Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (9/6/22)
New era, same standard!
The more things change, the more they stay the same!
We saw Worlds Collide, and in the end, Bron Breakker and Mandy Rose are still atop NXT! Who will be next to challenge each of them for their UNDISPUTED titles?
- Toxic Attraction VS Nikki A.S.H. & “Doudrop” Piper Niven; win(s).
- Wes Lee VS JD McDonagh; JD wins.
- Roxanne Perez VS Meiko Satomura; Meiko wins.
- Ricochet VS Trick Williams w/ Carmelo Hayes; Ricochet wins.
- Best of 3 Series, Part One: Nathan Frazer VS Axiom; Axiom wins, leading the series 1-0.
- Bron Breakker & Tyler Bate VS Gallus; Bron & Bate win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Tyler Bate is here!
The Big Strong Boy may not be NXT UK Champion anymore, but he’s still here in Orlando to talk to the fans. “I just wanted to take this moment to thank you all from the very bottom of my heart.” Fans chant back, “Thank You, Tyler!” Bate thanks the fans who were here on Sunday, for their love and generosity, and those who supported NXT UK from the beginning. Tyler also wants to thank Bron Breakker. Bron proved to the world that he is not only Breakker by name, but breaker by nature. As much as Tyler would’ve loved to be the one to unify the titles, he and Bron created magic. Tyler is grateful to have shared that moment with all these beautiful people.
Now that said, Tyler’s name will forever remain in the history books as the first and the last NXT UK Champion. Tyler also hopes that he represented NXT UK to the best of his abilities. But wait! Here comes Gallus! Joe Coffey says enough of this! This ends tonight! Mark can’t believe Tyler is thanking people when he should be apologizing! Tyler should apologize to everyone back home in the UK. England, Wales, Ireland and especially Scotland! Tyler let the UK down! And more importantly, he let a whole locker room down. More than that, Tyler let all of Europe down! He had one job, and he blew it!
The fans chant, “You Lost, Too!” but Gallus ignores that. Joe says Tyler should be the one standing there with the unified titles. But he’s not! Whatever happened to the Big Strong Boy? Fans chant, “He’s Right There! He’s Right There!” Tyler says yes, Worlds Collide didn’t go the way he’d hoped. But he can’t help but notice Gallus didn’t keep their end of the bargain, either! Where are THEIR unified titles? Wasn’t this Gallus Boys On Top! Hahaha very funny! Very clever! “But just remember, son, wo you’re speaking to. Look around, Tyler Bate. There’s three of us, and there’s one of you!” But Tyler DECKS Joe!
Wolfgang and Mark rush in as Tyler stomps Joe, and Gallus mugs Tyler! Security gets clobbered, too! Fans boo as the beatdown continues, but here comes BRON! Bron CLOBBERS Wolfgang, LARIATS Mark and Belly2Belly suplexes Joe! Joe staggers up, Tyler throws up Bop to hit with BANG! Fans fire up and bark for Bron as he and Tyler stand together! Bron gets a mic to say, “Gallus, you guys have caused nothing but problems since you been here in NXT. On Sunday, worlds collided, but tonight, worlds unify! You guys are looking for a fight? Well, I’ll stand with ya, Tyler! Because we’re gonna kick your ass!” Will the Big Booty Nephew and the Big Strong Boy be the ones on top?
Pretty Deadly admire their gold.
Elton Prince says they’re all beautiful! How can they decide which belts are the most beautiful? That’d be like trying to decide between Hemsworth and Pitt! Pitt is lovely. But Kit & Elton won the UK titles in a massive victory, then came overseas to win the US titles in their first match, and against four teams! Then they unified these titles on Sunday against three more teams. Doesn’t that make them the greatest team of all time? YES, BOY! #DoubleSidePlateCheck! OMG! Jinx! Jinx again! Lash Legend walks in and high fives her boys! That was so good on Sunday. It was in-cre-di-ble! But don’t worry about what they’re saying.
Wait, what’re “they” saying? Tell them, tell them! Well, it was only because of Damon Kemp. What?! Why is there always a problem no matter what these two do?! People always have to pick, pick, pick! Pretty Deadly has Lash hold onto the UK belts while they take the US belts to gorilla. Will Pretty Deadly get after all the haters tonight?
NXT shares a digital exclusive from Sunday.
After Worlds Collide, Meiko Satomura talked with Roxanne Perez. NXT Media asked her how she felt after the Triple Threat loss. Meiko is disappointed, but she is also proud of everything she did in NXT UK. But then Cora Jade walks over to sarcastically say, “Rough night for you, huh? Can’t relate. So sorry you lost your title.” Cora knows Meiko’s done a lot, but one thing she hasn’t done is experience #GenerationJade. So maybe we change that? Sorry, Cora, Meiko can’t accept. Oh, okay, Cora knows Meiko is scared because it’ll be another L, but hear Cora out. Meiko will get the chance to wrestle Cora. Or is the Final Boss that scared?
No, it’s that she already has a match. Against who? A very respectful Roxanne Perez. Cora grumbles over being snubbed and storms off, but will Roxie show Cora up when she sharpens herself against the steel of the former NXT UK Women’s Champion?
Toxic Attraction VS Nikki A.S.H. & “Doudrop” Piper Niven!
Speaking of tag titles, Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne had a part to play in the Celtic Connection from Raw NOT winning the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships. Nikki & Piper have been struggling as a duo, will they finally get going again against the toxic duo?
NXT returns as the Raw superstars make their entrance. The teams sort out and Nikki starts with Gigi. They tie right up, Nikki puts Gigi on the ropes but lets off to ROCK her. Nikki bumps Gigi off buckles again and again, then whips her to ropes. Nikki CLOBBERS Gigi, then bumps her off the buckles. Tag to Piper and she steps in for the ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Piper drags Gigi up, HEADBUTTS her, then tells Jacy to kiss this. Piper scoops Gigi, tags Nikki in, and SLAMS Gigi! Nikki NECK SNAPS, then covers, TWO! Nikki drags Gigi up but Gigi pulls hair! Jacy tags in, Toxic Attraction mugs Nikki, and Jacy pushes Nikki down.
Nikki kicks but Jacy rolls her up, ONE! Jacy throws Nikki down by her hair! Jacy taunts Nikki, kicks her around, then drags her back up. Nikki RAMS into Jacy, then dropkicks her down! Nikki runs in at the corner to SPLASH and BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Nikki drags Jacy around to CLUB her, then clamp onto her with a half nelson chinbar. Jacy endures and fans rally up. Jacy reaches, fights up, but Nikki wrangles her down! Jacy still endures and still fights, but Nikki turns her for a NECKBREAKER! Fans duel as Nikki goes up top. Jacy shoves Nikki down to the floor! Fans boo but Jacy tells them up theirs!
Jacy goes to the apron, howls and CANNONBALLS! Jacy taunts Nikki, swaggers around, but Piper storms over! Gigi PENALTY KICKS her from the apron! Fans are torn as NXT goes picture in picture.
Jacy drags Nikki up and puts her in, but Piper kicks from below. Jacy stomps Piper, gets back in the ring, and Nikki gets her for a cradle! TWO!! Jacy hurries to fireman’s carry, but Nikki sunset flips it! TWO! Nikki staggers up, into the ROLLING ELBOW! Jacy struts around, soaks up the cheers and jeers, and tells fans to kiss this. Jacy kicks Nikki, ROCKS Her with a right, then CHOPS her in the corner. Nikki shoves back then elbows Jacy away! Nikki runs for a FACEBUSTER! Nikki hammers Jacy then covers, TWO! Nikki hammers away on Jacy again, drives in her knee, then covers again, TWO! Nikki drags Jacy up and whips her to ropes.
Jacy reverses, Nikki holds ropes and BOOTS back, only for Gigi to get a cheap shot in! Jacy LARIATS Nikki down! Tag to Gigi, she HEADBUTTS Nikki, then taunts Piper. Gigi brings Nikki around to rain down fists, then she taunts Piper more. Nikki crawls but Gigi keeps her away from Piper. Gigi whips Nikki into the Toxic corner, then she tags Jacy. They mug Nikki, then Jacy taunts Nikki before she kicks her down. Nikki JAWBREAKERS back! Only for Jacy to CLOBBER her! Jacy taunts Piper, drags Nikki away and drops a SENTON! Cover, TWO! Jacy smiles as she drags Nikki around again, and RAMS her into the corner!
Tag to Gigi, she digs her boots into Nikki and stands on her face. The ref counts, Gigi hops off but keeps between Nikki and Piper. Gigi clamps onto Nikki but Nikki resists. Gigi powers through and gets the top wristlock. Nikki fights up but Gigi wrangles her down! Gigi thrashes Nikki but Nikki still endures as NXT returns to single picture. Fans duel, Nikki fights up but Gigi CLUBS her! Gigi bumps Nikki off buckles, tags Jacy, then whips Jacy in to back body block! Jacy helps Gigi hit the BRONCO BUSTER! Jacy then adds the CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Nikki is still in this! Nikki crawls but Jacy drags her into a chinlock stretch.
Fans duel but Nikki endures. Jacy holds on tight but Nikki fights up. Jacy shifts to a facelock but Nikki fights their way forward. Jacy pushes Nikki back, reaches out to Gigi, but Nikki pushes Jacy back. Nikki throws body shots, Jacy headlocks, but Nikki reaches for Piper! Jacy kicks Piper’s hand, then hits a NECKBREAKER on Nikki! Jacy continues to taunt Nikki, and then drops a SENTON to nothing! Nikki avoids the impact and fans rally up again! Hot tags to Gigi and Piper! Gigi BOOTS Doudrop, but Doudrop CHOPS! Gigi swings, into a HEADBUTT! Leg sweep! Jacy hops on, but Piper SLAMS her onto Gigi! SENTON SANDWICH! Cover on Gigi, TWO!!
Piper is frustrated but she drags Gigi up. Piper scoops Gigi, Gigi slips off and shoves, then follows to- NO, no STO! Piper spins Gigi around for a SAIDO! Gigi ends up in a corner and Piper run sin, CANNONBALL! Gigi flops over and Piper climbs up! VADER BOMB!! Cover, Jacy breaks it with a SUPERKICK! Jacy is fired up but Nikki kicks her. Jacy throws Nikki out instead, but then Nikki trips Jacy! And traps her in the apron skirt! Nikki fires off like back in the day and fans love it! Piper gets up again but Gigi BOOTS her! Gigi hops up, leaps, but into Piper’s arms! MICHINOKU DRIVER!! BASEMENT SPLASH!! Cover, Piper & Nikki win!!
Winners: Nikki A.S.H. & Piper Niven, by pinfall
Piper’s got a bloody nose, but she doesn’t care! She got the win off former NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions with a helping of revenge! Is this the spark Piper & Nikki need to get the gold?
Apollo Crews speaks.
“The true test of a man’s character is shown not in victory, but in defeat. Words are said, insults are thrown, but now I fully see who I’m dealing with in Grayson Waller. The first poke may have been accidental, but the second was unmistakable. He attempted to ruin my vision, permanently blind me from seeing monumental moments. All I can do is storm ahead. But when I look in that direction, it isn’t clear. It’s too hazy, it’s too grainy to make out. Grayson Waller has blurred my vision. But unlike Waller, I’m not afraid of the unknown.” Apollo turns his head, and his damaged eye is red! Will Apollo be able to see just how to get even with Waller?
Wes Lee VS JD McDonagh!
The Must-See Kid sees what a lot of us see: The Irish Ace is creepy! But will he be able to overcome that fear to then overcome JD in the ring? Or will the Necessary Evil do what he must to return to the title scene?
The bell rings and fans duel as the two circle. Wes and JD stare down and then JD headlocks and thrashes. Wes fights the hold, throws body shots, then powers out. JD runs Wes over but Wes gets up. JD headlocks for a takeover but Wes fights by pushing JD to a headscissors. JD kips free but Wes arm-drags him all around! Wes CLOBBERS JD, covers, ONE! JD swings but into a waistlock. JD switches but Wes ELBOWS out hard! JD shoves, things speed up and Wes handsprings over JD! Fans fire up but JD rushes in. Wes puts JD on the apron but JD throws Wes down by his hair! JD storms back in and drags Wes up to UPPERCUT him!
Wes goes to a corner, JD stomps him and digs his boot in. The ref counts, JD lets off, but then he brings Wes out to whip to ropes. Wes ducks the roundhouse, rams into JD and whips him to ropes,. then hurdles and monkey flips JD down! JD flounders up into a DROPKICK! JD tumbles out of the ring and Wes grins. Fans fire up as Wes builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit and Wes lands on his feet! Fans fire up and NXT goes picture in picture.
Wes drags JD up, brings him around and throws haymakers. Wes ROCKS JD, follows him around the way, then CLUBS and CHOPS him! Fans fire up as JD continues on and WEs pursues. Wes ROCKS JD again, CHOPS him, then brings him back into the ring. But JD RAMS into Wes at the ropes! JD suplexes but Wes slips free to O’Conner Roll! TWO, and Wes hurries to waistlock again. Wes puts JD in a corner, runs in, but is put on the apron. Wes GAMANGIRIS JD, climbs up the corner, but JD GAMANGIRIS back! Wes falls to the floor and tumbles to the barriers! JD grins as he goes out after Wes.
JD drags Wes up, CHOPS him, then puts Wes in the ring. JD drags Wes up to lift and ATOMIC BACKBREAKER! Wes writhes while JD checks his own neck. JD stalks Wes to a corner, drags him up, and bumps him off buckles. The ref counts, JD tells him to let off, and then he brings Wes out to snap suplex! JD takes a moment before he looms over Wes. JD stomps Wes’s fingers! JD then sits Wes up, steps over on the arm and twists! Wes endures, flails and kicks, but JD bends the fingers! Wes endures, so JD lets go to stand on his head. JD drags Wes around, has the mounted armlock again, but Wes continues to endure.
NXT returns to single picture, fans duel and Wes kicks around to reach out for ropes. JD sits deep on the arm, but Wes fights and gets the ROPEBREAK! JD lets go in annoyance, and he drags Wes back up by his hair. Wes throws body shots, then blocks the haymaker to fire off hands and knees! Wes ROCKS JD against the ropes, fires off more body shots and fans fire up! Wes GAMANGIRIS and JD wobbles! JD flops down, Wes rolls to throw more body shots and KICKS! SUPERKICK to the back! Then DOUBLE STOMPS to the back! Fans fire up as JD writhes! JD bails out and the ref wants Wes to stay in. Wes says nope! He DIVES and JD goes flying over the desk!
Fans are losing their minds, but JD grins?! JD grabs at Vic Joseph, but Wes puts JD in the ring. Wes stalks JD and METEORAS! Cover, TWO!! JD survives and Wes is shocked! Wes grumbles and sees JD getting up. Wes brings JD up but JD ROCKS Wes with a right! Wes mule kicks back, and runs in, but JD avoids the Meteora to GERMAN SUPLE! Wes lands on his feet!! PENALTY KCIK! JD avoids the next one, kicks low and reels Wes in, but Wes slips out of the bomb! JD kicks a leg out, but Wes JUMP KNEES! JD HEADBUTTS!! Both men fall over and fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!”
JD grabs the arm, ripcord, but no saido! Wes sunset flips, TWO!! JD still has the wrist and the two stare down. “This is Awesome!” as JD PUNTS Wes in the face! JD ripcords, DEVLINSIDE!! Cover, JD wins!
Winner: JD McDonagh, by pinfall
The Irish Ace really is scary. He enjoyed being sent flying, and he enjoyed driving Wes down. Will JD be enjoying himself as he fights all the way to the top of NXT?
Tony D’Angelo and Channing Lorenzo are having coffee.
Stacks says The Don makes a better espresso than he does a cappuccino. But hey, look who it is! The Unified NXT Tag Team Champions of the World! That was a huge win on Sunday. Thank you! Some sense! Screw the haters, listen to the praise. What’re you boys having? Some espresso. Want some? Well, sure! Tony says that was a big win, but how much did it cost? Cost? What’s Tony talking about? C’mon, they got Damon Kemp to screw over Diamond Mine for free? Wow! That’s impressive. Kit doesn’t seem to like the taste of the coffee… Elton says they didn’t ask Kemp to do anything, and Kit says no one was doing anything for them! They won on their own!
Okay, okay. Stacks promises and Tony won’t tell. No, tell people they did this on their own! They’re just like the internet! They’ve always got something to say! Pretty Deadly won on their own! Pretty Deadly storm off, and Stacks still thinks they’re joking. But will Kit & Elton have to prove it themselves that they can win on their own?
Roxanne Perez VS Meiko Satomura!
The Gamer Girl wants to settle things with Cora Jade, so consider this level grinding! Will Roxie learn where she is in the NXT power levels after going against the Final Boss?
NXT returns as Meiko makes her entrance. Cora is watching backstage, shaking her head because she feels she should be having this honor. The bell rings and Roxie shakes hands with Meiko to show there is respect. They circle, tie up, and they go around. Meiko hooks a leg and arm, throws Roxie down, but Roxie gets up. Meiko wrenches the arm, Roxie rolls and kips up to hammerlock. Meiko fights with a headlock, then a drop toehold. Meiko floats to a facelock but Roxie fights up. Roxie wrenches and headlocks, but Meiko endures and powers out. Fans rally as they RAM shoulders, and neither woman falls!
Meiko eggs Roxie on, they RAM again, and then Meiko SOBATS! Meiko whips Roxie to rope, and FLYING SHOULDERS Roxie down! Roxie staggers up but Meiko wrenches to a wristlock and KICK! LEG SWEEP! KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO! Meiko drags Roxie up and steps over, to then wrangle Roxie into an ARMBAR! Fans duel, Roxie pushes to a cover, ONE! Meiko gets Roxie go and Roxie comes back to full nelson! Roxie spins Meiko to arm-drag her around! Roxie has the armlock as fans duel, but Meiko headscissors. Roxie kips free and the two stand off. Fans cheer and Meiko nods as she stares Roxie down.
Meiko and Roxie reset, tie up, Roxie duck sand rolls and headscissors into a roll-up! TWO, but Roxie hurries to wrench an arm. Meiko wrenches back, Roxie handsprings to the headscissors and victory roll, to an O’Conner BRIDG! TWO, and into the REAR NAKED CHOKE! Roxie pries at the hands, slips free of the sleeper but into a body scissor clutch! TWO, and into an STF!! Roxie pulls Meiko back but Meiko crawls around! Meiko finds ropes and heads that way, but Roxie pulls back! Meiko throws elbows to get free! Roxie clinches but Meiko KICKS and DECKS her! Roxie SHOTGUNS Meiko out of the ring!
Roxie builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and fans are fired up! Cora is annoyed and storms off as Roxie refreshes the ring count. Roxie gets Meiko back in the ring as NXT goes picture in picture.
Roxie pushes Meiko to a cover, ONE!! Roxie facelocks and grinds Meiko, but Meiko slips around to waistlock. Roxie pries at the hold, but Meiko shifts to a facelock. Roxie turns the facelock back onto Meiko, but Meiko powers Roxie into a corner. Meiko lets off to ROCK Roxie with a right! Roxie staggers along the ropes but Meiko ROCKS her again! And UPPERCUTS! Meiko drags Roxie up to ROCK her again! Roxie staggers and Meiko kicks her down. Roxie throws body shots and forearm but Meiko DECKS her! Meiko drags Roxie up, whips her to ropes but Roxie reverses, only for Meiko to reverse back and UPPERCUT!
Meiko clamps onto Roxie for a motorcycle stretch. Roxie endures, even as Meiko sits back to push deep into the shoulder blades! But Roxie pushes back to make that a cover! TWO, and Meiko now has Roxie for a mounted wristlock. Roxie resists and kicks at Meiko, but Meiko holds on tight. Meiok then stands up to KICK Roxie down! Meiko paces but Roxie sits up. Meiko KICKS her back down! Roxie slowly sits up again, and she blocks the kick! Roxie pushes the leg but Meiko blocks the sobat to KICK Roxie back down! Meiko then drags Roxie up, reels her in, and DDTs! Meiko runs, to HANDSPRING KNEE DROP! The Satomura Special! Cover, TWO!!
Roxie is hanging tough but Meiko nods. Meiko clamps on with another motorcycle stretch, but Roxie endures again. NXT returns to single picture and fans duel between Roxie and Meiko. Roxie fights up, gets to her feet, and turns things around, only for Mieko to turn it right back around! Fans rally as Roxie endures and fights up again. Roxie turns it around, ROCKS Meiko, but Meiko EuroUppers! Fans fire up for “Women’s Wrestling!” as Roxie fires a forearm! Meiko UPPERCUTS again! Roxie comes back to uppercut, and uppercut, and uppercut! Roxie whips, Meiko reverses but Roxie ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Meiko!
Fans fire up as Roxie starts rallying! Roxie runs in to SHOTGUN Meiko down! Fans fire up as Meiko goes to a corner and Roxie runs in! UPPERCUT! Roxie rolls, comes back, into the ROUNDHOUSE! Meiko drags Roxie back up and fireman’s carries, but Roxie slips off to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO! Roxie drags Meiko around, KOJI KLUTCH!! Meiko endures, fans duel, and Meiko powers through to get free! She KNEES Roxie down, then whips her to ropes. Roxie reverses but Meiko WHEEL KICKS on the return! Fans fire up and Meiko climbs the corner! Roxie gets up to ROCK Meiko first! Roxie climbs up after Meiko and fires off forearms!
Roxie stands on the very top now, to SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO! Meiko survives, showing why she is the living legend! Roxie drags Meiko back up, runs, blocks the roundhouse to forearm! PELE from Meiko!! Meiko hurries to the corner and she fires up as she runs in! SCORPIO RISING!! Cover, Meiko wins!
Winner: Meiko Satomura, by pinfall
The Final Boss wins in her first singles match in NXT 2.0, showing everyone she is still a legend! Roxie bows in respect and Meiko applauds her in return. But then Cora slips into the ring to SMACK Roxie with the kendo stick! Meiko returns and Cora runs away! Seems Cora’s the one who is scared! But will Meiko and Roxie humble Cora soon enough?
Bron and Tyler prepare backstage.
Tyler thanks Bron for the assist against Gallus. Bron says he knows they’re from different countries and NXT UK just ended. NXT Europe is right around the corner, so Bron wants Tyler to know that Tyler IS NXT. They’ll kick Gallus’ ass tonight! They shake hands, will the current and former champions be able to bring down Gallus together?
Damon Kemp speaks.
“On Sunday, the whole world was talking about Damon Kemp. But that’s not how I started in NXT.” Roderick Strong brought him into the Diamond Mine because of his wrestling legitimacy. “And how did I do? Brutus & Julius became one of the most dominate tag team champions. And what thanks did I get? Nothing! Roddy didn’t even put me in the singles ranks. It’s always, ‘DK, stay ready for whatever we need you!'” Kemp is a Pan-American Games winner! Championships are in his DNA! As matter of fact, here’s a secret: Kemp beat Brutus’ ass in college! Made him look like a little punk! And Julius was jealous of Kemp because Roddy liked him better.
Hell, Ivy Nile had more of a say in the group than Kemp did! And Kemp saw the Roddy-Julius beef coming from a mile away. He could’ve squashed it, but he decided to stir the pot because he wasn’t given the respect he deserved. So he took them down from within! This is what happens when you put two alphas against each other. And no one thought it was Kemp who took at Roddy in the parking lot! It was so hard to keep a straight face. Kemp gave the Creeds one last chance, but they shut him down! That moment cost them the titles. The sound of that chair hitting Julius’ back signaled the end of Diamond Mine.
Kemp will leave us with this: It isn’t Diamond Mine Forever, it’s Damon Kemp forever! Will the Golden Gopher go for gold now that he’s a one man show?
The Dyad are still at their “recognition award” table.
Rip Fowler says “The Schism can help you achieve greatness. To join The Schism is to allow your soul to enter a harmonious place. To sit under The Schism’s tree is to truly-” Jagger Reed calls out to Kiana James and her assistant. They seem a bit lost. They seem to need guidance. Kiana tells Jean to grab a couple of those for them. Thank you, guys, this is great. Can’t wait for this, love what you’re doing, keep it up. Not. Kiana doesn’t do free sponsorships. Jean puts the buttons in the trash. Kiana keeps hounding her subordinate on the phone. Whoever this is always seems to surprisingly screw up! What? When will Duncan get a call from Kiana? Maybe when his phone works!
Someone in a red hoody walks over to The Dyad and offers their smiley face buttons then hugs it out. Meanwhile, Arianna Grace turns down adding anything more to her already busy schedule. She has a luncheon, then a meet ‘n’ greet, then she’s helping judge a beauty pageant. Kiana walks over to say hi. Arianna is just what Kiana has been looking for. Kiana has a problem with- Lyons & Stark? Arianna knows. She can’t stand either of them, either. Then Kiana’s just found a solution to her problem. Jean, book Arianna for training at 6 AM tomorrow morning. Arianna says that works for her schedule. Will this team-up of beauty and business be a winning combination?
Ricochet VS Trick Williams w/ Carmelo Hayes!
The one and only reason the One and Only isn’t the NEW North American Champion is because of Melo’s main man getting involved. Will Ricochet make sure to #WhoopThatTrick once and for all? Or will Trick have more tricks up his proverbial sleeves?
NXT returns and Trick makes his entrance. Melo joins commentary as the bell rings. Ricochet tells Melo to watch this closely. Trick runs in, into Ricochet’s KNEE! Trick bails out and Melo says lock it in. But then Ricochet WRECKS Trick with a dropkick! Melo says nevermind, stay out here. Ricochet and Melo stare down, Ricochet stands Trick up to CHOP him! And ROCK him! Ricochet puts Trick in, talks some trash on Melo, but Trick storms back up on him. Ricochet shoulders into Trick, slingshots up and over, spins him around and WRINGS him out! Trick endures the armlock while fans rally for Ricochet.
Ricochet wrenches the arm, WRINGS Trick again, and grinds the armlock again. Ricochet knuckle locks, Trick kips up and WRINGS Ricochet, but Ricochet handsprings through! But Trick HEEL KICKS Ricochet down! Trick stomps away on Ricochet in the corner, then lets off. Fans boo but Trick talks trash. Trick drags Ricochet up to whip him hard into the corner! Cover, TWO! Trick runs back in and STINGER SPLASHES! Trick talks trash, slaps Ricochet around then drags him up. Trick suplexes but Ricochet slips off to ROCK him with right hands! Ricochet CHOPS, whips, but Trick reverses. Ricochet ducks ‘n’ dodges, but into a pop-up UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO!
Melo is enjoying himself as Trick covers again, TWO! Trick is annoyed but fans rally up with ‘WHOOP THAT TRICK!” Trick runs, but hits buckles! Ricochet shakes out the cobwebs, but Trick trips up the springboard! Melo is laughing at Ricochet and Trick smacks Ricochet off the desk! Trick keeps hitting Ricochet off the desk and Melo says Ricochet isn’t coming back to NXT after this. Trick puts Ricochet in the ring, but Ricochet cradles! TWO, and Trick YANKS Ricochet into ropes! Fans boo but Trick runs in, SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives and Melo is annoyed.
Melo tells Trick to stay on Ricochet, but Trick is mocking Ricochet’s superhero pose. Ricochet ducks the roundhouse to CLOBBER Trick! Ricochet rallies on Trick, springboards and CROSSBODIES! Fans fire up with Ricochet and he tells Melo to watch this. Ricochet RAMS into Trick, bumps him off buckles and ROUNDHOUSES him away! Ricochet springboards to FLYING LARIAT! Fans fire up more and Ricochet aims from a corner. Melo says Ricochet is full of himself but he’s one to talk. RECOIL!! Ricochet looms over Trick, tells Melo he’s still watching him. Ricochet goes up the corner, Melo is sure Trick will evade. SHOOTING STAR PRESS!! Cover, Ricochet wins!
Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall
Trick didn’t move, and now he isn’t moving at all! Ricochet whooped that Trick, but will he get a fair rematch with The A Champion?
Tony D’Angelo and Channing Lorenzo are still having coffee.
And they still can’t believe Pretty Deadly is trying to pull a face one on us. Like The Don couldn’t tell what was really going on. Oh, hey! Cameron Grimes! There he is! Look, Tony gave Grimes time to consider the offer. They both know Tony’s right, so Stacks can get him an espresso on the house. Grimes says these guys don’t stop. They’re as bad as Joe Gacy. But he appreciates the free coffee. Now, Grimes doesn’t know Italian, so he’ll do his best to say this in English. “The answer is no. Not today, not tomorrow, not any day. Because Cameron Grimes don’t need nobody! And he definitely don’t need you two.”
Tony says he gave Grimes the benefit of the doubt, but not this time. The last couple of guys who said no aren’t even here anymore. Tony ran them out! Yeah, but Grimes isn’t like those guys. Yeah, because people actually respect those guys. Grimes throws the coffee in Stacks’ face! Tony DECKS Grimes! Stacks rains down fists, but Grimes fights back! Only for Tony to URENAGE him through the table! Tony & Stacks leave Grimes writhing in the sugar and cream, but will Grimes make sure he gets even with the Don?
NXT, a new wave is coming in.
Sol Ruca the surfer girl is coming soon. Who will be able to hang ten and hang tough with her?
Backstage interview with Diamond Mine.
McKenzie knows Julius, Brutus and Ivy heard what Kemp had to say, what is their response? Brutus wants to break Kemp’s face! For what Kemp did to Roddy, to the Creeds, and what he said about Ivy! Kemp talks tough when he’s in an empty studio. Talking about a match that happened like six years ago. Brutus says this will be on sight! McKenzie says they don’t know when that’ll be, but next week, they’ll get their championship rematch with Pretty Deadly. Do they have a way to clear their minds? They don’t have a plan. This is fuel on the fire! It’s one thing at a time. First, they correct what happened at Worlds Collide. Then, Kemp’s a dead man!
Pretty Deadly storm in and says they’ve been looking all over for these two “divs.” Pretty Deadly says they beat The Creeds on Sunday! Damon or no Damon, the NXT Tag Team Championships are Pretty Deadly’s! And though the people don’t believe it, they’ll change that. The naysayers who don’t think Kit & Elton deserve the titles will be picking the stipulation for the tag match! That’s right, fans get to decide what kind of match they have! And then, there won’t be any excuses when the Creeds lose again! Julius says everything that’s happened, all this rage he has inside, is going to be taken out on their bitch asses! Just how will this go down between Diamond Mine and Pretty Deadly?
Best of 3 Series, Part One: Nathan Frazer VS Axiom!
The British Prodigy wishes the Established Truth could’ve had a chance to compete in NXT UK, and especially in British Rounds matches. But as a compromise, these two will have a best two out of three matches series! Will Frazer learn just how good this anonymous kid really is? Or will he be taking the all-important first fall?
NXT returns as Axiom makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up and duel, the two tie up, and Axiom waistlocks to then spin and snapmare. Frazer slips out to hammerlock, but Axiom uses a leg to get free and he wrenches Frazer right back! Axiom wristlocks, grinds the arm, but Frazer rolls, only for Axiom to WRING him out! Axiom keeps on the arm but Frazer fights up again. Frazer spins, arm-drags, but Axiom holds onto the wristlock! Frazer rolls again, handsprings more, wrenches and WRINGS, but Axiom handsprings through! Fans fire up as the two stand off. They shake hands and reset.
They tie up, Frazer headlocks, but Axiom powers out. Frazer runs Axiom over, things speed up, and Frazer blocks hip toss to a backslide! ONE and Axiom has Frazer’s legs for the BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Frazer pops out, covers, ONE! Axiom sweeps legs and covers, ONE! Frazer sweeps legs and covers, ONE! Axiom and Frazer both kip up and fans fire up! They circle again while fans rally again. They knuckle lock, Axiom rolls and wrenches, drags Frazer down to a headlock, but Frazer keeps his shoulder up. Frazer fights up but Axiom wrangles him down. Frazer fights up, slips out the back to waistlock, but Axiom switches.
Axiom shoves but Frazer goes up and over in the corner. Things speed up. Frazer ducks ‘n’ dodges and SHOTGUNS Axiom out of the ring! Fans fire up and Frazer builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the ramp and NXT goes picture in picture!
Frazer drags Axiom up, puts him in the ring, then hurries in after him. Frazer has Axiom in a corner, clinches, then CHOPS! Axiom drops to his knees but Frazer stalks him to the other corner. Frazer clinches again, stands Axiom up and CHOPS him! Axiom drops again, but Frazer drags him up to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Frazer keeps cool and he drags Axiom up. Axiom wrenches out to ARMBREAKER DDT! Axiom drags Frazer around, isolates the arm, and STOMPS it! Frazer clutches his elbow but Axiom stalks him to a corner. Axiom clamps on for a FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Frazer endures, moves around, reaches out, but Axiom KICKS the bad arm!
Axiom stomps Frazer, stomps him some more, then lets off to catch his breath. Frazer still clutches the arm but Axiom whips him to ropes. Axiom CLOBBERS Frazer, hitting the bad arm! Axiom clamps on to the arm again, grinds his forearm into Frazer’s face, but Frazer fights his way up. Axiom wrangles Frazer down, TWEAKS the hammerlock, then traps it to get the other arm. Axiom pulls on the arm, Frazer endures, but Axiom focuses on the trapped arm. Frazer kicks around, reaches out, and NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally up, Axiom bridges over to tweak the arm more! Fans rally as Axiom does it again!
Frazer keeps fighting, gets up to his feet and he throws elbows! Axiom lets go and ROUNDHOUSES Frazer! Axiom whips but Frazer blocks to ROCK him! Frazer grabs at Axiom but Axiom gives the bad arm an ELBOW BREAKER! Frazer falls right out of the ring! Axiom then DIVES and takes him out! Axiom puts Frazer in as fans cheer on “Both These Guys! Both These Guys!” Axiom climbs up the corner and leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Frazer escapes but Axiom clamps on with a DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Frazer endures, fans rally and duel, and Axiom keeps on the arm. Frazer pushes up and gets to his feet, but Axiom drags him back down!
Axiom has the double wristlock but Frazer fights up again. Axiom hops on with body scissors! Frazer endures the Hoverboard and throws body shots! Frazer powers through to suplex, ANARCHY!! Fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” while both men are down. Frazer crawls over to Axiom and both men stand. Frazer CHOPS Axiom, and CHOPS, but Axiom kicks! Frazer ducks to CLOBBER Axiom! And again! Then he QUEBRADAS to get the INVERTED DDT! Cover, TWO!! Frazer can’t believe it but Axiom is tough! Frazer drags Axiom up, fans duel, but Axiom cradles! TWO!! Frazer escapes, SWATS the kick, then hits a SLINGBLADE!
Fans fire up as Frazer runs in, STANDING SHOOTING STAR onto knees! TRIANGLE HOLD!! Frazer flails, Axiom turns this around to an omoplata, but Frazer uses a leg for the ROPEBREAK! Axiom lets off to STOMP Frazer! Fans rally and duel, but agree “This is Awesome!” Axiom KICKS Frazer, but Frazer rolls things into the BOSTON CRAB! And it’s deep! Axiom endures, crawls, reaches out, but Frazer focuses on a HALF CRAB, then a CALF CRUSHER!! Axiom reaches out for the ROPEBREAK! Frazer lets off in frustration but fans duel again. Frazer runs in but Axiom shoves him away! SUPERMAN PUNCH! Cover, TWO!!
Frazer flounders to a corner, Axiom reloads, RIDER DROPKICK!! Axiom covers, Axiom wins!
Winner: Axiom, by pinfall (leads series 1-0)
Axiom takes the win and the lead! Will round two only be even better? Will there need to be a round three?
Security is on high alert outside Gallus’ locker room.
Hank tells the guys that Gallus has been wreaking havoc, so they need to keep a close eye on them so that they can’t try anything. But then Javier Bernal walks in and says this bunch of Paul Blart rent-a-cops must be waiting for a fight to be over before doing their jobs. Hank tells Javier to move on already. Easy, tiger, who do you think you’re talking to? This is Big Body Javi. When he made his name on Level Up, he was blowing minds and kissing dimes. Wait a minute. How do all these security guards still have jobs around here? Alright, that’s enough, Javi. No, no, it’s not. Javi is a big time superstar, and Hank’s just a security guard.
Hank says he may not be a superstar, but he could whoop Javi’s ass any day of the week! Gallus heads out, Hank has the guards follow them and leave “the prick” behind. Will Hank have to humble Javi on Level Up?
Quincy Elliot speaks.
“The time has come. The biggest package is about to be delivered to NXT. I’m Quincy Elliot, the Super Diva, and I’m about to set fire to Tuesday nights. It’s hard for people to keep my name out of their mouths. But the struggle is real, and I’m more than a mouthful. Nothing’s cuter than a boy and his scooter, and I’m bringing all of this to NXT. Don’t worry, baby. Next week, I’m coming.” Quincy’s on his way, will you be ready?
Backstage interview with Melo & Trick.
McKenzie knows that wasn’t how they wanted things to go with Ricochet. Trick says yeah, but even a broken clock is right twice a day. But Trick is still taller, stronger, and even after a loss, he still looks better than Ricochet. Melo says they’re done with Ricochet. Ricochet tried something, he failed, and he doesn’t have what Melo has, and that’s the NXT North American Championship. Next question. Well, next week is the one year anniversary of NXT 2.0. Yeah, the Year of Melo! He done beat everyone there is to beat, done done everything there is to do, he IS the A Champion, and he IS the face of NXT! He’s got that vote in the bag.
But he doesn’t even know who his opponent is yet. Wait, what? What opponent? Who’s left to beat? That’s up to the fans to decide to defend his title against. Uh, no no no. How does McKenzie even know this? Listen, the fans don’t decide any of that, Melo does! Then he can vote on it. Oh! You hear that? They can vote. Melo & Trick storm off, but will The A Champion be careful not to end up a former champion?
BREAKING NEWS for the anniversary episode!
After that rejection turned brawl, Tony D’Angelo & Channing Lorenzo are taking on Cameron Grimes, and a partner of Grimes’ choosing! Who will Grimes get to join him against The Don & Stacks? And after recruiting Arianna Grace to her team, Kiana James is getting her payback tag match with Nikkita Lyons & Zoey Stark! Will the Calculator crunch the numbers and assure victory for her and Arianna?
Bron Breakker & Tyler Bate VS Gallus!
The UNDISPUTED NXT Champion came to the aid of the Big Strong Boy, and now they’re facing the Coffey Brothers to make them eat their words. Will the Big Booty Nephew and Big Strong Boy get a big time win? Or will Joseph & Markus show everyone that NXT is still their kingdom?
NXT returns as Tyler makes his entrance, followed by Bron’s. The teams sort out and Bron starts against the Iron King. They tie up, Bron powers Joe towards ropes, and then has him on the ropes. Bron lets off, Joe ties up with him and Bron headlocks. Joe powers out and they RAM shoulders. Neither man falls and Bron grins. Bron waistlocks, headlocks, but Joe powers out again. Bron RAMS Joe again and Joe staggers. Joe steadies himself and crosses his arms Gallus style. Bron runs in, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then CLOBBERS Joe! Fans fire up and bark with Bron, and he brings Joe to the corner. Tag to Tyler and Tyler goes up while Bron scoop SLAMS Joe!
Bron stands in place for Bate to KNEE-BOARD SENTON! Cover, ONE, but Bate wrenches an arm. Bate grinds the arm but Joe throws body shots. Bate YANKS the arm, Joe blocks the whip to reverse, but Bate goes up, only to turn around into Joe’s UPPERCUT! Joe wrenches, tags Mark, and the Coffey Brothers double wrench and double lift, to DOUBLE CHOP! Mark whips, arm-drags Tyler, but Tyler turns things around to a headlock! Mark fights up, Tyler BOPS him with a foot! And again! Mark powers out to wrench but Bate rolls, handsprings and dropkicks Mark down! Tag to Bron and Bron suplexes Mark. Joe saves Mark but Bron hits Joe!
Bate gets Joe now, and he and Bron STEREO SUPLEX! And then the stall and SLAM! And then double kip-ups, DOUBLE STANDING MOONSAULTS! Fans are thunderous while Gallus regroups! Bron makes a lap around Bate before sliding under, a shoutout to the legends as NXT goes picture in picture.
Gallus talks strategy and Mark gets back in. Mark rushes Bate but into a drop toehold! Bate has the legs tied up, then shifts to a headlock. Mark fights up, Bate brings him around and tags Bron. Bron throws body shots on Mark, wrenches his arm, then wristlocks. Mark rolls, snapmares Bron and headlocks, but Born slips out to get the wristlock back. Mark fights up, pushes Bron back, and MONKEY FLIPS! But Bron holds onto the wrist! Bron drags Mark over, tags Bate back in, and Bate RAMS into Mark. Bate hits a headlock takeover and he grinds Mark down. Mark headscissors, Bate moves around, headstands and pops free to get the headlock again.
Mark keeps his shoulders up, Bate grinds the headlock but Mark fights up to his feet. Mark pulls hair but Bate hits another headlock takeover. Bate thrashes and grinds Mark again, but Mark rolls to a cover, TWO! Bate holds on, Mark fights up again, and NXT returns to single picture. Fans duel as Mark stands up. Mark powers out but Bate ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl RANA! Bate then dropkicks Mark out of the ring! Bate runs and FLIES! Direct hit right in front of the desk! Fans are fired up for “NXT! NXT!” but Joe stalks over to Tyler. Bron storms up to Joe and chases him off, but Wolfgang POSTS Bate!
Fans boo but Mark puts Bate in. Mark stomps Bate, tags Joe, and Joe drags Bate up to EuroUpper! Joe whips Bate to a corner, then whips him back in! Joe scoops Bate for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Joe KNEES Bate in the back, then TOSSES him to the corner! Joe elbows Bate, tags Mark, and Mark throws body shots. Bate throws forearms back and he backs Mark down, but Mark ROCKS Bate! Bate ROCKS Mark, but Mark whips Bate into the corner! Bate bounces off buckles, Mark picks him up and tags in Joe. Mark BACK DROPS Bate, for Joe’s ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO!
Joe sits Bate up to KNEE, and CLUB and KNEE again! Joe clamps claws onto the shoulders but Bate fight sup. Fans rally and Bate throws body shots. Joe knees low, snap suplexes, and then covers, TWO! Joe is annoyed but he drags Bate up into a BEARHUG! Bate endures, Joe thrashes him around, and fans rally up. Bate powers up to throw forearms into Joe! Joe squeezes tighter on the bearhug! Fans rally and duel, Bate grinds forearms in Joe’s face. Joe RAMS Bate into the corner! Joe shoves Bate to ropes and CLUBS him on the back! Then back to the BEARHUG! Fans rally up again as Bate endures, and Bate throws hands!
Bate BELL CLAPS, sunset flips, but Joe stays up! Joe can’t reach Mark and Bate rolls him back! Joe rolls through and he gets a leg! Bate kicks away on Joe with the free leg and gets the other leg free. Bate runs but Joe catches him before he reaches Bron! Bate slides under to hot tag Bron! Bron rallies with big shoulder tackles, then he catches Joe’s leap into a POWERSLAM! Fans bark it up and Bron drags Joe up. Bron clinches, BOOTS, but Mark tags in before the OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Mark half nelson but Bron arm-drags free! SPINEBUSTER! The straps come down, and Bron signals to Tyler.
Bron tags Bate and Electric Chair Lifts Mark! Bate and Bron hit the FLYING BULLDOG!! Cover, Joe breaks it! Wolfgang distracts but Bate DECKS him! Joe runs in, but Bron SPEARS him down! Bate rebounds to LARIAT Mark! Then underhooks for the TYLER DRIVER 97!! Cover, Bate & Bron win!
Winners: Tyler Bate & Bron Breakker, by pinfall
This big strong duo just cooled off the Coffey Brothers, but JD attacks them both! He KNEES Bron down, and hits DEVLINSIDE on Bate!! The Irish Ace runs off as Bron returns, but fans boo JD blindsiding them like that. Is the Necessary Evil coming after the UNDISPUTED NXT Championship?
A great NXT to follow up Worlds Collide, and then set up next week’s one year anniversary episode. Next week’s episode is looking pretty big already with how the fans get to vote on things. I like that Pretty Deadly got upset that everyone is stating the obvious when it came to how they won the titles. They had a great bit with Lash, with Tony and Stacks, and with Diamond Mine. I would think the options for that will be things like Tornado Tag, No Disqualifications, things like that. And it doesn’t matter what we get, these teams will deliver, and I bet Kemp will help Pretty Deadly win again to add heat to his feud with Diamond Mine. Kemp had a good promo to hype that up, but I wish this was all still to connect his time in NXT UK hanging out with Gallus.
Great match out of Toxic Attraction VS Nikki & Piper, and what a great surprise that Piper & Nikki won. I don’t know how this will affect their run on Raw, but I suppose this can help them stick together as a team and keep fighting for titles. Good promo from Apollo Crews, and nice reveal of the damaged eye. I also like that he referenced his future sight being affected, that was clearly where they were going with the eye rake. We got another interaction between Tony, Stacks and Grimes, and this was really good with the quick brawl. I can’t wait to see who is joining Grimes against Tony & Stacks, but I have a feeling that person takes the loss.
Quincy Elliot is on his way, so he’s going to have a big debut on the big anniversary episode. And it seems another new star is already being hyped up. Sol Ruca (real name Calyx Hampton) has already been competing on Level Up, she’ll surely win her NXT TV debut, but who knows how her surfer persona will help her. But if she doesn’t use a form of the surfboard stretch as her finisher, I’ll be a bit disappointed. We got a good bit out of The Dyad with Kiana James and her assistant, and also Kiana with Arianna. The tag match between them and Nikkita & Zoey will be very good, but I am betting Nikkita & Zoey win.
Great match out of Roxanne and Meiko, and of course Meiko wins. But also, of course Cora is a sore loser for not getting to be the one that loses to Meiko. Cora attacking Roxie of course adds to their coming rematch, and that thing better be No Disqualification at the least. We got a good match out of Ricochet VS Trick but of course Ricochet wins. Now, whether or not fans vote for him to get a rematch with Melo, we’ll just have to wait and see all the options. Solo Sikoa is heading to SmackDown so he can’t be an option, so I have no idea who else it could be but Ricochet. Either way, Melo will give us another great match, I just hope Trick doesn’t get involved again because that’s just lazy.
We got an awesome match out of Frazer VS Axiom. And what a big surprise that this is a best of three series and not just a British Rounds match. I would be very surprised if this ends in two, but I’m also wondering where this goes when we get a winner. Can it please be that Noam Dar and the renamed NXT Heritage Cup Championship show up and gives NXT a second midcard title? Then we can get Dar VS whoever wins the series, and a lot of other superstars on this brand that never got to visit NXT UK, all giving us great variety in the British Rounds style. It’d just be nice if something from NXT UK survived to enhance NXT 2.0.
And we got great stuff out of Gallus, Bate and Bron. I personally have to agree with Gallus on the point that Tyler Bate should be the Unified NXT Champion over Bron. We got a great promo out of Hank and Javier on the side before the main event, and you can bet Hank VS Javier is happening. The main event tag was great stuff, but of course the Faces win. At least it was Bate getting the pin here. But then nice surprise in JD attacking them both. He clearly wants another shot at the top title, but I have a feeling he’ll have to fight Tyler Bate to earn that opportunity. JD VS Tyler will be awesome, and no matter who wins, they will surely have a great rematch with Bron.
My Score: 8.6/10
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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.
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— 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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