Wes Lee and Carmelo Hayes finally settle things!
After going back and forth for the NXT North American Champion, Wes Lee and Carmelo Hayes go toe-to-toe one more time to put an end to this! Who will come out not just a champion, but THE A Champion?
- Cora Jade VS Wendy Choo; Cora wins.
- Kiana James VS Ivy Nile w/ Tatum Paxley; Ivy wins.
- SCRYPTS VS Guru Raaj; SCRYPTS wins.
- Zoey Stark VS Sol Ruca; Stark wins.
- NXT Tag Team Championships: Pretty Deadly VS Andre Chase & Duke Hudson; Pretty Deadly wins and retains the titles.
- NXT North American Championship: Wes Lee VS Carmelo Hayes; Wes wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Toxic Attraction heads to the ring!
Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne are fully recovered from what Alba Fyre did to them, and the Toxic Goddess, Mandy Rose, is STILL NXT Women’s Champion after what Isla Dawn did to Alba Fyre! They get the mics and Mandy starts with, “In the immortal words of Queen, another one bites the dust. But there is only one queen in the NXT ring. And after last week, without my girls, all by myself, I was the last Woman Standing.” Fans boo because Mandy’s glossing over the truth. But Mandy says at 400 days and counting, she has defended her title, and now NXT has to create this first-ever revolutionary match just to figure out who her next opponent’s gonna be!
The Iron Survivor Challenge makes Mandy a bit jealous. She’d love to add another title to her collection. But don’t worry, she will be watching NXT Deadline very, very closely. Mandy cannot wait to see who is willing to go to war just to share the same ring. We all know that after Deadline, the last woman standing won’t stand a chance in hell of taking the title off Mandy! And Jacy says with “Fyre Bat” out of their hair, and clearly having her own new drama to deal with, Mandy can sit upon the throne and await her next victim. Meanwhile, Jacy & Gigi will focus on becoming the first-ever THREE-TIME NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions!
Gigi says with every passing day, the lust to get the titles back becomes intolerable! Kayden & Katana, Gigi hopes you’re listening. Because unlike Zoey & Nikkita, a team that was a train wreck waiting to happen, this is a real team! And everyone can agree that #GoldenAttraction is where the money’s at! But wait! Here come the champions! Kayden tells Gigi to just shut up already! She is so sick of these three thinking they can say what they want and get what they want. Mandy says when you’re as good as the three of them, you can do whatever you want!
Katana says, “Oh please. You are so phony! Standing up there saying ‘I did this all by myself,’ when the only reason that you’re still champion is because of Isla Dawn.” Fans cheer Katana for telling the truth! Kayden says Mandy’s words aren’t the only things phony. Jacy asks if Kayden & Katana have a reason for interrupting. Yes, it’s that Toxic Attraction is THE train wreck waiting to happen. Gigi & Jacy, just look in the mirror! “You two spend all your time protecting Mandy because you know that if Mandy loses that NXT Women’s Championship, you two lose all meaning, all equity, and have no use for Mandy!”
Gigi says, “Do you know how much equity those titles have lost with the two of you holding them?” Kayden says NONE, cuz these titles finally belong to a respectable team! Jacy tells the “Munchkins,” the last time Jacy checked, Toxic Attraction made the two of them relevant! And seeing them with those titles makes Jacy sick! But don’t worry, once Jacy & Gigi get the belts back, Kayden & Katana will return to being irrelevant, just like before. Kayden rushes in and tackles Gigi! Jacy goes after Kayden but Katana gets in to CODE BREAKER! Mandy goes after Katana, Kayden goes after Mandy! But now they’re outnumbered, 3v2!
Fans boo as Katana gets set up for the TOXIC ANNIHILATION! Mandy SLAMS Kayden down right beside Katana, and Toxic Attraction stands tall. Will Gigi & Jacy prove they’re greater than KC Squared? Who will be the Women’s Iron Survivor to then go after the Toxic Goddess?
NXT shares footage from earlier today.
Wes Lee was just walking into the arena when Tony D’Angelo and Channing Lorenzo literally pull up. “There he is,” The Don says. “Mr. North American Champion.” Stacks says, “Yeah, for now.” Tony tells Wes that he hasn’t forgotten what he did to Tony’s leg. But he still wishes Wes luck tonight. Wes starts to defend his innocence, but then he says, “Forget it. When I’m finished with Melo, you know where to find me.” Oh, yeah? Yeah. Tony drives off to go park his Tahoe, but will he be pulling up to Wes again at the end of tonight?
Cora Jade walks and talks to gorilla.
“You think I’m afraid bringing up Wendy Choo’s past? If you never go too far, you’ll never go far in life. But you don’t know anything about that, because you, too, sat alone at the lunch table. Hit my music!” The Generation of Jade is becoming one part Mean Girls, one part punk rock. But will this mean girl punk get rocked by the Queen of Comfy?
Duke Hudson is reading the Chase U playbook.
But he hurries to put it away when Grayson Waller walks in the room. Waller is loving Duke’s dedication to the bit! But he is wondering, when does it all end? Duke says he doesn’t understand what Waller means. Waller says the flag waving, the “ChAsE U~” and hand signs, like, Waller’s known Duke for years! This isn’t Duke! But that’s where Waller is wrong. This IS Duke. Maybe not on the outside, but on the inside, Duke is a committed and dedicated student of Chase U. Now, anyone who talks bad on Chase U is Duke’s enemy. Pfft, right. Waller knows the real Duke and his real colors will show eventually.
Duke leans in and says his true colors are black ‘n’ red, mate. Waller laughs, thinking Duke is still playing a part. Waller heads off mocking “CHASE U~!” but will Duke teach him the hard way that Duke is Chase U for life?
Cora Jade VS Wendy Choo!
NXT returns and Wendy makes her entrance. The bell rings and fans rally for Wendy. She eggs Cora on, Cora steps up and Wendy SLAPS her! Wendy headlocks, thrashes Cora around, but Cora pulls hair. The ref reprimands, Cora powers out but Wendy runs her over! Wendy eggs Cora on, has her in the corner and dribbles her off buckles! And then off more buckles! Wendy CHOPS, then she bumps Cora off more buckles. Wendy forearms, CHOPS, and fires up! Fans rally as Wendy whips but Cora whips the back drop away, only for Wendy to run her over again! Cora crawls away while fans rally behind Wendy.
Wendy drags Cora up, wrenches and YANKS the arm, then wrenches again to YANK again. Wendy wrenches again and whips Cora around and around to WRING her out! Wendy keeps on Cora with a hammerlock but Cora fights up. Cora elbows free, runs, and runs Wendy over! Cora “kicks dirt” at Wendy then runs, but Wendy stays low. Cora rolls over, Wendy sidesteps and hip tosses her down! Fans fire up while Cora goes to ropes. Cora uses the ropes as defense and the ref backs Wendy down. Cora kicks low and whips Wendy into the ropes! Cora then runs to BACK ELBOW Wendy down! Fans boo as Cora HAMMERS away!
Cora drags Wendy up to dribble her off the m at! Wendy gets to ropes, Cora CLUBS her down then eggs her own. Cora pulls Wendy’s pigtail to scoop, but Wendy slips out to roll-up! TWO, and Wendy DROPKICKS Cora down! Cora ends up in a corner, Wendy runs side to side to BOOT Cora! Wendy snapmares, but Cora avoids the sleepy elbow! Cora runs in and springboards, but Wendy avoids the stomps! Wendy drags Cora out, but Cora counter punches! Cora runs in, into a JAPANESE ARM-DRAG! Fans fire up and Wendy gest on the apron as NXT goes picture in picture!
Wendy eggs Cora on, but Cora crawls away. Wendy hops down to drag Cora up and ROCK her with a forearm. Wendy bumps Cora off the apron, pushes her into the ring, and Wendy hurries after Cora in a corner. Wendy ROCKS Cora, whips her out to send her back in, but Cora elbows back! Wendy ROCKS Cora again, whips her to another corner, then runs in. Cora dodges to SHINING WIZARD! Wendy flops down and Cora paces around. Cora stomps Wendy, drags her up and LARIATS her down! Cover, TWO! Cora smirks as she looms over Wendy. Cora stomps Wendy to a corner, digs her boot in, but lets off as the ref counts.
Cora swaggers about, runs in, and BRONCO BUSTERS! Cora then drags Wendy to a cover, TWO! Cora smirks and nods, amused by Wendy’s toughness. Wendy throws body shots but Cora CLUBS her down! Cora stomps Wendy to the ropes, drags her up and CHOKES her! The ref counts again, Cora lets off, and Cora swaggers around again. Cora runs to IMPLODER STOMP! Cover, TWO! Wendy is hanging tough but Cora looms over her. Cora taunts Wendy, pulls on her arms, and she gets the motorcycle stretch! Wendy endures and fans rally up. Wendy fights up, turns things around, but Cora turns it back onto Wendy!
Cora pulls harder on the arms, digs her knee into Wendy’s back, but Wendy still endures. Wendy fights but Cora keeps on those arms. Fans continue to rally as NXT returns to single picture, and Wendy fights up to her feet! Wendy arm-drags Cora away! Wendy runs but into a drop toehold onto ropes! Cora runs but Wendy dodges! Cora hits ropes and flounders! Wendy fires off body shots, KICKS and a LARIAT! Cora flounders again but Wendy whips her to ropes. OVERHEAD Belly2BellY! Cora staggers up and Wendy fires up! Fans fire up with her and she handspring clotheslines! Wendy goes up the corner, to SLEEPY CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!
Wendy grits her teeth and fans rally up behind her. Wendy drags Cora up, suplexes, but Cora slips free. Cora waistlocks, O’Conner Rolls, TWO!! Cora kicks low, but Wendy wrenches through to suplex, BRAINBUSTER! Wendy puts Cora in a drop zone and goes up the corner! Fans rally as Wendy reaches the top. Cora moves, Wendy hops back down, but Cora kicks her! Cora grabs her kendo stick! Cora swings, Wendy dodges and BOOTS! Cora flops down and Wendy gets the kendo stick! Fans fire up but the ref says don’t do it! Wendy argues with the ref, but Cora gets the thermos! Cora SPLASHES Wendy with her own orange juice!! And then BUTTERFLY DDT!! Cover, Cora wins!
Winner: Cora Jade, by pinfall
Cora laughs at Wendy, but the ref questions what’s all over the mat and now his hands. Cora pretends to have no idea. Wendy cries, which makes Cora laugh more. Will Wendy make sure Cora’s the one in tears next time?
Apollo Crews speaks.
“Deadline: a time or date when things should be completed. On Saturday, December 10th, I have the opportunity to complete something I came back to NXT to accomplish. Six months to almost the day when I looked Bron Breakker in the face and I said I envisioned you and me, Bron, making history together. And now, here it is: Bron Breakker, Apollo Crews, for the NXT Championship. These three weeks will be the longest three weeks of my life, because I’ve never wanted the bell to ring so bad in my life.
“I’ve been in many title matches, won the United States Championship, walked out of WrestleMania the Intercontinental Champion, but this match against Bron Breakker is the one I wake up in the middle of the night thinking about. Six months ago, I said I’m back to rewrite history, to change history, and to make history. The weight of being champion has taken its toll on Bron, I can see it on his face. I can see it in his eyes. But when you look into my eyes, the vision, the ending is clear.” Will Apollo make his vision a reality come Deadline? Or will Bron end up breaking another iconic superstar?
Backstage interview with Kiana James.
McKenzie Mitchell says we are moments away from Kiana’s match with Ivy Nile, and Kiana says that Ms. Nile may be tough, but there isn’t a woman Kiana sits across the boardroom from or stands across the ring from that intimidates her. Kiana doesn’t count wins, just losses, because there are so few. Then does that include not getting the deed to Fallon Henley’s bar? Kiana says that deal fell through because of stupidity, and they paid for it with interest last week. Now, if you’ll excuse her, she has a match to win. But before McKenzie cuts away, Javier Bernal walks in.
Javier says last week, McKenzie deprived the NXT Universe of seeing “The Greatest NXT Superstar” unlock his full potential. Not this time! He has something bigger than three names. Behold! The Big Body Javi Files. What is this? Santa’s naughty and nice list? How many names are on this!? Javi says 1347. Oh. Well number one, and wow, really? Axiom? She told Javi last week that Axiom is hurt! Still? That guy’s soft. Uh, his leg was completely bent backwards! Then keep going. Number 14… Elon Musk?! Why would Javi wanna fight him? Hey, he’s not paying $8 for a blue checkmark! How many followers does Javi have? T-Two… Thousand! MILLION!
Two thousand million? That’s not really a number. What? What? WHAT?! Just keep reading!! Okay, number 68: Drake. Drake Maverick? Oh, haha, another person not available. NO, Drake the rapper. What? What’s his beef with that Drake? Uh, did you hear his last album? Then number 250… This guy’s retired, too. Well, is he? Legends say they’re retired, but they always come back for “One! More! Match!” And what about having that “one more match” with Big Body Javi? Never say never! Well, Javi, you’re not fighting anyone on this list. Uh, it’s not a list, it’s a file. And at this rate, he’ll be fighting McKenzie! Javi storms off, is at least ONE of his 1347 choices be a real option?
Duke Hudson meets up with other Chase U students.
One student says Mr. Kenwa’s AWA class is so tough! And Thea Hail says Mr. Shabu’s pop quiz would’ve been so much harder without the head’s up. They thank Duke for that. He says it’s no big deal. No one likes pop quizzes. But uh, he does accept gifts. Ha, good one. No, he means it. But then Pretty Deadly walk in and mockingly laugh. The honorary Duke Hudson of Chase U fame, these two have a proposition: There is a poker game tonight, and they could use a ringer to help them clean up. Does Duke fancy a go? Sorry, boys, Duke would rather stay here with his classmates.
Wait, what? Is Duke serious? They joke about the poker game and Duke doesn’t even react! Well serious or not, gambling is against school policy. Duke, when are you going to take off that disgusting school uniform and go back to being the Duke they know he really is. Not that that Duke was great, but at least he tried to look good doing it. Nowadays, Duke’s just a stooge. Duke DECKS Elton Prince, then fights with Kit Wilson! Thea wants in but the others keep her back! Duke fights Pretty Deadly 2v1, but they RAM him into the storage lockers! Referees rush in to break this up! Kit & Elton pushed Duke too far, will Duke find a way to fight back?
Kiana James VS Ivy Nile w/ Tatum Paxley!
As smart and business savvy as The Calculator is, she couldn’t account for family memories and principles being stronger than her money. Will Kiana move on to more important business like climbing the ranks towards the title? Or will the Diamond Pitbull tear her to shreds and move on to Deadline herself?
NXT returns as Ivy makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two tie up. Ivy powers Kiana back to ropes but lets off as the ref counts. Kiana shoves Ivy, but Ivy shoves Kiana! Kiana headlocks, Ivy pries at the hold but Kiana holds on tight. Fans rally up and Ivy pries the hold open to arm-drag! Ivy headlocks back, shifts sides and wrenches to a wristlock. Kiana pries the hold to wrench and trip Ivy. Ivy slips away and the two reset. Kiana and Ivy circle, fans rally for Ivy but Kiana shoots around to full nelson. Ivy breaks it, sunset flips, TWO! Ivy facelocks to keep Kiana down and she moves around to wrench the hold.
Kiana fights up, wrenches out and pulls hair to hit a BACKBREAKER, and BLINDSIDE LARIAT! The ref reprimands and fans boo but Kiana taunts Ivy. Kiana stomps Ivy, reels her in, gut wrenches and carries Ivy in the Canadian Rack. CANADIAN BACKBREAKER! Ivy writhes but Kiana pushes her to a cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Ivy but Kiana facelocks. Ivy fights up, throws body shots, but Kiana whips Ivy to a corner. Ivy bounces off buckles and Kiana scoops to a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Kiana snarls but she clamps claws into Ivy’s shoulders! Kiana JAMS her knee in, and again, then pushes Ivy down to cover, TWO!
Kiana pushes Ivy around, grabs a leg and has a CALF CRUSHER! Ivy endures, reaches out, claws around, and she grabs Kiana for a chinlock! Kiana lets the leg go to fight up and back suplex! Cover, TWO! Kiana grows frustrated but she drags Ivy up to scoop again. Ivy slips through to CLUB away on Kiana! Ivy then hooks Kiana up to bend the arms back! Kiana endures the “Diamond Octopus,” and Ivy YANKS the arm! Kiana staggers and fumes, but she storms up into a roll-up! TWO, but Ivy hurries up to KICK and KICK and ROUNDHOUSE! Kiana wobbles, Ivy RANAS her down! Ivy keeps moving and she shoulder tackles Kiana!
Ivy gut wrenches and SUPLEXES! Fans fire up with Ivy and she runs in at Kiana to DROPKICK her out of the ring! Kiana gets to her feet, she says she’s done, but she turns around to see Fallon Henley there! Fallon tells Kiana off about attacking her last week and Kiana hurries back into the ring. Ivy swings Kiana around, into the DIAMOND DRAGON SLEEPER! Kiana taps, Ivy wins!
Winner: Ivy Nile, by submission
But Kiana’s suffering isn’t over, Fallon gets in the fire off forearms! Kiana runs away but Fallon pursues and fires off more in front of commentary! They go all the way to the back, will Fallon teach Kiana not to mess with family?
Meanwhile, the Creed Brothers appear to cheer on Ivy in her win, and Julius says, “Ivy Nile continues to prove that she is the most dangerous woman in NXT! She’s underappreciated. But you still don’t see her running around jumping people like Indus Sher! These guys think they’re gonna make their names on the backs of the Creed Brothers. I don’t think so! We’ve been bodying dudes that’re bigger and stronger than us our entire lives! Ask Nick Gwiazdowski, two-time world medalist. He can get frequent flyer miles whenever he wanted. Ask Sam Stolk!” Ivy has Julius stop there.
But Brutus says the point is this: Intimidation doesn’t affect the Creeds. They’ve worked too damn hard to be worried about anything with a heartbeat! Indus Sher walks around wanting respect after attaching the Creeds? Well that’s the last thing they’re gonna get! Julius tells Veer & Sanga that they might have the admiration of all of India, but when it comes to set foot in the ring, it’s just them and the Creeds. NXT Deadline, Indus Sher VS Julius & Brutus Creed! “If you guys want respect, try and come get it!” Ivy tries to get the boys to focus on what really matters, but are the Creeds hitting back before Indus Sher strikes again?
Isla Dawn speaks.
“The light of your fire, Alba, was met by the darkness of the Unholy Enchantress. But I did give fair warning of my approach. But you did not heed the signs. No one saw the ethereal thing materializing before their very eyes. But Alba, for any answers you seek, you must listen. Listen to the same spirit voices that have guided me straight to you. Alba, we’re gonna have so much fun together!” Isla laughs and blows out her candles, but will she end up burned by the Fyre she’s playing with?
Andre Chase speaks with one of his students.
“We’ve been over this countless times. The Elimination Chamber debuted as Survivor Series 2002-” Duke flops into the room! He’s sputtering as he asks Mr. Chase for help. But he’s in a meeting with Mario! Duke ran here because he remembered Chase talking about leaving it in the ring. Yes, he did say that. Well, Duke says he couldn’t do it, he punched him! Duke, you can’t get into fights with fellow students. No, not a classmate! It was Pretty Deadly. Who? The… Hold on, Duke’s gotta catch his breath. The two with the long hair and half shifts. They were talking bad on Chase U! They were?! Yeah, so Duke had to double down and then everyone rushed in.
Wait, were there any repercussions? Did he get fined? No no no. He doubled down and got them a tag title match. Wait, really?! When!? Tonight. TONIGHT?! Duke, that’s great! Mario also says that’s great! Chase asks Mario WTF he’s still doing in his office. Get out so they can prepare! Duke, way to go! Chase says they gotta game plan right now! But will Duke be alright after gassing himself to go find Mr. Chase?
SCRYPTS VS Guru Raaj!
The mysterious messages, both audio and visual, finally have a face to the name! Scrypts flips his way out to the ring and walks the tightrope as he writes his name in the air. But will Raaj be able to flip the script and end the story before it begins?
The bell rings and Scrypts handsprings right up to Raaj! Scrypts writes Raaj off already, but Raaj rushes in. Scrypts gets around Raaj, slips under and KANGAROO KICKS, then kips up! Raaj wobbles, Scrypts DROP-SAULTS! Scrypts brings Raaj up, whips him to ropes but Raaj reverses, only for Scrypts to slide under his double stomps! Scrypts kicks low, clinches and whips Raaj to a corner. Fans start chanting “REGGIE! REGGIE!” as Scrypts runs in, but into an elbow! Scrypts shrugs that off, Raaj lariats but Scrypts handsprings under it! Scrypts mule kicks, front kicks, then TWISTING CROSSBODIES!
Scrypts rains down fists on Raaj, then drops an elbow! Scrypts goes to the corner, writes in the air then climbs up the corner, for the PUNCTUATION! Cover off the somersault seated senton, Scrypts wins!
Winner: SCRYPTS, by pinfall
The first chapter in the story is complete, and it was a success for the mysterious scribe. He leaves Raaj with his card, but will Scrypts leave his mark on NXT?
The Schism is in the ring.
Joe Gacy, Rip Fowler, Jagger Reed & Ava Raine sit at a table, bathed in the black light that turns their yellow smiling masks red. Rip is “Gluttony,” Gacy is “Invictus,” Raine is “Oath,” and Reed is “Greed” while fans boo. The masks come off and the lights return to normal. Gacy says, “Autumn is the time of year when trees shed their leaves, and The Schism’s tree is no different. We shed the transgressions of those against us and we reflect on what togetherness has brought to our lives. This week, we recognize a day for giving thanks. And it is our duty to reinforce the meaning of a day meant for togetherness and something to be thankful for.”
Ava speaks next. “Every year, stories are told of families being torn apart by Thanksgiving. Despite the American tradition of quality time shared with loved ones, dysfunction remains the norm. Blood relatives cannot guarantee a united family. But The Schism can be counted on.” Some fans cheer that message, and Rip speaks next. “A day to be grateful that you have enough to fed yourselves during the darkest of times has exploded into a ritual of overabundance, and embarrassment of riches.” Ava exits the ring while Rip continues to rant that “Gluttony that cannot be contained has left this holiday a far cry from it’s intent.”
Ava seems to be looking in the crowd for something… She points to someone in the front row and he hops over the railing. Reed says, “Thanksgiving is now anticipated more for Black Friday deals. The deals creep in earlier and earlier each year, so that you can forego Thanksgiving altogether in hopes of grabbing that new hot item, when you should be focused on your belief system.” Ava welcomes this fan into the ring and into the open chair at the middle of the table. Gacy says Ava has found someone who practices the traditions of Thanksgiving and brought them here. As you can see, their table is bare so that it is open for new opportunities to forge new traditions.
Gacy turns to the fan and says tonight we christen a new holiday. This man will be the bridge to the old traditions they leave behind, and to the new ones they will forge, which will “forever lasting traditions.” Fans chant, “Sacrifice! Sacrifice!” Are they anticipating something? Gacy says this man’s inclusion will be the centerpiece of their table. Now please, stand with them as they pledge “The Day of Schism Invictus.” They all stand, and Gacy leads them in the pledge. “We pledge on this day of Schism Invictus to refuse anyone who is not The Schism, and build strength through togetherness. Four roots, one tree.”
Ava welcomes the guest into a hug, and Gacy says it is too late to join. They are no longer inclusive. They are now DIVISIVE! What? Gacy thanks this man for his sacrifice. Fans cheer as Gacy URENAGES the guest through the table! Happy Schism Invictus! But will this tradition lead the Schism to titles and supremacy over the masses they rejected?
Backstage interview with Trick Williams.
McKenzie notes this was to be an interview with both Trick and Melo, but it doesn’t seem Melo is joining them. Trick says that is because The A Champion is in The A Locker Room preparing for his A PLUS performance tonight. But don’t worry, Trick Willy will answer all your questions. He is sure McKenzie is good enough to work on the fly, so fire away. Then what are his thoughts on- Trick says, “Wes Lee’s Cinderella Man story ends tonight! Melo’s gonna beat that bitter bad man into an oblivion. And then I can’t wait to hear them say, ‘THREE-TIME NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPION!'”
But then Wes appears! Trick puts up his dukes but Wes says settle down. Don’t stop on his account, continue to talk how money Melo is. Well okay, Melo looks like money, walks like money, and talks like money because Melo IS money. Interesting. So then, Melo has this in the bag tonight? Is water wet? So then, Trick doesn’t need to be out there. He can watch Melo take the L from the locker room. Whoa, Melo ain’t taking the L. And Trick Melo Gang is a package date, they go out there together. Hmm… Well, Melo needs Trick to win? Oh, Trick sees what Wes is trying to do. But now he’s caught! Is Trick saying it without saying it?
McKenzie, Trick thought you were on his side! No, she’s an unbiased reporter. Trick says Melo doesn’t need Trick to win! He doesn’t? Then it’ll be just Wes and Melo out there tonight? That’s putting words in Trick’s mouth! Wes says see ya later. Trick just got got! Will Melo be A-OK without his sidekick? Or will Wes prove HE’s the A Champion now?
Bron Breakker speaks.
“After a big match, this is where you can find me. Just out here.” He puts his boat in the water and goes cruising. “Out here, I don’t have to be Bron Breakker, the guy that smashes people. I’m just a regular guy. I’m just another fisherman out here. What I love most about being out here is just how quiet it is.” Bron casts his line and waits. “Being the NXT Champion comes with a lot of weight, a lot of responsibility. Don’t get me wrong, I love it. Just takes a toll after awhile. In the beginning, I felt like Superman. It’s just all excitement and no real expectations. But as time goes on, there’s more weight, there’s more pressure. That’s why I come out here.
“As it gets colder and winter comes in, my experience is, these fish slow down, they’re not as active in the wintertime, so that forces me to broaden my bait choice and throw some different things that have some movement or some action to it to get these fish to react to it. This is my escape. This is where I can come and drop all that weight. Because when I go back ashore, I’ve got competitors coming at me from all directions. All the heavy hitters. Apollo Crews, he’s next. When one challenge ends, another begins. Apollo’s right. Three weeks, NXT Deadline, the weight goes back on. And after I retain my title, you know where you can find me.”
Zoey Stark VS ???
Angry, bitter, but not one to mess with, the Sin City Soldier gets back in action as a solo star. Will she show everyone that she’s the only one that matters?
NXT returns and Sol Ruca makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Zoey waistlocks and SLAMS Sol, then facelocks to dig Sol’s face into the mat. Sol gets up and circles with Zoey again. They tie up again, Zoey headlocks, Sol lifts her but Zoey flying-mares for the takedown. Sol moves around to keep her shoulders up, and she handstands to walk out of the headlock! Sol eggs Zoey on and Zoey runs right into a drop toehold! Sol floats over to a facelock but Zoey fights up. Zoey wrenches out to WRING the arm, but Sol one-hand handsprings through! Only for Zoey to KNEE low!
Zoey bumps Sol off buckles, then hip tosses her, but Sol handsprings through that, too! Fans fire up as Sol eggs Zoey on. Zoey rushes in but Sol hurdles over and DROPKICKS Zoey down! Zoey goes to a corner, Sol storms in but into a SUPERKICK! But Sol SUPERKICKS back! Zoey claims something’s wrong with her jaw, but that’s so she can SUCKER SUPERKICK Sol! Cover, TWO! Zoey drags Sol up, but Sol ROCKS Zoey with a forearm then LARIATS! Zoey bails out but Sol calls her a chicken. Sol baseball slides, into an apron skirt trap! Zoey fires off haymakers! The ref reprimands, fans boo, but Zoey leaves Sol behind, to then WRECK Sol with a dropkick!
Zoey puts Sol back in the ring, slides in and covers, TWO! Zoey fishhooks Sol’s face, the ref reprimands, and Zoey lets off at 4. Zoey CLUBS Sol with crossface forearms, then wraps on a chinlock. Fans rally and Sol endures while Zoey thrashes her. Sol fights up, throws body shots, but Zoey CLUBS Sol down. Zoey snarls, whips Sol to a corner, but Sol dodges to roll Zoey up! TWO! Sol elbows Zoey away, then runs to run her over! Fans fire up with Sol’s flying shoulders and DROPKICK! Sol dodges Zoey to back drop her high and hard! Cover, TWO! Sol hurries to go to the corner and climb up! But Zoey GAMANGIRIS her down!
Zoey drags Sol up, Sol shoulders in then slingshot sunset flips! TWO! Sol brings Zoey up to whip to the corner, then she handsprings in to SPLASH! Sol scoops Zoey to POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Zoey survives and Sol is frustrated! Fans fire up as Sol goes up the corner again. Sol leaps, but Zoey avoids the dropkick to SLIDING KNEE! Cover, Zoey wins!
Winner: Zoey Stark, by pinfall
The Hunter takes down her prey, but now she picks at the bones! But wait, here comes Nikkita Lyons! Zoey goes out to meet her, but Lyons ROCKS her first! Lyons gets in the ring, blocks the superkick and DECKS Zoey! Zoey stagger sup, but she avoids the heel kick! Zoey says they’re not doing this now, they’re doing this on her time. Will the Hunter quickly become the hunted with Lyons on the prowl?
Malik Blade & Edris Enofe talk with someone.
Malik tells them that “Big O” Odyssey Jones has room for one more if they wanna join in. And there’ll be plenty of ladies, too. Edris knows they haven’t always seen eye to eye with Von Wagner & Robert Stone, but Edris & Malik are trying to be the bigger men here. And they’re sure Von is upset after losing to Bron, but that was last week. They know for a fact Von will get back on top, just like them! Onward and upward! Von says Malik sure is looking sharp. And they’ve got lots of swag. Von’s not sure about Rob, but he’s got his dancing shoes on! Nice! Von takes off the jacket, and Edris says big Von Wagner, Malik, Edris and Odyssey, it’ll be a fun night!
Yeah, Von could use a night out being mediocre for once. Stone laughs at that one. Onward and upward, was it? These guys don’t know about that! They don’t know about success! They never will see him hang out with “you two losers.” Who’s Von calling losers?! Malik has Edris calm down, but Von DECKS Malik then KNEES Edris! Von TOSSES Edris into the cars! Von DECKS Malik again, CLUBS Edris, then he goes after Malik! Security rushes in but Von shoves them away! Von RIPS Malik’s sweater vest!!! Odyssey storms over and Von backs off now. Odyssey checks on Malik. Will Odyssey #SoundTheAlarm and look for vengeance on vicious Von?
Charlie Dempsey speaks.
“All these new workouts… CrossFit? Power yoga? Circuit training? Just give me a good ol’ fashioned deck of cards. Legends like Carl Gotch and Billy Robinson didn’t have all this technology and equipment. All they had was their bodies. I train like they trained for performance. But I’m surrounded by people who train to look cool for Instagram. Guys like Wes Lee, Carmelo Hayes, Grayson Waller, they spend their mornings choosing their outfits while I wake up and do 5003 squats before breakfast. There’s a lot of pretend tough guys in that locker room with their beach muscles. They even gave a security guard a contract, for pity’s sake.
“But I’ll have them all screaming when I stretch them in the ring. Because professional wrestling is a serious business.” Will Dempsey prove to NXT that sports entertainers don’t stand a chance against him?
NXT Tag Team Championships: Pretty Deadly VS Andre Chase & Duke Hudson w/ Thea Hail!
After Grayson Waller questioned Duke’s genuineness, Elton Prince & Kit Wilson pushed Duke’s buttons, and he just couldn’t help it! But that fight turned into a title match! Will this be a #TeachableMoment for the dandy highwaymen? Or will the #SidePlateCheck continue to show Pretty Deadly’s logo?
NXT returns and the champions make their entrances. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who pasts the test here tonight!
The teams sort out and fans rally for Chase U. Chase wants to start, but Duke sees Elton rushing up, so Duke CLOBBERS him first! Duke is starting now, and Chase tells him to fight smarter, not harder. But then Elton tags out to Kit. Duke rushes in to CLOBBER Kit! Duke whips Kit to a corner, scoops him on the rebound, and hits a BIG sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO! Duke brings Kit up, tags in Chase, and they double whip Kit to drop toehold and elbow drop! Chase covers, TWO! Chase drags Kit up, but Kit stomps a foot! Kit elbows Chase, Chase kicks back, but Kit fires off forearms! Chase gets around to lift Kit but Elton tags in!
Chase gives Kit the atomic drop, but Elton hops up onto Chase’s shoulders. Kit throws a body shot and that helps Elton with the victory roll! TWO!! Chase escapes, blocks a kick and body scissors to roll Elton! TWO, Elton trips Chase but Chase twists and throws him away! Chase headlocks for a takeover! Fans rally for “CHASE U! CHASE U!” but Elton fights up. Elton powers out, Chase runs Elton over! Chase runs, things speed up, Elton DROPKICKS Chase down! Fans boo but Kit says, “Yes Boy~!” Elton puts Chase in the corner, tags Kit, and they double whip to run Chase over. “Yes Boy~!” They both run to LEG DROP SPLASH COMBO! Kit covers, TWO!
Kit wrenches Chase to whip, but Chase kicks him away! Chase then headlocks, but Kit powers out. Chase goes up and under to then trip Kit! Kit throws Chase but Chase cartwheels through! Chase RAMS Kit, snapmares him and runs, but Kit catches the legs! Only for Chase to roll and drag Kit down! Cover, TWO!! Kit escapes but Chase headlocks again. Kit reaches out to Elton but Chase kicks the foot away! Elton storms in, but Chase back drops him while holding onto Kit! Elton staggers up, Chase jumps up, RANA HEADLOCK TAKEOVER COMBO! Fans fire up for Chase, and he says that is a TEACHABLE MOMENT!
The champs rush Chase, he dodges, and Duke runs in! Duke CLOBBERS Elton, Kit comes back, into a double back drop! Chase whips Kit, Kit reverses but Chase reverses back to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! And time to spell it out! “C! H! A! S! E! U!” “What’s that spell?!” “CHASE U~!” Fans are all fired up as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns again and Chase uppercuts Elton! Chase runs, but into an elbow! Elton snarls and he kicks Chase around. Fans boo Elton then rally up again as Elton drags Chase up. Chase JAWBREAKERS free! Kit hurries out to fetch Elton, but then Thea points it out and Duke storms over that way! Kit hurries back to his corner, but this leaves Chase without someone to tag! Elton CLOBBERS Chase from behind! Duke goes back to his corner but Elton stomps a mudhole in the open corner. Elton fires off point-blank clotheslines, the ref counts, but Elton lets off. Elton has Chase on ropes, wraps on a cobra clutch, and he tags in Kit.
Elton ripcords Chase for a double kick. DOUBLE CLUB! And then Pretty Deadly both stomp Chase’s hands! Pretty Deadly mock Duke with Scott Hall fingers, then they stomp Chase down. Tag to Elton, Kit wrenches and traps Chase. Elton goes up to DOUBLE AX HANDLE! Cover, TWO! Chase is hanging tough but Elton tags Kit. They double whip Chase but he holds ropes! Chase BOOTS Elton, ROCKS Kit, reaches for Duke, but Elton rushes over. Chase throws Elton out, but Elton falls on Thea! Duke is furious and he chases Elton off, but he again leaves Chase without a tag! Duke hurries back but Kit RAMS Chase all the way to the Pretty Deadly corner!
Elton tags in, Kit holds Chase in place for the UPPERCUT! Feed to a fireman’s carry, ASSISTED GUT BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Chase is hanging tough and fans fire up! Elton clamps onto Chase to keep him down and then drags him up. Fans rally and Chase DECKS Elton! Both men are down, Elton realizes he has to stop Chase, but Chase crawls under him! Hot tags to Kit and Duke! Duke rallies on the champions with big haymakers and elbows! Scoop SLAM for Elton, scoop SLAM for Kit onto Elton! Then Duke scoops Chase to SLAM him onto Elton! Fans fire up and Duke raises the roof! Duke JABS Kit, and JABS, and JABS, and JABS!
Duke flips, flops ‘n’ flies! CHASE U ELBOW!! Cover, Elton breaks it! Duke throws body shots on Elton then TOSSES him out! Fans fire up and Duke tags in Chase! Chase is wobbly, though! Duke wants Chase to finish this, and he hauls Kit up. But Elton runs in! Chase DECKS Elton! Duke Gory Especials Kit, slings him out, but Kit drops and the BOOT hits Chase!! Duke can’t believe what just happened, but Elton drags Duke out! Elton RAMS Duke into steel steps! Tag and SPILT MILK!! Cover, Pretty Deadly wins!!
Winners: Pretty Deadly, by pinfall (still NXT Tag Team Champions)
Chase U’s student section cannot believe it! Kit & Elton escape by the seat of their fancy pants, will anyone be able to stop them? Chase sighs but he isn’t upset with Duke. Will they go back to the drawing board and work on a way back to the titles?
NXT shares Roxanne Perez’s video.
It was an an NXT Live event last Saturday that Roxie was making some TikTok vids and she with Nikkita Lyons. Roxie asked Lyons about the matches that night, but then Indi Hartwell just storms over to tell Roxie there are NO friends in this business! Indi says Roxie is being all friendly with Lyons but she can’t even be a good friend to Indi and watch her match! Roxie said she did! Indi said how could Roxie have watched Indi’s match when she’s over here recording stuff with Nikkita?! They were talking ABOUT Indi’s match!
Indi didn’t accept that answer, and then via Elektra Lopez’s video of this same incident, the argument got so heated that other superstars came over to try and cool it off. Lopez says, “Seems like I’m not the only one who has a problem with Indi Hartwell.” La Madrina is stirring the pot, but Indi is already pretty heated on her own. Indi and Roxie settle things in a match next week, who gets burned when this reaches a boiling point?
Kayden & Katana regroup backstage.
They agree that Toxic Attraction only stood tall in that brawl because it was 3v2. But then Lyons says hey. What does she want? She admits that she said some stuff leading up to their tag title match, but she doesn’t regret it. Well, neither do they. But Lyons also admits KC Squared was right. Lyons & Stark were never a real team. And yes, she knows everyone’s been saying that they weren’t partners for very long, but it’s just that Lyons looked up to Zoey and admired her. Can you blame her? But then we didn’t know the real Zoey until she hit Lyons upside the head with a title belt. Katana appreciates Lyons saying this, and knows that the tag titles can make or break friendships.
Kayden agrees, but says the break-up isn’t on Lyons. The champs know Lyons is a badass. And if Zoey can’t see that, that’s her loss. Katana says what matters is staying true to who you are. And who doesn’t love to shake that booty and have some fun? They call agree there! But if KC Squared is looking for a third against Toxic Attraction, then count her in. Well alright then! Kayden & Katana now have Nikkita backing them up, will KC Squared plus one be greater than Toxic Attraction’s three?
BIG NEWS for next week!
With time running out, Shawn Michaels will reveal the Iron Survivor Challenge competitors! Who will be the five men and five women HBK deems worthy of this historic match debut?
NXT North American Championship: Wes Lee VS Carmelo Hayes!
The Must-See Kid is finally a singles champion, and he has his first defense against the man who was champion. But will Wes be one and done? Or can he prevent the rise of the three-time (three-time three-time) North American Champion?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see just who is THE A Champion!
The bell rings and the two stare down. Wes and Melo circle, fans rally and duel, and the two tie up. Melo and Wes go around, end up in a deadlock, so Melo ROCKS Wes with a right! Melo talks trash, but Wes says if that’s how he wants it, Wes TACKLES Melo! Wes throws hands, Melo scrambles out of the ring, but Wes slides out to ELBOW Melo into the announce desk! Melo staggers away, Wes rushes in but is sent into barriers! But then Wes drop toeholds Melo into the barriers! And LARIATS him into the gap! Melo staggers up and Wes throws him back into ringside! Melo flounders, Wes runs in and RAMS Melo into the apron!
Melo CLUBS away on Wes, puts him in the ring, and then he slides in. Wes stares Melo down and says, “It won’t be that easy. I’d rather die!” Melo stands Wes up but Wes ROCKS him back! Melo ROCKS Wes, then BOOTS him! Wes staggers to ropes, Melo runs in, but into a RANA! Melo staggers up, Wes shoots around him to get the headlock, but Melo fights up. Fans rally, Melo back suplexes but Wes lands on his feet. Wes waistlocks, Melo swings elbows but misses, and Wes lifts. Melo fights the suplex, trips Wes and turns him over, but Wes dodges the falling elbow! Melo sweeps the legs, rolls Wes to his feet, but Wes gets around to schoolboy! TWO, Melo cradles, TWO!
Wes avoids the sweep, Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Both men hurry to stand up, Wes ducks but Melo springboard! Wes dodges again, handsprings, but Melo gets under! Both men BOOT and they’re both down! But it’s a double cover at the same time! TWO!! Fans fire up as both men avoid the loss and NXT goes picture in picture.
Fans rally as Wes and Melo stir. Melo sits up, shakes his head and talks more trash. Melo goes to the ropes and then the corner. Wes runs in but Melo moves! Melo comes back but Wes swats him! Wes boots but Melo blocks to put Wes in the ropes! ENZIGURI, and then the FADE AWAY! Wes is folded up from that impact! Melo drags Wes to a cover, TWO! Melo is frustrated but he drags Wes around to drop knees on the shoulder! Melo pulls on the arm, he slaps Wes around, and then focuses on bending the elbow! Wes endures, reaches out, but Melo slaps him down again. Melo pulls on the arm, but Wes powers up with is legs to get a roll-up! TWO!!
Melo escapes, and he CLOBBERS Wes! Melo hurries to cover, TWO!! Wes is still in this but Melo keeps on him. Melo goes after the bad arm and puts it in a cobra clutch! Wes endures, claws at the hold, and NXT returns to single picture. Fans duel as Wes reaches out. Melo shakes his head, but Wes pulls at the hold more. Melo HEADBUTTS the bad arm to keep it down! Wes still endures as Melo leans on the hold, and Wes reaches up. Wes stands up, but Melo KNEES low! Melo whips but Wes ducks ‘n’ dodges to come back, but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Melo springboards, FLYING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!
Melo argues with the ref but the ref says his count was fair. Melo goes back to Wes and he CLUBS him down! Fans duel hard as ever while Melo HAMMERS away on Wes! Wes crawls to ropes but Melo drags him up. Melo whips Wes to a corner hard and Wes falls back. Melo says that the title is going home where it belongs. Melo drags Wes up, whips him to the other corner hard, and Wes falls back again. Melo laughs as he looms over Wes, and then he dribbles his free throw. Did Melo make the shot? Fans chant, “AIR BALL!” Melo whips Wes but Wes slides to stop! Melo runs in but into a FLAPJACK into the buckles!
Fans fire up as Wes GERMAN SUPLEXES Melo away! Both men are down and fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” Wes crawls his way over, Melo gets up, and Melo throws a haymaker! Wes gives it back, so Melo throws another! They go back and forth, faster and faster, harder and harder! Fans fire up as this is a hockey fight! Wes goes low, SOBATS, then fires off a strike fest! Snapmare and BIG basement dropkick! Melo goes to a corner, Wes goes to the other. Wes goes Around the World for a SUPER PUNCH! Wes whips Melo corner to corner as fans declare, “This is Awesome!” Melo bounces off buckles, Wes runs in and around him to UPPERCUT!
Wes waits on Melo to get up, to SUNSET DDT! Melo staggers to his feet, Wes SPIKE-RANAS him down! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives and Wes is fuming. Wes drags Melo to a drop zone, goes up the corner, and fans hope they “Fight Forever!” But this has to end somehow, and Wes takes aim. 450- NO, Melo moves and then cradles Wes! TWO!! Wes escapes, Melo tilt-o-whirl FACEBUSTERS! Cover, TWO!! Wes survives and shocks everyone, even Booker T on commentary! Fans rally up as both men slowly rise. Melo runs in but Wes BOOTS him! Melo CODE- NO, Wes holds ropes to stop the Code Breaker!
Wes spins Melo around, stands him up, and SUPERKICKS him back down! Wes runs, Melo ducks the double knees, to CODE BREAKER this time! Wes flops over and Melo goes to his favorite corner! THREE POINT- NO, Melo misses!! Wes METEORAS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Melo survives Wes’s best shot?! Fans are thunderous again and Wes moves, ROLLING KICK! Melo falls all the way out of the ring! Trick rushes out, unable to watch from the back any longer! Trick coaches Melo up but Wes builds speed. Wes FLIES to take out TRICK! Wes hurries after Melo, but Melo ROCKS him! Melo puts Wes in the ring then goes to a corner!
Melo climbs, he takes aim, but Wes SHORYUKENS! Wes drags Melo from the ropes, but Melo wrenches out to bump Wes off buckles. Melo runs in, but Wes sends him into buckles! ENZIGURI! And then a handspring PELE!! Melo wobbles, Wes drags him up to scoop and MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, Wes wins!!
Winner: Wes Lee, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)
Trick couldn’t help Melo get this one, and the phoenix that is Wes Lee is still burning bright with the gold! But wait, what’s this cage that’s opening? And then shutting? Because from behind, it’s DIJAK!! Dijak is back in NXT, he’s the one who’s been talking about “hard justice!” And he choke grips Wes, to lift him right into the torture rack! FEAST YOUR EYES!!! What has Wes done to be deemed guilty by Dijak? Or is Dijak just after the title?
This was a great NXT, and it helped build a lot towards NXT Deadline. For one, Toxic Attraction having it out with Kayden & Katana again, and then Lyons volunteering to be their third for next week all feels like a preview of the women’s title matches for Deadline. I don’t know if Lyons will take the title off Mandy, but the last NXT special of the year would be the time to do it. Mandy’s got 400 days, she’ll be at 410 come Deadline, she’s going to be second place all-time for a single reign, she can hang her hat on that and put over the next generation. The tag titles might be harder to call, but I wonder if Toxic Attraction falls apart because Gigi & Jacy admit KC Squared is right about Mandy holding them back.
At the same time, the feud of Lyons and Stark might keep Lyons from getting the belt. Toxic Attraction didn’t save Mandy from Alba Fyre, Isla Dawn did. And so Gigi & Jacy might not help Mandy, but Zoey might if it means keeping Lyons from winning the title per the classic Heel trope. At the same time, what if Zoey is in the Women’s Iron Survivor Challenge? Zoey could win that and be the next challenger, just in time for Lyons to be the new champion. Their feud can build towards New Year’s Evil 2023. And speaking of Isla and Fyre, Isla has a good promo to call out Fyre, they might even have a part to play in the Iron Survivor Challenge.
Another part of that match is probably going to be Indi Hartwell, and either Roxie or Lopez. Indi VS Roxie might be how to settle that story, and then Indi takes on Lopez, Fyre, Isla and Stark in the Iron Survivor. There are a ton of options on the men’s side, but I think we’ll be seeing Von Wagner and Odyssey Jones involved after the parking lot promo where Von beat up on Malik and Edris. And even if not, Odyssey and Von are going to have a great match as two big hosses who can move pretty quick in the ring. We might even see Gacy representing the Schism in that match. The Schism had a good promo, but I really liked how the fans knew what was coming with the “sacrifice.”
Kiana VS Ivy was a good match, and of course Fallon goes after Kiana in return for last week. They’re going to have a match and that will surely settle things with their story. The Creeds calling out Indus Sher was good stuff, and even Ivy continuing to insist they shouldn’t. Creeds VS Indus Sher could even be a #1 contenders match for the tag titles. I’m leaning towards Indus Sher winning, because they aren’t going to come back just to lose their first feud. And speaking of the tag titles, I really liked how things went here with Duke Hudson and Chase U. Waller and Pretty Deadly questioning Duke’s intentions was a nice detail, and Andre Chase does such great character work.
I figured Chase U wasn’t going to get the titles here, but that was a great match, and I think even Chase is wondering what’s up with Duke. Dempsey had a good promo, and I like that he emphasized the phrase “professional wrestling.” Obviously Dempsey will be a Heel right now, but he called out names on both Face and Heel sides, so I’d love if he was a Tweener who touted “pro-wrestling” in the “sports entertainment” company as like a weird parallel to AEW’s “pro-wrestlers VS sports entertainers” in the BCC VS JAS story. And I would love if Dempsey got in on the Iron Survivor Challenge, that’s the kind of match where stamina would come in handy.
Did anyone else have Reggie the acrobatic wine sommelier on their list of who SCRYPTS could be? Because I sure as hell didn’t. And sadly, it was a bit obvious looking at him that it was Reggie. This is like the wish.com version of Axiom. With Axiom, we could tell it was A-Kid because of the voice, but the mask covers him up so well that fans who never saw NXT UK wouldn’t have any idea. Here, pretty much everyone remembers Reggie from his time on RawDown with the 24/7 Championship, and that mask does nothing to disguise him. But hey, he is at least getting a story WWE is going to take seriously.
Speaking of seriously, Javi’s character may be taking this seriously but he is coming off as a goof for having such a long list of people to fight, and surely 90% of them will never happen. I do wonder what “retired not retired” legend they were alluding to at the end there. And then namedropping Drake Maverick, I kinda hope Rockstar Spud comes back (again) to whoop Big Body Javi. Good match from Cora and Wendy, and I should’ve figured Cora would cheat to win. Wendy crying after was a bit of a surprise. Tiffany pushed Wendy to bring out her dark side, I wonder if Cora pushes Wendy over the edge and we get another Lights Out match.
Good promos from Apollo and Bron, and I found it interesting they both brought up “the toll” this current reign has been taking on Bron. It’s kind of weird Apollo is pointing out he’s basically beating down a beat-up Bron Breakker, but perhaps the point is that timing is everything. I don’t know if Apollo wins, but just as Deadline would be a good time to dethrone Mandy, maybe this is the time someone dethrones Bron (again, but for good). And we got an awesome North American title match. Wes getting Trick to stay backstage for most of the match was good stuff, and I figured Wes would retain the title. But Dijak going after Wes, I wonder if Tony D is behind that… Dijak is going to be a great opponent for Wes to overcome and establish himself as a strong champion, and then maybe Tony takes his turn.
My Score: 8.6/10
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!
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?
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 3, 2023
- 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
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!
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 3, 2023
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.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 3, 2023
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.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 3, 2023
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.
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (2/1/23)
Dynamite is No Holds Barred!
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?
- 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?
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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