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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Report! (3/27/18)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bobby Roode & Randy Orton VS Jinder Mahal & Sunil Singh; rescheduled as…
  • Bobby Roode & Randy Orton VS Jinder Mahal & Rusev w/ Aiden English; Mahal & Rusev win.
  • Becky Lynch VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad; Becky wins.
  • The New Day VS The Bludgeon Brothers; no contest.
  • Dolph Ziggler VS Tyler Breeze w/ Fandango; Ziggler wins.
  • Shinsuke Nakamura w/ AJ Styles VS Shelton Benjamin w/ Chad Gable; Nakamura wins.

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SmackDown looks back to last week.

The most amazing thing was announced that night: Daniel Bryan is cleared to compete! The Yes Movement’s leader gave an emotional speech recounting his two years of fighting for his dream, and how his wife, Brie Bella, supported him every step of the way. It’s not clear where and when Bryan will return to the ring–though Wrestlemania is a good choice–but will Bryan compete for the WWE? “YES! YES!”

But then Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens would appear. They didn’t want to be on SmackDown but then just had to be there for the amazing news. However, Bryan had to address what they did to the Commissioner, Shane McMahon. Bryan supported them up until that moment, and had to make another hard decision. Bryan fired Kevin & Sami. So Kevin & Sami attacked Bryan! Bryan fought back like he’d never missed a step, but it wasn’t enough. Kevin & Sami got the better of him, and now Bryan’s health is back in question. Will the GM be here tonight to address the issue?

 

Bobby Roode & Randy Orton VS Jinder Mahal & Sunil Singh!

While the GLORIOUS One wants the United States Championship back from The Viper, the two will team up because there’s a third man in the hunt. The Modern Day Maharaja will get his own chance at the title as it is a Triple Threat at Wrestlemania! With just 12 days left, can former and current champions work together to stay ahead of the so-called uncrowned US Champion?

However, Mahal points out the “unprovoked” attack on Sunil makes it so that he can’t compete. He swears that Sunil the “noble tiger” would’ve put the hurt on them, but it’s alright. He’s traded up to a lion! The Bulgarian Lion, that is!

Bobby Roode & Randy Orton VS Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh & Rusev w/ Aiden English!

Another former United States Champion joins this tag team match as Rusev joins Mahal in the ring. Mahal starts with Roode and Mahal gets the waistlock, but Roode works his way out to the standing switch. Mahal elbows Roode to a corner then throws heavy rights and stomps. The referee backs Mahal down, and fans boo, but then Roode fires back with haymakers and chops. Mahal headlocks but Roode powers out, only for Mahal to run him over. Mahal runs but Roode hip tosses him down, then hits the atomic drop. Roode turns Mahal for the neckbreaker but Mahal shoves him away, Roode uses that to hit Rusev. Roode boots Mahal away, then hits the GLORIOUS Blockbuster! Cover, TWO, and Mahal slips out of the ring. Sunil gets up on the apron, but Orton brings him off to throw him into the barriers!

Roode argues with him that he would’ve taken care of Singh, but at least they’re in control while we go to break.

SmackDown returns to Orton hitting Rusev with a European Uppercut. Roode tags in and bumps Rusev on buckles, then chops him. Orton tags back in, and keeps Rusev away from Mahal to then dropkick him down. Roode tags in, and Orton allows him to show his stuff. Roode dropkicks Rusev, then stomps him at the ropes. Another buckle bump and a tag from Orton, but Rusev starts to fight out. Orton puts him in an open corner and stomps away on the Bulgarian Brute. Orton backs away at the ref’s count, but Rusev roundhouses Orton down! Cover, TWO, and Rusev tags in Mahal. Mahal stomps away on Orton, then drops the springboard knees over and over. He grinds a knee into Orton and lets up at 4, to mock Orton and his fans.

Mahal brings Orton up but Orton hits back, only for Mahal to stomp and kick him back down. Mahal drops elbows and an ax handle, then tags in Rusev. Rusev stomps on Orton, then suplexes him up and over. Cover, TWO, but Rusev keeps his cool and tags in Mahal. Mahal hops up while Rusev holds Orton, for a flying ax handle. Mahal drops more elbows, then wrenches Orton in a half nelson chinlock. The fans rally and Orton gets to his feet. Orton reaches, then back suplexes Mahal down. The rally continues, and the two men crawl for their corners. Hot tag to Roode! Roode rallies on Mahal, corner clothesline to neckbreaker. He hits Rusev for good measure, then climbs up quickly. Roode takes aim, Mahal slowly stands up, flying clothesline!

The fans are all fired up as Roode winds it up. GLORIOUS Pose, to the kick and- No, Mahal reverses and swings, but ends up in another SPINEBUSTER! Cover, Rusev breaks it! Rusev runs at Roode but Roode dumps him out, only for Mahal to boot Roode down! Cover, TWO, not that Orton seems concerned while we go picture in picture.

Mahal tags in Rusev and they stomp on Roode. Rusev stomps Roode more before putting him on the ropes, to kick in the back. Rusev glares down at Roode, then drags him over for a running elbow drop. Cover, TWO, but Rusev keeps between Roode and Orton. He puts Roode in a modified chinlock, trapping one of Roode’s arms, but Roode works his way up to his feet and fights out with right hands. Roode runs, but into a dropkick! Rusev Day celebrates but Orton mockingly applauds. Cover, TWO, Rusev tags Mahal. Rusev brings Roode up while Mahal climbs up, for another flying ax handle. Roode fights back from a corner, chopping Mahal back. He whips but Mahal reverses, and Roode hits the buckles hard. He brings Roode up again, to give him a throat chop and a choke against the ropes. Mahal stretches Roode back, then stomps again.

Mahal drives a knee into his back, then puts him in the half nelson chinlock. Roode endures while we go single picture again, even as Rusev taunts him. Roode fights out of the hold with body shots and chops, but runs into Mahal’s big knee! Cover, TWO, but Mahal keeps Roode grounded while he tags to Rusev. Rusev stomps Roode’s back, then brings him up for an overhead suplex. Rusev brings Roode up to forearm him in the lower back, then choke him against the ropes. Roode gasps as he crawls to the open corner, but Rusev drags him away again. Tag to Mahal and Mahal stomps Roode. Mahal drives in the knee into the spine, then puts Roode back in the half nelson chinlock.

Fans rally again and Roode feeds off that to fight out again. He counters Mahal’s punches with punches, then chops. He whips but Mahal reverses, Orton tags in and Roode forearms Mahal down. Roode realizes the tag was made, but defends that he had Mahal. Mahal tags in Rusev, but Orton rallies on him. Spinning powerslam! Fans fire up while Rusev gets to the apron, but Orton is upon him. Draping DDT! Orton hears the voices, Mahal comes in but Roode intercepts, only to get knocked into Orton! Roode clotheslines Mahal out, but Orton turns Roode around. Roode shoves Orton, Orton RKO’s Roode!

But that gives Rusev an opening, MACHKA KICK! Rusev covers, Rusev & Mahal win!

Winners: Mahal & Rusev, Rusev pins

The Bulgarian Lion did help Mahal win this match tonight, but Rusev also pinned the US Champion. Whether or not the Maharaja wins the title off the Viper, will Rusev be next in line for that title on the other side of Wrestlemania?

 

Jinder Mahal & Sunil Singh find Rusev & English backstage.

Mahal thanks his friend to help him win, and invites them to a Post Wrestlemania Punjabi Celebration when he wins the United States Championship. In fact, be sure to be at Wrestlemania to watch it in person. Front row, even! Wow, how generous! But Rusev has a better idea. He pinned the current champion, so he’s going to find Daniel Bryan and ask the Triple Threat becomes a Fatal 4 Way. It’ll be #RusevMania~~~! So much for Mahal being in a good mood. Will the Viper be able to hold onto his title now that he has three opponents?

 

AJ Styles encounters Shinsuke Nakamura in the locker room.

Nakamura asks if Styles is okay. He’s getting worried, because last week, Styles wanted but didn’t need to help. Perhaps Styles is losing his confidence. Styles defends that he’s never had confidence issues. Yes, which is why Nakamura wants Styles at his best, because Styles wants the same. Nakamura has a match tonight, and wants Styles in his corner. He needs Stylse in his corner. True, Chad Gable will follow Shelton Benjamin out there. But Styles won’t do this for Nakamura, he’s doing it for the Wrestlemania match. Styles will be Nakamura’s corner man, but will Nakamura need him?

 

Becky Lynch VS Ruby Riott w/ the Riott Squad!

To strengthen the Women’s (R)Evolution, Wrestlemania brings us a Battle Royal for the women to parallel the Andre the Giant Battle Royal. Can the Lass Kicker light the Road to Wrestlemania on fire against the Squad Leader?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Ruby gets the headlock but Becky powers out, only for Ruby to run her over. Ruby eggs Becky on, and they go again. Becky gets teh waistlock to headlock to hammerlock, but Ruby elbows out. Ruby throws Becky down, then covers, but Becky slips out. Becky runs and rolls to then side step and slip around to dropkick Ruby. Ruby gets out of the ring and regroups with the Squad but Becky won’t give her much time. Becky goes out and kicks Ruby, but the Squad distracts. Becky almost falls for it but still forearms Ruby and puts her in the ring. Ruby throws a shoulder but Becky dodges to kick. Ruby catches the kick, to then STO Becky onto the apron!

The Squad Leader takes her time fetching Becky, to ram her into the LED apron. Ruby throws Becky into barriers, then back into the ring. Cover, TWO, but Ruby keeps on Becky by driving a knee into the spine. Ruby grabs at the arms and brings them back for a half surfboard, but the fans rally for Becky. Becky feeds off the energy to power up and arm-drag Ruby, but Ruby comes back with a clothesline. Cover, TWO, but Ruby keeps her cool. Becky gets to ropes but Ruby chokes her against them. Sarah Logan gets a cheap shot behidn the refere’s back! Ruby stomps on Becky, then brings her up to whip her back in. She kicks Becky while she’s down, then stalks her. Becky fights back with body shots, but Ruby knees low. Ruby whips but Becky reverses, and Becky hits a clothesline!

Both women are down but stirring. Ruby hits Becky with a haymaker so Becky hits back. They brawl back and forth, then Becky gets the fiery edge! She swings but Ruby backslides, TWO! Becky rallies with more clotheslines, then the calf kick. The fans fire up as she runs but Ruby puts her on the apron. Becky hangs on and hits back, to then climb up top. Sarah distracts and Ruby gets up, but Becky jumps up and over. Becky turns around, but runs into Deadly Nightshade! Ruby covers, with feet on the ropes, the ref sees that! Ruby argues she wasn’t, but keeps on Becky with the arm wrench. Becky reverses for the takedown attempt but Liv distracts now, so Becky swings Ruby into Liv!

Liv falls and topples Sarah over, then Becky gets Ruby down for the Disarm-her! Ruby rolls, TWO, Mahistrol from Becky! Becky wins!

Winner: Becky, by pinfall

But she can’t enjoy the victory, because the Squad attacks! Becky fights them off, backed against the ropes, and dumps Liv up and out of the ring. She then throws Sarah out the same way, and controls the ring. If Becky can do something like that during the Women’s Wrestlemania Battle Royal, she’ll make history as its inaugural winner!

 

Daniel Bryan is in Pittsburgh!

The fans give the SmackDown General Manager an ovation of “YES! YES!” as he stands onstage. They also chant, “Daniel Bryan! *clap clap clap-clap-clap*” for him. Bryan has a mic, and says, “Honestly, I love being in Pittsburgh.” Pittsburgh likes hearing that. But as for last week, it was one of Bryan’s greatest moments, because he finally got the news he was waiting for. Bryan can continue doing what he loves, and the support the WWE Universe has shown–such as the chant of “You Still Got It!”–is great, but Bryan does have a job as SmackDown GM. SmackDown was meant to be the Land of Opportunity. Therefore, Bryan will give Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn one last opportunity. The fans say “NO! NO!”, that’s not a good idea.

Bryan presents his proposal: Kevin & Sami VS Shane & Bryan at Wrestlemania! The fans actually LOVE that idea!  Shane has been hospitalized, but he should be ready in time. The stipulation is: if Bryan & Shane win, Kevin & Sami remain fired; if Kevin & Sami win, they win their jobs back. Because again, Land of Opportunity.

Bryan has been asked, “Why have you given Kevin & Sami so many opportunities?” Because they’re two of the greatest performers in this generation, and because he’s known them for 15 years. Bryan gave them chances because they’ve struggled together, and to return the kindness they’d shown him in the past. He’s also done so because it’s his job as GM. Bryan has a lot of jobs, things he’s supposed to do, like sit in board meetings, fill out paperwork and wear formal attire.

But Bryan is sick of meetings, of paperwork, and wearing blazers! Bryan has fought for years to live his dream, to wrestle again! Yet Sami & Kevin wanted to take that away? Bryan doesn’t care how many kicks or powerbombs he takes, he’s back and will fight at Wrestlemania! The fans once again chant “YES! YES!” Now, Bryan has tried avoiding certain phrases, because he’s a role model and a GM. But this is not Bryan the GM, this is Bryan the fighter, the Bryan who is gonna kick the asses of Kevin & Sami!! Bryan is all fired up and so are the fans! Will Bryan & Shane be able to keep Kevin & Sami from getting their jobs back as a Wrestlemania Moment?

 

Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable speak.

“I’m not a Rockstar, I’m not an Artist. What I am is a real athlete.” They’re not just real athletes, but the best athletes! Yet they don’t have a Wrestlemania match? That’s fine, Benjamin knows the drill. “If it’s not happening for you, you make it happen.” Benjamin vows to “turn it up” tonight, will he be able to defeat the King of Strong Style just days before his WWE Championship match?

 

The New Day VS The Bludgeon Brothers!

“Awwwwwww… Steel City!” Don’t be sour! The four-time tag team champs are here, so feel the power! However, Harper & Rowan wrecked Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston, Big E and both Jimmy & Jey Uso at Fastlane, then kept going in dominating Jimmy & E the SmackDown after, then the Usos again last week. Can the Power of Positivity–and pancakes–work against these brutal behemoths this week?

The New Day speak. They were sitting pretty on the Road to Wrestlemania, and put New Orleans into their GPS, but then found that the Road to Wrestlemania “was littered with trash.” Or perhaps, it was bludgeoned with trash. “Large, smelly, disgusting, sweaty, hairy, terrible, horrible, no good very bad pieces of trash!” But don’t get confused, the trash is who? Who who who? Harper & Rowan! The New Day will adopt the highway and remove the Bludgeon Brothers from the road. Those two have a problem, and it’s that they left New Day able to walk! The New Day vow to go through the Bludgeon Brothers to get back their W, W, E, World, Tag, Team Championships~! Because, New Day Rocks!

Harper & Rowan appear, and we have our match as we go picture in picture. Harper goes to start against Woods, but Woods dropkicks him out of the ring! Woods keeps going, to FLY onto Harper on the outside! Rowan is there, Woods dodges, but Harper gets in the ring with Woods. Woods dodges Harper, then mule kicks a leg to knee lift Harper. Big corner forearm smash and tag to Big E for a bigger corner tackle. Tag back to Woods and Big E keeps on Harper while Woods climbs up. They mug Harper, then put him in an open corner for more forearm smashes. Big E whips Woods in but into a dropkick! Rowan comes in to dropkick Big E, and the Bludgeon Brothers drag Woods over.

Harper tags Rowan, Rowan runs to splash on Woods. He drags Woods up again, for the pumphandle stretch and backbreaker while we go single picture. Rowan drops an elbow, then a knee, then tags Harper. Harper runs while Rowan holds Woods, for the low elbow to the back. Harper rakes Woods’ eyes, then drags him up to put him in a corner. He chops Woods, then whips him corner to corner, but Woods SUPERKICKS out of the corner. Roaring elbow rocks Harper, and the fans rally with “new! Day Rocks!” But Rowan goes over to grab Kofi and shove him into Big E! Big E goes down and Woods misses his tag! Rowan keeps going, putting Big E into barriers. Harper comes back to corner splash and boot Woods while Rowan keeps throwing Big E around.

Rowan feeds Big E to Harper, then fetches the hammers! But then the Usos appear to attack!

The referee throws the match out while Rowan misses Jey and goes into the post. Big E pounces on Harper, but Harper fights him and Woods off. Kofi joins in to dropkick Harper out, but then the Usos come in and argue with the New Day. Only for the Bludgeon Brothers to return with those hammers! Usos & New Day clear out just in time, but no one wants to get close to those mallet-wielding mad men. Will anyone in the SmackDown Tag Team Division be able to tame the titans known as Harper & Rowan?

 

SmackDown looks at the coming Queen VS Empress.

Charlotte Flair has been a Women’s Champion at every level of her WWE Career, because she not only talks the talk, but walks the walk. She currently holds the SmackDown Women’s Championship, but that is in danger as the undefeated Asuka chose her for Wrestlemania. Only one can reign as THE SmackDown Women’s Champion, but who will bend the knee?

 

Dolph Ziggler VS Tyler Breeze w/ Fandango!

Prince Pretty and the Lord of Dance both want to win this year’s Andre the Giant Battle Royal, but the Show-Off wants to steal the show. Ziggler and Breeze feuded in the past, has Breeze grown enough in that time to match the former world champion?

The bell rings, and one thing is clear: Fandango wants to dance! He gets up on the apron and gyrates because he wants to.

Breeze applauds but Ziggler wants him to stop. Fandango climbs down, only to climb up again. Ziggler doesn’t care, he clobbers and stomps Breeze at the ropes. He waits for Breeze to stand, then dropkicks him back down. Ziggler scrapes his boot on Breeze’s face, then stalked him before jumping up. Breeze catches him and catapults him into buckles! Ziggler slumps out of the ring, and Breeze recovers in the ring a moment before going out to fetch him. Ziggler hobbles close to Fandango, Fandango moves away, but Breeze gives chase, so all three men are running around the ring.

Fandango makes it past Andre’s statue while Ziggler slips back into the ring. Breeze follows, and blocks Ziggler’s Superkick to give him an enziguri in return! Cover, TWO! And Fandango is still running around the ring. Breeze tries to get Fandango’s attention, but this distracts Breeze. Ziggler rolls up, ONE, Breeze rolls up back, TWO. Ziggler dodges in the corner, ZIG ZAG!! Cover, Ziggler wins! Oh and Fandango ran out of breath.

Winner: Ziggler, by pinfall

The Show-Off admires the statue, then turns to SUPERKICK Fandango down. Ziggler means business ahead of Wrestlemania, can he put his name on the plaque for 2018?

 

Shinsuke Nakamura w/ AJ Styles VS Shelton Benjamin w/ Chad Gable!

The Phenomenal One agreed to accompany the King of Strong Style to ensure they both stay as close to 100% as possible. With the Gold Standard having his fellow real athlete nearby, will Nakamura need Styles’ help? Or will he just give them both a #Knee2Face?

The bell rings and the two slowly approach each other. Benjamin gets a quick takedown but Nakamura pushes him away. Nakamura kicks but Benjamin evades, and the two circle again. They tie up, Benjamin knees low then clubs him. Benjamin whips but Nakamura reverses, Benjamin blocks the hip toss but not the knee! Nakamura snapmares and kicks Benjamin, then drops a knee. He puts Benjamin in a corner, kicks and stomps him more, and gives Good Vibrations! Benjamin slips out of the ring while fans duel over Nakamura and Styles, we go to break.

Smackdown returns once more, and Benjamin has Nakamura in a chinlock and body scissors. The fans rally and Nakamura works his way back to his feet. He fights out of the hold but Benjamin knees low. Nakamura slips out of the scoop then runs for the Dynamic Dropkick! Both men are down, but Nakamura stands up first. He dares Benjamin to “C’MON!” Benjamin does, but runs into the knee and kicks! Nakamura whips Benjamin then runs in for the knee, then hoists Benjamin up for the Top Shelf knee! Nakamura aims but gable hops up to distract, so Styles trips Gable up, and Gable hits the apron. Benjamin avoids the Kinshasa and puts Nakamura in a corner for the step-up knee. Northern Lights! TWO! And Styles grows a bit worried.

Benjamin stands up, vowing to finish. he jumps, but Nakamura counters into the cross armbreaker! Benjamin tries to escape but ends up in a Triangle Hold! It becomes a cover but Nakamura keeps his shoulders off, only for Benjamin to turn that into a Half Crab! Nakamura reaches for ropes, Benjamin drags him away, but Benjamin ends up back in the Triangle! Benjamin resists, then reaches around, but Nakamura won’t let go, so Benjamin deadlifts. Nakamura lets go, Benjamin Dragon Whip kicks! Nakamura flounders to a corner, but he boots Benjamin away to then hop up for a flying knee! He takes aim again, KINSHASA!! Cover, Nakamura wins!

Winner: Nakamura, by pinfall

The Rockstar rocks the Gold Standard, and Styles helped out after all. Nakamura picks up a mic and asks Styles to join him in the ring. Styles does, with his own mic. Nakamura thanks Styles for being in his corner, but says he didn’t need his help. He just wanted Styles to see how Nakamura will beat him at Wrestlemania. Styles sees the games Nakamura is playing, but there won’t be game s at Wrestlemania. This isn’t just a Dream Match for the fans, but for Styles, too. It’s a dream because they’re going to tear the house down! But Styles’ dream match goes differently. Styles and Nakamura are two of the best, but when Styles beats Nakamura, Styles will prove himself THE best, that he is Pheonomenal, and that SmackDown is the House That AJ Styles Built!

But Nakamura just laughs. Nakamura says this is why he’ll win at Wrestlemania: Styles is too emotional. Nakamura leaves the ring, but Gable & Benjamin jump Styles! They stomp away, but Nakamura returns to fight them off, inverted exploder for Gable and the strike fest for Benjamin! Styles is down, Nakamura fires up and takes aim! Styles stands, KIN- Not!

But he promises there will be a #Knee2Face. Nakamura pats Styles’ head, then leaves the ring again. Are the mind games only growing stronger between the champion and challenger?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A much better SmackDown than as of late, and luckily in time for Wrestlemania. The opening video package was well-made, then the opening match having a surprise was a good move. Fans love Rusev, Rusev gets the win, and gets what he wants by making the United States Championship match a Fatal 4 Way! Whether or not that’s good booking, the match will be really fun with all the intertwining story. Though, we do get a bit of the same in the SmackDown Tag Team Championship match, as it seems Bryan’s hand is forced to give Bludgeon Brothers the same deal when they again overpower one of the top teams. I hope it’ll be tornado rules, it’d get a bit tiresome with the hot tags in and out.

Becky has a good match with Ruby Riott, even though the Riott Squad is starting to weaken. Though, that in itself makes them the same as Absolution on Raw so there’s still no distinction between Women’s Division factions. But Becky getting momentum going into the Women’s Battle Royal is good for her, she needs a spark so that she can go back towards the title post-Mania. Ziggler does about the same with his win against Breeze, but since SmackDown’s Mojo Rawley won last year, I’d expect a Raw superstar wins this year, so Ziggler’s momentum might not matter.

Bryan gives another great promo, and gives us the match we expected of him and Shane against Kevin & Sami. Sami & Kevin winning to return is the logical outcome, but I wonder if the way to that outcome will be the surprise. And the Styles VS Nakamura story is still pretty strong, and I liked Nakamura’s way of messing with Styles at the end there. He’s dancing on the line of being Styles’ friend, rival and enemy and it’s pretty entertaining. Things might get turn with the go-home, but it’s still going at the right speed because, as Styles said, they will put on an amazing match.

My Score: 8/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (7/17/24)

EPISODE 250!

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AEW is going big for this milestone Dynamite!

Dynamite has reached its 250TH episode, and it opens with Will Ospreay VS MJF for the AEW International Championship!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS MJF; wins and
  • AEW TBS Championship: Mercedes Mone VS Nyla Rose; wins and
  • Swerve Strickland VS Kazuchika Okada; wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

[Due to scheduling conflicts, coverage will be on delay]


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (7/16/24)

Who’s the real MVP?

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Time to make an impact on NXT!

The Rascalz make their NXT in-ring debut while Duke Hudson challenges Oba Femi one on one for the North American Championship!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: The Rascalz VS Gallus; The Rascalz win.
  • Je’Von Evans VS Brooks Jensen w/ Josh Briggs; Je’Von wins.
  • NXT Championship: Ethan Page VS Dante Chen; Ethan wins and retains the title.
  • Izzi Dame VS Tatum Paxley; Tatum wins.
  • Lola Vice VS Jacy Jayne w/ Jazmyn Nyx; Lola wins.
  • Mixed Six Tag: The OC VS OTM; The OC wins.
  • NXT North American Championship: Oba Femi VS Duke Hudson w/ Chase U; Oba wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Rascalz walk ‘n’ talk.

Wes Lee says you are not imagining things. This is happening right now. Trey Miguel says the gang is back together, time to blow everyone’s minds! Zachary Wentz says let’s get it!

Gallus also walks ‘n’ talks.

Markus says The Rascalz are gonna have the shortest reunion ever! Wolfgang says he hates everyone in TNA, especially these three. Joe says yes, them and that walking meme. “Oh, they broke the internet!” Well Gallus is about to break The Rascalz! The battlelines have been drawn, which trio stands tall when it is all said and done?

Six Man Tag: The Rascalz VS Gallus!

The trios sort out and Trey starts against Mark Coffey. The bell rings, the fans rally up, and the two tie up. Mark powers Trey back, throws him away, then smirks. Trey gets up, dodges Mark, then slips through ropes to RAM into Mark and HOTSHOT the arm! Trey rolls into KICK the arm, wrench it, and then TWEAK it! Trey then reaches up to RANA! The fans fire up and Trey tags Wentz. They double whip, atomic drop and dropkick the leg! Then chancery DROPKICK! Cover, ONE!! Wentz stays on Mark, but Mark fights up to ROCK Wentz! Tag to Wolfgang and he UPPERCUTS Wentz down!

The fans boo but Wolfgang stomps away on Wentz. Wolfgang then hauls Wentz up to snap suplex! Cover, ONE!! Wolfgang drags Wentz over, tags Joe and they mug Wentz. The fans rally for the Rascalz as Joe whips Wentz. Wentz BOOTS back, goes up, and FLYING RANAS! Wenz then KNEES Joe, tags Wes, and MSK snapmare to KNEE-BOARD SENTON! The fans fire up and Wes headlocks. Joe powers up and out, Wes sunset flips over, then rolls back to SWINGING RANA! The fans fire up again while Joe staggers around, into another RANA! Cover, TWO! Joe escapes but Wes stays cool. Wes headlocks but Joe fights up.

Joe back suplexes, Wes lands out to headlock again. Joe powers up but Wes holds tight. Wolfgang tags in as Joe gets free, and Wolfgang CLOBBERS Wes! Wolfgang UPPERCUTS Wes, scoops and SLAMS him, then covers, TWO! Wes toughs it out but Wolfgang drags Wes up. Wes grabs ropes so Wolfgang HOTSHOTS him instead! Wes sputters, Wolfgang drags him up, but Wes fires body shots. Wolfgang knees low, facelocks, and Mark tags in. Gallus mugs Wes, then Joe tags in. The Coffey Brothers double wrench to DOUBLE CHOP! Tag to Wolfgang, the mugging continues, and Wolfgang warns the rest of the Rascalz.

Tag to Mark, the mugging continues but Wes ENZIGIRIS back! Wolfgang UPPERCUTS! Trey gets in, Wolfgang CHOPS him down! Trey kips up to ENZIGIRI Wolfgang! Joe runs in to CLOBBER Trey! Wentz runs in, dodges, handsprings, and JUMP KNEES! Mark POLISH HAMMERS Wentz! Wes DOUBLE KNEES Mark! The fans fire up as all six men are down! And then as Vic Joseph mentions him, HERE COMES JOE HENDRY! The fans are thunderous as you know who makes his way down to the ring. Gallus’ worst nightmare is coming true while NXT goes picture in picture.

Hendry waves to the fans while they sing his song, and he joins commentary! Mark and Wes are in the ring, and Wes fires off hands! Wes bobs ‘n’ weaves, headlocks, but Mark powers up and out. Wolfgang tags in, and he FLAPJACKS Wes! Wolfgang kicks Wes to the apron then the floor, right at Hendry’s feet! Joe runs up to stomp Wes right in front of Hendry! Hendry wants no beef with Coffey, so Coffey puts Wes in the ring. Wes fires body shots and haymakers but Joe knees low. Joe whips Wes to a corner, whips him in again, then scoops for a BACKBREAKER! Joe then goes up and up to VADER ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO!

Joe is frustrated with Wes but drags him back over. Tag to Wolfgang, he fires hands on Wes, then wrenches an arm. Mark tags in. Wolfgang CHOPS Wes, then Mark FLYING SHOULDER TACKLES! Cover, TWO! Wes stays tough but Mark stomps him down! Mark drags Wes up, but Wes fires body shots and forearms! Mark ROCKS Wes, whips him to the Gallus corner, then tags in Joe. The Coffey Brothers mug Wes, then Joe taunts the Rascalz. Joe runs in but Wes BOOTS him! Wes fires hands on Wolfgang and Mark, then fires hands on Joe! Joe shoves Wes back, Wes runs back up, but Joe catches him to TOSS him down!

Joe tags Wolfgang, the mugging continues, and then Gallus drops a knee on Wes’s head! Cover, TWO! Wolfgang drags Wes right over to tag Joe back in. The mugging still continues, and then Joe clamps on a REAR BEARHUG! Wes endures, fights around, and NXT returns to single picture. The fans rally for Wes, even as Joe leans on the hold. Wes fights up, throws some elbows, but Joe CLUBS him! Tag to Mark, Mark reels Wes in to whip him back to the corner. Wolfgang steps in, Mark runs in but Wes DUMPS him! Wes dodges Wolfgang, dodges Joe and UP KICKS him! Then hot tag to Wentz!

The fans fire up as Wentz dodges Joe, SUPERKICKS Wolfgang, then runs in at the corner. Joe puts Wentz on the corner, but Wentz GAMANGIRIS! Wentz goes up to DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICK! The fans are thunderous as Wentz CHOPS joe then whips. Joe reverses but Wentz YANKS him outta the air! SNAP GERMAN, but Mark tags in! Wentz dodges to UPPERCUT! Trey tags in and he gest moving to UPPERCUT Joe! He gives Wentz the boost, RAILGUN DROPKICK for Joe! RAILGUN DROPKICK for Mark! Clinch, SCORPION KICK then LIGHTNING SPIRAL! Cover, Wolfgang breaks it!

The fans boo but Wolfgang hauls Trey up. Trey DROPKICKS Wolfgang away then tags Wes. Wes tags Wentz, and MSK give Trey a boost, for the TRIPLE DROPKICK!! The fans fire up as Gallus regroups outside! They run back in, Wes & Wentz ROCK Wolfgang & Joe while Trey DIVES onto Mark for a TORNADO DDT TO THE FLOOR! Then MSK fires off on Wolfgang and Joe! DOUBLE STOMP on Joe, DOUBLE STOMP on Wolfgang! Gallus regroups outside again, and Wentz PENALTY KICKS Mark! The fans are thunderous as Wes helps Wentz with the LATERAL MOONSAULT! The fans fire up again as Wes now takes aim!

Wes builds speed and he FLIES onto all of Gallus! The fans are thunderous, Hendry applauds and even Booker T is being won over. The Rascalz get Mark in, hoist him up and tuck him in, DOUBLE CHEEKY NANDOS! Tag to Wes, and now it’s a double torture rack! DOUBLE STOMP BURNING HAMMER!! Cover, The Rascalz win!

Winners: The Rascalz, by pinfall

The fans are thunderous as this #NXTNA crossover takes the win! But will NXT & TNA soon belong to The RSCL?

 

Backstage interview with Chase U.

Kelly Kincaid is with Andre Chase, Riley Osborn, Thea Hail & Ridge Holland, but she also brings up that Roxanne Perez will be speaking later tonight. Thea asks if Kelly really just mentioned Roxie. She did. Thea has to go! Whoa, wait, what? Thea takes off, Ridge hurries after and Chase says it’ll be up to Ridge to keep an eye on her. But that means Chase & Riley take the interview. Kelly says this is a big night for Chase U as Duke Hudson will challenge Oba Femi for the North American Championship. Chase says when Duke is on his A Game, very few superstars in the WWE can stop him. And Duke understands opportunities don’t always come around, so he has to cash in tonight.

Chase says tonight, the MVP of Chase U shows up, shows out, and becomes the NEW NXT North American Champion. Riley says he was worried before, but he knows Duke’s been proving the haters wrong. Duke is going to beta the unbeatable, do the unthinkable, and bring home that title to Chase U! Kelly thanks them for their time, and says Oba VS Duke is our massive main event tonight. Will Duke put it all on the line to take home the gold? Or will no one ever dethrone The Ruler?

 

Ethan Page talks with Ava Raine in her office.

All Ego says he sure did enjoy last week, because now we are officially one week into the Era of Ego. And he has some very valid complaints! Their champion feels this is an unsafe work environment, and wants to know what Ava is doing- OH NO here comes Oro Mensah! Ava keeps Oro from getting his hands on Ethan, and she tells him to stop! They are not doing this in her office. This is what Ethan is talking about! How is he to defend the championship with dignity and honor when he has to deal with this!? Oro tells Ethan to shut his mouth and defend it against Oro tonight! Oh, yes, let’s reward terrible behavior!

Ethan tells Oro’s little fantasy of getting a shot at this title will NEVER happen. And Oro has no chance in Hell of EVER pinning Ethan 1-2-3! Ava tells them both to stop. Oro is not in the title picture now because he just keeps attacking Ethan. Oro says fine, fine. The longer Ethan runs away, the worse it will get for him. Ava says okay, hold on. If Ethan wants to defend his title so bad, then he’ll defend it tonight. O-Okay. Great idea! And it’ll be against someone with honor and dignity, aka NOT ORO. It’ll be… Uh… DANTE CHEN! Ava likes that idea. Oro says he hopes Dante kicks Ethan’s ass then.

Ava has Oro move on, but perhaps Ethan just stepped in it. Is he taking the Singapore Warrior too lightly? Or can All Ego put his money where his mouth is instead of his foot?

 

The Great American Bash returns!

Not only that, but it will be a TWO WEEK SPECIAL EVENT, on the SyFy Network! Tuesday, July 30th and Tuesday, August 6th, tune in for NXT’s biggest Summer tradition.

 

Roxanne Perez is here!

The fans are torn as The Prodigy struts her way out, NXT Women’s Championship on her shoulder. She steps into the ring, grabs a mic, and asks, “So what’s it gonna take for everyone to start treating me like the champion I am? Last Sunday, I defeated the biggest badass NXT has, retained my title, added another name to the resume, and you’d think that because of that, I’d be receiving my flowers. I mean, the WWE Universe is literally witnessing greatness before their eyes, and what do they do? They give Lola Vice, the LOSER of the match, a standing ovation. Hello? It should’ve been me!

“You guys don’t deserve to watch a once in a lifetime performer like me. You really don’t. At 22 years old, I am just so damn good. And I haven’t even hit my prime yet. How untouchable am I gonna be in five years? Because I’m not competing against anyone inside that locker room, I’m competing with the history books. And uh, speaking of history, because I sure know mine… 13 years ago tomorrow, charlotte Flair had her very first NXT TV match. And 13 years later, she’s a 14-TIME World Champion, The Queen, a future Hall of Famer. But guess what? I’m on pace to shatter all of her records!

“Bayley’s, Asuka’s, Rhea’s… But uh, y’know what really, really pisses me off? It’s the fact that all the talk online is, ‘When Giulia comes to NXT, Roxanne is in trouble~! When Stephanie Vaquer comes, she’s gonna run through the NXT Women’s Division! Well y’know what? Why don’t you go ahead and roll out the red carpet for them. Matter of fact, roll out the red carpet for any talent around the world, because when they step inside the ring with me, no one compares to The Prodigy. Which is why I find it quite laughable that Thea Hail is my next opponent. I mean, c’mon, she has a good of a chance at beating me as Duke Hudson has of beating Oba Femi.”

But here comes Thea! Thea tells Roxie that seriously, no no no. Roxie’s problem is that she comes here, acts like people owe her respect, but in reality, nobody owes her anything. And honestly, Roxie barely escaped Heatwave with that title. And while their paths have never really crossed, Thea honestly used to look up to Roxie. She and Roxie seemed so alike. The fact that Roxie even comes out here and says it is laughable, Roxie should know what it is to be underestimated, to have people doubt you! So go ahead, Roxie. Doubt Thea. Thea has broken doubters’ noses! She has fractured doubters’ arms! She has defeated the doubters that she was never supposed to beat.

So at Great American Bash, let’s open that history book Roxie wants to rewrite, and then hand Thea the pen so that Thea can write, “Thea Hail: One of the Youngest NXT Women’s Champions!” The fans fire up but Roxie is amused. Aw, Thea, how brave coming out here without the chaperones. But Roxie isn’t underestimating Thea. She just knows that as long as Roxie has the title, it won’t be Thea’s time, or anyone else’s time. So here is some free advice: Thea is not ready. Coming from someone that knows, Roxie knows what it is to lose out on this title. How it can make you spiral, lose control. Let’s not forget when Mr. Chase threw in the towel…

Thea is getting worked up as Roxie says the title is for “big girls,” not children. Thea can say she’s “a grown ass woman,” but she’s really just a little girl. That sets Thea off, but Roxie is ready! Roxie kicks low, fires off hands, but so does Thea! Roxie wrangles Thea into a CROSSFACE! Thea rolls through to get the KIMURA! The fans fire up as Roxie pops free to crossface, but Thea rolls to KIMURA!! Roxie flails, but Ridge gets in to stop Thea. Roxie runs away, title in hand. The fans fire up for Thea, will she prove The Prodigy isn’t a prodigy anymore?

 

Backstage interview with Kelani Jordan.

Kelly Kincaid says the inaugural North American Women’s Champion is still North American Women’s Champion after an incredible match with Sol Ruca at Heatwave. Kelani says Sol is amazing, she had to pull out some crazy moves to win. But when one challenge ends, another begins. Kelani did just hear names like Giulia and Stephanie Vaquer, so this women’s division is only getting stronger. And as a champion, Kelani will keep upping her game. Wait, what’s Kelly looking at? Kelani turns around and there’s Wendy! And she’s holding onto the beheaded Barbie doll Tatum Paxley left behind last week…

Wendy eyes the title, then moves on. That was weird… But it was a clear message, too. Will Wendy put Kelani’s reign to bed and start a reign of terror?

 

Backstage interview with Lola Vice.

Kelly now talks with the Mayor of Vice City on how she fell short of the NXT Women’s Championship. But she also proved that she belongs in the title scene. Lola says she left it all in the ring. She fought through the pain, nearly broke her hand, and still Roxie could not tap her out. She took FIVE Pop Rox, but next time, it won’t be enough. Fallon Henley walks in with Jacy Jayne & Jazmyn Nyx and says this is exactly what they’ve been talking about! New girl had her title shot, and lost. Jacy has an idea: Lola should just go back to MMA, since she made a bigger name while being here.

Jacy says American Top Team would probably welcome her back with open arms! And NXT will sure miss her~. Because clearly, rookie- Oh, keep saying that, but what about Jazmyn? Lola ain’t going anywhere. Jacy says Jazmyn’s different. She is with them. The exception to the rule and all. But hey, if Lola’s a fighter, then she should go and fight. Lola says yeah, that’s true. She is a fighter, and she’s looking at her next opponent. Jacy gets a little worried, but will the Latina Heat burn down all of this toxic element?

 

Je’Von Evans VS Brooks Jensen w/ Josh Briggs!

The Young OG was supposed to be in last week’s main event match alongside Trick Williams, but the rather unstable and unpredictable second generation superstar “made an impact” but taking him out! Will Je’Von return the favor by bouncing Brooks right out of NXT? Or will Jensen just finish the job he started?

NXT returns and Jensen makes his entrance. Jensen tells Briggs he doesn’t need Briggs out here. Briggs counters by bringing up how he stuck his neck out for Jensen, he is responsible for him now. Jensen goes to the ring, and Je’Von wants to get right in his face. The ref keeps them back, the bell rings, and Je’Von runs in! Jensen picks him up to RAM him into the corner! Jensen RAMS into Je’Von, whips corner to corner, but Je’Von goes up and over. Je’Von fires haymakers, runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges then RANAS Jensen into ropes !Jensen rebounds into a DROPKICK! Jensen bails out, Je’Von storms over, but Jensen trips him up.

Jensen drags Je’Von out but Je’Von ROCKS him first! And again! And again! The fans fire up, Jensen shoves Je’Von back. Je’Von runs back in, but Jensen pops him up to FLAPJACK him on barriers! Those bad ribs bother Je’Von, but he still ELBOWS Jensen away. And SUPERKICKS him down! The fans fire up and Je’Von snarls. Je’Von then goes up and up to QUEBRADA! Down goes Jensen and the fans fire up! Je’Von puts Jensen in, runs to rebound and SPIN KICK! Cover, TWO!! Jensen survives but Je’Von keeps cool. Je’Von goes corner to corner, but Jensen dodges the splash! those ribs suffer more damage, but Je’Von still CHOPS!

Jensen LARIATS Je’Von down! Jensen rains down fists, drags Je’Von out, and GOURD BUSTER on the desk! Je’Von sputters, Jensen mockingly says this boy is bouncy. Then Jensen goes to the apron, to FLYING LEG DROP to the desk!! Jensen mocks Je’Von while Je’Von struggles to breathe, and NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and the two are throwing hands against ropes. Je’Von whips, Jensen reverses and kitchen sink KNEES! Je’Von sputters but Jensen shakes off those shots. Jensen then digs a knee into Je’Von’s back and pulls him with a chinlock. Je’Von endures, the fans rally up, and Je’Von fights up! Je’Von throws body shots, but Jensen gut wrenches to THROW Je’Von! Je’Von flounders to a corner, Jensen runs in, but Je’Von dodges now! Jensen ELBOWS Je’Von, goes up, but Je’Von goes up to get him! SUPER STEINER! The fans fire up as Je’Von huffs ‘n’ puffs and rises up. Jensen runs back in, Je’Von dodges and LEAPING LARIATS!

Je’Von rallies with elbows, then whips, but Jensen reverses. Jensen runs in, blocks a boot, but Je’Von traps Jensen’s foot! Je’Von ROCKS, CHOPS, and then SMACKS Jensen off buckles. SPIN KICK, and then Je’Von goes to the apron. Springboard and CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Jensen is showing toughness but Je’Von stays focused. Je’Von springboards, but into a Gory Especial! Je’Von flips up and over but into a GOTCH NEUTRALIZER! Cover, TWO!! And now Shawn Spears makes his way out here? We know he doesn’t like Je’Von much but why is he out here? Briggs steps in Spears’ way, but Jensen hurries out to tell Briggs not to waste his time on Spears.

Briggs stands down, but Je’Von FLIES onto Jensen! The fans fire up again and Je’Von puts Jensen in. Je’Von goes up and up and SUPER O G CUTTER~! Cover, Je’Von wins!

Winner: Je’Von Evans, by pinfall

And that is payback served! The Young OG shows he can grit it out and come away with the win, but will- OH NO, Jensen attacks Je’Von! Jensen’s a sore loser! Briggs runs in there to stop Jensen and asks what the hell! Jensen continues to cross the line, is his second chance about to be his last chance?

 

The D’Angelo Family is playing cards backstage.

Then someone says, “Psst!” We look over to see it’s Charlie Dempsey. The Family is confused, but Tony tells Stacks not to look at his cards. Stacks asks who Tony thinks he is, but Rizzo does keep an eye on Stacks. Tony walks over to Dempsey and asks what this is about. You don’t “Psst” at The Don. Dempsey says forget about that. But the uh, you know what, right? Oh yeah, the D’Angelo Trunk Tactic, yeah. Myles was telling him. Myles did what? Oh yeah, he won’t shut up about it. Joking! Tony’s just busting Dempsey’s balls. The Don knows everything that goes on around here. But hey, to be honest, Tony didn’t think Dempsey had it in him, so he’s impressed.

Dempsey won’t be sweet talked, he’s still coming for the Heritage Cup. Does the sun rise in the morning? Of course Dempsey is, Tony knows. But what’s this breaking news Dempsey has? Well, Dempsey found himself in a bit of a situation and needs some advice. What kind of situation? Hypothetically speaking, let’s say a witness saw him. Then take him “for a swim.” Hypothetically, let’s say it wasn’t a him but a her. Oh… Well, Dempsey is going to take care of this on his own. But doesn’t Tony take care of things? Not this one. Dempsey’s still stuck, what is he to do about Wren Sinclair?

 

Backstage interview with Dante Chen.

Sarah Schreiber asks the Singapore Warrior about his NXT Championship opportunity. Dante is extremely surprised. But this is exactly why he gets up early in the morning to train like an animal, why he goes for runs during the day when it’s 100+ degrees, and why he studies film every night. And he’s no fool, Ethan Page thinks Dante is an easy first defense. Dante has learned that when you get your moment, you gotta make the most of it. Dante heads out, will he be able to take advantage of All Ego’s arrogance?

 

Trick Williams vents backstage.

He worked so damn hard for the NXT Championship, and while a title doesn’t define a man, looking at himself without it, he doesn’t recognize himself. He has to get back to being himself and doing his own thing. On the phone is Ilja Dragunov! And the Mad Dragon tells Trick this is simply a journey of redemption. When Ilja lost that title, is world changed. He got drafted, so his new goals became based on his new surroundings. He seeks to conquer new worlds, but the question for Trick is… What does Trick want? He wants that title back! But Ethan won’t just give him a rematch.

Ilja wishes he could help Trick more, but these are two very different situations. Just hang in there, Trick. Trick ends the call, and he spots Pete Dunne watching him. Trick asks Dunne from some advice, but Dunne just tells him, “Figure it out.” The Bruiserweight leaves Trick confused, but will Trick figure out how to earn his shot at the top title?

 

NXT Championship: Ethan Page VS Dante Chen!

Speaking of the top title, the threat of Oro coming for him rattled All Ego into just spitting out a name. Now the Singapore Warrior has his own shot at this championship, and his whole world could change, too! Will Dante make this a one and done to reach the top? Or will Ethan be able to back up all the talk and hold onto the gold?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is really ready for this moment!

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans rally hard for Dante but Ethan headlocks. Dante powers up and out but Ethan runs him over! Ethan taunts Dante, saying this is his chance. Dante stands up, they tie up, and Ethan powers Dante to a corner. The ref counts, Ethan lets off with a pat on the head, but that just upsets Dante. Ethan grins at the cameras, but Dante rolls him up! TWO!! Ethan is mad now, but Dante dodges him to ROCK and CHOP and repeat! Dante whips but Ethan blocks. Ethan ROCKS Dante, headlocks, but Dante powers up and out. Dante hurdles, drops, and ELBOWS Ethan, to then UPPERCUT and CHOP!

Dante sits Ethan up to SUPERKICK him down! Cover, TWO! Ethan survives but Dante stays cool. Dante gets moving, but Ethan TOSSES him up and out! Dante staggers up but Ethan FLYING SHOULDER TACKLES! Down goes Dante but Ethan puts him in fast. Ethan rains down fists while the fans boo. Ethan lets off, storms around, then stands Dante up. Ethan whips Dante, ELBOWS him down, then scoops him to POWERSLAM him! Cover, TWO! Dante stays in this but Ethan wants a better count. Ethan scuffs Dante, talks trash on him, then pie faces him! Dante fires body shots and jabs in return!

Dante CHOPS, ROCKS, and repeat! Ethan knees low, scoops, but Dante slips free! Dante ENZIGIRIS Ethan and the fans fire up! Dante runs in, Ethan puts him on the apron, but Dante RAMS in! Slingshot sunset flip! TWO! Ethan escapes, swings, but Dante counter punches! Dante fires CHOPS and palm strikes! Dante UPPERCUTS, whips, and LARIATS! Dante rallies with more shots, then an atomic drop! Dante runs but Ethan dodges the boot! Ethan kicks low, reels Dante in, but Dante cradle counters! TWO!! Ethan escapes again, but Dante gets around to backslide! TWO! Ethan staggers up into a BOOT!

The fans fire up as Ethan falls! Dante grits his teeth, vows to end this, and he takes aim. Dante DOUBLE CHOPS Ethan down! Cover, TWO!! Dante grows frustrated but he hurries to a corner. Dante goes out to the apron, springboards back in, but Ethan dodges! Dante staggers up, and Ethan BOOTS him down! Ethan is mad, and he drags Dante up. Canadian Rack, for the EGO’S EDGE! Cover, Ethan wins!

Winner: Ethan Page, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)

All Ego sarcastically shakes Dante’s hand, but then ORO RUNS IN! The fans fire up as Main Man Mensah gets shots in, but then Ethan kicks low and DDTS! Ethan taunts Oro with the title. “Not on your best day, Oro!” The fans boo but Ethan just grins and leaves Oro behind. Only for Oro to pursue! The brawl goes up the ramp, then back to ringside! Oro puts Ethan in and LARIATS him down! And again! Then he SUPERMAN PUNCHES! Ethan blocks a kick, but not the ROLLING KICK! The fans are thunderous as Oro MURAMASAS Ethan in a corner! Oro covers, and he counts it! That’s three right there! Did Oro just prove he is worthy of the gold?

 

Duke Hudson speaks.

“What started as a gambler… grew into the MVP. Tonight, I become the NXT North American Champion.” Duke promises the biggest Andre Chase University style ass whooping, but will he be able to dethrone the Ruler? Or will he go broke trying?

 

NXT has BIG events coming!

Sunday, September 1st, the Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado will host No Mercy 2024! And then on Sunday, October 27th, Hershey, Pennsylvania’s Giant Center hosts Halloween Havoc 2024! Get your tickets starting July 24th, and be ready for big nights in NXT history!

 

Gallus regroups backstage.

Mark says any other night, they would’ve battered those three. Wolfgang says yeah, the “shiny new toys” had their 15 minutes of fame, so now they can go back to TNA. And Joe asks the boys if they saw “that clown” looking at him? If Joe hears the name “Joe Hendry” one more time- Wait. The music plays, and clap clap, Hendry steps in! Don’t be mad at him, Coffey just said his name. Wolfgang doesn’t care, just go back to Scotland. Hendry says he understands, he’d be just as mad, too. They’ve been working for years, and then someone just strolled in to become the most talked about star in all of NXT. But the reality is, Hendry’s sticking around, he likes it here.

Coffey says the thing is, Joe Hendry, no one here actually likes him! Oh, really? Yeah! Cuz when they think of Scotland, they think of Gallus. They think of Drew McIntyre! They do NOT think of some flash in the pan. Well maybe they’d feel just a little bit better if they believed in The Answer to All Life’s Problems, Joe Hendry. Hendry leaves, and Joe Coffey swears, if he sees that guy one more time…! But will Gallus ever learn to accept Joe Hendry?

 

Izzi Dame VS Tatum Paxley!

The “It Girl,” the volleyball ace, has gotten the attention of a rather twisted individual. But will Izzi show Tatum that obsession is bad for your health? Or will Tatum break the mean girl mentally and physically?

Speaking of, Tatum creeps Izzi out by crawling right under her! Izzi asks what the hecc! Izzi stomps, Tatum dodges, the bell rings and Tatm RAN- NO! Izzi stops the rana to go for ropes. But Tatum uses that to HANGING HEADSCISSOR! Tatum then BOPS Izzi, Izzi staggers away, and Tatum goes up to springboard MISSILE DROPKICK! The fans fire up as Tatum watches Izzi flounder around. Tatum then runs in to BODY CHECK from behind! Then Tatum schoolgirl KICKS Izzi down! Cover, TWO! Izzi staggers up, Tatum runs in and leaps, but into Izzi’s arms! Izzi runs to BACKBREAKER!

Izzi hauls Tatum back up to SLAM her down! Tatum flounders now, and Izzi storms up to stomp away! The ref counts as Tatum is on the ropes. Izzi lets off to drag Tatum back and drop an elbow! Cover, TWO! Izzi smirks and she pushes Tatum around. Izzi says Tatum wanted this fight, so she’s got it. But then Tatum fires body shots! Izzi scoops again, but Tatum slips free! Tatum whips, Izzi blocks! Tatum’s back bothers her but Izzi whips her to a corner. Then Izzi whips corner to corner! Izzi runs, slides, and trips Tatum! Izzi pulls Tatum back against the post! Tatum endures being bent, the ref counts, and Izzi lets off.

The fans boo but Izzi storms back in. Izzi scoops Tatum for another BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Izzi is frustrated but she reels Tatum in. Canadian Rack, and a backbreaker torture rack! Tatum endures, but Wendy is waling out here? Tatum flails, kicks off ropes, and flips free! Izzi runs up but Tatum dodges to then block a kick! Tatum grins, then DRAGON SCREWS! And CHOP BLOCKS! Tatum BOOTS Izzi, ENZIGIRIS her, then KNEE SMASHES! ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Izzi survives but Tatum hauls her up. Tatum pump handles, Izzi fights free and HOOK KICKS! Cover, TWO! The fans rally, and Wendy is watching like a hawk.

Izzi drags Tatum up, Canadian Racks again, but Tatum slips free. Tatum hobbles to a corner, Izzi runs in, but Tatum dodges! Izzi POSTS herself, then Tatum hooks her up! PSYCHO TRAP! Cover, Tatum wins!

Winner: Tatum Paxley, by pinfall

As Izzi says, it is what it is, and Tatum twists her around for her own victory! Tatum then spots Wendy. Tatum has the doll’s head, Wendy has the body, will these two unite as one to take over NXT?

 

Thea and Ridge regroup backstage.

Thea asks why Ridge stopped her! She was gonna rip Roxie’s arm off! Ridge says then that means there’s no title shot. Oh, smart! The rest of Chase U walks over and Duke asks what’s up with them. It’s only the biggest night of Duke’s career is all, and they’re going on about nonsense. Kidding! Hah. But yeah, he is being serious. They all say he’s got this, and Duke thanks Ridge for this match. Ridge says it’s all good, just bring the belt back to Chase U. Duke says Oba is incredible, but he is still a man. And a man can be beaten. Chase says F yeah he can! Hands in! On three! One, two, three, Chase U~!!

 

Cedric Alexander and Ashante THEE Adonis walk ‘n’ talk backstage.

PRIMED Alexander says the talent pool here in NXT is loaded with opportunities! But Ashante seems to see something else with potential. Cedric tells Ashante to focus. They can finally show the world what they’re all about. But then Lash Legend & Jakara Jackson walk by, and Ashante’s gone. He says, “Excuse me.” Lash says no thanks, bye. Ashante says pause, rewinds, this ain’t Chase U. This is “Chase Him.” Plus, he was here to talk with Jakara anyway. Oh, okay~! But then Oro Mensah walks in and asks what this is about. Oro will not let this happen like Lash and Trick. Ashante can just moonwalk on out of here.

Ashante tells Oro that take it down a notch. And secondly, he is sure Miss Jackson doesn’t mind getting to know THEE Hottest New Attraction. Ashante offers a hand, Jakara reaches out, but Oro says no touchy touchy. Cedric has everyone calm down, and Lash says they don’t need this. Meta Four moves on and Cedric says Ashante’s gonna get himself in trouble again. Yeah but Cedrick knows Ashante loves trouble. Is a new summer romance about to start up in NXT?

 

Lola Vice VS Jacy Jayne w/ Jazmyn Nyx!

The Mayor of Miami Vice put the Toxic Phantom of the Opera on notice, and now she looks to put more body parts in braces! Will Lola take out her anger on the arrogant “veteran” superstar? Or will things only get worse for her after being burned at Heatwave?

NXT returns as Jacy makes her entrance, “The Exception” by her side. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Jacy waistlocks but Lola headlocks. Jacy wrenches to headlock, Lola powers up and out but Jacy runs her over. Jacy mocks Lola’s Latina Heat then says shove it. Lola blocks a kick, gets around, and SLAMS Jacy down. Lola says this is how you do it! The fans fire up for that, but Jacy runs up. Lola body shots, kicks, and SPIN KICKS! Jacy ducks a roundhouse, rolls Lola and SUPERKICKS! Lola flounders, Jacy grabs the bad hand and STOMPS it! The fans rally up but Jacy KICKS the bad arm.

Jacy wrenches that arm, WRINGS it out, then drags Lola around again. Jacy SLAMS the bad hand on the mat, then clamps on again. Jacy SLAMS the hand, grabs at it again, then steps over for a DISARM-HER! Jacy bends the fingers, but Lola endures and fights up. Jacy wristlocks and swings, but Lola dodges to KICK! And KICK! And KICK! Then she fires LIGHTNING KICKS! The fans fire up with Lola and she AX KICKS Jacy! Jacy crawls to a corner, Lola says “I’m a Latina~!” And then HIP ATTACK! Cover, TWO! Jacy survives but Lola facelocks. Jacy fights up, JAWBREAKERS, and then BOOTS Lola down!

Jacy runs, but Lola dodges the discus to URAKEN!! Cover, Lola wins!

Winner: Lola Vice, by pinfall

That was a knockout to be sure, but then Fallon Henley CLOBBERS Lola from behind! The Toxic Cowgirl has Jazmyn get in and they mug Lola. But Lola fights back! BODY SHOT for Fallon, but Jacy DECKS Lola! But here come Karmen Petrovic and Sol Ruca! Sol DOUBLE LARIATS Fallon & Jazmyn! Sol then dodges Jacy for Karmen to ROUNDHOUSE! Lola SUPERKICKS Fallon, Karmen LARIATS Jazmyn! Then SUPERKICKS send them all tumbling! Jacy returns, but gets DOUBLE SUPERKICKS and a ROUNDHOUSE! The toxic trio just found these “rookies” aren’t pushovers. Will Fallon, Jacy & Jazmyn soon be humbled by this new wave of talent?

 

Tatum plays around backstage.

Kelani says hi, and that it looks like she found the rest of Wendy’s doll. Wendy was looking for the rest of it earlier so good for Tatum. Tatum says it was her doll. Does Kelani wanna play? Aw, that’s sweet. But aren’t they a little old to be playing with dolls? Kelani leaves, and Tatum brings out a Barbie that looks a bit like Kelani… Has Paxley found a new, unwitting “playmate?”

 

NXT Media catches up with Ethan Page.

The reporter asks if he is upset with how tonight played out. First off, that is “Your NXT Champion,” Ethan Page. And upset? About what? He defended his title tonight, but then “Maniac Mensah” tried to ruin it, much like NXT Media just did so thank you for that. Ethan wants to leave but the reporter asks about Oro’s “pin” on him. STOP. Oro did not pin Ethan, that does not count. Ethan is still NXT Champion, and for the record… None of this bothers him. It wasn’t a pin! While Ethan’s ego grows, his temper seems to be getting shorter. Will he have no choice but to give Oro the shot he wants?

 

Mixed Six Tag: The OC VS OTM!

These trios have gone back and forth, but nothing has been settled! Will Michin & The Good Brothers prove that they are Just Too Sweet? Or will Bronco Nima, Lucien Price & Jaida Parker prove they’re the ones who run these streets?

NXT returns and The OC make their entrance. The trios start talking trash and pushing each other, and then the brawl is on! The fans fire up, the ref wants order, but while Nima and Price DECK Gallows & Anderson, Mia fires off on Miss Parker! And then the Good Brothers drag Nima & Price out! The bell rings, Mia CHOPS and ROCKS and RAMS into Jaida again and again! Mia whips corner to corner, runs corner to corner, but Jaida dodges the boot! Mia stomps her, puts her back in the corner, and she goes again. Jaida dodges again and Mia POSTS herself! Jaida puts Mia in the ropes, then CHOPS her!

Jaida gets space, runs up, and DROPS IT LIKE IT’S HOT! The fans are torn but Jaida talks trash on Gallows & Anderson. Jaida runs, but Mia avoids the leg drop! Mia taunts Nima & Prince, but Jaida picks her up! SPINEBUSTER, and then high stack, TWO! Mia is still in this but Jaida is still talking smack. But then Mia GERMAN SUPLEXES Jaida! And SHOTGUNS her down! Jaida hurries to tag Price, so in steps Big LG! Gallows kicks Price, fires hands, then UPPERCUTS! Gallows runs to BOOT! Price wobbles, Gallows runs, but into an URENAGE! Price roars, but Anderson runs in!

Price BOOTS Anderson, runs up, and he LARIATS Anderson right up and out! Mia checks on Machine Gun but Price runs in to LARIAT Gallows! Price brings Gallows over, tags in Nima, and Nima fires hands on Gallows. Gallows kicks back, UPPERCUTS, but Nima body shots. Nima HEADBUTTS Gallows, CHOKES him on ropes, but the ref counts. Nima lets off to run and STRADDLE ATTACK! Nima talks smack, throws down forearms, then tags Price. Price & Nima mug Gallows, then Price has Gallows in a corner. Gallows kicks again, and throws hands, only for Price to RAM him into the corner! Price RAMS in again and again, then TOSSES Gallows!

The fans rally as Nima tags in. OTM mugs Gallows, and Nima CLUBS Gallows down. Cover, TWO! Nima clamps on with a neck wrench and he grinds Gallows down. The fans rally, Gallows fights up, and Gallows throws body shots. Nima CLUBS Gallows again! Then Nima ELBOWS Anderson down! But Gallows fireman’s carries! FLAPJACK! Both men are down, hot tag to Mia! Jaida runs in but Mia rallies on her! YAKUZA KICK, then DROPKCIK! Clinch and EXPLODER! Jaida flounders up, Mia fires palm strikes and kicks! SOBAT and PELE! Jaida falls, Mia covers, TWO! Mia grows frustrated, but Jaida GERMAN SUPLEXES her!

The fans fire up while both ladies are down. Jaida crawls, hot tag to Nima! Anderson jumps in and he dodges Nima to CHOP! And CHOP! And then dodges again, to mule kick! UPPERCUT! Nima goes to a corner, Anderson runs up, but Nima catches him first! Nima TOSSES Anderson to the corner, but Anderson BOOTS back! Anderson goes up, FLYING NECKBREAKER! Tag to Gallows and the Good Brothers get Nima up! BACK SUPLEX NECKBREAKER COMBO! Cover, Price breaks it! Anderson gives Price a SPINEBUSTER for it! But the TEARDROP HIP ATTACK takes Anderson out! Michin TOSSES Jaida!

Mia then gets Nima and wrenches him, EAT DA FEET! Then Mia DIVES onto Jaida! Gallows and Nima rise up, BUZZSAW for Nima! Tag back to Anderson, and the Good Brothers hit the MAGIC KILLER!! Cover, The OC wins!

Winners: The OC, by pinfall

OTM put up quite the fight, but they couldn’t stop the OC once they got rolling! Will Mia, Gallows & Anderson all head for some big opportunities in the near future?

 

Charlie Dempsey regroups with the No Quarter Catch Crew.

Tavion Heights asks if Charlie is okay. With everything going on, is he able to- Wren walks in! It spooks them and she says yeah, about “that.” She wants in on the crew. What? No no no, that’s not happening. Oh, well, okay then. She’ll just go tell everyone what she saw. Oh like they’re gonna believe her. Maybe, but what would Charlie’s dad say if she told him. Charlie says it doesn’t matter, she isn’t joining the NQCC. Oh c’mon, she isn’t the only one who saw. Wait, really? Who else did? They all lean in, and she says she was just kidding. Not funny! And then Wren starts trying to grapple with Myles?

Dempsey says this isn’t funny. He CHOPS Myles and Myles says she started it. Wren says one way or another, she’ll wrestle her way into that cold little heart of Dempsey’s, and get in the group. Wren leaves, leaving NQCC rather perplexed. Should they just take Wren up on her offer and squash the whole beef? Or will Dempsey find a way around this bit o’ blackmail?

 

Eddy Thorpe holds another concert.

The music is pumping, the people are jumping, but Lexis King has to ruin the fun! They get to fighting, security rushes in, and the Drama King warns The Alpha Wolf he’s going to pay! But will Lexis really rock Eddy’s world? Or will Eddy drop Lexis like he drops the beat?

 

NXT North American Championship: Oba Femi VS Duke Hudson w/ Chase U!

The Ruler has dominated ever since coming to NXT, and even the Chase U MVP admitted he’s incredibly powerful. But Duke also said that Oba is only a man, and any man can be beat. Then will Duke be the man to beat that man? Or will no man end Oba’s reign?

NXT returns and Oba makes his entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and in a battle of big meaty men, we will see who is the biggest and the baddest!

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans rally and duel as the two tie up, and they go around in a deadlock. Oba pushes Duke to a corner but Duke gets away. They tie up again, go around, and Duke headlocks. Oba powers up and out, and they RAM shoulders! The fans fire up as Oba eggs Duke on. Duke runs to RAM Oba, and then runs again. Oba ELBOWS Duke first! Oba headlocks, Duke pries at the hold, and Duke wrenches out to headlock back! Oba powers up and throws body shots! Oba then UPPERCUTS Duke, whips him, and he runs Duke over! The fans fire up while Chase U coaches their MVP.

Duke stands in a corner while Oba grins. The fans duel, Duke takes the headband and shirt off so he can really let loose! Oba runs in, Duke dodges and then RANAS! Duke ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Oba! The fans fire up with Duke as he kicks and DDTS! Oba stagger sup, Duke runs in to LARIAT Oba up and out! The fans fire up, as does Thea, and Duke stands tall while NXT goes picture in picture.

Oba snarls but he’s also a bit amused. Oba gets up on the apron and steps back inside. The two circle, feel out a knuckle lock, and go shoulder to shoulder in a Test of Strength. Both men stand their ground, but Oba powers Duke to his knees! Duke fights up, and he powers Oba back! But Oba knees low! Oba then CHOKES Duke on ropes! The ref counts, Oba lets off at 4, and Chase U coaches Duke. Oba RAMS Duke into the corner! And again! And again! The ref counts, Oba lets off to bring Duke around, and he goes to suplex. Duke blocks that, being as equally big. Duke RAMS Oba into the corner now!

Duke RAMS Oba more, lets off as the ref counts, and then he ROCKS Oba with a right! Duke whips, Oba reverses and Duke hits buckles chest first and hard! Duke falls back, the ref checks him, and Duke is okay to continue. Oba throws down hands, but Duke reaches up. Oba knocks him back down, KICKS him in the side, then has him in a corner. Oba drags Duke to center for a BIG elbow drop! Oba then clamps on a chinlock and grinds Duke down. The fans rally with Chase U as NXT returns to single picture. Oba leans on the hold but Duke fights up again! Duke pries the hold open as he rises to his feet, but Oba CLUBS him on the back!

Oba KICKS Duke in the side, CLUBS him more, then fires more knees. Oba CLUBS away in the corner, lets off as the ref counts, and then whips Duke right back in. Duke drops to his knees, and Oba stomps away! Oba whips Duke into the corner, scoops, and SIDEWALK SLAMS! Cover, TWO! Chase U rallies as hard as they can but Oba clamps on with another chinlock. Duke fights to his feet again, throws some body shots, then JAWBREAKERS free! Oba staggers, Duke whips him, but Oba reverse and clinches, URENAGE BACKBREAKER! Oba snarls, drags Duke up and BACKBREAKERS again! Cover, TWO!!

Duke shows that MVP toughness but Oba stays on him. Duke rises, Oba scoops, and Oba hits SNAKE EYES off the corner! Oba then reels Duke in, BACK- CROSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Oba escapes, runs up and UPPERCUTS! Oba goes corner to corner to UPPERCUT again! Oba keeps moving, but Duke BOOTS him down! The fans are thunderous while both men are down! They both rise, and Duke fires body shots! Duke fires fast hands and an UPPERCUT! Duke whips and LARIATS! Duke then JABS! JABS! JABS! Flip, flop and “U~!” BIONIC ELBOW! The fans fire up, Duke sees Oba bail out, and so he PLANCHAS!!

The fans are thunderous as Duke actually hits that! Duke puts Oba in, RAMS into him, and SLINGSHOT GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Oba survives but Duke has the hot hand. Duke puts Oba in a corner, hauls him up top, then goes up after him! The fans fire up, but Oba fires body shots. Oba HEADBUTTS Duke and Duke stumbles back. But then Duke runs and rolls, STRATUSFACTION! The fans are thunderous as Duke storms up on Oba. Duke reels Oba in, but Oba back drops! Duke sunset flips, but Oba clamps onto Duke’s neck! Oba drags Duke up to a fireman’s carry, but Duke shifts for a crucifix takedown! Cover, TWO!!

Duke and Oba rise, and Oba grabs Duke! CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Duke survives and even Thea can’t believe it! Oba huffs ‘n’ puffs and puts Duke up top now! Oba climbs, the fans are thunderous, “This is Awesome!” Duke fights back, and he tucks Oba in! SUPER SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO?!?! No one can believe it, and Oba bails out! Duke pursues, and he headlocks, only for Oba to SHOTPUT Duke onto the desk!! Duke bounces off, Oba drags him back over! Oba puts Duke in, lines up his shot, and Duke staggers into the POP-UP BOMB!! Cover, Oba wins!!

Winner: Oba Femi, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)

Chase U is devastated by Duke’s #FallFromGrace, but he pushed Oba as close to defeat as we’ve seen him yet! The Ruler still sits on the throne, but will he ever be defeated?

 

Jensen storms out of the building, Briggs following.

We see a lot of other superstars hanging out in the parking lot, too, like The Rascalz talking with Axiom & Nathan Frazer. Briggs again asks Jensen what in the hell was he doing with Je’Von. Jensen says who cares? Briggs is why Jensen lost! Oh, Jensen is definitely lost, and it’s not even funny. Jensen says it’s not like he hasn’t heard that before. Jensen then dares Briggs to take him on 1v1. Jensen is just proving Briggs’ point for him. The last time they went a round, Briggs beat Jensen pretty good. Briggs won’t put Jensen through that again. Then make it No Disqualifications. Then Jensen leaves in a car someone else is driving.

Who is it that’s on Jensen’s side other than Briggs? Is this person the bad influence that’s causing Jensen to go down this dark path?


My Thoughts:

This was a great episode for NXT, though once again rather stuffed full. Great walk ‘n’ talk promos to open while leading into the opening match, which was some awesome stuff. They also did a perfect job cueing up Joe Hendry’s entrance right as Vic Joseph mentioned him. Great win for Rascalz, and great promo of Gallus with Hendry after. If nothing else, this has to be leading to Joe Hendry VS Joe Coffey for Great American Bash in a couple weeks. And Great American Bash 2024 being two weeks this year is pretty cool, they’ll definitely make the most of those nights for being A) on Syfy and B) competing with the Olympics because that’s the whole reason they’re on SyFy.

Very good promo from Ethan Page with Oro Mensah that then gave us the NXT Championship match. Dante Chen gave a great performance tonight but naturally, Ethan won. Oro is definitely getting a shot at Great American Bash, though, as he continues to get on Ethan’s nerves. Oro also stopping Ashante THEE Adonis from talking up Jakara is definitely getting a match between the two. That promo segment was good, but I was a little disappointed that they didn’t reference how Cedric and Ashante had their “Callbacks” to NXT separately yet coincidentally at the same time. But oh well, I’m sure we’ll see them both get into the tag division soon enough.

Very good promo from Kelani with Wendy, then with Tatum after Tatum gets a good win off Izzi. Wendy and Tatum may or may not be a tag team soon, but Kelani is definitely facing Tatum for that title up next. Maybe Tatum wins with Wendy’s help? Or what if Great American Bash being two weeks, Kelani has back to back defenses, Tatum first and then Wendy after. Lola Vice had a good promo with the new toxic trio, and Lola got a great win off Jacy to rebound from Heatwave. But of course Fallon attacked and the trio tried to beat Lola down. Sol and Karmen coming to the rescue was a bit of a surprise, but Sol, Karmen and Lola is a great trio in itself.

Very good promo from Trick with Dragunov and Dunne, and I appreciate there’s some of that saltiness of Bruiserweight Dunne carrying over from Raw. I think Trick was spotted at the end of the show talking with Cedric, too, but I couldn’t be sure. Trick’s story definitely should be about him racking up wins against guys like Pete Dunne, Cedric Alexander, etc. to earn his rematch in time for No Mercy in September. Jensen VS Je’Von was a great match, though I feel like Je’Von got too many moves in given he’s got kayfabe bad ribs. But Spears and Briggs being why Jensen lost to Je’Von was a good detail, and Biggs VS Jensen in No Disqualifications, that is just screaming “Spears interferes” and we see Spears is Jensen’s new mentor, aka the guy Jensen just left the parking lot with.

And speaking of the NXT parking lot, I liked seeing Axiom & Frazer talking with The Rascalz. Axiom & Frazer VS MSK for the tag titles would be awesome just on the “too fast for the naked eye” nature of all their moves. And also in relation to the NXT parking lot, I liked Dempsey turning to Tony for advice on how to handle doing the mafia stuff, but I’m conflicted on Wren wanting to join NQCC. Shouldn’t Dempsey be blackmailing her into joining instead? He could threaten getting rid of her as a bluff, but instead she apparently wants to be NQCC because I guess even in this situation, male superstars can’t hurt female superstars.

Speaking of, we got a great Mixed Six with Jaida getting to hit Anderson and Mia getting to hit Nima before The OC won out. The OC was a bit surprising, though, I thought this was going to be OTM finishing off the feud and heading for title opportunities of their own. Then just a random and quick confrontation of Lexis and Eddy at Eddy’s “concert,” that was only okay. I would’ve rather we got a full talking moment where Lexis confronts Eddy for DJ’ing the Heritage Cup match, and then we still get them pushing, shoving and brawling.

And Chase U made for a great throughline tonight, akin to Bloodline on SmackDown or Judgment Day on Raw. Great promo from Thea and Roxie to set up a title match there, and I really liked Roxie namedropping Giulia and Stephanie Vaquer, hinting at those two spending a moment in NXT, if only just to get used to how WWE films things since we know they’re both top tier talent. Roxie surely retains against Thea, but who knows how it goes with Stephanie and Giulia. Duke VS Oba was an awesome match, one of Duke’s better singles matches, but I figured Oba would retain. No hints at Ridge doing this just to hurt Chase U, so who knows what the endgame for this story is, but hey, maybe Ridge tries to use this as reason to make him the top title guy, not Duke or Chase.

My Score: 8.8/10


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