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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (1/4/22)

Happy New Year’s Evil!

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New Year's Evil 2022

What a wicked way to start the New Year!

2022 is here, so it’s time to get New Year’s EVIL! But will we see a NEW NXT Champion as Bron Breakker gets a second chance against Tommaso Ciampa?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT Cruiserweight & North American Championship Unification: Roderick Strong w/ Malcolm Bivens VS Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams; Hayes wins and is the Undisputed North American Champion.
  • Six Man Tag: Matt Riddle & MSK VS Imperium; Riddle & MSK win.
  • NXT Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Mandy Rose VS Raquel Gonzalez VS Cora Jade; Mandy wins and retains the title.
  • NXT Championship: Tommaso Ciampa VS Bron Breakker; Bron wins and becomes the new NXT Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

NXT Cruiserweight & North American Championship Unification: Roderick Strong w/ Diamond Mine VS Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams!

The Savior of the Backbreaker represents Diamond Mine, while the Breakout Superstar of 2021 simply represents. Will Strong break Melo under the pressure of this huge spotlight? Or will Melo shoot and score to become an even greater North American Champion?

Melo has a shirt that already says “Roderick Strong, 9/21/21 – 1/4/21,” declaring the reign is ending tonight. The introductions are made, both belts are raised, but only one walks away with THE belt to start the New Year!

Melo and Strong tie right up and go around. They end up on the ropes, in a corner, back to ropes and then across the way. The ref reprimands as they keep moving around, and Melo lets off first. Melo says that’s one, but Strong shrugs that off. The two of them tie up again, Melo gets an arm and wrenches while fans rally and duel. Strong reverses things around to a wristlock, but Melo rolls, kips up, and arm-drags Strong away! Melo dropkicks Strong down, and the two have a standoff! Strong keeps himself back and the two reset again. They circle, Strong swipes at Trick, then ties up with Melo. Melo headlocks and grinds to hit a takeover.

Strong headscissors, Melo kips out but roles reverse. Melo headscissors, Strong kips out, they trade arm-drags, Melo sweeps to a cover. ONE, Strong sweeps to a cover, ONE! Melo hits an Eddy Gordo Kick to take Strong down! Melo says that’s a three. Strong goes to a corner, Melo runs in to CHOP him! Strong swings but Melo dodges, and again! And again! Melo headlocks, Strong endures and fans rally. Strong powers up, throws body shots and powers out, but Melo slides and comes back, into a CHOP! Strong drags Melo up, CHOPS him again, and again, and again, but Melo bails out! Trick shields Melo but Strong almost chops him! Trick runs away, Strong CHOPS Melo!

Strong follows Melo, Melo knees low and puts Strong in the ring. Melo slides in but Strong drops an elbow! Strong rains down forearms, then whips Melo, only for Melo to slide off his back. Strong elbows Melo, runs, but Melo puts him in ropes! ENZIGURI, then an IMPLODING LEG DROP! Fans fire up while Bivens shouts at Strong to get up. Melo drags Strong back up, ROCKS him with a forearm, then runs to springboard, into a half nelson! But Melo slips out, only for Strong to elbow him! Strong and Melo counter hip toss back and forth, Melo has Strong on the apron for a SLINGSHOT DDT! Trick is all fired up and fans are losing their minds!

Melo puts Strong back in, goes to a corner and climbs, to leap but miss! Strong runs in to SHOTGUN BOOT! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives and Trick is relieved! The fans are thunderous as NXT goes picture in picture!

Melo and Strong are still down, but Strong drags himself away. Strong gets to his feet, goes back for Melo and brings him up into a corner. Strong throws body shots, CHOPS, and then CHOPS again! Melo drops to his knees while his chest is stinging, but Strong drags him up again. Melo CHOPS back so Strong CHOPS him again! Melo leans on ropes, Strong chokes him against the ropes! Strong stomps away on Melo, has him back in the corner, and drags Melo up to throw more forearms! Strong kicks at Melo, brings him back up and brings him around to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Strong keeps on Melo with a grounded stretch.

Strong throws elbows, pulls on Melo’s arm, but Melo endures. Strong shifts to cobra clutch, but Melo fights up to JAWBREAKER free! Strong staggers, Melo springboards, FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Cover, TWO! Strong is still in this but Melo keeps on him with a chinlock. Strong grabs at Melo, Melo gets that arm for a top wristlock. Strong endures, fights up, Melo wrangles him down and leans on the hold. Strong kicks around, NXT returns to single picture and fans are dueling again. Melo keeps on the hold but Strong fights up. Melo knees low, Strong throws body shots, and the two are brawling! Melo whips, Strong LARIATS!

Strong gets up, drags Melo up and scoops for a BACKBREAKER! Strong drags Melo back up, for another BACKBREAKER! Strong drags Melo up a third time, for a third BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Strong fires up, and he drags Melo up to throw uppercuts. Strong then reels Melo in but Melo slips out of the slam to run and tilt-o-whirl FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Strong is still in this, but Melo has the CROSSFACE! Almost a shoutout to Johnny Gargano here, but Strong powers out to get the legs! Melo blocks the catapult to get the legs back! BOSTON CRAB! Strong endures, powers Melo away, and then trips him for the STRONG HOLD!

Melo endures, fans rally and duel, and Melo powers his way through to get a leg free! Melo BOOTS Strong away, then gets up, into an URENAGE BACKBREAKER! Melo writhes, Strong covers, TWO!! Melo survives again and Strong is beside himself! Bivens glares at the ref and Hachiman argues the count, as do many of the fans. Strong drags Melo up to SLAP, but Melo SLAPS back! It is a SLAP fight! Strong gest the edge, CLUBS Melo, then ROCKS him with elbow after elbow! Strong runs side to side to give Melo forearm after forearm! OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO!!The fans are thunderous again as Melo finds a way to survive!

Strong drags Melo up, puts him in a corner, “This is Awesome!” as Melo resists being put up top. Melo CLUBS Strong, shoves him away, then goes up and over for a sunset flip! Strong slips out but Melo gets him for a suplex CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Melo and Trick are both shocked, but Bivens is rabid as he shouts to Strong. Strong gets Melo for a cradle, TWO! Strong is up to ROCK Melo with a right! Suplex but Melo slips right out to SUPERKICK! Melo hurries for a corner and goes up, but Strong GAMANGIRIS Melo first! Melo wobbles up top, Strong goes up after him! Strong CLUBS away on Melo, gets him up, SUPER X-PLEX!?! Melo manages a cover, TWO!!!

No one can believe what they’ve just seen! Melo drags himself to a corner, he goes back up top, and Strong stands for the FLYING FAMOUSER!! Cover, Melo wins!!

Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall (Undisputed North American Champion)

Bivens is stunned! His champion is no longer champion, and Carmelo Hayes is THE champion! But then, what is next for Carmelo Hayes in NXT?

 

Tommaso Ciampa is preparing backstage.

“Well isn’t this Phenomenal.” AJ Styles walks in and wishes Ciampa luck in his big match tonight. And Styles looks dressed for business tonight, too. Waller. Yes, sir. Now defend that title. Of course. Ciampa is ready, Styles is ready, but which of these old veterans starts off 2022 on the right foot?

 

The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic is coming back!

History will be made again as both the men’s and women’s tag divisions look to win it all and go for the tag titles. The men kick things off in two weeks, with the women’s tournament starting in February!

 

AJ Styles is here!

The Phenomenal One is on NXT, looking to get at the 21st Century Success Story’s disrespectful self! Styles gets a mic while the fans chant his name. “I never get tired of hearing that. I’ve done a lot in my career, and that never gets old. I will always enjoy that. Thank you for that.” Styles has won a lot of championships, too, but those who followed him this long already know that. He thanks the amazing fans, but he’d be lying if he didn’t say he had some regrets. When Styles first got to the WWE, he wasn’t in NXT. He knows he sounds crazy for saying that, but his debut was at the Royal Rumble. He was on Raw and SmackDown, and within months, he was at WrestleMania. But there’s something special about NXT.

And the fans are showing him what. It’s that passion! The passion the fans have for the superstars here, and the passion that the superstars have for the fans. Styles doesn’t care if it is 1.0 or 2.0, passion makes NXT go ’round. And Styles will be damned if someone takes that passion away from the fans. So if you haven’t figured it out, he’s talking about Grayson Waller. Fans immediately boo. Styles says there will always be one who thinks they’re bigger and better than the place they should respect, and that right now is Grayson Waller. And speaking of, here comes Waller!

Waller says, “Mate, credit where it’s due. You really tug at the heartstrings, laid it on thick tonight.” He sees fans are emotional, one guy is crying, it’s all beautiful. A phenomenal deflection. Put the heat on Waller so people forget Styles lost to Omos. Actually, he got crushed! So this whole, “I really wish I started in NXT,” Waller ain’t buying it. Waller is pretty sure what Styles will say next: Grayson’s green, he doesn’t belong, didn’t pay his dues. None of that is real. Waller is a student of the game. He knows why Styles lost. No one else saw it that way but Waller did.

Even this one guy here, who’s probably watched WWE his whole life, didn’t see it. He hasn’t been in the ring, or a gym, or in the sun, in a long time, but Waller knows. Styles lost last night because the whole time, he was thinking about Waller! Waller is living in Styles’ mind rent free! Waller wishes he was at Raw just to see it, but he didn’t want to give Styles an excuse to blame him for the loss. Styles wants everyone to hold on a second. Waller is right. Styles is hurt and beat up, not at 100%. So then, Waller, take advantage of the situation. Styles has never had a match here at NXT. He’s got his gear on, so just get a ref and they can do this here and now!

Waller tells fans not to cheer here. They’re not on Phenomenal Time, they’re on Waller Time! You see this? Why not grow a sack, Waller, and do something?! Fans chant, “Grow a Sack!” and Waller throws off his shirt! Waller gets in, though he’s in white jeans, but Waller says no. This is a money fight, they need the spotlight. They can do this in the main event of next week’s NXT. Then Waller can get the biggest win of his career! Oh, the biggest win of his career? No, it’ll be the biggest embarrassment. Waller backs off, but the sucker punch is coming! Styles dodges to DECK Waller! Waller bails out, Styles puts him back in, but Waller stomps away!

Fans boo as Waller drags Styles up, JABS him, then swings! But Styles dodges again to PELE! Fans fire up with Styles, he runs in but Waller puts him out! Styles ROCKS Waller, springboards, but Waller gets away before the forearm flies in! Waller is running, but he only has seven days left! Will that main event Waller wants so bad be phenomenal for Styles?

 

Pete Dunne looks at his busted hand.

“So let me get this straight. I treat ya like anybody else and break your fingers, and you think that’s me trying to get one up on ya?” Dunne tells Tony D’Angelo that breaking his hand is the best? Well done, Tony, you poked the bear. Bet you’re real proud. But he thinks this is where it ends? That Tony can walk away? “Nah, mate, this is just the beginning.” And now it won’t be four, it’ll just be 1v1. Too late to back out, because Dunne will rip Tony’s arm out the socket and stomp that stupid mouth shut! If Tony’s as bad as he thinks he is, then face Dunne and finish what you started. And bring that crowbar, because you’re gonna need it!

 

Amari Miller checks in with Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter.

They’re all getting a workout in, and Amari asks them how that country music concert date went. Oh, they had a blast. Briggs & Brooks got them to put their boots on and do a Texas two step. Literally, though, not some metaphor. They’re now gearing up to become NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions! But then Persia Pirotta & Indi Hartwell walk over. The funny thing about New Year’s Resolutions is that they always fall short. These two are the next NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, okay? Oh, well then you’re looking at three women who wanna kick y’all in the face. Big talk from a small girl. You’re on!

Wait, what? Persia, what’s with all the handicap matches? Well, Indi’s always so focused on Dexter Lumis, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have a partner. What about that new girl? Tiffany Stratton? She says thanks but no thanks. “Daddy, these girls are so ew!” Tiffany bails, but then they see that snoozing pajama girl waking up. Hey, how about her? KC Squared & Amari head out, and Indi asks who that even is. “I’m Wendy Choo. And why’re you looking at me like I’m a ham sandwich?” What? Who? Choo? Sandwich? Will this random partnership be a complete mess next week? Or is there more to Wendy than meets the eye?

 

Six Man Tag: Matt Riddle & MSK VS Imperium!

The Bro turned out to be the Shaman, and he helped give Wes Lee & Nash Carter the confidence to call out the NXT Tag Team Champions. But now, the Ring General is here to lead his men into battle! Will the #MustSeeBros be able to take the fight to Walter, Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner? Or will the mat once again be sacred?

NXT returns and MSK lead the way, followed by the Shaman Stallion! The trios sort out and Barthel starts against Carter. They circle, tie up, and Barthel arm-drags then floats to a hammerlock. Barthel scuffs Carter with a boot, Carter reaches back to headlock, but Barthel headstands out of it to keep the hammerlock! Barthel gets the other arm and pulls it back. Barthel digs knuckles into ribs, then brings Carter up in a chinlock. Carter snapmares free but Barthel kips up to get a facelock! Barthel wrenches an arm, Carter rolls, kips up and flips through to arm-drag! Carter goes Matrix, runs, trips Barthel up then basement dropkicks!

Carter kips up again and fans fire up! Barthel headlocks, Aichner tags in as Carter powers out, and Aichner hits an arm-drag! Aichner wrenches the wristlock, hammerlocks, then RAMS Carter into buckles! Aichner CHPOS, Carter SLAPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Carter whips, Aichner reverses and he blocks a boot! Carter avoids the clothesline but Aichner blocks the crucifix takedown! Aichner throws Carter away then pops Carter up, but Carter turns that into a RANA! Hot tag to Lee! Lee gets in, fires off hands, dodges Aichner’s clothesline and rolls back to headscissor! Lee kips up, fans fire up and Lee runs in, but Aichner dodges!

Lee QUEBRADAS, Aichner catches him but Lee slips off! Lee mule kicks but Aichner reverses the whip. Aichner blocks Lee’s boot and reels Lee in to CLOBBER him! Fans rally and duel, Aichner looms over Lee. Aichner brings Lee over to the corner but Lee wrenches! Lee breaks free, Aichner blocks a boot to flip Lee, but Lee dodges and slides to the corner! Tag to Riddle! Fans fire up and Riddle stares Aichner down! But Walter tags in! The Bro and the Ring General meet, and Riddle fires off fast hands! Riddle KICKS and KICKS but Walter CHOPS Riddle down! Walter drags Riddle up, CLUBS Riddle down, then tags Aichner back in.

Walter stomps Riddle, Aichner drags Riddle up to scoop and SLAM then drop an elbow! Cover, TWO! Aichner clamps a chinlock on Riddle, Riddle fights up to throw body shots, but Aichner KICKS him down! Aichner back suplexes, Riddle lands on his feet! Tag to Lee then to Carter! MSK fires off on Aichner with kicks, ENZIGURI and DOUBLE STMOPS! Barthel rushes in but MSK send him to a corner, RAIL GUN DROPKICK! Walter tags in, and he CLOBBERS Lee, DECKS Riddle, tanks Carter’s kick and CHOPS him off his feet! Walter runs into Lee’s BOOT, and Lee goes up to Leap! But Walter catches him to RAM him into the corner, and CHOP him on the top rope!

Walter keeps Lee from falling out, and Barthel gets in, Imperium meet at the corner with double dropkicks! Now Lee falls to the floor and the fans are thunderous again as Imperium strike their poses and NXT goes picture in picture.

The ref restores a bit of order, Walter waits, and Carter gets in the ring. Walter stomps Carter, drags him around and has a motorcycle stretch. Carter endures as Walter stands on his shoulder blades. Carter fights up, but Walter KNEES him low! Walter drags Carter over, stomps the leg, then tags in Aichner. Aichner drags Carter to drop an elbow on the leg and trap it in a toehold. Carter grinds his forearm on Aichner’s face but Aichner drops knees on the knee! Aichner pulls on the leg, turns Carter over, and drops down for an STF! Carter endures, crawls and gets the ROPEBREAK! Aichner lets go to stomp Carter down.

Aichner CLUBS Carter, tags Barthel, and Barthel whips Carter to a corner for a EuroUpper and GAMANGIRI! Then a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Barthel goes up top, FLYING EUROUPPER! Cover, TWO! Barthel clamps on a cobra clutch and he leans on Carter. Carter endures, fights his way up and JAWBREAKERS free! Barthel catches Carter first to whip him away from the corner and EuroUpper again! Barthel whips, Carter reverses and ROUNDHOUSES! Barthel waistlocks, Carter gets around and SUPERKICKS Aichner! Dropkick to Barthel! Both men are down and fans are thunderous again! Barthel and Carter crawl, hot tag to Walter!

Walter stomps Carter down then stares at Riddle. Walter stomps Carter more, eggs him on, and Carter CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Walter knees low, reels Carter in, but Carter dodges! Only for Barthel & Aichner to trip Riddle and Lee! Walter runs in to BOOT Carter down, then SEATED SENTON! Cover, TWO!! Carter survives but Walter keeps egging him on. “This is Awesome!” as Walter gets Carter up, only for Carter to RANA free! Hot tag to Riddle! Riddle fires off strikes and KICKS on Walter! Walter shoves, Riddle comes back to spin and PELE! Riddle kips up, runs in and forearm smashes! Forearm smashes for Barthel and Aichner, another for Walter!

Walter fights the Brosploder, but Riddle powers up to still BROSPLODER! Then a PENALTY KICK! But Walter avoids the moonsault, only for the BROTON to hit! Riddle DECKS Barthel, KICKS Aichner, and he has them both in ropes! Riddle wants to shout out Randy Orton but Walter gets a SLEEPER HOLD! Riddle pries free, but Walter walistlocks! GERMAN SUPLEX, but Riddle lands on his feet! FINAL FLASH! Walter flounders out of the ring, MSK get in to DOUBLE SUPERKICK Aichner & Barthel! Riddle goes up and out to PENALTY KICK Walter! MSK build speed, Riddle springboards, DOUBLE TOPE FLOATING BRO!! Fans lose their minds for that triple awesomeness!

Riddle puts Walter in, GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans are loving this, they rally and duel, “WAL~TER!” “BRO!” Riddle is up, he hears voices in his head like The Viper! But then Imperium clobber MSK! Carter is sent into steps, Lee is sent over the desk! Riddle sees that and is distracted long enough for Walter to SHOTGUN DROPKICK him down! Walter drags Riddle up, to WALTER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?! Riddle survives and Walter is furious! Walter tags Barthel in and Barthel drags Riddle up. Aichner tags in, they set Riddle up, GAMANGIRI, ROCKET LAUNCHER BRAINBUSTER! Cover, Carter breaks it!

Barthel goes after Carter, throwing him out by his dreadlocks. Walter shouts orders, Imperium get Riddle back up. Walter goes to one corner, Barthel tags in and climbs up the main corner. Aichner brings Riddle up but Riddle back drops free! FINAL FLASH for Barthel! GERMAN SUPLEX for Walter! Hot tag to Carter! Lee tags in, Carter hoists Aichner up! Riddle tags back in, MUST SEE BLOCKBUSTER! FLOATING BRO!! Barthel runs in, into an RKO!! Cover, Riddle & MSK win!!

Winners: Matt Riddle & MSK, by pinfall

Broooo! The Stallion did Orton proud, and he also helped Lee & Carter get back up! Will MSK do their Shaman proud and take those NXT Tag Team Championships from Imperium?

 

Backstage interview with Joe Gacy & Harland.

McKenzie asks about things that happened with Andre Chase and one of his students. Does Harland wish to explain himself? Gacy says it is okay. Harland has been working through things, coming to grips with how people have treated him in the past. Harland has made great strides and has shown more restraint than he ever has before. They’ve discussed it, and if they were to compete for the Dusty Cup, it’d bring Harland peace, joy and happiness. They are a brand new tag team, so they don’t want to be automatically put in the field. They don’t want a handout, or the “privilege” other tag teams receive. They will prove to the committee they are a viable tag team. “Thank you for your time.” Their goal is clear, but will Gacy and Harland look to enter the cup and redefine what it stands for?

 

Mandy Rose arrives by helicopter.

“This is how the champ arrives in style. New Year’s Evil, baby.” Mandy blows us a kiss, but will she be kissing the belt good-bye in tonight’s Triple Threat?

 

Backstage interview with Elektra Lopez.

McKenzie gets right to it: What is going on with her and Xyon Quinn? Oh everyone wants to know~? Well, keep on wondering. But she will say this: she joined Legado del Fantasma because Santos Escobar knew she was a difference maker. Family comes first, but sometimes when someone catches your eye, it makes you look at things differently. She is attracted to success. She makes no apology to anyone, even her own family. But people are still wanting an answer. Next week, we will get that answer when Santos takes on Quinn, and the winner of that match leaves with Lopez. Things are heating up, who takes the heart and loyalty of Elektra?

 

NXT Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Mandy Rose VS Raquel Gonzalez VS Cora Jade!

Toxic Attraction’s leader may have had a bit of help getting this title off Big Mami Cool, but she might be overestimating herself thinking she can just use her opponents against each other. Will Ricky Desperado become a rare two-time NXT Women’s Champion? Or will #GenerationJade truly be established to start off the New Year?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if the “Beast Behind the Beauty” is unleashed, or just unburdened of a belt!

Raquel BOOTS Cora down then fires off on Mandy! Raquel whips Mandy to a corner, Mandy bounces off buckles, then Raquel whips her into another corner! Mandy flops down, Cora gets up but Raquel scoops her and HOTSHOTS her on the ropes! Mandy CLUBS Raquel, throws a knee, then hits another KNEE! Raquel flops out of the ring, Mandy ROCKS Cora! Mandy whips, Cora goes up and headscissors Mandy down! Raquel returns to push Cora to a corner and whip her corner to corner. Cora goes up but gets caught, tilt-o-whirl into a scoop, but Cora slips off to roll Raquel up! ONE, but Raquel runs in and is dumped right out!

Cora builds speed as fans rally, but Mandy trips her up! Mandy drags Cora out and RAMS her into the apron! And then again! Mandy CLUBS Cora, ROCKS her, but Raquel comes in to BOOT Mandy! Cora goes up to CANNONBALL onto Raquel! Fans fire up with Cora as the young spitfire is standing all! But then Mandy YANKS Cora into steel steps! Mandy gloats as she stands tall, and she puts Cora in the ring. Cover, but Raquel drags Cora out. Mandy wrecks Raquel with a dropkick then throws Cora back in. Fans are dueling, Mandy covers, but again Raquel drags Cora out. Mandy goes back out to ROCK Raquel and RAM her into steps!

Mandy goes back to Cora, drags her up, but Cora makes it a cradle! Cover, Raquel breaks it herself! Raquel puts Cora up top, throws forearms on her, but Mandy kicks Raquel. Raquel knees Mandy, fireman’s carries, and then RAMS her into Cora! Raquel adds Cora to the stack! Fans are thunderous for the DOUBLE SAMOAN DROP! Raquel is all fired up as she hurries, but both women bail out as NXT goes picture in picture!

Raquel seethes, having missed her window on a cover. Mandy and Cora crawl on the outside. Mandy looks under the ring, Raquel grabs at her, and Mandy SMACKS Raquel with a kendo stick! Mandy then JAMS Raquel, SMAKCS her on the side of the leg, then stalks her. Mandy CHOKES Raquel with the kendo stick in Raquel’s jaw! Raquel powers out and Mandy is panicking! Raquel SMACKS Mandy in the leg now! And then she makes Mandy eat kendo stick in the mouth! Raquel eggs Mandy on, but Cora rolls Raquel up! TWO, and Cora has the stick! Raquel wants Cora to take it easy, but Cora says she deserves to be here. Mandy BOOTS Cora down, then SHOVES Raquel out of the ring!

Mandy drags Cora to a cover, TWO! Mandy scuffs Cora, Cora kicks back from below. Mandy stomps Cora, DECKS Raquel off the apron, then she goes back to get the kendo stick. Cora wants mercy, but Mandy jams the stick into Cora’s jaw! Cora sputters, Mandy covers, TWO!! Mandy is furious but she wraps Cora up in body scissors! Mandy thrashes Cora around, Cora fights but Mandy CLUBS away on her chest! Cora endures as Mandy puts on the squeeze, and then Mandy rolls it to a cover, TWO! Mandy keeps on with the body scissors as NXT returns to single picture. Fans are dueling, Mandy gets another cover, TWO!

Raquel stomps them both down, and then she drags Mandy up. Mandy CLUBS Raquel’s leg, but Cora sunset flips Mandy! TWO!! Cora is shocked how close that was, but she BOOTS Mandy! Mandy CLOBBERS Cora on the return! Cover, TWO!! Raquel whips Cora to a corner hard then she scoops and SLAMS Mandy! “This is Awesome!” as Raquel whips Mandy into Cora’s BOOT! Raquel runs in, Cora gets her for a RANA! Cora runs but Raquel bypasses, so Cora springboards to RANA Mandy! Cora fires off on Raquel but Raquel blocks and reverses the whip to run, but into a SHINING WIZARD! Cora has the cravat but Raquel powers up to hit a BACKBREAKER!

Raquel drags Cora up, fireman’s carries, and she hoists her up to TOSS her! Mandy moves, Cora hits floor! Mandy is shocked at the brutality, and even Raquel can’t believe what she just did to her! But then Raquel dares Mandy to get some courage and get in the ring. Mandy runs for it! Raquel gets Mandy at the ramp and runs her all the way back to the ring! Raquel stalks Mandy, Mandy wants mercy. Raquel looms over Mandy as she goes to ropes, and she gets legs to bring Mandy in for a SLAM! Raquel runs and rallies with big lariats! Mandy tires to dodge but Raquel grabs her by the hair and CLOBBERS her! But Mandy again scrambles out of the ring!

Raquel fetches Mandy, puts her back in, but Mandy hits a DRAPING CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Raquel is still in this and Mandy can’t believe it! Mandy is furious and she dribbles Raquel’s head off the mat! Mandy talks trash, but Raquel avoids the Kami-Goye to send Mandy into ropes! Mandy sputters, Raquel rolls Mandy and gets her up! Raquel shakes Mandy by her head, then gets her up for the CHINGONA BOMB!! Cover, but Cora SUPER SENTONS in outta nowhere to break it!! Cora grins but Raquel is seething! Raquel drags Cora up to ram her into a corner! Raquel puts Cora up top, ROCKS her, then climbs up! Cora slips out to SHOVE Raquel down!!

Fans are thunderous as Cora finds herself alone with Mandy. Cora crawls over after Mandy, rolls her up, but Mandy spins through to sit down! Mandy wins!!

Winner: Mandy Rose, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Champion)

Mandy wins by the seat of her leather hot pants! Cora can’t believe it, and Raquel is fuming, but Mandy is still golden. Who will step to Toxic Attraction’s leader next?

 

Boa washes his face.

“The powers are uncontrollable. I cannot contain them. Please, let me face Solo Sikoa by myself.” He keeps splashing water on his face, but he sees Tian Sha in the mirror. Will Boa still be Boa when he fights the Street Champion of the Island?

 

MSK & Riddle celebrate in the parking lot.

That was so awesome! It was an incredible journey, but now it is time for Lee & Carter to fulfill their destinies and win those NXT Tag Team Championships. This isn’t good-bye forever, just good-bye for now. Later, dudes! Riddle scooters off into the night and MSK say farewell. They know what they have to do, but then the Creed Brothers walk over saying, “How cute.” While MSK were on the cute little trippy vacation, the tag division has gotten more competitive. The only way MSK gets at Imperium now is by winning the Dusty Cup again. And that ain’t happening with Julius & Brutus in the way. Will MSK show the Brothers Creed that they can and will make history?

 

Andre Chase heads to the ring!

HIs student section is growing, and Professor Chase is here with a mic. “Last week was indeed a Teachable Moment! I was in deep trouble, and one of my students risked life and limb to slide in this ring and protect me. That’s the kind of bond we have between our student body and our faculty at Andre Chase University.” And Chase is so grateful that Harland didn’t follow through and throw his student off the roof. That would have been terrible for enrollment. So for his heroics and selflessness, Chase wants to recognize this student. The student section fires up as Chase says this is a man he is so proud of. “You Deserve It!”

This is a man Chase has watched grow right before his very eyes. This is the recipient of the first-ever Chase U FULL SCHOLARSHIP! You DO deserve it! But wait, here comes Von Wagner. “Enough with the bullsh*t. Now let the real star of NXT say something.” Von hears us, our boos and negative comments. But when Von steps in the ring, suddenly, he’s your new favorite. Everyone wants to tune in to the Von Wagner Watch Party, so we can see who he tunes out next. And let’s be real. Von only needs to be liked by those who matter, and none of the fans do! “Look at me! Look at me! I’m everything that you’re not!” And Chase, Von is everything that you’re not.

Whoa, whoa, whoa, Von. This is what a teachable moment is- Von CLOBBERS Chase!! And hauls him up for an OLYMPIC SLAM! But he’s not done, he puts Chase in a corner and chokes him! Von throws Chase down, then glares at the student section. The star pupil shouts at Von, but Von snatches the Chase U flag and throws id won! Then he throws the student down! And then he grabs at a fan! Referees rush out, but Von gets a child and SLAMS him down! And then he fires off punches on more fans! Von’s violence has reached an all time low! Who will stop him from doing whatever he wants to whoever he wants?

 

Security ejects Von from the building.

But on his way out, Ivy Niles is there with Diamond Mine as they are with Strong in the medical area. Von tells her to get out of his face, and then leaves.

 

Cameron Grimes speaks.

“2021. What a year, and what a life. Who else but ol’ Cameron Grimes showing up in a spaceship coup and wearing a butler suit? From the highest of highs to the lowest of lows. I went from cuttin’ grass to kickin’ ass. That damn Ted DeBiase taught me how to conduct myself like a champ.” But that legacy was Ted’s. Time for Grimes to make his own. Instead of chasing green, he’s going to start chasing gold. 2022 THE~ MOON~!

 

Next week’s NXT is also big!

Or rather, phenomenal! Styles VS Waller IS the main event, but we’re also getting the Six Woman Tag of Amari & KC Squared VS Indi, Persia & Wendy Choo, and a CROWBAR ON A POLE MATCH! Will the Bruiserweight break Tony D’s digits? Or will Tony take Dunne’s other hand and completely sideline him?

 

NXT Championship: Tommaso Ciampa VS Bron Breakker!

The Psycho Killer told “the Big Booty Nephew” that he’d drown in inexperience, and perhaps that was true. One mistake on a second rope move and Bron lost at Halloween Havoc. But after winning WarGames for Team 2.0, Bron’s confidence is up and he’s ready for redemption! Have Ciampa’s chances of retaining just drastic go down in the New Year? Or will the only thing new be that Ciampa is on to a new challenger after this?

Speaking of, Bron has a new singlet, and he BOOTS his way through an old NXT logo. Ciampa doesn’t even bat an eye at all that as he makes his way to the ring. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we go COMMERCIAL FREE in this main event!

Bron and Ciampa circle, tie up, and Bron puts Ciampa on ropes. The ref counts, Bron lets off but stares Ciampa down. Ciampa and Bron tie up again, Ciampa puts Bron in a corner and the ref counts. Ciampa lets off, then CHOPS! Bron just laughs it off, so Ciampa kicks low and whips. Bron reverses, Ciampa stops himself to come back and LARIAT! Ciampa runs in to corner clothesline, then keeps going to duck, dodge and redirect. Bron hurdles, gator rolls and suplexes Ciampa for a stalling SLAM! Bron kips up and fans fire up while Ciampa bails out. Ciampa takes a moment to catch his breath, and Bron holds the ropes open.

Ciampa waits, gets on the apron but Bron rushes in. Ciampa gets Bron’s foot but Bron pulls Ciampa in! Bron deadlifts Ciampa for another suplex and SLAM! Bron CLUBS Ciampa on the back, stalks him to a corner and shoves him at the ropes to CLUB him again. Fans duel and bark, Bron waistlocks and shoves Ciampa, but Ciampa elbows him away! Ciampa CHOPS, Bron throws a forearm! Ciampa CHPOS, Bron throws a forearm. Ciampa fakes Bron out to stomp his foot and scrape laces on Bron’s face. Ciampa headlocks to grind Bron into ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Ciampa climbs up to rain down rights on Bron in the corner.

Fans count all the way to nine, but Bron carries Ciampa for an atomic drop! Bron LARIATS Ciampa down, then storms over to Ciampa in the corner. Bron whips corner to corner, Ciampa reverses but Bron goes up and over. Bron keeps moving, ducks and dodges, but Ciampa dropkicks him down! Ciampa takes a bow while fans rally up. Ciampa kicks Bron around, stomps him, then drags Bron up to throw haymakers. Ciampa whips, Bron ducks and dodges again, and he leaps, only to miss! Deja vu to Halloween Havoc there, and Ciampa runs to KNEE Bron down! Ciampa runs to FLY! Direct hit with the conjilo, and Ciampa sits on the apron to applaud and pat himself on the back!

Fans are fired up as Ciampa fetches Bron back into the ring. Ciampa drives a knee into Bron, then does it again. Ciampa drops ax handles, then clamps on a chinlock to grind Bron down. Bron endures, fights up, powers Ciampa into a corner, but Ciampa hops on to be a backpack! Bron stays on his feet, and then drops back for a SENTON! Fans rally up while both men are down. Ciampa and Bron rise, and they start throwing forearms. Ciampa CHOPS, Bron forearms, repeat! Bron blocks the leg lariat to LARIAT! Bron rallies, whips Ciampa to the corner, then runs in to SPLASH! Bron keeps moving, ducks a chop and turns Thesz Press into SPINEBUSTER!

Bron RAMS Ciampa in the corner, hoists him up top, and Bron climbs up to join Ciampa. Fans fire up as Bron goes to the very top, but Ciampa slips out to trip Bron up! Ciampa stomps away on Bron in a Tree of Woe! The ref counts, Ciampa lets off and goes side to side to basement dropkick! Bron flops out of the Tree, fans rally, and Ciampa drags Bron back up. Ciampa reels Bron in, underhooks, but Bron blocks! Ciampa CLUBS and ROCKS Bron with forearms, then runs, into another SPINEBUSTER! Bron hits a STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Bron can’t believe it, but it’s hard to believe Bron just did that!

Bron goes to a corner, he goes up top, but he thinks better of the second rope. Ciampa CHOPS Bron and then shoves him down! Bron hits the apron then the floor, Ciampa goes out to run and KNEE Bron down! Ciampa puts Bron in the ring, and KNEES Bron down again! Ciampa’s bleeding from an eyebrow but he doesn’t care, he runs to- SPEAR!! Bron takes Ciampa down but he can’t make the cover! “This is Awesome!” and far from over! Ciampa pushes himself up, Bron gets up near the ropes. They both stand, Bron throws a haymaker! Ciampa forearms back, so Bron throws another! Ciampa throws a forearm, Bron hits back again!

Ciampa JABS, JABS, one-two combo and then some! Ciampa has Bron in the corner, the ref counts but Ciampa lets off at 4. Ciampa runs in again, but into a RANA! Bron gets Ciampa to a cover, TWO!! Ciampa sits up in a daze, but Bron gets up and stands Ciampa up. Bron trophy lifts, but no powerslam as Ciampa slips out and puts Bron on the apron! WILLOWS BELL! Cover, TWO!! Ciampa hurries to get the leg! He kicks Bron into position for a HALF CRAB!! Bron endures, crawls forward, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Ciampa holds on and even adds pressure until the ref counts 4! Fans still rally and duel as Ciampa goes out and peels up floor mats!

Ciampa is again revisiting Halloween Havoc as he refreshes the count and drags Bron out. Bron shoves Ciampa away but Ciampa BOOTS him back! Ciampa has Bron out but Bron Alabama lifts to ALABAMA SLAM Ciampa on the announce desk! The desk falls apart under Ciampa and fans are losing their minds! Bron hauls Ciampa up and into the ring, then gets him for the trophy lift! POWERSLAM!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!! Ciampa saves himself by mere fingertips! Fans hope these two “Fight Forever!” at this point! Ciampa clings to the ropes, gets to the apron, but Bron keeps going after him.

The ref keeps having Bron back off, so Bron goes out, and Ciampa SNAPS the ropes! Ciampa gets Bron in his breakkers! PSYCHO KNEE! Then another PSYCHO KNEE! And a THIRD! Ciampa gets Bron in, underhooks, FAIRY TALE ENDING!! Cover, TWO?!?! HOW?!? Ciampa can’t believe it and fans are going nuts! Ciampa gets Bron up on the top rope and climbs up after him. Bron hits back, Ciampa still tries. Bron CLUBS Ciampa, shoves him down, and then goes to the second rope, for the FLYING BULLDOG!! Bron brings down the straps and he stands over Ciampa! STEINER RECLINER!!! Ciampa endures, flails, and TAPS! BRON WINS!!

Winner: Bron Breakker, by submission (NEW NXT Champion)

New Year, NEW NXT Champion! Bron looks at Ciampa one more time, and Ciampa nods. Bron takes Goldie for his own and holds her way up high! Maybe Bron fell for some of the same old tricks, but he had some tricks of his own. Will Bron carry the torch for NXT into a bright future?


My Thoughts:

What an AWESOME event to open the year for NXT! And much like I said for NXT WarGames, this event really brought things back to 1.0 levels. And while I’m still greatly disappointed Vince killed the Cruiserweight Division all over again, the match we got tonight of Strong VS Melo was a great one, and I suppose was worth it. Melo winning to retain the North American Championship is great for him, and he will definitely continue a great run with that title. As for Strong, he could rebound and go after the top title, the one title he hasn’t held. I don’t know what the chances of Roddy Grand Slam would be, it probably won’t happen now that we’re in 2.0, but he should at least be given a match.

Speaking of the top title, Ciampa VS Bron II was awesome stuff, and I figured that this was where Bron would win. Bron is the new champion, using his uncle’s submission, and fulfilling the inevitable from when 2.0 took over. Bron has a long list of people to face, both those still here from 1.0 and those in the same 2.0 class as Bron, and I would think Bron has a lengthy reign as the first 2.0 guy to be champion. We got a lot of good promos to build things for next week, like Dunne’s response to Tony D’Angelo, Boa bargaining with Tian Sha before taking on Solo Sikoa, and the Six Woman Tag. Great to see Karen Q, now Wendy Choo, finally talk, too.

Lopez making Quinn VS Escobar a “Winner gets Lopez” match is definitely the blow-off I was expecting, and I’m thinking this means Quinn wins. He is still undefeated, and being undefeated with a win over Escobar would be even bigger for him. Then, I could see him going after Melo and the North American Championship, Lopez as his manager to counter Trick Williams being in Melo’s corner. Grimes also says his piece, and I expect him wanting the North American Championship, too. We could even end up with another North American Championship Ladder match, as we’ve seen in the past.

I clearly didn’t realize Styles VS Waller wasn’t happening here and this was just going to be a “Face calls out Heel” segment. That was a bit of a let down that Styles shows up just for Waller to brawl and then duck him. Styles VS Waller in next week’s main event will be good, but I feel like this delay gives Waller a chance to figure out a way to cheat. Andre Chase coming out to reference last week was good, but Von showing up was a surprise. Von going after “fans” was also pretty wild, I feel like this is their attempt to build Von up as a Heel the way Waller going after Gargano built him up. And I do like that Ivy Nile is so ready to fight the guys, she did not back down from Von.

Glad that the Dusty Cup is coming back, that is going to be a good tournament. We’re obviously getting the four teams who had the big promo last week in it, so totally expect The Creed Brothers, Jacket Time, Grizzled Young Veterans and Briggs & Brooks to be pit against each other. MSK & Riddle had an awesome match with Imperium, and it was pretty clever for Riddle to take the win so that the math on MSK and Imperium to be unaffected. Imperium and MSK are clear choices for semifinalists, but Gacy & Harland are also in, so I bet we see MSK VS Gacy & Harland for the finals. That match could go either way, but MSK making history would be pretty cool.

Mandy Rose entering by helicopter was cool, a lot like the one time Charlotte Flair did that, so maybe it should’ve been obvious Mandy would retain. It was a very good match, and went how a Triple Threat should with the odd person out always getting after one of the others. It was very active, but the finish seemed really abrupt with Mandy just turning a cover into a cover. I did appreciate she didn’t straight up copy Becky Lynch with holding ropes during that sitting cover, but it seemed too easy for her to get Cora stacked and stuck. Chances are, a team of Raquel & Cora comes out of this in time for the Women’s Dusty Cup.

As for who is next to challenge Mandy, there’s a chance Io Shirai is next in another attempt to boost Mandy’s reign. Kay Lee Ray is probably being saved for a bigger event, and I would hope then KLR wins to take that title off Mandy.

My Score: 9.1/10


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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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