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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (3/22/22)




Can Robert Roode break Bron Breakker?

Before he gets his rematch for the NXT Championship at Stand & Deliver, Bron Breakker must face the GLORIOUS Robert Roode! Will Roode make things easier for Dolph Ziggler?


  • NXT North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Solo Sikoa VS Roderick Strong; Sikoa wins and advances to Stand & Deliver.
  • Dexter Lumis w/ Indi Hartwell VS Tony D’Angelo; D’Angelo wins.
  • Elektra Lopez w/ Legado del Fantasma VS Fallon Henley w/ Brooks Jensen & Josh Briggs; Lopez wins.
  • Bron Breakker VS Robert Roode w/ Dolph Ziggler; wins.
  • NXT North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: A-Kid VS Grayson Waller w/ Sanga; Waller wins and advances to Stand & Deliver.
  • The Creed Brothers w/ Malcolm Bivens VS Grizzled Young Veterans; The Creed Brothers win.
  • GUNTHER w/ Imperium VS Duke Hudson w/ Persia Pirotta; Gunther wins.
  • Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Finals: Io Shirai & Kay Lee Ray VS Dakota Kai & Wendy Choo; Shirai & KLR win and earn an NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship match.


Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams pull up in a Bentley.

The North American Champion says, “We got one down, three to go. That means to more Melo-fication matches tonight to determine who’s gonna qualify for my A Championship at Stand & Deliver.” Trick says that’s right, and it’s either gonna be the viral superstar, Grayson Waller, or the Spanish Sensation, A-Kid. It’s either gonna be the Diamond Mine’s Roderick Strong, or the Street Champion, Solo Sikoa. At the end of the day, it don’t matter, they’re all fighting for a spot in Melo’s ladder match. And as these two head to gorilla, we’re opening with one of those matches!

NXT North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Solo Sikoa VS Roderick Strong w/ Malcolm Bivens!

The bell rings as both men are already in the ring. They circle, Strong backs away to ropes and the ref keeps Solo back. Solo gets around but Strong turns things around on him as they end up on ropes. The ref counts, Strong lets off, Solo kicks but Strong blocks and sweeps the leg! Strong floats around, has the arm, and pulls hair! The ref reprimands, Solo and Strong fight with chinbars. Strong slip around to a chinlock but Solo gets up. Strong is a backpack but Solo shrugs him off. Strong shoves Solo but Solo SLAPS Strong down! Strong gets up, Solo headbutts him to a corner!

Solo whips corner to corner, Strong goes up and over, things speed up and Solo runs Strong over! Fans fire up and Solo stomps Strong. And KICKS! And stomps! And kicks! Solo drags Strong up, headbutts him, and fans rally behind Solo. Strong gets to ropes, boots but Solo blocks to CLOBBER Strong! Solo stalks Strong to a corner, fans rally up, and Strong knees Solo low! Strong CHOPS, forearms, CHOPS again! Solo ROCKS Strong with a palm strike! Solo rains down fists at the ropes but backs off as the ref counts. Solo drags Strong up to scoop and SLAM! Solo runs then DIVING HEADBUTTS! Cover, ONE!

Fans rally up, Solo stalks Strong but Strong goes to the apron. Solo drags Strong up, but the ref counts and Strong kicks a leg out! Strong YANKS Solo into ropes and shakes out his arm. Strong gets in, stomps Solo around, then rains down fists! Solo has his guard up but Strong powers through to get shots in. Fans boo but Strong lets off to bring Solo back up. Strong KNEES Solo low, stomps a hand, then drags Solo by a leg. Strong isolates a foot and then stomps Solo down. Strong drags Solo into a camel clutch! Solo endures and fans rally behind him. Solo fights up, wrenches free, but Strong knees low!

Strong runs, PENALTY KICK! Cover, ONE!! Strong kicks Solo in frustration then stomps him on the head! Strong eggs on “Uce,” then brings him up. Fans rally as Strong clamps onto an arm. Solo endures, fights up, and he throws big forearms! Solo kicks but Strong blocks to scoop and BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Strong rains more fists down on Solo, then brings him up to put on the ropes. Strong CHOPS! And CHOPS! Solo is stinging, Strong reels him in, but Solo blocks the suplex! Solo suplexes but Strong stomps a foot! Strong KNEES Solo down again, then brings Solo up to put on ropes.

Strong throws haymakers, but Solo DECKS Strong! Solo ROCKS Strong, has him in a corner, but Strong BOOTS back! And BOOTS again! Strong kicks a leg out, then KICKS Solo down! Cover, TWO! Strong keeps on Solo with a head ‘n’ arm clinch, and he gets a wristlock. Fans rally, Solo fights up and powers through to headbutt the ribs! Strong KNEES Solo again, then OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO! Solo survives, and out walks Santos Escobar? El Hijo del Fantasma is already in the ladder match, he’s watching this closely, just like Melo. Strong brings Solo up but Solo blocks the suplex. Solo TOSSES Strong!

Strong and Solo fire hands, but Solo DECKS Strong! And again! Strong dodges, but Solo blocks the kick to club the leg, CHOP Strong and HEADBUTT him down! Solo fires off hands, he has Strong in the corner, and fans fire up as Solo runs in to SPLASH! Solo fireman’s carries for the SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Strong is still in this but Solo goes to the corner! Solo climbs, but Strong ENZIGURIS first! Strong climbs up, Solo resists but Strong throws body shots. Solo hits back, and he HEADBUTTS Strong down! Solo gets up to SPLASH!! Cover, Solo wins!!

Winner: Solo Sikoa, by pinfall (advances to the North American Championship Ladder match)

The A Champion tells Solo he just got a trip to Dallas on him. But will Solo go from Street Champion to A Champion at Stand & Deliver?


Indi Hartwell and Persia Pirotta talk backstage.

Indi’s Instagram has blown up since last week thanks to her TMZ article. Uh, Indi’s article? That gallery was full of Persia. Uh, check the first lines. It reads WWE’s Indi Hartwell and Dexter Lumis. They won, just like Indi proved she was better than Persia. Oh, please. Indi pulled tights. Indi is just jelly that Persia & Duke are more popular. 6.4 MILLION views of their steamy smooch. Jealous? Of her and Duke? Yeah, they’ve been best friends for 10 years, Persia knows Indi’s jealous face. #InDex is out, #Dusia is in! And Duke is way hotter than Dexter. Indi’s gonna throw up. Dexter will definitely beat Tony D’Angelo, and Persia can watch.

Dexter Lumis w/ Indi Hartwell VS Tony D’Angelo!

The Tortured Artist is back in action, will he defend the honor of #InDex? Or will the Wise Guy of NXT look to use Dexter as a warm-up before facing Tommaso Ciampa at Stand & Deliver?

NXT returns as #InDex make their entrance. Persia & Duke are already ringside to watch this, will they like what they see? The bell rings and Dexter circles with Tony. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Tony gets around to waistlock and SLAM Dexter down. But then Dexter slithers and Tony gets to ropes. Tony has Dexter back off and the two go again. Tony shoots in, trips Dexter, then talks trash, only to get cuaght in the arm ‘n’ head triangle! Tony refuses to be silenced and he elbows free. Tony clinches for a BIG Belly2Belly! Tony rains down fists, talks more trash, then stomps Dexter around.

Tony CLUBS Dexter, whips him but Dexter reverses to THESZ PRESS! Dexter throws fast hands, then runs to drop an ax handle! Indi gives a thumbs up and Dexter drags Tony up. Dexter bumps Tony off buckles, stomps and uppercuts and bumps Tony off more buckles. Dexter digs his fingers into Tony’s face but lets off at 4. Dexter throws body shots, then whips corner to corner. Tony staggers into a scoop, and Dexter hits a FALL AWAY SLAM! And kip up! Fans fire up and Indi gives another thumbs up. Dexter looms over Tony, then clamps on a camel clutch! Dexter CLUBS Tony down, then stalks Tony again.

Dexter ROCKS Tony with an uppercut but Tony kicks back and throws hands! Fans duel, Tony whips, but Dexter reverses to CLOBBER Tony with an elbow! Cover, TWO! Dexter drags Tony up, scoops and SLAMS him, then drops a leg! Cover, TWO! Indi pouts but Dexter clamps on a chinlock. Dexter grinds Tony down, fans rally and duel, and Tony fights up for a JAWBREAKER! Dexter staggers and Tony bails out. Dexter slithers out after Tony, blocks a punch to ROCK Tony with an uppercut! Dexter brings Tony up the steel steps, but Tony trips Dexter! Dexter hits off the steps, and Tony gets his hat.

Tony grins and pats himself on the back like Ciampa, then talks trash on Dexter, while NXT goes to break.

NXT returns again and Tony has Dexter in a chinlock. Dexter fights up as fans rally and duel. Tony throws Dexter down, then clamps the chinlock back on. Persia and Duke are amused but Indi frowns. Dexter fights up, throws body shots, but Tony KICKS Dexter in the side! Tony CLUBS Dexter, reels him in, but Dexter lands on his feet out of the back suplex! Dexter DECKS Tony, DECKS him again, then ROCKS him! Tony ends up in a corner, Dexter frames the shot, and runs in to clothesline and BULLDOG! Fans fire up and Indi has the thumbs up again. Dexter reels Tony in, BIG back suplex! Kip up to LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!

Dexter stares at Tony as he writhes and fans rally again. Tony stands, kicks Dexter then throws hands. Dexter still clinches Tony but Tony elbows free. Tony kicks again, whips, but Dexter ducks and dodges, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Fans fire up, “This is Awesome!” and both men crawl to opposite corners. Duke “coaches” Dexter but it’s more of a distraction, and Tony wants his crowbar! Indi snatches that away from him! But then Persia snatches that from Indi? They fight over the crowbar, Tony grabs at it, but Persia lets go and Tony ends up flying into Dexter, CROWBAR TO HEAD!

The ref completely missed what happened, and Tony gives Dexter BADA BOOM! Cover, Tony wins!

Winner: Tony D’Angelo, by pinfall

Well when it comes to the crowbar, fogeddaboutit! Tony gets a win thanks to Persia, and now he gets the mic. “Tommaso Ciampa! You thought I was comin’ out here last week to pay tribute? Nah. See, I set the hook, and you took the bait. When I put you on your knees, you knew you were finished! The new Don of NXT arrives at Stand & Deliver!” But here comes Ciampa! Just not from the ramp! Ciampa turns Tony around, kick and FAIRY TALE ENDING! Ciampa gets the mic and gets right up in Tony’s face.

“Listen. You don’t get to tell me when I’m done. Stand & Deliver, that might be my final chapter here in NXT. And if it is, I’m gonna write my own damn fairy tale ending. See you in Dallas!” The Psycho Killer just got the drop on Tony D, will Ciampa #FightToSurvive in the brand that is his home?


Backstage interview with the Dirty Dawgs, Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler.

McKenzie brings up the response from Ciampa to Tony, and Roode wants to know why they’re talking about Ciampa at all. The Dawgs dealt with Ciampa two weeks ago. Everyone has forgotten Roode is a former NXT Champion! He dominated here for over 12 long months! He took NXT to heights no one could’ve imagined. And without Roode paving the way, it wouldn’t have reached the level it has today. And it certainly wouldn’t have given opportunities to a guy like Bron Breakker to become a superstar. Ziggler says Bron is two weeks away from the biggest match of his life, but “big man” Roode will pummel him, pound him, humble him, and leave the scraps for Ziggler.

Bron is gonna find out he doesn’t match up to the former nor the current NXT Champion. The Show-Off runs his mouth for both Dawgs, but will Breakker break through the past to truly become NXT’s future?


Grayson Waller speaks.

“NXT Stand & Deliver is set to be the biggest show of the year, but there’s no way it’s gonna live up to the hype without THE NXT Superstar, Grayson Waller, on the marquee.” Two weeks ago, he was the Last Man Standing. And then on April 2nd, he will be the ONLY man standing on top of the ladder with the North American Championship, in a moment that’ll live forever. But there is one man standing in Waller’s way. The Spanish Sensation, A-Kid. He’s one of the best guys to come out of Europe in a longtime, but he ain’t Waller! The Waller Effect is global, and AK is just a stepping stone on Waller’s road to the top.


Elektra Lopez w/ Legado del Fantasma VS Fallon Henley w/ Brooks Jensen & Josh Briggs!

Upset by how things were kept fair last week with the Mysterios, Lopez takes on Fallon, with the boys all backing them up. Will Lopez teach all of them not to interfere with Legado? Or will Fallon be fearless in her fight tonight?

NXT returns and Brooks & Briggs are coaching Fallon up. Brooks says Lopez is very beautiful, and Briggs smacks him. How is that relevant right now? Briggs tells Fallon to fire up and beat Lopez down. The bell rings, Lopez and Fallon tie up, and Lopez throws Fallon down! Then she sits Fallon up to SLAP her down! Lopez scoops, Fallon slips out and rams shoulders, but Lopez doesn’t budge! Lopez grabs Fallon by her hair but Fallon breaks free to fire off forearms! Lopez shoves, Fallon dodges and dropkicks! Lopez staggers, Fallon runs, but leaps into Lopez’s arms! Lopez HOTSHOTS Fallon, then stomps away!

The ref counts, Lopez lets off at 4, then she bumps Fallon off buckles. Lopez grabs Fallon by her hair to TOSS her across the way! But Fallon gets up to fire off! Fallon runs, wheelbarrows, but Lopez SLAMS her down! Cover, TWO! Fallon survives but Lopez stalks her to ropes. Lopez drags Fallon up and thrashes her around! The ref reprimands, Lopez lets go of the hair, and then she grabs Fallon by her hair again! Lopez thrashes Fallon around more, slams her down, then grins as she looms over her. Lopez clamps her hands into the shoulders but fans rally and Fallon fights. Lopez has the arms for a motorcycle stretch, and sits down to pull way back!

Fallon endures as Lopez thrashes her around again. Fallon fights up and pushes back to a cover, TWO! Fallon hits ropes, Lopez stands on Fallon and chokes her again! Legado gets in Fallon’s face, but Briggs & Brooks get in their face. And the brawl is on! Fans fire up as Briggs & Brooks send Mendoza & Wilde backstage! Lopez brings Fallon up but Fallon blocks the buckle bump to back elbow! And fire off forearms! And haymakers! Fallon whips, Lopez reverses but Fallon FLYING UPPERCUTS! Fallon fires up, runs in, BACK ELBOW, to BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Lopez is still in this but fans fire up!

Fallon runs in, but she’s sent into ropes again! Lopez reels Fallon back in, BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, Lopez wins!

Winner: Elektra Lopez, by pinfall

Legado still wins, even without cheating. Will Lopez continue to climb the ranks until she’s fighting for the NXT Women’s Championship?


Draco Anthony prepares backstage.

But then he gets a phone call. He ignores it, and then Xyon Quinn walks in. Another phone call? Draco ignores it again. Is it Joe Gacy? Yeah, he’s been bugging Draco all week. Look, here’s a video message. “Draco, you don’t have to live your life all alone. Open your mind, let me help you. Together, we can make your life much better.” Draco throws his phone and Xyon says Draco knows what he must do. Handle his business like a man? And Xyon’s got your back if you need him. Will Draco get Gacy to leave him alone once and for all?


Backstage interview with Dakota Kai & Wendy Choo.

They’re Women’s Dusty Cup finalists, but what are their thoughts ahead of the main event? Wendy knows Dakota went to the finals last year and won it with her then best friend, so she’s doing it again this year with her new best friend, Wendy! They’re at like the same level Dakota and Raquel were at last year, but then Dakota went and kicked Raquel in the face… But then Raquel gave Dakota a Chingona Bomb… And now they totally hate each other… But that’s- Dakota has Wendy stop here, she’s had too much orange soda today. But yeah, Dakota and Raquel were a great team. And when Wendy found her, Dakota wasn’t sure if this would work.

But now, Dakota is sure she puts her name on that trophy a second time. No one else can say that. And honestly, Io Shirai & Kay Lee Ray are great. But tonight is their night! Will #KaiChoo conquer the Dusty Cup and solidify their legacy?


Bron Breakker VS Robert Roode w/ Dolph Ziggler!

The Big Booty Nephew may be a kid, certainly compared to the veteran Dirty Dawgs. But will he prove he is worthy of everything he’s gotten in NXT so far? Or will the GLORIOUS One’s return turn the tides this close to Stand & Deliver?

NXT returns as Bron makes his entrance. The bell rings and Bron circles with Roode. Fans rally with “This is Glorious!” as Roode and Bron tie up. Roode headlocks, Bron powers out, but Roode runs Bron over! Bron gets up while Ziggler gets on commentary long enough to say Roode will “set an example, get beer money and hit the road, man!” Roode shows off by doing jumping jacks but Bron gets up. They circle again, tie up, and Bron gets the headlock. Roode powers out, Bron runs Roode over! Fans bark it up and Bron drops to all fours to stare Roode down. The two reset and circle again.

Bron and Roode feel out the knuckle lock, but then Roode kicks low. Roode bumps Bron off buckles, throws haymakers, then stomps a mudhole in! The ref counts, Roode lets off at 4, and fans are torn. Roode throws more hands on Bron, but Bron blocks to fires back! Roode headlocks, Bron powers out and things speed up. Bron hurdles, things keep moving, and Bron catches Roode’s hurdle for a POWERSLAM! Fans fire up and Roode bails out to regroup with Ziggler. Ziggler helps Roode up but Bron keeps them from running away! Bron throws hands and then warns Ziggler. Ziggler says worry more about Roode!

Bron throws more hands on Roode, then he puts Roode in the ring. Roode CLUBS Bron right down then stomps him at the ropes! The ref counts, Roode lets off and Ziggler tells Roode to punish Bron! Fans rally, Roode drags Bron up, and Roode suplexes high and hard! Fans are torn as Roode flexes and looms over Bron. Roode brings Bron up, suplexes but Bron blocks. Roode throws body shots, and he suplexes after all! But Bron kips up! “Big Bob” turns around and Bron CLOBBERS him! Straps come down, Bron runs in, but Ziggler saves Roode and Bron POSTS himself! But the ref clearly saw that, so he EJECTS Ziggler!

The Dawgs are freaking out and Ziggler says he can’t be thrown out, he’s the champion! But not even the NXT Champion is above the rules, and Ziggler throws a fit up the ramp as NXT goes picture in picture.

Roode is freaking out, but he goes back after Bron with stomps. Roode digs his boots in at the ropes, but he lets off as the ref counts. Roode drags Bron out to the apron to CLUB him in the chest! Roode puts Bron in the ring, and then a corner to CHOP him! Roode whips corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines, then turns Bron for a NECKBREAKER! Roode goes to a corner and climbs up top. Roode aims, Bron stands, FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Cover, TWO! Roode keeps focus as he drags Bron up for a neck wrench. Bron endures, fights up, but Roode clamps on with a chinlock now!

Roode grinds Bron down, Bron endures again, and he fights his way back up. Bron throws body shots, backs Roode down, but Roode kicks low! Roode turns Bron again, another NECKBREAKER! Roode soaks up the cheers and jeers while Bron clutches a shoulder. Fans rally up and Roode stalks Bron to the corner. Roode drags Bron up and puts him through ropes, tot hen rake the eyes! The ref counts, Roode lets off, and he drags Bron up to CLUB him down. Roode drags Bron back up, snapmares and he drops a knee! Bron clutches his chin as he writhes, but Roode brings him up as NXT returns to single picture.

Bron hits back with haymakers! Bron whips corner to corner, then runs in, into a BOOT! Roode goes up, BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Roode is annoyed but fans rally up. Roode drags Bron up, throws haymakers, and he has Bron on the ropes. Roode whips, CLOBBERS Bron, and Roode winds up the arm to flex like Poppa Pump for the ELBOW DROP! Cover, ONE, and Roode does push-ups! Roode laughs at Bron, and he stalks Bron to ropes. Bron throws body shots back! Bron whips, Roode blocks the back drop for another NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Roode gets back up and walks around to soak up the heat.

Roode goes to the corner, climbs up top, but Bron trips him up! Bron climbs up to CLUB Roode, but Roode hits back with body shots! Bron hops down, but he ROCKS Roode back! Bron climbs again, Roode keeps fighting, they brawl, and Bron sets Roode up, SUPER STEINER! Fans fire up as Bron grits his teeth and fights through the pain! Bron runs to rally with big shoulder tackles! Bron boots and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! Bron whips but Roode dodges, SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Bron survives but he’s clutching his neck and shoulders again. Roode gets up, and he winds it up! Fans remember this! “GLORIOUS~!”

Roode kicks, reels Bron in, but Bron wrenches out and runs to LARIAT! Bron snarls as he aims from a corner. Born runs in, but Roode KNEES him away! Bron rebounds, and SPEARS anyway!! Both men are down, Bron crawls to the cover, TWO!! Roode survives and Bron is shocked! Bron gets up, gets the bad arm moving, and he choke grips Roode, then trophy lifts him! But the bad arm gives up! GLORIOUS DDT!! But Roode’s ribs slow him down! He has to crawl over to cover, TWO!! Bron survives and the fans are freaking out! Roode slowly gets up, “This is Awesome!” Roode throws a haymaker, Bron hits back!

Roode throws another haymaker, Bron hits back again! They stand now, Roode throws a haymaker again! Bron staggers but he throws another haymaker! Roode throat chops! The ref reprimands but Roode fires off more shots! Roode ROCKS Bron, but then Bron counter punches! And again! And again! Roode goes to a corner, Bron runs in but into an elbow! Roode goes up, leaps, but into the BREAKKER SLAM!! Cover, Bron wins!!

Winner: Bron Breakker, by pinfall

The Glorious One made one miscalculation, and Bron comes away the winner! Will Bron be able to do the same at Stand & Deliver? But then Ziggler SUPERKICKS him down on stage! “That’s what happens! You will never be on my level! You turned your back on the wrong damn man! This! THIS… stays with me until I give it away.” Ziggler says this is as close as Bron will get to having the belt again, but will Bron show the Show-Off what happens when you sucker punch Bron?


Indi tends to Dexter backstage.

Big ice pack for Dexy, and Persia walks in to say that was a tough loss. What? Persia had the crowbar! Did she let go on purpose? Of course not! Tony yanked it away from her. Don’t make excuses for why your man loss. Duke would never do that. Persia says her man gets the job done in and out of the ring. Uh, that’s Duke, not John Cena. Uh, yeah, well Duke could beat Cena and any man on the roster! Dexter gets upset, and he goes to his drawing pad. What’s this about? This is how Dexter expresses himself outside of the ring, and bedroom. Huh? Nothing good happens when he draws. But Dexter shows them his work. Dexter dares Duke to take on Gunther! How’d he draw that so fast?!

Persia says Duke can of course beat the Ring General. Right, Duke? R-Right. Yeah. #Dusia leave, but has Persia’s mouth written a check Duke’s body can’t cash?


NXT checks in on Andre Chase University.

Bodhi Hayward makes a presentation on his fortitude essay. “Fortitude is something Mr. Chase says is deeply within all of us. Since I’ve been to Chase U, Von Wagner has constantly challenged this university’s and my personal fortitude.” Recently, Von sucker punched Bodhi, but it took fortitude to get up and come to class with that nasty black eye. He’s never missed a class and continues to support this school with his 4.3 GPA! What the hell, man? You’re just gonna raise your hand during his presentation, pouring out his heart to the class and Mr. Chase? Just wait until the bell rings, you dumb SOB! You wanna F up Bodhi’s concentration!?

Chase calms Bodhi down. Where did this anger come from? Who taught him how to talk like that? To be honest, Mr. Chase… It was from watching you. Oh. That’s the most beautiful thing he’s ever heard. Now Nell, you STFU and let Bodhi finish! And next week, Von Wagner gets ripped limb from limb! His ass is grass and Bodhi’s the lawnmower! Chase is fired up, too, but he has Bodhi save the rest of that aggression for next week. That was a teachable moment!


NXT North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: A-Kid VS Grayson Waller w/ Sanga!

The Spanish Sensation has already made an impact in NXT 2.0 by defeating Kushida. And though fans may not like it, the 21st Century Success Story has had his own share of impactful moments. But who will make the biggest splash yet by joining the already stacked ladder match at Stand & Deliver?

NXT returns and AK has made his entrance. The bell rings and Grayson says AK should go back to NXT UK. But then AK ducks the haymaker to hit a headlock takeover! Grayson headscissors, AK pops free and has a toehold. Waller tries to kick AK but AK cartwheels through. Waller scrambles to ropes as AK kicks back! AK says this is HIS time! They knuckle lock, Waller kicks low and wrenches the wrists. Waller bends AK back, but AK kicks and goes up the ropes to FLYING RANA! Waller flops out of the ring, AK builds speed, but Sanga stands in the way. Waller gets in, but AK dodges him, springboards and arm-drags to dropkick!

Fans fire up and AK brings Waller up. Solo does the same as Escobar and appears on stage to watch this, as Waller drop toeholds AK into ropes! AK sputters and Waller notices Solo, but he brings AK up to put into the buckles. Waller goes to the apron to KICK the bar and snap AK back! Fans rally, AK rolls Waller up with a bridge, TWO! Waller hurries to suplex but AK cradles, TWO! Waller BOOTS AK inside-out! Cover, TWO! Waller is annoyed, he pushes AK around, and he drags AK up. Waller fireman’s carries, but AK pops out to RANA again! And then pop-up DROPKICK! Waller flops out of the ring, AK DIVES!

Waller hits desk, AK drags him up, but Waller puts AK in first. Waller slingshots and somersaults, but into a SLEEPER HOLD! AK has the body scissors, too, and Waller flails! Waller moves around, AK clings to him as a backpack, then shifts to a GUILLOTINE! Waller powers out to a suplex but AK slips out. AK ducks, goes up, but Waller gets him for an ELEVATED RUSSIAN LEG SWEP! Waller resists, somersault STUNNER! Cover, Waller wins!

Winner: Grayson Waller, by pinfall (advances to the North American Championship Ladder match)

Waller snatches victory away in the blink of an eye! Will Waller make sure he comes out on top at Stand & Deliver?

Melo returns and he realizes, we still need that fifth man for the match! So here’s what we do: the three losers are in a qualifying TRIPLE THREAT! That sounds good to Trick, too. So then, Cameron Grimes VS Roderick Strong VS A-Kid! And by the way, he may be A-Kid, but he’ll never be the A Champion! And tonight, Trick’s taking out A-Mama! AK ENZIGURIS Trick! AK gets away, will he earn himself that last spot in that big Triple Threat?


Robert Stone has Von Wagner watch a WWE Digital Exclusive.

See here? Just trying to talk business, and Jacket Time interrupted! What is wrong with them? Especially Jiro! Von has Stone calm down. One thing at a time. Bodhi next week, then Jacket Time. But the young lady Stone was talking with walks up to ask if they can finish that conversation. Yes, right this way. Is the new Stone Brand about to expand?


The Creed Brothers w/ Diamond Mine VS Grizzled Young Veterans!

While Julius & Brutus are preparing for the Triple Threat NXT Tag Team Championship, they are getting payback on who they’re 99% sure attacked them in the parking lot. But will Zack Gibson & James Drake defend their innocence by doing whatever it takes to win in the ring?

NXT returns and Gibson has a mic to say, “Lads, lads. Why are you so angry? I understand that you got jumped the other week and I understand that you think that it was us, but do you really trust those beef jerky ears of yours?” Gibson says he and Drake did not jump them from behind, because if they were to do that, they’d attack from the front! And they do right here! GYV mugs the Creeds, they throw Julius out and keep on Brutus. The bell rings, Drake starts with Brutus, and Brutus gets around to gut wrench suplex! Brutus goes Junkyard Dog, then he gut wrench suplexes again!

Brutus bear crawls up to KNEE Drake to the corner. Tag to Julius, he KNEES Drake back in! Julius tells Gibson to wait for his turn. Julius KNEES Drake, then pulls hair. Julius ROCKS Drake, but Gibson talks trash. This distracts Julius so Drake can jump on for a SLEEPER! Gibson tags in, GYV mugs Julius, and then Gibson DECKS Julius! Gibson soaks up the heat and fires off more forearms. Gibson whips, Julius reverses to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Gibson flounders, Julius ruins in and waistlocks to then get the leg for a STRETCH MUFFLER! Gibson grabs the ropes so Julius SLAMS him down!

Julius then waistlocks Gibson but Gibson elbows him away! Gibson DECKS Brutus, bum rushes Julius, and Drake tags in. Drake goes up and Gibson clinches, ENZIGURI knocks Julius down! Gibson hurries to set up, MAYHEM IN MOTION takes out Brutus! Fans fire up and Bivens scowls, and fans chant “You Still Suck!” Julius gets serious and brings down the straps! Drake runs in but Julius fires haymakers! Julius DECKS Gibson, DECKS Drake, KNEES Gibson, but Drake DECKS Julius! Drake fires off on Julius, drags him up to knock him down again, and then pulls on ears while he KICKS away on the back!

Tag to Gibson, GYV mugs Julius again with forearm after forearm, and Gibson shouts, “We told you!” Gibson says GYV should be at Stand & Deliver! Gibson DECKS Julius, then says it’s time to shut this down! Tag to Drake, Gibson Electric Chair Lifts! Drake is up top but Julius fights free! He POSTS Gibson, and Drake jumps to land on his feet! Drake leg jams, Julius CHOP BLOCKS him! Tag to Brutus, half hatch suplex to torture rack, for a RACK BOMB! Brutus then sets up in the corner, SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, Creeds win!

Winners: The Creed Brothers, by pinfall

Julius & Brutus proved they can be just as grizzled as Grizzled Young Veterans, but will the Creeds soon be NXT Tag Team Champions? Wait, what’s this? The tron shows a duo defacing the Diamond Mine dojo! They spray paint “DON’T CRY” on the walls, and pour out milk? One is texting, “Creed Brothers… You clearly can’t find us. So we’ll find you. Until then, enjoy the view.” Who is this that’s targeting the Diamond Mine? Will they pay going this far?


Gunther talks with Imperium.

There are no subtitles though this is in German, but it is obvious the Ring General will gladly teach Duke Hudson a lesson. Will Duke, Persia and everyone else be reminded that the mat is sacred?

GUNTHER w/ Imperium VS Duke Hudson w/ Persia Pirotta!

NXT returns as everyone is in the ring. The bell rings, Gunther and Duke circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Gunther finds leverage to put Duke in the corner. Duke dodges the chop to pie face, and Gunther eggs him on. They tie up again, Gunther headlocks, but Duke powers out. Gunther runs Duke over! Then scoops and SLAMS him! Gunther eggs Duke on, then stomps him down. Gunther EuroUppers, Duke JABS! And JABS! Duke forearms but Gunther kicks low to whip Duke to a corner. Gunther runs in but into a back elbow! Duke throws forearms, and CHOPS! Gunther CHOPS!

Fans fire up as “WAL~TER!” circles around Duke. Gunther sits Duke up to dig his fingers into Duke’s face. The ref reprimands so Gunther elbows him down and CLUBS Duke in the chest! Duke throws body shots, then haymakers and JABS! Gunther CHOPS again! And CHOPS Duke off his feet! Indi gives a thumbs up! Duke gasps and sputters while fans lose their minds over those soul killing chops! Gunther gets Duke in a SLEEPER! Duke gets ropes, elbows free, then whips. Gunther reverses, Duke duck san dodges, fakes out the Thesz Press and BOOTS Gunther down! Duke fires off, RAMS into Gunther again and again in the corner, but lets off as the ref counts.

Duke CHOPS, Gunther CHOPS again! Duke kicks back and facelocks. Gunther powers Duke up and over the ropes to the apron! Duke shoulders in, and slingshots for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Duke hurries to cover, ONE!! Duke is furious, he gets Gunther up but Gunther blocks the lift to wrench and LARIAT! Gunther sees Duke stagger up, CHOP! CHOP!! BOOT! Then SLEEPER! To GUNTHER BOMB!! Cover, Gunther wins!

Winner: Gunther, by pinfall

Duke just learned why the Ring General was the longest reigning NXT UK Champion ever! Indi likes it, but Persia doesn’t. And Gunther gets on the mic to say, “I am the most dominant competitor in NXT! But still, I have been overlooked. And it’s an absolute disgrace that somebody like LA Knight can talk himself-” Speaking of, here comes LA Knight! Fans fire up as Knight goes right to the ring, and Knight says, “Lemme talk to ya!” But Gunther tells him to shut up! Knight will listen! Gunther says Knight is everything wrong with this great sport today! All this talking, very little skill! Knight can talk his way into title matches, but he doesn’t have what it takes to win them! Knight’s mouth gets him matches, but he can’t win them with it!

Knight tells Gunther to listen very carefully. If Gunther ever interrupts him, he’ll knock that block head off his dad bod, “ya dumb sonovabitch!” Knight will put it like this! Stand & Deliver is right around the corner! He was gonna use his words to set up a match, but since Gunther doesn’t like words, let’s try a different route. Knight throws haymakers on Gunther!! Imperium mugs Knight in return! They set Knight up for Walter’s kick! But here comes MSK! They run in and brawl with Barthel & Aichner! MSK dumps the soldiers out, SUPERKICK for Aichner! JUMP KNEE for Gunther, and an ENZIGURI, into Knight’s POWERSLAM!

Knight clotheslines Gunther outta the ring to top it off! Gunther VS Knight, who will survive at Stand & Deliver?


Cameron Grimes speaks.

“Everyone knows I always wear my heart on my sleeve. Last week, I was frustrated and I was emotional.” He felt all he’d done was disappoint. His father was his hero and best friend, who lived and breathed this business. Grimes was in this business while he was wearing diapers. When Grimes signed with NXT, it was huge! But then shortly there after, his father passed away. Grimes vows that in his biggest match in his career, the final spot for the match at Stand & Deliver, he will make good on the promise he made to his father.

His father told him there are three types of people: those who just get by, those who try their hardest, and those who do whatever it takes. Next week, Grimes does whatever it takes. Will Grimes not just go #ToTheMoon, but to Dallas and the top of a ladder to win that North American Championship?


Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Finals: Io Shirai & Kay Lee Ray VS Dakota Kai & Wendy Choo!

The Scary Geniuses are united in their mission to destroy Toxic Attraction, while #KaiChoo want to etch their names into the history books. Which side wins to not only hold the Dusty Cup, but to get a tag title opportunity at Stand & Deliver?

NXT returns as Shirai and KLR make their entrance. Toxic Attraction is ringside, having moved the lounge closer. The introductions are made, the spotlight shines on the cup, but now we see who shares that spotlight here tonight!

The teams sort out, Shirai starts with Wendy and they circle. They tie up, Shirai waistlocks but Wendy headlocks. Shirai powers out, things speed up, and Shirai hurdles but Wendy leaps over. Things keep moving, Wendy tilt-o-whirls and headscissors, but Shirai handsprings through! Wendy also lounges, too, and waves at Shirai. Shirai goes for Wendy but gets caught in a leg scissor! Shirai stomps the drop toehold away, then drags Wendy up and over. Tag to KLR, snapmare and KICK to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! KLR drags Wendy up to CHOP! Wendy dodges in the corner to fire off slaps!

KLR knees low, suplexes, but Wendy slips free to drop toehold! Wendy camel clutches for a GEDO CLUTCH! TWO, but Wendy dropkicks KLR to the corner! Wendy hurries over to tag Dakota! #KaiChoo crisscross and whip KLR into buckles! Wendy runs to BOOT, then Dakota BOOT WASHES! Cover, TWO! Dakota drags KLR up, whips her to a corner, but KLR reverses. KLR runs in but Dakota goes up and over and rolls KLR up! TWO, and Toxic Attraction look bored. KLR knees Dakota low, brings her around and tags Shirai. KLR drop toeholds Dakota to ropes, Shirai dials it up, but Wendy uses her body pillow to shield Dakota!

Shirai is annoyed and kicks at Wendy. Wendy ducks, but then Shirai mule kicks! Dakota kicks Shirai and whips her to ropes. Shirai reverses, Dakota reverses, Shirai reverses back and Dakota tumbles out of the ring! Wendy hurries over, but Shirai and KLR coordinate. Fans rally, Shirai whips KLR for her to DIVE and take out Wendy! Shirai then DIVES to take out Dakota! Fans fire up as the Scary Geniuses stand tall and NXT goes picture in picture!

Shirai & KLR tell Toxic Attraction to get ready for some of that, but the champs just roll their eyes. Shirai puts Dakota in, wrenches and wristlocks to whip her to the corner. Dakota hits buckles hard, Shirai tags KLR in. KLR drags Dakota up and CHOPS her against ropes! Dakota goes staggering away but KLR brings her around to whip into a corner. KLR forearm smashes, then whips Dakota in again for a GAMANGIRI! KLR brings Dakota around, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! KLR looms over Dakota, brings her over, and tags Shirai in. They mug Dakota, Shirai scoops and SLAMS her!

Shirai handstands to knee drop! Cover, TWO! Shirai clamps on with a CROSSFACE! Dakota endures, fans rally up and Wendy returns to the corner. Dakota fights up, throws body shots and forearms! Shirai hits back, they brawl with forearms back and forth, and Dakota ROCKS Shirai! But Shirai kicks low, uppercuts, uppercuts and UPPERCUTS! Shirai runs but Dakota gets around to TWISTING DDT! Both women are down and fans fire up! NXT returns to single picture, hot tags to KLR and Wendy! Wendy dodges, fires off strikes and CLOBBERS KLR! Wendy whips, and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes KLR!

KLR goes to a corner, Wendy runs in and handspring FOREARMS! Wendy shoves KLR down, NAPTIME ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Wendy drags KLR up, but KLR slips around to Gory Especial! Wendy fights free, whips KLR into Shirai, and down goes Shirai! Wendy rolls KLR up, TWO! KLR drags Wendy up but Wendy fires off hands! Wendy ROCKS KLR, tags Dakota in, “This is Awesome!” as they put KLR up top. But Shirai yanks #KaiChoo down! Wendy throws Shirai out, Dakota BOOTS KLR! Wendy goes up top, SUPERPLEX! Dakota covers, TWO!! Toxic Attraction is amused now while Dakota can’t believe it!

Dakota drags KLR up, reels her in, but KLR fights the fireman’s carry! Dakota fights the waistlock, switches ands shoves, but KLR elbows her away. Tag to Shirai, FLAPJACK for Dakota! Shirai DECKS Wendy, runs in at Dakota, 619! Tag to KLR and fans fire up! KLR goes up, leaps, CANNONBALL! Cover, Wendy breaks it in time! Fans are thunderous, Shirai whips Wendy but Wendy reverses to POST Shirai! KLR has Dakota in the Gory Especial but Dakota slips off to kick and hop on! KAI-ROPRACTOR! Dakota hurries to the corner, climbs up top, and Wendy tags in! DOUBLE STOMPS to CHOO VADER BOMB!! Cover, Shirai dropkicks Dakota onto it!

All four women are down and fans are thunderous again! “This is Awesome!” and still not over! Shirai blocks Dakota’s kick, reels her in, TIGER BACKBREAKER! But Wendy FULL NELSON SLAMS Shirai! Wendy drags KLR up, KLR HEADBUTTS! KLR Gory Especials Wendy, K L R BOMB!! Tag to Shirai and she’s right up top, OVER THE MOONSAULT!! Cover, Shirai & KLR win!

Winners: Io Shirai & Kay Lee Ray, by pinfall (2022 Women’s Dusty Cup winners)

Toxic Attraction isn’t happy, but that’s because they’ll be facing two former singles champions who turned into a scary good tag team! The confetti falls for Shirai & KLR but Mandy demands they cut the music! The champions get in the ring and Mandy says everyone needs to stay where they are, she has something to say! “First of all, congratulations, ladies, for winning the Women’s Dusty Cup. Wow. Even though Wendy & Dakota blew it regardless.” But if they think for one second that they’ll beat Gigi & Jacy and become tag champions, they’re sadly mistaken.

KLR tells Mandy, “Do you know what, Mandy? We agree. See, when we got into the Dusty tournament, we had one thing in mind. And that was, ‘Destroy Toxic Attraction.’ And the best way to do that, is to go after the leader and take what’s most important to her.” Shirai says Mandy said she’d fight any woman for that title. So then… KLR and Shirai thought that they would cash in their tag title opportunity, but instead, they wanna make Stand & Deliver a FATAL 4 WAY for the NXT Women’s Championship! Oh, really? Gigi splashes them with her drink! And then Toxic Attraction mugs Shirai & KLR 3v2! But her comes CORA JADE!

Cora fires off on Toxic Attraction, but especially Mandy! Then Shirai & KLR dropkick the rest out! Is this going to turn into an even bigger match for Stand & Deliver than Mandy was expecting? Or will she make sure things stay 1v1?

My Thoughts:

A great episode for NXT, especially with this as the penultimate episode before WrestleMania Weekend. We opened with a great match from Solo and Strong, and that was a great win for Solo. And then we also got a good match out of A-Kid VS Waller, but that was way too short and a lot of BS as A-Kid should’ve won fair and square while Waller should’ve cheated a bit more. But we got a great twist from Melo saying there will be a last chance Triple Threat. Grimes VS Strong VS A-Kid will be an awesome match for the go-home next week, and after Grimes’ promo, I’m thinking he wins. For one, Strong wants after Ilja Dragunov and the NXT UK Championship, that should be Strong’s Stand & Deliver match. As for A-Kid, maybe there’s still something cooking over on NXT UK that will give AK his big match.

Lopez VS Fallon was good, and Fallon has new denim shorts gear to fit her joining Brooks & Briggs. Lopez wins, though, she’s still the bigger name right now. Briggs & Brooks brawling with Mendoza & Wilde is giving us a tag match right there, Briggs & Brooks might find a way to win so that this faction warfare stays even. We got a really good Chase U promo with Bodhi following in Chase’s short tempered footsteps. The new Stone Brand seems to be caught up in a lot of feuds, I’m thinking Von beats Bodhi but struggles against Jiro. At some point, Von needs to have a dedicated feud or he’s just going to stay the big meathead Stone recruited.

We got a good promo from Draco, Gacy and Quinn, and I’m still pretty confident we’ll get Gacy & Harland VS Draco & Quinn as a tag match at some point. The promos between Indi and Persia were great in setting up matches, and the matches we got were really good. Dexter losing to Tony because of a mishap worked to give motivation to Duke VS Gunther, and Ciampa got the drop on Tony here to keep things even. Gunther/Walter fired off some serious chops, and he got a great win. Knight challenging Gunther for Stand & Deliver was great stuff, MSK making the save was good, and seems we’ll be getting a Six Man of Imperium VS MSKnight in the go-home.

Speaking of MSK, I swear it was those two defacing Diamond Mine’s room. Creed Brothers VS GYV was great stuff, and of course Creeds win to keep momentum, but there has to be something that exposes MSK as the culprits all along. MSK might as well turn Heel, the live crowd at the Performance Center still hates on them so they might as well actually have a reason to boo. Bron VS Roode was great stuff, and of course Bron wins to keep his momentum, and then Ziggler stands tall to double down on the math. Bron is definitely winning that title back, and then Ziggler probably just goes back to Raw.

And the Women’s Dusty Cup final was an awesome match for the main event. I figured KLR & Shirai were winning, but what a surprise that they don’t want the tag titles. There’s no NXT GM right now but I’d assume “management” will consider the Fatal 4 Way option of cashing in that opportunity. Is Gigi hurt? She barely brawled, and an injury is the only thing I can think of that would actually deny a tag title match at this point. I just have a bad feeling that this Fatal 4 Way is even more of a sign that Mandy’s retaining. She won’t need to use Gigi & Jacy as help, she’ll just play everyone else against each other.

My Score: 8.7/10

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AEW Coverage

Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (9/27/23)

Onward, to Seattle!



AEW Coverage Lasers

Dynamite begins the countdown to WrestleDream!

It’s another big week for AEW! And before Swerve Strickland returns home to Seattle, he and Hangman Page sign on the dotted line!


  • AEW International Championship: Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Jeff Jarrett w/ Triple J; Fenix wins and retains the title.
  • AEW International Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Nick Jackson VS Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Claudio Castagnoli; Nick wins and will challenge Fenix for the title next week.
  • Fatal 4 Way: Penta El Zero Miedo w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Matt Jackson VS Orange Cassidy VS Austin Gunn; Cassidy wins.
  • Julia Hart w/ Brody King VS Willow Nightingale; wins.


AEW International Championship: Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Jeff Jarrett w/ Team Triple J

The Immortal Firebird burned brightest last week in his revenge match with Jon Moxley, and now HE is opening the night with an open challenge! But will the entire carnival help the Last Outlaw win this title right off Fenix? Or will Fenix refuse to be a transitional champion?

Well as soon as Team Triple J is ringside, Fenix FLIES out onto them all! Fans fire up and Fenix drags Jarrett up to fire off shots! Fenix stalks Jarrett, CLUBS him, then fires more forearms! And CHOPS! Jarrett pokes Fenix in the eye! Jarrett whips Fenix into railing! And JAMS him with a chair! No rules since this ain’t a match yet, but Fenix CHOPS in return! And CHOPS again! Fenix whips, Jarrett reverses but Fenix RANAS Jay Lethal into Satnam Singh! But Karen CLAWS Fenix’ back! Fenix grabs Karen, but Sonjay CLUBS Fenix! So Fenix SUPERKICKS Sonjay! Fenix puts Jarrett in the ring, the bell finally rings, and Fenix SMACXKS Jarrett to GAMANGIRI!

Fenix goes up and up and QUEBRADAS! Cover, TWO! Jarrett is still in this but Fenix brings him around to fireman’s carry. But the back gives up! Jarrett CLUBS Fenix down, fans rally up for Fenix but Jarrett stomps him. Jarrett brings Fenix around to CLUB him again, and then CLUBS him again! Fenix leans against ropes but Jarrett CHOKES him! Jarrett runs, Karen CHOPS Fenix, and Jarrett hits the STRADDLE ATTACK! Jarrett struts while fans boo, and then Jarrett mocks Cero Miedo, and says ‘SUCK IT!” Jarrett runs, into a SOBAT! KICK! And FOREARM! Fenix runs in to JUMP SOBAT!

Fenix pushes Jarrett down, goes up, but Satnam distracts! Fenix avoids the big haymaker, but Jarrett kicks low to DDT! Fans boo while both men are down and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Fenix crawls to ropes, Jarrett pursues, but the ref has Jarrett back off. So Karen CHOKES Fenix more! Abrahantes shouts at Triple J but Jarrett stomps Fenix. Jarrett puts Fenix in a corner, whips him corner to corner hard, and Fenix hits the mat.  Jarrett struts some more, distracts the ref, and that allows Lethal to drag Fenix out for some stomps! Sonjay gest some shots in, too! Sonjay mocks #ANIMO, and Lethal keeps Abrahantes back! Jarrett soaks up the heat from Broomfield, Colorado before he goes out after Fenix. Jarrett whips Fenix hard into railing, and Fenix tumbles into the front row!

Abrahantes checks Fenix as he drags himself up, but Triple J chases him off! Abrahantes can’t do anything when it’s 4v1! Jarrett then drags Fenix up to suplex to the floor! Fenix writhes, the ring count is climbing, but Jarrett stomps Fenix. Jarrett talks trash, drags Fenix up, and puts Fenix in before ten. Jarrett CLUBS Fenix, taunts the fans, and then paces around Fenix. Jarrett CLUBS Fenix, taunts him, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Jarrett drags Fenix up but Fenix CHOPS first! And CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! Fenix whips, Jarrett reverse but Fenix ducks ‘n’ dodges and rolls, but Jarrett trips him up!

Fenix goes to the apron and Jarrett kicks him down. Triple J rallies behind their guy but he then sicks them after Fenix. The ref stops Karen right in her tracks! Aubrey ain’t having it no more, and fans love it! Fenix gets up on the apron, RAMS into Jarrett, then RAMSA him again! Fenix RAMS into Jarrett one more time, then hobbles his way to the corner. Fenix springboards and leaps, FLYING ARM-DRAG and DOUBLE STOMP! Fans fire up as Fenix crawls to the cover, TWO! Jarrett is tougher than that but Fenix SUPERKICKS him down! Fans fire up as Fenix goes to the corner and drags himself up top!

Fenix aims, Lethal distracts, but he gets a PENALTY KICK for it! Sonjay tries now, and Jarrett LOW BLOWS! Fans boo but Jarrett cradles! TWO!! Triple J is furious but Jarrett whips. Fenix reverses, Jarrett lifts, Fenix slips out of the bomb! Jarrett kicks and wrenches, THE STROKE!!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Fenix survives and the fans are loving this! Satnam gets on the apron, Jarrett sends Fenix his way, but Fenix dropkicks the legs out! Satnam falls but Jarrett gets Fenix’s legs! FIGURE- NO, Fenix cradles now! FENIX WINS!!

Winner: Rey Fenix, by pinfall (still AEW International Champion)

Triple J tried all the tricks, but nothing could stop Fenix! But he only has a week to rest as we’re getting another title match next week! Will Fenix be facing Nick Jackson, Brian Cage or Claudio Castagnoli? We find out in a Triple Threat later tonight!


Adam Cole & MJF have another bro session.

Though with a bad foot, the Panama City Playboy joins Maxwell Jacob Friedman at the Long Island pierce to celebrate the win at Grand Slam. MJF sees Cole and tells him to hop onboard! Wait, MJF has a boat? Nah, this is his dad’s, but he doesn’t need to know. Uh, what? But anyway, they set sail, have some drinks and even go fishing. Cole thanks MJF for the invite. So beautiful out here. Yeah, it’s the greatest place on Earth. But uh, quick question. MJF is so glad Cole came out to help a brochacho out, and got hurt in the process, but… He was on the phone with Roddy a long time, huh?

Yeah, sorry, he was just worried about Roddy. Yeah, MJF gets it. Seems he was so worried, he couldn’t even be out there at the start of the match. Cole apologizes but Roddy is a brother to him. Yeah, yeah. MJF has Cole hold his beer so he can get some more. Cole hopes they can catch something today. Good beers, right? Yeah, delicious. MJF goes to the cooler, and brings out the Dynamite Diamond Ring?! MJF puts it on his pinkie, but Cole asks if MJF brought him out here just to hit him with the diamond ring then dump his body in the ocean, did he? What? No that is the last thing he’d ever do! MJF is secretly taking the ring off behind his back.

Cole says they do need to talk. Part of a healthy friendship his having more than one friend. It is okay and normal and healthy. Cole knows friendship is new to MJF, but MJF needs to know, Cole still cares about him. Well, look, having more than one friend is not for MJF, but… If it is normal and is Cole’s deal, then he supports that. Cole appreciates that. Plus, MJF almost got caught the last time he threw someone overboard so that’s a relief. What? Whoa, wait, we got a bite! They work together and pull it in! It’s PAUL WIGHT!? He says he was just trying to go for a swim! Paul spits out the hook and joins the boys on the boat. Paul knows they’re Better Than You, Baybay, and that’s aight.


Don Callis & Konosuke Takeshita returned to Japan.

The patriarch of the Don Callis Family and his “new son,” The Alpha, walked the streets of Tokyo as they responded to the Six Man Tag Challenge. Kenny Omega, Kota Ibushi & Chris Jericho want to make a match for WrestleDream, but they’re not even in Seattle. They’re in Japan to hunt down the Golden Star! And Don knows all the favorite places of the Golden Lovers, so Kenny better have a new third man in mind for WrestleDream after they take care of business! The DCF will be live and in person after the break, will they have succeeded in their mission?


Renee Paquette is in the ring.

She says to expound upon their actions this past week, please welcome Don Callis & Konosuke Takeshita. The fans boo as dastardly Don and treacherous Takeshita make their way out during a recap package. Back in present, Renee gets to business. We all saw what happened between Sammy Guevara and Chris Jericho at Grand Slam and the days after, so is it safe to say that Sammy is DCF? And sorry, but it is hard to hear over the chorus of boos. Callis says he has something to say. “I’m so happy that Sammy Guevara is FREE of the toxic influence of Chris Jericho, that I wanted to bring him out here myself! Ladies and gentlemen, the newest member of the Don Callis Family, SAMMY GUEVARA!”

The Spanish God, the REAL Judas of AEW, struts his way out like he did last Friday on Rampage. Fans boo him like they boo Callis and he joins the family. Sammy and Callis hug, and then even Konosuke hugs Sammy. Callis says, “You wanna know about Tokyo now?” Renee says yes, we just saw their video. What was the business there? Callis reminds us that Kota Ibushi is not safe! He and The Alpha went to Tokyo with a personal camera crew that caught it all! They were at Ibushi’s dojo in Gunma, Japan, and they barged right in! Ibushi wasn’t there, so they beat up on one of his students!

Ibushi showed up, took the fight to Konosuke, but checking on his student left him open to a SLEEPER! Ibushi fought free, gave some ground ‘n’ pound, but Callis SMACKED Ibushi with his umbrella! Big mistake, Don! Ibushi stormed up on Callis, Callis ran away, but Konosuke CLOBBERED Ibushi with a kettle bell weight! Callis then came back to stomp Ibushi, and then Konosuke CHOKED Ibushi with his jacket! Callis told Omega that this is his beating heart lying on the ground! No one is safe from the Don Callis Family!! Fans boo as Callis says his family has never been stronger! With Konosuke, Will “BAH GAWD” Ospreay and Sammy Guevara going to WrestleDream!

Fans boo as Sammy now speaks. Sammy is being painted as the bad guy, when in reality, he’s the HERO! Fans boo more but Sammy says Jericho is the real villain. Fans chant “F YOU, SAMMY!” but he just tunes that out to say Jericho, for four YEARS, held Sammy back! Sammy was champion without Jericho! He headlined PPVs without Jericho! And he was great all on his own. Every time Sammy started to fly, Jericho would clip Sammy’s wings and bring him down. Sammy thought that one day, Jericho would pass him the torch. But Jericho never was going to do that, and Callis is the one who showed Sammy that Jericho is selfish!

Sammy TOOK the torch, and now looks to become the star he was born to be! Fans boo more but Callis says at WrestleDream, they take everything from Ibushi, Jericho and Omega, “until there’s nothing left but the tears!” Konosuke adds as much in Japanese, will the Don Callis Family truly destroy three of the greatest of all time?


AEW shares footage from after Collision.

Last Saturday, after losing to Bryan Danielson again, Ricky Starks & “Big Bill” Morrissey were backstage, and Starks says that he survived again! He didn’t lose, he survived, period! Bryan Danielson has not tapped him out, and he never pinned him. The rankings is still Starks above Bryan! But then Wheeler Yuta walks over. Easy, man, he comes in peace. Yeah, Starks survived. And Yuta is man enough to admit he was wrong for what he did. He put his hands on Starks when the fight was over, and Starks was just trying to show Bryan respect. Starks tells Yuta that the next time Yuta puts his hands on Starks, Starks makes sure Yuta doesn’t walk away on his own accord!

Yuta says he’s trying to be the bigger man but it seems Starks doesn’t wanna hear it, so here’s how Yuta really feels. Starks is an entitled prick, all style and no substance, and all he does is whine, complain and moan! Starks couldn’t get up after everything Bryan put him through but guess what? Yuta gets up every damn day! The Blackpool Combat Club beats his ass, puts him down, and he just gets back up because that makes him stronger. And Starks doesn’t have the balls for that! But if he disagrees, let’s find out at WrestleDream. Starks smirks and walks off. Yeah, walk away. But it is now official! Absolute VS Decoder, who proves they’re tough enough?


AEW International Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Nick Jackson VS Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Claudio Castagnoli!

WrestleDream on Sunday, and the FOURTH ANNIVERSARY of Dynamite next Wednesday, things are looking up for AEW! As such, one of these three men will challenge Rey Fenix for his title live on Dynamite next week! Who grabs themselves a golden ticket to #ANIMO?

The bell rings and Cage rushes Nick! Nick dodges but then Cage blocks the superkick to CHOP! Cage drags Nick up to trophy lift, and then TOSS him to the floor! Fans fire up as now Machine and Swiss Superman meet! First time anywhere, and the two tie up for a test of strength! They’re shoulder to shoulder, and Cage powers up to bend Claudio back! But Claudio powers up to push Cage! Cage kicks, SOBATS, and suplexes, but Claudio counters to suplex Cage! But Cage is right up! Cage suplexes, and he SLAMS Claudio! But Claudio is up, to UPPERCUT! Cage snarls, LARIATS, but Claudio stays up to UPPERCUT!

Cage LARIATS, Claudio UPPERCUTS, and UPPERCUTS, and runs at Nick. Nick RAMS into Claudio, slingshots up and over to CHOP Cage! SOBAT for Claudio! LUCHA LIBRE~ as Nick FLYING ARM-DRAG RANA COMBOS! Nick goes up and up and TOPE CONJILO! “How about that?” Nick puts Cage in, goes up and in but Cage SPLASHES first! Cage hoists Nick up but Nick slips under to kick a leg out! Cage is stuck, Claudio puts Nick on the apron but Nick GAMANGIRIS! Nick slingshots to STOMP Claudio and DRAPING BACKSTABBER Cage! Fans are thunderous with Nick but Claudio BOOTS him down! Now fans fire up with Claudio!

Dynamite goes picture in picture as Claudio stalks Nick. Claudio scoops Nick to a trophy lift of his own, to DROP Nick behind him! Claudio flexes, covers, TWO! Claudio keeps cool, looms over Nick and brings him up to ROCK with a forearm! Nick goes to a corner, Claudio fires more shots, but Nick hits back! Nick backs Claudio down with haymakers, whips him to ropes, but Claudio reverses to LARIAT! Claudio then goes out to whip Cage, only for Cage to reverse! Claudio hits railing and gets stuck in the front row! Cage goes after Nick in the ring and fires forearms. Cage RAMS into Nick in the corner, then CHOPS him!

Cage talks some trash, runs back in, but into a BOOT! Then into more BOOTS! Nick goes up but Claudio SHOVES him, into a suplex from Cage! JACKHAMMER! Cover, but Claudio stomps it apart! Claudio drags Cage up, fires a forearm, and then has him in a corner. Claudio brings Cage out but Cage puts Claudio up top! Cage ROCKS Claudio, climbs up after him, and the two fire forearms back and forth! Claudio fires a flurry, and then HEADBUTTS Cage down! Nick springboards to CROSSBODY! Then Claudio CROSSBODIES Nick! Cover, TWO!! Claudio reels Nick in, but Cage CLOBBERS Claudio first!

Cage drags Claudio up, whips but Claudio reveres to knee low, and GUT WRENCH SUPELX! Dynamite returns to single picture as Cage flounders to a corner. Fans fire up with Claudio and he runs in, but Cage moves! Cage UPPERCUTS, GAMANGIRIS, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Nick is back and he runs up to SHINING WIZARD! GAMANGIRI! FOREARM! BULLDOG! Fans fire up as Nick goes up and out to PENALTY KICK Claudio! Then Nick RAMS into Cage, slingshots to FACEBUSTER, then he CARTWHEEL MOONSAULTS, but Claudio catches it! Only for Nick to TORNADO DDT it!!

Fans are thunderous as Nick goes up top, and Nana freaks out as Nick hits a 450 SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives and Nana is relieved. Nick stands, but Claudio drags him out to RAM him into steel steps! Claudio hurries in after Cage, and fans fire up as they wanna see it! Claudio says okay, here comes the SWING!! Cage endures as he goes around and around, and the fans count to TEN! Claudio then covers, but Nick breaks it! Nick runs at Claudio but is put on ropes! Only to body scissor throw Claudio out! Nick goes up, he leaps and CROSSBODIES, but Cage catches him! F10!! Cover, TWO!!!

Fans are thunderous while Cage is furious! Cage storms up, Claudio RAMS into him, but Cage GAMANGIRIS! Cage goes up, and he deadlifts Claudio for the SUPERPLEX!! Cover, TWO!!! Claudio barely survives and Nana is beside himself! Cage slashes his throat, he wants to end this! Cage hauls Claudio up, Alabama Lifts, but Nick SUPERKICKS! “This is Awesome!” and Claudio sunset flips, but Nick ghost pins! TWO!! Nick SUPERKICKS Cage, but Cage rebounds! DISCUS- SUPERKICK! Nick gets Cage again, but then Claudio UPPERCUTS Cage in the corner! Nick SUPERKICKS again! UPPERCUT! SUPERKICK TO CLAUDIO!

Nick runs, into a POP-UP UPPERCUT!! Cage swings but Cage blocks to DISCUS LARIAT!! Cover, TWO?!?! Cage survives, but now Claudio has the clinch! HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS!! Claudio drags Cage up, reel shim in and tucks the arms, RICOLA~ BOMB!! But then Nick FLYING RANAS Claudio away! Cover on Cage, NICK WINS!!

Winner: Nick Jackson, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the AEW International Championship)

Nick snatches this one away from Cage and Claudio, and would you look at that? Fenix VS Nick one more time around! Will Nick prove he is the better younger brother? Or will Fenix make sure The Buck stops here?


The Righteous speak.

Dutch addresses, “Mr. MJF… Mr. Cole… We have one question to ask you two: Do you ache for a feeling that you fake to feel?” Vincent says, “Boys, just like everyday society, all the fake people of the world are bonded by materialistic thinks. Just like the two of you! But soon, that’s gonna change.” “Karma has no deadline, gentlemen.” “And for us, we’ve done nothing wrong. It’s easier to forgive your enemy than it is to forgive fake friends. Dig what I’m saying, man?” Will the brochachos see what they mean soon enough?


MJF & Adam Cole are here!

Broomfield fires up as the ROH World Tag Team Champions head to the ring, Cole with his foot wrapped in a cast and using crutches to get along behind the AEW World Champion. Will Cole even be able to compete this Sunday? The brochachos still get in the ring, and MJF has a chair for Cole to take a seat. And even then, they still do the “ADAM COLE BAYBAY!” together. MJF gets the mics and has the music cut. MJF hears the cheers, and he says, “Ladies and gentlemen, the Devil has arrived in Colorado!” And Cole, talk to ’em! “Who’s ready for Story Time with Adam Cole, Baybay?” Fans cheer that!

Cole says this is going to be a sad chapter. Because last week, Cole got hurt, and hurt real bad. His ankle exploded, broke in three different places, and tore ligaments. He did everything he could but now he has to get surgery. There is nothing more soul crushing than hearing this, but Cole promises us that he will do everything in his power to get back as soon as humanly possible. Fans cheer that, but Cole wants us to know, that he and MJF are the ROH World Tag Team Champions. Because they can’t defend these titles now, they must now relinquish- WHOA WHOA WHOA! MJF wants brocacho Cole to hold on there.

Fans chant “NO! NO! NO!” and MJF tells Cole, “I know you didn’t have my fine kosher ass wrestle twice in one night to win these belts, to relinquish them to those freaky deeky douchebags, the Righteous.” MJF asks Colorado if they wanna see them just relinquish these titles. “NO!” Yeah, he thought so. MJF can’t believe he’s gonna say this, but let’s keep it real. Cole wouldn’t be hurt right now if not for him. Cole doesn’t want MJF blaming himself but MJF says no, he needed help with Samoa Joe, that is true. MJF will take that. However, he also knows how much these tag titles mean to Cole.

And MJF wants to make sure when Cole comes back, which he will 110% because he’s one of the best of all time, these will be waiting for him. MJF tells The Righteous that on October 1st, The Devil of AEW slides into Seattle, and will defend these tag titles in a HANDICAP MATCH, and will WIN, because they’re Better Than You, BAYBAY! Fans love that, but wait. Here comes Roderick Strong shouting for “ADAM~! ADAM~!” Fans echo it in mocking tones, as The Kingdom wheel Roddy out on a wheelchair. Roddy tells Cole that he needs him more than ever now. This is an emergency! Fans boo as they don’t believe the timing.

MJF says hold on, everybody, listen. As much as he thinks Roddy is nothing but a simp, which the fans echo, MJF learned a lesson on that boat. Roddy is Cole’s boy. And MJF may not like it but he respects it. So Cole, you go do what you gotta do. Just know MJF will be here when he comes back. Fans cheer that and Cole stands up. Cole and MJF look each other eye to eye, and then hug! Fans cheer again, Roddy says hurry up already. Cole hops out of the ring and says he’s coming, just calm down. Fans chant, “HE’S OUR SCUMBAG!” As The Kingdom and #HotRoddy head out. MJF gets the fans to cheer Cole again before he reaches the back.

MJF says he isn’t a fan of- Bullet Club Gold?! Jay White, Juice Robinson & The Gunns strut their way out, #Cardblade included, and then White tells his boys he can handle this on his own. Juice & The Gunns return to the back, and White continues to the ring. Fans chant “TOO SWEET! WOOP WOOP!” but then come back with “M J F! M J F!” MJF starts to talk but White tells him to shut up! Fans boo the attitude but White says they can shut up, too. White says we’ve all heard MJF’s voice enough tonight, time to hear White’s sweet and exotic accent for a change. Fans boo, and MJF is perplexed.

White says don’t worry, he knows coming out with the Bang Bang Gang, 5v1, it had MJF shook. Rock Hard Robinson, Fully Cocked Colten, Austin. And Cardblade, too! But it is okay, this is one on one time to revel in the moment. MJF tells White he must be smoking some strong Colorado grass. Fans chant for “WEED! WEED! WEED!” MJF says he is gonna yank it out, watch! White, that mid mic work ain’t gonna work on MJF. When you come for the king, you best not miss, and that first shot was a little bit hairy. Almost as hairy as that pubic hair stuck on White’s chin he passes for a goatee!

Fans chant “PUBIC HAIR! PUBIC HAIR!” Another first here… But MJF says in his career, he’s been compared to a lot of people. The sentiment was always the same: “Sure, MJF is good, but he’s no blank.” And as the star rose, the names got bigger and bigger. It never bothered MJF, until he read, “Sure, MJF is good, but he’s no Jay White.” White says that’s true, though. Fans call BS. But MJF says he didn’t get why it upset him, until now, standing eye to eye with White, in front of all MJF’s beautiful poors. Fans cheer the “compliment.” MJF says it is very apparent now. The people know better than anyone that MJF is like filet mignon.

And the thing about filet is that it is a thing unto itself. You can have other things on a plate with it, but it is all about the filet. Much like when MJF is in this ring, the show is all about MJF. Because NOBODY is on the level of The Devil. He is a generational talent, babe! Fans cheer that! And then there’s White. He is very talented, don’t get MJF wrong. However, even the smartest of fans have been confused into thinking these two are equal. That White is a filet when in reality, he’s just tofu. Fans boo tofu, then chant “TOFU! TOFU!” at White. The funny thing about tofu is that it takes on the flavor of whatever you want, BUT you need to add something to it to trick yourself into believing it has flavor.

And Jay White, you have been given everything. All the finest spices, herbs, and so on! The entrance, the nickname, the music, the shirts, the opportunities. White was handed the keys to one of the greatest wrestling factions of all time, the Bullet Club. White shows off the jacket. However… if you take that all away, we are left with nothing but boring, bland, tasteless TOFU. And now here White is, trying to hop onto MJF’s plate and steal some of his flavor! MJF doesn’t even mind because he sees through him. White is all hype. White is nothing more than a smartly produced, mass marketed vision of what someone in Japan thinks was a top guy!

So allow MJF to give you some advice from a REAL top guy! If MJF were White, he’d just leave the ring and would stop talking smack to MJF’s poors! Cuz if White doesn’t, for the rest of his career, whenever their names are mentioned in the same sentence, it will read as follows: “Sure, Jay White is good, but he’s no Maxwell Jacob Friedman.” Because he’s better than you, and you know it! Fans cheer and MJF soaks it all in. White shakes that off and then gives MJF his applause. Yes, thank you, this is what White wanted! His very own, personalized, MJF experience! But to be honest, White’s a little let down.

Fans bring back “TOFU! TOFU!” but White shrugs that off. He says something is off about MJF. Personally, is it the injuries? Or maybe it’s the distraction that is his bromance with Adam Cole BAYBAY! See, when they scream Cole’s name, people do that, they go “BAYBAY!” White bets MJF wishes they’d do something like that for him. But White doesn’t think the fans love MJF like they do Cole. The fans boo and MJF smirks. White tells the fans remember, when he’s talking, they hush. But this whole situation, if you think about it, is kinda White’s fault. See, if White didn’t put Cole’s career on halt at Forbidden Door 1, maybe this friendship doesn’t develop as Cole makes his way back.

Then they don’t tag together, they don’t become ROH World Tag Team Champs together, they don’t Wembley main event together, Cole doesn’t try to break MJF’s neck at Wembley… But hey! You got him back cuz now Cole’s ankle is busted and that is MJF’s fault! Fans boo but White says MJF’s neck really isn’t feeling good after Samoa Joe last week. So yeah, White’s been ruining MJF’s life from afar. But it’s okay, he’s here, up close and personal, to ruin it in the flesh! Fans boo more but White tells MJF that MJF says he’s the devil? Nobody is on the level of the devil? Well, Mr. Devil, find a new level that does not exist, in order to stop White from taking the AEW World title!

Yeah, he is taking the thing that matters most! Funny how the All Elite Wrestling World Heavyweight Champion isn’t so elite when compared to Switchblade Jay White, the #1 asset in all of pro-wrestling! The Last Rock ‘n’ Rolla! The man who singlehandedly sold out Madison Square Garden AND the United Center! White is King Switch, baby! The ONLY Grand Slam Champion that matters! And he is high rolling in Denver! The Catalyst of Pro-Wrestling!! And HE, NOT MJF, will be a truly elite champion when he peels that off MJF’s carcass! MJF can go sulk and sob with all his poors! He’s just like them, he’s their scumbag!

Fans boo and tell White to STFU, but White says yeah, yeah, yeah. Don’t worry, Max, he will have them and they will have him while White has the Triple B, BAYBAY! And you can ALL breath with the Switchblade, the new and true AEW World Heavyweight Champion! It is STILL his era! This is the Switchblade Era because MJF’s soft, and he knows it! MJF tells White he doesn’t have a damn clue what MJF’s capable of, so how about he shows you!? MJF throws off the scarf and belt and even his shirt! Fans fire up as White throws his jacket off, but then White bails out! Fans boo but MJF tells him that if he wants the title, he ain’t getting it!

When and where will these two young and violent stars have it out for the top prize in AEW?


Jim Ross has a sit-down interview with Darby Allin and Christian Cage.

Good ol’ JR makes one thing perfectly clear: it is a smart move for AEW to guarantee there is no physicality here. The match on Sunday is too important for the company, for both men’s careers, because we expect a classic. Times are changing, look who the recognized champion is now. No controversy on Captain Charisma’s claims to be TNT Champion, what are his thoughts on that? Christian isn’t sure what JR means.  He’s been champion for months now. And he just proved he is far superior every single way on Collision when he “retained” his title in a Triple Threat.

Then JR has a question that’ll piss Christian off. Christian’s lost to Darby twice. What makes Christian think he can win two outta three falls at WrestleDream? First, those were flukes, and all non-title. Christian will walk out of Darby’s hometown as the TNT Champion. Christian knows in his heart that Darby is nowhere near the man or the wrestler Christian is. Darby relies on his stupid skateboard and other little tricks, and throws his whole body around, tables, ladders and chairs. Christian wanted the two outta three so that we can see what happens when Darby actually has to wrestle. Christian vows that Darby will be exposed in his hometown, in front of his family and friends, and he hopes Darby will be ready to live with that for the rest of his life.

Now speaking of being prepared, is Darby’s uncle going to be there? Oh, right, no, his uncle… Sounded like a great guy, taking his little nephew out for a drunken joyride. And what happened? Darby says he’s dead! Is that what Christian wants to say? Everyone Christian talks trash on is dead! What is Christian after? That doesn’t define who Darby is today! You think Darby’s afraid of dying? You think he’s afraid of losing? Newsflash, he won’t lose! Christian cannot beat Darby in Seattle! Darby’s won the TNT title there once and he’ll do it there again! So then, if he’s so confident, Christian says bring everyone. Mom, dad, brother, hell! Bring Nick Wayne and his mom!

Actually, yeah, do that, Christian can call her to make sure. But bring everyone. Bring Buddy- OH, right, he’s dead. Darby says Christian wants Nick to be there so he can take advantage of him again! That’s the only reason Luchasaurus won at All Out! And Darby will make sure Nick doesn’t show up ringside, and if Christian has the BALLS, he’d do this without Luchasaurus at ringside! Only if Christian does, though. Christian explains: You think Darby is helping Nick? Darby’s not the mentor that kid needs. He needs a champion, a real man! Someone who doesn’t paint his face to hide his identity!

Darby gets restless in his seat and Christian dares him to hit him! Darby instead gets a water bottle and says he isn’t hiding. Darby washes the paint away and asks if Christian thinks he’s hiding! Christian says he does! And Christian also says he does not need Luchasaurus. WrestleDream, October 1st, in Seattle, TNT Championship, best two outta three, Christian proves he has and always will be the Face of TNT, so get used to it!! Darby stands up and storms off, will he prove the only one hiding is the guy in the turtleneck?


Fatal 4 Way: Penta El Zero Miedo w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Matt Jackson VS Orange Cassidy VS Austin Gunn!

Ahead of a HUGE Fatal 4 Way Tag to determine new #1 contenders to the AEW World Tag Team Championships, one man from each team faces off, no teammates allowed ringside! Rey Fenix is still International Champion, Nick Jackson is headed for a title match with him next week, with one of their brothers move the team into pole position? Will Freshly Squeezed serve up some Orange Punch? Or will Bullet Club Gold’s… uh, Austin hit a bull’s eye before WrestleDream?

The bell rings and Austin talks trash while holding up the gun finger. He rushes Cassidy but Cassidy tosses him out! Austin drags Cassidy out to join him and sends him into railing! But then Austin sees Penta there and backs off. Matt rolls Penta up, TWO! Matt arm-drags, wheelbarrows and arm-drags again! Matt fakes Penta out to DDT! But Austin rolls Matt up! TWO, and Matt TOSSES Austin! Cassidy returns, Matt hurdles, things speed up and Cassidy ARM-DRAGS Matt! Fans fire up as off comes the elbow- NO, Austin rolls Cassidy up! TWO, and Austin runs in at the corner, only for Cassidy to TOSS him out!

Penta returns but Cassidy ELBOWS him back! Penta wobbles, then he swaggers! Fans fire up and Penta rolls back to RANA, and then LEG DROP! Cassidy stagger sup into a DROPKICK! Cassidy falls out of the ring, fans fire up but Austin cuts Penta off. The two stare down, but then the fans taunt the “ASS~ BOY~!” Austin and Penta circle, Austin mocking Penta’s swagger. Austin says “Listen! GUNS UP!” Penta says hold on, and off comes the glove! Perfect pass and catch to Abrahantes, and then “Listen! CERO! MIEDO!” Penta pie faces Austin but Austin reloads to say “GUNS! UP!” Fans boo but Penta resets, but Austin dodges the chop!

Austin CHOPS, he talks trash, but Penta CHOPS him down! Fans fire up as Austin bails out, “CERO!” NO, Matt is back! Penta dodges to SUPERKICK! Cassidy is back, he stops the Cero Miedo to say hands up, into pockets! But Penta SUPERKICKS him down! “CERO! MIEDO!” But then Austin CLOBBERS Penta! Austin CLOBBERS Matt, too! Then he dodges the Orange Punch to JAB! JAB! JAB! Austin does a little dance, to then DECK Cassidy! Austin soaks up the heat, covers, TWO! Austin fumes while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Austin hears the fans taunting him, then he goes up the corner to taunt them back. Austin brings Cassidy around, stomps him, then talks a bit more trash. Austin paces around, DECKS Penta off the apron, then brings Cassidy up again. Austin bumps Cassidy off buckles, brings him out, and reels him in to suplex. Cassidy blocks, Austin keeps trying, but Cassidy suplexes Austin! Matt runs in to kick and snap suplex Cassidy! Penta runs in to kick and snap suplex Matt! Austin snap suplexes Penta! Cassidy snap suplexes Austin! Matt snap suplexes Cassidy! Penta snap suplexes Matt! Austin goes after Penta, but Penta snap suplexes Austin!

Fans fire up as Cassidy runs up, but Penta snap suplexes him, too! Matt runs up, but Penta snap suplexes him, too! Fans are thunderous as Penta comes out with the Three Amigos and “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta runs in at the corner but Cassidy ELBOWS him again! Cassidy goes up, Penta superkicks the legs out! Cassidy is stuck, Penta goes up, but Austin drags Cassidy out of the corner to ROCK Penta! Austin climbs up to fire hands but Penta hits back! They brawl, and Penta HEADBUTTS Austin down! Matt goes up to BLAST Penta off the corner! Matt then goes up, but Austin CLUBS him on the back!

Austin climbs up behind Matt, brings him up, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Matt throws headlock punches on Austin, ELBOWS him down, then adjusts. Fans fire up and Matt CROSSBODIES Penta on the outside! Cassidy goes up to aim at Austin but Austin is up first! Austin CLUBS away on Cassidy, but Cassidy throws hands back! Austin falls down again, and Cassidy adjusts, to TRUST FALL onto Penta & Matt! Fans are thunderous and Cassidy goes up, but Austin gets under the leap! Things speed up, Austin turns hip toss into QUICK DRAW! Cover, TWO!! Cassidy survives and Austin fumes.

Abrahantes rallies the fans while Austin drags Cassidy up and reels him in. Austin calls out The Game, underhooks the arms, but Cassidy back drops him away! Penta runs in to DESTROYER on Cassidy! Austin staggers up, reels Penta in, but Penta back drops him. Matt hits a DESTROYER on Penta! Austin runs up on Matt, but Matt back drops him away! Cassidy hits a DESTROYER on Matt!! Austin tries again, but Cassidy Alabama Lifts! Austin sunset flips it, TWO! Cassidy reels Austin in, to hit a DESTROYER!! The fans are thunderous as all four men stagger and wobble! Then they all fall over!

A standing count begins as fans chant for “A E DUB!” All four are down at 4 of 10, but they stir and go to ropes. Every man has a corner, but Penta runs in at Matt. Matt dodges to CLUB Penta, cravat, and he SUPERKICKS Austin! Matt runs to kick off Cassidy to hit SLICED BREAD on Penta! Cassidy runs, tilt-o-whirls but Matt makes it a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Then the Polar Express begins! But Cassidy slips around but Matt switches. They go to ropes, Matt manages the O’Conner, but Penta AND Austin run in! Matt gets them both, DOUBLE NORTHERN LIGHTS!! TRIPLE COVER!! TWO!!! All three escape and fans are thunderous!

Matt feeds off the energy and he drags Penta up. Matt doesn’t have Nick but he still calls the shot! B T E- NO, Penta blocks! “CERO! MIEDO!” Kick and underhook, but Matt slips out to underhook. Penta slips out to ENZIGURI! Penta runs, dodges Austin, to SLINGBLADE! Penta kicks Matt low, reels him in, but Cassidy ORANGE PUNCHES Penta down! Cassidy blocks Matt’s superkick to spin him, Alabama Lift him, and BEACH BREAK!! But Austin hits a FAMOUSER!! Cover, TWO!! Austin hurries to cover Matt, TWO!! Austin hurries to pin Penta, TWO!! Austin strikes out and is furious, but the fans rally up.

All four men rise, and Austin ROCKS Matt! ROCKS Cassidy! ROCKS Penta! “GUNS UP-” TRIPLE SUPERKICK!! Then DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Cassidy! Penta SUPERKICKS Matt, but Matt SUPERKICKS Penta! They SUPERKICK each other! They DOUBLE LARIAT, DOUBLE LARIAT, and then run, but Austin trips Penta! Cassidy returns to ORANGE PUNCH Matt!! Cover, Cassidy wins!!

Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall

Freshly Squeezed finds the opening, and now he and the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil have the momentum! Will #OrangeHook grab themselves tag title tickets that are good for a title match at any time? Or will one of the three brother tag teams pull together and win big together?



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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (9/26/23)

Time to make it No Mercy official!



NXT White 'n' Gold Era

We’re on the road to Bakersfield!

Before battling over the NXT Championship, Carmelo Hayes and Ilja Dragunov sign on the dotted line! But will things get intense even before No Mercy?


  • NXT Global Heritage Invitational Tournament Finals: Pete Dunne VS Joe Coffey w/ Gallus; Dunne wins and will challenge Noam Dar for the Cup at No Mercy.
  • Trick Williams VS Joe Gacy w/ Ava Raine; Trick wins.
  • Baron Corbin VS Josh Briggs w/ Brooks Jensen & Fallon Henley; Corbin wins.
  • Hank Walker & Tank Ledger VS Lucien Price & Bronco Nima w/ SCRYPTS; Price & Nima win.
  • Strap Match: Eddy Thorpe VS DIJAK; Dijak wins.
  • Thea Hail w/ Jacy Jayne VS Dani Palmer; Thea wins.
  • Gigi Dolin VS Blair Davenport; cancelled.
  • NXT North American Championship #1 Contender Triple Threat: Axiom VS Tyler Bate VS Dragon Lee; changed into…
  • NXT North American Championship #1 Contender Fatal 4 Way: Axiom VS Tyler Bate VS Dragon Lee VS Trick Williams; Trick wins and will challenge Dominik Mysterio for the title at No Mercy.


NXT Global Heritage Invitational Tournament Finals: Pete Dunne VS Joe Coffey w/ Gallus!

With No Mercy this Saturday, there’s no time to waste! Noam Dar either faces the Bruiserweight or the Iron King, will the Scottish Supernova be ready to work this weekend?

Speaking of Dar, he and Meta Four are in their lounge, looking ready to watch the Kentucky Derby or something. Wonder which “horse” they’re betting on. But the bell rings and the two tie up. Fans fire up and duel as Joe puts Dunne on ropes. The ref counts, Joe lets off but Dunne turns it around to SLAP Joe! They tie up again, go around, and they’re in a deadlock. The two let off, go again, and circle. They tie up again and Dunne wrenches an arm, to then shift and wrangle Joe down! Dunne tarps that arm, and he neck wrenches Joe while also grinding in forearms. Fans fire up as Dunne twists Joe’s ears! Dunne then STOMPS Joe’s arm!

Joe shakes that elbow out as he and Dunne reset. They tie up, Joe goes for Dunne’s arm and uses his head for leverage. Joe wrangles Dunne, digs a knee in, and then he twists Dunne’s ear. And claws at Dunne’s face! Dunne endures, kips up, and he grinds forearms in return. Dunne powers Joe to ropes, puts him in a corner, and the ref counts. Fans rally, Dunne and Joe stare down, but then Joe DECKS Dunne! Joe drops knee after knee then an elbow! Joe drags Dunne up, headlocks for a takeover, but Dunne pushes up. Dunne powers out, things speed up. and Dunne hurdles to drop and then- NO, Joe runs through the forearm to CLOBBER Dunne!

Fans are torn but Joe puts Dar on notice. Joe drags Dunne up while Dar taunts back. Dunne SLAPS Joe again! And then ARMLOCK DDT! Dunne drops knees on the elbow, then crosses his arms to mock Gallus! Mark has to keep Wolfgang back as Dunne bends Joe’s fingers. Dunne isolates the arm to STOMP it! Joe goes to a corner and fans fire up. Dunne runs up to GAMANGIRI! Dunne goes up to FLYING KNEE Joe’s arm! Joe writhes and flounders but Dunne is on him with a FUJIWARA! Mark gets in the ring but the ref stops him, only for Wolfgang to ROCK Dunne! Joe is free while fans boo.

Joe deadlifts to GERMAN SUPLEX, but Dunne lands on his feet! Joe ducks the lariat, ELBOWS Dunne, then goes up and up to CROSS- FOREARM!! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives and Dunne seethes as he sees Gallus regroup. Dunne goes up and out and up again, ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Gallus Boys go down and fans fire up! Joe scrambles, Dunne pursues to SNAP GERMAN! Dunne then STOMPS the hands! BUZZSAW! Gallus gets on the apron but the ref sees them now! The ref EJECTS Gallus!! Fans fire up as this is now truly 1v1, and Dunne just shrugs as NXT goes picture in picture.

Even Meta Four joins in on taunting Wolfgang & Markus with “Hey hey hey, goodbye~!” Dunne waits on Joe as Joe fumes. Joe storms up to Dunne, and the hands start flying! Joe ducks to ROCK Dunne! And JAB! And body shot! JAB! BODY! Repeat! BIG LEFT! Joe stomps away in the corner but the ref counts. Joe lets off, shaking out his bad arm. Joe drags Dunne back up, ROCKS him, but that just hurts the bad hand. Joe goes up the corner, takes aim, and leaps to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Dunne is tougher than that and Joe seethes again. Joe drags Dunne around by his legs, but Dunne kicks back. Joe just grabs both legs in one arm!

Joe turns Dunne for a DOUBLE HALF CRAB! Maybe some kinda lobster stretch? Dunne endures, turns over, and he kicks Joe again! Dunne drags Joe down into an ARMBAR! Joe scrambles, but ends up in a TRIANGLE HOLD! Joe endures, fights around, but Dunne squeezes tighter! Joe fights back up, deadlifts Dunne, and BUCKLE BOMBS! Both men are down yet glaring at each other. They crawl over to junkyard dog headbutt! Then they throw haymakers and jabs! They brawl, Dunne fires off on Joe! Dunne hammers down on the Iron King, then STOMPS his arm! Joe writhes, Dunne paces, and then Dunne gets the wrists.

Dunne drags Joe up but Joe HEADBUTTS! And HEADBUTTS! And HEADBUTTS! NXT returns to single picture as Dunne flops to the apron. Joe drags Dunne up by his hair, has him against ropes, but Dunne grabs that bad arm! Dunne wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! Then he gives Joe BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! Shoutout to The Fella, as Dunne goes BEYOND ten!! Fans are thunderous, Meta Four says nuh-uh, that won’t happen to Dar. But Dunne drags Joe back up, for another ELBOW BREAKER! Joe HEADBUTTS back! Joe seethes and drags Dunne up, but Dunne holds ropes to fight the driver!

Dunne reels Joe in, APRON DDT!! Fans are thunderous again and Dunne goes back for more. Joe stands, swings, but Dunne ROCKS him! And ROCKS! Joe ROCKS Back! Dunne rebounds, into a POP-UP UPPERCUT! Joe goes up and up, FLYING CROSSBODY! Joe roars, he drags Dunne into another waistlock, but the bad arm won’t let him lift! Joe just one arms it?! GERMAN SUPLEX!! Joe aims from a corner, fans rally up, and Dunne rises into the GLASGOW SENDOFF! Joe keeps moving, ALL THE- BOOT! Joe stays up, ALL THE- ENZIGURI! ALL THE BEST SOUTHPAW STYLE!! Fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” while both men are down!

A standing count starts, the watch party is loving this, and Joe flounders his way over. But Dunne gets the arm! FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Dunne bends the fingers back! Joe fights up, rolls, and reels Dunne in! POWERBOMB!! Dunne manages to rise up, but Joe runs in again, GLASGOW SENDOFF!! Dunne goes down, Joe keeps moving, ALL THE BEST FOR THE BELLS!!! Cover, TWO?!? Dunne survives and even Meta Four is shocked! Joe shoves Dunne out of the ring, runs in, but the sendoff is sent into steel steps! Dunne puts Joe in the ring, reels him in, BITTER END!!! Cover, DUNNE WINS!!

Winner: Pete Dunne, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the NXT Heritage Cup)

Dar does NOT like this! He knows how dangerous the Bruiserweight can be, just as we all saw with our own eyes! Will Dunne rip the Cup away from Dar once and for all?


Backstage interview with Dominik Mysterio.

McKenzie Mitchell is with the North American Champion and says he retained it against Dragon Lee just last night. Yes, Dom knows, it was another instant classic. Another challenger, another successful defense. And now he has a free Saturday to hang out with Mami and eat chicken tendies. But didn’t he know- Well you thought wrong, Kenzie! No Dom at No Mercy. But HBK just made a Triple Threat to determine a contender. What? Did Dom not see HBK’s social media? No, Dom doesn’t follow HBK. Well, take a look: Axiom VS Tyler Bate VS Dragon Lee! Dom fumes and says HBK’s no better than Pearce! He’s a champion, he should be respected!

Dom storms off, but will he have no choice but to accept a new challenge so soon?


The D’Angelo Family holds their tag team summit dinner.

Stacks says this is a big night for them. Do they have enough food? The Don says c’mon, Adrian’s got ’em covered. So what’s the plan? Everyone sits down, and then they lower the boom? Yeah, Stacks, they lower the boom. Would he relax? Eat some bread. First, they feed their guests, with Uncle Chez slaving away in the kitchen. The chicken parm, the baked ziti. Then they’ll decide who challenges for the tag titles at No Mercy. Right, the champs call the shots. Exactly. The guests arrive and get checked out. Angel Garza doesn’t get it, but Stacks says this is a family establishment. Humberto has his cousin cool off and they sit down.

Humberto appreciates the invite. The last time they met, thigs got… outta hand. Exactly. But Garza says they’re not apologizing. They aren’t even here to eat, just to talk. Well, that mistake is on them. There’s a six course meal coming, and your tastebuds will thank you later. Garza says they’re after one thing. The titles? Good, get a drink, wait for the others. Others? Fine. We’ll check back in on this later, will this meeting even make it through the appetizers?


Trick Williams VS Joe Gacy w/ Ava Raine!

Trick Melo Gang is now, then and forever, while The Schism’s tree seems to be rotting away. Will Trick Willie prove he is his own man and can win his own battles? Or will Mr. Inclusion make him feel all alone?

NXT returns as The Schism makes their entrance. At least, what’s left of it. The bell rings and the two tie up. Gacy headlocks, Trick powers out but Gacy whips. Trick whips Gacy away, then runs him over! Fans fire up as Trick headlocks. Gacy powers out, Trick goes up and over and scoops to SLAM Gacy down! And then DROPKICKS him down! Fans fire up as Trick whips Gacy corner to corner, but Gacy reverses. Gacy runs in, Trick blocks the boot and spins him. Trick ducks the lariat to JAB, JAB and UPPERCUT! Fans fire up more and Trick whips, but Gacy blocks hip toss to knee low and DDT Trick down!

Fans boo as Gacy stomps Trick around. Gacy CLUBS Trick, CLUBS him again, then rains down forearms to the back! Fans boo as Gacy just hammers away! Gacy roars and clamps on a BULLY CHOKE! Trick endures, fights around, and Gacy shouts for Trick to give up! Fans rally, Trick fights up, and Trick pries the hold open! Trick turns around but Gacy kicks low. Gacy throws Trick down by his hair, but Trick avoids the elbow drop! Trick BOOTS from the corner, runs up and fires off haymakers! Trick DECKS Gacy, then throws hands against the ropes! Trick whips, and LEG LARIATS! Then a scoop, but Gacy slips free!

Gacy shoves Trick to a corner to clothesline, ELBOW, and run to UPSIDE- KNEE!! Trick covers, TRICK WINS!

Winner: Trick Williams, by pinfall

If you blinked, you would’ve missed it! He whooped dat trick, is this proof enough Williams ain’t no sidekick? Kelly Kincaid congratulates Trick on the win and he tells her let’s talk about it. He ain’t gonna lie,. it feels good to get that dub. And he is ambidextrous: he whoops ass with both hands! Believe that! Kelly says with No Mercy on Saturday, does he feel Melo also walks out with the W? Or do we see a new champion in Ilja Dragunov? Kelly, Kelly, Kelly. Gacy is weird, but this was a good match. This might’ve been Trick’s best yet. And we wanna talk Melo VS Ilja? But hey, Trick will answer the question.

We all know Dragunov hits hard, and no one knows better than Trick. Trick would be a fool to bet against him. And by him, he means his boy, Melo! Fans cheer that, and Trick says Trick Melo Gang always gonna be here. So at No Mercy, Melo retains that title. And now that Trick thinks about it… Melo has his title, yeah? Trick wants to go get his! Trick heads out, but what is he planning on doing next?


Backstage interview with Blair Davenport.

McKenzie is with the Ichiban Gaijin, and says the last time we saw her and Gigi Dolin, they were brawling in the back. Blair says she gets it. That was Gigi’s feeble attempt at taking Blair out. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but in Gigi’s case, it was just sad. The biggest difference is that when Blair targets people, they don’t get up. Blair got back up, and the refs had to pull them apart to save Gigi from Blair. Blair tells Gigi that if she thinks she can share the same vindictive nature and match her vicious intent? Well, she can’t. And if you don’t believe her, just watch what she does tonight.


Andre Chase talks with Duke Hudson.

Mr. Chase knows they have to give Thea her space, but he’s still worried about her. Duke says yeah, but there’s not much they can do. But then Jacy Jayne walks over and asks who they’re looking for. She knows who. They know Jacy is Thea’s new friend, but Thea isn’t returning their texts. How is she doing? Don’t ask Jacy, professor. Just ask her for yourself. Thea! Thea walks in and Duke says HOLY ISH! Thea is in that new leather skirt and top combo Jacy helped her pick out. Chase cannot even, but Duke keeps him from admonishing Thea. Chase says she has never looked so nice. Wait, really? Really really? Yes.

Then great! Because she finally feels like a grown ass woman. All credit to Jacy! But okay, time to go get ready for Dani Palmer in their match. Laters. Jacy says if they liked that, wait until they see the new ring gear. Chase asks what the hell. Duke says it will be okay. Has Chase U’s Sandy gone from cheerleader to modern day Pink Lady? And how much more (or less?) can there be for her ring gear?


Baron Corbin VS Josh Briggs w/ Brooks Jensen & Fallon Henley!

Before facing the #MeanerThanEvil Bron Breakker this Saturday, “No More BS” Corbin looks to show this country boy no mercy. Will Corbin #BurnTheShips and leave Briggs stranded? Or will Briggs show Corbin there’s nothing he can do about the new wave of superstars?

NXT returns as Briggs makes his entrance. The bell rings, the two circle, and then tie up. They go around, Corbin puts Briggs in a corner, and the ref counts. Corbin lets off, to SLAP Briggs! Briggs JABS back! Briggs fires off, fans fire up and Briggs clotheslines Corbin up and out! Briggs pursues, he CLUBS Corbin, then SMACKS him off the apron! The ring count starts as Briggs CLUBS Corbin, then RAMS him into barriers! Fans fire up as Briggs gets in Corbin’s face. Briggs puts Corbin in at 5 of 10, hurries up, and he ROCKS Corbin! Briggs runs, Corbin dodges, but Briggs BOOTS Corbin down!

Fans fire up with Briggs, and he drags Corbin. Corbin grabs ropes, kicks Briggs away, then he kicks Briggs’ leg out! Corbin hauls Briggs up, HALF NELSON SLAM! Cover, TWO! Corbin is frustrated but Briggs is a former tag champion so he’s tough. Corbin fires hands on Briggs, has him in a corner and whips him corner to corner hard. Corbin runs in to SPLASH! Corbin mocks the cheering of the fans and of Fallon, but Briggs avoids his splash! Then scoops for a SIDEWALK SLAM! SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Corbin is also a former US Champion, he’s tougher than that. Fans rally and Briggs looms over Corbin.

Briggs fires hands but Corbin fires back! They go back and forth, Corbin ROCKS Briggs but Briggs fires a flurry! Briggs BOOTS again and Corbin goes to a corner! Briggs snarls, runs in, but Corbin uses the ref as a shield! THROAT CHOP! Corbin goes up to FLYING LARIAT! Corbin drags Briggs up, reels him in, END OF DAYS! Cover, Corbin wins!

Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall

One thing Briggs has to learn is that Corbin will do anything to win. Corbin gets a mic to call out “Badass Bron Breakker. This Saturday, we find out if the little doggy is all bark or if he bites.” Corbin burned his past, is looking to the future. Bron just his in the End of Days. But wait, Bron is here! The “little doggy” storms to the ring with a mic of his own, and he tells Corbin, HAYMAKER! Breon fires off, Corbin hits back and fans fire up! Security rushes in, but fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Corbin and Bron ram into each other, throw hands, the others separate them but they just get hit, too! If this is how fired up they are tonight, how much more violent will it get on Saturday?


Trick Williams walks up to HBK’s office door.

Trick knocks, and Shawn has him come in. Trick asks if he has a minute. Yeah, come on in. What is Trick going to ask of the NXT GM?


NXT takes a closer look at Becky VS Tiffany for No Mercy.

Tiffy thinks she’s effortlessly perfect. But then she talked about the wrong Horsewoman, and ended up thrown into the Big Time. Becky took that title to become a Grand Slam Champion, but Tiffany demanded a title rematch. Becky’s been here nearly a decade, and Tiffany’s only been here a year, and yet she went toe-to-toe with The Man. But Becky says she’s seen the ladies with rockets strapped to their backs and they fizzle out just as fast. But then Tiff had to go and push things, and now Becky’s pushing back with EXTREME RULES! Tiff says she’s hungry, Becky says weapons will be used and bodies will be bruised. But will The Man still be the champ?


Hank Walker & Tank Ledger VS Lucien Price & Bronco Nima w/ SCRYPTS!

Tony D’Angelo’s guest list for dinner is not yet complete, but these two young and hungry teams are ready to eat! Will Hank ‘n’ Tank bring that hoss energy to the table? Or will Reggie’s new crew truly be #OutTheMud?

The teams sort out and Price starts against Tank. Tank dodges the boot to waistlock but Price elbows. Tank tags Hank, whips, and then Hank CLOBBERS Price! Hank ‘n’ Tank DOUBLE FALLING HEADBUTTS! Fans rally while Price goes to a corner. Hank storms up but Price BOOTS! Hank throws hands, whips Price to another corner, then SPLASHES! Hank runs side to side, tags Tank and SPLASHES again! Tank RAMS into Price, feeds him to Hank’s scoop, and then Hank SLAMS so Tank can slingshot SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Tank drags Price up, but Nima distracts. Price wrenches to HOOK KICK! Very Booker T style there!

Tag to Nima, he runs to STOMP Tank down! Tank flounders while Nima fires up. Nima runs to STRADDLE ATTACK! Nima bounces with it, then he throws Tank down. Nima STOMPS Tank’s leg, then tags Price. Price runs to JUMP SPLASH! Tank sputters, Nima cheers Price on, and Price runs in to clothesline! Price snapmares, tags Nima, and Nima runs up. Tank avoids the stomp this time to roll Nima up, TWO! Hot tag to Hank! Hank hits a THESZ PRESS and fast hands! Fans fire up, Price runs in but Hank DECKS him! Fans fire up with Hank as he runs corner to corner to SPLASH! Then whip and scoop, to SNAKE EYES!

Hank keeps moving to BOOT Nima down! Fans are all fired up with Hank and he tags Tank! The big boys scoop the bigger boy, but Scrypts grabs at Hank! The ref stops Reggie but that allows Price to SUPERKICK Tank! Then Nima shoves Tank into Hank! Hank goes down, Nima tags Price. They get Tank up, GRIDIRON SPINEBUSTER!! Cover, OTM wins!

Winners: Lucien Price & Bronco Nima, by pinfall

Scrypts was the brains of the game plan, and they’re ready to eat now! Will Tony have Uncle Chez make some extra helpings for these guys?


Gigi Dolin prepares backstage.

But then the lights go out!? And someone attacks Gigi in the dark!! The lights come back up, and of course it was Blair! Blair tells Gigi she’s pathetic. Did Blair just violently cancel her match? Or will this only further motivate Gigi to get revenge?


NXT checks back in on the D’Angelo dinner party.

Stacks says he’s filling up on bread waiting for the other teams to arrive. Tony says it’s good wine, though. But hey, why does it look like Angel & Humberto got mauled by sabretooth tigers? Garza asks if he is disrespecting their grandfather. Stacks says not at all! Humberto explains that these claw mark tattoos remind them who they are, and is a message from their grandfather. A message that includes taking those tag titles. Oh, some message. Maybe it’ll be a long time before they can respond, huh? Heh. And speaking of family, look who is here! The Creed Brothers walk in, get patted down but Tony assures his guys that these two are alright.

Brutus says he’s starving, so he came to the right place. Tony had them whip up double of the, how did Brutus say it? A-spicy-a meatball-a! Some real I-talian food! Julius says they’ll eat, but they’re also here to discuss business. Stacks rolls his eyes at Julius’ Godfather act. Julius figures maybe Tony can just cut them in on No Mercy with the primos here. Stacks says nothing has been settled, just relax and eat something. Brutus asks if this is where… you know? Know what? Where people have had their last suppers. Food poisoning, that is. Humberto hesitates to eat the pasta now. Tony says no, that’s the place up the street! C’mon!

Stacks reports that OTM is OTM. G O O D. Huh? Good. Oh! And here comes some more pasta! Will Brutus & Julius leave enough for Nima & Price?


Tyler Bate talks with Axiom.

The Big Strong Boi says it goes without saying, but no hard feelings out there, mate. The Undeniable Truth agrees. And no offense to either Bate or Dragon Lee, but understand that opportunities like this don’t come along every day. Bate agrees, you gotta seize these moments with both hands. Trick walks in and he wants everyone to know, face to face… The Triple Threat is now a FATAL 4! See you out there. Well, that changes things. Will Dom be doomed no matter who comes away with the golden tickets?


Strap Match: Eddy Thorpe VS DIJAK!

After going back and forth, The Alpha Wolf being pushed to his limits by Hard Justice, both men are ready to tear into each other! And that’s what the leather strap is for! Who walks away the winner while the other walks away licking his wounds?

In the front row is Thorpe’s family: his mother, father, sister, and six-year-old niece. Will they give Eddy the strength to fight through the pain and bring Dijak down? The strap is secured onto each man’s left wrist, and the bell rings. Fans fire up but Dijak already goes out of the ring. Dijak works to drag Eddy out with him but Eddy uses the corner to stay put! Eddy then YANKS Dijak into the post! And then Eddy DIVES to send Dijak into barriers! Fans fire up, Eddy puts Dijak in the ring, but Dijak YANKS Eddy into the apron! Dijak drags Eddy in, gathers up some slack, but Eddy dodges to use slack to trip Dijak!

Eddy KICKS and CLUBS away but Dijak shoves him away. Eddy comes back with more shots! Dijak shoves again, then BOOTS Eddy! Dijak goes up but Eddy YANKS him down to GAMANGIRI! The fans rally behind Eddy as he uses the strap to help drag Dijak up in a waistlock. Dijak ELBOWS Eddy over and over, but Eddy still holds on! Dijak pries the hold and throws more elbows! Eddy lets go, Dijak gathers up the slack, but Eddy BOOTS him first! Eddy then SHOTGUNS Dijak into a corner! Fans fire up and Eddy aims. Eddy runs in, but Dijak dodges the boot! To LASH Eddy with the strap! Dijak then drags Eddy around to whip and TOSS!

Eddy hits the ground hard, his family and the fans rally behind him, but Dijak just laughs as NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and Dijak has Eddy down, with the strap across Eddy’s mouth! Eddy endures and fans boo Dijak but Dijak tells Eddy to stay down, he’s stuck! Eddy claws at the strap, brings it away from his mouth, but Dijak pulls it back down! Fans rally up, Eddy fights to his feet and he throws elbows! And windmill haymakers! And CHOPS! Dijak SUPERKICKS, whips, and then yanks again, but Eddy stops himself! SOBAT! Eddy runs in but Dijak choke grips! But Eddy swings and clotheslines Dijak and himself out of the ring! But Dijak holds on!? APRON CHOKE SLAM!! Eddy sputters while Dijak grimaces.

Dijak drags Eddy from the apron, to whip him into barriers! Right in front of the Thorpe family! Fans boo and mama tells Dijak he’s a bad man. Eddy’s niece fires up for Eddy but Dijak stands Eddy up. Dijak grabs some slack, to LASH Eddy! Dijak says this is for the family! LASH!! Fans boo Dijak for being mean to a kid, but he LASHES Eddy over and over again! Dijak drags Uncle Eddy up and into the ring and fans boo more. Dijak takes off his white belt! The same belt that started it all, and that lashed the tree Eddy uses as a guidepost! Dijak swings, but Eddy dodges! Eddy BOOTS Dijak, then runs in to BOOT in the corner!

Dijak staggers, Eddy has some slack now and he LASHES away on Dijak! Again and again and again! Shot for shot, each one for his family, his heritage and himself! Eddy just unloads and the crowd is thunderous! Dijak grabs for his belt but Eddy stands on it! Eddy shakes his head, and he LASHES Dijak again! Dijak staggers to a corner, Eddy uses the white belt for a LEATHER FIST!! Eddy has Dijak down, drags him into a drop zone, then goes up the corner! Eddy wraps his arm in leather, for a LEATHER MACHO ELBOW! Cover, Eddy wins!!

Winner: Eddy Thorpe, by pinfall

The Alpha Wolf deals with Dijak, but Dijak isn’t done with Eddy! Dijak torture racks Eddy for FEAST YOUR EYES!! Dijak is a sore loser and fans boo, but Dijak drags Eddy up again! Dijak RAMS Eddy into the corner, hoists him up top, then SUPERKICKS him down! Eddy is stuck in a Tree of Woe, and we know what Dijak does to trees! Dijak uses the strap to tie Eddy’s legs to the corner, and then grabs his white belt! Fans boo as hard as they can, and Dijak points at the Thorpes to say watch this! Dijak LASHES Eddy again and again and again!! Then he threatens the refs! Dijak storms off, what will the consequences be for pushing things this far?


Jacy Jayne waits in the hall.

She’s so excited for Thea’s new look. She knocks on the door and asks if she’s ready. Almost ready. She looks so good. Good! Jacy is sure everyone will go nuts, but will this new gear help Thea feel like a winner?


Thea Hail w/ Jacy Jayne VS Dani Palmer!

While Dani makes her entrance for this match, Blair snatches the headset from Vic Joseph to mockingly say “what a shame” that Gigi can’t compete tonight. Maybe her tortured little soul is more beat up than she thought. Next time Gigi wants to play Blair’s game, make sure she remembers how she feels right now. Because next time, it’ll be even worse. And now back to our regularly scheduled match.

Thea makes her entrance, Jacy leading the way to bring out a new theme and tron. Thea walks out in leather and garter belts! Fans seem to accept the new Thea. Will Thea show us she grown in more ways than one? The bell rings, she and Dani tie up, and Thea trips Dani to have a toehold! Dani handstands, slips free and trips Thea into a toehold of her own. Thea rolls, Dani handsprings and headlocks for a takeover! Thea fights around, wrenches out of the headlock to top wristlock, and she wrangles Dani down. Dani kips up, but Thea arm-drags her down! Thea SPLASHES down on the arm!

Thea wrenches, Dani rolls, and then flips to arm-drag free! Thea comes back to wheelbarrow and arm-drag! Dani ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls to RANA Thea away! Things speed up, Thea tilt-o-whirls to RANA back! They go again and Thea wrangles Dani to a FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Dani rolls Thea up, TWO! Dani DROPKICKS Thea down, and then runs, but the splash only gets buckles! Thea GAMANGIRIS, clinches, and EXPLODERS! Cover, TWO! Thea grabs Dani’s arm to WRING it out! Thea wrenches again, but Dani ROCKS Thea! Then LARIATS! And DROPKICKS! Dani kips up and fans fire up as Dani runs in to HANDSPRING KICK!

Dani pushes Thea down, goes up the corner, and SKY TWISTERS! But she lands out of it as Thea moves! Thea runs in to scoop, and KIMURA!! Dani goes down, she TAPS! Thea wins!

Winner: Thea Hail, by pinfall

New look, new attitude, new Thea? Well, one win does not make a streak, but is this just the beginning? Jacy sees Chase & Duke and waves hi to them. Is that also a wave goodbye for the good ol’ days of good girl Thea?


Melo is on his phone.

And in walks Trick! He’s in his bag right now! He showed Gacy while the whole world will be chanting “Whoop Dat Trick!” And now Trick’s gonna show the rest of the world why… Wait, what’s up? Is Melo listening? Yeah, man, he saw Trick do his thing against Gacy. And knew he would! Trick’s getting in a Fatal 4, he’s gonna win! Yeah, and then Trick will go on to No Mercy to face Dom for the North American Championship. Trick will get his first title shot! Melo, c’mon! Is he on mute? No, Melo is hearing Trick, but the contract signing with Ilja is big stuff. He has to lock in. Trick understands, right? Right, Trick understands. Melo handles his business, Trick will handle his.

Trick heads out, and Melo hopes Trick wasn’t upset right there. Will all be okay when Trick Melo Gang leaves the Golden State dripping in gold?


NXT Media catches up with Baron Corbin.

Corbin’s on his way out as he is asked about Bron confronting him after his match, but Corbin says to stop. He has no time for this! “Badass Bron thinks he’s intimidating people but he’s not. This Saturday, No Mercy, he’s getting his ass whooped, and that’s-” BRON LEAPS IN AND CLOBBERS CORBIN! They brawl again and refs rush in! Security, too! These two are separated, will they even make it to Saturday?!


NXT North American Championship #1 Contender Fatal 4 Way: Axiom VS Tyler Bate VS Dragon Lee VS Trick Williams!

Each man in this match has been disrespected by Dirty Dom ever since Judgment Day started coming around NXT. And each man wants their shot at Dom’s title. What was a one-in-three is now a one-in-four, but will the numbers still spell disaster for Dom at No Mercy?

NXT returns as Axiom makes his entrance so now all four men are here. The bell rings, the four look around at the others, and then Axiom and Bate DOUBLE SUPERKICK Trick! Those two must really not like that Trick got himself into their match, but even Dragon is stunned. But now we have the original Triple Threat, and both Bate and Axiom rush Dragon! Dragon dodges, shoves Bate into Axiom and then trips Bate. Things speed up, Bate hurdles but Dragon comes back. Bate dodges to FLY out onto Trick! Fans are torn but then Dragon runs. Axiom dodges, RANAS, but Dragon handsprings!

Axiom trips Dragon, Dragon reaches up to RANA, but Axiom handsprings through. Dragon kicks low, whips Axiom toa  corner and runs in, but into an ELBOW! Axiom goes up to FLYING ARM-DRAG! Axiom kips up, DROPKICKS Dragon, and fans fire up. Axiom goes up and out to FLYING KNEE Trick down! Bate drags Trick and Axiom up but Dragon builds speed to FLY out onto all three! Dragon hurries to get Trick up and in and fans fire up again. Dragon reels Trick in, but Trick trips Dragon! Trick has the legs, BOSTON CRAB! But then Bate has a FUJIWARA ARMBAR on Dragon! But then Axiom slides in, and he studies this puzzling predicament.

Occam’s razor says the simplest solution is often the best, so Axiom just adds on! SLEEPER on Trick! Trick starts fading while Dragon still endures, but Bate sees Axiom. Bate CLUBS Axiom down and now everyone is free. Fans fire up, Bate goes after Dragon but Dragon fires haymakers! Bate puts Bop up but Dragon ducks Bang to ROCK Bate! Dragon whips, Bate reverses and DROPKICKS! Trick DECKS Bate! Axiom runs in but into body shots and an UPPERCUT! Trick runs but Axiom ducks, the LEAPING LARIAT gets Dragon! GORDO KICK gets Axiom! Bate & Axiom run in, into DOUBLE FLAPJACKS! Fans are thunderous with Trick and NXT goes picture in picture!

Trick huffs ‘n’ puffs but Bate ROCKS him back! And again! Trick ROCKS Bate, storms up but blocks the boot. Bate KNEES Trick away, goes up, and FLYING UPPERCUTS! Trick goes to another corner, Bate runs in but Trick TOSSES him up and out! Axiom runs up but into a knee! Trick CHOPS Axiom down! Trick stalks Axiom to a corner, CHOPS him again, and Axiom flounders around! Axiom tries to hit back but can’t put much into it. Trick just CHOPS Axiom down again! Trick shakes out that hand, then he sees Bate on the outside. Trick drags Bate up but Bate RAMS into Trick! Slingshot sunset flip! TWO!

Trick runs up to knee low! Trick reels Bate in, but Axiom stops the suplex. Bate & Axiom double suplex Trick, btu Dragon joins in! Dragon & Trick VS Bate & Axiom in a battle for suplex superiority! It’s Bate & Axiom that get Dragon & Trick up and over!! All four men are down and the fans are going wild! Trick and Dragon crawl away, so Bate throws a hand on Axiom! Axiom hits Bate back, they go back and forth, and Axiom kicks from below! Bate stands Axiom up to UPPERCUT! Axiom and Bate keep going back and forth, SUPERMAN PUNCH from Axiom! NXT returns to single picture as Bate rebounds!

Bate gest under and around Axiom, underhooks the arms, and TYLER DRIVER- RANA COUNTER! Cover, TWO! Axiom runs up, gets around but Bate bucks the O’Conner. Axiom catches Bate, HALF ‘N’ HALF! Axiom then kicks Trick, runs, but Dragon is back. Axiom goes up and up and ARM-DRAG RANA COMBOS! Bate is up, he kicks Axiom low and whips. Axiom tilt-o-whirls to send Bate into Trick! LARIAT DDT COMBO!! Cover on Bate, but Dragon breaks it! Dragon whips Axiom, runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep! COMBINACION DRAGON! Fans rally as Dragon HYDRAULIC DROPKICKS Trick! Then HYDRAULIC DROPKICKS Axiom!

The Boy Wonder swings, Big Strong Boi dodges, REBOUNDER but Dragon slips through! DRAGON BOMB!! Cover, Trick AND Axiom break it!! Fans are thunderous again as all four men are down! The fans love “NXT! NXT!” for making this match a reality! Trick drags Dragon up to TOSS him out, but Axiom is up top! Axiom leaps, into a HAYMAKER from Trick! Trick scoop SLAMS Bate, stomps him around, then rolls to lift, but Dragon adds on! So Trick just DOUBLE BOOKENDS!! Double cover, TWO!!! Trick keeps his focus on Bate and brings him. Trick CLUBS Bate, fans sing “Trick gonna beat yo’ ass~!”

Trick suplexes but Bate SATELLITE DDTS!! Trick is dazed, Bate is roaring! Bate fireman’s carries Dragon to AIRPLANE SPIN! But Axiom runs in! So Bate trips him, and much like a certain Swiss Superman, AIRPLANE SPIN GIANT SWING COMBOS!!! Fans are thunderous as Bate goes around and around, then stops to SLAM Dragon onto Axiom! And then deadlift GERMAN SUPLEX for Dragon! Trick gets Bate to whip, but Bate hits a REBOUNDER!! Cover, Axiom breaks it while giving Dragon a DESTROYER!!! Fans are losing their minds as all four men are down again!! “This is Awesome!” as all four men stir.

Axiom and Bate rise, Axiom kicks but Bate blocks! Bate Bop up, BANG sends Axiom down! Trick whips, again, POP-UP UPPERCUT! Axiom SUPERKICKS Trick! Axiom aims at Dragon, but Dragon blocks the kick to send it into Trick! Dragon then pops Axiom up in the corner, to SUPERKICK him down! And SUPERKICK again!! Fans fire up with Dragon and he goes up the corner! But Bate GAMANGIRIS Dragon first! Bate climbs up to get Dragon, but Axiom CLUBS them both! Axiom climbs to join them, he SUPERKICKS Bate to the apron! Axiom has Dragon now, for a SUPER SPANISH FLY!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?

Dragon survives and fans are losing their minds! Both men rise, Axiom afraid for his life! Dragon shoves, spins, tilt-o-whirl, DESTINOOO~!! Cover, Trick breaks it! Trick drags Dragon up, Dragon HEADBUTTS Trick into Bate!! Bate falls back, Dragon falls out, and Trick falls forward onto Axiom!! It’s a cover! TRICK WINS!!!

Winner: Trick Williams, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the NXT North American Championship)

Even Trick is stunned! Trick is going to No Mercy to have his own title fight!! Will Trick Melo Gang be the top two of NXT?


NXT returns to the D’Angelo dinner party.

Everyone is enjoying course after course, but only now does OTM arrive. Tony says they were told to impress, and they did. Stacks says Hank ‘n’ Tank ain’t no joke, so they earned their seat at the table. Pull up a chair. They’ll get a booster seat for Scrypts there. The others laugh, but Price says not to disrespect his man. Scrypts says it’s cool. He brought cheese for the rats anyways. What’s that? Nima says they ain’t here to break bread. Brutus says he did, that focaccia bread was amazing. At least someone’s enjoying the hospitality. But Humberto also gets to business. Who will face the champions at No Mercy?

Naturally, Humberto & Angel want their shot, but The Creeds say no one remembers the last time Los Lotharios won. Was it before or after the siesta? Oh, sorry, guess the Creeds were too busy trying to get their jobs back. No, they did that in a Steel Cage Match. Maybe Garza was still napping. Brutus asks if there’s more of that chicken parm. Bro! What? This is great! Better than mom’s. Mom’s is good, too. Eh. Scrypts says it is time for new blood in the division. The D’Angelos invite them just to disrespect them. They won’t even say Lucien’s & Bronco’s names. This man must want to cake walk in Cali. Well, guess Scrypts is a mind-reader now.

Who’re they calling a cake walk? Oh, cake. Brutus, pay attention. The match the people want is Tony & Stacks VS The Creeds! Hey hold up. Everyone’s begging for their shot, but OTM don’t beg. Either Tony gives them the shot, or this place is gonna get real dirty, real quick. Tony says okay. But then he calls in his muscle. Oh, didn’t know Tony rolled like that. Tony says to sit down and shut up. Stacks says this is what they’re gonna do. Everyone makes a good case for themselves. But as their first title defense on a premium event, The D’Angelo Family won’t let others say “Oh, you picked your favorites, you took the easy road.”

So it m ight be high risk, but Tony will see all their ugly mugs at No Mercy! Don’t like it? There’s the door. The three other teams stay quiet, so Tony says that’s more like it. Stacks says they’ve even procured everyone’s favorite beverages for the sake of this toast. Everyone stands, and Tony says to the Fatal 4. Salud. Salud. Everyone toasts, the Creeds having milk while the others have wine. Then No Mercy just got a whole lot bigger! Will The Don & Underboss even make it outta Bakersfield on their own two feet? Or will there be new champions in the NXT Tag Division?


Backstage interview with Dominik Mysterio, again.

McKenzie again has Dirty Dom with her and says it will be Dom VS Trick at No Mercy. Dom says big deal. HBK is throwing curve balls, but Dom will whoop dat Trick, just like he did Dragon Lee. By the way, thanks for the black eye. But HBK needs to realize he doesn’t run NXT, DOM does! On Saturday, Dom will whoop Trick, even DESTROY him, just like he did Dragon Lee. But then Dragon DECKS Dom!! Dragon warns Dom that if he makes it past Trick, they’re going another round. Refs back Dragon off, is the clock running out on Dirty Dom’s run?


Trick catches up with Melo.

Trick is sore and tired, but he and Melo celebrate. Melo is proud of Trick. At No Mercy, they’ll both walk out champions! Trick Melo Gang always gonna be here! They secret handshake, then Melo heads out. The contract signing is next, will Melo and Dragunov keep from blowing things up in the ring before the title match?


Someone is watching.

Watching television, that is. He flips through the channels, watches some classic 80s news, Cincinnati Bengals training came, and even WCW. Just who could this be?



HBK heard Dom run his mouth about who runs things, so he’s about to show Dom what’s up! In a bit of karma from before, Dom VS Trick for the North American Championship will have a special guest referee! And it’s none other than DRAGON LEE!! Will Dirty Dom finally taste some of his own medicine at No Mercy?


Ilja Dragunov heads to the ring.

Fans conduct the music along with The Mad Dragon as he goes to the table waiting for him. Then Melo makes his entrance, and both men take their seats. Melo has a mic to tell Ilja, “You and I both know that everything that happened last week, there’s really nothing for us to talk about. So let’s sign this contract, and we’ll see each other on Saturday at No Mercy.” Dragunov asks Melo if he realizes that in that moment last week, Melo is always the wrong person in the wrong place at the wrong time? And Dragunov is convinced that Melo is just the wrong man to be NXT Champion.

Melo says okay, hold on. Wrong person at wrong time? Like Dragunov at The Bash? Melo didn’t plan for it to go down like that, he didn’t call that shot, but it is what it is. Melo didn’t walk into The Bash thinking he wasn’t gonna win, and now he’s walking into No Mercy knowing Melo will beat you! Dragunov says Melo just explained himself, and it had to hurt, right? Dragunov can clearly see that Melo struggles outside of his comfort zone. So at No Mercy, Melo shall know true unbearable pain when he faces a dragon spitting fire! Melo says hold on. Talk about struggling with confidence? Yeah, for the first time ever, Melo is struggling! But only for a moment before he checked himself.

But if Dragunov wants to talk confidence and pain, the unbearable pain is Dragunov believing his own hype! His own hype that Dragunov beat Melo at The Bash when we all know that Dragunov did not. Dragunov says the people know, and deep inside, Melo knows that Dragunov did. So on Saturday, it is destiny! Dragunov isn’t just talking about a prophecy, but here’s a question. What does Melo do when he throws everything he has at Dragunov, and Dragunov doesn’t stay down? Wait, what does Melo do when he shoots his best shot, and oh, I dunno… he misses? Did Melo prepare himself to answer these questions?

Melo says the reality is, being the NXT Champion is not about how much pain you can endure, how many veins you can make pop out of your head, it is about being undeniable! It is about being… HIM! Fans fire up for that one. And Melo wants Dragunov to realize this: Melo is not like any of these guys Dragunov’s beaten lately. He’s not Wes Lee, he’s not Oro Mensah, he’s not Trick- Melo catches himself there and Dragunov laughs. What was that? Melo says no, hold on. Melo will be the one to push Dragunov to his limits, because Melo is champ for a freakin’ reason! And at No Mercy, we get rid of the What Ifs!

Dragunov stands, takes the contract, and signs his part. Then he hands it over to Melo with some stank. Then he tells Melo, “You will do nothing, because you can do NOTHING!” Dragunov is finished with letting destiny slip through his fingers, and so if Melo wants to push Dragunov to places beyond his limit, great! Because everything Melo will find there is a nightmare he will never forget for the rest of his life! And when Dragunov is crowned the NEW NXT Champion, Melo will realize that his dynasty has fallen. “Long Live the Czar!!” Melo stands up, signs his part, and it is official!

Melo then tells Dragunov that now that he’s done, understand something. This NXT Championship is bigger than either of them. When Melo carries the title, it represents a beacon of hope for kids that look like him. It is a beacon of hope for anyone who has shot their shot in the dark and prayed it went in. So can Dragunov carry this championship and all its responsibilities? Melo says absolutely. But does Melo think he can do it better than Melo? Absolutely NOT. Melo holds up the title as he and Dragunov stare down. Neither man is backing down, and neither is going to back down. But who will be knocked down while the other rises up as THE NXT Champion?


There’s a fight going on!?

Baron and Bron are at it again, this time in the parking lot!! Refs ands security try to stop this but Bron knees low, then RAMS Corbin into the side of a car! It gets dented! Corbin staggers up but Bron fires off haymakers! The refs back Bron off, Corbin gets in the car, but Bron tries to drag him out! Security drags Bron back, but then Bron gets loose! But Corbin moves and Bron rams himself into the car door! Corbin SMACKS Bron off the hood, then fires off hands! The security can’t stop Corbin as he brings Bron over, but Bron sends Corbin into the garage door! And then SPINEBUSTERS Corbin on the car hood!!

Bron isn’t done, he just gets on the hood with Corbin! But Corbin LOW BLOWS Bron! To CHOKE SLAM Bron on the car roof!! The refs say c’mon already! But Bron sits up like the Deadman!! SLEEPER HOLD!! Corbin SLAMS Bron back but Bron won’t let go! Corbin fires elbows but Bron RAMS him into the garage door! Corbin RAMS Bron into the wall! They end up going indoors, but where is this? Bron shouts, “Where’re you goin’, b*tch?!” The brawl continues in this random hallway! Bron ROCKS Corbin, Corbin CHUCKS a fire extinguisher!! Bron narrowly dodges that, to then SPEAR Corbin through the wall!!!

WHOA, they end up in HBK’s office!! Security and producers and pretty much every ref rushes in to stop this as Bron tries to choke Corbin out!! Again, will these two even make it to Saturday?!

My Thoughts:

An awesome go-home for NXT, probably one of their best in this post-2.0 era. For one, we got about as close to Prime Target as we’re probably getting in this current NXT. Didn’t really add much, though, as we got more highlight reel and recap than we did new promo material. As I said for Raw, Tegan facing the winner doesn’t really add any indicators either, but it’ll be great stuff all the same. And really good stuff from the other women’s division stories. Hilarious and fully expected reaction from Duke & Chase regarding Thea’s new look, and of course Thea wins to keep her momentum going. And Blair attacking Gigi to cancel their match, this has to be leading to something extreme of their own for after No Mercy.

Really good series of promos from Tony, Stacks and the tag teams. Hank ‘n’ Tank VS Nima & Price was solid stuff, but I figured #OutTheMud would win on virtue of being the one fully(?) Heel team in this story. And I also figured we were getting a Fatal 4 Way Tag, and that is awesome. This is definitely HBK working to get this brand back to the best times of Black ‘n’ Gold. With this Fatal 4, any team can win this, and it will be a lot of fun. Corbin VS Briggs was a good match, great showing for Briggs, but of course Corbin wins. Then great stuff the rest of the night with Corbin and Bron brawling, and what an awesome closing image of them busting into HBK’s office and still fighting. Bron as a Heel has been doing great, I oddly want him to win.

Awesome opener with the Global Heritage Invitational finals, and I figured Dunne was going to win that. Now, while we’ve got Dom with the North American title and Becky with the women’s title, I don’t know another RawDown star wins an NXT prize. It’d be awesome for Dunne if he did, but unless someone backs Dunne up, Meta Four is totally gonna screw him over like they have all Dar’s other challengers. An obvious move would be for Ridge Holland to show up, but it would be pretty cool if Bate backed Dunne up to harken back to their British Strong Style days. Plus, just Ridge won’t be enough, and for those who haven’t heard, Sheamus is out with shoulder injury. Also, well wishes to The Fella that he gets back quickly.

Great stuff out of the Strap Match, and great win for Eddy, but man, Dijak doubled down on his Heel heat in this match. It feels weird that WWE is also doubling on using a Face’s family as a way to get extra heat on things. Chad Gable with his family for when he lost to Gunther, and now Eddy’s family ringside for both his win but also the beating… Well, if the Strap Match isn’t the end of this, then maybe Eddy and Dijak finish this in a return to NXT Underground? That is where this feud started: Eddy won an NXT Underground match and got praise for it, which pissed Dijak off.

And just awesome stuff in this Trick Melo Gang story. Trick beat Gacy much faster than I expected, though I did expect him to win anyway. And with WWE (stupidly) releasing Mustafa Ali before No Mercy and the match he was scheduled for, NXT had to improvise a new match. They pulled out a genius way of doing it, with Trick getting in on the #1 contenders match and then winning it in such an awesome “luck based” finish. Trick VS Dom with Dragon as the special guest ref is going to be a lot of fun, and this might (emphasis on might) be how Dom loses the belt.

Melo and Dragunov had a great contract-signing segment, and NXT is good about having solely promo-based ones, no fighting at all. Something that could add major intrigue to the story is if Trick beats Dom to be champion, and then Melo loses to Dragunov so that he isn’t. Will Melo put his pride aside to be happy for Trick? Or will Trick being the only one with gold upset Melo?

My Score: 8.9/10

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