The fireworks keep going, even on the Fifth of July!
The Great American Bash is back again, and NXT puts up plenty of gold! But will Bron Breakker survive against a focused Cameron Grimes?
- NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Toxic Attraction VS Cora Jade & Roxanne Perez; Jade & Perez win and become new NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions.
- Wes Lee VS Trick Williams; Trick wins.
- Wendy Choo VS Tiffany Stratton; Stratton wins.
- NXT North American Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Grayson Waller; Carmelo wins and retains the title.
- NXT Tag Team Championships: The Creed Brothers VS Roderick Strong & Damon Kemp; The Creed Brothers win and retain the titles.
- NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS Cameron Grimes; Breakker wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s time to party!
Everyone in the NXT house is having a great time eating up and talking about tonight’s action, and then things really heat up with Sanga hits a CANNONBALL into the pool! Duke Hudson gets upset but Sanga tells him to cool off. They get into a serious splash fight. Time to light it up for the Great American Bash!
NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Toxic Attraction VS Cora Jade & Roxanne Perez!
Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne have held onto the gold by any means necessary, and they aren’t going to stop any time soon. But the best friends are ready to set off the fireworks early! Will Toxic Attraction finally fall? Or will they and the Toxic Goddess still stand tall atop NXT?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if the feel good story continues to a happy ending!
Jacy starts against Cora and fans rally up. They tie up, go around, and Cora pushes Jacy towards ropes. Jacy turns things around to arm-drag but the elbow ‘n’ collar tie-up stays on. Cora throws Jacy now, but Jacy gets up to put Cora on ropes. The ref counts the ropebreak, Jacy talks smack but Cora rolls her up! TWO, and Cora swings. But Jacy spins her, only for Cora to deny the neckbreaker! Cora runs in at the ropes but Jacy avoids the shining wizard. Cora avoids the boot but Jacy blocks Cora’s kick. Jacy waistlocks. Cora slips out and KANGAROO KICKS to an UPPERCUT! Snapmare roll and basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!
Jacy scrambles away and tags in Gigi. Gigi fires off on Cora, then talks trash on Roxie. Gigi dodges Cora but Cora uppercuts back! Tag to Roxie and she wrenches Gigi to fire off forearms! Roxie tags Cora back in, but Jacy distracts the ref! The ref doesn’t see the tag so it doesn’t count. Gigi whips Roxie into Jacy’s sucker punch! Fans boo while Gigi CHOKES Roxie! Mandy Rose taunts Roxie while NXT goes picture in picture.
Gigi lets off Roxie to stomp her down. Gigi drags Roxie up to bump her off buckles. Tag to Jacy, they mug Roxie, the ref counts and Jacy stalks Roxie to another corner. Jacy bumps Roxie off buckles, CHOPS her, then taunts Roxie. Jacy back body blocks then snapmares Roxie to a cover, TWO! Jacy drags Roxie from Cora to put on a camel clutch then hip drop! Jacy drags Roxie back up, whips her into the Toxic corner, then tags in Gigi. They dig their boots in, and Gigi pulls Roxie’s hair to bend her against buckles! The ref counts, Gigi lets off, and she drags Roxie up to dribble her off the mat! Gigi fires up but Roxie throws body shots!
Gigi CLUBS Roxie down, drags her over to bump her off buckles. Gigi sits Roxie down, tags in Jacy, and Jacy gives Gigi a boost for a TOXIC BRONCO BUSTER! Jacy then CANNONBALLS, and she covers, TWO! Roxie reaches out but Jacy keeps her from Cora again. Jacy stomps Roxie, blows kisses to Cora, then stomps Roxie more. Jacy rains down fists, runs and SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Jacy grows frustrated but she drags Roxie up to whip her hard into the corner. Tag to Gigi, she throws body shots and a headbutt! Roxie flops down but Gigi drags her to a cover, TWO! Gigi is just as frustrated now but she drags Roxie back up.
Roxie throws body shots but Gigi CLUBS her down. Gigi stands Roxie up but Roxie SLAPS her! And fires off forearms! Gigi HEADBUTTS Roxie, but Roxie comes back with forearms! NXT returns to single picture as Gigi whips Roxie to a corner. Gigi runs in but Roxie slips out! Roll-up, TWO! Roxie gets up but Gigi CLOBBERS her! Gigi drags Roxie up for Kowata Kicks and then she slams Roxie down! Mandy taunts Roxie again and Gigi twists Roxie’s nose! Gigi makes Roxie eat ropes! Then she KICKS the ropes to jam Roxie’s teeth! Cover, TWO! Roxie is toughing it out but Gigi drags her up to bump her off buckles.
Tag to Jacy, Jacy CHOPS Roxie again, and she snapmares Roxie into a motorcycle stretch! Fans rally and duel, Roxie endures, and Roxie gets up to flip and KANGAROO KICK! Jacy staggers, Roxie and Jacy DOUBLE FOREARM! They both wobble, and DOUBLE BOOTS take both women down! Fans fire up and Jacy clutches her leg. Jacy and Roxie crawl, hot tags to Gigi and Cora! Cora fires off on Gigi, whips her but Gigi reverses. Cora RANAS and fires up! Gigi blocks a kick but not the ENZIGURI! SHINING WIZARD in the corner and Cora covers, TWO! Cora keeps focus and she drags Gigi up to underhooks. Gigi wrenches out to ROCK Cora!
Tag to Jacy and she rushes in, but Cora dodges to BLAST Gigi! And then she BOOTS Jacy! Cora runs in, shoves Jacy and fires off forearms! Cora snapmares, covers, TWO! Cora whips Jacy to her corner hard, then tags in Roxie! Roxie drags Jacy up as Cora climbs. Wrench and hook, MISSILE DROPKICK LEG SWEEP COMBO! Cover, TWO! Roxie tags Cora back in and they aim, to DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Cora hurries to cover, but Mandy yanks the ref out! The ref is clearly aware of who did that, and he EJECTS Mandy Rose!! But then Jacy rolls Cora! Cora turns that around, she has the cover, TWO!! Cora hurries to tag Roxie!
Roxie runs in, but into a NECKBREAKER from Jacy! Tag to Gigi, Jacy hits a CODE BREAKER and Gigi hits the STO!! Cover, Cora breaks it fast! Jacy tosses Cora and Gigi drags Roxie up. Jacy runs, but Cora SPERS her into the ropes!! Roxie dodges Gigi to HEEL KICK and POP ROX!! Cover, JADE ROX WINS!!
Winners: Cora Jade & Roxie Perez, by pinfall (NEW NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions)
And the Toxic tag team champions fall! “You Deserve It!” but will they have to worry about Toxic Attraction sprouting back up like weeds?
Bron Breakker arrives.
NXT Media asks how his shoulder is doing, and he says it’s fine. Will “fine” be enough to take on a hungry and determined Cameron Grimes?
Tony D’Angelo speaks with Legado del Fantasma.
Last week, The Don “took care” of Two Dimes, and it broke his heart. But those tough decisions is what being The Don is all about. Now, where is Santos Escobar? Tony “handled” him! He told everyone that he better be North American Champion, “or else!” And the “or else” is Escobar in the hospital! That can’t be a real photo. That’s what happens when you laugh at Tony D! But now that there is an understanding, the only one who has been doing work for The Family is Elektra Lopez. She increased work at the port by 80%! As for the clowns, Wilde & Del Toro get one last opportunity to prove their loyalties. Or they join Escobar.
Lopez wants to check on Santos to see what is really going on here. Will they find that the Don did deal with the Emperor of Lucha? Or will they expose his lies and turn the tables on him?
Pretty Deadly speak.
Elton Prince & Kit Wilson are looking good and feeling good, “just radiating off your screen.” They are the pride of Essex. People think France is the center of fashion, but the fashion forward movement is from Essex. They live for the weekend, dress to the tens, and you wouldn’t be caught dead drinking beer. The mere mention of beer makes Prince think of “those two swamp Rednecks,” Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen. Don’t forget the third one, Fallon Henley. “That big manhands!” They have Pretty Deadly’s UK Tag Team titles!
But don’t worry, those three can’t bide time milking cows forever. Pretty Deadly will take ’em behind the woodshed and give ’em a good ol’ fashioned whoopin’! ROLL TIDE~! YEEHAW~! Big words from the former champions, but will they become two-time champions soon enough?
Wes Lee VS Trick Williams w/ Carmelo Hayes!
Speaking of people getting what they deserve, when you disrespect someone baring their soul, you better be ready for a fight! Will the Must-See Kid show Melo’s minion that there’s strength in fighting from the heart?
NXT returns as Trick makes his entrance in a robe with boxing gloves around his neck. The bell rings and Trick circles with Lee. They tie up, Trick throws Lee down hard and soaks up the heat. Lee gets up while fans taunt Trick. They tie up again, Trick puts Lee in a corner. The ref counts and Trick lets off at 4. Trick TOSSES Lee corner to corner! Lee staggers up and Trick talks more trash. But Lee drop toeholds then BULLDOGS! Trick scrambles away and Melo gives him a sip of water. Trick spins but Lee easily avoids the kick. Lee spins but Trick ducks. Lee ducks a roundhouse, both men avoid a heel kick, and Trick catches a kick only for Lee to RANA free!
Lee DROPKICKS Trick and fans fire up! Trick scrambles back to his corner again and Melo coaches him up. Lee waits as Trick gets up. But Lee CLOBBERS him back into the corner! Lee KICKS Trick’s legs, wrenches, but Trick ducks the kick to pump handle and POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Trick is annoyed and he kicks and stomps Lee to the ropes. Trick wants the fans to chant for him but they refuses. Trick puts Lee on the ropes to KICK the ropes and jam Lee up! Trick has an armlock and chinbar but Lee endures. Fans rally, Lee pries free, and Lee arm-drags Trick away. Lee RAMS into Trick then CHOPS him!
Trick swings hands but Lee fires off KICK after KICK and an ENZIGURI to DOUBLE STOMPS! Trick goes to ropes but Lee ROLLING HEEL KICKS Trick out of the ring! Lee pursues but Melo blocks his way, and Trick greases up his hands! Trick throws the bottle away to then CLUB Lee and dig his fingers into Lee’s face! Whatever is on his hands burns Lee’s eyes! Lee stagger sup, into the SPINNING BOOT!! Cover, Trick wins!
Winner: Trick Williams, by pinfall
He lives up to his name, “Trick,” because there was something tricky about that water! Will Trick get so lucky if Lee gets another shot at him?
Tiffany Stratton gets her hair done.
She tells her stylist not to use so much spray, she’s already perfect as is. The last step is just some brushing the powder, but Wendy choo sneaks in. Tiffany wants powder? BLAM! Chalk powder! C’mon, Tiff-Tiff, we’re just getting started! NXT goes picture in picture as Tiffany scrambles through the halls!
Tiffany throws a kick pad into Choo! And SLAMS her with pad after pad! But Choo tosses Tiffany onto the trash! Choo fires off fists, then sits her down in a wheelchair. Choo says CHOO CHOO and runs Tiffany into spare chairs! And then she grabs a trunk! Tiffany avoids getting crushed against ladders! Tiffany hobbles away, but Choo is right there in the Tian Sha throne! Tiffany freaks, throws a trash can at Choo, then smacks her off trunks. Tiffany whips but Choo reverses and Tiffany crashes into a garage door! Tiffany scrambles to gorilla, but Choo pursues! They brawl onto the stage! And Choo throws Tiffany onto the picnic table!
Choo beats Tiffany up with potato chips! Tiffany flounders down the ramp and Choo checks the grill. Here’s some hotdogs! Choo CLUBS Tiffany further down the way, then mugs her against the barriers! Referees try to stop this but Tiffany RAMS Choo into barriers! They brawl at ringside, Choo ROCKS Tiffany, then RAMS her into the apron! Choo puts Tiffany in the ring, this match is happening NOW!
Wendy Choo VS Tiffany Stratton!
The bell rings, Choo eggs Tiffany on, but Tiffany dodges and bails out. Choo grabs Tiffany by her “perfect” hair and drags her back in! Then Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Roll-up, TWO! Tiffany headlocks but Choo powers out as NXT returns to single picture. Tiffany runs Choo over, things speed up but Tiffany ducks, only for Choo to THESZ PRESS! Fans fire up, Tiffany gets away but Choo grabs her hair again! Tiffany freaks out, drags Choo out and SLAMS her arm against the post! Tiffany grins and gets back in the ring. Tiffany wrenches and WRINGS the bad arm! Tiffany steps on the hand, then drags Choo up to wristlock.
Tiffany gives the hand a ROPE BURN! Tiffany wrenches and whips Choo hard into a corner, then pulls the arm around ropes! The ref counts, Tiffany lets off and CHOPS! And CHOPS! And then swings, but misses! Choo CHOPS! Choo whips, Tiffany reverse but Choo sunset flips, only for Tiffany to roll through and DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Tiffany grabs the bad arm and BENDS the fingers! Choo endures, but Tiffany takes off the fake nails! Then BOOTS Choo down! Tiffany wrenches but Choo ROCKS and kicks! They knuckle lock and Choo kicks low! Choo ROCKS Tiffany, shoves her to ropes and OVERHEAD suplexes her!
Fans fire up and Choo STMOPS Tiffany’s hands! Tiffany freaks out over her own nails, but Choo SHOTGUNS her down! And then handspring FOREARMS in the corner! Choo goes up and leaps, SLEEPY CROSSBODY! Direct hit but Choo lands on her bad arm. Choo shakes the arm out, whips Tiffany, but Tiffany reverses. POP-UP POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up while Tiffany freaks out! Tiffany drags Choo up, fireman’s carries, but Choo fights free! Choo full nelsons but Tiffany arm-drags free. Tiffany kicks low, reels Choo in, but Choo RANAS Tiffany away! Choo gets around Tiffany for a FULL NELSON SLAM! Cover, TWO!
Choo has the SLEEPER HOLD! Choo has it on tight, with body scissors! Tiffany is fading already but she flails and reaches out. Tiffany gets the bad hand and BENDS the fingers! Tiffany is free but Choo reels her in for a BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!?! Tiffany survives and Choo can’t believe it! Choo drags Tiffany up but Tiffany fights the sleeper. So she gets a GERMAN SUPLEX! But Tiffany lands on her feet! Tiffany STOMPS Choo’s bad hand, SHOTGUNS her to a corner, and goes up top! TWISTING VADER!! Cover, Tiffany wins!
Winner: Tiffany Stratton, by pinfall
Choo brought the fight to Daddy’s Little Rich Girl, but Tiffany toughed it out and gets a big win! Will Tiffany be heading towards some gold belts in the near future?
Backstage interview with Cora Jade & Roxanne Perez.
McKenzie congratulates the NEW NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, and they say they finally did it. Cora is finally champ in WWE, and with her best friend! Roxie says this is so surreal! She won the Breakout Tournament, and now she’s a tag team champion with her best friend! And it felt so good to knock Toxic Attraction off the pedestal. It felt amazing! And next week, Roxie is ready! She’ll end the Toxic Reign once and for all! She’s cashing in on Mandy Rose! Then the Toxic Attraction is done. But for tonight, we celebrate! Will Roxie be a DOUBLE champion in one fell swoop? Or will Mandy do everything in her power to stop that from happening?
Cameron Grimes checks in on Bron Breakker.
Grimes asks about the shoulder, and Bron tells him that the shoulder’s fine. Well, Grimes will do whatever it takes to become champion. Bron wouldn’t have it any other way. Grimes heads out, but will he be leaving tonight with the gold?
Apollo Crews is here!
He heads to the ring and gets the mic to say, “I’d like to share something with you real quick. For the last year, when I would get home, I would sit and I would ask my kids what they thought.” They said, “Daddy, that isn’t you.” And then they stopped watching all together. But since his return to NXT, Apollo’s kids watch him every single week. When Apollo gets home now and they jump on hi slap with a million questions, excitement on their faces, he can’t help but be excited. He thanks his kids for bringing the spark back into his career. So to his kids, Apollo tells them he loves them.
Now, Apollo’s been back a month and Xyon Quinn is right about one thing: NXT is different. There is a group of young, hungry and athletic talent ready to take advantage of opportunity. The wheels got spinning in Apollo’s head and he wondered what would happen if he faced Tony D’Angelo, or Nathan Frazer, or even the winner of tonight’s North American Championship match, Carmelo Hayes VS Grayson Waller. Oh but you know he’ll be watching Bron VS Grimes. Apollo knows he and Cameron could make magic in the ring. And Apollo VS Bron- Wait, here comes GIOVANNI VINCI! He noticed Apollo left him off the list.
But he doesn’t blame Apollo. When Apollo sees his future against Giovanni Vinci, it doesn’t work out so well, does it? Vinci says he is the one guy in NXT that can not only keep up with Apollo, he can outdo Apollo in the ring and in style. Okay, Mr. Style. Stop talking, get in the ring, and we’ll see them go stride for stride right now. Vinci tells Apollo that he has all the people fooled, but not Vinci. Vinci is dressed for a night out, not for a night with the fans. But maybe next week, they can find out… Or rather, Apollo finds out, just who the best athlete in NXT really is. And Vinci assures Apollo that he will lose. But that gives Apollo seven days to come up with an excuse to tell the kids.
Vinci tosses the mic, but Apollo catches it! Apollo stares Vinci down as he leaves, but will it be #VeniVidiVinci? Or will it be all about #CrewsControl?
Backstage interview with Ivy Nile.
McKenzie notes that the Creed Brothers are facing Strong & Kemp in a Diamond Mine VS Diamond Mine match. Is the group imploding? Ivy says they are a group of alphas, and you don’t even step foot in their gym unless you’re a badass. They all have healthy egos, so tonight we find out who the best team is. Diamond Mine Forever is not just some catchphrase, it is real! Ivy then hears an argument going on and shouts it all down. Tatum Paxley is dealing with KC Squared in continuation from last week, and Ivy says it’s enough. Katana Chance tells Kayden Carter it is not the time.
Tatum thanks Ivy for the back-up, but Ivy says if Tatum’s gonna get in a mess, she needs to learn to get out of it. Tomorrow, 8 AM, Diamond Dojo. Got it? Got it! Tatum has her pass into the Diamond Mine, will she make the most of it?
Grayson Waller speaks.
“Melo, my mum really loved that signed T-Shirt, man. And wow! Your autograph’s worth a fortune! I just sold it for 28 cents on eBay! And the other, I’m gonna save as a coaster for my victory toast. Because there’s only one thing left for Grayson Waller to steal, and that’s the North American Championship.”
Carmelo Hayes responds!
“Waller, you and I used to be boys. But all that is out the window, because when you play Melo, you play yourself!” Trick got his W, and Melo’s gonna get his. Because there is a difference between common and special. Waller is common, Melo is special! That’s all it is, and that’s all it’s gon’ be! Just who leaves tonight THE A Champion?
JD McDonagh speaks.
“My dad’s a lot like me. He’s a great man. He sat me down when I was about three years old, he said, ‘Son, you can do whatever you wanna do in this life. If you wanna go in the army, you’ll be a general. If you wanna do art, you make sure that you’re Picasso.’ And that is how the Irish Ace was born.” Anyone who steps into the ring with him gets dissected. He is so far ahead of the roster, they couldn’t see him if they had a set of binoculars. He will change everyone’s minds real quick. Enjoy tonight, because next week, NXT 2.0 changes forever.
Bron gets checked by the trainer.
Any pain? Nope. And a good range of motion. The doc wants to put on tape but Bron says no thanks. Bron heads out, but is his ego getting in the way of his health?
NXT North American Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Grayson Waller!
Two young pillars of NXT have been running parallel since showing up on the brand, but Melo has been the one with the golden accolades. Will the 21st Century Success Story look to take that all away here tonight? Or will Melo shoot and score once more?
After Waller makes his entrance, Trick appears on the perch! “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, Trick ‘n’ Melo fans of all ages… I need for y’all to strap on your seatbelts and glue your wigs on tight, and make some noise for the man who don’t miss, the leader of the new school, the two-time North American Champion, your A CHAMPION… CARMELOOO~! HAAAYES~!” Melo makes his entrance, with pyro going off, and he says this is HIS show. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who leaves with it and all the bragging rights in the world!
Melo and Waller circle, fans are thunderous already, and they tie up. Melo headlocks, Waller pulls hair to get a headlock of his own, but Melo returns the favor. Melo powers out and the two reset while they complain. Waller cools off and says they’re still good. He offers a handshake, Melo goes to take it, but both men are ready to sucker punch! They cool off, but they both kick! They also both block, and they both let off at the same time. Waller gets around to roll Melo up, with tights, TWO! Melo rolls Waller up, with tights! TWO, and DOUBLE HAYMAKERS rock both men! Melo shoves Waller but Waller shoves back.
Melo rolls off Waller’s back, then ducks Waller’s leg lariat. Melo CLOBBERS Waller and fans fire up. Melo kicks Waller, CHOPS him to ropes, then whips him to ropes. Waller reverses but Melo springboards! Waller gets under to somersault, but no stunner! Waller mocks the three pointer, then he hurdles Melo. Melo dodges Waller but Waller BOOTS! ROLLING ELBOW! Fans duel as Waller goes up. Waller goes along the rope, but Melo GAMANGIRIS first! Melo then spins Waller around to ENZIGURI! FADE AWAY LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Melo dribbles before he shoots that free throw.
Melo drags Waller up but Waller fireman’s carries and pops Melo up! Then ELEVATED BACK SUPLEX! Waller talks trash but Melo bails out. So Waller builds speed! Waller slides to CLOBBER Melo at the ramp! Trick is stunned while NXT goes picture in picture.
Waller talks some smack, tears up a Melo fan’s sign, and then he puts Melo in. Waller drops a fist, then a knee. Melo gets to ropes, Waller throws body shots. Waller drags Melo up, whips him to ropes, elbows Melo, and then whips Melo again. Melo ducks and dodges to tilt-o-whirl, but Waller blocks to hit a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Waller is a bit surprised but he drives knees into Melo’s side. Waller throws body shots and Melo gets to ropes. Waller gets the legs, YANKS Melo up but Melo lands on his feet! ROUNDHOUSE! REBOUND TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!! Waller survives but Melo keeps his focus.
Waller goes to a corner, Melo runs in, but Waller catches him to a HANGING HEADSCISSORS! The ref counts, Waller lets off at 4 and Melo staggers away. Waller gets in to CLOBBER Melo! Cover, TWO! Waller is annoyed but he stomps Melo around. Waller drags Melo up, suplexes high and hard, then looms over him. Waller drags Melo up, cravat and KNEES Melo down, then hurries to the corner! BALLER ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Melo is still in this and Trick coaches him up. Waller kicks Melo to ropes, drags him up, but Melo SLAPS him! And ROCKS him! And CHOPS him! Waller kicks the legs out!
Waller clamps on a top wristlock and he stretches Melo while NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally for Melo while he endures, but Waller shifts to a chinlock. Melo fights up but Waller CLUBS him down. Waller then CLUBS Melo again and has him on the ropes. Waller pie faces, toys with Melo, and talks trash. Mello pie faces Waller back! Waller kicks, Melo CHOPS, and then Melo catches the jab to a takedown! Waller snapmares free, ripcords and reels Melo into a TRIANGLE HOLD! Melo makes it a cover, TWO! Waller avoids the boot, Electric Chair Lifts again, but Melo pulls ears! Melo is free but Waller elbows him!
Melo rebounds to MYSTICO! Fans fire up as Melo covers, TWO! INTO THE CROSSFACE! Waller endures, crawls, reaches out, but Melo rolls him away! Waller is caught in the middle of the ring, but he rolls things to a cover, TWO! Waller is free, but he catches Melo into the TRIANGLE! Melo endures now, rolls around, but Waller throws elbows. Melo pushes to a cover, TWO! SUPERKICK! LEG LARIAT!! Both men are down and “This is Awesome!” Fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” as Waller crawls to the corner. Melo goes to the opposite end, but both men stare down and even smirk. They both stand, and DOUBLE HAYMAKERS rock both men!
Melo throws a forearm but Waller gives it back! They go back and forth, shot for shot and fans fire up! Melo throws a haymaker, ducks the jab and fires off combos! Waller whips but Melo springboards, FLYING LARIAT! Fans fire up and Melo aims from a corner. Melo runs in, Waller dodges, and Waller dropkicks the legs out! Waller runs in from the corner, THROWBACK UNPRETTIER! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives and even Trick is freaking out! Waller drags Melo up and whips, but Melo holds ropes to block. Waller keeps trying but Melo throat chops then BOOTS! Melo reels Waller in, REBOUND- NO, no DDT! Waller rolls and STUNNERS!
Fans fire up and Waller hurries, but Melo goes to the apron! Melo is safe on the floor and Waller can’t believe it. Waller goes out and he drags Melo into the ring. Waller gets space, runs back in, but Trick is in the way! But WES LEE attacks Trick! Waller somersaults, into a CODE BREAKER from Melo!! Melo goes up, aims, THREE POINTER!! Cover, Melo wins!
Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)
Trick being ringside paid off, even if Lee got some payback on him. Melo is still on top, but who will come for his gold next?
Backstage interview with Xyon Quinn.
McKenzie asks him his thoughts on tonight’s Great American Bash. Xyon is upset about Apollo Crews eyeing the North American and NXT Championships, but that’s the wrong target. He should be looking at Xyon. Not to brag, but Xyon is box office. When you type “WWE Superstar” into Google, Xyon comes right up. And a title reign for Apollo? That ain’t it. Xyon Quinn, he is going to be a future multiple time champion. NXT 2.0 is about the future, and the future is Xyon Quinn.
Diamond Mine hypes itself up.
“Who are we?” “DIAMOND MINE!” “What are we?” “FOREVER!” But Strong heads out without the fist bump. Will “forever” not be all that long after this title match?
Backstage interview with Mandy Rose.
McKenzie says it was a tough night for Toxic Attraction, but Roxie wants the NXT Women’s Championship. Wow, nothing gets past McKenzie. But Cora & Roxie, AKA Team 2001 or whatever they’re calling themselves, got lucky! This has happened before, but Gigi & Jacy corrected themselves, won those belts back, rinse and repeat. And Mandy is pretty sure Roxie is running around on a high horse. Once the adrenaline wears off, Roxie will see she’s made the biggest mistake of her life. Roxie will realize she cannot defeat Mandy for the title. Neither could Cora Jade. And next week, Roxie joins her BFF in the failure club. If she even makes it to next week. A not so veiled threat from Mandy, will Roxie have to watch her back?
Andre Chase teaches another class.
But before he continues the lesson, he wants to welcome the new students, such as Thea Hail right up front. As we all know, America celebrated its independence yesterday. July 4th, 1776, America adopted the Declaration of Independence. Chase asks Bodhi Hayward what’s wrong. He’s dozing off. Is this boring? No, not at all, sir! But his roommate doesn’t sleep. Thea says they watched MITB like 50 times! They’re like brother and sister! Right, Bodhi? Y-Yeah, just stop hitting him. Chase likes that. That’s what Chase U is all about: making memories happen. Someone in the back has a question.
Chad says the Declaration of Independence was actually written on July 2nd, and that John Adams believed July 2nd should be the real Day of Independence. Well who the F do you think you are, Chad?! You come in talking about John Adams, but who the F did John Adams ever beat!? DON’T YOU TELL CHASE ABOUT THE BIRTH OF THIS NATION! He IS America! Get the hell outta here and never come back. Okay, where were we? But Thea has an idea! Wouldn’t it be sweet to go to England and learn about their history? A field trip? Like that’s ever gonna happen. Chase says that’s a great idea! NXT UK, here we come! Oh, bloody hell…
NXT Tag Team Championships: The Creed Brothers VS Roderick Strong & Damon Kemp!
NXT returns as Julius & Brutus make their entrance. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and no matter what, these belts stay with the Mine!
Kemp starts with Brutus, but then Strong tags in. Strong ties up with Brutus, Brutus waistlocks but Strong switches with him. Strong facelocks, Brutus waistlocks, Strong wrenches out and wristlocks. Brutus gets a leg, then lifts Strong. Strong fights, Brutus waistlocks and SLAMS Strong! Strong fights up, slips around, waistlocks then headlocks. Brutus endures the grind, powers out, and Strong goes up, only to get caught! Strong slips off, ducks and dodges, then leaps, only for Brutus to knock him down! Tag to Julius, and Strong backs off to tag Kemp. Kemp shoots in, waistlocks, but Julius rolls free to run Kemp over!
Things speed up, Kemp hurdles and goes to hip toss but Julius blocks. Kemp blocks a hip toss but Julius HALF HATCH SUPLEXES! Julius talks trash to Strong, but Kemp waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! Kemp rains down forearms, Julius slips around but Kemp powers him into the corner. Strong tags in, he fires forearms on Julius, then suplexes. Julius blocks, Strong wrenches and knees low. Strong CLUBS Julius but Julius shoves Strong. They fire forearms. Strong clinches to put him in the corner. Kemp tags in and RAMS into Julius, then he snapmares Julius to a chinlock. Julius endures and fights up, tag to Brutus!
Julius SLAMS Kemp, then gut wrench SLAMS Brutus onto Kemp! Cover, TWO! Brutus facelocks Kemp, Julius tags back in, and feed to the fireman’s carry takeover! Feed back for Brutus to have a turn, then Julius facelocks Kemp again. Julius whips Kemp to a corner, but Kemp goes up and comes back, only for Julius to back drop him! And DROPKICK him! Kemp flounders out and Strong gets Kemp back in! Kemp runs in but Julius TOSSES him out the other way! Tag to Brutus and he climbs up! BRUTUS BALL!! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up while NXT goes picture in picture.
Julius helps Brutus up but that landing was rougher than we thought. The ref checks Kemp but he clutches a leg. Strong is on the neutral corner to see what’s going on, and Brutus puts Kemp in. Brutus tags Julius and the Creeds both get Kemp up. They CLUB Kemp, KNEE him around, and Julius drags Kemp up to facelock and turn for a NECKBREAKER! The ref checks on Kemp again but he’s okay to continue. Julius clamps on a chinlock but Kemp endures. Kemp fights up, powers Julius into a corner, and Strong tags in. Strong stomps and CLUBS Julius, has him against ropes and CHOPS! And CHOPS!
Julius fires back and this becomes more of a scrap! Strong gets Julius down for fists, then facelocks to grind Julius down. Julius fights up, but Strong brings him to the corner. Kemp tags in, he knees Julius and then Strong knees harder. Strong feeds Julius to Kemp’s NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Kemp keeps on Julius with a chinlock, and drags him to the corner. Strong tags back in, throws another knee into Julius, then CHOPS! Julius throws knees, but Strong wrenches an arm to WRING Julius out! Julius clutches his arm, but Strong gets it to hip drop on it! Strong drags Julius over to tag in Kemp.
Strong holds Julius down for Kemp to get an arm, then drop an elbow. Kemp chinlocks, grinds Julius down more, and NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally up and Julius fights to his feet. Kemp SLAMS Julius down then keeps on the chinlock. Julius fights back up but Kemp RAMS him into the corner! Tag to Strong and he fires forearms. Julius fires forearms back, they brawl, and Strong throws knees! Strong CHOPS but Julius shoves! Strong CHOPS, the hands start flying, and Julius whips Strong away. Kemp tags in and clamps onto Julius again! Kemp keeps Julius from Brutus, then RAMS into Brutus!
But then Julius GUT WRENCH SUPLEXES Kemp away! Tag to Brutus, and he gets in to CLOBBER Kemp! And again! And then a TACKLE for a ground ‘n’ pound! Brutus shoves Kemp around, fires up, but Strong tags in. Strong waits as Brutus glares at Kemp. Brutus CLUBS away on Kemp at the ropes but Strong gets in. Brutus CLOBBERS Strong, drags him up and fireman’s carries. Strong fights free to shove Brutus. Strong is between the brothers, and he SLAPS Julius! The ref has to keep Julius out, Brutus tells him to calm down, but a STRONG KNEE rocks Brutus! And another STRONG KNEE!
Strong says this is on Julius, and he drags Brutus up. Tag to Kemp, but Brutus fights back. Strong * Kemp mug Brutus, then Kemp wrangles Brutus down to a chinlock. Fans rally, Brutus fights up but Kemp knees Brutus down to hit an EXPLODER! Kemp RAMS into Brutus, then SLINGSHOT SPEARS! Cover, TWO!! Brutus survives but Kemp keeps on Brutus with a facelock. Kemp scoops but Brutus cradles! TWO!! Brutus gets up but Kemp runs in, only for Brutus to send him into buckles! Hot tags to Strong and Julius! Julius rallies on Strong, then scoop SLAMS him! Julius deadlift GERMAN SUPLEXES!
Fans fire up as Julius clinches for a BELLY2BELLY! Straps come down and Julius fires off hands! He picks Strong up to ROLLING SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up but Kemp tags in! Julius hurdles then ROLLING SPINEBUSTERS Kemp! SLIDING FOREARM!! Cover, the Creeds win!
Winners: The Creed Brothers, by pinfall (still NXT Tag Team Champions)
Julius & Brutus prove they are champions for a reason! They help Kemp up and he shows respect, but what about Strong? Strong stares down his faction as they hold up the belts, but he stays silent. Has Strong been humbled by the men he helped forge into diamonds?
“I was a very bright child. But that got me and all the other intelligent kids bullied. So I decided to do something about it. I learned how to fight back. To escape my environment, I knew it would take more. I had a gift for mathematics. When I close my eyes, I see numbers and equations. Everything can be broken down into a formula. There is a solution to every problem. I’ve been told that I am technically gifted in the ring. Whether it is mathematics or physics, it all comes down to an equation. You can quickly analyze and react to anything. Even when your body fails, your mind can push you to new heights. I am Axiom.”
Backstage interview with The Robert Stone Brand.
McKenzie says Mr. Stone himself requested this time, so what’s on his mind? Stone says it is a travesty that Von Wagner wasn’t part of GAB. And the reason that happened is because of “them!” Sophia Cromwell says the so-called fans and their audacity to squawk at Von- Solo Sikoa walks in and says, “Hold the hell up. Von, what are you running around and crying for? Blaming the NXT Universe for telling you how it is? You don’t see the Street Champion running around, looking for excuses.” Von acts like he’s owed something. Stone wants to say something but Von says he can handle this. Stone & Sophia don’t speak for him.
Von tells the Street Champion that if he wants to run his mouth, let’s handle business right now. Oh, is that so? Things get tense but referees and security rush in to stop this! Solo says he’ll shut Von’s ass up, but when will these giants throw down?
NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS Cameron Grimes!
Though both men are second generation wrestlers, the Big Booty Nephew and Carolina Caveman lived very different lives. People around the world know about The Steiner Brothers, but perhaps only North Carolina wrestling fans know about Tracy Caddell. Will Grimes make sure no one ever forgets his name by putting it right on the title? Or will Bron still stand tall, bad shoulder and all?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Grimes can break Breakker!
Grimes and Bron tie up, and even at less than 100%, Bron puts Grimes in a corner. Bron lets off, Grimes comes back and they circle. They tie up, Bron powers Grimes back again but Grimes turns things around. Fans duel, Grimes lets off, but then he gets the bad arm! Bron throws Grimes away, but Grimes says he almost had him. They go again, Grimes gets a leg instead but Bron headlocks. Grimes powers up but can’t power out as Bron holds tight. Grimes wrenches out, Bron powers the hold back on, but Grimes wrenches again. Bron gets away because that’s the bad arm. Fans duel, Bron says Grimes thinks he’s clever.
The two go again, Bron waistlocks then headlocks but Grimes powers him to ropes. Grimes powers out this time, but Bron gator rolls to get Grimes up for a suplex! Grimes fights it to a cradle, TWO! Grimes trips Bron, covers, TWO! Grimes has the bad arm! Bron fights up, whips free, and SPLASHES in a corner. Bron scoops, Grimes elbows free, has the arm again, but Bron gets away. Bron ducks and dodges to CLOBBER Grimes! The speed makes up for the bad arm’s weakness, and fans bark for Bron as NXT goes picture in picture.
Grimes is in a corner and checking his jaw while Bron shakes out the bad arm. Grimes takes a second but comes back. He and Bron tie up, but Grimes kicks low to then CLUB the bad arm. Grimes throws elbows, CLUBS away on the bad arm, then he puts Bron in a corner to KICK! Bron staggers to another corner, Grimes whips him corner to corner. Bron reverses and Grimes hits buckles hard! Bron drags Grimes up to whip corner to corner the other way, and just as hard! Grimes flops down but Bron is on him at the ropes. Bron facelocks, grinds Grimes down, but Grimes fights up to wrench the bad arm again!
Grimes hits an ARMBREAKER DDT! Cover, TWO! Bron toughs it out but Grimes clamps onto the bad arm again. Grimes grinds the shoulder but Bron endures. Grimes pulls on the arm, almost a Fujiwara Armbar, but Bron fight sit off. Bron fights up, but Grimes ROCKS him with a forearm! Bron hits back but Grimes ROCKS him again. Grimes suplexes but Bron blocks! NXT returns to single picture as Bron suplexes Grimes, holds him up, and SLAMS! Fans fire up while both men are down, and Bron checks his bad arm. Bron stalks Grimes, choke grips, and trophy lifts! But the bad arm gives up and Grimes slips off.
Bron rushes Grimes but Grimes sends him out! PENALTY KICK from the apron, and then a CANNONBALL! Fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” as Grimes nods and gets to his feet. Grimes stomps the bad arm, the ring count is climbing, but Grimes lets off to put Bron in at 6 of 10. Grimes covers, TWO! Ironically, Bron shot the bad arm up so that just adds to the pain. Grimes YANKS the bad arm, twists the wrist, then drags Bron up to PENALTY KICK him down! Cover, TWO! Grimes clamps onto Bron’s good arm, hammerlocks it, then pulls the bad arm way back! Bron endures as Grimes pushes the arm down with a foot! Cover, TWO!
Bron is still in this but Grimes keeps his focus. Grimes BOOTS the bad arm, KICKS Bron, but Bron snarls. Bron sits up and Grimes KICKS him again! Bron is getting angrier, and he blocks the kick to RAM Grimes into buckles! Bron RAMS in again but that’s the bad arm! Grimes runs in, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Both men are down and fans fire up! Both men stir as fans say, “This is Awesome!” Grimes fires forearms but Bron gives them back. Grimes keeps throwing forearms but so does Bron. They keep throwing shots as they stand, Bron switches to haymakers, but Grimes wrenches the arm! Bron DEKCS Grimes!
Bron rallies with big shoulder tackles form the left side! Grimes jumps, but into another SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up and Bron brings down the straps! Bron choke grips but Grimes ROCKS him! Bron ducks a kick but not the SUPERKICK! Grimes ducks ‘n’ dodges, COLLISION COURSE!! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up while both men are down! Bron gets up in a corner, Grimes runs in, but Bron puts him on the apron. Grimes HOTHOTS the bad arm! Grimes goes up the corner, but Bron CLUBS him first! Bron climbs up after Grimes, for a SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO!! Grimes survives and no one can believe it!
Bron gets up, shakes out the bad arm, and he goes to the opposite corner. Bron runs in corner to corner, but Grimes dodges! Bron stops from hitting buckles, but Grimes tilt-o-whirls around to have an IRON OCTOPUS! Bron resists but fans rally as Grimes pulls! Bron fireman’s carries out of the hold but Grimes slips off to RAM him into buckles! CAVE-IN!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Bron survives Grimes’ best shot and now no one can believe it! Grimes hurries to a corner, he fires up and goes up the corner! “TO! THE! MOON~!” SUPER- SPEAR!! Cover, Bron wins!!
Winner: Bron Breakker, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)
Grimes wanted to fly, but Bron shot him out of the sky! But the celebration is cut short as JD MCDONAGH attacks!! He said he would show up next week, but that was a lie! He drags Bron up to hit DEVLINSIDE through a picnic table!! The Irish Ace says Bron should’ve been listening to his videos. The Necessary Evil is here, and he’s after Bron’s gold! Will JD go from NXT UK exile to the Ace of NXT 2.0?
NXT definitely put the “great” in the Great American Bash this year. I missed a bit of that opening vignette but I did like that Briggs, Jensen & Fallon were the hosts of the party, as their characters are “down to earth” and they love to have fun. Pretty Deadly had a decent promo calling them out, but I would think Pretty Deadly ends up losing to give Briggs & Jensen a good first defense. Chase University has another hilarious promo segment all together, with Andre Chase chewing the crap out of “Chad,” and setting up how they’ll be the next wave of visitors to NXT UK. I would love to see these three looking at landmarks and being in character going around London.
A great Women’s Tag Team Championships match to open the night, and while it almost looked like Toxic Attraction was going to cheat to retain, #JadeRox turns it back around and crowning new champions is the right move. Roxie made her challenge and is getting her match with Mandy, but even if Roxie doesn’t win that match, Toxic Attraction has been weakened and they can try to find themselves in the aftermath. Personally, Gigi Dolin needs to break out from the group, fans really like her all on her own and she is honestly the better of the three in the ring. But Mandy VS Roxie will be great stuff either way, it’s definitely what you follow tonight with.
Good promo from Tony D’Angelo and Legado where he claims he sidelined Escobar, but we’ll wait and see what’s the real story. I liked that Choo went after Tiffany backstage to give us a really fun brawl that leads right into their match. Also nice little gag where Wendy was sitting on the same chair she used to sit on as Mei Ying. The match was good, but I feel like this wasn’t for Tiffany to win. Choo’s been on the down after losing to Mandy, I thought this could be her way to get back up and then she and Tiffany escalate things into a bigger blow-off. But maybe that still happens anyway, winner being seen as the contender to the winner of Mandy VS Roxie.
A pretty good promo from Apollo and Vinci, and they’re going to have a great match that will get more out of Vinci, both his moves and his character. And while Apollo mentioned both champions, I think he’s going for the North American Championship after beating Vinci and beating Xyon. Wes VS Trick was pretty good, but we should’ve expected Trick to cheat as the Heel. Trick wins but as we saw, Lee went after him again during the North American Championship so the feud is just getting started. Speaking of which, Melo VS Waller was a great title match, and I figured Melo would retain as he still has a long list of guys he can face before losing the belt.
We got a decent promo out of the Robert Stone Brand and Solo Sikoa to set up a match, Solo VS Von is going to be great stuff, but unless Solo really is going to join The Bloodline on RawDown, I would hope Solo wins. A-Kid gave us a pretty good promo, but of course his name changes. “Axiom” is a pretty good choice, “a statement or proposition which is regarded as being established, accepted, or self-evidently true.” Therefore, AK is going to be the foundation for redefining the North American Championship scene, he’ll have some great matches with all the guys in that scene. He can fit into that scene right now, even, with Melo, Apollo, Vinci, etc.
Ivy Nile had a decent promo to establish her belief that Diamond Mine will never break. And she also stepped up to help Tatum with some of that tough love. Maybe Ivy & Tatum truly become a team to challenge for the tag titles once Toxic Attraction is fully out of the way. We got a great tag title match in Diamond Mine: Civil War, and I’m oddly surprised there was no meltdown from Strong. There must still be something coming down the line that will make Strong lash out and break away from the group. And at this point, it feels like Strong is going to take Julius on 1v1 as the blow-off, winner being the true leader of the faction.
After all the different Bron Breakker promos playing up the shoulder, I really thought this was foreshadowing a loss. We still got great main event from Bron VS Grimes, but Grimes found himself between a rock and a hard place. If not for Vince’s typical push being too much too soon, and if Bron was only a one-time champion at this point, this could’ve been the night someone dethroned Bron for the first time. It would’ve been big both ways: big because this was Bron’s first title loss, and big because Grimes backed up his words and showed he had more heart. Then Bron would have to work to redeem himself and get that belt back. Instead, Grimes is fed to the machine.
But what a great final moment of the night in return! Jordan Devlin now “JD McDonagh” had his vignette claiming he’d be here next week, and then surprise! He’s here now, he goes after the top champion, and he’ll definitely get a title match. As much as I don’t want Bron becoming the one to reach three-time NXT Champion the fastest, I do want to see Devlin get that title off him and finally be the top guy on a WWE brand.
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (1/31/23)
NXTag Team Tuesday!
Will tonight be a TEACHABLE MOMENT?
NXT is planning a Fatal 4 Way tag title match for Vengeance Day, and a Triple Threat will decide that fourth team! Who punches a golden ticket to Charlotte, North Carolina?
- The Creed Brothers VS Indus Sher w/ Jinder Mahal; Indus Sher wins.
- Zoey Stark VS Indi Hartwell; Stark wins.
- DIJAK VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone; Dijak wins.
- Tyler Bate VS Axiom; Bate wins.
- Stevie Turner VS Dani Palmer; Stevie wins.
- Charlie Dempsey VS Drew Gulak w/ Hank Walker; Gulak wins.
- Triple Threat Tag: The Dyad VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe VS Chase U; Chase U wins and joins the Vengeance Day NXT Tag Team Championship match.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Creed Brothers VS Indus Sher w/ Jinder Mahal!
Julius & Brutus were denied a New Year’s Evil showdown with Sanga & Veer, but they get their moment just days before Vengeance Day! Will the Diamond Mine finally shine? Or will they be slain by the tigers hunting them down?
The teams sort out, Julius starts against Veer and they tie up. They go around as fans chant for the Creeds, and the two break. They go again, Julius waistlocks then shoves Veer. Veer nods, eggs Julius on, but then avoids Julius’ takedown. Julius waistlocks, Veer elbows free then runs, but Julius drops and Veer rolls. They keep moving, Julius ducks then jumps but Veer blocks the hip toss! Julius blocks a hip toss, and the hand start flying! Veer knees low, TOSSES Julius to the corner, then storms up. Julius slips away but gets clipped. Tag to Sanga, and tag to Brutus. Fans rally up as Brutus and Sanga circle.
The two tie up, Brutus waistlocks but Sanga THROWS him away! Sanga and Brutus go again, and Brutus tries to lift Sanga! Sanga CLUBS Brutus, whips him to a corner, then runs in. Brutus dodges, fires hands from all sides but Sanga shoves back. Brutus blocks a boot! Brutus has a leg but Veer tags in! Veer ROCKS Brutus, Sanga whips Brutus, and Sanga runs Brutus over! Veer drops a BIG elbow! Jinder applauds while fans are torn. Veer stalks Brutus, stomps him down, then stomps him again. Brutus gets up to RAM Veer into the corner! Tag to Julius, the Creeds mug Veer, and then Julius runs to forearm smash!
The Creeds DOUBLE HIP TOSS Veer! Fans fire up as Julius KNEES Veer in the side! Brutus KNEES Veer, then Julius gut wrench SLAMS Brutus on Veer! Cover, TWO! Jinder talks trash, Julius swipes at him, then goes back for Veer. Veer elbows Julius away, tags in Sanga, and they FLAPJACK HOTSHOT Julius down! Sanga throws knees, puts Julius in the ropes and bends him back! The ref counts, Sanga lets off, but Jinder hits a cheap shot! Ivy Nile protests but Sanga stands on Julius’ chest! Tag to Veer, Sanga has the legs and drapes Julius out, for Veer to LEAP FROG ATTACK! Fans are torn while Indus Sher stands over Julius.
Veer throws body shots on Julius at the ropes, then he reaches out for Sanga. Julius throws hands but Veer ROCKS and CLUBS Julius! Tag to Sanga but Julius tackles Veer! Sanga BOOTS Julius for that, then scoops him. Sanga gives Julius SNAKE EYES, and then waits on Julius before he stomps him back down! Tag to Veer, Sanga throws knees, CLUBS Julius down, but Julius TACKLES Sanga! Veer stomps Julius, stomps him more, and then has him at the ropes. Tag back to Sanga, Indus Sher mugs Julius, then double whip. They run Julius over with double shoulders! Sanga stalks Julius, and clamps on a SLEEPER!
Fans rally for Julius as he fights up. Julius stands but Sanga wrangles him back down! Julius fights up, but Sanga knees him in the back! Sanga puts Julius against ropes, kicks him and whips him to a corner. Sanga runs in to SPLASH! Sanga reels Julius in, for a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Julius is hanging tough but Sanga throws off his armbands. Sanga drags Julius up but Julius powers Sanga back. Sanga CLUBS Julius in the corner, throws knees, then drags Julius over. But Julius shoves free! Sanga CLOBBERS Julius and smother shim into the mat! Sanga drags Julius back, tags Veer, and they hand off the leg.
Veer has a lock on the leg but Julius uses his other foot to pry at the hold! Julius hops up and ENZIGURIS! Hot tag to Brutus! Fans fire up as BRUTUS SMASH! And SMASH! And back body block for Sanga! BIG back suplex for Veer! Fans are thunderous as Brutus goes out to SMASH Sanga! Brutus drags Veer up to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Brutus roars, and he hammers away with fists! Sanga returns but Brutus DECKS him! Tag to Julius and Brutus STANDING MOONSAULTS! Julius STANDING SHOOTING STARS! Cover, TWO!! Sanga was almost there but Veer survives on his own. Fans rally, Brutus runs in and TACKLES Sanga out of the ring!
Julius drags Veer up, gut wrenches, and he double clutches to POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO!?! Veer survives and fans are thunderous again! Jinder panics but he coaches Veer up. Fans rally for “NXT!” as Julius hits the ROLLING SPINEBUSTER! The elbow pad comes off, but Jinder grabs Julius! Ivy storms over and fans rally for her! Veer ROCKS Julius, whips him, but Julius dodges! Only to BLAST Ivy off the apron by accident!! Julius can’t believe what happened, but he turns around into the MILLION DOLLAR LARIAT!! Tag to Sanga, choke grip and CHOKE SLAM! Cover, Indus Sher wins!!
Winner: Indus Sher, by pinfall
Jinder grins as he celebrates with his team, because a win is a win! Will Indus Sher look to take over the NXT Tag Division after Vengeance Day?
Axiom watches NXT UK episodes on Peacock.
Tyler Bate walks over to see it’s Tyler Bate VS A-Kid for the Heritage Cup. Bate was always a big fan of A-Kid’s. They had some excellent matches in NXT. Axiom agrees, A-Kid’s the best. What ever happened to him? Bate says Axiom reminds him of A-Kid. He isn’t sure what it is, he can’t put his finger on it. Axiom says he gets that a lot. But Bate, that Heritage Cup match was very unique, a real masterpiece. How about they create a masterpiece of their own tonight? Bate loves that idea! But then in walks Damon Kemp with sarcastic applause.
Kemp says he was walking around, and overhead them. Friendly competition makes him sick! “I respect your work a lot! I respect your work to infinity!” When Kemp was in NXT UK, he learned that all the Limeys are soft! And the European wrestling style is overrated! And if you ever see A-Kid personally, tell him that Kemp says he’s hot garbage! Well, if Axiom does see A-Kid around, he’ll tell him. Kemp walks off, but Bate says Kemp is a “right wazzock.” A what? A pendejo. Oh! Okay. Bate heads out, will Axiom get that friendly competition? Or will he first take care of Kemp’s attitude first?
Zoey Stark VS Indi Hartwell!
These two had an impressive showing in this year’s Women’s Royal Rumble match, though neither won their ticket to WrestleMania. But Indi also wants to get to the bottom of who attacked Nikkita Lyons in the parking lot. All signs point to The Hunter, will Indi get her to confess?
The bell rings and fans sing, “OH~ Zoey is angry~!” Zoey gets mad hearing that, and then ties up with Indi. They go around, Indi puts Zoey in a corner, and the ref counts. Indi lets off at 4, but Zoey shoves her back. Indi shoves back, then dodges to CHOP! And ROCK! Indi fires off and fans cheer her on. Indi whips, Zoey holds ropes, then Zoey bails out. Fans boo while Zoey throws a tantrum. Indi slips out after Zoey, they go around the way, and Indi avoids the elbow drop! Indi drags Zoey out to RAM Her into the apron, and again! Indi gets in the ring, drags Zoey up by her hair, and into the ropes for an UPPERCUT! And BOOT!
Zoey flops down, Indi drags her to a cover, TWO! Indi drags Zoey up for a short arm LARIAT! And then another! Fans rally but Zoey gets around and claws Indi’s eyes! Zoey snapmares Indi, runs and SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Indi sits up, Zoey stomps her on the back. Zoey tells fans that THEY suck, and she clamps onto an armlock and chinbar. Indi endures, fans rally up, and Indi fights up. “OH~ Zoey is angry~!” Indi stands, arm-drags free, but Zoey comes back to CHOP! Indi CHOPS, Zoey CHOPS, repeat! Zoey kicks low, whips Indi hard into a corner, then whips her in again! Zoey soaks up heat and whips corner to corner.
Indi reverses, Zoey bounces off buckles and into a SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Indi gives a thumbs up and fans cheer. Indi puts Zoey in the ropes again, but Zoey avoids the uppercut to HOTSHOT! Indi falls, Zoey slingshots for the ARABIAN SENTON! Cover, TWO! Zoey snarls and she rains down fists on Indi! Indi gets up and flounders to a corner but Zoey snapmares her down. Zoey cravats for a neck wrench but Indi endures. Fans rally, Indi fights up, but Zoey wrangles her back down! Zoey cranks the cravat but Indi still endures. Fans rally up again, Indi fights up again, but Zoey shifts to a facelock. Indi still powers Zoey to a corner!
Zoey powers Indi back, but Indi RAMS Zoey into the corner! Zoey BOOTS Indi back! And then fires forearms! Indi hits back, they go shot for shot, but Indi kicks, JABS and DECKS Zoey! Zoey staggers up and Indi rallies with clotheslines! Indi dodges to SPINEBUSTER! Highs tack, TWO! Zoey is still in this but Indi keeps her cool. Zoey goes to a corner, Indi runs in but Zoey dodges! HEEL KICK! Zoey waistlocks, to GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Indi is still in this but Zoey is frustrated. Zoey waistlocks and drags Indi up, but Indi arm-drags out of the half nelson. Indi scoops but Zoey slips out to fireman’s carry! But Indi flights free!
Indi shoves Zoey away, runs in but is put on the apron. Indi ROCKS Zoey first, then springboards, but Zoey trips her up! Indi crashes down, Zoey drags her back up! Z 360!! Cover, Zoey wins!
Winner: Zoey Stark, by pinfall
Whether innocent or guilty in the whodunnit, Zoey Stark is still the winner here! But then Zoey attacks Indi! Sol Ruca rushes out and chases Zoey off! The Hunter has a target on her own back, will karma catch up to her one way or another?
The Schism speaks.
Joe Gacy says, “A day of vengeance is on the horizon for The Schism.” Rip Fowley says, “We seek vengeance for something that has been owed to us for far too long.” Jagger Reed says, “The NXT Tag Team Championships have been kept from us since The Dyad’s inception.” Gacy says, “Tonight, Rip and Jagger change their destiny by altering others’ reality.” Ava Raine tells Edris Enofe & Malik Blade, “We know who you are. But everyone at Chase University, you worship a false idol. You are not a family. You are abusive, devious, and delusional. School spirit will not help you tonight, because Chase University will fail. There is no unit stronger than the Schism.”
They are four roots, one tree, but will they be the final team to enter the Fatal 4 Way?
Apollo Crews speaks.
“The city of Charlotte. Packed restaurants, tons of foot traffic, bars with lines out the door. Cars flying down I-85. I came out early to feel Charlotte’s energy, and I feel the city’s excitement all the way up here. NXT’s coming, and I’m coming. I need two falls, two pinfalls, two submissions, or one each. I’ve visualized this match a hundred times. Money Melo is gonna be fast, he’s gonna be flashy, but I am ready for Melo’s handprint. My best will always be better than his best. And if Trick Williams wants to get involved, well Trick’s gonna get handled. Melo wants to call me the past and him the future? At Vengeance Day, the past will dictate the future!”
Apollo has spoken, but will he speak his vision into existence? And just who did Apollo see having his back against Trick Melo Gang?
Wes Lee heads to the ring.
The North American Champion is here, ready for his fight with #HardJustice this Saturday! Wes gets the mic to say, “Yo~! We are T-minus four days from NXT back on the road, and we are swangin’ through Charlotte, North Cackalacky, for Vengeance Day.” And it’ll be a big day for Wes literally because he has his biggest test in Dijak. Dijak is back and claims to be serving justice, but ultimately he just wants what’s shining on Wes’s shoulder. Saturday will be tough, Wes will probably take an ass-whooping. But just like Wes did with Tony and Carmelo, the Cardiac Kid will rise as your North American Champion!
But wait! Here comes DIJAK! “Mr. Lee, I want you to soak this in. I want you to soak it all in. Enjoy these moments, because these are your final days as NXT North American Champion. That was a real impassioned speech you gave, really powerful and motivating. But the reality is, it’s not gonna make a damn bit of difference. You had EVERY opportunity to hand me that championship, but you were too stupid to take it, weren’t you? And now… On Saturday, you’re gonna be standing across the ring, staring down the biggest and baddest man in the ENTIRE NXT locker room! And when that happens, I’m gonna rip that championship from your cold hands.”
Wes says that is exactly what Dijak will have to do! You will have to pry this title from Wes’s cold, dead hands! But understand that it’s much easier said than done. Wes didn’t win by accident. Every minute of training, every risk Wes took in and out of the ring, and every trial and tribulation, Wes has FOUGHT! When Wes felt like he couldn’t anymore, the chaotic support from every single one of the fans showed him that he can reach levels he had only dreamt of! So Saturday, Dijak isn’t just fighting Wes. He is fighting everyone on the #WesSide. Fans cheer Wes on! But Dijak says Wes might be fighting for the fans, but they won’t be fighting for Wes!
Wait! Von Wagner is here? He and Robert Stone walk out and Stone “apologizes.” But maybe his ears aren’t working properly. Dijak said HE’S the biggest and baddest? Have they forgotten about Von? Von tells Dijak, “Take those stupid sunglasses off, we’re inside. and I’m right here. And the only injustice is me getting overlooked.” Dijak tells Von that his eyes are focused on championship gold. Dijak has no issue with Von whatsoever. Wes says he isn’t sure about that. Fans chant “WAGNER SUCKS!” Wes says Dijak claims to be the biggest and baddest, but Von claims HE is the biggest and baddest, so Dijak is basically calling Von a liar.
Dijak tells Wes to shut up, and he knows what he’s up top. What? Wes just sees an injustice that needs to be fixed! Wes hears Von and Stone loud and clear about being overlooked. Come Tuesday… We may need to have a new #1 contender to the North American title. So uh… If Von happens to beat Dijak tonight, then Von will no longer be overlooked. Von will be looked at as a contender. And Stone says that is why they’re here! Right, right. So let’s please, PLEASE solve this injustice. Or Dijak can just give Von his jacket now. Dijak throws hands on Von! Von hits back, and fans fire up as the brawl is on!
Von clotheslines Dijak up and out! Refs rush out to stop this, but fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Will we see this brawl turn into a match? WE WILL! Wes gets out of the way, who wins this battle of behemoths?
DIJAK VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone!
The bell rings, the haymakers fly again, and Dijak kicks low! Dijak whips, Von reverses and KNEES Dijak down! Stone fires up, Von scoops Dijak to FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans fire up while NXT goes picture in picture!
Von drags Dijak up to reel him in. Von suplexes but DIjak blocks! Von CLUBS Dijak, tries again, but Dijak still blocks! Dijak throws body shots, then suplexes, TIME TO FLY! Von crashes, writhes, and goes to a corner. Dijak runs in to kick Von and stomp aw mudhole in! Dijak CLUBS Von, Von kicks back and puts Dijak in a corner for elbows! Von whips corner to corner, Dijak reverses hard and Von falls to the mat! Dijak storms up, drags Von up and turns him to a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Von is still in this but Dijak grits his teeth. Dijak clamps on a cravat and grinds Von with a neck wrench.
Von endures, fans rally up, and Von fights up. Von throws body shots, then haymakers! Von whips Dijak to a corner, then lifts Dijak for a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Von is annoyed but he watches Dijak stand. Von CLUBS Dijak, HEADBUTTS him, then ROCKS him with a right. Von whips, Dijak ducks ‘n’ dodges, then holds ropes! Von runs in but is sent into ropes! Von sputters, Dijak stomps him down, and then rains down fists! Stone protests but Dijak lets off to have the neck wrench again. Von endures, fights up, and he throws body shots. NXT returns to single picture as Von throws hands, but Dijak throws elbows and knees!
Dijak SMASHES then DISCUS LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Wes is on commentary and says it was only right that we find out who is truly the biggest and baddest in NXT. Dijak choke grips but Von fights free! Dijak wrenches, mule kicks, then back elbows hard! Dijak reels Von in but Von suplexes Dijak into buckles!! Fans lose their minds while Dijak flops down. Dijak stands up, Von runs in, and Von clotheslines! Von whips corner to corner, but Dijak BOOTS back! Von still fireman’s carries, but Dijak slips off! Dijak shoves Von away and ROCKS him at the ropes! Dijak runs but Von KNEES him low! Von runs, to RAM Dijak!
Dijak rebounds to RAM Von, then he ELBOWS, ELBOWS and CLUBS Von! Then he SUPERKICKS! Dijak runs, into a BOOT! Cover, TWO!! Dijak survives and Stone can’t believe it! Fans rally for “NXT! NXT!” and Von waits on Dijak. Dijak slowly rises, Von choke grips, but Dijak flips through the lift! To choke grip and HIGH JUSTICE!! Cover, TWO?!! Von survives and the fans are thunderous! Von goes to a corner, Dijak storms up, “This is Awesome!” as Dijak throws elbows. Dijak hoists Von up top, CLUBS him in the chest, then climbs up after him. Dijak choke grips again, but Von elbows Dijak over and over and over!
Von CLUBS away on Dijak, roars, and hits a SUPER BUTTERFLY SLAM!! Cover, TWO!?!? Fans are thunderous, Stone is beside himself, and Wes is loving this! Von gets Dijak up, OLYMIPC- NO, Dijak slips out to have the HAMMERLOCK SLEEPER! Von flails, reaches out, Stone coaches him, but Dijak says this is gonna be Wes’s future! Von is fading out, then Dijak torture racks! FEAST YOUR EYES!! Cover, Dijak wins!
Winner: DIJAK, by pinfall
Hard Justice has proven to be THE biggest and baddest man in NXT! But will he prove he is championship material? Or will Wes Lee prove he is must-see?
Tony D’Angelo and Channing Lorenzo are watching backstage.
Stacks says he can’t stand that Dijak. He’ll probably win the title on Saturday now. But The Don says not to worry about Dijak. “Street justice has no expiration date.” But what was this big impact Stacks was gonna have? Stacks has to take care of a few things. The first or the second? Both. Wow, really? Yeah, he’s the Underboss! That’s what they do. So next week, Stacks gets it done. Tremendous. Now let’s take care of that other thing. They head out, just what is Stacks going to do to handle his business?
Nikkita Lyons tweets out her status.
“Surgery was a success. Thank you deeply to the WWE universe, my Lyon Pride, for all the love and support you show. I’ll be back stronger than I’ve ever been. #ReadyToPounce Also, a big thank you to the wonderful surgeons, doctors and nurses.” It may be another setback, but will Lyons use that to set up a huge comeback?
McKenzie Mitchell is backstage with more.
McKenzie Mitchell says there are many questions surrounding the attack on Lyons in the NXT parking lot, so she has prepared some footage so that we can get a better idea of what happened. Among those on scene at the time of the attack are Valentina Feroz walking away, Dani Palmer, Arianna Grace and Alexis Leddy walking together going inside, and an unidentified woman driving away. There is also Elektra Lopez walking and talking with newcomer Lola Vice, closest to Nikkita but going on their own path. Freeze here, and you see Tiffany Stratton just going through her bag, but maybe she’s hiding the evidence.
And of course, Zoey Stark is spotted walking away, and even Tatum Paxley and Lash Legend at the very end of the lot. Indi Hartwell and Lyra Valkyria come to Lyons’ aid, and we then spot Wendy Choo peeking out of a car window. Did Wendy witness anything? McKenzie says no one is taking credit for this attack, but she will keep us informed if anyone comes forward with information. Who is behind NXT’s newest whodunnit mystery, and why did they do it?
NXT looks closer at Bron Breakker VS Grayson Waller.
The Big Booty Nephew’s NXT record is already golden, but the 21st Century Success Story isn’t impressed. In fact, he’s sick and tired of it. Waller has been running this for the last eight months, and now he’s made the decision that he needs to be champion. New Year’s Evil was going well until a freak accident took Waller out. So at Vengeance Day, their rematch will be inside a STEEL CAGE! Waller says Bron is a wild dog, and Bron admits his temper has gotten the better of him. But no one has taken advantage of it like Waller. Waller is living rent free in Bron’s brain. Bron says his temper has led to both is biggest wins and most crushing losses.
Waller says Bron will beat himself this time. Bron thought he needed to control the anger, but then he realized, with the steel cage all around them, there’s no need to hold back. Bron will beat Waller within an inch of his life, and pin what’s left! But Waller says he can read Bron like a book. And Waller has read that book, so he’ll past this test. Waller will not just beat Bron but he’ll embarrass him! Bron promises to break Waller inside the steel, but Waller went viral the last time he was inside a cage. This is what Waller wanted, but it’ll be Bron’s Vengeance Day. Who survives the steel to bring home the gold?
Tyler Bate VS Axiom!
Even with Kemp being a right wanker, the Big Strong Boy and the Undeniable Truth are going to focus on friendly competition! Will Bate continue to get A-Kid vibes from Axiom? Or will Axiom be even better than that?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Bate powers Axiom to ropes. The ref counts, Bate lets off, and fans applaud the sportsmanship. They reset, tie up again, and Bate has a cording hold. Axiom whips Bate away, Bate goes up and under and then knuckle locks. Bate steps over, headlocks, waistlocks, trips and body scissors to a clutch, TWO! They tie up, Bate cravats and snapmares, but Axiom is right up. Axiom sidesteps but Bate blocks the arm-drag to hit an arm-drag! Bate has the armlock and fans applaud the exchange. Axiom fights up, facelocks, but Bate powers out to keep on the armlock.
Axiom endures, fans duel, and Axiom goes up and around to whip Bate! Bate reverses to hit the arm-drag again! Fans cheer as Bate keeps on the arm but Axiom fights up. Axiom facelocks, Bate fights that, but Axiom goes up and around again. Bate still has the arm, he turns another whip into another arm-drag, but Axiom fights up. Axiom uses the ref for an assist to flip through! But again Bate reverses a whip! And again! Axiom is frustrated as Bate keeps on the arm. Axiom fights up, goes up and headscissors! Bate throws Axiom away, Axiom avoids the elbow to springboard arm-drag, kip up and ENZIGURI! Cover, TWO!
Axiom keeps on Bate with a facelock, fans rally up, and Bate rolls. Axiom rolls with Bate, covers, TWO! The two stand off, Bate SOBATS! Axiom staggers away, Bate runs in, but Axiom arm-drags Bate and himself up and out of the ring! Fans fire up while NXT goes picture in picture.
Both men stir, and Bate stands up first. Bate follows Axiom, UPPERCUTS him, then puts him in the ring. Bate stalks Axiom, brings him up and headlocks, to bop him with a boot! Bate hits the headlock takeover, but Axiom headscissors in return. Axiom pushes up to put on pressure, but Bate moves around. Bate headstands, pops free and has Axiom’s legs tied up. Bate goes back to the headlock but Axiom goes back to the headscissor! Bate kips free, but Axiom holds onto an arm to drag Bate back down! Axiom headscissors again, but Bate moves around again. Bate headstands, pops free and basement dropkicks!
Bate drags Axiom up by an arm and wraps Axiom up in a straitjacket stretch. Axiom endures, arm-drags free, and runs in at the corner. Axiom blocks a boot but not the KNEE! Bate goes up to FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Bate keeps cool and he keeps his eyes on Axiom. Bate UPPERCUTS again and Axiom goes to rpoes. Bate whips Axiom to ropes, then catches him to a COBRA TWIST! Axiom endures the stretch, pops free and hip tosses Bate down! Axiom waistlocks, they go to ropes but Bate bucks the O’Conner, only to turn around into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Axiom floats to get the arm, but Bate stacks him, TWO!
Axiom has Bate in a Triangle Hold, and NXT returns to single picture. Fans chant, “This is Wrestling!” as Bate deadlifts Axiom to a fireman’s carry! AIRPLANE SPIN! Fans fire up as Bate goes around and around and around, fifteen times! Bate slows down, staggers a bit, squats, and then powers up to spin MORE!! And then POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Axiom survives and Bate has to catch his breath but fans rally back up. Axiom and Bate rise, Bate spins a few more times before he throws a forearm! Axiom throws a forearm back! Bate fires forearm after forearm but Axiom hits back! Axiom kicks, Bate blocks but Axiom hops the sweep to ENZIGURI!
Bate falls over, Axiom keeps moving, PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Bate goes to a corner, Axiom runs in, he blocks the boot but gets another knee! Bate goes up and leaps, into an SLEEPER!! Axiom has the body scissors and fans rally up! Bate endures, fights the hold, turns over, but Axiom squeezes tighter! Bate stands, pries at the hold, opens it up, but Axiom waistlocks. Bate bucks the O’Conner again but Axiom kips up, into a RIGHT! But he SUPERKICKS right back! Axiom rolls Bate up but Bate sits on the cover, TWO!!! Axiom escapes and fans are thunderous! Both men slowly rise and fans rally up.
Axiom ROCKS Bate! Bate rebounds, but Axiom avoids the rolling kick! Bate avoids the Penalty Kick, Axiom slips through the roll-up. Bate blocks the Superkick to spin Axiom, Bop up and BANG in! Axiom wobbles, Bate runs and REBOUND LARIATS! Bate underhooks, but Axiom NORTHERN LIGHTS out! Bridging cover, TWO as Bate bridges up! Axiom pushes Bate back down, TWO as Bate gets back up! Underhooks, TYLER- RANA!!! Cover, TWO!!! Bate has the arms again! TYLER DRIVER 97!!! Cover, Bate wins!!!
Winner: Tyler Bate, by pinfall
A big strong win for the Big Strong Boy! “That was Awesome!” but will this earn Bate a title match on the other side of this Saturday? But Bate and the fans show Axiom respect. But then Kemp CLBOBBERS them both! And he hits Axiom with an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Kemp says he told them before, but then Bate chases Kemp off! Will Bate make sure Kemp learns European wrestling is anything but soft?
Isla Dawn speaks.
“In my land, Imbolc is the beginning of Spring. It is a time to exhale all that is behind us, and to mark new beginnings. Tonight, on the Eve of Imbolc, we purge the constraints of the past. We purify the negative energy surrounding us, and we transfigure the uninitiated into members of this house. There has always been a rage inside of you,” Alba Fyre. And she just needed a nudge to reveal it. “Shall we?” Fyre nods, and Isla says they are letting go of their unbridled passions, shed their egos, and relinquish their need for control. “These emotions no longer serve us.” Fyre repeats that, and throws water on the fire. With this, the initiation process has begun.
Isla and Fyre smile as they walk into the night. Will the darkness within Fyre grow stronger with the Wicked Witch’s influence?
Backstage interview with Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams.
McKenzie is with Trick Melo Gang, and Trick is shaking. But he’s just joking. He’s “shaking like booty meat on a Friday night.” Not because he’s scared, but because it’s cold out. “But Trick Willy can’t lie. This whole Apollo thing, I mean, I don’t know. Should I even go to Vengeance Day? He looks, he sees in the future, that’s some Cleo stuff, man!” Melo has Trick calm down. Of course Trick’s going to Vengeance Day. Apollo can stay daydreaming, but they stay scheming. McKenzie notes the match is Best 2 out of 3, so how does Melo see this playing out? Melo says everyone knows him by now, so we know how Melo sees this playing.
“Apollo needs to realize that this ain’t Jackson, that this ain’t Jordan, that these shots I take don’t ever jam.” Melo is of a different caliber! Melo took Apollo from the sidelines to the headlines. Apollo could have a top combine vertical, and his fingertips still wouldn’t reach Melo’s level. Melo tells Apollo that you can be this or that, but until you beat Melo, you can never be HIM. That’s all it is, and that’s all it’s gonna be. But is Melo overlooking the wild cards in the equation?
Roxanne Perez and Toxic Attraction sit down for video interviews.
The NXT Women’s Champion is far, far away from Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne for this final interview before Vengeance Day. Vic Joseph notes Roxie is the youngest woman to ever compete in the Royal Rumble match. How did that feel for her? She was overwhelmed, and so grateful to hear her music hit in front of over 50 THSOUAND people, and make the run down the ramp she’s dreamed of for so long. It was so incredible! Jacy says, “Incredible? More like incredibly pathetic! RoXaNnE~, cOnGrAtUlAtIoNs~! YoU wErE iN tHe RoYaL rUmBlE~!” But you didn’t win! And you’re not going to WrestleMania, but to Vengeance Day, to lose your title.
Gigi says the reason Roxie lost the Rumble was cuz she got put through a table! That look on her face when she realized she got tricked was great. But it’ll all be over for Lil’ Miss Perfect real soon. Roxie says Gigi & Jacy act like they’re best friends, but Roxie knows there is a lot of truth behind what they said to each other last week. Gigi says the truth is that Roxie stands no chance at Vengeance Day. How is Roxie gonna beat them both? She has the same percent chance of winning the Triple Threat as she did winning the Rumble: ZERO! Roxie is good and all, but going against the two baddest women in NXT at the same time, she has NO chance.
Actually, Roxie says she has more of a chance- Jacy cuts her off to say that Roxie had a good run. Eight months in NXT is like a little jog. Good for her! But Roxie peaked at 21 years old. That sucks. But this Saturday, it’s all coming to an end. Roxie says it’s not. But Gigi says it is. At least Roxie can go home to Texas and tell everyone she had a “cup of coffee” in the big time. She just made one critical mistake: messing with Toxic Attraction. And look on the bright side! She can play the “What If” game! What if Roxie stayed in her lane and didn’t punch up? Roxie starts to speak but Jacy cuts her off again, telling her to shut up.
Jacy says “What if” Roxie was a good little girl and didn’t make any waves. Whether Roxie likes it or not, it’s 2v1. Gigi says Roxie’s ride is over, the 15 minutes of fame are over. Roxie storms out, and Toxic Attraction make fun of her for not being able to handle it. Vic says Toxic Attraction weren’t being fair, but Jacy says, “Who cares? After Saturday, she’ll be old news. You’re looking at the next NXT Women’s Champion right here.” Then which one will it be? Gigi says you’re looking at her! Gigi knows everyone, especially Booker, is a big fan of Roxie, and is just trying to find a crack between Toxic Attraction, but there isn’t one.
For almost two years, Toxic Attraction has controlled the NXT Women’s Division. But for the last six weeks, everyone’s been on a vacation from it. That changes on Saturday, as order will be restored when Jacy & Gigi take their rightful spot. This day has been a long time coming, Roxie is just the first one to push it to the edge. But at Vengeance Day, they course correct things back to Gigi- Er, they become NXT Women’s Champion. Jacy notices that “flub,” but before she can respond, ROXANNE POUNCES!! Roxie fires off with all the pent up anger on both of them! She TACKLES Jacy through the set!!
Fans fire up as security rushes in to stop Roxie from tearing into Toxic Attraction more! Will nothing, not even two opponents at once, stop The Prodigy from proving why she IS NXT Women’s Champion?
Stevie Turner VS Dani Palmer!
Updated, online and ready to play, the Fourth Dimensional Superstar is finally back in action! Will Stevie prove that she is always two steps ahead and two levels above? Or will Dani delete Stevie before she even gets started?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Stevie has an armlock, then wrenches Dani to wrangle her to the mat. Dani fights up, rolls, backflips and wrenches, but Stevie gets away. They go again, Stevie waistlocks but Dani switches, only for Stevie to elbow free. Stevie headlocks, Dani brings her down to a knee and handstands to slip free! Stevie avoids Dani’s headlock to BOOT, BOOT and then scrape Dani on ropes! Fans boo, Stevie runs side to side to BOOT WASH! Stevie laughs like mad and she pushes Dani down. Stevie then brings Dani up, but Dani pushes her away. Stevie kicks low, CLUBS Dani, then turns her for a HANGING NECKBREAKER!
Dani staggers to ropes, Stevie snapmares her and clamps on a chinlock. Fans rally, Dani fights up, and arm-drags free! Stevie runs back but into an elbow! Dani dodges to LEAPING LARIAT! And again! Dani keeps moving but Stevie kicks low! But Dani JAWBREAKERS back! Dani runs to THESZ PRESS! Dani rains down wild hands, thrashes Stevie around, and then drags Stevie up. Dani runs, but Stevie reels her in by her tights! Stevie whips Dani away, and BOOTS her down! Stevie hauls Dani up, TWISTING DDT!! Stevie isn’t done there, she drags Dani up, for the SIDE EFFECT! Cover, Stevie wins!
Winner: Stevie Turner, by pinfall
Stevie just rerouted Dani’s connection and has her first win in NXT! Will Stevie soon be the number one trend in wrestling?
Kiana James is on the phone.
She promises to see “Zack” there, and says, “Love you, too.” Fallon Henley then walks over and asks who she was talking to. No one, don’t worry about it. Fallon knew it! She KNEW Kiana would break Jensen’s heart!! Fallon, calm down, it’s not what you think. You don’t even know why you’re upset right now! Oh? Then who is Zack?! But then in walk the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions. Kayden Carter points out the #1 contenders, and how they’re not talking about their upcoming match. Katana Chance says that sounds like trouble. Kiana says sound travels fast around here. But the only sound the champs will hear on Saturday is, “And NEW…!”
Has Fallon been giving Kiana a lot to drink lately? They’ve been a team for like a week while KC Squared has been a team for over a year! Fallon says with all due respect, we all know, we all get it, Katana & Kayden are BFFs. But Saturday is the biggest match of Fallon’s life, so she is going all out. Kiana says they are going all out. Well, we’ll see about that. But either way, the titles are staying with KC Squared. Katana & Kayden head out, and Fallon gets Kiana’s attention. Stay focused for Saturday, but just know this conversation isn’t over. Fallon heads out, is she making a mountain out of a mole hill?
Charlie Dempsey VS Drew Gulak w/ Hank Walker!
The Son of the Gentleman Villain cost the Philly Stretcher and his blue collar protégé last week, so this is all about vengeance before Vengeance Day! Will Gulak lock Dempsey down? Or will the Philly Stretcher be the one getting stretched?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Gulak headlocks for a takeover. Dempsey fights up, hits a back suplex, but Gulak holds on! Gulak has control again but Dempsey headscissors. Gulak moves around, has the legs, but Dempsey keeps shoulders up in the stack. Dempsey pushes Gulak away, they stand, and Gulak facelocks. Dempsey wrenches out, wristlocks, but Gulak grinds forearms. Dempsey wrenches, Gulak gets away, and fans rally up as NXT goes picture in picture.
The two circle, knuckle lock, and go shoulder to shoulder for a test of strength. Dempsey powers Gulak down to his knees, but Gulak powers back up. They go shoulder to shoulder again and now Gulak powers Dempsey back. Dempsey bridges, but Gulak has the cover! TWO as Dempsey gets an arm up! Gulak puts that arm down, TWO as the other arm comes up! Gulak has both arms, TWO as Dempsey bridges back up! Gulak stands over Dempsey, brings him up, but Dempsey monkey flips! Dempsey rolls back to a cover, TWO as Gulak sunset flips! TWO, and Dempsey headlocks to keep Gulak down! Fans applaud as the technical exchange continues.
Gulak fights up to his feet, powers his way to a facelock, but Dempsey snap suplexes to a cover, TWO! Gulak has the facelock but Dempsey stands up again. Dempsey goes for a trip but Gulak uses that to get a cover, TWO! Dempsey fights up, Gulak facelocks, then scoops and SLAMS Dempsey into ropes! Dempsey clutches his legs but Gulak storms up. Dempsey throws body shots and uppercuts! Gulak DECKS Dempsey in return! Gulak hurries to a cover, TWO! Gulak grabs Dempsey’s legs and steps through, but Dempsey resists. Gulak still pushes through to get the deathlock, and then he gets the chinlock for a REGAL STRETCH!!
Dempsey endures, reaches out, but Gulak keeps the pressure on the hold! Dempsey still moves forward, NXT returns to single picture, and Dempsey pries the facelock away! Dempsey turns to trip Gulak into a HEEL HOOK! Gulak kicks away to get free! Dempsey UPPERCUTS, has the leg, DRAGON SCREW! Gulak clutches his knee and fans rally up again. Dempsey covers, TWO! Dempsey underhooks the arm, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Bridge, and then roll into the BUTTERFLY STRETCH! Gulak endures, fights up, but Dempsey shifts to have a FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Gulak endures, Dempsey turns it to a ghost pin, TWO!
ANOTHER BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Dempsey keeps on Gulak with a deadlift GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! “This is Wrestling!” as Dempsey brings Gulak up. Gulak wrenches the arm, CLUBS it, and then has the CROSSFACE CHICKEN WING! Dempsey pries free, arm-drags Gulak away, and storms up, to get the leg! Gulak slips out of the Dragon Screw, but Dempsey gets the leg again! DRAGON SCREW! And then Dempsey has the leg for a HEEL HOOK! Gulak kicks with his free leg, and he gets away! Both men rush in, Gulak blocks the forearm to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!
Gulak clutches his leg and Dempsey goes to ropes. Fans rally up, Gulak headlocks, but Dempsey hits a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Gulak is hanging tough and Hank coaches him up. Fans rally, Gulak and Dempsey slowly rise. Dempsehy runs in, into a SLAP!! Gulak just pissed Dempsey off! Dempsey BOOTS, but Gulak TACKLES Dempsey! Cover, TWO, but Dempsey has a SLEEPER! Gulak rolls out to get the arms! But Dempsey rolls, stands, but Gulak spins. Into Dempsey’s CROSSFACE CHICKEN WING! Gulak moves around, but Dempsey pushes on the bad leg! Dempsey drags Gulak down, body scissors are on!
Gulak fights, gets free of the body scissors, and Hank coaches Dempsey! Gulak runs to ropes and Dempsey is sent into Hank!! Gulak rolls Dempsey up, Gulak wins!
Winner: Drew Gulak, by pinfall
Hank is dazed, did he just get used as a pawn? Is Gulak using his own student to help him cut corners?
Von is fuming backstage.
He throws a chair at the wall, and Stone says it ain’t working. This is not working. Von throws a locker room bench, and shouts, “YA THINK?!” Stone asks a question: Why does Von have Stone managing him? Stone has been managing Von for over a year now, yet he knows nothing about Von! Who IS Von Wagner? He’s big, he growls, but so do a lot of other guys. If Von wants to get to the next level, then he has to show Stone who he is! He has to show us who he is INSIDE! Help Stone help Von! Stone storms off, will these words help unlock Von’s true potential?
Triple Threat Tag: The Dyad VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe VS Chase U!
The New Day, Pretty Deadly and Gallus are waiting as there’s still room for one more for Vengeance Day! Will Rip Fowler & Jagger Reed plant the roots of The Schism in Charlotte? Will the underestimated underdogs finally unlock their potential? Or will Andre Chase & Duke Hudson share this #TeachableMoment with everyone? We find out, after the break!
NXT returns as Malik & Edris make their entrance, followed by Chase U’s entrance. In this kind of Triple Threat Tag, only two teams are legal at any given time, so Malik & Edris agree to let the other teams start. Duke and Rip circle as fans rally behind Chase U. Duke and Rip tie up, Rip knees low and whips Duke, but Duke blocks! Duke glares at Rip, reels him in and scoops to SLAM! Tag to Chase, Duke whips Rip and Chase drop toeholds for the “LET’S GO~!” ELBOW! Chase covers, TWO! Chase drags Rip up but Rip gets away to the third corner. Rip CHOPS Edris as part of the tag! Edris steps in and he circles with Chase.
Chase and Edris shake hands, then tie up. Edris wrenches, steps over, then arm-drags, but Chase blocks to step over and La Magistrol! ONE, but Edris wrangles Chase for a La Magi- NO, Chase blocks it to have a cover, TWO! Edris and Chase stand off, and Chase says that was a teachable moment! Fans cheer but Edris rushes in. They go around, Chase bucks the O’Conner, and things speed up! Edris jumps then DROPKICKS Chase down! Chase staggers up, Edris runs in and rolls off Chase’s back to tag Malik before the arm-drag! Malik hurries in, he and Edris double whip, to trip, BOOT and LARIAT! Malik covers, TWO!
Malik facelocks but Chase JAWBREAKERS free! Reed sneaks a tag before Chase whips. Malik reverses, Chase ducks ‘n’ dodges but Reed trips Chase up! Malik realizes what happened, the ref has him exit, and Reed keeps after Chase. Reed fires forearms and DECKS Chase! Chase bails out, Rip drags him up, and The Dyad coordinates, PLANCHA SHOULDER BREAKER! Chase clutches his arm while Rip pushes him around. Fans boo and Duke storms over but the ref has everyone stay back. Rip drags Chase up and puts him on the apron, to SLAM him on the edge! Chase sputters but Rip drags him around.
Fans rally, but Rip hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Rip clamps onto Chase with a cobra clutch but Chase endures. Fans rally for Chase U as Chase fights up. Rip ripcords to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Rip smothers Chase, has another cover, TWO! Rip and Reed are upset but the ref says his count is fair. Rip UPPERCUTS Chase in the back, then clamps on with another clutch. Fans rally, Chase fights up, but Rip ripcords to back elbow! Rip then suplexes, but Chase blocks it! Rip CLUBS Chase down, taunts Duke, but Chase fights up. Chase suplexes Rip! Fans fire up while both men are down! Reed tags in to run and DROPKICK Duke!
Reed turns around, into a BIG back drop! But no Duke means no tag! Thea Hail coaches Duke up but Rip tags back in. Rip goes after Chase but Chase throws him out! Malik & Edris call to Chase, they’re his only option! Chase runs over, but then The Dyad trips Malik & Edris up! Chase has no one, and turns around into a throat chop! Tag to Reed, the Dyad sets Chase up for a POWERBOMB BACKSTABBER!! Cover, TWO!?! Chase survives and everyone is shocked! Fans are thunderous for Chase U, but Rip says Chase is a hypocrite, a joke and a fool! Thea is furious on Chase’s behalf, and Reed runs in, but Chase goes up and over!
Hot tag to Duke! Duke rallies on The Dyad with big hands! Scoop for Rip, SIDEWALK SLAM! JAB after JAB for Reed! Rip rushes in, so he gets JAB after JAB! Flip, flop and U~! ELBOW! Then a SENTON! SPLASH for Reed, a whip corner to corner, and Reed tumbles up and out! Duke runs in to BOOT Reed down! Fans are thunderous as Duke fetches Reed back into the ring. Duke shoulders into Reed, slingshots and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Reed survives but the student section fires up! Duke tunes up the band, but Malik tags in! Malik GAMANGIRIS Duke, springboards and CROSSBODIES Reed!
Malik goes back to ropes, to SLINGSHOT RANA Duke!! Malik is fired up and fans can’t help but fire up with him! Tag to Edris, Malik goes up a corner, FROG SPLASH onto Reed! Edris goes up, MACHO ELBOW!! Edris drags Reed up, fireman’s carries, and Malik runs! ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Cover, Rip AND Chase break it! Fans are electric as “NXT! NXT!” gives them this amazing main event! Thea is also all pumped up as all six men start brawling! Reed tumbles out but Chase and Duke throw Rip out to join him. Malik & Edris DOUBLE DROPKICK Chase U out! Then they build speed, to DOUBLE TOPE CONJILO!!
“This is Awesome!” as Edris puts Reed in! Edris goes back up top, but Reed hits ropes! Edris lands bad up top, and Reed ROCKS him! Reed climbs up after Edris, but Malik CLUBS Reed! Malik climbs up but then Rip YANKS him down! Rip RAMS Malik into steel steps! The Dyad has Edris together now, but Chase sneaks a tag! Chase joins in, and using his physics knowledge, hits a TOWER OF DOOM!! Fans are thunderous as Chase fires up! Spell it out! C! H! A! S! E! U! What’s that spell?! “CHASE U!!” But Ava Raine distracts Chase! Reed CLOBBERS Chase! But Thea YANKS Ava down! Reed is shocked!
Reed runs at Chase, GRIT YOUR- NO, Chase dodges! Hot tag to Duke, and Duke turns Reed! Gory Especial, and Chase adds on, ROLLING COMPLETE SHOT!! Cover, Chase U wins!!!
Winners: Chase U, by pinfall (join the NXT Tag Team Championship Fatal 4 Way)
Thea is the most excited of all as the red ‘n’ black now get to compete for some gold! But then we see Gallus appear in the perch and Pretty Deadly appear on stage, with the New Day on the tron! Gimme a C! H! A! S! Well, we know the rest. Congrats to Chase U! This wins means they’re going to Vengeance Day! So then, New Day will see Chase U, and Gallus, and Pretty Deadly of course. Put it together for all these teams! But will this road game be a big win for Chase U? Will Pretty Deadly redo the #SidePlateCheck? Will Gallus Boys be on top? Or will ya bois the NEW~ DAY~, still be your W, W, E, N, X, T, Tag, Team, CHAMPIONS~?
Now this was a go-home episode! No need for filling/wasting time with recaps, just give us promos, action and other stuff to hype up what’s coming. Good promo from Apollo Crews, and good response from Trick & Melo. Apollo’s vision seems to foreshadow Oro Mensah being his back-up, as I’m pretty sure I saw his dreadlocks in that silhouette. At the same time, even if someone were to cancel out Trick, that doesn’t guarantee Apollo wins. Melo could win one fall cuz of Trick, Apollo could win one fall cuz Oro cancels out Trick, and then the third fall is truly 1v1. I’m leaning towards Melo since he makes sense as the next challenger to THE NXT Championship.
Speaking of, we got a pretty good promo vignette for Bron VS Waller in the steel cage. And from how they’re talking about it, this is going to be a No Escape Steel Cage match, where the door isn’t an option and climbing the walls won’t win it for you. I am all for that, and I think all Steel Cage matches should be like that to get rid of some of the more overused tropes of a Steel Cage match. Good interview promos from Roxie, Gigi & Jacy, and while part of me wanted Roxie to explode on Toxic Attraction verbally, her going after them directly was just as good. Roxie really should show she has grit, but I feel like her initiating the brawl is tantamount to her standing tall. I hope this doesn’t put the go-home math against her, she only just got that belt.
Stevie Turner’s first match back was pretty good, and I’m actually happy to see they came up with a completely kayfabed chat box for her entrance, as I imagined last week. Good promo from Isla & Fyre to establish that they’re a team now. I was sensing there’d be something building towards Valentine’s Day in a couple weeks, and I think this whole “Who is Zack and what is he to Kiana?” is gonna be the thing. Kiana is gonna reveal that’s like her brother and Fallon’s gonna feel dumb for getting protective of Jensen’s feelings. But with that, I don’t think they win the tag titles at Vengeance Day. That should probably be Isla & Fyre.
We also got a real good “NXT Investigates” promo from McKenzie to point out just how many suspects there really are in the Whodunnit of Lyons’ parking lot attack. Indi VS Stark was a good match to play off that, but I’m starting to wonder if Valentina Feroz did it. Feroz seems like the least likely, so that’d be quite the twist. Given her talk with Elektra Lopez about doing underhanded things, Feroz said she couldn’t do anything to Wendy Choo because Wendy’s a friend. But Feroz and Lyons have no connections, so Feroz could attack her from behind with no problems.
Good promo from Wes Lee, Dijak, Von and Stone to set up Dijak VS Von. That was a good match, but of course Dijak won to have momentum going into the North American title match. I still think Wes wins, but what was really interesting to come out of this was Stone getting fired up telling Von to bring out some personality. Is Von going to suddenly have a gimmick? I can’t even be sure what that’d be. Also, good promo from Tony D and Stacks. I thought Von was gonna be the big guy Stacks went after but then this happened, so maybe Stacks calls out Odyssey Jones or Quincy Elliot to give one of those guys some screen time. And also a win, because I feel like Stacks is gonna bite off more than he can chew.
We also got some great technical wrestling singles matches. Gulak VS Dempsey was not as good as Bate VS Axiom, but I like the detail that Hank takes the hit to tip things in Gulak’s favor. Hank might confront Gulak on that move, and we get closer to Heel Gulak. Then we got just a hilarious and very meta promo out of Bate and Axiom referencing A-Kid. Kemp sticking his nose in things is fine, he needs something to do and honestly should’ve had more time in NXT UK. Bate winning makes sense, he’s also back and needs some momentum. Kemp’s blindside attack definitely earns him a match with both of them in turn, probably winning against Axiom but losing to Bate.
Really good stuff out of the NXT Tag Division tonight, too. The opener of Creeds VS Indus Sher was good, though I feel like maybe they’re going for too real of a fight feel. Julius just came off like he forgot the match flow they discussed. But it was a clever move to have Indus Sher win because of the mishap with Ivy. This will add something more to the Diamond Mine story, and Indus Sher really should be climbing up the rankings. Especially with everything going on in the title story.
Great Triple Threat main event, and as great as all three teams are, it makes sense Chase U won. New Day is Face, Gallus and Pretty Deadly are Heel, so there needed to be another Face team. There’s intrigue in the Chase U story and it can play out in the Fatal 4. And Indus Sher being Heels, if New Day retains (or even if Chase U wins), that’d be a great program going to Stand & Deliver.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/31/23)
Orlando stays Dark!
Universal Studios is still the AEW Dark Arena!
As they prepare to go after the AEW World Trios Championships, AR Fox & Top Flight reunite to take on The Wingmen: Peter Avalon, Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi!
- Six Man Tag: AR Fox & Top Flight VS The Wingmen; Fox & Top Flight win.
- Red Velvet VS Sofia Castillo; Velvet wins.
- Zack Clayton VS Fulton; Clayton wins.
- Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. w/ Arn Anderson VS Rosario Grillo & Dean Alexander; Anderson & Pillman win.
- Skye Blue VS Renee Michelle; Skye wins.
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- The Workhorsemen VS Liam Gray & Adrian Alanis; The Workhorsemen win.
- Angelico w/ Serpentico & Luther VS Konosuke Takeshita; Konosuke wins.
A solid line-up, and I like that we’re getting to see Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. in action together after a backstage promo on Elevation not too long ago. Not sure what the team name is but two second generation stars together is a logical combination. Angelico VS Konosuke, that is going to be a great match, but I give the win to Konosuke. Red Velvet is in action again after also being on Elevation, she’s definitely building momentum towards taking on Jade Cargill for Jade’s 50th match. And good to see Shane Taylor Promotions in action here. They’ll be a strong part of the ROH Tag Team Division, even after having lost to Keith Lee after Swerve abandoned Keith.
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