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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (3/22/21)

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Raw continues down the Road to WrestleMania!

Having made it through the Fastlane, Raw focuses on WrestleMania! And to make this night even bigger, RHEA RIPLEY finally arrives!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Sheamus; Lashley wins.
  • Asuka VS Peyton Royce; Asuka wins.
  • Jeff Hardy VS The Miz / John Morrison; The Miz wins.
  • AJ Styles w/ Omos VS Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods; Kingston wins.
  • 2v1 Handicap: The Hurt Business VS Drew McIntyre; McIntyre wins and bans The Hurt Business from ringside at WrestleMania.
  • Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke VS Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler; Jax & Baszler win.
  • Braun Strowman VS Elias w/ Jaxson Ryker; Strowman wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Bobby Lashley heads to the ring!

The All Mighty WWE World Champion opens Monday Night Raw, with MVP by his side, and he’s ready to finish off The Fella after what Drew McIntyre did to Sheamus in Fastlane’s No Holds Barred match! Will there even be anything left of the Celtic Warrior after this?

Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Sheamus!

The bell rings and Sheamus ties up with Lashley. They’re in a deadlock but Lashley turns Sheamus to a waistlock, drags him down, then floats to a facelock. Lashley gator rolls but Sheamus powers him to a corner. The ref counts, Sheamus lets off at 3, and the two reset. Lashley waistlocks, Sheamus goes after the arm and elbows Lashley to a wrench. Sheamus grinds an elbow into Lashley’s shoulder but Lashley endures. Sheamus shifts to a facelock, they end up in ropes, and the ref counts. Sheamus lets off but he and Lashley tie up again. Lashley powers Sheamus to a corner, both men push forearms into the other’s face, but Sheamus throws a haymaker! Lashley fires off in return!

The ref backs Lashley off but only for a moment before he runs in. Sheamus boots Lashley, runs but Lashley hurdles! Sheamus still clotheslines Lashley down, knees him back to the corner, then stomps him down! Sheamus digs his knee into Lashley’s head, lets off as the ref counts, and Sheamus brings Lashley up for forearms to the back! Sheamus reels Lashley in but Lashley holds ropes. Lashley headlocks, clubs Sheamus, then brings him around to snap suplex! Lashley keeps on Sheamus with a chinlock and grinds Sheamus down. Sheamus endures as Lashley shifts to digging a knuckle into his head.

Sheamus fights up, fights back and fireman’s carries, but Lashley slips out to spin Sheamus for a neckbreaker! Cover, ONE!! Sheamus is still in this but Lashley grinds him back down with a chinlock. Sheamus endures, fights up, and fights back again. Lashley knees low, throws forearms and haymakers, then brings Sheamus around to whip. Sheamus reverses, Lashley holds ropes then dumps Sheamus out. But Sheamus hotshots Lashley back! Sheamus catches his breath, but the rest of the Hurt Business appears! Sheamus focuses on Lashley and catches him, but Lashley elbows out of the Bodhrain to CLOBBER Sheamus!

The Hurt Business distract the ref, Shelton Benjamin CLOBBERS Sheamus! MVP asks what they’re doing, this wasn’t their plan. Are Benjamin and Alexander doubting their Chief Hurting Officer? Lashley and MVP try to figure that out while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns as Lashley has Sheamus in a cobra clutch. Sheamus fights up while the Hurt Business coaches Lashley. Sheamus throws elbows to get free, but Lashley CLUBS and shoves Sheamus to ropes. Sheamus kicks back, runs but into a SPINNING POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Lashley tells Alexander to calm down, he’s got this. But Sheamus rolls Lashley up! TWO, and Lashley runs in, only to get POST! Alexander tells Lashley to shake it off but Sheamus rallies with ax handles! Lashley blocks to elbow away on Sheamus, then runs, only for Sheamus to send him out to the apron! Sheamus clubs away on Lashley’s back, then clubs away on his chest with the Bodhrain!

Lashley blocks at 5 but Sheamus CLUBS Lashley down! Sheamus climbs and leaps to DIVING LARIAT Lashley!! Sheamus gets Lashley in, climbs up again, and leaps for another LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! The Hurt Business coaches Lashley but Sheamus fireman’s carries. Lashley slips off, CLUBS Sheamus’ back and then brings him around for body shots. Lashley suplexes but Sheamus slips out to KNEE Lashley down! Cover, TWO!! Sheamus almost caught Lashley with that one! The Hurt Business continues to coach Lashley while Sheamus goes to a corner. Sheamus comes back, Lashley dodges the Brogue but runs into an elbow!

Alexander gets on the apron, Sheamus swipes at Alexander, Lashley hits the ALL MIGHTY SPINEBUSTER!! Lashley drags Sheamus back up for a HURT LOCK!! Sheamus taps, Lashley wins!!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission

The Hurt Business celebrates with the champion, but they almost cost him, too! But then Alexander and Benjamin are piranhas as they drag Sheamus out and beat him down! But here comes McIntyre! Deep down, McIntyre is still Sheamus’ friend! He RAMS Benjamin into barriers, catches Alexander and RAMS him into barriers then tosses him over them! McIntyre dares Benjamin to do something but he stands down. McIntyre then glares at Lashley and goes into the ring. Lashley stares McIntyre down and holds up the belt.

McIntyre and Lashley shout at each other but MVP tells Lashley to save it for Mania! McIntyre says Lashley needs to prove he’s the baddest, “Do it! Move your man outta the way, throw the first punch!” MVP shouts that this isn’t about emotion, this is about business! But McIntyre still dares Lashley to do something! Lashley listens to MVP and stands down. Will we see this battle of titans tear down the house on the Grandest Stage of Them All?

 

The Hurt Business regroups backstage.

Lashley asks Alexander & Benjamin what the heck they were doing out there! What does he mean? When you mess with the Hurt Business, you mess with everyone. No, it wasn’t about The Hurt Business, that was Lashley and Sheamus 1v1. Lashley didn’t want nor did he need their help! MVP gets Lashley to cool off and asks if the others realized what they did. They tarnished Lashley’s image by making it seem like he couldn’t beat Sheamus alone. It was an embarrassment, just like when these two lost the Raw Tag Team Championships. And when you embarrass yourselves, you embarrass the All Mighty. So think about what to do to make that right.

 

Asuka VS Peyton Royce!

The Empress of Tomorrow almost got even with Shayna Baszler in regards to having a tooth knocked out of her mouth. But for now, the Queen of Spades can wait. Will Asuka be ready for a very determined Venus Flytrap?

Raw returns and Peyton makes her entrance. The bell rings and Peyton circles with Asuka. They tie up, go around, and around a little more, before ending up on ropes. Peyton powers back to a headlock and takeover but Asuka headscissors. Peyton kips out, Asuka headlocks but Peyton blocks the takeover. Peyton powers out, Asuka goes up and over and then dances around. Asuka dodges Peyton, runs, and runs her over! Asuka is still having fun as she rolls Peyton to whip. Peyton reverses, Asuka dodges and whips again but Peyton sunset flips! Asuka rolls through, Peyton ducks the Shining Wizard to get a leg pick! Asuka gets a ropebreak then boots Peyton away!

Peyton storms back over, wrenches and spins Asuka for an arm-drag, but holds the wrist, only for Asuka to turn that into an ARMBAR! Peyton pops free, gets a leg, BRIDING CALF CRUSHER?! Asuka endures this innovation and manages to turn over to stomp Peyton away! Peyton goes to a corner, Asuka runs in but Peyton throws her into buckles! Asuka checks her face, Peyton drags her up to club away on her neck! Peyton snap suplexes Asuka, rolls through to a cover, TWO! Peyton is seething as she looms over Asuka. “I am sick of you!” Peyton pushes Asuka around but Asuka hits back. Peyton CLUBS Asuka to a corner then looms over her again.

Peyton drags Asuka up, but Asuka sends her into buckles! Asuka runs in, Peyton boots her away! Peyton slips outside, Asuka goes up and out to follow but Peyton slides inside! Asuka returns, dumps Peyton out and BACK HANDS her! Peyton wobbles, Asuka runs but the hip attack misses! HEEL KICK, DRAPING NECKBREAKER!! Peyton looms over Asuka again as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and both Peyton and Asuka are down. A standing count begins, both women get up slowly and Peyton is up first at 4. Asuka follows, Peyton walks into a dropkick! Pop-up KNEE! Peyton ends up in a corner, Asuka runs in, hip attack! Peyton fights the German, kicks but Asuka blocks to spin. GERMAN SUPLEX! Asuka isn’t done yet! She runs to SLIDING WIZARD! Cover, TWO! Peyton survives but Asuka throws her armbands away. Asuka goes to a corner, climbs up top, and leaps to missile drop- NO! Peyton dodged the kick, brings Asuka up, but Asuka spins to waistlock. Peyton switches, Asuka elbows but back hands into the Gory Especial, WIDOW’S PEAK!! Cover, TWO!?!

Peyton can’t believe Asuka survived! Peyton grimaces as she looms over Asuka again. She drags Asuka up, Asuka wrenches to the chicken wing! ASUKA LOCK!! Peyton moves around, victory rolls, TWO!! Heel kick misses but the CODE BREAKER hits! Cover, TWO!! Peyton lives and Asuka is the one shocked now! Asuka drags Peyton up, puts her in a corner and hoists her up top. Asuka climbs up to join Peyton, but Peyton fights back! They brawl and Peyton shoves Asuka away! Peyton adjusts, leaps, DOUBLE STOMPS to Asuka’s back! Cover, TWO!! Asuka still lives and Peyton is losing her mind! Peyton argues with the ref but then turns around into a mule kick!

Asuka storms over, Peyton tries to drag her down, but Asuka makes it an ARMBAR!! Peyton kicks and gets through but now she’s in a body scissors! ASUKA LOCK!! Peyton taps, Asuka wins!!

Winner: Asuka, by submission

That level of competition is what the Raw Women’s Championship is about! But wait! Is that Rhea Ripley!? We knew she was heading to Raw, but she’s aiming right for the top! The Nightmare goes right to the ring, gets a mic, and tells Asuka, “You’re one of the greatest women’s champions in WWE history. You’ve proved your point. Now, last I saw, Charlotte Flair was out here challenging you for the Raw Women’s Championship while you were recovering from having your teeth knocked out?” But Charlotte isn’t here right now, recovering from COVID. So then, Asuka… Rhea wants an answer. On her first official night here on Raw, straight up, she challenges Asuka for a MANIA MATCH!!

Asuka takes the mic, nods and says, “Oh, oh, oh~!” Rhea’s got guts, huh? But Rhea is NOT ready for Aaaasukaaa~!! But… Asuka still accepts! The Empress, the Nightmare, WrestleMania 37! Can it get any wilder than that?

 

Adam Pearce finds McIntyre backstage.

McIntyre VS Sheamus was huge, but makes Pearce wonder why McIntyre helped Sheamus out there after beating each other senseless. Well yeah, hitting half the guys on this roster that hard, they’d all turn to dust. But McIntyre wasn’t going to let Sheamus get beaten down by two guys. But Pearce isn’t here for all that so what is it? Pearce says Alexander and Benjamin want a 2v1 Handicap against McIntyre, but Pearce doesn’t feel right making that match. So he’s letting McIntyre consider this first. Right, that’s not very sensible this close to Mania. But McIntyre admits he isn’t the most sensible guy.

Well, let’s spin it like this: Lashley did whatever it took to get the title, and whatever it takes to defend the title. So McIntyre beats Hurt Business, they’re banned from ringside at Mania! Deal? Consider it done! Will McIntyre be able to remove some obstacles on his Road to WrestleMania tonight?

 

Raw presents an all new Miz TV!

The Miz and John Morrison make their entrances, and welcome us to the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show. Before discussing WrestleMania, Miz needs to get something off his chest about the last couple of weeks. Great highs, terrible lows, but the last thing he needed was to be laughed at and ridiculed by Damian Priest and Bad FREAKIN’ Bunny! Without reason, too! To Bunny’s credit, he’s one of the biggest stars in music today, multi-platinum hits, one of the most famous people in the world. And with Bad Bunny, you think about it and go, “Who do you think you are?!”

Bunny walks around here, came in at the Royal Rumble and decided to stick around. it’s one thing to do special performances but it’s another to hang on and hang on with his “bouncer” Damian, while showing zero respect towards The Miz. Miz will remind us who he is: A two-time GRAND SLAM CHAMPION! Who else is a two-time Grand Slam Champion? NOT John Cena. Correct! NOT Brock Lesnar. CORRECT! And NOT The Undertaker! COOOOORRECT! Miz is the ONLY one to do that in the history of the WWE! Miz has been the backbone of WWE for over 15 years! John Morrison has been a multi-time champion in his own right yet they don’t get the respect they deserve!

Don’t believe that? Look at the Mania promotional material! Two mean with over 30 years combined experiences, with titles more than you can count on hands and feet, and yet BAD BUNNY is featured “on the most significant poster in the WWE year.” Last week was the last straw! Congrats, Bunny, you wanted Miz’s attention, and you’ve got it and a lot more. It was a bold strategy, but how did that work out? The footage shows Priest winning his match with Ryker, but Morrison distracting him and Bad Bunny for Miz to GUITAR SMASH Bunny from behind! Morrison says THAT was a smash hit.

Miz says let that be a lesson to all celebrities that think they can do what superstars do. That they can waltz in here and walk all over them! Bunny probably hopped back down his rabbit hole. But for those who love MC M I Z and Johnny Drip Drip, drum roll please… Next week, on a special edition of the Dirt Sheet, it will be the world premiere of the highly anticipated track, “Hey Hey, Hop Hop,” dedicated to Bad Bunny! And the opposite of Bad Bunny is a Good Rapper! They give us a preview, and it’s them in bunny onesies…? They say Bunny’s career is about to be over faster than Vanilla Ice’s!

WWE is their domain, and Mania will be Bunny’s nightmare! Because Miz challenges Bunny to a match!! “I will not just end your music career, I will end your career period.” And if you want a sneak preview of that, watch Miz VS Jeff Hardy, NOW! Is the Charismatic Enigma about to feel what’s coming for Bad Bunny in three weeks?

Jeff Hardy VS The Miz / John Morrison!

Raw returns and Hardy gets a mic. He knows Miz will get in trouble and ask Morrison to help. So if Miz was really a man, he’d ask Morrison to go to the back right now! Miz takes Hardy up on the challenge and Morrison heads out. The bell rings, Hardy and Miz circle and tie up. Miz knees low, clubs Hardy down, then brings him up for haymakers. Miz stalks Hardy to a corner, goes to bump Hardy off buckles but Hardy blocks and bumps Miz instead! And then off another corner! Then another corner! Hardy completes the set of four, then brings Miz up to jawbreaker! Miz staggers, Hardy runs but Miz BOOTS him down! Miz stomps Hardy, puts him on ropes and chokes!

The ref counts, Miz lets off to then run and straddle attack! Miz grins as he looms over Hardy. Hardy sits up, Miz runs and basement BOOTS him down! Cover, TWO! Miz is still cocky as he brings Hardy back up. Hardy counter punches Miz, whips him to ropes, but Miz reverses to kitchen sink Hardy down! Miz says, “I’m the man! Me!” then he digs a knee into Hardy’s back! Miz clamps onto Hardy’s chin, drives an elbow in, then wraps on a chinlock. Hardy endures, fights up and fights out as fans rally on their screens. Hardy spinning back kicks and Miz ends up in a corner! Miz comes back to get more counter punches from hardy!

Hardy whips, Miz reverses but Hardy hits back with forearms! Atomic drop, takedown and leg splitting leg drop to basement dropkick! SPLASH, cover, TWO! Hardy keeps on Miz with a stomp, but Miz reverses the whip. Hardy boots Miz down, goes up and drops a SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Hardy calls for it, fans rally on their screens again, but Miz denies the Twist to POST Hardy! SKULL CRUSHING FINALE! Cover, Miz wins!

Winner: The Miz, by pinfall

He DID do it fair and square, 1v1! Miz is ready to show Bad Bunny what for, but SMASH!! Bad Bunny hits Miz with a guitar in return!! Bunny gets a mic and says, “I accept your challenge, BITCH!” Bunny and Miz go smash hit for smash hit, who will be the first one to drop at WrestleMania?

 

AJ Styles and Omos walk backstage.

But wait, what’s that revving sound? “Looking good, Skipper!” Matt Riddle zips by on his scooter! Styles says he’s not the Skipper anymore, that was Survivor Series! But see what New Day is doing? They’re inspiring goofs like Riddle! Styles is inspired to make New Day look really bad! BOOM! Gottee! The Phenomenal One takes on Kofi Kingston after the break!

 

AJ Styles w/ Omos VS Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods!

The Phenomenal One is only missing tag team championships in his WWE Grand Slam, so he and his colossal cohort are going for gold at WrestleMania! But will one half of the New Day be enough to prove Styles isn’t ready to be W, W, E, Raw, Tag, Team, Champion~?

Styles gets a mic to say, “It is going to happen! AJ Styles and Omos VS The New Day at WrestleMania!” And it’ll be Omos’ in-ring debut! What a debut it’ll be! Because it’ll be for the Raw Tag Team Championships! Does it get any better than that? It does! Because Omos will be tagging with one of the greatest superstars in WWE history, AJ Styles! Styles is so excited about what Omos will do to Xavier and Kofi! Omos will literally put them through the rings! Literal holes in the ring floor! Omos will bury them in their graves! But what a way to go out at WrestleMania! New Day are the longest reigning tag team champions ever, and they’ve earned everything they’ve gotten.

But Styles & Omos will still defeat them! They can’t lose! Styles’ wisdom and acrobatics and all the things that makes him Phenomenal, and then Omos’ size and strength, they can’t lose! But the New Day interrupt with their entrance! Kofi asks Styles if he really said he and Omos are going to beat them for the W, W, E, World, Tag, Team, Championships~ at Mania?! That’s what he said. Bury them like in the Boneyard, and then take the titles and become unstoppable! But pray tell, future King Woods, in order to become an unstoppable tag team, dost one not first have to become a team? Yes. And yet, we see no team here.

What is here is a wee little man trying to overcompensate for his size, or rather lack there of, *exaggerated royal laugh* hiding behind a GIANT and commands the giant to do his bidding! That’s what they see! Styles tells them to shut up! Or what?! What he gonna do? Sick Omos him? Maybe. Well who could possibly pin Omos’ shoulders to the mat? Joining Styles will only bring him down! Styles says Omos shouldn’t listen to them! Styles found Omos, he’ll take care of him! Found him? You don’t even know him! Yes he does! Then what is his favorite color? Red! Actually, it’s mauve. WHAT?! That’s not a real color!

What’s his favorite flavor of ice cream? Vanilla bean! Peanut Butter Caramel. Well he was close. HAH! Styles doesn’t know nothing! But then here’s a softball pitch. Who (who who who) is Omos’ favorite WWE superstar of all time? Easy! AJ Styles! No, Andre the Giant. HAHA!! Think about this, Omos. There has to be trust in a team, but how can you trust a man who doesn’t know your favorite color? Styles says enough of this! Kofi should just get in the ring so Styles can beat him like they will at Mania! Because… “A! J ROCKS! A! J ROCKS!” Omos chants along and the New Day are upset, but this will sort out and get underway, after the break!

Raw returns and the bell rings. Kofi and Styles circle, Styles kicks but Kofi blocks to spin Styles to a headlock and takeover! Styles grinds forearms but Kofi thrashes him about. They stand, Kofi holds on as Styles tries to power out, and Kofi grinds Styles back down. Styles fights up, rolls to a cover, ONE! Kofi holds on, Styles gets up but Kofi still holds on as Styles tries to power out. Styles gets up, throws body shots and gets free, but Kofi runs him over! Cover, ONE, but Kofi gets another headlock takeover! Styles fights up again, Woods gives his own play by play, but Styles puts Kofi in a corner. Styles pops out but Kofi gets him in a headlock again. Styles powers out and gets Kofi in a headlock!

Styles grinds Kofi, Kofi powers out but Styles runs him over! Things speed up, Kofi hurdles, hurdles and back elbows! Cover, ONE! Kofi gets the headlock back, puts Styles in a corner, but Kofi lets off to throw haymakers. Styles staggers to another corner, Kofi keeps on him and back hands him down. Kofi brings Styles up but Styles knees him low. Styles throws Kofi down, throws him out, and catches his breath before he slingshots! Kofi avoids the plancha and DECKS Styles on the apron! Styles rolls to a corner, Kofi runs in, MONKEY FLIP! Cover, ONE!! Kofi CHOPS Styles in a corner, whips him corner to corner, but Styles reverses, only for Kofi to go up and missile dropkick!

Kofi gets Styles in a body scissor catch, cover, TWO! Kofi dropkicks Styles out of the ring! But Styles is on the side where Omos stands. Styles drags Kofi out, Kofi DECKS Styles, and stares down Omos. Kofi whips Styles, but Styles reverses to throat chop! Styles RAMS Kofi into steel steps! Woods wants to check on Kofi but Omos stands in his way! Omos tells Woods to back down as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Kofi fights with body shots and haymakers to back Styles down! Kofi whips, Styles reverses and Styles elbows Kofi down! Kofi checks his face, Styles drags him up and wraps on a chinlock. Styles grinds Kofi down but fans rally up on their screens. Kofi fights up, throws body shots, but Styles wrangles him back down. Kofi keeps fighting, keeps getting up, throws body shots and headbutts! Kofi runs, dodges Styles then hits a leaping forearm! Kofi rallies with double chops, then dropkicks Styles down! Kofi runs to LEAPING LARIAT! Kofi runs for the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Kofi powers up in the corner and claps while Woods plays the trombone. Styles PELES Trouble in Paradise away!!

Woods coaches Kofi but he is moving slowly. Kofi gets to a corner, Styles runs in but Kofi swing kicks from the corner! Woods fires up as Kofi climbs up top. Styles intercepts with a haymaker! Styles climbs to join Kofi, but Kofi fights off the superplex! Kofi throws body shots, and GOURD BUSTERS Styles down! Kofi adjusts, but he’s still a bit dazed. Kofi LEAPS to SPLASH Styles on his back! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives and Kofi grows frustrated. Kofi gets up, Woods shouts, “FINISH HIM!” But Styles avoids SOS to roll Kofi for a CALF CRUSHER!! Kofi endures, looks but is the wrong direction for the ropes! Kofi drags himself towards the side, and gets the ROPEBREAK!

Styles lets go, Kofi clutches his knee, but Styles drags him up. Styles wants the leg again, lifts but Kofi makes that a sunset flip! TWO, and Styles dropkicks the leg out hard! Omos nods, Styles goes to the apron. Styles aims, springboards, but Woods’ trombone playing throws him off! Omos storms over but Woods dares him to bring it! Styles springboards, into SOS!! Cover, Kofi wins!!

Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall

Kofi gets away before Omos can storm into the ring! The New Day showed up the lack of teamwork between Styles and Omos, but will this only make the giant more determined to crush them?

 

Bakcstage interview with Sheamus.

After Fastlane’s war, why did Sheamus accept tonight’s match with Lashley? Because that’s who he is, fella. Sheamus doesn’t back down or run from a fight. Sheamus lives for the fight! If you have to ask Sheamus that, you have no clue about him. Then what does Sheamus have to say about McIntyre helping him against the Hurt Business? Sheamus says that was about respect, something the world needs more of. But Sheamus didn’t ask McIntyre to come save him! He can’t stand the ground McIntyre walks on. But before Sheamus can say more, Riddle zooms in on his scooter and circles Sheamus while asking him about the Loch Ness Monster and if leprechauns are real. If Sheamus could make a wish, what would he wish for?

Sheamus tells Riddle to stop! What is he doing? Just asking questions. Then Sheamus will ask Riddle a question. Is that scooter easy to ride? Yeah, bro! Super easy! Riddle greased up the wheels! The brakes are dodgy, but you sacrifice stopping power for speed. Sheamus puts a foot on the scooter and bets they’re hard to handle. And then he JAMS Riddle with the handle bar!! Was it something Riddle said?

 

2v1 Handicap: The Hurt Business VS Drew McIntyre!

Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin wanted to help Lashley when he didn’t want them, but now they might help him here tonight. Can Primed Alexander and the Gold Standard do damage to the Scottish Warrior before WrestleMania? Or will McIntyre clear them both out of the way so he has a clear shot at the champion?

Raw returns as the Hurt Business make their entrance. They sort out, and Benjamin starts against McIntyre. Benjamin throws his shirt at McIntyre, McIntyre throws the shirt out. McIntyre kicks low, puts Benjamin in a corner and stomps him down then CHOPS him hard! McIntyre whips to run Benjamin over with an elbow! He doesn’t stay away, either, he DEAD LIFT SUPLEXES Benjamin! Cover, TWO! McIntyre looms over Benjamin but Alexander talks trash. McIntyre just hip tosses Alexander into the ring and CHOPS him in a corner! McIntyre whips Alexander corner to corner then back drops high and hard!

Benjamin runs in to waistlock, and he gets McIntyre down to the mat! McIntyre fights up, Benjamin throws him again, but McIntyre fights up to pry the hold. McIntyre gets Benjamin’s arms apart but Benjamin clubs him on the back! McIntyre still runs Benjamin over! McIntyre bends Benjamin’s fingers and stomps the hand! He bumps Benjamin off buckles, bumps him off more buckles, then whips him corner to corner. Benjamin elbows back, throws haymakers, backs him to a corner, and whips McIntyre corner to corner. McIntyre comes back to CLOBBER Benjamin! Benjamin gets up, but Alexander saves him from the Claymore!

The Hurt Business regroups but McIntyre goes out after them! McIntyre ROCKS Benjamin, POSTS him, then brings him up to give him SNAKE EYES on the barriers! Alexander protests but McIntyre puts Benjamin in the ring. McIntyre stays between Benjamin and Alexander as he throws more haymakers. Benjamin knees low, headlocks, and Alexander tags in before McIntyre powers out. McIntyre elbows Alexander, ROCKS Benjamin, but Alexander chop blocks a leg! Benjamin KNEES McIntyre out of the ring! Alexander builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the ramp! Alexander hurries back to the ring and tags Benjamin back in.

The Hurt Business go after McIntyre together to RAM him into barriers! McIntyre is down and the Hurt Business is fired up as we go to break!

Raw returns and Alexander grinds McIntyre down with a chinlock. McIntyre fights up as fans rally but Alexander CLUBS him back down! McIntyre throws body shots, forearms, and then shoves Alexander away! Benjamin tags in, Alexander dropkicks the legs out, and Benjamin KNEES McIntyre down! Cover, TWO! Benjamin hurries to get McIntyre up, tags Alexander in, then uses an atomic drop to feed McIntyre to Alexander’s KNEE! Benjamin BOOTS McIntyre down, Alexander covers, TWO!! Alexander is furious but he hammers away on McIntyre’s back. Alexander claws at McIntyre’s face but argues with the ref. Tag to Benjamin and the Hurt Business mugs McIntyre.

Benjamin drags McIntyre up but McIntyre hits back. Benjamin throws knees, clubs him with forearms and hammers McIntyre back down to the mat! Alexander shouts, “LET HIM KNOW!” Benjamin clamps on with a chinlock and grinds McIntyre down. Fans rally up, McIntyre fights up and rams Benjamin into a corner! McIntyre throws forearms, CHOPS Benjamin, but Benjamin kicks back! McIntyre rocks Benjamin, drags him up but Benjamin hits back. McIntyre kicks low, shoves but blocks a kick, only to get the DRAGON WHIP! But he gives a GLASGOW KISS in return! Both men are down but only Benjamin has someone to tag! Alexander reaches, Benjamin crawls, hot tag!

Alexander runs in but McIntyre CLOBBERS him! And again! McIntyre whips and OVERHEAD SUPLEXES Alexander! And then OVERHEAD SUPLEXES again! Benjamin runs in but gets FUTURE SHOCK! McIntyre sees Alexander and hits the NECKBREAKER! McIntyre kips up, aims from a corner and sees Benjamin get up first. CLAYMORE! Alexander back kicks then runs, but McIntyre dodges to CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall

And with that, the Hurt Business CANNOT be ringside for Lashley at Mania! Is this only going to upset Lashley and MVP more? Will there be no excuses when WrestleMania becomes the Clash of the Titans?

 

MVP talks with Alexander & Benjamin.

“That was stupid.” They try to help Lashley when he doesn’t ask for their help. But then, in some crazy way of trying to make it up to Lashley, they fight McIntyre 2v1 and still lose! Now they can’t even- Lashley storms in and says if these two can’t get the job done, he’ll go find someone that can! Lashley looks in the Raw locker room and offers an open opportunity! Any one of them that takes out McIntyre before Mania, they can get McIntyre’s shot at the WWE World Championship! Who will make good on this open hit on the Scottish Warrior?

 

Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke VS Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler w/ Reginald!

The #SexyMuscleFriends are going against the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions but the #RavishingGlow is on commentary to see it. With the Road to WrestleMania in the home stretch, will we see Mandy & Dana get into pole position for the title chase?

The teams sort out, Shayna wants Nia to stop worrying about where Reggie’s gonna sit, and Mandy goes right at the Queen of Spades! Mandy fires off hands, then powers Shayna to the corner! Mandy RAMS into Shayna over and over, Dana tags in and Mandy scoop SLAMS! Dana handsprings to SPLASH, then covers, TWO! Reggie and Nia are too busy talking, Shayna shoves Dana and gets around her for a swinging BACKBREAKER! Dana writhes, Shayna drags Dana up but Nia is distracted! Dana rolls Shayna, TWO and Dana bumps into Nia! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! But Mandy dropkicks Shayna away! Nia tags in and she CLOBBERS Mandy!

Nia drags Dana up, Dana enziguris! Dana runs and handsprings in to elbow Nia! Dana keeps going but Nia CLOBBERS her now! Reggie “apologizes” to Mandy but Mandy shouts at him to stay out of it. Reggie scurries into the ring, Nia headbutts Dana but Reggie shows off his moves for Nia. Nia drags Dana up, scoops her, but Dana slips off to chop block! Mandy tags in to BULLDOG! Mandy DECKS Shayna, KNEES Nia down, cover, TWO!! Mandy stomps Nia, tags Dana, and Reggie is worried! Shayna yanks Mandy off the apron, Dana DECKS Shayna, but Reggie distracts! Nia trips Dana up! Mandy swipes at Reggie, he handsprings away and Shayna CLOBBERS Mandy!

Nia gets Dana for the SAMOAN DROP!! Cover, Nia & Shayna win!

Winners: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler, by pinfall

Naomi & Lana say this ain’t right. They want a rematch, and maybe even a shot at Reggie. Reggie and Nia celebrate but Shayna is beside herself. Will the Queen of Spades have to start doing things on her own with the third wheel sommelier rolling with them?

 

Alexa sits in her playground.

She hums to herself while sitting on her swing. “Randy, I know you wanted me out of your life, but I’m still here~! And so is he.” But y’know what they say: You can’t always get what you want. But tonight… Alexa says Randy should be careful what he wishes for. Alexa laughs and swings again… And then in the Fiend’s voice, says “LET ME IN.” Will The Viper bring the Fiend back to Raw, and regret it?

 

Ladies and gentlemen: Elias.

But not just Elias, as he has Jaxson Ryker and Shane McMahon with him again. Shane still has a knee brace and a crutch, and he says that while many are upset about what didn’t happen last night, Shane is most upset. He would’ve wiped the floor with “that peanut brained” B-B-Braun. But their match will happen once Shane’s leg is healed up. And Elias didn’t have a lot of time to prepare, but he didn’t get the job done. Elias tries to explain but Shane tells him not to interrupt. But now, Elias had time to prepare and he’s having a rematch with Braun tonight! And they are going to present a song they put together: Braun Is Stupid.

Elias plays the guitar, and it’s a duet between him and Shane. “There’s a man named Braun, who’s big in size. But his brain is small, and he’s not too wise. Shane, he struggles, with solving 2+2. I don’t think he can tie his shoes. He lives in a forest, filled with stupid trees. And any smart man can clearly see, Braun is Stupid. So stupid, his IQ has been diluted. Braun is stupid, so stupid, that in a cell, we’ve concluded… B-B-B-Braun is sooooooooo stuuuuupiiiiid~!” But speaking of… Here comes BRAUN~!

The Monster Among Men has a mic and says they think they’re all so funny. It doesn’t matter if Shane has a peg leg, there’s nothing stopping the ass whooping that’s coming! But here’s a song for Elias, that he might be familiar with: The Man Who Got These Hands! Braun gets a rematch with Elias, after the break!

Braun Strowman VS Elias w/ Jaxson Ryker & Shane McMahon!

Raw returns and Braun powers Elias right to a corner to hammer away on! Braun headbutts Elias down, stalks him then bumps him off buckles, then bumps him off more buckles! Braun drags Elias up, CLUBS him in a corner, then throws more haymakers. Braun digs his boot into Elias’ head at a corner, but lets off at the ref’s count. Braun glares at Shane, drags Elias up and whips him corner to corner hard! Elias bounces off buckles and hits the mat! Braun KICKS Elias in the ribs! Elias goes to ropes, Braun chokes him against the ropes! Braun says this is on Shane! Braun throws Elias out of the ring, storms out and Shane hobbles away.

Braun kicks Elias around, puts him back in the ring at the count of 5, then gets in at 7. Elias runs in to KNEE Braun to a corner! Elias fires off stomps and fast hands! The ref backs Elias off, Elias runs corner to corner, into a MONSTER SHOTGUN! Ryker gets on the apron but Braun DECKS him! Braun sees he has targets, and he gets the Strowman Express going! Wait, is there an actual train sound? Braun BLASTS Ryker over the announce desk! And then he BLASTS Elias into barriers! Braun drags Elias up and into the ring, Elias staggers around and Braun runs corner to corner, and blocks a boot to ROCK Elias with an uppercut!

Braun scoops, for the MONSTER SLAM!! Cover, Braun wins again!

Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall

But then Shane gets in the ring to SMACK Braun with the crutch! But Braun doesn’t even flinch!! The crutch is bent! “You must be one of the stupidest sons of bitches I’ve ever seen!” Braun chases Shane, and Shane is actually running on that “bad leg!” Braun gets a mic to point out Shane’s knee looks good now, running off with his tail between his legs! Braun is fed up with the games. No more chasing him around, no more Shane calling Braun stupid. Braun vows to end this. Is Shane man enough to face Braun 1v1? Because Braun wants a match at WRESTLEMANIA! Pony up, golden boy! Braun VS Shane to end it all!

Shane has a mic and accepts the challenge! Any match type Braun wants, Shane will win, because Braun is STUPID. But is Shane the fool for giving Braun a blank check on the match type?

 

Randy Orton heads to the ring.

He has a mysterious black bag and is bringing it with him to gorilla. Is what’s inside going to summon The Fiend to Raw?

 

WWE confirms matches for Nights 1 and 2 of WrestleMania Weekend!

For night one: The WWE World Championship, Bobby Lashley VS Drew McIntyre; The Miz VS Bad Bunny; and the SmackDown Women’s Championship, Sasha Banks VS Bianca Belair!

For night two: The WWE Universal Championship, Roman Reigns VS Edge; and the Raw Women’s Championship, Asuka VS Rhea Ripley!

 

Randy Orton heads to the ring!

The Viper didn’t beat Twisted Lil’ Bliss thanks to the resurrected and mangled Fiend that rose from the ring mat. Orton says it seems like it was just yesterday that he was standing right here, watching The Fiend burn alive! He apparently didn’t finish the job because he could smell it. The smell that gets stuck in the nose, the smell of burning flesh. Orton saw an abomination! So tonight, Orton finishes the job. After tonight, there will be no more mind games! There will be no more Alexa Bliss, there will be no more Fiend! “After tonight, the bullshit comes to an end.” But Alexa makes her way out! She has her spooky little jack-in-the-box, too.

“I told you, Randy. Be careful what you wish for.” All around the mulberry bush, the monkey chased the weasel~. The monkey thought ’twas all in good fun. POP, goes the weasel. The lights start going out and the screens start turning off! And when the lights come back up, FIRE and red light! THE FIEND IS HERE! Orton turns around to see him, and finally gets a good look at what he did to him! But Orton goes to his bag, and brings out… A tank of gasoline! Orton splashes some on The Fiend, but he doesn’t move. So Orton keeps splashing him with more! The Fiend doesn’t seem to react at all! So Orton gets a match! But then the Fiend moves, into an RKO!!

Alexa is there, but Orton stares her down. But The Fiend is getting up! Orton turns around, runs, but into the MANDIBLE CLAW!! The Fiend smothers Orton, then gets him into the SISTER ABIGAIL! Alexa laughs and skips around before standing by the Fiend’s side. She points to the WrestleMania sign! The Fiend wants to end this on the Grandest Stage of Them All! It’s made official!! Will this rematch be the most horrifying Mania moment of them all?


My Thoughts:

While Fastlane underdelivered, this Raw was a great rebound. I was very surprised to see we’d be getting Lashley VS Sheamus, and it was very good, especially with the tie in from the other Hurt Business members and McIntyre. McIntyre and Sheamus have respect for each other, but they don’t really like anyone else. Sheamus was already annoyed by Riddle in the past, so him hitting Riddle with his own scooter fit in, but this is clearly setting things up for Riddle VS Sheamus for the US Championship. That match could go either way, really, but they had great matches against each other before, so that US title match is going to be awesome.

McIntyre VS Hurt Business was really good, but of course McIntyre wins because he needs to roll towards Mania. Adding the part about banning Hurt Business from ringside at Mania is an interesting story twist. Lashley also giving the mid/lower card locker room a bounty on McIntyre. That is going to be an interesting detail to the next three weeks, but I could totally see McIntyre turning these into matches rather than brawls, and McIntyre taking on guys like Drew Gulak, Humberto Carrillo and (sadly he’s buried down to this level) Ricochet will make for some great match-ups. No one’s going to take McIntyre out, but it’ll help McIntyre build some momentum and maybe end up “behind the 8 ball” if someone gets a good shot on him.

Asuka VS Peyton tonight was perhaps the best match Peyton’s had ever. I’m glad that after her great Raw Talk promo calling Asuka out, she gets to show this much aggression and ability. That modified Calf Crusher is really good, she should definitely keep that in her arsenal. But of course Asuka wins, and then Rhea Ripley shows up to call Asuka out right from the start. Charlotte being sidelined because of COVID sucks for her and for how we could’ve gotten a rematch from Mania, but in a way, Rhea is getting her own Mania redemption because now it’ll be in Raymond James Stadium, in front of fans, and fans will get to cheer these two on as they’re both fan favorites.

Miz TV was alright, but of course it sets up for a match with Bad Bunny. Miz VS Hardy was good, and Miz wins clean so that Bunny could blast him with the guitar and accept the challenge. We all expected this to be a tag match, but Morrison has also not been wrestling much lately, maybe there’s an injury WWE wants to hide since it isn’t so serious as to keep Morrison off television. Braun VS Elias rematch was a touch better than Fastlane’s, but at least Fastlane didn’t add a train sound to Braun’s “Strowman Express” spot. Braun wins again, Shane is of course exposed as a faker, and of course we’ll get this at Mania.

With Braun allowed any stipulation, I feel like he’ll choose something from the No Disqualification family, which of course will allow Shane to bring in whoever he thinks can help him, and maybe that’s why Shane wins. Or it could all be used to build Braun back up by just destroying everyone put in his path. I hope it’s the latter. We got an interesting Women’s Tag moment. Reggie was all over the place, being annoying, but that was of course the point. The champs win, even with Reggie being a distraction to Nia, but I am still hoping things build to a very big match for Mania. Ravishing Glow, Sexy Muscle Friends, and then Natty & Tamina from SmackDown, all against Shay-Nia for the titles.

Styles & Omos had a pretty good promo segment with the New Day, though I feel like Omos wasn’t able to deliver as well as he could, because he might’ve been starting to laugh. Styles VS Kofi was a great match, but naturally Woods and Omos become an element because they were ringside. Kofi beats Styles as a way to show the new “team” is not ready for what that means, but if Omos isn’t going to get in a match before Mania, I feel like Styles will have to face Woods and then Omos finds a way to get back at him so Styles can tie the series 1-1. I don’t see New Day losing at Mania, but it could happen if Omos focuses on defense while Styles is legal and does the heavy lifting.

The final segment with Orton, Alexa and this undead Fiend was alright. I should’ve figured Orton would want to burn The Fiend up again but I also expected a bit more from the “summoning.” He really more egged Alexa on into summoning The Fiend rather than mockingly tried it himself first. Like, he should’ve tried a Bloody Mary/Candyman creepypasta thing first. But of course Fiend and Alexa stand tall here to set up the Mania match. A little disappointed it won’t be Firefly Funhouse 2, but I did want to see how zombie Fiend battles first. Maybe it changes into a Fun House match in the middle to reference the very disappointing Orton VS Wyatt match from a few years ago, but then finally make it what it should’ve been back then.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (2/20/24)

NXT Takes Care o’ Business!

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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Who reigns on the Road to WrestleMania?

Both the NXT Women’s and North American Championships are on the line tonight! It’s Lyra Valkyrie VS Shotzi and Oba Femi VS Lexis King!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT North American Championship: Oba Femi VS Lexis King; Oba wins and retains the title.
  • Roxanne Perez VS Wren Sinclair; Roxie wins.
  • Josh Briggs VS Brooks Jensen; Briggs wins.
  • Jacy Jayne w/ Thea Hail & Jazmyn Nyx VS Arianna Grace; Jacy wins.
  • NXT Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Match: Chase U VS Axiom & Nathan Frazer; Chase U win and will challenge The Wolf Dogs for the title.
  • Kelani Jordan VS Lash Legend w/ Jakara Jackson; Lash wins.
  • NXT Women’s Championship: Lyra Valkyria VS Shotzi Blackheart; Lyra wins by forfeit.
  • NXT Women’s Championship Open Challenge: Lyra Valkyria VS Lash Legend; Lyra wins and retains.

PLAY BY PLAY

NXT North American Championship: Oba Femi VS Lexis King!

The Ruler dominated the Breakout Tournament, cashed in on Dragon Lee, then retained against Dragon Lee at Vengeance Day. And The Drama King wants all the credit since he “softened up” the Boy Wonder first. Will Oba “thank” Lexis by making this quick and painless? Or will the King truly have his Coronation?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who truly reigns over NXT!

The bell rings and King dodges Oba to fire kicks! Oba blocks one, then SHOVES King to a corner! King dodges Oba, runs in to clothesline and CHOP! And SLAP! And CHOP! King whips but Oba blocks and reverses! King goes up, leaps, but bounces right off Oba! Oba whips King to ropes, then back drops him high and hard! The fans fire up as Oba hauls King up for body shots. Oba UPPERCUTS, then whips again, but King sunset flips! Oba spins out, but King avoids the elbow drop! King KICKS, and KICKS, then talks some trash. King BOOTS Oba, runs, but Oba grabs King to SHOVE him up and out!

The fans fire up again and Oba storms out after King. Oba hauls King into the ring, but King DROPKICKS Oba down! King huffs and puffs out after Oba, but Oba shoves him! Oba swings but only gets post! King SLAMS Oba’s arm into the post! Oba ROCKS King with the good hand! Oba brings King up, puts him in again, but King stomps Oba as he slides in! King CLUBS the bad arm, then clamps on with a top wristlock. Oba endures, fights up, but King grinds that shoulder. Von Wagner & Robert Stone watch this, and Stone says he’ll be right back. Where’s he going? Out there. Stone heads to gorilla but Von says it’s still not worth going after King!

As for in the ring, Oba fights up but King CLUBS the arm! King grinds the shoulder, but Oba whips him away! Then Oba scoops, but King slips free! King RAMS Oba into buckles, runs up again, but Oba puts him on the apron. King ROCKS Oba, goes up, but fans chant for “O~BA!” Stone is on the ramp as King DOUBLE STOMPS Oba’s bad arm! King runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then slides out to shove Stone down! Fans boo as King talks trash, then gets back in. Oba grabs King, but King breaks fere! King fires forearms and CHOPS, then more forearms! King runs, but Oba LARIATS! King flounders up, Oba has him for the FLAPJACK!

Oba storms up on King, scoop shim, and gives him SNAKE EYES! Oba then hauls King up, SHOT-PUT! Oba fires up, the fans rally behind him, and King stands into the POP-UP POWERBOMB!! Cover, Oba wins!

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

The Ruler keeps the King from taking the crown, and Stone gets some sense of payback. Will nothing stop Oba’s reign that is backed by destiny?

 

Thea Hail, Jacy Jayne and Jazmyn Nyx talk backstage.

Thea sighs, and they ask if she’s okay. Riley Osborne hasn’t answered her all week. Then please tell them she didn’t desperately text him. No, she did what Jacy said and played hard to get on the date. Yeah, Jacy knows that part. Just tell us what happened on the date. And we see Arianna Grace eavesdropping… Thea says he opened the door for her, she said not to do that cuz she’s a grown ass woman who can do it herself. Oh, okay… So, what next? They went to dinner, he asked what it was like first starting at Chase University, and she was on her phone most of the time so she wouldn’t be “too available.”

Jazmyn, Jacy and even Ariana see how the advice was backfiring, and Jacy says that’s not what she meant about any of that. Uh oh… And then Arianna walks over, pretending like she couldn’t help but overhear. But Thea, a true lady is never afraid to come off as daring. She for one has been on many, many dates, and it just sounds like she scared Riley away. What!? Jacy calms Thea down, and Arianna continues. “When a man opens the door for you, you welcome it. When he shows interest in the little things you do, you engage and reciprocate.” It isn’t too late. Just go talk to Riley. And then what? Come off desperate?

Jacy agrees with Jazmyn, but Arianna says respectfully, how would Thea look desperate? Thea looks to Jacy but Jacy says no, don’t look at her. Jacy didn’t mean it the way Thea executed it. Jacy can’t do everything! Right, sorry. Arianna says, “And she’s your best friend?” Jacy tells Ariana to stop filling Thea’s head up with stuff, and stay out of their business. Or else she’ll make an example out of you. Jacy has the group leave, and Arianna scoffs. Which side is the right side of this? Is there still hope for this Chase U romance?

 

Lyra Valkyria checks in on Tatum Paxley.

The Morrigan looks her superfan over, she took a pretty serious blow. Is she good? Well, yeah, everything hurts, and Tatum’s only been able to have soup the past week, but she’s just happy Lyra came to her rescue! That wasn’t what that was, but someone had to tell Tatum to just tap out. She shouldn’t try to be a hero. Well, Lyra is Tatum’s hero~! Well, Lyra does feel bad about last week, but if Tatum can do something for her tonight, Lyra promises to make it up to her. Anything! Attack Shotzi with a baseball bat? Hit her with green mist so she’ll match her green hair? No, none of that! But she does need Tatum to just stay away from ringside.

But! No buts! Keep your butt back here! That’s her one request. If Tatum can do that, then Lyra has a very special surprise for her. A surprise? Really? Yes, really. Okay, Tatum will stay right here. Great! Tatum sits down and says this will be the hardest thing she’s ever done. But can Tatum be patient and let Lyra handle things on her own?

 

Bron Breakker & Baron Corbin head to the ring!

The fans fire up as the Wolf Dogs, the NEW NXT Tag Team Champions, are here. And this is even after the Big Bad Booty Nephew signed with Friday Night SmackDown! They step into the ring, belts on and trophy waiting for them, and the fans chant, “You Deserve It!” Bron says wow, who would’ve thought way back in September, when these two were beating the hell outta each other at No Mercy, that they’d be here today in alligator skin boots and NEW NXT Tag Team Champions! Corbin says yes, yes, yes, yes! He remembers No Mercy like it was yesterday, cuz didn’t Corbin win? Uh… Not funny. It’s a little funny.

Well alright, but then Corbin wouldn’t be here if not for Bron carrying the team. Corbin says if he remembers right, he did set Bron up pretty nicely. Boom, End of Days! Fans chant “Spear of Days!” and Bron says yeah, EOD was the set-up, he hit his Spear, and so just like the fans are saying, Spear of Days. The fans cheer that Spear of Days is a thing now. Corbin does love it. A couple A-Holes standing here with brand new hardware, and they are good with being the NEW NXT Tag Team Champions! But wait, here comes Chase U! Andre Chase & Duke Hudson ask for everyone to hold on just a second.

Now, the Wolf Dogs might not care about who’ll be their next challengers, but Chase U certainly does. Should they spell it out for ya? Duke has to hand it to the Wolf Dogs. Beating seven other teams to win the Dusty Cup, then winning the titles, that’s not easy. But Chase U is back at 100%, and it is Chase U’s time to shine! Bron says take the school spirit and their calendars, and shove ’em! Easy now, easy now. What we have right here… IS A TEACHABLE MOMENT! Chase says the former champs promised a shot at those titles, and Chase U ain’t taking no for an answer! So, Wolf Dogs… Chase U will get their match, and will give them an Andre Chase U sized ass whooping!

But wait! Nathan Frazer & Axiom are here! And they say no no no! That’s not how this works! Hate to break it to ya, Mr. Chase, but that agreement with the former champions is therefore null and void. “And that, my friends, is a Hart-Hitting Home Truth.” Axiom adds that in case no one remembers, these two were the closest to beating the Wolf Dogs. So therefore, if there’s anyone that deserves this shot, it’s them! Frazer & Axiom storm up to the ring and add that Wolf Dogs went and jumped them from behind, so they’re gonna pay for that, “You pieces of sh-” Whoa! Hey! Axiom calms Frazer down and they get in the ring.

Duke mocks Frazer’s accent as he says, “I don’t know who invited you two to the party,” but seriously, good to see you. But grab a ticket, get to the back of the line, because the future TWO-TIME NXT Tag Team Champions are about to plant the Chase U flag firmly where it belongs. Corbin says hold on, listen. This sounds like a you guys problem, and the tag champs have stuff to do and places to be. They can take these problems and tell someone who cares. Ava Raine walks out and tells Baron & Bron that yeah, they’re right. It isn’t up to the Wolf Dogs about who their challengers. That’s up to her!

But it is so easy when she sees two very deserving teams right in front of her. So she feels it’ll be Frazer & Axiom VS Chase & Duke to decide the NEW #1 Contenders. The fans like the sound of that, and Ava says it will also happen tonight. The fans really like that, and now tonight is even bigger than before! #ThankYouAva, but who will rise above to then step to the Wolf Dogs?

 

Backstage interview with Roxanne Perez.

Kelly Kincaid says we are moments away from Roxie’s match with Wren Sinclair after their… heated altercation. Roxie says Wren shows a lot of promise, and reminds her a bit of herself. Y’know, all happy to be here. But once Wren’s been here awhile, just being “happy to be here” won’t cut it anymore. We’ll see others getting chances she deserves, the spotlight that was once on her being ripped away by every single girl in the locker room, and then as she tries to make sense of it all, it just won’t! Chances you work for an entire year, even your entire LIFE for, will be handed to main roster stars.

After awhile, she’ll build up a callous towards other people’s feelings, and realize that the only person she can make happy around here is herself. Roxie tells Shotzi and Lyra to watch her tonight. Because she’ll be doing the same for them. Is The Prodigy going to use her edge to cut down the future so she can once again be the present?

 

Another mysterious message plays.

“Men deny their truth. I will be a mirror to it.” And then someone smashes glass! Just what is making its way to NXT?

 

Roxanne Perez VS Wren Sinclair!

NXT returns and Wren makes her entrance, still remembering that sucker punch to her left cheek. The bell rings and the two tie up. They go around, Wren powers Roxie to ropes but Roxie turns it around and digs into Wren. The ref counts, Roxie lets off and then shoves Wren. Wren shoves Roxie, then trips her to rain down shots! Roxie turns that around and gives those shots back! The fans fire up as the two scrap, roll, then tumble out of the ring! Roxie fires off on Wren, lets off as the ref counts, and then Roxie pushes Wren in. Roxie storms up but Wren turns her for a backslide! TWO, and Wren rolls Roxie up, TWO!

Roxie is up, and she ROCKS Wren with that same haymaker! Roxie talks trash on Wren, whips her but Wren reverses to ROCK Roxie! And then wrench, scoop and BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Wren clamps on a facelock and grinds Roxie. Roxie endures, fights up, and WRINGS Wren’s arm out! Wren bails out, Roxie pursues, and Roxie wrenches again. Wren ROCKS Roxie again, but Roxie just gets mad! Roxie WRINGS Wren’s arm into the floor! Roxie SLAMS the bad arm, drags Wren up and SLAMS the arm on the apron! Then she SMACKS Wren off the apron, shoves her in, and covers, TWO!

Roxie is seething, but she stands Wren up to wrench and YANK! Roxie wrenches, then chinbars Wren. Wren endures and fights up, but Roxie wrenches and hits an STO! Then she drops a knee on the arm! Wren clutches the elbow, Roxie covers, TWO! Wren is showing toughness but Roxie pulls hair to sit Wren up. Roxie wrap son a cobra clutch and thrashes Wren about. The fans rally, Wren fights up, and Wren pries at the hold, but Roxie hits another STO! Roxie has a top wristlock, leans on Wren, but Wren fights up. Wren throws body shots, the fans rally, but Roxie cranks the arm. Wren arm-drags free!

Wren goes to a corner, Roxie runs in, but Wren ELBOWS her away! Roxie runs up again but Wren BOOTS her! Wren LARIATS, then LARIATS again! The fans fire up as Wren DROPKICKS! Roxie goes to a corner, Wren runs up, but Roxie boots! Wren blocks it and SLINGS Roxie down! Wren then suplexes, but Roxie fights free! The bad arm bothers Wren, Roxie WRINGS it out again! Then SOBAT! Roxie hops on, POP ROX! And then lets off!? She puts Wren in a CROSSFACE! Wren taps, Roxie wins!

Winner: Roxanne Perez, by submission

Roxie showed us some thing new: sadism! Will Roxie tear into whoever is champion after tonight so she can Stand & Deliver?

 

The Meta Four meets backstage.

Noam Dar says tonight, Lash Legend takes care of Kelani Jordan. But he and Oro Mensah need to figure out how to handle No Quarter Catch Crew. They want the Cup because of the sport and tradition, when both of those belong to Dar! Oro says to relax. They’re champions! Oh, wait, here comes NQCC! Not during the secret handshake, man! But Drew Gulak says hello to Miss Jackson and Miss Legend. Charlie Dempsey reminds Dar that the cup represents over 100 YEARS of British Wrestling. Yeah, shut up, Charlie, you’re boring. Dar’s from the UK and even he doesn’t to listen to a history lesson.

So less talky-talky, more walky-walky. This is two weeks in a row they’ve stunk up Dar’s lounge! Damon Kemp says once one of them wins the Cup, they won’t need to come back. Okay then, who IS Dar facing? Yeah, wouldn’t he like to know. Uh, duh, that’s why he asked! Kemp says Catch Clause means you find out once they’re all in the ring. So see you next week, bud. Catch Clause? What? Dar is confused. He has to prepare for ALL FOUR of them just because of this clause? How is that fair? NQCC might’ve just found a way to counter Meta Four’s numbers game. Will the Cup soon belong to someone who respects its Heritage?

 

Josh Briggs VS Brooks Jensen!

Country Strong went their separate ways in a mutual break-up, but not everyone in the trio was able to stand strong alone. Briggs told Jensen to grow up and toughen up, so here’s Jensen’s response! Will “little brother” Brooks show everyone that he’s a grown man? Or will he still just be Briggs’ sidekick?

The ref has to keep Jensen back, and Briggs smirks at Jensen’s fuming. The bell rings and the two tie up. They are in a deadlock but then Briggs headlocks. Jensen powers up and out but Briggs runs him over! Things speed up, and now Jensen runs Briggs over! Briggs gets up while fans rally for Jensen. Jensen runs in, but into a BOOT! Briggs runs up to CLOBBER Jensen! Cover, ONE!! Jensen is tough and Briggs knows it, but he reminds Jensen he asked for this. Briggs bumps Jensen off buckles, throws elbows, then brings him around. Briggs CLUBS Jensen, then whips him to a corner. Jensen reverses, blocks the boot and CHOPS!

Jensen fires CHOPS and clotheslines, then BULLDOGS! The fans rally as Jensen DROPKICKS Briggs down! Jensen hurries to get a leg but Briggs BOOTS Jensen out of the ring! Jensen flounders and Briggs steadies himself. Briggs goes to the apron but Jensen ROCKS him! Jensen drags Briggs out to CLUB him, fire forearms, and then CHOP! Jensen pushes Briggs in, fires forearms, but Briggs hits body shots. Jensen CLUBS Briggs, Briggs powers Jensen to ropes, but the ref counts. Briggs whips, Jensen hurdles and hits a RUNNING NECKBREAKER! The fans fire up with Jensen and Briggs bails out.

Jensen pursues, brings Briggs around, and RAMS him into barriers! The fans fire up as Jensen DUMPS Briggs into the gap! Jensen hops over, rains down fists, and the fans fire up! Jensen stomps away and fans chant for “NXT! NXT!” Jensen stands on the barriers, fist bumps fans, and NXT goes picture in picture.

Jensen drags Briggs up and over the barriers, puts him back in the ring, and then storms up. Briggs RAMS into Jensen, but Jensen blocks the buckle bump! Jensen gives the buckle bump, goes up the corner, and FLYING AX HANDLES Briggs down! Jensen CLUBS Briggs down, covers, TWO! Briggs is still in this but Jensen keeps on an arm! Jensen CLUBS Briggs, then clamps on a chinlock! Jensen has a rear mount to put his full weight on Briggs, but Briggs fights up and reaches out. Briggs stands, powers Jensen to ropes, then powers out to ELBOW Jensen down! Jensen flops to the apron but Briggs stomps him.

Briggs digs his boot in, but the ref counts. Briggs lets off, paces, then brings Jensen up. Briggs whips, and scoops for a BOSS MAN SLAM! Cover, TWO! Jensen stays in this and Briggs grows frustrated. Briggs looms over Jensen, then eggs him on. Jensen throws body shots, but Briggs whips him hard into a corner! Jensen bounces back off buckles, then crawls by the ropes. The fans rally but Briggs drags Jensen back up. Briggs ROCKS Jensen with a shot right to the nose! Jensen clutches his face as he falls over, and Briggs eggs him on again. Briggs clamps on a chinlock and thrashes Jensen around! Jensen endures, even as Briggs leans on him.

Jensen fights around, reaches out, but Briggs squeezes tight. NXT returns to single picture and Jensen fights to his feet. Jensen throws body shots, gets free, and he ENZIGIRIS Briggs! Briggs wobbles and staggers, swings, but Jensen catches him for a backslide! ONE, but Jensen dodges Briggs to sunset flip! Briggs stays up, to NECK TWIST! Jensen scrambles to a corner and Briggs seethes. Briggs storms up to fire haymakers! The ref counts, Briggs fires more shots and fans boo. The ref backs Briggs off and Briggs paces around. Briggs storms back up to get Jensen to his feet. Briggs whips, scoops, and SIDEWALK SLAMS, to a SPLASH! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally as Jensen survives, and Briggs even has to smirk at his former tag partner’s toughness. Briggs looms over Jensen, says he’s doing this to toughen Jensen up. “Show me that you’re a man.” Briggs kicks at Jensen, Jensen stands to SLAP him! Fans fire up as Briggs wobbles! Briggs grins and nods, and he even claps for Jensen. Jensen stands, blocks a shot to fire off more shots! The fans fire up as Jensen backs Briggs down! Briggs blocks the whip but Jensen SUPERKICKS! Jensen whips and LARIATS Briggs, then CLOBBERS him! And DROPKICKS him! Jensen hurries to go up a corner and takes aim!

Briggs stands, into a MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO!! Briggs is still in this but Jensen stays focused. Jensen CHOPS and clothesline Briggs in a corner again. The fans rally, Jensen BULL- NO, Briggs powers out, then BOOTS Jensen down! Briggs choke grips for the CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, TWO?!?! Jensen survives and shocks everyone! Briggs and Jensen slowly rise, and Briggs pushes Jensen around. Jensen fires a haymaker, Briggs hits back, these two brawl from their knees up to their feet! The fans fire up, Briggs CLUBS away on Jensen, then runs. Jensen BOOTS! Briggs rebounds to BOOT!

Jensen rebounds to WHEEL KICK! Then he suplexes Briggs high and hard! Cover, TWO!!! Briggs stays in this and “This is Awesome!” Jensen drags Briggs back up, reels him back in, but Briggs back drops free! But Jensen sunset flips it! TWO!! Briggs used a punch to get free, and now CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL!! But Briggs isn’t done, “I did this for you! I love ya, man!” CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL AGAIN!! Cover, Briggs wins!

Winner: Josh Briggs, by pinfall

Briggs then sits Jensen up to hug him, again assuring him this was all for the betterment of them both. Jensen did put up one hell of a fight, will he become a champion thanks to this tough love?

 

Joe Gacy’s still in a straitjacket?!

And he wakes up in some dark space. Gacy manages to sit up, and look who walks in. Dijak puts his nightstick on his desk and says there is no decency in Gacy. Gacy says he admires Dijak’s attempts to stop him, but this train is on a never-ending track. Dijak says he has many… “instruments of peace” to derail Gacy’s train. Gacy stands up, and there’s a Plexiglas window between them. Gacy fogs up the glass, and uses his nose to doodle a smiley face. Gacy laughs and staggers around the padded room. Luca Crusifino somehow finds this place, and says this is false imprisonment. Dijak tells him to go to hell, Dijak can do what he wants.

Okay, but this is still illegal. Dijak tells Luca that Gacy violated Dijak’s law! Luca says the world doesn’t work the way Dijak wants it to. Luca leaves, and Dijak glares at Gacy. Gacy grins and says this isn’t over. Gacy laughs again, is there no breaking the already broken?

 

Carmelo Hayes walks downtown.

He returns back to the barbershop, his favorite spot to visit with Trick Williams. But what’s he doing back there without Trick? We’ll hear from HIM after the break.

NXT returns and Melo wants Trick to see where he is right now. “This is where it all began. Trick Melo Gang. That’s all it is, and that’s all it’s gonna be. Good memories, great moments, but here I am, all alone. But I ain’t lonely. Let’s talk about it.” Melo is here to wear his pride, knowing his principles stay intact, and knowing he didn’t have to snake his boy out of his spot, or getting too big for his own boots. Melo says it is a shame, cuz Trick played his role so well. Melo wanted Trick to experience everything there was to being a top guy. Melo wanted to lift Trick up with him. And this is how Trick repays HIM? By trying to be the top guy?

Trick could’ve been number five, three, or even number two. But Trick wanted to come for the one of one. And when you come for the one of one, you realize Melo ain’t second to nobody. Melo let Trick stand beside him, put “Trick” before “Melo” in “Trick Melo Gang,” all to amuse Trick. In reality, it was amusing to Melo for anyone to think Trick was ahead of HIM. To stay at the top, you have to be ruthlessly ambitious, with that killer instinct. You think Melo is stupid? That Melo didn’t see the signs? Melo knew Trick would want his shine sooner or later. Melo saw Trick side-eyeing the title, he felt the envy with every accomplishment.

Melo is Trick’s biggest competition, so Melo knew that sooner or later, unfortunately, he’d have to get Trick before Trick got him. So Trick, wherever you at, stay there. Because your 15 minutes is up. Now back to business. Ilja, you wanna see me? Get in line. Because if you ain’t talking about that NXT Championship, we ain’t got nothing to talk about.” Melo has issued his mission statement, will he return to the top of the brand by any means necessary?

 

Jacy Jayne w/ Thea Hail & Jazmyn Nyx VS Arianna Grace!

They warned the Pageant Queen, but it seems they’re gonna have it out after all! Will this match help win the romance advice argument? Or will it just show Thea how to handle nosy eavesdroppers?

The bell rings, the two circle and tie up. Jacy wrenches and wristlocks but Arianna spins, wrenches, wristlocks back, and holds on tight. Jacy rolls, handsprings, and then wrenches to CHOP BLOCK! Cover, ONE, but Jacy storms up, Arianna body shots, snapmares, then runs to run Jacy over! Arianna blows kisses and tells Jacy to kiss the ring. Jacy WRINGS Arianna into ropes! Arianna tumbles out of the ring, feigning pain, and Jacy wants her girls to go after Arianna? This is still that toxic nature Jacy has to work on, as neither Thea nor Jazmyn want to do any of that. Jacy goes out after Arianna to shove her in and then she asks what the hecc.

Jacy gets in, storms up on Arianna but Arianna hits a SAYANAGI! Arianna scoops but Jacy slips fere to shove her into a corner. Jacy runs up to back body block, then she short arm LARIATS! Jacy says “SUCK IT!” then SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Jacy clamps onto Arianna with a chinlock but Arianna pushes back. Jacy holds off the pin, grinds Arianna, but Arianna pushes to a cover this time. TWO, and Jacy shifts to a ghost pin, TWO! Arianna staggers to a corner, Jacy runs up but Arianna dodges. Arianna scoops to SLAM Jacy, then she sets up to high kick and ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO!

Arianna clamps onto Jacy with a chinbar and armlock, and she says they know her advice is right! The fans rally as Jacy endures, and Jacy fights up. Jacy pries the chinbar away, then TOSSES Arianna up and out! Jacy storms back out after Arianna, but Arianna throws body shots! Arianna SMACKS Jacy off the apron but Jacy ELBOWS back. Jacy gets in, Arianna staggers around, and Jacy storms up again. The ref stops her so she says to do something! Jazmyn says fine, and she CLUBS Arianna! Jazmyn puts Arianna in for Jacy to ROLLING ELBOW! Cover, Jacy wins!

Winner: Jacy Jayne, by pinfall

Thea wasn’t really into that finish, but she and Jazmyn- Er, well, Jazmyn pushes Thea aside to raise Jacy’s hand. Is Thea seeing Jacy’s true colors?

 

The D’Angelos meet.

Adriana Rizzo & Stacks sit with The Don. Rizzo says she gave everything she had out there last week. Tony knows. It was her first singles match, it was a great showing, don’t get down. Stacks takes the blame for last week, and vows they’ll get those tag titles back. Tony says no, they’re not. Not now. What? After that loss, Tony did some thinking. The past six months, he lost track of the bigger picture. What does he mean? They’ve been playing small ball. Taking bets from Chase U, fighting OTM over who runs the streets, and destroying the restaurant in the process. What the hell are they doing? They’re the D’Angelo Family!

Tony wants them to go in the right direction, a new direction. No more community stuff, no more feedbag, no more pinons, they do things his way. They do things his way, and if you don’t like it, tough. He needs them to let the rest of the family know, and if they don’t like it, let him know. It is time for Tony to truly be The Don of NXT. Rizzo & Stacks nod, but what is Tony planning for the future?

 

Ridge Holland has a sit-down interview.

Sarah Schreiber thanks him for taking this time. She recalls their previous sit-down about a month ago, where he poured his heart out. We got an inside look at his life, and some of the more unfortunate moments in his career. Now we’re back here after the Gallus Gauntlet, where he took a chair to all three men. What does he have to say a week after that? Ridge says when they spoke last, people saw a different side of him. But then he still can’t get that stench of misfortune off him. Gallus took Ridge’s surgically repaired leg, put it in a chair, and they smashed it. But that’s fine, right?

But when Ridge got that chair in his hands and used it, it is truly a weapon. He can’t even fight fire with fire without being judged. So he’ll try this once more. But not here. Sorry, Sarah. Next week, on NXT, Ridge will address the WWE Universe and apologize for all of his actions, “even if no one cares, even if no one gives a damn.” Because the man Ridge Holland is, chair in hand, is not the man Ridge is in everyday life. Ridge walks away, will NXT finally understand Yorkshire Grit?

 

NXT Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Match: Chase U VS Axiom & Nathan Frazer!

From one half of Chase U to the other, Thea feels awkward about passing Riley Osborne without really saying anything. But will all things be A-OK after Duke & Mr. Chase win their way back to the tag titles? Or will the Undeniable Truth and the Jersey Island Rocket be the ones flying high on the Road to WrestleMania?

NXT returns as Frazer & Axiom make their entrance together. The teams sort out and Chase starts against Axiom. They circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock. Chase rolls back, wrangles Axiom with a top wristlock, but Axiom kips up to bridge. Axiom stands but Chase wrangles him back down. Axiom kips up and bridges again, then rolls and headscissors back. Chase fights around, Axiom holds tight, so Chase rolls Axiom and bridges out to tie the legs up. Chase armlocks, wrenches, and YANKS the arm. Axiom rolls, slips under and trips Chase to a toehold, then an ANKLE LOCK! Chase rolls but Axiom facelocks.

Chase wrenches, facelocks, but Axiom waistlocks. Axiom ties up the legs and has a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Chase pops free to cover, ONE, and Axiom sweeps to cover. ONE, dropkicks cancel out and fans fire up as the two stand off! The two reset, tie up, and Chase headlocks. Axiom powers up and out, drops, but Chase rolls, runs up and hip tosses. Axiom handsprings through, arm-drags then DROPKICKS! Fans fire up, Frazer tags in, and they speed blitz on Chase! Clothesline then BASEMENT DDT! STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Frazer whips but Chase BOOTS Frazer down!

Tag to Duke, he and Chase double whip Frazer into the corner then body shot! High-ten and DOUBLE CLUB! Frazer drops to his knees, Duke wrenches and RAMS shoulders! Cover, TWO! Duke whips but Frazer slides under to headlock! Duke powers up and out, Frazer goes up an dover to headlock again. Duke powers up and out again but Frazer redirects, redirects again, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then keeps going to DROPKICK! Duke stays standing to CLOBBER Frazer! Duke drags Frazer up, tags Chase in, and they hit a DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX, but Frazer lands out! Tag to Axiom, BOOT to Chase!

Frazer helps Axiom DROPKICK Duke, then Axiom knuckle locks Duke for a CHOP! Axiom goes up and up and FLYING RANA ARM-DRAG COMBO! The fans fire up as Duke runs back in, but Axiom & Frazer dump him out! Axiom DIVES onto Chase, Frazer DIVES onto Duke! Then another DIVE for Chase! Another DIVE for Duke! The fans fire up as the fast ‘n’ furious duo stands tall and NXT goes to break!

NXT returns again and Chase fights out of a chinlock. The fans rally as Chase hits an ELBOW BRAEKER, but Axiom shoves him to ropes. Axiom ROCKS Chase, tags Frazer, then Frazer GAMANGIRIS! Chase staggers back into a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Then DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Frazer shoves Chase toa  cover, TWO! Chase survives and the fans rally up! Frazer snarls as he clamps on a chinlock. Chase endures, fights up, and throws body shots. Chase reaches out but Frazer keeps him back. Frazer whips and trips Chase, then goes up the apron to springboard, into a SIDE EFFECT! Chase and Frazer are both down while the fans fire up!

Chase and Frazer crawl, hot tags to Duke and Axiom! The Chase U MVP rallies on the speedsters! Scoop and SLAM for Frazer, then a BOOT! Axiom leaps, into a kick! Duke hauls Axiom up, but Axiom slips free to SUPERKICK! Axiom runs up, into an “U~” Renage! Frazer runs up, is sent into buckles, and Duke JABS, JABS, JUABS! Flip, flop and “U~!” BIONIC ELBOW! Axioms taggers, Duke scoops, FALL AWAY GUTBUSTER SENTON COMBO!? Cover, TWO!! Duke almost had it there but Riley coaches him up. Duke drags Axiom up, reels him in, and Canadian Racks! But Axiom turns The River into a RANA!

Duke hits buckles and sputters in a daze! Frazer tags in, to SPRINGBOARD MISSILE DROPKICK! Tag back to Axiom, the speedsters RAM Duke into a corner! They put Duke up top, Duke fights free, but Axiom GAMANGIRIS! Axiom climbs back up after Duke, brings him to the very top, and fans freak out for the SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO?!? Duke survives and no one can believe it! Riley can barely breathe and he’s not even in the match! Duke huffs and puffs and powers up, “This is Awesome!” Frazer tags in, he and Axiom KICK and KICK and KICK! And SUPERKICK! And DOUBLE SUPERKICK!

Duke roars and DOUBLE LARIATS!! The fans are thunderous and Duke tags in Chase! Chase goes up top, he aims at Frazer, CROSSBODY! Cover, Frazer rolls through! TWO!! ENZIGIRI! Chase URAKENS! And then sunset flip, but Frazer sits on it! TWO and Chase has the sunset! TWO!! Frazer goes to stack but Chase rolls it back to a cover, CHASE U WINS!!!

Winners: Chase U, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contenders to the NXT Tag Team Champions)

Frazer is stunned, but somehow, someway, Chase U really is better than ever! But the GOOD BROTHERS attack?! The fans go nuts as Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows beat down Chase, Duke, Axiom & Frazer! Riley runs into the ring but he gets an UPPERCUT and a BOOT! Gallows & Anderson get Duke up, for the MAGIC KILLER!! Fans fire up with “Too Sweet! WOOP WOOP!” Are the Machine Gun & Big LG about to run NXT?

 

Ilja Dragunov speaks.

“Carmelo Hayes. Since day one, I saw right through you. The jealousy of your best friend consumed you, and you pointed the finger at me! You are the complete opposite. You are a coward, attacking Trick from behind and doing the same thing to me. Melo, you are the lowest form of life. A rodent emerging under the cover of night. But I have what you seek. So I will see you at Roadblock, under one condition. Show up next week and meet me face to face. Melo, come for this championship, because I’m coming for something more important: Your soul.” The red eyes of the Mad Dragon stare HIM down, will Melo regret adding fuel to the fire?

 

Fallon Henley sulks backstage.

“I don’t know what’s gotten into them. They’re supposed to be like brothers.” Seems seeing Briggs and Jensen fight that hard has Fallon questioning things. But then Thea sighs and Fallon looks over. Seems they’re both doing bad. Tonight, Fallon watched her two best friends beat the hell out of each other, and she can’t get her footing to save her life. A rough time. Thea says that does suck. The only positive thing in Thea’s life is that Mr. Chase & Duke have another chance at the tag titles. But then the OC goes and knocks them on their butts. Mr. Chase probably deserved it, but don’t get Thea started on that.

And then everything else… sucks. Her best friend is acting weird, Thea probably did take her advice the wrong way, and she just does that apparently. Went on a date with Riley, it didn’t go so well, it went worse, awful. She ruined everything. Valentine’s Day strikes again. If there’s anyone who knows about that, it’s Fallon. Really? If there’s one thing Fallon could do to erase February 14th, 2023 from her memory, she would. Fallon suggests taking a walk so she can tell the story. They head out, is Fallon going to be the friend Thea truly needs right now?

 

Kelani Jordan VS Lash Legend w/ Jakara Jackson!

The Gym Princess may be on Kiana James’ radar, but the Meta Four doesn’t get it. Will Kelani spell it out for them in this match? Or will Legend simply #LashOut and bring Kelani down?

NXT returns and Kelani makes her entrance. The bell rings and Lash is already talking trash. She and Kelani circle, tie up, and Lash waistlocks to SLAM Kelani down. Lash pushes Kelani around, talks more trash, but Kelani pie faces back! Kelani dodges Lash, waistlocks, but Lash wrenches free. Lash wristlocks, knuckle locks, then straight arm levers! She holds Kelani up, but Kelani sunset flips through! Lash stays up, brings Kelani back up to wheelbarrow, but Kelani victory rolls! ONE, but Kelani tilt-o-whirls to crucifix takeover, TWO! Lash gets up but Kelani headlocks! Lash powers out but Kelani ducks ‘n’ dodges, only to jump into a BOOT!

Lash storms up on Kelani, talks more trash, then SMACKS Kelani off the mat! Lash soaks up the heat, talks more trash, then has Kelani on ropes. Lash whips to RAM Kelani, then brings her up to RAM her again! Lash scoops and swings for a BACKBREAKER! Kelani writhes, Lash drags her into position for a SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Lash is annoyed, the fans rally up, and Lash stalks Kelani to ropes. Lash talks more trash, CHOKES Kelani and thrashes her around! The ref counts, Lash lets off and Kelani sputters. Lash stands Kelani up, whips her to a corner then gets her on the rebound for another whip.

Kelani ELBOWS back! Kelani wrenches but Lash ROCKS her! Lash scoops for the Bow ‘n’ Arrow Rack! Lash thrashes Kelani but Kelani still endures! The fans rally as Kelani swings free, only for Lash to block the arm-drag and SLAM Kelani down! Lash runs to SPLASH onto knees! Fans fire up as Kelani saves herself! Kelani staggers back up to fire off forearms, and even CHOPS! The fans rally as Kelani keeps throwing shots! Lash shoves Kelani, Kelani dodges and RANA- NO! Lash blocks that to bring Kelani up! But Kelani flips through the bomb! Kelani BOOTS back, goes up a corner, and she leaps to FLYING RANA!

The fans fire up, Lash staggers up, into a SHOTGUN! Lash ends up in a corner, Jakara is worried, and Kelani blocks a boot, steps over, and WHEEL KICKS! Kelani kips up, hurries to a corner, but Jakara is there! Kelani DECKS Jakara first! But Lash SUPER CHOKE SLAMS Kelani!! Cover, Lash wins!

Winner: Lash Legend, by pinfall

Kelani may be one of a kind, but that’s the problem: there’s only one of her and always Meta Four! And then Kiana James & Izzi Dame storm out here! They look to pick the bones! Izzi CHOKES Kelani, haul her up, but Kelani kicks! Kiana blocks, but Kelani uses that to flip out and free! Kelani then ducks Izzi, dodges Kiana, sends them into each other, and bails out! Fans fire up as Kelani escapes at least one numbers game. Will the Gym Princess prove that nothing will break her fighting spirit?

 

Backstage interview with the Good Brothers.

Kelly Kincaid catches up with Gallows & Anderson, and speaks on this shocking appearance here on NXT. Yes, the boys are back in town, and they’ll stay here as long as they want. Gallows says he is absolutely thrilled about this. He doesn’t know if Chase U is, but Gallows was always a terrible student anyway. Anderson says the same for him, though he did enjoy the Chase U calendar. But when it comes to the NXT Tag Team Championships, they will separate the men–that’s the Good Brothers btw–from the boys. And they didn’t realize Baron Corbin came back to NXT just to become the world’s largest comedian.

But Bron Breakker, maybe the Good Brothers can be something that Big Poppa Pump and the Dog-faced Gremlin never were: a couple of heroes. But before all that, they gotta crush the dreams. And that means winning the NXT Tag Team Championships! It is the same old recipe: Magic Killer, 1-2-3, and Just Too Sweet. If you need them, they’ll be over here “brothering.” The Good Brothers have explained their reasoning, will they be unstoppable on their Road to WrestleMania?

 

NXT Women’s Championship: Lyra Valkyria VS Shotzi Blackheart!

A social media war of words and a face-to-face confrontation forced The Morrigan’s hand a little, and now we have this title match! Will Lyra hit a Roadblock a few weeks early? Or can she find a way to Stand & Deliver against the Wild Child?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who truly takes care of business!

The bell rings and the fans duel as the two stare down. They approach, tie up, and go around. Lyra wrenches, waistlocks, and SLAMS! Shotzi gets up to facelock back, and then hits a snap takeover! Shotzi pulls on the facelock but Lyra moves around. Lyra wrenches out, trips Shotzi and goes for the leg, but Shotzi kicks her away. The fans applaud the standoff and the two reset. They tie up, Lyra headlocks, and then hits a takeover. Shotzi fights around, Lyra cranks on the hold, but Shotzi rolls her to a cover. ONE, and Shotzi wants to headscissor. Lyra fights that off, traps an arm then floats around to roll and body scissor cradle, ONE!

Shotzi is up, Lyra runs up to wrench, and then she hooks Shotzi up in a MOUSE TRAP! TWO, and Shotzi runs up to wheelbarrow, victory roll, TWO! The two reset again and the fans continue to duel. They tie up, Lyra headlocks, and Shotzi powers her way up and out. Then she passes Lyra to run her over! Shotzi howls to the moon and the fans fire up. Shotzi runs, Lyra drops then hurdles, but Shotzi comes back to tilt-o-whirl RANA! Lyra handsprings through and howls right back! Shotzi runs up, into a hip toss! And then another hip toss! Lyra whips, Shotzi blocks the knee to CHOP! Shotzi knuckle locks, goes up and up, then FLYING ARM-DRAGS!

Lyra ends up in a corner, Shotzi runs in, but Lyra puts her on the apron. Shotzi ROCKS Lyra first, then brings her into the ropes, APRON DDT! Shotzi clutches her leg, the fall perhaps double-edged. Both women are down and the fans rally as NXT goes picture in picture.

The ref checks on Shotzi as she clutches that knee. Lyra sits up and shakes out the stars, but she may not have taken the worse of that fall. Medics now check Shotzi’s leg, and the ref checks with Lyra. Shotzi hobbles but this doesn’t look good. The fans cheer Shotzi on as she tries to tough it out but the medics are having to help her stay standing. Shotzi sits back down, clearly in pain. Lyra stays nearby, also concerned for Shotzi. The medics help Shotzi back to her feet, and unfortunately, it seems the match is coming to an end. Shotzi does her best to walk on the bad leg, and she makes it to the back.

Lyra paces inside the ring, not wanting to win this way. NXT returns to single picture as everyone waits on the news. Ava Raine walks out, and she says that due to Shotzi’s injury, she is no longer able to compete. But the fans were promised an NXT Women’s Championship match, and that is what we are going to get. Ava says this is now an Open Challenge, so whoever makes it out here first will be Lyra’s new opponent. And here comes Meta Four’s Lash Legend! She wants to win twice in one night! Will this be the night Lash truly becomes a legend?

NXT Women’s Championship Open Challenge: Lyra Valkyria VS Lash Legend!

The bell rings and Lash runs in! Lyra dodges to KICK, KICK and KICK! Lash DECKS Lyra, then drags Lyra up. Lyra pushes Lash back, staggers up, and Lash eggs her on. Lash TOSSES Lyra, then stalks her to ropes. Lash half nelsons and grinds Lyra down to a cover, TWO! Lash keeps on Lyra with a chinlock and she thrashes Lyra around. The fans rally as Lyra endures. Lyra fights up, but Lash wrangles her back down! Lash leans on Lyra, but Lyra fights up again. The fans rally, but Lash whips Lyra. Lyra RAMS into Lash, KICKS and KICKS and SOBATS, then reels Lash in. But Lash fights the suplex to throw body shots!

Lash whips Lyra to a corner, runs up but Lyra BOOTS her! Lyra goes up the corner, leaps, but Lash catches her! Lash shakes her head, then swings Lyra into the BACKBREAKER! Lyra flounders, Lash drags her to a cover, TWO!! Lyra is still in this but Lash pie faces her. Lyra SLAPS back! Lash and Lyra pie face, then Lash DECKS Lyra again! Lash drops a BIG elbow on Lyra, pushes her to a cover, TWO! Lyra is tougher than that but Lash pushes her around. The fans rally behind Lyra as she goes to a corner. Lash ROCKS Lyra, whips her into a corner hard, then whips her back in! Lyra stays up but Lash LARIATS her down! Cover, TWO!!

Lyra survives once again and Lash grows frustrated. Lash hauls Lyra up, Canadian Racks, and she bends Lyra back! Lyra endures, pries at the grip, and manages to flip out and free! Lyra RAMS into Lash while Roxie returns to the locker room. She learns about this change from Lyra VS Shotzi to Lyra VS Lash while Lyra fires clotheslines! Lyra runs and LARIATS Lash down! Roxie is furious that another person passed her up in line, and she CHUCKS the TV!! Roxie storms out again, but back to the ring, Lyra runs to RANA Lash! Lash staggers up, Lyra ENZIGIRIS, and down goes Lash! Lyra aims, runs up, but Lash blocks the heel kick!

Lash lifts Lyra to SLAM DUNK CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO?!?! Lyra survives and Lash is beside herself! Lash drags Lyra up again, whips her to a corner hard, then runs up. Lyra BOOTS Lash, then goes up the corner. The fans rally and duel, Lyra leaps for the CROSSBODY! Down goes Lash, Lyra hurries back to a cover, TWO! Lyra drags Lash up and fireman’s carries?! Lash is too big and she slips free, to BOOT Lyra down! Lash high stacks, TWO!!! Lyra survives again and Lash is losing her cool! Lash drags Lyra up to put her on the top rope. The fans rally as Lash climbs, but Lyra fires forearms!

Lyra ELBOWS Lash down, adjusts, and leaps for the DIVING SPLASH! Cover, Lyra wins!

Winner: Lyra Valkyria, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Champion)

Lash tried to capitalize on her momentum, but not even she could stop The Morrigan! That’s another feather in the cap, or rather the shoulder pads, for Lyra, but will she continue to soar to new heights on this Road to WrestleMania Weekend?


My Thoughts:

A great NXT, even with the very real misfortune in the main event. It’s been known basically since this past Friday because of how Alba Fyre stepped in to take Shotzi’s place in the Women’s Elimination Chamber qualifiers, but seeing the moment where a drop off the apron Shotzi has done quite a few times is just one drop too many and her knee gives out. Get well soon, Shotzi. But also, kudos to NXT for pivoting so well with that. Lash got a big although cheaty win off Kelani, and she was already dressed so good of them to have her go back out there.

I also like how it fed into Roxie’s story, she missed out on the Open Challenge call cuz she apparently took a shower and got dressed. Roxie and Wren had a really good match that of course Roxie won, and it sounds like Roxie will try to win another opportunity either for Roadblock or Stand & Deliver. I don’t think it’ll work out for her, which can still work for her story as she perhaps even moves on to Raw or SmackDown (probably more SmackDown) after WrestleMania weekend. At this point, something has to happen where we get Lyra VS Tatum with how much Tatum is obsessed with Lyra and always hanging around.

Great opening title match from King VS Oba, and I like Stone wanting after King and costing him. We’re definitely getting King VS Von as a battle of second generation superstars. Awesome match from Briggs VS Jensen, probably the best singles match either guy has ever had in NXT. Briggs of course was winning but in a way, he’s right, him doing this for Jensen really did help. Briggs probably moves on towards a title match, maybe even Oba and the North American title. That’d be some big meaty men slapping meat and throwing hands. Then fun promo from Meta Four and No Quarter Catch Crew, can’t wait to see who faces Dar next week.

Really good promo from Ridge, but I feel like his apology will end up interrupted by Gallus. Maybe we get some kind of No Disqualification stipulation for Ridge VS Joe Coffey for Roadblock. Honestly, Roadblock has the potential to be as big as Stand & Deliver, especially with Melo and Dragunov having promos to set up their title match for that Tuesday. At the same time, that match for Roadblock could make for a great return moment from Trick, maybe that sets up a Triple Threat for Stand & Deliver? That’d be such an awesome way to wrap up all these stories as Melo prepares to move on to SmackDown.

And really good integration of the Chase U and tag title stories. Good promo from Thea, Jacy and Jazmyn with Arianna to set up Jacy VS Arianna. I was sensing something was going to sour for Chase U and it seems to be that Jacy can’t help but wrestle like a Heel and that Jazmyn is willing to do that with her. And they’re already giving us what we need for a tag match, Jacy & Jazmyn VS Fallon & Thea with Fallon & Thea bonding over their hard times. Really good promo from Wolf Dogs, Chase U and Frazer-Axiom setting up that great tag match. Chase U winning makes sense, they can make for a solid first defense under the Wolf Dog belts, or even a solid new team if Wolf Dogs are one-and-done given Bron is “signed” to SmackDown now.

And at the same time, didn’t think Gallows & Anderson would show up here in NXT (again, apparently, even though I forgot the first time). Whether it’s Wolf Dogs or Chase U, the Good Brothers would make for a solid title feud. And then I really like the promo from The D’Angelo Family. This is clearly a sign that Tony wants THE NXT Championship and he’ll probably even expect Stacks to get a midcard title. If it’s Trick at the top after Stand & Deliver, he and Tony could have some real awesome promos and matches as two NXT homegrown talents.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Andrew’s TNA Xplosion Results & Match Ratings: 2.16.2024

Rich Swann…how dumb are you going to be? Do we see 0-4 in this current TNA incarnation?

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So let’s see if this will give us anything to talk about. Trent Seven will make his TNA ring debut technically, and Rich Swann is going to continue this reign of stupidity where he gets distracted from help. I can’t tolerate the level of babyface stupid Swann has looked during this. Who does this help? It ain’t Francis and it ain’t Rich. If we get an evil Rich payoff who just becomes a mega heel…maybe. But it’s painful.

Ratings:

  • Trent Seven vs Shera: Trent wins via BirmingHammer – ** 1/2
  • Rich Swann vs John Skyler w/Jason Hotch –

 

Results:

Trent Seven vs Shera

So, Shera gonna be the jobbing gatekeeper of getting momentum for bigger matches. Either that, or Maclin interferes to give Shera a dirty win, but Shera eating the pin seems more likely to me.

Simple tie up that turns into Shera laying in the Shoulder Tackle, trying to bully Trent, but he slips a Slam attempt, lights up Shera with a few chops and then a Snap DDT. Shera powders after the DDT, makes space, slides in, Trent follows, and Shera runs the ropes, ducks the Lariat and a Big Boot sends Trent’s tooth flying and drops him. Shera starts manhandling Trent, running him from corner to corner, Stalling Suplex after the corner attack and Trent has had no offense. Shera goes for a goozle, Trent tries to fight back with some punches, bounces off the ropes and eats a Spinebuster.

Shera then goes to the top turnbuckle, looking for something big and unusual from him. So of course Trent cuts him off with Chops, Headbutts and a big Superplex finally gives Trent and opening. Overhand chop from Trent, tries another Suplex, but Shera blocks and rains down some clubbing forearms. Trent tries to fire, Pop & Bang, some apron battling but Shera gets the best of things, Chokeslam on the apron, rolls Trent back in and Trent kicks out.

Going for the frustration chokes, Shera is trying anything but Trent chops a few times, Backfist, Lariat, for…a near fall. Trent keeps slapping the back of Shera, BirmingHammer for the win!

Don West, You’ve Got to be Kidding Me! Trending Topics of the week:

5. MK Ultra getting their rematch

4. Trinity’s final TNA match

3. Moose & Alex Shelley’s stupid stipulation match

2. Simon Gotch’s revenge

1. Rebellion declaration for April 20th

“Around the Ring” with Gia Miller and her guest Xia Brookside. Apparently they bonded over accents and horses. So it seems like Xia just has an affinity for cowboys and stuff, so Gia was totally up her alley. They make a little country posse, its cute, but cringey…but cute. 

TNA+ Flashback Moment: Sting vs Mr Anderson vs Kurt Angle – No Surrender 2011

Always nice to see the classic stuff from the pinnacle of TNA. 

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Rich Swann vs John Skyler w/Jason Hotch

If Rich goes 0-4…I will be, AJ Francis shows up for commentary. Christ…Rich is gonna lose to the other Good Hand ain’t he?

Rich Swann and Skyler go back and forth but you’re always just waiting for the shoe to drop. Rich has the advantage, goes to the top for the Phoenix Splash, Hotch gets up on the apron and AJ Francis leave commentary and takes out Hotch. But for some stupid reason Swann is distracted by the assistance, then Skyler hits an Avalanche Forward Rolling Senton for the win.

I can’t even understand the level of moronic babyface Rich Swann is for this angle.

 

Overall Score: 4.5/10

This was…the definition of useless. Trent’s match was okay, but obvious because Shera is a gatekeeper to looking decent before a major match. Rich, as I’ve said many times, just looks unabashedly stupid. I’m over this, Rich needs to turn heel at No Surrender or within a week or so. All of this was cringey, stupid and a waste of time, especially Xia and Gia.

Ugh.


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