Mitchell’s WWE Royal Rumble Results & Report! (1/28/23)
Three! Two! One! BRRR!!
The Road to WrestleMania goes through San Antonio!
The Royal Rumble can change a superstar’s career, but Kevin Owens looks to change everything by dethroning Roman Reigns as Universal Champion! Will the Prizefighter #StunTheWorld?
- 2023 Men’s Royal Rumble match: Cody Rhodes wins and will challenge for the Universal title at WrestleMania 39.
- Pitch Black Match: Bray Wyatt VS LA Knight; Wyatt wins.
- Raw Women’s Championship: Bianca Belair VS Alexa Bliss; Bianca wins and retains the title.
- 2023 Women’s Royal Rumble match: Rhea Ripley wins and will challenge for a title at WrestleMania 39.
- Undisputed WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman & Sami Zayn VS Kevin Owens; Roman wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s the Royal Rumble Kickoff Show!
Join Kayla Braxton, Kevin Patrick, Jerry “The King” Lawler, Booker T and Peter Rosenberg in discussing, analyzing and predicting all the action going down tonight!
WWE shares some of the women drawing their Rumble numbers.
Lacey Evans doesn’t like what she got. But Zelina Vega has a good feeling. And she was right! Will that mean we see La Muneca late in the game?
WWE shares Roman Reigns’ segment from The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Fallon remembers predicting Roman Reigns would be on his show with two belts, and it’s true! Fallon brings up Roman’s match with Kevin and Roman laughs. Roman’s strategy: don’t change anything. Roman’s been beating up Kevin for years now, it’s practically on his to-do list. The Tribal Chief got big applause for that, will things go to plan?
The Bloodline sits in their suite.
Sami Zayn finds himself literally in the middle of everything. Roman says he can’t wrap his head around this. The Tribal Chief gives an order, the Bloodline follows those orders. “It’s a recipe that works. That’s why we are where we are today. I give you one instruction for the week and you can’t follow instructions.” Why does Roman have to continually tell Sami things like he’s a child? Smarten him up, PLEASE! Sami stammers, but Jey says it was his doing. What? Sami doesn’t want Jey to continue but Jey explains, Adam Pearce kicked the Usos out. Jey tried calling Roman but he was on the private jet or at the Fallon show, he couldn’t get a hold of Roman.
So Jey called an audible and called Sami to the building. Sami answered the call for the Bloodline, he was there for the family. For the family? Yeah, Uce. The whole time. Sami was there for the Bloodline? Yes, Uce. Why are we even talking about last night? This is about tonight. Fight night! Sami breathes easy and Roman says the game plan is easy: win. NO one goes out there with Roman. Tonight’s a big night. Except Sami. He’s with Roman the whole night. Really? Yes, all the way to the ring. Roman will show Sami the way. The Usos stay in the back, tonight is Sami’s night. Is Sami ready? Yeah, let’s do it! Another close call, but just how thin is that ice Sami’s walking on?
JBL interrupts Greg Miller.
JBL talks trash the host of This is Awesome, on the show This is Awesome, and on Greg’s home state of Missouri, but then says he doesn’t mean any of it. If Greg were drowning, JBL would throw a bowling ball. JBL claims he has changed, saying he’s no longer the guy who did those horrible things to Eddie Guerrero, Rey Mysterio and The Undertaker. He wants to be friends with Greg! Here’s a pie. To the face! Greg says this was not awesome. But make sure to watch the new episode of This is Awesome on Peacock and the WWE Network! This time, it’s of course all about the Royal Rumble!
The golden WWE title belt is spotted!
And “Fluffy” Gabriel Iglesias joins the panel with it. He feels bad, he must be taking some kid’s Make-A-Wish. Fluffy’s pick for the Rumble is Rey Mysterio! Kayla outs him as saying Dominik before but he says that’s putting words in his mouth. Dom deserves a spanking. Peter asks what Fluffy would do to Dom if he was his son. One, taken off the will. Two, no more invites for the holidays. Kevin Patrick says the world is jelly of Dom cuz he’s got Rhea Ripley. But last year we got Bad Bunny and Johnny Knoxville. Is Fluffy in the Rumble? Fans want to see that! The only way to find out is to watch. Booker likes that answer.
Kayla segues to more number drawings. Kofi feels out the vibes, and he picks. He likes what he got. Santos Escobar looks even happier. And Drew McIntyre… Well, doesn’t seem that good. Wade Barrett says he got some BAD NEWS then. Will the Scottish Warrior be able to defy the odds and take it all?
Country Rock artist Hardy speaks.
“I know what it’s like to make a name for yourself. To be on the road, grinding. Success don’t come easy. You gotta fight for it. Better hope you got ice in your veins. Because if you freeze under pressure, it could be lights out. This gig is all about seizing the moment. So tonight, when opportunity knocks on your door, man, you kick that thing down! Thirty men, thirty women, two epic matches, the winners punch their tickets to the Grandest Stage of Them All, WrestleMania. So, who’s ready to make a name for themselves? Let’s RUMBLE~!”
PAT MCAFEE IS BACK!
Corey Graves is upset with Michael Cole but this is a complete surprise to Cole, too! Pat is dressed to impress, because he’s joining commentary! And he tells Corey to “SUCK IT!” San Antonio chants, “Welcome Back!” and McAfee thanks them as he gets his chair.
2023 Men’s Royal Rumble match!
The tradition continues, and it opens the night! In a field of thirty, only one can punch their golden ticket to WrestleMania! Who survives in San Antonio to headline in Hollywood?
The first man out is… GUNTHER! Der Ring General is still WWE Intercontinental Champion, but is he going to go after the Universal title on top of it? And second out is… SHEAMUS! The Celtic Warrior is the birthday boy, but he’s got his work cut out for him going up against a familiar foe. The bell rings and the two circle. San Antonio fires up as the two step to each other. They talk a little smack, and then the haymakers start flying! They go back and forth, forearm for forearm, but Sheamus gets the edge. Sheamus whips, Gunther reverses and they RAM shoulders! Gunther kicks low, runs, but Sheamus RAMS him back!
Sheamus throws hands, runs, but into a CHOP! Gunther goes to dump Sheamus! Sheamus holds on, claws at Gunther’s face, and saves himself. Sheamus throws hands, then hits an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Sheamus goes to dump Gunther now! Gunther holds on, even as Sheamus throws knees. The countdown is here already, Sheamus and Gunther still scrap, and third out is… THE MIZ! The Hollywood A-Lister just found himself in a kaiju movie so he takes his time swaggering to the ring. Miz stays back as Sheamus rushes the ropes. But then Gunther blindsides him! Sheamus holds on, but Miz helps out!
Sheamus BOOTS Miz away, ROCKS Gunther, then hurries back in. But then Miz grabs at Sheamus! Sheamus elbows Miz away and then Sheamus goes out under the ropes! Sheamus chases Miz into the ring, and into a CHOP from Gunther! Sheamus CLOBBERS Gunther, then ROCKS Miz! Sheamus fires hands, but Gunther turns him around. Sheamus dodges and the CHOP hits Miz! Sheamus swings but Gunther dodges and Miz takes the body shot! Gunther BOOTS Sheamus, hauls him up, but Miz goes after them both! The countdown is back, and fourth in is… The New Day’s KOFI KINGSTON!
Kofi rushes in as Gunther throws hands on Miz. Kofi climbs the steps, climbs the corner, then SUPER CROSSBODIES Gunther and Miz! DROPKICK for Sheamus! LEAPING LARIAT for Miz! Spin and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP for Gunther! Fans fire up with Kofi, he runs for the NEW~ DAY~ DOUBLE BOOM DROP! Fans fire up as Kofi claps. But Sheamus blocks the spin to hoist Kofi! Kofi slips away and to safety! Sheamus nods, that was good stuff. Gunther kicks Miz, Sheamus kicks Gunther, Kofi CLUBS Miz but Gunther and Sheamus throw SLAPS! Fans rally for Kofi but Miz fights as Kofi lifts him.
The countdown is back and Kofi hits an SOS on Miz! The fifth man in is… JOHNNY GARGANO!? Johnny Wrestling’s all healed up and ready to go! Gunther throws knees on Sheamus, Miz fights with Kofi, but Gargano slingshot SPEARS Kofi! ENZIGURI for Gunther! Miz tosses Gargano but Gargano skins the cat! GAMANGIRI for Miz, into the ONE FINAL BEAT! Gargano has the fans fired up as he brings Miz up. Gargano throws Miz out but Miz holds onto the ropes! Miz swings, but Gargano hooks him in the ropes! Sheamus walks over, Gargano lets Sheamus handle Miz. BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! Fans count along, Sheamus goes past TEN to TWENTY-FIVE!!
Gargano SUPERKICKS, Miz holds on! Sheamus BROGUES Miz and ELIMINATES him! Gunther goes after Sheamus but Gargano and Kofi help Sheamus! The countdown is back, number six is… XAVIER WOODS! Kofi has back-up while Gargano goes after Gunther. Woods and Kofi go after both of them, then they work together on Gunther. Double wrench, double kick, DOUBLE BULLDOG! DOUBLE DROPKICKS for Sheamus! Woods snapmares Gargano, Kofi PENALTY KCIKS! Woods SLIDING LARIATS! Kofi SPLASHES! Woods MACHO ELBOW DROPS! Fans fire up for ya bois, but then they look at each other.
Woods and Kofi wonder if it’s the right time. They put up their dukes, and then Kofi wheelbarrows! Woods blocks, and they just booty bongo! But Sheamus mule kicks Woods! Gunther ROCKS Kofi! The big men go to throw out the New Day but the countdown is back! Number seven is… KARRION KROSS! Doomsday has come to the Rumble! Kross storms right to the ring while the New Day mugs Sheamus and Gunther stomps Gargano. Kross CLOBBERS Woods, and again, and then BOOTS him! Kofi runs in, but into an EXPLODER! Kross runs to clothesline Woods in the corner, then elbow and ROLLING ELBOW!
Woods wobbles, but Gunther CHOPS Kross! Gunther brings Kross up but Kross throws a forearm. Gunther hits back, they brawl, Kross BOOTS! Gunther BOOTS back! Kross ROCKS Gunther, Gunther CLOBBERS Kross! But Kross gets up to hit an EXPLODER! Sheamus storms up on Kross to fire forearms with him! Fans fire up while New Day go after Gargano and Gunther. Kross bumps Sheamus off buckles, hoists him up, but Sheamus fights back. The countdown is back and number eight is… “SHOOOOSH~!” Master Chad Gable! Fans boo as Gable hurries to the ring. Kross holds onto ropes, the New Day focus on Sheamus.
Gargano hits Woods, then swings on Gable. Gable throat chops Gargano and says “SHOOSH!” He does the same to Kofi, then he hits an EXPLODER on Gargano! And then an EXPLODER on Kofi! Woods ROCKS Kross, Gargano spins Woods around. Woods pries the waistlock, and he tells Gable to “SHOOSH~!” They circle, grapple, Woods sprawls and floats but Gable slips out. Fans fire up for this exchange while Sheamus dumps Gunther out! Gunther holds on, Kross fights off Gargano. Gable hits a GERMAN SUPLEX on Woods! The countdown is back and number nine is… DREW MCINTYRE! The Scottish Warrior is here!
McIntyre won back in 2020, he surely wants to win another one! McIntyre storms in, he CLOBBERS Gable, OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Kofi, then gives an OVERHEAD suplex to Woods! GLASGOW KISS for Gable! INVERTED ALABAMA SLAM for Gargano onto Gable! Kross fires hands but he get a GLASGOW KISS! And a CLAYMORE! Kross goes up and out, McIntyre ELIMINATES him!! But then Gunther stares McIntyre down! They brawl, CHOP back and forth, and Gunther swings but into a FUTURE SHOCK! The countdown is back, number ten is… SANTOS ESCOBAR! The Emperor of Lucha makes his Rumble debut!
Escobar runs in to RANA Woods! And he KNEES Kofi! Gable knees Escobar and whips but Escobar blocks. Gable throws forearms, whips, but Escobar goes up and out, and Sheamus hits him! Sheamus grabs at Escobar but Escobar fights free to GAMANGIRI! Escobar goes up to CROSSBODY Gable! McIntyre and Woods are after Gunther but he resists. Escobar BOOTS Gargano, but Gargano GAMANGIRIS back! Gargano and Gable try to throw Escobar out but Escobar fights. Woods and McIntyre mug Gunther, Gable CHOPS Sheamus. McIntyre grabs Gable and Sheamus CHOPS him! The countdown is back, number eleven is… ANGELO DAWKINS!
Fans fire up as the Curse of Greatness has his Spurs jersey on to ELBOW Escobar! Dawkins ROCKS McIntyre, ELBOWS Sheamus, and CYCLONE SPLASHES McIntyre! GAMANGIRI! Dawkins gives Gable the SILENCER! Sheamus dumps Woods out, but Woods keeps a foot up! Woods slips in, McIntyre and Gunther brawl. Gunther CHOPS Woods, UPPERCUTS Kofi, then throws Woods! Woods holds on again, Kofi runs in but is sent into Woods! Woods and Kofi have some Silly String, but then Gunther BOOTS and ELIMINATES Woods! Kofi goes after Gunther but Escobar attacks Kofi!
Escobar whips, follows, then catches Kofi to toss him, but only to get DOUBLE STOMPS! Gunther throws Kofi! Gunther BLASTS Kofi off the apron and Kofi hits an armchair! It is a rough landing but is Kofi out? The Celtic Connection mug McIntyre while the countdown is back. HERE COMES LESNAR!!! The Beast is a two-time winner, will he join Stone Cold as a THREE-TIME winner? McIntyre, Sheamus and just about everyone is ready as Lesnar enters! Lesnar takes on the Celtics at the same time! TACKLE for Sheamus, GERMAN SUPLEX for McIntyre! GERMAN SUPLEX for Sheamus! GERMAN SUPLEX for Dawkins!
Escobar leaps, into Lesnar’s arms! And he gets a FALL AWAY SLAM out of the ring! Lesnar ELIMINATES Escobar, then TOSSES and ELIMINATES Dawkins! Gable hops on for a SLEEPER, but Lesnar TOSSES him to ELIMINATE Gable!! And another GERMAN SUPLEX for McIntyre! A BELLY2BELLY for Sheamus! But Gunther is up! Fans are thunderous as two of the biggest men ever meet! The countdown is back, number 13 is BOBBY LASHLEY! Gunther brawls with Lesnar but the All Mighty is coming for Lesnar! Lesnar OVERHEAD suplexes Gunther, but Lashley SPEARS Lesnar!! Gargano staggers up into a SPINEBUSTER!
SPEAR for McIntyre! SPEAR for Sheamus! URENAGE for Gunther! But Lesnar fireman’s carries Lashley! Lashley slips off, shoves, and LARIATS Lesnar out!! Lashley ELIMINATES Lesnar!! San Antonio is going nuts as Lesnar himself is rather stunned. Forget that, Lesnar is PISSED! He tears apart the desk but Lashley dares him to do something about it. The countdown is back, and number 14 is… BARON CORBIN! JBL’s protégé is here, but Lesnar SMASHES the desk with steel steps!! Lesnar then BLASTS Corbin! And then gives him an F5 to the floor!! Lesnar is fuming while the Celtics are after Lashley.
Gunther CLUBS Sheamus, CHOPS him, and security rushes out to stop Lesnar. COMPLETE SHOT for McIntyre from Lashley, but Lesnar grabs a ref! Lesnar TOSSES the ref over the barriers! Adam Pearce and officials are trying to stop Lesnar but he storms off through the crowd. The countdown is back again, number 15 is… SETH ROLLINS! San Antonio sings the Visionary’s song, “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Rollins sees Corbin is just now getting up at ringside. Rollins drags Corbin up and into the ring, then SUPERKICKS him! Corbin staggers, Rollins clotheslines Corbin out and ELIMINATES him! Pat loves that!
Fans sing while Sheamus and Rollins start throwing forearms! The countdown is back, number 16 is… OTIS! Gable’s number one guy is here but a little late to help Gable. Gunther has McIntyre and Lashley after him, Rollins throws hands on Sheamus but Sheamus resists the lift. Otis slips in, Gargano runs at him, but into a WRECKER ELBOW! Otis scoops McIntyre, WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM! Sheamus runs in, into an EXPLODER! Otis rips his shirt off and fans fire up! SPLASH for Gargano, and Gargano falls over. Otis sees that, and he decides to rev up the CATERPILLAR! The countdown is back, and number 17 is… REY MYSTERIO!
Fans fire up as the King of Lucha is here, but will he last another hour like he did back in the day? Wait, where is he? Rollins SUPERKICKS Lashley, then SUPERKICKS again! Rollins CHOPS Gunther, clotheslines Lashley, then ELBOWS Gunther! Rollins LARIATS Lashley, but runs into a scoop! Lashley pops Rollins around but he slips off to shove and ELIMINATE Lashley!! Fans are stunned! Otis dodges Gunther, runs in and SPLASHES! Gunther is down, here comes the CATERPILLAR! Otis thrusts the hips, then climbs up. But Gunther goes after Otis! The Celtics go after everyone, and the countdown is back! Number 18 is… DOMINIK Mysterio!
Wait, Dom is wearing one of his dad’s masks! Did Dom do what we think he just did?! Did he take out his dad to keep him out of the match!? Wait, the Celtics DUMP and ELIMINATE Otis!! Gargano and Rollins throw hands while the Celtics stomp Gunther. Dom takes his time going to the ring, Rollins BUCKLE BOMBS Gargano! Dom taunts everyone in the ring, does some jumping jacks, but Sheamus is watching him. Gunther and Rollins brawl, McIntyre goes after Gargano. Gunther throws Rollins out but Rollins holds onto ropes. Rollins kicks Gunther away while Gargano resists being thrown out!
Dom finally slides in and fires hands on Sheamus! But they don’t do much. The countdown is back and number 19 is… ELIAS! The Drifter is here, Corey is annoyed and Pat is fired up! Rollins stomps Dom, Sheamus helps out. Elias slides in, stomps Gargano, then stomps McIntyre. Elias BLASTS Rollins and then fires off on Gunther. Elias has his guitar, SMASH HIT on Gunther! But then he gets a DOUBLE HEADBUTT from the Celtics! Sheamus and McIntyre aim from the corners, BROGUE-MORE!! They TOSS and ELIMINATE Elias! Gargano fires off hands on Dom, the Celtics mug Rollins, and the countdown is back. Number 20 is… FINN BALOR!
Dom has back-up now as the Prince of Judgment Day heads to the ring. Rollins holds onto ropes as Sheamus and Gargano go after him. SLINGBLADE for McIntyre! Finn throws McIntyre but Sheamus makes the save. Sheamus scoops Finn but Finn turns that to an ELBOW DROP DDT! Finn tackles Rollins, throws hands, but Gargano SUPERKICKS Finn! Gargano throws Finn out but Finn holds on! Gargano throws hands, runs, but Dom CLOBBERS Gargano! Dom whips Gargano up and out, but Gargano holds on! Gargano ROCKS Dom, ROCKS him again, then slingshots, into a SHOTGUN from Fin!
Finn and Dom TOSS Gargano and ELIMINATE him! Judgment Day and Celtic Connection stare down, then the brawl is on! The countdown is back, and number 21 is… BOOKER T?!?! San Antonio fires up as Booker gets his “invite!” Booker swaggers up, Finn runs in but gets a LEG LARIAT! Dom fires hands but Booker reverses to a HOOK KICK! Finn runs in, into a BOOKEND! Fans are thunderous, for the SPINAROONI~! Sheamus can’t help but smile. But Gunther TOSSES Booker out and ELIMINATES him! Boo! But Gunther is cornered by the Celtics again. The countdown is back, and number 22 is… DAMIAN PRIEST!
The Judgment Day is at full power as the Punisher is here! And he CLOBBERS Sheamus! And CLUBS McIntyre! Priest fires off on McIntyre but Gunther is after him. Priest ROCKS Gunther, then helps Dom up. Judgment Day mugs Rollins, then they mug Gunther! And then they mug Sheamus! And then they split off, BACKBREAKER and LEG DROP for Rollins! The countdown is back and number 23 is… MONTEZ FORD! Fans fire up as Ford also has his Spurs jersey on. Judgment Day still beats down everyone else, and McIntyre resists Priest throwing him out, Ford GAMANGIRIS Finn, and TOSSES Dom!
Dom holds on but Ford DECKS him! Dom clings to the ropes, Priest runs in but Ford dodges! CHOP! Ford then ENZIGURIS and Priest staggers! Finn kicks low, whips, but Ford skins the cat! Fans fire up and Ford says his prayers. Finn runs in but into a haymaker! Priest choke grips, to SOUTH OF HEAVEN Ford out and ELIMINATES him! Fans boo and Ford is annoyed, but now Judgment Day has all their enemies going after them! The countdown is back, number 24 is… EDGE!! The Rated R Superstar has made the R stand for ROYAL RUMBLE! Judgment Day freaks out as Edge storms up! SPEAR for Priest! SPEAR for Finn!
Dom DROPKICKS Edge onto ropes! Dom dials it up, into a SPEAR!! Edge TOSSES Priest to ELIMINATE him! Edge TOSSES Finn to ELIMINATE him! Edge glares at Rollins and fans are thunderous! But then Dom ROCKS Edge, whips, but Edge reverses! Dom tumbles out, Finn and Priest drag Edge out to ELIMINATE him! Fans boo as the Judgment Day beat down Edge! Rollins stomps Dom, the countdown is back, and number 25 is… AUSTIN THEORY! The Now of the WWE is now in the Rumble. Dom clings to ropes as Rollins tries to kick him out. Edge CLOBBERS Priest and Finn at the ramp!
Fans fire up as Edge chases Finn down! Edge CLOBBERS Finn, ROCKS Priest, the brawl continues to the dugout! But then Rhea Ripley CLOBBERS Edge!! BUT HERE COMES BETH!! The Glamazon is back from that Con-Chair-To, and she’s bringing hell with her! Rhea runs in, into a SPEAR!! Security rushes back out, they get Edge & Beth to leave. Rollins brawls with Gunther but Theory runs in. Theory ELBOWS Rollins, and he hits an AOI SHOUDO! Theory DECKS Dom, throws hands on McIntyre, but the countdown is back. Number 26 is… OMOS! The Nigerian Giant has MVP by his side, and MVP has already guaranteed a win.
Omos storms his way up to the ring while the Celtics mug Theory. Dom and Rollins brawl, but the Celtics turn their attention to Omos. They fire off hands but he shoves them back to DOUBLE LARIAT! “This is MY house!” Omos BOOTS Theory, BOOTS Dom, then scoops Theory for a SIDEWALK SLAM! Omos talks more trash, but Gunther is back! CHOP! And CHOP! Omos scowls and choke grips! OMOS CHOKE SLAMS GUNTHER!! The countdown is back, and number 27 is… BRAUN!! The Monster of All Monsters is here, and he knows what it takes to topple a giant! Omos goes after Rollis, McIntyre goes after Omos but Omos HEADBUTTS back!
Braun and Omos lock eyes now, and fans fire up! Braun gets the fans even more fired up, but Omos pie faces Braun! Braun ROCKS Omos, Omos ROCKS Braun, they brawl with haymakers and forearms! Braun throat chops then ROCKS Omos! But then Omos shakes his head. Omos swings, Braun dodges, and Braun LARIATS Omos up and out to ELIMINATE him!! So much for MVP’s guarantee! Braun then ROCKS Gunther, stomps Theory, and RAMS into Rollins! Braun lifts Rollins, Theory tries to get away from the Celtics, and Gunther has Dom! Dom holds on, Theory gets away but only to run into Braun!
The Celtics are after Rollins while Braun TOSSES Theory! Braun BOOTS Gunther, DECKS Dom, and the countdown is back. Number 28 is… RICOCHET! The King of Flight is here, backing up his tag partner in Braun. Of course, this is every man for himself, will they work together? Braun coordinates with Ricochet, RAILGUN to Dom! ENZIGURI on top! Theory lariats Braun but Braun dodges budge! Braun ROCKS Theory, Ricochet DECKS Theory, and the tag partners chest bump. But then the Celtics RAM Braun into Ricochet! They go after the Monster, but he shoves back! Double choke grips, but they slip free to dump Braun out!
Braun holds on, Gunther lurks. Braun stands up, but he gets DOUBLE BEATS OF THE BODHRAINS! Gunther HEADBUTTS McIntyre and TOSSES him! McIntyre holds on but Gunther is after him! Sheamus KNEES Gunther and saves McIntyre! Rollins is after Theory, Ricochet is after Dom. ROLLING SENTON for Gunther! Theory is on the apron but Rollins throws hands. Theory shoulders in and steps back into the ring. Gunther puts Sheamus on the apron but Sheamus holds on. McIntyre ROCKS Ricochet, Gunther CHOPS Sheamus! McIntyre saves Sheamus now! McIntyre ROCKS Gunther, but Gunther DUMPS them both out! DOUBLE ELIMINATION!!
Fans boo as the Celtic Connection realizes what happened. The countdown is back, number 29 is… LOGAN PAUL!?! The ImPAULsive Influencer is back, fired up to have another big moment! Logan runs to the ring, ready to take on anyone! All the others see the spotlight hog, and they all MUG Logan Paul! Fans love it! Ricochet drags Logan up to throw him out! Logan lands on the apron, shoulders into Ricochet, then slingshots in to BUCKSHOT! But Gunther CHOPS Logan, gut wrenches, and lifts him onto the ropes! Logan holds on, KICKS Gunther, and gets back in. But now he stares down Braun!
Fans fire up as Logan grins. Braun swings, Logan dodges and fires off body shots! Braun ROCKS Logan back, scoops him, and hits a MONSTER SLAM!! Ricochet adds a STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Braun tosses Logan out but Logan stays on the apron. Number 30 is finally here, and it just has to be… CODY RHODES! The American Nightmare promised he’d return, and it has come true! Cody even gets pyro! Cody slides in and he CLOBBERS Theory! CLOBBERS Dom! Kicks and UPPERCUTS Braun! Theory fireman’s carries, Cody slips off and dodges to springboard, CODY CUTTER!! Off comes the weight belt! Free souvenir for a fan!
Dom kicks Cody, reels him in, and suplexes! Uno amigo! Dom suplexes again, Dos Amigos! Fans boo as Dom gives us Latino Heat! THREE AMI- NO, CROSS RHODES!! Cody TOSSES and ELIMINATES Dom!! But Braun gets Cody for a MONSTER BOMB! Gunther scoops Braun!? For a LAST SYMPHONY! But Ricochet hits a RUNNING SLICED BREAD! Theory hits a kick and a toss on Ricochet but he holds onto ropes! GAMANGIRI! Ricochet and Logan are across the ring from each other, they talk some trash, and they both springboard for DOUBLE FLYING LARIATS!!! Fans lose their minds over that one!
Cody drags Ricochet up to toss him! Ricochet holds on, “This is Awesome!” as Cody goes after the hands. Braun makes the save for his tag partner, but Cody dumps Braun out! Cody ELIMINATES Braun!! Ricochet body scissors Cody but Cody fights back! They brawl at the ropes, Theory CLOBBERS Ricochet to ELIMINATE him! We have our final four! Cody fires off on Theory while Rollins and Gunther catch their breath. Cody climbs up to rain down hands on Theory, and he goes all the way to TEN! Rollins elbows Gunther, Cody drags Theory up. Cody whips Theory to a corner, Theory reverses! Cody goes up and out, shoulders back in and slingshots to sunset flip!
Cody lets Rollins CURB STOMP Theory!! Theory staggers, Cody clotheslines and ELIMINATES him!! The irony that Cody and Rollins worked together! And they stare down, but also look at Gunther. Rollins asks how the pec feels. Cody isn’t gonna steal the spotlight from Rollins twice! Fans sing and Rollins wants Cody to listen. They circle, but Gunther CLUBS Rollins! Gunther ROCKS Cody, CLUBS him, but Rollins and Cody work together to mug Gunther! They mule kick, UPPERCUT, and then PEDIGREE! And then Cody hits a PEDIGREE! Rollins is annoyed but he and Cody circle again as fans fire up!
Rollins and Cody throw hands, but Gunther has the new ironman record, surpassing Rey Mysterio’s 62 minutes! Cody jabs, flips, flops ‘n’ flies, but Rollins ROCKS him first! Rollins and Cody fires off, Rollins swings but into a CROSS- NO, Snapmare! CURB- NO, Cody dodges! Rollins blocks a kick to SUPERKICK! Cody is on the ropes, Rollins wants him to come back. Kick and underhooks, but LOGAN is back?! Logan TOSSES Rollins out to ELIMINATE him!! Logan was never out but he just took out Rollins!! Fans boo and Rollins is stunned. Logan is now part of the final three, soaking up the heat.
Logan stomps Gunther, then stomps Cody. Logan says he’s going to WrestleMania, but Cody gets him for a CROSS RHODES!! Cody TOSSES and ELIMINATES Logan!! Gunther, the number one entry! Cody, the number 30th! Fans are electric as American Nightmare and Austrian Anomaly square off! Cody waistlocks, Gunther elbows and CHOPS back! Gunther whips corner to corner but Cody goes up and over. Cody ROCKS Gunther with haymakers, but Gunther CHOPS again! Gunther scoops, Cody slips free and fires off hands! Gunther CHOPS again! Cody goes to a corner, Gunther CHOPS him again!
Cody staggers but fans rally up! Gunther CHOPS again! Cody drops to his knees, has blood in his mouth, but Gunther UPPERCUTS him! Gunther runs in, but Cody dodges! Gunther ends up on the apron, Cody hits a DISASTER- LARIAT from Gunther!! Gunther steps back in, then he storms up on Cody. Gunther CLUBS Cody in the chest, but Cody throws body shots! Cody throws hands and CHOPS, but Gunther scoops to put Cody on the top rope! Gunther BENDS Cody, then CHOPS him! Then stands on the corner to STAND ON CODY!! Cody falls to the apron! Cody holds on as Gunther stomps him!
Gunther drags Cody up but Cody shoulders into Gunther! Cody CLUBS Gunther, climbs up top, but Gunther CHOPS him! Gunther climbs up after Cody, to CLUB him on the back, and then reel him in. SUPER BUTTERFLY SUPLEX!! Both men are down but Gunther forces himself up. Fans rally and Gunther KICKS Cody down! Fans rally for Cody but Gunther pie faces him. Cody fires up and fans fire up with him! Cody eggs Gunther on, they CHOP and CHOP! Cody kicks, RHODES UPPERCUTS, then CODY CUTTERS! Cody LARIATS but Gunther lands safe on the apron! Cody grits his teeth, storms up on Gunther, and fans are thunderous!
Gunther ROCKS Cody, steps in, but into a DRAGON SCREW! Gunther wobbles, Cody fires off forearms! Cody throws body shots, puts Gunther’s legs in the ropes, and fans fire up! Shoutout to big brother Dustin, with the deep breath and SHATTERED DREAMS!! Gunther falls but Cody drags Gunther up. Gunther CHOPS, Cody ROCKS Gunther, then Cody rolls, only for Gunther to SHOTGUN him down!! Gunther drags Cody up, GENERAL BOMB!! Gunther sputters, he drags Cody up again, and TOSSES Cody! But Cody holds on! Gunther is after Cody’s arms, he CLUBS Cody on the shoulder, then stands Cody back up.
Gunther CHOPS Cody but Cody CHOPS back! Gunther CHOPS again, and wraps on a SLEEPER!! Cody endures, fights the hold, and he drags Gunther over the ropes to join him! Fans are going nuts but Gunther lets go! Gunther is back in the ring but Cody climbs up. Cody leaps, into a CHOP! Gunther scoops, but Cody makes it a CROSS RHODES!! Cody LARIATS and ELIMINATES Gunther!! CODY WINS!!
Winner: Cody Rhodes, at number 30 (headed to WrestleMania 39 in Hollywood)
From undesirable to undeniable, the American Nightmare has the biggest comeback in a long, long time! Will he achieve a dream and take the world title on the Grandest Stage of Them All?
Pitch Black Match: Bray Wyatt VS LA Knight!
No disqualifications? YEAH! No count-outs? YEAH! No way of knowing what’s going to happen with the lights down low? YEAH!! But with Uncle Howdy lurking in the shadows, will Bray be the one in control?
The fireflies come out as the piano plays. The door is there, with the light glowing behind it. The door swings open, and out walks Bray, with heavy eye-black around the eyes. Bray enters the ring, puts the lantern out, and for now, the lights are up. The fans rally up and the bell rings. The lights change to be black light and lasers, and we see glowing paint on Bray’s body! Knight himself is glowing because of his yellow tights, but Bray CLOBBERS him! Bray rains down fists, CHOKES Knight, then lets off to drag Knight up. Bray CLUBS Knight, stomps him, and drags him up. Bray grins and fans fire up as Bray suplex TOSSES Knight away!
Bray stalks Knight, drags him up and ROCKS him with a right! Bray CHOPS Knight in a corner, stalks him to another corner, and hoists him up top. TWO-HAND OVERHEAD TOSS!! Knight bails out and fans fire up as Bray has a wild look on his face. Bray goes out after Knight, bumps him off barriers, and then brings him around. Bray whips Knight but he reverses, and Bray hits steel steps! Bray tumbles up and over and Knight hurries to move those steel steps. Knight brings those steps to the announce desk, but Bray CLOBBERS Knight over the barriers! Bray clears the desk, there’s all sorts of glowing bits splattering around!
Bray CLUBS Knight, drags him up, and CLUBS him against the barriers. Bray drags Knight up the steel steps, but Knight fights the suplex! Knight HOTSHOTS Bray off the barriers, then hurries back up to FLYING BULLDOG through the desk!! It’s an explosion of glowing particles and fans fire up! Knight scrambles away while Bray is still in the wreckage. Knight gets in the ring, but then Bray brings out a TOOLBOX! A flashback to his match with Seth Rollins! Knight stomps Bray at the ropes, throws hands, but Bray choke grips! Bray CHOKE- NO, Knight knees free, cravats, but Bray shoves him right out of the ring!
Bray stands back up, fans fire up and he storms over, but Knight KENDO STICK SMACKS Bray! Knight goes up to FLYING KENDO SMACK! Knight swings again, but Bray catches him! SISTER ABIGAIL!! Cover, Bray wins!!
Winner: Bray Wyatt, by pinfall
The inner darkness was on display in this neon nightmare, will the Mega Star learn to leave well enough alone from now on? But then Bray puts on a new mask?! Bray stalks Knight but Knight grabs the kendo stick! Knight runs from Predator Bray and they go to the barriers. Knight SMACKS Bray, but Bray keeps storming up on him! Knight runs through the crowd, SMACKS Bray again, but Bray keeps hunting him! They go around behind the stage, there are White Rabbit symbols all over the place! Bray gets the MANDIBLE CLAW clamped on! Bray SMOTHERS Knight! Knight goes night-night and Bray lets him go. And there, in the rafters, is UNCLE HOWDY!
Howdy waves hi to Bray, and Bray nods. Bray looms over Knight, and then Howdy SUPER ELBOW DROPS onto Knight!! They crash down and there’s an EXPLOSION of pyro! And the puppets, Huskis the Pig Boy, Ramblin’ Rabbit, Mercy the Buzzard and Abby the Witch are watching from the rafters! Fans lose their minds, did Knight just lose his soul!?
Tonight’s attendance: 51,338!
Raw Women’s Championship: Bianca Belair VS Alexa Bliss!
We just saw how Uncle Howdy’s influence empowered Bray Wyatt, but Twisted Miss Bliss insists no one is pulling her strings. Will Alexa prove that she is in control? Or will she need Howdy’s help in dethroning the EST of the WWE?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is really the scariEST on Raw!
The bell rings and ALexa rushes in! They brawl with fast hands and fans fire up! Bianca RAMS Alexa into the corner, and again, then hits a short arm LARIAT! Bianca huffs and puffs and then hauls Alexa up to HIP TOSS! Bianca RAMS Alexa into the corner again, then climbs up top. Fans fire up as Bianca rains down fists! Alexa slips out at 5 to trip Bianca up and then dump her down! And then dropkick her for good measure! Alexa KICKS Bianca around, then snapmares her for another KICK! Bianca writhes but Alexa gets her for a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Bianca endures, but Alexa pulls the braid for added pressure!
The ref reprimands and counts, and Alexa kicks Bianca as she lets off at 4. Alexa stomps Bianca in a corner, lets off at 4 again, and Bianca goes to ropes. Alexa runs in to DOUBLE KNEE Bianca in the back! Cover, ONE!! Bianca is the toughEST but Alexa laughs as she clamps on a chinlock. Bianca endures, fans rally up, and Bianca fights up. But Alexa CLAWS Bianca’s face! Alexa keeps on the chinlock but fans rally. Bianca fights up, pries free and arm-drags Alexa away! Bianca runs in, Alexa dodges but Bianca blocks the roll-up! Alexa kicks the leg then KICKS Bianca down! Cover, TWO! Alexa clamps back on with a chinlock.
Bianca endures as Alexa says, “You couldn’t just leave it alone, could you?” Bianca grabs at Alexa but Alexa thrashes Bianca around. Fans rally, Bianca fights up, and Bianca RAMS Alexa into buckles! Alexa lets go, pulls the hair, and has a HANGING SLEEPER! Bianca kicks and flails, the ref reprimands, but Bianca carries Alexa as a backpack! She spins Alexa around to then suplex high and hard! Fans fire up while both women are down! Bianca and Alexa snarl, they rush at each other, and Bianca wrenches to kick low, knee low and ROCK Alexa! Bianca CLUBS away, TOSSES Alexa then DROPKICKS her! Bianca kips up and fans fire up!
Bianca has Alexa in a corner, climbs up again and rains down fists! Fans count along and Bianca goes all the way to TEN! Then past that to FIFTEEN! Bianca backflips, runs in, but Alexa dodges! Bianca grabs Alexa by her hair now, reels her in, and has a HANGING SLEEPER of her own! Alexa endures, Bianca lets go at 4, and then grabs the arms for a SURFBOARD STOMP! Bianca runs to handspring MOONSAULT onto knees! Alexa saves herself, and then runs. Bianca dodges, Alexa tilt-o-whirls but Bianca blocks to make it a FACEBUSTER! Handspring MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Alexa shows her own toughness but Bianca keeps cool.
Bianca torture racks Alexa but Alexa fights free! Alexa KICKS a leg out, then SLAPS, ROCKS and KNEES Bianca, to SHOT- NO, Bianca blocks the dropkick to roll Alexa and reel her in! But Alexa fights free of the bomb to KICK and BLISS-DT! Cover, TWO!! Bianca survives, continuing to show she is the toughEST! Alexa KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Bianca, showing she’s perhaps the meanEST. Alexa sits Bianca up to SLAP her! Insult2Injury 2.0! Cover, TWO! Alexa drags Bianca up by her hair, looks at her own hand, but Bianca blocks the claw! Alexa slips free of the wrench, clinches, but Bianca powers out! Torture rack, KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, Bianca wins!
Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall (still Raw Women’s Champion)
For a moment, it seemed like Alexa was giving into Uncle Howdy, but that cost her! Bianca is still the RawEST Women’s Champion, will she be waiting on the Women’s Royal Rumble match to find her WrestleMania
As for Alexa, visions of the playground return. And then Uncle Howdy laughs from the screen as he shows her the past. “Do you feel in charge? Do you feel in charge?” Alexa’s face is frightened, but will she run away from or run towards the darkness?
2023 Women’s Royal Rumble match!
Charlotte Flair has the SmackDown Women’s Championship, and we just saw Bianca Belair retain the Raw Women’s Championship. The winner of this match has their choice between the two, who survives the field of 30 to be the one headed to WrestleMania?
The first one out is… RHEA RIPLEY! It seems Mami isn’t going to let Beth Phoenix’s spear stop her from eradicating the Road to WrestleMania. Out second is… LIV MORGAN! She wanted to be number one, but this is all relative when she will also have to take on all comers. The bell rings and fans rally up as the two stare down. Liv says she’s going to Mania, and Rhea just smirks. They fire off hands and fans fire up! Rhea gets the edge, she CLUBS Liv, then she TOSSES Liv to a corner! Rhea dusts herself off, runs in but Liv dodges! Liv fires off hands, Rhea shoves her away, and then BOOTS her down!
Rhea looks to the Mania sign, fans rally up, and Rhea drags Liv up. Rhea reels Liv in, suplexes her, but Liv slips free! Liv hits a BACKSTABBER! Liv back body blocks in a corner, comes back to SHINING WIZARD, and then she snapmares Rhea. The countdown is here, Liv LEAPS, but into Rhea’s arms! Rhea suplexes Liv while number three is… DANA BROOKE! The Flex Appeal has not missed a Rumble yet, but will she win this one? Liv ENZIGURIS Rhea down so Dana better hurry! Dana runs down the ramp, hurries up a corner, and she DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICKS! Liv goes to a corner, Rhea to the other!
Dana handsprings in to back elbow Liv! And then handsprings the other way, but Rhea catches her! Rhea hits a back suplex but Dana lands on her feet to POST Rhea! Liv kicks Dana, whips her to ropes, but Dana reverses to hip toss! Dana handsprings and basement dropkicks Liv down! Liv goes to a corner, Dana runs in but into an elbow. Liv goes up and kicks, but Dana blocks! Dana ROCKS Liv, climbs up after her, but the two brawl. The countdown is back as Dana SUPERPLEXES Liv! Number four is… EMMA! The Aussie with Attitude wants to make it #AllAboutMe, and she’s finally in a Women’s Rumble!
Emma rushes in, Rhea gut wrenches but Dana turns it into a NECKBREAKER! Emma HOTSHOTS Rhea at the ropes! Rhea runs back in but Emma dodges the boot to tilt-o-whirl RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Dana and Emma work together as old friends, whip and handspring elbow for Rhea! Emma whips Liv in, she SHINING WIZARDS Rhea! Emma runs in, EMMAMITE SANDWICH! Emma drags Rhea up, Liv and Dana help out, Mami has a 3v1! The countdown is back as Rhea fights free! Number five is… SHAYNA BASZLER! The Queen of Spades promised to #TapNapOrSnap all 29 others, and she’s got her pick of the bunch!
Shayna kicks Emma, to gut wrench and SLAM her! Rhea storms up but Shayna wrenches the arm to a double wristlock! They’re on the ropes, Liv goes to dump them both out! Shayna ELBOWS Liv but Liv kicks, BOOTS and ENZIGURIS, only to end up in an ANKLE LOCK! Liv rolls through but Shayna KICKS her down! Shayna swings Dana for a BACKBREAKER, dragon sleeper, and NECKBREAKER! Shayna isolates an arm to STOMP it! Dana writhes but Shayna stalks her. The countdown is back, number six is… Damage Control’s BAYLEY! The Role Model swaggers while Liv and Dana lift Shayna.
Emma and Rhea brawl, Bayley slides in but into ObLIVion!! Liv throws Bayley up and out but Bayley clings to ropes! Liv stomps away, then bumps her off buckles. Bayley ROCKS Liv, kicks her and ROCKS her again. Emma BOOTS Rhea, Bayley tells fans to shut up and she stomps away on Liv. Emma stomps Shayna, Bayley CLUBSL Emma. Bayley stomps Liv, the countdown is back. Number seven is… B-FAB! Hit Row’s leading lady makes her Rumble debut, swaggers her way to the ring while the others brawl. Liv ROCKS Rhea, Shayna CLUBS Dana, B-Fab DECKS Emma! B-Fab throws Liv away, ROCKS Shayna, then BOOTS Liv!
Dana runs in but B-Fab scoops her and SLAMS her! B-Fab wrenches Bayley to HOOK KICK! Rhea runs in, ducks the hook kick and HEADBUTTS B-Fab! Rhea TOSSES and ELIMINATES B-Fab! Rhea has a bloody nose but she smiles all the same. Bayley is after Liv but Liv SPANKS her away. Dana ROCKS Liv, the countdown is back, and number eight is… NXT WOMEN’S CHAMPION, ROXANNE PEREZ!! Texas fires up for their own, and the Prodigy makes her Rumble debut! She climbs up top, and CROSSBODIES Dana down! Roxie fires up, she UPPERCUTS Shayna, then rolls to dodge Emma. Emma ends up hitting Shayna, Roxie UPPERCUTS her!
Rhea whips but Roxie tilt-o-whirls and goes around to RANA! Fans fire up with the kip up! But Bayley whips! Roxie reverses, rolls her, and CLOBBERS her! Roxie CLUBS away on Bayley, throws her over but Bayley clings to ropes. Emma and Liv help out, as does Dana, but Bayley slips back in. They all stomp Bayley but the countdown is back. Number nine is… DAKOTA KAI! Bayley has back-up from her DMG CTRL teammate! #CobraKai rushes in, DECKS Liv, ROCKS Shayna, ROCKS Dana, CLUBS Roxie and CLUBS Emma! Kai then hits an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER on Roxie! And a SCORPION KICK to Emma!
Bayley and Dakota stand together and fans boo. But DMG CTRL gets mugged! Liv stomps Dakota, Dana and Emma lift Bayley. Bayley clings to the top rope, fights free, and then helps Dakota with Liv. Liv throws kicks, the countdown is back again. Number ten is… IYO SKY! DMG CTRL is now at 100% as the Evil Genius rushes out! Roxie and Emma lift Bayley, Liv and Dana stomp Kai. Sky springboards to DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICK Liv and Dana! Sky stomps Shayna, ROCKS Emma, but Shayna hits Sky back! These two are no strangers, Shayna whips but Sky ducks ‘n’ dodges and handsprings through to then SHOTGUN dropkick!
sky kips up and fans fire up while DMG CTRL focuses on Emma! Emma clings to ropes, kicks DMG CTRL away, then Dana helps Emma skin the cat. But DMG CTRL DUMPS and ELIMINATES Dana! Emma fires off on each of them, dodges Bayley but is put on the apron. Kai BOOTS and ELIMINATES Emma! But Roxie dumps Kai out! DMG CTRL hurries to attack Roxie and save Kai! Roxie fires off hands on all three of them! Roxie runs, goes up and over but Bayley catches her! ASSISTED SHOTGUN sends Roxie out, DMG CTRL ELIMINATES her! Fans boo but the countdown is back. Number 11 is… NATALYA!
The Queen of Harts is here and the Queen of Spades is a bit worried! Natty is back after Shayna broke her nose months ago! Natty storms right in and DECKS Bayley, DECKS Kai, and DECKS Sky! DISCUS for Liv! Shayna CLUBS Natty, drags her up, and RAMS her into a corner! Shayna fires off hands, hoists her up, but Natty clings to ropes. Natty CLUBS Shayna, Bayley stomps Liv, Kai & Sky mug Rhea. DMG CTRL mugs Rhea, Liv and Shayna work together on Natty. The countdown is back, number 12 is… CANDICE LERAE! The Poison Pixie has a bone to pick with DMG CTRL, and Liv fights them off.
Candice back body blocks Kai! Candice puts Sky on the apron, blocks a boot and puts Kai outside! Bayley runs in but Candice doges! Bayley hits Kai & Sky but they cling to ropes! Candice suplexes Bayley, but Shayna KNEES Candice down! Shayna also remembers Candice from their past, and she throws hands. DMG CTRL regroups to go after Rhea, but now Natty and Shayna square off. Natty SLAPS Shayna, then ducks the haymaker to GERMAN SUPLEX! Natty storms up but Shayna throws hands. Shayna puts Natty on the apron, runs in, but Natty dodges the knee! Natty dumps Shayna up and out, but Shayna holds ropes!!
Shayna grabs Natty in a KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! DMG CTRL help get Natty out, but then they BLAST them both off! DMG CTRL ELIMINATES both Natty and Shayna! The countdown is back, number 13 is… ZOEY STARK! The Hunter of NXT is here for her own debut! Stark has a lot of prey, and she rushes right in to CLOBBER Bayley! SUPERKICK for Liv! HEEL KICK for Kai! And a DRAGON SUPLEX for her former tag partner, Sky! Stark kips up, but Rhea throws her out! Stark lands on the apron, ROUNDHOUSES Rhea, and then slingshots in for an ARABIAN SENTON! Stark drags Rhea up and has her on the ropes!
Rhea fights off Stark while DMG CTRL mugs Liv. Candice helps Liv but that’s still 3v2! The countdown is back, number 14 is… XIA LI! The Protector is now the Eliminator, and she’s looking to make that literal tonight! But the ref won’t let her bring the Bo staff in, so she shoves the staff into the ref! Xia BOOTS Candice, HEEL KICKS Liv, and blocks a kick from Stark to shove her down! ROLLING KICK for Rhea, and then a STEP-UP ELBOW in the corner! Xia roars and fans fire up, but DMG CTRL pounces on her! They mug Xia, they go back after Candice, but Candice turns double suplex into DOUBLE NECKBREAKER!
Bayley CLOBBERS Candice, scoops her, but Candice slips free before the assisted shotgun! Sky ends up in ropes, Candice CHOPS Kai and Bayley! Sky gets back in, DMG CTRL goes after Candice! Candice goes up top and BOOTS Bayley away, but Sky’s SHOTEI sends Candice tumbling to the floor! Sky ELIMINATES Candice! Fans boo but DMG CTRL is all fired up. The countdown is back, number 15 is… BECKY LYNCH!? The Man has come ’round, and DMG CTRL is freaking out! Becky storms right to the ring, DMG CTRL slides out under the ropes, but Becky DECKS Kai and DECKS Sky! Becky goes right after Bayley and the brawl is on!
Fans fire up as Becky fires off on Bayley, bumps her off buckles and stomps a mudhole in! Becky drags Bayley up, throws her but Bayley reverses! Becky goes through the second rope, drags Bayley out from the bottom rope, and then RAMS her into the apron! Becky DECKS Kai and DECKS Sky again, but the 3v1 catches up to her! Fans boo as DMG CTRL drag Becky up to RAM her into barriers! Then they drag Becky up to TOSS Becky over the desk! The refs reprimand but there’s nothing they can do. The countdown is back, number 16 is… TEGAN NOX! The Welsh Firecracker is here, ready to pop off!
DMG CTRL goes in to beat up on Stark and Liv, and Nox gest on the corner! Nox MOLLY-GO-ROUNDS Rhea! And UPPERCUTS Stark! And UPPERCUTS Xia! And UPPERCUTS Kai into Sky! Another shot for Xia, another for Stark, then a CANNONBALL for Kai & Sky! Nox brings Xia out for a GOURD BUSTER! Bayley CLUBS Rhea, Nox KNEES Kai! Stark runs in, Liv ROCKS her! Liv and Nox work together, LIV IN MOTION on Stark! SHINIEST WIZARD! Liv & Nox drag Stark up, but the countdown is back. Number 17 is… ASUKA!! The Empress of Tomorrow is back from her soul searching, and she has an even fiercer kabuki mask!
Asuka takes off the mask to reveal DEMON CLOWN ASUKA! Once upon a time is right here and right now! Everyone is shocked as Asuka steps into the ring. Liv and NOx rush in, Asuka dodges to run them over! POP-UP KNEE for Liv! Stark KICKS but Asuka just takes it! GERMAN SUPLEX! Bayley runs in but misses the sliding lariat! Asuka smiles and Bayley is speechless. Asuka spins, Bayley pie faces! Asuka just grins as she stares Bayley down. Fans are thunderous for Asuka, and she URAKENS! URAKENS! SOBATGS! KICKS! URAKENS! And HEEL KICKS!! Asuka throws Bayley out but she clings to the ropes!
Asuka drags Bayley up, Bayley HOTSHOTS her! Nox UPPERCUTS Asuka, runs, but into a spin! Backslide, roll through, SUPERKICK from Nox! Nox runs in but is put on the apron! ROUNDHOUSE! Nox falls, Asuka ELIMINATES her! But DMG CTRL is after her! The countdown is back, number 18 is… PIPER NIVEN! She dropped the Doudrop, and is reedy to be the Scottish Viper! DMG CTRL mugs Xia, Asuka has Bayley, but Piper storms in to CLOBBER Bayley! She CLOBBERS Kai! She CLOBBERS Sky! She wrenches Stark to RAM her, then whips her into a corner! BIG back elbow, and then Xia runs in, into an URENAGE! And SENTON!
Piper swings but Bayley dodges but Piper scoops her. Bayley slips off, but Piper elbows her! Piper scoops Liv to SLAM her on Bayley! Then she SPLASHES them both! Fans fire up, the countdown is back, and number 19 is… TAMINA! Nobody meana, and the Daughter of Superfly is right after Piper! Fans fire up, but then DMG CTRL steps up. Piper and Tamina DECK them, then DECK Liv! They throw hands with each other, Tamina UPPERCUTS! Piper runs in, Tamina dodges to SUPERKICK! Kai CHOP BLOCKS Tamina and DMG CTRL mugs her! Becky goes after DMG CTRL! Fans fire up as Becky fires off on Bayley!
Kai goes after Becky, scoops but Becky slips out! Becky catches Sky, DOUBLE DDT COMBO! The countdown is back and number 20 is… “Shh… It’s Chelsea.” CHELSEA GREEN, that is! The Hot Mess is back in the WWE and fans fire up! Bayley and Becky brawl, but Chelsea slides in, only for Rhea to TOSS her and ELIMINATE her! Well, thanks for coming, Chelsea… Becky dumps Bayley over, Kai CLUBS her! Becky TOSSES and ELIMINATES Kai! Becky kicks Bayley, TOSSES Sky, and ELIMINATES her! But then Bayley TOSSES and ELIMINATES Becky!! But then Liv DUMPS and ELIMINATES Bayley!! And now Becky brawls with DMG CTRL!
DMG CTRL dumps Becky into the crowd but she comes back to drag Bayley over! The brawling continues, they go off into the night, and Rhea is after Asuka. Tamina is after Piper, Stark digs a knee into Xia, but the countdown is back. Number 21 is… ZELINA VEGA! La Muneca is cosplaying Juri from Street Fighter, in honor of getting to be part of Street Fighter VI. Vega hits a DESTROYER on Rhea! Piper scoops Vega and puts her on the apron! Vega ROUNDHOUSES, trips Piper, and says she’s going to Mania! But Xia and Tamina are both on the apron with her… Xia and Vega go Street Fighter on the edge! But Veg blocks a boot, throws Xia down and stomps her!
Vega lifts Xia up with her foot, to HEEL KICK her and ELIMINATE her! Vega then gets in with a FLYING CODE BREAKER to Piper! The countdown is back, and number 22 is… RAQUEL RODRIGUEZ! Big Mami Cool has Texas behind her as she storms to the ring. Raquel slides in, scoops Vega, BOOTS Tamina, then gives Vega SNAKE EYES! LARIAT for Liv, LARIAT for Piper! Raquel swings, Rhea dodges, but that LEFT comes in! Raquel roars, dodges Stark, and catches the crossbody! FALL AWAY SLAM! Raquel catches Asuka, for a SPINNING POWERSLAM! Fans fire up but Vega CHOP BLOCKS Raquel!
Raquel is mad, and she picks Vega up with both hands! Raquel puts Vega up top but Vega hits back! The countdown is back as Vega FLYING RANAS Raquel! Number 23 is… MIA YIM! Michin is here, ready to prove she IS the Head Baddie In Charge! Mia hurries to the ring, shoulders into Stark and then TORNADO DDTs! SHOTGUN for Tamina! ROCK for Liv! ENZIGURI for Raquel! HEEL KICK for Asuka! Tilt-o-whirl DDT for Rhea! Tamina UPPERCUTS Mia down! And Piper SENTONS! Piper drags Mia up and throws her at the ropes but Mia holds on. Raquel lifts Stark, Stark fights back and steps in. Stark kicks Raquel and bumps her off buckles.
The countdown is back as Mia, Vega and Asuka gang up on Piper. Number 24 is… LACEY EVANS! The Model Soldier returned on SmackDown, and now she returns to the Rumble. Lacey gest in, dodges Tamina and BOOTS Piper! WOMAN’s RIGHT for Tamina! Lacey TOSSES Liv onto Tamina! Lacey goes up and headstands, for the BRONCO BUSTER on Liv! Asuka nd Mia brawl, Tamina CLUBS Lacey and throws her over the top rope! Lacey ROCKS Tamina back! Lacey shoulders into Stark, sweeps the legs, and then slingshot elbow drops! Lacey salutes but fans are torn. Liv, Rhea and Raquel mug Piper, the countdown is back, and number 25 is… MICHELLE MCCOOL!?
McCool is in the crowd, but turns out she’s dressed to compete! She hops the barriers, brawls with Tamina, and POSTS her! McCool catches Liv for an OVERHEAD Suplex! McCool UPPERCUTS Piper, blocks a Rana and hits a STYLES CLASH! McCool KNEES Mia in a corner, KNEES Piper in the other, and fans fire up! But Tamina kicks McCool, whips, but McCool reverses! Tamina goes up and out, holds on, but McCool BOOTS her down and ELIMINATES her! Rhea brawls with McCool but McCool KNEES her! Liv KNEES Asuka in a corner, the countdown is back, and number 26 is… INDI HARTWELL!
NXT’s #IndiWrestling is here, ready to be Impressive! Indi slides in, CLOBBERS Stark, CLOBBERS Liv, BOOTS Mia, and kicks Raquel to CLUB and JAB! Indi dodges Stark to SPINEBUSTER! Indi points to the Mania sign, and then she hoists Lacey up. Lacey throws elbows, Liv brawls with McCool. Lacey CHOKES Indi, Raquel hoists Rhea by her legs. Piper and Asuka claw at each other, and the countdown is back. Number 27 is… SONYA DEVILLE! Sonya is getting a title match next Friday, will this golden ticket be her insurance policy? Sonya takes her time as Stark brawls with Mia. Mia throat chops and CLUBS Stark down, then wrenches for SOLE FOOD!
Sonya slides in, she KNEES Stark down! Sonya drags Stark up to toss her out and ELIMINATE her! “Stay in NXT, honey.” Sonya runs to KNEE Raquel down! Sonya turns around, Asuka SOBATS! Asuka KICKS, KICKS and KICKS, but Sonya blocks! Sonya ROCKS Asuka, gives back those KICKS, then runs, but Asuka follows! Sonya dodges, both women duck a kick, but then DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSES take them both down! Fans fire up while Mia and Indi brawl. Vega boots Lacy while upside-down! Lacey blocks the drop toehold and stomps Vega! Lacey drags Vega up the corner to a COBRA CLUTCH!!
Vega flails, but she fades out! Lacey drags Vega over the top rope and DUMPS her! Lacey ELIMINATES Vega! The countdown is back, and number 28 is… SHOTZI BLACKHEART! The wild child is back, and so is her #TCB tank! Shotzi hurries to the ring, time to Take Care o’ Bidness! Shotzi climbs the corner to CROSSBODY Raquel and Piper down! Shotzi brawls with Mia, ROUNDHOUSES her, but Raquel whips her! Shotzi springboards to wheelbarrow and put Rhea on the ropes! Shotzi kicks Lacey, suplexes her and hangs her out to dry! Sonya tosses Shotzi but Shotzi holds on! Indi runs in, Sonya dumps her out!
Indi ROCKS Sonya, springboards but Sonya shoves her down! Sonya ELIMINATES Indi! Fans boo but Raquel storms up to go after Sonya! Raquel hoists Sonya up, the countdown is back, and number 29 is… NIKKI CROSS! Anarchy has come to the Rumble! Nikki runs in to CLOBBER Shotzi! Sonya drags Nikki up but Nikki ROCKS her! She DECKS Liv, and basically hits everyone once as she makes a lap around the ring! Nikki whips around her jacket and fans fire up! Nikki kicks Shotzi, and hits the PURGE! Nikki drags Shotzi up, but that’s dead weight after hitting that neckbreaker. Lacey CLUBS Nikki while Raquel CLUBS Sonya down.
Piper is after McCool, and the countdown is back. Number 30 is… NIA JAX?!? The Irresistible Force returns to the WWE!! All eyes are on her as she storms down the ramp, and she smiles at all the attention. Nia gets in the ring, fans fire up, and Nia says SHE is going to Mania! But uh, her egging them on has them go at her, 11 against one! But Nia EXPLODES out! Nia CLOBBERS Nikki, CLOBBERS Mia, HEADBUTTS Sonya, and then stares Raquel down! Fans are thunderous again, and they throw hands! Raquel gets the edge, then scoops! But Nia fights free to HEADBUTT Raquel down! Liv runs in, but into a fireman’s carry!
Liv flails, gets a SLEEPER, but Nia THROWS her away! “I’m back, bitch!!” Nia HEADBUTTS McCool but the URAKEN and CODE BREAKER stagger her! ANOTHER CODE BREAKER! Rhea scoops Nia?! The slam wasn’t that strong, but Rhea kicks and CLUBS away on Nia! Pump handle, for the RIPTIDE?!?! Fans lose their minds as Rhea and everyone else drags Nia up! They ALL ELIMINATE Nia!! Nia is pissed but fans love it! But then Nikki goes after McCool, and everyone else break off into their brawling! Fans taunt Nia with “Hey hey hey, good-bye~!” Nikki clings to ropes as McCool lift her.
Sonya is after Asuka, Shotzi fights off Lacey, and Raquel fireman’s carries Lacey! Raquel puts Lacey on the apron but Lacey HOTSHOTS back! Raquel swings, Lacey ducks, but the LEFT knocks her down! Raquel ELIMINATES Lacey! But then Asuka KICKS Raquel! Raquel scowls but Asuka KICKS, KICKS and URAKENS! But Raquel trips Asuka, deadlifts her, but Asuka fights free! ARMBAR TAKEDOWN!! Raquel endures, fights up, deadlifts again, for a TEXANA BOMB to the outside! Asuka lands safe, Sonya goes after Raquel but Raquel whips Sonya out! Asuka ROCKS Sonya, Sonya ROCKS back! Raquel runs in, into DOUBLE KICKS!
Asuka BOOTS Sonya, and POP-UP KNEES! Sonya BOOTS back, but runs into a ROUNDHOUSE! Sonya falls, ASUKA ELIMINATES her! Guess Sonya will have to rely on her shot next week. Rhea DUMPS McCool out to ELIMINATE her! Shotzi fights against Mia but Mia puts her on the outside. Mia wenches for SOLE FOOD! Shotzi falls, Mia ELIMINATES her! But then Piper TOSSES Mia onto Shotzi to ELIMINATE her! Piper and Raquel stare down, they RAM each other! Piper wrenches to a clinch and SAIDO! Piper runs into the corner, CANNONBALL! Piper then climbs up the corner, for the VADER- NO, Raquel blocks and tosses Piper out!
Piper is on the apron, Raquel BOOTS her down and ELIMINATES her! Fans fire up, but Rhea runs in! Raquel blocks the bot, hoists Rhea up, and TEXANA BOMBS her! But Rhea headscissors Raquel to bring her out! Rhea BOOTS and ELIMINATES Raquel!! Nikki is after Asuka but Rhea dumps each of them out! They’re both on the apron, they both ROCK Rhea with forearm after forearm! Nikki and Asuka brawl now, Nikki HOTSHOTS Asuka, then drapes her out. Liv BLASTS Nikki and ELIMINATES her!! The final three are Asuka and the two women who started this match in Rhea and Liv!
Fans rally up, Asuka and Liv are both loving this! Even Rhea grins, she’s getting into it, too! They all circle, Rhea swing but Asuka dodges to ROCK Liv! Asuka mule kicks Rhea, mule kicks Liv, but Liv dodges to wheelbarrow. Rhea TOSSES her at Asuka for a CODE BREAKER! Rhea throws Liv, Liv throws Rhea! Rhea HEADBUTTS Liv, drags her up onto the ropes and to the apron! They brawl out there, Rhea BOOTS Liv, but Asuka runs in! HIP ATTACK is caught! Rhea turns Asuka around, suplexes her out, but Asuka is on the apron now! They continue to brawl, Rhea ducks as Asuka BLOWS BLUE MIST! Liv gets a face full!!
Liv sits, Rhea BOOTS Asuka down to ELIMINATE her! Rhea grins and stands back up. Liv reaches out blindly but Rhea drags her up, CODE BREAKER!! Rhea dangles over the floor! Liv hurries to find her way, and she punches the hands! But Rhea reaches up to RANA Liv, and WIN!!
Winner: Rhea Ripley, at number one (headed to WrestleMania 39 in Hollywood)
One hour, one minute and three seconds is the historic run Rhea had in this match, to win! Will Rhea eradicate whichever champion she chooses on the Grandest Stage of Them All?
Country Rock star, Hardy, is here live!
And he’s here to perform his hit song, the official 2023 Royal Rumble theme, Sold Out!
Undisputed WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman & Sami Zayn VS Kevin Owens!
The Honorary Uce has found himself stuck between The Bloodline and his best frenemy. He wants to prove his loyalty and value to the Tribal Chief, but there is a “final test” still to come. Will Sami pass that test? Will Roman retain the title? Or will the Prizefighter #StunTheWorld by finally ending the reign of terror?
Fans lift their fingers for the Tribal Chief. As Roman decreed earlier, only the Wise Man and Sami are with him for the entrance. Roman raises the belts for the pyro, then continues to the ring. Once again, Roman lifts the belts for more pyro. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who is truly Head of the Table!
The bell rings and Kevin stares Roman down. Sami paces outside while Heyman watches closely. Roman says he’s gonna teach Kevin a lesson as he and Kevin circle. Fans cheer on “SAMI USO!” and Kevin says that must annoy Roman. Roman and Kevin circle, tie up, and go around. Roman headlocks, Kevin powers out but Roman runs Kevin over! Kevin gets up quickly enough and Roman tells Sami that this is Roman teaching Kevin a lesson. Sami says it is, and Roman circles with Kevin again. They tie up, go around again, and Roman headlocks again. Kevin powers out again, but Roman runs Kevin over again!
Kevin gets up, shakes out the arm, and Roman is talking more trash. Kevin goes to a corner and catches his breath. They reset, fans rally up, and the two tie up. Roman headlocks again, Kevin powers out again, but Kevin drops down to then CLOBBER Roman! And SENTON! Fans fire up with Kevin as he says “SUCK IT!” Kevin stomps away on Roman, goes corner to corner and runs back in, CANNONBALL! Fans fire up while Roman bails out. Kevin goes out to ROCK Roman! And CLUB him! Kevin follows Roman around the way to throw hands. Roman ROCKS Kevin in return, and HEADBUTTS! Kevin CHOPS, ROCKS, but Roman kicks back!
Roman whips, Kevin reverses, and Roman hits barriers! Kevin then CLOBBERS Roman again! Fans fire up and Kevin SENTONS again! Kevin drags Roman up, puts him in the ring, and he throws hands. Roman staggers, Kevin taunts him and throws more hands. Kevin throws body shots in the corner, but lets off as the ref counts. Kevin whips corner to corner, Roman reverses and Kevin hits buckles hard! Kevin tumbles up and down the corner, and Roman stands him back up. URENAGE! Cover, TWO! Kevin just gets that shoulder up and Roman is annoyed. Sami coaches Roman, and Roman stalks Kevin to ropes.
Roman CHOKES Kevin, the ref counts, and Roman lets off at 4. Sami moves aside as Roman goes out after Kevin. Fans rally as Roman runs for the DRIVE-BY DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Kevin is hanging tough and Roman is annoyed, and maybe even confused. Roman throws crossface forearms, then clamps on a chinlock. Kevin endures, fights up, and he throws body shots. But Roman ROCKS Kevin with an uppercut! Heyman says that was a good one! Kevin ends up in a corner, and Roman CHOPS! And point-blank LARIATS again and again! Roman goes all the way to nine, then runs, into a forearm!
Kevin throws more hands, Roman ROCKS Kevin back, and they brawl with forearms back and forth! Kevin gets the edge, runs, but into a BOOT! Kevin wobbles, Roman runs, but into a LARIAT! Fans fire up and Roman sits up, rather stunned! Kevin ROCKS, CHOPS and repeat! Kevin whips, Roman KICKS back! Roman runs, but Kevin LARIATS Roman up and out of the ring! Kevin then goes to the apron, to FROG SPLASH to the floor! Kevin hurries to haul Roman into the ring and then climbs a corner! Another FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Heyman and Sami look worried but Roman is still in this.
Kevin goes to ropes and stands up while Roman sputters and coughs. Kevin aims from the corner and wants Roman to stand up. “Get up, you manipulative piece of crap!” Roman stands, Kevin runs in, but the superkick is blocked! Roman reels Kevin in, SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Kevin survives but both men are down while fans rally up. Sami argues the count with the ref but the ref says it was fair. Roman raises his finger and San Antonio joins in, #HeTheOne. Roman locks ‘n’ loads, runs in, SUPER- NO, Kevin dodges and gets around, GERMAN SUPLEX! Roman is in the corner, Kevin runs in, SUPERMAN PUNCH! Cover, TWO!!
Heyman is frustrated and Sami also seems worried. Kevin and Roman stir, and Roman sits up. Fans rally, Roman doesn’t like that, but he goes back to a corner. Roman aims again, “OOOAH~!” Roman runs in, but Kevin POSTS him!! SUPERKICK!! Kevin goes up top, for a SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Roman survives and Heyman is beside himself with stress. Kevin stomps Roman, then goes back to the corner. Heyman shouts at Roman to get up as Kevin climbs again. Heyman PLEADS, and Roman stands to UPPERCUT Kevin! Roman ROCKS Kevin again, climbs up after him, but Kevin hits back with haymakers!
The two brawl up top, Kevin gets the edge, and Roman staggers away. But Roman comes back to ROCK Kevin, then climbs back up! But Kevin throws body shots and headbutts! Kevin ELBOWS Roman down! Roman is in the drop zone, Kevin adjusts, BEST MOON- NO, Kevin slips and falls, but onto Roman anyway! Elbow drop, then Kevin climbs back up, BEST MOONSAULT FLOP!! Roman avoids disaster, and SPEARS Kevin down!! Cover, TWO!?! Roman can’t believe that Kevin survives both his own mistake and Roman’s best shot! Fans rally up as Kevin sits up. Roman goes to the corner and says he’s ending this!
Fans are torn as Roman reloads, “OOOAH~!” But he runs into a KICK! STUN- NO, Roman shoves Kevin into the ref! The ref goes down, Roman runs in, POP-UP POWRBOMB! Cover, but again, no ref! Kevin would’ve won twice over by now! Kevin realizes the error in his calculations, and he calls for someone to show up. Kevin drags Roman up, but Roman LOW BLOWS!! Roman then shouts at Sami to do something! Sami says he was told to do nothing but be here! Well Roman’s telling him NOW, GET A CHAIR! Sami does as told and goes looking. Heyman helps him look under the ring, but then Sami hesitates?
Sami gives Roman the chair after all, and says he can do it. But Kevin hits a STUNNER!! Ref is back, cover, TWO!?!?! Roman survives and Sam is freaking out! Did he just cost Roman or save him!? Kevin drags Roman back up, whips him to ropes, POP-UP- SUPERMAN PUNCH!! SPEAR!!! Cover, TWO!??!?! Kevin survives and everyone is shocked!! San Antonio is thunderous as Kevin rolls out of the ring while Roman can’t even believe this! Sami is there as Kevin crawls to barriers and fans chant “This is Awesome!” Kevin stands up, Sami tells him to just stay down. Kevin refuses, and he grabs at Sami. Is Kevin remembering when Sami was his friend?
Roman runs in, and he SPEARS Kevin through the barriers!! Roman drags Kevin back up, puts him back in, but then Kevin flops right back out! Kevin flounders to steel steps and Roman says it’s time to hurt Kevin. Roman storms up, and THROWS Kevin on the steps!! Kevin clutches his head and neck and even Sami is aghast! Roman drags Kevin up again, to SLAM him on the steps!! Fans boo but Roman drags Kevin back up. Heyman looks at Sami and says this is what happens to those who defy the Tribal Chief. Roman puts Kevin back in the ring, and Heyman says this is why he worships the Tribal Chief. ACKNOWLEDGE HIM!!
Sami raises his finger but fans boo. Roman looms over Kevin, drags him up again, and he slaps Kevin around. Roman is toying with Kevin now, but Kevin SLAPS back! Roman SPEARS Kevin down!! Cover, Roman wins!
Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall (still Undisputed WWE Universal Champion)
The Tribal Chief is still on top, but Sami seems conflicted. The Usos and Solo arrive to celebrate with Roman, but they stand over the battered Kevin Owens. Jey gives Sami the ley, but Roman has him hold on. Fans boo but Roman says they’re not done. Now comes the final test. The Usos beat up on Kevin, fans boo, but Roman has Sami watch. The Usos pick Kevin apart like piranhas, and ONE AND DONE!! Roman has his arm around Sami as they watch the Usos drag Kevin into a corner. Jey puts the chair around Kevin’s neck! They’re gonna have Solo do what he did to Matt Riddle! Solo runs in, HIP ATTACK!!!
Roman tells Sami to hold on. He goes to Heyman, and Heyman brings out handcuffs! TWO PAIRS EVEN! Roman grins as he swaggers up to Kevin with the cuffs. He has the Usos cuff Kevin to the ropes, forcing him to stand up! Fans boo but now the Usos SUPERKICK Kevin over and over and over! Then a DOUBLE SUPERKICK tops it off! And then ANOTHER DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Roman has the Usos stop, fans chant for “SAMI! SAMI!” but Roman has a chair. Roman says Sami is HIS family, not Kevin’s. You disrespect the family, you disrespect Roman. Roman is trying to make Sami’s life better and Kevin is holding him back.
Roman swings, but Sami stands in the way!! Sami tells them to stop, Kevin is done. They beat him down more than enough. The Tribal Chief is still champion, this is beneath him. It’s enough, and Roman is better than that. Roman cools off, and he agrees. This is beneath him, so Sami should do it. He holds the chair out but Sami doesn’t want that. Roman says Sami should. Heyman says this is Sami’s moment. This is the test! But Sami says it’s not necessary. Roman says Sami will, or he’s not one of them. Sami is Bloodline, but Kevin doesn’t care about him! Kevin’s an anchor on Sami’s career! Roman loves Sami! Roman gives Sami everything!
The ring is YOURS when you’re Bloodline. Or doe Sami wanna go back to doing Jackass wrestling?! Sami thinks about it, he lifts the chair, and Roman tells him to pull the trigger! Is Sami crying? What’s wrong with you!? Roman pushes Sami around, “DO YOU THINK THIS IS A GAME?! THIS IS MY LIFE!!” Roman tells Sami to do this! Sami nods, lifts the chair, and he HITS ROMAN!!!! Fans are going NUTS after seeing that! Sami says he’s sorry, but Jey is furious! How could Sami do this after Jey stood up for him!? Jimmy SUPERKICKS Sami down!! Jey said Sami was his brother, but no! The USOS are brothers! Jimmy beats down Sami as fans boo!
Solo pushes Jimmy off so HE can beat on Sami! SAMOAN SPIKE!!! Roman tells them to keep on him, and Solo and Jimmy mug Sami! Roman is emotional as he says he gave Sami the world and this is how Sami repays him!! Fans chant for Jey, what is JEY going to do? Jey is mulling this over in the corner but Jimmy tells him Sami ain’t his brother! Jimmy and Solo are his brothers! The Bloodline is his family! Roman stares Jey down, and Jey BAILS!? Jey is emotional, but he’s walking away?! Fans are thunderous as Jey takes a stand, and the Bloodline can’t believe it! Roman tells Sami this is HIS fault! CHAIR SHOT! CHAIR SHOT! CHAIR SHOT!!
Roman just BEATS on Sami with the chair! And then with his fists! Roman rips away the Honorary Uce shirt, Sami is no longer even THAT! Jimmy gives Roman his ley, and Roman looms over Sami. Fans chant “F YOU ROMAN!” and that confounds Roman most of all. But Roman drops petals on Sami like it’s a funeral. Jimmy leaves what’s left of the Honorary Uce shirt on Sami, and then KNEES Kevin down! The Bloodline leaves while the fans are in an uproar! What does this mean for the future of the family?
What a wild Royal Rumble! The Men’s Rumble opening was a bit surprising but it turned out great. Of course Edge is back again, and his story with the Judgment Day is back again. And that was an awesome moment with Beth giving Rhea a Spear. I really hope we get a Mixed Tag of Edge & Beth VS Rhea & Dom before what I’d assume is Edge VS Finn at Mania. Logan Paul showing up was an interesting surprise, and what a great spot of him and Ricochet colliding in the air! Love him or hate him, Logan’s legit. Plus, his interaction with Rollins makes me think that’s a Mania match right there. Logan and Rollins have similar styles and builds, that’ll be a really good match.
And whether you wanted him to or not, Cody Rhodes was back in the Royal Rumble, and he won the Royal Rumble. I didn’t think he’d be #30, but I suppose that’s WWE being careful with him. At the same time, what an awesome showing for Gunther, starting #1, setting the new Ironman record at about 70 minutes, and being one of the final two while doing it. Gunther is still Intercontinental Champion, this could really boost his stock going into Mania for who he faces. Though honestly, he had great interactions with a lot of other big men, I would love McIntyre or Sheamus to get that match after things finish up with the Viking Raiders.
The Pitch Black Match was a lot different than I expected, but in a great way. Going with black light to use all sorts of hidden ink and make everything glow, especially the ropes and Knight’s tights, was such a cool aesthetic. However, as a match, this was borderline a squash because Bray was never fazed by what Knight did to him. Though, that table spot was great, and those little flecks that exploded out were interesting. And just when I thought Howdy wasn’t gonna get involved, he does a wild, Jeff Hardy meets Shane McMahon type stage dive. I hope whoever was Howdy here is okay, I think he overshot the target, but that was still pretty good.
And then I expected more Howdy shenanigans in the Bianca VS Alexa match, but perhaps they didn’t have a Howdy understudy ready. Bianca VS Alexa as a match was also a bit less than what I hoped for. Bianca winning was fine, and now Alexa has a crisis of confidence in a new way, where she isn’t sure if she is capable of winning without that supernatural assistance. The Women’s Rumble was also awesome, and we got some great returns. McCool being in the crowd before being revealed as a surprise entrant was a fun move. Chelsea Green back to be thrown out immediately was both hilarious and a bit mean. And wow, Nia Jax? Would not have seen that coming.
Good showing from the NXT entrants, but it also felt like Sonya Deville made it her mission to get rid of them. Of course Becky went after DMG CTRL, and of course they basically canceled themselves out of the match. And Asuka showing up with her original gimmick from her Joshi career in Japan was awesome stuff. It was the right move to have her be in the final three, and it was great that they let Liv start the match and get that close to the end. But Rhea was also the right choice to win, she is of course going to choose Bianca and that can also bring Street Profits into a story with Judgment Day, as I’ve been saying on the Raw articles.
And of course, just incredible stuff with the Bloodline’s story. In terms of the match, I really thought there was going to be more internal conflict for Sami, but I do appreciate commentary pointing out that it was all being told through Sami’s facial expressions. Roman winning was expected, and Sami’s “final test” being what came after was a great move. The fans had such great energy that really added to the entire moment, because they wanted to see it, and we got what we wanted in Sami standing up to Roman and hitting Roman! But of course, after the beating put on Kevin and having him trapped, Sami was not getting out of there.
But then in another great twist, Jey stands up for himself! He couldn’t save Sami, he couldn’t fight his family, but he could choose to wash his hands of it. What I thought was going to be Kevin & Sami VS The Usos could now transform into Kevin & Sami VS Jimmy & Solo. The Usos still have to defend their SmackDown Tag Team Championships, and it feels like it’s going to be against Braun & Ricochet once that tag tournament finishes up. But we could get a story very similar to “KofiMania.” Kofi had to jump through hoops to get at Daniel Bryan’s world title, so Sami & Kevin could have to get through Jimmy & Solo to get at Roman. Hell, Jey might help Sami & Kevin do just that. WrestleMania’s going to be two nights, HHH seems to be considering splitting the undisputed titles, Roman could end up facing Cody for the world title and Sami for the universal title.
My Score: 9.1/10
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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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