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Mitchell’s WWE WrestleMania Backlash Results & Report! (5/8/22)

Backlash in Providence!

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Backlash 2022

Who proves they’re the Baddest Woman on the Planet?

WrestleMania 38 didn’t settle anything, so here comes the Backlash! Charlotte Flair VS Ronda Rousey, SmackDown Women’s Championship, in an I QUIT MATCH!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Cody Rhodes VS Seth Rollins; Cody wins.
  • Bobby Lashley VS Omos w/ MVP; Omos wins.
  • AJ Styles VS Edge; Edge wins.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship I Quit Match: Charlotte Flair VS Ronda Rousey; Rousey wins and becomes the new SmackDown Women’s Champion.
  • Happy Corbin VS Mad Cap Moss; Moss wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Bloodline VS RKBRO & Drew McIntyre; The Bloodline wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the WrestleMania Backlash Kickoff Show!

Join Kayla Braxton, Kevin Patrick, Booker T, John “Bradshaw” Layfield and Peter Rosenberg in discussing, analyzing and predicting all the action tonight!

 

MVP joins the Panel.

Montel Vontavius Porter says he’s a little nervous being on the panel. But with everything he’s done for Bobby Lashley, leaving him and joining Omos is what for him? Booker T corrects Kevin Patrick by saying Lashley abandoned MVP. MVP thanks Booker for that, and JBL says MVP ought to slap Kevin Patrick. Booker asks how MVP feels about being abandoned. Well he felt some kinda way, but he never let those emotions affect his business decisions, because that is what this was. It was a business decision to move on to bigger and better.

So there is no concern that emotions will hinder his guidance of Omos? If MVP allowed his emotions to guide his decisions, he’d be a very unpopular radio show host who is unpopular with hip hop fans in New York. Kayla says some might use- Who are those people? Well, just some people. MVP was key to Lashley’s success, but MVP is perhaps hopping on an Omos “bandwagon.” Why is Omos more of an attraction? Because MVP is with him. MVP is the X factor. Without MVP, Lashley is just “Bobby.” Then MVP made him the All Mighty. But now, Omos has MVP and becomes The Colossus, the Nigerian Nightmare, and with MVP’s guidance, become bigger than even Lashley.

JBL says they need to get past the woke, “oh how are you feeling?” questions and that crap. How BAD is Omos gonna beat up Lashley? That’s what MVP was waiting for! Omos will make a point. At WrestleMania 38, that was embarrassing. Omos came to MVP, knew what MVP did for Lashley, and that Lashley abandoned MVP. So Omos wanted MVP to give him that guidance. Expert tutelage and coaching! So Omos told MVP that the goal tonight is to literally break Lashley in half! His whole body! Kevin Patrick remembers that from Raw, but Lashley says MVP is selfish, and that this is the biggest mistake of Omos’s career because MVP makes things all about MVP.

MVP asks how he is selfish. Is he the one who went to WrestleMania 38 all alone to hog the spotlight? No. Lashley did. It’s all about Lashley. So how dare someone repeat something so ridiculous! MVP selfish? That’s insane. Do they just give journalism credentials away in Dublin? Kevin says yes, they do. Just six months and you’re in. Before MVP leaves, Kayla wants everyone to predict the match. Booker says Lashley had a great thing going. He had a huge bus. Booker is going with OMOS. Kevin Patrick says we’re forgetting Lashley’s recent achievements. He’s sorry, but he goes with LASHLEY. MVP says yes, Kevin is sorry.

MVP says to remember that Lashley was impressive before MVP helped him. After MVP helped him, Lashley become the single most dominant force in WWE. Omos is the biggest, strongest and most impressive specimen in WWE today, and he came to MVP for tutelage. MVP wants us to know, he is the X factor. JBL says there have been all sorts of X factor managers, and MVP is among them. JBL goes with OMOS. Peter says 7’3″, 400 pounds, that makes him a “big guy.” Peter goes with OMOS, not just cuz MVP is here but because he sees it. Lashley’s had a great year, t twice a day. MVP says even a broken clock is right twice a day. MVP wants us ready for big things.

 

Mad Cap Moss joins the panel.

Booker’s fired up for this one! Before we get to questions, let’s get a joke. Moss appreciates Booker wants a good joke, but tonight’s not the night for jokes! He just roasted Corbin on SmackDown, the Big Bald Wolf went running with his tails between his legs. Fans chant “Big Bald Wolf!” and Moss says he’ll embarrass Corbin with a checkmark in the L column! Kayla was hoping Moss would get past the dead weight of Corbin, but it still stings that a friendship fell apart. Does any part of Moss feel bad about how this turned out? Moss says they had great times together, cracking up and spending money, but that was when things were good.

As soon as things got bad, Corbin pointed the finger and passed the blame onto Moss. Corbin treated Moss like dirt, and Moss can only be pushed so far before he hits back. Corbin couldn’t take the blame, he though the was better than everyone just because of money, but Moss taught him a lesson. Booker remembers back to when The Miz and Alex Riley had a fallout. Is this Moss breaking out on his own? Well, Moss wasn’t thinking that at the time, he was just standing up for himself, reacting naturally. There was no master plan, but y’know what? Moss sees the fans behind him, he hears them chanting for him, and he gets chills! He wants it all!

JBL asks Booker, which one was he comparing Moss to, Miz or Riley? Booker says Riley stopped sucking up, and that’s what Moss did. Booker has fashion advice, though. Suspenders and a belt? That’s too much, choose one. Moss says he wants as much protection as possible. His pants are NOT falling down tonight! He will be ready to go all match. Kevin says Corbin acts like he’s better, but there is an argument to be said that Corbin is better, given he was former WWE US Champion, a King of the Ring and more experience. What makes Moss think he can win?

Moss admits, Corbin has all that, he even retired Kurt Angle. He is a Golden Gloves winner and the End of Days is powerful. Moss has his work cut out for him, but Corbin is underestimating Moss, thinking he can just walk right past. Moss has speed, athleticism and toughness, and RHODE ISLAND! Fans cheer Moss, and Kayla will be the first to choose sides: she says MOSS! Kevin sides with Kayla, MOSS all the way. Peter likes Moss, he is a great guy, with a bright future. But Corbin has the edge, go bald brothers. Well Peter will look even dumber than he does now but Moss understands.

JBL’s pick says Rhode Island is the smallest state in the union, who cares? Moss might be the one at fault, Corbin annihilates him. JBL sounds like Corbin to Moss. But Booker likes the energy. He likes Moss being serious tonight, this is business! Booker says Moss! Moss has 3-2 from the panel, but will he get the 1-2-3 in the ring?

 

Backstage interview with The Bloodline.

Or rather, just Paul Heyman and The Usos. Sarah wants to talk the Six Man Tag main event. Heyman can’t believe she didn’t wish a Happy Mother’s Day to Roman Reigns’ mom! What is wrong with her? But Happy Mother’s Day to the Tribal Chief’s mother. She should have statues and monuments in her honor. And the same for the mother of the Usos, she gave birth to the greatest tag team ever, and not even separately. These two being born at the same time, more mothers should aspire to be like Mama Uso. Jimmy & Jey say they love their mama. Well, what does this have to do with the main event?

Everything! Jimmy, Jey & Roman Reigns are going to look across the ring at Orton and Riddle, and the fans will realize their mothers failed them. They failed to raise men who could stand up to the Bloodline! Um, Heyman didn’t mention McIntyre… Well, he named a sword after his mom. That is someone in need of psychotherapy, which he will receive at the hands of Roman… Reigns…! The Usos and Heyman head out, but will them insulting #RKMcBro and their mothers only make things more intense tonight?

 

The Most Stupendous WrestleMania… Backlash?

“Imagine if there was a place. A new dimension. A dimension of change. A dimension of possibility. Where an anomaly created a reaction of events past, creating the way for an alternate future. Tonight, we cross over. And what happens here will ripple across the universe. There is no going back. There is no undoing. As we cross over into WrestleMania Backlash.”

 

Cody Rhodes VS Seth Rollins!

The American Nightmare made a thrilling return to the WWE at WrestleMania 38, as the surprise opponent chosen by Vince McMahon. The Visionary claims that was the only reason he lost, and vows to avenge himself here at Backlash! Will the Architect make that vision a reality? Or will Cody go 2-0 against Seth Freakin’ Rollins?

The bell rings and they circle. Rollins grins as they feel out the grapple. They knuckle lock but Rollins slips away from the leg pick. They go again, Rollins keeps away but then they tie up collar ‘n’ elbow. Rollins wrenches to a hammerlock the n back suplexes, but Cody lands on his feet! Cody drops, but Rollins blocks the Rhodes Uppercut! Rollins says he knows Cody’s game plan, he won’t fall for it. They circle again, feel out another knuckle lock and they go shoulder to shoulder. Cody wrenches, puts Rollins in a corner, but lets off as the ref counts. Rollins turns things around but he lets off, only to kick low!

Rollins whips corner to corner, Rollins runs in but Cody goes up and over, only for Rollins to fake him out! Oklahoma Roll, ONE! Rollins smiles while Cody frowns and the two reset. They circle, tie up, and Cody waistlocks. Rollins switches, Cody switches, repeat, Rollins SLAPS Cody on the back of the head! Cody DECKS Rollins! Cody fires off hands in the corner, then climbs up to rain them down! Rollins bails out before even three, but Cody gives chase! They get in the ring and Rollins CLUBS Cody down! Rollins throws hands on Cody, the ref counts as they’re in the ropes. Rollins lets off to stomp Cody in the corner.

The ref counts, Rollins lets off at 4, then he goes back to dig his boots into Cody. Rollins scrapes Cody out of the ring, waits for him to get up, and then runs to KNEE Cody down! Fans boo but Rollins grins and soaks up the heat. Rollins then goes out and pursues Cody, but Cody blocks the steel step bump to give it to Rollins! Cody chases after Rollins, only for Rollins to CLOBBER him! Rollins puts Cody in, covers, ONE! Rollins keeps cool as he watches Cody closely. Fans rally for Cody but Rollins rakes eyes and CLUBS Cody in the head! Rollins DECKS Cody, then clamps on a chinlock. Rollins shifts to a neck wrench but Cody fights up to his feet.

Cody throws body shots and forearms but then blocks a kick to give a kick! RHODES UPPERCUT! Rollins staggers into Cody’s suplex! Cody holds Rollins up for a count of 10 before the GOURD BUSTER! Cody then runs and springboards, DISASTER KICK! Cover, TWO! Cody keeps cool while Rollins scrambles to ropes. Cody  hobbles his way after Rollins but Rollins goes for a cheap shot! Cody gets a headlock and punches Rollins! Cody runs, but Rollins dumps him up and out of the ring! Cody tumbles and Rollins catches his breath. Rollins then bails out, goes around the way, and he RAMS Cody into barriers!

Rollins drags Cody up to SMACK off the announce desk then shove into the ring. Rollins rains down fists, then lets off to soak up the heat. Cody gets up as fans rally, and Rollins sneers. Rollins stomps Cody on the shoulder then CLUBS him on the back. Cody gets up to ROCK Rollins with a forearm but Rollins ROCKS Cody back. Rollins and Cody start trading shots! Fans rally behind Cody as he gets the edge, and then he whips corner to corner. Rollins reverses and Cody hits buckles hard! Then Rollins CHOKES Cody on the ropes! The ref counts, Rollins lets off at 4. Rollins drags Cody up and snapmares to then KICK Cody in the back.

Fans rally but Rollins drops knees. Rollins clamps on a chinlock but Cody fights up. Rollins grinds and leans on Cody to keep him down, then shifts to a full SLEEPER HOLD! Cody endures, fights up, reaches out, grabs at Rollins’s hair, but Rollins holds on. Cody throws body shots but Rollins CLUBS Cody. Rollins ROCKS Cody to a corner, then talks trash. “Do you understand who I am?!” Rollins CLUBS Cody but Cody ROCKS Rollins back! Cody back hands and haymakers, then whips corner to corner. Rollins reverses, Cody goes up and over and hops on, but Rollins blocks the sunset flip! He’s holding ropes! TWO, and Cody has the sunset! TWO!

Rollins runs in but is put on the apron. Rollins ROCKS Cody and goes up, but Cody ROCKS Rollins back! Cody climbs up, fans fire up as Cody CLUBS Rollins and brings him up, for a stalling SUPERPLEX! Fans are fired up while both men are down! Rollins and Cody slowly rise, and they head for each other. Rollins stands, and he CHOPS Cody. Cody CHOPS back! Rollins CHOPS Cody, and Cody CHOPS back! They go CHOP for CHOP back and forth, faster and faster! Fans “WOO” with every shot and then it just becomes a scrap! Rollins kicks low, runs, but Cody follows to CLOBBER Rollins! Cody goes up and over in the corner, POWERSLAM!

Rollins staggers up, Cody clotheslines him out! Fans fire up as Cody runs, TRIANGLE JUMP CROSS- NO! Rollins gets in the ring and Cody hits barriers! Rollins builds speed to DIVE into a forearm! Cody hurries in, duck sand springboards, CODY CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives but Cody keeps his focus. Fans rally up as Rollins rolls away to ropes. Cody stalks Rollins to ropes and waistlocks but Rollins elbows Cody away. Rollins kicks low and hooks the arms but Cody bails out. Rollins PELES, then rolls to SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Rollins is frustrated while he and Cody are down again.

Rollins conducts the fans as they sing “OH~ OH~ OHH~!” Rollins then aims, runs in, but no curb stomp! Dragon sleeper, but Rollins slips out to RAM Cody! Rollins whips, Cody goes up and out then ROCKS Rollins! Cody goes up top, leaps, but into a kick! Rollins hooks the arms but Cody wrenches out! Cody hooks the arms!! But Rollins fights out to ROLLING ELBOW! And then DREAM SMASHER ELBOW! Then FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Cody survives but Rollins is too tired to be upset! Fans say “This is Awesome!” while Rollins grits his teeth and drags Cody up. Rollins reels him in, but Cody blocks the lift!

Rollins CLUBS Cody over an dover, then whips to ropes for a knee. And then the other way for another knee. Cody reverses the third, kicks and springboards, into the BUCKLE BOMB! Rollins goes up top, FROG SPALSH! Cover, TWO!! Cody survives again and Providence is thunderous! Rollins shakes his head, he doesn’t know how Cody’s still moving. Rollins sees Cody still down, though, and he goes back up top. PHOENIX- NO! Cody dodges, then SUPERKICKS Rollins down! Fans fire up with Cody and Cody goes up. Rollins springs up after him! SUPERPLEX! Roll through, FALCON ARROW- NO! CROSS RHODES!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!

Cody cannot believe it! Rollins survives by mere inches! Fans are thunderous again, and Cody goes out after Rollins. Cody brings Rollins over to SMACK off the desk! And then rains down fists! The ring count is climbing as Cody SMACKS Rollins off the desk again! Cody hops up on the desk, fans fire up, and Cody CLUBS Rollins. Cody puts Rollins in at 8 of 10, then hurries back up top. MOONSAULT FLOPS! Rollins kicks low, hooks the arms, PEDIGREE!! Cover, TWO!?! Cody survives and no one can believe it! Rollins seethes, and he kicks at Cody. “Don’t you touch my shoes!” Rollins gives Cody Kowata Kicks!

Rollins talks trash, saying Cody isn’t good enough to lace those boots. Then more Kowata Kicks! Cody still gets up, Rollins grabs his ear, and he JABS! Rollins grins as he JABS, JABS and JABS! Rollins mocking the flip, flop ‘n’ fly, but he swings into a CROSS RHODES!! But Cody holds on, only for Rollins to knee free! Cody still goes after Rollins but Rollins snapmares, only to swing into a spin around! Inverted Gory Especial, DINN’S- NO! Rollins slips out, O’Conner Rolls with tights! TWO, and Cody has tights!! CODY WINS!!

Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall

Turnabout is fair play, and Cody beat Rollins at his own game! Rollins can’t believe he got caught, but a win is a win! Will Cody leave Rollins behind as he heads for his dream of becoming Undisputed WWE Universal Champion?

 

Bobby Lashley VS Omos w/ MVP!

The All Mighty defeated the Colossus at WrestleMania 38, and defeated him in an Arm Wrestling Contest. But Omos did not let Lashley walk away from those victories, and vows Lashley won’t even walk away tonight! Will Omos obliterate the Rocky Mountain Machine? Or will we see another 2-0 sweep from WrestleMania to Backlash?

The bell rings and Lashley circles around Omos. They tie up, Lashley gets around and CLUBS Omos with big haymakers! Omos choke grips but Lashley breaks free! Lashley fires off more hands, has Omos on the ropes, but Omos shoves him away. Lashley mule kicks, throws more and more and more haymakers, then fires up. Lashley runs but MVP is in his way! Lashley turns around into a BOOT from Omos! Omos looms over Lashley drags him up and whips him into a corner. Omos runs in to back elbow Lashley and MVP wants Omos to smash him! Omos SPLASHES, then goes corner to corner for an even bigger SPLASH!

Lashley falls over, Omos stalks behind him and clamps on hands for a massive neck wrench. Lashley endures, fights, and fans rally up. Lashley throws body shots and haymakers but Omos clamps on an IRON CLAW! Omos POWERS Lashley out of the ring! MVP is fired up while Lashley is down on the ground. Omos waits as the ring count climbs and MVP talks trash on Lashley. Lashley gets up and glares at MVP before he gets in at 7 of 10. Omos drags Lashley up to scoop and carry Lashley. Omos says Lashley is small! SNAKE EYES to a BOOT! Omos gloats and so does MVP, and Lashley drags himself to ropes.

Omos drags Lashley up to CHOKE him on the ropes! The ref counts, Omos lets off at 4, and MVP talks more trash. Is Lashley rethinking his decisions? The ref tells MVP to back off, and Omos drags Lashley up for another scoop. But Lashley slips off, elbows Omos back, then kicks low. Lashley gets to a corner, he elbows Omos away again, then hurries to hop on for a SLEEPER HOLD! Omos stays up and MVP coaches him, Omos throws Lsahley off! Omos runs in, but the splash hits buckles! Lashley gets moving, and he RAMS into Omos! Lashley RAMS Omos in the corner, then runs side to side to RAM into him again!

Lashley fires off more haymakers, then runs to LARIAT Omos against ropes! Lashley ties Omos up in the ropes! MVP protests but Omos is trapped! Fans fire up as Lashley fires off haymakers! The ref counts, Lashley gets 10 shots in! Lashley then lets off, to fire off more haymakers! Lashley gets another 10 in, and MVP tries to crowbar Omos free with his cane! Lashley goes out after MVP! THE HURT LOCK!! Omos gets free, grabs at Lashley, but Lashley HOTSHOTS that arm! Lashley gets in, runs and dropkicks a leg out! Lashley reels Omos in, COMPLETE SHOT! Fans fire up as Lashley stalks Omos.

Lashley gets a half nelson but Omos is big! Lashley works on the full nelson! HURT LOCK!! Omos endures, MVP coaches him, and Omos fights up, only to fade again! But Omos gets a second wind to RAM Lashley into buckles! MVP says Lashley still has to let go! Lashley is letting go as the ref counts, and Omos is free. Omos throws back elbow after back elbow, even as the ref counts! Omos stops at 4, then CLUBS Lashley in the chest! And then again! And again! Lashley drops and the ref reprimands but MVP coaches Omos. Fans boo as Omos runs corner to corner, into BOOTS from Lashley!

Lashley fires off more shots, bumps Omos off buckles, then bumps him again. Lashley fires forearms over and over, then runs side to side to RAM into him again! Lashley brings Omos out, reels him, and wants to suplex?! Omos throws body shots to get free, and then runs, into a SPINEBUSTER!! Fans are thunderous as Lashley aims from a corner. MVP shouts for Omos to get up, and Lashley runs in, but into a knee! Omos then POSTS Lashley, but the ref has him back off. MVP JABS Lashley with the walking stick! Omos gets the hands, COLOSSAL BOMB!! Cover, Omos wins!

Winner: Omos, by pinfall

The Nigerian Giant gets a huge assist from Montel Vontavius Porter! MVP talks trash in Lashley’s face, saying “I told you!” But with things tied up 1-1, will Lashley be back for revenge on both traitor and titan?

 

AJ Styles VS Edge!

The Phenomenal One almost had The Iconoclast at WrestleMania 38, but Damian Priest appearing and joining the dark side tipped the scales in Edge’s favor. Judgement Day vows to sentence those who oppose them to pain and defeat, but will Priest being barred from ringside be enough to give Styles a fair shot? Or will Edge prove he is now, then and forever the top of the mountain in the WWE?

The bell rings and the two start throwing hands! Styles gets the edge, headbutts and stomps Edge in the corner, then lets off as the ref counts. Fans are fired up with Styles and he storms back in to whip corner to corner. Edge slides to a stop, but runs into a dropkick! Styles goes out after Edge and SMACKS him off the barriers, and then off the steel steps! And then back into barriers! The ring count climbs, Styles gets back in just to refresh the count. Styles then gets Edge for a COMPLETE SHOT to the desk! Fans fire up, Styles puts Edge in at 5 of 10, then hurries after him. Edge bails out the other side but Styles just runs and WRECKS Edge with a dropkick!

Fans fire up as Styles looms over Edge. The ring count starts again, Styles goes up to the apron to ASAI MOONSAULT! Direct hit and down goes Edge at the ramp! Styles brings Edge up and puts him in the ring, and Styles prepares that forearm already! Edge stands and he BOOTS Styles mid-springboard! Styles holds his left arm, the shoulder Edge went after on Raw. Edge POSTS Styles and Styles even hits steps on the way down. Edge PULLS on the bad arm around the crossbar! The ref counts, Edge lets off, and then hurries to untie buckle pads! Fans boo but Edge goes out after Styles to ROCK him!

Edge hauls Styles, trips him and CATAPULTS him into ring post and steps! Styles flops down and Edge soaks up heat. Edge then goes back out after Styles to SLAM the bad arm on the steps! Edge puts Styles in, rips the tape off and stomps the shoulder. Styles gets to ropes but Edge wrenches and WRINGS the bad arm! Styles writhes but Edge just stalks him. Edge rams a knee into the bad shoulder, then clamps on an armlock and chinbar. Styles endures, fans rally, but Edge grinds the shoulder. Styles still fights his way up, throws haymakers and backs Edge down. Styles whips, Edge hits an ARMBAR DDT! Cover, TWO!

But Edge has a wristlock then keylock to shoulder lock! Styles endures again as Edge grinds the arm. Edge even talks trash about the bad arm while fans rally up. Styles fights to his feet, powers Edge back to a corner, and the ref counts. Edge lets go but then hoists Styles up to HOTSHOT off the ropes! Styles is down in the corner but Edge stomps him. The ref counts, Edge stops at 4, then Edge drags Styles up. Styles throws haymakers with the good arm! Edge kicks and swings, but Styles dodges to PELE Edge down! Edge is dazed and Styles drags himself away. Styles runs back in but Edge dodges, DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide!

Fans rally while both men are down. Styles drags himself up the ropes, runs in, and he rallies with LARIATS! Styles keeps moving, SLIDING FOREARM! Styles fires up and the fans are with him! Styles runs in at the corner, BIG clothesline, then a fireman’s carry! But the bad arm holds him back! Edge slips off, but swings into a wheelbarrow FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Styles winces as he clutches the bad arm and gets back up. Styles hoists Edge up the corner and climbs up after him. Edge CLUBS the bad arm and Styles hops down. Styles throws body shots, climbs back up, and SUPER STEINERS! Cover, TWO!

Styles shakes his bad arm then drags Edge back up. He calls for it but Edge blocks the Clash! Edge wrenches out but Styles avoids the Impaler to USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Edge drags himself to ropes and to his feet. Styles storms over to get a leg and CLUB it! And KICK it! Edge pokes Styles in the eyes! Then dragon sleepers for a BACKBREAKER! Edge has the CROSSFACE, trapping the bad arm! Styles pries free, goes for the leg, CALF CRUSHER! Edge endures, reaches out, but Styles cranks the bad leg! Edge still fights, grits his teeth and pulls his hair, to then grab at Styles and SLAM his head down!

But Styles keeps on the CALF CRUSHER! Edge reaches out desperately, ROPEBREAK! Styles lets go quickly but he’s no less frustrated. Edge drags himself up to his feet in the corner but Styles goes after his leg again. Edge holds on, Styles tries a waistlock. Edge undoes the buckle pad but Styles GERMAN SUPLEXES! Styles wants another, Edge elbows free and then runs, but Styles sends the Spear into buckle!! Roll-up, TWO!! Edge survives his own error, but Styles hurries to run in, into a SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!!! Styles survives Edge’s best shot! “This is Awesome!” as Edge and Styles get to opposite corners.

Edge aims again, runs in, into a V-TRIGGER! KENNY~! Styles reels Edge in, hangs him out to dry, then reels him into position! STYLES CLASH!! Cover, TWO?!? Edge survives Styles’ best shot now! Styles hurries to the apron, he prepares the arm again, but the bad arm is holding him back. Styles decides to just climb the corner then! Fans fire up, but is that Damian Priest? He’s barred from ringside, but he’s at the border, the ramp! But wait, here comes FINN BALOR! The Prince goes after Priest, they brawl into the ring, and then back out of it! The ref is busy yelling at them, but someone else HOTSHOTS Styles!!

Edge hurries to get Styles’ arm! CROSSFACE!! Styles endures, reaches out, but Edge changes it to a BULLY CHOKE!! Styles is OUT, Edge wins!!

Winner: Edge, by submission

And the Iconoclast is 2-0 over the Phenomenal One! Priest was thwarted but who was the masked figure? They get in the ring and kneels by Edge’s side. Who is this? Edge bids them rise, and they reveal themselves to be RHEA RIPLEY!! She darkened her hair to be even darker and more brutal than before! Judgement Day grows stronger, will Rhea bring their brutality to the Raw Women’s Division?

 

SmackDown Women’s Championship I Quit Match: Charlotte Flair VS Ronda Rousey!

The Daughter of the Dirtiest Player in the Game knows how to lose without really losing, and that happened at WrestleMania 38 when the ref went down and missed Charlotte tapping out. Charlotte pretends it never happened, but she won’t be able to deny what happens tonight. Will she say those dreaded two words? Or will she still have this title, no matter what Rowdy Ronda does to her?

The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see who is truly the Baddest Woman on the Planet!

Ronda dodges the boot to fire off knees! Charlotte ROCKS Ronda back with a forearm, but then runs into a KNEE! Ronda drags Charlotte up in a waistlock but Charlotte elbows out hard! Ronda just shrugs that off, blocks the clothesline and throws Charlotte around with drop sayanagi after drop sayanagi! Charlotte goes to a corner, Ronda runs in but into a boot! Charlotte CLOBBERS Ronda, then soaks up the heat. Charlotte asks if this is too easy, and she hauls Ronda up to scoop and- FISHERMAN from Ronda! Ronda gets that leg again, rolls through to a fireman’s carry, but Charlotte fights free to DECK Ronda!

Charlotte waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX Ronda high and hard! Charlotte kips up and fans “WOO~” as she dusts herself off. Charlotte paces around, taunts Charlotte and fans, then gets Ronda’s leg. But Ronda turns figure four into arm-drag! STEP-UP KNEE! Charlotte flounders, Ronda runs in and goes up for a FLYING ARMBAR! Charlotte scrambles out of the ring and they both fall to the floor! They get up, Charlotte RAMS Ronda into barriers! And again! Fans rally and duel as Charlotte CHOPS Ronda against barriers. The ref asks and Ronda says she has to chop harder than that. So Charlotte CHOPS again!

Charlotte brings Ronda around, CHOPS her against the apron, “WOO~!” Ronda says Charlotte chops like a bitch, so Charlotte whips her. But Ronda reverses and POSTS Charlotte! Charlotte staggers away and Ronda storms up on her. Ronda hauls Charlotte up to TOSS her into the timekeeper’s area! Ronda goes after Charlotte, but Charlotte BOOTS her! Charlotte gloats and soaks up the heat, but Ronda refuses to say the words. Charlotte goes looking under the ring, and she brings out a kendo stick! But Ronda dodges! And then fires elbows! Ronda has the stick, and Charlotte freaks out! Charlotte gets in the ring, Ronda chases her out the other side!

They’re at the ramp and going to the stage! Charlotte wants mercy but then she ducks around backstage. Charlotte brings out double kendo sticks! They CLASH sticks, Ronda is disarmed! Charlotte SMACKS, but then Ronda catches them both! Ronda reels Charlotte into a MONKEY FLIP! Ronda dual wields now, and she shows her how it’s done! Ronda SMACKS and SMACKS and SMACKS Charlotte all the way back to ringside! The ref asks but Charlotte says “HELL NO!” Ronda SMACKS Charlotte more, the sticks start breaking! Charlotte get a camera and TOSSES it! Ronda dodges, the camera goes flying!

Charlotte runs away into the crowd but Ronda pursues! They brawl right in front of fans! Charlotte can only defend, Ronda ROCKS her, then runs in, into a SPLASH of water! Charlotte TOSSES Ronda into the wall! Ronda refuses to stop, but Charlotte drags her back up. Charlotte brings Ronda along in a headlock up the bleachers! Charlotte puts Ronda through the railing to throw KNEE after KNEE! Ronda endures even as Charlotte pulls her back with a chinlock! Ronda pries at Charlotte’s fingers but Charlotte shoves her down. Charlotte drags Ronda back out, kicks her down the steps, and Charlotte SLAPS Ronda!

Charlotte tells fans to clear out, and she grabs a chair. But Ronda blocks the chair shot and kicks low! Charlotte runs for it! Charlotte goes under the ring as Ronda stalks her. Charlotte gets a chair now, and she BOOTS Ronda’s chair away! Charlotte SMACKS Ronda off the desk, then again! Fans chant, “We Want Tables!” and Charlotte snarls as she brings Ronda around the way. Charlotte gets Ronda up to POWERBOMB against barriers! Ronda writhes, Charlotte tells her to give up, this is HER belt! Ronda says NO, but Charlotte snarls. Charlotte pie faces Ronda around, says this is HER house, HER title, and HER company.

But Ronda grabs that arm to SLAP Charlotte down! Ronda says Charlotte is tasting a real slap for once. Ronda throws body shots, uppercuts, then fireman’s carries for a- NO, Charlotte rakes eyes! And she POSTS Ronda! Then she RAMS Ronda into steel steps! Ronda writhes, clutches her arm, and Charlotte grins. Charlotte climbs up the corner, fans still want tables, but Ronda trips Charlotte up! Charlotte is in a Tree of Woe, and Ronda gets the ARMBAR!! Charlotte is caught, what will she say?! Charlotte shouts and cries but refuses to give up! So Ronda makes it a HANGING ARMBAR!!!

Charlotte cries in pain but she is refusing to give up! She gets her leg free and they both fall to the floor! Fans rally as both women slowly rise. Charlotte grabs a chair, manages to get up, and she RAMS Ronda! Then SMACKS her on the back! Ronda won’t give up with that, so Charlotte puts the chair in the ring. Charlotte puts Ronda in the ring now, then has an even smirk. FULL METAL NATURAL SELECTION!! The ref asks Ronda but Ronda might not even be conscious to say anything! Ronda manages to say NO, so Charlotte grows frustrated. Charlotte gets the leg, Figure Four! Ronda grabs at the legs but Charlotte SLAPS her!

Charlotte bridges to the FIGURE EIGHT!! Ronda endures, but she can’t go anywhere! What does she say? “NEVER, BITCH!” Ronda uses the chair to SMACK Charlotte!! Charlotte lets the Figure Eight go, but she BOOTS Ronda back down! Charlotte goes back to the chair, sits it up, and she warns Ronda that this is her last chance. ‘Happy Mother’s Day.” But Ronda turns this around, FULL METAL ARMBAR!! Charlotte shouts NO over an dover, but Ronda was hoping for that. Ronda uses the chair to pull DEEPER! CHARLOTTE SAYS SHE QUITS!! RONDA WINS!!

Winner: Ronda Rousey (NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion)

And the Baddest Woman on the Planet proves that title is accurate! Ronda also adds the SmackDown Women’s title! Will Charlotte ever live this down? Will Ronda ever let that title go after how hard she fought to get it?

 

Happy Corbin VS Mad Cap Moss!

The Happy Folk had fun while they were winning, but losing turned things sour. Corbin tried to put Moss down, but that only made Moss rise up! Will Moss have the last laugh? Or will Corbin be the happiest man in the WWE after putting down his former sidekick once and for all?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally for Moss as he ties up with Corbin. They are in a deadlock, but Moss powers Corbin to ropes. Corbin kicks low and then throat chops! Corbin bumps Moss off buckles, brings him around but Moss elbows and forearms back! Moss throws hands, knees then another knee. Moss runs and RAMS Corbin, but Corbin rebounds. Moss blocks the kick to give a kick! Moss says Corbin’s the joke, and things speed up. Moss hurdles then hip tosses! Fans fire up, Moss runs in but is put on the apron. Moss still ROCKS Corbin, but Corbin KICKS Moss as he gets in! Corbin then choke grips for a CHOKE SLAM!

Corbin seethes while fans boo, and Corbin stomps Moss out of the ring. Corbin goes out, runs up behind Moss, and KNEES him into the POST! Corbin looms over Moss, grinds him into the barrier, then rains down forearm after forearm! The ring count climbs, Corbin puts Moss in the ring and fans boo. Corbin gets in, he taunts the fans but they taunt him back with “Big Bald Wolf!” Corbin gets Moss up but Moss throws body shots! Moss runs, but Corbin CLOBBERS him! Corbin covers, TWO! Corbin is annoyed but he looms over Moss. Corbin drags Moss up, puts him in a corner, and he throws body shots and haymakers.

Corbin whips corner to corner hard and Moss bounces off buckles. Corbin looms over Moss as he crawls and then taunts him. Corbin brings Moss up to drive down elbows! Corbin thrashes Moss around in a half nelson chinbar combo but Moss endures. Corbin tells Moss that Moss is the joke, and then leans on the hold. Fans rally up and Moss fights his way up. Moss throws body shots, backs Corbin down, and then whips him corner to corner. Corbin reverses and Moss hits buckles again, but he dodges! Corbin slides out, slides in and LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Moss is still in this and Corbin grows frustrated.

Corbin grins while fans taunt him, but he tells them to hush. Corbin brings Moss up, reels him into a half nelson, and then fisherman’s, for a SLAM, and SENTON! Cover, TWO! Corbin is frustrated that his new moves didn’t finish this, but he goes back to Moss. Corbin stands Moss up to ROCK him with a right. Moss staggers, Corbin runs in and Moss ELBOWS him away! Corbin tries again but Moss tosses him out! Corbin gets back in, Moss dodges and ducks to RAM Corbin out of the ring! Moss then goes out to CLOBBER Corbin! Moss rains down fists, gets Corbin up and POSTS him! Moss fires off more hands as the ring count climbs!

Fans fire up with Moss as he gets Corbin in at 7 of 10. Moss runs and RAMS Corbin into the corner! Corbin staggers, Moss runs in but into a knee! Corbin runs, but Moss catches him for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Cover, TWO! Moss stalks Corbin, reels him in, and turns Corbin, but no Punchline yet! Corbin back suplexes for a SLAM! Cover, TWO! Corbin grows frustrated and he looms over Moss. Corbin says he’s better than Moss and Moss should’ve listened to Corbin! Corbin throws hands but Moss ROCKS him! Moss runs in but is put in the corner for stomps and haymakers! Corbin lets off as the ref counts, and then he hoists Corbin up top.

Corbin hears the fans taunting “Big Bald Wolf!” as he climbs, and Moss fires forearms! Moss leaps, Corbin dodges, but Moss comes back! DEEP SIX from Corbin! Cover, TWO!! Moss survives and Corbin can’t believe it! Corbin argues with the ref but the count was fair. Corbin SPLASHES in the corner, then goes corner to corner, but Moss dodges! Corbin slides out, slides in, Moss dodges and sunset flips! MOSS WINS!

Winner: Mad Cap Moss, by pinfall

Corbin is furious! Moss got Corbin with a quick pin, will Moss be laughing all the way to the bank? Will Corbin do another name change and be Frustrated Corbin?

 

Medical update on Charlotte Flair.

Kayla has an update on Charlotte’s arm. The x-rays confirm a fractured radius. Stay tuned to WWE’s outlets for more on this.

 

Six Man Tag: The Bloodline VS RKBRO & Drew McIntyre!

Roman Reigns is the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, and he wanted The Usos to become Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions, but plans changed when Randy Orton & Matt Riddle looked poised to defeat Jimmy & Jey. The Tribal Chief savagely beat down the Viper & the Stallion, and the Scottish Warrior stepped up! Will this star-studded match prove Roman had reason to worry? Or can the Bloodline show #RKMcBro are the twos and #WeTheOnes?

The trios sort out and fans chant for “Randy! Randy!” With that, Orton steps up and starts against Jimmy. They circle, fans still chant for “Randy! Randy!” and Orton teases using McIntyre’s sword. Orton and Jimmy tie up, Jimmy puts Orton in a corner but then fires off haymakers and body shots! The ref counts, Jimmy lets off, Orton pokes an eye! Orton EuroUppers Jimmy down, tags in Riddle, and gives the ASSISTED FLOATING BRO! They stomp Jimmy around, then Riddle covers, ONE! Riddle keeps after Jimmy, whips him corner to corner but Jimmy reverses and Riddle hits buckles hard! Jimmy drags Riddle up to CHOP!

Jimmy uppercuts Riddle, whips him corner to corner, but Riddle goes up and over and KICKS Jimmy down! Riddle then gut wrenches Jimmy, tags McIntyre, then suplexes Jimmy away! McIntyre looms over Jimmy, stares Roman down, then bumps Jimmy off buckles. McIntyre CHOPS Jimmy, glares at Roman, then CHOPS Jimmy again. McIntyre stays between Jimmy and his corner but Jimmy throat chops! Jimmy storms after McIntyre, whips him corner to corner but McIntyre reverses. Jimmy goes up but McIntyre KICKS him out of the air! Then McIntyre deadlift suplexes Jimmy up and down!

Jimmy scrambles away, McIntyre points at Roman! Fans fire up but Roman frowns. Roman and Heyman talk it out, the Special Counsel tells the Tribal Chief that he doesn’t have to. Roman still wants to! He tags in and fans are thunderous as he gets in with McIntyre! They circle, Roman talks a bit of trash, and then he tags out to Jey. Heyman laughs at all the fans and Roman says HE runs the show! HE’s the shot caller, not the fans! The Right Hand Man rushes McIntyre, into a BOOT from McIntyre! McIntyre hauls Jey up to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Jey ends up in the RKMcBro corner, tag to Riddle.

Riddle stomps Jey’s hand, then gut wrench suplexes him! Riddle fires forearms, Jimmy sneaks a tag and Jey shoves Riddle into an ENZIGURI, to add a LARIAT! The Usos drag Riddle over, stomp away on him, and then let off as the ref counts. The Bloodline holds up their fingers, #WeTheOnes! Jimmy CHOKES Riddle on ropes, lets off as the ref counts, and Jey gets a cheap shot in! Riddle flounders and both Orton and McIntyre protest but the ref can’t do anything about what he misses. Tag to Jey, the Usos split the wishbone! Riddle writhes more but Jey drags him up. Jey scoops and SLAMS Riddle, then looms over him.

Jey stomps Riddle’s hand in return, then pushes him to the ropes. Fans rally but Jey CHOKES Riddle! The ref counts, Jey lets off and Jimmy gets a cheap shot in! Orton wants after Jimmy but the ref keeps him by his corner. Jey drags Riddle up, scoops him and tags Jimmy. Jimmy climbs, BACKBREAKER AX HANDLE COMBO! Cover, TWO! Riddle flounders but Jimmy grins. Roman talks some smack, and now Heyman says it’s good to tag in. Jimmy ROCKS Riddle, tags Roman, and fans fire up again. Roman stalks Riddle, drags him up, and throws him down by his hair. Roman talks trash on Orton and McIntyre, then drags Riddle up again.

Roman bumps Riddle off buckles, throws hands over and over, but lets off as the ref counts. Roman argues with the ref but the ref says he is the authority in the ring. Fans rally and duel, Roman turns and Riddle fires off haymakers and forearms! Roman knees low, whips Riddle to ropes and CLOBBERS him! Fans cheer and jeer while Roman taunts Orton and McIntyre. Roman drags Riddle up and reels him in, URENAGE! Cover, TWO! Roman smirks and he drags Riddle back up. Roman puts Riddle in the corner, tag to Jimmy and they mug Riddle. Jimmy bumps Riddle off buckles, CHOPS him, then points to Orton.

Jimmy runs in but Riddle dodges the splash! Jey manages to tag Jimmy and he gets in to CLOBBER Riddle! Jey POSTS Riddle, then tells fans to hush. Jey SUPERKICKS Orton down! Jey says night night! Jey tells fans to sit down as he raises the finger. “UCE! OH! UCE! OH!” Jey runs corner to corner, but into a BUSAIKU KNEE! Riddle and Jey are down and fans fire up again! Jey flops out of the ring, Riddle flounders around, but Roman goes over to Jey to put him in. Roman tags Jey, Riddle hot tags McIntyre! Roman sees the mistake he just made but there’s no going back now! Fans are thunderous as warrior and chief stare down!

Heyman tells Roman that McIntyre disrespected him! McIntyre says he wants this fight! They start throwing hands and fans are loving it! McIntyre gets the edge, but Roman KNEES low! Roman whips corner to corner but McIntyre comes back to LARIAT! And again! McIntyre clinches, OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Then NECKBREAKER! McIntyre sees Jimmy coming, he gets a NECKBREAKER! McIntyre kips up and fans fire up! McIntyre loads up, but he has to DECK Jey first! Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES! McIntyre bails out, Roman shakes his head as fans rally. Roman goes out after McIntyre to SMACK him off apron, then RAM him into barrier!

Roman puts McIntyre back in the ring and runs to BOOT McIntyre down. Roman runs again for another BOOT. Roman drags McIntyre up, throws hands, and talks trash on RKBRO. Roman hears fans chanting for “Randy! Randy!” but he gives point blank lariats to McIntyre! Roman goes all the way to 10, then he runs for a LEAPING LARIAT! Roman soaks up the cheers and the jeers and then has Heyman hand him the belts. Roman holds the belts up to gloat, then hands those back to Heyman. Roman talks trash then DECKS Riddle! The ref keeps Orton back and Roman grins. But then he turns around into a CLAYMORE!!!

Both men are down and fans are thunderous! McIntyre fumes as he gets back up! Roman also gets up, hot tags to Jimmy and Orton! The Viper rallies on Jimmy, then dodges for the POWERSLAM! Jey gets in, Orton gives him a POWERSLAM, too! Orton has Jimmy on the apron! Fans are fired up for the DRAPING DDT! Orton hears the voices and the fans are thunderous again! But Jey gets in, so Orton kicks him and kicks him out! Orton dusts off his hands, Roman gets in, RKO FOR ROMAN!! Fans are electric as Orton turns around, into a SUPERKICK! But he stays up!? RKO!!! Cover, Jey breaks it! The Bloodline keeps this going!

McIntyre gets in and he TOSSES Jey to a corner! McIntyre fires off on him with haymakers, then suplex TOSSES Jey away! McIntyre wants a countdown! “Three! Two! One!” But Jey SUPERKICKS! Jey gets Jimmy up, they load up, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for McIntyre! McIntyre flops out, Orton is down, but Riddle is ready! Jey drags Jimmy away to the corner, Jey tags in! Orton hot tags Riddle! The Bro gets around to PELE Jey! Kip up and forearm smash in the corner! Riddle KNEES Roman down, then gets Jey for a BROSPLODER! KNEE for Jimmy, but Jey avoids Penalty Kick and moonsault. But not the BROTON!

PENALTY KICK! Then FISHERMAN BUSTER! Riddle hurries up top, FLOATING BRO!! Cover, TWO!! Jey survives and Riddle can’t believe it! “This is Awesome!” as Riddle hears the voices, bro! Jey stops the RKO to roll-up, TWO! Jey ducks a roundhouse, POP-UP NECKBREAKER! Cover, Orton breaks it! Jimmy goes after Orton, they brawl, and Orton CLUBS to TOSS Jimmy! Orton goes out after Jimmy to hit him off barriers, off post, and then he fires off uppercuts and haymakers! Jimmy shoves Orton away and Roman FLYING SUPERMAN PUNCHES! Down goes Orton! But McIntyre RAMS Roman into steel steps!

McIntyre eyes the announce desk. He clears it off and fans are thunderous again! The fans wanted table in the I Quit match, but they might get it here! McIntyre reels Roman in but Jimmy makes the save! GLASGOW KISS for his troubles! But Roman URENAGES McIntyre through the table!! Roman helps Jimmy up, but Riddle FLIES! Direct hit on them, but Jey DIVES onto Riddle! All six men are wrecked, but Jey gets up to put Riddle in! Jey ducks a kick, Riddle blocks a kick, but Jey DRAGON WHIPS! FINAL FLASH from Riddle! SUPERKICK from Jey! Riddle is down and fans are thunderous as Jey climbs!

Jey is up top, but Riddle gets right up there, SUPER RKO!! But Roman tags in! SPEAR!!! Bloodline wins!!

Winners: The Bloodline, by pinfall

The Undisputed WWE Universal Champion is the one who strikes #outtanowhere to finish this off! Is there any stopping the Tribal Chief and The Usos from reigning over all of the WWE?


My Thoughts:

This was probably one of the better Backlashes in a long time. Granted, only six matches, and not all of them had the best builds. But what a wild three hours, with some great matches. The four WrestleMania rematches from tonight might’ve even outdone the WrestleMania matches, though that would make sense. Good promos in the kickoff show, and I liked the intro video’s very clear shoutout to Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, as well as some Twilight Zone vibes. Cody VS Rollins opening was a bit of a surprise but what an awesome opener. I was surprised Cody won, but he did it with that tight pull to get Rollins with what he would’ve done, doing that same “Heel Not Heel” tease from Cody’s AEW days. Hell in a Cell is up next, I bet that’s another Cody VS Rollins match.

Lashley VS Omos was also great stuff, but naturally MVP had something to do with Omos winning. They’re 1-1, I wonder if they get in on Hell in a Cell as their blow-off if Cody VS Rollins isn’t doing that. That’d be pretty great for Omos win or lose, as he and Lashley can just throw hands and bounce off the steel cage. Styles VS Edge was also a great rematch, and Priest coming very close to breaking the ringside ban was a fairly expected move, as was Finn going after him. But that was quite the twist in giving Judgement Day a third member already, and it being Rhea Ripley. I would’ve thought another male superstar joins here, but maybe Liv Morgan sides with Styles and Finn?

One little flaw was Backlash being clearly cut into a Raw half and a SmackDown half. I feel like they could’ve switched things up since the Raw grudge matches were so great, and then they have the I Quit Match before Moss VS Corbin. It’s great for Moss to win here but it was a sunset flip finish, and it honestly only felt like a strong TV match. I would’ve had that as the halfway point of the show and then finish strong with the I Quit and Six Man matches. The I Quit match was awesome stuff, especially Ronda dual wielding kendo sticks. The chair based armbar was a great finish, and I figured Ronda would win. Charlotte’s injury is definitely kayfabe, and is a clever way to keep Charlotte and Ronda apart to give another Heel a shot.

And speaking of the Six Man Tag, while it sprang from a change to the tag title unification, these six guys are all great and this was one of the best Six Man Tags WWE has put on in a long time. The fans were eating it up, too, and that was quite the finish. I’m not so sold on the Bloodline winning when they need to be setting up Roman’s first Undisputed Champion feud and keep the tag title unification idea on the table. They could’ve turned it around, McIntyre getting the sudden Claymore on an Uso, but I suppose this puts the pressure on the Faces in the chase. Hell in a Cell could give us one or both RKBRO VS Usos and McIntyre VS Roman, but maybe they still want to wait for something more.

My Score: 8.9/10


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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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