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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (5/4/21)

The Prince is back!

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NXT Coverage 2021

NXT has grudges, gold and grrrrizzled competition tonight!

Candice & Indi want the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, Swerve and Ruff are going to fight all over the place, and the Grizzled Young Veterans take on “Old Man Ciampa” and “Toothless Timmy.” But perhaps biggest of all, PRINCE BALOR IS BACK! What will the former NXT Champion have in store for his future?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Falls Count Anywhere: Isaiah “Swerve” Scott VS Leon Ruff; Swerve wins.
  • Cameron Grimes VS Asher Hale; Grimes wins.
  • Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher VS Grizzled Young Veterans; Ciampa & Thatcher win.
  • Sarray VS Zayda Ramier; Sarray wins.
  • LA Knight VS Jake Atlas; Knight wins.
  • NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships Street Fight: Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon VS Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell; LeRae & Hartwell win and become the new NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions.

PLAY BY PLAY

Falls Count Anywhere: Isaiah “Swerve” Scott VS Leon Ruff!

No more blindsides, no more games, no more boundaries! These two can go anywhere and do anything to finally finish this! Will Swerve’s House be in for a Ruff night? Or will Leon lose more than just a match?

Ruff wants after Swerve so bad but the ref keeps him back. Swerve takes his time with his jacket, and that only riles Ruff up more. The bell rings, Ruff rushes in but Swerve KNEES him down! Swerve shoves Ruff around, bumps him off buckles, fires off hands and CHOPS, but Ruff turns it around to fire off forearms of his own! Swerve shoves Ruff, Ruff comes back but Swerve dodges. Ruff fakes Swerve out, then goes up and around and under, but Swerve waistlocks, only for Ruff to slip out of the wheelbarrow! Ruff wants the crucifix but Swerve elbows him away and DECKS him with a right hand! Swerve smirks as he stalks Ruff and drags him up.

Swerve whips Ruff to a corner, but Ruff goes up and leaps! No cutter as Swerve catches Ruff and shoves him back to a corner. Swerve half nelsons but Ruff arm-drags Swerve out of the ring! Fans fire up as Ruff builds speed and DIVES, but into a fireman’s carry! APRON DEATH VALLEY! Swerve is the one gives Ruff a rough landing, and he just drags him right back up. Swerve RAMS Ruff into boards, then drags him up to whip and RAM him into other boards! Ruff is a rag doll as Swerve drags him up and scoops him for a SIDEWALK SLAM to the ramp! Cover, TWO! Ruff survives but Swerve digs his face into the steel! Ruff endures, Swerve lets off, and then puts Ruff in the ring.

Swerve stalks Ruff, stomps him down, but fans rally up for the underdog. Swerve mocks Ruff but Ruff hits back. Swerve KICKS Ruff in the ribs! Swerve gets Ruff up to the top rope, climbs up to SLAP him, then stands on the very top. Ruff fights back, Swerve gets Ruff up, for a SUPERPLEX! That was extra super, and Swerve covers deep, TWO!! Ruff survives and Swerve is actually amused! “You see that? He wants to keep playing with me!” Ruff falls out of the ring, Swerve is on the apron and soaks up the heat, and Swerve lines up a shot, but Ruff trips him up! Ruff has Swerve in a Tree of Woe in the ropes and fires off haymakers! Ruff lines up his shot, to SHOTGUN Swerve down!

Ruff gets space from Swerve, to then run back in and LEAP, but into a SWATTING haymaker! Ruff crashes down, fans fire up, and Swerve kicks Ruff around. Ruff pulls hair, Swerve shoves Ruff away! Swerve brings out a toolbox and CHUCKS it!! Ruff avoids getting decapitated and realizes how sinister Swerve is, as NXT goes picture in picture.

Swerve BOOTS Ruff down, brings the toolbox to the ring and opens it up. Swerve brings out a wrench, tosses it aside, then throws a hammer down on Ruff’s leg! Swerve drags Ruff up, RAMS him into the apron, and then positions the steel steps nearby. Swerve scoops Ruff but Ruff slips out and scrambles to the ramp! Swerve asks where Ruff is going as he stalks him to the far side of the stage. Ruff scurries into the shadows, Swerve says he’s ready to play hide ‘n’ seek, and goes looking. Ruff is on top of a locker, Swerve drags him off to BOMB him into the locker! Cocky cover, TWO!! Swerve stalks Ruff, moves some spare equipment around, and aims with a road case!

Swerve RAMS Ruff with it, like Ruff did to him a few weeks ago! Swerve laughs as he slaps Ruff around on the floor. Swerve drags Ruff up but Ruff still fights back! Ruff goes to bump Swerve off lockers but Swerve RAMS Ruff into the wall, then TOSSES him into the locker! Swerve stalks Ruff back to the stage, Ruff throws a chair but Swerve catches it to toss it aside. Swerve sits Ruff up in a mocking camel clutch, then soaks up the heat. NXT returns to single picture as Swerve gets Ruff’s leg. Ruff uses the stage light to blind Swerve! Ruff BOOTS Swerve into girders! And then FLIES off the stage to topple him over! Cover, TWO!!

Swerve staggers about, blinking to get his vision back. Swerve goes into the ring, Ruff hurries over, and Ruff slingshots, but Swerve shoves him down! Swerve ROCKS Ruff, climbs up the corner and drags Ruff to the top! DEAD LIFT, but Ruff fights the suplex off! Ruff shifts around, SUPER CRUCIFIX DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!! Swerve survives and fans are fired up! Swerve rolls to the apron, Ruff gets up and throws hands! Ruff drags Swerve up now but Swerve throws heavy body shots. Ruff hits back, goes to run but Swerve grabs his hand. Ruff slides under, goes for a bomb, but Swerve punches, only to get apron! Ruff uses the steps to go back up, for a SUPER POISON-RANA!!

Fans lose their minds and cheer on “NXT! NXT!” for this incredible opener! Ruff crawls over to Swerve, but Swerve rolls away to avoid a cover. Ruff continues to crawl and chase Swerve but Swerve staggers to the barriers. Swerve grins because Ruff will never be on his level. “Keep trying, you can’t! You’re nothing!” Ruff glares at Swerve, runs in, Swerve pops him up but Ruff balances on the barrier’s edge! Ruff headscissors, but Swerve turns that into the CONFIDENCE BOOST! Cover, TWO!?! Ruff survives and Swerve is furious! Swerve fish hooks Ruff’s face to drag him back to the steel steps! Fans are fired up for Ruff but Swerve is seething as he runs in. Ruff moves, Swerve gets steps!

Ruff hurries to get the toolbox, and uses it to SMASH Swerve’s leg! Ruff SMACKS Swerve’s legs more then puts him in the ring. Ruff goes up top, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Swerve survives but Ruff is after the leg with a HEEL HOOK!! Swerve flails, reaches, rolls around, but Ruff TWISTS the leg! Swerve CHOPS and Ruff lets go! But Ruff gets up and up and RUFF CUT!! Swerve bails out, Ruff pursues, SUPER RUFF CUT!! A LARIAT sends Swerve over the barriers! Ruff hops up and over, but has an idea! Ruff climbs up a ladder to the camera’s perch, for the ULTIMATE- Wait who is that?! “Boy, you must be out yo mind!” This guy gives Ruff a BARRIER USHIGOROSHI!

Wait, this is one of Swerve’s entourage from his recording studio! AJ Francis just helped Swerve screw Ruff! Swerve puts Ruff in the ring, drags him into position, J M L!! Cover, Swerve wins!!

Winner: Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, by pinfall

Not just AJ Francis, but now Ashante “Thee” Adonis and Briana Brandy are here to celebrate! Is this a new force to be reckoned with in NXT?

 

Finn Balor has arrived!

The Prince feels refreshed with his time away, but what will he do next now that he’s back?

 

Johnny Gargano and Austin Theory walk and talk backstage.

Johnny says William Regal has been ducking him all week and doesn’t want to meet with him. But in that case, they’ll just go to his office! And the door’s already open! But that’s because Scarlett Bordeaux is meeting with Regal. Johnny and Theory interrupt because the number one champion has some very important business to discuss. Then later! Okay, fine, when Regal has time! Austin, let’s go. “Those are huge! Are they real? I mean, yeah, they gotta be real.” Scarlett’s nails are amazing! Austin, stop! Don’t touch her! You can’t just touch people! Johnny drags Theory away and Scarlett contains her fury. Will Karrion Kross have something to say about Theory staring at her… nails?

 

Cameron Grimes VS Asher Hale!

The Carolina Caveman and King of GameStonks is ready to make even more money in the ring! But will Grimes be able to rebound from his recent downturn against Kyle O’Reilly?

The bell rings, Grimes and Hale circle, Grimes gets around to a waistlock and SLAMS Hale down! Hale gets up as Grimes flexes, and the two circle. Grimes gets a leg but Hale gets a headlock! Grimes powers up but Hale holds tight. Grimes powers up to get free, and then reels Hale into a headlock of his own. Hale powers out but Grimes runs him over! Things speed up, Hale drops and hurdles and ducks under to dropkick a leg out! Grimes gets up and Hale KICKS his leg! And KICKS! Hale wrenches, whips, but Grimes reverses to CLOBBER Hale! Grimes storms after Hale, throws EuroUppers and KICKS, then stomps Hale down in a corner!

Grimes lets off as the ref counts, but he comes back to KICK Hale! Hale KICKS, Grimes DECKS him with a EuroUpper! Grimes whips Hale, Hale kicks back and ENZIGURIS! Grimes staggers, Hale runs in but blocks the boots. Hale tries Grimes’ up in a Figure Four DRAGON SCREW! Hale gets a facelock but the tornado is tossed away! Grimes grits his teeth but runs into a boot! Hale goes up and leaps, for a missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Hale is upset but he gets Grimes’ leg again. Grimes kicks him away, ducks the Penalty Kick to get a waistlock but Hale switches. Hale shoves Grimes to a corner and runs, but into a kitchen sink knee!

Grimes waits for Hale to stand, to scoop and SWINGING SIDE SLAM! Grimes snarls as Hale stands back up, “TO THE MOON!” CAVE IN!! Cover, Grimes wins!

Winner: Cameron Grimes, by pinfall

Grimes folds Hale and heads for the pay window! But will Grimes start investing some time in going after gold?

 

Backstage interview with Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter.

Last time we saw KC Squared, they were dealing with Tian Sha, and we’ve all seen that scary movie before: “When the ghost tells you to get out of the house, you get the hell out of the house.” Kayden doesn’t care if Xia Li is turned into a dragon and exile her, or banish Boa, poof! Kayden doesn’t want to see those stupid faces, hear that stupid name, not their concern. But Kacy says what is their concern is the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships. They’ll be watching the Street Fight very closely. Doesn’t matter if it’s Ember & Shotzi, Candice & Indi, either way, KC Squared want next.

Franky Monet walks over and says these two are so cute! And just between them, they’re her favorites. They’re adorable with their fighting spirits and wanting the tag titles. But just so they know, it’ll take them a lot longer to get the titles than they think. But Franky and Preston the Pomeranian believe in them. Kayden wants to tear into Franky but Kacy has her stand down. Will KC Squared make Monet put her money where her mouth is?

 

Ever-Rise cheers Grimes on backstage.

Matt Marthel & Chase Parker are fired up for Grimes’ huge win! Grimes says he likes their Saturday social media show and all, but he really only has room for three in his car: “Me, myself, and CAMERON GRIMES!” Excuse him while he goes to~ the~… VIP room! Wait, how is that three? “For a money guy, he’s not very good at math.”

 

Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher VS Grizzled Young Veterans!

The Psycho Killer and Professor of Pain are certainly grizzled veterans of the ring, and they want to show Zack Gibson & James Drake that there’s more to being a locker room leader than saying you are one.

NXT returns and GYV are already in the ring, and with mics in hand. James Drake tells Ciampa & Thatcher, “Who on Earth told you that it was a good idea to encourage these swamp creatures to take their shoes off?” GYV are a gift to NXT! Gibson says that the fans need to trust him when he says, “Nobody needs to see your dirty web toes! So stick your crocs back on, sit down and zip it!” Or else, these two will be on the next plane OUT of this dump of a country! You should celebrate the Grizzled Young Veterans, SSSOON– “NO ONE WILL SURVIVE!” Ciampa & Thatcher make their entrance, and it is time to see which duo of veterans is the most grizzled!

The teams sort out, Ciampa starts with Drake and fans are on Ciampa’s side. They tie up, go around, and Drake puts Ciampa in a corner. The ref counts, Drake lets off and Ciampa headlocks back! Drake powers out, Ciampa runs him over! Cover, ONE! Ciampa clamps onto Drake’s head, grinds him down with a chinlock, then shifts to a headscissor. Drake endures, Ciampa CLUBS him in the chest, but Drake slips out. Ciampa wrenches and CHOPS Drake, covers again, ONE! Ciampa drag Drake up and over, tags in Thatcher, and they mug Drake. Thatcher wrenches and grinds Drake’s arm, chinbars, but Drake endures. Thatcher hooks a leg but Drake shakes free to roll and get away!

Gibson tags in, Liverpool’s Number One circles with Thatcher and they tie up. They’re in a deadlock, Gibson gets a waistlock but Thatcher wrenches the arm! Thatcher wants the double wristlock but Gibson powers out, only for Thatcher to run him over! Cover, ONE! Thatcher facelocks, hooks an arm and drags Gibson down, but Gibson works to keep his shoulders up. Thatcher puts the pressure on Gibson’s arm, stands up to twist the wrist, but Gibson endures. Thatcher KNEES Gibson in the back, then KNEES him again! Gibson trips Thatcher and has a toehold, then throws forearms. Gibson twists the ankle, Thatcher endures and fights up to get a sleeper! Gibson fades!

Drake runs in to BOOT Thatcher, but Thatcher holds on! Ciampa BOOTS Drake and puts him in a chinlock! Both men CLUB away on the GYV! The ref counts, Ciampa & Thatcher let up but the fans are fired up as NXT goes to break!

NXT returns and Thatcher throws EuroUppers on Drake in a corner. Thatcher whips Drake corner to corner, but Drake goes up and out and tags Gibson. The ref says that’s not how tags work! Gibson argues with the ref, Thatcher drags Drake in! Drake pulls an ear then whips Thatcher into ropes! The ref checks on Thatcher, reprimands GYV, but Drake get Thatcher up to fire off forearms! Tag to Gibson, GYV coordinate for a missile dropkick COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Gibson tries another cover, ONE! Another try, ONE! Gibson keeps Thatcher down with a facelock and hammering elbows! Fans rally as Gibson clamps on a chinlock and grinds Thatcher.

Gibson shifts to a cravat, but fans rally for “Toothless Timmy!” Thatcher fights up but Gibson gives short headbutts. Gibson brings Thatcher over but Thatcher throws him away! The two get up and collide head to head! Gibson grabs a leg to keep Thatcher down, and tags in Drake! Drake drags Thatcher but Thatcher boots him away! Hot tag to Ciampa! Ciampa rallies on Drake, then on Gibson, then clotheslines Drake in a corner! Then a clothesline for Gibson in the corner! Ciampa runs, dodges and DOUBLE LARIATS! Fans are fired up as Ciampa gets fired up and whips Drake to the corner! Ciampa CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS!

Thatcher tags in, and he fires forearm after forearm on Drake! Ciampa tags back in and the two pinball Drake with EuroUppers, knees and a DOUBLE CHOP! PSYCHO KNEE! Cover, TWO! Drake survives but he might regret that soon! Ciampa stands on Drake’s hand, wrenches and BITES the other, then tags in Thatcher. Thatcher DECKS Drake, gets a leg, but Drake kicks until he kicks Thatcher away! Drake crawls but Thatcher reels him into a waistlock! Drake elbows free, hot tag to Gibson! But Thatcher clinches Gibson for a Belly2Belly! Cover, Drake breaks it! Ciampa and Drake fire off forearms back and forth, Gibson and Thatcher give EuroUppers!

Ciampa ROCKS Drake, elbows him then clotheslines Drake and himself out of the ring! The EuroUppers still fly from Gibson and Thatcher, Gibson CHOPS and EuroUppers over an dover! Thatcher grabs Gibson by the beard to SLAP him down! Thatcher underhooks Gibson for a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! But Thatcher wants the double wristlock! Gibson desperately resists, Ciampa keeps Drake out but Drake BOOTS Ciampa into the desk! Thatcher ROCKS GYV with EuroUppers, but they clinch him for a throat chop! Drake DIVES and sends Ciampa over the announce desk! Gibson gets Thatcher up, HELTER SKELTER! Cover, TWO!!

Fans fire up and Gibson can’t believe Thatcher is still in this! “This is Awesome!” as Ciampa trips Drake! Thatcher rolls Gibson up, TWO! The EuroUppers fly, the ref is busy keeping Ciampa out! Thatcher has one of Wade Barrett’s shoes?! Thatcher CLOBBERS Gibson with it!! Thatcher gets the arm for the FUJIWARA!! Gibson taps, Ciampa & Thatcher win!!

Winners: Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher, by submission

Bad news for the Grizzled Young Veterans, because Barrett’s very fancy loafer led to their defeat! If you hate Gibson, shoes off! But will Ciampa & Thatcher make sure to add belts to the ensemble?

 

Johnny and Theory head back to Regal’s office.

Johnny has the camera follow them because we’ll all want to see this. Theory is gonna bust the door down! Do it, Theory! Theory winds up, and knocks. But Regal is outside his office and walks over. Gargano complains that the North American title match with Bronson Reed shouldn’t even happen. It is only because of Dexter Lumis that Theory lost. Therefore, no title match! Not fair, just, we good?” Regal thinks and no, Gargano will still defend the title against Reed. And by the way, Theory, “your new best friend Scarlett” got you a match with KARRION KROSS for next week! Uh oh. Is time about to run out on The Way? Gargano says he’ll think of something.

 

NXT Media catches up with Swerve and crew.

What did we just see out there against Ruff? Swerve says he told us he was going to beat Ruff tonight, and that’s what he did. With that, Swerve, Adonis, Briana and #TopDolla AJF head out. What will these four have in store for NXT next?

 

Karrion Kross & Scarlett Bordeaux head to the ring!

The NXT Champion and his harbinger of doom already have Austin Theory running scared for next week, but they’re here for something more important. Kross is handed the mic to say, “Three weeks ago, I came out here and I made things crystal clear. All you had to do was step right up and roll the dice. And instead, I was met with people saying they weren’t afraid of me. Well guess what? I ain’t afraid of you, either! Now that we’ve established that, this occasion begs the question: what are we waiting for?! Let’s give these people what they want! Let’s give them a fight!”

Kross says that’s how this works! He is champion, he doesn’t need to go back there and prove anyone wrong. They have to get in the ring and prove themselves right! But he won’t just wait for someone to stab him in the back. Next week, Austin Theory will be driven on his head! Kross will leave Theory face-down and unconscious, so that everyone else- But wait! Kyle O’Reilly is stepping up! #CoolKyle struts down to the ring, Scarlett holds onto the belt and Kyle tips his hat to her before getting a mic. “I get it, Kross. I get it. I get why everyone… Well, why you think everyone should be afraid: sheer dominance.”

Kyle is sensing hostility, though, so he’ll make this clear. Kyle puts his hat and sunglasses aside because he’s here to tell Kross to his face, that he isn’t afraid of Kross, and with all due respect, Kross IS the NXT Champion, so this is the match Kyle wants! “Something tells me this is the match you want, too. So let’s give the NXT Universe-” Pete Dunne interrupts! The Bruiserweight has a mic, of course, and he says, “Are you two having a laugh? I don’t care who wants to see this match, and I don’t care about the NEW Kyle O’Reilly. And trust me, mate, I don’t care that you stand there as NXT Champion.”

The truth is, Dunne is the baddest man in NXT today, and if either of these two “cover boys” tries to prove him wrong, he- Finn Balor interrupts! Balor tells them, “Pete Dunne? Been there, done that. Kyle O’Reilly? Been there, done that. Twice! Kross? Once you’re done with Theory,” and then Balor just punches Kross! Kross DECKS Balor in return, Dunne steps back but Kyle steps up. But then Dunne knocks Kross into Kyle! The Bruiserweight throws hands, but Kross throws the Bruiserweight! Balor is back up and back after Kross! Kross knees Balor but Kyle KICKS Kross! Kross BOOTS Kyle, knees him in a corner, but Balor SHOTGUNS Kross into Kyle!

Balor gets Kross with body shots, Kross powers Balor all the way to the other corner! Security rushes in but they all get CLOBBERED! Kross CLOBBERS Balor! Balor tries to get back in but Kross DECKS him again! Another security guard gets in Kross’ way, only to get a DOOMSDAY SAIDO! Kross grins as he stands tall with the title, but he clearly has contenders closing in on all sides. And that includes Theory and Gargano jumping him from behind! Kross throws Theory away, choke grips Gargano and shoves him down! Theory forearms Kross but runs into an EXPLODER! Gargano SUPERKICKS Kross, but Kross stays on his feet! Theory SUPERKICKS and Kross kneels!

The Way gives Kross DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Kross staggers, Gargano uses his own title to CLOBBER Kross! Scarlett is furious as Gargano says if you mess with Theory, you mess with Johnny Freakin’ Wrestling! Are things about to get way wilder in NXT than ever before?

 

NXT Media catches up with Gargano and Theory as they’re leaving!

Why did they attack Karrion Kross? Why are they getting out of here when Candice & Indi still have their Street Fight for the NXT Women’s Tag titles? Gargano says this is Candice’s & Indi’s night, they don’t need him and Theory. These two are going to prepare the celebration for them. Okay, night! Gargano and Theory drive off, but will there be anything to celebrate after tonight?

 

Sarray VS Zayda Ramier!

The Warrior of the Sun came in with a lot of fanfare, and rightfully so. But it was the other new superstar in the NXT Women’s Division that shocked the world by defeating Toni Storm in her debut! Will Sarray have to be careful her rise isn’t overshadowed tonight?

The bell rings, Zayda and Sarray shake hands to show there is respect, and then they tie up. Zayda headlocks, hits a takeover, but Sarray headscissors. Zayda kips free, sweeps the legs and covers, ONE! Sarray sweeps the legs to cover, ONE! Sarray kicks Zayda then headlocks. Zayda powers her way out to get a headlock, but Sarray throws body shots. Sarray shoves Zayda to ropes then dropkicks her right down! Fans fire up but Zayda is dazed. Sarray waits as Zayda gets to a corner. Zayda is alright, so Sarray rushes in, only for Zayda to put her in the corner for EuroUppers! Zayda brings Sarray out but Sarray kicks low and runs. Zayda hurdles, drops and trips Sarray to an STF!

Sarray endures as Zayda grinds the crossface! Sarray crawls, fans rally, and Sarray gets a ropebreak! Zayda lets off fast but walks into kicks from Sarray! Sarray rolls Zayda, TWO! Zayda runs into a lift and SPINEBUSTER! Sarray gets a leg now, ties it up with the other, and rallies fans as she puts on the MUTA LOCK! Zayda endures as Sarray bridges to bend her back, and now Zayda gets a ropebreak! Sarray lets off fast and fans rally up. Sarray runs and basement dropkicks Zayda against ropes! Zayda is rocked, Sarray gets her up, PERFECT PLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Sarray isn’t deterred, she just goes up top! BIG missile dropkick!

Sarray fires up and watches Zayda get up. Zayda forearms but Sarray gives it back! Zayda fires off more, whips Sarray to ropes, but Sarray dropkicks her down again! Sarray stomps Zayda to ropes, runs side to side again, but Zayda avoids the dropkick! Zayda gets a cover, TWO!! Sarray survives but Zayda gets her back up to RAM into a corner! Zayda runs corner to corner to EuroUpper! Then she runs again, SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO! Zayda is seething but fans are fired up! Zayda gets Sarray up. Sarray SOBATS then GERMAN SUPLEXES! Sarray isn’t done there, she gets Zayda back up for a URENAGE SUPLEX! Cover, Sarray wins!

Winner: Sarray, by pinfall

A valiant effort from Zayda but the Warrior of the Sun shines through! Will we be seeing more of these two in the new age of NXT?

 

Imperium speaks with Walter via video chat.

The Ring General tells his soldiers, in German, that he is disappointed in them. He didn’t think there’d be such incompetence without him around. Marcel Barthel, Fabian Aichner and Alexander Wolfe understand, but Wolfe is the one who leaves. Is there a crack forming in the foundation of this dominant faction?

 

The Diamond Mine is coming.

They dominate because pressure is pleasure, and pressure makes diamonds. Who will be crushed by that pressure when the Diamond Mine debuts?

 

Sarray checks on Zayda backstage.

Sarray and Zayda thank each other for the great match tonight, and there is still great respect between them. Toni Storm starts storming over, but Zoey Stark is there to intercept! The Lightning From Down Under won’t get after the Warrior of the Sun with Stark watching Sarray’s back. Stark then congratulates Sarray on her win and Zayda on her great showing. Will Stark make herself into the lightning rod that keeps Storm from striking anyone else?

 

LA Knight VS Jake Atlas!

For NXT being his game now, Knight hasn’t been winning as much as he’d like. But as he makes his entrance, “Lemme talk to ya! The Ruler’s back, and what that means is a bunch of incels out here are gonna be saying my name in a minute. But just because you say ‘L! A! Knight!’ doesn’t make you cool.'” Speaking of not cool, Knight’s going to redefine Jake Atlas’ name. He’ll punt Jake’s ass so far down the street, he’s gonna need an atlas to find it, YEAH! That’s not an insult, that’s just a fact of life! But will Knight be the one looking like a dummy?

The bell rings and Atlas dodges Knight to arm-drag him to an armlock! Atlas dares Knight to talk trash now, but Knight fights up and pulls hair. Knight whips, Atlas dodges again and gets another arm-drag! Atlas has another armlock, but Knight fight sup to pull hair again. Atlas wrenches the arm but Knight ROCKS Atlas with a forearm. Knight bumps Atlas off buckles, stomps him down, then drags Atlas up. Knight whips Atlas to ropes, Atlas hurdles and stops to BOOT Knight! And then dropkick! Knight bails out but Atlas fires up! Atlas builds speed to DIVE into an uppercut! Knight gets on the apron to BOOT Atlas back in the ring, and slingshot SHOULDER TACKLE in!

Knight throws body shots and more stomps on Atlas, then snapmares him. Knight drops a knee but misses as Atlas moves! Atlas ROCKS Knight with haymaker after haymaker but then dodges Knight’s to KNEE and ROLLING ELBOW! And GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Knight survives and Atlas is furious! Atlas storms over but Knight sends him into buckles! Knight stomps Atlas more, throws JABS, then hoists Atlas up top. Knight ROCKS Atlas again, talks some trash, and climbs up top. Atlas knocks Knight away, but Knight runs back! Knight leaps, Atlas gets under, and Knight hops down, into a mule kick! Atlas KICKS and swings, but Knight ducks the heel to STUNNER! Cover, Knight wins!

Winner: LA Knight, by pinfall

Knight’s take on the stunner, the BFT, was a BFD, big friggin’ deal! Will Knight finally start to be the next big thing he promised to be?

 

Candice & Indi talk backstage.

Candice tells Indi that it’s fine Johnny and Austin headed home already. This is THEIR night! Tag title Street Fight! They’ll get the titles! Indi checks her bag, but Candice spots a drawing left on a chair. That artwork’s by Dexter Lumis! It’s of him carrying Indi away a couple weeks ago! Candice hides it from Indi, and brings up how those flowers Dexter sent to Shotzi & Ember should’ve been Indi’s. Indi looks at Candice, which causes her to miss Dexter standing at the door with roses! Roses that are for Indi! Candice pretends she doesn’t hear anything, and asks if she’s thinking about “that boy” again. Candice spots Dexter, and hurries to close the blinds!

Indi says Candice is right, she has to focus. Tonight’s the night. Visualize and feel it. The Way says they’re going to get back at Shotzi & Ember, but will Candice run out of ways to fool Indi and thwart Dexter?

 

Toni Storm speaks.

“Zoey Stark, you’re really pissing me off. You’re what’s known as, ‘the flavor of the month.’ And may I say, you’re losing your taste pretty damn quick.” Stark doesn’t deserve to be in the same ring as Toni, in the same locker room, or even breathing the same damn oxygen as Toni! Toni is a global superstar, former and future women’s champion, and Stark… is a future NOBODY! But soon everyone is going to forget about Zoey Stark. Storm brought Stark into the business, and whenever she’s ready, “so help me God,” she’ll take Stark out of it! Is #ToniTime just a moment away from taking over?

 

El Legado del Fantasma is in the ring.

Santos Escobar starts by saying, “The measure of a man. You’ve heard me talk about blood, tradition, heritage, legacy. You’ve seen me become the NXT Cruiserweight Campeon! And the undisputed Emperor of Lucha Libre.” Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde voice their agreement, and Escobar continues by saying that last week, we all witnessed a moment. An ICONIC moment. A vision, or even a premonition. Escobar will recover what is rightfully his in the NXT Cruiserweight Championship. Then Wilde tells MSK that they haven’t forgotten. When MSK won at TakeOver, they didn’t beat Legado! But last week, Legado DID beat MSK! Real bad, too! They EMBARRASSED MSK!

Mendoza says that’s right! Wilde says we all know what needs to happen next. Mendoza says Legado is about sangre, tradicion, orgullo, sacrificio, legado and oro. That means they want MSK VS Legado for the NXT Tag Team Championships! Escobar says, “The measure of a man is not what he can do for himself, but what he does for his brothers.” But then Kushida interrupts on the titantron! Last week, Escobar crossed a line and that was mistake! Kushida warns him in Japanese and then in English that next week, they will face off for the Cruiserweight Championship! Escobar says he’s on!! The title will be back on the line, but can Escobar take it back to grow his legend?

 

Raquel Gonzalez and Mercedes Martinez sit down for an interview via video.

Beth Phoenix thanks them both for this time, and starts with the NXT Women’s Champion. Beth says Raquel dared the challengers to line up so she could knock them all down. How does she plan on doing that to Mercedes next week? “Simple: Pure power.” This title means Raquel is the baddest in the division, and she went through a long list just to get here. She respects Mercedes’ years of respect, but Mercedes says she should. But Raquel says to respect the champ, and don’t cut her off! Mercedes laughs and says everyone wants to talk about her experience, how long she’s been in the business, but she gets it. She’s hungry! And next week, she has something to prove!

Raquel intimidates everyone else but not Mercedes! Raquel says, “Not yet.” Mercedes dares Raquel to look her in the eyes. “You do NOT see any fear.” Raquel says what she sees is a woman who is about to get her ass kicked. Mercedes says what she really sees is a woman who never stays down! Mercedes says Raquel is champ because of someone like Mercedes. The roads Mercedes traveled were paved for Raquel! The roads Mercedes drove up and down were for Raquel! Raquel hasn’t been through the ugliness and grittiness Mercedes had to go through! To Mercedes, Raquel isn’t gritty, she’s a cookie cutter! Mercedes wasn’t! Raquel may not see it, but she was molded after a blueprint MERCEDES made!

Blueprint? Cookie cutter? Mercedes, you did set the bar. But she set it way down here. Raquel picked it up with one arm and placed it so high, no one else can ever reach it. In one year of experience, Raquel has surpassed every single one of Mercedes’ accomplishments throughout her entire career! Well in one night, Mercedes will end Raquel’s reign. No, Chiquita, you’re just the first challenger, and you won’t be the last! With the words out of the way, who will be the one to have the last say in their intense title match?

 

Shotzi & Ember talk backstage.

After The Way humiliated them last week, they have this coming! Indi hit Shotzi with a glass vase! And Candice smashed cupcakes in Ember’s face! Actually, Shotzi would’ve preferred that one. Wait, what is Preston doing in Shotzi’s tank? C’mere, cute little guy. Run along, little doggy. Preston heads off, Ember says he left something NOT cute in the tank. Aw c’mon…! How is it so big when Preston’s so small!? Well, they’ll wash that out later. Can Shotzi & Ember at least #TCB, Take Care o’ Business, against Candice & Indi?

 

Cameron Grimes hits the club!

He is feelin’ good tonight, and says sup to the bouncer. Grimes offers a fist bump but is left hanging. That’s fine, Grimes likes that he’s taking his job seriously. He’s Grimes and he’s going TO~ THE~ VIP Room. C’mon, man, he’s been here before, let him in. Sorry, sir, there’s no one on the list tonight. You sure? This is Cameron Grimes. Yes, but the entire venue has been rented out for the evening. The bouncer’s really tall so maybe he didn’t hear. Grimes jumps as he says his name again. Just a moment, Mr. Grimes. His limo has just arrived. Huh? Who? Grimes is right here, he didn’t order a limo! It’s Ted DeBiase!?!

“Learn a lesson, kid: Don’t just rent a booth, when you can buy the whole place!” And one more thing: Everybody’s got a price for the Million Dollar Man! DeBiase laughs his way into the club but Grimes says that’s not funny! DAMN YOU, DEBIASE!! Will Grimes continue to be thwarted by the original big money roller?

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week!

Kushida and Escobar aren’t just having a normal NXT Cruiserweight Championship match! It’ll be BEST 2 OUTTA 3 FALLS! Can Escobar regain the throne with the challenge made twice as hard? And after the strange hesitation from the Hatchet Man, Alexander Wolfe looks to cut ties with his past as he faces Killian Dain 1v1! Will the Belfast Beast be the one to break through to Wolfe instead?

 

NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships Street Fight: Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon VS Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell!

The wild child and the evolved Shenom may not have won the Women’s Dusty Cup, but they did get these titles off the original champions their first try! Will there be no way Shotzi & Ember let the Poison Pixie and Impressive Indi take the titles away on their third try?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and there’s no holding back in this main event!

Actually, skip all that, the hands start flying the second they’re all in the ring together! Indi and Shotzi brawl in the ring while Ember and Candice tumble out of it! Shotzi shoves Indi out so now everyone is outside! Shotzi fetches a TABLE! Indi CLUBS Shotzi down first, then RAMS her into the boards! Ember runs over but Indi CLUBS her down! Indi sets up the table herself, and Candice CLUBS Ember. Candice brings Ember away to throw into barriers, then fetches chairs from under the ring! And lots of them! Ember mule kicks Candice down! Shotzi CLUBS Indi, but Indi blocks the apron bump to elbow her away. Ember CLOBBERS Candice and brings out trash cans!

Ember tosses cans into the ring, throws one down on Candice’s leg, then stalks her around the way. Shotzi bumps Indi off the table, puts her on the apron, but Shotzi goes after Candice. Shotzi and Ember RAM Candice into barriers, then hurry after Indi. Indi fights back but that’s 2v1. Shotzi CHOPS Indi, Ember CHOPS Indi, and then they stalk her to a corner. Ember and Shotzi double whip, drop toehold to basement dropkick, then a elbow drop! Ember has a can, Shotzi sits Indi up, and the can is put around Indi. Shotzi and Ember run, DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICK SANDWICH! The can is crunched and Indi falls over! Cover, Candice breaks it!

Shotzi goes after Candice, Ember whips but Candice whips Ember out. Shotzi runs in but Candice dodges to kick a leg out! SUPERKICK! The champs regroup outside, Candice builds speed and slides, but into DOUBLE TRASH CAN LIDS! The champs just swatted the pixie and now go looking for more items. Ember kicks Candice down while Shotzi brings out another TABLE! Ember helps Shotzi get the table into the ring, but Indi attacks back! Indi throws Ember HARD into boards, then kicks Shotzi! Indi fireman’s carries to APRON SNAKE EYES Shotzi! Indi gets Ember to throw her onto barriers and BOOT her down!

Indi gets some chairs and sets them up at ringside. Indi has a chair square, Shotzi storms over but Indi kicks her. Indi drags Shotzi around but Ember grabs Indi for a FULL METAL BULLDOG! Ember bumps Indi off the apron, and Shotzi adds a chair for a pyramid! Shotzi wants to relive Evolve Wrestling’s 10th Anniversary show! They sit Indi on the top chair, go to the ring, and Ember holds ropes open. Shotzi builds speed, but Candice BLASTS the champs with a fire extinguisher! The Fire Pit might’ve just been put out as NXT goes picture in picture!

Candice helps Indi down and puts the chairs on their sides. Candice and Indi go looking under the ring again and bring out a LADDER! It’s a big one and hard to get out all the way. Candice goes looking for the other end, and Indi props the ladder against the barrier. The Way has a ladder bridge between ring and barriers. Ember and Shotzi hurry out but Candice DECKS Ember! Shotzi kicks Indi, Candice CLUBS Ember. Candice puts Ember in the ring, Shotzi and Indi brawl around the way. Indi RAMS Shotzi into more boards! Candice sets up the table in the ring, but just enough to lean it in a corner. Indi joins Candice in the ring and goes after Ember.

Ember hits back, Candice has a chair and JAMS Ember in the back! Candice steps on Ember, then again, then JAMS Shotzi off the apron! Candice wedges the chair into a corner, but Ember CLUBS her as NXT returns to single picture! Ember shoves Candice to dropkick her down! Candice flounders, Indi returns, but Ember dodges and Shotzi ENZIGURIS! The Way are on the ropes, Ember goes out and shouts, “EAT IT!” as Shotzi runs in, BALLPIT ENZIGURI COMBO! Fans fire up as Shotzi and Ember get Candice up to POST her! Candice flops out of the ring, Ember and Shotzi have Indi, feed to the DRAPING HEADSCISSORS! CHAIRSHOT!

Ember SMACKS Indi down for good measure as Candice slowly returns. Shotzi and Ember get Candice up, DOMINATOR CUTTER COMBO! Cover, but Indi breaks it in time! Shotzi gets Indi up, she and Ember mug Indi. Candice is on the apron, Ember SUPERKICKS her down! DOUBLE ROLLING ELBOW for Indi! The champs fire each other up, and they go for Candice as she is prone on the ladder bridge! Shotzi goes up, for the STAGE DIVE SENTON THROUGH THE LADDER!! Both women are wrecked on the outside, and Ember is in shock! Ember gets Indi up, Alabama lift, ALABAMA SLAM THROUGH THE TABLE!! Cover, TWO!?! Indi still lives and THAT is impressive!

Ember drags Indi up, throws her around, and Shotzi rises to get a new ladder! It’s a bit smaller, and Indi BOOTS it into the champs! Indi drags the ladder up and puts it against ropes. Candice is somehow up, Indi DECKS Shotzi onto the new ladder. Indi lifts ladder, Candice goes to ropes, DRAPING FULL METAL LIONSAULT!! Cover, Ember breaks it!! All four women are down but fans are thunderous! Indi and Candice regroup but Ember DECKS Candice and BOOTS Indi! Indi comes back to SPINEBUSTER Ember on the ladder!! Cover, Shotzi breaks it in time!! Shotzi gets Indi up and out but Indi trips Shotzi to drag her out. Indi throws Shotzi into boards again!

Indi starts clearing off the announce desk! Indi drags Shotzi up but Shotzi SMASHES Barrett’s mug off her! Barrett’s gonna need a new mug and a new shoe! Shotzi shoves Indi onto the table, climbs up the girder, and finds a spot to perch on. SUPER SPLASH THROUGH THE DESK!! “This is Awesome!” and far from over! Candice jackknifes Ember! TWO, and Candice runs into a SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Ember is furious, but it’s all on her! Ember gets to a corner, climbs up top, but Candice ROCKS her first! Candice gets up to join Ember, but Shotzi returns! Shotzi Electric Chair lifts but Candice slips off to shove Shotzi into Ember!

Ember falls to the floor, Candice goes out to CLUB Ember onto the table! Candice hurries back in the ring, Indi has somehow returned, but Shotzi SUPERKICKS Candice! Indi aims at Ember for a SUPER MACHO ELBOW THROUGH THE TABLE!! Indi shows reckless abandon tonight! Candice ROCKS Shotzi with brass knuckles!! Candice puts Shotzi on a chair, WICKED STEP SISTER!! Cover, THE WAY WINS!!

Winners: Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell, by pinfall (NEW NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions)

History was made in the most hardcore way, and finally, Candice has gold! She hugs Indi, because it was all thanks to her impressive heart and determination! Will the third-ever champions take these titles all the way to the top?


My Thoughts:

An awesome episode here, with great bookending with the opener and main event. Swerve VS Ruff was pretty good as a Falls Count Anywhere, for the limited space they could use in the Capitol Wrestling Center, aka Performance Center, but the best part was that Swerve is now a leader of a faction! I always felt Adonis and Swerve should be a duo, but adding the debuting #TopDolla AJ Francis and bringing back Briana Brandy from her various appearances here and there is a great move. The team’s name is not yet made official but it could be something Swerve has said over the last few weeks in this feud with Ruff.

Grimes gets another win in the ring, but another loss in kayfabe life, and I am really liking that we’re getting to see Ted DeBiase more than just once. This has to lead to a proxy fighting for DeBiase against Grimes, possibly for the Million Dollar Championship, or even a new vanity belt being introduced. I like that Gargano is being tied into things with Kross. Kross got impatient, acted like his contenders were scared but then they all show up at once. The promos were all okay, but the brawling was awesome! We must be getting a Fatal 4 Way #1 Contender’s match after Gargano defends his title against Reed. Win or lose, Gargano can be in the contender’s match just for the sake of star power.

Balor recently lost the title, so it’s either Kyle or Dunne getting the win. Cole claims to not be done with Kyle so maybe Dunne challenges Kross first to be a strong first defense. Kross can win to build this new reign, and then Kyle can circle back after apparently having to thwart Cole despite their Unsanctioned match being so badass. I also like the detail of Gargano & Theory running away so they couldn’t be attacked back by Kross. It also established that Candice & Indi would have to win the Street Fight on their own. Also, Grimes’ opponent tonight, Asher Hale, was definitely the same guy who took Kross’ saido.

GYV VS Thatcher & Ciampa was a great match, and I’m a little surprised Ciampa & Thatcher won. Granted, Ciampa was a great tag team guy once upon a time, so I suppose he and a new partner could outdo former tag champions. Still not sure where their story is going but Ciampa & Thatcher do make a badass team. Imperium had a short segment but it was to the point: Walter wants results! Wolfe VS Dain next week is going to be a lot of fun, just on story, and it will be a moment of truth in the overall Imperium expansion angle they’re working on. Legado del Fantasma has a good set of promos, and the matches we knew they’d want are being set up. Kushida VS Escobar, 2 outta 3, is going to be incredible!

Sarray VS Zayda was a great match, naturally Sarray won, and I like that while Storm wants after Sarray, Stark won’t let her just move on yet. Stark VS Storm Round 2 is going to be great, and then we can definitely get a great feud of Storm and Sarray. The video interview promo for Raquel and Mercedes was good, a bit better than most of these, but almost too real with them trying to talk over each other. That match is going to be awesome, but Raquel surely retains since this is her first defense. Though, we thought that was going to be the case with the tag titles and yet… But with Dakota ringside, surely something happens to help Raquel retain.

Is it just me, or is Franky Monet getting her hands into too many things? She shows up around the tag scene, around the top title scene, she needs to pick a lane. I don’t see her getting a tag partner so soon, but she also has to get in the ring before challenging for a title anyway. The Street Fight was insane, so many great spots and spot teases, and Indi really did impress. With the very funny promo backstage with Candice literally hiding Lumis from Indi, I thought he was going to show up, but I guess he chose not to upset Indi by interfering. The Way was in a must-win situation tonight so it’s great to see it happened, and maybe now that they have more belts, things really take off for them.

My Score: 9.3/10


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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Ilja Dragunov confronts Carmelo Hayes face to face!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Ilja Dragunov is here!

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

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

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

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

 

NXT Media catches up with Ava Raine.

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

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

 

Kelani Jordan VS Kiana James w/ Izzi Dame!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Kiana James, by pinfall

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

 

NXT shares footage from after last week’s show.

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

 

The Good Brothers VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Good Brothers, by pinfall

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

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

 

Ava Raine is on the phone.

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

 

Roxanne Perez VS Jakara Jackson w/ Lash Legend!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Roxanne Perez, by submission

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

 

Thea Hail talks with Jacy Jayne & Jazmyn Nyx.

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

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

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

 

The Wolf Dogs are backstage.

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

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

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

 

DIJAK VS Luca Crusifino!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Dijak, by pinfall

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

 

Backstage interview with Noam Dar & Oro Mensah.

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

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

 

Lyra Valkyria is here!

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

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

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

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

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

 

Brooks Jensen confronts Oba Femi!

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

 

Backstage interview with Carmelo Hayes.

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

 

Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone VS Lexis King!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Von Wagner, by pinfall

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

 

Tatum and Lyra regroup backstage.

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

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

 

Dijak argues with Ava.

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

 

Gigi Dolin VS Jaida Parker w/ OTM!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Jaida Parker, by pinfall

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

 

Waves are rolling in.

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Roadblock!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Dar: 0; Dempsey: 1

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

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

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

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

Dar: 0; Dempsey: 1

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

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

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

Dar: 0; Dempsey: 1

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

Dar: 1; Dempsey: 1

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

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

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

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

 

NXT Media catches up with Shawn Spears.

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

 

Ilja Dragunov is back in the ring!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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Andrew’s TNA Xplosion Results & Match Ratings: 2.22.2024

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

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

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

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

 

Ratings:

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

 

Results:

Mike Bailey vs Jai Vidal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overall Score: 5.5/10

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

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


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