Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (12/13/22)
It’s a New Day, yes it is!
NXT has new contenders AND NEW Tag Team Champions!
NXT Deadline was most certainly historic, with two Iron Survivor Challenges, and the NEW W, W, E, Triple, Crown, Tag, Team, CHAMPIONS, the NEW DAY!! What will be first for Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods on Tuesday nights?
- Wes Lee VS Channing Lorenzo w/ Tony D’Angelo; Wes wins.
- Toxic Attraction VS Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley; No Contest.
- Odyssey Jones w/ Malik Blade & Edris Enofe VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone; Jones wins.
- Javier Bernal VS Ikemen Jiro; Jiro wins.
- JD McDonagh VS Brutus Creed w/ Julius Creed; McDonagh wins.
- Lyra Valkyria VS Amari Miller; Valkyria wins.
- Damon Kemp VS Duke Hudson w/ Chase U; Duke wins.
- NXT Women’s Championship: Mandy Rose VS Roxanne Perez; Roxie wins and becomes the new NXT Women’s Champion.
PLAY BY PLAY
Roxanne Perez is in the ring!
The winner of the inaugural Women’s Iron Survivor Challenge is here to say thanks to the fans, but then a car horn blares. The Men’s Iron Survivor Challenge winner, Grayson Waller, is here. He wants all the attention as he shows up. Waller gets a mic and goes to the perch to show everyone “a real superstar!” Waller says it is very difficult in the WWE to do something for the first-time, let alone make it look as easy as he does. But that’s what he does! He makes history! NXT Deadline, the biggest event in history- GRAYSON!! Roxie tells him to shut his mouth. Waller asks who said that! Oh, there she is!
Oh, really funny. Roxie isn’t sure if Waller forgot, but he wasn’t the only Iron Survivor on Saturday. Yes, he won, props to him, but she won first. Oh, and unlike Waller, she did it from the number one spot. Aw, Roxie, Booker T’s favorite wrestler. She’s growing up so fast, it’s adorable. But the reason she was first was so she could get home before bedtime. Mom was reading her a bedtime story as Waller was out with the biggest reality stars there are! BTW, shoutout to Marty Bananas. Anyway, Roxie is right about one thing: that was the biggest win of both their careers. Which is sad cuz she’s peaked at 21, cuz she ain’t ever beating Mandy!
But here come Bron Breakker! Fans bark it up and Bron says Waller is wrong. Roxie is THE Iron Woman of NXT. She went the FULL 25 minutes and outlasted some of the best women NXT has to offer. And we can all agree that we just don’t give a damn what Waller thinks! Roxie Perez is the future NXT Women’s Champion! Waller says, “WRONG!” Fans chant for Roxie but Waller doesn’t care what they think. And “Bronathon,” how does that jaw feel? Yes, Roxie won, but she didn’t understand the game. It isn’t about minutes but falls. Waller got two falls in his first 20 seconds! And at New Year’s Evil, Waller outsmarts Bron and takes the title from him,
“Cuz they’re all about making memories while Grayson Waller’s all about making moments!” Bron says in that case, they can make a moment right now! Bron storms out and chases Waller up the bleachers! Roxie smiles, but Mandy CLOBBERS her from behind! Mandy says she’s the Baddest Bitch in the game, and Roxie will never be champion! But with that cheap shot, is it a sign The Toxic Goddess fears the Prodigy?
JD McDonagh gets checked by NXT medical.
The trainer has the results here. JD takes a guess: slight discoloration and swelling in the right orbital socket caused by an abrasion rather than a concussive blow; athlete should be cleared to compete as tolerated. Yes, that is correct. Good. The Irish Ace hears the Creeds checking in again. Is it the leg or the ribs? No, they’re all fine. But JD knows that. Julius doesn’t care what anyone says, he and Brutus were good to go against Indus Sher at Deadline, but JD did that stupid stuff to Julius’ knee and now medical won’t leave him alone. Then he saved them from a beating! Oh, JD is so calm, cool and collected. Well since he tried to hurt Julius, Brutus will hurt him
JD is fascinated by the familial bond and the dependency. He couldn’t wrap his head around it, but oh well. JD exits, will Brutus SMASH what is left of the Necessary Evil?
NXT returns to the ring as Roxie shouts!
“MANDY! MANDY!” Roxie drags herself up and says, “You think you’re the Baddest Bitch in the Game? Well I don’t wanna wait until New Year’s Evil. Put your title on the line, TONIGHT!” Mandy smirks and says if that’s what Roxie wants, she’ll get it. The challenge is accepted and New Year’s comes early! But will Mandy retain her title after getting the drop on Roxie? Or will the Toxic Goddess’ ego finally be her undoing?
Channing Lorenzo attacks Wes Lee backstage!
Stacks is after the North American Champion but Wes is ready to fight back! They brawl, Tony D’Angelo strolls in and coaches Stacks. The cameraman gets knocked over, where is this brawl going to go? It spills out onto the stage! And down the ramp! Stacks kicks Wes, ROCKS him, but Wes ROCKS Stacks back! And again! Stacks knees low, whips Wes but Wes stops from hitting the steel steps! Wes puts Stacks in the ring, and the match they were gonna have happens NOW! Will the Must-See Kid make sure everyone knows not to mess with him?
Wes Lee VS Channing Lorenzo w/ Tony D’Angelo!
The bell rings, Stacks rushes into a KICK! Wes KICKS Stacks to a corner, UPPERCUTS, then headlocks for a BULLDOG! Tony coaches Stacks but Wes drags Stacks up. Wes whips, Stacks reverses and hits a NECKBREAKER! Stacks stomps Wes around, drags him up and ROCKS him! Fans rally for Wes as Stacks whips and UPPERCUTS him down! Cover, ONE!! Wes shakes out the stars but Stacks drags him up to throw haymakers. Stacks whips Wes to ropes but Wes hurdles and ducks to then slide under and handspring, RANA! And DROPKICK! Stacks bails out, Wes builds speed, and Wes FLIES! Not the cleanest hit but fans fire up as NXT goes picture in picture!
Wes gets up and Tony is furious! Wes drags Stacks up and into the ring, but Stacks slides out. Wes drags Stacks up by his hair, drags him into the ring, and has a headlock on tight. Stacks throws body shots, powers up, but can’t power out as Wes holds tight. Wes grinds the hold, Stacks fights his way back up, but Wes uses a corner to hit a headlock takeover! Stacks keeps his shoulders up, he fishhooks Wes’s face, but Wes shakes that free. Stacks stands up and throws Wes back down to a cover, TWO! Wes holds on and grinds the hold. Stacks fights up again, and he puts Wes on the top rope. Wes holds the headlock until 4, but Stacks CLOBBERS Wes down to the ground!
Stacks goes outside to BOOT Wes against the barriers! And again! Stacks throws Wes in the ring, drags him up with a double underhook and hits a BIG butterfly suplex! Tony likes what he sees but fans rally up. Stacks talks some trash, he drags Wes up to whip to a corner hard! Wes bounces off buckles and falls to the mat! Stacks snarls, drags Wes up again, and he kicks Wes around. Stacks drops on Wes to clamp on a chinlock and pulls back. Wes endures as NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally, Wes fights his way up, and Wes throws elbows. Wes is free but Stacks kicks him to the corner. Stacks whips Wes, Wes slides to stop and he dropkicks Stacks’ legs out!
Stacks hits buckles, Wes hits a headlock takeover, and he throws down fists! Stacks throws Wes away, kicks low and whips Wes again. Stacks runs in at the corner but WEs BOOTS him! Wes goes up but Stacks YANKS Wes down! Wes hits buckles and falls to the mat! Fans boo as Stacks drops an elbow on Wes! And another! And another! Stacks clamps onto Wes, pulls him up by his hair, and he CLUBS Wes in the back. Wes staggers to the ropes, Stacks blocks boots but Wes kicks free. Wes runs, into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Tony coaches Stacks but fans rally for Wes. Stacks grabs a leg for a HALF CRAB!
Wes endures but Stacks has that hold on deep! Fans rally and Wes fights up to reach out, but Stacks drags him from the ropes! Wes continues to endure, he powers up and turns over to kick at Stacks! Stacks staggers away, Wes stands up but Stacks scoops to a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Tony is frustrated as much as Stacks is, but Wes hits a JAWBREAKER! Stacks staggers, into a scoop! But Wes falls over! Stacks covers, TWO! Tony says Stacks has to do something but Stacks isn’t sure what. Stacks yanks Wes up but Wes SAIDOS Stacks first! Fans fire up as Stacks and Wes stir. Tony shouts at Stacks as he hurries to his feet.
Wes and Stacks trade hands! Wes gets the edge, he CHOPS and UPPERCUTS and WHEEL KICKS! Wes fires off fast hands and a kick, then snapmares to a basement dropkick! Fans fire up as Wes roars! Wes runs corner to corner to GAMANGIRI Stacks, and then GERMAN SUPLEX! Wes fires up, fans fire up with him, and Stacks rises into Wes’ HANDSPRING PELE!! Cover, Wes wins!
Winner: Wes Lee, by pinfall
Stacks tried to stack the odds in his favor with that backstage attack, but Wes still won out! Wait! Here comes #HardJustice, DIJAK!! Dijak smirks as he walks up to the ring. But then Tony CLOBBERS Wes from behind! Fans boo as Tony hits BADA BOOM! Tony tells Wes to keep his head on a swivel! Fans chant, “TONY SUCKS!” but Tony says he did Dijak’s job for him. The Don and Stacks take their leave, and Dijak looks back at Wes. Will Hard Justice have more than just the championship as his target?
Thea Hail talks with Andre Chase.
She relates an argument she had with a friend about tacos, but then they both see Duke Hudson shake hands with Drew Gulak. WTF is that, Duke? What? The handshake? Is Duke entering the transfer portal?! Thea has a freak out but Chase asks if this is about him losing his cool. He is sorry, he was wrong, Duke was right. Oh, sorry, Duke’s hard of hearing in this ear from all that yelling. Could Chase say that again? Chase was wrong, Duke was right. Chase loves Thea’s passion, but she wasn’t ready for Isla Dawn. Duke had her best interests in mind. Thea says that’s great, but he can’t transfer! No, he’s not transferring. He has a lot to learn, and maybe some to teach.
Chase says that’s a good one. But is Duke ready for his match tonight? Oh, he’ll give Damon Kemp an Andre Chase University sized ass whooping! Chase U is all fired up, but will they be able to take care of the Diamond Mine dropout?
Kayden Carter & Katana Chance head to the ring.
The WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions are going to join commentary for what will be a heated match between two contender hopefuls! Who will we see step up to KC Squared?
Toxic Attraction VS Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley!
NXT as the Diamond Mine make their entrance. Then Gigi & Jacy make their entrance. Mandy stays in the back because she now has her title match to prepare for. The teams sort out and Ivy starts against Jacy. They rush in, Ivy avoids the boot to fire off hands! Gigi rushes in but Tatum intercepts and now Tatum fires off hands! Fans fire up but the ref reprimands! Toxic Attraction shove Diamond Mine back to DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Jacy and Gigi throw Ivy and Tatum out, then go out after them. Jacy CANNONBALLS Ivy, Gigi PENALTY KICKS Tatum! Jacy gets in the face of KC Squared, but they tell Jacy to focus on the match.
Jacy puts Ivy in, Gigi says “SUCK IT!” and Jacy covers. TWO, and Jacy smirks as she talks trash. Jacy pie faces and SDLAPS Ivy, then CLUBS her! Tag to Gigi, Jacy feeds Ivy to a BOOT! Jacy CLOBBERS Ivy, Gigi covers, TWO! Gigi stands Ivy up, talks trash of her own, but Ivy elbows her back! Ivy ROCKS Gigi with haymakers, then brings her around. Gigi throws body shots, Ivy whips but Gigi reverses to ROCK Ivy back! Gigi wrenches and STOs! Cover, TWO! Gigi drags Ivy up, tags Jacy, and Toxic Attraction double wrench, kick, but Ivy ducks the double Penalty Kicks to BOOT PUNCH COMBO!
Fans fire up as Ivy goes out to DECK Jacy! Ivy dodges Gigi to ROUNDHOUSE her down! But Jacy brings Ivy around to throw onto KC Squared!! Tatum rushes over but gets mugged! Toxic Attraction throw Ivy & Tatum in, but now KC Squared go after them!
But then Ivy CLOBBERS Jacy and Katana! Tatum PLANCHAS onto Gigi and Kayden! Fans fire up, referees rush out to stop this! Ivy POSTS Katana, fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” and it’s chaos! What will happen when it comes to naming new contenders?
Fallon Henley is on the phone.
She’s talking with Papa Henley, and hopes there’s something she can do. Meanwhile, Josh Briggs is doing his best to help Brooks Jensen pick out a shirt. Jensen of course wants to impress Kiana James, but Briggs asks Fallon how her dad is doing. He’s doing alright, but it’s going to be a tough year because of the bar. Things just aren’t going her way. Losing the Triple Threat and now this. Briggs says it’ll be fine, they’ve got her back. They group hug and Jensen says their luck is going to change. 2023 will be their year! They get Fallon to smile, but will things really look up after the holidays?
Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams hang out in the back.
They’re looking at Trick’s phone, admiring pictures of the one and only Angela Bassett. Black don’t crack. But then Trick gets a look at his Twitter feed. Why are they talking about Melo missing on Saturday? Melo says to not listen to the internet, they don’t know what they’re saying! Melo didn’t miss, he just didn’t win. If this Iron Survivor Challenge was 30 minutes and not 25, Melo would’ve had that in the bag! He’d be opening NXT, going to New Year’s Evil, winning the title and taking NXT on the road to Charlotte for Vengeance Day! It doesn’t matter which way you flip it, Melo is still Him. And also the one being posterized by Axiom.
Melo sees the stills and is NOT happy. Even Trick is amazed. Heck, zoom in, Melo looks amazed! Aw man… That’s not a good look. But Trick Melo Gang ain’t going down like this! Melo tells Trick to delete that while he goes and deletes Axiom! Bro, it’s on Twitter. But will Melo not miss this time? Or will the Undeniable Truth be as unstoppable as that meme?
Odyssey Jones w/ Malik Blade & Edris Enofe VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone!
#SoundTheAlarm, this is going to be huge! Will Odyssey get some semblance of revenge for Malik’s heirloom that Von viciously destroyed? Or will this still be Wagner’s World, and everyone else is just living in it?
The bell rings and the big men tie up. Von pulls hair but Odyssey turns things around. They go around, Von knees low then CLUBS Jones on the back. Jones snarls, Von runs and they RAM shoulders! Jones nods, Von runs, they RAM again and Jones still doesn’t budge! Von RAMS Jones again and he’s the one who bounces off! Von sets up in a three point stance, so Jones returns the favor! Just like drills in football, they run in, Jones CHOP BLOCKS Von! Then scoops and SLAMS him! Von bails to the apron, Jones DECKS him! Fans rally for Jones but Von brings him into the rope to ROCK him!
Von climbs a corner, leaps, and he CLOBBERS Jones! Von kicks Jones around, CLUBS him, HEADBUTTS him, then runs to BOOT Jones down! Jones sits up in a daze but Von aims again. Jones runs in to BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Malik & Edris shout at Von, Von drags Jones into a sleeper! Jones fights up and the fans rally. Jones RAMS Von into the corner, but Von comes right back to a sleeper! Jones RAMS Von into buckles again, then runs and CLOBBERS him! And again! Jones fire sup, he runs in and SPLASHES Von at the corner! Jones whips corner to corner, but Von elbows back! Von runs, into a scoop and POWERSLAM!
Fans fire up with Jones while Stone is freaking out! Stone grabs the sweater vest and runs around with it! Edris chases Stone, the ref is distracted, Malik DRIVE-BY DROPKICKS Von!! There’s some payback! Jones then runs to CROSSBODY! Cover, Jones wins!
Winner: Odyssey Jones, by pinfall
#SoundTheAlarm, because Jones just won big! They get even on behalf of Malik’s father, will Jones, Malik & Edris soon be on top of the world?
Backstage interview with Javier Bernal.
McKenzie Mitchell is again interviewing “Big Body Javi,” and in just moments, he takes on Ikemen Jiro. Full transparency, McKenzie is Team Jiro. Ouch! That man called him a Big Body Chicken on television! McKenzie cracks up laughing and Javi says that’s not funny! Alright, look, 99% of the time, McKenzie is unbiased. But who doesn’t love Jiro? Uh, Javi doesn’t! But how ironic that Javi is her 1 outta 100, cuz he is one of a kind! And tonight, he proves it to his Big Body Bandits! His what? His fans. Not a good nickname? Okay, fine! Big Body Ballers! Javi, you are anything but baller. She’s right. He is a man of the people! Big Body Bulldogs!
Like the Georgia Bulldogs? Well how else do you think they ran the table and became the #1 seed in the nation? JAVI! So he has to go, he can’t leave the Big Body Believers waiting. The what? YES! That’s the name! Big Body Believers! He likes that! No one believes in Javi. But will Javi’s belief in himself be all he needs?
Javier Bernal VS Ikemen Jiro!
Everyone believes in Big Body Javi, according to Big Body Javi. But will Javi have his beliefs questioned going against the Style Strong Handsome Jiro?
The bell rings and the two tie right up! Javi powers Jiro back to a corner, the ref counts, Jiro avoids the cheap shot to mock the Big Body Chicken! Javi kicks Jiro low, drags him around and throws him down by his collar. Jiro kips up and fans fire up! Javi rushes in, Jiro wrenches to a wristlock, and then catches the forearm to a headlock. Javi powers out but Jiro runs Javi over! Fans fire up with Jiro but Javi kips up. Jiro says okay, and JACKET PUNCHES Javi! Javi wobbles, Jiro whips him to ropes, but Javi blocks the hip toss. Jiro blocks a hip toss but Javi CLOBBERS Jiro! Fans boo but Javi drags Jiro up.
Javi whips Jiro to a corner, runs in and BULLDOGS! Then SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Jiro sputters but Javi rains down fists. Fans chant “JAVI SUCKS!” but that annoys Javi. Javi drags Jiro into a chinlock and he grinds Jiro down. Jiro endures, fights up, and he throws body shots. Javi CLUBS Jiro, ROCKS him, then whips and whips and CLOBBERS Jiro! Jiro bails out, Javi goes out and he tells fans to move. Javi aims, to then put Jiro in the ring. Javi smirks as he says he’s smarter than the fans. But then Jiro FLIES out and takes out Javi! Fans fire up and Jiro puts Javi in the ring. JACKET PUNCH! JACKET PUNCH! JACKET PUNCH!!
Jiro fires up and hits a SPINNING JACKET PUNCH!! Jiro runs but Javi elbows him back! Javi goes up the corner, but Jiro GAMANGIRIS! Jiro climbs for a SUPER STEINER! Fans fire up as Jiro takes aim from the corner. IKEMEN SLICE!! Cover, Jiro wins!
Winner: Ikemen Jiro, by pinfall
The Handsome One is back on top! But then SCRYPTS flies in outta nowhere! He takes Jiro off the corner, rains down fists, and then drags the jacket off to wear it himself! Inside out, even! Scrypts then goes up top, to SOMERSAULT SEATED SENTON!! Fans boo but Scrypts has written the next chapter of his NXT journey! Will he make Jiro a footnote in the future of this brand?
Wendy Choo speaks.
“I was so anxious watching the Women’s Iron Survivor Challenge. Because honestly, I didn’t want Cora jade to win, And when the time ran out on her, whew, I was so relieved. Because good things shouldn’t happen to bad people like Cora Jade. What she did to me a few weeks back, it really took me to a dark place. I know I’ve thrown a drink in a face or two, but there’s a method to old Wacky Wendy. I only do it to people who deserve it, if they’re being mean or being degrading to others.
“Because when I was younger, I used to have friends who were just like Cora Jade. And I was invited to my very first slumber party, and I forgot to bring an extra set of clothes. But it didn’t matter anyway, because I was just so excited And then there was this one girl who thought it would be funny to throw a drink at me. I was so embarrassed. You know that feeling where you just want everyone to like you instead of just pointing and mocking you? When Cora threw that drink in my face, it just brought me back to that moment again where I wished I was invisible. I felt like I was two inches tall. And I never wanna feel like that ever again.”
The New Day is here!
Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods are the NEW NXT Tag Team Champions after taking on Pretty Deadly at Deadline, and fans chant, “NEW DAY~ ROCKS! NEW DAY~ ROCKS!” Woods says, “Ladies and gentlemen! It’s ya bois, the NEW~ DAY~! And we are your new, W, W, E, N, X, T, World, Tag, Team, CHAMPIONS~!” Kofi says “AKA, your Tag Team Triple Crowners, BABYYY~!” Fans chant “TRIPLE CROWN!” The New Day get in the ring. Woods says Kofi is racking up accolades like crazy! He is the first-ever WWE singles AND tag team Triple Crowner!
Fans chant for Kofi, and Woods says “And, he has now set the record for the man with the most tag team title reigns in the company at FIFTEEN REIGNS!” Fans chant even more but Kofi says he wasn’t gonna say anything because Booker will just get saltier. But yes he is! He is a FIFTEEN TIME TAG TEAM CHAMPION! And boy does it feel good!! Fans chant, “You Deserve It!” Kofi appreciates that. But as special as this moment was for Kofi, it is even more special for Woods. Fans chant for Woods now, and he says it is full circle. He was here in NXT ten years ago when it started! He actually had the first NXT match ever!
And who was it against? Who who who? Funny enough, Big E! Fans cheer for “BIG E! BIG E!” Woods says he was also the first graduate of the Performance Center and he went to Raw, but there has always been something that didn’t sit right. It was that Woods never had the chance to hold an NXT title. “BUT LOOK AT YA BOI NOW!!” They have hella reasons to celebrate, so let’s get to it! Hit the music! Wait, that’s Pretty Deadly’s music! Because here comes Pretty Deadly! And Kit Wilson is shouting, “NO! NO! NO! NO! NO BOYS!” Elton says to cease the absolute nonsense IMMEDIATELY!
The New Day have ruined everything! RUINED IT! They took Pretty Deadly’s titles and ruined their Christmas! Hey! New Day would never ruin Christmas! Especially with Santa in attendance! Fans cheer for Santa! Woods tells Pretty Deadly to listen. They all know Kit & Elton had a horrible week. First, England gets kicked outta the World Cup! That thing ain’t coming home any time soon. And then Kit & Elton lost the tag titles to the New Day! And Kofi out-twerked Elton. Fans chant, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Kofi says they’re here celebrating, but Elton shouts over it. Stop talking, they’re here to ask for a rematch.
Oh, rematch? Of course! Luckily, the New Day is all about it! Saturday, they made magic in this ring. And no BS, Kofi’s been telling everyone that Pretty Deadly are incredibly talented individuals and an even greater team, and that Pretty Deadly will have great things in the future. Thanks so much, Kofi! B-b-b-b-b-b-but! BUT! BUT! One small thing that the New Day needs from Pretty Deadly. Sure, anything. They need to recite the Pledge of Allegiance! What?! They’re English! Well do it right here and they’ll get their shot. But then the good ol’ boys, Briggs & Jensen walk out, with Ol’ Glory even!
Fans fire up as Jensen & Briggs snatch the mics from Pretty Deadly. Then they say congrats to the New Day. But they were overhearing what was going on, and uh, if they’re giving title shots to those who can recite the Pledge of Allegiance, then count them in! Let’s go, everyone together! Hands on hearts, one, two, three. “I pledge allegiance, to the flag, of the United States of America. And to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all!” U S A! U S A! Pretty Deadly is upset, but Kofi says that was amazing. So as promised, they can go talk to the management, and get a match for Briggs & Jensen.
As for Pretty Deadly, they can see how much easier life is when they just do as the New Day asks. Jensen, Briggs, see you next week. It’s a date, boys! The celebration rolls on to the back, will the New Day have a match with the country boys and do it for America?
Elektra Lopez, Lash Legend, and others get their hair touched up backstage.
Lash tells Lopez is looking good. And of course Lash does. The Iron Survivor Challenge was great stuff, and a few were cheering on Indi Hartwell. Lopez has everyone hold up. What has she been telling them all about Indi? She might get in the big matches, but she never wins them. And love her or hate her, everyone knows if Lopez was in it, she would’ve won it. But then Indi BOOTS Lopez down! Indi says this is what Lopez gets for running her mouth! Everyone else pulls Indi off Lopez but Lopez comes back for more! It’s chaos backstage, but will Indi and Lopez settle their score in the ring?
JD McDonagh VS Brutus Creed w/ Julius Creed!
The Irish Ace is still sporting the bruises from the Iron Survivor Challenge, but he isn’t going to let that stop him. Will JD dissect another part of the Diamond Mine? Or will he get SMASHED by the Diamond Brute?
NXT returns as the Creeds make their entrance. The bell rings, JD and Brutus circle, and they tie up. Brutus powers JD to a corner but JD goes up the ropes. The ref counts, Brutus lets off and JD leaps to a flying headlock takeover! Fans fire up for that exchange, but Brutus powers up and powers out. JD ROCKS Brutus- Er, well, he hit Brutus with a forearm but Brutus just shakes it off! JD runs to try again, but Brutus still stands up. JD CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS! Then he whips and DROPKICKS, but Brutus stays up! Brutus CLOBBERS JD with double ax handles! JD gest to a corner, Brutus bear crawls and CLOBBERS JD!
Brutus CLUBS away on JD, the ref counts, and Brutus lets off at 4. JD BOOTS Brutus back, but storms up into a TACKLE! Brutus SMASH with both hands, but JD kicks him away! JD goes to ropes, Brutus runs in but JD dumps him out. JD goes to the apron and he MISSILE DROPKICKS Brutus into the desk! Brutus clutches an arm, and JD grabs that arm to wrench and SLAM on the desk! JD grabs the arm again, wrenches and SLAMS it on the apron! JD refreshes the ring count, pushes Brutus back in, and then CLUBS Brutus down. JD drags Brutus up, wrenches the arm and whips, but Brutus catches the dropkick to CATAPULT JD outta the ring!
Fans rally up as Brutus works on getting his bad arm working. JD gets in to fire a forearm but Brutus DECKS JD! JD gets up, swings, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Brutus stays standing as he throws JD up and over! JD bails to the apron, Brutus storms over but JD HOTSHOTS back! JD PENALTY KICSK Julius just because! Fans boo but JD gets in the ring. Brutus runs in, JD dodges to send him into buckles! JD then dumps Brutus back out to PENALTY KICK him, too! Fans duel as JD goes looking under the ring. JD finds a chair and brings it out! The ref reprimands, but then Sanga snatches the chair away! Where’d Indus Sher come from?!
Sanga & Veer have said they want the Creeds at 100%, no less, so they won’t let JD do more damage. JD says okay, and he backs away. But then Brutus runs in! JD dodges to send Brutus into barriers! JD hits DEVLINSIDE on the floor! Brutus crawls, JD puts him in the ring. JD says this is done, and he DEVLINSIDES again!! Cover, JD wins!
Winner: JD McDonagh, by pinfall
The Necessary Evil stuck to what was necessary, and he got the win. But did he do more than enough damage to delay Diamond Mine VS Indus Sher another week?
Backstage interview with Zoey Stark.
McKenzie says Stark fought hard in the Iron Survivor Challenge but still didn’t win. But what are her thoughts on Nikkita Lyons posting a reaction vid to her TikTok? Seriously? We’re talking about TikTok on Stark’s time? We’re paying attention to clout chasers like Lyons? Nikkita couldn’t hang for ten minutes, let alone 25, unlike Stark at Deadline. Stark’s reaction is this: Nikkita is a waste of roster space! Stark didn’t wanna wrestle Lyons, she was saving her from herself! But y’know what? Stark has changed her mind. Get Lyons in the ring, let her bring her reactions and dances, and Stark will bring real talent.
Isla Dawn speaks.
“Alba Fyre. Oh, you began to see at Deadline that you’re no longer struggling against mortals. The spirits have summoned an ethereal being into this realm, and your suffering may appear to have ended. Oh, but the longest night of the year is coming. In preparation for the Winter Solstice next week, I have called on the spirits to lend me their strength with these elements. The black mist, the something powerful. In it’s powdered form, this compound is even more pure. Under its influence, anything can happen.” Footage plays and shows the very moment she triggered in in the referee!
“The Unholy Enchantress shall rise during the Winter Solstice, and the darkness of night will consume Alba Fyre as she waits for the light to return.” Is the Wicked Witch of NXT about to extinguish Alba Fyre once and for all?
Lyra Valkyria VS Amari Miller!
Like the Morrigan, she has transformed! No longer Aoife Valkyrie, this is Lyra Valkyria! Will this new form prove to be faster and stronger and allow her to finally fly to the top of the mountain?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Lyra throws Amari down! Cover, ONE! Lyra eggs Amari on, they tie up again, and they go around again. Lyra grinds an arm, wrenches to a wristlock, but Amari uses some double-jointedness to slip around and headlock back! Lyra powers up but Amari holds on. Lyra powers out and things speed up. Lyra hurdles, Amari slides, but Lyra ENZIGURIS Amari out of the ring! Fans fire up and Lyra builds speed to WRECK Amari with the dropkick! Fans fire up as Lyra roars and then goes out after Amari. Lyra drags Amari up, puts her in the ring, and stalks her to the other side.
Lyra whips but Amari blocks. Lyra tries again but Amari elbows back. Amari storms up and bumps Lyra off buckles! And dribbles her off buckles, too! Amari cools off as the ref counts, then she whips, but Lyra reverses, SOBATS, KICKS and HEADBUTTS! AX KICK and then a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Lyra whips Amari to a corner hard! Lyra runs in, Amari dodges, but Lyra comes back, only for Amari to sweep the legs! SENTON! Cover, TWO! Amari paces while fans rally up. Amari spins but Lyra blocks the kick to HEEL KICK back! Lyra goes to the corner and climbs up! FROG SPLASH! Cover, Lyra wins!
Winner: Lyra Valkyria, by pinfall
Lyra’s new wings have carried her across the sea and now she’s here in NXT! Will Lyra continue to win until she reigns over the brand?
Backstage interview with Axiom.
McKenzie says many believe Axiom stole the show at Deadline, and points out Melo’s reaction to the highlight of Axiom literally jumping over him. They have a match next week, what are Axiom’s thoughts? Axiom says that he is very nervous, as you can tell. Oh, really? He’s kidding! But Melo, as great as he thinks he is, is not. So Axiom is not afraid. Look into his eyes. Where are they…? Don’t worry, he can see her. But he wants us all to know that when he gets in that ring, he fears no one. McKenzie will take his word for it. Axiom says after he beats Melo 1v1, he’ll look just like this: a huge smile on his face.
Kiana James calls over to Brooks Jensen.
He gets nervous and asks if she’s really talking to him. Is there another Brooks Jensen? Well, there’s this one guy named “Brooks” in catering so… Kiana doesn’t care. She sees Jensen walking around like a lost dog. Shouldn’t he be happy he has a tag title match next week? Yes, ma’am, he is happy. But he’s just… worried about Fallon. What’s wrong with her? Well, the family’s having some problems, he doesn’t wanna get into it. Kiana calls Gina over and she has a present box. Call it an early Christmas present. Really? He opens it up, and it’s a dress shirt that is actually his size! She was able to size him up with one look. If he’s gonna become champion again, he should look like one.
Jensen thanks Kiana. And sorry for earlier. Fallon’s family is dealing with financial problems and he isn’t sure how to help. But surely they’ll figure it out. Yes, sure they will. Just focus on what you can control. In this case, winning those tag team titles. Then everything else will work itself out. Jensen thanks Kiana for the advice, she heads out, and then we see KC Squared square off with Diamond Mine’s Ivy & Tatum! They argue about what happened out there, but then Toxic Attraction rushes them both! The refs have to hurry in to stop another huge brawl! What will it take to settle the score?
Damon Kemp VS Duke Hudson w/ Chase U!
The Golden Gopher told Drew Gulak to watch this match closely to learn what true technical skill looks like. The Philly Stretcher took him up on that, but he also seemed to make the same deal with Duke. Will Kemp be the one to impress the grappling guru? Or will this be a #TeachableMoment for everyone?
NXT returns as Kemp makes his entrance. Chase and Duke are doing last minute strategy talk, then the bell rings. Duke and Kemp circle, tie up, and Kemp pushes Duke to a corner. Fans rally for Duke as he and Kemp reset, Kemp gets a leg, trips Duke, and Duke gets up. Kemp mocks the Chase U letter U hands, then tells Duke to “SUCK IT!” Duke rushes in, Kemp grabs an arm and wrenches it. Duke reaches for ropes, but Kemp keeps him away. Chase & Thea coach Duke on, and Duke wrenches out to spin and headlock! Fans fire up, Kemp powers out but Duke runs Kemp over! Duke scoops and SLAMS Kemp!
Kemp bails out and Duke storms over, but into a HOTSHOT! Kemp smacks Duke off buckles, runs in and CLUBS Duke into a corner, to then hit a NECKBREAKER! Kemp rains down forearms while fans boo, then Kemp digs his forearm into Duke’s face! The fans rally, Kemp lets off of Duke to bring him up. Duke throws body shots and fans fire up! Duke punches again and again, then UPPERCUTS! Duke whips, Kemp gut wrench SLAMS! Kemp runs to run Duke over! Cover, TWO! Kemp clamps onto Duke with a chinlock and he grinds Duke down. Gulak appears and watches. Chase says Duke is Chase U, but Gulak says they’ll see after this.
Duke fights up, power the hold open and arm-drags Kemp! Kemp throws a hand, but Duke is powering up! Duke is hulking out! Fans fire up as Duke shouts, “U!” Duke ROCKS, CLUBS and ROCKS Kemp, to then CLOBBER him! And elbow him down! Duke whips, scoops and hits a SIDEWALK SLAM! Fans fire up for Duke and he runs in at the corner! BIG clothesline, and then an EXPLODER! Fans fire up as Duke says he’s gonna raise the roof! Duke JABS, JABS, JABS, then flips, flops and “U!” BIONIC ELBOW! Fans fire up as Duke shouts out the American Dream! Duke then stomps in the corner to tune up the Chase U band!
Kemp stands, Duke urns in, BOOT! Cover, Duke wins!!
Winner: Duke Hudson, by pinfall
A big win for the black ‘n’ red! Chase & Thea celebrate with Duke and the student section, will Duke continue to carry the banner for the university?
The countdown is coming.
New Year’s is almost here, and get ready for the New Year Special on January 10th! But again, who is this mysterious diamond studded lady?
NXT Women’s Championship: Mandy Rose VS Roxanne Perez!
The Toxic Goddess has been pushing her luck for a long time, but she might’ve pushed the Prodigy a little too far! Will the Women’s Iron Survivor bring about a new reign before the New Year? Or will NXT be toxic going into the holidays?
The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see who has gold for the holidays!
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Mandy puts Roxie on ropes but the ref counts. Mandy lets off at 4 and slaps Roxie’s bad arm. Roxie shakes that out, the two reset and tie up again. Roxie headlocks, Mandy throws body shots and powers out, but Roxie runs her over! Things speed up, Roxie handsprings over and does a bow. Fans cheer but Mandy says that’s cute. Mandy swings but misses and Roxie waistlocks. Mandy reaches down to trip Roxie, then handsprings to dropkick! Cover, TWO! Mandy clamps onto the bad arm again, mocks Roxie, then whips her to a corner. Roxie goes up and over and arm-drags Mandy away!
Roxie arm-drags Mandy again and clamps onto the arm! Fans rally but Mandy fights up to pull hair. The ref reprimands, Mandy whips Roxie but Roxie wheelbarrows. Mandy stops the arm-drag but Roxie drops to trip and cradle, cover, TWO! Mandy knees Roxie low, whips Roxie to the corner, then runs in, but Roxie moves! Mandy POSTS herself, then falls to the floor! Fans fire up as Roxie builds speed, to DIVE! Direct hit at the ramp! Roxie fires up and fans are with her! Roxie SOBATS Mandy, brings her around, and hops on, but Mandy pops Roxie off! Mandy RAMS Roxie into steel steps!
The ref checks Roxie while NXT goes picture in picture. Roxie refuses to let this stop her, but Mandy leaves Roxie behind to go into the ring. The ring count starts, Roxie crawls but Mandy goes out after her. Mandy CLUBS Roxie, RAMS her into barriers, then paces. Mandy drags Roxie up and puts her in the ring. Mandy stalks Roxie, looms over her while talking trash, and then she CLUBS Roxie’s bad arm! Mandy stands Roxie up to wrench and CLUB the arm again! Roxie clutches the arm but Mandy clamps on again. Mandy strips away the armband and swings it around to taunt Roxie. Mandy throws the armband down right in front of Booker!
Mandy turns around and Roxie throws a body shot! Mandy ROCKS Roxie and puts her in a corner! Mandy ROCKS Roxie again and again until the ref counts 4. Mandy checks her teeth, she snapmares Roxie, and KICKS her in the back! Roxie writhes but Mandy pushes her to a cover, TWO! Mandy grows frustrated, Roxie goes to a corner, but Mandy storms over. Mandy drags Roxie up but Roxie throws body shots! Mandy shoves Roxie, Roxie wheelbarrows but Mandy makes it a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Roxie toughs it out but Mandy clamps onto the bad arm. Mandy has a top wristlock but Roxie endures!
NXT returns to single picture as fans rally and duel. Roxie fights up, but Mandy wrangles her back down! Fans still rally as Roxie endures. Roxie fights up, arm-drags free, but Mandy storms back up! Roxie hits a JAWBREAKER! Roxie ducks ‘n’ dodges, and CLOBBERS Mandy! And again! Fans fire up with Roxie and she whips, but Mandy reverses. Roxie tilt-o-whirls, but Mandy fights the leg sweep to go after the bad arm! Roxie rolls free and SHOTGUNS Mandy down! Fans fire up as Mandy goes to a corner. Roxie shakes the bad arm out, runs in and UPPERCUTS! Roxie rolls and returns, but into a BOOT!
Mandy hops up, Roxie hurries over and GAMANGIRIS! Mandy clutches her own arm now, and Roxie climbs up after her! Fans rally, Roxie stands on the very top, SUPER STEINER! Mandy flounders, Roxie storms up and covers, TWO! Roxie shakes her head and shakes out the bad arm. Fans rally up, Roxie wants Mandy to stand, but Mandy blocks the sobat! Spin and GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Mandy grows frustrated and she glares at Roxie while going to the corner. Fans rally, Roxie rises, Mandy runs in, but Roxie avoids the knee! Roll-up, TWO, into a CROSSFACE!! Mandy pulls Roxie’s bad arm back!
Roxie endures, crawls, reaches out, fights her way over, but Mandy keeps her from ropes! So Roxie rolls it back to a cover, TWO!! Roxie sits up, KNEE FROM A ROSE!! Cover, TWO?!!? No one can believe it, but Roxie survives Mandy’s best shot! Fans are thunderous for Roxie and Mandy argues the count! The ref says it is still two! Mandy fumes, storms back over to Roxie and drags her up. Fans duel hard as ever as Mandy underhooks the arms. Roxie fights the lift, and cradles! TWO!! Mandy escapes, but Roxie SOBATS! Roxie hops on, POP ROX!!! Cover, ROXIE WINS!!!!
Winner: Roxanne Perez, by pinfall (NEW NXT Women’s Champion)
And on day 413, the Toxic Reign finally ends!! The fans are thunderous for this historic moment as Roxanne Perez, the first-ever Women’s Breakout Star, and the first-ever Women’s Iron Survivor Challenge, becomes the youngest NXT Women’s Champion ever! Roxie holds up the title on stage, and even gets streamers for her celebration! As historic as Roxie dethroning the Toxic Goddess was, will she make her own reign that much more amazing?
A really good NXT that got great at the end. I did not think they’d pull the trigger on a new champion on the NXT after Deadline. Mandy VS Roxie was really good match, both have had a really good 2022, and this makes for quite the big surprise that Mandy lost. But it was also good timing as Gigi & Jacy were nowhere to be found after everything going on with their tag title story. We got a pretty good start of a match between them and Diamond Mine, but with KC Squared ringside, there were going to be shenanigans. Great brawl to end that match, and great second brawl during the backstage promos.
Speaking of those promos, I like the progress we’re making in the story for Fallon, Kiana and the boys. Fallon’s family facing financial troubles now gives Kiana something to exploit to get the bar, even though she was rather nice and encouraging to Jensen. The New Day had a great promo, and Pretty Deadly joining in was great. And what a hilarious way to block them from having a rematch. Briggs & Jensen get the shot instead, and that is going to be a fun match. I would think The New Day retains the titles, their first reign as NXT Tag Team Champions can’t end so quickly. Maybe they put Pretty Deadly over in the rematch at New Year’s Evil so that the New Day can then shift to the Royal Rumble and Pretty Deadly carry the belts to Vengeance Day.
Really good opening promo from Roxie, Waller, and Bron. I almost thought we were going to get a mixed tag main event between the Heels and Faces to hype up the title matches. Obviously that changed with Roxie and Mandy, but Bron VS Waller definitely waits until New Year’s Evil. I’m a bit surprised we didn’t get more from Bron and Waller, but maybe next week they have another promo to further hype things up. But we all know Waller isn’t winning, he’s just more fodder while they still build Melo up, even though I think he’s been ready since before Deadline. Great promos from Melo and Axiom, and they’re going to have an awesome 1v1 match.
Really good stuff from Wes and Stacks, and of course Wes wins. Dijak gets to show up but he doesn’t get to do anything after Tony knocks down Wes. I’m still sensing Dijak VS Tony fight to determine a #1 contender for the North American Championship, and that match can happen at New Year’s Evil. Either that or a Triple Threat. Either way, it’d be a shame if Wes loses his first defense, so he has to find a way to win, even if it’s against Dijak. Really good match between Jones and Von, for being short. Malik getting a part to play was good stuff, too, and I guess this counts as a blow-off.
Good promo from Wendy, but the use of that like stock footage was kinda weird. Clearly, Wendy and Cora are far from done with each other. Zoey had a good promo to call out Lyons, and they’re going to have a great match of their own. Isla Dawn had a good promo, and I guess her winning at Deadline isn’t enough for her. I have a feeling they’re going to have a Lights Out/World of Darkness match in the rematch. Really good backstage promo to set up Indi going after Lopez, and that match is also going to be great stuff. And really good return victory for Aoife, now Lyra. Maybe now she can finally build her way up to being a title contender, perhaps going for the belt by the summer.
Really good stuff out of Chase U. Gulak talking with Duke is a nice twist to both their stories, and Duke got a great win over Kemp. Gulak could end up recruiting Duke to some kind of stable, even though Kemp fits more with the technical style. Dempsey should also get in on this, we might end up with a tag team situation at some point where Duke and Chase team up, and then Duke has to decide if he really IS Chase U for life or wants to join up Gulak’s Catch Point 2.0. Well, I think Duke will stay loyal, and Catch Point 2.0 will be Gulak, Dempsey and Kemp.
Big Body Javi is hilarious, and quickly becoming a great Heel. His match with Jiro was a lot of fun, but I had a feeling Jiro would win. Javi probably won’t be humbled by that, which will in itself be hilarious. But Scrypts going after Jiro was not something I expected given his promo about “the chosen ones.” Not to be mean to Jiro, but Jiro stopped getting a push after he and Kushida ran into Von Wagner and then Kushida left NXT. But I will say that Scrypts’ new ring gear looks great, and furthers my thinking that he’ll end up in a feud with Axiom soon.
And great stuff from JD with the Creeds. Great match from JD and Brutus, and of course Indus Sher stop the chair shot to Brutus. I’m not sure why JD is in this story unless Roderick Strong returns and we get a Six Man Tag of Diamond Mine VS JD & Indus Sher, even though I don’t think that makes sense. Indus Sher are playing great Tweeners being brutal in the ring but still honorable. And depending on who has the tag titles going towards Vengeance Day, I would love to see Indus Sher get that title shot as NXT goes on the road.
My Score: 8.6/10
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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (3/22/23)
Independence is Dynamite!
Dream matches, grudge matches, title matches, oh my!
The AEW World Tag Team Championships, Moxley VS Grayson, Hook VS Stokely under NO DISQUALIFICATIONS, and Kenny Omega VS El Hijo del Vikingo, all on one night!
- Six Man Tag: Orange Cassidy, Darby Allin & Sting VS The Superbad Squad; Cassidy, Darby & Sting win.
- AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Gunns VS Top Flight; The Gunns win and retain the titles.
- No Disqualifications: Hook VS Stokely Hathaway; Hook wins.
- Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta & Claudio Castagnoli VS Stu Grayson w/ The Dark Order; Moxley wins.
- Toni Storm w/ The Outcasts VS Skye Blue; Storm wins.
- Kenny Omega VS El Hijo del Vikingo; Omega wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
There’s a medical emergency backstage!
Hangman Page is on the phone with someone while Brandon Cutler gets in the ambulance. Cutler tells Hangman to make sure someone’s with Nick, meaning MATT Jackson is in the ambulance! The ambulance drives away, and now Nick is loaded into a second! The Young Bucks were attacked before cameras were rolling, Don Callis calms Kenny Omega down, and Hangman rides with Nick. Omega has his main event match with AAA rival El Hijo del Vikingo, but who went after his best friends?
Six Man Tag: Orange Cassidy, Darby Allin & Sting VS The Superbad Squad!
Freshly Squeezed is still a champion, as he retained the now AEW International Championship in Canada. But now, a familiar foe is rearing his Superbad head once again. Kip Sabian is bringing Butcher & Blade with him to go after Cassidy while his Best Friends are down and out. But will Cassidy’s new pals be more than enough to turn back the Superbad Squad?
The trios sort out and Cassidy starts against Kip. Fans rally and chant for “FRESHLY SQUEEZED!” but Kip copies Cassidy putting his hands up. Cassidy rushes in, Kip gets around and waistlocks to headlock. Cassidy powers out, headlocks back, but Kip powers out, only for Cassidy to slip around and headlock again. Kip powers out, things speed up and Cassidy arm-drags, but Kip cartwheels through! Kip mocks Cassidy, Cassidy rushes in but Kip dumps him out. Kip fakes Cassidy out with an Arabian Press, then he mocks putting his hands up again. Cassidy rushes back in, dodges Kip now, and sends him out!
Cassidy mocks Kip, then puts his hands up. To put his hands in his pockets! Kip rushes in, Cassidy dodges and SHOTGUNS! Cassidy kips up and fans fire up, but Kip scrambles away to tag in Butcher. Butcher eggs Cassidy on, but fans cheer as Cassidy tags in STIIIING! The Icon steps to Andy Williams and Andy talks trash. Butcher swings a forearm, but Sting just brushes it off! Butcher throws another forearm, but then Sting counter punches! And back hands! And punches again! Sting kicks low, ROCKS Butcher, then fires off in the corner. But Butcher claws at the eyes! The fans boo but Butcher BITES Sting’s forehead!
Butcher BLASTS Cassidy and Darby, then mocks Sting’s howl. Butcher runs, but misses the splash! Sting runs to hit the STINGER SPLASH! Fans fire up as Sting snapmares and gets the legs! But Blade and Kip attack! Fans boo but Darby and Cassidy fight them off! Kip throws Cassidy out, Blade scoops and dumps Darby out, then the Superbad Squad coordinates. Butcher & Blade reel Sting in, Butcher tags Kip, and then they DOUBLE SUPLEX Sting! Kip goes up the corner, but Sting slow rolls away, a la Cassidy! Speaking of Cassidy, he and Darby go after Butcher & Blade on the outside! Fans fire up but Kip is frustrated.
Kip storms over to another corner and climbs up again, but Sting slow rolls the other way! Fans fire up, Darby reaches out and makes the tag! Kip leaps, Darby gets under to SLAP, HEADBUTT, roll and CODE RED! Cover, TWO! Kip is still in this and Penelope Ford gets on the apron! The ref reprimands her while Darby whips Kip. Kip reverses, Darby goes up the ropes, but Blade trips him up! Darby hits the mat hard, Kip stomps away, and fans boo while AEW goes picture in picture.
Kip drags Darby up while Butcher sends Cassidy into barriers! Kip hits a FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Tag to Blade, the squad mugs Darby, then they send him into a corner. Blade runs in to CHOP! And CHOP! And then snapmare to PENATLY KICK! Cover, TWO! Blade drags Darby over, tags in Butcher, and they DOUBLE HEADBUTT Darby down. Butcher drags Darby up to CHOP him back down. Butcher drags Darby up to bump him off buckles, then he tags Kip. Kip stomps Darby, then taunts Sting. The ref reprimands Kip but that allows Blade to CHOKE Darby! Kip howls, tags Blade, and the mugging continues.
Blade brings Darby up to ROCK him with a forearm. Blade brings Darby around to whip him to ropes, to then POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Tag to Butcher, he stomps Darby, then ties up the legs. Darby throws hands from below, but Butcher still drags him into a TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Darby endures, claws his way around, but even Penelope taunts him with shouting, “TAP! TAP!” Dynamite returns to single picture as Darby crawls towards his corner, only for Blade to swing him out into a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! Darby survives but Butcher tags Kip. Kip drags Darby up to wrench an arm and whip. Darby uses that to BLAST Butcher & Blade!
Kip runs in, blocks Darby’s boot and spins Darby around to back suplex. Darby lands on his feet, but his knee jams! Darby crawls and scrambles, but Kip drags him back! Kip catches Darby, Blade trips Sting! Blade sends Sting into barriers! Darby sunset flips Kip, Kip stays up so Darby lets him go to hot tag Cassidy! Fans are thunderous as Cassidy eggs Kip on! Kip rushes Cassidy but gets a buckle bump! Cassidy goes up top, and CROSSBODIES! Cassidy keeps moving, he ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl DDT! And kip up! Fans are thunderous again as Cassidy gives Kip those “devastating” kicks! But then Butcher runs in to CLOBBER Cassidy!
Fans boo and the ref reprimands, but Butcher brings Cassidy up. Butcher lifts but Cassidy fights the bomb! Blade gets in, they DRAG THE LAKE!! Kip covers, TWO!! Cassidy survives and Kip is furious! Kip howls, runs and CANNONBALLS! Fans boo but Kip soaks it all up. Kip is too busy having fun, he misses Cassidy tag STIIIIING! Sting walks up to give those same “devastating” kicks! Kip thinks it’s Cassidy, and turns around into quite the surprise. Sting “beats” his chest, Kip swings, but into a LARIAT! Sting really fires up, and he rallies on the Superbad Squad! Kip springboards, but Sting catches him! SCORPION DEATHLOCK!!
Ford freaks out, Blade gets up and throws hands, but Sting doesn’t flinch! Butcher adds on, the 2v1 is too much and Kip gets free. But Darby returns to fire off on Butcher & Blade! Butcher blocks one, CLUBS Darby and then hoists Darby up. Darby BOOTS Blade, BITES Butcher’s hand, then runs to DOUBLE COFFIN SPLASH! Butcher & Blade bail out but Darby builds speed, into Kip’s body shot! Kip avoids Orange’s punch, to suplex, STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE! Then Cassidy DIVES to take out Blade! Darby hops up to THROWBACK STUNNER on Kip, then he DIVES into Butcher!
Sting has Kip in the dragon sleeper, and fans are thunderous for the SCORPION DEATH DROP!! Cover, Sting’s team wins!
Winners: Sting, Darby Allin & Orange Cassidy
A huge win for the unlikeliest of trios, and Cassidy adorns Sting with the sunglasses! As for Darby, he is looking at the Double or Nothing banner. The Relentless One wants at MJF and the gold, will he be living it up in Las Vegas?
AEW shares backstage footage from last week.
After having his “Re-Bar-Mitzvah” interrupted by Darby Allin, Sammy Guevara and “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry, it was obvious Maxwell Jacob Friedman was mad. He curses up a storm, then says he is the world champion! But Darby Allin says the world title means much more than money and fame. It is him being him. And Jack Perry, for himself, his family, and everyone who supported him all this time, he is going to become champion on his own. Sammy says that the world title is his destiny! He said so since episode ONE of Dynamite that he is going to be world champion. But MJF says that’s not how it works! You don’t waltz up to the champ and call your shot, you EARN it!
MJF has beaten Darby, Sammy and JB once each in 1v1 competition in their AEW careers, and he tells them they have to become #1 contender. Good luck trying, because all three of them SUCK! Sammy says he’ll win as many matches as it takes to get that belt off MJF. JB says that you can check the record books. He’s already won more matches than any of them. Darby says he’s beaten Sammy and he’s beaten JB, so he will stop at nothing to make sure that MJF is no longer champion. Who of these three Young Pillars of AEW will be THE one that challenges MJF at Double or Nothing?
AEW takes a closer look at tonight’s main event dream match.
Excalibur narrates that, “In 2021, there was no one hotter in professional wrestling than Kenny Omega. Known as ‘The Belt Collector,’ Omega won championships around the world, including in Mexico, where he won the AAA Mega Championship. At the same time, El Hijo del Vikingo was quickly establishing himself as one of the premier luchadors in all of Mexico. A match was made for December 2021: Vikingo, Omega, for the first time ever for the AAA Mega Championship. Unfortunately, Omega’s injuries at Full Gear were so severe, they required surgery, keeping him out of action for nearly a year.
“Now, with Omega back at 100%, the dream match is on for tonight. Kenny Omega, El Hijo del Vikingo, live!” Who will come out as truly the best today?
AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Gunns VS Top Flight!
They may not be the Young Bucks, the Lucha Brothers or the Hardy Boyz, but Austin & Colten are the brother tag team reigning over AEW. But will they soon find out they are not nearly as good as they think they are? Or will the Gunns cause the Coldest Tag Team in the Game to melt down?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who is really the better brother duo!
The teams sort out, Austin starts against Dante, and Independence taunts the “ASS~ BOYS!” Austin tunes that out, knuckle locks with Dante, and then he CHOPS! Austin goes up and up, but then says no no no. Austin hops down, swings on Dante, but misses! Dante knuckle locks and CHOPS, then he goes up and up and FLYING ARM-DRAGS! Dante kips up and fans fire up! Austin tags Colten, but Dante arm-drags Colten down! Tag to Darius, the Martins double whip and speed things up, to then DROPKICK Colten down! Austin runs in, but into a DROPKICK! The Gunns regroup, but the Martins double clothesline them up and out!
Fans fire up as Dante says they’re getting those belts. The “ASS~ BOYS!” regroup and Colten slides back in. Tag to Austin, he and Dante circle again, and Austin gets around to shove Dante to ropes. Dante BLASTS Colten before the cheap shot! Dante then goes up and over Austin, only for Austin to pull hair! The ref reprimands, but misses Colten HOTSHOT Dante down! Fans boo as Austin stomps and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Austin whips Dante out of the ring, then taunts Darius to distract the ref. Colten stomps away on Dante! Colten puts Dante in before anyone notices, and Austin bumps Dante off buckles. Tag to Colten, he stomps Dante, but lets off as the ref reprimands. Colten stomps some more, he and Austin taunt Independence and Darius, then Colten drags Dante up. Colten DECKS Dante, then mocks the fans. Colten ROCKS Dante, ROCKS him again, then suplexes. Cover, TWO! Colten stays between the Martin brothers, drags Dante over and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Austin, he stomps Dante now, then digs his boots in.
The ref reprimands but Austin mocks the fans rallying for Dante. Austin lets off and Colten CHOKES Dante! Colten lets off Dante before he gets caught, and Austin tags Colten in. Colten drags Dante up, whips him to ropes, and the Gunns body shot, knee lift and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Colten stays between the Martins again, drags Dante up and whips him to the corner. Colten runs in but Dante dodges the splash! Austin tags in and hurries to stop Dante. Austin shoves Dante down, but Dante fakes Austin out to go under! Austin still grabs a leg, tags Colten back in, and the Gunns double back suplex! But Dante lands on his feet!
Dynamite returns to single picture, Dante goes over Austin, over Colten, and tags in Darius! Darius rallies on the Gunns and fans fire up! Darius hits an atomic drop on Austin, then LARIATS Colten! Mule kick for Austin, and Darius whips him at Colten. Austin reverses but Darius uses that to UPPERCUT Colten! Austin runs back in, but is sent into Colten! Darius uses Austin to get up and ENZIGURI Colten! Darius then GERMAN SUPLEXES Austin, and STANDING SPANISH FLIES Colten! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Darius drags Colten up. Tag to Dante, Top Flight double whip, but Colten ducks and tags Austin!
Darius leaps to CROSSBODY Colten! Austin runs in, but into a hall nelson SLAM! cover, TWO!! Dante keeps cool, he goes to the corner, but Colten grabs his leg! Dante kicks Colten away, Darius DIVES onto Colten to hit him into railing! Dante GAMANGIRIS Austin, goes up and up and NOSEDIVES!! Cover, Colten breaks it!! Fans boo but Colten was within the rules. Wait, is that THE KINGDOM!? Mike Bennett & Matt Taven are mugging Darius over their ROH losses! But Dante FLIES out onto them! Direct hit and fans fire up! Dante hurries back up, springboards again, but Austin gets under!
Colten gets in, Dante runs into a 3:10 TO YUMA!! Cover, the Gunns win!
Winners: The Gunns, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
Fans boo that the Gunns win, but Darius is pissed at The Kingdom! Darius chases off Mike & Matt, will Top Flight get revenge in ROH? As for the Gunns, they hear FTR coming! Fans fire up again as Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler step out on stage with mics in their hands! Colten gets a mic to have the FTR music stop. Colten says no one wants to hear that song and no one wants to see FTR. Fans boo because they disagree. FTR says they’re not here to fight. They’re here to talk business. Well, no one wants to hear you talk! The Gunns don’t like or respect FTR. And guess what? FTR are LOSERS! They lost three sets of belts, and lost to the Gunns!
There is nothing FTR can say or offer them to get a rematch. NOTHING! Nothing? So like, if they said they’ll never challenge the Gunns again for those titles should they lose- NO! Do you not hear what Austin is saying, “you hillbillies? NOTHING! There’s NOTHING! What do you have to offer?! NOTHING!!” Then if the Gunns wanna prove their first win wasn’t a fluke, should they win against FTR again, FTR will never tag together in AEW again. Oh, the break up? So heartbreaking! LOOK AT HIS FACE! NOTHING!! Okay, okay. Dax says if FTR can’t beat the Gunns to win the AEW World Tag Team Championships, FTR will just quit AEW.
Fans boo, but it seems that got through to the Gunns. If the Gunns beat FTR again, FTR leaves AEW forever? Yes, that’s what Dax said. Well, in that case, deal! The Gunns and FTR shake on it, but then Gunns literally spin in FTR’s faces! The Gunns run for it, but the match is coming either way. Will the “ASS~ BOYS!” get their asses kicked? Or will they be the team that banishes FTR from AEW?
Backstage interview with Jade Cargill, Leila Grey & Mark Sterling.
Renee Paquette is with the AEW TBS Champion, her Last Baddie Standing and her legal representation. Renee says that Taya Valkyrie is All Elite now, and she has her eye on the TBS title. What is Jade’s reaction to that? “Renee, cut the sh*t. We had this Taya girl come in and interrupt my moment to answer an open challenge that was already closed, baby girl. And then, had the audacity to use my finisher. Mark, tie this up.” Sterling has a document, it is a Cease & Desist order. This will be sent to Taya Valkyrie, telling Taya that she is no longer allowed to use the chicken wing facebuster, which is also Jade’s move, as her finisher.
Leila says that she should deliver this document to Taya personally, this Saturday on Rampage. Because she has a few words of her own for Taya. So that’s an official challenge? Yes. Welcome to #ThatBitchShow. Will La Wera Loca have a jaded response to this frivolous lawsuit?
No Disqualifications: Hook VS Stokely Hathaway!
An injured arm turned into a suspension turned into a settlement turned into a high stakes bet that The Firm lost, and now it has resulted in this match. And though Ethan Page, Matt Hardy, Isiah Kassidy, Lee Moriarty & “Big Bill” Morrissey see Stokely off, they can’t stay per the stipulations of the bet. As the introduction says, “He’s not as large as the men he represents, he has the heart of a lion and the wisdom of an owl.” But will any of that help him defeat The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil?
As Hook makes his entrance, Stokely grabs the mic to say, “Whoa, whoa, whoa! I’ve got some breaking news! I spoke to Dr. Simpson (he means Sampson) earlier, and he said I am not medically cleared to compete. I know, I know. I wanted to so bad. And I would also, what a coinky-dink, announce that I am retiring.” What? Stokely thanks all 12 of his fands, God bless! Justin, here, doctor’s note. Make it official. Justin takes the note, and it reads, “He is SICK.” Justin says that with all due respect, that’s a receipt for Wingstop. The ref RIPS the receipt! And the bell rings! Fans fire up and Hook is ready, so Stokely bails!
Stokely runs around the ring, out to the crowd, but Hook pursues! Fans fire up as Hook chases Stokely down, drags him back, CLUBS him, then brings him over to KNEE and TOSS! Stokely ends up at ringside again and fans are thunderous! Hook stalks Stokely, Stokely runs in to UPPERCUT, but Stokely bounces off of Hook! Stokely scurries away, gets back up, and runs in, but into a leg capture! EL CAMINO to the floor! Fans fire up as Hook drags Stokely up, puts him in the ring, and then looks under the ring. Fans fire up more, because here comes a SPARE GUARD RAIL! Hook puts that in the ring while the Firm can only watch.
Hardy tries to calm the group down, Stokely can take care of himself with things getting “hardcore.” Ethan says no he can’t, they didn’t practice any of the hardcore stuff! Stokely bails out again but Hook puts the railing in a corner. Hook drags Stokely up but Stokely BLASTS Hook with the fire extinguisher! Fans boo but Stokely gets a chair! Stokely smacks the steps a couple times, he says, “I’m not a killer, but don’t push me! That’s Tupac.” Stokely hurries in, fans rally up, and Stokely swings, but Hook blocks! Hook BOOTS Stokely, then SMACKS him on the back! And again! And again! And again!
Hook throws the chair aside, Stokely is barely moving! But Hook drags Stokely up to EL CAMINO onto the railing! The railing BENDS! Hook drags Stokely off the railing, covers, but then pulls him up at TWO! Hook wants REDRUM!!! Stokely is OUT, Hook wins!
Winner: Hook, by submission
The FTW Champion could’ve ended it sooner, but he chose to teach Stokely a lesson: Do not get on Hook’s bad side. Hardy says Ethan must avenge Stokely! Ethan can beat Hook! Hardy is gonna get a match made right now! All Ego is ready, but will he be ready when they #SendHook?
Adam Cole is here!
Fans fire up as the Undisputed One heads to the ring. Naturally, everyone joins in on the “BOOM!” and “ADAM COLE BAYBAY!” Cole gets the mic and says, “Wow. Hey, hey, I think I know the answer to this, but who’s ready for Storytime with Adam Cole, baybay?” Everyone cheers! Cole continues with, “Seven days. We are just seven days away from me making my in-ring return here in AEW. And listen, I know I’ve talked a ton about my struggles and what I went through, but as far as how I’m feeling right now? Guys, I feel freaking great. I have never been more ready, never been more prepared, to get back in this ring, doing what I love, and that is wrestle for AEW.”
Fans are fired up, and Cole knows everyone has questions. “The biggest one being: Who is my opponent going to be on March 29th?” Fans echo, “Who? Who? Who?” Cole starts to speak, but here comes Daniel Garcia! Fans boo as Red Death has the mic to say, “Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey. Who’s ready for Storytime with Daniel Garcia, baybay?” Garcia knows Cole’s been gone awhile, so here’s an update on a few things. Fans tell Garcia to STFU already but Garcia says since Cole’s been gone, Garcia’s become a real veteran in AEW. All the boys in the back respect him so much that he is a locker room leader!
Fans boo more but Garcia says as locker room leader, it is his duty to come out here to not only welcome Cole back, but to put him in his place, too. Garcia says Cole may not remember, but here’s an update on what Garcia’s been doing the last nine months while Cole was home, “playing stupid video games on Twitch.” Cole smirks but allows it. Brody King: beat him! Ricky Starks: beat him! Bryan Danielson: Garcia beat him, too. Garcia’s main-evented more AEW programming over the past year than anyone else on the roster! Garcia is the lifeblood that pumps through this company. And he’s to respect Cole? To welcome Cole back? Where’s Garcia’s warm welcome?
Where is Garcia’s respect when he’s been here, been doing this, and proved himself as one of the best pro-wrest- Oops. Freudian slip there? Garcia corrects himself, “Sports entertainers on the planet today!” That’s what Garcia is! So what makes Cole so special? “What makes me special? When they ring the freakin’ bell, that’s what makes me special! That’s what makes m e special.” Cole admits he likes Garcia. Garcia is really, really good. And some day, he could be leading the charge in AEW. The problem is the company he keeps.
“The Jericho Appreciation Society, they’ve done a great job of giving you this false sense of security. This overconfidence, which sometimes is good, and sometimes is bad. But let me remind you, even me not wrestling for nine months, I am still Adam Cole Baybay. I am a multi-time world champion. I have traveled the globe, fought and beat some of the very best! As a matter of fact, while I was sitting at home for nine months, I was wondering if I’d ever get the chance to wrestle again, hoping, praying, willing to do anything for a second chance. And looks like I found that second chance.”
Fans fire up and Cole says if Garcia is crazy enough to want the match, then dammit, he’s on! Adam Cole VS Daniel Garcia, first-time-ever, next week on Dynamite! But Cole will remind Garcia of something: “This is not just my return match; this is a statement. It’s a statement to the entire locker room that one of the best damn pro-wrestlers on the planet is BACK, baybay.” Fans are fired up for “ADAM COLE! ADAM COLE!” Cole hopes Garcia realizes what he’ sin for. Because Cole promises next week will be a great night. A great night for Cole, for the fans, but for Garcia… Not so much. “See you next week, Garcia. BOOM.”
Cole is ready, Garcia is ready, but will the Dragonslayer stay a great sports enner-tay-ners? Or will the pro-wrestler in him rise to the surface against one of the greatest pro-wrestlers alive today?
Alex Marvez is outside The Elite’s locker room.
Marvez can hear a conversation going on inside, and he steps inside. Callis and Omega are talking, and Callis wants Marvez to hold on. What is Omega’s concern here? Omega’s concern is that his best friends left in an ambulance! He should’ve gone with them! Callis says he sent Cutler and Nakazawa with them. Omega has a match tonight! Hear Callis out. He’s a glass half full kind of guy. Injuries happen, but hear him out. The Bucks going to the hospital might’ve been the best thing for Omega and Callis. It allows for focus! Omega is in a singles match, the God of Pro-Wrestling is back! “Those kids will be fine in a few months.”
Callis now has Marvez join in. “Kenny Omega VS El Hijo del Vikingo is gonna blow the roof off! The God of Pro-Wrestling is BACK, and it starts tonight on Dynamite! Now get out.” Marvez throws this back to ringside, but is Callis only thinking of his benefit, not Kenny’s?
Jon Moxley w/ The Blackpool Combat Club VS Stu Grayson w/ The Dark Order!
The Maniac, along with Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta, have torn into the Dark Order from Silver to Reynolds to Evil Uno. They did all that to anger Hangman Page, but they’ve also angered #PlayerTwo! Moxley may be #ForgedByCombat, but will he survive someone born and bred for combat?
The bell rings and Stu RAMS Moxley into a corner! Fans fire up as Stu fires off on Moxley but lets off as the ref counts. Moxley turns things around to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Moxley pie faces Stu, but Stu turns things around to CHOP back! Stu stalks Moxley to another corner, KNEES him and CLUBS him, then stalks him to a third corner. Moxley kicks low, ROCKS Stu with a forearm, then another, then digs his boots in. The ref counts, Moxley steps off at 4, then Moxley drags Stu up to headlock takeover. Stu keeps his shoulders up, the Dark Order coaches him up but Moxley gets a knuckle lock cover. TWO as Stu gets his left arm up.
Moxley pushes the hand down, covers, TWO as Stu gets the right arm up. Moxley pushes that arm down again, covers, ONE as Stu gets his left arm back up. Stu fights to his feet but Moxley kicks low. Moxley headlocks, Stu powers out but Moxley RAMS him! Moxley runs, but Stu RAMS him! Moxley runs in, clips Stu but is sent out of the ring. Stu hurries out after Moxley, Moxley throws a chair! Stu avoids it, ROCKS Moxley and puts him in the ring. Moxley kicks back, but Stu RANAS! Stu fires forearms, CHOPS Moxley in the corner, then throws knees. Stu whips corner to corner, Moxley reverses and avoids the up ‘n’ over!
Moxley reels Stu in for a SAIDO! Stu staggers up but then flops out to the apron. Moxley runs to BLAST Stu off and to the barriers! Moxley flips Stu off while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Yuta & Claudio taunt Stu as the ring count climbs. The Dark Order coaches Stu up and he gets in the ring at 5 of 10, but Moxley is right on him. Stu throws a forearm, then another, and another, and another! But Moxley ROCKS Stu with just one! Stu falls over and Claudio yawns. It seems this isn’t competitive enough for the Swiss Superman. Moxley has the legs, he stomps Stu in the stomach, then ties the legs up. But Stu fights back with fists! Moxley still powers Stu into the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Stu endures as Moxley sits deep, and he reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets off at 4.
Moxley drags Stu up to CHOP, but Stu CHOPS back! Stu fires forearms, whips, and DROPKICKS Moxley! Moxley goes to a corner, Stu is after hm with a whip, but Moxley reverses to clothesline! Moxley then brings Stu out to X-PLEX! Moxley paces around, the BCC applauds, but the Dark Order coaches Stu. Moxley reels Stu in, lifts him, and hooks the legs to hit the GOTCH PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Stu is still in this, but Moxley has the knuckle locks back. Dynamite returns to single picture as Moxley rains down the DRAGON STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Stu hangs tough again, but Moxley just taunts him.
Fans rally, Stu rises, and Moxley KICKS him in the chest! And KICKS him again! Moxley eggs Stu on, then KICKS him more! Moxley SLAPS Stu! Stu snarls and stands up to fire off forearms! Stu whips, Moxley reverses but Stu CLOBBERS him! Stu dodges, tilt-o-whirls and REVERSE DDTS! Then he rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans fire up as Stu gives Moxley a taste of his own medicine! And then the SIDE EFFECT! SPRINGBOARD MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives and Stu grows frustrated. Stu hurries up a corner, but Yuta distracts! Fans boo but the Dark Order storm up on the BCC!
Stu decides to change course, he ARIHARA MOONSAULTS onto Yuta & Claudio! But Moxley DIVES onto Stu! Moxley puts Stu in the ring, hurries after him, but Stu BOOTS Moxley down! Stu hurries back up top, for the 450 SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives again and Stu is shocked! But Stu slashes the throat and drags Moxley up. Torture rack, but Moxley slips off right into the BULLY CHOKE!! Stu endures, but he’s turning red! Moxley shifts to the facelock to throw in KNEE after KNEE! Then he shifts to the REAR NAKED CHOKE! But Stu fights up to his feet! Fans fire up but Stu is fading again!
But Stu is still on his feet, and he revives! BACKPACK CANNONBALL!! Both men crash into buckles and Stu is free! Fans are thunderous again and Moxley sputters back to his feet. Moxley brings Stu up, but Stu slips out of the underhooks! PELE!! Moxley falls down and the BCC coach him up. Stu goes back to a corner, climbs back up top, but Moxley ROCKS him first! Moxley climbs, CLUBS away on Stu, then CLAWS Stu’s back. Moxley HEADBUTTS Stu, brings him up into underhooks! SUPER DEATH RIDER!! Cover, Moxley wins!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall
The Dark Order hurry into the ring and Moxley backs off, there won’t be any extracurriculars here. But will the Dark Order ever get payback on the mean SOBs in the BCC?
Backstage interview with Ricky Starks.
Renee says she can feel the frustration coming off The Absolute. The back ‘n’ forth with him and Juice Robinson, where do they stand? You tell him! Starks is “sick and tired of talking back and forth. No action, all talk.” Starks doesn’t wanna stand around, take time off his vacation, just to say Juice, he doesn’t like that you attacked him from behind. That’s cool and all, but whatever! How about this, though? Saturday Night Rampage, Starks is done talking. If Juice wants to face him man to man, then he can find Starks on Rampage! If not, just stop! Starks is over it, he is so sick of it! This is the craziest thing he’s been a part of his whole life!
Starks is issuing the open challenge to Juice. If Juice accepts it or not, is a man or not, Starks doesn’t give a damn anymore. The Absolute will be waiting, but will the Booster oblige?
AEW presents an all-new episode of QTV!
QT Marshall says great job last week in their debut, keep the “credibility train” rolling. CHOO-CHOO~! He needs scoops! Harley Cameron says she actually has discovered a “hot new prospect.” Goes by the name of Rey Fenix. And actually, here’s some footage. Hobbs POUNCING Fenix into buckles int heir TNT title match, and the spinebuster, and the Town Business. Everyone has a laugh, and QT says, “Imagine being in the Lucha Brothers, and your own lucha brother doesn’t come out to help you.” Aaron Solo says there is definitely some miedo! Then he laughs while also puffing mouth spray…?
QT asks who the hecc is Alex Abrahantes? Harley says Alex should work on his “character development.” Speaking of, how about Solo stealing Wardlow’s identity and freezing all of his accounts? Oopsie~! Yeah, Wardlow’s gonna lose his house and car, too! And Solo hacked into some observer’s accounts, started this whole thing about hotels. HAHA! QT just got a call from Hobbs. This Saturday on Rampage, another Open Challenge for the TNT title! Can’t wait to see who is the next chapter in the Book of Hobbs. Well, wait no longer! PENTA wants payback for Fenix as he answers the call! Will Hobbs be the one with some fear?
Toni Storm w/ The Outcasts VS Skye Blue!
The Lightning From Down Under has been striking down “spoiled rookies” again and again, but in the Dark. Will she do so again in the spotlight of Dynamite? Or will Skye roll the Storm away?
The bell rings and Storm BLASTS Skye with a forearm! Then she stomps a mudhole into Skye in the corner! The ref counts, Storm lets off but she grins and soaks up the heat. Soho & Saraya mock Skye, then Storm bumps her off buckles., Skye elbows back, fires forearms in return, and the fans fire up! But Storm knees low! Storm whips Skye, Skye kicks back! Skye ROCKS Storm again and again, but Storm shoves her away. Skye comes back, spins Storm for a KNEE SMASH and a DROPKICK! Storm bails out, fans fire up and Skye goes to the apron! FLYING RANA! Fans fire up with Skye but Saraya is mad.
Skye puts Storm in the ring, climbs up the corner, but Storm ROCKS her! Skye falls to the apron, then Storm HIP ATTACKS Skye to the floor! Storm distracts the ref, allowing Soho & Saraya to stomp away on Skye! Fans boo but the Outcasts get away with it! Saraya says, “This is OUR house!” Storm goes out to fetch Skye, and RAMS her into the apron. Storm CHOPS Skye against the post, then bumps her off the other. Storm CHOPS Skye again! Saraya says do it again! Storm puts some stank on this one, but Skye ducks, so the chop hits POST! Saraya & Soho panic as Storm clutches her fingers! Skye then runs in, but Storm dodges so Soho gets DECKED!
Storm CLOBBERS Skye from behind while the ring count climbs. Storm refreshes the ring count, Saraya shouts at Skye, and Storm CHOPS Skye again. Storm stalks Skye around the way as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Storm drags Skye around to snap suplex her to the floor! Storm flexes, perhaps taunting Jamie Hayter wherever she’s watching this from, and then she goes back for Skye. Storm puts Skye in the ring, flexes more, then drags Skye up. Storm whips Skye to ropes, BOOTS her down, covers, ONE! Cover again, TWO! Another cover, TWO!! Skye is still in this but Storm clamps on with a full nelson. Storm leans on the hold, thrashes Skye around, but Skye endures. Skye fights up, but Storm throws her down by her hair! The ref reprimands but Storm just stalks Skye. Storm kicks Skye around, has her in the corner, and digs her boot in.
The ref counts, Storm stomps but lets off at 4. Storm drags Skye up to snap suplex! Storm grins then stalks Skye. Storm drags Skye up to snap suplex again! Storm flexes more, stalks Skye to another corner, then wrenches her hair to TOSS her across the way! The ref reprimands but Storm just wrenches hair and TOSSES Skye again! Dynamite returns to single picture as Storm soaks up the heat. But Skye shoves Storm down! And then TOSSES Storm by her hair! And again! Skye fires up, runs corner to corner, but Storm puts her on the apron. Skye ROUNDHOUSES! Skye climbs up, to CROSSBODY!
Fans fire up, Skye keeps moving, she ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl headscissor! Storm ends up on ropes, Skye runs to SHINING WIZARD! Snapmare and SUPER- NO, Storm blocks and spins Skye, but Skye BASEMENT ENZIGURIS! Cover, TWO!! Storm survives and Skye grows frustrated. Saraya & Soho are also frustrated, they rally for Storm but the fans rally for Skye. Saraya tells the fans to shut up! Skye runs, hops on, but Storm shrugs her off! Skye SUPERKICKS! Skye runs, into a THESZ PRESS! Storm rains down fists, then she snarls as she stands back up. Storm gets the legs, but Skye kicks her away!
Skye runs in, only for Storm to spin her around! Storm uses the ropes, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!! Skye survives and fans fire up! Saraya is furious but the ref says the count was fair. Skye goes to a corner but Storm says kiss this. SWEET HIP- NO, Skye picks the ankle! Skye KNEES Storm, runs, avoids Soho’s swipe, and she hits CODE BLUE!! But Soho is still distracting the ref!! Skye would’ve had this if not for Soho! Skye gets in Soho’s face, swings at her, but Storm runs in! Skye sends Storm into Soho, rolls and bridges, TWO!!! Storm stands, into a BOOT! Skye full nelsons, Storm arm-drags free to SHOTGUN Skye down!
Saraya says Storm has this now! Storm says kiss this, and here comes SWEET HIP MUSIC!! GERMAN SUPLEX, and then STORM ZERO!! Cover, Storm wins!
Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall
The Outcasts with the assist, but now they bring out the spray paint! Fans boo as the Outcast scare off the ref, then surround Skye! But here comes Riho and Willow! Just like last week, Riho has the pipe!! Riho runs the Outcast off and warns them. The Outcasts leave for now, having gotten the win. Will Riho, Willow and Skye start thinking of sticking together from now on?
The AEW medical staff checks on Stu Grayson.
They’re working on his left arm, where did they feel it pop? But then Moxley sneaks up to say, “It’s just business.” And he puts on the SLEEPER!! Claudio & Yuta TOSS the medics aside! Stu is all alone as Moxley chokes him out, then SMACKS him off a trunk! The BCC give Stu the icepack back then leave, what will Hangman & the Dark Order have to say about this?
Kenny Omega VS El Hijo del Vikingo!
The AAA Mega Championship match that was meant to happen in December of 2021 was denied because of injury and misfortune. But now we are all fortunate enough to have this match happen here! “HE was the longest reigning Mega Champion at 765 days, 292 days more than El Hijo del Vikingo. HE never lost that title. HE is undefeated in singles matches in Mexico and also on Dynamite. Many people say HE is also undefeated at life. HE is often complimented on his accomplishments, matches, chiseled physique and hair, yet he is personally proud of his win-loss record in Independence, Missouri, which is better than his record of 1-1 in… NOOOORTH CAROLINA~!
“He arrives tonight after his 833 mile journey from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Weighing 224 pounds, HE is…! KENNY! OOOOOOOOOOOOMEEEEGAAAAAA~!” The fans go wild for the Cleaner, the Best Bout Machine, and Don Callis’ God of Pro-Wrestling, but will Omega prove he is better than the Mega Champion?
But as Omega makes his way down the ramp, El Hijo del Vikingo DIVES onto him! Fans fire up, EHDV throws off his cape, then he runs again, to FLY! Direct hit again and Independence is thunderous! EHDV puts Omega in the ring, springboards and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Omega ends up in a corner, EHDV runs in to clothesline! EHDV fires off forearms, but Omega turns it around to fire them back! The ref wants them to let off, this isn’t a match yet! Omega rains down fists, lets off, and now the bell rings! Fans are thunderous as Omega stomps EHDV down. Omega drags EHDV up, whips him corner to corner, but EHDV slips out to the apron!
Omega hits buckles, then EHDV ENZIGURIS! And GAMANGIRIS! EHDV climbs up, and jumps to IMPOLODER DRAGONRANA! Omega goes flying, then staggers up into the SCREW HIGH KICK! Omega’s on the ropes, EHDV runs to DOUBLE KNEE him through the ropes! Omega falls to the floor, EHDV refreshes the count, and fans say “This is Awesome!” EHDV SHOOTING STAR PRESSES to the floor! A bit double-edged, but fans lose their minds! Callis protests, the ring count climbs, but EHDV puts Omega in the ring. EHDV aims, slingshots and then springboards to 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO!!
Omega goes to a corner, EHDV runs in to GAMANGIRI again! Omega staggers away, EHDV pursues but Omega CHOPS! And CHOPS again! EHDV falls over but Omega stalks him to a corner. Omega brings EHDV up to JAB! And JAB! fans rally and duel, Omega drags EHDV up to whip. Omega scoops EHDV for a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Omega drags EHDV back up fast, to fisherman BUSTER! Cover, TWO! EHDV hangs tough and Omega is frustrated but the fans are loving this. Omega stalks EHDV to the ropes, scrapes him to the apron, and then Omega goes out to follow EHDV.
Omega CLUBS EHDV, and whips him hard into barriers! EHDV falls in a heap, but Omega goes looking under the ring. Omega brings out a TABLE! Fans fire up for that, and Omega stands that table up near the ring. The ref reprimands, this isn’t a Tables match or anything like that. But fans chant, “WE WANT TABLES!” as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Omega drags EHDV up, puts him in the ring, and Omega storms up to scoop and BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Omega clamps on with an armlock and chinbar, but he also fishhooks EHDV’s face! The ref reprimands, Omega lets off, but then pulls on EHDV’s hair! The ref counts but Omega lets off at 4. Omega looms over EHDV, stomps him, stomps him more, then springboard stomps! Omega drags EHDV around to KNEE him in the side! And again! Cover, TWO! EHDV hangs tough but Omega just snarls. Omega drags EHDV up to CHOP him back down! Omega drags EHDV up again to CLUB him back down!
Omega drags EHDV up at the ropes, ROCKS him with a right hand, then ROCKS him again! And again! And again! The ref reprimands and counts, Omega lets off, but then Omega CHOKES EHDV with his foot! Dynamite returns, the fans boo and the ref counts, but Omega lets off at 4 again. Omega ROCKS EHDV again, JABS him, then whips him to ropes. EHDV ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl RANA! Omega goes to the apron, fans fire up as EHDV pursues! EHDV ROCKS Omega, but Omega tomahawk chops back! EHDV CHOPS, but Omega CHOPS! EHDV CHOPS back, so Omega BOOTS him! Omega runs in, goes up, and he MONKEY FLIPS EHDV on the apron!
EHDV falls to the floor while fans lose minds over how tight that one was. Omega drags EHDV up to the apron, and he grins as he looks at the table he set up. Omega drags EHDV up, the ref reprimands but Omega full nelsons! EHDV slips free to GAMANGIRI again! EHDV goes up top, balances on the post, and FLYING DRAGONRANAS!! Fans are thunderous as Omega hits the floor! Omega flounders into the ring, EHDV shoves him further in. Fans say “This is Awesome!” as both men go to corners. EHDV runs corner to corner to clothesline! EHDV hoists Omega up top, and GAMANGIRIS yet again!
EHDV climbs up after Omega, fans fire up again as they start to brawl! Omega HEADBUTTS, reels EHDV in, and SUPER POWER- STEINER!!! EHDV reverses just in time, Omega clutches his head! EHDV goes to the ropes, stands from the middle and PHOENIX SPLASHES in!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Omega survives by nanoseconds!! Independence is electric as both men rise up! They hope these two “FIGHT FOREVER!” but it has to end somehow! EHDV throws a forearm, a SOBAT, and then he runs to springboard, into a POWERBOMB!! And then another POWERBOMB! Roll through and V-TRIGGER!! Cover, TWO!!!
Omega is furious as EHDV survives! Omega slashes his throat, drags EHDV up, and he full nelsons for a SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! Omega snarls, he puts EHDV on the ropes and takes aim. BANG and V-TRIGGER!! But that’s not the end of it! Omega drags EHDV up, deadweight as he is, and Electric Chair Lifts! But EHDV throws down fists! EHDV hops down, UPPERCUTS, then goes up and up to FLYING POISON-RANA!!! Omega tumbles to the apron, and EHDV crawls over to push him onto the table! EHDV builds speed while fans fire up, and he goes up to ESCALARA 630 SENTON through the table!!!!
Independence is volcanic for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” while Callis is freaking out! Both men are down in the wreckage as the ring count starts. EHDV crawls away at 3 of 10, Omega finally stirs at 4. Both men drag themselves up at 6, stand at “OCHO!” And both men slide in at 9! EHDV covers, TWO!!! Omega is still in this and EHDV is beside himself! Fans rally up, both men rise again, and EHDV throws a haymaker! Omega gives it back, they go back and forth, faster and faster! They go forearm for forearm, stand up, and keep throwing shots! EHDV gets the edge, SOBATS, runs, into a V-TRIGGER!!
Omega whips, EHDV rolls up and SUNSET FLIP BOMBS! TWO?!?!? Omega narrowly escapes again and even HE is shocked! But EHDV hurries to a corner and climbs up top! Omega flounders in the drop zone, EHDV 630 SENTONS but FLOPS as Omega moves!! EHDV flounders up, into a V-TRIGGER!!! Omega drags EHDV up, Electric Chair Lifts, ONE WINGED ANGEL!!!! Cover, OMEGA WINS!
Winner: Kenny Omega, by pinfall
This was a dream match the moment it was made, but this became an all-time classic by the end! Tony Schiavone joins Callis and Omega in the ring to say this was an incredible match. Omega is back in singles competition, and that was one for the ages! Omega thanks Schiavone for that. The more time goes by, the more he wonders if he can still do this kind of stuff for the fans. Wait, wait! THE BCC JUMPS OMEGA!! Moxley, Claudio & Yuta all mug Omega, and fans boo while Callis can only shout at the ref to stop this! The BCC stand Omega up so they can throw body shots and haymakers!
Fans continue to boo, but wait! Sirens? An ambulance has returned? For who? Wait, HANGMAN is driving it!! The Cowboy has a 2×4, with nails in it! Fans are going nuts for “COWBOY SH*T!” while the BCC stomp away on Omega. But here comes Hangman, wood in hand! The BCC decide to bail! Callis checks on Omega but the damage has been done. Hangman wants Moxley to get his ass back in here, but he stays back. Callis tries to calm Hangman down, but he almost gets 2×4 to the face! Callis keeps pulling at Hangman’s arm to hold him back, but Hangman shakes free and Callis falls right down! Omega comes to, and misunderstands why Callis is down!
Callis blames Hangman but Hangman says he didn’t do anything to Don! Omega and Hangman argue, Callis cowers behind Omega, and Omega takes Callis’ side. Fans boo, but is this just Callis keeping Omega all to himself?
A great episode of Dynamite, but it already feels like they’re gonna keep things going until Double or Nothing, no big thing for April. We got a great promo out of the Four Young Pillars, and MJF is making the other three run the #1 contender race like he did Bryan Danielson from now until, I dunno, probably May 3rd so that May can focus on building MJF VS his challenger. Hard to say who it’ll be, but Darby’s off to a good start with that great Six Man Tag. Darby, Sting and Cassidy made an eclectic but great combination, especially with Sting borrowing some Freshly Squeezed tactics. And Cassidy’s International Championship card is open to just about anyone at this point.
Really good tag title match, but I should’ve figured shenanigans would help The Gunns retain. The Kingdom and Top Flight are solidly ROH Tag title contenders with #ReachForTheSky needing teams. Plus, The Gunns’ real story is with FTR, who came back to have a really good promo with them. Gunns VS FTR, Titles VS AEW contracts could honestly go either way. There’s a lot of talk out there of FTR going back to WWE since it’s under HHH right now, so this move could be how FTR exits AEW, but this could also be what guarantees FTR staying. Either way, this is going to be some really big stuff for the titles.
Good promo from Jade and her group, and you do have to appreciate Sterling’s gimmick of bringing about frivolous lawsuits on behalf of people to poke fun at wrestling tropes. The security guards finally got justice, even though they also got crushed by Wardlow, and now finishers that are exactly the same but with different names are being questioned. Pretty sure Leila loses the match and Taya tears up that document, though. Then it’ll be about who hits the chicken wing facebuster first to win that title. Jade has done an amazing job being an undefeated inaugural TBS Champion, but now is the time to move on to someone else so Jade can move on to the top title.
Great segment out of Hook, Stokely and The Firm. Great show from Stokely with trying to weasel out of this, then trying to run away from this, but of course he gets thrown around. Awesome use of spare guard railing, though. I figured Hook VS Ethan was going to be how this wraps up, can’t wait to see how that goes. And I appreciate Starks getting a little meta on the bad pacing of feuds. Starks VS Juice for Rampage, if it happens, will be great stuff, and maybe shenanigans helps Juice win to keep this going. Though, I feel like Starks and Juice could each be doing something better than spinning their wheels with each other. Give me Starks VS Hobbs and Orange VS Juice for those respective titles.
Speaking of which, only the second QTV segment and I’m just done with it. But they did point out the weird logic of Penta not being out there with Fenix last week. Penta VS Hobbs will probably go the same as Fenix VS Hobbs did, and Wardlow will come back for revenge. Also, another wrestling trope that needs poking at: Solo confessed to illegal activities but he won’t get investigated or arrested because it’s wrestling. If Sterling were a Face lawyer, he’d be right on Solo’s ass. But maybe Wardlow beats the crap out of Solo as his punishment, then he gets his shot at Hobbs at Double or Nothing to put this story to rest.
Great promo from Cole and Garcia, and I appreciate they had Garcia have that slip of the tongue. Garcia is of course enjoying the fun side of being a sports entertainer, showing off his personality and just doing whatever shenanigans he wants, but he also clearly enjoys the pro-wrestling stuff of just fighting. Garcia VS Cole is going to be awesome stuff, but Garcia and the JAS also have their story with the House of Black so who knows how the finish goes. Great match out of Storm VS Skye, and Skye looked great even in defeat. Another inconsistency in wrestling logic: Riho & Willow should’ve been ringside to start because they know The Outcasts will be up to no good. But I suppose that does give Riho & Willow their moment of heroism in running the Outcasts off.
I bring up that inconsistency in logic because that match was after Moxley VS Grayson, where both men had their allies ringside. The men can think to bring their boys but the women’s division can’t think to bring their friends along, when we’ve also always seen Britt have Rebel and/or Hayter and vice-versa? Anyway, great stuff out of Moxley VS Grayson, and Grayson also looked awesome even in defeat. The BCC apparently went after everyone Hangman considers a friend, as the Bucks were taken out off-camera by them, and then the BCC jump Grayson.
And then, for being a non-title TV main event, Omega VS El Hijo del Vikingo went above and beyond anything I would’ve expected. There were some scary moments, like that Super Steiner counter to the powerbomb. But then again, it wouldn’t feel like an AAA match if there wasn’t some risk like that. BCC jumping Omega after he wins was a good way to keep the Elite reunion story going, but now there’s the new wrinkle of Don Callis wanting Omega to stay a singles star. To be fair, this is very much like the story of Callis, Omega and The Elite when AEW first got started. Callis wants Omega to return to that Omega, and he throws Hangman under the bus.
Another pro-wrestling logic thing is that no one watches the show back when it’s done, unless it helps the story. And I would hope Omega does that here to see what really happened as opposed to just trusting Callis and distrusting Omega. Or if not Omega, the Bucks can. The Bucks will have seen it on TV at the hospital (kayfabe) and The Bucks will tell Omega that Hangman didn’t hit Callis. Callis is also trying to recruit Konosuke, so it’d be great if Callis only comes out of this with one client. If Omega realizes not to trust Callis over The Elite, then Callis and Konosuke can stick together. If Omega still keeps Callis around, Konosuke can reject Callis to stay his own man.
My Score: 8.9/10
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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (3/21/23)
Time for a grudge match!
Will NXT be UNBESIEGBAR?
While Stand & Deliver is on the horizon, Ilja Dragunov and JD McDonagh look to settle their NXT rivalry! Will the Czar trump the Irish Ace once and for all?
- NXT Women’s Championship Qualifier: Tiffany Stratton VS Indi Hartwell; Tiffany wins and advances to the title match at Stand & Deliver.
- Ilja Dragunov VS JD McDonagh; Double Disqualification Draw.
- NXT Women’s Championship Qualifier: Lyra Valkyria VS Ivy Nile; Lyra wins and advances to the title match at Stand & Deliver.
- The Great Debate: Chase U VS The Schism; Chase U wins.
- Bron Breakker & Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Pretty Deadly; Bron & Melo win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Pretty Deadly heads to the ring.
Kit Wilson & Elton Prince, the hosts of Stand & Deliver, are apparently just fine after getting thrown through a table last week. Elton has the mic to say, “Attention, attention. Quiet please. It is us, your hosts of Stand…” “And Deliver!” #YESBOY! And as their first official act as the hosts of Stand… and Deliver, they are officially wiping the footage of last week’s closing segment from the archives! You will no longer be able to view those “neckbearded mouth-breathing” Gallus boys cheat to win!
Nor will you see Bron Breakker & Carmelo Hayes jump them from behind to put them through a table! Elton already pretends to not know what happened. The gumption of those two! If not for the fact that these two are the hosts of Stand… and Deliver, those two wouldn’t even make it to Lala Land. Last week is history, today is a mystery. But let’s not get too far off the point. Let’s talk outfits for Stand… and Deliver! Now, hold on, talking about outfits, did you see those horrid ensembles both Melo and Bron were wearing last week? Main event talent, sure. But main event style? But wait, here come Trick Melo Gang!
Trick asks if his mic is working. It is. Good. Because he told the two bobbleheads to be quiet when grown-ups are talking. But Pretty Deadly interrupted so they had to get some “table service.” Melo says not to get it twisted. He was so dripped out, he left puddles! Talk about it. While Melo prepares for his biggest match ever, Pretty Deadly is standing here with his name in their mouths? In all fairness, Mr. Melo, Kit said it. Don’t try and be cute. HEY! They were born cute! They don’t have to try. HEY! Remember what Trick said about talking during grown folks business! We’re talking about the FUTURE NXT Champion! We don’t need that bad juju.
Trick figures Pretty Deadly shouldn’t talk the talk, but walk the walk. Um, hold on, there might be a break down in communication. They only speak the king’s English. But if they want to have a match, if Melo wants to jeopardize the main event of Stand…! And Deliver, then they ACCEPT! Good! Because tonight, the main event, Pretty Deadly VS the man, the myth and the legend, Carmelo Hayes, and his partner… BRON BREAKKER! Trick even tricks Melo there! But then Pretty Deadly attacks! They throw Trick out then mug Melo! But here comes BRON! Bron CLOBBERS Kit, DECKS Elton, and then TOSSES Kit! Elton runs in, he also gets TOSSED!
Bron trophy lifts Kit, and THRWOS him out onto Elton! Pretty Deadly has a pretty nasty landing, and the fans fire up! Bron offers Melo a hand, Melo takes it, and the two stand. Bron says nothing is gonna happen to Melo between now and Stand & Deliver. Melo scowls and takes his leave, but will the champion and challenger be able to stay civil on the Road to WrestleMania Weekend?
Trick and Melo regroup backstage.
Melo asks Trick what the heck, and Trick says he doesn’t know. That was all Trick Melo Gang, they didn’t need Bron. Bron wants Melo at his best, and he’ll get just that. And that means NEW NXT Champion, but he’s teaming with Bron now? Trick always has Melo’s back, right? Yeah, but Melo doesn’t wanna do that “Can they coexist?” crap! But Trick has Melo’s back. Melo needs to know Bron’s speed, flow and body control. Now he’ll have a front row seat. He’ll have the blueprint. Trick himself takes care of the conversation: “Thanks, Trick.” “You’re welcome, Melo.” And Pretty Deadly is easy money. Trick will make sure of that.
And at Stand & Deliver, the most important thing is still the most important thing. That’s all it is, and that’s all it’s gonna be.
NXT Women’s Championship Qualifier: Tiffany Stratton VS Indi Hartwell!
Daddy’s Little Rich Girl claimed she was going to Stand & Deliver even before Roxanne Perez retained the title against Meiko Satomura. But now with the title quite literally up in the air, will she take a spot in the ladder match? Or will #IndiWrestling finally have her moment in Hollywood?
The bell rings and fans rally behind Indi. Indi and Tiffany tie up, Indi headlocks, but Tiffany powers out. Indi runs Tiff over, covers, ONE! Indi wrenches an arm, RAMS shoulders, then wrenches again. Indi RAMS Tiff again, then YANKS the arm. Indi whips Tiff to a corner, runs in, but into a BOOT! Tiff runs in to CLOBBER Indi! Cover, TWO! Tiffany is annoyed but she drags Indi up. Indi wrenches out, and short arm LARIATS right back! And then short arm LARIATS again! Tiff dodges the next one, kicks low and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Tiff stomps Indi and talks trash, but Indi hits back!
Tiffany CLUBS Indi, drags her up and whips her to a corner hard! Indi bounces off buckles and Tiffany taunts her more. Indi blocks the whip, blocks it again, and ROCKS Tiffany with forearms! Tiffany kicks low, whips Indi hard into another corner, then runs to handspring and back elbow! Tiffany runs, but Indi avoids the stomps! Roll-up, TWO! Indi stomps Tiffany, puts her through ropes, and then uppercuts, but misses! Tiff trips Indi, but Indi kicks her away. Indi goes to the apron but Tiff TRIPS her! Indi hits the apron, Tiff says this is HER world and we’re all just living in it. Fans boo as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Tiffany has Indi in a chinlock. Indi endures, fights up, and throws body shots. Tiffany comes back, but into a JAWBREAKER! Indi runs in but Tiff sends her to ropes! Tiff runs to HIP ATTACK! Cover, TWO! Indi is still in this and Tiffany grows annoyed. Tiffany scoops but Indi slips off and waistlocks. Tiff runs to RAM Indi into buckles, then she DOUBLE STOMPS Indi down! Cover, TWO! Indi survives and fans rally up again. Tiffany drags Indi up, whips her to the corner, but Indi reverses. Tiffany goes up and over and handsprings, then comes back, but into Indi’s BIG back suplex!
Both women are down and fans rally back up. Indi and Tiffany crawl after each other, and Indi throws a forearm! Tiffany throws it back, but Indi throws another! They brawl as they stand up, Indi ROCKS and kicks and CLUBS and DECKS Tiffany! Fans fire up and Indi puts Tiffany through ropes to UPPERCUT and BOOT! Tiffany falls, Indi covers, TWO! Tiffany hangs tough but Indi runs in. Tiff dodges the boot to POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Indi is still in this and Tiffany pounds the mat in frustration. Fans boo as she goes to the apron, and Tiffany springboards. Indi avoids the swanton! SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!!
Indi is surprised Tiffany survives, but she hurries to bring Tiffany up. Tiffany RAMS Indi into the corner, but Indi ELBOWS her back. Indi goes up but Tiffany YANKS her down! Fireman’s carry, and ROLLING SENTON! BEST MOONSAULT WHATEVER! Cover, Tiffany wins!
Winner: Tiffany Stratton, by pinfall (advances to Stand & Deliver)
Love her or hate her, the spoiled rich girl backed up her big talk. She is now the third woman to compete in the ladder match, but just how many more participants is HBK going to add?
Gallus is at the bar again.
They have more pints, they’re playing more pool, and they’re happy to be past Pretty Deadly. It is still Gallus Boys On Top! Mark Coffey breaks, but in walk the Creed Brothers. Gallus, funny seeing you guys here. Uh, everyone knows where to find them, Brutus. They’re not hard to find. They fancy a game? Sure, Gallus can break. Alright. Two more pints for Gallus, and uh, two glasses of milk for the Creeds. Milk? C’mon! Brutus will have what they’re having, but Julius is already too wild sober. They play a game, and once again, Gallus dominates the green felt. Eight ball, corner pocket for the win.
Great game, lads. Well, 8 Ball was never their game. Now darts? BULL’S EYE. Well alright, Gallus will throw. And just as Julius said, he and Brutus dominate. They want another round? Yeah, best two outta three. Except that round goes to the Creeds, too. Well, Gallus never took the Creeds for a pair of archers. Hey, they work hard in the dojo, and play hard outside. Well, between pool and darts, that just means they’re tied, 1-1. And they could go all day, but Julius has a better idea for the tiebreaker. Wolfgang and Mark know, too. Stand & Deliver, for the tag titles. No Pretty Deadly, no Indus Sher, the Creeds want the belts back.
Well, Gallus will gladly see them in LA, but the titles are staying with them. See you then. They all shake on it, then head out. Only for Tony D’Angelo & Channing Lorenzo to be waiting. Where’s everyone going? Next round’s on The Don. Because they have business to discuss. Stand & Deliver, that is. Really? Well, this is gonna be a long night. Everyone goes back inside the bar, will Tony and the Underboss get themselves a part in the Hollywood title picture?
Lyra Valkyria speaks.
As she runs up the stairs and through the halls of an abandoned building, she says, “Stand & Deliver, Los Angeles, get ready to soar.” But will she overcome her first obstacle here tonight?
Backstage interview with Gigi Dolin.
McKenzie Mitchell is with someone who has already qualified for the NXT Women’s Championship Ladder Match, and asks Gigi her feelings on the field so far. Gigi say sit is too early to judge. As sad as it is, if Roxie didn’t get hurt, this match wouldn’t be happening. Also, in regards to Jacy Jayne and her bad shoulder, sorry not sorry. Jacy tried to make Gigi’s life a living hell, so she can stay home and watch as Gigi climbs the ladder. The last time Gigi was in a ladder match, she won it. And she has been put through the wringer since. But mentally, no one has any idea. Gigi will do anything to-
Tiffany walks in to interrupt. She “loves” the confidence and all, but did you see her just win and get in that match? So Gigi and every other woman’s chances just went from “possible” to “absolutely screwed.” That title is Tiffany’s. Oh, another Tiffany Epiphany! Tiffany’s gonna win by climbing that ladder all the way to the tippy top! And she’ll love it. Tootles. Gigi makes a face, will Gigi slap that smug attitude right out of Tiffany come Stand & Deliver?
Wes Lee is in the ring.
“OOOH YO! Things have been absolutely crazy around here, right? And y’all have been enjoying these open challenges, correct?” Fans cheer and Wes says that’s good, because he has, too. But he constantly gets asked, “Why? Why are you doing it this way? Why continue to roll the dice? Eventually, your number’s gonna get called.” To Wes, he doesn’t wanna be a hypocrite. When he won this title at Halloween Havoc, it was his first shot at it. And he just knew he had to give it everything he had, because if he came up short, he doubted he’d ever get another shot. And now, as champion, he vows to give anyone the opportunity that was in that same position he was in.
Now, secondly, he knows he’s looking deep within himself, but he has a chip on his shoulder. He needs to prove not just to the world, but to himself, that he can and will compete against the best athletes in the world! That he deserves to carry the title! That he deserves to be our NXT North American Champion! Fans fire up for that, but Wes says many have seen a bit of this fire from that “creeper” vid of him and HBK. And HBK made it clear Wes had four spots for four superstars to compete against him at Stand & Deliver. But wait, here comes DRAGON LEE! Speaking of one of the best from around the world…!
Dragon Lee joins Wes Lee in the ring and has the mic. “Wow, wow, wow. Thank you, all. Nice to meet you, Wes.” Wes says it’s nice to meet him. Dragon says that he came to NXT for the same reason as Wes. But to Dragon, Wes IS the best. But y’know what? Dragon LOVES the chaos! And at Stand & Deliver in LA, Dragon wants to part of that challenge against Wes. Wes says this is what he loves. Wes has followed Dragon’s career from Mexico to Japan, and has wondered what’d it be like if the two of them tangled. And when Dragon signed with NXT, Wes thought it’d be like six to eight months before they got to.
But everyone knows Wes is impatient! So let’s make it official! Dragon gets the first spot! See you in LA! But wait, here comes the Irish Ace! JD McDonagh is going to face Dragunov later tonight, but he says, “Look what it is! Wes Lee, Dragon Lee, the Lees putting each other over. It’s funny you two are running your mouths about the best in the world, I’m backstage warming up. So Dragon, you’re new here, I’ll give you a pass this week. But I suggest you grab a chair, sit your ass front row, and watch a grandmaster at work when I dismantle Ilja Dragunov.” Fans boo but JD tells Wes, “What’s your excuse?”
Wes’ excuse? What’s gonna be JD’s excuse after Ilja rips him apart? Fans fire up for that! JD steps into the ring, and he says Wes should count himself lucky that JD hasn’t had his eyes on that title. Because if he had, not only would Wes not be standing here with it, he wouldn’t be standing at all. But wait! Here comes the Czar! JD is here, so Dragunov isn’t gonna wait! Time for the grudge match! Will either man be left standing after this one?
NXT Anonymous has another video.
Whoever they are, they watch as Indi storms backstage and takes her frustrations out on a trash can. Then she gets mad at Zoey for smirking. Indi asks, “What the hell are you looking at?” Zoey says, “Definitely not the next NXT Women’s Champion.” Zoey heads off, is this the end of the road for #IndiWrestling in NXT?
Kiana James watches in the locker room.
She says that was a pretty good line from Zoey. Fallon Henley then walks in and Kiana mocks Indi for not making it to Stand & Deliver. But they are, tag champ! Isla Dawn & Alba Fyre don’t stand a chance- Enough, Kiana. She knows what’s going on here. Fallon, don’t worry, Kiana isn’t worried about the singles title. No, not that! Sebastian! Kiana’s eyes go wide, but then she denies even recognizing that name. Save it, Kiana. Fallon was in your office. What?! How’d she even get past security!? Fallon says that doesn’t matter, she saw the flowers and the card. Card? What? PROOF! Kiana freaks out again!
How can Kiana even sleep at night, cheating on Jensen!? Fallon knew better than to trust Kiana! Now she’s gonna go tell Jensen. Oh, yes, go run to Brooks and tell him. That’ll screw up EVERYTHING before the biggest match in their careers! But Jensen is family! Kiana may not care about him, but Fallon does! Fallon storms off, what can Kiana do to stop the truth from getting out?
Ilja Dragunov VS JD McDonagh!
NXT returns and the bell rings. These two fire off forearms and fists right away! Dragon watches ringside just like JD wanted as Dragunov ROCKS him! JD rebounds to ROCK Dragunov, but Dragunov rebounds to ROCK JD! They keep going back and forth, then Dragunov BOOTS JD! JD roars as he stays up, but Dragunov ENZIGURIS him down! Now Dragunov roars and fans fire up! Dragunov KNEES JD in the side again and again, then drags him up to CLUB him on the back! Fans rally up for that, “ONE MORE TIME! ONE MORE TIME!” and Dragunov CLUBS JD again! Dragunov then whips JD to a corner, runs in, but JD slips out!
Dragunov knees the buckles, and JD trips him to slingshot TORNILLO SPLASH! Dragon is impressed, but fans boo as JD throws down forearms. Dragunov gets away to a corner, but JD storms up to COHP! JD digs his knee into Dragunov, the ref counts, and JD lets off at 4. Fans boo but JD brings Dragunov up to short arm LARIAT! Dragunov flounders, JD covers, TWO! JD drags Dragunov up to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Dragunov gets away to ropes but JD stomps him. JD drags Dragunov up to wrench, but Dragunov breaks free and trips JD! JD avoids the falling forearm, and the backhand! Dragunov avoids the headbutts!
The forearm start flying again, and both men DECK each other! Fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” and Dragon nods his respect. JD and Dragunov go forehead to forehead, and JD SLAPS! Dragunov SLAPS! It is a SLAP fight! Fans are thunderous again as the SLAPS keep going! JD swings, misses, GERMAN SUPLEX! Dragunov drags JD back up, but JD throws elbows. Dragunov still GERMAN SUPLEXES! Fans want that ‘ONE MORE TIME!” so Dragunov drags JD back up. JD fights the waistlock, pries it free to switch and shove, but Dragunov hits the CONSTANTINE SPECIAL! Both men are down and the fans are thunderous again!
Dragunov drags JD to a cover, TWO! “This is Awesome!” as Dragunov stands back up. Dragunov runs in to KNEE JD in the corner, then puts him down. Dragunov goes up, KNEE DROP! Dragunov roars and goes back up top! But JD stands to ROCK Dragunov! And CHOP! JD climbs up, but Dragunov fights back with body shots! Dragunov HEADBUTTS JD away, then adjusts. JD comes back to grab hair! JD THROWS Dragunov off the top! Fans boo and JD brings Dragunov up to throw him into ropes! Dragunov flops out of the ring and fans boo more while NXT goes picture in picture.
JD grins as he watches Dragunov down on the floor. Dragunov sputters and stirs but JD goes out after him. JD drags Dragunov up for an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Dragunov flounders away, JD hurries in, and he drops an AX HANDLE! Cover, TWO! JD kicks at Dragunov, but Dragunov eggs him on. JD stands Dragunov to ROCK him! Dragunov CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! But then his arm gives up! JD hits a BIG DDT!! Dragunov tumbles over his own head and neck! The ref checks him, he’s somehow okay to continue but he’s shaking. JD stands Dragunov up to whip him hard into the corner!
Dragunov falls to the mat, JD drags him to a cover, TWO! JD grows frustrated with Dragunov, and he clamps on a facelock. JD grinds Dragunov down, Dragunov fights up, and Dragunov pries free to wrench the arm. JD KNEES Dragunov low! Dragunov falls and clutches his gut, but JD stalks him to ropes. JD wrenches an arm, to hit an atomic BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Dragunov is still in this but JD keeps his focus. JD stomps Dragunov around, digs his boot in, and then gets the arm. JD steps through for a standing leg hook nelson! Dragunov endures as JD puts on more pressure, and NXT returns to single picture.
Fans rally, Dragunov bridges up against the hold, but JD just pushes him back down. JD straightens out the arm like an armbar, but Dragunov still fights. Dragunov has turned this into a STRETCH MUFFLER! Now JD endures and flails for the ROPEBREAK! Dragunov lets go at 4 and fans rally up. JD PENALTY KICKS Dragunov in the back! JD drags Dragunov up for Kawada Kicks! And then a SLAP! But Dragunov kips up, only for JD to duck the Pele! JD fires off more Kawada Kicks, but Dragunov HEADBUTTS! JD HEADBUTTS, but Dragunov kips up to PELE!! Fans are thunderous as both men are down again!
JD and Dragunov slowly rise, and fans hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!” This has to end somehow, and Dragunov rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Dragunov puts JD in a corner to CHOP him! And then stalks him to another corner, to CHOP him! Dragunov shoves JD to a corner, JD ducks the chop to ELBOW back! But Dragunov stands up to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! CHOP! CHOP! JD pie faces Dragunov, but that just pisses Dragunov off! MACHINE GUN CHOPS!! Dragunov stops but he brings JD in to waistlock and SIDE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! JD survives but Dragunov holds on!
“This is Awesome!” as Dragunov drags JD back up. JD fights to ropes, that HOTSHOTS Dragunov, and JD brings Dragunov in! POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO!! But JD holds on with a waistlock of his own. JD drags Dragunov up to GERMAN SUPLEX! JD still holds on, they stand again, for another GERMAN SUPLEX! JD lets go, and Dragunov just rises up! Dragunov swings, into another GERMAN SUPLEX! But Dragunov is up to ROUNDHOUSE JD down!! Fans give a standing ovation as both men fall! Dragunov staggers his way to a corner, and he shouts, “UN! BE! SIEG! BAR!!” TORPEDO- NO!! Takedown into body scissors!
Fans shout “NO! NO! NO!” but Dragunov fights the Irish Twister to rain down fists! JD kicks Dragunov away but Dragunov comes back, LEAPING FOREARM!!! Fans cheer “This is Wrestling!” as both men bail out. They SLAP and SLAP and SLAP! They both grab hair, and they tumble into Dragon Lee!! Dragon is pissed, but JD JABS him for the hell of it! Only for Dragunov to swing! JD dodges, the BACKHAND hits Dragon!! Dragon is FURIOUS, he fires hands on them both!!
Fans go nuts as we get a brawl between all three men! But then WES LEE FLIES IN!! The Cardiac Kid helps Dragon fight against Dragunov and JD! Refs rush in to stop this brawl, but fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Will the only way to settle any of this be at Stand & Deliver?
Trick Melo Gang finds Bron Breakker backstage.
Melo tells Bron that he and Trick didn’t need Bron to handle Pretty Deadly, or to be in the tag match with Pretty Deadly. This isn’t that “Can they coexist?” crap! Bron doesn’t want that, either! The Melo that Bron wants to face at Stand & Deliver is the best Melo. They said it last week that they have an opportunity to make something special happen at Stand & Deliver. So Bron isn’t gonna let two clowns, i.e. Pretty Deadly… Though, Trick Melo Gang, too… Screw it up. What’s Bron mean by that? Well, Trick is always up to something. Trick says he’s up to nothing. He just wanted Bron to share the ring with the future NXT Champion.
Oh, is that so? Melo has Bron leave Trick alone. Bron wants the best possible Stand & Deliver, and so does Melo. Then let’s finish this. Good. Big tag match tonight. Nice doing business with you. Trick Melo Gang leaves, but will they be leaving the arena in one piece?
Backstage interview with Wes Lee.
McKenzie can tell Wes is riled up after that brawl. It seems chaos follows him everywhere. Wes admits, he threw himself to the fire on this one. But Ilja and JD will never be done with each other. But the last two weeks, JD has gotten in Wes’s face and Wes is sick and tired of it! So JD gets the second spot. And Ilja is Europe’s finest. The only way to put that to the test: he gets the third stop! So that leaves one spot left. Who will it be? Axiom walks in and says if there’s room for one more…
Wes knows Axiom wants this and he has been close so many times. But there are still so many others to consider. And Wes wants to give everyone a fair shot, sot he only way to do that, “the chaos continues. We’re about to have ourselves a battle royal, y’all! And the winner gets the fourth and final spot.” axiom says that’s fine. He just wanted a chance, and now he has it. Will the Undeniable Truth be undeniable in that chaotic Battle Royal next week?
Johnny Gargano is here!
Fans fire up for the Rebel Heart, as- Wait. That’s not Johnny Wrestling! That’s JAVIER BERNAL!! Big Body Javi just trolled everyone! “When that music hit, you all thought Johnny Gargano was coming out. But you were wrong! Hah! Just like I thought I was going to Stand & Deliver, the biggest event of the year. But I was wrong. And you know who’s to blame for that? JOHNNY GARGANO!” Johnny took Javi’s spot! Who the hell does Johnny think he is? He’s been gone for 6, 8, 10, 12 months! Has he not been watching NXT while he was away? Javi s the heart and soul of NXT! He has been busting his ass for seven YEARS! Well, no, months.
But what does Johnny have that Javi doesn’t? Johnny Wrestling? No, Big Body Javi is better! Javi would take himself over Gargano every day of the week! How many Christmas albums does Gargano have? NONE! And between the two of them, they’re Triple Crown Champion! *All Johnny. But HBK, Javi says you chose the wrong guy! Wait, here comes the REAL Johnny Wrestling! Fans fire up as Gargano goes right to the ring and he CLOBBERS Javi! Fans fire up more as Gargano TOSSES Javi out! Then RAMS him into barriers! And then RAMS him into steel steps! And then TOSSES him over the barriers!
Fans cheer on Johnny and he grabs himself a mic. “Grayson! Grayson! Grayson Waller! I know you’re somewhere around here, I know you’re listening. You wanna make things personal? You wanna raise the stakes? Let’s raise the stakes. In my hand is a contract for a type of match I know very, very, very well. April 1st, Stand & Deliver, Grayson Waller VS Johnny Gargano… in an UNSANCTIONED MATCH!! No rules! Anything goes! No one is liable for what I do to you. Grayson, all you have to do is come down here and sign it.” But Waller is here via tron. Fired up tonight, huh? Seems he feels better than when he was down and out on his own front lawn.
Waller gets it, Gargano is upset. But an Unsanctioned match? Does Gargano wanna embarrass himself on the biggest stage in NXT? That’s too far, even for Gargano. Not far enough! Come and sign this! Waller says if Gargano thinks he’s going down to that ring, he’s crazy. But Waller will let Gargano give that contract to Vic Joseph so Waller can sign it next week. And, it has to be on one condition: Gargano is BANNED from the building next week. If Waller whiffs even a bit of Gargano, he’s not signing and no one gets what they want. Gargano says if that gets Waller to do it, deal! Gargano gives Vic the contract to hold on to.
Gargano sees Javi get back up and in, and SUPERKICKS him down! Johnny Wrestling wants to unleash everything on Waller, but will he come to regret throwing away all the rules?
There is a moonlight ritual going on.
“There is more to us than you think. I appreciate the significance of my heritage, but I must carry the responsibility of progression. I will hold my people up, and lead the way forward.” Eddy Thorpe is ready to level up to NXT, next week!
Backstage interview with Ivy Nile.
McKenzie brings up how Tatum Paxley betrayed her last week, and can only imagine how devastated she must be. Ivy says she was surprised, just like everyone else. It took her a long time to trust someone like she did Tatum. She let her guard down, and got burned. Tatum is a little “out there,” so the rest of Diamond Mine let her do her. But they thought she was part of the team. So for Tatum to say they weren’t a team, that hurts. But tonight isn’t about Tatum. Tonight, Ivy has an opportunity. If she beats Lyra, Ivy goes to Stand & Deliver and possibly becomes NEW NXT Women’s Champion. Not even Tatum can ruin that.
Hank Walker speaks.
“Everyone’s journey is unique, and mine’s been one hell of a ride.” Security guard turned superstar, but he’s been an athlete his whole life, and was even a three-year starting offensive lineman at North Carolina State. But no sport could’ve prepared him for the WWE. There have been ups and downs, he’s made friends, found a mentor in Drew Gulak only to be abandoned by Drew Gulak. Gulak and Charlie Dempsey don’t see it. They say Hank’s not cut out for this, but he’s gonna work his ass off to prove them wrong. All he needs is himself, and all he needs to do is keep evolving. That is what NXT is all about.
Drew Gulak & Charlie Dempsey are watching.
Gulak mockingly calls that promo “cute.” Dempsey says that’s one way of putting it. Walker still lacks the killer instinct. Exactly! A teacher can only the door, but it is up to the student to see it through. That’s why Hank will be nothing more than “another nice guy.” The technicians have a laugh, but will Hank prove them all wrong?
NXT Women’s Championship Qualifier: Lyra Valkyria VS Ivy Nile!
The Morrigan and the Diamond Pitbull are going to fight tooth and nail to take that fourth spot in the ladder match! Will Lyra fly higher than the mountains to get that golden ticket? Or will Ivy move mountains to go to Hollywood?
NXT returns and Lyra makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They feel things out, tie up, and Lyra wrangles Ivy down then Oklahoma Rolls and turns it into an O’Conner Roll! TWO, and Lyra hurries up to go after a leg. Ivy blocks, facelocks, rolls and steps over to flip Lyra over! Cover, ONE! Ivy keeps on the arm but Lyra rolls free. Ivy TACKLES Lyra, drags her back, but Lyra rolls to her feet. Lyra trips Ivy, has a toehold, but Ivy pries her down to an ARMBAR! Lyra clasps hands, Ivy stomps her! They get up, Lyra headbutts low! And KICKS! Ivy grits her teeth but Lyra tells her she’s not gonna stand in her way. Ivy just KICKS Lyra back!
Ivy eggs Lyra on, so Lyra KICKS! Ivy KICKS back, but Lyra scowls. DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSES bring both women down! Fans fire up and we see Tatum watching backstage. Ivy gets a leg, Lyra blocks to hook the arms but Ivy fights the backslide! Ivy spins around, gut wrenches Lyra to SLAM! Cover, TWO! Ivy keeps cool, and she kicks, but Lyra ducks to kip up and ENZIGURI! Fans fire up and Lyra roars! SOBAT! Front kick! HEADBUTT! BOOT! Lyra then reels Ivy in, but Ivy blocks the lift! Ivy facelocks, to snap suplex! Fans rally up, Ivy runs in to CALF KICK her to a corner! Then DIAMOND DRAGON!!
Lyra flails, climbs the corner and goes up and over! GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans rally up again, Lyra HEEL KICKS Ivy down! Cover, Lyra wins!!
Winner: Lyra Valkyria, by pinfall (advances to Stand & Deliver)
The Morrigan breaks through Diamond Mine’s female titan, and now she is going to Stand & Deliver! But will she reach the highest point in the NXT Women’s Division by becoming champion?
Fallon Henley looks for Jensen.
But as she looks, Isla Dawn’s laugh echoes through the hall, and there’s a flash of lightning and crack of thunder! And Alba Fyre CLOBBERS her! Fyre & Dawn mug Fallon and mockingly ask where her friend went. But Kiana runs in to fire off on them! The champs fight back against their challengers, refs rush in but Fallon sends Fyre into the wall! Isla talks trash on Kiana, she and Fyre slip away. Kiana and Fallon regroup, and Kiana says that she can’t tell Jensen. Kiana has to be the one. Fallon agrees to that. Will Kiana let Jensen down gently? Will the team be able to stick together against the Wicked Witches of NXT?
NXT Media catches Wes Lee on his way out.
They ask him who he thinks will win next week’s battle royal. Wes says he doesn’t think you can predict something like that. Just sit back, relax, and watch as it unfolds. Just like he plans on doing, and just like he knows all the fans will do. But then Jinder Mahal walks over to say he will see Wes at Stand & Deliver. And then Dijak walks over to say, “Don’t think I’ve forgotten about you.” And then Dabba-Kato walks up with a big smile. There is no one that will stop him in this battle royal. Wes can’t even. But three of the biggest and baddest are throwing their names into the hat, will any of those giants be the winner?
It’s the NXT Great Debate!
Blake Howard welcomes us as this debate’s mediator, as the crowd is clearly divided between Chase U students and Schism loyalists. These two groups argue they have the better teaching method here in NXT. First up, Rip Fowler and Duke Hudson. “How has your group approached the topic of inclusion?” The first turn goes to Rip. Rip says “Togetherness has always been the founding principle of The Schism. Whilst others hide behind their masks, we have removed ours and prospered together. Duke Hudson, Ava presented you with a gift. An opportunity to remove your mask of phony school spirit, and the Schism will welcome you with open arms.”
Duke’s rebuttal: “Um… Yeah. I mean, Ava did give me a mask. I dunno. Our university has passion. It gave me a sense of belonging, right? It’s nice to feel included in things, I guess. That’s what I think about inclusion.” Andre Chase facepalms at the lack of enthusiasm and commitment from Duke. WTF, man? Thea and Ava are next. “How does your group make you feel safe?” Ava says “The world is a harsh and uninviting place. But I rest comfortably in loving arms, knowing that there is safety under The Schism’s tree. Andre Chase University offers a false sense of security made up of cement walls.
“But The Schism raises invisible walls that block out the world’s negativity, and allows our minds and bodies to wander freely beyond.” Thea’s rebuttal: With a motormouth pace, she says “Webster’s Dictionary defines ‘safety’ as the condition of being safe from hurt, injury, or loss. Protection from hurt, injury and loss come from healing! And I’ve learned a lot of methods of healing through the connections I’ve made at Chase University. The Schism, while claiming safety, brainwash you into believing in safety, and that is hazardous to the mind, body and soul. Thank you, good night.” Chase high-fives Thea on the rebound. Where’d that come from? She doesn’t know, she blacked out.
And thirdly, Professor Andre and Joe Gacy. “How would you rate the preparedness of the other members of your group to leave the nest?” Andre is given the first turn, but Gacy interrupts! “Mr. Chase, your students already answered that for you. They are not prepared! A marble-mouthed doubter, and a reprogrammed wind-up toy? They don’t know which way is up! Moderator, tally the scores.” But then TYLER BATE appears! He apologizes for his tardiness, but he steps forward to say his part. Chase allows it, as does the moderator. That means Bate and Jagger Reed have a showdown!
“How would you sum up the experience of your group?” Jagger says, “It’s simple. Four roots. One tree.” The audience even gets involved on that one. Bate’s rebuttal: “I can objectively say that to excel in NXT, it takes more than just physical prowess inside the squared circle. It takes a big strong mind, open to new ideas. To collaborate and learn, with a willingness to listen to what others have to say, just as they would for you. Now, the Chase University experience is one of growth and constant evolution. It’s ignited a career in Thea Hail, rejuvenated Duke Hudson, and fortified Andre Chase himself!
“Now, the growth of Chase University IS the growth of NXT! And that’s something that The Schism has never and will never achieve!” Chase U’s student section cheers that! Chase thanks Bate for that. And now that they’ve beaten The Schism down philosophically, it is time they beat The Schism down physically! A match! The Schism VS Chase U & Bate in a Mixed 8 Tag at Stand & Deliver! And in Hollywood, they will give The Schism an Andre Chase University sized ass kicking!! Gacy says NO! The Dyad beat Chase U as a team, and Gacy beat Chase 1v1. The Schism is far superior physically and philosophically. There’s nothing left to gain here.
Duke says they’ll put up the school. What? Yeah, Duke, what? You heard him. Winner gets control of Chase University. Then they’re on. Chase is unsure, but this could be Duke’s high stakes gambling past coming back to haunt him. Will Chase U come out of Hollywood with nothing?
NXT checks back in with the bar.
Everything’s a bit hazy, but Gallus, the Creeds, The Don and Underboss have made it through the night. Look at the time! This has been great, but Tony & Stacks have a thing to take care of. Nice place they found here. Might need a broom, though. Julius says, “Don’t you guys know a cleaning service?” Tony snatches his hat off Julius’ head, and says yeah, they do. But not the kind you’re thinking of. Brutus says that was fun. Wolfgang slurs and stammers as he says, “Why’s it gotta stop?” Cuz the Creeds got what they came for, and then some. Then let’s bring the fun to Stand & Deliver. Triple Threat Tag! See you boys in LA.
Oh, and don’t forget to tip the bartender. Gallus is in the best shape out of these boys, but will they still be standing tall after Stand & Deliver?
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
There will be still one more spot in the NXT Women’s Championship Ladder match! And in a Last Chance Triple Threat, it will be Sol Ruca VS Ivy Nile VS Indi Hartwell! Who will redeem themselves on the Road to WrestleMania to still have their shot at the title?
Bron Breakker & Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Pretty Deadly!
The NXT Champion and his challenger may not like Trick’s idea of a team-up, but if it means shutting up Kit & Elton, they’ll do it. Will Bron & Melo body slam the hosts of Stand & Deliver once again? Or will this be about “Can the coexist?” in the end after all?
The teams sort out and Elton rushes in! Melo dodges, but then Kit CLOBBERS Melo! Kit covers, ONE!! Kit drops a knee, talks trash, then runs, but Melo drops, hurdles and ducks! DROPKICK! Then arm-drags! Melo has the armlock, fans rally but Kit arm-drags, only for Melo to arm-drag right back! But that just puts them closer to the Pretty Deadly corner! Elton tags in, Kit holds Melo in place, and Elton runs to UPPERCUT Melo! Elton then brings Melo out to UPPERCUT Melo down. Melo bails out, Elton kicks him from the apron, and Pretty Deadly go after Melo together. But Bron storms over to keep them from throwing Melo into steel steps.
Bron says Pretty Deadly isn’t going to ruin Stand & Deliver. Pretty Deadly lets off of Melo, but then Kit CLUBS Melo on the back. Kit puts Melo in the ring, covers, TWO! Kit drags Melo up, wrenches, but Melo wrenches back and snapmares to PENALTY KICK! Melo runs, but Kit FLAPJACKS! Tag to Elton, he sucker punches Bron, then Pretty Deadly coordinate. “Yes, boy~!” Pretty Deadly both run, but Bron gets in so that he and Melo can stare Pretty Deadly down. Pretty Deadly look to each other, then they throw hands! The brawl is on and both Bron and Melo get the edge. Then they decide to work together!
Bron helps Melo with the SPRINGBOARD LARIAT! Melo flies over Kit to CLOBBER Elton! Bron then RANAS Kit out of the ring! Fans fire up with the champion and his challenger, but they bump into each other. Bron offers handshake, Melo shows fist bump, so paper covers rock. No, man! Melo & Bron wait on Pretty Deadly and fans bark it up as NXT goes picture in picture.
Kit & Elton regroup on the other side of the ring, so Melo tags Bron. Bron waits on someone, but Kit distracts and Elton runs in to CLOBBER Bron! Elton CLUBS Bron, wrenches an arm, but Bron wrenches back. Tag to Melo, he goes up and drops AX HANDLES on the arm! Melo CHOPS Elton to a corner, wrenches and brings him back, tag to Bron. Bron goes up and he drops AX HANDLES! Bron wrenches Elton, but Elton throws body shots. Elton headlocks, Bron powers out, things speed up and Bron hurdles, to then catch Elton for a SPINEBUSTER! Bron rolls through to fireman’s carry!
Bron pops Elton up to a suplex! Bron walks around with Elton and even Melo is impressed. Bron then SLAMS Elton, and he dares Kit to do something. Kit talks trash, steps inside, and Bron DECKS him! But Elton CLOBBERS Bron again! Elton CLUBS Bron, whips him to ropes, but Bron ducks ‘n’ dodges, only to run into a FLAPJACK onto ropes! Elton tags Kit, then Elton anchors Bron so Kit can drop the ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Kit runs to KNEE Bron in the side! And then he runs to KNEE Bron again! Bron goes to the apron but Kit drags him back in. Kit wrenches the arm as NXT returns to single picture.
Fans rally as Bron endures, and Bron fights up. Kit CLUBS Bron down, grinds the arm again, then grabs the other arm for a motorcycle stretch. Bron endures, fights up, but Kit knees low. Kit facelocks, Elton goes up the corner, but Melo GAMANGIRIS Elton down! Bron blocks the buckle bump to elbow Kit! Kit tags Elton, Bron dodges Kit, tag to Melo! Melo hurdles Elton to DECK Kit! Melo dodges Elton to springboard LARIAT! Fans fire up, Melo BOOTS Elton! Kit grabs Melo but Melo wrenches an arm to drag Kit over, slingshot suplex onto Elton! Cover, TWO! Fans rally behind Melo as he stalks Elton.
Melo brings Elton up to ROCK him and whip, but Elton reverses. Elton hurdles, Kit reels Melo in for a DDT! Elton hurries to cover, TWO! Elton drags Melo up to UPPERCUT him back down! Elton stalks Melo to ropes, he UPPERCUTS Melo again, then puts him in the corner. Elton stomps away but lets off as the ref counts. Elton poses, storms back up, but Melo kicks low! And kicks again! Kit tags in, he and Elton stomp Melo. Fans rally as Pretty Deadly double whip, and double shoulder! “Yes, boy!” SPLASH LEG DROP COMBO! Cover, TWO! Kit drops a leg of his own, then drags Melo from Bron.
Kit talks trash, stands Melo up, and ROCKS him! Kit runs in to UPPERCUT Melo! And DECK him with a right! Kit YANKS Melo into a BOMB! Cover, TWO! Melo kicks back from below but Kit CLOBBERS him! Trick coaches Melo but Kit clamps on a chinlock. Melo endures, fans rally up, and Melo fights up. Melo throws body shots, but Kit CLOBBERS him! Tag to Elton, and he stomps away on Melo! Fans boo as Elton drops an AX HANDLE! Cover, TWO! Elton drags Melo away from Bron and stays between them. Elton drags Melo up but Melo ROCKS him! Elton shoves Melo but Melo sunset flips on the rebound! TWO, and Elton CLOBBERS Melo! Cover, TWO!!
Trick and Bron coach Melo up and fans rally. Elton drags Melo up, but Melo ROCKS Elton! Elton ROCKS Melo, Melo ROCKS Elton, and then Melo ROCKS Elton again! Elton keeps Melo from Bron, but Melo breaks free, only to miss his enziguri! But Melo BOOTS Elton away! Hot tags to Kit and Bron! Bron rallies on Pretty Deadly! BIG shoulder tackle for Kit! Haymaker for Elton! GERMAN SUPLEX for Kit! GERMAN SUPLEX for Elton! Kit fires hands with Bron, Kit whips, but Bron ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Kit! Fans fire up and Bron grins. Bron drags Kit up in a waistlock, to GERMAN SUPLEX!!
The straps come down, fans fire up with Bron, but Bron climbs up the corner. Fans bark it up, and Bron FLYING BULLDOGS! Cover, Elton breaks it! Melo hurries in to ROCK Elton and BOOT him! Elton flops into the ropes, Kit stands, and Bron runs in! Kit sends Bron at Melo!! Melo goes up the corner and Bron pulls up, avoiding the collision! But Elton struggling in the ropes distracts the ref, Melo hits a CODE BREAKER on Kit! Bron SPEARS Kit down!! Fans fire up as Bron tags Melo to give him the last shot. Melo with NOTHING BUT NET!! Cover, Melo & Bron win!
Winners: Bron Breakker & Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall
Melo don’t miss, and Trick finishes taking notes on Bron. Melo fetches the belt, but hands it over to Bron. Will the game plan be ready so that Melo becomes him? Or will nothing break the Big Booty Nephew?
A really good NXT here, and a lot of quick developments for Stand & Deliver. I do appreciate the consistency of tag teams challenging Gallus for the tag titles through bar games. Tony D & Stacks made their intentions known last week, so them confronting Gallus was expected, but The Creeds getting in on this was a surprise. The tag titles becoming a Triple Threat match is cool, but all three teams are essentially Faces. I’m sensing some kind of shenanigans brings one team around to be Heels, and it won’t be the Creeds. I would personally love it if was Gallus with Joe Coffey returning to help win. Gallus can’t truly be on top if they’re down a man.
Good stuff out of the NXT Women’s Championship story. Good match out of Tiffany VS Indi, and I figured Tiffany would win that. Gigi had a good promo to both address Jacy Jayne and the growing field, but also good promo from Tiffany to keep her character at that just insufferable level. Good promo from Ivy, decent one from Lyra, and good match, but not that strong of a match. I’m a bit torn, as this was a great opportunity for Ivy to even have this qualifier match, but honestly, it should’ve been Stevie Turner. Stevie was the one with that “randomizer” that chose to highlight Lyra, why not give us a match of those two? It’s not like Stevie’s actually busy streaming.
Good stuff out of the women’s tag title story, too. Kiana and Fallon were both great in talking about this Sebastian, and then I like the creativity of the ambush. Instead of lights out and teleporting in, or even just running in, Isla & Alba use fake lightning and thunder to disorient Fallon before the attack. Fighting Alba & Isla off was a decent way to bring Kiana and Fallon back onto the same page, and we’re going to get quite the moment next week in the go-home. And good promo from Hank Walker but also good promo from Gulak & Dempsey. Their story will have to wait until after Stand & Deliver, and could be something big for Spring Breakin’ 2023.
Javier swerving us was very clever, I did not think Javi would get in on this story. Good response from Gargano, and going right for Unsanctioned is nuts! No Disqualification, sure. No Holds Barred, sure. Last Man Standing even! But I guess this is all to represent how long Gargano’s stewed on his grudge for Waller, and how this escalated after Waller found the Gargano house. And given how Waller wants Gargano completely banned from the building next week, it’s so obvious Waller is going to threaten Vic physically, maybe even get physical with Vic, and Gargano can’t do anything about it, thereby adding more fuel to the fire.
Great stuff out of the North American Championship story, with a great promo from Wes and from Dragon Lee, and a good promo from JD ahead of his match with Dragunov. That match was awesome, as all the Dragunov VS JD matches have been, but I should’ve seen it coming that they’d end up colliding with Dragon Lee to bring this around into the North American title match. Wes VS Dragon VS JD VS Dragunov is awesome all on its own, but great move to have a battle royal to decide the fifth person in that match. Axiom has a good promo to let us know he’s gonna be in that match, but I also like that Jinder, Dijak and Dabba-Kato each had a couple lines to let Wes know they’re coming. Dijak’s had his shots, he surely won’t win. But Dabba is definitely a possibility.
Really good segment out of The Great Debate, and nice heroic appearance by Tyler Bate to help Chase U pull out the win. And just as I was hoping, we’re getting a Mixed 8 Tag, and this is going to be great stuff. Putting up the school, aka the faction in itself, is big stuff for Chase U, but I feel like the match could still go either way. And good stuff out of Pretty Deadly, Trick Melo Gang and Bron. The promo stuff was good for Pretty Deadly and Trick Melo Gang, and we got a really good match in the main event. But naturally Bron & Melo win because neither of them was going to suffer lost momentum this close to Stand & Deliver. I’m still voting for Melo winning the title and Bron being called up. After all, there’s a WWE Snickers commercial with Bron Breakker and AJ Styles, that feels like a sign.
My Score: 8.8/10
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Down The Wire: NCAA Tourney Time, NFL Combine and the Aaron Rodgers Fiasco
The Brothers Wortz tackle the NFL combine, Aaron Rodgers and get you ready for March Madness!
Bandwagon Nerds #175: Affleck is DC Done
On this week’s Bandwagon, Patrick, Tunney and Dave continue their coverage of The Mandalorian. Why do the nerds think this episode...
Talk the Kēki: Tokyo Revengers, Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible, More!
No breaks for Ethan and Mat this time, as we have another episode of Talk the Kēki!
Andrew’s Judgmental Album Reviews: Kamelot – The Awakening (2023)
Will this be The Awakening of my enjoyment of post-Roy Khan Kamelot...or does the JAR continue to cherry pick?
Mitchell’s Hyrule Puro-Resu Results & Report! (3/17/23)
One round left before the finish!
Bandwagon Nerds #174: Bob Iger’s Plan
Bob Iger announces his vision for Disney films and specifically talked about the MCU and Star Wars. What could it...
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (3/22/23)
Independence is Dynamite!
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (3/21/23)
Time for a grudge match!
Mitchell’s NJPW New Japan Cup Results & Report! (3/21/23)
It all comes down to this!
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (3/21/23)
Toni Storm gets Dark!
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (3/20/23)
Monday is ImPAULsive!
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (3/20/23)
Winnipeg gets Elevated!
Mitchell’s NJPW New Japan Cup Results & Report! (3/19/23)
The semifinals are here!
Mitchell’s NJPW New Japan Cup Results & Report! (3/18/23)
It's lights out, but for who?
DWI Podcast #368: The Main Event of Night One
A March Madness of topics, and Seinfeld Season 4 Episode 6...The Watch!
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (3/17/23)
Will Hobbs is on a Rampage!