It’s a battle of the brands!
Before battling for the Women’s Money in the Bank contract, Raw’s Asuka, Liv & Bliss team up against SmackDown’s Lacey, Raquel & Shotzi! Which side comes out with momentum going into Las Vegas?
- 10 Man Battle Royal: Happy Corbin wins.
- The New Day VS The Viking Raiders; No Contest.
- Six Woman Tag: Asuka, Liv Morgan & Alexa Bliss VS Lacey Evans, Raquel Rodriguez & Shotzi Blackheart; Asuka, Liv & Alexa win.
- Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Fatal 4 Way Qualifier: The Miz VS Happy Corbin VS Mad Cap Moss VS Ezekiel; Moss wins and advances to MITB.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Men’s Money in the Bank participants are in the ring, and on ladders.
Drew McIntyre, Matt Riddle, Sami Zayn, Sheamus and Seth Rollins are high above, but Omos is standing on his own without a ladder since he’s already gigantic. Phoenix is fired up but there is still one ladder open, representing the remaining seventh spot. Rollins welcomes everyone to the show, and says we’re starting off on ladders because MITB is right around the corner! Rollins feels he can speak for everyone here- McIntyre says, “Whoa, whoa, whoa, sweet child of mine, you do not speak for Drew McIntyre.” Riddle says yeah, Rollins doesn’t speak for Drew. Well okay BRO~!
Rollins was just going to say that whoever wins the MITB contract tomorrow, “we can all agree that the best place to cash in is SummerSlam, when Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns beat the hell out of each other in a Last Man Standing Match!” And since Rollins has done it before, he can tell you that it’s like taking candy from a baby. Now whether it’ll be a tiny Samoan baby or a tiny Beast baby- Okay, okay, bro, we get it. But Riddle says he’s rooting for Roman. So that Riddle can cash-in and beat that “disgusting, despicable dirt bag, bro!” Sami says that is NOT gonna happen!
Sami reminds us all of something: The Honorary Uce is in this match! And what that means is that Sami will climb the ladder, grab the briefcase, and that contract stays in house with the Bloodline! As long as Sami has the contract, that means Roman Reigns will be safe from the vultures. MVP says Sami once again impresses him with his idiocy! In fact, they’re all idiots! You don’t see this literal giant here? And Vegas, appropriately, is saying Omos’ 7’3″, 300 pound frame is the odds-on favorite to win! There is nothing anyone can do to stop that! So it doesn’t matter what happens with Lesnar and Roman, OMOS will be the Last Man Standing at SummerSlam!
Sheamus says he sees what MVP means. If Roman is the “Last Lad Standing,” then Sheamus will be over the bleedin’ moon, cuz he already cashed in on Roman! But if it swings the other way and Mr. BRRROCK! LESNARRR! Is the last one standing, then Sheamus is going to have to switch Lucky Charms for Wheaties, because that’s a whole different bowl, lads. McIntyre says, “Speak for yourself, Fella.” McIntyre beat Lesnar before, and in under five minutes. And tomorrow night, McIntyre beats all of these guys to win the MITB briefcase. But wait, The Miz makes his way out here? No one understands why but Miz has a smirk on his face and a mic in his hand.
“Drew, do you remember the last time I held that contract? I successfully cashed it in on you.” Miz is the ONLY Two-Time Mr. MITB in this company! Miz deserves to be in this match tomorrow night! But then out comes EZEKIEL! Fans fire up and Zeke says in case there’s anyone who doesn’t know who he is, he is Elias’ younger brother. And Zeke was supposed to have a qualifier with Kevin Owens, so if anyone deserves to be in this match, it’s him. And now Bum Ass- Er, Happy Corbin is here. Corbin tells Zeke that he is as dumb as his brother. And Miz, Corbin won this contract before, too. And no one, and he means no one, is as lucky as Corbin in Vegas!
But here comes MAD CAP MOSS! Moss tells Corbin that we were supposed to be done with jokes. The thought of Corbin squandering the contract again is hysterical, though. But no worries. Corbin won’t have the chance, because Moss is stepping up to take that last spot! Everyone argue about who is in and out, and Adam Pearce comes out to calm everyone down. He feels the tension, but he has a way to blow it off. Here’s a preview of the MITB match itself. Let’s move the ladders out, for a good ol’ fashioned BATTLE ROYAL! And it starts right now! A battle royal!? For a spot? The seventh spot or someone else’s spot? We’ll have to wait and see, after the break!
10 Man Battle Royal!
It seems this is just about asserting dominance before going for the grand prize! Will it be someone already in the Men’s MITB Ladder Match who comes out on top? Or will one of the hopefuls use this to prove their worth?
The bell rings and Riddle rushes Omos! Rollins is after Zeke, Corbin is after McIntyre, Omos throws Riddle off but Sheamus and Moss try! The Miz and Sami, wily as ever, hang back and watch things unfold. Miz stomps Riddle down, Zeke CLUBS Rollins and Omos CLUBS Sheamus! Zeke tries to lift Rollins up and out and Moss goes after Miz, and Riddle jumps onto Omos’ back! Sheamus kicks Omos low, Sami still stays the odd man out. Omos throws Riddle off, CLUBS Sheamus down, Miz turns things around on Moss, only for Moss to turn things around on Miz! McIntyre throws Corbin at the ropes but Corbin holds on desperately!
Sami stomps Riddle while he’s down, throws him over the ropes, but Riddle clings to ropes! Zeke dodges Miz’s chop to CHOP Miz! McIntyre ROCKS Miz, CLUBS Corbin, CHOPS Miz, then CHOP him again! Omos digs his knees into Moss, Sheamus CLUBS Rollins, and McIntyre CHOPS Miz again! McIntyre throws Miz over the ropes but Miz holds on! McIntyre tries to scrape Miz off but Miz rakes eyes! Omos fires off elbows on Zeke in the corner! Miz bumps McIntyre off buckles, Rollins fires off on Moss. Omos CLOBBERS Zeke up and out and ELIMINATES him! Omos taunts everyone else while MVP talks some trash, too.
Riddle and Sheamus fight at the ropes, McIntyre fires off on Miz! Omos is after Moss but Moss throws hands! Fans fire up but Omos KNEES Moss low, throw him out and ELIMINATE him! The Nigerian Giant has cleared out two would-be contenders, and then Sami feeds Miz to Omos! Omos TOSSES and ELIMINATES Miz! MVP says that’s his guy doing the heavy lifting! Riddle fires off on Omos but Omos KNEES him down. McIntyre dares Omos to bring it, and fans fire up as the two stare down. Omos is a head taller but McIntyre fires off haymakers! Omos choke grips, grinds Mcntyre down, but McIntyre powers back up!
Fans fire up as McIntyre breaks Omos’ grip and ROCKS him with haymakers! Omos HEADBUTTS McIntyre down! Sheamus fires off hands on Omos now but Omos whips him to a corner. Omos back elbows Sheamus, then he looks at Sami. Sami says hold on, he helped him with Miz. Sami throws hands but Omos CLUBS Sami down! Omos spots Rollins but Rollins looks up at the briefcase. Rollins says screw it, and ELIMINATES himself! Rollins can’t lose his spot, so he doesn’t need to fight. But Riddle goes out under the ropes, to RKO Rollins!! Fans fire up, but Omos drags Riddle back up onto the ropes!
Riddle squirrels around to get a HANGING ARMBAR!! Sheamus and McIntyre help out, they DUMP and ELIMINATE Omos!! Phoenix is thunderous while the Celtic Connection stares down, and SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns, Sheamus has Sami in a corner but Riddle CLOBBERS him from behind! Riddle fires off forearms and CHOPS! McIntyre and Corbin brawl, Sami scurries away, but Riddle fires off KICKS on Sheamus. Riddle runs side to side to forearm smash! Riddle runs the other way, dodges Sami’s cheap shot, but Sheamus CLOBBERS Riddle! Corbin digs his boots into McIntyre, and he stares Pat McAfee down over the SummerSlam challenge. Sami and Sheamus double whip Riddle up and out, but Riddle holds onto the ropes! Sami tries to kick Riddle off the apron but Riddle holds on and makes it back in!
Corbin throws McIntyre over! McIntyre holds on, he and Corbin brawl more! HOTSHOT sends Corbin floundering away! But then Sami CLOBBERS McIntyre! Fans rally for Riddle and he counter punches Sheamus at the ropes! Riddle CHOPS, slingshots, and fires off haymakers and body shots! Riddle KICKS, Sheamus blocks and short arm LARIATS! Sami and Corbin try to work together against McIntyre, and then Corbin helps Sheamus with Riddle. McIntyre just feeds off Sami’s haymakers, and then Sheamus throws hands on Sami! McIntyre CHOPS Sami, bumps Sami off buckles, then fires off fast hands!
Sheamus has McIntyre move aside, and now Sheamus fires hands on Sami! Fans taunt “BUM ASS CORBIN!” as he goes after Riddle. Riddle kicks Corbin away from the corner, and leaps, into a choke grip! CHOKE SLAM BACKBREAKER! Riddle writhes while McIntyre TOSSES Sami! Sheamus kicks Sami to ropes, drags him up from under the bottom rope, and he gives him Beats of the Bodhrain! McIntyre goes after Corbin in the corner, and then Riddle lurks behind Sheamus. Sami stops the Bodhrain to HOTSHOT Sheamus, and Riddle fireman’s carries! BRO TO SLEEP! Fans fire up and Riddle hits a BROTON!
Sheamus staggers to ropes, Riddle brings him up but Sheamus CHOPS him. Sami and Corbin mug McIntyre. Riddle and Sheamus brawl, Riddle BOOTS then dodges Sheamus to POWERSLAM! Sheamus ends up on the apron, Riddle brings him through the ropes, DRAPING DDT! Fans fire up and Riddle is hearing voices, bro! RK- NO, Sheamus denies Riddle and Riddle goes over the ropes! Riddle ROCKS Sheamus back, but Sheamus BROGUES Riddle down and ELIMINATES him! Fans boo but Sheamus grins, only to turn around into a CHOKE SLAM from Corbin! Sheamus is down but Corbin helps Sami mug McIntyre again.
Corbin brings McIntyre up so Sami can throw body shots and haymakers. Sami talks some trash, runs, but McIntyre BOOTS him! McIntyre elbows Corbin, fires off elbows and forearms on both of them, but Corbin waistlocks. They end up in a corner, Sami runs in, HELLUVA KICK hits Corbin! Corbin dodges Sami to hit a NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up with McIntyre’s kip up! McIntyre aims from a corner, counts it down, BROGUE from Sheamus!! Sheamus grins again and he hauls McIntyre up. Sheamus tosses McIntyre up and out but McIntyre holds on! McIntyre hammers Sheamus away, but Sheamus runs in, but the Brogue misses!
GLASGOW KISS HEADBUTT! Sheamus staggers away, McIntyre gets back in, and he LARAITS! McIntyre rallies on Sheamus, whips him to ropes, and hits the OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! And then another OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Sami LEAPS in, but into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! McIntyre gives Sheamus FUTURE SHOCK! Fans fire up with the Scottish Warrior but Sami throws him at the ropes! McIntyre holds on, elbows Sami away, then dodges Sami to CLAYMORE!! McIntyre tosses and ELIMINATES Sami! Sheamus goes after McIntyre but McIntyre tosses him over! Corbin DUMPS them both and WINS!!
Winner: Happy Corbin
That Bum Ass wins like a jackass! But will this get him any closer to the MITB contract? Or will Corbin just have to settle for the ego boost?
Backstage interview with Happy Corbin.
Kayla Braxton congratulates him on the win and he says this is great! Do you see how happy he is? Corbin is so happy that he is fartin’ rainbows! He eliminated Drew, Sheamus, Seth (uh, no…), he eliminated EVERYONE! (Bigger no.) But did you see those pathetic looks on the fans’ faces? Just imagine those at home! It was amazing! And he knows no one will stop bitching or complaining about who he is or how great he is! Kayla points out McAfee’s SummerSlam challenge. Corbin stops being happy and seems speechless. Is it going to be a yes or a no from Corbin about taking on McAfee in Tennessee?
Backstage interview with Natalya.
Megan asks her about last week’s harsh comments from Ronda Rousey. Natty says that is all Ronda has left! She’s bashed Natty’s charisma, her looks, like Ronda is the one to talk. Natty’s seen the movies Ronda’s been in. And she understands why Hollywood isn’t knocking anymore. But while Ronda has made her snide comments, Natty’s seen nothing but fear in her eyes. Natty sees fear because she knows the Sharpshooter hurt Ronda, and that Ronda isn’t 100% physically. That is why Ronda is lashing out like a child. Ronda can make fun of Natty and her “rack” all she wants, it won’t get to her.
Natty will take Ronda down, putt her in the Sharpshooter, and make Ronda tap out! And she’ll be the first person to do that ever, and become a TWO-TIME SmackDown Women’s Champion! The only thing Ronda will be left holding is her 10 month old baby. Is this Natty making a promise? Or her own way of lashing out for what Ronda said?
The New Day VS The Viking Raiders!
Xavier Woods & Kofi Kingston, as well as the Skyscraping Shanky, were blindsided by the RAID! Erik & Ivar are back with a new and more violent edge, will they cut down the former ELEVEN TIME WWE Tag Team Champions? Or will Woods & Kofi prove that the Power of Positivity will never be stopped?
SmackDown returns and Woods has the mic to shout out Phoenix, Arizona. “It’s ya bois, the NEW~ DAY~!” And Kofi says there ain’t no better place to be in June than Phoenix, BAAABYYY~! Wait, Kofi, June is over. It is? Julying! HA! Fans laughed, they understood the joke! Pay up! Woods hands over a sweet $5 over that one. But Kofi says they are the guys who, when you come to a show, they make sure fans have a good time. And last week, everyone wanted to see a human skyscraper dance machine. New Day gave us that with Shanky! Shanky was cuttin’ a rug, hitting his thing, it was a great time. Until them damn Viking Raiders ruined it! RUINED IT!
Yes, boo them. Boo louder! Louder!! And to be honest, last week, it was not a good Viking Experience. But they get it. Now they’re being serious Vikings. The new VICIOUS Vikings, the dangerous Raiders! But if they’re dangerous, maybe… “Let’s get dangerous!” So then, serious, newly vicious Viking Raiders, bring your Asgards out here so they can send you to Helheim! BECAAAAUSE! NEW! DAY ROCKS! NEW! DAY ROCKS! And war horn blows, and here comes Ragnarok! Erik & Ivar indeed are vicious as they snarl their way to the ring. The ref wants the teams to sort out but they’re all staring down instead.
Woods offers the mic to the Viking Raiders, and then drops it! To then throw hands! Fans fire up as the brawl is on, but Erik CLOBBERS Kofi with his shield! Ivar CLOBBERS Woods with his! Erik CHOKES Kofi, Ivar hammers away on Woods! Then a feed to the SHIELD BASH from Erik!! Fans boo as the Viking Raiders then CLOBBER Kofi back down! Erik & Ivar don’t care about the match, and they decide to keep going! They haul Kofi up, to DOUBLE POWERBOMB him down! Erik drags Woods over to be beside Kofi so that the Vikings can stand over both of them. The Viking Raiders head out, will they lay waste to the SmackDown Tag Division?
Adam Pearce stops the arguments backstage.
He has The Miz, Moss, Corbin and Ezekiel all stop shouting. Kevin Owens cannot compete, which Zeke says should be grounds for him being in MITB. Corbin says who cares about that, Corbin just won that battle royal! Miz says he was on The Today Show at 5 AM! He traveled 2500 miles just to be here! Moss says he’s just happy to be here period. Pearce says each of them has a case but there’s only room for one. The four of them are in a Fatal 4 Way, win and you’re win! Moss and Zeke are good with that. Will this bring Corbin’s mood back down given the odds aren’t in his favor?
Six Woman Tag: Asuka, Liv Morgan & Alexa Bliss VS Lacey Evans, Raquel Rodriguez & Shotzi Blackheart!
It’s Raw VS SmackDown in a battle of six of the seven Women’s MITB participants! Will no one be ready for the Empress, the Living End and the Five Foot Fury? Or will the Model Soldier, Big Mami Cool and the wild child defend home turf before going into the ladder match?
SmackDown returns as Team SmackDown makes its entrance. The teams sort out and Shotzi starts against Asuka, but here comes Becky Lynch! The Man struts out with a mic to say, “Welcome to the Big Time! You know nothing important until Big Time comes around, and here I am in all my brilliance! Sorry, Phoenix, though, you’re gonna have to wait, though. I’m sitting this one out. After all I’ve been through to qualify, to finally get into the MITB Ladder match? No, no, no. You’re gonna have to wait to see me fight. And I’m not letting any of you snakes try to take me out, because I know that’s what you’ll do because I’m the biggest threat in this match!”
Fans are torn but Becky says instead, she will just lend her expertise to the commentary table to sit with Pat and “Mihal.” So go ahead, fight for her, ladies, give her something entertaining. The bell rings, Shotzi and Asuka circle and fans rally up. They approach but Shotzi avoids the grapple, and then she avoids a backhand! And another! Shotzi goes back to the SmackDown corner, and she argues with her team. Fans rally as Lacey tags in, and she circles with Asuka. They tie up, Lacey arm-drags Asuka but Asuka jumps the sweep. Lacey ducks the backhand, waistlocks, then whips Asuka hard into the corner.
Raquel tags in, she and Lacey set Asuka up for a SPLASH, then a HEADSTAND BRONCO BUSTER! Raquel covers, TWO! Raquel hauls Asuka up but Asuka fires off hands! Asuka sunset flips but Raquel stays up. Asuka dodges the elbow drop to SLIDING KICK! Tag to Alexa and fans fire up. Alexa smiles as she stares down with Raquel. Alexa does her best to look bigger as she struts around, and then she realizes she’s cornered. Raquel smiles back as she keeps Alexa caught, puts her in the corner and SPLASHES! Raquel whips corner to corner hard, then brings Alexa back up to scoop. Alexa kicks and gets free, only to get run over!
Fans fire up with Raquel and she puts Alexa in the corner. Alexa avoids the boot, tags in Liv, and fans really fire up for the double toehold! And double basement dropkicks! Liv covers, TWO! Liv brings Raquel up but Raquel blocks the whip. Raquel whips Liv, but Liv RANAS! Fans fire up and Liv runs into the corner, to SHINING WIZARD! Liv shoves Raquel away, runs back in, but no Code Breaker! Shotzi tags in as Raquel TOSSES Liv, then Shotzi covers, TWO! Shotzi stomps Liv, drops an elbow, then stalks Liv to ropes. Shotzi runs, CANNONBALL against ropes! Cover, TWO! Shotzi CLUBS Liv, whips her to a corner, then runs in, only for Liv to give her BROKEN WINGS!
Liv hurries after but Shotzi bails out of the ring. Fans boo and Shotzi wants Team Raw to stay back. She doesn’t want Lacey bothering with her, either, but Lacey says Shotzi should get in the ring. Liv builds speed while they argue, and she DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp but perhaps double-edged! Raquel hurries over but Asuka HIP ATTACKS her, and Alexa CANNONBALLS! Team Raw is in control as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again and Asuka fights against Raquel’s chinlock. But Raquel CLUBS Asuka down, then drags her up to RAM her with shoulders. Raquel brings Asuka up again, but Asuka gets away! Alexa tags in, she dodges Raquel to KICK away on Raquel’s leg! Alexa SLAPS, ROCKS, KICKS and SHOTGUNS Raquel down! Fans fire up with Alexa and she eggs Raquel on. Alexa KICKS her in the leg again, then LEAPS, but into Raquel’s arms! Shotzi tags in while Raquel carries Alexa. And then Shotzi trips Raquel to make her POWERSLAM Alexa! Shotzi is practically fighting her own teammates! Cover, TWO!
Raquel is upset but she has to exit. Shotzi stomps Alexa, drops a leg splitting leg drop, then covers, TWO! Shotzi drags Alexa up, whips her to a corner, then runs in to SPLASH! Shotzi laughs and goes up the corner to reel Alexa in. HANGING HEADSCISSORS! The ref counts, Shotzi lets go at 4, and Alexa sputters as she reaches for her corner. Shotzi brings Alexa around but she won’t tag her partners. She snap suplexes Alexa into buckles! Shotzi stomps away, lets off at 4, but fans rally for Alexa. Shotzi drags Alexa up, bumps her off buckles, then goes corner to corner, to run into an elbow! Alexa BOOTS Shotzi, goes up and hops on, CODE-
NO, Shotzi holds off Code Red, but Alexa powers it through. Shotzi slips through to get a BOSTON CRAB! Alexa endures, fans rally up, and Alexa reaches for her corner. Shotzi keeps on the hold, but Alexa turns over to kick away at Shotzi! Shotzi is sent flying, hot tag to Asuka! Asuka fires off on Shotzi, whips her but Shotzi reverses. Asuka HIP ATTACKS Lacey, dodges Shotzi and runs to run Shotzi over! Asuka is fired up and so is Phoenix as she runs in at Shotzi. Shotzi BOOTS Asuka then ENZIGURIS, only for Asuka to get the ANKLE LOCK!! Shotzi fights, Asuka reels her in, GERMAN SUPLEX! Asuka runs to BASEMENT HIP! Cover, TWO!!
Fans fire up while Asuka demands Shotzi get up! Asuka drags Shotzi away, reels her in and waistlocks. Shotzi elbows Asuka away, but Asuka runs in. Shotzi dodges, Liv tags in! Asuka ROUNDHOUSES Shotzi, Liv hits the CODE BREAKER! Cover, Raquel breaks it! Alexa and Asuka DOUBLE SHOTGUN Raquel! Lacey gives Alexa a WOMAN’S RIGHT! Asuka BACKHANDS Lacey! Shotzi kicks and tosses Asuka! Shotzi says SHE is going to win MITB, but then turns around into ObLIVion!! Cover, Raw wins!!
Winners: Asuka, Liv Morgan & Alexa Bliss, by pinfall
Phoenix is loving it as Liv snatches the win for her team! But will this be a sign of Liv finally winning the big one?
But then Becky slithers in to MANHANDLE SLAM Asuka!! Big Time Becks won’t let anyone get ahead of her! Will we see the MITB contract go Big Time?
Sonya Deville meets with Adam Pearce.
She wants to talk with him about last week. He says that’s fine. Sonya says what Pearce did was wrong. She just wanted an opportunity and he put her in a handicap match! And she knows he got flack for it, because she filed a formal complaint. Yes, he knows that. Sonya still says he was in the wrong, but she knows this is going to be wrong, too. She SLAPS Pearce!! Is Sonya pushing Pearce to abuse his power the way she used to? Or will Pearce turn the other cheek for the greater good?
The Usos are here!
Jimmy & Jey, the Undisputed Tag Team Champions, are here ahead of Money in the Bank because on Raw, the Street Profits won the right to name a stipulation. But before that, it’s an… Ask Them Anything Q&A session? How deep are we going to go into the minds and lives of Jimmy, Jey, Ford and Dawkins? We’ll find out, after the break.
SmackDown returns as the Profits make their entrance. Kayla is already in the ring, as she will be the moderator for this “ATA.” Kayla starts by noting these four men will battle for THE Undisputed Tag Team Championships, but they are allowing the fans to ask them truly anything. To start with the Usos, “How fearful are you of losing your titles tomorrow night? And are you even more fearful of how your cousin, Roman Reigns, will react if you do?” Wait, let’s get this right. Out of all the questions the fans could’ve asked they went and asked if they’re afraid? Do they look afraid? This right here is confidence, Uce! The Bloodline runs all the damn shows!
Ford laughs and says y’all know damn well, Roman Reigns runs the show! The Usos just run to the grocery store. Jey will run his foot down Dawkins’ throat! Kayla has everyone calm down, this is about the questions. Profits take their turn. “It has been nearly a year and a half since the Street Profits have held WWE gold, and in that time, you lost one of the greatest opportunities of their career at WrestleMania. Have the Profits lost that killer instinct?” And there’s a part two! “What is this about them not getting along?” Aww… Wait, where are they getting that from? Dirt sheets? Probably. Tez ain’t just a teammate, he’s a brother.
And killer instinct? They’ve had a killer instinct ever since they got drafted back to Raw. Hell, they have it whenever they get in the ring with the Usos! But hey, make no mistake, partners. These two know all about the legacy and everything that was laid forth for teams like the Profits themselves. All the way back to High Chief Peter Maivia to the Wild Samoans to the Usos doing the dirty dirty! That’s respect. But as much as the family has prepared the Usos for everything in life, they did not prepare y’all for this hungry, starving Street Profits! Come Saturday~, the Profits are getting those titles under the bright lights! The Usos’ legacy comes to an end, and the Profits’ legacy BEGINS!
Jey tells Tez to be careful what comes out of his mouth about legacy. Jimmy & Jey know what everyone says about the Profits. “Street Profits got the potential to beat the best tag team in the WWE.” But y’know what? Usos actually like the Profits. “They walk like us. Talk like us. Move like us. Groove like us. But here’s the thing, though! They’re NOT us! And on Saturday, it’s lit now! The Usos are up, and WE WANT THE SMOKE!” Dawkins and Ford like the sound of that, too! Because the Profits gonna beat the Usos’ asses tomorrow! And at MITB, the Profits will be the NEW Undisputed Tag Team Champions! Y’all the twos, #WeTheOnes!
The belts are raised as all four men stare down. But have the Profits seen the future? Or will the Bloodline still run everything?
Max Dupri meets with Adam Pearce.
Dupri, getting in real close again, says he is so excited for this. The whole WWE Universe is excited! Because finally, we will see what we’ve been waiting for. We will see the magnificence of Maximum Male Models. The showcase is next. And Dupri lets out a long, “Yes…!” Will Max’s clients live up to the hype?
“Please welcome the founder of Maximum Male Models, Max Du-PRI!”
Max is already in the ring with the spotlight and he thanks the fans. “This is a momentous occasion. Maximum Male Models is the agency that is based on its passion and love of fashion that will be displayed by the most virile, athletic men in all of fashion. This moment is upon us, and so without further ado, allow me to introduce our first. You know him as Mace, but until he found his love of fashion, you can now call him… Maçè. And yes, the former monster of Retribution is now strutting his way out on the red carpet catwalk, showing off his angles.
Max says MMM is not about a line, skin and bones, or physique, but synergy, muscularity. Maçè is 6’6”, with sloping shoulders and slim waist with breathtaking 42 inch inseam. Just look at the ratio and the perfect proportions. Ladies and gentlemen, Maçè. Fans boo as Maçè heads to the back. Max says his next model is Mansoor, but no more. He has found his love for fashion, and he is now… Mansôör! Mansoor even has a fashionable fanny pack as he struts out. Mansôör is the epitome of what MMM is after. His overall aura, his heartthrob looks, and his statuesque physique. Mansôör is suave! He exemplifies the most important ingredient: charisma!
Fans boo again as Mansôör takes his leave. Male fashionistas will surely be clamoring to join MMM, but they shouldn’t bother, unless they have the same qualities as Mansôör and Maçè. The clients of MMM pose together now, and Max says they embody the creed, “To titillate the juices of your guilty pleasures!” Was this really worth the wait? Will Maçè and Mansôör at least still wrestle like Mace and Mansoor?
Backstage interview with Ronda Rousey.
Megan brings up what Natty said about seeing fear in Ronda’s eyes. Oh, how creative. It has been fun for Ronda to teach Natty how to promote a fight, and how to count. Ronda’s baby is nine months old, not ten, even though she is advanced for her age. But as a former friend, Natty should’ve remembered Ronda’s baby was born back in September. But Natty can still count on tapping out to the Armbar at MITB. Ronda kept it short and sweet, will she make it quick and painful when she goes after Natty in Vegas?
Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Fatal 4 Way Qualifier: The Miz VS Happy Corbin VS Mad Cap Moss VS Ezekiel!
Each man wants in on the MITB Ladder Match, and each man will have to fight for that seventh and final spot! Will it be a matter of luck or skill when it comes to that last ticket to Vegas?
SmackDown returns as Zeke makes his entrance, followed by Corbin. The bell rings and Miz rushes Moss only to miss, and Corbin goes after Zeke! Corbin puts Zeke in a corner, Moss fires off on Miz and Corbin fires off on Zeke. Moss bumps Miz off buckles, Zeke turns things around on Corbin. Moss whips Miz to ropes while Corbin hits Zeke back. Miz reverses the whip, but Moss leaps! Miz ducks and the FLYING LARIAT hits Corbin! Miz rolls Moss up, TWO! Moss gets around Miz, Zeke goes up, FLYING SUNSET FLIP makes Moss GERMAN SUPLEX Miz away! Zeke covers Moss, ONE! Moss and Zeke stare down and fans fire up.
Moss and Zeke tie up, Zeke headlocks but Moss powers out. Zeke ducks and then kicks the back drop away to scoop and SLAM! Zeke runs, things speed up, Moss hurdles then CLOBBERS Zeke! Zeke gets up but Moss is after him. Zeke flops out of the ring and Corbin gets in to knee and forearm Moss to a corner. Corbin fires off body shots, then runs corner to corner, into Moss’ BOOT! Moss goes up and hits a FLYING SHOULDER! Fans fire up but Miz CLOBBERS Moss! Miz stomps Moss, drags him up to bump off buckles, and throws knees. Corbin helps Miz mug Moss, then Corbin goes corner to corner to SPLASH!
Miz says he gets a turn now. Miz soaks up the heat, runs corner to corner, but Corbin CLOBBERS Miz! Corbin runs back at Moss but Moss dodges. Corbin slides out, but Zeke ROCKS Corbin! Zeke fires off forearms and then clotheslines Corbin over the barriers! Fans fire up, but Miz throws Moss out. Zeke helps Moss up, Miz runs in but misses! He gets pinballed between Moss and Zeke then they SMACK him off the desk! Corbin RAMS Moss into steel steps, elbows Zeke away, then choke grips Miz to drag him out of the ring. Miz breaks free, fires body shots, but Corbin ROCKS Miz to hit an APRON BACK SUPLEX!
Corbin choke grips Zeke to stare McAfee down before the CHOKE SLAM to the desk! Even McAfee is wincing while SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again as Moss counter punches Miz! Miz wobbles, Moss ROCKS him again and again and again! Moss whips, Miz reverses but Moss ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Miz! Fans fire up, Corbin gets in but gets a FLAPJACK! Moss catches Miz for a back suplex into a CLUBBING SLAM! Cover, Corbin breaks it! Corbin rains down fists on his former friend, then he drags Miz up to toss out. Miz holds onto ropes, slides back in and tries to sunset flip Corbin. Moss gets Miz’s legs, and he CATAPULTS Miz to LOW BLOW Corbin! Corbin’s not so happy there! Moss turns him for the PUNCHLINE! Cover, Zeke breaks it!
Zeke drags Moss up, throws hands then whips, but Moss reverses. Zeke ends up in a corner, he elbows Moss away and hops up. Zeke leaps, CROSSBODY but Moss rolls through! What power! Then the FALL AWAY SLAM! Miz hits a FLYING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! All four men are down and Phoenix rallies up! Miz stands while Moss and Zeke sit up. Miz smirks as he fires off IT KICKS back and forth! Miz then powers up, to BUZZSAW Zeke! And then BUZZ- No, Moss blocks! But he swings into the A-LIST COMBINATION! Cover, but Corbin breaks it! Miz kicks Corbin into a corner! Miz runs corner to corner, into a DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO!
Corbin is furious, but he refocuses and drags Zeke up. Corbin throws haymakers, Zeke throws them back! Fans rally as Zeke gets the edge but Corbin knees low. Corbin whips, Zeke goes up and MULE KICKS Corbin away! Zeke CLOBBERS Corbin, POSTS Moss, and then SPLASHES Miz! SPLASH for Moss! SPLASH for Miz again! Corbin choke grips, but Zeke JUMP KNEES him down! Cover, TWO! Miz is a little late, his ax handles club Corbin! Zeke dodges Moss to SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up but Miz runs in. Zeke sends Miz to a corner, then Electric Chair Lifts! Miz slips off, full nelson, SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!! Cover, Corbin drags Miz away!
Corbin RAMS Miz into barriers, hurries back in the ring, and he has Zeke all to himself. Corbin stares at McAfee but McAfee tells the bum to focus. END OF DAYS for Zeke!! But Moss POSTS Corbin! Cover on Zeke, Moss wins!!
Winner: Mad Cap Moss, by pinfall (advances to MITB)
A bit of luck, skill and a lesson learned from Corbin, Mad Cap is in the Bank! Will Moss be able to have the last laugh on everyone when he wins that prized contract?
Go-Home Syndrome, my old friend. You’ve come to screw up once again. Because just… Ugh… All things considered, the “gold ol’ fashioned” Battle Royal was a lot of fun, but it meant nothing. It was just so Corbin could have a win while considering his feud with McAfee, and then have all that momentum taken away by him losing tonight’s Fatal 4 Way. That Fatal 4 Way was a lot of fun but it should’ve happened by default when those four guys came out to stake their claim. The others could’ve been in a Six Man of Riddle, McIntyre & Sheamus VS Rollins, Sami & Omos, and we could’ve seen an impact on go-home math. It still feels like Rollins is winning this anyway.
Moss winning the main event was a great surprise, because for one, better than Corbin since he has McAfee to focus on. It was better than Miz winning because he’s got Logan Paul to focus on, and we don’t necessarily need the tease of him becoming a three-time Mr. MITB. And while it would’ve been great for Zeke, Zeke “and his brothers” can wait for Kevin Owens to return from whatever undisclosed injury or issue he has so that they can settle their feud on the way to SummerSlam. Hell, that feud’s finish feels like it deserves to be at SummerSlam so this all works out in the end. I would love for Zeke’s biggest win ever, and Kevin’s biggest meltdown ever, to be on a show as big as SummerSlam.
Natty and Ronda had decent promos to keep their momentum going, but this is totally Ronda’s match to win. Sonya Deville’s interaction with Pearce and her slapping him was more impactful on their story, though. I do feel like Sonya should egg Pearce on until he snaps, and then there is a question of who is in charge of RawDown, with Sonya facing a female proxy like Raquel or Lacey. The Six Woman Tag was a lot of fun, and I like the unique take on dysfunction Team SmackDown had with Shotzi tripping Raquel like that.
But in the end, Raw wins to give all the Faces momentum, and then Becky goes after Asuka to at least cancel out that math. Becky technically stands tall, does that mean she’s out of the running? Fans would definitely love if Liv won, she got a great reaction tonight. But maybe Becky defies the math to becoming Ms. MITB, because I am still betting on the power couple of her and Seth. The New Day VS Viking Raiders being a No Contest was alright. I don’t think it added anything to the feud, as opposed to what a great tag match would’ve given. We know New Day can give us great matches, we know Viking Raiders can give us great matches, so let them give us a great match on the go-home!!
I don’t know why the final face-off of Usos and Profits turned into a group AMA, other than Vince and his team are idiots. Did they not four days ago set up the idea that the Profits get to name a stipulation for the tag title match? Did they forget about that idea in just four days? Or did they decide that they didn’t actually want to do that because Vince is becoming more fickle and impulsive as the walls are closing in? And even the Profits questioned someone suddenly questioning their bond as a team. What half-assed, rushed attempt at foreshadowing a break-up is that? We’re just lucky the Usos and Profits are great on the mic or this would’ve been a train wreck.
Speaking of, the train wreck of tonight was the Maximum Male Models segment. Granted, I don’t think the reintroduction to “Mansôör and Maçè” was going to go any different than this, but the extra weeks of waiting is what made it garbage. They were the ones rumored to be joining “Max Dupri” all along because of house show appearances, so why delay? Just give us their debut last week, and then they can have their first match here tonight against some Phoenix local wrestlers. Why wait until after a PPV to get things going for what is clearly a cringe comedy gimmick created by the king of cringe entertainment?
My Score: 7.9/10
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
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As they prepare to go after the AEW World Trios Championships, AR Fox & Top Flight reunite to take on The Wingmen: Peter Avalon, Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi!
- Six Man Tag: AR Fox & Top Flight VS The Wingmen; Fox & Top Flight win.
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- Zack Clayton VS Fulton; Clayton wins.
- Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. w/ Arn Anderson VS Rosario Grillo & Dean Alexander; Anderson & Pillman win.
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- 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.
And good to see AR Fox & Top Flight in action, and against The Wingmen. For one, good to see Avalon, Nemeth & Bononi teaming all together again. And this will be a good match to build momentum for Fox & Flight.
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