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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (9/24/21)

One more stop before things get extreme!

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Coverage SmackDown 2021

Will the King of Strong Style still reign?

There’s gold on the line even before Extreme Rules! SmackDown sees Apollo Crews going back after the Intercontinental Champion and Shinsuke Nakamura!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Rick Boogs VS Apollo Crews w/ Commander Azeez; Nakamura wins and retains the title.
  • Liv Morgan VS Zelina Vega w/ Carmella; Vega wins.
  • Nikki A.S.H. w/ Rhea Ripley VS Natalya w/ Tamina; Nikki wins.
  • Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Montez Ford; Reigns wins.

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Becky Lynch is in Philadelphia!

Fans fire up to see the SmackDown Women’s Champion this close to her title defense at Extreme Rules! #BigTimeBecks rained on Bianca Belair’s big moment last week, but she’s feeling the brotherly love from Philly. Were they expecting a Becky party tonight? What a party for Bianca in her hometown, though. Becky isn’t sure why, but maybe it was for making it out of Knoxville and making something of herself. Becky did that in her own right, she’s back after less than a year after having a child and won the title in record time. No one threw a party but that’s okay. Becky likes cake but it’s fine. As the better superstar, she congratulated Bianca.

But then here’s where it gets interesting. Bianca was unprovoked in trying to show how big and strong she was. So what choice did Becky have? “Real greatness isn’t made in the body, it is made in the mind. And this is the law of the jungle, baby, it’s hit or be hit! So what choice did I have?!” Fans are still torn but Becky defends that she didn’t want to embarrass Bianca in front of her family, friends, hometown and high school teachers, but what choice did she have? As The Better Man, she was giving Bianca time to recalibrate after her humiliating loss at SummerSlam. But no, Bianca wants to come after Becky again, so what choice will Becky have at Extreme Rules? Remember that-

Bianca interrupts! The EST is back from the WWE European tour to shine in Philly and fans are happy to see her! Bianca gets a mic as fans chant for “E S T! E S T!” Bianca tells Becky, “First of all, keep my mama and my daddy’s name out your mouth.” And real talk, Becky did get Bianca at SummerSlam and did embarrass her in her hometown. But if you think that’s happening on Sunday, #GirlUhUh. SummerSlam was a surprise. But she knew she was having a match! Just didn’t know it would be against the greatest woman to ever hold this title! Bianca is the EST, but doesn’t she already be ready? Or is it a cute little catchphrase for Bianca?

Bianca asks how many different ways must she say it and show it? She showed how strong she was when she lifted Becky easily, “even in heels.” And Bianca is the fastEST because while Becky was away, she surely watched Bianca match every accomplishment of Becky’s, from winning the Royal Rumble to main eventing WrestleMania, just in a quarter of the time. Oh, oh and! Bianca won an ESPY so put some respect on the name! Fans are fired up but Becky gets mad. “Esther” only got to be good because Becky taught the world how to be great! Wow, Becky’s really holding onto SummerSlam in a match that wasn’t even supposed to happen.

But we know what’s happening Sunday and it won’t end in 26 seconds. It’ll be the EST VS “the greatest woman to ever hold that title,” but the winner will be the strongEST, the fastEST, the roughEST, the toughEST, the greatEST and the newEST SmackDown Women’s Champion! Fans are fired up again as Bianca offers a handshake. Becky smirks and takes the chance to SLAP Bianca instead! Fans are going nuts as Bianca keeps her cool. Becky talks more trash, so Bianca ROCKS her with forearms! Bianca stomps Becky into a corner, hammers away, then brings her out, only for Becky to throw her into buckles! Becky reels Bianca in, but she fights free to torture rack! KISS OF DEATH!!

Fans are fired up as Bianca takes off her jacket but leaves it at this. Will Becky learn that Bianca is the strongEST, the fastEST, the roughEST, the toughEST, and the greatEST challenger she’s ever faced?

 

Toni Storm rocks out with Nakamura and Boogs!

They’re having a great time with air guitars and air drums, but will they be rocking in an after party after Nakamura’s title defense?

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Rick Boogs VS Apollo Crews w/ Commander Azeez!

The rockin’ bard gives the King of Strong Style his introduction, and then Apollo has his with the virtual lions roaring. Will Nakamura be dethroned as the Pride of Nigeria is after his pride and joy, the Intercontinental Championship?

The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see who holds onto the gold and who feels the steel!

Nakamura and Crews approach, Crews keeps up his guard from the strikes to then knee low and CLUB Nakamura. Crews runs to run Nakamura over and things speed up. Nakamura hurdles to WHEEL KICK Crews down! Crews gets to a corner, Nakamura digs his boot in for Good Vibrations! Nakamura puts Crews on the top rope, runs in but misses the knee! Crews hotshots Nakamura, runs in and LARIATS Nakamura inside-out! Crews then trophy lifts and TOSSES Nakamura out of the ring and to the floor! Crews soaks up the heat as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Crews has Nakamura in a chinlock but Boogs shreds to get fans rallying. Nakamura fights up, throws body shots but Crews CLUBS and whips. Nakamura comes back with a DYNAMIC DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Nakamura kicks away on Crews, then KICKS him again. Crews blocks one but the ENZIGURI hits! Crews is in a corner, Nakamura runs in but blocks boots to spin Crews sideways. Kick and SLIDING GERMAN! Cover, TWO! Nakamura goes to a corner and hops up to leap, into Crews’ dropkick! Both men are down and fans rally up. Nakamura and Crews rise, Crews kicks and punches but Nakamura blocks to forearm!

Nakamura wraps on a sleeper but Crews elbows free. Crews runs in at the corner but into a knee! AX KICK, then Nakamura hops up to FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Nakamura keeps his focus and he fires up from a corner. Crews stands, Nakamura runs in, but into an ENZIGURI! Crews scoops Nakamura for the POP-UP SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO!! Nakamura survives and Crews is furious! Crews drags Nakamura up, reels him in, POWREBOMB! Then a dead lift but Nakamura slips out! Crews ducks the roundhouse but not the HEEL KICK! Nakamura aims from a corner again, “YAO~!” But Crews bails out to avoid disaster.

Azeez checks on Crews but Nakamura runs over to BOOT Azeez from the apron! Azeez stays up and is furious, but Boogs sneaks up to get him for an EXPLODER! Nakamura gets back in, Crews KNEES Nakamura and reels him in, OLYMPIC- ARM-DRAG! Nakamura tilt-o-whirls to a takedown, deep cover! Nakamura wins!!

Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura, by pinfall (still WWE Intercontinental Champion)

Crews is stunned but Philly is rocking with Nakamura and Boogs! But now the question is, with the WWE Draft returning, will Nakamura be moved over to Raw? Or will he still reign over SmackDown?

 

Backstage interview with Montez Ford.

One half of the Street Profits is here and Kayla Braxton brings up the Usos joining Roman Reigns for a special appearance on Raw. The Bloodline dominated there, but is Ford worried the Usos will be able to do that the Profits on Sunday? Ford says he has a lot of feelings about Extreme Rules: excitement, anticipation and hunger! But concern? No, no. Sunday, he and Dawkins will regain the SmackDown Tag Team Championships! Speaking of, Dawks was called upon to witness the nuptials of a near and dear friend, bless his heart.

But make no mistake, Dawkins will be there at Extreme Rules to help with the takeback season! They’ve beaten the Usos twice, and big daddy cousin Roman Reigns, the Tribal Chief, “acknowledge me,” has been running those boys ragged. “Beat up this guy, do this, pick up my dry cleaning, rub my ashy feet. He ain’t been treatin’ ’em like no bloodline or cousins. He’s been treating ’em more like his bloodline bitches.” Ford gets serious as he says that on Sunday, they take the titles from the Usos, because the Profits are up, and #WeWantTheSmoke! But will Ford’s fire be extinguished when he and Dawkins enter lockdown?

 

Roman Reigns sits with Paul Heyman.

Roman asks what Ford just said. Heyman says Ford had the guts to call “the greatest tag team of all time,” Roman’s cousins, bitches. Then Roman wants a match with Ford tonight. But in 48 hours, Roman defends his WWE Universal Championship against an undefeated Demon in an Extreme Rules match. Roman glares at Heyman, and Heyman understands to make the match, Reigns VS Ford live from Philly. What a main event for SmackDown! Heyman promises to make it happen, but Roman wants him to get going already. Heyman hurries out, will the Head of the Table be the one to put out that fire in Ford’s eyes?

 

Heyman finds Sonya Deville and Paul Heyman backstage.

They all say hi and other pleasantries, and Heyman welcomes them to Philly. But Pearce already tells Heyman that no, they don’t know where Brock Lesnar is going through the WWE Draft. Are they in on this, too? Stop with Lesnar. Heyman has a main event for them tonight, live here on SmackDown: Roman Reigns, the Tribal Chief VS The Street Profits’ Montez Ford, 1v1 tonight! They can do that. “I bet you can. And then… After the match… Then, we’ll talk about The Draft.” Heyman leaves, but do he and Roman really hold all the cards this close to the PPV?

 

Seth Rollins speaks.

“I am a patient man, Edge, I really am. But it has been seven days since I laid an ultimatum at your feet, and I have gotten no response. I’ve heard nothing. Not a peep.” But that’s okay, because Edge’s silence is deafening. And it reveals the truth! The truth is, Edge is hurt. He is hurt bad. He is afraid and ashamed to admit that Rollins is why Edge will never compete in a ring ever again. While that’s mildly amusing to Rollins, it’s also not good enough. Rollins wants an answer, and he doesn’t want to wait any more. So this is how it’ll be: Edge will show up next week, crawl his way to the ring, look Rollins in the eyes and tell the entire world the TRUTH! Rollins is NOT Edge Lite, he is superior in every single way, and that Rollins is the man who ended Edge’s wrestling career.

Edge could not do that, if he wants, but Rollins will not be made a liar. Rollins will find Edge where he sleeps and beat those words out of him in front of Edge’s wife and children. Rollins laughs as he says the choice is Edge’s, and Rollins is sure Edge will make the right one. Is Rollins’ unraveling going to cost Edge his career one way or another?

 

Liv Morgan VS Zelina Vega w/ Carmella!

One way or another, Liv gets her 1v1 fight with Carmella at Extreme Rules! But as payback for what almost happened to the face of the Most Beautiful Woman in the WWE, La Muneca wants to make Liv’s life harder. Will Liv have smooth sailing or choppy seas ahead of this Sunday?

SmackDown returns as Vega makes her entrance, then Carmella enters. Liv figured the Princess of Staten Island would find a way to make this about herself. The bell rings, Liv SHOTGUNS Vega into the corner! Then back body blocks! Liv keeps going, and she dropkicks Vega against ropes! Liv whips Vega into the corner, runs in but Vega boots her. Vega swings, Liv goes Matrix and Liv rolls her up! TWO, Mella lounges on the announce desk but Vega arm-drags Liv to a corner. Vega runs in to DOUBLE KNEE, then she snapmares to a cover, TWO! Mella thanks all the fans who reached out to her with concern while Vega has a seated dragon sleeper.

Liv endures being bent back, Mella talks trash to “mouth breather” fans who support Liv. Fans rally, Liv fights up but Vega shifts to a sleeper hold backpack. Liv RAMS Vega into buckles and gets free, but then Vega comes back with a BULLDOG! Vega bumps Liv off buckles, stomps a mudhole in, and then backs off as the ref counts. Vega runs in, Liv wrenches and WING SNAPPER to BUCKLE BUMP! Mella gets mad and shouts at Liv about the same move that almost broke her nose. Liv fakes Mella out with a dropkick to grab at Mella’s hair! But Vega BOOTS Liv down, then hops on for a CODE RED! Cover, Vega wins!

Winner: Zelina Vega, by pinfall

Mella is so happy that her new friend won and especially that Liv lost! Liv is seething, will she make things ugly for Mella at the PPV?

 

“Happy” Corbin is showing off his new threads.

Custom suits, luxurious fabrics, water resistant! But wait until tonight when he debuts his WWE talk show, Happy Talk. Speaking of…

Baron Corbin heads to the ring!

The newly re-wealthy Lone Wolf is now the host of a new talk show! But will #HappyTalk be the happiest or the crappiest talk show in WWE history? We find out, after the break.

SmackDown returns and we see the set of Happy Talk: red carpet and velvet ropes; hat racks with various fedoras; plush leather armchairs; and of course, a table for drinks. Corbin welcomes us to the premiere of Happy Talk! Even the name makes Corbin happy! Even being in Philly makes Corbin happy! Life is so good for Corbin right now, he feels like he could whistle a little tune. He does his best to whistle his own theme song as he sits down. Yes, beautiful, he knows. But he wants us all to understand. This show is not like any other talk show, and especially not The Kevin Owens Show, where Kevin just invites someone out, breaks them down and makes them sad.

This show is about happiness and joy! About putting smiles on people’s faces! So Corbin thought long and hard about his very first guest. Someone who could light up a room as the embodiment of happiness. So everyone, please welcome Corbin’s very first guest… HIMSELF! Happy Corbin is of course his own guest as the happiest person in the world. He is rich, handsome and flew here on a private chef. Corbin got a full tasting menu from pork belly to Wagyu to these ravioli stuffed with goat cheese and truffles. OMG the truffles. Then there’s his limited edition Rolex, his custom $9,000 suit, with an amazing interior.

Fans chant “WE DON’T CARE!” but Corbin gets happier watching footage from last week. That is to say, Corbin attack Kevin before their match ever happened, and making sure the match never happened with an apron choke slam. Fans boo but Corbin says that was incredible! That was KEVIN OWENS! A former Universal Champion! One of the toughest guys on the WWE roster, and Corbin did it with ease. It is such a great feeling to be that physically powerful! And another thing that’s been making Corbin very happy lately is- Here comes Kevin! Kevin snarls and goes right to the ring, only to be BLINDSIDED, by Riddick Moss!?

Moss returns from the pro-wrestling wilderness but Kevin fights back! Moss throws hands, stomps Kevin down, then Corbin helps out. They double whip Kevin into the steel steps! Moss is fired up and he pulls steps apart to put the base right in front of Corbin. Corbin fetches Kevin, he and Moss DOUBLE CHOKE SLAM Kevin onto the steps!! Corbin and Moss are laughing all the way to the bank as they leave Kevin writhing outside the ring. Does this mean Corbin has a new best buddy in bullying Kevin and the rest of SmackDown?

 

Backstage interview with Montez Ford.

Kayla wants to check back in with him and asks if he regrets the comments he had about The Usos. Ford even sings “Bloodline bitches~!” now, so no, he doesn’t regret it! The truth shall set you free! This is one of the times Ford’s mouth has landed him a world of opportunity! Ford is sick of the roster being afraid to do or say around The Bloodline and Roman. Tonight, Ford does what he does best and be Ford. He just wishes Dawks was here to see this, cuz the Profits are up, and Ford wants THAT smoke. Will Ford get himself a chance at the Universal Championship taking on the champion tonight?

 

Edge tweets out his response.

“I’ll see you at SmackDown next week.” The Rated R Superstar has spoken, but will he give Rollins the answer he wants? Or will he give The Architect what he deserves?

 

Nikki A.S.H. w/ Rhea Ripley VS Natalya w/ Tamina!

The NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions are here on SmackDown, ready to rock in Philly! But will the Almost Super Hero keep things rolling from Raw as she takes on the Queen of Harts 1v1?

SmackDown returns and the former tag champs make their entrance. The bell rings and the two tie up. Natty hits a headlock takeover, Nikki headscissors but Natty kips free to kick low. Natty whips Nikki to a corner, Nikki goes up and over and speeds things up. Nikki rolls, eggs Natty on, then wrenches. Natty whips, hurdles, but Nikki dropkicks a leg out! Nikki adds a basement dropkick, covers, ONE! Natty goes to ropes for defense and Nikki stays back. But Natty kicks low, throws Nikki by her hair, then bumps Nikki off buckles. Natty bumps Nikki off more buckles, and more buckles, then stomps a mudhole in! Natty soaks up the heat and runs back in, into an elbow!

Natty kicks Nikki again, snap suplexes her out of the corner, then covers, TWO! Rhea coaches Nikki up, but Natty tells Nikki she is NOT a superhero! Nikki throws body shots but Natty bumps her off buckles and throws hands. The ref counts, Natty lets off but Nikki elbows her away! Nikki reels Natty in but Tamina gets on the apron. The ref is busy with Tamina but Rhea walks over to trip Tamina up! Nikki makes Natty’s cradle into her cradle, Nikki wins!

Winner: Nikki A.S.H., by pinfall

Natty is furious but wait! Here come the other contenders for those tag titles! Shotzi Blackheart & Tegan Nox ride in on the TCB Tank MK. III! Shotzi and Tegan are happy for their fellow NXT alumni, but then it’s SHOTS FIRED! The Nerf missile narrowly misses Rhea’s head, but when and where will Shotzi & Tegan get their title shot?

 

Rey Mysterio grills Dominik on last week’s loss.

Rey says Dom took too long climbing up but Dom knows all this. But that’s why Rey is trying to help. Dom knows that, too, but this is him suffocating Dom more than anything. Rey says Dom is to fly on his own but then doesn’t give him the chance. Week after week, match after match, Rey has nitpick after nitpick. If Rey wasn’t ringside, Dom could’ve won! Rey says he’ll give Dom some space since he’s not thinking straight. Dom feels bad for upsetting his dad, but then Sami Zayn walks. Sami doesn’t want to fight, he just overheard things. Dom’s confidence is shaky after losing to Sami but there’s no shame in losing to one of the very best.

Now, Sami’s also been in the ring with others who are the very best, and he sees the potential in Dom. Every single time they’ve been in the ring, Dom got better and better! Dom is growing so fast! If there’s one piece of advice Sami could give, not that Dom has to take it, well… Rey is a good dad and means well, but listen to him less and trust your own instincts more. That’s all Sami will say. Sami leaves, but does he have a point? Will Dom accept the words of the master strategist?

 

Naomi heads to the ring!

SmackDown finally gets to #FeelTheGlow again! Naomi may have had to pay a fine for getting in Sonya’s face, but she looks ready to do something about that, too! Is she going to ask for a match? Or demand one?

SmackDown returns and Naomi has a mic to speak. “I cam here to SmackDown to compete. But Sonya Deville refused to put me in a match.” Naomi has been fined, disrespected, insulted and ignored. But no longer! Naomi wants a match! And she isn’t talking about tomorrow, next week, but right here TONIGHT! Fans like the sound of that and Naomi calls out the roster. Who wants to #FeelTheGlow? Sonya walks out and says no, this is not happening this way. “Sorry, honey, it’s just not gonna happen. Because I make the matches around here, not you.” Then make a match! Naomi VS Sonya! No, Sonya would smack the glow right off Naomi’s face.

But Sonya wouldn’t, she’s a WWE official. Not a good one if she can’t make a match! Fans chant “MAKE A MATCH! MAKE A MATCH!” in support but Sony has the Naomi’s mic cut. It doesn’t matter, she and Philly are loud enough to be heard without it! Sonya mockingly says, “Sorry, we can’t hear you.” Then she calls out security!? Security storms the ring and Sonya says this is all to help Naomi. “We all know that when your elaborate entrance is over, it’s all downhill from there.” A power trip and the insults Naomi talks about, but Sonya says it is Naomi’s own fault for dropping the ball when she’s been given chances. So Naomi can go TikTok in the back while Sonya creates the future of SmackDown.

Fans still rally behind Naomi but Sonya demands Naomi leave. Fans boo Sonya but she shrugs it off. Will Naomi find another way to get what she wants?

 

The Bloodline heads out.

The Usos hype up Roman about this “light work” but then they spot Chad Gable & Otis Dozovic. The Alpha Academy eye the titles but the Usos stare them down. If the Profits don’t get it done at Extreme Rules, will Gable & Otis go for the gold?

 

Becky Lynch speaks.

“I gave you the opportunity to back down and back out, but you kept pushing me and pushing me and pushing me. The EST may be the strongEST but she’s also the dumbEST. I have been champion every active day I’ve been in the WWE since WrestleMania 35! Everything in my life may changed, but the facts remain the same.” Becky isn’t scared of someone she beat in 26 seconds. But this time, she’ll make Bianca suffer. There is no terrible way to win, there is only winning. At Extreme Rules, Becky will BREAK Bianca.

 

Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Montez Ford!

The Head of the Table has a Demon waiting for him on Sunday but there’s a Profit coming for him tonight! Will the sinful pride of the Reigns-ing, Defending, Undisputed, and highly controverted Universal Champion finally cost him this close to the PPV?

SmackDown returns again and Roman makes his entrance. The Usos stay in the back given their stare down with the Alpha Academy, so it is just Roman who raises his title for the pyro. Roman then takes his time going to the ring and raising the belt again for more pyro. The bell rings and Roman circles with Ford. They tie up, Ford headlocks, Roman pries his way out to get a headlock of his own. Ford powers up to power out, but Roman runs Ford over. Things speed up, Ford hurdles and hurdles to dropkick! Roman rebounds but into another dropkick! Roman tumbles out but lands on his feet and Philly is fired up as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Ford is taking it to Roman, but Roman DECKS Ford with an uppercut! Roman throws more hands then chokes Ford on the ropes! The ref counts, Roman lets off, then stalks Ford to a corner. Roman bumps Ford off buckles, turns him around and climbs up to rain down punches! The fans count all the way to 5 before Ford shoves Roman away, but Roman comes back with a clothesline! Roman raises a finger to say #WeTheOnes, and he chokes Ford against ropes again! The ref counts, Roman lets off and tells the ref to back off. Ford gets back to a corner but Roman encourages fans to cheer and jeer.

Roman gets Ford up to throw point-blank lariats. The fans count all the way to 10 for Roman, and then he pie faces Ford before he runs. Ford BOOTS back! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS, CHOPS, CHOPS! Ford kicks but Roman blocks to flip him! Ford lands on his feet to ENZIGURI, then he clotheslines Roman out! Ford hurries to RAM Roman into barriers! And then MORE barriers! Ford refreshes the count, heads back out and climbs up the announce desk, but then it falls apart on him! Oh well. Ford uses the steps to LEAP and knock Roman down with ax handles! Ford puts Roman in, runs and dodges, but runs into a FLAPJACK!

Roman snarls as he looms over Ford, then he gets him up to LEAPING LARIAT! Fans duel as Roman again raises a finger to the sky. Ford bails out and Roman sees him crawling as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Roman stalks Ford. Ford rolls to the apron but Roman drags him up, to choke him on the ropes again! The ref counts, Roman lets off but again tells the ref to shut up about that stuff. But then Ford GAMANGIRIS! And springboards to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Roman narrowly escapes, but Ford comes back to mule kick! Front kick! Roman ducks the enziguri and whips Ford to a corner, but Ford goes up and over and shows off his agility! Dropkick then a RUNNING BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Ford keeps his cool as he heads for a corner and climbs up top. FROM- NO, Roman avoids the splash, and gets Ford for an URENAGE! Cover, TWO!

Roman is growing annoyed but he goes to the corner. He locks ‘n’ loads and takes aim at Ford as he stands, SUPER- NO! Ford dodges, reels Roman in, DDT! Cover, TWO!! Roman is still in this and now Ford gets frustrated. Ford drags Roman back up, but Roman ROCKS him with an uppercut! Ford falls, Roman is in the corner, Roman storms over but Ford POSTS him! Roman falls out of the ring, Ford takes aim, but Roman moves away. Ford goes out to PENALTY KICK from the apron, then RAMS Roman into the steps! Ford puts Roman in, climbs back up, FROM THE HEAVENS!! ONTO KNEES!! Roman wraps on the GUILLOTINE!! Ford flails, but he’s caught! He taps, Roman wins!

Winner: Roman Reigns, by submission

In the blink of an eye, Roman turns Ford’s fortunes around and snatches victory from the jaws of defeat! The fire was put out, there is no more smoke, and Heyman boasts, “That was NOT enough for his sins! No no no no!” Heyman wants Roman to show Ford, Balor, the Demon and even “BRRROCK! LESNARRR! What happens when Roman takes it to the extreme!!” Fans chant for “E C DUB! E C DUB!” and Heyman even has the Usos come out. Jimmy & Jey storm down to get their own pound of flesh for Ford insulting them. Roman has the Usos go looking under the ring, and they bring out chair after chair!

Roman JAMS Ford with a chair, SMACKS him with it, and now there’s a table! Roman sees the table has been set up, so as Head of the Table, he drags Ford over. “Who’s a bitch now, huh?!” URENAGE THROUGH THE TABLE!! The Bloodline says this is why you respect them, but then the lights go out!? The heartbeat is back! And DEMON BALOR is up on top of the post!! The Bloodline turns around and he CROSSBODIES them all down!! Balor gets a kendo stick and starts firing off on the Usos! Jimmy, Jey, back again! Roman ROCKS Balor with a forearm and puts him in the ring, and brings a chair, only to get a SLINGBLADE!

Balor gets the chair to SMACK away on Roman! And even SMACKS Jimmy and SMACKS Jey! Roman bails out but Roman FLIES out to wipe him out at the ramp!! Will Balor finally win back the title he never, ever lost?!


My Thoughts:

Now this was a really good episode for SmackDown, even with it being a go-home. Go-Home Syndrome didn’t feel as strong here, with only three recap packages happening in the two hours. Granted, those still felt so awkwardly placed with two of them being during a superstar’s entrance. Becky and Bianca had a very good promo segment, but per WWE math, Bianca standing tall here means Becky retains on PPV. There is a very good chance that the WWE Draft won’t change where brand name champions are, so I think Becky stays to keep the SmackDown Women’s Division going. Seth Rollins also had a good promo per his character, and Edge returning on Draft night should be to give us one last match between them, probably for Crown Jewel.

Other than Becky and Bianca, Team Vince is definitely making things hard for the rest of the SmackDown Women’s Division. Liv VS Vega was short and half of it was the camera watching Carmella lounge on the announce desk. It’s good for Vega to get a win but it was a bit weak. Liv VS Mella will probably be Kickoff Show material but they might still be able to give us something good if they let Mella wrestle like she has before. I’m thinking Liv wins either way, since she lost here. Toni Storm only got to rock out with Nakamura & Boogs, hopefully there’s more for her after Extreme Rules and the Draft.

Naomi and Sonya are having a good build, though. Sonya suddenly getting power mad over the women’s division is of course to push Naomi towards wanting The Bloodline’s backing, which goes with the story I fantasy booked with Raw. Naomi, Tamina and Nia Jax can all be on SmackDown, they can all go for gold. Nikki VS Natty was filler just to give Shotzi & Tegan reason to roll out on stage and remind everyone of the title match they’re owed. Rhea & Nikki VS Shotzi & Tegan makes for a great match, I just hope they’re allowed to give us one.

The Happy Talk show segment was alright, it was of course to set Kevin up for a trap, but what a surprise that Riddick Moss is back. Guess this isn’t going to be a celebrity match thing with Logan Paul, but if Moss is with Corbin, maybe we’re still getting a tag team match? Still hoping it’ll be Sami, personally. Contract talks out there say Kevin’s is almost up and he might go rejoin the Mount Rushmore of Wrestling in AEW, but I feel like a tag title shot with Sami could sway things. And Sami perhaps tied up his part in the Dominik story with that bit of advice. Dom can take the next step, perhaps using Ziggler, Roode or whoever moves around in the Draft as someone to experiment against and use some moves that are more Dom’s than Rey’s in hopes of winning.

The Intercontinental Championship match was a great first match of the night, but I figured Nakamura was retaining. Boogs throwing Azeez was awesome, too. The Draft might move Apollo & Azeez to Raw, maybe he goes after the US Championship because of it, or maybe the midcard titles are traded. Nakamura, with or without Boogs, gets to freshen things up over on Mondays while Priest (or whoever comes out of Extreme Rules champion so… Priest) gets to thrown hands with big names and heavy hitters like Cesaro, Rollins, and other names that head over with the Draft. Personally hoping Keith Lee gets to emerge and throw down, maybe bring some physical power to SmackDown while he’s at it.

I like that there’s more on the Usos’ plate than just one team at a time. Gable & Otis could easily look like Faces against the Usos since everyone loves Otis destroying people. Usos VS Profits could go either way, but that one moment made me think the Usos retain. Ford definitely had a lot of fire tonight in a singles showing, but I sure hope Dawkins really did have another friend’s wedding to go to and that the Profits get to stick together through the Draft. Ford and Dawkins have been champs, they could each move on to singles titles if they wanted, but much like with The New Day, teammates should be allowed to stay together and still support each other in singles pursuits.

Ford had a really good match with Roman, but Roman of course wins for momentum. But then furthermore, Demon Balor got to thrill Philly and stand tall over The Bloodline. We all get that with Crown Jewel being fully advertised as Roman VS Lesnar that Balor wasn’t winning here, but the math for tonight also says that on its own. Balor will get to shine but this is still Vince’s Beef-o-rama, with Roman and Lesnar still at the center. There could be a huge surprise within this and Vince gets some real buzz going for WWE again, but it’s more likely a portal in space-time opens up and an Infinity Stone powered Ultron-Vision hybrid leads an army of robots- Oh sorry that might be Marvel’s What If spoilers…

My Score: 8.4/10


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

The Czar and… HIM!

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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!

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

5. Chris Sabin’s Longest X Division Title Reign

4. ABC vs GYV going to Match 3

3. Tickets on Sale for Rebellion in Vegas on 4/20

2. Josh Alexander vs Simon Gotch

1. Joe Hendry’s new AJ Francis song

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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