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Mitchell’s NXT Halloween Havoc Results & Report! (10/22/22)

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Halloween Havoc 2022

This is Halloween! Everybody laugh ‘n’ scream!

NXT Halloween Havoc is back again, and so is Shotzi Blackheart as its host! But the real headline is the NXT Championship Triple Threat! Will the numbers spell disaster for Bron Breakker once again?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Vacated NXT North American Championship Ladder Match: Carmelo Hayes VS Wes Lee VS Von Wagner VS Oro Mensah VS Nathan Frazer; Wes wins and is the new NXT North American Champion.
  • Casket Match: Apollo Crews VS Grayson Waller; Apollo wins.
  • Weapons Wild: Cora Jade VS Roxanne Perez; Roxie wins.
  • High Stakes Ambulance Match: Julius Creed VS Damon Kemp; Julius wins and keeps Brutus in NXT.
  • NXT Women’s Championship: Mandy Rose VS Alba Fyre; Mandy wins and retains the title.
  • NXT Championship Triple Threat: Bron Breakker VS JD McDonagh VS Ilja Dragunov; Bron wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Halloween Havoc Kickoff Show!

Join McKenzie Mitchell, “Stone Cold” Sam Roberts and Busted Open Radio’s Dave LaGreca in discussing, analyzing and predicting all the action on the scariest night of WWE’s year!

 

Shotzi Blackheart and Quincy Elliot are backstage!

Our Halloween Havoc cohosts are with Apollo Crews and Grayson Waller, and the wheel! Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal! Where it lands, that is the stipulation for tonight’s match! Waller knows, just get to it! Save it for later, Waller. Shotzi has everyone step back and SPINS! Waller says he’s not scared, but he wants Coal Miner’s Glove. Blindfold match? NO, it’s a Casket Match! You win when you stuff the other inside and slam the lid shut! Apollo loves it! Is Waller ready to hold his breath? Happy Halloween~! Waller is speechless for once! Will he shut up when the lid shuts closed?

 

Alba Fyre speaks.

“Mandy Rose, if you wanna fight fire with fire, then meet me here tomorrow night.” Fyre waits on the Haunted Trail, but will the Toxic Goddess show?

Toxic Attraction responds.

Jacy Jayne says Alba is such a freak! But if she wants to fight fire with fire, let’s play! Wait, Mandy can’t be serious. She’s not going, is she? What do they mean? Of course she’s going! What does Mandy have to fear? She’s the most dominant women’s champion ever, and they’re Toxic Attraction! Yeah, but that doesn’t mean she has to go! Mandy says she’ll beat Alba down, drag her back here, and finish this in the ring. Mandy heads out, Gigi and Jacy think this is crazy, but will Mandy find a way to retain the title?

 

Chucky introduces the show.

Halloween is his favorite time of year. And last year, your old pal made sure there was plenty of violence. This year, there’ll be even more! A title hangs in the heavens, and one man goes through hell to get it. Playing with fire is good clean fun, but Mandy Rose might get burned by Fyre. Some deserve to feel pain, but all three men in the main event welcome it! A dog faced gremlin meets a machine and a bloodthirsty psycho second only to Chucky. “This is gonna be a war! Not to mention, caskets, ambulances and more mayhem this guy can ask for.” Enjoy the carnage, enjoy the fun, enjoy Halloween Havoc!

 

Quincy Elliot is on stage.

“Queen of Halloween, AWAKEN!” Shotzi has her saw! She welcomes us to the scariest night of the year! “Halloween Havoc, it’s SHOWTIME!” Shotzi howls to the moon, and it’s time to get spooky!

 

Vacated NXT North American Championship Ladder Match: Carmelo Hayes VS Wes Lee VS Von Wagner VS Oro Mensah VS Nathan Frazer!

The A Champion tried to keep this belt by any means necessary, but it backfired when Solo Sikoa took it from him. But a technicality then took the title from Solo, and now Melo must fight to get this belt back! Will he use every Trick in the book to be The A Champion again? Or will we truly get a NEW champion here tonight?

The introductions are made, the ladder hangs high above, and we see who brings down the other four to be the one!

The bell rings and fans are fired up already. The five look at the belt, and then at each other. Melo says duh, let’s get a ladder. But Wes SUPERKICKS him first! Then LEAPS on him outside the ring! Von throws Frazer into Oro, clotheslines Oro then throws Frazer back in to SPLASH them both! Von throws shoulders, runs in but into a BOOT! Frazer & Oro fire off, double whip, dodge and DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Von falls out, Oro and Frazer look up. Oro knees low, whips Frazer to a corner but Frazer goes up and over! Things speed up, Frazer ducks ‘n’ dodges and CLOBBERS Oro! Oro bails out and Frazer goes to a corner!

Frazer SUPER CROSSBODIES Von! Fans are thunderous for Frazer and he hurries to look under the ring. Frazer brings out the first ladder! Frazer slides that in the ring, hurries to grab it, but so do Oro and Melo! All three men stare down, Oro and Frazer DOUBLE CHOP Melo! Melo leaps the ladder, but the ladder gets him on the return! Then the ladder gets Wes! And then Oro & Frazer RAM Wes, then THROW the ladder at him! Melo RAMS Frazer inot the ladder, he kicks and whips Oro but Oro WRECKS Von! Melo KNEES Oro, Frazer DECKS Melo! Frazer stands the ladder up, to COMPLETE SHOT Melo into it!

Fans are thunderous as Frazer is all alone again! Frazer hurries to set this ladder up under the belt! Frazer climbs, but Oro drags him back down. Oro clinches to EXPLODER! Frazer flops out of the ring and Oro hurries up. But Wes gets a ladder of his own in, and then brings Oro down. Wes blocks a kick but Oro hits the ROLLING KICK! Melo CLOBBERS Oro, then he folds up this first ladder. He slams it but Wes avoids disaster! Oro blocks a ladder bump to elbow Melo and back drop him on the ladder! Melo writhes, but Wes SHOTGUNS Oro onto the ladder! Wes hurries but VOn returns! Wes dropkicks a leg out and Von bumps off the ladder!

Wes RAMS the ladder into Von, then corners him with it! Wes BOOTS the ladder over and over to jam it into Von! Wes then goes up to rain down fists! Fans count, but Von shove shim away! Wes ducks the ladder toss, but not the BOOT! Robert Stone is fired up as Von sets the ladder up! Fans boo but Oro returns. Von SMACKS Oro into the ladder! Von RAMS Frazer! Frazer avoids being cornered and he RAN- NO, Von blocks the rana to POWERBOMB Frazer on the ladder! Fans lose their minds while Von THROWS the ladder at Wes! Von stands a ladder up under the belt now, but Melo climbs it! Von DECKS him first!

Von throws hands, shoves, but Melo ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirl FACEBUSTERS! Fans fire up and Melo picks up the ladder. Melo climbs as fans duel, but Frazer springboards and MISSILE DROPKICKS Melo down! But then Wes rides a ladder down, onto Frazer! Fans lose their minds over that one! All five men are down, “This is Awesome!” and still just beginning! Oro SCISSOR KICKS Wes onto the ladder! Oro DROPKICKS Von, then LIONSAULTS Wes on the ladder! A little double edge, and Melo SUPERKICKS Oro! Melo pushes ladder aside, catches Oro’s boots, and he puts him in ropes!

Trick puts the ladder under Oro, FADE AWAY onto the ladder!! Melo drags the ladder up, RAMS Frazer, then brings Frazer around, Melo takes his shot, but Frazer catches him! INVERTED SPANISH FLY onto the ladder!!! Fans lose their minds all over again after that one! But Von CHOKE SLAMS Frazer! Von stands the ladder up, Wes rushes in, Wes slips through the choke slam to ENZIGURI! And FLYING CHUCK! And ROLLING KICK! Von flops out of the ring and fans fire up, but Melo LARIATS Wes and himself out of the ring! Oro is alone with the ladder, and he sets it up under the belt! Oro climbs, but Trick gets in the ring!

Trick tips the ladder, Oro LEAPS but wipes out on the ropes before wiping out the others! Refs hurry to check on them all, and Trick looks to climb?! But then Stone gets in the ring! Managers climb up the ladder but Trick stops Stone and SLAMS his hand on the ladder! Stone CLOCKS Trick with a shoe! Trick tips the ladder and Stone wipes out on the ropes now! Fans are electric for “NXT! NXT!” as EVERYONE is down! Oro manages to crawl back in, he stands the ladder up and climbs, only for Von to stop him! Von YANKS Oro down, TOSSES him, but Oro skins the cat! Von RAMS Oro with the ladder, then RAMS Melo with it!

Von roars and TOSSES the ladder onto Wes and Frazer! Frazer gets a double tap from that ladder while Von goes out to look under the ring. Von finds a BIG ladder and brings it out. The front row assures him he can bring it out, but they almost get bopped! Oro fires off on Von, Von CLOBBERS him then CLOBBERS Melo! Von sets this ladder up as a bridge between ring and barriers and fans fire up. Wes GAMANGIRIS Von into sitting on the ladder! Frazer is up top, FROG SPLASH on Von through the ladder!!! Fans lose their minds all over again! Frazer gets up from the wreckage, but Wes is in the ring. Wes FLIES onto Frazer!

Oro SHOTGUNS Wes! Melo dodges Oro to leap off the barriers for the FLYING LARIAT! But Wes CANNONBALLS Melo! Wes fires up as he grits his teeth and the fans are behind him! Wes brings out another ladder from under the ring, and this is a BIG one. Wes struggles with it but he puts that ladder in the ring, only for Von to CLOBBER him! Von stands one of the other ladders up and fans chant “NO! NO! NO!” But Wes climbs it! Von grabs at Wes, brings him down, and trophy lifts him! Von TOSSES Wes to the commentary table!! Wes crashes ‘n’ burns and fans lose their minds a fourth time! And this is just the opener!

Von is climbing! Fans freak out, but FRAZER returns! Frazer fires off hands and brings Von down! Frazer kicks Von away, reaches up, but Von grabs him! Von brings Frazer around, but Frazer RANAS Von out! Von drags Frazer off the apron to TOSS him into the barriers! But Oro WHEEL KICKS Von! Oro has a smaller ladder and Frazer helps RAM it into Von! Von goes over the barriers! Frazer and Oro nod to each other, they RAM Von again for good measure! And then they dump go up the barriers, to SLAM the ladder down on Von! And again! And again! Von is wedged in there, and fans fire up with Oro!

Oro and Frazer then see a clear path to the belt. Oro pushes Frazer over and hurries in! Frazer hurries after, they both climb, and they brawl up top! Fans rally as the forearms fly, but Oro hooks Frazer. Frazer resists the suplex, they both throw forearms again, and Frazer grabs the belt! Oro CLUBS him first, grabs for the belt, but then Oro clinches Frazer to shove him down HARD! But Melo RAMS a ladder at Oro’s legs. Oro jumps up, Melo climbs at him, the ladders are wedged together. Melo YANKS Oro down, TOSSES him out, and then hurries up the main ladder! Fans are going nuts, but Wes runs up the other ladder to FLYING FOREARM!

Melo falls, fans are thunderous again, and Wes throws hands with Melo over the ladder bridge. They go back and forth, Melo DECKS Wes but Wes comes back with a ROLLING ELBOW! Melo comes back but Wes trips him up! Melo hits ladder on the way down! Wes hurries up and over him! Melo grabs Wes, CLUBS and throws body shots, they brawl on the ladder bridge. They throw hands fast and furious and fans are loving it! Wes throws body shots, he ROCKS Melo, then climbs up. But Melo crawls up behind and anchors a foot. Wes kicks Melo, but Melo keeps holding on! Wes kicks free to METEORA on the ladder!

Wes keeps himself in the ring and he hurries back up! Wes climbs, fans are thunderous, Wes gets the belt and he wins!!

Winner: Wes Lee (NEW NXT North American Champion)

The Must-See Kid finally has the belt he’s been after for so long! His first singles title and fans chant, “You Deserve It!” With all Wes endured, both this year and in this match, will anything ever stop him now that he’s champion?

 

Somewhere on the haunted hiking trail…

Toxic Attraction arrives together, and Gigi gets into the spirit. “We’re here~!” Okay, don’t be so dramatic. They’re gonna go look for Alba, beat her down, drag her ass back to the arena, and then Mandy will beat her to retain the title. Correction: Mandy & Gigi can go look for her while Jacy stays in the car. Jacy got a broken rib on Tuesday. Oh, suck it up! Gigi says it’ll be easy! It’s 3v1! It doesn’t matter how many bats Fyre has, they’ll get her. It’ll be a No Contest, even! Jacy says they don’t need her. One half of the best tag team champions, one of the most dominant women’s champions- Stop, Jacy, you’re coming along. Don’t be so scared.

They exit, Jacy clings to Mandy, but they each get a flashlight and start looking. Jacy is already wanting to go home but Gigi really likes how spooky it is. Jacy gets spooked easily, but then a zombie speaks! BOP! Jacy! Oh, whatever! Let’s get going! They leave whoever that was behind, and then find a spooky ax murderer. Oh, and the mansion at the end of the trail. The three head in, and Gigi loves it! Jacy says Fyre isn’t in there, they can go back to the car. The door opens on its own… “Mandy, come and play~!” Toxic Attraction steps inside, there are arms reaching out from the walls, but no Fyre. Mandy suggests splitting up. Doesn’t she watch horror movies? Don’t ever split up!

Gigi teases Jacy and Jacy asks why she’s like this. Cuz Gigi loves Halloween! And Mandy loves her title. The faster they find Fyre, the faster they end this. Whoever finds Fyre first, scream and the others will rush to her. Then the statue moves! Jacy runs off afraid. She even gets spooked by wheels hanging from the ceiling. Jacy apologizes to Fyre. She kicks at a dummy that pops up in a chair. Is Fyre in here? She kicks another dummy! Something moves behind her. But then Fyre snatches Jacy from behind the movie screen! Gigi laughs it off, thinking Jacy is just being Jacy. Wait, Chucky? What’s he doing here? “Wanna play?” Tea party? Vampire needs dental work.

It’s kinda cold. Someone is offering a drink? Gigi says she’s good, but then it’s FYRE! She SMACKS Gigi off the table! Fyre stalks Gigi, throws her around the hallway, but Gigi hits back! They brawl, Gigi smacks Fyre with plates! Gigi SMACKS Fyre with the fridge door! Someone’s in the fridge! Fyre BOOTS Gigi into the fridge! Fyre has Gigi stay cool in there while she goes looking for Mandy. Mandy low blows a spook trying to spook her. Then she plays the organ, only for the organ to play itself! Mandy shrugs it off, but FYRE is there! And BAM, she hits Mandy with the bat! Mandy throws Fyre into a wall, then KNEES down some Jason wannabe.

Fyre hits Mandy, swings but hits a barrel! Mandy grabs the bat to RAM Fyre! She told you she’d fight fire with fire. But then Pumpkin Head takes the bat from her! Fyre hooks Mandy up but Mandy scrambles free. Only to come face to face with a ghoul and a well! Fyre gets Mandy in a SLEEPER! Fyre takes Mandy with her to the car and Jacy begs Fyre not to take her! Fyre asks what they always say. There’s Toxic Attraction, and then there’s everybody else? Well, Fyre’s not everybody else. She cracks Jacy and Gigi one more time, before driving back towards the arena!

 

Casket Match: Apollo Crews VS Grayson Waller!

The wheel sealed the fate of these two men during the kickoff show, but now one man will be put inside that old pine box. Will Apollo not just see Waller’s demise, but be the one to make it a reality? Or will the Grayson Waller Effect change the future?

The bell rings and the hands start flying! Fans fire up as Apollo ROCKS Waller, but Waller elbows him away. Apollo DROPKICKS, then he tackles Waller to rain down fists! Waller pushes Apollo away but Apollo ROCKS him and CHOPS him in the corner. Waller gasps but Apollo ROCKS and CHOPS again. Apollo whips, Waller reverses but Apollo goes up and over, only for Waller to LEG LARIAT! Waller rains down fists and fans boo. Waller goes to the corner, goes up and walks the rope, BALLER ELBOW! But then he mocks the Dead Man’s sit up. Apollo copies that, too! Waller kicks but Apollo blocks!

Apollo shoves Waller out of the ring, then slingshots, but Waller gets away. Waller goes for legs but Apollo kicks him away to ASAI MOONSAULT! Fans fire up as Waller goes down, and Apollo brings Waller around the way. Apollo ROCKS Waller, then ROCKS him again! Apollo eggs Waller on but Waller crawls back. Waller kicks the leg out, then he cravats to throw knees! Waller reels Apollo in but Apollo fights the suplex. Apollo gets around to lift, but Waller fights free! Waller runs, but into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplex! Waller writhes and crawls away but Apollo pursues him into the ring.

Waller mule kicks then sliding kicks! Apollo goes down, fans boo, but Waller stomps and CLUBS Apollo. Apollo throws forearms but Waller kicks low. Waller whips but Apollo reverses to TOSS Waller again! Apollo goes out after Waller but Waller throws body shots. Apollo ROCKS Waller back, then he SHOTGUNS Waller onto the desk! Booker T and Vic Joseph give them room as Apollo rains down hands on Waller! Waller uses one of Vic’s pens on Apollo’s eye! Waller throws hands, RAMS Apollo into barriers, then stands on Apollo’s head. Waller talks trash, he drags Apollo up, and he POSTS him!

Fans boo as Waller stalks Apollo. They go to the apron, Waller throws hands then fireman’s carries. Apollo fights free, hoists Waller up top, then he climbs up. Fans actually duel as Waller resists the superplex! Waller throws body shots, then he THUMBS Apollo in the eyes Apollo falls, through the casket lid!! Is that a win or not?! The refs talk it out, Waller celebrates, but the refs say no, you have to CLOSE the lid, not break it! But then the lights go out! And when they come back up, Apollo is GONE!? Waller then looks up the ramp, and the druids bring out a new casket! Apollo says this is ending one way or another!

Waller rushes out, Apollo DECKS him, then RAMS him into steel steps! Apollo then pulls the steps apart, but Waller throws knees! Waller goes to bump but Apollo blocks to SMACK Waller off the steps! And again! And again! Apollo then brings up the other half, and SLAMS it down! Waller avoids disaster, but Apollo dodges his haymaker to scoop and FALL AWAY SLAM! Waller writhes and fans fire up! Apollo hobbles over to Waller, and the other steel steps, and jumps up to MOONSAULT off! Fans fire up as the new casket is finally here! Apollo has the lid open, he puts Waller in the ring, and he stalks Waller to a corner to clothesline!

Apollo runs to clothesline in the corner again! And then again! And then again! Apollo stomps a mudhole into Waller and then some and the fans fire up! Apollo fireman’s carries for a GUT BUSTER DROP! Waller flounders, Apollo pushes Waller closer, and then a little closer. Waller falls inside the casket, and Apollo crawls out of the ring. But Waller blocks the lid! Waller JABS Apollo, then leaps to push Apollo partway in! Waller SLAMS the lid on Apollo, then shoves him all the way it! But Apollo blocks now! Apollo drags Waller in to join him! They brawl inside the casket, both men DECK each other!

Waller and Apollo stare down while fans fire up. Waller scrambles into the ring but Apollo drags him out! Apollo TOSSES Waller to the floor, then gets out to FROG SPLASH from the casket! Fans fire up for Apollo while Waller crawls away. Apollo pursues, the lid opens again, and Apollo waistlocks Waller on the apron! Waller holds the corner, throws some elbows, but Apollo ROCKS him again. Apollo gets in the ring to ENZIGURI! Waller wobbles, but Apollo runs, into the STUNNER!! Both men are down and fans are fired up again! Waller mocks the Dead Man again with the throat slash, and he drags Apollo up.

Waller gut wrenches Apollo, but Apollo turns it around! Apollo turns Tombstone into GUT BUSTER! Waller flounders towards the casket and Apollo crawls after him. Apollo shoves Waller in, but Waller gets his fingers in between lid and casket! Waller JABS Apollo, somersaults, but Apollo blocks the stunner! Waller elbows, and choke grips! But Apollo throws elbows! Apollo POSTS Waller, then POP-UP SPINEBUSTERS Waller into the casket! Apollo slams the lid shut and wins!!

Winner: Apollo Crews

Apollo promised he’d leave Waller in the dark, and it must be very dark inside that casket! Will this win help Apollo’s future be very bright?

 

NXT checks on Chase U.

Professor Andre Chase thanks the students for submitting their Halloween Havoc history reports, and is very pleased by many. But some were the “drizzling sh*ts.” How could they not have remembered the location of Halloween Havoc 1995? Duheim, you’re better than that! Chase gets so mad because he know show bright they are, and he wants them to succeed. But there’s a new transfer student: Duke Hudson. But how?! Bodhi, give Duke a chance. But Chase will be watching him closely. Duke knows that, and he assures everyone that he’s here to learn. He’s very excited to get to know them all.

Bonus question for extra points: Halloween Havoc 1996, who did the Outsiders beat to win the WCW Tag Team titles? Bodhi says the Nasty Boys. Sorry, that was wrong. The Steiners? No, not them, either. Anyone else? Duke says it was Booker T & Stevie Ray, Harlem Heat. Yes, that is correct, and a very historic night. Thea is impressed but Bodhi is upset. Class is over, you are dismissed. Bodhi feels bad and he goes to Chase. They don’t trust Duke, but Bodhi just has to be better in class. Bodhi agrees, and says he’ll be better prepared. Is Duke really here to get a degree? Or is he playing some kind of long game?

 

Backstage interview with Pretty Deadly.

How confident are they going into their tag title defense against Malik Blade & Edris Enofe? Kit Wilson says they’re as tasty as ever with not a care in the world. Elton Prince says “those chaps want to shock the world, but the only thing shocking is that they’re getting the time of day from these dandy highwaymen.” Kit says there is a full itinerary as tag team champions. SIDE PLATE CHECK! But then the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, Kayden & Katana walk in. Typical PD, more concerned about looks than wins. They think they’re the greatest? KC Squared says different.

Uh, the only thing PD is worried about is what outfits they’re gonna wear this Tuesday. As for Kayden & Katana, well, break a leg. Well, we’ll see who walks out on Tuesday with their titles. But with both sets of titles on the line, will we see both pairs lose it all?

 

Weapons Wild: Cora Jade VS Roxanne Perez!

Speaking of championships, these two were NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, but jealousy and pride got in the way. The Generation of Jade won’t let anyone get ahead of her, not even her former best friend. Will she break the Breakout Star to then make NXT all about her? Or will Roxie use anything and everything at ringside to bring about a new generation?

Roxie brings a trash can with her, but it’s not about the can. She opens it up to bring out a skateboard! Roxie is bringing back what Cora used to break this friendship! The bell rings, kendo stick meets board and board wins! But Cora dodges the next swing to bail out! Roxie pursues, uses the board to shied herself from trash can lid after trash can lid, and Cora gets worried. She tries a broom but nope, Roxie JAMS her with the board! Roxie bumps Cora off the apron, puts her in the ring, and brings the board with her. Roxie swings but Cora kicks lows! Cora gets the board and she takes a swing, but into a leg sweep!

Roxie smacks Cora’s head off the board again and again! Then she pushes Cora and board out of the ring to crash on the floor! Fans fire up and Roxie builds speed, to DIVE! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up with Roxie! Roxie CLUBS Cora and Cora hurries into the ring. Roxie brings out a TABLE! Fans fire up to see that, and Roxie sets the table up against the barriers. Roxie looks for Cora but Cora’s hiding. Roxie checks under the ring but then she sees the feet sticking out. Roxie drags Cora out but Cora SPRAYS Roxie! IT was maybe bug spray or spray paint, but Cora drags Roxie around to SWING her into the barriers! And again! And again!

Cora drags Roxie up and puts her in the ring, then she puts a chair in the ring. And another chair! And another! Fans duel as Cora keeps adding things, including a trash can. Cora stomps Roxie down, arranges all the chairs into a pile in a drop zone, but Roxie grabs one. Cora steps on the chair to trash Roxie’s hands! Cora SMACKS Roxie with the trash can! Cora puts the can on Roxie, then she KICKS the can! And stomps it! And DOUBLE STOMPS it! Then she kicks Roxie out of the ring! The ref checks on Roxie but she’s okay to continue. Cora pulls Roxie out of the can and SMACKS her with the lid! And again!

Cora gets a broom and she SMACKS Roxie with it! And again! Cora then grabs the bull rope to LASH Roxie with it! And again, and again, and again! Cora CHOKES Roxie with the rope, then makes it a gag in the CAMEL CLUTCH! Cora taunts fans then she shoves Roxie down. Then she spots the chain! Cora brings that chain around with her, but Roxie dodges! The chains lash the steel steps, and Roxie LASHES Cora with the rope! And again! And again! Cora kicks low, kicks the rope away, then whips Roxie, but Roxie reverses! Cora hits steel steps and crawls away! Roxie rushes over to THESZ PRESS!

Roxie rains down fast hands, then she SMACKS Cora with a trash can lid! Roxie runs in again, UPPERCUT sends Cora into the barriers! Fans rally as Roxie smacks Cora off the apron then puts her in the ring. Roxie gets Cora’s kendo stick! Roxie SMACKS Cora, and SMACKS her, and SMACKS and SMACKS and SMACKS! Cora cowers in a corner but Roxie wrenches her and hooks her up, KENDO LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO! Cora is still in this but Roxie snarls. Roxie UPPERCUTS in the corner! Then rolls and UPPERCUTS again! Roxie reels Cora in and hops on, but Cora SLAMS Roxie into the corner!

Cora staggers away while Roxie drags herself up in the corner. Cora runs in to SHINING WIZARD! Cora shoves Roxie down, covers, TWO! Fans rally as Cora drags Roxie around to a drop zone. Cora goes up the corner, but Roxie ROCKS her first! Roxie SLAPS Cora, climbs up, they brawl with body shots, and Roxie climbs up! SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO! Cora scrambles away to the outside and wants to run away? Roxie won’t let her, and she chases Cora into the crowd! They go up the bleachers, up to the perch, and Roxie gets a foot. Cora BOOTS Roxie away, but Roxie comes back! Cora kicks Roxie and CLUBS away on her!

Cora drags Roxie up, scoops her, and SLAMS Roxie on the perch floor! Roxie crawls and Cora looks at what’s below. Cora pops some railing off the perch and moves it aside! Cora tells Roxie, “After everything I did to you, after everything I did for you, this is what-” Roxie ROCKS Cora! Cora wobbles on the edge! Roxie throws more forearms, but she holds back. Cora begs for mercy, so Roxie just TACKLES Cora off! They both fall through the table below!! Fans lose their minds while both women are in the wreckage. Fans rally as Cora drags Roxie up, knees low, and smacks her off the apron. Fans duel as Cora stalks Roxie.

Cora drags Roxie up, bumps her off the apron again, then pushes her into the ring. Cora drags Roxie up, “You were NEVER my friend!” Cora underhooks Roxie, but Roxie turns things around! Back drop onto the chair pile! “And you were ALWAYS my best friend!” But Roxie hops on, POP ROX onto the chairs!! Cover, Roxie wins!

Winner: Roxie Perez, by pinfall

The Breakout Star gets vengeance on her former friend! Will this be the end of it between them?

 

A figure lurks in the shadows.

A mask is dropped into the fire, and it burns up. Is this the reemergence of who we think it is?

 

Shotzi heads to the ring!

In her Beetlejuice best, the hostess of Halloween Havoc is back and she has the mic. “I told you Halloween Havoc would be the most blood curdling, terrifying and horrific night of the year. Mwahahaha! And so far, we have had ladders, and caskets, and a haunted house, oh my~! And we’ve seen two women butcher the last remnants of their friendship. And, there’s still so much more to come! MWAHAHAHAHA! Including… My cohost?” Where’s Quincy? Fans cheer for him but no one has an answer. Oh, here comes the Super Diva! And he’s a banana! Quincy struts his way to the ring and says, “Hey.”

Shotzi didn’t realize he was gonna have more than one costume. He is the sweetest banana she’s ever seen. Well, good to see she thinks this costume is appealing. But we all know Quincy is the best of the bunch. Wait, what is Lash Legend doing come out here? She wants this all to stop! It’s bad enough they let the Green Goblin host this instead of yours truly! She’s the one and only, you can’t- Uh, Lash, don’t you know? Lashing Out was canceled long ago. And Lash ain’t near as fabulous as Quincy & Shotzi. So she can take her little shoes and skirt her way back to the back, okay? Fans fire up for that one!

Lash tells “Banana Nut” to hold the hell up. Lash will not let someone from SmackDown host this when Lash could do it better. Lash, Lash, Lash. You have so many great qualities: tall; athletic; explosive. But girl, hearing you talk is way more horrifying that could happen on Halloween. Lash tells Quincy to watch himself but Shotzi howls at her! Quincy, you are the Scream Queen and Shotzi loves you, but she’s got this. She HEADBUTTS Lash! And then kicks her, and hits a DDT! Quincy shouts, “That’s what you get!” Will Lash learn to think before she speaks to someone as ballsy as Shotzi?

 

The Schism speaks.

Joe Gacy says “It’s not only on Halloween that people wear masks. They wear them all year long.” Rip Fowler says, “For months, we’ve cultivated peace to help people remove their masks and reveal their true selves. To become something better by joining us under The Schism’s tree.” Jagger Reed adds that instead of hearing them, “they spit in our faces. Now, our message to this brand won’t be delivered by will, but by force.” Gacy tells Red Hood that she’s proven herself. Is she ready to remove her mask? She nods yes, so this Tuesday will be her moment! She will remove her mask, and the world will see the full force of Schism!

They’re not afraid to show their true selves! While the world hides behind their masks of wealth, vanity and lies, The Schism must illuminate our mistakes and our hypocrisy! They tried peace, so what happens next is our fault. “Four roots, one tree.” Just who is this as Little Red Riding Hood? And just what will she and The Schism do to mold NXT into their image?

 

High Stakes Ambulance Match: Julius Creed VS Damon Kemp!

Normally, you fight for yourself in a match as brutal as this. But this time, Julius is fighting for all of Diamond Mine! He wants revenge for Roderick Strong, he wants to keep his brother, Brutus, here on NXT, and he wants to put Kemp in his place for all that he did! Will Julius prove no one is colder than him? Or will the Golden Gopher cause the Diamond Mine to collapse once and for all?

Kemp brings a chair with literally Julius’ name on it, and it isn’t hard to see why. But Julius throws pumpkins at Kemp! Kemp smacks those away, but he gest bopped on the head! And then Julius MISSILE DROPKICKS in! The bell rings and Julius fires off! Julius whips, scoops and POWERSLAMS! Kemp scrambles away but Julius storms over. Kemp KNEES him down, then grabs the chair! Julius dodges the swing, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Kemp staggers up, Julius RAMS him into ropes and out of the ring! Julius rains down forearms, then he RAMS Kemp into barriers! Fans rally for Julius as he RAMS Kemp into the apron!

Julius gut wrenches to SUPLEX Kemp to the floor! Julius throws forearms and they end up in the back. Julius keeps hitting Kemp and pushes things towards the ambulance! Fans back there fire up as Julius smacks Kemp off the door! Julius opens the ambulance up, puts Kemp in, but then Kemp uses a crutch to keep the door open! Julius keeps trying but Kemp JASB him with the crutch, throws crutch after crutch at Julius, then storms up. Kemp SMACKS Julius around with the crutch, but Julius grabs hold! Julius throws the crutch away, but Kemp JAMS him with a fire extinguisher! Julius kicks back and grabs the extinguisher to BLAST Kemp!

Fans fire up as Kemp flounders away! Julius pursues, drags Kemp up, and brings him back towards the back, But Kemp hits a BIG back suplex to the floor! Kemp smacks Julius off the apron, then off the desk! Kemp RAMS Julius into steel steps and those go moving! Kemp slam dunks a pumpkin down on him, too! Kemp pulls the steel steps apart, and he RAMS Julius down with the steps! Fans boo as Kemp drags Julius up. Kemp scoops Julius, carries him to the back, and fans boo as they head for the ambulance. But Julius slips off to ROCK Kemp! They fire forearms back and forth, then Kemp knees low! But Julius RAMS Kemp into a crate!

Julius throws Kemp down, stomps him, but Kemp kicks a leg out! Kemp SMACKS Julius against the ambulance door. Kemp puts Julius in the doorway, and SLAMS the door on him! Julius slumps but Kemp SLAMS the door again! Julius is dazed, Kemp drags him up and pushes him at the door. Julius resists, Kemp gets him inside, but Kemp waves good-bye. Julius BOOTS the door into Kemp! Julius KICKS Kemp, SMACKS him with food from catering, then ROCKS him with forearms! Julius rams Kemp all the way into the POST! Julius puts Kemp in the ring, pushes steel steps aside to get the BASE steps!

Julius puts the steps in the ring, but Kemp WRECKS him with a dropkick! Kemp drags Julius back into the ring as fans boo, and he positions the steps. URENAGE on the steel steps! Kemp roars and stands on the steps like he’s won the gold medal. Kemp sits and rests while Julius flops out of the ring. Kemp grabs that chair of his, and he positions the steps near the apron. Fans boo as Kemp brings his chair out with him, but Julius ROCKS Kemp, then aims for the steps. Kemp blocks to SMACK Julius off the steps! Kemp finds a wheelchair and says this is what Julius will need. But Julius kicks the chair into Kemp!

Kemp rams Julius with the wheelchair but Julius rams it back into Kemp! Julius makes Kemp take a seat, and then he uses a crutch to trap Kemp in the wheelchair! Julius wheels Kemp around, to RAM him into the steel steps! Julius stomps Kemp while he’s down, stuck in the chair! Julius sits Kemp up and fans rally as he wheels Kemp around the way. Kemp gets the crutch out but Julius CLUBS away on Kemp! Julius DUMPS Kemp out of the chair, then he goes up to the apron. Julius leaps, Kemp BLASTS him with the extinguisher! The stomp still connects but both men are down! Julius staggers away and finds the stretcher.

Julius RAMS Kemp with the stretcher! Kemp staggers up, Julius keeps after him, but Kemp pushes back and POSTS Julius! Kemp grabs his chair, fans chant, “Use the Pumpkins!” Kemp SMACKS Julius with the chair! Julius throws the ring bell! Kemp guards with the chair, but then throws it at Julius! Julius ducks, then SMACKS Kemp with the timekeeper’s table! They brawl to the back again, Julius ROCKS Kemp and Kemp knees back. Kemp DUMPS Julius into the crate! Kemp wheels that crate and RAMS it into the ambulance! Kemp brings the crate back, to RAM it into the ambulance again! Kemp drags Julius up and scoops him, to SLAM him into the ambulance!

Kemp closes one door, but Julius’s fingers block the other! It is double-edged, but Kemp just does it again! Kemp fires off hands on Julius, but again Julius keeps the door from closing with his hands! Julius kicks and forearms and TACKLES Kemp into spare armchairs! And then he SLAMS him on catering! And ELBOWS him through the table! Julius slams down armchair after armchair on Kemp! Kemp runs away to ringside but Julius has Kemp’s steel chair! Julius SMACKS Kemp with it! Fans still want pumpkins but Julius SMACKS away on Kemp with the chair! Fans count along, Julius gets FIVE! Then SIX! SEVEN! EIGHT! NINE! TEN!!

Fans are thunderous as Julius gets the payback, but he adds an ELEVENTH for himself! Julius drags Kemp up, brings him around, and he POWERBOMBS Kemp on the stretcher! Fans are stunned seeing that! Julius puts Kemp’s chair on him, then LARIATS it into him! Julius drags Kemp up, and hauls him back to the ambulance. Fans fire up, and Julius throws Kemp in! The door closes, Julius wins!

Winner: Julius Creed (Brutus Creed stays in NXT)

Fans are thunderous for Diamond Mine’s alpha male as he sends Kemp to the hospital! Julius avenges Roddy and he keeps Brutus with him in NXT! Will the Creed Brothers now be ready to fight back towards the tag titles?

 

Mandy’s Range Rover returns!

Fyre drags Mandy out of the car and kicks her along towards the arena. Fyre and Mandy brawl, Mandy kicks back, and she enters the building! Fyre is all smiles as she chases after Mandy, and now they end up on stage! Fyre ROCKS Mandy, and we’re at ringside! Fyre CHOPS Mandy and fans rally for “AL~BA! AL~BA!” It’s finally time for the title match! Will the Toxic Goddess’ reign be burned to the ground?

NXT Women’s Championship: Mandy Rose VS Alba Fyre!

The bell rings, Mandy swings but Fyre dodges to CHOP! And CHOP! And ROCK! Fyre ROCKS Mandy more, then she stomps a mudhole into Mandy at the corner. The ref counts, Fyre lets off, and Mandy drop toeholds Fyre into buckles! Mandy fires off forearms, lets off to finally take off her jacket, and she storms up, into a wrench and TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Fyre stomps Mandy down, stomps her more, and she climbs up the corner. Fans fire up for Fyre, but Mandy shoves her down! Fyre hits apron on the way down! Mandy hurries out after Fyre, SMACKS her off the desk, and then dribbles Fyre against the side!

Fans duel as the ring count climbs. Mandy throws hands, Fyre throws body shots, but Mandy CLUBS her! Mandy RAMS Fyre into the apron, puts her in the ring, and runs in to RAM Fyre in the corner! Mandy runs corner to corner to RAM into Fyre again! Mandy scoops Fyre to FALL AWAY SLAM! Fyre writhes and Mandy grins. Cover, TWO! Mandy drags Fyre up to dribble her off the mat! Mandy drags Fyre up to snapmare and KICK! Mandy paces while she snarls, and she drags Fyre up by her hair. The ref reprimands but Mandy throws Fyre down by her hair! Mandy wrenches an arm and CLUBS the shoulder.

Mandy bumps Fyre off buckles, stomps a mudhole into her, then lets off to soak up the cheers and jeers. Mandy puts Fyre on ropes to CHOKE her! Mandy lets off as the ref counts, then she drags Fyre up to ROCK her! Fans duel, Mandy whips, but Fyre holds ropes to elbow her back. Fyre then dodges in the corner, but Mandy blocks the kick! Mandy spins Fyre, Fyre dodges, DOUBLE LARIATS take them both down! Fyre and Mandy rise, they throw forearms back and forth. Mandy gets the edge but Fyre gives all those shots back. Mandy knees low, whips, but Fyre SUPERKICKS! And then suplexes for a GOURD BUSTER!

Mandy sits up, into a PENALTY KICK! Fyre KICKS and KICKS, then has Mandy in a corner. Fyre runs in but Mandy dodges! Fyre comes back, into a SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO! Fyre survives, showing the toughness of the former Forever Champion of NXT UK. Mandy snarls, she drags Fyre up and fans rally up. Mandy reels Fyre in, underhooks the arms, but Fyre fights free! Fyre fireman’s carries, WIDOWMAKER! Cover, TWO!! Mandy survives but Fyre hurries right up top! SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, but Gigi & Jacy drag the ref out of the ring! The ref argues with them, EJECTS them, but Jacy gets at Fyre! Fyre SUPERKICKS Jacy onto everyone!

Mandy runs in, Fyre dodges the knee to HEADBUTT! Gory Especial, GORY BOMB! Cover, but there’s no ref! Fyre would’ve won twice over by now!! Toxic Attraction always has to interfere and Fyre is furious. Fyre checks on the ref, gets him in the ring, but then gets a TOXIC HIGH LOW!! Gigi & Jacy put Fyre in! Mandy aims, KNEE FROM A ROSE!!! Cover, Rose wins!!

Winner: Mandy Rose, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Champion)

Toxic Attraction never lets their goddess fight alone! Mandy survives to have her one-year title reign, will anyone be able to defy the damn numbers game?

 

Backstage interview Nikkita Lyons & Zoey Stark.

Tag Title Tuesday could be their  night. One year ago at this exact event, Zoey Stark’s life changed and she wasn’t even sure she could ever compete again. She thought her career was done, and she definitely didn’t think she’d get a title match again. But look at her now! Stark and Lyons are at the doorstep of the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships, and all they gotta do is kick the door down! Lyons has been focused on winning a title, but her reason for winning is Stark right here. And she can’t wait to hear, “AND NEW~!” Malik & Edris join in on that. They can’t wait to hear that for themselves.

Edris tells Zoey not to worry, she’s about to be a TWO-TIME NXT Women’s Tag Team Champion! And Malik says Tag Title Tuesday will be “enthusiastically exhilarating!” Lyons says those #YESBOYS won’t even know what hit them! Two teams, one dream, ready to SHOCK THE WORLD! The four of them head off to party, but will they be partying even harder after NXT this Tuesday?

 

NXT Championship Triple Threat: Bron Breakker VS JD McDonagh VS Ilja Dragunov!

They say all men are created equal, but you see these three men and you look at anyone else, and you can see that’s not true! The Big Booty Nephew is a two-time NXT Champion with the genetics and the first-hand experience to know what he’s getting himself into. The Irish Ace is calculating and cold, and he revels in both the pain of his opponents and of his own. And the Czar fought so hard as NXT UK Champion, the only one who could hurt him was himself! But now, these three collide, and the one thing that’s 100% sure is this is going to be one for the ages! But will Bron find a way to break two opponents at once? Or will all this havoc end with a new alpha male in NXT?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who gets a trick and who gets a treat!

The bell rings and all three men watch each other. Ilja BOOTS JD and fires of fin the corner! Bron shoves Ilja away to go after JD himself! Ilja returns the favor to fire off on JD with a CHOP! And a forearm! Bron drags Ilja back and then throws haymakers! Ilja whips Bron way to fire off on JD! Bron pushes Ilja away, and now they get in each other’s face. But JD CLOBBERS them both! JD stomps Bron, CLUBS Ilja, then whips Bron. JD dropkicks the legs out, then drops a leg! Then he whips Ilja out of the ring to suplex Bron! Cover, ONE! JD snarls, he brings Ilja up for a short arm LARIAT!

JD CHOPS Bron in a corner, stomps him, then digs his boot in, Ilja CHOPS JD on the back, JD elbows him away. JD sends Ilja into Bron, then goes to back suplex. Ilja blocks, throws elbows, but JD has him spin around to a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! JD throws Bron out to fire off on Ilja. JD CHOPS Ilja, but Ilja eggs him on! JD CHOPS again, but Ilja CHOPS back! JD kicks low, DECKS Ilja, then paces around. JD ROCKS Ilja, ROCKS him again, but Ilja knees low and fires off more! Ilja swings into the BACKBREAKER, URENAGE, STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up as JD drags Ilja around. JD whips Ilja into a corner hard and Ilja bounces off buckles to fall to the mat. JD storms up and stomps Ilja. JD CHOPS Ilja, whips, but Ilja reverses and JD tumbles up and around. JD GAMANGIRIS back, but Bron runs in! JD dumps Bron out! But Lija runs in, only for JD to KICK him! JD KICKS Bron away, trips Ilja and SLINGSHOT TORNILLOS! Fans rally for JD as he looms over Ilja. JD drags Ilja but Ilja blocks the ripcord! Ilja then uses that momentum to hook JD, but Bron DOUBLE LARIATS them both! Bron puts JD in the corner, clotheslines, then clotheslines Ilja in the other corner!

Bron goes back to clothesline JD, and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! JD flounders away but Ilja throws knees on Bron. Ilja waistlocks but Bron blocks! Bron breaks the waistlock, shoves Ilja, but Ilja tiger feints, but into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Bron stalks Ilja, drags him around in a facelock, and then whips. Ilja reverses, Bron ducks ‘n’ dodges and CLOBBERS Ilja! Fans bark and Bron stalks Ilja, but JD rolls him up! TWO! JD runs away but Ilja elbows Bron! Ilja throws knees, he CLUBS Bron, and then he waistlocks. Bron fights the lift, he arm-drags free, but Ilja BOOTS him away! Bron turns around to turn dropkick into SPINEBUSTER! Cover, JD breaks it!

JB runs away again, and fans applaud his “shrewd” strategy. Bron is annoyed but he warns JD while he drags Ilja. Ilja blocks the suplex with a fisherman, they go around, and Bron throws body shots. Bron suplexes but Ilja slips out! SLEEPER HOLD! Bron stays up, Ilja hops on as a backpack and throws down elbows! Bron drops to his knees and Ilja continues to hammer him! But JD CLUBS Ilja! And then LARIATS into an arm-drag! Ilja has JD down for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS!! JD guards as best he can, and Ilji CHOPS Bron! Bron frowns but Ilja stomps him to the corner. Ilja CLUBS Bron, Bron throws a body shot!

Ilja BOOTS Bron! Ilja CLUBS JD! Ilja KNEES Bron in the corner! Bron is down, Ilja goes up, KING KONG KNEE DROP! JD SOBATS Ilja and reels him in! But Ilja blocks again! Ilja reels JD in, fireman’s carries, but JD throws elbows. Ilja DEATH VALLEY DRIVERS JD onto Bron! Fans fire up for Dragunov as he goes to the apron! Ilja climbs the corner, he takes aim, COAST2COAST!! A two for one with JD and Bron both taking that shot! Fans are thunderous as all three men are down! Fans rally up and all three men slowly rise. Bron and Ilja go forehead to forehead, and they trade forearm for forearm!

Bron DECKS Ilja, but Ilja rises to EuroUpper! Bron EuroUppers back! Ilja snarls and rises again. The forearms go back and forth, faster and faster, DOUBLE FOREARMS put both men down! JD applauds with the fans! JD grins but then both men glare at JD! JD wants them to hold on, but Bron and Ilja chase JD out! JD gets back in, he ducks Bron’s lariat but not the back drop! JD wants mercy but Bron says JD is scared. JD turns around into a CHOP! A haymaker! Repeat! JD pinballs around, tries to put his dukes up, but Ilja CHOPS him! Bron and Ilja both TOSS JD out! Fans fire up as Ilja and Bron have the ring to themselves!

Bron and Ilja stare down, fans bark and cheer Dragunov, and Ilja HEADBUS! Ilja blocks the choke grip to cobra twist and HAMMER away on Bron with elbows! Ilja roars, fans fire up, and Ilja runs to LARIAT! Bron stays up to Ilja LARIATS again! Bron gets up, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and he LARIATS Ilja back! Bron drags Ilja up, choke grips then trophy lifts, but JD HEADBUTTS Bron down! All three men fall and fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” all over again! JD drags himself to a corner and drags himself up. Fans rally, Bron trips JD up and throws hands. JD hits back, Bron climbs up, and the brawling continues.

Ilja CLUBS Bron, and brings him around! Bron fights Ilja off, then goes up top, and he SUPER STEINERS JD INTO A POWERBOMB FROM ILJA!! Fans are thunderous, “This is Awesome!” All three men stir and sit up. JD throws a forearm on Bron, he CHOPS Ilja. Bron ROCKS JD, Ilja ROCKS Bron, JD COHPS Ilja! They go around, Ilja throws out some CHOPS but Bron and JD kick and CLUB Ilja. Bron says they’re not a team so they start throwing hands! Ilja CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS them both! Ilja CHOPS JD off his feet to then SENTON! Ilja roars but Bron SPEARS Ilja and himself out of the ring!

Fans rally up and JD builds speed! JD WRECKS Bron with a dropkick, PENALTY KICKS Ilja, and then ASAI MOONSAULTS them both down! Fans fire up and JD stands up. JD snarls and he drags Bron into the ring. JD catches his breath, drags himself up the corner again, but Bron ROCKS him again. Bron climbs as fans bark, and Bron throws elbows down on JD. Bron stands up, but Ilja CHOPS those legs out! Bron sits and Ilja brings Bron out! Bron throws hands to fight, but Ilja still POWERBOMBS! High stack, TWO! FALLING FOREARM! Cover, TWO!!! 450 from JD!! Cover, TWO!!! JD covers Bron, TWO!!

JD tosses Ilja and drags Bron up to suplex! BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!!! Bron survives and JD is furious! JD calm down as fans duel. JD elbows Ilja, gives him Kawada Kicks, then has the arm. Ilja still resists the ripcord! JD CLUBS away on Ilja, but Ilja shoots around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Ilja holds on, drags JD up again, GERMAN SUPLEX! Ilja still holds on, he drags JD up again, for a deadlift- NO! Bron adds on, DOUBLE GERMAN SUPLEX!! Fans bark it up and Bron goes up top. Bron aims at Ilja, FLYING BULLDOG! The straps come down, Bron roars, and he choke grips Ilja to lift and BREAKKER SLAM! But JD tosses Bron out! Cover, TWO!?!?

JD can’t believe it! He snatched away the finisher but Ilja isn’t done! JD looms over Ilja, but then Bron steps back in. JD and Bron throw hands, Bron gets the edge and he whips JD into a corner. JD goes up and out hard! Bron aims at Ilja, he runs in, but into a KNEE!!! Ilja flounders his way back to the corner and he goes up top! SUPER SENTON!! Fans are thunderous as Ilja wants to hit another! “UN! BE! SIEG! BAR!” TORPEDO MOSCOW!!! Cover, JD blocks the hand!!! JD grins as he denies Ilja, but then Ilja glares at JD. “This is Awesome!” as JD stops smiling. The forearms and palm strikes start flying, Ilja JUMP KNEES!

JD flops to the apron and Ilja goes the other way. Ilja goes around the way, into a SPANISH FLY to the floor!! Fans are electric as JD drags Ilja to the steel steps. JD is sadistic, he dribbles Ilja’s head on the floor and isolates the foot in the steps. He shoves the timekeeper aside to take his chair! Fans boo as JD goes back to Ilja, but Ilja avoids the chairshot! TORPEDO MOSCOW!! Both men are down after that, and Ilja flounders his way into the ring. And Bron is there waiting! Bron and Ilja glare, they egg each other on, and the haymakers start flying! Ilja LARIATS then runs, to LARIAT again! Bron stays up but the boxing elbows fly!

Ilja CHOPS, but Bron ROCKS Ilja! Ilja PELES! And GERMAN SUPLEXES! And LARIATS again! Bron falls and Ilja roars! Fans fire up as Ilja stumbles his way to the corner. “UN! BE! SIEG! BAR!!” TORPEDO- SPEAR!!! Bron covers, Bron wins!!

Winner: Bron Breakker, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)

The Irish Ace and the Czar put everything they had into this, but so did Bron! Bron retains the title despite the odds, will anyone ever stop him?


My Thoughts:

This Halloween Havoc had an awesome start, but it petered out a bit as things went on. We got an awesome opening match out of the North American Championship Ladder Match. That is a great tradition, everyone got to shine in that match, and it was even fitting that Trick and Stone got involved. And Wes Lee winning was the right decision. Though, anyone other than Von was the right choice. Wes gets his journey to come full circle, and we’re going to get a great line-up of matches with him as champion. At this point, Melo could still try to go after Wes, or he could even move up to the top title now.

We got a really fun match for that Casket Match, even though Lights Out would’ve been just fine for Apollo and Waller. That first casket was pretty wimpy, so of course it didn’t end with that. That was a great spot breaking the first casket to bring out a proper casket to finish this. Apollo winning here also made sense, since Waller’s been talking a lot of crap and this is the comeuppance. Apollo can go after a title now, and maybe the North American title if Melo is going to the top title. I also liked the promos from the tag champions and their challengers ahead of Tuesday. I still think we’re going to see Pretty Deadly retain and KC Squared lose, there’s just something about how each of these match-ups line up.

We got good hosting stuff from Shotzi & Quincy, and while I thought Xyon was going to come for payback, Lash Legend mouths off and gets whooped by Shotzi. I definitely expect a mixed tag now of Shotzi & Quincy VS Lash & Xyon. Good group promo from The Schism, and I really am curious as to who Red Hood has been this whole time. And I think we got a teaser that T-Bar is becoming Dijak again, and that is great. Dijak can also be a great addition to title scenes to help build up Wes. I also bet Duke Hudson is part of Kiana James’ plan to take Chase U. Duke & Kiana VS Bodhi & Thea would make for a good mixed tag at some point.

Really good match out of Roxie VS Cora, though there was something a bit off about the perch spot. Maybe it was just how easy Cora popped that railing out. But in the end, Roxie winning was the right move since Cora won before. Roxie is surely being built up as a contender to the women’s title, though I feel like Roxie is gonna need to show a lot more personality to feel right. I think Roxie started to show a bit of that against Cora during the Grayson Waller Effect segment they had, but Roxie needs to turn that up and get real sassy if she wants to keep up with Toxic Attraction.

Really good Ambulance match, but because the Performance Center is small, they couldn’t get the ambulance to ringside. That made for a really awkward pattern of them just going back and forth between ambulance and ringside. But in the end, we all knew Julius was going to win. The Creed Brothers weren’t going to be split up because of this, so the only natural option was Julius to win. Maybe Kemp can have back-up when he returns. I still say he should’ve been part of Gallus all along to tie in NXT UK, but oh well. And while the Creeds could go right after the tag titles, I wonder if they and Diamond Mine take a detour to face The Schism. Roddy can return, Ivy can feud with Red Hood, and we can have some great stuff out of faction warfare before either side moves to titles.

I really like that Halloween Havoc’s other tradition is a cinematic fight scene in a spooky setting, and it’s nice that the women’s division finally got in on that. But I knew from the kickoff show that if they were doing this, Mandy was just going to retain the title again. The shenanigans putting Alba Fyre on top of course meant Toxic Attraction was going to cheat and save Mandy, and after a full calendar year, I am sick and tired of it. Just as with the BS ways Roman Reigns was kept from losing, there have been so many BS ways Mandy’s retained, and it’s just too bad there’s no Women’s MITB in play to take this belt off her on Tuesday to end her reign right at one year.

The main event was an awesome Triple Threat, but Bron winning again is a bit of a buzzkill. No offense to the guy, but Ilja Dragunov should’ve won because he is the better all-around character. Ilja only lost the NXT UK Championship because he got hurt. I did like the moment where JD stops the ref’s hand to deny Ilja, that was very creative, but Ilja should’ve then clobbered JD and get the win off him. Bron wouldn’t have been hurt by that kind of loss, but I do suppose he would’ve lost his second Triple Threat in a year. But Bron is their guy ever since NXT 2.0 started, maybe they’re waiting to build up another star in his same class to take the title. If it’s Melo, that’s going to be one of the few times I actually cheer the Heel on.

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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The Road to WrestleMania gets intense!

Raw has grudge matches on tap as Sami Zayn faces Shinsuke Nakamura, and The New Day faces Imperium in a Tag Team Street Fight!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Sami Zayn VS Shinsuke Nakamura; Sami wins.
  • Chelsea Green VS Raquel Rodriguez; Raquel wins.
  • Tag Team Street Fight: The New Day VS Imperium; Imperium wins.
  • Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark VS Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell; Shayna & Zoey win.
  • Nia Jax VS Liv Morgan; Nia wins, by disqualification.
  • Cody Rhodes VS Grayson Waller w/ Austin Theory; Cody wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Dominik Mysterio is in the ring.

San Jose is booing but Dom has the mic to say, “Everyone, please welcome the greatest Women’s World Champion of all time! RHEA RIPLEY!” The fans fire up as Mami makes her way to the ring, and she feels great after retaining her title at Elimination Chamber. Rhea gets the mic to welcome us to “Monday Night Mami!” The fans cheer Mami on and she smiles. Rhea says this weekend, she walked into her home country our Women’s World Champion, and she walked out of it still our Women’s World Champion. Nia Jax might’ve been the biggest threat to her reign, but it doesn’t matter how big you are. Rhea may be from Down Under, but Mami’s always on top! Because she’s Rhea BLOODY Ripley!

Wait! Here comes Becky Lynch! The Man started the Elimination Chamber match, won the Elimination Chamber match, and now she’s here to step to the champion she’ll be facing at WrestleMania! The fans cheer Becky on and she gets a mic now. “The Man has come around to San Jose!” The fans cheer that! Becky says The Man is also coming back around to WrestleMania… to fight Rhea. “But The Man came out here to say congratulations. What a night that you had on Saturday. Hell, what a night we both had on Saturday, hey?” Becky won the Chamber, Rhea successfully defended her title against Nia in her home country, stadium filled and in the main event!

Rhea had her family and friends there, what a moment. And even better, because now they won’t have to fly all the way to WrestleMania to watch her lose. Dom tells Becky “Nobody talks to Mami like that.” Fans boo Dom and Becky tells him to listen to them, “ya dirty kumquat!” Becky was talking to Mami, and if Mami won’t put Dom in his place, The Man will. The fans cheer that! Becky says Rhea is on a hell of a run, one of the most impressive we’ve ever seen. And even though the last year, Rhea has been the face of this company, she’s spent most of the time being fed grapes by this loser.

Meanwhile, Becky has been the backbone, the heart and soul of this company! She became a Grand Slam Champion, all while writing a best-selling book! The Man can do it all, including beating “Rhea Bloody Ripley.” Becky throws down her mic but Rhea asks if she’s done. Yeah? Cool. First off, never disrespect her Latino Heat like that again. Secondly, “congrats” on winning the Chamber. It’s about time Becky stopped disappointing Rhea and actually won something to get even this close to Rhea’s level. Becky says she’s the backbone, but The Man always thinks they’re the backbone of everything.

The funny thing is, that behind every great Man is an even greater woman. But Rhea isn’t behind Becky, because Mami is ALWAYS on top. Rhea drops her mic now but the two still talk some trash. Rhea & Dom leave, title in Mami’s hand. Will Becky leave Philadelphia with that title in hers? WAIT! Nia Jax runs up from the crowd to CLOBBER Becky! Fans boo as Nia HEADBUTTS Becky then dribbles her off the mat! The sore loser drops a leg on Becky! Rhea dares Nia to try her then, but Dom says Nia’s not worth Rhea’s time. Nia drops another leg on Becky! And then she drags Becky to a corner, but refs rush out here!

Fans boo Nia while Adam Pearce tells her to stop this. The producers also get Becky to safety. Pearce says Nia’s getting a fine if she keeps going rogue. Nia backs down, but will she make sure everyone feels her wrath on the Road to WrestleMania?

 

Backstage interview with Nia Jax.

Jackie Redmond has caught up with the “heated” Irresistible Force, and asks why Nia attacked Becky. Nia says, “Why? Are you kidding me?” Becky won Chamber but she should NOT be going to WrestleMania over Nia! Nia beat Becky clean, so there’s no way Nia is letting Becky make it to WrestleMania. Then with Mania still weeks away, and Nia having a match with Liv Morgan tonight, will- Nia says whatever just happened to Becky, expect ten times that for Liv. Nia storms off, will she look to end Liv’s revenge tour cold here tonight?

 

Sami Zayn VS Shinsuke Nakamura!

Speaking of WrestleMania, The Great Liberator still wants a spot on the Grandest Stage of Them All, even if the path isn’t quite clear. However, the King of Strong Style says Sami just plays it up so people will pity him. Will there be no sympathy from Nakamura as he looks to take that spotlight for his own? Or will Sami get even with Nakamura for their previous match’s controversial finish?

Raw returns and Nakamura makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Sami wrenches to wristlock, but Nakamura pulls hair to put Sami on ropes. The ref counts, Nakamura lets off slowly, but then he KICKS Sami in the side. Sami goes to a corner, comes back, and they tie up. Nakamura headlocks, Sami powers up and out, things speed up and Sami hurdles to arm-drag! Sami has the armlock and the fans rally up. Nakamura fights to his feet, puts Sami in a corner and throws body shots and knees! The ref reprimands, Nakamura lets off and Sami bails out. Nakamura goes out to kick Sami low!

Nakamura whips Sami, but Sami goes up the barriers to QUEBRADA! Direct hit but perhaps still double-edged for Sami, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Nakamura has Sami in a seated cobra twist! The fans rally, Sami endures and fights with elbows! Sami gets free, he stands up, but Nakamura KICKS him in the side again! Nakamura storms up in a corner, whips corner to corner hard and Sami falls in a heap! Nakamura drags Sami up, fireman’s carries to put him on the top rope, then TOP SHELF KNEES! Nakamura keeps Sami up there, to run and TOP SHELF KNEE again! Cover, TWO! Sami is still in this but Nakamura kicks him around. Nakamura drags Sami up while fans sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~!” Nakamura whips, Sami goes up and over and LARIATS!

The fans fire up and Sami grits his teeth to stand. Sami storms up to fire hands on Nakamura! Sami whips, Nakamura reverses to KNEE low! Sami drops, but then he scoops and MICHINOKU DRIVERS! Cover, TWO! Nakamura survives and Sami is stunned! Sami grits his teeth from the pain in his side, and he hauls Nakamura up. Nakamura RAMS Sami into a corner! And again! And again! Nakamura puts Sami up top but Sami CLUBS Nakamura! Sami reels Nakamura in, TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up while Nakamura flounders out of the ring. Sami builds speed but runs into a kitchen sink knee!

Fans boo as Nakamura stalks Sami to the outside. They’re both on the apron, and Nakamura stands Sami up. Nakamura hits an APRON GOURD BUSTER! Sami flops to the floor while Nakamura soaks up the heat, and Raw goes back to break.

Raw returns yet again, Sami blocks a kick but Nakamura fires forearms! Sami fires those back, the two brawl and the fans fire up! Sami gets the edge but Nakamura fires a strike fest! Sami ducks the roundhouse but not the WHEEL KICK! Nakamura goes to a corner and takes aim, KIN- NO, Sami gets around to BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Nakamura survives and Sami can’t believe it! Sami watches Nakamura crawl to a corner and then goes to the other side. The fans fire up as Sami runs in, but Nakamura JUMP KNEES! Nakamura then goes up the corner to FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Sami survives and shocks Nakamura!

The fans fire up as Sami flounders to ropes. “This is Awesome!” as Sami bails out and Nakamura pursues. Nakamura stalks Sami, KICKS him in the side again, and then drapes him along the barriers. Nakamura CLUBS Sami, goes up the steel steps, and FLYING GUILLOTINE KNEES! The fans boo Nakamura while he leaves Sami behind. Sami sputters on the floor as the ring count climbs! We’re past 5 of 10, and then 8! Sami springs up at 9 to slide in at 9.9! KINSHASA!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Sami saves himself by a literal foot, but Nakamura stomps away on him for it! The ref counts, Nakamura argues with him, then goes back to a corner.

Nakamura aims again, “YAO~” but Sami sends Nakamura into buckles! BLINDSIDE HELLUVA KICK!! The fans are thunderous as Sami goes to the far corner! Sami roars, wants Nakamura to get back up, and he runs in again, HELLUVA KICK!! Cover, Sami wins!!

Winner: Sami Zayn, by pinfall

Sami gets even with Nakamura and gets back on the winning track! Is this just what Sami needs to find his way to WrestleMania?

 

Chelsea Green VS Raquel Rodriguez!

The Hot Mess is always complaining and bringing up issues, and she’s got an issue with the woman who eliminated her from the Last Chance Battle Royal. But will she only end up complaining more when she loses to Raquel 1v1? Or will Chelsea somehow, someway, bring down Big Mami Cool?

Raw returns and Chelsea has the mic to say, “San Joseee~! I’m speaking! Let it be known that tonight, after issuing a formal complaint to WWE Management, I will be competing in protest. That’s right. Last week, I would have won the Last Chance Battle Royal, and I would have gone on to become the most illustrious winner in Elimination Chamber history, had Pea Head Pearce not added that secret, stupid last entrant, Raquel Rodriguez!” Fans cheer Raquel but Chelsea says that was wrong! The people want HER! She’s the star! Raquel flew all that way to Perth, and for what? To lose? HAHA! To be a big dumb loser like the San Jose Sharks!

Fans boo but Chelsea laughs, and then she says after tonight, everyone will SHH when Chelsea proves Raquel is a loser, by kicking her- Oh, wait, here comes Raquel! The bell rings and Chelsea draws a line int he sand, daring Raquel to cross it. Raquel steps right over it! Chelsea draws another line and dares Raquel to cross that. Raquel does! Chelsea SLAPS Raquel out of panic! Then Chelsea apologizes, only to turn and run! But Raquel reels her in, whips her, and Chelsea ducks one lariat, but not the SOUTHPAW! The fans fire up as Raquel drags Chelsea up, scoops her, and hits a FALL AWAY SLAM! The fans fire up as Chelsea staggers back up.

Chelsea bumps into Raquel, and Raquel scoops for another FALL AWAY SLAM! Chelsea flounders, Raquel drags her up and tells her to shush. Raquel hits the TEXANA BOMB! Cover, Raquel wins!

Winner: Raquel Rodriguez, by pinfall

What was that about kicking someone’s butt? Chelsea might still need to figure out how to think before she speaks, but will Raquel let her actions do the talking for her on this Road to WrestleMania?

 

Backstage interview with Sami Zayn.

Jackie congratulates him on the big win over Shinsuke. They’ve been talking for weeks now about adversity, and Mania is 40 days away. How much did Sami need tonight’s win? “Need” is an understatement to Sami. He’s been bottling stuff up for weeks now, trying to keep his cool, but this has been in his mind all week. A loss tonight, he couldn’t even tell you what it would’ve done not just to his path to WrestleMania, but to him emotionally. It would’ve perhaps disproved his claims of being a contender. But he doesn’t need to worry about that, because this win reaffirms what he’s been saying!

The belief in himself, the fire inside, he IS a contender and will be a champion, and that his path to Mania will come to him. And if it doesn’t, then he will go out and he will find it himself. Because this isn’t the first time nor the last that- Imperium walks over. Ludwig Kaiser looks Sami up and down, then scoffs and moves on. Giovanni Vinci smirks as he walks right past Sami, and then Gunther walks by. Gunther looks Sami in the eyes, then looks him over. Gunther laughs then leaves. Does Der Ring General not think Sami is a contender? Will Sami prove him wrong?

 

Backstage interview with Cody Rhodes.

Cathy Kelley is with the American Nightmare and says he made big news at Elimination Chamber by calling The Rock out for a 1v1 match. A lot of people question if that was smart given Cody’s match with Roman Reigns at WrestleMania. Cody isn’t sure it was smart, either, but it’s simple: The Rock slapped Cody, Cody challenged him to a match for anywhere, anytime, and we await the rebuttal this Friday Night SmackDown. Then for tonight, Cody has a match with Grayson Waller, how does he see that going? Cody asks back, “Do you like Grayson Waller? Right? No. You don’t have to answer that right now.”

But Cody has been watching Waller. Waller won the Iron Survivor Challenge, has tons of skills, and not just on the mic. But if anything, Waller should certainly like Cody. The first time Cody was on the Grayson Waller Effect, he brought Jey Uso back to the WWE. And this past time, in front of over 50 THOUSAND people in Waller’s home country, Cody called out The Rock. And tonight, Waller gets his very first Monday Night Raw main event against Cody, and finds out first hand. Cody thanks Cathy for the time then heads out. Will the American Nightmare completely neutralize the Grayson Waller Effect tonight?

 

Imperium goes to the ring.

Ahead of their Street Fight match, Imperium is here so Der Ring General can speak. However, the fans boo so he waits it out. Gunther smiles and says, “After successfully defeating Jey Uso last week, I am standing here still your greatest and longest reigning Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion of all time!” Fans are torn on that, but Gunther continues by saying that he has to be honest, it was very, very close. Jey almost had Gunther beat, and Gunther actually felt it slipping away from him for the first time. But let’s be honest, he got lucky. Nobody’s perfect! But Gunther is still very, very close to it.

And before Kaiser & Vinci “outclass” The New Day, Gunther wants to address his future! Understand that over 600 days, Gunther has worked hard, putting his heart, soul and body into making this title into the most prestigious in this company! Fans do cheer that. “And I’ve beaten everybody along the way to achieve this.” Which leaves one question: Who will be Gunther’s opponent for WrestleMania? Fans have different ideas, but Gunther says he has seen all the ridiculous claims! Sami Zayn? Fans cheer that name! Chad Gable? “A THANK YEW~!” The Miz?! Fans cheer again. Gunther says it gets worse! He even sees people want R-Truth!

Fans really cheer for Truth, but wait! The Judgment Day makes their way out here? Finn Balor & Damian Priest are still Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions after defeating “New Catch Republic,” Tyler Bate & Pete Dunne, and they’re leading the way, JD McDonagh & Dirty Dom right behind. These four step into the ring to stand across from Imperium, and the fans are torn seeing these seven stare down. Priest says, “Big Bad Gunther. We don’t sweat you, man. Although you’ve have quite the dominant run, second only to the run The Judgment Day is on.” Priest hopes Gunther was watching Chamber as Judgment Day ran the table.

And Judgment Day plans to do it again at WrestleMania. Except, they plan on adding even more gold! Priest tells Gunther in Spanish, and then in English, that they mean the Intercontinental Championship. Gunther says since they’re not cashing in the MITB briefcase, who is it gonna be then? Finn Balor? Big headed JD? Who? DOM steps up!? Fans boo and Gunther almost laughs again. Dom tells Gunther, even as fans boo louder, that when Dirty Dom and the Judgment Day say they’re gonna do something, they mean it. And that means that the Intercontinental Championship now belongs to them.

Gunther still grins at Dom, and then pushes him back. Judgment Day keeps Priest back, and Gunther dares someone to do something then. Priest says they’ll be taking that title one way or another, and Gunther doesn’t stand a chance. Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” and Senor MITB throws off his vest, but Finn and the boys keep him back. Gunther holds up the belt, will nothing stop him from continuing his historic reign? Or will WrestleMania be his judgment day?

 

Judgment Day regroups backstage.

Priest has cooled off, and Mami asks what Dom is doing stepping to Gunther of all people! Dom says he’s got this! Well, he better. Rhea heads out again, and Finn tells Dom that he really should smooth things over. Dom agrees, but encounters Andrade on the way. Dom says long time no see, and Andrade says hey, kid. Dom says he has to smooth things over first, but good seeing him. Wait, wait, wait. Andrade has a meeting with Pearce to discuss his first opponent. See you soon, huh? Yeah, maybe. Dom wishes Andrade luck, but will the Prodigal Son have to face El Idolo before getting to Der Ring General?

 

Tag Team Street Fight: The New Day VS Imperium!

After almost two years of fighting back and forth, these two top level teams are putting things to rest! No disqualifications, no count outs, and no limitations on what they’re allowed to do, who will prove they are the superior team once and for all?

The New Day make their entrance, and Imperium rushes out of the ring to attack! They brawl on the ramp and the bell sounds while fans fire up! The New Day are dressed in San Jose Sharks uniforms, which the fans appreciate, and the brawl goes up to the stage. Kaiser ROCKS Kofi, Vinci kicks Woods, but New Day hits back with haymakers. Vinci sends Woods into the LED  screen! Kaiser UPPERCUTS Kofi! Then Vinci DECKS Kofi! Kaiser rains down fists on Kofi, Vinci stomps him, but the fans rally for New Day. Kaiser drags Kofi up, feeds him to Vinci, but Woods has Francesca MK II Turbo! And he CRACKS Ludwig with her!

Woods uses the slide to SMASH Vinci, and then Kofi uses the horn piece to SMASH Kaiser! Woods uses the broken pieces to beat up on Kaiser! The brawl goes back to ringside, Kofi throws headbutts! Woods ROCKS Vinci, then helps Kofi go looking under the ring. San Jose fires up as New Day brings out a TABLE! But Imperium CLOBBERS The New Day! The fans boo as there’s no furniture yet, Imperium puts New Day in the ring. New Day DECKS Imperium off the apron! The fans fire up as New Day builds speed and they DOUBLE DIVE! Kofi wipes out Kaiser, Woods wrecks Vinci with a dropkick, and the fans fire up as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and the brawl is now in the crowd! Kofi ROCKS Kaiser, Vinci ROCKS Kofi, but Woods SMASHES a beer can on Vinci! The fans fire up as this keeps on moving, and Woods headlocks Vinci to bring him away. Kaiser ROCKS Kofi, Woods dumps Vinci back to ringside, but Kaiser sends Kofi into barriers! Woods CHOPS Vinci, Kaiser ELBOWS Kofi in the forehead! Vinci hits an APRON BACK SUPLEX on Woods! Kaiser GAMANGIRIS Kofi down! Fans want tables, but Imperium doesn’t care as they put Woods in the ring. Kaiser goes looking under the ring, and he brings out a table after all! Only to put it right back!

Fans boo but Kaiser gets himself a chair. Vinci drags Woods up, Kaiser aims and JAMS Woods in the ribs! Then SMACKS him on the back! Kaiser talks trash while fans boo, but Kaiser and Vinci sit Woods up. PENALTY KICK! Kaiser drags Woods, puts him in the ropes, and Vinci adds a chair to the mix. Vinci & Kaiser go side to side and back again, FULL METAL DOUBLE DROPKICK in the corner! Woods sputters as he falls from corner to floor! Kofi returns and he HOTSHOTS Kaiser, GAMANGIRIS Vinci, and he goes up top! DOUBLE CROSSBODY! The fans fire up as Kofi keeps going, and he RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS Vinci!

Kaiser runs up, but Kofi scoops and SLAMS him onto Vinci! The fans fire up as Kofi runs for the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Kaiser gets away but Kofi clinches him! Kofi and Kaiser throw elbows, then Kofi drags Kaiser down. Kofi DECKS Kaiser, then hurries to get that table! The fans are thunderous as Kofi sets it up and brings Kaiser around. But Vinci makes the save! Imperium DOUBLE SUPLEX Kofi into the ring! But Woods is back to SHOTGUN Kaiser, and mule kick Vinci! Woods fires off, Vinci kicks and CHOPS! Woods falls, Vinci stomps him out of the ring. Vinci & Kaiser regroup, Kaiser has kendo sticks!

Kaiser SMACKS Woods, then hands one to Vinci. Vinci and Kaiser DOUBLE SMACK Woods again and again and again! They stretch Woods across steel steps, and Kaiser gets space! Fans boo as Kaiser runs in, but Kofi JUMP KNEES first! Vinci LARIATS Kofi! But Woods waits on Vinci in the ring! Vinci ducks ‘n’ dodges to CROSSBODY! Vinci gets the kendo stick to SMACK away on Woods again and again and again! Kaiser has the chair and he SMACKS Woods, too! Fans boo as Imperium stands tall, and Raw goes back to break.

Raw returns again and Imperium RAMS Woods into barriers! Kaiser smirks, turns around, ARMCHAIR ATTACK! Kofi takes Kaiser down with that, then BOOTS Vinci! Kofi whips Vinci into steel steps! Fans fire up as Kofi puts Kaiser in the ring, stalks him, and Woods is there, too! Now New Day has the kendo sticks! The fans fire up again as Kaiser realizes the trouble he’s in! The New Day SMACKS away on Kaiser again and again and again! The kendo sticks are coming apart! The fans are thunderous as Woods tells Kofi, “GET THE TABLES~!” Kofi & Woods go out, stomp Imperium down, then find a table under the ring!

New Day sets the table up at ringside, then Woods CLUBS Vinci. Woods brings Vinci over, Kofi throws some hands, then they put Vinci on the table. The fans rally up as Woods climbs up a corner! Woods aims, the fans are on their feet, and Woods SUPER MACHO ELBOWS through the table!! Vinci writhes while Kofi & Woods roar! They haul Vinci out of the wreckage, put him in the ring, and Woods climbs again. Kofi hits a BACKBREAKER, Woods adds a KNEE DROP! Cover, Kaiser yanks the ref away!! The fans boo but Kaiser gets away with that one, but Kofi KENDO STICK DIVES! Down goes Kaiser!

Vinci flounders out of the ring, a red line of blood on his back from where the table got him. Kofi puts Kaiser in so he and Woods can kick him around! The fans know “This is Awesome!” as New Day drags Kaiser to his feet. Woods scoops Kaiser, Kofi climbs up, but Vinci rises! Vinci SHOVES Kofi down through a table!! The one from earlier! Woods ELBOWS Kaiser away, grabs at Vinci, Vinci SMACKS Woods with a cookie sheet! Kaiser RAMS Woods into a chair wedged in a corner!! Roll up, Imperium wins!!

Winners: Imperium, by pinfall

The New Day brought the fight but they lost the fight! Will Kofi & Woods be able to rebound from this crushing defeat? Will Kaiser & Vinci look to confront Judgment Day over the titles Finn & Priest have?

 

Adam Pearce is on the phone.

He talks with Bronson Reed, and says this isn’t the first phone call he’s had just like this. But yes, “it” is on the front of everyone’s mind, Pearce will address it soon enough. But congratulations on the newborn baby, see you soon. Pearce finishes the call, Chad Gable walks in and they shake hands. Gable over Ivar was a hell of a win, congratulations. Oh, well A THANK YEW~ then. But Gable just wants momentum going to WrestleMania. And speaking of, we all know Gunther wants an opponent going into the big show. Everyone will be coming to Pearce with their reasons why they’re the guy.

Gable has reasons of his own. He comes here as not just a competitor but as a father. Last time Gable faced Gunther, he was this close to taking the title. But that’s not what haunts him. What haunts Gable is that Gunther reduced Gable’s daughter to tears, and laughed at her misery! Gable needs to make this right. Gable’s reasons are honest. To anyone else, this match would be about the title. But for Gable, this means more. Pearce sees that. He has a lot to think about. Who will be in the running for a shot at Der Ring General?

 

Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark VS Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell!

Speaking of title chases, The Queen of Spades & The Hunter are hot on the trail of Damage CTRL! Will Shayna & Stark be primed for their shot at Asuka & Kairi Sane? Or will the Poison Pixie & #IndiWrestling find the way to a rematch from Elimination Chamber?

Raw returns as Indi & Candice make their entrance. The teams sort out and Candice starts against Shayna. Shayna runs up, Candice dodges to kick a leg out and ENZIGIRI! Then STEP-UP SENTON! Candice hurries to BLAST Zoey, then she dodges Shayna to back body block! Candice goes out to CANNONBALL Zoey! The fans fire up as Candice then avoids Shayna’s shoulder to KNEE her away! Step-in TORNADO- NO, Shayna SLAMS Candice outta the DDT and KNEES her down! Candice is dazed but Shayna stands on her arm! Shayna lets her hair down and STOMPS Candice’s elbow! Tag to Zoey and Zoey storms right up.

Zoey wrenches and YANKS the bad arm, then YANKS it again. Zoey steps over to HIP DROP the elbow, then she stalks Candice to ropes. Zoey wraps the bad arm around ropes and pulls! Zoey grinds forearms into Candice’s face while saying she’s a nobody! Zoey whips Candice into buckles hard, then grinds her forearms in again! The ref counts, Zoey lets off, and she brings Candice up for an INVERTED EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Candice stays in there but Zoey pushes her around. Zoey stands Candice up but into a CODE BREAKER! Hot tag to Indi and the fans rally up! Indi dodges Zoey in the ropes to UPPERCUT and BOOT her away!

Indi hurries in, LARIATS Zoey, BLASTS Shayna, and LARIATS Zoey again! Indi CLUBS, DECKS and then stalks Zoey. Zoey swings, Indi dodges, but Shayna tags in before the SPINEBUSTER! Indi roars, but Shayna grabs her! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Indi taps, Shayna & Zoey win!

Winners: Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark, by submission

The Queen of Spades & The Hunter put away Candice & Indi faster than Asuka & Kairi did, will this be more than enough to name them the next contenders? Or will not even Shayna & Zoey be ready for DMG CTRL?

 

R-Truth is in the Judgment Day clubhouse?

And then he’s joined by The Miz and “DX,” aka DIY. They all sit down and Miz asks what Truth is even doing here. Well, Judgment Day’s gone for the night. He doesn’t want them to see him like this, but he was reminiscing about all the good times. Johnny Gargano says Truth’s always cheering them up, so they’ll return the favor. They’ll get revenge on The Judgment Day. And speaking of, Ciampa has a plan. Are you ready? What? He said… Are…! You…! Ready!? Oh, Truth gets it now! They’re gonna regenerate, right? What? Y’know, Regeneration X. Now that’s what’s up! No, no, it was Degeneration- Never mind. That is what’s up, and it’s AWESOME~!

Truth says let’s do it then! Hold on, he’s taking the TV back. Don’t worry about unplugging it, ain’t no cords on it. So it’s wireless? Nope. Truth, Miz and DIY head out, just what will they do to finally get one over on Judgment Day?

 

Drew McIntyre is here!

The Scottish Terminator and the winner of this year’s Elimination Chamber match is in San Jose, primed to face Seth Rollins for the World Heavyweight Championship! McIntyre gets the mic to say, “We did it.” He wants to thank the fans. You don’t achieve success alone, so everyone here and around the world, thank you for praying harder than ever before. Because of them, it is happening! McIntyre VS Rollins for the WHC at Mania! McIntyre feels like hell, though. He is more jetlag than man right now, especially after being the first man in the Chamber and the last man standing. He got hurt in there, an eardrum blown out. It was a bit of an incident after the show.

McIntyre was talking with the doctor afterward, and he told McIntyre that he is hurt, he might not make WrestleMania. Fans boo, but McIntyre told the doc, “Who do you think I am? CM Punk? Nothing’s gonna stop me from making Mania!” Fans are torn, they should’ve known McIntyre was going there with this. And then McIntyre sits down cross-legged a la Punk! “Don’t look up my kilt, ya pervs.” McIntyre tells Punk that he knows it hurts not to be part of Chamber or WrestleMania, and it probably kills Punk to see McIntyre in the world title match instead. But he wants Punk to know he thought about him after the match.

McIntyre wants to do something special just for Punk. We know Punk is straightedge, doesn’t drink alcohol, so McIntyre drank twice as much for both of them to celebrate. McIntyre grins and says okay, to more serious business. He has to talk to the champ, so if he’ll indulge McIntyre, “Mr. Rollins, c’mon down.” And here he comes! The fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” as Rollins makes his way out in a baggy, wine red suit. Rollins joins McIntyre in the ring, and McIntyre points to the sign. Rollins says yeah, we’ll get to that, but if McIntyre will indulge Rollins a moment… “SAN JOSE! Welcome to Monday Night Rollins!”

And a congratulations to Drew McIntyre! Fans boo but Rollins says no, no, McIntyre did it. Rollins is proud of McIntyre for clawing his way back to a title match with him again. And this time, McIntyre has an opportunity to do what he’s been wanting since 2020: win the world title, but not in an empty warehouse! This time, it’ll be in front of a capacity crowd at the BIGGEST WrestleMania of all time! But… there is just one thing standing in the way. He is the Visionary, he is the Revolutionary, he is Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins! The fans sing again and Rollins revels in it. McIntyre says yeah, Rollins is standing in the way.

McIntyre says beating Rollins is no easy job, but beating McIntyre is no easy job, either. So why is Rollins making it so hard on himself? We’ve seen what’s going on with Roman and Cody and The Rock, Rollins should just stop. Rollins doesn’t need that in his life. McIntyre’s talked with Rollins about this, from the bad knee to the bad back. Rollins should take time off, rest up, and be at 100% for WrestleMania. But Rollins won’t listen, doesn’t have to, he’s a grown man. But it just doesn’t make sense to McIntyre why Rollins is going to SmackDown this Friday to fight Cody’s battle when Raw needs Rollins here!

That stuff is their business, screw them! When McIntyre is champion, he won’t care if SmackDown is on fire and begging for help, McIntyre wouldn’t piss on ’em to put it out! McIntyre’s responsibility will be Raw and the World Heavyweight Championship only. But here is something for Rollins to think about: The Bloodline situation. We know where this is going, Rollins doesn’t need to go down that path. We know the outcome, it has happened time and time again, and to McIntyre personally. You push Bloodline too far, you know what happens! Their match at Mania will be a killer match, the fans going wild, Bloodline will hit the ring and cost Rollins the title!

So please, for Rollins’ sake and McIntyre’s, just back off. Fans boo and Rollins takes off the sunglasses. Rollins tells McIntyre, “I respect everything you just said. But respectfully, some risks are worth taking.” Fans cheer that, and Rollins says that he’ll be straight here. McIntyre’s known Rollins a long time, he knows what Rollins is about, so he knows that everything McIntyre just said, Rollins has already thought about. Rollins has replayed it over and over, all the negative outcomes. It’s why Rollins is the Architect, the Visionary, and the truth is… McIntyre might be right. Rollins’ knee may not be ready, the back may give out, and Bloodline might leave him broken in their wake, just like they have everyone else.

WrestleMania might be an easy night for McIntyre. McIntyre might be right, but what if he’s wrong? Like Rollins said, some risks are worth taking. He’s been selfish in his career and in his life, and Rollins thought that the goal at the end of the road would fill the void. But every single time, when Rollins got to the top, he felt empty inside. It wasn’t until he had his daughter that Rollins realized not everything is about him. There are some things in life bigger than all of us! The World Heavyweight Championship is bigger than us! Taking down the Bloodline is bigger than us! Fans cheer that!

Rollins asks McIntyre back: If they don’t take care of Bloodline before Mania, then what? Let’s say McIntyre does take the title from Rollins. It doesn’t matter if McIntyre is champion or Rollins is champion, The Bloodline wants power, and it’s only a matter of time before they come for the World Heavyweight Championship. So McIntyre might be right, but what if he’s wrong? What if Rollins’ knee is 100%? What if his back is ready to go? What if they can rip The Bloodline apart once and for all to secure the future of this industry!? Because if they can do all of that, then at WrestleMania, it is just Rollins, McIntyre and the World Heavyweight Championship.

Rollins said this before Crown Jewel, and he’ll say it again here: May the best man win. And some risks are worth taking. Rollins drops the mic and takes his leave, will this gamble go his way? Or will McIntyre find his own way to win it all?

 

Nia Jax VS Liv Morgan!

The Irresistible Force is a sore loser, determined to prove she’s far more worthy of a WrestleMania moment than every single woman that was in the Elimination Chamber match. To her point, she did get the better of them all just last week. Will she do it again tonight? Or will Liv make Nia #CryAboutIt some more?

Raw returns as Liv makes her entrance. The bell rings and Liv SHOTGUNS Nia! Liv fires off forearms but Nia shoves her away. Liv runs up to back body block! Liv runs up again, SHINING WIZARD! Liv keeps moving, but Nia stops the rana! Nia swings Liv up and around, SAMOAN DROP! Nia soaks up the heat while she paces around Liv. Nia drags Liv around to pull on the arms! The fans boo and Liv endures, but Nia STOMPS her down! Liv sputters but Nia drags her up and puts her in a corner. Nia runs in to SPLASH Liv, and Liv flops down. Nia runs back in, HIP ATTACK! Nia rubs it in quite literally, then drags Liv up.

Liv fires body shots, runs, but Nia ELBOWS her down! Nia drags Liv around, and has a leg for the STRETCH MUFFLER! Liv endures as she dangles off the mat! Nia then swings Liv into buckles! Nia drops Liv, kicks her around, and then goes to the apron. Nia lines up a shot, but Liv dodges the leg drop! Fans taunt Nia with “MY HOLE! MY HOLE!” while Nia hobbles away. Liv aims, builds speed, and DVIES! Down goes Nia and the fans fire up while Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Nia has Liv in a BEARHUG! Liv endures as Nia squeezes and thrashes her around! Pat uses the telestrator to show us just how much Liv was suffering in the Stretch Muffler. Back to present, Liv fights out of the bearhug and ENZIGIRIS! Nia wobbles, and then CLOBBERS Liv! Nia runs to SENTON but misses as Liv moves! Liv goes to a corner, Nia runs up, but Liv slips to the apron! Nia hits buckles, Liv KNEES her back! Then HOTSHOTS her away! Nia staggers, Liv goes up the corner, and fans fire up for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Nia staggers to the corner but Liv runs in! Nia blocks the Code Breaker!

Nia puts Liv in the corner but Liv ROCKS her! Liv leaps, FLYING CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Nia is still in this and Liv grows frustrated. The fans rally up as Liv rushes Nia, but into a fireman’s carry! Liv sunset flips through, but Nia stays up! Nia drags Liv to her feet for a HEADBUTT! Liv ends up in a corner, Nia runs in, but Liv dodges, Nia POSTS herself! Nia falls out of the ring and Liv hurries to the apron! Liv runs but Nia catches her! SAMOAN DROP into the post! The fans boo but wait! BECKY LYNCH FLIES IN!

Winner: Nia Jax, by disqualification

The Man fires off on Nia and SMACKS her off the desk! And again and again and again! The fans fire up as Becky dribbles Nia! Becky then SMACKS Nia off the apron, puts her in the ring, and storms up on her to CLUB her right back out of the ring! Nia hurries up the ramp while the ref keeps Becky back! Becky wants Big Time revenge, will she tear Nia down before going after Rhea? And how will Liv feel about this when Becky’s revenge just cost her a win?

 

Backstage interview with Grayson Waller & Austin Theory.

Cathy Kelley is now with A-Town Down Under and brings up Elimination Chamber’s “massive scoop.” Does Waller feel Cody being the guest on the Grayson Waller Effect backfired on him? Waller says once again, Waller gets the biggest scoop via his show, not surprised! Big for Waller, big for Australia, but that doesn’t change the fact Cody disrespected Waller in his home. He beat up Waller’s boy, Theory, and Waller did everything he could to protect him (not), but now they flip the script. Waller will disrespect The American Nightmare in his house, and then The Rock & Roman can pick the bones. This lad ain’t ever gonna finish his story!

Cathy thanks them for their time, will the Grayson Waller Effect be super effective? Or will nothing stop Cody from making it to Mania?

 

WWE mourns the loss of Ole Anderson.

The OG Four Horseman passed away today at the age of 81. A great tag team wrestler and one half of the Minnesota Wrecking Crew, he will be missed.

 

Adam Pearce finds Becky backstage.

She says after what Nia did to her, Becky was not gonna be able to move on until she ends this. Becky wants her shot at Nia. Oh, really? Then how does next week sound? Sounds perfect to Becky. Then it’s official. Becky thanks Pearce, but then Liv storms in! Liv says she was in the middle of something out there, but guess Becky doesn’t care about anyone else. Not everything is about The Man! Liv storms off, is Becky only going to settle one score to have to worry about another?

 

Backstage interview with Jey Uso.

Jackie Redmond is with Main Event Jey and says despite a hell of an effort against Gunther, not an outcome Jey wanted. How does Jey plan on getting back in the title scene? Jey says he’ll keep on being him, doing what he does, keep on showing up to Raw and being Main Event Jey Uso. Last week, he was this close to having his first singles title. Feels like when he tries to get close to something, he falls short. When he tries to complete the mission, he falls short. When he tries to do something positive for himself, he falls short. When he tries to pull himself up, he falls short. Whether it is his past enemies on Raw, or his own flesh ‘n’ blood.

Jey then spots said enemy in McIntyre. McIntyre says he knows Jey is having a tough time. McIntyre is in a good place, riding high, but he felt this was a good time to have this talk. McIntyre knows how Jey is feeling, and McIntyre wants Jey to know that from the bottom of his heart, Jey deserves it. Jey fires off on McIntyre and it’s a brawl! Refs and security rush in to pull these two apart! The Scottish Terminator can’t help himself when it comes to pushing buttons, but will he regret getting on Jey’s bad side?

 

Cody Rhodes VS Grayson Waller w/ Austin Theory!

The American Nightmare wants after The Rock, but it seems the Aussie Icon has just ended up a pawn in the Bloodline’s game. Will Cody get past this obstacle to have a clear path to WrestleMania? Or will Waller be drinking a shoey in The Tribal Chief’s honor?

Raw returns as Cody makes his entrance, the fans singing along, “WHOA~ OH~!” The bell rings and the fans rally up behind Cody. Waller is annoyed by that as he circles with Cody. They tie up, go around, and Cody headlocks for the takeover. Waller headscissors, Cody kips free and hits another takeover. Waller headscissors, Cody kips free again and waistlocks. Waller elbows free, runs up and bumps Cody off buckle! Waller taunts the fans but they rally behind Cody. Waller JABS Cody, CLUBS him, but Cody turns things around to CHOP! Cody stalks Waller to a corner, whips him corner to corner but Waller reverses hard!

Waller storms up to cravat Cody and fires off knees! Fans boo but Theory soaks it up for Waller. Waller throws body shots on Cody, has him against ropes and CLUBS him. Waller ROCKS Cody with a forearm, throws body shots, and he keeps Cody on the ropes. Waller wrenches and whips Cody but Cody reverses to kick, drop and RHODES UPPERCUT! Cody then reels Waller in to suplex, and he holds Waller up! Fans cheer as Cody waits until ten for the GOURD BUSTER! Cody then clotheslines Waller up and out! Fans fire up as Cody stands tall and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns once again and Cody throws body shots to get free of a chinlock. But then Waller LEG LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Waller keeps on Cody with a cravat and he cranks the neck wrench. Waller says he won’t let Cody disrespect him! The fans rally, Cody fights up, and commentary says Paul Heyman is somewhere in the building. Did he bring The Bloodline with him? Cody throws more body shots to get free, then he CHOPS! Waller kicks low, reels Cody in to back suplex, but Cody lands out of it! Cody CLOBBERS Waller, goes to a corner then goes up and over, to SNAP POWERSLAM! The fans fire up with Cody as he rises!

Cody runs, springboards, BEAUTIFUL DISASTER! Cover, TWO! Waller stays in this but then Theory distracts Cody! Cody glares at Theory, runs him off, but Waller is up, to JAB! Cody drops to his knees, and Theory says that’s teamwork! Fans boo but Waller whips. Cody ducks ‘n’ dodges to DIVE! Theory is sent tumbling up and over the desk!! The fans fire up but Waller goes out to LARIAT Cody down! Waller puts Cody in, says this is the real deal, and he somersaults, but Cody dodges the flatliner! CODY CUTTER! The fans fire up again and Cody dragon sleepers for the CROSS RHODES!! Cover, Cody wins!

Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall

A-Town Down Under probably wishes they’d stayed home on this one! Cody is rolling down the Road to WrestleMania, but “Ladies and gentlemen,” The Wise Man confirms he is here by stepping on stage. Heyman has private security but Cody still gets a chair! Cody also gets a mic while Heyman says it’d figure “San Josie” would boo ladies. They’re ruining his shtick! Heyman continues his introduction, but Cody doesn’t give a damn! If this is a set-up, then come get him! Heyman has everyone calm down. This is not a Bloodline set-up. The only member of The Bloodline here tonight is Heyman. Does anyone see a drop of Polynesian blood anywhere in the security?

That’s rhetorical, because the answer is no. These gentlemen are Heyman’s “friends” from the NYPD. They are off-duty, technically, because they’re suspended, but that’s a whole different story. Heyman came here to California to let us know no one wants an apology. Heyman understands how insulting it must be to get Will Smith’d across the face. But Heyman wants Cody needs to take The Rock’s name out of his freakin’ mouth. Because The Tribal Chief, Roman…! Reigns…! has authorized Heyman to let Cody know, that if Cody does not back away from this… Like, you can’t just say you want a match with The Rock and then it magically happens.

Well, it magically happens if you ARE The Rock, but Cody screwed that all up, didn’t he? See, a year ago, they were crying in the ring with each other, Heyman forgives Cody. But The Rock doesn’t. And understanding that Cody is in the WrestleMania main event with Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Championship, Heyman is begging and pleading, “Please, Cody. Please. Pretty please, with a cherry on top… Withdraw this challenge from The Rock… or else.” Cody takes a seat and asks, “Or else what, Mr. Heyman?” Does Heyman wanna know why Cody hasn’t rained holy terror on this mic about Heyman’s new boy, Dwayne? Why Cody hasn’t trashed The Rock in media?

It’s simple! Like everyone here, Cody was a fan of The Rock! How could he not be? Put yourself in Cody’s shoes! He comes from a family where every meal was determined by ticket sales, and nobody sold more than The Rock! But Cody is done, fed up with being nice! If this is a set-up, then like Cody said, “Come and get me.” Heyman says he has a better idea. Heyman and his “friends” go to the apron and Heyman asks if he may step inside. Heyman may not. Heyman says that’s just rude. But the “friends” step in and Cody says okay, then he’ll make this clear. If one more person steps towards Cody, he is dropping every single person in this ring.

The fans fire up and Heyman says okay, he respects that. As Cody will surely respect that his threat doesn’t apply if Heyman is that one person, right? WRONG! Cody gets his chair and he JAMS everyone up! Then SMACKS them all down! And then CHUCKS the chair into the one guys’ face! CROSS RHODES!! The fans fire up as Cody stands his ground! He dares Heyman to send The Bloodline, but Heyman has his phone to call Roman Reigns. And another phone to call The Rock! Cody says go ahead, call whoever he’s got! Because the Bloodline isn’t hunting Cody, Cody is hunting The Bloodline!

Heyman looks a little worried as Cody has another round to JAM and SMACK the “friends!” Cody TOSSES one, TOSSES another, then TOSSES the third! Did this little stunt backfire in the worst way possible for The Bloodline?


My Thoughts:

Another great Raw, with great build upon the WrestleMania stories. I really like this intertwining of stories between Judgment Day and other groups. Great opening promo from Dom, Rhea and Becky, which then turned into Nia attacking Becky, which then in turn became Becky attacking Nia during her match with Liv. Now, while we’re getting Nia VS Becky 2, it feels like Liv is adding Becky to the revenge tour. There’s talk of Triple Threats for world titles at every 10th WrestleMania, what if it was for the Women’s World Championship? Granted, it’d be a shame since Becky fought her way to earn the shot, but it would hearken back to Mania 35 where Becky won a Triple Threat.

Judgment Day confronting Imperium over the Intercontinental Championship was some good stuff. And I do appreciate that even Rhea felt Dom was biting off more than he could chew stepping to Gunther. Now, it sure feels like they want Sami to get his shot after that encounter with Gunther, but I like that Andrade is also in the mix after his talk with Dom. Sami VS Nakamura was an awesome opening match, it probably should be Sami given he mentioned “doing something historic” last week. But Sami having to get through Andrade, Bronson, Gable and maybe even Dom would really make it a great road to Mania.

Awesome Street Fight tag match, too, and I was rather surprised Imperium won. But I have a feeling Kaiser & Vinci will be getting in on the Undisputed Tag Team Championship story, same as The Awesome Truth. Good but short promo from Truth, Miz & DIY to keep up the “DIY is DX” gag and establish that the feud is continuing. Awesome Truth still feels like they’re set for their shot at Mania, but maybe Imperium and a team from SmackDown get involved to make it easier for Finn & Priest to lose the belts.

Raquel all but squashing Chelsea was entertaining, though Shayna & Zoey all but squashing Candice & Indi was a little disappointing. I suppose Shayna & Zoey are still being established as challengers for DMG CTRL, we might get a Fatal 4 tag title match for the women. As I said at Chamber, maybe Bianca gets in on the tag title story since the top titles are spoken for. Meanwhile, great promo from McIntyre with Rollins, though it maybe took a little too long to get where it was going. It is good character stuff from McIntyre to be hypocritically worried The Bloodline is going to screw Rollins over when McIntyre just wants the title regardless.

Great bit with McIntyre and Jey, too, though it felt like Jey was just going on and on to stall for time as McIntyre was heading over there. McIntyre VS Jey one more time will be really good stuff to give McIntyre momentum going towards Mania. And really good stuff from Cody Rhodes tonight. Good promo before his match, good promo from Waller as well, and really good main event from Cody VS Waller. Heyman showing up was a nice surprise, though it was a weird move for him to bring fake cops that were supposedly suspended. We all knew they were getting beat up by Cody anyway, maybe this was some kind of adlib to keep from Cody beating down Jimmy and/or Solo. There’s a very good chance that happens on SmackDown anyway, so they probably didn’t wanna be redundant.

My Score: 8.8/10


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