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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (5/10/22)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Toxic Attraction VS Wendy Choo & Roxanne Perez; Toxic Attraction wins and retains the titles.
  • NXT Women’s Breakout Tournament Opening Round: Sloane Jacobs VS Fallon Henley; Henley wins and advances to the next round.
  • Alba Fyre VS Amari Miller; Fyre wins.
  • Mixed Tag Match: Sarray & Andre Chase w/ Bodhi Hayward VS Tiffany Stratton & Grayson Waller; Sarray & Chase win.
  • NXT Women’s Breakout Tournament Opening Round: Nikkita Lyons VS Arianna Grace; Lyons wins and advances to the next round.
  • Natalya VS Cora Jade; Natty wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

NXT shares what Joe Gacy did after losing.

Two druids in red masks attacked Bron! They used a chair and an assisted DDT to take him out! Then they stretchered Bron out of the arena, and kidnapped him! Gacy says there are many forms of victory. This is not how their story ends. Gacy had his henchmen drag Bron out and Gacy says this is Bron’s moment to feel all alone. They left Bron out in the middle of nowhere! Will the NXT Champion be able to find his way back?

 

NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Toxic Attraction VS Wendy Choo & Roxanne Perez!

Mandy Rose, Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne did not like any of the pranks pulled by Wendy & Roxie for Spring Breakin’. But will they get their revenge by sending those two to the back of the line? Or will insult be added to injury when they lose the titles?

But wait, where is Wendy? Roxie points to a corner and Toxic Attraction turns around. Wendy is up top! TRIPLE CROSSBODY! She gets all three! Then Roxie reinforces Wendy and they go after Gigi & Jacy! Roxie DECKS Jacy while Wendy CLOBBERS Gigi! The teams regroup, Gigi starts against Wendy and the bell rings. Gigi runs in but Wendy drop toeholds her! Tag to Roxie and she hops up to ax handle Gigi down! Roxie wrenches an arm, tags Wendy, and Wendy goes up to ax handle Gigi for herself! Wendy wrenches Gigi, tags Roxie, and they double wrench to double mule kick! Gigi staggers, Roxie arm-drags her around!

Roxie ducks, dodges and tilt-o-whirls to roll Gigi up! TWO, but Roxie reels Gigi into a waistlock. Jacy tags in before the roll-up to then hit a NECKBREAKER! Jacy rains down rights then howls to fire up the fans. Jacy rains down elbows, taunts Wendy, then KICKS Roxie down. Cover, TWO! Fans rally and duel, Jacy whips Roxie hard into the Toxic corner. Jacy drags Roxie, tags Gigi, and they stomp Roxie down. Gigi pulls hair to KICK Roxie in the back. Gigi taunts Wendy, drags Roxie up and whips her to the corner again. Tag to Jacy, Toxic Attraction digs their boots in but let off as the ref counts.

Jacy taunts Roxie as she stalks her. Jacy gets Roxie’s arms but Roxie resists. Jacy still gets the motorcycle stretch but Roxie endures. Fans rally, Roxie fights up, Mandy gets annoyed, and Roxie goes to arm-drag but Jacy uses that to swipe at Wendy! Wendy avoids it, and Roxie ducks under to tag her in! Wendy fires off hands and kicks and CLOBBERS Jacy! Wendy whips to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up and Wendy handsprings to forearm smash! Wendy dodges Gigi’s cheap shot to DECK her! Then Wendy tosses Jacy out to join Gigi! Wendy holds the ropes open for Roxie to DIVE! Direct hit times two at the ramp!

Fans are fired up as NXT goes picture in picture. Roxie and Wendy fetch Jacy into the ring. But Mandy grabs at Wendy! Wendy swipes at her but Jacy CLOBBERS Wendy! Jacy tags Gigi, they mug Wendy, and then Gigi whips Wendy to ropes to ROCK her! Gigi laughs then whips but Wendy gets around to roll her up! TWO, and Gigi hits an STO! Cover, TWO! Gigi drags Wendy up, dribbles her off the mat, then pulls on the pigtails! The ref reprimands, Gigi lets off at 4, and then hip drops! Gigi drags Wendy up to bump her off buckles, and tags Jacy. Toxic Attraction mugs Wendy, then Jacy snapmares to KICK Wendy! Then SENTON! Cover, TWO!

Jacy stays on Wendy by pulling the pigtails and ramming a knee into Wendy’s back! And again! Cover, TWO! Jacy stomps Wendy but Wendy keeps crawling to Roxie. Jacy whips Wendy away, runs in and back body blocks! Tag to Gigi, and Jacy feeds Wendy to a LARIAT! Gig taunts Wendy and Roxie, then stands on Wendy’s pigtails while she pulls the arms! The ref counts, Gigi lets off to kick Wendy while she’s down. Gigi drags Wendy up to throw her by her hair! The ref reprimands but Gigi just taunts Wendy while kicking her. Tag to Jacy and Jacy stomps away. Jacy drags Wendy up but Wendy throws body shots!

Wendy backs Jacy down, reaches for Roxie, but Jacy KNEES Wendy down! Jacy smiles as she sits Wendy up for a straitjacket stretch! Wendy endures and NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally, Wendy fights up, but Jacy ripcords to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Jacy grows frustrated and she sits Wendy up for a cobra clutch. Wendy endures again, fights up, but Jacy ripcords again. Wendy gets out, waistlocks, but Gigi tags in! Wendy’s ready this time and she DECKS Gigi! JAWBREAKER for Jacy! Hot tag to Roxie! Roxie CLOBBERS Gigi, rallies with forearms, then dodges to THESZ PRESS! Roxie rains down fast hands and fires up!

Fans rally as Roxie body blocks then rolls to UPPERCUT! Roxie runs and tilt-o-whirls into a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO! Roxie keeps on Gigi as she drags her around and stomps her down. Tag to Wendy before Roxie drops a SENTON! SLEEPY ELBOW! Cover, Jacy SENTONS it apart! But Roxie throws Jacy out! Roxie then goes back to her corner, Wendy tags her in! Roxie gets Gigi back up, whips her to a corner but Gigi reverses. Gigi runs into a BOOT! Roxie hurries up top, but Mandy gets in the ring! Mandy helps Gigi up, and they get under Roxie’s dropkick! Wendy SPEARS Mandy and fires off!

Roxie kicks Gigi, hops on, but Jacy SUPERKICKS!! The ref misses that from getting Wendy and Mandy out of the ring! Gigi covers, Toxic Attraction wins!

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

But Wendy is pissed! She fires off on the tag champs! But then Mandy CLOBBERS Wendy with the belt! Toxic Attraction all stomp away and mug Wendy! Mandy says Wendy will never look like her! She’s just a loser! But without Mandy, Gigi & Jacy would’ve been losers. Will Wendy and Roxie get revenge on Toxic Attraction soon enough?

 

Grayson Waller and Tiffany Stratton went on a shopping date.

He thanks her for this. He needed to unwind. Shopping is the best form of medicine. Especially after him losing to Nathan Frazer. Frazer got lucky! Stupid airhorn from Chase U! Those colors are so tacky. They’re a school of losers! And Bodhi’s a dork. But Grayson Waller gets his revenge on Andre Chase 1v1. The teachable moment will be that you don’t mess with the Grayson Waller Effect. But will the 21st Century Success Story be the one learning a little thing about respect and humility?

 

Roderick Strong is training in the Diamond Mine dojo.

The Creeds walk over and want to talk. Well, please tell him they’re not upset. They got the win! But Strong knew those guys were undefeated in NXT. But that match is tainted. It was supposed to be a test, right? But when the moment came, Strong interjected himself. It isn’t even about winning, but how they win. No more shortcuts! They’ll give the Viking Raiders a rematch, but they’ll do it the right way. Strong says he believes in them. He’ll bring in someone who has been wanting to join Diamond Mine. This guy will help the Creeds make it to those tag titles. Winner of Pan-American games, Division I Freestyle competitor, from the University of Minnesota, it’s DAMON KEMP! This guy is going to make you so much better.

Uh, new members were supposed to be a group decision. They’ll talk about Kemp later. But will Strong even hear his team out?

 

Joey Gacy heads to the ring.

But he isn’t going alone. His red druids who kidnapped and stranded Bron Breakker are with him. Gacy stands with them in the ring and he gets the mic. Fans chant, “Gacy Sucks!” but he says, “Bron Breakker, as I left you in the wilderness last week, I told you now you must face the next chapter of your journey all alone. My personal journey started in NXT months ago. I opened the door of inclusion to everybody. Anyone, no matter who they are, could be a part of real change. But two men separated themselves from the pack, and the rest are no more. These two proved their worth to me, and to themselves.”

Gacy says these men went above and beyond and committed themselves to his cause but taking that extra step. Fans tell Gacy to “Shut the Hell Up!” but Gacy says his message has been received. These two are the faces of change. Their expansion has begun! Change takes place one person at a time. So, he would like to appeal to NXT Champion, Bron Breakker. Consider this Bron’s personal invitation. Bron doesn’t have to do this alone. Join Gacy’s group and be part of his movement. Be part of the change. The result is eternal joy! And affliction and hardship awaits those who resist. But just who are these who joined Gacy’s side?

 

Bodhi Hayward coaches up Andre Chase.

If Grayson Waller wants to go viral, Chase will make him go viral. But then Sarray rushes in and brings up what Grayson and Tiffany had to say. Sarray can’t stand those two! She wants to team up with them to make it a mixed tag match! Please? Uh, Chase doesn’t know Japanese. Bodhi translates: she wants to turn the singles match into a mixed tag. Oh, that’s a great- Wait, Bodhi knows Japanese? Yes, he’s in Mr. Miller’s Japanese 202 class on Mondays and Fridays. Oh, nice. But the idea is, Sarray cannot forgive Tiffany or Waller, so she wants to tear them apart! Chase gets that one. They’re gonna go make that match happen! And Sarray says that’s a teachable moment!

 

Ivy Nile holds a fitness challenge!

Time to separate the men from the boys. If they can’t go, then they’ve gotta go. Drop down and give her as many push-ups as you can! They go all the way to 40, then 80. We start seeing some dropping out, and she promises that by the end of the night, she better not be the only one standing. Will any of these guys be able to keep up with the Female Titan?

 

The NXT Women’s Breakout Tournament entrants are introduced!

Nikkita Lyons, Arianna Grace, Roxanne Perez (still sore from earlier), Kiana James, Lash Legend (though she’s been here a minute), Tatum Paxley, and the two in the ring!

The NXT Women’s Breakout Tournament: Sloane Jacobs VS Fallon Henley!

For the first time ever, NXT offers a Breakout Contract to the Women’s Division! Will the winner of this match go all the way to win it all?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Fallon powers Sloane back then arm-drags her away. Fallon hurries to get Sloane with a waistlock, SLAM her down, and hold her down. Fans duel, Sloane fights up but Fallon headlocks. Sloane drags Fallon down to a cover, ONE! Sloane rolls Fallon up, ONE! Sloane leg cradles, TWO! Fallon dropkicks Sloan down and fans fire up. Fallon headlocks and grinds Sloane down. Sloane powers out but Fallon runs her over! Things speed up, Fallon avoids the dropkick and does a two step. Then Fallon runs in, gets around and whips. Sloane goes up and over, drops as Fallon comes back, and dropkicks her this time! Cover, TWO!

Sloane keeps on Fallon but Briggs & Brooks show up to cheer Fallon on. Fallon powers up with body shots, but Sloane redirects to BOOT Fallon down! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Fallon shoves Sloane away, BOOTS her then FACEBUSTESR! CALF KICK! Fans fire up and Fallon runs to slide and ROCK Sloane at the ropes! Briggs & Brooks high-five, then Fallon hurries in to cover. TWO, but Fallon clamps onto Sloane’s arm for a top wristlock. Sloane endures, fans rally up, and Sloane gets to her feet. Fallon CLUBS her, trips her, then gets the top wristlock back. Sloane still endures and fights while fans rally.

Sloane arm-drags free, JAWBREAKERS, then whips. Fallon reverses, back elbows, and runs, into DOUBLE FACEBUSTERS! Both women down and fans fire up. Sloane rolls away to a corner but Fallon runs in, into BOOTS! Sloane goes up to FLYING RANA! Sloane fires up, CLOBBERS Fallon then CLOBBERS her again! Sloane spins Fallon around to a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fallon is still in this and Sloane grows frustrated. Sloane hauls Fallon up, fireman’s carries, but Fallon fights free. Cobra Clutch BACKBREAKER to a ripcord LARIAT! Fallon aims from a corner, runs, SHINING WIZARD! Cover, Fallon wins!

Winner: Fallon Henley, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

The boys celebrate with the Cowgirl as she puts her mark on the tournament! Will Fallon be able to rope that title match contract?

 

Backstage interview with Legado del Familia.

McKenzie was sure they came to a peace agreement with Tony D’Angelo, but then they kidnapped AJ Galante. What went wrong? When you live in Escobar’s world, disrespect is squashed swiftly. AJ Galante shouldn’t have been there at all, but when he arrived, he should’ve shown respect and was fair games. Galante can’t survive on Legado’s streets. And Tony is learning the hard way that you shouldn’t interfere with Legado’s business if you want to walk away, let alone walk at all.

 

Cruz Del Toro fetches the Legado car.

But as he gets in, surprise! Tony D is in his way. Cruz sighs, but then Stacks is IN the car! He and Two Dimes beat up Cruz and drag him out of the car! Tony says his boss did this to him, not Tony. The mugging continues, then they put Cruz in the trunk! They’re sending a message back to Legado! Stacks drives as the Don and his crew peel out. Will things only escalate the gang warfare?

 

Alba Fyre VS Amari Miller!

Kay Lee Ray rises like the phoenix, and has a new name to go with this new chapter in her career. Will she blaze a trail to the NXT Women’s Championship? Or will the Vibe of St. Louis stay cool in her return to the ring?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally for Fyre as she ties up with Amari. Fyre throws Amari down, ghost pins, TWO! Alba keeps on Amari with a wrench but Amari headlocks back. Alba powers up but can’t power free. We get a glimpse of Ivy’s fitness challenging continuing into burpees while Alba keeps working on the headlock. Alba drops, rolls Amari, TWO! Alba whips, Amari turns hip toss into arm-drag and press, TWO! Amari storms up but Alba CHOPS her! Alba brings her around but Amari blocks that next chop to knee low! Amari knuckle locks, goes up and up and FLYING ARM-DRAGS Alba away!

Amari runs in, waistlocks, ripcords, and NECKBREAKERS! Cover, TWO! Alba gets to a corner and Amari runs in to go after her with forearms. Amari goes corner to corner but Alba dodges and Amari hits buckles. Alba blocks the boot but Amari kicks with the other leg. Amari whips, Alba reverses to wrench and SUPERKICK! Then TORNADO DDT! Amari is dazed, Alba SUPERKICKS her down! Cover, TWO! Alba drags Amari up and fans rally up. Amari throws body shots, Alba ROCKS her! Amari ROCKS Alba back, but Alba fires elbows and forearms! Amari hits back, gets the edge, and winds up, but runs into a Gory Especial!

Amari fights free, sunset flips, TWO! Alba rushes in, Amari gets around and whips to table top! PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Amari drags Alba up and cravats but Alba fights out! Amari blocks superkick but gets the GLASGOW KISS! Gory Especial, FYRE BOMB! Alba goes up top, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, Alba wins!

Winner: Alba Fyre, by pinfall

Alba gets the victory and there’s a spark! Will Alba set the division on fire?

 

Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams pull up.

They feel good, they look good, they’re ready- Oh. Solo Sikoa is there and he locks the door?! Oh no he didn’t! They’ll get in one way or another. But will Melo & Trick be left out in the cold?

 

Backstage interview with Cora Jade.

McKenzie says Cora is in the main event against Natalya. Is she nervous to face a hero? Of course she is! She’s up against a legend. But Natty isn’t facing some little girl she DM’d a year ago, or that she cheap shotted a month ago. Cora is ready. Natty thinks she can be the gatekeeper of the WWE Women’s Division, but Cora is going to bust the gate down and prove she belongs, and can even hang with a future Hall of Famer.

 

Solo Sikoa heads to the ring.

The Street Champion may not be North American Champion, but he made sure Melo & Trick won’t get in to ruin this moment. Solo hears the fans chant his name, and he has a mic to say, “Yo, you damn right. You see, this was supposed to be Carmelo’s and Trick Williams’ time. Because it’s my time now.” Fans chant “UCE! UCE! UCE!” Everyone comes out talking about the North American Championship, but y’all already know what happened last week. Fans cheer Solo on, and Solo says if we’re talking about that title, Solo will be watching. Solo will let the whole world know, in the locker room know, and everyone in the crowd know, he’s got next!

It doesn’t matter if it’s Grimes or Melo, they both can get it! But speaking of, here comes Cameron Grimes! Grimes wants Solo to hold on. Grimes respects Solo just like the fans respect him. Solo wants another shot at the North American Championship, but at In Your House, it will be Grimes VS Melo. Fans chant, “You Got Lucky!” at Grimes but Grimes says have no fear. After he beats Melo, Solo has Grimes’ word that if Solo wants a shot at the North American Championship, then he has it! They shake on that, and fans chant, “You Got Next!” But then Melo and Trick attack Grimes! They got in after all!

Solo doesn’t even know? They set Grimes up for the SPRINGBOARD SLINGBLADE! Solo looks back as Trick gets a chair and puts it around Grimes’ neck! Melo goes up, but Solo gets in! Solo CLOBBERS Melo, SUPERKICKS Trick, and fans fire up as he has targets in opposite corners! HIP ATTACK for Trick! Melo realizes what’s coming and he gets out before Solo gives him one! Fans rally behind Solo, even as he helps Grimes up. Solo picks up the title, and Grimes takes it from him. But will Grimes hold onto that belt through In Your House 2022 to give Solo that shot?

 

The rest of Legado wonder where Cruz went.

But then they see the car left where it was! Where is Cruz? He’s not here, what happened? Escobar understands, and makes the call. Escobar calls Tony D’Angelo. Tony asks who this is, and Escobar says it’s him. Who? You know who! Oh, hey, how’s it going. Not good! Whoever did this to Cruz is in trouble. Oh, interesting. Why you telling Tony? Oh like he knows nothing! Well, same could be said about Galante. Maybe they ended up in the same place. Doubtful. Word is, Galante is in rough shape. Tony says if Escobar lays one more finger on Galante, he’s done for! SO how about this, wise guy? Legado lets Galante go, Tony pops the trunk, and then Tony and Escobar meet in the ring.

Fine, but Tony has sealed his fate. Sealed his fate? The Don makes threats, not Escobar. Tony will beat Escobar so bad, his own mother won’t recognize him! You understand him? You even still there?! Escobar says yes. And by the way, Tony, F U! Escobar hangs up and Tony tosses the table! Stacks is upset that his solitaire game is ruined. But will The Don and his boys rough up Legado once and for all?

 

Backstage interview with Nathan Frazer.

The British Prodigy is excited for the 200th episode of NXT UK, and after his win over Waller, he’s on cloud nine. And ew know who he is choosing for the mixed tag. But then Xyon Quinn walks over to say hi to the new guy. If Frazer keeps his head down and runs it straight, he’ll do great. Well thanks for the advice, but what does that mean? Wes Lee walks in and says it’s a shocker that on one knows. Quinn already put Lee in his place. Don’t make him do the same to Frazer. Frazer was being genuine, though! He thought it was like an American thing or something. Frazer leaves, but Lee says he’ll go through that again. Quinn wants him to reconsider, but Lee doesn’t

 

Mixed Tag Match: Sarray & Andre Chase w/ Bodhi Hayward VS Tiffany Stratton & Grayson Waller!

The Warrior of the Sun and the head of Chase U are looking to teach Buff Barbie and Cocky Ken what really makes a great competitor in NXT! Will Sarray and Andre take Tiffany and Grayson to school? Or will this be another viral moment for Tiffany’s and Grayson’s social media?

NXT returns and Sarray makes her magical girl transformation! It even affects Chase’s sweater into going sky blue and… Bodhi ends up with the pigtails? Well, that aside, the teams sort out, and Chase starts with Waller. Waller and Chase circle, tie up, and Chase wrenches the arm and chinbars. Then Chase wrenches to ELBOW BREAKER and wristlock. Waller rolls, handsprings, and WRINGS Chase out! Then Waller shows off with drop steps, and tells the U to SUCK IT. Chase and Waller tie up, Waller wrenches the arm, but Chase rolls and kips up to WRING Waller! Fans fire up but Waller rushes in.

Chase headlocks, Waller powers out but Chase runs him over! Things speed up, Waller hurdles but Chase turns hip toss into hip toss! And then he does the drop steps! Then a headlock takeover! Fans fire up as Chase has Waller down. Fans rally, Waller fights up, and Waller wrenches out to ROCK Chase with a right. Then he tags out to Tiffany. Sarray comes in and chases Tiffany around the outside! Tiffany gets in the ring and runs Sarray over! Tiffany wrenches, wristlocks, but Sarray wrenches and drop toeholds! Then she SPANKS Tiffany, before tying up the legs for a DEATHLOCK! Fans rally as Sarray bridges for the MUTA LOCK!

Tiffany endures, pulls hair, and then drags Sarray up. Sarray breaks free to CHOP Tiffany off her feet! Waller runs in but Chase DOUBLE CHIPOS him! They stomp out “CHASE U!” Sarray does the U with Chase, and they both say, “That’s a teachable moment!” Tiffany and Waller regroup at the ramp while NXT goes to break.

NXT returns again and Waller has Chase down with a chinlock. Fans rally, Chase fights up and throws body shots. Chase is free but Waller keeps him from Sarray to DECK him with a right! Tag to Tiffany and she CLOBBERS Sarray! Then ASSISTED MOONSAULT onto Chase! Tag back to Waller and he goes up. Fans boo as Waller mocks the U, BALLER ELBOW! Cover, Sarray breaks it! Waller complains but he just got away with co-ed with Tiffany. Chase gets Waller in a cradle, TWO! Waller gets Chase’s leg then ducks the enziguri, to get a SLEEPER HOLD! Chase flails, fights up but Waller thrashes Chase around!

Fans rally, Chase fights up, and Chase throws body shots. Chase powers out to put the SLEEPER on Waller! Waller powers out to get the SLEEPER! Chase hits a BIG back suplex! Fans fire up as both men are down! They crawl, hot tag to Tiffany and Sarray! Sarray TOSSES Tiffany! Then fires off forearms! She DECKS Tiffany, runs and dropkicks! Fans fire up as Sarray dropkicks her again! Sarray runs but Tiffany CLOBBERS her at the ropes! Tiffany blows a kiss, runs, but into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up with Sarray and she goes again, but Tiffany bails out. Waller check son Tiffany, then rushes in. But Chase trips Waller, and sets him up, SUNRAY DROPKICK!!

Waller flops out of the ring in a daze, but Tiffany CLOBBERS Sarray! Tiffany scoops, SLAMS Sarray into a drop zone, then goes up, TWISTING VADER! Cover, Bodhi uses the airhorn! Tiffany is pissed, and Sarray gets a ropebreak. Tiffany PLANCHAS Bodhi! “That’s a teachable moment!” But Sarray rolls Tiffany up, and wins!!

Winners: Sarray & Andre Chase, by pinfall

Tiffany & Waller just tasted some karma! Will they have to go on another shopping spree to get over this?

 

Ivy Nile’s challenge continues.

They’ve moved on to lunges with Bulgarian weight bags on their shoulders. There’s only four men left, but that quickly drops to just two. Ivy says they’re far from done, will anyone last the nigh?

 

Backstage interview with Von Wagner & Robert Stone.

Recently, Von Wagner has intentionally injured his opponents, but can he explain himself? Robert Stone says their actions are simple: if you step to Von Wagner, you get tossed like Jiro, hurt like Brooks Jensen, and so on. But then Jiro comes back for revenge! They brawl, Von throws Jiro down but security and stuff break this up! Vicious Von and Ikemen Jiro want to throw down, but will either man be standing when it’s all said and done?

 

Indi Hartwell checks her phone and sighs.

Toxic Attraction say they’re not here to cause trouble, but they know she’s going through a lot. They want to check on her because they can’t imagine what she’s going through. Oh, thanks. She feels like she’s lost all control, because she lost everything. No, they can’t imagine because no man has ever left Mandy Rose. Maybe Indi should find Wendy Choo crying somewhere? Misery loves company. Bye, loser. Indi scowls, but will she join Wendy and Roxanne against Toxic Attraction?

 

NXT Women’s Breakout Tournament Opening Round: Nikkita Lyons VS Arianna Grace!

Fallon Henley lassoed herself a spot in the semifinals, but it’s time to see who else is moving towards history! Will the Lyons’ pride carry her through? Or will Lyons have to learn how to lose with Grace?

The bell rings and Lyons offers a handshake. Grace goes to accept, then she sucker punches Lyons! Lyons kicks, Grace goes after a leg, but Lyons turns things to a backslide. TWO, and Grace shoots in again. Lyons facelocks, gator rolls, but Grace slips free to go after the arm. Lyons gets free but Grace avoids the kick! Fans rally as the two circle again. They tie up, Lyons tackles Grace and rains forearms but Grace gets the arm! ARMBAR! Lyons powers to a stack, deadlifts Grace, but Grace lets go to get up and hammerlock the arm. Grace RAMS Lyons into the buckles, then wraps the arm around ropes!

The ref counts, Grace lets off and then CLUBS the arm down. Grace CLUBS the arm again, digs knees into the arm, then drops a knee on the shoulder! And then another! Fans rally but Grace SLAMS the arm on the mat. Grace pushes Lyons to then get a top wristlock clutch! Lyons endures, fights up, throws hands and knees but Grace cranks the clutch! Lyons fights up, powers up, but Grace CLUBS her in the back. Grace hammerlocks and whips but Lyons reverses to send Grace into buckles! Lyons gets away but Grace rushes her. Lyons blocks whip to send Grace to the corner, and hit a BIG back body block!

Lyons ROUNDHOUSES Grace, ROUNDHOUSES her again, then roars! Lyons GERMAN SUPLEXES Grace across the way! Fans fire up and duel, HEEL KICK for Grace! Lyons drops the LYONS DEN! Cover, Lyons wins!

Winner: Nikkita Lyons, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

Lyons did roar, and Lyons did win! Will she keep that same energy as she is poised to take on Fallon in the semis?

 

Ivy Nile’s challenges are still going!

The ropes are whipping, but Ivy tells the finalists to not stop. Sorry, one does. It’s all down to one man, but Ivy tells him to keep going until he can’t go any longer. The last challenge is pull-ups with chains on their neck! Ivy gets up, the guy doesn’t. Ivy just rolls her eyes. Will she ever find someone on her level?

 

The Viking Raiders speak.

Erik says “Julius & Brutus Creed. We respect you for not wanting to accept a tainted victory. It’s hard to find men with honor and respect in this business.” Ivar says that when the bell rings, respect and honor are put aside. Tainted or not, they have never defeated in NXT, and they never will again! Next week, the raid is back! And it won’t matter who or how many there are, Ragnarok awaits!

 

Natalya VS Cora Jade!

The Queen of Harts, the most winningest woman in WWE history, thinks she has the right to say who is and isn’t the future of this industry. She says things look bleak with #GenerationJade as the face of the new wave, but will that new wave capsize the BOAT? Or will Cora and her board be left adrift at sea?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Natty puts Cora on the ropes. The ref counts, Natty lets off and then she shoves Cora. Fans rally and duel while Cora laughs that off. Natty headlocks and hits a takeover, but Cora fights to get a headscissor. Natty kips free and soaks up the heat, but Cora nods some respect. Then Cora gets around, headlocks and hits a takeover. Natty headscissors, Cora kips free and asks what’s wrong. They reset, tie up, and Natty kicks low. Natty wrenches, wristlocks, fans duel and Cora uses ropes to flip through. Cora then wrenches and wristlocks back. Natty rolls, handsprings, and she wrenches to fireman’s carry.

Cora fights off to arm-drag Natty away! The fans cheer that exchange, and Natty seems a bit surprised. Natty and Cora circle again, tie up, and Natty waistlocks. Cora switches around, Natty elbows and whips, but Cora goes up and over. Cora waistlocks, Natty switches to O’Conner Roll, TWO as Cora rolls her! TWO, and Cora rains down fists! Natty gets the arm but Cora slips away quickly! Cora wags her fingers, it won’t be that easy. Natty and Cora reset, they tie up again and Natty kicks low. “You wanna play, huh?” Cora arm-drags Natty away, throws forearms, then springboards to FLYING RANA!

Fans fire up and Cora gets legs! Cora wants to steal Sharpshooter?! Natty gets to ropes and Cora lets off. Natty gets out and Cora says she knows her that well. NXT goes picture in picture as Cora backs off.

Natty gets upset at the fans, then she gets back in. Natty swings but misses and Cora rolls her, ONE! Natty hurries away to a corner, Cora runs in but only gets buckles! Natty soaks up heat, then tells fans to shut up. Natty storms after Cora to bring her around for a snap suplex! Natty taunts the fans and Cora, then wraps on a chinlock. Cora endures, Natty thrashes her around, but Cora fights up. Cora throws body shots but Natty throws her down! Natty then steps on Cora, but Cora rolls her up! TWO, and Natty CLOBBERS Cora! Natty cools off and smiles, then she prances around Cora. Natty kicks Cora, CLUBS her, then SPANKS her!

Natty drags Cora up, CLUBS her, then wraps on a cobra twist! Cora endures, even as Natty puts on a leg. Natty taunts Cora and the fans, and Cora fights out to put Natty in the twist! Natty endures now as NXT returns to single picture! Fans rally as Cora twists Natty! Natty powers out with a TOSS! Natty hobbles over, dribbles Cora off the mat, and the fans duel as Natty hooks up the legs. Natty SLAPS Cora to get the arms, ROMERO SPECIAL! Cora endures the floating surfboard and gets her arms free! Cora rolls free, then basement dropkicks! Cora wants Natty to get up, and then drags her up, only for Natty to shove her down!

Cora gets up to SLAP Natty! Natty kicks low, whips, but Cora goes up, under, but gets caught! Canadian Rack, but Cora arm-drags free! Fans fire up and Cora grits her teeth. Cora ROCKS Natty with haymakers, then goes up the ropes to rebound and arm-drag! Fans fire up more as Cora SHINING WIZARDS Natty against ropes! Cora reels Natty in, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!! Natty survives and Cora is seeing why she’s the most winningest woman in WWE! “This is Awesome!” as Cora puts Natty in a drop zone. Cora goes up the corner, Natty ROCKS her first! Natty climbs up after Cora, but Cora fights back!

They brawl with body shots, Cora shoves Natty away! Cora adjusts, jumps and rolls, but Natty stops Sliced Bread to roll up! ONE, into SHARP- NO! Cora kicks free, rolls Natty, TWO! DISCUS from Natty! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous and Natty is shocked! Natty runs in to fire off haymakers! The ref counts, Natty lets off, but then gets Cora up for a snap suplex into buckles! Natty soaks up the heat while Cora drags herself up. Natty CHOP BLOCKS the leg! Natty drags Cora back to center, gets the leg and GROUND DRAGON SCREWS! Cora clutches the leg but Natty drags Cora up and bumps her off buckles.

Natty stomps the bad leg, but Cora kicks back. Natty goes outside, drags Cora to the post, and SLAMS the bad leg against the steel! Natty gets the leg again to SLAM it into the post again! Cora clutches her knee while Natty soaks up heat and refreshes the count. Natty gets the legs to tie it around the post. But Cora fights free and then YANKS Natty into the post! Cora crawls away while Natty clutches her arm. Natty gets in the ring and hobbles after Cora. Natty drags Cora up, Cora cradles! TWO!! Natty SLAPS Cora, scoops, but Cora slips out! Cora kicks out Natty’s leg then ENZIGURIS! Fans are thunderous again as Cora hobbles and runs, IMPLODER STOMP! Cover, TWO!

Cora shakes out the bad leg, drags Natty up in a cravat, SLICED BREAD!! But Cora has to drag herself to a cover, TWO!! Natty is still in this, but Cora drags her to center. Cora shakes out her bad leg, and jackknife, TWO! Sunset flip, TWO! Cora gets those legs again, and she steps through! She STEALS SHARPSHOOTER!! Natty endures her family’s legacy leglock, fans are dueling, and Cora’s bad leg gives up! Cora hobbles to a corner, Natty runs in, but into a BOOT! Cora goes up and leaps, only for Natty to catch her! Natty uses the SHARPSHOOTER!! Cora endures, crawls for ropes, reaches out, but Natty drags her away!

Natty sits deep but Cora still fights! Cora reaches out again, but Natty drags her back again! Natty has it deeeep, but Cora is trying to turn over! Cora is caught, she is fading, but she PASSES OUT! Natty wins!!

Winner: Natalya, by submission

The BOAT smiles, but even she is a bit surprised it went this far. Cora’s fighting spirit was more than her body could support, and Natty respects that. Natty offers a hand, and Cora takes it. Fans applaud as Natty and Cora hug it out. Even in defeat, did Cora turn the tide? Is the future of NXT looking a little brighter to Natty now?


My Thoughts:

Another great NXT, and it seems this starts the road to NXT In Your House 2.0. Solo locking out Trick & Melo, though it didn’t keep, was a very clever move from him. I feel like this is how they wanted, or should have, set Solo up against the North American Champion before just making it a Triple Threat at Spring Breakin’. Grimes VS Melo is going to be a great match, and I almost felt even here tonight, Grimes is poised to go back to being the brash, loudmouth Heel. Heel Grimes VS Face Solo is a natural move, because fans love Solo and are not liking how Grimes has become since becoming champion.

Glad to see we got to see the “post show” shenanigans of Gacy and his goons going after Bron. Gacy has a good enough promo to set up the next phase of this, but I wish we’d gotten to know the names of these “faces of change.” Maybe that’s coming once they know who those two will actually be. Bron is of course not going to be lost for long, but I wonder if he’ll get back-up in taking on Gacy and his goons. Steiner Brothers having #OneLastMatch? Then we got a good promo from Frazer, Quinn and Lee, and Quinn VS Lee Round 2 is going to be a lot of fun. Quinn won the first, so maybe Lee finds a way to win the rematch.

Good return for KLR now that she’s “Alba Fyre,” and for that matter, a pretty good return for Amari Miller after getting hurt in her match with Lash Legend months ago. The biggest thing is that Alba has a very theatrical entrance, perfect for RawDown. Maybe KLR gets one last shot at the NXT Women’s Championship, maybe she loses it because of another Heel finish from Mandy, and then KLR can go to RawDown. I also liked the Ivy Nile Fitness Challenge. They should’ve thought to do something like this with her earlier, but better late than never. I don’t know where this will go, but it’ll be fun character stuff for Ivy while it lasts.

And speaking of Diamond Mine, Strong adding a new member was a great move. We’re already seeing him start to phase out the Creeds for when they as Faces get away from Strong as a Heel. However, I think wires are crossed having Damon Kemp be the one to join when he’s trying to be Face on NXT UK. Unless Kemp oddly ends up Face and sides with the Creeds. That’d be hilarious. But for now, expect Kemp to be out there with the Creeds against the Viking Raiders in the rematch, and possibly cost them with his overcoaching and distracting. Then we can get Strong & Kemp VS Creeds for the fate of the faction.

I really liked what we got out of Grayson, Tiffany, Sarray and Chase U. The Heel Heat is strong in Waller & Stratton as a super Heel couple, and I like that Sarray suggested they make it a Mixed Tag Match tonight. I also thought it was genius for them to kayfabe other teachers and classes being at Chase U, and that Bodhi knew Japanese thanks to one. The Mixed Tag was good stuff, and I almost feared Tiffany was going to cheat another win. But Bodhi countering her with another airhorn was great, and Sarray gets payback on Tiffany. It doesn’t quite feel like a blow-off, that would probably be if Frazer gets involved again.

Great stuff out of Legado and Tony D’Angelo’s guys. Good promo from Escobar, good parking lot attack from Tony and his guys, and good “phone call” between Escobar and Tony. I guess we’re not getting the Six Man, though, with Cruz taken captive. But there will surely be shenanigans in Tony VS Escobar, because this feels like something that only ends on a special episode or “Premium Live Event.” Tony VS Escobar for In Your House would be a great match, especially if it’s a No Disqualification stipulation. And maybe on the side, we see Wilde & Del Toro VS Stacks & Two Dimes just so they aren’t left out.

Toxic Attraction VS Wendy & Roxie being a tag title match was a surprise, because I do not remember it being advertised that way. It was a very good match, but of course Mandy interferes. The Heel Heat is strong here, too, I definitely want to see them lose those titles. Toxic Attraction picking on Indi was one, a great way to further plug the horrible release of Dexter and Persia, and also a way to get Indi going after Mandy and that singles title. As the last member of The Way in NXT, Indi becoming NXT Women’s Champion to follow up being tag champion would be great for her. And maybe Wendy sticks with Roxie and they get another try at the tag titles, assuming Roxie doesn’t win the Women’s Breakout Tournament.

Speaking of which, we’ve got a great bracket for the tournament, and we got some really good opening round matches. I knew Lyons VS Grace was going to go Lyons’ way, she is one of the frontrunners for the finals for sure. Fallon VS Sloane was one I saw going either way. Fallon has her story with Briggs, Brooks and by extension, Legado, but it seems they’re moving on from that while Legado is feuding with Team D’Angelo. So therefore, great stuff for Fallon to win and move on, she’ll surely put Lyons over. But even in defeat, Sloane and Grace showed good in-ring work, they’ll definitely support the future of NXT these next few years.

And of course, what a main event! Cora Jade probably had her best singles match in NXT, which I knew Natty would bring out of her. That finish was also amazing, and a great nod back to Bret Hart VS Stone Cold where Steve Austin chose to pass out, not tap out. That kind of finish shows that WWE is building Cora up with the right pacing, and we’ll see her be a top champion soon enough.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (2/20/24)

NXT Takes Care o’ Business!

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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Who reigns on the Road to WrestleMania?

Both the NXT Women’s and North American Championships are on the line tonight! It’s Lyra Valkyrie VS Shotzi and Oba Femi VS Lexis King!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT North American Championship: Oba Femi VS Lexis King; Oba wins and retains the title.
  • Roxanne Perez VS Wren Sinclair; Roxie wins.
  • Josh Briggs VS Brooks Jensen; Briggs wins.
  • Jacy Jayne w/ Thea Hail & Jazmyn Nyx VS Arianna Grace; Jacy wins.
  • NXT Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Match: Chase U VS Axiom & Nathan Frazer; Chase U win and will challenge The Wolf Dogs for the title.
  • Kelani Jordan VS Lash Legend w/ Jakara Jackson; Lash wins.
  • NXT Women’s Championship: Lyra Valkyria VS Shotzi Blackheart; Lyra wins by forfeit.
  • NXT Women’s Championship Open Challenge: Lyra Valkyria VS Lash Legend; Lyra wins and retains.

PLAY BY PLAY

NXT North American Championship: Oba Femi VS Lexis King!

The Ruler dominated the Breakout Tournament, cashed in on Dragon Lee, then retained against Dragon Lee at Vengeance Day. And The Drama King wants all the credit since he “softened up” the Boy Wonder first. Will Oba “thank” Lexis by making this quick and painless? Or will the King truly have his Coronation?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who truly reigns over NXT!

The bell rings and King dodges Oba to fire kicks! Oba blocks one, then SHOVES King to a corner! King dodges Oba, runs in to clothesline and CHOP! And SLAP! And CHOP! King whips but Oba blocks and reverses! King goes up, leaps, but bounces right off Oba! Oba whips King to ropes, then back drops him high and hard! The fans fire up as Oba hauls King up for body shots. Oba UPPERCUTS, then whips again, but King sunset flips! Oba spins out, but King avoids the elbow drop! King KICKS, and KICKS, then talks some trash. King BOOTS Oba, runs, but Oba grabs King to SHOVE him up and out!

The fans fire up again and Oba storms out after King. Oba hauls King into the ring, but King DROPKICKS Oba down! King huffs and puffs out after Oba, but Oba shoves him! Oba swings but only gets post! King SLAMS Oba’s arm into the post! Oba ROCKS King with the good hand! Oba brings King up, puts him in again, but King stomps Oba as he slides in! King CLUBS the bad arm, then clamps on with a top wristlock. Oba endures, fights up, but King grinds that shoulder. Von Wagner & Robert Stone watch this, and Stone says he’ll be right back. Where’s he going? Out there. Stone heads to gorilla but Von says it’s still not worth going after King!

As for in the ring, Oba fights up but King CLUBS the arm! King grinds the shoulder, but Oba whips him away! Then Oba scoops, but King slips free! King RAMS Oba into buckles, runs up again, but Oba puts him on the apron. King ROCKS Oba, goes up, but fans chant for “O~BA!” Stone is on the ramp as King DOUBLE STOMPS Oba’s bad arm! King runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then slides out to shove Stone down! Fans boo as King talks trash, then gets back in. Oba grabs King, but King breaks fere! King fires forearms and CHOPS, then more forearms! King runs, but Oba LARIATS! King flounders up, Oba has him for the FLAPJACK!

Oba storms up on King, scoop shim, and gives him SNAKE EYES! Oba then hauls King up, SHOT-PUT! Oba fires up, the fans rally behind him, and King stands into the POP-UP POWERBOMB!! Cover, Oba wins!

Winner: Oba Femi, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)

The Ruler keeps the King from taking the crown, and Stone gets some sense of payback. Will nothing stop Oba’s reign that is backed by destiny?

 

Thea Hail, Jacy Jayne and Jazmyn Nyx talk backstage.

Thea sighs, and they ask if she’s okay. Riley Osborne hasn’t answered her all week. Then please tell them she didn’t desperately text him. No, she did what Jacy said and played hard to get on the date. Yeah, Jacy knows that part. Just tell us what happened on the date. And we see Arianna Grace eavesdropping… Thea says he opened the door for her, she said not to do that cuz she’s a grown ass woman who can do it herself. Oh, okay… So, what next? They went to dinner, he asked what it was like first starting at Chase University, and she was on her phone most of the time so she wouldn’t be “too available.”

Jazmyn, Jacy and even Ariana see how the advice was backfiring, and Jacy says that’s not what she meant about any of that. Uh oh… And then Arianna walks over, pretending like she couldn’t help but overhear. But Thea, a true lady is never afraid to come off as daring. She for one has been on many, many dates, and it just sounds like she scared Riley away. What!? Jacy calms Thea down, and Arianna continues. “When a man opens the door for you, you welcome it. When he shows interest in the little things you do, you engage and reciprocate.” It isn’t too late. Just go talk to Riley. And then what? Come off desperate?

Jacy agrees with Jazmyn, but Arianna says respectfully, how would Thea look desperate? Thea looks to Jacy but Jacy says no, don’t look at her. Jacy didn’t mean it the way Thea executed it. Jacy can’t do everything! Right, sorry. Arianna says, “And she’s your best friend?” Jacy tells Ariana to stop filling Thea’s head up with stuff, and stay out of their business. Or else she’ll make an example out of you. Jacy has the group leave, and Arianna scoffs. Which side is the right side of this? Is there still hope for this Chase U romance?

 

Lyra Valkyria checks in on Tatum Paxley.

The Morrigan looks her superfan over, she took a pretty serious blow. Is she good? Well, yeah, everything hurts, and Tatum’s only been able to have soup the past week, but she’s just happy Lyra came to her rescue! That wasn’t what that was, but someone had to tell Tatum to just tap out. She shouldn’t try to be a hero. Well, Lyra is Tatum’s hero~! Well, Lyra does feel bad about last week, but if Tatum can do something for her tonight, Lyra promises to make it up to her. Anything! Attack Shotzi with a baseball bat? Hit her with green mist so she’ll match her green hair? No, none of that! But she does need Tatum to just stay away from ringside.

But! No buts! Keep your butt back here! That’s her one request. If Tatum can do that, then Lyra has a very special surprise for her. A surprise? Really? Yes, really. Okay, Tatum will stay right here. Great! Tatum sits down and says this will be the hardest thing she’s ever done. But can Tatum be patient and let Lyra handle things on her own?

 

Bron Breakker & Baron Corbin head to the ring!

The fans fire up as the Wolf Dogs, the NEW NXT Tag Team Champions, are here. And this is even after the Big Bad Booty Nephew signed with Friday Night SmackDown! They step into the ring, belts on and trophy waiting for them, and the fans chant, “You Deserve It!” Bron says wow, who would’ve thought way back in September, when these two were beating the hell outta each other at No Mercy, that they’d be here today in alligator skin boots and NEW NXT Tag Team Champions! Corbin says yes, yes, yes, yes! He remembers No Mercy like it was yesterday, cuz didn’t Corbin win? Uh… Not funny. It’s a little funny.

Well alright, but then Corbin wouldn’t be here if not for Bron carrying the team. Corbin says if he remembers right, he did set Bron up pretty nicely. Boom, End of Days! Fans chant “Spear of Days!” and Bron says yeah, EOD was the set-up, he hit his Spear, and so just like the fans are saying, Spear of Days. The fans cheer that Spear of Days is a thing now. Corbin does love it. A couple A-Holes standing here with brand new hardware, and they are good with being the NEW NXT Tag Team Champions! But wait, here comes Chase U! Andre Chase & Duke Hudson ask for everyone to hold on just a second.

Now, the Wolf Dogs might not care about who’ll be their next challengers, but Chase U certainly does. Should they spell it out for ya? Duke has to hand it to the Wolf Dogs. Beating seven other teams to win the Dusty Cup, then winning the titles, that’s not easy. But Chase U is back at 100%, and it is Chase U’s time to shine! Bron says take the school spirit and their calendars, and shove ’em! Easy now, easy now. What we have right here… IS A TEACHABLE MOMENT! Chase says the former champs promised a shot at those titles, and Chase U ain’t taking no for an answer! So, Wolf Dogs… Chase U will get their match, and will give them an Andre Chase U sized ass whooping!

But wait! Nathan Frazer & Axiom are here! And they say no no no! That’s not how this works! Hate to break it to ya, Mr. Chase, but that agreement with the former champions is therefore null and void. “And that, my friends, is a Hart-Hitting Home Truth.” Axiom adds that in case no one remembers, these two were the closest to beating the Wolf Dogs. So therefore, if there’s anyone that deserves this shot, it’s them! Frazer & Axiom storm up to the ring and add that Wolf Dogs went and jumped them from behind, so they’re gonna pay for that, “You pieces of sh-” Whoa! Hey! Axiom calms Frazer down and they get in the ring.

Duke mocks Frazer’s accent as he says, “I don’t know who invited you two to the party,” but seriously, good to see you. But grab a ticket, get to the back of the line, because the future TWO-TIME NXT Tag Team Champions are about to plant the Chase U flag firmly where it belongs. Corbin says hold on, listen. This sounds like a you guys problem, and the tag champs have stuff to do and places to be. They can take these problems and tell someone who cares. Ava Raine walks out and tells Baron & Bron that yeah, they’re right. It isn’t up to the Wolf Dogs about who their challengers. That’s up to her!

But it is so easy when she sees two very deserving teams right in front of her. So she feels it’ll be Frazer & Axiom VS Chase & Duke to decide the NEW #1 Contenders. The fans like the sound of that, and Ava says it will also happen tonight. The fans really like that, and now tonight is even bigger than before! #ThankYouAva, but who will rise above to then step to the Wolf Dogs?

 

Backstage interview with Roxanne Perez.

Kelly Kincaid says we are moments away from Roxie’s match with Wren Sinclair after their… heated altercation. Roxie says Wren shows a lot of promise, and reminds her a bit of herself. Y’know, all happy to be here. But once Wren’s been here awhile, just being “happy to be here” won’t cut it anymore. We’ll see others getting chances she deserves, the spotlight that was once on her being ripped away by every single girl in the locker room, and then as she tries to make sense of it all, it just won’t! Chances you work for an entire year, even your entire LIFE for, will be handed to main roster stars.

After awhile, she’ll build up a callous towards other people’s feelings, and realize that the only person she can make happy around here is herself. Roxie tells Shotzi and Lyra to watch her tonight. Because she’ll be doing the same for them. Is The Prodigy going to use her edge to cut down the future so she can once again be the present?

 

Another mysterious message plays.

“Men deny their truth. I will be a mirror to it.” And then someone smashes glass! Just what is making its way to NXT?

 

Roxanne Perez VS Wren Sinclair!

NXT returns and Wren makes her entrance, still remembering that sucker punch to her left cheek. The bell rings and the two tie up. They go around, Wren powers Roxie to ropes but Roxie turns it around and digs into Wren. The ref counts, Roxie lets off and then shoves Wren. Wren shoves Roxie, then trips her to rain down shots! Roxie turns that around and gives those shots back! The fans fire up as the two scrap, roll, then tumble out of the ring! Roxie fires off on Wren, lets off as the ref counts, and then Roxie pushes Wren in. Roxie storms up but Wren turns her for a backslide! TWO, and Wren rolls Roxie up, TWO!

Roxie is up, and she ROCKS Wren with that same haymaker! Roxie talks trash on Wren, whips her but Wren reverses to ROCK Roxie! And then wrench, scoop and BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Wren clamps on a facelock and grinds Roxie. Roxie endures, fights up, and WRINGS Wren’s arm out! Wren bails out, Roxie pursues, and Roxie wrenches again. Wren ROCKS Roxie again, but Roxie just gets mad! Roxie WRINGS Wren’s arm into the floor! Roxie SLAMS the bad arm, drags Wren up and SLAMS the arm on the apron! Then she SMACKS Wren off the apron, shoves her in, and covers, TWO!

Roxie is seething, but she stands Wren up to wrench and YANK! Roxie wrenches, then chinbars Wren. Wren endures and fights up, but Roxie wrenches and hits an STO! Then she drops a knee on the arm! Wren clutches the elbow, Roxie covers, TWO! Wren is showing toughness but Roxie pulls hair to sit Wren up. Roxie wrap son a cobra clutch and thrashes Wren about. The fans rally, Wren fights up, and Wren pries at the hold, but Roxie hits another STO! Roxie has a top wristlock, leans on Wren, but Wren fights up. Wren throws body shots, the fans rally, but Roxie cranks the arm. Wren arm-drags free!

Wren goes to a corner, Roxie runs in, but Wren ELBOWS her away! Roxie runs up again but Wren BOOTS her! Wren LARIATS, then LARIATS again! The fans fire up as Wren DROPKICKS! Roxie goes to a corner, Wren runs up, but Roxie boots! Wren blocks it and SLINGS Roxie down! Wren then suplexes, but Roxie fights free! The bad arm bothers Wren, Roxie WRINGS it out again! Then SOBAT! Roxie hops on, POP ROX! And then lets off!? She puts Wren in a CROSSFACE! Wren taps, Roxie wins!

Winner: Roxanne Perez, by submission

Roxie showed us some thing new: sadism! Will Roxie tear into whoever is champion after tonight so she can Stand & Deliver?

 

The Meta Four meets backstage.

Noam Dar says tonight, Lash Legend takes care of Kelani Jordan. But he and Oro Mensah need to figure out how to handle No Quarter Catch Crew. They want the Cup because of the sport and tradition, when both of those belong to Dar! Oro says to relax. They’re champions! Oh, wait, here comes NQCC! Not during the secret handshake, man! But Drew Gulak says hello to Miss Jackson and Miss Legend. Charlie Dempsey reminds Dar that the cup represents over 100 YEARS of British Wrestling. Yeah, shut up, Charlie, you’re boring. Dar’s from the UK and even he doesn’t to listen to a history lesson.

So less talky-talky, more walky-walky. This is two weeks in a row they’ve stunk up Dar’s lounge! Damon Kemp says once one of them wins the Cup, they won’t need to come back. Okay then, who IS Dar facing? Yeah, wouldn’t he like to know. Uh, duh, that’s why he asked! Kemp says Catch Clause means you find out once they’re all in the ring. So see you next week, bud. Catch Clause? What? Dar is confused. He has to prepare for ALL FOUR of them just because of this clause? How is that fair? NQCC might’ve just found a way to counter Meta Four’s numbers game. Will the Cup soon belong to someone who respects its Heritage?

 

Josh Briggs VS Brooks Jensen!

Country Strong went their separate ways in a mutual break-up, but not everyone in the trio was able to stand strong alone. Briggs told Jensen to grow up and toughen up, so here’s Jensen’s response! Will “little brother” Brooks show everyone that he’s a grown man? Or will he still just be Briggs’ sidekick?

The ref has to keep Jensen back, and Briggs smirks at Jensen’s fuming. The bell rings and the two tie up. They are in a deadlock but then Briggs headlocks. Jensen powers up and out but Briggs runs him over! Things speed up, and now Jensen runs Briggs over! Briggs gets up while fans rally for Jensen. Jensen runs in, but into a BOOT! Briggs runs up to CLOBBER Jensen! Cover, ONE!! Jensen is tough and Briggs knows it, but he reminds Jensen he asked for this. Briggs bumps Jensen off buckles, throws elbows, then brings him around. Briggs CLUBS Jensen, then whips him to a corner. Jensen reverses, blocks the boot and CHOPS!

Jensen fires CHOPS and clotheslines, then BULLDOGS! The fans rally as Jensen DROPKICKS Briggs down! Jensen hurries to get a leg but Briggs BOOTS Jensen out of the ring! Jensen flounders and Briggs steadies himself. Briggs goes to the apron but Jensen ROCKS him! Jensen drags Briggs out to CLUB him, fire forearms, and then CHOP! Jensen pushes Briggs in, fires forearms, but Briggs hits body shots. Jensen CLUBS Briggs, Briggs powers Jensen to ropes, but the ref counts. Briggs whips, Jensen hurdles and hits a RUNNING NECKBREAKER! The fans fire up with Jensen and Briggs bails out.

Jensen pursues, brings Briggs around, and RAMS him into barriers! The fans fire up as Jensen DUMPS Briggs into the gap! Jensen hops over, rains down fists, and the fans fire up! Jensen stomps away and fans chant for “NXT! NXT!” Jensen stands on the barriers, fist bumps fans, and NXT goes picture in picture.

Jensen drags Briggs up and over the barriers, puts him back in the ring, and then storms up. Briggs RAMS into Jensen, but Jensen blocks the buckle bump! Jensen gives the buckle bump, goes up the corner, and FLYING AX HANDLES Briggs down! Jensen CLUBS Briggs down, covers, TWO! Briggs is still in this but Jensen keeps on an arm! Jensen CLUBS Briggs, then clamps on a chinlock! Jensen has a rear mount to put his full weight on Briggs, but Briggs fights up and reaches out. Briggs stands, powers Jensen to ropes, then powers out to ELBOW Jensen down! Jensen flops to the apron but Briggs stomps him.

Briggs digs his boot in, but the ref counts. Briggs lets off, paces, then brings Jensen up. Briggs whips, and scoops for a BOSS MAN SLAM! Cover, TWO! Jensen stays in this and Briggs grows frustrated. Briggs looms over Jensen, then eggs him on. Jensen throws body shots, but Briggs whips him hard into a corner! Jensen bounces back off buckles, then crawls by the ropes. The fans rally but Briggs drags Jensen back up. Briggs ROCKS Jensen with a shot right to the nose! Jensen clutches his face as he falls over, and Briggs eggs him on again. Briggs clamps on a chinlock and thrashes Jensen around! Jensen endures, even as Briggs leans on him.

Jensen fights around, reaches out, but Briggs squeezes tight. NXT returns to single picture and Jensen fights to his feet. Jensen throws body shots, gets free, and he ENZIGIRIS Briggs! Briggs wobbles and staggers, swings, but Jensen catches him for a backslide! ONE, but Jensen dodges Briggs to sunset flip! Briggs stays up, to NECK TWIST! Jensen scrambles to a corner and Briggs seethes. Briggs storms up to fire haymakers! The ref counts, Briggs fires more shots and fans boo. The ref backs Briggs off and Briggs paces around. Briggs storms back up to get Jensen to his feet. Briggs whips, scoops, and SIDEWALK SLAMS, to a SPLASH! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally as Jensen survives, and Briggs even has to smirk at his former tag partner’s toughness. Briggs looms over Jensen, says he’s doing this to toughen Jensen up. “Show me that you’re a man.” Briggs kicks at Jensen, Jensen stands to SLAP him! Fans fire up as Briggs wobbles! Briggs grins and nods, and he even claps for Jensen. Jensen stands, blocks a shot to fire off more shots! The fans fire up as Jensen backs Briggs down! Briggs blocks the whip but Jensen SUPERKICKS! Jensen whips and LARIATS Briggs, then CLOBBERS him! And DROPKICKS him! Jensen hurries to go up a corner and takes aim!

Briggs stands, into a MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO!! Briggs is still in this but Jensen stays focused. Jensen CHOPS and clothesline Briggs in a corner again. The fans rally, Jensen BULL- NO, Briggs powers out, then BOOTS Jensen down! Briggs choke grips for the CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, TWO?!?! Jensen survives and shocks everyone! Briggs and Jensen slowly rise, and Briggs pushes Jensen around. Jensen fires a haymaker, Briggs hits back, these two brawl from their knees up to their feet! The fans fire up, Briggs CLUBS away on Jensen, then runs. Jensen BOOTS! Briggs rebounds to BOOT!

Jensen rebounds to WHEEL KICK! Then he suplexes Briggs high and hard! Cover, TWO!!! Briggs stays in this and “This is Awesome!” Jensen drags Briggs back up, reels him back in, but Briggs back drops free! But Jensen sunset flips it! TWO!! Briggs used a punch to get free, and now CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL!! But Briggs isn’t done, “I did this for you! I love ya, man!” CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL AGAIN!! Cover, Briggs wins!

Winner: Josh Briggs, by pinfall

Briggs then sits Jensen up to hug him, again assuring him this was all for the betterment of them both. Jensen did put up one hell of a fight, will he become a champion thanks to this tough love?

 

Joe Gacy’s still in a straitjacket?!

And he wakes up in some dark space. Gacy manages to sit up, and look who walks in. Dijak puts his nightstick on his desk and says there is no decency in Gacy. Gacy says he admires Dijak’s attempts to stop him, but this train is on a never-ending track. Dijak says he has many… “instruments of peace” to derail Gacy’s train. Gacy stands up, and there’s a Plexiglas window between them. Gacy fogs up the glass, and uses his nose to doodle a smiley face. Gacy laughs and staggers around the padded room. Luca Crusifino somehow finds this place, and says this is false imprisonment. Dijak tells him to go to hell, Dijak can do what he wants.

Okay, but this is still illegal. Dijak tells Luca that Gacy violated Dijak’s law! Luca says the world doesn’t work the way Dijak wants it to. Luca leaves, and Dijak glares at Gacy. Gacy grins and says this isn’t over. Gacy laughs again, is there no breaking the already broken?

 

Carmelo Hayes walks downtown.

He returns back to the barbershop, his favorite spot to visit with Trick Williams. But what’s he doing back there without Trick? We’ll hear from HIM after the break.

NXT returns and Melo wants Trick to see where he is right now. “This is where it all began. Trick Melo Gang. That’s all it is, and that’s all it’s gonna be. Good memories, great moments, but here I am, all alone. But I ain’t lonely. Let’s talk about it.” Melo is here to wear his pride, knowing his principles stay intact, and knowing he didn’t have to snake his boy out of his spot, or getting too big for his own boots. Melo says it is a shame, cuz Trick played his role so well. Melo wanted Trick to experience everything there was to being a top guy. Melo wanted to lift Trick up with him. And this is how Trick repays HIM? By trying to be the top guy?

Trick could’ve been number five, three, or even number two. But Trick wanted to come for the one of one. And when you come for the one of one, you realize Melo ain’t second to nobody. Melo let Trick stand beside him, put “Trick” before “Melo” in “Trick Melo Gang,” all to amuse Trick. In reality, it was amusing to Melo for anyone to think Trick was ahead of HIM. To stay at the top, you have to be ruthlessly ambitious, with that killer instinct. You think Melo is stupid? That Melo didn’t see the signs? Melo knew Trick would want his shine sooner or later. Melo saw Trick side-eyeing the title, he felt the envy with every accomplishment.

Melo is Trick’s biggest competition, so Melo knew that sooner or later, unfortunately, he’d have to get Trick before Trick got him. So Trick, wherever you at, stay there. Because your 15 minutes is up. Now back to business. Ilja, you wanna see me? Get in line. Because if you ain’t talking about that NXT Championship, we ain’t got nothing to talk about.” Melo has issued his mission statement, will he return to the top of the brand by any means necessary?

 

Jacy Jayne w/ Thea Hail & Jazmyn Nyx VS Arianna Grace!

They warned the Pageant Queen, but it seems they’re gonna have it out after all! Will this match help win the romance advice argument? Or will it just show Thea how to handle nosy eavesdroppers?

The bell rings, the two circle and tie up. Jacy wrenches and wristlocks but Arianna spins, wrenches, wristlocks back, and holds on tight. Jacy rolls, handsprings, and then wrenches to CHOP BLOCK! Cover, ONE, but Jacy storms up, Arianna body shots, snapmares, then runs to run Jacy over! Arianna blows kisses and tells Jacy to kiss the ring. Jacy WRINGS Arianna into ropes! Arianna tumbles out of the ring, feigning pain, and Jacy wants her girls to go after Arianna? This is still that toxic nature Jacy has to work on, as neither Thea nor Jazmyn want to do any of that. Jacy goes out after Arianna to shove her in and then she asks what the hecc.

Jacy gets in, storms up on Arianna but Arianna hits a SAYANAGI! Arianna scoops but Jacy slips fere to shove her into a corner. Jacy runs up to back body block, then she short arm LARIATS! Jacy says “SUCK IT!” then SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Jacy clamps onto Arianna with a chinlock but Arianna pushes back. Jacy holds off the pin, grinds Arianna, but Arianna pushes to a cover this time. TWO, and Jacy shifts to a ghost pin, TWO! Arianna staggers to a corner, Jacy runs up but Arianna dodges. Arianna scoops to SLAM Jacy, then she sets up to high kick and ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO!

Arianna clamps onto Jacy with a chinbar and armlock, and she says they know her advice is right! The fans rally as Jacy endures, and Jacy fights up. Jacy pries the chinbar away, then TOSSES Arianna up and out! Jacy storms back out after Arianna, but Arianna throws body shots! Arianna SMACKS Jacy off the apron but Jacy ELBOWS back. Jacy gets in, Arianna staggers around, and Jacy storms up again. The ref stops her so she says to do something! Jazmyn says fine, and she CLUBS Arianna! Jazmyn puts Arianna in for Jacy to ROLLING ELBOW! Cover, Jacy wins!

Winner: Jacy Jayne, by pinfall

Thea wasn’t really into that finish, but she and Jazmyn- Er, well, Jazmyn pushes Thea aside to raise Jacy’s hand. Is Thea seeing Jacy’s true colors?

 

The D’Angelos meet.

Adriana Rizzo & Stacks sit with The Don. Rizzo says she gave everything she had out there last week. Tony knows. It was her first singles match, it was a great showing, don’t get down. Stacks takes the blame for last week, and vows they’ll get those tag titles back. Tony says no, they’re not. Not now. What? After that loss, Tony did some thinking. The past six months, he lost track of the bigger picture. What does he mean? They’ve been playing small ball. Taking bets from Chase U, fighting OTM over who runs the streets, and destroying the restaurant in the process. What the hell are they doing? They’re the D’Angelo Family!

Tony wants them to go in the right direction, a new direction. No more community stuff, no more feedbag, no more pinons, they do things his way. They do things his way, and if you don’t like it, tough. He needs them to let the rest of the family know, and if they don’t like it, let him know. It is time for Tony to truly be The Don of NXT. Rizzo & Stacks nod, but what is Tony planning for the future?

 

Ridge Holland has a sit-down interview.

Sarah Schreiber thanks him for taking this time. She recalls their previous sit-down about a month ago, where he poured his heart out. We got an inside look at his life, and some of the more unfortunate moments in his career. Now we’re back here after the Gallus Gauntlet, where he took a chair to all three men. What does he have to say a week after that? Ridge says when they spoke last, people saw a different side of him. But then he still can’t get that stench of misfortune off him. Gallus took Ridge’s surgically repaired leg, put it in a chair, and they smashed it. But that’s fine, right?

But when Ridge got that chair in his hands and used it, it is truly a weapon. He can’t even fight fire with fire without being judged. So he’ll try this once more. But not here. Sorry, Sarah. Next week, on NXT, Ridge will address the WWE Universe and apologize for all of his actions, “even if no one cares, even if no one gives a damn.” Because the man Ridge Holland is, chair in hand, is not the man Ridge is in everyday life. Ridge walks away, will NXT finally understand Yorkshire Grit?

 

NXT Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Match: Chase U VS Axiom & Nathan Frazer!

From one half of Chase U to the other, Thea feels awkward about passing Riley Osborne without really saying anything. But will all things be A-OK after Duke & Mr. Chase win their way back to the tag titles? Or will the Undeniable Truth and the Jersey Island Rocket be the ones flying high on the Road to WrestleMania?

NXT returns as Frazer & Axiom make their entrance together. The teams sort out and Chase starts against Axiom. They circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock. Chase rolls back, wrangles Axiom with a top wristlock, but Axiom kips up to bridge. Axiom stands but Chase wrangles him back down. Axiom kips up and bridges again, then rolls and headscissors back. Chase fights around, Axiom holds tight, so Chase rolls Axiom and bridges out to tie the legs up. Chase armlocks, wrenches, and YANKS the arm. Axiom rolls, slips under and trips Chase to a toehold, then an ANKLE LOCK! Chase rolls but Axiom facelocks.

Chase wrenches, facelocks, but Axiom waistlocks. Axiom ties up the legs and has a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Chase pops free to cover, ONE, and Axiom sweeps to cover. ONE, dropkicks cancel out and fans fire up as the two stand off! The two reset, tie up, and Chase headlocks. Axiom powers up and out, drops, but Chase rolls, runs up and hip tosses. Axiom handsprings through, arm-drags then DROPKICKS! Fans fire up, Frazer tags in, and they speed blitz on Chase! Clothesline then BASEMENT DDT! STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Frazer whips but Chase BOOTS Frazer down!

Tag to Duke, he and Chase double whip Frazer into the corner then body shot! High-ten and DOUBLE CLUB! Frazer drops to his knees, Duke wrenches and RAMS shoulders! Cover, TWO! Duke whips but Frazer slides under to headlock! Duke powers up and out, Frazer goes up an dover to headlock again. Duke powers up and out again but Frazer redirects, redirects again, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then keeps going to DROPKICK! Duke stays standing to CLOBBER Frazer! Duke drags Frazer up, tags Chase in, and they hit a DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX, but Frazer lands out! Tag to Axiom, BOOT to Chase!

Frazer helps Axiom DROPKICK Duke, then Axiom knuckle locks Duke for a CHOP! Axiom goes up and up and FLYING RANA ARM-DRAG COMBO! The fans fire up as Duke runs back in, but Axiom & Frazer dump him out! Axiom DIVES onto Chase, Frazer DIVES onto Duke! Then another DIVE for Chase! Another DIVE for Duke! The fans fire up as the fast ‘n’ furious duo stands tall and NXT goes to break!

NXT returns again and Chase fights out of a chinlock. The fans rally as Chase hits an ELBOW BRAEKER, but Axiom shoves him to ropes. Axiom ROCKS Chase, tags Frazer, then Frazer GAMANGIRIS! Chase staggers back into a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Then DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Frazer shoves Chase toa  cover, TWO! Chase survives and the fans rally up! Frazer snarls as he clamps on a chinlock. Chase endures, fights up, and throws body shots. Chase reaches out but Frazer keeps him back. Frazer whips and trips Chase, then goes up the apron to springboard, into a SIDE EFFECT! Chase and Frazer are both down while the fans fire up!

Chase and Frazer crawl, hot tags to Duke and Axiom! The Chase U MVP rallies on the speedsters! Scoop and SLAM for Frazer, then a BOOT! Axiom leaps, into a kick! Duke hauls Axiom up, but Axiom slips free to SUPERKICK! Axiom runs up, into an “U~” Renage! Frazer runs up, is sent into buckles, and Duke JABS, JABS, JUABS! Flip, flop and “U~!” BIONIC ELBOW! Axioms taggers, Duke scoops, FALL AWAY GUTBUSTER SENTON COMBO!? Cover, TWO!! Duke almost had it there but Riley coaches him up. Duke drags Axiom up, reels him in, and Canadian Racks! But Axiom turns The River into a RANA!

Duke hits buckles and sputters in a daze! Frazer tags in, to SPRINGBOARD MISSILE DROPKICK! Tag back to Axiom, the speedsters RAM Duke into a corner! They put Duke up top, Duke fights free, but Axiom GAMANGIRIS! Axiom climbs back up after Duke, brings him to the very top, and fans freak out for the SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO?!? Duke survives and no one can believe it! Riley can barely breathe and he’s not even in the match! Duke huffs and puffs and powers up, “This is Awesome!” Frazer tags in, he and Axiom KICK and KICK and KICK! And SUPERKICK! And DOUBLE SUPERKICK!

Duke roars and DOUBLE LARIATS!! The fans are thunderous and Duke tags in Chase! Chase goes up top, he aims at Frazer, CROSSBODY! Cover, Frazer rolls through! TWO!! ENZIGIRI! Chase URAKENS! And then sunset flip, but Frazer sits on it! TWO and Chase has the sunset! TWO!! Frazer goes to stack but Chase rolls it back to a cover, CHASE U WINS!!!

Winners: Chase U, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contenders to the NXT Tag Team Champions)

Frazer is stunned, but somehow, someway, Chase U really is better than ever! But the GOOD BROTHERS attack?! The fans go nuts as Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows beat down Chase, Duke, Axiom & Frazer! Riley runs into the ring but he gets an UPPERCUT and a BOOT! Gallows & Anderson get Duke up, for the MAGIC KILLER!! Fans fire up with “Too Sweet! WOOP WOOP!” Are the Machine Gun & Big LG about to run NXT?

 

Ilja Dragunov speaks.

“Carmelo Hayes. Since day one, I saw right through you. The jealousy of your best friend consumed you, and you pointed the finger at me! You are the complete opposite. You are a coward, attacking Trick from behind and doing the same thing to me. Melo, you are the lowest form of life. A rodent emerging under the cover of night. But I have what you seek. So I will see you at Roadblock, under one condition. Show up next week and meet me face to face. Melo, come for this championship, because I’m coming for something more important: Your soul.” The red eyes of the Mad Dragon stare HIM down, will Melo regret adding fuel to the fire?

 

Fallon Henley sulks backstage.

“I don’t know what’s gotten into them. They’re supposed to be like brothers.” Seems seeing Briggs and Jensen fight that hard has Fallon questioning things. But then Thea sighs and Fallon looks over. Seems they’re both doing bad. Tonight, Fallon watched her two best friends beat the hell out of each other, and she can’t get her footing to save her life. A rough time. Thea says that does suck. The only positive thing in Thea’s life is that Mr. Chase & Duke have another chance at the tag titles. But then the OC goes and knocks them on their butts. Mr. Chase probably deserved it, but don’t get Thea started on that.

And then everything else… sucks. Her best friend is acting weird, Thea probably did take her advice the wrong way, and she just does that apparently. Went on a date with Riley, it didn’t go so well, it went worse, awful. She ruined everything. Valentine’s Day strikes again. If there’s anyone who knows about that, it’s Fallon. Really? If there’s one thing Fallon could do to erase February 14th, 2023 from her memory, she would. Fallon suggests taking a walk so she can tell the story. They head out, is Fallon going to be the friend Thea truly needs right now?

 

Kelani Jordan VS Lash Legend w/ Jakara Jackson!

The Gym Princess may be on Kiana James’ radar, but the Meta Four doesn’t get it. Will Kelani spell it out for them in this match? Or will Legend simply #LashOut and bring Kelani down?

NXT returns and Kelani makes her entrance. The bell rings and Lash is already talking trash. She and Kelani circle, tie up, and Lash waistlocks to SLAM Kelani down. Lash pushes Kelani around, talks more trash, but Kelani pie faces back! Kelani dodges Lash, waistlocks, but Lash wrenches free. Lash wristlocks, knuckle locks, then straight arm levers! She holds Kelani up, but Kelani sunset flips through! Lash stays up, brings Kelani back up to wheelbarrow, but Kelani victory rolls! ONE, but Kelani tilt-o-whirls to crucifix takeover, TWO! Lash gets up but Kelani headlocks! Lash powers out but Kelani ducks ‘n’ dodges, only to jump into a BOOT!

Lash storms up on Kelani, talks more trash, then SMACKS Kelani off the mat! Lash soaks up the heat, talks more trash, then has Kelani on ropes. Lash whips to RAM Kelani, then brings her up to RAM her again! Lash scoops and swings for a BACKBREAKER! Kelani writhes, Lash drags her into position for a SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Lash is annoyed, the fans rally up, and Lash stalks Kelani to ropes. Lash talks more trash, CHOKES Kelani and thrashes her around! The ref counts, Lash lets off and Kelani sputters. Lash stands Kelani up, whips her to a corner then gets her on the rebound for another whip.

Kelani ELBOWS back! Kelani wrenches but Lash ROCKS her! Lash scoops for the Bow ‘n’ Arrow Rack! Lash thrashes Kelani but Kelani still endures! The fans rally as Kelani swings free, only for Lash to block the arm-drag and SLAM Kelani down! Lash runs to SPLASH onto knees! Fans fire up as Kelani saves herself! Kelani staggers back up to fire off forearms, and even CHOPS! The fans rally as Kelani keeps throwing shots! Lash shoves Kelani, Kelani dodges and RANA- NO! Lash blocks that to bring Kelani up! But Kelani flips through the bomb! Kelani BOOTS back, goes up a corner, and she leaps to FLYING RANA!

The fans fire up, Lash staggers up, into a SHOTGUN! Lash ends up in a corner, Jakara is worried, and Kelani blocks a boot, steps over, and WHEEL KICKS! Kelani kips up, hurries to a corner, but Jakara is there! Kelani DECKS Jakara first! But Lash SUPER CHOKE SLAMS Kelani!! Cover, Lash wins!

Winner: Lash Legend, by pinfall

Kelani may be one of a kind, but that’s the problem: there’s only one of her and always Meta Four! And then Kiana James & Izzi Dame storm out here! They look to pick the bones! Izzi CHOKES Kelani, haul her up, but Kelani kicks! Kiana blocks, but Kelani uses that to flip out and free! Kelani then ducks Izzi, dodges Kiana, sends them into each other, and bails out! Fans fire up as Kelani escapes at least one numbers game. Will the Gym Princess prove that nothing will break her fighting spirit?

 

Backstage interview with the Good Brothers.

Kelly Kincaid catches up with Gallows & Anderson, and speaks on this shocking appearance here on NXT. Yes, the boys are back in town, and they’ll stay here as long as they want. Gallows says he is absolutely thrilled about this. He doesn’t know if Chase U is, but Gallows was always a terrible student anyway. Anderson says the same for him, though he did enjoy the Chase U calendar. But when it comes to the NXT Tag Team Championships, they will separate the men–that’s the Good Brothers btw–from the boys. And they didn’t realize Baron Corbin came back to NXT just to become the world’s largest comedian.

But Bron Breakker, maybe the Good Brothers can be something that Big Poppa Pump and the Dog-faced Gremlin never were: a couple of heroes. But before all that, they gotta crush the dreams. And that means winning the NXT Tag Team Championships! It is the same old recipe: Magic Killer, 1-2-3, and Just Too Sweet. If you need them, they’ll be over here “brothering.” The Good Brothers have explained their reasoning, will they be unstoppable on their Road to WrestleMania?

 

NXT Women’s Championship: Lyra Valkyria VS Shotzi Blackheart!

A social media war of words and a face-to-face confrontation forced The Morrigan’s hand a little, and now we have this title match! Will Lyra hit a Roadblock a few weeks early? Or can she find a way to Stand & Deliver against the Wild Child?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who truly takes care of business!

The bell rings and the fans duel as the two stare down. They approach, tie up, and go around. Lyra wrenches, waistlocks, and SLAMS! Shotzi gets up to facelock back, and then hits a snap takeover! Shotzi pulls on the facelock but Lyra moves around. Lyra wrenches out, trips Shotzi and goes for the leg, but Shotzi kicks her away. The fans applaud the standoff and the two reset. They tie up, Lyra headlocks, and then hits a takeover. Shotzi fights around, Lyra cranks on the hold, but Shotzi rolls her to a cover. ONE, and Shotzi wants to headscissor. Lyra fights that off, traps an arm then floats around to roll and body scissor cradle, ONE!

Shotzi is up, Lyra runs up to wrench, and then she hooks Shotzi up in a MOUSE TRAP! TWO, and Shotzi runs up to wheelbarrow, victory roll, TWO! The two reset again and the fans continue to duel. They tie up, Lyra headlocks, and Shotzi powers her way up and out. Then she passes Lyra to run her over! Shotzi howls to the moon and the fans fire up. Shotzi runs, Lyra drops then hurdles, but Shotzi comes back to tilt-o-whirl RANA! Lyra handsprings through and howls right back! Shotzi runs up, into a hip toss! And then another hip toss! Lyra whips, Shotzi blocks the knee to CHOP! Shotzi knuckle locks, goes up and up, then FLYING ARM-DRAGS!

Lyra ends up in a corner, Shotzi runs in, but Lyra puts her on the apron. Shotzi ROCKS Lyra first, then brings her into the ropes, APRON DDT! Shotzi clutches her leg, the fall perhaps double-edged. Both women are down and the fans rally as NXT goes picture in picture.

The ref checks on Shotzi as she clutches that knee. Lyra sits up and shakes out the stars, but she may not have taken the worse of that fall. Medics now check Shotzi’s leg, and the ref checks with Lyra. Shotzi hobbles but this doesn’t look good. The fans cheer Shotzi on as she tries to tough it out but the medics are having to help her stay standing. Shotzi sits back down, clearly in pain. Lyra stays nearby, also concerned for Shotzi. The medics help Shotzi back to her feet, and unfortunately, it seems the match is coming to an end. Shotzi does her best to walk on the bad leg, and she makes it to the back.

Lyra paces inside the ring, not wanting to win this way. NXT returns to single picture as everyone waits on the news. Ava Raine walks out, and she says that due to Shotzi’s injury, she is no longer able to compete. But the fans were promised an NXT Women’s Championship match, and that is what we are going to get. Ava says this is now an Open Challenge, so whoever makes it out here first will be Lyra’s new opponent. And here comes Meta Four’s Lash Legend! She wants to win twice in one night! Will this be the night Lash truly becomes a legend?

NXT Women’s Championship Open Challenge: Lyra Valkyria VS Lash Legend!

The bell rings and Lash runs in! Lyra dodges to KICK, KICK and KICK! Lash DECKS Lyra, then drags Lyra up. Lyra pushes Lash back, staggers up, and Lash eggs her on. Lash TOSSES Lyra, then stalks her to ropes. Lash half nelsons and grinds Lyra down to a cover, TWO! Lash keeps on Lyra with a chinlock and she thrashes Lyra around. The fans rally as Lyra endures. Lyra fights up, but Lash wrangles her back down! Lash leans on Lyra, but Lyra fights up again. The fans rally, but Lash whips Lyra. Lyra RAMS into Lash, KICKS and KICKS and SOBATS, then reels Lash in. But Lash fights the suplex to throw body shots!

Lash whips Lyra to a corner, runs up but Lyra BOOTS her! Lyra goes up the corner, leaps, but Lash catches her! Lash shakes her head, then swings Lyra into the BACKBREAKER! Lyra flounders, Lash drags her to a cover, TWO!! Lyra is still in this but Lash pie faces her. Lyra SLAPS back! Lash and Lyra pie face, then Lash DECKS Lyra again! Lash drops a BIG elbow on Lyra, pushes her to a cover, TWO! Lyra is tougher than that but Lash pushes her around. The fans rally behind Lyra as she goes to a corner. Lash ROCKS Lyra, whips her into a corner hard, then whips her back in! Lyra stays up but Lash LARIATS her down! Cover, TWO!!

Lyra survives once again and Lash grows frustrated. Lash hauls Lyra up, Canadian Racks, and she bends Lyra back! Lyra endures, pries at the grip, and manages to flip out and free! Lyra RAMS into Lash while Roxie returns to the locker room. She learns about this change from Lyra VS Shotzi to Lyra VS Lash while Lyra fires clotheslines! Lyra runs and LARIATS Lash down! Roxie is furious that another person passed her up in line, and she CHUCKS the TV!! Roxie storms out again, but back to the ring, Lyra runs to RANA Lash! Lash staggers up, Lyra ENZIGIRIS, and down goes Lash! Lyra aims, runs up, but Lash blocks the heel kick!

Lash lifts Lyra to SLAM DUNK CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO?!?! Lyra survives and Lash is beside herself! Lash drags Lyra up again, whips her to a corner hard, then runs up. Lyra BOOTS Lash, then goes up the corner. The fans rally and duel, Lyra leaps for the CROSSBODY! Down goes Lash, Lyra hurries back to a cover, TWO! Lyra drags Lash up and fireman’s carries?! Lash is too big and she slips free, to BOOT Lyra down! Lash high stacks, TWO!!! Lyra survives again and Lash is losing her cool! Lash drags Lyra up to put her on the top rope. The fans rally as Lash climbs, but Lyra fires forearms!

Lyra ELBOWS Lash down, adjusts, and leaps for the DIVING SPLASH! Cover, Lyra wins!

Winner: Lyra Valkyria, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Champion)

Lash tried to capitalize on her momentum, but not even she could stop The Morrigan! That’s another feather in the cap, or rather the shoulder pads, for Lyra, but will she continue to soar to new heights on this Road to WrestleMania Weekend?


My Thoughts:

A great NXT, even with the very real misfortune in the main event. It’s been known basically since this past Friday because of how Alba Fyre stepped in to take Shotzi’s place in the Women’s Elimination Chamber qualifiers, but seeing the moment where a drop off the apron Shotzi has done quite a few times is just one drop too many and her knee gives out. Get well soon, Shotzi. But also, kudos to NXT for pivoting so well with that. Lash got a big although cheaty win off Kelani, and she was already dressed so good of them to have her go back out there.

I also like how it fed into Roxie’s story, she missed out on the Open Challenge call cuz she apparently took a shower and got dressed. Roxie and Wren had a really good match that of course Roxie won, and it sounds like Roxie will try to win another opportunity either for Roadblock or Stand & Deliver. I don’t think it’ll work out for her, which can still work for her story as she perhaps even moves on to Raw or SmackDown (probably more SmackDown) after WrestleMania weekend. At this point, something has to happen where we get Lyra VS Tatum with how much Tatum is obsessed with Lyra and always hanging around.

Great opening title match from King VS Oba, and I like Stone wanting after King and costing him. We’re definitely getting King VS Von as a battle of second generation superstars. Awesome match from Briggs VS Jensen, probably the best singles match either guy has ever had in NXT. Briggs of course was winning but in a way, he’s right, him doing this for Jensen really did help. Briggs probably moves on towards a title match, maybe even Oba and the North American title. That’d be some big meaty men slapping meat and throwing hands. Then fun promo from Meta Four and No Quarter Catch Crew, can’t wait to see who faces Dar next week.

Really good promo from Ridge, but I feel like his apology will end up interrupted by Gallus. Maybe we get some kind of No Disqualification stipulation for Ridge VS Joe Coffey for Roadblock. Honestly, Roadblock has the potential to be as big as Stand & Deliver, especially with Melo and Dragunov having promos to set up their title match for that Tuesday. At the same time, that match for Roadblock could make for a great return moment from Trick, maybe that sets up a Triple Threat for Stand & Deliver? That’d be such an awesome way to wrap up all these stories as Melo prepares to move on to SmackDown.

And really good integration of the Chase U and tag title stories. Good promo from Thea, Jacy and Jazmyn with Arianna to set up Jacy VS Arianna. I was sensing something was going to sour for Chase U and it seems to be that Jacy can’t help but wrestle like a Heel and that Jazmyn is willing to do that with her. And they’re already giving us what we need for a tag match, Jacy & Jazmyn VS Fallon & Thea with Fallon & Thea bonding over their hard times. Really good promo from Wolf Dogs, Chase U and Frazer-Axiom setting up that great tag match. Chase U winning makes sense, they can make for a solid first defense under the Wolf Dog belts, or even a solid new team if Wolf Dogs are one-and-done given Bron is “signed” to SmackDown now.

And at the same time, didn’t think Gallows & Anderson would show up here in NXT (again, apparently, even though I forgot the first time). Whether it’s Wolf Dogs or Chase U, the Good Brothers would make for a solid title feud. And then I really like the promo from The D’Angelo Family. This is clearly a sign that Tony wants THE NXT Championship and he’ll probably even expect Stacks to get a midcard title. If it’s Trick at the top after Stand & Deliver, he and Tony could have some real awesome promos and matches as two NXT homegrown talents.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Andrew’s TNA Xplosion Results & Match Ratings: 2.16.2024

Rich Swann…how dumb are you going to be? Do we see 0-4 in this current TNA incarnation?

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So let’s see if this will give us anything to talk about. Trent Seven will make his TNA ring debut technically, and Rich Swann is going to continue this reign of stupidity where he gets distracted from help. I can’t tolerate the level of babyface stupid Swann has looked during this. Who does this help? It ain’t Francis and it ain’t Rich. If we get an evil Rich payoff who just becomes a mega heel…maybe. But it’s painful.

Ratings:

  • Trent Seven vs Shera: Trent wins via BirmingHammer – ** 1/2
  • Rich Swann vs John Skyler w/Jason Hotch –

 

Results:

Trent Seven vs Shera

So, Shera gonna be the jobbing gatekeeper of getting momentum for bigger matches. Either that, or Maclin interferes to give Shera a dirty win, but Shera eating the pin seems more likely to me.

Simple tie up that turns into Shera laying in the Shoulder Tackle, trying to bully Trent, but he slips a Slam attempt, lights up Shera with a few chops and then a Snap DDT. Shera powders after the DDT, makes space, slides in, Trent follows, and Shera runs the ropes, ducks the Lariat and a Big Boot sends Trent’s tooth flying and drops him. Shera starts manhandling Trent, running him from corner to corner, Stalling Suplex after the corner attack and Trent has had no offense. Shera goes for a goozle, Trent tries to fight back with some punches, bounces off the ropes and eats a Spinebuster.

Shera then goes to the top turnbuckle, looking for something big and unusual from him. So of course Trent cuts him off with Chops, Headbutts and a big Superplex finally gives Trent and opening. Overhand chop from Trent, tries another Suplex, but Shera blocks and rains down some clubbing forearms. Trent tries to fire, Pop & Bang, some apron battling but Shera gets the best of things, Chokeslam on the apron, rolls Trent back in and Trent kicks out.

Going for the frustration chokes, Shera is trying anything but Trent chops a few times, Backfist, Lariat, for…a near fall. Trent keeps slapping the back of Shera, BirmingHammer for the win!

Don West, You’ve Got to be Kidding Me! Trending Topics of the week:

5. MK Ultra getting their rematch

4. Trinity’s final TNA match

3. Moose & Alex Shelley’s stupid stipulation match

2. Simon Gotch’s revenge

1. Rebellion declaration for April 20th

“Around the Ring” with Gia Miller and her guest Xia Brookside. Apparently they bonded over accents and horses. So it seems like Xia just has an affinity for cowboys and stuff, so Gia was totally up her alley. They make a little country posse, its cute, but cringey…but cute. 

TNA+ Flashback Moment: Sting vs Mr Anderson vs Kurt Angle – No Surrender 2011

Always nice to see the classic stuff from the pinnacle of TNA. 

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Rich Swann vs John Skyler w/Jason Hotch

If Rich goes 0-4…I will be, AJ Francis shows up for commentary. Christ…Rich is gonna lose to the other Good Hand ain’t he?

Rich Swann and Skyler go back and forth but you’re always just waiting for the shoe to drop. Rich has the advantage, goes to the top for the Phoenix Splash, Hotch gets up on the apron and AJ Francis leave commentary and takes out Hotch. But for some stupid reason Swann is distracted by the assistance, then Skyler hits an Avalanche Forward Rolling Senton for the win.

I can’t even understand the level of moronic babyface Rich Swann is for this angle.

 

Overall Score: 4.5/10

This was…the definition of useless. Trent’s match was okay, but obvious because Shera is a gatekeeper to looking decent before a major match. Rich, as I’ve said many times, just looks unabashedly stupid. I’m over this, Rich needs to turn heel at No Surrender or within a week or so. All of this was cringey, stupid and a waste of time, especially Xia and Gia.

Ugh.


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