Will Roxanne Perez truly break out in NXT?
Roxanne Perez won the inaugural Women’s Breakout Tournament, and is an NXT Women’s Tag Team Champion, but will she be THE NXT Women’s Champion after tonight? Or will the Toxic Goddess, Mandy Rose, do everything in her power to prevent that?
- Apollo Crews VS Giovanni Vinci; Vinci wins.
- Kayden Carter w/ Katana Chance VS Tatum Paxley w/ Ivy Nile; Paxley wins.
- Sanga VS Duke Hudson; Sanga wins.
- Solo Sikoa VS Von Wagner w/ The Robert Stone Brand; Double Count-Out Draw.
- Lash Legend VS Indi Hartwell; Hartwell wins.
- Tony D’Angelo & Channing Lorenzo w/ Legado del Fantasma VS Edris Enofe & Malik Blade; Tony & Lorenzo win.
- NXT Women’s Championship: Mandy Rose w/ Toxic Attraction VS Roxanne Perez w/ Cora Jade; Mandy wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Roxanne Perez is down in the parking lot!
The Breakout Tournament winner is down and Cora Jade is freaking out! Medics and referees rush over to figure out what happened, but who else would it be? Toxic Attraction made a threat last week, did they come through on it?
Apollo Crews VS Giovanni Vinci!
One star returned to NXT just as another started to rise. Will Apollo see an outcome that is in his favor? Or will it be another vittoria (victory) for #VeniVidiVinci?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Vinci puts Apollo in a corner but Apollo pushes back and they go back to center. Vinci gets around to roll Crews to a cover, ONE! Vinci facelocks, Apollo fights up but Vinci shifts to a chinlock. Fans rally for Apollo and he fights up to pry the hold open. Apollo headlocks for a takeover, but Vinci powers his way back to a headlock of his own. Vinci smiles but fans rally for Apollo. Apollo gets up, powers out, and they RAM shoulders! Vinci and Apollo circle, tie up, Vinci knees low. Vinci CHOPS Apollo to ropes then brings him out to scoop. Apollo slips off, shoves, things speed up, Vinci ducks ‘n’ dodges to run Apollo over!
Apollo gets to a corner, Vinci kicks him, but Apollo CHOPS back! Vinci CHOPS, Apollo CHOPS, and fans fire up as the CHOPS continue. Apollo forearms, CHOPS, repeat, then whip. Apollo hurdles, drops and dropkicks Vinci down! Fans fire up as Apollo stands tall! Apollo drags Vinci up, CHOPS him again, and has him in a corner. Apollo ROCKS Vinci, bumps him off buckles, then fires off haymakers and body shots. Apollo CHOPS Vinci, whips him corner to corner but Vinci reverses. Apollo KNEES Vinci away, goes up, and BLOCKBUSTERS! Cover, TWO! Apollo keeps cool as he brings Vinci up. Apollo reels Vinci in but Vinci slips out of the suplex to TOSS Apollo out!
Vinci goes out after Apollo, drags him up and scoops to SNAKE EYES off barriers! Vinci CLUBS Apollo against the barriers, then CHOPS him! The ring count climbs but Vinci puts Apollo in at 5 of 10. Vinci looms over Apollo as NXT goes picture in picture.
Vinci kicks Apollo to ropes, then CHOKES him! The ref counts, Vinci lets off, and the ref reprimands. Vinci brings Apollo up to turn him for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Vinci is annoyed but he slaps Apollo around. Vinci whips Apollo hard into a corner! Apollo bounces off buckles and Vinci soaks up the heat from the fans. Vinci then goes to Apollo, drags him up by his ears and talks trash, but Apollo ROCKS Vinci with forearms! Apollo whips and leaps, but Vinci catches Apollo to FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Apollo sputters, Vinci pushes him to a cover, TWO! Vinci keeps on Apollo with a facelock and grinds him into the mat.
Apollo endures, fans rally up, and Apollo fights up to throw body shots. Vinci clinches, shoves then CLOBBERS Apollo! Vinci is annoyed but he talks more trash. He kicks at Apollo, slaps him around, and Apollo goes to a corner. Vinci stands Apollo up to CLUB away on his back. Apollo falls and Vinci is back on the chinlock. Apollo endures again, fans rally up, but Vinci leans his weight on the hold. Apollo fights up again but Vinci drives him back down! Vinci shakes his head and he keeps on the hold as NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally up again, Apollo powers back up and he THROWS Vinci away!
Fans fire up while both men are down. Vinci and Apollo get up, and Apollo throws hands! Vinci shoves, CHOPS, then CHOPS again! Vinci whips, Apollo reverses, Vinci springboards, into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up again as both men are down! Apollo gets to one corner, Vinci to the other. Vinci runs in but only gets buckles! ENZIGURI from Apollo, then a LARIAT! And another! Apollo whips, and LEAPING LARIATS! Fans fire up as Apollo kips up! Apollo runs in at the corner to SPLASH! Then a whip corner to corner, but Apollo dodges the up ‘n’ over to GERMAN SUPLEX! Apollo holds on to GERMAN SUPLEX again!
Vinci fights free with elbows, but he swings into another GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Apollo and Vinci are down while fans chant “Suplex City!” Apollo and Vinci stir, Apollo reels Vinci in, but Vinci flying-mares free! Apollo boots, Vinci blocks, but Apollo BOOTS with the other foot! Apollo wants another but Vinci blocks the boot to LARIAT Apollo down! Fans rally up, Vinci stands over Apollo, but the ref is checking Apollo. Vinci wants after Apollo but the ref wants to be sure. Apollo is okay to continue so Vinci gets Apollo up. Vinci suplexes, but Apollo fights free! Apollo elbows from the corner, goes up the ropes, and leaps, INTO the suplex!! Cover, TWO!!
Vinci is shocked! Apollo is still in this and “This is Awesome!” Vinci drags Apollo up, reels him in, but Apollo back drops! Vinci rolls Apollo up, TWO! ENZIGURI!! Vinci wobbles, into the CREWS MISSILE!! But Apollo can’t cover! Vinci rolls away and out of the ring to safety! Apollo is frustrated, but so is Vinci. Vinci snatches that fan’s phone away so he can’t take pictures! Apollo puts Vinci in, the ref checks on him, but then XYON QUINN with an attack from out of the stands! Vinci gets Apollo in, to SIT-OUT POWERBOMB!! Cover, Vinci wins!
Winner: Giovanni Vinci, by pinfall
Give a huge assist to Xyon Quinn getting after Apollo over their war of words! Apollo didn’t see any of that coming, but will he see just how to get even with “The Perfect Superstar?”
Backstage interview with Cora Jade.
McKenzie asks for an update on Roxanne Perez, but Cora doesn’t have one. She wishes she did, but she can’t believe it. She knew they should’ve been more careful and she should’ve come with Roxie to the arena. Cora didn’t see anything, but she just knows it has Toxic Attraction written all over it. Toxic Attraction is pissed for losing, and scared that their reign over NXT is coming to an end. Mandy Rose is most scared of all because she knows Roxie would take that title right off her. It all just makes sense! Cora calms down, and hopes Roxie can pull through to compete tonight. If not, those bitches will have hell to pay!
Tiffany Stratton went to get pampered.
And O M G, she so needed this after the atrocity against Wendy Choo last week. Tiffany had to crawl on that dirty, disgusting warehouse floor to escape. She hasn’t even been able to look at her nails. And don’t get her started on her gear or hair. But in the end, she prevails and shut up Choo. Wendy is so obsessed. It’s so creepy. But Tiffany is going to leave Candy Land behind cuz obvi, she wants to see who wins tonight’s main event. But uh, this wasn’t the best manicure. Tiffany will spare this place the bad review, but will Tiffany be able to leave Wendy behind to go onto the gold?
Cameron Grimes is here!
But there is no smile or high energy for the Carolina Caveman after his loss to Bron Breakker in last week’s Great American Bash main event. Grimes gets the mic while fans chant “To The Moon! To The Moon!” Grimes wishes he could come out here and give all of us an excuse as to why he didn’t win the NXT Championship. But he can’t. Fans say “You Got Robbed!” but Grimes says no, he showed up in the best shape of his life and with a game plan. He even hit the Cave-In on Bron. But then the “Three!” never came. Bron is home in a sling, but he has the title. Grimes admits he almost said “North American Championship,” but that’s because losing that title is still on his mind, too.
Grimes has learned something, though. You can do everything the right way and it just still won’t be good enough. But that’s life, right? Last month, he lost the North American Championship. That’s just life. Grimes goes all in on the top title, and yeah, he lost. That’s just life! Grimes is just destined to be a loser! Cameron Grimes thought he was going #ToTheMoon, but then he crashes into the sun. Wait, Jordan Devlin McDonagh is heading out here now? The Irish Ace say she hates to kick a man when he’s down, but he’s going to do just that! Listen, “Grimy,” JD saw that match, and it was impressive. No one can take that way from Grimes.
But JD thinks that for all of us here, just wrap up the pity party and cry about it in the back. Fans boo but JD says that in about sixty seconds after losing, Grimes became old news. The whole game changed when the Irish Ace walked in. And all these people here, he fooled them all! They all thought he was debuting this week. And y’know who else thought that? That meathead, Bron Breakker! Grimes says if JD is going to be talking in the ring, then he should look Grimes in the eye. We all know who he is and what he did, so maybe JD should go after Grimes. Grimes knows about this Ace, but he’s more like an Irish ASS!
Fans join in calling JD an A-Hole, so JD HEAEDBUTTS Grimes! And then he whips Grimes, only for Grimes to reverses! JD avoids the Cave-In and Grimes fires up! Grimes says he’s got plenty of fight to give, so JD better get in this ring to get it! Fans fire up with Grimes, but will JD choose to wait until Grimes’ fire flames out?
Diamond Mind watches game film.
The Creed Brothers and Damon Kemp are watching just what happened when Julius hit that sliding forearm on Kemp. Kemp appreciates there’s no hard feelings and that they’re helping him study. Iron sharpens iron, diamonds cut diamonds. Diamond Mine Forever. They’re all more than happy to run it back. The Creeds head out, but then Roderick Strong walks in. Did Kemp really just say he’d love to “run it back” with the Creeds? Yeah, cuz- Are you serious?! Kemp is the reason they lost! Strong spent all this time Kemp training him, helping him improve, and Strong realized Kemp isn’t as good as he thinks.
What was going on? Ask the Creeds and Ivy, Strong is not big on excuses. Kemp was happy when Strong made the challenge, but we’ll see how Kemp feels after Strong embarrasses him next week! They’re going 1v1! Strong storms out and Kemp can’t believe he’s in this position. Is Diamond Mine still crumbling from within?
Backstage interview with Grayson Waller.
McKenzie is interrupted because Waller gets it, we’re going to talk about the Great American Bash. If that match was about points, Waller would’ve won and he would’ve won big! It was like 391 AD, wasn’t even close! Wait, what? Nevermind! Waller is supposed to say things didn’t go his way, and he points out that Wes Lee is why! Melo was set up, but then Nicky Nomad ruined Waller’s moment! Wes’ life sucks, but that doesn’t mean he has to ruin Waller’s! Let Wes know Waller’s looking for him. Now, back to the idiots on commentary.
Medics are still checking Roxanne Perez.
Cora is there with her, very worried about her status. Is the title match off for tonight?
Kayden Carter w/ Katana Chance VS Tatum Paxley!
KC Squared’s spitfire got into another argument with the powerlifter, but Diamond Mind’s Pitbull stepped up to back Tatum up. Will Tatum prove she is Diamond Mine material? Or will Kayden get the party going again?
NXT returns and Tatum makes her entrance. The bell rings, the two tie up, and they break. Kayden pie faces Tatum, but Tatum rushes in. Kayden trips her, Tatum kicks her away, then dodges her to wrangle for an armlock! Kayden fights up, rolls, but Tatum gator rolls her! Cover, ONE, but Tatum clamps onto the arm again. Kayden fights up, she whips but Tatum reverses. Things speed up but Kayden rolls Tatum to kick her! Kayden runs to springboard and basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Kayden gets Tatum ‘s arms and stomps Tatum down! Kayden then runs to WRECK Tatum with a dropkick, right out of the ring!
Kayden shakes her hips but here comes Ivy Nile! Ivy backs Tatum up again and coaches her. Tatum gets back in, RAMS into Kayden, then throws body shots! Kayden BOOTS Tatum, CLUBS her, then whips her to a corner. Kayden runs in but Tatum dodges and DROPKICKS! Good height, and Tatum turns Kayden around to a NECKBREAKER! Katana coaches Kayden but Tatum MARIPOSAS! Cover, TWO! Kayden flounders to a corner, Tatum runs in and jumps up to HEADBUTT over and over! Seems Tatum can head bang with the best of them! Tatum kicks but Kayden blocks to flip her! Tatum handsprings through but Kayden trips her up!
Kayden ties up the legs, TRAILER HITCH! Tatum endures, Ivy coaches her, but Kayden pushes on the leglock! Tatum reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Kayden lets Tatum go at 4, and Ivy coaches Tatum up. Kayden storms over, gets the legs and yanks Tatum, but Tatum uses that for a cradle! TATUM WINS!
Winner: Tatum Paxley, by pinfall
Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, Tatum gets the last word on this one! Has she earned her way into the Diamond Mine?
Joe Gacy interrupts commentary.
He “humbly” apologizes for this interruption, but his message is too important to fall on deaf ears. There has been a breakthrough amongst the schism! The Dyad have found a point of comfort in revealing their true selves! Next week will be a purification, and hopefully others will see and understand that there is room in the shade under The Schism’s tree. Thank you for the indulgence. Just what does Gacy mean about “purification?” And at the very least, does this mean we’ll see who is under the hoods?
Sanga, Yulisa Leon & Valentina Feroz rewatch last week’s footage.
But not of any match. It’s of Sanga’s powerful CANNONBALL into the pool! The ladies love it when Sanga lets loose, but Duke Hudson barges in. Laugh it up, Sanga. He thinks that was funny? It wasn’t funny. Duke had to get water out of his ear all week! The ladies laugh but Duke is upset more. Sanga tells Duke that if he wants to take care of business, they can do that in the ring. That’s what Duke wants! Then that match is happening, after the break!
Fallon Henley’s bar is booming!
Everyone loves it here. And for the NEW NXT UK Tag Team Champions, life has been pretty sweet. Josh Briggs, Brooks Jensen and Fallon herself cheer, but then in walk Pretty Deadly. “Howdy, partners!” Elton Prince & Kit Wilson are sure no one here has seen two tasty snacks like them before. Brooks says these boys are in the wrong bar. Uh, no, they are not. They’re here for the champs. To think these two would bring those gorgeous UK titles into such a dump! And these hicks might be impressed, but Pretty Deadly aren’t. Well, sounds like they came in for more than just a drink. Yeah, they came for the titles!
Well, that’s good and all, but you’re in here so you’ll have to fight your way back out. It’s been a hot minute since Briggs & Jensen have been in a bar fight! Let’s go! Pretty Deadly isn’t so sure, but the rest of the patrons get between them all. Fallon gets a pool cue and says this is NOT happening here. IF they’re settling this, it’ll be in the ring. See y’all next week. Pretty Deadly leaves peacefully, and the champs get everyone another round! Will Kit & Elton be able to become TWO-TIME UK Tag Team Champions? Or will Briggs & Jensen have another reason to celebrate?
Sanga VS Duke Hudson!
Sanga is a big, big man, and he has a big, big cannonball. Will he send Duke sputtering away like he did in the pool? Or will the fun and games be over real quick?
The bell rings and Duke shoves Sanga. Sanga stops smiling and he shoves Duke down! Sanga storms up on Duke but Duke kicks form below. Duke gets up to throw haymakers and body shots, then he RAMS Sanga into the corner. Duke RAMS his shoulder in more, lets off as the ref counts, but Sanga puts Duke in the corner! Duke dodges, RAMS into Sanga again and fires off forearms! The ref reprimands, Duke whips but Sanga blocks! Sanga shakes his head and whips Duke into the corner to SPLASH! Sanga scoops Duke for a SNAKE EYES! And a POUNCE! Duke flounders and fans fire up with Sanga!
Duke flops out of the ring, Sanga wants him to get back in, but Duke wants space. Sanga grabs at Duke but Duke grabs the beard! Duke throws body shots, then a HCOP BLOCK! And a DDT! Cover, ONE!! Duke is shocked! Duke hurries to CLUB away on Sanga, but Sanga catches the arm! Sanga wrenches, fights up, but Duke RIPS at the chest hair! And Sanga’s got a lot of it! Duke fishhooks then ELBOWS Sanga in the head! Duke RAMS into Sanga, throws more body shots, then clinches. Sanga throws body shots, whips Duke to a corner then runs in to SPLASH again! Sanga scoops for a SIDEWALK SLAM! Sanga roars, fans fire up, and Sanga drops a BIG elbow!
Sanga isn’t done there! Duke stands and Sanga scoops, fireman’s carries, but Duke slips off. Duke elbows from the corner, runs in, and BOOTS! Sanga stays up to choke grip! Sanga says this is it! CHOKE SLAM! Cover, Sanga wins!
Winner: Sanga, by pinfall
Duke tried to bright the fight, but Sanga brought the thunder! Will Sanga storm his way up to something even bigger and better than this?
The Robert Stone Brand speaks.
Robert Stone himself says Solo Sikoa is a fighter, a savage, but he’s got no brains for challenging Von Wagner! Von is a three sport athlete! Sophia Cromwell says even the New York Mets were begging Von to sign with them. But Von chose DI football and pro-wrestling instead. Arm like a cannon with 90 miles per hour heaters! Von tells Stone to stop talking. This isn’t baseball or football, this is a fight. So it doesn’t matter if it’s the streets, the island, or in that ring, Von is going to see just how tough Solo really is! Vicious Von heads out, but will we see who’s the tougher man?
Solo Sikoa has a response.
“Von Wagner, you a bad man. Snapping bones. Let’s see if you can try that on me. Putting fools through tables. Let’s see if you can try that on me. Launching them into the fifth row. Hey, yo, try that on me!” It’s put up or shut up time for Von, and it is go time for Solo! The Street Champion is ready, will Von be?
Backstage interview with Toxic Attraction.
McKenzie says Mandy Rose must be feeling very good right now. Uh, she’s NXT Women’s Champion, of course she feels good. But McKenzie meant because they took out Roxanne in the parking lot. Ugh! That is quite the accusation to be making, McKenzie! Don’t blame them for Roxie getting hurt. Sucks for her but this is NXT. Luck can change in the blink of an eye. From pulling off the upset of the century one week, to wasting a title contract the next. If Roxie is out for awhile, she and Cora can just hand the belts back to Gigi & Jacy. But Mandy did say Roxie would be lucky to make it to their match this week.
Uh, McKenzie, you might not know this, but when you’re the champion, everything falls into place. Was that supposed to be Mandy denying the attack?
Solo Sikoa VS Von Wagner w/ The Robert Stone Brand!
Two of the toughest, meanest and biggest men in NXT collide, both hungry for that top spot. Who knocks the other out of the way to get that much closer to a title opportunity?
As Von makes his entrance, Solo goes right at him! They brawl on the ramp, Von knees low and he brings Solo to the ring. Solo blocks the apron bump to SMACK Von off the apron instead! Solo puts Von in, gets in the ring, and the match officially begins! The two tie up, are in a deadlock, and they break. Solo eggs Von on and they circle. Fans rally for Solo as he and Von tie up again. Von pulls hair, the ref reprimands, but Solo pushes back. They break, stare down, and Von shoves. Solo shoves back, they tie up again, and Von pulls hair again. Solo turns things around, they go around the ring, and Solo gets around to waistlock.
Von elbows free, headlocks but Solo powers up. Von holds on tight, Solo tries again and he gets free. But Von runs Solo over! Von eggs Solo on but Solo stays cool. They tie up again, Solo wrenches to a hammerlock but Von reaches for ropes. Solo keeps him from the ropes, headlocks, but Von powers out. Solo pulls hair to get the headlock back! Fans rally, Von endures and he powers out again. Solo RAMS shoulders but neither man falls! Von eggs Solo on so Solo runs. Solo ducks the haymaker to run Von over! And again! Solo scoops to SLAM Von, then he runs to FALLING HEADBUTT! Cover, TWO!
Solo looms over Von, and KICKS him down! Solo runs again to SENTON! Von bails out and Stone says Von to fight things his way, not Solo’s. Solo waits patiently for Von as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Von has Solo down in a chinlock. Solo endures and fights up while the fans rally. Von leans on Solo, but Solo still gets to his feet. Solo throws body shots, whips Von but Von reverses. Solo ducks but Von BOOTS him on the return! Cover, TWO! Solo survives and Von is frustrated. Von rains down fists, then drags Solo to ropes to CHOKE him! The ref counts, Stone talks trash, and Von lets off at 4 to KICK Solo in the back. Von CLUBS Solo, fans rally up and Solo gets to a corner. Von CLUBS Solo more, throws point blank clotheslines, then a running clothesline! Von whips corner to corner and hits another clothesline!
Von talks trash, whips corner to corner again, but Solo dodges! Von hits buckles and Solo hits a BIG back suplex! Fans fire up and Solo sees Von go to a corner. Fans rally with “UCE! SO!” but Von storms up on Solo. Solo blocks and counter punches! And again and again, and then an UPPERCUT! And an elbow! Solo whips but Von kicks! Solo just roars! Solo ducks the haymaker to SAMOAN DROP! SPLASH in the corner and Von sits down! “UCE! SO! UCE! SO!” And Solo runs in to HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up, Solo fires up, but Von bails out. Solo goes out after Von, but Von hits low! Von CLUBS Solo, and SMACKS him off the desk!
Solo just gets mad! Solo ELBOWS Von, Von fires haymakers, Solo hits them back! The ring count is climbing, Von and Solo brawl at the ramp! DOUBLE COUNT-OUT!
Double Count-Out Draw
The brawling continues, even as refs rush out! Von doesn’t want to stop and neither does Solo! They keep throwing hands all the way to the back! What will it take for these two gladiators to finish the fight?
Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams have a night on the town.
With two ladies each, Melo and Trick party up to celebrate the win last week. Melo is still The A Champion, in and out of the ring. But don’t sleep on Trick, he got a W against Wes Lee. Poor Wes never saw it coming. And the night is still young, let’s go dancing! And the after party! Then let’s go to the penthouse! They have drinks and dancing, and Trick says Melo & Trick can take them places. Just look where they are. Remember back in the day when Melo & Trick were getting crossed up by fools on the court? Now they’re crossing the whole world! Kobe & Shaq! Dre & Snoop! The Dream Team! They’ll always be here. That’s all it is and- Oh, hold on. HOT TUB!
Trick asks, “Am I not the cleanest?” “Yes, Trick.” “Am I not the prettiest?” “Yes, Trick.” “Am I not the baddest mofo?” Melo says yeah, we go tit. They need a toast for the A Champ, and shout out to the haters! That’s all it is, and that’s all it’s ever gone be!
Lash Legend speaks.
“Indi Hartwell. Girl, you athletic, but you’re about to find out you ain’t no Lash Legend athletic.” You see her balling? She’s gonna do the same to Indi. Indi has a better shot at finding love on a dating app than getting a win off the one and only, “and you know you can’t clone me.” Lash heads out and the ball rolls, into a red baseball bat…
Chase University went on a field trip!
“London, here we come!” Andre Chase is pretty sure that big welcome banner is for them. Bodhi, Thea, welcome to London! Montage of them seeing the sights, and Chase U prides itself on exposing students to new experiences. Is The Queen a fan of Chase U? She has to be. Thea is very excited, Bodhi is still sore. Chase claims he’s going to be knighted. He will be SIR Andre Chase! This level of world view education is why Chase U is seventh best- Wait, what? Who wrote this? Glenn, is this you? You know damn well Chase U is ALWAYS number one! Chase oughta beat the hell out of that stupid SOB! Glenn is FIRED!
Lash Legend VS Indi Hartwell!
Lash may have been ballin’ in the WNBA, but she ain’t #IndiWrestling. Will Lash learn that she can dribble and dunk all she wants, what’s #IMPRESSIVE is what Indi’s done in NXT? Or is Lash going to show Indi is done in NXT?
The bell rings and the two tie up. Lash and Indi are in a deadlock, but Lash puts Indi in a corner then CLOBBERS her from behind! Lash talks trash, stands Indi up and TOSSE her to a corner. Indi elbows Lash away, kicks low and then reels Lash in for a suplex. Lash fights it, suplexes back but Indi slips out to waistlock. Lash bucks Indi but Indi DECKS Lash! Lash falls out of the ring, Indi goes out after her, but Lash RAMS her into the apron! Lash shoves Indi in, kicks her in, then looms over Indi. Lash drags Indi up but Indi throws body shots. Lash CLUBS Indi down but fans rally up. Lash talks trash, drags Indi up and suplexes, to then hang Indi out to dry!
Lash talks more trash, then YANKS Indi back in! Cover, ONE, but Lash KNEES Indi in the back. Lash hauls Indi up, turns her around and has a STANDING Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Lash dribbles Indi’s head in the ropes! Fans rally as Indi endures, and Indi fights free to a sunset flip! Lash stays up and drags Indi up, but Indi kicks the leg! Indi then rolls Lash up, TWO! Lash runs in but is sent into buckles! Indi kicks, CLUBS and JABS! Indi scoops Lash for a SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Lash gets to ropes but Indi storms up. Lash YANKS Indi into buckles! Lash hoists Indi up top and climbs up after her.
But wait! ALBA FYRE is here! She has Lash’s basketball, and Indi yanks Lash down! SPINEBUSTER! Indi hurries to a corner, goes up top, and springboards, only to crash and burn! Cover, but Indi turns it around! INDI WINS!!
Winner: Indi Hartwell, by pinfall
It wasn’t as savage as Indi wanted, but she still got that win! Will Lash worry less about Indi and more about Fyre? Speaking of, Fyre has made it to the ring with her bat! She aims at Lash, and Lash wants her to wait! Lash dodges the homerun swing and goes running, only for Fyre to pursue! Fyre swings and hits the desk! Fyre says if Lash wants to talk, bring the fight to her! Will Lash be turned to ash after Fyre gets through with her?
The rest of the NXT Women’s Division talks backstage.
So who really did attack Roxanne? Amari Miller has been watching True Crime shows, it’s pretty much always the husband/boyfriend. Does Roxie even have a boyfriend? Nope. But Feroz and Leon talk in Spanish, so that makes Arianna Grace suspicious that they’re accusing one of them. But then SOLO AND VON are brawling! They’re going nuts backstage, Von throws Solo into a wall! But then Solo choke grips Von! Solo sends Von into a wall, the haymakers fly again, and they go out into the hall! Just where will they brawl next?
Backstage interview with Tony D’Angelo & The Family.
McKenzie says before tonight’s tag team match, does anyone here have an idea who attacked Roxanne Perez? Elektra Lopez says that is a horrible question. Why is she asking them? Because Legado del Fantasma has been known to attack people in the parking lot. Tony says no one attacked Roxanne on his crew because he didn’t give the order. Elektra is proving herself a loyal and vital part of the family. But tonight, we see where Cruz & Wilde stand. The music hits, and Tony says Elektra can stay in the bac. As for Cruz & Wilde, time for them to prove their worth.
The brawl is continuing outside!
Solo and Von have brawled towards a dumpster! Von CLUBS Solo, RAMS him into railing, but he drags Solo back up. Solo throws body shots, Von CLUBS Solo again, but Solo RAMS Von into a garage door! The producers want them to stop, but it’s Sophia who gets Von to let this go. Stone says this isn’t a game! Solo is stupid, this ain’t over! But Solo grabs Stone! “Who the hell do you think YOU are?!” Solo TOSSES Stone into the dumpster! Will Solo look to trash Von the next time he sees him?
Tony D’Angelo & Channing Lorenzo w/ Legado del Fantasma VS ???
NXT returns and Edris Enofe & Malik Blade are The Family’s opponents tonight. The bell rings, “Stacks” starts with Edris and they circle. They tie up, Edris wrenches, wristlocks, but Stacks pulls an ear! They end up on ropes and Stacks ROCKS Edris to snapmare and stomp! Stacks headlocks, Edris powers out but Stacks gets around to waistlock. Edris switches, Stacks elbows out and runs, but Edris jumps over, drops down and DROPKICKS Stacks down! Fans fire up as Edris arm-drags Stacks to a corner! Tag to Malik, feed to the drop toehold, and then BOOT to an ELBOW! Malik covers, TWO!
Malik keeps on Stacks, wrenches, Edris tags in. Edris goes up, drops AX HANDLES, then EuroUppers Stacks to a corner. Edris whips corner to corner, Stacks reverses but Edris goes up. Stacks blocks the headscissors to KICK Edris down! Tag to Tony and The Done stomps away. Tony gets Edris up, whips him to ropes then CLOBBERS him! Tony drags Edris up, puts him in the corner and tags Stacks. They mug Edris, Stacks stomps away, tag back to Tony. Tony stomps away on Edris, then KICKS him while he’s down. Tag back to Stacks, he stomps and kicks away on Edris, then tag back to Tony. They mug Edris then Tony throws body shots.
Tony hits a HALF HATCH SUPLEX, then he talks trash to Malik. Tony hauls Edris up, tags Stacks in, and they mug Edris again. Stacks snapmares Edris, then BOOTS him down! Stacks drags Edris up but fans rally. Edris counter punches Stacks, then leaps! Stacks catches Edris, throws him away, but Edris sunset flips! TWO, and Edris gets up, only for Stacks to CLOBBER him! Cover, TWO! Stacks snarls and clamps onto Edris. Stacks CLUBS Edris, then wraps him up in a seated cobra twist. Edris endures, fight sup, and he throws body shots! Stacks reels Edris in but Edris throws body shots. Stacks still back suplexes, but Edris lands on his feet!
Edris ducks Stacks to hot tag Malik! Malik rallies on Stacks and fans fire up! Malik whips Stacks to ropes for a BIG forearm! Fans fire up with Malik as he runs to LARIAT Stacks against ropes! Malik keeps moving, BIG leg drop, brother! Tony gets in but Malik DROPKICKS him back out! Stacks runs in, into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, Edris keeps Tony away, TWO!! Tony RAMS Edris into steps, Malik sees that and shouts at Tony. But Stacks rolls Malik, TWO! Malik runs in but Stacks FLAPJACKS Malik off buckles! Tag to Tony and he gets Malik up, FOGEDABOUTIT! Cover, Tony & Stacks win!
Winners: Tony D’Angelo & Channing Lorenzo, by pinfall
But The Don isn’t satisfied, he tells Legado to beat up Malik! So Wilde & Cruz do as they’re told! GAMANGIRI LEG SWEEP COMBO! Tony says that’s what Malik gets for thinking he can beat The Don! Tony then pats Legado on the heads, saying they did good. Will Legado tolerate this patronizing much longer? Or are they waiting for the Emperor of Lucha to return?
Backstage interview with Nikkita Lyons.
McKenzie says Nikkita requested this interview. Does it have to do with information on Roxanne Perez? No, but this about how people think she’s the culprit. Yes, if not for Lyons’ injury, she would be the Breakout Tournament winner. But she doesn’t attack from behind. If she has a problem, she says it it someone’s face. But if Roxie can’t go and Mandy needs an opponent, Lyons will get her gear on and get in that ring to take that title! The moment of truth is approaching, what happens with tonight’s main event title match?
“When I was growing up, comics were my escape from reality. I could sit in my room and escape the chaos, slipping into a faraway time or universe. As I learned to fight, I wondered if I could emulate my idols, take the leap from page to reality. I could be everything I always wanted to be. I could be my own superhero, break free of the world I lived in, and inspire others. I could be a symbol. I remain anonymous, because it’s not about me, it’s about everyone else. I AM Axiom!” And it is time for his NXT 2.0 debut next week!
NXT Women’s Championship: Mandy Rose w/ Toxic Attraction VS Roxanne Perez w/ Cora Jade!
We still don’t know who attacked the Breakout Tournament winner, but if Toxic Attraction are number one on the suspects list, it’s only because of their past behavior. But innocent or not, will Mandy retain by default because of what happened? Or can the gamer girl wrestling prodigy still go tonight?
Gigi gets Mandy a mic so she can say, “Well… Okay, that’s enough out of you peasants. I think it’s been long enough, ladies. What do you say? Roxanne Perez isn’t woman enough to suck it up and challenge me tonight.” Mandy isn’t surprised, but she doesn’t blame her. Roxie couldn’t win, anyway. No one can beat Mandy! Mandy tells the fans to shut up about telling her to shut up, but the dueling continues. Mandy says Roxie could never challenge her, and no one can, because she runs NXT! Nothing will change that! But wait! Cora Jade’s music hits! Cora tells Mandy that she can just shut the hell up!
Mandy’s night isn’t over yet! Because the fans were promised an NXT Women’s Championship match, and that is what we’re going to get! If Roxie can’t go, CORA will step in! Mandy wants Cora to hold on. This might be the funniest thing she’s heard all night. Mandy is going to give Roxie- Well wait! Here comes Roxie! Despite the rib tape, Roxie wants her shot to be tonight! Cora says okay, go kick some ass! The bell rings and it is on! THESZ PRESS from Roxie! Mandy shoves Roxie away and hits the tape! Mandy KICKS the bad ribs, then drags Roxie up. Mandy reels Roxie in, scoops her, but Roxie slips off to roll her! TWO!
Mandy hurries up but Roxie CROSSBODIES! Mandy catches her, to FALL AWAY SLAM! Roxie writhes but Mandy drags Roxie up. Fans duel, Mandy KNEES Roxie in the side! Gigi & Jacy mock Roxie’s pain while Mandy RAMS into Roxie again and again! Mandy lets off at 4, but Roxie ROCKS her! And SHOTGUNS her! Roxie hurries after Mandy but Mandy blocks the whip! Mandy reels Roxie in again to hang her out to dry! Roxie flops out of the ring and to the floor! Mandy goes out, looms over Roxie, then she drags her up. Roxie wants mercy for the ribs but Mandy RAMS her into the apron! And again!
Mandy leaves Roxie behind to soak up the heat and NXT goes picture in picture. Roxie is in tears from the pain, but Cora coaches her up. Mandy goes out after Roxie to drag her up by the tape, and put her in the ring. Mandy wants to win this in the ring, too, and covers, TWO! Mandy is annoyed as Roxie toughs it out. Mandy drags Roxie up, snap suplexes, then covers, TWO! Mandy looms over Roxie, pulls at the rib tape, and makes Roxie a yoyo with it! The ref reprimands so Mandy drops Roxie. Mandy stomps Roxie on the back and stalks her to ropes. Mandy grabs at the tape, then kicks away at her on the ropes!
The ref reprimands, Mandy lets off and she drags Roxie up again. Snap- CRADLE! TWO!!! Roxie almost had Mandy, but Mandy CLOBBERS Roxie! Cover, TWO! Mandy is furious and she tears at the rib tape! She unwraps Roxie and Toxic Attraction is laughing! Mandy throws the tape away, looms over Roxie, then drags her up. Mandy whips Roxie hard into the buckles! Mandy stomps a mudhole then drags Roxie back up. Mandy CLUBS Roxie, hooks her up and has a cobra twist. Roxie endures as NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally, duel, but Mandy elbows away on Roxie’s ribs. Roxie endures, arm-drags free, and she runs, into a SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO!
Mandy is shocked that Roxie is still in this! Mandy KNEES Roxie in the side, drags her back, and she uses the tape to pull Roxie into the body scissors! Roxie endures the squeeze, fans rally up, but Mandy clamps on a chinlock. Roxie pries the chinlock open, pushes back to get a cover, TWO! Mandy lets Roxie go to hurry and RAM her into the corner. Mandy RAMS into Roxie again, and again! The ref counts, Mandy carries Roxie and runs, but Roxie slips out to a sunset flip! TWO!! Mandy KNEES Roxie in the ribs again! Fans rally, Mandy whips Roxie to a corner, then runs in, into a KNEE from Roxie!
Fans fire up and Roxie goes up! Toxic Attraction freaks out, Roxie CROSSBODIES! But she bounces off the landing! Fans are thunderous as both women get up, and Roxie counter punches Mandy! And again! Roxie whips, Mandy reverses but Roxie hits a LEAPING LARIAT! And another! Roxie fires up, adrenaline helping with the pain! UPPERCUT in the corner, then another! Mandy staggers, Roxie runs, tilt-o-whirl and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO!! Mandy survives and Toxic Attraction can breathe again. Roxie hurries to hop on, POP- NO, Mandy slips free! Mandy runs in but POSTS herself!
Mandy flops out of the ring, Gigi & Jacy go to her side, but Roxie builds speed! Roxie DIVES to wipe out Mandy! Fans are thunderous, Jacy runs in but Roxie POSTS her! And SOBATS Gigi, to POST her! Roxie and Mandy are up,. Roxie hops on, POP ROX TO THE FLOOR!! Cora fires up and tells Roxie to get in the ring! Roxie drags Mandy up, puts her in, and Cora tells her to hurry! But then Jacy distracts the ref, and CORA CLOBBERS ROXIE?!?! WHY!?!? They’re best friends AND tag team champions together!! KNEE FROM A ROSE!! Cover, Mandy wins!
Winner: Mandy Rose, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Champion)
How could Cora do this to Roxie?! HOW!? Does their friendship mean nothing if Roxie were to be a double champion? Toxic Attraction still has one belt, and Cora gets in the ring to say that SHE brought Roxie here and this is what Roxie does. Roxie is the selfish one?! Cora BEATS Roxie with her board, until it breaks!! What does this mean for their tag title reign?
This was a good episode, until they went the dumbest way possible with the Women’s Championship story. I am actually asking, not just kayfabe wondering, WHAT THE HELL are they doing?! Cora betrayed Roxie while they’re both champions, so what’s supposed to happen with the tag titles? And also, what a waste of the inaugural Women’s Breakout Tournament contract. Nikkita Lyons probably was their choice to win before her injury, but you can’t just take a piss on your own back-up plan! I am calling shenanigans and BS to the highest degree on this, I don’t care whose idea it was to do this.
Apollo VS Vinci was a very good opening match, but while Apollo didn’t see it with his Equalizer scenario power, I should’ve seen that Xyon would attack and cost Apollo the match. Apollo will of course go after Xyon and get a win over him, then he can go towards a title. Melo & Trick are partying it up, but Melo will be game time ready for that awesome match. Tiffany Stratton has a good promo but her calling out Wendy Choo makes me think this feud is far from over. Grimes and Devlin/McDonagh had a good promo and confrontation, that match can be seen as a #1 contender’s scenario while also being a good-bye feud for Grimes, because of course Devlin’s winning.
I liked the promo with Diamond Mine’s members, the group is falling apart more, and Strong VS Kemp could be the last straw. I would think Strong wins this, but that only gets him kicked out of the group. But that’s fine, because surely, Tatum Paxley is joining the group after getting a good win over Kayden Carter. KC Squared is really a team that got the short end of the stick, because they’ve been a solid tag team this whole time, yet passed over for a lot of other people. And it’s worse when you consider RawDown isn’t giving a damn about their tag division anymore, so even being called up would mean nothing for them.
Indi Hartwell got a win because her match was more about Lash and Fyre than her. I hope that the missed springboard was a work, it’d be a shame if Indi got hurt now while she has a chance to be a solo act. And speaking of Solo, I liked that he and Von had their match end in a draw and they just brawled throughout the arena. This definitely calls for a Falls Count Anywhere match between the two for the next big episode of NXT. And we got a pretty decent bar vignette from Briggs, Jensen and Pretty Deadly to set up their NXT UK Tag Team Championship match. I expected Briggs & Jensen to have their first easy defense be in NXT UK but whatever, NXT needs ratings, too.
Sanga is clearly becoming NXT’s newest ladies man as he continues to charm both Leon and Feroz, and he continues to whoop whoever steps to him. Duke Hudson also got the short stick of things because of who got cut and when. There was so much more potential for Duke, Dexter, Indi and Persia, but nope, Nick Khan said to let Dexter and Persia go and now Duke is lost in jobber limbo. Gacy’s promo didn’t do much, but it did establish that one, their faction has a name, “The Schism,” and two, The Dyad will show themselves so that we’ll all see what we knew: It’s Grizzled Young Veterans, Gibson & Drake.
Tony D’Angelo and the rest had a good promo section, and while he was telling Cruz & Wilde they had to prove their worth, where was the moment during the match where they did something? I was watching the whole time, saw nothing remotely similar to cheating or distracting. Them beating up Malik after was a rather cheap way to put pressure on them, but I bet that while Cruz & Wilde rejoin Escobar, there’s a good chance Lopez stays loyal to The Don since he’s been complimenting her good work.
We’re getting an interesting next step for “Axiom”/A-Kid. They were hiding his face, even though anyone who has heard him talk can tell it’s him, because he’s becoming a masked wrestler. The mask looks very good, and it does fit with him having a name that sounds very much like a comic book superhero, and with A-Kid’s in-ring ability, it will all blend together perfectly. I just didn’t expect this to be the direction they’d take him after how strongly NXT UK built him in their midcard.
My Score: 8.2/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (10/4/22)
Who will grab the next golden ticket?
Will tonight have a TEACHABLE MOMENT?
With NXT Halloween Havoc fast approaching, the North American Championship Ladder match must be completed! And Andre Chase takes on Von Wagner for spot number four!
- Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Oro Mensah; Hayes wins.
- NXT North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Andre Chase w/ Bodhi Hayward & Thea Hail VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone; Wagner wins and advances to Halloween Havoc.
- Wendy Choo VS Lash Legend; Wendy wins.
- Six Woman Tag: Toxic Attraction VS Alba Fyre, Nikkita Lyons & Zoey Stark; changed to…
- NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders match: Toxic Attraction VS Nikkita Lyons & Zoey Stark; Lyons & Stark win and will challenge for the titles at Halloween Havoc.
- Julius Creed VS Duke Hudson; Julius wins.
- Hank Walker VS Xyon Quinn; Quinn wins.
- NXT Tag Team Championships: Pretty Deadly VS The Brawling Brutes; Pretty Deadly wins and retains the titles.
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NXT has a new look!
The logo changed first but now so have the graphics! And not only that, but Wade Barrett has TWO new commentary comrades in Byron Saxton and the new kid on the block, Suou Shah! They’re excited to be here because NXT is the place to be. They’re all ready to go, so what’s up first?
Pretty Deadly heads to the ring!
They’re dressed in their parliamentary best. They’ve got the powdered wigs, the make-up, the spotted capes and leather boots. They bow to the crowd and then to each other before going to the podium. They clack their gavels and bring the fans to order. Kit Wilson brings into session the Address of the NXT Commonwealth. Members present: Lord Elton Prince, OBE; and Viscount Kit Wilson. They are YOUR NXT Tag Team Champions, Pretty Deadly. Order! Order! First order: Do they look delicious? Like the two tastiest snack sin NXT! Nay, the whole WWE! And it is time for Ye Olde SIDE PLATE CHECK~! Look at those bad boys.
Now, to depressing matters. Once upon a time, brave pilgrims left the UK to the US and proceeded to make this a better place. Fast forward a few centuries and Pretty Deadly does the same thing to make NXT drastically better. Look at it now! They are the top of the tag team division as TWO-TIME Tag Team Champions! They rule over the fans with complete impunity. However! Order! There is the issue growing beneath them. They must search for new contenders! Wherefore art thou? Competent challengers! Seasoned veterans! Optimistic teams! Up-and-comers! All training in the PC, wanting a piece of PD.
Teams are hoping to be just as “effervescent” as the champions, but there is a problem. Pretty Deadly’s beaten EVERYONE~! Briggs & Jensen beat Gallus but Pretty Deadly has their numbers: 1-800-UGLY DENIM! Edris & Malik: One can’t keep a shirt on while the other needs to take his off. OHOHOHO! Yes, yes. Sweater vest and oil abs aren’t good enough. And don’t get them started on those “boring brothers.” You mean the Creeds? Yes! The Crrrrreeds! Damon Kemp might be closing the Diamond Mine Dojo forever. What about The Dyad? No, ew, skip them, they creep Kit out.
But that means there is no choice. Has it come to this? Yes. Order! Order! Elton Prince decrees that your TWO-TIME Tag Team Champions, Pretty Deadly, rulers of their domain with naught but a challenger in sight be awarded the titles forever and ever~! #YESBOY- WAIT! WHAT?! The Brawling Brutes are here from SmackDown! Fans fire up as Ridge Holland shouts, “Surprise, surprise, fellas! You two sounded pretty tough on social media talking about what happened to Sheamus this past Friday night SmackDown. So me and the Bruiser, we’re here tonight to see how tough you really are face-to-face.”
Dunne asks if there are any objections to kicking these two Muppets’ heads in! Fans shout “NO!” but Pretty Deadly panics! They were hacked! That was Kevin Nash! Kevin Patrick! Kevin Owens! Curse him! OH SHUT UP! Dunne & Ridge get in the ring but Ridge stops Dunne from tearing into Kit & Elton. Ridge says the champs sure like dressing up and prancing around like a couple of peacocks. But all they do is talk and talk about how great they are. All Ridge 7 Dunne ask is that they prove it. Because tonight, it’s Tuesday. That means it’s… FIGHT NIGHT! And then the brawl is on! Dunne DECKS Elton, Ridged CLUBS Kit and they both snatch the capes away!
Fans are thunderous for the Bruiserweight and the yoked Yorkshire, but we’ll have to wait as Carmelo Hayes makes his way out for his match. Will Melo remind everyone why he’s The A Champion?
Toxic Attraction arrives.
And they get attacked by Alba Fyre! She hits Jacy and Gigi then abducts Mandy! What’s going to happen to tonight’s Six Woman Tag? Well the math is simple: cut it down to 2v2, and make it a #1 contender’s match! Who will win here to head for Kayden Carter & Katana Chance at Halloween Havoc?
Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Oro Mensah!
The former NXT North American Champion wants that belt back but must go through a ladder match to do it. The Hottest Superstar Under the Sun has held NXT UK Tag Team Championship gold but never truly lost it. Who will have pole position going into the title race? And who will hit a major speed bump?
NXT returns as Oro makes his entrance. The bell rings and Melo circles with Oro. Fans rally, Melo shoves Oro, and then shoves him again. Melo says Oro ain’t ready, but Oro grabs the arm! Oro wrenches, wristlocks and grinds but Melo spins to wrench back. Oro rolls, headstands and kicks back. Oro then arm-drags Melo down to have an armlock. Fans rally while Melo fights up. Melo pulls hair, whips but Oro reverses. Melo stops himself, blocks a boot, but Oro tiger wall kicks him! Oro says he is championship material, then he arm-drags again. Melo fights up, knees low, and he throws Oro down by his hair. But Oro kips up!
Oro dropkicks but Melo blocks it. Melo dribbles, but Oro gets up to DROPKICK! That one hits and fans fire up. Oro runs, RANAS Melo, and then catches Melo for an EXPLODER! Cover, ONE!! Fans rally up, Oro aims from the corner and runs in, but Melo bails out. Oro stops, slingshots and PLANCHAS! Direct hit and down goes Melo! Fans fire up and Oro puts Melo in. Oro warns Trick and so does the ref. But Melo kicks Oro at the corner, then POSTS him! Oro staggers back, into a SLINGSHOT DDT TO THE APRON! Fans fire up and Melo high-fives with Trick. Melo puts Oro in, covers, TWO! Fans rally and duel while Melo grows annoyed.
Melo drags Oro up, whips him to ropes, but Oro ducks and comes back, into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Oro sputters, Melo fires himself up, and Melo drags Oro up. Oro throws body shots but Melo CHOPS! Melo drags Oro up, cravats and snapmare rolls, but Oro blocks the superkick to roll up! TWO!! Melo escapes to SUPERKICK! Oro sits up in a daze but he grabs Melo’s arm. Melo breaks free, springboards and CROSSBODIES! Fans fire up as Melo covers, TWO! Oro shows toughness and Trick is furious! Melo CLUBS away on Oro, then twists Oro’s head in the neck wrench. Fans rally, Oro throws elbows but Melo smothers him.
Melo drags Oro up in a cravat, and then he runs for a corner. Oro turns that around to RAM Melo into buckles! Both men are down and Trick is worried. Fans rally, Oro staggers away but he blocks a punch to give a punch! And another! And again, and again! Oro whips and back drops Melo high and hard! Melo gets up, Oro rallies with big forearms! Melo swings but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Oro kips up, fans fire up and Oro boots, but Melo blocks! Melo flips Oro but Oro AX KICKS out of it! Then he LIONSAULTS! Fans fire up with Oro more and he aims from a corner. Oro runs in at Melo, but Trick takes the WHEEL KICK for Melo!
Melo CODE BREAKERS Oro down! Melo hurries up top, shoots THE THREE POINTER! Cover, Melo wins!
Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall
Give Trick the assist, he helps Melo shoot and score again! Will Melo need Trick’s help again when the title is hanging high above the ring?
Carmelo gets on commentary to speak to everyone watching and in the audience. “They tried to say I was on a losing streak. Losing streak where?” While Trick gets helped out, Melo wants to watch who qualifies for his ladder match. And speaking of, here comes Professor Chase! Is it time for another TEACHABLE MOMENT?
Diamond Mine is with the medical trainer.
The trainer asks how Brutus Creed’s shoulder feels, and Brutus angrily shouts, “I’M FINE!” Ivy Nile & Julius tell him to chill. The trainer has to check Brutus in order to clear him. But the trainer says there is no way he can clear Brutus for competition. This is serious damage. But then Duke Hudson swaggers in, asking “Who’s crying this week?” Julius says he doesn’t have the patience for this. Duke, go away. Duke says he’s just here to see what TEN chairshots to the back looks like. Julius tells Duke to get walking or Julius will start stepping. And Julius won’t stop at ten chairshots with Duke. Oh, the older brother sticking up for the dumb one. Er, young one. Cute.
But if Julius comes at Duke while Diamond Mine is hurt, it’ll be Julius’ funeral. Oh, is that so? Yeah, Roddy’s still in the hospital, out of commission. Well Julius isn’t. If Duke thinks they’re vulnerable, let’s find out tonight. Duke will consider it. The doc should stay here, they’re both gonna need medical attention tonight. Ivy keeps Brutus back and Julius says she should stay here to keep an eye on Brutus. Brutus needs to chill, but will Julius turn up the heat on Hudson?
NXT North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Andre Chase w/ Bodhi Hayward & Thea Hail VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone!
Professor Chase may not have beaten Von Wagner before, but that was before and this is now! Will that golden ticket be motivation enough for the brains to beat the brawn? Or is this still Wagner’s World, and Chase U is just living in it?
NXT returns and Wagner makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two tie up. Wagner knees low, but Chase throws hands. Wagner DECKS Chase, Chase gets up and runs at Wagner, but Wagner picks him up to RAM him into a corner! Wagner RAMS in again and again, then throws elbows. Wagner stands Chase up, smothers him in the corner, but lets off as the ref counts. Chase dodges Wagner, blocks a boot and hits a KNEE JAMMER! Chase KICKS away on Wagner’s leg then CHOP BLOCKS it! Chase grabs the leg, Wagner pushes him away and LARIATS on the return! Fans boo but Wagner shakes out his leg.
Wagner storms up on Chase, SLAMS him off the mat then stomps away. Melo likes what he sees because he doesn’t like Chase after last week’s upset. Wagner digs his boot into Chase but the ref counts. Wagner lets off, he soaks up the heat while fans rally for Chase U. Chase blocks a boot to DRAGON SCREW! And then Chase YANKS the bad leg, drags Wagner up, but Wagner POWERSLAMS Chase for it! Chase goes to a corner, Wagner storms up and stomps Chase down. Wagner stands Chase up to whip him corner to corner, then he run sin, only to get buckles! Chase dropkicks the legs out! Chase runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges and dropkicks the legs out!
Fans fire up as Chase JABS away on Wagner! Chase ROCKS Wagner, whips, but Wagner reverses, only for Chase to reverse back into a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Fans spell out “CHASE U!” as Chase stomps away! But Stone gets on the apron! Chase chases him off, and THEA Electric Chair Lifts Stone! Stone fights free, but Bodhi is there! Stone snatches the banner and throws it down, only for Thea to scoop and SLAM Stone! Fans fire up and Chase is proud of his student, but Wagner CLUBS Chase from behind! Wagner back suplexes but Chase slips off! Chase body scissors and rolls Wagner, TWO!! Wagner escapes, and he BOOTS Chase down!
Wagner is furious, and he drags Chase up to the fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY NECKBREAKER! Cover, Wagner wins!
Winner: Von Wagner, by pinfall (advances to Halloween Havoc)
Melo mocks Chase’s loss as a “teachable moment,” but now a big, BIG man is in the match! Will Wagner finally back up his words and make NXT his world?
Melo talks trash more, saying it doesn’t matter if it’s Oro, Wagner, or “that doofus,” Wes Lee- WES LEE FLIES IN OUTTA NOWHERE! Wes CLOBBERS Melo off commentary, fires off on him around the way, but the refs hurry to stop this! Fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” but this will have to wait until Halloween Havoc!
Sanga and Nathan Frazer watch this all backstage.
The Gentleman Giant says he should’ve been in one of those qualifiers, but he lost against Von, too. And now Von beat Chase and is going on to Halloween Havoc. Frazer hears that. When he dropped the first fall to Axiom in their series, he was down. He has to win two matches in a row, and trust him, he was in his head about that. But Frazer blocked all the negativity out and he’s made it 1-1. Next week, Frazer has his chance in the tiebreaker. Sanga says if he can’t win it, then he hopes Frazer does. Well, cheers, mate! Thanks! Frazer heads out, and VEER walks in!! Sanga’s old friend is back, does that mean Indus Sher is back, too?
Lash Legend walks and talks to gorilla.
“Wendy Choo, I talk a lotta mess, but I walk it like I talk it like I drop it. Case in point: I dropped your ass. And I’m gonna do it again! Boot to face two, boo! Because when Lash comes around, it’s about to go down. Okay?” The Legend is ready to dunk on Wendy, but will she straight brick when taking on the Queen of Comfy?
Someone is handing out Schism’s happy face buttons.
It’s the same mysterious figure in the red hoodie. NXT audience members are a bit torn on accepting the free gifts, but Grayson Waller drives up in his yellow H2. Waller has security on hand and tells them they have one job: Make sure no visions of Apollo Crews’ come true. Crews is a coward, understand? Someone park the car. Waller brings the rest along to the arena, but will he not see Apollo Crews coming?
Wendy Choo VS Lash Legend!
Wendy’s shut up one big ego already in Tiffany Stratton in the Lights Out match, because she can bring out her dark side. Will she have to do the same thing again against Lash? Or will Lash’s legend grow at Wendy’s expense?
Lash snatches Wendy’s body pillow and BOPS her with it! The ref reprimands, Wendy is furious, and the bell rings. Wendy ducks Lash to fire off hands! Lash shoves her down but Wendy come back with more! Lash knees low, whips Wendy but Wendy reverses to CHOP! Wendy whips but Lash reverses, only for Wendy to DROPKICK her! Lash goes to a corner, Wendy runs in to BOOT her down! Lash bails out but Wendy goes to the apron to CROSSBODY! But Lash catches her with ease, and hits a SWINGING BACKBREAKER! Lash talks trash, brings Wendy up as the ring count passes 5 of 10, and she puts Wendy in at 7.
Lash stalks Wendy to a corner, drags her up and CLUBS her down! Lash talks more trash but fans rally for Wendy. Lash puts Wendy through ropes and CHOKES her while talking more smack. The ref counts, Lash lets off to then KICK Wendy down. Cover, TWO! Lash is annoyed but she drags Wendy up. Fans rally for Wendy but Lash runs to do her make-up and LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Lash is even more annoyed but she stalks Wendy to a corner. Lash brings Wendy out, whips her into a corner and Wendy hits buckles hard! Lash stands Wendy back up to whip her back in. But Wendy BOOTS back! Lash throws Wendy down by her hair!
Fans obo, but Wendy avoids the elbow drop! Wendy hurries to ROCK Lash, then KICK a leg. And KICKS again! Wendy sweeps the legs, then SHOTGUNS Lash down! Lash crawls to a corner, Wendy runs in to handspring back elbow! Wendy goes up, BOOTS Lash out, and then leaps, but into Lash’s arms again! Lash swings but Wendy rolls to a cover, TWO!! Fans rally as Wendy goes to a corner. Lash runs in, Wendy dodges the boot and KICKS the other leg! Wendy goes up for a VADER BOMB! Cover, WENDY WINS!
Winner: Wendy Choo, by pinfall
And a big win for Wendy! Lash gets humbled, but will she stay humbled? Or is this just the beginning of another grudge for Wendy to deal with?
Backstage interview with Wes Lee.
Kelly Kincaid, another new addition to NXT, asks him about going after Melo. Was that a message he was sending back to the former champion? Wes says that wasn’t a message. That was a receipt. Melo smashed Wes’s head in locker. Melo tried to crush Wes’s head and end his career! Wes keeps calm and says he’s focused on the ladder match. Wes is going to go all out to get the title, but he’d be lying if he said he didn’t want to get his hands on Melo- and just- Channing Lorenzo walks in and says this is the real Wes Lee. That is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Wes acts all sad and introspective with that lost boy look, going all, “My friends are gone…!”
But Stacks knows Wes is ruthless. Wes hit Tony D’Angelo’s leg so hard, The Don’s PCL is going one way while the rest of him is going that way. Wes defends that he didn’t wanna win that way. Sure, sure. But The Don knows how to make things look like an accident. Actions have consequences, Wes. Stacks leaves, will Wes have to watch his back from now until Halloween Havoc?
Gallus speak, though on suspension.
They assaulted referees and security, and now they’re suspended. They didn’t realize how soft everyone here in NXT was. But they’ll stay out of the ring until the suspension is lifted. So don’t worry, lads. They’ll be back soon enough. Briggs & Jensen, that scrap doesn’t prove anything. And Pretty Deadly, hold onto those titles tightly. And Bron Breakker, you watch yourself. When Gallus returns, they won’t just come back for tag gold. Soon, it will be Gallus Boys On Top!
Kayden Carter & Katana Chance speak.
A quote on screen reads, “Anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you.” It’s crazy that they’re even here! They shouldn’t even be besties! Look at Kayden and then look at Katana. Katana’s the “Goody two shoes.” Wow, really? Well, isn’t she? Katana’s nice to everyone and always tries to help out. Well Kayden can be nice sometimes. But the thing is, they’ve also had different paths here. Kayden’s known since she was a kid that she wants to be in the WWE. For Katana, her first love was gymnastics. She used that to win on American Ninja Warrior, and then she had a WWE tryout and fell in love.
It was a rough adjustment as the new girl. Katana had to earn respect, and a couple years back, she needed to step away. Kayden remembers that, and she holds hands with Katana. See? Kayden IS nice. Oh, stop it. But it was tough on Katana and she wasn’t sure where she belonged. Kayden was worried if Katana was ever going to come back. But Kayden being there for Katana helped in making that decision, and they both knew they had the same goal. They wanted to be champions together, and look at them now! They didn’t come together just for the gold, but because they wanted the best for each other.
Toxic Attraction thinks these titles are “on loan” to KC Squared. But no, the titles are where they belong, and Gigi & Jacy are crazy if they think they’re ever getting the titles back. KC Squared will never let go. As for Lyons & Stark, those two are great singles competitors, but as a team, they’re a question mark. KC Squared will be watching, ready for whoever comes out on top.
NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders match: Toxic Attraction VS Nikkita Lyons & Zoey Stark!
Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne are surely worried what Alba Fire is doing to their Toxic Goddess, Mandy Rose, but they have to focus on getting themselves a second chance at gold of their own. Will they be able to finally have that rematch with KC Squared? Or will the Pride & the Fighter prove they are a dynamic duo to be reckoned with?
NXT returns and Lyons makes her entrance, followed by Stark. The teams sort out and Lyons starts against Gigi. They circle, tie up, and Lyons gets around to a waistlock. Gigi throws an elbow, snapmares Lyons, then KICKS! But Lyons blocks! Lyons stands, she pins Gigi around and backhands her! Gigi gets away and tags in Jacy. Jacy and Lyons tie up, Lyons gets an arm and she wrenches. Jacy gets away as Stark tags in. Fans rally for Zoey but Jacy tells them to shut up. The two tie up, Stark shoves Jacy away and dares Jacy to come back. Jacy runs in, they tie up again and Jacy puts Zoey in a corner.
The ref counts, Stark shoves Jacy back. Stark then rolls Jacy up, TWO! Jacy sweeps and covers, ONE! Stark trips and jackknife covers, TWO! Jacy gets around, schoolgirl with bridge, TWO! Stark CLUBS Jacy, ROCKS her, but Jacy shoves her into the corner. Tag to Gigi, she kicks but Stark blocks! Stark shoves Gigi down, but has to dodge a cheap shot. Stark elbows Gigi then springboard CROSSBODIES! cover, TWO! Tag to Lyons but Gigi tags Jacy. Lyons ROCKS Jacy with fast hands and a BACKHAND! Lyons FOREARMS Jacy in the corner! SUPERKICK! Jacy bails out but Gigi gets in, only for Stark to springboard MISSILE DROPKICK!
Fans fire up as Toxic Attraction bail out! KC Squared is doing as they said and watching this from backstage. Stark & Lyons dare someone, anyone, to get in the ring while NXT goes picture in picture.
Jacy & Gigi take their time given the sore spots Alba Fyre left them with. They talk and then Jacy gets in. Jacy and Lyons reset, but then Gigi tags in. Gigi storms up, Lyons blocks the punches to give punches. Gigi ducks, knees low, and she headlocks. Lyons powers out but Jacy tags in. Gigi sunset flips, Lyons stays up, but Jacy SUPERKICKS Lyons down! Jacy grins and runs in to back body block! Jacy snapmares and KICKS Lyons, then covers, TWO! Jacy snarls and she drags Lyons by her hair. Tag to Gigi, then Jacy feeds Lyons to Gigi’s BOOT! Gigi & Jacy then double suplex! Cover, TWO! Lyons is still in this and Gigi snarls.
Gigi drags Lyons away, bumps her off buckles, and then tags Jacy. They mug Lyons, Jacy stomps away then tags Gigi back in. The ref is busy keeping Stark back and that allows Gigi to bend Lyons back against the ropes! The ref notices and counts, Gigi lets off to tag Jacy. Now Toxic Attraction both pull Lyons back! They let off at 4 and Jacy throws Lyons down. Jacy drags Lyons up to tag Gigi, they mug Lyons more, then Gigi goes to suplex. Lyons blocks, throws body shots and she snap suplexes Gigi down! Lyons rolls Gigi up, TWO! Gigi BOOTS Lyons back down! Gigi wraps on a chinlock and she grinds Lyons down.
Lyons fights up, fans rally, but Gigi wrangles her back down. Gigi leans on Lyons but Lyons grits her teeth and fights back up. Lyons JAWBREAKERS free, then gets Gigi for an ARMBAR! NXT returns to single picture as Gigi reaches out. Gigi gets a ROPEBREAK with her foot, and Lyons lets off. Gigi hurries to stomp Lyons down! Gigi drags Lyons away from Stark, she tags Jacy in, and they double wrench to double KICK! Then BUZZSAW and SENTON! Cover, TWO! Jacy is frustrated but she clamps onto Lyons to half nelson chinbar! Fans rally up and Lyons fights up, only for Jacy to CLUB her! Jacy whips, Lyons reverses and rolls Jacy again, TWO!
Jacy and Lyons DOUBLE BOOT! Fans fire up as both women crawl, hot tags to Gigi and Stark! Stark rallies on Toxic Attraction, BIG elbow for Gigi! Gigi scurries to a corner but Stark runs in to uppercut! And GAMANGIRI! Stark whips, ROCKS, ELBOWS and MULE KICKS! Fans fire up, Stark runs, SLIDING KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Gigi survives but Stark calls to Lyons. Tag to Lyons and Stark hands off Gigi. SUPERKICK GERMAN SUPLEX COMBO! Cover, Jacy breaks it! Stark BOOTS Jacy! Jacy SUPERKICKS back! They both run, DOUBLE LARIATS collide! KC Squared likes what they see and so do the fans!
The teams regroup and then Lyons spots Gigi. They go after each other, the HEADBUTT is a bit double-edged. Lyons and Gigi fire off forearm after forearm then Lyons fireman’s carries. Gigi slips off, shoves Lyons and runs to STO! Gigi drags Lyons up, tags Jacy, and then wrenches for a ROUNDHOUSE! Jacy hits the NECKBREAKER! Cover, Stark breaks it! Jacy is beside herself and she tells Lyons that this is Toxic’s time! Jacy throws forearms, but Lyons ducks the elbow to HEEL KICK! Tag to Stark and she springboards! But Jacy moves! Stark rolls through but into a ROLLING ELBOW! Jacy DECKS Lyons and hurries to tag Gigi!
Toxic Attraction set up, but Lyons trips Jacy up! SUPERKICK for Jacy! Scoop and Z 360 for Gigi!! Tag to Lyons and then Stark PLANCHAS Jacy! Lyons roars for the LYONS DEN!! Cover, Lyons & Stark win!
Winners: Nikkita Lyons & Zoey Stark, by pinfall (NEW #1 contenders to the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships)
KC Squared can’t help but applaud. The duo was doubted, but Stark & Lyons pull off the victory! Will the Sin City Soldier & the Lioness bring that same energy to the title match?
Ilja Dragunov speaks.
“I have never feared pain. Pain makes you feel alive. But agony is a different type of feeling. When I injured my ankle, it was far, far more than just the searing pain of a snapped ligament. The agony I felt to vacate MY NXT UK Championship, a title I slayed an unbeatable force to win. A title I defended with pride and honor was taken away not by an opponent, but by circumstance. It was my privilege to shoulder the weight of an entire brand, but my biggest challenge was sitting and watching NXT UK breathe it’s last breath.
“I watched in frustration as worlds collided, titles were unified, knowing that it should have been me in that ring against Bron. Opportunities like that only happen once in a lifetime. I cannot change the past. But I can change the future. Bron Breakker is a great champion, but he’s a man. And at Halloween Havoc, he’s stepping into the ring with a machine. JD McDonagh likes to take credit for my injury, and my body bares the scars of our great battles. But JD knows in his heard that I stop at nothing to be victorious. I leave every ounce of myself in that ring, including days, weeks, months of my career! That is something that JD talks about, but he doesn’t possess.
“At Halloween Havoc, I will suffer, I will endure a great deal of pain. But it will be worth it, because I will once again become champion as the world says in unison, ‘Long Live the Czar!'” Will UNBESIEGBAR be the one to break Bron and trump the Irish Ace?
It’s the Grayson Waller Effect!
The 21st Century Success Story has the second episode of his talk show, “back by overwhelming demand.” There are millions watching, including Apollo, but he can’t do a thing, lad! Waller has security! Waller gets his split screen, he’s live on Instagram, and everyone already follows him. So get in the chat and get a “second vision” of this show. But let’s start off hot with his first guess, the Tony Hawk of NXT, Cora Jade! Jade makes her entrance and Waller moshes to her theme. Cora also has her kendo stick, and Waller introduces Cora’s opponent for Halloween Havoc, Roxanne Perez! Roxie makes her entrance and she smiles at her former friend.
Waller sits at the desk with the ladies, setting up his phone. Sorry, he meant to get a booster seat for Roxie. But Cora, Roxie, the rematch is coming and- Yeah, so Cora’s heard. But how many people did Roxie have to cry to in order to get it? Roxie says it was easy since everyone wants to see her kick Cora’s ass. Oh~, using everyone else to get what you want. Typical Roxie. Ladies, stop interrupting Waller. This is his show. But question: This is the second time Roxie is facing Cora 1v1. How is she feel- “I feel nothing. Because I’m going into this match with no emotion. Unlike at Heatwave, where I was full of mixed emotions-”
“Awww… Are you gonna cry?” Cora mocks Roxie’s “sob stories.” Fans boo but Roxie says this is no sob story. Maybe Cora doesn’t remember, but they wanted to break into the business together, rise to the top of the division and raise the bar together. They could be to new fans what the Four Horsewomen were to them! But the second Cora thought Roxie passed her, Cora threw this away. But that’s okay, Roxie will leave Cora behind to do what they wanted by herself. Cora says at Halloween Havoc, she will beat Roxie again, and the fans will all realize Roxie was a lot of hype and not a lot of talent. Fans boo but Cora says Roxie just isn’t good enough to be part of #GenerationJade.
Roxie says no, Cora. Now that the TRUE Cora is out, see it like it is: For one whole year, Cora put on this whole act that no one was buying. And the second Cora realized that, she blamed Roxie for it! And the fans! Waller agrees with that. Roxie tells Cora and her generation are full of- HEY! Do not use that type of language on this show! And that is the second time they’ve interrupted Waller. Just so you know, Waller has two huge scoops they don’t know about! First: in two weeks, they’ll be playing a game of Pick Your Poison. Roxie and Cora pick each other’s opponents, and the whole WWE roster is fair game! Instagram likes that! Roxie VS Omos!
But secondly- Cora interrupts and says that’s perfect! She’s already got a whole list in mind for Roxie. Well, Roxie does for Cora, too. Cora says Roxie won’t even make it to Halloween Havoc. Roxie says same for Cora. SECONDLY!! Waller please asks they stop interrupting him! Their match at Halloween Havoc is a SPIN THE WHEEL, MAKE THE DEAL! Now we’re talking. But what’s wrong, Cora? Scared? Waller points out some great choices this year: Buried Alive; Casket Match; Bar Room Brawl. How about a Grayson Waller Exclusive and give it a spin right now! And if it lands on Spinner’s Choice, HE chooses! Heh heh. Oh, right. Good one.
Y’know what? You girls both suck! Spin the wheel now! Security, watch the guests. Cameraman, follow Waller! See, this is what you get on the Grayson Waller Effect. You never know what he’s gonna do! This is exciting. Wait, who is that in the hood? Fans think it’s Apollo, but Waller takes a peek. Can’t see in there. He checks the guy’s arm under the sleeve. White guy, okay! Spin the wheel! Waller wants a Coal Miner’s Glove! He doesn’t know what that is but it sounds great. Oh, oh, here we go. And… it’s a WEAPONS WILD MATCH! Not bad! But wait, security! Cora takes a swing, but Roxie blocks it! Security rushes in before this gets worse!
Waller films the brawl with his phone, fans chant “JERRY! JERRY!” and Waller is all smiles. But then he can see in his own camera, it’s APOLLO! He was in disguise as security! And he drags Waller under the ring! Just what is gonna happen under there?! Cora and Roxie can’t get loose, but this isn’t going to end here! Just what won’t they use against each other in a Weapons Wild Match?
Wait! Waller emerges from under the ring, and his eyes are bleeding red!! That was Apollo’s gruesome vision, and it has come true! Apollo stalks Waller and asks where he’s going. Waller scrambles away to the back, but will Apollo get his own revenge match at Halloween Havoc?
The Schism talks with the red hoodie.
What have they been doing all day? They had ONE job. All of their time and energy is put into this mission, yet red hoodie kid can’t even take this seriously! Joe Gacy has The Dyad cool off. But red hoodie kid does need to understand: they’re not mad, just disappointed. “You need to be better.” The Schism leaves, will little red hoodie kid make things right?
Julius Creed VS Duke Hudson!
The Diamond Mine wants revenge on Damon Kemp, but it seems Julius will have to make it through the flop to get at him. Will Julius have a hot hand after tonight? Or will he bust and have to fold?
The bell rings and Julius circles with Duke. They approach, Duke knees low and CLUBS Julius hard. Julius goes to ropes, Duke knees and stomps and CLUBS away! The ref counts and fans boo but Duke lets off at 4. Duke dusts his hands off and goes back to Julius. Duke whips, Julius ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Duke! Julius then hits an EXPLODER! Fans fire up as the straps come down! Julius lifts Duke for the ROLLING SPINEBSUTER! And the SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, Julius wins!
Winner: Julius Creed, by pinfall
Blink and you might’ve missed that one! This is how angry Julius is right now, and Duke really did choose the wrong time to push buttons. But then BRUTUS gets at Duke! Ivy tries to stop him but he’s already in “Brutus Smash” mode! Brutus puts Duke back in the ring but Julius tries to stop him. Brutus hammers away on Duke! Julius and Ivy drag Brutus away, but then Damon Kemp talks from the perch! “Congrats on your win tonight, Julius. But at Halloween Havoc, things are going to be… a little bit different.” Brutus tells Damon to get down here so they can beat his ass! Easy, Big Brute, you had your match. Now it’s Julius’ turn.
Julius says that’s fine. Damon, Julius will be his brother’s keeper. Damon is so arrogant, Julius can’t wait to beat him down. Damon says damn right he’s cocky! You would be, too, if you were this talented. Julius might be his brother’s keeper, but Brutus is Damon’s BI*CH! And y’know what? Damon’s so confident, that if Julius somehow does beat him, he’ll give Brutus another match, “but under one condition.” Brutus says he doesn’t need another match! Just another five minutes! Whatever Damon wants, he’s got it! Julius says he knows how Damon does things. He probably wants like a million stipulations.
So what’s the deal, Damon? Loser leaves NXT? Julius has to retire? End his career? Damon says this is Julius’ downfall. It proves Julius is so self-centered. Not everything is about him! This whole stipulation isn’t about Julius, it’s about BRUTUS. Damon has things he wants to accomplish in NXT, and he cannot do that if he has to constantly look over his shoulder. Julius, when Damon wins, it isn’t Julius who leaves. It’s BRUTUS! Brutus is furious, but then he accepts for Julius! Julius doesn’t like to be cold hearted, but when it calls for it, there is no one and he means NO ONE colder. He has ice in his veins.
So it won’t be good enough to beat Kemp. It won’t be good enough to pin him. It won’t even be good enough to submit him! Julius has to send Kemp out the same way Kemp did Roddy. If Kemp likes stipulations, then at Halloween Havoc, Kemp VS Julius, in an AMBULANCE MATCH! Kemp loves it! And oh, tell Roddy to make room for Julius at the hospital. Julius says if Kemp calls for him, Julius answers on the first ring. So Kemp, get your s*it together, Julius is waiting! Will Julius save the Diamond Mine singlehandedly? Or will Kemp pick it apart piece by piece?
JD McDonagh speaks.
“I have a pretty unique perspective on my opponents at Halloween Havoc. I’m the only man on this planet to share a ring with both Bron Breakker and Ilja Dragunov. Dragunov is a former NXT UK Champion. He’s unorthodox, ferocious, very dangerous. We all know Bron: he’d run through a brick wall to keep the title. You can be forgiven for looking at these two guys and thinking they’re two wildly different athletes. But to the educated brain, you can see that these guys are exactly the same. Boundless energy, passionate, they both use their bodies as a weapon, and neither one of them have two brain cells in their heads put together.
“They’re gonna go out there and try to see who the toughest is, who can withstand the most pain. But what’s my plan? I’m gonna let them. The bait’s already out there, I’m just gonna let the two animals tear each other apart. Because you see, at Halloween Havoc, it isn’t the strongest man that’s gonna walk away champion. It’s not the most aggressive. It’s the smartest. And you can call me whatever you want. Call me a vulture, a jackal, a hyena. But by the end of the night at Halloween Havoc, when the lights go down, you will call me NXT Champion.” Will the Irish Ace’s opportunistic strategy help him take the title?
Hank Walker talks with his friends in security.
They’re all proud of him for making the jump to NXT Superstar, and he has a huge opportunity. His first match as a contracted superstar! But don’t blow it! They’re just razzing him. But Hank says Xyon Quinn won’t know what hit him. And then Quincy Elliot walks in to say hey! The Super Diva does wanna warn Hank. Watch out for Xyon. As much as Quincy loves those tribal tattoos, he kinda pissed Xyon off. What? Who could be mad at you, Quincy? Exactly! What’s with Xyon? But Hank appreciates the advice, and he’s gonna head out. They all cheer Hank on, and Quincy breaks it down. Will Big Hank get an even bigger win than the one that won him a contract?
“Next week is the trilogy match between myself and Nathan Frazer. When you think of trilogies, some of the greatest superheroes come to mind. This story with Nathan is not playing out on a comic book page, it’s live-action. It’s intense. And I know he will bring out things we have never seen before. The first two matches were so close. It could’ve gone either way. And I expect this one to be even closer. But the cool thing about the trilogy story with Nathan is that instead of reading it on a page, I get to write the final chapter.” Will Axiom be undeniable when both his pride and the final spot in the NXT North American Championship Ladder match is on the line?
Hank Walker VS Xyon Quinn!
Hank Walker was a superstar prospect paying his dues as a security guard, and taking out his frustrations on “Big Body” Javier Bernal was just the thing he needed to prove himself to the WWE. Will he prove they made the right choice? Or will Xyon prove he IS the “X Factor” after all?
The bell rings and Xyon RAMS Hank into a corner! Xyon rams his shoulder in more and more, then whips corner to corner. Hank reverses but runs into a back elbow. Hank staggers, but he still arm-drags Xyon! And again! Fans fire up for Hank as he whips corner to corner. Xyon reverses but Hank comes back, only for Xyon to SPINEBUSTER! Fans boo while Xyon snarls and throws down knees at Hank against the ropes. Xyon lets off as the ref counts, to go out and CLUB Hank back into the ring. Xyon snarls, slides back in and he drags Hank up to bend him back against ropes. Xyon UPPERCUTS, then back suplexes! Cover, TWO!
Xyon clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Hank down. Hank endures, fights up and fans rally. Hank throws body shots, but Xyon CLUBS him! Xyon HEADBUTTS Hank, whips him to a corner, but Hank comes back to LARIAT! Fans fire up as the shirt comes off! Hank runs in to THESZ PRESS! Hank rains down fast hands and fans are loving it! Hank then bumps Xyon off buckles, bumps him off more buckles, and then more! Hank runs in to SPLASH! Xyon staggers, Hank runs in again, but Xyon dodges! Xyon KICKS the leg, runs and RUNS IT STRAIGHT! Cover, Xyon wins!
Winner: Xyon Quinn, by pinfall
Well, Hank won’t have a historic winning streak to start, but Xyon doesn’t look done with him! Xyon aims from the corner, wanting to hit Hank again. But here comes QUINCY! Fans rally for the Super Diva as he backs Xyon down. Quincy helps Hank up and they fist bump. Quincy even gives Hank an encouraging smack on the butt! Y’know, it’s a sports thing. Quincy dances and Hank isn’t sure what to make of it, but does Hank at least have a friend watching his back?
Cameron Grimes finds little red hoodie kid.
He doesn’t know who this person is, but they don’t need to be dealing with Joe Gacy. All Gacy does is talk out both sides of his mouth! “Listen, listen. The guy’s a hypocrite. And it’s already bad enough the guy has The Dyad-” BOOT! Rip Fowler kicks Grimes down, then he and Jagger Reed mug Grimes! They RAM Grimes into a trunk, then Gacy hands Jagger a trash can. “Let it out.” Jagger unleashes on Grimes with the can! Gacy smiles and takes the can for himself to SMACK Grimes on the back! The Schism smiles as they look to red hoodie kid. “Job well done! Welcome to the Schism’s tree.” They hug it out, but just who is this in the hood?
Briggs & Jensen find the Brawling Brutes backstage.
The good ol’ boys want Dunne to take it easy, they’re just here to wish them good luck tonight. And they also want to let the Brutes know that once they beat Pretty Deadly and become the NEW NXT Tag Team Champions, Briggs & Jensen want the first shot. Oh, is that right? But then Malik Blade & Edris Enofe walk in, and they say they know the Brutes are gonna destroy Pretty Deadly. Ridge takes a guess and figures these two want the first shot, too. How’d he know that? Briggs & Jensen tell Malik & Edris to get in line. Now they’re all arguing, and Dunne SMACKS the lockers with a chair.
Ridge tells Briggs & Jensen that if they want a shot at the Brutes, bring that same aggressive style they brought to Gallus. And as for Malik & Edris, they need to get serious for once. Dunne says he’s done talking! it’s fight night! Watch and learn. The Brutes put on banger after banger after banger! The other teams agree, that is true. But then they argue with each other about who really gets the next shot. But will it all be for naught if the Brutes fail to dethrone Pretty Deadly?
Backstage interview with Bron Breakker.
Kelly asks the NXT Champion his thoughts on what both Ilja Dragunov and JD McDonagh have said about their Triple Threat. Bron says they can watch as much film as they want, train as hard as they want, but Halloween Havoc’s gonna be a dog fight. But then in walks Javier Bernal. He introduces himself as “Big Body Javi” and says he’s a future NXT Champion. Bron’s already proven he can beat JD, and he probably could take Dragunov 1v1. But why make it a Triple Threat, the same kind of match that cost him at Roadblock? Javi remembers, he’s got the brain of an elephant. Bron has all the tools in the world, except up there.
But hey, not everyone can be Big Body Javi. Bron says, “Big Body Javi? Yeah, I can tell. Look, my temper got me into the first Triple Threat match, my pride got me into this one. And your stupidity is gonna make me request a match against you for next week!” Javi just realized he put his foot in his mouth. Will he end up an appetizer for the Big Booty Nephew before the feast that is Halloween Havoc?
NXT Tag Team Championships: Pretty Deadly VS The Brawling Brutes!
Kit Wilson & Elton Prince thought they were clear and free to be the forever champions of NXT, but then the Bruiserweight and Yorkshire Grit returned to the brand! Will the “commonwealth” soon have new nobles? Or will their lordships survive this Tuesday Night Fight?
NXT returns and Pretty Deadly makes their entrance. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if Ridge & Dunne can bring these belts to SmackDown!
The teams sort out and Ridge starts with Elton. They circle, tie up, and Elton headlocks. Ridge powers up and out then hip tosses Elton hard! Fans fire up while Elton scrambles to ropes. Elton BOOTS Ridge, tags Kit, but Kit runs into a hip toss, too! Ridge taunts Kit, but Kit JAWBREAKERS! Kit CLUBS Ridge, suplexes, but Ridge blocks! Ridge suplexes and SLAMS Kit down! Tag to Dunne and Ridge butterfly suplexes Kit, for the SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Dunne keeps Kit from Elton, hammerlocks one arm and pulls the other. Fans cheer as Dunne bends Kit’s fingers! And then bends some more! Dunne then goes after the other arm, isolates it, and STOMPS!
Kit clutches the elbow and fans rally up. Dunne drags Kit up, wrenches the bad arm, but Elton jumps in, to tag Kit? The ref says that doesn’t count by a long shot, but it is all a distraction tactic so Kit can throw Dunne by his hair! Now Kit tags Elton legally, and Elton stomps away on Dunne. Fans boo but Elton covers, TWO! Elton keeps an eye on Ridge and he headlocks Dunne. Dunne powers out, hurdles and drops to then CLOBBER Elton! Tag to Ridge, Ridge gets Kit and together, the Brutes give him BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! Dunne runs to DECK Kit with the tenth! Fans fire up as Pretty Deadly flounders and NXT goes picture in picture.
Dunne and Ridge fall back while Pretty Deadly regroups. Elton is wary as he slides in, and he ties up with Ridge. Ridge RAMS Elton into a corner, EuroUppers him over an dover, then wrenches to whip corner to corner hard! Elton hits buckles then the mat, and Ridge storms over. Elton throws hands, CHOPS, and uppercuts! Elton whips, Ridge reverses and CLOBBERS him! Ridge drags Elton up, tags Dunne, and Dunne goes up while Ridge wrenches an arm. Dunne gives DOUBLE KNEES to the arm! Dunne then wrenches the arm, wrangles Elton to the mat, and he drops DOUBLE KNEES on the elbow! Dunne then runs in at the corner, but Elton dodges!
Elton tags Kit, They double whip Dunne into the adjacent corner! Then they get Dunne up in a Tree of Woe for Elton to BOOT Dunne down! Kit taunts Ridge, drags Dunne up, and wrenches for an ELBOW BREAKER! Kit wrangles Dunne now, and he drops knees, only to miss the arm! Kit clutches his leg, but he still BOOTS Dunne down! Kit rains down fists, smothers Dunne to a cover, TWO as Dunne bridges up! Kit wraps on a chinlock and makes it a cobra clutch as NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally as Dunne endures, and Dunne reaches up. Dunne gets Kit’s nose! The ref reprimands, but Kit lets go and Dunne CHOPS him!
Dunne CHOPS Elton, ROCKS Kit, ELBOWS Elton, but Kit RAMS Dunne! Tag to Elton, he runs in to UPPERCUT! Dunne flops down and Elton looms over him. Fans rally up but Elton stands on Dunne’s head and pulls the arm! The ref counts, Elton lets off, and Elton slaps Dunne around. Elton messes with Dunne’s hair, but Dunne stands up to ROCK Elton! Elton ROCKS Dunne but Dunne ROCKS Elton! The forearms keep going, Dunne fires off haymakers and CHOPS! Dunne CHOPS Elton off his feet! Dunne reaches for Ridge but Elton whips him away, so Dunne uses that momentum to DECK Kit! Elton runs in but Dunne dodges, hot tag to Ridge!
Ridge the Fridge runs and rallies on Elton with big shoulders! Ridge ducks ‘n’ dodges to FLYING SHOULDER! Fans fire up and Elton flounders. Ridge runs in to SPLASH Elton! Kit runs in, but gets a scoop and POWERSLAM for it! Elton swings but his arms get caught, for a HEADBUTT! Ridge then scoops Elton to POWERSLAM him on Kit! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Ridge and he drags Elton up. Ridge reels Elton in but Elton drops to KANGAROO KICK! Elton UPPERCUTS, then UPPERCUTS again! Elton runs but Ridge CLOBBERS him back! Fans are thunderous while both men are down!
Ridge and Elton crawl for their corners, kicking at each other. Hot tag to Kit, and he jumps on Ridge! Ridge carries Kit like a backpack but he’s fading in the sleeper hold. But then Ridge gets a second wind and he stomps his way to Dunne for the tag! Dunne goes up and he SUPER SUNSET BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Kit survives but Dunne snarls. Fans rally for “NXT! NXT!” as Dunne grabs the arms. Dunne gives Kit DRAGON STOMPS! Then Dunne DOUBLE WRISTLOCKS the arm! Kit endures, reaches out, but Elton grabs his hand. Dunne lets Kit go to STOMP Elton! And then ASAI MOONSAULT! Fans fire up and Dunne goes back for Kit, SNAP GERMAN!
Dunne dodges Elton, SNAP GERMAN! Fans fire up again as Dunne runs at Kit to GAMANGIRI! Then he runs at Elton, but Elton dodge the knee. Elton runs to Kit, Kit goes up and over and gets the boost, FLYING CODE BREAKER! Cover, but Ridge breaks it! Kit DROPKICKS Ridge for it, and then tags Elton. Pretty Deadly aim at Dunne, DOUBLE SHOTEI! But Ridge returns, only to get DOUBLE BOOTS! Dunne ENZIGURIS Elton, but Kit yoyos to LARIAT Dunne! Cover, TWO!! Dunne survives and Kit is shocked! Fans are loving it, though, and are giving a standing ovation! But Pretty Deadly sets up, SPILT- Ridge CLOBBERS Elton!
Dunne gets an ARMBAR on Kit!! Elton DECKS Ridge but is also down! Dunne has the arm, but Elton pushes things over to a cover! TWO!!! Dunne is up, he blocks the haymaker and bends the fingers, to SNAP them!! And then the pump handle, BITTER END!! Cover, but Elton helps Kit with the ROPEBREAK! Fans boo but the ref can’t reprimand what he didn’t see. Ridge saw it, though, and he’s pissed! He chases Elton into the ring, Dunne is there, too! Elton swings at the ref! The ref dodges the haymaker, though, and Dunne ROCKS Elton! Ridge POUNCES Elton out of the ring! Then Dunne GAMANGIRIS Kit!
Tag to Ridge, the Brutes bring Kit around, scoop, ROUNDHOUSE NORTHERN GRIT!! Cover, but wait, IMPERIUM is here?! Giovanni Vinci gets on the apron but Ridge DECKS him! Dunne spots Ludwig Kaiser, goes outside and MULE KICKS him! But then Elton CLOBBERS Dunne from behind! Kit CHOP BLOCKS Ridge, tags Elton, and Pretty Deadly sets up! SPILT MILK!! Cover, Pretty Deadly wins!
Winners: Pretty Deadly, by pinfall (still NXT Tag Team Champions)
Another screw job, just like with the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships! But Imperium goes after the Brutes again, they all brawl to the back, allowing Pretty Deadly to celebrate surviving the night! But wait! Malik Blade & Edris Enofe storm out, followed by Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen! Pretty Deadly think they cleared everyone out but are proven dead wrong! Will they have to face all four men to prove they’re the best?
Great episode for NXT to introduce all the new aspects of this “White ‘n’ Gold” era. New commentators and interviewers (partially because Vic Joseph & McKenzie Mitchell are on their honeymoon) and the new look to fit the new logo, all good stuff. And a lot of great build towards Halloween Havoc, with that being NXT’s return to Saturday streaming events a la TakeOvers. Great vignette promos from Dragunov and JD, and a great interview promo from Bron where he actually used his “shoot voice,” not his “Steiner” voice. Javier Bernal stepping in it was also great, and he’ll be a good tune-up for Bron next week. Still personally hoping Dragunov wins, but I think Bron is finally finding himself as a character.
Great stuff for the North American Championship story. Melo has a great match with Oro but of course Trick helps Melo win, and we get a great transition right into Chase VS Wagner. Ironically, Chase U being ringside is what costs Chase and Wagner is going to bring some beef to the ladder match. That always seems rather standard for a multi-man ladder match like this, and Wagner is a natural pick. Sanga and Frazer have a good promo together, and I could’ve sworn Frazer VS Axiom was this week. But Veer showing up here, that’s great. He wasn’t really working out on Raw anymore, he was just another mean monster like Omos, so resetting his personality in NXT and reuniting with Sanga is great stuff.
Lash has a good promo going into her match with Wendy Choo, and it was a good match, and it was a bit of a surprise that Wendy won. It was also a surprise no Heel attacked her after. Maybe Lash will lash back at Wendy next week to set up a rematch for later. Then I loved that they decided to change things up from the Six Woman Tag. Alba “abducting” Mandy was a hilarious and aggressive way to push things to a women’s title match at Halloween Havoc, and we got a great #1 contenders match from Gigi & Jacy VS Lyons & Stark. KC Squared has a good promo to put their run together into perspective, but I have mixed feelings on Lyons & Stark winning.
I suppose it works that they’re proving people wrong by becoming a strong team, but WWE has done a lot of “the makeshift team beats the established team” these last few years. I’m sure Halloween Havoc’s title match will be awesome, but I would hope for KC Squared’s sake, they win in the end to reestablish that a long term team beats a short term team in the end. As for Alba and Mandy, I hope this is the moment Mandy loses to bring things full circle. She won the title at Halloween Havoc last year, she’ll basically get the one-year reign accolade and then she, Gigi & Jacy can be called up as SmackDown’s trio to counter Damage Control as Raw’s trio.
The inaugural Grayson Waller Effect talk show segment was a bit awkward, but I feel like they ironed out the problems and made this second one work. For one, Roxanne is finally showing some sass to match Cora’s, and I like that Waller kept getting annoyed by them. We got a good look at Spin the Wheel for this year, and I totally knew Roxie VS Cora II was going to allow weapons like Cora’s favorite little kendo stick. Cora won the first time so I think Roxie wins this one, and brutally. Also, great appearance from Apollo, of course Waller ends up with the “bloody” eyes from the prediction, and I would actually love if the blow-off for this is Eye for an Eye, because it just makes sense.
Good stuff from Hank, Quincy and Xyon. Xyon VS Quincy could make for a good match, but also maybe Xyon finds a tag partner to take on Quincy and Hank together. At this point, maybe it’s Duke since he likes picking fights. Duke gets SQUASHED by Julius, that’s good momentum for Julius. And while the promos weren’t the sharpest, Julius, Brutus and Damon Kemp set up quite the angle for Halloween Havoc. That Ambulance Match is going to be a lot of fun, but I don’t see the Creeds being split up like this. Plus, Kemp needs some comeuppance for what he’s done, this could be that moment.
There’s a lot of intrigue in this red hoodie kid and their connection to The Schism. I go with “they/them” because it’s hard to say who is under there. This could be Schism’s North American Championship member, or it could be their first female superstar recruit, it probably depends on what NXT is feeling. But “Red” setting up Grimes was good stuff, and thinking about it, Grimes confronting Red and perhaps revealing them could set up the twist that it IS a female superstar so Grimes can’t go after them. Maybe Grimes gets Chase U as an ally instead of Edris & Malik now that it looks like it could be 4v4.
And of course, great stuff for the NXT Tag Division. Pretty Deadly was so goofy in their “lordly” costumes, the Brutes showing up was a great surprise, and a great main event match out of them. Great interactions from the good ol’ boys, Malik & Edris and the Brutes that of course foreshadow the coming tag title match. Imperium screwing the Brutes over should’ve been expected, this just adds heat for their SmackDown/Extreme Rules stuff. Pretty Deadly VS Briggs & Jensen VS Malik & Edris is going to be great, would love if they decided to Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal for this match, too. Imagine a Triple Threat Tag Trick or Street Fight so they can all just go nuts.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (10/4/22)
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- Marina Shafir VS Sio Nieves; Shafir wins.
- Ari Daivari w/ The Trustbusters VS AR Fox; Daivari wins.
- Tony Nese & Josh Woods w/Mark Sterling VS Rohit Raju & Invictus Khash; Nese & Woods win.
- Abadon VS Freya States; Abadon wins.
- Slim J w/ The Trustbusters VS Blake Christian; Slim J wins.
- Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi w/ Peter Avalon VS Eli Isom & Chris Farrow; Nemeth & Bononi win.
- Parker Boudreaux w/ The Trustbusters VS Terry Kid; Boudreaux wins.
- Skye Blue VS Robyn Renegade w/ Charlette Renegade; Skye wins.
- The Iron Savages w/ JT Davidson VS Gus De La Vega & Levy Valenzuela; The Iron Savages win.
- Dante Martin & Matt Sydal VS The Workhorsemen; Dante & Sydal win.
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