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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (7/22/21)

Will NXT UK still be Pretty Deadly?



Coverage NXT UK 2021

Will Subculture make history and become two-time NXT UK Tag Team Champions?

After the back and forth, Pretty Deadly finally defends their NXT UK Tag Team Championships against Subculture! Will this be the last #SidePlateCheck?


  • Nina Samuels VS Laura Di Matteo; Samuels wins.
  • Joseph Conners w/ Jinny VS Tristan Archer; Conners wins.
  • NXT UK Tag Team Championships: Pretty Deadly VS Subculture; Pretty Deadly wins and retains the titles.


Sid Scala is in the ring!

“NXT UK Universe, tonight, we were scheduled to present to you, Walter VS Dragunov II. However, due to an altercation backstage last week, Walter has sustained an injury and is currently unable to defend the NXT UK Championship.” Sid and Johnny Saint have been discussing this issue with NXT management, and at this time, he sends things over to them.

William Regal, Triple H and Shawn Michaels speak via satellite video.

Regal thanks Sid, and says these three have “taken a keen interest in the happenings between Ilja Dragunov and Walter from last week.” HBK says that like all of us, they find this is a bit disappointing that the NXT UK Championship match isn’t happening tonight and is postponed. HHH adds that after many discussions with Johnny Saint, they have the best possible solution. Regal says the Walter VS Dragunov rivalry has been among the fiercest not only in NXT history but in pro-wrestling for the last decade. With that in mind, they felt that this match for the NXT UK Championship should be seen by the entire world.

Therefore, Walter will defend his UK Championship against Dragunov in the United States, on August 22, at TakeOver 36! What a HUGE announcement! With exactly one month to heal and prepare, will Walter be ready to defend against and defeat Ilja Dragunov a second time? Or will the Moscow Madman use TakeOver to take over NXT UK?


Symbiosis speaks.

Primate calls out Tyler Bate for using nunchucks! But his wounds of war heal. Bate’s won’t! Tyson T-Bate says that Tyler might be a Big Strong Boy, but we’ll see how he fares against two big strong MEN! Eddie Dennis tells Trent Seven, “Don’t think that we’ve forgotten about you! Every time we’ve shared a ring, you try to end my career! How are you gonna feel when we return the favor?” Dennis’ mind is a machine, and it is locked, loaded and aimed at the precipice of Moustache Mountain. The ammunition is ready to fire, but can they knock down Seven & Bate?


Nina Samuels VS Laura Di Matteo!

The Leading Lady loves the spotlight, but she wants her chance at the title. Will her performance here get her cast in Meiko Satomura’s next defense? Or will LDM steal the show and the opportunity?

The bell rings, Nina and LDM tie up, Nina gets an arm and wrenches to a wristlock. LDM rolls, slides under, trips Nina and ties up the legs to an inverted Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Then a float over to a facelock. Nina slips out to hammerlock LDM. LDM reaches up, fights up, wedges an elbow in to get free and she wrenches Nina back. LDM has the wristlock now, but Nina spins, only for LDM to spin with her! Nina cartwheels, switches the wristlock and wrangles LDM down. Nina drops knees on the arm, then digs them in. Nina rolls, hooks the arm, but LDM blocks La Magistrol to a cover of her own! TWO, and Nina is furious! She kicks low then throws LDM down!

Nina fires off kicks, grabs LDM by her hair and sits her up just to throw her down again! Nina digs a knee into LDM’s back, ties up LDM’s legs in a figure four knot, and pulls hair! The ref reprimands, Nina lets off and has the modified Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Nina pulls hair again, LDM endures, so Nina FLINGS her away! The ref reprimands about the hair pulling but Nina kicks LDM around. Nina bumps LDM off buckles, then runs to throw in a back elbow! Nina snapmares LDM down to then hit a NECK SNAPPER! Nina clamps on with a chinlock, knee in LDM’s back. LDM endures, grabs at Nina but Nina thrashes her around. Nina wants LDM to give up but LDM refuses.

Nina JAMS her knee in, but LDM fights up. BT Sports Studio rallies as LDM gets to her feet, and she throws body shots! Nina pulls on the chinlock but LDM throws more hands! Nina scoops to SLAM LDM down! Nina then sits LDM up but LDM turns things into a victory roll! TWO, and Nina runs into LDM’s dropkick! LDM whips Nina to a corner, Nina reverses and run sin but LDM slips to the ropes! LDM rolls Nina up, TWO! Nina gets up, kicks low, CLUBS LDM, then whips. LDM rolls, comes back, but into a fireman’s carry! LDM sunset flips, TWO! Nina escapes again but LDM CLUBS her down! And again! LDM gets Nina up but Nina hauls LDM into a corner!

Nina RAMS into LDM, and again! The ref counts, Nina lets off to stomp, but LDM CHOPS! Nina SLAPS LDM, hoists her up top, and fixes her hair, only for LDM to BOOT her! FLYING RANA! LARIAT! LDM rallies and dodges, to ENZIGURI! Nina flounders, LDM fires up! LDM runs in, springboards, but no DDT! Nina shoves LDM, scoops her to a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! And then another scoop for another tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! LDM staggers about, Nina gets her at the ropes and pulls her back for a motorcycle stretch! The ref counts, Nina stops to DROPKICK LDM in the back! Roll and Canadian rack, to a KNEE! Cover, Nina wins!

Winner: Nina Samuels, by pinfall

“I’m baaaack~!” The Leading Lady has a new move in her repertoire, will she use that to take the title from Satomura?


Teoman speaks.

“Months ago, when I came to NXT UK, I said nothing is more important than family. I will stop at nothing to protect and provide for my mother, and my brothers.” Rohan Raja sits with The Babo as he continues. “I was born hundreds of miles away from my brother, but through respect, we have a bond.” Raja says last week, Ashton & Oliver learned the strength of this bond. Teoman welcomed Raja into the family because he saw something powerful within him. All of NXT UK will see that. It is easy for everyone to choose: Respect, or fear. Just remember, the family is always growing. Does this mean there are more siblings waiting to join Teoman and Raja?


NXT Media catches up with Xia Brookside.

She introduces herself, but is immediately interrupted by Blair Davenport. Xia, good to see you again! Now, Xia’s been here what? Three years? Blair’s been here like five minutes and everyone’s talking about her now. The only reason they know who Xia is, is because of daddy’s last name. Wow… Xia walks off but Blair says for her to come back and talk to her when she’s got her own last name. Blair laughs now, but will Xia wipe the smirk off her face?


NXT UK presents an all new Supernova Sessions!

“Hello, hello, hello! Hear me now. Live from the moon, welcome to another edition of Supernova Sessions.” Noam Dar apologizes for the “short break” they were on. He’s been on a Hot Boi Summer, simply living his best life. But he’s back now and has tunnel vision on 100, because money never sleeps, and he’s here to get all that bank~! Check, please. But making their SNS debut, an absolute 10 outta 10, Jinny and Joseph Conners! Dar almost forgot about him. But Jinny does not like the folding chairs. Is Dar kidding her? Oh right a queen doesn’t sit in something like that. Where are his manners?

Dar moves aside his framed copy of his own merch shirt, as well as the bright yellow throw pillow on his blue couch, and gives her the pillow. Now she can sit on the folding chair all nice and comfy. He doesn’t do this just for anyone. Jinny dusts the pillow off, sets it down on the chair, and she takes her seat. Dar is glad to finally have another 10 outta 10 on his show, like himself. A pioneer of the NXT UK Women’s Division. But what Dar really wants to know is: what’s her phone number? Jinny scoffs and Dar says he’s just kidding. But she is a bit of a fashionista, right? Conners asks where this is going. Dar sees himself as a trendsetter. He can “put it together.”

In fact, she’ll appreciate this. Feel the shirt. Just a little feel. Boop. Y’know what that is? Boyfriend material. Swish! Jinny says, “Sweetheart, I think it felt cheap.” Oof… Well now that she mentions it, one thing that Jinny ‘n’ Joseph are no longer is cheap. As a matter of fact, it has to do with this relationship here. What Dar, and the fans, want to know: Is this business? Or personal? Jinny can’t believe how pathetic Dar is being. First off, don’t start with how she’s been cheap. She lived a life of luxury since birth. Second, this line of questioning, Jinny passes off on Joseph.

Conners tells Andy Shepherd and whoever else NXT UK has, it’s obvious. Footage plays of Conners and Jinny living the high life. Ever since Conners started associating with The Queen of NXT UK, he has surrounded himself with true class and culture. Why wouldn’t he associate with Jinny? Jinny is so sick of people questioning this “relationship.” Smart people associate themselves with other smart people. Hmm, write that down, that’s good. But so this is professional, got it. Jinny’s single. Maybe some cocktails tonight? That’s a wrap, then. Play that funky m-

Actually, sweetheart, Jinny’s not done. She pushes Dar aside to call out Aoife Valkyrie. The only reason Jinny is on SNS is because she heard exactly what Aoife has been saying. But Aoife’s always watching from a safe distance because she IS a scared, fragile little girl. What Aoife says from afar would never be said to Jinny’s face. Aoife will never step toe-to-toe in the ring with The Queen of NXT UK. Why? Because Aoife knows Jinny will be the one who breaks Aoife. Conners applauds, and he stands as Jinny is ready to go. And FYI, Jinny doesn’t drink cocktails. Only champagne. Right, noted. Dar still wants her to call him.

And actually, the only “lady” he needs in his life is his own SPRNVA shirt, available now. Swipe up, use the discount code, ELEVEN, at checkout to save an extra 20%. Thank you, buh-bye! Play that funky music! Also, does anyone have Jinny’s number? Meanwhile, Conners has a match, will he prove just how beneficial Jinny’s help has been in his career?


Rampage Brown speaks.

“This is it. Rampage Brown VS Joey Coffey, round 3.” The training has intensified considerably, “This match is gonna separate the men from the boys. I’ll win by any means necessary to make sure I’m the one that comes out on top.” Will this third time be the last time between Rampage and the Iron King?


Joseph Conners w/ Jinny VS Tristan Archer!

The Spoiled Princess’ Righteous Knight is still proving he is worthy of golden opportunities. Will Jinny’s knight take down the debuting French Archer, then take aim at the next level?

The bell rings and Conners circles with Archer. They tie up, Conners waistlocks, spins him and wristlocks to wrangle Archer down. Conners gives toying kicks, but Archer gets up, spins through, only for Conners to wrangle him again. Conners gives more toying kicks but Archer is up again to spin and trip him up! They end up in ropes and Archer lets off, but he eggs Conners on. Conners gets up, circles and ties up, but Archer waistlocks! Archer headlocks, Conners powers up but can’t power out. Archer snapmares then runs Conners over! Things speed up, Archer catches Conners out of the air! But Conners slips out to a waistlock, only for Archer to elbow free.

Archer goes to run but Conners reels him in and passes him up. Archer follows, Conners stops but Archer LARIATS Conners down! Archer lets his hair down to stomp Conners and fire off hands in the corner! Jinny is upset, but Conners goes up and over. Conners runs, slides under, then gets a BACKBREAKER! Conners makes Archer look at Jinny, then runs for a SNAP CHANCERY! Archer staggers up, Conners CLUBS him on the back. Conners stomps Archer, throws hands, CLUBS him more, then throws back elbows and a clothesline! Conners reels Archer in for a LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Conners is frustrated but Jinny coaches him.

Conners CLUBS Archer on the back, snapmares him near ropes, then springboard knee drops! And then again! Cover, TWO! Archer gets up, Conners is after Archer but Archer hits back, Conners CLUBS Archer, ROCKS him, but Archer hits a JAWBREAKER! Archer back elbows Conners, but Conners body shots and BOOTS Archer down! Jackknife cover, Archer keeps his shoulder up, so Conners shifts to a ghost pin, TWO! Conners snarls as he gets Archer up. Jinny wants him to finish this, but Conners snapmares and JAMS his knee in. Conners throws down elbows, throws in another knee, and clamps on a chinlock.

BT Sports Studio rallies, Archer endures and fights up, but Conners CLUBS him! Archer throws haymakers, Conners throws body shots, it is a brawl! Archer headbutts, kicks, and throws more hands. Conners and Archer clinch, go around, Archer throws harder shots! Archer gets Conners up, reels him in, but Conners wrenches out to shove! Archer dodges to send Conners into a corner! ENZIGURI! Archer climbs but Conners rushes over. Archer avoids the trip up to bump Conners off buckles and KICK him back! Archer steps in, CODE BREAKER!! Covers, TWO!! Jinny is relieved but Archer is shocked!

Archer gets Conners up, Conners breaks free, Archer goes for a roll up but Conners sits on it! TWO, Archer sunsets, Cinners rolls through but comes back into a cradle! TWO, and Archer kicks low! Scoop, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Conners narrowly escapes and Jinny is upset! She wants Conners to show us why he’s worthy! Archer runs in, Conners BOOTS him, but Archer comes back with a DISCUS! Archer fireman’s carries for a GO- NO! Conners blocks the knee, runs, drags Archer down, rolls him, BASEMENT DDT!! Conners gets Archer up, crosses the arms, STRAITJACKET NECKBREAKER!! Cover, Conners wins!

Winner: Joseph Conners, by pinfall

Conners calls that one The Hierarchy, as proof that he is above his opponent. Will the Righteous Knight be seen as worthy of a golden opportunity in the near future? And as for Jinny, she spots Aoife Valkyrie watching right from the stage! The Queen of NXT UK watches her as she and Conners exit the ring. Aoife and Jinny get face to face, and Aoife plucks a feather from her shoulder pad. She presents it to Jinny, and Jinny takes it. The challenge has been extended and accepted, will the Valkyrie rise above the Spoiled Princess to show who is really the fragile little girl?


Jordan Devlin exits Sid Scala’s office.

The Irish Ace tells the Assistant GM that if he gets tricked, it’s on Sid’s head. NXT UK Media asks him about the Ironman Match being made between him and A-Kid. Yeah, it has been made. But we don’t need Devlin to list off AK’s accolades. Certified talent, inaugural Heritage Cup holder, but today A-Kid got another accolade: Dumbest man on the planet. To request an Ironman Match with a damaged ACL, and against Jordan Devlin, there is no way AK can be 100%. AK can lie to Sid, lie to the doctors, and lie to the fans, but Devlin doesn’t care because he knows that leg tore in his hands and AK was crying at Devlin’s feet.

Last time, Devlin tried to end AK’s career. Next time, he’ll finish the job. Is this going to be one high stakes game A-Kid wished he’d folded on?


NXT UK Media catches up with Dave Mastiff.

Mastiff is using a muscle massager and they ask if he’s alright. Yeah, he’s fine. Just looking after his muscles. But then someone else walks it. Jack Starz apologizes for interrupting, but he just wanted to say how much he appreciated Mastiff’s help the last few weeks. Without Mastiff saying what he’s said, Starz probably wouldn’t have accepted Tyler Bate’s offer. So Starz can’t thank Mastiff enough. Mastiff humbly thanks Starz for saying that, but one more thing: there’s more to come. Is the Bomber suggesting a team-up with Starz?


NXT UK Media interviews Moustache Mountain.

What is their response on Symbiosis calling them out? Seven says this is the issue: it is always words. Dennis just can’t let it go. It was done, 1-2-3, thank you very much, end of the feud. But then Dennis and his “monkeys” jumped Seven, Bate has to put this Heritage Cup stuff on the backburner so that they can have some business to handle. They’re back, good in for it. If there’s a target aimed at top of Moustache Mountain? Sat atop that mountain is a log cabin guarded by two of the biggest and strongest boys ever. They’ll see Symbiosis in the ring to settle this once and for all!


NXT UK Tag Team Championships: Pretty Deadly VS Subculture!

Lewis Howley lost 1v1 to Mark Andrews and that gave the first-ever Welsh champions in WWE history to get this opportunity! But now with Sam Stoker & Lewis Howley together, will they make sure Andrews & Webster do NOT make history again?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and #YESBOY, this is happening!

The teams sort out, Stoker starts against FMW. They circle, tie up, and Stoker puts FMW in the Pretty Deadly corner. FMW slips away and eggs Stoker on, and they tie up again. Stoker puts FMW on ropes, lets off, but FMW gets around to CHOP! They tie up again, Stoker waistlocks and SLAMS FMW, but FMW fights up. FMW jumps to arm-drag Stoker, then CHOPS! Stoker shoves, FMW comes back for the inside-out arm-drag! FMW steadies but Stoker rolls FMW before the moonsault. FMW rolls through but runs into an atomic drop! Stoker ROCKS FMW with a right hand, then brings him around for another atomic drop!

FMW staggers, Stoker stands him up, but FMW knees the lift away. Stoker shoves to CLUB FMW in the back, reels FMW in, but FMW turns atomic drop into a crossbody! Cover, TWO! FMW hits a NECK SNAPPER! Tag to Andrews, FMW goes to suplex but Stoker suplexes first! Andrews bails FMW out of it, and Subculture double suplex Stoker high and hard! Howley gets in to help Stoker and the teams stand off. The ref has them sort out again, Howley and FMW exit. Stoker tags Howley in and Howley gets his redemption with Andrews. They tie up, Howley shoves Andrews hard to a corner, then lets him come back.

They circle, tie up, and Andrews headlocks. Howley powers up but Andrews grinds the hold. Howley powers out, then runs Andrews over with a shoulder! Howley shouts, “SMAAALL~!” to mock Andrews’ height, but Andrews kicks him in the leg! Andrews whips, Howley blocks and reverses but Andrews dodges to RANA! Andrews gets Howley up but Howley TOSSES him away! Howley gets Andrews up, throws him out of the ring, then drags FMW into the ring! Stoker gets in, Pretty Deadly double whip FMW but FMW goes up and over and around. FMW baits Pretty Deadly into a DOUBLE CROSSBODY from Andrews! Subculture double dropkick Pretty Deadly out of the ring!

BT Sports Studio fires up as Andrews goes out after Howley. Dani Luna is there as Howley backs away, but then Howley dares her to hit him and throw the match. Howley blows Dani a kiss, but forgets about Andrews, and turns around into a BIG forearm! Dani laughs at Howley as Andrews puts Howley in. Andrews runs, tilt-ow-whirls and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Andrews keeps focus and he throws forearms. Howley facelocks, they clinch against ropes and Stoker tags in. Howley whips Andrews, leaps over, and Andrews runs right into a DDT from Stoker! Pretty Deadly fires up and strikes their pose, but then Stoker sucker punches FMW!

Dani protests but Pretty Deadly get Andrews in their corner. The ref has to keep FMW back and that leaves Andrews open for double team mudhole stomps! Stoker covers, TWO! Stoker drags Andrews up to DECK him with a right! Stoker puts Andrews in a half nelson chinbar and grinds him down. Andrews endures, BT Sports Studio rallies up, but Stoker shoves Andrews to the corner to ROCK him with a forearm. Howley tags in, Pretty Deadly mugs Andrews, and then Howley drags Andrews away from FMW. Howley whips Andrews hard into an open corner, Andrews falls back! Cover, TWO! Howley digs his boot into Andrews’ neck, but lets off the ref counts.

Howley distracts the ref, and now Stoker stands on Andrews’ head at the apron! Dani protests and Stoker lets off fast before the ref can see. Tag to Stoker, he gets Andrews up to CLOBBER him! Pretty Deadly taunt Dani, but Andrews hits back! Stoker CLUBS Andrews, puts him in the ring, and keeps him from FMW. Andrews throws more body shots but Stoker shoves him. Andrews kicks back, ROCKS Stoker with forearms, but Stoker trips Andrews! Andrews boots Stoker away, Howley tags in and he CLOBBERS Andrews just inches from FMW! Howley RAMS Andrews in the Pretty Deadly corner, then ROCKS him with EuroUppers.

Howley brings Andrews around, tags Stoker, they double whip and double shoulder Andrews down! “Yes boy~!” Pretty Deadly run to LEG DROP SPLASH COMBO! Stoker covers, TWO! Andrews reaches for FMW but Stoker keeps him away. Stoker facelocks, CLUBS Andrews, then has him in the Pretty Deadly corner. Tag to Howley, they mug Andrews more, Howley ROCKS Andrews with a right! Howley wrenches, scoops, and SLAMS Andrews, to drop ax handles! Cover, TWO! Howley gets frustrated but Stokers coaches him. Howley wraps on a chinlock and squeezes tight. Andrews endures, fights up, throws body shots, but Howley shoves him.

Howley runs but into an elbow! Andrews fires off haymakers to back Howley up! Howley RAMS Andrews back in the corner! Stoker tags in, Andrews fights back and knocks down Howley! JAWBREAKER for Stoker! Howley hurries to whip Andrews from FMW, and tries the hurdle trick again, but Andrews is ready and DECKS Stoker! Howley waistlocks, Andrews victory rolls to LEAP and tag FMW! The Modfather dodges Howley, rallies on Stoker with fast hands, then whips. Stoker reveres. FMW ducks and dodges to CLOBBER Stoker! Dropkick! Howley takes out Andrews but FMW Triangle Dropkicks Howley down for it!

FMW runs at Stoker, slips around and tucks him in, ANGELS WINGS! Cover, TWO!! Stoker survives, FMW gets him up and reels him in. Stoker suplexes first but FWM slips out. Stoker elbows FMW away, runs in at the corner, but FMW elbows back. FMW goes up, Stoker avoids the Rude Boy Block, and GERMAN SUPLEXES, but FMW lands on his feet!! Howley tags in, FMW runs in at Stoker but Stoker pops him up! FMW still RANAS Howley! FMW staggers, Stoker runs in but is sent out! FMW and Andrews coordinate, they build speed, DOUBLE TOPE CONJILO!! Direct hit on both champions, and FMW gets Howley in the ring!

FMW hurries to a corner, up and in and RUDE BOY BLOCK! Cover, TWO! Howley survives for Pretty Deadly but FMW gets him up. FMW wrenches, tilt-o-whirls, but Howley blocks the rifle to SNAKE EYES! Howley runs, FMW dodges the boot, and fakes Howley out for the HEADBUTT! But Howley falls into the tag from Stoker! Stoker hurries in, FMW dodges and fakes him out to HEADBUTT, too! Tag to Andrews, Subculture coordinates, leap frog DESTROYER!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Stoker survives and shocks BT Sports Studio! Andrews gets Stoker up, FMW tags back in and goes up. But Stoker flapjack hotshots Andrews down! And then goes up after FMW!

FMW knocks Stoker back down, adjusts, and 450’s, but Stoker moves! FMW rolls through, turns around, into a LARIAT! Howley tags back in, he gets FMW up and gives Stoker a boost for a FLYING CODE BREAKER! Howley hurries to cover, TWO!! FMW survives as both team have shown innovation tonight! Howley fireman’s carries, tags Stoker, and they coordinate, but FMW slips off! He shoves the champs at each other, slips under, tag to Andrews! Andrews slides under the double clothesline to DOUBLE PELE! BT Sports Studio fires up with Andrews as he has Stoker alone! Andrews fires off forearms and CHOPS! Stoker swings, but into a waistlock!

Stoker runs to ropes, tag to Howley as he bucks Andrews off. Andrews runs into a fireman’s carry, ASSISTED GUTBUSTER! And then scoop, LAWNDART FOREARM SHOT! Cover, FMW gets past Stoker to break it!! All four men are down and BT Sports Studio is fired up even more! Stoker throws FMW out, Howley gets Andrews up, and Stoker tags back in. Pretty Deadly coordinate but Howley sees FMW on the apron. Howley runs over, FMW dumps him out! Stoker suplexes Andrews, STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE!! Andrews hurries, tag to FMW! Subculture coordinates, ETON RIFLE POISON-RANA! Cover, Howley bumps the ref as he rushes in!!

The ref is upset, but the count is over and this match continues! BT Sports Studio says “This is Awesome!” as Howley drags Andrews out. Howley whips Andrews at steps but Andrews jumps up to QUEBRADA! Howley catches him, but Andrews tilt-o-whirls to DDT Howley to the floor! Stoker victory rolls FMW, TWO! FMW has a cover, TWO!! Stoker and FMW run in, ETON RIFLE!! Tag to Andrews and he goes up the corner! FALL TO PIECES FLOPS as Howley drags Stoker out of harm’s way! The ref reprimands but FMW FLIES in! Only to be caught! DOUBLE BARRIER SNAKE EYES! Pretty Deadly get in the ring, but Andrews DECKS Howley!

Andrews fires off on Stoker, forearms and CHOPS on repeat! Howley grabs the tag title belts! Andrews DECKS Howley again and the belt falls in the ring! The ref grabs that as Andrews continues to fire off on Stoker! Stoker gets under, Howley runs in, SPILT MILK!! Cover, Pretty Deadly wins!!

Winners: Pretty Deadly, by pinfall (still NXT UK Tag Team Championships)

Did they get away with a lot on the outside? #YESBOY! Did they take advantage of the chaos they created? #YESBOY! Did they deny history being made in BT Sports Studio? #YESBOY! The #SidePlateCheck will continue to show that Pretty Deadly has these belts, but when will their luck run out?

My Thoughts:

What a great episode, even with it having to cover for Walter’s apparently legit hand injury. It is big for the NXT UK Championship to return to an American NXT TakeOver, and I feel like that’ll mean anything could happen. Imperium could interfere, be thwarted, and Walter wins from the distraction, but I would hope they don’t do that and let this be settled cleanly because that’s the only way to give Dragunov his moment. Devlin has a good promo to establish the Ironman match, that is going to be a very good match whenever it happens. Mastiff and Starz interacting again, it seems like maybe they’re going to add a new team to the NXT UK Tag Division, and that seems like a fun combination there.

Symbiosis calling out Moustache Mountain and them responding to set up a match is great, and I can’t really be sure which side wins that. I wouldn’t mind seeing Seven & Bate win so that Moustache Mountain can go after the UK Tag Team Championships, so they can be the first team to hold both NXT and NXT UK belts in their careers. Then Bate would be a true UK Triple Crown, and maybe even join Johnny Gargano and Adam Cole as a form of NXT Grand Slam Champion. Rampage Brown had a decent promo to hype up his true tiebreaker with Joe Coffey, that match is going to be awesome. Maybe winner gets to face the winner of Walter VS Dragunov II.

Teoman’s promo with Raja teasing that they could go from a tag team to a faction is a great move. I can’t to see who in both the men’s and women’s divisions they consider recruiting into The Babo’s family. Blair getting in Xia’s face gives us a clear feud between these two, which will be a lot of fun and help Blair establish herself a bit more in NXT UK. Nina Samuels VS LDM was a good opener, and Nina’s new finisher is great. One half dominator, one half GTS, I hope they give it a good name or else it’ll be rather disappointing. Supernova Sessions was really good this week, even with Dar in denial about Jinny shutting him down.

Conners VS Archer was a good match, and I like that NXT UK doesn’t just serve us up squashes. The brand isn’t recruiting and signing people who could be beaten so easily, and it makes Conners look good to give us the name of his finisher. Bate says Heritage Cup is on pause while dealing with Symbiosis, but I wouldn’t mind seeing Conners get a turn at challenging for it. Jinny and Aoife are set for their own match, that should be really good, and I’m sure Aoife wins to help build her up towards the title. If the NXT UK Championship is going to the US for a big title match, then I want NXT UK to focus on building up a big Women’s Championship match for around SummerSlam time.

And then, an awesome NXT UK Tag Team title main event! Probably the best match Pretty Deadly has put on, and definitely up there for Subculture. Just under 20 minutes, great stuff from character work to in-ring moves, such as the innovation. I don’t know how no one anywhere ever thought of a leap frog Canadian Destroyer or an assisted Code Breaker, but these two teams are really great at thinking outside the box in quite a few ways. Especially in what Pretty Deadly wears. I remember Shawn Michaels once wearing a leather version of those just-sleeves-and-shoulders things, Pretty Deadly shouts him out with their sheer mesh versions.

For just a moment, I thought Subculture was getting this, but then Pretty Deadly used great Heel misdirect work and won. This is part of why I’m hoping a Face team like Moustache Mountain to meet them at some point. Pretty Deadly is doing great work, Moustache Mountain always does great work, those two teams can only give us greatness.

My Score: 8.4/10

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

The Czar and… HIM!



NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Ilja Dragunov confronts Carmelo Hayes face to face!

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


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


Ilja Dragunov is here!

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

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

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

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


NXT Media catches up with Ava Raine.

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

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


Kelani Jordan VS Kiana James w/ Izzi Dame!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Kiana James, by pinfall

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


NXT shares footage from after last week’s show.

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


The Good Brothers VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Good Brothers, by pinfall

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

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


Ava Raine is on the phone.

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


Roxanne Perez VS Jakara Jackson w/ Lash Legend!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Roxanne Perez, by submission

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


Thea Hail talks with Jacy Jayne & Jazmyn Nyx.

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

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

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


The Wolf Dogs are backstage.

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

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

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


DIJAK VS Luca Crusifino!

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

NXT returns and Luca makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two tie up. Dijak knees low, then ROCKS Luca! Luca staggers, Dijak talks trash but Luca fires off body shots and haymakers! Luca CLUBS Dijak, swings more, but Dijak pulls hair! Luca avoids the haymaker to clothseline Dijak up and out! Luca runs to WRECK Dijak, and Dijak tumbles up and over treh 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 ot 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?



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Andrew’s TNA Xplosion Results & Match Ratings: 2.22.2024

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



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

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

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



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



Mike Bailey vs Jai Vidal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overall Score: 5.5/10

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

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

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