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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (8/30/22)

Which boys are on top?



Will Gallus crack under the pressure from Diamond Mine?

Gallus made the jump from NXT UK to NXT USA, and they want to make all of this their kingdom! But will the Creed Brothers & Damon Kemp be on top?


  • Apollo Crews VS Grayson Waller; Waller wins.
  • Kayden Carter & Katana Chance VS Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley; Kayden & Katana win.
  • Mixed Six Tag: Josh Briggs, Brooks Jensen & Fallon Henley VS Pretty Deadly & Lash Legend; Pretty Deadly & Lash Legend win.
  • Andre Chase w/ Bodhi Hayward & Thea Hail VS Charlie Dempsey; Chase wins.
  • Zoey Stark VS Kiana James; Stark wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Diamond Mine VS Gallus; Gallus wins.


Apollo Crews VS Grayson Waller!

The premiere of the Grayson Waller Effect was a success, in that the 21st Century Success Story got on the nerves of his guest. And now, as Waller makes his entrance, he gets the mic to speak. Only for Apollo to cut him off! Will Waller just have to settle for using his actions to speak for him? And will Apollo do what we all want to do and shut Waller up?

The bell rings, the two tie up and Apollo waistlocks. Waller switches, Apollo wrenches out but Waller spins through and wristlocks. Apollo pries free to wristlock and wrangle Waller down. Waller rolls, wrenches, but Apollo switches it around to headlock. Waller powers out, Apollo goes up and over and handsprings! Fans fire up but Waller mockingly applauds. Waller then runs, into an arm-drag! Apollo has a top wristlock but Waller stands up. Apollo wrenches, Waller wrenches, repeat. Apollo whips, Waller goes up and arm-drags to a cover, ONE! Waller shows off with drop steps, then he sidesteps, only for Apollo to run him over!

Things speed up, Waller hurdles but Apollo blocks the hip toss to LARIAT! Waller staggers but Apollo bumps him off buckles! Apollo bumps Waller off more buckles, then DECKS him! Apollo whips Waller to a corner, and Waller bounces off buckles into a back drop! Fans fire up and Apollo smiles. Apollo enjoys the fans chanting for him, but Waller JABS him! Waller storms over, whips Apollo but Apollo reverses. Apollo hurdles, drops and DROPKICKS Waller down! Apollo does drop steps even smoother than Waller! Apollo takes a bow as fans cheer, then he kicks Waller. Apollo whips Waller to CLOBBER him!

Apollo looms over Waller, gives the trash talk back, then CLUBS Waller. Apollo suplexes and he holds Waller up! Fans fire up as Apollo holds Waller for the count of 10, then 15, then SLAMS him down! Apollo goes to the apron and slingshots to senton! Cover, TWO! Apollo forearms, whips, and scoops but Waller slips off! Waller may have gotten Apollo in the eye, too! The ref has Waller stay back and he checks on Apollo. Apollo bails out and fans jeer Waller. Medics check on Apollo’s eyes, will he be able to continue? NXT goes picture in picture while Waller taunts Apollo.

Apollo blinks but his eyes are still bothering him. Waller paces and Apollo says he’s good. Apollo gets in the ring but Waller BOOTS him down! Waller fires off in the corner with forearms and elbows, then whips him corner to corner hard! Apollo bounces off buckles and Waller stomps him down. Waller CHOKES Apollo on the ropes but lets off as the ref counts. Waller glares at the fans but Apollo kicks back. Waller CLUBS Apollo, whips him corner to corner, then runs in to SPLASH! Apollo sits down and Waller digs his knee in! The ref counts, Waller lets off, and Waller soaks up the heat while the ref checks on Apollo,

Waller drags Apollo up, whips him to ropes, but Apollo ducks ‘n’ dodges to sunset flip! But Waller stays up, turns Apollo over and drops an elbow! Waller KNEES Apollo to a corner, then cravats for a neck wrench. Waller throws shoulders into Apollo, then KNEES him down! Waller backs off to go up the corner and walk on the rope. BALLER ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Waller is annoyed but he stalks Apollo to the ropes. Apollo CHOPS Waller, then CHOPS him again! Waller storms up to Apollo to JAB him in the ribs! Waller then brings Apollo out to suplex, but Apollo blocks! Apollo turns it into a cradle, TWO! Waller CLOBBERS Apollo!

Waller KNEES Apollo in the back, then drives elbows into Apollo’s neck and shoulder. Apollo resists so Waller drives in more elbows! Waller lets off to soak up the heat, and then he turns Apollo around to cravat. Apollo endures but Waller snapmares. NXT returns to single picture as fans boo Waller. Apollo endures and fans rally up. Waller leans his weight on the hold but Apollo still fights up. Apollo snapmares free then counter punches Waller! And CHOPS! And ROCKS! Waller dodges and sends Apollo to the apron, but Apollo DECKS him back! Apollo slingshots to senton, INTO A SLEEPER! Waller has body scissors but Apollo fights up!

Fans fire up and duel as Waller smothers Apollo! Waller rains down forearms onto the back of Apollo’s head and neck! Cover, TWO!! Apollo is still in this and Waller is frustrated. Fans taunt Waller, but Waller says HE runs NXT! Apollo doesn’t belong here anymore! Waller dodges the body shots but not the ENZIGURI! Fans fire up as Waller wobbles. Waller manages to fireman’s carry, but Apollo slips off and gets to a corner. Waller runs in, but Apollo dodges to ENZIGURI again! Apollo then LARIATS Waller, and again! Apollo whips, and LEAPING LARIATS! Fans fire up as Apollo kips up!

Apollo roars and runs corner to corner to SPLASH! Apollo pushes Waller away to then goes up and BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Waller survives but Apollo isn’t stopping there! Apollo trophy lifts, but Waller gets to the apron! Waller HOTSHOTS Apollo, then somersaults in, STUN- NO, Apollo does his best to hold Waller off, but Waller pokes the eye!! STUNNER!! Cover, WALLER WINS!!

Winner: Grayson Waller, by pinfall

Waller takes advantage of damage done by accident, and he blinds Apollo in the end! Will Waller use anything and everything to win and reach the top of NXT?


Diamond Mine fires up backstage.

If Gallus thinks they’re hooligans, that’s fine! We all know they’re pussycats, and this is going to be a dogfight! Is Damon Kemp hungry? Starving! Brutus says the Coffey Brothers ain’t got nothing on the Creed Brothers! But then Roderick Strong walks in and says that he knows they still don’t trust him, but he got security footage from the ceiling cameras! It’ll show- Julius says the only thing that those will show is that he doesn’t trust Strong! They’ve gotta get ready for the Six Man Tag that they’re going to dominate, because they trust each other! Trust?! After everything they’ve been through?! Forget this!

Strong storms off and Kemp says even he doesn’t trust Strong anymore. Brutus says that’s the nail in the coffin! But then Ivy Nile and Tatum Paxley walk in. She tells them that this is enough. While the boys have been arguing like children, she & Tatum have been training for a shot at the NXT Women’s Tag Titles. Tatum’s face needs a brace because of Ivy’s training, and they’re teammates. So the boys need to stop being petty and get it together. The Creeds & Damon agree. Will all of Diamond Mine be united when the pressure is on?


Bron Breakker is in the locker room.

And Finn Balor walks in?! The Prince stares the NXT Champion down, and he knows Bron knows who he is. And that means Bron knows Finn is the guy who held that title for more days than anyone. Finn made that title the industry standard for who is the best. Now, it is Bron’s responsibility to hold up that lineage. But Finn likes Bron, so he’ll give Bron some advice. Finn’s beaten guys twice as big as him. “So on Sunday, don’t underestimate the moment, and don’t underestimate your opponent. Good luck.” Finn leaves, but will this pressure break or make Bron when Worlds Collide?


Kayden Carter & Katana Chance VS Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley!

KC Squared are the NEW NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, and they believe they’re the one true tag team in all of the WWE Women’s Division! But with the Diamond Pitbull and Power Lifter coming for them, and Toxic Attraction watching from the lounge, will the party last much longer? Or will it only turn up from here?

NXT returns and the Diamond Mine makes their entrance. The teams sort out and Ivy starts against Kayden. They circle, tie up, and go around. Ivy waistlocks, SLAMS Kayden down, then rolls her around. Kayden fights up, Ivy SLAMS her down again. Cover, ONE, but Ivy waistlocks again. Ivy flips around to sunset flip, TWO! Kayden has the prawn hold, TWO! Ivy swings, Kayden dodges to Eddy Gordo Kick! Ivy flounders away to the KC corner and Kayden SPLASHES! Tag to Katana, she holds Ivy in place for Kayden’s DROPKICK! Katana then waistlocks Ivy and tags Kayden back in. Ivy switches but Katana sweeps the legs! Kayden ghost pins, TWO!

Toxic Attraction is not impressed but that could just be their arrogance. Ivy shoves Kayden away but Kayden comes back to waistlocks. Ivy blocks that to SLAM Kayden down! Tag to Tatum and Ivy runs in to CALF KICK! Tatum whips Ivy back in for a forearm SMASH! Then Tatum scoops Kayden to squat and SLAM! Tatum STANDING MARIPOSAS! Cover, TWO! Toxic Attraction mockingly applaud while Tatum brings Kayden up. Kayden rolls Tatum, TWO! Tatum DROPKICKS Kayden away! Kayden goes to ropes, Tatum whips but Kayden slips through the ropes to get around, O’Conner Roll! TWO, and Kayden springboards to dropkick Tatum down! Cover, TWO!

Kayden is frustrated but she keeps on Tatum with a chinlock. Tatum endures, fights up, but Kayden drags her away. Katana tags in, KC Squared double whip, trip and BOOT! Then Katana slingshot sentons! Cover, TWO! Wait, Gigi & Jacy have left the lounge. That can’t be good. Tatum whips Katana but Katana RANA, only for Tatum to block! Tatum tosses Katana away, Katana dodges, and then DOUBLE LARIATS take both women down! Fans fire up while Tatum and Katana crawl. Katana gets Tatum’s leg, but Tatum ENZIGURIS! Kayden tags in, and while the ref isn’t looking, Gigi trips up Ivy!

Tatum BOOTS Kayden away but Ivy is nowhere to be found! Jacy shows up to distract Tatum, Tatum swings on her but misses! Kayden SUPERKICKS Tatum while Ivy fights off both Gigi & Jacy! But Katana tags in, Tatum is on the HIGHLIGHT REEL!! Cover, KC Squared wins!

Winners: Kayden Carter & Katana Chance, by pinfall

Give a toxic assist to Toxic Attraction! Tatum & Ivy regroup and Katana gets the mic. “Ladies, don’t worry, we’ll do this again soon. Now, we set out to be fighting champions. But we have defeated all the teams here in NXT to get our hands on these titles.” Kayden says that they did, and points out that NXT UK has NO Women’s Tag Teams! So tell ’em, Katana! It’ll be a party in the parking- WAIT!! “Doudrop” Piper Niven is here!? As is NIKKI A.S.H!! The Celtic Connection of Monday Night Raw is here on NXT! They get in the ring with the champs, and fans chant “Welcome Back!”

Piper says, “Now, I love a good party, just as much as you ladies do. But… How about instead of dancing in the parking lot, on Sunday, we do a little dance right here in this ring?” And Nikki says they’ll do it for the NXT Women’s Tag Team titles!! KC Squared shake hands, and the match is on! But Piper & Nikki don’t let the champs go, they make sure they stare them all straight in the eye. Will Piper & Nikki go from almost WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions to the duo that douDROPS the beat?


Kiana James is in her office.

She’s yelling at someone about business, and then a message is brought in. Tell “Jared at Schumer” to get it done! And thanks, Gia. Kiana says that unlike her opponent tonight, Zoey Stark, she knows how to get things done. Zoey had her chance at the NXT Women’s Championship and blew it. And she was so beat up from that, she couldn’t compete in the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament. Zoey ruined that for herself and Nikkita Lyons. What a liability. Nowadays, we have a term for those who can’t escape poor performance: “Tryhard.” Zoey suffers from the delusion of adequacy. But leave it to Zoey to overpromise and underdeliver.

After tonight, it will be a long, long time before Zoey gets another title opportunity. Kiana then gets back to business. Did he get it done? Yes? Good. Will Kiana handle her business and do as she promises? Or will Zoey show us who the real tryhard is around here?


The Schism speaks.

Joe Gacy says, “We are about to have a Great Recognition Ceremony, which allows more branches to grow, more opportunities for those searching for direction.” Cameron Grimes may be rich in wealth, but time is money. And the time has come for Grimes to decide his future. “The offer is yours to accept.” But will Grimes accept what Gacy is offering? Or will he reject it with major Cave-In?


Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams arrive.

NXT Media catches up with them, but he says unless this is about his opponent for Worlds Collide, there’s nothing to talk about. And never talk to them again! Well then, is Melo expecting a day off this Sunday? Or is he asking NXT to come up with someone to face him?


The Schism is in the ring.

NXT returns as they stand on a podium, and Gacy says, “Great things happen when worlds collide, but longing things bloom when worlds come together. Thankful to the NXT Universe can bare witness to tonight’s Great Recognition Ceremony. Seven days ago, the Dyad proved that our way of life is undeniable. Rip Fowler, Jagger Reed, by defeating Legado del Fantasma, two men from a fractured family, you scored a victory for everyone that lives in harmony. And for that, you will be rewarded.” Gacy has smiley face buttons, and says these represent the great strides each of them have made. And the great recognition each of them have earned as they climb higher into the Schism’s tree.

Reed thanks Gacy for affirming what they now know to be true: “Together, we are gracious. Together, we are whole.” Rip says together, they have been recognized. Gacy’s virtues and teachings have empowered them to see that there is inner strength when they are together. Gacy is inspired by their growth, and their ascension only allows more space in the grass for others to find their home under the tree. Grimes, they see you wandering around aimlessly and lonely. They have a special seat for him to come and join them. Follow their footsteps! Surprisingly, Grimes does make his way out here!

Fans cheer Grimes on as he makes his way to the ring. Grimes gets himself a mic and Gacy says it’s so good to see him! Grimes says he didn’t come out here to be part of their celebration. But he does need to talk with Gacy. These last few weeks, they’ve been following him and asking him to join the group. Grimes has an answer for them. Then tell us, Cameron! Grimes says the more he thinks about it, the more it just all makes sense. He doesn’t NEED them! Grimes doesn’t need anybody to go TO~ THE~ MOON~! Gacy frowns and says Grimes’ loneliness is killing him. Grimes says these words, but just beneath the surface is nothing but misery!

Gacy understands that it is tough to go all in and lose. Grimes, you are one of the toughest superstars in NXT, but you wear a mask that hides all of your insecurities. Grimes lost the North American Championship, he fell victim to Bron Breakker, and he must admit that The Schism is right. They will leave him alone if he admits he is lonely. Oh, the bad part is, Gacy is right. Grimes lost the North American title, he lost to Bron, but more importantly: he got himself in those situations and he can do it again! Cameron Grimes don’t need nobody! So before things get worse, he’s leaving.

Gacy says this is another night without a title, without a family, and without a father. Grimes stops in his tracks and storms back up! The Dyad try to stop him but they get thrown out! Gacy handsprings, but instead of hitting his lariat, he HUGS Grimes! Grimes shoves him away, the Dyad gets in again, but Gacy has everyone stand down. Grimes leaves, but will The Schism get him to give in?


Roxanne Perez speaks.

“It’s hard to look back at the happiest moments of my life, and realize the person who I shared them with is someone I don’t even recognize anymore. When Cora hit me, I literally felt my heart break into two. Going into Heatwave, I wanted nothing more than to hurt Cora as much as she hurt me. But when I had the chance, I couldn’t bring myself to do it. In that moment, the memories we made, the secrets we kept, the dreams we shared, ran through my mind. And I paid for it. Lesson learned. Next time, there’s no hesitation! Cora’s and my friendship is over, but Cora and I are not.” When and where will Roxie come back for her revenge?


Tyler Bate is backstage.

And Fit Finlay says hello! Fans are happy to see Finlay, but it seems Finlay’s got a call for Bate on the line. It’s Pete Dunne! But this call is not for pleasantries. They were just kids when Bate beat Dunne in Blackpool to first become NXT UK Champion, but don’t forget that Dunne took it from him in Chicago. So Bate knows better than anyone that the UK title represents hard work. So on Sunday, unify the titles for the memories of NXT UK, for the future of NXT Europe, and for British Strong Style. Bate says thanks, mate. Bate looks at the belt on his shoulder. Will the Big Strong Boy be the one carrying the banner forward after Worlds Collide?


Mixed Six Tag: Josh Briggs, Brooks Jensen & Fallon Henley VS Pretty Deadly & Lash Legend!

There’s been beef between the good ol’ boys and the former NXT UK Tag Team Champions, as well as the Cowgirl having beef with the WNBA star. But will #CountryStrong stand tall going into Worlds Collide? Or will these #DeadlyLegends dunk on them with style?

The trios sort out, and it’s ladies first! Fallon and Lash tie up, go around, but Lash puts Fallon on ropes. Fallon pushes back but Lash bops her on the head. Fallon SLAPS Lash then KICKS her down! Cover, ONE! Fallon storms up but into a knee! Lash KNEES again, scoops Fallon and dribbles her in the ropes! The ref counts, Lash lets off at 4 to TOSS Fallon away. Fans boo but Lash talks trash on Fallon. Lash drags Fallon up, whips her hard into a corner, then back drops her on the rebound! Lash claps at Fallon then taunts Jensen. Lash drags Fallon up but Fallon dodges the clothesline to clothesline Lash out!

Fallon goes to the apron to CROSSBODY! Direct hit and down goes Lash! Fans fire up with Fallon and she puts Lash in the ring. Fallon storms up but Lash scurries away to tag in Kit Wilson. Fallon dares Kit to do something but Kit calls out Briggs. Fallon SLAPS Kit first, then tags Briggs! Briggs DECKS Kit, whips him to ropes, but Kit reverses. Things speed up, Briggs turns the hurdle into an atomic drop! And a POUNCE! Fans fire up with Briggs but Kit grabs his leg. Briggs drags Kit up but Kit stomps a foot! Kit knees low, CLUBS Briggs, then tags in Elton Prince. Prince goes up and leaps, into a bigger atomic drop!

Tag to Jensen, the good ol’ boys whip and back drop Prince together! Fans fire up, Kit runs in but is thrown back out! Fallon gets in, she dodges Lash to then get a boost to ENZIGURI Lash out! Jensen and Briggs give Fallon a whip and a boost to FLY and wipe out #DeadlyLegends! Fans are thunderous as NXT goes to break!

NXT returns and Prince fights up in the armlock. Prince throws body shots and CLUBS Briggs, but Briggs blocks the whip! Prince kicks low but Briggs still blocks! Briggs whips, Prince ducks ‘n’ dodges, but get a SIDEWALK SLAM and a SPLASH! Kit sticks his neck in, Briggs swipes at him but Kit gets away. Lash talks trash on Briggs and Prince rams into Briggs! Kit tags, they leap frog and DDT! Fans fire up while Briggs writhes. Lash taunts Briggs as Kit rains down fists! Kit then covers, TWO! Briggs SLAPS Kit so Kit stomps Briggs! Kit ROCKS Briggs, Briggs ROCKS Kit and Prince! Kit ROCKS Briggs again, then kicks low!

Briggs fires off big hands, Kit DECKS Briggs! Kit grins, drags Briggs into a neck wrench, then he ELBOWS Briggs down. Fans rally, Kit runs in to back elbow! Tag to Prince, Kit holds Briggs in and Prince uppercuts! Prince taunts Jensen then blows a kiss. Prince CLUBS away on Briggs then drags Briggs back up. Prince throws elbows down, then CHOKES Briggs on the ropes. Fans rally, the ref counts and Prince lets off. But Kit HOTSHOTS Briggs, and Lash gets a cheap shot in! Jensen & Fallon are furious, but that only distracts the ref from seeing Kit CHOKE Briggs! Prince goes after Briggs with stomps, then he tags Kit.

Pretty Deadly mugs Briggs, then Kit EuroUppers! Brings clinches but Kit fires off more uppercuts! Briggs starts giving them back! Kit trips Briggs, headlocks and he fires off palm strikes! Fans boo but Kit slaps Briggs around. Briggs SLAPS Kit! Kit ROCKS Briggs! Kit headlocks and he leans on the hold, but fans rally as Briggs endures. Briggs fights up, has Kit as a backpack, but Prince tags in before Briggs DUMPS Kit! Prince CLOBBERS Briggs and rains down forearms! Prince clamps on the sleeper to hold Briggs down. But Briggs fights up again, has Prince as a backpack now, and he reaches out! Hot tag to Jensen!

Jensen BOOTS Prince, rallies on him with forearms, and he JABS, JABS and ROLLING ELBOWS! Atomic drop into the corner, and then a SPLASH to a BULLDOG! Jensen keeps moving, FAMOUSER! Fans are thunderous again and Jensen wants Prince to get up. Jensen runs but Kit hits him! Jensen DECKS Kit, runs at Prince, DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! Fans rally as Prince holds Jensen’s foot! Jensen crawls, reaches, the boot comes off! Prince hurries to grab the leg but Jensen BOOTS Prince out! But wait! Gallus storms out! Security blocks the way, but Briggs rushes Gallus first!

Fallon rushes in and fires off on Lash while Jensen is shocked seeing Briggs fight Gallus 3v1! But Prince runs in and CLOBBERS Jensen and Joe Coffey with the cowboy boot! O’Conner Roll, #DeadlyLegends win!

Winners: Lash Legend & Pretty Deadly, by pinfall

But no time to celebrate, the brawling spills into the ring! Gallus, Briggs & Jensen, Pretty Deadly, it’s all over the place! Will Gallus be able to cool down and regroup for their own 3v3 match later?


Mandy Rose is on the phone.

She wants to know where Gigi & Jacy ran off to. But then she’s visited by SHAYNA BASZLER! The Queen of Spades smirks at Mandy, and asks, “Problem with the sidekicks?” Mandy says no, just making sure they’re all on the same page. Shayna knows what that’s like, right? Shayna knows what it’s like to hold onto that NXT Women’s Championship. Mandy’s well aware. Mandy will be passing Shayna up like she has everyone else. Shayna will be surprised if Mandy even makes it past Worlds Collide. Uh, doesn’t Shayna have her own title match to worry about this weekend?

Liv’s already lost, because we all know Shayna’s going to tear her apart limb by limb. The only choice Liv will have in the matter is which limb it’ll be. Mandy may say she’s the Baddest Bitch in the Game, but when Shayna held that title, it wasn’t even a discussion. Everyone knew. Mandy, on the other hand, it is always a debate. But Mandy had better be the one to unify those titles for both the brand, and for herself. If not, everything she’s said the past year is garbage. Shayna leaves, will Mandy also have to live up to the expectations of the past?


WWE looks back at the origins of Connor’s Cure.

In 2014, Connor’s Cure was established to honor the life and memory of young Connor Michalek to help find a cure for pediatric cancer, so that no one else would have to go through the pain he did. After his passing, he was enshrined as the inaugural recipient of the Warrior Award for his bravery, love and hope. Through Connor’s Cure and V Foundation’s funding, they’ve awarded $4.5 million in grants and helped over 500 families worldwide. The WWE Universe has come together offering hope in the mission to kick cancer’s butt!


Backstage interview with JD McDonagh.

McKenzie notes that the last time we saw the Irish Ace, he was hanging upside-down while recovering from his match with Bron Breakker. You saw that? Well, of course, everyone saw that. And it seems everyone has an opinion on JD’s “experiment” with pain and the limits of the human body. Take Wes Lee, for example. He said JD is creepy. But JD gets it. To someone like Wes, such a meticulous self-care regimen is unorthodox. “But every single second is accounted for. Mind, body, heart, all designed to be without weakness. Intrusive thoughts? Muted. Agony can be dealt with. Internal anguish is nothing you need to concern yourself with.

“Can you imagine what it’s like to have a resting heartrate of 40? Or focus your mind beyond such petty things as feelings? I’d rather be like me and be a little… creepy… Than be like Wes Lee and be emotionally fragile.” Does McKenzie agree? Uh, sure… Will the Necessary Evil prove to the Must-See Kid that emotions are needless baggage in pro-wrestling?


Andre Chase w/ Bodhi Hayward & Thea Hail VS Charlie Dempsey!

The Professor wants the gritty grappler from Blackpool to learn a little something in restraint and self-control, but Dempsey says everyone in NXT has a thing to learn about wrestling. Who will be handing out the #TeachableMoment here tonight?

NXT returns as Dempsey makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, clinch, Dempsey headlocks and hits a takeover. Chase keeps his shoulders up but Dempsey headscissors him. Dempsey holds tight as Chase moves around and headstands to the headscissors! Dempsey tries to kip free but Chase holds tight! Dempsey moves around, turns Chase over and bridges back tot hen roll and hook Chase up. BOW ‘N’ ARROW, but Chase pops out to a cover! ONE, and the two circle again. Dempsey lunges in but Chase brushes him off. Fans rally for Chase as he and Dempsey knuckle lock for a test of strength!

Dempsey powers Chase back, monkey flips him, then rolls back. Chase holds off the cover and monkey flips back! Chase and Dempsey are both down, TWO as they get an arm up. TWO as they get the other arm up! TWO as they both bridge! Fans fire up for this great exchange, and both men stand. Dempsey breaks, wrenches, trips and steps through but Chase boots him away! Things speed up, Chase hurdles and hip tosses! Fans fire up and Chase says this is a TEACHABLE MOMENT! Dempsey is pissed, but he rushes into a wrench. Chase hammerlocks, Dempsey wrenches, Chase wrenches back, and repeat.

Chase hammerlocks again but Dempsey elbows out. Chase ROCKS Dempsey! Dempsey ROCKS Chase! And EuroUppers! Chase falls but Dempsey dares him to get up. Fans fire up for Chase but Dempsey underhooks him. BUTTERFLY SUPLEX, with a bridge! TWO!! Dempsey clamps onto an arm but Chase clasp hands. Dempsey digs an elbow into the shoulder to get the chicken wings! CATTLE MUTILATION!! And Dempsey moves around with it!! Chase endures, Dempsey shifts to a Fujiwara but Chase gets up. Dempsey KNEES him down, then brings him up again. Chase deflects the uppercut to JAB! And JAB! And DISCUS!

Chase hits an atomic drop, then he whips Dempsey to ropes. Dempsey reverses, Chase reverses back, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Fans fire up and they spell Chase U along with the stomps! And then a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO!! Dempsey has the arm and the FUJIWARA! Chase rolls but Dempsey has the KNEEBAR!! Chase flails, reaches, but Dempsey shifts to an STF!! Chase endures again and Bodhi is there coaching him! But then Dempsey gets Chase’s arm! Dempsey glares at Bodhi and BOOTS him away! Dempsey goes out to ROCK Bodhi and gut wrench suplex him to the floor!

Dempsey gets back in the ring, but Chase gets his leg to a cradle! CHASE WINS!!

Winner: Andre Chase, by pinfall

Chase wins and shocks Dempsey! Dempsey did learn something tonight: focus on your opponent and nothing else! Will Dempsey get payback on Chase U


Meiko Satomura arrives.

And Alba Fyre is there! She looks at Meiko and says the title looks good on her. Meiko says she did win it from a great champion. Then win again on Sunday. Meiko says she will. Will the Fire Starter and all of NXT UK be made proud by The Final Boss?


Tyler Bate now encounters GUNTHER!

The current WWE Intercontinental Champion was NXT UK Champion once, and he wants to remind Tyler that that title has a legacy. Gunther is the longest reigning NXT UK Champion in history, so at Worlds Collide, Tyler needs to bring the Tyler that fought him for 45 minutes in Cardiff. Tyler must beat Bron and unify the titles. European wrestling depends on it. Tyler nods, and the pressure keeps piling up!


Zoey Stark VS Kiana James!

Maybe the Iron Woman of NXT did push herself too hard with the NXT Women’s Championship match at Heatwave before even getting a shot at the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament. But will Stark show Kiana that you don’t improve if you don’t push past your limits? Or will Kiana use her brain power to prove that Zoey’s value as she approaches her limit is zero?

NXT returns as Kiana makes her entrance. The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, then Kiana pushes Zoey away. Kiana taunts Zoey but Zoey pushes her back! Zoey eggs Kiana on, then dodges her to CLOBBER her! Kiana flounders and fans fire up as Zoey runs in. Zoey uppercuts, runs and slides, then comes back. Kiana puts her on the apron but Zoey ROCKS her, sweeps the legs, and ARABIAN SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Kiana bails out, but Zoey builds speed to slide! Kiana avoids the dropkick but Zoey ELBOWS her away! Zoey puts Kiana in, runs at the corner, but Kiana sends her into buckles!

Kiana stomps away on Zoey, digs her boots in but lets off as the ref counts. Kiana drags Zoey to a cover, ONE! Kiana pushes her down for another, ONE! Kiana tries again, ONE!! Kiana is furious but Zoey kicks her low. Kiana shoves Zoey down to drop an elbow! Cover, TWO! Kiana is frustrated but she clamps onto Zoey to trap the arms. Fans rally as Kiana clamps on a top wristlock. Zoey fights up, throws body shots, but Kiana knees low. Kiana whips Zoey to a corner, runs in but Zoey dodges to roll her up, TWO! Zoey drags Kiana up but Kiana WRINGS the arm! Cover, TWO! Kiana is shrieking but she clamps back onto the top wristlock.

Fans rally as Zoey endures again. Zoey fights up, but Kiana wrangles her back down. Fans continue to rally, Zoey fights up and arm-drags free! Zoey ROCKS Kiana, CLOBBERS her, then CLOBBERS her again! Zoey ROCKS, ELBOWS, mule kicks and powers up, SLIDING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Zoey is annoyed but Kiana survives. Zoey drags Kiana up, fireman’s carries, but Kiana grabs ropes! Kiana slips off to ROCK Zoey, then throws her down by her hair! Kiana sets up, STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Kiana is beside herself, but she brings Zoey up. Zoey SUPERKICKS Kiana, and shouts, “MY ABILITY MY ASS!” GO TO STARK!! Cover, Stark wins!

Winner: Zoey Stark, by pinfall

Kiana didn’t calculate for the intangibles of aggression and determination, and she just got told! Kiana goes to use her tote bag but LYONS SPEARS Kiana! Kiana was talking some trash on Lyons, too, so she’s got two bad women united against her! Will Kiana have to go back to the drawing board for this business plan?


Backstage interview with Blair Davenport.

McKenzie says she has everything to gain and nothing to lose at Worlds Collide. She is the #1 contender and challenger in that Triple Threat, and she could walk out the UNIFIED NXT Women’s Champion. Blair says NXT UK and NXT were built off their Women’s Divisions. But of all the superstars and legends that have competed in that ring, no one has done what Blair will this Sunday and that is unify the two titles. The Davenport name will be exactly where it’s supposed to.

Wait! RHEA RIPLEY is here! And the Nightmare isn’t just any superstar. She’s the only one who has held both the NXT and NXT UK Women’s titles in her career. She’s a history maker! Hell, Rhea built both brands when she grabbed them by the balls and made them hers! And on Sunday, Blair has the opportunity to make history and carry on the legacy here. She looks confident. Don’t screw this up! Rhea just made sure the gothic heiress is also aware of her place in history. Will Blair use this “encouragement” to take it all for her own?


Nathan Frazer speaks with…?

“Seth Rollins comic book. Classic. Well, I am somewhat biased, but I am hyped for Worlds Collide. NXT UK VS NXT, it’s like I have no idea who to root for, because I’ve been on both brands. I guess you don’t have that problem.” It’s AXIOM! Yeah, guess not. Axiom didn’t get a chance to see what it’s like over in NXT UK. A real shame. Axiom looks at the camera. Well, maybe their worlds could collide in a friendly competition. Since he has no idea. Yeah, that’d be cool. And somehow, Frazer’s sure Axiom would’ve loved it there.

They do these matches called British Rounds Matches for the Heritage Cup. Frazer isn’t suggesting they do one of those, because there are rounds and that’s a UK thing that might confuse Axiom. Though, Axiom is really good with numbers so he could catch on pretty quick. Axiom stops Frazer there, and suggests they do a best of three as a compromise. Deal! Then they trade comic books. Will Frazer figure out a way to best Axiom? Or will he learn just how good Axiom really is?


Six Man Tag: Diamond Mine VS Gallus!

The Creed Brothers & Damon Kemp put Roderick Strong in his place, but now they look to do the same to the gang that jumped them weeks ago. Meanwhile, the Coffey Brothers & Wolfgang look to prove that no matter where in the world they are, NXT is still THEIR Kingdom! Who will be on top this close to Worlds Collide?

NXT returns and Diamond Mine makes their entrance. The trios sort out and Julius starts against Joe. The big brothers circle, tie up, and then break. They egg each other on, tie up again, and Julius waistlocks to SLAM Joe! Julius rolls Joe from the corner, but Joe fights up to get the ropebreak. Julius lets off but Joe throws elbows and body shots! Julius blocks one to HALF HATCH Joe away! Fans fire up and Brutus tags in. The Creeds feed Joe to a fireman’s carry takeover, then Brutus clamps onto an arm. Joe fights up but Brutus keeps him from Gallus. Joe throws body shots, but Brutus wrenches and whips.

Joe goes up and around to UPPERCUT Brutus! Tag to Mark and the Coffey Brothers double wrench, pop-up and CHOP! Mark clinches, whips, but Brutus holds ropes. Brutus knees low, CLUBS Mark down, then gut wrenches to carry Mark around for the suplex! Tag to Kemp, feed to the wiastlock but Mark switches. Kemp bucks the O’Conner Roll but Mark UPPERCUTS Kemp! Kemps taggers up, he scoops Mark and hits a FALL AWAY SLAM! Mark tags out to Wolfgang, and Kemp welcomes his UK drinking buddy to the USA! They circle, talk some trash, and fans fire up as they fire up! They tie up, Wolfgang wrenches, RAMS and CLUBS the shoulder, then wristlocks.

Kemp rolls, wrenches, spins and waistlocks to SLAM Wolfgang down! And then again! Wolfgang reaches out but Kemp keeps him from the Coffeys. Kemp RAMS Wolfgang into the corner, tags Brutus, and Brutus headlocks. Wolfgang throws body shots but Brutus ROCKS Wolfgang back. Brutus headlocks, Wolfgang powers out and they ram shoulders. Brutus runs, then flips through the hip toss?! Brutus then TACKLES Wolfgang and rains down fists! Julius and Kemp intercept the Coffey brothers, and now all of Diamond Mine SMASH! Fans fire up as Diamond Mine tosses Gallus aside, and NXT goes picture in picture!

Gallus is furious and Diamond Mine dares them to come back. The ref has everything calm down, and Gallus talks strategy. Wolfgang slides in, stares Brutus down, but he tags Mark. Mark runs into a fireman’s carry takeover! Brutus has the arm but Mark fights up. Brutus brings Mark around, tags Julius, and he feeds Mark to a fireman’s carry takeover. Julius clamps onto the arm and grinds Mark down, but Mark fights up. Julius tags Brutus back in, and Julius drop toeholds Mark to throw a knee! Brutus jams his knee in, then brings Mark around. Kemp tags in, he fireman’s carry takeovers, and he clamps onto the arm.

Mark fights his way up, but Kemp powers him back to the Diamond Mine corner. Brutus tags back in, RAMS into Mark, then wrenches the arm. Mark throws a forearm, whips Brutus but Brutus reverses, only for Mark to KICK him and ROCK him! Tag to Joe, the Coffey Brothers mug Brutus, and Joe DECKS Brutus with a left. Joe drags Brutus up, snapmares and facelocks to then cravat and neck wrench. Brutus endures, fights around, and NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally, Brutus throws body shots but Joe cranks the cravat. Joe throws knees, but Brutus back drops him away! Tag to Julius and he dodges Joe to then CHOP BLOCK!

Julius deadlift HALF HATCHES Joe! Fans fire up and Julius suplexes again. Joe cradle counters, TWO! Julius has a headstand, to then deadlift Joe again! Julius SLAMS Joe down! Julius gets a leg and has the ANKLE LOCK! Joe claws his way forward, ROPEBREAK! Joe has the apron skirt, Gallus drags Joe out to safety! Julius goes out the side, Mark ducks so Julius DECKS Wolfgang! Julius puts Joe in, then box jumps like he’s a little Brock Lesnar! But Mark trips him up with the apron skirt! Julius tumbles into the ring and Joe tags Mark in! Fans boo but Julius and Mark brawl! Mark gets around to HALF NELSON SLAM! Cover, TWO!

Mark KNEES Julius down, HIP DROPS him, then tags Joe. Joe KNEES Julius, stomps him, then keeps him from Diamond Mine. Joe KNEES and CLUBS Julius, then covers, TWO! Joe clamps onto the shoulders then gets the arms for a straitjacket! Fans rally and Julius fights up! Julius powers out of the hold and turns it around onto Joe! Joe RAMS Julius into the corner, Wolfgang tags in! Snapmare and BASEMENT SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Wolfgang facelocks and grinds Julius down. Fans rally again and Julius fights up, to power Wolfgang back! Wolfgang holds on tight, but Julius keeps trying!

Julius is close but Wolfgang ELBOWS Brutus away! Wolfgang whips Julius to the Gallus corner, but Julius elbows Wolfgang away! Julius also DECKS Joe, but Wolfgang runs in! Julius dodges the splash! Mark tags in and rushes after Julius, but Kemp tags in! Kemp rallies with big haymakers! Fans fire up as the Diamond Gopher fires off body shots! Kemp whips, CLOBBERS Mark, then hauls Mark up for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Joe gets in but Kemp ROCKS him! Kemp whips Mark to a corner, Mark bounces off buckles and into Kemp’s LARIAT! Fans are fired up with Kemp as he roars and storms around!

Kemp drags Mark up, scoops, but what is Roddy doing out here? Roddy insists they all have to listen to him! He has the truth! Kemp tells him to get his ass outta here! Security guard Hank steps in and Kemp slaps Roddy’s phone away. Kemp says that’s not needed! He STOMPS the phone! Roddy is furious, but Joe tags in! Kemp sees Mark and scoops, SPINEBUSTER! Wolfgang runs in, Kemp throws him out, and turns around into ALL THE BEST FOR THE BELLS! Cover, Gallus wins!!

Winners: Gallus, by pinfall

Roddy thinks he was helping, but he just COST his team! And now Pretty Deadly rushes out to beat up on the NXT Tag Team Champions! Gallus wants after Pretty Deadly, too, and security guards rush in to stop this! The three teams are separated, but here come the NXT UK Tag Team Champions!! Jensen is using his boot as a weapon! It’s a four team melee and fans want to “Let Them Fight!” Wait, the rest of the locker room is spilling out here to join in!

Backstage, Bron is loving what he’s seeing!

But then TOMMASO CIAMPA sits with him!! Don’t worry, Bron, this will be quick. Ciampa sure did a lot in his time in NXT. But nothing is more important than his time with “Goldie.” May he? Bron lets Ciampa hold the belt. “There is a certain responsibility that comes along with holding this title. A certain passion that she embodies. The NXT title and the NXT brand, they mean the world to me. Ciampa says this is Bron’s world now.” And at Worlds Collide, Bron has the chance to make history. The pressure, the anxiety, the fear of failure, Ciampa says that is all normal.

This Sunday, Worlds Collide, when that bell rings, embrace it! Represent this brand and the title! Add to your legacy! Add to OUR legacy! And more important than anything else, Bron: win. WIN. WIN!! Will the words of the Blackhearted be the most motivating of them all?


Melo & Trick interrupt commentary.

Vic, shut up! Y’all wanna talk about Worlds Collide but there’s a big problem with it: No Melo! But they’re going to address that, after the break. What will the North American Champion have to say on the doorstep of history?


Quincy Elliot speaks.

“Hi, I’m Quincy Elliot, and I have a confession to make. Growing up, everyone always thought they knew what I was, and everyone always thought they knew who I am. But they don’t know me at all. The WWE Universe is about to find out exactly who Quincy Elliot is. I mean, look at me. I’m flier than a reindeer in the winter, and I am coming to change the game. The old saying is life ain’t perfect. But y’all don’t live the life of Quincy, the Super Diva.” Will Quincy pick the perfect time to make his debut?


BREAKING NEWS for Worlds Collide!

After the brawls throughout the night, it will be a FATAL 4 WAY to UNIFY the NXT and NXT UK Tag Team Championships! The Diamond Mine VS Briggs & Jensen VS Gallus VS Pretty Deadly, only one team can be THE team in NXT!


Melo & Trick head to the ring.

The A Champion and his best bud get the mics and have the music cut. “Every week, Melo comes out here and puts on banger after banger after banger, and for some reason, he’s not on Worlds Collide?” Well there is no premium event without THE premium superstar, The A Champion! They usually laugh and tell jokes, but not tonight! Trick wants Melo to tell us what he told Trick in the back, and don’t sugarcoat a doggone thing! Tell it like it is! Melo is still trying to figure out how they’re keeping the best champion off the show! The disrespect!! Melo has broken the Rebel Heart, this ain’t a Dream, you can’t Swerve him, and he is No Limits Melo!

Melo doesn’t sweat unifying championships, cuz he’s been there and done that! Talk your talk! Melo IS the greatest North American Champion of all time! They try to tell him this was secondary and he told them he ain’t ever been second to nobody! So he’ll take the ball, put it in his court, and he will NOT be taking his talents to Worlds Collide! He will NOT be defending his title! Because there ain’t no one on his level anyway! Or the level below him! And why’s that? Because that is all it is, and that is all it’s gonna be! Wait, the lights go down! And it’s RICOCHET!! The One and Only name Melo forgot to drop has come back to NXT!

Fans are fired up but Ricochet has them calm down as he gets in the ring. Ricochet also has a mic but Melo says he might not know how to use that. Don’t hurt yourself, Rick. Fans chant “Welcome Back!” and Ricochet says he appreciates that. It feels great to be back, and please, for the sake of everyone here in the crowd, for everyone watching at home, and even those who, for whatever reason, still follow Melo on social media, please SHUT THE HELL UP FOR FIVE SECONDS!! Melo is fired up as fans chant “Shut The Hell Up!” But Ricochet says ya boi is here on official business. He is here, because he doesn’t see why Worlds Collide has to be just NXT VS NXT UK.

Ricochet says to put some SmackDown on it! Get some blue brand in here! Melo is doing great things, but when it comes to this ring and its four corners, Melo can’t do what Ricochet does. Melo says no no no. Ricochet could’ve stopped at “You’re doing great.” See, Ricochet may say he’s the One and Only- Which he is. No, Melo is. No, Ricochet is. No, Melo is! Ricochet says he is just one of many! One of many that step up to get stepped on! Since they’re so similar, then let’s see what’s good, because there ain’t room enough for the both of them. Ricochet says actually, congrats, Melo is right. He has had multiple defenses, so congratulations. Amazing, honestly.

But it isn’t amazing that Melo has had multiple defenses. No, it’s amazing that no one remembers any of them! Trick throws off his shirt, he’s that mad! Melo asks, “That’s all you got?” Ricochet tells Trick to hold on. Ricochet is a very giving man, so he came back to give the fans something they can remember. A Melo match they remember! Melo says the fans don’t want none from Ricochet! Ricochet says he held the North American title, and at a Worlds Collide, he plans on holding it again! Ricochet will become a TWO-TIME North American Champion! Melo drops the mic but Trick keeps him back. Trick swings on Ricochet!

Ricochet dodges, and HEEL KICKS Trick down! Melo is shocked, he springboards, into a RECOIL!! Melo writhes and Ricochet picks up the belt! Ricochet holds up the title, will we see this all over again at Worlds Collide?

My Thoughts:

An awesome go-home for Worlds Collide, with a lot of last minute set-ups for the titles that weren’t already on the card. For one, what a great closing segment with Melo, Trick and Ricochet. Great promo for Melo to shout out former North American Champions, and after a lot of great returns from NXT alumni, Ricochet making a return to set up a match was great stuff. I don’t see Ricochet winning the title, but he and Melo are going to have a wild match that could steal the show. And speaking of those alumni, great promos from Finn, Shayna, Rhea, Gunther and Ciampa (Alba/KLR is still in NXT but she also had a good promo) to the various champions and challengers going into Worlds Collide. I really want Tyler to beat Bron, and as long as Mandy loses, I’m good with that.

A great match from KC Squared VS Ivy & Tatum, but I should’ve expected Gigi & Jacy to ruin things for Diamond Mine so they can be next in line. And also a great surprise that Piper & Nikki are the ones to challenge Kayden & Katana. Much like Ricochet, I don’t expect Piper & Nikki to win while they’re part of Raw, but they’ll give KC Squared a great match. And I was laughing really hard at the promo from Frazer and “Axiom.” For one, Axiom was wearing the goldenrod colored turtleneck A-Kid is known for wearing. Two, Frazer is of course sticking to kayfabe in not knowing Axiom IS A-Kid, the inaugural Heritage Cup Champion. But their Best 2 out of 3 Falls is going to be awesome stuff, can’t wait to see who wins, and I hope the winner gets to challenge Noam Dar, who is still signed to WWE and is still Heritage Cup Champion.

Great opener out of Apollo and Waller, and Waller winning with the dirty tactics does extend the feud past this. Not sure if there really is a connection between going after Apollo’s eyes and how he’s got future sight, but commentary did make note of it so maybe that’s where Apollo’s story goes from here. We also got a fairly good promo from The Schism and Grimes. I laughed at how cheap of a reward some old smiley face buttons were for Gibson & Drake- er, Rip & Jagger, but I suppose it was cheesy enough to fit them. And I figured Grimes would refuse Gacy. Maybe we get Grimes 1v1 with Gacy later on, with Grimes’ fate on the line, and that could go either way.

Good vignette from Roxanne to show she’s officially cutting Cora off from her social (media) life, and to hype up a coming rematch. If anything, that should be No Disqualifications so that kendo sticks won’t be controversial anymore. Then between the winner of that and Wendy Choo, who won her Lights Out match with Tiffany, we’ll get the first challenger of the Unified NXT Women’s Champion. Good promo from Kiana James, and good match from her and Zoey Stark. I figured Stark would win to get momentum back after the losses, and I like that Lyons backed Zoey up against Kiana. Maybe Kiana finds a teammate to face them both and help actually establish Lyons & Stark as a team.

Good promo from JD McDonagh to respond to Wes Lee. While I’m still not that sure about this sociopathic take on Jordan Devlin, he’s committed to it and delivering it all well. JD VS Lee will be very good, but I’d expect JD to win. Good promo from Quincy Elliot, he’ll have a strong TV debut match. I loved what we got out of Chase VS Dempsey. That was a great match with a lot of technical skills showcased, and great story of Dempsey losing his cool on Bodhi and losing to Chase. Dempsey will definitely want payback on Chase U, and he will surely get his first NXT win off Bodhi before giving it another go against Chase.

And of course, a lot of great stuff out of the various 3v3 tag matches and the tag title story. Great Mixed Six that Gallus tried to ruin, and of course Pretty Deadly wins because of that. Then on the flipside, good stuff out of Diamond Mine, both in their promos and in that Six Man Tag “main event.” Strong seems to think he has proof but who knows, but of course it costs Diamond Mine against Gallus. The UK teams have the momentum, even with the giant brawls being rather even, so I expect the Creeds to be the ones to unify the NXT & NXT UK Tag Team Championships. Then maybe Strong gets a new ally and that duo go after the unified titles.

My Score: 8.8/10

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Next stop: Hollywood!



NXT White 'n' Gold Era

It’s the last chance to get those golden tickets!

With one last spot in the NXT Women’s Championship ladder match, and one last spot in the North American Championship Fatal 5, who gets to Stand & Deliver?


  • NXT North American Championship Qualifier Battle Royal: Axiom wins and joins the Fatal 5 Way title match at Stand & Deliver.
  • Tyler Bate w/ Chase U VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone; Bate wins.
  • Valentina Feroz VS Elektra Lopez; Lopez wins.
  • Eddy Thorpe VS Myles Borne; Thorpe wins.
  • NXT Women’s Championship Last Chance Qualifier: Indi Hartwell VS Sol Ruca VS Ivy Nile; Indi wins and joins the NXT Women’s Championship Ladder Match at Stand & Deliver.
  • Hank Walker VS Drew Gulak w/ Charlie Dempsey; Gulak wins.
  • NXT Tag Team Championship Qualifier: Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen VS Tony D’Angelo & Channing Lorenzo; Tony & Stacks win and deny Briggs & Jensen a spot at Stand & Deliver.


NXT North American Championship Qualifier Battle Royal!

Everyone wants that fifth and final spot in Wes Lee’s star-studded title match, and Wes himself is watching from commentary. SCRYPTS attacks Axiom before the bell! Things are already off to a chaotic start! Dabba-Kato clotheslines Quincy Elliot up and out to ELIMINATE him! Quincy rushes back up but the refs stop him from getting after Kato! Damon Kemp brawls with Edris Enofe, Oro Mensah goes after Kato, Xyon Quinn has Dante Chen, Drew Gulak & Charlie Dempsey of course work together as they go after Nathan Frazer, and Dijak has Odyssey Jones in a corner. Big Body Javi throws hands on Malik Blade while Jinder storms up on Dempsey.

Kato shoves Oro away, CLUBS him, then CLUBS him again. Dempsey & Gulak lift Jinder but he fights free. Odyssey ROCKS Kato! Fans fire up as Jinder puts Dempsey on the apron but Dempsey slips back in. Dante fights off Kemp and a few others, but Kemp kicks him low. Kemp hangs Dante out to dry and Dante ends up on the apron. Dante fights off Kemp but Dijak BOOTS and ELIMINATES Dante! But then Kemp scoops Dijak! Dijak fights Kemp off, but Kemp hits him back. Quinn puts ? up top, Odyssey BLASTS Quinn but Quinn is knocked into ?! They ELIMINATE ? together!

Kemp suplexes Frazer, Frazer slips free and Apollo CLUBS Kemp! Apollo whips Kemp at the ropes and Frazer holds the ropes down! Kemp lands on the apron but a PELE hits! Kemp wobbles, Frazer SUPERKICKS! Kemp falls, Frazer ELIMINATES him! Dijak ELBOWS Enofe, ELBOWS Blade, and repeat! But Malik BOOTS back! Malik runs in, tilt-o-whirls, but into a fireman’s carry! Dijak pops Malik up but Malik wheelbarrows and throws Dijak into Enofe’s KNEE! And then Malik DROPKICKS! Malik & Enofe TOSS Dijak! Dijak holds on, but Odyssey RAMS Dijak and ELIMINATES him! Dijak is furious, and he goes back after Odyssey!

Dijak trips Odyssey, drags him out, then SUPERKICKS! And ROLLING ELBOWS! And RAMS him into steel steps! Fans boo and the refs reprimand, but Dijak puts Odyssey back into the ring for the sharks. Jinder drags Odyssey up to toss him back out, Jinder ELIMINATES Odyssey! Fans boo but then Enofe KNEES Jinder and Malik DROPKICKS him! Jinder flops over the top, but he HOTSHOTS Malik, and drags Enofe out to join him! Malik runs back in but Jinder ROCKS him! Jinder suplexes, Malik lands on the apron. Jinder fights 2v1, Malik & Enof pinball Jinder! But then Apollo and Scrypts DOUBLE DROPKICK! They ELIMINATE Malik & Enofe!

Axiom whips Scrypts at Jinder, Scrypts FLIES up and over Jinder, but then he lands out on the ramp! Axiom ELIMINATES Scrypts! Jinder grins that it wasn’t him. Apollo ROCKS Dempsey, lifts Javi, and TOSSES Javi out onto everyone else to ELIMINATE him! Fans fire up but Javi is furious as NXT goes picture in picture.

Kato goes after Apollo! Kato HEADBUTTS Apollo, pushes past Oro and Dempsey to fire off on Apollo in the corner. Dempsey whips, Oro reverses but then Dempsey dodges! Jinder CLUBS Quinn, Gulak helps Dempsey with Oro. Apollo and Kato fight, Hank fires off on Quinn. Hank scoops Quinn out to the apron but Quinn holds on. Hank throws haymakers, but Quinn pokes him in the eye! Oro springboards to MULE KICK Quinn down! Oro ELIMINATES Quinn! Jinder rushes up to kick and CLUB Oro! Axiom scoops Hank with ehlp from Apollo but Hank fights them off.

Dempsey and Gulak mug Frazer, Jinder ROCKS Oro. Jinder CLUBS Oro, whips him to a corner, but Oro goes up, only for Jinder to TOSS him out and ELIMINATE him! The Modern Day Maharaja grins then stomps Frazer. Apollo stomps Dempsey, Jinder stomps Axiom, Gulak stomps Frazer. Kato storms up but Gulak CHOPS him! Gulak digs his boot on Frazer’s head, but Kato goes after him! Jinder stomps Axiom at the ropes then digs his knee in. Dempsey OVERHEAD Suplexes Hank! Dempsey drags Hank up but Hank throws hands! Gulak & Dempsey stomp mudholes into Hank! Apollo stomps Kato in a corner then throws hands.

Jinder DECKS Axiom, then goes up the corner to STOMP him down! Gulak & Dempsey throw Hank at the ropes, but Hank holds on! Dempsey has an ANKLE LOCK on a leg to force him over! Hank still clings to ropes, even as boots are dug into his legs and stomach. Hank manages to kick Dempsey away, and NXT returns to single picture. Apollo CLUBS and ROCKS Jinder, Hank hoists Gulak up and over! Fans fire up as Hank has a SLEEPER on Gulak! Dempsey throat chops Kato, then gets Hank’s legs! ANKLE LOCK and a DUMP, Dempsey ELIMINATES Hank and Gulak! Gulak an d Hank don’t care, they brawl tot he back!

Fans fire up, and we’re down to six! Axiom and Jinder brawl, Apollo runs but Kato tilt-o-whirls him. Apollo sips free and BOOTS Kato to ropes! Kato comes back to scoop Apollo and TOSS him! Kato ELIMINATES Apollo! Jinder stomps Axiom down, Dempsey ROCKS Kato! Jinder swings on Frazer, Frazer dodges and springboards to CROSSBODY! Axiom GAMANGIRIS Jinder to ropes! Frazer SUPERKICKS Jinder up and over! Jinder holds on, Frazer gives Axiom a boost, RAILGUN DROPKICK sends Jinder down! Frazer & Axiom ELIMINATE Jinder!! The final four are Kato, Dempsey, Axiom & Frazer!

And speaking of, Kato CLUBS Dempsey down, but Axiom uses Dempsey as a step to GAMANGIRI Kato! Frazer uses Dempsey as a step to CALF KICK! They all dump Kato up and out to ELIMINATE him!! Kato is furious but fans sing, “NANA NA NA, HEY HEY HEY, GOOD-BYE~!” Frazer, Axiom and Dempsey circle. Axiom kicks Dempsey, then ducks the back hand, Dempsey hits Frazer! Axiom SOBATS Dempsey, whips him to ropes, but Dempsey reverses. Axiom wheelbarrows, but Dempsey stops the tuck to WHEELBARROW GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Frazer springboard SHOTGUN DROPKICKS!!

All three men are down, fans are thunderous, Axiom clotheslines Dempsey up and over! Dempsey lands on the apron, he ROCKS Axiom but Axiom ROCKS Dempsey! They go back and forth, Axiom fires off shots, but DOUBLE HAYMAKERS take both men down! Fans are thunderous , Axiom BOOTS Dempsey off the apron and ELIMINATES him! And that leaves the old friendly rivals, Axiom and Frazer! The fans are giving a standing ovation as we see these two stare down. Frazer and Axiom shake hands, then they start dodging kicks! Frazer runs, QUEBRADA, but Axiom snapmares free of the dragon sleeper!

Axiom rushes in but Frazer sends him to ropes! Frazer lifts but Axiom shoves him away. Axiom blocks a superkick but not the DRAGON WHIP! Frazer fires up, he whips Axiom, but Axiom springboards to arm-drag and kip up, ROUNDHOUSE!! Axiom whips, Frazer springboards to QUEBRADA REVERSE DDT!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! “This is Awesome!” as Frazer stands Axiom up. Frazer throws a haymaker, Axiom gives it back! They go back and forth, faster and faster, but Frazer gets the edge. Axiom blocks the kick, spins and DECKS Frazer! PENALTY KICK! Axiom aims from the corner!

Frazer stands, GOLDEN- SUPERKICK!!! Frazer hit first but he’s also down! Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” but this has to end somehow! Frazer CHOPS Axiom in a corner, hoists him up top, and DOUBLE CHOPS! Axiom wobbles, Frazer runs back in, but into a SLEEPER! Frazer pries free to ELBOW BREAKER! And then he springs up top, for a SUPERPPLEX! Roll through to the GOURD- NO, Axiom slips free! Axiom waistlocks but Frazer bucks the O’Conner! Axiom kips up, into a SUPERKICK!! Frazer drags Axiom up, whips, but Axiom reverses to send Frazer up and out! Frazer holds on, skins the cat, but into a SUPERKICK!!

Both men are down again, but Axiom hurries to his feet! Axiom TOSSES Frazer and WINS!!!

Winner: Axiom (advances to Stand & Deliver)

Fans are electric for this instant classic of a battle royal! Wes Lee joins Axiom in the ring to congratulate him, and Dragon Lee appears so he can do the same. Even Ilja Dragunov walks out to the ring, and JD McDonagh comes in from the crowd side. All five men are ready to battle, will these five stars get five stars?


Pretty Deadly speak.

Kit Wilson & Elton Prince, in suits ‘n’ ties and wide brimmed hats, want us to sit back, relax, and get ourselves some delicious snacks, because this will be a one of a kind Stand & Deliver Pretty Deadly Preview Show. We just saw a wonderful performance from Axiom in that Battle Royale, earning the fifth and final spot in the North American Championship match. And what a gaggle of vicious competitors he’s joining. “The Mad Dragon,” Ilja Dragunov! “The Devilish Gentleman,” JD McDonagh! “The Audacious Champion,” Wes Lee! And finally, “The Masked Mystery from Mexico,” Dragon Lee.

“A match born from carnage comes full circle with an encounter that is likely to be as unpredictable as the events of its creation.” But Kit has a question. How does Wes possibly retain? Elton doesn’t think Wes will. His money is on the man as smart as them, JD McDonagh. So if Elton is going with intelligence, Kit is betting on Dragon Lee. We don’t know a thing about him, and that makes him dangerous. “Kitty” loves danger, doesn’t he? Yes! And they love YOU!, fans! They’ll be back with more hot takes throughout the evening as we’re on the Road to Stand…! And Deliver!


Chase U talks backstage.

Thea Hail says Tyler Bate’s fired up! Andre Chase asks if Tyler’s fired up and Tyler says he’s fired up! Can he feel it? He feels it! Chase says Bate did great in the Great Debate, and they’re just four days away from Stand & Deliver, where the of Chase University hangs in the balance! But tonight, the Big Strong Boi takes on big bad Von Wagner, who has talked trash on Chase U and Chase U has yet to beat. But Bate will beat Von, and they’re gonna ride that lightning bolt all the way to Stand & Deliver! Bate says with mass and speed on his side, momentum will be theirs! Bate will harness that momentum, he’ll bring home a win for the university!

Chase likes the way Bate’s brain works. Duke, you coming? He wouldn’t miss this for the world. Though he doesn’t look anywhere near as pumped as the rest. The team heads out, will the Big Strong Boi give Von a #TeachableMoment?


Briggs & Jensen talk backstage.

Brooks Jensen feels pretty good, because Kiana James responded to him after three voicemails instead of five this time. Kiana says they’re on their way, but what does Briggs thinks she wants to talk about? He isn’t sure, but whatever it is, they’ll get through it. The sun always comes up tomorrow. Um, okay. The ladies arrive and Jensen asks if everything is okay. Her message seemed a bit off. Kiana hesitates but Fallon tells her to tell Jensen. “These past few months, I’ve really gotten to know you guys. Especially you, Brooks. And what you guys have is special. I don’t know how to say this, I feel horrible.”

Jensen says it’s okay, she can get it out. Kiana feels horrible… That Briggs & Jensen aren’t part of Stand & Deliver! So she pulled some strings, and she has a match tonight. And if they win, that Triple Threat Tag Team title match becomes a FATAL 4! Fallon says, “What?” Briggs says, “WHAT?!” Jensen can’t believe it! Well hey, Kiana & Fallon are tag team champions, the boys should be tag champs with them! Fallon can’t stand- Surprises! Briggs knows that, but he loves ’em! Kiana just knocked this one out of the park! They could go to Stand & Deliver! Jensen cannot believe Kiana! Fallon can’t, either. Briggs says yes, because it’s unbelievable!

Jensen says first they’ll win tonight, then go to Stand & Deliver and become the NEW NXT Tag Team Champions! Group hug! Fallon is not happy that Kiana backed out of the truth. But will her keeping that buried only come back to haunt her?


Tyler Bate w/ Chase U VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone!

The Big Strong Boi stepped up when Chase U needed him and won big in that Great Debate. But will he win even bigger against vicious Von? Or will Bate fail to stand and deliver before Saturday?

The bell rings and Bate circles with Von. Fans rally behind the Big Strong Boi and Bate headlocks. Von powers up, Bate holds on, but Von powers out. They RAM shoulders, but Bate DROPKICKS! Von comes back to BOOT Bate down! Fans boo while Bate sits up in a daze. Von pushes Bate down to drop an elbow! Von then stalks Bate, drags him up, and choke grips to trophy lift! Von DROPS Bate, and then soaks up the heat. Von waits on Bate to sit up, and he KICKS him in the side! Fans boo, Thea & Chase coach up Bate, but Von clamps on a neck wrench. Fans rally, Bate endures, and Bate fights up to his feet.

Bate pries free, throws a HEADBUTT into the ribs, then fires off body shots! Von shoves, Bate rebounds to sunset flip! Von stays up, but Bate avoids the elbow drop! Bate runs, but into a LARIAT! Von covers, TWO! Von snarls but the fans rally for Bate. Von puts Bate in a corner, clotheslines, and then throws back elbows. Fans obo but Von whips Bate out to throw him back into the corner. And then a BIG clothesline in the corner! Von mocks Bate, fans taunt Von. Von whips Bate corner to corner, runs in, but only gets buckles! Bate goes to another corner. Von runs in but into a BOOT! Bate runs to UPPERCUT! And UPPERCUT! And UPPERCUT!

Bate fires off shots, keeping Von in a corner! Von choke grips back and TOSSES Bate! Bate boots, Von blocks but Bate KNEES back! Bate goes up to leap, FLYING UPPERCUT! Von rebounds but so does Bate, LARIAT! Von drops to a knee, Bop up, BANG!! Bate keeps moving, but Stone swipes at Bate! Fans boo but Bate goes out after Stone! Stone panics as Bate puts him in the ring! Theta THESZ PRESSES Stone!! Fans fire up and Bate cheers Thea on! Thea kicks Stone all the way out of the ring, but Von SUCKER PUNCHES Bate! Von whips Bate but Duke holds ropes down, and Bate FLIES out onto Stone!!

Fans fire up, Bate is fired up, he high-fives Duke but Duke doesn’t seem to care. Bate gets in the ring, dodges a boot and rebounds, LARIAT! Bate hurries up the corner, to SKY TWISTER! Cover, Bate wins!

Winner: Tyler Bate, by pinfall

Chase U is on a roll! Will all this help them hold onto the school? Wait, The Schism speaks! “Attention students of Chase University!” Joe Gacy stands at a podium with Jagger Reed, Ava Raine & Rip Fowler by his side. “As of this Saturday, The Schism will be in control.” Reed says, “The curriculum is changing. Time to open your minds to a different way of looking at the world through a different lens. Under the Schism’s tree.” The students wear yellow masks and Ava hands out a quiz. “Deprogramming starts now.” Rip says they don’t need to worry. There will be a place for delinquents in the Chase U Memorial Detention Hall.

Ava says at Stand & Deliver, “the world of Chase U will fall when The Schism takes over.” Gacy says, “When the bell rings, a new class begins.” Will The Schism graduate from a cult into a college?


Roxanne Perez is here!

She’s backstage and asks if Shawn Michaels is at gorilla. No, he moved to his office. Okay, she’ll go there. Thanks! The former(?) NXT Women’s Champion is here, but why? What business will she have with the boss?

NXT returns and Roxie knocks on HBK’s door. He welcomes her in and asks how she’s feeling. Does he have a minute to talk? Sure. What is it? Well, as of this afternoon, the doctors cleared her to return to action! Oh. That’s great to hear. Yeah! So they told her that basically, after all the tests, it was a mix of physical exhaustion and stress. It was all through the roof that night, but the only thing on her mind is her title and Stand & Deliver. Well, HBK wants to be the first to say that it is a relief to hear Roxie is better. And more importantly, that the doctors found out why she fainted like that.

But the problem is, Stand & Deliver… He isn’t sure. Her health is the priority right now. And he doesn’t think defending the title in a Ladder Match is the best thing for her right now. They can crown a new champion at Stand & Deliver, get a few matches under Roxie’s belt, and then right after Stand & Deliver, Roxie is the first to get a title match. Oh… Roxie won’t lie, being NXT Women’s Champion has been unlike anything she’s ever experienced. Saying you want to be champion and being champion day in and day out are completely different. But Roxie does struggle with anxiety.

This year has been incredible, but when you accomplish your dreams so fast, you wonder, ‘What do I do now? Is it all downhill from here? Did I peak at 21?” And then that anxiety goes insane! See, that right there! HBK knows Roxie’s all better physically, but mentally, emotionally, she’s just unsure. Roxie, you’re 21 years old! You’ve got a long, wonderful career in front of you. There will be other Stand & Deliver events. Will there? She can’t think like that! Did HBK think like that? WrestleMania was the most important night of the year for him, and she knows that he never had the mindset of, “Well, there’s always next year.”

HBK took it as “There’s here and now,” and he stole the show every time! That’s what Roxie wants to do! Roxie’s anxiety is crippling, but she can’t run away from it. She has to confront it, and that means facing it head-on. The only way she wins that battle is by climbing the ladder, winning back her title, the title she never lost. So please! Let her do this! Let her do this for her and for everyone who struggles with what she struggles with! To show them that they don’t have to be a prisoner of anxiety! Please, HBK! HBK says fine, but she has to get tests, meet with doctors, and follow-ups! Okay, yes! Thank you!

HBK says Roxie deserves the right to defend her title at Stand & Deliver. She’s in the match. Thank you so much, HBK! She’ll get all that for him! Okay, but now he’s gonna have a nervous breakdown. “Roxanne, you can beat this. Good luck.” Roxie thanks him again, then heads out. Will the Prodigy be able to overcome her biggest challenge mentally to then overcome the biggest challenge physically?


Valentina Feroz VS Elektra Lopez!

The Brazilian sparkplug has been doing things fair and square, even as La Madrina told her it was pointless. But Feroz made sure Lopez couldn’t cheat and that cost her against Sol Ruca. Will Feroz show Lopez she can win the  right way? Or is it true that nice people finish last?

The bell rings and the two rush each other. Lopez knees low, fires off forearms and a HEADBUTT! Lopez whips Feroz to a corner and ELBOWS her! Lopez then shouts at Feroz for messing with her. Feroz blocks the buckle bump, and she fires back with forearms! Lopez staggers, blocks a kick and CLUBS the leg to then sweep the other leg! Lopez gets the leg to SMASH the knee into the mat! Fans rally for Feroz but Lopez puts on a standing toehold. Feroz endures, kicks with her free leg, but Lopez drops an elbow on the bad leg! Feroz hooks with the good leg but Lopez fights that off to pull on the bad leg.

Fans rally, Feroz fights, and she rolls with Lopez. Lopez shifts to drop another elbow, but Feroz dodges! Feroz dropkicks Lopez down, covers, ONE! Feroz goes to a corner, Lopez runs in but Feroz dodges. Feroz arm-drags Lopez, drags her up to arm-drag again, and then whips to run and SPEAR! Fans fire up, Feroz covers, TWO! Lopez is hanging tough but Feroz fires up. Fans rally, Feroz aims from a corner and goes up. Feroz leaps, into Lopez’s arms! Lopez swings Feroz around into the ELEKTRIC SHOCK!! Cover, Lopez wins!

Winner: Elektra Lopez, by pinfall

Lopez wins, but the irony? She won fair and square! Did Feroz win the moral battle? Or does only the physical battle matter?


Eddy Thorpe speaks.

“Music is celebration. When I make music, I can feel the spirit of my people behind me. It is my honor to lead the way. Like an alpha wolf, I will conquer this territory and everything in it.” Thorpe is ready to level up, his NXT debut is next!


Eddy Thorpe VS Myles Borne!

The heritage and history of the Native American people, the fire and energy of progress, the Alpha Wolf looks to be the hybrid that paths the way to the future! Will Thorpe be the future of NXT?

The bell rings and Thorpe ties up with Borne. They are in a deadlock, Borne wrenches an arm but the fans rally behind Thorpe. Thorpe rolls, wrenches and wristlocks. Borne rolls, slips through and arm-drags to an armlock. Thorpe fights up, Borne headlocks, but Thorpe powers out, only for Borne to run him over. Things speed up., Thorpe hurdles then CROSSBODIES! Fans fire up, but Borne DROPKICKS Thorpe! Borne brings Thorpe up, but Thorpe CHOPS back! Thorpe CLUBS Borne, but Borne trips Thorpe. Thorpe boots Borne away but Borne throws hands! Borne UPPERCUTS, whips, and ELBOWS Thorpe down!

Borne drags Thorpe back up, ROCKS him with a haymaker, then has him on ropes. Thorpe hits back, Borne ROCKS and whips, but Thorpe reverses. Borne blocks a hip toss, body shots, and clinches for a BELLY2BELLY! Cover, TWO! Borne keeps cool and he clamps onto Thorpe with a chinlock. Fans rally and Thorpe fights up. Thorpe pries free, but Borne kicks low. Thorpe blocks to DRAGON SCREW! And then he CLOBBERS Borne with forearm after forearm! SOBAT! PELE! Borne staggers and fans fire up! Thorpe runs in to BOOT Borne! And then HIP TOSS! Borne flounders, Thorpe sets up, BIG elbow drop! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally, Thorpe brings Borne up but Borne wrenches out. Borne waistlocks, Thorpe elbows free but Borne kicks low. Borne swings, into a SAIDO! Fans fire up as Thorpe tries again, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Cover, Thorpe wins!

Winner: Eddy Thorpe, by pinfall

Borne gave him a good, hard fight, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Alpha Wolf. Thorpe says he’s coming for everything, will he get everything he wants in NXT?


Pretty Deadly checks back in.

Kit says what a night of headlines! Elton agrees. An impressive debut win for Thorpe. But it isn’t all smiles, as they’re here on the Grayson Waller Effect set. Waller VS Gargano is far more than personal. They say never mess with a man’s family, and that front yard brawl sure gave a new meaning to the term “viral moment.” Gargano has now vowed to do everything in his power to get revenge on Waller, and he wants this as an unsanctioned match. Will Waller sign the agreement? Would either Kit or Elton do it? Would you sign the contract, knowing what is coming for you? This could be a match so brutal, it’ll take YEARS off your career!

Kit says he would! Only to defend Elton’s honor. Oh, Kit is so selfless and brave. That is his middle name: Kit Bravery Wilson! Elton’s here for it. And stay tuned for more Pretty Deadly Talk as we continue towards Stand… and Deliver!


Backstage interview with Gallus.

McKenzie is with Mark Coffey & Wolfgang, and says that while we saw the end result of everything that happened at the bar last week, what led to it? Mark says it was obvious they’re not interior decorators, and Wolfgang admits, they were pretty banged up after that fight. Then at this point, it is a Triple Threat for Stand & Deliver. But then, why’re they willing to defend against not just one, not just two, but up to three teams with this deal made on behalf of Briggs & Jensen? You’re asking them, “Why?” They thought, “Why not?” The Creeds made a good case. Tony D & Stacks made a good case. And Gallus is all about equal opportunity.

If Briggs & Jensen do win tonight, then the more the merrier! Four, six, eight guys, it doesn’t matter. Well, Wolfie does love a good fight. How confident is Gallus that they’ll walk out of Stand & Deliver still NXT Tag Team Champions? Wolfgang admits that Markus likes to wind Wolfgang up, likes to get under his skin. But they’re the champs, heading into the biggest show of the year, against a collection of guys all ready to fight. They don’t need that much riling up. The odds don’t matter, at Stand & Deliver, the Creeds, The Don & Stacks, and should Briggs & Jensen make it there, they’ll all find out the hard way that it is #GallusBoysOnTop!


NXT Women’s Championship Last Chance Qualifier: Indi Hartwell VS Sol Ruca VS Ivy Nile!

Tiffany Stratton, Zoey Stark and Lyra Valkyria won their way in, and now that Roxie is physically cleared to compete, so is she! Who will win the final spot to make the Ladder Match a Furious 6 Way for the gold?

NXT returns as Ivy makes her entrance, followed by Indi. The bell rings and Indi kicks Ivy! Sol spins Indi around but Indi kicks, CLUBS and backhands her! Ivy rolls Indi up, TWO and Ivy jumps at Sol! Sol catches Ivy, pops her up but Ivy slips free to shove Sol into Indi! Down goes Indi, Ivy rolls Sol! TWO, and Sol scoops and SLAMS Ivy! Sol grabs at Ivy but Ivy kangaroo kicks her away, and Indi rolls Sol up! TWO, and Indi rushes in, but Sol dumps her out! Ivy KICKS Sol, KICKS her again, but Sol dodges the superwoman punch to DROPKICK Ivy out! Fans fire up and Sol goes up a corner! ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Direct hit on Ivy & Indi!

Fans fire up with the Sol Surfer, and she puts Indi back in. Sol hurries to cover, TWO! Fans sing for Sol while Indi flounders to ropes. Sol brings her up, whips her to ropes, but Indi reverses and hip tosses. Sol handsprings through to a FACEBUSTER! But Ivy leaps in to FLYING RANA! Ivy fires up, fans are with her and she ROCKS Indi! Ivy rolls and CALF KICKS Sol! Cover, TWO! ARMBAR!! Sol clasps hands, and Indi drops a BIG ELBOW on Ivy! Cover, TWO! Indi drags Ivy up, puts her through ropes and UPPERCUTS! And BOOTS! Ivy flops down, Indi covers, Sol breaks it! Fans duel, Sol drags Indi up to whip, but Indi reverses to put Sol through ropes!

Indi UPPERCUTS, but Sol dodges the boot to HOTSHOT! Indi is down, Sol springboards and SPLASHES! Cover, Ivy breaks it! All three women are down and fans rally back up. They all rise up slowly, Sol swings but Ivy tilt-o-whirls to sunset flip! ONE, but Ivy KNEES Sol down! Cover, TWO! Things speed up, Sol blocks a Rana, Ivy slips free of the bomb, but Sol SUPERKICKS! Sol handspring SPLASHES Ivy! Sol runs corner to corner to handspring, but Indi dodges! Sol bumps off buckles, into Indi’s IMPRESSIVE SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Sol survives, and Ivy BUZZSAWS Indi! Ivy whips but Indi reverses!

Ivy tilt-o-whirls, into the DIAMOND DRAGON!! Indi endures, fades, but Sol runs in, SOL SNATCHER!! But Indi BOOTS Sol away! BLINDSIDER LARAIT!! Cover, INDI WINS!!

Winner: Indi Hartwell, by pinfall (advances to Stand & Deliver)

#IndiWrestling is going to Hollywood! Will Indi finally have the top title? But speaking of, here’s Zoey Stark! And Lyra Valkyria! And Gigi Dolin! And of course, Tiffany Stratton! But also, Roxanne Perez! Roxie holds up the belt now, but who will bring it down from the sky in Hollywood?


Pretty Deadly checks in again.

They climb up a step ladder for this segment, and says Indi makes good on the Last Chance match. The field is now set. Six women put their bodies on the line in a match to crown a “new” women’s champion. Well, Roxie the plucky prodigy is back. And since she never lost the title, this becomes a title defense now. Who does Elton see coming away with the gold? Oh, so glad Kit asked. Because Elton recently had an epiphany. Los Angeles, the city of stars, Hollywood, and there’s only one woman suited for the City of Angels! #BuffBarbie herself! The most glamorous superstar in NXT, Tiffany Stratton! Yes girl!

Kit says this could be a show-stealer! If the fans wanna find out, join us on Saturday for Stand… And Deliver!


Grayson Waller speaks.

Via a Twitter video, captioned “Will I or won’t I?” Waller calls out “Johnny Cosplay.” He’s so close to finally getting what he wanted: him and Waller in an Unsanctioned match. In fact, Waller’s on his way inside right now. Waller had security do one last sweep of the perimeter, and because he knows Gargano’s “a sneaky little hobbit,” they’ll also be all around ringside. But Waller hopes Gargano tunes in. “Because you never know what I’m gonna say.” The 21st Century Success Story is trolling until the very end. Will he sign on the dotted line so that he and Gargano can go to the extreme?


NXT presents Prime Target: Bron Breakker VS Carmelo Hayes.

The NXT Champion says, “This match is like destiny. The youngest main event in WrestleMania Weekend history. Carmelo and I, we came in in the same class, these two alpha males that are just undeniable.” The challenger asks Bron, “Do you know what it takes to be a king? I don’t think you do. Heavy lies the head that wears the crown.” Melo is the 2021 Breakout Star, a winner of NXT WarGames (alongside Bron), the combined longest reigning NXT North American Champion, the one who unified the North American and Cruiserweight titles, and “HIM.”

Melo says this has been a whole different training camp to get ready for this match. He isn’t just doing his high-flying, his mat wrestling, he is covering every aspect. He hits the ropes harder, he takes less steps, he makes less mistakes. He worked out for four hours, partied for three, but skipped the afterparty. Trick Williams couldn’t believe it, but Melo has to put in the work to take on Bron Breakker. Trick and the others understood, and Melo let them go on. Melo didn’t need to go, he’ll celebrate when this is finished, when he has won, and he is at the top of the mountain. The job is not done, it is far from it.

Training montage as Melo pushes himself. But Bron chuckles. It’s funny because he’s been doing that and not going to parties since the first day. He works with weights two and a half hours a day. He runs the ropes another two and a half hours a day. Because that is what it takes to be champion, to be “The Guy.” Bron knows people think matches are won and loss in the ring or in the weight room. But Bron is of the opinion that they’re won and loss in the film room. There is nothing better than to watch film. Melo is fast, he will try to get in Bron’s head, gas him out, and get Bron playing Melo’s game.

You can take Bron to the deep water, but he’s been there so many times, it has become his home. Bron has carried NXT on his back for almost two years now. The NXT title is everything to him, this brand is everything to him. He respect everyone who has come before, but there is a difference. He is the most dominant of all time. This has been the path since Vengeance Day, and now, in LA, Melo vows to take that weight off Bron’s shoulders when he knocks Bron’s head off and takes the title. Melo is Him, and the kingdom of NXT is his, and he wants his effing crown!

Bron says that this one is a bit more special, it means a bit more to him. Fans are torn, but Melo says Bron doesn’t understands. Bron doesn’t want this like Melo wants this! Bron doesn’t wanna go as far as Melo is willing to go! But Bron says when he gets going with that 4.3 speed, hits those Steiner-lines, Melo won’t know where he is. Melo says at Stand & Deliver, he takes everything from Bron because everything is his! Melo is HIM! Bron has promised and continues to promise he will make it through as champion, but who will have the Hollywood ending to their story?


Isla Dawn & Alba Fyre speak.

The Firekeeper says, “When the sun goes down at Stand & Deliver, a darkness will rise over NXT.” The Wicked Witch says, “The eternal horror of gullible fools will not be contained.” The fate of Kiana James and Fallon Henley has already been sealed. Two spirits in turmoil do not deserve to be tag team champions. Fyre and Isla bond together to connect their past and forge their destiny. This Saturday, they burn their opposition tot he ground. And from the ashes, their message will spread far and wide. “It is always darkest before the Dawn, and where there’s smoke, there’s Fyre.” Will nothing stop this devious duo from ascending to the throne?


Hank Walker VS Drew Gulak w/ Charlie Dempsey!

The blue collar working man was already in the 20 Man Battle Royal, but so was the Philly Stretcher. Their fight that literally spilled out of the ring now returns to it, will the student avenge himself against his arrogant teacher? Or will Gulak show Hank he still doesn’t belong?

NXT returns as Gulak makes his entrance, the Son of the Gentleman Villain by his side. The bell rings and Hank rushes in! Gulak dodges, headlocks, but Hank slips out to hammerlock. Gulak throws back elbows then haymakers. Hank blocks to fire off haymakers in return! Hank whips, and he CLOBBERS Gulak! And CLOBBERS him again! Fans rally and Hank back drops Gulak! Gulak staggers up, but Hank hits a MONKEY FLIP, into an ARMBAR! Gulak flails, grapevines a leg and drags Hank into a camel clutch! But Hank slips out to put Gulak in the camel clutch! Gulak powers his way back and gets a leg, STRETCH MUFFLER!

But Hank trips Gulak to put on the STRETCH MUFFLER! And he lifts Gulak off the mat with it! Fans fire up, but Gulak kicks free. Gulak trips Hank, has the heel hook, and he turns Hank over for a HALF CRAB! Hank endures, powers Gulak down and gets the HALF CRAB for himself! Gulak endures, crawls forward, and he has the ROPEBREAK! Hank lets go quickly, Gulak goes to the apron but Hank drags him up. But Gulak HOTSHOTS Hank away! Gulak slides in for a NECKBREAKER! Then a knee drop! And another! And another! Gulak snarls but fans boo. Gulak drags Hank up and whips him to a corner.

Gulak runs in to clothesline! Gulak shoves Hank out to then BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Fans boo but Gulak tells Hank he doesn’t belong. Gulak goes up the corner, and FLYING LARIATS! Cover, TWO! But Gulak has the arm to drag Hank into a CROSSFACE! Hank endures, fans rally, and Hank moves around, only for Gulak to shift to a chinlock. Hank endures, fans rally more and Hank fights up! Hank pries free, but Gulak pulls hair! The ref reprimands but Hank pries Gulak’s hands away. Hank fires off big hands from all sides! Hank whips to THESZ PRESS! And fast hands! Hank fires up and fans are with him!

Hank has Gulak in a corner, whips him corner to corner then SPLASHES! And then whip and SPLASH the other way! Gulak flounders, Hank ripcords him for a FLAPJACK! And down come the straps! Hank roars, runs, and CLOBBERS Gulak! Cover, TWO!! Gulak survives that open field tackle, but Hank is right on him! Wheelbarrow and lift, but Gulak arm-drags to the press and CROSSFACE!! Hank endures, fans rally, and he pops out the back! Hank gets the legs again, wheelbarrows, into the ARMBAR!! Hank pulls on the arm but Gulak clasps hands. Hank powers it open!! Gulak flails, fans are thunderous, but Gulak scrambles over! ROPEBREAK!!

Hank lets go in frustration while fans boo. Hank hurries after Gulak, they’re in the ropes, the ref is busy with Gulak and Dempsey CLOBBERS Hank! Gulak cradles, Gulak wins!!

Winner: Drew Gulak, by pinfall

Fans boo as Gulak steals that one! Hank was about to beat Gulak at his own game, but Gulak needed the assist from his new friend! Will Hank get payback the next time they meet?


Pretty Deadly checks in again.

They’re having a couple mimosas at the bar and Kit says, “Ever since we joined the division, the tag team scene has been a bustling hive of competition.” Elton says that at Stand & Deliver, the NXT Tag Team Championships will be contested in a Triple Threat match. The Creed Brothers have got their mojo back, baby. #AustinPowers. Elton still can’t stand them, but he has to admit, Julius & Brutus have more personality then say this bar rag. The champions, Gallus, well, are the champions. Let’s move on, please. And the new team, Tony D’Angelo & “Stacks” Channing Lorenzo, show family loyalty.

Imagine if The Don & The Underboss win. Kit would love it! Or, speaking of love, Briggs & Jensen do have the opportunity to make this a Fatal 4 Way. Could you imagine if the foursome of Briggs, Jensen, Kiana & Fallon were all tag team champions together at Stand & Deliver? Aw, so magical. Such a perfect fairytale ending. But that’s just the thing about fairytales: there’s always a witch, or witches, right behind. Nice one. Isla & Alba are dangerous duo, and if they have their way, it’ll be a sinister Stand & Deliver. The fairytale could be of heartbreak and tragedy. So see you Saturday afternoon for Stand… And Deliver!


NXT Tag Team Championship Qualifier: Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen VS Tony D’Angelo & Channing Lorenzo!

Speaking of that Hollywood ready story, the next chapter is being written right here! Will the Country Strong good ol’ boys fight their way into the title match to join their leading ladies at Stand & Deliver? Or will these underdogs fail to live the dream?

The teams sort out and Stacks starts against Jensen. They circle, tie up, and Jensen shoots to a roll-up, TWO! Jensen waistlocks but Stacks fights up. Stacks arm-drags but Jensen holds on. Stacks makes that a cover, ONE as Jensen bridges into his own cover! TWO, Stacks is free, and the two stand off. Fans applaud while Jensen says it was that close. The two reset, tie up again, and Jensen waistlocks to O’Conner Roll. TWO, Jensen rebounds off ropes, things speed up, and Jensen hip tosses Stacks! Stacks kangaroo kicks, then he scoops and SLAMS Jensen! But Jensen kangaroo kicks back!

Stacks runs in, into a headlock takeover! Stacks tries to headscissor but Jensen fights that to a cover, TWO! Stacks headscissors after all but Jensen kips free. Jensen runs, hurdles, tags Briggs and FACEBUSTERS! Briggs runs in to CLOBBER Stacks! Fans fire up as Briggs scoops, but Tony drags Stacks down! Tony tags in and fans rally as he circles with Briggs. They tie up, Tony waistlocks and SLAMS Briggs. Tony talks trash, grinds his forearm into Briggs’ head, but Briggs fights up. Tony SLAMS Briggs back down, facelocks, but Briggs fights his way up again. Briggs pries the hold open, but Tony shoves him away, only for Briggs to run him over!

Things speed up, Tony drops but Briggs stops short of the back drop to CLUB Tony on the back! Stacks distracts Briggs, and Briggs turns around into a haymaker! Tony tags Stacks, they double whip, body shot and knee lift to an UPPERCUT! Stacks covers, ONE! The ladies are watching backstage, and Fallon still can’t believe Kiana lied to Jensen. Oh, yes, Kiana is so horrible to have gotten Jensen & Briggs a chance at the tag titles. When this is over, Fallon is telling Jensen! No, Fallon, wait! Let’s talk! Fallon hurries off, Kiana hurries after, and we watch the ring again as Stacks has Briggs down in a chinlock.

Briggs endures, fights up, and fans rally. Stacks thrashes Briggs around but Briggs still fights up. Briggs powers out, Tony tags in. Jensen tags in, Briggs CLOBBERS Tony and Jensen CLOBBERS Stacks! Tony & Stacks end up on the ropes, Briggs & Jensen fire up and they slide, to DOUBLE HAYMAKER! Fans fire up with the good ol’ boys as NXT goes picture in picture.

Jensen hurries in after Tony, wrenches an arm and RAMS shoulders. Jensen wrenches again, for an ELBOW BREAKER! Jensen wants after the shoulder but Tony stays on his feet. Briggs tags in, Jensen whips Tony so they can DOUBLE SHOULDER TACKLE! Briggs covers, TWO! Briggs clamps onto that arm and grinds it down. Briggs CLUBS Tony, but Tony fights up. Briggs wrenches the arm, tags in Jensen, and Jensen takes the handoff to wrench again. Jensen wrangles Tony to the mat, wrenches the arm again, but Tony DECKS Jensen! Tag to Stacks and he runs in, into an arm-drag!

Jensen has the armlock and grinds the shoulder. Stacks endures, fights up, but Jensen whips him to ropes. Stacks holds the ropes and ELBOWS in return! Jensen comes back, Stacks dodges and Tony CLOBBERS Jensen! The ref reprimands, but now Fallon  and Kiana are ringside. Tony stomps Jensen, drags him up and ROCKS him. Tony brings Jensen around, whips Jensen to ropes, and hits a BELLY2BELLY! Cover, TWO! Tony is annoyed, but he drags Jensen up to whip him into the corner. Tag to Stacks, Stacks clamps on a chinlock, and NXT returns to single picture. Stacks claws at Jensen’s face!

Fans rally, the ref reprimands, and Jensen fights his way around. Jensen stands, throws body shots, and is free. Stacks grabs at the pants, Jensen throws elbows! Stacks catches Jensen to a BACKBREAKER! And then a BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Tag to Tony, he drags Jensen up and facelocks for some hockey scrum shots! Fans rally but Jensen drops to his knees. Tony DECKS Jensen, then drags him back up. Tony whips Jensen hard into the corner, tags Stacks, and then Tony scoops. BACKBREAKER, and Stacks leaps in, ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO!! Jensen survives but Stacks clamps on with a chinbar and armlock.

Fans rally, Jensen fights up, and Stacks shifts to a headlock. Jensen throws body shots, powers out, but heads collide! Both men fall over and fans rally up. Stacks and Jensen crawl, hot tag to Briggs! Britts rallies on Stacks & Tony! Briggs DECKS Stacks, runs and BOOTS Tony! Stacks runs in but into a SIDEWALK SLAM! SPLASH for Tony! Briggs is all fired up and the fans are with him. Tag to Jensen, and Jensen goes up. Briggs Electric Chair Lifts Stacks, WHEEL KICK DOOMSDAY DEVICE! Jensen covers, Tony barrels through Briggs to break it!! Fans are thunderous as all four men are down!

Fallon & Kiana coach up their boys, Briggs and Tony stare down. They fire up and stand to throw hands! Fans fire up, Briggs gets the edge, but Tony dodges the boot to DECK Briggs out of the ring! Tony tags in off Stacks, then helps Stacks to go after Jensen. They double whip, to BADA BING, BADA BOOM!! Cover, Tony & Stacks win!

Winners: Tony D’Angelo & Channing Lorenzo, by pinfall (DENIES Briggs & Jensen a spot in the NXT Tag Team Championship match)

The Triple Threat stays a Triple Threat, and Stacks says it’s The D’Angelo Boys On Top! Will that be how it goes in Hollywood?

As for the others, Fallon grabs the mic. Fallon knows this isn’t a good time, but this has gone on long enough! There is something Kiana needs to tell Jensen! Kiana says that’s true. There is something she should tell him. But she’d rather just show him. Jensen is confused, but Kiana gives him a kiss! Jensen is over the moon, and Fallon still can’t believe it! Is there no end to the back-up plans Kiana has to cover her bases?


Grayson Waller heads to the ring.

Security is at the ready, just as he said. Fans boo as the 21st Century Success Story walks down the ramp, and then he goes to Vic Joseph at the announce desk. Waller takes the contract, looks it over, and then grabs a pen. Waller says, “Once I’m done, whatever happens in this match, I want to do it in front of you (Vic). Whatever happens to your boy is on your hands.” Waller takes the contract into the ring, and gets a mic. “Hey! You flops better watch my back, because Gargano’s known for his cheap shots. And he could come from anywhere, right?” Fans boo as Waller continues.

“I’m staring at this paper and… I still can’t believe it. Grayson Waller VS Johnny Gargano, at Stand & Deliver.” Fans taunt Waller, “You Can’t Read!” Waller says Melo VS Bron thinks it’s the main event. But it doesn’t matter when he’s on, Waller’s the REAL main event! Because this is a full circle moment. Two years ago, Waller was trying to stand out in front of the new wave. He was trying to build a relationship with the idiot fans! He was singing, dancing, all the things the fans pretend they don’t like but secretly love. “And then came WarGames. And at the time, I was considered the fourth best member of Team 2.0.”

Fans tell Waller to shut up, but Waller continues. He went out there, he stepped in that cage, and he jumped from the top! He put his body on the line because that was gonna be his “viral moment.” That was gonna be what launched him to superstardom. But he was wrong. “Because at the end of the night, after WarGames, all anyone could talk about was Johnny Wrestling. So two nights later, in a night I know you remember very vividly. You (Johnny Gargano) walked to this ring, and everyone couldn’t wait to hear what you had to say! And because you kissed his ass so much, Shawn Michaels gave you as much time as you wanted!

“But it only took me 30 seconds. I saw my mark and I hit it. And let’s be real, Johnny, you are the biggest mark in this business.” Waller stepped out there, hit Gargano with the chair, and sent Gargano home. Then Waller sent himself into the stratosphere. It’s funny, because Gargano told the world that you should bet on yourself. “And if you wanna talk about the last 15 months, no one has bet on themselves more than Grayson Waller! And if you want proof, my proof is right here! I have the greatest big match superstar in NXT history begging me to kick his ass at Stand & Deliver. Don’t forget that, Johnny: you’re begging me. I’m your golden ticket right now!”

Waller admits, Gargano is the greatest big match superstar in NXT history. Gargano’s done it all. The records, the titles, the matches, the moments. Johnny Gargano IS Mr. NXT. “But just like your idol, Mr. WrestleMania, Shawn Michaels, you are gonna lose at Stand & Deliver. You bleed black ‘n’ gold, lad? I bleed green. 15 months ago, I used you to put myself on the map. And at Stand & Deliver, I use you one more time-” GARGANO IS HERE?! But Waller told him not to show up or he wouldn’t sign the contract! Waller is ready for a fight, he dares Gargano to come for this fight, but where is Gargano?

HE’S THE CAMERAMAN!! Gargano sets the camera down, takes off the hat and mask, and he rushes Waller! Security finally realizes and they rush in! Fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” but security does its job in separating them. But then Waller and Gargano get loose to fire off hands again! Waller bails, Gargano pursues, and they COLLIDE! Waller tumbles over steel steps, Gargano goes after him, and the scrapping continues at the ramp! Fans rally behind Gargano but Waller TACKLES him on the stage! Security pulls them apart again, but Gargano gets free to LEAP onto the pile!

Fans fire up but the two are separated again. Johnny Wrestling and the viral villain are ready to stand and deliver, but who will be left standing at all in the end?

My Thoughts:

A great NXT and a great go-home, though still with the usual level of talking for NXT, which is a little too much talking. I do appreciate that Pretty Deadly was inserting themselves all over the show to give their thoughts and predictions. And they were entertaining each segment so it is still fine. Isla & Alba have a good promo to give their thoughts on Fallon & Kiana being at odds. And I’m glad we got Prime Target back since this isn’t NXT 2.0 but “white & gold” era. But none of these really change the math in those matches as I see it. Melo is still the proper choice to win so Bron can move on, and given Fallon & Kiana are so against each other right now, Isla & Alba are definitely taking those titles.

Speaking of that story, the romcom of Jensen and Kiana continues to take some really clever turns that also help tie into other stories. The tag team “main event” of Briggs & Jensen VS Tony & Stacks was a really good match, and it adds to story. Kiana uses the tag match and that public kiss to deflect from Sebastian. At this rate, Kiana is gonna marry Jensen before she tells him about Sebastian. Which honestly, would be a hilarious thing given American pro-wrestling can’t help but have weddings. And this win gives Tony & Stacks the momentum going into the Triple Threat. I’m thinking this all leads to Gallus finding a way to retain the titles.

Opening with the battle royal was the right move, as was making it chaotic like the rest of the North American Championship open challenge segments. Scrypts going after Axiom is good consistency, but I’m pleasantly surprised to see he didn’t stop Axiom from winning. I thought they were gonna put a giant over but nope, we got two Cruiserweights at the end. Also great detail was that the final three were NXT UK alumni (Axiom is A-Kid for anyone who still doesn’t know). And in the end, Axiom finally gets what he wants in getting this title opportunity. If Wes isn’t winning, this is anyone’s game, all of these guys are that great.

Though, I’m not sure we needed Gulak VS Hank here tonight after both men already competed in the battle royal. It was still a great match, with a strong showing from Hank and a classic Heel shenanigan for Gulak to win. But I would’ve waited to make this part of the aftermath episode next Tuesday to help bridge things into the Spring and Summer phases. Meanwhile, Eddy Thorpe has a good TV debut after a string of matches on Level Up. Formerly Karl Fredericks in NJPW as a Young Lion, Thorpe brings those basics and essential moves, but shows he can do the fancier stuff. The Twist ‘n’ Shout swinging neckbreaker is a great finisher, can’t wait to hear its finisher name.

Good match from Feroz and Lopez, and I figured Lopez would win, but I’m surprised Lopez didn’t cheat since that was kinda the whole point of their story. Maybe Feroz points that out to Lopez next week and Lopez starts to see things her way. Good stuff out of Chase U, especially the checked out attitude of Duke Hudson. I think Duke’s assist was meant to screw Bate but it ended up an assist because Bate jumped for the tope. And good promo from The Schism to bum everyone out after Bate’s win. Duke helping screw Chase U over seems a bit obvious but sometimes stories go in the obvious direction.

Roxanne being back before Stand & Deliver is quite the surprise to me. I really thought we were waiting for an Undisputed NXT Women’s Championship story, but I suppose putting that on just a TV special like Spring Breakkin’ isn’t enough. So instead, Roxie makes her return, she champions the fight of mental health and anxiety to still be champion going into Stand & Deliver. I’d somehow lost count, but yeah, a SIX WAY Ladder Match. That is wild, and much like with the North American Championship, I see it as Roxie retaining, or anyone’s guess of a new champion. Indi winning that great Last Chance Triple Threat was a bit of a surprise, but Stand & Deliver could be her good-bye match to NXT. Then she rejoins The Way on Raw in a big moment of some kind.

And speaking of big moment, great final segment with Waller and Gargano. Good promo from Waller showing us that indeed, this is full circle. Waller was honestly good at being a Face back in the days of 205 Live. But even then, there were hints of being arrogant and defying authority, Waller’s come into his own as a Heel, perhaps one the top Heel at this point. I thought Waller was gonna beat up Vic since he was to have Gargano banned from the building, but Waller said it himself, Gargano became “Johnny Cosplay” pulling off the covered up cameraman disguise. Great brawl, it was a wash so no one has the math behind them, but I would think that with Gargano on Raw now, Waller will use the fact this is Unsanctioned/No Disqualification to win and just have all the Heel heat.

My Score: 8.7/10

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