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Mitchell’s WWE Royal Rumble Results & Report! (1/31/21)

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WWE Royal Rumble 2021

The Royal Rumble enters the ThunderDome!

It’s that time of year again! The Road to WrestleMania starts with pro-wrestling’s most unpredictable match possible, the ROYAL RUMBLE! Who will win those golden tickets to the Showcase of the Immortals?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Show – WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Charlotte Flair & Asuka VS Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler; Jax & Baszler win and become the new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.
  • WWE World Championship: Drew McIntyre VS Goldberg; McIntyre wins and retains the title.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship: Sasha Banks VS Carmella w/ Reginald; Banks wins and retains the title.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Rumble Mix-Up: Alicia Fox wins and is the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Rumble Mix-Up Remix: R-Truth wins and is the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • 2021 Women’s Royal Rumble Match: Bianca Belair wins and will challenge for a title at WrestleMania 37.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Talk is Cheap: Peter Rosenberg wins and is the WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • WWE Universal Championship Last Man Standing Match: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Kevin Owens; Reigns wins and retains the title.
  • 2021 Men’s Royal Rumble Match: Edge wins and will challenge for a title at WrestleMania 37.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Royal Rumble Kickoff Show!

Join Charly Caruso, Jerry “The King” Lawler, Booker T, John Bradshaw Layfield and Peter Rosenberg in discussing, analyzing and predicting all the action!

 

Sonya Deville joins the panel!

The SmackDwn Women’s Championship is the Credit One Bank’s One to Watch, so new WWE Official, Sonya, is here to analyze. She’s spent a lot of time around both Sasha Banks and Carmella, what are her thoughts? First, long time no see for a lot of these great legends, and she’s happy to be here. Charly compliments Sonya’s suit, she’s always so well-dressed. But to the title match, and not being biased here, but Sonya loves Reginald’s stuff, but also Sasha beating him. That’s evolutionary for the WWE. Booker says who couldn’t beat Reggie? Sasha is seasoned, excels at it all, but Sonya would like to say Sasha isn’t the only boss in town.

Is that about Mella or herself? Herself, but Sonya is proud of the Women’s Division. She knows about as much as we do, but she’s betting on Mella. Booker is a bit surprised. Mella’s comeback has been mostly talk, and her in-ring IQ is not where Sasha’s is. It’ll be a great match but #LEGIT takes the win. Jerry says yes, Sasha has the experience and savvy, but Reggie could be Mella’s ace in the hole. JBL goes with Jerry about Reggie. Charly says it’s Cirque du Sommelier out there. Sonya agrees, not everyone has a sommelier, he has to be an advantage.

Booker asks what that is and Charly says it is an expert in wine. So an alcoholic? Burn! Charly thanks Sonya for stirring not shaking the panel. Will Sonya’s bet be the one that wins?

 

R-Truth joins the panel.

Why is he in plaid? Truth’s friend, Booker T, wrote a song, and now wants Truth’s baby. Truth is ready for Bugs Bunny! No, not Bugs, it’s Bad Bunny. Oh so this is an Elmer Fudd cosplay. Okay. Not the right bunny, anyway. Truth says he has respect for Bugs cuz he and Michael Jordan saved Earth from the Monstars, but the 24/7 Championship is Truth’s! Doesn’t Truth get worried that showing up here gives away that he’s here? No one knows it’s him, he’s in disguise! Right, King! Wink wink. So no one but the panel knows? Of course, they all know him and stuff. But Truth isn’t going to let Booker’s buddy, Bugs, take the title! No, again, it’s BAD Bunny. Different bunnies. That’s all folks! Truth heads off, will he keep that title on the Road to WrestleMania?

 

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Charlotte Flair & Asuka VS Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler!

The Queens of Tomorrow give the Irresistible Force and Queen of Spades a rematch for these titles to kickoff the night! But with Lacey Evans hanging all over the Nature Boy and the Women’s Rumble match later tonight, will Charlotte be able to focus and help Asuka stay the Two Belt Empress?

Before going out, the champions are asked about those very distractions. Charlotte knows she’s had obstacles in her life but she’s overcome them all. And no one wants to face Charlotte head-on because they lose. So the challengers are surely hoping for a distraction. Asuka is fired up and says no one is ready for Charlotte & Asuka~! With that, the champions make their entrances! The introductions are made, the tag titles are raised, and this golden kickoff match begins!

The teams sort out, and Charlotte starts against Shayna. They circle, tie up, and Charlotte gets a headlock. Charlotte grinds but Shayna pops out to a waistlock. Charlotte pries at the hold, hooks a leg and manages a switch to a facelock. Shayna slips around to get the arm for a hammerlock then facelocks back. Charlotte powers up, gets around, but Shayna switches again. Charlotte reaches back to headlock but Shayna pulls hair to power out, but Charlotte runs her over! Charlotte drags Shayna back up, tags in Asuka and the champions mug Shayna with kicks and CHOPS on repeat! Asuka snapmares Shayna, stalks her then KICKS her!

Shayna blocks the next kick to throw Asuka down and KICK her in return! Tag to Nia and Nia taunts Asuka while pie-facing her. Asuka slaps back, gets the arm, but Nia throws her off. Asuka gets around to an IRON OCTOPUS! Nia endures, pries free, throws Asuka off but Asuka kicks back! Tag to Charlotte, Asuka hands the headlock off and Charlotte knees low. Nia reverses the whip, Charlotte tumbles up and out then shoulders back in. Shayna storms over, Charlotte BOOTS her, then Charlotte BOOTS Nia! Slingshot body scissors to a roll-up, TWO! Charlotte BOOTS Nia to a corner, runs in and KNEES her, then brings her over to tag Asuka.

The champs mug Nia but Nia shoves Asuka away. Asuka flounders up and Nia CLOBBERS her! Nia drags Asuka over, traps the arm, and tags in Shayna! Shayna stomps the arm, then drags Asuka to a cover, TWO! Shayna keeps on Asuka with a high keylock, and a twist of the wrist! Asuka endures, fights up, throws body shots, and gets free, only for Shayna to CLOBBER her! Cover, TWO! Shayna tags Nia in, hands off the arm, and Nia stomps it! Nia drags Asuka around, wraps her up and has a cobra clutch! Charlotte coaches Asuka as she endures, but Nia leans on the hold, then thrashes her around!

Asuka fights out with hips and elbows, reaches for Charlotte, but Nia moves past to DECK Charlotte! Asuka kicks, back hands and back hands! Nia blocks the whip, whips Asuka, but Asuka goes up to missile dropkick! Nia stays up, Asuka ROUNDHOUSES and CODE BREAKERS! Cover, TWO! Asuka keeps her focus but clutches her arm. Asuka climbs up but Nia headbutts her first! Nia climbs up, brings Asuka up in a fireman’s carry, but Asuka moves around and sunset flips! Nia can’t hold on, POWERBOMB! Cover, but Shayna breaks it! Asuka ROUNDHOUSES Shayna down! Asuka KICKS and KICKS Nia, but Nia lifts her up! SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, but Charlotte breaks it!

Charlotte hurries back to her corner and Asuka crawls over. Nia crawls, too, hot tags to Shayna and Charlotte! Charlotte rallies on Shayna and CHOPS away! Charlotte then scoops and EXPLODERS! Shayna gets up as Charlotte kips up! Charlotte glares and runs in, but Shayna dodges! Shayna comes back, but gets a backbreaker to BUCKLE SHOT! Charlotte dodges Nia, mule kicks, and then sees both challengers lined up! DOUBLE NATURAL SELECTION! Cover on Shayna, TWO!! Shayna survives but Charlotte grabs the leg and drags her to a drop zone. Nia intercepts Charlotte at the corner, and then Shayna YANKS Charlotte down!

Tag to Nia, she drags Charlotte up, fireman’s carry! Shayna tags in as Charlotte fights, but the SAMOAN DROP hits! Shayna KNEES Charlotte down! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte survives and Shayna is furious! Shayna RAMS Charlotte into buckles, but Asuka sees Nia and FLYING HIP ATTACKS her! Shayna is after Asuka and throws her over the desk! Nia and Shayna look at Asuka, then turn back to the ring as Charlotte goes up top! SUPER MOONSAULT! Direct hit on them both!! Charlotte fires up, puts Shayna back in, but here comes Ric Flair?! The very distraction Charlotte talked about. She dares Lacey to show up, but Shayna rolls Charlotte up! TWO, and Charlotte BOOTS Shayna!

There’s Lacey! Charlotte takes a swipe and Lacey gets away! Charlotte puts Shayna in the Figure Four, to FIGURE EIGHT!! But Lacey trips Charlotte up and the ref misses it all! Charlotte grabs Lacey and DECKS her! But Shayna grabs Charlotte for the KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! Charlotte grabs ropes, Ric slips Lacey something! Charlotte trips Shayna up, but Nia distracts the ref! Charlotte is going for the Figure Four, Lacey gives her a BRASS KNUCKLE WOMAN’S RIGHT!! Lacey hides the evidence, Nia tags in and she drags Charlotte into position, for a LEG DROP! Cover, Nia and Shayna win!

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

Naitch and the Sassy Southern Belle just did Charlotte dirty! Now Nia and Shayna have the titles and Charlotte has nothing! Will Charlotte make Lacey pay dearly for this in the Women’s Rumble later tonight?

 

“Everyone has a calling.”

“It starts as a whisper. A tiny voice inside, pushing you to realize the gravity of the moment before you. But hearing the call is the easy part. Answering is what ultimately defines us.” But it all comes down to this. The countdown is on. Thirty men, thirty women, however long it takes, “tonight is about who answers the call.” A Prizefighter wants to #StunTheWorld but the Head of the Table is in his way. The icon thinks the Scottish Warrior is next, but that could be far from the truth. There are no second chances. The whisper has become a RUMBLE!

 

WWE World Championship: Drew McIntyre VS Goldberg!

What could easily be a main event has gotten very personal, ever since the Scottish Warrior was challenged by the once undefeated WCW World Heavyweight Champion! A battle of respect and pride opens the Road to WrestleMania!

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the tension mounts as the two titans stare down as this epic battle finally begins!

GLASGOW KISS! SPEAR?!? Goldberg bails out, McIntyre follows and whips but Goldberg reverses to send McIntyre into steps! Wait, the bell didn’t ring, this match isn’t actually official yet! Goldberg aims and SPEARS McIntyre THROUGH the barriers!! Goldberg roars and heads to the ring, and the ref calls for medics! McIntyre clutches his ribs, Goldberg dares him to get up, and though referees aren’t sure about this, McIntyre gets up on his feet! McIntyre glares back at Goldberg, gets back in the ring, and demands this match go through! The bell rings and now it’s real! BOOT for Goldberg!! CLAYMORE!! Cover, TWO?!? Goldberg survives but now maybe things are even!

McIntyre grits his teeth, goes back to the corner, and aims again, but Goldberg dodges the Claymore! Goldberg aims again, ANOTHER SPEAR!! But even Goldberg knows McIntyre is tough, so he gives him a THIRD SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!??! McIntyre survives but Goldberg drags him back up. Goldberg says it’s time to go up! Goldberg reels McIntyre in, suplexes, and hits the JACKHAMMER! Cover, TWO!?!?! Goldberg’s best shot didn’t finish the Scottish Warrior, and that both confuses and angers him! Goldberg wants to destroy McIntyre, and he waits as McIntyre gets up. But no Spear, he’s sent into buckles!

McIntyre aims again, snarls as Goldberg staggers around, C L A Y M O R E!! Cover, McIntyre wins!!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall (still WWE World Champion)

The icon wasn’t the next champion, just the biggest win under McIntyre’s belt! McIntyre proves he is superhuman once again, what will it take to stop his reign? But even bigger than the win, McIntyre waits for Goldberg to stand so that he can show the living legend respect. Goldberg shows that respect back, “You passed the test.” McIntyre deserves that title. They shake hands, and perhaps a torch has been passed as well! Was this the last blast from the machine called Goldberg?

 

SmackDown Women’s Championship: Sasha Banks VS Carmella w/ Reginald!

It’s been a back and forth between the Legit Boss and the Untouchable Princess, but this should be the one to settle it all! Will the smooth sommelier spoil things for Sasha tonight? Or will he and Mella be drowning their sorrows with a nice Chardonnay?

Kayla Braxton interviews Sasha before her entrance. Mella waits in the ring dreaming of taking the title. Are the odds stacked against her? Sasha laughs and says that when you’re the best, you find a way to win. Any tricks will fail, because Sasha is going to drink the finest champagne of Mella’s tears. Then it’ll be all about waiting on the Women’s Rumble to see who wants to step to the Boss! The champion makes her entrance, the introductions are made and the belt is raised as the Blueprint and the Fabulous go around one more time!

Mella and Sasha circle while talking some smack, then they rush in. Sasha gets Mella down right away! Mella fights off the crossface then scrambles away to the outside. Mella regroups with Reggie, lets the ring count climb a bit as she brags she’ll be the new boss! Mella returns to the ring at 5 of 10, but Sasha gets around to waistlock and slam! Sasha taunts Mella back now as she floats over to a facelock. Mella fights with body shots, whips, but Sasha reverses. Mella goes up and over, grabs hair, but Sasha elbows free! Sasha brings Mella around for a springboard arm-drag! Sasha CHOPS Mella, knuckle locks and goes up, up, but Mella puts her on the apron!

Sasha counter punches but Reggie rushes over. Sasha trips Reggie but Mella BOOTS Sasha! Mella goes out and uses Reggie as a step for FABULOUS in Motion! Direct hit, then she CHOPS Sasha! The ring count is 6 but Mella puts Sasha in to cover, TWO! Mella talks more smack, keeps Sasha in the corner, then throws back elbows! The ref reprimands, counts, Mella lets off at 4 and walks it off. Mella makes sure her hair is good and then looms over Sasha. Mella drags Sasha and bumps her off her boot! Mella goes up, brings Sasha in, and has the HANGING NECKLOCK! The ref counts, Mella lets off at 4, then swaggers about just to show off. She even gives a bow before going into the ring.

Mella mocks the ThunderDome screens and the thumbs down, but Sasha throws body shots! Sasha scoops but Mella slips out to throw Sasha down! Cover, TWO! Mella wraps onto Sasha with a chinlock and squeezes tight. “I’m better than you in every way!” Sasha endures, fights up, throws body shots, but Mella CLUBS her down! Mella drags Sasha up, whips her to a corner but Sasha elbows her away! Sasha hops up but Mella ROCKS her first! Mella throws a few more shots, then runs in, but Sasha denies the steiner and hits a METEORA! Sasha clutches her knees but both women slowly rise. Mella goes to ropes, Sasha runs in but is thrown into those ropes!

Mella wraps Sasha’s hair around the ropes and pulls! The ref reprimands and counts, Mella stops at 2, then stomps away! The ref counts again, Mella stops at 3, then she taunts Sasha again. “I’m hotter than you, I’m smarter than you, I’m badder than you!” Mella drags Sasha up to wrap her hair around ropes again but the ref counts. Mella stomps away on Sasha then lets off as the ref counts. Reggie is the only one cheering. Sasha kicks back, elbows from the corner, then Deadly Nightshades! And then runs Mella side to side to buckle bump her! Sasha stands on Mella’s head, then slingshot METEORAS! Cover, TWO!

Sasha grows annoyed with Mella, drags her back up, and snap suplexes! Una amiga! Dos amigas! But Mella blocks the third, wrenches out, but Sasha KNEES her! Sasha whips, Mella reverses and throws Sasha onto Reggie! Reggie catches Sasha, but Sasha tilt-o-whirl headscissors then SLAPS him! No touchy, Reggie! The ref EJECTS Reggie!! Reggie leaves but Mella DIVES! Direct hit and Mella almost scorpions herself! Mella gets up, puts Sasha in, covers, TWO!! Sasha survives and Mella can’t believe it! Mella isn’t sure what to do without Reggie ringside, and says it was Sasha’s fault! Well, no, it wasn’t, but… Mella calms down, but Sasha cradles! TWO, Sasha rolls Mella again, TWO! Backslide, TWO!

Sasha reels Mella in, snap suplex to finish off the Three Amigos! Sasha climbs up, aims, and FROG SPLASHES, onto knees! Sasha flounders into a drop toehold! Mella floats to the CODE OF SILENCE! Sasha endures the necklock, grabs and trips Mella up, to then PENALTY KICK her! Mella checks her teeth, Sasha staggers up, but Sasha gets around Mella! Mella arm-drags the backstabber away but Sasha powers her to the apron. Sasha shoulders and knees Mella back, then climbs up, leaps into a FABULOUS KICK! Another FABULOUS KICK! Cover, TWO!! Sasha survives and Mella is beside herself!

Mella cools off and drags Sasha around, but Sasha reels Mella in! BANK STATEMENT CROSSFACE!! Mella taps, Sasha wins!

Winner: Sasha Banks, by submission (still SmackDown Women’s Champion)

The Boss is still the champ! Will this be the last shot Mella gets for a long time? Will Sasha still have the title when it’s time to face the 2021 Women’s Rumble winner?

 

The New Day reunites backstage!

Well, Big E and Xavier Woods do. And Big E asks if Retribution kicks Woods’ “A” a few weeks ago. They did. And did they kick his A a couple weeks ago, too? Yep. And the- Yes, the last week, too. Well, all they need now is 60 minutes from the two of them to change their wrestling lives FOREVER! They just need 60 minutes to put their names among the Wrestling Gods! The what? The Wrestling Gods! The who? THE WRESTLING GODS!! But Sami Zayn comes in and mocks the “wrestling gods,” as they’ve done more than enough by giving Big E Sami’s Intercontinental Championship!

But there are no wrestling gods, just WWE management, who have made The New Day their poster boys! They’ve got cushy spots in the Rumble, right? Sami is shocked HE isn’t one of the first two. And it’s one thing to be dealing with Big E on SmackDown, now he has to deal with Big E’s brother, too? Don’t say “Brother,” that’s just weird. Whatever, Sami has to worry about everyone, but he isn’t worried! Sami sees everything! He has eyes in the back of his head. BOO! Kofi Kingston scared Sami and Sami claims that wasn’t scary. But all jokes aside… Sami, you need to move. Begone, joke! GOTTEE! Bye! Bye bye! Go.

Kofi says he isn’t medically cleared, but he was not gonna miss tonight and the gear they’ve made to remember their boi, Luke Harper! And also, he wants to support the team tonight because this could put the New Day on the path back to WrestleMania, BABYYY~! And that’s right, they’re together! When one wins, they ALL~ win! So then who does win the Rumble on behalf of ya bois? Who who who?

 

WWE presents Bad Bunny!

And of course, with the two-time Hall of Famer by his side, Bunny performs his hit song, Booker T! CAN YOU DIG IT, SUCKAAAA~?!

 

2021 Women’s Royal Rumble Match!

Asuka may not be the Two Belt Empress, but she is still the Raw Women’s Champion! Likewise, we just saw Sasha Banks retain her SmackDown Women’s Championship, so both she and Asuka will be watching closely to see who steps up! The first entry out is… BAYLEY! The Role Model is a Women’s Grand Slam winner, so she’d love to have either belt again! But the second entry and Bayley’s first obstacle is… NAOMI! The Glow is back and ready to shine! Will either woman make it all the way as the #IronWoman of the Rumble?

The bell rings, the clock is ticking, and Bayley mocks Naomi with how she trapped her foot in her tights. Naomi blocks the kick, fires off forearms then whips. Naomi dodges with the splits, then hurdles to hit a huricanrana! Bayley gets up in a huff, Naomi goes Matrix to dodge and then twerks at her! Naomi KICKS Bayley to a corner, goes up and rains down fists but Bayley slips out to CLUB Naomi! Naomi boots back then rebound kicks! And gives Bayley a REAR VIEW! Naomi throws Bayley at ropes but Bayley holds on! Bayley elbows Naomi away, and CLOBBERS her! Bayley drags Naomi up and throws her at the ropes, but now Naomi holds on!

The countdown is here, and the third entry is… Bianca Belair! The EST is ready to beat Bayley again, but Bayley is busy stomping a mudhole into Naomi! Bianca gets in and dropkicks Bayley down then kips up! Bianca scoops and puts Bayley on the apron! Bayley stays on, slides under, and runs, into a SPINEBUSTER! Bianca runs, handsprings and splashes! Bianca kips up, sees Naomi coming but Naomi kicks! Bianca blocks, scoops and brings Naomi up to the ropes. Naomi fights free, kicks back and goes to lift Bianca but Bianca fights it. Naomi gets Bianca up but Bianca turns it around to a cartwheel?! And then an Alabama lift!

Bianca uses Naomi’s boots to BOOT Bayley, then she tosses Naomi over! Naomi holds on, Bayley goes after Bianca, but Bianca holds on! The countdown hits and entry number 4 is… BILLIE KAY! Billie is taking her time checking her notes and resumes, but Bianca and Naomi dig boots into Bayley. Bayley fights them both off, Billie wants to join commentary first. Bayley whpis Naomi, Bianca hurdles then runs Naomi over! Bayleyu whips, Bainca ahdsprings, but into Naomi’s flying enziguri! Bayley CLOBBERS Naomi, stomps Bianca and then throws her over! Bianca holds on using her hair! Bianca kicks Bayley away and slips in.

Billie says she’s playing smart, she’ll get in when she has back-up. Bayley RAMS into Bianca and Naomi in the corner, then hops up! Bayley leaps but FLOPS as Naomi and Bianca get clear! Entry number 5 is… NXT’s SHOTZI BLACKHEART! Shotzi even has her tank! Billie feels a little bolder seeing Shotzi cruise down, and Billie wants to team up. FIRE THE NERF! Billie gets clear, Shotzi gets in, and she KICKS Bayley! Shotzi climbs up and leaps for a missile dropkick! Direct hit! Shotzi boots Bianca, QUESTION MARK KICKS, then she mule kicks Naomi and throws her over! Naomi holds on, Shotzi runs to welcome Bianca to the ballpit!

Shotzi drags Bianca up as Billie returns to commentary. Bianca holds onto ropes as Shotzi throws her over, but Bayley tries to go after Shotzi! Shotzi fights her off, entry number 6 is here… It’s SHAYNA! The Queen of Spades may be a tag champion but she wants more, and so does Billie. Billie walks up to Shayna, offers her services, but Shayna PUNCHES the resume then shoves Billie! Shayna gets in and goes after Shotzi, then Naomi, then Bianca! KNEE for Shotzi, kicks and KNEES for Bayley! Shayna lifts Naomi to SLAM her! Shayna storms over to Bianca and is after her with a facelock! Bianca holds ropes as Shayna tries to scoop her up and out!

Bayley goes after Shotzi but Shotzi goes to throw her out! Naomi helps Bianca with Shayna but we’re already at entry number 7! It’s NXT’S TONI STORM! The Lightning From Down Under might be Billie’s best bet as fellow Aussies. Billie offers a handshake, Toni leaves her hanging. Toni gets in and goes right at Shotzi with a GERMAN SUPLEX! Bayley gets a GERMAN! HIP ATTACK for Shotzi! HIP ATTACK for Naomi! Toni drags Naomi up but Naomi ROCKS her back! And hits a REAR VIEW! Naomi drags Toni up but Shayna is after them both!

Shotzi hits a SLING DOG on Shayna, then KNEES her back! Shayna blocks the kick to shove Shotzi out and ELIMINATE her! Payback from a battle royal a few years ago! And entry number 8 is… JILLIAN HALL!?! Her singing voice hasn’t improved while she’s away… Billie wants the iconic Diva to be her friend, “Billie & Jillie!” Jillian accepts?! Billie and Jillie get in, and then they clobber Naomi and Bayley! Jillie & Billie double suplex! And handspring elbow! Billie fires up, and they bring Naomi up together. Billie & Jillie throw Naomi at ropes but Naomi holds on. Bayely dropkicks Shayna, Bianca and Toni struggle, and entry number 9 is… RUBY RIOTT!

Ruby rushes down the ring and CLOBBERS Bayley! STO for Bianca! Tilt-o-whirl and forearms for Toni! Toni switches, Ruby elbows free but Toni HEADBUTTS back! Toni shoves and GERMN SUPLEXES Ruby! Toni suplexes but Billie helps Ruby?! Ruby KICKS Toni, Billie goes after Naomi, and then Billie claims to still be friends with Jillie. Ruby, Billie and Jillie go here and there, and Ruby has no idea why. But entry number 10 is here, it’s VICTORIA!! Another veteran is back as the Black Widow returns! Victoria gets in, CLOBBERS Bayley, CLOBBERS Ruby, CLOBBERS Naomi, and ROCKS Toni! She DOUBLE LARIATS Billie & Jillie!

Victoria waits, and back drops Bayley! And kicks Ruby to fireman’s carry, for a swinging SIDEWALK SLAM! Bayley runs into a scoop SLAM! Victoria fires up, Naomi runs and dropkicks her! Toni and Bianca battle at a corner, Victoria tumbles out through ropes so she has a chance to get back in! She shoulders Naomi then slingshot LEG DROPS Naomi down! Entry number 11 is… PEYTON ROYCE! Billie’s old tag partner is here and strutting down to the ring. Billie & Jillie stomp Toni, Ruby flounders but she goes after Peyton! Peyton elbows and forearms and kicks Ruby to then throw her at ropes!

Ruby holds on, Peyton has Victoria, and the IIconics work together! But then Ruby looks at Billie and wonders what the heck. Before Billie can explain, Bayley CLOBBERS Billie and Ruby! But Peyton gets Bayley in the WIDOW’S PEAK! That’s Victoria’s move! Victoria gets Peyton for a proper WIDOW’S PEAK!! Entry number 12 is… NXT’S SANTANA GARRETT! The Wonder Woman of Wrestling runs in, dodges Toni and waistlocks her, only for Toni to buck her away. Santana handsprings to ROCK Toni with a forearm! Bayley hits Ruby, Santana adds in with a back elbow! Santana clubs Ruby, then throws her at ropes! Ruby holds on again but Santana goes after her arms!

Toni helps Santana while Bianca is fighting against Bayley and Victoria, and even Peyton! Bianca is back in safe, and entry number 13 is… LIV MORGAN! The Riott Squad is complete and Liv helps Ruby against Santana and Toni! Liv dodges Bayley and hits ObLIVion! CODE BREAKER for Bianca! Crucifix catch and a SUPERKICK for Shayna! The Squad regroups while Victoria is after Bianca. Jillie goes after the Squad, that upsets Billie, so Jillie SAMOAN DROPS her! The Squad goes after Jillian, throws her over the ropes but she stays on the apron. Jillian shoulder sin but Billie BOOTS her! Billie ELIMINATES Jillie! And then the Squad tosses and ELIMINATES Billie!

Entry number 14 is… NXT’S RHEA RIPLEY!! The Nightmare returns to the Rumble! Rhea storms in, BOOTS Ruby, SLAMS Liv, dodges Bianca and BOOTS her, too! Toni runs in but gets a dropkick! Rhea throws Toni out and ELIMINATES her! Rhea waves bye bye, and then she drags Ruby up to club her down! Victoria catches Bayley to a TARANTULA! Bayley endures, Liv stomps Peyton, and Shayna drags Victoria up in a KIRAFUDA! Shayna drops Victoria and ELIMINATES her! Rhea ROCKS Santana, clotheslines her out but Santana lands on the apron! Rhea ROCKS Santana, weeps the legs, but Santana does the splits! Rhea SUPERKICKS Santana down and ELIMINATES her!

Entry number 15, the halfway point, is… CHARLOTTE FLAIR! The Queen wants payback after everything that happened earlier tonight! She takes her time to survey the scene, and gets in to CLOBBER Rhea! And scoop Liv to FALL AWAY SLAM her! Charlotte kips up, CHOPS Rhea, and again, and again! Rhea swings but into a back suplex! Peyton is on the apron, she hits Ruby away and Charlotte kips back up to BOOT Naomi! Bayley slides under and SUNSET BOMBS Ruby to ELIMINATE her! The Role Model uses a loophole to do it! But now entry number 16 is… DANA BROOKE! The Flex Appeal rushes down and ROCKS Rhea!

Dana climbs up, sees Bayley, Liv and Peyton, and leaps to missile dropkick them all! Charlotte and Shayna battle, Dana climbs another corner and leaps for a SWANTON onto everyone else! Dana fires up, sees Charlotte and Shayna, and handsprings in, only to miss everyone! Dana goes back the other way and she hits Bianca! Then rolling neckbreakers Bayley! Dana fires off on Rhea, Charlotte digs her boots into Shayna, and Peyton goes after Liv. Liv shoulders back in, ROCKS Bayley then slingshots, but Bayley fights the headscissors! Peyton BOOTS and ELIMINATES Liv! Entry number 17 is… TORRIE WILSON! Another classic Diva returns!

Torrie gets in and gives Naomi a neckbreaker! And CLOBBERS Bianca! And CHOPS Dana to then TOSS her! Bayley storms over but into a kick and the FACEBUSTER! Torrie does a dance, kicks Peyton low and snap suplexes! Torie even CLOBBERS Charlotte! Dana huricanranas Rhea and storms back over to throw Rhea. Rhea holds onto the ropes, Dana runs in but Rhea dodges her! Dana throws a forearm, handsprings in but Rhea blocks the headscissors to drag Dana up! Dana still holds on, but Rhea double clutches to APRON BOMB and ELIMINATE Dana! That’s three elminations just for Rhea!

Entry number 18 is… Ric Flair? No, wait, Ric is just introducing LACEY EVANS! And Lacey is again wearing one of Ric’s robes. Actually, it’s the same colors as what Charlotte wore! Charlotte elbows Naomi out of the way and wants Lacey to get in. Lacey struts around just to rub it all in, gets in the ring, and then Charlotte CLOBBERS her! Charlotte clubs away on Lacey, stomps her, knocks feathers off the robe, and Lacey bails out the bottom rope! Charlotte does the same and CLOBBERS Lacey again! Charlotte wants Lacey to take the damn robe off! In the ring, Bianca stomps Naomi, Rhea and Shayna struggle.

Charlotte grabs Peyton and pulls her out to ELIMINATE her! CHarlotte gets back in, hits Shayna and Torrie because they’re close by, but Shayna kicks Charlotte’s leg. Shayna puts Torrie on the outside, KNEES her and ELIMINATES her! Bianca reverses Bayley’s whip and ELIMINATES her!! Entry number 19 is… MICKIE JAMES! She gives Lacey a good STOMP on the way in, then she THESZ PRESSES Rhea! Bianca drags Mickie up, whips her to a corner but Mickie elbows her away! Mickie gives Bianca a RANA! And she gives Naomi a NECKBREAKER! Mickie says she’s been waiting to go against Charlotte, and they start shoving! And then Charlotte CHOPS!

Charlotte storms over, Mickie kicks and ROCKS her! Charlotte fires off furious fists, puts Mickie up top but Mickie boots her away. Mickie hits another rana! Mickie whips Charlotte but Charlotte holds ropes and elbows Mickie away. Charlotte puts Mickie on the apron, stomps away, and digs her boots in! Entry number 20 is… NIKKI CROSS! She only just found out today that she’s in but she’s ready to make the best of it! Nikki clobbers Shayna, Bianca then neckbreakers Naomi! And DROPS down on her! Nikki is running wild as she hits Charlotte, then splashes Lacey! And then one for Shayna! And then both Bianca and Mickie, to BULLDOG Bianca!

Nikki hits Shayna with a crossbody! Rhea grabs Nikki but Nikki throat chops, headbutts, and tornado DDT’s! Charlotte grabs Nikki but Nikki jawbreakers! Mickie and Naomi struggle in one corner, Charlotte blocks Nikki’s tornado DDT, and entry number 21 is… ALICIA FOX! Speaking of frantic energy, Alicia heads in, but then R-Truth is here? He thinks he’s the 21st entry? Alicia tells him no! Truth says sorry, wrong rumble. Wait, the 24/7 Championship chase is here! Truth whips Alicia in his way and she actually helps him fight off the other superstars! Truth DECKS Humberto Carrillo and Drew Gulak, but Alicia rolls him up! Cover, Alicia wins the 24/7 Championship!!

Winner: Alicia Fox, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)

Oh and entry number 22 is… MANDY ROSE! Mandy struts her stuff while Alicia shows off the belt she just won. Mandy gets in and ROCKS Alicia! Nikki is on the apron, Charlotte DECKS her but Nikki gets in safe. Alicia goes up and over Mandy but Mandy slips out to KNEE FROM A ROSE! Mandy throws and ELIMINATES Alicia! But then Truth rolls Alicia up, to win back his baby!

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

And now he’s a FORTY-EIGHT TIME CHAMPION! But that just means the chase is on again! Mandy hits Mickie with ANGEL’S WINGS! Truth runs to the back, Nikki leaps on Mandy, but Mandy throws Nikki off to CLOBBER her! And entry number 23 is… NXT’S DAKOTA KAI! #CapKota gets in, sees Nikki and clobbers her! And clobbers Mickie! And brawls with Rhea! Rhea shoves Dakota away, Dakota dodges, comes back, wheelbarrows, but Rhea denies the bulldog. Dakota SCORPION KICKS then BOOTS Rhea down! Dakota bumps Rhea on buckles, Mandy boots Bianca, Charlotte is after Lacey but so is Mickie.

Lacey puts Mickie out, Mickie KICKS back, but a WOMAN’S RIGHT ELIMINATES Mickie! Bianca puts Naomi on the apron, sweeps legs, but Naomi holds onto ropes. Entry number 24 is… CARMELLA! She has refreshed herself since her match earlier tonight, and Rhea SLAMS and ELIMINATES Dakota! Rhea then tosses Mandy and ELIMINATES her, too! Five eliminations! Mella is finally ringside again, and Reggie gives her a boost into the ring. But Nikki is right there to throw her out! Reggie tries to save Mella, and has her cradled and back up! But Nikki runs over, only for Mella to ROCK her! Mella puts Nikki on the apron, FABULOUS KICKS and ELIMINATES her!

Entry number 25 is… TAMINA! The Samoan Steamroller sees Reggie and Mella , and SUPERKICKS Reggie down! Mella touches the floor, she’s ELIMINATED! Tamina sees Rhea and gets in the ring for a stare down. The female titans fire off big haymakers! Rhea bobs ‘n’ weaves, fires back, but Tamina clubs her! Tamina HELL STABS! But Rhea spins and SUPERKICKS! Bianca throws Naomi over but Naomi stays up. Bianca sweeps the legs again, tries to scrape Naomi off, but Naomi swings around to stay in. Shayna and Charlotte struggle in a corner, Bianca kicks Naomi down but Naomi keeps her feet off the mat! She’s still in!

Lacey kicks Bianca, Bianca falls over, Naomi uses Bianca’s hair as a lifeline! They fight in the ropes! They’re hanging like bats! But then they decide they should work together to get back in! They rock and rock and are safe! Entry number 26 is… LANA!! The Ravishing Russian returns, but her mood is not what it was when we last saw her. How could it be, when Shayna and Nia hurt her just to keep her out of TLC? Lana goes after Rhea?! Lana gets Rhea on the apron but can’t get her down. Tamina CLOBBERS Lana, throws forearms, but now Lana is after her! Naomi hits Bianca with a split leg leg drop, then throws her over! Bianca scrambles and stays in!

Lana stomps Tamina, Lacey kicks Bianca, Shayna and Charlotte only stop to catch their breath. Lana goes to dump Lacey but Lacey holds on! Entry number 27 is… ALEXA BLISS! Specifically, this is Firefly Funhouse Bliss, but that could change… Alexa smiles as she gets in the ring and blocks Naomi’s kick to hit an STO! And ROCK Lana! And drop Insult2Injury on Naomi, SLAP Tamina, and dropkick Rhea! Alexa is so happy! But then Rhea TACKLES her! They all gang up on little Alexa! Rhea then goes after Tamina, but the lights start changing… They upset Alexa! Alexa smiles but Rhea dumps her out and ELIMINATES her! The Nightmare isn’t afraid of spooky little Alexa!

Entry number 28 is… NXT’s EMBER MOON! The Evolved Shenom hurries  up top and takes aim at old rival Shayna, for an ECLIPSE!!  She dodges Rhea to slip around and butterfly suplex! Lacey swings into Ember’s mule kick! Ember throws Lacey up and over, but Tamina grabs Ember first! Tamina whips, Ember dodges and DROPKICKS Naomi hard! Tamina throws Ember to a corner, but Ember boots her back! Ember boots Charlotte, goes up, and DOUBLE CODE BREAKERS the second generation superstars! But Lana is after Ember! Ember counters with a DOMINATOR! Entry number 29 is… NIA JAX! The Irresistible Force is in a prime position to pick the bones!

Nia sees Shayna is down but not out. The tag champs regroup and get in to hit Lacey, Naomi, Ember, and Charlotte! Shayna throws Lacey out, KNEES her down and ELIMINATES her! Then Shayna throws Ember out only for Ember to ROCK Shayna! Nia BLASTS and ELIMINATES Ember! Nia drags Naomi up, scoops her and with Shayna’s help, TOSSES Naomi out and ELIMINATES her! Nia and Tamina stare down, Shayna says gold is thicker than blood. Nia says blood is thicker than gold, so Shayna throws hands! Tamina ROCKS Shayna, but Nia turns on Tamina! Tamina slips off the fireman’s carry to SUPERKICK! Tamina goes after Nia but Shayna ROCKS Tamina!

The Tag champs dump Tamina out and ELIMINATE her! Seems Shayna was right. But then the champs brawl with each other! This is everyone for themselves, after all! Shayna and Rhea brawl, Nia is after Charlotte, and Nia HEADBUTTS Charlotte down! Shayna gut wrench suplexes Rhea, but then Nia throws and ELIMINATES Shayna!! “Sorry, I had to do it.” But then Lana leaps on Nia! Lana wants revenge but Nia throws her off! Lana gets up, Nia storms over, and they go out the bottom ropes. Lana runs, Nia chases, they go back in, and Lana SLAPS Nia! Nia just gets mad. Nia runs but Lana dumps her out and ELIMINATES her!!! REVENGE IS SWEET!

Entry number 30 is here, and Natalya finally joins the match! She won this right on WWE Backstage, and now she gets to capitalize! But Shayna and Nia mug Natty because they’re sore losers! They throw her around, get back in the ring, and wreck everyone! The refs reprimand but that won’t stop them when they’re already out! Nia scoop SLAMS Lana, and then she and Shayna finally leave the ring. Nia drags Natty up and puts her in the ring, making the Rumble complete. The final five are Natty, Lana, Rhea, Charlotte and Bianca, but they’re all worse for wear after what the tag champs just did.

Natty helps Lana up, and former friends hug it out. They even have similar gear. But then Natty SUCKER PUNCHES Lana! And scoops her, to throw her out, and ELIMINATE her! Then Natty gives Charlotte a DISCUS! And she fires off haymakers on Bianca! Natty drags Bianca up, scoops her, and puts her on the apron! Bianca holds on and Rhea goes after Natty! Natty gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX Rhea! Natty scowls, drags Rhea up again and whips her to a corner. Rhea reverses, runs in but misses, and Natty puts Rhea outside! Natty ROCKS Rhea, and again and again! DISCUS! Rhea flops but she’s holding on! Bianca dumps Natty and ELIMINATES her! The #BOAT has been sunk!

Bianca, Charlotte and Rhea are the final three, each representing SmackDown, Raw and NXT! Now even Io Shirai might want to pay attention to this match! Rhea, Bianca and Charlotte circle, and Charlotte fires off forearms! But Rhea and Bianca go after Charlotte in return! A flashback to last year, as these three were fighting over the NXT Women’s Championship! Bianca and Rhea bring Charlotte up, double whip, but Charlotte holds ropes to kick back! Charlotte ROCKS Rhea, scoops Bianca and EXPLODERS! Charlotte kips up, Bianca flounders, but Charlotte points to the sign as she goes after Rhea! These two battled for the title at Mania last year, we’re getting more of that here!

Charlotte goes to suplex but Rhea blocks! Charlotte clubs away, Rhea ROCKS her in return! That only angers the Queen! Charlotte boots but she’s dumped to the apron! Charlotte stays on, Rhea runs over but into the BOOT! Bianca HANDPSIRNG KICKS Charlotte! Charlotte wobbles, Bianca and Rhea BOTH hit and ELIMINATE her!! The Queen is DONE! But she likes the fire from the younger generation. Bianca and Rhea are the final two, but they take a moment to revel in what they’ve done. Then Rhea pushes Bianca up and over! Bianca headscissors Rhea out with her, and they’re both dangling! They both get on the apron!

Rhea says to take it easy, they’ll reset in the ring. Bianca agrees, they both go in, and they’re both safe. Rhea rushes in, Bianca dodges, RAMS Rhea and fires off shoulders in the corner! Rhea hits back, Bianca hauls her up to the top rope, and dropkicks! Rhea holds on desperately, but Bianca runs in! Rhea slides under the shots, is in safe, and she lifts Bianca! Bianca is on the apron, shoulders back in, then hurries to run at Rhea, DOUBLE HAIR PULLS take then both down! Rhea and Bianca check their noses as the fans rally on their ThunderDome screens! Bianca and Rhea glare at each other as they slowly get up.

Bianca fires off on Rhea but Rhea hits back! It’s fast and furious, Rhea ROUNDHOUSES then Electric Chairs! Bianca victory rolls, waistlocks, chicken wings, and Glam- NO! Rhea victory rolls Bianca into ropes! And KICKS from below! Rhea spins Bianca around, pump handles, and hits- No, No rip Tide! Torture rack, KISS OF- NO! Rhea lands on her feet, dodges, but Bianca dodges back! Bianca clotheslines and ELIMINATES Rhea!! BIANCA WINS!!

Winner: Bianca Belair (2021 Women’s Royal Rumble winner)

From #3 to THE ONE! Bianca is about to show us all that you can’t spell WrestleMania without E S T! Kayla Braxton interviews Bianca to ask her how she’s feeling after winning the match and punching her ticket! Bianca has been telling us all she’s the strongest, fastest, the roughest and the toughest, but now she’s proven it! She’s won the Women’s Royal Rumble and is just so happy! She tells mom and dad that it was intense, but she did it! She’s going for gold! But will she be aiming for The Boss or the Empress on the GrandEST Stage of Them All?

 

The Miz and John Morrison find Bad Bunny’s room.

They say this is going to be huge. Knock knock. Bad Bunny answers the door and they compliment him on his performance tonight. Introductions, and Bunny thanks them for that. Don’t thank them just yet. They have an incredible offer: Bad Bunny, the chart topping virtuoso teaming with Miz and Morrison! This could do wonders for his career! #HeyHeyHoHoPOPPOP. Miz, Morrison and Bunny going to the top, people gonna freak when they hear the beat drop! They could make Bunny a bonafide superstar! No thanks, guys, he’s good. WHAT?! These two are odds-on favorites for tonight’s Men’s Rumble! And Miz is Mr. MITB! But he wants to hang with Booker T!?

Miz and Morrison are in their primes while Booker’s hanging onto- Oh. Hi, Book… Tell Book Miz didn’t just say that. Oh he did. Um… Well, uh… Morrison bugs out fast and Bunny wishes Miz luck. Will MC M I Z be the one getting dropped in the Men’s Rumble?

 

WWE checks back in with the Kickoff Panel.

Charly, JBL and Peter are joined again by Sonya to give a quick recap of everything. Bianca winning is so amazing, she lived a dream. Sonya has to say it: Bianca is someone she can get behind. Bianca talks the talk, walks the walk, and is part of Sonya’s brand. Peter admits he got emotional seeing that, that is a classic moment. JBL says Bianca is in the driver’s seat. Being in the title match at WrestleMania changes your life. Bianca needs to enjoy the next few months, then get that win at Mania.

And another bit of history is the NEW Women’s Tag Team Champions, Nia and Shayna are now two-time title holders. Though, with some help from The Nature Boy and Sassy Southern Belle. But then Truth returns? He thinks it’s Raw Talk, doesn’t he? He saw bunnies, foxes, the Rumble should be a farm! Peter says there’s more than that. Did Truth see that Cena is here? Really!? Truth hurries to go find Cena, but Peter LOW BLOWS and then ROLLS UP Truth!! Peter wins!!!

Winner: Peter Rosenberg, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)

Well Truth just met a weasel! Talk about history! Sonya can’t even. JBL is shocked, Peter is a champion. What is going on?

 

WWE Universal Championship Last Man Standing Match: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Kevin Owens!

The Tribal Chief says he is in charge, and did not appreciate any part of the games Adam Pearce was playing. Strings were pulled, traps were sprung, and now we arrive at this moment! Will the Head of the Table make the Prizefighter acknowledge him? Or will Kevin #JustKeepFighting and #StunTheWorld as he finally ends Roman’s reign?

The introductions are made, and once Roman is down holding it up, the title is raised. Roman VS Kevin one more time, until only one man is left standing!

Kevin and Roman fire off right at the bell! Kevin knees low, throws hands, but Roman hits back! They keep brawling, Kevin hits back but Roman ROCKS Kevin with an uppercut! Kevin avoids the Superman punch but Roman denies the Stunner to SUPERMAN PUNCH after all! Kevin is down, the count starts already, but Kevin is up at 4. Roman runs in but into a KNEE! Kevin whips, pops up, and POWERBOMBS! Roman is down and writhing, and now the count is on him! Roman is up at 4, bails out, but Kevin pursues. Kevin runs around the way, but into a fireman’s carry! Kevin fights out of it, to ROCK Roman with a right!

Kevin POSTS Roman, then brings him around to whip. Roman reverses to send Kevin into steel steps! Roman shakes out the cobwebs, runs and SPEARS Kevin down! The count begins on Kevin, Roman catches his breath, and Kevin manages to get up at 7! Roman pulls the steel steps apart, aims the top half and RAMS Kevin down! Kevin staggers at the ramp, Roman aims again, and RAMS Kevin again! Kevin flounders further up, stands, and Roman RAMS him with the steps again! Kevin flops off to the side, gets up at 5, but Roman runs in with the steps, only for Kevin to SUPERKICK him down! Another count begins but on Roman, and Kevin takes that moment to catch his breath.

Roman is up at 5, so Kevin bounces him off the steel steps! And again, and again! Kevin whips Roman into the ThunderDome screens! And again! And again! Roman flops over and the count begins. Kevin stays close as Roman stirs and stands at 4. Kevin pushes Roman into more screens! And then BOOTS him against the wall! Kevin goes back to fetch those steps, and talks trash on Heyman. Kevin brings the steps around to RAM Roman! Roman flops onto spare tables, and it’s a very familiar scene for Kevin! Kevin climbs the scaffolding to be where Roman was when tables were turned. Kevin has a chair, Roman climbs, Roman JAMS Kevin in the eyes!

Roman attacks Kevin, bumps him off the back off screens, and then has the chair! Roman JAMS Kevin in the ribs, and again, then SMACKS him on the back! This is looking just like that moment over a month ago. Kevin ROCKS Roman but Roman hits back! Roman bumps Kevin off screens now, hauls him back up but Kevin hits back! They brawl as they climb the inside of the ThunderDome itself! Roman dumps Kevin over, Kevin is up as the count climbs, and Kevin SUPERKICKS Roman as he climbs over the screens! Roman flops down, the count starts, but Kevin plans ahead.

Kevin gets a chair, Roman rises at 5, and Kevin JAMS Roman in the ribs! And again! And then the legs! Then Kevin SMACKS Roman on the back! The count begins again, Roman stirs at 6 and stands at 7, but Roman gives him another JAB to the knee! And a SMACK to the back! Roman hobbles, hits back and BOOTS Kevin! Kevin leans against the wall to stay up but Roman JAMS and SMACKS Kevin with the chair! Kevin is down, the count starts up, Roman stalks over and brings Kevin up at 6. Roman says they’re going for a ride, but Kevin shoves Roman, kicks him and hits a STUNNER! Roman teeters on the edge, and but he uppercuts Kevin away! SUPERMAN PUNCH!

Kevin wobbles, Roman comes back around, and throws Kevin OFF!! Kevin crashes through tables!! Deja vu is painful! The count is 5, then 6! Kevin crawls at 7, drags himself up at 8, and stands at 9.9!! Roman can’t believe it! Kevin staggers around, clutches his back, and ends up going backstage. Kevin flounders against everything back there, finds his way back to gorilla, but still wobbles and staggers. Kevin crawls, ends up in the backstage area of Tropicana Field, but he still struggles to actually stand. Roman RUNS KEVIN OVER WITH A GOLF CART!!! Kevin is down, the count begins, but Roman is backing up? Kevin flounders and the count is still at only 3.

Roman parks the cart, stalks Kevin, and Kevin uses the spare announce desk to get up at 8! And then SMACKS Roman with a clipboard! Roman fires off fists on Kevin’s head! Roman shoves Kevin down, paces, and the count begins again. The count passes 5 but Kevin is sitting up! Kevin again drags himself up at 8, and Roman says he is trying to smarten Kevin up but it isn’t working. “All his papas up there, look at him!” Kevin is furious and he attacks Roman with that fury!! Kevin won’t let Roman talk ill of his family! “Get your ass up!!” Kevin throws Roman into ladders, trunks, and punches him against them again and again!

Kevin brings Roman to the spare desk, and says his grandfathers were bigger men than Roman ever will be! POP-UP POWERBOMB TO THE DESK! The desk doesn’t fall, so Kevin goes up to FROG SPLASH through it!! Both men are down and the count begins! Kevin sits up first, and manages to stand at about 6. Roman sits up at 7, turns over at 8, and is up at 9.99!! Roman flounders, Kevin looms over him, drags him back up, and THROWS him into a ladder! The ladder goes down, so does Roman, and the count begins again. Kevin has a step ladder as Roman sits up at 6. Roman fights his way up and stands at 9, only for Kevin to RAM him down!

Kevin wants people to move, and he gets an even bigger ladder! Kevin punches Roman down, then gets a forklift?! Kevin uses the lift to raise a platform, and then he climbs up the lift?! Kevin aims down at Roman on those spare tables, for a SUPER SWANTON BOMB through the tables!!! If only Kevin could cover and end it here! The count begins, Kevin is crawling and Roman is stirring at 5! Kevin stands at 7, Roman sits up, Roman is somehow up at 9.99 again!! Roman falls back over, and Kevin is stalking up behind him. Kevin drags Roman up, “Whose blood is that on your face, huh?! It’s not mine! No no, that’s tribal blood!”

Kevin throws Roman into trunks, brings him to gorilla, and Kevin says they’re going back to where this started! They go to the stage, Kevin keeps dragging Roman along and then pushes him towards the ramp. Roman is down so the count begins, but Kevin waits nearby. Roman stirs at 4, slowly sits up at 7, and manages to get up at 9. Kevin brings Roman around, reels him in, but Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES! Roman runs in and SPEARS Kevin through the LED screens!! Both men are down again and the ref checks them both. Somehow they’re okay to continue, but it’s about the count! Roman is up first, Kevin stirs at 5. Kevin still doesn’t sit up, but he rolls off the stage to stand at 9! Kevin uses his surroundings to his advantage and that pisses Roman off!

Roman goes around the way, Kevin flounders against the stage and that light rig must be hot because he shakes out his arms. Roman returns, and he has something in his hands. Roman says he didn’t want it to come to this point, because he has HANDCUFFS! Roman says he can’t quit, “There’s no way I can go home if I quit.” Roman and Kevin throw fists against the stage wall over and over! Roman gets the edge, pushes Kevin around, then has the cuffs at the ready. Kevin kicks but Roman stomps him down. Roman sits Kevin up to cuff one hand, but Kevin throws haymakers with the other! Kevin bumps Roman off girders, then hits a STUNNER! Both men are down again!

Kevin rains down fists on Roman’s head! He’s using the cuffs as knuckle dusters! Kevin cuffs Roman and pulls him through the girders! Roman is caught!! The count is climbing, Roman has to stand up or he’s done! We’re at 7! Roman throws the ref INTO THE GIRDERS! No count means no loss! Kevin kicks Roman but Roman LOW BLOW UPPERCUTS!! Roman kicks Kevin down more, then pulls at the cuffs again. Roman looks around, and Heyman hurries over! Heyman has the keys since these are Roman’s cuffs! Heyman works to free Roman as a new ref is here and starts a new count! Both Roman and Kevin are down for 5!

Kevin stands at 7, Roman is finally free! Roman grabs Kevin for the GUILLOTINE!! Kevin endures but Roman adds the body scissors! Roman drags Kevin down to the ground and Kevin is turning red! Kevin fades, he is OUT! The count begins again, Roman still has to stand, too. Roman is up at 7, Kevin doesn’t even stir! ROMAN WINS!

Winner: Roman Reigns (still WWE Universal Champion)

The Tribal Chief’s Special Counsel earns his keep tonight as he keeps Roman in the match! Roman wins by finding a loophole, but will his luck run out come WrestleMania?

 

2021 Men’s Royal Rumble Match!

Drew McIntyre made sure he wasn’t next on Goldberg’s list, and we just saw the Tribal Chief stay at the Head of the Table. But then who will be challenged by the winner of this iconic match?

As announced on WWE Backstage, the first entrant is EDGE! The Rated R Superstar made his return in the Rumble last year, and he’s doing it again this year! But he’s first up against RANDY ORTON! These two get to revive their rivalry from 2020, will it end with one of them punching their golden ticket to WrestleMania?

Edge doesn’t even wait for Orton to get in the ring! He rushes The Viper on the ramp and they brawl! Edge ROCKS Orton down the ramp, then to ringside, and whips him into the LED apron! Orton clutches his hip, Edge looms over him, and brings him up to put in the ring. Now we begin, and Edge clubs Orton to a corner! Edge fires off haymakers, Orton pokes eyes and slithers out under the ropes. Edge pursues and they brawl again! Edge whips Orton into the barriers! Orton staggers, Edge throws more haymakers, then bumps Orton off the steel steps! Edge whips Orton into the other steps! Edge eggs Orton on, stalks him, then brings him up to club him!

Edge bumps Orton off barriers, stalks him around the way and clubs him into the announce desk! And he bumps Orton off the desk! And throws haymakers! Edge clubs away as we see entry number 3 is… SAMI ZAYN! The Great Liberator is upset because this is basically the conspiracy he speaks of. But he also keeps his distance as Orton and Edge finally get in the ring. Sami CHOP BLOCKS Edge and Orton rains fists down on Edge! Sami seems to be helping Orton because it’s better than being against Orton. Orton grabs at Edge’s bad arm, the one he just repaired to come back! Sami stomps Edge down for Orton, and Orton twists the arm!

Sami talks trash while Orton makes Edge suffer, then Sami throws hands down! Orton throws more hands, but entry number 4 is… Retribution’s leader, MUSTAFA ALI! The Beacon scowls as he gets in, but he leaves Orton and Sami alone. They all seem to have an understanding that they can beat up on Edge! Ali stomps away on Edge, rains down fists, and now Edge is in a 3v1 situation! They mug Edge, and Ali is using his mission against the aged returning wrestlers to do Orton’s dirty work! These three drag Edge up and Sami says it’s time to go. They drag Edge to the ropes, but Edge holds on desperately! Entry number 5 is… JEFF HARDY!

Hardy gets in and he has beef with Orton! JAWBREAKER! Ali and Sami go after Hardy and they whip him corner to corner. Hardy hits Sami away, ROCKS Ali, and goes up top for WHISPER IN THE WIND! Direct hit on Sami and Ali! Hardy throws off his jacket and hits Sami, but no Twist! RKO!! Sami says that’s what Hardy gets! Sami and Orton like this combination, but then Orton RKO’s Sami! And RKO’s Ali! Orton doesn’t play nice for long, does he? But Edge SPEARS Orton! Orton slithers out again but Edge pursues. This animosity is only getting stronger as Edge clubs away on Orton! Edge whips Orton into a POST! And bumps him off the desk!

Edge puts Orton on the desk, climbs up to join him, and brings Orton up. Orton tries an RKO but Edge counters to an IMPALER on the desk! The desk doesn’t give way but Orton and Edge are both down! Entry number 6 is… DOLPH ZIGGLER! The Show-Off is ready to steal the show as he enters his 14th Royal Rumble. But Edge SMACKS Orton with a chair! And then SMACKS a leg! The refs try to stop Edge, this is not what the Rumble is about! Edge cools off, Ziggler slides in on the other side, and Ziggler dumps Hardy out to ELIMINATE him! Edge BOOTS Ziggler, back drops Ali, and scoops Sami for a toss to the outside! Sami holds on, fights free, and Ziggler hits a ZIGZAG on Edge!

Ziggler now joins in on ganging up on Edge as entry number 7 is… SHINSUKE NAKAMURA! Edge holds onto ropes, and the King of Strong Style heads to the ring. Ziggler wants to fight and Nakamura fires off on Ziggler! Strike fest and a SLIDING KNEE! Sami ROCKS Nakamura for the “betrayal” from SmackDown! Sami whips Nakamura corner to corner, runs in, but the Helluva Kick misses! Nakamura ROUNDHOUSES Sami down while referees help Orton up and to the back. Nakamura hits a FLYING KNEE on Sami! Windmill kick for Ali! Nakamura gives Sami Bad Vibrations! Nakamura stomps Ziggler, kicks him, and Ali digs his boots into Edge.

Entry number 8 is… CARLITO!? Caribbean Cool makes his return and is looking in great shape! Carlito has his apple, but Nakamura takes it away to shine it up. Carlito take the apple back, and hits a BACKSTABBER! Ali hits Carlito, whips him but Carlito reverses. Ali goes up but not over, into a BACKSTABBER! Sami grabs Carlito’s hair but Carlito breaks free to throw Sami over! Sami stays safe, gets in, but Carlito is after him. Carlito claws at Sami’s face but Ziggler is after him. Ali is after Carlito, Nakamura is after Edge, but entry number 9 is… Xavier Woods! And Woods tackles Ali over what Retribution’s done!

Woods CHOPS Ali, CHOPS, CHOPS, and CHOPS! Woods whips, Ali holds ropes and Sami CLOBBERS Woods! Sami talks trash on Woods for not having the New Day around. Carlito hits Ali, Sami clubs Woods, Carlito goes after Ziggler, but Woods hauls Sami up! Ali hits Woods, taunts Woods about Kofi, and entry number 10 is… BIG E! Well now Ali and Sami can stop asking! Big E is in, and he throws hands on Sami! Sami shoves back, elbows back, and Ali runs in, into the Urenag-E! Big E gives Sami headlocks, and whips him at the HONOR ROLL! Big E and Woods combine their powers, and Woods Electric Chair lifts Big E to SLAM him on Sami!

But the New Day isn’t done with Sami yet! They scoop Sami, for the MIDNIGHT HOUR! Then they drag Sami up to double whip and ELIMINATE Sami! The New Day now go after Sami and entry number 11 is… JOHN MORRISON! The Guru of Greatness and Nakamura trade kicks and Morrison ROCKS Nakamura! Morrison stomps Edge, New Day combine on Ali but Ali fights out of one move, only to get the FLYING DDT! Woods throws Ali out but Ali holds on! Ziggler is after Woods, Nakamura is after Ziggler! Woods and Ali fight on the ropes. Ziggler is after Woods’ hands, but Big E throws Ziggler away! Ali dropkicks Woods and ELIMINATES him!

Big E glares at Ali, grabs him by his beard, and shoves him out to ELIMINATE him! Entry number 12 is… RICOCHET! The One and Only waves by to Ali before getting in the ring with a springboard TORNILLO onto everyone! Ricochet runs at Ziggler, but Ziggler puts him on the apron! Ricochet slides under and dropkicks Ziggler down! Edge kicks Ricochet, whips him but Ricochet stays on the apron again. Ricochet shoulders in, slingshots up and over, then handsprings to huricanrana and dropkick Edge down! Morrison DECKS Ricochet and goes after him in a corner! Big E has Nakamura, Morrison tries to throw Ricochet over, Big E suplexes Nakamura!

Ziggler is after Carlito and Edge, Ricochet stomps Morrison but Nakamura kicks Ricochet. Entry number 13 is… ELIAS! The Drifter blocks Ricochet’s kick, flips him and hits him with a SIDE EFFECT! Elias gives Morrison DRIFT AWAY! Elias fires hands on Carlito and CHOPS him! Elias whips Carlito, Carlito reverses and dropkicks Elias back! But Elias KNEES Carlito, whips him and ELIMINATES him! Elias goes after Edge now, but Ricochet clubs Elias from behind! Ziggler goes after Nakamura but Nakamura kicks him low! Nakamura throws more KICKS, then snap suplexes! Entry number 14 is… NXT’s DAMIAN PRIEST!

The Archer of Infamy takes aim and heads for the Drifter! Priest ROCKS Elias, reels him in, and hits RECKONING! Ricochet goes up and over Priest but Priest CLOBBERS him! Priest roars, Morrison ROCKS him! Priest ROCKS Morrison back, bell claps, and ROUNDHOUSES to a WINDMILL KICK! Priest ROCKS Morrison again, throws more big hands, then stomps Morrison down. Edge hits Ricochet, Big E is on Nakamura, then Priest throws and ELIMINATES Elias! We get a quick picture in picture on Orton in the trainer’s room and the status of his leg. Edge and Priest circle., Edge blocks a kick to ROCK Priest but Priest ROCKS him back!

Edge BOOTS Priest, Priest hauls Edge up but Edge fights free! Entry number 15 is… THE MIZ! Mr. MITB is looking to have another title shot in his back pocket, but he sees the DJ table for Bad Bunny. Miz SMASHES it because he’s upset with Bunny rejecting him! Miz then goes to the ring, helps Morrison against Big E, SKULL CRUSHING FINALE! Then DOUBLE BOOTS for Priest! Ricochet runs into a double GUTBUSTER, and DOUBLE DDT! Ziggler high fives with Miz and Morrison, but then gets caught for the FLYING CHUCK HART ATTACK! Bad Bunny comes out because now he’s pissed at what Miz did!

Miz and Morrison want Bunny to get in but the refs won’t allow it because Bunny is not a WWE superstar! Priest DUMPS OUT and ELIMINATES the Greatest Tag Team in the 21st Century! Then Priest helps Bunny go up and take aim, to SUPER CROSSBODY onto Miz ‘n’ Morrison!! But now entry number 16 is… MATT RIDDLE! The Bro says hey to Bad Bunny as they pass by, and then heads for the ring! Ziggler fires off on Nakamura, Nakamura RAMS Ziggler into the corner, and Big E is after Ricochet. Riddle hops in, and brawls with Priest! Priest fires off kicks but Riddle turns things around to a PELE!

Riddle runs in to forearm smash, then goes side to side to hit Nakamura! Nakamura hits back and it’s another brawl! They trade kicks, Riddle throws chops then tackles Nakamura into ropes. Priest goes after them both! Big E is after Ricochet, Edge has Ziggler, and entry number 17 is… DANIEL BRYAN! The Yes Movement is seeking his first Royal Rumble win ever, and he gets in to go right at Nakamura with a dropkick! Then a dropkick for Priest! Ricochet catches Bryan but Bryan elbows away! Bryan unleashes YES Kicks on Ricochet but Ricochet gives kicks back! They go back and forth, Bryan gets the legs but Ricochet flips up and over to GERMAN SUPLEX Bryan down!

Priest has Edge, Nakamura has Riddle, but both hold on! Ziggler kicks at Big E but Big E blocks to CLOBBER him! Edge hits Priest, Priest ROCKS Edge! Riddle kicks away on Nakamura, Ricochet brawls with Bryan, and entry number 18 is… KANE?!? The Big Red Machine returns for his 18th Rumble! Kane ROCKS Ricochet, choke grips Edge and CHOKE SLAMS him! Kane gets Riddle and Nakamura for a DOUBLE CHOKE SLAM! Ziggler leaps in, but into a coke grip and shove, Kane ELIMINATES Ziggler! Ricochet kicks from the apron, but Kane choke grips him, for an APRON CHOKE SLAM! Kane ELIMINATES Ricochet!

Bryan says it’s great to see Kane again! Will they hug it out? Kane smirks, and Team Hell No HUGS IT OUT! Then Kane choke grips Bryan for a CHOKE SLAM! But now Priest steps to Kane for a stare down of monsters! Priest takes aim but Kane ROCKS him with an uppercut! Priest escapes the choke grip to BOOT, ROCK and push Kane out to ELIMINATE him! Priest has a huge moment right there! But Riddle goes after Priest right away to end that moment! Entry number 19 is… KING CORBIN! The Wolf King hurries in and goes after Riddle to CLOBBER him! Bryan boots Corbin, leaps, but into Corbin’s POWERSLAM!

Nakamura grabs Corbin, Corbin throws him off, but Nakamura dodges to DYNAMIC DROPKICK! Nakamura aims, but runs into Corbin’s scoop! Nakamura slips out of the End of Days but not the DEEP SIX! Corbin shoves and ELIMINATES Nakamura! Corbin goes after Bryan, Riddle helps Bryan against Corbin, and entry number 20 is… OTIS! The Dozer runs in and dodges Corbin to DISCUS CLOTHESLINE! Otis scoops Big E to SLAM him! Otis scoops Priest for an EXPLODER! Riddle runs in, into an EXPLODER! Otis corner splashes Priest, and so many are down! Otis fires up, and he gives Priest a CATERPILLAR ELBOW!

Otis climbs up, but Corbin shoves him out and ELIMINATES him!! Bryan fires off on Corbin with YES Kicks! Big E and Riddle brawl but Priest gets in on it! Entry number 21 is… DOMINIK MYSTERIO! Corbin dares the Son of Mysterio to get in, and then CLOBBERS him! Corbin rains down rights, Bryan is after Edge, and Corbin hauls Dom up. But Dom huricanranas and ELIMINATES Corbin! Corbin’s head of steam got him in trouble! Big E hits body shots on Dom, Bryan EuroUppers Riddle but Riddle hits back. Bryan and Riddle brawl, Dom fights Big E off, Priest CLUBS both Riddle and Bryan! Priest hauls Riddle off to throw him aside, then he stomps Bryan!

Priest whips Bryan to a corner hard, but Riddle KICKS Priest! Riddle fires off forearms, and entry number 22 is… BOBBY LASHLEY! The Hurt Business’ Chief Hurting Officer stares Riddle down as he gets in the ring! Lashley CLOBBERS Riddle, TOSSES and ELIMINATES Dominik, and then fights Priest! Priest ROCKS Lashley, but Lashley MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTERS Priest! Lashley clotheslines and ELIMINATES Priest! But now Big E and Lashley start firing off on each other, the big bad US and IC champions firing off! Things speed up, Lashley hurdles but Big E scoops! Lashley slips off, kicks low and suplexes, but Big E slips out!

Big E and Lashley fire up as they circle, and they throw hands again! Big E rams Lashley in, Riddle fires off, too, and entry number 23 is… THE HURRICANE?! Well the Rumble is superhero comic book themed… The Hurricane gets in, Big E scoops him and takes him to ropes, but the Hurricane slips out to poke Big E’s eye! And then he pokes Lashley’s eye! Hurricane choke grips the two champions, but they’re too big for that! They double trophy lift, TOSS, and ELIMINATE Hurricane! Lashley then hits Big E with a Complete Shot! Lashley digs his knee into Riddle, Bryan goes after Lashley, but Lashley glares at Bryan.

Lashley throws hands on Bryan, bumps him off buckles, then throws down hands! Riddle goes after Lashley again, kicks away on him, and entry number 24 is… CHRISTIAN! Captain Charisma is back! Even Edge is surprised! Lashley dares him to get in, and Christian baits him in! HOTSHOT! Riddle, Bryan and Big E fire off on Lashley, get him to ropes, and Christian helps them dump him out and ELIMINATE him! Christian then dodges and fires off Big E! Big E hits back, scoops but Christian slips out to get the arms! UNPRETTIER! Bryan kicks Christian and whips but Christian reverses to CLOBBER him with an elbow!

Edge stands up, and he and Christian share a smile and a hug! The E&C Connection That Reeks of Awesomeness is here! Riddle loves this moment but they go after him! Double whip, double elbows! Wheelbarrow splash combo! Entry number 25 is… AJ STYLES! The Phenomenal One and Omos head to the ring, Styles gets in and goes after Big E! Christian hits back, Styles elbows and PELES! Styles goes after Edge with haymakers, Riddle kicks Big E, Bryan goes after Riddle with EuroUppers! Omos finally arrives ringside and Styles aims. Styles springboards at Edge, but Edge gets under! Edge SPEARS Styles!

Christian hits Big E, Riddle goes after Christian, Bryan goes after Edge. Entry number 26 is… REY MYSTERIO! The King of Lucha Libre rushes the ring, goes up top, and leaps to SEATED SENTON Christian! Rey whips Styles, Styles reverses but Rey kicks back! Rey QUEBRADAS, but Styles catches him! Rey escapes, puts Styles on the apron, but Omos holds Styles up! Rey stomps Edge, Big E runs at Styles but Styles dodges! Big E BOOTS Styles, but Omos grabs at Big E!! Omos drags Big E out and ELIMINATES him! Big E goes right at Omos, but Omos palms his head and PUSHES Big E over the desk! Omos is as strong as he is huge!

Christian is after Bryan, Styles throws hands on Edge, but Riddle CLOBBERS Styles! Riddle throws hands on Styles, Rey is after Edge, and Riddle KICKS Styles down! Bryan gives Christian an elbow breaker to avoid being shoved off the apron! Entry number 27 is… SHEAMUS! The Fella gives The Bro Beats of the Bodhrain! Edge runs in but gets some beats of his own! Sheamus climbs up, leaps, and FLYING LARIATS both Riddle and Edge! Styles runs into an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Christian fires off hands on Sheamus, runs but into a BROGUE! Bryan hits Sheamus with YES Kicks! Bryan runs corner to corner, into a BROGUE!

Sheamus drags Bryan up while Styles is after Rey. Riddle goes after Sheamus, Rey puts Styles on ropes! Rey dials it up, but Omos blocks the call! Styles drags Rey up and around to throw him out! Rey shoulders Styles, Omos grabs Rey and TOSSES him to ELIMINATE him! Omos isn’t even in the match and he’s eliminated two people! Entry number 28 is… CESARO! The Swiss Cyborg gets in to EuroUpper Edge! And EuroUpper Riddle! And Styles! Sheamus and Cesaro stare down as The Bar, and they fist bump. But then Cesaro trips Sheamus for a SWISS SWING! And a catapult! Sheamus saves himself somehow, and Bryan fires EuroUppers on Cesaro!

Cesaro EuroUppers Bryan, and gives him a SWISS SWING! Edge kicks at Sheamus while both of them are down, and Bryan is finally done swinging after about 30 rotations! Cesaro goes for a Sharpshooter but Bryan kicks him away! Entry number 29 is… SETH ROLLINS!! The Architect, the Monday Night Messiah, the SmackDown Savior, returns! Cesaro brawls with Riddle, bumps him off buckles, and Rollins takes his time entering the ring. Cesaro hits him with a EuroUpper! Cesaro throws Rollins out, Rollins holds on, and Rollins is furious! Rollins ROCKS Cesaro, brawls with him, EuroUpper and haymaker! Rollins CHOPS Cesaro, hoists him up, but Cesaro holds on!

Finally, entry number 30 is here, and it’s… BRAUN!! The Monster Among Men is the final man in the Rumble, and as the shirt says, he’s back, badder than ever! Braun gets in, hauls Riddle up and CHOKE SLAMS him! Braun DECKS Cesaro, DECKS Sheamus, and TOSSES Styles! Omos catches Styles and gets him back in. Cesaro EuroUppers and SCOOPS Braun?! Braun slips off and TOSSES Cesaro to ELIMINATE him! Sheamus fires off on Braun, headbutts, runs but into a shove! Braun ELIMINATES Sheamus! Styles fires off on Braun, but the Phenomenal Blitz isn’t enough! Braun fakes Omos out and TOSSES Styles the other way, to ELIMINATE him! Edge and Christian DOUBLE SPEAR Braun!!

The final six all catch their breath. Bryan and Riddle are first to stand, and they stare down. They approach, nod with respect, and it’s a CHOP fight! Then a brawl of kicks and forearms! Bryan ROUNDHOUSES Riddle, throws hands on Edge, but Edge back suplexes! Bryan lands on his feet, dodges and RUNNING KNEES Edge down! Bryan drags Edge up, throws him out, but Edge holds on! Christian grabs Bryan but no Unprettier! Dropkick! Bryan hits Braun with a dropkick! Bryan fires up, dares Riddle to step up again, and Riddle obliges. They start throwing forearms fast and furious!

Bryan gets a leg, but Riddle wants an armbar! Bryan slips out, Riddle wants a leg, Bryan gets an arm, Riddle rolls but Bryan gets an arm! Riddle dead lifts the triangle but Bryan holds on as they go to ropes! Bryan lets Riddle go but shoulders into him! Bryan goes up and leaps to missile dropkick! Bryan fires up, but Rollins is lurking. Rollins gets in as Bryan stands, to CLOBBER him! And CURB STOMPS! Rollins drags Bryan up, throws him out, and ELIMINATES him! But Riddle gives Rollins a waistlock, only for Rollins to elbow free! Rollins fires off forearms and Riddle fires them back! Rollins knees low, CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS!

Rollins whips, Riddle reverses to fire off palm strikes! Rollins ducks a kick but Riddle ducks back. Riddle ripcords to FINAL FLASH! Rollins is on ropes, Riddle tosses him out, but Rollins holds on! Riddle goes up and out, but Braun ROCKS Riddle! APRON CURB STMOP, Rollins ELIMINATES Riddle! Now the final four are Rollins, Braun, Christian and Edge! Edge and Christian obviously stick together, Rollins gets Braun on his side! “We’re the future, not them!” Is Braun on Rollins’ side? Seems so. But NOPE! Braun POWERBOMBS Rollins! E&C go after Braun, double whip but Braun breaks through to DOUBLE CLOBBER them! Then he goes corner to corner to splash over and over!

Braun scoops Edge, Edge fights and holds the ropes, and works to drag Braun over and out! Braun holds on, hauls Edge back up, but Christian helps Edge! Rollins gets involved, Rollins ELIMINATES Christian while Edge ELIMINATES Braun! Rollins runs at Edge, Edge dumps Rollins up and over! Edge ELIMINATES Rollins!! But he hasn’t won, RKO OUTTA NOWHERE!!! Orton wasn’t eliminated and his knee is working just fine! Orton throws Edge, Edge reverses and throws Orton out! EDGE WINS!!!

Winner: Edge (2021 Royal Rumble winner)

Eleven years to the day from his first-ever Rumble win, Edge wins his second! He went from #1 to become THE ONE, and only the third person ever to run the table!! The Rated R Superstar is going back to WrestleMania, but who will he choose?


My Thoughts:

What an amazing Royal Rumble event! Even the one thing I was disappointed about is no longer a big deal. And that one thing was putting the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships in the Kickoff Show. I suppose it’s fine they didn’t just throw something together to make up a kickoff match, but it was a shame in the moment that three great NXT Women’s Champions and Nia Jax were put in the kickoff. But I do appreciate that they gave it their all, and there was story progress with Lacey and Ric screwing Charlotte over. It also worked to feed things in the Women’s Rumble, with Charlotte getting to tee off on Lacey. I kinda hope this is actually Ric using Lacey to bring out Charlotte’s aggression and make her the new Dirtiest Player in the Game. Probably not because Vince McMahon, but it’d be a great way to change things up.

Opening with the world title was also worrying in the moment, because it could’ve meant Goldberg was going to end things quick and take that title from McIntyre. But thankfully no! Vince makes the right call here, and McIntyre looks like an even bigger badass than before as he conquers Goldberg! Sasha Banks VS Carmella tonight felt like perhaps the best match Mella has ever had. She still didn’t win because it just wasn’t her time, but of course she also got in on the Women’s Rumble. The Women’s Rumble was a lot of fun, Billie Kay was hilarious going back and forth from commentary, and back and forth between teammates. The 24/7 Championship crossover made it really fun, too.

Speaking of, it was hilarious for something with the 24/7 Championship to finally happen on a panel talk show. After waiting on it for weeks of Raw Talk, it happens as they go back to the kickoff panel, and it’s ROSENBERG who gets it! I actually wouldn’t mind if Rosenberg got to hold onto the title for a month or so until the next PPV kickoff show, and Truth struggles to find him the entire time despite Rosenberg having his radio show and stuff. But back to the Women’s Rumble, how amazing is it for Bianca Belair to win! She’s definitely rising up in the WWE, I can’t wait to see if we are getting Sasha VS Bianca. I can’t wait to see how that build goes, and I bet the Raw Women’s Championship has the Chamber match now.

Roman Reigns VS Kevin Owens was an epic! They used the full Tropicana stadium to their advantage, and holy crap did that golf cart come out of nowhere! This was the closest someone’s come to winning over Roman, but it was a brilliant move for a ref spot to keep Roman from losing. Granted, he would’ve lost because of the handcuff difficulties but that’s what doing it live risks. Roman finds a way to win, and he’s going towards WrestleMania with a lot of momentum. The Men’s Rumble was also amazing stuff, and though giving away that Edge and Orton were starting, it was still on those two to deliver, and they delivered! They were brawling on and off for so much of the match, and then they cleverly disguised Orton being moved out of the way as saving him for later.

There was so much great story in everything else, too. Bryan and Styles, Sheamus and Riddle, Riddle and Styles, and even Rollins returning and brawling with Riddle, so much good stuff. Bad Bunny got to have a celebrity spot so that was cool, though I almost thought Booker T would come out to help. Christian returning so he and Edge could reunite and work together was great stuff, too. And it is pretty awesome that Edge got to win, even after Orton returned to sneak attack him. Edge joins the two-time Rumble winner club, which Orton is part of, so that’s a great achievement in itself.

Word is that, if not for COVID concerns, Keith Lee would’ve been in the match and won to set up McIntyre VS Keith, but Keith should be clear in a couple weeks. Depending on who Edge challenges, we could still get McIntyre VS Keith, but there’s also Elimination Chamber and Fastlane before Mania so they could give us McIntyre VS Keith, winner faces Edge at Mania. Or we could get Edge going to SmackDown and challenge Roman for Spear VS Spear of a different kind. But I’m leaning towards Edge staying on Raw and USA Network where he’s been lately. Which means there could be a Chamber match to determine Roman’s next challenger.

My Score: 9.3/10


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AEW Coverage

Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (2/28/24)

Sting’s last Dynamite…

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Revolution is around the corner!

Just days before Sting & Darby Allin defend the AEW World Tag Team Championships, The Icon says goodbye to Dynamite.

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Eddie Kingston & FTR VS Blackpool Combat Club; BCC wins.
  • AEW International Championship: Orange Cassidy VS Nick Wayne w/ The Patriarchy; Cassidy wins and retains the title.
  • Kris Statlander w/ Stokely Hathaway w/ Willow Nightingale VS Skye Blue w/ Julia Hart; Skye wins.
  • Chris Jericho VS Atlantis Jr. w/ Atlantis Sr; Jericho wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Hangman Page is here!

The Cowboy is in Huntsville, Alabama, and using a crutch? It was concerning at the end of last week’s Dynamite that Hangman was clutching his ankle near the end of the Six Man Tag match. Hangman hops up the steel steps to step into the ring, and he gets the mic. “This probably doesn’t look like a promising start to the speech, huh, guys? I feel like I might say it too much but it’s important to me, so I will say it. When AEW started, it was a new endeavor for my friends, but for me, it was something different. It was a goal. It was an opportunity to rise to people’s expectations, to make the most of the world laid in front of me.

“And I’d like to think that I did that, and I’d like to think that winning the world championship in 2021…” The fans start to cheer, and Hangman says he likes to think that doing that was the biggest accomplishment of his career. That’s why it hurts so much to have that opportunity in front of him again, and have this happen. Fans don’t want it to be true but Hangman says, “When AEW decided that at Revolution, the world championship would be decided in a Three Way match, I said it was BS. And I meant it. And I suggested that maybe the championship should be decided in a singles match, but it looks like I had the wrong two competitors.”

Fans boo, hoping this isn’t true, but Hangman says he won’t apologize to Swerve or Joe. But he will tell us the truth, because he’s always honest with us, that this Sunday at Revolution, Hangman will not be able to compete. The fans are upset, but then “Whose house?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” Prince Nana leads the way and does his dance as Swerve Strickland makes his entrance. The Realest goes down the ramp, to the ring, and already has a mic of his own. Fans cheer and chant, then Swerve says, “These last six months, man, we’ve been to war. I tried to kill you, you tried to kill me, I might’ve crossed the line a couple times…

“But I didn’t really expect this to happen. I targeted you because of everything you accomplished here in AEW. And to say that I didn’t have the utmost respect of that would just be a flat out lie. But you suffered this unfortunate fate, and the funny thing about fate, you can’t escape it. And you can’t stop destiny. And my destiny awaits me this Sunday at Revolution as I go on to become the AEW World Champion.” But then here comes said champion, Samoa Joe! The fans chant for “JOE! JOE! JOE!” as he stands on stage in a suit, mic in hand and belt on his shoulder. “Destiny? You boys are out here talking about destiny?

“Now what do we have here? It seems two of the most bitter enemies ever out here are trying to hug it out, huh?” Joe says a lot of lies are being told so he will correct them with a few truths. First, week after week, these two have stared daggers at each other, thinking that the destiny of this championship was tearing the other man’s throat out. That was only because they both avoided making eye contact with Joe and realized who the real man around here is. Second, though Joe doesn’t quite understand this dynamic, whether or not Hangman is in the match. Or should we call him “Hop Along?”

Joe keeps hearing about how Hangman and Swerve are young, hungry contenders. But that’s ridiculous! They’re both battle tested, battle hardened warriors in that ring, and there’s nothing new about them. They’re hungry but accomplished. The fans cheer that. But what they both need to realize is that the only reason they’re hungry is because Joe is starving their asses! As long as Joe has the title, there won’t be no more meals come dinner time! So he will explain to them who Joe is, and who they should really be worried about! He is Samoa Joe, the AEW World Champion, and whether it is one or both of them, Joe will whoop both their asses.

Swerve tells Joe to hold on so he can explain just who the hell Swerve is! “I’m someone that went from unemployed to headlining PPVs! I’m someone that went from being a Cruiserweight to going after the world championship! But make no mistake about it, I am that same man that broke into a wrestling school and left an 18 year old laying in a bloody heap! I am that same man that trespassed in another man’s home and threatened his infant son! I’ll do whatever it takes to become world champion! I’m not only a career maker, I am a career changer! And after I take that championship from you, Joe, you’re not gonna what to do with yourself.

“Hell, you might wanna go back to commentary wearing a poncho again. Who knows.” Joe seethes as Swerve says he is on the verge of making history! And this Sunday at Revolution, Swerve WILL become AEW World Champion! Whose House? “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” Whose House?! “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” WHOSE HOUSE?! HANGMAN ATTACKS WITH THE CRUTCH!! He was faking all along!? Hangman shouts for Swerve to get up and Joe grins! Hangman CLOBBERS Swerve with the crutch now! Hangman says Swerve will NEVER have that championship! Hangman tells Joe the same, that Swerve won’t take the title, HANGMAN will!

Fans are torn but Joe understands now that it is still a Triple Threat. But did Hangman just switch it up and use that crutch to take Swerve out of the running? Or will Hangman regret swerving a man as dangerous as Swerve?

 

The Young Bucks arrive backstage.

Matthew Jackson is in a black suit, Nicholas is in pink. They’re ready to “clock in” for Dynamite, and they step inside the building. Renee Paquette is right there and she welcomes them to Huntsville. Tonight is Sting’s final Dynamite ahead of their match for the AEW World Tag Team Championships at Revolution. Last time she saw them, it seemed they were having an interesting business meeting with Ric Flair. Can they give any details about that? Well, it went great, and that is all Nick will say. Matt brings up Sting and asks if Renee has seen him yet. Not yet, just them.

Oh, okay, then since this is Sting’s final Dynamite appearance, The Bucks are just dying to see him and thank him for all his contributions to this company. And mostly, they want to… “conduct his exit interview.” Matt & Nick bring out the white baseball bats, the same ones they used to beat down Sting, Darby and Sting’s two sons just a few weeks ago. Matt says have a great night, let’s have a killer show. Cameraman, keep with them, so everyone can see what the Bucks are gonna do for Sting. The Bucks continue deeper backstage, will they make it so Sting doesn’t even make it to his retirement match?

 

Six Man Tag: Eddie Kingston & FTR VS Blackpool Combat Club!

Before all of their separate showdowns on Sunday, The Mad King teams with the Top Guys to take on Bryan Danielson, Jon Moxley & Claudio Castagnoli. Things have always been personal between Eddie and the American Dragon, and things have been getting more intense between Dax & Cash against the Maniac and the Swiss Superman. Just how wild will it get here, only days away from Revolution?

The trios sort out and Bryan starts against Eddie as a preview of their Continental Crown Championship match. The two feel things out as the fans rally up, and the two test the waters. The fans rally behind Eddie but Bryan is simply amused. Then Bryan tags out to Claudio! Well Eddie doesn’t like him much, either! Claudio RAMS Eddie, Eddie stays up and dares him to try again. Claudio runs, they RAM shoulders again, so now Eddie runs. Eddie RAMS Claudio, Claudio rebounds to RAM Eddie! Eddie rebounds but into an UPPERCUT! Eddie goes to a corner, Claudio runs in, but Eddie BOOTS him away!

Eddie goes up the corner and he FLYING SHOULDER TACKLES Claudio down! The fans fire up while Claudio scrambles up, and Eddie just stares him down. Eddie tags Dax, Claudio tags Bryan. They circle, feel things out, and tie up. Dax headlocks, hits the takeover, but Bryan headscissors. Dax kips free, the two stand off and the fans rally up. The two circle, tie up, and Dax headlocks. Bryan powers up and out but Dax runs him over! Things speed up, Dax counters hip toss with a hip toss! But Bryan boots him away! Bryan scoops to SLAM Dax, but Dax boots Bryan away! Dax headlocks for the takeover, Bryan headscissors, but Dax kips free.

The fans cheer the newest standoff and the two back down. Bryan tags Moxley and fans fire up! Dax tags Cash, these two circle. Moxley SLAPS, Cash SLAPS, and now they fire forearms! Moxley puts Cash in a corner to throw hands but Cash turns it around to body shot, CHOP and UPPERCUT! And repeat! CHOP, UPPERCUT, but Moxley turns things around to CHOP and forearm! The fans fire up, Moxley whips but Cash BOOTS back! Cash CHOPS again! Cash and Moxley fire more forearms, then Cash clinches. Moxley fights that, they scrap, and they give HEADBUTT for HEADBUTT! Cash UPPERCUTS and CHOPS, but Moxley eggs him on!

Cash gets in Moxley’s face but Moxley fires forearms. The teams come in to break this up, but then they start shoving. So it’s an even bigger brawl! The fans are thunderous as it all spills out of the ring! Claudio and Eddie are on one end, Cash and Moxley on another, and Dax stomps away on Bryan in a corner! The ref tries to restore order but Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Eddie CHOPS Claudio, but Claudio hits low! Claudio throws forearms, Bryan digs his boot into Dax, Cash is sent into the desk! Eddie claws at Claudio’s face, Dax sends Bryan into railing! Eddie TOSSES Claudio over railing! Moxley and Dax glare at each other but the ref has them stay back. Eddie goes after Claudio in the crowd! Fans are all fired up, and Cash clamps onto Moxley with a chinlock! Dax CHOPS and ROCKS Bryan over and over! Moxley hits Cash with an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Claudio sends Eddie into railing! Cash sends Moxley into railing! Cash turns around, Bryan FLYING KNEES off the apron!

Bryan soaks up the cheers and jeers, then KICKS Cash against railing! And KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Cash flounders but Bryan puts him in the ring, just long enough to refresh the count! Bryan THROWS Cash into railing, Claudio runs up to UPPERCUT him! Dax runs them off, the ref again tries to restore order, but Dax and Eddie guard Cash from the BCC, even Moxley. The BCC leaves them behind and Bryan starts a “HE’S A BUM!” chant. Cash gets in the ring but Moxley’s right on him with HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Cover, TWO! Moxley drags Cash up, tags Claudio, and they mug Cash.

Claudio stomps away on Cash in the corner, soaks up the heat, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Tag to Bryan, he drags Cash to turn him over and hook up the legs. Cash reaches out but Bryan grabs the arms. Bryan tags Moxley before he hoists Cash up, up and away, but not into the Romero Special! He has Cash up in a partial surfboard, for Moxley to JAB! Cash flops over, Moxley covers, TWO! The fans rally but Moxley drags Cash around. Moxley steps through, Cash fights but Moxley still has the INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Cash endures but his shoulders are down for a cover! ONE, but Moxley puts more pressure on the legs!

Cash endures, throws hands, but Moxley digs his boot into the knee. Cash falls back, it’s a cover again, ONE! Dax storms in to STOMP Moxley! The fans fire up and Moxley is up in a huff. Moxley brings Cash up to whip him but Cash KICKS back! Cash leaps, but Moxley catches him! Moxley throws Cash to ropes but Cash BOOTS back! Claudio runs up but Cash HOTSHOTS him, then RANAS Moxley! Hot tag to Dax! Dax JABS, JABS and ROCKS Moxley! Dax DECKS Moxley, Bryan runs in but Dax DECKS him, too! Claudio runs up, Dax dodges to then kick low! Dax runs to hit a SWINGING NECKBREAKER!

Dax whips Moxley, Moxley reverses but Dax cradle counters! TWO, and Dax hurries! O’Conner Roll, TWO! Dax goes up the corner to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Moxley rakes the eyes! But Dax fights the underhooks! Dax underhooks Moxley, TIGER DRIVER! Cover, Bryan BOOTS Dax down! Bryan taunts Eddie but the ref keeps Eddie back. Eddie fumes but he steps back out. But the ref still misses Claudio LARIAT Dax! Moxley drags Dax up to POST him! Dax flops to the floor, Moxley and Bryan both go over there. Moxley keeps Eddie back, Bryan wrenches Dax to an ELBOW BREAKER! Eddie guards Dax and asks what’s up!

But then Bryan drags Eddie down! Claudio & Moxley mug Dax, they sit Dax on the railing! Cash protests but the ref can’t stop the BCC from mugging Eddie. Bryan whips Eddie hard into railing! Moxley drags Dax up while Bryan lines up a shot, and Bryan runs in to basement dropkick! Moxley tags Claudio, they stomp Dax, and then Claudio UPPERCUTS! Dax CHOPS! Claudio UPPERCUTS, Dax CHOPS, repeat! Dax CHOPS and CHOPS again, headlocks, but Claudio powers out to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Dax survives and Claudio seethes as Dynamite goes picture in picture again.

Claudio BOOTS Dax to the corner, he tags Moxley, and the BCC mugs Dax. Moxley clotheslines Dax, then underhooks for a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Moxley keeps on Dax with a top wristlock and grinds the arm. Dax endures, but Moxley bends the fingers and cranks the elbow. Dax fights up, but Moxley brings him over, tag to Claudio. They mug Dax, Claudio UPPERCUTS, then clamps on a COBRA TWIST! Dax endures, but Moxley gets a cheap shot in! Claudio then UPPERCUTS Dax down and tags Moxley back in. Moxley stomps Dax around, then puts him in a FIGURE FOUR! Dax does his best to fight that off but Moxley powers through!

Dax endures the leglock, his shoulders are down, TWO! Dax sits up in time, but just like with Cash, Moxley puts on the pressure. Dax falls back for another cover, TWO! Dax grabs at Moxley’s nose but the ref reprimands. Dax lets go and works to turn the hold over! Moxley resists one direction, but Dax goes the other way! Dax turns it over! The fans fire up as Moxley endures, and Moxley turns it back over. Dax reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! Moxley lets go quickly, then tries again, but Dax BOOTS Moxley into a POST! Moxley staggers, hot tag to Bryan! Bryan runs up to get Dax by an arm, and even grinds in an elbow!

Bryan drags Dax back over, tags in Claudio and the BCC mugs Dax again. Claudio clamps on a chinlock while Dynamite returns to single picture again. Dax endures, the fans rally up, and Dax fights up. Dax throws body shots, then ROCKS Claudio, but Claudio keeps Dax from Cash! Tag to Moxley and the BCC mug Dax more. Claudio picks Dax up for Moxley to run, HART ATTACK! Moxley BLASTS Cash off the apron, Claudio turns Dax over, and while Claudio ties up the legs, Moxley traps Dax’s arms! Bryan goes up top to DIVING HEADBUTT! Cover, TWO!! Dax survives but Moxley keeps him down with a FUJIWARA ARMBAR!

Dax endures, the fans rally, and Dax fights up again. Moxley knees low, reels Dax in, but Dax resists the lift! Dax back drops free but Bryan tags in! Bryan keeps Dax from the corner, Claudio even YANKS Cash down from the other side! Claudio whips Cash into railing! But Dax still gets free of Bryan, hot tag to Eddie! The fans are thunderous as Eddie CHOPS! Bryan CHOPS, but Eddie CHOPS! Bryan CHOPS, Eddie CHOPS! The CHOPS go back and forth, Eddie gets the edge and he backs Bryan to a corner. But Bryan pokes Eddie in the eyes! Bryan runs, but into an EXPLODER! Claudio gets in to CLUB Eddie!

Claudio ROCKS and whips Eddie but Eddie reverses. Eddie clinches to EXPLODER! Moxley is in to KING KONG LARIAT! The fans fire up as Eddie stands right up! Eddie says fine, and the former friends brawl it out! The fans love the haymakers, but Moxley KICKS and BOOTS Eddie to a corner! Moxley runs, but Eddie LARIATS! Bryan hits the DROPKICK in the corner, then feeds to Claudio’s trio! Time for the SWING! The fans fire up as Eddie goes around and around, into Bryan’s DROPKICK! Then Claudio CATAPULTS Eddie into Moxley’s KNEE! Moxley hoists Eddie up, PILEDRIVER!! Bryan covers, Dax breaks it!!

The fans fire up but the BCC get Dax! Cash saves Dax from the Double Suplex, “This is Awesome!” as Cash DROPKICKS Claudio and Dax clotheslines Moxley up and out! FTR then DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE Claudio up and out! Cash dodges Bryan, and feeds him to the URAKEN! Dax goes up, Cash Electric Chair Lifts Bryan, STEINER BULLDOG!! Eddie covers, Claudio AND Moxley break it! The fans are thunderous as all six men are down! Moxley finds Dax to CHOP, but Dax CHOPS back! Cash brawls with Claudio, Bryan and Eddie go back to CHOPS! The fans rally, the ref wants this to sort out, but the CHOPS keep flying!

Moxley has Dax down for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Claudio and Bryan also get Cash and Eddie in SLEEPERS, then drag them down for some HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS of their own! Moxley shifts to SLEEPER Dax, and then Claudio puts Cash in a REAR NAKED CHOKE! Bryan follows suit, it’s TRIPLE SLEEPERS!! The fans boo while the ref checks Eddie. Eddie reaches out, sits up, and the fans rally behind him! Eddie and FTR all fight to their feet, and they all RAM BCC into buckles! The sleeper holds are broken, and then Eddie & FTR rotate. Cash UPPERCUTS Moxley, Dax has Bryan and Eddie has Claudio for MACHINE GUN CHOPS!

The fans fire up as the chops all ring out! Cash even gives Moxley some! Dax reloads to keep on Bryan and the fans are thunderous! But then Moxley and Bryan turn things around, followed by Claudio! CHOP and forearms on repeat! Bryan climbs up to rain down fists! Fans count along, Moxley and Claudio join in, they get about TEN on all three! Then Moxley & Bryan whip FTR at each other, only for FTR to dosido! Cash DECKS Moxley and Dax DECKS Bryan! Claudio runs up, into SHATTER MACHINE!! Claudio flops out of the ring, Moxley gets Cash with PARADIGM SHIFT! Dax hits Moxley with a BRAINBUSTER!

Bryan BUSAIKU KNEES Dax! Eddie URA- No, Bryan ducks it to SHOULDER CAPTURE PLEX! The fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” with Bryan and he runs up, BUSAIKU KNEE!! But Bryan says he’s gonna kick Eddie’s head in! Bryan grabs the arms, for the DRAGON STOMPS! Then Bryan shifts into the TRIANGLE HOLD! No hands a la Zack Sabre Jr, but Eddie is OUT all the same! BCC wins!

Winners: Blackpool Combat Club, by submission

Bryan doesn’t let go until he’s done talking trash on Eddie. Bryan lets off to pose, but will he be posing with three championships after Revolution? Will Moxley & Claudio prove they are the top guys in the AEW Tag Division?

 

Backstage interview with Chris Jericho.

Renee Paquette is with The Ocho, or rather the Lionheart, as tonight, Jericho will face Atlantis Jr. of CMLL. There is a ton of history here between Jericho and the Atlantis lucha family, what is he expecting tonight? Jericho says 30 years ago, when he first started wrestling in Mexico, he got thrown into the deep end very quickly. Legendary booker, Paco Alonso wanted Jericho to become a big time player fast. So he put Jericho with legends like Negro Casas, Silver King, Texano, El Dandy, and Atlantis Sr. Atlantis was both a great opponent and a great partner, a mentor and a friend.

So when AEW started working with CMLL, Jericho requested this match with Atlantis Jr. so he could repay the favor. Jericho wants to teach Atlantis Jr. something about the wrestling business from this end. So tonight, Jericho will show Atlantis Jr. some things he’s never seen before, and have a lesson in violence! Tonight, Jericho shows what “Corazon de Leon” can do. And in Spanish, Jericho tells Atlantis Jr. that tonight, there won’t be any holding back. Will El Ocho prove he is numero uno?

 

Tony Schiavone is in the ring.

AEW returns from break and Schiavone says tonight, it is official. There are great wrestlers all around the world, and many are coming here to AEW. But none is bigger, better or more exciting. Here on Dynamite, welcome to AEW full time, Will Ospreay! The fans fire up as the Aerial Assassin, having moved on from NJPW, is truly All Elite! Ospreay goes to the ring, high-fiving fans, and he even hugs Schiavone. Schiavone says the dynamic Ospreay is All Elite, and it’s great to have him here! Ospreay says, “Oi oi, Huntsville, how’re you doing, you cheeky shanks?” The fans cheer and Ospreay says he just wanted to come out here to say thanks for the reception.

Ospreay reminds us that back in November, he asked them to give him some time to finish his obligations with NJPW. His obligations are done! So he took himself to Barbados for a little holiday, got pissed with the Misses, it was great! And then he flew over here, lost his bags, but it’s alright! They found ’em so it’s all good. He came here in his track suit, like Kermit the Frog on leg day, and most importantly, he is here in front of all the fans to say he is here for full-time work! He’s All Elite, bruv! The fans fire up for that one! Ospreay says hold on, some are forgetting that this isn’t his first rodeo. His first PPV, he beat Orange Cassidy.

And if that wasn’t good enough, he went to Canada to beat Kenny Omega in front of 13 THOUSAND of his own people. And if that still wasn’t good enough, he pinned the first-ever AEW World Champion, Chris Jericho, at Wembley Stadium, bruv! So make no mistake about it. The territory might be different, but he’s used to this. He’s been rolling with the Callis Family, everything’s going smoothly, he is ready to pick up where he left off. Speaking of, here comes Don Callis and his family, the Last Supper mural still including Will Ospreay & Kyle Fletcher while Konosuke Takeshita & Will Hobbs are here in person.

Callis shakes hands and hugs it out with Ospreay, as does Hobbs. Konosuke doesn’t, though, given the match that’s coming. Callis takes the mic from Schiavone to say, “Y’know, ladies and gentlemen, there’s nothing I like more than a Don Callis Family reunion!” Fans boo but Callis says when he thinks about the talent in this group, he thinks about Fletcher, Hobbs, Konosuke & Ospreay, an embarrassment of riches! And Callis loves Ospreay talking about all those things the two of them accomplished together. When Ospreay beat Kenny, Callis was right beside him. Ospreay asked how they were gonna top that, and then we got Ospreay VS Jericho!

And on the biggest night of Ospreay’s life, he beat Jericho! So how to top that? Well, by having a match of the year! The fans chant “You Suck!” at Callis but Callis says you top Ospreay VS Jericho by having a match of the DECADE! And in order to do that, you need the two best rope-to-rope wrestlers in the world! The Alpha, Konosuke Takeshita, and Will BAH GAWD Ospreay! And people ask Callis, how can you pit the family against each other? Well, it’d be like when Michal Jordan and Scotty Pippen would go hard against each other in practice, then come together to win championships!

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter which one wins at Revolution! The real winner after will be the Don Callis Family! Now, shake hands, guys, this will be historic! Konosuke and Ospreay stare down, and Ospreay offers first. Konosuke looks at Ospreay’s hand, then takes it. They shake, the fans boo, but Konosuke doesn’t let Ospreay go. Konosuke wants Ospreay to look him in the eye, then he pats Ospreay on the shoulder. But then Ospreay doesn’t let go! Ospreay won’t let Konosuke big brother him just because Ospreay just got back. The fans rally behind Ospreay, Callis joins in by trying, and failing, to make it a dueling chant.

Ospreay and Konosuke step back, and Ospreay smiles as he bows respect to Konosuke. Will the Don Callis Family really be okay after The Alpha and the Assassin fight it out?

 

Backstage interview with Eddie Kingston.

Renee is now with the Mad King, and notes the disrespect shown not only to him but this entire time leading up to the match with Bryan at Revolution, how concerned is Eddie to be facing this version of Bryan? Eddie starts but then The Bucks walk in asking if Eddie’s seen Sting. What? No, he hasn’t. The Bucks then realize they’re interrupting an interview. Sorry, take it from the top. No, this is life. Oh, oops, never mind. But then Nick says he has a bone to pick with Eddie anyway. All that crap Eddie was saying on Collision, next time it’ll be a fine! Matt has Nick cool down and apologizes for him.

But while Matt has Eddie, mind if he talks with him for a second? Eddie asks what these two are even doing, but Matt says hold on. Eddie is a champion, y’know. He should work on his presentation a little. He shows up to work with Timbs and sweats? Where’s his sports coat or something? Matt asks Nick if they need to implement a dress code backstage. But no, sorry, they’re still looking for Sting, so carry on. The Bucks go shouting for “Stinger” again, and Renee says she had a point about the Louis Vuitton Timbs. Seriously? Eddie doesn’t get what is going on with the EVPs, but will he be more than ready for Sunday?

 

AEW International Championship: Orange Cassidy VS Nick Wayne w/ The Patriarchy!

Freshly Squeezed is still a fighting champion, so even with his match against Roderick Strong on Revolution this Sunday, he put out an Open Challenge for tonight! And who answered it? The Patriarchy’s Prodigy! Will Nick follow in his father figure’s footsteps and hold onto a title all his own? Or will Cassidy serve up an L with that Orange Punch?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Cassidy makes it to Revolution!

The bell rings, Cassidy and Nick storm up but Nick kicks low! Nick headlocks, Cassidy powers up and out, but Nick pulls hair to reel Cassidy in! Nick hits a headlock takeover, grinds his forearm in then flexes. Mama Shayna applauds but Cassidy fights up. Cassidy powers out but again Nick pulls hair! The ref reprimands but Cassidy breaks free to headlock back. Nick powers up and out, reels Cassidy in but Cassidy ducks the lariat to slip around and headlock for a takeover! The fans cheer while Cassidy thrashes Nick around. Nick headscissors but the fans rally for Cassidy. Cassidy kicks and kicks and pops free!

The fans cheer as Cassidy kips up, and he puts his hands up! Nick runs in, Cassidy hurdles. Nick shoves Cassidy but Cassidy avoids the hurdle to then Alabama Lift! Nick sunset flips through, TWO! Nick runs up, ducks ‘n’ dodges then RANAS! Fans boo but Nick soaks it up as Cassidy goes to a corner. Nick runs up, Cassidy dodges then blocks a boot, but Nick ENZIGIRIS! Nick goes up and up but Cassidy gets under the flying cutter! Cassidy comes back, into an UPPERCUT! Cassidy bails out, the ref tells Christian Cage to back off. Nick runs up, Cassidy avoids the dive then blocks the Penalty Kick! Cassidy swings Nick but Nick cartwheels through!

Nick baits Cassidy in and then sends him into steel steps! Cassidy hobbles back up, Nick goes up and up and ASAI MOONSAULTS! Direct hit and Christian hugs his “son.” Nick puts Cassidy in, goes up the corner again, but Cassidy rolls away to the other corner. The fans cheer but Nick runs and FLIES out onto Cassidy! Direct hit again and Nick smirks as he drags Cassidy up. Nick puts Cassidy in, soaks up more heat, and Christian & Shayna applaud. Nick climbs again, but Cassidy moves! Nick rolls through, comes back, but into a BOOT! Cassidy goes up but Nick UPPERCUTS! Nick then climbs up after Cassidy!

Nick stands Cassidy up, but Cassidy fights the superplex with body shots! Cassidy ROCKS Nick and Nick falls off the corner! Cassidy adjusts, Nick distracts the ref, and Christian trips Cassidy up! Fans boo as Christian taunts Cassidy, and then Nick KNEES Cassidy down! The ref realizes what really happened, though, and he EJECTS The Patriarchy! The fans are thunderous as Christian, Shayna & Killswitch/Luchasaurus are furious! The fans say “Hey, hey, hey! Goodbye~!” while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Nick is worried now that this is just 1v1, but he hurries to find Cassidy. Nick fires hands, then runs Cassidy right into railing! Nick soaks up the heat and flexes, then he drags Cassidy up. Nick runs Cassidy into more railing! Cassidy falls in a heap, Nick flexes and soaks up the heat again. Nick drags Cassidy up and into the ring, covers, TWO! Cassidy is still in this and Nick is frustrated. Nick KNEES Cassidy in the back, then fishhooks Cassidy’s nose! The ref reprimands, Nick lets off, but then he fishhooks again! The ref counts, Nick lets off and Cassidy goes to a corner. Nick ROCKS Cassidy in a corner, then turns him around to ROCK the back.

Nick whips corner to corner hard and Cassidy falls in a heap! Nick drags Cassidy from the corner to cover, TWO! Nick KICKS Cassidy in the back! Cassidy writhes, Nick soaks up the heat again, and Nick brings Cassidy up. Nick waistlocks, but Cassidy pries the hold. Nick ROCKS Cassidy in the back again, then full nelsons! But Cassidy fights to reach for his pockets! Nick shoves him to ropes to ROCK him in the back again! Dynamite returns to single picture as Nick tries again. But Cassidy again fights his way, and gets his hands in his pockets! Cassidy arm-drags Nick away then SHOTGUNS him down! Cassidy kips up and the fans fire up!

Cassidy runs corner to corner but Nick dodges! Cassidy tumbles up and out, bumps Nick off buckles, then runs him side to side to do it again! And again! Nick staggers away, Cassidy climbs up, and Cassidy CROSSBODIES! Cassidy keeps going, ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO! Nick is still in this but Cassidy keeps cool. The fans rally as Cassidy goes to a corner. Cassidy powers up, runs in, but Nick gets under! Cassidy again fights the nelson to wrench and facelock, but Nick FISHERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect from Nick and the fans rally up. Nick kicks at Cassidy, mocking Cassidy’s style.

The fans boo, but Nick winds up, only for Cassidy to SUPERKICK! Fans fire up as Nick falls back! Cassidy returns the “devastating” kicks! Then stomps and stomps and stomps for real! The fans fire up and Cassidy runs, to PENALTY KICK! Shoutout to Shibata, and off comes the elbow pad! ORANGE- NO, Nick gets under again! Full nelson, Cassidy breaks it, but Nick GERMAN SUPLEXES! Only for Cassidy to stand up! Nick runs, DESTROY- BEACH BREAK!! Cover, TWO!! Nick survives and wait, The Kingdom creeps in from the crowd! The ref tells them to stay back, but Nick RAMS Cassidy into buckles! SNAP DRAGON! Bridging cover, TWO!!

Cassidy escapes, and then ROPPONGI VICE is here! Rocky Romero & Trent Beretta are back and they’re going after Taven & Bennett for what they’ve done the past few weeks! Fans fire up as Cassidy’s Best Friends are getting even, but the ref doesn’t see Nick rip a buckle pad away! But then Daniel Garcia shows up! He tells Nick shame shame, then Nick turns around, ORANGE PUNCH!! Cover, Cassidy wins!

Winners: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall (still AEW International Champion)

Cassidy’s Best Friends and Christian’s enemies help Cassidy hold onto the gold, but then Roderick Strong STRONG KNEES Cassidy down! Roddy rains down fists while the fans boo! Trent storms in to shove Roddy down! The Undisputed Kingdom regroup, but the damage has been done! Will the Savior of the Backbreaker have an easy night at Revolution? Or can Cassidy’s fighting spirit see him through another tough challenge?

 

Backstage interview with The Bang Bang Scissor Gang.

Renee is with Jay White, The Gunns, Max Caster & Anthony Bowens, and she notes the impressive win on Collision against Iron Savages. It seems they’re gelling as a group now. Oh, she saw that? White agrees, they are gelling. And to be honest, he was a little apprehensive at first, had their wires crossed a couple weeks ago on Dynamite. But after Collision, they’ve shown just how well they can work together, and White is all in on BBSG! They are damn near perfect! Aren’t they, Billy? Yeah, almost. But Max, what happened to your rap? You think anyone noticed? Uh, yeah, man, everyone noticed.

But Austin says he has an idea. Speaking of combos within the group, how about this? Austin Gunn & The Acclaimed for Collision! Bowens says that’s silly. But what about The Acclaimed & Austin? YES! Everyone loves it! Austin is confused, though, isn’t that just the same but said different? White moves on by saying EVERYONE loves The Acclaimed, BANG BANG! Bowens says he got it! They scissor finger, but will Austin, Max & Anthony make it a win just like the other half of the super group?

 

Kris Statlander w/ Stokely Hathaway w/ Willow Nightingale VS Skye Blue w/ Julia Hart!

The Galaxy’s Greatest and the Babe with the Power used to be friends with the Chicago Skye, but we all know how the Princess of the Black Throne influenced her to the dark side. Skye wants to tear down her former friends to protect the House, but will nothing stop Kris from getting back to the TBS Championship?

The bell rings and Skye runs up to fire off on Kris! Kris hits back, puts Skye in a corner, and then TOSSES her across the way! The fans fire up while Skye flounders. Kris stands Skye up to fire clotheslines in the corner, then she CHOPS! The fans “WOO~!” while Kris brings Skye around to bump off buckles. Kris ROCKS, CHOPS and snapmares Skye to then run her over! The fans fire up as Kris flexes, and then Kris scoops. Skye slips free, throws Kris down by her hair, but Kris kips up! Skye throws Kris down again, but Kris kips up again! The fans cheer as Kris blocks a shot and throws Skye down by her hair! And then SENTONS! Cover, TWO!

Kris keeps cool and she has Stokely & Willow watching Julia. Kris ROCKS and CHOPS Skye again, then whips her to ropes. Skye ducks ‘n’ dodges, tilt-o-whirls and goes around and around, but Kris stops that to THROW Skye away! Skye flounders to a corner and the fans fire up as Kris runs in. Skye dodges, runs back in but Kris ELBOWS her! Kris headstands but Skye stops the boots! Skye puts Kris on the apron to SHINING WIZARD her down! Skye then goes out to the apron, drags Kris back up by her hair, but Kris ROCKS Skye first! Kris then trophy lifts Skye to TOSS her into the crowd! Fans fire up while Kris roars and Dynamite goes picture in picture!

Kris storms back over to find Skye but Skye HOTSHOTS her off railing! Skye SMACKS Kris off the railing, too, then climbs up! CROSSBODY to the floor! Skye drags Kris up, puts her in, and covers, TWO! Skye puts Kris on ropes to CHOKE her! Skye lets off at 4, then runs side to side, but Kris moves! The boot gets caught in the ropes, but Skye still hurries after Kris. Skye kicks and fires shots in the corner, then stomps Kris down! Skye digs her boot in, the ref counts, and Skye lets off at 4 again. Skye storms around, taunts Kris, but Kris hits back! Skye SLAPS Kris down, then CLUBS her! Skye facelocks and she grinds Kris into the mat.

Kris endures, fights around, but Skye stays clamped on. Stokely & Willow rally the fans, Kris fights up and throws body shots, but Skye throws her by her hair! Kris goes to a corner, Willow is there to cheer her on, but Skye KICKS Kris in the butt! Skye brings Kris around to bump her off buckles, then stomp her down again. The ref counts, Skye digs her boot in but lets off at 4. Skye swaggers while Kris flounders, and then Skye CLUBS Kris down. Kris hits back but Skye CHOPS! Skye bumps Kris off buckles, then CHOPS her again! Skye digs her boot in again, but the ref counts. Skye blows a kiss before letting off at 4.

Skye swaggers around again while Dynamite returns to single picture. Skye runs up, but into an ELOBW! Kris whips, Skye reverses but Kris blocks. Kris kicks, Skye blocks and KNEES Kris back. Skye whips Kris to a corner but Kris goes up to FLYING BACK ELBOW! Both women are down and the fans fire up! Kris and Skye rise while a count begins. They both stand at 3 of 10 and throw forearms back and forth! Kris gets the edge, then whips Skye to LARIAT her down! Kris hauls Skye back up, sends her to a corner and runs in to UPPERCUT! Then she goes side to side to KNEE Skye, and reels her in for a SNAP POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!

Skye survives and Kris grows frustrated, but Stokely & Willow coach her up. Kris aims, spins, but Skye ducks the discus to kick low! TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Kris toughs it out but Skye snarls. Skye runs up at the ropes, SHINING- NO, Kris DUMPS Skye out! Skye avoids the shoulder to BOOT Kris down! Skye drags kris up on the apron, but Kris fights the nelson with an elbow! Skye SUPERKICKS, Kris ROUNDHOUSES! APRON GERMAN SUPLEX!! Skye flops to the floor and Julia checks her. Kris flops down, too, Willow checking on her. Kris and Skye both rise, Kris glares at Julia, but Julia glares back.

Willow steps up, daring Julia to do something. The ref tells them to hold off, and Kris runs at Skye! Skye drop toeholds her into steps! Skye puts Kris in, then runs up, wrench and reel, DESTROYER!! Then SUPERKICK, then cradle! TWO!! Kris survives and Skye is shocked! Julia is frustrated, too, but Skye hurries to go up a corner. Kris rises, and she UPPERCUTS first! ICONOCLASM! Kris drags Skye back up and fisherman’s, FISHERMAN DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Skye survives and now Kris is stunned! Stoke says use a chain! Kris says no, as does Willow. Skye runs up but into a BOOT! The ref reprimands Stoke, but then Skye runs up!

Kris dodges to ROUNDHOUSE Skye, but then Julia gets in! BELT SHOT!! The ref misses it because he’s arguing with Stokely! CODE BLUE!! SKYE WINS!!

Winner: Skye Blue, by pinfall

Willow is disappointed, but in Stokely, not Kris. Stokely wanted to go hardcore but this wasn’t the time, and now Kris suffers the loss. If The House Always Wins, will anyone ever get that title off Julia?

 

The Young Bucks are continuing their hunt of Sting.

Nicholas has the cameraman follow them to the door with Sting’s name on it. But Matthew wants Nicholas to hold on. Did Nick see the interview last week? Sting seemed a little… out of his mind with anger. So if there’s one thing for sure about Sting, it’s that nothing’s for sure. So just be mindful. Nick’s prepared! Let’s go! They step in, and the room is just a bunch of black baseball bats dangling from the ceiling. Oh, they’re playing mind games, huh? Nick smacks his bat off the chair, but where, oh where, could the Stinger Man be?

 

Chris Jericho VS Atlantis Jr. w/ Atlantis Sr!

The Ocho promised it’d be the Lionheart tonight, and he is ready to give us a blast from the past as he faces the future of CMLL. Will Jericho return the favor from Atlantis Sr. and teach Atlantis Jr. a thing or two about a thing or two? Or will the World Historic Light Heavyweight Champion show he already knows what it takes to succeed?

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans rally up, Atlantis offers a handshake, but Jericho SLAPS him! Jericho already said earlier there would be no going easy just because they’re friendly. So Atlantis SLAPS back! They throw hands faster and faster and then Jericho knees low! Jericho CHOPS and CHOPS then whips, but Atlantis reverses. Atlantis hurdles, drops down, then DROPKICKS Jericho down! Fans fire up as Jericho ends up in a corner, and Atlantis runs in. Jericho puts Atlantis on the apron, but Atlantis blocks the punch to GAMANGIRI! Jericho staggers away, Atlantis CROSSBODIES!

Atlantis kicks Jericho, fires forearms, then whips Jericho to a corner. Atlantis runs in, jumps up, gets cheers from the fans, and MONKEY FLIPS Jericho away! Jericho goes to another corner, Atlantis runs in and MONKEY FLIPS again! The fans cheer, Atlantis runs up again, but Jericho stops the third! And he has the legs, WALLS OF JERICHO! Atlantis endures, and he has the ROPEBREAK! Jericho lets go quickly, then he CLUBS away on Atlantis. Jericho pulls at the mask!? There’s no holding back and then there’s just being disrespectful! The ref reprimands, Jericho stops and Atlantis throws hands!

Atlantis kicks Jericho away, the ref helps with the strings, and then Atlantis Senior CHOKES Jericho with the towel! The fans cheer as Atlantis teaches Jericho another lesson even now! Jericho bails out to argue with Atlantis Sr, but then Junior DIVES onto him! The fans fire up as Atlantis Jr. gets Jericho up and around to SMACK him off the apron! Atlantis gets the legs, to CATAPULT Jericho into the POST! The fans fire up as Atlantis rises, and he brings steel steps around! The ref reprimands but Atlantis brings Jericho around. Atlantis reels Jericho in, gets him up, but Jericho fights it! So Senior helps out, and Atlantis has Jericho up!

But Jericho RANAS and sends Atlantis into the steps! The fans are torn while Senior checks on Junior, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Jericho storms over, he drags Atlantis around to SMACK him off the steps! Jericho puts Atlantis in the ring, kicks him around, then soaks up the cheers and jeers. Jericho drags Atlantis up again, CHOPS him, and has him in the corner. Jericho CHOPS again, and CHOPS again! Jericho whips corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Jericho puts Atlantis up top, throws hands, then climbs up after him. Jericho brings Atlantis up to the very top, but Atlantis resists! Atlantis SUPER GOURD BUSTERS Jericho down! Atlantis adjusts to FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and Atlantis can’t believe it!

Atlantis and Jericho rise, and Jericho CHOPS first! Atlantis CHOPS back! Atlantis eggs Jericho on so Jericho CHOPS again! Atlantis CHOPS again! The CHOPS go back and forth, then Jericho gets the edge! But Atlantis CHOPS and CHOPS in return! Atlantis puts Jericho on the ropes, and puts some stank on the CHOP! Dynamite returns to single picture as the fans want “One More Time!” Atlantis gets the fans fired up, and winds up to CHOP again! Atlantis whips but Jericho runs him over! Jericho keeps moving, but Atlantis puts him on the apron! Jericho hurries up a corner, but Atlantis meets him there! SUPER ARM-DRAG!

Jericho tumbles away, Atlantis hurries to cover, TWO! Jericho is still in this, but Atlantis runs up. Jericho gets around to GERMAN- NO, Atlantis victory rolls, then uses the legs to reel Jericho into a wheelbarrow! WHEELBARROW GERMAN! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives again and Atlantis is frustrated. Atlantis drags Jericho to a drop zone, goes up a corner, but Jericho rises! Jericho CHOPS Atlantis, then goes up after him. Jericho comes in from the side, SUPER BULLDOG!! That’s definitely old school for Jericho! He covers, TWO!! Atlantis survives and now Jericho grows frustrated.

Jericho drags Atlantis up to CHOP more. Jericho whips corner to corner, runs up but Atlantis goes up and over! Then he SNAP POWERSLAMS! Cover, TWO! Jericho stays in this but Senior coaches Junior up. Atlantis SUPERKICKS Jericho, runs, but Jericho BOOTS him! Atlantis falls to the apron, Jericho runs to the corner, triangle jump, but Atlantis ducks! Jericho goes right to the floor! Atlantis builds speed and he FLIES! Direct hit on Jericho at the ramp and the fans fire up again! Atlantis rises, he gets Jericho into the ring. “This is Awesome!” as Atlantis goes up the corner. Jericho is in the drop zone, but he rises up to trip Atlantis!

Atlantis is stuck on the corner, Jericho brings him up for haymakers! Jericho then makes sure Atlantis is positioned just right, CHOPS him, but Atlantis fires forearms! Jericho CHOPS again, climbs up to the very top, and he rains down fists! Fans count along, all the way to TEN! SUPER STEINER! Jericho fires up, takes aim, and Atlantis rises. JUDAS- NO, Atlantis ducks it! Then he scoops Jericho, into LA ATLANTITA! Jericho endures the backbreaker rack, and then the spin and swing, but Jericho lands out! Jericho trips Atlantis, WALLS OF JERICHO!! Atlantis endures, reaches out, crawls forward, and his dad coaches him on!

Atlantis reaches, he’s fingertips away! But Jericho drags him away!! Jericho sits deep! Senior throws in the towel!! Jericho wins!

Winner: Chris Jericho, by forfeit

The Lionheart wins, and perhaps the lesson here was knowing when to give up for the sake of your career. Jericho checks on Junior and helps him up. There is still respect between Jericho and the Atlantis familia, will Junior still be the future of CMLL?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Revolution!

After the big win here tonight, Jericho is now part of the All-Star 8 Man Scramble! He joins “Powerhouse” Hobbs, Lance Archer, Brian Cage, Hook, Wardlow, and two more opponents! Those last two spots will be filled in qualifying matches to be held this weekend! CMLL’s Magnus takes on Matt Sydal for Rampage while a Triple Threat on Collision sees Penta El Zero Miedo VS Dante Martin VS Bryan Keith! Who will join the huge match that grants the winner a future AEW World Championship opportunity?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

Just 24 hours before Revolution, we hear from Toni Storm and Deonna Purrazzo ahead of their AEW Women’s World Championship, and we get a star-studded 8 Man Tag! Orange Cassidy, Trent Beretta, Hook & Daniel Garcia take on Roderick Strong, Brian Cage, Christian Cage & Killswitch/Luchasaurus! Who will have major momentum going into the title matches going into Revolution?

 

The Young Bucks make their way to the ring.

Since they didn’t find Sting backstage anywhere, it seems only logical they come out here to finish the search. There are fans wearing Sting masks, so Nick gets in their face. Is one of them Sting playing the hold “Sting wearing a Sting mask” gag? No but DARBY is! Darby DECKS Nick and fires off on the Bucks! Darby puts Nick in the ring but Matt anchors him! Nick PENALTY KICKS from above! The fans rally for Darby but the Bucks mug him back! They put Darby in the ring, get their bats, and it’s just like the night Darby & Sting won the tag titles! Matt CHOKES Darby, Nick throws off his jacket, and The Bucks sit Darby up.

Fans boo but the Bucks want, and hit the E V P TRIGGER!! Darby goes down, Matt JAMS Darby with the bat! Nick stomps Darby, too! The fans boo but the Bucks just soak it up. Then Matt calls for someone? Ric Flair is here?! The Nature Boy smiles as he struts his way down the ramp, but has he really betrayed Sting? Matt & Nick mug Darby more while Ric takes his time getting to the ring. Ric takes one of the bats, but then he pokes Nick in the eye and JABS Matt! The Nature Boy tricked the Bucks and has them right where he wants ’em! Except Nick LOW BLOWS Ric! Fans boo as Ric falls in a heap!

The Bucks are upset that the Dirtiest Player in the Game actually pulled one over on them, and they dig their boots in! The fans boo, then they call for “STING! STING! STING!” The Bucks soak up the heat, just hoping Sting shows up. But then the music hits and the Bucks get on the defensive! They hurry up the ramp with their bats, but where is he? Sting is lowered in from the rafters!! The fans are thunderous as we flashback to the early days of Crow Sting, and the Bucks can’t believe what they’ve just seen! The Bucks run back up, but bats collide and the Bucks are disarmed! Sting JAMS Matt, JAMS Nick, then CRACKS them with bats!

The fans fire up as Darby goes up and SUPER COFFIN DROPS onto both Bucks!! Darby gets Nick in the ring, Sting storms right in after him! Sting gets Nick for the SCORPION DEATH DROP! Darby slides in and Ric stands back up. The fans howl into the night with these icons, but Matt says they’re gonna come up with a “real nice severance package” for Sting. Will Sting’s last match be his most agonizing defeat? Or will it be his most triumphant victory?


My Thoughts:

A great Dynamite, and I really like how this flowed with just four matches. Granted, this format might just be because this is the go-home with plenty of more to do on Rampage and Collision, but AEW/Tony Khan should still try to book it like this more often. Hangman tricking us with the ankle was clever stuff to sucker Swerve in, but Swerve also owned up to doing messed up stuff so… I guess there isn’t really a Face in the match at all? Just Joe, Hangman and Swerve all being mean and badass, though Hangman is much more Heel right now because he tricked us. Either way, this still keeps everyone strong regardless of who wins, but at this point, the fans are strongly behind Swerve so it’s either Swerve or Joe winning.

Good group promo from Bang Bang Scissor Gang, and I like that they poked a little fun at Caster’s flub. And it’s a fitting move to do the flipside of last week’s mash-up, and it just seems to be the story that Austin gets dunked on by everybody else. As I said for last Saturday, it’d be a shame if BBSG came together just to break up and feud when we’ve basically seen that, but at this point, they haven’t even bothered feuding with other champions yet. We got a really good International Championship match from Cassidy VS Nick with all the overbooking to plug the different title stories, and we might even get Roppongi Vice VS Taven & Bennett for the ROH Tag titles at some point.

Really good stuff from Ospreay and the Don Callis Family, and naturally, there is tension between Ospreay and Konosuke already. Callis is too sure of himself, this match is of course tearing Ospreay away from the faction, and I personally still hope Kyle Fletcher joins him because they’re United Empire brothers. Awesome opening Six Man Tag for Eddie & FTR VS BCC, but BCC winning makes sense. There’s still a very good chance Eddie beats Bryan 1v1 to retain the Triple Crown, which is why Bryan got the win on Eddie right here. FTR VS Mox & Claudio could still go either way, but I’m leaning towards FTR so they can challenge for the tag championships past Revolution.

Really good match from Kris VS Skye, but what in the world is Stokely thinking? He’s teamed with two Faces and he’s trying to Heel it up, and that cost Kris. This is gonna lead to Stokely getting slapped around instead of him breaking Kris and Willow up. But there isn’t much time anymore, so I guess we’re not getting a TBS Championship build for Revolution. Maybe for Big Business in Boston in a couple weeks? It would be fitting if someone faces Julia for the title, and regardless of who wins, out comes Mercedes Mone for the huge homecoming moment, and she immediately sets herself up for a TBS Championship match for Double or Nothing.

Really good promo from Jericho, though I wish I knew more Spanish so I could understand the rest of that last line. But great match from Jericho with Atlantis Jr, though I am a touch surprised Jericho won. But hey, Atlantis Jr. looked great, he’s still a champion in CMLL and is going on quite the run over there, we can only hope AEW and CMLL are able to keep this working relationship going. News came out that there’s some travel visa issues for many different big names, let’s hope it doesn’t force AEW and CMLL to delay whatever Forbidden Door type thing they were working on.

And it seems one thing that did have to be delayed is that Meat Madness match. It was said by Tony Khan himself that document issues, along with some injuries, limited their choices for the big match of big meaty men, so now the All-Star Scramble happens instead. That’ll still be awesome stuff, and if it’s about a future world title shot, you can bet Hobbs or Wardlow comes out on top with this. Wardlow especially given that heated promo he gave last week and how it’ll feed into the Undisputed Kingdom story. If Adam Cole is gonna force Wardlow to hand over the world title, then Wardlow needs to have the world title in the first place.

And really good stuff to feed into Sting’s last Dynamite segment. The Bucks being on the hunt all night was an interesting way to keep us intrigued throughout the show, and you gotta appreciate Matt being the levelheaded one to foil against Nick being the hothead, to where Matt didn’t just barge into Sting’s room just in case. Sting dropping in from the rafters surprised me, also kinda scared me, but it was an awesome move to do that for his final TV appearance as it hearkens back to some of his best stuff in WCW.

Ric Flair tricking the Bucks was a good detail, though I’m surprised they didn’t save this for Revolution, but I suppose that would’ve only been the case if Sting & Darby were winning. I’ve been saying The Bucks are winning to get all that heat on themselves, the math would indicate that, but hey, maybe Sting gets to defy such math and tradition because of how he is so iconic and beloved in pro-wrestling.

My Score: 8.9/10


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The Czar and… HIM!

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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?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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.

PLAY BY PLAY

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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