Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (9/20/22)
NXT’s ready to shine!
Can the Big Strong Boy trump the Irish Ace?
Both Tyler Bate and JD McDonagh have faced Bron Breakker before, and they both want another shot! Who will be the NEW #1 Contender to the NXT Championship?
- Best of 3 Series, Part 2: Nathan Frazer VS Axiom, Axiom leads 1-0; Frazer wins and ties the series.
- Toxic Attraction VS Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley; Toxic Attraction wins.
- Malik Blade & Edris Enofe VS The Dyad w/ Joe Gacy; The Dyad wins.
- Wendy Choo VS Cora Jade; Cora wins.
- Andre Chase & Bodhi Hayward w/ Thea Hail VS Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams; Chase & Bodhi win.
- Sanga VS Von Wagner; Wagner wins.
- North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Oro Mensah VS Grayson Waller; Mensah wins and advances to Halloween Havoc.
- NXT Championship #1 Contender’s Match: JD McDonagh VS Tyler Bate; McDonagh wins and will challenge Bron Breakker for the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Carmelo Hayes and Solo Sikoa end up in the same interview.
And Melo ain’t happy about it. Solo says the title looks better on him. Melo shot and missed. But Shawn Michaels says they’re not doing this right now. They’re both meeting here because of how their match ended. HBK commends Solo stepping up but he wasn’t sanctioned to be in that match. Therefore, that match result cannot stand. Solo must vacate the North American Championship. HBK is sorry, but he’s been there. It sucks. Solo understands, rules are rules. Solo has unfinished business then. HBK wants Solo to know something. What he did here over the last year is staggering, so good luck on SmackDown, Raw and wherever his WWE career takes him.
Solo told Melo he had next. Melo says Solo had next. Now beat it. And HBK, thank you for making the right decision. What? He expects to get this handed back to him? Melo tried to outsmart the system and got burned. HBK doesn’t care if Melo is cocky, he even respects that. But as soon as you think you’re bigger than the business, the business slaps you in the face. And that’s what happened. Melo will get his chance to get this belt back, in six weeks at Halloween Havoc! Melo and four others who qualify over the next few weeks will compete for the North American title, in a LADDER MATCH!
Melo accepts that and heads out. Who will join him in that massive match to crown a NEW North American Champion?
Best of 3 Series, Part 2: Nathan Frazer VS Axiom!
The British Prodigy lost the all important first round to the Undeniable Truth, but now he gets a chance to start again! Will Frazer tie this series up and push it to a third? Or will Axiom keep this from becoming a trilogy?
The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Axiom waistlocks but Frazer arm-drags Axiom. Axiom headscissors, fans duel, and Frazer kips free. They circle again, tie up, and Axiom wrenches an arm. Axiom stands Frazer up, whips him to ropes, but Frazer rolls Axiom! TWO, but Frazer hurries to backslide! Axiom slips off to La Magistrol! But Frazer counters! TWO!! Axiom waistlocks, Frazer slips under, O’Conner Rolls, ONE! SLEEPER!! Frazer flails, rolls back to a cover, TWO!! Axiom lets go in time and fans cheer the standoff. The two reset and circle again as fans continue to duel.
They knuckle lock, Axiom rolls back, wrenches, trips Frazer and has the toehold. Frazer endures, pushes up to roll but Axiom handsprings through! Fans fire up as the two go again. They tie up, Frazer headlocks but axiom powers out. Frazer runs him over, covers, ONE! Frazer runs Axiom over again! Cover, ONE! Frazer headlocks for a takeover and he grinds Axiom down! Axiom rolls to a cover, TWO! Frazer holds on, Axiom fights up to his feet, but Frazer spins and waistlocks to drag Axiom down. Axiom switches, fans rally, and Frazer fights up. Axiom shifts to a headlock then hits a takeover.
Frazer endures, headscissors, and he holds tight! Frazer pushes up for pressure but Axiom moves around. Axiom heastands, turns Frazer over and bridges to get the legs tied up! Axiom shifts to get the arms and he has a headstand into the CATTLE MUTILATION! Frazer moves, Axiom has the arms but Frazer flips and arm-drags free! Axiom ducks ‘n’ dodges and springboards to arm-drag! Then a kip up and DROPKICK! Frazer scrambles, he denies the O’Conner but runs into a BIG NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Axiom looms over Frazer, whips him to a corner, but Frazer goes up and over!
Axiom catches Frazer but Frazer headscissors him out! Frazer builds speed but Axiom ROCKS him! Axiom climbs up the corner, leaps, but Frazer DROPKICKS him out of the sky! Axiom scrambles to get away to the outside! Frazer is frustrated as NXT goes picture in picture.
Frazer goes out after Axiom, drags him up, and RAMS him into the apron! Frazer puts Axiom in the ring, ELBOWS him down, then covers, TWO! Frazer is frustrated again, and he drags Axiom. Frazer hangs Axiom out to dry on the ropes, then DECKs him! Axiom flops to the apron but he holds on to the ropes. Frazer drags Axiom up and through the ropes, but Axiom kicks at Frazer! Frazer still drags Axiom in, YANKS him from the ropes, and SPLASHES down! Cover, TWO! Frazer drags Axiom back up, puts him in a corner and whips him corner to corner hard! Axiom hits buckles chest first and falls back.
Frazer storms up on Axiom but Axiom CHOPS him! Frazer DECKS Axiom and stomps away! Frazer puts Axiom in another corner, RAMS into him, then RAMS in again! Frazer gets the leg and trips Axiom for a jackknife bridge! TWO, and Axiom scrambles away. Frazer grows further frustrated but he storms up on Axiom again. Frazer drags Axiom up, and fisherman’s for a GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Axiom is showing his toughness, and fans rally up. Frazer whips Axiom to ropes, then kitchen sink KNEES him down! Cover, TWO! Frazer is really frustrated now, and he clamps on with a rear bearhug.
Axiom endures, reaches out and crawls for ropes as NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally and duel, Frazer KNEES Axiom in the back, and then squeezes tighter on the bearhug. Axiom fights up to his feet but Frazer CLUBS him on the back! Frazer whips, Axiom reverses and reels him in for an IRON OCTOPUS! But Frazer slips out to get a COBRA TWIST! Axiom hip tosses free! Frazer staggers up, Axiom fires off forearms and counter punches! Axiom headbutts low, fires off palm strikes then whips! And DROPKICKS! Fans fire up as Axiom runs, to HOTSHOT Frazer! And then springboard, FLYING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!
Frazer is still in this, and perhaps Axiom is growing frustrated. Hard to say with that mask on. Fans rally and Axiom aims to KICK! Frazer sits up and Axiom KICKS him again! And again, but Frazer blocks! Axiom avoids the leg sweep to ENZIGURI! But Frazer ENZIGURIS back! Frazer goes to roll up but Axiom sits on it! TWO!! Fans are thunderous, Axiom dodges Frazer to PELE! Axiom fires up and takes aim from the corner! GOLDEN- SUPERKICK from Frazer!! Cover, TWO!!! Axiom survives and Frazer can’t believe it! But the fans are loving “NXT! NXT!” for this one! Frazer hurries to a corner and climbs up top! Axiom gets up to GAMANGIRI first!
Axiom climbs up after Frazer now, and hits a SUPER ARM-DRAG! Cover, TWO!! Frazer survives and Axiom is beside himself! Fans rally, “This is Awesome!” as Axiom waistlocks. Frazer holds ropes, Axiom has the SLEEPER! Frazer elbows free, then elbows from the corner! QUEBRADA, into the SLEEPER! Axiom has the body scissors but Frazer fights up to his feet! But Axiom shifts to a GUILLOTINE! And then to an omoplata! Frazer gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans fire up but Axiom lets off, to STOMP Frazer down! Fans boo the savagery but Axiom goes up top. Axiom aims but Frazer springs up top! SUPERPLEX!
Roll through a la Rollins, for ANARCHY!! Frazer hurries up top again, for the PHOENIX SPLASH!! Cover, Frazer wins!!
Winner: Nathan Frazer, by pinfall (series is now tied 1-1)
The British Prodigy finds his opening and hits the mark! Now it’ll all come down to the final round, who will take the series and rise in the ranks?
Alba Fyre speaks.
“Mandy Rose. Your reign as Women’s Champion has been historic. You’ve blazed through opponent after opponent. But last week, when we locked eyes, I smelled your soul. I’ve seen the fear building up inside you. And in your heart, you know that I’m going to be the one to take that woman’s title away from you and burn your empire to the ground.”
Mandy Rose sees that.
Gigi & Jacy ask if she’s okay. Yeah, why? She’s not impressed by Fyre. Mandy will take out Fallon Henley next week, and then she’ll do the same thing to Alba Fyre. Now tonight, Gigi & Jacy has to show us why there’s Toxic Attraction, and then everyone else. The trio heads out, will Gigi & Jacy prove they’re ready to get the tag titles back?
Damon Kemp speaks.
He throws down the Diamond Mine singlet and sprays a red X on it. “Did you see the Creeds’ faces when I cost them the tag team titles last week? It was priceless. It’s the same dumb look they had on their faces when they were trying to figure out if it was Roddy that was on the take from Tony D. Roddy didn’t take any money, I did. It was all set up so Tony & Stacks could win the tag team titles. But Santos came back and ruined it. IT was only a matter of time before Julius and Roddy were gonna clash.
“Then Roddy said he pulled the security footage to help clear his name. I thought I was dead in the water, I knew I had to get ride of the footage. So, I destroyed Roddy’s phone, then I destroyed Roddy. Did you know he’s still in this hospital? Maybe. I just sent him flowers. The Creed Brothers were pissed at me before, I can only imagine how they’re feeling right now. They’re probably in the gym right now, pacing. Listen, I am a world class athlete, but I am not gonna fight the Creed Brothers two on one. That’s not fair. One on one, any time, any place. One in the ring, and one back in the locker room. They can pick who gets this work first. That’s all you get today.”
Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley hear about this.
The Diamond Pitbull is pissed! It was Damon all along?! Tatum wants Ivy to calm down but she can’t! Damon’s all but destroyed Diamond Mine! Tatum says there’s nothing they can do about that now. Julius & Brutus will handle Damon while they have business with Toxic Attraction. Focus. Ivy IS focused! Let’s go! But did Damon do more damage than to just Roderick and the Creeds with his betrayal?
Toxic Attraction VS Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley!
KC Squared have the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, and in many ways, Gigi & Jacy kept them safe against their other challengers. But now, Gigi & Jacy want the gold back around their waists. Will they get their rematch with Kayden & Katana? Or will Diamond Mine get some gold of their own again?
The teams sort out and Gigi starts against Tatum. Fans rally as Gigi and Tatum tie up. Gigi wrenches, wristlocks, and whips, but Tatum reverses. Things speed up, Tatum hurdles but Gigi leaps over. Tatum goes Matrix then DROPKICKS Gigi down! Gigi gets up, Tatum facelocks but Gigi keeps her from Ivy! Gigi blocks a kick, flips Tatum but she lands on her feet! Gigi CLOBBERS Tatum and tags in Jacy! Toxic Attraction double wrench, double KICK, then BUZZSAW and SENTON! Cover, TWO! Jacy smirks and she KICKS Tatum in the back. Jacy taunts “muscles” Ivy, but Tatum O’Conner Rolls! TWO, and Tatum ROCKS Jacy! Jacy reverses the whip to CLOBBER Tatum!
Jacy tags Gigi, then feeds Tatum to the BOOT! Gigi hurries to cover, TWO! Gigi drags Tatum around, CLUBS her down, then pulls the arms back to keep Tatum from Ivy. Fans rally as Tatum endures a top wristlock. Gigi JAMS the arm, Tatum still fights up, but Gigi knees low. Gigi whips Tatum and ROCKS her at the ropes! But Tatum rolls Gigi up! TWO, and both women run, DOUBLE FACEBUSTERS take them down! Fans fire up as Gigi and Tatum crawl, hot tags to Jacy and Ivy! The Female Titan rallies on Toxic Attraction with big forearms! Ivy KICKS, KICKS and ENZIGURIS! Jacy flops down, Ivy runs in at the corner to CALF KICK!
Fans fire up with Ivy and she deadlift Half Hatch suplexes! Cover, Gigi breaks it! Tatum runs in, but into Gigi’s SAIDO! Ivy hurries after Jacy but Jacy ROLLING ELBOWS her! Tag to Gigi and Jacy hits a CODE BREAKER! But Ivy avoids the lariat to ROCK Gigi! And ENZIGURI Jacy! Ivy has Jacy but Gigi YANKS her out of the ring! Fans boo as Gigi puts Ivy back in. Tag to Jacy, TOXIC ANNIHILATION! Cover, Toxic Attraction wins!
Winners: Toxic Attraction, by pinfall
Gigi & Jacy blow kisses to everyone, happily moving on down the road towards the titles! Will Kayden & Katana have to be ready for a toxic showdown?
NXT returns to The Schism in the ring.
Jagger Reed says, “Last week signified the end of opportunities for those who are on the fence about The Schism. The time has come for you to pick a side!” No longer will The Schism turn the other cheek. And to anyone not sitting in the shade of their tree, you’ve been warned! Rip Fowler says to those enlightened few brave enough to break the status quo and sit with them under their tree, “you have nothing to fear. We will never abandon you. In fact, we will hold you tighter in our arms.” Jagger says the road to peace and inclusivity is a bumpy one. But they will make the world a better place and accept that mission.
Joe Gacy says we’ve brought this upon ourselves. “Change can be scary, but we have given you ample time to accept the change. Now, whether you accept us or not, you will see the world through our eyes. Cameron Grimes, you have had multiple chances, and I have been more than patient. I have tried reasoning, I have tried compassion, but it seems that this world only responds to a firm hand. Cameron Grimes, you have made a life altering decision. And to you and anyone else that refuses to listen, the wrath of The Schism is imminent.” But wait! Here come Edris & Malik! They fire off on The Dyad for that brawl last week!
Edris & Malik DECK Jagger & Rip, then DOUBLE PLANCHA! Fans fire up and we have a match! Will The Schism learn what happens to hypocrites?
Malik Blade & Edris Enofe VS The Dyad w/ Joe Gacy!
The bell rings, Malik goes after Rip but Rip throws haymakers! And CHOPS! And forearms! Rip whips but Malik reverses to hurdle and dropkick! Fans fire up with Malik and he brings Rip up. Malik scoops, Rip slips off to wrench and RAM shoulders. Rip whips but Edris tags in. Malik reverses, he and Edris trip Rip up to BOOT and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Edris wrenches Rip, Rip pulls hair and the ref reprimands. Rip puts Edris in the corner, tags Jagger, and the Dyad traps Edris to mug him! Jagger reels Edris in for a short arm LARIAT! Cover, ONE!! Jagger is annoyed, he ROCKS Edris with a haymaker!
Tag to Rip, but Edris fights back! The Dyad mugs Edris again but Edris BOOTS Rip away! Edris ducks the double clothesline to hot tag Malik! Springboard CROSSBODY! Edris DOUBLE LARIATS the Dyad out, then holds the ropes down for Malik to FLY! Direct hit and Gacy is furious while NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Jagger ROCKS Malik with a right, but Malik ROCKS Jagger with haymakers of his own! Jagger powers Malik back, Rip tags in, then Jagger whips Malik. Rip grabs at Malik’s sweater vest, Malik swings on Rip but Jagger CLOBBERS Malik! Fans boo but Jagger throws Malik out. Rip then gets Malik up, PLANCHA BACKBREAKER COMBO! Fans boo more but The Schism soak up the heat while hugging it out! Fans boo more but Rip puts Malik in the ring. Rip drags Malik up, ROCKS him, then tags Jagger. The Dyad mug Malik, Jagger snapmares and stomps Malik down!
Fans rally up and Malik throws body shots! But Jagger ROCKS Malik with forearms! Jagger drags Malik by his sweater vest then ROCKS him again. Tag to Rip, The Dyad double whip Malik to ropes, but Malik holds ropes to rally back on The Dyad! Hot tag to Edris and he fires off on The Dyad! SPLASH for Jagger in a corner! SPLASH for Rip in a corner! Edris fires off haymakers on Rip but Jagger rushes over. Edris just fires haymakers on Jagger! Fans fire up with Edris, he dodges Jagger to UPPERCUT Rip! Then he SHOTGUNS Jagger! Rip reverses a whip but Edris trips him up! SLING-DOG! Edris fires up and brings Rip up.
Rip wrenches to JAWBREAKER! Malik sneaks a tag, Edris KNEES Rip! Malik runs in, LEAP FROG LEG DROP SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Rip survives and fans argue the count but Malik stays focused and fired up! Tag to Edris, they get Rip up in a fireman’s carry, but Jagger dumps Malik out! Rip rolls Edris up, TWO and Edris has a cradle! TWO!!! Rip escapes and throat chops! Tag to Jagger, MAYHEM DESTROYER!! Fans are losing their minds over that one, but then there’s the TICKET TO RIDE!! Cover, The Dyad wins!
Winners: The Dyad, by pinfall
Gacy joins his men in celebrating, having showed Edris & Malik what happens to the opposition. Will there be zero tolerance for those who incur the wrath of The Schism?
Roxanne Perez speaks.
“Meiko Satomura is a legend, and in my opinion, the true measuring stick of women in this business. I challenged Meiko because I wanted to find out where I stood. I was very nervous, it was pretty obvious. I’m sure everyone saw me slip during my entrance because I knew I was in for a battle. I’ve never been hit harder in my life. I still have bruises on my back two weeks later. I hit her with everything I had, but she proved why she’s Meiko. I may have lost the match, but I gained Meiko’s respect.” Meiko says Roxie was super tough. Meiko was hard on her but she still stood up to her. Roxie has fighting sprit, and will be a great women’s champion one day.
Roxie found the toughness and grit she never knew she had. She can never thank Meiko enough. And that is what Roxie will use on Cora Jade! The next time they face off, Cora is going to face a tougher, rougher Roxie! When and where will the former friends have it out?
Wendy Choo VS Cora Jade!
The Queen of Comfy didn’t appreciate what was said by #GenerationJade. Will Wendy prove to Cora that Cora’s the one in her own little world? Or will Cora make Wendy go night-night tonight?
NXT returns as Cora makes her entrance. The bell rings, the two circle, and fans duel. The two tie up, Cora puts Wendy in a corner but the ref counts. Cora lets off and pats Wendy on the head. Wendy SHOVES Cora down! Cora gets up, Wendy gets around and headlocks! Wendy hits a takeover, but Cora headscissors free. Cora holds on as Wendy tries to kip free, so Wendy moves around. Wendy headstands, pops free and mocks Cora before getting her own headlock. Fans fire up but Cora pushes with forearms. Wendy holds on, they stand up and Cora powers out. Wendy runs Cora over, things speed up, and Wendy body scissors to a cover, TWO!
Wendy SHOTGUNS Cora down! Cora goes to a corner, Wendy runs side to side to YAKUZA KCIK! Cora flounders out of the ring, so Wendy builds speed to slide! Cora blocks that, spins Wendy and ROCKS her! Cora snarls, stomps Wendy down, and CLUBS her. Cora CHOKES Wendy on the ropes, lets off as the ref counts, and Cora mocks Wendy as she sputters. Cora ROCKS Wendy with forearms then whips her to ropes, only to send her into ropes and ELBOW her down! Cover, TWO! Fans duel, Cora stomps Wendy, and then Cora runs to springboard DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Cora pulls Wendy back into a straitjacket stretch!
Fans rally and Wendy endures but Cora thrashes her around. Fans rally as Cora pulls o the arms. Wendy fights up, arm-drags free, and then throws a body shot! And a KICK! And a LARIAT! Wendy fires up, whips Cora to ropes and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! Cora staggers to a corner, Wendy handspring FOREARMS her! Cora holds ropes to deny the suplex, but Wendy yanks her away! GERMAN SUPLEX! Cora goes back to the corner, Wendy runs in, but Cora trips her into the buckles! DDT! Cover, Cora wins!
Winner: Cora Jade, by pinfall
Cora turns things around on Wendy at the last second, then “kicks dirt” at her. Cora heads out, will she be headed for the top of NXT? And then Lash Legend gets in the ring! She BOOTS Wendy down! Fans boo Lash as she talks trash on Wendy, will Wendy have another ego to deal with?
Backstage interview with Bron Breakker.
McKenzie asks the NXT Champion about Bate VS McDonagh in tonight’s main event. Bron first wants to thank the fans for voting him as the NXT Superstar of the Year. Now, tonight. Bate has a great mix of strength, speed and agility while JD picks a body part and dissects it. It is main event worthy for sure. But who does he think will win? It could go either way, but Bron picks Bate. They had a banger at Worlds Collide, Bron would love to do that again. Bron heads out, will the Big Strong Boy come through for him? Or will Bron regret betting against the Irish Ace?
Trick Williams talks with Carmelo Hayes backstage.
Trick says what happened last week is the past. Today is a new day. Melo IS the man. Carmelo says yes he is! They head for gorilla, what will the former A Champion have to say about the coming ladder match?
Backstage interview with Oro Mensah.
Kelly Kingcaid says what a unique name and what an exciting night. We know what Oro can do from NXT UK, but what does he say to his match with Grayson Waller being a North American Championship Ladder Match qualifier? Oro says he came to NXT to face the best, Waller is one of the best, as he will tell you himself. He even tweets about it! But the uniqueness of his name, he’ll explain what it means. “Oro” means “Gold,” and Ghana is known as the Country of Gold. Now tonight, Oro will make sure he qualifies for that ladder match! Then good luck! Oro thanks Kelly and is all fired up. Will the Freshest Flavor on the Brand have one sweet debut?
Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams head to the ring!
Fans chant “SOLO~!” at them as they get the mics. Trick has the music cut and tells everyone to shut their mouths. “Y’all saw what happened last week. Solo musta lost his mind! Melo needs to get something off his chest, now talk your talk, dawg.” Melo says first off, he says vote or no vote, he IS the biggest superstar in NXT! PERIOD. Fans boo in disagreement but Solo says everyone’s preying on his downfall, and last week proves it. So what Melo wants now is the person that played the music and rang the bell and even the referee that counted the pinfall, they should ALL lose their jobs! Sign up for unemployment!
Fans boo but Melo tells Solo, “I don’t care what bloodline you come from, You came into my house and you stole something that belongs to me. So it doesn’t matter which way you flip it, I am still THE A Champion!” Wait, here comes CHASE U! Fans fire up for Andre Chase, Bodhi Hayward & Thea Hail, and Chase has the mic. “Carmelo Hayes, I saw what happened last week. And I think what we have right now-” NO! NO! Melo will stop Chase right there! Any other time, but now’s not the time. This is serious business! Chase says Melo may not want to hear this, but last week, we had-
Trick says to stop there! He doesn’t care if Chase is backed by all of Chase U, Thea Hail, Bodhi, Brody, Jabronies, it don’t matter! Don’t you finish that line! “What we have right now…” Don’t do it…! “IS A TEACHABLE MOMENT!!” And the brawl is on! Melo & Trick bail out, fans fire up, and a ref hurries out! We’ve got ourselves a tag match, playa!
Andre Chase & Bodhi Hayward w/ Thea Hail VS Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams!
The bell rings, Chase and Trick start and Chase gets a headlock. Trick powers out, things speed up, and Trick hurdles. Chase blocks the hip toss to give a hip toss! Fans fire up but Trick ROCKS Chase! Trick bumps Chase off buckles, tags in Melo, and they double whip Chase. Trick DROPKICKS Chase down, Melo talks trash and covers, ONE! Melo drags Chase up to CHOP! And ROCK! Fans rally but Melo snapmares Chase. Chase gets up to wrench and wristlock! Tag to Bodhi, they double whip and double ELBOW Melo! Bodhi wrenches, but Melo ROCKS Bodhi! And CHOPS! Tag to Trick, they mug Bodhi but fans rally up.
Trick suplexes Bodhi, then mocks Chase U. Trick CLUBS Bodhi, but Bodhi turns things around into an arm-drag! Three-point stance, FLYING TACKLE! Fans fire up and Bodhi tags Chase! Chase CHOPS Trick, clinches, but Trick ROCKS Chase! Trick whips, Chase reverses and hits a RUSISAN LEG SWEEP! Fans fire up and they spell along with the stomps, “CHASE U!” Tag to Bodhi and he drags Trick up. Bodhi facelocks, torture racks, but Melo tags in! Melo drags Trick off and they DOUBLE LARIAT Bodhi! Fans duel, Melo SPRINGBOARD LARIATS! Melo shoots his three then SUPERKICKS Bodhi down! Cover, TWO!
Melo is frustrated but he brings Bodhi around. Tag to Trick, they mug Bodhi more, but fans chant, “Whoop That Trick!” Trick stomps away on Bodhi, then throws a hard body shot! And an UPPERCUT! Trick runs, but Bodhi ducks the flying shoulder! Hot tag to Chase! Chase JABS Trick, JABS, DECKS Melo, CHOPS Trick, and atomic drops! Trick hobbles into a scoop SLAM! Fans fire up with Chase and he goes up a corner! But Trick gets under the leap! Pop-up UPPERCUT! Hot tag to Melo and he runs in to BOOT Chase down! SUPERKICK for Bodhi! Melo runs, springboards, but into a roll and cradle! CHASE U WINS!!!
Winner: Andre Chase & Bodhi Hayward, by pinfall
WHOA!! The Professor just taught the A Champion something! NEVER underestimate your opponent, no matter who they are! Will this help Chase get a spot in that ladder match?
Gallus is having a good time backstage.
Joe Coffey throws darts while the boys play cards. The good ol’ boys & Fallon Henley walk in and Josh Briggs asks what the big X is for. That’s the Scottish flag… But anyway, the country trio thought Gallus was on their way outta here after losing the tag title match. No, they thought they’d stick it out. They kinda like it here. And this is a closed game. The kids games are down the block. Go Fish. Oh, be careful now. Brooks Jensen might put you boys under the table. Better yet, let’s put Gallus through a table! But then security rushes in to stop this from breaking down into a brawl. Briggs tells Gallus it’ll take more than a bit of chaos to scare them off!
Wolfgang says if they want a fight, they’ll get a fight! More security rushes in and they have Briggs & Jensen stand down. Will we see a showdown between these two teams soon enough?
Sanga VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone!
The Giant Gentlemen didn’t like how Vicious Von talks around the ladies, and now he’s going toe to toe, behemoth against behemoth! Will Sanga humble the hulking brute? Or will even Sanga see that this is Wagner’s World, and he’s just living in it?
The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Von dodges and RAMS Sanga, but Sanga rebounds to run Von over! Sanga storms up but into an elbow! Von throws hands and kicks then whips, but Sanga blocks to reverse. Von holds ropes, he elbows Sanga away, but Sanga CLOBBERS Von! Fans fire up and Sanga scoops Von! Von slips off to RAM Sanga into a corner. Von fires off with hands and stomps and point-blank clotheslines! Fans boo, the ref counts, but Sanga counter punches Von! Sanga ROCKS Von, Von knees low! Von CLUBS Sanga, KNEES him and CLUBS him more! Von clamps on for a neck wrench but Sanga endures.
Fans rally, Sanga fights up and he throws body shots! Fans cheer Sanga and he SPLASHES in the corner! Sanga scoops for a SIDEWALK SLAM! Von bails out and Sanga BOOTS him off the apron! Fans fire up but the ref keeps Sanga back to start the ring count. Sanga goes out the side and he storms up on Von to CLOBBER him! Fans fire up with Sanga, and Stone leaps in!? Sanga catches Stone, but Von POSTS Sanga! Fans boo as Von POSTS Sanga again! And then RAMS him into the steel steps! Von puts Sanga in the ring, Von runs, and he BOOTS Sanga! Sanga rebounds, but into the fireman’s carry!! Von powers up to TKO!! Cover, Von wins!
Winner: Von Wagner, by pinfall
Fans boo but Von roars! Will this insane display of power prove Von is ready for a title opportunity?
Wes Lee speaks.
“Trick and Melo really did a number on me. But not good enough. The medical team says I’m cleared for action, so I’m more than ready to qualifier for this North American title ladder match.” There’s a rumor going around that Wes doesn’t even need to qualify, and it’s true. But Wes won’t accept special treatment. The fans entursted him to walk out with the title last week, but he let them down. There is no bye week, Wes is gonna EARN his shot! Will he make the ladder match must-see?
Channing “Stacks” Lorenzo responds to this.
What a touching story from our guy, Wes Lee. “But he must have rocks for brains! What a stunad! You always take the free ride.” But that’s Wes’s decision. He’s taking on The Don, Tony D’Angelo, in that qualifier! Will Tony D ruin Wes’s redemption?
Cameron Grimes speaks.
“Joe Gacy, you target the vulnerable and feast on the weak. But Cameron Grimes is neither of them! You preach about peace and compassion, but next week, you won’t find either of them! Cuz I’m gonna chop down that Schism tree, throw it in the woodchipper, and use it as fuel to go TO! THE! MOON!!” Grimes is all fired up, will he burn down Gacy’s tree of woe once and for all?
North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Oro Mensah VS Grayson Waller!
The Hottest Superstar Under the Sun is a former NXT UK Tag Team Champion, but he’s made the jump to NXT prime to heat back up! Will he be the first of four to qualifier for the coming title match? Or will the Grayson Waller Effect ruin Oro’s debut for his own success?
NXT returns as Oro makes his entrance. The bell rings and Waller talks trash before he JABS Oro! Waller whips, Oro reverses and hurdles, then he goes to hip toss. Waller blocks to CLOBBER Oro, then he shows off with drop steps. Waller kicks Oro around, wrenches his arm and wristlocks, but Oro rolls and handsprings. Waller throws Oro by his hair! Waller grinds the armlock but Oro kips up! Waller pulls hair again to throw Oro back down! Oro kips up again, but Waller throws him down again! Fans rally and duel, oddly, and Oro kips up. Waller arm-drags but Oro arm-drags back! Waller freaks out as his move backfires!
Oro CLUBS Waller’s arm, wrenches it, but Waller pulls hair again. Waller whips, Oro reverses and runs in to Tiger Wall Kick! Oro mocks the drop steps and shoots a three to then arm-drag Waller around! Oro body shots and PELES! Fans fire up but Waller SLAPS Oro! Waller won’t be disrespected! Oro fires off hands in return! Oro CLUBS Waller to a corner, CHOPS and ROCKS him, but lets off as the ref counts. Waller storms up but Oro knees low. Waller avoids the scissor kick to Electric Chair SLAM DUNK! Waller KNEES Oro in the back with his drop steps! Waller then drops an elbow and covers, TWO!
Fans chant “WALLER UCKS!” “NO!” as Waller stomps Oro down. Waller stands on Oro’s head but the ref counts. Oro gets up to throw body shots but Waller hits back. Waller whips, Oro ducks ‘n’ dodges, then sunset flips! Waller stays up, drags Oro around and drops another elbow! Waller rains down forearms on the back of Oro’s head! Fans boo and call Waller names, but Waller just clamps onto Oro for hammering elbows! He even takes off his elbow pad to throw more! Cover, TWO! Waller is frustrated but he taunts Oro. Waller fireman’s carries, but Oro fights free! Oro CLUBS Waller, ROCKS him, then ROCKS him again!
Waller kicks low, whips but Oro slides under and rallies on Waller! Oro whips, Waller reverses but Oro QUEBRADAS! Fans fire up and Oro clinches. Waller fires elbows, blocks a boot and flips Oro, but Oro AX KICKS Waller! Fans fire up as Waller goes to the apron and Oro storms over. Waller HOTSHOTS Oro, gets some space, and Waller runs to0 APOLLO CREWS!? Apollo’s bloody red eye scares Waller! And Oro DIVES onto him! Oro puts Waller in, Waller flounders around to a corner, and Oro run sin to WHEEL KICK! Cover, Oro wins!
Winner: Oro Mensah, by pinfall (qualifies for the North American Championship Ladder match)
Apollo looks like Halloween come early, and now the Hottest Superstar Under the Sun is headed to Halloween Havoc! Will Oro live up to his name and have gold around his waist again? Who else joins him and Melo in that match?
The Creed Brothers talk and train in the Diamond Dojo.
Brutus knows Julius got cuffed to the cage, but to be honest, he wants to beat Damon’s ass. Julius says that’s good, but Julius is the one who got hit with a backbreaker and a chair. Julius says he’s first. No, Damon cost them both those tag titles. Brutus is first. No, Julius was cuffed to the cage, it’s gonna be him. No, look what Damon did to Brutus’ face! It’s gonna be him! It NEEDS to be Brutus. Julius says fine. He wants Brutus to forget about it being a match. Go out there and END Damon’s career! Deal. The Creeds are out for blood, will they get their pound of flesh from the Golden Gopher?
Bron Breakker heads to the ring!
The NXT Champion is accompanied by Connor’s Cure Thriver, Landon “The Conqueror” Chase! Will you help Connor’s Cure conquer cancer? And who conquers who in the main event to get a title rematch with Bron?
Sol Ruca speaks.
She loves to express herself creatively in music, photography and art. But her home is the ocean, where it’s just her and the spirit of the water. No distracts, and absolute peace. “But as the tide rises, it’s time to come ashore.” Next week, Sol leaves the sand to hit the ring! Who will be first up to hang ten with the surfer girl?
NXT Championship #1 Contender’s Match: JD McDonagh VS Tyler Bate!
NXT returns as The Big Strong Boy makes his entrance, followed by the Irish Ace. The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. Everyone is on Bate’s side as he ties up with JD. JD wrenches to a wristlock but Bate rolls and hooks a leg. JD cranks the wristlock to wrangle Bate and he has a top wristlock now. Bate endures, fights up and kips up to headlock back. JD powers out but Bate goes up and under and baits JD into knuckle locks. Bate waistlocks, baits JD again, leap frogs over, then baits JD into a step over and roll-up! TWO, and Bate runs to CROSSBODY! Cover, ONE! JD gets up into an arm-drag and Bate has an armlock!
Fans cheer, Bate pushes to a cover, ONE! Bate keeps on the arm, but JD rolls and fight sup. Bate wrenches, JD pulls hair! JD has Bate in a corner but the ref counts. JD throws body shots, whips Bate corner to corner, then runs in, but Bate blocks with a boot and knees back! Bate goes up and leaps to FLYING UPPERCUT! Fans fire up as Bate watches JD get up. Bate fireman’s carries and starts the AIRPLANE SPIN! JD slips around to a sunset flip, TWO! Bate has a prawn hold, TWO! JD has the sunset, TWO! Bate’s back with the prawn hold, TWO! JD sunsets again, TWO! Bate high stacks now, TWO as JD pops Bate through, TWO!!
The two get up, Bate swings into a full nelson but he breaks free to victory roll! TWO! JD has it now, TWO! Bate body scissors to a clutch, TWO! JD ELBOWS Bate, jackknifes, TWO as Bate bridges up! Bate spins JD around to backslide, TWO! JD gets Bate up but Bate victory rolls again! TWO!! JD escapes but DOUBLE LARIATS knock them both down! Fans fire up and NXT goes picture in picture.
The ref checks both men and they’re okay to continue. Bate drags JD up to fire off EuroUppers! And CHOPS! JD leans against ropes, Bate headlocks and smacks JD with his boot! Then again! Then he hits a headlock takeover. JD headscissors back, but Bate moves around, pops free, but JD turns Bate’s headlock attempt around into a facelock. Bate fights up, throws body shots, and he powers out. Things speed up again, Bate hurdles and MONKEY FLIPS JD! Then DROPKICKS him out of the ring! JD flops to the floor and Bate builds speed, only for JD to return! URENAGE to STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!
Bate sputters from how fast JD turned that around on him. JD keeps focused, he drags Bate by a leg, and turns him! Bate kicks back from below but JD just grabs that leg! BOSTON CRAB! Bate endures and powers up to crawl forward! JD holds Bate back and he pulls Bate away from the ropes! NXT returns to single picture as fans rally for Bate. JD sits deep on the hold, Bate still endures and he powers up again! Bate powers his way around as the fans rally, and he actually goes backwards to push JD into the ropes! The ref counts the ropebreak, JD lets go, and Bate sits up. JD looms over Bate, drags Bate up, and KICKS him around!
The fans boo as JD has fun kicking away! JD goes to ripcord but Bate blocks! Bate grits his teeth, and he reels JD into a whip! JD goes up and out of the ring!! Even Bron’s surprised by that one! Bate hurries to build speed, and he FLIES! Direct hit and JD hits the desk! Fans fire up and Bron is shocked to see JD smiling through that! Bate drags JD up but JD SMACKS Bate off the desk! JD tells Bron this is going to be Bron next time. But Bate throws a body shot and puts JD in the ring! JD runs in at Bate but into Bate’s arms! Bate hits an EXPLODER! And a kip up! And a STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO!
Fans fire up behind Bate as he drags JD up. Bate gives JD some of those Kowata Kicks! Bate then EuroUppers JD to a corner. Bate runs in but JD slips out! Bate hits buckles, JD slingshots, but into a torture rack! Bate pops JD around to the AIRPLANE SPIN! Fans fire up and count, Bate goes all the way to 20 before the SLAM! Cover, TWO!! JD survives and both men are down as fans fire back up. “This is Awesome!” as both men slowly sit up. Bate gets an arm and he whips JD to a corner. JD tumbles up and out, Bate runs in but JD dumps him! JD PENALTY KICKS from the apron, then ASAI MOONSAULTS! Direct hit and fans fire up!
JD puts Bate in the ring, goes up the corner and 450 SPLASHES! Cover, TWO!! Bate survives but JD doesn’t stop! He stands Bate up to suplex, SHEER DROP BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! This is why Bate’s the UK Triple Crown Winner! But JD drags Bate up to throw JABS! Bate JABS back! JD shakes his head and ROCKS Bate with a right. Bate ROCKS JD, JD JABS, Bate JABS, it’s a boxing match in there, that turns into a fast ‘n’ furious brawl! Bop up, but JD blocks Bang! Bate ducks a haymaker to BANG after all! Underhooks, but JD wrenches out! JD kicks a leg out! Ripcord, DEVLIN- NO! Bate goes up for a DDT, but JD back drops him! Bate still lands on his feet!
Bate rebounds, for the- SPANISH FLY!! But BANG rises from the floor!! Fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” and hope these two “FIGHT FOREVER!” But this has to end somehow, and Bate climbs up the corner. JD ROCKS Bate first! JD climbs up but Bate fires off forearms! Bate then climbs up even higher, and he underhooks the arms! JD resists, and slips out to HEADBUTT! Both men wobble up top, but JD climbs up. JD stands Bate up, “This is Awesome!” as the SUPER SPANISH FLY hits!! Ripcord, DEVLINSIDE!! Cover, JD wins!!
Winner: JD McDonagh, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the NXT Championship)
Bron is a bit upset, but the better man won tonight. The Irish Ace is coming back for another try, will he hit the jackpot at Halloween Havoc? Bron joins JD in the ring to stare him down, but wait! No way! YES WAY! ILJA DRAGUNOV has come back to NXT!! JD is in shock seeing the Czar, and Bron is just smiling ear to ear as another heavy hitter joins the roster! Dragunov gets in the ring with the NXT Champion, and a man he is very familiar with in JD. Bron knows JD is up next, but he holds up his title to tell both men he’s ready for whatever. Will Bron be able to break even UNBESIEGBAR? Or will Dragunov take back the throne he never truly lost?
An awesome episode that really set up a lot of great stuff for Halloween Havoc. For one, what a surprise with the North American Championship situation. I guess giving up the title confirms that Solo is fully called up to RawDown, but that is a great way to give opportunities to a lot of other guys. Wes Lee had a good promo, and Stacks had a good enough response to set up Wes VS Tony D. I would think Wes beats Tony to get into the ladder match so that Wes can settle things with Melo, and I feel like Wes should be the one that wins the whole thing. We did get a great tag match out of Melo & Trick VS Chase U, though, and what a great surprise for Chase U to win. I hope this also means Andre Chase gets in the ladder match just to establish he’s moving up in the ranks.
Von VS Sanga was a great hoss fight, but I’m a bit bummed Von won this. I guess Von still needs to be seen as a threat, but who knows where he goes next. Oro VS Waller was a great match to introduce Oro (Oliver Carter) to NXT USA, and a great return for Apollo to screw Waller over. I have a feeling Apollo VS Waller will be a Halloween Havoc grudge match with a great Halloween themed Street Fight going on. And with that, I would think Apollo wins to get even from last time so that they can go one more time. And speaking of, Axiom VS Frazer Round 2 was great stuff, and Frazer of course wins so that they’ll have to have the third. As awesome as these last two have been, the third will be just amazing.
Good promo from Alba Fyre to again call out Mandy, and good response promo from Mandy where she did sound just a bit uncertain. I hope Fyre dethrones Mandy at Halloween Havoc, there’s something very full circle about something like that happening. Good promo from Roxie to put Meiko over, as well as Meiko putting Roxie over, too. Wendy VS Cora was really good but I guess Cora needs momentum going into her grudge match with Roxie. That should also happen at Halloween Havoc to throw a really fun stipulation on top of it. Though, I feel like the winner in Cora VS Roxie will have a lot to do with who is champion, sticking to the traditional Face VS Heel dynamic.
Lash also going after Wendy of course sets up their feud. I would love if we saw something from them for Halloween Havoc, too, to really see if Lash can keep up. Gigi & Jacy of course beat Ivy & Tatum, but at least they didn’t make it outright seem like Ivy was unfocused given the Diamond Mine drama. Damon had a great promo, complete with defaming the Diamond Mine gear. And I like that the Creeds almost got into a fight over who gets to destroy Damon. Damon VS Brutus probably won’t be the end of this, though. Damon will find an underhanded way to beat Brutus, and then Damon VS Julius happens to settle this.
Great interaction from Gallus and the good ol’ boys to set up their own match. The winner of that can probably be seen as the contenders to the tag titles to take on Pretty Deadly. No offense to Briggs & Jensen, but I think Gallus should get that one so that American audiences can see Gallus feud with Pretty Deadly and reference a lot of their UK material. Good promo from The Schism, really good tag match from Dyad VS Malik & Edris, but I had a feeling Dyad would win. Grimes has a good promo to set up a match with Gacy, but I am fully expecting this to give us the Six Man Tag of Schism VS Grimes, Edris & Malik.
And of course, great stuff from the main event and the NXT Championship scene. JD winning makes sense, they’ll want the classic Face VS Heel for the title match at Halloween Havoc, but WOW, Dragunov returning tonight was a great little surprise. I know fans were chanting “Triple Threat!” at the end, but I don’t want that. That’s just an excuse for Bron to retain the way Mandy did at Worlds Collide. Let Bron and JD settle their score, and then either way, we get another great match-up where Dragunov takes on the winner. There’s history between Dragunov and JD from NXT UK, but Dragunov VS Bron would be fresh material. And no offense to Bron, but he should NOT defeat Dragunov. Dragunov beat Gunther, then lost the belt to injury, Dragunov needs to be champion.
My Score: 8.8/10
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Andrew’s IMPACT Sacrifice Results & Match Ratings: 3.24.2023
Well damn, 24 hours changes everything! Josh is injured and has to vacate the World title! Mickie is also injured but she’s making her announcement during the show. How does IMPACT salvage their two main title pictures at Sacrifice?
Well hot damn, a lot of news popped up in less than 24 hours. So Josh Alexander tore his triceps; so he has to vacate the World Title and he’s being replaced by Steve Maclin in the 6 man match. Mickie James apparently also has an injury, but they are going to turn it into a segment on the show instead of a straight up vacating.
Now from a story perspective this sucks since I loved the Maclin/Alexander segment last night. That’s just me being selfish since I wanted to see that build and Maclin get the big win he deserves. Now he’ll be facing Kushida for the vacated title at Rebellion, and even if Maclin wins it will feel a little flat. Here’s to hoping that when Josh returns from injury they can find a way to bridge the time lost and keep the story going eventually.
.@MeanGiaMiller caught up with @FrankieKazarian and #RichSwann to talk about @Walking_Weapon's unfortunate injury and @SteveMaclin replacing him as their partner TONIGHT at #Sacrifice! #CountdownToSacrifice pic.twitter.com/jdnqk6BLN9
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) March 24, 2023
- Speedball Mike Bailey vs Jonathan Gresham: Bailey wins via Reverse Figure Four – *** 3/4
- Digital Media Championship: Joe Hendry (c) vs Brian Myers: Hendry retains via Standing Ovation – ***
- Gisele Shaw w/Jai Vidal & Savannah Evans vs Deonna Purrazzo: Deonna wins via Venus de Milo – *** 1/4
- Kenny King w/Eddie Edwards vs PCO: PCO wins via Straight Right Chair Punch – *** 1/4
- X Division Championship: Lince Dorado vs Trey Miguel (c): Trey retains via Cradle – *
- IMPACT Tag Team Titles: TMDK (Shane Haste & Bad Dude Tito) vs Bullet Club (Ace Austin & Chris Bey) (c): Bullet Club retains via ABC 1-2-Sweet – ****
- Busted Open Match: Bully Ray vs Tommy Dreamer: Bully wins – ** 1/2
- Time Machine (Kushida, Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs Rich Swann, Frankie Kazarian & Steve Maclin: Kushida wins via Hoverboard Lock – ****
Speedball Mike Bailey vs Jonathan Gresham
With the injuries in the main event, I could definitely see one, or both of these guys; fast tracked into the title scene after Rebellion. And I don’t think anyone would really be mad at that.
A quick tit for tat start, no one really gets any advantage. Just a few quick counters and takeover attempts. They both pause to take in chants from the crowd and then lock up again. Collar and Elbow tie up, they don’t release and both roll one another under the rope and out of the ring. There is an early moment where while he’s against the ropes he pokes Speedball in the eye and then apologizes. So things go back to a technical face vs face, but it could be a precursor.
Technical catch wrestling continues. Wrestling one another down, trying to get positions for small submission picks or limb attacks, but nothing is sticking yet. Gresham does manage to an Indian Deathlock, and then a Reverse Figure Four that Gresham conveniently can’t untangle so the referee has to do it and Bailey is pissed. Gresham tries to explain it, but Bailey lights him up, Gresham falls out of the ring, Golden Triangle Moonsault and now the aggression is starting to pick up. Hamstring Kicks and Chops from Bailey, but Gresham baits the attack and trips up Bailey before attacking the left knee with a grin on his face. Bailey is grounded for a while and Gresham keeps trying to twist off his leg. Eventually some Up Kicks break the submission attempt but Gresham wrestles him down again into a Bow and Arrow Trailer Hitch kind of move. Since Bailey has Tanahashi next week, Gresham must be trying to make Bailey’s knees equal. Good Guy Gresham.
Bailey starts stringing some offense together, but a few Low Dropkicks ruins Bailey’s base and causes him to face plant and the offense is going nowhere. Gresham even goes for the pinfall by trying to hyper extend the leg he’s been working on. Strikes continue to trade, Gresham tries to shoot the half but Bailey kicks off, Hamstring Kick again, Gresham Kips Up but clutches the leg a little, a chance for Speedball but Gresham cradles him to the ground and locks in a Figure Four. Speedball eventually rolls to the apron, Gresham tries to continue the stretching but Bailey kicks him into the post, sweeps the leg and Moonsault Double Knees right on Gresham’s head; Bailey went full Billy Kidman with his offense.
Bailey and Gresham continue to jockey for position on the outside, it looks like it might be a double count out. Gresham gets in at 9, Bailey gets in right at the 10 and the referee allows the match to continue. Some quick offense, Tornado Kicks to the corner, Ultima Weapon misses, Gresham goes for the Figure Four again but Speedball reverses it and Gresham taps pretty quick.
Backstage segment with Brian Myers, Moose joins and says he’ll help him beat Hendry – but then Santino shows up! He tells Moose he’s dumb and just stooged himself out, so he’s banning him from ringside. Who would’ve thunk it, the comedy character brings the logic.
Digital Media Championship: Joe Hendry (c) vs Brian Myers
Myers powders after a few early bumps and then Hendry follows him. Hendry is definitely not fighting with “champion’s advantage”, as is the way for babyfaces. Myers tries to fight back on the floor but a Scoop Slam leaves Myers on the receiving end. Hendry has to roll in to reset the 10 count and Myers catches him.
A few quick attacks, Roster Cut attempt but Hendry gets the goozle on. Standing Ovation attempt but Myers slips it, Chop Block, and continues to hammer down on Hendry. Myers with a Falcon Arrow and a bunch of slightly arrogant offense until he goes for the Crossbody, gets caught again, Sack of Shit, and Hendry is back on the offensive. Pop Up Power – no, slips and a Running Spear from Myers for a 2 count. Myers hits the top rope but Hendry cuts him off, Myers pushes him off, launches and Hendry hits the RKO mid move! Throws Myers into the ropes, Standing Ovation, and Hendry retains!
So Mickie addresses her injury, it seems she broke a rib during the tag match. They are allowing Mickie to hold on to the title until Rebellion. Either she defends it in a 3 way versus Jordynne and the winner of the 4 Way at the Multiverse United show or Jordynne will face the winner of the 4 Way for the vacated title.
Gisele Shaw w/Jai Vidal & Savannah Evans vs Deonna Purrazzo
Deonna starts off angry, Gisele is getting rocked early, they go through a few rope running counter cradles and slides but its just early counter wrestling. Gisele manages to surprise Deonna going for an Armbar, but Deonna counters it, tries the Venus de Milo but Shaw powders. Deonna hits the Baseball Slide, starts beating on Gisele but she slides back in to distract the referee while Savannah clocks Deonna.
Triplicate European Uppercuts from Gisele keep her very comfortably in control. Another distraction to the ref and Savannah swings and connects with Deonna again. Deonna tries to fight from the corner, Gisele grabs Deonna’s feet drapes her across the ropes and drops both knees on Deonna. Gisele drives her knee into Deonna’s shoulder blades and goes for the Chin Lock. Deonna tries to power out, Gisele stifles it a little, but Deonna catches her with a Twisting Neckbreaker. Slow start to the strike exchange but it slowly picks up, Deonna with a beautiful spot of a no look Back Kick right to Gisele’s stomach, Running Knee Lift into the Russian Leg Sweep for 2. Deonna Pump Kick, Gisele Superkick, Deonna bounces off the ropes, Flatliner into Koji Clutch, but Gisele slides back a little to turn it into a pinfall to break the submission.
Both women have wrist control and just swing at each other. Deonna gets the best, one big swing but Gisele ducks it, catches Deonna in Shock and Awe (Backbreaker into Flatliner). Denouement attempt, Deonna grabs at the arm for the Fujiwara attempt but Gisele fights it off. Venus de Milo gets locked in and Deonna holds it a little longer to make a point.
Savannah attacks Deonna afterwards, but Tasha Steelz music hits. Tasha tries to play nice like she’s here to help Savannah, then cheap shots her, fights off Jai with a Tornado DDT kicking off of Savannah. Okurr on Jai and Tasha cleans house and babyfaces herself.
Kenny King w/Eddie Edwards vs PCO
Kenny comes out in an Honor No More shirt, which is a nice way to play into the story.
Eddie tries to get PCO’s attention and then Kenny attacks him right as the bell rings. PCO turns things around shortly, Eddie keeps trying to find angles to give Kenny ambush spots but PCO keeps fighting back. PCO stalks Eddie on the outside and Kenny hits a beautiful Tornillo, then a Scoop Slam as he mocks the whole Frankenstein gimmick. PCO rolls in and Kenny John Woo’s him into the corner and starts Bootwashing his face to talk smack. PCO fires, goozle and just throws Kenny out of the ring.
PCO kicks Kenny from getting back in the ring, looks to do his Senton but “short circuits”. So PCO does a Senton to the wrong side of the ring, crashing but popping right back up, and it apparently helped correct the issue. So Senton onto Kenny, throws him back in, Kenny tries the Eddy Gordo kick but PCO just barrels over him. PCO drapes Kenny in the corner, Codebreaker, into the back of the head Guillotine Leg Drop and now PCO pulls him to the apron.
Here we go, Deanimator attempt – but Eddie cuts him off, PCO kicks him back into the cameras, Kenny gets up and an Iconoclasm bouncing off the apron of the ring! Kenny throws him into the steps, rolls in, things he’s all but won…yet PCO beats the 10 count. “He’s Not Human” chant starts, Frog Splash from Kenny and PCO kicks out and fires at 2. Eddie throws a Kendo stick in the ring to distract the referee from Kenny using a chair. Kenny hits PCO once, PCO shakes it off and has a gameplan. So he actually helps keep the referee distracted to bait in Kenny for another chairshot attempt, but PCO just punches through the chair and knocks out Kenny.
Maclin, Kaz and Rich have a backstage segment. It perfectly shows the story beats of Maclin being annoyed that he put in all this prep and recon on Josh just for the opponent to be flipped. Typical tumultuous team members vibe, but Maclin gets his story beats across beautifully.
Can #RichSwann and @FrankieKazarian trust @SteveMaclin? #Sacrifice pic.twitter.com/TcEZ79IWkC
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) March 25, 2023
X Division Championship: Lince Dorado vs Trey Miguel (c)
Okay Lince comes out in a bathrobe with some cringe ass “Lucha Lit” gimmick. I…hate it. This is probably the first time ever that I want Trey to win. Cause Dorado is cringe as hell. In a game of them both sucking, I’ll pick the style of trash that I can tolerate more…which is Trey.
Lucha counter wrestling with flips over trips and that stupid ass Mirrored Dropkick Spot. I also don’t love the Lince doing the cat mannerisms, but Puma King and a few others have done that…so I guess its more tolerated in Lucha. This whole match has been a little paint by numbers boring Lucha where the moves are done just to pop the crowd but not to actually accomplish anything.
Diving whatever moves they accomplish nothing. Its really hard for me to care about flippy trash matches. Lince hits 2 of the 3 step Moonsaults, but Trey of course no sells and dodges the third, Tiger Wall Kick, but Trey stumbles a little for the Enzuigiri, Trey also hits a sloppy Outside In Tiger Feint…its just sloppy spots for spots sake. I would probably be more entertained if I had Runescape fired up on a different tab. This is just a waste of space, much like both “wrestlers”.
Lince hits a Avalanche Frankensteiner, into a Shooting Star Press but Trey powders. Lince tries that bounce off the corner with his legs spot, but its sloppy. Another sloppy Tiger Feint from Trey, Slingshot Sunset Bomb for 2. These are just stupid moves for stupid sake. Lince tries to cut off Trey from a rope run with a Big Boot but mostly misses, makes the whole cut off exchange look stupid. Trey with a flash cradle during the cut offs for pinfall. Eww…this was garbage.
IMPACT Tag Team Titles: TMDK (Shane Haste & Bad Dude Tito) vs Bullet Club (Ace Austin & Chris Bey) (c)
It is nice to see a variation of TMDK back together. I also enjoyed Tito called Ace and Bey the “Mini Bullet Club” since they’re the juniors heavyweights.
Tito and Bey start off, Bey is trying to show off his speed, Tito gets across the power though. Tito kinda looks like a young Scott Steiner, and he literally tosses Bey back into his corner. Ace tags in, tries to do something but Tito is just too strong. Haste gets tagged in for some flashy yet effective offense. Ace finds something with the Triangle Victory Roll, Bey blind tag, cheap shot on Tito, Russian Leg Sweep + Low Sweep combination into some Click Click Boom. So Bullet Club is showing very nice Junior style synergy. Haste is very loud and animated, so he’s a great one to have eating the offense. Especially when they do their Back Rake goof spot.
Haste finally maneuvers things to tag Tito in, and Haste hands off Ace to Tito and Tito hits a Standing Blue Thunder Bomb. Tree of Woe, Bey tries to come in to break up the spot but the referee is distract, Tito steps up and stands on the groin, nice homage to Petey Williams. We are in Canada. Announce team almost sets up too much meme fodder, and then Rehwoldt steers into it. Rehwoldt said Bey was trying to rush into to get Tito off…paused for a second, which you know Hannifan gave him a look. So then they just pivot to everyone in TMDK being like Australian Sex Pistols. Very clever misdirection.
The match is fun, Bey gets the hot tag, clocks everyone, Haste tries a Lariat, Bey ducks that, flies onto Tito on the outside, comes back in, Tornado Fameasser for 2. Bullet Club goes for a Torture Rack/Triangle Kick combo, but Haste gets out of it. Tito gets tagged in and he start to look like Steve Williams with the Doctor Bomb for 2. Tito hits a big battering ram Dive on Bey to clear him out. Haste Falcon Arrow, Tito Froggy Splash, but Bey breaks it up.
Tito starts getting ping ponged between the two Juniors, Torture Rack/Triangle Kick combination, for 1-2-3? – no Haste comes in the referee says it was in time to stop the 3 count. Tito charges and a beautifully times Superkick + Spinning Back Heel Kick on Tito. He’s dazed, ABC 1-2-Sweet! Bullet Club retain!
Busted Open Match: Bully Ray vs Tommy Dreamer
This is a First Blood Match for anyone who doesn’t know, and Dreamer comes out with an ECW Championship Belt.
Chair duel to start things, ECW replica belt to the face of Bully Ray. Dreamer grabs a soda from a fan, Muta mist on Bully, tries to shove the can into his skull for early blood but no. Bully crotches Dreamer on the guardrail and then picks a fight with Darren McCarty who’s in the crowd. Darren McCarty was the enforcer for the Detroit Red Wings, so its very old school letting the ex sports guy play. Bully also has a great spot where he pulls out a step ladder, then asks the referee to hold it, does the Jimmy Snuka pose and goes for a Splash and misses. Bully gets to rile up AEW and WWF fans all in one spot. Good old school heat. Corny, but good.
Dreamer gets a bag of tacks, Bully fights off the Piledriver, gets the cheese grater but Dreamer hits the Bionic Elbow as a counter. Cheese grater with Dreamer, Dreamer charges, Bully pulls the referee in the corner, so ref bump. Dreamer eventually makes contact with the cheese grater, but there’s no referee and Bully has his back to the camera, so it slow rolls the result nicely. Good Hands hit the ring, on with a towel to see if he can blot the bleeding before the ref comes to.
Bully hits Tommy with pocket tacks instead of pocket sand. Tries to drive Dreamer’s face into the tacks and then Elbow it further down but Dreamer moves. Dreamer grabs the grater again, Bully tries to beg off, screams he’s sorry and now tries to guilt Tommy with his family is going to see this. Dreamer actually stops and then Bully hits him in the balls. Bully busts open Tommy with the tacks, the Good Hands slide in Tommy as the referee comes to, so the referee only sees Dreamer bleeding. Its a solid old school Hardcore match but it was definitely a little too plodding and corny.
Yuya Uemura tries to make the save, then Darren McCarty jumps the railing. This really has turned into ECW, Bully gets a mic, asks him if he really wants to fight and tells security to let him go. LOL – a literal Hockey Fight. McCarty gets the best of things, Good Hands mug him from behind. Triple Powerbomb McCarty through the table.
Scott D’Amore’s music hits! Scott starts stripping like he’s Ric Flair. Bully calls down Scott, but Scott has backup. He calls Rino, Heath, Gresham, Baily and Joe Hendry. Good Hands try to attack Scott…Scott stops him…and HITS A CANADIAN DESTROYER! Can this lead to a Lethal Lockdown match? Team D’Amore versus Team Bully? Give me that…give me some Lethal Lockdown now!
Time Machine (Kushida, Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs Rich Swann, Frankie Kazarian & Steve Maclin
Shelley and Swann start off, and its just a bit of chain wrestling. They both have Hammerlocks, Headlocks, and just twist around to try and find an angle. Shelley speeds things up a little, Shoulder Tackle, rope run, Swann goes down and Shelley puts on the brakes to sink in a quick STF but Rich grabs the rope. Kaz and Sabin tag in and we get some Battle of the Futures nostalgia.
Back and forth, Up and Over, Sabin with the Arm Drag into the Top Wristlock. Kaz fights through, a little more quick counters and fun stalemate spots as they are all having fun with each other. Kushida tags in and points to Maclin. Kaz slaps Maclin’s chest and we all know Maclin isn’t a fun loving babyface like Kaz and Swann, so the tone should start to change. Kushida starts by starting Grounded ala Inoki vs Ali, then manages to trip up Maclin and keep the mat wrestling going, but Maclin finally gets back to hit feet and can finally use his size and power to his advantage. Shelley blind tag, Time Splitters PK to the Arm combo.
Shelley keeps on the arm that got kicks with the Arm Wringer and then a few quick shots to the damaged arm. Kaz makes the blind tag after Maclin uses the middle rope into Shelley’s throat. Kaz and Rich with a little Hip Toss tandem stuff for a near fall on Shelley. But the tone of Rich and Kaz is definitely much different. Shelley fights his way out of the enemy corner, Time Machine triple team, Single Leg Crab, Camel Clutch, Sliding Dropkick from Sabin onto Rich. Kaz is trying to police too much of Maclin’s motion, typical team that doesn’t get along stuff. Rich driven into Kaz in the corner, triple Dropkicks from all of Time Machine.
Kushida tags in, stares down Maclin and then Maclin picks up and throws Rich to Time Machine because you can tell he’s frustrated getting policed with all of his moves. MCMG hold Rich, Kushida hits the Baseball Slide on the restrained wrestler and Kushida does the little Liger spin around pose/taunt and stares down Maclin. Shelley starts with the joint manipulation, and Swann is just getting torn apart. Swann in the Tree of Woe, Sliding Dropkick to Swann’s face, and then the Triple Baseball Slide. Sabin tags in with the Octopus Hold on Rich which he rolls into a pinfall, but Rich kicks out. You hear Maclin say “All you have to do is tag me bitch” – which proves that Maclin is trying to be a team player in his own way.
Rich fights out of the triple team, and chooses to tag in Kaz. Kaz hot tag, exchanges with Sabin which turns into the Guillotine Leg Drop through the ropes, Kaz is taking out everyone right now. Two Springboard Leg Drops…and now a third as all of the Time Machine offense is stopped. Sabin blind tag though gives Time Machine some momentum. Rich tries to come in, gets rocked, Maclin charges, Sabin grabs him and Tornado DDT sends Maclin to powder. Missile Dropkick/Flatliner on Kaz for 2.
Cradle Shock counter, rolling tag to Rich. Avalanche Headscissors, Rich goes to the top rope, Maclin tags himself in, but Time Machine gets rolling. Dragon Screw from Kushida with the Mutoh pose afterwards. Maclin and Shelley are legal, and going back and forth. Double Arm Breaker from Shelley after Kaz tries to get involved. Maclin gets some offense back in, Caught in the Crosshairs form Maclin, Maclin tags in Kaz, Kaz tags Rich, tandem attacks, Cutter form Rich into a 450…1-2-Kushida Kicks out! Swann goes for Phoenix Splash but misses. Flying Armbar from Kushida, triple Submission spot, but Maclin gets out of his and breaks Kushida’s submission. Maclin stares down Time Machine, hits the ropes and gets eaten alive by tandem attacks.
Time Machine goes for a Double Shiranui Tower, but it gets broken up. Outatime lands on Kaz. Sliced Bread lands on Swann. Tanaka Punch blocked, Maclin eats Shell Shock, Sabin gives Kushida a rolling start to throw him onto Maclin like a Spider Monkey and sink in the Hoverboard Lock. Maclin taps relatively quick, which is strategic to not risk injury.
Overall Score: 7/10
Talk about a show that no one knew what the hell to expect! Josh vacating the belt means that things had to change with fairly short notice. Mickie’s implications of either a Triple threat or she’ll hand over the belt to the winner if she’s not cleared is something you don’t see too often. But when it comes down to the card, the show was relatively good. Trey & Lince was hot garbage, and Busted Open was what we all kind of expected. Was it a bit more entertaining with some of the ECW nods? Sure. But it was just a spectacle and honestly Scott D’Amore hitting the Canadian Destroyer made that all worth it.
OH CANADA! @ScottDAmore CANADIAN DESTROYERS @TheJasonHotch and Windsor EXPLODES! #Sacrifice pic.twitter.com/iqqpiH0tMZ
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) March 25, 2023
The tag and six man matches were the best stuff on the card, and sets the stage decently well for storylines into Rebellion. I’m not joking though, if we don’t get Team D’Amore vs Team Bully in a Lethal Lockdown…the salt will pour. Don’t let the Canadian Destroyer spot be for naught! Oh – and put the damn belt on Maclin!
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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (3/24/23)
It’s a family feud!
Wrestling really does have more than one royal family.
While Cody Rhodes is back on SmackDown to take on Ludwig Kaiser, Dominik Mysterio plans on confronting in his entire family in Las Vegas! Will Rey finally snap on his son?
- Cody Rhodes VS Ludwig Kaiser w/ Giovanni Vinci; Cody wins.
- Rey Mysterio VS LA Knight; Knight wins.
- WrestleMania Women’s Tag Team Showcase Qualifier: Lacey Evans & Xia Li VS Shotzi Blackheart & Natalya; Shotzi & Natalya win and advance to WrestleMania.
- “Butch” Pete Dunne w/ The Brawling Brutes VS GUNTER; Gunther wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Cody Rhodes VS Ludwig Kaiser w/ Giovanni Vinci!
The American Nightmare is back on SmackDown, looking to stay razor sharp for his match with the Tribal Chief. But will he get more than just a tune-up from the Impeccable German? Or will Kaiser keep the mat sacred?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up for “CODY! CODY!” Ludwig eggs Cody on, they tie up, and they’re in a deadlock. Cody powers Ludwig to a corner but Ludwig turns it around. Ludwig lets off, but throws a body shot! Ludwig whips, Cody reverses and reels Ludwig in to suplex! Fans fire up as Cody keeps Ludwig in the air, before the GOURD BUSTER! But wait, here comes Paul Heyman. Cody is distracted by the Wise Man, Ludwig waistlocks, but Cody trips Ludwig to then SHINING WIZARD! Ludwig bails out while Cody glances back at Heyman. Fans continue to rally for Cody while SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Cody staggers over to Ludwig. Ludwig UPPERCUTS then COMPLETE SHOTS! Cover, TWO! Ludwig scowls, and he rains down fists in a headlock! Fans boo but Ludwig lets off. Ludwig clamps onto Cody with a chinlock, then CLUBS him down. Fans boo as Ludwig goes outside to drag Cody to the corner, but Cody YANKS Ludwig into the post! Cody goes out to CHOP Ludwig, ROCKS him, and then CHOPS him against the announce desk! Cody rains down fists and fans fire up! Cody puts Ludwig back in the ring, runs and springboards, but Ludwig trips him up and YANKS him down!
Heyman is stoic as Ludwig sits Cody up to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Cody scowls but Ludwig looms over him. Ludwig pie faces Cody, drags him up but Cody ROCKS Ludwig and JABS and throws a body shot. Ludwig throat chops in return! Ludwig CHOKES Cody on the ropes, the ref counts and Ludwig lets off. Fans boo, but Vinci gets a cheap shot! Cover, TWO! Ludwig clamps back on with a chinlock. Cody endures, fans rally up, and Cody fights up to his feet. Ludwig throws Cody down by his hair! Fans boo more as Ludwig paces around and taunts Cody. Ludwig rains down more fists, then scrapes Cody’s face!
Ludwig runs to BASEMENT UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Heyman is still stoic as Cody drags himself to ropes. Ludwig kicks the ropes to jam Cody’s arm! Ludwig drags Cody up to UPPERCUT! Cody ROCKS Ludwig with forearm after forearm! Ludwig JAWBREAKERS! Ludwig throws body shots and stomps in the corner, whips corner to corner, then runs in, but Cody puts him on the apron! Cody ROCKS Ludwig, and BEAUTIFUL DISASTER KICKS Ludwig down! Fans fire up and Heyman is upset now. Ludwig staggers up into a kick, and Cody reels Ludwig in! Cody hooks the arms, but now SOLO SIKOA appears!
Fans boo as the Bloodline approaches, but Ludwig CHOP BLOCKS Cody’s leg! Solo and Heyman stay at the ramp as Ludwig goes out. Cody throws hands, whips, but Ludwig reverses and sends Cody crashing into steel steps! Fans boo but Cody drags himself up, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Cody throws hands on Ludwig. Ludwig headlocks, Cody powers out and things speed up, but DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Solo & Heyman are now ringside as fans rally up. Vinci coaches Ludwig but Cody sits up first. They stand, Cody throws a body shot but Ludwig throws a haymaker. Cody throws a forearm, Ludwig gives it back, they go shot for shot, back and forth, faster and faster, and fans fire up! Ludwig kicks low, whips, but Cody reverses to then follow and CLOBBER Ludwig! Cody kicks, RHODES UPPERCUT! Cody then baits Ludwig, goes up and over in a corner, and POWERSLAMS! Cover, TWO!
Solo is stoic, Heyman smiles, but then Vinci throws in his track jacket. The ref gets that out of the way, but misses the HIGH LOW COMBO from Imperium! Cover, TWO!! Cody survives and Ludwig is surprised. Ludwig shouts “NEIN!” and runs in to UPPERCUT, GAMANGIRI and HALF HATCH SUPLEX! Ludwig goes up top, leaps, but into a dragon sleeper! But Ludwig drops to victory roll! TWO, and Cody dodges Ludwig to springboard, CODY CUTTER! Fans fire up as Cody stares down Heyman & Solo! Cody waits on Ludwig, reels him back in, CROSS RHODES!! Cover, Cody wins!
Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall
The Impeccable German was less than perfect, and he loses to the American Nightmare! But Cody watches Solo get up on the apron and Heyman has the mic. Heyman has Solo stand down, and then tells Cody, “You’re owed an apology. And since I’m the Wise Man of the Bloodline, may I? I am going to be the one to deliver that apology to you.” The ring announcer did a lousy job. She must be from Vegas. Fans boo and Heyman acts surprised. But Heyman will do the honors. “Ladies and gentlemen! Your winner… and still challenger for the reigning! Defending! Undisputed! WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion, Roman Reigns… Cody! RRRRHODES!”
Fans are torn but Heyman says this is the very same Cody Rhodes that sees his Road to WrestleMania with a giant pothole in front of him that happens this Monday Night Raw, when Cody goes one versus one against… SOLO! And if, and isn’t that a big “if,” IF Cody survives Solo, then it’s not the Road to WrestleMania. All roads lead to Roman Reigns, who will be here live on SmackDown next Friday to see Cody one final time face to face. Heyman tosses the mic to Cody and he catches it. “Is that what we’re doing, Mr. Heyman? Are you moving the goal posts for me? Another thing you did, you interrupted them while they were singing the song.
“And now, you wanna move the goal posts and move ’em right here, huh? Am I expected to say ‘No?’ Oh, it’s six days out from the biggest match in the history of my family, I should probably say no, right? WELL, I probably shouldn’t have wrestled with half my body hanging off, and I still beat Seth Rollins! So when it comes to you,” he says as he points at Solo, “undefeated and as good as you are, like I said last week. You’re. Not. Ready!” Fans chant that, then Cody continues.
“And as for the champion, Roman Reigns. After Solo finds out that he’s not ready, at WrestleMania on April 2nd, your boy, Roman Reigns, the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, will find out the same thing. He is not ready, either!” Cody throws the mic back and Heyman misses it! Will everything about this homestretch to Hollywood be a nightmare for The Bloodline?
BREAKING NEWS for WrestleMania!
The very first match of night one on Saturday, April 1st will be… AUSTIN THEORY VS JOHN CENA! The United States Championship will set the pace for the weekend, will The Now find that he’s not ready, either?
Charlotte Flair is here!
Vegas fires up as The Queen heads to the ring. The SmackDown Women’s Champion has her pyro then gets the mic to tell Las Vegas, “We are just eight days away from WrestleMania! Fourteen times. Fourteen time world champion. And I can tell you, that was not built on fear, insecurities or nepotism. The same three things have been used against me by everyone, and I mean everyone, since I started in this business.
“Fear. What is fear? Fear is a lack of understanding. It’s ignorance. This business wasn’t built on fear. This business was built on respect! Rhea Ripley, I don’t fear you. I respect you! The only thing that I fear is my own potential. I respected Nikki and Brie. I respect Sasha, Bayley, Becky, Trish, Ronda, Asuka, Natty! I respected all of them! Insecurities. Damn right I have insecurities! Are you really ‘whatting’ me? This is important to me so listen. Insecurities, damn right I have them. And I have built this house on every brick that all of you have thrown at me! For the last seven YEARS! Lastly, nepotism.” Fans “WOO~!”
“That’s right, Vegas. I love my dad. And I will never apologize for continuing the greatest legacy in sports entertainment! And whether you like it or don’t like it, you better learn to love it, because diamonds are forever, and so is Charlotte Flair. WOO~!” The Queen is fired up, but will she be able to hold her throne at WrestleMania?
Rey Mysterio VS LA Knight!
The King of Lucha Libre, the headliner of this year’s WWE Hall of Fame class, has been pushed and pushed and pushed by his punk of a son, and the Mega Star was one big mouth too far! Will Rey be able to shut up the obnoxious jerk that isn’t Dominik? Or will things only get worse for Rey on the Road to WrestleMania Weekend?
SmackDown returns and Knight makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. Knight chases Rey but Rey dodges and fires off hands! Knight shoves Rey away, but Rey slides under and dropkicks Knight to a corner. Rey runs in but Knight fights off the monkey flip. But Rey avoids the elbow drop! Rey runs in, and now he MONKEY FLIPS! Knight staggers up,. Rey KICKS Knight to a corner, and then rains down fists! Fans count all the way to TEN, then Rey gives us some Latino Heat. Rey runs, but Knight FLAPJACKS him down! Knight stomps Rey, stomps him to ropes, but the ref counts.
Knight lets off, “YEAH!” Then he bumps Rey off a buckle. Knight throws hands, JABS Rey, then digs his boots in. The ref counts, Knight lets off at 4, and Knight brings Rey up. Knight shoves Rey into the corner, Rey bounces off buckles, and into the NECKBREAKER! Knight spells it out, “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!” Cover, ONE!! Knight is annoyed and he throws fists down. Knight keeps on Rey, throws hands, then he bumps Rey off buckles. Fans rally and duel, but Knight whips Rey to ropes. Rey ducks ‘n’ dodges then tilt-o-whirls to RANA! Knight flounders out of the ring and fans fire up!
Rey runs, WRECKS Knight with a dropkick, then he builds speed. Rey SLIDES to SPLASH! Fans fire up for that one, and Rey stalks Knight to CLUB him! Rey puts Knight in the ring, climbs up and shoulders in! Then he GAMANGIRIS Knight away, climbs the corner, but here comes Dom! Dom said he’d ruin the fun, and Knight trips Rey up! Rey tumbles to the mat, but Dom doesn’t care. Fans boo as Dom walks down the ramp while SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Knight stomps away on Rey again. Knight drags Rey up but Rey throws hands! Rey fires off but Knight knees low! Knight scoops, Rey slips off and rolls Knight up, to then dropkick! Fans fire up while Knight scrambles around. Knight goes after Rey, Rey slips under and runs, but into a BOOT! Cover, TWO! Dom paces at ringside, and Knight sits Rey up to KNEE him in the back! Knight drags Rey up, back suplexes high and hard, then dusts off his hands. “YEAH!” Knight grins as he stands over Rey, then he pulls on the mask. The ref reprimands, Knight whips Rey to ropes, but Rey ducks ‘n’ dodges!
Rey CROSSBODIES, but Knight catches him for a POWERSLAM! Dom smirks while Knight spells it out again. “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!” But Rey avoids the elbow drop! Rey and Knight slowly stand up, Rey goes to ropes and Knight storms over, but into an elbow! Rey springboards, wheelbarrows and BULLDOGS! Dom is annoyed but Rey goes to the apron. Rey climbs up, SEATED SENTONS! And Rey keeps moving, SPRINGBOARD CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Knight is still in this but Rey brings him up to whip him to ropes. Knight reverses, kicks low and back suplexes, but Rey lands on his feet! Tilt-o-whirl, but Knight blocks to a BACKPACK SLAM! Cover, TWO!
Knight grows frustrated but he drags Rey back up. Fans rally for “619! 619!” as Knight scoops, but Rey turns slam into DDT! Rey then dropkicks Knight onto the ropes! Fans fire up, Rey dials it up, 619 BLOCKED by Knight! Knight grins, lifts Rey up, but Rey RANAS free! Rey redials, but Dom trips him up!! Fans boo and Rey is furious! He can’t believe Dom is doing this now, but Knight rolls Rey up! KNIGHT WINS!!
Winner: LA Knight, by pinfall
Dom smiles because he just screwed his dad over. Dom gets the mic and tells, “Jefe… You gonna give me what I want? Huh? C’mon. C’mon Or are you gonna run away? Or are you gonna finally be a man and face me at WrestleMania?” Dom pushes Rey, and Rey brings down the straps. To wag his finger, “No.” Dom says, “That’s right. Walk away like you always do. Hey, mom. How does it feel to be married to such a pathetic loser? A coward who can’t even stand up to his own son?” Fans boo but then Dom points out the rest of the family. He asks if mom knew she married a deadbeat.
She did, because here’s why. She sat there every night while Rey abandoned Dom, sot hat makes her no better! His sister steps up now, and Dom asks Aalyah what she’s gonna do about it. She’s too stupid to understand this. Mom Angie snatches the mic from Dom but Dom snatches it back to tell her to shut up! Rey storms back over and fans fire up! Dom dares Rey to do something, and Rey DECKS Dom!! Dom is shocked but Vegas is thunderous! Rey tells Dom that Dom pushed him to do this. Rey doesn’t wanna do this but Dom gave him no choice! You do not disrespect your mother like that! That is Rey’s wife!
Dom wanted a fight at Mania? Then he’s on!! Fans are thunderous again as Rey says, “I’ll see you at WrestleMania, son.” Dom scurries away, having gotten what he wanted like the brat he is. But will Dom come to regret everything he’s done these past few months?
WrestleMania Women’s Tag Team Showcase Qualifier: Lacey Evans & Xia Li VS Shotzi Blackheart & Natalya!
The Model Soldier teams with The Predator to take on the Wild Child and the Queen of Harts! Liv Morgan & Raquel Rodriguez are watching ringside, who will they see join them in this Fatal 4 Way tag team showcase?
The teams sort out, Shotzi and Lacey start. Fans rally as Shotzi and Lacey circle, then Shotzi gets around to a waistlock. Shotzi ripcords, wrenches and wristlocks but Lacey throws Shotzi by her hair! Cover, TWO! Lacey drags Shotzi up and fans rally as Lacey whips her to the corner. Lacey RAMS into Shotzi, tags Xia, and then mocks the fans. Xia stomps Shotzi, brings her up to CHOP, then taunts Natty. Xia runs in to KNEE and ELBOW Shotzi, then reels her in for an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Natty rallies the fans behind Shotzi but Lacey tells them to shut up. Xia bumps Shotzi off buckles and tags in Lacey.
Lacey mocks the fans, then runs to headstand and BRONCO BUSTER! Lacey drags Shotzi up, snapmares and then dribbles Shotzi’s face off the mat! Cover, TWO! Fans rally but Lacey drags Shotzi up. Shotzi throws hands, kicks but Lacey blocks to trip her up! Lacey then sucker punches Natty! Fans boo but Shotzi rolls Lacey up! TWO and Shotzi ENZIGURIS Lacey down! But Natty is still off the corner so Shotzi has to BOOT Lacey away! Shotzi runs but Lacey CLOBBERS her! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Lacey tags Xia. Lacey & Xia drag Shotzi up, double whip but Shotzi KICKS Xia and JAWBREAKERS Lacey!
Xia waistlocks Shotzi, Lacey storms up, but Shotzi slips free and the WOMAN’S RIGHT takes out Xia!! Lacey is furious, but Shotzi whips her out of the ring! Shotzi swings on Lacey, Lacey counter punches, but Natty is back! Natty BOOTS Lacey, then Shotzi DIVES to take Lacey down! Fans fire up as Shotzi hurries back in and tags Natty! HART ATTACK! And then the SHARPSHOOTER! Xia taps, Natty & Shotzi win!
Winners: Shotzi Blackheart & Natalya, by pinfall (advance to WrestleMania)
Two hearts and a lot of fire, these two make it through! But wait, here come Ronda & Shayna! Shayna says, “Look at all the history in the ring right now! I mean, each single one of those women has a reason to want to get revenge on us, right? Let’s look. Broken hand, broken nose, broken arm, broken spirit. What do you say we uh… Give them the opportunity tonight?” Fans fire up as the Baddest Women on the Planet step up, but then Ronda says, “Wait, Shay-Bayz. I’ve got a question for you. How many times have we sold out this exact arena?” A couple times. And what about this entire town? A couple more times.
And how much did they appreciate it? ZERO TIMES! These two have given Vegas more than it deserves, so never again! And certainly not tonight. Shayna agrees with that. But lucky for the others, or maybe unlucky, these two are here to let them know, they’re in the tag team showcase! WrestleMania may be taking place in Hollywood, but the stakes just got raised like here in Vegas! Who wins when the odds are not in their favor?
Drew McIntyre heads to the ring.
Vegas fires up as the Scottish Warrior, Celtic Warrior and Der Ring General are about to converge for a contract signing! The Triple Threat for the Intercontinental Championship isn’t until WrestleMania, but will things break down on SmackDown?
SmackDown returns and Adam Pearce is in the ring to welcome us to this contract signing. But before he can introduce McIntyre, Sheamus and the Brawling Brutes make their way out! “Las Vegas, what’s the crack?” Sheamus says everyone’s been asking why he’s so mad at McIntyre. Imagine this: imagine working 15 YEARS of your life to achieve a particular goal; now imagine telling your best friend about that goal, only for him to go behind your back to try and steal it away from you. Imagine that friend being someone you let sleep and live on your couch, that you brought to his first training session in this business!
McIntyre rolls his eyes as Sheamus has said a lot of this before. Sheamus says, “Now imagine getting the opportunity to smash that person’s face in on the Grandest Stage of Them All, because they’re nothing but a backstabbing-” McIntyre says, “Imagine shutting up for a second. Every week, you run your mouth, you try to give me this guilt trip, trying to make me feel bad. And if it’s not on SmackDown, it’s on social medial with your little gifs and memes you create, blow up my Twitter like a teenage girl. It’s embarrassing, mate!”
McIntyre says last week, they were in this ring, proving why they are the most physical superstars in the WWE! They beat the hell out of each other! And afterwards, they should’ve been in the bar, laughing about it. That’s what they did in the old times. But now, Sheamus is so sensitive, he has this temper, that Sheamus can’t separate personal and business. Sheamus says McIntyre made this personal! McIntyre has a lot he’d love to say but he’ll stick to facts. And the facts are: McIntyre has beaten Sheamus, and he KNOWS he can beat Gunther. And history has shown that Sheamus can’t. Fans fire up as the two stare down.
Pearce has both men stand down because in order to get to WrestleMania, he needs three signatures on the contract. So how about we get the first two taken care of now? McIntyre takes the pen, signs his part, and then hands things over to Sheamus. Sheamus takes another pen, he signs his part, and then McIntyre throws his pen to the crowd as a free souvenir. And here comes GUNTHER! Gunther storms right into the ring, he gets right in Pearce’s face, and he tells Pearce to justify this decision. Justify why Gunther is in a match where the other two can pin or submit the other and Gunther still loses his title. Justify it! JUSTIFY IT!!
Pearce has Gunther calm down now, and Gunther signs his part. Is Pearce happy now? Whatever he has to do to defend HIS title at WrestleMania will be justified. Gunther will beat McIntyre. He will beat Sheamus. And if he has to, he’ll beat up Ridge and- What is Dunne looking at him like that for? DUNNE JUMPS THE TABLE TO GET AT GUNTHER!! Fans go wild as Butch goes wild! Ridge drags Dunne away, Gunther TOSSES the table! Gunther gets in Pearce’s face and Gunther wants a match! Pearce says okay, just calm down! Is Der Ring General about to break the Bruiserweight?
“Butch” Pete Dunne w/ The Brawling Brutes VS GUNTER!
SmackDown returns, and Gunther has Dunne on the ropes. Dunne pulls on Gunther’s ears! Then CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Dunne runs, but into a BOOT! Gunther drags Dunne up, scoops and SLAMS him, then sits him up to PENALTY KICK! Dunne kicks back from below! Dunne forearms, CHOPS, SLAPS and then jumps on for a a DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Gunther throws body shots and then shifts Dunne around into a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Fans fire up while Gunther paces around Dunne. Gunther kicks Dunne in the side, he taunts Sheamus, then he stomps Dunne down.
Gunther brings Dunne up but Dunne throws body shots! Dunne forearms, but Gunther CHOPS Dunne off his feet! Even McIntyre is feeling that one. Gunther drags Dunne up, and CHOPS him right back down! But Gunther holds onto the wrist and he brings Dunne up again. Gunther CHOPS Dunne inside-out! Gunther still holds the wrist and he gives toying kicks to Dunne while taunting Sheamus. Gunther ripcords, but Dunne uses that for a TRIANGLE HOLD! Gunther CHOPS Dunne down, into a BOSTON CRAB! Dunne endures, Sheamus and Ridge coach Dunne, and Dunne fights, only for Gunther to shift to an STF!
Dunne still endures, even as Gunther bends him back. Dunne pries free, wrenches the arm and bends the fingers! Gunther pulls hair, then CHOPS Dunne down! Gunther drags Dunne back up but Dunne ENZIGURIS! And ENZIGURIS again! Gunther wobbles, blocks the third enziguri and deadlift GERMAN SUPLEXES! Dunne goes to a corner, Gunther hauls him up onto the top rope to CHOP! Gunther climbs up and he STANDS on Dunne! Dunne endures and the ref counts, Gunther lets off and Dunne tumbles to the floor! Sheamus checks on Dunne, Gunther stands tall, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Gunther has Dunne on the ropes. Gunther taunts Sheamus, but Dunne catches his Beats of the Bodhrain! Fans fire up as Dunne bends the fingers, and SNAPS them!! Gunther staggers away, Dunne runs in to fire forearms! GAMANGIRI! Gunther staggers, Dunne goes up and fans chant for the “BRUISERWEIGHT! BRUISERWEIGHT!” as Dunne DOUBLE STOMPS the arm! Dunne waistlocks, but Gunther switches and puts on a SLEEPER! Dunne drops down, but powers up and he pries at the hold! Gunther holds on tight, Dunne reaches for ropes, and fans rally up, ROPEBREAK!
Gunther SLAPS the arms down, GERMAN SUPLEXEs, but Dunne lands on his feet! BUZZSAW! Gunther bails out and McIntyre smirks. Dunne goes to the apron but Gunther avoids the moonsault! Gunther CHOPS Dunne, and Dunne tumbles onto the desk! Gunther turns around to see Sheamus and McIntyre, but Dunne runs in! Gunther sends him into McIntyre! Gunther BOOTS Dunne into the ring! But Dunne STOMPS the hands and BUZZSAWS Gunther! Fans fire up, but McIntyre is on the apron! Sheamus drags McIntyre down! GLASGOW KISS from McIntyre! Ridge goes after McIntyre but McIntyre POSTS him!
Sheamus KNEES McIntyre down! Dunne runs in at Gunther, into a LARIAT!! Gunther drags Dunne up, scoops for the LAST SYMPHONY!! Cover, Gunther wins!!
Winner: Gunther, by pinfall
Der Ring General used his enemies against each other, but The Fella stands back up. They both look at the WrestleMania sign, but Sheamus gets out of the way! CLAYMORE hits Gunther!! Fans fire up as Sheamus and McIntyre stare down now, will either of these men come away the NEW Intercontinental Champion in Hollywood? Or will Gunther use them against each other then like he did tonight?
The Street Profits are fired up backstage.
Montez Ford says that Intercontinental Championship Triple Threat is bound to be a banger. But he says there’s one thing bigger than that. Angelo Dawkins asks what, and Ford says THEIR tag team showcase. Alpha Academy, Viking Raiders, Braun Strowman & Ricochet, but wait. What do they have in common? Ford motions to the top of the head. Oh, right. They’re “smooth operators~.” But then Braun & Ricochet walk in. Real funny, guys. Y’all got jokes, huh? They got a problem with bald men? They don’t have a lot of room to talk, Dawkins is thinning up top. Whoa, fam, c’mon. Just jokes! Just playing. Well no one’s laughing.
Dawkins is just saying, Braun & Ricochet aren’t much of a tag team. Oh, well, we’ll see who’s playing when Ricochet & Braun show up and the other three teams fool around and find out. They want ALL that smoke. Well, okay, okay. Everyone is fired up for WrestleMania, but who wins the tag team showcase at the Showcase of the Immortals?
It’s the SmackDown return of the Kevin Owens Show!
And as such, Kevin Owens himself is headed to the ring. His guest will be Sami Zayn, but what will the Prizefighter and Great Liberator have to say about their coming Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship match? We’ll see, after the break.
SmackDown returns one more time and Kevin has his set and his mic. He thanks the ring announcer for the introduction, and then welcomes us back to the KO Show. Now please welcome his guest, tag team partner, friend and brother, the one and only Sami Zayn! Sami makes his entrance and the fans fire up again. Sami gets a mic and Kevin says, “Yeah, so I did it right? The way you wanted. It worked out?” Sami asks what Kevin means. Well, he brought Sami out with the big introduction like he wanted. It was good, right? Sami says he didn’t want a big introduction, this is Kevin’s show, and Sami’s the guest.
Yeah, but earlier, Kevin suggested they come out as co-hosts but Sami said they should make separate entrances so the fans can hear both of their songs and cheer for both of them. Which really means Sami wanted his own pop. Sami says he did not, but Kevin says it’s fine, the fans love him! Kevin gets it. Fans do cheer for “SAMI! SAMI!” Kevin sits, Sami asks if they need to spill more backstage secrets, or can they just get to business? Yeah, of course. Sami says more than anyone, he’s been going non-stop about taking down Roman, the Usos, the Bloodline. And even Sami has lost sight of the fact that, does Kevin realize what they’re on the verge of doing?
“After all these years, from where we started, from nothing, staring together in Montreal all those years ago, we are on the verge of winning the WWE Undisputed Tag Team Championships! We are on the verge of doing that together, at WrestleMania! And not just any WrestleMania. This year, I don’t know what it is, but WrestleMania feels different this year.” Kevin says that’s right. And it isn’t lost on him. He knows what they can accomplish. But Sami is right, WrestleMania does feel different this year. Which is why Kevin brought Sami out here. Kevin has something for Sami.
Now, remember a few months ago, after Roman gave Sami that Honorary Uce shirt, that Kevin said Sami needed a new one. Kevin has one, it’s a KO-Mania Goes Hollywood shirt. That’s great! Well yes, but this is the back of it. Kevin does KO-Mania every year. But this year is different. This year isn’t about KO-Mania. “This year, there is only one person who took WWE by storm, who caught fire like no one else. There’s only one person that people can look at and say, ‘That guy has been the MVP of the WWE for the last 12 months,’ and that person is you,” Sami. Fans chant “MVP! MVP!” and Sami is rather touched.
Kevin says this year, it isn’t KO-Mania. It’s about the other side of the shirt. Kevin hands it over, Sami turns it around, and he sees… WrestleZAYNIA!! Sami’s all fired up now! Kevin shows that he’s been wearing one the whole time! Sami loves it! He throws off his shirt to put on the new shirt! Sami wants a hug but Kevin says no, one hug a year. Aw what the heck? THEY HUG! But then THE USOS attack!! They blindside KO & Sami from the crowd side, and then Jimmy rains down fists on Kevin while Jey rains down fists on Sami! Fans boo while the Usos clear the ring of the chairs. DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Kevin!
Jey drags Sami up, whips him to ropes, and the Usos hit ONE AND DONE!! The fans boo more but Kevin gets up with a steel chair! The Usos run for it, telling KO & Sami that they’re going down! Kevin beats an armchair with the steel chair, but Sami tells the Usos that they’re not getting away with this one. Will Jimmy & Jey ruin the first ever WrestleZaynia? Or will KO & Sami be the ones to finally stop the ones?
A great episode for SmackDown here, especially with the story developments. For one, great closing moment we just saw with a great KO Show. I love that we got a positive swerve where Kevin gave Sami a shirt that had a WrestleZaynia logo on it. But I should’ve figured the Bloodline would do something, and the Usos technically stand tall here. That math would suggest the Usos are losing at WrestleMania, and we finally get so much in that moment, from vindication for Sami to the WWE Grand Slam for Kevin. We also got a really good match out of Cody VS Ludwig that Cody of course wins, and a really good promo segment right after for Cody and Heyman. The Bloodline is definitely desperate to hold onto everything, but that could be what brings them down.
Fairly big news with Theory VS Cena opening WrestleMania Night One. I’ve said before that it just feels like Theory is gonna win, since Cena doesn’t need the US title, and isn’t gonna be sticking around long enough to do anything with the US title. So if Theory wins the first match of the weekend, I could see him boasting, bragging and partying the entire weekend until he is just insufferable and annoys someone into challenging him for that title on the Raw After Mania. And then a pretty good promo from Charlotte, and I did like her calling out the “WHAT” chants here. Stone Cold Steve Austin is timeless, but lemming fans throwing out “WHAT” just to throw out ‘WHAT” are what? Stupid, that’s what. A) Show respect and pay attention. B) Come up with something of your own.
Really good match from Rey VS Knight, but of course Dom distracts to cost Rey. But biggest of all from that segment, the moment fans have wanted for the last few weeks now: REY DECKS DOM! And now we’ll get Rey VS Dom, and Dom sold all the emotion after that perfectly. He was upset, but there was also the fear and realization that comes with seeing something he thought would never happen actually happening. His dad is gonna whoop him, because Dom will only have Priest by his side while Finn prepares for Edge and Rhea prepares for Charlotte. And Legado can make a heroic move by countering Priest so that Rey VS Dom has a fair finish.
Good promo from Profits, Braun & Ricochet to put some tension between those teams going into the men’s Fatal 4. Good tag match qualifier for the women’s Fatal 4, and it was good weaving of stories that Shotzi & Natty win. Shayna & Ronda get that “first round bye” right into the match, but it does work because all four Faces want payback on them. It might not even matter who the fourth team is (though I’m sure it’ll be a team from Raw), Ronda & Shayna are probably gonna tear into them all to win and essentially be #1 contenders to the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.
And there was just so much great stuff in the Intercontinental Championship contract signing. Sheamus brought back the same stuff he said when he and McIntyre had their 1v1 feud last year but that makes sense, it is how people can be when they argue with friends and family. I feel like McIntyre was tempted to Steiner Math because this is a Triple Threat, and he knows he can beat Sheamus. Gunther was also great, and I love that “Butch” Dunne went right after Gunther over their NXT UK past. Gunther VS Dunne was great stuff to have just for the hell of it, but of course there was the usual misunderstanding shenanigans that helped Gunther win.
If Gunther somehow retains at Mania, can we have HHH get Trent Seven back in WWE so we can have British Strong Style VS Imperium for the Summer? There were fans in Vegas who remembered Dunne for being Dunne and not for being a sidekick, and all fans deserve to see that Dunne alongside Tyler Bate and Trent Seven.
My Score: 8.8/10
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