!! Fans fire up with Escobar as he drags Melo up and into the ring. But wait, who are these guys in suits and fedoras? Trick distracts the ref while one CRACKS Escobar with a crowbar!?

These wise guys put Escobar in for Melo to hit the FLYING FAMOUSER! Cover, Melo wins!

Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall

Were those goons in monkey suits Tony D’s guys? Was that The Don’s response to the Emperor’s disrespect? As for Melo and Trick, Trick has a mic to tell the fans to shut their mouths while greatness is talking! Melo says last week, Trick took out Solo, and now there is no one in Melo’s way! In two weeks, NXT Spring Breakin’, Melo will become the two-time TWO TIME North American Champion. But wait, here comes THE champion, Cameron Grimes! “Carmelo. You sound really confident out here right now, but last week, you weren’t too confident enough to come look me in my eyes and tell me you wanted a chance at this championship.”

But that’s fine. Grimes IS man enough to say that in two weeks, YOU’RE ON! Well Melo has juice right now, let’s get it then! Grimes says Trick might wanna turn around. SOLO SIKOA bodies Trick, and then FLAPJACKS Melo! Fans chant “UCE! UCE! UCE!” as Solo says he’ll get next. Grimes nods, that is fair. Will Solo be looking to take a shot at the Caveman or Melo after Spring Break?

 

Bron Breakker is still searching.

He’s found an eerie light in a private room. He opens the door, and he finds Gacy’s little safe space. But what’s with all the mirrors on the walls? Bron looks at himself in the many different reflections, and then he spots Gacy! Is he really there? Bron turns around, and Gacy’s gone. Bron breaks the glass and shouts, “WHERE ARE YOU!?” Just how twisted is this going to get?

 

Malcolm Bivens is on the phone.

He’s assuring Ivy Nile that Diamond Mine is a global brand, so they have to have a presence everywhere. Ivy is in NXT UK right now for a reason: to dominate! Bivens hopes Ivy heard Strong there, but then Strong says that while the last few months have been hard, that all stops now. Strong is the leader, and he refuses to sit by and watch another team crumble. So he’ll start making examples out of people. If the others don’t agree with his vision, they’re just an enemy of Diamond Mine. Will Strong put the screws to everyone in NXT in order to toughen them up?

 

Natalya VS Tatum Paxley!

The Queen of Harts mocks Cora by waving around a baseball cap and making rock ‘n’ roll fingers. But she’s going up against someone hungry to prove herself to Diamond Mine and the NXT Universe. Will Tatum sink The BOAT in her NXT return? Or will Natty prove Cora isn’t the only future star that’s underwhelming?

The bell rings, the two circle and fans rally and duel. They tie up, Natty puts Tatum on ropes. The ref counts, Natty lets off quickly, and she tells fans to shut up. Natty then shoves Tatum down! Tatum gets up, Natty headlocks her, and throws her down. Tatum keeps her shoulder up, fights around, rolls to a cover, ONE! Tatum headscissors, Natty kips free and then strikes a pose. “I’m that good!” Tatum just shrugs that off to headlock back. Tatum hits a headlock takeover but Natty returns the headscissors. Tatum kips free and grins. Natty applauds, that wasn’t bad. But then Natty kicks low and SLAPS Tatum!

Natty wrenches an arm, wristlocks, but Tatum cartwheels and wrenches back. Natty rolls, handsprings, WRINGS Tatum out then clamps onto the armlock. Fans rally and duel, Natty tells them to shut up, but Tatum fights around and gets back up. Natty wrenches to another wristlock, but Tatum flips through and arm-drags free! Tatum grins as Natty bails out in a huff! Then Tatum WRECKS Natty with a dropkick! The ref keeps Tatum back but she goes out the side. Natty leads her on some cat ‘n’ mouse, Tatum is keeping up but then Natty hits a DISCUS! Natty strikes another pose and fans applaud.

Natty brings Tatum up to snap suplex to the ramp! Natty puts Tatum in the ring, covers, TWO! Natty SLAMS Tatum down on the mat, then hooks up the legs. Natty SLAPS Tatum on the back, gets the arms, and then lifts her up into a ROMERO SPECIAL! Tatum endures, Natty drops her to then BOOT her down! Natty drags Tatum up, whips Tatum to a corner, but Tatum elbows her away! Tatum is on ropes, she kicks low and ducks the clothesline to LARIAT back! Tatum back elbows hard, then reels Natty in. Tatum snap suplexes Natty back! STANDING MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO! Tatum can’t believe it but Natty isn’t a BOAT for a reason!

Natty crawls to a corner. Tatum runs in but is sent into buckles! Natty then gets the legs, SHARPSHOOTER!! Tatum taps, Natty wins!

Winner: Natalya, by submission

The Sharpshooter never fails! But will Natty continue to step on all the future stars of NXT to prove she’s still got it?

 

NXT Media catches up with Tony D’Angelo.

They ask him if he has anything to do with what happened to Escobar tonight. What? They have some nerve to ask that. Is that something he’d do after the respect shown? Those were just some guys trying to make a name for themselves. Oh, is this the Legado car? Yes, they believe so. Hmm, some nice wheels. Is Legado gonna have to watch their backs from now on?

 

Nathan Frazer is on his way!

The British Prodigy lives above the ropes. The air is his happy place. The risks he takes are worth the rewards. And the innovation and creativity take over as he flies through the air. NXT is an in-your-face thrill ride, and he can’t wait! What happens when Nathan Frazer lands stateside here in NXT?

 

Duke & Dexter prepare for tonight’s title match.

Indi asks what size pants Duke wears. Why does she need to know that? Because the team has to look like a team. But the outfits don’t matter, the planning does. Dex, this is what Duke’s thinking: Pretty Deadly are just pretty boys, so you can take the fight to them. Indi says Dexter likes that idea. How can you tell? But anyway, Kit is bigger, so chop him down. Indi says Dexter doesn’t like that, bad idea. But he didn’t change expressions! How can she tell? How can Duke not? How is this team gonna work if they can’t communicate?! Just calm down and try to speak his language. Oh, right, sure. So Duke just stares Dexter down and makes grimacing faces.

Indi says that’s not gonna work! Say something! Learn how to communicate! No, this is stupid! Impossible, even! Persia walks in to ask what’s going on and Duke just storms off. Does Duke have a point? Will this be an impossible task for Duke & Dex?

 

Xyon Quinn VS Wes Lee!

After putting Draco Anthony in his place, the Gentleman Fighter seems to think he can tell anyone what to do. Will this last Must-See Kid standing prove him right or wrong tonight?

NXT returns as Lee makes his entrance. The bell rings, Lee rushes right in, ROLLING LIGER KICK! Lee fires off hands and kicks, Xyon bails out but Lee builds speed. Xyon gets in, Lee dodges and hurdles, then comes back with a SOBAT! Xyon falls out of the ring and fans fire up as Lee DIVES! Direct hit and Xyon is sent into barriers! Lee drags Xyon up, throws body shots and CLUBS Xyon, but Xyon RAMS Lee into the apron! Xyon then APRON BACK SUPLEXES! Lee gets folded but Xyon shoves him into the ring. Cover, TWO! Xyon drags Lee up but Lee throws shots to the legs!

Xyon CLUBS Lee, CLUBS him again, but Lee throws more shots to the knees. Lee fires off more shots, sobats then runs, but has to duck and dodge again. Xyon CLOBBERS Lee as a brick wall! Lee gets up but Xyon throws body shots in the corner. The ref counts, Xyon elbows Lee down then runs corner to corner. Xyon RAMS into Lee, pushes him down, and then he stalks Lee. Xyon drags Lee up, pops him right up to a fireman’s carry, but Lee throws elbows! Xyon pops Lee up again but Lee uses a guillotine to drag Xyon down to a cradle! TWO, and Lee runs in, into a FLAPJACK! Xyon scowls and aims from a corner.

Lee slowly gets up, Xyon runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Xyon staggers, Lee CHOPS him! And ROCKS him! And KICKS a leg to basement dropkick from behind! Lee snarls, he runs and springboards, but he slips up! Xyon DECKS Lee! Xyon drags Lee back up, shouts that it’s done, then he runs to CLOBBER Lee with that forearm! Cover, Xyon wins!

Winner: Xyon Quinn, by pinfall

Xyon didn’t just #RunItStraight, he ran straight through Lee’s head! Is Xyon going to keep teaching everyone in NXT a lesson? Will Lee ever shake off the doubts and come back strong?

 

Backstage interview with Natalya.

Congrats on her win but any response to Cora’s words earlier? Natty says Cora just loves to play the victim. But last week, that wasn’t an attack. No, it was Natty acting in self-defense. Every single woman that blossoms in NXT one day goes to Raw and SmackDown and finds Natty. So instead of Cora coming to find Natty and cutting her down, Natty came here to Cora’s home. But then Nikkita Lyons steps up! She heard how Natty put the whole locker room on notice. Well Lyons is gonna put Natty on notice! After she’s done with Lash Legend, she’s coming for Natty!

Well of course! When you’re at the top, everyone wants a piece. But when Natty gets Lyons in the Sharpshooter screaming like Cora, Lyons will learn what to do. Oh don’t worry, Lyons is flexible. Natty laughs that off, but will the BOAT end up running aground when Lyons roar?

 

NXT updates us on the situation with Von Wagner and Ikemen Jiro.

For what Wagner did to the Handsome One, he has been suspended and fined an undisclosed amount. As for Jiro, that toss to the crowd is going to sideline him for no less than a month! Will Jiro even be able to come back for vengeance on Von?

 

Roxanne Perez VS Jacy Jayne w/ Toxic Attraction!

The newest star signee to NXT was willing to wait, but the mean girls of NXT cornered her and goaded her into this. Will the women’s champions all see just how real #RokC is?

The bell rings and Jacy mocks Rok-C as they circle. They tie up, Jacy knees low, and CLUBS Roxie before she CHOPS and CHOPS! But Roxie ducks to CHOP back! Fans fire up as Roxie O’Conner Rolls, TWO! Jacy gets Roxie with a schoolgirl bridge, TWO! Roxie ghost pins, TWO! Jacy cradles, TWO! Roxie sunset flips, TWO! Jacy high stacks, TWO! Roxie sweeps and covers, TWO! Jacy sweeps and covers, TWO as  Roxie goes Matrix! Fans fire up but Jacy kicks Roxie low! Jacy whips, Roxie reverses and arm-drags Jacy around! Jacy fakes out the third and says Roxie’s a loser. Jacy flips Roxie, Roxie kips and arm-drags!

Roxie runs in at the corner but Jacy FLAPJACKS her then SUPERKICKS her down! Jacy mocks Roxie’s pain, then pushes her around. But wait! Wendy Choo is on the tron! She loves their lounge but she did some remodeling. Tada~! The coaches are all upside down! And then Wendy RIPS the Toxic Attraction poster apart! Toxic Attraction is furious, but Roxie rolls Jacy into a CODE RED!! Cover, Roxie wins!!

Winner: Roxanne Perez, by pinfall

Fans are loving this! Roxie gets the better of Jacy, and now Toxic Attraction is having a meltdown! Will they go after Wendy or Roxie first for what just happened?

 

Legado goes to the parking lot.

While Mendoza & Wilde are fired up from their win, Escobar is still fuming from that screw job. Lopez calms Escobar down, they’ll get Melo back. Who cares about Melo!? Who were those guys who attacked?! Wait, they’re not leaving anyway. Someone put a BOOT on their car! And a fish on their hood?! Tony…! Has the Don already pushed things too far with the Emperor of Lucha?

 

BREAKING NEWS for NXT Spring Breakin’!

Management decided why make Solo wait? He is now part of the NXT North American Championship match and it is a TRIPLE THREAT! Have the odds just drastic go down for Grimes?

 

Joe Gacy is watching Bron.

“Where am I, Bron? Where am I? No, guess again.” Bron keeps looking and looking but Gacy says it’s time to end this. Where will Gacy find Bron to bring this to a head?

 

NXT Tag Team Championships: Pretty Deadly VS Dexter Lumis & Duke Hudson w/ Indi & Persia!

It seems that Kit & Elton won’t be able to put this one off, they have to face Indi’s & Persia’s studs here and now! The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see how long Pretty Deadly can last!

The teams sort out, Dexter starts with Prince. But then Wilson tags in, Prince anchors a leg and they mug Lumis! Wilson EuroUppers Lumis, ROCKS him with a right, then chokes him on ropes! The ref counts, Wilson lets off to kick low and throw another forearm! Wilson mocks Duke then throws hands on Lumis. Tag to Prince, Pretty Deadly double whips and double shoulders them down! They do Hall & Nash hands while saying #YesBoy, then they run side to side, SPLASH LEG DROP COMBO! Cover, TWO! Prince runs but Lumis sits up! That spooks Prince, and Lumis ROCKS him with an uppercut!

Lumis atomic drops hard and Prince manages to stay on his feet. Lumis ducks the clothesline to lift, but Wilson helps Prince fight the back suplex! The ref reprimands but Prince elbows Luims. Tag to Wilson, he goes up top, and he leaps, into an atomic drop! Fans fire up while Wilson flounders and writhes. Lumis drags him over and Duke tags in. They are unsure what to do, but they settle on mugging Wilson. Duke puts Wilson back in, stomps and then tags back out. The ladies try to help and Duke shouts to Lumis to double suplex with him. They coordinate but Prince saves Wilson, and the four brawl!

Pretty Deadly double whip, but Duke & Dex turn that around. Pretty Deadly both slide out, and end up by the ladies. The ladies don’t realize who is posing with them until they look, and then they get mad! Pretty Deadly “apologize,” but Duke & Dex drag them in by their hair! And then DOUBLE HIP TOSS! Fans fire up as Duke shoves Prince out and Lumis stalks Wilson. Lumis ducks and dodges Wilson to THESZ PRESS! Fast hands, too! Lumis then runs to drop an ax handle! Wilson sputters, tag to Duke. Duke & Dex coordinate and they pull off the double suplex! Fans fire up and Lumis gives a thumbs up to Duke! Duke gives it back!

Duke drags Wilson up, DECKS him, then JABS him! Duke throws more hands, whips Wilson to ropes, and then CLOBBERS him! Fans fire up and the ladies cheer on their men. Duke whips, LARIATS Wilson, and then tags Dexter! NXT goes picture in picture as Lumis slithers after Wilson!

They get back in, Wilson scurries to his corner. Prince baits Lumis but gets away, and Wilson CLOBBERS Lumis from behind. Wilson brings Lumis over, tags in Prince, and Pretty Deadly mugs Lumis. Prince EuroUppers, whips, but Lumisr reverses and CLOBBERS Prince! Cover, TWO! Lumis wraps on a chinlock and thrashes Prince around! Prince endures as Lumis leans on the hold. Prince fights his way up, but Lumis SLAMS him down! Lumis drags Prince over, tag to Duke, and they mug Prince. Duke CLUBS Prince and has him in a corner. Duke whips Prince into the corner to then scoop and carry him around before the BIG SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO!

Duke keeps on Prince with a chinlock and knee in the back. Prince endures, fights up, but Duke SLAMS him back down! Cover, TWO! Duke drags Prince up and tags Dexter as NXT returns to single picture. Snapmare and stomps, then Lumis drags Prince up to snapmare again. Lumis wraps on another chinlock and he starts smothering Prince! Lumis CLUBS away on Prince’s face, then clamps on another chinlock. Persia & Indi are enjoying this, and the fans rally up, too. Prince fights up to JAWBREAKER! Prince runs, Lumis CLOBBERS him! Lumis runs in at the corner but Wilson saves Prince!

Prince gets Lumis up onto ropes, he tags Wilson in, and they mug Lumis in their corner! The ref counts, Wilson stops at 4 to bring Lumis out for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, Duke breaks it! Wilson taunts Duke and wraps Lumis in a half straitjacket. Lumis endures, fans rally up, and Lumis fights up. Lumis powers Wilson into the buckles! Lumis is free but Wilson hurries to get a leg! Lumis ENZIGURIS, but then Wilsons taggers back and Prince tags in! Prince hurries after Lumis, but Lumis slithers under! Hot tag to Duke! Duke rallies on Prince with big forearms! Then he ducks and clinches to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly!

Wilson runs in but Duke scoops! Duke KICKS then POWERSLAMS Wilson down! Duke runs to clothesline Prince in one corner, Wilson in the other! Then he THROWS Wilson into Prince! Fans are thunderous for Duke and he brings Prince up. Duke whips Prince to a corner but Prince reverses. Prince runs in but into an elbow! Prince sits down, Duke hops up, but he has to fight Wilson off first! Prince YANKS Duke off the top! Cover, TWO! Prince is beside himself but he gets caught to a cradle! TWO!! Prince escapes but Duke whips him to a corner. Prince stops himself, turns around, HEADS COLLIDE!

Duke wobbles and Prince is down, but Wilson gets in! Duke tosses Wilson right back out! Duke crawls for the corner, but Wilson trips Dexter! Wilson swings but Lumis whips him into steel steps! Fans fire up and Indi gives a thumbs up. Lumis returns to his corner, but Prince CLOBBERS him! But Duke scoops for a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Prince survives and Duke is shocked! Persia tells him to keep going, and Duke DECKS Wilson! Prince BOOTS Duke outta nowhere! Cover, Pretty Deadly wins!!

Winners: Pretty Deadly, by pinfall (still NXT Tag Team Champions)

Wilson & Prince pull one outta thin air, and #YesBoy, they’re still champions! But with as close as a slapdash team like Duke & Dex came, are they going to stay golden for long?

Wait! The lights go out! And when they come back up, Gacy is in the perch! “Bron Breakker, you’ve been looking for me all night. Here I am. I’m not a hard man to find-” Bron Breakker makes his entrance! Gacy shows off the Hall of Fame ring, and Bron says he’s coming for Gacy! Bron storms up the bleachers to the perch, but Gacy wants him to take it easy. If Bron wants the ring back so bad, all he had to do was ask. Gacy says he will return the ring, no games and no tricks. But there is one condition: NXT Spring Breakin’, they have an NXT Championship match. Bron says fine. Gacy puts the ring in Bronn’s vest pocket and pats him.

Now that Bron has the ring and Gacy has his match, there is just one last thing Bron must do. And what’s that? Take a leap of faith. Gacy SHOVES Bron off the perch!! Bron crashes down to the floor and fans lose their minds! Bron is surrounded by men in dark robes, and they drag him away! What is Gacy planning on doing to Bron before they have their match?


My Thoughts:

This was a very good but also very confusing night for NXT. I did like Gacy “hacking” the opening recap package to start us on the story with him and Breakker. Bron going all around the Performance Center trying to find Gacy was pretty decent stuff, but what we saw to end that was some of that confusing stuff. Where’s Harland? Why does Gacy have Undertaker’s druids on his side now? Obviously this gives us the next NXT Championship match, but what a horrible title for the special. NXT Spring Breakin’? I almost thought it was “Break In” until I saw the graphic. At least it’ll be a stacked special with what else we got.

The North American Championship may be a midcard title but at least NXT is treating it like a big deal. Escobar VS Melo was an awesome match, definitely worthy of a contender’s match. They oddly didn’t want to name tonight’s match a #1 contender’s match and it wasn’t until it was all said and done that it made sense. Melo wins but Solo clobbers him, and that just escalates things to a Triple Threat. Doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. They could’ve given us Solo VS Trick rematch and then if Solo wins that, he’s in. I again will say Vince just sucks at pacing his top stories. Or any stories. He just sucks at pacing.

I will say, it was clever to keep Escobar strong by having those guys who are obviously with Tony D’Angelo attack. I was a little surprised one wasn’t just Fabian Aichner in a suit looking like Agent 47 from The Hitman. I bet that happens next week since Tony added insult to injury with the tire boot and dead fish. Tony will definitely need two sidekicks to take on Legado in full, anyway. I also like that Fallon and Lopez still aren’t past things. We’re getting a Six Person Tag out of that, and I can’t be sure who wins. Cora has a good promo, Natty and Tatum has a good match, and I like that Lyons is stepping up.

Waller breaking up with Sanga was rather abrupt, though. I must’ve missed a social media post where Waller “fired” Sanga, but it does add to his Heel Heat to blame Sanga for everything. Sanga is now Face, but Waller finds a way to win, so… Yeah. And while Stratton beating Sarray through a slightly underhanded tactic is in itself logical, it is again bad pacing from Vince. Why not show that Stratton can beat schoolgirl Sarray, but then Sarray fully transformed is stronger than Stratton before Stratton uses a cheat to break a tie? There’s always more they can do that Vince just doesn’t care to see.

Oh, another thing I have no idea about is if GYV are Heels or Faces. They make a Face promo on Pretty Deadly, who are definitely Heels. Legado attacks them unprovoked, and that means Heels. But then in the match, GYV play the Heels with the throat chops and sneakier tactics. I suppose you could spin this as Heels VS Heels but then there is the thing with Tony D. Does Vince even care? I suppose a bunch of Tweeners would be cool because then it means they’re getting away from the usual tropes, but this was abrupt and jarring. If anything, this is the most NXT 2.0 thing in NXT 2.0 yet.

However, I must give them credit for giving Wes Lee a shot as a solo superstar. Lee and Xyon have a great match but it does makes sense for Lee to fail and give Xyon a win. Lee’s crisis of confidence story will hopefully help him get in the good graces of the fans now that he’s separate from Nash Carter’s controversies, and Lee can get himself into the North American Championship scene and beyond. Great stuff out of Rok-C/Roxanne Perez, and she might even be a new ally for Wendy Choo against Toxic Attraction. The women’s titles could do quite a bit for Spring Breakin’. And the tag titles being defended was pretty fun stuff, Pretty Deadly gets their first defense out of the way and that means Creed Brothers can take those titles off them at Spring Breakin’ or some other big special.

My Score: 8.4/10


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Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 6.30.2022

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

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

Ratings:

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

 

Results:

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

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

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

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

Rosemary vs Gisele Shaw

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

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

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

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

Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Jordynne Grace

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ace Austin w/Chris Bey vs Alex Zayne

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overall Score: 9/10

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

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


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

WHY, SEVEN, WHY?!

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Artful Dodger or dastardly coward? You decide!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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Blair Davenport VS Angel Hayze!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Blair Davenport, by pinfall

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

 

NXT UK Media caught up with Sid Scala.

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Emilia McKenzie VS Fallon Henley!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Fallon Henley, by pinfall

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

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Oliver Carter.

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

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Sarray.

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

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

 

Wolfgang VS Sha Samuels w/ Noam Dar!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Wolfgang, by pinfall

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

 

Trent Seven heads to the ring.

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.5/10


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