Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (12/27/22)
The last NXT of 2022!
Who will have a Happy New Year as champion?
As the year draws to a close, Tony D’Angelo looks to bring Wes Lee’s reign as North American Champion to an end! Will The Don of NXT be golden for the holidays?
- Julius Creed w/ Brutus Creed VS JD McDonagh; Julius wins.
- Wendy Choo VS Cora Jade; Wendy wins.
- Ikemen Jiro VS SCRYPTS; Scrypts wins.
- Lyra Valkyria VS Lash Legend; Lyra wins.
- Six Man Tag: Odyssey Jones, Malik Blade & Edris Enofe VS The Schism; The Schism wins.
- Battle for the Bar: Fallon Henley VS Kiana James; Fallon wins and keeps the family bar.
- NXT North American Championship: Wes Lee VS Tony D’Angelo w/ Channing Lorenzo; Wes wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Creed Brothers talk backstage.
They had a good holiday weekend, and Brutus loved that green bean casserole. Julius wouldn’t know, Brutus ate it all. The cookies were good, though. But tonight, Julius is going for a big win! Indus Sher better be watching, Julius is giving JD a receipt. Creed time, baby!
JD McDonagh responds.
The Irish Ace is happy the holidays are over. Everyone can stop pretending they enjoy being around each other and that they love the gifts they got. Besides, JD believes it is better to give than receive. He has one more gift for Julius tonight: a loss, so that he can share the feeling of defeat with his brother.
Julius Creed w/ Brutus Creed VS JD McDonagh!
The Creed Brothers want to face Indus Sher and the feeling is mutual, but big brother Julius has to prove he is 100%! Will he do just that to open the last NXT of 2022? Or will the Necessary Evil bring Julius back down below 100 to delay that match-up even more?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally and the two tie up. JD headlocks, hits a takeover, but Julius headscissors. JD kips free, and he wants the ref to check the hair pulling. The ref says he saw no such thing, so JD and Julius reset. They tie up, JD hits another headlock takeover but Julius hits another headscissor. JD kips free again and he again complains about the hair. The ref still didn’t see what JD is talking about. JD slaps Julius! Julius SLAPS JD! JD shoves Julius, so Julius SHOVES JD! JD gets up, Julius headlocks, but now JD pulls hair! JD powers out but Julius pulls hair back! JD powers out, but Julius runs him over!
Things keep moving, JD drops, hurdles, but Julius whips him away to hip toss. Fans fire up as Julius hits a big headlock takeover! Cover, TWO as JD gets his arm up. JD stands up, Julius pushes on that hold, but JD wrenches out to top wristlock. JD then wrenches to a standard wristlock, but Julius rolls, only for JD to wrangle him. Julius moves around, stands up, and fans rally as Julius goes up the ropes to rebound and arm-drag! JD staggers up, Julius runs in but JD sends him out! JD goes to the apron but Julius blocks the kick to yank JD down! “Sorry< Vic!” Julius DROPS JD on the desk!
Fans fire up and Julius drags JD off the desk! But JD slips off to POST Julius! The ring count climbs, fans rally up, and JD refreshes the ring count. JD throws shots into the bad arm, then he brings Julius over. JD has the arms through the corner to YANK Julius into the post! And again! And again! JD pushes against the post to pull Julius in harder, but the ref counts. JD lets off at 4 and NXT goes picture in picture.
JD drags Julius up, RAMS him into the apron, and puts him in the ring. JD CLUBS Julius down, then soaks up the heat. Julius throws body shots but JD CLUBS Julius. JD wrenches and lifts Julius for a BIG back suplex! Brutus is frustrated but JD soaks up the heat. JD drags Julius around by his arm, hammerlocks it, and KNEES the shoulder over and over! JD has the arm and pulls on the hold. Julius endures, so JD drops another knee! Julius crawls to the ropes, stands up, and JD storms over. Julius fires off BIG haymaker after haymaker! But JD grabs the arm to WRING it out! Julius clutches the arm, but JD CLUBS him down again!
JD smirks as Julius crawls to a corner. JD storms up, brings Julius up, and wrenches him again. JD hammerlocks the arm to RAM it into buckles! JD wrenches for an ARMBREAKER DDT! And then back to the hammerlock! JD digs his knuckles in, then leans on the arm to put on the pressure. Julius endures, but JD turns Julius over to drop a knee right on Julius’ face! JD soaks up more heat but Julius tackles him! JD pushes Julius away, CHOPS him against ropes, then CHOPS him again! JD headlocks Julius to scrape his face off the ropes! The ref reprimands, JD lets off, and he eggs Julius on. JD avoids the haymaker to throw body shots!
JD whips Julius to ropes for a BIG hip toss! Brutus is worried as JD drops a leg on the arm and tie sit up in a short arm scissor! Julius endures, moves around, and NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally as Julius pushes JD to a cover! TWO, and Julius deadlifts JD for a BIG back suplex! Fans rally up as both men go to corners. JD stands, Julius storms over but into BOOTS! JD goes up, leaps, but into Julius’ arms! BACKBREAKER! Fans rally for Julius as he goes to a corner. JD stands, Julius storms back in and lifts JD, but JD sunset flips! But Julius rolls through, flips JD up, but JD kicks low! JD ripcords, but Julius JUMP KNEES! Julius runs, into a SPANISH FLY!!
Fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” while both men are down! A standing count starts, JD stands at 4 of 10. JD SLAPS Julius, then SLAPS him again. Julius grabs at a leg but JD SLAPS and CLUBS Julius! Julius stands up to DECK JD! Fans fire up and Julius waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! JD gest up to ENZIGURI! JD brings Julius up and suplexes, for a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Julius survives and fans rally for “CREED! CREED! CREED!” JD snarls, he goes to the corner and climbs up top. But Julius jumps up after him! Julius grabs at JD, but JD fights back with a HEADBUTT! JD adjusts, MOONSAULT FLOPS as Julius moves!
Fans fire up as Julius picks JD up, ROLLING SPINEBUSTER! Julius fires up for the SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, Julius wins!
Winner: Julius Creed, by pinfall
Brutus celebrates with his brother and says that is what JD gets! And then Indus Sher appears! Sanga congratulates Julius for proving himself. Veer says they are now willing to face the Creeds. At New Year’s Evil, Indus Sher will get the respect they deserve when they destroy the Creed Brothers! The countdown begins now, will this battle to start the year be someone’s last?
Backstage interview with Tony D’Angelo and Channing Lorenzo.
McKenzie Mitchell notes The Don’s North American Championship match in tonight’s main event. How is he feeling? He is feeling great. The last NXT of 2022 will be when Tony wins his first championship. Y’know, other than the title of being Don. But he has been waiting a long time now. Wes took some months off Tony’s career, but Tony brings the title reign to an end. McKenzie brings up the “looming threat” of Dijak, and Tony scoffs at that. Dijak is no threat. Stacks took care of that last week. Tell ’em what you did, Stacks. Stacks says it wasn’t pretty, but a closed door meeting is a closed door meeting.
But let’s just say Dijak won’t be an issue. The Don will win the title. Now, if she’ll excuse them, they have to prepare. Did Stacks really take care of #HardJustice? Will it matter when The Don takes on the Must-See Kid?
The Schism speaks.
Joe Gacy says, “We understand that our lifestyle is intimidating to other groups in NXT. Anyone who has crossed out path in 2022 have fell to our mercy, and they have not been treated very favorably.” Rip Fowler tells Odyssey, Malik & Edris that the Schism sees the “emotional disturbances” the Schism has created in them. Jagger Reed says, “Letting your emotional states control your actions does not serve you. It merely digs a deeper cavity of anguish for you to try and repair.” Ava Raine says, “Your attempts to fill that void are temporary solutions to long-term insecurities. This is the definition of living your best life.”
Those three wear masks of fake happiness while The Schism sees through the charade. “Real joy is supposed to be fruitful and multiply, not consumed and discarded for social clout.” Gacy tells them that to their credit, there are redeeming qualities within the trio. The bond is clear, but they must continue to nurture that bond. Tonight, The Schism shows that togetherness above all else is what binds them and allows them to grow beyond their limits. They are four roots, one tree. But will they grow larger than NXT can contain? Or will Odyssey, Malik & Edris be up to the task of chopping them down?
Wendy Choo VS Cora Jade!
The Queen of Comfy endured until she couldn’t endure any longer, and she wants revenge on the Punk Rock Mean Girl of NXT! Will the #GenerationOfJade be humbled? Or will she just double down on the damage done to Wendy’s self-esteem?
NXT returns and Wendy makes her entrance, and a bee-line right to the ring! The bell rings right as Wendy fires off forearms! Wendy whips Cora to ropes, then OVERHEAD ARM-DRAGS her! Cora bails out, Wendy gives chase, and then catches Cora to CLUB her on the back! Wendy doesn’t let Cora get back in, she ELBOWS her down! Then Wendy puts Cora in herself. Cora bails out again, Wendy is upset, but then Cora trips Wendy! Cora laughs at Wendy, then smacks her off the apron! Cora brings out her kendo stick! The ref reprimands, but Wendy dodges! The stick hits post, then Wendy kicks Cora!
Wendy smacks Cora off the apron, puts her in, and fans rally up for Wendy. Wendy dodges a haymaker, rolls Cora up, TWO! Wendy DROPKICKS Cora down! Cora goes to a corner, Wendy runs in but Cora dodges! Cora brings Wendy into a BACKBREAKER! Cora talks trash to the fans, then runs for the IMPLODER STOMPS! Cora laughs and covers, TWO! Cora stomps Wendy to ropes, CHOKES her on the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Fans still rally for Wendy but Cora runs to ELBOW Wendy against the ropes! And then Cora drops another elbow! Cover, TWO! Cora smirks as she toys with Wendy and clamps on an armlock.
Fans rally for Wendy, Cora tells them to shut up, but Wendy fights up. But Cora wrangles Wendy right back down! Cora adds a chinbar to the hold but Wendy fights up again. Fans rally, Wendy throws body shots, then elbows! Cora waistlocks, Wendy slips out and around to ROCK Cora with a forearm! Cora ROCKS Wendy back, but Wendy ROCKS Cora again! Wendy gets the edge, waistlocks, but Cora buckles the O’Conner. Wendy runs in, Cora sidesteps and SHINING WIZARDS at the ropes! Cora laughs and covers, TWO! Fans rally up again but Cora drags Wendy up. Cora full nelsons but Wendy backs her up. Cora sends Wendy into a corner!
Cora runs in, SHINING- NO, Wendy catches Cora for a RUNNING POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Cora survives and Wendy grows frustrated. Fans rally as both women rise. Wendy ROCKS Cora, Cora ROCKS Wendy! Wendy gets the edge again, kicks and KICKS then CLOBBERS Cora! Cora scrambles to ropes, Wendy whips her then OVERHEAD Belly2Belly Suplexes! Fans fire up and Cora staggers to a corner. Wendy handsprings and forearms! Wendy goes up the corner, SLEEPY CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Wendy and she drags Cora back up. Wendy full nelsons, but Cora switches it onto Wendy, FULL NELSON FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!!
Fans rally but Cora shrieks in frustration! Cora kicks Wendy around, “You think you’re better than me?” Cora says NO ONE is better! But Wendy cradles her! TWO!! Cora escapes to kick low! Cora underhooks, Wendy wrenches out to whip Cora into buckles! Wendy then reels Cora in, FULL NELSON SLAM! But Wendy isn’t done, she goes up top! VADER BOMB!! Cover, Wendy wins!
Winner: Wendy Choo, by pinfall
Vindication! Wendy gets even with the bully, but is this battle over? Or will Cora come back for her own revenge?
Ikemen Jiro speaks.
“Everyone knows my jacket is part of who I am. Jacket is what makes Ikemen be number one. Without the jacket, I am just Jiro. Jacket is what makes me even more me and makes everyone smile! So tonight, I beat Scrypts and take back what’s mine. And tonight, everyone smiles! IKU ZE!!” The Handsome One is ready to tear up the wicked wordsmith what took his precious! Will Jiro get payback on the poetic purloiner? Or will Scrypts be the one writing the ending to this chapter?
Fallon Henley, Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen prepare for tonight’s match.
Briggs tells Fallon that tonight isn’t just any match. This is for the Henley bar! That bar’s been in the family for decades! Think of all the childhood memories that Fallon made there! Right, Brooks? Brooks is busy checking himself in the mirror, wearing the shirt Kiana James gave him. Whose side is he on? Hers! Which her? He meant Fallon! That’s who’s her! Team Fallon all the way! Good. Keep it that way. Briggs hopes Jensen has his head on straight. Or is Jensen too busy thinking with his heart?
Ikemen Jiro VS SCRYPTS!
The Handsome One has been without his favorite jacket for two weeks! And sure, he has other jackets, but this is about the principle! Will Jiro get back what’s his? Or will Scrypts just take more and more from those he deems “the special ones?”
Scrypts makes his entrance, but not from the ramp! He jumps into the ring from the crowd side and shocks Jiro! The bell rings, Jiro and Scrypts rush in but Scrypts SHOTGUNS Jiro to a corner! Scrypts fires off hands but Jiro tosses Scrypts up and out. Jiro SUPERKICKS Scrypts to the floor! Then Jiro FLIES! Direct hit on Scrypts and fans fire up for Jiro! Jiro puts Scrypts in the ring, storms up on him and rains down fists! Scrypts slips away but Jiro ROCKS him in the corner! Jiro stomps, fires off hands, but now Scrypts dumps Jiro out! Jiro shoulders in, slingshots up and over to sunset flip! But Scrypts holds ropes to then backflip free and BASEMENT DROPKICK!
Scrypts rains down fists on Jiro while fans boo. Scrypts lets off, then he stomps Jiro. Fans chant “You Suck!” but Scrypts drags Jiro up. Scrypts whips Jiro to ropes, sweeps the legs, then runs to basement dropkick! Jiro flounders, Scrypts covers, TWO! Scrypts wraps on a headscissor hold! Fans rally as Jiro endures. Jiro rolls, but Scrypts lets off to have a neck wrench! Fans rally and Jiro pries at the fingers! Jiro is free, and he ROCKS Scrypts with haymaker after haymaker! Scrypts kicks low, whips, but Jiro reverses! Scrypts hits buckles, then staggers into a back drop! Fans rally up for Jiro and he aims at Scrypts. SHOTEI! SHOTEI!
Jiro fires off palm strike after palm strike! Scrypts drops to his knees, Jiro SHOTEIS again! Then BOOTS Scrypts down! Cover, TWO! Scrypts is dazed and Jiro drags him up. Fireman’s carry, but Scrypts slips off. Scrypts waistlocks, Jiro switches, but Scrypts elbows free! Scrypts runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, to SPINNING CROSSBODY! Scrypts then takes aim, to STANDING SHOOTING FLOP! Jiro avoids disaster, and he runs in at the corner, into a BOOT! But Jiro GAMANGIRIS in return! Scrypts wobbles, Jiro puts him up top! Scrypts hits back but Jiro GAMANGIRIS again! Jiro climbs up to bring Scrypts up, but Scrypts throws body shots!
Scrypts shoves Jiro, Jiro flips to land and roll, but FLIP THE SCRYPTS! Cover, Scrypts wins!
Winner: Scrypts, by pinfall
Another win for the mysterious masked man. But he drapes the jacket over Jiro, having gotten what he really wanted out of this. Will Scrypts continue to write off each member of the NXT roster until he has his perfect ending?
Where’s Oro Mensah?
He says he’s in the middle of the action, the social phenomena. The nightlife maximizes all the senses. And when the music hits right, it isn’t about your stresses, but about that moment, that interactive environment that can only be duplicated in the ring. Oro is going to bring that vibe to NXT.
Alba Fyre speaks.
“Isla Dawn. Your mystical darkness has pushed me to my breaking point. Trying to blind my vision, practically fracturing my hand. But you’ve awakened an unfamiliar yet barbaric fire inside my soul. The light of my ancestors is more powerful than the darkness of your spirits. We’ll see whose laughing last, because next week, ANYTHING GOES! It’s gonna be an extreme resolution not just to end the year, but to end Isla Dawn, as well.” Fyre is ready to burn the Wicked Witch, but just how will 2023 start for NXT?
Lyra Valkyria VS Lash Legend!
The Morrigan transformed and made the trip to the US, and she had a successful debut. But will that success continue against the self-proclaimed Legend in the Making?
The bell rings and the two tie right up. Lash knees low, brings Lyra up and UPPERCUTS her down! Lash talks trash, stands Lyra up and SWINGS her to SLAM her! Lash kicks Lyra around, talks more trash, and Lyra goes to a corner. Lyra stands up, Lash runs in to SPLASH! Lash snapmares and then drags Lyra around. Lash drops a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO! Lash drags Lyra up, but Lyra glares at her! Lyra KICKS and KICKS then headlocks. Lash lifts Lyra up to TOSS her, but Lyra lands on her feet and RAMS Lash! Lash stays up, Lyra RAMS her again! Lyra runs, ducks the boot, wheelbarrows and arm-drags!
Lash flounders out of the ring and fans fire up as Lyra builds speed. Lyra WRECKS Lash and fans fire up more! Lyra goes to the apron, Lash grabs at her but Lyra kicks her. Lash YANKS Lyra down to the floor! Lash stands Lyra up to CHOP her against the apron! Lash talks more trash, pushes Lyra into the ring, and even kicks her before getting in. Cover, ONE!! Lash is annoyed, she pushes Lyra around. Lash talks more trash and Lyra throws low headbutts! Lyra KICKS, runs, but leaps into Lash’s arms! SWINGING BACKBREAKER! Fans boo but Lash goes to the corner. Lash handsprings but Lyra avoids the moonsault!
Lyra KICKS, KICKS, HEADBUTTS, and AX KICKS! Lash staggers, swings, but Lyra dodges to LEAPING LARIAT! And then again! Lyra tilt-o-whirls, and DDTs! Not the cleanest but Lyra kips up and fans fire up. Lyra aims and HEEL KICKS Lash down! But Lyra isn’t done, she climbs up the corner! FLYING SPLASH!! Cover, Lyra wins!
Winner: Lyra Valkyria, by pinfall
Another first time showdown, and another big win for Lyra! Will the Morrigan reach the highest heights in NXT soon enough?
Toxic Attraction is in the Toxic Lounge.
Gigi Dolin says 2022 was their year. They built an empire! The greatest women’s trio in NXT history! And in their opinion, the greatest in all of WWE history! Jacy Jayne dares anyone to name any other faction that, despite their ultimate success, didn’t also experience heartbreaking losses. But even at their lowest point, the eyes of the world are still on the attraction. And they know what the fans are saying. “What’re they gonna do? What’s their next move?” But Gigi says “This group was created by doubt, motivated by those writing them off. And they still reached superstardom, stepping on the nonbelievers.
Jacy vows they will rebuild, reconstruct and return to glory. And that starts with taking down the woman who took down their empire. Roxanne Perez is a marked woman, and not just because she has the NXT Women’s Championship. What will rise from the ashes of the Toxic Goddess’ reign?
Backstage interview with Bron Breakker.
McKenzie brings up Grayson Waller baiting Bron into Spearing him while wearing a protective vest, knocking him unconscious. How is Bron recovering from that? Bron admits he fell for a trap. But he recovered just fine, and he is not in the mood for games. He is going to the ring and he calls Waller out tonight. Um, Waller isn’t here. But he did leave a video message.
“Bron Breakker. I bet you’re still pissed at me, lad, for last week, embarrassing you in front of the whole world. But I can’t believe you fell for that! But that’s okay. Bron Breakker is hands down the most dangerous man in NXT, and it’s not even close. He’s big, he’s fast, he’s strong, he hits harder than anyone else. As good as you are, I’m smarter. And as much as I’d love to be there tonight to go fact to face with you one more time, unfortunately for you, I’ve come home. Because what better place to get ready to become the next NXT Champion than the most beautiful place on Earth, Sydney, Australia?”
Waller shows he’s at the Sydney Harbor Bridge, and though he’s biased, he’s pretty sure there is no better view in the world. Especially now that Waller’s here. The Sydney Opera House has hosted the greatest artists in the world, but only now do they have a real superstar! “Australia, you’re welcome.” Then Waller goes to Bondi Beach to swim and prepare. How is Waller gonna beat Bron? This is how. Australia has the best athletes in the world. Waller is taking care of mind and body. At New Year’s Evil, Waller takes care of Bron and takes the title home to Australia!
Waller gave up all this to show the world who he was. He had to show the world that he is bigger than this and it’ll all be worth it when he wins the title. But don’t worry, Bron, Waller will be there next week to sign the contract face to face on a very special episode of the Grayson Waller Effect.
The video is over and Bron grabs the television screen! He throws it against the wall! The rage of old is back, will Waller exploit that to take the title away?
Six Man Tag: Odyssey Jones, Malik Blade & Edris Enofe VS The Schism!
It’s a clash of good vibes versus holier-than-thou philosophy. Will Odyssey, Malik & Edris #SoundTheAlarm? Or will Gacy, Fowler & Reed ruin the fun for their own gratification?
NXT returns and the party trio makes their entrance. The teams sort out and Gacy insists he start against Malik. They circle, tie up, and go around. Malik headlocks, Gacy powers up to back suplex! Malik manages to land on his feet and waistlocks, but Gacy drop toeholds to then float and get a headlock. Malik slips free and Gacy grins as the two stand off. They go again, Malik ducks, dodges, wheelbarrows and victory rolls! ONE, and Gacy throws body shots! Gacy bumps Malik off buckles, tags in Jagger, and they mug Malik. Jagger ROCKS Malik, whips but Malik reverses. Malik then dodges, trips Reed up, trips him again and DROPKICKS!
Fans fire up with Malik, he wrenches Reed and tags Edris. They double whip to trip and BOOT and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Edris keeps close, brings Reed up, but Reed RAMS Edris into the corner! Rip tags in, the Dyad mugs Edris and fans boo. Rip hits a short arm LARIAT! Fans boo but Rip drags Edris up to CLUB him back down. Rip drags Edris around to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Rip covers again, ONE! Rip clamps onto a chinlock and he grinds Edris down. Fans rally for Edris and he fights up. Edris pries the hold open but Rip CLUBS Edris in the back! Rip scoops, Edris slips off but Rip bucks the O’Conner.
Rip runs, Edris leaps, drops and DROPKICKS! Fans fire up with Edris and he brings Rip up. Rip resists, wrenches out, but Edris headlocks. Rip powers out but Jones tags in! Edris whips Rip away then drops down, Jones CLOBBERS Rip! Fans fire up with Jones and he runs the ropes to ROLLING SENTON! Jones tags Malik then scoop SLAMS Rip! Malik climbs up onto Jones for a SUPER SPLASH! Rip flounders away and the Schism is there to defend him. Jones and Edris back Malik up, the six men stare down. Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Rip has Malik down in a headlock. Rip pushes up to put on the pressure, but Malik endures. Ava gets in Booker T’s personal space to tell him, “This is the definition of living your best life. Four roots, one tree.” Okay… Malik fights up but Rip wrangles him back down! Fans rally up and Malik fights to his feet. Malik pries the hold open but Rip knees low! Rip CLUBS Malik to the Schism corner, then tags in Reed. But Malik fights back on them all with haymakers! Rip keeps Malik from his corner and Reed CLOBBERS Malik! Rip DECKS Edris, Reed whips Malik to the corner! Malik goes up, over, under and hot tags Jones!
Jones rallies on The Dyad! He DECKS Gacy for good measure, ROCKS Rip, then SPLASEH Reed! Back body block for Rip! Back body block for Reed! Rip swings but misses, and Jones scoops him! Reed runs in, Jones scoops him, too! DOUBLE SIDEWALK SLAMS! Fans fire up, Jones tags Edris! Edris goes up for a MACHO ELBOW! Cover, Gacy breaks it! Gacy fires off on Jones but Jones throws him out. Reed rushes up, Jones shoves him down. Gacy & Rip drag Jones out! They hold Jones, Reed DIVES! But bounces off?! Rip runs to DIVE, but also bounces off! Gacy DIVES, Reed DIVES, Rip DIVES, Gacy DIVES again, and finally Jones falls!!
Fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” and Malik FLIES to take out Gacy and Rip! Edris fires off on Reed, chases him into the ring, but Reed shoves him away. Edris rolls under, gets around, goes up the ropes, FLYING KNEE! Reed flounders, Edris drags him up the ropes! Fans rally, but Gacy sneaks a tag! Gacy CLUBS Edris, Electric Chair Lifts him, but Malik hurries in! Rip throat chops him first! Rip then pops Malik up to an Electric Chair Lift! The Schism sets up, DOUBLE DOOMSDAY!!! Gacy stands Edris back up, for the DOUBLE CODE BREAKER, to the UPSIDE-DOWN!! Cover, The Schism wins!
Winners: The Schism, by pinfall
Ava celebrates with her “family” as they work together to take out the three amigos! The Schism is stronger together, will they soon go for gold together?
Backstage interview with Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams.
McKenzie asks them about next week’s big match ups. Trick faces Axiom 1v1 while Melo goes 1v1 with Apollo Crews. Trick stops her there and says they’re on Trick Melo Time, and they don’t get paid to hear McKenzie talk. Now, next week, Trick has Axiom, and we know he can fly, flip, wrestle and submit. But one thing he can’t do is whoop that Trick! These size 16’s are gonna send Axiom all the way to Comicon! And Melo has been saying that 2023 is the year Melo becomes THE NXT Champion. But in his way is Apollo. Apollo has accomplished so much here in NXT and that is admirable. But one thing he hasn’t done is beat Melo.
Apollo has two choices: move out of the way or be moved out of the way. And right now, Melo is feeling some kinda way about moving Apollo out of the way. That NXT Championship has one man’s name on it! Not Apollo’s, but Melo’s! And they’re going for two. Nothing but net! Will Melo & Trick hit their shots? Or will they brick to start the New Year?
Battle for the Bar: Fallon Henley VS Kiana James!
Financial problems, family members, and land development plans all collide in one match! Will Fallon defend the honor of the Henley family bar? Or will the Professional Professional Wrestler prove this isn’t about feelings, this is all business?
The bell rings, Kiana and Fallon circle. Fans rally for Fallon, she eggs Kiana on, and they tie up. Kiana knees low, CLUBS Fallon on the back then CHOPS her! Kiana wrenches, YANKS, then YANKS the arm again! And again! Kiana taunts Fallon but Fallon wrenches and YANKS in return! And again! Fallon whips Kiana, then reels her in to ELBOW! Kiana pulls hair! Fallon mule kicks, runs, but Kiana elbows her back! Kiana whips, Fallon reverses and follows to run Kiana over! Fans fire up, Jensen is bit torn, but Fallon sits Kiana down for a CALF KICK! Kiana flounders to ropes and Fallon runs to slide!
Kiana uses the apron skirt as a shield! Fallon waits, Kiana drops her guard, and Fallon ROCKS her! Kiana flounders away, Fallon gets in and covers, TWO! Fallon grabs a leg but Kiana kicks free with the other. Kian whips, Fallon goes up and headscissors, but Kiana catches that to SLAM Fallon down! Kiana RAMS Fallon into the corner, handsprings back and RAMS in again! Kiana reels Fallon in for a short arm LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Fallon but Kiana whips her to a corner. Kiana runs in but Fallon elbows back! Kiana stomps a mudhole in, lets off at the ref’s count, then runs in, into an elbow!
Fallon storms up but into a knee! Kiana fireman’s carries and DROPS Fallon! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Fallon but Kiana wraps on a bodyscissor squeeze. Fallon endures, pushes back to a cover, TWO! Kiana CLUBS Fallon, Kiana turns her over for a Gedo Clutch! TWO, but Kiana holds onto the bodyscissor. The fans rally, Fallon pushes back again, TWO! Kiana lets Fallon go and kicks her around! Kiana pie faces Fallon, talks trash, but Fallon throws body shots! Kiana ROCKS Fallon, Fallon ROCKS Kiana, repeat! Fallon CHOPS, ROCKS and ROCKS again! Then she LARIATS! Fans fire up with Fallon while Kiana goes to a corner.
Fallon runs in, back elbows, then runs for the FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Kiana survives and Briggs makes sure Jensen is cheering for the right lady. Fallon runs, but into a low headbutt! SWINGING GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fallon survives but Kiana shouts, “What’s your problem?!” Kiana knees low, runs, but Fallon trips her up! Kiana clutches her foot, Fallon runs in to SHINING WIZARD! Cover, Fallon wins!!
Winner: Fallon Henley, by pinfall (keeps the family bar)
Briggs celebrates with Fallon, and Jensen does congratulate her, but the heart wants what the heart wants. Will Jensen still have a chance with Ms. James even though she wanted that bar?
Backstage interview with Roxanne Perez.
McKenzie asks if it has sunken in yet that she IS NXT Women’s Champion. Honestly, no. Roxie says this is a dream she doesn’t wanna wake up from. But NXT moves so fast, and she knows that this honeymoon phase will wear off quickly. So as the new champion, she will be on point, on her game, every single night. As hard as she worked to get this title, she could lose it just as quick. Have you seen the level of talent in this locker room? “You look at the list of past champions, and every single one of them is gonna be in the Hall of Fame one day. I’m not even close to that.”
Roxie has to live up to the history of this title. “It’s a pressure I don’t take lightly. And I’m gonna do everything I can to represent this championship.” McKenzie thanks Roxie for her time, but will the Prodigy prove herself worthy of the gold she holds?
Isla Dawn speaks.
“Oh, Alba Fyre. Oh, now we’re really having fun. I just know that evil is inside of you. And I’m reaching in and dragging it to the surface. Your challenge is just another step in this process, and next week, this extreme resolution will happen. But… It won’t be for me. It will be for you.” The Wicked Witch laughs into the night. What does she mean about dragging out that dark side within Fyre?
It’s the Drew Gulak Invitational wrestling seminar!
The Philly Stretcher and Hank Walker are in the ring, and Gulak welcomes us to the Invitational. Behind him are three promising grapplers who look to sharpen their skills, and also Hank Walker, who he asked to be here as a personal favor to just observe. Walker goes to a corner and fans cheer him on. Gulak says that one of the first things Hank will learn in NXT is that he’ll be facing competitors of all different experience levels. Each of the gentlemen here is getting a hands-on lesson from Gulak. First is the newcomer, Luca. Fans applaud as Luca shakes hands with Gulak. Luca, we’re going to do a demonstration.
First, turn around. Luca turns to face away from Gulak. Gulak has him relax, and explains this hold involves the arm. Relax or you’ll feel pressure in the collar bone. Any hold here you can take control with. This is the Chicken Wing, and then Gulak adds the chinlock! Luca taps and Gulak lets off. Good job. Luca’s okay, right? Yeah, good. Thank you, Luca. Luca exits and Gulak makes sure Hank understood that he let go right when Luca tapped. That is very important. Now a more experienced wrestler in Tavion Heights. Tavion has been an amateur wrestler for a few years so they’ll go for a grapple.
Tavion and Gulak tie up, go around, and Gulak facelocks to drag Tavion down. Tavion is strong, but Gulak says that sometimes, all it takes is the right opening. Gulak gets through Tavion’s leg guard to then step in and tie up the legs, FIGURE FOUR HEEL HOOK! Tavion taps, Gulak lets go. Hank nods, and Gulak says that’s all it really takes. Again, as soon as you feel the tap, release. And lastly, someone who has been stepping up their game recently, Miles Borne. Fans cheer Miles and Gulak shakes hands with him. They tie up, go around in a collar ‘n’ elbow, Miles waistlocks but Gulak switches to headlock.
Miles pops out the back to waistlock again. Gulak turns around, they grapple, and Miles throws Gulak with a fireman’s carry takeover! Fans cheer but Gulak is a bit flustered. Gulak fights up, pries the hold open, then spins Miles into a dragon sleeper! With body scissors! Miles taps, Gulak isn’t letting go! Hank tells Gulak that Miles tapped, and Gulak finally lets go. Gulak tells Miles it was a good job. Hank, Gulak does want to point out that sometimes, you gotta hammer the point home. Now, hopefully, Hank was taking good notes. But here comes Charlie Dempsey! And the Son of the Gentleman Villain goes right to the ring!
Dempsey has a mic to say, “Gulak. You wanna step up to a real wrestler? How about I give you a run for your money?” Fans like the sound of that! Gulak says if that’s so, they can do that here. This was an invitational but Dempsey wasn’t invited. The two start stepping to each other and Hank has Gulak stand back. This is just an exhibition. Dempsey says next week, he’ll make an example out of Gulak’s student. Alright, fine! Hank will be ready! Gulak promises to turn Hank into a technical machine, but will one week be enough time?
NXT North American Championship: Wes Lee VS Tony D’Angelo w/ Channing Lorenzo!
For much of 2022, the former NXT Tag Team Champion had to scratch and claw his way back from the bottom, and he finally returned to the top by winning this title in that wild Ladder Match at Halloween Havoc. But now, the Don, the made man of NXT, wants to finally add a title to his riches. Will Wes’ roller coaster year crash back down at the end? Or will Tony be the one who has to fogedaboutit?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who truly has a Happy New Year!
The bell rings and the two stare down. They tie up, Tony shoves Wes away, and he says, “Are you serious?” Fans rally behind Wes, he and Tony tie up again. Tony throws Wes down again, and continues to talk trash. “You’re embarrassing yourself! You’re the champ? C’mon!” They tie up again and Wes throws body shots! But Tony clinches to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Tony waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Wes escapes just in time and he goes to the corner. Tony stomps Wes, taunts him, then drags him up by his hair. Tony says he’s gonna take the title and Wes’s legs!
Wes holds onto ropes as Tony tries to suplex again! Tony still gets Wes out of the corner, to GERMAN SUPLEX! But Wes lands on his feet! Tony doesn’t realize it, he turns around to get a DROPKICK! Wes has Tony at the ropes, whips, but Tony reverses. Wes hurdles, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then slide sunder to roll back and RANA Tony into the ropes! Tony sputters to a corner, and Wes UPPERCUTS him! Wes fires off haymakers and body shots, the fans fire up and the ref counts! Wes lets off and Tony bails out. Stacks coaches Tony up, telling him to sweep the legs. Tony asks, “Whaddya mean, sweep the legs!?”
Tony catches his breath while the ring count climbs. Tony slide sin at 5, rushes for a leg but Wes avoids it! Wes then facelocks and sprawls. Tony fights up, fans rally, and Tony gets a leg. Wes cranks the facelock to fight the takedown and fans rally behind him. Tony fights up, powers Wes up and onto the top rope. Wes lets go, Tony ROCKS Wes with a right! Tony fires off body shots, RAMS into Wes again and again, then lets off again to whip corner to corner hard! Wes bounces off buckles, Tony storms up and gets in Wes’s face. Tony runs in, but Wes dodges! The boot gets stuck in the ropes, and Wes SUPERKICKS the leg!
Wes YANKS the leg and BUZZSAWS Tony down! STANDING SHOOTING STAR! But Tony flounders out of the ring! Fans boo but Wes just builds speed! Wes DIVES to take Tony out at the ramp! Fans fire up again and Wes shouts, “You think you can run from this?!” as NXT goes picture in picture.
Wes tells Stacks to stay back, and the ref warns him, too. Wes puts Tony in the ring, covers, TWO! Tony is still in this and Stacks is relieved. Stacks coaches Tony but Wes facelocks. Tony endures the grovit and fights his way around. Wes keeps Tony from the ropes, gator rolls him to center, and keeps on the facelock. Tony fights up, Wes resists, but Tony suplexes him up and over! Cover, TWO! Wes clamps right back onto Tony with a headlock! Wes grinds the hold, Tony fights up, and Tony powers out, only for Wes to go up and over him! Wes has the headlock again! Tony endures, but Wes hits a headlock takeover!
Tony keeps his shoulders up, NXT returns to single picture, and fans rally and duel. Stacks coaches Tony, Wes grinds the headlock, but Tony fishhooks Wes’s nose. The ref reprimands, Tony stands up and powers Wes to a corner. Tony is free, but Wes dodges the haymaker to KICK and KICK and KICK! Tony blocks a kick, clinches, and CORNER EXPLODERS! Fans fire up while both men are down! Tony sputters, but he stands up to stomp Wes! Tony drags Wes from the corner to rain down fists! Fans boo, the ref reprimands, and Tony paces. Tony drag Wes back up, scoops him, and hits a BACKBREAKER!
Tony bends Wes against the knee, but fans rally as Wes endures. Tony pushes Wes down, pushes him to a cover, TWO! The Don is frustrated but fans rally up. Wes sits up, Tony grabs his arm and twists it. Tony stands Wes up for a short arm LARIAT, and then a BIG elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Stacks is just as frustrated as Tony, and Tony drags Wes around by a leg. Tony drops elbow after elbow on the leg, then YANKS the leg! This is the receipt Tony promised, and he paces around Wes like a shark with blood in the water. Tony drags Wes up as fans rally and duel. Wes throws body shots but Tony DECKS Wes!
Tony drags Wes by his legs, drops another elbow on the one leg, and then has a toehold! Tony pulls on the leg but Wes endures. Tony stands up to drop another elbow! And another! Tony has the toehold again, but Wes tries a chinlock. Tony shrugs that off, pulls on the toehold, but Wes reaches out. The ropes are too far away, Wes tries grinding his forearm into Tony’s face. Tony shrugs that off to grind the knee. Wes throws forearm shots and Tony lets him go! Tony stalks Wes, gets the leg again, SHINBREAKER! Tony holds on, for another SHINBREAKER! Wes flops out of the ring and Tony says, “I ain’t done with you.”
Stacks stays back as The Don goes out to fetch Wes. Tony throws body shots like a hockey fight! Then he suplexes Wes to GOURD BUSTER him off the announce desk! Fans boo as Wes flops to the floor! Tony drags Wes up, puts him in the ring, and crawls to the cover, TWO!! Wes escapes and Tony is beside himself. The fans rally behind Wes more and more but Tony drags Wes up. Tony has the leg, but Wes fights the fisherman suplex to hit a DDT! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Wes and Tony crawl to opposite ends as fans are thunderous behind the champion! Tony storms over, Wes kicks the bad leg!
Wes kicks the bad leg again! Tony goes to ropes, Wes fires off body shots and haymakers! And kicks and hands and more fists! Wes whips, to UPPERCUT Tony down! And CLOBBER him! And fire off fast hands! BIG RIGHT! Tony drops to a knee but Wes brings him up for more shots! Wes fires off like Tony’s his punching bag! The ref counts, Wes lets off at 4, and then he climbs up to rain down fists! Fans count, but Tony stops that at 4 to POWERBOMB Wes down!! But Tony is tired, he has to crawl to the cover! Wait, he doesn’t cover, he isolates the bad leg. Tony climbs up, takes aim, but DIJAK SNATCHES STACKS!!
Tony freaks out as Dijak drags Stacks away! Wes GAMANGIRIS Tony! Tony falls, Wes handspring PELES!! Cover, Wes wins!!
Winner: Wes Lee, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)
That #MustSeeKick finishes this off, Wes has settled things with The Don once and for all! But what about Dijak dragging Stacks away? Will Hard Justice still be served in NXT?
A very good NXT to set up quite a bit for the next couple of weeks, including New Year’s Evil. Bron and Waller had a good promo segment, more on Waller’s side than Bron’s. At the same time, Waller’s promo felt like it went on one paragraph longer than it needed to. But having Waller use his talk show to host the contract signing is a decent way of tying things together. Not sure the last time we got something like that, so that’s pretty big for Waller. But I still don’t see Waller winning the title, as good as he is as a Heel. Melo & Trick had a good promo to hype up their matches, and it seems Melo VS Apollo happens before New Year’s Evil. I still think Melo wins to become the de facto #1 contender, and he’ll be watching New Year’s Evil so that he can congratulate the champ in person.
Good promo from Toxic Attraction. And while they didn’t mention or even show Mandy Rose, we all know that story in kayfabe is to avenge Mandy. I feel like Toxic Attraction rebuilding needs to include them bringing along a young female superstar we’ve seen in backstage segments and/or on Level Up to give them something to do. Roxanne Perez had a good promo to show some modesty despite all the great accomplishments she’s had this year. She could face just about anyone at New Year’s Evil and Vengeance Day, so there will be a lot of intrigue the next few weeks.
Lyra Valkyria got a good win over Lash Legend, showing she can take on bigger, stronger opponents, but it’s still too early for her to challenge for the title. Wendy VS Cora was really good, and Wendy getting a win fits the story. They can go another round as a tiebreaker, the winner of that moving on to face Roxie. And given it’s Roxie, I feel like that means Cora gets that win so she and Roxie can revisit their feud. We got good promos from Fyre and Dawn to set up an Anything Goes match, and that should be some awesome stuff.
But Dawn talking about bringing out Fyre’s inner evil, I wonder if Fyre goes Heel, and then she and Dawn become unlikely allies to go after the tag titles. I wouldn’t mind that. Fyre never did go for the NXT Women’s Tag titles with Iyo Sky when they won the Women’s Dusty Cup, and Dawn hasn’t had a title in WWE period, so them getting those belts together would be pretty cool. After all, they’re remnants of the NXT UK roster, them getting anything would be nice. And we got a good match out of Fallon and Kiana, but it could’ve been longer and grittier. Jensen played his part perfectly, though, and I hope they find a way to give us the payoff on the romance with Kiana on Valentine’s Day, which is a Tuesday this year.
Good promo from the Creeds and very good match from Julius VS JD. Julius of course finds a way to win so that we can finally get Creeds VS Indus Sher, and that will be great stuff. Very good promo from Jiro and good match from Jiro VS Scrypts. I figured Scrypts was going to win that, but I was a bit surprised he gave the jacket back. Perhaps Scrypts continues to take items from those he wants to feud with. That’d be a lot like what Isla Dawn did in NXT UK, but HBK has borrowed a bit of his NXT UK ideas to use in NXT, so maybe that’ll happen here. Maybe Scrypts takes Axiom’s comic books to spark their feud.
Good Six Man Tag out of The Schism and Jones-Blade-Enofe. I think the best spot was the endless stream of tope suicidas that eventually toppled Jones. Of course Schism wins, they’re going strong, and there might even be a chance that they go for the tag titles. The Dyad being Grizzled Young Veterans, they would give New Day one hell of a match. And maybe, just maybe, in 2023, Blade & Enofe start winning and make their own way to the titles. Good stuff out of the Gulak Invitational, and of course Gulak got more and more frustrated to where he violated his own rules. Dempsey showing up was also a given, and him and Hank having a match already, Dempsey definitely beats Hank. The real attraction in this feud will be Dempsey VS Gulak, and that’ll be awesome stuff.
We got a good promo from Tony and Stacks, but I kinda wish we didn’t see Stacks tonight to imply Dijak beat the snot out of him last week when Stacks tried to talk tough to him. But it made sense for Dijak to show up and drag Stacks away. Wes was gonna win either way, but that was a good way to tie all these stories together. Dijak and Tony can fight it out, Dijak surely wins, and Dijak goes after Wes in time for Vengeance Day.
My Score: 8.5/10
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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (3/22/23)
Independence is Dynamite!
Dream matches, grudge matches, title matches, oh my!
The AEW World Tag Team Championships, Moxley VS Grayson, Hook VS Stokely under NO DISQUALIFICATIONS, and Kenny Omega VS El Hijo del Vikingo, all on one night!
- Six Man Tag: Orange Cassidy, Darby Allin & Sting VS The Superbad Squad; Cassidy, Darby & Sting win.
- AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Gunns VS Top Flight; The Gunns win and retain the titles.
- No Disqualifications: Hook VS Stokely Hathaway; Hook wins.
- Jon Moxley w/ Wheeler Yuta & Claudio Castagnoli VS Stu Grayson w/ The Dark Order; Moxley wins.
- Toni Storm w/ The Outcasts VS Skye Blue; Storm wins.
- Kenny Omega VS El Hijo del Vikingo; Omega wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
There’s a medical emergency backstage!
Hangman Page is on the phone with someone while Brandon Cutler gets in the ambulance. Cutler tells Hangman to make sure someone’s with Nick, meaning MATT Jackson is in the ambulance! The ambulance drives away, and now Nick is loaded into a second! The Young Bucks were attacked before cameras were rolling, Don Callis calms Kenny Omega down, and Hangman rides with Nick. Omega has his main event match with AAA rival El Hijo del Vikingo, but who went after his best friends?
Six Man Tag: Orange Cassidy, Darby Allin & Sting VS The Superbad Squad!
Freshly Squeezed is still a champion, as he retained the now AEW International Championship in Canada. But now, a familiar foe is rearing his Superbad head once again. Kip Sabian is bringing Butcher & Blade with him to go after Cassidy while his Best Friends are down and out. But will Cassidy’s new pals be more than enough to turn back the Superbad Squad?
The trios sort out and Cassidy starts against Kip. Fans rally and chant for “FRESHLY SQUEEZED!” but Kip copies Cassidy putting his hands up. Cassidy rushes in, Kip gets around and waistlocks to headlock. Cassidy powers out, headlocks back, but Kip powers out, only for Cassidy to slip around and headlock again. Kip powers out, things speed up and Cassidy arm-drags, but Kip cartwheels through! Kip mocks Cassidy, Cassidy rushes in but Kip dumps him out. Kip fakes Cassidy out with an Arabian Press, then he mocks putting his hands up again. Cassidy rushes back in, dodges Kip now, and sends him out!
Cassidy mocks Kip, then puts his hands up. To put his hands in his pockets! Kip rushes in, Cassidy dodges and SHOTGUNS! Cassidy kips up and fans fire up, but Kip scrambles away to tag in Butcher. Butcher eggs Cassidy on, but fans cheer as Cassidy tags in STIIIING! The Icon steps to Andy Williams and Andy talks trash. Butcher swings a forearm, but Sting just brushes it off! Butcher throws another forearm, but then Sting counter punches! And back hands! And punches again! Sting kicks low, ROCKS Butcher, then fires off in the corner. But Butcher claws at the eyes! The fans boo but Butcher BITES Sting’s forehead!
Butcher BLASTS Cassidy and Darby, then mocks Sting’s howl. Butcher runs, but misses the splash! Sting runs to hit the STINGER SPLASH! Fans fire up as Sting snapmares and gets the legs! But Blade and Kip attack! Fans boo but Darby and Cassidy fight them off! Kip throws Cassidy out, Blade scoops and dumps Darby out, then the Superbad Squad coordinates. Butcher & Blade reel Sting in, Butcher tags Kip, and then they DOUBLE SUPLEX Sting! Kip goes up the corner, but Sting slow rolls away, a la Cassidy! Speaking of Cassidy, he and Darby go after Butcher & Blade on the outside! Fans fire up but Kip is frustrated.
Kip storms over to another corner and climbs up again, but Sting slow rolls the other way! Fans fire up, Darby reaches out and makes the tag! Kip leaps, Darby gets under to SLAP, HEADBUTT, roll and CODE RED! Cover, TWO! Kip is still in this and Penelope Ford gets on the apron! The ref reprimands her while Darby whips Kip. Kip reverses, Darby goes up the ropes, but Blade trips him up! Darby hits the mat hard, Kip stomps away, and fans boo while AEW goes picture in picture.
Kip drags Darby up while Butcher sends Cassidy into barriers! Kip hits a FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Tag to Blade, the squad mugs Darby, then they send him into a corner. Blade runs in to CHOP! And CHOP! And then snapmare to PENATLY KICK! Cover, TWO! Blade drags Darby over, tags in Butcher, and they DOUBLE HEADBUTT Darby down. Butcher drags Darby up to CHOP him back down. Butcher drags Darby up to bump him off buckles, then he tags Kip. Kip stomps Darby, then taunts Sting. The ref reprimands Kip but that allows Blade to CHOKE Darby! Kip howls, tags Blade, and the mugging continues.
Blade brings Darby up to ROCK him with a forearm. Blade brings Darby around to whip him to ropes, to then POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Tag to Butcher, he stomps Darby, then ties up the legs. Darby throws hands from below, but Butcher still drags him into a TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Darby endures, claws his way around, but even Penelope taunts him with shouting, “TAP! TAP!” Dynamite returns to single picture as Darby crawls towards his corner, only for Blade to swing him out into a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! Darby survives but Butcher tags Kip. Kip drags Darby up to wrench an arm and whip. Darby uses that to BLAST Butcher & Blade!
Kip runs in, blocks Darby’s boot and spins Darby around to back suplex. Darby lands on his feet, but his knee jams! Darby crawls and scrambles, but Kip drags him back! Kip catches Darby, Blade trips Sting! Blade sends Sting into barriers! Darby sunset flips Kip, Kip stays up so Darby lets him go to hot tag Cassidy! Fans are thunderous as Cassidy eggs Kip on! Kip rushes Cassidy but gets a buckle bump! Cassidy goes up top, and CROSSBODIES! Cassidy keeps moving, he ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl DDT! And kip up! Fans are thunderous again as Cassidy gives Kip those “devastating” kicks! But then Butcher runs in to CLOBBER Cassidy!
Fans boo and the ref reprimands, but Butcher brings Cassidy up. Butcher lifts but Cassidy fights the bomb! Blade gets in, they DRAG THE LAKE!! Kip covers, TWO!! Cassidy survives and Kip is furious! Kip howls, runs and CANNONBALLS! Fans boo but Kip soaks it all up. Kip is too busy having fun, he misses Cassidy tag STIIIIING! Sting walks up to give those same “devastating” kicks! Kip thinks it’s Cassidy, and turns around into quite the surprise. Sting “beats” his chest, Kip swings, but into a LARIAT! Sting really fires up, and he rallies on the Superbad Squad! Kip springboards, but Sting catches him! SCORPION DEATHLOCK!!
Ford freaks out, Blade gets up and throws hands, but Sting doesn’t flinch! Butcher adds on, the 2v1 is too much and Kip gets free. But Darby returns to fire off on Butcher & Blade! Butcher blocks one, CLUBS Darby and then hoists Darby up. Darby BOOTS Blade, BITES Butcher’s hand, then runs to DOUBLE COFFIN SPLASH! Butcher & Blade bail out but Darby builds speed, into Kip’s body shot! Kip avoids Orange’s punch, to suplex, STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE! Then Cassidy DIVES to take out Blade! Darby hops up to THROWBACK STUNNER on Kip, then he DIVES into Butcher!
Sting has Kip in the dragon sleeper, and fans are thunderous for the SCORPION DEATH DROP!! Cover, Sting’s team wins!
Winners: Sting, Darby Allin & Orange Cassidy
A huge win for the unlikeliest of trios, and Cassidy adorns Sting with the sunglasses! As for Darby, he is looking at the Double or Nothing banner. The Relentless One wants at MJF and the gold, will he be living it up in Las Vegas?
AEW shares backstage footage from last week.
After having his “Re-Bar-Mitzvah” interrupted by Darby Allin, Sammy Guevara and “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry, it was obvious Maxwell Jacob Friedman was mad. He curses up a storm, then says he is the world champion! But Darby Allin says the world title means much more than money and fame. It is him being him. And Jack Perry, for himself, his family, and everyone who supported him all this time, he is going to become champion on his own. Sammy says that the world title is his destiny! He said so since episode ONE of Dynamite that he is going to be world champion. But MJF says that’s not how it works! You don’t waltz up to the champ and call your shot, you EARN it!
MJF has beaten Darby, Sammy and JB once each in 1v1 competition in their AEW careers, and he tells them they have to become #1 contender. Good luck trying, because all three of them SUCK! Sammy says he’ll win as many matches as it takes to get that belt off MJF. JB says that you can check the record books. He’s already won more matches than any of them. Darby says he’s beaten Sammy and he’s beaten JB, so he will stop at nothing to make sure that MJF is no longer champion. Who of these three Young Pillars of AEW will be THE one that challenges MJF at Double or Nothing?
AEW takes a closer look at tonight’s main event dream match.
Excalibur narrates that, “In 2021, there was no one hotter in professional wrestling than Kenny Omega. Known as ‘The Belt Collector,’ Omega won championships around the world, including in Mexico, where he won the AAA Mega Championship. At the same time, El Hijo del Vikingo was quickly establishing himself as one of the premier luchadors in all of Mexico. A match was made for December 2021: Vikingo, Omega, for the first time ever for the AAA Mega Championship. Unfortunately, Omega’s injuries at Full Gear were so severe, they required surgery, keeping him out of action for nearly a year.
“Now, with Omega back at 100%, the dream match is on for tonight. Kenny Omega, El Hijo del Vikingo, live!” Who will come out as truly the best today?
AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Gunns VS Top Flight!
They may not be the Young Bucks, the Lucha Brothers or the Hardy Boyz, but Austin & Colten are the brother tag team reigning over AEW. But will they soon find out they are not nearly as good as they think they are? Or will the Gunns cause the Coldest Tag Team in the Game to melt down?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who is really the better brother duo!
The teams sort out, Austin starts against Dante, and Independence taunts the “ASS~ BOYS!” Austin tunes that out, knuckle locks with Dante, and then he CHOPS! Austin goes up and up, but then says no no no. Austin hops down, swings on Dante, but misses! Dante knuckle locks and CHOPS, then he goes up and up and FLYING ARM-DRAGS! Dante kips up and fans fire up! Austin tags Colten, but Dante arm-drags Colten down! Tag to Darius, the Martins double whip and speed things up, to then DROPKICK Colten down! Austin runs in, but into a DROPKICK! The Gunns regroup, but the Martins double clothesline them up and out!
Fans fire up as Dante says they’re getting those belts. The “ASS~ BOYS!” regroup and Colten slides back in. Tag to Austin, he and Dante circle again, and Austin gets around to shove Dante to ropes. Dante BLASTS Colten before the cheap shot! Dante then goes up and over Austin, only for Austin to pull hair! The ref reprimands, but misses Colten HOTSHOT Dante down! Fans boo as Austin stomps and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Austin whips Dante out of the ring, then taunts Darius to distract the ref. Colten stomps away on Dante! Colten puts Dante in before anyone notices, and Austin bumps Dante off buckles. Tag to Colten, he stomps Dante, but lets off as the ref reprimands. Colten stomps some more, he and Austin taunt Independence and Darius, then Colten drags Dante up. Colten DECKS Dante, then mocks the fans. Colten ROCKS Dante, ROCKS him again, then suplexes. Cover, TWO! Colten stays between the Martin brothers, drags Dante over and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Austin, he stomps Dante now, then digs his boots in.
The ref reprimands but Austin mocks the fans rallying for Dante. Austin lets off and Colten CHOKES Dante! Colten lets off Dante before he gets caught, and Austin tags Colten in. Colten drags Dante up, whips him to ropes, and the Gunns body shot, knee lift and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Colten stays between the Martins again, drags Dante up and whips him to the corner. Colten runs in but Dante dodges the splash! Austin tags in and hurries to stop Dante. Austin shoves Dante down, but Dante fakes Austin out to go under! Austin still grabs a leg, tags Colten back in, and the Gunns double back suplex! But Dante lands on his feet!
Dynamite returns to single picture, Dante goes over Austin, over Colten, and tags in Darius! Darius rallies on the Gunns and fans fire up! Darius hits an atomic drop on Austin, then LARIATS Colten! Mule kick for Austin, and Darius whips him at Colten. Austin reverses but Darius uses that to UPPERCUT Colten! Austin runs back in, but is sent into Colten! Darius uses Austin to get up and ENZIGURI Colten! Darius then GERMAN SUPLEXES Austin, and STANDING SPANISH FLIES Colten! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Darius drags Colten up. Tag to Dante, Top Flight double whip, but Colten ducks and tags Austin!
Darius leaps to CROSSBODY Colten! Austin runs in, but into a hall nelson SLAM! cover, TWO!! Dante keeps cool, he goes to the corner, but Colten grabs his leg! Dante kicks Colten away, Darius DIVES onto Colten to hit him into railing! Dante GAMANGIRIS Austin, goes up and up and NOSEDIVES!! Cover, Colten breaks it!! Fans boo but Colten was within the rules. Wait, is that THE KINGDOM!? Mike Bennett & Matt Taven are mugging Darius over their ROH losses! But Dante FLIES out onto them! Direct hit and fans fire up! Dante hurries back up, springboards again, but Austin gets under!
Colten gets in, Dante runs into a 3:10 TO YUMA!! Cover, the Gunns win!
Winners: The Gunns, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
Fans boo that the Gunns win, but Darius is pissed at The Kingdom! Darius chases off Mike & Matt, will Top Flight get revenge in ROH? As for the Gunns, they hear FTR coming! Fans fire up again as Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler step out on stage with mics in their hands! Colten gets a mic to have the FTR music stop. Colten says no one wants to hear that song and no one wants to see FTR. Fans boo because they disagree. FTR says they’re not here to fight. They’re here to talk business. Well, no one wants to hear you talk! The Gunns don’t like or respect FTR. And guess what? FTR are LOSERS! They lost three sets of belts, and lost to the Gunns!
There is nothing FTR can say or offer them to get a rematch. NOTHING! Nothing? So like, if they said they’ll never challenge the Gunns again for those titles should they lose- NO! Do you not hear what Austin is saying, “you hillbillies? NOTHING! There’s NOTHING! What do you have to offer?! NOTHING!!” Then if the Gunns wanna prove their first win wasn’t a fluke, should they win against FTR again, FTR will never tag together in AEW again. Oh, the break up? So heartbreaking! LOOK AT HIS FACE! NOTHING!! Okay, okay. Dax says if FTR can’t beat the Gunns to win the AEW World Tag Team Championships, FTR will just quit AEW.
Fans boo, but it seems that got through to the Gunns. If the Gunns beat FTR again, FTR leaves AEW forever? Yes, that’s what Dax said. Well, in that case, deal! The Gunns and FTR shake on it, but then Gunns literally spin in FTR’s faces! The Gunns run for it, but the match is coming either way. Will the “ASS~ BOYS!” get their asses kicked? Or will they be the team that banishes FTR from AEW?
Backstage interview with Jade Cargill, Leila Grey & Mark Sterling.
Renee Paquette is with the AEW TBS Champion, her Last Baddie Standing and her legal representation. Renee says that Taya Valkyrie is All Elite now, and she has her eye on the TBS title. What is Jade’s reaction to that? “Renee, cut the sh*t. We had this Taya girl come in and interrupt my moment to answer an open challenge that was already closed, baby girl. And then, had the audacity to use my finisher. Mark, tie this up.” Sterling has a document, it is a Cease & Desist order. This will be sent to Taya Valkyrie, telling Taya that she is no longer allowed to use the chicken wing facebuster, which is also Jade’s move, as her finisher.
Leila says that she should deliver this document to Taya personally, this Saturday on Rampage. Because she has a few words of her own for Taya. So that’s an official challenge? Yes. Welcome to #ThatBitchShow. Will La Wera Loca have a jaded response to this frivolous lawsuit?
No Disqualifications: Hook VS Stokely Hathaway!
An injured arm turned into a suspension turned into a settlement turned into a high stakes bet that The Firm lost, and now it has resulted in this match. And though Ethan Page, Matt Hardy, Isiah Kassidy, Lee Moriarty & “Big Bill” Morrissey see Stokely off, they can’t stay per the stipulations of the bet. As the introduction says, “He’s not as large as the men he represents, he has the heart of a lion and the wisdom of an owl.” But will any of that help him defeat The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil?
As Hook makes his entrance, Stokely grabs the mic to say, “Whoa, whoa, whoa! I’ve got some breaking news! I spoke to Dr. Simpson (he means Sampson) earlier, and he said I am not medically cleared to compete. I know, I know. I wanted to so bad. And I would also, what a coinky-dink, announce that I am retiring.” What? Stokely thanks all 12 of his fands, God bless! Justin, here, doctor’s note. Make it official. Justin takes the note, and it reads, “He is SICK.” Justin says that with all due respect, that’s a receipt for Wingstop. The ref RIPS the receipt! And the bell rings! Fans fire up and Hook is ready, so Stokely bails!
Stokely runs around the ring, out to the crowd, but Hook pursues! Fans fire up as Hook chases Stokely down, drags him back, CLUBS him, then brings him over to KNEE and TOSS! Stokely ends up at ringside again and fans are thunderous! Hook stalks Stokely, Stokely runs in to UPPERCUT, but Stokely bounces off of Hook! Stokely scurries away, gets back up, and runs in, but into a leg capture! EL CAMINO to the floor! Fans fire up as Hook drags Stokely up, puts him in the ring, and then looks under the ring. Fans fire up more, because here comes a SPARE GUARD RAIL! Hook puts that in the ring while the Firm can only watch.
Hardy tries to calm the group down, Stokely can take care of himself with things getting “hardcore.” Ethan says no he can’t, they didn’t practice any of the hardcore stuff! Stokely bails out again but Hook puts the railing in a corner. Hook drags Stokely up but Stokely BLASTS Hook with the fire extinguisher! Fans boo but Stokely gets a chair! Stokely smacks the steps a couple times, he says, “I’m not a killer, but don’t push me! That’s Tupac.” Stokely hurries in, fans rally up, and Stokely swings, but Hook blocks! Hook BOOTS Stokely, then SMACKS him on the back! And again! And again! And again!
Hook throws the chair aside, Stokely is barely moving! But Hook drags Stokely up to EL CAMINO onto the railing! The railing BENDS! Hook drags Stokely off the railing, covers, but then pulls him up at TWO! Hook wants REDRUM!!! Stokely is OUT, Hook wins!
Winner: Hook, by submission
The FTW Champion could’ve ended it sooner, but he chose to teach Stokely a lesson: Do not get on Hook’s bad side. Hardy says Ethan must avenge Stokely! Ethan can beat Hook! Hardy is gonna get a match made right now! All Ego is ready, but will he be ready when they #SendHook?
Adam Cole is here!
Fans fire up as the Undisputed One heads to the ring. Naturally, everyone joins in on the “BOOM!” and “ADAM COLE BAYBAY!” Cole gets the mic and says, “Wow. Hey, hey, I think I know the answer to this, but who’s ready for Storytime with Adam Cole, baybay?” Everyone cheers! Cole continues with, “Seven days. We are just seven days away from me making my in-ring return here in AEW. And listen, I know I’ve talked a ton about my struggles and what I went through, but as far as how I’m feeling right now? Guys, I feel freaking great. I have never been more ready, never been more prepared, to get back in this ring, doing what I love, and that is wrestle for AEW.”
Fans are fired up, and Cole knows everyone has questions. “The biggest one being: Who is my opponent going to be on March 29th?” Fans echo, “Who? Who? Who?” Cole starts to speak, but here comes Daniel Garcia! Fans boo as Red Death has the mic to say, “Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey. Who’s ready for Storytime with Daniel Garcia, baybay?” Garcia knows Cole’s been gone awhile, so here’s an update on a few things. Fans tell Garcia to STFU already but Garcia says since Cole’s been gone, Garcia’s become a real veteran in AEW. All the boys in the back respect him so much that he is a locker room leader!
Fans boo more but Garcia says as locker room leader, it is his duty to come out here to not only welcome Cole back, but to put him in his place, too. Garcia says Cole may not remember, but here’s an update on what Garcia’s been doing the last nine months while Cole was home, “playing stupid video games on Twitch.” Cole smirks but allows it. Brody King: beat him! Ricky Starks: beat him! Bryan Danielson: Garcia beat him, too. Garcia’s main-evented more AEW programming over the past year than anyone else on the roster! Garcia is the lifeblood that pumps through this company. And he’s to respect Cole? To welcome Cole back? Where’s Garcia’s warm welcome?
Where is Garcia’s respect when he’s been here, been doing this, and proved himself as one of the best pro-wrest- Oops. Freudian slip there? Garcia corrects himself, “Sports entertainers on the planet today!” That’s what Garcia is! So what makes Cole so special? “What makes me special? When they ring the freakin’ bell, that’s what makes me special! That’s what makes m e special.” Cole admits he likes Garcia. Garcia is really, really good. And some day, he could be leading the charge in AEW. The problem is the company he keeps.
“The Jericho Appreciation Society, they’ve done a great job of giving you this false sense of security. This overconfidence, which sometimes is good, and sometimes is bad. But let me remind you, even me not wrestling for nine months, I am still Adam Cole Baybay. I am a multi-time world champion. I have traveled the globe, fought and beat some of the very best! As a matter of fact, while I was sitting at home for nine months, I was wondering if I’d ever get the chance to wrestle again, hoping, praying, willing to do anything for a second chance. And looks like I found that second chance.”
Fans fire up and Cole says if Garcia is crazy enough to want the match, then dammit, he’s on! Adam Cole VS Daniel Garcia, first-time-ever, next week on Dynamite! But Cole will remind Garcia of something: “This is not just my return match; this is a statement. It’s a statement to the entire locker room that one of the best damn pro-wrestlers on the planet is BACK, baybay.” Fans are fired up for “ADAM COLE! ADAM COLE!” Cole hopes Garcia realizes what he’ sin for. Because Cole promises next week will be a great night. A great night for Cole, for the fans, but for Garcia… Not so much. “See you next week, Garcia. BOOM.”
Cole is ready, Garcia is ready, but will the Dragonslayer stay a great sports enner-tay-ners? Or will the pro-wrestler in him rise to the surface against one of the greatest pro-wrestlers alive today?
Alex Marvez is outside The Elite’s locker room.
Marvez can hear a conversation going on inside, and he steps inside. Callis and Omega are talking, and Callis wants Marvez to hold on. What is Omega’s concern here? Omega’s concern is that his best friends left in an ambulance! He should’ve gone with them! Callis says he sent Cutler and Nakazawa with them. Omega has a match tonight! Hear Callis out. He’s a glass half full kind of guy. Injuries happen, but hear him out. The Bucks going to the hospital might’ve been the best thing for Omega and Callis. It allows for focus! Omega is in a singles match, the God of Pro-Wrestling is back! “Those kids will be fine in a few months.”
Callis now has Marvez join in. “Kenny Omega VS El Hijo del Vikingo is gonna blow the roof off! The God of Pro-Wrestling is BACK, and it starts tonight on Dynamite! Now get out.” Marvez throws this back to ringside, but is Callis only thinking of his benefit, not Kenny’s?
Jon Moxley w/ The Blackpool Combat Club VS Stu Grayson w/ The Dark Order!
The Maniac, along with Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta, have torn into the Dark Order from Silver to Reynolds to Evil Uno. They did all that to anger Hangman Page, but they’ve also angered #PlayerTwo! Moxley may be #ForgedByCombat, but will he survive someone born and bred for combat?
The bell rings and Stu RAMS Moxley into a corner! Fans fire up as Stu fires off on Moxley but lets off as the ref counts. Moxley turns things around to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Moxley pie faces Stu, but Stu turns things around to CHOP back! Stu stalks Moxley to another corner, KNEES him and CLUBS him, then stalks him to a third corner. Moxley kicks low, ROCKS Stu with a forearm, then another, then digs his boots in. The ref counts, Moxley steps off at 4, then Moxley drags Stu up to headlock takeover. Stu keeps his shoulders up, the Dark Order coaches him up but Moxley gets a knuckle lock cover. TWO as Stu gets his left arm up.
Moxley pushes the hand down, covers, TWO as Stu gets the right arm up. Moxley pushes that arm down again, covers, ONE as Stu gets his left arm back up. Stu fights to his feet but Moxley kicks low. Moxley headlocks, Stu powers out but Moxley RAMS him! Moxley runs, but Stu RAMS him! Moxley runs in, clips Stu but is sent out of the ring. Stu hurries out after Moxley, Moxley throws a chair! Stu avoids it, ROCKS Moxley and puts him in the ring. Moxley kicks back, but Stu RANAS! Stu fires forearms, CHOPS Moxley in the corner, then throws knees. Stu whips corner to corner, Moxley reverses and avoids the up ‘n’ over!
Moxley reels Stu in for a SAIDO! Stu staggers up but then flops out to the apron. Moxley runs to BLAST Stu off and to the barriers! Moxley flips Stu off while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Yuta & Claudio taunt Stu as the ring count climbs. The Dark Order coaches Stu up and he gets in the ring at 5 of 10, but Moxley is right on him. Stu throws a forearm, then another, and another, and another! But Moxley ROCKS Stu with just one! Stu falls over and Claudio yawns. It seems this isn’t competitive enough for the Swiss Superman. Moxley has the legs, he stomps Stu in the stomach, then ties the legs up. But Stu fights back with fists! Moxley still powers Stu into the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Stu endures as Moxley sits deep, and he reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets off at 4.
Moxley drags Stu up to CHOP, but Stu CHOPS back! Stu fires forearms, whips, and DROPKICKS Moxley! Moxley goes to a corner, Stu is after hm with a whip, but Moxley reverses to clothesline! Moxley then brings Stu out to X-PLEX! Moxley paces around, the BCC applauds, but the Dark Order coaches Stu. Moxley reels Stu in, lifts him, and hooks the legs to hit the GOTCH PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Stu is still in this, but Moxley has the knuckle locks back. Dynamite returns to single picture as Moxley rains down the DRAGON STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Stu hangs tough again, but Moxley just taunts him.
Fans rally, Stu rises, and Moxley KICKS him in the chest! And KICKS him again! Moxley eggs Stu on, then KICKS him more! Moxley SLAPS Stu! Stu snarls and stands up to fire off forearms! Stu whips, Moxley reverses but Stu CLOBBERS him! Stu dodges, tilt-o-whirls and REVERSE DDTS! Then he rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans fire up as Stu gives Moxley a taste of his own medicine! And then the SIDE EFFECT! SPRINGBOARD MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives and Stu grows frustrated. Stu hurries up a corner, but Yuta distracts! Fans boo but the Dark Order storm up on the BCC!
Stu decides to change course, he ARIHARA MOONSAULTS onto Yuta & Claudio! But Moxley DIVES onto Stu! Moxley puts Stu in the ring, hurries after him, but Stu BOOTS Moxley down! Stu hurries back up top, for the 450 SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives again and Stu is shocked! But Stu slashes the throat and drags Moxley up. Torture rack, but Moxley slips off right into the BULLY CHOKE!! Stu endures, but he’s turning red! Moxley shifts to the facelock to throw in KNEE after KNEE! Then he shifts to the REAR NAKED CHOKE! But Stu fights up to his feet! Fans fire up but Stu is fading again!
But Stu is still on his feet, and he revives! BACKPACK CANNONBALL!! Both men crash into buckles and Stu is free! Fans are thunderous again and Moxley sputters back to his feet. Moxley brings Stu up, but Stu slips out of the underhooks! PELE!! Moxley falls down and the BCC coach him up. Stu goes back to a corner, climbs back up top, but Moxley ROCKS him first! Moxley climbs, CLUBS away on Stu, then CLAWS Stu’s back. Moxley HEADBUTTS Stu, brings him up into underhooks! SUPER DEATH RIDER!! Cover, Moxley wins!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall
The Dark Order hurry into the ring and Moxley backs off, there won’t be any extracurriculars here. But will the Dark Order ever get payback on the mean SOBs in the BCC?
Backstage interview with Ricky Starks.
Renee says she can feel the frustration coming off The Absolute. The back ‘n’ forth with him and Juice Robinson, where do they stand? You tell him! Starks is “sick and tired of talking back and forth. No action, all talk.” Starks doesn’t wanna stand around, take time off his vacation, just to say Juice, he doesn’t like that you attacked him from behind. That’s cool and all, but whatever! How about this, though? Saturday Night Rampage, Starks is done talking. If Juice wants to face him man to man, then he can find Starks on Rampage! If not, just stop! Starks is over it, he is so sick of it! This is the craziest thing he’s been a part of his whole life!
Starks is issuing the open challenge to Juice. If Juice accepts it or not, is a man or not, Starks doesn’t give a damn anymore. The Absolute will be waiting, but will the Booster oblige?
AEW presents an all-new episode of QTV!
QT Marshall says great job last week in their debut, keep the “credibility train” rolling. CHOO-CHOO~! He needs scoops! Harley Cameron says she actually has discovered a “hot new prospect.” Goes by the name of Rey Fenix. And actually, here’s some footage. Hobbs POUNCING Fenix into buckles int heir TNT title match, and the spinebuster, and the Town Business. Everyone has a laugh, and QT says, “Imagine being in the Lucha Brothers, and your own lucha brother doesn’t come out to help you.” Aaron Solo says there is definitely some miedo! Then he laughs while also puffing mouth spray…?
QT asks who the hecc is Alex Abrahantes? Harley says Alex should work on his “character development.” Speaking of, how about Solo stealing Wardlow’s identity and freezing all of his accounts? Oopsie~! Yeah, Wardlow’s gonna lose his house and car, too! And Solo hacked into some observer’s accounts, started this whole thing about hotels. HAHA! QT just got a call from Hobbs. This Saturday on Rampage, another Open Challenge for the TNT title! Can’t wait to see who is the next chapter in the Book of Hobbs. Well, wait no longer! PENTA wants payback for Fenix as he answers the call! Will Hobbs be the one with some fear?
Toni Storm w/ The Outcasts VS Skye Blue!
The Lightning From Down Under has been striking down “spoiled rookies” again and again, but in the Dark. Will she do so again in the spotlight of Dynamite? Or will Skye roll the Storm away?
The bell rings and Storm BLASTS Skye with a forearm! Then she stomps a mudhole into Skye in the corner! The ref counts, Storm lets off but she grins and soaks up the heat. Soho & Saraya mock Skye, then Storm bumps her off buckles., Skye elbows back, fires forearms in return, and the fans fire up! But Storm knees low! Storm whips Skye, Skye kicks back! Skye ROCKS Storm again and again, but Storm shoves her away. Skye comes back, spins Storm for a KNEE SMASH and a DROPKICK! Storm bails out, fans fire up and Skye goes to the apron! FLYING RANA! Fans fire up with Skye but Saraya is mad.
Skye puts Storm in the ring, climbs up the corner, but Storm ROCKS her! Skye falls to the apron, then Storm HIP ATTACKS Skye to the floor! Storm distracts the ref, allowing Soho & Saraya to stomp away on Skye! Fans boo but the Outcasts get away with it! Saraya says, “This is OUR house!” Storm goes out to fetch Skye, and RAMS her into the apron. Storm CHOPS Skye against the post, then bumps her off the other. Storm CHOPS Skye again! Saraya says do it again! Storm puts some stank on this one, but Skye ducks, so the chop hits POST! Saraya & Soho panic as Storm clutches her fingers! Skye then runs in, but Storm dodges so Soho gets DECKED!
Storm CLOBBERS Skye from behind while the ring count climbs. Storm refreshes the ring count, Saraya shouts at Skye, and Storm CHOPS Skye again. Storm stalks Skye around the way as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Storm drags Skye around to snap suplex her to the floor! Storm flexes, perhaps taunting Jamie Hayter wherever she’s watching this from, and then she goes back for Skye. Storm puts Skye in the ring, flexes more, then drags Skye up. Storm whips Skye to ropes, BOOTS her down, covers, ONE! Cover again, TWO! Another cover, TWO!! Skye is still in this but Storm clamps on with a full nelson. Storm leans on the hold, thrashes Skye around, but Skye endures. Skye fights up, but Storm throws her down by her hair! The ref reprimands but Storm just stalks Skye. Storm kicks Skye around, has her in the corner, and digs her boot in.
The ref counts, Storm stomps but lets off at 4. Storm drags Skye up to snap suplex! Storm grins then stalks Skye. Storm drags Skye up to snap suplex again! Storm flexes more, stalks Skye to another corner, then wrenches her hair to TOSS her across the way! The ref reprimands but Storm just wrenches hair and TOSSES Skye again! Dynamite returns to single picture as Storm soaks up the heat. But Skye shoves Storm down! And then TOSSES Storm by her hair! And again! Skye fires up, runs corner to corner, but Storm puts her on the apron. Skye ROUNDHOUSES! Skye climbs up, to CROSSBODY!
Fans fire up, Skye keeps moving, she ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl headscissor! Storm ends up on ropes, Skye runs to SHINING WIZARD! Snapmare and SUPER- NO, Storm blocks and spins Skye, but Skye BASEMENT ENZIGURIS! Cover, TWO!! Storm survives and Skye grows frustrated. Saraya & Soho are also frustrated, they rally for Storm but the fans rally for Skye. Saraya tells the fans to shut up! Skye runs, hops on, but Storm shrugs her off! Skye SUPERKICKS! Skye runs, into a THESZ PRESS! Storm rains down fists, then she snarls as she stands back up. Storm gets the legs, but Skye kicks her away!
Skye runs in, only for Storm to spin her around! Storm uses the ropes, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!! Skye survives and fans fire up! Saraya is furious but the ref says the count was fair. Skye goes to a corner but Storm says kiss this. SWEET HIP- NO, Skye picks the ankle! Skye KNEES Storm, runs, avoids Soho’s swipe, and she hits CODE BLUE!! But Soho is still distracting the ref!! Skye would’ve had this if not for Soho! Skye gets in Soho’s face, swings at her, but Storm runs in! Skye sends Storm into Soho, rolls and bridges, TWO!!! Storm stands, into a BOOT! Skye full nelsons, Storm arm-drags free to SHOTGUN Skye down!
Saraya says Storm has this now! Storm says kiss this, and here comes SWEET HIP MUSIC!! GERMAN SUPLEX, and then STORM ZERO!! Cover, Storm wins!
Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall
The Outcasts with the assist, but now they bring out the spray paint! Fans boo as the Outcast scare off the ref, then surround Skye! But here comes Riho and Willow! Just like last week, Riho has the pipe!! Riho runs the Outcast off and warns them. The Outcasts leave for now, having gotten the win. Will Riho, Willow and Skye start thinking of sticking together from now on?
The AEW medical staff checks on Stu Grayson.
They’re working on his left arm, where did they feel it pop? But then Moxley sneaks up to say, “It’s just business.” And he puts on the SLEEPER!! Claudio & Yuta TOSS the medics aside! Stu is all alone as Moxley chokes him out, then SMACKS him off a trunk! The BCC give Stu the icepack back then leave, what will Hangman & the Dark Order have to say about this?
Kenny Omega VS El Hijo del Vikingo!
The AAA Mega Championship match that was meant to happen in December of 2021 was denied because of injury and misfortune. But now we are all fortunate enough to have this match happen here! “HE was the longest reigning Mega Champion at 765 days, 292 days more than El Hijo del Vikingo. HE never lost that title. HE is undefeated in singles matches in Mexico and also on Dynamite. Many people say HE is also undefeated at life. HE is often complimented on his accomplishments, matches, chiseled physique and hair, yet he is personally proud of his win-loss record in Independence, Missouri, which is better than his record of 1-1 in… NOOOORTH CAROLINA~!
“He arrives tonight after his 833 mile journey from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Weighing 224 pounds, HE is…! KENNY! OOOOOOOOOOOOMEEEEGAAAAAA~!” The fans go wild for the Cleaner, the Best Bout Machine, and Don Callis’ God of Pro-Wrestling, but will Omega prove he is better than the Mega Champion?
But as Omega makes his way down the ramp, El Hijo del Vikingo DIVES onto him! Fans fire up, EHDV throws off his cape, then he runs again, to FLY! Direct hit again and Independence is thunderous! EHDV puts Omega in the ring, springboards and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Omega ends up in a corner, EHDV runs in to clothesline! EHDV fires off forearms, but Omega turns it around to fire them back! The ref wants them to let off, this isn’t a match yet! Omega rains down fists, lets off, and now the bell rings! Fans are thunderous as Omega stomps EHDV down. Omega drags EHDV up, whips him corner to corner, but EHDV slips out to the apron!
Omega hits buckles, then EHDV ENZIGURIS! And GAMANGIRIS! EHDV climbs up, and jumps to IMPOLODER DRAGONRANA! Omega goes flying, then staggers up into the SCREW HIGH KICK! Omega’s on the ropes, EHDV runs to DOUBLE KNEE him through the ropes! Omega falls to the floor, EHDV refreshes the count, and fans say “This is Awesome!” EHDV SHOOTING STAR PRESSES to the floor! A bit double-edged, but fans lose their minds! Callis protests, the ring count climbs, but EHDV puts Omega in the ring. EHDV aims, slingshots and then springboards to 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO!!
Omega goes to a corner, EHDV runs in to GAMANGIRI again! Omega staggers away, EHDV pursues but Omega CHOPS! And CHOPS again! EHDV falls over but Omega stalks him to a corner. Omega brings EHDV up to JAB! And JAB! fans rally and duel, Omega drags EHDV up to whip. Omega scoops EHDV for a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Omega drags EHDV back up fast, to fisherman BUSTER! Cover, TWO! EHDV hangs tough and Omega is frustrated but the fans are loving this. Omega stalks EHDV to the ropes, scrapes him to the apron, and then Omega goes out to follow EHDV.
Omega CLUBS EHDV, and whips him hard into barriers! EHDV falls in a heap, but Omega goes looking under the ring. Omega brings out a TABLE! Fans fire up for that, and Omega stands that table up near the ring. The ref reprimands, this isn’t a Tables match or anything like that. But fans chant, “WE WANT TABLES!” as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Omega drags EHDV up, puts him in the ring, and Omega storms up to scoop and BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Omega clamps on with an armlock and chinbar, but he also fishhooks EHDV’s face! The ref reprimands, Omega lets off, but then pulls on EHDV’s hair! The ref counts but Omega lets off at 4. Omega looms over EHDV, stomps him, stomps him more, then springboard stomps! Omega drags EHDV around to KNEE him in the side! And again! Cover, TWO! EHDV hangs tough but Omega just snarls. Omega drags EHDV up to CHOP him back down! Omega drags EHDV up again to CLUB him back down!
Omega drags EHDV up at the ropes, ROCKS him with a right hand, then ROCKS him again! And again! And again! The ref reprimands and counts, Omega lets off, but then Omega CHOKES EHDV with his foot! Dynamite returns, the fans boo and the ref counts, but Omega lets off at 4 again. Omega ROCKS EHDV again, JABS him, then whips him to ropes. EHDV ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl RANA! Omega goes to the apron, fans fire up as EHDV pursues! EHDV ROCKS Omega, but Omega tomahawk chops back! EHDV CHOPS, but Omega CHOPS! EHDV CHOPS back, so Omega BOOTS him! Omega runs in, goes up, and he MONKEY FLIPS EHDV on the apron!
EHDV falls to the floor while fans lose minds over how tight that one was. Omega drags EHDV up to the apron, and he grins as he looks at the table he set up. Omega drags EHDV up, the ref reprimands but Omega full nelsons! EHDV slips free to GAMANGIRI again! EHDV goes up top, balances on the post, and FLYING DRAGONRANAS!! Fans are thunderous as Omega hits the floor! Omega flounders into the ring, EHDV shoves him further in. Fans say “This is Awesome!” as both men go to corners. EHDV runs corner to corner to clothesline! EHDV hoists Omega up top, and GAMANGIRIS yet again!
EHDV climbs up after Omega, fans fire up again as they start to brawl! Omega HEADBUTTS, reels EHDV in, and SUPER POWER- STEINER!!! EHDV reverses just in time, Omega clutches his head! EHDV goes to the ropes, stands from the middle and PHOENIX SPLASHES in!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Omega survives by nanoseconds!! Independence is electric as both men rise up! They hope these two “FIGHT FOREVER!” but it has to end somehow! EHDV throws a forearm, a SOBAT, and then he runs to springboard, into a POWERBOMB!! And then another POWERBOMB! Roll through and V-TRIGGER!! Cover, TWO!!!
Omega is furious as EHDV survives! Omega slashes his throat, drags EHDV up, and he full nelsons for a SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! Omega snarls, he puts EHDV on the ropes and takes aim. BANG and V-TRIGGER!! But that’s not the end of it! Omega drags EHDV up, deadweight as he is, and Electric Chair Lifts! But EHDV throws down fists! EHDV hops down, UPPERCUTS, then goes up and up to FLYING POISON-RANA!!! Omega tumbles to the apron, and EHDV crawls over to push him onto the table! EHDV builds speed while fans fire up, and he goes up to ESCALARA 630 SENTON through the table!!!!
Independence is volcanic for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” while Callis is freaking out! Both men are down in the wreckage as the ring count starts. EHDV crawls away at 3 of 10, Omega finally stirs at 4. Both men drag themselves up at 6, stand at “OCHO!” And both men slide in at 9! EHDV covers, TWO!!! Omega is still in this and EHDV is beside himself! Fans rally up, both men rise again, and EHDV throws a haymaker! Omega gives it back, they go back and forth, faster and faster! They go forearm for forearm, stand up, and keep throwing shots! EHDV gets the edge, SOBATS, runs, into a V-TRIGGER!!
Omega whips, EHDV rolls up and SUNSET FLIP BOMBS! TWO?!?!? Omega narrowly escapes again and even HE is shocked! But EHDV hurries to a corner and climbs up top! Omega flounders in the drop zone, EHDV 630 SENTONS but FLOPS as Omega moves!! EHDV flounders up, into a V-TRIGGER!!! Omega drags EHDV up, Electric Chair Lifts, ONE WINGED ANGEL!!!! Cover, OMEGA WINS!
Winner: Kenny Omega, by pinfall
This was a dream match the moment it was made, but this became an all-time classic by the end! Tony Schiavone joins Callis and Omega in the ring to say this was an incredible match. Omega is back in singles competition, and that was one for the ages! Omega thanks Schiavone for that. The more time goes by, the more he wonders if he can still do this kind of stuff for the fans. Wait, wait! THE BCC JUMPS OMEGA!! Moxley, Claudio & Yuta all mug Omega, and fans boo while Callis can only shout at the ref to stop this! The BCC stand Omega up so they can throw body shots and haymakers!
Fans continue to boo, but wait! Sirens? An ambulance has returned? For who? Wait, HANGMAN is driving it!! The Cowboy has a 2×4, with nails in it! Fans are going nuts for “COWBOY SH*T!” while the BCC stomp away on Omega. But here comes Hangman, wood in hand! The BCC decide to bail! Callis checks on Omega but the damage has been done. Hangman wants Moxley to get his ass back in here, but he stays back. Callis tries to calm Hangman down, but he almost gets 2×4 to the face! Callis keeps pulling at Hangman’s arm to hold him back, but Hangman shakes free and Callis falls right down! Omega comes to, and misunderstands why Callis is down!
Callis blames Hangman but Hangman says he didn’t do anything to Don! Omega and Hangman argue, Callis cowers behind Omega, and Omega takes Callis’ side. Fans boo, but is this just Callis keeping Omega all to himself?
A great episode of Dynamite, but it already feels like they’re gonna keep things going until Double or Nothing, no big thing for April. We got a great promo out of the Four Young Pillars, and MJF is making the other three run the #1 contender race like he did Bryan Danielson from now until, I dunno, probably May 3rd so that May can focus on building MJF VS his challenger. Hard to say who it’ll be, but Darby’s off to a good start with that great Six Man Tag. Darby, Sting and Cassidy made an eclectic but great combination, especially with Sting borrowing some Freshly Squeezed tactics. And Cassidy’s International Championship card is open to just about anyone at this point.
Really good tag title match, but I should’ve figured shenanigans would help The Gunns retain. The Kingdom and Top Flight are solidly ROH Tag title contenders with #ReachForTheSky needing teams. Plus, The Gunns’ real story is with FTR, who came back to have a really good promo with them. Gunns VS FTR, Titles VS AEW contracts could honestly go either way. There’s a lot of talk out there of FTR going back to WWE since it’s under HHH right now, so this move could be how FTR exits AEW, but this could also be what guarantees FTR staying. Either way, this is going to be some really big stuff for the titles.
Good promo from Jade and her group, and you do have to appreciate Sterling’s gimmick of bringing about frivolous lawsuits on behalf of people to poke fun at wrestling tropes. The security guards finally got justice, even though they also got crushed by Wardlow, and now finishers that are exactly the same but with different names are being questioned. Pretty sure Leila loses the match and Taya tears up that document, though. Then it’ll be about who hits the chicken wing facebuster first to win that title. Jade has done an amazing job being an undefeated inaugural TBS Champion, but now is the time to move on to someone else so Jade can move on to the top title.
Great segment out of Hook, Stokely and The Firm. Great show from Stokely with trying to weasel out of this, then trying to run away from this, but of course he gets thrown around. Awesome use of spare guard railing, though. I figured Hook VS Ethan was going to be how this wraps up, can’t wait to see how that goes. And I appreciate Starks getting a little meta on the bad pacing of feuds. Starks VS Juice for Rampage, if it happens, will be great stuff, and maybe shenanigans helps Juice win to keep this going. Though, I feel like Starks and Juice could each be doing something better than spinning their wheels with each other. Give me Starks VS Hobbs and Orange VS Juice for those respective titles.
Speaking of which, only the second QTV segment and I’m just done with it. But they did point out the weird logic of Penta not being out there with Fenix last week. Penta VS Hobbs will probably go the same as Fenix VS Hobbs did, and Wardlow will come back for revenge. Also, another wrestling trope that needs poking at: Solo confessed to illegal activities but he won’t get investigated or arrested because it’s wrestling. If Sterling were a Face lawyer, he’d be right on Solo’s ass. But maybe Wardlow beats the crap out of Solo as his punishment, then he gets his shot at Hobbs at Double or Nothing to put this story to rest.
Great promo from Cole and Garcia, and I appreciate they had Garcia have that slip of the tongue. Garcia is of course enjoying the fun side of being a sports entertainer, showing off his personality and just doing whatever shenanigans he wants, but he also clearly enjoys the pro-wrestling stuff of just fighting. Garcia VS Cole is going to be awesome stuff, but Garcia and the JAS also have their story with the House of Black so who knows how the finish goes. Great match out of Storm VS Skye, and Skye looked great even in defeat. Another inconsistency in wrestling logic: Riho & Willow should’ve been ringside to start because they know The Outcasts will be up to no good. But I suppose that does give Riho & Willow their moment of heroism in running the Outcasts off.
I bring up that inconsistency in logic because that match was after Moxley VS Grayson, where both men had their allies ringside. The men can think to bring their boys but the women’s division can’t think to bring their friends along, when we’ve also always seen Britt have Rebel and/or Hayter and vice-versa? Anyway, great stuff out of Moxley VS Grayson, and Grayson also looked awesome even in defeat. The BCC apparently went after everyone Hangman considers a friend, as the Bucks were taken out off-camera by them, and then the BCC jump Grayson.
And then, for being a non-title TV main event, Omega VS El Hijo del Vikingo went above and beyond anything I would’ve expected. There were some scary moments, like that Super Steiner counter to the powerbomb. But then again, it wouldn’t feel like an AAA match if there wasn’t some risk like that. BCC jumping Omega after he wins was a good way to keep the Elite reunion story going, but now there’s the new wrinkle of Don Callis wanting Omega to stay a singles star. To be fair, this is very much like the story of Callis, Omega and The Elite when AEW first got started. Callis wants Omega to return to that Omega, and he throws Hangman under the bus.
Another pro-wrestling logic thing is that no one watches the show back when it’s done, unless it helps the story. And I would hope Omega does that here to see what really happened as opposed to just trusting Callis and distrusting Omega. Or if not Omega, the Bucks can. The Bucks will have seen it on TV at the hospital (kayfabe) and The Bucks will tell Omega that Hangman didn’t hit Callis. Callis is also trying to recruit Konosuke, so it’d be great if Callis only comes out of this with one client. If Omega realizes not to trust Callis over The Elite, then Callis and Konosuke can stick together. If Omega still keeps Callis around, Konosuke can reject Callis to stay his own man.
My Score: 8.9/10
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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (3/21/23)
Time for a grudge match!
Will NXT be UNBESIEGBAR?
While Stand & Deliver is on the horizon, Ilja Dragunov and JD McDonagh look to settle their NXT rivalry! Will the Czar trump the Irish Ace once and for all?
- NXT Women’s Championship Qualifier: Tiffany Stratton VS Indi Hartwell; Tiffany wins and advances to the title match at Stand & Deliver.
- Ilja Dragunov VS JD McDonagh; Double Disqualification Draw.
- NXT Women’s Championship Qualifier: Lyra Valkyria VS Ivy Nile; Lyra wins and advances to the title match at Stand & Deliver.
- The Great Debate: Chase U VS The Schism; Chase U wins.
- Bron Breakker & Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Pretty Deadly; Bron & Melo win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Pretty Deadly heads to the ring.
Kit Wilson & Elton Prince, the hosts of Stand & Deliver, are apparently just fine after getting thrown through a table last week. Elton has the mic to say, “Attention, attention. Quiet please. It is us, your hosts of Stand…” “And Deliver!” #YESBOY! And as their first official act as the hosts of Stand… and Deliver, they are officially wiping the footage of last week’s closing segment from the archives! You will no longer be able to view those “neckbearded mouth-breathing” Gallus boys cheat to win!
Nor will you see Bron Breakker & Carmelo Hayes jump them from behind to put them through a table! Elton already pretends to not know what happened. The gumption of those two! If not for the fact that these two are the hosts of Stand… and Deliver, those two wouldn’t even make it to Lala Land. Last week is history, today is a mystery. But let’s not get too far off the point. Let’s talk outfits for Stand… and Deliver! Now, hold on, talking about outfits, did you see those horrid ensembles both Melo and Bron were wearing last week? Main event talent, sure. But main event style? But wait, here come Trick Melo Gang!
Trick asks if his mic is working. It is. Good. Because he told the two bobbleheads to be quiet when grown-ups are talking. But Pretty Deadly interrupted so they had to get some “table service.” Melo says not to get it twisted. He was so dripped out, he left puddles! Talk about it. While Melo prepares for his biggest match ever, Pretty Deadly is standing here with his name in their mouths? In all fairness, Mr. Melo, Kit said it. Don’t try and be cute. HEY! They were born cute! They don’t have to try. HEY! Remember what Trick said about talking during grown folks business! We’re talking about the FUTURE NXT Champion! We don’t need that bad juju.
Trick figures Pretty Deadly shouldn’t talk the talk, but walk the walk. Um, hold on, there might be a break down in communication. They only speak the king’s English. But if they want to have a match, if Melo wants to jeopardize the main event of Stand…! And Deliver, then they ACCEPT! Good! Because tonight, the main event, Pretty Deadly VS the man, the myth and the legend, Carmelo Hayes, and his partner… BRON BREAKKER! Trick even tricks Melo there! But then Pretty Deadly attacks! They throw Trick out then mug Melo! But here comes BRON! Bron CLOBBERS Kit, DECKS Elton, and then TOSSES Kit! Elton runs in, he also gets TOSSED!
Bron trophy lifts Kit, and THRWOS him out onto Elton! Pretty Deadly has a pretty nasty landing, and the fans fire up! Bron offers Melo a hand, Melo takes it, and the two stand. Bron says nothing is gonna happen to Melo between now and Stand & Deliver. Melo scowls and takes his leave, but will the champion and challenger be able to stay civil on the Road to WrestleMania Weekend?
Trick and Melo regroup backstage.
Melo asks Trick what the heck, and Trick says he doesn’t know. That was all Trick Melo Gang, they didn’t need Bron. Bron wants Melo at his best, and he’ll get just that. And that means NEW NXT Champion, but he’s teaming with Bron now? Trick always has Melo’s back, right? Yeah, but Melo doesn’t wanna do that “Can they coexist?” crap! But Trick has Melo’s back. Melo needs to know Bron’s speed, flow and body control. Now he’ll have a front row seat. He’ll have the blueprint. Trick himself takes care of the conversation: “Thanks, Trick.” “You’re welcome, Melo.” And Pretty Deadly is easy money. Trick will make sure of that.
And at Stand & Deliver, the most important thing is still the most important thing. That’s all it is, and that’s all it’s gonna be.
NXT Women’s Championship Qualifier: Tiffany Stratton VS Indi Hartwell!
Daddy’s Little Rich Girl claimed she was going to Stand & Deliver even before Roxanne Perez retained the title against Meiko Satomura. But now with the title quite literally up in the air, will she take a spot in the ladder match? Or will #IndiWrestling finally have her moment in Hollywood?
The bell rings and fans rally behind Indi. Indi and Tiffany tie up, Indi headlocks, but Tiffany powers out. Indi runs Tiff over, covers, ONE! Indi wrenches an arm, RAMS shoulders, then wrenches again. Indi RAMS Tiff again, then YANKS the arm. Indi whips Tiff to a corner, runs in, but into a BOOT! Tiff runs in to CLOBBER Indi! Cover, TWO! Tiffany is annoyed but she drags Indi up. Indi wrenches out, and short arm LARIATS right back! And then short arm LARIATS again! Tiff dodges the next one, kicks low and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Tiff stomps Indi and talks trash, but Indi hits back!
Tiffany CLUBS Indi, drags her up and whips her to a corner hard! Indi bounces off buckles and Tiffany taunts her more. Indi blocks the whip, blocks it again, and ROCKS Tiffany with forearms! Tiffany kicks low, whips Indi hard into another corner, then runs to handspring and back elbow! Tiffany runs, but Indi avoids the stomps! Roll-up, TWO! Indi stomps Tiffany, puts her through ropes, and then uppercuts, but misses! Tiff trips Indi, but Indi kicks her away. Indi goes to the apron but Tiff TRIPS her! Indi hits the apron, Tiff says this is HER world and we’re all just living in it. Fans boo as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Tiffany has Indi in a chinlock. Indi endures, fights up, and throws body shots. Tiffany comes back, but into a JAWBREAKER! Indi runs in but Tiff sends her to ropes! Tiff runs to HIP ATTACK! Cover, TWO! Indi is still in this and Tiffany grows annoyed. Tiffany scoops but Indi slips off and waistlocks. Tiff runs to RAM Indi into buckles, then she DOUBLE STOMPS Indi down! Cover, TWO! Indi survives and fans rally up again. Tiffany drags Indi up, whips her to the corner, but Indi reverses. Tiffany goes up and over and handsprings, then comes back, but into Indi’s BIG back suplex!
Both women are down and fans rally back up. Indi and Tiffany crawl after each other, and Indi throws a forearm! Tiffany throws it back, but Indi throws another! They brawl as they stand up, Indi ROCKS and kicks and CLUBS and DECKS Tiffany! Fans fire up and Indi puts Tiffany through ropes to UPPERCUT and BOOT! Tiffany falls, Indi covers, TWO! Tiffany hangs tough but Indi runs in. Tiff dodges the boot to POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Indi is still in this and Tiffany pounds the mat in frustration. Fans boo as she goes to the apron, and Tiffany springboards. Indi avoids the swanton! SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!!
Indi is surprised Tiffany survives, but she hurries to bring Tiffany up. Tiffany RAMS Indi into the corner, but Indi ELBOWS her back. Indi goes up but Tiffany YANKS her down! Fireman’s carry, and ROLLING SENTON! BEST MOONSAULT WHATEVER! Cover, Tiffany wins!
Winner: Tiffany Stratton, by pinfall (advances to Stand & Deliver)
Love her or hate her, the spoiled rich girl backed up her big talk. She is now the third woman to compete in the ladder match, but just how many more participants is HBK going to add?
Gallus is at the bar again.
They have more pints, they’re playing more pool, and they’re happy to be past Pretty Deadly. It is still Gallus Boys On Top! Mark Coffey breaks, but in walk the Creed Brothers. Gallus, funny seeing you guys here. Uh, everyone knows where to find them, Brutus. They’re not hard to find. They fancy a game? Sure, Gallus can break. Alright. Two more pints for Gallus, and uh, two glasses of milk for the Creeds. Milk? C’mon! Brutus will have what they’re having, but Julius is already too wild sober. They play a game, and once again, Gallus dominates the green felt. Eight ball, corner pocket for the win.
Great game, lads. Well, 8 Ball was never their game. Now darts? BULL’S EYE. Well alright, Gallus will throw. And just as Julius said, he and Brutus dominate. They want another round? Yeah, best two outta three. Except that round goes to the Creeds, too. Well, Gallus never took the Creeds for a pair of archers. Hey, they work hard in the dojo, and play hard outside. Well, between pool and darts, that just means they’re tied, 1-1. And they could go all day, but Julius has a better idea for the tiebreaker. Wolfgang and Mark know, too. Stand & Deliver, for the tag titles. No Pretty Deadly, no Indus Sher, the Creeds want the belts back.
Well, Gallus will gladly see them in LA, but the titles are staying with them. See you then. They all shake on it, then head out. Only for Tony D’Angelo & Channing Lorenzo to be waiting. Where’s everyone going? Next round’s on The Don. Because they have business to discuss. Stand & Deliver, that is. Really? Well, this is gonna be a long night. Everyone goes back inside the bar, will Tony and the Underboss get themselves a part in the Hollywood title picture?
Lyra Valkyria speaks.
As she runs up the stairs and through the halls of an abandoned building, she says, “Stand & Deliver, Los Angeles, get ready to soar.” But will she overcome her first obstacle here tonight?
Backstage interview with Gigi Dolin.
McKenzie Mitchell is with someone who has already qualified for the NXT Women’s Championship Ladder Match, and asks Gigi her feelings on the field so far. Gigi say sit is too early to judge. As sad as it is, if Roxie didn’t get hurt, this match wouldn’t be happening. Also, in regards to Jacy Jayne and her bad shoulder, sorry not sorry. Jacy tried to make Gigi’s life a living hell, so she can stay home and watch as Gigi climbs the ladder. The last time Gigi was in a ladder match, she won it. And she has been put through the wringer since. But mentally, no one has any idea. Gigi will do anything to-
Tiffany walks in to interrupt. She “loves” the confidence and all, but did you see her just win and get in that match? So Gigi and every other woman’s chances just went from “possible” to “absolutely screwed.” That title is Tiffany’s. Oh, another Tiffany Epiphany! Tiffany’s gonna win by climbing that ladder all the way to the tippy top! And she’ll love it. Tootles. Gigi makes a face, will Gigi slap that smug attitude right out of Tiffany come Stand & Deliver?
Wes Lee is in the ring.
“OOOH YO! Things have been absolutely crazy around here, right? And y’all have been enjoying these open challenges, correct?” Fans cheer and Wes says that’s good, because he has, too. But he constantly gets asked, “Why? Why are you doing it this way? Why continue to roll the dice? Eventually, your number’s gonna get called.” To Wes, he doesn’t wanna be a hypocrite. When he won this title at Halloween Havoc, it was his first shot at it. And he just knew he had to give it everything he had, because if he came up short, he doubted he’d ever get another shot. And now, as champion, he vows to give anyone the opportunity that was in that same position he was in.
Now, secondly, he knows he’s looking deep within himself, but he has a chip on his shoulder. He needs to prove not just to the world, but to himself, that he can and will compete against the best athletes in the world! That he deserves to carry the title! That he deserves to be our NXT North American Champion! Fans fire up for that, but Wes says many have seen a bit of this fire from that “creeper” vid of him and HBK. And HBK made it clear Wes had four spots for four superstars to compete against him at Stand & Deliver. But wait, here comes DRAGON LEE! Speaking of one of the best from around the world…!
Dragon Lee joins Wes Lee in the ring and has the mic. “Wow, wow, wow. Thank you, all. Nice to meet you, Wes.” Wes says it’s nice to meet him. Dragon says that he came to NXT for the same reason as Wes. But to Dragon, Wes IS the best. But y’know what? Dragon LOVES the chaos! And at Stand & Deliver in LA, Dragon wants to part of that challenge against Wes. Wes says this is what he loves. Wes has followed Dragon’s career from Mexico to Japan, and has wondered what’d it be like if the two of them tangled. And when Dragon signed with NXT, Wes thought it’d be like six to eight months before they got to.
But everyone knows Wes is impatient! So let’s make it official! Dragon gets the first spot! See you in LA! But wait, here comes the Irish Ace! JD McDonagh is going to face Dragunov later tonight, but he says, “Look what it is! Wes Lee, Dragon Lee, the Lees putting each other over. It’s funny you two are running your mouths about the best in the world, I’m backstage warming up. So Dragon, you’re new here, I’ll give you a pass this week. But I suggest you grab a chair, sit your ass front row, and watch a grandmaster at work when I dismantle Ilja Dragunov.” Fans boo but JD tells Wes, “What’s your excuse?”
Wes’ excuse? What’s gonna be JD’s excuse after Ilja rips him apart? Fans fire up for that! JD steps into the ring, and he says Wes should count himself lucky that JD hasn’t had his eyes on that title. Because if he had, not only would Wes not be standing here with it, he wouldn’t be standing at all. But wait! Here comes the Czar! JD is here, so Dragunov isn’t gonna wait! Time for the grudge match! Will either man be left standing after this one?
NXT Anonymous has another video.
Whoever they are, they watch as Indi storms backstage and takes her frustrations out on a trash can. Then she gets mad at Zoey for smirking. Indi asks, “What the hell are you looking at?” Zoey says, “Definitely not the next NXT Women’s Champion.” Zoey heads off, is this the end of the road for #IndiWrestling in NXT?
Kiana James watches in the locker room.
She says that was a pretty good line from Zoey. Fallon Henley then walks in and Kiana mocks Indi for not making it to Stand & Deliver. But they are, tag champ! Isla Dawn & Alba Fyre don’t stand a chance- Enough, Kiana. She knows what’s going on here. Fallon, don’t worry, Kiana isn’t worried about the singles title. No, not that! Sebastian! Kiana’s eyes go wide, but then she denies even recognizing that name. Save it, Kiana. Fallon was in your office. What?! How’d she even get past security!? Fallon says that doesn’t matter, she saw the flowers and the card. Card? What? PROOF! Kiana freaks out again!
How can Kiana even sleep at night, cheating on Jensen!? Fallon knew better than to trust Kiana! Now she’s gonna go tell Jensen. Oh, yes, go run to Brooks and tell him. That’ll screw up EVERYTHING before the biggest match in their careers! But Jensen is family! Kiana may not care about him, but Fallon does! Fallon storms off, what can Kiana do to stop the truth from getting out?
Ilja Dragunov VS JD McDonagh!
NXT returns and the bell rings. These two fire off forearms and fists right away! Dragon watches ringside just like JD wanted as Dragunov ROCKS him! JD rebounds to ROCK Dragunov, but Dragunov rebounds to ROCK JD! They keep going back and forth, then Dragunov BOOTS JD! JD roars as he stays up, but Dragunov ENZIGURIS him down! Now Dragunov roars and fans fire up! Dragunov KNEES JD in the side again and again, then drags him up to CLUB him on the back! Fans rally up for that, “ONE MORE TIME! ONE MORE TIME!” and Dragunov CLUBS JD again! Dragunov then whips JD to a corner, runs in, but JD slips out!
Dragunov knees the buckles, and JD trips him to slingshot TORNILLO SPLASH! Dragon is impressed, but fans boo as JD throws down forearms. Dragunov gets away to a corner, but JD storms up to COHP! JD digs his knee into Dragunov, the ref counts, and JD lets off at 4. Fans boo but JD brings Dragunov up to short arm LARIAT! Dragunov flounders, JD covers, TWO! JD drags Dragunov up to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Dragunov gets away to ropes but JD stomps him. JD drags Dragunov up to wrench, but Dragunov breaks free and trips JD! JD avoids the falling forearm, and the backhand! Dragunov avoids the headbutts!
The forearm start flying again, and both men DECK each other! Fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” and Dragon nods his respect. JD and Dragunov go forehead to forehead, and JD SLAPS! Dragunov SLAPS! It is a SLAP fight! Fans are thunderous again as the SLAPS keep going! JD swings, misses, GERMAN SUPLEX! Dragunov drags JD back up, but JD throws elbows. Dragunov still GERMAN SUPLEXES! Fans want that ‘ONE MORE TIME!” so Dragunov drags JD back up. JD fights the waistlock, pries it free to switch and shove, but Dragunov hits the CONSTANTINE SPECIAL! Both men are down and the fans are thunderous again!
Dragunov drags JD to a cover, TWO! “This is Awesome!” as Dragunov stands back up. Dragunov runs in to KNEE JD in the corner, then puts him down. Dragunov goes up, KNEE DROP! Dragunov roars and goes back up top! But JD stands to ROCK Dragunov! And CHOP! JD climbs up, but Dragunov fights back with body shots! Dragunov HEADBUTTS JD away, then adjusts. JD comes back to grab hair! JD THROWS Dragunov off the top! Fans boo and JD brings Dragunov up to throw him into ropes! Dragunov flops out of the ring and fans boo more while NXT goes picture in picture.
JD grins as he watches Dragunov down on the floor. Dragunov sputters and stirs but JD goes out after him. JD drags Dragunov up for an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Dragunov flounders away, JD hurries in, and he drops an AX HANDLE! Cover, TWO! JD kicks at Dragunov, but Dragunov eggs him on. JD stands Dragunov to ROCK him! Dragunov CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! But then his arm gives up! JD hits a BIG DDT!! Dragunov tumbles over his own head and neck! The ref checks him, he’s somehow okay to continue but he’s shaking. JD stands Dragunov up to whip him hard into the corner!
Dragunov falls to the mat, JD drags him to a cover, TWO! JD grows frustrated with Dragunov, and he clamps on a facelock. JD grinds Dragunov down, Dragunov fights up, and Dragunov pries free to wrench the arm. JD KNEES Dragunov low! Dragunov falls and clutches his gut, but JD stalks him to ropes. JD wrenches an arm, to hit an atomic BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Dragunov is still in this but JD keeps his focus. JD stomps Dragunov around, digs his boot in, and then gets the arm. JD steps through for a standing leg hook nelson! Dragunov endures as JD puts on more pressure, and NXT returns to single picture.
Fans rally, Dragunov bridges up against the hold, but JD just pushes him back down. JD straightens out the arm like an armbar, but Dragunov still fights. Dragunov has turned this into a STRETCH MUFFLER! Now JD endures and flails for the ROPEBREAK! Dragunov lets go at 4 and fans rally up. JD PENALTY KICKS Dragunov in the back! JD drags Dragunov up for Kawada Kicks! And then a SLAP! But Dragunov kips up, only for JD to duck the Pele! JD fires off more Kawada Kicks, but Dragunov HEADBUTTS! JD HEADBUTTS, but Dragunov kips up to PELE!! Fans are thunderous as both men are down again!
JD and Dragunov slowly rise, and fans hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!” This has to end somehow, and Dragunov rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Dragunov puts JD in a corner to CHOP him! And then stalks him to another corner, to CHOP him! Dragunov shoves JD to a corner, JD ducks the chop to ELBOW back! But Dragunov stands up to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! CHOP! CHOP! JD pie faces Dragunov, but that just pisses Dragunov off! MACHINE GUN CHOPS!! Dragunov stops but he brings JD in to waistlock and SIDE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! JD survives but Dragunov holds on!
“This is Awesome!” as Dragunov drags JD back up. JD fights to ropes, that HOTSHOTS Dragunov, and JD brings Dragunov in! POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO!! But JD holds on with a waistlock of his own. JD drags Dragunov up to GERMAN SUPLEX! JD still holds on, they stand again, for another GERMAN SUPLEX! JD lets go, and Dragunov just rises up! Dragunov swings, into another GERMAN SUPLEX! But Dragunov is up to ROUNDHOUSE JD down!! Fans give a standing ovation as both men fall! Dragunov staggers his way to a corner, and he shouts, “UN! BE! SIEG! BAR!!” TORPEDO- NO!! Takedown into body scissors!
Fans shout “NO! NO! NO!” but Dragunov fights the Irish Twister to rain down fists! JD kicks Dragunov away but Dragunov comes back, LEAPING FOREARM!!! Fans cheer “This is Wrestling!” as both men bail out. They SLAP and SLAP and SLAP! They both grab hair, and they tumble into Dragon Lee!! Dragon is pissed, but JD JABS him for the hell of it! Only for Dragunov to swing! JD dodges, the BACKHAND hits Dragon!! Dragon is FURIOUS, he fires hands on them both!!
Fans go nuts as we get a brawl between all three men! But then WES LEE FLIES IN!! The Cardiac Kid helps Dragon fight against Dragunov and JD! Refs rush in to stop this brawl, but fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Will the only way to settle any of this be at Stand & Deliver?
Trick Melo Gang finds Bron Breakker backstage.
Melo tells Bron that he and Trick didn’t need Bron to handle Pretty Deadly, or to be in the tag match with Pretty Deadly. This isn’t that “Can they coexist?” crap! Bron doesn’t want that, either! The Melo that Bron wants to face at Stand & Deliver is the best Melo. They said it last week that they have an opportunity to make something special happen at Stand & Deliver. So Bron isn’t gonna let two clowns, i.e. Pretty Deadly… Though, Trick Melo Gang, too… Screw it up. What’s Bron mean by that? Well, Trick is always up to something. Trick says he’s up to nothing. He just wanted Bron to share the ring with the future NXT Champion.
Oh, is that so? Melo has Bron leave Trick alone. Bron wants the best possible Stand & Deliver, and so does Melo. Then let’s finish this. Good. Big tag match tonight. Nice doing business with you. Trick Melo Gang leaves, but will they be leaving the arena in one piece?
Backstage interview with Wes Lee.
McKenzie can tell Wes is riled up after that brawl. It seems chaos follows him everywhere. Wes admits, he threw himself to the fire on this one. But Ilja and JD will never be done with each other. But the last two weeks, JD has gotten in Wes’s face and Wes is sick and tired of it! So JD gets the second spot. And Ilja is Europe’s finest. The only way to put that to the test: he gets the third stop! So that leaves one spot left. Who will it be? Axiom walks in and says if there’s room for one more…
Wes knows Axiom wants this and he has been close so many times. But there are still so many others to consider. And Wes wants to give everyone a fair shot, sot he only way to do that, “the chaos continues. We’re about to have ourselves a battle royal, y’all! And the winner gets the fourth and final spot.” axiom says that’s fine. He just wanted a chance, and now he has it. Will the Undeniable Truth be undeniable in that chaotic Battle Royal next week?
Johnny Gargano is here!
Fans fire up for the Rebel Heart, as- Wait. That’s not Johnny Wrestling! That’s JAVIER BERNAL!! Big Body Javi just trolled everyone! “When that music hit, you all thought Johnny Gargano was coming out. But you were wrong! Hah! Just like I thought I was going to Stand & Deliver, the biggest event of the year. But I was wrong. And you know who’s to blame for that? JOHNNY GARGANO!” Johnny took Javi’s spot! Who the hell does Johnny think he is? He’s been gone for 6, 8, 10, 12 months! Has he not been watching NXT while he was away? Javi s the heart and soul of NXT! He has been busting his ass for seven YEARS! Well, no, months.
But what does Johnny have that Javi doesn’t? Johnny Wrestling? No, Big Body Javi is better! Javi would take himself over Gargano every day of the week! How many Christmas albums does Gargano have? NONE! And between the two of them, they’re Triple Crown Champion! *All Johnny. But HBK, Javi says you chose the wrong guy! Wait, here comes the REAL Johnny Wrestling! Fans fire up as Gargano goes right to the ring and he CLOBBERS Javi! Fans fire up more as Gargano TOSSES Javi out! Then RAMS him into barriers! And then RAMS him into steel steps! And then TOSSES him over the barriers!
Fans cheer on Johnny and he grabs himself a mic. “Grayson! Grayson! Grayson Waller! I know you’re somewhere around here, I know you’re listening. You wanna make things personal? You wanna raise the stakes? Let’s raise the stakes. In my hand is a contract for a type of match I know very, very, very well. April 1st, Stand & Deliver, Grayson Waller VS Johnny Gargano… in an UNSANCTIONED MATCH!! No rules! Anything goes! No one is liable for what I do to you. Grayson, all you have to do is come down here and sign it.” But Waller is here via tron. Fired up tonight, huh? Seems he feels better than when he was down and out on his own front lawn.
Waller gets it, Gargano is upset. But an Unsanctioned match? Does Gargano wanna embarrass himself on the biggest stage in NXT? That’s too far, even for Gargano. Not far enough! Come and sign this! Waller says if Gargano thinks he’s going down to that ring, he’s crazy. But Waller will let Gargano give that contract to Vic Joseph so Waller can sign it next week. And, it has to be on one condition: Gargano is BANNED from the building next week. If Waller whiffs even a bit of Gargano, he’s not signing and no one gets what they want. Gargano says if that gets Waller to do it, deal! Gargano gives Vic the contract to hold on to.
Gargano sees Javi get back up and in, and SUPERKICKS him down! Johnny Wrestling wants to unleash everything on Waller, but will he come to regret throwing away all the rules?
There is a moonlight ritual going on.
“There is more to us than you think. I appreciate the significance of my heritage, but I must carry the responsibility of progression. I will hold my people up, and lead the way forward.” Eddy Thorpe is ready to level up to NXT, next week!
Backstage interview with Ivy Nile.
McKenzie brings up how Tatum Paxley betrayed her last week, and can only imagine how devastated she must be. Ivy says she was surprised, just like everyone else. It took her a long time to trust someone like she did Tatum. She let her guard down, and got burned. Tatum is a little “out there,” so the rest of Diamond Mine let her do her. But they thought she was part of the team. So for Tatum to say they weren’t a team, that hurts. But tonight isn’t about Tatum. Tonight, Ivy has an opportunity. If she beats Lyra, Ivy goes to Stand & Deliver and possibly becomes NEW NXT Women’s Champion. Not even Tatum can ruin that.
Hank Walker speaks.
“Everyone’s journey is unique, and mine’s been one hell of a ride.” Security guard turned superstar, but he’s been an athlete his whole life, and was even a three-year starting offensive lineman at North Carolina State. But no sport could’ve prepared him for the WWE. There have been ups and downs, he’s made friends, found a mentor in Drew Gulak only to be abandoned by Drew Gulak. Gulak and Charlie Dempsey don’t see it. They say Hank’s not cut out for this, but he’s gonna work his ass off to prove them wrong. All he needs is himself, and all he needs to do is keep evolving. That is what NXT is all about.
Drew Gulak & Charlie Dempsey are watching.
Gulak mockingly calls that promo “cute.” Dempsey says that’s one way of putting it. Walker still lacks the killer instinct. Exactly! A teacher can only the door, but it is up to the student to see it through. That’s why Hank will be nothing more than “another nice guy.” The technicians have a laugh, but will Hank prove them all wrong?
NXT Women’s Championship Qualifier: Lyra Valkyria VS Ivy Nile!
The Morrigan and the Diamond Pitbull are going to fight tooth and nail to take that fourth spot in the ladder match! Will Lyra fly higher than the mountains to get that golden ticket? Or will Ivy move mountains to go to Hollywood?
NXT returns and Lyra makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They feel things out, tie up, and Lyra wrangles Ivy down then Oklahoma Rolls and turns it into an O’Conner Roll! TWO, and Lyra hurries up to go after a leg. Ivy blocks, facelocks, rolls and steps over to flip Lyra over! Cover, ONE! Ivy keeps on the arm but Lyra rolls free. Ivy TACKLES Lyra, drags her back, but Lyra rolls to her feet. Lyra trips Ivy, has a toehold, but Ivy pries her down to an ARMBAR! Lyra clasps hands, Ivy stomps her! They get up, Lyra headbutts low! And KICKS! Ivy grits her teeth but Lyra tells her she’s not gonna stand in her way. Ivy just KICKS Lyra back!
Ivy eggs Lyra on, so Lyra KICKS! Ivy KICKS back, but Lyra scowls. DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSES bring both women down! Fans fire up and we see Tatum watching backstage. Ivy gets a leg, Lyra blocks to hook the arms but Ivy fights the backslide! Ivy spins around, gut wrenches Lyra to SLAM! Cover, TWO! Ivy keeps cool, and she kicks, but Lyra ducks to kip up and ENZIGURI! Fans fire up and Lyra roars! SOBAT! Front kick! HEADBUTT! BOOT! Lyra then reels Ivy in, but Ivy blocks the lift! Ivy facelocks, to snap suplex! Fans rally up, Ivy runs in to CALF KICK her to a corner! Then DIAMOND DRAGON!!
Lyra flails, climbs the corner and goes up and over! GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans rally up again, Lyra HEEL KICKS Ivy down! Cover, Lyra wins!!
Winner: Lyra Valkyria, by pinfall (advances to Stand & Deliver)
The Morrigan breaks through Diamond Mine’s female titan, and now she is going to Stand & Deliver! But will she reach the highest point in the NXT Women’s Division by becoming champion?
Fallon Henley looks for Jensen.
But as she looks, Isla Dawn’s laugh echoes through the hall, and there’s a flash of lightning and crack of thunder! And Alba Fyre CLOBBERS her! Fyre & Dawn mug Fallon and mockingly ask where her friend went. But Kiana runs in to fire off on them! The champs fight back against their challengers, refs rush in but Fallon sends Fyre into the wall! Isla talks trash on Kiana, she and Fyre slip away. Kiana and Fallon regroup, and Kiana says that she can’t tell Jensen. Kiana has to be the one. Fallon agrees to that. Will Kiana let Jensen down gently? Will the team be able to stick together against the Wicked Witches of NXT?
NXT Media catches Wes Lee on his way out.
They ask him who he thinks will win next week’s battle royal. Wes says he doesn’t think you can predict something like that. Just sit back, relax, and watch as it unfolds. Just like he plans on doing, and just like he knows all the fans will do. But then Jinder Mahal walks over to say he will see Wes at Stand & Deliver. And then Dijak walks over to say, “Don’t think I’ve forgotten about you.” And then Dabba-Kato walks up with a big smile. There is no one that will stop him in this battle royal. Wes can’t even. But three of the biggest and baddest are throwing their names into the hat, will any of those giants be the winner?
It’s the NXT Great Debate!
Blake Howard welcomes us as this debate’s mediator, as the crowd is clearly divided between Chase U students and Schism loyalists. These two groups argue they have the better teaching method here in NXT. First up, Rip Fowler and Duke Hudson. “How has your group approached the topic of inclusion?” The first turn goes to Rip. Rip says “Togetherness has always been the founding principle of The Schism. Whilst others hide behind their masks, we have removed ours and prospered together. Duke Hudson, Ava presented you with a gift. An opportunity to remove your mask of phony school spirit, and the Schism will welcome you with open arms.”
Duke’s rebuttal: “Um… Yeah. I mean, Ava did give me a mask. I dunno. Our university has passion. It gave me a sense of belonging, right? It’s nice to feel included in things, I guess. That’s what I think about inclusion.” Andre Chase facepalms at the lack of enthusiasm and commitment from Duke. WTF, man? Thea and Ava are next. “How does your group make you feel safe?” Ava says “The world is a harsh and uninviting place. But I rest comfortably in loving arms, knowing that there is safety under The Schism’s tree. Andre Chase University offers a false sense of security made up of cement walls.
“But The Schism raises invisible walls that block out the world’s negativity, and allows our minds and bodies to wander freely beyond.” Thea’s rebuttal: With a motormouth pace, she says “Webster’s Dictionary defines ‘safety’ as the condition of being safe from hurt, injury, or loss. Protection from hurt, injury and loss come from healing! And I’ve learned a lot of methods of healing through the connections I’ve made at Chase University. The Schism, while claiming safety, brainwash you into believing in safety, and that is hazardous to the mind, body and soul. Thank you, good night.” Chase high-fives Thea on the rebound. Where’d that come from? She doesn’t know, she blacked out.
And thirdly, Professor Andre and Joe Gacy. “How would you rate the preparedness of the other members of your group to leave the nest?” Andre is given the first turn, but Gacy interrupts! “Mr. Chase, your students already answered that for you. They are not prepared! A marble-mouthed doubter, and a reprogrammed wind-up toy? They don’t know which way is up! Moderator, tally the scores.” But then TYLER BATE appears! He apologizes for his tardiness, but he steps forward to say his part. Chase allows it, as does the moderator. That means Bate and Jagger Reed have a showdown!
“How would you sum up the experience of your group?” Jagger says, “It’s simple. Four roots. One tree.” The audience even gets involved on that one. Bate’s rebuttal: “I can objectively say that to excel in NXT, it takes more than just physical prowess inside the squared circle. It takes a big strong mind, open to new ideas. To collaborate and learn, with a willingness to listen to what others have to say, just as they would for you. Now, the Chase University experience is one of growth and constant evolution. It’s ignited a career in Thea Hail, rejuvenated Duke Hudson, and fortified Andre Chase himself!
“Now, the growth of Chase University IS the growth of NXT! And that’s something that The Schism has never and will never achieve!” Chase U’s student section cheers that! Chase thanks Bate for that. And now that they’ve beaten The Schism down philosophically, it is time they beat The Schism down physically! A match! The Schism VS Chase U & Bate in a Mixed 8 Tag at Stand & Deliver! And in Hollywood, they will give The Schism an Andre Chase University sized ass kicking!! Gacy says NO! The Dyad beat Chase U as a team, and Gacy beat Chase 1v1. The Schism is far superior physically and philosophically. There’s nothing left to gain here.
Duke says they’ll put up the school. What? Yeah, Duke, what? You heard him. Winner gets control of Chase University. Then they’re on. Chase is unsure, but this could be Duke’s high stakes gambling past coming back to haunt him. Will Chase U come out of Hollywood with nothing?
NXT checks back in with the bar.
Everything’s a bit hazy, but Gallus, the Creeds, The Don and Underboss have made it through the night. Look at the time! This has been great, but Tony & Stacks have a thing to take care of. Nice place they found here. Might need a broom, though. Julius says, “Don’t you guys know a cleaning service?” Tony snatches his hat off Julius’ head, and says yeah, they do. But not the kind you’re thinking of. Brutus says that was fun. Wolfgang slurs and stammers as he says, “Why’s it gotta stop?” Cuz the Creeds got what they came for, and then some. Then let’s bring the fun to Stand & Deliver. Triple Threat Tag! See you boys in LA.
Oh, and don’t forget to tip the bartender. Gallus is in the best shape out of these boys, but will they still be standing tall after Stand & Deliver?
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
There will be still one more spot in the NXT Women’s Championship Ladder match! And in a Last Chance Triple Threat, it will be Sol Ruca VS Ivy Nile VS Indi Hartwell! Who will redeem themselves on the Road to WrestleMania to still have their shot at the title?
Bron Breakker & Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Pretty Deadly!
The NXT Champion and his challenger may not like Trick’s idea of a team-up, but if it means shutting up Kit & Elton, they’ll do it. Will Bron & Melo body slam the hosts of Stand & Deliver once again? Or will this be about “Can the coexist?” in the end after all?
The teams sort out and Elton rushes in! Melo dodges, but then Kit CLOBBERS Melo! Kit covers, ONE!! Kit drops a knee, talks trash, then runs, but Melo drops, hurdles and ducks! DROPKICK! Then arm-drags! Melo has the armlock, fans rally but Kit arm-drags, only for Melo to arm-drag right back! But that just puts them closer to the Pretty Deadly corner! Elton tags in, Kit holds Melo in place, and Elton runs to UPPERCUT Melo! Elton then brings Melo out to UPPERCUT Melo down. Melo bails out, Elton kicks him from the apron, and Pretty Deadly go after Melo together. But Bron storms over to keep them from throwing Melo into steel steps.
Bron says Pretty Deadly isn’t going to ruin Stand & Deliver. Pretty Deadly lets off of Melo, but then Kit CLUBS Melo on the back. Kit puts Melo in the ring, covers, TWO! Kit drags Melo up, wrenches, but Melo wrenches back and snapmares to PENALTY KICK! Melo runs, but Kit FLAPJACKS! Tag to Elton, he sucker punches Bron, then Pretty Deadly coordinate. “Yes, boy~!” Pretty Deadly both run, but Bron gets in so that he and Melo can stare Pretty Deadly down. Pretty Deadly look to each other, then they throw hands! The brawl is on and both Bron and Melo get the edge. Then they decide to work together!
Bron helps Melo with the SPRINGBOARD LARIAT! Melo flies over Kit to CLOBBER Elton! Bron then RANAS Kit out of the ring! Fans fire up with the champion and his challenger, but they bump into each other. Bron offers handshake, Melo shows fist bump, so paper covers rock. No, man! Melo & Bron wait on Pretty Deadly and fans bark it up as NXT goes picture in picture.
Kit & Elton regroup on the other side of the ring, so Melo tags Bron. Bron waits on someone, but Kit distracts and Elton runs in to CLOBBER Bron! Elton CLUBS Bron, wrenches an arm, but Bron wrenches back. Tag to Melo, he goes up and drops AX HANDLES on the arm! Melo CHOPS Elton to a corner, wrenches and brings him back, tag to Bron. Bron goes up and he drops AX HANDLES! Bron wrenches Elton, but Elton throws body shots. Elton headlocks, Bron powers out, things speed up and Bron hurdles, to then catch Elton for a SPINEBUSTER! Bron rolls through to fireman’s carry!
Bron pops Elton up to a suplex! Bron walks around with Elton and even Melo is impressed. Bron then SLAMS Elton, and he dares Kit to do something. Kit talks trash, steps inside, and Bron DECKS him! But Elton CLOBBERS Bron again! Elton CLUBS Bron, whips him to ropes, but Bron ducks ‘n’ dodges, only to run into a FLAPJACK onto ropes! Elton tags Kit, then Elton anchors Bron so Kit can drop the ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Kit runs to KNEE Bron in the side! And then he runs to KNEE Bron again! Bron goes to the apron but Kit drags him back in. Kit wrenches the arm as NXT returns to single picture.
Fans rally as Bron endures, and Bron fights up. Kit CLUBS Bron down, grinds the arm again, then grabs the other arm for a motorcycle stretch. Bron endures, fights up, but Kit knees low. Kit facelocks, Elton goes up the corner, but Melo GAMANGIRIS Elton down! Bron blocks the buckle bump to elbow Kit! Kit tags Elton, Bron dodges Kit, tag to Melo! Melo hurdles Elton to DECK Kit! Melo dodges Elton to springboard LARIAT! Fans fire up, Melo BOOTS Elton! Kit grabs Melo but Melo wrenches an arm to drag Kit over, slingshot suplex onto Elton! Cover, TWO! Fans rally behind Melo as he stalks Elton.
Melo brings Elton up to ROCK him and whip, but Elton reverses. Elton hurdles, Kit reels Melo in for a DDT! Elton hurries to cover, TWO! Elton drags Melo up to UPPERCUT him back down! Elton stalks Melo to ropes, he UPPERCUTS Melo again, then puts him in the corner. Elton stomps away but lets off as the ref counts. Elton poses, storms back up, but Melo kicks low! And kicks again! Kit tags in, he and Elton stomp Melo. Fans rally as Pretty Deadly double whip, and double shoulder! “Yes, boy!” SPLASH LEG DROP COMBO! Cover, TWO! Kit drops a leg of his own, then drags Melo from Bron.
Kit talks trash, stands Melo up, and ROCKS him! Kit runs in to UPPERCUT Melo! And DECK him with a right! Kit YANKS Melo into a BOMB! Cover, TWO! Melo kicks back from below but Kit CLOBBERS him! Trick coaches Melo but Kit clamps on a chinlock. Melo endures, fans rally up, and Melo fights up. Melo throws body shots, but Kit CLOBBERS him! Tag to Elton, and he stomps away on Melo! Fans boo as Elton drops an AX HANDLE! Cover, TWO! Elton drags Melo away from Bron and stays between them. Elton drags Melo up but Melo ROCKS him! Elton shoves Melo but Melo sunset flips on the rebound! TWO, and Elton CLOBBERS Melo! Cover, TWO!!
Trick and Bron coach Melo up and fans rally. Elton drags Melo up, but Melo ROCKS Elton! Elton ROCKS Melo, Melo ROCKS Elton, and then Melo ROCKS Elton again! Elton keeps Melo from Bron, but Melo breaks free, only to miss his enziguri! But Melo BOOTS Elton away! Hot tags to Kit and Bron! Bron rallies on Pretty Deadly! BIG shoulder tackle for Kit! Haymaker for Elton! GERMAN SUPLEX for Kit! GERMAN SUPLEX for Elton! Kit fires hands with Bron, Kit whips, but Bron ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Kit! Fans fire up and Bron grins. Bron drags Kit up in a waistlock, to GERMAN SUPLEX!!
The straps come down, fans fire up with Bron, but Bron climbs up the corner. Fans bark it up, and Bron FLYING BULLDOGS! Cover, Elton breaks it! Melo hurries in to ROCK Elton and BOOT him! Elton flops into the ropes, Kit stands, and Bron runs in! Kit sends Bron at Melo!! Melo goes up the corner and Bron pulls up, avoiding the collision! But Elton struggling in the ropes distracts the ref, Melo hits a CODE BREAKER on Kit! Bron SPEARS Kit down!! Fans fire up as Bron tags Melo to give him the last shot. Melo with NOTHING BUT NET!! Cover, Melo & Bron win!
Winners: Bron Breakker & Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall
Melo don’t miss, and Trick finishes taking notes on Bron. Melo fetches the belt, but hands it over to Bron. Will the game plan be ready so that Melo becomes him? Or will nothing break the Big Booty Nephew?
A really good NXT here, and a lot of quick developments for Stand & Deliver. I do appreciate the consistency of tag teams challenging Gallus for the tag titles through bar games. Tony D & Stacks made their intentions known last week, so them confronting Gallus was expected, but The Creeds getting in on this was a surprise. The tag titles becoming a Triple Threat match is cool, but all three teams are essentially Faces. I’m sensing some kind of shenanigans brings one team around to be Heels, and it won’t be the Creeds. I would personally love it if was Gallus with Joe Coffey returning to help win. Gallus can’t truly be on top if they’re down a man.
Good stuff out of the NXT Women’s Championship story. Good match out of Tiffany VS Indi, and I figured Tiffany would win that. Gigi had a good promo to both address Jacy Jayne and the growing field, but also good promo from Tiffany to keep her character at that just insufferable level. Good promo from Ivy, decent one from Lyra, and good match, but not that strong of a match. I’m a bit torn, as this was a great opportunity for Ivy to even have this qualifier match, but honestly, it should’ve been Stevie Turner. Stevie was the one with that “randomizer” that chose to highlight Lyra, why not give us a match of those two? It’s not like Stevie’s actually busy streaming.
Good stuff out of the women’s tag title story, too. Kiana and Fallon were both great in talking about this Sebastian, and then I like the creativity of the ambush. Instead of lights out and teleporting in, or even just running in, Isla & Alba use fake lightning and thunder to disorient Fallon before the attack. Fighting Alba & Isla off was a decent way to bring Kiana and Fallon back onto the same page, and we’re going to get quite the moment next week in the go-home. And good promo from Hank Walker but also good promo from Gulak & Dempsey. Their story will have to wait until after Stand & Deliver, and could be something big for Spring Breakin’ 2023.
Javier swerving us was very clever, I did not think Javi would get in on this story. Good response from Gargano, and going right for Unsanctioned is nuts! No Disqualification, sure. No Holds Barred, sure. Last Man Standing even! But I guess this is all to represent how long Gargano’s stewed on his grudge for Waller, and how this escalated after Waller found the Gargano house. And given how Waller wants Gargano completely banned from the building next week, it’s so obvious Waller is going to threaten Vic physically, maybe even get physical with Vic, and Gargano can’t do anything about it, thereby adding more fuel to the fire.
Great stuff out of the North American Championship story, with a great promo from Wes and from Dragon Lee, and a good promo from JD ahead of his match with Dragunov. That match was awesome, as all the Dragunov VS JD matches have been, but I should’ve seen it coming that they’d end up colliding with Dragon Lee to bring this around into the North American title match. Wes VS Dragon VS JD VS Dragunov is awesome all on its own, but great move to have a battle royal to decide the fifth person in that match. Axiom has a good promo to let us know he’s gonna be in that match, but I also like that Jinder, Dijak and Dabba-Kato each had a couple lines to let Wes know they’re coming. Dijak’s had his shots, he surely won’t win. But Dabba is definitely a possibility.
Really good segment out of The Great Debate, and nice heroic appearance by Tyler Bate to help Chase U pull out the win. And just as I was hoping, we’re getting a Mixed 8 Tag, and this is going to be great stuff. Putting up the school, aka the faction in itself, is big stuff for Chase U, but I feel like the match could still go either way. And good stuff out of Pretty Deadly, Trick Melo Gang and Bron. The promo stuff was good for Pretty Deadly and Trick Melo Gang, and we got a really good match in the main event. But naturally Bron & Melo win because neither of them was going to suffer lost momentum this close to Stand & Deliver. I’m still voting for Melo winning the title and Bron being called up. After all, there’s a WWE Snickers commercial with Bron Breakker and AJ Styles, that feels like a sign.
My Score: 8.8/10
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DWI Podcast #368: The Main Event of Night One
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