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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (4/8/22)

SmackDown AFTER Mania!

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SmackDown 2022

What is next for the Tribal Chief?

The reigning! Defending! And truly UNDISPUTED WWE Universal Champion, Roman Reigns, promised on Raw that SmackDown would reveal his next move. But just what is it?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Xavier Woods w/ Kofi Kingston VS “Butch” Pete Dunne w/ Sheamus & Ridge Holland; Woods wins.
  • GUNTHER w/ Ludwig Kaiser VS Joe Alonzo; Gunther wins.
  • Sami Zayn VS Drew McIntyre; McIntyre wins.
  • Sasha Banks w/ Naomi VS Liv Morgan; Liv wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Kayla Braxton is in the ring.

And she welcomes the Baddest Woman on the Planet, Ronda Rousey! Ronda high-fives fans on her way to the ring, then gets herself a mic. Fans in Milwaukee cheer Ronda and Kayla says everyone agrees, she was in a very physical match last Saturday. She proved to be a woman of her word and made Charlotte Flair tap out. The recap points it out, the ref was knocked down by a Spear before Ronda clamped on her famous armbar. Kayla says Charlotte felt the pressure, and she did tap. Ronda says she will tap Charlotte out again, but she lost. She will not make excuses. Her mom taught her that to be the best, you have to beat everyone twice, even on your worst day.

Sometimes, you won’t be your best, and sometimes the ref won’t count things right. Ronda beat Charlotte once, but not when it counted. Kayla says later tonight, Roman Reigns reveals his next step, but what is hers? A rematch. But not just any match. Charlotte can’t just get herself disqualified, counted out or whatever. No loopholes, no excuses, no doubts! WrestleMania Backlash, it will be an I QUIT MATCH! However, Charlotte is laughing from the tron. “Ronda, Ronda, Ronda. You couldn’t beat me in checkers, let alone an I Quit Match. I’m Charlotte Flair, I don’t quit. Quitting is not in my DNA. But you know what is? WINNING~!”

Charlotte tells Ronda that she felt the armbar and the pressure, but she didn’t lose! She didn’t tap out, she walked out the champion! And Charlotte is starting to think the Baddest Woman in the Planet isn’t just a catchphrase, it’s a myth! Because Ronda win when it matters. So the answer to the challenge is… NO! So back of the line, BITCH! Charlotte is laughing, but Ronda says she has news for her. This fight is going to happen. And Charlotte wont’ just say, “I Quit,” she’ll scream it when Ronda turns that elbow backwards! The challenge has been issued, but will management give Ronda what she wants?

 

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

Before the match, the Fight Night Boys are all riled up backstage. Sheamus says Butch is finally being let off the leash. Chew Woods up like a chew toy! Ready for a good bruisin’, Butchy? Cuz every night for them is fight night! Dunne leads the way as they storm out, but will he even be able to control himself against King Xavier?

SmackDown returns and The New Day make their entrance. They have mics and Kofi says, “Well, well, well, well, well. Look at y’all in the ring. Lookin’ all happy comin’ off your first Wrassle Mania Win! Welcome to the club!” Woods wants the music to mute so they can say some things. To back things up, this is the Mania Winners Club, except for Woods. Wait, wait, in 2019, didn’t we all win? But these three here, fresh off a win. Everyone knows this, but especially the young booties, Ridge & Butch, here’s how things work around here. Mania is essentially a “season finale,” which means tonight is the “season opener.”

That means all records are RESEEEEET~! Say it with them: RESEEEEET~! That means the score is 0-0! So, “Butch,” Woods got off a red eye from LA cuz G4. Woods hit the gym and bruised the weights, and he got Auntie Dunne on the line. She can’t wait for Woods to whoop that rabies infested ass! BECAAAAAUSE~! NEW! DAY ROCKS! Woods gets in the ring and the match begins!

Dunne rushes in, Woods dodges, and he headlocks. Dunne powers out, CLOBBERS Woods, and then rains down forearms! Woods shields himself but Dunne starts hammering with both hands! Woods gets away, Dunne storm sin, but Woods headbutts and throws haymakers! Woods bumps Dunne off buckles, CHOPS him, then whips him corner to corner. Dunne blocks, throws body shots, then runs in, but drop toehold into buckles! Dunne just gets mad! Sheamus and Ridge coach him up, Dunne dodges to GAMANGIRI! And knee drop! Dunne pulls the arm way back! Dunne even twists the wrist and bends fingers!

Woods endures, his foot is on the ropes! Dunne lets off, to STOMP the arm! Dunne is bloody from his own nose but he doesn’t care, he drags Woods up. Woods JAWBREAKERS back! Fans rally up, Woods ducks and dodges to tilt-o-whirl RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Woods slides and basement dropkicks! Sheamus and Ridge are worried as Dunne bails out. Woods builds speed and- Dunne dodges! Dunne DECKS Woods, then APRON X-PLEX! Sheamus and Ridge are happy now as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Dunne is using the Bodhrain to CLUB away on Woods! Dunne puts his own twist and he lets off as the ref counts. Woods flops down but Dunne drags him in, and has a chinbar and hammerlock combo. Dunne even pulls on Woods’ ear! The ref reprimands, fans rally up, but Dunne gets the arm to STOMP ribs! Dunne then sits Woods up just to DECK him! And again! And again! Cover, TWO! Dunne is frustrated but he clamps onto the arm again. Woods fights up but Dunne grinds the shoulder. Woods endures, fans rally, and Woods gets up to his feet. Woods throws haymakers, forearms, and CHOPS!

Woods fires off more, and he has Dunne on the ropes! Fans fire up but the ref counts! Woods whips, Dunne reverses, but Woods ducks and dodges to slide under and ROLLING ELBOW! Fans fire up with the LEG LARIAT! Woods hauls Dunne back up, but Dunne fights the suplex. Woods ENZIGURIS! Dunne staggers to a corner, Woods runs in but is put on the apron. Dunne grabs the hand but Woods ROCKS Dunne then GAMANGIRIS! Woods steps in, into a BIG right! Dunne STOMPS both hands, then BUZZSAWS! Cover, TWO! Woods survives but Dunne just gets further frustrated. Fans rally but Sheamus and Ridge coach Butch.

Dunne kicks at Woods and stomps away! Dunne aims from a corner, run sin, but Woods dodges and cradles! Woods wins!

Winner: Xavier Woods, by pinfall

Woods said it last week and he showed it here, that is definitely his best move! Dunne got lost in the #BackWoods, and he starts firing off on his own friends! That is one hot temper, will it burn some bridges or just burn Butch himself?

 

Sami Zayn complains to Adam Pearce.

How did they let all that happen?! It was his idea! No, it was Anything Goes! Not Everyone is Welcome! He was supposed to get revenge but had to deal with Party Boy and Weeman, and that giant hand! Sami is one of the best in the world but has been reduced to a laughing stock! Look at this! Cheese? Why? Because of the mouse traps! Oh, right. Cheese is disgusting, by the way. But Sami says enough is enough! He wants respect. The next man to walk out of the locker room is his opponent so he can kick the crap outta them! The next person? Yes, next person. Okay then> Here goes.

And who walks out? Drew McIntyre! Sami just stepped into it. He wants to go again, but no, the deal was the very next person. It is official, it is happening tonight. Well fine. Drew is the toughest guy on the whole roster so Sami wins and he gets his respect back. All he has to do is beat Drew McIntyre. Sami leaves, and a note is given to Pearce. He isn’t happy about it, and has the staffer go tell Ronda he can’t meet with her right away. But what is on the note?

 

SmackDown welcomes “Ludwig Kaiser.”

Formerly NXT’s “Marcel Barthel,” the Impeccable German is here tonight to introduce us to “the man who is the epitome of efficiency and elegance!” He says it in German for good measure, “DER RING GENERAL! GUNTHA!” IMPERIUM is here on SmackDown, ready to assert their dominance!

 

GUNTHER w/ Ludwig Kaiser VS Joe Alonzo!

SmackDown returns and Der Ring General’s first victim- er, opponent is one of Milwaukee’s own, will he last all that long? The bell rings, they tie up and Gunther headlocks to THROW Alonzo! Alonzo gets up but gets cornered and Gunther is right on him. Alonzo throws a forearm but Gunther CHOPS him! Gunther puts Alonzo on the top rope, CLUBS him, then STANDS on him! Alonzo is bent back, flops to the apron, but Gunther yanks him back into the ring. And then BOOTS him down! Barth- er, Kaiser, enjoys it like it’s classical music. Gunther CHOPS Alonzo down again! Gunther KICKS Alonzo, too!

Gunther sits Alonzo up to CLUB him again! Gunther drags Alonzo up again, and CHOPS him off his feet! Alonzo clutches his stinging chest but Gunther gets Alonzo up to scoop and SLAM! Gunther mocks Alonzo and asks Milwaukee if this is really their best. Fans chant “WAL~TER!” but Gunther CHOPS Alonzo, then hits a GENERAL BOMB! Cover, Gunther wins!

Winner: Gunther, by pinfall

Imperium stands tall, but what would you expect from such a powerful specimen? Will SmackDown soon be made sacred?

 

Backstage interview with Raquel Rodriguez.

Big Mami Cool also makes the jump from NXT to SmackDown and Kayla welcomes her. Does Raquel have a message for the roster? Well, SmackDown has one of the most impressive female locker rooms in all of the WWE. But Raquel guarantees they’ve never seen anything like her. But then in walk Los Lotharios. They introduce themselves, and welcome her to SmackDown. As is tradition, they want to welcome her with a kiss. Raquel laughs, and tells them not a chance. Well, her loss. Angel & Humberto leave, and Raquel asks if those guys are always that annoying? Ricky Desperado isn’t here for romance, but for action! Will she get at it soon enough?

 

Happy Corbin & Mad Cap Moss are here!

But “Happy” isn’t quite so happy after his loss to Drew McIntyre. Moss has a bit of blame in that, but he’s still feeling good after his Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal win. Will an all new episode of Happy Talk cheer Corbin up? We find out, after the break.

SmackDown returns and the Happy Talk set is ready. Corbin and Moss have the mics but Corbin’s still sad. The fans booing doesn’t help. “This was supposed to be the happiest Happy Talk ever. We’re supposed to be reveling in my victory over Drew McIntyre at WrestleMania right now. Now, with these low points, that’s when you figure out what kind of man you are.” Corbin’s been reflecting, and when he was on his yacht, he had an honest conversation with himself. He looked at what kind of man he is and what he’s become. He is ready to admit that there is only one person to blame for this loss to Drew.

“And that man is Mad Cap Moss.” Moss is confused but Corbin says never in a million years, he would have lost if not for those distractions. Moss is sorry! He just felt so excited! Corbin doesn’t care how Moss felts! Somehow, Moss took WrestleMania Weekend and made it about him winning the battle royal! “Look at me, look at me! I finally won something!” Fans cheer for Moss?! Corbin says Moss is getting to big for his suspenders and has forgotten his place. That place is to tell Corbin jokes. Moss is sorry, but.. Oh, wait! What do you call Moss when he’s such a bonehead that he cost Corbin a match? Mad Cap Loss!

Corbin says that is terrible. Try again. Um… Okay. Fans cheer Moss on and he says here’s one. What would you call Adam Pearce if he ran a brothel. MADAM Pearce! That sucked, too! Corbin says Moss should be ashamed! He’s given Moss opportunities, and lately, all of Moss’ jokes are just terrible. Lately? But Corbin gives Moss one last chance. Tell him a joke that is actually funny. A joke like Moss’ job depends on it, because it does. Moss says okay. What do you call a guy who treats his friends like garbage? And who thinks he’s better than everyone else? A guy who dresses like he’s going to a funeral for Tommy Bahama? HAPPY CORBIN!!

Moss laughs out of his seat! The fans cheer but Corbin is upset! Do they all think that’s funny? “YES!!” Corbin CLOBBERS Moss! And stomps away on him on the “CONGRATS” Balloons. But Moss hits back! And whips Corbin into his own table! And RAMS Him in the corner! Corbin flounders but Moss is after him with haymakers! And then he TOSSES Corbin over the chairs and out of the ring! Fans fire up, Moss pursues, but Corbin knees Moss low! And whips him into barriers! Corbin drags Moss back up, and says, “Remember where you came from!” But Moss SMACKS Corbin off the desk! And again! And again!

Moss is dribbling Corbin like a basketball! Then he puts Corbin back in the ring, and ROCKS him with a right! Corbin grabs balloons but Moss ROCKS him again! Moss clotheslines Corbin out of the ring! Fans fire up behind Mad Cap, will he have the last laugh on Corbin?

 

Jinder Mahal complains to Pearce now.

He is a former world and US champion, but he couldn’t get a Mania match? Pearce says it was nothing personal! Oh, sure it’s not. Make Ricochet put his title on the line! But Pearce can’t even begin to consider that! Ronda storms in, Jinder says he wasn’t finished, but he still backs off. Ronda asks Pearce if she gets her match. It’s not official yet, but an answer will come in tomorrow. Tomorrow? Ronda is getting mad, will she take it out on someone if this isn’t resolved before the end of tonight?

 

Sami Zayn VS Drew McIntyre!

The Master Strategist sure didn’t plan this one out right. He already stuck his own foot in his mouth, but will he end up with the Scottish Warrior’s foot in his face soon enough?

SmackDown returns and Sami makes his entrance. The bell rings and Sami bails out of the ring. Fans boo but Sami says he needs a second. Sami shadow boxes, gets on the apron, and fans chant, “CHEESE! CHEESE!” Sami tells them to shut up, then gets in as the ref counts 8 of 10. McIntyre steps up but Sami bails out again. So McIntyre goes out after Sami! And he RAMS him into the barriers, then gives him SNAKE EYES off them! Sami staggers back to the ring and McIntyre pushes him in. Sami staggers to a corner, but he BOOTS McIntyre back! Sami goes up, leaps, but McIntyre catches him! OVERHEAD Belly2Belly!

McIntyre rushes in, clinches and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes again! Sami stands up, McIntyre CHOPS him against ropes! McIntyre whips, Sami holds ropes and bails out again! Fans boo but McIntyre pursues again. McIntyre SMACKS Sami off the desk, then fireman’s carries him for another SNAKE EYES! Sami flounders, McIntyre puts him in at 8 of 10, but Sami hurries out the other end! Fans boo more, but McIntyre waits on Sami. Sami gets up, but decides to ditch this whole thing! McIntyre won’t let him get away, though, and runs him over on the ramp! Fans fire up as McIntyre drags Sami up to fireman’s carry.

McIntyre carries Sami all the way back and TOSSES him into the ring! McIntyre shrugs and gets in. The countdown starts up, THREE! TWO! ONE, Sami bails out again. Sami climbs over the barrier and runs up the stairs through the bleachers! The ring count is climbing but McIntyre just lets him go this time. Sami gets counted out, McIntyre wins!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by count out

The Scottish Warrior is a bit disappointed in Sami, but then he draws his sword and points it at Sami. Will McIntyre keep this in mind the next time these two cross paths?

 

Lacey Evans speaks.

The Model Soldier opens up about herself. “I was born in a small town in Fannin County, Georgia. My father worked construction, and my mother was a young mom of five. Life from the very beginning was very rough because my father suffered from mental health and drug addiction problems, and my mom got caught in the middle of it being the wife that she could be.” But the physical, emotional and mental abuse came too much, and before Lacey even started school, she was taken away from everything that she knew. Her mother loaded everything they owned, put it in the car, and left Lacey’s father without knowing.

After that, they jumped around from state to state, women’s shelters and camp grounds for the rest of her life. But moving around as much as she did, it made lacy learn to either adapt and overcome. Either roll with things or give up. She refused to give up. She may not have the same straight shot to stardom that some others have been blessed with, but that’s alright. That makes her different from the rest. Because of what she’s gone through, she is the woman she became today. She is ready for anything, confident and caring, a mother, wife, sister, daughter, US Marine. And of course, WWE Superstar.

Lacey says that doesn’t make her any better, but they ain’t better than her. Lacey is back, will she finally reach the top of the Women’s Division?

 

Sasha Banks w/ Naomi VS Liv Morgan!

The Boss & The Glow won the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships in a Fatal 4 Way, but they’re already preparing for their first defense! Will the Living End be able to break the Banks before Monday’s title match?

SmackDown returns and Naomi has joined commentary for this match. Liv is alone backstage and Megan asks her why. Liv says she’s here to beat Sasha Banks. If Liv does that, then the momentum will help her and Rhea! But is Rhea here tonight? No… Rhea will be there on Monday, though, and we’ll see NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions! Okay, gotta go! Liv heads out, will we #WatchHer triumph?

The bell rings and Liv circles with Sasha. They tie up, go around, Liv rolls Sasha up, ONE! Sasha dodges Liv to CHOP her! Sasha says that’s why she’s a champion! Sasha knuckle locks, goes up and up and arm-drags Liv away! Fans fire up and Sasha runs in, but Liv spins her around, WING SNAPPER into the buckles! Liv then hurries up top, leaps, missile dropkick! Liv roars and fans fire up, she runs at the ropes but no Oblivion! DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Naomi and the fans cheer Sasha while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Sasha suplexes Liv to complete Three Amigos! Fans fire up and Sasha climbs a corner. FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Liv survives and Sasha can’t believe it! Sasha hurries to drag Liv up but we see Natalya and Shayna are watching backstage. Liv ENZIGURIS Sasha down! Liv then runs in, FLYING- NO! Sasha shoves Liv away, blocks the kick and kicks, but Liv blocks! CODE B- NO! Sasha blocks, turns Liv over, rolling clutch, TWO! Liv sits on the prawn hold, TWO! Sasha, ONE! Liv, ONE! Sasha has it again, TWO!! Liv escapes, fans fire up, and Naomi gives Liv her props.

Sasha trips Liv, jackknife, but bridge! Liv spins it around, Sasha fights the backslide to backslide, but Liv flips over! Only for Sasha to block the kick and KNEE! But Liv hits a CODE BREAKER! Fans fire up as both women are down, and even Harts & Spades are impressed. Fans rally up as Liv and Sasha stir, Sasha stands first. Liv eggs her on, but Sasha spins Liv to a clinch. Liv elbows out hard, kicks back and KICKS again! Liv ROUNDHOUSES Sasha, and Sasha goes to a corner. Liv runs in but only gets buckles! Sasha shoves Liv into them, then DOUBL EKNEES! Sasha runs cornet to corner but Liv follows, SHINING WIZARD!

Liv snapmares, goes up and up, but Sasha SHINING WIZARDS back! Sasha has Liv up top now, and fans fire up, SUPERPLEX! But Liv blocks the cradle into a cradle! LIV WINS!!

Winner: Liv Morgan, by pinfall

Sasha can’t believe it, but Naomi nods respect! Liv snatches victory from the legs of defeat, will she and Rhea be able to do even better on Monday?

 

SmackDown plans big stuff for next week!

After running away from McIntyre, Sami has to face the music in a rematch! Will the Scottish Warrior be able to hit the Master Strategist with a Claymore this time? And though Jinder hadn’t quite earned it, it seems upper management sees him as worthy of the Intercontinental Championship! Will the Modern Day Maharaja take the title off Ricochet? Or will Ricochet still be the One and Only?

 

Roman Reigns is here!

Milwaukee is ready with fingers to the sky, because the Head of the Table is coming! The UNDISPUTED WWE Universal Champion has Paul Heyman hand him the belts so that the Bloodline can cue the pyro. A recap video reminds us how Roman won the biggest, most historic, most STUPENDOUS WrestleMania main event ever while the Bloodline continues on to the ring. Then they raise their belts again for more pyro. Raw set the table for tonight, but what will be the Tribal Chief’s plan for the future? We find out after the break.

SmackDown returns once again and fans cheer and jeer as Heyman hands Roman the mic. “Milwaukee! ACKNOWLEDGE ME!” Roman wants to let us all in on something private that he and the Wise Man discussed rather frequently. It pains Roman to say this, but SmackDown and the Universal Championship just wasn’t enough. Roman went to WrestleMania Mania and he SMASHED Cowboy Brock and took Monday Night Raw and the WWE World Championship! Fans cheer and jeer again. But when talking about what’s next, Roman doesn’t really think he can do much more. He did it all!

But there’s still plenty left for The Bloodline to achieve. This week, so many videos, historical pictures, and Roman couldn’t help but to keep seeing one thing. He saw his two belts, but then he only saw the Usos with one belt each. Hear him out. He is just one man with two, they’re two men with two total, but that’s not enough! Jey, what did Roman say a long time ago? They were gonna elevate Jey to heights he’d never known, show him greatness. There’s only one way to do that. It is time that they unify the tag titles, too! The Usos should go to Raw and bring Roman those RAW Tag Team Championships!

Roman wants the Usos to get those for themselves, because that gets those belts for the Bloodline! Deal? Deal, Uce. Well there you have it. Bloodline’s gonna have all the gold soon! But here comes SHINSUKE NAKAMURA! The King of Strong Style is without Rick Boogs after Boogs’ knee blew out at WrestleMania, but he still steps to the Bloodline as Milwaukee sings Nakamura’s theme. Nakamura gets a mic to tell Roman something, but Roman says Nakamura doesn’t have to say anything. The Tribal Chief understands how he feels. Nakamura lost his tag partner. Y’know, Boogs? And Roman gets that.

Jey understands, too. They lost Jimmy to a knee injury for over a year. Roman is a loving and compassionate Tribal Chief, so he gets it. Since they have all the gold, the Island of Relevancy is a place of love. So Roman wants to help Nakamura. He wants to hug? Nakamura isn’t sure but Roman’s got him already. And then the Usos DOUBLE SUPERKICK Nakamura down! Fans cheer and jeer but Roman soaks it all up. Roman wants the Usos to do the same to RKBRO. Jey says they’re going to Detroit! They’ll get those Raw Tag Team Championships in the Motor City, Uce! The Bloodline hold up the belts they have, but will they be holding even more soon enough?


My Thoughts:

It seems post Mania episodes don’t mean as much as they used to for the WWE themselves. We only got so much out of this that mattered, and just a CRAP ton of aggravating choices from Vince. The name changes are still inexplicable, and in Imperium’s case, rather stereotypical. Marcel Barthel becoming “Ludwig Kaiser” to go along with Walter now becoming “Gunther.” Why not just make them Hans and Franz so they can pump people up? But at the very least, Gunther/Walter destroyed some rando and people understand who he is. Not sure why they needed to be in red-orange track suits when their basic black look just fine.

In similar, Pete Dunne being “Butch” in all things to RawDown is still dumb but at least his moveset is as we’ve seen. He just wrestled like he was in fast-forward against Woods. Woods had a great line in “bruising the weights,” him winning with a package was great, as was McAfee’s name for it, “The Back Woods.” I just hope that bit with Dunne lashing out at Sheamus and Ridge is a sign that Dunne will break off from them to actually be Pete Dunne on RawDown. That guy doesn’t need anyone being his mentor, he should just be twisting joints and snapping fingers solo.

Raquel Gonzalez becoming Rodriguez is the least upsetting but most confusing. Are we to believe anyone would mistake a connection to Giant Gonzalez? If anything, kayfabe that and play it up. Instead, Los Lotharios flirt with her as if the NXThirst followed her here. A really strong point for tonight was Lacey Evans’ return through her promo vignette, telling us about her life growing up and how that influenced her to be a United States Marine and Military Police before then entering pro-wrestling. Her “Lady of WWE” character wasn’t working, so going with her honest self will definitely get more fans behind her.

Ronda and Charlotte had an okay opening segment, but again it’s cuz Ronda talked and didn’t really pace out her words. The one good thing she said was that she wants an I Quit Match for WrestleMania Backlash. Charlotte of course declines, hiding her fear with her arrogance, but then that note from upper management to Pearce was a curious one. I bet they’ll play up the WWE brass favoring Charlotte a bit, Ronda will do something badass and that’ll get her the match with Charlotte, and then who knows. Maybe Ronda makes Charlotte say, “I Quit,” because other than to introduce the match type, I don’t think Ronda has ever really said those words.

Jinder also had a good bit with Pearce where Ronda scared him off. But Jinder is still getting his Intercontinental Championship match with Ricochet, and that should actually be good stuff. Sami also had a good bit with Pearce, and as soon as Sami said “the next person,” it was gonna be Drew. Sami of course runs because it fits into his character right now, and the rematch happening will surely be a proper match. Happy Talk was actually a good segment because Corbin turned on Moss, fans sided with Moss, and Moss fought back to get the upper hand. Corbin VS Moss probably happens on WM Backlash since both guys are billed as stars, and it could go either way.

A surprisingly good segment was Liv going out on her own to have this match with Sasha, having a great match with Sasha, and then getting a great win. I’m sure Rhea will feel upset Liv did this on her own, they probably lose that title match, and then sadly, another team bites the dust. But Shayna and Natty were watching, so that is going to be the first SmackDown exclusive feud for Sasha & Naomi. And then to end the night, The Bloodline is here and they technically swerve us. Roman never planned on telling us what was next for him, because honestly, he’s right, he’s been booked to a point where he has nothing more to do.

But Nakamura going out there on Boogs’ behalf is a great way to perhaps give us a proper feud between the King of Strong Style and the Tribal Chief. If it were me, these two need to give us a Mania level match for WM Backlash or it’ll just be a letdown. If Vince had booked Nakamura better, Roman’s reign would actually be in doubt, but of course Roman is gonna retain. As for Usos VS RKBRO, that could go either way. Fans have been wondering when RKBRO would finally break up, and Bloodline all being undisputed champions would make a lot of sense. But it’d be a great twist if RKBRO somehow became undisputed champions so that Orton and Riddle can be on both shows for both networks to have them.

My Score: 8.1/10


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

The Czar and… HIM!

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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Ilja Dragunov confronts Carmelo Hayes face to face!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Ilja Dragunov is here!

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

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

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

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

 

NXT Media catches up with Ava Raine.

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

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

 

Kelani Jordan VS Kiana James w/ Izzi Dame!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Kiana James, by pinfall

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

 

NXT shares footage from after last week’s show.

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

 

The Good Brothers VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Good Brothers, by pinfall

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

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

 

Ava Raine is on the phone.

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

 

Roxanne Perez VS Jakara Jackson w/ Lash Legend!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Roxanne Perez, by submission

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

 

Thea Hail talks with Jacy Jayne & Jazmyn Nyx.

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

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

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

 

The Wolf Dogs are backstage.

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

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

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

 

DIJAK VS Luca Crusifino!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Dijak, by pinfall

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

 

Backstage interview with Noam Dar & Oro Mensah.

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

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

 

Lyra Valkyria is here!

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

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

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

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

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

 

Brooks Jensen confronts Oba Femi!

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

 

Backstage interview with Carmelo Hayes.

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

 

Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone VS Lexis King!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Von Wagner, by pinfall

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

 

Tatum and Lyra regroup backstage.

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

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

 

Dijak argues with Ava.

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

 

Gigi Dolin VS Jaida Parker w/ OTM!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Jaida Parker, by pinfall

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

 

Waves are rolling in.

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Roadblock!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Dar: 0; Dempsey: 1

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

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

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

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

Dar: 0; Dempsey: 1

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

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

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

Dar: 0; Dempsey: 1

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

Dar: 1; Dempsey: 1

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

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

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

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

 

NXT Media catches up with Shawn Spears.

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

 

Ilja Dragunov is back in the ring!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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Andrew’s TNA Xplosion Results & Match Ratings: 2.22.2024

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

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

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

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

 

Ratings:

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

 

Results:

Mike Bailey vs Jai Vidal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overall Score: 5.5/10

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

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


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