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Andrew’s WWE Money in the Bank 2020 Match Ratings & Results

Money in the Bank Die Hard style! Who gets Hans Gruber’d? Do we even care?!?

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Well we can all look at this Money in the Bank a few different ways. Not everyone felt comfortable showing up for work, so they’re making due with what they have (we can all relate there). Also, WWE is trying something a little different and we always ask for more creativity.

I’m not so much concerned about the main attraction; it’s the rest that falls a little flat to my intrigue.

Full disclosure, I think I’ve only seen two TV episodes between Mania and Money in the Bank; so I’m definitely not the most engaged in any of what’s going on. But hey, let’s see what we get to work with!

Ratings:

  • Kickoff Show: Jeff Hardy vs Cesaro: Hardy wins via Swanton Bomb @13:30 – *** ¼
  • SmackDown Tag Team Titles: Lucha House Party vs The New Day (c) vs Miz & Morrison vs The Forgotten Sons: Big E retains via Big Ending @12:00 – ** ½
  • R-Truth vs MVP Bobby Lashley: Lashley won via Spear @1:40 – N/A
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley (c) w/Sasha Banks vs Tamina: Bayley retains via Crucifix Pin @10:30 – *
  • WWE Universal Championship: Braun Strowman (c) vs Bray Wyatt: Strowman retains via Running Powerslam @10:55 – *
  • WWE Championship: Seth Rollins vs Drew McIntyre (c): McIntyre retains via Claymore @19:20 – *** ½
  • Money in the Bank: Die Hard Dash for the Cash: Asuka and Otis win @27:15 – ****

 

Results:

Kickoff Show: Jeff Hardy vs Cesaro

Cesaro is a quality workhorse, and Hardy tends to be solid when he’s not drunk or high…so let’s see what kind of thing we get for the Kickoff Show!

This was a really good match to start things off. Cesaro was dominating with his power, technique and just generally impeccable wrestling style. Hardy however played the classics and continued to be resilient. A few daring enough spots, for Hardy helped to pull him back into the match. A Whisper in the Wind, a dive after walking the barricade, and Swanton Bomb gets Hardy on the right track.

Always a little frustrating to see Cesaro as the king of enhancement – but I do appreciate good matches.

SmackDown Tag Team Titles: Lucha House Party vs The New Day (c) vs Miz & Morrison vs The Forgotten Sons

Now I haven’t been actively keeping up with WWE, but let’s be honest…it’s not really needed. My only real curiosity is if they ever made Lucha House Party look like a real threat. Since, I have no love or tolerance for that team of no personality imbeciles.

As for the match, it happened. Typical run around knock people down, a few spots and then Jaxon Ryker low bridged Big E to try and give the Forgotten Sons an advantage. The referee then kicks out Ryker, in a No Disqualification match, and it was worthless. All it does was distract a pile of people enough for the Luchas to do a spot and then lose the match.

My only takeaway here is that New Day won via Big E’s singles finisher and not a tag team move. So I wonder if making the Big Ending look strong is playing towards the future.

R-Truth vs MVP Bobby Lashley

R-Truth and MVP have a little bit of back and forth comedy, before MVP reveals his insurance policy. Lashley comes out to replace MVP, Truth inadvertently slaps him…and then proceeds to get murdered. Poor Truth.

SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley (c) w/Sasha Banks vs Tamina

Go home WWE, you’re drunk. Tamina has always been bad or injured, and since she isn’t injured…there we go. This match was slightly better than expected, but when you’re expecting a dumpster fire wrapped in a dirty diaper – there’s a lot of room for improvement.

Bayley wins, because of Sasha, and I’m assuming the crowd response would’ve been similar even if there were people. Ugh.

WWE Universal Championship: Braun Strowman (c) vs Bray Wyatt

So there’s this guy, Nolan Ryan, and he’s got a fastball – what? Oh am I supposed to care? Bray has been trying to convince Braun to comeback, which protects him from The Fiend’s wrath. So we all know Braun is going to win and then have to face The Fiend. That’s the real match.

Hey look…that happened in an awkward, clunky, heavily gimmicked match. It had a few entertaining elements, especially when the puppets got involved, but this was a great time for snacks.

WWE Championship: Seth Rollins vs Drew McIntyre (c)

So Seth’s Monday Night Messiah gimmick is wearing a bit thin, since his ranks of followers are looking equally as thin. Drew gets one of the top heels and at least a proven opponent for his first PPV defense. Anyone who has seen or heard my opinions on Rollins knows I don’t care for him at all, but his matches are usually at least tolerable.

Drew took a great beating during this. Multiple kick outs at 1, even kicking out of a Curb Stomp. Seth countered the first Claymore attempt with a Superkick, but couldn’t finish off the champion. Stomp counter, into a misdirect and then a Claymore out of nowhere keeps the belt on the Scottish Terminator.

Not a bad match, but definitely lacked something. I’m happy with the finish, but it was a fine match all around.

The R-Truth interview was better than most of this show so far.

Money in the Bank: Die Hard Dash for the Cash

Well I don’t really know what to call this besides…HECKIN ENTERTAINMENT! I loved how Asuka wiped out the women early and then danced into the elevator for a good portion of time. Bruce Prichard and Johnny Ace cameos were a nice touch. Daniel Bryan and AJ acting like scolded children when they went into Vince’s office was great. Yes yes, I was saving the Heyman bit for last since that was fantastic, poor Rey Rey getting sandwiched between Nia and Otis. It really wasn’t Mysterio’s night.

A few quick negatives would be; I wanted Asuka to mop the floor and then put down the wet floor sign, so we could get the slipping comedy there, and yes; Baron Corbin trying to stop Asuka from grabbing her briefcase made negative sense (beyond him just being an ass). Though I’m also not sure if he murdered Rey and Aleister. So there’s a lot of question marks revolving around Corbin.

The finish for both sides was nice, Lacey’s punch looked like a million dollars and Otis had the longest set up of the year. Between all the times he caught Mandy Rose, and everything that happened, he was bound to catch stuff. I mean he ate 2 ladder shots, a Phenomenal Forearm, Seated Senton, Black Mass and a hoagie during the food fight. The man is a dynamo with his hands, Mandy is one lucky girl.

 

Overall Score: 5.5/10

As you can see, overall, the show wasn’t offensive and a shade above average. There were some throw away matches that felt like they should’ve been on TV and not PPV, but they also have to work with who shows up to work (much like all of our jobs). With what they had to work with, it wasn’t awful.

Let’s also not overlook the fact that the show ended before 9:45pm eastern time. The fact that the card clocked in at less than 3 hours, not counting the Kickoff, that’s pretty awesome.

Will people be disappointed? Of course. Will people think the show was awful because the finishes weren’t how they’d like? DUH! Was it terrible? No, objectively it wasn’t.

Some things worked, a lot fell flat, but you are someone who hates fun if the campy aspect of the main event didn’t tickle you. Not a classic show for the ages, but decent enough entertainment for a Sunday night in quarantine.


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Mitchell’s WWE Clash at the Castle Results & Report! (6/15/24)

Scotland goes for gold!

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Will Drew McIntyre finally have his moment?

The Scottish Warrior won then lost the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania, but redemption could be at hand here in Glasgow! Will today be Damian Priest’s judgment day?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Undisputed WWE Championship I Quit Match: Cody Rhodes VS AJ Styles; Cody wins and retains the title.
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Triple Threat: Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill VS Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark VS Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn; Fyre & Dawn win and become the new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: Sami Zayn VS Chad Gable w/ Otis & Maxxine Dupri; Sami wins and retains the title.
  • WWE Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Piper Niven w/ Chelsea Green; Bayley wins and retains the title.
  • WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Damian Priest VS Drew McIntyre; Priest wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Clash at the Castle Countdown Show!

Join Michael Cole, Kevin Owens & Big E in discussing, analyzing and predicting all the action going down in Glasgow!

 

Exclusive interview with Drew McIntyre.

Jackie Redmond sat down with The Scottish Warrior, she asked how he’s doing. Marvelous! Medically cleared in time for Clash at the Castle. How much does this event mean to him? Well, it wasn’t a thing growing up. There were no PLE’s in Scotland. It was all about making it to WrestleMania, did it. Won, that was cool. Won it again before getting screwed over, but main eventing the first PLE in Scotland? Beyond a dream come true. Then what does Scotland mean to him? McIntyre will sum it up with lyrics, Caledonia. Poetic name for Scotland. “Scotland, let me tell you that I love you, I think about you all the time. Caledonia, you’re calling, now I’m coming home.”

So when you think of Glasgow, what memories come to mind? What lessons did he learn before traveling the world? He spent four years there, at university. He can’t really talk about those lessons, not PG. But what he can share is to speak your mind, be passionate. If someone goes too far and runs their mouth, give them a “kiss” between the eyes. AKA the Glasgow Kiss. That tracks. And this isn’t his first Clash at the Castle. He was at the first, in Cardiff, and it didn’t go his way. Could he take us back to that night and how that felt?

McIntyre never felt that kind of emotion from a crowd. They were 100% in his corner, his family and friends were there, but “The Elders” had Solo Sikoa screw him over. That was a shot through Drew’s heart, through his family’s heart, through The UK’s heart, and he can’t let that happen again. Is he over that yet? Nope, absolutely not. Will he ever be? Nope. He didn’t think about it, pushed it down, but things flare it up. Ten months, still waiting for an apology, but people have such short term memory. Trauma doesn’t go away easily.

There is a lot the last year that has upset him, yet Drew’s renewed with the WWE? Why is it important to be here even though he gets upset? To be honest, he was thinking of taking time off. He was at the end of his contact, he’d just lost his sister in law, his wife’s sister, and she was struggling, the family was struggling. He went home to a wedding, got to see people he hadn’t gotten to see in so long. He wanted to think what was best for his future. But he and his wife talked, and they both agreed that it wasn’t time to walk away. You don’t walk away from the table when you’re on a heater. So they wanted to figure out what’d work for his career.

Thankfully, WWE was on the same page, they’ve gotten a situation figured out so McIntyre can give as much as he can to both family and career. He’s so obsessive with this business that it’s good to have that balance. Jackie likes that saying, “you don’t walk away when you’re on a heater.” WWE right now definitely feels like it has the heat, so what does he make of the state of the company? Everyone top to bottom is killing it, even interviewers like Jackie. We haven’t had a roster this talented in the ring and people who have found themselves. The matches are on a different level, just look at the numbers. BILLION dollar contracts!

Now it is up to the roster to get it done. The only thing that needs improving is the World Heavyweight Championship, and that means taking it from Damian Priest. More of this interview to come later on in the Countdown.

 

Backstage interview with The Alpha Academy.

Cathy Kelley is with Chad Gable, Otis & Maxxine Dupri ahead of Gable’s Intercontinental Championship match with Sami Zayn. Gable, in Montreal, you came up short- Er, didn’t win… So how is tonight going to differ? Gable says tonight, the family is in line. They are taking orders the right way. So you will see a whole different game play out tonight. They’re here, they know the plan, and they will help him win HIS championship, no matter what. Then Maxxine, you’re in a boot, how are you feeling physically and emotionally? Gable says she’s fine! Right? Tell her! She’s fine! Don’t worry about that.

What matters is that Sami’s reign ends tonight, at the hands of Gable’s family, Maxxine, Otis and- Wait, where’s Tozawa? Otis, you were supposed to keep track of him. Tozawa’s gonna pay for this on Monday. Gable storms off, Otis & Maxxine follow, but will this really go how Gable wants?

 

Backstage interview with Bayley.

Cathy Kelley is with the WWE Women’s Champion and “Michael Cole’s favorite,” and wishes her a happy birthday! Bayley thanks Cathy, and Cathy figures the celebration should be after Clash and a win tonight. Is Bayley concerned about Piper’s hometown advantage? Bayley knows how important it is to be in front of your hometown, and she has respect for Piper. Piper laid the foundation for how WWE is even here right now. But she is also the same person that has been attacking Bayley for the last month, and ran Bayley into the wall last night. Bayley is a champion who fights for what she believes in. So sorry, but she has to beat Piper in front of her loved ones tonight.

Cathy says they were going to send this back to Cole but she’ll let Bayley do the honors. Oh, of course. “Dear Michael Cole, back to you, you idiot!” Will The Role Model give herself the best birthday present possible by getting passed Piper Niven to head for SummerSlam?

 

Chelsea Green joins the panel.

She doesn’t like Cole telling everyone she’s the sidekick and valet to Piper. They’re like chocolate & vanilla. Okay, but what is all this “we” stuff? Sorry, does Cole not have experience in healthy relationships? They are going to win the title. Kevin Owens says there was a time when he won the Universal Championship with the help of a Canadian from Winnipeg, and they tried to say “they” won the titles, but that didn’t end well. Big E does bring up when Leyla & Michelle McCool did that as #LeyCool. Yes, and so it will not end terribly because it won’t end, Chelsea and Piper will be together forever.

Then how does Piper feel about her chances tonight? Oh, Miss P was born ready, so she is super confident, and she also has Chelsea in her corner so she’s absolutely ready. Then with all this pressure, can Piper pull it off? Big E says yes. Chelsea may have… unenviable qualities, but she is in Piper’s corner, and that support has helped Piper feel confident. Yes, Chelsea has feeling Piper feeling confident and pretty and rich and skinny and tanned, just like Chelsea, and that is why Piper will win. Okay, then can Chelsea go and help Piper get ready? Chelsea says Cole will be hearing from her later. But will the Hot Mess help Piper take the title from Bayley tonight?

 

Exclusive interview with Drew McIntyre, part 2.

What does McIntyre say to certain critics who look at his actions and his words, and says he’s a hypocrite? Well a lot of people have done that. Number one is Michael Cole. Using Cole’s position of power in a way that is irresponsible. He was shouting McIntyre’s praises during Pandemic Era, and while Cole said it was all McIntyre, McIntyre said that was a team effort. But McIntyre doesn’t like certain people. If that makes him a bad guy, then say hello to the bad guy. Speaking of Pandemic Era, he won the title, but no fans. And then this year, he wins in Philadelphia, but loses it right away. Has any of this made him bitter?

No, those didn’t make him bitter. It made him stronger. Others would’ve broken apart, fallen down the card, left the company, but not him. He wants the ball in his hands, the company on his back, and he can carry them both. He has then, he will now, he’s still that same guy. And this time, in Scotland, it will be absolutely perfect and all worth it. Then in order to do that, he must beat Damian Priest. What does he think of Priest? McIntyres’ seen Priest’s evolution since NXT. He knows Priest’s backstory, his struggle, and Drew respects that journey and that talent. But in some ways, Priest is just playing champion, trying to find his role.

Priest is trying to get the buzz, the cheap pop, he’s focused on the wrong things. McIntyre tried to say that but Priest just shrugged it off, tried to be Mr. Machismo. McIntyre was just trying to help. Priest has hit his potential. McIntyre has been doing this for 20 YEARS, and that will show tonight. McIntyre’s mind reads 10 miles long, Priest’s is more like a notepad. Then finish this thought: Priest VS McIntyre, for the World Heavyweight Championship at Clash at the Castle, will be… Epic. The Scots are proud of their own, and one of their own will win.

Jackie thanks McIntyre for his time, they shake hands, and he says no real need to thank him. Warrior physically, warrior mentally. But will McIntyre be champion both physically and mentally?

 

A fight’s coming to Scotland.

The Scottish Warrior said he told us it was. A good ol’ square go. A waylay. Sorry, that’s the Scottish way of saying, “A beating.” Brutal. Unflinching. Ferocious. Never ever underestimate your opponent. It’ll be the last thing you remember. The Scots are known for their temper, so let’s make a deal. You bring the crazy, they will bring the fight. This is Clash at the Castle, and this is gonna be good!

 

Undisputed WWE Championship I Quit Match: Cody Rhodes VS AJ Styles!

The American Nightmare had respect for The Phenomenal One, which is why he gave it his all back at Backlash in France. But when Styles pulled a Mark Henry style trap, the respect went out the window, and the rulebook has gone out with it! Both men can do whatever they want to the other in an effort to get those dreaded two words out of them, but who will give in and give up in Glasgow?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and so are the stakes, all just to see who is undisputed!

The ref reminds everyone the rules: no pins, no submissions, no ring counts, no disqualifications. The fans already sing “CODY! CODY RHOOODES~!” like they did just last night. The bell rings and the fans are thunderous! Cody and Styles approach, Cody kicks then RHODES UPPERCUTS! Cody fires off hands, whips Styles hard into buckles, and Styles falls back! The fans are thunderous again and Cody gets Styles up to bump him off buckles. Cody ROCKS Styles, but has to shake out that beat up h and. Cody whips, Styles reverses then runs in. Cody goes up and over, to SNAP POWERSLAM! The fans continue to sing as Cody rises up.

Styles rises, Cody springboards, BEAUTIFUL- ATOMIC DROP! Styles CHOPS, CHOPS and bumps Cody off buckles. Styles CHOPS again, then bumps him off buckles. The fans boo but Styles CHOPS again! Styles whips corner to corner hard and Cody staggers back. Cody drops to his knees, the fans taunt Styles, but Styles storms up on Cody. Styles scoops, Cody slips free to JAB, JAB and JAB! Flip, flop, fly, BIONIC ELBOW! Styles staggers to ropes, Cody pats the mat and the fans fire up. Cody runs, and he DROPKICKS Styles out of the ring! The ref checks but Styles says get outta his face. Cody shrugs and looks under the ring.

The fans fire up, because Cody brings out a TABLE! Cody puts that aside real quick to stomp Styles down, then he gets a second table! The fans are loving this even more, and Cody sets up that second table first. Cody sees Styles go around the way, so he pursues! Cody whips Styles into and over the steps! Styles doesn’t stop here, so Cody gets him up to whip him into and over barriers! The fans fire up with Cody as he goes up onto the barrier, then AX HANDLES Styles down! The fans are even closer to the action as Cody throws hands on Styles! Styles hits back, they go to the back section but Cody throws more hands!

Cody SMACKS Styles with someone’s drink! The fans cheer more, and Cody ROCKS Styles again. Cody CLAWS Styles’ back, then whips, but Styles reverses to send Cody into railing! Styles KICKS Cody, brings him around, and whips him into the fire exit door! The fans fire up as this goes backstage, and Cody brawls with Styles in the hallway! Cody SMACKS Styles off a wall, fires more hands, then ROCKS him again. They go further back, end up by the tech area, and Cody SMACKS Styles off a trunk. Styles ROCKS Cody, then CHOKES Cody with a cable! Cody endures, throws elbows, and then shoves him into another wall.

The brawl goes off into another part of the backstage area, and they reappear by the bleachers! The fans fire up as the brawl goes back down the runway! Cody climbs up on Styles to rain down fists! Fans count, Cody stops at eight to CLAW Styles’ face! Styles staggers away, the fans stay fired up as Cody CLUBS Styles on the back. Cody brings Styles around but Styles blocks the bump to ROCK Cody! The fans chant “AJ SUCKS! AJ SUCKS!” but Styles gets in the ring. Cody trips Styles, steps through, FIGURE FOUR! Styles endures while the fans “WOO~!” Styles refuses to give up, and he drags himself around. Cody pushes on the leglock but Styles still endures!

Cody thrashes around, the fans are thunderous, but Styles goes to the ropes. The ropebreak won’t save him, but they do force Cody to let go from being scraped off. Styles rests on the apron but the fans continue to sing. Cody storms up on Styles, brings him up, but Styles fights the suplex! Styles then suplexes Cody and himself up and out of the ring and to the floor! A rough landing but the fans fire up again. Both men rise, and Styles fireman’s carries! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER on the desk! Cody writhes, Styles has a sinister grin, and he drags Cody off the desk, to suplex and BRAINBUSTER on the desk!!

Styles shouts, “Ask the champ now!” The ref asks, but Cody says NO! Soo Styles BOPS Cody with the mic! And TOSSES Cody into the timekeeper’s area! Cody may have even hit the ring bell! Styles finds Mama Rhodes and talks trash to her! She gives it right back that he’s all bark and no bite! Styles stalks Cody, who is busted open! Styles DECKS Cody, then throws down more fists! Styles says, “We’ve got a bleeder!” Styles drags Cody up and into the ring, then stalks him. Cody sits up, Styles soaks up the heat, but Cody fires body shots! Styles DECKS Cody, then stomps him! Styles says he’s gonna hurt everyone’s hero!

The fans boo but Styles drags Cody up. Styles fireman’s carries, USHIGOROSHI! Cody writhes, the ref checks, but Cody says “Absolutely NOT!” Styles rains down fists on Cody, going right for that bloody forehead! Cody still says NO! Styles sighs, stalks Cody, and brings him up. Cody fires body shots! Cody ROCKS Styles, ROLLING ELBOWS, then runs, but into a DROPKICK! Cody falls and bails out while fans boo Styles. Styles grins, goes out after Cody, and SMACKS him off steel steps! Cody falls back but the fans tell Styles off. Styles soaks it up and throws the top steps away. Styles then drags Cody up to the base, like he did a couple weeks ago!

The fans boo as Styles reels Cody in, but Cody back drops free! The fans cheer and Cody rests for a moment. Cody then goes into the ring, rises up, and fires himself back up. The fans continue to sing as Styles gets in, and Cody ROCKS him! And ROCKS him again! And again! Cody fires off more shots, then roars, but Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz! Cody ducks the lariat to BEAUTIFUL DISASTER KICK! The fans are thunderous again as both men are down! Cody roars, the fans cheer, and Cody grabs Styles for a dragon sleeper! But Styles KNEES free, then PELES! Cody wobbles, Styles reels him in, DDT right at center!

Cody sputters, but he still tells the ref, “NO!” The fans cheer so Styles fishhooks the mouth! Styles adds on a chinlock and says he will make Cody quit! Styles ELBOWS Cody in the head, then he goes out to search under the ring. Styles finds a chair, slides that in, and stalks Cody. The fans want tables but Styles KICKS Cody down. Styles then puts the chair around Cody’s head! Styles CHOKES Cody, throws down fists, then goes to the ropes. KNEE DROP on the chair!! Cody sputters, but how can he say the words when he can’t speak!? Cody still manages a “No!” and Styles is furious. Styles goes out again, and he finds a kendo stick!

Styles brings the stick in to SMACK Cody in the ribs! And SMACK him on the shoulder! And the leg! Styles says he’s gonna hurt Cody unless he quits. Styles SMACKS and SMACKS and SMACKS Cody, even while he’s down! Cody tries to sit up but Styles SMACKS him down again! Styles tells Cody to say it, but Cody shouts “HELL NO!” Styles is beside himself, and the fans continue to sing for “CODY! CODY RHOOODES~!” Styles takes off a belt to LASH Cody with it over and over and over again! Cody writhes, Styles says he’ll keep doing it unless he says those words! Styles then straps the belt around Cody’s head to pull him back!

Ironically, the blood makes the belt slip off, so Styles LASHES Cody with it. The fans tell Styles he messed up, but Styles goes for the STF! Styles wants Cody to say it, but even with Styles’ hands in his face, Cody says “NO!” The fans rally as hard as they can, and Cody pries at the hold! But is he fading out?! Blood loss, oxygen loss, Styles lets go! Styles thinks this is enough but this is an I Quit match. See Roman Reigns VS Jey Uso during Thunderdome Era. Styles is furious and says fine, he’ll wake Cody back up. Cody grabs some water, takes a swig, and brings the bottle in to splash Cody with it. Cody does wake up, and fans cheer for “H 2 O!”

Styles goes out, and he fetches a mysterious black bag! Styles says he knows what we’re thinking, but this is even better. Not tacks, but CUFFS! Styles grabs one hand and cuffs it, then gets the other! The fans say Styles is a “KINKY BASTARD!” but Cody’s hands are trapped behind him! Styles SMACKS away with the kendo stick, with no arms to guard! The ref checks with Cody, but Cody again says “NO!” Styles tells Mama Rhodes this is HER fault. Styles says Cody gets this from her! Mama Rhodes still says he’s all talk. Styles gets in her face, so she SLAPS him! And SLAPS him again!! AND AGAIN! That’s three!!

Styles grabs a chair!! Mama dares him to try! Styles backs off, but goes back to Cody, to SMACK him on the back! And again! Cody’s gotten his hands in front of him but now his back is the target! And wait, there’s more chain in the bag?! Styles wraps that chain around his arm, then goes to the apron. Styles aims, springboards in, but Cody has the chair! Cody CHUCKS it at Styles, Styles falls back and through the table!! A phenomenal crash and burn! Cody hurries to find the keys for the cuffs. Ah yes, right by the bag. The fans know “This is Awesome!” and Cody is free! Cody fires himself up and the fans are with him!

Styles crawls back into the ring, Cody CLOBBERS him with the cuffs! Styles is busted open, he runs in, but Cody dodges! Styles hits buckles, staggers, and Cody THROAT CHOPS! Then he fishhooks Styles, before a CODY CUTTER! The fans fire up again and the fans are electric!! Cody says Styles is gonna say it! CROSS RHODES!! But Cody isn’t done there, and the fans want him to keep going! Cody drags Styles back up, CROSS RHODES!! But the fans want that “One More Time! One More Time!” So Cody grabs the chair, places that down, and FULL METAL CROSS RHODES!! Styles sputters and fans chant “You Deserve It!”

Cody doesn’t want the ref to check just yet, he has more in mind. Cody has the chair, but then thinks of something else. Cody grabs the cuffs, and he puts them on Styles! The fans fire up as Cody drags Styles over, and cuffs him to the ropes! Styles can’t go anywhere now! Cody has a chair, and tells Styles to say it or else! JAM to the leg! SMACK to the back! SMACK to the front! And again, and again, and again! Cody tees off on Styles until he slumps down! The cuff keeps that one arm up, but Cody SMASHES Styles’ leg! The fans are thunderous, but Styles says “I… SCREW YOU, CODY RHODES!” The fans boo, but Cody can feel he’s close.

Cody JAMS Styles rather low with the chair, then goes out to grab the steel steps. Cody gets those steps in the ring with a toss, and Styles has moved to a corner. Cody lifts the steps back up, and holds them high over head! Styles says okay, okay! STYLES QUITS! CODY WINS!!

Winner: Cody Rhodes (still Undisputed WWE Champion)

Even Cody’s a bit surprised it ended there. Cody asks if Mama says this is good, and she says do it! STEEL STEP ATTACK! “WHOA~ OH~!” Cody made sure Styles was humbled, and Cody stands tall on the steps. Cody holds up the title, proving he doesn’t quit, he gets even! Will anyone be able to stop The American Nightmare now?

But wait! Solo Sikoa walks out on stage? He applauds Cody’s win, then smiles at him before staring him down. And then TAMA & LOA ATTACK! The fans boo as The Bloodline goes after Cody while he’s vulnerable! BUT HERE COMES ORTON! The Viper AND Kevin Owens go after The Bloodline, clearly nothing being over from last night! Now the numbers are even and the fans fire up! This brawl goes up and down the runway, then to the back! Will Nick Aldis have to figure this out for next Friday Night SmackDown?

 

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Triple Threat: Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill VS Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark VS Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn!

The StrongEST Duo has looked near unstoppable in their relatively short reign, but here in Glasgow, it’s bubble bubble, double the trouble! The Queen of Spades & Hunter were very close, while we’ve seen The Wicked Witches of Scotland hold titles before. Will Bianca & Jade be the ones that weather the storm? Or will there be new champions one way or another?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who defies the odds!

This kind of Triple Threat allows one member of each team active at a time, tagging only to their partners. The teams sort out, and we start with Shayna, Isla and Bianca. Shayna shoves Bianca, fires off on Isla but Bianca fires off on them both! DORPKICK for Shayna, but Isla whips. Bianca reverses to TOSS Isla but Shayna BOOTS Bianca! Shayna whips, Bianca goes up and over, then she runs in to RAM into Shayna. Bianca goes up, rains down fists, and the fans count all the way to TEN! Then Bianca goes to 13, before she flips up and over Isla! Isla runs into Shayna, Bianca scoops for a BACKBREAKER! Shayna back suplexes, Bianca lands out!

Bianca O’Conner Rolls, TWO! Bianca goes up, says kiss this, and then flips up and over Shayna. Bianca then gets Shayna for a BIG back suplex! Bianca runs, handsprings and MOONSAULTS! Cover, Isla breaks it! Bianca BOOTS Isla away but Alba tags in! The fans fire up as Zoey tags in as well, and then Jade tags in! The fresh members all run up, Jade dodges but gets pinballed between kicks! She fires off but gets more kicks for it! Zoey wrenches to a wristlock, Alba fires body shots! They both wristlock Jade and work to power her down! Jade bridges all the way back! The fans rally, and Jade fights her way back up!

Alba & Zoey push but Jade SHOVES them both away! Then DOUBLE LARIATS! Jade DECKS Isla for good measure! Jade THRWOS Alba to a corner, SPLASHES Zoey, then SPLASHES Alba! Another SPLASH for Zoey, then a short arm LARIAT! Alba BOOTS back, goes up, but Jade ROCKS Alba! Jade then trophy lifts Alba, fireman’s carries, and Zoey runs up! Jade catches her, too! FALL AWAY SAMOAN DROP COMBO! And a kip up on top! The fans are thunderous and Jade drags Alba up. Tag to Bianca, the champs have Alba for a double whip. They double hip toss into a DOUBLE SLAM! Isla runs up, into a scoop and SLAM!

Bianca and Jade coordinate, handspring and DOMINATOR SLAM! Zoey & Shayna run up, the champs dodge to DOUBLE BOOT! Then DOUBLE STALLING SUPLEXES! The fans cheer as we get a double kip up! Wakanda Forever, Black Girl Magic! The fans cheer as things cool off. The contenders all talk it out, and then Alba & Shayna run in. Bianca fires off on them but that’s 2v1! The contenders POST Bianca and she slumps down! Then the rest go after Jade! Jade fights them off but Shayna CLUBS her down! Fyre DIVES onto her! The fans fire up and then Shayna & Zoey DOUBLE SUPLEX Jade to the floor!

Isla runs up, METEORA onto Jade! The fans fire up for the lasses, then Shayna goes after Bianca. Shayna sits Bianca down, she tags ZOey and Fyre tags Isla. Isla HIP ATTACKS and says kiss that! Isla snapmares Bianca so Zoey can BOOT! Tag back to Shayna, Isla drags Bianca up, but then Zoey & Shayna sucker punch the lasses! The fans boo but this was gonna happen eventually. Shayna kicks Isla around, whips her to a corner, then runs in to KNEE! Tag to Zoey, Shayna sweeps the legs and Zoey slingshot SENTONS! Bianca is back up but Zoey LARIATS her down! Zoey tags Shayna back in. Shayna has Isla up and kicks a leg.

The fans rally for Isla but Shayna fires hands! Shayna whips, Isla reverses but Shayna dodges! Zoey sneaks a tag, Shayna sets Isla up, MISSILE DROPKICK! GUT WRENCH SLAM! Cover, TWO! Isla survives and the fans fire up! Shayna tags in, she and Zoey set Isla up. But Isla back drops Zoey away! Isla ROCKS Shayna, ELBOWS Zoey, hot tag to Fyre! Fyre dodges to fire forearms and SUPERKICKS! Wrench for Shayna, kick off Bianca, TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up with Fyre as she TOSSES Zoey out! Then she DUMPS Shayna out to join her! The former NXT UK Women’s Champion has everyone fired up as she goes up and up and ESCALARA CANNONBALLS!!

Fyre rises and the fans are with her! Fyre puts Shayna in, goes up a corner, and leaps again, MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, Bianca breaks it! Fyre stomps Bianca, drags her up, and TOSSES her out! Tag to Isla and they focus on Shayna. Isla reels Shayna in, but Shayna switches around to shove Isla into Fyre! Zoey CLUBS Fyre, goes up after her, and the two brawl! Shayna adds on, she and Zoey go up to grab Fyre. But Isla adds on! TOWER OF DOOM!! Shayna and Fyre writhe, but Zoey is still up top! Bianca ROCKS Zoey, goes up after her, but Zoey resists the lift! Bianca still powers through, to SUPERPLEX!

Both women have a rough landing and the ref checks. All five are down, but JADE rises up! The fans fire up as she calls to Bianca! Bianca hurries, hot tag to Jade! Jade springboards, but slips! She hurries back up to fire hands, then snap suplexes Shayna! Zoey runs up, into a SPINEBUSTER! SPINEBUSTER for Isla! Fyre leaps, but rana becomes a BOOT BOMB COMBO! But Shayna still KNEES the cover apart! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Jade is fading, is she tapping? The ref might’ve missed that! Shayna clamps on even tighter, Jade is still shaking but she rises back up! Only to fade back out! The ref checks on Jade as the fans rally again!

Bianca is up top though! 450 SPLASH onto them both!! Shayna writhes from the impact, but Zoey is back to springboard! Bianca BODIES her! Shayna is up, Bianca ducks a kick to shove her! Jade ELBOWS Shayna, BOOTS her to Bianca, then they get Shayna up! DDT to the STORM PLEX!! But Isla drags Jade off the cover! GERMAN SUPLEX!! Cover on Shayna, ISLA & ALBA WIN!!!

Winners: Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn, by pinfall (NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)

In a Triple Threat, it isn’t about doing the most damage, it’s about hitting at the right time! Scotland cheers for THEIR WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, will this celebration last all night long?

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Sami Zayn VS Chad Gable w/ Otis & Maxxine Dupri!

The Great Liberator didn’t realize how deeply selfish “Master Gable” could be, but those true colors showed when Sami retained the title in Montreal. Things have gotten very personal, but can Sami show The Academy that they don’t need Gable’s abusive coaching? Or will The Academy do whatever it takes to finally bring Gable gold?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we’ll see just what it takes to win the big one!

There’s QR Code creepiness, something about we were told to prepare, and then the bell rings. The fans sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~!” for Sami as he circles with Gable. The two tie up, go around, and end up on ropes. They go along the ropes, off the ropes, back on the ropes, then in a corner. Sami has Gable, the ref counts, and Sami lets off slowly. The fans sing for Sami with a different song, “Sami, Sami Zayn! Sami Zayn! Sami, Sami Zayn! LALALALA!” Gable and Sami reset, tie up again, and are in a deadlock. Sami uses his height, but Gable puts Sami in the corner. Sami turns it around, but Gable turns it back around.

The ref counts, Gable grinds his forearms in, but lets off at 4. The fans boo, the two reset, and feel things out. They tie up, Gable waistlocks, but Sami wrenches to a wristlock. Gable rolls, spins, and headlocks. Fans chant for Otis but Sami endures the headlock grind. Gable hits the takeover, Sami headscissors, but Gable kips free. Roles reverses, Sami hits the takeover and Gable headscissors, but now Sami kips free. The fans rally while Maxxine looks worried. Gable and Sami feel things out, tie up, and Gable headlocks. Sami powers up and out, drops down, then hurdles. Sami arm-drags Gable, arm-drags again, but Gable avoids the third! AKNLE LOCK!

Sami scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Gable lets off slowly, the fans chant “YOU SUCK!” Gable gives a shove as he lets off, and Sami storms up. Gable gets around, goes back to the headlock, but Sami powers out. Sami drops down, then TOSSES Gable up and out! The fans fire up as Sami builds speed, but Gable moves, so Sami Arabian Presses back in! The fans cheer as Sami eggs Gable on. Gable talks with Otis & Maxxine, and tells them to remember what he said. Gable storms up to the apron, then backs down. Sami rushes out, but Gable slides in! The fans cheer for Sami and Otis as they lock eyes! Sami tells Otis he doesn’t need Gable and Gable knows it.

Sami then goes back to Gable in the ring, and the two reset. They feel things out, Sami asks why Gable’s like this. Gable SLAPS! So Sami SLAPS! Gable swings, Sami ducks then SLAPS! Sami hits a takeover but Gable slips out to have the ANKLE LOCK! Sami gets the ROPEBREAK, but Gable KICKS the arm! Gable goes after the arm with knee drop after knee drop, then he SLAMS the arm on the mat. The fans taunt Gable, Sami shakes out his bad arm and goes to a corner. Gable wraps the arms around ropes, then CHOPS! Gable CHOPS again, then pulls on the arm! The ref counts, Gable lets off at 4, and Sami clutches the elbow.

Gable drags Sami up, hammerlocks that arm, then NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Sami is still in this but he shakes the arm out more. Gable storms around, drags Sami up by his arm and has a KEYLOCK! Sami endures, the fans rally, and Maxxine is even more worried than before. Sami fights up, claws at Gable’s face and throws body shots. Sami CLUBS Gable, whips him, but Gable reverses. Gable runs in but is put on the apron! Gable HOTSHOTS the bad arm! Sami falls down and the fans rally for Otis! Gable makes sure Otis has his eyes on the prize, then goes back into the ring.

Gable CHOPS Sami in a corner, climbs up and rains down fists! The fans taunt Gable as he pie faces Sami again and again. Gable CHOPS, ROCKS and fires off on Sami in the corner! The ref counts, Gable lets off and Sami sits down. Gable tells The Academy to watch, and then he runs in. Sami ELBOWS Gable! And BOOTS him! Sami goes up, leaps, AX HANDLE! The fans fire up as Sami goes up again, to AX HANDLE! The fans fire up more, and Sami CHOPS away on Gable! Sami rains down fists, the ref counts, so Sami lets off at 4. Sami shakes out the bad arm, drags Gable up and whips, but Gable reverses! Sami goes up and over, then clotheslines Gable up and out!

The fans fire up again and Sami goes to the apron. Sami mule kicks Gable, then ARABIAN PRESS SAULTS! Direct hit and down goes Gable! The fans fire up with Sami even more, and Sami drags Gable into the ring. Sami climbs up, leaps, but into a DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! The fans rally again but Gable waistlocks and deadlifts! Sami fights with elbows, switches, but Gable fires more elbows! Gable runs, but into a scoop and MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Sami managed that with one arm but it wasn’t enough to stop Gable! Sami rises, brings Gable around, but Gable fights the back suplex! Sami CLUBS Gable, tries again, but Gable goes for the bad arm!

Sami stays on his feet as they goa round, but Gable reels him in! POWERBOMB! Gable goes to a corner, DIVING HEADBUTT!! Cover, TWO!! Sami survives and Gable is beside himself! Gable drags Sami up, Sami throws elbows, but Gable still GERMAN SUPLEXES! And then GERMAN SUPLEXES again! Gable holds on, but Sami fights with elbows again! Sami switches, and he GERMAN SUPLEXES! Sami drags Gable up, to GERMAN SUPLEX again! Gable fights with elbows, switches, but Sami switches! They switch and switch and switch and then HALF ‘N’ HALF from Sami! Cover, TWO!! Gable survives and Sami is beside himself!

“This is Awesome!” as Sami and Gable both slowly rise. Gable and Sami grab each other by the hair, Sami HEADBUTTS! Gable fires a haymaker! They stand, the hands still fly, and Gable gets the edge! Sami fires back in kind! Gable fires another string of forearms but Sami gives back boxing elbows! But Gable grabs the arm! Takedown and CROSSFACE!! Sami endures and the fans rally up! Sami fights up, throws Gable off, and now has the CROSSFACE for his own!! Gable endures, the fans chant at him to tap, but Gable fights around! Gable grabs a leg, ANKLE LOCK!! Sami endures, reaches out, and the fans rally up!

Sami crawls forward, Gable tells fans to shut up, and Gable leans on the leg! Sami still fights, reaches out, and powers his way forward, but Gable drags Sami back! But Sami rolls to a somersault clutch, TWO!! Gable escapes and he storms back up on Sami! Gable gives crossface forearm after forearm! The fans sing for Sami but Gable nods to Otis. Gable goes out and he grabs the belt! The fans boo, the ref tells Gable to put that back. Gable says okay, okay, and he lets Maxxine hold the belt. Gable storms in, drags Sami up, and puts Sami on ropes. Gable CHOKES Sami, lets off, and this is the opening for The Academy!

The fans say don’t, and Maxxine hesitates! Maxxine can’t bring herself to do it! Gable gets mad at her now! Gable tells her to get over here! Maxxine steps forward, and Gable says they have talked about this over and over again. Sami goes to a corner, and he gears up! Sami runs in, Gable moves! Sami avoids hitting Maxxine! O’Conner, CHAOS THEORY!! Bridging cover, TWO!!! Sami escapes and Gable can’t believe it!! Gable is blaming Maxxine!? She almost got hit in all that! She apologizes all the same but Gable gets in her face! Maxxine pleads with Gable, but HERE COMES OTIS! Otis won’t let Gable get at Maxxine anymore!

The fans are thunderous as Otis is standing up to mean Gable, but then Sami FLIES! Gable pulls Otis into the way! Otis is down, Gable goes up! MOONSAULT onto Sami AND Otis!! Gable puts Sami in, having used his pawns! Gable goes up again, for a MOONSAULT, but Sami moves! CORNER EXPLODER! The fans are thunderous as Sami goes corner to corner and back again! But Gable bails out in time! The fans boo but Sami hobbles out after Gable. Sami SMACKS Gable off the desk, then whips again, but Gable reverses! Sami goes up, but Gable YANKS him down! ANKLE LOCK!! Sami flails, the ref reprimands, and Sami rolls to throw Gable, into Maxxine!!

Otis sees that, and is PISSED! The fans are thunderous and Gable says that wasn’t his fault! That was Sami’s! They gotta beat Sami! Gable slips into the ring, and he tells Otis to finish Sami! Otis hesitates, he knows Sami couldn’t have done that on purpose. And yet… Maxxine calls to Otis and tells him not to! But her leg gives out and so Otis goes to her side. The fans cheer as Otis does the right thing and gets Maxxine outta there. Gable is furious but Otis ignores his shouting. Gable is all alone, for a HELLUVA KICK!! Cover, Sami wins!!

Winner: Sami Zayn, by pinfall (still WWE Intercontinental Champion)

Gable’s grudge has pushed away everyone close to him, he only has himself to blame. And in the end, justice is served as Sami stands tall with the title! What is next for both of them now that this trilogy is over?

 

Backstage interview with Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn.

Cathy Kelley is with the NEW Women’s Tag Team Champions, and knows they are emotional after their big win. A career highlight to say the least, what does this mean to them? It means so much! They promised to win out, and they did. Those other four had zero chance when these two had ALL of Scotland behind them. And she means ALL of Scotland. No way were they letting anyone down tonight. And they plan on keeping these belts for a long, long time.

 

WWE Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Piper Niven w/ Chelsea Green!

The Role Model’s road back to the top this year started with the Royal Rumble, and ended with her dethroning Iyo Sky at WrestleMania 40. However, the Scottish Bonecrusher has been walking a much longer, much harder road just to get this moment. Will Piper add to Scotland’s wins tonight in front of her own friends and family? Or will Bayley show that not every hometown hero gets a happy ending?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who’s really the face of this women’s division!

The bell rings and the fans still sing for Bayley while she circles with Piper. They step up, the fans fire up more, and then Bayley shoves Piper. Piper fires off and Bayley hits back! The fans cheer, Bayley headlocks, but Piper powers out to run Bayley over! Bayley flounders to a corner, Chelsea talks smack, and Bayley gets back up. Bayley goes for a leg but Piper scoops Bayley to SLAM her! Bayley bails out, Piper distracts the ref, and Chelsea SLAPS Bayley! Chelsea talks more smack but Bayley storms up on her! Piper goes out to get in Bayley’s way, so Bayley fires forearms! Piper throws hands, then HEADBUTTS Bayley down!

The fans rally for Piper, she puts Bayley in, but Bayley comes back to waistlock. Piper runs to buck the O’Coner, then runs, but Bayley avoids the splash! Piper sits up, Bayley fires hands! Bayley CLUBS Piper, CLUBS her again, then CLUBS again! Bayley runs but Chelsea swipes at her! So Bayley STOMPS Chelsea’s hand! Chelsea protests to the ref but the ref says she shouldn’t be on the apron. Chelsea gets all mad at the ref, pushing and pulling at him, so the ref EJECTS Chelsea! The fans love that! Chelsea is furious but the fans sing “Hey Hey Hey~, Goodbye~!” Piper is upset but she runs up on Bayley. Bayley gets around, roll up, TWO!

Bayley SHOTGUNS Piper down and Piper goes to a corner. Bayley storms up, brings Piper out, but Piper scoops! Bayley slips to the apron, RAMS into Piper, then reels her into the ropes. Piper throws body shots in return, then HOTSHOTS Bayley! Bayley falls to the floor, the fans fire up, and Piper goes out to the apron. Piper lines up a shot, to CANNONBALL! The fans fire up with Piper and this Scottish steamroller storms back over to Bayley. Piper puts Bayley in, lines up another one, and KICKS Bayley in the side. Bayley flounders, but Piper SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Bayley survives but Piper keeps her cool.

Piper looms over Bayley, Bayley fires body shots and forearms! Piper HEADBUTTS Bayley right down! Piper steadies herself, then she storms back up on Bayley. Bayley rises but Piper whips her to a corner. Piper runs up to SPLASH! Piper whips corner to corner, runs in and hits a BACK ELBOW! And a LARIAT! Bayley slumps in the corner, Piper whips her corner to corner again. Bayley manages to slips out and Piper hits buckles! Bayley bumps Piper off buckles, fires some HEADBUTTS in return, but Piper SMACKS Bayley off the corner! The fans rally up, Piper drags Bayley up, and suplexes her back in hard! Cover, TWO!

Bayley survives again but Piper seethes. Piper kicks Bayley around, drags her up, and the fans sing for Piper now. Piper reels Bayley in, suplexes, but Bayley fights that to a DDT! Piper tumbles out of the ring and the fans rally up again. Bayley builds speed and DIVES! Piper staggers then drops to a knee, but Bayley gets her up. Piper RAMS Bayley into the apron! Bayley slumps down again, Piper puts her in the ring, but Bayley gets Piper in the ropes! Piper still RAMS Bayley into a corner! Piper CLUBS Bayley, but Bayley powers Piper through ropes! Bayley kicks away on Piper, lets off as the ref counts, and then goes up for a GUILLOTINE HOTSHOT!

Piper flounders in the ropes, Bayley goes up again! GUILLOTINE ELBOW DROP! Piper falls into the ring, Bayley goes back up! CANNONBALL! Bayley pushes Piper into the drop zone, goes back up, and MACHO ELBOWS! Cover, TWO!! Piper survives and the fans fire up! Both women slowly rise, Piper staggers to a corner. Bayley runs corner to corner, but into an URENAGE! Piper then SENTONS again! Cover, TWO!! Bayley survives another flattening and Piper is beside herself! The fans fire up again and Piper rises. Piper drags Bayley into a drop zone, goes up the corner and has Glasgow behind her! But Bayley gets up first!

Bayley follows Piper up, CLUBS away, but Piper hits with elbows! Bayley falls back, Piper adjusts, but Bayley returns! SUPER BAYLEY2BELLY!! But both women are down and here comes NACHO CHELSEA! The ref knows it’s still THE Chelsea, but he misses Bayley make the cover! The ref sees it now, counts, TWO!! Bayley WRECKS Chelsea with a dropkick, then throws her into barriers! Bayley hurries to get Piper up, hooks her in, but Piper wrenches free! Scoop and PIPER VIPER DRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?! Bayley shocks everyone but the fans are thunderous! Piper drags Bayley back to a drop zone and she goes up top!

But Bayley DRPOKICKS the legs out! Piper stumbles out, Bayley runs in, but into a SCRAPBUSTER to the floor!! The fans rally even harder as Piper gets Bayley back in the ring. Piper storms in after Bayley, to SENTON FLOP as Bayley moves! Bayley hurries to hook Piper up but Piper powers out to HEADBUTT! Bayley runs up, tilt-o-whirl, CRUCIFIX DRIVER!! Cover, BAYLEY WINS!!

Winner: Bayley, by pinfall (still WWE Women’s Champion)

Scotland can’t believe that Piper couldn’t pull it off! They’ve gone 1-1 tonight, will Drew McIntyre help them get back up? As for Bayley, she’s gonna head for SummerSlam now, will Nia Jax succeed where Piper failed?

 

WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Damian Priest VS Drew McIntyre!

This is the moment of truth. The Punisher being Senor Money in the Bank took this title at WrestleMania 40 after The Scottish Warrior took his eye off the ball. But now, in his home country, McIntyre could have his fairytale ending, the perfect moment he could never have even dreamed of. And best of all, Judgment Day is banned from ringside, so it will be all about champion VS challenger! Will Priest prove he doesn’t need pawns to stay on the throne? Or will McIntyre finally make this HIS kingdom?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is truly championship material!

The bell rings and the fans are already singing for “OH~, Drew McIntyre~!” Priest and McIntyre stare down, the fans change up the song, and the two tie up. They’re in a deadlock, go back and forth, and then McIntyre puts Priest in a corner. McIntyre then THROWS Priest away! The fans fire up as McIntyre flexes! Priest brushes that off, gets up, but McIntyre LARIATS! And LARIATS! Then dodges to clothesline Priest up and out! McIntyre builds speed to FLY! Direct hit and down goes Priest in a heap! The fans are thunderous as McIntyre rises up! McIntyre stands Priest up to CHOP, then clinches. Priest CLAWS the eyes!

Priest POSTS McIntyre, then brings him around to RAM into the barriers! The fans still rally for McIntyre but Priest soaks up the heat. Priest puts McIntyre in the ring, storms up the ropes, and FLYING FOREARMS! McIntyre staggers while Priest swaggers. Priest taunts the fans that this is their guy, then runs up to STINGER- NO! McIntyre catches Priest and brings him out! Priest throws elbows, but McIntyre CHOPS! And ROCKS! McIntyre whips, Priest reverses and ROKCS McIntyre! Priest runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Jackknife bridge, TWO! Priest stays in this but McIntyre stays focused.

McIntyre looms over Priest, brings him up, and CHOPS! Priest is stinging but McIntyre ROCKS him! The fans continue to swing, but Priest clinches for a FLATLINER! McIntyre flounders to a corner, but Priest runs corner to corner, STINGER SPLASH! Priest brings McIntyre in to suplex, BROKEN ARROW! Cover, TWO! McIntyre stays in this and Priest is annoyed. Priest drags McIntyre up but McIntyre CHOPS! Priest knees low, ROCKS him with a right, then runs up on McIntyre, but McIntyre BOOTS! McIntyre goes up and out?! Priest gets under the leap, McIntyre rolls through, and then he scoops! MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!

Priest stays in this but McIntyre keeps calm. McIntyre watches Priest rise, then reels him in to underhook! But Priest fights free of Future Shock and bails out! The fans boo but McIntyre storms out after Priest! And SMACKS him off the desk! And then throws him into the hydration station! The fans cheer that, then McIntyre CHOPS! Priest leans against the steel steps but McIntyre promises more. McIntyre puts Priest in the ring, ROCKS him, and ROCKS him again! GLASGOW- ROUNDHOUSE! Priest intercepts the kiss with a foot! Priest runs and LEAPS, but the ropes trip him up! Priest is stuck, so McIntyre fires off stomps!

The fans cheer as McIntyre is all fired up! The ref works to free Priest but McIntyre makes sure Cole knows how he feels. McIntyre goes up the apron, wonders what’s wrong, and steps inside. He can’t win the title like this! McIntyre drags Priest up, undoes the rope tangle, then CHOPS! Priest sits down, McIntyre drags him back up. Deadlift suplex! Cover, TWO! Priest stays in this, but McIntyre stays on him. McIntyre pulls on the ponytail, then CHOPS! Priest hobbles, McIntyre whips, but Priest holds ropes! Priest BOOTS back, shakes out the legs, then LARIATS! Priest snarls and brings down the straps, but fans boo.

Priest says he’ll end this now, and waits on McIntyre to stand. But McIntyre blocks the choke grip! McIntyre swings, Priest dodges, but then McIntyre POSTS him! Underhooks, FUTURE SHOCK! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives but the fans fire up for McIntyre. McIntyre watches Priest sit back up then go to a corner. McIntyre runs up to CHOP! McIntyre whips corner to corner, but Priest BOOTS McIntyre down! Priest hobbles a bit more, shakes the bad leg out, then tells off the fans. Priest climbs a corner, but McIntyre rises to ROCK him first! And CHOP! The fans “WOO~!” and McIntyre climbs up to get Priest.

McIntyre fires hands, then tells Priest up his! But Priest slips out of the fireman’s carry to CLUB McIntyre! Priest gets the crucifix, and on one leg, RAZOR’S EDGE!! Cover, TWO!! Priest is beside himself but the fans cheer as McIntyre stays in this! Priest shakes out the bad leg, eggs McIntyre on, and McIntyre says UP YOURS! They throw hands back and forth, the fans all cheering when McIntyre hits but booing Priest. The two stand, still throw shots, and they pick up speed! It’s a scrap and the fans love it! McIntyre gets the edge with those windmill shots, but Priest ROCKS McIntyre right back! McIntyre staggers, but ROCKS Priest!

Priest wobbles, but he ROCKS McIntyre again! Then he KICKS, KICKS, and ROLLING- GLASGOW KISS!! But Priest ROUNDHOUSES! The bad leg limits him a bit, but he ROLLING ROUNDHOUSES! McIntyre stays on his feet, eggs Priest on, then ducks a kick to hit a NECKBREAKER! The fans fire up while both men are down! McIntyre builds up energy, and the fans can feel it! KIP UP! The Hydro reaches a new level as McIntyre shakes the ropes! But Priest bails out, even before the countdown! McIntyre storms over, but Priest trips him! Priest drags McIntyre out, but get a GLASGOW KISS! McIntyre runs up, CLAYMORE!! Priest goes through barriers!!

The fans are losing their minds, and McIntyre drags Priest up from the wreckage. The ring count is climbing, but McIntyre pushes Priest in at 5 of 10. McIntyre says let’s try this again. McIntyre aims from a corner, “THREE! TWO! ONE!” CLAY- HCOKE GRIPO! SOUTH OF HEAVEN!!! But Priest can’t cover!! He has to crawl over, covers, TWO!!! McIntyre survives because of the delay and the fans are loving it! Priest is frustrated, but “This is Awesome!” Priest drags himself up with ropes, then he storms after McIntyre. Priest hoists McIntyre up top, CHOPS, then CHOPS again! Priest climbs, but McIntyre CHOPS back!

McIntyre HEADBUTTS Priest away, adjusts, but Priest GAMANGIRIS! The bad leg makes that tricky, but then he tells the ref to back off. Priest goes up, to SUPER STEINER!! Priest hobbles, into a CLAYMORE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Priest survives and no one can believe it, least of all McIntyre! The fans rally up, they want McIntyre to hit another one! McIntyre nods and he rises up again. McIntyre stands Priest up, then OVERHEAD SUPLEXES! Priest flounders, McIntyre hurries after him and stands him back up. McIntyre CHOPS, Priest wobbles, and another clinch! Priest fights with fists, but McIntyre RAMS him into a corner!

The ref avoids getting hit but now he’s hobbling! Priest BELL CLAPS, gets around, but McIntyre SHOVES Priest into the ref!! CLAY- POWERBOMB!! Priest choke grips, SOUTH OF- NO, McIntyre slips free! CLAYMORE!!! Cover, but there’s no ref to count!! McIntyre would’ve won by now, twice over! Wait, a second ref slides in, but stops?!? THAT’S CM PUNK!!!!! He says deuces, Drew! McIntyre says you son of a… McIntyre grabs Punk by the THROAT, but Punk LOW BLOWS McIntyre!! Punk bails outta there while fans boo! Priest is up, the other ref is up, choke grip! SOUTH OF HEAVEN!!!! Cover, Priest wins!

Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall (still WWE World Heavyweight Champion)

McIntyre claimed it was Punk’s fault at WrestleMania, but he can definitely blame Punk this time! Will Punk pay dearly for this? Priest survives thanks to the Second City Saint, but now The King of the Ring, Gunther, will be coming for him at SummerSlam. Will Priest definitely need some back up against Der Ring General? Or will they #ALLRISE in The Land?


My Thoughts:

An awesome Clash at the Castle, even if the Glasgow crowd wasn’t all that happy in the end. The moment Alba & Isla won the tag titles, I had a bad feeling McIntyre wasn’t going to win his match. That was an awesome match, but Priest getting stuck in the ropes was a scary moment. Hopefully he’s okay, that definitely had to suck. But a very clever move to have a ref spot and CM Punk to be the second ref. And they framed the shot so perfect to be a plot twist for us watching at home. Again, the crowd wasn’t happy about it but that’s just good storytelling for this ongoing McIntyre VS Punk feud. If McIntyre doesn’t give Punk like three Claymores before winning at SummerSlam, it won’t be enough payback.

But what a great moment for Alba & Isla to win here. The Women’s Tag Triple Threat was maybe a little too fast and too furious as Jade did botch that springboard attack, but she didn’t let it bother her. And then great use of the Triple Threat format for Alba & Isla to snipe the win, this can definitely turn into a feud between the Raw teams while Jade & Bianca maybe have to fight back up on SmackDown, or maybe even fall apart as a team. Really, anything can happen now. And as great as Piper was tonight, for the same reasons as McIntyre not winning, Piper did not win because Bayley is getting on that underdog Face champ track again, heading for SummerSlam and Nia Jax at full speed.

Great stuff in the Intercontinental Championship. It wasn’t quite how I saw it going, but Otis coming so close to hitting Gable was really good, and Otis rising above to worry more about Maxxine than anything else was a good move. Gable loses again, surely won’t get another title shot, but might end up having a match with Otis to kinda determine if Otis breaks free or is forever under Gable’s command. Sami can face just about anyone between here and SummerSlam, but I’m thinking it’s either Bron Breakker or Ilja Dragunov given how those two are bringing the intensity, which Sami can certainly match when he really wants to.

And then that I Quit match, as an opener that was like, 40 minutes I think, that was some great stuff. Naturally Cody found a way to bleed, and they got Mama Rhodes in on the action in a great way. But I do feel Styles giving up to the steel steps being brought in was a bit anticlimactic and abrupt. Maybe they realized they were going long and didn’t want to take the entire first hour just to get all the plot points in. But as great as Styles is, of course Cody was retaining here. Maybe, just maybe, Styles tries to win MITB for that one last chance, but he’ll have to qualify first so we’ll see how that goes. Meanwhile, Bloodline making their presence known, you can bet we’ll get a Six Man Tag of Solo, Tama & Loa VS Cody, Randy & Kevin, and we probably get Solo VS Cody for MITB.

My Score: 9/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Battleground Results & Report! (6/9/24)

History is at stake!

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NXT reaches the Apex!

An inaugural NXT Women’s North American Champion, Roxanne Perez VS Jordynne Grace, and Trick Williams VS Ethan Page, all on the Battleground in Las Vegas!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT Women’s North American Championship Ladder Match: Sol Ruca VS Lash Legend VS Fallon Henley VS Jaida Parker VS Mia Yim VS Kelani Jordan; Kelani wins and is the inaugural NXT Women’s North American Champion.
  • NXT Tag Team Championships: Axiom & Nathan Frazer VS The Good Brothers; Axiom & Frazer win and retain the titles.
  • NXT Underground: Lola Vice VS Shayna Baszler; Lola wins.
  • NXT North American Championship Triple Threat: Oba Femi VS Wes Lee VS Joe Coffey; Oba wins and retains the title.
  • NXT Women’s Championship: Roxanne Perez VS Jordynne Grace; Roxie wins and retains the title.
  • NXT Championship: Trick Williams VS Ethan Page; Trick wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the NXT Battleground Countdown Show!

Join Megan Morant and Sam Roberts in discussing, analyzing and predicting all the action set for this groundbreaking night in Las Vegas!

 

Ava Raine joins via video chat.

The NXT General Manager has a lot on her plate, how is she feeling on this historic night? “Historic” is the perfect word, this is exciting stuff. So much history to be made tonight between the Women’s North American Championship, NXT Underground, and Ethan Page’s NXT in-ring debut for the title, this is a huge night. Then to the Women’s’ North American Championship, Ava announced this championship back at Stand & Deliver, and the women have shown up and shown out. Ava has said NXT has THE best women’s division in all of wrestling, what has really impressed her since that moment?

Ava remembers saying that the women are the backbone of NXT and she stands by it. The combine, the qualifiers, and now this match tonight, all six participants are incredible athletes. Ava is very excited to see who wins and becomes the very first Women’s North American Champion. And then the NXT Underground match, Lola Vice VS Shayna Baszler in a building designed for this kind of fight. What is it like in the Apex right now? Ava knows both women are passionate athletes who know all about the MMA world, they are right at home and ready to kick some ass.

And to the main event, Trick Williams VS Ethan Page, maybe one Ava didn’t want to make but had no choice. Now that we’re here, how does she feel? She won’t lie, Ethan was a tough hire. The negotiations were crazy, but ultimate, All Ego is a great athlete, so she is excited to have him here. But she feels Trick embodies what the heart and soul of NXT is, and she is ready to see them bring out the best in each other tonight. What is Ava’s life going to be like if Ethan ends up the NXT Champion? Ava says she’s already been all over the place tonight, she hasn’t really given a lot of thought to that possibility, but anything is possible tonight.

Megan wishes Ava all the luck as she takes care of everything tonight. Will that full plate start to overflow as things get going? Or can the GM maintain control in a city known for wild times?

 

Sexyy Red is in the ring.

The host of tonight’s festivities says what up! It’s your favorite hood princess! Welcome to NXT Battleground~! Sexyy Red twerks for everybody, and cues the video package.

NXT has arrived in Sin City.

“Tonight, Las Vegas plays host to the ultimate Battleground.” The state of the art UFC Apex is now transformed into the NXT Arena for a historic night! “But in this town, when you’re on top of the world, a single roll of the dice can change your fortunes forever. The doors to the UFC Apex may have been opened, but the transformation has only just begun. As the Whoop Dat Era prepares to take over the strip, keeping your name up in lights can sometimes be tricky. Ego is everything in this town, and tonight, within the spectacular UFC Apex, we’ve built a new Battleground! Las Vegas, this is N! X! T!”

 

NXT Women’s North American Championship Ladder Match: Sol Ruca VS Lash Legend VS Fallon Henley VS Jaida Parker VS Mia Yim VS Kelani Jordan!

History waits for no one, so why wait? This Six Pack Challenge is gonna really heat things up! But who stays cool to bring down that brand new belt as THE FIRST EVER Women’s North American Champion?

The introductions are made, the belt hangs high above, and we see who rises to the occasion!

The bell rings and all six look up at the belt. But then Jaida shoves Mia, Fallon fights with Sol, and Lash grabs Kelani! Lash back suplexes, Kelani lands out and shoves, then follows. Lash stops the slingshot arm-drag, but Kelani dodges the lariat! Kelani leaps but Lash catches her to throw KNEES into her again and again! Lash hits a BACKBREAKER while the others are fighting over ladders! Jaida and Mia tug-o-war on the desk! Mia RAMS Jaida right off, and Jaida almost lands on Booker T! Lash BOOTS Mia from the apron, but Kelani BOOTS Lash! Kelani goes up, MISSILE DROPKICKS, and the fans fire up!

Sol and Kelani have a ladder but Fallon grabs it! They tug-o-war, but Lash gives Sol and Kelani a meeting of the minds! Lash DECKS Fallon, but then Sol & Kelani DOUBLE LARIAT! Lash goes out, Sol and Kelani fight over the ladder! Sol waistlocks, throws Kelani aside, but Kelani does the same! They keep going back and forth, Fallon grabs the ladder again, so they DOUBLE DROPKICK it into her! Then Sol keeps Kelani from going for another. Kelani ELBOWS Sol away, then TORNILLOS onto Jaida! Sol aims at Lash, to MOONSAULT! Fallon BOOTS Sol from the apron! Fallon gets the ladder, but Mia runs up!

Fallon CLOBBERS Mia with the ladder! But Lash BOOTS Fallon! Lash puts the ladder in, and the fans fire up as she looks right at the belt. Sol gets in, Lash RAMS her down! Fallon and Jaida get in, Lash RAMS them both! Kelani gets in, ducks ‘n ‘dodges then kips up to SHOTGUN the ladder into Lash! Kelani then runs to SPLASH Lash in the corner! Kelani keeps going, but Lash stops the rana! Mia and Jaida oddly work together to trap Lash in a corner! They DOUBLE CHOP Kelani on the ladder! Jaida whips, Mia reverses, and Jaida hits ladder! Sol GERMAN SUPLEXES Mia! Then Sol DROPKICKS Lash!

Fallon CLOBBERS Sol! Fallon CLUBS Kelani, then she gets another ladder! Fallon sets that up, and she has a clear path! The fans are torn as Fallon climbs, but Sol yanks her down! Sol RAMS Fallon into rungs, then TOSSES her out. Sol climbs, but so does Jaida! Jaida SHOVES Sol down, Kelani grabs at her! Jaida kicks Kelani away to DROP IT LIKE IT’S HOT on the ladder bridge! Both women are down and out, but Mia gets Sol! GERMAN SUPLEX receipt! Mia climbs and the fans fire up, but here comes Lash! Lash YANKS Mia down, ROCKS her, then whips her! Mia reverse, Lash stops short of hitting ladder!

Mia runs in, but is sent into the ladder! Lash hurries to get another ladder, but Mia’s right up with that first one. Lash BOOTS Mia down first! Lash sets her ladder up, the fans rally up, and Lash climbs. But Mia hurries to anchor Lash! Lash has fingertips but Mia drags her down! Lash fights the suplex, switches with Mia, and has a SLEEPER! Mia flails and fades, but here comes Fallon! She jumps onto Lash for a SLEEPER! Now Lash is fading, but Kelani jumps on to SLEEPER Fallon! The fans fire up for this sleeper chain! Lash lets Mia go so she can RAM Fallon and Kelani into buckles! Kelani lets go but Fallon holds on!

Lash crawls, Fallon thrashes, and Sol climbs! Kelani gets back on Fallon’s back! Jaida goes after Sol, but Sol CLUBS her away. Jaida storms back up,. Kelani climbs over everyone to grab at the belt! She’s got fingertips on it! Mia and Fallon DOUBLE LARIAT! Jaida hurries up and grabs Kelani’s hair! Lash grabs Kelani’s legs! They BEND Kelani against the top of the ladder!! Sol CLUBS Jaida and Kelani kicks Lash away. Lash comes back, YANKS Kelani down, but Kelani RANAS Lash out of the ring with her! Jaida and Sol climb, Mia joins in and tips the ladder! Jaida CHOPS Mia, Sol SUPERKICKS! Jaida talks trash but Sol hits a LADDER FACEBUSTER!!

The fans fire up as Sol has the ladder, but then Fallon gives Sol a LADDER FACEBUSTER!! Lash returns, Fallon dodges and tornado wheelbarrows, SHOTGUN BULLDOG COMBO!! The fans fire up and Fallon gets that ladder up! Fallon climbs, but Jaida returns! Jaida hurries after Fallon, CHOPS her, and Kelani sets up a ladder nearby. Fallon and Jaida brawl, Kelani and Sol climb. Mia tries to get in, Kelani KICKS her! Kelani DECKS Sol, Fallon ROCKS Jaida! Lash YANKS Kelani down to DECK her! Fallon DECKS Jaida, Lash YANKS Fallon down! Lash SMACKS Fallon off rungs, then climbs up! But Sol follows!

Sol and Lash brawl with big forearms! The fans fire up, Lash gets the edge, and then she reels Sol in! The fans fire up as they fight for suplex control! Sol SMACKS Lash off rungs, then SUPER SUNSET FLIPS! Lash holds onto rungs, and she punches down at Sol! Sol drops, but Fallon returns! The others get involved, too! They all trophy lift Lash! They THROW Lash down through the ladder bridge!!! Vegas loses its mind as the other five talk trash on Lash! But then they all realize the ladders are still up! It’s a mad dash to the top! Mia YANKIS Fallon down, HEADBUTTS herm then the same for Sol! Jaida keeps Kelani down but Mia DECKS Jaida!

Mia uses Kelani and ENZIGIRIS Jaida into the TORNADO DDT for Kelani!! Michin climbs, the fans fire up, but Sol returns! She and Fallon yank one ladder away but Mia’s on the other! So Kelani helps TIP that, and Mia HOTSHOTS off ropes! Sol DECKS Fallon, SUPERKICKS Kelani and ROCKS Jaida! “This is Awesome!” as Jaida kicks back to then GOURD BUSTER! Sol flounders, Jaida clears space and begins the climb! Jaida reaches up, but Mia stops her! Mia yanks Jaida down but Jaida DECKS Mia! Sol CHOPS Jaida, but Jaida CLUBS Sol! Jaida whips, SOL SNATCHER!! The fans fire up and Sol dodges Fallon, uses the ladder, SOL SNATCHER!!

Sol hurries up the ladder but Mia follows! Kelani stops Mia, goes up after Sol, but then Mia grabs at Kelani! Kelani kicks Mia, then Sol and Kelani DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSE! They both fall and the fans are thunderous! Mia LARIATS Sol up and out! Mia runs at Kelani, Kelani dodges to CALF KICK! Mia staggers away, Kelani sees her on a ladder! SPLIT LEG MOONSAULT on the ladder!! Kelani climbs, the fans go nuts, and Kelani brings the belt down! KELANI WINS!

Winner: Kelani Jordan, by pinfall (INAUGURAL NXT Women’s North American Champion)

Now that’s how you stand out! From the Big 10 to Orlando, Florida to Las Vegas, Nevada, THAT is the rise of the Gym Princess into THE history-making Women’s North American Champion! The fans chant “YOU DESERVE IT!” but will she prove she’s more than earned it by setting the bar for this title?

 

NXT Tag Team Championships: Axiom & Nathan Frazer VS The Good Brothers!

The Undeniable Hard-Hitting Truths did not appreciate Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows hitting them hard in various ambush attacks. It is time to put up or shut up, will The Machine Gun & Big LG prove they’re still the best tag team in the world? Or will Axiom & Frazer prove they’re the best by taking down the best?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if it’s Just Too Sweet in Sin City!

The teams sort out and Axiom starts with Anderson. They tie up, Anderson puts Axiom in a corner, but they go around the ropes. The ref counts the break, Anderson lets off, but he throws a cheap shot! Anderson CHOPS Axiom, then brings him around. Anderson grinds the arm, hip drops it, then pie faces Axiom around. The fans boo but Anderson soaks up the heat. Anderson runs, but Axiom DROPKICKS him down! Axiom whips, tags Frazer, and then wrenches to IRON OCTOPUS! Frazer runs and runs and DROPKICKS Anderson down! Cover, ONE!! Frazer headlocks for a low takeover and he grinds Anderson down.

The fans rally, Anderson fights up, and Anderson pulls hair. The ref reprimands but Anderson knees low! Anderson mockingly applauds, then he headlocks Frazer. Frazer powers up and tags Axiom. Frazer redirects, dropkicks a leg out, and Axiom basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Anderson stays in this but Axiom stomps him back down. Axiom wrenches then CHOPS. Tag to Frazer, the champs mug Anderson and Frazer stomps away! The ref counts, Frazer CHOPS, and Anderson staggers away to a corner. Frazer storms up but Anderson kicks low! Anderson fires off hands in the corner, the ref counts, and Anderson lets off with a stomp.

Anderson whips corner to corner, Frazer goes up and over and handsprings away! The fans fire up as Frazer then catches Anderson for a BUCKLE SHOT! Tag to Axiom and he goes up top! CROSSBODY! Axiom SMACKS Gallows, dodges Anderson, but Anderson trips up the springboard! Anderson puts Axiom in the corner, tag to Gallows! Gallows stomps away on Axiom, lets off as the ref counts, and the fans fire up. Gallows drags Axiom up, wrenches, and he YANKS Axiom right down! Gallows gets Axiom up to scoop, and he FALL AWAY SLAMS Axiom! Gallows keeps moving, and he stomps Axiom back down!

Gallows HAMMERS away on the bad shoulder! Then he grinds the arm down, but Axiom endures. The fans rally, Axiom fights up, throws haymakers, but Gallows HEADBUTTS him down. Gallows gets Axiom up to wrench, then he hammerlocks the bad arm. Gallows wraps that arm around ropes, then DECKS Axiom! Tag to Anderson, the Good Brothers mug Axiom, and Anderson soaks up the cheers and jeers. Anderson warns the ref, but axiom throws body shots. Anderson talks smack, Axiom CHOPS! Anderson CHOPS Axiom down then covers, TWO! Anderson rains down fists, tags Gallows, and Gallows stomps Axiom.

Gallows drags Axiom by the bad arm and grinds that shoulder again. The fans rally up, Axiom fights to his feet, and Axiom fires forearms! Gallows UPPERCUTS Axiom back! Gallows scoops Axiom, but Axiom swings to a DDT! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Axiom crawls his way over, so does Gallows, and Anderson tags in first! Anderson whips Axiom away but Axiom GAMANGIRIS Gallows! Axiom then goes up and over, rolls and hot tag to Frazer! SPRINGBOARD MISSILE DROPKICK! Things speed up, and Frazer SLINGBLADES Anderson! SUPERKICK for Gallows! BOOT for Anderson!

Frazer goes up, Anderson gets under, but Frazer QUEBRADA DDTS! Then RUNNING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO!! Anderson survives that speed blitz but Frazer just grits his teeth. Frazer drags Anderson to a drop zone, goes up top, and PHOENIX- NO, he has to bail out as Anderson moves! Anderson fireman’s carries, for a T K O! Tag to Gallows, and Anderson BLASTS Axiom! Gallows SPLASHES in a corner, then lifts, BACK SUPLEX NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Frazer survives but Gallows gets Frazer up. Gallows reels Frazer in, throws up the Too Sweet, SITOUT POWERBOMB! Axiom SUPERKICKS the cover apart!

Anderson TOSSES Axiom out hard, then hurries back. Gallows tags Anderson in and Anderson aims at Frazer. Frazer flounders up while the fans rally. Anderson grabs the legs, he YANKS Frazer up, but Frazer lands out and PELES! Hot tag to Axiom and he goes up! Anderson gets under the leap, and hits a SPINEBUSTER! Tag to Gallows, and the Good Brothers surround Axiom. They get Axiom up for MAGIC- NO, Axiom slips up and around to a SLEEPER! Frazer SUPERKICKS Anderson! Anderson TOSSES Frazer, but Frazer drags Anderson out! Gallows drops to the mat as Axiom squeezes tight!

Anderson kicks free of Frazer and Gallows throws Axiom off! Gallows tags Anderson, then fireman’s carries Axiom! Anderson runs, BOOT O’ DOOM!! Cover, FROG SPLASH OUTTA NOWHERE!! The fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” while all four men are down! Gallows rises, swings on Frazer, but Frazer dodges to PELE! Anderson UPPERCUTS Frazer! Anderson reels Axiom in but Axiom cradles! TWO!! JUMP KNEE! Axiom then DIVES onto Gallows! Gallows stays up so Frazer DIVES! Gallows catches Frazer, APRON CHOKE SLAM! Anderson DROPKICKS Axiom on the top rope! Anderson goes up to get Axiom, for a SUPER T K O!!! Cover, TWO?!?!

The fans are shocked but Anderson just gets Axiom up top! Anderson climbs up after Axiom, but axiom anchors Anderson! “This is Awesome!’ as Axiom CLUBS away on Anderson! Anderson still fireman’s carries, but Axiom fights free! GAMANGIRI! Frazer & Axiom dodge Gallows to DOUBLE LARIAT Gallows! Frazer DIVES and wipes Gallows out!! Axiom is up top with Anderson, Frazer tags in! SUPER SPANISH FLY!! And then Frazer is up top, to PHOENIX SPLASH!! Cover, FRAZER & AXIOM WIN!

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

As great as the Good Brothers are, Axiom & Frazer prove that no one can stop you when you #NeverSlowDown! And if that’s the case, who will even come close as these two blaze a trail through the Summer?

 

NXT Underground: Lola Vice VS Shayna Baszler!

Sin City is also Fight Town, and these two MMA crossovers know all about that! But there can only be ONE baddest woman in NXT, and while one likes to throw hands and shake her hips, the other just likes to rip and tear. There won’t be ropes or restrictions holding these two back. Who takes over when the only options are to #TapNapOrSnap?

The bell rings and the two start throwing testing shots already. Neither gets anything substantial but Lola is certainly the aggressor. But Shayna gets a SPINEBUSTER, then she HAMMERs and stomps! Lola hurries away and Shayna is all fired up! The fans are with the Queen of Spaces as she pursues the Mayor of Vice City. Shayna CLUBS Lola at the ramp, RAMS her into Plexiglas, then looms over her. Shayna gets Lola up to CLUB her again and they head back to the ring. Shayna puts Lola back up, storms after her, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Lola stands up, but into a SAYANAGI! Lola tries a spin kick but ends up in a SAIDO!

Shayna has an ANKLE LOCK! Lola flails, reaches around, but there’s no ropes to save her! Lola turns, kicks and kicks, but Shayna turns her back over! Lola still endures, still fights, and rolls to POST Shayna! Shayna sits up in a daze, and Lola HAMMERS her! SLEEPER! Lola gets her legs wrapped around for a body scissors, but Shayna pries at the hold. The ref is keeping a close eye on Shayna and she fights up. Shayna stands, only to drop to a knee! Lola squeezes tight, the ref checks, but Shayna stands again! CANNONBALL into the prospects at ringside! The fans fire up while Lola and some big dudes go down!

Shayna and Lola both stir, stand, and throw hands! Shayna RAMS Lola into the desk! The fans fire up as Shayna clears the desk off! Booker & Vic move aside as Shayna then brings Lola over. Shayna puts Lola on the desk, climbs up after her, and the fans fire up more! Shayna reels Lola in, but Lola fights free! Lola throws body shots, Shayna gives some shots back, it is a brawl up top! Shayna TRIPS Lola and HAMMERS away! Lola BOOTS Shayna away! They both fall, Shayna runs up! Lola moves, Shayna’s kick hits desk! Shayna may have just busted her own knee wanting to take Lola’s head off!

Lola gets Shayna back to the ring, then brings her to the corner! Lola snarls and SLAMS the bad leg into the post! Shayna flounders away but Lola pursues! Lola grabs the leg, KICKS it again and again, then wraps on the HEEL HOOK!! Shayna endures, pries at the grapevine, so Lola shifts to a KNEEBAR!! Lola pulls on the leg, Shayna endures, and then grabs at Lola’s head! Lola shifts around to get the ANKLE LOCK!! Shayna still endures, kicks away with her free leg, and gets free. Lola runs up to fire off hands! Lola KICKS the bad leg, drops on for hammering elbows, but Shayna body scissors!

Shayna wants an arm but Lola keeps HAMMERING her! Shayna kicks Lola away, Lola gets up to KICK the leg! Lola DECKS Shayna, gives some ground ‘n’ pound, then clamps on a SLEEPER! Shayna endures, the fans and the prospects rally as hard as they can, but Lola has Shayna caught! Shayna pries the body scissors open, and then stomps away on Lola! Then ROUNDHOUSES! Lola falls, Shayna HAMMERS her! Lola gets up but ends up in a  SAYANAGI! Shayna gives that ground ‘n’ pound, KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!!! Lola pries at the hold but Shayna has the hold in tight! Lola pulls on the bad leg but Shayna keeps those arms wrapped on!

Lola fights, pulls, Shayna lets go out of pain! Shayna kicks Lola away, they both throw hands, Shayna manages to KNEE Lola down! But the bad leg keeps Shayna from adding on! Shayna hobbles, brings down the knee pad, and now things get serious! Shayna runs up, Lola dodges! URAKEN!! Shayna falls off the ring, Lola says that has to be a knockout!! The ref says it’s out of bounds, it won’t count! Lola is frustrated, and she gets Shayna up. Shayna revives to throw Lola! The fans fire up as Shayna takes her frustration out on the prospects!! Shayna’s lost the plot as she GUT WRENCH SLAMS one of them!

Lola HEEL KICKS Shayna!! Lola gets Shayna back to the ring, wants the bad leg, but Shayna uses that to get a TRIANGLE HOLD!!! Lola is dangling off the edge, throws hands as best she can, and Lola gets free. Shayna BOOTS Lola right down! The fans fire up again as Lola flounders around. Shayna storms after Lola, hammers her, then drags her up off the floor. But Lola shoves Shayna into steel steps! The fans duel and Lola realizes Shayna is in bad shape! Lola puts Shayna back in the ring, to URAKEN!! HAMMER FISTS!! The ref calls it, Lola wins!!

Winner: Lola Vice, by Technical Knockout

Lola celebrates, having trumped the Queen of Spades! But like many things in Vegas, she might’ve gotten lucky tonight. Will Lola use this momentum to prove she’s not just the baddest but the best in NXT?

 

Sexyy Red greets Kelani Jordan backstage.

She and her friends chant “Get It, Lani! Get It, Lani!” Time to party it up! Kelani says you know she’ll be there, she is not gonna let this night end! The Stand Out is ready to party hard, will she make sure not to get a championship hangover before Tuesday?

 

NXT North American Championship Triple Threat: Oba Femi VS Wes Lee VS Joe Coffey!

They say all men are created equal, but you look at The Ruler’s sheer size and strength, and we can see that statement is not true. Will Oba live up to his name’s meaning and be an undeniable force that reigns over all? Can the Cardiac Kid make his return a truly triumphant one? Or will The Iron King finally have his crown here in NXT?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who defies the odds to stand tall as champion!

The bell rings and Oba stares down both Wes and Joe. But then Wes ROCKS Joe! Oba ROCKS Wes, Joe ROCKS Oba, and then Joe and Wes both go after Oba! Oba grabs Wes but Joe CLUBS the arm! Oba grabs Joe but Wes JABS Oba! Wes and Joe continue to mug Oba, then they argue a bit. Oba grabs them both! Joe and Wes both break free and they DOUBLE DROPKICK Oba out of the ring! Joe runs up, Wes rolls him up! TWO, Joe swings but Wes ducks! Wes rolls back to KICK Joe away! Wes runs up but Joe puts him on the corner! Wes goes up and over, then slips around to bump Joe off buckles! Wes snapmares Joe, then GAMANGIRIS Oba!

Wes dodges Joe, CLUBS him, KICKS him then KICKS him down, to DOUBLE STOMP! The fans fire up and Wes DIVES onto Oba! Down goes Oba and the fans fire up! Wes goes right up a corner, SKY TWISTER! Cover, Oba drags Wes away! Wes breaks free, BOOTS, then eggs Oba on. Oba swings, misses, and Wes ROCKS him! And SOBATS him! But Oba LARIATS Wes inside out! Oba kicks Joe, reels him in, and then gets Wes! Oba DOUBLE SUPLEXES his challengers! Joe flounders to a corner, Wes goes to the other. Oba runs in to UPPERCUT Wes! Then he UPPERCUTS Joe! Back to Wes! Back to Joe!

Oba keeps going, UPPERCUT after UPPERCUT back and forth! Oba roars, the fans are with him, and Oba TOSSES Wes into Joe! Oba grins as he stands over his challengers. Oba scuffs Wes, drags him up, and then CLUBS away on him! Oba suplexes Wes, but Joe fires body shots! Oba keeps Wes in the air but he takes shot after shot! Wes slips free to HOOK KICK! Oba goes to a corner, Joe runs up, but into a BOOT! Wes runs up, but Oba TOSESS him up and out! Joe runs back up but into another BOOT! Wes returns to ENZIGIRI, Joe SHOTGUNS Oba into buckles! Joe puts Oba up top, climbs up after him, but Wes shoves Joe down!

Wes slingshots up and grabs onto Oba, but Oba grabs Wes! Oba SHOTPUTS Wes onto Joe!! The fans are thunderous for Oba’s insane feat of strength! Oba kicks and stomps Wes, then drags him up. Oba CLUBS Wes, Joe RAMS Oba! Oba tumbles out of the ring, Joe puts Wes in a corner. Joe runs up but Wes dodges! Joe BOOTS back, goes up, but Wes GAMAN- NO, Joe blocks! TORNADO DDT! Then GERMAN SUPLEX! Joe storms up, but he has to BLAST Oba first! Joe gets Wes to his feet, whips him to a corner, then scoops for a BACKBREAKER! Wes writhes but Oba returns, so Joe ROCKS Oba with big forearms!

Fans want tables but Joe whips. Oba blocks to reverses, but then Joe FLAPJACKS Oba off ropes! Joe fires off fast hands in a corner, Oba shoves him away, and Wes gest up. Joe UPPERCUTS Oba into Wes! Joe manages to SIDEWALK SLAM Oba! Joe hits a VADER ELBOW on Oba! Cover, TWO! Oba slowly rises but Joe is on him. Joe fireman’s carries Oba?! The fans fire up as Joe powers up, but Wes stands on the top rope! DOUBLE STOMP onto Oba, that leads to a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! The fans fire up and now Wes DECKS Joe! But Joe falls onto Oba for a cover! Wes hurries to break it!

The fans rally and duel between Wes and Oba, leaving Joe as the odd man out. But Joe blocks Wes’s kick to UPPERCUT him down! Joe DIVES onto Oba and Oba hits the desk! The fans fire up and Joe runs in, GLASGOW SENDOFF sends Oba into steps! But Oba stays up!? And he APRON POWERBOMBS Joe!! But Wes FLIES, only for Oba to catch him!! Oba POWERBOMBS Wes onto Joe! That’s three times we’ve gotten something like that! Oba drags Joe up, puts him in the ring, and storms in after him. Joe runs up to ROCK Oba! Oba rebounds to DECK Joe! Joe rises to ROCK Oba! Wes joins in, handspring, but into Oba’s arms!

Wes fires hands, flips and RANAS Oba into buckles! Wes runs, handsprings, NEURALIZER! Cover, Joe breaks it! The Iron King keeps this one going, and he lines up the targets! Joe dodges Wes to GLASGOW SENDOFF Oba! Then SPINEBUSTER for Wes! Cover, TWO!! Wes survives and Joe is frustrated but the fans fire up again. Joe runs at Oba, but Oba grabs Joe by the neck! POP-UP, but Joe slips out the back! Oba clotheslines Joe and himself out of the ring! The fans fire up as Oba looms over Joe, and then drags him up. But here comes GALLUS! Markus & Wolfie beat up on Oba and the fans boo as they stack the deck!

Wolfgang gets Oba up, Mark runs, BOOT O’ DOOM to the floor! The Iron King hurries up and in to get Wes! Up, up and AWAY with that moonsault! Joe fires up, GLASGOW SENDOFF!! Wes is down, Joe pushes him to a cover, TWO!!! Wes survives and the fans fire up! Gallus can’t believe it, and then OBA RISES! Oba SMACKS Mark & Wolfgang off the apron! The fans tell Gallus they messed up, and Oba ROCKS Joe! Oba THRWOS Wolfgang into steel steps, then he throws Mark onto Wolfgang! Oba gets in, ALL THE BEST FOR THE BELLS! But then Wes SUPERKICKS Joe! And SUPERKICKS Oba!

The fans fire up as Wes has targets on either side of the ring. Joe rises, Wes runs up, POP-UP METEORA! Wes says no one can stop him! Wes goes Around the World to ROCK Joe, SUPERKICK him, then GAMANGIRI! Wes calls his shot, CARDIAC KICK!! Cover, GALLUS YANKS THE REF OUT!! The fans boo, the ref argues with Gallus, but the damage is done! Wes FLIES out onto Mark & Wolfgang! But Oba gets in the ring to go after Joe! Joe dodges Oba to ALL THE- NO, Oba boots the lariat, then hits the SHOTPUT! Wes returns, METEO- NO, POWERBOMB!! And then the POP-UP BOMB for Joe!! Oba covers, Oba wins!

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

Gallus tried to help Joe win, but they only helped him lose as Oba only got angrier with their interference. But if four men could not dethrone The Ruler, will his reign ever end?

 

NXT Women’s Championship: Roxanne Perez VS Jordynne Grace!

The Prodigy has exceled at not only collecting championships and unleashing aggression, but also at inflating her own ego. And after all the bragging about being better than every woman in WWE, she may have really stepped in it this time. The TNA Knockouts Champion decided to make a return after her great Royal Rumble debut, and this was the right time to do it! Will #JuggernautJordynne make quite the impact on the NXT Women’s Division? Or will Roxie still defy the odds #AndStill be the best?

The introductions are made, Roxie’s belt is raised, and we see if it’s still gonna be Roxie’s belt after tonight!

The bell rings and the fans rally up as the two stare down. Roxie and Jordynne circle, tie up, and then Jordynne shoves Roxie right down! Roxie scrambles to the ropes, gets back up, and resets with Jordynne. They tie up, Roxie waistlocks, but Jordynne throws Roxie right off! Roxie tumbles away, Jordynne dusts herself off, and the fans already chant “This is Awesome!” Jordynne calls for a test of strength and Roxie says fine. They knuckle lock, but then Roxie stomps a foot! Roxie wrenches and UPPERCUTS Jordynne’s arm, then eggs Jordynne on. Jordynne swings, Roxie ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl, but Jordynne throws her away!

Roxie comes back, wheelbarrows, but Jordynne shoves her away again. Roxie tries another tilt-o-whirl, Jordynne stops that, then blocks a kick. So Roxie SLAPS her! The fans fire up for that while Jordynne scowls. Jordynne CLOBBERS Roxie, CLOBBERS her again, then tilt-o-whirl FACEBUSTERS! Jordynne kips up, the fans fire up, and Jordynne reels Roxie in. Jordynne gets Roxie up but Roxie DIGS at Jordynne’s eyes! Jordynne lets Roxie go, staggers to a corner, and Roxie runs up, but into Jorydnne’s lift! Jordynne POWERBOMBS Roxie, goes up, but Roxie hurries to anchor Jordynne! Jordynne kicks Roxie away, but Roxie gets under her!

Jordynne holds ropes to stop Roxie’s bomb, but Roxie YANKS Jordynne into buckles! Roxie WRINGS Jordynne off the top! Roxie HAMMERS away on Jordynne, then drops a knee on the arm! Roxie drags Jordynne around to dig her knee into the arm! Jordynne endures, even as Roxie pulls back on the arm. Roxie steps over, stands on Jordynne’s back, and YANKS the arm! Jordynne flounders away to a corner but Roxie stomps her down. The ref counts, Roxie puts the arm around ropes and thrashes! Jordynne kicks Roxie away, but Roxie comes back to ROCK her! Roxie whips, Jordynne blocks, so Roxie ROCKS her again!

Roxie UPPERCUTS, wrenches, and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS! Then a cover, ONE!! Jordynne is tougher than that and the fans rally up. Roxie pulls on Jordynne’s hair, CLUBS her down, then drags Jordynne around again. Roxie stomps the arm, pushes Jordynne down, then stands on the arm. The fans rally for “TNA! TNA!” and Jordynne kicks at Roxie! Roxie traps the arm, but Jordynne avoids the knee drop! Roxie staggers, still wants that arm, but Jordynne shoves Roxie away. Roxie comes back, goes for that arm, but Jordynne gets around to waistlock! Roxie elbows free, slips under and CHOP BLOCKS a leg!

Roxie DROPKICKS the bad arm! Cover, ONE!! Jordynne is showing grit but Roxie SLAPS her! Roxie reels Jordynne in, steps over the bad arm, and pulls on the arm! The fans rally as Jordynne stands up! Roxie sunset flips, but Jordynne stays up! Roxie KICKS and KICKS, Jordynne staggers to a corner. Roxie runs up, Jordynne dodge! Roxie BOOTS Jordynne, goes up, and leaps, but into Jordynne’s arms! POWERSLAM, then VADER FLOP as Roxie moves! Roxie goes up as Jordynne rises. Jordynne blocks a kick, CLUBS Roxie, then goes up to get her! The fans fire up as Roxie fights the waistlock! Roxie wrenches an arm but Jordynne CLUBS her!

The fans fire up as Jordynne CLUBS and CLUBS and CLUBS away, then she turns around to pick Roxie up! Torture rack, for the SUPER TOWER HACKER BOMB!!! Both women are down and the fans lose their minds! A standing count climbs, both women stir at 4 of 10. They rise at 5, head for each other, and Jordynne HEADBUTTS! Then she SLAPS Roxie, pump handles, but Roxie fights around! Roxie hammerlocks the arm to UPPERCUT it! Jordynne still CHOPS! Roxie SLAPS, ROCKS, but Jordynne scoop and SLAMS! The fans fire up, Roxie BOOTS, but Jordynne scoops to SLAM again! Roxie staggers up, shrikes, and she fires off fists!

Jordynne shoves, scoops, but Roxie slips free to BOOT! Jordynne URAKENS then DISCUS LARIATS! Jordynne hauls Roxie up, tucks her in, Inverted Gory Especial! Roxie slips free, but runs into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up as Jordynne grabs Roxie. Jordynne gets Roxie up to ROCK her, then puts her in a corner. Jordynne hauls Roxie up to the top rope and climbs back up. But Roxie knocks Jordynne off the corner! So Jordynne SHORYUKENS! Jordynne tucks Roxie in, but no Muscle Buster tonight! Roxie wheelbarrows, to DDT! Roxie runs, and SPIKE-RANAS! Cover, TWO!

Roxie is frustrated but she hurries to get Jordynne’s arm. Roxie YANKS that arm, and she pulls on it as hard as she can! The fans rally and duel as Jordynne endures. Jordynne fights up, stomps at Roxie, but Roxie kicks from below! Jordynne stomps away on Roxie, stacks her, TWO! Jordynne deadlifts Roxie, but Roxie goes to the ropes! HANGING ARMBAR!! The ref counts, Roxie lets go at 4, and she says she let off! But then Jordynne ROCKS Roxie! Jordynne fires HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT, and she tucks Roxie back in! MUSCLE BUSTER!! Cover, TWO!?! Roxie survives and the fans fire up again!

Roxie flounders to the apron, the fans sing “Jordynne’s Gonna Kill~ You!” Jordynne storms after Roxie, kicks her on the apron, then joins her. Jordynne drags Roxie up, fireman’s carries, but Roxie fires elbows! Roxie POSTS Jordynne, mule kicks, then reels her in! APRON POP- NO, Jordynne holds onto ropes! So Roxie adjusts, aiming for the floor! Jordynne stops the sunset bomb so Roxie YANKS her down! Roxie runs to DIVE, TORNADO DDT to the floor!! Roxie then puts Jordynne in, goes up a corner, LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Roxie is furious, but she puts on a CROSSFACE!! Jordynne endures, reaches out, and the fans duel again!

Jordynne slowly turns things to roll Roxie up, TWO! Roxie lets Jordynne go, but she runs into a POP-UP URAKEN! And then the pump handle! Roxie fights free, SOBATS, and POP- NO!! Jordynne stops that to flip Roxie back up! Roxie and Jordynne fight for control, GORY BOMB!! Jordynne and Roxie are both down, but here comes Tatum Paxley! Tatum’s obsessed with gold, but she oddly takes a liking to the Knockouts title! Tatum takes the belt and runs! Jordynne is upset, but wait! Is that DANA BROOKE!? Or rather, TNA’s Ash By Elegance! She stops Tatum from taking the title, then Jordynne storms out there to CLOBBER Tatum!

But then Jordynne CLOBBERS Dana/Ash, too! That’s a TNA rivalry right there, but Jordynne goes back for Roxie! Roxie SOBAT, but gets blocked! Jordynne ELBOWS Roxie, then ROLLING DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! And now, JUGGERNAUT- CUTTER?!?! POP ROX!!! Cover, Roxie wins!!

Winner: Roxanne Perez, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Champion)

There was an impact made tonight, but more by those not even part of this match! Clearly Tatum and Dana both want to knockout the Knockouts Champion, will Jordynne have to get them both back soon enough? And if Roxie was able to survive a juggernaut, what will it take to finally knock her off her high horse?

 

Backstage interview with Sexyy Red.

Sarah Schreiber asks the special guest host how she’s enjoying Battleground in Vegas. Red says she’s been having so much fun. Matter of fact, now would be a good time to announce that she’s “running for president,” and going on tour, so see you soon, America. Go get her new album, In Sexyy We Trust! Lola joins in and Sexyy congratulates her on the big win tonight. Lola says, “What can I say? I told everyone I was gonna knock Shayna out and dance on her, and that’s what I did.” Sexyy asks what Lola’s up to next. Wanna come twerk? “Get it, Lola! Get it, Lola!” But will Lola get herself a big title match for the Summer?

 

NXT Media catches up with Wes Lee.

They know it was a rough loss tonight, how is he feeling? He’s pissed! But then GALLUS JUMPS HIM!! They blame Wes for their loss tonight, and they THROW him into road cases! They mug him all over, until security and producers rush in! A ref calls for medical, Gallus just did major damage to Wes! What consequences will there be for Gallus after crossing the line?

 

NXT Championship: Trick Williams VS Ethan Page!

The Whoop Dat Era began when Trick Willy finally got past Carmelo Hayes and Ilja Dragunov, but that only put a target on ya boy’s back. At first, it looked like The Scottish Supernova was going to take his shot, spurned by how Lash Legend chose Trick over him. But then a pair of suspicious backstage attacks derailed Noam Dar’s plans, and surprise! It was All Ego, NXT Universe! It was All Ego all along! Ethan Page made his demands, got what he wanted, and that brings us to tonight. Will Ethan get what he really wants by becoming the NEW NXT Champion? Or will Trick make sure Ethan gets what he deserves?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see just whose NXT this really is!

The fans already chant “WHOOP DAT TRICK!” as the two stare down. The bell rings and Ethan strikes first! Ethan CLUBS away on Trick, rains down fists on the mat, and the fans boo as Ethan roars. Trick flounders to a corner but Ethan says HE’s gonna whoop dat Trick. Ethan runs up but Trick dodges! Ethan’s knees hit buckles and Trick fires off haymakers! Ethan hits back but Trick UPPERCUTS! Trick whips Ethan, scoops him on the rebound and SLAMS! Then Trick trips Ethan to rain down forearms! The fans fire up as Trick fires up, but Ethan takes a swing! Trick dodges to JUMP NECKBREAKER!

Ethan goes to ropes, Trick runs up, but Ethan ducks and the leg lariat gets caught up! Ethan DUMPS Trick out, then goes out after him. Ethan whips Trick hard into steel steps! The top half goes flying and Trick is slumped over the base! Even the security guard is part of the collateral! Ethan just smiles as he brings the steps over to the desk and clears it off! Ethan tells Vic and Booker to be ready, and then he goes after Trick with furious fists! Ethan gives more ground ‘n’ pound but the fans boo. Ethan drags Trick up, puts him in a corner, and stomps a mudhole in. The fans boo as Ethan goes corner to corner and back again, but Trick moves!

Ethan stops short of the corner, brings Trick up from the apron, but Trick HOTSHOTS him! Trick gets in the ropes but Ethan KICKS Trick! Ethan underhooks and brings Trick out, DRAPING BACKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Trick shows some grit already but Ethan gets Trick up. BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Ethan drags Trick up, reels him in and scoops to FALLING SLAM! Cover, TWO! Trick is still in this and Ethan is already frustrated. Ethan argues the count but the fans chant “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” Ethan throws down fists, clamps on a rear bearhug, and he squeezes tight! Trick endures but the fans rally up.

Trick fights up from the mat, throws elbows, but Ethan squeezes tight again! Trick still throws down shots, but Ethan pushes on those ribs. The fans rally harder, but Ethan RAMS Trick into the corner! Ethan RAMS in again, and again, and again! Ethan ROCKS Trick with a right, tells the fans to shut up, then puts Trick up top. The fans still say “ETHAN SUCKS!” but Ethan climbs. Ethan brings Trick up, but Trick fights the superplex! Trick fires body shots, then a HEADBUTT! Ethan falls back, Trick adjusts, but Ethan ROCKS Trick in return! Ethan ROCKS Trick again, climbs back up, and throws more hands!

Trick clinches! But Ethan fires elbows! Ethan crosses Trick’s arms, ICONOCLASM! Then a scoop and POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Trick stays in this and Ethan scowls. Ethan HEADBUTTS Trick, CLUBS him on the back, then CLUBS him again. Ethan goes back to the rear bearhug, but the fans taunt him with “You Don’t Go Here!” Trick endures, fights up, and he pries the bearhug open! The fans fire up behind Trick, but Ethan clamps right back on! Trick throws elbows, turns around inside the bearhug and he BELL CLAPS free! Trick runs, slips around the lariat and DDTS! The fans fire up again while both men are down!

Ethan and Trick crawl and slowly rise. Ethan takes a swing, Trick counter punches Ethan again and again! Trick ROCKS Ethan, whips him and LEG LARIATS! And LEG LARIATS! Trick FLAPJACKS Ethan, then kips up! The fans are with Trick and he spins, but Ethan bails out! Trick is annoyed but he goes out after Ethan, only for Ethan to RAM him into the apron! Ethan whips, Trick reverses, and Ethan TUMBLES over railing and into the crowd! The fans fire up, Trick says this is HIS NXT, nobody jumps the line! Trick then runs to LEAP over the barriers!! Down goes Ethan and the fans fire up! Trick brings Ethan into the ring, runs up, SPIN KICK! Cover, TWO!!

Ethan survives and Trick is frustrated, but the fans rally behind him. Trick goes to a corner, climbs up, takes aim, but Ethan YANKS him down! A rough landing, then a KNEE to the face! Cover, TWO!! Trick survives the #Kneego of Ethan Page, but Ethan says, “Your house, huh? This is your house, Trick?” Ethan SLAPS Trick, fires a forearm, but Trick hits back! The fans rally, cheering on Trick and booing Ethan with every shot! They go faster and faster, Trick gets the edge, but Ethan knees low! Ethan reels Trick in, Canadian Rack, but Trick slips free! Trick clinches, Ethan fights free, but Trick ducks a kick! Ethan ducks a kick, to ROUNDHOUSE!

But Trick clinches! BOOKEND! Cover, TWO!! Ethan survives but the fans fire up again! “This is Awesome!” as Ethan bails out and Trick pursues. Ethan RAMS into Trick again! But then Trick LARIATS Ethan right down! Trick sees the steel steps, and he brings Ethan over! Trick makes sure the desk is clear, and then he brings Ethan up the steps! But Ethan fights the suplex! Ethan scoops, and POWERSLAMS through the desk!! The fans lose their minds over that one! Ethan rises, he drags Trick back up and into the ring, and he hurries in to drag Trick back up. There are All Ego fans now as Ethan Canadian Racks for the RAZOR’S EDGE!! Cover, TWO!!

Ethan is stunned, furious, but the fans fire up again as Trick rises. Ethan runs up to fire haymakers in the corner! The ref counts, Ethan lets off, but then jukes to fire off more shots! The ref counts again, backs Ethan off, and Ethan is walking the line of getting disqualified! Ethan turns around, into the TRICK SHOT!! Cover, TRICK WINS!!

Winner: Trick Williams, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)

All Ego let his temper get the better of him, and now Trick proves he is truly the champion NXT deserves! Sexyy Red celebrates with Trick, are they gonna party all night long in Sin City?


My Thoughts:

A great NXT Battleground, but couldn’t they have done better than the “Apex?” I mean, I get it, TKO is their parent company, UFC is WWE’s new pal, this was probably an obligation. Also, the “special guest host” Sexyy Red does a grand total of three things: introduces the show with the shortest line read ever; congratulates Kelani Jordan; then congratulates Lola. Oh, and she twerks, but it was during all of those segments. So “glad” NXT went with her for this big night, let’s make it extra special by never doing it again. There was barely a trace of charisma when she talked, and she mostly just wanted to plug her album and tour.

Those shortcomings that are still just my opinion aside, I really liked all these matches. The women’s ladder match was a great opener, though maybe not as great of a ladder match as some were hoping. To be fair, the men as the ones crazy enough to go busting ladders and nearly busting their bodies up in ladder matches, the ladies were doing things in a nice balance of crazy and careful. In the end, Kelani winning was a great surprise, and I suppose better than saying “number one in the combine” Sol just automatically wins. Kelani is young but she’s already a great in-ring talent and on the verge of a great character, she’ll bring some excitement to the inaugural Women’s North American Championship reign.

The NXT Women’s Championship match was great stuff, too, and I appreciate the fans getting behind Jordynne and TNA. I’m sure many of them do watch TNA on the side, that’s the crowd that usually goes to NXT shows. But I am both disappointed and intrigued by how they chose to finish that one. I suppose they needed to protect Jordynne in the loss to Roxie since Roxie shouldn’t logically lose to a powerhouse like Jordynne. Tatum and Dana Brooke showing up was a good way to not just distract Jordynne but plug TNA story for those who’d get it. I almost flipped the meme, “What’s Ash By Elegance doing in the Apex?” But in the end, Roxie’s probably going to reign until NXT can get Giulia on screen, and we can definitely flip the crossover where Tatum challenges and loses to Jordynne.

The tag title match was great stuff, really getting back to those Black ‘n’ Gold Era tag title matches. But I had a feeling Frazer & Axiom were going to retain, it works with their story of sending RawDown stars back to RawDown. In similar fashion, the NXT Underground match was great stuff, but the NXT star won out because this is NXT. I still think Shayna should’ve won, but Lola can use this momentum to challenge for a title, maybe even be Kelani’s first title defense at Heatwave in July. And we got an awesome Triple Threat for the North American Championship. Gallus kept their promise of getting involved, but even then I knew Joe was taking the loss. Oba retains, and the possibilities are endless for his next defense.

Gallus going after Wes after was an interesting move but I suppose Gallus had to blame someone other than themselves. NXT and TNA working together, could Wes possibly reunite with The Rascalz? You’d think enough time has past for fans to get over the petty issues they had with Nash Carter, and we’d get a great Six Man Tag out of it. But as for Wes specifically, this is definitely a way for Wes to move up to the top title scene. Trick VS Ethan was a really good match with a lot of brawling and outside-the-ring action. And I was glad that, despite Oro Mensah going after Ethan after the show on Tuesday, and earlier today via social media, it was just straight up Trick VS Ethan.

Trick of course won, just as he would have if this was Noam Dar in there, and maybe Noam will be okay to challenge Trick for Heatwave. Trick is great, there’s no stopping him now, it might take someone who’s been around, like Wes Lee, to come close.

My Score: 8.9/10


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