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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (4/20/21)

Will it be a silent Knight?

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NXT Coverage 2021

NXT is ready to shine bright on a Tuesday night!

With that, LA Knight takes on Dexter Lumis, Kushida puts his Cruiserweight title on the line, and Warrior of the Sun, Sarray, makes her NXT in-ring debut!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • LA Knight VS Dexter Lumis; Knight wins.
  • Breezango VS Grizzled Young Veterans; Grizzled Young Veterans win.
  • Sarray VS Zoey Stark; Sarray wins.
  • NXT Cruiserweight Championship Open Challenge: KUSHIDA VS ???; Kushida wins and retains the title.
  • Ever-Rise VS Imperium; Imperium wins.
  • Kyle O’Reilly VS Cameron Grimes; O’Reilly wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Kyle O’Reilly is back!

After winning the brutal Unsanctioned Match with Adam Cole at TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, he’s back and still playing air guitar on his way to the ring! He gets a mic and takes a breath before he says, “In life, we face constant struggles and challenges, and at TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, I faced the toughest personal and physical test of my life.” Kyle asks to turn the lights up, but then remembers he had his sunglasses. He’s in a great mood because he’s nowhere near Cole. He can move on and be himself again and it feels good! “I like it a lot!”

Kyle’s never been one to thrust himself into the spotlight, and always realized that his work and his abilities in the ring would speak for themselves. And now that Cole is behind him, Kyle realizes it’s time to move on. “Now, what is next for Kyle O’Reilly? Well, there’s something that I learned at TakeOver; to succeed here, you have to have a killer instinct!” The same instinct Cole has and Kyle always hesitated to use. But he has to be willing to go to extremes and do anything and everything, pay the ultimate sacrifice, to achieve his goals. But what are his goals? What’s the next challenge? What’s the next objective?

Does he continue to prove he’s THE guy here? Does he go for the workhorse title of the North American Championship? Or does he take the killer instinct and hunt down the most dominant force NXT has ever seen? Kyle has all the time in the world to decide. Huh, how clover. He must be thinking of Karrion Kross! But wait, here comes Cameron Grimes! And Grimes apologizes to Kyle for coming out here but he has to say congratulations. Kyle really showed that he can stand and deliver. And to tell the truth, Grimes made a killing on Draft Kings betting on Kyle! They thought Kyle was the underdog but Grimes sees Kyle is a top dog, a big dog!

Maybe if he had someone to watch is back and invest in him, like Grimes, these two could do a lot! Now he’s #CoolKyle, he could have merchandise! Fans like the sound of it already. Grimes says that’s a couple shirts already bought. And think about that moment when Kyle jumped off the top rope and destroyed Cole! They could make that an NFT! You heard of those? Grimes got some already. But think about this! #KOCoin! They could be a great combo and go TO~ THE~ MOOON~! Kyle gets it, right? First of all, YES. Kyle loves it! Grimes is a genius and is killing it in the stonks. By the way, thanks for the hints on “doggy coin,” Kyle loves dogs.

But let’s celebrate the new business partnership, because Kyle just found out he is officially cleared to compete! And he just saw his first opponent around here somewhere… Where is he? Oh, don’t worry, it isn’t Grimes. Wait, is that him over there? Kyle uses his sunglasses to get a better look. Oh hey, it IS Grimes! Kyle DECKS the Carolina Caveman and smirks. Cool Kyle rocks out again, but will he take Grimes for everything he’s worth?

 

NXT GM William Regal welcomes Sarray to the Capital Wrestling Center.

She is honored to be here, but Zoey Stark apologizes for interrupting. She wanted to introduce herself as a fan of Sarray’s. Surely Regal has an opponent in mind for Sarray, but Zoey would like to take the first match against her. Regal likes that idea and asks if Sarray would be up to that. Sarray accepts the challenge and the two shake hands. Will the Warrior of the Sun shine so bright that she burns Stark tonight?

 

NXT, LA Knight wants to talk to ya!

“TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, just two weeks ago, and the highlight of the whole damn thing, L A Knight!” Then a bunch of guys in the Gauntlet Eliminator realized they couldn’t let him take their shine, so they ganged up on him. Guess what, dummies! What goes around, comes around! And that brings us to tonight, “the creepy cross-eyed halfwit,” Dexter Lumis will be looking at Knight but Knight will flip the off the on switch and end him right there! That’s not an insult, that’s just a fact of life, yeah! Will Knight talk Lumis’ ear off before knocking him out? Or will we end up with a silent Knight in the CWC?

 

LA Knight VS Dexter Lumis!

NXT returns as Knight makes his entrance, dummies! And then Lumis makes his entrance, and TakeOver revisited begins with the bell! Knight and Lumis stare down, fans rally for Lumis but Knight talks some trash. Knight dares Lumis to do something, they tie up and go around the ring. Lumis puts Knight in a corner, Knight turns it around and the ref counts. Knight lets off, throws hands but Lumis dodges to throw hands back! Knight headlocks, Lumis powers out but Knight runs him over to jackknife cover, TWO! Lumis ROCKS Knight with an uppercut, then whips him to ropes. Knight kicks back, Lumis shakes it off, and CLOBBERS Knight!

Lumis drags Knight up, Knight shoves him and BOOTS him down! Knight talks more trash to “this piece of trash” but gets caught into the SILENCE! Knight scrambles, gets out of the ring, and takes his time returning. Lumis keeps his eyes locked on Knight, Knight grabs a leg but Lumis pulls him up by his ears! Knight hotshots, slingshots and shoulders Lumis down! Knight tells the fans to shut up, then he whips Lumis. Lumis reverses and back drops Knight high and hard! Lumis slithers, Knight backs away, but into the post! Knight’s sword gets bent, Lumis goes out to ROCK him with another uppercut!

Lumis puts Knight in, stalks him and runs corner to corner, but misses! Knight hits a NECKBREAKER! Knight throws Lumis out, fans rally and jeer as NXT goes picture in picture.

Knight paces around while Lumis steadies himself on the outside. The ring count is 5 of 10 but Knight goes out to stomp Lumis down. Knight CLUBS Lumis, brings him up and brings him around the way to bump him off the apron. Lumis hits back, bumps Knight off the apron, then stalks Knight through the ring! Knight flails and gets away, but Lumis stalks him again. They go back in the ring, Knight CLUBS Lumis at the ropes! Knight drags Lumis up, chokes him on the ropes but lets off at 4. Knight paces, stomps Lumis down, then stomps him more. Knight hears the fans taunt him but he gives Lumis a ROPE GUILLOTINE! The ref checks on Lumis but somehow he’s okay.

Knight goes out to CLUB Lumis on the apron, then get in the faces of the fans before he CLUBS Lumis again. Knight goes in the ring, stalks Lumis, but Lumis elbows back. Lumis gets Knight up with a suplex but Knight lands on his feet to hit another NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Knight drags Lumis up, clamps onto the shoulders and rams in his knee! And again! Lumis reaches for ropes but Knight mockingly hushes the crowd before wrapping on a chinlock. Lumis endures, Knight leans on the hold, but Lumis fights up to fight out with body shots. Lumis runs but into Knight’s kitchen sink knee! Knight soaks up the heat, runs and drops a knee! Cover, TWO!

Knight is annoyed but he stalks Lumis to a corner. Knight RAMS into Lumis, and again, then talks trash as NXT returns to single picture. Lumis BOOTS back then SPINEBUSTERS! Lumis crawls back to a corner as fans fire up. Knight staggers up, Lumis watches him, and DECKS him with big haymaker after haymaker! Lumis uppercuts, corner clotheslines and BULLDOGS! Knight flounders up again into Lumis’ BIG back suplex! Lumis kips up to DROP THE LEG! Lumis hauls Knight back up, suplexes to slingshot and SLAM! Cover, TWO! Knight is still in this but Lumis keeps his cool. Lumis wrenches Knight’s neck, gets him up, but Knight throat chops back!

Knight whips but Lumis reverses to send Knight out. Lumis goes out after Knight, but Knight YANKS him into boards! Lumis flounders up and Knight RAMS him into the apron! Lumis crawls, Knight stalks him again, but Lumis uppercuts! Lumis sees Indi Hartwell watching in the crowd! They touch hands through the boards, then go around to the gap. Indi stumbles a bit, seems her nerves are still running high. But Knight CLOBBERS Lumis from behind! “You can’t possibly be interested in a loser like that, seeing a guy walking around with-” Lumis PLANCHAS to shut Knight up! Lumis puts Knight in, gives Indi another long stare, and then goes to the ring.

Indi and Lumis keep looking at each other, Knight gets the CRAVAT DRIVER!! Cover, Knight wins!!

Winner: LA Knight, by pinfall

Knight just snatched victory from the jaws of defeat! Indi is worried, did she cost Lumis this match? Can #InDex still work if it keeps getting in the way of success? Indi goes to the ring now, and she stares into Lumis’ eyes again. Fans want to see them “Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!” but The Way shows up to get in the way! Indi wants to be with Lumis but Theory carries her away. Johnny & Candice tell Lumis no, but will this story have a happy ending?

 

Leon Ruff speaks.

“Swerve, did you have fun standing over me in that ring last week? Because I know I enjoyed standing over you when you were laying unconscious when I smashed your head into these lockers not once, not twice, but three times!” Ruff says Swerve has pushed him too far! Ruff’s already kicked down the door and is just waiting on Swerve to make a move. The ball is in Swerve’s court, but what happens when Ruff busts back into Swerve’s House?

 

Beth Phoenix interviews Io Shirai.

This is the first time since Stand & Deliver that the Evil Genius has been on NXT. Beth takes Shirai back to In Your House, where she won the NXT Women’s Championship. Such emotion in that Triple Threat. That night was the biggest night of Shirai’s life for sure. She knows holding that NXT Women’s Championship means you’re the best in the world. Beth fast-forwards to Stand & Deliver and the boot from Raquel Gonzalez. That might’ve been the turning point, and especially the powerbomb to the floor. What was going on in that moment? Well that obviously hurt. After that, she barely had any energy. And then the last powerbomb ends her 300+ reign.

Shirai says the thing about challenges, Raquel was her biggest and toughest. But when the time is right, Shirai will ask for her rematch. Well with that said, what is next for Shirai? Rest. Shirai defended her title for over 300 days, her body needs time to recover so that she can come back and overcome Raquel. But Franky Monet and her Pomeranian, Preston, interrupt. Franky wants to formally introduce herself to Shirai and congratulate her on that iconic reign. And of course, she is a big fan of Beth’s since she was a kid. Wait, Beth’s not that old… But Franky says if Shirai is going to take time off, well-deserve of course, Franky is going to fill her shoes as the top woman.

Shirai gets mad and calls Franky out in Japanese. Franky thinks she’s better than her? She must be stupid! Franky doesn’t understand Japanese. Yeah well, Shirai prefers cats. Franky just figures Shirai is having a bad day. Will Shirai rest up fast enough to come back and make Monet put her money where her mouth is?

 

Breezango VS Grizzled Young Veterans!

Tyler Breeze & Fandango are fashionable royal guard, and Wade Barrett is actually impressed. As for James Drake & Zack Gibson, well Gibson gets on the mic to respond. “What on earth is this? Are you having a laugh? Typical ignorant Yanks! Have you two lads not learned yet that fun and games will get you nowhere in this job?!” Take that daft cosplay and jog on! For they are Grizzled Young Veterans, and MSK better be watching! Gibson & Drake are SSSOON to be recognized as the next NXT Tag Team Champions! Breezango keeps in character and do not respond as GYV get in the ring.

Liverpool’s Number One & Mr. Mayhem talk trash, but still no response. They reel back, but Breezango intercepts with fists first! Gibson tumbles out, Breezango double clotheslines Drake out, and GYV are fuming! The teams finally sort out, Breeze and Gibson start with the bell, and they tie up. They go around, Gibson puts Breeze in a corner and goes for a leg just to throw body shots and haymakers! Gibson throws elbows and forearms, but Breeze gives them back! Gibson scoops, Breeze slips out and jumps to RANA! Breeze rains down rights, Gibson gets away but Breeze wrenches the arm to grind the shoulder. Fandango tags in, sunset flips, TWO!

Dango CHOPS Gibson again and again, then whips him corner to corner. Drake saves Gibson from the buckles but it does serve as double-edged. Gibson ROCKS Dango, reels him in and suplexes hard! Cover, ONE! Gibson clamps onto Fandango with a chinlock and leans heavy on him. Fandango fights up, Gibson knees him low and CLUBS him to the corner. Tag to Drake, GYV double whip Fandango but he grabs ropes. Fandango sends Gibson out and CLOBBERS Drake! Tag to Breeze, Fandango hangs Drake out to dry and they make it rain with DOUBLE BOOTS! Gibson gets Drake out, Breeze WRECKS them both! Fandango FLIES and takes both Grizzled Young Veterans down! Fans fire up as NXT goes to break!

NXT returns and Fandango whips Drake corner to corner. Drake goes up, out and shoulders in, then climbs up. Drake leaps but Fandango gets under! Drake tweaks a leg, the ref checks on him. Drake has had bad knees before, this could be more than just a trick. Breeze and Fandango ask, Gibson does, too, but then Gibson thumbs Fandango in the eye! Drake gets right up and it WAS a fake-out! Drake fires off hands, ROCKS Fandango, then stomps away in the corner! Tag to Gibson, GYV gets Dango up for the feed, missile dropkick COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Gibson tries again, TWO!

Gibson clamps back on with a chinlock and he grinds Fandango as fans rally up. Fandango fights up, arm-drags free, but Gibson intercepts! Gibson waistlocks, Fandango elbows free. Gibson ducks the next elbow but Fandango keeps spinning to LARIAT! Hot tag to Drake and he drags Fandango from Breeze! Fandango fights, and gets the tag to Breeze! Prince Pretty rallies on GYV, stomps away on Drake in a corner but lets off at 4. Gibson gets in but gets an ENZIGURI! Breeze aims from the apron, FLYING FOREARM takes down Drake! Gibson runs back in but Breeze sends him into boards!

Breeze goes back to Drake to put him in, and throws big body shots, and a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, ONE as Gibson gets in and Breeze DECKS him! Drake rolls Breeze up, TWO!! Breeze fires haymakers, headlocks, but Gibson tags in as Drake powers out. Leap frog and scoop, TICKET TO MAYHEM!! Cover, GYV wins!!

Winners: Grizzled Young Veterans, by pinfall

Gibson & Drake use misdirection to get the advantage, and perhaps they’re on their way back to yet another tag title attempt! Will MSK be ready for another go around from the Dusty Cup?

 

Backstage interview with Indi Hartwell.

Indi was so close this time, but The Way stopped her. Indi has so much to say but where to begin? The Way says no, this is done! No more interview, turn the cameras off! Bronson Reed walks in and asks why they keep doing this. Do they not love love? Reed says Lumis would be a great addition to the Gargano Family! And, he still has his own eyes on the NXT North American Championship. Gargano says, “Paws off, big boy!” Reed lost at TakeOver so it’s to the back of the line with him! Then maybe Reed can just rip Gargano up right now?

Theory laughs and says it’s in Reed’s dreams if he thinks he can rip the head off of “Papa John.” Theory already talked with Regal, and the only way Reed gets a shot at Gargano is if he beats Theory! SO get ready to be sent to the back of the line! Reed is ready for, but Gargano is panicking! Since when did Theory talk to Regal?! Why did he make this deal?! Reed squashed Theory, remember?! Ow, ow, ow. But Theory says he has Reed’s number. The Way get their “kids” to head out, but will we ever hear about #InDex? Will Theory be washed away by Reed’s Tsunami?

 

Backstage interview with Cameron Grimes.

Earlier tonight was certainly not how Grimes wanted things to go at all. Kyle will end up BACK in the hospital, and Grimes will pay those bills! Ever heard of NFT? Grimes has got him some! He has the official letter right here! “Dear Mr. Grimes, we wanted to take the time to thank you for your extremely high bid on the Ja Morant Bulls bank shot NFT!” They appreciate him seeing the value of non-fungible tokens, aka NFT, but unfortunately, there was an even higher bid just after the auction’s expiration, and had no choice but to accept it. The bidder, Ted DeBiase, sends his best regards and hopes Grimes understands. CURSE YOU, DEBIASE~!! Will Grimes have better luck against Kyle tonight than he did with the auction?

 

Sarray VS Zoey Stark!

The Warrior of the Sun’s in-ring career rises in NXT, but she’s up against a very hungry and determined rising star! Will Stark simply be a falling star against the already very accomplished Sarray?

NXT returns as Sarray makes her first-ever NXT entrance. The bell rings and Stark shakes hands with Sarray to show there is respect here. They circle, approach, and tie up with knuckle locks. Stark shows her strength advantage, but Sarray comes back to go shoulder to shoulder. Stark bends Sarray back, she bridges, but Stark hops on. Sarray stays up, Stark sweeps legs to get the cover, ONE! Stark tries again, ONE and a monkey flip sends Stark flying! Sarray covers, ONE, Stark sweeps legs, ONE as Sarray goes Matrix to escape! Sarray runs to dropkick the legs out! Fans fire up with Sarray as she stands on Stark and stomps her on the back! Sarray springboards to DOUBLE STOMP!

Fans fire up more as Sarray keeps on Stark. Sarray gets a leg, ties it up with the other leg, and has a Figure Four Deathlock! Fans rally with Sarray as she finishes the MUDA LOCK! Stark crawls, reaches and gets the ropebreak! Sarray lets go to kick Stark to a corner, then she whips corner to corner. Stark goes up and over and elbows Sarray before she rolls her out and runs, SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! That was a deep press but Sarray escapes! Stark stomps Sarray, gets her up and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Stark keeps her cool as she drags Sarray up. Sarray throws body shots, Stark CLUBS Sarray, and drives in elbows into the shoulders!

Stark clamps on with a chinlock, makes it a cover, TWO! Stark is learning how tough Sarray is, and she bumps Sarray off buckles. Fans rally as Stark stomps Sarray. The ref counts, Stark lets off but comes back to get Sarray up. Sarray ROCKS Stark, Stark stomps Sarray back down! Stark brings Sarray up, snapmares and wraps her up with double chicken wings. Sarray fights up, fans rally as Sarray powers up and powers Stark into buckles! Stark holds on, Sarray powers her into buckles again! Stark throws Sarray into buckles, runs in but is put on the apron! Sarray ROCKS Stark and dropkicks her down!

Stark staggers around the outside but makes her way into the ring. Sarray ROCKS her with another forearm, and another! Stark ROCKS Sarray back, and the forearms fly! Sarray fires up, fires off a flurry, then tops it off with another! Stark follows to KNEE Sarray at ropes! Stark runs but Sarray BLASTS her with a dropkick! Sarray runs side to side to BLAST Stark again! The fans are fired up for the PERFECT PLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Stark survives but both women are down as fans fire up. Sarray fires up again, gets Stark but Stark HEEL KICKS and HALF ‘N’ HALF SUPLEXES! Stark kips up, runs, SLIDING KNEE!! Cover, TWO!!

Stark is furious, fans rally and duel, but Stark goes to a corner. Sarray is in the drop zone as Stark 450’s! Sarray dodges and Stark flops! Stark staggers up, into a victory roll! TWO, and Stark HEEL KICKS Sarray back down! Cover, TWO?!? Sarray survives but Stark tries again, TWO!! Stark gets Sarray up, Sarray fights free but Stark reels her back in! Back suplex but Sarray lands on her feet to SOBAT! Sarray ROCKS Stark then calls her shot, “FINISH!” EXPLODER SAIDO SUPLEX! Sarray covers, Sarray wins!

Winner: Sarray, by pinfall

Sarray has the seal of approval from Meiko Satomura and Antonio Inoki for a reason! Stark still respects Sarray, will Sarray get the same from the rest of the roster? Wait, Toni Storm RAMS Stark into the boards! The Lightning From Down Under is furious that Stark beat her in the TakeOver Kickoff Show and is getting her payback! Sarray rushes out to defend Stark but Storm storms off. Will Toni make it her time by any means necessary?

 

Backstage interview with Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai.

They heard Io Shirai’s comments earlier, and Raquel says while Shirai was a great champion, Raquel will be damned if she hasn’t worked her ass off to kick everyone else’s and prove she is an even greater campeona. Dakota makes sure McKenzie sticks around, because they beat Shirai so badly, she needs a vacation. She better enjoy it. Well a lot of women have their sights set on the title, and Dakota laughs. Is she fishing? She must be talking about Mercedes Martinez. Mercedes wants a title shot, Dakota wants to go to Hogwarts. We don’t always get what we want.

Raquel says if McKenzie is a journalist, here’s the headline: If the women want their shot, they can line up so she can take them down one by one until there’s no one left standing. Now they’re done here. Who steps up, and who gets knocked down, by Big Mami Cool?

 

Candice & Indi talk backstage.

Candice wants her to stop being distracted by boys. Lumis isn’t a boy, he’s a man. Okay ew. But then why can’t they talk this over with Regal? Because Regal is a saboteur, that’s why. Talking things over with Regal hasn’t worked out well for The Way, now has it? Lumis is lurking behind that door! Indi sees him but Candice gets her attention back. They are going to do this their way. Indi stays behind to look at Lumis and Candice comes across “the two dummies” she was looking for, Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart. They still have what belongs to The Way. The Way is family! Well, how does Indi feel? She’s not there. Candice was saying?

Candice slaps Ember’s drink into her face! GRAB HER! Shotzi & Ember get Candice, drag her into the back, and close the door as they rough her up! Will Indi get an earful about this one?

 

NXT Cruiserweight Championship Open Challenge: KUSHIDA VS ???

Last week, the Time Splitter cashed in on Santos Escobar’s arrogant open challenge and finally got a title in NXT! But now, to celebrate his victory, he’s doing the exact same thing! Will the Super Junior come to regret copying the Emperor of Lucha? Or will he check off his first defense already?

Kushida takes to the mic to explain, “Last week, I won the title in an open challenge. Tonight, I will give the same opportunity. Who wants a title shot!?” Who answers the call? Oney Lorcan does! The former NXT Tag Team Champion was the Fury of 205 Live once upon a time! Will Oney make a dream come true while ruining Kushida’s fairy tale at the same time? The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see how this week’s open challenge goes!

The two circle, feel out the grapple, and Oney puts Kushida in a corner. The ref counts, Oney lets off and Kushida comes back to get a leg. Kushida rolls to get the heel hook but Oney fights to get free. Oney rolls, floats, facelocks and gets an arm. Oney throws Kushida down then headscissors. Kushida fights around, turns Oney and ties up the legs to get a Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Oney endures, pops free, covers, ONE!! Oney keeps on the arm, shifts to a wristlock but Kushida rolls. Kushida headscissors, Oney moves around, turns Kushida and ties his legse up in return. Oney reaches and hooks Kushida’s face, but the ref counts. Kushida is free and KICKS Oney’s arm!

Kushida gets Oney’s nose, but Oney avoids the Penalty Kick! Oney headlocks, fans rally for Kushida and he fights up. Kushida powers out, follows, but ducks under Oney to get a body scissor takedown tot he ARMBAR! Oney scrambles and gets the ropebreak! Kushida lets off fast, Oney CHOPS! Kushida KICKS, but runs into an elbow! Oney goes up but Kushida GAMANGIRIS him to the floor! Fans are fired up and so is Kushida as NXT goes to break!

NXT returns and Oney has Kushida in a motorcycle stretch. Kushida endures, fights up but Oney digs his forehead into Kushida’s back. Kushida fights up, breaks free but Oney knees low and EuroUppers. Kushida fires off kicks, whips but Oney reverses. Oney gets away from the handspring to BLAST Kushida with a EuroUpper! Cover, TWO! Oney keeps on Kushida, CHOPS him, whips him and kitchen sink knees! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Oney keeps on Kushida with a standing cobra twist! Kushida endures the abdominal stretch, throws elbows into Oney’s arm, and is free! Oney runs in to elbow Kushida at the corner! Oney goes corner to corner, but into a SHOTEI!

Kushida and Oney slowly get back up as fans fire up. Kushida powers up with the power of Liger and SHOTEIS again! Kushida fires off fast hands and kicks, then whips corner to corner. Oney reverses, runs but into an elbow! Kushida goes up to the top rope, aims at the arm and hits a FLYING KNEE to the elbow! Then a flying takedown, but Oney blocks to a waistlock! Kushida switches, FAST BALL! Oney BLASTS Kushida again, then BLOCKBUSTERS!! Cover, TWO!! Kushida survives and Oney can’t believe it! Oney throws off his armbands and he glares at Kushida. Oney CHOPS but Kushida just fires up! Oney CHOPS, and CHOPS and CHOPS but Kushida roars!

Kushida ROCKS Oney with a Fast Ball, hip toss and basement dropkick! FAST BALL AGAIN! PENALTY KICK to the bad arm! Kushida leaps, HOVERBOARD LOCK!! Oney is down, he taps out! Kushida wins!

Winner: KUSHIDA, by submission (still NXT Cruiserweight Champion)

The Super Junior might be moving into ultra! Will Kushida continue to give opportunity to top Cruiserweight stars? Wait, former champion Escobar is at the stage, because El Legado attacks in the ring! Kushida fights them but he ends up in a 3v1 situation! Wilde & Mendoza mug Kushida and then give him back to Escobar, but here comes MSK! The Tag Champions help Kushida fight back! Kushida ROCKS Escobar while Carter SUPERKICKS Mendoza and Lee throws Wilde! Kushida handspring heel kicks Escobar out of the ring! Will the champions show their would-be challengers who runs this “bingo” now?

 

Mercedes Martinez speaks.

“Hey, Raquel, I’m waiting on you. I called your ass out last week, and all I hear is silence.” Is Raquel scared of her? Seems like it! Raquel had her chance to say something but she didn’t, Dakota did. Mercedes gets it. Raquel might be the champ, but she’s still in Dakota’s shadow. Dakota barks orders and Raquel does what she’s told like a good lil’ lapdog. But y’know what? Mercedes will do Raquel a solid. She’ll take Dakota out so that nothing, and she means NOTHING, will stand in the way of them and the title. Will Dakota have to watch her back when Mean Ms. Mercedes comes around?

 

Gargano talks with Theory backstage.

So Theory was going to the restroom, and he happened to see Regal, and then…? Theory said if Reed wants his shot, he has to go through Theory! But then Candice walks in and she is a mess! What happened?! She doesn’t want to talk about it, and Indi walks in happily! She saw him! Lumis?! Yeah, but what happened to Candice? Is that gum in her hair? Oh, gum! Theory, no! Indi says she talked to Regal, too! What?! Why!? Regal is giving them another chance at the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships! Oh, well awesome! Hear that, Candice? That’s great, right? Hands in! The… WAY! Just, just give Candice a minute. Will the chance they have not make up for what happened to Candice because of #InDex?

 

Ever-Rise VS Imperium!

While Chase Parker & Matt Marthel are still pals with the Bollywood Boyz on 205 Live, things might be very, very different for them all alone on NXT. Especially against the Impeccable German and the Pride of Italy across the ring from them! Will #EverRiseRule or be conquered by the faction that wants to restore the honor of wrestling with global domination?

The teams sort out, and Fabian Aichner CLOBBERS Marthel! Aichner CLUBS Marthel, whips him corner to corner hard then runs in to back elbow! Aichner wrenches and hits a BIG back suplex! Aichner talks trash, drags Marthel up, but Marthel jawbreakers! Tag to Parker, he runs and leaps, but into Aichner’s FALL AWAY SLAM! Aichner drags Parker up, tags in Barthel, and the Agitator throws Parker into buckles! Barthel sets Marthel up in the corner, tags Aichner, and the Equalizer meets him in the corner with double dropkicks! But here comes Killian Dain! Alexander Wolfe stands in his way, but Parker rolls Aichner up! TWO!!

Parker fires off on Aichner, Aichner shoves and CLOBBERS him! Then BOOTS Marthel for good measure! But now Drake Maverick is here and he sucker punches Wolfe! Dain keeps the peace?! Seems he doesn’t want his current friend and his former friend fighting! Aichner keeps on Parker as Dain & Maverick leave. Tag to Barthel, Imperium sets up and hits the EUROBOMB!! Cover, Imperium wins!

Winners: Imperium, by pinfall

The mat is sacred, and this victory is Imperium’s! But things look to be getting complicated with those Imperium was formerly attached to. Will the Hatchet Man get the Beast of Belfast to consider who he belongs with?

 

Kyle O’Reilly encounters Karrion Kross backstage!

Kyle did put him on notice, so perhaps this is the NEW NXT Champion returning the favor. Will #CoolKyle show how cold he can be against the GameStonks tycoon?

Kyle O’Reilly VS Cameron Grimes!

NXT returns and Grimes makes his entrance. The bell rings, the two circle and Kyle sits down to already bait Grimes in. Grimes is wary of that, though, and they tie up with collar ‘n’ elbow. Grimes waistlocks, Kyle wrenches the arm and wristlocks. Grimes spins through, steps through and trips Kyle to get a toehold. Kyle uses his free leg to trip Grimes, then he goes after an arm! Grimes scrambles to avoid the wrench, but Kyle gets Grimes up. Grimes wrangles Kyle down but Kyle switches to get a chinlock. Grimes slips out the back, floats to a facelock and then has a top wristlock. Kyle fights up, goes around and switches to hammerlock then headlock for a takeover.

Grimes grows frustrated, but he fights up. Fans rally and duel, Grimes puts Kyle on ropes, and Kyle lets go, only for Grimes to headlock and hit a takeover! Kyle turns it to a cover, ONE! Grimes holds on, fans taunt Grimes with “NFT! NFT!” Grimes fights up, headlocks but Kyle throws body shots. Kyle powers out but Grimes runs him over! Things speed up, Kyle trips Grimes and then gets him up to wrench to a wristlock. Kyle grinds the arm, Grimes endures, but Kyle leans harder on the arm. Grimes gets up, Jams Kyle in the ear, then rocks him with a EuroUpper! Grimes says you don’t sucker punch Grimes! But then Kyle KNEES Grimes down, runs and shouts, to SLAP Grimes in the face!

Kyle smirks as he wrenches Grimes, hammerlocks him and sweeps the leg! Grimes clutches the arm, Kyle boots him at the ropes then KICKS him! Fans rally as Kyle KICKS away on Grimes’ legs. Grimes throws a forearm, CHOPS Kyle, then whips him. Kyle reverses, Grimes sunset flips but Kyle stays up to get the ARMBAR! Grimes scrambles, Kyle just shifts sides to ARMBAR the other arm! Grimes rolls to the ropebreak! The ref counts, Kyle lets off, and Kyle gets Grimes up to wrench an arm. Grimes goes after Kyle’s face but Kyle gets a leg. Grimes hops around, Kyle holds on, Grimes backflips through to DEAD LIFT GERMAN! Kyle flops out from the bad neck and NXT goes picture in picture!

Grimes waits at the ropes as Kyle writhes. Grimes goes out to fetch Kyle, drag him up and throw him into boards! Kyle flounders while checking his face, but Grimes is after him again. Grimes bounces Kyle off the announce desk, then says something to commentary. Grimes puts Kyle on the apron and CLUBS him! Grimes takes his time getting back in the ring, stalks Kyle to ropes and ROCKS him with a haymaker! Kyle checks his jaw, Grimes KICKS him in the chest! And then the leg! Grimes bumps Kyle off buckles, whips him corner to corner hard, and Kyle bounces off buckles to hit the mat. Grimes gets his bad arm moving while he catches his breath.

Grimes drags Kyle to a facelock, pushes him to a cover, TWO! Kyle shakes his head because he’s not giving up, but Grimes clamps on to wrench the neck. Kyle endures, Grimes digs forearms in then drives in elbows! Grimes drops knees, digs them in, then lets off as the ref counts. Grimes says he’s going to the moon, then drags Kyle back up. Grimes KICKS Kyle in the back, clamps on with another neck wrench, and NXT returns to single picture as fans rally up. Kyle endures, Grimes leans on the hold, but Kyle fight sup and fights back! They brawl, Grimes whips and CLOBBERS Kyle again! Kyle flounders, Grimes covers, TWO!

Fans say “This is Awesome!” though Grimes seethes. Grimes KICKS Kyle, and KICKS him again! Grimes digs his boots into Kyle at a corner, lets off as the ref counts, and then whips Kyle corner to corner hard! Kyle hits the mat, Grimes covers, TWO! Kyle clutches his arm, Grimes seethes and clamps onto the neck with another chinlock. Grimes bends Kyle back against a knee but Kyle endures. Grimes keeps trying but Kyle works on prying the grip. Kyle shifts, turns and throws body shots. Grimes keeps hold with a headlock but Kyle powers out. Grimes runs Kyle over, things speed up, and Kyle hits a kitchen sink knee! Fans fire up as Kyle dodges the haymaker to fire off knees!

Kyle fires off strikes, sweeps the leg and fans fire up again! Grimes goes to a corner, Kyle runs corner to corner, and he forearm smashes hard! Kyle wrenches, hits an elbow breaker, then a BIG back suplex, to a KNEEBAR! Grimes rolls around and gets the ropebreak! Kyle lets go fast, Grimes gets up and fans are thunderous. Kyle KICKS Grimes’ leg out and Grimes flips upside-down! Kyle aims again, Grimes dodges to spin and scoop and swing Kyle, but Kyle lands on his feet for a GUILLOTINE FACELOCK! Grimes is fading fast!! Grimes is falling, but Kyle lets him free just to KNEE him in the chest! Kyle reels Grimes in but Grimes scoops, spins and SLAMS Kyle down!! Cover, TWO!!

Kyle survives but Grimes is too tired to be frustrated! Both men slowly rise as the fans rally again. Grimes waistlocks and dead lifts but Kyle elbows free. Grimes CLUBS him on the back, tries again, but Kyle slips around to get the leg! Grimes makes the kneebar a cover, TWO!! Grimes BOOTS Kyle, runs, but Kyle pops him up for a KICK! Grimes SUPER FOREARMS! Kyle KNEES low, AX but Grimes ROUNDHOUSES! Kyle yo-yo’s, into a COLLISION COURSE! Cover, TWO!! Kyle survives and Grimes is beside himself! Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” but the show has to end somehow! Kyle KICKS Grimes, reels him in, but Grimes knees back!

Grimes kicks, Kyle ducks but Grimes SUPERKICKS back! Kyle rebounds to LARIAT! Kyle fires up, AX and SMASH!! Grimes staggers into Kyle’s BRAINBUSTER!! Kyle isn’t done there, he goes to a corner and climbs up! KING KONG KNEE DROP!! Cover, Kyle wins!!

Winner: Kyle O’Reilly, by pinfall

It wasn’t heavy metal but it was the same knee attack Kyle used to finish off Adam Cole! Will Kyle use that and his entire arsenal to take titles left and right?


My Thoughts:

Another awesome episode for NXT! And what an awesome main event just for Kyle’s return match. Usually return matches are just above a squash match, but Kyle VS Grimes was worthy of a title opportunity match in itself. Kyle’s return promo was great, and I am excited that he is after all the gold. Kross responding, though silently, is an obvious sign that Kyle is getting his third shot, and maybe the third time is the charm? At the same time, maybe not because Kross only just got this title back and I don’t see NXT taking it from him so soon.

But while Strong kayfabe resigned from NXT and Cole might be going to SmackDown, when will Bobby Fish return at some point? That is the one part of Kyle’s past that I feel like he’d be okay with keeping, so that reDRagon can ride again. They should go for a Two Man Power Trip, too, with Fish going for the North American Championship. In a way, it’ll be like recreating their later runs in ROH. Grimes also cracked me up with the bit about NFT’s. I don’t really get what those are or how they work but clearly WWE invested a lot of their money into it so someone somewhere has to plug it for them, and Grimes is definitely the guy to get onboard with stuff like that.

Zoey Stark stepping up to be Sarray’s first opponent was a great character bit for Stark, and their match was also great for a debut match, which are many times also glorified squash matches. Sarray still wins, of course, and Storm going after Stark was a good bit of story from Stand & Deliver. Storm VS Sarray is itself a natural feud, can really build Sarray in the eyes of fans in America or who just watch WWE/NXT, and definitely keep Sarray busy while Raquel deals with other challengers. Mercedes calling Raquel out and saying she’ll “take out” Dakota is good stuff. Mercedes VS Dakota and the inevitable Mercedes VS Raquel are both going to be awesome, and can make for a solid first defense on Raquel’s record.

Shirai’s interview with Beth was decent enough, and adding Franky Monet did add a bit to it. Shirai probably won’t be away as long as we think if Franky is acting like she’s her replacement. Franky VS Shirai, whenever that happens, will be great stuff, can also establish Franky in the eyes of WWE/NXT fans, and could be a way to send Franky up the ranks while helping Shirai exit to Raw or SmackDown. Everything with The Way was awesome tonight, from Theory stepping in it on behalf of Gargano, and Indi letting Candice down because she’s enamored with Lumis. Indi’s part in Lumis VS Knight was actually played perfectly, and it helps Knight get back up after some admittedly surprising losses.

Ever-Rise VS Imperium was clearly a vehicle to the story progression with Imperium and Killian Dain. He wanted to confront Imperium about before, but he wouldn’t let it become a brawl between Maverick and Wolfe. I think Dain is going to be forced to choose a side, and perhaps to go with the Imperium expansion angle, Dain chooses them because he’s tired of struggling. At the same time, they need to find a way to tie Thatcher back into this to tease that it could be him turning but then it’s Dain. Breezango VS GYV was a lot of fun, but naturally GYV wins to get back up in the tag title hunt.

Kushida having an open challenge for his first defense, and having it so soon, was a surprising move, but it gave is an awesome match with Kushida and Oney. Kushida wins, of course, and of course Legado shows up for payback. MSK joining in to even the numbers was great, and a Six Man of the champions and their challengers is going to be really good. I have a feeling somehow, someway (because Legado cheats 99% of the time), Legado wins so that they all earn their shots at the titles. MSK VS Legado 2v2 will be really good, but I would think MSK wins since GYV is coming around. Escobar VS Kushida go either way, but maybe this is how Escobar is turned away and so he can go after the other titles.

My Score: 9.2/10


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Did you know that challenger in French is still “challenger?”

In a WrestleMania rematch, AJ Styles takes on LA Knight in a #1 contender’s match, to challenge WWE Champion Cody Rhodes at Backlash in France!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Undisputed WWE Championship #1 Contender’s match: AJ Styles VS LA Knight; Styles wins and will challenge Cody Rhodes for the title at Backlash.
  • SmackDown/WWE Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way: The Street Profits VS New Catch Republic VS The Authors of Pain VS Legado Del Fantasma; The Profits win and will challenge A-Town Down Under for the titles.
  • Carlito w/ Zelina Vega VS Santos Escobar w/ Elektra Lopez; Santos wins.
  • WWE Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Naomi; Bayley wins, by disqualification, and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Undisputed WWE Championship #1 Contender’s match: AJ Styles VS LA Knight!

After fighting their way through Triple Threats, the Phenomenal One and the Mega Star meet again, YEAH! It’s a WrestleMania Rematch, the winner moving on to Backlash, YEAH! Will AJ Styles avenge his loss at the biggest WrestleMania ever? Or will everyone from here to France know whose game it is?

The bell rings and the two step to each other. The fans in Pittsburgh “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” and Knight lets Styles know it. Styles snarls, they tie up, and they go around. Knight puts Styles in a corner, the ref counts, but Knight lets off slowly. Styles kicks low! The fans boo but Styles headlocks. Knight pulls hair, throws body shots, then headlocks in return. Styles pushes Knight to ropes, powers up and out, then hurdles, drops and DROP- NO, Knight avoids the dropkick to BOOT, and LARIAT! Knight then TOSSES Styles out of the ring, storms out after him, and brings him to commentary. Knight SMACKS Styles off the desk! And again! And again!

The fans chant “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” with every SMACK, then Knight tops it off with one last SMACK! Knight drags Styles up and into the ring, storms in, but Styles KICKS Knight in the ropes! Styles reels Knight in, but Knight back drops Styles up and out! Styles flounders on the floor, Knight runs to WRECK him with a dropkick! Styles hits desk again and Steel City is loving “L! A! KNIGHT, YEAH!” as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Styles soaks up the heat as he taunts Knight. Styles brings Knight up, but Knight fires haymakers! “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” Knight backs Styles down, whips, but Styles ducks ‘n dodges! Knight ducks ‘n’ dodges, then DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! Both men are down and the fans fire up. Both men slowly sit up, crawl around, and then stand. Styles fires a shot, but Knight gives it back! The haymakers go back and forth, “YEAH! BOO! YEAH!” Styles staggers but he still ROCKS Knight! Knight ROCKS Styles again and again, but Styles throat chops! Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz, but Knight ducks the lariat!

Knight JABS, JABS, JABS, and DECKS Styles! Knight stomps a mudhole in at the corner, “YEAH!” Knight then runs corner to corner to KNEE Styles down! The fans fire up, Knight puts Styles up, and Knight ROCKS Styles. Knight climbs, but Styles ROCKS him back! Knight staggers away, but returns to spring right up! SUPER DUPER PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives that crash but both men are down again. The fans rally as Knight rises, and he brings Styles around. Knight reels Styles in, suplexes, but Styles slips free! Styles goes to a corner, ELBOWS Knight away, then goes up to QUEBRADA DDT! Cover, TWO!

The fans fire up as Knight stays in this and Styles starts losing his cool. The fans rally for Knight but Styles looms over him. Styles brings Knight up and in, but Knight RAMS him into a corner! Knight then scoops Styles, but Styles slips free to roll up, TWO!! Knight escapes, swings, but Styles dodges to PELE! Knight ends up in a corner, Styles runs in, but Knight puts Styles on the apron! Styles ROCKS Knight, springboards, but Knight gets under! Styles comes back, into a scoop and POWERSLAM! Then JUMP ELBOW DROP! The fans fire up with with Knight as he storms around. Styles rises, Knight winds up, B F- NO, Styles bails out!

The fans boo but Knight storms over. Knight drags Styles up but Styles HOTSHOTS him! And pokes him in the eyes! Then ROCKS him! And springboards, to PHENOMENAL FOREARM!! Cover, Styles wins!

Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the Undisputed WWE Championship)

Styles bent the rules, but a win is a win! He will get his shot at the American Nightmare in Lyon, France, will this year’s Backlash be phenomenal?

 

The Bloodline arrives backstage.

The car pulls up, Solo Sikoa steps out in a suit, and Paul Heyman is there to greet him. Nice threads, Solo. Tama Tonga walks over and Solo says meet the newest member of The Bloodline, Solo’s MFT. The Wise Man is stunned. But Solo cuts him off to ask if Kevin Owens is here. Heyman hesitates and Solo asks again, is Kevin here? If he is, he’s probably already in the locker room. Then take them to him. Heyman obeys and leads on. There have already been changes to the chain of command, is there about to be a change to the landscape of SmackDown, too?

 

Nick Aldis is in the ring.

In a familiar scene to Monday Night Raw, there is a podium with something under a satin sheet. The SmackDown General Manager welcomes to Pittsburgh the Chief Content Officer, Paul “Triple H” Levesque! The fans fire up as The Game makes his way to the ring! HHH joins Aldis in the ring, gets a mic, looks around at the crowd as he revels in the cheers, then says, “On the heels of the biggest, most epic, history making, record breaking, epic, unbelievable WrestleMania of all time, we are here tonight, sold out, 15 thousand strong, Pittsburgh, PA! So let me say, welcome to SmackDown!” The fans cheer that!

HHH wants to take a moment to say that he thinks Adam Pearce and Nick Aldis are both doing great jobs at leading their respective brands into the future. Thank you to both of them. And when we talk about the future, we have to talk about the history made coming into the future. So when history is made, HHH wants it to be represented here befitting of those that make it. So Aldis, if we could, let us bring the… champions out here. Aldis says without further ado, the NEW SmackDown Tag Team Champions, Austin Theory & Grayson Waller. The fans boo as A-Town Down Under make their way, blue belts in hand.

Theory & Waller join Aldis and HHH in the ring, mics already in hand, and they soak up the heat from Steel City. Waller says this is huge. Monday, we saw the second place champions get new belts. And now A-Town Down Under will be presented new titles! Theory says speaking of truth, didn’t Truth think HHH was a magician? Well, who knows what magic trick HHH has to make these guys look better than they already do, but hey, give it a try. HHH says congratulations on becoming tag team champions, so he will show them what they will wear going forward. From now on, they will be the WWE Tag Team Champions.

Reveal! In the style of the Attitude Era and Ruthless Aggression Era belts, the solid gold shines. HHH offers a handshake, but Waller leaves him hanging to shake Theory’s hand! Aldis makes it clear to them. They ever pop off and disrespect HHH like that, here’s a real magic trick: A-Clown Down Under will disappear, permanently! The fans like the sound of that! Aldis snatches the blue belts away since they won’t need them, and speaking of disappearing, there’s a chance one of the following four teams will make their title reign disappear. That #1 contenders match starts right now! The fans fire up, but which team defies the odds to get some golden tickets to France?

 

Backstage interview with Naomi.

Kayla Braxton is with The Glow and says last week, she beat Tiffany Stratton to get this title opportunity tonight. Will the friendship with Bayley get in the way of this match? Naomi says no, of course not. Bayley’s her sister, and she needed help against Damage CTRL, so Naomi was more than happy to help. But in no way will friendship get in the way of this opportunity. It has been over two YEARS since Naomi’s last WWE singles championship match, and there is nothing that will get in the way of making the most of this moment. Now last week, Tiffy Time felt the glow, so that same energy keeps going tonight.

Naomi is also looking forward to next week’s WWE Draft, where she will walk in the NEW WWE Women’s Champion. Naomi is ready, but will she be able to best Bayley in Bayley’s first title defense?

 

WWE Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way: The Street Profits VS New Catch Republic VS The Authors of Pain VS Legado Del Fantasma!

SmackDown returns as Legado makes their entrance, followed by Akam & Rezar with the Final Testament. Waller & Theory are on commentary, Waller admitting he wants any team but AOP, and Theory saying these teams are fortunate to have real superstars leading their division. In this form of Fatal 4 Way, only two teams are active, so the Big Strong Boi, Tyler Bate, starts against Montez Ford. They circle, tie up, and Ford headlocks. Bate powers up to pry at the hold but Ford clamps on tighter. Bate powers up and out, drops, but Ford leaps over! The fans cheer, things keep moving, Bate feints high to drop low!

Bate shows knuckle lock, Ford obliges, but Bate wrenches, baits and double pump handles to FLIP Ford! Cover, TWO! Ford gets up to sweep and cover, TWO! Bate steps over, La Magistrol, TWO! Ford gets up, dropkicks cancel out, and both men kip up! The fans fire up and the two reset. But then Humberto Carrillo sneaks a tag, before he DECKS Bate with a sucker punch! Ford dodges Humberto but Angel Garza holds the ropes open! Ford tumbles out,  Garza tags in, and Humberto sits Ford up. Garza runs in to KNEE Ford down! The fans boo, Garza drags Ford to a cover, TWO! Garza back suplexes, Ford lands out!

Ford tags Dawkins and he dodges Garza to FLYING ELBOW! Garza tags out to Akam, but then the Bruiserweight, Pete Dunne, tags in off Dawkins! Rezar tags, Dunne runs up but Akam LARIATS him down! Rezar DECKS Dawkins, then the AOP start clearing the corners! But Ford goes up to leap, but into an URENAGE! The fans boo but the AOP roar and soak up the heat. Waller’s worst case scenario might end up reality, but SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and the fans rally as Ford endures a facelock. Ford fights up, pries at the hold, but Rezar shoves him to ELBOW him down! Rezar talks trash, Waller taunts the Steelers players sitting in the front row that they don’t really know what championships are, and then Rezar sucker punches Dawkins down! Rezar stands Ford up, Canadian Racks and bends him! Ford endures, the fans rally, but Rezar thrashes Ford around! Ford kicks and flails, he gets free, hot tag to Dunne! Bate sneaks a tag, Dunne GAMANGIRIS Akam and then NCR fire off on Rezar! The fans fire up, Humberto runs in, but Dunne dodges to SNAP GERMAN!

Bate & Dunne STOMP Humberto’s hands! Then BASEMENT DROPKICK! Garza runs up, but into the REBOUNDER GERMAN COMBO!! The fans fire up with NCR, but Rezar runs up! He grabs Dunne, but Bate says Bop up, BANG! Bate fireman’s carries Rezar?! But Rezar ELBOWS right free! Dunne GAMANGIRIS, Ford SUPERKICKS, and Dawkins ENZIGIRIS! Rezar wobbles, and everyone helps Bate gets Rezar up! BIG STRONG AIRPLANE SPINE! But then Legado CLOBBER Bate and Rezar! They BOOT Dunne, whip the Profits but the Profits reverse to TOSS Legado out! Ellering coaches Rezar while the Profits regroup.

Bate gets up, Dawkins ROCKS him! Dawkins brings Bate to the very top, but Dunne CLUBS Dawkins! NCR mug Dawkins but Ford joins in! They brawl, but AOP add on! Humberto finds Rezar to tag in, before the DOUBLE TOWER OF DOOM!! Bate’s the only one left up top, so Legado mug him! They double trophy lift Bate, to DOUBLE ROCKET LAUNCH him onto everyone!! Humberto then finds Bate, sunset flips and rewinds, Garza jumps, MISSILE DROPKICK DOOMSDAY! Cover, DUNNE BREAKS IT! “This is Awesome!” as all eight men are down around ringside, and Waller says this is gonna be easy pickings for A-Town Down Under now.

Dunne grabs Garza, Bate has Humberto, STEREO ANKLE LOCKS!! Grapevine for Garza! But Humberto BOOTS Bate onto Dunne! Legado is free, Ellering has AOP regroup, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Rezar CLUBS Dawkins down. Rezar soaks up heat, taunts the other teams, then CLUBS Dawkins again. Rezar brings Dawkins up again, but Dawkins fires off body shots! Rezar KNEES low, reels Dawkins in, talks more trash, and lifts Dawkins up, to POWERBOMB! But then Dunne runs up to ROCK Rezar! Akam gets in to scoop Dunne and SLAM him on Dawkins! Cover, TWO! Rezar looks to Ellering and he coaches AOP. Rezar HAMMERS Dawkins, Akam tags, and AOP get NCR up! The fans boo but NCR RANA free to send AOP into each other! Ford jumps in, as does Garza.

All the teams realize, they gotta do something about AOP. So they all mug AOP! The fans fire up as AOP tumble out, but now who strikes first? Dunne runs up but Garza SUPERKICKS him first! Bate waistlocks Garza and Ford winds up, but Garza ducks so the BACKHAND hits Bate! Garza SUPERKICKS Ford, but Dawkins DECKS Garza! Humberto springboards to FLYING CHUCK! Cover, TWO!! Theory says if A-Town Down Under were in this match, he’d knock everyone out and Waller could just sneak in to cover. Humberto and Dawkins rise and go to corners. Humberto runs up, but Dawkins POUNCES him away!

Dawkins gets Humberto up, Ford returns and tags in! Dawkins Electric Chair Lifts Humberto and Ford climbs! The stars are out for the BLOCKBUSTER DOOMSDAY! Cover, DUNNE BREAKS IT! Another save from the Bruiserweight and Ford is frustrated. Dunne drags Dawkins up to CHOP, but Dawkins ROCKS him! Dawkins whips Dunne out of the ring, but Dunne grabs the arm! And he pulls off the glove so he can SNAP fingers! The fans fire up, but Ford ENZIGIRIS Dunne down! Ford brings Humberto up, Humberto JAWBREAKERS! Bate tags in off Ford, BOOTS Garza, then runs up, but into a POP-UP! But Bate RANAS Humberto!!

Bate then DUMPS Garza out, goes to the apron, and Dunne lines up targets. Bate and Dunne climb, Ford runs in, NCR DOUBLE ARIHARA MOONSAULT while Ford FLIES over the corner post!! Down goes Legado and AOP!! The fans are losing their minds as Bate hurries to get Humberto up. Bate puts Humberto in, reels him in, underhooks, but Humberto fights it! Humberto back drops but Bate lands on his feet! Humberto cradles, TWO! Humberto LARIATS Bate, tag to Garza! Legado gets Bate up, feed to the POP-UP KICK!! #FTY! Humberto then DIVES to take out Dunne! Garza goes up the ropes to LIONSAULT!!

But Ford flies in FROM THE HEAVENS!! The fans are thunderous as everyone is down again! Bate flounders, Dawkins tags in! Dawkins whips Legado, Ford joins in, THE REVELATION!! Cover, PROFITS WIN!

Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contenders to the WWE Tag Team Championships)

Waller & Theory are relieved it isn’t AOP, but they still look a bit annoyed that it is Ford & Dawkins. The Profits are Triple Crown Tag Team Champions from Raw to SmackDown to NXT, but will they soon add the WWE Tag Team Championships to make it a grand slam?

 

Backstage interview with Bayley.

Byron Saxton is with The Role Model, and brings up the emotional moment from Monday Night Raw where Rhea Ripley had to relinquish her title. But let us focus on Bayley’s title, as she defends it for the first time against Naomi. Where is her head at ahead of the main event? Bayley says after seeing Rhea vacate the Women’s World Championship on Raw, Bayley appreciates her reign more. She is focused, and she has realized she’s THE Women’s Champion in WWE right now, something she does not take for granted. Because we all know that with the WWE Draft, things are bound to change.

And as excited as Bayley is to face her friend, Naomi, one thing that won’t change is her as THE WWE Women’s Champion. Bayley is just as confident at Naomi, so something’s gotta give! Will The Role Model #FeelTheGlow? Or will she still be shining with gold after tonight?

 

Paul Heyman talks with Solo Sikoa.

The Wise Man apologizes that they haven’t found Kevin Owens, but he has to be here somewhere. Just look at the time. They will find him, somewhere. Solo stops listening and heads to gorilla. Heyman follows after, but Solo gives him a look. Heyman says he isn’t trying to upset Solo. Please believe him. The last person on this planet Heyman wants to piss off is Solo. But respectfully, Solo is making decisions that are not his to make, yet. One day, these will all be Solo’s decisions. But not now, not here! These are decisions that can only be made by one man. Solo asks Heyman if he’s done talking. Heyman asks if MFT is coming with Solo.

Solo just gives a thumbs up, with that taped thumb. The music hits and Solo makes his entrance, Heyman still following all the way into the ring. What does the Enforcer have planned? We’ll find out, after the break.

SmackDown returns and Heyman has the mic to give his usual introduction. And he doesn’t know if there is a list of the most brilliant backstage maneuvering politicians int he history of the WWE, but if there were, Heyman would have to think that he personally is in the top… Well, permit Heyman, with Solo’s permission, to explain what’s going on right now within The Bloodline, “the premier act in the history of WWE.” The fans chant, “We Want Roman!” but Solo shrugs that off. Heyman assures us that as The Wise Man for… Heyman gets emotional, so Solo just snatches the mic! The fans boo but Solo paces.

Solo tries to talk but the fans boo. Solo says last week, he had to lose a brother! He had to! It was in order for him to find a new one! His MFT, Tama Tonga! And with that, a bloodied Kevin Owens is tossed out, by the Good Bad Guy! Tama shoves Kevin down the ramp, stalks behind him, and referees rush out to stop him from doing anything further! Kevin can’t even sit up, but Tama steps over him to go to the ring. The fans boo as Tama joins Solo in the ring while the refs help Kevin to his feet and to the back. Tama raises his finger to the sky, because he acknowledges Solo! Heyman has no choice but to go along, but wait! Kevin is heading back down the ramp!?

The fans fire up as Kevin shows his grit and defiance! He drags Tama out to fire off hands!! The fans cheer but then Solo whips Kevin into steel steps! Solo drags Kevin back up, puts him in the ring, but now security rushes in! Tama storms in after Kevin but Kevin TACKLES Tama! The security gets Kevin away from Tama, but Solo SAMOAN SPIKES Kevin down!! The fans boo but then Tama SPLASHES Kevin! Tama rains down fists on that bloody wound, then he DECKS guard after guard! Producers try but Tama is a madman! Tama shoves everyone away so he can slip out of the ring, to grab a chair!!

The fans boo as Tama storms back in, but now Aldis steps up! Aldis warns The Bloodline here, and Solo has Tama stand down. Solo takes the chair from Tama to show they’re done here. The fans chant “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” but the damage is done. Solo & Tama are a dangerous duo, will nothing and no one stop them from taking over SmackDown?

 

Heyman goes to the parking lot.

He’s in shock, but Aldis finds him and pulls him along. Was Heyman aware of this? Aldis shows Heyman the aftermath of one car T-boning another! And in case Heyman can’t guess, the struck car was Kevin’s. The attacking car was Tama’s! Heyman says this wasn’t authorized! No, Heyman, Aldis is speaking now. He gets this is a conflict within The Bloodline, but on his show, things are settle din the ring. Next week is the Draft, a lot of eyeballs on it, and a lot top brass are gonna be here. So Aldis will not tolerate this behavior. So make sure The Bloodline understands. Because, Heyman, if you don’t, the repercussions will be equally savage.

Aldis brings Heyman in close to tell him losing isn’t the only thing that has consequences. Will the Wise Man be able to rein in such an unruly force as Solo and Tama?

 

Carlito w/ Zelina Vega VS Santos Escobar w/ Elektra Lopez!

The LWO still doesn’t believe Legado’s claims that they had nothing to do with Dragon Lee going down before WrestleMania, so they’re going to get to the bottom of this one themselves! Will Caribbean Cool make the Emperor of Lucha confess his crimes? Or will Santos prove he was right all along?

The bell rings and the two talk trash. Then they start throwing hands! Carlito backs Santos down but Santos gets around to whisper something in Carlito’s ear. Carlito ELBOWS Santos away, runs up and hits a THESZ PRESS! Carlito then bumps Santos off buckles, fires hands, then has him in another corner. Carlito whips corner to corner, runs up, but Santos BOOTS him! Santos runs up, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Vega coaches Carlito to stay on Santos and he brings Santos up. Carlito ROCKS Santos, whips, but Santos KICKS him! Santos runs, but into a DROPKICK! Carlito kips up and the fans fire up!

Santos is on the outside, the ref won’t let Carlito go after him, but then Carlito WRECKS Santos with a dropkick! Carlito loads up to PLANCHA! Direct hit on Santos and Carlito hoists Vega up to celebrate! The fans cheer the LWO on as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Santos whips Carlito hard into buckles. Carlito falls over, Santos soaks up the heat, then Santos HEADBUTTS Carlito to a corner. Santos then CHOPS, gets space and runs in, to DOUBLE KNEE! Carlito slumps in the corner but Santos puts him up top! Santos GAMANGIRIS then climbs up! SUPER STEINER! Carlito flounders, Santos pushes him to a cover, TWO! Vega is relieved but Santos huffs and puffs. Santos rains down fists on Carlito, then clamps on a top wristlock. Carlito endures and Vega coaches him while the fans rally. Carlito rises, throws body shots, then LARIATS!

The fans rally as Carlito starts to rally with more clotheslines, and an ELBOW! Carlito kicks, runs, and KNEE LIFTS! Santos wobbles, Carlito LARIATS again! Cover, TWO! Santos is tougher than that but Carlito says he’s going up! Carlito climbs, but then Lopez gets on the apron! Vega storms right over to YANK her down! The fans fire up as Vega goes up, and RANAS, only for Lopez to block! Lopez SWINGS Vega into barriers! Carlito ROCKS Santos, steps in, but the ref is reprimanding Lopez so he misses Santos KICK ropes to jam Carlito low! Santos reels Carlito in to POST him, then brings him back for the fireman’s carry! PHANTOM DRIVER!! Cover, Santos wins!

Winner: Santos Escobar, by pinfall

La Madrina helps The Emperor steal this victory, them taking down the Caribbean Cool and La Muneca! Whether or not Legado beat down Dragon Lee, will nothing stop them from conquering SmackDown?

 

VIP Skybox interview with Damage CTRL!

Kayla is with Iyo Sky, Dakota Kai, Kairi Sane & Asuka as they sit way up in the back. What made the former WWE Women’s Champion and crew want a special view of this main event? Dakota takes offense for Iyo with the use of “former” there. Is Kayla trying to disrespect them? Iyo will take that title back when they’re good and ready. But for now, they’re here to watch two people they can’t stand tear each other apart! Does Dakota need to remind everyone here that DMG CTRL is still the most dominant force in the WWE!? The fans boo but Dakota says the Kabuki Warriors are STILL the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, and that will not change-

WAID! Jade Cargill is here! She makes her entrance from the other skybox, with Bianca Belair alongside her! The strongEST duo argues with DMG CTRL, their own title intentions clear. But for now, it’s time for the main event! Who shines with gold here in the Steel City? We find out, after the break!

 

Cody Rhodes speaks.

The American Nightmare is in the UK as part of Raw’s tour, but he still took time to say, “What is the task? Run up the score, leave no doubt, right? Formerly, the task was ‘win the big belt, in the big place.’ We’ve done that. Now, it’s a whole new frontier for us, undiscovered country.” There’s an old expression: the title can make the man, or the man makes the title. Which will it be for Cody? He’s in London tonight, the O2, 16 THOUSAND, then it’s on to Belfast, Ireland. Cody is keeping his promise to bring this title all around the world. Back home, AJ Styles has emerged the #1 contender to this championship.

So then, it will be two Georgia boys duking it out in Lyon, France. The first time ever, at that. Styles has an unprecedented reputation in pro-wrestling. The modern day Excellence of Execution, if you will. Styles rarely misses. But the same goes for Cody. So Backlash in France, Cody looks forward to it. The contract signing is next week, even as the WWE Draft is going on! Will things be explosive when American Nightmare and Phenomenal One meet face to face?

 

WWE Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Naomi!

SmackDown returns and Bayley makes her entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and either we shine or we glow!

The bell rings, the fans rally, and the two circle. The two tie up, go around, and Bayley headlocks. Naomi powers up but Bayley wrenches to wristlock. Naomi slips through, rolls Bayley up, ONE!! The fans rally as the two go again. Naomi waistlocks, Bayley headlocks to hit a takeover, and she makes it a cover, TWO! Naomi fights up to her feet, powers up but Bayley wrenches gain. Naomi waistlocks, O’Conner Rolls, ONE! Both women get up, Naomi ducks the boot but Bayley arm-drags her around! Bayley has the cording hold, the fans rally up, and Naomi fights to her feet. Naomi whips Bayley away, but Bayley runs her over!

The fans cheer and Bayley tells DMG CTRL she’s watching them, too. Things speed up, Naomi does the splits to duck under, then she comes back to kick from below! She drags Bayley into a cradle, ONE!! Bayley hurries to step over, LA MAGISTROL! ONE!! Naomi and Bayley get up, Naomi trips Bayley to jackknife, ONE!! Ghost pin, TWO! Both women hurry up, DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! The fans rally while both women are down, evenly matched in this chess game so far. Both women rise, and Naomi SHOTGUNS first! Then she runs up, uses the ropes to slingshot and BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Naomi is frustrated but keeps her focus.

Naomi drags Bayley up, Bayley shoves her away. Naomi dodges the lariat to hit REAR VIEW! Cover, TWO!! Bayley survives but Naomi lets her know it was that close, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Bayley whips Naomi to a corner, runs in, but into a BOOT! Bayley gets up, Naomi runs up, JAWBREAKER! Bayley ends up in a corner now, Naomi runs in, and she forearm SMASHES! Naomi then runs Bayley corner to corner for a BUCKLE BULLDOG! Naomi slips out to the apron while Bayley flounders, and Naomi climbs. The fans duel as Naomi CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Bayley is tougher than that but Naomi knows that. Naomi keeps her focus while DMG CTRL, Bianca & Jade all focus on them. Naomi ROCKS Bayley, tries the ropes again, but Bayley stops the bulldog to SMACK Naomi off buckles!

Bayley then reels Naomi in, SAIDO! High stack, TWO! Naomi is still in this and Bayley remembers Naomi’s tougher than that, too. Bayley drags Naomi into a drop zone, then goes up the corner! Bayley aims, to MACHO ELBOW onto knees! Bayley writhes, Naomi goes to the apron. Bayley stands, runs up, but into a ROUNDHOUSE! Naomi slingshots, for a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Bayley survives and Naomi is stunned! Naomi refocuses, goes to the corner, and goes up to SPLIT LEG MOONSAULT onto knees! Bayley returns the favor and both women are down. Bayley shakes out the leg, stands and runs, to KNEE Naomi down!

Bayley hurries to put Naomi back in a drop zone, and then hobbles her way to a corner. Bayley climbs, to MACHO ELBOW!! Direct hit this time and Bayley covers, TWO!! Naomi survives and Bayley is frustrated. Bayley hobbles on the bad leg, leans on ropes while she catches her breath, and the fans duel even more. Bayley stalks Naomi, hooks her up, but Naomi PELES free! Naomi hurries to a corner, Bayley runs up, but Naomi goes up to sunset flip! TWO!! But into the BUTTERFLY LOCK!! Bayley endures, reaches out with her legs, but then she tucks to a cover, TWO!! Naomi gets up, both women throw forearms!

They both wobble, storm up, and Bayley eggs Naomi on. Naomi wants this, right? So hit her! Naomi fires a forearm, Bayley hits back! Naomi winds up to forearm, Bayley comes back with another! The fans fire up as the forearms go harder and faster! Bayley gets the edge, but Naomi SWATS one, to SCORPION KICK, and then JUMP KNEE! Bayley tumbles out of the ring, Naomi PLANCHAS! Direct hit and a hard one, both women are down on the floor! The ring count starts, Naomi stirs at 3 of 10. Naomi brings Bayley up, but BAYLEY2BELLY onto the desk!! The count is 7! Naomi flounders on the desk, but then TIFFANY ATTACKS BAYLEY!!!

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

Tiffany makes herself the center of attention as always as she ruins this main event! She dribbles Naomi off the desk, then RAMS Bayley into steel steps! Then she drags Naomi off the desk to POST her! Tiff storms back over to Bayley, puts her in the ring, then adds Naomi in, too. Tiff says sorry not sorry, but it’s Tiffy Time! Tiffy goes to the corner, for the PRETTIEST MOONSAULT EVER! Tiff flexes over both champion and challenger, having upset Bianca & Jade but having entertained DMG CTRL. But will Wrestling Barbie pay for pissing off the Role Model?


My Thoughts:

A great SmackDown that also acted as a WWE Draft go-home. Great match from Styles and Knight to open the night but also follow-up their WrestleMania match. Naturally, Styles wins because then he and Knight are 1-1 in 1v1 matches, and also natural Face VS Heel right there. Good promo from Cody Rhodes, that title match is going to be awesome. Awesome new looks for the WWE Tag Team Championships, though maybe too much gold. Nothing really pops when it’s all the same color, so they should’ve had silver on the WWE logo and the words, “Tag Team Champions,” but it’s still a great redesign.

We also got an awesome Fatal 4 Way tag match, with Theory & Waller decent on commentary. And pieces are falling into place for what I was thinking: Profits win the right to face Theory & Waller, we’ll surely get Lashley wanting the US Championship, we’ll get a good faction feud there as we approach those title matches. Also good continuation of the LWO VS Legado feud with Carlito VS Santos, and distractions of course helped Santos win. There’s gotta come a point where Carlito reveals it was him, Dragon Lee, it was him all along! Now, that would make like the third turn since the start of this rivalry (Santos to Heel, Andrade to Face and Carlito to Heel) but hey, the drama is heightened each time, and maybe Dragon Lee will actually get a win in this feud.

Great stuff in Bayley VS Naomi, as well as all the promos. DMG CTRL watching from the skybox, same as Bianca & Jade, was good stuff. The tag title match is definitely coming for Backlash, that will be great stuff. But I should’ve figured Tiffany would “ruin” the main event so that there won’t really be a choice between Bayley and Naomi. The Draft is coming, hopefully they think to keep all three on the same brand, and probably here on SmackDown, so that those three can have it out. I don’t know the chances of a Triple Threat for Backlash but it still feels possible. Though  at the same time, I don’t think they’d take the title off Bayley after only a month, so she’d probably use Tiffany against Naomi to retain.

And what wild stuff with this new, more vicious Bloodline. Solo is in a suit because he certainly thinks he is Tribal Chief already, given Roman Reigns did give him the nod as “Tribal Heir” a few months ago. And while Tama is the MFT, which everyone is already wondering what that even means, it’s clear he’s also the right hand man and a loose cannon at that. Without the Draft, it’d be pretty wild for Jimmy to come back and help Kevin against this new Bloodline. With the Draft, we could get Jey back on the same brand as his family and then he and Jimmy stand against Solo and Tama. But either way, it’ll be a wild ride in this new chapter and I’m all for it.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Andrew’s TNA iMPACT! Results & Match Ratings: 4.18.2024

Motor City Machine Guns either go out on their backs, or head to Rebellion as champs! Lets see how they finish their current run in TNA!

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No burying the lead here! The Main Event is The System versus Motor City Machine Guns, and it’s the Go Home episode before Rebellion! So we’re guaranteed a damn good tag match, and we should get either new wrinkles, or ways to keep the storylines cooking going into the Pay-per-View.

With all the rumors and innuendo about the Guns being on their way out, I think we all assume that MCMG is losing, but my inner fanboy is still excited.

Ratings:

  • Little Guido w/New FBI vs Hammerstone: Hammerstone wins via Torture Rack – SQUASH
  • LSG vs Joe Hendry: Hendry wins via Standing Ovation – SQUASH
  • Mustafa Ali & GYV vs Cody Deaner, Jake Something & Rhyno: Ali wins via 450 Splash – ** 3/4
  • Rosemary w/Havok vs Jody Threat w/Dani Luna: Rosemary wins via Spear – ***
  • Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs The System (Eddie Edwards & Brian Myers) w/Alisha Edwards: System wins via Roster Cut + Knee Party – *** 1/4

 

Results:

So we kick off the match with Josh coming out to commentary again to watch Hammerstone’s match. They really need a new way to try and keep heat without reusing the same tired gimmick of “ring side seat” to a Squash match.

Little Guido w/New FBI vs Hammerstone

Guido tries to shoot the half, but Hammerstone shrugs him off, lifts him like a child and runs him into a corner, few short shots and then just tosses him across the ring. Hammer gets a little distracted talking smack to Josh and eats a foot, but then tosses Guido with the ole Sack of Shit move and keeps working over Guido.

Hammer shoves Clayton, and provokes him to push him back right in front of the referee. She ejects them, Guido tries to take advantage but when he goes for the pinfall Hammer kicks out immediately and presses Guido out of thing through the ropes. Continues to dog walk Guido, puts the head gear on the ECW Original and then Torture Racks him while staring directly at Josh, and of course picks up the submission victory.

LSG vs Joe Hendry

Hendry cuts a little promo, mentioning the Fat Uncle Phil joke…something about shopping at the TOP Dollar Store. Solid mic work.

LSG is a damn good local talent, he’s been seen in ROH and AEW in the past (perhaps others, but that’s what comes to mind immediately for me), but we all know this is an enhancement match. A few nice chain wrestling spots early, but Hendry uses his power to stop the smaller wrestler, Sack of Shit into Standing Ovation and the match is over quickly.

Mustafa Ali & GYV vs Cody Deaner, Jake Something & Rhyno

Well okay, having Deaner ask the crowd if they wanted a 3v2 or their third member…RHYNO…is pretty much a no brainer in Philly. But at least the gimmick isn’t quite as cringe as I expected.

Jake starts with Zack Gibson and throws him around. Jake goes for the tag and Deaner asks the crowd who Jake should tag, and the crowd picks Rhyno. Rhyno Whips Gibson into a corner, Drake actually softens the impact, allowing Gibson to fire back, tag out, but Rhyno levels both GYV members and then even knocks Ali off the apron. Rhyno tries to call to the crowd to tag in Deaner and that goes over like a fart in church. He tags him in anyway, and the crowd is kinda dead and doing whatever it wants after the obvious ECW chants when Rhyno tagged in.

GYV take a couple lumps but they of course start to work over Deaner and capture some momentum. Solid tandem work from GYV, they cut off Deaner from making a tag and goad Jake a little to cause the ref to block off the babyfaces so the heels can take a few shortcuts. Cody eventually makes the tag to Rhyno, hot tag, he tries to set up the Gore but the GYV manage to stop him in his tracks and hit an Enzuigiri to daze the Man Beast, he falls to his corner and Jake tags himself in. Jake literally runs them all over, tags in Cody and Launches him from the Top Rope into Zack Gibson. Ali makes the save and Jake tries to get his hands on Ali, but the GYV keep throwing themselves at him, literally. The triple team finally gets the best of Jake, they hit 3 Dives and then post Jake, so they gather around Cody like hyenas.

They forgot about Rhyno, he’s set up for a Gore, he Gores Drake, Gibson and Ali take out Rhyno, but then Cody starts to fight back. Ali stops Deaner’s offense with an Avalanche Sunset Bomb, then hits his 450 Splash. Jake barely misses being able to break up the pin.

Rosemary w/Havok vs Jody Threat w/Dani Luna

Jody tries to start quickly with Shoulder Tackles, Lariats and Scoop Slams, and it does seem somewhat effective. Rosemary is having trouble finding offense against the intensity, but she keeps kicking out. Shotgun Dropkick finally gives Rosemary an opening, she goes into full mount and rains down strikes. Rosemary shoves Jody into a corner and Bites her in the corner. Jody tries to fight out, they go across and Rosemary catches her with the legs and puts her in the Upside Down. Splash in the corner from Rosemary, Exploder Suplex and Jody is eating a lot of offense.

Rosemary looks like she’s caught after she gets tripped up into the ropes and Jody goes for her Rope Knee into the German, but Rosemary dodges. Rosemary hits her own suplex and pulls out a beautiful Last Chancery! I haven’t seen her do that in a long time. Jody manages to fight to the ropes, Rosemary is a little slow to capitalize and eats a Pump Kick. Rosemary goes flying into the ropes, Jody hits the Double Knees into the German this time for 2, and they trade a few haymakers after that. Jody folds Rosemary with a low Lariat, Zombie rise spot a few times, Jody goes for a pinfall and Rosemary kicks out.

Havok jumps up on the apron, Dani meets her and they decide to step down, but the distraction was enough. Jody turns around and eats a Spear. Rosemary wins!

Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs The System (Eddie Edwards & Brian Myers) w/Alisha Edwards

Eddie and Shelley start off, and its a very simple slow start. Mostly an early stalemate, the typical Japanese style the TNA seem to love to employ. Starters tag out, but then Shelley with the blind tag, Sabin Baseball Slides out, picks Eddie’s ankle and sends his face bouncing off the apron, while Shelley sneaks up being Myers and they hit a tandem move before we cut to commercial. Off of the commercial it looks like Eddie and Myers regained control. But a nice Jawbreaker from Shelley sends Eddie falling back into the MCMG corner. Dragon Screws to both legs from Sabin and Shelley, and we get the Dragon Screw dissection spot for the Guns.

Myers gets sick of things, tries to get involved, but Simultaneous Figure Fours from the MCMG makes The System look silly. Alisha does the classic “push the rope forward” gimmick to assist Eddie in breaking the hold. She keeps chirping at Shelley until she finally grabs his foot. Shelley doesn’t take kindly, tries to grab her by the hair but she gets away, Shelley eats a strike and falls back to the ropes so Lish can just throttle him with the rope, Sabin walks over and acts like he’s going to PK her and the look of disgust on her face is hilarious, like “how dare he threaten to kick her”. Would I be mad is Masha decides to team with Lish and they win the Knockouts Tag titles? No, because the Knockouts Tags are trash. But I still prefer Lish as valet/manager.

Shelley starts fighting back after another commercial break, Eddie tries to cut him off, but Sabin clocks Eddie and Shelley manages to make the tag and Sabin comes in. Lights up both System members, Kick off Tornado DDT, into a Running Gamengiri. Eddie tries to counter but Shelley assists, tandem strikes, Double Baseball Slide into the classic MCMG spot 5 Hole Dive! Keeping up with the classics Shelley stacks the System members on each other and hit the Missile Dropkick/Flatliner spot. As the Guns are rolling, Sabin accidentally catches Sabin with his foot and The System take control! They hit their pieces of the System Overload spot, but Sabin kicks out. Roster Cut attempt from Myers, but Shelley is back. High Speed Dirt, Machine Gun Sandwich, but Lish grabs Shelley’s foot when they’re setting up Skull and Bones. Shelley gets dropped on the turnbuckle and thrown out, Sabin eats the Roster Cut followed up with Boston Knee Party and System retains!

Its a little weird to have had the two commercial cuts and the fact there’s still Nic Nemeth to follow. So it feels a little flat, I hope this wasn’t their swan song match, because it was nice to see some classic spots, but it was entirely too abbreviated. 

Nemeth comes out, goes into the crowd and finds a kid with a kendo stick and borrows a beer from someone, so he does a bit of a Sandman tribute. Moose cuts off his promo basically immediately. He throws out the “can’t beat the system” line again, and Nic rolls with the punches well. Moose uses a few cute analogies about Nic having a failure laden past, but Nemeth bites back and its really damn good. He says he can see it in Moose’s eyes that he thinks he’s getting in the ring with Dolph Ziggler, but no, there is no more old Dolph Ziggler, just the new Nic Nemeth. And Moose’s cool seems to be slightly shaken after those words. Good promo.

Overall Score: 6.5/10

So this was okay, if it didn’t end as strongly as it did, I would’ve rated this much lower. Two squash matches in the beginning, reusing the Josh comes out to the announce table to watch trope is boring, hell even Clayton’s shove to Hammerstone was super lame looking. The Deaner match was luke warm at best, but things picked up around the Rosemary match.

Lets also not overlook the segments with ASH & Xia, Jonathan Gresham’s whole deal and EY having to return to the violence/sickness/world class maniac, whatever you want to call it, were all great building blocks. This definitely wasn’t what I would call a strong Go Home, but it didn’t hurt things for Rebellion. The whole injury of Cardona was addressed, which honestly sounded weird since Jordynne basically said she was expecting them to have a backup plan so she has a backup plan. I don’t really like how that video package came across.

But who knows, all I know is, this wasn’t an awful episode, it just wasn’t really strong either.  Here’s to hoping Rebellion Saturday is still strong.


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