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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (10/18/22)

Pick Your Poison!

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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Cora Jade and Roxanne Perez send their proxies after each other!

Former friends use former friends to fight their fight! Cora went to Raw, Roxanne went to SmackDown, and now NXT sees the returns of Rhea and Raquel!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Pick Your Poison: Roxanne Perez VS Rhea Ripley w/ The Judgement Day; Rhea wins.
  • Channing Lorenzo w/ Tony D’Angelo VS Shinsuke Nakamura; Shinsuke Nakamura wins.
  • Alba Fyre VS Sonya Deville w/ Toxic Attraction; Fyre wins.
  • Wes Lee & Oro Mensah VS Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams; Melo & Trick win.
  • Six Man Tag: Cameron Grimes & The Good Brothers VS The Schism; Grimes & The Good Brothers win.
  • Halloween Havoc Co-Host Role: Quincy Elliot VS Xyon Quinn; wins and joins Shotzi as cohost.
  • Pick Your Poison: Cora Jade VS Raquel Rodriguez; Cora wins, by disqualification.

PLAY BY PLAY

Pick Your Poison: Roxanne Perez VS Rhea Ripley!

From Raw to NXT, Rhea Ripley brings the Judgement Day with her! The Eradicator accepted Cora Jade’s request to be her proxy against Roxie, will the Breakout Star be able to reach the other side? Or will there even be need for the Weapons Wild match at Halloween Havoc?

The bell rings, fans are thunderous as Rhea and Roxie circle. Rhea and Roxie tie up, they go around, Rhea throws Roxie out hard! Roxie tumbles to the floor and Rhea smirks. Fans sing, “Rhea’s Gonna Kill~ You!” Roxie storms back into the ring and resets with Rhea. They tie up, Roxie gets around to a waistlock, but Rhea throws Roxie her off! Fans rally as “Papi Rhea” grabs Roxie, but Roxie wrenches out and KICKS! But Rhea scoops, only for Roxie to slip out and wrench again! Roxie kicks the leg, and again. Rhea is annoyed now and she pulls hair. The ref reprimands but Rhea whips. Roxie rolls under, rolls back and SWINGS, but Rhea stays up!

Rhea drags Roxie up, but Roxie CHOPS! Rhea snarls but Roxie CHOPS! Rhea HEADBUTTS, KICKS, and KNEE SMASHES! Roxie wobbles into a LARIAT! Fans fire up as Rhea grins again. Rhea puts Roxie in a corner, she RAMS into her, and digs her shoulder in. The ref counts, Rhea lets off at 4, and fans rally. Roxie throws hands but Rhea CLUBS her down. Rhea stalks Roxie, drags her up and grins to whip and CLUB Roxie on the back! Rhea revels in the fans cheering Judgement Day, and Rhea whips Roxie to CLUB her again! Rhea dusts herself off and fans cheer as she drags Roxie up again. Rhea whips, but Roxie ROCKS Rhea!

Roxie ROCKS Rhea again and again but Rhea kicks low! Rhea is frustrated, she drags Roxie up to scoop, but Roxie turns that around to a RANA! Rhea tumbles out now, and Roxie runs, only for Rhea to move. No topes today! But then Roxie swings out and CLUBS Rhea! Roxie goes to the apron, leaps and FLYING- NOPE! Rhea blocks the rana to get Roxie up, Electric Chair SLAM on the apron!! “That’s what you get, little girl, when you mess with the Judgement Day!” Fans fire up as Rhea high fives Priest and NXT goes picture in picture.

Rhea smirks while she relaxes a moment. Rhea drags Roxie up, puts her in, and Rhea stalks Roxie. Rhea CLUBS, Roxie throws body shots, but Rhea knees low! Rhea revels in the fans cheering but Roxie fires forearms! Rhea KNEES low again, then CLUBS her down. Rhea rains down fists, then lets off to stand on Roxie. Cocky cover, TWO! Roxie crawls but Rhea keeps her from ropes, to then put her on ropes and CHOKE her! The ref counts, Rhea lets off and Roxie flounders to a corner. Rhea smirks and storms over to bring Roxie up. Rhea suplexes and holds Roxie up, but Roxie turns that to a cradle! TWO!! Rhea DROPKICKS Roxie down!

Rhea storms about before she covers, TWO! Judgement Day is upset but the ref’s count was fair. Rhea drags Roxie into a grounded cobra twist! Rhea digs a claw into the ribs but Roxie endures. Roxie fights and throws haymakers to get free! Rhea clamps onto her again but Roxie throws more hands! Roxie runs, but into a scoop and TOSS! Rhea storms over, pushes Roxie to a cover, TWO! Roxie is hanging tough but Rhea hauls her right up to SLAM her back down. Rhea then wraps on the body scissors and squeezes! Roxie endures and NXT returns to single picture as fans rally and duel. Rhea tells Roxie to give up but Roxie refuses.

Rhea pulls hair, the ref reprimands, but Roxie pushes back to a cover! TWO, and Rhea pushes Roxie over for a rear mount. Rhea throws down heavy forearms to the head! Rhea toys with Roxie, talks trash, and then holds Roxie down. Roxie avoids the killer stomp and then the Penalty Kick to then drop toehold Rhea onto ropes! Rhea sputters and staggers, Roxie KICKS away on the leg! Rhea swings, Roxie gets under the boot and UPPERCUTS! And UPPERCUTS! And UPPERCUTS! Roxie whips, Rhea blocks! Rhea shakes her head, whips Roxie, but Roxie tilt-o-whirls and RUSSIAN- NO, Rhea powers out of the leg sweep for a gut wrench!

Roxie tries to arm-drag but Rhea blocks that! Rhea drags Roxie up, but Roxie JAWBREAKERS! Roxie fires up and runs in at Rhea, to UPPERCUT! Roxie rolls and comes back, but Rhea dodges! Rhea runs in but Roxie dodges and Rhea POSTS herself! Rhea falls out and Roxie fires up! Roxie builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans fire up as Roxie roars! Fans rally for “NXT! NXT!” as Roxie puts Rhea in. Roxie goes up top, Rhea SWATS her! Rhea climbs up, CLUBS away on Roxie, and she brings Roxie up. Roxie CLUBS Rhea back, slips out below, and YANKS Rhea into buckles! Roxie then goes up to grab at Rhea!

Roxie goes up top and SUPER STEINERS! Cover, TWO!! Roxie fires forearms, bobs ‘n’ weaves and fires more! She counters a headbutt with a right, and then SHOTGUNS Rhea to a corner! Roxie runs in but Rhea catches her for an atomic SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Roxie survives and fans argue it was three! But the ref’s count was fair, so Rhea drags Roxie up. Pump handle, RIPO- NO, Roxie slips out and SOBATS! Roxie hops on, POP- NO, Rhea pops Roxie off! DOM distracts! The ref reprimands, but Rhea HEADBUTTS! And then pump handle, RIPTIDE!! Cover, Rhea wins!

Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall

Cora chose a powerful poison, and Rhea put Roxie down! Will Cora be able to survive Roxie’s proxy, Raquel Rodriguez? Or will Big Mami Cool have the same luck as “Papi Rhea?”

 

Cameron Grimes meets with The Good Brothers backstage.

Karl Anderson tells “Grimey” that those Schism brothers are some serious stuff. This is a real fight on their hands. Grimes admits The Schism has been giving him some grief these past few months. But that’s alright, Grimes has the hottest tag team in the business! And so good looking! Complete heartthrobs. The OC has the buzz of the business, they’re just TOO SWEET! But why do you think they accepted Grimes’ offer? Cuz he has the PAPER~! MONEY MONEY MONEY! Gallows loves it! They love paper, and they would love to go #ToTheMoon! Will Big LG, the Machine Gun and the Carolina Caveman cut down that tree The Schism goes on about?

 

Backstage interview with Grayson Waller.

McKenzie notes Waller is going to face off with Apollo Crews at Halloween Havoc, but Waller is a bi toff his game. Why does she say that? Well, because last week- Right, last week, that wheel spun on its own! The tricks, the visions, end this weekend, because Waller already beat Apollo and Apollo hasn’t had a match since. Who’s really off their game there, huh, Kenz? Well, Waller blinded Apollo. Yes, with his star power! Waller said he is gonna run Apollo outta NXT because no one wants him here, Waller’s just brave enough to say it. And he has the talent to make it happen! Saturday caps off the worst comeback story in the WWE as Waller boots-

CHUCKY is on the TV?! He tells Waller that now that he’s wet his pants, maybe he should shut his trap and listen. Waller VS Apollo will be a Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal! Chucky, no, please! Waller- DON’T interrupt. But life is full of surprises. So many choices, from Ring of Fire to Buried Alive to Casket Match. Don’t fear the wheel, it’s your friend to the end, if you make it that long. Chucky laughs and Waller panics. What will fate decide for Waller’s grudge match with Aopllo?

 

Channing Lorenzo w/ Tony D’Angelo VS ???

Stacks has been letting The Don down, and that is not good for business. But in order for Stacks to prove himself, Tony has an… arrangement, if you will. Tony asks the fans how they’re doing. He says tonight is a big night, and Stacks’ eyes show he’s ready to throw down. Stacks looks strong! Tony asks for help into the ring. Stacks helps Tony given his bum leg, and Tony tells Stacks, “Before I introduce your opponent tonight, remember: this match is about earning respect, proving to everybody who you are. Are you ready?” He is! Who is it? He wants to know, huh? Everyone wants to know, huh? Allow Tony to introduce Stacks’ opponent… After the break! Stacks doesn’t like that, what’s The Don playing at?

NXT returns and Stacks is ready! His opponent… IS SHINSUKE NAKAMURA! The fans are fired up all over again to see the King of Strong Style make a return to the brand! But will Stacks be anything but thrilled about this?

The bell rings and Nakamura circles with Stacks. The fans chant for “NAKAMURA!” and he ties up with Stacks. Stacks kicks low, headbutts, then headlocks for punches! Stacks grinds the hold, but Nakamura powers up as fans sing Nakamura’s song. Nakamura powers out, KNEES low, and AX KICKS! Stacks flounders to a corner but Nakamura is on him with GOOD VIBRATIONS~! Stacks staggers, Nakamura snapmares and drops a knee! Cover, TWO! Nakamura keeps cool, he brings Stacks up and has a facelock. Tony coaches Stacks but Nakamura suplexes to a GOURD BUSTER! And then he KNEES Stacks while he’s down!

Nakamura throws more knees, he hears the fans cheering him on, and then Nakamura KICKS Stacks around! Stacks grits his teeth as Nakamura KICKS him more and more! Nakamura toys with Stacks, kicks him around, and fans cheer him on. Nakamura KICKS but Stacks blocks! Stacks CLUBS the leg, and again, and again! Stacks throws hands and uppercuts, then he snapmares for a FIST DROP! Cover, ONE!! Stacks clamps on with a chinlock, Tony wants Stacks to rip that head off. Stacks rocks Nakamura, scoops, but Nakamura slips out and dodges to DYNAMIC DROPKICK! Fans fire up and Nakamura says, “C’MON~!”

Stacks runs in, into a strike fest! And KICKS! Stacks blocks again but Nakamura ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up and Nakamura runs in at the corner, but he blocks boots. Nakamura puts Stacks in the ropes, KICKS and runs, SLIDING GERMAN! Nakamura slides in to cover, TWO! Tony tells Stacks to get up and fight, but Nakamura has a SLEEPER! Stacks flails and he fights the clinch. Stacks CLUBS Nakamura, wrenches and ROCKS him, but then Nakamura slips around to get a FLYING ARMBAR! Nakamura pulls on the arm but Stacks endures! Nakamura CLUBS the grip, has the armbar extended, but Stacks slips free and CLOBBERS Nakamura!

Fans boo as Stacks drags Nakamura up. Stacks wrenches and CLUBS the arm, runs but Nakamura dodges. Stacks ducks a kick but the WHEEL KICK gets him! Nakamura runs in to KINSHASA Stacks out of the ring! Nakamura goes out, fans sing his song, and Nakamura smirks at Tony. Nakamura puts Stacks in the ring, then slides in. Nakamura aims from the corner, unzips a bit, and Stacks eggs him on! So KINSHASA!! Cover, Nakamura wins!

Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura, by pinfall

The King of Strong Style wins big in his return to NXT, but Stacks gave him a run for his money! Did Stacks at least prove himself to The Don? Tony pats Stacks on the shoulder and says he has guts. Stacks is the cornerstone of the family and Tony is proud. Will Stacks’ future be bright after this showing against an icon like Nakamura?

 

Nathan Frazer and Axiom talk backstage.

They’re both impressed by each other after round three of their Best of 3 Series. Each move and counter was amazing, they brought the best out of each other. And Axiom will watch and cheer Frazer in that ladder match to win the North American Championship. Well thanks! Cheers, mate. But then Robert Stone & Von Wagner walk over. Stone tells Von, “Look who it is!” Two guys who made NXT history in a trilogy. And if you don’t believe Stone, just ask social media. But Von says it’s too bad you don’t get titles for being internet darlings. Those three instant classics will amount to nothing, as at Halloween Havoc, no one is stopping Von! Not Melo, the new guy, Wes, or even “soccer boy.”

Oh, soccer boy, huh? Well this soccer boy is gonna kick Von’s face in. Axiom has Frazer keep cool and save it for Saturday. Will it the British Prodigy who climbs to new heights? Or will this really be Wagner’s World?

 

Alba Fyre VS Sonya Deville w/ Toxic Attraction!

The former Forever Champion is ready to light it up at Halloween Havoc against the Toxic Goddess, but she has to get through the Jersey Devil first! Will Fyre burn Sonya for siding with Mandy Rose? Or will Sonya soften her up so she’s easy pickings?

NXT returns as Sonya makes her entrance, Gigi & Jacy of course in her corner. The bell rings and the two tie right up. Fans rally, Sonya puts Fyre in a corner and the ref counts. Sonya talks trash but lets off, to then pie face Fyre! Fyre shoves Sonya! Sonya swings, Fyre dodges, hops the sweep but Sonya dodges the superkick. Fyre blocks the roundhouse to HEADBUTT! Fyre CHOPS Sonya in the corner, whips her corner to corner, and then runs in to forearm smash! Fyre snapmares Sonya, goes up top, but Sonya YANKS her down! Fyre hits buckles, Sonya runs in and BOOTS Fyre down! Cover, TWO!

Sonya clamps onto Fyre with a chinlock, then she drags Fyre up to whip her into the corner hard! Fyre bounces off buckles, but Sonya brings her up to whip. Fyre reverses, Sonya bounces off buckles and Fyre CLOBBERS her! Fyre CHOPS, and CHOPS, and CHOPS! Sonya shoves Fyre, but Fyre comes back to wrench and suplex for the GOURD BUSTER! Sonya flounders, Fyre runs in to PENALTY KICK! Fans fire up and Fyre goes up top! But Gigi distracts, so Fyre DECKS her! Jacy distracts to Fyre DECKS her! Fyre DECKS Sonya, hooks Jacy up, but Gigi saves Jacy! So Fyre gets Gigi, but Sonya runs in! Fyre dodges, the BOOT hits Gigi! Fyre rolls Sonya up, FYRE WINS!

Winner: Alba Fyre, by pinfall

But Jacy returns, only for Fyre to BOOT her! Fyre DECKS Gigi, but Sonya SPEARS Fyre! Sonya and Jacy mug Fyre, Gigi joins in, and Sonya gets Fyre’s bat! They hold Fyre in place, and here comes MANDY! The NXT Women’s Champion is back and she tells Fyre, “You made the wrong decision abducting me. Yeah, you got the title match, but not knowing if I’d ever see the light of day again. At Halloween Havoc, I’m fighting Fyre with fire. I’m gonna be more callous, more vicious, and more ruthless-” But as Mandy’s talking trash, Fyre fights off Toxic Attraction! Fyre snapmares free to CLUB Jacy with her bat! And then one for Sonya!

Mandy gets in with her belt, but Fyre backs her down with the bat! Mandy runs away again, and Fyre picks up the belt! Will Fyre be the one who is more callous, vicious and ruthless in this match that’s been a long time coming?

 

Wes Lee and Oro Mensah talk backstage.

The Must-See Kid thanks the Predator Killer for the assist last week. Oro says it’s no big thing, he’s sure Wes would’ve done the same thing for him. And it’s cool tagging with a former NXT Tag Team Champion. Man, c’mon, same thing back around as Oro’s a former NXT UK Tag Team Champion. But then Trick & Melo jump them! The brawl is on already! Will these four even make it to their actual match?!

Wait, they spill out from gorilla to the ramp! Refs rush out to stop this but that’s easier said than done! The teams are separated, and it looks like this one happens next, after the break!

 

Wes Lee & Oro Mensah VS Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams!

NXT returns and YEP, this match is happening now! Wes has Trick down with a headlock and fans rally, but Trick pulls hair. They roll, end up in ropes, but stand up. Trick throws body shots, powers out, pop-up HAYMAKER! Trick soaks up the cheers and jeers, he tags Melo, but Wes tags Oro! Oro springboards to MISSILE DROPKICK! Then he runs to RANA! Melo staggers, Trick sneaks a tag before the SCISSOR KICK! Oro springboards but Trick trips him up! rick slides in, runs in and LEAPING LARIATS! Trick soaks up the cheers and jeers again, then he stomps away on Oro. Fans chant, “Trick, You Suck!” but Trick drags Oro up.

Trick clinches, Oro fights free, but Trick blocks a kick. Trick flips Oro but Oro ROLLING KICKS! Both men are down, they crawl for their corners, hot tags to Melo and Wes! Wes rallies on Melo, shoots around and fires body shots! Wes backs Melo down, GAMANGIRIS in the corner, but he takes Oro out as collateral! BULLDOG and Wes fires up! Wes goes up top but the ref is busy with Oro. Trick SHOVES Wes down, but Oro runs over to DECK Trick! Then he LEAPS to CLOBBER Trick in front of commentary! Fans fire up, but Trick shoves Oro into the desk! Melo hits a CODE BREAKER on Wes! Melo goes up top, aims, THREE POINTER!! Cover, Melo & Trick win!

Winners: Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams, by pinfall

From sucker punches in the back to the divide ‘n’ conquer in the ring, Melo & Trick were always leading the score. And now they add insult to injury by beating down Oro more! They double whip buy Oro holds ropes to KICK back! Oro ROCKS Trick, Wes SUPERKICKS Melo! Then Wes & Oro DOUBLE LARIAT Trick and themselves up and out of the ring! But Melo FLIES out to take them both down! Another shot, another hit! But then Von BOOTS Melo! But Frazer appears up top to SUPER CROSSBODY Von! Fans are losing their minds as all six men are down ringside! Not including Trick, who will rise up to be the NEW North American Champion this Saturday?

 

The Schism speaks.

Joe Gacy tells Cameron Grimes, “For months, you’ve been running away from the open arms of The Schism, and yet in mere days, you ran right into the open arms of a club. HYPROCRISY is running rampant in NXT, and you are the poster boy, Cameron!” The Schism will not be stopped from tearing Grimes down! Gacy leads the Dyad to gorilla, will he lead them to victory? Or will their twisted sense of progress be halted by Grimes & The Good Brothers?

 

Backstage interview with Bron Breakker.

McKenzie notes that judging by the way things ended last week, Bron thinks Ilja Dragunov meant to hit him. Bron says Ilja started it, so he finished it. If Ilja wants to try again tonight, fine. Bron will Spear him in half again. Bron has two of the very best going after his title. He could go around them, or through them, and we know which choice he’ll make. Then what can we expect in a special edition of the KO Show tonight? Bron says Kevin Owens is someone Bron looks up to. Kevin did so much in NXT for the short amount of time he was here.

Bron has watched The KO Show from the first one to the biggest one with Stone Cold Steve Austin at WrestleMania. There’s always something awesome, and tonight won’t be any different. Will the Big Booty Nephew, The Czar or the Irish Ace be the one to throw the first punch?

 

Six Man Tag: Cameron Grimes & The Good Brothers VS The Schism!

The Carolina Caveman chose to be a loner, especially since it meant avoiding the creepy cult Joe Gacy created. But hypocrisy? Maybe Gacy should look in the mirror. Will Grimes and his new pals put The Schism in their place? Or will this be anything but Too Sweet tonight?

The trios sort out and Grimes steps up. Gacy does not, we get Jagger Reed instead. Grimes and Reed circle, tie up, Grimes gets a leg but Reed headlocks. Grimes powers out and drop toeholds to then float and headlock. Reed powers up and out, Grimes runs him over, and then things speed up. Grimes leaps over, Reed comes back but into a kitchen sink knee! Grimes runs to SLIDING BOOT! Reed scrambles away and Rip Fowler tags in. Grimes dodges Rip to throw body shots! Grimes KICKS Rip into a corner, KICKS more and more and more, then lets off at 4. Fans fire up as Grimes whips Rip corner to corner. But Reed is a bumper for Rip to come back and CLOBBER Grimes!

Rip drags Grimes up and tags Reed in. The Dyad stomp away on Grimes, then Reed looks to Gacy. Gacy wants in, but Grimes throws hands on Reed! Reed headlocks, Rip tags in, they do-si-do with Grimes and Grimes shoves Reed into Rip! Grimes then DOUBLE RANAS The Dyad! Fans fire up, Grimes dares Gacy to tag in, but Rip rams Grimes! Grimes brings him to the corner and Karl Anderson tags in! Karl bumps Rip off buckles, CHOPS him, then brings Rip around. Karl whips and CLOBBERS him to cover, ONE! Karl wrenches Rip, tags Gallows, and the Good Brothers mug Rip. Gallows throws hands on Rip! UPPERCUT!

Fans rally for “L G! L G!” and Gallows short arm LARIATS! Then he drops a BIG elbow! And then another! And then another! Cover, TWO! Grimes bumps Rip off buckles, tags Karl, and the Good Brothers mug Rip again. Karl Europpers Rip down and fans rally for the Machinegun. Karl headlocks, Reed tags in and Rip powers out but Karl dodges. Reed KNEES Karl then gets away, Rip KNEES Karl out! Reed DECKS Karl, ROCKS him, and Karl gets into the ring. Reed drags Karl up to DECK him again! Karl goes back out, Reed tags Rip. Rip reels Karl in and Reed slingshots, PLANCHA BACKBREAKER COMBO!

Fans boo but The Schism hugs it out! Grimes coaches Karl up while the ring count climbs. The count is 5 of 10 but Rip puts Karl in. Rip CLUBS Karl, tags Reed, and the Dyad mugs Karl with stomps. Fans rally but Reed throws more hands on Karl. Karl throws body shots, Reed CLUBS Karl, repeat! Reed throws more hands but Karl ROCKS Reed back! They trade shots back and forth now, but Reed gets the edge! ReeD knees low, runs, but into an UPPERCUT! Fans fire up as Karl crawls, hot tag to Grimes! Grimes goes up to CROSSBODY Reed! Cover, Rip stomps it apart! But Gallows gets in to ROCK Reed, and Gacy brawls with Karl!

Fans fire up as things break down! Karl clotheslines Gacy out, Grimes TOSSES Reed, and now the Good Brothers stand tall as NXT goes picture in picture!

The Schism regroups and cools off while the ref has Grimes and Gallows back down. But then Grimes & The Good Brothers go out to get at The Schism! The brawling continues in front of commentary! Grimes RAMS Reed into barriers! Fans fire up as Grimes storms after Reed, to back suplex! Gallows RAMS Rip into barriers, Karl DECKS Gacy, and then Gallows drags Gacy up. The Good Brothers mug Gacy while Grimes RAMS Reed into even more barriers! Gallows BOOTS Reed down for good measure, and Karl UPPERCUTS Gacy! Grimes puts Reed in but drags him out to refresh the count, and sends him into barriers again!

The Good Brothers and Grimes say, “TO THE MOON~!” and they RAM the Schism members into each other! Fans fire up and then Grime s& the Good Brothers put The Schism all in the ring. The ref has everyone sort out, but Gacy back suplexes Grimes! Grimes lands on his feet, only for The Dyad to rock him like a baby, into Gacy’s POWERBOMB!! The ref misses it all and the Good Brothers protest! Reed sucker punches Karl! And he sticks his tongue out at Gallows! Reed CHOKES Grimes on the ropes, lets off at the ref’s count, and stalks Grimes to the corner. Tag to Rip, The Dyad mugs Grimes, and then Rip CLUBS Grimes down.

Rip cravats to neck wrench but Grimes endures as NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally, Grimes fights up, but Rip snapmares to stomp Grimes down! Tag to Gacy and Gacy stomps Grimes now. Grimes CLUBS away on Grimes, clamps on a neck wrench, and he shouts at Grimes that he ran away from acceptance! Gacy CLUBS Grimes down, CLUBS him more, and then stomps away at the ropes! Gacy whips, but Grimes CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Gacy grabs Grimes’ leg, drags him away and drops an elbow! Gacy drags Grimes up, puts him in a corner and fires off point-blank lariats until Grimes falls over!

Fans rally, Gacy drags Grimes up and talks more trash about not joining them. Grmes throws hands, Gacy hits back, Grimes gets the edge but Gacy RAMS him into the corner! Gacy SPLASHES, UREN- NO, Grimes arm-drags free! Gacy comes back, into a COLLISION COURSE! Fans fire up as both men are down! Gacy crawls, hot tag to Rip! Rip runs to DECK Karl! Rip taunts Gallows, but Grimes slips under! Rip grabs a leg, Grimes hops, hot tag to Gallows! Gallows CLOBBERS Rip, DECKS Reed, CLOBBERS Rip again! YAKUZA KICK after YAKUZA KICK! BIG back elbow for Rip, and a FLYING SHOULDER! Reed runs in, Gallows fakes him out then BOOTS him!

Gallows ROUNDHOUSES Reed, clamps onto Rip, GALLOWS’ POLE! Tag to Karl, they get Rip up, MAGIC- NO, Reed stops that! Reed gets another BOOT but Rip throat chops Gallows! Grimes SUPERKICKS Rip! Gacy ELBOW BACKBREAKERS Gallows! Karl hits a NECKBREAKER on Gacy! Fans fire up and Karl has Rip in a fireman’s carry! Rip fights free, shoves Karl away, Reed tags in! Karl runs into a clinch and ENZIGURI, into the feed and scoop! But a CAVE-IN hits Rip! PENALTY KICK for Gacy at the apron! Karl fights free to shove Reed! SPINEBUSTER! Hot tag to Gallows and fans fire up for the MAGIC KILLER!! Cover, Grimes & Good Brothers win!

Winners: Cameron Grimes & The Good Brothers, by pinfall

That investment paid off! Now Gallows & Anderson can get that paper! Will Grimes finally get past The Schism to go #ToTheMoon?

 

Backstage interview with Veer Mahaan.

McKenzie is pretty sure she is on the same page as the WWE Universe in wanting to know what Veer whispered to Sanga last week. Veer says, “Everyone wants to know everyone else’s business. But you, and the rest of the world, will not get an answer. What I said was just for my brother, Sanga’s ear, and no one else. For the rest of the world-” But then Sanga steps in! Sanga tells Veer that he is ready to listen. Veer knew he would be. They excuse themselves, but what is developing between the reunited Indus Sher?

 

A contract signing happens backstage.

The NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, Kayden Carter & Katana Chance, make it official with their newest challengers, Zoey Stark & Nikkita Lyons. Lyons says this is the opportunity she and Stark have been wanting. And Stark adds that KC Squared don’t see them as a real tag team. But they’re gonna prove KC Squared wrong next week when they take the titles away. But Kayden tells the challengers that she and Katana have sat on that side of the table so many times, so they know what it’s like to think it’s their time and be wrong. Katana says it is real easy to be a team when you win. Let’s see what happens after a loss.

Lyons says next week, the better team will win. Kayden says yeah, and that’s the champs. KC Squared head out, but is it only a matter of time before the party is over?

 

NXT interviews Julius Creed and Damon Kemp via video.

As these two cannot be allowed near each other before their Ambulance Match at Halloween Havoc, they’re both in remote locations. Vic Joseph asks how Julius feels, knowing Brutus’ NXT career is on his shoulders this Saturday. Julius says the pressure is a privilege. Brutus’ career is on the line. From the first day Julius could pull himself up to look down at his little brother in the crib, he has watched over and protected Brutus. Yes, Julius is nervous, but their parents raised the Creed Brothers to believe those nerves could be used for good. Julius will use those nerves to crush the clown and send him to the hospital!

Oh, Kemp’s a clown? Yeah, you are, Damon, so shut up! Kemp’s done enough talking, and nothing he says now will matter. Julius has made peace with what he has to do to Kemp. Kemp jumped Roderick Strong, he handcuffed Julius to a cage, and he cost the Creeds the tag titles. Kemp wanted fame, but now his fame gets an expiration date. Is Julius done whining and complaining? Kemp says there is two sides to Julius: the world-class athlete, the former NXT Tag Team Champion; but you also have this arrogant loser who is jealous of Kemp! Jealous? Of what? Everything. No, Kemp is entitled, undisciplined, has been here five months and has nothing to show for it!

Kemp is a thirsty clout chaser unwilling to do the work himself. Oh, Julius is gonna get this work. It’s like talking to a robot! Dummy, on Saturday, this ain’t an amateur wrestling match, this isn’t an MMA fight, this is an Ambulance Match! You have to shut the door on your opponent. Hell, maybe Kemp will just hit Julius ten times like he did Brutus. Julius ain’t gonna just sit there and let it happen, he isn’t that stupid. There are weapons, which means Julius will use them, too. Julius is more vicious and more violent than Kemp, and it’s time for Kemp to come to grips with how Julius is better than him.

Julius was better in college, he won more matches in a month than Kemp did his entire career! Face the sad facts that Kemp peaked in high school. Kemp isn’t even the best in his own damn family! Kemp laughs that off, and asks Julius what happens to him when he loses to the “high school” athlete? C’mon, Captain America! Not enough milk? Didn’t get your morning workout in? Kemp walked in the Diamond Mine Dojo knowing he was better than the Creeds, and they knew it, too! Kemp proves it when he shuts the doors on Julius this Saturday. Julius says it won’t be a match, or even a fight. It’ll be the eradication of a cancer that’s plagued NXT the last five months.

At Halloween Havoc, no remorse, no sympathy. All Julius will feel is the handles of the ambulance doors as he close them. Julius storms off and Kemp says come Saturday, Brutus will be in the unemployment line cuz he’ll need a job! The Golden Gopher is ready to take on the Diamond Mine’s ace, will there be blood this Saturday?

 

Alicia Taylor introduces the host for Halloween Havoc 2022.

It’s SHOTZI!! The wild child is coming back to NXT, and so is her tank! Well, this is TCB Junior, but it and Shotzi are still gonna Take Care o’ Bidness! Fans fire up for Shotzi as she gets the mic. “Surprise~! HAHAHAHA!” Fans chant, “Welcome Home!” and Shotzi says, “If there is one WWE superstar that screams Halloween, it would be Shotzi, baby!” Fans agree with that, and Shotzi says she hosted Halloween Havoc in 2020, “and it was one of the most horrifyingly badass days of my life. So this Saturday, this Saturday, we’ve got to go even more balls to the wall! I get the final piece of my costume this Friday when Raquel and I win the WWE Tag titles off of Damage Control!”

And then…! Shotzi will make this year’s Halloween Havoc the “most terrifying extravaganza in NXT history!” Shotzi howls to the moon, but then Xyon Quinn makes his way out. Xyon welcomes Shotzi back, she is the perfect host ofr Halloween Havoc! BUT if we want Saturday to be box office, make him your co-host. And he knows what she’s thinking: How can someone like Xyon have the time of day to free up in order to do that? NO worries, Xyon will do that so that the X Factor can be part of the show! But wait, here comes QUINCY! Fans fire up for the Super Diva as he tells Shotzi, “Hey girl, hey~!” Quincy is a big fan of the ballsy girl who ain’t afraid of stepping on toes.

Shotzi, as much as Quincy would love to see Xyon in a costume, he’s not co-host material. Shotzi needs a scream queen. Shotzi needs to ride down to the ring with the SUPER DIVA~! Fans like the sound of that! Shotzi says she has a killer idea! Since these two are having a match right now anyway, let’s up the stakes! “Whoever wins gets the ghoulish glory of being my cohost! Let’s do the damn thing!” Fans like that, but Xyon is pissed! He swings on Quincy but gets a back drop for it! Then Quincy clotheslines Xyon out, to then back it up! Will Halloween Havoc get fabulous? We find out, after the break!

Halloween Havoc Co-Host Role: Quincy Elliot VS Xyon Quinn!

NXT returns and this match is already going as the two trade big hands. Xyon CLUBS Quincy, fireman’s carries, but Quincy’s a bit too much. Quincy runs into an elbow, and Xyon LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Shotzi is on commentary and she gives a howl. Xyon clamps onto Quincy with a cobra clutch but fans rally up. Quincy fights up, throws elbows and then haymakers! Fans rally as Quincy ROCKS Xyon over and over! Quincy whips, Xyon reverses but Quincy runs him over! And again! And then he runs through the lariat to FLYING ELBOW! Xyon goes to a corner, Quincy runs in and SPLASHES! Quincy then DECKS Xyon with a big right!

Xyon goes to a corner, Quincy runs in but Xyon BOOTS him down! Xyon grits his teeth, drags Quincy up, and Xyon tries to fireman’s carry again. Xyon gets Quincy up but then he crumbles underneath! Quincy runs to SPLASH but he flops! Xyon avoids the whammy but fans rally for Quincy. Xyon gets to ropes, he snarls and goes out the ring. Xyon grabs a chair, but HANK WALKER stops him! Fans cheer Hank on, so Xyon goes back to the ring, SPLASH! Quincy has the fans all fired up as he climbs up the corner! THIRST DROP! Cover, Quincy wins!

Winner: Quincy Elliot, by pinfall (cohosts Halloween Havoc with Shotzi Blackheart)

Xyon tried to cheat and it backfired! Now Quincy breaks it down with Shotzi, will he drop it like it’s hot this Saturday?

 

Thea Hail feels down.

She can’t believe she lost to Kiana James. She let Robert Stone distract her and let her guard down. Bodhi Hayward says it’s okay, Mr. Chase will get Thea a rematch. Is that true? Thea knows she can win, she can beat Kiana! Let her at her! Thea is shaking her desk and Chase calms her down. They’ll worry about that after class. But now, to their history lesson on Halloween Havoc. This special event dates all the way back to the late 1980s, with a lot of historic moments. Hulk Hogan VS Ric Flair for the World Heavyweight Championship inside a Steel Cage, DDP VS Goldberg, and even Mandy Rose starting her historic reign.

There was also Dexter Lumis VS Cameron Grimes in the Haunted House of Horrors, and Chase’s personal favorite, one of the earliest match-ups of Rey Mysterio VS Eddie Guerrero. But with the good comes the bad, such as the debut of The Yeti, who was really a mummy, and the Chamber of Horrors match. We’ll skip over that for now, as everyone’s homework is to watch this weekend’s Halloween Havoc. CHUCKY’S ON THE TV! This is the infamous Chase U? More like Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. They wouldn’t recognize gruesome if it bit you in the ass.

Bodhi gets heated and tells Chucky, “You listen here, you SOB! This is Andre Chase University, and you do NOT interrupt Mr. Chase’s lecture!” Chase says Bodhi shouldn’t yell at Chucky. Chucky says if Bodhi wants to play, he’ll slash he beeping beep off and beep beep beep beep! Got it!? Now THAT is a teachable moment. Chucky scares the bejeezus out of everyone, and Thea says, “What the BEEEEP?!”

 

Another contract signing happens backstage.

This time, it’s the NXT Tag Team Champions, Pretty Deadly, and their challengers, Malik Blade & Edris Enofe. Elton Prince welcomes the gents, and hopes they take it all in. You never forget your first… title shot. Kit Wilson agrees, this is big. Malik & Edris impressed Pretty Deadly last week but it takes a whole lot more to take the titles from the TWO-TIME TWO-TIME NXT Tag Team Champions. Malik says when he and Edris first tagged together, it was their goal to shock the world. Next week, they do just that. SHOCK THE WORLD!

Edris says we already know what a day in the life of Pretty Deadly looks like. So enjoy the next seven, because next week, you’re looking at the NEW NXT Tag Team Champions! Edris & Malik have been bracket busters, will they be reign makers on what’s becoming a Tag Title Tuesday next week?

 

Pick Your Poison: Cora Jade VS Raquel Rodriguez!

We started with Roxie taking on Cora’s proxy, and now we get it the other way around! Will the Generation of Jade be ended right here at the hands of Big Mami Cool? Or can Cora somehow survive her other former tag partner?

NXT returns and Cora makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. Raquel steps up but Cora scrambles away to a corner. Cora reclines on the top rope as Raquel backs off. The ref tells Cora to hop down and she does. Cora and Raquel circle, but Cora backs down. Cora talks trash but Raquel says Cora is squandering all the potential she saw in her. Cora kicks low, talks more trash, but Raquel smiles. Raquel BOOTS Cora down, then drags her up to whip corner to corner hard! Cora staggers, Raquel whips her the other way hard! Cora falls over and Raquel drags Cora up to scoop and SNAKE EYES!

Cora flounders out of the ring but Raquel pursues. Raquel puts Cora against the desk, and CHOPS her! Cora sputters, fans want that “ONE MORE TIME!” but Cora scrambles away. Raquel drags her back out of the ring, puts her against the desk, but Cora moves! The CHOP hits the desk! Raquel hurries in, Cora stomps away and hammers away on Raquel’s back! Cora snarls, fans boo, but Cora runs to DOUBLE STOMP! Raquel goes to a corner, Cora runs in, but Raquel CLOBBERS her! Raquel stands on Cora, “You didn’t need me, huh?!” Cora crawls for the corner, kicks Raquel away, and gets her kendo stick!

Raquel dares Cora to try it, so Cora swings! Raquel blocks the kendo stick, clamps onto Cora, but Cora SLAPS Raquel! Raquel has the kendo stick, and SMACKS Cora with it!!

Winner: Cora Jade, by disqualification

Raquel doesn’t care about the win or loss, she just SMACKS away on Cora! Cora bails out, Raquel dares her to come back, but Cora laughs. But Roxie CLOBBERS Cora! Fans fire up as these two brawl and Roxie puts Cora in the ring! Cora stands up, Raquel is there to keep her from running, and Roxie SUPERKICKS Cora down! Raquel hands Roxie the kendo stick, and Roxie swings! Cora runs away screaming! Raquel puts Roxie on her shoulders, will Roxie be the one still standing when it’s Weapons Wild?

 

There’s a mixer going on backstage.

“Big Body Javi,” Javier Bernal, talks himself up to Tatum Paxley, Valentina Feroz and a few other prospects, and the Schism’s Little Red Riding Hood passes by. Brooks Jensen has everyone calm down, the KO Show is coming on! Josh Briggs has Jensen cool down, he’s got a drink for him. Briggs wants to do a friendly bet of the over-under on how many times they’re gonna say “Halloween Havoc” during that one segment. Fallon thought it was a drinking game, drink when they say, “This Saturday.” Ah, good one, too. Jensen says bonus points for when Ilja does his arm thing. Yeah, the slapping thing? Or when JD creeps someone out, like this! Briggs gets real close to Jensen.

Indi Hartwell says that would be a lot, since JD is always creepy. BINGO! But then Ikemen Jiro comes in. They’re gonna drink? Yeah! Anytime something real stupid happens, bottoms up! But then in comes Sol Ruca doing a handstand walk! That’s awesome! Jiro is fired up! Everyone, gather ’round for the KO Show! YEAH~!

 

Kevin Owens heads to the ring!

Fans fire up to see the Prizefighter, another big return to NXT! Kevin says hey to Booker T and Vic on commentary, but he’s ready to host a special edition of the KO Show! Will Kevin be able to keep the peace between not just two but three combustible elements?

NXT returns as Bron makes his entrance. JD and Ilja are already in the ring and they’ve already taken their seats. Bron joins them and fans rally for “K O! K O!” Kevin welcomes us to this very special NXT edition of the Kevin Owens Show, and says he got a call from Shawn Michaels asking Kevin to host this show with the three men fighting for the NXT Championship on Saturday on Peacock. Peacock? Yes, Peacock. And considering HBK is the reason Kevin is a wrestler in the first place, he wasn’t gonna say no, so here he is. Fans cheer for HBK and Kevin says, “You’re welcome, Shawn.”

But believe it or not, he’s just here to keep the peace to make sure no one “wreaks havoc.” Get it? Halloween Havoc? Anyway, Kevin thought that was good. But to tell the truth, Kevin doesn’t like his odds. Someone in this ring has already been stirring the pot a bit and getting into the other guys’ heads. The guy doing that is nothing more than “a huge, creepy weirdo,” and that’s this guy! JD McDon’tGoogleMe! What’s his deal? Kevin is gonna scoot away… He needs a shower just looking at JD. JD says Kevin can say whatever he wants, because in four days, we’ll be calling him NXT Champion.

JD hasn’t been stirring the pot, he’s been on his best behavior since becoming #1 contender. If memory serves, JD wasn’t the one that laid out Bron last week, that was Ilja. And correct him if he’s wrong, but he didn’t Spear Ilja outta his boots, Bron did. So those two can keep pounding their chest and fight for the title of “toughest guy in NXT,” that’s fine. JD has his eyes on a different tie: THE NXT title, the one on Bron’s shoulder. Ilja says he was aiming for JD. But hitting Bron… well that wasn’t a mistake. Ilja stood over Bron’s prone body, and Bron struggled for air. In that moment, Ilja realized… Bron is human!

Ilja saw the chink in the armor of a great warrior! Bron is beatable! That bullet was meant for Bron at Worlds Collide, but this Saturday, Bron will feel it again! At Halloween Havoc, Ilja recaptures the title that he should have had in the first place! Fans cheer that! Bron shakes his head and says, “Over my dead body.” Bron felt that torpedo. Ilja’s the Czar of Europe. There hasn’t been anything a single opponent has been able to do to keep Ilja down. EXCEPT when Bron Speared his ass last week! And listen, Bron gets it. Ilja had to give up the UK title, that was unfortunate, he feels for Ilja. And from the look in Ilja’s eyes, he wants he title back. TOO DAMN BAD! Wanna friend? Get a dog!

As long as Bron is breathing, this title will be HIS! Fans bark it up for Bron but Kevin calms it down. He’s sorry to get between this, he appreciates the intensity and spirit of competition, but Kevin has something to tell them all. See, Kevin sees what’s going on. Maybe they don’t, but this guy, and he uses that term loosely, is trying to get it to where they tear each other apart so that he can waltz in and easily win that title. As a former NXT Champion, they can’t let that happen! Nobody wants JD as champion! Fans cheer that! Kevin means it when he says nobody! Not him, not any other former NXT Champion, not any of the fans! Fans cheer that, too!

Kevin even talked to JD’s mom! Even SHE doesn’t want him to be champion, and even she’s creeped out by JD. So Bron and Ilja have to make sure JD doesn’t win the title Saturday. JD wants to get something straight. He doesn’t need Kevin’s approval, or any of the fans’ approval. JD doesn’t need friends or dogs. All he needs is one opportunity, DEVLINSIDE, and then by the time Bron and Ilja wake up, JD’s already at his victory party. And Dragunov may have ran JD out of NXT UK, but he has spent every waking moment since thinking of how he could torture Dragunov’s soul. It hit JD recently that it isn’t the physical pain, but the mental anguish of seeing JD with the title that Dragunov will never recover from!

Kevin says this is the creepy part. Who talks like that? No one. JD’s so weird. Ilja agrees! And JD is the leech that hangs on every form of existence that sucks the life out of it! So it doesn’t matter if they’re on another continent, JD will always be a contender but never, EVER a champion! Fans cheer that, but Bron tells Ilja that he’s gonna end up in the same category. Oh, big talk considering the last Triple Threat Bron was in, he LOST. So then, why not try and put Ilja into that category right now?! Fans fire up as Ilja takes his jacket off. Bron is ready, JD gives them space, but Kevin tells HBK, “Sorry, buddy.” Kevin gives them room and gets out of the ring.

Ilja and Bron are ready, and they fire off forearms! Security rushes in to stop this, JD is amused as Bron and Ilja throw people aside! Bron ROCKS Ilja, then he SPEARS a security guard! TORPEDO MOSCOW! But then JD reels Ilja in, but gets a HEADBUTT! And a TORPEDO MOSCOW!! Fans fire up as Ilja holds up the belt! But then AUSTIN THEORY shows up!? The Youngest Mr. Money in the Bank Ever is back in NXT, does that briefcase count for this belt, too!? Ilja pays Theory no mind, but will he have no choice but to pay attention at Halloween Havoc?


My Thoughts:

A great go-home to Halloween Havoc, with a lot of great returns from RawDown stars to really hype this one up. I like that we got Pick Your Poison to sandwich the card, and fans really loved seeing Rhea and Raquel back. I had a feeling Rhea was going to beat Roxie, but I like that instead of cheating, Cora just pissed Raquel off into getting herself disqualified. And then Roxie going after Cora was a natural touch, and it obscures the go-home math. But I go back to Cora winning their first match, so I would think Roxie wins this one.

However, I’m really worried about the go-home math on a lot of these. Fyre VS Sonya was a good match, but Fyre stands tall both in the match and in the fight against Toxic Attraction. I have a feeling this means Mandy Rose keeps the title and continues her reign past one year. That’s fine for Mandy, and she’ll be second to Asuka in terms of a single title reign’s length, but I think that’s where it should end. Perhaps someone is about to rise up to take the title Mandy in time for her wedding and honeymoon.

And while The Kevin Owens Show closing segment was great, Dragunov standing tall doesn’t bode well for him. Theory showing up was a wild twist, and I wonder if this is a subtle way to say NXT, while still developmental, can be seen as part of the main roster with the MITB contract good for the NXT Championship as well as the WWE Universal Championship. A Triple Threat is just as wild a situation as the Last Man Standing match Theory tried to cash-in on before, I feel like he’ll end up missing his chance, too. And while Dragunov is the one everyone wants to see as champion, I feel like the only new champion we’re getting is JD.

We got some good contract signing promos backstage, and NXT is going to follow up Halloween Havoc with a BIG tag title match night next week. I can’t be sure the chances of the challengers taking the titles, but I feel like it’s more likely Lyons & Stark win than it is for Malik & Edris. Pretty Deadly really only just got their belts, and they need to build up a bit as champions again before losing. KC Squared, however, has been in NXT a long time, they’ve had their defenses, and they could go from NXT to RawDown to start in the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship chase to go against Damage Control. That is, unless Shotzi & Raquel actually do win.

Shotzi returning to NXT to host Halloween Havoc is a great move, fans love Shotzi and she really is perfect for the part. Great stakes added to Quincy VS Xyon, and Quincy is gonna bring some fun energy to Halloween Havoc. I almost thought Chucky was gonna do it again with all the appearances he had tonight, but it’s better to have a real person than a doll. Chucky did have good promos with Waller to set up how his match with Apollo will have a stipulation, and he had a great promo with Chase U to bring out the fire inside Bodhi and Thea. I still feel like Kiana James should get a male sidekick so we can get Chase and Bodhi in on the land grab angle.

Great match out of Nakamura VS Stacks, but of course Nakamura won. I bet Stacks is gonna get a bit of a push on the other side of Halloween Havoc with a new North American Champion being crowned. Great blending of segments for said title with Von running down Frazer and Axiom to Melo & Trick jumping Wes & Oro, and then that great tag match of Melo & Trick VS Wes & Oro. That chaotic bit of spots knocking everyone down helps muddy the math, but I would hope Wes Lee gets it. He’s been running strong, putting in great work, this would be the right time to give him a run to have a lot of fresh match-ups.

Great promo from Veer and Sanga, it is only a matter of time before Indus Sher returns to the NXT Tag Division to start where they left off. And a great Six Man Tag from Grimes & Good Brothers VS The Schism. I figured Grimes & The Good Brothers would win, they can’t hurt the return-push of Gallows & Anderson. But I can’t say this ends things between Grimes and The Schism until Grimes and Gacy can have it out 1v1 in some kind of wild match. Then and only then can they put this away and have one of them move on to something more. If it’s Grimes who wins, maybe Grimes gets one last shot at the top title. If Gacy wins, he moves on to the top title while Grimes goes to RawDown.

My Score: 8.7/10


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

The Czar and… HIM!

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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Ilja Dragunov confronts Carmelo Hayes face to face!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Ilja Dragunov is here!

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

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

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

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

 

NXT Media catches up with Ava Raine.

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

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

 

Kelani Jordan VS Kiana James w/ Izzi Dame!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Kiana James, by pinfall

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

 

NXT shares footage from after last week’s show.

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

 

The Good Brothers VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Good Brothers, by pinfall

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

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

 

Ava Raine is on the phone.

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

 

Roxanne Perez VS Jakara Jackson w/ Lash Legend!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Roxanne Perez, by submission

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

 

Thea Hail talks with Jacy Jayne & Jazmyn Nyx.

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

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

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

 

The Wolf Dogs are backstage.

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

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

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

 

DIJAK VS Luca Crusifino!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Dijak, by pinfall

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

 

Backstage interview with Noam Dar & Oro Mensah.

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

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

 

Lyra Valkyria is here!

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

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

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

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

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

 

Brooks Jensen confronts Oba Femi!

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

 

Backstage interview with Carmelo Hayes.

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

 

Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone VS Lexis King!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Von Wagner, by pinfall

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

 

Tatum and Lyra regroup backstage.

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

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

 

Dijak argues with Ava.

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

 

Gigi Dolin VS Jaida Parker w/ OTM!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Jaida Parker, by pinfall

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

 

Waves are rolling in.

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Roadblock!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Dar: 0; Dempsey: 1

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

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

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

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

Dar: 0; Dempsey: 1

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

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

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

Dar: 0; Dempsey: 1

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

Dar: 1; Dempsey: 1

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

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

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

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

 

NXT Media catches up with Shawn Spears.

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

 

Ilja Dragunov is back in the ring!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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Andrew’s TNA Xplosion Results & Match Ratings: 2.22.2024

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

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

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

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

 

Ratings:

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

 

Results:

Mike Bailey vs Jai Vidal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overall Score: 5.5/10

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

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


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