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

Time to run it back!



SmackDown 2022

Rematches and remixes, all on a Friday night!

Matt Riddle beat Jimmy last week, now he looks to beat Jey this week! Will the Stallion on a win over both SmackDown Tag Team Champions this close to Backlash?


  • Xavier Woods w/ Kofi Kingston VS “Butch” Pete Dunne w/ Ridge Holland & Sheamus; Woods wins.
  • GUNTHER w/ Ludwig Kaiser VS Teddy Goodz; Gunther wins.
  • Matt Riddle w/ Randy Orton VS Jey Uso w/ Jimmy Uso; Riddle wins.
  • Mad Cap Moss VS Angel Garza w/ Humberto Carrillo; Moss wins.
  • Lumberjack Match: Sami Zayn VS Drew McIntyre; McIntyre wins.


Adam Pearce is in the ring.

And he welcomes Albany, New York to SmackDown. He welcomes “perhaps the most dominant female in sports entertainment,” the game changer, the opportunity, and the SmackDown Women’s Champion, Charlotte Flair! Charlotte makes her way to the ring, and she soaks up all the heat. Then Pearce welcomes Charlotte’s challenger, “a legend in her own right, and the Baddest Woman on the Planet, Rowdy Ronda Rousey!” Fans cheer as Ronda heads to the ring, and they sit at the table. This contract signing is for their WrestleMania Backlash match, so they just need to sign on… Wait, where IS the contract?

Drew Gulak appears, he’s apparently Pearce’s new intern. Gulak hands the contract over and then tells “Mr. Pearce” that he is very pumped for this opportunity and he is taking it seriously. In fact, Gulak has prepared a PowerPoint presentation to break down and analyze the rules of an I Quit match! Charlotte tells Gulak to shut up. Or does he want to make her quit his new job before he even begins? Ronda says that’s real tough of Charlotte to pick on an intern. Charlotte tells Ronda, “Guess what? I beat you at WrestleMania! But if you want to hear the rules so bad, I’ll explain them.”

Fans taunt Charlotte with “You Tapped Out!” But Charlotte says she was fixing her bra! But she gets to the rules of the I Quit match: “There are no rules. No disqualifications, no count outs, no pinfalls.” The only way to win is for the opponent to say, “I Quit.” And Charlotte’s been fantasizing about how she’ll make Ronda quit. Maybe a boot to her face? No, too easy. Maybe a Figure Four? No, the Figure Eight! So painful, but also predictable. How else to make her quit? Maybe just a good ol’ fashioned beating. But it won’t matter, because Charlotte always finds a way to win. So at Backlash, Ronda will say two of the most beautiful words in the English language. Say them with her: I, quit.

Charlotte then takes the contract and signs on the dotted line. Then she passes it to Ronda and fans cheer her name. Charlotte says, “I beat her at WrestleMania. Uh-ohhh.” But Ronda says just so Charlotte knows what she’s getting into, that means there’s no ref to spare her embarrassment. What embarrassment? She won at Mania. She tapped out. No, she won at Mania. Fans still chant, “You Tapped Out!” Charlotte says she is still champion. Well, this time, no ref is going to pull Ronda off Charlotte or save Charlotte. Charlotte will say Ronda is better than her. Charlotte will abandon her baby, that title, and not spared the humiliation when she says, “I Quit.”

But then Charlotte tosses the table! And she had a kendo stick under it! She SMACKS away, but Ronda blocks it to throw Charlotte down! Ronda has the stick and she SMACKS away! Gulak tries to save Charlotte and he does get the kendo stick, only for Ronda to throw him with the PIPER’S PIT! And then she drags Gulak by his arm. He hands over the contract, and a pen, and she puts on the ARMBAR while she signs! Ronda proves she can multitask, and she teases Charlotte for being sore. Will Ronda multitask at Backlash when she rips Charlotte’s arm off and makes her say those dreaded words?


Xavier Woods w/ Kofi Kingston VS “Butch” Pete Dunne w/ Ridge Holland & Sheamus!

King Woods may have won their first match-up, but then Butch attacked backstage completely unprovoked! Will Woods just get Dunne with another roll-up? Or will the Bruiserweight break Woods and tie things up?

SmackDown returns and the Fight Night Boys make their entrance. The bell rings and Dunne goes right for Woods! Woods O’Conner Rolls him, TWO! Another roll-up, TWO! Woods CHOPS Dunne, ROCKS him with haymakers and CHOPS again. Dunne goes to ropes, Woods CHOPS him again and Kofi says Woods is taking Dunne to town. Woods whips, Dunne reverses but Woods dodges. Woods JABS and JABS and body shots! Woods knees Dunne then LARIATS! Ridge and Sheamus coach while Woods covers, TWO! Woods stands Dunne up but Dunne DECKS him! Dunne rains down hammering hands, then isolates an arm. Dunne drops knees on the elbow!

Dunne keeps on the arm, bends it back, and even twists the wrist. Woods endures, fans rally, but Dunne bends the fingers! Dunne isolates the arm to STOMP it! Dunne scowls and stalks Woods to a corner, then brings him up for a back suplex. Woods lands on his feet to waistlock, but Dunne elbows him away. Dunne whips, Woods reverses but Dunne reverses back. Woods goes up and over, but Dunne fish hooks his mouth! Dunne RAMS Woods into buckles, then sits Woods back up. Dunne digs knuckles into Woods’ face, smothers Woods, but the ref counts. Dunne lets off, runs, but Woods sends him out!

Dunne staggers up, Woods runs and WRECKS him with a dropkick! Dunne ends up on the announce desk, then flounders off it! Woods fires up but Ridge and Sheamus shield Dunne. Kofi backs Woods up, Dunne LEAPS to CLOBBER Woods! Dunne wants to start stuff with Kofi but Sheamus keeps him back, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Dunne has Woods down with a chinbar. Woods fights up, moves around, but Dunne keeps his chin and arm hooked. Dunne wrangles Woods down and cranks on the hold, but Woods still endures. Dunne grabs the far arm, twists it, bends fingers, then bends Woods’ arm back to stomp the ribs! Woods writhes and crawls away but Dunne gets his arm. Dunne cranks the armlock, grinds the shoulder, but Woods fights up. Fans rally, Woods throws forearms, but Dunne holds onto the wrist! Woods breaks free to CHOP and ROCK and CHOP again! Woods keeps on Dunne over and over on the ropes!

The ref counts, Dunne whips but Woods ducks and dodges to slide and ROLLING ELBOW! Fans fire up, Dunne ducks a kick but not the leg sweep! SENTON! Fans fire up with Woods and he fireman’s carries. Dunne pulls an ear to get free! Dunne SLAPS Woods, Woods goes to a corner and Dunne runs in to GAMANGIRI! Dunne brings Woods out, X-PLEX! Cover, TWO! Woods survives and Sheamus can’t believe it! Sheamus and Ridge coach Dunne and Dunne follows Woods to ropes. Woods goes to the apron but Dunne kicks away at him through the ropes! The ref counts, Dunne lets off but then drags Woods in through ropes.

Woods breaks free to STEP-IN DDT! Cradle, WOODS WINS AGAIN!

Winner: Xavier Woods, by pinfall

Butch got lost in the Back Woods again! Sheamus and Ridge want Dunne to keep it calm, but he just starts punching a turnbuckle! The straps are down and Dunne storms off into the crowd, to get a security guard! Dunne TOSSES that guy before leaving the arena! Sheamus and Ridge have no idea what to do about this, will Dunne ever come back?


Aliyah talks with Ricochet.

She tells him the match with Jinder Mahal last week was incredible! Jinder’s so big but Ricochet flew around like nobody’s business. So far, he’s beaten Jinder, Sami, and both Los Lotharios! What’s next? This is just the beginning. It is truly an honor to hold this title. Some of the best ever have held the Intercontinental Championship, and that is his plan: to become one of the best ever. Jinder laughs at that. Ricochet, an all-time great? That was a fluke! If Ricochet is a fighting champion, he’ll defend his title again! That’s exactly what Ricochet wants. He’ll take on anybody at any time. Then Shanky wants a shot! Alright, Ricochet’s up for that.

Jinder is a bit surprised, but will Shanky do what not even the Modern Day Maharaja could do? Or will the One and Only become One of the Greats?


Ludwig Kaiser stands on stage.

In German, and then in English, he says, “Ladies and gentlemen. What you’re about to witness is dignified domination, executed by unprecedented precision. A diabolical athlete who will stop at nothing to uphold the integrity and honor of this great sport. DER RING GENERAL…! GUNTAAA!” That is to say, Gunther is here! Who will he grind into the mat to make sure that the mat is sacred?

GUNTHER w/ Ludwig Kaiser VS ???

SmackDown returns and Gunther’s opponent is Teddy Goodz. The bell rings, Gunther and Goodz stare down. They tie up, Gunther wrenches, wristlocks, knuckle locks, and straight arm levers for a SLAM! Fans chant “WAL~TER!” as Goodz endures the wristlock. Gunther cranks the wrist, Goodz kips up but his dropkick whiffs as Gunther moves. Gunther then BOOTS Goodz down! Kaiser enjoys it like a symphony as Gunther EuroUppers Goodz to a corner. Gunther puts Goodz up top to CHOP, then climbs up to STAND on Goodz! The ref counts, Gunther lets off and Goodz flops to the apron. Gunther suplexes Goodz up and into the ring!

Gunther circles like a shark, then CHOPS Goodz off his feet. Kaiser applauds as Gunther stomps Goodz all around. And then CHOPS him down again! Gunther then drags Goodz up, scoops and SLAMS him, and then CHOPS him on the back! SLEEPER HOLD!! Goodz flails, but Gunther turns him around for a POWERBOMB! High stack, Gunther wins!

Winner: Gunther, by pinfall

That did not feel good for Goodz, but Imperium’s leader continues to conquer. How long until Der Ring General is seen worthy of challenging for a championship?


RKBRO talks backstage.

Matt Riddle says last week was so awesome with that sick pop-up RKO on Jimmy. He is getting that same feeling because he’ll hit Jey with something even sicker. Riddle always loves visiting SmackDown, too, because he gets to see his best buds from the blue brand. Speak of the devil, it’s Drew McIntyre! Oh, wait, okay, Riddle knows things were a little “weird” in the past between Drew and Randy, but Riddle has an idea for a fresh start. RKBRO are gonna be lumberjacks in Drew’s match with Sami! And don’t worry, Randy, you don’t have to wear flannel. Right, Drew?

Drew says he saw last week. As far as he’s concerned, anyone who stands up to the Bloodline’s BS is good in his book. Orton looks at Riddle and Riddle nods. Orton says he and Drew are good. Then Orton heads off and Riddle says they’ll see him out there. But wait, Sami is lurking. Is the Master Strategist thinking he can take advantage of this?


Xia Li speaks.

She was the Protector. But no one is worthy of protection! Now, she protects only herself.


Matt Riddle w/ Randy Orton VS Jey Uso w/ Jimmy Uso!

The Raw and SmackDown Tag Team Champions are set for a collision course at Backlash, so the name of the game is momentum! But will the Stallion add Jey’s name to the list of Usos he’s beaten? Or will the Right Hand Man make Roman Reigns proud by getting one on Riddle?

SmackDown returns and the Usos make their entrance. Roman and Heyman are watching from the private suite, so the pressure is on. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Riddle waistlocks and slams Jey, then wraps on a sleeper! Jey scrambles to the ropebreak and Riddle lets off quickly. Riddle and Jey reset, they tie up, and Jey headlocks. Riddle throws body shots, powers out of the hold, but Jey runs him over! Things speed up, Riddle leaps to get the SLEEPER! Jey manages to throw Riddle away, then he ROCKS Riddle with an uppercut! Jey rains down rights against the ropes but lets off as the ref counts.

Jey paces, then brings Riddle up to whip corner to corner. Riddle goes up and over to ROUNDHOUSE Jey down! Even Jimmy felt that one. Riddle gut wrench suplexes Jey away, then has Jey on ropes. Riddle fires forearms, fans rally behind him, but Jey reverses the whip to CLOBBER Riddle with an elbow! Riddle sputters but Jey stomps him down. Riddle gets to ropes, Jey throws more forearms. Jey CHOPS Riddle against ropes, then CHOPS again. Jey whips Riddle to ropes, but Riddle kicks back! Jey falls, Riddle runs but Jey dodges the Penalty Kick! Jey bails out but Riddle builds speed and DIVES into a haymaker!

Jey drags Riddle out, then whips him into steel steps! Orton paces while Riddle writhes, but Jey drags him back up to copy Orton’s ANNOUNCE DESK BACK SUPLEX! Riddle writhes more while the Usos taunt him, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again as Jey has Riddle in a chinlock. Riddle endures and fights his way up, throws body shots, but then blocks a kick only for Jey to DRAGON WHIP! Jey hushes the crowd as he and Jimmy raise their fingers, #WeTheOnes. Jey then watches Riddle crawl around, brings him up, and ROCKS Riddle with a forearm! Riddle ROCKS Jey back! Jey ROCKS Riddle again, but Riddle ROCKS Jey back again. Riddle eggs Jey on so Jey ROCKS him again. Riddle ROCKS Jey, so Jey uppercuts! Riddle CHOPS, Jey uppercuts again! Riddle fires off forearms and Albany fires up! Jey shoves Riddle but Riddle BOOTS him!

Riddle spins Jey around, PELE! Jey goes to a corner, Riddle runs in to forearm smash! Riddle goes side to side, another forearm! Then a BROSPLODER! Orton and the fans fire up and Riddle runs, PEN- NO! Jey ducks that, dodges the standing moonsault, and even avoids the Broton! Riddle crashes down, Roman is watching and seems a little upset Jey isn’t capitalizing. Jey gets up, fans rally and duel, and Orton coaches Riddle. Jey snarls, waistlocks Riddle, back suplex, but Riddle land son his feet! Ripcord and FINAL FLASH KNEE! Riddle drags Jey to a drop zone, he goes up, FLOATING BRO! Cover, TWO!!

Jey survives and Riddle is shocked but Jimmy fires up! Riddle drags Jey up and fireman’s carries, but Jey slips off to roll-up! TWO, Riddle sends Jey out and through ropes! Riddle still wants to shout out Orton, DRAPING DDT! Fans are fired up again, but Jimmy gets on the apron! Riddle rushes over but Jimmy gets away. Jimmy is taunting Riddle but Orton gets behind him, ANNOUNCE DESK BACK SUPLEX! Jimmy is writhing, Riddle aims at Jey! Riddle hears the voices, Jey staggers up, RK- NO! Push and pop-up, into a waistlock! POP-UP NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Riddle barely survives and Albany is fired up!

Jey and Riddle crawl to opposite ends, fans are dueling again, and Orton fires everyone up. Jey says Riddle ain’t getting this one! “UCE!” “OH!” and Jey runs in, into a BUSAIKU KNEE! But Jey rebounds to SUPERKICK! Jey climbs, Roman actually looks excited, USO SPLASH onto knees!! Cover, Riddle wins!!

Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall

And Roman’s excitement becomes disbelief! The Usos have lost back-to-back to the Stallion! Will this momentum help RKBRO blaze right through Jimmy & Jey and become undisputed tag team champions?


Sasha Banks & Naomi are here!

The Boss & Glow are still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, and now Liv Morgan & Rhea Ripley aren’t even a team anymore! What will the champs have to say about their next chapter? We’ll find out, after the break.

SmackDown returns and Kayla Braxton interviews Sasha & Naomi in the ring. It was two months ago that Naomi called the shot and that we would see new tag team champions. At WrestleMania 38, Naomi & Sasha won and have been unstoppable. Has this reign been everything they hoped? Oh, they are just getting started! Fans cheer, “You Deserve It!” Naomi says she called her shot because she knew what she and Sasha could do with the opportunity. They backed it up, they’re dominating the tag division, and glowing while they’re doing it. Sasha says that is right. They are trailblazers, history makers, and more than just a team. They are a sisterhood. UNITY~!

Naomi has had Sasha’s back since day one and she will always have Naomi’s. Just look at their style! They flow together so well in and out of the ring, that is why the Boss & Glow have no competition! Oh, yes. They sent Mella packing on her honeymoon, caused Rhea & Liv to self-destruct, and it doesn’t matter who is coming next. But wait, here comes Natalya & Shayna Baszler! Natty says sorry to bring this up, but Sasha forgot the two women that weren’t beat at Mania. Oh, right, they were there. But they were stuck watching Sasha & Naomi win. Natty sarcastically says Sasha is adorable, but talking about history makers, Natty is a THREE-TIME Guinness World Record Holder!

For what? Posting the worst dances or loving cats? Shayna keeps Natty back, and says it’s good to see the champs having fun now. Because Spades & Hart are going to stretch and snap every bone in their bodies, limb by limb, then take the titles. Then the fun is over. What we’re looking at are the NEXT Women’s Tag Team Champions. Shayna then shoves Sasha down! Naomi has to keep Sasha back now, and the champs show off the belts. Try and take ’em! Shayna’s called her shot for her team, will they hit it out of the park just like Naomi & Sasha did?


Mad Cap Moss gets in some stretches.

But Happy Corbin walks over to ruin the mood. Corbin was “happy” to see Moss get his win last week. Really, congrats. Obviously, Corbin’s mentoring paid off. But look. It’s time. Moss made his point. They both said some harsh things, so Corbin will be the bigger man. He is willing to forgive Moss. So, will Moss come back? Moss says they did share some good laughs. But Moss going back to being Corbin’s sidekick? There’s as much chance of that happening as Corbin has of growing back a full head of hair. That ship sailed! Moss laughs it up, and then gets “serious” as Corbin stares at him. Corbin leaves and Moss keeps laughing, will Moss prove he never needed Corbin?


SmackDown looks closer at Raquel Rodriguez.

“No one can compare to Raquel.” Big Mami Cool conquered NXT, she is the brick wall no one can get through. Former NXT Women’s Champion, former TWO-TIME NXT Women’s Tag Team Champion, she has never ducked or dodged a fight, and she will knock everyone down. Ricky Desperado finally has a match on SmackDown next week!


Mad Cap Moss VS Angel Garza w/ Humberto Carrillo!

Speaking of not needing Corbin’s help, Moss did just fine on his own against uno Lothario. Will Moss do even better against the other? Or will the cousins craft a way to turn the joke back on Moss?

SmackDown returns, the Lethal Lovers make their entrance, and that of course means they bring out the kiss cam. As always, there’s a lovely lady up front that they find and they kiss her on both cheeks. Moss still dares them to try his cheeks, but they pass. The bell rings and Moss ties up with Garza. Moss puts Garza in a corner, lets off, and Garza sucker punches him! Moss stays up and laughs that off. They tie up, Moss ROCKS Garza! And then waistlock SLAMS him! Garza goes for a leg, Moss CLUBS away on him! Moss knees Garza low, then blows him a kiss. Garza blocks that, but Moss ducks the clothesline, hurdles, ducks and CLOBBERS Garza!

Fans fire up and Moss blows that kiss now. Carrillo distracts, Moss swipes at him, and Garza runs in! Moss TOSSES Garza out onto Carrillo! Moss says kiss this, then he puts Garza in. Carrillo anchors a leg! Garza basement dropkicks Moss! Garza fires off on Moss, puts him on the ropes, and then Garza CHOPS! Garza whips, Moss holds ropes, so Garza CHOPS again. Garza whips, Moss reverses and he catches Garza’s crossbody for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Moss fires off haymakers in the corner, stomps and punches, but whips corner to corner at 4. Moss RAMS into Garza, clotheslines Carrillo out of the ring, then Moss CLOBBERS Garza!

Fans fire up with Moss and he gives thumbs up. Moss reels Garza in, turns him, PUNCHLINE! Cover, Moss wins!

Winner: Mad Cap Moss, by pinfall

Moss is all fired up for another big win! He’s swept Los Lotharios, will he continue to clean up and- Corbin attacks! Happy isn’t so happy as he punches and stomps Moss in a corner! Corbin is angry with the fans booing him, but then he reels Moss in for END OF DAYS! And then Corbin goes out to look at the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal trophy. Corbin STEALS the trophy! Corbin’s name is technically on it, but will Moss have to fight Corbin to get back what’s rightfully his?


Sami Zayn is in a good mood backstage.

He goes to Roman Reigns’ room? Sami thinks of how to introduce himself. Is he going to talk with the Tribal Chief? We’ll have to wait and see, after the break.

SmackDown returns, and Roman is talking with the Usos. Jey says he was gonna get Riddle, he swears. Jey promises it won’t happen again. Heyman walks over to say they have a guest who wants to see Roman. It’s Sami… Roman looks over and Sami walks in. How’re they doing? First and foremost, Sami acknowledges Roman. He’s a big fan. All the smashing and punching, it is great. There is no dispute, Roman is Head of the Table. Sometimes people forget that on top of Master Strategist, Sami is a locker room leader. Roman doesn’t have to worry about that stuff since he has his own locker room, but Sami hears and sees everything that’s going on.

Sami just wants to give Roman an example. Earlier, he saw McIntyre getting real chummy with RKBRO, the very team the Usos have that tag title unification match with. So now, RKBRO is going to be part of the lumberjacks during Sami’s match and uh, that’s really unbelievable. Sami would never snitch, he’s not a rat, but he also heard them say some very disrespectful things about the entire Bloodline. Sami kneels as he says this just brings him to a proposal. Sami’s name and reputation has taken hit after hit, and now it’s even worse because people think he is afraid of McIntyre! He’s not, by the way.

But what he needs right now, more than anything, is to beat McIntyre and regain that respect he is owed. Sami needs to win. So if you can guess what he’s getting at, if there was some way that he could maybe get some help out there, Sami would be more than happy to help the Bloodline in return. Trust Sami when he says he can be a very, very valuable ally. Sami acknowledges Roman, so Roman needs to recognize him out of that acknowledgement. Roman doesn’t respond, he just stares at Sami. Good talk. Sami’s gotta go get ready.

Sami leaves, and Roman is believing him when he talks about people running their mouths. “Take my name out their mouths. Understand?” Is that Roman saying the Usos are to join that Lumberjack Match in Sami’s corner?


Lacey Evans shares more of her life story.

“Growing up, if we weren’t living in tents, we were in trailers with holes in the floor, or small houses covered in mold. And the more money my dad did bring in, uh, the more drugs and anger came with it.” Lacey grew up in her most important years of her life without a mom. She wasn’t there to teach Lacey how to do hair, make-up, or get ready for prom. Lacey didn’t have mom as a shoulder to cry on, and was left sobbing in a pile of dirty clothes. Lacey does her own make-up before shows because at such a young age, she learned that if you want something done right, you do it yourself. Lacey taught herself what beauty and confidence were.

By the time she was 15 years old, Lacey competed in wrestling. Undefeated at #1 in the entire state of Florida, ninth in the nation. With the lack of support from home, it was up to Lacey to push herself to succeed. When you don’t have anyone to rely on and nothing to lose, you realize how unstoppable and strong you can be. But even with all that work, just imagine walking two miles, in the rain, all the way home, soaked to the bone and tired from juggling both job and school and wrestling and doing the best you can, only to find your father high and passed out on the couch, burning cigarette falling out of his mouth.

“It makes you hungry for something better out of life.” And Lacey learned how unbreakable she was, and how sorry she feels for those who have never been scared to death. What she’s been through has created the woman she is today. Motivated, ready for anything, careful, confident, mother, wife, sister, daughter, United States Marine, and WWE Superstar. “I am no better than the other superstars. But they damn sure ain’t better than me.”


Lumberjacks head to the ring!

Mansoor, the Viking Raiders, Shinsuke Nakamura, the New Day, RKBRO, Jinder, Shanky, Ridge and Sheamus all head down, all ready to surround that ring. Will they be able to keep Sami from running off? Or will Sami find a way to use them against McIntyre?

Lumberjack Match: Sami Zayn VS Drew McIntyre!

SmackDown returns and McIntyre makes his entrance first. Then Sami makes his entrance, and then so do the Usos! Sami is happy to see that, but RKBRO isn’t. The bell rings, Sami bails out, but to the wrong side. The New Day and Nakamura force Sami to get back in the ring. Sami circles around McIntyre, bails out again, but can’t get past the lumberjacks! The New Day and Nakamura pick Sami up to throw him in the ring! McIntyre then grabs Sami to TOSS him to a corner! McIntyre fires haymakers and CHOPS, and he follows Sami to another corner for another CHOP! Sami flops down but McIntyre stands him up.

McIntyre whips, Sami holds ropes, then he dumps McIntyre out! McIntyre gets up and is face-to-face with Sheamus. These two have history, but Ridge CLUBS McIntyre! Sheamus adds on, then RAMS McIntyre into steps! Sheamus puts McIntyre in, the Viking Raiders storm over but the Usos stand in their way. Ridge stares down Nakamura, Mansoor and the New Day, but it’s a standoff in and out of the ring while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Sami stands on McIntyre’s back to choke him on the ropes. The ref counts, Sami lets off at 4 and he taunts the lumberjacks on Drew’s side. Sami scrapes McIntyre out of the ring, Sheamus and Ridge are right there to CLUB away on McIntyre again! Then they put McIntyre back in while taunting the others. Sami brings McIntyre up, McIntyre GLASGOW KISS HEADBUTTS! Everyone’s feeling that one while McIntyre and Sami are down. Fans rally, McIntyre glare at Sheamus, Ridge and the Usos, but he gets Sami for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! And then ANOTHER! Sami swings but into a NECKBREAKER!

Fans fire up with McIntyre’s kip up! Sami sits up in a daze and drags himself to a corner. McIntyre wants the countdown, but Sami drops out of the ring! RKBRO is there, but the Usos SUPERKICK Orton! Then they mug Riddle, and POST him! The Usos did their job, they leave ringside. Then Sheamus and Ridge brawl with the New Day! Nakamura and Mansoor help on New Day’s behalf, then the Viking Raiders! Sami uses this as a chance to escape! But McIntyre catches him at the barriers! McIntyre ROCKS Sami, fireman’s carries him back to the ring and shoves him in. But Jinder attacks McIntyre!

Shanky and Sheamus also go after McIntyre, but Mansoor and Nakamura rush over! The lumberjacks brawl again while Jinder puts McIntyre in the ring for Sami. The Viking Raiders help out again, as do the New Day. McIntyre gets up but Sami bails out. Sami can’t get past the cluster, so McIntyre FLIES onto everyone!! Fans are fired up, and Sami has reappeared on the far side! Sami realizes he has a chance! Sami runs away!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by forfeit

McIntyre snarls, but Adam Pearce comes out here! “Sami, Sami, Sami. Never in all my years would I think it possible for someone to actually run from a Lumberjack match. But then again, I should’ve known it’s you.” Pearce tells Sami that next week, there will be NO running, it will be Sami VS McIntyre in a STEEL CAGE! Fans like the sound of that! Sami is furious, but then Jinder goes after McIntyre! Jinder stomps away, drags McIntyre up and Shanky adds on! They stomp and stomp, then haul Jinder up. McIntyre fights off the Kallas! GLASGOW KISS for Jinder! Then one for Shanky! McIntyre gives us the countdown, THREE! TWO! ONE! CLAYMORE for Jinder!

Sami sees all this and is shocked! Will Sami finally face the wrath of the Scottish Warrior and #KneeltotheSteel?

My Thoughts:

A good episode of SmackDown, but only barely. We got a decent opening segment out of that contract signing. Ronda still doesn’t do that well and Charlotte just came off as annoying with her always having to say she won at WrestleMania. The good stuff was the brawl, and kendo sticks always seem to be part of this feud. I don’t think this really adds much of anything, though, other than Gulak just gets turned into the punching bag. But hey, look! WWE remembered Xia Li! But her promo was really sad. She basically told us she’s turning Heel because WWE dropped the gaddam ball on her story with Natalya and they have just nothing else to do with her.

WWE also remembered Aliyah, and they really only used her to help establish Ricochet VS Shanky for a title match. Can WWE also remember they have Shotzi and make her Face again, tank and all? Why not make Shotzi and Xia Li a team of protectors so WWE has more RawDown teams? I mean, I knew Shayna & Natty were next up for Sasha & Naomi, but you gotta have more teams to follow after that. We got a decent promo showdown out of Shayna, Natty, Sasha and Naomi, and we’ll get a very good match out of them, but WWE is just sucking at this whole thing. At least Raquel got a good vignette to hype up her first match. She’ll probably dominate a local indie talent.

Speaking of which, Gunther/Walter did that again. It’s fine that he did, but something about it already feels tired. If Shanky fails to beat Ricochet, can Gunther just step up to him next? Ricochet VS Gunther can be an amazing match for the Intercontinental Championship, and we wouldn’t have to feel so bad about Ricochet losing if Gunther gets another belt in WWE. We got a good match out of the Woods VS Dunne rematch, but I’m a little surprised Dunne loses here. Dunne storming off from Sheamus & Ridge was fine, but again this all feels like bad Vince pacing. But perhaps the sooner Dunne gets away from “Butch” the better.

Moss and Corbin had a good promo, foreshadowing what was gonna happen tonight. Moss VS Garza was pretty good, and of course Moss wins. Corbin attacking Moss was expected, but I didn’t think he’d steal the Andre the Giant trophy. That will definitely be the crux of their WM Backlash blow-off, and I would think Moss wins. Good blending of stories with the Bloodline, though. RKBRO and McIntyre have a good promo together, and Sami using this to sucker the Bloodline into what happened tonight was clever. Riddle VS Jey was great stuff, best match of the night, though it wasn’t that hard.

The Bloodline believing Sami was quite the twist. But I suppose a part of Roman’s Tribal Chief persona has been his paranoia and hate of disrespect. Sami used that to his advantage, Usos only went after RKBRO in the Lumberjack match, but how disappointing that Sami ran away again. And how disappointing that it was the point of the story they’re telling. Both lumberjack and cage match stipulations should’ve been used sooner than this, but whatever. That cage match will be good stuff, and unless Pearce adds a No Escape clause, Sami will actually be able to win by running away, which is really stupid. So, I guess they’re going to let that be what happens.

My Score: 8/10

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

The Czar and… HIM!



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?


  • 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.


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!



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!



  • 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



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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