Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (2/14/23)
NXT is for lovers!
Love is in the air, but so is anger!
Last week, Jacy Jayne almost kicked the door down using Gigi Dolin! Will NXT still be toxic without Toxic Attraction as a unit? Or can Jacy do bad all by herself?
- Grayson Waller VS Tyler Bate; Bate wins.
- Thea Hail VS Tiffany Stratton; Tiffany wins.
- Axiom VS Damon Kemp; Axiom wins.
- NXT North American Championship Open Challenge: Wes Lee VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone; Wes Lee wins and retains the title.
- Hank Walker w/ Drew Gulak VS Charlie Dempsey; Dempsey wins.
- Roxanne Perez & Meiko Satomura VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance; Roxie & Meiko win.
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WWE mourns the loss of Jerry Jarrett.
Grayson Waller VS Tyler Bate!
The 21st Century Success Story was suspended a week for getting in Shawn Michaels’ face over not being seen as “the guy.” But maybe that’s because Waller just has to put up and shut up! Will he do just that here tonight? Or will the Big Strong Boi be the one to humble him?
The bell rings and the two tie right up. Bate pushes Waller back but Waller turns it around to have Bate in a corner, and Waller ROCKS Bate with a right hand! Waller CLUBS Bate, Bate throws hands but Waller throws forearms. Bate hits back, Waller CLUBS Bate. Fans actually duel, Waller XLCUBS Bate but Bate throws hands. Waller DECKS Bate, then CHOKES him on the ropes! “This your boy, Shawn? This your boy?! You chose the wrong horse!” The ref counts, Waller lets off, but then Waller fires off fists. Waller lets off again and he tells Bate “SUCK IT!” Fans boo, Bate glares at Waller, and Bate DECKS him! And CHOPS him!
Bate HEADBUTTS Waller, UPPERCUTS him, then has him on the ropes. Bate headlock punches, Waller wobbles, and Bate headlocks again to smack Waller with his boot! Bate whips, DROPKICKS and covers, TWO! Bate clamps onto Waller, clamps on a chinlock and he thrashes Waller around. Waller endures, fights up, they go around, and Waller hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Bate is still in this but Waller KNEES him in the back! Bate hits back but Waller stomps Bate. Waller stands Bate up to CLUB him right on the neck! Waller mocks the pose, fans boo, but Waller cravats. Bate throws body shots and fans duel again.
Bate fights up, Waller throws knees! Waller KNEES Bate down, covers, TWO! Bate goes to a corner, Waller throws hands, but Bate throws them back. Waller ROCKS Bate, whips him corner to corner, but Bate reverses. Bate runs in but into an elbow! Waller runs in, but into a hip toss! And another DROPKICK! Bate clinches, EXPLODER! Bate kips up and fans fire up for the STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Waller scurries away and now he apologizes? Bate doesn’t fall for that, but Waller still throws him out of the ring! Waller grins, but Bate drags him out! Bate SMACKS Waller off the apron, then stalks him around the way.
Waller elbows low, but Bate elbows back! Bate SMACKS Waller off apron again! They go to commentary, around behind commentary, and Bate grabs Waller as he slides into the ring. But Waller BOOTS Bate into the desk! Waller builds speed, slides, and LARIATS! Fans are torn but Waller poses as NXT goes picture in picture.
Waller taunts the Bate fans, the ring count climbs, but Waller brings Bate up. Waller SMACKS Bate off the apron, pushes him in to the ring, and storms in after him. Waller drops a knee on Bate’s face! Then one into Bate’s side! Bate kicks from below but Waller stomps away! Bate still hits back, but Waller CLUBS him down! Waller drags Bate up to UPPERCUT him! Bate leans against ropes, Waller wrenches and whips but Bate ducks ‘n ‘dodges! Bate sunset flips, Waller stays up, and he turns Bate around to drop an elbow! Waller digs his knee in as he bends Bate back with a chinlock! Bate endures, so Waller drops another elbow!
Waller soaks up the cheers and jeers, drags Bate up, and fireman’s carries. But Bate fights free to roll Waller up, TWO! Bate runs in, into an UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Bate shakes his head, he’s not done, but Waller says he’s the guy! Waller scoops and SLAMS Bate, then runs, to drop an elbow! Cover, TWO! Waller is annoyed with Bate, kicks him around, but Bate scowls. Waller drags Bate up, reels him in, but Bate blocks the suplex. Waller throws body shots, but Bate still blocks the suplex. Bate then suplexes Waller up and over! Both men are down and fans fire up. Bate throws hands from the mat but Waller gives them back!
Bate and Waller brawl as they stand up, then Bate fires off forearms and CHOPS! Bate whips, Waller reverses but Bate ducks ‘n ‘dodges again! Only for Waller to scoop and hit a BACKBREAKER! Waller bends Bate against his knee as NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally up as Bate endures, and Bate pries Waller’s hand away. Waller powers Bate back down, but fans rally as Bate throws knees! Bate is free, he BOPS Waller, then ROCKS him! And CHOPS him! Waller knees low, whips, but Bate rebounds! Waller slides out, somersaults in, but Bate jukes to COMEBACKER LARIAT! Fans fire up as both men are down!
Fans cheer on “NXT! NXT!” for giving them this great opener. Bate goes to a corner, Waller runs in, Waller blocks a boot but not the knee! Bate goes up, FLYING UPPERCUT! Bate wrenches for the SAIDO! Bridging cover, TWO!! Waller escapes, but Bate fireman’s carries! AIRPLANE SPIN!! Fans count along, and Bate goes past 10 to get to 15, then 20, before the DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Waller survives that ride and both men are down. Fans rally up again, Bate gets to a corner. Waller flounders around while Bate climbs up. Waller runs in, Bate leaps over, but Waller LEG LARIATS!
Waller goes to a corner, runs in, ROLLING UNPRETTIER! Cover, TWO!! Waller rains down fists, covers again, TWO! Grand Slam Tyler is frustrating Waller and fans continue to duel as he goes to a corner. Waller tunes up the band! Fans boo, he’s no HBK! Waller grins, aims as Bate rises, but Bate blocks the music! Bop up, BANG!! And SUPER- NO, Waller blocks! Waller puts his Bop up, but gets BANG from Bate again!! SUPERKICK from Bate! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!! Waller saves himself by fingertips! Fans are torn and Bate is beside himself! But then fans agree, “This is Awesome!” as Bate underhooks.
Waller fights out, rolls up, with tights! TWO!! Bate runs in, but he’s put on the apron! Bate shoulders in, slingshots and sunsets, but Waller sits on it, with ropes! The ref sees it! Bate rolls Waller, and BATE WINS!
Winner: Tyler Bate, by pinfall
Waller can’t believe it! But in the end, his cheating got him caught! The Big Strong Boi is back, but Waller is anything but humbled. Will Waller continue to complain until he gets what he wants? Or will Bate beat him to the golden goal?
Josh Briggs checks in on Brooks Jensen.
Valentine’s Day, baby! Is Jensen nervous? Yes, super nervous. Why? Jensen likes Kiana, Kiana likes Jensen, what’s the problem? He’s never… Uh… He motions with his hands and Briggs can’t understand what he means. Just spit it out, Brooks! Jensen has never… Oh, wow. Okay! Well it’s fine, you’re 22 years old. There are plenty of 22 year old guys who haven’t “hit the homerun” before. Jensen doesn’t feel better about that. He’s never even been on base… WHAT?! Not even a kiss?! NOT SO LOUD! Right, well, nothing to be nervous about it. 90-10! What’s 90-10? The guy goes 90% of the way in, the lady goes the other 10%. Oh…! She goes 90?
NO, you gotta make the move! It’s simple. Look, Briggs will demonstrate. What? No, don’t. Here goes. See? 90. Go 10. No, that’s 7! GO TEN! Jensen is trying not to laugh and then Fallon Henley walks in, asking what is going on here. Nothing! Just showing Jensen the 90-10. Why? Cuz he’s never kissed- HEY! That’s one more person, why not just tell the who NXT roster? Scream it in the parking lot! Jensen’s life is over. Fallon says that you need to know- YES! He needs to know everything! He wants this Valentine’s Day to go perfectly because Kiana is the woman of his dreams! He needs to get that kiss. He needs it!
Well, if it happens, which it might not, here’s a tip: when you walk Kiana to her door at the end of the night, if she plays with her keys, she wants the kiss. When you do that, 90-10. Okay, alright. He’s nervous but excited. Anything else? Nope. This is the night Jensen’s been waiting for. Have fun. Thanks! You guys are the best! Jensen heads out, will it all go according to plan?
Jacy Jayne heads to gorilla.
She passes by Waller shouting at HBK, but pays it no mind. She’s all about herself after last week. What will she say about her betrayal of Gigi Dolin?
Wait, speaking of that shouting, we focus on that as Waller SLAPS stuff off HBK’s desk! HBK tells him to calm down, A-Train gets involved, but Waller keeps calling HBK a stooge! HBK tells A-Train to get Waller outta the building, and he tells the cameras to cut to commercial. Has Waller done it now? What will the punishment be this time?
Apollo Crews speaks.
“Vengeance Day was my chance to get one step closer.” He throws down his journal to tell Dabba-Kato, “I felt that hug, I saw that smile. And then BAM, outta nowhere, and everything goes dark. Why? No call, no text. I tuned in last week to hear your reasons why, and all you gotta say is I know what I did? What the hell does that even me? What we did was travel the road together. What we did was share WrestleMania moments together. What we did was share family time together. Dabba-Kato, you have your reasons and now I have mine! I’m not focused on the future, I’m not focused on the past, the only thing that I’m focused on is revenge!”
Jacy Jayne heads to the ring.
Fans boo as the Toxic Traitor struts her way down the ramp, showing off the new shirt: a drawing of her booting Gigi through that door. Jacy gets the mic while fans boo, and says, “Last week was the end of the Toxic Attraction story, but the beginning of the Jacy Jayne story. And now, it’s all about me! And the proof is in the boot, because for the last seven days, I have been the talk of NXT. Not Roxanne Perez, Bron Breakker, Carmelo Hayes, and damn sure not Gigi Dolin. The name on the tip of everyone’s tongue is Jacy Jayne. ME! ME ME ME ME ME ME ME!” Fans duel, “Gigi’s Better!” “No She’s Not!”
Jacy continues to say, “And for those of you who keep asking me if I regret stomping Gigi’s skull in, the only thing I regret is that I didn’t pull the trigger sooner. I’ve already watched the footage back 1000 times! But you know what’s better than 1000 times? 1001! Let’s see it again!” The replay package shows the moment that ended Ding Dong Hello and NXT last week, Gigi’s SUPERKICK to Gigi. It’s a highlight reel of their moments together, and then Jacy’s moment making it about herself, and her cheering herself on in the present. Plus, images of Gigi’s face after the fact. “Aww, boo-hoo~! Aww. And if I have to hear one more ‘Did you really have to kick her that hard~?’ YES! YES I DID!
Because all of you people wanna sit here and act like Gigi was the victim, but anyone who has two brain cells, which sadly eliminates every single person in this building, understands that I am the real victim here! Gigi, your days of doing half the work and taking all the credit are over. Sorry, Jannetty- I mean, Gigi. Everyone is gonna see you for who you truly are. Because your security blanket, aka ME, is done protecting you. I’m no longer going to be taking care of all of your mistakes. But Gigi, that’s enough about her, no one cares about Chucky anyway.
“But I want every single person in this building, everyone watching at home, to listen very, very carefully to what I have to say, because this is gonna be the most important thing I ever have to say. Screw. You. Because for the last two years, ever since Toxic Attraction form, you saw me as the one who didn’t belong. You called me the third wheel! ‘Which one isn’t like the rest? Why is Jacy Jayne even in this super group?’ Well that super group, Toxic Attraction, went on to be the most dominant female faction in WWE history. And look who’s the last woman standing! IT’S ME!!” Jacy says it’s always about her, but how long will that last?
Chase U meets up backstage.
Duke Hudson spooks Thea Hail as she’s deep in thought. Thea apologizes, she’s still jumpy. No, that’s understandable. Whenever she feels comfortable about it, she can tell them what happened with The Schism. They’re here for her. Andre Chase sits with Thea and says they can even get this match tonight pushed back. Thea says no, she’s good. She can’t back out, or The Schism wins, and they can’t let that happen. That’s not Chase U. She has to look fear dead in the face, and say, “Hi, Fear. I’m Thea. And tonight, you’re gonna get an Andre Chase University sized ass-whooping!” Thea has convinced herself, but will she really be ready to get back in the ring?
Sol Ruca speaks.
“I’ve been in NXT for less than a year and I still dig going into practice every single day. Being in the ring allows me to be creative and be a free spirit, and that’s who I am. Sol Ruca: free spirit. And I got that from my parents. My parents instilled that freedom in mee. See, we had a deal that if I was able to get a college scholarship, I could do whatever I wanted. When I was in high school, and if I wanted to go snowboarding or if I wanted to go surfing, I’d just text my mom and say, ‘Hey, can you get me outta class real quick?’ And she would say, ‘As long as your grades are good, I’ll get you out.'”
And so, she tried all sorts of things. From gymnastics to snowboarding to skateboarding, to learning guitar and even photography. She feels like everyone is so afraid of making mistakes, but no one is perfect. When Sol tried her Sol Snatcher the first time in practice, it sucked. But she kept doing it every single day. And you can just ask Zoey Stark just how good the move is now. Yes, Zoey won, but Sol wants a rematch. Any time Sol fails, she gets right back up, ready to go again. Will Sol manage to get back on her board and make sure Zoey Stark wipes out next time?
Thea Hail VS Tiffany Stratton!
Just as Chase U’s top recruit got in the face of Daddy’s Little Rich Girl, Ava Raine snatched her away! Who knows what Schism did to Thea, but that’s not going to be Thea’s focus tonight. Will Thea put Tiffany in her place? Or will Tiffany shine bright like the diamond she insists she is?
Fans chant “CHASE U!” and Tiffany shouts, “SUCKS!” The bell rings and Thea circles with Tiffany. They tie up, Tiffany wrenches the arm and wrangles Thea to the mat. Tiffany taunts Thea but Thea fights up, wrenches, ROCKS and arm-drags Tiffany! Then wheelbarrow to an arm-drag! And then an OVERHEAD arm-drag! And DROPKICK! Fans fire up for Thea and Thea high fives Chase. But then Rip Fowler & Jagger Reed appear in the crowd! Thea is distracted but fans boo. Tiffany turns Thea around, but Thea blocks the kick to roll Tiffany up! ONE, and Tiffany blocks an arm-drag to throw Thea by her hair!
Tiffany stomps away on Thea, drags her up, then whips her to a corner. Thea BOOTS back, goes out, but now Joe Gacy appears in the perch! Thea tells him to leave her alone, but Tiffany CLOBBERS Thea! Tiffany puts Thea in the ring, covers, TWO! Fans rally for Thea, Tiffany drags her up to CLUB her down! Tiffany then fireman’s carries, but Thea fights free! Thea whips Tiffany out to the apron! Thea runs in, brings Tiffany through ropes, but Tiffany HOTSHOTS Thea away! Tiffany springboards to SWANTON! Cover, TWO!! Thea survives and Tiffany throws a fit! Tiffany wraps on a chinlock but Thea fights up.
Thea arm-drags free, CLOBBERS Tiffany, and CLOBBERS her again! Tiffany bails out in a fit, but Thea roars! Thea runs, DIVES, and wipes Tiffany out! Fans fire up as Thea RAMS Tiffany into the apron! But wait, now Ava Raine is in the crowd! Ava’s creepy grin scares Thea back into the ring, Tiffany runs in but Thea dodges! O’Conner Roll, TWO! Thea hits ropes, Tiffany builds speed, HIP ATTACK! Tiffany fireman’s carries, for the ROLLING SENTON! And then she goes up top, blows a kiss, BEST MOONSAULT WHATEVER! Cover, Tiffany wins!
Winner: Tiffany Stratton, by pinfall
Thea couldn’t focus, but Tiffany doesn’t care. Will Chase U be able to help Thea get past this trauma? Will Tiffany go for the gold come Stand & Deliver?
Ivy Nile and Tatum Paxley talk backstage.
Tatum assures Ivy she is innocent and Ivy says she believes her. But then Javier Bernal walks in and says, “Ladies, ladies! More specifically Tatum. Today is a very special day, and it only comes around once a year. And I’m about to give you a very big, special once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Tatum Paxley, will you be my Javitine?” A box of candies with his face on it…? Tatum says thanks but she’s taken. Taken? Hah! Your loss. Ivy, today’s a very special day- Javi, stop. Ivy would love to be his Javitine. Really? DIAMOND DRAGON SLEEPER!! The candy goes flying! But then Isla Dawn’s voice calling makes Ivy let Javi go.
Isla Dawn is coming in through the speakers. She says it’s nice for Ivy protecting Tatum, but you shouldn’t be chained to her. Isla can still sense Tatum’s feelings of being weighed down by Ivy. But maybe it’s safer to be in chains than to stand on her own. Ivy and Tatum say they aren’t going to listen to the mind games, and they head out. But will the Wicked Witch soon be proven right?
Axiom VS Damon Kemp!
The Undeniable Truth wants payback on the Golden Gopher for ruining his moment with Tyler Bate last week. Will Axiom use his skill and intellect to humble Damon? Or will Damon embarrass the European style with his American hybrid ability?
NXT returns and Kemp makes his entrance. The bell rings and Axiom rushes in to DROPKICK Kemp! Axiom fires off forearms and CHOPS in the corner, but he lets off as the ref counts. Axiom runs back in to basement dropkick! Fans fire up with Axiom and he runs at Kemp again, PENALTY KICK! Kemp wobbles, Axiom swings but Kemp avoids the buzzsaw! Kemp bails out but Axiom DIVES! Direct hit and fans fire up again! Axiom puts Kemp in, hurries to a corner and goes up top. Axiom leaps but Kemp gets under. Kemp runs in, Axiom wheelbarrows, but Kemp makes that a GERMAN SUPLEX!
Fans boo but Kemp waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES again! Axiom staggers up, Kemp waistlocks, another GERMAN SUPLEX sends Axiom tumbling! Kemp CLOBBERS Axiom out of the ring! Kempt hen goes out around the way to CLOBBER Axiom again! Kemp puts Axiom in the ring, rains down forearms, and he covers, TWO! Fans rally but Kemp drags Axiom up. Kemp ROCKS Axiom and Axiom falls to a knee. Kemp stands Axiom up to ROCK him again! But Axiom CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! Axiom whips, DROPKICKS and down goes Kemp! Fans fire up back up and Axiom runs back in, GAMANGIRI!
Axiom pushes Kemp aside, goes up top, and he CROSSBODIES! But Kemp rolls through, covers, with tights! TWO! Axiom SOBATS, runs in, but into a DISCUS LARIAT! Axiom gets flipped around! Kemp says he’s finishing this! Electric Chair, to HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!! Axiom survives but Kemp kicks him around. Kemp drags Axiom up, GERMAN SUPLEX, but Axiom lands on his feet! Axiom DECKS Kemp, then PENALTY KICKS again! Fans fire up as Axiom aims from the corner! GOLDEN RATIO!! Cover, Axiom wins!
Winner: Axiom, by pinfall
Kemp just got ratioed and Axiom is vindicated! Will this humble the Golden Gopher? Will Axiom soon be heading for gold?
Jensen shares pictures from date night.
From his Twitter, we can see he and Kiana got some drinks, and he’s telling his “Sugarpie honeybunch” that he had a nice time, she’s his “brown-eyed girl,” and that he’s taking his lady home after a great night. Will Jensen have that romantic kiss to make it a perfect night?
Fallon and Briggs see the pics.
Briggs tells her to stop with the comment threat, just look at how happy Jensen is. He’s having the time of his life! She knows, but she just can’t take it. She has to tell him! Tell him what? Fallon heads out, Briggs follows, is Fallon about to ruin Jensen’s chances?
Waller posts a video to Twitter.
He’s vlogging how he’s being ejected from the building! He says that’s “hilarious,” and that “HBK has no idea how to treat an actual superstar.” Waller says he’s the biggest star, and HBK is just a stooge! But how can Waller run NXT if he’s being kicked out?
Bron Breakker is here!
The NXT Champion is back and fans bark it up as he heads to the ring. Bron holds up the belt, then gets the mic to say, “Feels a little different in here tonight. Like, when one door closes, the next door opens. But this next challenge ahead of me is different. It feels… bigger. It seems to be the match that everybody wants to see, right? Me VS HIM!” But wait, Jinder Mahal heads out to the ring? He has Indus Sher with him as he stands at ringside, and Bron says this is not who he expected. Jinder says, “A great champion must always expect the unexpected.” Tell him something he doesn’t now, pal. Jinder will, just give him a second.
Jinder respectfully interrupts here, because he admires the fact that for almost an entire year, Bron has carried NXT on his back, he IS NXT and he IS the brand. But Jinder knows very well the weight that Bron carries on his shoulder. Bron, Jinder also knows the stress of the next challenger, of retaining the title. And not only that, Jinder completely understands all the press, all the late nights, the early mornings, the lifestyle that comes with being THE champion! As a former WWE World Champion to the current NXT Champion, is this the title reign Bron envisioned? Is this what he thought being champion would be like?
Bron says, “Damn straight! What the hell are you talking about?” Jinder says for almost an entire year, Bron has been NXT Champion, but he must be deaf. He doesn’t hear that small pocket of fans who once loved Bron, but now changing their tune. But it’s okay, Jinder knows better than anyone! “You either die a hero, or you become the villain.” Bron says the fans are allowed to have their opinions. Jinder says that is why he’s here! Because of that comment, of that arrogance! The fact that Bron doesn’t acknowledge what is going on around him, that the tides are turning and times are changing.
Bron cannot see that he is tired and vulnerable and weak! That is why JINDER is challenging Bron to a match! Next week, for THE NXT Championship! Fans like that, Bron likes that, too! Jinder didn’t need to come out here and waste everyone’s time with the new Three Man Band. Which one is the guitarist? Jinder holds Veer and Sanga back while fans chant “3 M B!” Jinder has everyone calm down. Jinder tells Bron that the people don’t like him, and he knows why Bron made that 3MB joke. It’s so that the fans will cheer him on! That’s for the fans to like him! But after Jinder takes the title, the fans still won’t Bron! They won’t even feel bad!
But don’t worry, Bron. Jinder will. The Modern Day Maharaja has spoken, but will he speak his title reign into reality? Or will Bron break Jinder’s hopes and dreams, too?
Kayden & Katana find Roxanne & Meiko backstage.
KC Squared have had time to think and they realize they were a bit aggressive last week. They were just pissed that they got screwed out of the titles, and that had nothing to do with Roxie. So that’s on them, and they’re sorry. Roxie accepts the apology. But is this them saying they don’t want to have a match? No, no, they want to have this match. Who wouldn’t want to go up against the Final Boss? KC Squared will bring it, and they say it is an honor. They bow in respect to Meiko and head out. Roxie thanks Meiko for coming so far to help her. Meiko says she has her reasons. With that, the main event is still on. Will the Prodigy and Final Boss make a powerful team here tonight?
Wes Lee heads to gorilla.
The Must-See Kid is ready to see who steps up to his Open Challenge, but we can see Tony D’Angelo & Channing Lorenzo creeping up from the shadows. Will The Don or Stacks be the one to go after the gold? Or will someone completely unseen snipe this opportunity from them?
Backstage interview with Indi Hartwell.
McKenzie Mitchell says #IndiWrestling requested this time, what’s on her mind? Indi says that Toxic Attraction was pretty much despised by everyone else on the roster, and believe her when she says she enjoyed seeing Gigi’s head get kicked in. But sitting in the locker room, listening to Jacy’s “hot garbage,” and Jacy thinks she’s shooting up to the top? Well just like Toxic Attraction is dead and gone, Jacy is dead wrong. Indi tells Jacy, “The only place your gonna end up is behind me.” Indi heads out, will she be more than #Impressive on the Road to WrestleMania?
NXT North American Championship Open Challenge: Wes Lee VS ???
He made it through Vengeance Day and the #HardJustice of Dijak, but Wes is going to be a fighting champion! He has the mic to say, “OHHH YEAH~!” We all know why he’s here: It’s Open Season for the title, and he’s ready and waiting to see who steps up. So who who who will it be? Here comes The Don! But then Dijak snatches him into the hammerlock sleeper! Stacks goes after Dijak, it’s a brawl, refs rush out to stop it, but then someone sneaks in from behind! VON WAGNER boots Wes down! Robert Stone wants this to get going before Wes knows what hit him, but the ref has Von stand down.
The ref asks Wes if he still wants this fight, and Wes says yes! The bell rings, Von runs in, but into a SOBAT! Wes dropkicks a leg out, then dropkicks it again! Von choke grips Wes, powers him into a corner, and then hauls Wes up to BUCKLE BOMB him! And then RAM him back in! Von chokes Wes, TOSSES him across the way, and Stone likes what he sees. Von storms up on Wes, stands him up and RAMS him into another corner. Von RAMS into Wes again, then lets off as the ref counts. Wes goes to another corner, elbows Von back, but Von KNEES low! Von runs corner to corner but into BOOTS!
Fans rally for Wes, he dodges Von and fires off haymakers! Wes runs, returns, but Von catches Wes! Wes grabs ropes but Von DUMPS Wes up and out! Wes hits apron on the way down and Stone still likes what he sees. Von goes out after Wes, drags Wes up and RAMS him into the apron! Then SMACKS him off the desk! And again! Stone says not to beat Wes down here, get in the ring. The ring count climbs, but Von dribbles Wes’s head off the desk! Fans boo, Von puts Wes in and he tells Stone he has this. He slides in at 8 of 10, but Wes throws hands! Fans fire up behind Wes as he fires off again and again and again!
Wes ROCKS Von, runs, but Von CLOBBERS Wes! Cover, TWO!! Wes survives but Von snarls as he drags Wes back up. Von reels Wes in but Wes resists the lift. Von CLUBS Wes, lifts, but Wes fights it again. Wes slips under, RAMS into Von, but Von CLUBS Wes! Wes mule kicks, fires hands, and fans are thunderous! Von shoves Wes, Wes blocks the boot and trips Von, DOUBLE STOMPS to STANDING MOONSAULT! Von staggers up into a SHOTGUN dropkick! Von ends up in a corner, Stone coaches him up but Wes runs in to UPPERCUT! And GAMANGIRI! Wes pushes Von aside, goes up and FLYING- NO, Von catches Wes!
Von whips Wes away, pops him up, SLAM DUNK FLAPJACK! And then a BOOT! High stack, TWO!! Wes survives again and Von grows frustrated. Von drags Wes up by his hair, but fans rally up. Von trophy lifts Wes and aims for the desk! But Wes slips free, and SUPERKICKS! SUPERKICK again! HEEL KICK! Von wobbles around, into another SUPERKICK! Wes runs, to V-TRIGGER! Fans fire up again and Wes handsprings, CARDIAC KICK!! Cover, Wes wins!
Winner: Wes Lee, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)
Von got the drop on Wes but Wes just dropped Von! Will Wes continue to be that fighting champion all the way to Stand & Deliver?
Drew Gulak meets up with Hank Walker backstage.
Hank shows off his brand new singlet with his name on it and everything. Is he ready for tonight? Yes! Well, almost. His wrestling boots didn’t come in, he still has to wear his working boots… Gulak had a feeling that’d happen, so HE got Walker his old pair. Wow! Thanks so much! Gulak says it’s no problem, but he needs to lace up quickly, because he’s up next. Walker says, “Yes, sir!” But will new gear and borrowed boots be enough to help the Blue Collar Wrestler against the Son of the Gentleman Villain?
Hank Walker w/ Drew Gulak VS Charlie Dempsey!
The first time around, Dempsey put the “evil” in New Year’s Evil when he beat down and twisted Hank up. Will this just be a Valentine’s Day Massacre? Or will Hank be able to even the score now that he looks the part?
The bell rings and the two tie right up. Dempsey wrenches, wristlocks, hammerlocks, but Hank elbows back. Dempsey headlocks, but Hank powers out to RAM shoulders! Hank fires up, Dempsey fires forearms! Hank pushes Dempsey back, swings, but Dempsey dodges! they both ROCK each other, then they both BOOT each other! Fans fire up while both men fall! Gulak coaches Hank and Hank grits his teeth. Dempsey stands first but Hank gets his arm! Hank wrangles Dempsey for a FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Dempsey flails, fights his way over, reaches out, but Hank drags Dempsey away! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!
Dempsey endures, fights his way back over, but Hank again pulls Gulak back! But Dempsey uses that to drag Hank down! Dempsey has the leg, he has the crossface, but Hank reaches out! Gulak coaches Hank but Dempsey throws down elbows! Dempsey clamps on, BOW ‘N’ ARROW! hank TAPS, Dempsey wins!
Winner: Charlie Dempsey, by submission
That was even faster than last time! But now Dempsey goes for more, and he puts the BOW ‘N’ ARROW back on! Dempsey glares at Gulak, and Gulak backs away!? Fans boo as refs make Dempsey let Hank go! Gulak now gets up in Dempsey’s face, but then moves aside? Dempsey steps out onto the apron with Gulak, and the two leave together?! Is Gulak siding with Dempsey and not his own student?
Von is furious backstage, again!
Von says the title slipped through his hands, but asks if Stone has anything to say. Stone says he has plenty to say, but what would be the point? Von didn’t lose the match because he lacks in-ring ability. Von has plenty of that. But he lost because he doesn’t have a connection to Stone or to the fans, or anyone really. His walls are up! They gotta come down! Von has to break the walls down! Help Stone help Von! Stone keeps saying that, and then cools off. Stone doesn’t have time for someone with walls up. Von’s biggest claim to fame is being the “Come Tuesday” meme! But you know what Stone has time for? The guy inside Von! And there is someone inside Von.
Stone vows he will get Von where he wants to be, but Von needs to let Stone help him. Help Stone help Von! Stone leaves, but just what does Von have to do to connect?
Gallus is having a good time.
They’re in the pub again, playing pool and drinking pints. But then Pretty Deadly walk in. Are they lost? No, they’re here to observe, “since you two filthy boys did it to us last week.” Wolfgang says they’re just keeping an eye on their NXT Tag Division. Mark Coffey adds that’s because Gallus Boys- Yes, yes, Gallus Boys On Top, they know the catchphrase. But by the way, Gallus isn’t great, Pretty Deadly could beat them in the ring and in billiards. Uh, it’s called pool. Whatever! Just give them those sticks and Pretty Deadly will give them a good thrashing! Gallus throw the pool cues over, and the game begins.
Uh, Elton, Pretty Deadly is stripes, not solids. Well, establish the rules before they start! The game continue, and despite the finesse and charisma, Pretty Deadly loses. Gallus says not to worry, they remember their first time in a pub. How about a rematch and a refill? Sure, best two out of three. And if Pretty Deadly wins, they get a title match? That’s a big “if.” They’ll take it! Pretty Deadly get another round, Gallus drinks up, and Gallus keeps winning. So they keep drinking, playing, and winning. Pretty Deadly can’t even get a ball in working together. They’re down 7-0! Well, make that eight. Speaking of, eight ball, corner pocket.
Pretty Deadly are sick and tired of playing games. Wolfgang thanks them for picking up the tab, though. Oh no, that bill! Do they have iron livers?! Mark says that if they wanted a title match, all they had to do was ask. They’re not the New Day. Save yourselves the embarrassment, and they’ll have another go like in the UK. Gallus heads out, the match is on! Will the Gallus Boys still be on top? Or will Pretty Deadly get another #SidePlateCheck in before Stand & Deliver?
Backstage interview with Ilja Dragunov.
McKenzie asks The Czar how he feels being back after his four months away with injury. Dragunov says it was a difficult path to recovery, and he had internal bleeding even. But the pain helps to make you feel alive. Well one man who isn’t excited is JD McDonagh. Dragunov’s strike to his face sent JD to the hospital with a broken orbital bone! Dragunov says this is just the beginning! But Trick Williams has something to say! He’s in the ring, and he will not move until Dragunov meets him face to face! Dragunov excuses himself, and then heads to gorilla.
Trick won’t let Dragunov punk him out like he did last week! Dragunov is treated like the baddest man to come out of Europe, but Trick wants to find out for himself who is the baddest man, pointblank, period! He’ll drop Dragunov where he stands, drop him like a mixtape, and like JD did four months ago. Trick keeps talking trash, but Dragunov makes his way out as fans chant “WHOOP THAT TRICK!” Dragunov tells Trick, “Very entertaining. All the phrases, all the rhymes, you are the life of the party. But I didn’t come back to NXT to have fun. You felt what it’s like to try and keep me away from my mission.
“And I have absolutely no problem reminding-” Trick sucker punches Dragunov! But Dragunov ENZIGURIS Trick!! Fans fire up and Trick bails out! But here comes The Irish Ace! “DRAGUNOV! Dragunov, after last week, you shouldn’t be in that ring, you should be in jail after that sneak attack. You tore my retina! You should’ve listened to what I told you when you were on that stretcher. Do you remember? I told you, ‘Go home, Ilja. Go home and stay home.’ And now you’re back and talking retribution. You are gonna force me to show these people exactly what I’m capable of.
“And seeing as you tried to blind me, I have no problem telling you that this time, Ilja, I am gonna beat you so badly, that you’re not able to hold your son.” Dragunov is furious, but Trick sneak attacks Dragunov! Trick rains down fists but fans chant “WHOOP THAT TRICK!” Trick KICKS Dragunov in the side, and then he mocks Dragunov’s conducting the choir. Fans sing “WHOOP THAT TRICK~!” but Trick leaves. JD gets in the ring, but Dragunov stands back up! JD leaves, but the rematch is coming. Will The Czar and Irish Ace finally finish things once and for all?
Carmelo Hayes checks his phone.
He sees the news about Bron’s NXT Championship match next week and wonders, “Who skipped the line?” But then Trick walks in all fired up. Trick says he is feeling bad right now! He’s 6’4″, 235, all chocolate! These hands and feet are ready to eat up everybody! Melo says good, but Dragunov’s different. Nah, Trick’s different! This is his time! Okay, but does Trick now what he’s done? He woke up the dragon. Hey, Dragunov can throw his head at Trick, his shoulders, knees and toes. Trick is the meanest, prettiest and the baddest! That’s all it is, and that’s all it’s gon’ be! Melo is down with that, but will #UNBESIEGBAR #WhoopThatTrick?
Jensen and Kiana arrive at her place.
They enjoyed the country music, and Jensen says Kiana should try line dancing next time. Kiana says they’ll see. But she had a great time tonight. Thanks for dinner, that was a great pick. Jensen agrees. The food was… food. Well, uh… Jensen looks up and sees the North Star. Interesting fact: the North Star is actually from the… Kiana’s playing with her keys! Jensen 90, Kiana 10, but Fallon interrupts! Briggs is freaking out but Fallon says Kiana is cheating on Jensen! What?! She was hoping Kiana would tell Jensen, but she should’ve known she wouldn’t. Kiana says it’s not true. Fallon brings up how Kiana said, “I love you, Zack!”
Kiana confirms, she does love Zack. Because Zack is her brother! What? Wow, Fallon. And speaking of, Zack opens the door. He says the dogs have been fed, and he’s gonna leave through the garage. Kiana thanks her brother for that, and Fallon flounders. Kiana says to save it. When is Fallon going to actually trust her? Kiana walks in, Jensen says good night, and Fallon apologizes to him. She was just… She didn’t want… Jensen says it’s all good, and leaves with Briggs. Fallon just stepped in it, how will she make it up to both her friend and her tag partner?
Roxanne Perez & Meiko Satomura VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance!
The Prodigy accepted the apology from KC Squared, but this match of current and former champions is still happening. This time it will be a showdown of respect rather than anger, but will things stay respectful as NXT gets on the Road to WrestleMania?
The teams sort out and Kayden starts against Roxie. They circle, tie up, and Kayden headlocks. Roxie powers out, Kayden runs her over, and things speed up. Kayden pushes Roxie out of her dropdown to stomp her, then she tags Katana. KC Squared whip, trip, and basement dropkick to the slingshot senton! Cover, TWO! Katana keeps on Roxie with an armlock. Roxie endures, fights up, and fans rally. Katana whips, Roxie reverses but Katana goes up and over. Things keep moving, Katana RANAS but Roxie handsprings through! Fans cheer the standoff and Roxie throws off her sleeves. Katana drop toeholds Roxie and facelocks!
Kayden tags in, rolls Roxie up, TWO! Kayden keeps on Roxie with an armlock of her own, then wrenches to wristlock. Roxie rolls, kips up, wrenches back and brings Kayden over. Meiko tags in and fans fire up. Meiko and Kayden shake hands, then they each try kicks. Meiko blocks one, but she lets Kayden go. Kayden CHOPS, but Meiko BOOTS, KICKS and brings Kayden around to UPPERCUT! Kayden ends up in a corner, Katana runs in but Meiko sends her to Roxie for a spin and UPPERCUT! KC Squared are in the corners, Meiko and Roxie both run to UPPERCUT! They somersault to meet at the middle, and go back for more UPPERCUTS!
Fans fire up as the champ and the legend bring KC Squared around to DOUBLE UPPERCUT! KC Squared bails out, fans fire up as Roxie builds speed, and Roxie DIVES to take Katana out! Kayden storms over but Meiko FLYING FOREARMS from the apron! Fans fire up as the champ and legend stand tall in the ring, and NXT goes picture in picture.
Roxie and Meiko high five, then Meiko goes out to put Kayden back in. Meiko puts Kayden on the apron, steps over her, then brings her up. Meiko wrenches, wristlocks, and tags Roxie. Roxie climbs up to drop AX HANDLES on the arm. Roxie wrenches Kayden now, wristlocks again, and wrenches to an armlock. Then La Magistrol! TWO, but Roxie drags Kayden into a ghost pin! TWO, and Roxie wrenches. Roxie headlocks, Kayden powers out, things speed up and Roxie CROSSBODIES, but Kayden catches her! Kayden RAMS Roxie into the corner, tags Katana, and Katana hits DOUBLE KNEES! Cover, TWO!
Katana keeps on Roxie, brings her away from Meiko, and she tags in Kayden. Kayden holds Roxie in place for Katana’s SHOTGUN! Kayden covers, TWO! Kayden drags Roxie away, traps an arm and has a seated cobra twist! Roxie endures, fans rally up, and Kayden digs her elbow into Roxie’s side. Roxie fights up but Kayden wrangles her back down. Roxie fights up again, powers through and throws body shots! Kayden ROCKS Roxie then fireman’s carries but Roxie slips off! CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Roxie crawls but Kayden drags her away! Tag to Katana, and Katana drags Roxie up to have a standing cobra twist!
NXT returns to single picture as Roxie endures. Fans rally, Roxie pries at the hold, and they move around. Roxie hip tosses Katana away! Katana comes back with a SHOTGUN! Cover, TWO! Katana keeps Roxie from Meiko and tags in Kayden. Kayden brings Roxie up and they go around, but Roxie rolls Kayden up! TWO, and Kayden storms up, into a JAWBREAKER! Kayden staggers, turns around and is spooked seeing Meiko there. Kayden turns around again, Roxie slides right under her! Hot tag to Meiko! The Final Boss grabs an arm and wrenches to a wristlock. Meiko wrenches again, sweeps the legs, then drops knees on the arm! Cover, ONE!!
Meiko runs to BLAST Katana, then KICKS Kayden! Kayden staggers up but into more KICKS! Meiko reels Kayden in, but Kayden fights with a headlock! Kayden throws down elbows, runs, but into a ROUNDHOUSE! Kayden drops to her knees, she ducks the buzzsaw but Meiko SPINNING BUZZSAWS! Cover, TWO!! Kayden survives but Meiko hauls her up to a fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Tag to Roxie, she stomps Kayden, rolls and HANDSPRING SENTONS! cover, Katana breaks it! Fans fire up but Roxie drags Kayden back up. Kayden ROCKS Roxie first! Roxie ROCKS Kayden back!
Fans duel, Kayden ROCKS Roxie but Roxie tilt-o-whirls and RUSSIAN- NO, Kayden fights the leg sweep! Hammerlock and clinch, and Kayden CLUBS away on Roxie! Then LARIAT! Both women are down, the fans duel even harder, and Roxie gets to ropes. Kayden goes to the opposite end, their partners call for them, and Kayden runs in! BOOT WASH! Tag to Katana, Kayden puts Roxie in the ropes for the DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Katana facelocks to keep Roxie back, but Roxie fights up! Roxie powers Katana back step by step, wrenches out, and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS! Hot tag to Meiko!
Meiko wrenches, fireman’s carries, DEATH- NO, SUNSET FLIP! TWO, and Katana hits a CODE BREAKER! Meiko goes to the corner, Katana runs in but into an elbow! Meiko ELBOWS Kayden off the apron then goes up top. Katana goes up to ROCK her first! Katana and Meiko brawl, Kayden tags in! But Roxie reinforces Meiko, only for Katana to kick her away! Katana then CROSSBODIES Roxie down! Kayden and Meiko brawl, Katana tags back in. Kayden gives Katana the boost, SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO!! Meiko survives but Kayden tags back in. Kayden stands Meiko up and Katana climbs, but Meiko shoves Kayden away!
Katana leaps over Kayden and Meiko, comes back, but into a SOBAT! Meiko runs, to HANDSPRING KNEE DROP! But Kayden SUPERKICKS Meiko! Kayden brings Meiko up, Meiko slips off the fireman’s carry, but Kayden ROLLING ELBOWS! Meiko PELES! Hot tag to Roxie! Roxie SOBATS Kayden, hops on, POP ROX!! Cover, Roxie & Meiko win!
Winners: Roxanne Perez & Meiko Satomura, by pinfall
The champ and the legend stand tall in a big team-up! But Meiko gets the mic to say that since she did something for Roxie, Roxie should return the favor. And she points at the title! Fans like the sound of that, and Roxie says it would be her honor. Roxie bows in respect, then holds up the title. Meiko wants the gold, but will the Prodigy bring out that gamer girl and defeat the Final Boss?
A great episode for NXT that sets up a lot for… Well, not for Stand & Deliver but for the build to it. I didn’t write it down but Vic Joseph just said the word “roadblock” so sadly, I think they’re only giving us Roxie VS Meiko as a TV match when that is Stand & Deliver material. At the same time, that’s the only place Bron VS Jinder belongs. Bron and Jinder had a decent promo, the pacing of it seemed a little odd, but Jinder had such a good point that Bron is no longer beloved by everyone. Jinder is definitely going to be one more win for Bron before he loses at Stand & Deliver to Carmelo Hayes and then moves on to RawDown.
Really good promo from Jacy to put herself over and talk down to the fans, and of course she calls Gigi the Jannetty to further the parallels to the barbershop segment. Indi had a good response promo to call her out. Jacy is probably gonna beat Indi in their match, but Gigi will surely show up to go after Jacy and set up a grudge match for Stand & Deliver. Then winner of that can go after the title in the post-Mania weekend phase. Great little promo segment from Ivy, Tatum, Javi and Isla. Javi is doing great stuff as a Heel, I hope he gets a post-Mania push. Also this is getting us closer to Ivy & Tatum VS Isla & Fyre, that’s going to be a fun tag match.
Gallus and Pretty Deadly had a hilarious segment, and I love the twist that the tag match is happening despite Pretty Deadly losing. That match is going to be great stuff, but I would think Gallus wins. Good promo from Apollo to respond to Dabba-Kato, but I figured Apollo himself wouldn’t understand Kato’s anger. But they’re going to have a great match either way. Great opening match from Bate VS Waller, and it was both a good move to have Bate win and also Waller get in HBK’s face. This isn’t usually how wrestler VS authority figure goes, but that in itself is a creative move. Waller could probably use this story as his way to go up to RawDown, where HBK just can’t deal with him anymore and makes Waller HHH’s problem.
Trick Williams calling out Dragunov was an interesting move, but of course Trick sucker punches Dragunov with JD’s distraction. Dragunov VS JD might end up a Roadblock match even though that’s also Stand & Deliver material. Maybe the winner of that moves on to the North American Championship. Good stuff from the Open Challenge segment, both Dijak stopping Tony and Stacks from doing anything, to Von stepping in only to lose. Von obviously hasn’t opened himself up and Stone is getting more frustrated with it, but I do love that Stone brought up the meme. I honestly can’t be sure where Von’s character goes from here, but it’ll probably be some great stuff.
Good promo from Hank and Gulak with Gulak giving Hank some old boots. The silver does go pretty well with the black and orange Hank had. I didn’t expect Hank VS Dempsey to be a squash match, and while I was figuring Gulak and Dempsey would eventually team up, I didn’t think it’d happen here. I know the Creed Brothers are top collegiate wrestlers turned pro-wrestlers, but Gulak & Dempsey are going to be the team that brings technical wrestling to the NXT Tag Division. If anything, NXT might set up another Fatal 4 Way match for the tag titles to maximize who is on the Stand & Deliver card.
Really good vignette for Sol for us to understand her origins, and clearly that’s a sign she’s going to go far. Really good match from Axiom VS Kemp, and I was actually surprised Axiom won. I thought Kemp was going to win to call out Bate, but maybe Kemp will just come back for more. Good stuff from Chase U and The Schism on top of Thea VS Tiffany. Tiffany gets a good win, even with it being because of distraction. Tiffany is also a frontrunner for facing Roxie for the title at some point, though Cora Jade and Lyra Valkyria need to settle their score first. And Thea would make for a great first opponent for Ava Raine as Ava has yet to get in the ring. Heck, make it a Mixed Six, let Duke, Chase and The Dyad do the heavy lifting of the match.
And of course, the major attraction of this Valentine’s Day NXT was Jensen’s romance with Kiana. Great promos all night, and I just knew Fallon telling on Kiana about Zack was gonna blow up in her face. I thought Zack was a cousin but Zack turned out to be her brother, either way Fallon looks awful. I don’t wanna say it’s because Fallon also likes Jensen, but that could be part of the twist. And whether it’s a love triangle or just the issues of distrust, this could be how Fallon and Kiana break down as a team and lose the titles to whoever comes for them at Stand & Deliver. My vote is for Isla & Fyre, though, as that’s a really strong team.
My Score: 8.7/10
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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (5/31/23)
The hand has been dealt!
Why, Konosuke, Why?
Another Double or Nothing in the books, and after their betrayal of The Elite, we hear from Don Callis and Konosuke Takeshita!
- Six Man Tag: The Blackpool Combat Club VS The Lucha Brothers & Bandido; The BCC wins.
- Triple Threat: Swerve Strickland VS “Big Bill” Morrissey VS Trent Beretta; Swerve wins.
- Orange Cassidy & Darby Allin VS The Gates of Agony w/ Prince Nana; Darby & Cassidy win.
- AEW TBS Championship: Kris Statlander VS Nyla Rose; Kris wins and retains the title.
- Mixed Tag: Chris Jericho & Saraya VS Adam Cole & Britt Baker; win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Six Man Tag: The Blackpool Combat Club VS The Lucha Brothers & Bandido!
Jon Moxley, Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta, along with Bryan Danielson, were victorious at Double or Nothing in Anarchy in the Arena II, but they had some help at the end. We’ll hear from dirty Don and turncoat Takeshita later, because right now, the BCC want to unleash #DeathJitsu on the ROH World Tag Team Champions & The Most Wanted! Will the Maniac, the Swiss Superman and the Decoder prove they’re ready for more violence?
Fans are fired up for the Lucha Bros & Bandido but the BCC isn’t amused. The trios sort out but then everyone starts shoving. Then they start brawling! The ref reprimands but the BCC have the luchadores on the ropes. They triple whip but the luchadores all reverse to TRIPLE SUPERKICK! Fans fire up with “CERO! MIEDO!” The luchadores build speed and TRIPLE DIVE into forearms and lariats! Moxley drags Penta out to the floor to throw him at the timekeeper’s area! Wheeler RAMS Bandido into steel steps! Claudio SNAKE EYES Fenix off the railing, then tosses him OVER the railing! Then he goes out after him in the crowd!
Moxley has an ANKLE LOCK on Penta, while Yuta throws Bandido into railing! And then more railing! The ref reprimands, but Moxley runs in, only for Penta to toss him into the crowd! Yuta puts Bandido in the ring, the bell finally sounds, and this is finally a match. Fans cheer as Yuta stomps Bandido and Claudio TOSSES Fenix back to ringside. Yuta drags Bandido up but Bandido throws body shots. Bandido clotheslines in the corner, whips him corner to corner, but Yuta goes up and over. Bandido runs back in but into a scoop SLAM! And Claudio clotheslines Fenix back up and over the railing!
Yuta SENTONS on Bandido, covers, TWO! Yuta scowls but Bryan is at least impressed with Yuta using a “fundamentally sound” cover. Yuta drags Bandido up, suplexes, but Bandido blocks! Fans rally up, Bandido suplexes Yuta! And holds him up! Uno! Dos! Tress! But then Mox rushes in! Fenix SUPERKICKS him first! Penta sees Claudio and SUPERKICKS him first! Then they SUPERKICK again! Bandido goes past TWENTY, and then the Lucha Brothers each grab Moxley and Claudio to hammerlock arms. DOUBLE SACRIFICE ARMBARS!! Bandido makes it to THIRTY but he isn’t done!!
Bandido makes it to FORTY, and then FIFTY!! Yuta’s head is almost as red as Bandido’s outfit as we get to SIXTY, and the SLAM!! Cover, TWO!?! Yuta survives and Bryan is proud of his student again. But tag to Penta, Fenix goes up, “CERO! MIEDO!” But Yuta slips free, only for Penta to SUPERKICK! TIGHTROPE WALK KICK! But Moxley CUTTERS Penta! Fenix SCREW HIGH KICKS Mox, but Claudio CLOBBERS Fenix! Penta SUPERKICKS, whips, Claudio reverses but Penta goes up and over, BACKSTABBER!! Fans are thunderous and Bryan has to admit, the lucha trio is incredible.
Penta crawls, as does Yuta, hot tag to Bandido! He HOTSHOTS Yuta, springboards but Yuta moves! Bandido FLOPS, then distracts the ref! Claudio & Moxley drag Bandido out to ASSISTED PILEDRIVER to the floor!! Bryan loves it while fans boo, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Yuta snap suplexes Bandido up and over, then drags Bandido back up. He fists bumps Claudio, puts Bandido in the ring, then tags Moxley. Moxley keeps Bandido from the corner with a facelock, but fans rally up. Bandido fights to his feet, only for Moxley to HALF HATCH! Moxley then tags Claudio in, they stomps Bandido, then Claudio grabs an arm to grind it down. Bandido endures, fights to the ROPEBREAK, but Claudio brings him up. Bandido throws body shots but Claudio chinbars to keep him from the corner. Claudio whips and CLOBBERS Bandido, then flexes. Tag to Moxley and the BCC stomp Bandido again.
Moxley gets the legs to stomp Bandido int he stomach. Moxley then turns Bandido with a HALF CRAB! Bandido reaches out, Yuta tries to keep the rope from him but the ref reprimands. Fans rally up, Bandido gets the ROPEBREAK! Moxley lets go to bring Bandido up and he throws knee after knee. Moxley whips, Bandido sunset flips, but Moxley rolls through to KNEE Bandido down! Cover, TWO, but Moxley gets the arms for DRAGON STOMPS! Moxley drags Bandido to a cover, TWO! Moxley grabs an arm to hammerlock it and grind Bandido down. Bandido endures while Dynamite returns to single picture.
Fans rally but Moxley chinbars Bandido into a chinlock. Bandido still endures, but Moxley wraps Bandido arms around for a straitjacket stretch. Bandido still fights up and JAWBREAKERS free! Moxley runs in to clothesline at the corner! And again! Moxley talks trash on Bandido, whips him corner to corner, but Bandido BOOTS him! And UPPERCUTS! And goes up top for a TORNILLO! Direct hit and fans are thunderous! Both Bandido and Moxley crawl, hot tags to Claudio and Fenix! Fenix waistlocks, Claudio fights it and elbows free to then whip. Fenix ducks ‘n’ dodges, tiger feint rewind but Claudio dodges the heel kick!
Fenix still SUPERKICKS! Yuta runs in to BOOT Fenix! Fans foo, but Yuta runs in and only gets the buckles! JUMP SOBAT! Snapmare and tag to Penta! UNO, DOS, TRES! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! Claudio returns, Penta dodges and SLINGBLADES! Penta goes to a corner, Claudio runs in but Penta pops him up into a headstand, to SUPERKICK him down! Penta then uses Claudio to victory roll and jump, DDT for Moxley! Claudio LARIATS in return!! Fans fire up again as Claudio stirs. Claudio drags Penta back but Penta kicks him away. Hot tags to Yuta and Bandido! Yuta and Bandido fire forearms back and forth!
The fans are on Bandido’s side but Yuta ROCKS him! Yuta eggs Bandido on, and the forearms go back and forth again! Bryan says Yuta’s technique is the advantage, but Bandido starts using speed! The forearms keep going and the fans fire up! Yuta BITRES Bandido’s forehead! Yuta runs, into a DROPKICK! Bandido throws off the shirt and fans are thunderous again! Bandido whips, pops Yuta up, CUTTER!! Bandido goes up, the Lucha Brothers get in. “CERO! MIEDO!” The Lucha Brothers DOUBLE TOPE to take out Mox & Claudio! FROG SPLASH for Bandido! Cover, TWO!!! Bryan says this is what he was talking about!
Fans boo but Bandido drags Yuta up to gut wrench and Canadian Rack. Torture rack to KNEE STRIKE! Bandido has Yuta on the ropes, he runs, but Moxley anchors Yuta out of the 21 Plex! The ref reprimands, Penta ENZIGURIS Moxley! Yuta sends Bandido to ropes, Claudio UPPERCUTS Bandido! Yuta BUSAIKU KNEES, to the HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS!!! Bryan calls ever shot, and then Yuta shifts into the SEATBELT! The BCC wins!
Winner: The Blackpool Combat Club, by pinfall
Bryan celebrates with his guys, though the fans aren’t as happy about it. Will the BCC soon look to take over AEW one division at a time?
Backstage interview with The Elite.
Alex Marvez is with Hangman Page and the Young Bucks while Matt Jackson is having his foot taped up. Anarchy in the Arena II was perhaps one of the most brutal matches in AEW history, what is the status of Matt and the rest of the team three days later? Matt says a long time ago, he told Hangman that he brings out the good in them. Safe to say, after Sunday, the BCC bring out the worst in them. Never thought the day would come where Matt would try to melt the face of another man with an explosive sneaker, and alas, here we are.
Nick, a big bandage on his forehead, recounts Hangman saying that they are the heart, the soul and the spirit of AEW. Not one setback is gonna keep them down! Hangman says they are still standing, still swinging, and still breathing! To be a group that prides themselves on being the best, the BCC sure love to use numbers. But the truth is- Wait, in walks the Dark Order. They tell Hangman, “Good to see you.” Oh, did Matt hurt his foot? Silver says Hangman is with his new-old best friends, they should probably just go. Sorry about that. Hangman wants to respond to that, but Marvez has one more question.
It has been said, rumored, that Kenny Omega has left the country and gone home to Canada based on everything that’s happened the last few weeks. Any word on that? Hangman says Kenny is hurt, he is pissed, and yes he is out of the country, but he’s not in Canada. Hangman excuses himself to chase after The Dark Order, what is the status of that friendship? What is the status of The Cleaner after further betrayal by men he once called friends?
Tony Schiavone is in the ring.
Double or Nothing is in the rearview mirror, and he welcomes out two men who were very active that night, Jay White & Juice Robinson, Bullet Club Gold! The Switchblade & Rock Hard make their way out, and White says the money’s here! Schiavone says their issue with Ricky Starks seems never ending. They get in close and he says they attacked Starks backstage! White starts by saying that Double or Nothing was a great night. Fans cheer and White applauds, too. But White bets Starks feels he’s on top of the world after he eliminated Jay & Juice from the battle royal.
But as a reminder to everyone, especially to Ricky Starks, he’s not the International Champion. he lost that battle royal just like he lost to White. And Juice says that brings them to FTR! BCG wants to know, WHY, Dax & Cash, did you come to the aid of “sweet boy” Ricky? It doesn’t make sense! There’s no way FTR are friends with Ricky Starks, because we all know Ricky Starks ain’t got no friends! White says we also know FTR are “a couple of Southern boys,” so maybe they’re a little bit slow. And they look dumb, too, have you seen them? You heard them talk? They sound pretty dumb, too!
White just didn’t actually think they were dumb enough to get in the Bang Bang Gang’s business! But wait, here comes FTR! Dax & Cash are still AEW World Tag Team Champions after Mark Briscoe saw who were his real friends on Sunday night. The champs get in the ring but White uses Schiavone as a shield. Seems FTR are that dumb. Juice says keep this cordial. This isn’t them being dumb, they’re here to apologize! White isn’t so sure, but maybe Juice is on to something. Maybe they’re also here because they wanna join BULLET CLUB GOLD~! Yeah? Huh? White says FTR are ready to be some Gold members!
So do they wanna join the top shelf gunslingers? Top Shelf Top Guys! If they wanted to join, all they had to do was ask. Just make sure you do it politely. White holds out the mic to Dax, then drops it as he reaches out. Fans boo and Dax glares at White. But then Juice sucker punches Dax! FISTFUL O’ SILVER DOLLARS!! Cash TACKLES Juice, but White goes after Cash! The BCG mug Cash while Dax writhes, clutching his jaw! Juice drags Dax up, JUICE IS LOOSE!! “Take that!” White gets Cash for a BLADERUNNER!! “That’s what you get!!” But here comes Starks! Starks runs BCG off and grabs the mic.
“Hey you two cowards! I’m sick of you two every single week! So how about this? You keep that jabroni ass freak in the back, and you and me, Jay, we finish it next week on Dynamite! YOU PUNK ASS B*TCH!!” The Absolute throws out the ultimatum, will he and King Switch finally put an end to this?
Tony Khan has an announcement for AEW Collision.
“It’s great to be here tonight in San Diego. The last few weeks, we made some announcements regarding the debut of AEW Saturday Night Collision, starting June 17th at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. I’m here tonight to give you a little more information about the debut of AEW Collision. I’m here to announce that AEW Collision, beginning June 17th, will feature… CM Punk!” Fans go wild hearing that! The Best in the World, the polarizing Plus Delta of AEW, is making his return in his hometown! What kind of collision are we going to say for that debut episode?
Triple Threat: Swerve Strickland VS “Big Bill” Morrissey VS Trent Beretta!
The Blackjack Battle Royal was a bust for everyone hoping to take the title off Orange Cassidy, but there was a lot of beef between these three men during all the chaos. Who scores a much easier win under 33% odds versus the one in 21?
The bell rings and Swerve bails out so Bill can’t get him. Fans boo but then Bill turns his attention to Trent. Fans fire up and Bill storms up on Trent. Trent slips away to not be cornered, then he CHOPS Bill! Bill scowls and dusts himself off. Bill storms up again, Trent slips away again and headlocks. Bill powers up but Trent holds on. Bill powers out, Trent ducks ‘n’ dodges and DIVES onto Swerve on the outside! Fans fire up as Trent puts Swerve in the ring saying “You’re turn!” He wants Bill to get at Swerve and Bill’s fine with that. Swerve wants Bill to hold on, but then he swings on Bill!
Bill blocks the punch, so Swerve kicks a leg. Swerve goes to whip but Bill blocks that, too! Bill whips, Swerve goes up and around and BOOTS Bill! Trent returns to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Bill just choke grips back! Bill BOOTS Swerve, then shoves Trent to a corner. Bill SPLASHES Swerve, SPLASHES Trent, and repeat! Bill clotheslines Swerve up and out! Trent ducks ‘n’ dodges but Bill FLAPJACKS Trent then BOOTS him down! Fans fire up with Bill while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Bill watches as Trent crawls back in. Bill kicks Trent, drags him up, and CLUBS him back down. Bill then steps out to go after Swerve. Fans fire up as Bill stalks Swerve around the way, then UPPERCUTS him! Swerve CHOPS, Bill TOSSES him to the ramp! Swerve writhes, Trent goes out after Bill and throws body shots. Bill ROCKS Trent with a haymaker! Then he SMACKS Trent off the steps! Trent falls and Bill soaks up the cheers and jeers. Bill stalks Swerve on the ramp, drags him up, and brings him around to SMACK him off the apron! And then CHOPS him against the apron! Swerve sputters and drops to his knees.
Bill gives a toying kick to Swerve, but Swerve comes back with a CHOP! Bill ROCKS Swerve with a right hand! Bill then kicks Trent down. Bill soaks up the cheers and jeers as he brings Swerve around the way, to scoop, but Swerve lips off! Swerve POSTS Bill, Trent SPEARS Bill! Fans fire up but then Swerve RAMS Trent into the railing! Swerve puts Trent on the apron, goes up after him, and fireman’s carries. Trent fights free, but Swerve CHOPS him! Trent ROCKS Swerve! Swerve ROCKS Trent and Dynamite returns to single picture, right as Trent ROCKS Swerve! Swerve ROCKS Trent back so the shots keep going!
Fans fire up but Swerve knees low! Swerve fireman’s carries, Trent slips off again, but Swerve fights the half nelson! Swerve throws elbows, Bill gets in the ring and runs that way, Trent pulls Swerve into the path of the BOOT! Down goes Swerve, then Trent SHOTGUNS Bill off the apron! Fans fire up as Trent goes up a corner, to ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Down goes Bill! Fans fire up with Trent but now Swerve goes up to BOOT from the apron! Swerve drags Trent up, puts him in the ring, and fans rally up. Trent is in a drop zone, Swerve goes up the corner. But Bill choke grips him! Swerve fights the arm but Bill CHOPS him!
Bill climbs up to join Swerve, choke grips again, but Trent hits Bill low! Trent climbs up, but Bill grabs him, too! But then both Trent & Swerve throat chop! Fans boo, but Trent & Swerve work together to DOUBLE SUPERPLEX Bill!! All three men are down and fans are thunderous! Bill goes to a corner, Swerve and Trent throw forearms again! They go back and forth, Swerve throws body shot after body shot! Swerve runs, but Trent gets around, HALF ‘N’ HALF! Swerve tumbles out, Trent builds speed, but Bill scoops! BIG BOSS MAN SLAM!!! Cover, Swerve HOUSE CALLS! Cover on Bill, TWO?!?!
Bill survives but Swerve rolls to COMPLETE SHOT Trent! Trent sits up, Swerve goes up, KILL- NO, Trent avoids the stomps! To BUSAIKU KNEE!! Trent reels Swerve in, PILEDRIVER!! Cover, BILL BREAKS IT! Bill stalks Trent to the apron and fans fire up. Bill drags Trent up but Trent CHOPS! Bill doesn’t budge, so Trent CHOPS again! Bill clamps onto Trent’s throat, CHOKE SLAM into the ring! But Swerve APRON KILL STOMPS Bill!!! And then roll-up on Trent, Swerve wins!!
Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall
The Mogul takes advantage and gets a huge win! Will Swerve soon be aiming for another title shot?
Kris Statlander speaks.
“Today’s date is May 28th, 2023. It’s the PPV, Double or Nothing, in Las Vegas, Nevada, and I am officially cleared. I am your NEW TBS Champion. It’s been a long time coming, and this whole time, I was never really sure if I deserved it. Not sure if I was someone deserving of this moment. It just really shows me how much not only does this place mean to me, but how much I mean to AEW. It’s just so nice to physically hold something to feel like you deserve it for once. Not only am I gonna prove to everyone that they were right, but I’m gonna prove to myself that this is my time. And I’m gonna have the best damn title reign anyone’s ever seen.” But she’s already putting the title on the line, will her time be short?
Renee Paquette is on stage.
“Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome The Acclaimed & Daddy Ass.” Max Caster, Anthony Bowens & Billy Gunn are here, and Renee says that unfortunately, thing didn’t go their way in that AEW World Trios Championship match. They asked for this time, so the floor is theirs. Billy says Renee is right, things did not go quite the way they’d planned. But that’s okay! Because anyone can get beat at any given time. Billy’s biggest regret is that he let his guys down. Caster says that Billy shouldn’t blame himself. They win as a team and lose as a team. They won a lot as a trio, undefeated until facing House of Black.
And see, Caster is the best wrestler alive, Bowens is the Five Tool Player, and Billy is the legend! They ARE The Acclaimed, they are the People’s Choice. Bowens says that is right. And their goal remains the same. A few months ago, Acclaimed were screwed outta tag team gold. Fans boo that, but the Acclaimed want gold back! “And this man, this legend, after over 30 YEARS of giving his all to the business, of giving his all to each and every one of you, giving his all to us, this man deserves to hold gold one more time!” Fans love the sound of that! They chant for “DADDY ASS! DADDY ASS!”
Bowens says do not worry about it, Billy, because EVERYONE loves The Acclaimed! So the goal remains the same, and the three SCISSOR FINGER~! Will they cut down the House of Black one way or another? Or will the House always win?
Tony Schiavone is back in the ring.
The bile rises in his throat as he has to say these names. “Here comes… Don Callis! And… Konosuke Takeshita.” Fans boo as Callis & Takeshita walk their way out to no music, but with highlights of Callis helping the BCC cheat the Elite. Callis & Takeshita go to the ring to join Schiavone, and Schiavone says, “Sunday night, Double or Nothing, not so sure. We talked to Bryan Danielson, whose side are you on? Whose side are you with? One thing we know for sure, you apparently have yourself a new protégé.” Callis grins but fans boo, and Callis says he sincerely hopes that such boos are for Kenny Omega! No, they’re for Callis.
Callis continues to say he is the REAL victim here! He has done everything for Kenny Omega! The booing gets louder! And they’re even flipping Callis off! Callis says Kenny only had what he had because of Callis! The AEW World Championship? All Callis! Kenny chose his friends. Every morning, Callis has to get up and look at the scar on his head! 23 stitches! And Callis blames it all on Kenny! Kenny destroyed Callis’ family! And maybe Callis lost a nephew, but he gained a son in Konosuke Takeshita! Fans chant “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” but Callis says Takeshita is the best athlete he has ever seen in wrestling! 6’3″, 240 pounds, and you know who he’s better than?
Konosuke is better than Rikidōzan! Better than Antonio Inoki! Better than Keiji Mutoh! And yes, better than Kazuchika Okada! But you know who else he’s better than? We’ll see it very soon, too! Konosuke is better than Kenny Omega! Konosuke gets the mic to tell everyone Japanese that they’re all stupid! Kenny Omega is nothing! And they all know it! Then in English, “We will destroy the Elite! We will destroy Kenny… Omega!” Callis tells Kenny that he destroyed his family so Callis is building a new one! And that new family will cut the Elite out of All Elite Wrestling! Fans boo as hard as they’ve ever booed before, but will that not stop what Callis is planning for Kenny Omega?
Arn Anderson & Wardlow speak.
The Enforcer says that before Double or Nothing and the ladder match, he cut through all the BS and asked Wardlow one question: What are you willing to do to Christian Cage? Everyone’s giving Arn a bunch of hoopla about biting that giant lizard’s thumb. But Wardlow got manhandled, and when you snatch Arn by the neck, what you think’s gonna happen? Wardlow says Luchasaurus found out not to get involved with their business. Arn wants to know what Wardlow’s willing to do, and he answered that. There are no more limits! If Luchasaurus wants to be next, Wardlow will be more than happy to finish the job!
Orange Cassidy & Darby Allin VS The Gates of Agony w/ Prince Nana!
Freshly Squeezed is still the AEW International Champion after facing the steepest odds possible, while the Relentless One could not overcome MJF, Sammy Guevara & Jack Perry all at once to become AEW World Champion. But will this unlikely duo keep going against even this daunting duo in front of them?
The teams sort out, but Bishop Kaun shoves Darby off the corner! And Toa Liona goes after Cassidy with clubbing forearms! The bell rings, Kaun keeps after Darby on the outside, and Cassidy just gets his jacket and shirt off. Kaun CHOPS Darby, Liona pushes Cassidy down, then Liona drags Cassidy up to whip corner to corner. Cassidy tumbles up and out, baits Liona in and shoulders into him. Cassidy bumps Liona off buckles, but Liona just glares at him! Liona drags Cassidy up and into the ring to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Kaun scoops Darby, but Darby slips free to POST Kaun! Darby tags in!
Fans fire up as Darby, bad shoulder all taped up, has the fans behind him. Darby SLAPS, RAMS, and runs, but Liona rushes in! Darby dodges but then runs into a BODY CHECK! Liona roars, fans boo, but Liona drags Darby up. Liona puts Darby in the corner, tags Kaun, and the Gates fire each other up! Kaun whips Liona in but Darby dodges! Darby BOOTS Kaun away, springboards, but Liona POUNCES the Coffin Splash! Kaun drags Cassidy in, GUT BUSTER DROP! Nana, Cage and Swerve return to ringside, they wanna watch this in person. Kaun has Darby up to CHOP him in the corner!
Kaun drags Darby up and over, tags Liona in, and the Gates mug Darby in the corner. Liona paces, the ref reprimands, but Kaun digs his boots into Darby! The fans rally up for Darby but Liona drags him up. Liona smirks, whips Darby to the corner, but Darby BLASTS Kaun! But then Liona SPLASHES Darby int he corner! But Darby boots from below! Liona gets the legs, yanks Darby up but Darby slips to the outside! Darby HOTSHOTS Liona, but Kaun trips Darby to RAM him into the railing! And then apron! And then railing! And then apron! And then a whip into the railing! Liona rushes around the way to CLOBBER Cassidy!
Fans boo but The Mogul Embassy is pleased while Dynamite goes picture in picture. Kaun drags Darby but he’s deadweight. Kaun gets Darby up and into the ring, covers, TWO! Kaun rains down fists on Darby, lets off to soak up the heat, and then he drags Darby back up. Kaun fishhooks the nose but the ref reprimands. Kaun lets go, Darby goes to a corner, but Kaun fires off on him. Darby hits back, but Kaun kicks and whips to then kitchen sink knee! Kaun stands on Darby for a cover, ONE! Kaun drags Darby over, tags in Liona, and the Gates stomp Darby at the ropes. The ref counts, Liona steps off, then drags Darby back up.
Liona scoops Darby, SLAMS him, then SPLASHES! Darby writhes while Liona looms over him. Liona CLUBS Darby in the side, drags him up and pushes him into the corner. Kaun tags in, Darby is in the ropes, and Kaun kicks him to the floor. Kaun taunts Cassidy, then goes out to stomp away on Darby. Darby scrambles into the ring but Kaun is after him. Kaun stands on Darby’s hands to keep him from reaching Cassidy! Kaun stomps the hands, puts him in the Gates’ corner, then CHOPS him! Darby sputters, drops to a knee, and Kaun taunts Cassidy. Fans rally as Dynamite returns to single picture.
Kaun puts Darby up on the top rope, climbs up behind him, and then scoops for a TOP ROPE BACKBREAKER! Darby writhes on the apron, Liona hits an APRON SENTON! Liona then BLASTS Cassidy, drags Darby up, URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Darby is hanging tough and fans fire up! Tag to Kaun and the Gates circle Darby. Fans rally up but The Gates drag Darby up and high five, but then Darby flops over. The Gates laugh, and Swerve smirks seeing his old rival suffer. But Darby fights back with CHOPS! Liona doesn’t budge! Liona choke grips Darby, he and Kaun throw him to the corner!
Darby comes back, leaps but the Gates catch him to throw him back! Kaun runs in but Darby dropkicks his leg out! Liona runs in, but Darby BOOTS him down! Darby goes up and sunset flips, but Liona stays up! Darby stands up and baits Kaun in, sending him into Liona! Hot tag to Cassidy! Cassidy gets in, raises his hands, and fans fire up as they go in his pockets! Cassidy dodges Liona, dodges Kaun and sends him into Liona, then he dodges Kaun again to send him into buckles! Cassidy SHOTGUNS Liona to the other corner then kips up! Fans fire up, Kaun runs in but Cassidy dodges, Kaun’s SHOTGUN hits Liona!
Cassidy runs to tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO!! Kaun survives but Cassidy keeps his focus. Cassidy throws off the elbow pad and takes aim from the corner. Kaun rises, Cassidy runs in, ORANGE- NO, Kaun dodges! Liona fireman’s carries, SAMOAN DROP! The Gates drag Cassidy up, high five, and SHUT THE GATES! Cover, Darby breaks it!! Liona TOSSES Darby, Swerve is getting annoyed, but Liona goes back to the corner. Liona tags in, fans rally up for Cassidy, but the Gates reset. DOUBLE- RANA!! Cassidy hot tags Darby! Darby COFFIN SPLASHES Liona! And again! then one for Kaun! Another for Liona!
Darby fires up a la Sting, dodges Liona and Liona hits buckles! Darby puts Liona outside, CLUBS him and CLAWS him! Liona stands up, grabs Darby, but gets an ORANGE PUNCH! Darby then DIVES to take Liona out!! Kaun ELBOWS Cassidy down! Kaun suplexes, but gets STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! And a boosted CODE RED! Cassidy DIVES to take out Liona! Darby is up top, COFFIN DROP!! Cover, Darby & Cassidy win!
Winners: Orange Cassidy & Darby Allin, by pinfall
But the rest of the Mogul Embassy makes their way to the ring! Swerve & Cage glare right at Darby & Cassidy, and Liona & Kaun both get up. But wait! Here comes STIIIIING! The Icon is back, and he has his baseball bat! Fans are thunderous as Sting steps into the ring and the Embassy backs off. Will Swerve’s house have to worry about the showtime?
“AEW fans, AEW fans! Oh my God, clock’s ticking and you’re running out of competition. Darby Allin, you sweet, sweet little emo b*tch. Once again, you found yourself victim to a maneuver as simple as a headlock takeover. Now if that’s not telling about my competition around here, I don’t know what is! You are running out of gladiators for me to slay, you are running out of people you could possibly claim that are better than me. And you know it. Once again, it has been made abundantly clear, and this time, in Sin City, that nobody is on the level of the Devil!” Will anyone ever exorcise MJF away from the AEW World Championship?
Tony Schiavone is once again in the ring.
He welcomes us back, and thanks San Diego for being part of this great night. But wait, here comes Hook! The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil, the undefeated FTW Champion, steps in the ring. Schiavone says Hook once again helped the Hardy Boyz against Ethan Page at Double or Nothing. But then, what is next for Hook? But wait, someone interrupts. It’s Jose of La Faccion Ingobernable! He has Dralistico y Preston Vance with him, and he “apologizes” for interrupting Hook’s time, but this is the only way LFI is gonna get TV time here! There are two studs here who have never been given opportunities the way Hook has.
Fans boo but Jose says they know it’s true. Rush is too dangerous to be on TV, so he isn’t here right now. Salud, Rush. But where are the fans when they need LFI? When LFI is looking for chances and they get NONE? But they’re gonna start taking opportunities! Show this perro what LFI is about! Dralistico & Vance mug Hook, but here comes JUNGLE BOY! Jack Perry has helped Hook out before, and he’s here again, with a chair! JB JAMS Dralistico, JAMS Vance, and then he SMACKS them both down! Jose sneaks up, but JB sees him first. Jose runs away into the ring, but that’s where Hook is!
Hook clinches to hit the EL CAMINO! Jose flops out of the ring, JB joins Hook in the ring, and they fist bump. Will #JungleHook reunite to shut LFI up?
Backstage interview with The Outcasts.
Renee is with Saraya, Ruby Soho, and the NEW AEW Women’s World Champion, Toni Storm. How does it feel this time around to be champion? Oh, c’mon, look at her! She’s having a great time! She has the world title, the world’s best friends, and she couldn’t be doing any better. A lot of people say she’s just very lucky, but luck’s got nothing to do with this. Toni’s been wrestling since she was 13 years old, a child really! Over half her life! That’s because she’s been all over the world, carrying everyone’s bags and doing everything she can to get to this point.
The Outcasts look around this locker room, and they see no one who could carry Toni’s bags. Ruby says Toni is being very humble. No one anywhere could match Toni’s work ethic. Toni is gracing the AEW fans with her presence during the House Rules live shows. And she’ll even defend this title. That is what a fighting champion does! Oh so humble! Saraya loves Toni so much. But really, there is really no one worthy of carrying Toni’s bags. Not at all. But they’ll keep looking out. And as for “luck,” the only lucky ones are the fans. Who will be “lucky” enough to have some #ToniTime this summer?
AEW TBS Championship: Kris Statlander VS Nyla Rose!
The Galaxy’s Greatest made perhaps the greatest return possible, answering the open challenge of the cocky Jade Cargill. Not only did she end Jade’s reign, she ended the undefeated streak! But will Kris regret putting it all on the line so soon? Or will she start her own incredible reign?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Mama Statlander holds onto her baby!
The bell rings and fans rally as the two tie up. The two are in a deadlock, but then they break. Kris shoves Nyla, they tie up again, and they go around. Nyla puts Kris in a corner, the ref counts, and Nyla lets off. Kris dodges the cheap shot to fire off forearms! Nyla dodges to get some air, but Kris SHOTGUNS Nyla down! Fans fire up, Kris is after Nyla but the scoop doesn’t work. Nyla scoops Kris but she slips free to scoop again! Nyla is still really big, and she scoops Kris to SLAM her! SENTON flops as Kris moves! Kris wraps on the body scissors! Nyla endures, those knee braces are right in the ribs!
Nyla scrambles, gets the ROPEBREAK, and Kris lets go. Kris storms up but Nyla shoulders into her! And bumps her off the buckles! Kris falls and Nyla stalks her. Nyla kicks Kris around, drags her up, and brings her over to ropes. Kris fights the suplex and tries to suplex Nyla! Nyla CLUBS Kris, CLAWS her back, but Kris fights with body shots! Fans rally and Kris still tries a suplex. Nyla knees low, brings Kris around, and snap suplexes her into buckles! We see Taya Valkyrie is watching backstage, surely upset that she didn’t get the TBS title off Jade. Nyla grins as she soaks up the heat and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Nyla taunts Kris, drags her up, and then bumps her off buckles. Nyla stomps Kris, digs her boots in, but the ref counts. Nyla has Kris on the apron before she lets off. Nyla then puts Kris on the ropes to CHOKE and even bend back! Nyla puppets Kris’ mouth, but lets off as the ref counts. Kris flounders, Nyla brings her up to suplex! Cover, ONE!! Nyla grows frustrated, but she stands on Kris before getting a leg. HALF CRAB! Kris endures, reaches out, but Nyla talks trash while she CLUBS away on the knee! Kris crawls, ROPEBREAK! Nyla lets go, Kris goes to a corner, but Nyla RAMS into her!
Nyla pulls the leg against ropes! The ref counts, Nyla lets off and Kris hobbles to another corner. Nyla is after her in the corner with body shots! Nyla then goes corner to corner to ELBOW Kris, and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Nyla keeps Kris down with a chinlock. Kris endures the knee in the back, fans rally up, and Kris fights, only for Nyla to CLUB her in the chest! Nyla clamps onto the arms to keep Kris down, but still Kris fights. Fans rally, kris throws body shots and elbows, but Nyla CHOP BLOCKS! Kris falls, Nyla gets that leg, and has a modified Half Crab! Kris endures, so Nyla stomps away on the leg before going back to the Crab!
Dynamite returns to single picture as Kris fights with her free leg. Nyla lets go, Kris kips up, but Nyla CLOBBERS her! Cover, TWO!! Kris is still in this but Nyla runs, only to miss the splash! Kris runs to DISCUS LARIAT! Nyla stays up to Kris LARIATS again, ROCKS Nyla and ROUNDHOUSES her! Fans fire up with Kris and she runs in at the corner, UPPERCUT! Kris goes side to side, KNEE! Nyla staggers, Kris brings her in, BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Nyla survives and Kris is surprised! But Kris pounds the mat and fans rally with her. Kris drags Nyla to a drop zone and climbs up the corner.
Kris reaches the top but Nyla trips her up! Kris hits the buckles on the way down! Nyla runs in to SPLASH! Kris sits down, Nyla calls her shot and runs again, but Kris bails out! Nyla stops the cannonball to go tot he apron, CANNONBALL to the floor! Nyla grins and she brings Kris up to RAM her into railing! Fans boo but Nyla runs in to CANNONBALL against the railing! Nyla puts Kris back in the ring, stalks her, and catches Kris’ haymaker into a CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Kris survives and now Nyla is surprised! Nyla drags Kris up but Kris JAWBREAKERS! Kris puts Nyla in the drop zone and goes up again!
Fans fire up as Kris aims, to 450 SPLASH!! Cover, Kris wins!
Winner: Kris Statlander, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
The Galaxy’s Greatest has her first win as champion in the books! Taya is not amused, though. Will La Wera Loca get one more shot at that title? Will the third time be the charm? Or will things not go her way now that Mama’s home?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!
It’ll be regularly scheduled, 10 PM Eastern on Friday night, but it’s gonna be a CHAMPIONSHIP Friday! The AAA Mega Championship is on the line as El Hijo Del Vikingo defends against Dralistico AND Komander in a Triple Threat! Will the numbers spell disaster for Vikingo in San Diego? And in her first defense, Willow Nightingale puts up the NJPW Strong Women’s Championship against The Queen of Joshi, Emi Sakura! Will the Babe with the Power be too sweet to be sour? Plus, the NJPW World Television Championship makes its AEW Rampage debut as Zack Sabre Jr. defends against Action Andretti!
But that’s not all! Assuming he defeats Alex Coughlin on ROH TV this week, Katsuyori Shibata will defend the ROH Pure Championship against #TAIGASTYLE, Lee Moriarty! Will The Wrestler still be the champion after this week is over?
BREAKING NEWS for next week’s Dynamite!
Ricky Starks put out the challenge, and Jay White accepted! In a match where Juice Robinson and FTR are all banned from ringside, The Absolute and the Switchblade will finally settle things 1v1! Plus, after big wins from both men tonight, Orange Cassidy defends the AEW International Championship 1v1 against Swerve Strickland! Will the Mogul Embassy grab up even more gold?
Mixed Tag: Chris Jericho & Saraya VS Adam Cole & Britt Baker!
It would seem the Unsanctioned Match at Double or Nothing was not enough for anyone to end this! The Wizard & The Knight called out the Undisputed Couple for this match, and they obliged! Will Jericho & Saraya be the ones standing tall with a fireball? Or will San Diego be all about The Boom?
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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (5/30/23)
It’s about to get TOXIC!
Tonight: Jacy Jayne, Gigi Dolin, and a WEAPONIZED STEEL CAGE!
NXT returns from the Battleground, but another battle is about to begin! The Toxic War between Gigi and Jacy ends, inside a cage, the walls lined with weaponry! Who will be left standing as the Toxic Victor?
- Weaponized Steel Cage: Gigi Dolin VS Jacy Jayne; Gigi wins.
- Wes Lee & Tyler Bate VS The Dyad w/ Ava Raine; Wes & Bate win.
- Joe Coffey VS “Stacks” Channing Lorenzo; Joe wins.
- Cora Jade VS Ivy Nile; Cora wins.
- NXT Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Noam Dar w/ Oro Mensah, Lash Legend & Jakara Jackson; Melo wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Weaponized Steel Cage: Gigi Dolin VS Jacy Jayne!
What was once one of the most dominant duos in the NXT Women’s Division was torn apart by ambition and pride. Where one thought they were closer than sisters, the other only saw herself as the star and everyone else as a side character. This is going to end one way or another, but will it be the Toxic Avenger or the Toxic Traitor that comes out on top?
But wait! Jacy attacks Gigi during her entrance! And then RAMS her into the steel! And then into steel steps! Fans boo but Jacy takes Gigi’s jacket from her, throws it at her, then throws Gigi into the steel again! Jacy says it’s all about her, and she SMACKS Gigi off more steps, and Gigi’s head also hits the underside of the door! Jacy makes Gigi take a seat, to SLAM the door shut on her! And again! And again! Jacy howls but fans boo, and Jacy drags Gigi into the cage. Jacy then closes the door, the bell rings, and Jacy stalks Gigi. Jacy has a duffel bag, and she brings out a LEATHER STRAP! She LASHES Gigi!
Jacy LASHES Gigi more and more, then howls again. Gigi writhes, Jacy gets a chair, but Gigi gets a trash can lid! Gigi kicks Jacy low, SMACKS her on the back, and now Jacy writhes. Gigi runs, but Jacy drop toeholds her onto the chair! Jacy drags Gigi through the chair, runs, but Gigi avoids the ax kick! Gigi comes back with a ROUNDHOUSE! Jacy takes a seat, Gigi CROSSBODIES her down! Gigi drags Jacy up, RAMS her into the steel, then RAMS her into the other side! Gigi gets that strap for herself now, and she LASHES Jacy! And again! And again! And again! Then she just throws the strap at Jacy before getting a trash can lid.
Gigi brings the can around, puts it on Jacy, and then Kawada Kicks away on it! Jacy falls over, Gigi takes the can off her, and fans fire up. Gigi has Jacy against ropes, digs the can into her, and says this is what Jacy wanted! Gigi SLAPS Jacy, runs, and dropkicks the can into Jacy! Cover, TWO! Jacy is still in this, and Gigi snarls. Gigi looks for something else to use as fans rally behind her. Gigi gets the strap and CHOKES Jacy with it! Gigi says Jacy ruined everything! They were like sisters! Gigi lets Jacy go, gets more trash cans, and she sets one down. Fans chant “We Want Tables!” but Gigi gets the bat! It has a rose on it!
Gigi JAMS Jacy with the baseball bat, then DIGS the thorn covered side into her! Gigi climbs up to CHOKE Jacy with the bat and again shouts that Jacy ruined everything! Gigi then takes aim, waits on Jacy to get up, but Jacy avoids the homer to SPINEBUSTER Gigi on the can! Fans are shocked while NXT goes picture in picture.
Jacy talks trash on Gigi, stalks her, and brings her up. Jacy RAMS Gigi into steel, then RAMS her into more steel! Jacy then grinds Gigi into the chain link like it’s a cheese grater! Jacy lets off to revel in the moment, then she steps back in through the ropes. Jacy talks trash on the fans and on Gigi, and then stalks her to ropes. Jacy KICKS Gigi in the face! Jacy gets a chair, wedges it in a corner, and then goes back for Gigi. Jacy brings Gigi up to whip, but Gigi stops herself! Gigi ELBOWS Jacy, runs and BOOTS her down! Gigi then gets another trash can, and she wedges that in another corner.
Gigi goes to Jacy, kicks her low, and whips, but Jacy reverses! Gigi blocks, Jacy kicks low, then blocks a kick to LARIAT Gigi down! And SENTON! Cover, TWO! Gigi is still in this but Jacy rains down fists on her! Jacy eggs Gigi on, taunts fans, then gets a steel chain! Jacy wraps that around her first, gives it a kiss, and FULL METLA BODY SHOTS! And then another! And another! Gigi falls over while Jacy swings the chain. Jacy grinds as she sits Gigi up, and wraps the chain around Gigi’s face! Gigi can only endure as the chain digs into her nose and mouth! NXT returns to single picture as fans rally back up.
Gigi fights, powers up, and swings Jacy into the steel chair! Jacy goes down and fans fire up! Jacy staggers up, Gigi roars, and Gigi ROCKS Jacy, KICKS her and KNEES her! Ripcord and STO! Cover, TWO!! Gigi is frustrated but she pounds the mat. Fans rally up, Gigi gets another chair, and she puts that down at center. She gets that chair from the corner, and another chair, and another chair, and she piles them together. Gigi brings Jacy over, half nelsons, but Jacy fights! Jacy whips, spins Gigi, and then NECKBREAKER on the chair pile!! Both women writhe but Jacy covers, TWO!! Gigi survives and Jacy is beside herself!
Fans rally up, Jacy clears the chairs out of the way and she throws a forearm on Gigi. Gigi comes back with a haymaker! Jacy throws a forearm back! Gigi throws a forearm of her own! Fans rally, Jacy throws another forearm but Gigi fires a flurry! Gigi wrenches, hooks Jacy up, but Jacy dosidos her into the TRASH CAN! And then SUPERKICKS! Just like the night she betrayed Gigi! Jacy runs in, CANNONBALL into the trash can! Cover, TWO!!! Gigi survives again and Jacy is at a loss for words. But then Jacy just grins and rains down fists on Gigi! Fans chant “We Want Tables!” and Jacy drags the table out!
Fans actually chant, “Thank You, Jacy!” and she says shut up, she’s not doing it for them! Jacy sets the table up near a corner, and she goes back to Gigi. Jacy suplexes but Gigi blocks! Gigi throws body shots, turns things around, but Jacy blocks the suplex! Gigi CLUBS Jacy, KNEES her low, and then drags her up to whip. Jacy reverses and sends Gigi into the steel! Jacy then brings Gigi up, bumps her off buckles, and brings her up the corner! Fans fire up as Jacy dribbles Gigi off buckles and the steel! Jacy says this is all about HER, and she reaches the very top rope. But Gigi HEADBUTTS in return!
Jacy wobbles, Gigi SMACKS her off the steel again and again! Jacy stays on the top rope but Gigi clinches, CHOKE SLAM THROUGH THE TABLE!! High stack, Gigi wins!!
Winner: Gigi Dolin, by pinfall
The Toxic Avenger finally ends the Toxic War! Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” What is next for Gigi now that she’s gotten past her past?
Backstage interview with Wes Lee.
McKenzie Mitchell is with the North American Champion and notes we’re just 48 hours removed from his win in a Triple Threat. He is now the longest reigning North American Champion, with TEN successful defenses. Has it sunk in yet? Now that she says it, yes! He is PUMPED! But he’s also sore. Comes with the territory. Back when he won the title at Halloween Havoc, he had no idea how this ride was gonna go. But through the multiple multi-mans, the open challenges and the unforeseen odds- “Sunday’s victory proved nothing!” The Dyad storms in to say Joe Gacy wants to send a reminder.
Wes says okay, he’ll bust them all! But then Tyler Bate steps up to say that if they want to fight Wes, they fight him, too! The Dyad backs off, and Bate tells Wes that as he said on Sunday, that was all business. He still has Wes’s back, if he’ll have him. Wes says he appreciates that. They fist bump, but will Rip Fowler & Jagger Reed still try to send that “message” from The Schism?
Tony D’Angelo gets his mug shot.
He isn’t happy about it, either. But what will happen should The Don have to go to court?
Gallus talks backstage.
They’re of course happy to be NXT Tag Team Champions, but Wolfgang admits, The Creed Brothers are tough. But no one can stop Gallus! They never stop. The Creeds are done, so who steps up to their kingdom next? Well, Tony D and Stacks had next, but uh, Tony can’t do too much with his hands cuffed. “It wasn’t me, officer! I swear! I’m a nice guy!” Fogedaboutit! But Stacks storms in! He knew it was them! They ratted on Tony! Don’t get the wrong idea, Stacks, it wasn’t them. But what is he gonna do without his daddy? Better question: Ever heard that snitches get stitches?
Stacks fires off on Gallus, but he gets mugged 3v1! The refs rush in, but Gallus still throws Stacks into shelfs! The refs tell Gallus they are EJECTED from the building! Gallus is fine with that, they did the damage. But who is going to be next if The Family is busy with their own problems?
Carmelo Hayes is here!
Fans cheer as Trick Melo Gang heads to the ring, because the NXT Champion is still HIM! Trick gets the mic to get to business. They went to Melo’s hometown, Melo went to Battleground, and he left still champion. Fans cheer that, and Melo says he did that. Now listen, Battleground was exactly that: a battle. So he will paint a picture: Melochussetts was going crazy! Bron VS THOUSANDS! Big Spear, Melo still alive. Nothing But Net, #AndStill! And one thing everyone needs to realize, sometimes you gotta take shots to make shots. When it comes to this NXT Championship, Melo don’t ever miss!
Trick says Melo don’t lie, either! Battleground is another brick in the foundation of the HIM Dynasty. But wait, NOAM DAR is here? Dar and his squad walk out, and Dar tells Melo, “Well done! Congratulations! You managed to escape your hometown still champion. And Melo, you weren’t the only one to retain their championship.” Fans boo as Dar says HE defended HIS NXT Heritage Cup, “the most coveted prize in NXT.” But Melo only just managed to beat Bron. Dar beat Dragon Lee not once, but twice. Thank you.
Trick tells “Mr. Supernova” that we don’t have time to talk about how it took four of them to cheat Dragon Lee. Fans cheer that! But there is time to talk about Dar coming out to interrupt Trick Melo Gang. Interrupting Trick Melo Gang is a super no-no. Melo says he saw that match, Dar really is like that. But there’s levels to this. That trophy puts Dar on a high level, but this NXT Championship puts Melo on the HIGHEST level. Dar may’ve “beat” Dragon twice, but Melo bets he couldn’t even beat Melo once. And that’s all it is, and that’s all it- NO NO NO NONONO! SHH! The adults are talking, Trick.
Fans boo as Dar tells Melo that that almost sounded like a challenge. Is Melo challenging Dar, even though that’d be the biggest mistake of his life? If Melo is building a dynasty, then step up! Put the NXT Championship on the line TONIGHT! Trick says whoa, whoa, wait a minute. Dar is trying to take advantage of Melo while he’s tired. DUH! Well done, Captain Obvious. But hey, straight up, what does Melo say? Oh, wait, Lash was right! Melo is just counting the minutes, making it easy, because he doesn’t have what it takes to compete at the highest level night in and night out, like Dar.
But actually, it must be hard to miss when he has… What’s Lash calling it? Low management! No, no, if Dar wants it, then he’s got it! TONIGHT! Fans fire up, but did the Supernova Squad just get the better of HIM?
Cora Jade talks with the other women in the locker room.
They all saw her match with Lyra in the tournament, right? Lyra headbutted her right in the eye! Cora was basically blind half the match! And if she could’ve seen, SHE would have gone to Battleground, and SHE would be NXT Women’s Champion. Literally everyone else goes, “Um…” Cora says fine, but the only one to be celebrated is HER! Her accomplishments, her star power. But nooo~, we all let Cora get screwed over. She deserves to be champion! But in walks Ivy Nile. We’ve all had it with the whining. Injuries are part of the game, so suck it up and get over it. Everyone would’ve loved to have been in that tournament, too.
Cora tells Ivy not to give her attitude just cuz her guys couldn’t get the job done and Ava whipped her ass. Ivy says at least they were all in that fight. Where was Cora on Sunday? Just sitting here bitching about it. Cora says she’s not scared of Ivy, but does anyone believe that?
Axiom watches footage on his phone.
Reggie walks over and says, “What’s up, Ax? Tell me you’re watching Battleground.” Axiom says yes, but then sees who he’s talking to. Axiom stands right up but Reggie tells him to chill, he means you no harm. Then what does he want? See, “Reggie!” Everyone always calls him that, and that is his given name, but growing up, a lot of people called him “Scrypts.” Who? His family? And why “Scrypts?” Definitely not his family. And he won’t get into it right now, that’s a story for another day. Then what does Scrypts want? He appreciates what Axiom did for him. Wait, what? When he took the mask off! It opened Scrypts’ eyes!
It was like Scrypts was living in a cave, watching shadows on the wall. But now, he is living in the sunlight, seeing what is meant to be seen. And Dabba-Kato trying to take Axiom out after their match last week, Scrypts couldn’t stand by. He jumped into action to help Axiom since Axiom helped him. And Scrypts just wants to thank him. Scrypts/Reggie leaves, and Axiom says, “Any time.” Is Scrypts going to go from a would-be archenemy to a new ally?
Wes Lee & Tyler Bate VS The Dyad w/ Ava Raine!
The Cardiac Kid & Big Strong Boi are standing together again against Rip Fowler & Jagger Reed. The Schism isn’t done with Wes, but will their tree get chopped down?
NXT returns as Bate makes his entrance, followed by Wes. The teams sort out and Reed starts with Bate. They circle, tie up, and Reed wrenches an arm to a wristlock. Bate rolls, rolls back, then uses a leg to get free and knuckle lock. Bate whips and WRINGS Reed out, then wrenches the arm again. Reed pulls hair to put Bate in the corner and Rip tags in to ROCK Bate! Rip ROCKS Bate again, puts him in a corner, but Bate boots then KNEES back! Bate goes up to FLYING UPPERCUT! Fans fire up and Bate wrenches Rip to tag in Wes. Wes slingshots to sunset flip! TWO! Rip gets Wes in the face with that kickout, then he ROCKS Wes!
Rip scoops, Wes slips off but Rip bucks the O’Conner. Things speed up, Wes slides and headscissors! Wes runs in, tilt-o-whirl CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Wes facelocks Rip, tags Bate, and Bate goes up to AX HANDLE the arm! Bate wrenches the arm, tags Wes back in, but Rip shoves Bate into Wes! Rip CLUBS Bate, tags Reed, and the Dyad brings Bate up to whip to the corner. Reed runs in but into a BOOT! Bate goes up and over Rip, under Reed, and baits them in for Wes’s FLYING ARM-DRAG HEADSCISSOR COMBO! Fans fire up as Wes & Bate DOUBLE DROPKICK The Dyad out!
Fans fire up as The Dyad get back in and the four stare down. But then Wes & Bate see MUSTAFA ALI in the perch!? The Beacon is here, but why!? Ali heads down to ringside while NXT goes to break.
NXT returns as Jagger grinds Bate down with a chinlock. Fans rally up, Bate fights up, and we see Ali is on commentary now. Bate powers the hold open but Reed KNEES him in the back and tags Rip. They double suplex and hold Bate up but Bate throws knees! Bate knees and knees and DOUBLE KNEES, to then get free! Bate DOUBLE RANAS The Dyad! Fans fire up, Bate dodges Reed but Rip ROCKS him! The Dyad set Bate up but Bate BOOTS Reed away! He ends up in the corner with Rip, Wes tags in to rally on The Dyad! SUPERKICK for Reed, ELBOW for Rip, BOOT for Reed, and a flurry of fists for Rip!
Wes snapmares and DROPKICKS Rip and fans fire up! Reed storms up but Wes elbows him away. Victory roll and jump, DDT for Rip! Reed runs in but Wes ducks the enziguri to wrench and fire off fast strikes! DOUBLE STOMP on Reed’s back! Rip runs in but is sent into the corner! ENZIGURI, then snapmare! Wes flips but Rip dodges! THROAT CHOP! Fans boo but Ava cheers, and Reed tags in. Reed and Rip aim, but Bate gets up, Rip DECKS Bate, but Wes fires off haymakers and CHOPS on The Dyad. The Dyad kicks back, double whips, but Wes ducks ‘n handsprings to DOUBLE PELE!! Tag to Bate!
Bate and Wes each have a corner, they each aim at a Dyad, for DOUBLE TORNILLO!! Wes then FLIES to take out Rip! Bate gets Reed for the TYLER DRIVER 97!! Cover, Bate & Wes win!
Winners: Wes Lee & Tyler Bate, by pinfall
That was definitely a big strong victory, and then Ivy gets at Ava!! The Creed Brothers rush out, but The Dyad goes after them! It is a chaotic brawl, more refs rush out to stop this, but fans want to “Let Them Fight!” And then Gacy gets in to CLOBBER Wes and Bate! Gacy stomps away on Wes, but Ali jumps in! Ali DECKS Gacy! Fans fire up as Ali DECKS Gacy again! Ali TOSSES Gacy out hard, and he throws off his jacket! The Beacon stands with Bate and Wes, will they join forces to chop down The Schism’s tree?
Drew Gulak & Charlie Dempsey lead another Chase U class.
The Philly Stretcher says, “The name of the game is leverage.” Collar ‘n’ elbow, let’s go. Then you get the headlock. Thea Hail watches closely but Duke Hudson tells her that while he’s all for pushing yourself, but Gulak was the one who made her cry. She doesn’t have to take this class, he can give her a pass. No, she has to do this for herself. She never wants to feel that way again! They think she’s weak, but she’s not! She wants to prove it! She wants to get in there! Let her go! LET HER GO!! Thea, let HIM go! Yeesh. But okay, give ’em hell. Okay okay okay! She jumps in, Gulak tells the one guy, “Submission wrestling is the backbone of success. Good job.”
Dempsey taps Gulak’s shoulder and says, “Speaking of success. Look who decided to join.” Well, so nice of Thea to join in. But no crying this time or running away, okay? Loud and clear, sir. She can do this. Alright. Everyone done. She circles with Dempsey, what will her grade be in this test?
Tiffany Stratton heads to the ring.
The Center of the Universe is the NEW NXT Women’s Champion, and given all the pictures of herself in the ring, this “Tiffybration” is only about herself. Tiffany gets the mic to say, “Raise your hands if you’re not surprised that Tiffany Stratton is the NEW NXT Women’s Champion~!” She knows she isn’t. This Sunday, she claimed her rightful spot at the “Tiffy top” of NXT. Fans do cheer, and Tiffany says this title has been held by future hall of famers: Charlotte Flair, Asuka, Bayley, Rhea Ripley, the list goes on and on. And tonight, she shows everyone what it means to be a true champion.
Fans cheer that, and Tiffany says “Honestly, when I think of what a champion is, it is me! Nobody in that locker room can do what I can do. And when I look in the mirror, I think to myself, I am the epitome of what a true WWE Superstar is! So to continue on in my Tiffybration, I would like to invite up the entire NXT Women’s locker room so they can all recognize me as their Women’s Champion. Ladies?” No one comes out. Fine, no one wants to know who her first opponent is gonna be. Do the fans do? “YES!” “Aww, you guys actually think I care what you think.” Tiffany asks the locker room to come out, and finally they all walk out.
Tiffany says she knows they’re all starstruck, and that they all have the same question: “What is next for Tiffany Stratton? Who will I give my first title defense to? And to be honest, as everyone is out here, I can’t help but think to myself that I’m gonna be champion for a long, long time. I mean, I might as well retire as champion. Nobody can sit with me. Not you, not you, and I don’t even know why you’re out here,” Thea. Oh, and it is DEFINITELY not Lyra. Sorry not sorry. This is getting so awkward, she invited them all out here. Hah, JK! Luckily for them, on her way home, she had a Tiffany Epiphany!
She thought to herself, she should give them all an opportunity at the #TiffyTitle! So next week, there will be a #1 Contender’s Battle Royal to determine her challenger. Good for you all. “But TBH, it doesn’t matter who’s gonna win, because I’m gonna beat all of you to it. I am gonna beat all of you to it, because as far as I know, and for as long as I want, it is Tiffy Time.” Tiffany raises the belt, and confetti and balloons fall. But then Thea gets in to SLAP Tiffany! Fans fire up, and then both Roxie and Fallon get in! They pinball Tiffany with forearm shots! And SOBATS! Lyra gets in, too, but Tiffany scurries away!
But Lyra WRECKS her with a dropkick! Tiffany is furious but she’s the one who just turned the entire roster against her. Who will have their moment and get their shot at the Center of the Universe?
Trick Williams is on the phone backstage.
He says it is going down, but Melo will be alright. They’ll pull up afterward. Just keep the bottles on ice and the jacuzzi hot. Lash, Jakara & Oro walk over. Lash says they call him Trick Willy. Well, you heard that right. Then your boy is about to get whooped by Dar. A shame, though, cuz they kinda cute. Kinda? Hey, now! They may disagree on the match, but in the looks department, Trick Melo don’t miss. And y’all can leave, button your lips, move your hips, he’ll holler. Oro wants Trick to understand what the ladies are saying: Melo should’ve taken the night off.
Trick recognizes Oro. He saw that match, Oro was in Dar’s corner, this must’ve all be his plan. Oro’s a real shyster, y’know that? And Miss Jackson the Distraction, and Lash is a distraction herself. Bet they’d like to hit Trick with a bucket. Trick would like that, huh? Trick says he’s watching all y’all! Don’t try him! Will Trick Melo Gang be ready for everything the Supernova Squad is bringing?
Dani Palmer is in the ring.
“I cannot leave, I cannot leave this ring, until I find out who this attacker is! Whoever’s been wreaking havoc in this division said that they’d reveal themselves TONIGHT! You attacked me, and you attacked my best friend, Sol, and now she’s out for a year! I’m done waiting. I’m not going anywhere until you show your face!!” The attacker is on the tron, watching the footage of her handiwork. Nikkita Lyons, Wendy Choo, Sol Ruca, Dani Palmer, Roxanne Perez. Dani gets anxious, but the person is RIGHT BEHIND HER!! She attacks Danni, drags her up, and suplexes for a FALCON ARROW!!
IT’S BLAIR DAVENPORT! The Top Gaijin is back, and she gives Dani a KAMI-GOYE!! Targets of the Heir, beware! Who will be next on the list for Blair?
NXT shares footage from after the show last week.
Eddy Thorpe returned backstage and encountered Malik Blade & Edris Enofe. They congratulated him on the great effort against Tyler Bate. It’s tough, but so are you. And if Bate were to win the title, he could be looking at Eddy as next. Eddy says that’s nice of them to say, but he wishes he had that one back. Nah, they all feel down after a loss. You learn more after a loss than you do a win. But Damon Kemp gives a sarcastic clap. Kemp was watching, and he has to admit, he was impressed. But Eddy can’t win without cheating, huh? Eddy rushes Kemp but Kemp gets away, will the Alpha Wolf get back at the Golden Gopher in their rematch?
Joe Coffey VS “Stacks” Channing Lorenzo!
Gallus was poking fun at The Don, and the Underboss wasn’t going to stand for it! Mark Coffey & Wolfgang were sent home, but will the Iron King still be on top? Or will Stacks make Joe fogedaboutit?
The bell rings and Stacks SHOTGUNS Joe! Stacks stomps Joe in the corner, the ref counts and Stacks lets off. Joe gets up to CLUB Stacks in the back, and throw body shot after body shot! Stacks still tackles Joe and rains down forearms! Stacks headlocks, but Joe fights up, only for Stacks to KNEE Joe again, and again, and again! FIST DROP! Cover, TWO! Stacks clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Joe, but Joe fights up. Stacks hits a headlock takeover, Joe keeps his shoulder up but Stacks pushes the arm down, TWO! Stacks throws hands, Joe is down again, TWO! Joe rolls Stacks to a cover, TWO!
Stacks still has the headlock, but Joe fights up. Joe powers out and hip tosses Stacks hard! Stacks staggers up to ropes, but Joe runs in to fire haymakers. Fans rally and Joe whips Stacks corner to corner hard! Stacks bounces off buckles, Joe drops knees on his back! And then an elbow on the ribs! Cover, TWO! Stacks is hanging tough but Joe drags him up. Stacks throws body shots but Joe knees low. Joe ROCKS Stacks, RAMS him, then HIP TOSSES! Stacks flounders to ropes but Joe digs his laces into Stacks’ face. Stacks throws body shots, ROCKS him, and wrenches an arm to HIP DROP it! Cover, TWO!
Stacks keeps cool, he brings Joe up but Joe scoops to SLAM! Stacks writhes, Joe shakes out the arms and checks his ears. Joe runs in but Stacks put shim on the apron! Stacks DROPKICKS Joe off the apron! Fans fire up and Stacks eggs Joe on. Joe tells Stacks that HE’s the rat, but Stacks goes out to ROCK him! Stacks has Joe on the defense as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Joe has Stacks in body scissors. Stacks powers back to a cover, TWO and Joe keeps on the squeeze. Fans rally as Stacks endures, and Stacks pries at the hold. Stacks pushes back again, ONE, and now Stacks is free! Stacks gets the legs but Joe kicks him away! Joe and Stacks stagger up, Stacks rushes in but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Joe drags Stacks up to hit a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Joe drags Stacks up but Stacks throws hands! Stacks ROCKS Joe, brings him in, DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Stacks rises, Joe crawls, and Stacks runs in to rally with haymakers!
Fans fire up as Stacks dodges Joe to UPPERCUT him down! Joe staggers around, Stacks runs in at the corner to UPPERCUT again! Joe staggers out of the corner, Stacks gets him for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! The Iron King is hanging tough but Stacks tells him vaffanapoli! Stacks goes up the corner, but Joe UPPERCUTS him first! Joe climbs up, clinches, SUPER OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY!! Cover, TWO!?! Stacks survives and fans fire up! Joe is furious and he drags Stacks up. Joe whips, Stacks reverses, but Joe goes up and around, but into a back drop! Fans fire up, Stacks runs in and clotheslines Joe and himself out of the ring!
Fans fire up while both men are down on the outside. A ring count starts, both men stand at 3 of 10. Stacks runs in to UPPERCUT Joe against the apron! We’re at 7, Stacks runs in, but is sent into the steps!! Joe drags Stacks up and in, aims from the corner, GLASGOW SENDOFF!! Joe keeps moving, ALL THE BEST FOR THE BELLS!! Cover, Joe wins!
Winner: Joe Coffey, by pinfall
Stacks fought hard to protect Tony D’s honor, but The Iron King still crushes him. Will NXT still be Gallus’ kingdom?
NXT shares more footage from after last week’s show.
Robert Stone asked Von Wagner, “What the hell was that, man?!” What the hell was what? Luca deserved everything he got out there! That’s not what Stone meant. Von got disqualified! He wants to get suspended? Fined? Have his free agency status revoked? That could happen if you keep acting like this! Von says Luca was running his mouth the last two weeks, on Von and on Stone. Von finally just shut it! Then don’t take what Stone’s about to say the wrong way. But whatever went on in Von’s past, he has anger issues. If Von isn’t gonna listen to Stone, then it is time to talk to a therapist.
A therapist? What the hell is that gonna do? So that they can take Von’s hard earned money? No, look, Stone can pay for it. He’s just asking Von do this for him. Von thinks about it, pats Stone on the shoulder, and says he’ll still think about it. Is Vicious Von going to finally get past his past?
NXT shares footage of Ilja Dragunov.
It was before Battleground on Sunday that he called home and assured his son, Constantine, that he’ll make it home in one piece. He made sure Constantine know he loves him. “Is it the pain that keeps searching for me? Or am I the one who searches for pain? Or maybe, I am the pain. In the end, it doesn’t matter. Because tonight, the world shall know pain.” Dragunov put on his gear, brought back the red contact lenses, and prepared for the war that was ahead of him. Last Man Standing with Dijak was truly the definition of pain. And in the end, Dragunov stood tall. The Czar will return next week, what will he be searching for when he does?
Cora Jade VS Ivy Nile!
Selfish, arrogant, entitled. Sound familiar? The Generation of Jade may have a black eye, but as she sees it, she’s still the most important part of NXT. Will she prove herself right? Or will the Diamond Pitbull make her see she’s just a punk?
NXT returns as Ivy makes her entrance. She already got into a scrap with Ava Raine, maybe that was just a good warmup. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, and Cora claims Ivy touched her bad eye! But then she ELBOWS Ivy! Cora laughs at Ivy but Ivy grabs that finger! Cora kicks low, headlocks, but Ivy powers out. Things speed up and Ivy goes to hip toss but Cora turns it around. Ivy blocks that to CLOBBER Cora! Ivy grabs an arm, steps through, drags Cora down, cover, ONE! Ivy wrenches Cora to an ELBOW BREAKER, and then she YANKS the arm. And YANKS it again!
Ivy WRINGS Cora out again, then brings her up to a fireman’s carry. Cora fights free with elbows and throws Ivy down by her hair! The ref reprimands, Cora laughs at Ivy, then runs to ELBOW her against ropes! Cover, TWO! Cora kicks Ivy around, taunts her, then throws her down by her hair again. Cora gives more toying kicks, CLUBS Ivy, then brings her around to TOSS her out to the apron. Fans duel as Cora brings Ivy in to CLUB her! Ivy is in the ropes, Cora puts some stank on the CHOP! It gets Ivy in the face!! Cora runs to SHOTGUN Ivy down! Ivy flops down, Cora covers, they’re in the ropes so Cora has to pull Ivy away. Cover again, TWO!
Cora is upset but she throws Ivy down by her hair again. Cora clamps on a chinlock and she squeezes tight. Ivy endures, fans rally up, and Ivy arm-drags free! Cora comes back but into a roll-up, TWO! Cora swings, Ivy blocks to KICK! KICK! And ROUNDHOUSE! Cora staggers, Ivy whips her to a corner. Ivy runs in around the way, CALF KICK! Snapmare and cover, TWO! Ivy drags Cora back up to fisherman, but Cora cradle counters! TWO!! Ivy escapes but Cora kicks low. Cora wrenches the hair to throw Ivy back down! Fans rally, Cora runs, IMPLODER- NO, Ivy dodges the stomps and Cora jams a knee!
Ivy gut wrench SLAMS Cora! But here comes AVA! Ava grabs Ivy while the ref checks Cora! But Ivy gets the DIAMOND DRAGON on her! But Cora SHINING WIZARDS from behind! Cora gets Ivy up, FUTURE SHOCK!! Cover, Cora wins!
Winner: Cora Jade, by pinfall
Ivy is feeling rather #Jaded after that, but that’s more because Ava came back for more. Will the Generation of Jade look to go after the gold during #TiffyTime?
Hank ‘n’ Tank talk backstage.
Hank is sorry but how is the shoulder? Better every day. How’s Hank’s wrist? Better every day. But in all seriousness, they crushed it. Tank says Hank deserved that win, though. And at the end of the day, it worked! They’re tighter than ever! There’s this energy going back and forth! That connection! That’s what Hank was gonna say. Whoa, there’s the connection! Okay, let’s test it. First word that comes to mind, no thinking. Favorite food? On three- Wait, wait, “One two, go,” or “one two three, then go?” After three. Okay, okay. Favorite food. One, two, three, CHICKEN PARM! GASP!
Favorite animal? One, two, three, HONEY BADGER! Whoa… Favorite sauce on your wings. One, two, three, BUFFALO!! YES!! Edris & Malik walk over and say if they’re talking sauces, ya boi could eat. Bro, they just did eat! All they’re talking about is, ever since Tank ‘n’ Hank beat the tar outta each other, they’re like this! Fingers crossed. Tight. Oh, okay, after one match. It takes a bit longer than that, y’know that right? Oh, really? Watch this. Best movie of all time. One, two, three, JAWS! Okay, okay, they can do that. Edris & Malik go with “favorite day to work out.” One, two, three, MONURDAY. Monday VS Saturday.
No, try this. Pizza topping. One, two, three, PINEAMI! WHAT? Pepperoni VS Pineapple! Hank ‘n’ Tank let them argue this out, but Edris says they’re not gonna fight. But Malik says that could help them! Will each of these tag teams figure out their synchronicity over the Summer?
Backstage interview with Diamond Mine.
McKenzie finds Ivy & The Creeds, and she says there was just another altercation between Ivy and Ava. Ivy says yeah, and she’s sick of this crap! Ava, if you wanna be part of the game, step up! And for that matter, the Creeds tell The Dyad they can get it, too! Four roots, one stupid tree! But speaking of, Ava & The Dyad storm over! Refs rush in already as everyone is shouting, will the Diamond Mine look to crush The Schism once and for all?
NXT Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Noam Dar w/ Oro Mensah, Lash Legend & Jakara Jackson!
Two champions triumphant at Battleground now collide to see who is truly at the very top. Will the Melobration continue into the Summer? Or will Supernova 11 have double swagger when he has double the championships?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Dar can beat HIM!
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Dar wrenches and wristlocks but Melo rolls, wrenches and wrangles Dar down. Fans rally, Dar rolls and stands to clinch and put Melo on the ropes. The ref counts, Dar swings but Melo dodges to CHOP! Melo headlocks, he grinds Dar down, but Dar fights up. Dar brings Melo down to a knee, pops out the back, and he wrenches to a wristlock. Dar shouts he’s the champ, then SLAPS the hand! Melo kips up, wrenches back, and arm-drags to an armlock! Fans chant “LOCK IT IN~!” as Trick makes the motion. Dar powers up and out to headlock, but Melo powers out of that.
The two RAM shoulders, neither falls, so Dar kicks a leg then KICKS Melo down! Dar talks more trash but fans boo. Melo swings, Dar gets around but Melo ELBOWS him away! Melo runs and springboards, FLYING LARIAT! Fans fire up but Dar bails out to regroup with his group and NXT goes picture in picture.
Melo dares Dar to get back in but Oro, Lash & Jakara all coach Dar. Dar gets up, catches his breath, tells Melo to be patient, and takes his time returning. Dar slithers in, circles with Melo again and they tie up. Melo arm-drags Dar to a corner and then storms up. Melo CHOPS Dar, Dar staggers but Melo bumps him off buckles. Melo follows Dar to another corner, and CHOPS him down! Dar goes to the apron, Melo drags him up and SLINGSHOT SUPLEXES Dar in! Melo does crunches in the ropes while Dar writhes. Melo then goes to Dar to snap suplex low and hard! Cover, TWO! Dar’s team cheers him but Melo drags him up.
Dar wrenches to sweep the leg! Melo clutches a knee and Dar rains down fists! Dar grabs the arm to stomp it! Dar taunts Trick, follows Melo to a corner and fires off hands. Dar RAMS into Melo, the ref counts, and Dar wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! Dar snapmares Melo, gets the legs and ties them up, but Melo boots him away! Melo arm-drags to another armlock. Melo digs his knee into Dar’s face and Dar endures. NXT returns to single picture as fans chant “LOCK IT IN~!” Dar fights up, tries to arm-drag but Melo smothers it. Dar ROCKS Melo, whips him, but Melo reverses. Melo runs in to ROCK Dar!
Melo whips corner to corner, runs in, blocks boots and puts Dar in the ropes to ENZIGURI! FADE AWAY! Cover, TWO! Dar is still in this but Melo brings him up. The corner teams argue, Dar elbows Melo! Melo whips, Dar reverses, they dosido and Melo goes out to the apron. Dar swings but Melo blocks. Dar ducks to sweep the legs again! Dar runs to SHOTGUN Melo off the apron! Fans fire up, Dar goes out and taunts Trick while he puts Melo in. Cover, TWO! Dar aims from a corner, Melo sits up, SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Melo is still in this but Dar’s team coaches him again.
Dar drags Melo up, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Dar grows frustrated but he drags Melo back up. Melo throws body shots, ROCKS him, ROCKS him again, but Dar ducks to step and SUPER FOREARM! Cover, TWO! Melo survives but Dar argues with Trick. Dar brings Melo up, throws knees, but Melo rolls Dar up! TWO, and Dar UPPERCUTS! Melo rebounds to tilt-o-whirl, FACEBUSTER! Both men are down and fans fire up again. Dar and Melo slowly rise, and Dar swings. Melo counter punches! Dar KICKS a leg, Melo CHOPS! Melo CLOBBERS Dar, and CLOBBERS him again!
Melo spins Dar, KNEE SMASH and a LARIAT! And a SUPERKICK! Dar staggers around, Melo runs to BOOT him down! Melo brings Dar up, whips, but Dar reverses to wrench. Melo ducks the kick, pump handle and SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Dar survives but Melo fires up. But Lash AND Jakara bark at him in the corner! Trick tells the ladies to stop that, but they get in Trick’s face now. But then Oro runs up, so Trick DECKS him!! Fans fire up but the ref tells Trick he’s EJECTED! Fans boo, he didn’t even start nothing! Trick still accepts the decision, though Team Dar rubs it in his face.
Dar sneaks up but Melo rolls Dar up! TWO, and Dar boot fents to BACK ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Into CHAMPAGNE SUPER KNEEBAR!! Melo powers up to stand and he rains down fists! Melo is free, and he grabs the arm! CROSSFACE!! Dar crawls, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Melo lets off fast to drag Dar back. Dar kicks the leg out, then stands. Melo ROCKS Dar, but Dar ROCKS Melo! Melo ROCKS Dar again, Dar ROCKS Melo again! Melo gets the edge but Dar kicks the leg! Melo blocks a kick but Dar ELBOW JABS! Dar spins, Melo ducks the heel kick but the BACKHAND connects!
Dar reels Melo into the facelock, but Melo SUPLEX CUTTERS! Dar flops over, Melo goes to the corner! Fans fire up as Melo climbs, but Lash distracts! Oro trips Melo! Fans boo as Team Dar keeps at it, but here come NATHAN FRAZER & DRAGON LEE! They got screwed by Team Dar so they go after Oro! Fans fire up but Dar tells them to back off! But Melo goes up, SUPER CROSSBODY on Dar and Oro! Fans are thunderous as Melo puts Dar in! Melo goes up, aims, NOTHING BUT NET!!! Cover, Melo wins!
Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)
An assist off the bench from Frazer & Dragon, Melo dunks on Dar! Put that on a poster, but who will- WAIT! BARON CORBIN?!? Corbin is back in NXT and he CLOBBERS Melo on the ramp! Corbin puts Melo in the ring, rains down fists, and fans boo as hard as they’ve ever booed before! But Corbin hits Melo with END OF DAYS!! Will the Lone Wolf look to bring an end to the HIM Dynasty?
A great episode of NXT, especially for an aftermath episode. They didn’t have quite the “Aftermath Syndrome” Raw was falling into, they were able to take things from Battleground and build upon them, not just recap them. I really liked that Dragunov vignette for the Last Man Standing match, and I look forward to what he’ll have to say next week. And while I was wondering what was next for everyone else, we got that for pretty much all the titles.
Wes Lee & Tyler Bate have a very good match with The Dyad, and of course there’s story overlapping with Schism and Diamond Mine, but I love that Mustafa Ali is part of the next “callback” (a main roster star coming back to NXT for a minute). Wes VS Ali would be amazing, but feels like something they’re gonna put on free TV. And Gacy clearly wants another shot, maybe he and Wes have a 1v1 feud going towards Great American Bash in late July. Wes has hit the record for defenses and apparently days as champion, so maybe he’s soon to drop the title so he can eventually move up. And I would hope we’re getting another Mixed Tag blowoff involving Dyad & Ava, but this time against Diamond Mine.
Also in connection to the Diamond Mine story, Ava attacking Ivy gives Cora a good rebound win after losing in the tournament. Cora is definitely nailing her Heel persona, but she’s gonna have to wait until a Face is champion again. Tiffany’s celebration being ruined was of course going to happen, and the contender battle royal will be really good. But after Gigi won that awesome cage match, I’m thinking she’s a frontrunner for challenging Tiffany. And while Dani Palmer called out the attacker and then got attacked, I feel like it should be Roxanne Perez or maybe a returning Nikkita Lyons should have the real feud with Blair Davenport. Nikkita would count as Blair’s first victim, it’d make make the most sense for her to want revenge.
Good promo from Gallus, Mark Coffey does an excellent Italian American/New Yorker impersonation. Stacks of course points the finger at Gallus, it’s kinda who I thought it was. But that would be too easy, so it’s not them. Stacks VS Joe Coffey was great stuff, Stacks is really coming into his own, but I figured Joe was winning that. Joe Coffey himself should really get in on like the North American Championship story, he hasn’t held anything in his WWE career, so he’s gotta get something. And since he has Gallus, Wes’s loss could be protected cuz Gallus helps Joe cheat and win the belt. Though that feels like how they might play Gacy getting the belt, if he gets the belt.
Good promo from Axiom and Reggie/Scrypts, and obviously last week established Reggie wants to be Axiom’s friend now. Him insisting he’s still Scrypts is an interesting choice, though. Good backstage promos that were “last week.” We’re of course getting Eddy VS Kemp round 2, and I liked Hank ‘n’ Tank having mind sync. Good stuff from Von and Stone, and I do like that Von’s story is starting to turn into a sort of PSA for normalizing therapy and taking care of mental health and emotional stability. But as I see it, either the therapy has no effect and Von stays a rage monster, or therapy makes Von too much of a pacifist and Stone tells him to unleash the righteous fury so he can win against bullies.
Great combining of stories with Dar stepping up to Melo here tonight. Great match, but I figured Melo was going to retain the title. I also figured Dar’s new little group was going to do everything they could to help him, and in turn we would see Dragon and Frazer turn things around on them. I would think Frazer gets next on Dar with Dragon as the cornerman now. And after Ali already made a splash, I did NOT think we were getting a second callback in the form of Corbin. Corbin and Ali do have a thing in common that they never held titles while in NXT, so maybe Corbin thinks he can tear down Melo to finally have the NXT Championship. But it’s not happening, Melo is definitely beating Bum Ass Corbin to make it through to Great American Bash.
My Score: 8.6/10
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