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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (6/13/22)

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WWE Raw 2022

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Montez Ford w/ Angelo Dawkins VS Jimmy Uso w/ Jey Uso; Jimmy wins.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship: Dana Brooke VS Becky Lynch; No Contest.
  • Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Tag: Alexa Bliss & Liv Morgan VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven & Nikki A.S.H; Alexa & Liv win and advance to MITB.
  • Kevin Owens VS Ezekiel; Ezekiel wins.
  • Cedric Alexander VS MVP w/ Omos; MVP wins.
  • Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifier: Seth Rollins VS AJ Styles; Rollins wins and advances to MITB.
  • Matt Riddle VS Tommaso Ciampa; Riddle wins.
  • Mustafa Ali VS Chad Gable w/ Otis; Gable wins.
  • Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio VS Veer Mahaan; Veer wins.
  • Pose-Down: Bobby Lashley VS (Austin) Theory; Lashley wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Miz is already in the ring.

The Hollywood A-Lister opens tonight and Wichita is booing as he welcomes us to the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show, MizTV. And please welcome his guest, a legend in the business, and- oh, Paul Heyman is already there! “Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Paul Heyman. And I serve as the legendary Special Counsel for your Undisputed Heavyweight Champion, Roman… Reigns…!” Miz is so thankful that Heyman came here to the wasteland that is Kansas. Miz wants to talk Money in the Bank, but fans chant, “You Suck! You Suck!” He can’t suck, he’s not from Kansas!

Fans boo more but Miz says MITB is a high-risk but career altering ladder match in which the participants fight for the briefcases and the contracts inside that grant guaranteed championship matches any time, any place. Now, the MITB winner historically has an 85% success rate for a cash-in and championship win. And you are looking at a man that has a 100% cash-in record, CORRECT. Miz cashed in the contract TWICE to become champion TWICE. Now how did Miz do that? “You must wait for the perfect moment. When the champion is in a grueling match, and at the end of that match, that champion can barely get to his feet, can barely stand.

“And then all of a sudden, you hear… ‘AWWWESOME! I came to play!'” Miz’s music hits and there’s a look of dread on the champion’s face because they know Miz is about to cash in the contract and in three seconds, there will be a NEW champion. If the MITB winner plays their cards right, they will be able to catapult their career into mega super stardom like Miz did himself. The two-time WWE Champion and two-time Grand Slam Champion, and star of the highest rated original series on the USA Network this past year, Miz & Mrs. Which a new episode airs right after Raw tonight! It’s really funny.

But that all brings Miz to this year’s MITB. And the person that wins that contract more than likely will cash-in on the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, Roman Reigns. Heyman takes over to say, “And they shall fail in their attempt against Roman Reigns, because no matter what the percentage rate has been in the past, when the champion is Roman Reigns, that percentage rate goes down to zero.” Don’t boo and ooh at Heyman! But now, there are other pressing items to bring up tonight. Because this Friday, live on SmackDown, Your Tribal Chief will defend the Undisputed Heavyweight Championship against, of all people, Matt Riddle.

Fans cheer for The Bro, but Heyman facepalms. It annoys Heyman so much that as Special Counsel, he went to management and advised them on a stipulation to make the stakes even bigger. But here comes Riddle! “Hey, bros…! I could be hearing voices like my best bro, Randy, but uh… I could’ve sworn I heard you say my name. So I figured I’d come out here and hear this news first hand. Straight from the horse’s ass.” Miz says, “How dare you!” First last week, now this week! Miz says he and Heyman deserve and demand reverence and respect! Heyman cools things off, and wants some decorum.

We do have to admit, not only interrupting Paul Heyman but an episode of MizTV, Riddle’s got some set of balls. Speaking of balls, how are Miz’s feeling? And Paul, for a guy who talks as much as you, you don’t really say anything. Heyman doesn’t know Riddle, and Roman doesn’t know Riddle. They have no idea what he’s capable of. Fans cheer for that, and Riddle says they will this Friday, bro! Now, the Bloodline tried to end Riddle’s career, tried to end Randy’s career, so it doesn’t matter what stipulation is put on the match, because he’ll have to kill Riddle to stop him from taking that Universal Championship, BRO!

Fans fire up more for The Stallion and chant, “BRO! BRO! BRO!” Heyman tells “Mr. Riddle” that he has a lot of momentum, all in the name of his fallen bro, Randy Orton. That momentum will be stopped dead in its tracks this Friday by Roman Reigns. Heyman has admitted, he respects Riddle. But Riddle can’t beat Roman! As a matter of face, Riddle probably can’t beat his opponent tonight after what Heyman has to say. On behalf of the Tribal Chief, Heyman arranged for a stipulation. IF Riddle wins, then he will be the NEW Undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion.

But when he loses, which he will, then as long as Roman is champion, Riddle can NEVER get another opportunity at the title, ever again! This is what they call “do or die” on the Island of Relevancy. Which brings Heyman to the fact that he is going to introduce The Usos! Jimmy & Jey are here, staring Riddle down. Miz has a smug smirk on his face but Riddle is clearing the ring of the chairs. Which Uso is going to face Riddle 1v1 tonight? And will it really be 1v1 with the other brother sticking nearby? Wait! The Street Profits hurry out here to even things up! Here comes a change-up! It’s Montez Ford VS Jimmy Uso 1v1! Will he score one for the #BROfits?

Montez Ford w/ Angelo Dawkins VS Jimmy Uso w/ Jey Uso!

Raw returns and the bell rings to get this match going. Ford and Jimmy circle, tie up, and Jimmy pushes Ford but Ford puts Jimmy in a corner. Jimmy lets off to ROCK Ford with an uppercut, and CHOP him! And then repeat, uppercut and CHOP! Jimmy headlocks for the takeover, but Ford keeps his shoulders up. Ford fights up, fans rally, and he powers out, but Jimmy runs him over. The Usos raise the fingers, #WeTheOnes, but things speed up. Ford hurdles then dropkicks Jimmy, then he kips right up! Jimmy bails out, Ford taunts him with “Down Since! Day One!” The Usos keep it cool and Jimmy takes his time returning.

Fans chant “We Want the Smoke!” as Jimmy gets in the ring. Ford and Jimmy tie up, Ford waistlocks, but Jimmy elbows free. Jimmy CHOPS Ford again, then whips him to a corner. Ford hits buckles hard and falls to the mat. Jimmy drags Ford up, and whips him hard the other way! Ford against bounces off buckles and falls to the mat. Dawkins coaches Ford up, but Jimmy fireman’s carries. Ford fights free, shoves Jimmy then gets around to LARIAT! And DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Ford clamps onto an arm and grinds the shoulder. Jimmy endures, fights up, but Ford wrangles him back down!

Ford tells the Usos, “We the ones,” but Jimmy fights back up. Jimmy grabs at Ford but Ford wrenches the arm through. Jimmy HEADBUTTS Ford away! Jimmy has Ford in a corner and CHOPS him again. Jimmy brings Ford around to throw him over the ropes, but Ford lands on the apron! Ford ROCKS Jimmy, bumps him off buckles, and shoulders into Jimmy. Ford slingshots but Jimmy uppercuts him out of the air! Jimmy goes out to the apron after Ford, brings him up, apron snap suplex! Ford writhes and Jimmy grins while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Ford fights free of a chinlock and he ROCKS Jimmy! Ford CHOPS, but Jimmy hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Jimmy clamps onto Ford with a rear bearhug, going after that sore back. Ford endures, Dawkins coaches him, and fans rally up. Ford fights up, pries free of the waistlock, and he gives Jimmy a BIG back suplex in return! Fans fire up while both men are down. Dawkins gets the fans chanting, “We Want the Smoke!” as Ford and Jimmy rise. Jimmy swings but Ford counter punches! And again! And then Ford fires off haymakers! Ford whips, Jimmy reverses but Ford LEAPING LARIATS!

Ford swings, but into a back suplex! Ford lands on his feet to mule kick, front kick, but Jimmy SUPERKICKS and UPPERCUTS! Ford ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up again as Ford crawls to a cover, TWO! Dawkins and Jey are both coaching their tag partners and Ford snarls as he stalks Jimmy to a corner. Ford whips, Jimmy reverses but Ford goes up and over. The back bothers Ford but he still hits a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Jimmy survives and Ford isn’t sure what to do. Both men slowly rise and Ford is on Jimmy. Fans rally, Ford stands Jimmy up but blocks the kick. Jimmy DRAGON WHIPS Ford back!

Jimmy whips, pops Ford up, SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO!! Ford survives and Dawkins is pumped up! Ford crawls to the apron but Jimmy follows him out again. Jimmy drags Ford back up, but Ford fights the suplex to BOOT Jimmy! Ford decides to return the favor again, but Jimmy blocks the suplex. Jimmy POSTS Ford going backward! Ford leans against the post to stay up, but Jimmy runs in, only for Ford to dodge! Jimmy hits only post and gets stuck up top! Ford hurries inside and climbs the corner to get Jimmy. Fans fires up as Ford lifts but Jimmy fights the superplex! Jimmy throws body shots and a HEABUTT!

Ford staggers back, but runs back in! NO HANDS RANA!! Jimmy goes flying and fans fire up with Ford! Ford climbs, says it’s done! FROM THE HEAVENS onto knees! Cover, Jimmy wins!

Winner: Jimmy Uso, by pinfall

The Usos lost by count-out last week, but Jimmy redeems himself with a win in the ring! Will Jimmy & Jey keep the Undisputed Tag Team Championships with the Bloodline? Or will Ford & Dawkins be able to get back up and get those belts?

 

Seth Rollins has a sit down interview with Kevin Patrick.

Kevin Patrick thanks Rollins for his time, and starts with addressing last week and Rollins’ attack on Cody Rhodes. Rollins laughs and apologizes, but then does this mean he has no remorse for his actions? “Remorse? What? Wait, look. I know this is going to be difficult for you to understand, but try to follow along, okay? Last week, what I said to Cody Rhodes in that ring, I meant. It was real, it was genuine, honest, and from the heart. But Cody Rhodes is a virus. He’s a virus that’s been plaguing WWE since WrestleMania. And sometimes in life, you have to make hard decisions, you have to make unpopular decisions. And when nobody’s on your side…”

Rollins picks up the sledgehammer he used on Cody as he says, “You have to take matters into your own hands. Cody Rhodes was becoming not just a danger to the WWE, but a danger to himself. He wanted to compete in a Money in the Bank Ladder match with a torn pec? No, no. You see, in my WWE, it’s adapt or perish. Has been and always will be. So to answer your question, no remorse? No remorse? No. I take pride in what I was able to accomplish last week. I take pride in it! The American Nightmare is over! Monday Night Rollins is back and better than ever!” So then what is next? Oh, what IS next? That is the question.

Rollins looks at the hammer and says one of his finest moments just so happens to be the greatest MITB cash-in of all time. And Rollins was thinking… “Why not try to top it?” But he has to qualify for the match by defeating AJ Styles later tonight. Indeed he does. The Phenomenal One, truly one of the greatest ever. Rollins expects a hell of a fight, but let’s be honest. Styles isn’t on Rollins’ level, and he lacks the killer instinct Rollins has. Styles wants to stand in the way to Rollins getting the contract, Rollins might not just beat Styles. He might just do what he did to Cody Rhodes. Rollins laughs at his own nefarious ideas, but then STYLES runs in and DECKS Rollins!

“That’s for Cody.” Styles storms off and Rollins seethes. Will we see a brutal battle between the Phenomenal and the Visionary here tonight?

 

WWE 24/7 Championship: Dana Brooke VS Becky Lynch!

The Flex Appeal managed to get this title back during a normal 1v1 match with The Man, and that upset Becky so much that she challenged Dana to a title match right then and there! Dana retained with a little help from Asuka, but will Big Time Becks get big time payback by “righting the wrong” here tonight?

Raw returns and Becky makes her entrance. She looks incredibly angry but it doesn’t intimidate Dana. The introductions are made, but Becky just DECKS Dana! Becky stomps away on Dana, drags her up and bumps her off buckles before stomping in a mudhole! The ref reprimands but the match hasn’t even started anyway. Becky drags Dana up but Dana hits back. Becky CLUBS Dana then TOSSES her out! Becky goes out, drags Dana up and whips her into barriers! Becky says Dana wants to cheat her, this is what she gets! Becky smacks Dana off the desk, tucks her into the hood, then STOMPS the hood!

Becky then demands a mic! She gets one and she says she’s got a lot of anger right now. That’s pretty clear… But this was never about the title, no! Dana can keep that. This is about the disrespect Becky’s been shown week in and week out after forging a path of greatness for everyone else to follow! But no, they all fall into the holes and can’t climb out. But Becky’s different! She keeps climbing! And speaking of climbing… Becky looks up at the MITB briefcases and is thinking that the last time she was in an MITB ladder match, she was robbed and cheated. But not this time! No, this will be different! This will be HER year!

But for now, she has more business to get to. She clears off the desk and drags Dana up, but here comes Asuka! The Empress of Tomorrow is here, and she runs in to fight Becky at the ramp! Asuka bumps Becky off the apron again and again and again! Fans fire up, Asuka throws Becky in and then she gets in, only for Becky to kick low! Becky EuroUppers, whips, but Asuka reverses and follows to run Becky over! Asuka is all fired up and she drags Becky  up, only to block the sobat! URAKEN! URAKEN! SOBAT! Front kick and URAKEN! Then GERMAN SUPLEX! Becky is scrambling away from Asuka, but are these two just one moment away from a collision course?

And while Becky is retreating, Alexa Bliss makes her entrance! The Man is even more upset now, but she tells her that she better win so she can get some of this in the ladder match. Alexa laughs that off, but will she and Liv be able to win together and go to Vegas? Or will Doudrop and the Almost Super Hero take those golden tickets for their own?

Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Tag: Alexa Bliss & Liv Morgan VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven & Nikki A.S.H!

Raw returns and Liv makes her entrance. Then it’s Nikki in a new black and gold costume, and Piper in a new silver and blue snakeskin and plaid. The teams sort out, and Alexa starts against former friend and tag partner, Nikki. Nikki says this has been a long time coming, and she tie sup with Alexa. They circle, Nikki throws Alexa down, but then strikes a pose. Nikki brings Alexa up, whips, but Alexa turns hip toss into arm-drag and cover, TWO! Alexa blocks a punch to SLAP, ROCK and dropkick Nikki down! Fans fire up, but Nikki tags Piper Alexa dodges and comes back to tilt-o-whirl headscissor Piper to a corner!

Piper stops from hitting buckles, and she rushes Alexa. Alexa dodges, leaps, but into the arms and SLAM of Piper! Piper gives that a chef’s kiss, then a SENTON! Cover, TWO! Liv was ready just in case but she hurries back to the corner. Piper tags Nikki back in, then she scoops Alexa to SLAM! Nikki adds a NECK SNAPPER, and covers, TWO! Nikki pushes Alexa down to rain down fists! And drive in knees, and then go for more fists! Alexa kicks Nikki away but Nikki clamps on a cobra clutch. Nikki thrashes Alexa around but fans rally as Alexa endures. Alexa fights up to her feet, she throws body shots, but Nikki clinches, only for Alexa to JAWBREAKER!

Alexa gets to a corner, but Nikki SPLASHES the corner! But Alexa just barely denies the bulldog! Both women are down, fans fire up, and hot tags to Piper and Liv! Liv dodges Piper, KICKS and KICKS and KICKS a leg, then kicks low to front kick and ENZIGURI! Piper staggers, Liv roars, and Wichita fires up as Liv hits a SPRINGBOARD CODE BREAKER! Liv runs in but Piper dodges, only for Liv to BOOT her! Liv goes up, leaps, and missile dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Liv hurries to get back up and tag Alexa back in. Alexa hits a BLOCKBUSTER, then covers, but Nikki breaks it! Nikki snarls but has to go back to her corner.

Alexa drags Piper up but Piper wrenches and HEADBUTTS! Piper DECKS Liv, too, then hurries to tag Nikki. Piper scoops Alexa, Nikki adds on, SIDEWALK SLAM DDT COMBO! Cover, Liv breaks it! Fans fire up, but Piper drags Liv out of the ring to scoop SLAM her to the floor! And she drops a SENTON but misses as Liv moves! But Nikki WRECKS Liv with a dropkick, then strikes a pose. Nikki hurries to get Alexa, but Alexa ROCKS her, and hits a DDT! Cover, Bliss & Liv win!

Winners: Liv Morgan & Alexa Bliss, by pinfall (advance to the Women’s MITB match)

The Almost Super Hero almost had this for her team, but it was the Five Foot Fury who finishes this for her team! But who will live their bliss and win that Women’s MITB contract when it’s everyone for themselves?

 

Kevin Owens VS Ezekiel!

The “Last Honest Man on Raw,” as Corey Graves and the Prizefighter would put it, thought he had the truth last week. But he didn’t realize Elias’ young brother would lie and just claim he’s Elias in order to get this rematch! Will Kevin make whoever this is pay for angering him? Or will he just freak out when Wichita gets to #ZekeOut?

Raw returns and Kevin is impatient for Elias’ entrance. Ezekiel makes his entrance and Kevin says the titantron is lying! The bell rings and Zeke leaps at Kevin, but Kevin dodges! Kevin SUPERKICKS Zeke to the corner, then gets going to CANNONBALL! Zeke is down, Kevin goes up, and fans fire up for the SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Zeke survives and Kevin is furious! Kevin hurries as Zeke gets out of the ring. Kevin RAMS Zeke into barriers, ROCKS him, ROCKS him again, then CLUBS him! Kevin brings Zeke around but Zeke reverses things to POST Kevin! Fans fire up as Zeke gets back in the ring.

Zeke goes back out, restarting the count, and he fires off forearms on Kevin! And body shots, too! Zeke puts Kevin in, fans fire up but Kevin bails to the apron. Zeke hurries over, but Kevin HOTSHOTS him! Kevin says this is Elias, and some fans even agree, chanting, “YOU’RE ELIAS!” But either way, Kevin gets back in the ring and takes a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Zeke drags Kevin around, stomps him, then drops a knee on the shoulder. Zeke goes up a corner, fans fire up, but Kevin rolls away to the apron again. Zeke hurries after Kevin, they’re both on the apron, but Kevin kicks low! Zeke shoves him away, kicks low, but Kevin blocks the suplex!

Kevin throws a body shot, then a KNEE! Zeke drops but manages to fireman’s carry Kevin off the apron! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER ONTO STEEL STEPS! Zeke may have just tweaked Kevin’s back but Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Kevin has Zeke down with a chinlock. Fans rally and Zeke endures, even as Kevin leans on the hold. Zeke fights up and pries at the hold, but Kevin throws him down by his hair! Kevin wags his finger at the fans, then drops a SENTON onto knees! The back is hurting all over again as Kevin gets to a corner. Zeke runs in to fire body shots but Kevin hits back with forearms. They go back and forth, forearms and haymakers, but Kevin headbutts! Zeke throws a body shot but Kevin knees low. Kevin whips., Zeke goes up and MULE KICKS him away! Zeke starts to rally with clotheslines and elbows!

Zeke bobs ‘n’ weaves, then gives Kevin an INVERTED FALL AWAY SLAM! Zeke runs corner to corner, STINGER SPLASH! Kevin fights the suplex, wrenches out, ducks the punch to kick and- NO, no stunner! JUMP KNEE! But Kevin falls all the way out of the ring and to the floor! Zeke goes out but Kevin RAMS him into the apron! Zeke BOOTS back, runs in, but Kevin dodges and Zeke hits POST! The ring count is past 5, but Kevin is furious that commentary keeps saying “Ezekiel!” Kevin loses track of the count, and ZEKE WINS!

Winner: Ezekiel, by count-out

Kevin is pissed at Mike Rome, but the count is the count! Kevin has only himself to blame, but Zeke gets a mic so he can speak to the Zeke Freaks! Ezekiel says he’s not done with Kevin! But there are bigger fish to fry: the MITB contract! Zeke wants in that match! And he is so ZEKED up about it, here’s some breaking news. Zeke reached out and got a hold of his brother, Elias! Elias is so excited for MITB that he is packing up his guitar and coming back to Raw! Fans fire up, and Zeke says that Elias might’ve aged but he is looking good. Zeke promises us this: He cannot wait to remind the entire world that WWE stands for, “WALK WITH ELIAS!”

Kevin is continuing to have a melt down, but will the return of The Drifter finally prove that Zeke’s been truthful this whole time?

 

John Cena made another wish come true.

It was June 4th, just outside of Amsterdam, that Cena met with a family of Ukrainian refugees. Their son, Misha, has autism and doesn’t speak, but he is a big fan of Cena, so it was a dream come true to meet his hero. The mother, Liana, was so grateful for Cena to do this for them. Cena even gave Misha the green and yellow gear and a replica WWE Championship belt. Cena was also grateful for getting to meet such a brave family.

 

Cedric Alexander VS MVP w/ Omos!

PRIMED Alexander got absolutely crushed by the Nigerian Giant, but he isn’t giving up on getting even with those who kicked him to the curb. Will Cedric have better luck with Montel Vontavius Porter? Or will MVP having Omos in his corner be advantage enough tonight?

Raw returns and MVP gets a mic. “Cedric Alexander, you have gotten on my last nerve. You don’t handle rejection very well. So poorly, in fact, you chose to insert yourself into our handicap match at Hell in a Cell. Your desperation is annoying. You’re always running around, ‘Now’s my time! Now’s my opportunity!’ And it never turns out the way  you hope.” Cedric needs to realize that he belongs down here with the bottom feeders in the audience, while MVP and Omos belong way up there, at Money in the Bank! Realistically, all Omos has to do is step on the first,  maybe second, rung and he has the contract!

So once MPV dispenses of Cedric once and for all, we can focus on the future that is the 7’4″ GIANT in the Bank! But here comes Cedric! The bell rings and MVP wants Cedric to hold on, and even pie faces him. MVP tells Omos to just focus on MITB, he can handle this. But then MVP turns around into fast hands from Cedric! Cedric whips, MVP reverses but Cedric dropkicks the legs out! Cedric wants to know what’s up, but MVP puts him on the apron. Cedric ENZIGURIS MVP, then steps in, TORNADO COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Cedric says MVP must want more! Cedric gets the fans fired up, and Cedric runs, but Omos is in the way.

MVP CLOBBERS Cedric! MVP wants Cedric to get up, and he throat chops him to then hit a KNEE SMASH to the face! Fans boo but MVP swaggers and runs. MVP shoots the BALLIN’ ELBOW! Cover, TWO! MVP drags Cedric up, reels him in, OVERDRIVER! Cover, MVP wins!

Winner: MVP, by pinfall

Cedric tried but could not get his revenge, and then Omos TOSSES him out of the ring! MVP raises Omos’ hand in victory, will we see the Nigerian Giant become the biggest MITB winner yet?

 

AJ Styles speaks.

“I can’t wait to beat Seth Rollins tonight and be able to compete in the Money in the Bank Ladder match. See, that’s the one that’s eluded me my entire career. That prize, that Money in the Bank contract. And I want it now more than ever, just to spite Seth Rollins. What he did to Cody Rhodes was disgusting, it made me sick. But Seth, he’s right. I’m not on his level. Seth Rollins is beneath me! SO everything I do to him tonight will make him think twice before he ever questions my killer instinct.”

Seth Rollins responds.

“Oh, AJ, you wanna sucker punch me? And then try to cover up your cowardice by saying you did it for Cody? HAHAHAHA! C’mon, man, I’m smarter than that. I’m in your head. I know it!” But since we’re making dedications, Rollins makes tonight’s victory, as well as his eventual MITB victory, out to the American Nightmare himself! “This one’s for you, Cody~! HAHAHAHAHA!” Rollins is laughing now, but will he have the last laugh here tonight?

Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifier: Seth Rollins VS AJ Styles!

Raw returns and Rollins makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two tie up. Styles turns Rollins around to fire off hands and he has Rollins in the corner. The ref counts, Rollins gets away but Styles pursues to fire off! Styles whips,. Rollins reverses but Styles reverses back to backslide! TWO, Styles gets around to waistlock and O’Conner Roll! TWO, and Styles comes back, into a haymaker from Rollins! Rollins CLUBS Styles, BOOTS him down, then rains down fists! The fans fire up and Rollins lets off to seethe and pace around. Styles gets up, Rollins CHOPS him! Rollins runs, into a DROPKICK!

Styles sees Rollins bail out so he pursues. Styles walks into Rollins’ kick, then Rollins smacks him off the apron! Fans rally, Rollins whips and Styles reverses, Rollins hits barriers hard! Styles gets in the ring, but then SLINGSHOT FOREARMS Rollins down! Rollins goes to barriers but Styles brings him back into the ring. Rollins wants mercy but Styles just kicks him instead. Styles brings Rollins up, scoops him and hits a BACKBREAKER! Styles drags Rollins back up, throws hands at the ropes, then whips Rollins, only for Rollins to hold ropes. Rollins bails out again and fans boo but Styles just pursues again.

Rollins hurries back in the ring, and he throat chops Styles as he returns! Rollins hangs Styles out to dry on the ropes, then runs to DECK him! Styles tumbles to the announce desk, and Rollins builds speed! Rollins DIVES and Styles goes over the desk! The Visionary smirks while the Phenomenal One is down and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Styles fights against Rollins’ bearhug! Styles fires off haymakers, gets free and ROCKS Rollins again! But Rollins kitchen sink knees Styles down! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Rollins is annoyed and he tells fans to shut up about Styles. Rollins glances up at the briefcase and now fans chant “CODY! CODY!” to taunt Rollins. Styles stands and ROCKS Rollins again! And again! Rollins hits back, they go haymaker for haymaker and fans fire up! Rollins eggs Styles on, Styles ROCKS him again! But Rollins spins, into a block! PHENOMENAL BLITZ! Then the SLIDING FOREARM!

Fans fire up with Styles and he brings Rollins up. Fireman’s carry but Rollins blocks! Rollins fights free, but swings into an atomic FACEBUSTER! Cover, Styles’ own foot is stuck under Rollins’ shoulder! Styles adjusts, now it counts, TWO!! Rollins survives because of the minor miscalculation! Rollins gets to a corner, Styles runs in and hits a BIG clothesline! Styles then fireman’s carries but Rollins slips off to roll-up, TWO! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Both men are down and fans fire up again! “This is Awesome!” as Rollins gets to his feet. Rollins goes to a corner, he soaks up the cheers and jeers as he starts conducting the “OH~ OH~ OOOOH~!”

Rollins runs in, but Styles avoids the stomp! Roll into the CALF CRUSHER! Rollins scrambles, reaches out, grabs at Styles and dribbles Styles’ head off the mat! But Styles holds on and cranks back!! Rollins freaks out but he gets the ROPEBREAK! Styles lets go and both men are down again. Fans rally, Styles stands and grabs the legs. Rollins kicks at Styles, but Styles YANKS Rollins up! Rollins lands on his feet! And then PELE! But Styles PELES back! Both men are down again and fans fire up! Rollins and Styles stir, sit up, and Rollins ROCKS Styles with a wild right! Styles DECKS Rollins with one of his own!

Rollins CHOPS Styles from the mat! Styles stands to HEADBUTT Rollins! Rollins throws a haymaker, Styles gives it back, and fans fire up as they go back and forth! Styles kicks, but Rollins ducks the enziguri to ROLLING ELBOW! And then BUCKLE- NO, Styles slips off to suplex Rollins into buckles! Cover, but they’re too close to ropes! Styles has to shift position, now it counts, TWO!! Another miscalculation and Rollins survives again! Styles is frustrated but the fans rally up. Styles drags himself to the apron, fans chant “BURN IT DOWN!” as Styles aims. Styles prepares the arm, springboards, but Rollins moves! Then he CHOP BLOCKS Styles down!

Fans boo while Styles writhes, but Rollins hurries to get Styles up! Rollins tucks the arms but Styles fireman’s carries to the USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Styles clutches his leg, that bad leg could be why he lost the cover. Styles still gets himself back to the apron and he takes aim again. Styles shakes out the bad leg, climbs up the corner, but Rollins rushes over and springs right up! But Styles slips out and he trips Rollins! Rollins still elbows Styles away, gets him up, BUCKLE BOMB! Rollins goes up top now, to FROG SPLASH AND FLOP!! Rollins and Styles are down again, fans again say, “This is Awesome!”

Styles gets Rollins up, reel shim in, but Rollins CLUBS the leg! No Clash, but Styles tries again. Rollins back drops,. Styles sunset flips but Rollins sits on the cover! ROLLINS WINS!!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall (advances to the Men’s MITB match)

The Architect pulled off the game plan and now he is heading back to Money in the Bank! Will Rollins win that briefcase for a second time and one-up his own Heist of the Century?

 

Matt Riddle VS ???

The Stallion got fired up earlier tonight, and he might need that fire again when he doesn’t know who he’s facing! Will Riddle still be able to smoke the competition as he blazes a trail to this Friday night?

Raw returns and The Miz joins commentary so he can watch this one. Because it turns out, Riddle’s opponent is the Psycho Killer, the Blackhearted, Tommaso Ciampa! Ciampa did blindside Riddle last week before Riddle faced The Miz, will he be able to do the same now that they’re face to face?

The bell rings and Riddle avoids the knee! Riddle waistlocks, SLAMS Ciampa, then brings him up to SLAM again! And rolls into the ARMBAR! Ciampa moves around, but ends up in a TRIANGLE! Ciampa tries to stack Riddle but Riddle keeps his shoulders up. Ciampa deadlifts Riddle to bring him to a corner, and GUILLOTINE him under a buckle! Riddle lets go and Ciampa stomps away on him! The ref counts, Ciampa lets off and Miz says Ciampa is someone to be reckoned with. Riddle gets up to CHOP Ciampa, but Ciampa CHOPS back! They fire forearms back and forth, then CHOPS! Riddle forearms, but Ciampa blocks the kick to stomp the bare toes!

Ciampa gets Riddle in a DDT! Cover, TWO! Ciampa drags Riddle into a chinlock and grinds him down. Riddle endures, Ciampa leans on him, but fans rally. Riddle fights up, but Ciampa fights out of the scoop to REVERSE DDT! Cover, TWO! Ciampa stomps Riddle, then applauds himself. Riddle sits up in a daze, Ciampa slaps him around and eggs him on. Ciampa kicks Riddle, stands him up, but Riddle blocks to fire off palm strikes and a boot! Ciampa swings, but Riddle spins him for a PELE! Riddle kips up and fans fire up as he hits a forearm smash! Riddle goes side to side to hit another! But Ciampa elbows the Brosploder away!

Ciampa runs, into a POWERSLAM! Riddle puts Ciampa through ropes to shout out Randy, DRAPING DDT! Miz says Riddle needs his own moves, but that seems a bit hypocritical. Anyway, Riddle hears the voices, rushes at Ciampa, but Ciampa rolls him up! Cover, TWO! Into an ANKLE LOCK! Riddle turns over, but Ciampa bends the toes! Ciampa JAMS the toes into the mat! Miz loves this as Ciampa pulls the kneepad down, PSYCHO KNEE!! Cover, TWO!?! Miz loves this! Ciampa was so close to beating the #1 contender! Fans rally for Riddle but Ciampa drags him up. Ciampa reels Riddle in, underhooks the arms, but Riddle resists the lift!

Ciampa spins Riddle around but Riddle gets around to ripcord and FINAL FLASH! Riddle goes up, FLOATING BRO!! Ciampa writhes, but Riddle hears those voices! Riddle runs in, RKO!! Cover, Riddle wins!!

Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall

Miz is very upset that Ciampa didn’t break the Bro. Will Riddle be riding high into his high stakes showdown with Roman Reigns?

 

Bianca Belair is here!

The RawEST Women’s Champion makes her way to the ring, and Kevin Patrick is waiting in the ring for a very special interview. What will Bianca have to say about her coming championship defense? We’ll find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Kevin Patrick brings up that the #1 contender, Rhea Ripley, “has shown a much more vicious side since joining The Judgement Day.” How prepared does Bianca feel for this version of Rhea? Bianca says first off, she’s prepared for anything. She stays ready so she doesn’t have to get ready. But she looks forward to this match at MITB. They are both at the forefront of this new generation of women in the WWE. So with all of Bianca’s big moments from the Rumble to Mania, Rhea was there doing amazing things, too. They’ve been doing this together, pushing each other as competition and mutual respect, which Bianca loved.

But ever since Rhea joined The Judgement Day, Bianca doesn’t recognize her. Rhea is soulless. Rhea joining Judgement Day seems to be all about intimidation, but Bianca is not the one. Rhea can go and scare everyone else, but when it comes to the title, Bianca isn’t afraid. Bianca will show Rhea that she doesn’t just talk the talk when she says she is the strongEST, the fastEST, the roughEST, the toughEST, the quickEST, the greatEST, the BEST, but that she walks the walk. At MITB, Bianca will walk out still- Wait, Rhea interrupts from the tron.

Rhea smiles and says Bianca is all talk. The Judgement Day speaks through actions. Finn Balor says they do what they want, when they want. And they’re tired of playing nice. They are tired of taking orders. That is why they knocked Edge from the pedestal and removed him from the group. Damian Priest says Edge had the right idea when he started this group. The Judgement Day was about a movement for those tired of living their lives for others. But Edge’s actions contradicted his own mission statement. He made himself the leader, and he would tell them to not do as they’re told. Edge sealed his own fate, and now The Judgement Day are all equals.

That brings us back to Bianca. Bianca cares about what everyone thinks, “even these half-witted nobodies here in Kansas.” But the fans hold you back. If Bianca stopped caring about the fans, she’d actually stand a chance at MITB. Bianca says she is the EST, but it sounds more like she’s trying to convince herself of that. Rhea doesn’t talk about being intimidating, she just is intimidating. And last week, that Fatal 4 Way, Rhea had her teeth knocked loose, and she loved it! In that match, Rhea took what she wanted. Now she is first in line for the title.

So Bianca, at MITB, the greatEST thing Bianca will be is her own downfall, and Rhea will eradicate her existence. Then Rhea will “walk the walk” as a TWO-TIME Raw Women’s Champion. Rhea smiles but Bianca laughs and shakes her head. Will the EST be able to show the “soulless” Saint of Fate that she has no power here?

 

Backstage interview with (Austin) Theory.

Sarah asks the WWE US Champion about his chances in the “Pose-Down” against Bobby Lashley. Theory asks what kind of question is that? He is clearly in the zone. His tan’s right, his pump’s right, his angles are right. But he shouldn’t have to explain himself because he’s on a different level. In fact, this bicep right here is just one of the muscles that will defeat the All Mighty Lashley in the Pose-Down. Sure, Lashley tried to embarrass Theory by flexing on him and kicking him from behind like a coward. But Theory will prove to the All Mighty that he’s not on Theory’s level, and definitely not worthy of a title match.

But Theory will also prove he is the best investment Vince McMahon has ever made. Theory is not only the youngest United States Champion in WWE history, but he is only getting started. In 20 years, when they celebrate Theory’s career, it’ll make this 20th #Cenaversary look like nothing! Theory laughs and gets back to pumping, but will he make it through the Rocky Mountain Machine here tonight?

 

Mustafa Ali VS Chad Gable w/ Otis!

The Beacon may have failed to get the US Championship in his hometown of Chicago, but there’s always a road back. Will Ali win won in Wichita to make his way back up? Or will “Master” Gable make him SHOOSH?

Raw returns and Ali makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They knuckle lock, Ali spins and wrenches but Gable rolls and bridges. Gable handsprings, wrenches, then headlocks, spins and drop toeholds to the armlock! “A THANK YEW~!” Gable grinds the arm, but Ali fight sup. Gable wrenches, headlocks, but Ali throws body shots. Ali powers out, drops and bypasses to RANA! Then arm-drag after arm-drag, and Ali tells Gable to SHOOSH! Gable is upset, but he swings and misses. Ali headlocks, Gable puts him in a corner, then powers out. Ali goes corner to corner, then up and over, but Gable shoves him down!

Ali is back up, runs back in, but Gable sends him right into buckles! Otis mocks Ali’s pain, and the ref checks on him. Ali is dazed but still in this, and Gable stands him up to wrench, CHOP and repeat! Gable whips, CLOBBERS Ali, then covers, TWO! Gable clamps onto Ali’s legs, ties them up and says SHOOSH~! Fans boo instead, but Gable puts Ali in the BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Ali endures the stretch, pops free, and covers, ONE! Gable catches Ali to chicken wings, TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Ali escapes but Gable hurries to put him in a drop zone. Gable goes up, MOONSAULTS, but has to land out as Ali moves!

Ali goes up and over this time, runs and CLOBBERS Gable! And then again! Ali keeps on Gable, whips him into a corner, then whips him corner to corner. Gable reverses, but Ali elbow shim away! Ali goes up for a TORNADO DDT! Gable is in a drop zone, Ali hurries up top, but Otis goes to save Gable. Ali KICKS Otis away, but Gable gets Ali with CHAOS THEORY!! Bridging cover, Gable wins!!

Winner: Chad Gable, by pinfall

The tree trunk gives Gable a huge assist, and Gable wins one #ForTheAcademy! Will Ali be able to get back up after this?

 

Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio VS Veer Mahaan!

The King of Lucha saved his son from the Lion of India’s clutches, and looks to bring Veer down directly! Will Rey be able to dial it in and get the win? Or will he also come to #FearVeer?

Raw returns and Veer makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally for Rey and he avoids Veer’s hands to KICK the leg. Veer stays up and he eggs Rey on. They tie up, Veer throws Rey down, then stomps him! Veer brings Rey up, whips him to ropes, but Rey ducks the boot to dropkick the leg! Rey KICKS the leg, runs, but gets run over! Dom rallies the fans for his dad but Veer looms over Rey. Fans boo, Rey gets to a corner but Veer SPLASHES him! Rey falls over and Veer looms over him again. Dom coaches Rey but Veer drags Rey up to slide him out to the floor! Veer is almost smiling as he goes out after Rey.

Veer tells Dom to stand back, and then he drags Rey into the ring. Veer stomps around, but Rey avoids the big elbow drop! Rey is in a corner, Veer goes after him and whips Rey corner to corner hard! Rey bounces off the buckles and Veer smiles again. Veer stalks Rey while fans rally. Veer kicks Rey to a corner, but Rey holds ropes to deny the whip. Veer kicks and whips again, then runs in, only to get buckles! Rey comes back, tilt-o-whirl headscissors sends Veer into buckles again! Rey KICKS the leg, but Veer blocks the whip! Veer knees Rey low and hard, then brings Rey up to whip him to a corner. Veer snarls, runs corner to corner, but Rey moves and Veer POSTS himself!

Veer tumbles out to the floor but is back on his feet. Dom talks a little trash and Veer BOOTS him down! And then MILLION DOLLAR LARIATS Dom into the timekeeper’s area! Fans boo as Veer gets back n the ring. Rey dropkicks Veer down, KICKS him, then runs. Rey ducks, dodges, and leaps, but into Veer’s arms! Veer swings Rey for a GUTBUSTER! And then, CERVICAL CLUTCH! Rey taps, Veer wins!!

Winner: Veer Mahaan, by submission

The dominance continues as Veer takes down an all-time great! Is Veer right that Rey is too weak? Or will Rey show Veer that real strength is about getting back up after being knocked down?

 

(Austin) Theory heads to the ring.

The ring crew is still setting up the carpet and pedestal as Theory swaggers out with a headset mic on. Theory says he is what a champion looks like, but will he look lesser next to Lashley’s All Mighty muscles? We’ll find out, after the break.

Raw returns once more and Adam Pearce is in the ring for the “Inaugural Theory Invitational Pose-Down,” which Theory has of course issued the challenge to Bobby Lashley. Pearce formally introduces the youngest WWE US Champion in history, weighing in at 220 pounds, (Austin) Theory himself. And now, weighing in at 273 pounds, it is the All Mighty, Bobby Lashley! Lashley makes his entrance and gets in the ring to flex and set off the pyro. Theory talks some smack already but Pearce says there are ground rules. This is a spectator sport, and each man gets one attempt at three poses: Double Biceps; Side Chest; and “Most Muscular,” with the winner being decided by the fans in attendance.

Theory gets his headset going and says no, Pearce botched that. This is Theory’s show, but Pearce says Theory needs to get on the podium now to start the contest. Theory knows that and he’ll get on there, but he- Pearce tells Theory to get on the podium or be disqualified. Theory scowls and says fine! He puts his title down, gets on the podium, and starts with the Double Biceps. Theory flexes with the spotlight on him, and then he moves into the Side Chest! And lastly, MOST MUSCULAR! Theory talks trash as he flexes everything he’s got. Lashley does applaud, but Theory talks trash as he freestyles his own poses.

Lashley tells Theory to get off and to stop stalling. Theory brought this on himself, he’s getting what he deserves. Lashley will kick his ass at his own contest, and then kick his ass in a match, and like he said before, he’s taking the title from him. Lashley steps up, and he gets the spotlight for the Double Biceps! Fans fire up and love even the Side Chest! Theory tries to play it all off but then Lashley goes into Most Muscular, and that is EXTREMELY Muscular! Lashley also strikes a Hogan/Liger pose, and now the fans will determine the winner. Who thinks- NO NO NO! Theory doesn’t want anyone talking or booing or whatever!

But fans chant for Lashley, even as Theory demands them to say his name. It is clear that Lashley has won so Pearce makes it official!

Winner: Bobby Lashley

Lashley smiles but Theory wants everyone to hold on. There’s still one last pose. If Lashley thinks he can win, if he wants the title match, the last pose is this: BABY OIL TO THE EYES! Theory has blinded Lashley and is taunting him before the DROPKICK! Lashley staggers about outside the ring and refs hurry to wash out the baby oil. Theory takes selfies to “celebrate” him having the last laugh. But will Lashley show this poser that all the pictures in the world won’t save him or his title reign?


My Thoughts:

Well, up until the ending there, this was a really fun Raw. Theory and Lashley having a “Pose-Down” so Lashley can win against Theory without winning a match, and so that Theory can get heat at the same time, was just dumb. Was this supposed to be like HHH VS Scott Steiner from back in the day? That wasn’t a main event segment, was it? Because maybe back then, they understood it wouldn’t work as a closing segment. This would’ve been good in the middle, but I guess this goes hand-in-hand with Theory being Vince’s new pet project, and with how they’re setting him up against Cena, who Theory namedropped in his promo. Theory is being given the main event shine, even though this segment wasn’t worthy.

What was worthy was Rollins VS Styles in their MITB qualifier. Rollins has a very good promo to add to his story with Cody Rhodes, and I like that Styles get a shot on him right after. Rollins winning makes a lot of sense, he is definitely going to be a frontrunner for the Men’s MITB, and it fits the story with Cody because if Cody can make a return for the Rumble, Cody can go to Mania to take on Roman, and Rollins really can try to top the Heist of the Century. Finally, some good long term booking hopefully. The Women’s MITB qualifier tonight was pretty good, but I mostly like that we got Liv and Bliss as a team, I hope they carry this past MITB.

Becky of course wants in on MITB, but I did like the misdirect with the 24/7 Championship and Dana. Asuka making the save made sense, and now these two are poised to face each other for a spot in the ladder match. It feels like a shame that only one will make it in with this, but maybe they’ll have one of those “second/last chance” matches. If Becky ends up losing to Asuka, Becky can get in on that last chance and win her way back in. Every little step helps Becky’s “comeback” feel even bigger, and she’d make a great Ms. MITB if she and Rollins get to be side-by-side with those briefcases.

I kinda wish Cedric won against MVP, because otherwise it’s like his story against MVP and Omos has stalled out already. And Ali losing to Gable seems to be a sign that’s a new feud. I wish they’d do a bit more with Cedric and Ali, and maybe even make them a team after all this time post 205 Live. Veer winning against Rey is big for him in kayfabe because it’s Rey Mysterio, but I wish the match was made to feel a bit bigger. I suppose there could be a Men’s MITB qualifier between them as the rematch, but I feel like Veer would just win that, too. And this newest Kevin VS Ezekiel was great stuff, and it was hilarious how Kevin lost his temper and then lost by count-out. And I cannot wait to see how they’re going to give us Zeke and Elias in the same place at the same time.

We got a very good opening MizTV because Heyman was here to give us a good promo. Riddle had a good promo in response, and the “all or nothing” stipulation for Riddle is not a bad twist on the story. Riddle’s match with Ciampa was very good, and he gets momentum towards his match with Roman, but I still don’t see Riddle winning the title. For one, the match is happening on SmackDown, and as awesome as it would be for buzz, they’re not dethroning Roman on TV. And Riddle being blocked by stipulation could be a way to delay him until one day, someone does get the belt off Roman and we enter some brave new era.

My Score: 8.3/10


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

The Czar and… HIM!

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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Ilja Dragunov confronts Carmelo Hayes face to face!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Ilja Dragunov is here!

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

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

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

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

 

NXT Media catches up with Ava Raine.

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

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

 

Kelani Jordan VS Kiana James w/ Izzi Dame!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Kiana James, by pinfall

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

 

NXT shares footage from after last week’s show.

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

 

The Good Brothers VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Good Brothers, by pinfall

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

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

 

Ava Raine is on the phone.

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

 

Roxanne Perez VS Jakara Jackson w/ Lash Legend!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Roxanne Perez, by submission

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

 

Thea Hail talks with Jacy Jayne & Jazmyn Nyx.

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

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

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

 

The Wolf Dogs are backstage.

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

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

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

 

DIJAK VS Luca Crusifino!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Dijak, by pinfall

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

 

Backstage interview with Noam Dar & Oro Mensah.

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

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

 

Lyra Valkyria is here!

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

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

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

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

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

 

Brooks Jensen confronts Oba Femi!

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

 

Backstage interview with Carmelo Hayes.

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

 

Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone VS Lexis King!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Von Wagner, by pinfall

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

 

Tatum and Lyra regroup backstage.

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

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

 

Dijak argues with Ava.

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

 

Gigi Dolin VS Jaida Parker w/ OTM!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Jaida Parker, by pinfall

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

 

Waves are rolling in.

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Roadblock!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Dar: 0; Dempsey: 1

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

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

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

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

Dar: 0; Dempsey: 1

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

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

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

Dar: 0; Dempsey: 1

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

Dar: 1; Dempsey: 1

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

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

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

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

 

NXT Media catches up with Shawn Spears.

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

 

Ilja Dragunov is back in the ring!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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Andrew’s TNA Xplosion Results & Match Ratings: 2.22.2024

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

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

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

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

 

Ratings:

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

 

Results:

Mike Bailey vs Jai Vidal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overall Score: 5.5/10

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

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


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