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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (9/20/22)

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Can the Big Strong Boy trump the Irish Ace?

Both Tyler Bate and JD McDonagh have faced Bron Breakker before, and they both want another shot! Who will be the NEW #1 Contender to the NXT Championship?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Best of 3 Series, Part 2: Nathan Frazer VS Axiom, Axiom leads 1-0; Frazer wins and ties the series.
  • Toxic Attraction VS Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley; Toxic Attraction wins.
  • Malik Blade & Edris Enofe VS The Dyad w/ Joe Gacy; The Dyad wins.
  • Wendy Choo VS Cora Jade; Cora wins.
  • Andre Chase & Bodhi Hayward w/ Thea Hail VS Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams; Chase & Bodhi win.
  • Sanga VS Von Wagner; Wagner wins.
  • North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Oro Mensah VS Grayson Waller; Mensah wins and advances to Halloween Havoc.
  • NXT Championship #1 Contender’s Match: JD McDonagh VS Tyler Bate; McDonagh wins and will challenge Bron Breakker for the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Carmelo Hayes and Solo Sikoa end up in the same interview.

And Melo ain’t happy about it. Solo says the title looks better on him. Melo shot and missed. But Shawn Michaels says they’re not doing this right now. They’re both meeting here because of how their match ended. HBK commends Solo stepping up but he wasn’t sanctioned to be in that match. Therefore, that match result cannot stand. Solo must vacate the North American Championship. HBK is sorry, but he’s been there. It sucks. Solo understands, rules are rules. Solo has unfinished business then. HBK wants Solo to know something. What he did here over the last year is staggering, so good luck on SmackDown, Raw and wherever his WWE career takes him.

Solo told Melo he had next. Melo says Solo had next. Now beat it. And HBK, thank you for making the right decision. What? He expects to get this handed back to him? Melo tried to outsmart the system and got burned. HBK doesn’t care if Melo is cocky, he even respects that. But as soon as you think you’re bigger than the business, the business slaps you in the face. And that’s what happened. Melo will get his chance to get this belt back, in six weeks at Halloween Havoc! Melo and four others who qualify over the next few weeks will compete for the North American title, in a LADDER MATCH!

Melo accepts that and heads out. Who will join him in that massive match to crown a NEW North American Champion?

 

Best of 3 Series, Part 2: Nathan Frazer VS Axiom!

The British Prodigy lost the all important first round to the Undeniable Truth, but now he gets a chance to start again! Will Frazer tie this series up and push it to a third? Or will Axiom keep this from becoming a trilogy?

The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Axiom waistlocks but Frazer arm-drags Axiom. Axiom headscissors, fans duel, and Frazer kips free. They circle again, tie up, and Axiom wrenches an arm. Axiom stands Frazer up, whips him to ropes, but Frazer rolls Axiom! TWO, but Frazer hurries to backslide! Axiom slips off to La Magistrol! But Frazer counters! TWO!! Axiom waistlocks, Frazer slips under, O’Conner Rolls, ONE! SLEEPER!! Frazer flails, rolls back to a cover, TWO!! Axiom lets go in time and fans cheer the standoff. The two reset and circle again as fans continue to duel.

They knuckle lock, Axiom rolls back, wrenches, trips Frazer and has the toehold. Frazer endures, pushes up to roll but Axiom handsprings through! Fans fire up as the two go again. They tie up, Frazer headlocks but axiom powers out. Frazer runs him over, covers, ONE! Frazer runs Axiom over again! Cover, ONE! Frazer headlocks for a takeover and he grinds Axiom down! Axiom rolls to a cover, TWO! Frazer holds on, Axiom fights up to his feet, but Frazer spins and waistlocks to drag Axiom down. Axiom switches, fans rally, and Frazer fights up. Axiom shifts to a headlock then hits a takeover.

Frazer endures, headscissors, and he holds tight! Frazer pushes up for pressure but Axiom moves around. Axiom heastands, turns Frazer over and bridges to get the legs tied up! Axiom shifts to get the arms and he has a headstand into the CATTLE MUTILATION! Frazer moves, Axiom has the arms but Frazer flips and arm-drags free! Axiom ducks ‘n’ dodges and springboards to arm-drag! Then a kip up and DROPKICK! Frazer scrambles, he denies the O’Conner but runs into a BIG NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Axiom looms over Frazer, whips him to a corner, but Frazer goes up and over!

Axiom catches Frazer but Frazer headscissors him out! Frazer builds speed but Axiom ROCKS him! Axiom climbs up the corner, leaps, but Frazer DROPKICKS him out of the sky! Axiom scrambles to get away to the outside! Frazer is frustrated as NXT goes picture in picture.

Frazer goes out after Axiom, drags him up, and RAMS him into the apron! Frazer puts Axiom in the ring, ELBOWS him down, then covers, TWO! Frazer is frustrated again, and he drags Axiom. Frazer hangs Axiom out to dry on the ropes, then DECKs him! Axiom flops to the apron but he holds on to the ropes. Frazer drags Axiom up and through the ropes, but Axiom kicks at Frazer! Frazer still drags Axiom in, YANKS him from the ropes, and SPLASHES down! Cover, TWO! Frazer drags Axiom back up, puts him in a corner and whips him corner to corner hard! Axiom hits buckles chest first and falls back.

Frazer storms up on Axiom but Axiom CHOPS him! Frazer DECKS Axiom and stomps away! Frazer puts Axiom in another corner, RAMS into him, then RAMS in again! Frazer gets the leg and trips Axiom for a jackknife bridge! TWO, and Axiom scrambles away. Frazer grows further frustrated but he storms up on Axiom again. Frazer drags Axiom up, and fisherman’s for a GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Axiom is showing his toughness, and fans rally up. Frazer whips Axiom to ropes, then kitchen sink KNEES him down! Cover, TWO! Frazer is really frustrated now, and he clamps on with a rear bearhug.

Axiom endures, reaches out and crawls for ropes as NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally and duel, Frazer KNEES Axiom in the back, and then squeezes tighter on the bearhug. Axiom fights up to his feet but Frazer CLUBS him on the back! Frazer whips, Axiom reverses and reels him in for an IRON OCTOPUS! But Frazer slips out to get a COBRA TWIST! Axiom hip tosses free! Frazer staggers up, Axiom fires off forearms and counter punches! Axiom headbutts low, fires off palm strikes then whips! And DROPKICKS! Fans fire up as Axiom runs, to HOTSHOT Frazer! And then springboard, FLYING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!

Frazer is still in this, and perhaps Axiom is growing frustrated. Hard to say with that mask on. Fans rally and Axiom aims to KICK! Frazer sits up and Axiom KICKS him again! And again, but Frazer blocks! Axiom avoids the leg sweep to ENZIGURI! But Frazer ENZIGURIS back! Frazer goes to roll up but Axiom sits on it! TWO!! Fans are thunderous, Axiom dodges Frazer to PELE! Axiom fires up and takes aim from the corner! GOLDEN- SUPERKICK from Frazer!! Cover, TWO!!! Axiom survives and Frazer can’t believe it! But the fans are loving “NXT! NXT!” for this one! Frazer hurries to a corner and climbs up top! Axiom gets up to GAMANGIRI first!

Axiom climbs up after Frazer now, and hits a SUPER ARM-DRAG! Cover, TWO!! Frazer survives and Axiom is beside himself! Fans rally, “This is Awesome!” as Axiom waistlocks. Frazer holds ropes, Axiom has the SLEEPER! Frazer elbows free, then elbows from the corner! QUEBRADA, into the SLEEPER! Axiom has the body scissors but Frazer fights up to his feet! But Axiom shifts to a GUILLOTINE! And then to an omoplata! Frazer gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans fire up but Axiom lets off, to STOMP Frazer down! Fans boo the savagery but Axiom goes up top. Axiom aims but Frazer springs up top! SUPERPLEX!

Roll through a la Rollins, for ANARCHY!! Frazer hurries up top again, for the PHOENIX SPLASH!! Cover, Frazer wins!!

Winner: Nathan Frazer, by pinfall (series is now tied 1-1)

The British Prodigy finds his opening and hits the mark! Now it’ll all come down to the final round, who will take the series and rise in the ranks?

 

Alba Fyre speaks.

“Mandy Rose. Your reign as Women’s Champion has been historic. You’ve blazed through opponent after opponent. But last week, when we locked eyes, I smelled your soul. I’ve seen the fear building up inside you. And in your heart, you know that I’m going to be the one to take that woman’s title away from you and burn your empire to the ground.”

Mandy Rose sees that.

Gigi & Jacy ask if she’s okay. Yeah, why? She’s not impressed by Fyre. Mandy will take out Fallon Henley next week, and then she’ll do the same thing to Alba Fyre. Now tonight, Gigi & Jacy has to show us why there’s Toxic Attraction, and then everyone else. The trio heads out, will Gigi & Jacy prove they’re ready to get the tag titles back?

 

Damon Kemp speaks.

He throws down the Diamond Mine singlet and sprays a red X on it. “Did you see the Creeds’ faces when I cost them the tag team titles last week? It was priceless. It’s the same dumb look they had on their faces when they were trying to figure out if it was Roddy that was on the take from Tony D. Roddy didn’t take any money, I did. It was all set up so Tony & Stacks could win the tag team titles. But Santos came back and ruined it. IT was only a matter of time before Julius and Roddy were gonna clash.

“Then Roddy said he pulled the security footage to help clear his name. I thought I was dead in the water, I knew I had to get ride of the footage. So, I destroyed Roddy’s phone, then I destroyed Roddy. Did you know he’s still in this hospital? Maybe. I just sent him flowers. The Creed Brothers were pissed at me before, I can only imagine how they’re feeling right now. They’re probably in the gym right now, pacing. Listen, I am a world class athlete, but I am not gonna fight the Creed Brothers two on one. That’s not fair. One on one, any time, any place. One in the ring, and one back in the locker room. They can pick who gets this work first. That’s all you get today.”

 

Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley hear about this.

The Diamond Pitbull is pissed! It was Damon all along?! Tatum wants Ivy to calm down but she can’t! Damon’s all but destroyed Diamond Mine! Tatum says there’s nothing they can do about that now. Julius & Brutus will handle Damon while they have business with Toxic Attraction. Focus. Ivy IS focused! Let’s go! But did Damon do more damage than to just Roderick and the Creeds with his betrayal?

Toxic Attraction VS Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley!

KC Squared have the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, and in many ways, Gigi & Jacy kept them safe against their other challengers. But now, Gigi & Jacy want the gold back around their waists. Will they get their rematch with Kayden & Katana? Or will Diamond Mine get some gold of their own again?

The teams sort out and Gigi starts against Tatum. Fans rally as Gigi and Tatum tie up. Gigi wrenches, wristlocks, and whips, but Tatum reverses. Things speed up, Tatum hurdles but Gigi leaps over. Tatum goes Matrix then DROPKICKS Gigi down! Gigi gets up, Tatum facelocks but Gigi keeps her from Ivy! Gigi blocks a kick, flips Tatum but she lands on her feet! Gigi CLOBBERS Tatum and tags in Jacy! Toxic Attraction double wrench, double KICK, then BUZZSAW and SENTON! Cover, TWO! Jacy smirks and she KICKS Tatum in the back. Jacy taunts “muscles” Ivy, but Tatum O’Conner Rolls! TWO, and Tatum ROCKS Jacy! Jacy reverses the whip to CLOBBER Tatum!

Jacy tags Gigi, then feeds Tatum to the BOOT! Gigi hurries to cover, TWO! Gigi drags Tatum around, CLUBS her down, then pulls the arms back to keep Tatum from Ivy. Fans rally as Tatum endures a top wristlock. Gigi JAMS the arm, Tatum still fights up, but Gigi knees low. Gigi whips Tatum and ROCKS her at the ropes! But Tatum rolls Gigi up! TWO, and both women run, DOUBLE FACEBUSTERS take them down! Fans fire up as Gigi and Tatum crawl, hot tags to Jacy and Ivy! The Female Titan rallies on Toxic Attraction with big forearms! Ivy KICKS, KICKS and ENZIGURIS! Jacy flops down, Ivy runs in at the corner to CALF KICK!

Fans fire up with Ivy and she deadlift Half Hatch suplexes! Cover, Gigi breaks it! Tatum runs in, but into Gigi’s SAIDO! Ivy hurries after Jacy but Jacy ROLLING ELBOWS her! Tag to Gigi and Jacy hits a CODE BREAKER! But Ivy avoids the lariat to ROCK Gigi! And ENZIGURI Jacy! Ivy has Jacy but Gigi YANKS her out of the ring! Fans boo as Gigi puts Ivy back in. Tag to Jacy, TOXIC ANNIHILATION! Cover, Toxic Attraction wins!

Winners: Toxic Attraction, by pinfall

Gigi & Jacy blow kisses to everyone, happily moving on down the road towards the titles! Will Kayden & Katana have to be ready for a toxic showdown?

 

NXT returns to The Schism in the ring.

Jagger Reed says, “Last week signified the end of opportunities for those who are on the fence about The Schism. The time has come for you to pick a side!” No longer will The Schism turn the other cheek. And to anyone not sitting in the shade of their tree, you’ve been warned! Rip Fowler says to those enlightened few brave enough to break the status quo and sit with them under their tree, “you have nothing to fear. We will never abandon you. In fact, we will hold you tighter in our arms.” Jagger says the road to peace and inclusivity is a bumpy one. But they will make the world a better place and accept that mission.

Joe Gacy says we’ve brought this upon ourselves. “Change can be scary, but we have given you ample time to accept the change. Now, whether you accept us or not, you will see the world through our eyes. Cameron Grimes, you have had multiple chances, and I have been more than patient. I have tried reasoning, I have tried compassion, but it seems that this world only responds to a firm hand. Cameron Grimes, you have made a life altering decision. And to you and anyone else that refuses to listen, the wrath of The Schism is imminent.” But wait! Here come Edris & Malik! They fire off on The Dyad for that brawl last week!

Edris & Malik DECK Jagger & Rip, then DOUBLE PLANCHA! Fans fire up and we have a match! Will The Schism learn what happens to hypocrites?

Malik Blade & Edris Enofe VS The Dyad w/ Joe Gacy!

The bell rings, Malik goes after Rip but Rip throws haymakers! And CHOPS! And forearms! Rip whips but Malik reverses to hurdle and dropkick! Fans fire up with Malik and he brings Rip up. Malik scoops, Rip slips off to wrench and RAM shoulders. Rip whips but Edris tags in. Malik reverses, he and Edris trip Rip up to BOOT and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Edris wrenches Rip, Rip pulls hair and the ref reprimands. Rip puts Edris in the corner, tags Jagger, and the Dyad traps Edris to mug him! Jagger reels Edris in for a short arm LARIAT! Cover, ONE!! Jagger is annoyed, he ROCKS Edris with a haymaker!

Tag to Rip, but Edris fights back! The Dyad mugs Edris again but Edris BOOTS Rip away! Edris ducks the double clothesline to hot tag Malik! Springboard CROSSBODY! Edris DOUBLE LARIATS the Dyad out, then holds the ropes down for Malik to FLY! Direct hit and Gacy is furious while NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and Jagger ROCKS Malik with a right, but Malik ROCKS Jagger with haymakers of his own! Jagger powers Malik back, Rip tags in, then Jagger whips Malik. Rip grabs at Malik’s sweater vest, Malik swings on Rip but Jagger CLOBBERS Malik! Fans boo but Jagger throws Malik out. Rip then gets Malik up, PLANCHA BACKBREAKER COMBO! Fans boo more but The Schism soak up the heat while hugging it out! Fans boo more but Rip puts Malik in the ring. Rip drags Malik up, ROCKS him, then tags Jagger. The Dyad mug Malik, Jagger snapmares and stomps Malik down!

Fans rally up and Malik throws body shots! But Jagger ROCKS Malik with forearms! Jagger drags Malik by his sweater vest then ROCKS him again. Tag to Rip, The Dyad double whip Malik to ropes, but Malik holds ropes to rally back on The Dyad! Hot tag to Edris and he fires off on The Dyad! SPLASH for Jagger in a corner! SPLASH for Rip in a corner! Edris fires off haymakers on Rip but Jagger rushes over. Edris just fires haymakers on Jagger! Fans fire up with Edris, he dodges Jagger to UPPERCUT Rip! Then he SHOTGUNS Jagger! Rip reverses a whip but Edris trips him up! SLING-DOG! Edris fires up and brings Rip up.

Rip wrenches to JAWBREAKER! Malik sneaks a tag, Edris KNEES Rip! Malik runs in, LEAP FROG LEG DROP SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Rip survives and fans argue the count but Malik stays focused and fired up! Tag to Edris, they get Rip up in a fireman’s carry, but Jagger dumps Malik out! Rip rolls Edris up, TWO and Edris has a cradle! TWO!!! Rip escapes and throat chops! Tag to Jagger, MAYHEM DESTROYER!! Fans are losing their minds over that one, but then there’s the TICKET TO RIDE!! Cover, The Dyad wins!

Winners: The Dyad, by pinfall

Gacy joins his men in celebrating, having showed Edris & Malik what happens to the opposition. Will there be zero tolerance for those who incur the wrath of The Schism?

 

Roxanne Perez speaks.

“Meiko Satomura is a legend, and in my opinion, the true measuring stick of women in this business. I challenged Meiko because I wanted to find out where I stood. I was very nervous, it was pretty obvious. I’m sure everyone saw me slip during my entrance because I knew I was in for a battle. I’ve never been hit harder in my life. I still have bruises on my back two weeks later. I hit her with everything I had, but she proved why she’s Meiko. I may have lost the match, but I gained Meiko’s respect.” Meiko says Roxie was super tough. Meiko was hard on her but she still stood up to her. Roxie has fighting sprit, and will be a great women’s champion one day.

Roxie found the toughness and grit she never knew she had. She can never thank Meiko enough. And that is what Roxie will use on Cora Jade! The next time they face off, Cora is going to face a tougher, rougher Roxie! When and where will the former friends have it out?

 

Wendy Choo VS Cora Jade!

The Queen of Comfy didn’t appreciate what was said by #GenerationJade. Will Wendy prove to Cora that Cora’s the one in her own little world? Or will Cora make Wendy go night-night tonight?

NXT returns as Cora makes her entrance. The bell rings, the two circle, and fans duel. The two tie up, Cora puts Wendy in a corner but the ref counts. Cora lets off and pats Wendy on the head. Wendy SHOVES Cora down! Cora gets up, Wendy gets around and headlocks! Wendy hits a takeover, but Cora headscissors free. Cora holds on as Wendy tries to kip free, so Wendy moves around. Wendy headstands, pops free and mocks Cora before getting her own headlock. Fans fire up but Cora pushes with forearms. Wendy holds on, they stand up and Cora powers out. Wendy runs Cora over, things speed up, and Wendy body scissors to a cover, TWO!

Wendy SHOTGUNS Cora down! Cora goes to a corner, Wendy runs side to side to YAKUZA KCIK! Cora flounders out of the ring, so Wendy builds speed to slide! Cora blocks that, spins Wendy and ROCKS her! Cora snarls, stomps Wendy down, and CLUBS her. Cora CHOKES Wendy on the ropes, lets off as the ref counts, and Cora mocks Wendy as she sputters. Cora ROCKS Wendy with forearms then whips her to ropes, only to send her into ropes and ELBOW her down! Cover, TWO! Fans duel, Cora stomps Wendy, and then Cora runs to springboard DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Cora pulls Wendy back into a straitjacket stretch!

Fans rally and Wendy endures but Cora thrashes her around. Fans rally as Cora pulls o the arms. Wendy fights up, arm-drags free, and then throws a body shot! And a KICK! And a LARIAT! Wendy fires up, whips Cora to ropes and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! Cora staggers to a corner, Wendy handspring FOREARMS her! Cora holds ropes to deny the suplex, but Wendy yanks her away! GERMAN SUPLEX! Cora goes back to the corner, Wendy runs in, but Cora trips her into the buckles! DDT! Cover, Cora wins!

Winner: Cora Jade, by pinfall

Cora turns things around on Wendy at the last second, then “kicks dirt” at her. Cora heads out, will she be headed for the top of NXT? And then Lash Legend gets in the ring! She BOOTS Wendy down! Fans boo Lash as she talks trash on Wendy, will Wendy have another ego to deal with?

 

Backstage interview with Bron Breakker.

McKenzie asks the NXT Champion about Bate VS McDonagh in tonight’s main event. Bron first wants to thank the fans for voting him as the NXT Superstar of the Year. Now, tonight. Bate has a great mix of strength, speed and agility while JD picks a body part and dissects it. It is main event worthy for sure. But who does he think will win? It could go either way, but Bron picks Bate. They had a banger at Worlds Collide, Bron would love to do that again. Bron heads out, will the Big Strong Boy come through for him? Or will Bron regret betting against the Irish Ace?

 

Trick Williams talks with Carmelo Hayes backstage.

Trick says what happened last week is the past. Today is a new day. Melo IS the man. Carmelo says yes he is! They head for gorilla, what will the former A Champion have to say about the coming ladder match?

 

Backstage interview with Oro Mensah.

Kelly Kingcaid says what a unique name and what an exciting night. We know what Oro can do from NXT UK, but what does he say to his match with Grayson Waller being a North American Championship Ladder Match qualifier? Oro says he came to NXT to face the best, Waller is one of the best, as he will tell you himself. He even tweets about it! But the uniqueness of his name, he’ll explain what it means. “Oro” means “Gold,” and Ghana is known as the Country of Gold. Now tonight, Oro will make sure he qualifies for that ladder match! Then good luck! Oro thanks Kelly and is all fired up. Will the Freshest Flavor on the Brand have one sweet debut?

 

Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams head to the ring!

Fans chant “SOLO~!” at them as they get the mics. Trick has the music cut and tells everyone to shut their mouths. “Y’all saw what happened last week. Solo musta lost his mind! Melo needs to get something off his chest, now talk your talk, dawg.” Melo says first off, he says vote or no vote, he IS the biggest superstar in NXT! PERIOD. Fans boo in disagreement but Solo says everyone’s preying on his downfall, and last week proves it. So what Melo wants now is the person that played the music and rang the bell and even the referee that counted the pinfall, they should ALL lose their jobs! Sign up for unemployment!

Fans boo but Melo tells Solo, “I don’t care what bloodline you come from, You came into my house and you stole something that belongs to me. So it doesn’t matter which way you flip it, I am still THE A Champion!” Wait, here comes CHASE U! Fans fire up for Andre Chase, Bodhi Hayward & Thea Hail, and Chase has the mic. “Carmelo Hayes, I saw what happened last week. And I think what we have right now-” NO! NO! Melo will stop Chase right there! Any other time, but now’s not the time. This is serious business! Chase says Melo may not want to hear this, but last week, we had-

Trick says to stop there! He doesn’t care if Chase is backed by all of Chase U, Thea Hail, Bodhi, Brody, Jabronies, it don’t matter! Don’t you finish that line! “What we have right now…” Don’t do it…! “IS A TEACHABLE MOMENT!!” And the brawl is on! Melo & Trick bail out, fans fire up, and a ref hurries out! We’ve got ourselves a tag match, playa!

Andre Chase & Bodhi Hayward w/ Thea Hail VS Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams!

The bell rings, Chase and Trick start and Chase gets a headlock. Trick powers out, things speed up, and Trick hurdles. Chase blocks the hip toss to give a hip toss! Fans fire up but Trick ROCKS Chase! Trick bumps Chase off buckles, tags in Melo, and they double whip Chase. Trick DROPKICKS Chase down, Melo talks trash and covers, ONE! Melo drags Chase up to CHOP! And ROCK! Fans rally but Melo snapmares Chase. Chase gets up to wrench and wristlock! Tag to Bodhi, they double whip and double ELBOW Melo! Bodhi wrenches, but Melo ROCKS Bodhi! And CHOPS! Tag to Trick, they mug Bodhi but fans rally up.

Trick suplexes Bodhi, then mocks Chase U. Trick CLUBS Bodhi, but Bodhi turns things around into an arm-drag! Three-point stance, FLYING TACKLE! Fans fire up and Bodhi tags Chase! Chase CHOPS Trick, clinches, but Trick ROCKS Chase! Trick whips, Chase reverses and hits a RUSISAN LEG SWEEP! Fans fire up and they spell along with the stomps, “CHASE U!” Tag to Bodhi and he drags Trick up. Bodhi facelocks, torture racks, but Melo tags in! Melo drags Trick off and they DOUBLE LARIAT Bodhi! Fans duel, Melo SPRINGBOARD LARIATS! Melo shoots his three then SUPERKICKS Bodhi down! Cover, TWO!

Melo is frustrated but he brings Bodhi around. Tag to Trick, they mug Bodhi more, but fans chant, “Whoop That Trick!” Trick stomps away on Bodhi, then throws a hard body shot! And an UPPERCUT! Trick runs, but Bodhi ducks the flying shoulder! Hot tag to Chase! Chase JABS Trick, JABS, DECKS Melo, CHOPS Trick, and atomic drops! Trick hobbles into a scoop SLAM! Fans fire up with Chase and he goes up a corner! But Trick gets under the leap! Pop-up UPPERCUT! Hot tag to Melo and he runs in to BOOT Chase down! SUPERKICK for Bodhi! Melo runs, springboards, but into a roll and cradle! CHASE U WINS!!!

Winner: Andre Chase & Bodhi Hayward, by pinfall

WHOA!! The Professor just taught the A Champion something! NEVER underestimate your opponent, no matter who they are! Will this help Chase get a spot in that ladder match?

 

Gallus is having a good time backstage.

Joe Coffey throws darts while the boys play cards. The good ol’ boys & Fallon Henley walk in and Josh Briggs asks what the big X is for. That’s the Scottish flag… But anyway, the country trio thought Gallus was on their way outta here after losing the tag title match. No, they thought they’d stick it out. They kinda like it here. And this is a closed game. The kids games are down the block. Go Fish. Oh, be careful now. Brooks Jensen might put you boys under the table. Better yet, let’s put Gallus through a table! But then security rushes in to stop this from breaking down into a brawl. Briggs tells Gallus it’ll take more than a bit of chaos to scare them off!

Wolfgang says if they want a fight, they’ll get a fight! More security rushes in and they have Briggs & Jensen stand down. Will we see a showdown between these two teams soon enough?

 

Sanga VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone!

The Giant Gentlemen didn’t like how Vicious Von talks around the ladies, and now he’s going toe to toe, behemoth against behemoth! Will Sanga humble the hulking brute? Or will even Sanga see that this is Wagner’s World, and he’s just living in it?

The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Von dodges and RAMS Sanga, but Sanga rebounds to run Von over! Sanga storms up but into an elbow! Von throws hands and kicks then whips, but Sanga blocks to reverse. Von holds ropes, he elbows Sanga away, but Sanga CLOBBERS Von! Fans fire up and Sanga scoops Von! Von slips off to RAM Sanga into a corner. Von fires off with hands and stomps and point-blank clotheslines! Fans boo, the ref counts, but Sanga counter punches Von! Sanga ROCKS Von, Von knees low! Von CLUBS Sanga, KNEES him and CLUBS him more! Von clamps on for a neck wrench but Sanga endures.

Fans rally, Sanga fights up and he throws body shots! Fans cheer Sanga and he SPLASHES in the corner! Sanga scoops for a SIDEWALK SLAM! Von bails out and Sanga BOOTS him off the apron! Fans fire up but the ref keeps Sanga back to start the ring count. Sanga goes out the side and he storms up on Von to CLOBBER him! Fans fire up with Sanga, and Stone leaps in!? Sanga catches Stone, but Von POSTS Sanga! Fans boo as Von POSTS Sanga again! And then RAMS him into the steel steps! Von puts Sanga in the ring, Von runs, and he BOOTS Sanga! Sanga rebounds, but into the fireman’s carry!! Von powers up to TKO!! Cover, Von wins!

Winner: Von Wagner, by pinfall

Fans boo but Von roars! Will this insane display of power prove Von is ready for a title opportunity?

 

Wes Lee speaks.

“Trick and Melo really did a number on me. But not good enough. The medical team says I’m cleared for action, so I’m more than ready to qualifier for this North American title ladder match.” There’s a rumor going around that Wes doesn’t even need to qualify, and it’s true. But Wes won’t accept special treatment. The fans entursted him to walk out with the title last week, but he let them down. There is no bye week, Wes is gonna EARN his shot! Will he make the ladder match must-see?

Channing “Stacks” Lorenzo responds to this.

What a touching story from our guy, Wes Lee. “But he must have rocks for brains! What a stunad! You always take the free ride.” But that’s Wes’s decision. He’s taking on The Don, Tony D’Angelo, in that qualifier! Will Tony D ruin Wes’s redemption?

 

Cameron Grimes speaks.

“Joe Gacy, you target the vulnerable and feast on the weak. But Cameron Grimes is neither of them! You preach about peace and compassion, but next week, you won’t find either of them! Cuz I’m gonna chop down that Schism tree, throw it in the woodchipper, and use it as fuel to go TO! THE! MOON!!” Grimes is all fired up, will he burn down Gacy’s tree of woe once and for all?

 

North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Oro Mensah VS Grayson Waller!

The Hottest Superstar Under the Sun is a former NXT UK Tag Team Champion, but he’s made the jump to NXT prime to heat back up! Will he be the first of four to qualifier for the coming title match? Or will the Grayson Waller Effect ruin Oro’s debut for his own success?

NXT returns as Oro makes his entrance. The bell rings and Waller talks trash before he JABS Oro! Waller whips, Oro reverses and hurdles, then he goes to hip toss. Waller blocks to CLOBBER Oro, then he shows off with drop steps. Waller kicks Oro around, wrenches his arm and wristlocks, but Oro rolls and handsprings. Waller throws Oro by his hair! Waller grinds the armlock but Oro kips up! Waller pulls hair again to throw Oro back down! Oro kips up again, but Waller throws him down again! Fans rally and duel, oddly, and Oro kips up. Waller arm-drags but Oro arm-drags back! Waller freaks out as his move backfires!

Oro CLUBS Waller’s arm, wrenches it, but Waller pulls hair again. Waller whips, Oro reverses and runs in to Tiger Wall Kick! Oro mocks the drop steps and shoots a three to then arm-drag Waller around! Oro body shots and PELES! Fans fire up but Waller SLAPS Oro! Waller won’t be disrespected! Oro fires off hands in return! Oro CLUBS Waller to a corner, CHOPS and ROCKS him, but lets off as the ref counts. Waller storms up but Oro knees low. Waller avoids the scissor kick to Electric Chair SLAM DUNK! Waller KNEES Oro in the back with his drop steps! Waller then drops an elbow and covers, TWO!

Fans chant “WALLER UCKS!” “NO!” as Waller stomps Oro down. Waller stands on Oro’s head but the ref counts. Oro gets up to throw body shots but Waller hits back. Waller whips, Oro ducks ‘n’ dodges, then sunset flips! Waller stays up, drags Oro around and drops another elbow! Waller rains down forearms on the back of Oro’s head! Fans boo and call Waller names, but Waller just clamps onto Oro for hammering elbows! He even takes off his elbow pad to throw more! Cover, TWO! Waller is frustrated but he taunts Oro. Waller fireman’s carries, but Oro fights free! Oro CLUBS Waller, ROCKS him, then ROCKS him again!

Waller kicks low, whips but Oro slides under and rallies on Waller! Oro whips, Waller reverses but Oro QUEBRADAS! Fans fire up and Oro clinches. Waller fires elbows, blocks a boot and flips Oro, but Oro AX KICKS Waller! Fans fire up as Waller goes to the apron and Oro storms over. Waller HOTSHOTS Oro, gets some space, and Waller runs to0 APOLLO CREWS!? Apollo’s bloody red eye scares Waller! And Oro DIVES onto him! Oro puts Waller in, Waller flounders around to a corner, and Oro run sin to WHEEL KICK! Cover, Oro wins!

Winner: Oro Mensah, by pinfall (qualifies for the North American Championship Ladder match)

Apollo looks like Halloween come early, and now the Hottest Superstar Under the Sun is headed to Halloween Havoc! Will Oro live up to his name and have gold around his waist again? Who else joins him and Melo in that match?

 

The Creed Brothers talk and train in the Diamond Dojo.

Brutus knows Julius got cuffed to the cage, but to be honest, he wants to beat Damon’s ass. Julius says that’s good, but Julius is the one who got hit with a backbreaker and a chair. Julius says he’s first. No, Damon cost them both those tag titles. Brutus is first. No, Julius was cuffed to the cage, it’s gonna be him. No, look what Damon did to Brutus’ face! It’s gonna be him! It NEEDS to be Brutus. Julius says fine. He wants Brutus to forget about it being a match. Go out there and END Damon’s career! Deal. The Creeds are out for blood, will they get their pound of flesh from the Golden Gopher?

 

Bron Breakker heads to the ring!

The NXT Champion is accompanied by Connor’s Cure Thriver, Landon “The Conqueror” Chase! Will you help Connor’s Cure conquer cancer? And who conquers who in the main event to get a title rematch with Bron?

 

Sol Ruca speaks.

She loves to express herself creatively in music, photography and art. But her home is the ocean, where it’s just her and the spirit of the water. No distracts, and absolute peace. “But as the tide rises, it’s time to come ashore.” Next week, Sol leaves the sand to hit the ring! Who will be first up to hang ten with the surfer girl?

 

NXT Championship #1 Contender’s Match: JD McDonagh VS Tyler Bate!

NXT returns as The Big Strong Boy makes his entrance, followed by the Irish Ace. The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. Everyone is on Bate’s side as he ties up with JD. JD wrenches to a wristlock but Bate rolls and hooks a leg. JD cranks the wristlock to wrangle Bate and he has a top wristlock now. Bate endures, fights up and kips up to headlock back. JD powers out but Bate goes up and under and baits JD into knuckle locks. Bate waistlocks, baits JD again, leap frogs over, then baits JD into a step over and roll-up! TWO, and Bate runs to CROSSBODY! Cover, ONE! JD gets up into an arm-drag and Bate has an armlock!

Fans cheer, Bate pushes to a cover, ONE! Bate keeps on the arm, but JD rolls and fight sup. Bate wrenches, JD pulls hair! JD has Bate in a corner but the ref counts. JD throws body shots, whips Bate corner to corner, then runs in, but Bate blocks with a boot and knees back! Bate goes up and leaps to FLYING UPPERCUT! Fans fire up as Bate watches JD get up. Bate fireman’s carries and starts the AIRPLANE SPIN! JD slips around to a sunset flip, TWO! Bate has a prawn hold, TWO! JD has the sunset, TWO! Bate’s back with the prawn hold, TWO! JD sunsets again, TWO! Bate high stacks now, TWO as JD pops Bate through, TWO!!

The two get up, Bate swings into a full nelson but he breaks free to victory roll! TWO! JD has it now, TWO! Bate body scissors to a clutch, TWO! JD ELBOWS Bate, jackknifes, TWO as Bate bridges up! Bate spins JD around to backslide, TWO! JD gets Bate up but Bate victory rolls again! TWO!! JD escapes but DOUBLE LARIATS knock them both down! Fans fire up and NXT goes picture in picture.

The ref checks both men and they’re okay to continue. Bate drags JD up to fire off EuroUppers! And CHOPS! JD leans against ropes, Bate headlocks and smacks JD with his boot! Then again! Then he hits a headlock takeover. JD headscissors back, but Bate moves around, pops free, but JD turns Bate’s headlock attempt around into a facelock. Bate fights up, throws body shots, and he powers out. Things speed up again, Bate hurdles and MONKEY FLIPS JD! Then DROPKICKS him out of the ring! JD flops to the floor and Bate builds speed, only for JD to return! URENAGE to STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!

Bate sputters from how fast JD turned that around on him. JD keeps focused, he drags Bate by a leg, and turns him! Bate kicks back from below but JD just grabs that leg! BOSTON CRAB! Bate endures and powers up to crawl forward! JD holds Bate back and he pulls Bate away from the ropes! NXT returns to single picture as fans rally for Bate. JD sits deep on the hold, Bate still endures and he powers up again! Bate powers his way around as the fans rally, and he actually goes backwards to push JD into the ropes! The ref counts the ropebreak, JD lets go, and Bate sits up. JD looms over Bate, drags Bate up, and KICKS him around!

The fans boo as JD has fun kicking away! JD goes to ripcord but Bate blocks! Bate grits his teeth, and he reels JD into a whip! JD goes up and out of the ring!! Even Bron’s surprised by that one! Bate hurries to build speed, and he FLIES! Direct hit and JD hits the desk! Fans fire up and Bron is shocked to see JD smiling through that! Bate drags JD up but JD SMACKS Bate off the desk! JD tells Bron this is going to be Bron next time. But Bate throws a body shot and puts JD in the ring! JD runs in at Bate but into Bate’s arms! Bate hits an EXPLODER! And a kip up! And a STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO!

Fans fire up behind Bate as he drags JD up. Bate gives JD some of those Kowata Kicks! Bate then EuroUppers JD to a corner. Bate runs in but JD slips out! Bate hits buckles, JD slingshots, but into a torture rack! Bate pops JD around to the AIRPLANE SPIN! Fans fire up and count, Bate goes all the way to 20 before the SLAM! Cover, TWO!! JD survives and both men are down as fans fire back up. “This is Awesome!” as both men slowly sit up. Bate gets an arm and he whips JD to a corner. JD tumbles up and out, Bate runs in but JD dumps him! JD PENALTY KICKS from the apron, then ASAI MOONSAULTS! Direct hit and fans fire up!

JD puts Bate in the ring, goes up the corner and 450 SPLASHES! Cover, TWO!! Bate survives but JD doesn’t stop! He stands Bate up to suplex, SHEER DROP BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! This is why Bate’s the UK Triple Crown Winner! But JD drags Bate up to throw JABS! Bate JABS back! JD shakes his head and ROCKS Bate with a right. Bate ROCKS JD, JD JABS, Bate JABS, it’s a boxing match in there, that turns into a fast ‘n’ furious brawl! Bop up, but JD blocks Bang! Bate ducks a haymaker to BANG after all! Underhooks, but JD wrenches out! JD kicks a leg out! Ripcord, DEVLIN- NO! Bate goes up for a DDT, but JD back drops him! Bate still lands on his feet!

Bate rebounds, for the- SPANISH FLY!! But BANG rises from the floor!! Fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” and hope these two “FIGHT FOREVER!” But this has to end somehow, and Bate climbs up the corner. JD ROCKS Bate first! JD climbs up but Bate fires off forearms! Bate then climbs up even higher, and he underhooks the arms! JD resists, and slips out to HEADBUTT! Both men wobble up top, but JD climbs up. JD stands Bate up, “This is Awesome!” as the SUPER SPANISH FLY hits!! Ripcord, DEVLINSIDE!! Cover, JD wins!!

Winner: JD McDonagh, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the NXT Championship)

Bron is a bit upset, but the better man won tonight. The Irish Ace is coming back for another try, will he hit the jackpot at Halloween Havoc? Bron joins JD in the ring to stare him down, but wait! No way! YES WAY! ILJA DRAGUNOV has come back to NXT!! JD is in shock seeing the Czar, and Bron is just smiling ear to ear as another heavy hitter joins the roster! Dragunov gets in the ring with the NXT Champion, and a man he is very familiar with in JD. Bron knows JD is up next, but he holds up his title to tell both men he’s ready for whatever. Will Bron be able to break even UNBESIEGBAR? Or will Dragunov take back the throne he never truly lost?


My Thoughts:

An awesome episode that really set up a lot of great stuff for Halloween Havoc. For one, what a surprise with the North American Championship situation. I guess giving up the title confirms that Solo is fully called up to RawDown, but that is a great way to give opportunities to a lot of other guys. Wes Lee had a good promo, and Stacks had a good enough response to set up Wes VS Tony D. I would think Wes beats Tony to get into the ladder match so that Wes can settle things with Melo, and I feel like Wes should be the one that wins the whole thing. We did get a great tag match out of Melo & Trick VS Chase U, though, and what a great surprise for Chase U to win. I hope this also means Andre Chase gets in the ladder match just to establish he’s moving up in the ranks.

Von VS Sanga was a great hoss fight, but I’m a bit bummed Von won this. I guess Von still needs to be seen as a threat, but who knows where he goes next. Oro VS Waller was a great match to introduce Oro (Oliver Carter) to NXT USA, and a great return for Apollo to screw Waller over. I have a feeling Apollo VS Waller will be a Halloween Havoc grudge match with a great Halloween themed Street Fight going on. And with that, I would think Apollo wins to get even from last time so that they can go one more time. And speaking of, Axiom VS Frazer Round 2 was great stuff, and Frazer of course wins so that they’ll have to have the third. As awesome as these last two have been, the third will be just amazing.

Good promo from Alba Fyre to again call out Mandy, and good response promo from Mandy where she did sound just a bit uncertain. I hope Fyre dethrones Mandy at Halloween Havoc, there’s something very full circle about something like that happening. Good promo from Roxie to put Meiko over, as well as Meiko putting Roxie over, too. Wendy VS Cora was really good but I guess Cora needs momentum going into her grudge match with Roxie. That should also happen at Halloween Havoc to throw a really fun stipulation on top of it. Though, I feel like the winner in Cora VS Roxie will have a lot to do with who is champion, sticking to the traditional Face VS Heel dynamic.

Lash also going after Wendy of course sets up their feud. I would love if we saw something from them for Halloween Havoc, too, to really see if Lash can keep up. Gigi & Jacy of course beat Ivy & Tatum, but at least they didn’t make it outright seem like Ivy was unfocused given the Diamond Mine drama. Damon had a great promo, complete with defaming the Diamond Mine gear. And I like that the Creeds almost got into a fight over who gets to destroy Damon. Damon VS Brutus probably won’t be the end of this, though. Damon will find an underhanded way to beat Brutus, and then Damon VS Julius happens to settle this.

Great interaction from Gallus and the good ol’ boys to set up their own match. The winner of that can probably be seen as the contenders to the tag titles to take on Pretty Deadly. No offense to Briggs & Jensen, but I think Gallus should get that one so that American audiences can see Gallus feud with Pretty Deadly and reference a lot of their UK material. Good promo from The Schism, really good tag match from Dyad VS Malik & Edris, but I had a feeling Dyad would win. Grimes has a good promo to set up a match with Gacy, but I am fully expecting this to give us the Six Man Tag of Schism VS Grimes, Edris & Malik.

And of course, great stuff from the main event and the NXT Championship scene. JD winning makes sense, they’ll want the classic Face VS Heel for the title match at Halloween Havoc, but WOW, Dragunov returning tonight was a great little surprise. I know fans were chanting “Triple Threat!” at the end, but I don’t want that. That’s just an excuse for Bron to retain the way Mandy did at Worlds Collide. Let Bron and JD settle their score, and then either way, we get another great match-up where Dragunov takes on the winner. There’s history between Dragunov and JD from NXT UK, but Dragunov VS Bron would be fresh material. And no offense to Bron, but he should NOT defeat Dragunov. Dragunov beat Gunther, then lost the belt to injury, Dragunov needs to be champion.

My Score: 8.8/10


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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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