Will the Prince lead The Judgement Day to new heights?
After Finn Balor’s coup d’état, and with Rhea Ripley’s coming title match, will Raw soon belong to The Judgement Day?
- Montez Ford w/ Angelo Dawkins VS Jimmy Uso w/ Jey Uso; Jimmy wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: Dana Brooke VS Becky Lynch; No Contest.
- Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Tag: Alexa Bliss & Liv Morgan VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven & Nikki A.S.H; Alexa & Liv win and advance to MITB.
- Kevin Owens VS Ezekiel; Ezekiel wins.
- Cedric Alexander VS MVP w/ Omos; MVP wins.
- Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifier: Seth Rollins VS AJ Styles; Rollins wins and advances to MITB.
- Matt Riddle VS Tommaso Ciampa; Riddle wins.
- Mustafa Ali VS Chad Gable w/ Otis; Gable wins.
- Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio VS Veer Mahaan; Veer wins.
- Pose-Down: Bobby Lashley VS (Austin) Theory; Lashley wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Miz is already in the ring.
The Hollywood A-Lister opens tonight and Wichita is booing as he welcomes us to the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show, MizTV. And please welcome his guest, a legend in the business, and- oh, Paul Heyman is already there! “Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Paul Heyman. And I serve as the legendary Special Counsel for your Undisputed Heavyweight Champion, Roman… Reigns…!” Miz is so thankful that Heyman came here to the wasteland that is Kansas. Miz wants to talk Money in the Bank, but fans chant, “You Suck! You Suck!” He can’t suck, he’s not from Kansas!
Fans boo more but Miz says MITB is a high-risk but career altering ladder match in which the participants fight for the briefcases and the contracts inside that grant guaranteed championship matches any time, any place. Now, the MITB winner historically has an 85% success rate for a cash-in and championship win. And you are looking at a man that has a 100% cash-in record, CORRECT. Miz cashed in the contract TWICE to become champion TWICE. Now how did Miz do that? “You must wait for the perfect moment. When the champion is in a grueling match, and at the end of that match, that champion can barely get to his feet, can barely stand.
“And then all of a sudden, you hear… ‘AWWWESOME! I came to play!'” Miz’s music hits and there’s a look of dread on the champion’s face because they know Miz is about to cash in the contract and in three seconds, there will be a NEW champion. If the MITB winner plays their cards right, they will be able to catapult their career into mega super stardom like Miz did himself. The two-time WWE Champion and two-time Grand Slam Champion, and star of the highest rated original series on the USA Network this past year, Miz & Mrs. Which a new episode airs right after Raw tonight! It’s really funny.
But that all brings Miz to this year’s MITB. And the person that wins that contract more than likely will cash-in on the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, Roman Reigns. Heyman takes over to say, “And they shall fail in their attempt against Roman Reigns, because no matter what the percentage rate has been in the past, when the champion is Roman Reigns, that percentage rate goes down to zero.” Don’t boo and ooh at Heyman! But now, there are other pressing items to bring up tonight. Because this Friday, live on SmackDown, Your Tribal Chief will defend the Undisputed Heavyweight Championship against, of all people, Matt Riddle.
Fans cheer for The Bro, but Heyman facepalms. It annoys Heyman so much that as Special Counsel, he went to management and advised them on a stipulation to make the stakes even bigger. But here comes Riddle! “Hey, bros…! I could be hearing voices like my best bro, Randy, but uh… I could’ve sworn I heard you say my name. So I figured I’d come out here and hear this news first hand. Straight from the horse’s ass.” Miz says, “How dare you!” First last week, now this week! Miz says he and Heyman deserve and demand reverence and respect! Heyman cools things off, and wants some decorum.
We do have to admit, not only interrupting Paul Heyman but an episode of MizTV, Riddle’s got some set of balls. Speaking of balls, how are Miz’s feeling? And Paul, for a guy who talks as much as you, you don’t really say anything. Heyman doesn’t know Riddle, and Roman doesn’t know Riddle. They have no idea what he’s capable of. Fans cheer for that, and Riddle says they will this Friday, bro! Now, the Bloodline tried to end Riddle’s career, tried to end Randy’s career, so it doesn’t matter what stipulation is put on the match, because he’ll have to kill Riddle to stop him from taking that Universal Championship, BRO!
Fans fire up more for The Stallion and chant, “BRO! BRO! BRO!” Heyman tells “Mr. Riddle” that he has a lot of momentum, all in the name of his fallen bro, Randy Orton. That momentum will be stopped dead in its tracks this Friday by Roman Reigns. Heyman has admitted, he respects Riddle. But Riddle can’t beat Roman! As a matter of face, Riddle probably can’t beat his opponent tonight after what Heyman has to say. On behalf of the Tribal Chief, Heyman arranged for a stipulation. IF Riddle wins, then he will be the NEW Undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion.
But when he loses, which he will, then as long as Roman is champion, Riddle can NEVER get another opportunity at the title, ever again! This is what they call “do or die” on the Island of Relevancy. Which brings Heyman to the fact that he is going to introduce The Usos! Jimmy & Jey are here, staring Riddle down. Miz has a smug smirk on his face but Riddle is clearing the ring of the chairs. Which Uso is going to face Riddle 1v1 tonight? And will it really be 1v1 with the other brother sticking nearby? Wait! The Street Profits hurry out here to even things up! Here comes a change-up! It’s Montez Ford VS Jimmy Uso 1v1! Will he score one for the #BROfits?
Montez Ford w/ Angelo Dawkins VS Jimmy Uso w/ Jey Uso!
Raw returns and the bell rings to get this match going. Ford and Jimmy circle, tie up, and Jimmy pushes Ford but Ford puts Jimmy in a corner. Jimmy lets off to ROCK Ford with an uppercut, and CHOP him! And then repeat, uppercut and CHOP! Jimmy headlocks for the takeover, but Ford keeps his shoulders up. Ford fights up, fans rally, and he powers out, but Jimmy runs him over. The Usos raise the fingers, #WeTheOnes, but things speed up. Ford hurdles then dropkicks Jimmy, then he kips right up! Jimmy bails out, Ford taunts him with “Down Since! Day One!” The Usos keep it cool and Jimmy takes his time returning.
Fans chant “We Want the Smoke!” as Jimmy gets in the ring. Ford and Jimmy tie up, Ford waistlocks, but Jimmy elbows free. Jimmy CHOPS Ford again, then whips him to a corner. Ford hits buckles hard and falls to the mat. Jimmy drags Ford up, and whips him hard the other way! Ford against bounces off buckles and falls to the mat. Dawkins coaches Ford up, but Jimmy fireman’s carries. Ford fights free, shoves Jimmy then gets around to LARIAT! And DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Ford clamps onto an arm and grinds the shoulder. Jimmy endures, fights up, but Ford wrangles him back down!
Ford tells the Usos, “We the ones,” but Jimmy fights back up. Jimmy grabs at Ford but Ford wrenches the arm through. Jimmy HEADBUTTS Ford away! Jimmy has Ford in a corner and CHOPS him again. Jimmy brings Ford around to throw him over the ropes, but Ford lands on the apron! Ford ROCKS Jimmy, bumps him off buckles, and shoulders into Jimmy. Ford slingshots but Jimmy uppercuts him out of the air! Jimmy goes out to the apron after Ford, brings him up, apron snap suplex! Ford writhes and Jimmy grins while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Ford fights free of a chinlock and he ROCKS Jimmy! Ford CHOPS, but Jimmy hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Jimmy clamps onto Ford with a rear bearhug, going after that sore back. Ford endures, Dawkins coaches him, and fans rally up. Ford fights up, pries free of the waistlock, and he gives Jimmy a BIG back suplex in return! Fans fire up while both men are down. Dawkins gets the fans chanting, “We Want the Smoke!” as Ford and Jimmy rise. Jimmy swings but Ford counter punches! And again! And then Ford fires off haymakers! Ford whips, Jimmy reverses but Ford LEAPING LARIATS!
Ford swings, but into a back suplex! Ford lands on his feet to mule kick, front kick, but Jimmy SUPERKICKS and UPPERCUTS! Ford ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up again as Ford crawls to a cover, TWO! Dawkins and Jey are both coaching their tag partners and Ford snarls as he stalks Jimmy to a corner. Ford whips, Jimmy reverses but Ford goes up and over. The back bothers Ford but he still hits a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Jimmy survives and Ford isn’t sure what to do. Both men slowly rise and Ford is on Jimmy. Fans rally, Ford stands Jimmy up but blocks the kick. Jimmy DRAGON WHIPS Ford back!
Jimmy whips, pops Ford up, SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO!! Ford survives and Dawkins is pumped up! Ford crawls to the apron but Jimmy follows him out again. Jimmy drags Ford back up, but Ford fights the suplex to BOOT Jimmy! Ford decides to return the favor again, but Jimmy blocks the suplex. Jimmy POSTS Ford going backward! Ford leans against the post to stay up, but Jimmy runs in, only for Ford to dodge! Jimmy hits only post and gets stuck up top! Ford hurries inside and climbs the corner to get Jimmy. Fans fires up as Ford lifts but Jimmy fights the superplex! Jimmy throws body shots and a HEABUTT!
Ford staggers back, but runs back in! NO HANDS RANA!! Jimmy goes flying and fans fire up with Ford! Ford climbs, says it’s done! FROM THE HEAVENS onto knees! Cover, Jimmy wins!
Winner: Jimmy Uso, by pinfall
The Usos lost by count-out last week, but Jimmy redeems himself with a win in the ring! Will Jimmy & Jey keep the Undisputed Tag Team Championships with the Bloodline? Or will Ford & Dawkins be able to get back up and get those belts?
Seth Rollins has a sit down interview with Kevin Patrick.
Kevin Patrick thanks Rollins for his time, and starts with addressing last week and Rollins’ attack on Cody Rhodes. Rollins laughs and apologizes, but then does this mean he has no remorse for his actions? “Remorse? What? Wait, look. I know this is going to be difficult for you to understand, but try to follow along, okay? Last week, what I said to Cody Rhodes in that ring, I meant. It was real, it was genuine, honest, and from the heart. But Cody Rhodes is a virus. He’s a virus that’s been plaguing WWE since WrestleMania. And sometimes in life, you have to make hard decisions, you have to make unpopular decisions. And when nobody’s on your side…”
Rollins picks up the sledgehammer he used on Cody as he says, “You have to take matters into your own hands. Cody Rhodes was becoming not just a danger to the WWE, but a danger to himself. He wanted to compete in a Money in the Bank Ladder match with a torn pec? No, no. You see, in my WWE, it’s adapt or perish. Has been and always will be. So to answer your question, no remorse? No remorse? No. I take pride in what I was able to accomplish last week. I take pride in it! The American Nightmare is over! Monday Night Rollins is back and better than ever!” So then what is next? Oh, what IS next? That is the question.
Rollins looks at the hammer and says one of his finest moments just so happens to be the greatest MITB cash-in of all time. And Rollins was thinking… “Why not try to top it?” But he has to qualify for the match by defeating AJ Styles later tonight. Indeed he does. The Phenomenal One, truly one of the greatest ever. Rollins expects a hell of a fight, but let’s be honest. Styles isn’t on Rollins’ level, and he lacks the killer instinct Rollins has. Styles wants to stand in the way to Rollins getting the contract, Rollins might not just beat Styles. He might just do what he did to Cody Rhodes. Rollins laughs at his own nefarious ideas, but then STYLES runs in and DECKS Rollins!
“That’s for Cody.” Styles storms off and Rollins seethes. Will we see a brutal battle between the Phenomenal and the Visionary here tonight?
WWE 24/7 Championship: Dana Brooke VS Becky Lynch!
The Flex Appeal managed to get this title back during a normal 1v1 match with The Man, and that upset Becky so much that she challenged Dana to a title match right then and there! Dana retained with a little help from Asuka, but will Big Time Becks get big time payback by “righting the wrong” here tonight?
Raw returns and Becky makes her entrance. She looks incredibly angry but it doesn’t intimidate Dana. The introductions are made, but Becky just DECKS Dana! Becky stomps away on Dana, drags her up and bumps her off buckles before stomping in a mudhole! The ref reprimands but the match hasn’t even started anyway. Becky drags Dana up but Dana hits back. Becky CLUBS Dana then TOSSES her out! Becky goes out, drags Dana up and whips her into barriers! Becky says Dana wants to cheat her, this is what she gets! Becky smacks Dana off the desk, tucks her into the hood, then STOMPS the hood!
Becky then demands a mic! She gets one and she says she’s got a lot of anger right now. That’s pretty clear… But this was never about the title, no! Dana can keep that. This is about the disrespect Becky’s been shown week in and week out after forging a path of greatness for everyone else to follow! But no, they all fall into the holes and can’t climb out. But Becky’s different! She keeps climbing! And speaking of climbing… Becky looks up at the MITB briefcases and is thinking that the last time she was in an MITB ladder match, she was robbed and cheated. But not this time! No, this will be different! This will be HER year!
But for now, she has more business to get to. She clears off the desk and drags Dana up, but here comes Asuka! The Empress of Tomorrow is here, and she runs in to fight Becky at the ramp! Asuka bumps Becky off the apron again and again and again! Fans fire up, Asuka throws Becky in and then she gets in, only for Becky to kick low! Becky EuroUppers, whips, but Asuka reverses and follows to run Becky over! Asuka is all fired up and she drags Becky up, only to block the sobat! URAKEN! URAKEN! SOBAT! Front kick and URAKEN! Then GERMAN SUPLEX! Becky is scrambling away from Asuka, but are these two just one moment away from a collision course?
And while Becky is retreating, Alexa Bliss makes her entrance! The Man is even more upset now, but she tells her that she better win so she can get some of this in the ladder match. Alexa laughs that off, but will she and Liv be able to win together and go to Vegas? Or will Doudrop and the Almost Super Hero take those golden tickets for their own?
Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Tag: Alexa Bliss & Liv Morgan VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven & Nikki A.S.H!
Raw returns and Liv makes her entrance. Then it’s Nikki in a new black and gold costume, and Piper in a new silver and blue snakeskin and plaid. The teams sort out, and Alexa starts against former friend and tag partner, Nikki. Nikki says this has been a long time coming, and she tie sup with Alexa. They circle, Nikki throws Alexa down, but then strikes a pose. Nikki brings Alexa up, whips, but Alexa turns hip toss into arm-drag and cover, TWO! Alexa blocks a punch to SLAP, ROCK and dropkick Nikki down! Fans fire up, but Nikki tags Piper Alexa dodges and comes back to tilt-o-whirl headscissor Piper to a corner!
Piper stops from hitting buckles, and she rushes Alexa. Alexa dodges, leaps, but into the arms and SLAM of Piper! Piper gives that a chef’s kiss, then a SENTON! Cover, TWO! Liv was ready just in case but she hurries back to the corner. Piper tags Nikki back in, then she scoops Alexa to SLAM! Nikki adds a NECK SNAPPER, and covers, TWO! Nikki pushes Alexa down to rain down fists! And drive in knees, and then go for more fists! Alexa kicks Nikki away but Nikki clamps on a cobra clutch. Nikki thrashes Alexa around but fans rally as Alexa endures. Alexa fights up to her feet, she throws body shots, but Nikki clinches, only for Alexa to JAWBREAKER!
Alexa gets to a corner, but Nikki SPLASHES the corner! But Alexa just barely denies the bulldog! Both women are down, fans fire up, and hot tags to Piper and Liv! Liv dodges Piper, KICKS and KICKS and KICKS a leg, then kicks low to front kick and ENZIGURI! Piper staggers, Liv roars, and Wichita fires up as Liv hits a SPRINGBOARD CODE BREAKER! Liv runs in but Piper dodges, only for Liv to BOOT her! Liv goes up, leaps, and missile dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Liv hurries to get back up and tag Alexa back in. Alexa hits a BLOCKBUSTER, then covers, but Nikki breaks it! Nikki snarls but has to go back to her corner.
Alexa drags Piper up but Piper wrenches and HEADBUTTS! Piper DECKS Liv, too, then hurries to tag Nikki. Piper scoops Alexa, Nikki adds on, SIDEWALK SLAM DDT COMBO! Cover, Liv breaks it! Fans fire up, but Piper drags Liv out of the ring to scoop SLAM her to the floor! And she drops a SENTON but misses as Liv moves! But Nikki WRECKS Liv with a dropkick, then strikes a pose. Nikki hurries to get Alexa, but Alexa ROCKS her, and hits a DDT! Cover, Bliss & Liv win!
Winners: Liv Morgan & Alexa Bliss, by pinfall (advance to the Women’s MITB match)
The Almost Super Hero almost had this for her team, but it was the Five Foot Fury who finishes this for her team! But who will live their bliss and win that Women’s MITB contract when it’s everyone for themselves?
Kevin Owens VS Ezekiel!
The “Last Honest Man on Raw,” as Corey Graves and the Prizefighter would put it, thought he had the truth last week. But he didn’t realize Elias’ young brother would lie and just claim he’s Elias in order to get this rematch! Will Kevin make whoever this is pay for angering him? Or will he just freak out when Wichita gets to #ZekeOut?
Raw returns and Kevin is impatient for Elias’ entrance. Ezekiel makes his entrance and Kevin says the titantron is lying! The bell rings and Zeke leaps at Kevin, but Kevin dodges! Kevin SUPERKICKS Zeke to the corner, then gets going to CANNONBALL! Zeke is down, Kevin goes up, and fans fire up for the SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Zeke survives and Kevin is furious! Kevin hurries as Zeke gets out of the ring. Kevin RAMS Zeke into barriers, ROCKS him, ROCKS him again, then CLUBS him! Kevin brings Zeke around but Zeke reverses things to POST Kevin! Fans fire up as Zeke gets back in the ring.
Zeke goes back out, restarting the count, and he fires off forearms on Kevin! And body shots, too! Zeke puts Kevin in, fans fire up but Kevin bails to the apron. Zeke hurries over, but Kevin HOTSHOTS him! Kevin says this is Elias, and some fans even agree, chanting, “YOU’RE ELIAS!” But either way, Kevin gets back in the ring and takes a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Zeke drags Kevin around, stomps him, then drops a knee on the shoulder. Zeke goes up a corner, fans fire up, but Kevin rolls away to the apron again. Zeke hurries after Kevin, they’re both on the apron, but Kevin kicks low! Zeke shoves him away, kicks low, but Kevin blocks the suplex!
Kevin throws a body shot, then a KNEE! Zeke drops but manages to fireman’s carry Kevin off the apron! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER ONTO STEEL STEPS! Zeke may have just tweaked Kevin’s back but Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Kevin has Zeke down with a chinlock. Fans rally and Zeke endures, even as Kevin leans on the hold. Zeke fights up and pries at the hold, but Kevin throws him down by his hair! Kevin wags his finger at the fans, then drops a SENTON onto knees! The back is hurting all over again as Kevin gets to a corner. Zeke runs in to fire body shots but Kevin hits back with forearms. They go back and forth, forearms and haymakers, but Kevin headbutts! Zeke throws a body shot but Kevin knees low. Kevin whips., Zeke goes up and MULE KICKS him away! Zeke starts to rally with clotheslines and elbows!
Zeke bobs ‘n’ weaves, then gives Kevin an INVERTED FALL AWAY SLAM! Zeke runs corner to corner, STINGER SPLASH! Kevin fights the suplex, wrenches out, ducks the punch to kick and- NO, no stunner! JUMP KNEE! But Kevin falls all the way out of the ring and to the floor! Zeke goes out but Kevin RAMS him into the apron! Zeke BOOTS back, runs in, but Kevin dodges and Zeke hits POST! The ring count is past 5, but Kevin is furious that commentary keeps saying “Ezekiel!” Kevin loses track of the count, and ZEKE WINS!
Winner: Ezekiel, by count-out
Kevin is pissed at Mike Rome, but the count is the count! Kevin has only himself to blame, but Zeke gets a mic so he can speak to the Zeke Freaks! Ezekiel says he’s not done with Kevin! But there are bigger fish to fry: the MITB contract! Zeke wants in that match! And he is so ZEKED up about it, here’s some breaking news. Zeke reached out and got a hold of his brother, Elias! Elias is so excited for MITB that he is packing up his guitar and coming back to Raw! Fans fire up, and Zeke says that Elias might’ve aged but he is looking good. Zeke promises us this: He cannot wait to remind the entire world that WWE stands for, “WALK WITH ELIAS!”
Kevin is continuing to have a melt down, but will the return of The Drifter finally prove that Zeke’s been truthful this whole time?
John Cena made another wish come true.
It was June 4th, just outside of Amsterdam, that Cena met with a family of Ukrainian refugees. Their son, Misha, has autism and doesn’t speak, but he is a big fan of Cena, so it was a dream come true to meet his hero. The mother, Liana, was so grateful for Cena to do this for them. Cena even gave Misha the green and yellow gear and a replica WWE Championship belt. Cena was also grateful for getting to meet such a brave family.
Cedric Alexander VS MVP w/ Omos!
PRIMED Alexander got absolutely crushed by the Nigerian Giant, but he isn’t giving up on getting even with those who kicked him to the curb. Will Cedric have better luck with Montel Vontavius Porter? Or will MVP having Omos in his corner be advantage enough tonight?
Raw returns and MVP gets a mic. “Cedric Alexander, you have gotten on my last nerve. You don’t handle rejection very well. So poorly, in fact, you chose to insert yourself into our handicap match at Hell in a Cell. Your desperation is annoying. You’re always running around, ‘Now’s my time! Now’s my opportunity!’ And it never turns out the way you hope.” Cedric needs to realize that he belongs down here with the bottom feeders in the audience, while MVP and Omos belong way up there, at Money in the Bank! Realistically, all Omos has to do is step on the first, maybe second, rung and he has the contract!
So once MPV dispenses of Cedric once and for all, we can focus on the future that is the 7’4″ GIANT in the Bank! But here comes Cedric! The bell rings and MVP wants Cedric to hold on, and even pie faces him. MVP tells Omos to just focus on MITB, he can handle this. But then MVP turns around into fast hands from Cedric! Cedric whips, MVP reverses but Cedric dropkicks the legs out! Cedric wants to know what’s up, but MVP puts him on the apron. Cedric ENZIGURIS MVP, then steps in, TORNADO COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Cedric says MVP must want more! Cedric gets the fans fired up, and Cedric runs, but Omos is in the way.
MVP CLOBBERS Cedric! MVP wants Cedric to get up, and he throat chops him to then hit a KNEE SMASH to the face! Fans boo but MVP swaggers and runs. MVP shoots the BALLIN’ ELBOW! Cover, TWO! MVP drags Cedric up, reels him in, OVERDRIVER! Cover, MVP wins!
Winner: MVP, by pinfall
Cedric tried but could not get his revenge, and then Omos TOSSES him out of the ring! MVP raises Omos’ hand in victory, will we see the Nigerian Giant become the biggest MITB winner yet?
AJ Styles speaks.
“I can’t wait to beat Seth Rollins tonight and be able to compete in the Money in the Bank Ladder match. See, that’s the one that’s eluded me my entire career. That prize, that Money in the Bank contract. And I want it now more than ever, just to spite Seth Rollins. What he did to Cody Rhodes was disgusting, it made me sick. But Seth, he’s right. I’m not on his level. Seth Rollins is beneath me! SO everything I do to him tonight will make him think twice before he ever questions my killer instinct.”
Seth Rollins responds.
“Oh, AJ, you wanna sucker punch me? And then try to cover up your cowardice by saying you did it for Cody? HAHAHAHA! C’mon, man, I’m smarter than that. I’m in your head. I know it!” But since we’re making dedications, Rollins makes tonight’s victory, as well as his eventual MITB victory, out to the American Nightmare himself! “This one’s for you, Cody~! HAHAHAHAHA!” Rollins is laughing now, but will he have the last laugh here tonight?
Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifier: Seth Rollins VS AJ Styles!
Raw returns and Rollins makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two tie up. Styles turns Rollins around to fire off hands and he has Rollins in the corner. The ref counts, Rollins gets away but Styles pursues to fire off! Styles whips,. Rollins reverses but Styles reverses back to backslide! TWO, Styles gets around to waistlock and O’Conner Roll! TWO, and Styles comes back, into a haymaker from Rollins! Rollins CLUBS Styles, BOOTS him down, then rains down fists! The fans fire up and Rollins lets off to seethe and pace around. Styles gets up, Rollins CHOPS him! Rollins runs, into a DROPKICK!
Styles sees Rollins bail out so he pursues. Styles walks into Rollins’ kick, then Rollins smacks him off the apron! Fans rally, Rollins whips and Styles reverses, Rollins hits barriers hard! Styles gets in the ring, but then SLINGSHOT FOREARMS Rollins down! Rollins goes to barriers but Styles brings him back into the ring. Rollins wants mercy but Styles just kicks him instead. Styles brings Rollins up, scoops him and hits a BACKBREAKER! Styles drags Rollins back up, throws hands at the ropes, then whips Rollins, only for Rollins to hold ropes. Rollins bails out again and fans boo but Styles just pursues again.
Rollins hurries back in the ring, and he throat chops Styles as he returns! Rollins hangs Styles out to dry on the ropes, then runs to DECK him! Styles tumbles to the announce desk, and Rollins builds speed! Rollins DIVES and Styles goes over the desk! The Visionary smirks while the Phenomenal One is down and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Styles fights against Rollins’ bearhug! Styles fires off haymakers, gets free and ROCKS Rollins again! But Rollins kitchen sink knees Styles down! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Rollins is annoyed and he tells fans to shut up about Styles. Rollins glances up at the briefcase and now fans chant “CODY! CODY!” to taunt Rollins. Styles stands and ROCKS Rollins again! And again! Rollins hits back, they go haymaker for haymaker and fans fire up! Rollins eggs Styles on, Styles ROCKS him again! But Rollins spins, into a block! PHENOMENAL BLITZ! Then the SLIDING FOREARM!
Fans fire up with Styles and he brings Rollins up. Fireman’s carry but Rollins blocks! Rollins fights free, but swings into an atomic FACEBUSTER! Cover, Styles’ own foot is stuck under Rollins’ shoulder! Styles adjusts, now it counts, TWO!! Rollins survives because of the minor miscalculation! Rollins gets to a corner, Styles runs in and hits a BIG clothesline! Styles then fireman’s carries but Rollins slips off to roll-up, TWO! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Both men are down and fans fire up again! “This is Awesome!” as Rollins gets to his feet. Rollins goes to a corner, he soaks up the cheers and jeers as he starts conducting the “OH~ OH~ OOOOH~!”
Rollins runs in, but Styles avoids the stomp! Roll into the CALF CRUSHER! Rollins scrambles, reaches out, grabs at Styles and dribbles Styles’ head off the mat! But Styles holds on and cranks back!! Rollins freaks out but he gets the ROPEBREAK! Styles lets go and both men are down again. Fans rally, Styles stands and grabs the legs. Rollins kicks at Styles, but Styles YANKS Rollins up! Rollins lands on his feet! And then PELE! But Styles PELES back! Both men are down again and fans fire up! Rollins and Styles stir, sit up, and Rollins ROCKS Styles with a wild right! Styles DECKS Rollins with one of his own!
Rollins CHOPS Styles from the mat! Styles stands to HEADBUTT Rollins! Rollins throws a haymaker, Styles gives it back, and fans fire up as they go back and forth! Styles kicks, but Rollins ducks the enziguri to ROLLING ELBOW! And then BUCKLE- NO, Styles slips off to suplex Rollins into buckles! Cover, but they’re too close to ropes! Styles has to shift position, now it counts, TWO!! Another miscalculation and Rollins survives again! Styles is frustrated but the fans rally up. Styles drags himself to the apron, fans chant “BURN IT DOWN!” as Styles aims. Styles prepares the arm, springboards, but Rollins moves! Then he CHOP BLOCKS Styles down!
Fans boo while Styles writhes, but Rollins hurries to get Styles up! Rollins tucks the arms but Styles fireman’s carries to the USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Styles clutches his leg, that bad leg could be why he lost the cover. Styles still gets himself back to the apron and he takes aim again. Styles shakes out the bad leg, climbs up the corner, but Rollins rushes over and springs right up! But Styles slips out and he trips Rollins! Rollins still elbows Styles away, gets him up, BUCKLE BOMB! Rollins goes up top now, to FROG SPLASH AND FLOP!! Rollins and Styles are down again, fans again say, “This is Awesome!”
Styles gets Rollins up, reel shim in, but Rollins CLUBS the leg! No Clash, but Styles tries again. Rollins back drops,. Styles sunset flips but Rollins sits on the cover! ROLLINS WINS!!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall (advances to the Men’s MITB match)
The Architect pulled off the game plan and now he is heading back to Money in the Bank! Will Rollins win that briefcase for a second time and one-up his own Heist of the Century?
Matt Riddle VS ???
The Stallion got fired up earlier tonight, and he might need that fire again when he doesn’t know who he’s facing! Will Riddle still be able to smoke the competition as he blazes a trail to this Friday night?
Raw returns and The Miz joins commentary so he can watch this one. Because it turns out, Riddle’s opponent is the Psycho Killer, the Blackhearted, Tommaso Ciampa! Ciampa did blindside Riddle last week before Riddle faced The Miz, will he be able to do the same now that they’re face to face?
The bell rings and Riddle avoids the knee! Riddle waistlocks, SLAMS Ciampa, then brings him up to SLAM again! And rolls into the ARMBAR! Ciampa moves around, but ends up in a TRIANGLE! Ciampa tries to stack Riddle but Riddle keeps his shoulders up. Ciampa deadlifts Riddle to bring him to a corner, and GUILLOTINE him under a buckle! Riddle lets go and Ciampa stomps away on him! The ref counts, Ciampa lets off and Miz says Ciampa is someone to be reckoned with. Riddle gets up to CHOP Ciampa, but Ciampa CHOPS back! They fire forearms back and forth, then CHOPS! Riddle forearms, but Ciampa blocks the kick to stomp the bare toes!
Ciampa gets Riddle in a DDT! Cover, TWO! Ciampa drags Riddle into a chinlock and grinds him down. Riddle endures, Ciampa leans on him, but fans rally. Riddle fights up, but Ciampa fights out of the scoop to REVERSE DDT! Cover, TWO! Ciampa stomps Riddle, then applauds himself. Riddle sits up in a daze, Ciampa slaps him around and eggs him on. Ciampa kicks Riddle, stands him up, but Riddle blocks to fire off palm strikes and a boot! Ciampa swings, but Riddle spins him for a PELE! Riddle kips up and fans fire up as he hits a forearm smash! Riddle goes side to side to hit another! But Ciampa elbows the Brosploder away!
Ciampa runs, into a POWERSLAM! Riddle puts Ciampa through ropes to shout out Randy, DRAPING DDT! Miz says Riddle needs his own moves, but that seems a bit hypocritical. Anyway, Riddle hears the voices, rushes at Ciampa, but Ciampa rolls him up! Cover, TWO! Into an ANKLE LOCK! Riddle turns over, but Ciampa bends the toes! Ciampa JAMS the toes into the mat! Miz loves this as Ciampa pulls the kneepad down, PSYCHO KNEE!! Cover, TWO!?! Miz loves this! Ciampa was so close to beating the #1 contender! Fans rally for Riddle but Ciampa drags him up. Ciampa reels Riddle in, underhooks the arms, but Riddle resists the lift!
Ciampa spins Riddle around but Riddle gets around to ripcord and FINAL FLASH! Riddle goes up, FLOATING BRO!! Ciampa writhes, but Riddle hears those voices! Riddle runs in, RKO!! Cover, Riddle wins!!
Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall
Miz is very upset that Ciampa didn’t break the Bro. Will Riddle be riding high into his high stakes showdown with Roman Reigns?
Bianca Belair is here!
The RawEST Women’s Champion makes her way to the ring, and Kevin Patrick is waiting in the ring for a very special interview. What will Bianca have to say about her coming championship defense? We’ll find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Kevin Patrick brings up that the #1 contender, Rhea Ripley, “has shown a much more vicious side since joining The Judgement Day.” How prepared does Bianca feel for this version of Rhea? Bianca says first off, she’s prepared for anything. She stays ready so she doesn’t have to get ready. But she looks forward to this match at MITB. They are both at the forefront of this new generation of women in the WWE. So with all of Bianca’s big moments from the Rumble to Mania, Rhea was there doing amazing things, too. They’ve been doing this together, pushing each other as competition and mutual respect, which Bianca loved.
But ever since Rhea joined The Judgement Day, Bianca doesn’t recognize her. Rhea is soulless. Rhea joining Judgement Day seems to be all about intimidation, but Bianca is not the one. Rhea can go and scare everyone else, but when it comes to the title, Bianca isn’t afraid. Bianca will show Rhea that she doesn’t just talk the talk when she says she is the strongEST, the fastEST, the roughEST, the toughEST, the quickEST, the greatEST, the BEST, but that she walks the walk. At MITB, Bianca will walk out still- Wait, Rhea interrupts from the tron.
Rhea smiles and says Bianca is all talk. The Judgement Day speaks through actions. Finn Balor says they do what they want, when they want. And they’re tired of playing nice. They are tired of taking orders. That is why they knocked Edge from the pedestal and removed him from the group. Damian Priest says Edge had the right idea when he started this group. The Judgement Day was about a movement for those tired of living their lives for others. But Edge’s actions contradicted his own mission statement. He made himself the leader, and he would tell them to not do as they’re told. Edge sealed his own fate, and now The Judgement Day are all equals.
That brings us back to Bianca. Bianca cares about what everyone thinks, “even these half-witted nobodies here in Kansas.” But the fans hold you back. If Bianca stopped caring about the fans, she’d actually stand a chance at MITB. Bianca says she is the EST, but it sounds more like she’s trying to convince herself of that. Rhea doesn’t talk about being intimidating, she just is intimidating. And last week, that Fatal 4 Way, Rhea had her teeth knocked loose, and she loved it! In that match, Rhea took what she wanted. Now she is first in line for the title.
So Bianca, at MITB, the greatEST thing Bianca will be is her own downfall, and Rhea will eradicate her existence. Then Rhea will “walk the walk” as a TWO-TIME Raw Women’s Champion. Rhea smiles but Bianca laughs and shakes her head. Will the EST be able to show the “soulless” Saint of Fate that she has no power here?
Backstage interview with (Austin) Theory.
Sarah asks the WWE US Champion about his chances in the “Pose-Down” against Bobby Lashley. Theory asks what kind of question is that? He is clearly in the zone. His tan’s right, his pump’s right, his angles are right. But he shouldn’t have to explain himself because he’s on a different level. In fact, this bicep right here is just one of the muscles that will defeat the All Mighty Lashley in the Pose-Down. Sure, Lashley tried to embarrass Theory by flexing on him and kicking him from behind like a coward. But Theory will prove to the All Mighty that he’s not on Theory’s level, and definitely not worthy of a title match.
But Theory will also prove he is the best investment Vince McMahon has ever made. Theory is not only the youngest United States Champion in WWE history, but he is only getting started. In 20 years, when they celebrate Theory’s career, it’ll make this 20th #Cenaversary look like nothing! Theory laughs and gets back to pumping, but will he make it through the Rocky Mountain Machine here tonight?
Mustafa Ali VS Chad Gable w/ Otis!
The Beacon may have failed to get the US Championship in his hometown of Chicago, but there’s always a road back. Will Ali win won in Wichita to make his way back up? Or will “Master” Gable make him SHOOSH?
Raw returns and Ali makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They knuckle lock, Ali spins and wrenches but Gable rolls and bridges. Gable handsprings, wrenches, then headlocks, spins and drop toeholds to the armlock! “A THANK YEW~!” Gable grinds the arm, but Ali fight sup. Gable wrenches, headlocks, but Ali throws body shots. Ali powers out, drops and bypasses to RANA! Then arm-drag after arm-drag, and Ali tells Gable to SHOOSH! Gable is upset, but he swings and misses. Ali headlocks, Gable puts him in a corner, then powers out. Ali goes corner to corner, then up and over, but Gable shoves him down!
Ali is back up, runs back in, but Gable sends him right into buckles! Otis mocks Ali’s pain, and the ref checks on him. Ali is dazed but still in this, and Gable stands him up to wrench, CHOP and repeat! Gable whips, CLOBBERS Ali, then covers, TWO! Gable clamps onto Ali’s legs, ties them up and says SHOOSH~! Fans boo instead, but Gable puts Ali in the BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Ali endures the stretch, pops free, and covers, ONE! Gable catches Ali to chicken wings, TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Ali escapes but Gable hurries to put him in a drop zone. Gable goes up, MOONSAULTS, but has to land out as Ali moves!
Ali goes up and over this time, runs and CLOBBERS Gable! And then again! Ali keeps on Gable, whips him into a corner, then whips him corner to corner. Gable reverses, but Ali elbow shim away! Ali goes up for a TORNADO DDT! Gable is in a drop zone, Ali hurries up top, but Otis goes to save Gable. Ali KICKS Otis away, but Gable gets Ali with CHAOS THEORY!! Bridging cover, Gable wins!!
Winner: Chad Gable, by pinfall
The tree trunk gives Gable a huge assist, and Gable wins one #ForTheAcademy! Will Ali be able to get back up after this?
Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio VS Veer Mahaan!
The King of Lucha saved his son from the Lion of India’s clutches, and looks to bring Veer down directly! Will Rey be able to dial it in and get the win? Or will he also come to #FearVeer?
Raw returns and Veer makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally for Rey and he avoids Veer’s hands to KICK the leg. Veer stays up and he eggs Rey on. They tie up, Veer throws Rey down, then stomps him! Veer brings Rey up, whips him to ropes, but Rey ducks the boot to dropkick the leg! Rey KICKS the leg, runs, but gets run over! Dom rallies the fans for his dad but Veer looms over Rey. Fans boo, Rey gets to a corner but Veer SPLASHES him! Rey falls over and Veer looms over him again. Dom coaches Rey but Veer drags Rey up to slide him out to the floor! Veer is almost smiling as he goes out after Rey.
Veer tells Dom to stand back, and then he drags Rey into the ring. Veer stomps around, but Rey avoids the big elbow drop! Rey is in a corner, Veer goes after him and whips Rey corner to corner hard! Rey bounces off the buckles and Veer smiles again. Veer stalks Rey while fans rally. Veer kicks Rey to a corner, but Rey holds ropes to deny the whip. Veer kicks and whips again, then runs in, only to get buckles! Rey comes back, tilt-o-whirl headscissors sends Veer into buckles again! Rey KICKS the leg, but Veer blocks the whip! Veer knees Rey low and hard, then brings Rey up to whip him to a corner. Veer snarls, runs corner to corner, but Rey moves and Veer POSTS himself!
Veer tumbles out to the floor but is back on his feet. Dom talks a little trash and Veer BOOTS him down! And then MILLION DOLLAR LARIATS Dom into the timekeeper’s area! Fans boo as Veer gets back n the ring. Rey dropkicks Veer down, KICKS him, then runs. Rey ducks, dodges, and leaps, but into Veer’s arms! Veer swings Rey for a GUTBUSTER! And then, CERVICAL CLUTCH! Rey taps, Veer wins!!
Winner: Veer Mahaan, by submission
The dominance continues as Veer takes down an all-time great! Is Veer right that Rey is too weak? Or will Rey show Veer that real strength is about getting back up after being knocked down?
(Austin) Theory heads to the ring.
The ring crew is still setting up the carpet and pedestal as Theory swaggers out with a headset mic on. Theory says he is what a champion looks like, but will he look lesser next to Lashley’s All Mighty muscles? We’ll find out, after the break.
Raw returns once more and Adam Pearce is in the ring for the “Inaugural Theory Invitational Pose-Down,” which Theory has of course issued the challenge to Bobby Lashley. Pearce formally introduces the youngest WWE US Champion in history, weighing in at 220 pounds, (Austin) Theory himself. And now, weighing in at 273 pounds, it is the All Mighty, Bobby Lashley! Lashley makes his entrance and gets in the ring to flex and set off the pyro. Theory talks some smack already but Pearce says there are ground rules. This is a spectator sport, and each man gets one attempt at three poses: Double Biceps; Side Chest; and “Most Muscular,” with the winner being decided by the fans in attendance.
Theory gets his headset going and says no, Pearce botched that. This is Theory’s show, but Pearce says Theory needs to get on the podium now to start the contest. Theory knows that and he’ll get on there, but he- Pearce tells Theory to get on the podium or be disqualified. Theory scowls and says fine! He puts his title down, gets on the podium, and starts with the Double Biceps. Theory flexes with the spotlight on him, and then he moves into the Side Chest! And lastly, MOST MUSCULAR! Theory talks trash as he flexes everything he’s got. Lashley does applaud, but Theory talks trash as he freestyles his own poses.
Lashley tells Theory to get off and to stop stalling. Theory brought this on himself, he’s getting what he deserves. Lashley will kick his ass at his own contest, and then kick his ass in a match, and like he said before, he’s taking the title from him. Lashley steps up, and he gets the spotlight for the Double Biceps! Fans fire up and love even the Side Chest! Theory tries to play it all off but then Lashley goes into Most Muscular, and that is EXTREMELY Muscular! Lashley also strikes a Hogan/Liger pose, and now the fans will determine the winner. Who thinks- NO NO NO! Theory doesn’t want anyone talking or booing or whatever!
But fans chant for Lashley, even as Theory demands them to say his name. It is clear that Lashley has won so Pearce makes it official!
Winner: Bobby Lashley
Lashley smiles but Theory wants everyone to hold on. There’s still one last pose. If Lashley thinks he can win, if he wants the title match, the last pose is this: BABY OIL TO THE EYES! Theory has blinded Lashley and is taunting him before the DROPKICK! Lashley staggers about outside the ring and refs hurry to wash out the baby oil. Theory takes selfies to “celebrate” him having the last laugh. But will Lashley show this poser that all the pictures in the world won’t save him or his title reign?
Well, up until the ending there, this was a really fun Raw. Theory and Lashley having a “Pose-Down” so Lashley can win against Theory without winning a match, and so that Theory can get heat at the same time, was just dumb. Was this supposed to be like HHH VS Scott Steiner from back in the day? That wasn’t a main event segment, was it? Because maybe back then, they understood it wouldn’t work as a closing segment. This would’ve been good in the middle, but I guess this goes hand-in-hand with Theory being Vince’s new pet project, and with how they’re setting him up against Cena, who Theory namedropped in his promo. Theory is being given the main event shine, even though this segment wasn’t worthy.
What was worthy was Rollins VS Styles in their MITB qualifier. Rollins has a very good promo to add to his story with Cody Rhodes, and I like that Styles get a shot on him right after. Rollins winning makes a lot of sense, he is definitely going to be a frontrunner for the Men’s MITB, and it fits the story with Cody because if Cody can make a return for the Rumble, Cody can go to Mania to take on Roman, and Rollins really can try to top the Heist of the Century. Finally, some good long term booking hopefully. The Women’s MITB qualifier tonight was pretty good, but I mostly like that we got Liv and Bliss as a team, I hope they carry this past MITB.
Becky of course wants in on MITB, but I did like the misdirect with the 24/7 Championship and Dana. Asuka making the save made sense, and now these two are poised to face each other for a spot in the ladder match. It feels like a shame that only one will make it in with this, but maybe they’ll have one of those “second/last chance” matches. If Becky ends up losing to Asuka, Becky can get in on that last chance and win her way back in. Every little step helps Becky’s “comeback” feel even bigger, and she’d make a great Ms. MITB if she and Rollins get to be side-by-side with those briefcases.
I kinda wish Cedric won against MVP, because otherwise it’s like his story against MVP and Omos has stalled out already. And Ali losing to Gable seems to be a sign that’s a new feud. I wish they’d do a bit more with Cedric and Ali, and maybe even make them a team after all this time post 205 Live. Veer winning against Rey is big for him in kayfabe because it’s Rey Mysterio, but I wish the match was made to feel a bit bigger. I suppose there could be a Men’s MITB qualifier between them as the rematch, but I feel like Veer would just win that, too. And this newest Kevin VS Ezekiel was great stuff, and it was hilarious how Kevin lost his temper and then lost by count-out. And I cannot wait to see how they’re going to give us Zeke and Elias in the same place at the same time.
We got a very good opening MizTV because Heyman was here to give us a good promo. Riddle had a good promo in response, and the “all or nothing” stipulation for Riddle is not a bad twist on the story. Riddle’s match with Ciampa was very good, and he gets momentum towards his match with Roman, but I still don’t see Riddle winning the title. For one, the match is happening on SmackDown, and as awesome as it would be for buzz, they’re not dethroning Roman on TV. And Riddle being blocked by stipulation could be a way to delay him until one day, someone does get the belt off Roman and we enter some brave new era.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (1/31/23)
NXTag Team Tuesday!
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?
- 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.
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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~?
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
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/31/23)
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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!
- Six Man Tag: AR Fox & Top Flight VS The Wingmen; Fox & Top Flight win.
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- Zack Clayton VS Fulton; Clayton wins.
- Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. w/ Arn Anderson VS Rosario Grillo & Dean Alexander; Anderson & Pillman win.
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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.
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