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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Results & Report! (11/19/18)



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Raw was victorious at Survivor Series up and down the card! But now, truces are over and it’s time for Braun Strowman to #GetTheseHands on Baron Corbin!



  • Elimination Six Man Tag: Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre & Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush VS Braun Strowman, Elias & Finn Balor; No Contest.
  • Sasha Banks & Bayley VS Nia Jax & Tamina; Nia & Tamina win.
  • Lucha House Party VS The Revival; Lucha House Party wins.
  • Raw Women’s Championship Open Challenge: Ronda Rousey VS ???; Rousey wins and retains the Raw Women’s Championship.
  • Bobby Roode & Chad Gable VS The Authors of Pain w/ Drake Maverick; Roode & Gable win.
  • Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad VS Natalya; Natalya wins.


Raw opens with Baron Corbin in the ring!

The Acting General Manager welcomes Los Angeles to “the undisputed A Show”! Survivor Series was one for the history books, but that credit goes to the Commissioner, Stephanie McMahon! And with that, Stephanie heads to the ring. Stephanie herself is ready to celebrate after the dominant 6-1 performance. Stephanie takes a moment to soak in the moment. For those who didn’t see Survivor Series, “Raw cleaned up”, they won all of the main show matches. All of that is thanks to acting GM, Baron Corbin. Fans boo, but Stephanie continues to thank her Raw “family”. They proved they’re better, and now it’s time to celebrate!

Corbin agrees, and tonight is an amazing night of action. There is, however, some housekeeping. There were promises made, such as a more permanent appointment for Corbin. Stephanie does realize she made that promise, but here comes BRAUN STROWMAN! The Monster Among Men has a promise he wants Stephanie to make good on, too! He joins Stephanie and Corbin in the ring, and says that he did his part. Now Stephanie needs to do hers. Give him a match “with this slime ball!” Stephanie says she’ll keep her word. At TLC, Corbin will #GetTheseHands! Well, yes, but if Corbin wins, then he is officially the permanent GM of Raw. But if Corbin loses, then he loses all authority. And Strowman promises Corbin will lose, because Strowman chooses the stipulation, and won’t be liable for ripping Corbin apart.

Stephanie points out dismemberment is a liability, but they’ll worry about it later. And what of his Universal Championship rematch? That’ll happen at the Royal Rumble, but only if Strowman wins at TLC. This is a good deal for them. Does Strowman think he can’t win? Is that agreeable? Strowman accepts the terms, and welcomes Corbin to #MondayNightBraun. Enjoy your time as GM, Corbin, because Strowman’s stipulation choice is… THE TLC Match! He’ll #GetTheseHands, as well as #GetTheseTablesLaddersAndChairs! Corbin thinks that’s a terrible idea, because it now favors Corbin. He’ll leave Strowman in a pile of steel, if Strowman even makes it there. Because while Corbin is still GM, he’ll put Strowman in a handicap match against Bobby Lashley AND Drew McIntyre!

Stephanie likes that idea. But given this is a celebration, let’s increase it to a Six Man Tag. Bobby Lashley, Drew McIntyre and Corbin against Strowman, Elias and Finn Balor! And since Stephanie’s feeling so good, that match is NEXT! Will Corbin feel as confident about his chances when the odds are even?


Six Man Tag: Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre & Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush VS Braun Strowman, Elias & Finn Balor!

Raw returns to this star-studded opener as The Drifter makes his entrance. The City of Angels greets Elias with a song as he greets them. He’ll lead them to the Promised Land, but times will be tough. But always remember this universal truth: that WWE really stands for “Walk With Elias!” Elias plays his guitar, fans clap along, and LA is rockin’. But then he asks as he always does, “Who Wants to Walk With Elias?!” LA sure sounds like they do. But then it is revealed Corbin has made this an elimination match!

Elimination Six Man Tag: Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre & Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush VS Braun Strowman, Elias & Finn Balor!

Corbin continues to abuse his power while he still has it, and now has odds back in his favor because he has the Rocky Mountain Machine and Scottish Terminator. Will The Monster Among Men, Extraordinary Man and Living Truth still find a way to overcome?

Corbin and Strowman trash talk each other but the referee keeps the peace. Teams sort out and turns out team captains Corbin and Strowman start. LA chants “Get These Hands!” as Strowman and Corbin circle. But then Corbin tags out to McIntyre. McIntyre has his own score to settle with Strowman, and the two stare down. They trash talk then tie up, and Strowman pushes McIntyre back. McIntyre isn’t afraid, he ties up and gets the headlock. Strowman powers out and they collide. Strowman just flexes. McIntyre kicks low and throws hands, but Strowman reverses the whip. McIntyre CHOPS Strowman, but Stroman puts him in a corner. Strowman runs into McIntyre’s boot, then McIntyre throws more hands. McIntyre runs but is BLASTED off his feet! Finn wants in and LA wants him, too! Strowman tags him in, and scoop slam sentons him on McIntyre!

Finn gets up and goes after McIntyre, but then McIntyre scoop slams him. Fans rally up with “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” as Finn gets to a corner. Finn evades McIntyre but McIntyre boots him first. McIntyre shoves Finn down then goes out to put him into barriers! Finn almost ends up among the fans! Team Corbin has control while we go to break.

Raw returns as McIntyre deadlift suplexes Finn from the mat! And then drops him! Cover, TWO! Finn lives and McIntyre grows frustrated. McIntyre tags in Corbin, who has his own grudge with Finn. Corbin stomps Finn down then mocks Strowman. Corbin throws hands on Finn and puts him in a corner. He stomps a mudhole into Finn, then tags Bobby Lashley. Lashley has his own problems with Finn, and runs to ram his shoulder in! Cover, TWO, so Lashley wraps on a chinlock. Lashley grinds Finn on the mat but fans rally up. Finn gets up but Lashley tosses him to the mat! Lashley tags Corbin back in, and Corbin looms over Finn. He brings Finn up, but Finn hits back with forearms! Finn reaches but Corbin keeps him from Strowman by fingertips! Finn keeps trying but is whipped to enemy territory. But he fights out as fans fire up!

Finn runs, but Corbin catches him and puts him in a corner. Finn boots him away, but runs into Deep Six! Cover, TWO! Corbin grows frustrated as Finn survives again. The fans rally up but Lashley tags in. Lashley stomps Finn then mean mugs Elias and Strowman. Lashley drags Finn up for a buckle bump, then whips Finn corner to corner hard. Fans rally for Finn but Lashley looms over him. Finn slowly stands but Lashley whips him corner to corner again. Finn goes up and over but is caught! He slips out, rolls Lashley up, TWO! Lashley clobbers Finn! Cover, TWO! Strowman and Elias coach Finn up but Lashley prepares a bomb. Lashley lifts but FInn fights out! Finn gets Lashley up, Lashley sunset flips but Finn rolls through to basement dropkick! Hot tag to Elias!

LA explodes as Elias rallies on Lashley and even hits Corbin, yet another guy he has history with. Elias whips Lashley to a corner then stomps away! He whips but Lashley reverses. Elias goes up and kicks Lashley away. Elias baits Corbin out, but Lashley clobbers Elias! Lashley whips Elias but Elias holds ropes. Elias boots Lashley, Finn tags in. They work together to double clothesline Lashley out hard! They hit McIntyre for good measure, then Finn builds speed to FLY! Finn wipes out Corbin and Lashley! He puts Lashley in and climbs s fans rally. Corbin distracts the ref so that McIntyre can shove Finn down! Lashley rolls and tags in McIntyre. McIntyre aims from the opposite end, CLAYMORE! Cover, McIntyre ELIMINATES Finn! Finn did all he could but it wasn’t enough against three sly enemies. We go to break as teams sort out.

Raw returns as Elias barely kicks out. Lashley brings Elias up and over, then tags in McIntyre. They mug Elias with stomps, and that includes Corbin as he tags in. Corbin tags Lashley and Lashley adds his stomps. Lashley tags McIntyre and McIntyre chops Elias. McIntyre brings Elias down with an armlock and chinbar. McIntyre grinds his forearm on Elias’ face, but fans rally up. Elias feeds off the energy and fights out of the hold. McIntyre shoves Elias but Elias kicks back, only to get a clobbering clothesline! Cover, TWO, but McIntyre stays on Elias with an overhead toss! Tag to Lashley, he throws Elias overhead! Cover, TWO, but Lashley keeps on Elias with a rain of right hands.

Lashley puts Elias in the corner, tags in Corbin, and Corbin throws hands. Elias fights back but Corbin knees low and bumps him off buckles. But Eilas still counter punches! Corbin whips Elias hard into the other corner! Corbin wraps on a half nelson chinlock and thrashes Elias about. Fans rally up but Lashley goes after Strowman. Strowman kicks him away and then clubs away, but McIntyre clubs Strowman! The Terminator and the Machine leave the Monster down while Corbin keeps on Elias. Elias hits back, breaks free, but runs into an elbow. Corbin drags Elias up but Elias hits a jumping knee strike! But Strowman is down so Elias has to climb up. Macho Elbow hits! Cover, but Lashley breaks it! Lashley throws Elias out and Lio laughs. But then Elias glares at the Man of the Hour, and the chase is on!

Lio leaps up and over, but Elias still catches him! Elias tosses Lio aside before getting SPEARED by Lashley! The ring count begins and Elias is down. Lio chants “Lashley! Lashley!” while Lashley himself goes into the ring. Elias isn’t moving, the count ELIMINATES Elias! The Monster Among Men is all alone with three towering men as we go to break.

Raw returns and Corbin tags McIntyre. They mug Strowman, then stomp away. McIntyre throws hands, then tags Lashley. McIntyre sits Lashley up for Lashley to knock down! Lashley flexes, then chokes Strowman on the ropes. Strowman gasps for air as Corbin tags in. Corbin soaks up the heat as he throws hands on Strowman. He taunts Strowman, as does Lio. Corbin stomps away then throws more hands. “How do you like that?!” Fans don’t, because they boo. Corbin sits Strowman up and puts on the half nelson chinlock. Strowman endures, fans rally, and Strowman powers up! He throws Corbin off him, then gets moving. He barrels right through Corbin, then blasts both McIntyre and Lashley! Then Storwman clobbers Corbin again! Corner clothesline, and a big forearm! Fans fire up as Strowman decides to go outside.

Strowman starts his lap of destruction, and he bulldozes Lashley! He goes back into the ring, but runs into Corbin’s boot. Corbin hops up and jumps, but into a hand! And a MONSTER SLAM! Cover, but McIntyre uses a CHAIR! The disqualification ELIMINATES McIntyre, but he and Lashley keep on Strowman anyway. McIntyre jabs the chair into Strowman again and again, and then SMACKS him across the back! Strowman tumbles out of the ring as McIntyre tosses the chair aside. Lashley SPEARS Strowman! Fans boo and jeer as McIntyre rains down more right hands, and even lefts. McIntyre helps Lashley bring Strowman up, and they throw him into barriers. They throw Stromwan into steel steps! The referee shouts for them to stick to the match, but Corbin relishes in this. Corbin mockingly asks how Strowman feels.

Strowman grabs Corbin! Lashley saves Corbin, then McIntyre CLAYMORES Strowman! Corbin tells them to put Stromwan into the other steps, and they do! Corbin then grabs the chair for himself, and SMACKS Strowman! This match is all but off now as Strowman bleeds from cuts on his arms. Corbin jams the chair into Strowman again, and then the base steps are positioned. Corbin hands his belt to Lashley, and he uses it to bind Strowman’s arm to the steps! Fans freak as Corbin brings up the chair, but then he realizes there’s something more he can use. Corbin uses the top steps to SMASH Strowman’s arm!! Fans boo and jeer while Strowman writhes in pain. The referees tell Corbin’s team to leave while also calling for medics. Corbin and his team soak up the heat, but will Strowman come back angrier than ever before?

No Contest


Seth Rollins head to the ring!

The Architect is back again, and triumphant over SmackDown’s Shinsuke Nakamura! However, there’s no time to rest, because he must now prepare to defend his Intercontinental Championship against Lunatic Fringe, Dean Ambrose. Rollins picks up a mic to say hey to LA. “What a weekend, huh?” From TakeOver to Survivor Series, LA has been an amazing crowd. And LA knows that last night marks six years to the day that The Shield debuted. And for the better part of those six years, Rollins, Ambrose and Roman Reigns ran WWE. After facing Nakamura, Rollins reflected on those six years. Rollins admits that only makes this situation “harder to stomach.” A month into Ambrose’s awful attack, and it feels like an eternity because Ambrose hasn’t had the guts to face Rollins.

But there won’t be any choice, Ambrose will have to face Rollins if he wants the Intercontinental Championship. Rollins sat here last week listening to Ambrose’s explanation, and watched Ambrose light his Shield vest on fire. Ambrose claims the Shield made him weaker, and that this is the same Ambrose as all this time. Rollins learned more the Chronicle special on the WWE Network than those entire six years together. He didn’t know about the elbow infection, but only because Ambrose never contacted Rollins. Ambrose says he loves WWE? Rollins has known Ambrose for a total of ten years, and that’s the first time Ambrose has ever said “love”. Rollins didn’t even think Ambrose could love. Ambrose loves physicality? But then why is he just hiding and talking?

That changes at TLC! But Rollins wants something tonight! Rollins is feeling aggressive, so if Ambrose is feeling the same, prove it! Rollins wants a FIGHT! Fans want to see a fight, too, but Ambrose instead has another titantron message. “C’mon, Seth. You’re looking a little desperate.” Does Rollins think Ambrose is going to get all riled up like a lunatic? Ambrose sees Rollins doesn’t get it. Things have changed, and those six years did more harm than good. Everyone loves The Shield, but no one knows how they were off camera and behind the scenes. They were rotten to the core, and time has caught up to them. “What goes around comes back around”, and it has. Just look at Roman. Roman has to answer for his crimes, but Rollins must answer to Ambrose. If Rollins wants Ambrose, come find him backstage, and we’ll see what happens.

Rollins takes the bait! He hurries to the back, but Ambrose is harder to find than he made it seem. Rollins asks around but Ambrose is nowhere to be found. The security gets snippy with Rollins, so Rollins hits him down! Rollins is ready for a fight, but he goes looking for Ambrose again. Is this all part of Ambrose’s plan?


Sasha Banks & Bayley VS Nia Jax & Tamina!

The Boss & Hug Connection got to be part of Survivor Series after all, but only after Ruby Riott and Natalya couldn’t stop getting after each other. However, the #LegitHuggable best friends were still snubbed as the Irresistible Force used Sasha as a pawn to sucker in Asuka. Will Sasha & Bayley get back at the Samoan Dynasty for that? Or will they end up victims of the #FaceBreaker?

The Goddess and Women’s Team Captain, Alexa Bliss, joins commentary to show support for her frenemies that are softening back into friends. The teams sort out and Nia starts with Sasha. Fans boo Nia but then cheer as Sasha fires off! But Nia lifts Sasha into a corner and rams in her shoulder. Fans chant “Becky! Becky!” as Sasha boots Nia back. Sasha dropkicks Nia then forearms her to a corner. Tag to Bayley, and we get a Poetry in Motion shout out! Bayley then stomps a mudhole into Nia. Sasha tags in and she stomps away, too. Tag to Bayley, but Nia shoves Bayley away. Fans boo as Nia tags in Tamina. Tamina throws hands on Bayley, then headbutts her down. Tamina whips Bayley corner to corner, then whips her the other way. Bayley elbows Tamina, then slides under to kick her back.

Bayley puts Tamina in the corner and rams in her shoulder. Tag to Sasha, and the best friends work together. Tamina puts Bayley on the apron and scoops Sasha. Sasha slips out and dropkicks Tamina. She puts Tamina on the ropes, tag to Bayley, and Bayley knees Tamina back in. Bayley then runs in for the back elbow. Tag to Sasha before adding the knee. Sasha then adds a swinging meteora, and fans fire up! Nia runs in but is sent out! Bayley and Sasha wreck the Samoan Dynasty with wrecking ball dropkicks and now control the ring. We go to break as the four women stare down on opposite sides of the ropes.

Raw returns as Bayley endures a chinlock. Nia wrangles Bayley back down but Bayley fights up and out. Bayley breaks free with a jawbreaker! Fans rally up, and Bayley tags in Sasha! Sasha leaps but Nia lifts her up! Sasha slips out, kicks out the legs, then hits a bulldog! And a shining wizard! Cover, TWO and with power! Sasha ends up on the outside, and Alexa is amused. Nia distracts the ref, which allows Tamina to clobber Sasha with a clothesline! Alexa mocks Sasha as a ring count begins. Nia tags to Tamina, and Tamina fetches Sasha into the ring. Cover, TWO, and Tamina grows frustrated. She puts Sasha in the corner and tags Nia. Nia stomps Sasha, then tags Tamina. Tamina gets space and runs in with the hip attack! Cover, TWO! Tamina wraps a chinlock on Sasha, but Bayley is back to rally the fans.

Sasha fights up and back, but Tamina whips Sasha. Sasha hits Nia then hits Tamina with double knees! Fans rally, Sasha tags to Bayley! Bayley rallies, and hits Nia down for good measure, but runs into a SUPERKICK! Tamina grins as she drags Bayley up by her ponytail. She mocks the fans and shouts for Nia to get up. Bayley rolls Tamina, TWO! Bayley gets Tamina with the hotshot! Then another! And then furious forearms! The ref backs her off, but Bayley runs back in for a Thesz press and fast hands! Big knee strike, and Bayley climbs up. Tamina staggers, Bayley brings her down with a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Fans rally but Tamina scoops Bayley. Bayley slips out and staggers back, but Nia gets her with a sucker punch! Fans boo and jeer, but Tamina stomps Bayley before tagging in Nia.

Nia hauls Bayley to a corner, then tosses her out, to run her over! Cover, but Sasha breaks it! Nia hits Sasha, but Bayley hops on for a sleeper hold! Nia throws her off, but Bayley boots her back. Bayley hops up, but has to fight off Tamina. Nia grabs Bayley with both hands, and shoves her, into a Samoan Drop! Cover, Nia & Tamina win!

Winners: Tamina & Nia Jax, Nia pinning

The Irresistible Force and the Daughter of Superfly dominate again, and perhaps look to be the most dominant duo in Women’s Wrestling. Will Nia be just as dominant when she has another go against Ronda Rousey?


Backstage interview with-

Wait, Dean Ambrose appears on a television screen? “Pardon the interruption,” but could Charly Caruso go find Rollins? Tell him Ambrose is waiting for him. In the very place The Shield used to call home. The Lunatic waits, but will he still be there when Rollins arrives?


Seth Rollins is on the hunt!

He arrives right where Ambrose said he’d be, but when he kicks the door in, Ambrose is gone. Ambrose did leave a “note” though. “Burn It Down” is written in black graffiti paint on the back of the door. Rollins hits the door out of frustration. Is Ambrose going to make Rollins as crazy as he is come TLC?


People point and laugh at Drake Maverick.

Maverick stands in line at the catering buffet line. Has he tried the peas? No he hasn’t yet. Slater & Rhyno have the moment on their phones. They need adult diapers for him. Or maybe some kids ones. Maverick gets mad at Rhyno, but then realizes he’s Rhyno. So he aims at Gable. Gable says Maverick needs to calm down, don’t get pissed. But then Bobby Roode walks over and says Maverick needs to relax. They’re just glad to see he isn’t in bladder shape than he was last night. A bit of a stretch but Gable gets it. Maverick says “you’re in trouble now”! But everyone busts up, because it sounds like “urine.” Maverick storms out of the room. Will he make everyone pay for laughing at his shame?


Lucha House Party VS The Revival!

Kalisto may have jammed his leg during the 10v10 Tag Team Division Elimination Match, but Gran Metalik was there to step up. The luchadores were still impressive despite Raw losing that match, but it’s not like that counted by the end. But now that Survivor Series is over, the truces are off and they will settle their score with the #TopGuys! Will Dash & Dawson #SayYeah to a win tonight? Or will they lose to lucha libre like they did to the Usos?

By the way, this is LUCHA RULES! All three men in the LHP can compete, for a tantamount handicap match! The Revival protest, but there’s nothing they can do about it. Dawson starts with Kalisto and kicks low. He then CHOPS Kalisto and lifts. Kalisto arm-drags out but Dash tags in. Kalisto dropkicks Dawson but still rolls Dash up for a Listo Kick! Tag to Lince Dorado, who tags to Metalik. Lince helps Kalisto with the elevated splash, then adds his planking splash. Metalik springboards for a missile dropkick! Tag back to Kalisto, La Mahistrol! TWO! Kalisto brings Dash up but Dash kicks and clubs him down. Tag to Dawson, but Kalisto is ready. He enziguris but Dawson turns it into a midair dragon screw!

Dawson keeps on the bad leg, and then drags Kalisto around for a standing knee wrench. Kalisto endures as the “Lucha! Lucha!” begins. Kalisto fights back but Dawson lifts, only to get a crossbody. Cover, TWO, Dash tags in quick to hit down Kalisto. Dash also hits Lince and Metalik down, and then picks up one of the pinatas! He throws it at Metalik, then goes back to Kalisto. Kalisto kicks Dash back, then tags Lince. Lince climbs, but Dawson takes the hit for him. Dash misses and gets a dropkick. Lince keeps on Dash but Dash reverses the whip. Lince springboards for the quebrada! Dawson comes in but gets tripped up by Metalik! Lince headscissors Dash, and fans fire up. Lince runs but is put on the apron. He CHOPS Dash back, then climbs up.

Dash uppercuts Lince, but Metalik baits Dash with a pinata. Dash takes the bait and Metalik leaps over. Metalik tosses the pinata to Kalisto, then Lince hits Dash down! Lince climbs, Golden Shooting Star! Cover, Lucha House Party!

Winners: Lucha House Party, Lince Dorado pinning

Lucha rules may be different but they’re fair and square! The Revival were not ready, and the party rolls on! Can Lince, Kalisto and Metalik use this momentum to springboard up to the tag titles?


Rollins continues his hunt.

Charly finds him, and we all see Ambrose is playing games. Rollins is annoyed and frustrated, but he vows to find Ambrose and put a hurting on him. Bringing up Rollins is fine, but saying Roman is getting what he deserved. “It’s too far.” Ambrose was just in the background!! Rollins didn’t see him, he’s too focused on wanting to find Ambrose. Rollins promises to make Ambrose regret ever turning on his brothers. But then Titus O’Neil points out to Rollins that Ambrose just went past. Seriously?! Where did he go? The hunt is on again, but will Rollins ever find the wily lunatic?


Ronda Rousey is here!

The Baddest Woman on the Planet surely feels bad after what Charlotte did to her last night at Survivor Series. But somehow, she’s still able to smile in front of the LA fans. Ronda’s body still shows the evidence of The Queen’s brutality, but it takes more than that to break her spirit. Ronda has a mic but she can hear the fans still chanting for Becky. She still smiles even as fans “WOO~!” The smile fades as fans chant “We Want Becky!” Ronda understands that at TLC, she’s up against Nia Jax in their title rematch. She’s very aware of how dangerous Nia is. Just look at Becky’s face. But at TLC, Ronda will make Nia tap out. Win, lose or draw, and it will be a win, Ronda’s next chapter with Charlotte will be written. Somehow, Ronda will find Charlotte and they’re gonna finish things.

But Ronda isn’t here about talking or wanting sympathy. She’s here to show what a true champion is! A true champion is ready to throw down with anyone and throw their opponent down to the bottom of the mountain. A true champion doesn’t pick and choose when they fight and who they fight, that is the luxury of a contender. Ronda is a true champion because she stands guard in sickness or health, from 100% to 1%. Champions aren’t fair weather fighters, so if you can’t go, get out of the way. Fans agree with that, but they still chant for Becky.

Ronda takes off the jacket and puts it aside. This is her on her worst day. And if anyone knows Ronda, they know she refuses to step aside. So hit music and send someone out! If she can’t defend her title tonight, she doesn’t deserve it! But it’s Baron Corbin who comes out. The still acting GM walks down to the ring as fans boo and jeer. He tells Ronda that her open challenge request is denied. As acting GM, and soon to be permanent manager, Corbin cannot allow Ronda to compete in her state. Ronda tells Corbin that she’s had 17 fights that she’s never backed out of. She’s never postponed them, either, even when she had good reasons. Because that’s what it takes to be the baddest bitch! So go find someone NOW!! Or is Corbin gonna get in the ring? Fans want to see that, too.

Well Corbin warned her, but fine, he’ll find someone. But he guarantees that woman will surely be the next Raw Women’s Champion. Who will Corbin select? And will they be able to take advantage of a weakened Ronda?


Raw Women’s Championship Open Challenge: Ronda Rousey VS ???

The Rowdy One wanted to prove to herself that she’s still good enough to be champion, but even she has to have her limits, right? Corbin went looking for anyone to challenge her, and out comes… Mickie James! The Six-Time Women’s Champion wants to get that seventh, but can she do it against even a battered Ronda?

The introductions are made as Mickie tosses her jacket at Ronda. Ronda catches it and tosses it back, so Mickie catches it and tosses it aside. The belt is raised and the bell rings as we begin! They circle and tie up, and Ronda throws Mickie overhead. Ronda fires off fists, backs off but then comes back. She runs into a boot! Mickie kicks away on Ronda, keeping her at the ropes. Mickie backs off at the ref’s count, but then comes back with more kicks. She keeps Ronda on the mat, and begins mocking her as she boots Ronda down. Mickie slaps and chops Ronda now, but Ronda goes for an arm. Mickie pushes Ronda away, and then gets in a right. Ronda is rocked and Mickie wrangles her down with a chinlock.

Fans rally up as Mickie mocks Ronda. Ronda throws Mickie off as fans duel. Ronda throws Mickie around and around, then hits Piper’s Pit! She drags Mickie up, for another Piper’s Pit! Mickie gets up, but gets a THIRD Piper’s Pit! But she doesn’t cover, Ronda puts on the ARMBAR! Mickie taps, Ronda wins!

Winner: Ronda Rousey, by submission; still Raw Women’s Champion

It doesn’t matter if Ronda is a 100% or 1%, she fights the same way. Can Ronda recover now to be ready for Nia Jax at TLC? Or is this the time for Nia to strike?

Speaking of, here come Nia and Tamina! But they don’t attack, they just look Ronda up and down. Nia laughs, and brushes off the hand that broke Becky’s face. It’s only a matter of time, who will reign supreme as Raw’s baddest woman?


Bobby Roode & Chad Gable VS The Authors of Pain w/ Drake Maverick!

The #ReadyWillingAndGLORIOUS duo mocked Maverick for his embarrassing incident at Survivor Series, but now Akam & Rezar will make them pay! Will Roode & Gable regret poking fun at a pissed off Rockstar Spud?

Raw returns as AoP make their entrance. Gable starts with Akam at the bell. Akam tackles Gable and hammers away. He trash talks and drags Gable up to toss him across the ring! Tag to Rezar, and the AoP give Gable an atomic drop knee! Cover, TWO! Roode is relieved but Maverick barks orders. Gable hits back but Rezar lifts him into a Canadian torture rack. Gable endures the bend as fans rally up. Fans mock Maverick, “Where’s your diaper?” Gable slips out to a sleeper hold! Rezar throws him off, then denies the tag with a spinebuster! Rezar hammers away as he trash talks in Albanian. He makes Gable look at Maverick as he’s bounced off the mat! Rezar then puts Gable on the top rope, but Gable turns that into a hanging armbar! Gable lets go at 4, but sits back up to bait Rezar into buckles.

Fans taunt Maverick and team with “A O Peepee!” as Roode tags in! Roode shoulders in then rallies on the champs. He throws hands and whips, but Rezar reverses. Roode boots Rezar and then dropkicks Akam! Fans fire up as Roode rams a shoulder into Rezar. Roode hops up but jumps over to then knock Rezar down with elbows! Cover, TWO! Rezar rams Roode into the AoP corner, tag to Akam. Maverick is livid as the AoP double whip. Roode elbows Akam away then dodges Rezar! Rezar hits post. Roode gives Akam the GLORIOUS Blockbuster! Tag to Gable and Gable climbs, but Akam shoves Roode out. Gable flies for a sunset flip, Gable & Roode win!!

Winners: Bobby Roode & Chad Gable, Gable pinning

What an upset! The GLORIOUS & Gable duo now have a fast track to the tag titles! Will they be able to write their own happy ending with another win over AoP?


Ambrose waits for Rollins.

Does Seth think he’s playing games? This is no game, but it has been fun leading Rollins on a chase, “like a lunatic.” Rollins has only whined. He’s always so whiny, just like the fans. “I can’t believe you went there with Roman”. Oh please, this isn’t about Roman. This is about a broken bond between brothers. If Rollins ever finds Ambrose, he’ll end up broken, too. Then after that- Wait what’s that smell? That stinks! What is it? Is that Rollins’ fear? Or just Los Angeles? No, it’s worse. It’s the fans. If Rollins does find Ambrose, there won’t be any explanation or apology. He’ll just burn it down.


Rollins packs up and leaves.

The Architect heads for the exit, because he has a flight to catch. Ambrose doesn’t want to be found because he knows what Rollins will do to him. But they’ll have to face each other at TLC, and nothing will stop Rollins from stomping Ambrose’s face into the ground then.


Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad VS Natalya!

The Squad Leader broke the heart of the Queen of Harts when she broke the Anvil’s sunglasses. Now Natty looks to break Ruby’s face in return! Will she be able to get revenge with Sarah Logan & Liv Morgan so close by? Or will she single-handedly stop the Riott?

The Squad flank the ring as Ruby enters. The bell rings and Natty brings Ruby right down! Natty throws furious hands but Ruby gets away. Ruby uses the ropes as protection but Liv shouts for Natty to stay back as Natty swipes and claws at Ruby. The referee backs Natty down and The Squad help Ruby up. Ruby goes right back at Natty with a kick, and a throw by her hair. Ruby rains down rights on Natty but Natty gets her off. Natty hits back and whips, but Ruby reverses. Ruby runs in but Natty dodges, to then springboard atomic drop Ruby to the mat. Natty then walks all over Ruby and dropkick her down. Cover, TWO!

Ruby gets to a corner again but Natty is on her with furious forearms. The ref backs Natty off again, but Natty is ready for Ruby. She gets Ruby down, but Ruby scrambles to avoid the Sharpshooter. Ruby bails out and regroups, but Natty comes after them! Ruby gets back in the ring, and then cowers in a corner. Sarah distracts, and Ruby gets Natty with a complete shot! Ruby kicks Natty to the ropes then out of the ring, and The Squad mock Natty while we go to break.

Raw returns again to Natty enduring a guillotine facelock from Ruby. Ruby also has the bodyscissors on, so Natty has to hold Ruby up, too. Natty powers her way up and out, to scoop slam Ruby into the Michinoku Driver! Both women are down but Natty sits up first. She covers, TWO! Natty keeps her focus and fury as she throws more forearms on Ruby in a corner. The ref backs Natty off, but Natty runs in at Ruby with more forearms! The Squad protests, and Ruby elbows Natty away. Ruby gets Natty with an STO! Ruby drags Natty into position, and then climbs up top. She aims, stage dive senton! Cover, TWO!! Natty survives and shocks the Squad! Ruby argues with the ref but that was still a two.

Ruby stomps away on Natty, and she heads back up top. She goes all the way up, but Natty stops her and throws her off! Ruby crawls away, but Natty runs at her, discus lariat! Natty sees Sarah coming and hits her down. Liv distracts but Natty swipes at her. Natty knew Ruby was coming, so she gets her with the Sharpshooter! But Liv saves Ruby while Sarah distracts the ref! Natty wrecks Liv with a dropkick! But then Ruby rolls Natty up, TWO, Natty has Ruby! Natty wins!

Winner: Natalya, by pinfall

The Queen of Harts gets a bit of revenge, and she gets out of harm’s way, too. This is just the start for Natty, how much more will she get back at the Squad?


Medics have an update on Braun Strowman.

After what Corbin and his team did to the Monster Among Men at the start of the show, it is now known that he has a shattered elbow. Strowman still needs to compete at TLC in the TLC match if he wants revenge at Corbin and a shot at The Beast, but can even Strowman come back from this in less than a month’s time?


Ambrose walks the halls.

The Lunatic heads for gorilla position! Surely he heard Rollins has left the building, is Ambrose going to gloat?


Ambrose heads to the ring!

After running around in a game of cat ‘n’ mouse with Seth Rollins, Ambrose comes out of the shadows because the cat is away. He picks up a mic as fans boo and jeer, and tells us all “This is too easy.” They want to see Rollins beat Ambrose up for turning on him and Roman and the fans “and your dirty little children”? Let’s be real here. Everyone here would’ve done exactly what he did. They’d stab their friends and family in the back for money, or maybe a free meal by the looks of some. At least Ambrose was justified! He is nothing like the WWE Universe. They’re so emotional cheering for Rollins, it makes Ambrose truly sick! Seriously, what is that smell!? It’s a steaming pile of phony LA garbage!

But wait, Rollins didn’t leave?! He’s heading Ambrose’s way! Ambrose knows he’s coming, but then, he isn’t? Ambrose is confused, but there’s Rollins! Rollins is in and he tackles Ambrose! Rollins throws hands, then throws Ambrose out, to DIVE on him! Ambrose hits barriers but Rollins keep shitting him! Ambrose runs but Rollins pursues, and they go up the stairs. Rollins catches Ambrose and brings him back to ringside. Rollins jumps on Ambrose and throws more hands! The referees separate them but Rollins still gets Ambrose with a SUPERKICK! Ambrose avoids the stomp, and low blow uppercuts Rollins! The Lunatic hits the Architect between the legs, but “I was trying to talk to you people.” Rollins shouldn’t interrupt Ambrose when he’s talking. Ambrose makes Rollins pay for that with Dirty Deeds!

Ambrose leaves, and fans boo, so Ambrose goes back for more! Another Dirty Deeds! Ambrose staggers about but he’s the one standing. Fans are thunderous as the Lunatic Fringe looms over his former brother. Will Ambrose prove himself stronger without The Shield when the title is on the line? Or will Rollins take Ambrose’s vendetta and #BurnItDown?



My Thoughts:

A pretty great Raw right here! Putting Survivor Series aside, the way Raw used it all was pretty smart. It was just logical for Strowman’s issue with Corbin to come up in the opening segment, and I could sense Stephanie attaching strings to that TLC match from a mile away. The following Six Man elimination match was great, but it is classic pro-wrestling for the Heels to worry less about winning and more about hurting the Face. Strowman may have a “shattered elbow”, but I’m pretty sure it’s just so he isn’t on TV until TLC. There has been talk of other health conditions plaguing Strowman, so I’m sure some time off will help that, and Corbin can brag all the way to TLC that he’ll win by default, only for Strowman to appear and give him that brutal TLC Match.

The Women’s Division stories were pretty great tonight, too. Nia and Tamina are both rolling strong, which works given Nia’s coming match with Ronda and just how much fans are pouring heat on her over the Becky Lynch incident. Fans keep expecting Nia’s punishment, but I’m thinking the heat is enough. She’s probably the most hated woman in WWE right now. Ronda herself removes some of that weird “She’s not Becky” heat by saying she’ll take care of Nia herself. Ronda earns points for being gutsy, but she looked to treat Mickie rough. Of course, that’s because she’s meant to be treating Mickie like she would Becky or Charlotte. I really hope something happens at TLC to get Ronda’s focus back on Becky, since that’s the fight fans are still waiting for. Natty VS Ruby was also great, and good for them to be the main event match.

I don’t think Vince knows what “lucha house rules” are. Lucha rules during a tag match is that if someone falls out of the ring, a teammate can just go in for them without tags. Lucha House Party VS Revival was actually just a handicap match. LHP still could’ve done great as just two, with The Revival not getting how the lucha rules work and that being their downfall. Either way, I’m still waiting for the day The Revival go to 205 Live and get LHP on their home turf. Then it really annoys me to see the real reason Maverick had to wet himself at Survivor Series: so that the rest of Raw could make fun of him for it. Vince McMahon must be wetting himself laughing at his own immature sense of humor, but hey, at least Roode & Gable are moving into tag title contention now.

Of course, the main story of the night was Ambrose toying with Rollins. Naturally this led to Rollins tricking Ambrose back, but what looked like to be Rollins getting the better of Ambrose still turned into Ambrose standing tall. Low blows seem to be every Heel’s favorite move, but that’s because no man can actually survive that. I hope that with three weeks left, the Intercontinental Championship match gets a stipulation, perhaps a Ladder Match or a Chairs Match, because these two are not going to behave themselves. Plus, why wouldn’t they use something like that?

My Score: 8.5/10

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Mitchell’s NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Results & Report! (5/21/24)

A Block, Round 6!



Former friends turned bitter enemies meet once again.

Best of the Super Juniors continues into Round 6, and A Block has a grudge match on its hands as El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru face off! Will the Rogue Luchador humble the Heel Master?


  • Hiromu Takahashi & Yota Tsuji VS Shoma Kato & Katsuya Murashima; Hiromu & Yota win.
  • DOUKI & Taka Michinoku VS SHO & Yujiro Takahashi; Sho & Yujiro win.
  • Six Man Tag: KUSHIDA, Ninja Mack & Dragon Dia VS Drilla Moloney, Taiji Ishimori & Gedo; Kushida, Mack & Dia win.
  • Best of the Super Juniors A Block: TJP VS Kosei Fujita; TJP wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors A Block: BUSHI VS Clark Connors; Connors wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors A Block: Blake Christian VS HAYATA; Hayata wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors A Block: Kevin Knight VS Titan; Titan wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors A Block: El Desperado VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Desperado wins.


Here are the current A Block standings!

Blake Christian: 4-1, 8 points
El Desperado: 3-2, 6 points
Clark Connors: 3-2, 6 points
Titan: 3-2, 6 points
Kevin Knight: 3-2, 6 points
HAYATA: 2-3, 4 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-3, 4 points
BUSHI: 2-3, 4 points
Kosei Fujita: 2-3, 4 points
TJP: 1-4, 2 points


Best of the Super Juniors A Block: TJP VS Kosei Fujita w/ Robbie Eagles!

It’s make or break for the Public Enemy! He must win to stay alive in the block, but he’s up against an equally determined Young Punk! Will TJP cling to hope in the tournament? Or will Fujita kick him out of the hot seat and out of the running?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. TJP and Fujita circle, tie up, and TJP waistlocks. TJP brings Fujita down and facelocks but Fujita slips out to facelock TJP. TJP trips Fujita to cover, ONE! TJP facelocks again, Fujita puts him on ropes, and the ref calls for the break. Fujita lets off with a hard pat on the shoulder. TJP gets in Fujita’s face, but the two reset and circle again. They tie up, Fujita headlocks and hits the takeover. TJP powers up to bridge, and he spins Fujita for a headlock and takeover. Fujita headscissors but TJP headstands. The fans cheer, TJP pops free, and he pats Fujita on the knee. The fans applaud as the two reset.

Fujita and TJP circle, tie up, and TJP wrenches to hammerlock. Fujita reaches back and jumps to flying mare free! Fujita bumps TJP, runs, but TJP drops and handsprings. TJP sets up but Fujita hurdles then shoves TJP to ropes. TJP stops himself to wrench and hammerlock Fujita, then spins and trips Fujita for a toehold. Fujita turns over, reels TJP in but TJP uses that to get the BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Fujita pops free to a cover, ONE! TJP sweeps to a cover, ONE! Fujita headscissors to get the ARMBAR! TJP fights up, works to stack Fujita, and then he gets the leg for a FIGURE FOUR CRAB! Not quite Sharpshooter or Cloverleaf but Fujita suffers all the same!

The fans rally and Fujita fights his way over. Fujita reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! TJP lets go and the fans applaud. TJP drags Fujita up, UPPERCUTS him against ropes, then whips. Fujita reverses but TJP anticipates the drop down to trap the one arm and get the other, DARK SACRIFICE! Fujita writhes, TJP drags him up to hammerlock the bad arm. TJP RAMS Fujita into the corner, sits him down, and he scrubs Fujita’s face! The fans rally up, TJP runs side to side, BOOT WASH! The fans cheer and TJP covers, TWO! Fujita is still in this but TJP drags him from the corner. TJP ties the legs up again, but now it’s a figure four and butterfly stretch combo!

Fujita endures while his head and legs are trapped, but then TJP shifts to twist an arm! Fujita endures, TJP knuckle locks for a cover, TWO! TJP pushes the arms back down, cover, TWO as Fujita bridges! TJP hops on but Fujita uses that to MONKEY FLIP! Fujita rolls back but TJP MONKEY FLIPS in return! TJP rolls back, but into body scissors and a KIMURA! TJP powers his way forward through the leg guard, to get a BOSTON CRAB! Then TJP reaches back to get Fujita’s arms! REVERSE MEXICAN SURFBOARD! Then TJP drops into the toehold, but Fujita scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! TJP lets go and the fans applaud.

TJP stalks Fujita, drags him up, but Fujita fires a forearm. There’s not much to it and TJP pie faces Fujita. Fujita fires another forearm, so TJP UPPERCUTS! TJP whips, Fujita reverses and GAMANGIRIS! Both men are down and the fans fire up! The fans rally and Fujita fires up. Fujita storms up on TJP, but TJP blocks the whip! Fujita still tries, TJP still blocks, so Fujita CHOPS! Fujita whips corner to corner, runs in, but TJP puts him on the apron. TJP swings, Fujita counter punches! Fujita springboards to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! But Fujita sits TJP up and runs to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!

The fans fire up and Fujita shakes out the bad arm. Fujita waistlocks TJP and deadlifts, but TJP fights the rest! TJP pries the hold open but Fujita kicks the clothesline! TJP still catches Fujita to a FINAL CUT! TJP hurries up top now and MAMBA SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Fujita survives and the fans fire up! TJP catches his breath, drags Fujita up, reels him in, for the HALF HATCH! One Kaibigan! TJP drags Fujita up again, Duwa Kaibigan! TJP drags Fujita up again, but Fujita blocks the third! TJP KNEES Fujita for it, CLUBS him for it, then brings him up again, but Fujita gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX!

Fujita holds on as he brings TJP up, another GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans rally as Fujita GERMAN- NO, TJP fights that with elbows! No hattrick for either man, and TJP runs, but into a waistlock! TJP headlocks free, then gets around to IRON OCTOPUS! Fujita endures, stomps his way forward, and he has the ROPEBREAK! TJP lets go in frustration, and he brings Fujita back around. The fans rally as TJP wrenches, to an ELBOW BREAKER! TJP wrenches again, but Fujita clamps on a SLEEPER! TJP reaches out, slips around, and powers out of the hold, to then SUPERKICK! Fujita staggers but he SUPERKICKS back!

Fujita kicks, but TJP blocks and slips around, LEG CAPTURE SUPLEX! The fans fire up and clap along as TJP pounds the mat. “T! J P! T! J P!” aims from the corner, throws up the crowns, and runs, into a pop-up waistlock! HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fujita roars and the fans are thunderous! Fujita storms around, drags TJP up and brings him in, but TJP knees free of the suplex! Inside cradle, TWO! Fujita runs up, trips TJP, rolls and hooks the legs! TJP fights off the Cross Stretch as Fujita wants arms. TJP fights up, arm-drags free, but Fujita drags him into a somersault clutch! TWO, and TJP steps over, PINOY STRETCH!!

The fans fire up as Fujita endures, but TJP thrashes him around! Fujita taps, TJP wins!

Winner: TJP, by submission (gains 2 points; Fujita earns 0)

The Public Enemy stays alive another round! And now with this win, he’s dragged Fujita into the hot seat! The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but will they still miss out on the semifinals? Will TJP make for the biggest comeback story in BOSJ history?


Best of the Super Juniors A Block: BUSHI VS Clark Connors!

Black Mask is dangling on the edge while 100 Proof is gearing up for a run at the top! Can Bushi drag Connors down with him? Or will defeat be a hard pill to swallow with No Chaser?

The bell rings and the two rush in! Bushi fires off forearms then runs, but Connors knees low! Connors barks, runs, but Bushi dumps him out! Bushi builds speed, Connors returns, but Bushi fakes out the powerslam! Bushi kicks, whips but Connors reverses, to JEEP FLIPPER! The fans fire up and Connors stalks Bushi to a corner. Connors RIPS Bushi’s shirt away, then CHOKES him with what’s left! The ref counts, Connors lets off, and Connors stands Bushi up to THROW him out. Connors storms out after Bushi, stomps him, then drags him up. Connors brings Bushi around to GRIND his face on the railing!

Connors offers the torn shirt to fans, but then throws it down the ramp! Connors drags Bushi back up, UPPERCUTS him, then brings him around to POST! Bushi falls, the fans rally, but Connors talks trash. Connors goes to the back of the crowd to snatch a fan’s LIJ baseball cap and put it on. Connors wants the ring count, then sits Bushi up to go after the mask! The fans boo but the count is still going! Connors is doing what he did to Titan! Connors stomps Bushi, attacks a Young Lion, then SLAMS the Young Lion onto Bushi! The count is 15 as Connors leaves Bushi behind! Bushi flounders, rises up, and slides in at 19!

The fans cheer as Bushi is safe, but Connors paces. Connors struts up to JUMP ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! The fans applaud while Connors gets annoyed. Connors tells fans to shut up, but that only makes them rally harder. Bushi stands to chop, but he can’t put much behind it. Connors throws Bushi down by the mask! Connors clamps on with a chinlock and he grinds Bushi down. Bushi endures, fights around, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Connors lets off and fans applaud. Connors drags Bushi up, whips him to a corner, then he mocks the fans cheering on Bushi. Connors says they shouldn’t even laugh at him.

Connors runs up but Bushi BOOTS him! Bushi RANAS Connors out of the ring! The fans fire up while Connors flounders back to the apron. Bushi runs up to BLAST Connors, then Bushi builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and down goes Connors! The fans fire up again while both men stir. Bushi fires up, puts Connors in, then runs in to ELBOW Connors! Bushi puts the bad leg in ropes to DROPKICK it! Then he DRAPING BACKSTABBERS! Bushi stands Connors up, blocks his haymaker, and spins him around. But Connors fights the DDT! Connors wrenches out, Bushi dodges and dropkicks Connors’ leg!

Bushi goes for the legs, but Connors SLAPS him first! Bushi staggers, comes back, but into the SNAP POWERSLAM! The fans fire up while both men are down again. Connors aims from a corner, barks and runs in, but Bushi dropkicks the legs out! Bushi turns Connors over to SMASH the knee! Then the FABLE! Connors endures the leglock but Bushi pulls on the knee! Connors grits his teeth, crawls over, reaches out, but Bushi pulls on the knee more! The fans rally, Connors fights his way over, ROPEBREAK! Bushi lets go in frustration while the fans applaud. Bushi gets Connors up but Connors fights the lift with elbows!

Bushi runs up but Connors ELBOWS him again. Connors snarls, runs, but Bushi DROPKICKS! Connors staggers around while Bushi goes to a corner. Bushi runs up, but into a SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!! Bushi survives and the fans fire up again! Connors snarls, he stalks Bushi and drags him up. Connors serves it up, but Bushi fights No Chaser! Bushi wrenches to backslide, but Connors rolls through to JUNKYARD DOG HEADBUTT! Connors then drags Bushi up and in, for NO CHASER!! Cover, Connors wins!

Winner: Clark Connors, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Bushi earns 0)

100 Proof sweeps LIJ in his block, but then he wants after the mask again! The Young Lions rush in and stop him, so Connors backs off. Connors then takes a fan’s Bushi mask to show it off like a trophy. But will Connors take THE trophy and be the Best of the Super Juniors?


Best of the Super Juniors A Block: Blake Christian VS HAYATA!

All Heat finally hit a speedbump in this tournament with last round’s loss while the Silence of Darkness let TJP slip past him. Will the GCW Champion or GHC National Champion establish brand superiority on the way to the top of NJPW?

The bell rings, the two circle and the fans rally. They feel things out, tie up, and Hayata wrenches to a wristlock. Blake rolls, cartwheels, slips through and wrenches to a wristlock. Blake bends Hayata’s fingers to make him flip everyone off. The ref reprimands, Blake sticks to the wristlock, but Hayata rolls and trips him. Hayata drops an elbow on the knee, then pulls on the toehold. Blake pulls on Hayata’s hair but the ref reprimands. Blake uses his legs to turn Hayata to a cover, TWO! The two stand off the fans applaud. Blake and Hayata circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock. Blake rolls, wrangles Hayata but Hayata headscissors!

Blake moves around, pops free, and floats onto a headlock. Hayata powers up and pries free to top wristlock. Blake bridges, kips up, and he wrangles Hayata. Hayata headscissors again but Blake has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer and Hayata lets off. The two reset again, knuckle lock, then Hayata trips Blak. Things speed up, Hayata handsprings then sidesteps to atomic drop. Hayata runs to SHOTGUN BOOT! Hayata kips up, the fans cheer, and Hayata runs in at the corner. Hayata blocks Blake’s boot, but Blake pokes him in the eye! Blake then somersaults to PELE the bad arm! Blake reels Hayata in for a BACKBREAKER!

Hayata bails out, fans rally up, and Blake builds speed to FOSBURY FLOP! Direct hit and the fans fire up! Blake walks it off and then mocks their applause. Blake flips everyone off, then goes back to Hayata. Blake drags Hayata around to then stand on the arm, and he drops a knee on it! Blake then stands Hayata up against a post, to slide in and pull him back against it! The ref counts, Blake lets go, and he brings Hayata onto the apron. Blake stands Hayata up but Hayata CLAWS Blake’s eyes! Hayata reels Blake in but Blake fights the facelock to WRING the arm into the apron! Hayata writhes and Blake pushes him into the ring.

Blake stands on Hayata’s hair while pulling the arms! The ref reprimands, but Blake drops a knee on the bad elbow! Hayata sits up, Blake clamps onto him with a keylock! Blake then falls back to JAM up the arm! Hayata clutches the elbow but Blake brings him up. Blake wrenches and UPPERCUTS the bad arm, then hits an ELBOW BREAKER! And then an ARMBAR DDT! Blake mocks the applause, flips the fans off, then covers, TWO! Blake is annoyed but he drags Hayata up to suplex. Hayata slips free and DROPKICKS Blake to ropes! The fans fire up, Hayata runs in, but Blake dumps him out! Blake then somersaults to triangle jump DROPKICK!

Hayata falls to the floor, Blake aims and PLANCHAS, but Hayata moves! Blake lands on his feet but that jams up his knee! Hayata puts Blake in, reels him in to lift, for a SITOUT KNEE BUSTER!! Blake writhes, Hayata ties up the legs and has a Deathlock! Blake endures, reaches out, and backstrokes to the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, Hayata lets go, and Blake crawls to the near side. Hayata whips but Blake holds ropes to stop that! Blake ROUNDHOUSES, then BOOTS! Then somersaults, to ARMBAR DDT! And then wrench to DOUBLE KNEE DROP the arm! BASEMENT ENZIGIRI! Cover, TWO! Hayata is still in this and the fans rally.

Blake grabs Hayata’s bad arm, drags him up to UPPERCUT the arm, then he grinds the shoulder. Hayata pulls hair, throws forearms, but Blake knees low. Blake hobbles, but he still whips. Hayata reverses to ENZIGIRI Blake down! The fans rally up while both men go to corners. Hayata runs in to DROPKICK Blake down! The fans fire up again as Hayata climbs. SECOND ROPE SAULT! Cover, TWO! Blake is still in this but Hayata keeps cool. The fans rally, Hayata runs in, but Blake dodges. Blake comes back to BOOT! Blake goes out and springboards, to DOUBLE STOMP the bad arm! Blake hurries to ripcord and SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!!

The fans fire up as Hayata hangs in there and Blake grows frustrated! Blake goes to the apron, the fans rally up, and Blake slashes his throat. 450 SPLASH but Hayata moves! Blake lands out but that jams his leg! CRADLE, TWO!! Hayata and Blake stand, Blake gets around to sunset flip, then Oklahoma Roll! TWO, ghost pin! HAYATA WINS!!

Winner: Hayata, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Blake earns 0)

The GHC National Champion inches out the GCW Champion in quite the thriller! However, Blake is still leading this block, will he heat things back up soon enough? Will Hayata be able to make a run at the top here in the latter half?


Best of the Super Juniors A Block: Kevin Knight VS Titan!

The Jet was grounded by the Heel Master while El Inmortal was mocked by 100 Proof. Both men are just on the outside of those top spots, will Knight take flight again? Or will Titan keep his semifinal hopes alive?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. The two approach, circle, then tie up. They break, tie up again, then break. Titan trips Knight, things speed up, and Titan cartwheels. Knight hurdles, Titan leaps, and then Knight sidesteps. Titan avoids the dropkick but Knight lands on his feet! Knight runs up, Titan puts him on the apron, but Knight ducks the lariat to throw Titan down! Titan kips up to PELE! The fans fire up as Knight staggers back and Titan builds speed. But Knight gets up to springboard and FLYING LARIAT! Now Titan bails out and Knight builds speed, only for Titan to get away. Knight slides out then goes up the corner to PLANCHA! Direct hit!

The fans fire up and Knight flexes! Knight high-fives Abe-san, then he drags Titan up and into the ring. The fans rally, Knight storms up on Titan and brings him around. Knight scoops to SLAM Titan to a drop zone, then he JET SPLASHES! Cover, TWO! Knight checks the count, it was fair, so he lets it slide. Knight wrenches, whips, and catches Titan to a COBRA TWIST! Knight says he’s very, very, very strong! The fans cheer but Titan fights the hold. Titan hip tosses, Knight flips through! Titan dodges Knight to SUPERKICK! Knight SUPERKICKS back! Knight runs, but Titan goes Matrix to dodge, and then CALF KICK!

Titan whips, Knight reverses and DROPKICKS! The fans fire up while both men are down! Titan flops out of the ring, Knight aims and PLANCHAS, but lands out as Titan moves! Titan builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and the fans fire up with both men down at their feet! Titan rises, he brings Knight up and in, and then goes to a corner. The fans rally as Titan climbs. Knight gets under the leap, Titan comes back, into a SKY 2 HIGH! Both men are down again and the fans rally up. Titan and Knight rise, and Knight eggs Titan on. Titan sits up, Knight fires a forearm! Titan grits his teeth and forearms back!

Knight CHPOS and the fans cheer! Titan CHPOS and the fans cheer! Knight CHOPS, Titan CHOPS, they stand and throw forearms and CHOPS on repeat! The fans fire up as they pick up speed! Knight ROCKS Titan, but Titan SOBATS! Titan powers up and runs, but Knight LARIATS at the ropes! Knight fires up, whips, but Titan reverses to TORNADO- NO! Knight stops the DDT and suplexes, but Titan rolls it around! Titan suplexes, Knight slips free to waistlock. Titan switches, shoves, runs up and TORNADO- NO! Knight blocks again, and now he carries Titan to pop him up and HEAVY RAIN! Cover, TWO!!

The fans fire up as Titan survives and we only now hit five minutes! Knight waits on Titan as he takes aim. Titan rises as the fans rally, and Knight runs up! SATELLITE- NO, Titan back drops Knight away! The fans rally again as both men go to corners. Knight runs bac up but into a BOOT! SOBAT! KICK! PALM STRIKES! WHEEL KICK! Now Titan wants Knight to rise! The fans rally as Titan throws off the armband and goes corner to corner! But Knight leaps over! And then PELES back! Knight roars, the fans fire up again, and Knight gets Titan up! Knight puts Titan up top, for the UPPER ROOM! Cover, TWO! Titan is still in this and the fans fire up!

Knight storms up on Titan, roars again, and hauls Titan up. Knight fireman’s carries, but Titan fights free! Titan shoves, follows, TORNADO DDT! Titan holds on and brings Knight up, for a GOURD BUSTER! Then SUPERKICK! Knight flops over and Titan goes to the corner. Titan skins the cat to the top, then DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!! Knight survives, but Titan has the legs! Titan turns Knight over in the deathlock, then JAVE INMORTAL!! Straitjacket on top for good measure! Knight is caught, he QUITS! Titan wins!!

Winner: Titan, by submission (gains 2 points; Knight earns 0)

El Inmortal’s hopes of being a semifinalist still live as he grounds The Jet’s flight! Will Titan reach the same heights as he did last year? Can Knight still course correct with just three rounds left?


Best of the Super Juniors A Block: El Desperado VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

While The Rogue Luchador vowed to finally win the big one just the other night, this one is personal! Desperado knows all The Heel Master’s tricks, but will that help him here in the sixth? Or will the House of Torture’s stacked deck be too much even for the Best of the Super Juniors?

The bell rings and the fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Despe powers Kanemaru back, and Red Shoes counts. Despe lets off cleanly and the fans applaud. Kanemaru and Despe reset, tie up, and now Kanemaru puts Despe on ropes. But then Kanemaru kicks the leg! Kanemaru whips, but Despe jumps over the low dropkick! Despe kicks and whips, Kanemaru reverses, but again Despe jumps the low dropkick! The fans cheer as the two stand off and reset. They tie up, Despe blocks the kick! Despe rolls Kanemaru, but then DDTS a leg! The fans cheer, Despe grabs that leg and drops an elbow on the knee.

Despe has the leg in a toehold, Kanemaru pulls at the mask but Despe pulls on the leg! Kanemaru endures as Despe keeps the leg trapped, then Despe lets go to SPLASH the leg! Cover, ONE! The fans cheer and Kanemaru clutches the knee. Despe shakes out his arms and goes back for Kanemaru. Despe drags Kanemaru up but Kanemaru throws body shots. Despe kicks and whips but Kanemaru reveres to hammerlock and scoop SLAM! Despe clutches his elbow but Kanemaru drags him up. Kanemaru wrenches and YANKS the arm, hammerlocks it and scoop SLAMS again! Despe writhes and bails out. Red Shoes checks on Despe, allowing Kanemaru to untie the buckle pad!

The Bullet Club Special is in play and Kanemaru storms out after Despe. Kanemaru drags Despe up, wrenches, and then hammerlocks the arm to POST it! Despe falls and crawls away but Kanemaru catches up to him. Kanemaru SLAMS the bad arm on the floor, then SLAMS it again! Despe writhes, the ring count starts, and Kanemaru leaves Despe behind. The count reaches 8 of 20, Despe stands at 11. Despe leans on the corner, slides in at 15, but Kanemaru stomps him down! Kanemaru YANKS on the arm again and again, then snapmares Despe so he can WRING the arm! Despe writhes but the fans rally up.

Kanemaru grabs the bad arm and he pulls off Despe’s elbow pad! Kanemaru stomps the bad arm, digs his heel into it, then clamps on for a top wristlock. Despe endures, the fans rally, and Despe throws punches into Kanemaru’s back. Kanemaru sits up to put on the pressure, but Despe throws body shots. Kanemaru knees low, whips, then hip tosses! Kanemaru drops a leg on the arm, then clamps on a scissor! Kanemaru pushes up to put on the pressure! Despe kicks and flails while he endures, and the fans rally. Despe fights his way over to the ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru lets go slowly, and kneels on the arm!

Kanemaru plays dumb but Red Shoes points out what he’s doing. Despe throws more body shots until Kanemaru finally steps away. Kanemaru then brings Despe up, hooks the arm, but Despe fights the hip toss. Kanemaru throws a body shot, then hip tosses, into a short arm scissors! Despe endures, reaches out, and the fans rally. Despe clubs at Kanemaru’s leg but Kanemaru pulls on the hold! Despe still fights around, reaches out, and finds the ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru lets go in frustration and Despe scrambles away. Kanemaru stalks Despe, stomps him, then drops a knee on the elbow! Despe writhes but Kanemaru drops another knee, and another knee, and another knee!

Kanemaru pulls on the arm, CLAWS at Despe’s eyes, then brings Despe around to hammerlock the arm. Kanemaru RAMS Despe into the bare buckles! Red Shoes reprimands then checks on Despe. Kanemaru paces but Despe goes to the apron. Kanemaru stands on Despe’s bad arm but Red Shoes counts. Kanemaru stomps Despe as he lets off, and fans still rally. Kanemaru drags Despe up to YANK the bad arm! And YANK it again! Kanemaru whips but Despe fights the hip toss again. Kanemaru CLAWS the eyes and then kicks low. Kanemaru runs, but Despe dropkicks Kanemaru’s legs out! Now things are even as the fans fire up!

The fans rally as Despe and Kanemaru go to corners. Despe stands, shakes out the bad arm, then runs corner to corner. He blocks a boot to dropkick the bad leg! Then Despe grabs the bad leg to DRAGON SCREW! Kanemaru falls over and the fans rally up again. Despe drags Kanemaru by a leg, then drops a leg on the knee! Despe ties Kanemaru’s legs up in the INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Kanemaru CLUBS at Despe’s arm but Despe eggs him on! Kanemaru throws more and more heavy hands and Despe “falls” to put pressure on the leglock! Kanemaru shouts in pain, reaches out, crawls, but Despe shifts to make it a CALF KILLER!

Kanemaru still endures, still fights forward, and still gets the ROPEBREAK! The fans applaud, Red Shoes calls the break and Despe lets go. “Oops!” and he drops knees on the knee. The fans rally up while Kanemaru writhes. Despe drags Kanemaru around, stomps the bad leg, but Kanemaru avoids the elbow drop! Despe shakes out the arms, Kanemaru goes to a corner. Despe runs up, but into a BOOT! Kanemaru runs up, tilt-o-whirls, but Despe fights the DDT! So Kanemaru makes it a KIMURA! Kanemaru drags Despe down and cranks the bad arm! Despe fights his way over, ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru holds until Red Shoes counts!

Kanemaru drags Despe by his bad arm, then reels him in to scoop and BRITISH- NO, Despe slips around to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! Despe rolls away to ropes, Kanemaru rolls to pursue. The fans rally, Despe rolls back to center to get away from Kanemaru. Despe stands, fires himself up, and then runs in at Kanemaru. But Kanemaru dodges! Despe stops from hitting buckles, but Kanemaru RAMS him into them! And then whips him back into them! Despe falls, Kanemaru runs up and kitchen sink knees! Kanemaru drags Despe up, whips, and kitchen sink knees again!

Kanemaru goes up a corner and MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! But then the KIMURA returns!! Despe endures and the fans rally up! Kanemaru cranks on the double wristlock but Despe still fights around! Despe stands, but Kanemaru drags him back down! KIMURA!! Despe endures, kicks and flails, reaches and finds the ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru lets go in frustration but he then goes up a corner. Despe rises, turns around, into DEEP IMPACT!! Cover, TWO!! Despe survives and the fans fire up again! Kanemaru drags Despe up, but Despe fights the suplex! Despe throws body shots, but Kanemaru still tries! Despe turns that around to suplex Kanemaru!

The fans fire up again while both men are down at the 15 minute mark. The fans rally, Despe huffs and puffs and storms over to Kanemaru. Despe drags Kanemaru up, reels him in, but Kanemaru grabs Red Shoes! Despe BOOTS Kanemaru’s arm! Then Despe reels Kanemaru in, but Kanemaru SHOVES Despe into Red Shoes! The fans boo but Kanemaru whips Despe into the bare buckles! Despe writhes, Red Shoes is also down, and Kanemaru of course grabs his bottle of whiskey. Kanemaru takes a swig, goes back for Despe, but Despe smothers him! Kanemaru pushes Despe back, but Despe ROCKS him and sends the whiskey mist flying!

Despe drags Kanemaru up, reels him in, PINCHE- NO, Kanemaru fights that, and jackknife bridges! TWO!!! The fans fire up, Kanemaru BOOTS, then he ducks to BOOT again! And again! And- SPINEBUSTER! Despe flips Kanemaru up to PINCHE LOCO!! Cover, Despe wins!

Winner: El Desperado, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kanemaru earns 0)

Another main event and another big win for The Rogue Luchador! The Heel Master almost did this clean and almost won because of it, will he realize where he’s going wrong?

As for Desperado, he gets an icepack and a mic to say, “I knew it! As tough as ever! Damn. I’m glad I won.” The fans cheer that. Despe continues by saying, “For each outing, more is needed. Every time I face him, I level up. This was a league match, but that was the level of a final. I’ll keep going, and I promise to make you guys glad you bought a ticket.” The fans also cheer that. Despe says that this is the Osaka-Jo Hall main event we’re talking about! He keeps saying he doesn’t care, but now it’s right in front of him! It’d be a big disappointment if he doesn’t make it, right? There’ll be a lot of guys in both blocks “gutted” they won’t make it. “But for me, I’ll be taking it.”

The fans cheer as The Rogue Luchador is ready to be the Best of the Super Juniors! Just three more rounds to go, will he make it?


Here are the NEW A Block standings!

El Desperado: 4-2, 8 points
Blake Christian: 4-2, 8 points
Clark Connors: 4-2, 8 points
Titan: 4-2, 8 points
Kevin Knight: 3-3, 6 points
HAYATA: 3-3, 6 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-4, 4 points
BUSHI: 2-4, 4 points
TJP: 2-4, 4 points
Kosei Fujita: 2-4, 4 points

My Thoughts:

A great round for A Block here, and they played up the drama right away with TJP getting that win over Fujita. I can’t really say TJP makes that big comeback to get a spot in the semifinals, because as soon as someone who already beat him gets 5+ wins, they cross him off mathematically. I really like that we’ve got four 4-2 records, those guys are all going strong. Connors has that win over Titan, though, so Titan only gets ahead if Connors falls off in the final three rounds. Blake meanwhile is starting to cool off, and with his loss to Desperado, Blake will need Connors to take Desperado out tomorrow to help him get back up.

And word came in from NJPW today that sadly, Francesco Akira’s knee injury will NOT be okay in time for the next round, or for any of the rounds so he must now forfeit points. As I pointed out last time, the ones who benefit are Hiromu, Douki, Eagles & Sho. Sho gets to six points, the others are at 8 with Kushida, essentially getting B Block to the same situation as A Block. Kushida already beat Hiromu and Sho, so he’d have to fall off pretty bad for either of them to get his spot in the semifinals. Douki is going to face Sho tomorrow, and is still to face Kushida, so Douki could take that spot for himself while taking out Hiromu in the process.

My Score: 9/10

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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (5/21/24)

Can Wes Lee defy the odds?



They say all men are created equal!

Oba Femi awaits a challenger for his NXT North American Championship, so Wes Lee, Josh Briggs and now Joe Coffey will do battle in a Triple Threat! Will Gallus taking out Ivar pay off for the Iron King?


  • NXT Women’s North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Thea Hail VS Fallon Henley; Fallon wins and advances to NXT Battleground: Las Vegas.
  • NXT Tag Team Championships: Axiom & Nathan Frazer VS Channing “Stacks” Lorenzo & Luca Crusifino w/ The D’Angelo Family; Axiom & Frazer win and retain the titles.
  • NXT North American Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Wes Lee VS Josh Briggs VS Joe Coffey; Wes & Coffey double pin win and will challenge Oba Femi for the title at NXT Battleground: Las Vegas.
  • NXT Women’s North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Brinley Reece VS Jaida Parker; Jaida wins and advances to NXT Battleground: Las Vegas.
  • Lexis King VS Dante Chen; Dante wins.
  • Lola Vice & Shayna Baszler VS Karmen Petrovic & Natalya; Karmen & Natty win.


NXT Women’s North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Thea Hail VS Fallon Henley!

Jacy Jayne was one thing, but the Cowgirl showing her toxic side?! Thea took out Jacy and become the second seed in this qualifier series, will she be heading to Battleground? Or will it be Yeehaw Las Vegas?

The bell rings and the two argue. Thea shoves Fallon, Fallon shoves back, so Thea wrenches an arm to YANK and YANK! Thea wristlocks, but then Fallon pulls hair! Thea wrenches again, and keeps Fallon from the ropes. The fans rally, Thea cranks the arm, but Fallon ROCKS her! Fallon fireman’s carries, Thea slips free and sits Fallon down. Thea then KICKS Fallon and STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Fallon sputters, Thea brings her around to whip. Fallon reverses, runs up, blocks a boot, and DRAGON SCREWS the leg! Then CALF KICK! Cover, TWO! Fallon keeps on Thea with a knuckle lock, then top wristlock.

Thea endures, the fans rally, and she fights back up. Thea throws body shots, but Fallon pushes on that wristlock. Fallon steps over for the wristlock stretch, but the fans rally behind Thea. Thea fights to her feet, but Fallon cranks the arm. Thea rolls, rolls, and headscissors! The fans fire up, things speed up, and Thea bypasses Fallon to arm-drag her! Fallon comes back, into a JAPANESE ARM-DRAG! Fallon bails out, the fans fire up and Thea DIVES! Down goes Fallon and Thea rains down forearms! The fans fire up, Fallon gets away but Thea fires off more shots. Fallon shoves Thea into the desk, hurries into the ring, but Thea grabs at her.

Fallon BOOTS Thea down, hurries away, then gets out of the ring. The ref keeps Thea back, and Fallon brings out a chair! Fallon grins, but Ridge snatches the chair! The ref sees Ridge with a chair and thinks Chase U was up to something! The ref EJECTS Chase U!! The fans boo but Fallon grins and waves bye. Fallon has Thea all alone now, but NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and Fallon runs to FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fallon snarls as she stalks Thea, but the fans rally up. Fallon whips Thea into a corner, then brings her around to whip back in. Fallon runs up, Thea dodges and Fallon hits buckles! Thea runs up, but Fallon waistlocks! Thea uses that to wheelbarrow and arm-drag! Thea dodges a lariat, runs around, and Fallon HEADBUTTS her! Both women fall and the fans fire up! A standing count starts, both women stir, and they sit up at 4 of 10. Fallon fires a forearm, Thea hits back! They go back and forth! Thea then rebounds to rally with BIG forearms!

Thea mule kicks, runs, and ROLLING NECKBREAKERS! The fans rally, Thea storms back up to scoop and POWERSLAM! Then ROLLING SENTON! Thea shakes the ropes, then jumps to IMPLODER SENTON! Cover, TWO! Thea is frustrated but the fans rally up. Thea runs in at the corner, back body blocks, then runs again. Thea leaps up but Fallon shoves her down! Fallon goes up but Thea ROCKS her! Thea climbs, brings Fallon up, but Fallon fights the superplex! Fallon throws a body shot, Thea hops down, and Fallon BOOTS her! Fallon then reels Thea in, TORNADO- KIMURA!! Thea has the body scissors, so Fallon drops to the ropes!

They roll outside, Thea still holds onto the hold! Fallon RAMS Thea into barriers! Thea lets go, but she girts her teeth. Fallon stands, Thea shouts at her, and Fallon runs away into the ring! Thea pursues, but the SHINING WIZARD gets her! Cover, Fallon wins!

Winner: Fallon Henley, by pinfall (advances to NXT Battleground)

Fallon Comes First, which means Thea is out of the running! Will The Cowgirl wrangle the gold and make some history? As for Thea, JAZMYN NYX ATTACKS! Jazmyn attacks Thea and hits the PELE! She kips up and stands over Thea, all in the name of Jacy Jayne. Will Thea just have to break Jazmyn’s face like she did Jacy’s?


NXT shares footage as The D’Angelo Family arrived earlier today.

Tony D said the Heritage Cup is kinda heavy, but it looks good. Nathan Frazer & Axiom found them, and they congratulated The Don on winning. Frazer remembers winning the cup being one of the best nights of his life. Stacks asks if Axiom’s name is on here somewhere. There’s Frazer, Tyler, Charlie, A-Kid. Hey, anyone heard from A-Kid lately? Luca says he couldn’t have been that bright if the best he could come up with was “A Kid.” The D’Angelos laugh, Frazer & Axiom join in sarcastically. But Tony says these two have guts, taking on all comers. Stacks says he isn’t so sure. Word on the street is, these two have been ducking The Good Brothers.

Axiom says they aren’t ducking anyone, and Frazer adds they won’t be bullied into handing out title shots to main roster superstars. If anything, they’ll give a shot to NXT stars first. Then what about Luca & Stacks? You wouldn’t wanna be accused of ducking them now, would you? NOPE! Challenge accepted! Tonight! The D’Angelos head out, did they just goad the champs into losing those belts? Or will The Underboss & Consigliere have no way around the Undeniable Hard-Hitting Truths?


Backstage interview with Gallus.

Kelly Kincaid is with Wolfgang & The Coffey Brothers, and says that was a dramatic return to NXT last week. Joe Coffey says aye, because it seems the only way to get noticed around here is to “make a bit of noise.” And at the end of that show, was it Trick Williams? Nope. Noam Dar? Nope. Je’Von Evans? Nope. Tony D’Angelo? Nope! It was all Gallus! Wolfie says that’s how it should be. They hit three of NXT’s best! Markus mockingly hopes Ivar enjoys his stay at the hospital. Joe says Wes and Briggs are tougher than Gallus gave them credit, but they’re not smarter. Those two are all talk talk talk.

But when Joe becomes the #1 Contender to the North American Championship, Oba Femi will find out just how dangerous Gallus is! NXT has gotten comfortable while these three were away. Those days are over! Will NXT finally become Gallus’ Kingdom?


NXT Tag Team Championships: Axiom & Nathan Frazer VS Channing “Stacks” Lorenzo & Luca Crusifino w/ The D’Angelo Family!

NXT returns as the champs make their entrance. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if the D’Angelos truly run NXT!

The teams sort out and Axiom starts against Luca. The two tie up, Axiom waistlocks, but Luca wrenches to wristlock. Axiom rolls, handsprings, but Luca kicks low. Luca whips, Axiom goes up and arm-drags! Then DROPKICKS! Axiom brings Luca up, Luca shoves him away, so Frazer tags in. Luca tags Stacks and he tells them to slow it down. Stacks calls for knuckle locks, Frazer obliges, and Stacks steps over to wrangle Frazer to the mat. Frazer kips up, flips, but Stacks kicks low. Stacks trips Frazer, stomps him in the gut, then stomps him some more. Stacks TOSSES Frazer to the apron, brings him back in and UPPERCUTS, but Frazer blocks!

Frazer body shots, avoids the kick, then slingshots to sunset flip! TWO, and Stacks UPPERCUTS! Cover, TWO! Stacks drags Frazer up to headlock but Frazer powers out. Axiom tags in, they redirect stacks to dropkick and DROPKICK! Stacks sputters, Axiom is on him and tags Frazer. They whip, Stacks reverses but Axiom reverses back! IRON OCTOPUS, and Frazer runs, runs and runs to DROPKICK! The fans fire up, Frazer covers, TWO! Stacks stays in this but Frazer clamps onto the arm. Stacks fights up, powers Frazer back, Luca tags in. They whip, Frazer slides under but Luca is there. Frazer elbows Luca, ROCKS Stacks, but Luca puts Frazer outside!

Frazer ROCKS Luca, but Stacks runs up to BOOT Frazer down! Frazer hits desk and Luca tags Stacks! Stacks says bada bing, FOLEY ELBOW! The D’Angelo Family is fired up and standing tall while NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and The D’Angelos double whip Frazer hard into a corner! Frazer falls back, Stacks covers, TWO! The fans rally while Stacks grows frustrated. Stacks throws down fists, then he drags Frazer up. Stacks tags Luca, they mug Frazer, then feed him to DOUBLE KNEES! Cover, TWO! Luca drags Frazer around to have a grounded motorcycle stretch but the fans rally up. Frazer endures, fights up, and fights free! But Luca keeps him from Axiom! Luca RAMS Frazer into the corner, then runs up, but into an ELBOW! Stacks blocks a kick but not the DRAGON WHIP! Luca BODY SHOTS Frazer, whips, but Frazer QUEBRADA DDTS!

The fans fire up while Frazer and Luca are both down! Frazer crawls over, Tony shouts at Luca to do the same! Hot tags to Stacks and Axiom! The fans fire up as Axiom dodges Stacks to GAMANGIRI Luca! BOOT for Stacks CHOPS for all! CHOP after CHOP, and then Axiom runs to duck ‘n’ dodges, tilt-o-whirl and that sends Stacks into Luca! LARIAT DDT COMBO! The fans fire up and Axiom waistlocks. Stacks bucks the O’Conner but swings into a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Cover, TWO!! Stacks survives being folded and Rizzo coaches Luca back into this. Axiom KICKS Stacks, KICKS again, then tags Frazer. BUZZSAW!

Frazer hauls Stacks up to suplex, CHASING THE DRAGON!! Cover, Luca breaks it!! The fans fire up as The D’Angelo Family stays in this! Tony coaches his boys, Luca blocks Axiom’s superkick to send it into Frazer! Luca then hits a CODE BREAKER on Axiom! Luca hurries back to his corner, tags in, and the Family double whips Frazer! Double pop-up BACK SUPLEX! Cover, AXIOM SUPERKICKS! The fans fire up, Stacks hits a ZIGZAG! Stacks hurries back to the corner, tags himself in, and he runs up on Frazer. BUCKLE SHOT! Frazer then skins the cat to go up top, just like The Visionary! But Stacks trips Frazer up!

Stacks climbs, has Frazer up top, and SUPERPLEXES! Luca DIVES into a SUPERKICK!!! Axiom stops the Power & Glory combo, but HERE COMES NO QUATER CATCH CREW!! Damon Kemp, Charlie Dempsey & Myles Borne jump The Don! That distracts Stacks, Frazer cradles! FRAZER & AXIOM WIN!

Winners: Axiom & Nathan Frazer, by pinfall (still NXT Tag Team Champions)

The Family fights NQCC to the back, and the gold stays with Axiom & Frazer. But now THE GOOD BROTHERS attack! It is just chaos tonight as Gallows & Anderson beat down the champs! Anderson gets Frazer up, Gallows helps out, MAGIC KILLER!! The fans boo, but will The Machine Gun & Big LG make these titles Too Sweet?


Robert Stone talks with a prospect backstage.

He was so impressed with her during the NXT Women’s Combine. Top three vertical jump, blew his mind. Soon everyone will be saying the name- Lexis King says everyone’s already saying his name. The prospects leave, and Lexis says Stone has this all wrong. He’s trying to recruit “the next big thing,” but not even Chelsea Green was giving him the time of day. Stone is in a hole, and the only way out of it is to hitch his wagon to Lexis. Over Stone’s dead body. Oh, Lexis knows about that. he’s been walking over dead bodies week after week. He’s practically undefeated! Something Stone knows nothing about.

Stone tells Lexis to watch himself, but then Ava Raine walks in. Lexis says he and Stone were just talking. Ava says Lexis is so annoying. Lexis says no he’s not, bye. Oh no he’s not, Lexis has a match tonight. Okay, tell him more. Well, Lexis will learn who he’s facing when he gets out there. Now Lexis leaves, and Stone says he wants to be the one to do it. Ava says no, the last time he did, it didn’t go well. But it’s okay, Ava will find the perfect opponent for Lexis King. Stone trusts in the GM, but just who will look to knock The Drama King off his high horse?


Oba Femi is here!

The Ruler goes to the ring, because he wants to see who wins the right to challenge him for Battleground! Will the Cardiac Kid make his way back to former glory? Will the Blue Collar Brawler get a 1v1 shot at Oba? Or will the Iron King be challenging The Ruler’s reign?


Chase U regroups backstage.

Thea is sore, but it’s Riley Osborne who is upset. He confronts Professor Chase. How could he NOT see this coming? Ridge Holland is clearly a liability! Chase says Riley has to see the good in people! Ridge walks in, hands Thea a bottle of water, and he tells Riley that respectfully, back off, mate. He couldn’t stand there and let Fallon hit Thea with a chair! None of them could, but it was Ridge who stepped in and did something. Yes, he sure did! He cost Thea the match, the chance at making history, and Riley is getting sick of the excuses! Ridge points out Riley cost them their match last week! Ridge gave Riley the benefit of the doubt, no hard feelings and all that.

But now, Riley stands there judging Ridge! DAMN RIGHT! Ridge doesn’t belong here! And where is that?! Chase stops these two from having it out here. If they want to settle this, do it in the ring. Riley’s fine with that! Riley storms off, and Duke wants to say something but Chase cuts him off. Is Turbo Terry going to run circles around Yorkshire Grit? Or will this be a #TeachableMoment of the highest order?


NXT North American Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Wes Lee VS Josh Briggs VS Joe Coffey w/ Gallus!

NXT returns and Oba is now on commentary as Wes makes his entrance, followed by Briggs’. Gallus makes their entrance together, and they bring back the triple handshake. Markus & Wolfie will be present during all this, but will they be a factor?

The bell rings and the three circle. Joe taunts them over last week’s blindside, but then Wes AND Briggs go after him! The Gallus boys keep Joe from being whipped away, but he ends up falling over for it! Briggs stomps Joe, then he and Wes drag him from ropes! The fans cheer as Wes and Briggs mug Joe. Briggs then DECKS Wes! Briggs ROCKS Joe, Wes snarls, but Briggs ROCKS him! Joe ROCKS Briggs, Wes helps him in mugging Briggs and whipping him. But Briggs runs them both over! Things keep moving, Joe drops and Wes hurdles. Briggs blocks the hip toss to TOSS Wes into Joe! Briggs then has Wes in a corner, but Wes BOOTS back!

Wes goes up and up and leaps, but Briggs catches him! Joe SHOTGUNS Briggs into giveing Wes a FALL AWAY SLAM! Joe drags Briggs up, Briggs shoves him into the corner. Joe BOOTS back, goes up and BOOTS again. Joe reels Briggs in, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Joe huffs and puffs but he runs up on Briggs, but Wes RANAS Joe first! The fans fire up as Joe bails out and Wes builds speed. Wes FLIES and takes Joe down! Oba says that is Wes’ fighting spirit. Wes brings Joe up but Joe blocks the bump off the apron. Wes avoids Joe’s lariat, and he avoids Briggs, so the BOOT takes Joe down!

Briggs sees Wes jump up, catches him, pop up and LARIAT! Back drop for Joe to the floor! Briggs is all fired up but the fans boo while NXT goes picture in picture.

Briggs looms over Joe and Wes and has his pick. Briggs smirks at Gallus before putting Joe in. Briggs stomps Wes, leaves him behind, but Joe ROCKS Briggs! Briggs and Joe trade heavy forearms, and Briggs gets the edge! Joe staggers, Briggs ROCKS him again and again, then avoids a shot to DECK Joe! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives but Briggs keeps his cool. Briggs stalks Joe, whips, but Joe reverses. Joe FLAPJACKS Briggs off ropes! Joe whips Briggs into a corner, then around again into the corner! Scoop and BACKBREAKER! Joe runs to go up and VADER ELBOW! Wes gets on the apron, Joe BLASTS him back down!

Joe soaks up the heat while Gallus mocks Wes. Joe stomps Briggs, KICKS him in the side, then DECKS Briggs! Wes returns, but Joe goes out after him to RAM him into the apron! Joe storms his way up the steps and into the ring. Joe goes after Briggs with haymakers but Briggs throws back body shots. Joe knees low, knees again, then ROCKS Briggs. Briggs falls over, Joe sees Wes climbing! Joe UPPERCUTS Wes and Wes gets stuck up top! Joe KNEES Wes again and again, then goes back for Briggs. Joe KNEES Briggs in the side, KNEES him again, then clamps onto an arm. Joe pulls the arm into a half straitjacket!

Briggs endures, fights around, fights to his feet, and throws elbows. NXT returns to single picture, both men LARIAT! They LARIAT again, and again! Both men wobble, but they still LARIAT! Briggs fires up, runs, but Joe RAMS him! But Briggs ROCKS Joe! Briggs scoops to SIDEWALK SLAM and SPLASH! Wes SWANTON BOMBS in! The fans fire up while all three men are down! Wes grits his teeth as he drags himself up. Briggs runs up, Wes body shots and KICKS! And KICKS! And DOUBLE STOMPS! Wes sees Joe and ROCKS him! HEEL KICKS him! Joe roars, so Wes jumps, Briggs reels Joe in! QUEBRADA DDT COMBO!! Cover on Briggs, TWO! Cover on Joe, TWO!

Wes is frustrated and Joe is wobbly. Joe and Briggs fall out of the ring, Wes builds speed! Wes DIVES into Briggs! The fans fire up as Briggs goes down! Joe is up, Wes swings on him, but into an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Joe gets Briggs up, puts him in the ring, but Briggs gets moving! Briggs BOOTS Joe down! Briggs hurries up top, but Wes GAMANGIRIS him! Wes goes up now, but Joe joins in! This is getting tricky, but Briggs fights free! Briggs ELBOWS Joe down, stands back up, and Wes LEAPS, into Briggs’ hand! CORNER CHOKE SLAM! Briggs has Joe, CHOKE SLAM at center! But then Wes staggers over, so Briggs brings him in!

Briggs CHOKE SLAMS Wes onto Joe!! Cover on them both, TWO!!! Both men get out of that and Briggs is beside himself! The fans are thunderous as Briggs clamps onto Joe again. But Joe fights the grip, and throat chops! Joe fires fast hands, then whips. Briggs is in the corner, Joe runs up to UPPERCUT! Joe keeps moving, and UPPERCUTS again! Joe shoves Briggs away, goes up and up and CROSSBODIES! Cover, WES BREAKS IT! Gallus is frustrated, Oba is loving this! Wes bobs ‘n’ weaves and STEP PUNCHES! Joe BOOTS! Wes ROLLING KICKS! Joe falls, Wes snarls and rises up. Wes sees Joe outside, builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit again!

Wes gets Joe up, the ref misses Gallus HIGH LOW on Briggs!! They put Briggs in, Wes puts Joe in! Wes goes up top, but Joe gets under the leap! ALL THE BEST- NO, Wes dodges! Wes goes up and up and leaps, Joe HEADBUTTS him down!! Both men fall onto Briggs for a cover! WHO WINS?!? The fans are in disbelief, but Gallus is pretty sure Joe got part of that! The ref talks it over with ring announcer Mike Rome, and the official decision is… Joe AND WES win!!

Winners: Joe Coffey & Wes Lee, by double pinfall (both will challenge Oba Femi for the title at NXT Battleground)

Everyone is in disbelief except for Oba, who loves it! It’s another Triple Threat for the North American Championship, will Oba again defy the odds? Or will this only make it easier for someone to take away The Ruler’s crown?


Backstage interview with Karmen Petrovic & Natalya.

Kelly Kincaid is with the Canadian Connection as they prepare for the tag team main event against Shayna Baszler & Lola Vice. How do they plan on turning around recent setbacks against them? Karmen says she’s a little nervous, because it is her first main event. But she has The BOAT for her partner! Natty has been in the most matches of anyone in this business. If not for Shayna, Natty would’ve beat Lola in NXT Underground. And these two together, they’re so ready. Natty says Karmen doesn’t give herself enough credit. She has improved so much, they have bonded, and Natty promises as the winningest woman in WWE, you will see this be a well-oiled machine.

Karmen & The Queen of Harts head out, but will they be able to trump Lola & The Queen of Spades?


Brinley Reece prepares backstage.

She’s fired up, but Malik Blade & Edris Enofe seem a bit down. Maybe Malik is right. Edris is cooked. The mirror, the black cats, the rabbit’s foot. Malik says no, remain positive! Just like Brin! She is good for them in that way. The positive energy, the good vibes, and the good luck. Aww, thanks, Malik! Does that mean they’ll be ringside with her tonight? Malik says they probably shouldn’t. Edris’ bad luck will- Stop saying it like that! But Edris does wish Brin luck. Brin says it isn’t about luck! It’s about confidence! So whatever they choose to do, she’s all for it. Brin cartwheels away, will Malik & Edris ever get right?


Ava Raine watches film.

She sees it for herself, it was a double pin. Oba asks what the decision is on tonight’s Triple Threat. Ava says it is clear, it was a true double pin, so it will be another Triple Threat: Oba VS Wes VS Joe. Oba nods, then heads out.


NXT Women’s North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Brinley Reece VS Jaida Parker!

#BrinEnergy is ready to turn it up, though that’s wild considering she’s always running pretty high. But will she be able to earn that spot in the ladder match without her guys watching her back? Or will “Miss Parker” be the one heading to Sin City?

The bell rings and these two start where they left off with fast hands! Brin ROCKS Jaida, UPPERCUTS her, and Jaida flounders to a corner! Brin runs up to RAM into her! Brin then brings Jaida around to scoop, but Jaida slips free, shoves, but Brin ducks ‘n ‘dodges. Brin handsprings over the dropdown to then arm-drag! Brin has the armlock but Jaida pulls hair. The ref reprimands, the fans rally up, and Jaida fights up. Jaida pulls hair again to put Brin in the corner. Jaida lets off, but Brin turns things around on her! The ref counts, Jaida turns things around again, but Brin ROCKS her first! Brin puts Jaida in the corner to whip, but Jaida reverses to pull hair!

Jaida throws Brin into buckles, but Brin ELBOWS her back. Brin goes up, leaps, but into a kitchen sink knee! Jaida talks trash, storms up on Brin, and RAMS Brin again and again! The fans rally and duel, the ref counts, but Jaida lets off. Jaida then fires off more forearms, before she puts Brin in the ropes. Jaida CHOPS Brin, then runs to DROP IT LIKE IT’S HOT! Brin sputters, Jaida stomps her around, then CHOKES her on ropes! The ref counts, Jaida lets off, and Brin sputters. Jaida sits Brin up but Brin fires body shots! Brin JAWBREAKERS and Jaida staggers. Brin runs up, Jaida trips her, jackknife bridge! TWO as Brin bridges up and spins Jaida!

Brin tries the backslide, gets it, TWO! Jaida reels Brin back in to BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! The fans rally, Jaida clamps onto Brin with a body scissors! Brin endures the squeeze, Malik & Edris are seen arguing about moral support yes or no. Brin endures, fights, but Jaida rolls her to a cover, TWO! Jaida pulls hair, the ref reprimands, but Jaida lets off so she can squeeze more. Brin endures, reaches out, pushes back, ONE! Jaida holds on, CLUBS away on Brin, but Brin pries the hold open! Jaida pushes Brin away, but Brin comes back to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Brin rolls Jaida up, ONE! Jaida RAMS Brin into the corner!

Jaida lets off, Brin KNEES her away! Brin goes up and over, keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and CLOBBERS Jaida! Brin uses shoulder tackles to run Jaida over, then she scoop SLAMS! The fans fire up, Brin handsprings and LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Jaida stays in this but Brin brings out that aggression! Fireman’s carry, but Jaida fights free! Malik & Edris are on stage to cheer Brin, but Jaida suplexes to GOURD BUSTER! Jaida runs, TEARDROP HIP CHECK!! Cover, Jaida wins!

Winner: Jaida Parker, by pinfall (advances to NXT Battleground)

Now Malik & Edris feel like they jinxed Brin! But will Jaida make history and bring that gold home to OTM?


Fallon crosses paths with Jazmyn.

Jazmyn says it must’ve felt nice to finally get a win. Uh, yeah, it did. And now she’s going to Battleground. Yep, and Fallon can climb that ladder, grab that title, and make history as the first-ever NXT Women’s North American Champion. Jazmyn agrees, this attitude will help. Well, duh. Yeah, Fallon never needed anyone to help her be successful. Oh, really? Yes, which is why Jazmyn waited until after to get payback on Thea. Fallon isn’t sure what Jazmyn is getting at, but will it matter once Fallon has what she wants?


The alarm goes off, time to wake up!

But who is it? Those fuzzy pajamas look familiar. And those slippers. Could a certain you know who be on her way back to NXT?


Roxanne Perez speaks.

“This NXT Women’s Championship has always been my why. And that’s why no one’s gonna take it from me. It’s me and my title against the world, and that’s fine. Because as good as these girls are, I’m simply better. And everyone can say what they want about me. The locker room, main roster, the WWE Universe that loves to post their useless opinions about me, if they only knew. It all just lands at my feet, because all I care about is my NXT Women’s Championship. So you better get used to this sight. Because when I look in the mirror, I don’t see a villain, I don’t see a hero. All I see is The Prodigy, your two-time NXT Women’s Champion.”


Ava Raine makes a call.

She talked it over with Nick Aldis & Adam Pearce, everything is sign, sealed and delivered, we’re all good to go. Yes, next week, Roxanne finds out who her next title defense is against, at Battleground. She thanks the other side, and says we’ll see how this goes.


Lexis King VS ???

The Drama King sure loves sticking his foot in his mouth, and he may have really stepped in it this time. But he gets a mic first to say, “Well, well, well. The King has been on a bit of a hot streak lately. Can you argue with that? And we all know that whoever walks through that curtain tonight is going to join a long list of gentlemen who have fallen to The King. I mean, let’s face it! In 2024, I am virtually undefeated!” But then whose music is that? Robert Stone? King says he already beat Stone! Stone says no, it’s this guy. DANTE CHEN IS BACK! The fans fire up as the Singapore Warrior has made a full recovery! Will this finally be his opportunity to hit the big time?

The bell rings and the fans are fired up for Dante. Dante and Lexis tie up, Lexis headlocks. Dante powers out, Lexis runs him over! Cover, ONE! Lexis rains down fists, the fans boo, but Lexis lets off to soak up the heat. Dante rises up, Lexis whips him to a corner, but Dante reverses. Dante runs up but into a BOOT! Lexis runs up but into a back elbow, UPPERCUT, and DROPKICK! Dante whips then back drops Lexis! The fans fire up with Dante as he runs corner to corner, but Lexis catches his splash! Lexis puts Dante up top, but Dante ROCKS him! Dante leaps, but into a DROPKICK! Lexis covers, TWO!

Lexis is upset but the fans rally for Dante. Lexis drops AX HANDLE after AX HANDLE, then he scrapes Dante’s face! The fans rally for Dante and he body shots! Lexis CHOPS back! Lexis talks smack, then CHOPS again! Dante ROCKS Lexis! Lexis kicks low, bumps Dante off buckles, then CHOPS again! Lexis digs his boots in, the fans boo, the ref counts, but Lexis lets off at 4. Lexis wrenches and short arm LARIATS! Lexis drags Dante up, KICKS him in the back, then talks trash. Lexis scrapes Dante more, then gives him Kawada Kicks. The fans rally up, Dante blocks a kick! Dante short arm LARIATS Lexis now!

The fans fire up and both men stand. Dante and Lexis trade CHOPS! Dante CHOPS, CHOPS and ROCKS Lexis! Dante whips, CLOBBERS Lexis, then CLOBBERS him again! The fans fire up, Dante runs corner to corner, STINGER SPLASH! And atomic drop! Then a SHOTGUN BOOT! Lexis is dazed and Dante is fired up! Dante aims, blocks Lexis’ superkick, then spins him. Lexis wings, but into a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Lexis survives but Dante refocuses. Dante drags Lexis from ropes, but Lexis kicks him away! Lexis snarls, shouts “Hail to the King!” BLINDSIDER! Stone shouts at Lexis, then gets on the pron!

Lexis reels Dante in, grins, but Stone shouts at Lexis. Lexis shoves Dante down, storms up on Stone, but Stone back s off. Lexis dodges Dante’s tiger claws to SUPERKICK! Lexis crosses the arms, reels Dante in, CORO- CRADLE!! DANTE WINS!!

Winner: Dante Chen, by pinfall

Lexis is furious but he has his own arrogance to blame! Dante’s return is a huge success, are he and Suit Man Stone going to hit the big time together?


Shayna Baszler & Lola Vice talk backstage.

Shayna says Lola beat Natty in the Underground, Shayna beat Karmen in a standard match, so they should be pretty dominant tonight. Lola says together, they are unstoppable. Karmen & Natty have one of three options, right? Right. Shayna does ask one thing: keep the dancing to back here. Out there, they’re cage fighters, got it? Lola says yeah, all business once the bell rings. But she can’t help she’s a Latina~! She just likes to have fun. Shayna rolls her eyes, but will Lola still keep it serious once it’s the main event?


Trick Williams is here!

The fans fire up for the NXT Champion, and he gets the mic to say he appreciates it, but time to get serious. Two weeks ago, Noam Dar calls Trick out here for a Supernova Sessions, and then hits him from behind. Trick took that on the chin. Last week, Dar comes out here and gets dropped backstage. Now we all know that if anyone knows how that feels, it’s Trick Williams, and he wouldn’t wish that on nobody. So he’ll say this one time and make it crystal clear: Noam Dar, Trick did NOT attack you. If Trick wanted to attack, Dar would’ve just been unconscious! If Trick wanted to attack Dar, he wouldn’t be clutching a leg. He’d have a size 15 Jordan logo tattooed on his forehead.

But wait, here comes The Meta Four! Jakara Jackson tells Trick that what he needs to do is stop playing. He might have the crusty, dusty musties tricked, but not them. They know it was Trick! It might’ve been through Je’Von, or them together! Oro Mensah says if it wasn’t Trick or Je’Von, Trick must still be salty after Dar knocked the daylights outta him! Oro tells Trick to grow up, be a man, and admit that he is a lowlife that doesn’t deserve the NXT Champion! Lash Legend speaks up! She wants them to stop, she knows Trick didn’t attack Dar! What makes her think that? Public minds want to know! Let’s hear about it!

Lash didn’t wanna say it like that, but Trick’s been through that. Oro stops her there. Is Lash shaking Trick’s dreads? Whose side is she on? Trick tells Oro to shut his mouth before he comes out there and slaps those tap dance loafers right off Oro’s stupid ass! The fans fire up and Oro gets mad now. But wait! Gallus is here!? Joe Coffey walks out, mic in hand, and is sure they all wanna know why the guy who just earned an opportunity for a shot at the North American Championship out here now talking to THE NXT Champion? Well, son, you’re about to find out why! GALLUS ATTACKS FROM BEHIND!

The fans boo as Markus & Wolfie stomp Trick out, then Joe joins in! But here comes Je’Von! The Young OG gets in to ROCK Joe, ROCK Mark then fire off on Wolfgang! But he gets mugged, too! The fans boo this 3v2 beating, and then The Coffey Brothers hit Je’Von with the COFFEY BREAK GERMAN!! But Trick fights back now! He DECKS Wolfie, DECKS Joe, DECKS Mark, repeat! But then he just gets a HEADBUTT! Gallus mugs Trick 3v1, Wolfgang fireman’s carries and Mark runs, BOOT O’ DOOM!! Gallus took out Ivar, they have their shot at Oba, and now they took out Trick! Will nothing stop their hostile takeover of NXT?


Robert Stone & Dante Chen regroup.

Stone says Dante did great out there! He deserves this moment! Did they hear the people? Ava walks over and personally congratulates Dante. Dante thanks her for this opportunity. Ava wanted to take credit but this was Stone’s idea. Well then, Dante thanks Mr. Stone and they shake hands. Dante heads out, and Stone says he knows Ava’s always looking for fresh young talent. Dante’s definitely it. Ava says Stone just made a star tonight, well done. Stone smiles with pride, will there be a future for the Robert Stone Brand after all?


Lola Vice & Shayna Baszler VS Karmen Petrovic & Natalya!

The Mayor of Vice City & The Queen of Spades have gotten the better of the Canadian Connection time and again, but enough is enough! Will Lola & Shayna finally be humbled? Or will they sink NXT’s Beatrix Kiddo & The Boat once and for all?

The teams sort out, Natty and Shayna start. They circle, the fans rally, and the two tie up. Shayna wrenches the arm, twists the wrist, but Natty rolls, handsprings, and slips through to go for a leg. Shayna stops that to go for the other arm now. Shayna twists the wrist, puts Natty on ropes while torturing her, but the ref counts. Shayna lets off, Lola gets a KICK in! The fans boo but Shayna KNEES Natty down! Cover, TWO! Natty stays in this but Shayna drags her up. Shayna fires body shots, Lola tags in, and she adds her own body shots! Shayna tags back in, she fires off stomps! The ref counts, Lola tags in and she adds KICKS!

Shayna tags back in again, but Natty ROCKS her, ROCKS Lola, then BOOTS Shayna! Natty slides under, scurries free, but Shayna gets a foot! Natty kicks Shayna away, tag to Karmen! Karmen ROCKS Shayna, runs up and CLOBBERS her! Karmen rallies, wrenches, and KICKS! KICKS! And ROUNDHOUSES! The fans fire up, Karmen whips but Shayna reverses. Karmen jumps up to SOBAT! Karmen keeps going, BASEMENT BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Karmen drags Shayna up, but Lola runs up! Natty intercepts, but Lola and Shayna each throw hands to get free! Lola & Shayna whip, but the Canadians duck ‘n’ dodges and DOUBLE DISCUS LARIATS!

The fans fire up with Natty & Karmen while Shayna & Lola bail out, and NXT goes picture in picture.

Natty high-fives and booty bumps with Karmen, then Karmen goes out to fetch Shayna. Karmen puts Shayna in, covers, TWO! Karmen facelocks, drags Shayna up, and wrenches an arm to then waistlock. Shayna goes to ropes,. Lola tags in before the roll-up! Lola AX KICKS Karmen down! Lola drags Karmen up, whips her to ropes, then KICKS her low! Lola talks trash, whips again, and KICKS again! Lola still talks trash, whips again, but Karmen blocks the kick to roll her up! TWO, and Lola BODY BLOWS! Karmen sputters, Lola whips her to the corner, then she tags Shayna. They mug Karmen, then Shayna CLUBS Karmen down.

Shayna stalks Karmen, clamps onto an arm, isolates it, and she throws her hair tie at Natty. Shayna STOMPS Karmen’s arm! Then she sucker punches Natty! The ref has to keep Natty back, and Karmen ends up in the other corner. Shayna fires off hands, snapmares Karmen then KICKS her in the back! Shayna drags Karmen up, wrenches to a top wristlock, and NXT returns to single picture., Shayna whips Karmen hard into buckles, then brings her back up. Shayna whips her back in, but Karmen JUMP KICKS! Roll-up, TWO! Shayna runs up to LARIAT Karmen! Shayna covers, TWO! The fans rally, Shayna clamps onto Karmen for a top wristlock.

The fans rally, Karmen fights up, but Karmen brings her down to a knee. Karmen endures, reaches out, fights up again, and she snapmares free! Shayna still keeps Karmen from Natty! Shayna sweeps the leg, covers, TWO! Karmen reaches out but Shayna drags her back again. Shayna pushes Karmen to the corner, Lola tags in, and they mug Karmen. Lola storms up on Karmen, shows off the shimmies, but Karmen throws body shots! Lola CLUBS Karmen down, brings her up again, and whips her to the corner. Lola runs up to kick Karmen, then tags Shayna. The fans duel, Shayna brings Karmen up but Karmen fires body shots!

Shayna still suplexes! Cover, TWO! Shayna is annoyed with Karmen but Karmen is shaking her head. Shayna clamps onto Karmen’s arm, pulls on it, but Karmen throws body shots. Shayna CLUBS Karmen down for that! The fans continue to rally, but Shayna waistlocks Karmen and tags Lola. But Karmen BOOTS Lola down, drops to KICK Shayna, hot tag to Natty! Natty rallies on Lola & Shayna! Natty fires off fast hands on Lola but Lola shoves back. Natty kicks low, snap suplexes, and then waits on Shayna. Shayna swings, into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Natty drags Lola up to whip bu tLola reverses.

Lola runs, Natty dodges and REBOUND- NO, Lola arm-drags free! Only for Natty to DISCUS LARIAT! Lola sputters, Natty covers, TWO! Natty drags Lola up, tags in Karmen, and Karmen climbs. Natty sets Lola up for Karmen’s CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Karmen drags Lola up, tags Natty back in, and they reel Lola in. But Shayna CHOP BLOCKS Karmen! Lola cradles Natty, TWO! Natty escapes, trips Lola, steps through, but Lola kicks her away, into Shayna! URAKEN!! Cover, KARMEN BREAKS IT! The fans fire up, Shayna TOSSES Karmen! Shayna tells Lola to get Natty up. Lola does as told, but Natty keeps Lola from tagging Shayna!

Natty throws Lola down then BLASTS Shayna! Lola runs up to JUMP KICK! Lola drags Natty, shows off the hips, then steps through to steal the Sharpshooter! Natty blocks that, pushes Lola down, and now Natty has the SHARPSHOOTER!! Natty has Lola caught, Shayna runs in to CLUB Natty down! Karmen LEAPS, Shayna catches her! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! But Karmen THROWS Shayna out! Karmen goes to the corner, shouts for Natty to get up, and Natty BODY BLOWS Lola! Tag to Karmen, and they coordinate for the HART ATTACK!! Cover, The Canadians win!

Winners: Karmen Petrovic & Natalya, by pinfall

Finally, some vindication over #MiamiVice! A big win for the Canadian Connection, will they look to get in on the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship scene? As for Shayna, she helps Lola up, but then Lola ROUNDHOUSES Shayna!?! And twerks at her! Lola blames Shayna for the loss when it was her fault, will nothing ever humble her? Wait, Shayna rises like a monster back from the dead! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!!! Lola finally gets what she deserves for her arrogance! Refs rush out there, Shayna lets go, and Lola sputters as she retreats. But then Shayna gets loose to go after Lola with fast hands! It’s a brawl and the fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT! LET THEM FIGHT!”

Ava rushes out here and says okay, okay, clearly they both want a fight. And to be honest, Ava wants ot see it, too. So say less, this will happen at BATTLEGROUND! Shayna says nah, that’s not good enough. It needs to be NXT UNDERGROUND!! The fans are thunderous as the brawl continues! Will this be a barn burner inside the UFC Apex when there’s no rules and no ropes holding these two back?

My Thoughts:

A great NXT here with a lot of build towards Battleground. A great surprise that the women’s tag match got to be the main event, that is a great win for Karmen & Natty. And I was sensing Shayna VS Lola was coming, so great to see it happening for Battleground in the Underground. RIP Fight Pit, we hardly knew ye, but that’s another awesome women’s match for NXT’s next event. Also good promo from Roxie and a good response from Ava. I don’t know who they’re getting for Roxie’s opponent, but honestly if it isn’t someone brand new to NXT or someone returning from injury, it doesn’t make sense to me to bring in another RawDown star that will clearly lose to Roxie.

Great stuff in the NXT Women’s North American Championship stories. Fallon VS Thea was a very good match, but of course something happens where Ridge is caught and blamed for stuff. Jazmyn’s part sets up a grudge match of her and Thea, but her promo with Fallon after was a little odd. With Jacy’s face still recovering, is Jazmyn trying to latch onto Fallon’s success? Meanwhile, Brin VS Jaida was also really good stuff, and it helped bring in the continued bad luck angle of Malik & Edris. There’s gotta be something that happens to finally get past this. Either Malik & Edris finally get a big win, or they break up as a team.

As it stands, you might think it’s three Heels and one Face as we have Fallon, Jaida, Lash and Sol, but Lash’s part in her story with Trick Williams makes me think she’ll be Face soon enough. That means between Mia Yim, Wren Sinclair, Tatum Paxley and Kelani Jordan, it’s anyone’s game. As for Chase U, Ridge VS Riley next week is going to be some really good stuff to really propel this story. And honestly, someone has to be going Heel and joining Shawn Spears. Otherwise, what was the point of Spears coming back to have this persona of exposing “the truth?” I’m still personally hoping it’s Riley that turns because everyone else is supportive of Ridge and he can’t stand it. Then Spears & Riley can be a real good Heel duo in the tag division.

Speaking of the tag division, they just kinda threw a tag title match out at us but it was some great stuff. NQCC going after The D’Angelos made sense, though, they weren’t about to let The D’Angelos get more gold after losing the Heritage Cup. And somehow we were going to get The Good Brothers attacking Axiom & Frazer to set up a match there. It’d be great for historical purposes if The Good Brothers did win the titles, I’m just not sure what that’d mean for Axiom and Frazer if they lost. I suppose both guys get back on a path to singles titles, but those various title scenes are rather full right now.

For example, with Ivar out with a legit injury, it made sense Joe Coffey would get in on tonight’s Triple Threat. And then what an awesome Triple Threat we had with an excellently executed double cover. Oba VS Wes VS Joe can go any which way, as Gallus can cheat to win just like they did tonight. And then Trick had a really good promo segment with The Meta Four, that was then hijacked by Gallus. Je’Von did his best to make the save but Gallus has the numbers, so naturally it didn’t work. I would think that before Ivar’s legit injury was a factor, Joe Coffey was meant to go right after Trick, but maybe it’ll be Wolfgang challenging Trick instead. Wolfgang may have been tag champ alongside Mark, but it feels like he’s been ready for something else for some time.

And it’s about time we get some more returns here. Wendy Choo is clearly on her way back with the new version of her waking-up vignette. That is a name I’d hope they choose to face Roxie at Battleground, even if Heel Roxie would just laugh it off. With Lexis King’s matching mystery opponent, I was oddly hoping Von Wagner was gonna be rehired after being let go, but there could be a very ineffective change in persona. He could wear a lucha mask and have a nickname a la Hulk Hogan being Mr. America, and then he’d “reveal” himself to Stone even though Stone knows all along.

But hey, Dante Chen has been needing something to get himself going again, I’m glad he is the one that got to beat Lexis. I’m just wondering what happened to the idea of him and Boa teaming up as the revival of Tien Sha. Maybe that’s in a back pocket or something and can be used after Dante’s been reestablished on TV.

My Score: 8.8/10

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