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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (12/28/21)

The last NXT of 2021!

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NXT Coverage 2021

Will NXT feel the Grayson Waller Effect?

After calling out AJ Styles online, on TV, and even on Raw, will Grayson Waller close out the year strong? Or will someone shut NXT’s biggest mouth?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Grayson Waller VS Odyssey Jones; Waller wins.
  • Harland w/ Joe Gacy VS THE Brian Kendrick Andre Chase; Harland wins.
  • Tiffany Stratton VS Fallon Henley; Stratton wins.
  • Solo Sikoa VS Santos Escobar w/ Legado Del Fantasma; Sikoa wins.
  • Malik Blade VS Von Wagner; Wagner wins.
  • Cora Jade & Raquel Gonzalez VS Kay Lee Ray & Io Shirai; Jade & Gonzalez win and will face Mandy Rose for the NXT Women’s Championship at New Year’s Evil.

PLAY BY PLAY

Grayson Waller heads to the ring!

The fans boo the most hated man in NXT 2.0, but he just soaks it up as he struts his way out. He gets a mic as fans call him an A-Hole. “What better way to start the final NXT of 2021 than hands down the breakout star of the year, Grayson Waller! Hey, hey, hey. How was everyone’s Christmas? Rhetorical question, I couldn’t care less. I’ll tell you about my Christmas, though.” Waller woke up that morning and thought he was such a good boy, that he bought tickets to Monday Night Raw in Detroit. Waller was keeping to himself, when out of nowhere, AJ Styles wanted some of Waller’s clout. Some of that Waller rub!

Recap video shows Styles introducing Waller and how Waller said he wanted to see what it was like on Raw. Of course Waller likes it on Raw, it’s where stars are made. Except Waller’s not even close. Styles offered a tour and a Phenomenal Forearm, but Waller didn’t get either. Waller doesn’t get why fans think Styles is a good guy when he goes and threatens Waller. Styles shows up last week on Waller’s show, and his song sucks! Worst theme song he’s ever heard. Not even as good as Waller’s song. That song hits, fans try to get their fat asses out of the seats to dance to it. And Styles says Waller isn’t a star? There’s no star brighter than Waller!

And if not for Apollo Crews & Azeez, that would’ve been Styles’ last night as a WWE superstar! Waller would’ve given Styles a WAPOW! A Dexter Lumis special, if you get what he means. Oh but he was supposed to have a match with Lumis tonight, right? Lumis is delusional, thinking after the “Chairshot heard around the world,” he’d be cleared. “Hey, Dex. How’s your back? Is your catfish’d wife, Indi Hartwell, there with you?” Indi may be a Dexter Lumis Ten, but she’s more like a Grayson Waller Three. But hopefully they pay close attention! They supposedly found a suitable replacement tonight. But it doesn’t matter who they are, they’re gonna learn what the Grayson Waller Effect is all about.

Well #SoundTheAlarm, Odyssey Jones is here! He’s a good friend and a groomsman of Dexter’s, will Jones show he’s immune to the Grayson Waller Effect?

Grayson Waller VS Odyssey Jones!

The ref gets in, but Waller bails. Jones gets the mic to say Waller prances around here like he’s a big time star. “But the truth is, Grayson, you’re just a big time BITCH.” Waller doesn’t take that lightly, and he gets back to the ring as fans chant “Big Time Bitch!” at him. The bell rings and it’s on! Waller gives testing kicks but Jones backs him down to a corner. Waller gets in the ropes, the ref backs Jones off, and Waller comes back. Waller bops Jones, Jones TOSSES Waller to a corner, then SPLASHES! Jones TOSSES Waller across the way! Jones grins as he heads over, knees Waller into the corner, and again, then pushes Waller down.

Fans want that toss “One More Time!” but Waller JABS Jones. Jones CLUBS Waller! Jones runs, Waller drops but Jones stands on Waller’s back! Jones drags Waller up to CLUB him down again. Jones whips Waller to a corner, Waller goes up and over and rolls but runs into a scoop and SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Waller survives as NXT goes picture in picture.

Jones gets up, drags Waller to a corner and bumps him off buckles. Jones RAMS into Waller, digs his shoulder in, then RAMS Waller again! Jones hoists Waller up top, sets him on the top rope and CLUBS away on his chest! Jones DOUBLE AX HANDLES Waller down and Waller flops out of the ring! Jones goes out after Waller but Waller gets him in the ropes for a HOTSHOT! Waller then runs in to CLUB Jones and fire off body shots. Waller knees away in the corner, but lets off as the ref counts. Waller comes back with EuroUppers and JABS, then more body shots in the corner. Jones shoves Waller away but Waller kicks him low.

Waller brings Jones out for a cravat and neck wrench. Jones pries free, but Waller dropkicks a leg out, to then CLOBBER him from behind! Waller rains down fists, then KNEES Jones in the side. Waller stomps Jones around, sits him up and KNEES him in the back. Waller drags Jones up, brings him around for forearms and kicks. Jones goes to a corner, Waller runs in but Jones shoves him away. Waller mule kicks and Eddy Gordo Kicks right back! Waller CLUBS Jones on the neck with elbows, then talks trash while he pulls hair and kicks Jones to ropes. The ref reprimands but Waller drags Jones up to a cravat and neck wrench.

Jones endures, fights up, but Waller shoulders him down! Waller talks more trash while he cranks on the cravat. Jones fights back up as fans rally, and Jones throws hands as NXT returns to single picture. Waller throws knees now, then kicks Jones’ legs. Waller mocks DIY before the SUPERKICK! Waller then drags Jones to a drop zone and goes up a corner. Waller goes on the rope, BALLER ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Jones is still in this but Waller throws more forearms. Jones throws body shots, Waller fires off fast hands! But Jones turns leg lariat into a TOSS! Waller gets up and Jones CLOBBERS him with big body blocks! Then a BACKBREAKER!

Waller goes to a corner, Jones fires up and the fans are with him. Jones runs in, Waller dodges and LEG LARIATS in the corner! Waller climbs up to rain down rights, but Jones stops him at 7! Jones pops Waller up but Waller brings a buckle pad with him! LAST RIDE! High stack, TWO!! Waller survives but Jones is seething. Jones runs in but Waller dodges, Jones hits the bare buckle! Waller somersaults in for the STUNNER! Cover, Waller wins!

Winner: Grayson Waller, by pinfall

Give an assist to some dumb luck with that turnbuckle, but Waller still pulled off the win. Will the 21st Century Success Story’s ego only grow more in the New Year?

But then AJ Styles reaches out on the titantron. Thanks for stopping by, Waller! You got some attention, right? That’s what he wanted, right? But Waller got the wrong kind of attention. Styles is going to be back at NXT next week! Time to put up or shut up at New Year’s Evil! Is NXT about to be phenomenal?

 

Backstage interview with Cora Jade & Raquel Gonzalez.

These two will be opponents with Mandy Rose in the NXT Women’s Championship Triple Threat, but tonight, Cora & Raquel will be working together against Toxic Attraction’s Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne. Cora says they can coexist. They’re on the same team like at WarGames, and this is about taking out the toxic trash. But Io Shirai walks in to say, “No matter who walks away with that championship, I want the first shot. Never got my rematch.” Raquel says this might be Shirai’s lucky day. But then Kay Lee Ray walks in, and she says, “I did tell you you would be needing that baseball bat.” Because it doesn’t matter if it’s Cora, Raquel or Mandy, KLR is getting next.

Shirai takes offense to that, but then Mandy Rose pops in on the screen. “Ladies, ladies, how cute is this? Now you have the whole WarGames team wanting a piece of me.” Story of her life. But considering they all want after her, maybe Gigi & Jacy can just take the night off so that KLR and Shirai can step in. And let’s make it even more interesting. The winning team will face Mandy at New Year’s Evil. She’s the champ, she’ll make sure this happens, and then they can just take care of the rest. Best of luck! Mandy blows a kiss for luck, and the stakes just got raised! Who moves on to get after the golden leader of Toxic Attraction?

 

Grayson Waller speaks.

He won’t let this go back to commentary, he wants the camera to stay with him. “AJ Styles, you wanna try and ruin my celebration? New Year’s Evil, huh? Put up or shut up! Grayson Waller has no problem doing that.” Then he bumps into MSK, literally. They want him to chillax, but he shouts, “Screw you!” That is atrocious language, sir! Waller has issues. But MSK is fired up because they’re next. Will Imperium show up when Wes Lee & Nash Carter call them out?

 

Tiffany Stratton speaks.

“Daddy says I’m ready to take over NXT and he’s never wrong. The real question is, is NXT ready for Tiffany Stratton?” We’ll find out one way or another, tonight!

 

Xyon Quinn speaks.

“Elektra. I know you want this as much as I do. It’s time to make a decision. It’s either me or Legado. And this needs to happen tonight. The choice is yours.” The ball is in Elektra Lopez’s court, will she listen to her heart or her pride?

 

MSK heads to the ring!

The Shaman Bro, Matt Riddle, helped Lee & Carter rejuvenate and now they’re back! And it feels so good! But the last time they were here was Halloween Havoc where they lost the NXT Tag Team Championships. But it’s okay. They were down, but they went on a beautiful journey, met the Shaman, and are higher than ever before! Riddle talks via video, last minute change of plans happen. But you gotta roll with the punches. He’ll be there in spirit, like a higher power. But he’s seen their journey, the NXT Universe has seen their journey, but there’s one last thing to do: challenge Imperium for the NXT Tag Team Champions! It’s their destiny, bros! Yes, it is!

Lee says they’re here to do one thing. “IMPERIUM~! Bring that ass here, boy!” And so, Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner appear! Aichner says, “MSK, MSK.” In Italian, he asks if they’re serious. Barthel says “Nein.” Subtitles, please? Sorry, they’re not cultured. Oh, not cultured? They don’t doubt that. But listen. MSK can sit around the fire, sing their songs and ride their scooters. That’s fine, do your thing. But the fact of the matter is, the two of them will never, ever be able to touch Imperium. The NXT Tag Team Championships are going to stay with the very best team this division has ever seen! They’re going to stay where they belong, and they belong to Imperium!

Firstly, the songs they sung were amazing. Their harmonies were on point. But if Imperium is feeling spicy, go and put the titles on the line right here, right now! But then WALTER speaks on the titantron! And he says in German and English, “You represent everything that is wrong in this great sport today. You’re a disgrace for the mat you stand on.” Barthel & Aichner are true champions who treat the titles with dignity and respect. MSK does not deserve a title match, only a beating with right hands. Riddle rejoins the video chat and can’t believe what he’s hearing. Riddle can’t sit back and hear them disrespect MSK.

So then how about this? New Year’s Evil, a big deal, now becomes an even bigger deal. How about three stallions, and he means himself and MSK, take on Walter and his goons in a Six Man Tag? Fans are going nuts for that! Walter asks, “Is that what you really want, you bare footed nerd?!” Then they will have it! Imperium accepts the challenge! Imperium is in this for the greater good, and will expose them for what they are: a bunch of showmen! They are Imperium, and to them, the mat is SACRED. New Year’s Evil might end up feeling like Worlds Collide! Will the Bro & MSK show the Ring General and his troops what really matters in the ring?

 

Joe Gacy speaks with Harland.

“Remember what he called you. Mr. Kendrick called you a freak. Harland, you are no freak.” But will he look like one when he takes on The Man with a Plan?

 

Backstage interview with Edris Enofe.

A huge win over Von Wagner, how did his first win in NXT feel? It felt fantastic! All his life, he’s had doubters, but what better way to close out 2021 than with- “YOU GOT LUCKY!” Von Wagner says Enofe got lucky in that win, and he’ll leave him laying just like he did last week! But Malik Blade comes to Enofe’s aid to say, “A win is a win.” Malik vows to do the same tonight! “WHO THE HELL ARE YOU!?” And Von pie faces Malik! Refs rush in to keep this from turning into a brawl, but will Von have to worry about his rage costing him tonight?

 

Harland w/ Joe Gacy VS THE Brian Kendrick!

Harland could’ve have seriously hurt this former NXT Cruiserweight Champion throwing him down the stairs, but somehow Kendrick is back up. Will Kendrick have a way to get his hooks in on Harland and make him pay?

But when Kendrick’s music hits, Kendrick doesn’t show? Gacy says he “knew” this was gonna happen. Kendrick is just like so many people in this cruel world: they talk a big game, but when they get confronted with their mistakes, they fail to show up. Mr. Kendrick is afraid to admit he was the problem, and that he did wrong by Harland. But then Andre Chase shows up? “Pardon the interruption, Mr. Gacy, Mr. Harland. But what we have right now… is a TEACHABLE MOMENT!” And Chase U doesn’t quit! They don’t run away from their problems! They take negatives and turn them into positives!

Gacy says, “Mr. Chase, we admire the good work you do at Andre Chase University. In fact, did you know Harland used to be enrolled in school himself? Until he was unfairly and unjustly expelled.” But Mr. Chase, they would like to thank him. They thank him for volunteering himself as Kendrick’s replacement. What? Harland THROWS Chase down! The bell rings as Chase gets up, and that’s the match!

Harland w/ Joe Gacy VS Andre Chase!

Chase throws hands on Harland then BOOTS, but Harland stays up! Chase gets around, waistlocks, but Harland throws back elbows. He puts Chase in a corner, Chase flounders, and Harland choke grips to SHOVE Chase right out of the ring! Harland goes out after Chase, but keeps him from getting back in the ring! Harland YANKS Chase into the ropes! Chase sputters, Harland gets in and he dribbles Chase off the mat! Again and again, and again! Harland lets off and Chase is OUT! Harland wins!

Winner: Harland, by referee stoppage

Whatever it was that really happened to THE Brian Kendrick, maybe the lesson to be learned is to stay far, far away from Harland. Gacy asks if Harland feels better, and he doesn’t. So Harland goes back to the ring, only for Chase’s star pupil to get in the ring and shield him. So Harland pulls the student out of the ring! Harland hauls him up and carries him away to the back! What is he going to do to Chase U’s valedictorian!?

 

NXT Media catches up with Legado Del Fantasma.

What do they think of Quinn’s message to Elektra? Santos Escobar ignores that and Joaquin Wilde shoos the cameras. But Elektra walks out and wonder what’s going on. Were the guys waiting for her? Yes, because they want to know her answer. Solo Sikoa walks in and says, “My bad.” Escobar says no, Solo can’t just shrug off the familia. He doesn’t have time for this. But Wilde and Mendoza block the way. Solo says they have misplaced anger. If they want to have it out, do it in the ring. Solo walks off, and it seems a match has been made. Escobar tells Lopez this isn’t over. But then, will this influence Lopez’s decision?

 

Tiffany Stratton VS Fallon Henley!

It seems Daddy said it was finally time for his little girl to debut in NXT. But will she make Daddy proud? Or will she be just another pretty face?

The bell rings, Tiffany and Fallon circle and talk a little trash. They tie up, go around, and Tiffany shoves Fallon down and talks some more trash. Fallon and Tiffany tie up, Fallon gets a waistlock. Tiffany wrenches out to a wristlock, but Fallon slips through to wrench back to a wristlock of her own. Fallon keeps on the wrist, but Tiffany goes up the ropes and flips to WRING Fallon down! Tiffany has the cording hold and cranks the arm, but Fallon endures as fans rally up. Fallon gets up, chinbars, but Tiffany keeps on the arm. Tiffany still gets the chinbar and gets a headlock from it. Tiffany powers her way out of the hold to get her own headlock.

Fallon endures the grind, throws body shots, and powers out, only for Tiffany to run Fallon over! Tiffany applauds herself, things speed up, and Tiffany leaps over Fallon! But then Fallon sidesteps, only for Tiffany to block the hip toss. Tiffany scoops and SLAMS Fallon, then drags Fallon up to reel her in and whip to a corner. Handspring clothesline! Tiffany didn’t do it the cleanest, but she still blows a kiss before hitting the COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, Tiffany wins!

Winner: Tiffany Stratton, by pinfall

The “Buff Barbie” has a successful debut, but will she make Daddy proud as she starts her journey for gold?

 

Tony D’Angelo speaks.

“Petey Poppins, I warned you. I told you, when I put my fingers in your face, I mean business. Not like these other clowns, stunatz, in NXT who act tough. But you, oh you, you had to find out the hard way.” So Tony introduced Pete to his little friend. He loved the sound of the crowbar breaking Dunne’s hand. Watch it back in slow-mo like he did with the family. And Dunne’s face, the look of pain, the look of a man who shouldn’t have messed with Tony D. Tony’s grandfather, Junior, always told him, when you find a bully, smash him in the face, and they never come back. So maybe Dunne should take that advice and never come back. Or the beating Tony gives him will be a whole lot worse.

 

Wade Barrett is in the ring.

The NXT North American and Cruiserweight Championships are on the desk as Barrett announces that for New Year’s Evil, two men enter this ring as champions, and only one man will walk out. Tonight, they’ll make this match-up official. Please welcome the “leader of the Diamond Mine,” the Cruiserweight Champion, Roderick Strong! Strong enters, along with Malcom Bivens and the rest of Diamond Mine behind him. Strong sits with the Cruiserweight title on one end of the table, and Bivens says, “So, here we are. And backstage, I didn’t see Trick Williams. I didn’t see the self-proclaimed A Champion of NXT, Carmelo Hayes.”

But Bivens gets it! Gas prices are high, so the brothers couldn’t afford to make it.” Bivens understands. He doesn’t have that problem, but he understands. Strong would never put himself in that situation, though. But then here comes Melo & Trick! Trick says, “Whoa, whoa, whoa.” Bivens needs to get out of the way while grown men are talking. “Hey, Roddy, I just spoke with the A Champion, and we just decided to call you the B Champion. Cuz you won’t be champion for much longer.” The bigger, badder champion is going to beat Strong, take that belt from him, and unify those belts.

Trick and Melo get in the ring, and Trick says, “In other words, next Tuesday, you can strap up those boots and make the ring talk, but you’ve never been bout it bout it.” What? BIvens will do his best to translate for Diamond Mine, Wade and the fans. Trick said Strong is a second tier champion, and at New Year’s Evil, Strong will be unable to unify his championship with Melo’s. And that Trick will put on boots and stomp Strong until there is a substantial amount of rain. Wow that was the best one yet. Then tell Trick, Strong will kick his ass. “Roderick Strong said, ‘Ey, bruh! If you come at the king, you best not miss!'”

Around here, this is Strong’s block! If you want some, come get some!! Right now, you are out numbered! Fans are fired up but Trick says, “Outnumbered?!” Trick ain’t ever outnumbered! He’s 6’4″, 235, with eight abs, three chains, two women, and two feet! Bivens, do the math! Bivens doesn’t get paid enough to translate all this jive, he ain’t doin’ this. Barrett restores order, he has no clue what anyone is going on about! He’s lost! So let’s get this to business. Barrett wants to hear from the champions. Melo takes his seat and Barrett gives him a turn to speak.

“Roderick Strong, when I say I shoot, and I don’t miss, that’s not a catchphrase. That’s a lifestyle. Cuz I got aim like Denzel in The Equalizer, and Roddy, don’t play with me, because I will put you on a T-shirt.” If Strong takes a look at the guys he’s laid to rest, the difference between Strong and them, “is not a damn thing.” Melo takes what he wants, and next week, he is taking that Cruiserweight Championship by any means necessary to unify both titles and truly be THE A CHAMPION of NXT! Because he IS the most scintillating champion in NXT. “And that’s all it is, and that’s all it’s ever gonna be.” Bivens best Melo doesn’t even know how to spell scintillating.

Strong applauds, and says, “Bravo, Melo, bravo. The fact that you actually said that to my face is extremely impressive.” But Strong wants him to understand something. As much potential Melo has, New Year’s Evil will be life-changing for them both. For Strong, it’ll be the greatest night of his career when he unifies these titles and walks out a TWO-TIME North American Champion! And for Melo, he’ll be carried out and be forever known as, “Humbled Hayes.” And that is all it’s gonna be! Barrett says the time for talking is over. Time to sign on the dotted line! Strong is offered the contract first, and he signs right away. Then he passes it over to Melo, and Melo signs his part.

The contract gets thrown around a little more, but it is official! Melo gets heated, the table is pushed around, and Barrett gets out of the ring. Things stay civil but Bivens has the music cut out. Trick, y’know what’s bout it bout it? Lumis whooping your ass! Trick turns around and tells Bivens he’s sick of his mouth. Bivens better mind his mouth! But Bivens mockingly asks, “Can’t we all just get along?” But then Trick turns around into a DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER through the table from the Creed Brothers! Melo is furious but he can’t do anything about it! Will he just have to make Strong pay when they go belt for belt on New Year’s Evil?

 

Four tag teams, one goal: The NXT Tag Team Championships!

The Grizzled Young Veterans, The Creed Brothers, Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen, and Jacket Time, are all competing for their shot at the titles! GYV’s Zack Gibson says the NXT Tag Division has become more competitive than ever, and Briggs says the best talent is right here. The Creed Brothers and Jacket Time add that they all dream of being champions. Gibson & Drake claim to be the best bar none, but Julius & Brutus say it is their destiny to be champions. Brooks quotes Mike Tyson, “Everybody’s got a game plan, until they get popped in the mouth.” You probably thought they were just some bar hopping, beer drinking, ass kickers. Well you’re right! And they will become champions!

But Kushida & Jiro says they will be the next champions! After winning against these three, they’re coming for Imperium! These four times are heading on a collision course, who comes out of it with golden tickets in their hands?

 

Solo Sikoa VS Santos Escobar w/ Legado Del Fantasma!

The Street Champion of the Island stepped into a mess and the Emperor of Lucha wants to take his frustrations out on him! But will Solo get the biggest win in his undefeated streak yet? Or will El Hijo del Fantasma use Solo to send a message to Xyon Quinn?

The bell rings and the two circle. Solo has his dukes up, and Escobar avoids his testing kick. They circle, tie up, and Solo powers Escobar to ropes. Escobar turns it around, the ref counts the ropebreak, and Escobar lets off to CHOP! Solo doesn’t even flinch! Escobar still grins as they two circle again. They tie up, Escobar waistlocks, but Solo resists the lift to throw some elbows. Escobar avoids those, rolls Solo up, but Solo gets away. Escobar says Solo can’t keep up with him, and they circle again. They tie up, Escobar waistlocks to flip but Solo stays up. Escobar avoids the stomp, and now Solo grins at how close that was.

Solo and Escobar reset again, circle, and tie up. Escobar wrenches, hammerlocks, but Solo powers his way around. Escobar has the hammerlock for a double wristlock now, but Solo gets a leg for a takedown. Escobar gets away, they go again, and Escobar shoots in to get a leg and a takedown, then a facelock. Escobar floats all around, chinlocks and shoots the half, but Solo fights up with Escobar as a backpack. Escobar shifts to get the arm for a cording hold, and it’s like a modified octopus hold! But Solo hip tosses out hard! Fans rally for Solo, Escobar gets up and they tie up again. Escobar wrenches, has the wristlock, but Solo powers up.

Solo blocks the whip to reverse it, and back elbow in the corner! Solo keeps moving to CLOBBER Escobar down! Solo gets Escobar up, scoops and SLAMS, then runs to drop the headbutt! Cover, TWO! Solo stalks Escobar but Escobar bails out. Solo pursues, throws a BIG right hand, then sees Wilde and Mendoza creep up. They back off, Escobar DOUBLE KNEES Solo into the post! Escobar then RAMS Solo into the apron, and he soaks up all the cheers and jeers as NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and Escobar has Solo down in a motorcycle stretch. Solo endures, fans rally and duel, and Solo fights up. Escobar shifts to facelock but Solo breaks free to fire off haymakers and CHOPS! Solo gets Escobar up to whip him to ropes, but Escobar hooks Solo up for a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Body scissors to the sunset flip, TWO! Solo flounders away but fans rally up. Escobar stalks Solo, gets him up to shove and CLUB in the back! Escobar then dropkicks Solo into the ropes! Escobar stomps away at the ropes but the ref counts and Escobar stops at 4. Escobar talks trash on Solo, has a cocky cover, ONE! Escobar fires off kicks, then gets a leg for a deep Half Crab!

Solo endures as Escobar uses his body weight to keep the leg bend. Solo crawls, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans rally, Escobar lets off, and Escobar aims to basement dropkick Solo right down! Cover, ONE!! Escobar is surprised, but he goes right for the FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Solo endures, fans rally and duel, and Escobar keeps on that arm, all the way to a cover, TWO! Solo is frustrating Escobar with that toughness, but Escobar eggs Solo on. “Fight me! Fight me like a man!” Escobar JABS, then kicks low! Escobar calls for Three Amigos already, but Solo stops him at uno! Solo suplexes and TOSSES Escobar, then DECKS him!

Solo rallies on Escobar, gets him up and fires off hands in the corner! Solo throws knees, whips Escobar to ropes, then gets Escobar up for a SAMOAN DROP! Fans fire up as Solo runs to drop the SENTON! Solo is all fired up and he waits for Escobar to get to a corner. Wilde gets on the apron but Solo DECKS him! And he DECKS Mendoza! But Escobar CHOP BLOCKS Solo’s leg! Escobar puts Solo up top, climbs up and whistles, SUPER STEINER! Escobar swaggers about, even with a little bit of blood in his nose. But wait, Xyon Quinn has appeared! So Escobar DIVES out to take him down! Escobar fires off on Quinn, not even giving Elektra a chance to talk to him!

Escobar says Lopez is la familia, just forget Quinn! But he gets in the ring to get a SUPERKICK from Solo! Solo goes up top, for the SPLASH!! Cover, Solo wins!

Winner: Solo Sikoa, by pinfall

And still undefeated! Quinn may not have gotten an answer from Lopez, but he still got one over on Escobar! But then, what will Lopez choose?

 

Backstage with McKenzie Mitchell.

She’s certain we’re all wondering who faces Mandy Rose for the NXT Women’s Championship at New Year’s Evil. The tag team match determines that later tonight! Plus, the title unification of North American VS Cruiserweight Champions, the Six Man Tag of Imperium VS MSK & Riddle, and then the phenomenal showdown of AJ Styles and Grayson Waller. And after the break, NXT looks closely at the New Year’s Evil main event, the NXT Championship match of Tommaso Ciampa VS Bron Breakker.

 

Wait, something’s going down in the parking lot!

There’s someone on the roof! Wait, it’s Harland and Joe Gacy with Chase’s prized student!! Harland drops the student safely on the roof, but he has made his point. If he can come that close to throwing someone off the top of the CWC, what will stop him from destroying every opponent he has in the ring?

 

NXT Media catches up with Solo Sikoa.

They congratulate him on his big win over Escobar, but what’s next? Anyone else that wants to get this work. BOA attacks! And he’s in full Tian Sha mode! He’s choking the life out of Solo, even as refs try to get him to stop! Boa goes after the CAMERAMAN! Security gets out there and Boa transforms back into himself! He doesn’t even realize what he’s done! Is there anything that can save Boa’s soul from the darkness within?

 

NXT takes a look at Ciampa VS Breakker II.

Halloween Havoc was just two months ago, but when Bron Breakker was supposed to become NXT Champion, no one told Tommaso Ciampa. The Psycho Killer showed the second generation star no mercy, and he “exposed” Bron. Bron says he made one simple mistake and it was all over. Failure taught Bron a lesson that he will not forget, and a mistake he will not make again. WarGames was a stepping stone towards Bron becoming champion. Bron took the win for Team 2.0, and Ciampa says Bron gained just a bit of confidence. But don’t mistake one battle for the war. The title is the war, and Ciampa hit back hard. Ciampa says Bron is not ready to be champion.

Bron says he’s coming for the title! He could’ve pulverized Ciampa again, but he chose not to. New Year’s Evil, blood is in the water, and Bron is going to be the shark that eats the Blackheart Ciampa alive! But is carnage going to be enough to stop the champion?

 

Malik Blade VS Von Wagner!

The hometown hero said a win is a win, but #ViciousVon looks to make an example out of him! Will Wagner get back on track by cutting down Blade?

The bell rings, Malik rushes in, but Von RAMS him right into a corner! Von rams his shoulder in more and more, then lets off as the ref counts. Von hauls Malik right back up to RAM into another corner! Von throws back elbows, then lets off as the ref counts. Malik throws forearms back, only for Von to knee him low! Von CLUBS Malik, whips him to ropes, but Malik dodges the boot to wrench, mule kick and SUPERKICK! Malik runs, into a pop-up TOSS! Robert Stone is watching backstage and likes what he sees as Von stomps and kicks Malik down. Von CLUBS Malik, drags him back up and CLUBS him again!

Fans boo, Malik shoves but Von stomps Malik again. Von gut wrenches and TOSSES Malik across the ring! Von looms over Malik, Malik throws back elbows but Von reels him in for a short arm LARIAT! Von soaks up the heat, whips but Malik fires off forearms in return! Malik gets around the one lariat but Von CLOBBERS him on the return! Malik flounders to a corner, Von runs in, but Malik elbows him back! Malik holds ropes as Von tries to bring him out, and Malik throws more elbows. Malik fires off forearms, but Von shoves. Malik ducks and dodges to dropkick! And dropkick again! Fans fire up as Malik goes to a corner! Malik springboards in, CROSSBODY!

Malik fires up and the fans are with him! Stone isn’t liking this, but Malik runs in, into Von’s LIFTING FLAT LINER! Von then gets Malik up, but Malik sunset flips through the bomb! TWO!! Von almost makes the same mistake as last week! Von hauls Malik up, OLYMPIC SLAM!! Von roars, drags Malik up to double underhooks, BUTTERFLY SLAM! Cover, Von wins!

Winner: Von Wagner, by pinfall

A win is a win, and Von did get this win. But he isn’t satisfied with it! He drags Malik up, but Enofe makes the save! Von is furious, but will he go another round with the Excellence of Execution soon enough?

 

Cora Jade & Raquel Gonzalez VS Kay Lee Ray & Io Shirai!

Mandy Rose “graciously” gave her sidekicks the night off so that the four that beat them at WarGames could have it out! And now, the plan for New Year’s Evil could change as easy as 1-2-3! Will #GenerationJade and Big Mami Cool keep things the way they were? Or will the Scary Queen of Scots and Evil Genius of the Sky both be a match away from having gold again?

The teams sort out and Shirai starts against Jade. They tie up, Shirai waistlocks but Jade elbows. Shirai avoids it then pie faces her. Jade swing but into Shirai’s knee! Shirai whips, Jade reverses but Shirai goes up and around and Jade runs into buckles. Jade comes back, tilt-o-whirls and headscissors, but Shirai handsprings through! Fans cheer and Shirai wags her finger. Jade runs back in but into a FLAPJACK! Shirai kips up, brings Jade up, but Jade kicks back. Jade then blocks a kick, trips Shirai, then rolls her up to a headlock. Shirai powers out, Jade blocks hip toss to arm-drag and lateral press, TWO!

Shirai sidesteps but Jade goes up the ropes to FLYING RANA! Jade runs to SHINING WIZARD Shirai against ropes, and Raquel tags in. Jade snapmares Shirai for Raquel’s BOOT! Cover, TWO! Raquel gets Shirai up, knuckle locks and wrenches to then lift Shirai with one arm! But Shirai slips around to sunset flip! Raquel stays up, drags Shirai up and throws her to the corner! KLR tags in and fans fire up. KLR dodges to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Raquel shoves KLR but KLR kicks back! KLR whips but Raquel blocks! KLR dodges one clothesline but not the LEFT! Tag to Jade, and Raquel trophy lifts her. But Shirai dropkicks Raquel down and Jade lands on KLR’s knees!

Raquel bails out, Shirai and KLR coordinate. KLR goes up and up and SWANTONS Raquel down! Shirai then goes to the apron to ASAI MOONSAULT! Raquel’s down again and fans fire up as NXT goes picture in picture.

Shirai and KLR are getting along well now and KLR goes back to Jade. Jade throws a body shot but KLR CLUBS her down. KLR cravats and neck wrenches Jade. Jade endures, throws body shots, but KLR throws knees. KLR snapmares, tags Shirai, and SHirai runs to basement dropkick Jade in the back! Cover, TWO! Shirai keeps cool, drags Jade up, and scoops to SLAM Jade down! Shirai hadnstands to drop knees on Jade, then covers, TWO! Jade is showing that toughness but Shirai bumps her off buckles. Tag to KLR, KLR snapmares Jade, then grabs the arms for a motorcycle stretch! Jade endures, Raquel and the fans rally up, and Jade fights up to her feet!

But KLR throws Jade down by her hair! KLR stomps Jade, and keeps her from Raquel with a straddle attack! KLR drags Jade up, suplexes for the GOURD BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Jade is still in this as NXT returns to single picture! KLR stays between Jade and Raquel, fans rally up but KLR CLUBS Jade down. KLR drags Jade up, scoops her and SLAMS her, then brings her around to get the leg. KLR SMASHES the knee, then has the leg again for a HALF CRAB! KLR sits on it deep and Jade endures! Raquel coaches Jade, fans rally up, and Jade crawls forward for the ropes. Jade reaches out, but KLR drags her back and sits even deeper!

Jade still endures, even as KLR pulls that leg way back! KLR can’t hold it any longer so she lets Jade go, to stand her up and turn her around. Gory Especial, but Jade pops free to sunset flip! TWO, and KLR CLOBBERS Jade! KLR drags Jade up, whips her, but Jade reverses to send KLR into a corner! But KLR comes back to ROCK Jade! Tag to Shirai, and Shirai clubs while KLR CLUBS Jade. KLR snap suplexes Jade down, then runs to DECK Raquel! Shirai is up top, but Raquel goes around to get Jade out of the ring! KLR DIVES and takes Raquel out! Shirai aims at Jade as she slowly rises, and Shirai runs in to basement dropkick Jade down!

Jade crawls to ropes, Shirai runs to 619! Jade staggers up, into a missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Jade is showing us that same heart from WarGames, and she avoids Shinkansen! Hot tag to KLR, she gets Jade’s leg but Jade ENZIGURIS! KLR flops against ropes, Jade crawls for her corner! Hot tag to Ricky Desperado! Raquel fires off on KLR, then reels her in to lift, ALLEY OOP into the ropes! KLR staggers into a LARIAT! Raquel drags KLR back up, puts her in a corner and scoops to FALL AWAY SLAM! Raquel drags KLR around more, puts her in a drop zone and goes up top! VADER SENTON! Fans are fired up with Raquel, and she drags KLR back up, but KLR SUPERKICKS!

KLR SUPERKICKS into a CHINGONA BOMB!! Jade tags in but Raquel is confused! Jade warns her about Shirai! Raquel catches Shirai to TOSS her! Jade covers KLR, but Raquel breaks it?! They’re on the same team! Raquel says SHE has to do it, but then KLR SHOVES them into each other! O’Conner Roll, but Raquel pushes it back and Jade has the cover! Jade and Raquel win!

Winners: Cora Jade & Raquel Gonzalez, by pinfall (going to New Year’s Evil)

But they’re back to arguing about who gets the finish! They’re going to be going to New Year’s Evil either way, and Mandy says, “Well, well, well. Congratulations, ladies, I’m shocked. You may have won, but let me tell you something. Your selfish desires for my NXT Women’s Championship will be your downfall.” That’s why she made a Triple Threat! These two are so consumed of taking the title off Mandy, she’ll just erase them both from the picture as quickly as 1-2-3. See you at New Year’s Evil. Mandy kisses the belt, but will she be kissing it good-bye in one week?


My Thoughts:

A really good NXT and a great go-home to New Year’s Evil next week. We got a good vignette to recap and build Ciampa VS Breakker, but the math doesn’t change on that match. I think this is Bron’s moment, because it’ll be the New Year, and him losing twice to Ciampa would just eliminate him from the running. I love that we’re getting MSK & Riddle VS Imperium in a Six Man Tag, that is going to be awesome. But we also got a promo vignette from the other four tag teams in the running, so clearly those four teams will have a contender’s match of some sort to determine who faces the winner of Imperium VS MSK. Personally, Imperium VS Jacket Time could be a lot of fun just on the multilingual promos.

Waller opening was a logical move with how they’re really building this guy up. He gets to reference his time on Raw, he has a really good match with Odyssey Jones, and then Styles has a challenge for a New Year’s Evil match. Styles VS Waller will be very good, maybe the opening match to liven things up. Waller will surely cheat to win, I can’t see them having a RawDown guy burying a 2.0 guy outright. And I have a feeling LA Knight returns after to get revenge on Waller. Tiffany Stratton had a decent debut against Fallon Henley (FKA Tesha Price), but now hiding her face during her vignettes makes no sense. There was no “OH NO, what’s on her face?!” swerve, so why hide who this was?

Tony D’Angelo had a decent promo to follow up last week, I hope Dunne comes back to brutalize him in return and we get a No Disqualification match. I like that there was a lot of story intertwining with Quinn, Legado, Solo and Boa. Quinn puts out his ultimatum to Elektra, then distracts Escobar so that Solo can win and stay undefeated, but then Boa goes berserk and attacks Solo. Great editing on that Boa bit, too. And while his name is “Solo,” I hope Solo and Quinn team up to take on Legado or even Escobar and Boa together. Wagner has good story going with Edris Enofe and Robert Stone. Malik gave Wagner a really good match, Enofe makes the save, maybe that’s another tag match with Wagner and Stone against Malik and Enofe.

Harland not facing Kendrick tonight was a big bummer. I wanted to see Kendrick’s return, but they didn’t even so much as kayfabe what happened to Kendrick past Gacy’s spin of Kendrick chickening out. Chase was a great replacement, though, and we still don’t have a full name for Chase’s star pupil but what a strong swerve there where we think he’s going to be thrown off a building, only to be spared. I hope Kendrick shows up to have that match with Harland, or at least a brawl with Harland during New Year’s Evil to set up a match the week after. Of course, the Cruiserweight Division is being put out of its misery, so Kendrick returning would be moot anyway.

The contract signing of Strong and Hayes was a bit of a mess but perhaps in a good way. Strong has his fight camp posse with him, Melo just has Trick, the promos were good, I just weep for what Vince has done to the Cruiserweight Division again. He killed it years ago with Hornswoggle being the last champion, now he’s killed it again by having it fuse with the North American Championship. The only thing that saves it is if there’s a draw and neither champion gets the other champion’s title, but Vince sure as hell ain’t booking that, he clearly wants there to only be one midcard belt and nothing else.

We got a great story out of the women’s title tonight. Mandy pulls a great Heel move pitting all her enemies against each other, but I think it’s also to cover for Gigi & Jacy not being in fighting shape. And I mean that in both health, in that they’re still sore from WarGames, and also in them needing to sharpen their skills (mostly Jacy on that one). KLR & Shirai made a great team, I almost want KLR to replace Zoey Stark so that “Team Scary Evil Geniuses” can take those titles from Gigi & Jacy and add some drama to the story of Shirai and Stark.

Meanwhile, Cora & Raquel were of course winning to keep the advertised match on the card, but the finish just seemed sloppy. Why did they have to argue about who gets the cover to win? They both go to the Triple Threat, so they could just edit out the arguing, Raquel still plays defense and boom, they win. I get they wanted to plant the seed of dysfunction to go with Mandy’s closing promo, but there were other ways to get there that are far more traditional in pro-wrestling.

My Score: 8.3/10


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

The Czar and… HIM!

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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Ilja Dragunov confronts Carmelo Hayes face to face!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Ilja Dragunov is here!

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

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

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

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

 

NXT Media catches up with Ava Raine.

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

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

 

Kelani Jordan VS Kiana James w/ Izzi Dame!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Kiana James, by pinfall

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

 

NXT shares footage from after last week’s show.

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

 

The Good Brothers VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Good Brothers, by pinfall

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

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

 

Ava Raine is on the phone.

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

 

Roxanne Perez VS Jakara Jackson w/ Lash Legend!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Roxanne Perez, by submission

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

 

Thea Hail talks with Jacy Jayne & Jazmyn Nyx.

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

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

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

 

The Wolf Dogs are backstage.

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

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

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

 

DIJAK VS Luca Crusifino!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Dijak, by pinfall

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

 

Backstage interview with Noam Dar & Oro Mensah.

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

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

 

Lyra Valkyria is here!

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

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

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

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

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

 

Brooks Jensen confronts Oba Femi!

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

 

Backstage interview with Carmelo Hayes.

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

 

Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone VS Lexis King!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Von Wagner, by pinfall

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

 

Tatum and Lyra regroup backstage.

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

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

 

Dijak argues with Ava.

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

 

Gigi Dolin VS Jaida Parker w/ OTM!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Jaida Parker, by pinfall

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

 

Waves are rolling in.

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Roadblock!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Dar: 0; Dempsey: 1

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

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

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

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

Dar: 0; Dempsey: 1

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

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

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

Dar: 0; Dempsey: 1

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

Dar: 1; Dempsey: 1

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

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

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

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

 

NXT Media catches up with Shawn Spears.

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

 

Ilja Dragunov is back in the ring!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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Andrew’s TNA Xplosion Results & Match Ratings: 2.22.2024

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

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

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

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

 

Ratings:

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

 

Results:

Mike Bailey vs Jai Vidal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overall Score: 5.5/10

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

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


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