Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (12/20/22)
Tag Title Tuesday 2!
Who will have gold for the holidays?
The New Day defend their NXT Tag Team titles against Briggs & Jensen, and the NXT Women’s Tag Team titles are defended in a TRIPLE THREAT!
- Axiom VS Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams; Melo wins.
- Zoey Stark VS Nikkita Lyons; Stark wins.
- NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: Kayden Carter & Katana Chance VS Toxic Attraction VS Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley; Kayden & Katana win and retain the titles.
- Indi Hartwell VS Elektra Lopez; Lopez wins.
- Alba Fyre VS Sol Ruca; No Contest.
- NXT Tag Team Championships: The New Day VS Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen w/ Fallon Henley; The New Day wins and retain the titles.
PLAY BY PLAY
Axiom VS Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams!
The Undeniable Truth didn’t win the Iron Survivor Challenge, but he had one of the most exciting moments in it! It even caught The A Champion by surprise! But now, these two look to step up, wanting to be next in line after Grayson Waller. Who hits the mark and who misses like an air ball as the New Year approaches?
The bell rings and the two tie up. Melo waistlocks, he throws Axiom down, then pie faces him. Melo talks trash but Axiom trips Melo to a toehold! Melo rolls, Axiom cartwheels through, and he pie faces back! Melo scowls, rushes in, but Axiom facelocks! Axiom rolls Melo to a cover, ONE! Melo clinches, whips but Axiom reverses to snapmare! Things speed up, Axiom springboards to arm-drag, and Melo narrowly avoids the spin kick! Axiom says it was that close. Fans rally up, the two tie up, and Axiom headlocks. Melo powers up but Axiom hits a tornado takeover! Melo headscissors, Axiom kips free, but Melo holds onto the wrist!
Melo drags Axiom down to the headscissors, Axiom moves around and headstands. Axiom turns Melo over, bridges back and hooks up the legs! Fans cheer the exchange and Axiom gets a Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Melo pops out to cover, ONE, and Axiom ducks a kick to waistlock. Melo wheelbarrows, trips Axiom, but Axiom kicks him away! Melo kips up, Axiom trips him and covers, ONE! Axiom jumps the sweep, Melo ducks the kick, Melo sunset flips but Axiom rolls through to come back with a prawn hold! TWO, Axiom whips but Melo rolls. Things keep moving, Axiom arm-drags with a twist to have an armlock!
Fans cheer this great exchange, and then the fan rally up. Axiom bridges to twist the hammerlock! Melo endures, Trick coaches him up, and Melo stands. Axiom adds a chinlock, but Melo RAMS him into a corner! The ref calls the ropebreak, but Melo throws a back elbow. Axiom throws one back! Axiom goes up to FLYING ARM-DRAG and then DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Axiom waistlocks to rear bearhug and hold Melo down. Fans rally, Melo fights up, and Melo throws elbows. Axiom ducks, Melo bucks the O’Conner but he runs into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Fans rally and duel as Axiom bearhugs again.
Melo fights up, throws a back elbow, and he talks trash. Melo runs, but Axiom goes the other way to DROPKICK the springboard down! Fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” as NXT goes picture in picture.
Both men are down and the ref starts a standing count. Axiom flounders around at 4 of 10, he and Melo rise, and Axiom PENALTY KICKS! Melo sputters, but Axiom KICKS him again! Melo throws a body shot, but Axiom KICKS Melo back down! Axiom drags Melo up, to KICK again! And again! But Melo SWATS the leg! Melo runs, springboards, and FLYING LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Melo grows frustrated but he drags Axiom up to scoop and SLAM! Melo dribbles, he shoots, and he scores his free throw! But Axiom trips him up on the rebound! Melo stomps away on Axiom out of frustration! Melo covers again, TWO!
Melo clamps onto Axiom, he pulls on the mask! The ref reprimands but Melo shifts to have a cording hold. Axiom endures as Melo pulls on the arm. Axiom fights up, only for Melo to throw him down! Melo keeps on the arm, even digs a knee into Axiom’s side, but Axiom fights up gain. Axiom throws forearms, runs, and ducks a clothesline to crucifix takedown! TWO, and Melo CLOBBERS Axiom! Cover, TWO! Melo has the arm back in the cording hold! Axiom endures all over again, and he fights back up. Melo wrangles Axiom back down! NXT returns to single picture as fans rally and duel.
Melo pulls on the arm but Axiom fights up again. Axiom throws knees and gets free, but Melo ROCKS him with a right! Axiom ROCKS Melo back, but Melo SLAPS Axiom! Axiom CHOPS, Melo ROCKS! Axiom goes to ropes, Trick talks trash, but Axiom comes back to CHOP! Axiom fires palm strikes, he whips, and then DROPKICKS Melo down hard! Fans fire up with Axiom while Melo goes to a corner. Axiom runs corner to corner to GAMANGIRI! And then a FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Not quite perfect but fans argue the count. Axiom hurries to waistlock Melo again, but Melo resists the lift.
Melo runs to ropes, bucks Axiom again, and he BOOTS Axiom down from the kip-up! Melo runs to tilt-o-whirl FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! But into the CROSSFACE! Fans rally and duel as Axiom endures! Axiom rolls the hold to a cover, TWO! Melo lets go, springboards, but into a SLIDING GERMAN SUPLEX! Axiom goes up top fast and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! But Axiom has the arm for an ARMBAR!! Melo flails, moves around, but ends up in a TRIANGLE HOLD! Melo endures, fights up, he claws at Axiom’s mask! The ref reprimands, Melo lets go to deadlift Axiom for a POWERBOMB! But Axiom springs up to TRIANGLE HOLD!!
Melo endures all over again but Axiom pulls him in deep! Melo dribbles Axiom’s head off the mat! Axiom lets go and Melo grabs hold of an arm. Melo drags Axiom up by his arm and mask, and he BOOTS Axiom! And BOOTS him! And BOOTS again! Axiom eggs Melo on! Then he blocks the boot to CHOP!! Axiom knuckle locks, CHOPS, goes up and up, but Melo trips him up! Axiom just double knuckle locks to bring Melo up! Axiom then jumps up to the top, but Melo follows! Axiom SUPER DUPER STEINERS!! Fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” while Trick freaks out! Melo distracts the ref, Trick throws Axiom down by his mask!
Melo hits a CODE BREAKER!! Melo goes up top and he takes aim, NOTHING BUT NET!! Cover, Melo wins!
Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall
As always, it’s Trick with the assist, but Melo made his shot! Axiom know sit, too, so he ASAI MOONSAULTS onto Trick! Axiom says that’s what happens! Will the Undeniable Truth prove that Melo can’t make his shots without help?
Backstage interview with Grayson Waller.
McKenzie Mitchell says Waller requested this time, so what’s on his mind? “I still can’t believe Roxanne Perez is our new NXT Women’s Champion. I never thought she could do it. And honestly, McKenzie, it’s inspired me. If Roxanne didn’t have to wait until New Year’s Evil, then why should I wait for New Year’s Evil for my match with Bron?! I want my title match… TONIGHT!” Seriously? Dead serious! Roxie called her shot, so Waller’s calling his! But Bron’s not here, he’s on a media tour promoting Vengeance Day. Why? He’s not going to be champion come Vengeance Day, Waller will! Well, he’s in Carolina right now-
Waller doesn’t care where Bron is! The challenge is made! If Bron wants to show he’s a gutless champion, then so be it. But Bron has the USA Network, probably streaming on his phone right now. Waller tells Bron to meet him the ring tonight! “BITCH!!” Is the 21st Century Success Story just puffing up his chest because he knows the champ isn’t here? Or will Bron find a way to return home in time to break the Grayson Waller Effect?
Tony D’Angelo is on the phone with someone.
It isn’t Stacks, because he’s right next to The Don. Tony can’t believe “he said that.” But absolutely, yeah. Tootles. Who was that? Well, guess who has a North American Championship match next week? Wow, let’s go, Don! Is he the don or not? So Wes Lee agreed to that? It was his idea! What a great guy. But what do they now? Well, Stacks is gonna tell Dijak to stay out of their business. And when Tony beats Wes, Dijak can have the first crack. But until then, Dijak needs to stay out of his way. Stacks has to go tell him now? No, wait until tomorrow. YES right now!
Stacks heads out, but Waller has him and Tony hold on. Have they seen Bron Breakker? No. Stacks leaves, and Waller tells Tony to tell Bron that Waller’s looking for him. Can the Don do that for Waller? Yeah, sure. Waller heads out, and Tony shakes his head. Does even Tony D know some things just aren’t possible?
Zoey Stark VS Nikkita Lyons!
Once a role model and “big sister” to the new recruits, The Hunter is only looking out for herself now. She and the Lioness have a score to settle, but who will be the hunter and who will be the hunted?
But as Lyons makes her entrance, Stark rushes out after her! Lyons avoids the cheap shot to ROUNDHOUSE Stark down! Lyons says if that’s how she wants it, then she RAMS Stark into the apron! They get in the ring, fans fire up and the bell rings! Stark swings but into counter punches from Lyons! Lyons whips, then HEEL KICKS Stark down! Stark flounder sup, Lyons RAMS her into the corner! And again, and again! Lyons whips corner to corner, runs in and FOREARM SMASHES! Stark staggers away, Lyons is right after her with body shots! Stark shoves back but Lyons fires off more shots! The ref counts, Stark shoves Lyons away and bails out!
Fans boo but Lyons pursues. Stark gets back in the ring, but Lyons avoids the sliding dropkick! Lyons whips but Stark reverses to POST Lyons! Stark rains down fists, then she roars! The ring count is climbing, fans taunt Stark with “OH~ Zoey Is Angry~!” Stark RAMS Lyons into the apron, pushes her into the ring at 7 of 10, and then stalks her to ropes. Lyons gets up but Stark CHOKES her on the ropes! The ref counts, Stark lets off at 4 of 5, and Lyons sputters to a corner. Stark CHOPS Lyons! Lyons CHOPS back, but Stark CHOPS again! Lyons CHOPS, Stark CHOPS, then Stark kicks low. Stark snapmares and clamps on a chinlock.
Lyons endures, fans rally up, but Stark CLUBS Lyons across the chest and shoulders. Stark wraps on a tighter hold but fans rally up again. Lyons fights to her feet, but Stark wrangles her right back down! Fans continue to rally, Lyons continues to fight, but Starks throws her down by her hair! Stark pie faces Lyons around, saying she’s nothing! But Lyons avoids the spin kick to sweep the legs! Stark staggers back up, Lyons rallies with clotheslines! Lyons waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! Lyons roars, runs in and PENALTY KICKS! And HIP ATTACKS! ROUNDHOUSE, then a cover, TWO! Lyons grows frustrated but she watches Stark stand up.
Fans rally as Lyons fireman’s carries. Stark fights free with elbows, goes to a corner, and Lyons runs in. Stark dodges to HEEL KICK!! Lyons staggers, Stark reels her in, but Lyons fights the full nelson. Lyons elbows Stark away, but Stark comes back with a DROPKICK! Lyons hits a ROBINSON SPECIAL! Cover, TWO! Stark says Lyons is ungrateful, and then she goes to a corner. Stark springboards, but Lyons avoids the ax handle to ROCK Stark with a right! SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Stark survives and Lyons grows further frustrated. Fans rally, both women stand and Lyons waistlocks. But Stark elbows free!
Lyons blocks a superkick, shoves and scoops Stark, but Stark slips off! Lyons SUPERKICKS Stark, then runs to FOREARM SMASH in the corner! Lyons whips Stark out but Stark goes up and over. Stark waistlocks, Lyons switches to O’Conner Roll, TWO and Stark has the O’Conner Roll Bridge! With the ropes!! STARK WINS!!
Winner: Zoey Stark, by pinfall
Fans boo as The Hunter steals a win! Lyons is furious, will she be hunting down Stark for a rematch?
Backstage interview with Cora Jade.
McKenzie says she can only imagine what Cora is feeling right now. Cora was seconds away from being the Iron Survivor until Roxanne won. And then Roxanne won the NXT Women’s Championship. Her thoughts? Cora says she was there for all that. Roxie is the luckiest person alive. That should’ve been Cora’s moment! Roxie doesn’t deserve the title, Cora does! And a lot of people think they deserve things, but Cora- GETS ATTACKED BY WENDY CHOO!! Wendy is in candy cane stripes but she’s more like a bat outta hell as she and Cora brawl! Referees rush in to stop this, but we all know this animosity isn’t going away! When will we see these two finally settle the score?
Fallon Henley, Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen look at the family expenses.
Fallon has no idea how her parents will get through this one. The interest rate alone is a killer. What did the financial advisor say? Mr. Henley met with him and talked it out, but they can’t just make money magically appear. Jensen is sure something will come up. It has to! The Henleys have rode out some tough times, especially 2021, but they have to keep their fingers crossed. Briggs says 2023 is right around the corner, surely things will get better. Jensen says he and Briggs are gonna walk into the New Year as NEW NXT Tag Team Champions, so they’ll host events and watch parties for New Year’s Evil and Vengeance Day!
Briggs likes that! They can put their heads together and come up with something. But in walk Kiana James & Gina. Kiana tells Gina to take stock of everything, from the furniture to the wall fixtures. Anything that can get them money in liquidation. Gina’s on it. Jensen says hi, but Fallon asks what the hell they’re doing here. Briggs says they should’ve read the sign, y’all ain’t welcome here. Welcome? They should be rolling out a red carpet. A little birdie told them about the Henley financial woes. So she’s going to take care of them. Jensen…
Kiana did some digging, and her friends at the banks told her about the “dreadful financial mismanagement” by the Henleys. This bar owes THOUSANDS in commercial taxes! And they sure don’t have enough in the Escrow to cover it, so Kiana paid it all for them. The bank then placed a lien on the bar. So sorry, but Fallon’s childhood memories aren’t worth much. Kiana will soon buy this bar outright and do whatever she wants with it. Fallon calls Kiana a bitch. Kiana says she prefers “businesswoman.” Okay, then let’s talk business! Next week, Fallon VS Kiana, and when Fallon wins, her family gets the bar, debt free!
Is Fallon delusional? Why would Kiana agree to that? Because if Kiana wins, she can have the bar for “pennies on the dollar.” Deal? Deal. See you next week. Kiana & Gina leave, Jensen isn’t sure what to say. But can Fallon fight to keep her family’s bar? Or will this be a hostile takeover by the Professional Professional Wrestler?
NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: Kayden Carter & Katana Chance VS Toxic Attraction VS Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley!
Speaking of settling scores, KC Squared has been dealing with Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne talking and stalking them when it comes to these titles, and then the Diamond Mine’s Pitbull and Prospect got in the mix! With the odds not in the champions’ favor, will Kayden & Katana be able to survive for the holidays? Or will we see NEW tag team champions just in time for Christmas?
NXT returns and the Diamond Mine make their entrance. Then the champions make their entrance. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if the numbers spell disaster for KC Squared!
The teams sort out, and in this Triple Threat, only two teams are legal at a time. Kayden and Gigi start, forcing Tatum & Ivy to stand down. Gigi and Kayden circle, tie up, and Gigi wrenches to then CLUB Kayden. Gigi bumps Kayden off buckles, tags Jacy, and Gigi whips Jacy in for a back body block! Jacy helps Gigi hit the BRONCO BUSTER, then Jacy adds a CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Jacy says Kayden is nothing, but Kayden waistlocks! Jacy switches, Kayden goes to ropes but Ivy tags in as Kayden bucks Jacy away. Ivy runs in, spins Jacy and steps over to hook up an arm! Ivy drags Jacy down to a cover, TWO!
Fans rally for Ivy as she gator rolls with Jacy! Ivy brings Jacy up, whips her to the Diamond corner, then runs in to RIDER KICK! Tag to Tatum, she and Ivy double suplex! They double kip up, then Tatum gets an assist for the STANDING MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO! Tatum drags Jacy to the wrong corner and realizes it before she tags out. Tatum drags Jacy over to tag Ivy, and Ivy drags Jacy up. Ivy wrenches, KICKS and runs, but Jacy ROCKS Ivy! Jacy snarls, runs, but Kayden sneaks a tag! ROLLING ELBOW for Ivy, but then SUPERKICK for Jacy! Gigi runs in but so does Katana, and KC Squared DOUBLE DROPKICK Gigi!
Fans fire up as KC Squared BLAST Tatum off the apron and onto Jacy! All four challengers are gathered together, KC Squared both climb the same corner, for a SUPER DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Fans fire up as the champs stand tall and NXT goes to break.
NXT returns again and Ivy endures a Bow ‘n’ Arrow Stretch from Gigi! Fans rally, Ivy pops out to cover, TWO! Gigi and Ivy get up, Gigi grabs an arm to keep Ivy from Tatum! Gigi short arm LARIATS, then she DECKS Tatum! Ivy KICKS Gigi back, and tags Kayden! Kayden dodges Gigi, BLASTS Jacy, then DECKS Gigi! Gigi gets up into another haymaker! Kayden whips Gigi to a corner, but Tatum tags in! Kayden BOOTS Tatum down, then runs to DROP-SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Kayden grows frustrated but she keeps on Tatum. Fireman’s carry, but Tatum fights and handsprings free of the throw! Tatum DECKS Katana, goes up and over Kayden!
Kayden puts Tatum on the apron, ROCKS her, but Tatum ROCKS Kayden back! Tatum climbs up to get Kayden, but Katana climbs up to tag in! Katana CLUBS Tatum, then gets Tatum for a SUPER DUPER STEINER! Cover, Ivy breaks it! Gigi ROUNDHOUSES Ivy! Kayden SUPERKICKS Gigi! Jacy SUPERKICKS Kayden! Katana ENZIGURIS Jacy! Fans are thunderous as all six women are down all over ringside! “This is Awesome!” as teams regroup at their corners. Ivy tags in, drags Katana up, and she fireman’s carries. Katana fights free, Gigi tags in! Gigi runs Ivy down but Ivy grapples with her to get a cover, TWO!
Gigi CLUBS Ivy, drags her up, and tags Jacy in. Toxic Attraction wrench and ROUNCHOUSE, SUPERKICK, and then FALLING HEDBUTT to a SENTON! Cover, Kayden drags Jacy off! They argue, Jacy tells Kayden to “SUCK IT!” Jacy shrieks, runs in to UPPERCUT Ivy, then runs in to CANNONBALL, but she only gets buckles! Tatum tags in, Ivy gives her a hand, ICONOCLASM TORNILLO!! Cover, Gigi breaks it!! Gigi drags Tatum up, but Tatum throws Gigi into Kayden! Hot tag back to Ivy and she drags Jacy up! But Jacy spins through to hit a NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Jacy aims at Ivy. But Katana sneaks a tag!
Kayden YANKS Jacy out of the ring as Katana runs at Ivy! CODE BREAKER! Ivy is down, Kayden tags in! But Tatum SHOVES Katana off the top and onto Toxic Attraction!! Ivy spins things around on Kayden, DIAMOND DRAGON SLEEPER!! Kayden endures, pushes off ropes to get a cover, KC SQUARED WIN!!
Winners: Kayden Carter & Katana Chance, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions)
Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, Kayden & Katana keep the party alive! That was a close one, but will KC Squared always find a way?
Oro Mensah speaks.
“The vibe. The beat. The nightlife. It’s like Orlando is my home away from home. I keep it fresh. I keep it fun. Because music and wrestling have the same frenetic energy. I may not have been here for a long time, but I am here for a good time.” Oro Mensah is on his way back, will he bring the funk and the noise to NXT?
Booker T has a sit-down interview with Roxanne Perez.
Booker starts with just, “Wow. We’re here.” He feels like Morpheus in the Matrix searching for The One, and here she is. Roxie was the one who said when she was a little kid that she’d be the one to make it here. She is now NXT Women’s Champion. Take us back tot hat night. “It was a mix of emotions. I think for the most part, overwhelmed. I honestly didn’t expect for it to happen, but I pulled it off.” Booker knows that she walked into his wrestling school at just 16 years old, and she said, “I want to be in the WWE one day. What can you do to help me get there?” They put in the work, put their foot on the gas, and here, just five years later, NXT Women’s Champion.
Booker says this was like a meteoric rise for her. Roxie wanted to be the youngest-ever champion, and she became an NXT Women’s Tag Champion, the inaugural Women’s Breakout Superstar, and the first-ever Women’s Iron Survivor Challenge winner. And now, she really is the youngest NXT Women’s Champion. All of that within nine months of signing. She did not expect all this to happen. Booker says Roxie made history. She could’ve waited, but why take the shot and want it that night?
Roxie remembered a conversation she had with Booker about her tryout. She remembered what he said: “You need to bet on yourself. You need to bank on yourself.” That is what she remembered when Mandy attacked. She didn’t wanna wait, she wanted to bank on herself, and that is what she did. And then it all worked out. Booker says preparation is the only luck anyone has, and that is what it is for Roxie. She’s been preparing for this since day one, and now she’s champion. Congratulations, Roxie.
Roxie says he’s been asking questions, but he knows from their days in Reality of Wrestling, she’s had plenty of questions. So her first question is, as champion to legend, does he have any advice? Booker has always been about two things: checks and championships. You’ll be nervous, you’ll have butterflies, but you gotta make those butterflies line up and fly straight. When you lose that feeling, that is when it’s time to get out. So Roxie just has to go out there, win, make history, and fight her way to becoming a Hall of Famer. Everyone back home is so proud of her, so she just has to represent. Roxie’s ready! But then, who is next for The Prodigy?
Apollo Crews is here!
Fans cheer the man who was almost NXT Champion at NXT Deadline. But that loss doesn’t seem to have slowed him down, he still has energy as he goes to the ring and gets the mic. “Before I get started, I just have one thing to say. I gotta congratulate the NEW NXT Women’s Champion, Roxanne Perez! I gotta say, that was very, very well deserved. Now, I thought that I’d be leaving Deadline as the NEW NXT Champions. As a matter of fact, I knew it. I knew it in my heart. Man, it was my night! The vision was clear! I had the opportunity to capture the title that I came back to this building for. The title that I came back to this energy for!
“I had the opportunity to capture the title that I cam back to this brand to win. Now we all saw what happened. It didn’t go down like that, and I understand completely that I have been knocked down a few pegs. But that is okay. Cuz I am NOT out of championship contention. Now at New Year’s Evil, Bron Breakker and Grayson Waller will battle it out, and just three weeks after that, NXT is back on the rooooad~! They’re back on the road for Vengeance Day, and that is the time that I see myself stepping-” But wait! Melo makes his way back out! Melo has them cut the music there.
“For a man who talks about visions so much, how can you see that title from the back of the line?” Make no mistake, if we’re talking about who’s next, Melo’s next. Apollo, you’re nice, you’ve got it all, but what you don’t got is what Melo has, and that’s next. They’ve never been 1v1, but Melo has no problem at all putting a future Hall of Famer among those jerseys in the rafters. Apollo expected more from Melo. But credit where credit is due, Melo has everything! He is one of one! Just look at him! Fans do chant for “MELO~! MELO~!” Apollo says Melo looks cool, he has the swagger, the drip! Bell to bell, Melo’s at the top of NXT’s depth chart!
But one thing Melo doesn’t have… Oh, what’s that? The title? Because as Melo looks at Apollo, neither does he! Apollo frowns and Melo talks more trash. Apollo tells Melo, “Let me tell you something, dog. The one thing that you don’t understand, is that no matter how good you think you are, there is always, ALWAYS, someone out there better than you. And I don’t have to stand out here and tell you I am. You name the time, the place, and I’ll show you I am.” The gauntlet has been thrown down, will Melo accept the challenge?
The New Day talks backstage.
Woods is telling Kofi something someone else told him. They told Woods that the number of people that are older than you will never increase. Whoa…! But then Pretty Deadly rushes in with Christmas gifts? Kofi says hi to the #1 contenders! That is, if Kofi & Woods beat Briggs & Jensen. And if Kit & Elton got them everything on their wish lists. Yes! Everything! Oh, really? So they got Kamala’s mask? And Bart Gunn’s Brawl for All trophy? And Santino Marella’s Cobra? Ahmed Johnson’s Legion of Doom shoulder pads? Stevie Ray’s slapjack? Then that means they also got Honky Tonk Man! Kofi took that off the list, you can’t just go get a person. Fair.
But surely, Pretty Deadly got everything else. Kit & Elton double check the list and say they didn’t get quite everything. Then they can’t have their rematch! But how were they supposed to get Nail’s prison jumpsuit? He’s still in prison! Oh, like they’ve never broken the law and been to prison. NO! Then they’re gonna have to! How badly do they want the belts? SO badly! But can’t they pledge allegiance to the flag this time? No, that was last week! And they know inflation is running rampant. Last week’s price is not today’s. The only thing that remains the same is ya bois, the NEW~ DAY~! As the W! W! E! N! X! T! World! Tag! Team! CHAMPIONS~!
And also, get that last one. Tyler Breeze’s selfie stick. Very important, it’s for a party. Okay, see you later. Elton says this isn’t giving them any time to shop for themselves! Kit reminds Elton that this is Christmas time. It sure doesn’t feel like it! Will Kit & Elton be able to pull off an admittedly selfish Christmas miracle?
Alba Fyre walks around backstage.
And then she spots Isla Dawn! Isla laughs, Fyre raises her bat, but she gets RED DUST blown into her face! Fyre staggers around into piping, an official rushes over to help her. They shout for medical, but knowing the Wicked Witch of NXT, was that dust just dust or something worse?
NXT shares footage from last week.
Odyssey Jones, Malik Blade & Edris Enofe were heading out after the show, and they spotted Simone Joh- er, Ava Raine! They invited her along “to get that one two step.” Ava said, “When are you three going to stop trying to fill the void in your lives? Better question, when are you gonna realize the feeling that you’re chasing is temporary?” What? Ava, it ain’t that deep. They just wanna have fun living their best lives. If she doesn’t wanna join, that’s fine. But just know that they don’t believe in all that Schism bull-
But then in walks The Schism! Joe Gacy says, “What’s not to believe, Edris?” What he sees is a family. Jagger Reed says all he sees is three individuals bonded by a false reality that they’ve convinced is fun. Ava tells them to have “fun” tonight. Oh, they will. The Schism leaves, Jones won’t let them ruin the mood.
NXT checks in on Alba Fyre in the medical room.
The dust is stinging Fyre’s eyes and the doc did an eye check. Waller walks by asking about Bron. Fyre tells him to leave! Why’s she mad at him for? Waller goes off still trolling for Bron, but what of Fyre’s eyes? Will she make sure Isla doesn’t see the revenge coming?
Indi Hartwell VS Elektra Lopez!
Another score is being settled here tonight as #IndiWrestling and La Madrina finally have it out in the ring! Will Indi continue to be impressive all on her own? Or will it be Lopez living the high life in NXT?
The bell rings and Indi RAMS Lopez to a corner! Indi RAMS Lopez more, fans fire up but Lopez shoves Indi away. Indi BOOTS Lopez right back down! Cover, ONE, and Lopez tackles Indi! Lopez rains down fists, Indi shoves her away, but Lopez kicks her low. Lopez whips Indi into the corner, but Indi goes up and over! Indi hip tosses Lopez, then covers, ONE! Indi drags Lopez up to whip but Lopez stops herself to KICK back! Lopez ROCKS Indi, KICKS her out of the ring, then goes out after her. The forearms fly, Lopez CLUBS Indi then POSTS her! Lopez talks trash, puts Indi back in, and then KNEES Indi in the back!
Lopez throws another knee, drops an elbow, covers, TWO! Lopez wraps on a chinlock but fans rally up. Indi fights up, but Lopez throws her down by her hair! Cover, TWO! Lopez clamps on a chinlock and she thrashes Indi around! Indi endures and fans rally up, but Lopez fishhooks Indi’s face! The ref reprimands, Lopez stops to KNEE Indi in the back! Lopez CLUBS Indi, CLUBS her again, and then clamps on a chinlock. Lopez smothers Indi but Indi fights up again. Fans rally, Indi rolls Lopez up! ONE, but Indi kicks, CLUBS and JABS! Indi CLOBBERS Lopez, then CLOBBERS her again!
Fans fire up as Lopez goes to the apron. Indi drags Lopez through ropes to UPPERCUT and BOOT! Cover, TWO! Indi is annoyed but she drags Lopez up to whip her to ropes. Lopez ducks ‘n’ dodges and DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! Fans rally up as Lopez crawls to a corner. Indi stands, she storms up but Lopez BOOTS her away! Lopez goes up the corner, and brings out brass knuckles from inside the padding!? Indi drags Lopez off the top, but Lopez BRASS KNUCKLE PUNCHES Indi down! Cover, Lopez wins!!
Winner: Elektra Lopez, by pinfall
Lopez hides the evidence in her top, but she got away with one! Will La Madrina make her way to the top of NXT by any means necessary?
NXT again checks in on Fyre.
She tells the doc that she’s fine now. She just wants to be cleared. Well, if her vision is normal and there’s no more pain, then she’s cleared for her match tonight. Okay, thank you. Fyre heads back out, but will there be any side effects of her run-in with Isla?
Backstage interview with Wes Lee.
McKenzie asks him about making a title defense against Tony D’Angelo. Wes says that he refuses to be a reactionary champion. He is bringing the fight to every opponent every single time. He might get some bumps and bruises, but he got here by pushing the envelope, so why stop just because he’s champion? That’s fair. And Wes says after he beats The Don, he can move on. He has to take it one opponent at a time, and he’s starting with the man with the biggest mouth. If Tony wants the title as bad as he says, then he can try taking it from Wes next week. After Tony fails, Wes knows Dijak is waiting to deliver “hard justice.”
Wes says he’s ready to deliver his own cold hard facts. One: this title isn’t leaving Wes’s shoulder any time soon. Will the Must-See Kid stay the Must-See Champion of NXT? Or will Tony D tell him to FOGEDABOUTIT?
Alba Fyre VS Sol Ruca!
The Fire Keeper is fuming after what Isla Dawn has done to her, from that Last Woman Standing match against Mandy to Deadline, to the red dusting here tonight! Will she take out all of that anger on the #SolSurfer? Or will Ruca ride a wave that puts out the Fyre?
Speaking of Dawn, she attacks Fyre inside of her own smoke! The Wicked Witch stomps and ROCKS Fyre, CLUBS her, then ROCKS her again! Dawn grabs Fyre’s hand, puts it between steel steps and post, and then she grabs the baseball bat! Dawn grins as she SMACKS the steps with the bat! Fyre writhes as she clutches her smashed hand! Dawn mocks Fyre’s pain then laughs as she leaves, bat still in hand. Will nothing stop the Wicked Witch from cursing all of NXT?
Chase U holds a holiday party!
Andre Chase and all his students are together and exchanging gifts. The students line up to give Mr. Chase present after present. Thea Hail got Chase a brand new Chase U sweater. Cookies from Anna, and a fruitcake from Scott. Is he crazy?! Chase is ALLERGIC to fruitcake! Another student who brought fruitcake realizes they’re also in trouble… Chase asks if Scott wants him to break out in hives and have his throat close up! “Scott, you dumbass! I hope mother [censored] Santa Claus brings you a mother [censored] lump of coal! A FRUITCAKE?!” Scott leaves, dejected. And then the other students with fruitcake bail out.
Duke Hudson realizes the gift exchange was today, when he thought it was on Thursday. He looks at what Alex has. Duke tells Alex that the principal wants to talk to him. He means the Dean? YES! That! He gets them mixed up, going back and forth from Australia. But it’s something about Alex’s scholarship not rolling over to next semester or something. What?! Alex needs the scholarship! Duke says he’ll hold Alex’s gift and place in line. Alex thanks Duke, and Duke says it’s okay, everything always works out. At least, it works out for Duke. Duke goes up to Chase and says he wasn’t sure what to get the man who has everything.
Duke presents Alex’s present, and Chase is impressed: a “#1 Professor” plaque! Duke hasn’t even been here the whole semester, he didn’t have to do this. Oh, but he did! It’s from the heart. Well Chase appreciates that. He thanks Duke. Duke thanks Chase one hundred times more. Group hug! Merry Christmas from Chase U! But will Duke be the one getting that coal from Santa for being so naughty?
Backstage interview with Briggs, Jensen & Fallon.
McKenzie wants to talk about the confrontation with Kiana James, but she turns to Briggs & Jensen as they’re moments away from challenging The New Day for the NXT Tag Team Championships. Briggs says it’s one thing at a time with the bar. Tonight, they’re ready to rock! They never thought they’d be facing the New Day, let alone in a match for THE NXT Tag Team Championships! Tonight, they’re going balls to the wall! Jensen says New Day are first-ballot hall of famers, this is the biggest match of their lives.
Jensen may have a knot in his stomach right now, but he did say last week that 2023 is gonna be their year! And the best way to walk into it is as the NEW NXT Tag Team Champions! Fallon says, “Boys! Let’s go kick some-” Kiana walks in now? Now’s not the time, Kiana, this isn’t about the bar. Kiana says to save it. Their issue will be handled next week. She’s not here for Fallon. She’s here for Jensen. Jensen drops his hat out of shock as Kiana wishes him good luck! Jensen thanks Kiana for that. And then he nervously says to go to gorilla. Seriously? Fallon and Briggs can’t believe it, but they head out with him.
McKenzie looks at Kiana and she says, “What? I may be all business, but I’m still a woman.” Is there something brewing between Brooks and Miss James?
Drew Gulak is working with trainees.
The Philly Stretcher helps one guy find a way out of a headlock, to a waistlock and to his own headlock. The trainee shifts to a cravat, but then Gulak throws him down for an armlock. “See how easy that was?” Hank Walker then walks over and asks “Mr. Gulak” for a word. Sorry to interrupt, Mr. Gulak, but- No, no, don’t do that. Call him “Drew.” Oh, okay then, Drew. Hank saw Gulak scouting a few weeks ago, including his. Hank knows he isn’t Charlie Dempsey, and he knows he isn’t that good at this, but he isn’t afraid to work hard to get better. He just hopes Gulak has any advice for him. Hank knows he has a lot to prove, but he’s willing to bust his ass.
Gulak admires Hank’s zeal and eagerness. Tell you what? Next week, Gulak’s hosting a seminar, so he wants Hank to attend. Not participate, just observe. Okay then! Yes, sir! Hank will be there. Sorry to interrupt. Gulak says that’s okay, and he returns to the trainees. Will Hank learn a lot from the Catch Point Professor?
NXT Tag Team Championships: The New Day VS Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen w/ Fallon Henley!
Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods join a short but elite list of WWE Tag Team Triple Crown Winners, and they’re looking to make this reign their biggest one yet! But will they make it through the country boys to reign in the New Year? Or will Briggs & Jensen pull off a Christmas miracle just before Christmas?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see just who (who who who) rocks around the Christmas tree!
The teams sort out and Jensen starts against Kofi while fans sing, “HEY~ We Want Some New~ Day~!” Kofi and Jensen tie up, go around, and Jensen shoves Kofi down! Kofi likes that, and he ties up with Jensen again. They go around, Jensen puts Kofi in a corner but Kofi turns it around to CHOP! Jensen says okay, he swings, but Kofi bobs ‘n’ weaves to SLAP Jensen on the back! Kofi headlocks, Jensen powers out, but Kofi goes up and over in the corner. Kofi bunny hops to the beat, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Jensen rushes in, Kofi waistlocks him to headlock him. Jensen powers out and runs Kofi over!
Jensen CHOPS Kofi down, then does a two step. Things speed up, Kofi hurdles, hurdles and leaps, but into a waistlock! Kofi flails to resist the lift but he can’t get loose. Jensen shoves Kofi away, scoops and POWERSLAMS! Cover, ONE!! Kofi hurries away and he tags in Woods. Woods and Jensen tie up, fans sing “HAIL KING WOODS!” as Jensen puts Woods in a corner. Jensen storms up but Woods elbows him away! Woods goes up, leaps, but Jensen catches him! Jensen swings Woods around, but Woods slips off the scoop! Woods shoves Jensen to mule kick! Woods CHOPS Jensen, whips, but Jensen reverses!
Woods ducks, dodges ‘n’ slides under to ROLLING ELBOW! Jensen goes to the corner, Woods runs in to forearm smash! Kofi tags in, Kofi taunts Briggs and forearm smashes! Woods runs in to forearm smash! Kofi runs in to SHOTGUN Jensen down! Fans fire up as Kofi stomps away on Jensen! Tag to Woods, Kofi whips Woods in to basement dropkick! Woods drags Jensen out, covers, TWO! Fans rally and Woods smirks as he brings Jensen up. Woods whips, Jensen hurdles, Briggs tags before the FACEBUSTER! Kofi runs in but Briggs runs him over! Fans are torn as Briggs & Jensen whip The New Day.
The New Day wheelbarrow but Briggs & Jensen turn that into atomic drops! Briggs & Jensen shove the New Day onto ropes, then they both slide out to ROCK the New Day with haymakers! Fans fire up and Kiana is in the front row to cheer Jensen on as NXT goes picture in picture.
Briggs & Jensen get back in the ring, Briggs drags Woods up and ROCKS Woods with a haymaker! Tag to Jensen, Briggs feeds Woods to a bearhug! Jensen squeezes tight, then he RAMS Woods into the corner! Tag to Briggs, feed to another bearhug! Briggs squeezes tight, RAMS Woods in, and Jensen tags back in. Another feed to another bearhug! Woods endures as Jensen RAMS Woods in again! Tag to Briggs, but Woods sunset flips this time! Briggs breaks free, to NECK TWIST! Woods writhes, Briggs stays between him and Kofi. Briggs brings Woods up but Woods throws body shots! Woods ROCKS Briggs, mule kicks, and tags Kofi!
Woods KNEES Briggs, wrenches an arm, and Kofi goes up to AX HANDLE! Kofi keeps Briggs from Jensen to wrench the arm again. Tag to Woods, Woods climbs up and he AX HANDLES the arm! Woods whips Briggs, Briggs reverses but Woods goes up, only for Briggs to stop him from going over! Briggs reels Woods in for a BIG back suplex! Briggs covers, TWO! Briggs keeps Woods down, tags in Jensen, and Jensen drags Woods into a chinlock. Woods endures as Jensen grinds him down and NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally with “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” and Woods fights up! Woods reaches out, Jensen keep shim away, but Woods throws Jensen off!
Jensen gets a leg, Woods hops on one foot, but he ENZIGURIS Jensen away! Jensen staggers around in a daze, Woods crawls over, hot tag to Kofi! Kofi CLOBBERS Jensen, DECKS Briggs, then CHOPS and CHOPS and DROPKICSK Jensen! Jensen rebounds, he ducks Kofi’s leaping lariat and kicks low! Jensen whips Kofi but Kofi goes up and up to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Kofi fires up and fans cheer the “NEW~ DAY~” BOOM DROP! Fans fire up as Kofi claps it up in the corner. Jensen stands, Kofi spins, but into a waistlock! Back suplex, but Kofi lands on his feet! Kofi clinches Jensen, for an SOS! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!
Kofi can’t believe it but Kiana is impressed by Jensen’s wherewithal. Kofi brings Jensen up, reels him in again, S O- NO, Jensen gut wrenches free and POWER- NO, Kofi ranas! Briggs tags in and he rallies on the New Day with fists and a BOOT! Briggs CROSSBODIES Woods on the outside! Kofi FLIES, but Briggs catches him! Briggs RAMS Kofi into the apron, pops him up against the ropes and CLOBBERS him! Woods baseball slides, but Briggs catches him, too! And he pop-up CLOBBERS Woods, too!! Briggs shoves Kofi in the ring, he tags Jensen, and Kofi spins, but into a clinch! POP-UP ATOMIC DROP, to the BOOT!! High stack, TWO?!!?
Kofi survives and Jensen is beside himself! Jensen wipes blood from a busted lip and fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” Jensen TOSSES Kofi to the corner, tags Briggs, and they put Kofi up top. Briggs & Jensen climb but Woods gets on the apron. Jensen CLOBBERS Woods, but Kofi slips out under Briggs to DECK Jensen! Briggs BOOTS Kofi down, then adjusts up top, to MOONSAULT!! Cover, TWO!?!? Fans are stunned and Fallon can’t believe it! Briggs hitting the moonsault was one thing, but Kofi surviving it is another! “This is Awesome!” as Briggs drags Kofi up again. Briggs Electric Chair Lifts, and Jensen is up top!
But Woods SHOVES Jensen off the top! Jensen hits the announce desk! Kofi POISON-RANAS Briggs!! And then, TROUBLE IN PARADISE!! Tag to Woods, Kofi FLIES to take out Jensen!! Woods is up top, LIMIT BREAKER!! Cover, New Day wins!!
Winners: The New Day, by pinfall (still NXT Tag Team Champions)
The country boys couldn’t survive taking on the living legends, but fans are saying it again, “That was Awesome!” Kofi & Woods show respect to Briggs & Jensen, and Briggs & Jensen show it back. The New Day rocks in NXT, but who will be next to step up?
Channing Lorenzo finds Dijak.
Stacks tells Dijak that this is how they dish out justice. Next week, Dijak stays out of The Don’s way and Stacks won’t have to end the return before it gets going. Deal? Oh, Stacks was just rehearsing that in front of Dijak’s room. Stacks says he has this, and he storms into Dijak’s room. Will Hard Justice hear out The Don’s right hand man?
Waller is still searching.
“Where you at, Bron?” Waller doesn’t know where Bron went, but Bron knows where to find Waller! Waller says he’s going to the ring, because he is the future NXT Champion! Waller continues on to gorilla, but will he get what he wants? Or just what he deserves?
The countdown to January 10th continues!
“New Year. New Me. No resolutions needed.” But just who IS this?
The Diamond Mine is heading out.
NXT Media walks up to note the “tough loss” for Ivy & Tatum. They sticking together as a team? What kind of question is that? Everyone goes through growing pains. Just look at Katana & Kayden. Ivy says that it was a tough loss, but she knows she and Tatum made progress. The reporter asks Julius & Brutus Creed if they’re proud of Ivy & Tatum. Hell yeah they are! Ivy & Tatum busted their asses in that ring. But then Indus Sher calls over to the Creeds. They heard a rumor that Julius is cleared to compete. Oh, now they wanna talk? Yes, he is cleared! Sanga & Veer can get it whenever!
Veer says Julius has shown his judgment can’t be trusted. They needs to show Indus Sher something. Then watch next week! Julius is going 1v1 with JD McDonagh, the guy who hurt him, and will prove it to them. Then Indus Sher will be out of excuses! They’ll make this happen. Diamond Mine leaves, Indus Sher is ready. But will Julius make it through the Irish Ace in one piece to settle things with Veer & Sanga on the other side?
Grayson Waller heads to the ring!
The winner of the Men’s Iron Survivor Challenge was “inspired” to call out Bron Breakker, but Bron wasn’t even scheduled to be here tonight. Waller still expects the NXT Champion to show himself tonight, and he gets a mic to shout, “Where you at, huh?! I ain’t waiting any longer! I’m calling my shot! I want the NXT Championship right here, right now! Let’s do this!” But oh wait, he forgot that Bron’s a coward! Waller has carried NXT on his back for the entirety of 2022, making moment after moment after moment! He’s the biggest star here! No one can touch him! He lives NXT 24/7, and there isn’t a man or woman on NXT or in the WWE that can do what he does!
Waller says he’s the biggest star, the greatest Iron Survivor, and soon to be the greatest NXT Champions of ALL TIME! “And people think that Bron likes the bark because he got that dog in him.” But Waller doesn’t think Bron is a dog at all! Bron’s just a- Wait, who is honking as they pull up to the arena? IT’S BRON!! Well good! This is what Waller wanted! Waller isn’t afraid of Bron! He’s not afraid of anyone! Let’s go! Waller sure is barking, but here comes Bron! Bron runs into the ring, he ducks the lariat to SPEAR Waller!! But wait, Bron goes down, too!? Waller sits up, and unzips his jacket, and he reveals A KEVLAR VEST WITH A STEEL PLATE IN IT!!
Fans boo as Waller gets the better of Bron! Waller gets the mic to say, “I outsmarted you tonight. I outsmarted you at Deadline. And at New Year’s Evil, I’m gonna outsmart you one more time when I become NXT CHAMPION! Because that, Bron Breakker, is the Grayson Waller Effect!” Waller holds up the title while Bron finally comes to. Will Waller take this title from Bron by any means necessary?
A very good NXT here to set up what’s coming at New Year’s Evil. Melo VS Axiom was a great opening match, but I should’ve known Trick would help Melo cheat. This kinda extends from last night’s complaint about Heels using assists to win all the time. But at least Axiom got to wipe Trick out at the end there. Melo then confronting Apollo later is a great set-up for a match between the two of them for New Year’s Evil, the winner going on to Vengeance Day to challenge the champion. And the winner there surely depends on who is champion at the end of New Year’s Evil.
I figured that Waller calling out Bron, even though Bron was supposedly in Carolina, was going to result in Bron showing up tonight. Now, Waller having a metal plate to defend against Bron’s Spear was a really good surprise, and a pretty smart move. But Waller again holds up the belt, so given that math, I do not see him winning at New Year’s Evil. As such, Apollo VS Bron happening again doesn’t seem likely, so Melo has to win at New Year’s Evil to finally challenge for the top title at Vengeance Day. Melo can be the first big win on the road, which is great for him and for NXT.
Tony D’Angelo getting a title match for the last NXT of 2022 is fitting. They could really close out the year with a great match and great story stuff. Good promo from Tony to set up Stacks, good promo from Wes to respond, and I like that Stacks wasn’t quite brave enough to tell Dijak off on camera. For all we know, he did tell Dijak all that and now he’s in a dumpster out behind the Performance Center. I would hope for the sake of the title match, Dijak lets it end properly, then he goes after the winner, who I presume will be Wes because his reign can’t end with just one title defense. Then Wes and Dijak can take their title match to New Year’s Evil for something even bigger.
Really good stuff out from Stark VS Lyons, and good cheating win from Stark. Pretty sure the feud isn’t over here, it’s just beginning, and these two can escalate things to something bigger for New Year’s Evil. Same can be said for Isla Dawn and Alba Fyre. The dust was apparently just to delay Fyre’s match so Dawn could strike again. Dawn going after Fyre’s arm like that, that definitely helps delay the rematch until New Year’s Evil. And then Cora’s promo, smug as it was, was cut off by Wendy and they brawled, so we know we’re getting that match. And then we got a good match from Indi and Lopez, but what a great cheat from Lopez. Their feud is far from over, too, so there will surely be a rematch on the way.
It seems that Odyssey, Malik & Edris are moving on from Von after all, and they’re on to The Schism. That at least has some continuity to it from when Grimes was feuding with The Schism and Malik & Edris were dragged into it for a short moment. We’re getting a Six Man Tag, but chances are, Ava will interfere on The Schism’s behalf because that always happens in these kinds of stories. Who knows, maybe Odyssey’s side adds a female superstar that’s been waiting for a story to this story.
The Chase U segment this week was really funny with Chase cussing out the student who brought fruitcake, and how Duke sniped Alex’s gift. I was wondering if they were going to show us Duke’s sneaky side again, and it seems it’s still alive and well. Good promo from Hank Walker and Drew Gulak, it feels like they’re already setting up a team-up where Hank and Drew take on Damon Kemp and Charlie Dempsey. Maybe Hank tries to make a transition from a brawler in jeans to a wrestler in tights, but I didn’t see this coming so I would like to see where this is going.
Great Women’s Tag Team Championship match, and I like how great Ivy & Tatum got to look, even in losing. Kayden & Katana basically survive with the titles, but now I have no idea where they go from here. Good promo from Diamond Mine as a whole later on, Ivy & Tatum are clearly going to keep trying so maybe they move into the same role we saw KC Squared in pretty much this entire year until now. They’ll scratch and claw, face whatever teams they have to, and then finally get to be challengers again by perhaps Stand & Deliver. As for the Creeds and Indus Sher, Julius setting himself up against JD McDonagh, I have a feeling that isn’t going to go well for him.
We also got some really good development in the story of Fallon and her bar and how Kiana wants it. At the same time, it seems Kiana has actual interest in Jensen, so that’s an interesting layer. Maybe Kiana ends up the one torn between a choice as Jensen begs Kiana to spare Fallon and her family. But she had a good part of the promo with Jensen, Briggs and Fallon before the main event, as did The New Day in their promo with Pretty Deadly. It’s hilarious how the New Day is creating hoops for them to jump through to get a title shot. And then great main event for the tag titles, probably the best showing from Briggs & Jensen since they won the NXT UK Tag titles. But I figured New Day would win, so now we’re going to get a great build to Pretty Deadly’s rematch.
My Score: 8.7/10
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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (5/31/23)
The hand has been dealt!
Why, Konosuke, Why?
Another Double or Nothing in the books, and after their betrayal of The Elite, we hear from Don Callis and Konosuke Takeshita!
- Six Man Tag: The Blackpool Combat Club VS The Lucha Brothers & Bandido; The BCC wins.
- Triple Threat: Swerve Strickland VS “Big Bill” Morrissey VS Trent Beretta; Swerve wins.
- Orange Cassidy & Darby Allin VS The Gates of Agony w/ Prince Nana; Darby & Cassidy win.
- AEW TBS Championship: Kris Statlander VS Nyla Rose; Kris wins and retains the title.
- Mixed Tag: Chris Jericho & Saraya VS Adam Cole & Britt Baker; Cole & Britt win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Six Man Tag: The Blackpool Combat Club VS The Lucha Brothers & Bandido!
Jon Moxley, Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta, along with Bryan Danielson, were victorious at Double or Nothing in Anarchy in the Arena II, but they had some help at the end. We’ll hear from dirty Don and turncoat Takeshita later, because right now, the BCC want to unleash #DeathJitsu on the ROH World Tag Team Champions & The Most Wanted! Will the Maniac, the Swiss Superman and the Decoder prove they’re ready for more violence?
Fans are fired up for the Lucha Bros & Bandido but the BCC isn’t amused. The trios sort out but then everyone starts shoving. Then they start brawling! The ref reprimands but the BCC have the luchadores on the ropes. They triple whip but the luchadores all reverse to TRIPLE SUPERKICK! Fans fire up with “CERO! MIEDO!” The luchadores build speed and TRIPLE DIVE into forearms and lariats! Moxley drags Penta out to the floor to throw him at the timekeeper’s area! Wheeler RAMS Bandido into steel steps! Claudio SNAKE EYES Fenix off the railing, then tosses him OVER the railing! Then he goes out after him in the crowd!
Moxley has an ANKLE LOCK on Penta, while Yuta throws Bandido into railing! And then more railing! The ref reprimands, but Moxley runs in, only for Penta to toss him into the crowd! Yuta puts Bandido in the ring, the bell finally sounds, and this is finally a match. Fans cheer as Yuta stomps Bandido and Claudio TOSSES Fenix back to ringside. Yuta drags Bandido up but Bandido throws body shots. Bandido clotheslines in the corner, whips him corner to corner, but Yuta goes up and over. Bandido runs back in but into a scoop SLAM! And Claudio clotheslines Fenix back up and over the railing!
Yuta SENTONS on Bandido, covers, TWO! Yuta scowls but Bryan is at least impressed with Yuta using a “fundamentally sound” cover. Yuta drags Bandido up, suplexes, but Bandido blocks! Fans rally up, Bandido suplexes Yuta! And holds him up! Uno! Dos! Tress! But then Mox rushes in! Fenix SUPERKICKS him first! Penta sees Claudio and SUPERKICKS him first! Then they SUPERKICK again! Bandido goes past TWENTY, and then the Lucha Brothers each grab Moxley and Claudio to hammerlock arms. DOUBLE SACRIFICE ARMBARS!! Bandido makes it to THIRTY but he isn’t done!!
Bandido makes it to FORTY, and then FIFTY!! Yuta’s head is almost as red as Bandido’s outfit as we get to SIXTY, and the SLAM!! Cover, TWO!?! Yuta survives and Bryan is proud of his student again. But tag to Penta, Fenix goes up, “CERO! MIEDO!” But Yuta slips free, only for Penta to SUPERKICK! TIGHTROPE WALK KICK! But Moxley CUTTERS Penta! Fenix SCREW HIGH KICKS Mox, but Claudio CLOBBERS Fenix! Penta SUPERKICKS, whips, Claudio reverses but Penta goes up and over, BACKSTABBER!! Fans are thunderous and Bryan has to admit, the lucha trio is incredible.
Penta crawls, as does Yuta, hot tag to Bandido! He HOTSHOTS Yuta, springboards but Yuta moves! Bandido FLOPS, then distracts the ref! Claudio & Moxley drag Bandido out to ASSISTED PILEDRIVER to the floor!! Bryan loves it while fans boo, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Yuta snap suplexes Bandido up and over, then drags Bandido back up. He fists bumps Claudio, puts Bandido in the ring, then tags Moxley. Moxley keeps Bandido from the corner with a facelock, but fans rally up. Bandido fights to his feet, only for Moxley to HALF HATCH! Moxley then tags Claudio in, they stomps Bandido, then Claudio grabs an arm to grind it down. Bandido endures, fights to the ROPEBREAK, but Claudio brings him up. Bandido throws body shots but Claudio chinbars to keep him from the corner. Claudio whips and CLOBBERS Bandido, then flexes. Tag to Moxley and the BCC stomp Bandido again.
Moxley gets the legs to stomp Bandido int he stomach. Moxley then turns Bandido with a HALF CRAB! Bandido reaches out, Yuta tries to keep the rope from him but the ref reprimands. Fans rally up, Bandido gets the ROPEBREAK! Moxley lets go to bring Bandido up and he throws knee after knee. Moxley whips, Bandido sunset flips, but Moxley rolls through to KNEE Bandido down! Cover, TWO, but Moxley gets the arms for DRAGON STOMPS! Moxley drags Bandido to a cover, TWO! Moxley grabs an arm to hammerlock it and grind Bandido down. Bandido endures while Dynamite returns to single picture.
Fans rally but Moxley chinbars Bandido into a chinlock. Bandido still endures, but Moxley wraps Bandido arms around for a straitjacket stretch. Bandido still fights up and JAWBREAKERS free! Moxley runs in to clothesline at the corner! And again! Moxley talks trash on Bandido, whips him corner to corner, but Bandido BOOTS him! And UPPERCUTS! And goes up top for a TORNILLO! Direct hit and fans are thunderous! Both Bandido and Moxley crawl, hot tags to Claudio and Fenix! Fenix waistlocks, Claudio fights it and elbows free to then whip. Fenix ducks ‘n’ dodges, tiger feint rewind but Claudio dodges the heel kick!
Fenix still SUPERKICKS! Yuta runs in to BOOT Fenix! Fans foo, but Yuta runs in and only gets the buckles! JUMP SOBAT! Snapmare and tag to Penta! UNO, DOS, TRES! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! Claudio returns, Penta dodges and SLINGBLADES! Penta goes to a corner, Claudio runs in but Penta pops him up into a headstand, to SUPERKICK him down! Penta then uses Claudio to victory roll and jump, DDT for Moxley! Claudio LARIATS in return!! Fans fire up again as Claudio stirs. Claudio drags Penta back but Penta kicks him away. Hot tags to Yuta and Bandido! Yuta and Bandido fire forearms back and forth!
The fans are on Bandido’s side but Yuta ROCKS him! Yuta eggs Bandido on, and the forearms go back and forth again! Bryan says Yuta’s technique is the advantage, but Bandido starts using speed! The forearms keep going and the fans fire up! Yuta BITES Bandido’s forehead! Yuta runs, into a DROPKICK! Bandido throws off the shirt and fans are thunderous again! Bandido whips, pops Yuta up, CUTTER!! Bandido goes up, the Lucha Brothers get in. “CERO! MIEDO!” The Lucha Brothers DOUBLE TOPE to take out Mox & Claudio! FROG SPLASH for Bandido! Cover, TWO!!! Bryan says this is what he was talking about!
Fans boo but Bandido drags Yuta up to gut wrench and Canadian Rack. Torture rack to KNEE STRIKE! Bandido has Yuta on the ropes, he runs, but Moxley anchors Yuta out of the 21 Plex! The ref reprimands, Penta ENZIGURIS Moxley! Yuta sends Bandido to ropes, Claudio UPPERCUTS Bandido! Yuta BUSAIKU KNEES, to the HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS!!! Bryan calls ever shot, and then Yuta shifts into the SEATBELT! The BCC wins!
Winner: The Blackpool Combat Club, by pinfall
Bryan celebrates with his guys, though the fans aren’t as happy about it. Will the BCC soon look to take over AEW one division at a time?
Backstage interview with The Elite.
Alex Marvez is with Hangman Page and the Young Bucks while Matt Jackson is having his foot taped up. Anarchy in the Arena II was perhaps one of the most brutal matches in AEW history, what is the status of Matt and the rest of the team three days later? Matt says a long time ago, he told Hangman that he brings out the good in them. Safe to say, after Sunday, the BCC bring out the worst in them. Never thought the day would come where Matt would try to melt the face of another man with an explosive sneaker, and alas, here we are.
Nick, a big bandage on his forehead, recounts Hangman saying that they are the heart, the soul and the spirit of AEW. Not one setback is gonna keep them down! Hangman says they are still standing, still swinging, and still breathing! To be a group that prides themselves on being the best, the BCC sure love to use numbers. But the truth is- Wait, in walks the Dark Order. They tell Hangman, “Good to see you.” Oh, did Matt hurt his foot? Silver says Hangman is with his new-old best friends, they should probably just go. Sorry about that. Hangman wants to respond to that, but Marvez has one more question.
It has been said, rumored, that Kenny Omega has left the country and gone home to Canada based on everything that’s happened the last few weeks. Any word on that? Hangman says Kenny is hurt, he is pissed, and yes he is out of the country, but he’s not in Canada. Hangman excuses himself to chase after The Dark Order, what is the status of that friendship? What is the status of The Cleaner after further betrayal by men he once called friends?
Tony Schiavone is in the ring.
Double or Nothing is in the rearview mirror, and he welcomes out two men who were very active that night, Jay White & Juice Robinson, Bullet Club Gold! The Switchblade & Rock Hard make their way out, and White says the money’s here! Schiavone says their issue with Ricky Starks seems never ending. They get in close and he says they attacked Starks backstage! White starts by saying that Double or Nothing was a great night. Fans cheer and White applauds, too. But White bets Starks feels he’s on top of the world after he eliminated Jay & Juice from the battle royal.
But as a reminder to everyone, especially to Ricky Starks, he’s not the International Champion. he lost that battle royal just like he lost to White. And Juice says that brings them to FTR! BCG wants to know, WHY, Dax & Cash, did you come to the aid of “sweet boy” Ricky? It doesn’t make sense! There’s no way FTR are friends with Ricky Starks, because we all know Ricky Starks ain’t got no friends! White says we also know FTR are “a couple of Southern boys,” so maybe they’re a little bit slow. And they look dumb, too, have you seen them? You heard them talk? They sound pretty dumb, too!
White just didn’t actually think they were dumb enough to get in the Bang Bang Gang’s business! But wait, here comes FTR! Dax & Cash are still AEW World Tag Team Champions after Mark Briscoe saw who were his real friends on Sunday night. The champs get in the ring but White uses Schiavone as a shield. Seems FTR are that dumb. Juice says keep this cordial. This isn’t them being dumb, they’re here to apologize! White isn’t so sure, but maybe Juice is on to something. Maybe they’re also here because they wanna join BULLET CLUB GOLD~! Yeah? Huh? White says FTR are ready to be some Gold members!
So do they wanna join the top shelf gunslingers? Top Shelf Top Guys! If they wanted to join, all they had to do was ask. Just make sure you do it politely. White holds out the mic to Dax, then drops it as he reaches out. Fans boo and Dax glares at White. But then Juice sucker punches Dax! FISTFUL O’ SILVER DOLLARS!! Cash TACKLES Juice, but White goes after Cash! The BCG mug Cash while Dax writhes, clutching his jaw! Juice drags Dax up, JUICE IS LOOSE!! “Take that!” White gets Cash for a BLADERUNNER!! “That’s what you get!!” But here comes Starks! Starks runs BCG off and grabs the mic.
“Hey you two cowards! I’m sick of you two every single week! So how about this? You keep that jabroni ass freak in the back, and you and me, Jay, we finish it next week on Dynamite! YOU PUNK ASS B*TCH!!” The Absolute throws out the ultimatum, will he and King Switch finally put an end to this?
Tony Khan has an announcement for AEW Collision.
“It’s great to be here tonight in San Diego. The last few weeks, we made some announcements regarding the debut of AEW Saturday Night Collision, starting June 17th at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. I’m here tonight to give you a little more information about the debut of AEW Collision. I’m here to announce that AEW Collision, beginning June 17th, will feature… CM Punk!” Fans go wild hearing that! The Best in the World, the polarizing Plus Delta of AEW, is making his return in his hometown! What kind of collision are we going to say for that debut episode?
Triple Threat: Swerve Strickland VS “Big Bill” Morrissey VS Trent Beretta!
The Blackjack Battle Royal was a bust for everyone hoping to take the title off Orange Cassidy, but there was a lot of beef between these three men during all the chaos. Who scores a much easier win under 33% odds versus the one in 21?
The bell rings and Swerve bails out so Bill can’t get him. Fans boo but then Bill turns his attention to Trent. Fans fire up and Bill storms up on Trent. Trent slips away to not be cornered, then he CHOPS Bill! Bill scowls and dusts himself off. Bill storms up again, Trent slips away again and headlocks. Bill powers up but Trent holds on. Bill powers out, Trent ducks ‘n’ dodges and DIVES onto Swerve on the outside! Fans fire up as Trent puts Swerve in the ring saying “You’re turn!” He wants Bill to get at Swerve and Bill’s fine with that. Swerve wants Bill to hold on, but then he swings on Bill!
Bill blocks the punch, so Swerve kicks a leg. Swerve goes to whip but Bill blocks that, too! Bill whips, Swerve goes up and around and BOOTS Bill! Trent returns to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Bill just choke grips back! Bill BOOTS Swerve, then shoves Trent to a corner. Bill SPLASHES Swerve, SPLASHES Trent, and repeat! Bill clotheslines Swerve up and out! Trent ducks ‘n’ dodges but Bill FLAPJACKS Trent then BOOTS him down! Fans fire up with Bill while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Bill watches as Trent crawls back in. Bill kicks Trent, drags him up, and CLUBS him back down. Bill then steps out to go after Swerve. Fans fire up as Bill stalks Swerve around the way, then UPPERCUTS him! Swerve CHOPS, Bill TOSSES him to the ramp! Swerve writhes, Trent goes out after Bill and throws body shots. Bill ROCKS Trent with a haymaker! Then he SMACKS Trent off the steps! Trent falls and Bill soaks up the cheers and jeers. Bill stalks Swerve on the ramp, drags him up, and brings him around to SMACK him off the apron! And then CHOPS him against the apron! Swerve sputters and drops to his knees.
Bill gives a toying kick to Swerve, but Swerve comes back with a CHOP! Bill ROCKS Swerve with a right hand! Bill then kicks Trent down. Bill soaks up the cheers and jeers as he brings Swerve around the way, to scoop, but Swerve lips off! Swerve POSTS Bill, Trent SPEARS Bill! Fans fire up but then Swerve RAMS Trent into the railing! Swerve puts Trent on the apron, goes up after him, and fireman’s carries. Trent fights free, but Swerve CHOPS him! Trent ROCKS Swerve! Swerve ROCKS Trent and Dynamite returns to single picture, right as Trent ROCKS Swerve! Swerve ROCKS Trent back so the shots keep going!
Fans fire up but Swerve knees low! Swerve fireman’s carries, Trent slips off again, but Swerve fights the half nelson! Swerve throws elbows, Bill gets in the ring and runs that way, Trent pulls Swerve into the path of the BOOT! Down goes Swerve, then Trent SHOTGUNS Bill off the apron! Fans fire up as Trent goes up a corner, to ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Down goes Bill! Fans fire up with Trent but now Swerve goes up to BOOT from the apron! Swerve drags Trent up, puts him in the ring, and fans rally up. Trent is in a drop zone, Swerve goes up the corner. But Bill choke grips him! Swerve fights the arm but Bill CHOPS him!
Bill climbs up to join Swerve, choke grips again, but Trent hits Bill low! Trent climbs up, but Bill grabs him, too! But then both Trent & Swerve throat chop! Fans boo, but Trent & Swerve work together to DOUBLE SUPERPLEX Bill!! All three men are down and fans are thunderous! Bill goes to a corner, Swerve and Trent throw forearms again! They go back and forth, Swerve throws body shot after body shot! Swerve runs, but Trent gets around, HALF ‘N’ HALF! Swerve tumbles out, Trent builds speed, but Bill scoops! BIG BOSS MAN SLAM!!! Cover, Swerve HOUSE CALLS! Cover on Bill, TWO?!?!
Bill survives but Swerve rolls to COMPLETE SHOT Trent! Trent sits up, Swerve goes up, KILL- NO, Trent avoids the stomps! To BUSAIKU KNEE!! Trent reels Swerve in, PILEDRIVER!! Cover, BILL BREAKS IT! Bill stalks Trent to the apron and fans fire up. Bill drags Trent up but Trent CHOPS! Bill doesn’t budge, so Trent CHOPS again! Bill clamps onto Trent’s throat, CHOKE SLAM into the ring! But Swerve APRON KILL STOMPS Bill!!! And then roll-up on Trent, Swerve wins!!
Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall
The Mogul takes advantage and gets a huge win! Will Swerve soon be aiming for another title shot?
Kris Statlander speaks.
“Today’s date is May 28th, 2023. It’s the PPV, Double or Nothing, in Las Vegas, Nevada, and I am officially cleared. I am your NEW TBS Champion. It’s been a long time coming, and this whole time, I was never really sure if I deserved it. Not sure if I was someone deserving of this moment. It just really shows me how much not only does this place mean to me, but how much I mean to AEW. It’s just so nice to physically hold something to feel like you deserve it for once. Not only am I gonna prove to everyone that they were right, but I’m gonna prove to myself that this is my time. And I’m gonna have the best damn title reign anyone’s ever seen.” But she’s already putting the title on the line, will her time be short?
Renee Paquette is on stage.
“Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome The Acclaimed & Daddy Ass.” Max Caster, Anthony Bowens & Billy Gunn are here, and Renee says that unfortunately, thing didn’t go their way in that AEW World Trios Championship match. They asked for this time, so the floor is theirs. Billy says Renee is right, things did not go quite the way they’d planned. But that’s okay! Because anyone can get beat at any given time. Billy’s biggest regret is that he let his guys down. Caster says that Billy shouldn’t blame himself. They win as a team and lose as a team. They won a lot as a trio, undefeated until facing House of Black.
And see, Caster is the best wrestler alive, Bowens is the Five Tool Player, and Billy is the legend! They ARE The Acclaimed, they are the People’s Choice. Bowens says that is right. And their goal remains the same. A few months ago, Acclaimed were screwed outta tag team gold. Fans boo that, but the Acclaimed want gold back! “And this man, this legend, after over 30 YEARS of giving his all to the business, of giving his all to each and every one of you, giving his all to us, this man deserves to hold gold one more time!” Fans love the sound of that! They chant for “DADDY ASS! DADDY ASS!”
Bowens says do not worry about it, Billy, because EVERYONE loves The Acclaimed! So the goal remains the same, and the three SCISSOR FINGER~! Will they cut down the House of Black one way or another? Or will the House always win?
Tony Schiavone is back in the ring.
The bile rises in his throat as he has to say these names. “Here comes… Don Callis! And… Konosuke Takeshita.” Fans boo as Callis & Takeshita walk their way out to no music, but with highlights of Callis helping the BCC cheat the Elite. Callis & Takeshita go to the ring to join Schiavone, and Schiavone says, “Sunday night, Double or Nothing, not so sure. We talked to Bryan Danielson, whose side are you on? Whose side are you with? One thing we know for sure, you apparently have yourself a new protégé.” Callis grins but fans boo, and Callis says he sincerely hopes that such boos are for Kenny Omega! No, they’re for Callis.
Callis continues to say he is the REAL victim here! He has done everything for Kenny Omega! The booing gets louder! And they’re even flipping Callis off! Callis says Kenny only had what he had because of Callis! The AEW World Championship? All Callis! Kenny chose his friends. Every morning, Callis has to get up and look at the scar on his head! 23 stitches! And Callis blames it all on Kenny! Kenny destroyed Callis’ family! And maybe Callis lost a nephew, but he gained a son in Konosuke Takeshita! Fans chant “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” but Callis says Takeshita is the best athlete he has ever seen in wrestling! 6’3″, 240 pounds, and you know who he’s better than?
Konosuke is better than Rikidōzan! Better than Antonio Inoki! Better than Keiji Mutoh! And yes, better than Kazuchika Okada! But you know who else he’s better than? We’ll see it very soon, too! Konosuke is better than Kenny Omega! Konosuke gets the mic to tell everyone Japanese that they’re all stupid! Kenny Omega is nothing! And they all know it! Then in English, “We will destroy the Elite! We will destroy Kenny… Omega!” Callis tells Kenny that he destroyed his family so Callis is building a new one! And that new family will cut the Elite out of All Elite Wrestling! Fans boo as hard as they’ve ever booed before, but will that not stop what Callis is planning for Kenny Omega?
Arn Anderson & Wardlow speak.
The Enforcer says that before Double or Nothing and the ladder match, he cut through all the BS and asked Wardlow one question: What are you willing to do to Christian Cage? Everyone’s giving Arn a bunch of hoopla about biting that giant lizard’s thumb. But Wardlow got manhandled, and when you snatch Arn by the neck, what you think’s gonna happen? Wardlow says Luchasaurus found out not to get involved with their business. Arn wants to know what Wardlow’s willing to do, and he answered that. There are no more limits! If Luchasaurus wants to be next, Wardlow will be more than happy to finish the job!
Orange Cassidy & Darby Allin VS The Gates of Agony w/ Prince Nana!
Freshly Squeezed is still the AEW International Champion after facing the steepest odds possible, while the Relentless One could not overcome MJF, Sammy Guevara & Jack Perry all at once to become AEW World Champion. But will this unlikely duo keep going against even this daunting duo in front of them?
The teams sort out, but Bishop Kaun shoves Darby off the corner! And Toa Liona goes after Cassidy with clubbing forearms! The bell rings, Kaun keeps after Darby on the outside, and Cassidy just gets his jacket and shirt off. Kaun CHOPS Darby, Liona pushes Cassidy down, then Liona drags Cassidy up to whip corner to corner. Cassidy tumbles up and out, baits Liona in and shoulders into him. Cassidy bumps Liona off buckles, but Liona just glares at him! Liona drags Cassidy up and into the ring to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Kaun scoops Darby, but Darby slips free to POST Kaun! Darby tags in!
Fans fire up as Darby, bad shoulder all taped up, has the fans behind him. Darby SLAPS, RAMS, and runs, but Liona rushes in! Darby dodges but then runs into a BODY CHECK! Liona roars, fans boo, but Liona drags Darby up. Liona puts Darby in the corner, tags Kaun, and the Gates fire each other up! Kaun whips Liona in but Darby dodges! Darby BOOTS Kaun away, springboards, but Liona POUNCES the Coffin Splash! Kaun drags Cassidy in, GUT BUSTER DROP! Nana, Cage and Swerve return to ringside, they wanna watch this in person. Kaun has Darby up to CHOP him in the corner!
Kaun drags Darby up and over, tags Liona in, and the Gates mug Darby in the corner. Liona paces, the ref reprimands, but Kaun digs his boots into Darby! The fans rally up for Darby but Liona drags him up. Liona smirks, whips Darby to the corner, but Darby BLASTS Kaun! But then Liona SPLASHES Darby int he corner! But Darby boots from below! Liona gets the legs, yanks Darby up but Darby slips to the outside! Darby HOTSHOTS Liona, but Kaun trips Darby to RAM him into the railing! And then apron! And then railing! And then apron! And then a whip into the railing! Liona rushes around the way to CLOBBER Cassidy!
Fans boo but The Mogul Embassy is pleased while Dynamite goes picture in picture. Kaun drags Darby but he’s deadweight. Kaun gets Darby up and into the ring, covers, TWO! Kaun rains down fists on Darby, lets off to soak up the heat, and then he drags Darby back up. Kaun fishhooks the nose but the ref reprimands. Kaun lets go, Darby goes to a corner, but Kaun fires off on him. Darby hits back, but Kaun kicks and whips to then kitchen sink knee! Kaun stands on Darby for a cover, ONE! Kaun drags Darby over, tags in Liona, and the Gates stomp Darby at the ropes. The ref counts, Liona steps off, then drags Darby back up.
Liona scoops Darby, SLAMS him, then SPLASHES! Darby writhes while Liona looms over him. Liona CLUBS Darby in the side, drags him up and pushes him into the corner. Kaun tags in, Darby is in the ropes, and Kaun kicks him to the floor. Kaun taunts Cassidy, then goes out to stomp away on Darby. Darby scrambles into the ring but Kaun is after him. Kaun stands on Darby’s hands to keep him from reaching Cassidy! Kaun stomps the hands, puts him in the Gates’ corner, then CHOPS him! Darby sputters, drops to a knee, and Kaun taunts Cassidy. Fans rally as Dynamite returns to single picture.
Kaun puts Darby up on the top rope, climbs up behind him, and then scoops for a TOP ROPE BACKBREAKER! Darby writhes on the apron, Liona hits an APRON SENTON! Liona then BLASTS Cassidy, drags Darby up, URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Darby is hanging tough and fans fire up! Tag to Kaun and the Gates circle Darby. Fans rally up but The Gates drag Darby up and high five, but then Darby flops over. The Gates laugh, and Swerve smirks seeing his old rival suffer. But Darby fights back with CHOPS! Liona doesn’t budge! Liona choke grips Darby, he and Kaun throw him to the corner!
Darby comes back, leaps but the Gates catch him to throw him back! Kaun runs in but Darby dropkicks his leg out! Liona runs in, but Darby BOOTS him down! Darby goes up and sunset flips, but Liona stays up! Darby stands up and baits Kaun in, sending him into Liona! Hot tag to Cassidy! Cassidy gets in, raises his hands, and fans fire up as they go in his pockets! Cassidy dodges Liona, dodges Kaun and sends him into Liona, then he dodges Kaun again to send him into buckles! Cassidy SHOTGUNS Liona to the other corner then kips up! Fans fire up, Kaun runs in but Cassidy dodges, Kaun’s SHOTGUN hits Liona!
Cassidy runs to tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO!! Kaun survives but Cassidy keeps his focus. Cassidy throws off the elbow pad and takes aim from the corner. Kaun rises, Cassidy runs in, ORANGE- NO, Kaun dodges! Liona fireman’s carries, SAMOAN DROP! The Gates drag Cassidy up, high five, and SHUT THE GATES! Cover, Darby breaks it!! Liona TOSSES Darby, Swerve is getting annoyed, but Liona goes back to the corner. Liona tags in, fans rally up for Cassidy, but the Gates reset. DOUBLE- RANA!! Cassidy hot tags Darby! Darby COFFIN SPLASHES Liona! And again! then one for Kaun! Another for Liona!
Darby fires up a la Sting, dodges Liona and Liona hits buckles! Darby puts Liona outside, CLUBS him and CLAWS him! Liona stands up, grabs Darby, but gets an ORANGE PUNCH! Darby then DIVES to take Liona out!! Kaun ELBOWS Cassidy down! Kaun suplexes, but gets STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! And a boosted CODE RED! Cassidy DIVES to take out Liona! Darby is up top, COFFIN DROP!! Cover, Darby & Cassidy win!
Winners: Orange Cassidy & Darby Allin, by pinfall
But the rest of the Mogul Embassy makes their way to the ring! Swerve & Cage glare right at Darby & Cassidy, and Liona & Kaun both get up. But wait! Here comes STIIIIING! The Icon is back, and he has his baseball bat! Fans are thunderous as Sting steps into the ring and the Embassy backs off. Will Swerve’s house have to worry about the showtime?
“AEW fans, AEW fans! Oh my God, clock’s ticking and you’re running out of competition. Darby Allin, you sweet, sweet little emo b*tch. Once again, you found yourself victim to a maneuver as simple as a headlock takeover. Now if that’s not telling about my competition around here, I don’t know what is! You are running out of gladiators for me to slay, you are running out of people you could possibly claim that are better than me. And you know it. Once again, it has been made abundantly clear, and this time, in Sin City, that nobody is on the level of the Devil!” Will anyone ever exorcise MJF away from the AEW World Championship?
Tony Schiavone is once again in the ring.
He welcomes us back, and thanks San Diego for being part of this great night. But wait, here comes Hook! The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil, the undefeated FTW Champion, steps in the ring. Schiavone says Hook once again helped the Hardy Boyz against Ethan Page at Double or Nothing. But then, what is next for Hook? But wait, someone interrupts. It’s Jose of La Faccion Ingobernable! He has Dralistico y Preston Vance with him, and he “apologizes” for interrupting Hook’s time, but this is the only way LFI is gonna get TV time here! There are two studs here who have never been given opportunities the way Hook has.
Fans boo but Jose says they know it’s true. Rush is too dangerous to be on TV, so he isn’t here right now. Salud, Rush. But where are the fans when they need LFI? When LFI is looking for chances and they get NONE? But they’re gonna start taking opportunities! Show this perro what LFI is about! Dralistico & Vance mug Hook, but here comes JUNGLE BOY! Jack Perry has helped Hook out before, and he’s here again, with a chair! JB JAMS Dralistico, JAMS Vance, and then he SMACKS them both down! Jose sneaks up, but JB sees him first. Jose runs away into the ring, but that’s where Hook is!
Hook clinches to hit the EL CAMINO! Jose flops out of the ring, JB joins Hook in the ring, and they fist bump. Will #JungleHook reunite to shut LFI up?
Backstage interview with The Outcasts.
Renee is with Saraya, Ruby Soho, and the NEW AEW Women’s World Champion, Toni Storm. How does it feel this time around to be champion? Oh, c’mon, look at her! She’s having a great time! She has the world title, the world’s best friends, and she couldn’t be doing any better. A lot of people say she’s just very lucky, but luck’s got nothing to do with this. Toni’s been wrestling since she was 13 years old, a child really! Over half her life! That’s because she’s been all over the world, carrying everyone’s bags and doing everything she can to get to this point.
The Outcasts look around this locker room, and they see no one who could carry Toni’s bags. Ruby says Toni is being very humble. No one anywhere could match Toni’s work ethic. Toni is gracing the AEW fans with her presence during the House Rules live shows. And she’ll even defend this title. That is what a fighting champion does! Oh so humble! Saraya loves Toni so much. But really, there is really no one worthy of carrying Toni’s bags. Not at all. But they’ll keep looking out. And as for “luck,” the only lucky ones are the fans. Who will be “lucky” enough to have some #ToniTime this summer?
AEW TBS Championship: Kris Statlander VS Nyla Rose!
The Galaxy’s Greatest made perhaps the greatest return possible, answering the open challenge of the cocky Jade Cargill. Not only did she end Jade’s reign, she ended the undefeated streak! But will Kris regret putting it all on the line so soon? Or will she start her own incredible reign?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Mama Statlander holds onto her baby!
The bell rings and fans rally as the two tie up. The two are in a deadlock, but then they break. Kris shoves Nyla, they tie up again, and they go around. Nyla puts Kris in a corner, the ref counts, and Nyla lets off. Kris dodges the cheap shot to fire off forearms! Nyla dodges to get some air, but Kris SHOTGUNS Nyla down! Fans fire up, Kris is after Nyla but the scoop doesn’t work. Nyla scoops Kris but she slips free to scoop again! Nyla is still really big, and she scoops Kris to SLAM her! SENTON flops as Kris moves! Kris wraps on the body scissors! Nyla endures, those knee braces are right in the ribs!
Nyla scrambles, gets the ROPEBREAK, and Kris lets go. Kris storms up but Nyla shoulders into her! And bumps her off the buckles! Kris falls and Nyla stalks her. Nyla kicks Kris around, drags her up, and brings her over to ropes. Kris fights the suplex and tries to suplex Nyla! Nyla CLUBS Kris, CLAWS her back, but Kris fights with body shots! Fans rally and Kris still tries a suplex. Nyla knees low, brings Kris around, and snap suplexes her into buckles! We see Taya Valkyrie is watching backstage, surely upset that she didn’t get the TBS title off Jade. Nyla grins as she soaks up the heat and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Nyla taunts Kris, drags her up, and then bumps her off buckles. Nyla stomps Kris, digs her boots in, but the ref counts. Nyla has Kris on the apron before she lets off. Nyla then puts Kris on the ropes to CHOKE and even bend back! Nyla puppets Kris’ mouth, but lets off as the ref counts. Kris flounders, Nyla brings her up to suplex! Cover, ONE!! Nyla grows frustrated, but she stands on Kris before getting a leg. HALF CRAB! Kris endures, reaches out, but Nyla talks trash while she CLUBS away on the knee! Kris crawls, ROPEBREAK! Nyla lets go, Kris goes to a corner, but Nyla RAMS into her!
Nyla pulls the leg against ropes! The ref counts, Nyla lets off and Kris hobbles to another corner. Nyla is after her in the corner with body shots! Nyla then goes corner to corner to ELBOW Kris, and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Nyla keeps Kris down with a chinlock. Kris endures the knee in the back, fans rally up, and Kris fights, only for Nyla to CLUB her in the chest! Nyla clamps onto the arms to keep Kris down, but still Kris fights. Fans rally, kris throws body shots and elbows, but Nyla CHOP BLOCKS! Kris falls, Nyla gets that leg, and has a modified Half Crab! Kris endures, so Nyla stomps away on the leg before going back to the Crab!
Dynamite returns to single picture as Kris fights with her free leg. Nyla lets go, Kris kips up, but Nyla CLOBBERS her! Cover, TWO!! Kris is still in this but Nyla runs, only to miss the splash! Kris runs to DISCUS LARIAT! Nyla stays up to Kris LARIATS again, ROCKS Nyla and ROUNDHOUSES her! Fans fire up with Kris and she runs in at the corner, UPPERCUT! Kris goes side to side, KNEE! Nyla staggers, Kris brings her in, BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Nyla survives and Kris is surprised! But Kris pounds the mat and fans rally with her. Kris drags Nyla to a drop zone and climbs up the corner.
Kris reaches the top but Nyla trips her up! Kris hits the buckles on the way down! Nyla runs in to SPLASH! Kris sits down, Nyla calls her shot and runs again, but Kris bails out! Nyla stops the cannonball to go tot he apron, CANNONBALL to the floor! Nyla grins and she brings Kris up to RAM her into railing! Fans boo but Nyla runs in to CANNONBALL against the railing! Nyla puts Kris back in the ring, stalks her, and catches Kris’ haymaker into a CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Kris survives and now Nyla is surprised! Nyla drags Kris up but Kris JAWBREAKERS! Kris puts Nyla in the drop zone and goes up again!
Fans fire up as Kris aims, to 450 SPLASH!! Cover, Kris wins!
Winner: Kris Statlander, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
The Galaxy’s Greatest has her first win as champion in the books! Taya is not amused, though. Will La Wera Loca get one more shot at that title? Will the third time be the charm? Or will things not go her way now that Mama’s home?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!
It’ll be regularly scheduled, 10 PM Eastern on Friday night, but it’s gonna be a CHAMPIONSHIP Friday! The AAA Mega Championship is on the line as El Hijo Del Vikingo defends against Dralistico AND Komander in a Triple Threat! Will the numbers spell disaster for Vikingo in San Diego? And in her first defense, Willow Nightingale puts up the NJPW Strong Women’s Championship against The Queen of Joshi, Emi Sakura! Will the Babe with the Power be too sweet to be sour? Plus, the NJPW World Television Championship makes its AEW Rampage debut as Zack Sabre Jr. defends against Action Andretti!
But that’s not all! Assuming he defeats Alex Coughlin on ROH TV this week, Katsuyori Shibata will defend the ROH Pure Championship against #TAIGASTYLE, Lee Moriarty! Will The Wrestler still be the champion after this week is over?
BREAKING NEWS for next week’s Dynamite!
Ricky Starks put out the challenge, and Jay White accepted! In a match where Juice Robinson and FTR are all banned from ringside, The Absolute and the Switchblade will finally settle things 1v1! Plus, after big wins from both men tonight, Orange Cassidy defends the AEW International Championship 1v1 against Swerve Strickland! Will the Mogul Embassy grab up even more gold?
Mixed Tag: Chris Jericho & Saraya VS Adam Cole & Britt Baker!
It would seem the Unsanctioned Match at Double or Nothing was not enough for anyone to end this! The Wizard & The Knight called out the Undisputed Couple for this match, and they obliged! Will Jericho & Saraya be the ones standing tall with a fireball? Or will San Diego be all about The Boom?
Fans sing Judas for Jericho, but Saraya still calls them all losers. The teams sort out and Jericho starts against Cole. Cole and Jericho fire off hands right at the bell! Jericho gets the edge, CHOPS, then CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! Cole fires back, Jericho ROCKS him, then puts him in a corner, Jericho ROCKS Cole again and again, whips corner to corner, and Jericho clotheslines! Fans are torn but Saraya says they better cheer! Jericho goes back to Cole, but Cole turns things around to ROCK Jericho with forearm after forearm, then he CHOPS! Jericho CHOPS, Cole CHOPS, they CHOP back and forth!
Jericho gets the edge with those CHOPS, but Cole rakes the eyes! Saraya complains but Cole stalks Jericho. Cole stomps Jericho, digs a boot in, but lets off as the ref counts. Jericho pokes Cole in the eyes! Jericho then throws Cole out, goes out after him, and fans fire up as Jericho whips Cole into railing! Jericho puts Cole back in, stalks him to a corner and CHOPS again! Jericho whips, Cole comes back and he CLOBBERS Jericho! Jericho hurries away, Cole dares him to come back, but Jericho tags out to Saraya. Saraya dares Cole to do something, but fans fire up as Britt steps in! And she fires off on Saraya!
Saraya shoves, Britt dodges and SLINGBLADES! And NORTHERN LIGHTS! Cover, TWO! Britt CLUBS Saraya, brings her up to Alabama Lift, AIR RAID CRASH! Britt revels in the cheers and spells it out, “D! M! D!” Britt then sits Saraya up, runs, but Saraya distracts the ref so Jericho can trip Britt! Fans boo but Cole rushes Jericho! Saraya stomps Britt, the ref keeps Cole from getting at Jericho, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Saraya covers Britt, shouts at the ref, and the ref returns, TWO! Saraya drags Britt up to HEADBUTT her down! Saraya paces around Britt, drags her up, and throws her down. Saraya points to Jericho, they “tag,” and then Jericho eggs Britt on. The ref tells Jericho to get out, that’s not the kind of match this is. Saraya taunts Cole while Jericho exits, and Saraya stomps Britt. Saraya drags Britt around, puts her in the ropes, then goes to the apron to fire off knee after knee! The ref counts, Saraya lets off to step back inside and they argue. Jericho talks trash on Britt but she swipes at him! Cole protests but Saraya stomps Britt down.
Saraya drags Britt up to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Saraya argues with the ref but the count was fair. Saraya drags Britt into a chinlock stretch but Britt endures. Fans rally, Britt fights up, but Saraya CLUBS her back down! Saraya brings Britt around, CLUBS her, then Saraya “tags” Jericho again. Jericho spells it out, “D! M! D!” then signals the fans can shove it! Saraya stomps Britt, Jericho shouts at Britt, and the ref keeps Cole back. Saraya stands on Britt’s hair, pulls on the arms, but lets off as the ref counts. Dynamite returns to single picture as Saraya tosses Britt out. Saraya then goes out, Cole and Jericho shout at each other and the ref is distracted.
Saraya waves to the ramp, and out come the Outcasts! Ruby & Toni stomp away on Britt! Fans boo, Saraya drags Britt into the ring, and they get away with all of that! But HIKARU SHIDA is here! She SMACKS the Outcasts around with the kendo stick and fans fire up! Saraya is furious, but Britt rolls her up! TWO!! Saraya escapes and CLUBS Britt down! Jericho storms in and shouts at Britt, but Britt glares at him. Britt SLAPS Jericho, DECKS Saraya, and tags in Cole! Fans fire up as Cole rallies on Jericho with forearms! Cole whips, Jericho reverses but Cole CLOBBERS him! And ELBOW! And BOOT!
Cole rains down fists, just like at the end of their Unsanctioned match! Jericho pushes Cole away, CHOPS him, but, Cole PELES! Cole whips, Jericho holds ropes and avoids the dropkick! LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Cole survives but Jericho scrambles away, hot tag to Saraya! That allows Britt to run in and rally on Saraya! Fans fire up and Britt hits a NECKBREAKER! Britt then hauls Saraya up but Saraya wrenches out to kick low! Saraya whips Britt to a corner, storms up, but into a BOOT! Britt goes up, Saraya runs back in to ROCK Britt! Saraya climbs up after Britt, but Britt resists the superplex!
Britt SHOVES Saraya down, adjusts, and fans fire up! But Jericho scurries over and asks for mercy! He even shields Saraya? Britt FROG SPLASHES them both!! Cover on Saraya, TWO!! Saraya survives but Britt tags Cole in! Cole BOOTS Jericho, hits a BACKSTABBER, and goes to the corner. Cole climbs up, aims, and Jericho stands, PANAMA- NO, Jericho trips Cole! Cole resists as Jericho tries to turn him! WALLS OF JERICHO!! Fans fire up, Saraya BLASTS Britt!! Cole endures, powers up, crawls forward and reaches out, but Jericho drags him back from the ropes! Fans fire up more as Jericho sits deep!
Wait! Britt gets her glove! Britt puts the glove on, steps into the ring and she fishhooks Jericho!! Jericho lets Cole go and fans fire up! Britt puts Jericho in the Rings of Saturn! LOCKJAW!! Saraya STOMPS Britt! The ref reprimands everyone, but Saraya goes to her corner. Cole tunes up the band as he aims at Jericho. Jericho stands, Cole rushes in, CODE BREAKER hits first!! Cover, TWO!!! Cole survives and Jericho can’t believe it! Jericho and Cole throw forearms back and forth and fans rally up. They stand, CHOP and forearm on repeat, and Cole gets the edge! Cole whips, Jericho reverses but DOUBLE LARIATS collide!
Saraya and Britt shout for Jericho and Cole, both men crawl for their corners. Hot tag to Saraya and Britt jumps in! Britt and Saraya fire off forearms! Saraya hits low, whips, but Britt holds ropes to then reel Saraya in! Saraya wrenches out, HOOK KICK to the GOOD KNIGHT!! Cover, TWO?!?! Britt survives and shocks Saraya! Jericho has Floyd the Baseball Bat! He aims, swings, but Britt doges and Cole SUPERKICKS! Then Britt SUPERKICKS Saraya! Then they DOUBLE SUPEKRICK Jericho!! Fans are thunderous, Cole goes to the corner and Britt tags him in! Cole drops the kneepad, takes aim, “I told you!”
Jericho sits up, into the BOOM!! Cover, Cole & Britt win!
Winners: Adam C0le & Britt Baker, by pinfall
The Undisputed Couple stands tall! The power of love, but also just all that pent up frustration, wins out in the end, while Jericho throws a fit! Cole dares Jericho to keep fighting then! Jericho throws in a chair, and even the ring bell! Cole and Britt grab those for themselves, and that makes Jericho back off. Can Cole & Britt finally move on from The Wizard and his schemes to go get themselves some gold?
A very good aftermath show for AEW after only a very good Double or Nothing. Good promos from Kris Statlander, Wardlow and MJF to follow their title wins. A little surprising that Kris had her first defense so soon but I suppose this gets it out of the way, and it gets Kris going on doing her best to match Jade’s streak. Taya watching backstage makes some sense, and I sense her turning Heel over being denied twice. Sadly, I think Taya is going to go 0-3 for the TBS Champion, because if she didn’t beat Jade, she’s not going to beat the person who beat Jade. And I do appreciate that Wardlow is calling out Luchasaurus, he’s being a proactive champion.
MJF of course isn’t, he’s just expecting AEW to find somebody. But I feel like, with Tony Khan letting us know CM Punk IS returning, that’s just the natural course of things for the world title. AEW Collision’s success is not fully dependent on CM Punk being back, but it will definitely incentivize Chicago fans to show up. But I love that there were plenty of fans who hated that news as there were who loved it in San Diego. And MJF VS Punk is an obvious route given how the Pillars he cheated at Double or Nothing are now going to other stories in the meantime. Sammy was the only absent one, but he’s surely preparing to be a parent.
Darby & Cassidy had an awesome tag match with The Gates of Agony, and I figured Darby & Cassidy would win. Swerve also won an awesome Triple Threat against Bill and Trent, and of course Swerve is moving on to a title. I feel like Swerve should be the one to dethrone Cassidy. He’s got The Mogul Embassy to help him cheat so that technically keeps Cassidy strong, and then Swerve can bring that title into a feud with Darby or in whatever finish we FINALLY get of Swerve VS Keith Lee. Then Jungle Boy returns to teaming with Hook just because there’s no other singles title open. JungleHook VS LFI is still going to be fun, and maybe we get Jungle Boy VS Rush. But honestly, I almost thought JB was gonna turn on Hook there. Heel Jack Perry taking the FTW Championship could be pretty cool.
Great promo from Bullet Club Gold and then great brawl with FTR and Starks. Starks VS White is going to end things one way or another, but I feel like it has to be White’s win. Then BCG VS FTR can be for the AEW World Tag Team Championships going into All In London. Speaking of titles, Championship Rampage is loaded, though I’m surprised there wasn’t just another Battle of the Belts special. I wonder if Battle of the Belts goes away with Collision being on Saturdays. Pretty sure all champions retain, though, because NONE of those titles are AEW property. Also, I feel that’s irresponsible to automatically say it’s Shibata VS Moriarty when Shibata VS Coughlin is airing tomorrow night on ROH.
The Acclaimed had a good promo with Renee on stage, and I figured they’d stick together and try again. They’ll probably choose a Open House Rules stipulation next time, I look forward to something wild from them. Really good promo from The Outcasts, and Storm could face just about anyone in her first defense of the world title. From how things went in the main event, pretty sure it’s Shida since she is still fighting against The Outcasts. Britt & Cole of course win against Jericho & Saraya, but that was a pretty fun Mixed Tag. And if Shida doesn’t beat Storm, I bet we get Britt VS Storm at like All Out or something.
Great opener of BCC VS Lucha Bros & Bandido, and Bryan was pretty good on commentary. I figured BCC would win, they’re going to keep things rolling from Double or Nothing. And good promo from The Elite and Dark Order, because it kept up the continuity from over the years. Hangman saying Kenny was out of the country but not in Canada totally hints at him being in Japan to reconnect with Kota Ibushi, which is definitely the next phase of this. Elite plus Ibushi VS BCC plus Konosuke, Blood & Guts, that has to be it. And speaking of, Callis and Konosuke had a great promo, especially factoring in that nuclear Heel heat Callis has. Like, every other Heel wishes they had the level of booing, jeering and middle fingers Callis had aimed at him.
My Score: 8.7/10
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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (5/30/23)
It’s about to get TOXIC!
Tonight: Jacy Jayne, Gigi Dolin, and a WEAPONIZED STEEL CAGE!
NXT returns from the Battleground, but another battle is about to begin! The Toxic War between Gigi and Jacy ends, inside a cage, the walls lined with weaponry! Who will be left standing as the Toxic Victor?
- Weaponized Steel Cage: Gigi Dolin VS Jacy Jayne; Gigi wins.
- Wes Lee & Tyler Bate VS The Dyad w/ Ava Raine; Wes & Bate win.
- Joe Coffey VS “Stacks” Channing Lorenzo; Joe wins.
- Cora Jade VS Ivy Nile; Cora wins.
- NXT Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Noam Dar w/ Oro Mensah, Lash Legend & Jakara Jackson; Melo wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Weaponized Steel Cage: Gigi Dolin VS Jacy Jayne!
What was once one of the most dominant duos in the NXT Women’s Division was torn apart by ambition and pride. Where one thought they were closer than sisters, the other only saw herself as the star and everyone else as a side character. This is going to end one way or another, but will it be the Toxic Avenger or the Toxic Traitor that comes out on top?
But wait! Jacy attacks Gigi during her entrance! And then RAMS her into the steel! And then into steel steps! Fans boo but Jacy takes Gigi’s jacket from her, throws it at her, then throws Gigi into the steel again! Jacy says it’s all about her, and she SMACKS Gigi off more steps, and Gigi’s head also hits the underside of the door! Jacy makes Gigi take a seat, to SLAM the door shut on her! And again! And again! Jacy howls but fans boo, and Jacy drags Gigi into the cage. Jacy then closes the door, the bell rings, and Jacy stalks Gigi. Jacy has a duffel bag, and she brings out a LEATHER STRAP! She LASHES Gigi!
Jacy LASHES Gigi more and more, then howls again. Gigi writhes, Jacy gets a chair, but Gigi gets a trash can lid! Gigi kicks Jacy low, SMACKS her on the back, and now Jacy writhes. Gigi runs, but Jacy drop toeholds her onto the chair! Jacy drags Gigi through the chair, runs, but Gigi avoids the ax kick! Gigi comes back with a ROUNDHOUSE! Jacy takes a seat, Gigi CROSSBODIES her down! Gigi drags Jacy up, RAMS her into the steel, then RAMS her into the other side! Gigi gets that strap for herself now, and she LASHES Jacy! And again! And again! And again! Then she just throws the strap at Jacy before getting a trash can lid.
Gigi brings the can around, puts it on Jacy, and then Kawada Kicks away on it! Jacy falls over, Gigi takes the can off her, and fans fire up. Gigi has Jacy against ropes, digs the can into her, and says this is what Jacy wanted! Gigi SLAPS Jacy, runs, and dropkicks the can into Jacy! Cover, TWO! Jacy is still in this, and Gigi snarls. Gigi looks for something else to use as fans rally behind her. Gigi gets the strap and CHOKES Jacy with it! Gigi says Jacy ruined everything! They were like sisters! Gigi lets Jacy go, gets more trash cans, and she sets one down. Fans chant “We Want Tables!” but Gigi gets the bat! It has a rose on it!
Gigi JAMS Jacy with the baseball bat, then DIGS the thorn covered side into her! Gigi climbs up to CHOKE Jacy with the bat and again shouts that Jacy ruined everything! Gigi then takes aim, waits on Jacy to get up, but Jacy avoids the homer to SPINEBUSTER Gigi on the can! Fans are shocked while NXT goes picture in picture.
Jacy talks trash on Gigi, stalks her, and brings her up. Jacy RAMS Gigi into steel, then RAMS her into more steel! Jacy then grinds Gigi into the chain link like it’s a cheese grater! Jacy lets off to revel in the moment, then she steps back in through the ropes. Jacy talks trash on the fans and on Gigi, and then stalks her to ropes. Jacy KICKS Gigi in the face! Jacy gets a chair, wedges it in a corner, and then goes back for Gigi. Jacy brings Gigi up to whip, but Gigi stops herself! Gigi ELBOWS Jacy, runs and BOOTS her down! Gigi then gets another trash can, and she wedges that in another corner.
Gigi goes to Jacy, kicks her low, and whips, but Jacy reverses! Gigi blocks, Jacy kicks low, then blocks a kick to LARIAT Gigi down! And SENTON! Cover, TWO! Gigi is still in this but Jacy rains down fists on her! Jacy eggs Gigi on, taunts fans, then gets a steel chain! Jacy wraps that around her first, gives it a kiss, and FULL METLA BODY SHOTS! And then another! And another! Gigi falls over while Jacy swings the chain. Jacy grinds as she sits Gigi up, and wraps the chain around Gigi’s face! Gigi can only endure as the chain digs into her nose and mouth! NXT returns to single picture as fans rally back up.
Gigi fights, powers up, and swings Jacy into the steel chair! Jacy goes down and fans fire up! Jacy staggers up, Gigi roars, and Gigi ROCKS Jacy, KICKS her and KNEES her! Ripcord and STO! Cover, TWO!! Gigi is frustrated but she pounds the mat. Fans rally up, Gigi gets another chair, and she puts that down at center. She gets that chair from the corner, and another chair, and another chair, and she piles them together. Gigi brings Jacy over, half nelsons, but Jacy fights! Jacy whips, spins Gigi, and then NECKBREAKER on the chair pile!! Both women writhe but Jacy covers, TWO!! Gigi survives and Jacy is beside herself!
Fans rally up, Jacy clears the chairs out of the way and she throws a forearm on Gigi. Gigi comes back with a haymaker! Jacy throws a forearm back! Gigi throws a forearm of her own! Fans rally, Jacy throws another forearm but Gigi fires a flurry! Gigi wrenches, hooks Jacy up, but Jacy dosidos her into the TRASH CAN! And then SUPERKICKS! Just like the night she betrayed Gigi! Jacy runs in, CANNONBALL into the trash can! Cover, TWO!!! Gigi survives again and Jacy is at a loss for words. But then Jacy just grins and rains down fists on Gigi! Fans chant “We Want Tables!” and Jacy drags the table out!
Fans actually chant, “Thank You, Jacy!” and she says shut up, she’s not doing it for them! Jacy sets the table up near a corner, and she goes back to Gigi. Jacy suplexes but Gigi blocks! Gigi throws body shots, turns things around, but Jacy blocks the suplex! Gigi CLUBS Jacy, KNEES her low, and then drags her up to whip. Jacy reverses and sends Gigi into the steel! Jacy then brings Gigi up, bumps her off buckles, and brings her up the corner! Fans fire up as Jacy dribbles Gigi off buckles and the steel! Jacy says this is all about HER, and she reaches the very top rope. But Gigi HEADBUTTS in return!
Jacy wobbles, Gigi SMACKS her off the steel again and again! Jacy stays on the top rope but Gigi clinches, CHOKE SLAM THROUGH THE TABLE!! High stack, Gigi wins!!
Winner: Gigi Dolin, by pinfall
The Toxic Avenger finally ends the Toxic War! Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” What is next for Gigi now that she’s gotten past her past?
Backstage interview with Wes Lee.
McKenzie Mitchell is with the North American Champion and notes we’re just 48 hours removed from his win in a Triple Threat. He is now the longest reigning North American Champion, with TEN successful defenses. Has it sunk in yet? Now that she says it, yes! He is PUMPED! But he’s also sore. Comes with the territory. Back when he won the title at Halloween Havoc, he had no idea how this ride was gonna go. But through the multiple multi-mans, the open challenges and the unforeseen odds- “Sunday’s victory proved nothing!” The Dyad storms in to say Joe Gacy wants to send a reminder.
Wes says okay, he’ll bust them all! But then Tyler Bate steps up to say that if they want to fight Wes, they fight him, too! The Dyad backs off, and Bate tells Wes that as he said on Sunday, that was all business. He still has Wes’s back, if he’ll have him. Wes says he appreciates that. They fist bump, but will Rip Fowler & Jagger Reed still try to send that “message” from The Schism?
Tony D’Angelo gets his mug shot.
He isn’t happy about it, either. But what will happen should The Don have to go to court?
Gallus talks backstage.
They’re of course happy to be NXT Tag Team Champions, but Wolfgang admits, The Creed Brothers are tough. But no one can stop Gallus! They never stop. The Creeds are done, so who steps up to their kingdom next? Well, Tony D and Stacks had next, but uh, Tony can’t do too much with his hands cuffed. “It wasn’t me, officer! I swear! I’m a nice guy!” Fogedaboutit! But Stacks storms in! He knew it was them! They ratted on Tony! Don’t get the wrong idea, Stacks, it wasn’t them. But what is he gonna do without his daddy? Better question: Ever heard that snitches get stitches?
Stacks fires off on Gallus, but he gets mugged 3v1! The refs rush in, but Gallus still throws Stacks into shelfs! The refs tell Gallus they are EJECTED from the building! Gallus is fine with that, they did the damage. But who is going to be next if The Family is busy with their own problems?
Carmelo Hayes is here!
Fans cheer as Trick Melo Gang heads to the ring, because the NXT Champion is still HIM! Trick gets the mic to get to business. They went to Melo’s hometown, Melo went to Battleground, and he left still champion. Fans cheer that, and Melo says he did that. Now listen, Battleground was exactly that: a battle. So he will paint a picture: Melochussetts was going crazy! Bron VS THOUSANDS! Big Spear, Melo still alive. Nothing But Net, #AndStill! And one thing everyone needs to realize, sometimes you gotta take shots to make shots. When it comes to this NXT Championship, Melo don’t ever miss!
Trick says Melo don’t lie, either! Battleground is another brick in the foundation of the HIM Dynasty. But wait, NOAM DAR is here? Dar and his squad walk out, and Dar tells Melo, “Well done! Congratulations! You managed to escape your hometown still champion. And Melo, you weren’t the only one to retain their championship.” Fans boo as Dar says HE defended HIS NXT Heritage Cup, “the most coveted prize in NXT.” But Melo only just managed to beat Bron. Dar beat Dragon Lee not once, but twice. Thank you.
Trick tells “Mr. Supernova” that we don’t have time to talk about how it took four of them to cheat Dragon Lee. Fans cheer that! But there is time to talk about Dar coming out to interrupt Trick Melo Gang. Interrupting Trick Melo Gang is a super no-no. Melo says he saw that match, Dar really is like that. But there’s levels to this. That trophy puts Dar on a high level, but this NXT Championship puts Melo on the HIGHEST level. Dar may’ve “beat” Dragon twice, but Melo bets he couldn’t even beat Melo once. And that’s all it is, and that’s all it- NO NO NO NONONO! SHH! The adults are talking, Trick.
Fans boo as Dar tells Melo that that almost sounded like a challenge. Is Melo challenging Dar, even though that’d be the biggest mistake of his life? If Melo is building a dynasty, then step up! Put the NXT Championship on the line TONIGHT! Trick says whoa, whoa, wait a minute. Dar is trying to take advantage of Melo while he’s tired. DUH! Well done, Captain Obvious. But hey, straight up, what does Melo say? Oh, wait, Lash was right! Melo is just counting the minutes, making it easy, because he doesn’t have what it takes to compete at the highest level night in and night out, like Dar.
But actually, it must be hard to miss when he has… What’s Lash calling it? Low management! No, no, if Dar wants it, then he’s got it! TONIGHT! Fans fire up, but did the Supernova Squad just get the better of HIM?
Cora Jade talks with the other women in the locker room.
They all saw her match with Lyra in the tournament, right? Lyra headbutted her right in the eye! Cora was basically blind half the match! And if she could’ve seen, SHE would have gone to Battleground, and SHE would be NXT Women’s Champion. Literally everyone else goes, “Um…” Cora says fine, but the only one to be celebrated is HER! Her accomplishments, her star power. But nooo~, we all let Cora get screwed over. She deserves to be champion! But in walks Ivy Nile. We’ve all had it with the whining. Injuries are part of the game, so suck it up and get over it. Everyone would’ve loved to have been in that tournament, too.
Cora tells Ivy not to give her attitude just cuz her guys couldn’t get the job done and Ava whipped her ass. Ivy says at least they were all in that fight. Where was Cora on Sunday? Just sitting here bitching about it. Cora says she’s not scared of Ivy, but does anyone believe that?
Axiom watches footage on his phone.
Reggie walks over and says, “What’s up, Ax? Tell me you’re watching Battleground.” Axiom says yes, but then sees who he’s talking to. Axiom stands right up but Reggie tells him to chill, he means you no harm. Then what does he want? See, “Reggie!” Everyone always calls him that, and that is his given name, but growing up, a lot of people called him “Scrypts.” Who? His family? And why “Scrypts?” Definitely not his family. And he won’t get into it right now, that’s a story for another day. Then what does Scrypts want? He appreciates what Axiom did for him. Wait, what? When he took the mask off! It opened Scrypts’ eyes!
It was like Scrypts was living in a cave, watching shadows on the wall. But now, he is living in the sunlight, seeing what is meant to be seen. And Dabba-Kato trying to take Axiom out after their match last week, Scrypts couldn’t stand by. He jumped into action to help Axiom since Axiom helped him. And Scrypts just wants to thank him. Scrypts/Reggie leaves, and Axiom says, “Any time.” Is Scrypts going to go from a would-be archenemy to a new ally?
Wes Lee & Tyler Bate VS The Dyad w/ Ava Raine!
The Cardiac Kid & Big Strong Boi are standing together again against Rip Fowler & Jagger Reed. The Schism isn’t done with Wes, but will their tree get chopped down?
NXT returns as Bate makes his entrance, followed by Wes. The teams sort out and Reed starts with Bate. They circle, tie up, and Reed wrenches an arm to a wristlock. Bate rolls, rolls back, then uses a leg to get free and knuckle lock. Bate whips and WRINGS Reed out, then wrenches the arm again. Reed pulls hair to put Bate in the corner and Rip tags in to ROCK Bate! Rip ROCKS Bate again, puts him in a corner, but Bate boots then KNEES back! Bate goes up to FLYING UPPERCUT! Fans fire up and Bate wrenches Rip to tag in Wes. Wes slingshots to sunset flip! TWO! Rip gets Wes in the face with that kickout, then he ROCKS Wes!
Rip scoops, Wes slips off but Rip bucks the O’Conner. Things speed up, Wes slides and headscissors! Wes runs in, tilt-o-whirl CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Wes facelocks Rip, tags Bate, and Bate goes up to AX HANDLE the arm! Bate wrenches the arm, tags Wes back in, but Rip shoves Bate into Wes! Rip CLUBS Bate, tags Reed, and the Dyad brings Bate up to whip to the corner. Reed runs in but into a BOOT! Bate goes up and over Rip, under Reed, and baits them in for Wes’s FLYING ARM-DRAG HEADSCISSOR COMBO! Fans fire up as Wes & Bate DOUBLE DROPKICK The Dyad out!
Fans fire up as The Dyad get back in and the four stare down. But then Wes & Bate see MUSTAFA ALI in the perch!? The Beacon is here, but why!? Ali heads down to ringside while NXT goes to break.
NXT returns as Jagger grinds Bate down with a chinlock. Fans rally up, Bate fights up, and we see Ali is on commentary now. Bate powers the hold open but Reed KNEES him in the back and tags Rip. They double suplex and hold Bate up but Bate throws knees! Bate knees and knees and DOUBLE KNEES, to then get free! Bate DOUBLE RANAS The Dyad! Fans fire up, Bate dodges Reed but Rip ROCKS him! The Dyad set Bate up but Bate BOOTS Reed away! He ends up in the corner with Rip, Wes tags in to rally on The Dyad! SUPERKICK for Reed, ELBOW for Rip, BOOT for Reed, and a flurry of fists for Rip!
Wes snapmares and DROPKICKS Rip and fans fire up! Reed storms up but Wes elbows him away. Victory roll and jump, DDT for Rip! Reed runs in but Wes ducks the enziguri to wrench and fire off fast strikes! DOUBLE STOMP on Reed’s back! Rip runs in but is sent into the corner! ENZIGURI, then snapmare! Wes flips but Rip dodges! THROAT CHOP! Fans boo but Ava cheers, and Reed tags in. Reed and Rip aim, but Bate gets up, Rip DECKS Bate, but Wes fires off haymakers and CHOPS on The Dyad. The Dyad kicks back, double whips, but Wes ducks ‘n handsprings to DOUBLE PELE!! Tag to Bate!
Bate and Wes each have a corner, they each aim at a Dyad, for DOUBLE TORNILLO!! Wes then FLIES to take out Rip! Bate gets Reed for the TYLER DRIVER 97!! Cover, Bate & Wes win!
Winners: Wes Lee & Tyler Bate, by pinfall
That was definitely a big strong victory, and then Ivy gets at Ava!! The Creed Brothers rush out, but The Dyad goes after them! It is a chaotic brawl, more refs rush out to stop this, but fans want to “Let Them Fight!” And then Gacy gets in to CLOBBER Wes and Bate! Gacy stomps away on Wes, but Ali jumps in! Ali DECKS Gacy! Fans fire up as Ali DECKS Gacy again! Ali TOSSES Gacy out hard, and he throws off his jacket! The Beacon stands with Bate and Wes, will they join forces to chop down The Schism’s tree?
Drew Gulak & Charlie Dempsey lead another Chase U class.
The Philly Stretcher says, “The name of the game is leverage.” Collar ‘n’ elbow, let’s go. Then you get the headlock. Thea Hail watches closely but Duke Hudson tells her that while he’s all for pushing yourself, but Gulak was the one who made her cry. She doesn’t have to take this class, he can give her a pass. No, she has to do this for herself. She never wants to feel that way again! They think she’s weak, but she’s not! She wants to prove it! She wants to get in there! Let her go! LET HER GO!! Thea, let HIM go! Yeesh. But okay, give ’em hell. Okay okay okay! She jumps in, Gulak tells the one guy, “Submission wrestling is the backbone of success. Good job.”
Dempsey taps Gulak’s shoulder and says, “Speaking of success. Look who decided to join.” Well, so nice of Thea to join in. But no crying this time or running away, okay? Loud and clear, sir. She can do this. Alright. Everyone done. She circles with Dempsey, what will her grade be in this test?
Tiffany Stratton heads to the ring.
The Center of the Universe is the NEW NXT Women’s Champion, and given all the pictures of herself in the ring, this “Tiffybration” is only about herself. Tiffany gets the mic to say, “Raise your hands if you’re not surprised that Tiffany Stratton is the NEW NXT Women’s Champion~!” She knows she isn’t. This Sunday, she claimed her rightful spot at the “Tiffy top” of NXT. Fans do cheer, and Tiffany says this title has been held by future hall of famers: Charlotte Flair, Asuka, Bayley, Rhea Ripley, the list goes on and on. And tonight, she shows everyone what it means to be a true champion.
Fans cheer that, and Tiffany says “Honestly, when I think of what a champion is, it is me! Nobody in that locker room can do what I can do. And when I look in the mirror, I think to myself, I am the epitome of what a true WWE Superstar is! So to continue on in my Tiffybration, I would like to invite up the entire NXT Women’s locker room so they can all recognize me as their Women’s Champion. Ladies?” No one comes out. Fine, no one wants to know who her first opponent is gonna be. Do the fans do? “YES!” “Aww, you guys actually think I care what you think.” Tiffany asks the locker room to come out, and finally they all walk out.
Tiffany says she knows they’re all starstruck, and that they all have the same question: “What is next for Tiffany Stratton? Who will I give my first title defense to? And to be honest, as everyone is out here, I can’t help but think to myself that I’m gonna be champion for a long, long time. I mean, I might as well retire as champion. Nobody can sit with me. Not you, not you, and I don’t even know why you’re out here,” Thea. Oh, and it is DEFINITELY not Lyra. Sorry not sorry. This is getting so awkward, she invited them all out here. Hah, JK! Luckily for them, on her way home, she had a Tiffany Epiphany!
She thought to herself, she should give them all an opportunity at the #TiffyTitle! So next week, there will be a #1 Contender’s Battle Royal to determine her challenger. Good for you all. “But TBH, it doesn’t matter who’s gonna win, because I’m gonna beat all of you to it. I am gonna beat all of you to it, because as far as I know, and for as long as I want, it is Tiffy Time.” Tiffany raises the belt, and confetti and balloons fall. But then Thea gets in to SLAP Tiffany! Fans fire up, and then both Roxie and Fallon get in! They pinball Tiffany with forearm shots! And SOBATS! Lyra gets in, too, but Tiffany scurries away!
But Lyra WRECKS her with a dropkick! Tiffany is furious but she’s the one who just turned the entire roster against her. Who will have their moment and get their shot at the Center of the Universe?
Trick Williams is on the phone backstage.
He says it is going down, but Melo will be alright. They’ll pull up afterward. Just keep the bottles on ice and the jacuzzi hot. Lash, Jakara & Oro walk over. Lash says they call him Trick Willy. Well, you heard that right. Then your boy is about to get whooped by Dar. A shame, though, cuz they kinda cute. Kinda? Hey, now! They may disagree on the match, but in the looks department, Trick Melo don’t miss. And y’all can leave, button your lips, move your hips, he’ll holler. Oro wants Trick to understand what the ladies are saying: Melo should’ve taken the night off.
Trick recognizes Oro. He saw that match, Oro was in Dar’s corner, this must’ve all be his plan. Oro’s a real shyster, y’know that? And Miss Jackson the Distraction, and Lash is a distraction herself. Bet they’d like to hit Trick with a bucket. Trick would like that, huh? Trick says he’s watching all y’all! Don’t try him! Will Trick Melo Gang be ready for everything the Supernova Squad is bringing?
Dani Palmer is in the ring.
“I cannot leave, I cannot leave this ring, until I find out who this attacker is! Whoever’s been wreaking havoc in this division said that they’d reveal themselves TONIGHT! You attacked me, and you attacked my best friend, Sol, and now she’s out for a year! I’m done waiting. I’m not going anywhere until you show your face!!” The attacker is on the tron, watching the footage of her handiwork. Nikkita Lyons, Wendy Choo, Sol Ruca, Dani Palmer, Roxanne Perez. Dani gets anxious, but the person is RIGHT BEHIND HER!! She attacks Danni, drags her up, and suplexes for a FALCON ARROW!!
IT’S BLAIR DAVENPORT! The Top Gaijin is back, and she gives Dani a KAMI-GOYE!! Targets of the Heir, beware! Who will be next on the list for Blair?
NXT shares footage from after the show last week.
Eddy Thorpe returned backstage and encountered Malik Blade & Edris Enofe. They congratulated him on the great effort against Tyler Bate. It’s tough, but so are you. And if Bate were to win the title, he could be looking at Eddy as next. Eddy says that’s nice of them to say, but he wishes he had that one back. Nah, they all feel down after a loss. You learn more after a loss than you do a win. But Damon Kemp gives a sarcastic clap. Kemp was watching, and he has to admit, he was impressed. But Eddy can’t win without cheating, huh? Eddy rushes Kemp but Kemp gets away, will the Alpha Wolf get back at the Golden Gopher in their rematch?
Joe Coffey VS “Stacks” Channing Lorenzo!
Gallus was poking fun at The Don, and the Underboss wasn’t going to stand for it! Mark Coffey & Wolfgang were sent home, but will the Iron King still be on top? Or will Stacks make Joe fogedaboutit?
The bell rings and Stacks SHOTGUNS Joe! Stacks stomps Joe in the corner, the ref counts and Stacks lets off. Joe gets up to CLUB Stacks in the back, and throw body shot after body shot! Stacks still tackles Joe and rains down forearms! Stacks headlocks, but Joe fights up, only for Stacks to KNEE Joe again, and again, and again! FIST DROP! Cover, TWO! Stacks clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Joe, but Joe fights up. Stacks hits a headlock takeover, Joe keeps his shoulder up but Stacks pushes the arm down, TWO! Stacks throws hands, Joe is down again, TWO! Joe rolls Stacks to a cover, TWO!
Stacks still has the headlock, but Joe fights up. Joe powers out and hip tosses Stacks hard! Stacks staggers up to ropes, but Joe runs in to fire haymakers. Fans rally and Joe whips Stacks corner to corner hard! Stacks bounces off buckles, Joe drops knees on his back! And then an elbow on the ribs! Cover, TWO! Stacks is hanging tough but Joe drags him up. Stacks throws body shots but Joe knees low. Joe ROCKS Stacks, RAMS him, then HIP TOSSES! Stacks flounders to ropes but Joe digs his laces into Stacks’ face. Stacks throws body shots, ROCKS him, and wrenches an arm to HIP DROP it! Cover, TWO!
Stacks keeps cool, he brings Joe up but Joe scoops to SLAM! Stacks writhes, Joe shakes out the arms and checks his ears. Joe runs in but Stacks put shim on the apron! Stacks DROPKICKS Joe off the apron! Fans fire up and Stacks eggs Joe on. Joe tells Stacks that HE’s the rat, but Stacks goes out to ROCK him! Stacks has Joe on the defense as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Joe has Stacks in body scissors. Stacks powers back to a cover, TWO and Joe keeps on the squeeze. Fans rally as Stacks endures, and Stacks pries at the hold. Stacks pushes back again, ONE, and now Stacks is free! Stacks gets the legs but Joe kicks him away! Joe and Stacks stagger up, Stacks rushes in but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Joe drags Stacks up to hit a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Joe drags Stacks up but Stacks throws hands! Stacks ROCKS Joe, brings him in, DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Stacks rises, Joe crawls, and Stacks runs in to rally with haymakers!
Fans fire up as Stacks dodges Joe to UPPERCUT him down! Joe staggers around, Stacks runs in at the corner to UPPERCUT again! Joe staggers out of the corner, Stacks gets him for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! The Iron King is hanging tough but Stacks tells him vaffanapoli! Stacks goes up the corner, but Joe UPPERCUTS him first! Joe climbs up, clinches, SUPER OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY!! Cover, TWO!?! Stacks survives and fans fire up! Joe is furious and he drags Stacks up. Joe whips, Stacks reverses, but Joe goes up and around, but into a back drop! Fans fire up, Stacks runs in and clotheslines Joe and himself out of the ring!
Fans fire up while both men are down on the outside. A ring count starts, both men stand at 3 of 10. Stacks runs in to UPPERCUT Joe against the apron! We’re at 7, Stacks runs in, but is sent into the steps!! Joe drags Stacks up and in, aims from the corner, GLASGOW SENDOFF!! Joe keeps moving, ALL THE BEST FOR THE BELLS!! Cover, Joe wins!
Winner: Joe Coffey, by pinfall
Stacks fought hard to protect Tony D’s honor, but The Iron King still crushes him. Will NXT still be Gallus’ kingdom?
NXT shares more footage from after last week’s show.
Robert Stone asked Von Wagner, “What the hell was that, man?!” What the hell was what? Luca deserved everything he got out there! That’s not what Stone meant. Von got disqualified! He wants to get suspended? Fined? Have his free agency status revoked? That could happen if you keep acting like this! Von says Luca was running his mouth the last two weeks, on Von and on Stone. Von finally just shut it! Then don’t take what Stone’s about to say the wrong way. But whatever went on in Von’s past, he has anger issues. If Von isn’t gonna listen to Stone, then it is time to talk to a therapist.
A therapist? What the hell is that gonna do? So that they can take Von’s hard earned money? No, look, Stone can pay for it. He’s just asking Von do this for him. Von thinks about it, pats Stone on the shoulder, and says he’ll still think about it. Is Vicious Von going to finally get past his past?
NXT shares footage of Ilja Dragunov.
It was before Battleground on Sunday that he called home and assured his son, Constantine, that he’ll make it home in one piece. He made sure Constantine know he loves him. “Is it the pain that keeps searching for me? Or am I the one who searches for pain? Or maybe, I am the pain. In the end, it doesn’t matter. Because tonight, the world shall know pain.” Dragunov put on his gear, brought back the red contact lenses, and prepared for the war that was ahead of him. Last Man Standing with Dijak was truly the definition of pain. And in the end, Dragunov stood tall. The Czar will return next week, what will he be searching for when he does?
Cora Jade VS Ivy Nile!
Selfish, arrogant, entitled. Sound familiar? The Generation of Jade may have a black eye, but as she sees it, she’s still the most important part of NXT. Will she prove herself right? Or will the Diamond Pitbull make her see she’s just a punk?
NXT returns as Ivy makes her entrance. She already got into a scrap with Ava Raine, maybe that was just a good warmup. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, and Cora claims Ivy touched her bad eye! But then she ELBOWS Ivy! Cora laughs at Ivy but Ivy grabs that finger! Cora kicks low, headlocks, but Ivy powers out. Things speed up and Ivy goes to hip toss but Cora turns it around. Ivy blocks that to CLOBBER Cora! Ivy grabs an arm, steps through, drags Cora down, cover, ONE! Ivy wrenches Cora to an ELBOW BREAKER, and then she YANKS the arm. And YANKS it again!
Ivy WRINGS Cora out again, then brings her up to a fireman’s carry. Cora fights free with elbows and throws Ivy down by her hair! The ref reprimands, Cora laughs at Ivy, then runs to ELBOW her against ropes! Cover, TWO! Cora kicks Ivy around, taunts her, then throws her down by her hair again. Cora gives more toying kicks, CLUBS Ivy, then brings her around to TOSS her out to the apron. Fans duel as Cora brings Ivy in to CLUB her! Ivy is in the ropes, Cora puts some stank on the CHOP! It gets Ivy in the face!! Cora runs to SHOTGUN Ivy down! Ivy flops down, Cora covers, they’re in the ropes so Cora has to pull Ivy away. Cover again, TWO!
Cora is upset but she throws Ivy down by her hair again. Cora clamps on a chinlock and she squeezes tight. Ivy endures, fans rally up, and Ivy arm-drags free! Cora comes back but into a roll-up, TWO! Cora swings, Ivy blocks to KICK! KICK! And ROUNDHOUSE! Cora staggers, Ivy whips her to a corner. Ivy runs in around the way, CALF KICK! Snapmare and cover, TWO! Ivy drags Cora back up to fisherman, but Cora cradle counters! TWO!! Ivy escapes but Cora kicks low. Cora wrenches the hair to throw Ivy back down! Fans rally, Cora runs, IMPLODER- NO, Ivy dodges the stomps and Cora jams a knee!
Ivy gut wrench SLAMS Cora! But here comes AVA! Ava grabs Ivy while the ref checks Cora! But Ivy gets the DIAMOND DRAGON on her! But Cora SHINING WIZARDS from behind! Cora gets Ivy up, FUTURE SHOCK!! Cover, Cora wins!
Winner: Cora Jade, by pinfall
Ivy is feeling rather #Jaded after that, but that’s more because Ava came back for more. Will the Generation of Jade look to go after the gold during #TiffyTime?
Hank ‘n’ Tank talk backstage.
Hank is sorry but how is the shoulder? Better every day. How’s Hank’s wrist? Better every day. But in all seriousness, they crushed it. Tank says Hank deserved that win, though. And at the end of the day, it worked! They’re tighter than ever! There’s this energy going back and forth! That connection! That’s what Hank was gonna say. Whoa, there’s the connection! Okay, let’s test it. First word that comes to mind, no thinking. Favorite food? On three- Wait, wait, “One two, go,” or “one two three, then go?” After three. Okay, okay. Favorite food. One, two, three, CHICKEN PARM! GASP!
Favorite animal? One, two, three, HONEY BADGER! Whoa… Favorite sauce on your wings. One, two, three, BUFFALO!! YES!! Edris & Malik walk over and say if they’re talking sauces, ya boi could eat. Bro, they just did eat! All they’re talking about is, ever since Tank ‘n’ Hank beat the tar outta each other, they’re like this! Fingers crossed. Tight. Oh, okay, after one match. It takes a bit longer than that, y’know that right? Oh, really? Watch this. Best movie of all time. One, two, three, JAWS! Okay, okay, they can do that. Edris & Malik go with “favorite day to work out.” One, two, three, MONURDAY. Monday VS Saturday.
No, try this. Pizza topping. One, two, three, PINEAMI! WHAT? Pepperoni VS Pineapple! Hank ‘n’ Tank let them argue this out, but Edris says they’re not gonna fight. But Malik says that could help them! Will each of these tag teams figure out their synchronicity over the Summer?
Backstage interview with Diamond Mine.
McKenzie finds Ivy & The Creeds, and she says there was just another altercation between Ivy and Ava. Ivy says yeah, and she’s sick of this crap! Ava, if you wanna be part of the game, step up! And for that matter, the Creeds tell The Dyad they can get it, too! Four roots, one stupid tree! But speaking of, Ava & The Dyad storm over! Refs rush in already as everyone is shouting, will the Diamond Mine look to crush The Schism once and for all?
NXT Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Noam Dar w/ Oro Mensah, Lash Legend & Jakara Jackson!
Two champions triumphant at Battleground now collide to see who is truly at the very top. Will the Melobration continue into the Summer? Or will Supernova 11 have double swagger when he has double the championships?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Dar can beat HIM!
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Dar wrenches and wristlocks but Melo rolls, wrenches and wrangles Dar down. Fans rally, Dar rolls and stands to clinch and put Melo on the ropes. The ref counts, Dar swings but Melo dodges to CHOP! Melo headlocks, he grinds Dar down, but Dar fights up. Dar brings Melo down to a knee, pops out the back, and he wrenches to a wristlock. Dar shouts he’s the champ, then SLAPS the hand! Melo kips up, wrenches back, and arm-drags to an armlock! Fans chant “LOCK IT IN~!” as Trick makes the motion. Dar powers up and out to headlock, but Melo powers out of that.
The two RAM shoulders, neither falls, so Dar kicks a leg then KICKS Melo down! Dar talks more trash but fans boo. Melo swings, Dar gets around but Melo ELBOWS him away! Melo runs and springboards, FLYING LARIAT! Fans fire up but Dar bails out to regroup with his group and NXT goes picture in picture.
Melo dares Dar to get back in but Oro, Lash & Jakara all coach Dar. Dar gets up, catches his breath, tells Melo to be patient, and takes his time returning. Dar slithers in, circles with Melo again and they tie up. Melo arm-drags Dar to a corner and then storms up. Melo CHOPS Dar, Dar staggers but Melo bumps him off buckles. Melo follows Dar to another corner, and CHOPS him down! Dar goes to the apron, Melo drags him up and SLINGSHOT SUPLEXES Dar in! Melo does crunches in the ropes while Dar writhes. Melo then goes to Dar to snap suplex low and hard! Cover, TWO! Dar’s team cheers him but Melo drags him up.
Dar wrenches to sweep the leg! Melo clutches a knee and Dar rains down fists! Dar grabs the arm to stomp it! Dar taunts Trick, follows Melo to a corner and fires off hands. Dar RAMS into Melo, the ref counts, and Dar wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! Dar snapmares Melo, gets the legs and ties them up, but Melo boots him away! Melo arm-drags to another armlock. Melo digs his knee into Dar’s face and Dar endures. NXT returns to single picture as fans chant “LOCK IT IN~!” Dar fights up, tries to arm-drag but Melo smothers it. Dar ROCKS Melo, whips him, but Melo reverses. Melo runs in to ROCK Dar!
Melo whips corner to corner, runs in, blocks boots and puts Dar in the ropes to ENZIGURI! FADE AWAY! Cover, TWO! Dar is still in this but Melo brings him up. The corner teams argue, Dar elbows Melo! Melo whips, Dar reverses, they dosido and Melo goes out to the apron. Dar swings but Melo blocks. Dar ducks to sweep the legs again! Dar runs to SHOTGUN Melo off the apron! Fans fire up, Dar goes out and taunts Trick while he puts Melo in. Cover, TWO! Dar aims from a corner, Melo sits up, SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Melo is still in this but Dar’s team coaches him again.
Dar drags Melo up, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Dar grows frustrated but he drags Melo back up. Melo throws body shots, ROCKS him, ROCKS him again, but Dar ducks to step and SUPER FOREARM! Cover, TWO! Melo survives but Dar argues with Trick. Dar brings Melo up, throws knees, but Melo rolls Dar up! TWO, and Dar UPPERCUTS! Melo rebounds to tilt-o-whirl, FACEBUSTER! Both men are down and fans fire up again. Dar and Melo slowly rise, and Dar swings. Melo counter punches! Dar KICKS a leg, Melo CHOPS! Melo CLOBBERS Dar, and CLOBBERS him again!
Melo spins Dar, KNEE SMASH and a LARIAT! And a SUPERKICK! Dar staggers around, Melo runs to BOOT him down! Melo brings Dar up, whips, but Dar reverses to wrench. Melo ducks the kick, pump handle and SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Dar survives but Melo fires up. But Lash AND Jakara bark at him in the corner! Trick tells the ladies to stop that, but they get in Trick’s face now. But then Oro runs up, so Trick DECKS him!! Fans fire up but the ref tells Trick he’s EJECTED! Fans boo, he didn’t even start nothing! Trick still accepts the decision, though Team Dar rubs it in his face.
Dar sneaks up but Melo rolls Dar up! TWO, and Dar boot fents to BACK ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Into CHAMPAGNE SUPER KNEEBAR!! Melo powers up to stand and he rains down fists! Melo is free, and he grabs the arm! CROSSFACE!! Dar crawls, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Melo lets off fast to drag Dar back. Dar kicks the leg out, then stands. Melo ROCKS Dar, but Dar ROCKS Melo! Melo ROCKS Dar again, Dar ROCKS Melo again! Melo gets the edge but Dar kicks the leg! Melo blocks a kick but Dar ELBOW JABS! Dar spins, Melo ducks the heel kick but the BACKHAND connects!
Dar reels Melo into the facelock, but Melo SUPLEX CUTTERS! Dar flops over, Melo goes to the corner! Fans fire up as Melo climbs, but Lash distracts! Oro trips Melo! Fans boo as Team Dar keeps at it, but here come NATHAN FRAZER & DRAGON LEE! They got screwed by Team Dar so they go after Oro! Fans fire up but Dar tells them to back off! But Melo goes up, SUPER CROSSBODY on Dar and Oro! Fans are thunderous as Melo puts Dar in! Melo goes up, aims, NOTHING BUT NET!!! Cover, Melo wins!
Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)
An assist off the bench from Frazer & Dragon, Melo dunks on Dar! Put that on a poster, but who will- WAIT! BARON CORBIN?!? Corbin is back in NXT and he CLOBBERS Melo on the ramp! Corbin puts Melo in the ring, rains down fists, and fans boo as hard as they’ve ever booed before! But Corbin hits Melo with END OF DAYS!! Will the Lone Wolf look to bring an end to the HIM Dynasty?
A great episode of NXT, especially for an aftermath episode. They didn’t have quite the “Aftermath Syndrome” Raw was falling into, they were able to take things from Battleground and build upon them, not just recap them. I really liked that Dragunov vignette for the Last Man Standing match, and I look forward to what he’ll have to say next week. And while I was wondering what was next for everyone else, we got that for pretty much all the titles.
Wes Lee & Tyler Bate have a very good match with The Dyad, and of course there’s story overlapping with Schism and Diamond Mine, but I love that Mustafa Ali is part of the next “callback” (a main roster star coming back to NXT for a minute). Wes VS Ali would be amazing, but feels like something they’re gonna put on free TV. And Gacy clearly wants another shot, maybe he and Wes have a 1v1 feud going towards Great American Bash in late July. Wes has hit the record for defenses and apparently days as champion, so maybe he’s soon to drop the title so he can eventually move up. And I would hope we’re getting another Mixed Tag blowoff involving Dyad & Ava, but this time against Diamond Mine.
Also in connection to the Diamond Mine story, Ava attacking Ivy gives Cora a good rebound win after losing in the tournament. Cora is definitely nailing her Heel persona, but she’s gonna have to wait until a Face is champion again. Tiffany’s celebration being ruined was of course going to happen, and the contender battle royal will be really good. But after Gigi won that awesome cage match, I’m thinking she’s a frontrunner for challenging Tiffany. And while Dani Palmer called out the attacker and then got attacked, I feel like it should be Roxanne Perez or maybe a returning Nikkita Lyons should have the real feud with Blair Davenport. Nikkita would count as Blair’s first victim, it’d make make the most sense for her to want revenge.
Good promo from Gallus, Mark Coffey does an excellent Italian American/New Yorker impersonation. Stacks of course points the finger at Gallus, it’s kinda who I thought it was. But that would be too easy, so it’s not them. Stacks VS Joe Coffey was great stuff, Stacks is really coming into his own, but I figured Joe was winning that. Joe Coffey himself should really get in on like the North American Championship story, he hasn’t held anything in his WWE career, so he’s gotta get something. And since he has Gallus, Wes’s loss could be protected cuz Gallus helps Joe cheat and win the belt. Though that feels like how they might play Gacy getting the belt, if he gets the belt.
Good promo from Axiom and Reggie/Scrypts, and obviously last week established Reggie wants to be Axiom’s friend now. Him insisting he’s still Scrypts is an interesting choice, though. Good backstage promos that were “last week.” We’re of course getting Eddy VS Kemp round 2, and I liked Hank ‘n’ Tank having mind sync. Good stuff from Von and Stone, and I do like that Von’s story is starting to turn into a sort of PSA for normalizing therapy and taking care of mental health and emotional stability. But as I see it, either the therapy has no effect and Von stays a rage monster, or therapy makes Von too much of a pacifist and Stone tells him to unleash the righteous fury so he can win against bullies.
Great combining of stories with Dar stepping up to Melo here tonight. Great match, but I figured Melo was going to retain the title. I also figured Dar’s new little group was going to do everything they could to help him, and in turn we would see Dragon and Frazer turn things around on them. I would think Frazer gets next on Dar with Dragon as the cornerman now. And after Ali already made a splash, I did NOT think we were getting a second callback in the form of Corbin. Corbin and Ali do have a thing in common that they never held titles while in NXT, so maybe Corbin thinks he can tear down Melo to finally have the NXT Championship. But it’s not happening, Melo is definitely beating Bum Ass Corbin to make it through to Great American Bash.
My Score: 8.6/10
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Hockey Talk- What About Bob? 
Hockey Talk returns just in time for the Stanley Cup Finals. On this Episode, Patrick & Dave recap what has...
Down The Wire: LeBron, Carmelo, Deandre Hopkins, OH MY!
Join the Brothers Wortz as they cover professional sports in an unprofessional manner!
Down The Wire: No Coach is Safe, Over/Under NFL Win Totals, Are the Yankees Cheating?
Join the Brothers Wortz as they cover professional sports in an unprofessional manner!
Down The Wire: NBA Playoffs, Bucks Coaching Search and NFL QB Tier List
Join the Brothers Wortz as they cover professional sports in an unprofessional manner!
Hockey Talk- Choking Chokers 
On this weeks Hockey Talk, Patrick & Dave look at some epic choke jobs that punctuated the end of the...
Bandwagon Nerds #185: Incursion Version
On this week’s BWN, the Nerds take a look at the final trailer for The Flash and discuss some rumors...
Bandwagon Nerds #184: Killing In The Name Of
The Nerds take a leisurely stroll through the Trailer Park to review some of the latest big time trailers including...
The 5×5: SNL Musical Guests
This week, Patrick brings back the 5×5 with special guest PC Tunney and they present their five best and five...
Bandwagon Nerds #183: Willem DaF***in’ Dafoe
This week Patrick, Tunney and Rey gather on the Bandwagon for another week of nerdtastic greatness. With no movie or...
Mitchell’s Hyrule Puro-Resu News Report! (5/10/23)
Get ready for a spectacle!
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (5/31/23)
The hand has been dealt!
Greg DeMarco Show: BETRAYAL!
A highly entertaining edition of The List features Wrestling Betrayals! Plus Vince McMahon changes everything on this week's Greg DeMarco...
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (5/30/23)
It's about to get TOXIC!
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (5/29/23)
Monday Night of Champions!
Mitchell’s NXT Battleground Results & Report! (5/28/23)
Will Bron break... HIM?
Mitchell’s AEW Double or Nothing Results & Report! (5/28/23)
What're the odds?
Mitchell’s NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Results & Report! (5/28/23)
It's a battle of dark horses!
Mitchell’s WWE Night of Champions Results & Report! (5/27/23)
So much GOLD!
Mindless Wrestling Podcast: Welcome to Rockville, Night of Champions and More!
DJ went to Welcome to Rockville, in Daytona and has a lot to talk about. Then, its back to the...
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (5/26/23)
The Acclaimed are on a Rampage!