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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (2/7/22)

Syfy gets Raw!

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WWE Raw 2022

Will RKBRO earn a Raw Tag Team title match?

Raw may be on Syfy, but this isn’t science fiction! Either Randy Orton & Matt Riddle win the quiz bowl, or they lose their chance at the tag titles!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Alpha Academy Academic Challenge, Final Round: Quiz Bowl – The Alpha Academy VS RKBRO; RKBRO wins and are going to challenge The Alpha Academy for the Raw Tag Team Championships.
  • The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy; The Alpha Academy wins.
  • WWE United States Championship Contender’s Match: Damian Priest VS AJ Styles; Styles wins and earns a future title match.
  • Dominik Mysterio w/ Rey Mysterio VS The Miz w/ Maryse; Dominik wins.
  • Bianca Belair VS Nikki A.S.H; Belair wins.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Friend Zoning Permits: Dana Brooke retains the title.
  • Kevin Owens VS Austin Theory; Kevin wins.
  • Liv Morgan VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven; Niven wins.
  • Matt Riddle VS Seth Rollins; Riddle wins, by disqualification.
  • RKBRO VS Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens; Rollins & Kevin win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Raw is on SyFy!

And to celebrate this special occasion, Raw’s first hour is COMMERCIAL FREE!!

 

The Alpha Academy Academic Challenge, Final Round: Quiz Bowl – The Alpha Academy VS RKBRO!

This is it! The final round of Chad Gable’s challenge, and it’s for all the marbles! Either Randy Orton & Matt Riddle win here and have a tag title match on the horizon, or “Master” Gable and Otis the tree trunk deny them. Kevin Patrick welcomes us to the show and introduces the teams. Kevin explains that this is must-win for RKBRO, and revisits the last two round with a video package. Gable arrogantly failed the spelling bee, but then had Otis be a massive speedbump for Riddle in the scooter race. Now, Kevin will explain- SHOOOOSH! Gable can handle this. He’ll explain it in a way even the mouth breathers of Denver can understand.

This is a quiz bowl. They will be given categories and multiple choice questions. A correct answer gets one point, but an incorrect answer, which will of course come from RKBRO, the other team has a chance to steal. First to five wins! Kev, hit us with the categories! They are: Greek Mythology; Film & Literature; Cartoons; Biology; Metric Conversions; Geography; US Presidents; Sports; and Pop Culture. Since Alpha Academy won last round, they get to go first. Gable says US Presidents! Which US President was first to be elected with a college degree? Was it: A) George Washington; B) Abraham Lincoln; C) Thomas Jefferson; or D) John Adams?

Gable says this is a cake walk. He knows college degrees cuz he has his Master’s Degree with an immaculate 4.0 GPA! Don’t boo education, guys. Education is why we’re here tonight. Washington led the revolution but that dummy didn’t go to college. This is D, John Adams. Correct! Now, RKBRO’s turn. Riddle wants something he’s good at: Biology. “An octopus may have 8 arms, but how many hearts does it have?” A) 1; B) 2; C) 5; or D) 3. Hmm… Riddle’s cousin is a marine biologist and they went to Maui and they dissected an octopus, so Riddle says D, 3. Correct! Orton is proud of Riddle but Gable says that was all luck.

Gable goes with Greek Mythology! “Who flew too close to the sun and fell to his death when his wax wings melted?” A) Apollo; B) Helios; C) Icarus; or D) Pegasus. Yawn. Was that really the question? Gable is snoozing with these softballs. It’s C, Icarus! Correct! RKBRO’s turn. Orton says they’ll go with something even easier. Cartoons! Fans like the sound of that. “Which Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle used a pair of nunchucks to fight Shredder?” A) Leonardo; B) Donatello; C) Michelangelo; or D) Raphael. Fans know this one, too! Riddle says, “Cowabunga, dude!” C, Mikey! Correct! And Gable can’t believe this! How did this get in the challenge?

Orton tells Gable to shut up and let his partner, Otis, answer something. That’s not a bad idea. Gable’s been training Otis, he’s ready. Otis goes for… Geography. “Which of these states is largest of the 48 continental United States?” A) Texas; B) California; C) Montana; or D) Colorado. Otis says if this was about lowest IQ, it’s Colorado. Fans boo again, but Otis tells ’em to shut up! Everything is bigger in A, Texas. Gable is super proud of Otis because that is correct. RKBRO’s turn again. Riddle says Pop Culture! In 2018, global superstar Justin Bieber married model Hailey Baldwin, who is the daughter of which famous Baldwin brother? A) Stephen; B) Alec; C) Billy; or D) Daniel?

Riddle takes a moment to talk with Orton. Orton has no idea about this one. Riddle wants to use a lifeline, and he’ll call Justin Bieber. What? There’s no life lines in this game. Orton takes a stab, Alec. WRONG. The Alpha Academy gets a chance to steal. Gable says this man happens to be in one of his favorite films, Biodome, it is A! Stephen! Correct! They’re ahead 4-2, and could finish this off! Gable is gonna enjoy this. With all the downtime RKBRO will have, they can go read a book and learn something. Kev, give Gable Film & Literature. Which Shakespeare play has been adapted into the most movies? A) Romeo & Juliet; B) Hamlet; C) Othello; or D) Macbeth?

Otis gets fired up hearing about ham but Gable has him calm down. It is the greatest love story of all time, but Otis wants to talk about ham. Shoosh, Otis. Just like that kiss being the kiss of death, kiss the titles good bye! Romeo & Juliet! WRONG! Wait, what?! That buzzer startled Gable. To be, or not to be, that is the question, Randy. Does Riddle know it? Yes. It is HAMLET! Otis was gonna say it! So Otis wasn’t just talking about ham? RKBRO, you must get this one correct or Alpha Academy can win it. Fans are shouting categories, but Orton says sports. Fans like that choice.

“Which quarterback has the most wins in Denver Broncos history?” Fans really like this question! A) Peyton Manning; B) Jake Plummer; C) Jay Cutler; or D) John Elway. Fans are cheering the answer and Orton asks them for help. Is it A? “NO!” Is it B? “NO!” Is it C? “NO!” So is it JOHN FREAKIN’ ELWAY!? YES!! Final answer, D! CORRECT! Gable says the fans can’t help! That’s against the rules! But now here comes what could be the last question. Gable wants fans to shoosh and that buzzer turned down so he can think. Fans refuse to shoosh, so Gable nervously asks for the only category not yet chosen: Metric Conversions.

“How many grams are in an ounce?” A) 16; B) 32; C) 28; or D) 12. SHOOSH! Gable needs to think! SHOOSH! Gable panics and can’t decide! Final answer, 12! WRONG! Gable gets startled again. And Orton smiles because he knows Riddle knows. “So the other day when I was calibrating my scale…” Orton says he can take this. Really? How does Orton know? You think Riddle’s the only one that bakes, bro? It is exactly, precisely 28. CORRECT! RKBRO wins!

Winners: RKBRO (NEW #1 Contenders to the Raw Tag Team Championships)

Gable says that wasn’t a question in the approved cards! Riddle says SHOOSH! And Gable, you just got outsmarted by the three most dangerous letters in all of sports entertainment! R K BRO! Gable blames the fans but then the buzzer keeps messing with him. Will the Viper & The Stallion add on to the misery when they take the tag titles back?

But then the Street Profits appear! Montez Ford has a question for Angelo Dawkins: Who just lost the quiz bowl? Alpha Academy! CORRECT! Bonus question: Guess who now owes RKBRO a tag title match? The… Alpha Academy! CORRECT! Gable asks if they think they’re funny. Here’s a brain buster for them! Who’s about to get their asses kicked by the Alpha Academy? Oh, is that a challenge? Well this is the Mile High City, so let’s get high tonight! The Street Profits are up, and WE WANT THE SMOKE! But then Otis CLOBBERS Ford! Will Dawkins make sure the tree trunk gets chopped down? Or will the Alpha Academy instantly redeem themselves?

The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy!

The teams sort out, Ford starts with Gable, but Ford dropkicks Otis right at the bell! Gable waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX, but Ford lands on his feet! Ford KICKS, CHOPS, hurdles, follows and LARIATS Gable down! Ford keeps moving, PENALTY KICK puts Gable in the Profits corner. Tag to Dawkins, they whip Gable, run him over, then Dawkins covers, TWO. Dawkins headlocks, Gable powers out, but Dawkins runs him over again. Dawkins keeps moving, Gable drops but Dawkins hurdles and whips. Gable drops to gator roll, but Dawkins rolls free. Things keep moving, Gable hurdles, Dawkins handsprings!

Gable arm-drags, Dawkins arm-drags! Dawkins dropkicks and fans fire up! Tag to Ford, Dawkins whips him in but Gable puts him on the apron. Ford GAMANGIRIS, but Otis trips Ford up! Fans boo, Ford drags himself in, and Gable tags Otis in. Otis storms over to drag Ford up, CLUB him down, and then whip him to the corner. Ford goes up and over, but Otis CLOBBERS Ford! Otis stalks Ford to ropes, drags him up, scoops and SLAMS him, then runs to SPLASH! Fans boo but Otis stalks Ford to ropes again. Otis drags Ford up, whips him to ropes, and throws a heavy body shot. Fans rally but Otis snapmares Ford down.

Otis clamps onto a neck wrench and leans on Ford. Ford endures, fans rally up, and Ford fights up. Otis CLUBS Ford down, then ROCKS him to a corner. Otis runs in to SPLASH, then goes corner to corner again. Ford dodges, Otis POSTS himself! Ford crawls, but Gable gets Otis out of the corner. Otis brings Ford up, Ford ENZIGURIS! Hot tag to Dawkins! Gable tags in but Dawkins rallies on him! Gable spins Dawkins around to ROCK him, then he whips. Dawkins hurdles again, FLYING ELBOW! EXPLODER! Dawkins drags Gable up to whip to a corner, and hits the CYCLONE SPLASH!

Dawkins keeps moving, and moving, but Gable throat chops him! OVERHEAD Belly2Bell! Cover, TWO! Gable snarls and goes up the corner, to MOONSAULT! He lands on his feet as Dawkins moves, Dawkins JABS! Double underooks, SILENCER! Cover, Otis breaks it! Otis throws Ford, Ford kicks back but Otis blocks. Ford ENZIGURIS again, then dumps Otis out! Ford builds speed to FLY! Direct hit with that superman tope! Dawkins rolls Gable up, TWO!! Gable swings, Dawkins spins him, but no Silencer that time! Leg pick, ANKLE LOCK!! Dawkins rolls, but Gable sits on it! The Alpha Academy wins!

Winners: The Alpha Academy, by pinfall

Gable snatches one away #ForTheAcademy! But will Gable & Otis have to study hard to be ready for their rematch with RKBRO?

 

MVP is in the ring!

“Ladies and gentlemen of the WWE Universe. It is my privilege, my honor, as a matter of fact, everyone please rise.” Not just because this man is from Denver, but because this is the Beast Slaying, Brock Breaking, title taking, All Might, TWO-TIME REIGNING! DEFENDING! UNDISPUTED! WWE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD! Bobby! Lashley!! The Rocky Mountain Machine makes his way out, another nice suit to go with the world title around his waist. Lashley has a big smile, too, as his hometown cheers him on. MVP says last week, they should’ve had a proper celebration because Lashley won “The collision with consequences.”

A match built up for decades, two Leviathans going head to head, Lashley VS Lesnar, and Lashley slayed The Beast and took back HIS WWE World Championship! Now, there are some out there saying that Lashley only one because Roman Reigns interfered. But Lahsley didn’t see or no about that. Lesnar would’ve still done the same exact things. Lashley could’ve seen things and still capitalized because in the end, he pinned Lesnar and stood victorious! Last week, there should’ve been a ticker tape parade, a marching band, show girls and champagne! Last week should’ve been Bobby Lashley Day!

But instead, what did we get? Adam Pearce telling Lashley that he’d have to defend this title in the Elimination Chamber match against five other superstars. And that brings us back to Lesnar. Lesnar won the Royal Rumble match, no question about that. A very impressive feat. Evne more, considering two hours before, Lashley left him laying. But Lesnar earned a match against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania. However, Lesnar entering the Chamber and taking the All Mighty’s title to make it Winner Takes All at Mania? Pure fantasy! Lashley will leave the Chamber the same way he did the Rumble: WWE World Champion!

That’s not to disparage the other five superstars in the match. AJ Styles, Seth Rollins, former champions and two of the best to have ever done it. There’s also Matt Riddle and Austin Theory, the future of this company. All stellar stars. But they’re just men. When you talk about Lashley and Lesnar, those are monsters! And MVP’s associate, Lashley, is the biggest, baddest monster of them all! Lashley says, “The champ lives here!” Lesnar has disrespected Lashley for the last time. Lesnar showed up in his MMA gear, all pumped up, demanding a rematch. You don’t make demands of the All Mighty.

“Brock Lesnar came in, saying this and saying that, demanding everything that he never worked for. Brock Lesnar… When was the last time Brock Lesnar defended the WWE title? More importantly, when was the last time Brock Lesnar had a match on Raw?” Lashley truly hopes that it comes down to him and Lesnar in the Chamber, just so Lashley can pin Lesnar once again! Lashley isn’t locked inside the Chamber with Lesnar, it’ll be Lesnar locked inside the Chamber with Lashley! Fans cheer, and Lashley takes a moment to enjoy it.

So Lashley will say this: When Lesnar wakes up, shaking at the mere sound of “Bobby Lashley,” the so-called Beast can challenge for the Universal Championship. Meanwhile, Lashley will defend HIS title in the main event of WrestleMania! Will the Rocky Mountain Machine write the final chapter with Brock Lesnar? Will the Beast turn the Chamber into Suplex City? Or will one of the other four entrants surprise everyone in Saudi Arabia?

 

Alexa Bliss continues her therapy.

The doctor can’t deny how well she looks with the substitute Lily. Separation from something she loves can be difficult, but he wants to prove she can do it. Remember, this has been a replica. So then, please hand it back. He holds out a hand, Alexa hands it over. See? It’ll be okay. She gets emotional again, perhaps progress is more difficult to make than expected.

 

WWE United States Championship Contender’s Match: Damian Priest VS AJ Styles!

The Archer of Infamy is still US Champion, and the Phenomenal One is going for the world title in the Elimination Chamber match, but that doesn’t mean this title can’t be on the agenda. Will Styles avoid waking Damian to pin Priest and set up another title match?

The bell rings and Styles circles with Priest. They tie up, Styles gets around to CHOP! Priest TOSSES Styles to a corner, Styles dodge and CHOPS again. Styles whips but Priest blocks so Styles CHOPS again. Styles runs, into a FLYING ELBOW! Styles gest to the ropes, Priest rushes over but Styles dumps him out! Priest stands, Styles SLINGSHOT FOREARMS Priest down! Styles gets Priest up and in, Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Styles keeps close and clamps on a chinlock. Priest powers up to RAM Styles in a corner, then he FLAPJACKS Styles down! Priest runs to BACK ELBOW in the corner!

Styles slips out of Broken Arrow but Priest bucks the waistlock to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Priest sits Styles up to clamp onto the arm, but Styles gets to a corner. The ref counts, Priest lets off with an uppercut! Priest hoists Styles up top, climbs up to join him, and stands Styles up. Styles resists the superplex, slips under and trips Priest up! Priest hits buckles, Styles fireman’s carries! Priest fights off, dragon sleeper, but Styles slips to turn it around! Priest fights free, Styles kicks and reels him in! Priest fights out of the Clash, Styles ducks the heel kick! Fireman’s carry, USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!

Priest gets to a corner, Styles runs in, but Priest dodges! Styles hits buckles, but he elbows Priest away. QUEBRADA, but Priest gets clear! HEEL KICK! Down goes Styles, but Priest drags him up to HEADLOCK DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Styles is still in this and Priest is frustrated. Priest drags Styles up, fans rally, and Styles ROCKS Priest with a forearm! Priest ROCKS Styles back, Styles fires off more forearms. Priest kicks and KICKS and KICKS! Styles blocks the rolling elbow, PHENOMENAL BLITZ! Priest dodges the lariat to JUMP KICK! Styles PELES! But Priest falls onto the cover, TWO!!

Fans fire up as both men are down. Priest crawls to a corner, gets himself up to his feet, but Styles runs in. Priest puts Styles on the apron but Styles ROCKS Priest! Styles springboards, into a HARD right! Priest stands Styles up to HEADBUTT! Priest runs, into a PHENOMENAL FOREARM!! Cover, Styles wins!!

Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the WWE US Championship)

Styles just got himself a future United States Championship match! Will Priest be able to keep his cool the next time he faces the Phenomenal One?

 

BREAKING NEWS!

To determine a challenger at WrestleMania for the Raw Women’s Championship, there will be a Women’s Elimination Chamber match! Liv Morgan, Rhea Ripley, “Doudrop” Piper Nivens, Bianca Belair, Nikki A.S.H, and a competitor to still be determined will battle to get a golden ticket to Dallas! Who will be the sixth and final entrant?

 

Seth Rollins talks with Kevin Owens backstage.

The Visionary cheers on “K O! K O! K O!” Rollins knows Kevin is getting ready for his match with Theory, but Rollins just wants to say, “I can’t believe you’re not in the Chamber match with me!” The nerve of Adam Pearce & Sonya Deville making Kevin fight for a spot. Kevin never did like Pearce. Rollins never did, either. But no need to be sad or upset, because here’s the thing. With Rollins’ “influence” and support, and Kevin’s determination and popularity, Kevin has a good feeling that after he beats Theory, management will have no choice but to put Kevin in and take Theory out. Then they’re both in!

That’s a great idea! Not sure if that’s how it works, but Rollins likes the enthusiasm. Rollins has Kevin’s back and is rooting for him. He’s not just saying that, is he? He’s not… lying, right? Rollins laughs that off. Rollins is many things, but a liar is not one of them. Good luck! Will the Prizefighter #JustKeepFighting until he’s in the Chamber at Theory’s expense?

 

The Miz & Maryse head to the ring!

The It Couple is back, ready to host an all new Miz TV! Miz welcomes us to the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show, and before things get started, Miz wants everyone to get up on their feet, show the respect his wife deserves! Such guts, such determination! Show your love for the most beautiful, gorgeous, sexy and intelligent woman, Miz’s wife, MARYSE! She is his queen! Miz says, speaking of royalty, these are lucha royalty! Welcome the man Miz defeated in Dominik, and his legendary father, Rey Mysterio! The Mysterios make their way out, Miz and Maryse “dance” to the theme song, and Miz welcomes the Mysterios to take a seat.

Miz knows they’re curious as to why he invited them on the show. When he senses conflict, he faces it head on. He noticed some hostility last week. Just in case anyone was wondering what he means, he plays footage from last week. Miz pretended that Rey tripped him, so that he could sucker Dom into a Skull-Crushing Finale. Miz says he looks at that and sees nothing wrong. Rey goes, “Really?” So Rey has a problem? If Miz means using underhanded tactics to beat Dom, then yes, Rey has a problem. Underhanded? Miz? Is Rey saying Miz is a cheater? Fans chant, “YES!” Miz raises his hand and hopes they know what it means.

“When my hand goes up, your mouth goes shut!” Miz is NOT a cheater! Look no further than Edge & Beth Phoenix at the Royal Rumble! Beth punched and kicked Miz, illegally! It’s amazing that when Beth or Rey or Edge or Eddie Guerrero use underhanded tactics, they’re cheered. Yet Miz gets booed and called a cheater! Miz isn’t a cheater, he just outsmarted them. Dom, here’s advice. Miz has been here a long time, so you know what he’s getting. If you lose, that’s on you. MIZ was cheated out of being in the Elimination Chamber and the WWE World Championship, a position he should be in!

But who got that instead? Rey Mysterio! Even though Miz has been on a tear since winning the Money in the Bank contract! That he cheated to win. Uh, Miz beat Drew McIntyre when McIntyre was unstoppable. With Lashley’s help. But he became WWE Champion! Fans still call Miz a cheater and he gets mad now. Miz isn’t a cheater! He’s the biggest star in this company! Miz was on Dancing with the Stars!! Miz is the ONLY two-time Grand Slam Champion in the HISTORY of the WWE! But is he on posters? Is he on the trucks? Is he on WWE 2K22? NOPE! But y’know whose face is? It’s REY! Available worldwide on March 11th.

Surprise, surprise! BOOYAKA BOOYAKA! What does Rey have that Miz doesn’t? What does Rey have that Maryse doesn’t? She should be on WWE 2K games! Did you see her at the Rumble? She was tremendous! Maryse says Rey could learn a thing or two from him. He could become Rey Maryse-sterio! Yes, that’s actually pretty clever. But no thanks. Miz is just asking for a little respect here. Where is HIS appreciation? The cheers?! The respect?! Dom says, “Exactly.” Where is Miz’s respect? Dom gets up, and says Miz should show REY some respect. Oh, is this how things are now? Rey hides behind his son? Does Dom want to put his big boy pants on?

Miz says if Dom wants a rematch, then it’ll happen tonight! Rey isn’t sure but Dom says it’s all good. “You’re on!” Miz never noticed. Dom is a lot taller than his dad. Are we sure he’s not Eddie’s son? Rey wants to go after Miz now, but Dom keeps him back. Dom says he’ll handle this. And he shoves Miz down! Miz scrambles out of the ring and Dom is fired up now! Will the Hollywood A-Lister be able to compose himself? Raw goes picture in picture as the ring is prepped for the match! In fact, Dom helps by throwing the chairs out at The Miz!

Dominik Mysterio w/ Rey Mysterio VS The Miz w/ Maryse!

Miz riles up the fans as he stands on the announce desk. Dom waits on Miz in the ring, Miz and Maryse pace around the ring, and Miz whispers something to Maryse. Perhaps the It Couple is planning their newest underhanded tactic. Dom wants after Miz as soon as he’s on the apron but Miz shouts for him to stay back. Miz finally gets in, the ref checks with each man, and the bell rings. Miz bails right out! Miz acts like that’s something to be proud off but fans are booing and giving thumbs down. Miz gets back in, grins as he trolls Dom and just exits the ring again. Dom is getting annoyed but Miz whispers things to Maryse again.

The It Couple have a long, long kiss, Dom gets up to Viva La Raza! Fans fire up for that more than the kiss. Miz gets back on the apron, the ref has the ring count going, but Miz climbs up the corner to taunt Dom. Miz gets back in, Dom gets the fans to cheer. Raw returns to single picture, these two finally tie up! They go around, Dom powers Miz back but Miz turns it around to put Dom in the corner. Miz soaks up more heat, taunts Rey with is rope a dope, but Dom comes back to circle with Miz. They tie up, Miz wrenches, wristlocks, but Dom rolls and rolls and handsprings to wrench back. Dom puts Miz in the corner and now Dom shows off his dance moves!

Miz is upset, but Dom baits him into a drop toehold! Dom runs, but Maryse legit trips Dom! The ref saw that in plain sight! He EJECTS Maryse! So much for the It Couple’s master plan! Miz runs, basement BOOTS Dom, then complains to the ref. Miz runs, Rey legit trips Maryse! But the ref missed it! Miz is furious that things aren’t going his way, Dom rolls Miz up! High stack, Dom wins!

Winner: Dominik Mysterio, by pinfall

Payback sucks, doesn’t it? The Mysterios celebrate while the It Couple is beside itself! With things 1-1, will Miz be willing to give Dom a tiebreaker?

 

Bianca Belair VS Nikki A.S.H!

Denver, the highEST city in the USA, welcomes the EST of the WWE! But will Bianca be able to get some momentum towards the Women’s Elimination Chamber match against the Almost SuperHero? Or will Nikki be the one flying high in the Rocky Mountains?

Raw returns and Nikki makes her entrance. The bell rings, Bianca and Nikki tie up, and Bianca headlocks. Nikki powers out but Bianca runs her over! Bianca says to kiss this, then she runs. Nikki drops, Bianca handsprings and dropkicks Nikki out of the ring! Bianca waits on Nikki, drags her up from the apron, but she avoids Nikki’s skirt trap! Bianca steps onto the apron, but Nikki YANKS the skirt! Nikki still had a trick! She fires off on Bianca in the ring, and she roars as she strikes her hero pose. Nikki has a leg, stomps it, then drags Bianca around into a HALF CRAB! Nikki sits deep on the leg but Bianca endures!

Bianca reaches out, powers up, and clubs Nikki’s legs. Bianca turns over to kick Nikki away! Bianca hobbles up, Nikki dropkicks a leg out! Nikki runs, but Bianca catches her crossbody for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Nikki writhes and Bianca slaps feeling into her leg. Bianca kips up, but she hops on one good leg. Bianca manages to scoop and SLAM Nikki! And then scoops and SLAMS her again! ToughEST, strongEST, but Nikki slips out of the third! Bianca elbows back from the corner, goes up top and leaps, but Nikki dodges. Bianca rolls, wrenches Nikki and reels her in, snap suplex! Roll through, stalling suplex! Cover, TWO!

Nikki hurries to a corner and begs for mercy. Bianca says nope, but Nikki YANKS her into buckles! Nikki goes up, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!! Bianca survives and Nikki is furious! Nikki sees Bianca go to a corner, runs in, but Bianca slips out! Nikki POSTS herself, then Bianca BOOTS her into the post! Bianca gets in, torture racks, KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, Bianca wins!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall

The EST powers through the pain and gets a big win! If this happens in the Elimination Chamber, will we see WrESTleMania’s sequel?

 

The 24/7 Championship chase is on backstage!

R-Truth, Akira Tozawa and Tamina are scrambling around backstage. Truth says he knows where they are! He leads them on, but they just miss Reggie and Dana Brooke. Dana thanks Reggie for having her back. And also, just being a nice guy. She’s a better champion cuz of him. Dana gives Reggie a kiss on the cheek and Reggie asks her something. She says all these nice things about him, and then the kiss… What does this mean? It means that they’re friends. Like, really good friends. Hopefully that never changes. They hug it out, but then they back away. The awkward tension is cut by Truth and the others coming back!

“Y’all can run, but ya can’t hide!” Truth, they’re doing both. Truth say sit’s a matter of time. He’ll get his bay back! Now, this way! No, Truth, they went the other way… With Dana’s title on defense around the clock, will there ever be time for more than that?

 

Kevin Owens VS Austin Theory!

The Prizefighter gets his rematch with the All Day Superstar, but will he succeed in his plan to replace him? Or will Theory make Vince proud by building more momentum towards the Elimination Chamber?

Raw returns and Theory makes his entrance. The bell rings, Kevin dodges Theory to fire off on him in a corner! Kevin lets off at the ref’s count of 4, Theory goes to the apron. Kevin storms over, into a HOTSHOT! Theory slingshots to SHOTGUN dropkick Kevin from behind! Cover, TWO! Theory drags Kevin up, puts him in a corner and fires off hands and stomps of his own. Theory talks trash but Kevin hits back! Kevin CHOPS, Theory kicks and ROCKS Kevin. Kevin CHOPS again, Theory stomps Kevin into the corner. Theory whips corner to corner hard and Kevin bounces off buckles! Cover, ONE!!

Kevin ROCKS Theory! Theory tackles Kevin and rains down fists! Theory is furious but fans rally up for Kevin. Theory drags Kevin up in a facelock, whips him to a corner, but Kevin comes back with a LARIAT! Kevin drops a SENTON! Kevin is fuming, he runs corner to corner, but Theory dodges and Kevin POSTS himself! Kevin flops to the apron, Theory gets up and goes out after him. Theory brings Kevin around, but Kevin shoves him away to SMACK Theory off the steps! The ring count is climbing, Kevin goes up the steps, CANNONBALL! Kevin roars and Denver is fired up as Raw goes picture in picture.

Kevin puts Theory in the ring, paces around, and Kevin stands Theory up to throw out of the ring. Theory lands hard, Kevin goes out after him and scoops for a FALL AWAY SLAM into barriers! Kevin gets back in the ring as the ring count climbs past 5 of 10. Theory crawls, and gets in at 9! Kevin is on Theory with CHOPS in the corner. Kevin taunts Theory but Theory turns it around. Kevin blocks the chop to DECK Theory! Kevin tells Theory to SUCK IT! Theory goes to ropes, Kevin CHOPS him down. Theory gets to a corner, Kevin taunts him more. Kevin CHOPS Theory again, climbs up, and rains down fists!

Theory slips out before five to trip Kevin up! Theory THROWS Kevin down out of the Tree of Woe! Theory gets Kevin up on the apron, throws more haymakers, then CLUBS Kevin on the back. Kevin ROCKS Theory back! Kevin suplexes Theory but Theory blocks. Theory fights back with body shots, CLOBBERS Kevin, and covers, TWO! Theory grows frustrated so he stomps away on Kevin. Theory talks trash, seethes, and fires hands on Kevin in a corner, Theory whips corner to corner, runs in but into a BOOT! Kevin goes up, reels Theory in, TORNADO DDT! Both men are down, but  Kevin gets himself up and to a corner.

Theory stands up, Kevin storms up to fire forearms. Theory gives them back so Kevin CHOPS. Theory throws haymakers, Kevin gives them back. Kevin gets the edge as Raw returns to single picture, but Theory knees low. Theory whips, Kevin reverses and clotheslines! Kevin keeps moving, CANNONBALL! Theory flounders, Kevin storms over but Theory bails out of the ring. Kevin goes out the side, is on the apron again, FROG SPLASH to the floor! The count restarts, Kevin puts Theory in the ring and hurries to cover. TWO, and Kevin is annoyed. Kevin stalks Theory, whips him to ropes, POP-UP-

NO! Theory slips out and ROCKS Kevin! Fireman’s carry, A T- NO! Kevin slips free, kicks, but no stunner! BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO!! Theory drags Kevin up and throws big knees and forearms in the corner. Theory puts Kevin up top, climbs up to join him, but Kevin fights back with body shots. Kevin fisherman’s but Theory slips free! Theory ROCKS Kevin, springs right up, but Kevin fireman’s carries! SUPER ROLLING SENTON!! Cover, TWO!! Theory survives and Denver can’t believe it! Kevin drags Theory to a drop zone, climbs up top, SWANTON onto knees! Theory saves himself, and he gets to the apron.

Theory slingshots and somersaults, into a SUPERKICK! Theory staggers into a kick and STUNNER! Cover, Kevin wins!

Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall

The Prizefighter just got a win over Vince’s pet project! Will the rest of his plan work out? Or will management refuse to rewrite the Elimination Chamber card?

 

RKBRO talks backstage.

Riddle says they just won the big bowl, and now they’ll win back the Raw Tag Team Championships! Orton wants Riddle to focus, though. He has another big opportunity in front of himself, too. The Elimination Chamber for the WWE World Championship. Orton’s been in a handful of those, and that is an unforgiving structure. But if Riddle wins, he’ll main event WrestleMania! But before that, Riddle needs to focus on tonight and Seth Rollins. Take it from Orton again, do not take this lightly. There’s a reason Rollins is the Architect. Rollins will do whatever he has to in order to win, so just focus. Got it, Randy!

Riddle heads out, but then he comes back to say, all he has to do is win the Chamber. Then if they win back the tag titles, Riddle will be a double champion! How sweet will that be? And in honor of tonight’s quiz bowl win, Riddle’s gonna throw an RKBROGA party next week. Like Animal House, bro. Can Orton make it? Orton says to focus on tonight. Right, right, focus on Seth. Riddle heads out again, but will he make it through to his own toga party?

 

Lita is here!

The extreme icon and WWE Hall of Famer is back, ready for her Raw Women’s Championship match at the Elimination Chamber. But what will she have to say about her first title match in years? We’ll see, after the break.

Raw returns and Lita has a mic while the fans cheer. “I had no idea I would be on Monday Night Raw in Denver a couple weeks ago. What? I dunno, though, after being in the Royal Rumble with some of the top stars, it started to feel like I was home.” She was in there with Charlotte Flair, Ronda Rousey, Bianca Belair, “The Nightmare” Rhea Ripley! But one person conspicuous by her absence, a woman at the top of her game and is smashing through all the glass ceilings. Lita came to Raw, took her shot and challenged Becky Lynch! They go back a long way, she’s wanted this for a long time.

But wait! The Man comes ’round! Becky says, “Wow. Wow, wow, guys. Do you have any idea how incredible it is to come out here and hear Lita say such amazing things about me?” For real! It is one thing for Becky to come out here to prove she’s the best so much so that Ronnie’s runnin’ scared, but it is a whole different thing to hear this from your teenage idol. Now, last week, Lita came out here and issued a challenge. Becky first said no, and she’ll explain why. She grew up worshipping Lita, because Lita showed us what was possible for a woman in the WWE. When Becky finally made it here, many people turned their noses up at her.

But not Lita. Lita saw something in Becky, supported her, and for that, Becky is eternally grateful. Becky would go as far as to say that without Lita, there would be no Becky. But now that there is a Becky, there can be no Lita! Becky asks Lita, “Do you have any idea how hurtful it is to have the one person you looked up to more than anyone try to take everything away form you?” This title is the most important thing in Becky’s life, during the most important time of the year with WrestleMania season! Becky’s had to get rid of everything to be champion! Friends? No problem! The fans? No problem! And Becky will get rid of Lita no problem!

Because Becky is in the prime of her career! She’s beaten everyone in her way. Lita may have helped bring Becky up, but Becky will have no problem putting Lita down. Lita says Becky’s right. She’s at the top of her game, beating woman after woman, night after night. But odds are, Becky is the odds on favorite. That’s why Lita is here. Lita has no problem being the underdog. She was just some punk rock dumpster diver who chased a dream. But it was the fans that helped her become a four-time champion. It is the fans that chanted her name from the first day and helped her live those dreams.

So Becks, it may be true that Lita hasn’t had a shot in 15 years, there’s something that hasn’t changed: The WWE Universe still supports Lita to this day! And as long as the fans are here, there’s still a Lita! She’s okay with her odds. What Becky has to get right is how she’ll feel when Lita walks out of Elimination Chamber a FIVE-TIME women’s champion! Okay, okay, Becky will leave Lita with the people. They’re all she’ll ever have! Lita sees the sucker punch coming! But Becky gets out of the Twist of Fate to DECK Lita! Becky rains down rights, then stomps away! Lita gets to a corner, Becky grabs her belt.

Becky holds the belt up, but she won’t leave Lita alone! But Lita fights the Manhandle Slam! TWIST OF FATE!! Lita isn’t done with Becky now! Lita goes up top, MOONSAULT!! Picture perfect! Will Lita hit that on Becky again to take that title on the Road to WrestleMania?

 

Adam Pearce talks with Sonya Deville in their office.

How is her arm feeling after what Ronda did to it? It’s in a sling, but Sonya says it’s fine. That’s for SmackDown, and she’ll handle that. Right now, in walks Kevin Owens. Just the people he was hoping to see. They look great, especially Sonya’s suit. But just to check with them, they surely saw what he did to Theory. Pretty awesome, right? He’s gonna be in the Chamber, right? Sorry, no. What? The qualifying matches were final. Aw c’mon, they gotta be kidding! Kevin’s been nothing but genuine and honest and this is what he gets? They’re going to deprive the fans of seeing Kevin in the Elimination Chamber and win to go to WrestleMania?

Well, yeah. To be honest, Kevin might not even be on WrestleMania. W-What? No, they can’t do this! They can’t do this to him, and to the people of Texas. Texas loves Kevin almost as much as he loves Texas! If you do this, there will be a riot! Deep in the heart of Texas, deep in the heart of Kevin! Kevin has had so many moments in Texas! He became Universal Champion, eh became Intercontinental Champion, his first WrestleMania was in Dallas! Kevin loves Texas, from the cowboy hats, to the cowboy boots to the rodeo and the bulls! He has to be there! The people need him! He knows they think he’s lying, but he’s not. Please, just think about it.

Kevin leaves, but will Pearce and Sonya buy any of that? Is KOMania not returning to Texas?

 

Liv Morgan VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven!

Another two of the Women’s Elimination Chamber entrants compete against each other! Will Liv prove she still belongs in the spotlight? Or will Piper force Liv to give up on her dreams?

Raw returns and Piper makes her entrance. The bell rings, they tie up, and Piper pushes Liv down. Piper grins but Liv manages to laugh it off. They tie up again, Piper SLAMS Liv down now, and Piper smirks. “No chance!” Piper hauls Liv up, scoops, but Liv slips around to a SLEEPER! Piper stays up, even with Liv as a backpack, and she RAMS Liv into buckles! Liv holds on, Piper keeps RAMMING back, and Piper gets free. Piper runs in, but Liv dodges! Piper hits buckles, Liv back body blocks! Liv runs in to body block again! But then Piper CROSSBODIES Liv down! Liv writhes while Raw goes picture in picture.

Piper taunts Liv, Liv hits back from below. Piper KICKS Liv, stalks her to ropes, then whips her to TOSS her out of the ring! Liv tumbles to the floor, Piper dusts off her hands and lets the ring count climb. Liv drags herself up and into the ring at 5 of 10, Piper DECKS her! Piper looms over Liv, drags her back up, and whips her into buckles. Piper talks some trash, ROCKS Liv with a forearm, then paces around. Liv goes along ropes, Piper bumps her off buckles! Piper goes corner to corner but Liv goes up and over! Liv comes back, but Piper CLOBBERS her! Cover, TWO! Piper is annoyed but she keeps cool.

Piper stalks Liv more, has her at the ropes and HEADBUTTS her down! Liv is dazed, Piper stands her up. Liv pushes Piper, ROCKS her with forearms, then BOOST her! Piper swings, Liv gets around and waistlocks, but Piper bucks the roll-up to run Liv over! Cover, TWO! Piper is further annoyed, but she clamps onto Liv with a cobra clutch. Liv endures as Piper leans on the hold, and Liv fights up to throw body shots. Piper ripcords, ROCKS Liv, then scoops her. Liv slips off, runs, but her lariat bounces off Piper! Liv can’t believe it, she runs and SHOTGUNS! Piper still stays up! Liv runs and crossbodies, but into Piper’s arms!

Piper POWERSLAMS Liv down! Piper runs, Raw returns to single picture, SENTON! Cover, TWO!! Liv is still in this and Piper is frustrated. Piper clamps on with another cobra clutch and again Liv endures. Piper thrashes Liv around, fans rally up, and Liv fights up. Liv throws body shots, Piper ripcords but Liv dodges to KICK and KICK and KICK! Piper blocks the whip, whips Liv to a corner, then runs in, into boots! Liv goes up and up and missile dropkicks! Piper falls but Liv is down, too! Fans rally up and a standing count starts. Piper slowly stands at 7 of 10, but Liv kips up! Liv roars and fires off forearm after forearm!

Piper shoves Liv, Liv ENZIGURIS back! Liv has Piper on the ropes to dropkick her in the back! Piper goes to a corner, Liv hits a SHINING WIZARD! Piper staggers, Liv runs and springboards, FLYING CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Piper survives but Liv keeps her cool. Liv gets Piper up, Piper shoves Liv away, and Piper blocks rana into an Electric Chair FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Liv still lives! Piper pulls her hair in frustration, but she drags Liv up. Piper hauls Liv to the top rope, but Liv fires a forearm! Liv boots Piper, but Piper YANKS Liv off the top! Piper hurries up, VADER BOMB!! Cover, Piper wins!

Winner: “Doudrop” Piper Niven, by pinfall

Liv has been flattened, Piper is rising! Will the Elimination Chamber be Piper’s to win and get back to the Raw Women’s Championship?

 

We check back in with Alexa.

She may have cried giving back the fake Lily, but she did not lash out. That is good. Has Alexa had any emotional outbursts lately? Well, she was driving along and this car cut her off, almost hit her, and Alexa thought that was going to ruin her day. But she took a deep breath, cooled off, and went to the mall. But then another car cuts her off to take her parking spot. Alexa wanted to confront them, but she took a breath, cooled off, and found a new spot. Excellent! Dare he say, progress. And then, Alexa was at the grocery store, in a real long line, and “this evil creature” of a woman cut her off in line!

Who was this? She had rainbow hair, big button eyes, really deep red lipsticks, and her teeth were like… little skulls. Uh… Did that make Alexa angry? Well… Alexa threw her into aisle three and hit her with bread. But then she took a deep breath, controlled her anger, and left the store. Okay… We still have some work to do.

 

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.

Before his match with Riddle, will he elaborate on what it’ll take to win the Elimination Chamber? Kevin Patrick, do you even know who you’re talking to? No offense to the other five, it is no fault of theirs, but they are simply not Seth. His resume speaks for itself! The one thing Rollins has yet to do is headline WrestleMania as WWE World Champion! But that changes this year, because it is Rollins’ time! It doesn’t matter if your Lesnar, Lashley, Styles, Theory or Riddle! It just means you’re not Seth.

So does Kevin Patrick know who he is talking to? He is talking to the visionary, the revolutionary, to the winner of this year’s Elimination Chamber and next WWE World Champion: Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins! Rollins heads out, will he make The Bro the first to accept that truth?

Matt Riddle VS Seth Rollins!

Raw returns and Riddle makes his entrance. The bell rings and these two tie up. Riddle headlocks, Rollins powers out and things speed up. Rollins hurdles, redirects and SLINGBLADES Riddle down! Rollins swaggers about and laughs at Riddle, but Riddle gets him for an ARMBAR! Rollins gets the ropebreak, Riddle lets off quick, and Rollins fires off in frustration! Rollins fires haymakers at the ropes, lets off as the ref counts, and Rollins’ swagger returns. Riddle gets Rollins with a headscissor to throw Rollins out! And then PENALTY- NO! Rollins drags Riddle off the apron to BARRIER BOMB! Rollins laughs and Raw goes picture in picture.

Riddle is down, Rollins swaggers about, and then Rollins gets Riddle up and into the ring. Rollins covers, TWO! Rollins paces about, stands Riddle up and ROCKS him with a right. Rollins wrenches and whips Riddle hard into a corner! Riddle bounces off buckles, Rollins continues to swagger about. Rollins runs in to forearm smash and snapmare, for a PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Rollins just laughs while Riddle sputters. Rollins clamps on a chinlock and squeezes tight. Riddle endures, fights up, and throws body shots. Riddle runs, Rollins knees low! Rollins whips, KNEES Riddle again, then fireman’s carries for a GUT BUSTER!

Riddle writhes while Rollins swaggers about again. Rollins looms over Riddle, drops a knee on Riddle’s head, then drags Riddle out onto the apron. Rollins CLUBS Riddle over and over, then swaggers about, before he BOOTS Riddle down! Rollins drags Riddle up and puts him back in the ring. Cover, TWO! Rollins clamps on another chinlock and he squeezes tight. Riddle endures, fans rally up and Riddle fights as Raw returns to single picture. Riddle throws body shots, Rollins knees low then knees him again. Rollins shoves Riddle to a corner, runs in but Riddle back elbows! Riddle goes up, but Rollins trips him up!

Rollins CLUBS Riddle into a Tree of Woe then fires off more! The ref backs Rollins off, but Rollins goes to the apron. Rollins climbs up the corner and WOE STOMPS Riddle down! Cover, TWO! Riddle is still in this but Rollins is amused. Riddle flounders to a corner, Rollins swaggers about yet again, and then Rollins runs corner to corner. Riddle dodges, Rollins goes up and comes back to back suplex. Riddle lands on his feet, spins Rollins around, PELE! Both men drop and Rollins checks his eye. Riddle handsprings up to forearm smash in the corner! Riddle goes side to side, another forearm!

Rollins fights the Exploder, but spins into the BROSPLODER! Riddle gets up, BROTON onto knees! Riddle and Rollins each go to ropes, Rollins runs in but is sent out of the ring! Riddle goes up and to the apron again, PENALTY KICK! Springboard, FLOATING BRO! Direct hit and down goes Rollins! Fans fire up with Riddle as he gets back up, but KEVIN OWENS attacks!

Winner: Matt Riddle, by disqualification

Kevin saves his best friend! But here comes Orton! The Viper gets in, dodges Kevin, and hits an RKO! But Rollins gets in and stares Orton down! They argue, is this going to escalate after the break?

 

RKBRO VS Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens!

Holla, holla! The Prizefighter ruined Riddle’s first match against Rollins, so now the Stallion & The Viper are going after both him and the Visionary! Will Orton & Riddle have even more of a reason to celebrate next week? Or will Kevin & Rollins #JustKeepFighting until they #BurnItDown?

This match is already underway as Orton bumps Rollins off buckles and throws EuroUppers. Adam Pearce is ringside to make sure there is a winner. Rollins kicks low, CHOPS back, fires haymakers, then whips. Orton comes back from the corner to LARIAT Rollins! Fans fire up, Orton drags Rollins back up. Rollins JAWBREAKERS back! Rollins clotheslines Orton out of the ring, Orton stumbles to the desk, and Rollins hurries out to get Kevin up. Kevin says his neck hurts, he got an RKO earlier. Rollins storms after Orton, but into an announce desk back suplex! Rollins staggers, Orton puts him in the ring.

Orton tags Riddle, ASSISTED FLOATING BRO! Cover, TWO! Riddle keeps cool as he poses, then gets Rollins up. Rollins headlocks, Kevin tags in as Riddle powers out. Riddle LARIATS Rollins, Kevin SUPERKICKS Riddle! Kevin rains down fists then drops a SENTON! Kevin SLAPS Riddle down, shouts at Orton, “You think it’s funny? It’s not funny!” Kevin throws more hands on Riddle, then reels him in for a short arm clothesline! Kevin goes up and up MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Kevin mocks Orton’s pose, then dares Orton to do something. Kevin stomps Riddle, tags Rollins, and Kevin sets Riddle up for Rollins’ ax handle!

“And that’s why this is OUR show!” Rollins stomps Riddle’s hand, stomps the other hand, then claws Riddle’s face! The ref counts, Rollins lets off to drop an ax handle on Riddle’s head. Rollins grins as he slaps Riddle around. Riddle CHOPS, fires off forearms, then runs, but into an elbow from Rollins! Rollins drags Riddle over, tags Kevin, and Rollins holds Riddle down for Kevin’s DOUBLE STOMPS! Kevin gets Riddle’s leg and kicks the foot! Then he SLAMS the leg on the mat, and has a toehold! Riddle endures, fans fire up and Riddle hops up. Kevin reels Riddle in for a short arm clothesline!

Kevin taunts Orton, stomps Riddle’s bare feet, then drops a leg on the leg! Cover, TWO! Kevin KICKS Riddle down, drags him over, and bumps him off buckles. Kevin CHOPS Riddle, Rollins pie faces Riddle, Riddle fires off on both of them! Riddle fires off on Rollins but Kevin kicks the bad leg! Tag to Rollins, Rollins stomps a mudhole into Riddle. The ref pulls Rollins away, Kevin gets a cheap shot in! Orton protests but Rollins drags Riddle with a facelock. Kevin holds the tag rope to show he’s playing fair. Fans rally, Riddle fights up, but Rollins knees him low. Rollins sucker punches Orton! And SUPERKICKS Riddle!

Rollins goes up top, FROG SPLASH FLOPS as Riddle moves! Kevin panics, reaches out, Rollins tags him in! Kevin gets Riddle in a waistlock but Riddle throws elbows. Kevin BOOTS Riddle, Riddle KNEES Kevin down! Both men are down, fans fire up for Orton! Hot tags to Rollins and Orton! The Viper rallies on the Visionary! Duck and POWERSLAM! Orton sees Kevin coming, POWERSLAM! Orton has Rollins on the apron, drags him up through the ropes, DRAPING DDT! Fans fire up more as Orton hears the voices! Rollins stagger sup, but he denies the RKO! Riddle tags in, Orton blocks Rollins’ superkick but Kevin SUPERKICKS Orton!

Riddle KNEES Kevin down! Rollins kicks, misses, Riddle ROUNDHOUSES Rollins! Ripcord, but Rollins ROLLING ELBOWS! Then a turn and DREAM SMASHER ELBOW! Rollins runs in, CURB STOMP!! Cover, Rollins & Kevin win!

Winners: Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens, by pinfall

The Visionary has momentum for the Chamber after all! But Orton gets in the ring to RKO Kevin again! Rollins laughs it off, does he only care about himself on the Road to WrestleMania? Can RKBRO get back on a winning track with all these title matches coming?


My Thoughts:

A really good Raw, and one that moved very quickly. A commercial free first hour (though with WWE’s own ads used in their place) and resurrecting picture in picture certainly helped with that. The quiz bowl opening the night was a good move, and it was a hilarious segment, especially with it coming down to the grams to ounces question. RKBRO gets their tag title match, can’t wait to see how that goes. RKBRO getting into action as Kevin “ruins” Riddle VS Rollins was quite the surprise, and quite the way to keep RKBRO’s momentum at 50-50. Rollins is very confident going into Elimination Chamber, Kevin is left in the lurch, those two are certainly turning on each other before Mania.

I will say, Kevin had a great match with Theory. Vince is surely going to have a talk with Theory in next week’s episode, and Theory could become desperate to get something for WrestleMania. The debacle with Shane McMahon is a shame because Theory VS Shane would’ve made for an interesting story. But at the same time, it probably would’ve ended up a horrible time vampire that made Raw worse since Shane just doesn’t have it in terms of character. Maybe Theory will pick a fight with Edge or some other legend. Actually, something about Theory going after Edge works in a similar vein to how Miz went after Edge.

Speaking of The Miz, his story with the Mysterios is building, as I expected from last week. Getting Maryse in on it was good, but how could they do the horrible “Maryse-sterio” joke when Mizsterio works so much better? Miz gets his comeuppance against Dominik, and I’m actually interested in seeing their tiebreaker. I feel like Miz wins that so he can go after Rey next, setting up a WrestleMania match. If only WWE didn’t get rid of John Morrison, I would love to see the Mysterios VS The Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century *look off into distance* and what goofy music video diss they could come up with on Rey & Dom.

MVP and Lashley have a pretty good promo to hype up Lashley’s part in Elimination Chamber. I feel like the best way for Lashley to come out of Chamber is to be one of the final two with Lesnar. Lesnar is surely winning to give us Winner Takes All with Roman, but Lashley deserves to be given something. Of course, the shocking thing would be if Lesnar was in there with anyone else at the end, where Lashley is eliminated somewhere in the middle. AJ Styles getting a match with Damian Priest and winning to become a US Championship contender was an interesting move. Styles is getting that title match next week as his go-home match, I honestly feel like it could go either way.

This week’s 24/7 Championship segment was rather awkward, but I’m pretty sure this is setting up a Valentine’s Day segment for next week. Reggie expected more, Dana is giving him mixed signals, and if this doesn’t end with Reggie taking the title off Dana, I’m going to be disappointed. Alexa’s continuing her therapy, so she’s definitely coming back closer to WrestleMania. No idea where it’ll go once she does appear, maybe they’ll give her a feud with Nikki A.S.H. to revisit their history. There’s no title for her to go right after since the Raw Women’s Championship is going to have a contender out of the Women’s Chamber match.

And speaking of which, we got good matches out of that news. Bianca VS Nikki wasn’t a long match but it was a very competitive match and was a strong win for Bianca. Liv VS Piper was also very good, and it seems the Vader Bomb is going to be Piper’s finisher now, not the Michinoku Driver. There are many other roster members to be the mystery entry, but I don’t see Mella and Vega fighting each other while still Women’s Tag Team Champions. We can only hope WWE brings back Asuka, she hasn’t had anything to do in a long time. At the same time, the Elimination Chamber feels like Bianca’s way back to Mania and a match with Becky.

Lita and Becky had a very good promo segment together, and Lita gets the better of Becky again. Lita surprised me with that moonsault. She’s going to look even better in a full match with Becky, but Becky is still going to retain. Then we’ll get Becky VS Bianca for Mania and that’ll be an all time match right there.

My Score: 8.4/10


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Ilja Dragunov confronts Carmelo Hayes face to face!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Ilja Dragunov is here!

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

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

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

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

 

NXT Media catches up with Ava Raine.

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

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

 

Kelani Jordan VS Kiana James w/ Izzi Dame!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Kiana James, by pinfall

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

 

NXT shares footage from after last week’s show.

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

 

The Good Brothers VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Good Brothers, by pinfall

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

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

 

Ava Raine is on the phone.

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

 

Roxanne Perez VS Jakara Jackson w/ Lash Legend!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Roxanne Perez, by submission

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

 

Thea Hail talks with Jacy Jayne & Jazmyn Nyx.

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

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

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

 

The Wolf Dogs are backstage.

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

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

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

 

DIJAK VS Luca Crusifino!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Dijak, by pinfall

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

 

Backstage interview with Noam Dar & Oro Mensah.

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

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

 

Lyra Valkyria is here!

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

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

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

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

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

 

Brooks Jensen confronts Oba Femi!

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

 

Backstage interview with Carmelo Hayes.

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

 

Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone VS Lexis King!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Von Wagner, by pinfall

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

 

Tatum and Lyra regroup backstage.

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

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

 

Dijak argues with Ava.

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

 

Gigi Dolin VS Jaida Parker w/ OTM!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Jaida Parker, by pinfall

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

 

Waves are rolling in.

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Roadblock!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Dar: 0; Dempsey: 1

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

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

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

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

Dar: 0; Dempsey: 1

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

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

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

Dar: 0; Dempsey: 1

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

Dar: 1; Dempsey: 1

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

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

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

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

 

NXT Media catches up with Shawn Spears.

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

 

Ilja Dragunov is back in the ring!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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Andrew’s TNA Xplosion Results & Match Ratings: 2.22.2024

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

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

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

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

 

Ratings:

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

 

Results:

Mike Bailey vs Jai Vidal

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

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

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

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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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