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Mitchell’s NXT Halloween Havoc Results & Report! (10/22/22)

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Halloween Havoc 2022

This is Halloween! Everybody laugh ‘n’ scream!

NXT Halloween Havoc is back again, and so is Shotzi Blackheart as its host! But the real headline is the NXT Championship Triple Threat! Will the numbers spell disaster for Bron Breakker once again?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Vacated NXT North American Championship Ladder Match: Carmelo Hayes VS Wes Lee VS Von Wagner VS Oro Mensah VS Nathan Frazer; Wes wins and is the new NXT North American Champion.
  • Casket Match: Apollo Crews VS Grayson Waller; Apollo wins.
  • Weapons Wild: Cora Jade VS Roxanne Perez; Roxie wins.
  • High Stakes Ambulance Match: Julius Creed VS Damon Kemp; Julius wins and keeps Brutus in NXT.
  • NXT Women’s Championship: Mandy Rose VS Alba Fyre; Mandy wins and retains the title.
  • NXT Championship Triple Threat: Bron Breakker VS JD McDonagh VS Ilja Dragunov; Bron wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Halloween Havoc Kickoff Show!

Join McKenzie Mitchell, “Stone Cold” Sam Roberts and Busted Open Radio’s Dave LaGreca in discussing, analyzing and predicting all the action on the scariest night of WWE’s year!

 

Shotzi Blackheart and Quincy Elliot are backstage!

Our Halloween Havoc cohosts are with Apollo Crews and Grayson Waller, and the wheel! Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal! Where it lands, that is the stipulation for tonight’s match! Waller knows, just get to it! Save it for later, Waller. Shotzi has everyone step back and SPINS! Waller says he’s not scared, but he wants Coal Miner’s Glove. Blindfold match? NO, it’s a Casket Match! You win when you stuff the other inside and slam the lid shut! Apollo loves it! Is Waller ready to hold his breath? Happy Halloween~! Waller is speechless for once! Will he shut up when the lid shuts closed?

 

Alba Fyre speaks.

“Mandy Rose, if you wanna fight fire with fire, then meet me here tomorrow night.” Fyre waits on the Haunted Trail, but will the Toxic Goddess show?

Toxic Attraction responds.

Jacy Jayne says Alba is such a freak! But if she wants to fight fire with fire, let’s play! Wait, Mandy can’t be serious. She’s not going, is she? What do they mean? Of course she’s going! What does Mandy have to fear? She’s the most dominant women’s champion ever, and they’re Toxic Attraction! Yeah, but that doesn’t mean she has to go! Mandy says she’ll beat Alba down, drag her back here, and finish this in the ring. Mandy heads out, Gigi and Jacy think this is crazy, but will Mandy find a way to retain the title?

 

Chucky introduces the show.

Halloween is his favorite time of year. And last year, your old pal made sure there was plenty of violence. This year, there’ll be even more! A title hangs in the heavens, and one man goes through hell to get it. Playing with fire is good clean fun, but Mandy Rose might get burned by Fyre. Some deserve to feel pain, but all three men in the main event welcome it! A dog faced gremlin meets a machine and a bloodthirsty psycho second only to Chucky. “This is gonna be a war! Not to mention, caskets, ambulances and more mayhem this guy can ask for.” Enjoy the carnage, enjoy the fun, enjoy Halloween Havoc!

 

Quincy Elliot is on stage.

“Queen of Halloween, AWAKEN!” Shotzi has her saw! She welcomes us to the scariest night of the year! “Halloween Havoc, it’s SHOWTIME!” Shotzi howls to the moon, and it’s time to get spooky!

 

Vacated NXT North American Championship Ladder Match: Carmelo Hayes VS Wes Lee VS Von Wagner VS Oro Mensah VS Nathan Frazer!

The A Champion tried to keep this belt by any means necessary, but it backfired when Solo Sikoa took it from him. But a technicality then took the title from Solo, and now Melo must fight to get this belt back! Will he use every Trick in the book to be The A Champion again? Or will we truly get a NEW champion here tonight?

The introductions are made, the ladder hangs high above, and we see who brings down the other four to be the one!

The bell rings and fans are fired up already. The five look at the belt, and then at each other. Melo says duh, let’s get a ladder. But Wes SUPERKICKS him first! Then LEAPS on him outside the ring! Von throws Frazer into Oro, clotheslines Oro then throws Frazer back in to SPLASH them both! Von throws shoulders, runs in but into a BOOT! Frazer & Oro fire off, double whip, dodge and DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Von falls out, Oro and Frazer look up. Oro knees low, whips Frazer to a corner but Frazer goes up and over! Things speed up, Frazer ducks ‘n’ dodges and CLOBBERS Oro! Oro bails out and Frazer goes to a corner!

Frazer SUPER CROSSBODIES Von! Fans are thunderous for Frazer and he hurries to look under the ring. Frazer brings out the first ladder! Frazer slides that in the ring, hurries to grab it, but so do Oro and Melo! All three men stare down, Oro and Frazer DOUBLE CHOP Melo! Melo leaps the ladder, but the ladder gets him on the return! Then the ladder gets Wes! And then Oro & Frazer RAM Wes, then THROW the ladder at him! Melo RAMS Frazer inot the ladder, he kicks and whips Oro but Oro WRECKS Von! Melo KNEES Oro, Frazer DECKS Melo! Frazer stands the ladder up, to COMPLETE SHOT Melo into it!

Fans are thunderous as Frazer is all alone again! Frazer hurries to set this ladder up under the belt! Frazer climbs, but Oro drags him back down. Oro clinches to EXPLODER! Frazer flops out of the ring and Oro hurries up. But Wes gets a ladder of his own in, and then brings Oro down. Wes blocks a kick but Oro hits the ROLLING KICK! Melo CLOBBERS Oro, then he folds up this first ladder. He slams it but Wes avoids disaster! Oro blocks a ladder bump to elbow Melo and back drop him on the ladder! Melo writhes, but Wes SHOTGUNS Oro onto the ladder! Wes hurries but VOn returns! Wes dropkicks a leg out and Von bumps off the ladder!

Wes RAMS the ladder into Von, then corners him with it! Wes BOOTS the ladder over and over to jam it into Von! Wes then goes up to rain down fists! Fans count, but Von shove shim away! Wes ducks the ladder toss, but not the BOOT! Robert Stone is fired up as Von sets the ladder up! Fans boo but Oro returns. Von SMACKS Oro into the ladder! Von RAMS Frazer! Frazer avoids being cornered and he RAN- NO, Von blocks the rana to POWERBOMB Frazer on the ladder! Fans lose their minds while Von THROWS the ladder at Wes! Von stands a ladder up under the belt now, but Melo climbs it! Von DECKS him first!

Von throws hands, shoves, but Melo ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirl FACEBUSTERS! Fans fire up and Melo picks up the ladder. Melo climbs as fans duel, but Frazer springboards and MISSILE DROPKICKS Melo down! But then Wes rides a ladder down, onto Frazer! Fans lose their minds over that one! All five men are down, “This is Awesome!” and still just beginning! Oro SCISSOR KICKS Wes onto the ladder! Oro DROPKICKS Von, then LIONSAULTS Wes on the ladder! A little double edge, and Melo SUPERKICKS Oro! Melo pushes ladder aside, catches Oro’s boots, and he puts him in ropes!

Trick puts the ladder under Oro, FADE AWAY onto the ladder!! Melo drags the ladder up, RAMS Frazer, then brings Frazer around, Melo takes his shot, but Frazer catches him! INVERTED SPANISH FLY onto the ladder!!! Fans lose their minds all over again after that one! But Von CHOKE SLAMS Frazer! Von stands the ladder up, Wes rushes in, Wes slips through the choke slam to ENZIGURI! And FLYING CHUCK! And ROLLING KICK! Von flops out of the ring and fans fire up, but Melo LARIATS Wes and himself out of the ring! Oro is alone with the ladder, and he sets it up under the belt! Oro climbs, but Trick gets in the ring!

Trick tips the ladder, Oro LEAPS but wipes out on the ropes before wiping out the others! Refs hurry to check on them all, and Trick looks to climb?! But then Stone gets in the ring! Managers climb up the ladder but Trick stops Stone and SLAMS his hand on the ladder! Stone CLOCKS Trick with a shoe! Trick tips the ladder and Stone wipes out on the ropes now! Fans are electric for “NXT! NXT!” as EVERYONE is down! Oro manages to crawl back in, he stands the ladder up and climbs, only for Von to stop him! Von YANKS Oro down, TOSSES him, but Oro skins the cat! Von RAMS Oro with the ladder, then RAMS Melo with it!

Von roars and TOSSES the ladder onto Wes and Frazer! Frazer gets a double tap from that ladder while Von goes out to look under the ring. Von finds a BIG ladder and brings it out. The front row assures him he can bring it out, but they almost get bopped! Oro fires off on Von, Von CLOBBERS him then CLOBBERS Melo! Von sets this ladder up as a bridge between ring and barriers and fans fire up. Wes GAMANGIRIS Von into sitting on the ladder! Frazer is up top, FROG SPLASH on Von through the ladder!!! Fans lose their minds all over again! Frazer gets up from the wreckage, but Wes is in the ring. Wes FLIES onto Frazer!

Oro SHOTGUNS Wes! Melo dodges Oro to leap off the barriers for the FLYING LARIAT! But Wes CANNONBALLS Melo! Wes fires up as he grits his teeth and the fans are behind him! Wes brings out another ladder from under the ring, and this is a BIG one. Wes struggles with it but he puts that ladder in the ring, only for Von to CLOBBER him! Von stands one of the other ladders up and fans chant “NO! NO! NO!” But Wes climbs it! Von grabs at Wes, brings him down, and trophy lifts him! Von TOSSES Wes to the commentary table!! Wes crashes ‘n’ burns and fans lose their minds a fourth time! And this is just the opener!

Von is climbing! Fans freak out, but FRAZER returns! Frazer fires off hands and brings Von down! Frazer kicks Von away, reaches up, but Von grabs him! Von brings Frazer around, but Frazer RANAS Von out! Von drags Frazer off the apron to TOSS him into the barriers! But Oro WHEEL KICKS Von! Oro has a smaller ladder and Frazer helps RAM it into Von! Von goes over the barriers! Frazer and Oro nod to each other, they RAM Von again for good measure! And then they dump go up the barriers, to SLAM the ladder down on Von! And again! And again! Von is wedged in there, and fans fire up with Oro!

Oro and Frazer then see a clear path to the belt. Oro pushes Frazer over and hurries in! Frazer hurries after, they both climb, and they brawl up top! Fans rally as the forearms fly, but Oro hooks Frazer. Frazer resists the suplex, they both throw forearms again, and Frazer grabs the belt! Oro CLUBS him first, grabs for the belt, but then Oro clinches Frazer to shove him down HARD! But Melo RAMS a ladder at Oro’s legs. Oro jumps up, Melo climbs at him, the ladders are wedged together. Melo YANKS Oro down, TOSSES him out, and then hurries up the main ladder! Fans are going nuts, but Wes runs up the other ladder to FLYING FOREARM!

Melo falls, fans are thunderous again, and Wes throws hands with Melo over the ladder bridge. They go back and forth, Melo DECKS Wes but Wes comes back with a ROLLING ELBOW! Melo comes back but Wes trips him up! Melo hits ladder on the way down! Wes hurries up and over him! Melo grabs Wes, CLUBS and throws body shots, they brawl on the ladder bridge. They throw hands fast and furious and fans are loving it! Wes throws body shots, he ROCKS Melo, then climbs up. But Melo crawls up behind and anchors a foot. Wes kicks Melo, but Melo keeps holding on! Wes kicks free to METEORA on the ladder!

Wes keeps himself in the ring and he hurries back up! Wes climbs, fans are thunderous, Wes gets the belt and he wins!!

Winner: Wes Lee (NEW NXT North American Champion)

The Must-See Kid finally has the belt he’s been after for so long! His first singles title and fans chant, “You Deserve It!” With all Wes endured, both this year and in this match, will anything ever stop him now that he’s champion?

 

Somewhere on the haunted hiking trail…

Toxic Attraction arrives together, and Gigi gets into the spirit. “We’re here~!” Okay, don’t be so dramatic. They’re gonna go look for Alba, beat her down, drag her ass back to the arena, and then Mandy will beat her to retain the title. Correction: Mandy & Gigi can go look for her while Jacy stays in the car. Jacy got a broken rib on Tuesday. Oh, suck it up! Gigi says it’ll be easy! It’s 3v1! It doesn’t matter how many bats Fyre has, they’ll get her. It’ll be a No Contest, even! Jacy says they don’t need her. One half of the best tag team champions, one of the most dominant women’s champions- Stop, Jacy, you’re coming along. Don’t be so scared.

They exit, Jacy clings to Mandy, but they each get a flashlight and start looking. Jacy is already wanting to go home but Gigi really likes how spooky it is. Jacy gets spooked easily, but then a zombie speaks! BOP! Jacy! Oh, whatever! Let’s get going! They leave whoever that was behind, and then find a spooky ax murderer. Oh, and the mansion at the end of the trail. The three head in, and Gigi loves it! Jacy says Fyre isn’t in there, they can go back to the car. The door opens on its own… “Mandy, come and play~!” Toxic Attraction steps inside, there are arms reaching out from the walls, but no Fyre. Mandy suggests splitting up. Doesn’t she watch horror movies? Don’t ever split up!

Gigi teases Jacy and Jacy asks why she’s like this. Cuz Gigi loves Halloween! And Mandy loves her title. The faster they find Fyre, the faster they end this. Whoever finds Fyre first, scream and the others will rush to her. Then the statue moves! Jacy runs off afraid. She even gets spooked by wheels hanging from the ceiling. Jacy apologizes to Fyre. She kicks at a dummy that pops up in a chair. Is Fyre in here? She kicks another dummy! Something moves behind her. But then Fyre snatches Jacy from behind the movie screen! Gigi laughs it off, thinking Jacy is just being Jacy. Wait, Chucky? What’s he doing here? “Wanna play?” Tea party? Vampire needs dental work.

It’s kinda cold. Someone is offering a drink? Gigi says she’s good, but then it’s FYRE! She SMACKS Gigi off the table! Fyre stalks Gigi, throws her around the hallway, but Gigi hits back! They brawl, Gigi smacks Fyre with plates! Gigi SMACKS Fyre with the fridge door! Someone’s in the fridge! Fyre BOOTS Gigi into the fridge! Fyre has Gigi stay cool in there while she goes looking for Mandy. Mandy low blows a spook trying to spook her. Then she plays the organ, only for the organ to play itself! Mandy shrugs it off, but FYRE is there! And BAM, she hits Mandy with the bat! Mandy throws Fyre into a wall, then KNEES down some Jason wannabe.

Fyre hits Mandy, swings but hits a barrel! Mandy grabs the bat to RAM Fyre! She told you she’d fight fire with fire. But then Pumpkin Head takes the bat from her! Fyre hooks Mandy up but Mandy scrambles free. Only to come face to face with a ghoul and a well! Fyre gets Mandy in a SLEEPER! Fyre takes Mandy with her to the car and Jacy begs Fyre not to take her! Fyre asks what they always say. There’s Toxic Attraction, and then there’s everybody else? Well, Fyre’s not everybody else. She cracks Jacy and Gigi one more time, before driving back towards the arena!

 

Casket Match: Apollo Crews VS Grayson Waller!

The wheel sealed the fate of these two men during the kickoff show, but now one man will be put inside that old pine box. Will Apollo not just see Waller’s demise, but be the one to make it a reality? Or will the Grayson Waller Effect change the future?

The bell rings and the hands start flying! Fans fire up as Apollo ROCKS Waller, but Waller elbows him away. Apollo DROPKICKS, then he tackles Waller to rain down fists! Waller pushes Apollo away but Apollo ROCKS him and CHOPS him in the corner. Waller gasps but Apollo ROCKS and CHOPS again. Apollo whips, Waller reverses but Apollo goes up and over, only for Waller to LEG LARIAT! Waller rains down fists and fans boo. Waller goes to the corner, goes up and walks the rope, BALLER ELBOW! But then he mocks the Dead Man’s sit up. Apollo copies that, too! Waller kicks but Apollo blocks!

Apollo shoves Waller out of the ring, then slingshots, but Waller gets away. Waller goes for legs but Apollo kicks him away to ASAI MOONSAULT! Fans fire up as Waller goes down, and Apollo brings Waller around the way. Apollo ROCKS Waller, then ROCKS him again! Apollo eggs Waller on but Waller crawls back. Waller kicks the leg out, then he cravats to throw knees! Waller reels Apollo in but Apollo fights the suplex. Apollo gets around to lift, but Waller fights free! Waller runs, but into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplex! Waller writhes and crawls away but Apollo pursues him into the ring.

Waller mule kicks then sliding kicks! Apollo goes down, fans boo, but Waller stomps and CLUBS Apollo. Apollo throws forearms but Waller kicks low. Waller whips but Apollo reverses to TOSS Waller again! Apollo goes out after Waller but Waller throws body shots. Apollo ROCKS Waller back, then he SHOTGUNS Waller onto the desk! Booker T and Vic Joseph give them room as Apollo rains down hands on Waller! Waller uses one of Vic’s pens on Apollo’s eye! Waller throws hands, RAMS Apollo into barriers, then stands on Apollo’s head. Waller talks trash, he drags Apollo up, and he POSTS him!

Fans boo as Waller stalks Apollo. They go to the apron, Waller throws hands then fireman’s carries. Apollo fights free, hoists Waller up top, then he climbs up. Fans actually duel as Waller resists the superplex! Waller throws body shots, then he THUMBS Apollo in the eyes Apollo falls, through the casket lid!! Is that a win or not?! The refs talk it out, Waller celebrates, but the refs say no, you have to CLOSE the lid, not break it! But then the lights go out! And when they come back up, Apollo is GONE!? Waller then looks up the ramp, and the druids bring out a new casket! Apollo says this is ending one way or another!

Waller rushes out, Apollo DECKS him, then RAMS him into steel steps! Apollo then pulls the steps apart, but Waller throws knees! Waller goes to bump but Apollo blocks to SMACK Waller off the steps! And again! And again! Apollo then brings up the other half, and SLAMS it down! Waller avoids disaster, but Apollo dodges his haymaker to scoop and FALL AWAY SLAM! Waller writhes and fans fire up! Apollo hobbles over to Waller, and the other steel steps, and jumps up to MOONSAULT off! Fans fire up as the new casket is finally here! Apollo has the lid open, he puts Waller in the ring, and he stalks Waller to a corner to clothesline!

Apollo runs to clothesline in the corner again! And then again! And then again! Apollo stomps a mudhole into Waller and then some and the fans fire up! Apollo fireman’s carries for a GUT BUSTER DROP! Waller flounders, Apollo pushes Waller closer, and then a little closer. Waller falls inside the casket, and Apollo crawls out of the ring. But Waller blocks the lid! Waller JABS Apollo, then leaps to push Apollo partway in! Waller SLAMS the lid on Apollo, then shoves him all the way it! But Apollo blocks now! Apollo drags Waller in to join him! They brawl inside the casket, both men DECK each other!

Waller and Apollo stare down while fans fire up. Waller scrambles into the ring but Apollo drags him out! Apollo TOSSES Waller to the floor, then gets out to FROG SPLASH from the casket! Fans fire up for Apollo while Waller crawls away. Apollo pursues, the lid opens again, and Apollo waistlocks Waller on the apron! Waller holds the corner, throws some elbows, but Apollo ROCKS him again. Apollo gets in the ring to ENZIGURI! Waller wobbles, but Apollo runs, into the STUNNER!! Both men are down and fans are fired up again! Waller mocks the Dead Man again with the throat slash, and he drags Apollo up.

Waller gut wrenches Apollo, but Apollo turns it around! Apollo turns Tombstone into GUT BUSTER! Waller flounders towards the casket and Apollo crawls after him. Apollo shoves Waller in, but Waller gets his fingers in between lid and casket! Waller JABS Apollo, somersaults, but Apollo blocks the stunner! Waller elbows, and choke grips! But Apollo throws elbows! Apollo POSTS Waller, then POP-UP SPINEBUSTERS Waller into the casket! Apollo slams the lid shut and wins!!

Winner: Apollo Crews

Apollo promised he’d leave Waller in the dark, and it must be very dark inside that casket! Will this win help Apollo’s future be very bright?

 

NXT checks on Chase U.

Professor Andre Chase thanks the students for submitting their Halloween Havoc history reports, and is very pleased by many. But some were the “drizzling sh*ts.” How could they not have remembered the location of Halloween Havoc 1995? Duheim, you’re better than that! Chase gets so mad because he know show bright they are, and he wants them to succeed. But there’s a new transfer student: Duke Hudson. But how?! Bodhi, give Duke a chance. But Chase will be watching him closely. Duke knows that, and he assures everyone that he’s here to learn. He’s very excited to get to know them all.

Bonus question for extra points: Halloween Havoc 1996, who did the Outsiders beat to win the WCW Tag Team titles? Bodhi says the Nasty Boys. Sorry, that was wrong. The Steiners? No, not them, either. Anyone else? Duke says it was Booker T & Stevie Ray, Harlem Heat. Yes, that is correct, and a very historic night. Thea is impressed but Bodhi is upset. Class is over, you are dismissed. Bodhi feels bad and he goes to Chase. They don’t trust Duke, but Bodhi just has to be better in class. Bodhi agrees, and says he’ll be better prepared. Is Duke really here to get a degree? Or is he playing some kind of long game?

 

Backstage interview with Pretty Deadly.

How confident are they going into their tag title defense against Malik Blade & Edris Enofe? Kit Wilson says they’re as tasty as ever with not a care in the world. Elton Prince says “those chaps want to shock the world, but the only thing shocking is that they’re getting the time of day from these dandy highwaymen.” Kit says there is a full itinerary as tag team champions. SIDE PLATE CHECK! But then the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, Kayden & Katana walk in. Typical PD, more concerned about looks than wins. They think they’re the greatest? KC Squared says different.

Uh, the only thing PD is worried about is what outfits they’re gonna wear this Tuesday. As for Kayden & Katana, well, break a leg. Well, we’ll see who walks out on Tuesday with their titles. But with both sets of titles on the line, will we see both pairs lose it all?

 

Weapons Wild: Cora Jade VS Roxanne Perez!

Speaking of championships, these two were NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, but jealousy and pride got in the way. The Generation of Jade won’t let anyone get ahead of her, not even her former best friend. Will she break the Breakout Star to then make NXT all about her? Or will Roxie use anything and everything at ringside to bring about a new generation?

Roxie brings a trash can with her, but it’s not about the can. She opens it up to bring out a skateboard! Roxie is bringing back what Cora used to break this friendship! The bell rings, kendo stick meets board and board wins! But Cora dodges the next swing to bail out! Roxie pursues, uses the board to shied herself from trash can lid after trash can lid, and Cora gets worried. She tries a broom but nope, Roxie JAMS her with the board! Roxie bumps Cora off the apron, puts her in the ring, and brings the board with her. Roxie swings but Cora kicks lows! Cora gets the board and she takes a swing, but into a leg sweep!

Roxie smacks Cora’s head off the board again and again! Then she pushes Cora and board out of the ring to crash on the floor! Fans fire up and Roxie builds speed, to DIVE! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up with Roxie! Roxie CLUBS Cora and Cora hurries into the ring. Roxie brings out a TABLE! Fans fire up to see that, and Roxie sets the table up against the barriers. Roxie looks for Cora but Cora’s hiding. Roxie checks under the ring but then she sees the feet sticking out. Roxie drags Cora out but Cora SPRAYS Roxie! IT was maybe bug spray or spray paint, but Cora drags Roxie around to SWING her into the barriers! And again! And again!

Cora drags Roxie up and puts her in the ring, then she puts a chair in the ring. And another chair! And another! Fans duel as Cora keeps adding things, including a trash can. Cora stomps Roxie down, arranges all the chairs into a pile in a drop zone, but Roxie grabs one. Cora steps on the chair to trash Roxie’s hands! Cora SMACKS Roxie with the trash can! Cora puts the can on Roxie, then she KICKS the can! And stomps it! And DOUBLE STOMPS it! Then she kicks Roxie out of the ring! The ref checks on Roxie but she’s okay to continue. Cora pulls Roxie out of the can and SMACKS her with the lid! And again!

Cora gets a broom and she SMACKS Roxie with it! And again! Cora then grabs the bull rope to LASH Roxie with it! And again, and again, and again! Cora CHOKES Roxie with the rope, then makes it a gag in the CAMEL CLUTCH! Cora taunts fans then she shoves Roxie down. Then she spots the chain! Cora brings that chain around with her, but Roxie dodges! The chains lash the steel steps, and Roxie LASHES Cora with the rope! And again! And again! Cora kicks low, kicks the rope away, then whips Roxie, but Roxie reverses! Cora hits steel steps and crawls away! Roxie rushes over to THESZ PRESS!

Roxie rains down fast hands, then she SMACKS Cora with a trash can lid! Roxie runs in again, UPPERCUT sends Cora into the barriers! Fans rally as Roxie smacks Cora off the apron then puts her in the ring. Roxie gets Cora’s kendo stick! Roxie SMACKS Cora, and SMACKS her, and SMACKS and SMACKS and SMACKS! Cora cowers in a corner but Roxie wrenches her and hooks her up, KENDO LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO! Cora is still in this but Roxie snarls. Roxie UPPERCUTS in the corner! Then rolls and UPPERCUTS again! Roxie reels Cora in and hops on, but Cora SLAMS Roxie into the corner!

Cora staggers away while Roxie drags herself up in the corner. Cora runs in to SHINING WIZARD! Cora shoves Roxie down, covers, TWO! Fans rally as Cora drags Roxie around to a drop zone. Cora goes up the corner, but Roxie ROCKS her first! Roxie SLAPS Cora, climbs up, they brawl with body shots, and Roxie climbs up! SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO! Cora scrambles away to the outside and wants to run away? Roxie won’t let her, and she chases Cora into the crowd! They go up the bleachers, up to the perch, and Roxie gets a foot. Cora BOOTS Roxie away, but Roxie comes back! Cora kicks Roxie and CLUBS away on her!

Cora drags Roxie up, scoops her, and SLAMS Roxie on the perch floor! Roxie crawls and Cora looks at what’s below. Cora pops some railing off the perch and moves it aside! Cora tells Roxie, “After everything I did to you, after everything I did for you, this is what-” Roxie ROCKS Cora! Cora wobbles on the edge! Roxie throws more forearms, but she holds back. Cora begs for mercy, so Roxie just TACKLES Cora off! They both fall through the table below!! Fans lose their minds while both women are in the wreckage. Fans rally as Cora drags Roxie up, knees low, and smacks her off the apron. Fans duel as Cora stalks Roxie.

Cora drags Roxie up, bumps her off the apron again, then pushes her into the ring. Cora drags Roxie up, “You were NEVER my friend!” Cora underhooks Roxie, but Roxie turns things around! Back drop onto the chair pile! “And you were ALWAYS my best friend!” But Roxie hops on, POP ROX onto the chairs!! Cover, Roxie wins!

Winner: Roxie Perez, by pinfall

The Breakout Star gets vengeance on her former friend! Will this be the end of it between them?

 

A figure lurks in the shadows.

A mask is dropped into the fire, and it burns up. Is this the reemergence of who we think it is?

 

Shotzi heads to the ring!

In her Beetlejuice best, the hostess of Halloween Havoc is back and she has the mic. “I told you Halloween Havoc would be the most blood curdling, terrifying and horrific night of the year. Mwahahaha! And so far, we have had ladders, and caskets, and a haunted house, oh my~! And we’ve seen two women butcher the last remnants of their friendship. And, there’s still so much more to come! MWAHAHAHAHA! Including… My cohost?” Where’s Quincy? Fans cheer for him but no one has an answer. Oh, here comes the Super Diva! And he’s a banana! Quincy struts his way to the ring and says, “Hey.”

Shotzi didn’t realize he was gonna have more than one costume. He is the sweetest banana she’s ever seen. Well, good to see she thinks this costume is appealing. But we all know Quincy is the best of the bunch. Wait, what is Lash Legend doing come out here? She wants this all to stop! It’s bad enough they let the Green Goblin host this instead of yours truly! She’s the one and only, you can’t- Uh, Lash, don’t you know? Lashing Out was canceled long ago. And Lash ain’t near as fabulous as Quincy & Shotzi. So she can take her little shoes and skirt her way back to the back, okay? Fans fire up for that one!

Lash tells “Banana Nut” to hold the hell up. Lash will not let someone from SmackDown host this when Lash could do it better. Lash, Lash, Lash. You have so many great qualities: tall; athletic; explosive. But girl, hearing you talk is way more horrifying that could happen on Halloween. Lash tells Quincy to watch himself but Shotzi howls at her! Quincy, you are the Scream Queen and Shotzi loves you, but she’s got this. She HEADBUTTS Lash! And then kicks her, and hits a DDT! Quincy shouts, “That’s what you get!” Will Lash learn to think before she speaks to someone as ballsy as Shotzi?

 

The Schism speaks.

Joe Gacy says “It’s not only on Halloween that people wear masks. They wear them all year long.” Rip Fowler says, “For months, we’ve cultivated peace to help people remove their masks and reveal their true selves. To become something better by joining us under The Schism’s tree.” Jagger Reed adds that instead of hearing them, “they spit in our faces. Now, our message to this brand won’t be delivered by will, but by force.” Gacy tells Red Hood that she’s proven herself. Is she ready to remove her mask? She nods yes, so this Tuesday will be her moment! She will remove her mask, and the world will see the full force of Schism!

They’re not afraid to show their true selves! While the world hides behind their masks of wealth, vanity and lies, The Schism must illuminate our mistakes and our hypocrisy! They tried peace, so what happens next is our fault. “Four roots, one tree.” Just who is this as Little Red Riding Hood? And just what will she and The Schism do to mold NXT into their image?

 

High Stakes Ambulance Match: Julius Creed VS Damon Kemp!

Normally, you fight for yourself in a match as brutal as this. But this time, Julius is fighting for all of Diamond Mine! He wants revenge for Roderick Strong, he wants to keep his brother, Brutus, here on NXT, and he wants to put Kemp in his place for all that he did! Will Julius prove no one is colder than him? Or will the Golden Gopher cause the Diamond Mine to collapse once and for all?

Kemp brings a chair with literally Julius’ name on it, and it isn’t hard to see why. But Julius throws pumpkins at Kemp! Kemp smacks those away, but he gest bopped on the head! And then Julius MISSILE DROPKICKS in! The bell rings and Julius fires off! Julius whips, scoops and POWERSLAMS! Kemp scrambles away but Julius storms over. Kemp KNEES him down, then grabs the chair! Julius dodges the swing, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Kemp staggers up, Julius RAMS him into ropes and out of the ring! Julius rains down forearms, then he RAMS Kemp into barriers! Fans rally for Julius as he RAMS Kemp into the apron!

Julius gut wrenches to SUPLEX Kemp to the floor! Julius throws forearms and they end up in the back. Julius keeps hitting Kemp and pushes things towards the ambulance! Fans back there fire up as Julius smacks Kemp off the door! Julius opens the ambulance up, puts Kemp in, but then Kemp uses a crutch to keep the door open! Julius keeps trying but Kemp JASB him with the crutch, throws crutch after crutch at Julius, then storms up. Kemp SMACKS Julius around with the crutch, but Julius grabs hold! Julius throws the crutch away, but Kemp JAMS him with a fire extinguisher! Julius kicks back and grabs the extinguisher to BLAST Kemp!

Fans fire up as Kemp flounders away! Julius pursues, drags Kemp up, and brings him back towards the back, But Kemp hits a BIG back suplex to the floor! Kemp smacks Julius off the apron, then off the desk! Kemp RAMS Julius into steel steps and those go moving! Kemp slam dunks a pumpkin down on him, too! Kemp pulls the steel steps apart, and he RAMS Julius down with the steps! Fans boo as Kemp drags Julius up. Kemp scoops Julius, carries him to the back, and fans boo as they head for the ambulance. But Julius slips off to ROCK Kemp! They fire forearms back and forth, then Kemp knees low! But Julius RAMS Kemp into a crate!

Julius throws Kemp down, stomps him, but Kemp kicks a leg out! Kemp SMACKS Julius against the ambulance door. Kemp puts Julius in the doorway, and SLAMS the door on him! Julius slumps but Kemp SLAMS the door again! Julius is dazed, Kemp drags him up and pushes him at the door. Julius resists, Kemp gets him inside, but Kemp waves good-bye. Julius BOOTS the door into Kemp! Julius KICKS Kemp, SMACKS him with food from catering, then ROCKS him with forearms! Julius rams Kemp all the way into the POST! Julius puts Kemp in the ring, pushes steel steps aside to get the BASE steps!

Julius puts the steps in the ring, but Kemp WRECKS him with a dropkick! Kemp drags Julius back into the ring as fans boo, and he positions the steps. URENAGE on the steel steps! Kemp roars and stands on the steps like he’s won the gold medal. Kemp sits and rests while Julius flops out of the ring. Kemp grabs that chair of his, and he positions the steps near the apron. Fans boo as Kemp brings his chair out with him, but Julius ROCKS Kemp, then aims for the steps. Kemp blocks to SMACK Julius off the steps! Kemp finds a wheelchair and says this is what Julius will need. But Julius kicks the chair into Kemp!

Kemp rams Julius with the wheelchair but Julius rams it back into Kemp! Julius makes Kemp take a seat, and then he uses a crutch to trap Kemp in the wheelchair! Julius wheels Kemp around, to RAM him into the steel steps! Julius stomps Kemp while he’s down, stuck in the chair! Julius sits Kemp up and fans rally as he wheels Kemp around the way. Kemp gets the crutch out but Julius CLUBS away on Kemp! Julius DUMPS Kemp out of the chair, then he goes up to the apron. Julius leaps, Kemp BLASTS him with the extinguisher! The stomp still connects but both men are down! Julius staggers away and finds the stretcher.

Julius RAMS Kemp with the stretcher! Kemp staggers up, Julius keeps after him, but Kemp pushes back and POSTS Julius! Kemp grabs his chair, fans chant, “Use the Pumpkins!” Kemp SMACKS Julius with the chair! Julius throws the ring bell! Kemp guards with the chair, but then throws it at Julius! Julius ducks, then SMACKS Kemp with the timekeeper’s table! They brawl to the back again, Julius ROCKS Kemp and Kemp knees back. Kemp DUMPS Julius into the crate! Kemp wheels that crate and RAMS it into the ambulance! Kemp brings the crate back, to RAM it into the ambulance again! Kemp drags Julius up and scoops him, to SLAM him into the ambulance!

Kemp closes one door, but Julius’s fingers block the other! It is double-edged, but Kemp just does it again! Kemp fires off hands on Julius, but again Julius keeps the door from closing with his hands! Julius kicks and forearms and TACKLES Kemp into spare armchairs! And then he SLAMS him on catering! And ELBOWS him through the table! Julius slams down armchair after armchair on Kemp! Kemp runs away to ringside but Julius has Kemp’s steel chair! Julius SMACKS Kemp with it! Fans still want pumpkins but Julius SMACKS away on Kemp with the chair! Fans count along, Julius gets FIVE! Then SIX! SEVEN! EIGHT! NINE! TEN!!

Fans are thunderous as Julius gets the payback, but he adds an ELEVENTH for himself! Julius drags Kemp up, brings him around, and he POWERBOMBS Kemp on the stretcher! Fans are stunned seeing that! Julius puts Kemp’s chair on him, then LARIATS it into him! Julius drags Kemp up, and hauls him back to the ambulance. Fans fire up, and Julius throws Kemp in! The door closes, Julius wins!

Winner: Julius Creed (Brutus Creed stays in NXT)

Fans are thunderous for Diamond Mine’s alpha male as he sends Kemp to the hospital! Julius avenges Roddy and he keeps Brutus with him in NXT! Will the Creed Brothers now be ready to fight back towards the tag titles?

 

Mandy’s Range Rover returns!

Fyre drags Mandy out of the car and kicks her along towards the arena. Fyre and Mandy brawl, Mandy kicks back, and she enters the building! Fyre is all smiles as she chases after Mandy, and now they end up on stage! Fyre ROCKS Mandy, and we’re at ringside! Fyre CHOPS Mandy and fans rally for “AL~BA! AL~BA!” It’s finally time for the title match! Will the Toxic Goddess’ reign be burned to the ground?

NXT Women’s Championship: Mandy Rose VS Alba Fyre!

The bell rings, Mandy swings but Fyre dodges to CHOP! And CHOP! And ROCK! Fyre ROCKS Mandy more, then she stomps a mudhole into Mandy at the corner. The ref counts, Fyre lets off, and Mandy drop toeholds Fyre into buckles! Mandy fires off forearms, lets off to finally take off her jacket, and she storms up, into a wrench and TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Fyre stomps Mandy down, stomps her more, and she climbs up the corner. Fans fire up for Fyre, but Mandy shoves her down! Fyre hits apron on the way down! Mandy hurries out after Fyre, SMACKS her off the desk, and then dribbles Fyre against the side!

Fans duel as the ring count climbs. Mandy throws hands, Fyre throws body shots, but Mandy CLUBS her! Mandy RAMS Fyre into the apron, puts her in the ring, and runs in to RAM Fyre in the corner! Mandy runs corner to corner to RAM into Fyre again! Mandy scoops Fyre to FALL AWAY SLAM! Fyre writhes and Mandy grins. Cover, TWO! Mandy drags Fyre up to dribble her off the mat! Mandy drags Fyre up to snapmare and KICK! Mandy paces while she snarls, and she drags Fyre up by her hair. The ref reprimands but Mandy throws Fyre down by her hair! Mandy wrenches an arm and CLUBS the shoulder.

Mandy bumps Fyre off buckles, stomps a mudhole into her, then lets off to soak up the cheers and jeers. Mandy puts Fyre on ropes to CHOKE her! Mandy lets off as the ref counts, then she drags Fyre up to ROCK her! Fans duel, Mandy whips, but Fyre holds ropes to elbow her back. Fyre then dodges in the corner, but Mandy blocks the kick! Mandy spins Fyre, Fyre dodges, DOUBLE LARIATS take them both down! Fyre and Mandy rise, they throw forearms back and forth. Mandy gets the edge but Fyre gives all those shots back. Mandy knees low, whips, but Fyre SUPERKICKS! And then suplexes for a GOURD BUSTER!

Mandy sits up, into a PENALTY KICK! Fyre KICKS and KICKS, then has Mandy in a corner. Fyre runs in but Mandy dodges! Fyre comes back, into a SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO! Fyre survives, showing the toughness of the former Forever Champion of NXT UK. Mandy snarls, she drags Fyre up and fans rally up. Mandy reels Fyre in, underhooks the arms, but Fyre fights free! Fyre fireman’s carries, WIDOWMAKER! Cover, TWO!! Mandy survives but Fyre hurries right up top! SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, but Gigi & Jacy drag the ref out of the ring! The ref argues with them, EJECTS them, but Jacy gets at Fyre! Fyre SUPERKICKS Jacy onto everyone!

Mandy runs in, Fyre dodges the knee to HEADBUTT! Gory Especial, GORY BOMB! Cover, but there’s no ref! Fyre would’ve won twice over by now!! Toxic Attraction always has to interfere and Fyre is furious. Fyre checks on the ref, gets him in the ring, but then gets a TOXIC HIGH LOW!! Gigi & Jacy put Fyre in! Mandy aims, KNEE FROM A ROSE!!! Cover, Rose wins!!

Winner: Mandy Rose, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Champion)

Toxic Attraction never lets their goddess fight alone! Mandy survives to have her one-year title reign, will anyone be able to defy the damn numbers game?

 

Backstage interview Nikkita Lyons & Zoey Stark.

Tag Title Tuesday could be their  night. One year ago at this exact event, Zoey Stark’s life changed and she wasn’t even sure she could ever compete again. She thought her career was done, and she definitely didn’t think she’d get a title match again. But look at her now! Stark and Lyons are at the doorstep of the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships, and all they gotta do is kick the door down! Lyons has been focused on winning a title, but her reason for winning is Stark right here. And she can’t wait to hear, “AND NEW~!” Malik & Edris join in on that. They can’t wait to hear that for themselves.

Edris tells Zoey not to worry, she’s about to be a TWO-TIME NXT Women’s Tag Team Champion! And Malik says Tag Title Tuesday will be “enthusiastically exhilarating!” Lyons says those #YESBOYS won’t even know what hit them! Two teams, one dream, ready to SHOCK THE WORLD! The four of them head off to party, but will they be partying even harder after NXT this Tuesday?

 

NXT Championship Triple Threat: Bron Breakker VS JD McDonagh VS Ilja Dragunov!

They say all men are created equal, but you see these three men and you look at anyone else, and you can see that’s not true! The Big Booty Nephew is a two-time NXT Champion with the genetics and the first-hand experience to know what he’s getting himself into. The Irish Ace is calculating and cold, and he revels in both the pain of his opponents and of his own. And the Czar fought so hard as NXT UK Champion, the only one who could hurt him was himself! But now, these three collide, and the one thing that’s 100% sure is this is going to be one for the ages! But will Bron find a way to break two opponents at once? Or will all this havoc end with a new alpha male in NXT?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who gets a trick and who gets a treat!

The bell rings and all three men watch each other. Ilja BOOTS JD and fires of fin the corner! Bron shoves Ilja away to go after JD himself! Ilja returns the favor to fire off on JD with a CHOP! And a forearm! Bron drags Ilja back and then throws haymakers! Ilja whips Bron way to fire off on JD! Bron pushes Ilja away, and now they get in each other’s face. But JD CLOBBERS them both! JD stomps Bron, CLUBS Ilja, then whips Bron. JD dropkicks the legs out, then drops a leg! Then he whips Ilja out of the ring to suplex Bron! Cover, ONE! JD snarls, he brings Ilja up for a short arm LARIAT!

JD CHOPS Bron in a corner, stomps him, then digs his boot in, Ilja CHOPS JD on the back, JD elbows him away. JD sends Ilja into Bron, then goes to back suplex. Ilja blocks, throws elbows, but JD has him spin around to a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! JD throws Bron out to fire off on Ilja. JD CHOPS Ilja, but Ilja eggs him on! JD CHOPS again, but Ilja CHOPS back! JD kicks low, DECKS Ilja, then paces around. JD ROCKS Ilja, ROCKS him again, but Ilja knees low and fires off more! Ilja swings into the BACKBREAKER, URENAGE, STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up as JD drags Ilja around. JD whips Ilja into a corner hard and Ilja bounces off buckles to fall to the mat. JD storms up and stomps Ilja. JD CHOPS Ilja, whips, but Ilja reverses and JD tumbles up and around. JD GAMANGIRIS back, but Bron runs in! JD dumps Bron out! But Lija runs in, only for JD to KICK him! JD KICKS Bron away, trips Ilja and SLINGSHOT TORNILLOS! Fans rally for JD as he looms over Ilja. JD drags Ilja but Ilja blocks the ripcord! Ilja then uses that momentum to hook JD, but Bron DOUBLE LARIATS them both! Bron puts JD in the corner, clotheslines, then clotheslines Ilja in the other corner!

Bron goes back to clothesline JD, and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! JD flounders away but Ilja throws knees on Bron. Ilja waistlocks but Bron blocks! Bron breaks the waistlock, shoves Ilja, but Ilja tiger feints, but into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Bron stalks Ilja, drags him around in a facelock, and then whips. Ilja reverses, Bron ducks ‘n’ dodges and CLOBBERS Ilja! Fans bark and Bron stalks Ilja, but JD rolls him up! TWO! JD runs away but Ilja elbows Bron! Ilja throws knees, he CLUBS Bron, and then he waistlocks. Bron fights the lift, he arm-drags free, but Ilja BOOTS him away! Bron turns around to turn dropkick into SPINEBUSTER! Cover, JD breaks it!

JB runs away again, and fans applaud his “shrewd” strategy. Bron is annoyed but he warns JD while he drags Ilja. Ilja blocks the suplex with a fisherman, they go around, and Bron throws body shots. Bron suplexes but Ilja slips out! SLEEPER HOLD! Bron stays up, Ilja hops on as a backpack and throws down elbows! Bron drops to his knees and Ilja continues to hammer him! But JD CLUBS Ilja! And then LARIATS into an arm-drag! Ilja has JD down for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS!! JD guards as best he can, and Ilji CHOPS Bron! Bron frowns but Ilja stomps him to the corner. Ilja CLUBS Bron, Bron throws a body shot!

Ilja BOOTS Bron! Ilja CLUBS JD! Ilja KNEES Bron in the corner! Bron is down, Ilja goes up, KING KONG KNEE DROP! JD SOBATS Ilja and reels him in! But Ilja blocks again! Ilja reels JD in, fireman’s carries, but JD throws elbows. Ilja DEATH VALLEY DRIVERS JD onto Bron! Fans fire up for Dragunov as he goes to the apron! Ilja climbs the corner, he takes aim, COAST2COAST!! A two for one with JD and Bron both taking that shot! Fans are thunderous as all three men are down! Fans rally up and all three men slowly rise. Bron and Ilja go forehead to forehead, and they trade forearm for forearm!

Bron DECKS Ilja, but Ilja rises to EuroUpper! Bron EuroUppers back! Ilja snarls and rises again. The forearms go back and forth, faster and faster, DOUBLE FOREARMS put both men down! JD applauds with the fans! JD grins but then both men glare at JD! JD wants them to hold on, but Bron and Ilja chase JD out! JD gets back in, he ducks Bron’s lariat but not the back drop! JD wants mercy but Bron says JD is scared. JD turns around into a CHOP! A haymaker! Repeat! JD pinballs around, tries to put his dukes up, but Ilja CHOPS him! Bron and Ilja both TOSS JD out! Fans fire up as Ilja and Bron have the ring to themselves!

Bron and Ilja stare down, fans bark and cheer Dragunov, and Ilja HEADBUS! Ilja blocks the choke grip to cobra twist and HAMMER away on Bron with elbows! Ilja roars, fans fire up, and Ilja runs to LARIAT! Bron stays up to Ilja LARIATS again! Bron gets up, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and he LARIATS Ilja back! Bron drags Ilja up, choke grips then trophy lifts, but JD HEADBUTTS Bron down! All three men fall and fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” all over again! JD drags himself to a corner and drags himself up. Fans rally, Bron trips JD up and throws hands. JD hits back, Bron climbs up, and the brawling continues.

Ilja CLUBS Bron, and brings him around! Bron fights Ilja off, then goes up top, and he SUPER STEINERS JD INTO A POWERBOMB FROM ILJA!! Fans are thunderous, “This is Awesome!” All three men stir and sit up. JD throws a forearm on Bron, he CHOPS Ilja. Bron ROCKS JD, Ilja ROCKS Bron, JD COHPS Ilja! They go around, Ilja throws out some CHOPS but Bron and JD kick and CLUB Ilja. Bron says they’re not a team so they start throwing hands! Ilja CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS them both! Ilja CHOPS JD off his feet to then SENTON! Ilja roars but Bron SPEARS Ilja and himself out of the ring!

Fans rally up and JD builds speed! JD WRECKS Bron with a dropkick, PENALTY KICKS Ilja, and then ASAI MOONSAULTS them both down! Fans fire up and JD stands up. JD snarls and he drags Bron into the ring. JD catches his breath, drags himself up the corner again, but Bron ROCKS him again. Bron climbs as fans bark, and Bron throws elbows down on JD. Bron stands up, but Ilja CHOPS those legs out! Bron sits and Ilja brings Bron out! Bron throws hands to fight, but Ilja still POWERBOMBS! High stack, TWO! FALLING FOREARM! Cover, TWO!!! 450 from JD!! Cover, TWO!!! JD covers Bron, TWO!!

JD tosses Ilja and drags Bron up to suplex! BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!!! Bron survives and JD is furious! JD calm down as fans duel. JD elbows Ilja, gives him Kawada Kicks, then has the arm. Ilja still resists the ripcord! JD CLUBS away on Ilja, but Ilja shoots around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Ilja holds on, drags JD up again, GERMAN SUPLEX! Ilja still holds on, he drags JD up again, for a deadlift- NO! Bron adds on, DOUBLE GERMAN SUPLEX!! Fans bark it up and Bron goes up top. Bron aims at Ilja, FLYING BULLDOG! The straps come down, Bron roars, and he choke grips Ilja to lift and BREAKKER SLAM! But JD tosses Bron out! Cover, TWO!?!?

JD can’t believe it! He snatched away the finisher but Ilja isn’t done! JD looms over Ilja, but then Bron steps back in. JD and Bron throw hands, Bron gets the edge and he whips JD into a corner. JD goes up and out hard! Bron aims at Ilja, he runs in, but into a KNEE!!! Ilja flounders his way back to the corner and he goes up top! SUPER SENTON!! Fans are thunderous as Ilja wants to hit another! “UN! BE! SIEG! BAR!” TORPEDO MOSCOW!!! Cover, JD blocks the hand!!! JD grins as he denies Ilja, but then Ilja glares at JD. “This is Awesome!” as JD stops smiling. The forearms and palm strikes start flying, Ilja JUMP KNEES!

JD flops to the apron and Ilja goes the other way. Ilja goes around the way, into a SPANISH FLY to the floor!! Fans are electric as JD drags Ilja to the steel steps. JD is sadistic, he dribbles Ilja’s head on the floor and isolates the foot in the steps. He shoves the timekeeper aside to take his chair! Fans boo as JD goes back to Ilja, but Ilja avoids the chairshot! TORPEDO MOSCOW!! Both men are down after that, and Ilja flounders his way into the ring. And Bron is there waiting! Bron and Ilja glare, they egg each other on, and the haymakers start flying! Ilja LARIATS then runs, to LARIAT again! Bron stays up but the boxing elbows fly!

Ilja CHOPS, but Bron ROCKS Ilja! Ilja PELES! And GERMAN SUPLEXES! And LARIATS again! Bron falls and Ilja roars! Fans fire up as Ilja stumbles his way to the corner. “UN! BE! SIEG! BAR!!” TORPEDO- SPEAR!!! Bron covers, Bron wins!!

Winner: Bron Breakker, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)

The Irish Ace and the Czar put everything they had into this, but so did Bron! Bron retains the title despite the odds, will anyone ever stop him?


My Thoughts:

This Halloween Havoc had an awesome start, but it petered out a bit as things went on. We got an awesome opening match out of the North American Championship Ladder Match. That is a great tradition, everyone got to shine in that match, and it was even fitting that Trick and Stone got involved. And Wes Lee winning was the right decision. Though, anyone other than Von was the right choice. Wes gets his journey to come full circle, and we’re going to get a great line-up of matches with him as champion. At this point, Melo could still try to go after Wes, or he could even move up to the top title now.

We got a really fun match for that Casket Match, even though Lights Out would’ve been just fine for Apollo and Waller. That first casket was pretty wimpy, so of course it didn’t end with that. That was a great spot breaking the first casket to bring out a proper casket to finish this. Apollo winning here also made sense, since Waller’s been talking a lot of crap and this is the comeuppance. Apollo can go after a title now, and maybe the North American title if Melo is going to the top title. I also liked the promos from the tag champions and their challengers ahead of Tuesday. I still think we’re going to see Pretty Deadly retain and KC Squared lose, there’s just something about how each of these match-ups line up.

We got good hosting stuff from Shotzi & Quincy, and while I thought Xyon was going to come for payback, Lash Legend mouths off and gets whooped by Shotzi. I definitely expect a mixed tag now of Shotzi & Quincy VS Lash & Xyon. Good group promo from The Schism, and I really am curious as to who Red Hood has been this whole time. And I think we got a teaser that T-Bar is becoming Dijak again, and that is great. Dijak can also be a great addition to title scenes to help build up Wes. I also bet Duke Hudson is part of Kiana James’ plan to take Chase U. Duke & Kiana VS Bodhi & Thea would make for a good mixed tag at some point.

Really good match out of Roxie VS Cora, though there was something a bit off about the perch spot. Maybe it was just how easy Cora popped that railing out. But in the end, Roxie winning was the right move since Cora won before. Roxie is surely being built up as a contender to the women’s title, though I feel like Roxie is gonna need to show a lot more personality to feel right. I think Roxie started to show a bit of that against Cora during the Grayson Waller Effect segment they had, but Roxie needs to turn that up and get real sassy if she wants to keep up with Toxic Attraction.

Really good Ambulance match, but because the Performance Center is small, they couldn’t get the ambulance to ringside. That made for a really awkward pattern of them just going back and forth between ambulance and ringside. But in the end, we all knew Julius was going to win. The Creed Brothers weren’t going to be split up because of this, so the only natural option was Julius to win. Maybe Kemp can have back-up when he returns. I still say he should’ve been part of Gallus all along to tie in NXT UK, but oh well. And while the Creeds could go right after the tag titles, I wonder if they and Diamond Mine take a detour to face The Schism. Roddy can return, Ivy can feud with Red Hood, and we can have some great stuff out of faction warfare before either side moves to titles.

I really like that Halloween Havoc’s other tradition is a cinematic fight scene in a spooky setting, and it’s nice that the women’s division finally got in on that. But I knew from the kickoff show that if they were doing this, Mandy was just going to retain the title again. The shenanigans putting Alba Fyre on top of course meant Toxic Attraction was going to cheat and save Mandy, and after a full calendar year, I am sick and tired of it. Just as with the BS ways Roman Reigns was kept from losing, there have been so many BS ways Mandy’s retained, and it’s just too bad there’s no Women’s MITB in play to take this belt off her on Tuesday to end her reign right at one year.

The main event was an awesome Triple Threat, but Bron winning again is a bit of a buzzkill. No offense to the guy, but Ilja Dragunov should’ve won because he is the better all-around character. Ilja only lost the NXT UK Championship because he got hurt. I did like the moment where JD stops the ref’s hand to deny Ilja, that was very creative, but Ilja should’ve then clobbered JD and get the win off him. Bron wouldn’t have been hurt by that kind of loss, but I do suppose he would’ve lost his second Triple Threat in a year. But Bron is their guy ever since NXT 2.0 started, maybe they’re waiting to build up another star in his same class to take the title. If it’s Melo, that’s going to be one of the few times I actually cheer the Heel on.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 2.2.2023

Impact has a new number one contender, a few new signings and setting up for No Surrender. Lets see what happens tonight!

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We’re coming off of Rich Swann becoming the number one contender, Joe Hendry creating another banger of a parody song and Bully Ray…being more like Bitchy Ray.

Also lets not overlook the fact that Dirty Dango officially signed with IMPACT as well. Which may not be huge, but with the current addition of Santino Marella, Dango being involved in storylines for the foreseeable; there could be some good comedy in store.

There we go, a bunch of stuff got set in motion; but we could always see some interesting wrinkles or just straight forward boredom. Only one way to find out! BUT FIRST! Raven is getting The Flock back together…maybe?

Ratings:

  • Bullet Club (Ace & Bey) vs Kevin Knight & Kushida: Ace & Bey win via 1-2-Sweet – ***
  • Gisele Shaw w/Jai Vidal vs Savannah Evans: Gisele wins via Denouement – ** 1/4
  • Crazzy Steve w/ Black Taurus vs Sheldon Jean: Steve wins via King Kill 33 – N/A
  • Johnny Swinger w/Zicky Dice vs Kenny King: Kenny wins via Royal Flush – N/A
  • The Design (Kon, Deaner, Angels & Callihan) vs Josh Alexander, Frankie Kazarian, Yuya Uemura & Rich Swann: Callihan wins via Cactus Driver ’97 – ** 1/2

 

Results:

Bullet Club (Ace & Bey) vs Kevin Knight & Kushida

As much as I like Ace & Bey, a part of me would like MCMG versus Kushida and his new partner.

Early on its just counters, posing to the crowd and getting themselves over until Bey manages to sweep the leg, slingshot over the top rope for a stomp and take over a little. Knight manages to avoid a corner move, one legged Springboard Body Press, Jumping Frog Splash, and then a quick tag to Kushida. Some tandem moves from Kushida and Knight as Knight continues to mix it up with Bey.

Ace distracts Knight before the Springboard and Bey meets him in midair with a Dropkick and gets Ace in for some tandem offense and then Ace starts setting the pace. Double Arm Wringer into a tandem Back Rake. Then they wrestle Knight to the ground and keep him down for another Back Rake. Ace continues to set the pace and keep Knight mostly on the receiving end, until Knight rolls out of a lift, Ricky to Robert roll, Kushida gets the hot tag and starts clearing the ring. Bey tries Art of Finesse, Kushida catches him in a Flying Armbar but Bey turns it into a Cradle to get Kushida to break.

Electric Chair from Kushida, but before Knight can hit his Dropkick, Ace slides in and catches Knight on his back. Chicken Fight before Kushida and Knight finally hit their Tandem move but Ace makes the save. Ace wipes out Kushida, Knight forces Ace out, tries to go for a Plancha, but Bey was crotched on the top rope. As Knight tries to Plancha, Bey hits a Cutter out of nowhere on the apron. Ace sees the opening, 1-2-Sweet for the win!

Steph De Lander video package…that’s a pretty decent grab for IMPACT.

Gisele Shaw w/Jai Vidal vs Savannah Evans

Gisele faces off with Savannah and slaps her in the face a few times and refuses to back down. Savannah of course fires back, but when Gisele gets violent is when she’s at her best. After a big toss, Gisele powders, confers with Jai and the commercial kicks in. When we get back, Gisele has the advantage. But Savannah takes the short arm pull in, Side Slam for effect and distance.

Now they start trading strikes, that Savannah wins that war. A few short Lariats, Samoan Drop, and Gisele is reeling. Retreats to the corner, tries to stop Savannah with the Back Elbow, but eats a Spinebuster when she tries to continue. Fisherman’s Suplex Hold from Savannah for 2, Full Nelson Slam attempt, but Jai hits the apron and tries to seduce the referee as a distraction. Gisele hits the Denouement (Knee Strike) for the win.

The crowd is actively booing Gisele, but she powers through for her promo. It wasn’t great, but I’ll give her some credit for pushing through. 

Crazzy Steve w/ Black Taurus vs Sheldon Jean

Sheldon Jean continues the arrogance, though he’s a nobody enhancement talent. It would be nice if some of these enhancement talent wrestlers didn’t all have that same arrogant persona. We all know Steve is going to win, this is just a storytelling tool to probably add to the Trey Miguel stuff.

Steve is entertaining, but this match is more predictable than most things. He hits King Kill 33, but apparently it’s called Belladonna’s Kiss now. Trey jumps Taurus, tries to spray paint Steve, but Steve bites him and spray paints himself causing Trey to powder out of confusion/fear.

Bully comes out to complain as has been his thing the last few weeks. But thankfully Mickie returns the favor from last week and interrupts Bully. Verbal jabs, Bully Ray insults Mickie, Mickie slaps him, Bully slams her and calls in the Good Hands to get the tables. Tommy Dreamer makes a save with a kendo stick. Good Hands vs Mickie & Tommy next week. 

Oh good, this is exactly what I wanted from a few weeks ago! Kelly and Taylor will be a great team.

Johnny Swinger w/Zicky Dice vs Kenny King

Some goofy posturing and general Swinger antics. Eddy Gordo kick into Royal Flush, and Kenny gets the obvious win.

Bully has a segment in the back with Masha, and it seems like he’s a little smitten while he was trying to just manipulate her emotions to pick up the pieces after or during the tag match next week. 

Cardona and Myers try to make their own diss track song…and it was awful. It was supposed to be bad, and yes, it achieved that. It was like Miz and Morrison, without comedic talent.

The Design (Kon, Deaner, Angels & Callihan) vs Josh Alexander, Frankie Kazarian, Yuya Uemura & Rich Swann

Deaner barks at Callihan to start against Swann, then commands him to tag out, and a multi-man match is always a little bit of everyone gets moments. So its just odd that the heel team will be dictated by Deaner to a degree. Uemura comes in second and he reminds me so much of a young Tanahashi its crazy. Deaner calls for the tag and squares off against Josh now.

An attempted jumping in the corner, but Josh gets space and it turns into all 8 men in at once. Josh goes right after Kon and tries to assert his dominance on the “power” of The Design. After the commercial, Uemura gets rocked but Kaz saves him with a blind tag and hits some of his classic moves on Angels and Callihan. Swann comes in but Deaner and Kon manage to ground Swann and put the momentum back in the hands on The Design.

Some stupid spots take away a little from the match while Swann is getting worked over. Swann slaps his leg when he eats a Dropkick from Angels, then tries to Leapfrog Deaner and jump to his corner, Deaner grabs him away but it just looks silly and like it was never going to work to begin with. Its the optime of doing too much and hurting the match. Josh eventually gets a hot tag, tags a square off with Kon, throws him around and King Kong Knee drops Kon. Ankle Lock gives the near fall but Kon kicks off, Uemura tags himself in, Callihan gets the tag, is about to finish off Uemura; but Deaner stops the Thumbs Up – so Josh breaks up the offense and we get all 8 men pulls off high impact moves.

Cactus Driver attempt, Uemura hits the Enzuigiri to stun Callihan. Goes to the top, Deaner trips Uemura, Cactus Driver ’97 wins the match.

 

Overall Score: 5/10

This was a weird episode. The only match worth watching was the opening tag match, the rest were predictable, boring or just had dumb spots in them. Backstage segments however, those were pretty great. The problem though, is they built off of either inside jokes, old WCW knowledge or not shutting off cringe immediately.

So while I loved the Raven & Reese segment, Kelly & Taylor, and found some amusement in the Cardona stuff…its really subjective and not exactly friendly to an uninitiated viewer. We got an episode that catered to already existing fans, which isn’t how to grow a brand.

Even though I enjoyed things for the most part, this was a lame episode from the perspective of retaining new eyes.


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Will Darby Allin still be the Relentless TNT Champion?

Samoa Joe wants the AEW TNT Championship back, but he knows Darby Allin is relentless. Tonight on Dynamite, they go NO HOLDS BARRED for the gold! Will Joe once again be the King of Television?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Jon Moxley VS Hangman Page; Moxley wins.
  • The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd; The Acclaimed wins.
  • Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita; Takeshita wins.
  • Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher; Bryan wins.
  • AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet; Cargill wins and retains the title.
  • AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe; wins and

PLAY BY PLAY

Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Hangman Page!

The Maniac and the Cowboy go for their tiebreaker as Dynamite is in Dayton, Ohio! Will Ohio’s own knock this one out of the park like he did before? Or will there be some serious #CowboySh*t going down in Dayton?

Not only does Moxley have the Decoder by his side, he has his dad, Dan! Hangman makes his entrance next, and Moxley goes right after him! Moxley throws hands then whips Hangman into railing! The ref reprimands but Moxley sends Hangman into steel steps! Moxley throws hands, whips Hangman again and Hangman hits more railing hard! Fans fire up and the ref reprimands. Moxley just takes off his hoodie to CHOKE Hangman with it! Moxley TOSSES Hangman over the railing, and then he hops onto the railing! Dayton fires up, gives Moxley a hand, and Moxley FLYING AX HANDLES Hangman down!

Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman throws hands! Hangman sits Moxley down, fires off more shots, then backs up. Hangman runs in to BOOT Moxley against railing! The ref reprimands, he wants this in the ring, but it isn’t a match yet so there’s no real repercussions. Hangman stalks Moxley along the way but Moxley kicks back. And CHOPS! Moxley trips Hangman then ties him up, FIGURE FOUR on the floor! Moxley and Hangman flip each other off but the ref still wants this in the ring. Hangman grabs someone’s beer and splashes Moxley with it! Moxley lets Hangman out of the hold, and then Hangman ROCKS Mox!

They go back to ringside, Moxley grabs a chair but Hangman CLUBS Moxley. But Moxley JAMS Hangman, tris him, and then drops an elbow on the leg! Moxley has a toehold, then he puts the chair around the leg! The ref reprimands but Moxley goes up the apron. The ref shouts at Moxley to not jump, but then Hangman gets free! Hangman CHUCKS the chair at Moxley’s head!! Moxley goes down and fans fire up! The ref reprimands again and wants this to get in the ring. Moxley is dazed, but Hangman drags him around, to suplex onto the chair! Hangman drags Moxley up and puts him in the ring, but he also brings the chair!

The ref stops Hangman, so Hangman leaves the chair behind. The bell finally rings, and Hangman runs in to forearm Moxley! Moxley hits back, they go back and forth! Moxley’s eyebrow is already busted open, but he keeps throwing shots. Hangman gets the edge, HEADBUTTS, then whips. Moxley reverses to dropkick the legs out! Moxley looms over Hangman, drags him into the INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Hangman endures, keeps his shoulders off the mat, but fans rally behind Moxley. Hangman drags himself back, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets Hangman go at 3.

Moxley brings Hangman up but Hangman gets around to GERMAN SUPLEXES! Moxley snarls but the blood is getting into his eye. Hangman DECKS Moxley and has him at the ropes. Hangman brings Moxley up, fans boo but Hangman CHOPS! Moxley flounders and falls and fans start dueling. Hangman stalks Moxley, sits him up, and he starts raining down fists right on the bloody eyebrow! Mox fans boo but Hangman fans are fired up for the “COWBOY SH*T!” Hangman wipes Moxley’s blood off on his chest, but then turns around into a CHOP! Moxley eggs Hangman on and Hangman CHOPS back!

Moxley CHOPS, Hangman CHOPS, fans “WOO~!” for the CHOP fight! Moxley shifts to boxing elbows, then runs, but Hangman catches the crossbody! FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans are torn while Moxley goes to the apron. Hangman runs, triangle jumps, but Moxley LARIATS first! Moxley drags Hangman up and to the apron, then turns Hangman, for a SLEEPER! The ref reprimands and wants this in the ring, but Hangman claws the bloody eyebrow! Moxley turns Hangman around, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman tries to lift, Moxley resists, and then Moxley lifts! Hangman fights that and lifts again, but Moxley still fights!

Both men are fighting for control, and Hangman fireman’s carries! To SNAKE EYES Moxley off the post! Moxley falls to the floor and Dynamite goes picture in picture!

The ref checks Moxley but he’s somehow okay to continue. Hangman goes over to fetch Moxley, and whips him into railing! Hangman ROCKS Moxley with haymakers as the bloody eyebrow becomes a crimson mask. Hangman refreshes the count, goes back to Moxley and CHOPS him! Moxley gets in Hangman’s face so Hangman CHOPS again! Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Hangman DECKS him! Hangman snarls, looms over Moxley, and then drags him back up. Hangman puts Moxley in the ring, and rains down more fists on that bloody eyebrow! Moxley falls over, but Hangman gets the wrists!

Hangman sits Moxley up, for a DRAGON STOMP, but Moxley blocks! Moxley throws Hangman to a corner and fires off forearms and CHOPS on repeat! Moxley then hoists Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and CLAWS Hangman’s back, painfully slow! Then he CLAWS and BITES Hangman’s back, before blowing a kiss to the fans. But Hangman throws body shots in return! Dynamite returns to single picture as Hangman BITES Moxley’s forehead! Hangman then slips under Moxley to fireman’s carry him on the second rope! SUPER DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives and fans are fired up!

Fans duel as Hangman sits up. Hangman scowls while Moxley sits up. Moxley eggs Hangman on so Hangman kicks him! And BOOTS him! Hangman tells Moxley to stay down but he refuses. Moxley sits up, so Hangman BOOTS him! Moxley sits up to SLAP Hangman, and flips him off! Hangman is fuming, but he runs into a CUTTER! A standing count starts, fans count along as Moxley and Hangman stir. They sit up at 5 of 10, and Moxley throws a haymaker. Hangman throws it back, so Moxley gives another,. They go back and forth, Hangman wobbles but he CHOPS! Moxley CHOPS! Hangman forearms! Moxley forearms back!

Moxley eggs Hangman on, Hangman staggers over and CHOPS again! Moxley KICKS a leg, KICKS Hangman’s arm, then KICKS him again! Moxley ducks the haymaker to get the SLEEPER! Hangman shifts to SAIDO! But Moxley’s right up! SAIDO!! Hangman ends up in a corner and fans say “This is Awesome!” Moxley puts Hangman up top, climbs up after him, and hits a SUPER HALF HATCH SUPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley immediately rains down the HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Then he clamps on a SLEEPER! Hangman endures as Moxley shifts to a BULLY CHOKE! Hangman pushes around, so Moxley shifts to get the wrists! DRAGON STOMPS!!

Moxley then drags Hangman up into the underhooks! But Hangman fights Death Rider! So Moxley rolls Hangman to an ARMBAR! Hangman endures, moves around, and reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and Moxley lets go at 4. Hangman crawls to a corner, fans rally up, and Moxley says this is it! Moxley runs in but Hangman TOSSES him up and out! Moxley staggers up, Hangman goes up top! ARIHARA MOONSAULT but Moxley moves! And LARIATS!! Both men are down at the ramp and fans are thunderous! The ref checks both men, Moxley is up first while fans lose their minds.

Moxley goes to the timekeeper’s area and he clears off the table! Moxley drags Hangman over, reels him in, but Hangman resists the lift! Hangman Alabama Lifts but Moxley fights that. DOUBLE LARIATS hit! And again! Moxley runs in, POP-UP POWERBOMB THROUGH THE TABLE!! Fans lose their minds again while Hangman leaves Moxley behind in the ring. The ring count climbs to 5 of 10 before Moxley sits up. The count is 7! Then “OCHO!” Moxley stands at 9, and springs in at 9.9!! But into a LARIAT!! And then Alabama Lift, DEADEYE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Moxley survives and no one can believe it!

Hangman kicks at Moxley, almost taunting him. Hangman goes to a corner while Moxley’s fans boo. Hangman runs in, but Moxley dodges the stomp to KING KONG LARIAT!! Fans are thunderous as both men stand again. Moxley eggs Hangman on, and Hangman stands. Moxley throws a forearm, so Hangman hits back! Moxley forearms again, but so does Hangman! Fans duel, the forearms fly faster, and then Hangman gets the edge! SUPERKICK! Hangman reels Moxley in, fisherman’s a leg, but Moxley fights the suplex! Hangman powers it through, FISHERMAN CRADLE DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?!?!?

Hangman’s wild eyes say he can’t believe Moxley survived! Hangman goes to the apron, he aims at Moxley, slingshot for the BUCK- NO! DEATH- NO, Hangman blocks to scoop! TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER!!! But Hangman doesn’t cover, he goes to the apron! Hangman loads up, for the BUCKSHOT!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? HOW?!?! Moxley has survived all of Hangman’s best, but Hangman has the BULLY CHOKE!! Hangman pulls back on Moxley’s favorite hold! Moxley shifts, fights back up, and he snapmares into a cradle! MOXLEY WINS!!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall

Moxley just taught Hangman not to play games! Hangman is furious that he got caught like that, but the Blackpool Combat Club steps into the ring. Yuta and Claudio keep Hangman back but Moxley stands up. Moxley and Hangman get in each other’s face but the BCC keep them apart. Hangman flips Moxley off, and fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Moxley and Hangman keep jawing, they get close but Claudio keeps them separate. Moxley mocks Hangman by lying down, giving Hangman a chance. Hangman mocks Moxley back by doing a quick burpie push-up. Claudio tells Hangman to go and cool off.

Moxley flips Hangman off as he leaves, and fans celebrate their home state hero. Will there be a fourth round out of these two to truly settle things?

 

AEW takes a look at tonight’s TNT Championship No Holds Barred main event!

Darby Allin tells Samoa Joe, “I knew when I took this from you in Seattle that you’d want it back. And I know you’d stop at nothing to have it back. Well, I’m gonna make things fair. You beat me in Texas, and you granted me my rematch in Seattle. So I’m granting you your rematch in Ohio. But I want it under one condition: No Holds Barred.” Samoa Joe told the “Little Dead Boy” that Joe is “coming to take back what’s mine. The King will not be usurped by a man like you.” Darby says if he walks out the winner, Joe doesn’t get another rematch. If Joe walks out the winner, Darby won’t get a rematch. This will be the final chapter of their feud! So who writes their happily ever after?

 

Backstage interview with Jamie Hayter, The Bunny, The Butcher & The Blade.

Renee Paquette is with the AEW Women’s World Champion, as well as the mercenary trio. Renee thanks them for agreeing to no physicality, and understands that Allie the Bunny requested this time. Bunny tells Hayter, they’re all very impressed by Hayter’s win over Emi Sakura on Rampage last Friday. Now, Bunny feels like Sakura outshined Hayter, but great win nonetheless. And Bunny knows Hayter isn’t the type to back down from a challenge, right? Right. So here’s a challenge: next week on Dynamite, Hayter VS Bunny in a Title Eliminator Match! What does Hayter say? Hayter says absolutely! She bloody loves a challenge, and next week, she’s free.

Renee says there’s something happening as we speak! They get it on the television screen nearby, and it’s Britt Baker being mugged by Saraya and Toni Storm!! Bunny is shocked and Hayter is furious! Hayter hurries off, Saraya talks right into the camera, “AEW is OUR house!” Storm drags Britt up to RAM her into a garage door! Bunny more or less expresses exasperation, but will Hayter be able to save the Doctor?

 

The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd!

The AEW World Tag Team Champions have been reigning for 133 days, but they know the Gunn Sons, Austin & Colten, are gunning for them. But first, they tune up against “The Outrunners.” As always, Platinum Max has a diss track ready! “Acclaimed on the mic, you know we the nicest. Fighting two guys in their midlife crisis! I bet you have sex with each other. How we gonna fight the bootleg Beverly Brothers? C’mon, it’s not the 80s! Acclaimed gonna make you call it quits like you Tom Brady! ‘Ey, y’all should be ashamed. In Ohio, everybody loves The Acclaimed.”

Fans cheer, and Bowens gets the mic to say, “NNNUTTER CENTERRR~! The Acclaimed have arrived! SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!” And he does~! But while Caster & Bowens just embarrassed Truth & Turbo, are they walking into a trap game before taking on the Ass Boys?

The teams sort out, the Outrunners decide they’ll scissor finger! They mock the Mega Powers at the same time, but then Bowens SUPERKICKS Truth out of the ring! The bell rings, Caster CHOPS Turbo and scoops him to SLAM him! Tag to Bowens and Bowens goes up top! Caster holds open the legs, SCISSOR ME TURBO! Daddy Ass gets in the ring so that he and the boys can TRIPLE SCISSOR~! Bowens waits on Turbo, mule kicks and hits the ARRIVAL! Tag to Caster and he goes up top, MIC DROP! Cover, The Acclaimed win!

Winners: The Acclaimed, by pinfall

But wait! Raining on the parade are Austin & Colten! Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” But they tune that out. They go to the ring, and Colten has a mic. “Hey, good match, guys. But we’re here to talk about something serious. Last week, what we said would make us happy are your belts. And we want a shot at those belts, and we want an answer right now.” Fans boo but Caster has the mic to say, “Yo! Yo! Yo! Yo! Listen.” Bowens says, “You two Rod ‘n’ Todd lookin’ asses want an answer. You do realize you are interrupting the most popular tag team in all of wrestling, right?” Caster adds, “That’s right!”

“The winningest tag team in AEW history!” “That’s right!” “The FOREVER champs, the Acclaimed!” “That’s right!” “And not to mention, EVERYONE! LOVES! THE ACCLAIMED!” But they are the People’s Choice, and the People’s Voice, they will ask the people. Colten says these fans can’t even read! But Bowens still asks Dayton’s opinion: Do the Ass Boys deserve a shot at the tag titles? “NOOO~!” Well, the people have spoken, so NO. Austin & Colten get in Caster’s & Bowens’ faces, but Billy tells them all to stop! Isn’t it enough already? Billy is so sick of this, he is just done! Billy says this is too much, so go ahead, beat the sh*t out of each other!

Daddy Ass steps aside, fans fire up, but Austin says, “There you go. Do exactly what you did our entire childhoods and turn your back on us.” Billy stops walking up the ramp, but then chuckles as he keeps going. Austin says Billy should do what he used to do, and drown his sorrows at the bottom of a PILL BOTTLE! That gets Billy to turn around! Billy storms up on his sons and The Acclaimed, as well as the fans, tell the Ass Boys that they F’d up. Billy is up in Austin’s face and says, “So you two think you just put your big boy pants on? Then you just step up, and you just made the biggest mistake…”

The mic is wonky so Billy throws it down. Bowens gives Billy the good one. Billy wants Austin to look at him after what he just said. Austin looks up at his father’s eyes. Billy says if they’ve got their big boy pants on, if they think they got what it takes, if they think they have what Billy had, then we’ll see next week. They’ve got their title shots! The Acclaimed is surprised but the Ass Boys smile that they’re getting their way. Will Austin & Colten get what they want? Or just what they deserve?

 

Backstage interview with Jack Perry.

Alex Marvez is with Jungle Boy and notes that he and Hook are 2-0 as a team, having beaten The Firm’s Ethan Page & Matt Hardy. The question is: What’s next for #JungleHook? JB says that he had an amazing time teaming with Hook, and Hook has had JB’s back when no one else did. But JB’s done the tag team thing before. In fact, JB has been all the way to the top of that mountain, and fallen all the way down. But this year isn’t about that. What JB will say is that he’ll be a champion again, but all by himself. Then just what title will Jack Perry aim for in this Tarzan Life?

 

Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Konosuke Takeshita!

Speaking of having people’s backs, just as The Machine and MJF were about to destroy Bryan Danielson, The Future of Wrestling rushed out to run them off! But now, Cage and Konosuke go toe to toe, will Cage make Konosuke pay for interfering?

The bell rings and Konosuke BOOTS Cage! Cage BOOTS Konosuke, then DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Cage swings but Konosuke swats it to ROLLING ELBOW! Cage wobbles, Konosuke runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and then TAKESHITA LINES! Cage bails out and fans fire up! Konosuke runs to BOOT Cage off the apron! Konosuke then PLANCHAS and takes Cage down at the ramp! Fans fire up, Konosuke winks at the camera, and then goes back to the apron. But Cage grabs a foot! Konosuke kicks and stomps Cage but Cage yanks Konosuke into a POST BOMB! Konosuke tumbles down and fans boo but Nana cheers.

Cage drags Konosuke up, puts him in, and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Konosuke but Cage drags him back up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts one out, but Konosuke wrenches out! Konosuke throws a forearm, but Cage gives it back! They go forearm for forearm, and Konosuke throws boxing elbows into the ROLLING ELBOW! Cage fights the back suplex, KNEES low, and brags, “Who betta than Cage?” But he runs into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Cage survives and Konosuke is surprised! Nana coaches Cage up but Konosuke aims from a corner. Konosuke runs in to JUMP KNEE, but Cage dodges!

Konosuke tumbles to the apron, Cage ROUNDHOUSES him! Cage climbs the ropes, and he stands Konosuke up. DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX! Fans boo but Cage flexes while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Cage drops a knee on Konosuke, sits him up to KNEE him in the back again and again, then he stomps Konosuke back down. Cage paces, drags Konosuke up, and bumps him off buckles. Cage RAMS into Konosuke, RAMS him again, and then CHOPS him! Cage soaks up the heat, but Konosuke CHOPS back! Konosuke fires forearms, then another CHOP! And another CHOP! But Cage BOOTS Konosuke down! Cage grabs the legs, stomps Konosuke in the stomach, then paces around. Cage stands Konosuke up, wrenches and YANKS the arm, then RAMS shoulders. Cage wrenches, pump handles, and lifts, but Konosuke slips out!

Konosuke runs in but Cage ducks the boot to roll Konosuke up! Konosuke slips out, but runs into a drop toehold! Konosuke’s on ropes, Cage dials it up, TIGER FEINT KICK! Konosuke staggers to a corner, Cage runs in and UPPERCUTS, GAMANGIRIS, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Cage and Nana are annoyed, but Cage looms over Konosuke. Cage hears the fans rally for Konosuke, but Cage drags him up. Cage reels Konosuke in, puts out another one, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Cage lifts, only for Konosuke to RANA Cage into buckles! BLINDSIDE JUMP KNEE! Cage staggers, Konosuke goes up, FLYING KNEE!

Both men are down and fans fire up! Konosuke and Cage stir as the ring count starts. Konosuke sits up and feeds off the energy. Konosuke drags Cage up into a waistlock, but Cage elbows free! Cage whips, Konosuke LARIATS on the return! Konosuke drags Cage up, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans rally while Konosuke fires up. Konosuke aims from the corner as Cage stands, and Konosuke runs in, JUMP- NO! Cage blocks the knee to BUCKLE BOMB! And then fireman’s carry, to an F- NO! Konosuke lands out, lifts and LIGER BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives but fans fire up behind Konosuke!

Konosuke aims again while Nana shouts to Cage. Cage stands, Konosuke runs in but the knee is blocked! Cage spins, Konosuke ducks! Konosuke spins, ROLLING ELBOW!! Konosuke reels Cage in, but Cage wrenches out to HEADBUTT! And then SAIDO!! But Konosuke is right up?! Into a DISCUS LARIAT from Cage!! Cover, TWO!?! Konosuke survives and Nana is furious! Cage says he’s gonna end this, and he suplexes, only for Konosuke to slip out! Konosuke suplexes, SHEER DROP BRAINBUSTER!! Cage roars as he rises up, but Konosuke ROCKS him with another elbow! And then another suplex, for another BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, TWO!?!?

Cage survives, he must truly be a machine! But Dayton rallies behind Konosuke. Konosuke runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Cage fireman’s carries, for the F10!! Nana says no prisoners! Cage drags Konosuke up again, puts him in the corner and hoists him to the top. Cage then goes to the outside and climbs up after Konosuke. But Konosuke throws forearms in return! Konosuke suplexes for a SUPER BRAINBUSTER!!! Fans are thunderous and Konosuke aims again! KNOCKOUT KNEE!!! Cover, Konosuke wins!!

Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall

Cage may be a machine, but the machine just broke down against the bullet train! Will Konosuke continue to prove why he IS The Future of Wrestling?

 

Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.

Renee is with Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker, Daniel Garcia, Sammy Guevara, and of course, Chris Jericho himself. Renee says that we heard Ricky Starks’ comments from last week, addressing how the JAS cheated to win. What is their reaction? Jericho says, “Cheated? We haven’t worked together in five years, and you’re accusing us of cheating? Let me say this, Renee. Ricky Starks, he didn’t lose to a baseball bat, no. Did you see a baseball bat in there?” Of course the JAS says no. Jericho says Starks lost to the JAS. And now Starks challenges them, “How can I get another match with Chris Jericho?”

Jericho says the JAS has an idea how Starks can do that. Right, Sammy? Sammy says yes. Garcia and Sammy put their heads together, and they came up with a great idea: The Guevara-Garcia… No, wait, the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet! Danny thanks Sammy for the top billing on that name. Renee asks what kind of gauntlet they have in mind. Garcia says it’s a rather simple concept. “Ricky, first you’re gonna have to beat Cool Hand Ange. And if that happens, you’re gonna have to beat Daddy Magic.” Menard adds, “Beat Daddy Magic? I DON’T THINK SO!” Garcia says that if Starks somehow does that, then he beats either Garcia or Guevara, but they’ll reveal that the night of.

And then, if somehow, by the skin of his teeth, Starks makes it past all that, only then does Starks get his hands on Jericho. Jericho tells Starks, “You don’t call the shots around here, the Jericho Appreciation Society does. So if you can get through the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet, I’ll be ready to rip your ass!” Will the Absolute survive three matches in one go to finally have another shot at The Ocho?

 

The Elite speak.

Matt Jackson asks Brandon Cutler if the camera is rolling as he, brother Nick, Kenny Omega, Michael Nakazawa and Don Callis are on the basketball court. Cutler says yes, they’re live, while Nakazawa and Callis are oiling Omega up. Matt says, “Ladies and gentlemen, check it out who it is! It’s the first-ever, two-time Trios Champions, The Elite.” Omega says that’s right, and he tells Top Flight, “I watched what you guys did. After a Best of 7 Series in a ladder match, you got one up on our boys. Well how ’bout next week, you bring your friend, AR Fox, next week and we’ll put these belts on the line, and you guys can shoot your shot.

“But hey, when you shoot that shot, you best not miss. Because The Elite never miss. Nick, if you will.” Nick takes the rock and shoots it, THREE POINTER! Oh, but wait! The Firm’s Stokely Hathaway, Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy walk in. Callis has Cutler keep rolling, and Omega mockingly asks where Stokely is, he can’t see him. Oh haha, Stokely knows you see him, he’s right here. But listen, you three are doing NOTHING all week? No wrestling, nothing? Just a week off? Ethan thinks that’s funny. The Firm’s employees don’t have that luxury, they work every single week, and Ethan wants that streak to continue.

So Ethan says how about this: The Elite VS Ethan, Matt & “Zay,” Friday on Rampage. Omega tells Callis he isn’t so sure, but Callis says this is Matt Hardy. If they get footage of Hardy taking a One Winged Angel, they could sell that NFT for a lot of money. Hardy says, “What about an NFT with Matt Hardy Twist-Of-Fating Omega?” Ethan likes that better! Well, as far as a match, it’s done. The Elite VS The Whatever They Are. Kassidy says he hopes the Elite is ready, cuz they sure are. Kassidy unsettles Kenny with an arm around his shoulders and a moan, and Ethan says this is good business. Hey, Brandon, is it? Cut the camera!

Matt Jackson tells Ethan Page that he doesn’t tell Brandon what to do! THEY tell him! Turn off the camera, ya damn dumbass! And get off the court, they’re trying to play. But will this 3v3 pick-up game go The Elite’s way? Or is it a trap game before taking on Fox, Dante & Darius?

 

Bryan Danielson VS Timothy Thatcher!

In the American Dragon’s quest to be #1 contender, he has defeated Tony Nese, Konosuke Takeshita, Bandido and Brian Cage, an undefeated streak of 4-0 in 2023! But now, Maxwell Jacob Friedman has enlisted a fighter very much like Bryan in his savage technical ability. Will Bryan make it to the deadline still on top? Or is this where MJF wins before Revolution even begins?

The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple, but Bryan’s shoulder is an obvious target. They grapple, Bryan puts Thatcher on ropes but Thatcher shifts to get the arm. Thatcher wrangles Bryan but Bryan scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, and then smirks as he watches Bryan get up. Bryan and Thatcher feel out another grapple, Thatcher puts him in the corner, and then European Uppercuts! And again! And again! Bryan sits down and Thatcher goes after the arm! Thatcher twists the elbow and wrist, isolates the arm, and stands on the hand! Thatcher KNEES the arm!

Bryan scrambles away but Thatcher is right on him with a double wristlock! Bryan powers Thatcher to ropes, and clasps his hands behind his back. The ref counts, the two let off, but then Bryan fires off body shots and kicks! Bryan grabs a leg to DRAGON SCREW! Bryan holds onto the leg, turns Thatcher over and ties those legs up, to get a Deathlock! Fans rally as Bryan sits on the hold, then SNAPS it! Bryan then shifts to a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Thatcher pries the fingers away! Bryan shouts in pain but Thatcher twists the arm! And STOMPS it down! Fans boo but Thatcher grins with that missing-tooth smile.

Thatcher KNEES Bryan in the back, stalks him to a corner, but Bryan puts Thatcher in the corner to CHOP and CHOP and KICK and KICK! Fans rally, Bryan runs corner to corner, and DROPKICKS! Bryan facelocks but Thatcher wrenches and WRINGS Bryan’s arm! Fans boo more but Thatcher drags Bryan up with a double wristlock! Thatcher uses his height to lift Bryan off the mat! Then Thatcher pushes Bryan down, but Bryan keeps his shoulders up. Bryan crawls around, ROPEBREAK! Thatcher lets go at 4 while fans rally up. Bryan clutches his arm but Thatcher goes after it again as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Bryan endures but they’re also in the ropes so the ref counts. Thatcher lets off at 4, then digs his boot into Bryan at the corner. The ref counts, Thatcher lets off, only to stand on Bryan’s chest! The ref counts, Thatcher steps away, and he grins as he soaks up the heat. Thatcher mocks Bryan’s pain, then KNEES the bad shoulder! Thatcher KNEES Bryan again, goes out to drag Bryan tot he apron, and he SLAMS the arm on the edge! Bryan clutches his bicep and shoulder while the ref reprimands. Thatcher slides into the ring and stands Bryan up by his ears! Thatcher CLUBS Bryan on the chest! Thatcher fishhooks Bryan to stand him up, and CLUBS him again!

Bryan sits down, Thatcher stands him back up, and he hammerlocks the bad arm. Thatcher then back suplexes Bryan up and into the ring! Thatcher dusts off his hands while crawling to the cover, but Bryan wrangles him into the LEBELL LOCK!! Thatcher got cocky and got caught! But he scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off quickly, but Thatcher is right on him! Thatcher UPPERCUTS the arm! Bryan goes to a corner, Thatcher KNEES him down, then drags Bryan back up. Thatcher EuroUppers Bryan, taunts the fans, then EuroUppers Bryan again. Bryan leans against ropes, Thatcher snarls at the fans, then gets in Bryan’s face.

Dynamite returns to single picture as Thatcher traps Bryan’s bad arm behind his back and throws hard body shots to that side. The ref counts but Thatcher grins as he throws more shots. Bryan fights back with HEADBUTTS! Fans fire up as Bryan backs Thatcher down, but Thatcher fires off body shot after body shot! Thatcher drags Bryan out to a hammerlock GROVIT, and then hits a GROVIT-PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Bryan is still in this but Thatcher snarls. Thatcher stalks Bryan at the ropes, bumps him off buckles, then reels Bryan in to hoist him up top. Thatcher UPPERCUTS, climbs up after Bryan, and he underhooks the arms!

Bryan resists and fans fire up! Bryan breaks free, throws body shot after body shot in return, and then HEADBUTTS Thatcher down! Thatcher growls and gets right back up! But Bryan throws more body shots! Fans rally “YES! YES! YES!” and Bryan HEADBUTTS again! Thatcher stays down this time, and Bryan stands up! Thatcher stands in time for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Both men are down as Bryan clutches his bad arm, but Dayton rallies up behind him! Bryan and Thatcher sit up, both snarl, and Thatcher EuroUppers! Bryan EuroUppers in return! They go uppercut for uppercut, but Thatcher gets the edge!

Bryan fires up to KICK! And KICK! Bryan KICKS away on Thatcher’s chest, “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan powers up but Thatcher blocks the Buzzsaw! Thatcher goes for the bad arm, wrangles Bryan down, but Bryan rolls through and gets around to waistlock. Thatcher bucks the O’Conner but runs into a backslide! TWO, FUJIWARA! No, Bryan rolls through to BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!! But Bryan clamps on for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans rally again, but Thatcher blocks the arm! Bryan claws Thatcher’s face to get free, and get a SLEEPER! But Thatcher wants that bad arm! Bryan has to shift his grip, but Thatcher stands!

Thatcher pries the sleeper open because he can get the bad arm, but Bryan powers up! Bryan has the hold on tight, so Thatcher backs Bryan down! They end up ramming the ref into the corner! Bryan still holds on, but Thatcher hits a BIG back suplex! All three men are down and fans fire up! But here comes MJF! The AEW World Champion tells Dayton to shush, and he puts on the Dynamite Diamond Ring! MJF says, “It’s too damn easy. This is done! This is done!” MJF goes to the ring, but KONOSUKE flies in outta nowhere!! Konosuke won’t let MJF screw Bryan over! Konosuke attacks MJF, RAMS him into railing, and chases him to the back!

Bryan has Thatcher but Thatcher snatches the arm! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! The ref is up, he asks Bryan, but Bryan endures! Thatcher pushes way back on the arm, but Bryan pushes his way forward with his legs! ROPEBREAK!! Fans fire up as Bryan survives by a literal foot! Thatcher lets go in frustration and he scowls as he throws hands on the bad arm. Thatcher drags Bryan up, clinches, BELLY2BELLY SUPLEX! Bryan flounders but Thatcher runs in, clinches, but Bryan switches! GERMAN SUPLEX! Thatcher fumes as he gets back up! Bryan dodges him, runs back in, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, Bryan wins!

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall

Now 5-0 on the year, the quest continues! The American Dragon is not yet slain, but wait! MJF and Konosuke continue brawling backstage! MJF turns things around to send MJF into a road case! MJF gets a chair to CHUCK it at Konosuke’s head! And then he throws a trash bin! MJF says if Konosuke wants after him, this is what he gets! But Konosuke turns things back around to SMACK MJF off a table! MJF comes back, the hands fly, and security rushes in! Referees and management try to stop this, too! MJF says he’ll kill Konosuke but Konosuke says about the same in Japanese! Renee runs in to be on the scene, and she tells everyone to stop!

Renee informs everyone, “Per Tony Khan, next week on Dynamite in an Eliminator match, it will be Takeshita VS MJF!” MJF is pissed, he doesn’t agree to that, but he MUST! Will the Devil of AEW find that the Future of Wrestling is better than him?

 

Mogul Affiliates speak.

Swerve Strickland says, “It’s been a real relaxing last couple of weeks for Swerve and the Mogul Affiliates and all, since getting rid of some dead weight and all this. Until I was like, retriggered.” Dustin Rhodes returning to stand in front of Swerve’s camera, in front of Swerve’s lights, and with Swerve’s interviewer! “The Rhodes Family legacy really gets under my skin, with your father, Dusty Rhodes, giving Keith Lee the ‘Limitless’ moniker. So, since he’s not here, Dustin’s not here, either, let’s find some other nepotism, second generation punk boy to get rid of Friday night on Rampage. That means you, Brian Pillman. Ain’t that right, Parker?”

Parker Boudreaux says that’s right. “Ain’t that right, Trench?” The tattooed man says, “Yeah, that’s right.” Hoodies up, but will they put Bulletproof BPJ down?

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week!

February 8th, the deadline for Bryan Danielson becoming #1 contender, will see The American Dragon taking on La Faccion Ingobernable’s El Toro Blanco, RUSH!! And speaking of…

Backstage interview with LFI.

Lexi Nair is with El Toro Blanco, but also Jose the Assistant and “Perro Peligroso,” Preston Vance. She notes the announcement of Rush VS Bryan, but then there’s a knock at the door. MJF walks in and says, “Hola, mi hermanos! Senor Vance, Senor Jose, Senor Rrrrrush.” Rush asks what the hell this “perro” wants. MJF double checks, “perro” is dog, right? Well, there’s a little thing called personal space, so he’s just gonna take a step back. “But here’s the deal: my, uh, Spanish is come se dice… Mid. But I know one language, my friend, that is mucho, mucho universal.” And that is MONEY! A huge briefcase full of it!

MJF snaps the case shut and smiles. This first one is free of charge. But he has FIVE MORE filled to the brim with dinero. All Rush has to do is beat Bryan Danielson “by any means necessary.” All Rush needs to do is rip Bryan’s arm off and beat him over the head with it. Can Rush pull that off for him? Jose, translate. Jose translates, but Rush seems to understand explicitly. Rush tells MJF in Spanish, and MJF asks “dipsh*t” Jose to translate. Jose sums it up by saying they have a deal. Oh, is that right? That sounded a bit longer than that. But Rush, you don’t have to like MJF. He just has to get the job done. Pleasure doing business with you, perro.

MJF leaves, but Rush has his mission. Will Rush be raking in the money with one match? Or will nothing stop Bryan Danielson from earning his title match?

 

AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Leila Grey VS Red Velvet!

Finally, the biggest, fastest-rising star has reached her FIFTIETH match! But while the streak started with The Chef, will it end with her, too? Or will #ThatBitch not be stopped by even the person who knows her best?

The introductions are made, but Velvet attacks while Jade is strutting around! The bell rings, Velvet fires off forearms but Jade knees her low. Jade whips Velvet to a corner but Velvet boots her back! THESZ PRESS! Velvet rains down hands but Jade shoves her away. Velvet ducks but runs into an elbow! Jade drags Velvet up, but Velvet fires off forearms! Velvet whips, Jade blocks to reverse, but Velvet holds ropes. Jade runs in but Velvet sends her out! Leila hurries to Jade’s side but Velvet builds speed! Velvet WRECKS Jade with a dropkick! Velvet tells Leila to back off, then she storms up on Jade.

Jade elbows Velvet away, but Velvet comes back to ROCK Jade! Velvet CHOPS Jade right in front of her family! Velvet then puts Jade in the ring, storms up on her and Oklahoma Rolls! TWO! Jade staggers up, blocks a superkick, and she spins Velvet around. Velvet ducks the haymaker and runs the ropes, then wheelbarrows, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up while Jade drags Velvet over to a cover, TWO! Velvet is toughing it out but Jade is getting frustrated. Jade scoops Velvet to SLAM her, then drops a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Leila is annoyed and Jade frowns while Velvet sputters. Jade drags Velvet up, CLUBS her down, and Leila applauds. Jade bumps Velvet off top buckles, then middle buckles, then bottom buckles! Jade stands on Velvet in the corner and soaks up the cheers and jeers, but lets off at 4. Jade and the ref argue, but Leila gets cheap shots in! Leila scurries away and Jade hauls Velvet up for a FALL AWAY SLAM! And then kips up! Jade holds up both hands to say 50, and then flexes. Velvet bails out, Leila talks trash, and Jade storms over. Jade walks up but Velvet sends her into railing! Jade is getting mad, but Velvet avoids one haymaker to PENALTY KICK from the apron!

Velvet CROSSBODIES, but Jade catches her! Jade POSTS Velvet, then carries her around the way. Jade trophy lifts Velvet, goes up the steel steps, and then TOSSES Velvet at the ropes! Velvet falls, Jade covers, TWO!!! Velvet survives and Jade is getting real mad. Leila rallies the Baddie cheering section, and Jade stalks Velvet to a corner. Jade drags Velvet up, and TOSSES her across the way! Jade says that’s 50 right there, and then she does push-ups as Dynamite returns to single picture. But Velvet CHOPS! Jade CLUBS Velvet, then TOSSES her across the way again! Jade swaggers, dribbles, but Velvet dodges the dunk!

Velvet DROPKICKS Jade, then hits a CODE BREAKER! Jade staggers around, Velvet KICKS and KICKS and mule kicks! Velvet runs, but Jade BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO!! Velvet is still in this and wait! Kiera Hogan RAMS Leila into steel steps! The other former Baddie is here, but other refs come out to have her leave. This all distracts Jade, and Velvet rolls her up! Jade rolls through, but the STIR IT UP hits!! Cover, but the refs aren’t paying attention!! Fans count, Velvet would’ve won twice over by now! Aubrey Edwards finally notices and counts, TWO!! Jade survives and fans can’t believe it!!

Velvet is furious, she drags Jade around and hooks an arm, short arm scissor, and then the INVERSION! Jade endures, fights, but Velvet kicks at her! Jade endures as Velvet pulls on the arm, and she deadlifts Velvet! But Velvet sunset flips! Jade stays up, drags Velvet up with both hands, and pops her around! Chicken wings for JADED!!! Cover, Jade wins!!

Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)

FIFTY AND OH! Velvet came the closest of all, but will anyone ever stop Jade’s undefeated streak?

 

Backstage interview with Britt Baker.

Renee is with The Doctor, as well as Jamie Hayter, as they are with Doc Sampson. We only caught a glimpse of what happened to her earlier at the hands of Saraya & Storm, how is Britt feeling? Britt says this is fine. She’s fine, and if that’s how Storm & Saraya wanna play, that’s fine, too. Because Britt & Hayter can play that game, too. But wait, in walks Ruby Soho! Ruby just wants to talk. She heard what happened, is Britt good? Uh, Ruby, weren’t those your girls? Ruby has Britt hold on there. Ruby has nothing to do with Saraya & Storm, she doesn’t know what Britt’s talking about.

Britt says Ruby’s known Saraya & Storm a lot longer than she’s known the AEW originals, so sorry if it’s strange that Ruby only now shows up. But yeah, Britt is good. Hayter says Britt is great, actually. Ruby says she’s glad to hear it and walks off. There are battle lines being drawn, which side is the Runaway on?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!

Not only are The Elite and The Firm having it out, it is for the AEW World Trios Championships! Will Kenny & The Young Bucks make it through All Ego, Hardy & Kassidy to then take on Fox & Top Flight? Or will there be a change of plans for Dynamite? And speaking of Saraya & Storm, they are in tag team action once again, but will they continue to beat down All Elite homegrown talent? Plus, before taking on Bryan Danielson, Rush will take on the Fallen Angel, Christopher Daniels, in an epic match of former ROH World Heavyweight Champions! Will El Toro Blanco build momentum going into his battle with The American Dragon?

 

AEW TNT Championship No Holds Barred: Darby Allin w/ Sting VS Samoa Joe!

The series is tied at 1-1, with the Samoan Submission Specialist winning in Texas, but the Relentless One winning in his hometown of Seattle. Dynamite in Dayton is throwing out all the rules except one: win! Will Darby continue to be the fighting champion? Or will Joe return to being the One True King of Wrestling Television?

The introductions are made, the TNT title is raised, and one way or another, this is the series finale of Darby VS Joe!

Darby takes off his trench coat to reveal he, uh, customized his Hoodlum hoodie. He’s covered it in thumbtacks!! And as soon as he’s in the ring, he rushes in to COFFIN SPLASH Joe! Joe is reeling from the tack attack but Darby fires off tack-covered forearms! Fans fire up as Darby runs corner to corner, but Joe dodges the splash to GAMANGIRI! Joe then wraps up an arm in his towel, to LARIAT Darby down! Fans rally, Joe pulls Darby’s tack hoodie off and throws it away. Joe drags Darby up to CHOP him! Darby goes to a corner, but Darby kicks back. Joe stomps Darby, stomps him down, then storms off.

Joe goes out to look under the ring, and he brings out a TABLE! Dayton fires up, Joe picks the table up, but Darby DIVES into the table and Joe! The table doesn’t break but it, Joe and Darby all hit the floor! Joe is busted open on his forehead and fans fire up! Darby hurries to stand the table up, to then drop it on Joe! Darby then brings the steel steps around into the corner of the railing. Darby whips, Joe reverses, and Darby not only clips steel steps, he clips railing! Darby lands on his feet just from momentum, but he soon falls to his knees, clutching his back! Fans lose their minds while Joe stalks out after Darby.

Joe stands Darby up, throws knees into him, and then throws him into railing. Joe drags Darby up and they go up the bleachers. Joe SMACKS Darby off the handrail, then brings him up further. Joe smacks Darby off more railing, then keeps him going up. But Darby fights back! Darby CLUBS and CLAWS Joe’s back! Fans fire up but Joe DUMPS Darby down the steps! Fans are going nuts while Joe glares through his crimson mask, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Joe drags Darby up again, grinds him against the handrail, then SMACKS him off a fan’s chair! They go back to the lower level as Darby kicks Joe and crawls away. Joe keeps after Darby, drags him up, and brings him around the way to TOSS back to ringside! Darby narrowly misses hitting steel steps head first! Joe stalks Darby, drags Darby back up, then scoop SLAMS him on the steps! Darby writhes, flounders away, but Joe follows him to the corner. Darby throws Joe’s ROH World TV title at him, but that only upsets Joe. Joe storms in after Darby, stalks him to a corner, and waits on Darby to stand before he DECKS him!

Joe eggs Darby on as he stands over him. Darby doesn’t stand so Joe makes him. Joe snapmares to CHOP Darby on the back! And PENALTY KICK him in the chest! And then drops a fist on his head! Joe watches Darby writhe and the ref checks on him. Joe grins through the crimson mask, then stomps Darby down. Joe kicks Darby, then clamps on a neck wrench! Joe leans all his weight on Darby but Darby throws body shots. Joe doesn’t budge, and he CLUBS Darby down. Joe grins as Darby tires to sit back up. Joe clamps the neck wrench back on and he twists even harder! Darby endures, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Darby throws more body shots.

Joe lets go of the neck wrench, Darby hobbles and runs, but into an ELBOW! Darby falls over and Joe covers, TWO! Joe keeps focus as he looms over Darby. Joe KICKS Darby to a corner, and then stomps him. Fans rally and duel, but Joe is annoyed by that. Joe drags Darby up, DECKS him with a forearm, then clamps on another neck wrench! It’s practically a vice on Darby’s head, squeezing his skull! Darby endures, fights up, and he RAMS Joe into buckles! Darby fires off forearms and SLAPS! Darby runs corner to corner, but into the URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Darby survives the #STJOE, but Joe stands Darby up to CHOP him!

Darby staggers, Joe CHOPS him again! Darby flops to the apron, Joe builds speed and he BOOTS Darby to the floor! Joe then storms out and looks under the ring. Joe brings out another TABLE! Fans fire up again but Joe has fans move aside. Fans oblige and Joe rests the table against railing. Darby is in the ring, Joe goes in and brings Darby up, but Darby JAWBREAKERS before the sleeper could lock in! Darby runs in at the corner to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Darby CHOPS away on Joe, but Joe TOSSES Darby right out of the ring! Joe has been treating Darby like a throw pillow, emphasis on the “throw!”

Darby flounders up, but Joe goes back over to bring him back in. Joe suplexes high and hard! Joe then goes out to fetch chairs! Joe puts a handful of chairs in the ring, then sets them up together. Fans fire up as they’re back to back to make a wedge! Joe stands Darby up, brings him over, BIG back suplex on the chair wedge!! Darby writhes and Joe has a sadistic smile. “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Joe turns the chairs around to face each other, then brings Darby back up. But Darby uses POCKET SAND to stop the bomb! CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives but Darby hurries to hop on! THROWBACK STUNNER!

Joe falls into a drop zone, and Darby hurries to get his hoodie back! Darby puts that back on, climbs up the corner, and COFFIN DROPS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Joe survives the tack-enhanced senton and fans can’t believe it! Darby hurries outside and goes looking. Darby uses a knife to cut the strings that hold down the canvas! Some are tough but they all give way, and Darby pulls the canvas away. Darby then drags off the foam padding to expose bare wood! Darby is deconstructing the ring in order to better destroy Joe! Darby sees Joe outside, builds speed and DIVES, but Joe walks away! Darby CRASHES THROUGH THE TABLE!!!

Dayton is losing their minds as Joe puts Darby back in! Joe sets Darby’s tack covered jacket down, he picks Darby up, and he POWERBOMBS him on the tacks! AND THEN HE SMOTHERS DARBY WITH THE TACK JACKET!! Darby DIGS at Joe’s eyes!! Joe lets Darby go, but he staggers around blindly! Joe stands up into a CHAIR SHOT! And another! And another! Darby has Joe on the hard wood, climbs up top, but Joe pushes the ref into the ropes to trip Darby up!! Joe climbs up after Darby, tucks him in, and hits a SUPER MUSCLE BUSTER TO THE WOOD!!!! Cover, JOE WINS!!!

Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)

Darby’s relentless streak is over! Samoa Joe is now a TWO-TIME TWO BELT CHAMPION! But wait! “THIS IS WAAAR~!” Fans go nuts for Wardlow as he storms down to the ring! Joe is just as shocked as Wardlow runs in! SPEAR!! Wardlow rains down fists on the man who took his title and his top knot! Wardlow rips his shirt off, drags Joe up, but Joe scrambles away! Fans boo but Joe isn’t going to fight again so soon after the war he just went through. Security rushes out but Wardlow CLOBBERS them all! Then he hauls one up to POWERBOMB out onto all the others!! Wardlow will not be denied, when and where will he get his hands on Joe?


My Thoughts:

This was an awesome Dynamite! Same balance of action and talking, but the action was all on a different level this week. Of the talking, we got good stuff out of this AEW Originals VS Imports in the Women’s Division. Saraya & Storm really up their Heel heat by just attacking Britt unprovoked, and then Ruby checking in on Britt was an interesting turnaround from her telling she didn’t want Britt’s help. But we’re getting closer and closer to that big tag(?) match. Hell, make it a Blood & Guts match but with the women rather than the men. Saraya leads a team, Britt leads a team, Ruby will choose Britt’s side and there could even be a twist of Shida betraying Saraya during the match to cost the anti-AEW team.

Good promo from the JAS to set up things with Starks. I just knew Starks would have to beat everyone in the JAS eventually, so it’s clever for them to get it all done in one gauntlet match. Starks will of course make it past Menard and Parker, and I bet that just as it looks like Garcia is stepping up to face Starks, Guevara takes the spotlight from him. Starks will still get through the final opponent, and he’ll get his match with Jericho. Good promo from Mogul Affiliates, because one: it establishes that their group doesn’t like multigenerational wrestlers, and two: it gave Granden Goetzman his wrestler name, “Trench.” Swerve will surely beat BPJ, but I bet Dustin teams up with BPJ and Brock Anderson as a sort of AEW take on WWE’s Legacy faction to take on Mogul Affiliates.

Good promo from Jack Perry, but I’m surprised he waited until now to establish that he’s done with tag teams. But I suppose he’s done with The Firm, too, so he’s done needing reinforcements. As it stands, if he wants a singles title, he could start with the All-Atlantic Championship, but I could see JB making a move for THE AEW World title. Speaking of The Firm, good promo from them and The Elite. I wonder if this was really live or just the take where Nick actually made that shot. Anyway, I’m also surprised the trios match for Rampage is for the titles when the titles are going to be on the line for Dynamite. But I suppose if Orange Cassidy and Darby Allin are fighting champions, then so should the Elite. Which of course means The Elite win on Rampage to go on to face Fox & Flight.

We got an awesome match from Bryan VS Thatcher, but of course Bryan wins to keep his story going. Even after he had that awesome match with Brian Cage, Konosuke going after MJF was a great move. And getting himself an Eliminator match is a good, too, but I feel like MJF finds a way to stand tall. He’ll either cheat to win, or just get himself disqualified quickly so his night will be over quickly. MJF also had a really good promo with LFI. Rush is a great choice to take on Bryan Danielson, and Rush is also going to have a great match with Christopher Daniels on Rampage. I’m sure Bryan will still find a way to win and we’ll still get that Ironman match, it just has to be how this goes.

It’s mostly because I don’t even know who is the #2 contender, since AEW still hasn’t kept up with rankings in this new year. AEW bringing out a sudden twist of MJF still having that One Hour Ironman match against someone other than Bryan would be great stuff, since MJF has been so focused on Bryan, but I feel like getting MJF VS Bryan is still the thing everyone wants to see. Great opening match out of Hangman VS Moxley, and of course Moxley bleeds. It’s practically in his contract. But Hangman losing by a roll-up was a great surprise, and them still being after each other after, this has to continue until Revolution.

The Acclaimed winning a squash was a bit surprising, but obviously that was to make room for the promo that set up things with The Gunn Sons. But Billy suddenly saying his sons can have a title match with The Acclaimed? I hope there isn’t a turn coming where Billy is suddenly on his sons’ side again. It just feels like something is fishy, but who knows. Really good TBS title match from Jade and Velvet, but I guess since this wasn’t at a PPV, Jade wasn’t about to lose. Kiera trying to help Velvet only to mess things up was at least a good detail to protect Jade. But at this rate, who is even going to beat Jade when she’s gotten through even some great established names.

And of course, an awesome No Holds Barred match for the TNT title. Great innovation, such as Darby’s tack covered jacket and the different table spots. I was actually rather surprised to see Joe win this to once again be dual champion. But at the same time, Wardlow returning to continue his story with Joe is a logical reason as to why Joe needs to have the TNT title again. Perhaps Wardlow gets the TNT title back to have a second chance with that, and Darby can move up into the world title scene. And assuming MJF retains at Revolution, it works for Darby to be next as they have history in AEW.

My Score: 9/10


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