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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (10/5/20)

Champions UNITE!



WWE Raw Coverage 3.0

One more Raw to say good-bye, but to who?

The 2020 WWE Draft is coming, which means superstars will be coming and going! But tonight, Raw’s champions team together to take a stand!


  • Six Woman Tag: Zelina Vega, Lana & Natalya VS Asuka, Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose; Asuka, Dana & Mandy win.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Mess Making: R-Truth w/ Lil’ Jimmy VS Drew Gulak; Gulak wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • Seth Rollins & Buddy Murphy VS Dominik Mysterio & Humberto Carrillo; Rollins & Murphy win.
  • Exhibition: Keith Lee VS Braun Strowman; Double Count-Out.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Garbage Day: Drew Gulak VS R-Truth VS Akira Tozawa; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • The Hurt Business VS Apollo Crews & Ricochet w/ Mustafa Ali; The Hurt Business wins.
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler VS The Riott Squad; Jax & Baszler win and retain the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.
  • MVP w/ The Hurt Business VS Mustafa Ali; No Contest.
  • Six Man Tag: Drew McIntyre & The Street Profits VS Randy Orton, Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode; Orton, Ziggler & Roode win.


Raw hears from Randy Orton.

“I didn’t leave Clash of Champions with the WWE Championship. Instead, I left… in an ambulance.” Orton doesn’t remember much from that ride, but he remembers the match. He remembers Big Show wrapping a hand around his throat for a choke slam through the announce desk. He remembers being ambushed by Christian at catering. He remembers Shawn Michaels kicking him right between the eyes. And he remembers McIntyre kicking Orton where he got McIntyre, putting him into the ambulance before he lost consciousness. “In those moments, I saw nothing but complete darkness.” Orton felt nothing but pain. Fast-forward the next day, McIntyre stood in the ring with his mentors on Raw, celebrating.

“Just recalling the sight of Drew standing with each of them, raising a title he didn’t deserve, makes me sick.” They laughed, they smiled, and even played some poker. They toasted with the Street Profits and enjoyed a victory lap. As the saying goes, “With every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” After the actions Show, HBK, Christian and Ric Flair took at Clash of Champions, Orton felt obligated to treat them to that equal and opposite reaction in the form of a reintroduction to the Legend Killer! Orton needed to guarantee those four men saw and felt everything Orton felt when the ambulance doors closed. The lights went out, that was the darkness he saw. And he made sure they felt the exact same pain he felt!

Wearing the night vision goggles, Orton had a front-row seat to every second of their agony. They looked here, there, but could not stop the inevitable. Show tried, started swinging, so Orton got both hands and put him through the table to end up right over there in the corner. Christian tried looking for help but there was none, and Orton whispered in his ears, “Say hi to Edge for me.” Then came HBK. HBK used the chair he was sitting in but Orton took it away and kicked HBK’s skull! Flair was grabbing for the door but Orton put his arm on Flair’s shoulder. Flair let go of the door, turned around and “met his fate.” If only Orton could’ve seen McIntyre’s face when learning the price that is paid. But the bill hasn’t been paid! Not until Orton is again WWE World Champion! This isn’t over until Orton says it’s over. Orton says McIntyre still has hell to pay!

Orton speaks to McIntyre directly here. “You tell anyone that’ll listen that you want to cement your legacy as WWE Champion. You want that legacy so badly? It’ll be waiting for you, if you survive one more WWE Championship match against me, inside… Hell in a Cell!” But then McIntyre busts into the room! And he rams Orton into the wall! McIntyre fires off fists and says he doesn’t need to turn the lights off to beat Orton’s ass! McIntyre rains down and shouts, “What do you know about Hell!?” Referees and security rush in as McIntyre keeps trying to hit Orton! The Viper slithers away but McIntyre says this is just getting started! Will the Scottish Psychopath slaughter the snake in the grass in the Six Man main event?


Six Woman Tag: Zelina Vega, Lana & Natalya VS Asuka, Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose!

La Muneca joins forces with the Ravishing Russian and the #BOAT to take on the Empress of Tomorrow and Raw’s newest additions! Will no one be ready for Flex Appeal, the Golden Goddess and ASUKA?

The teams sort out and the Queen of Harts starts with Dana. They tie up, Natty headlocks to a takedown but Dana gets up to power out. Natty runs Dana over then speeds things up. Dana hurdles, Natty blocks the hip toss to take down to a cover, TWO! Dana headlocks now but Natty powers out. Dana handsprings over Natty to come back for a swinging headscissors! Cover, TWO! Dana drags Natty up, brings her over and tags in Mandy. They mug Natty and Mandy facelocks. Mandy and Dana double suplex Natty up, hold her up and bring her down after 5! Cover, TWO! Mandy keeps on Natty with a waistlock but Natty switches. Mandy trips Natty, Natty blocks the cover and shoves, but Mandy cartwheels and dropkicks back! Cover, TWO!

Mandy keeps her cool and brings Natty up, but Vega trips Asuka! Mandy knees Natty and Dana goes after Vega. Vega gets in the ring, Mandy drags Vega up but Natty throws Mandy down! Cover, TWO! Natty pushes Mandy to a corner, throws haymakers, and Vega tags herself in. Natty didn’t like that but she lets Vega stomp a mudhole and BOOT Mandy down! Cover, TWO! Vega drags Mandy up, wrenches and hooks Mandy for a Mouse Trap to Ground Octopus! Mandy endures, pries the leg off and rolls back to a cover, TWO! Vega drags Mandy up by her hair to throw her down, then she sucker punches Asuka! Vega tags Natty in and Natty tags Lana. Natty snapmares Mandy for Lana’s sliding kick! Cover, TWO!

Lana stomps Mandy down to then bring her back. Tag to Natty, they mug Mandy and Natty scoops to slam her! Natty sucker punches Dana, drags Mandy around and gets the legs! Mandy denies the Sharpshooter, Lana tags in but so does Asuka! Asuka hip attacks Vega, side steps and runs Lana over! Fans fire up with Asuka as she hip attacks Lana! Asuka sees Vega running in and sends her into Lana! Asuka back kicks Vega, ROUNDHOUSES Natty, and pop-up KNEES Lana! Lana wobbles, Asuka shows her her sliding kick! Cover, Natty breaks it! Dana goes after Natty, handspring back elbow! Natty flops out, Asuka has Lana but Lana elbows free! Mandy tags in. Asuka runs at Lana but Lana avoids the hip attack. Lana runs into Asuka’s back elbow, and staggers into a KNEE FROM A ROSE! Cover, Mandy and team win!

Winners: Mandy Rose, Dana Brooke & Asuka, by pinfall

A big win for the champ and the new kids on the block! They all dance off together and do some flexing, will Raw make sure to secure these three in the Draft?

But wait! Here comes Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler! Vega bails out but it’s a little harder for Natty to get Lana up and running. They’re surrounded already by the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions! Natty hits first but Nia HEADBUTTS her down! Shayna clears the table for her, and Nia brings Natty over for a fireman’s carry. Lana saves Natty, tries to hit Nia first, but again, SAMOAN DROP THROUGH THE TABLE!! The Ravishing Russian just keeps getting wrecked! Will Natty and Lana beg SmackDown to draft them?


Raw returns to R-Truth’s Mock WWE Draft!

Truth explains to Lil’ Jimmy he isn’t done yet, but he’s got Jimmy as third overall to SmackDown. Not Truth’s decision, it’s just how he sees the Draft going. Truth doesn’t want Lil’ Jimmy to go away, either. They’re buddies. And yes, he notices the janitor. But the ref shows up! Is that Randy?! The janitor takes a swing with the mop but Truth ducks and the ref gets hit! You ain’t getting Truth, Randy! But Truth trips over the water bucket! Cover, the janitor wins!! And it’s DREW GULAK!

Winner: Drew Gulak, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)

Did you have a nice trip? See you next fall! Gulak runs away, Truth says he got got! But will Truth be able to fix this before the night is over?


Apollo Crews, Mustafa Ali and Ricochet are talking backstage.

They’re worried about how the Draft will shake out, in that they might get separated. But MVP comes over and Mustafa already knows what he’s going to say. It’ll be some excuse as to why he lost last week. Wrong. They can win a match but they never win the fight. But MVP is here about the Draft, too. These guys are young and green, he’s experienced, he’s been through a number of them. It can change your career like that. Apollo was on SmackDown, “a nobody doing nothing,” and then he gets traded to Raw. Boom, he’s a champion! What is he getting at?

MVP says that this Friday, they’re all on the clock. But tonight, they’re on the clock for an opening in the Hurt Business. Alexander said no, but he came around and look at him now. It doesn’t matter if you’re on red or blue, but if you’re with the black ‘n’ gold, business is booming. Apollo says that’s just classic MVP. Let’s just get ready for the match. But is someone considering…?


Seth Rollins & Buddy Murphy VS Dominik Mysterio & Humberto Carrillo!

The Monday Night Messiah, with his disciple, Buddy Murphy, behind him, is back for a rematch with El Hijo del Rey and the Ultimo Ninja! Will this battle lead to ending the war?

Before the match, Rollins has Murphy fetch the mic. But Murphy is distracted given all that’s happened with him, Dominik and Aalyah. Rollins snaps him out of it. “Now is not the time or the place, we’ve got a very important match. Give me the microphone.” Murphy keeps the mic to get something off his chest. “For months now, I have been your ideal disciple. I have done everything you’ve wanted of me, plus more.” But these last few weeks… If Rollins still wants Murphy to be his disciple, Rollins needs to apologize. Rollins? Apologize to him? What?! No, not to him! To Aalyah! Yes, Rollins despises Rey but-

Rollins snatches the mic out of Murphy’s hand! “Do you understand who you’re talking to?! I saved you!” Rollins is the messiah, Murphy’s the disciple! That is how this works! Apologize to Aalyah? For what?! That was going easy on her! He could’ve very easily exposed all the other DM’s. You know, where she tells Murphy her true feelings! How she feels Dominik’s the favorite! He could’ve put that out there but he didn’t it! And Murphy wants Rollins to apologize?! “Get this through your head, Murphy.” You are the disciple. Rollins is the messiah. He pokes Murphy in the head, but here comes Dom and Carrillo! The tensions are running high as it is, will things only get more intense from here?

Things turn into a brawl right away! Dom is after Rollins but Murphy throws Carrillo out. Murphy goes after Dom, Dom dodges and ducks to tilt-o-whirl into a Russian leg sweep! Basement enziguri from Carrillo! Rollins runs back in but is put on the apron, Carrillo helps Dom get up to BOOT Rollins down! Dom goes up, Carrillo builds speed, CRISSCROSS DIVES!! Rollins and Murphy are down, Carrillo and Dom are fired up, and Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Rollins has Dom in a armlock. Dom throws forearms but Rollins whips him away to clobber him! Cover, ONE, but Rollins drags Dom back up. Rollins DECKS Dom, clubs him down, stomps him around, then drags him up again to ram into the corner. Rollins rams Dom over and over and over, the ref counts but Rollins lets up at 4. Murphy tags in without permission and stomps Dom for himself. The ref counts, Murphy lets off at 4, but he comes back to stomp Dom more. Rollins tags in because he doesn’t need permission, and tells Murphy to not tag in unless told to. Understood? Disciple: Murphy. Messiah: Rollins. But Dom punches them both back! Dom decks Murphy but leaps into Rollins’ GUT BUSTER! Cover, TWO!

Rollins is frustrated but he wraps Dom up in a bearhug. Dom endures, fans rally up, but Rollins stands Dom up for a cobra twist. Dom endures the stretch but Rollins cranks harder. Dom unhooks a leg, and hits a jawbreaker! Murphy tags in as Rollins hits the SLING BLADE! But Rollins gets in Murphy’s face again! Rollins says he had it under control and that he doesn’t need Murphy! Tag to Carrillo! Carrillo crossbodies them both down! Springboard back elbow for Murphy! And then a corner clothesline! Carrillo BOOTS Rollins, runs at Murphy but is put on the apron. Carrillo shoulders in, ROCKS Murphy and climbs up again to missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Carrillo runs Rollins off, Murphy rolls him, TWO! BASEMNET DDT! Cover, Dom breaks it!

Rollins whips Dom but Dom throws Rollins out. Rollins drags Dom out but Dom bumps Rollins off barriers! Murphy throws Dom over barriers! Rollins is angry with Murphy again, Carrillo FLIES and takes them both out with the Fosbury Flop! Carrillo enziguris Murphy, BOOTS Rollins and climbs up top! And leaps into the KNEE TRIGGER! Cover, Murphy and Rollins win!

Winners: Buddy Murphy & Seth Rollins, by pinfall

The disciple wins for his messiah! But he leaves Rollins behind, so is he even the disciple anymore? Rollins did say he doesn’t need Murphy, despite what we just saw. Will Rollins continue this war with the Mysterios all alone?


Adam Pearce is on the phone.

“It all depends. … I see that.” But Braun Strowman storms over and Pearce says he’ll talk to this person later. The Monster knows Raw Underground was cancelled again tonight, but he didn’t drive all this way to do nothing! He won’t leave until he’s whooped someone’s ass! Find him one or he’ll go get one! Well, Strowman is a SmackDown superstar, so he isn’t even really supposed to be here. After the Draft, maybe Strowman will be on Raw, but there’s nothing Pearce can do. Why? Let him finish. It’ll be an exhibition match. The hell is that? It’ll be an unsanctioned competition. As long as someone will #GetTheseHands, fine. Then it’s a deal. Who will Pearce find? Keith Lee walks right up and says, “Sign me up.” Limitless One VS Monster Among Men?! Is Raw going to still be standing after that battle of titans?!


Raw returns as Rollins finds Murphy backstage.

Rollins shoves Murphy and demands to know what’s going on with him! Murphy wants Rollins to apologize?! Rollins apologizes for nothing because everything he does is for the greater good! But Rollins thinks… No, he knows that given the last two weeks, Murphy should apologize to him! In fact, if Murphy wants to stay Rollins’ disciple, then he has until 10 PM EST to do it. Or else, there will be hell to pay! Will Rollins get the apology he thinks he’s owed? Or will he instead get what he deserves?


Raw presents the Kevin Owens Show!

The special SmackDown edition didn’t quite go how he wanted, but the Prizefighter is back to try things from a different angle. Will he regret inviting the host of the Firefly Fun House to be his guest? We find out after the break.

Raw returns and Kevin has the ring announcer stop. Kevin is usually very excited to host his KO Show, sit down with a guest and talk, but not tonight. There’s a different feel, because Kevin feels different. He felt it over the weekend and wasn’t sure why. Then he figured it out: People are right about when The Fiend touches you, it changes you. Kevin feels changed. On Friday, that was his first time being in the presence of The Fiend, and it’s still with him. He still feels the anger, agony and dread. That’s why tonight’s different. Because it’s not about sitting down for a nice chat, so there’s no need for the arm chairs! Kevin tosses them out of the ring, as well as the signs! Tonight, the KO Show is about this!

Footage replays from SmackDown, as Alexa Bliss described the sensation she felt and the “cleansing” she was given by The Fiend. And it shows The Fiend appearing, attacking and smothering Kevin with the Mandible Claw! Kevin says that claw is really hard to describe the feeling. The feeling of The Fiend pulling the breath from his body! Kevin was paralyzed. He isn’t sure what’s going on with the dark, tortured souls coming after him! Aleister Black, The Fiend, what about The Brood? The Ministry of Darkness, maybe? But all Kevin cares about right now is that Bray Wyatt comes out so they can “chat!” Pack up the puppets, put on a nice sweater vest and come out here, Bray! But the Firefly Fun House interrupts!

Bray waves hi to Raw and Kevin! Or should he say, bonjour! It’s nice to be part of the KO Show. That’s what friends do! And Kevin is Bray’s new friend, right? It’s always nice to make a new friend. To have someone to play ball with, or have a sleepover with, maybe make a mess finger-painting with, or even bury a dead body in the woods together with! Friends are so great! Huskis worries about The Draft. Ramblin’ Rabbit, too! Don’t worry, guys! Friends stick together no matter what! Bray even wrote a song about it! “Friends! Are very special~! Friends! The warm your heart~! Friends! What would we do without them~? Friends! ’til death do us part~!” And Mercy eats Ramblin’, again. But c’mon, Kevin! Sing along!

NO! Kevin is not going to sing. That is the only thing worse than having to watch this demented Mr. Rogers reboot. And they’re not friends! Though, they could have, until Bray attacked Kevin on Friday! Bray can’t brainwash Kevin like he did Alexa. The only thing that matters is that Bray gets in this ring so we don’t have to wait until Friday for Kevin to beat the hell out of Bray! Well that’s not very nice. And Bray doesn’t like bullies. Neither does he. As for Alexa, that’s none of your business. That’s between her and him. “IT’s quite clear that you’ve got no idea what you’ve gotten yourself into.” But on SmackDown this Friday, Kevin will. So, consider this a warning! After all, that’s what friends are for! Bye~!

Well, Kevin knows what that all translates to. Kevin won’t wait until Friday, so if Bray isn’t coming to the ring, Kevin’s going to Bray. Kevin heads out but Aleister attacks!! Blindside forearm and a BLACK MASS!! The Embodiment of the End just made sure Kevin doesn’t even get to start anything with Bray! But does that mean things aren’t over between these two?


Raw returns with a backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.

Charly welcomes us back and welcomes the WWE World Champion. She knows for months that Orton has gotten under McIntyre’s skin. McIntyre stops her there because he knows this is about Orton. Why did he attack? How does he feel about Orton’s attack on the legends? What does he say to Orton’s Hell in a Cell challenge? McIntyre answers all of that by saying this: ” Every time I see Randy Orton, or I’m even in the same building as Randy Orton from now on, I kick the crap out of ’em.” That’s how it was at the start of the night, it will be that way to end the night, and actually, McIntyre will address Orton directly now.

“Thank you? The hell is wrong with you, Randy? The answer’s yes. We both know what that match does to people.” Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. But McIntyre isn’t going to be locked in there with Orton, Orton’s gonna be locked in there with McIntyre! If the title and legacy is on the line, Orton isn’t going to purgatory. He’s going straight to hell! Who even survives this Hell in a Cell?


Exhibition: Keith Lee VS Braun Strowman!

The Limitless One accepted the opening challenge for this exhibition against the Monster, but that might be a taller task than he thinks. What happens when these behemoths collide without having to worry about the consequences?

The bell rings and Keith stares down with Strowman as they circle. They tie up, go around, then let off when it’s a deadlock. They go again, Lee headlocks but Strowman powers out. They collide, neither even budges! Strowman brushes off his shoulder, swings on Lee but they run into each other again! Strowman rebounds to DROPKICK Lee out! Strowman goes out and builds up steam, but Keith kicks him first! Keith clubs and knees Strowman and then whips him, but Strowman reverses to send Keith into the steps! The ref’s ring count hits 10!

Double Count-out

Strowman is FURIOUS, but he won’t let things end here! Strowman BLASTS Keith through the barriers!! The Monster doesn’t care about the consequences, and that includes the damages down to the ThunderDome! Keith gets up!? Strowman doesn’t like that and he heads back after him! The refs and security can’t stop this as Keith LEAPS to tackle Strowman! They brawl up the ramp, Strowman ROCKS Keith and Strowman brings him to the stage. But Keith sends Strowman into the LED wall!! The wall short circuits, but Keith goes back to TACKLE Strowman off the stage! They crash down into spare tables and equipment!! Strowman manages to rise and pushes Keith away!

Security and referees help the two out of the rubble, will Raw and SmackDown use the Draft to keep these two apart? Or make sure one of them gets both to do this all over again?


Bianca Belair is the SmartEST.

She and some friends get together for game night, and it’s clearly trivia. Why is the sky blue? Bianca is fast on the buzzer, and says the phrasing is misleading. The sky is made up of many colors, but blue has the shortest wavelength in the visible spectrum, so that is why it appears blue. Montage mode: Genghis Khan’s empire spanned over 9 million square miles; chess originated in India; an octopus has three hearts. Oh, sorry she’s answering them all. They can, too, if they hit the buzzer faster. And also, the answer is Plato. Bianca is on fire! Michael Jordan was the GOAT, until Bianca came around! She dominated the trivia game! Just let her know who finishes second.


Raw catches up with Drew Gulak.

The current WWE 24/7 Champion hides behind a dumpster, and he talks to the belt. Gulak will write about the title in his book, Drew Gulak’s Guide to Preparedness. Chapter 1: always be alert! But then Truth pops up out of the trash! Orton, that is the worst Drew Gulak mask he’s ever seen. Gulak bumps into the recycling! Where Akira Tozawa emerges!? “YOU!!” They go after each other, Gulak boots Tozawa down but Truth dumps him in the trash! “Mah baby!” Truth AND Tozawa jump into the dumpster, fight in the bags, and Gulak gets dragged back down! Someone is covering someone, the ref counts, and the winner is… TRUTH!!

Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)

FORTY-TWO TIMES!! Truth hurries off with the 24/7, 48/7, 7/11, 747, 1-95 South, European ThunderDome Television Championship! Will he get it washed before someone comes after him again?


The Hurt Business w/ MVP VS Apollo Crews & Ricochet w/ Mustafa Ali!

Shelton Benjamin and Bobby Lashley are going 2v2 without MVP, but they’re confident they can handle business. Will the Gold Standard and All Mighty United States Champion show what the Hurt Business can do for one’s career?

Raw returns and MVP has joined his business partners as he gives “an official announcement.” It seems MVP needs to clear up the confusion from last week. Apollo, Ricochet and Ali did NOT beat the Hurt Business. They won the match, but they never, EVER win the fight. They’re very talented young men, yes. So much so that MVP is offering them a position in the Hurt Business. Last week’s whatever it was would NOT have happened without interference from Retribution. MVP puts them all on notice, and will make it very clear so that they can understand. “T-Bag” and his buddies wanna run around and play tough, but they’ll learn! When you see the black ‘n’ gold, prepare to fold. Retribution can wear masks, dress up for Halloween and try to scare people, but Hurt Business fit the description of “what nightmares are made of!”

Ali comes out to say there’s just more excuses. Retribution’s logo on screen scared them? But what happened was MVP pushed Ali, and Ali pushed back. But MVP is always about excuses man! Ricochet speaks up, though. MVP gave them until the end of the night to give him an answer, but Ricochet just didn’t want to keep him waiting. Ricochet’s answer is… PASS! He got them there, huh? How cute. You think you’re funny? Well Ricochet’s gonna LeBron on him with the PASS! Hah! MVP mad? No, just disappointed that Ricochet forgot he’s about to be on the business end of some hurt. Oh but he already has. He didn’t run then, and he isn’t running now. MVP keeps things from breaking down. He wants this match to happen, and to put special emphasis on Ricochet. The teams sort out, the One and Only starts with Benjamin, and we see if The Hurt Business finally gets beat!

Benjamin and Ricochet tie up, Benjamin waistlocks but Ricochet scrambles around. Benjamin CLUBS Ricochet down, brings him up and scoops him, but Ricochet slips out the back and rolls off his back to then leap! Benjamin catches Ricochet, Ricochet sunset flips but Benjamin stays up! Benjamin drags Ricochet around into a FUJIWARA! Ricochet gets a ropebreak with a foot, Benjamin lets up. MVP coaches Benjamin as he drags Ricochet up. Tag to Lashley, Lashley throws forearms on Ricochet then brings him up for a scoop slam! Cover, TWO! Lashley puts Ricochet in a corner for big forearms, then whips him corner to corner. Lashley runs in but into a boot!

Ricochet goes out and springboards to missile dropkick! Hot tag to Apollo, and they both clothesline Lashley out! The Hurt Business regroups as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns, Lashley mugs Ricochet in the corner then RAMS into him! MVP tells Ricochet this is what he gets, and Lashley drags Ricochet back up to suplex. Lashley holds Ricochet up for a count of 10 and with one arm! He SLAMS Ricochet down, covers, TWO! Ricochet survives and Lashley grows frustrated, but he drags Ricochet around by his arm. Ricochet gets away for a moment but Lashley puts him on the rope to choke him! MVP talks trash in Ricochet’s face, but Lashley lets up at the ref’s count of 4. Lashley chokes Ricochet again, MVP gets too close and Ricochet JABS him! Lashley gives Ricochet a COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!

Tag to Benjamin, they mug Ricochet and Benjamin paces around him. Benjamin kicks Ricochet around, drags him back up but Ricochet kicks back. Benjamin catches it, ducks the enziguri but not the mule kick! Benjamin and Ricochet are down, fans rally up and hot tag to Apollo! Apollo rallies on Benjamin, hits Lashley for good measure, and boots Benjamin to hit the FROGGYBODY! Apollo RAMS Benjamin into a corner over and over, throws haymakers then fires up. Benjamin runs into a SPINE BUSTER! Standing moonsault! Cover, Lashley breaks it! Ricochet gets in, dodges Lashley to SUPERKICK! Lashley keeps going, SUPERKICK! Ricochet runs, into a tilt-o-whirl, flip and DOMINATOR! Apollo enziguris Lashley down!

Apollo lifts Benjamin but Benjamin slips out. Apollo breaks free, runs but Benjamin gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Tag to Lashley and MVP says they’re done. Lashley watches Apollo rise, runs in, but Apollo leaps over the Spear to ENZIGURI! Lashley staggers but gets Apollo for the MILE HIGH CHOKE SLAM! Lashley stalks Apollo, HURT LOCK!! Apollo endures but taps! The Hurt Business wins!

Winners: The Hurt Business, by submission

The Rocky Mountain Machine is the CEO of the Hurt Business for a reason! Will he, MVP and Benjamin continue to put the hurt on Apollo and his crew?


Murphy and Aalyah cross paths.

She wanted to talk to him all night. Murphy wants to apologize to her. This whole thing with Rollins has gotten way out of hand. It’s not her he needs to worry about, it’s Rollins. Is he actually going to apologize to him? He doesn’t know yet. There’s only a few minutes left before the deadline Rollins imposed. What will Murphy do?


Raw returns to the Hurt Business backstage.

MVP feels great after that win. They keep trying to tell those kids, but Lashley’s a good teacher. Ali finds them and is alone. Ali says he’ll be alone in the ring, but is fine if MVP brings his goons. After Ali takes care of MVP, he’ll go after Benjamin and then Lashley. MVP laughs and he keeps Lashley from putting the hurt on Ali now. Has the Beacon of Light made a very bad decision?


Seth Rollins heads to the ring.

The 10 PM Eastern deadline is almost upon us. The Monday Night Messiah wants an apology, Murphy told Aalyah he has no idea what he’s going to do. Rollins grabs a mic to say, “Alright, Murphy. The time has come. Your Messiah awaits your apology.” Murphy makes his entrance now, goes to the ring and stands before Rollins. Rollins doesn’t want to mince words or waste time. Murphy had an hour to think, so this should be very easy. All Murphy has to do is apologize and we can all move forward. But Murphy hesitates and Rollins doesn’t understand. Murphy is fine, so just spit it out, apologize, and they can continue to serve the greater good. Still, Murphy doesn’t speak.

What is eating at Murphy? Just get this over with! He doesn’t want to go down this road. We have seen firsthand what happens to those who stand in the way of the greater good. They’ve been through so much together. Rollins plucked Murphy from obscurity and saved his career by making him into the man he is right now before him. Just apologize. That’s all he has to do. That’s all… he has to do…! This shouldn’t be so hard! But it clearly is. Rollins keeps telling Murphy to apologize, and grabs him by the beard. Rollins made Murphy, so apologize! Rollins made him so he can break him! Rollins pushes Murphy, Murphy TACKLES Rollins!! They brawl, get up and Murphy BOOTS Rollins! They fall out of the ring, and Murphy tackles Rollins over the announce desk!

Murphy hammers away but Rollins rams him into barriers! Rollins hits back but Murphy keeps hitting Rollins! Rollins sends Murphy into the barriers, Murphy hits back, they brawl around ringside and Murphy bounces Rollins off the apron! Rollins flounders, Murphy drags him up but Rollins has a kendo stick! Murphy ducks the stick swing to tackle Rollins! Murphy has the kendo stick and SMACKS away on Rollins! Rollins scrambles away but Murphy follows to SMACK him more! Murphy chases Rollins back into the ring, Rollins begs for mercy! NOPE! Murphy SMACKS Rollins and demands Rollins apologizes! Rollins says he’s sorry, but again it’s not about Murphy. Apologize to Aalyah! Rollins begs Murphy stop. “Aalyah! Aalyah! Wherever you are-” SMACK! “I’m sorry, Aalyah! I’m sorry!!”

Murphy stops hitting Rollins and Rollins says he didn’t mean to bring her into this. Rollins takes his jacket off and asks for mercy. Murphy hesitates as Rollins asks Murphy stop. He’s done enough, Rollins is sorry. Murphy puts the kendo stick down, but Rollins goes after Murphy’s EYES!! Rollins rakes Murphy’s eyes and gets the kendo stick! Rollins SMACKS Murphy over and over! Rollins doesn’t show mercy back to Murphy! He breaks the stick on Murphy’s body, but he wants more! Rollins gets a CHAIR! Aalyah runs out to ask Rollins to stop. Dominik hurries out, too, and Rollins retreats.

Dom gets Aalyah away from Murphy, and now Rey and Angie are here. Rollins manages to get away on the outside, but Dom is still upset about Aalyah and Murphy. The Mysterio Family whisk Aalyah away, leaving Murphy all alone. Rollins still grins as Dom tries to get Aalyah to understand what Murphy has done to them. Has Rollins’ plan still worked out, even if he is without followers?


WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler VS The Riott Squad!

What was meant for Clash of Champions happens tonight! Will the Irresistible Force and Queen of Spades make up for the delay by making quick work of Ruby and Liv? Or will the extra time to prepare mean Ruby and Liv are even more likely to take the titles?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised and we finally see what makes a stronger tag team: friendship or business!

The teams sort out, Nia starts with Liv and Liv fires off! Nia shoves Liv down, runs in but Ruby tags in. The Squad go after Nia from all angles, chop block and blindside lariat! Tag to Liv, she jumps off Nia to piggyback onto Ruby, the Squad hits a DOUBLE SENTON! Cover, TWO! Liv keeps on Nia with haymakers, she runs and Ruby tags in., Nia CLOBBERS Liv, then fireman’s carries Ruby to put her in a Tree of Woe! Nia HEADBUTTS Ruby’s stomach, then runs into HIP ATTACK Ruby down! Nia kicks Ruby out of the ring to let the ring count handle this. Shayna wants in so Nia tags her. Shayna drags Ruby up to throw her into the apron! The ring count restarts, Shayna puts Ruby in, covers, TWO!

Shayna keeps her focus as she drags Ruby away from the corner. Shayna twists a wrist and bends the elbow. Shayna STOMPS the arm!! Ruby clutches the elbow, Liv shouts at Shayna but Shayna shows no remorse. Shayna looms over Ruby, grabs the bad arm again and has the keylock. Shayna moves around to twist the shoulder, then she goes after the wrist and fingers again, to SNAP it! Liv shouts at Shayna again but Shayna mocks the pain. Shayna drags Ruby up by the arm again for a keylock and just drags Ruby around! Ruby endures but Shayna throws her out hard! Nia tags in and drags Ruby up to RAM her into the apron! The champions are just doing what they want to Ruby as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Shayna KICKS Ruby in the chest! But Ruby eggs her on?! So Shayna KICKS Ruby again! Liv shouts at Shayna, Ruby eggs Shayna on again, so Shayna KICKS Ruby again! Ruby ducks the next kick, rolls Shayna up, TWO! Shayna grabs the arm, Ruby ROCKS Shayna with the good one! Hot tag to Liv and Liv fires off on Shayna! Nia tags in as Liv ENZIGURIS! Nia throws Liv to a corner, runs in but Liv boots! Liv hops up, huricanranas Nia into buckles! Liv runs at Shayna for a back body block! Liv gives Nia one! And then back to Shayna! Liv runs at Nia, Nia CLOBBERS her! Nia shouts and runs in but Liv boots her again! Liv goes up, Nia yanks her off and swings her up., Liv sunset flips, Nia stays up and drags Liv up to HEADBUTT!

Nia asks if Shayna’s good and Shayna says she is. She wants in so Nia tags her. The champs mug Liv with body shots, and Liv crawls to a corner. Shayna runs in, Liv dodges and the knee hits the buckle! Liv avoids the kick, Shayna gets a leg but Liv still tags Ruby in! Ruby runs past Shayna to knock Nia off the apron! Liv sweeps the legs on Shayna, Ruby runs into KICK Shayna down! Ruby runs again, hops up, Liv tags in as Ruby rebounds for the TORANDO DDT! Liv runs in, DOUBLJE STMOPS! Cover, TWO!! Ruby tags back in, she wrenches Shayna but Nia runs Liv over! Ruby SUPERKICKS Nia, but Shayna sweeps the legs! KNEE to Ruby’s head! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Ruby endures, Liv runs in but Nia catches her!! Liv can’t get free, Ruby taps!! Nia and Shayna win!!

Winners: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler, by submission (still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)

Shayna won’t let go! Liv tries to get Shayna off Ruby but Ruby is OUT! Nia smiles as she and Shayna get their belts back and hold them high. Liv is distraught by Ruby’s side. Will the Squad ever be the same after this? And while the Women’s Tag titles can go anywhere, will the champions still be on the same brand after the Draft?


The Street Profits speak!

We are ready! They are in the main event of Monday Night Raw! Dolph and Roode ain’t ready, because it’s time to get our Braveheart on with the world champion, Drew McIntyre! Does that mean they’re gonna moon Orton, Ziggler and Roode? Is that the only part of that movie Dawkins knows? Real talk, though. The Profits don’t need night vision to see Orton. Last Monday, what he did was cold. Ain’t no flair without Ric, and Edge & Christian taught us all we could have fun while being champs. The Big Show is an honorary Viking Profit, and the Profits are showstoppers just like HBK! Tonight, they’re coming for Orton, and not outta nowhere. The Profits are up, and #WeWantTheSmoke! McIntyre walks over, and says Roode and Ziggler are all theirs. HE gets to kick the crap out of Orton. Will the champions of Raw stand tall at the end of the night?


MVP w/ The Hurt Business VS Mustafa Ali!

Montel Vontavius Porter has Lashley and Benjamin with him because Ali dared him to! Will MVP dim the lights on the Beacon to teach him another lesson?

The bell rings and Ali circles with MVP. They approach, tie up, and MVP knees hard and low! MVP scoops and slams Ali to then drop the knee! Cover, TWO! Ali gets to ropes but MVP is after him with forearms. Ali hits back, MVP ROCKS Ali. MVP brings Ali up, throws more forearms in the corner, then whips Ali corner to corner. Ali bounces off buckles into a LARIAT! MVP asks Ali how he’s feeling. Is he still feeling tough? Cover, TWO! Another try, TWO! MVP rocks Ali again, has him on ropes to choke him, but lets off at 4. MVP brings Ali up, whips him to ropes but Ali ducks to dropkick MVP out of the ring! MVP regroups with the Hurt Business and a ring count starts. MVP says it’s time to teach Ali that lesson, and all three men get in!

Ali doesn’t back down but he is cornered. The ref tells them to back off, but the lights start flickering! Retribution makes its presence known again! And they’re actually here this time! T-Bar, Mace, Slapjack and the minions are all around here! Ali joins Hurt Business in this fight against them, but then Ali bails out! Ali joins Retribution instead?! MVP sees how it is as Ali sicks Retribution on them!! Mace RAMS MVP into barriers, T-Bar is after Lashley and Slapjack has Benjamin! They send Benjamin into steel steps, and then Lashley is all alone! That’s a 8v1 at least! Lashley till hits Mace but T-Bar clobbers him! T-Bar clubs away on Lashley then POSTS him! The steel steps are brought into this as they RAM Lashley into them!! “THIS is Retribution!” They are judge, jury and executioner, but have they always been with Ali?!


Six Man Tag: Drew McIntyre & The Street Profits VS Randy Orton, Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode!

After Clash of Champions, the Scottish Stud is still the WWE World Champion, and the Raw Tag Team Championships still belong to Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins. But while the Viper wants to take McIntyre to Hell in a Cell, surely the Show-Off and the Glorious One will want after gold, too. Will this become a sampler of those title matches and more?

The teams sort out, McIntyre starts against Roode but then Orton swipes at him. Roode uses that opening to attack and he punches McIntyre to a corner. Tag to Ziggler, they mug McIntyre in the other corner and then whip him corner to corner. McIntyre dodges Ziggler’s splash and clotheslines Roode, then he CHOPS Ziggler! Orton gets in but the RKO is denied! McIntyre hits Roode, throws him out, and he glare at McIntyre. Ford runs in and FLIES to take out the Glorious Show-Offs! The champions stand tall as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Ziggler talks trash on Dawkins. Ziggler pushes Dawkins around but Dawkins DECKS him! Hot tag to Ford! Ford rallies on Ziggler with clotheslines and aw hip. Ziggler reverses, Ford leaps over him and leaps to lariat! Roode runs in but into a dropkick! Ziggler back suplexes, Ford lands on his feet to back suplex Ziggler! Ford handsprings and standing moonsautls! Cover, TWO! Ford keeps his cool as he runs. Roode distracts the ref, Orton trips Ford up and Ziggler attacks! Roode tags in, Ford fights him and Ziggler off, but Roode reverses the whip for a GLORIOUS SPINE BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Roode stomps Ford, drags him up and tags Orton in. Roode throws Ford out and Orton pursues to give Ford a back suplex to the announce desk!

McIntyre glares at Orton as Orton puts Ford back in the ring. Orton gets in and drags Ford up to look at his partners. Orton stomps Ford’s hand while glaring at McIntyre. Orton brings Ford up to knock him down with an uppercut. Orton stands Ford up again, taunts McIntyre and Dawkins with a possible tag, but Ford throws body shtos! Orton kicks low and throws Ford down by his hair. Orton sucker punches Dawkins and taunts McIntyre. The ref keeps McIntyre in the corner, Ford kicks back and DDT’s! Ford and Orton crawl for their corners as fans rally up. Hot tags to McIntyre and Ziggler! McIntyre rallies on Ziggler, whips him to ropes and OVERHEAD suplexes him! McIntyre DECKS Roode for good measure!

McIntyre THROWS Ziggler again! McIntyre sees Orton getting in and bumps him off buckles first! McIntyre drags Orton into the ring, rains down rights, but Roode and Ziggler go after him! The ref tells them to stop, the Glorious Show-Offs mug McIntyre to a corner. Dawkins tags in, McIntyre pushes Ziggler and HEADBUTTS Roode! Ziggler SUPERKICKS McIntyre, Dawkins rolls Ziggler up, TWO! Ziggler runs in and counters the Anointment with the SATELLITE DDT! Dawkins tumbles down in a heap, Orton reaches out and Ziggler tags him in. Orton takes his time toying with Dawkins as he stomps him to the apron. Orton drags Dawkins through the ropes, DRAPING DDT! Orton hears the voices in his head as he watches Dawkins rise! R- NO! No RKO, ANOINTMENT!!

Tag to Ford, Ford goes up top, FROM THE HEAVENS!! Cover, but Roode AND Ziggler break it! Dawkins gets in, Roode throws him out but Ford enziguris Roode! Ziggler stalks Ford for the ZIG- NO! McIntyre tags in, Ford bucks Ziggler off but misses the enziguri to get a FAMOUSER! CLAYMORE sends Ziggler OUT! McIntyre has Orton all to himself now but Roode runs in. CLAYMORE for Roode! Orton waits for McIntyre to kip up, to RKO!! Cover, Orton, Ziggler and Roode win!!

Winners: Randy Orton, Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode, by pinfall

The Viper strikes the champion down!! Orton took advantage of the chaos, but it won’t be the same inside the cell! Will McIntyre make Orton pay when there’s nowhere to run and nowhere to hide?

My Thoughts:

An incredible episode to be the “go-home” to the WWE Draft! Obviously this is meant to at least feel like the last night some superstars will be on Raw, so the matches were all on a higher level for that reason. Orton had a long promo that wasn’t really necessary. Orton describing what he did to the legends was really just for his character’s ego, but it was great for McIntyre to attack him. McIntyre VS Orton, Hell in a Cell match for the title, is going to be great and has to be the blow-off somehow, that’ll be three matches in a row. The Six Man Tag main event was great stuff, and it works that Orton gets the win off McIntyre to make the math work in McIntyre’s favor. I’m not sure if the Draft moves Orton to SmackDown or not, he seems just fine on Raw still. But I would hope McIntyre stays because there are still plenty of people on Raw that could challenge him, they’re just in other stories.

For example, Keith Lee and Braun Strowman, who surely started a feud here tonight. The Draft will move Strowman over and they can both wreck the ring all over again! Another possibility is Seth Rollins, given his overall Monday Night Messiah story. The match he and Murphy had against Dominik and Carrillo was really good, the dysfunction with Murphy resulting in that fight was great, and while bringing in Aalyah is still an odd point, I’m still going with this somehow being Murphy’s redemption. Dom and Rey still aren’t ready to trust Murphy, but depending on Rollins’ next move, Murphy might “sacrifice” himself in saving the Mysterios.

And then there’s how things might shake out with Kevin, Aleister and Bray. The KO Show was a good segment, and Aleister attacking outta nowhere was both surprising but not surprising since that’s what he’s been doing. I feel like the easiest move is to move Kevin to SmackDown, with Kevin and Aleister have their blow-off match next Raw. Moving Aleister with Kevin means moving Vega, too. Vega may have lost to Asuka twice already, but if Bayley retains, then Vega isn’t getting a title shot because that’s Heel VS Heel, something WWE rarely does. Speaking of the Women’s Division, the Six Woman was really good but the Women’s Tag title match was incredible! Ruby basically gets Dakota’d by Shayna, she endures so much at the hands of Shayna and Nia, and in the end she is the one that takes the loss.

While they have the belts, it doesn’t matter where Shayna and Nia go, but it feels like Bayley and Sasha were the only reasons the tag belts were going to all brands. USA has been hoarding the tag titles and the 24/7 Championship, so I don’t think those champions are going anywhere. Truth, Gulak and Tozawa had some great stuff again, I wonder if Gulak is getting drafted to Raw to keep these three going. It’s a bit of a shame, WWE really should have tried to reunite Catch Point (Gulak and Riddle) in SmackDown’s tag division. And I would hope Raw makes sure they keep both the Hurt Business and Retribution, because HOLY CRAP! Mustafa Ali not just joining but LEADING Retribution!? That’s an amazing way to salvage Retribution! And I feel like it’s salvaging, there’s no way they had something this wild just waiting to be sprung on us. But now, there are four men in Retribution that can take on the four men of Hurt Business, THIS would make a great match for the traditional Survivor Series elimination tag.

My Score: 9/10

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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (2/27/24)

The Czar and… HIM!



NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Ilja Dragunov confronts Carmelo Hayes face to face!

Before they once again battle for the NXT Championship, Ilja Dragunov dares Carmelo Hayes to look him in the eyes! Will Melo man up and do it?


  • Kelani Jordan VS Kiana James w/ Izzi Dame; Kiana wins.
  • The Good Brothers VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe; The Good Brothers win.
  • Roxanne Perez VS Jakara Jackson w/ Lash Legend; Roxie wins.
  • DIJAK VS Luca Crusifino; Dijak wins.
  • Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone VS Lexis King; Von wins.
  • Gigi Dolin VS Jaida Parker w/ OTM; Jaida wins.
  • NXT Heritage Cup Championship: Noam Dar w/ The Meta Four VS ??? w/ The No Quarter Catch Crew; Charlie Dempsey wins and becomes the new NXT Heritage Cup Champion.


Ilja Dragunov is here!

The NXT Champion heads to the ring and the fans are all fired up, because the Mad Dragon is not going to wait any longer! “Carmelo Hayes! You disgusting rodent of a man! Let’s go!! I’m not in the mood to wait around all night. This is Stand & Deliver season!” The fans fire up for that! Dragunov says what did Melo say last week? That if this isn’t about the NXT Championship, there’s nothing to talk about? What Melo is looking for is right here. So come on out of your little hiding place, and let’s talk about it. Melo makes his entrance and the fans boo, and now security moves in to be a wall between Dragunov and HIM.

Melo has a mic of his own to say, “Ilja, you the NXT Champion, for now. But you ain’t the superstar that make this brand go, I am. And it’s been that way since I stepped on the scene with that ruthless aggression. Y’see this right here, Ilja? This security. They’re Melo’s security. And they’re here to do whatever it is I need them to do. Look at you. You still pissed off that I used you, huh, Ilja? That I made Trick doubt the Great Ilja Dragunov, with your custom suits, so honorable and all your integrity. Ugh, you make me sick.” Fans boo and tell Melo to “Shut The Hell Up!” Melo says he can tell Dragunov is spiteful.

Dragunov says after what Melo did, he is damn right about Dragunov! And that is why Melo isn’t stepping in that ring with him. Not until he sees a contract and Ava makes this official. Because, Ilja, losing that NXT Championship is your biggest fear. And Melo knows Ilja isn’t the type to try and take Melo out before the match. So go ahead, get it all in order, and then they can talk business. Fans boo more but Melo says Dragunov has until the end of the night. Dragunov drops the mic, rushes up, and he CLOBBERS security guard after security guard! Melo falls back, the remaining guards form a circle around him.

Dragunov stays back, he raises the belt, but will Melo still get what he wants?


NXT Media catches up with Ava Raine.

Just before the show began, reporters asked the NXT General Manager about the big show planned tonight. Yes, this is a big lead-up to Stand & Deliver. Then she spots Gigi Dolin and asks what’s up. Gigi says she just wanted to talk about what’s next for herself. Absolute, this is a competitive Women’s Division, they can definitely talk it out. Awesome! They went to Ava’s office, where Jaida Parker was already waiting. How’d she get in here? Jaida says she had a key. Now, no disrespect, but they gotta talk about Jaida’s future. She ran through Rizzo, and- Gigi says great win, yeah. But Gigi’s meeting was first, line starts behind her.

Jaida says she doesn’t wait in any lines, and especially not behind Gigi. Gigi says Jaida should learn who she’s talking to. Hold on, World Star’s never mentioned Gigi. Well, she’ll give them something to talk about then. Ava has them both stop. They’re not gonna World Star in here. What’s next for both of them will be each other. So now they can leave, starting with Jaida. Jaida heads out, will she be making World Star news after getting toxic with Gigi?


Kelani Jordan VS Kiana James w/ Izzi Dame!

The Gym Princess has been getting the spotlight, and that put her on the Calculator’s hit list! Will Kiana prove she’s still the future of NXT and no one else? Or will Kelani’s potential be off the charts?

The bell rings and Kiana circles with Kelani. They tie up, Kiana powers Kelani to a corner and gets up in her face. The ref counts, Kelani avoids the elbow, and she wags her finger. Kiana runs up, but Kelani wrenches and wristlocks. Kiana rolls, handsprings, and wrenches back to YANK the arm! Kelani spins through then goes up and up to ARABIAN PRESS ARM-DRAG! The fans fire up and Kelani storms up, but Kiana rams her low! Kiana whips, Kelani goes up and headscissors to RANA Kiana away! Kiana bails out, Kelani runs up, but Izzi plays roadblock! Kelani goes up and out to ASAI MOONSAULT them both then! The fans fire up as NXT goes picture in picture!

Kelani tells Izzi that’s what she gets, then she drags Kiana into the ring. Cover, TWO! Kiana sits up, into Kelani’s SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Kelani drags Kiana up, whips her to a corner hard, then storms up. Kelani whips corner to corner, Kiana reverses but Kelani goes up again,. But Kiana blocks the rana to SLAM Kelani down, then literally KICKS her out of the ring! Izzi is there to taunt Kelani, and Kiana goes out after her. Kiana drags Kelani up to SMACK her off the apron! Kiana then CHOPS Kelani, high fives Izzi, then RAMS Kelani into the apron! The ref reprimands, the ring count climbs, but Kiana puts Kelani in.

Kiana talks trash while she stalks Kelani, then brings her up. Kelani throws body shots, only for Kiana to knee her low! Kiana drags Kelani up to TOSS her to a corner. Kiana handsprings, runs in and RAMS into Kelani! Kiana then brings Kelani out to kitchen sink knee! Cover, TWO! Kelani stays in this but Kiana scowls as she looms over her. Kiana taunts Kelani, CHOKES her on the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Izzi laughs at Kelani while she crawls away. Kiana drags Kelani up to CLUB her down, then goes to ropes. Kiana whips but Kelani turns knee into roll-up! TWO, and Kelani gets around to backslide! TWO!

Kiana stands, knees Kelani low again, then drags her around. Kiana suplexes, GOURD BUSTERS, and covers, TWO! Kelani toughs it out but Kiana clamps onto her for a seated cobra twist! Kelani endures being stretched and bent! Kelani fights up and throws body shots. NXT returns to single picture but Kiana knees low! Kiana whips, Kelani ducks ‘n’ dodges, DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! Izzi is worried for Kiana while both women are down. The fans rally for Kelani as she sputters, but Kiana crawls her way over. Kiana throws a forearm, but Kelani forearms back! Kiana forearms again, but Kelani gives it back!

The fans rally up but Kiana kicks low. Kiana back suplexes, Kelani lands out, and she CLOBBERS Kiana! And again! And then cartwheel BACK ELBOW! Kelani kips up, the fans fire up, and Kelani blocks a kick to step-over WHEEL KICK! Cover, TWO! Kelani is frustrated but she watches Kiana rise. Kelani handsprings but Kiana catches her! Kiana pops Kelani around but Kelani slips free, rebounds, hurdles and handsprings again! Clinch and FLATLINER! The fans fire up as Kelani pushes Kiana to a cover, TWO!! Kiana survives and Kelani growls. Izzi is worried but Kelani drags Kiana up. Kelani hooks Kiana up but Kiana slips free to KNEE low again!

Kiana puts Kelani on the apron, but Kelani RAMS into her! Kelani slingshots up and over, keeps moving, but Kiana SPINEBUSTERS! High stack, TWO!! Kiana loses her cool as Kelani stays in this! Kiana drags Kelani back up, reels her in, but Kelani cradle counters! TWO!! Kiana kicks low, whips, but Kelani holds ropes! Kelani kicks, Kiana blocks and flips Kelani to the apron! Kelani ROUNDHOUSES Kiana back, but Kiana distracts the ref. Kelani slingshots but Izzi YANKS her right down!! The fans boo but Izzi gets Kelani in the ring! Kiana hurries to drag Kelani in, for the DEAL BREAKER! Cover, Kiana wins!

Winner: Kiana James, by pinfall

The Izzi insurance policy strikes again! Will nothing stop these two in their hostile takeover of NXT?


NXT shares footage from after last week’s show.

Roxanne Perez was still seething over someone else swooping in and getting a title shot before her. Last time was Tatum and Lola, this time was Shotzi and Lash Legend! Is the universe just against her? And leave the broken TV where it is, it doesn’t matter! But Jakara says, “Check, please.” This is just how a superstar operates. Lash Legend stays ready so she ain’t gotta get ready. That’s something Roxie needs to understand. Roxie says Lash was just in the right place at the right time. Unlike Jakara right now. Oh, whatever, you lost, just go- Roxie fires off on Jakara! The rest of the locker room rushes in, but this explains tonight’s match. Will Roxie’s wrath wreck Miss Jackson?


The Good Brothers VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe!

In a shocking return last week, Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows ran in, wrecked some top teams in NXT, and then staked their claim to the top spot! Will the Machine Gun and Big LG make NXT Too Sweet? Or will they learn Malik & Edris are far from rookies?

NXT returns as Malik & Edris make their entrance. The teams sort out and Malik starts against Karl. Karl kicks low, bumps Malik off buckles, then fires off haymakers. The ref counts but Karl stomps away until 4. The fans fire up, Karl talks some smack on Malik, then storms back up. Karl whips Malik to ropes, but Malik ducks ‘n’ dodges, cartwheels and DROPKICKS! The fans fire up for “Malik! Da Freak!” as he wrenches and brings Karl over. Tag to Edris, they double whip Karl to ropes, then double drop toehold! Then they DOUBLE DROPKICK! Gallows gets in but he gets DOUBLE DROPKICKS, too!

The ref reprimands and Gallows bails out. Edris runs at Karl but Karl UPPERCUTS him away! Then UPPERCUTS him again! Karl whips, Edris goes up and over and keeps moving, to RANA Karl away! Karl flounders, Edris runs up to CHOP! Tag to Malik, he and Edris double whip Karl again. Double shoulders knock Karl down, then Malik sets up so Edris can run and POMMEL HORSE SPLASH! Edris sets up now and Malik runs, step-up ELBOW DROP! The fans fire up for the combo moves and Malik brings Karl around. Gallows shouts at Malik and that’s a distraction enough for Karl to pull Malik’s ear!

Karl puts Malik in the corner, tags Gallows, and the Good Brothers mug Malik! The ref counts, the Good Brothers let off and Karl eggs Edris on. Gallows digs his boot in, stands on Malik, then lets off. Gallows brings Malik up, suplexes and puts him on the ropes, to then run and BOOT Malik down! The fans are torn as Big LG drags Malik up. Malik throws body shots but Gallows UPPERCUTS! Malik sits back, only for Gallows to rain down elbows! Gallows clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Malik down. The fans rally as Malik endures and fights up. Malik throws body shots, but Gallows HEADBUTTS him down!

Gallows puts Malik in the corner to fire body shots, then he UPPERCUTS! Malik sits right down and the fans fire up. Gallows stomps Malik, tags Karl, and Karl stomps Malik. Karl clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Malik into the mat. Malik endures, the fans rally up, and Malik fights to his feet. Malik throws elbows but Karl CLUBS Malik. Karl reels Malik in for a back suplex, but Malik lands out of it! Malik sunset flips Karl, TWO! Karl stands up but Malik dodges him, hot tag to Edris! Edris dodges Karl to BLAST Gallows! Edris rallies on Karl with big clotheslines, then he runs to SLING-DOG! Gallows runs in, Malik & Edris DUMP him back out!

Edris kicks Karl, reels him in, JACKHAMMER! Malik LEAPS at Gallows, but Gallows catches him! Gallows SHOVES Malik into steel steps! Edris BOOTS Gallows from the apron! Edris then climbs, aims at Karl, 450- NO, Edris has to roll through as Karl moves! Karl comes back to SPINEBUSTER! Tag to Gallows and the Good Brothers get Edris up. MAGIC KILLER!! Cover, Good Brothers win!

Winners: The Good Brothers, by pinfall

But before the celebration can begin, Chase U is here! Andre Chase says if the Good Brothers wanna interrupt a Chase U victory, then they’re gonna learn that karma’s a bitch! Duke Hudson says Gallows & Anderson aren’t the first team to come into NXT thinking they can just do what they want. But this time, Chase U’s backs aren’t turned. And y’know what that calls for, Mr. Chase? Oh, yes. These two deserve an Andre Chase University sized- WAIT! Axiom & Nathan Frazer storm out here! Frazer says here we go again. Mr. Chase, Duke, congrats on being #1 contenders. But when it comes to Gallows & Anderson, Axiom & Frazer have next.

Good Brothers wanna jump people from behind? Well, at least when a team like LWO shows up to NXT, they confront people to their face. Axiom adds that he and Frazer have no problem dealing with Good Brothers. Duke says not if Chase U gets them first. But then speaking of LWO! Cruz & Wilde are up top, they DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICK the Good Brothers! And all the teams go after Gallows & Anderson! Gallows & Anderson bail out, and then we see the Wolf Dogs watching from the perch! The NXT Tag Team Champions are very amused at all the teams fighting each other, but will they be ready for when Chase U looks to be a Roadblock next week?


Ava Raine is on the phone.

She confirms to whoever this is, that there will be some big title matches for Roadblock, it will be a great show. Someone walks in, and it’s Oba Femi! Ava excuses herself from the call and asks what’s up. Oba wants to know who is his next “victim.” Ava says she is figuring that out because there are many guys who’d love a shot at the North American Championship. Oba says they might say that now, but when they get in the ring with him, they will regret those words. But then in steps Ilja! Champion stares down champion, and Oba smiles before he leaves. Dragunov says he and Ava need to talk. Is The Czar going to acquiesce to Melo’s demands?


Roxanne Perez VS Jakara Jackson w/ Lash Legend!

We saw how this match came about, now we’re gonna see how it goes! Will The Prodigy use her new edge to cut down one of the Meta Four? Or will her anger get the better of her this close to Stand & Deliver?

NXT returns as Jakara makes her entrance, Lash right by her side. The bell rings and the two rush in! Roxie hits a THESZ PRESS and fast hands! Jakara gets away, goes out, but Roxie runs up! Lash gets Jakara away so Roxie stops herself. Roxie rushes out there but Lash stands in the way. Jakara runs up but Roxie avoids the sucker punch to ROCK Jakara! Roxie pushes Jakara in but Jakara kicks back! Lash talks trash and Jakara puts Roxie in. Jakara runs up to DROPKICK Roxie to a corner! The fans rally, Jakara fires body shots on Roxie, then says she’s Miss Jackson! CHOP! Roxie sputters and crawls, Jakara talks trash, but Roxie elbows her back!

Roxie puts Jakara in a corner and UPPERCUTS! Roxie CHOPS, CHOPS, and then shoves Jakara down. Roxie goes up and up and LIONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Jakara survives but Roxie got her with legs more than anything. Roxie puts Jakara on ropes, whips her, but Jakara reverses. Roxie stops herself to SOBAT! Roxie then reels Jakara in for a facelock! Jakara endures, they go around and around, and Roxie CLUBS Jakara down. Roxie hops on, but Lash reaches out to save Jakara! The fans boo, but then the ref EJECTS Lash! Lash protests but she did it in plain sight! Jakara is devastated, but then Roxie goes after her!

Jakara gest around, pulls hair, EDGE-O-MATIC! Cover, TWO! Roxie goes to ropes, Jakara runs up and trips Roxie! Jakara drags Roxie to the apron to CLUB her, then Jakara shoves her back in. Jakara clamps onto Roxie with chicken wings but the fans rally up. Jakara shifts to a motorcycle stretch and she leans back to really pull on the arms! The ref counts as Jakara pulls hair now! Roxie pops free to cover, TWO! Jakara SMACKS Roxie off the mat, she pie faces her around, then stands her up. Roxie SLAPS Jakara! Jakara SLAPS back! Roxie SLAPS again, now it’s a SLAP fight! Roxie gets Jakara good, then fires off body shots!

The fans fire up with Roxie and she whips. Jakara reverses but Roxie CLOBBERS her! Roxie SMACKS Jakara, then SHOTGUNS her down! Roxie kips up, fires up, and she runs in to UPPERCUT in the corner! Roxie wrenches and clinches, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! And then CROSSFACE!! Jakara taps, Roxie wins!

Winner: Roxanne Perez, by submission

Roxie lets go and has a sinister smile on her face. Jakara said you say ready so you don’t have to get ready, so is this prove Roxie is ready for one more shot at the title?


Thea Hail talks with Jacy Jayne & Jazmyn Nyx.

So Thea talked with Riley. He came crawling back? Men always do. Because the women don’t chase the men, the men chase the women. Right… No. It was the opposite. He was really excited to go on the date with Thea, but then the girl he went out with wasn’t the girl he expected. So he said they’re better off as friends. Wait, what’d he expect? Uh, duh, the happy, energetic, fun-loving Thea. Oh, so the old Thea. Well, sorta. So, the Thea that was a loser? What? No, not this Thea. The old Thea! That Thea was a loser. Well, Fallon- Fallon Henley? She’s a moron! She practically begs people to be her friend!

The Thea that Jacy saw, who desperately needed help in her Chase U shirt and uncontrollable energy? Trust Jacy, Thea is much better off. What about Duke & Chase? They’re losers! They’re all losers! If not for Jacy, Chase U would be gone. True… But then in walks Kiana & Izzi. Kiana compliments Jacy on the calendars. Didn’t they sell out three times already? Thank you! Someone gets it! Jacy tells Kiana that Thea wanted to actually take advice from Fallon. Pfft, Fallon? Really? They all laugh and say Fallon is the last person to listen to on anything. Agreed. So, tell Kiana more about the calendar.

Jacy & Jazmyn leave with Kiana & Izzi, and Thea sighs. A loser? Seriously? Is Thea starting to see Jacy’s true colors aren’t Chase U black and red?


The Wolf Dogs are backstage.

Bron Breakker is talking to Baron Corbin about spicing up the jacket. Bron has an airbrush guy, they can do something about this. Corbin doesn’t care, this isn’t Spring Break 99, he’s not spray-painting his jacket. Okay, okay, fine. Maybe just put some tanner on his pasty face then. The Good Brothers walk by and Corbin asks if they had a rough night. The tag division’s got some depth, huh? Karl says look, it’s Corbin acting like he loves this place. Corbin says they got jokes. NXT reinvigorated Corbin’s career! Reinvigorated! Corbin’s back to kicking asses. Back to kicking asses! And he won these tag titles all by himself! All by him-

Wait. Corbin, c’mon, stop messing around. Corbin tells Bron he’s just messing around, Mr. SmackDown. That was a really good Spear from Bron last Friday, right? Gallows says these are the NXT Tag Team Champions? Then this is gonna be easier than they thought. Karl agrees, and while the Dogs have their jokes, it stoked a flame inside the Good Brothers that’s been gone a long time. See, Good Brothers came here like Corbin did eight months ago. And he doesn’t like that, because he knows it won’t take them that long to become NXT Tag Team Champions. Corbin says last week, they said Corbin was a comedian.

But what’s really funny is the sound Karl’s face made when AJ Styles slapped him across the mouth. Bron adds an “OHHH~!” Karl says then you go ahead and try something. Gallows says not yet. Bron says between the four of them, yeah it’s a good time, he and Corbin make jokes. But when the bell rings, the dogs come out, and they destroy everyone. Good catchphrase. Let’s see if the dogs get past Chase U. And if they do, Good Brothers will be waiting. Is The OC ready to Stand & Deliver?


DIJAK VS Luca Crusifino!

#HardJustice and the Legal Eagle had a… disagreement on how to treat Joe Gacy. Luca believes no one is above the law, but Dijak says he IS the law! Cliche as that may sound, will Dijak prove to Luca that might makes right? Or will Luca bring Dijak to true justice?

NXT returns and Luca makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two tie up. Dijak knees low, then ROCKS Luca! Luca staggers, Dijak talks trash but Luca fires off body shots and haymakers! Luca CLUBS Dijak, swings more, but Dijak pulls hair! Luca avoids the haymaker to clothesline Dijak up and out! Luca runs to WRECK Dijak, and Dijak tumbles up and over the desk!! The fans fire up and Luca gets Dijak in. But he can’t lift Dijak! Dijak throws hands, Luca hits back, the fans fire up. Luca runs up but Dijak ELBOWS him! Dijak goes up, leaps, but into an UPPERCUT! Luca runs corner to corner to CANNONBALL!

The fans fire up with Luca, and he drags Dijak up. Dijak still fights the back suplex, throws more hands and then CLUBS Luca down. Luca clutches his back but Dijak stomps him. Dijak stalks Luca to a corner, then throws elbow after elbow! The ref counts, Dijak CLUBS Luca in the chest. Dijak stands Luca back up, and CHOPS! Luca screams in pain and the fans “WOO~!” Dijak says how’s that? He CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Luca CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! They fire hands, Dijak SUPERKICKS Luca back! The fans are thunderous as Dijak reels Luca, TIME TO- NO, Luca slips free! And he back suplexes! Only for Dijak to land out and LARIAT!

The fans fire up while both men rise. Dijak choke grips, but Luca fights with elbows and a LARIAT! And another LARIAT! Dijak stays up, so Luca runs to LARIAT! Dijak is still up, so Luca runs again! LARIAT! Dijak swings, Luca gets around, BIG back suplex! The fans fire up while both men are down again. Luca roars, runs corner to corner, and clotheslines in the corner! Luca keeps moving, but the CYCLONE BOOT finds him! Dijak roars, drags Luca up and torture racks, FEAST YOUR EYES! Cover, Dijak wins!

Winner: Dijak, by pinfall

Hard Justice might have won out, but Luca put up a hell of a fight! And wait! Here comes Joe Gacy! He is tearing free of the straitjacket! Dijak is furious, he shouts at Gacy, and Luca finds Tony D’Angelo’s crowbar?! Luca CLOBBERS Dijak, and then Gacy goes after Dijak! Gacy CLUBS away, sending Dijak to the back! And as for Luca, well, the D’Angelo Family is watching backstage. The Don confirms with Stacks and Rizzo, he saw what we all saw. Tony tells Stacks to go get Luca. Right now? No, Tony has bigger business to handle. Then Stacks can go get him. Stacks says, “You got it, boss.” Does Tony mean all this in a good way or a bad way?


Backstage interview with Noam Dar & Oro Mensah.

Kelly Kincaid spooks Supernova 11 while he was drinking, and he says don’t do that! He has PTSD from the sneak attack by Von & Stone! She doesn’t even care! Kelly apologizes, and then asks that the Catch Clause means he could be facing anyone from the No Quarter Catch Crew. Who would Dar prefer to face tonight? Dar says Meta Four is ready for anything. Tonight, Jakara took Roxie to her limit, Lash had two matches in one night, and in the second one, with no preparation, she nearly won the NXT Women’s Championship. Kelly, who is doing it like them? NOBODY~! Dar & Oro high-five.

Dar says Catch Clause this, Catch Clause that, it can be Papa Gulak, Uncle Mullet, it can be… Uh, who’s the fourth guy? Oro says just call him “new guy.” It could be the new kid or Charlie the Chocolate Factory. The result remains the same: Meta Four, five trophies, one picture. Check, please! Back to you, Vic & Booker! Dar’s always wanted to do that. But will all the confidence in the world not save Dar from whoever the NQCC is sending his way?


Lyra Valkyria is here!

The Morrigan heads to the ring and the fans cheer. The NXT Women’s Champion gets the mic, and says first thing’s first: We all wish Shotzi a speedy recovery. The fans cheer that, and Lyra wants to make it known that when Shotzi makes it back, Lyra owes her the title shot. And we gotta give Lash her flowers, she showed up, showed out and stepped up. And Lyra still has the battle wounds to prove it. But Lyra promised us she’d still be here the champion, and well, she’s a woman who keeps her promises. And last week, Lyra made Tatum a promise. So trust her, no one is as shocked as Lyra that Tatum held up her end! Time to give her what she’s earned, right?

So then, Tatum, please come out here. The superfan hurries her way out, but from the crowd side! Lyra says of course. But Tatum gets into the ring with Lyra and says it is so good to see her. Lyra, last week was so hard for Tatum. And then Ava Raine came out to issue an open challenge just so someone else can get near her! “My sweet, sweet dove, in danger of losing her title!” Yes, but, Lyra didn’t. And Tatum actually did what she was asked to do. OF COURSE! Because Tatum would do anything for Lyra. And Tatum has proven her devotion for her! Er, uh… She proved she’s a woman of her word. Yes, that she did.

And Lyra did promise Tatum a surprise. So is Tatum ready? Tatum closes her eyes and holds out her hands but Lyra says no, she can keep her eyes open, it’s not like that. Oh, okay. Lyra spoke with Ava, some calls were made, and next week at Roadblock, Lyra & Tatum team together! OMG Tatum knew it! Lyra said it was a one time thing, but Tatum knew that they’d be together forever and ever and- Whoa, whoa, hold on. It is not them teaming as friends. So more than friends? As a team, taking on The Kabuki Warriors for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships! The fans fire up and Tatum can barely speak!

Tatum puts it together. Tatum.. And Lyra… against Asuka & Kairi for the tag titles? But wait! Ridge Holland comes out here now? He apologizes and says he is very happy about their opportunity, and he wishes them the best of luck in becoming champions together. But if they’re finished, then please leave because he has something very important to get off his chest. The fans boo Ridge stepping on Tatum’s moment, but Lyra & Tatum do exit. Ridge says he is a man of action more than he is of words. But it seems his actions as of late have gotten him in this predicament. When he retaliates, it is always Ridge who takes it “too far.”

But whether he likes it or not, whether he understands the bias, he is still here to apologize for all his actions. Fans boo, but Ridge says he was defending himself against Gallus. He was defending his family! There was no true malice behind it. But wait, the lights go out! And then the tron lights up! A voice says, “Truth will ultimately prevail. But there is pain in bringing it to light.” The lights go out again, and then someone is behind Ridge! They SMASH him with a chair! The fans chant “TEN! TEN! TEN!” because yes, it is TYE DILLINGER!! Or rather, Shawn Spears! The Chair Man is in NXT! The fans lose their minds, they didn’t think it was him! Is he going to take NXT to a perfect ten?


Brooks Jensen confronts Oba Femi!

Jensen says if Oba’s still looking for a challenger, then he’s that guy. Oba chuckles and asks if Jensen is sure. Because Jensen seems to be confused. Jensen says Briggs told him to grow some balls, so he put up that fight and busted Briggs up. Now if Oba takes the challenge, Jensen will bust him up! Oba stares Jensen down. Standing up after a fight is one thing, but after Oba is done, Jensen won’t even be able to walk away. Oba heads out, will he be right about his next “victim” soon regretting their decision?


Backstage interview with Carmelo Hayes.

At least, Kelly is hoping to, but security stands in front of the door. But word is, Ava is drafting a contract for a signing later tonight. Security lets Kelly through now, and Kelly asks Melo about earlier tonight. Melo has her stop, and says it is pretty simple. He wants Ilja out there, and Ava with a contract, signed, sealed and delivered. Then all Melo has to do is put his name to paper. But tell Ilja for him, no contract means no Melo. Kelly thanks him for his time, will Ava come through for both sides of the fight?


Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone VS Lexis King!

Though they failed against The Meta Four, Von & Stone are still proud of the fight they put up. However, effort doesn’t matter to The Drama King, only the results. Will Lexis make big bad Von bow down to him? Or will King be thrown off his throne and right through a table?

NXT returns and Von makes his entrance, Suit Man Stone by his side. The bell rings and the two circle. The fans rally, the two tie up, and Von shoves King right down! King gets up but gets thrown again, and again! Von swings, King dodges and CHOPS! Von just frowns, then he CHOPS King down! Von headlocks, King powers up and out, but Von hurdles then runs King over! Von whips King and back drops him! King writhes and the fans fire up! Von drags King up, says we’re going up, and he suplexes King! Stone starts a count for how long King is in the air, and Von goes past TEN to SLAM King at 13!

The fans fire up and Von waits on King. King is in a corner, Von runs up but King dodges! Knee hits buckle, then King dropkicks the knee! Von hobbles back up, but King KICKS his leg! And KICKS it again! King mocks Von but Von ROCKS King! King staggers, Von runs up but the boot gets stuck on ropes! King KICKS the leg, CHOPS and kicks Von more, then has the leg for a SHIN BREAKER! Then a DRAGON SCREW! King keeps on Von’s leg by puling it to the apron! King SLAMS the leg on the apron, then SLAMS it into the post! The fans boo, Stone is frustrated for Von but King pushes Von to a cover, ONE!!

King mocks Von, pushes him around, then kicks him. Von throws body shots but King CLUBS Von! King has the leg, and he SMASHES the knee into the mat! And he SMASHES the knee again! Von writhes, King grabs the leg, but Von kicks at King with the good leg! King still holds on, but Von BOOTS him! Von choke grips King, stands and shoves him, then DECKS King! And DECKS him again! Von whips but King KNEES back! Von roars, King runs, but Von BOOTS him down! The fans fire up with Von, and Von runs up to clothesline King up and out! The fans fire up as Stone mocks King. Von storms out but King throws hands.

King and Von brawl, but King sends Von into Stone! The fans boo but Von ROCKS King! Von checks Stone but Stone says focus on King. Von hurries back in, hauls him up but King CHOP BLOCKS the leg! King lines up the shot, and he BLINDSIDE KNEES Von! King then crosses the arms but Stone distracts King! King rushes up on Stone, and Von rolls King up! VON WINS!

Winner: Von Wagner, by pinfall

King is shocked but he just got a taste of his own medicine! So King goes after Von for it! King stomps the leg, rains down fists, but stone gets in! Stone drags King away by his hair but King SLAPS Stone! King crosses the arms, CORONATION! Fans boo but refs rush out to get King to back off. King may not have won, but he made Stone pay for it. Will nothing stop The Drama King from doing what he wants?


Tatum and Lyra regroup backstage.

They finish watching the Kabuki Warriors highlight package like the rest of us, and Asuka was undefeated for a really long time. But imagine, Lyra & Tatum take the Women’s Tag Team Championships back to NXT. And that would also mean Lyra is a double champion! Tatum will always look out for Lyra. She’s a really good partner. Who told her that? Jaida walks in and says she was gonna feel bad for Gigi, given she’s about to whoop dat ass. But uh, y’all two? You’ll be embarrassed by Asuka & Kairi! Lyra keeps Tatum back, and Arianna Grace stands up. Ladies, we’re all supposed to be supportive role models who settle arguments with words.

Not everything has to end in a fight! What problem does Lyra have with the Kabuki Warriors? There is no problem. Then why challenge them to a fight? Because they wanna be tag champions, duh! They are all champions in their hearts and in their minds. Jaida says she’d rather have a title around her waist than some dumb tiara on her head. Arianna is upset, and Lyra says this is pro-wrestling. Fighting is the norm. Arianna says it is only normal until they change it. What is the pageant queen inspired to do now?


Dijak argues with Ava.

Gacy should be in a padded cell! He’s a maniac! Ava says Dijak’s the one who threw the guy in a dumpster! Gacy says Dijak may be done with him, but he’s not done with Dijak! Wait, Gacy’s the one behind the camera?! Gacy attacks, security rushes in to stop these two and Ava says they cannot keep doing this! What will it take for Dijak and Gacy to put this to rest?


Gigi Dolin VS Jaida Parker w/ OTM!

Speaking of titles, of course both ladies want their shot at the top title. To get up the ranks, they’ll have to go through each other. Will Jaida from the block do as she promised and whoop dat ass? Or will Gigi make Jaida respect the former NXT Women’s Tag Team Champion?

NXT returns as Jaida makes her entrance, Nima, Price & Scrypts following behind. The bell rings and the fans rally. The two tie up, Jaida waistlocks and SLAMS Gigi down. Jaida talks trash on Gigi but Gigi runs up, Jaida gets around to waistlock, but Gigi switches. Gigi headlocks, spins, and drop toeholds! Gigi floats to a facelock and she grinds Jaida down. Jaida fights up, wrenches out and WRINGS, but Gigi rolls through! Gigi rolls Jaida up, TWO! Jaida knees low, talks trash, and she has Gigi on the ropes. The ref counts, Jaida lets off, and fans duel. Jaida SLAPS Gigi, eggs her on, then whips. Gigi ducks ‘n’ dodges to then hook and arm-drag!

Jaida tumbles to ropes, Gigi runs up and HIP ATTACKS! Gigi keeps moving and she DROPKICKS! Jaida sputters but Gigi covers, TWO! Gugi stalks Jaida to a corner, but Jaida kicks a leg out. Jaida bumps Gigi off buckles, throws hands, then stomps away. Jaida lets off, eggs Gigi on, but Gigi fires off forearms! Jaida ROCKS and CHOPS Gigi, hen knees low. Jaida scoops Gigi to put her in ropes, then CHOPS! Jaida runs, goes up and up and HIP DROPS! Cover, TWO! Jaida scowls, and she drags Gigi up. Jaida suplexes but Gigi cradle counters! TWO, and Jaida runs up to knee low! Jaida runs, and hits a BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!!

Gigi survives and Jaida grows frustrated. Jaida clamps on with a seated cobra twist but the fans rally as Gigi endures. Gigi fights up, throws body shots, but Jaida knees low. Jaida whips, runs in, but into a BOOT! Fans rally, Gigi goes to another corner and Jaida runs in, Gigi BOOTS Jaida, runs up, gets around and ROCKS Jaida with forearm after forearm! The fans fire up but is that Arianna Grace making her way out here? She’s pleading with Gigi and Jaida to stop fighting? Gigi dodges Jaida to SHOTGUN her down! Gigi then lines up the shot to LARIAT! And wrench, and ROUNDHOUSE! Gigi reels Jaida in but they both see Arianna.

Jaida avoids Gigi’s ripcord lariat to ROCK and CHOP Gigi! Gigi ROCKS Jaida, CHOPS her and fires off fast hands! Arianna keeps begging, Gigi blocks Jaida’s shot to kick a leg out! Kawada Kicks! Arianna gest on the apron, the ref says to get down, but Arianna stops Gigi from hitting Jaida with a haymaker! Gigi HEADBUTTS Arianna! But Jaida CLOBBERS Gigi! Jaida runs to SLIDING FOREARM!! Cover, Jaida wins!

Winner: Jaida Parker, by pinfall

Arianna didn’t want anyone fighting, and now she costs Gigi the fight! Jaida still gets the win, will she be the one primed for a title shot? Arianna says that NXT needs to come together, but does she even understand what this sport is about? Or will Gigi have to slap some sense into her?


Waves are rolling in.

And in the sand is written, “See you soon.” Does this mean the Soul Surfer is on her way back to NXT?


BREAKING NEWS for Roadblock!

Ava Raine wants the madness to end, so she is putting Dijak and Gacy in an ASYLUM MATCH!! The weaponized cage is making its return, will either man be walking away from this one?


NXT Heritage Cup Championship: Noam Dar w/ The Meta Four VS ??? w/ The No Quarter Catch Crew!

The Scottish Supernova has held onto this trophy through every trick in the book and then some, but he might’ve just run into a trick even he can’t get around! The Catch Clause is gonna keep everyone guessing until the moment of truth, will this be the moment Dar finally loses the Cup?

One thing Dar has to worry about is that Meta Four isn’t at full power. He only has Main Man Mensah in his corner after Roxie beat down Jakara. The introductions are made, and that reveals it’s DEMPSEY stepping up! The fans cheer, will Dar be ready for the Son of the Gentleman Villain?

The bell rings and round one begins. Dar and Dempsey circle, feel things out, and they tie up. Dempsey waistlocks, Dar wrenches to wristlock, but Dempsey rolls, wrenches, and wristlocks. Dar spins, slips through, wristlocks, and he wrangles Dempsey to the mat. Dar has a top wristlock but Dempsey fights up to his feet. Dempsey powers Dar to ropes, the ref counts, and Dempsey lets off fast. Dar and Dempsey dare each other to do something, and the two reset. They feel things out, Dar kicks, then bobs ‘n’ weaves to KICK again! Dar clinches but Dempsey turns that around to cravat! Dar throws knees to get free, but Dempsey gets around to whip him to a corner.

Dar goes up, under, and RAMS into Dempsey! But Dempsey cravats again! Dar snapmares free, but Dempsey ducks a kick! Dar spins around the wiastlock but Dempsey whips. Dar holds rpoes, table tops Dempsey, then steps over to roll Dempsey up! ONE!! Dempsey is up, he blocks a kick but Dar rolls free! Dar goes to rpoes, Dempsey is on him to whip but Dar reverses! But Dempsey catches Dar, spin and backslide, with bridge! DEMPSEY SCORES!!

Dar: 0; Dempsey: 1

With a minute and 13 to spare, Dempsey takes the crucial first point! The ref backs Dempsey off Dar, and Damon Kemp uses that to blindside Dar! Oro rushes in, seems NQCC is giving Meta Four more than just a taste of their own medicine! Oro drags Dar back towards their corner while Dempsey cools off. Oro says he saw the funny business, but is there anything he can do about it? Round two begins, Dempsey runs up to UPPERCUT! And GUT WRENCH PLEX! Then cover, TWO! Dar stays in this but Dempsey stays on him with a KNEE to the back! Dempsey clamps onto a top wristlock while NXT goes picture in picture.

Dar endures as Dempsey pulls on the arm. Dar moves around, gets to his feet, but Dempsey arm-drags him back down! Dempsey bends the fingers, but Dar scrapes Dempsey with a boot. Dempsey still holds onto the arm, drags Dar around, DOUBLE WRISTLOCK SUPLEX! Dar is back down but he kicks around, and even kicks Dempsey from below. Dempsey shifts to chicken wing the arm, an d he wants the crossface! Dar fights that off, but Dempsey pulls on the chicken wing. Dempsey whips, Dar reverses, and then runs in, but Dempsey ELBOWS him away! Dempsey goes up but Dar sweeps the legs!

Dempsey flounders, NQCC shouts at Dar but Dar goes after Dempsey with a KICK! And a KICK! And a feint to sweep the legs! Dar runs to SLIDING GAMANGIRI! Dar says pinkies out, and he then drags Dempsey back up. Dar goes up a corner, reels Dempsey in and ELBOWS him in the head! Dempsey staggers away, Dar pursues and goes up the corner again. Dar ELBOWS Dempsey over and over, the ref counts, but Dar ELBOWS Dempsey down! We’re under 45 seconds left in the round but Dar doesn’t seem to be in a rush. Dar clamps onto Dempsey, throws him down, then STOMPS an arm! Dar drags Dempsey back up, reels him in, but Dempsey fights the suplex.

NXT returns to single picture, Dar CLUBS away on Dempsey but now we’re in the last ten seconds! Dempsey suplexes Dar first! The two stand, they DOUBLE FOREARM, then time is up! They still wanna brawl!

Dar: 0; Dempsey: 1

Dempsey DECKS Dar, the ref reprimands, but Dar is dangerously close to where NQCC is standing. Dar gets away before any more cheap shots come in, and Dar refreshes. Dempsey is also good to go, and round three begins! the two rush in to fire off more forearms! The fans rally up as the brawl continues, and Dar UPPERCUTS! Dempsey UPPERCUTS! Dar UPPERCUTS, Dempsey UPPERCUTS, repeat! Dar swings again, but Dempsey catches him to a backslide! Dar rolls through, gets around, REAR NAKED CHOKE!! Dempsey powers out to roll back, ARMBAR!! Dar clasps hands but Dempsey breaks the grip!

Dar flails, uses his leg to get Dempsey’s leg in a grapevine, and he gets Dempsey on his stomach! Dar CLUBS away on Dempsey, then shifts into a TRIANGLE HOLD! Dempsey stays on his feet, smothers Dar, but Dar shifts to grapevine again! Dempsey fights off the kneebar to have an ANKLE LOCK! Dar endures and the fans are thunderous! Dar rolls to throw Dempsey away, then hobbles up. Dar avoids the lariat to roll Dempsey, schoolboy bridge! TWO and both men go to ropes. The fans rally, Dar storms up but Dempsey RAMS into him! Dempsey UPPERCUTS, reels Dar in to BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Bridge then roll through, BUTTERFLY STRETCH!

Dar endures, Dempsey shifts to FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Dar endures, Dempsey shifts around, and he throws down elbows! We hit the final minute mark, but Dar rolls Dempsey to a cover! ONE and Dar is free! Dar bobs ‘n’ weaves to HAYMAKER! Pop-up into ARMBAR! Dempsey fights around, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Dar lets go and we’re at 30 seconds left. Dar storms up again to fire body shots. Dar ROCKS Dempsey, reels him in, but Dempsey wrenches out! Dar drops to grapevine! Final ten seconds, Dempsey hauls Dar up! GERMAN SUPLEX!! Dar staggers up, BACK ELBOW! But both men are down and that’s the round!

Dar: 0; Dempsey: 1

Dempsey may have been saved by the bell, if a knockout had occurred, he would’ve lost! Gulak gets Dempsey to the NQCC corner, still good to go for round four. Dar is waiting, the bell rings, and Dar runs up, FLYING ELBOW! EXPLODER! Dempsey staggers up into a BACK ELBOW! Dar ROUNDHOUSES, runs corner to corner, NOVA ROLLA!! Cover, Dar scores!!

Dar: 1; Dempsey: 1

The fourth round was the shortest, and we’re all tied up! Kemp helps Dempsey to the corner, and here comes the fifth! Dar runs up, Dempsey dodges! Dar still ROCKS Dempsey first, goes up and leaps, FLYING FOREARM! Cover, TWO!! Dempsey survives and the fans rally up. Dar drags Dempsey up to throw knees. Dempsey drops to his knees, but Myles distracts the ref! Oro YANKS Myles down, but Myles POSTS Oro! Dar ELBOWS Dempsey down, puts pinkies out, he wants to finish this! But now Kemp distracts! Dar DECKS Kemp, the ref reprimands, but Gulak helps Dempsey get up. Dar runs in, Gulak takes the DROPKICK!

Dempsey full nelsons Dar! DRAGON SUPLEX! Bridging cover, DEMPSEY WINS!!!

Winner: Charlie Dempsey, by pinfall (NEW NXT Heritage Cup Champion)

Just a minute into the fifth, with a lot of assists from his crew, Dempsey takes the Cup from Dar!! Was all this just karma for Dar’s past? Or did the Meta Four just get beat at their own game?


NXT Media catches up with Shawn Spears.

They ask him why he struck Ridge down with a chair to the back, and The Chair Man says, “I like Ridge Holland. But he’s been lying to himself for far too long. That jolt of pain that’s currently coursing through his body is only the truth. That’s why I struck Ridge. The truth can bring you to your knees. And that’s why Shawn Spears is now in NXT. See you next week at Roadblock.” Then Roxie storms out, and doesn’t even wanna talk to anyone. The Chair Man promises to bring out the truth through pain, will Ridge have some “truth” planned for Spears in return? And will Roxie ever be in a good mood in NXT again?


Ilja Dragunov is back in the ring!

The NXT Champion is ready, as is Ava Raine, a table, and a contract. Carmelo once again makes his entrance, with his private security, and fans boo. Melo waits for his security to step up to the apron before he joins Dragunov and Ava in the ring. Each man has their seat at opposite ends, and Melo says this is more like it. They’ve got the contract, the boss, and now they’re speaking the same language. But hey, don’t get too intimidated by the security guards. Melo had to bring them out here for his protection. But he thanks Ava for coming, let’s get this show on the road. Melo has been without his NXT Championship for far too long. Next week at Roadblock, it will be a sweet reunion.

Dragunov tells Melo that they’ve been around each other close to eight months now, and Dragunov used to be shocked by Melo’s blatant transparency. But now he realized, it’s just who Melo is! Melo’s willingness to discard anyone or anything juts for the NXT Championship. Melo says absolutely. And it’s crazy hearing this coming from Dragunov, the same man who said he’d take Melo’s soul. Hey, man, the only difference between them is Melo is just colder about how he does things. It’s true! And Melo is going to- be interrupted by The Don? The fans cheer as Tony D’Angelo leads Stacks & Rizzo on stage, then has them stay back.

Tony goes down the ramp and joins everyone else in the ring. Tony says, “Excuse me, gentlemen and lady, but if you’re talking about big business, I gotta be included in the conversation. So let’s talk about it.” Melo says no, this has nothing to do with Tony, okay? If Tony says one more word, Melo’s security will take him outta here, don’t try him. Tony tells Melo to listen. “You don’t have to be HIM or the NXT Champion to make things move around here. There’s only one Don.” Tony snaps his fingers and security drops away! Melo is shocked, and Ava lets Tony have her seat. Melo seethes and Dragunov is amused.

Tony says, “So where was I? Oh that’s right. I can’t be the only one that sees the NXT title picture has been dominated by this Melo-Ilja-Trick saga for the past eight months. But in my opinion, there’s only one man that can flip this on its head, and it’s The Don of NXT. Now I got respect, I even like Trick.” Melo says don’t do all this, Tony. Tony tells Melo to NOT speak while he is talkin. The fans fire up for that one! Ava tells Melo to let Tony finish. Tony says Melo has had a full year to talk about the NXT Championship, and tony has heard it all. Melo is this, Melo is that, whatever, who cares?

Now, Tony isn’t done. Mr. Dragunov dresses like a champion, is intense, maybe a little too dramatic for Tony. But he’ll talk to Dragunov harshly because he can handle it. This might make some people a little uncomfortable, so Melo should put his earmuffs on. Tony will show the world and talk to Dragunov face to face and say that Tony is the man who wants to take the title from Dragunov, NOT Melo. Tony has earned everything he ever got, and anyone who ever crossed him earned everything they deserved. Melo mockingly applauds that. Tony wants them both to listen. Melo is here demanding a title match, but Tony is here telling us that he will EARN the match for Stand & Deliver.

The fans cheer that and Dragunov tells Mr. D’Angelo, he piques Dragunov’s interest. This is a man willing to work for his position, that Dragunov can respect. Tony says Ava agrees if Dragunov agrees. Next week, Roadblock, Melo VS Tony and the winner gets an NXT Championship match at Stand & Deliver. The fans like that, and Ava says they did have a conversation, and she did have a contract drafted for this scenario, should Dragunov agree to it. However, if Dragunov still wants the match with Melo, they just need Melo to sign his part. Dragunov says that actually, he wants nothing more in life than to see Melo earn something for the first time in his life!

The fans cheer as Dragunov says Tony, you’ve got a deal! But please, Whoop Dat Melo! The fans cheer as Tony and Dragunov shake hands. Melo can’t believe Ava is standing by this! This coward of a champion! Fans boo but Melo says fine. Tony can’t beat Melo anyway! This is the NXT Championship! If they need someone to take out the trash or book keep for a washed up school, Tony’s the guy for that. But when it comes to that title, Melo is The Don! Tony stands up to get in Melo’s face, Melo shoves Tony and Tony knocks Dragunov over! And then Melo sucker punches Tony! BACK SUPLEX through the table!!

Fans boo as Melo demands the contract. Ava hands it over, Melo laughs and signs his part. Melo puts the contract down on Tony then picks up Dragunov’s title to drop it on him. Will nothing stop HIM from getting back to the top? Or will he fail to get through the Roadblock?

My Thoughts:

An awesome NXT here with it being half go-home to Roadblock next week and half building towards Stand & Deliver on WrestleMania Saturday. Great stuff from the NXT Championship story, with the promos bookending the night as Melo wants a title shot. But I did like the plot twist that Tony D’Angelo jumps into the story. Melo VS Tony in a #1 contender’s match will be great stuff, but with Melo standing tall after the brawl, I bet Tony wins because Trick Williams makes a return to screw Melo over. Then we can get Melo VS Trick in a non-title grudge match while Tony takes on Dragunov.

Great stuff going on in the tag division with Good Brothers getting a good win but then having several teams coming after them. But of course they’re after Bron & Corbin. I feel like Bron & Corbin are gonna make it through Chase U, but then they might lose to Good Brothers at Stand & Deliver, bringing the Wolf Dogs to an end so Bron can go full-time SmackDown. And then if Good Brothers have the belts, they can take on Chase U, LWO, Frazer & Axiom and other teams for the Spring.

Dijak VS Luca was awesome stuff, especially with Luca really bringing it to Dijak. Gacy showing up was good stuff, too, and the Asylum Match is going to be wild stuff. Good promo from Oba wanting a challenger, good on Jensen for stepping up, but you can bet Jensen gets thrown around and loses. I wonder if seeing Jensen get beat up by Oba makes Briggs step up and that’s the North American Championship match for Stand & Deliver. Stone helping Von win over King was good, but King standing tall makes me think we get an even bigger match for King VS Von in a rematch. Maybe a tables match because that’s Von’s thing?

Great stuff in the NXT Women’s Division that went back and forth between the different stories. Really good match from Kelani VS Kiana with Kiana winning thanks to Izzi, and good match from Roxie and Jakara with Roxie getting the win with the submission. Jacy, Jazmyn, Kiana & Izzi could end up making an all women’s faction since Jacy & Jazmyn are all leaning Heel, and then Thea and Fallon are the Faces coming out of this story. And Jaida beating Gigi was to feed this new thing with Arianna wanting world peace in pro-wrestling, fitting of Arianna being so hilariously annoying. And great teaser from Sol Ruca, hopefully her return gets her back on track.

Then Lyra and Tatum getting a tag title shot is a fun little thing, but I would think Asuka & Kairi retain. This has to still steer things towards Lyra VS Tatum, the break-up is coming, I can feel it. And speaking of returns to NXT, holy crap Shawn Spears is back! That was probably the top moment of the night, especially for that live audience. I did not think those cryptic messages were from him, and Ridge being his first target is an interesting one. Granted, Ridge interrupting Lyra & Tatum was interesting, too. Is this to play to Shawn Spears’ point that Ridge isn’t really a good guy at all? I mean, the fans are gonna cheer Spears over Ridge so might as well go with it.

And great Heritage Cup match out of Dar VS Dempsey. I did not think they were going to have this match happen so soon, like NQCC was gonna test the waters with Myles, but then very clever stuff having NQCC out Heel the Heels in Meta Four. Though maybe NXT wants to pivot Meta Four to Faces and NQCC is the team to do it, but I honestly really like that Dempsey won all the same. Dempsey was probably gonna be Heritage Cup Champion before this had NXT UK continued, and he is certainly worthy of the Cup, can’t wait to see how this story goes moving towards Stand & Deliver.

My Score: 8.8/10

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Andrew’s TNA Xplosion Results & Match Ratings: 2.22.2024

We get Dirty Dango and Mike Bailey in action, as well as the Around the Ring interview with Speedball Mike Bailey!



Let’s remember this took place right before the No Surrender pre-show, so there’s still No Surrender hype in the announcer points.

Therefore, we already know most of how the Top 5 turns out and if the allusions for momentum pay off…but Xplosion has established itself as more than just a wrestling show. We get to see a few of the undercard players get some ring time, we get wholesome interviews with Gia in full Southern Fried charming glory, and we always get some nice nostalgia moment with the throwback match. Its a quick and dirty 45 minutes, so its hard to be mad.

Speaking of dirty, he’s in the main event!



  • Mike Bailey vs Jai Vidal: Speedball wins via Ultima Weapon – ** 3/4
  • Laredo Kid vs Dirt Dango w/Oleg Prudius & Alpha Bravo: Dango wins via Down & Dirty – ** 1/2



Mike Bailey vs Jai Vidal

Vidal tries a cheap shot, Bailey blocks, puts his hands behind his back and says “try again”, he ducks the slap. Gives Vidal one more chance and just front kicks him when he winds up. Vidal is on the receiving end of early strikes and the Bailey Kick Flurry. Running Boot sends Vidal crashing to the floor, Triangle Moonsault connects and its all Speedball so far. Bailey throws Vidal back in, but Jai slips out and Bailey loses track of him when he goes under the ring. So Jai gets behind him, picks the leg and throws Bailey into the stairs.

Back in the ring, Jai is hitting a few Open Hand Smacks and a Tornado DDT. Jai goes for the SLAYmore Kick, but Bailey catches it and starts lighting up Jai with kicks into the Running Shooting Star Press. Vidal ducks a few Buzzsaw Kicks but Bailey holds one to catch him when he thinks he’s safe. Tornado Kick to the corner misses, Jai uses the ropes to keep distance, trips Bailey and then lands the Double Stomp into the SLAYmore Kick…but Bailey kicks out!

Jai lands a few Slaps that just piss off Speedball, he stands up, they trade shots, Jai misses the Yakuza kick, Tornado Kick lands into Ultima Weapon for the Bailey’s win!

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Around the Ring with Gia Miller has Mike Bailey on it today. They start off with Bailey revealing he went to Cooking School and both he and Gia enjoying cooking. Ahh I relate to Bailey on the can’t bake aspect because its too specific and basically science. Bailey’s thing he created that he hasn’t been able to remake is a Pulled Pork Brie Grilled Cheese. I’m only mentioning that since it sounds delicious. 

TNA+ Flashback Moment: Jeff Hardy vs Bully Ray, No Surrender 2012

This is right towards the end of the TNA height, still solid matches and memories, but its kind of like watching events from WCW 1999. 

Laredo Kid vs Dirt Dango w/Oleg Prudius & Alpha Bravo

Ahh he mixed it up saying he hates Lucha Libre this time. 

Dango keeps up with Laredo a little until a Headscissors sends Dango flying, Bravo and Prudius try to block Dango which causes Laredo to pivot. Wrecking Ball Dropkick for Bravo into a big Moonsault into bodies and Laredo is rolling.

They get back in the ring, Forearm Smash into a Michinoku Driver and Uno Mas Moonsaults, but Bravo distracts him on two and a Release Side Suplex gives Dango the edge. Dango just fires Laredo into the corners a few times and goes for a quick cover, but barely gets a 2. Chin Lock into a Sleeper gives Dango the heelish “rest hold” advantage. Laredo tries to fire but Dango stops it with a Knee. Near fall again and Dango goes into a Crossface to keep the Luchador grounded.

Laredo slips a Fireman’s Carry, Dango tries to chase, misses, and Laredo throws some offense together. Missile Dropkick into a Flying Neckbreaker for 2. Laredo goes for a Brainbuster, Dango slips it, hits the ropes and simultaneous Lariats to lay both out. Laredo is the first one up, Forearms into a big slap, goes for a Rope Run, but Dango turns him INSIDE OUT with a Western Lariat. Dango heads to the top for Down & Dirty, Laredo kips up, tries to counter the attempt but Bravo distracts the referee and Oleg trips up Laredo. Down & Dirty hits, Dirty Deeds Done Dirty Cheap for the win!

Overall Score: 5.5/10

This gave Bailey a little momentum going into No Surrender, gave Jai his best showing to date, and reminded everyone that Dango is lurking in that upper middle card area thanks to his enforcers. Dango is an enjoyable gimmick, and I think they’ve done really well at using him often enough to care, but not shoving the “punk rock, don’t care” attitude in our face too much. Like most of us TNA fans remember Shannon Moore’s Book of DILIGAF, right? Punk attitude is fun, but applied correctly…and this is pretty well executed.

Also once again, Around the Ring interviews are charming, and I think do a really good job at ingratiating the talent beyond what the storyline or workrate dictates. Gia is a great interviewer.

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