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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (4/5/22)

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It’s the fallout from NXT Stand & Deliver!

And though they only just got the titles back, Raquel & Dakota defend them against Toxic Attraction! Will the first-ever TWO-TIME NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions end up repeating history?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Creed Brothers w/ Malcolm Bivens VS Imperium; The Creed Brothers win.
  • Dexter Lumis w/ Indi Hartwell VS Duke Hudson w/ Persia Pirotta; Double Count-Out Draw.
  • NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai VS Toxic Attraction; Toxic Attraction wins and become the new NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions.
  • Nikkita Lyons VS Lash Legend; Lyons wins.
  • NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS GUNTHER; Breakker wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

The NEW NXT Champion is here!

The Big Booty Nephew may not have won this title at Stand & Deliver, but he was granted another chance on Raw and cashed in. The belt now has NXT rainbow ingrained in the gold, and Bron is finally THE guy! Bron gets the mic as fans bark it up, and he says, “Man, what a weekend. My first WrestleMania Weekend with a lot of ups and downs.” Fans duel, “We Want Ziggler!” “No, we don’t!” Bron says one of the greatest moments in his life was that he got to honor and induct his father and uncle, the Steiner Brothers, into the Hall of Fame. Saturday, Stand & Deliver, the biggest match of his life, and he failed. He did not get the job done, he won’t make an excuse.

But that very same day, he got to see WrestleMania for the very first time and saw stars like Bianca Belair, Becky Lynch, Kevin Owens and Stone Cold Steve Austin! And it got Bron thinking. One: Bron wants to headline Mania one day! And two: he wasn’t going to leave without “OUR NXT Championship.” So Bron picked himself up, dusted himself off, showed up to the biggest Raw of the year, challenged Ziggler again, and beat his ass in the center of that ring to bring this belt back to where it belongs! But wait! Here comes IMPERIUM! Gunther leads Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner to the ring, but Bron doesn’t budge.

Gunther gets a mic to tell Bron, “That was a nice little story you told all of us here. You had a great week, it seems, but nobody cares about that!” All Gunther wants is the NXT title and what it stands for! That title stands for being the best here in NXT. The issue is, Bron cannot call himself the best until he’s stepped to Der Ring General, GUNTHER! Bron says, “I’ve had a hell of a weekend, but if you want it, you got it! Right here, tonight!” Is that Bron saying he’ll put this belt on the line?! Is Bron going to break Gunther? Or will Gunther break Bron? Wait, here come the Creed Brothers! NXT goes to break, what’s about to go down?!

 

The Creed Brothers w/ Malcolm Bivens VS Imperium!

NXT returns and Julius RAMS Barthel into the corner! Tag to Brutus and he rams Barthel into Julius’ OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Brutus then bear crawls around as Barthel gets up. Brutus RAMS into Barthel, then drags him around in a facelock. Brutus gator rolls Barthel around, then CLUBS him on the back. And again! Brutus clamps back on with the facelock but Barthel wrenches out and forearms Brutus back! Tag to Aichner, they whip Brutus and arm-drag to an armlock! Brutus endures as Aichner cranks the arm. Fans rally but Aichner SPLASHES the arm! Aichner drags Brutus up and puts him in a corner.

Aichner ROCKS, uppercuts and CLUBS Brutus! The ref counts, Aichner lets off but Brutus fires back! Aichner scoops but Brutus elbows back. Brutus whips but Aichner ducks and doges to RAM Brutus! Aichner CLUBS Brutus down, stands him up, then whips again. But Brutus reverses, only for Aichner to run him over! Aichner taunts Julius, drags Brutus up and tags Barthel in. Imperium hands off the wrench and wristlock, but Brutus knees low! Brutus facelocks, gator rolls, then SWINGING NECKBREAKERS! Tag to Julius, gut wrench SPLASH with Brutus! Julius taunts Aichner back, then looms over Barthel.

Julius pushes Barthel around, and deadlifts Barthel, but Barthel wrenches out to SLAP Julius! Barthel tags Aichner, Aichner rushes in and gets around, but Julius switches and headlocks for a big throw! But Aichner turns it right around onto Julius! Julius fights up, powers out, and leaps, but into the fireman’s carry! ROLLING SENTON! Fans fire up and duel as Aichner dares Julius to get up. Aichner CLUBS Julius down, and CLUBS him again. Aichner gets Julius up but Julius throws body shots! Julius whips, Aichner reverses but Julius elbows back! Julius runs into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER!

Tag to Barthel, fans fire up as he runs in, but Julius TACKLES him first! Julius rolls Barthel around to KNEE in the side! Tag to Brutus, the Creeds KNEE Brutus around more. Brutus clinches but Barthel breaks free to ENZIGURI! Tag to Aichner, Imperium mugs Brutus but he hits back! Aichner kicks Brutus low, whips to ropes, but Brutus holds ropes to then TOSS Barthel! Aichner scoops and SLAMS Brutus into ropes! Fans fire up while NXT goes picture in picture!

Aichner paces about while taunting Brutus. Aichner then drags Brutus by his leg to drop an elbow on the knee! Aichner and Julius taunt each other again, but Brutus TACKLES Aichner! But the bad knee holds him back! Aichner stomps Brutus, gets the leg, but Brutus kicks at him! Aichner stomps Brutus more, tags Barthel, and Barthel runs to drop a knee on Brutus’ head! Barthel wipes the sweat off but Brutus fires EuroUppers! Barthel throat chops Brutus down! Barthel rains down fists on Brutus’ head, then drags Brutus up to uppercut! Brutus hits back, Barthel ROCKS and whips him to a corner.

Barthel runs in, blocks the boot, “NEIN!” GAMANGIRI to HALF HATCH! Cover, TWO! Brutus survives but Barthel talks trash on Julius. Barthel runs to PENALTY KICK Brutus! Barthel talks more trash to Julius, tags in Aichner, and Imperium mugs Brutus again. Aichner drags Brutus up to snapmare and then KNEE in the back! Aichner traps an arm and clamps on a top wristlock. Brutus endures and Bivens coaches him, and Brutus fights his way up. Brutus pries free and throws body shots, but Aichner trips him and drops an elbow on the knee! Brutus endures, grabs at Aichner’s head, and has a chinlock. Aichner cranks the hold more!

Aichner shifts the angle to pull on the leg but Brutus still endures. Brutus claws at Aichner, NXT returns to single picture, and fans rally up. Brutus kicks with his free leg and Aichner lets go. Aichner hurries to get Brutus up and go for the leg again, but Brutus OVERHEAD gut wrenches! Both men are down and fans rally! Brutus and Aichner crawl, hot tags to Julius and Barthel! Julius rallies on Barthel, dropkicks Aichner, then dodges Barthel to CHOP BLOCK! Fans fire up with Julius as he deadlift HALF HATCH SUPLEXES! Cover, Aichner breaks it! Brutus hobbles in but the ref keep shim back! Aichner CLOBBERS Julius!

Aichner goes back to his corner, fans rally and both Barthel and Julius slowly get up. Aichner taunts Julius and Barthel CLOBBERS him! Tag to Aichner, Julius is stuck in the ropes, Imperium dropkicks, but Aichner totally missed the mark? Is he not caring about this match anymore? Barthel has a bad cut, and now he’s all alone? Julius gets Barthel up, POWERSLAM! Tag to Brutus, gut wrench and SLAM! Tag back to Julius, the Creeds get Barthel up, HALF HATCH TORTURE RACK BOMB!! The straps come down, SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, Creeds win!

Winners: The Creed Brothers, by pinfall

What was the reason for Aichner abandoning Barthel? Is Imperium falling apart at the seams? The Creeds win either way, will they get back to the NXT Tag Team Championships? Wait! Those mystery men are here, and they attack the Creeds with chairs! The hoods and masks come off, it’s PRETTY DEADLY! Sam Stoker & Lewis Howley have moved over from NXT UK, and they “introduce” themselves. They’re now “Elton Prince & Kit Wilson,” but will a rose by any other name still have its thorns?

 

Backstage interview with Toxic Attraction.

Mandy Rose still has her NXT Women’s Championship, but Gigi & Jacy are former champions. Not that we should get used to that. If it wasn’t for the pajama wearing freak, Wendy Choo, splashing Gigi with soda, they’d still be champions! And it’s been a week since that reunion of Dakota & Raquel, and Jacy is sick of it! They just wanna vomit when seeing those two with Toxic Attraction’s titles. They will end Raquel and Dakota tonight! See what happens when you make them angry? Women get hurt. Mandy will still have her gorgeous title, and then Gigi & Jacy become two-time champions. Because Toxic Attraction is still THE attraction in NXT!

 

Cameron Grimes is here!

The NEW NXT North American Champion won perhaps the biggest ladder match in all of WWE history, and he has the mic to say, “LEMME HEAR YA!” Fans chant, “You Deserve It!” and Grimes says, “Guys. I just want to say… We did it. I made good on my promise, and I know my dad’s looking down, smiling ear to ear. Cuz his boy did it.” People in this business talk about climbing the ladder to success. At Stand & Deliver, Grimes did just that! standing atop that ladder, holding this title, Grimes would be lying if he didn’t say time stood still. But his father giving his blood, sweat and tears, and more importantly, his father as a single dad giving all that to raise Grimes into the man he is tonight.

For the past three years, Grimes has busted his ass cuz he needed to prove his dad was right that Grimes deserves to be a WWE superstar. So Grimes wants us to know that it is so awesome to say, “Cameron Grimes is your NEW North American Champion!” But he won’t be complacent. See, Grimes is gonna do everything he can to make sure that this title goes up, down, all around, multiple trips #ToTheMoon! But wait, here comes SOLO SIKOA! The Street Champion of the Island tells Grimes, “Hey man, listen. I just want to congratulate you. You made good promises to your dad, and brought a hell of a performance at Stand & Deliver.”

Everyone was saying Grimes was gonna do it, which is cool. But this is the hard part where Grimes has to hold on to it. Solo came here to face the best, and championships run through his bloodline. “So straight up, man to man, I’m asking you, a champion needs a challenger. And that challenger is me.” Grimes says he respects Solo. When he looks into Solo’s eyes, he sees a man that has fought every day to be right here in this moment. And if Grimes is what he says he is, then that means he has to beat people just like Solo. So, Uce, you’re on! Grimes offers a handshake, Solo takes it, and it seems the match is set!

But then Solo pulls Grimes in closer. Grimes laugh sit off, but he’s still taking Solo seriously. Will Grimes be able to hold onto the belt he fought so hard to get? Or will the Street Champion upgrade himself to a North American Champion?

 

Joe Gacy speaks.

“The world is a dark and awful place sometimes. But the one true beacon of light is found, through blood or bond, having someone you can trust as the most important thing in life. Someone that knows every side of you. Your deepest thoughts, your truest vulnerabilities, what makes you tick inside. It is imperative to success. And if you don’t have family, it only leads to self-destruction.”

Draco Anthony is watching Gacy speak.

Xyon Quinn walks in and tells Draco to not listen to that. But Draco doesn’t want Quinn telling him what to do. Hey, he’s just having his back. Well Draco doesn’t need that! No? Well what you need is to learn respect. Is Draco only isolating himself further? Or will Quinn get his words through to Draco with his fists?

 

Backstage interview with Tiffany Stratton.

McKenzie asks Tiffany why she wanted this time. Tiffany knows it was the most STUPENDOUS WrestleMania Weekend ever, but did everyone forget the travesty that happened to her? Hello, Sarray the schoolgirl cost her another match! Um, Warrior of the Sun Sarray. Ugh, correcting people is so unattractive. It doesn’t matter what she’s called, Sarray will never see the sun again after Tiffany breaks her and that necklace. Tiffany is not a loser, she’s a winner, and she’ll say it so even Sarray can understand, “I’m. Not. A. LOSER!” Tiffany huffs and puffs but will she be the one running left in the dark?

 

Dexter Lumis w/ Indi Hartwell VS Duke Hudson w/ Persia Pirotta!

#InDex won the Hotter Couple poll in a landslide over #Dusia, and naturally that didn’t sit well with the losers. Will Duke show everyone that what’s really hot is being able to manhandle anyone he wants? Or will Dexter prove looks can kill?

As #InDex makes their entrance, Indi makes eyes at Dexter, but makes sure he keeps his eyes on Duke. But then Persia locks her lips with Duke’s, and Indi wants to puke. Duke wipes Persia’s lipstick away, and the bell rings. Dexter turns around into a sucker punch! Duke RAMS Dexter into the corner and stomps away! Persia applauds but fans boo. Duke CLUBS Dexter, whips, but Dexter ducks and dodges to THESZ PRESS! Dexter rains down fast hands, then runs to drop ax handles! And then again! Fans rally behind Dexter as he pulls on Duke’s ears. Dexter whips, Duke reverses but Dexter stops when he sees Persia!

Duke runs in but Dexter dodges to roll him up! TOW, runs in, but Duke hits an URENAGE! Duke roars and Persia gloats, but Dexter sits up. Duke taunts Dexter, stomps him down, and fans chant, “Smells Like Dukie!” Duke whips and CLOBBERS Dexter, then covers, ONE!! Duke is furious and he digs his fingers into Dexter’s face! Then Duke rains down big rights! Persia taunts Indi and Duke storms about. Duke CLUBS Dexter down, then digs a knee into Dexter’s back. Duke clamps on a chinlock but Dexter endures. Fans rally, Dexter pries at the fingers but Duke clamps on tighter. Dexter fights up, but Duke SLAMS him down!

Duke wraps on a chinlock and he leans on Dexter. Persia continues to taunt Indi but fans rally. Dexter fights his way up, and Dexter throws body shots. Then he gets around to hit a BIG back suplex! Fans fire up while both men are down, but Dexter kips right up to drop the leg! Fans fire up and Dexter throws big haymakers! He DECKS Duke over and over then ROCKS him with an uppercut! Dexter frames the shot, corner clothesline and BULLDOG! Duke staggers around, Dexter hits him with a SPINEBUSTER! Fans chant “SEXY DEXY!” as he covers, and Indi slaps the ropebreak away! TWO, but Persia is upset.

Duke bails out, Dexter slithers in pursuit, and he ROCKS Duke with an uppercut. Dexter grabs at Duke through a corner, but Duke resists. The ladies help out, but then they lose grip and both men are POSTED! The ring count is 7! Then 8! IT’S TEN!!

Double Count-Out Draw

The men end up falling over on their ladies, and both Indi and Persia are shouting at each other that it’s the other’s fault! Will these former friends find a way to settle this?

 

Backstage interview with Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez.

McKenzie congratulates them on winning back these tag titles, but asks them how they respond to Toxic Attraction’s comments from earlier. Dakota says we all know they’ve done way more damage to each other than Toxic Attraction ever could. And we also know that when someone’s scared, they tend to make threats. That is what is going on here. Dakota & Raquel have been the most dominant females on this brand before Toxic Attraction, and now they are again here. Which is only going to continue. That’s just bad news for Gigi & Jacy. The frenemies are back on top, but will they be able to stay on top?

 

Barthel complains to Gunther.

Though it’s all in German and there are no subs, it is clear Barthel is furious and confused about Aichner leaving during the match. Gunther tells him to calm down. Barthel and Aichner need to straighten this out. Gunther is going to be challenging for THE NXT Championship tonight, he will restore the honor of this great sport. There can be no more distractions, got that? Barthel accepts that, but just what is happening within Imperium?

 

NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai VS Toxic Attraction!

NXT returns and the NEW champions make their entrance. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if Big Mami Cool & #CobraKai can Stand & Deliver all over again.

Raquel and Jacy start, they circle, and then tie up. Jacy gets around to CLUB away on Raquel, but Raquel just gets mad. Raquel shoves Jacy, but Jacy dodges the boot! Jacy hops on for a SLEEPER, but Raquel scrambles around. They end up on ropes, Gigi tags in, and Raquel THROWS Jacy away. Gigi CROSSBODIES, but Raquel catches her! Raquel pops Gigi up but Gigi slips out to fire off KICKS! Raquel shoves Gigi, scoops her, and swings her for a POWERSLAM! Tag to Dakota, and she runs in for the ASSISTED DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Dakota arm-drags Gigi around, then whips her to a corner.

Gigi reveres, runs in but Dakota goes up and over to roll up, TWO! Gigi get sup and Dakota dropkicks her! Cover, TWO! Dakota keeps on Gigi, Gigi throws body shots but Dakota CLUBS her. Dakota CLUBS Gigi more, but Gigi fires more body shots. Dakota shoves Gigi but Gigi RANAS! It wasn’t clean but Jacy tags in and she knocks Dakota down! Jacy fires off at the ropes, then taunts Raquel. Jacy tags Gigi back in, they mug Dakota then whip her into a LARIAT! Gigi KICKS Dakota down, body scissor clutch, TWO! Gigi hip drops Dakota down then taunts Raquel. Gigi snapmares Dakota then tags Jacy.

Toxic Attraction mugs Dakota, but Dakota hits Jacy back. Dakota ROCKS Jacy but Jacy whips Dakota to the corner! Jacy runs in to back body block, then she tags Dakota! Gigi stomps Dakota, fires off forearms, but lets off as the ref counts. Gigi tells Raquel to kiss this, but Jacy is choking Dakota! Gigi drags Dakota up, tags Jacy in, but Dakota ROCKS Jacy again! Dakota dodges, hot tag to Raquel! Raquel runs Jacy over again and again, then CLOBBERS her with an elbow! Raquel roars, scoops and FALL AWAY SLAMS! Raquel then steps on Jacy to go to the corner. Gigi rushes in, Raquel swipes at her, but Jacy CLUBS Raquel!

Jacy puts Raquel in the Tree of Woe, for a CANNONBALL! Raquel flops off the corner and clutches the bad leg! Toxic Attraction mock her pain while NXT goes to break.

NXT returns again and Jacy has Raquel in a Half Boston Crab. Raquel fights and endures and then rolls to throw Jacy out of the ring! Fans fire up, Raquel crawls on one good leg, but Jacy hurries back in! Tag to Gigi and Gigi runs in, but into a FLAPJACK! Dakota tags in and SCOPRION KICKS! Gigi shoves, Dakota gets around to ROCK Jacy! FLYING-MARE for Gigi! BOOT WASH! Fans fire up with Dakota, she goes Around the World to BOOT Gigi down! Cover, TWO! Dakota stomps Gigi, tag to Raquel, and Dakota goes up top! DOUBLE STOMPS! Raquel goes up, TWISTING VADER! Cover, but Jacy breaks it!

Raquel TOSSES Jacy right back out! Raquel snarls and drags Gigi up. She puts Gigi in the corner, tags in Dakota, and Dakota waistlocks. Gigi elbows free to switch, but Dakota switches back. Jacy tags in as Gigi denies the O’Conner! Dakota drop toeholds Gigi, but Jacy RUNNING CUTTERS! Jacy fires off hands, then she snarls and BOOTS Raquel! SUPERKICK for Dakota! Cover, TWO! Jacy is beside herself, and she tags Gigi back in. Jacy runs to CODE BREAKER Dakota, Gigi hits an STO!! Cover, Raquel breaks it in time! Jacy DECKS Raquel but Dakota blocks the kick, only for Jacy to ENZIGURI!

Raquel BOOTS Jacy down! All four women are down and fans are thunderous! Jacy and Raquel bail out, “This is Awesome!” as Dakota crawls over. Tag back to Raquel and she hauls Gigi up. Raquel scoops to POWER- NO! STUNNER from Gigi! But here comes Wendy! Only for Mandy to BODY her! And RAM her into steps! Dakota checks on her other friend, and Gigi says that’s what she gets! But then Raquel turns boot into CHINGON- NO! Mandy distracts and Jacy CHOP BLOCKS! The ref misses it all, SWITCHBLADE KICK! Gigi DECKS Dakota, tags Jacy, ROUNDHOUSE to TOXIC SHOCK! Cover, Toxic Attraction wins!

Winners: Toxic Attraction, by pinfall (NEW NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions)

Dakota & Raquel suffer a Toxic Screw Job! Mandy, Gigi & Jacy have all the gold again, and Mandy mocks how “cute” their run was. But is this only going to put those targets on their backs again?

 

Gacy speaks again.

“Chaos defines you as a person. What do you do when everything is going wrong and the panic button is pressed? Chaos erupts and you reach out to your family. Your father, your mother, your sister, your brother. You do your best to control that chaos. But what happens when you can’t control it? Chaos then controls you.” Just what will come from Gacy’s ominous messages?

 

NXT returns with AJ Galante in the ring.

Galante introduces himself, “the former president of the original bad boys of hockey, the infamous Danbury Trashers.” Don’t know who they are? Look ’em up. But it is his pleasure to introduce to us the man of the hour who we’re all here for: Tony D’Angelo! Galante steps aside to reveal a table, glasses of wine, and a ring on a velvet pillow and pedestal. Tony makes his entrance, gets in the ring, and hugs it out with Galante. Fans boo but Tony says, “How great was our Stand & Deliver, huh?” Everyone was cheering on Tommaso Ciampa, but everyone thought he was gonna walk right through Tony.

We all saw what happened! But what Tony did Saturday was unbelievable. Tonight, it gets even better. They’ll finish the ceremony. Galante says Tony on the table is a card with his blood, signifying Tony is ready to take The Oath of the Don. When his blood hit that card, he acknowledge and accepted the unbreakable oath. Tony entered this oath on his feet, and if he betrays it, he leaves on his back. Tony’s loyalty can never, ever be questioned. Galante tells the fans to shut up for this and show some respect. The code of silence can never be broken. And if it is, Tony’s soul will burn in hell. This is a thing of honor. Is Tony ready to accept?

Fans chant “BORING~” as Tony says yes. Galante puts the ring on Tony’s pinkie, and then gives him a kiss on the cheek. Ladies and gentlemen, Galante is honored to officially and formally present to us the Don of NXT, Tony D’Angelo! These two toast with the wine, and the graphic makes it legit. Tony is smiling ear to ear, but will he look to add gold besides that pinkie ring?

 

Backstage interview with MSK.

Wes Lee & Nash Carter are the NEW NXT Tag Team Champions, how did it feel to get the belts back? After five months of twists and turns, guidance and direction, the titles are back home! And they can say that first time, they didn’t appreciate the titles like they do now. There are a lot of hungry teams who want an opportunity, so MSK says come get it! The Creeds didn’t get pinned, so there’s that, but Pretty Deadly’s making some noise now. MSK told everyone they didn’t attack the Creeds, so they’re vindicated. But then Grayson Waller & Sanga walk in and, though his arm is in a sling, Waller says MSK didn’t make the most noise at Stand & Deliver, he did! Waller went viral!

Yeah, he made noise. When he bounced off that ladder, then cried in the locker room. But hey, Waller can remain a viral sensation all he wants, MSK is Gucci being the one thing he ain’t: a champion! Sanga says they won’t be champions for long! Waller says, “Yeah, what he said!” These two will take those titles from MSK real quick! Well sounds like they want this tonight. MSK can get ready right now. Uh, no, Waller isn’t 100%. But go call that shaman, cuz when Waller & Sanga get the belts, MSK goes back to square one where they belong!

MSK says they’ll call him anyway, just to party. But will the 21st Century Success Story and his massive henchmen become a tag team to be reckoned with?

 

Dakota is furious!

She kicks and throws things around backstage, even a ladder! “Mandy Rose! You’re not safe!” Has Toxic Attraction unleashed the venom inside #CobraKai?

 

Nikkita Lyons VS Lash Legend!

These two alpha females got at each other verbally from afar, and up close on Lashing Out. But now they’ll be throwing down in the ring! Will Lyons roar to another victory? Or will Lash prove she’s a legend in the making?

NXT returns and Lash makes her entrance. The bell rings and these two tie right up! They’re in a deadlock, but Lyons wrenches to wristlock. Lash pulls hair to throw Lyons down, but then Lyons sweeps Lash’s legs out! Both women kip up and fans cheer that. Lashl and Lyons talk some smack, Lyons blocks a kick to waistlock. Lash grabs the ropes, elbows back, but Lyons ROUNDHOUSES! Lyons runs to CLOBBER Lash! Lash flounders to a corner, and narrowly avoids another kick! Lyons hobbles now, Lash BOOTS her down! Lash talks trash, then runs to drop a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO! Lash is annoyed and she talks trash to Lyons’ face.

Lash dribbles Lyons’ face off the mat, then pulls her back in a chinlock stretch. Fans rally behind Lyons, Lyons endures but Lash thrashes her about! Lyons still gets up, but Lash KNEES her in the back, then CLOBBERS her point blank! Lyons is down, Lash goes to the corner. Lash runs in, handspring and MOONSAULT! She almost overshoots her target! Cover, TWO! Lyons gets to another corner but Lash runs in, into an elbow! Lyons dodges and Lash hits buckles now, Lyons GERMAN SUPLEXES! Both women are down, fans chant “SUPLEX CITY!” and Lyons roars as she rises up!

Lyons bobs ‘n’ weaves, fires off big shots, but Lash hits back! They go back and forth with big forearms, then Lyons KICKS and KICKS and ROUNDHOUSES! Fans fire up as Lyons then powers Lash to a corner, RAMS her shoulder in again and again, then hauls Lash up top. Lash hits back, but Lyons just hits Lash again! Lyons climbs, throws forearms, then brings Lash up. Fans fire up and Lyons hits a SUPERPLEX! Both women crash down, Lyons crawls over to cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Lyons roars again! Lash stands, Lyons goes after her but Lash trips to jackknife bridge! TWO! Lash is frustrated but Lyons is right after her with a BOOT! SPIN ROUNDHOUSE!

Lyons hits the SPLIT LEG DROP! Cover, Lyons wins!

Winner: Nikkita Lyons, by pinfall

The pride of Lyons is matched by her power! Will Lyons hunt down the title and become THE alpha female of NXT?

 

Tony and Galante head out.

What do they have for later? Galante’s dad and uncle have this thing set up, a whole feast. But then Legado del Fantasma walk over. Santos Escobar offers The Don a handshake of respect. He congratulates Tony on this honor. Tony appreciates that. Escobar is no stranger to being a boss, El Jefe, El Patron. So Escobar offers some advice: Tony needs to keep his business out of Legado’s business, and everything will be okay. Legado heads out, how will The Don respond to this veiled threat?

 

Kushida speaks.

The Time Splitter tells Von Wagner, “You attacked me, but worse than that, you attacked my friend, Jiro. It wasn’t enough to just hit him. You tore his jacket and took away part of him. But I’m not afraid of you, Von Wagner. Your time is up!” Will the Super Junior be able to topple Robert Stone’s personal goliath?

 

Next week’s NXT is GOLDEN!

Not only is Cameron Grimes defending his North American Championship against Solo Sikoa, and not only is MSK defending the tag titles against Waller & Sanga, but Dakota Kai is getting her shot at Mandy Rose’s NXT Women’s Championship! Three titles, one night, what happens on one of the shiniest nights in NXT 2.0 history?

 

NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS GUNTHER!

The Big Booty Nephew only just won this title 24 hours ago, but he doesn’t back down from fights! Will he continue to cement his own legacy in NXT? Or will Der Ring General be the first man to have the NXT UK and THE NXT Championship on his list of accolades?

NXT returns and Bron makes his entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see just who is the breaker and who is the broken!

Gunther and Bron circle as fans rally and duel. They knuckle lock, but then break. They circle more, tie up collar ‘n’ elbow, but Gunther gets around to clinch. Bron tries to pry free but Gunther headlocks. Bron wrenches to a hammerlock, then headlocks. Gunther puts Bron on ropes, the ref counts and Gunther lets off, to ROCK Bron! Gunther headlocks and hits the takeover, but Bron headscissors. Gunther kips free, Bron headlocks for the takeover! Bron holds off the headscissors as he grinds the hold, but Gunther fights up. Gunther powers up but Bron holds onto the headlock. Bron grinds the hold but Gunther still endures.

Gunther throws body shots, powers out this time, and they collide shoulders! Gunther CHOPS then headlocks! Bron powers out, they collide again, but neither m an falls. Bron gets going, Gunther hurdles then BOOTS Bron down! Fans fire up as Gunther waits on Bron. Gunther tells Bron to get up, then looms over him. Gunther drags Bron up, CLUBS him down, and Bron gets to ropes. Bron stands but Gunther eggs him on. Gunther CLUBS Bron in the chest, then snapmares for a stomp! Bron gets to ropes and shakes out that arm, but Gunther EuroUppers! Bron tackles Gunther to the corner, then RAMS in!

The ref counts, Bron lets off but Gunther CLUBS him! Bron dodges the chop to fire off haymakers! Bron whips, Gunther reverses and hurdles, into the SPINEBUSTER! Fans bark for Bron and Bron winds up the arm. Bron runs in, but into a SLEEPER! Bron arm-drags free, and SPEARS Gunther down! Bron snarls and the straps come down! Bron drags Gunther up, choke grips and trophy lifts! But Gunther slips off, the bad arm hinders Bron! The ref checks the arm but Bron says he doesn’t want to quit, so Gunther CHOPS Bron out of the ring! Bron flops to the floor, Gunther goes out after him, and RAMS him into steel steps!

The ring count is climbing and Gunther stands tall as NXT goes picture in picture. Bron writhes, Gunther comes back and he brings Bron up. Gunther puts Bron in the ring, then drags him up. Gunther uppercuts the bad arm and Bron goes to a corner. Gunther snapmares Bron, gets the bad arm and drops a knee on it! Bron writhes more, and Gunther eggs him on. Gunther kicks Bron around, Bron tries to hit back but Gunther stays clear. Gunther drags Bron up, hammerlocks the bad arm and RAMS it into buckles! Bron drops to his knees, Gunther kicks at him again. Gunther stomps Bron, then goes after the arms with a motorcycle stretch.

Gunther digs his knee into Bron’s back but Bron still endures. Fans rally up, but Gunther cranks the arms and digs his knee in harder. Bron still endures, shaking his head as he refuses to quit. Bron fights up to his feet, powers up to turn the hold around, but Gunther just turns it back on him! Bron keeps fighting, but Gunther digs his forehead into Bron’s back now. They go around as they fight over the stretch, and NXT returns to single picture. Bron turns it around but only for a moment, and Gunther HEADBUTTS Bron! Gunther RAMS shoulders with Bron, then wrenches to RAM shoulders again!

Gunther wrenches but Bron throws a forearm! Gunther keeps on the wristlock but Bron keeps throwing forearms. Gunther CHOPS Bron! And CHOPS him again! But Bron stays up, until Gunther CHOPS him yet again! Bron flounders to a corner, Gunther runs in but Bron blocks the chop! Only to swing into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Gunther swings, but into Bron’s GERMAN SUPLEX! Bron forearms, Gunther LARIATS! Bron ROCKS Gunther again, then runs to LARIAT! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Fans rally, Bron gets up and he drags Gunther into a facelock. Bron suplexes but the bad arm gives up!

Gunther wrenches and CLUBS that bad arm! Gunther has a double wristlock but Bron endures again! Fans rally, duel, and Gunther keeps on the wristlock. Bron fights up but Gunther knees him low! Gunther keeps pushing the arm but Bron still endures. Bron scoops Gunther for a SLAM! Bron slaps the bad arm, BOOTS Gunther, then hits an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans rally and bark, Bron runs corner to corner at Gunther, into a SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Gunther hauls Bron up to reel him in, GENERAL BOMB!! High stack, TWO!?! Bron survives and no one can believe it! Gunther just goes to the corner and climbs up!

GUNTHER SPLASH!! Cover, TWO?!? Again Bron survives and again no one can believe it! Gunther is frustrated but he drags Bron up. Gunther CLUBS away on Bron as fans chant, “This is Awesome!” CHOP to the back!! Gunther hauls Bron up, reels him in, LARIAT!! Cover, TWO?!?! Somehow Bron is still in this, maybe he’s a Genetic Freak! Gunther drags Bron to a drop zone and goes up the corner again. GUNTHER- SPEAR FROM BRON!! Bron manages to take Gunther out of the air, and now he hauls him up, for Gunther to CHOP him! Bron throws a haymaker, Gunther CHOPS! Bron haymakers, Gunther CHOPS again!

Bron is staggering, but he comes back to knee low. But Gunther has the SLEEPER! Bron endures, moves around, but he’s fading! Fans rally and duel, but Bron gets a second wind to JAWBREAKER! And LARIAT! Bron staggers up, Gunther stands, and Bron manages to trophy lift! BREAKKER SLAM!! Cover, Bron wins!!

Winner: Bron Breakker, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)

Somehow, someway, Bron broke through to keep this title from Der Ring General! But wait, his dad is on the tron! He’s proud of Bron, but wait! He’s someone’s hostage!? Gacy was saying all night that family is everything. “Let’s see if we can teach this old dog some new tricks.” Harland has a chain, what is he going to do to Rick Steiner?!


My Thoughts:

Well this was quite the post Mania episode for NXT. To be fair, some rather confusing things, too. Bad commercial cut as the Creeds came out to confront Imperium, but we got a pretty good match out of them. I’m rather surprised this is the moment they’re deciding to have dysfunction in Imperium. Aichner has definitely proven himself as a great wrestler, whether in tag or singles matches, but I’m just not sure he’ll be able to carry on as just himself. It was kinda why he joined up with Imperium in the first place. It will be interesting to see where this goes, if there will be a replacement or not, but I just hope they have a plan in place and not just winging it.

And as for the Creeds, of course Pretty Deadly makes their appearance here since they didn’t do anything on Stand & Deliver. I really wish they didn’t go and rename Sam & Lewis into Elton & Kit, but whatever, it’s the same BS Vince is pulling with “Butch” Pete Dunne, “Gunther” and “Doudrop” Piper Niven. I suppose in that same way, this won’t hold Pretty Deadly back too much, but that doesn’t take away how stupid it all is. MSK has a good promo backstage, and I really liked their reaction to Sanga talking, because it fits my reaction, too. Waller shifting to the tag titles for the moment is fairly clever, and it buys time while Creeds and Pretty Deadly fight stuff out.

Tiffany had a good promo that fit her character, and of course she’s preparing for a rematch with Sarray. Since Tiffany already used up jumping Sarray backstage, pretty sure Sarray will be full Warrior of the Sun in the match and will win to prove Tiffany is a loser. We got a good match out of Lyons and Lash, and it made a lot of sense for Lyons to win. She’s got the hot hand right now, building her way up in the women’s division, and it makes me wonder if NXT (or WWE in general) will ever introduce a women’s midcard title. I’m sure Lyons can get to the top title eventually, but it would be nice if there was another champion she could feud with on the way up.

Okay, more confusing stuff here: Dexter VS Duke was pretty good, until that double count-out. For one, the almost pratfall nature of both guys hitting the post and tumbling onto their respective lady friends was just too corny. But this has to end with the Mixed Tag, #InDex VS #Dusia. We got a great tag title match out of that Stand & Deliver rematch, and yes, it is very annoying and confusing that Raquel & Dakota lose the tag titles again so soon. Including their first reign, those two have been champions for roughly 80 hours, and like 79 of those hours was from this reign. I suppose it’s similar to Johnny Gargano or Sasha Banks having a hard time defending titles, but it still feels rough.

But Dakota throwing a fit backstage and then getting a title shot is awesome! Dakota is going to give Mandy one hell of a match, Raquel and Wendy can both hold off Gigi & Jacy, but who knows if Dakota finally gets that top title. I personally hope so, Dakota’s put in so much work, but it’s all about how Vince and his team see her and Mandy. Kushida’s message to Von Wagner was good stuff, but I’m thinking Von finds a way to win this first match, or else we can’t take him seriously. Okay, it’s already hard to take him seriously but losing the first match in the feud with Jacket Time would hurt his big, bad Heel image.

Grimes had a good promo to follow up his big title win, and it was great for Solo to come out and challenge him. This should be left as a Face VS Face, great sportsmanship but still hard hitting match. No one needs to turn, we just need something awesome. And I would think Grimes retains because he only just got this belt. Of course, I say that and look what happened with Raquel & Dakota. Galante and Tony had an okay segment, and I do agree with the fans it got boring. Galante wasn’t the best talker here, and honestly, it wasn’t the most creative thing they could do. If there was going to be the point of blood on a card and a vow, give us that. Always do more when it comes to the storytelling.

I will say, Escobar confronting Tony in the parking lot was an interesting next step. I don’t think NXT will succeed in turning Tony Face after he basically cheated to beat Ciampa, one of NXT’s all time favorite stars. Escobar, sure, the live fans already cheer Escobar and Legado no matter what. But once again, Vince is going to make a decision that is baffling and we just have to stomach it. I’m sure Tony and Escobar will have solid matches because both men are capable, but they’re running into the same problems they’ve had with overly pushing Roman and Cena during their rises.

And speaking of which, Bron Breakker was getting booed and fans were wanting Ziggler over him. On one hand, a lot of fans just like Ziggler. On another, as I’ve said before, Bron got to be a two-time NXT Champion really quickly. And considering the other examples are Finn Balor, Shinsuke Nakamura, Samoa Joe, Tommaso Ciampa and even Karrion Kross, all having established themselves before NXT, then established themselves in NXT, Bron is definitely facing the backlash of Vince’s support. But ignoring fan reaction, Bron had a good promo, he had a good exchange with Gunther, and a great match with Gunther, that of course Bron won because he’s Mr. NXT 2.0.

But what a wild twist with Gacy at the end! His promos were cryptic in a good way, and it did spark a reaction out of Draco and Quinn. But Gacy using this to get a title shot, not sure how fans are going to like this. I again cite Vince’s bad pacing. If this was Gacy in late 2021 before spinning his wheels with Odyssey Jones, Roderick Strong, and now Draco Anthony, he’d be at a title scene level. All that stuff of making 205 Live inclusive and wanting to remove the restrictions on the Cruiserweight title made him firmly midcard and that’s a bit of a shame. He’ll give Bron one hell of a match, but again Bron will win, and there’s a chance fans will go full Go Away Heat on Bron.

My Score: 8.2/10


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

The Czar and… HIM!

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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Ilja Dragunov confronts Carmelo Hayes face to face!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Ilja Dragunov is here!

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

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

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

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

 

NXT Media catches up with Ava Raine.

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

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

 

Kelani Jordan VS Kiana James w/ Izzi Dame!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Kiana James, by pinfall

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

 

NXT shares footage from after last week’s show.

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

 

The Good Brothers VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Good Brothers, by pinfall

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

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

 

Ava Raine is on the phone.

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

 

Roxanne Perez VS Jakara Jackson w/ Lash Legend!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Roxanne Perez, by submission

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

 

Thea Hail talks with Jacy Jayne & Jazmyn Nyx.

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

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

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

 

The Wolf Dogs are backstage.

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

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

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

 

DIJAK VS Luca Crusifino!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Dijak, by pinfall

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

 

Backstage interview with Noam Dar & Oro Mensah.

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

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

 

Lyra Valkyria is here!

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

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

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

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

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

 

Brooks Jensen confronts Oba Femi!

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

 

Backstage interview with Carmelo Hayes.

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

 

Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone VS Lexis King!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Von Wagner, by pinfall

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

 

Tatum and Lyra regroup backstage.

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

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

 

Dijak argues with Ava.

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

 

Gigi Dolin VS Jaida Parker w/ OTM!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Jaida Parker, by pinfall

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

 

Waves are rolling in.

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Roadblock!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Dar: 0; Dempsey: 1

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

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

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

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

Dar: 0; Dempsey: 1

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

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

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

Dar: 0; Dempsey: 1

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

Dar: 1; Dempsey: 1

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

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

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

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

 

NXT Media catches up with Shawn Spears.

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

 

Ilja Dragunov is back in the ring!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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Andrew’s TNA Xplosion Results & Match Ratings: 2.22.2024

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

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

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

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

 

Ratings:

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

 

Results:

Mike Bailey vs Jai Vidal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overall Score: 5.5/10

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

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


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