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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (11/1/22)

It’s a Toxic Anniversary!

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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Mandy Rose’s reign reaches one full year!

Love her or hate her, Mandy Rose has been NXT Women’s Champion for 365 days and counting! But will someone try to ruin the Toxic Celebration?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Grayson Waller VS R-Truth; Waller wins.
  • Thea Hail w/ Chase U VS Kiana James; Kiana wins.
  • Odyssey Jones VS Javier Bernal; Jones wins.
  • Zoey Stark w/ Nikkita Lyons VS Indi Hartwell; Indi wins.
  • Cora Jade VS Valentina Feroz; Cora wins.
  • NXT Tag Team Championships: Pretty Deadly VS Bron Breakker & Wes Lee; Pretty Deadly wins and retains the titles.

PLAY BY PLAY

Bron Breakker is here!

The Big Booty Nephew is STILL NXT Champion after that high octane Halloween Havoc Triple Threat, and now he’s back from taking a minute to breathe. Fans bark it up as Bron gets the mic. Bron says, “Halloween Havoc was a monumental night for NXT. It was a monumental night for the entire locker room, and no, I’m not just talking about me. I’m talking about guys like Wes Lee, who climbed the ladder and captured the North American Championship. Guys like Julius Creed, in an Ambulance Match-” But Pretty Deadly makes their way out to interrupt! Kit Wilson says he has already “had enough of this nonsense.”

Fans boo as Kit tells Elton Prince, “It’s our glorious and exalted NXT Champion, Bron Breakker.” Elton says, “Yep, there he is, doing what he always does after he narrowly squeaks out a victory to keep his title.” Kit barks and mocks Bron. Bron laughs it off as Kit says, “Bah gawd, that was a scrap.” Elton mocks Bron by pretending to be Bron saying, “I’m a rough ‘n’ tough fighting champion. Where my next dog at? Step up!” “Where my dogs at?” Fans bark as Pretty Deadly strut into the ring, and Elton says Bron is “the absolute worst, and we’re sick of it.” Bron says, in his best British accent, “Well excuse me, mates. What do you two wankers want?”

Pretty Deadly gasp! “You do not talk to NXT’s dandiest highwaymen like that!” Kit says it’s bad enough for Wes Lee to be doing his Academy Award acceptance speech, and now we have this? Elton says Pretty Deadly should’ve opened tonight. Oh, Bron defended his championship for like the millionth time and he’s really cool beating people up left, right and center. Big deal! Pretty Deadly retained their titles last week, and their defense was bigger. So where’s their parade? They deserve the attention! It’s the pomp, the circumstance! Their moment to bask in the moment. Not like Bron, not like Wes and his Lifetime movie segments.

Elton says he likes that: The Pretty Deadly Spotlight. But wait! They’ve said his name enough times, so here comes Wes Lee! And Wes says, “Nope. Nope nope nope. I can’t listen to this anymore. For the sake of everyone, Pretty Deadly, SHUT UP!” Fans cheer but Pretty Deadly laughs that off. Wes says he appreciates Bron’s words. Appreciate? Well y’know who Kit doesn’t appreciate? WES! This is about Pretty Deadly! Let’s get back to Pretty Deadly. Bron says maybe Kit & Elton should “quit bitchin’,” and maybe if they weren’t in the back for three hours brushing their hair, maybe they would’ve been out here first.

Wes wants things to slow down. They must give Pretty Deadly credit, because they do have beautiful hair. Bron and Wes step up to Pretty Deadly, give the manes a touch, and Bron admits, that is good hair. Like angel hair. Wes is right, Bron does take things too far sometimes. So he’ll take a step back, and let Pretty Deadly have the spotlight. Wes says that’s growth right there. Kit says wow, thank you, Bronson. That’s lovely. Wes says he’ll give them an introduction! Elton is so excited! Wes says, “Please welcome to the ring, two of the tastiest snacks of NXT… Your NXT Tag Team Champions~! Pretty! Deadly~!”

Fans boo as Pretty Deadly point to each other. Elton thanks Bron & Wes for that. Now, everything is finally in order. Time for a #SIDEPLATECHECK! USH USH USH! Bron tells Pretty Deadly to hold on. If they are going to start the show, it’s bound that someone comes out to interrupt you. Wes says that’s true, there’s a pattern to how things go. Pretty Deadly starts talking, and someone comes up to interrupts. It’s usually… Someone wanting the titles! Well then who’d be coming for the titles? We wait, and Wes reveals, it’s him and Bron! See, Wes really misses the tag titles, and “Bron-Bron’s” never held them!

Fans already chant “Wes Lee Two Belts!” as Bron says that’s very true. Because Pretty Deadly claim to be the best, then they should put the titles on the line against Bron & Wes, TONIGHT! Elton changes his mind, he knew he NEVER liked Wes! Kit says, “You think you’re going to embarrass us? Well tonight, Pretty Deadly have the last laugh.” Bron says, “We’ll see who’s smiling when Wes and I are holding up our NEW Tag Team Championships!” Elton says opening the show sucks, tonight can’t get any worse! Wait! Here comes R-Truth! Fans cheer and say, “What’s Up?!”

Truth high-fives with Bron and breaks it down with Wes, but Truth has his own match! Will the 21st Century Success Story see just what’s up when he faces the Truth?

Grayson Waller VS R-Truth!

NXT returns as Waller makes his entrance and fans boo. The bell rings and fans are already telling Waller what they think of him. Waller says Truth needs to learn that this is WALLER’s house! He runs this! Truth slaps Waller! Waller kicks low, CLUBS Truth, CLUBS him more and more, then throws knees against the ropes. Waller CHOKES Truth, lets off at 4, fans actually duel, and Waller whips. Truth holds ropes to stop himself, then he elbows Waller away. Truth CLOBBERS Waller, fans fire up, and Truth says, “What’s Up?” “WHAT’S UP!” But Waller JABS Truth! Waller says THAT’S what’s up! Fans boo again but Truth ducks the haymaker to hit an atomic drop!

Truth pops Waller for an atomic drop, then he hits a headlock takeover. Waller keeps his shoulders up, fights up, and he stomps Truth’s foot. Waller is free and he headlocks back, but Truth powers out. Waller runs Truth over, he mocks John Cena, and then he runs, but Truth trips Waller up! Truth hits a headlock takeover! Waller keeps his shoulder up, fans rally, and Waller fights up. Waller throws body shots, whips Truth away, but Truth runs Waller over! Fans fire up as Truth swivels then runs, but Waller ducks and hurdles. Truth ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! And then hip toss! Fans fire up as Waller gets to ropes.

“What’s up?” “WHAT’S UP!” But Truth runs into an STO! Fans boo as Waller smirks and goes to the corner. Waller goes up and out on the ropes, but Truth rolls away. Fans duel, Waller goes out and around the way, but Truth rolls the other way! Waller is annoyed but fans cheer, and Waller gets in, to get an UPPERCUT from Truth! Waller tumbles out of the ring, and Truth gets an idea. Truth does the splits, builds speed, and FLIES but clips the ropes! Truth hits the floor hard, only clipping Waller, and the ref hurries to check Truth. Both men are down while NXT goes picture in picture.

Waller checks his chin and gets away to the ring, but the ref is helping Truth up. The ref tells Waller to hold on while he checks with Truth, and Waller talks smack on the 54 time 24/7 Champion. “What Truth? What Truth?” Waller does push-ups to rub it in as medics check Truth. Waller turns up the heat as he talks trash to the fans, and Truth sits in the ring. It’s hard to say what he hurt but it seems Truth needs a bit more help. Waller again rubs it in by doing handsprings, handstands and jumping jacks. Waller even gets on the announce desk to rile the fans up. Waller starts mocking Booker T! SPINAROONI!!

NXT returns to single picture, and fans boo Waller while Truth is helped away. It seems this one has been called!

Winner: Grayson Waller, by referee stoppage

Fans boo as Waller shouts, “I’m not surprised! It doesn’t matter who it is! Whether it’s NXT, Raw, SmackDown, Grayson Waller is the most dominant superstar in this company, lad! And I am sick and tired of people sleeping on me. I just beat a 20 year vet in R-Truth, and I did that on my own!” Fans chant, “You Got Lucky!” and Waller says, “Yeah, I get lucky every night! NXT is Grayson Waller’s house, and ain’t nobody gonna change that.” Waller is cocky, lucky, and never going to stop. But will someone come along and show him this is far from his house?

 

Vic Joseph interviews The Schism.

He welcomes fans to a “very unique sit-down with Schism. Joe Gacy, Rip Fowler, Jagger Reed, and of course, Ava Raine.” Ava has been the talk of social media because no one thought it was her under that mask and red hood. Vic’s known her since she first stepped foot in the Performance Center, and there are others who have known her even longer. All of us have the same question: Why the Schism, and why now? Ava says “Nobody knew that it was me. Everyone thought they knew everything, and I showed them they know nothing. I’ve been around WWE my entire life. And nobody ever took the time to get to know me.

“Until I met Joe, Rip and Jagger. They were the only people who took the time to get to know me.” When she first arrived at the WWE PC, she suffered a devastating injury that required surgery. Do you know who texted her and called? Who checked on her? The “new guy,” Joe Gacy. Ava didn’t hear anything from anyone who claims to have known her for all those years. Vic didn’t mean it like that. Then how does he mean it? Because Vic didn’t ask Rip or Jagger why they joined Gacy, he only asked her. So why should she sit here and answer questions when Vic’s not even listening? He’s only making assumptions, just like everyone else.

Then Vic has a question for the group, starting with Gacy. Gacy must be loving the new spotlight The Schism has since the debut of Ava Raine. Gacy says Vic is “completely missing the point.” Ava isn’t here because she does something for them. “People have been asking her for things her entire life. Everyone asking for things that they don’t deserve. Asking her for things that they didn’t earn. Ava is here because we accept her for who she truly is, and that’s why she chose The Schism.”

Rip says there are more eyes on them than ever before, and there is heightened ridicule from the NXT locker room and the greater community. “They compare us to other groups past and present, but those other groups could never dream of achieving the togetherness that we have in The Schism. In fact, Vic, we would like to offer you one of our pins.” Jagger says, “The lack of acceptance is why we are who we are. When you take your mask off and reveal your true self, it’s too harsh for people, yet it is welcomed within The Schism. And we are not responsible for your unfavorable reactions.”

Vic says he’s sorry to see the picture a little clearer, but he does have one more question. It’s based off a tweet from Cameron Grimes: “It’s sad to see Schism has brainwashed Ava Raine.” What is their response to that, given they put Grimes behind them? Ava says no one brainwashed her, how dare you! She saw what Grimes could never see, and that is that together, The Schism can do so much more than she ever could alone. And how is it that Grimes is behind them? He didn’t beat them, he paid two guys to win for him. “You don’t get to reject The Schism and just walk away. We are committed to making an example out of Cameron Grimes, and we are going to follow through on that commitment next week, when Cameron Grimes faces Joe Gacy for the final time.”

Gacy says, “The Schism is strong together because they are four roots,” and the group says, “One tree.” Will Mr. Inclusion finally cross off Grimes in this final showdown? Or will Grimes be the one leaving The Schism behind as he goes #ToTheMoon?

 

Javier Bernal speaks to someone outside HBK’s office.

He knows these guys left it all in the ring last week, and they came so close. Don’t get him wrong, they’re great athletes and all, but they’re not championship material. Malik Blade & Edris Enofe are naturally offended by that, but Javi wants them to take it easy. Not everyone can be Big Body Javi. “But here’s some big body advice: don’t waste a meeting with Mr. Michaels. He’ll only tell you the same things that I told you.” They’re better off just watching Javi tonight. Wait, he has a match on NXT tonight? Yep! He texted good ol’ HBK and requested one. In fact, that’s why he’s here, HBK texted him to meet here to learn who he’s facing.

Malik & Edris are laughing, because out walks Odyssey Jones! Odyssey thanks HBK and says he won’t let the boss down. And then he sees Javi! Tonight, Big Body Javi goes 1v1 with “Big Body O.” See you out there, little man. Javi is already feeling the pain, will he be taking the L in Odyssey’s return to action?

 

Zoey Stark storms into the women’s locker room.

While Indi Hartwell, Tatum Paxley and others are chatting, Nikkita Lyons is trying to calm Zoey Stark down. Stark drops her bags too close to Indi’s and Indi gets upset. What’s Stark’s problem? What? They know Stark’s problem, she and Lyons lost in the tag title match last week! Yeah, the whole world saw that. Indi got dropped by Elektra Lopez, but you don’t see her all pouty. So get over it! Be grateful you’re even getting another championship match again next week. Some aren’t so lucky. When was the last time Indi was handed a title match, huh? Well, maybe that’s because Indi doesn’t deserve one.

Oh, is that so? Yeah, actually, because the last time Stark checked, title matches aren’t handed out, they’re earned! Oh, earned, right. Well Stark is gonna earn a boot in the face. Then maybe Indi’s gonna earn a knee to the jaw! Oh, then let’s do that right now! Lyons and the rest of the locker room keep these two apart, but will Stark and Indi look to follow through on all that talk later tonight?

 

Andre Chase gives Thea Hail a pep talk at gorilla.

He wants Thea to be hydrated and with her head in the game. Thea wanted it, she’s got it! The rematch with Kiana James! Thea fires up and Chase asks her how she feels! “Mr. Chase… Something just doesn’t feel right.” The Chase U banner remains untouched without Bodhi… Who’s gonna carry the flag now? BAM! DUKE HUDSON busts through a paper wall! DUKE will carry the flag! “LET’S GOOOO~! CHASE U! CHASE U!” Chase says Duke’s got the right idea! Let’s go! Thea hurries after Chase and Duke, is this going to be the start of comeback season?

Thea Hail w/ Chase U VS Kiana James!

Chase U’s star recruit may have failed the first time, but she promises not to let Professor Andre down! Will Thea’s studying and hard work pay off in the rematch? Or will the Calculator’s plans continue to go accordingly?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally, Kiana and Thea tie up, and Kiana KNEES Thea low! Kiana clamps onto an arm and CLUBS away on it! Kiana SLAMS the arm on the ropes, then ROCKS Thea with a right! Kiana talks trash, wrenches and WRINGS the bad arm, then RAMS Thea into the buckles. Fans rally for Thea and Thea kicks back! Thea fires off forearms but Kiana KNEES low again. Kiana steps over and JAMS the arm, then stomps Thea down. Cover, TWO! Fans rally but Kiana clamps onto Thea with a seated abdominal stretch. Fans rally as Thea endures, Thea fights, but Kiana cranks on the top wristlock.

Thea fights up, bridges, but Kiana wrangles her back down! Fans continue to rally, Duke waves that banner as hard as he can, but Kiana drops knees on the bad arm! And more knees! Kiana taunts Thea, throws her down then stomps her down! Kiana throws Thea by her hair again and the ref reprimands. Fans boo, Kiana clamps onto Thea again, and Kiana gets the top wristlock back. Fans rally, Thea endures and fights up, and Thea arm-drags free! Kiana staggers to a corner, Thea runs in and blocks a boot to bring Kiana out, for a short arm LARIAT! And an elbow! And another elbow! Fans fire up and Thea runs in to SPLASH!

Thea rolls back, runs in again, and SPLASHES again! Thea dropkicks legs out, runs, and hits the ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up with Thea and she goes up the corner! Thea roars, leaps, and CROSSBODIES! But Kiana rolls through and picks Thea up! But Thea cradle counters, TWO!! Kiana escapes, kicks Thea down, then brings her around to throw by her hair again! Kiana runs, to SLING-SHOT! Cover, Duke helps the ropebreak! The ref and Chase both reprimand Duke, “We don’t cheat around here!” Chase tells Duke to go to the back! Duke snarls but he accepts Chase’s orders.

But Kiana CLOBBERS Thea and CHOKES her! Thea flounders, Kia runs in, SLING-SHOT again! Cover, Kiana wins!!

Winner: Kiana James, by pinfall

And with that slingblade complete shot combo, the 401K, Kiana DOES go 2-0 against Thea! Duke was just trying to help, but will everyone learn from this #TeachableMoment?

Chase helps Thea up, but CHARLIE DEMPSEY attacks! Dempsey puts on a SLEEPER!! Chase is red, but Duke rushes in! Duke chases of Dempsey, then Duke helps Chase to his feet. And he even offers Thea a hand. Thea takes it, fans cheer, and perhaps Chase U will be stronger than ever now.

 

Backstage interview with Fallon Henley, Brooks Jensen & Josh Briggs.

McKenzie Mitchell is with the country trio and wants their take on tonight’s tag title main event. Briggs says they’re pulling for Wes & Bron to win, but if they can’t, Pretty Deadly won’t be able to run from Briggs & Jensen much longer. Jensen says those two pretty boys will fall to some country men! Fallon says that’s right! Pretty Deadly’s time is running out. But then in walks Kiana James’ assistant, Giana, to hand Fallon a document. Briggs scolds Jensen for not having his eyes up a little higher on Giana, but Fallon reads the document. Look at this! Oh no…! What moves is Kiana making outside of the ring?

 

Wes and Bron talk backstage.

Bron congratulates Wes on the big North American Championship win. That was a huge accomplishment. Wes thanks Bron for that, and thanks Bron for stepping up, because going after the tag titles is going to be tough. But it might be tougher trying to hold both belts on their shoulders! Bron likes the sound of that, but then in walks Robert Stone. “There’s the gentlemen I’m looking for! The unbeatable, the unstoppable Bron Breakker. Now, a guy who is so unstoppable, he cares more about winning the NXT tag titles than defending his own.” Bron says Stone has five seconds to get to the point.

Stone says the point is that Bron knows in his heart that he could take on anyone in NXT, except for one guy. That guy is bigger than Bron, stronger than Bron, and that guy is Von Wagner. Bron laughs again. Stone says Bron can enjoy doubling up on championships tonight, because when Bron does, Von will happily take the NXT Championship off him. Bron says that’s fine with him. But tell Von that next time, Von should just come after Bron himself instead of sending his errand boy. Now Stone needs to get outta there before Bron puts his head through a locker. Stone laughs that off, then frowns as he leaves.

Wes says, “See you, Mr. Stone.” But will the Big Booty Nephew soon find himself living in Wagner’s World?

 

Odyssey Jones VS Javier Bernal!

#SoundTheAlarm, look who is back in action! NXT starts on The Odyssey once again, will Jones start where he left off? Or will Big Body Javi find a way to be a big body buzzkill?

NXT returns and Javi makes his entrance. The bell rings and Jones circles with Javi. Fans rally for Odyssey as the two approach. Javi gets around, waistlocks Jones, but Jones CLUBS him right down! Jones knuckle locks Javi and that alone hurts Javi! Javi reaches for ropes but Jones reels him in for a shoulder! Jones scoops with one arm, and SLAMS Javi! Fans fire up and Jones is all smiles, but Javi gets up to CHOP him! Jones glares at Javi, and he TOSSES Javi to a corner! Jones CLUBS Javi, Javi stumbles and flounders, and fans rally up. Jones short arm LARIATS Javi, and he then rolls all over Javi! And again!

Fans rally, Jones runs and hits one more roll on Javi! Javi gets to a corner, Jones storms over but Javi slips away. Jones’ leg bothers him and Javi CLUBS Jones on the back! And again! And again! Javi climbs up, he rains down punches on Jones, but Jones uses that to Electric Chair Lift! Javi slips off, he dropkicks the leg and Jones staggers! Javi CHOP BLOCKS and Jones goes down! Fans boo as Javi DDTs the leg! And drops an elbow! And another elbow! And another! Fans boo but Javi steps through to have a standing toehold. But Jones BOOTS Javi all the way out of the ring! Javi runs back in to clamp on a chinlock!

Fans rally as Jones endures and fights up! Jones RAMS Javi back into buckles! Javi just jumps back on! Jones RAMS Javi into more buckles, but Javi clamps on with a headlock. Jones picks up and TOSSES Javi away! Javi staggers up, into a LARIAT! And another LARIAT! Jones roars, whips, and swings, but Javi ducks! Only to return and get run over! Fans fire up with Jones and he runs in at Javi to back body block! Javi staggers into a SWINGING SIDE SLAM! Cover, Jones wins!

Winner: Odyssey Jones, by pinfall

#SoundTheAlarm, Jones’ return is victorious! Will Javi take a form of his own advice and not waste time asking HBK for things? Will Jones’ odyssey finally lead to some gold?

 

Toxic Attraction heads to the ring.

Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne flank the Toxic Goddess, Mandy Rose, as she is still NXT Women’s Champion after Halloween Havoc. And not only that, she has been champion for over ONE FULL YEAR! As such, the Toxic Lounge is now in the ring for this Toxic Anniversary Celebration. Mandy, Gigi & Jacy strut into the ring, title raised, and pictures of Mandy’s best victories on display. Jacy says, “Bow in the presence of greatness! One year. One year of proving everybody wrong. 365 DAYS of being the Baddest Bitch in the Game! 365 days of being the most dominant champion in NXT history.”

Gigi says, “Mandy Rose is absolutely untouchable. But you all underestimated her, you mocked her, you didn’t believe in her. But she has proven time and time again that she is superior to every person in that locker room, man or woman.” Jacy says Mandy is “the absolutely measuring stick of the NXT Women’s Division. You fought legends, underdogs, unified the NXT Women’s Championships, and helped make Toxic Attraction the most decorated female faction in NXT history. And in honor of all of your greatness, we put together a little video package just for you, champ! Roll it!”

And yes, we get a video package. From the Golden Goddess to Otis’ Precious Peach to her toxic return to NXT, to taking the NXT Women’s Championship from Raquel Rodriguez last year at Halloween Havoc 2021. Though, what’s clearly left on the cutting room floor is all the times Gigi & Jacy had a part to play in Mandy’s victories. But the bottom line is, Mandy wants you to “put some damn respect on my name!” Mandy thanks Gigi & Jacy for that, and wow. “All that? Not bad for a piece of eye candy, huh? Because that’s all I was to you people for four years. I was a peach, a Barbie doll, a bottled blonde made in a lab, a centerfold bitch.

“That’s why two years ago, I realized I needed to bet on myself. And I made the choice to come here and rebuild myself. And it was the greatest decision I have ever made in my entire life. And with the help of my girls, Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne, Toxic Attraction has risen to the top. Numbers don’t like. Ratings don’t lie. Merchandise sales don’t lie. And you people thought that I couldn’t hold the NXT Women’s Championship. Why? Because this title represents the greatest women wrestlers in the entire world. And I have proven every single one of you, for over a year now.

“And I don’t just say, ‘put some respect on my name’ because it’s a nice catchphrase. No, because it’s the damn truth! I’ve given every single woman in this division a shot at this title, and I have stepped on every single one on my way to the top, while wearing red bottoms and making it look good. And damn, does it feel good to have sat on my rightful throne for over a year now. And I can guarantee that no one will be kicking me out of it. And if anyone has a problem with what I just said, you know where to find me. I work on Tuesdays.” Wait, what is this smoke? Wait! Alba Fyre SUPERKICKS one of the bellboys!

Fyre SMACKS Gigi with the portrait of Mandy! And she whips Jacy over the couch! Mandy says Fyre isn’t going to ruin this for her, but she still runs away. So Fyre SUPERKICKS the other bellboy! And then she drags Gigi up into the Gory Especial! GORY BOMB through the table!! Mandy and Jacy are speechless as Fyre grabs the mic. “Mandy, this week, I take out Gigi Dolin. Next week, I take out Jacy Jayne. And in two week’s time, I’m taking that title!” The Fire Keeper is not done by a long shot, will she make sure Mandy’s toxic reign never makes it to two years?

 

Backstage interview with Apollo Crews.

McKenzie notes that Apollo mentioned last week that he’s listening very closely to what Bron Breakker has had to say, and we all thought he’d be the one making an appearance earlier tonight. Apollo says that Pretty Deadly gets to have their moment in the sun with Bron. But he’ll say this: a 1v1 between Bron and Apollo, THAT is what the NXT fans want to see! That is what Apollo wants, but Apollo isn’t sure if that’s what Bron wants. Really? Why’s that? The answer is simple: Apollo is a match-up problem for anyone, including Bron! The moment Apollo came back to NXT, he looked Bron square in his eyes and told him what he was coming after.

Since then, Bron hasn’t said Apollo’s name one time! Apollo gets it, Bron is the champion and everyone chases him. “But Bron Breakker being the fighting champion that he is, I didn’t expect to put on my running shoes.” Von Wagner laughs at that one. Von tells Apollo, “You’re kind of a funny dude, do you know that? You’re a match-up problem? I’m a straight up problem, period. Don’t chase your time chasing after Bron, I know you like to look into the future. But when it comes to that title, I am the future!” Von heads out, but Apollo doesn’t take that seriously. Who will have the last laugh when it comes to the NXT Championship chase?

 

There’s another call to the Performance Center.

After the automated message, they speak. “You can screen my calls, but you cannot screen my fury. One by one, you all shall fall, so just let it happen, as it is written on the walls.” We also see video of someone spray painting the outside of the building! Is that SCRYPTS themselves?! “Coming to NXT almost feels like home. Because inside those ropes, the canvas will be the place how I express how I feel in my bones. I will leave my mark, and I warn you all on my imminent start. Sincerely, SCRYPTS.” The camera is then sprayed out in red! Will all of NXT be seeing red when SCRYPTS reveals themselves?

 

Zoey Stark w/ Nikkita Lyons VS Indi Hartwell!

Tensions are running high in the NXT Women’s Division given how toxic things have been lately. Alongside Lyons, Stark will get a rematch for the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships to clear the controversy, but will there be any controversy with how this one goes down?

The bell rings, the two tie up and go around. Stark puts Indi on the ropes but Indi turns it around to put Stark on the ropes. The ref calls the ropebreak, Indi lets off, and the two tie up again as fans duel. Indi headlocks, Stark powers out, but Indi runs Stark over! Stark kips right up and she shoves Indi. Indi and Stark tie up again, Stark headlocks but Indi powers out. Things speed up, Indi dodges Stark and runs her over again! Stark hurries up but Indi wrenches Stark to an ELBOW BREAKER! Indi wrenches again, RAMS shoulders, then RAMS them again. And again! Indi whips Stark to a corner, runs in, but Stark elbows her away.

Stark puts Indi in the corner, RAMS into her, and again, then CHOPS! Fans “WOO~” for that one, and Stark stands Indi up for another CHOP! “WOO~!” Stark whips Indi corner to corner. Indi reverses but Stark goes up and over and keeps moving. Stark ducks, springboards and CROSSBODIES! Cover, ONE, but Stark clamps right on with a chinlock! Stark thrashes Indi around, Indi fights up and fans rally. Stark wrenches, whips Indi to a corner, then brings her around to whip her back in! Stark brings Indi around a third time for another whip, then she wrenches the arm to an ELBOW BREAKER!

Fans rally, Stark wrenches again and snapmares Indi down. Stark runs but Indi avoids the sliding lariat! Indi blocks a kick, spins Stark and scoop SLAMS her! And then scoop SLAMS again! Stark stagger sup, Indi clotheslines Stark up and out! Stark is furious but Lyons tells her to cool off. Stark huffs and puffs and paces around while NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and fans rally as Stark has Indi in another chinlock. Indi endures, fights up, but Stark leans on the hold. Indi throws body shots but Stark ROCKS her! Indi ROCKS Stark, Stark ROCKS Indi, repeat! Indi kicks then KNEES then DECKS Stark! Stark goes to the apron, Indi storms over and brings Stark up to UPPERCUT and BOOT! Stack cover, TWO! Stark is still in this and Indi grows a bit frustrated but fans continue to rally. Indi drags Starks up, suplexes, but Stark blocks! Stark wrenches out and LARIATS Indi! Storm ROCKS, ELBOWS, mule kicks and then runs, SLIDING KNEE! Cover, TWO!

Indi is still in this and Stark grows frustrated. Indi gets to a corner, Stark runs in as fans duel, and Stark ELBOWS Indi! Stark runs and comes back but is put on the apron. Indi swings but Stark blocks to bump Indi off buckles! Stark sweeps the legs, jumps up and SPRINGBOARD TWISTERS! Cover, TWO!! Indi survives the #StarkSpecial and Stark is shocked! Stark then gets mad again and stomps a mudhole into Indi! The ref counts, Lyons tries to tell Stark to calm down, and Stark lets off at 4, to just start a new mudhole stomp! Lyons gets through to Stark and she cools off, to then drag Indi up and scoop. Z 3- NO, Indi CLUBS Stark!

Indi short arm LARIATS! And short arm LARIATS again! And again! Stark staggers up, Indi runs in but Stark dodges the boot to SUPERKICK! Stark drags Indi back up, TOSSES her out hard, and then storms out after her. Lyons stays back as Stark dribbles Indi off the announce desk! The ring count is climbing as Lyons tries to talk sense into Stark. But Stark clears off the desk! Fans sing, “OH~ Zoey is angry~!” as she drags Indi up and reels her in! Lyons tells Stark this isn’t going to win it! She can do this in the ring! Stark listens and puts Indi in at 7 of 10. Stark slides in at 8, but Indi BOOTS her down!

Indi hurries to BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Cover, INDI WINS!!

Winner: Indi Hartwell, by pinfall

Lyons said Stark could win in the ring, but she just LOST in the ring! Did Stark make a mistake cooling off? Or was it a mistake to be so fired up from the start? As for Indi, did she just earn her own opportunity at a title?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Crown Jewel!

After the huge victory for Alexa Bliss & Asuka just last night on Raw, they’re already defending the belts in a rematch against Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky this Saturday! With Bayley also going for the Raw Women’s Championship against Bianca Belair, will Damage Control soon have total control of the Raw Women’s Division? Or will #TwistedMist and the EST thwart them completely?

 

Someone records a message.

“My eyes are no longer shielded. My business is unfinished. A new order of high justice is upon NXT. It’s not about anger or frustration. It’s about authority. MY authority.” Will this mystery man’s return to NXT bring about a new order in the food chain?

 

Valentina Feroz talks with Sanga backstage.

She doesn’t understand what is going on with him, or what is wrong. But she wants Sanga to be in his corner tonight. Sanga says Valentina is very, very strong. But he is very, very sorry. Veer Mahaan walks in, and Sanga says he cannot go with Feroz. She says she understands, and she leaves. Will Feroz be alright without her support system? Also Wendy Choo is in the background, is she waking back up after being away? As for Veer, he goes to Sanga to say that here, they are taking his kindness for weakness. Do they honor Sanga? Sanga’s silence is answer enough for Veer. “That’s why I’m here.” Veer & Sanga head out, will Indus Sher make NXT honor them?

 

Stark & Lyons regroup backstage.

Lyons wants Stark to talk to her, and Stark says she lost! Okay, just relax. Stark takes a breath and says she is just in her own head. She is sorry, but she promises that next time, she’ll have her head in the game. Lyons says it is all good and she has Stark’s back. But then KC Squared walk in. Kayden Carter says, “Look who has no momentum going into our rematch.” Katana Chance says Stark will have to do better than that if she wants the titles. But they beat you two before! But it doesn’t count! And Stark & Lyons won’t win next week. The champs head out, Stark is starting to get riled up again, but Lyons holds her back. Breathe, and be ready next week. Will the be ready next week for the title rematch?

 

Cora Jade VS Valentina Feroz!

The Generation of Jade may have lost in a wild match at Halloween Havoc, but she’s already moving on. Will she add on to Valentina’s downcast spirits? Or will Sanga be right in that Feroz’s great strength will carry her through?

NXT returns as Feroz makes her entrance. She does not look ready, but she fires herself up as best as she can without Yulisa Leon or Sanga by her side. The bell rings and Cora taunts Feroz. “Who are you, anyways?” Cora shoves Feroz, and questions if Feroz should even be here. Cora pie faces Feroz and says Feroz doesn’t deserve to be in the same ring as her. Feroz fires up and ties up with Cora to push her to ropes! The ref counts, Cora freaks out, and Feroz lets off at 4. Cora shoves Feroz down! Cora laughs at Feroz, but then Feroz arm-drags Cora! And again! Feroz wheelbarrows, victory rolls, then runs to DOUBLE KNEE!

Fans fire up with Feroz and she basement dropkicks Cora out of the ring! Feroz pursues, ROCKS Cora with forearms, then bumps Cora off the apron! Fans rally and duel, but Cora dropkicks Feroz back out! Cora taunts, “Aw, poor Valentina!” Cora then smacks Feroz off the apron, “This is your jungle, huh? Not today!” Cora puts Feroz in the ring, BOOTS her down, then stomps her around. Cover, TWO! Cora is annoyed but she drags Feroz up. Feroz throws hands but Cora CLUBS her down! Cora dares fans to cheer for Feroz now! Cora smacks Feroz off the mat, tells her she’s nothing, but Feroz throws body shots!

Cora CLUBS Feroz, talks more trash, then ROCKS Feroz with a forearm. And another! Fans boo Cora but she just whips Feroz around to throw her into ropes. Cora runs side to side to BACK ELBOW! Feroz writhes but Cora pushes her to a cover, TWO! Feroz grits her teeth but Cora stomps her around. Cora drags Feroz up, throws her into ropes again and CHOKES her! The ref counts, Cora lets off at 4, and fans rally for Feroz. Cora drags Feroz up and fans rally for “VALENTINA!” but Cora whips her to ropes again. Cora runs, but Feroz dodges! Cora hits ropes, then Feroz cradles! TWO!! Feroz hurries up but Cora LARIATS her down!

Cora scowls and stalks Feroz to a corner. Cora stands Feroz up, whips her corner to corner, runs in but Feroz BOOTS her away! And again! Feroz goes up, leaps, but Cora avoids the crossbody! Feroz crash lands, Cora runs in to SENTON! Cora drags Feroz up, for the DDT! Cover, Cora wins!

Winner: Cora Jade, by pinfall

Feroz showed her strength but she just couldn’t bring out that ferocity! Cora rebounds from losing to Roxanne Perez, will Cora find her way to a title match first?

Wait, Cora threatens Feroz with her kendo stick. But here comes WENDY CHOO! Wendy slide sin, but Cora SMACKS her with the stick! Cora dares Wendy to get up, but Wendy fires back with forearms, and a POLISH HAMMER! Wendy gets the kendo stick! Cora stands, but she runs away! Wendy swings wild, will the Generation of Jade have a new problem to deal with?

 

Tony D’Angelo talks with Channing Lorenzo backstage.

The Don asks Stacks “took care of that thing,” and Stacks says it’s all done. Good, good. Stacks, Tony appreciates you “persuading” the vendor to push more Tony D merch. Stacks says The Don’s shirts are now front and center on the stand like they should be. That’s right! Tony loves it! Like watching his son taking his first steps. But back to business. What’s next is Stacks VS Hank Walker next week. Oh that’s easy money! Stacks will definitely take care of him. Tony knows Stacks will. But oh! Look who it is! Elektra Lopez walks in! Has she finally decided to do things on her own? Damn right! And it feels good being her own boss. Tony knows a little something about that.

Well if Tony thinks Lopez was dangerous before, oh just watch how dangerous she is now. Stacks can’t believe this. Lopez? Dangerous on her own? Tony says he does believe that. Will La Mardina prove she is THE boss of NXT?

 

NXT Tag Team Championships: Pretty Deadly VS Bron Breakker & Wes Lee!

What a golden main event this is! Kit & Elton managed to beat Malik & Edris, while the Big Booty Nephew defeated JD McDonagh and Ilja Dragunov, and the Must-See Kid overcome four other men in a ladder match! But now, Bron & Wes are both looking to be double champions! Will they pull it off against the team that unified the NXT and NXT UK Tag titles? Or will the #SIDEPLATECHECK still show the two tasty dishes run the tag division?

NXT returns and Pretty Deadly make their entrance. The introductions are made, the tag titles are raised, and we see if NXT goes on a Two Man Power Trip!

The teams sort out and Kit starts with Wes. They circle, tie up, and Kit wrenches to wristlock and standing armlock. Wes endures, fights up, slips through, wrenches and wristlocks, but Kit wrenches right back. Kit has the wristlock, Wes rolls, rolls, and slips through again to wrench to a hard wristlock! Kit endures but Wes wrangles him down. Kit rolls, slips around, but Wes headlocks. Kit throws body shots, powers out, but Wes sunset flips! Kit flails stays up but not for long! TWO! Kit rushes in, but into a schoolboy! TWO, and Kit swipes at the legs but Wes backflips away! Fans fire up as Kit throws a fit!

Elton calms Kit down, they talk strategy, and then Kit tags Elton. Elton talks with Kit some more, but then rushes Wes! Wes arm-drags Elton away! Wes hooks the arm in a cording hold but Elton fights up. Elton reels back to punch but Wes cranks the hold. Elton tries again, but again Wes cranks the hold! They go around, Wes ducks the haymaker to wrench the arm and tag in Bron. Bron & Wes double whip, Wes drop toeholds and Bron STANDING MOONSAULTS! Fans fire up as Bron dares Kit to do something. But Elton slides under and SLAPS Bron! Bron dusts that off while Elton taunts him with Scott Hall fingers.

Bron scowls at Elton, Elton runs to a corner and goes up and over! Elton kicks low, CLUBS away, runs, but into a back drop! Bron whips, Elton reverses, Bron ducks ‘n’ dodges and CLOBBERS Elton! Fans fire up while Elton sits up in a daze! Bron drags Elton up, tags Wes, and the singles champs mug Elton. Wes wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER, but Elton throws hard body shots! Wes counter punches, whips, but Elton reverses to FLAPJACK Wes! Wes sputters and Elton snarls as he drags Wes up. Tag to Kit, Pretty Deadly double suplex, but Bron saves Wes from that! Bron and Wes ROCK Pretty Deadly, then DOUBLE RANA!!

Pretty Deadly bail out, get back up, but Wes & Bron DECK them! Fans fire up as Bron barks it up and NXT goes picture in picture.

Wes and Bron dare Pretty Deadly to come back but Kit & Elton regroup and cool off. Pretty Deadly flank the ring, Kit slides in, but Wes dodges to waistlock. Kit wrenches out, ROCKS Wes, then brings him around to wrench again. Tag to Elton, Pretty Deadly mugs Wes, and Elton wrenches to a wristlock. Elton YANKS the arm, steps over and JAMS the arm. Wes crawls to a corner, Elton stalks him and clamps on a chinlock, but Wes fights up. Elton ROCKS him in the back with a forearm, puts him in a corner, then whips corner to corner. Wes goes up and over, arm-drags Elton down and has the armlock!

Elton flails and fights around but Wes keeps on the cording hold. Elton fights up, Bron tags in, and the singles champs double whip Elton to double elbow him down! Wes STANDING SHOOTING STARS! Bron covers, TWO! Bron keeps on Elton with an armlock of his own, then wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! Tag to Wes, they hand-off the wrench, and Wes back suplexes! Cover, TWO! Elton gets away from the deep leg hook, but Wes has him in the corner. Wes hits a headlock takeover and NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally, Elton fights up, and Elton pulls hair! The ref reprimands, Elton sends Wes to a corner and runs in!

Wes slips to the outside, Elton hits off buckles, and Wes slingshots to RANA! Fans fire up and Wes victory rolls to cover, TWO! Elton hurries up but WEs ducks ‘n’ dodges, and FLAPJACK DROPKICKS! Fans fire up more as Wes brings Elton around to waistlock. Elton switches, O’Conner Rolls, TWO! Kit tags in as Elton tumbles out, but Wes WRECKS Elton with a dropkick! Only for Kit to CLOBBER Wes from behind! Kit drags Wes up, scoops and SNAKE EYES off the apron! Kit puts Wes in hard, covers, TWO! Kit EuroUppers again and again and again, then again! it runs to CLOBBER Wes with an uppercut!

Fans boo but Kit mocks Bron with barking. Kit drags Wes up, EuroUppers again and Wes wobbles. Kit brings Wes around to ROCK with a haymaker, and Wes drops to a knee. Kit turns Wes, mocks Bron, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Wes is still in this, fans rally up, but Kit drags him up again. Kit swings but Wes ROCKS him first! Kit ROCKS Wes, Wes ROCKS Kit, repeat! Kit RAMS Wes into the corner, Elton tags in, and Wes CLUBS Kit but Elton CLOBBERS Wes with an uppercut! And another uppercut! Elton stomps away at the ropes but the ref counts. Elton lets off, drags Wes up, and fans rally up even more.

Elton stands Wes up but WEs gets around to waistlock! Elton switches, scoops and SLAMS Wes! And elbow drops! And again, but Wes dodges that one! Tag to Kit, but Wes dodges him! And dodges Elton! Pretty Deadly realize Wes got past both of them, they hurry inside, HOT TAG TO BRON! Bron rallies on Pretty Deadly with haymakers and shoulders! Bron ducks ‘n’ dodges Kit to then SPINEBUSTER! Bron clotheslines Elton in a corner, hops up and hits the FLYING BULLDOG! Fans fire up as the straps come down! Bron roars, he brings both Kit & Elton up, to DOUBLE SUPLEX on his own! And kip up!

Bron is all fired up, the fans are barking, and Bron tags Wes. Wes goes up, Bron gives him the ROCKET LAUNCHER into Pretty Deadly! Elton flounders out, Kit flounders up, into a SUPERKICK! Wes goes to the corner but Bron intercepts Elton! Bron TOSSES Elton back in! And then Bron clotheslines Elton out the other side! But wait, CARMELO HAYES shoves Wes off the top!! The ref didn’t see it, yelling at Bron and Elton! Kit rolls Wes up, Pretty Deadly wins!

Winners: Pretty Deadly, by pinfall (still NXT Tag Team Champions)

Melo gets an assist, but Wes is furious! Wes FLIES and wipes out Melo! Wes fires off hands on Melo for screwing him over again in his career! Bron isn’t sure what to make of that, but then he turns around into a BOOT from Von!! Fans boo as Von stands over Bron, declaring he will be the next NXT Champion. But we see Apollo watching this backstage. And so is JD McDonagh! The Irish Ace tells Apollo, “That vision you have of being the man around here? It’s going to be pretty tough to have with a detached retina. See you around.” Is Apollo seeing the future of NXT on screen like the rest of us? Or will he change the future with his own two hands?


My Thoughts:

A great episode here to set up quite a lot, especially with NXT Deadline being the next special on the schedule. First, NXT celebrates Mandy Rose passing 365 days a week shy, but they couldn’t do anything on the Wednesday where she actually did hit 365. And all things considered, Mandy did succeed in reinventing herself by going from being a bit player midcard Heel (or even Face when she was with Otis) to being a faction leader and top Heel. And Fyre coming out for payback was fair, as no other Face is quite ready yet. Roxanne Perez is still on a good slow burn push, and anyone else is in some other story. But I have a feeling Mandy beats Fyre again, because why would Fyre dethrone Mandy on free TV instead of a special like Halloween Havoc or even Deadline?

Speaking of those other Faces, Stark getting in it with Indi was a good play for both their stories. Indi gets a good win off a distracted and irate Stark, and then Stark & Lyons have a good interaction with KC Squared backstage. With how cocky KC Squared are, I feel like they’re legitimately going to lose this time. And if not, then who knows, we might see Stark and/or Lyons go after Mandy for Deadline. I feel like it’d be better served if this is the time Lyons & Stark win, sending KC Squared to RawDown, and then Gigi & Jacy can feud with Lyons & Stark again in greater fashion.

Feroz being affected by the Indus Sher reunion story is a good touch, and she had a good match with Cora Jade. Cora wins, of course, but I like that she’s going to be Wendy’s next feud. Maybe Wendy will use Cora as a springboard to facing Mandy, which Wendy should’ve already been doing after beating Tiffany Stratton. I don’t think Wendy will dethrone Mandy, either, but given their history from when Wendy & Roxie were messing with Toxic Attraction, I bet another time around would be a lot of fun. But seriously, where are Blair Davenport and Meiko Satomura? Why not give one of them a proper feud with Mandy?

A low point tonight was Waller VS Truth. It was starting off so well, but Truth tried a tope when I don’t think he’s done that much at all. He didn’t clear the ropes, he had a hard landing, and if he didn’t mess up his knee, he might’ve done something to a rib. Hopefully Truth is okay, this will really hurt his new feud with Baron Corbin. But Waller was surely going to win either way, and he doubles down by talking trash. Second low point would be SCRYPTS’s newest promo. Whoever this is already feels like Retribution fused with Joe Gacy or Bray Wyatt, but in a sad way. Whoever this is better be amazing in the ring or this is going to be a burden on them from the jump.

But speaking of Gacy, we got a really good interview promo with The Schism and Vic Joseph. Simone Johnson is already doing great as Ava Raine, and they set up the natural “final match” between Gacy and Grimes. I have no idea which way that one goes, it feels like there was still something missing in the build. Tony and Stacks have a good interaction with Lopez, I am sure Lopez is going to go on a win streak, but who knows how her story goes. And good interaction between Odyssey, Malik, Edris and Javier before Odyssey gets a good win off Javier. I wonder if Odyssey, Malik & Edris feud with The Schism to circle back around to that story since we didn’t get Malik & Edris joining Grimes against them.

Good stuff from Chase U, but it is a bummer that they let Bodhi go. Maybe it was an in-ring performance thing where he just wasn’t showing improvement to that next level that’d make him a real star. But he was so good as a character, it is a shame he won’t be around. Duke stepping up was great, though, I saw him busting through that paper coming and it was still great. Duke being put in his place by Chase was good, too, but I’m a bit surprised Kiana won again. Dempsey going after Chase was a good reference back to that story, and Duke chasing Dempsey off was good, too. Maybe Dempsey will be Kiana’s ally and we get a mixed tag of Dempsey & Kiana VS Duke & Thea for the fate of Chase U. They’re also bringing Fallon, Briggs & Jensen into this, maybe Kiana is planning to fight Fallon for her bar.

And we got some really good stuff out of all the male champions. The opening segment got a bit clunky in the middle, but I like that Wes wanted to get the tag titles back. We got a great main event, but I had a feeling something would keep Wes & Bron from winning. Melo is the natural first feud for Wes as North American Champion, and there are a lot of names coming after Bron now. Apollo, JD and Von are probably all going to face off to name a #1 contender, and then they will face Bron at Deadline. Maybe, just maybe, that whoever the next challenger is finally dethrones Bron and sends him to RawDown, unless it’s Von. I can’t see Von being NXT Champion but Von was also a big name as NXT 2.0 started. Maybe NXT now still wants Von to be something big, so they might just pull the trigger on Wagner’s World become a reality.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Did you know that challenger in French is still “challenger?”

In a WrestleMania rematch, AJ Styles takes on LA Knight in a #1 contender’s match, to challenge WWE Champion Cody Rhodes at Backlash in France!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Undisputed WWE Championship #1 Contender’s match: AJ Styles VS LA Knight; Styles wins and will challenge Cody Rhodes for the title at Backlash.
  • SmackDown/WWE Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way: The Street Profits VS New Catch Republic VS The Authors of Pain VS Legado Del Fantasma; The Profits win and will challenge A-Town Down Under for the titles.
  • Carlito w/ Zelina Vega VS Santos Escobar w/ Elektra Lopez; Santos wins.
  • WWE Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Naomi; Bayley wins, by disqualification, and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Undisputed WWE Championship #1 Contender’s match: AJ Styles VS LA Knight!

After fighting their way through Triple Threats, the Phenomenal One and the Mega Star meet again, YEAH! It’s a WrestleMania Rematch, the winner moving on to Backlash, YEAH! Will AJ Styles avenge his loss at the biggest WrestleMania ever? Or will everyone from here to France know whose game it is?

The bell rings and the two step to each other. The fans in Pittsburgh “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” and Knight lets Styles know it. Styles snarls, they tie up, and they go around. Knight puts Styles in a corner, the ref counts, but Knight lets off slowly. Styles kicks low! The fans boo but Styles headlocks. Knight pulls hair, throws body shots, then headlocks in return. Styles pushes Knight to ropes, powers up and out, then hurdles, drops and DROP- NO, Knight avoids the dropkick to BOOT, and LARIAT! Knight then TOSSES Styles out of the ring, storms out after him, and brings him to commentary. Knight SMACKS Styles off the desk! And again! And again!

The fans chant “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” with every SMACK, then Knight tops it off with one last SMACK! Knight drags Styles up and into the ring, storms in, but Styles KICKS Knight in the ropes! Styles reels Knight in, but Knight back drops Styles up and out! Styles flounders on the floor, Knight runs to WRECK him with a dropkick! Styles hits desk again and Steel City is loving “L! A! KNIGHT, YEAH!” as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Styles soaks up the heat as he taunts Knight. Styles brings Knight up, but Knight fires haymakers! “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” Knight backs Styles down, whips, but Styles ducks ‘n dodges! Knight ducks ‘n’ dodges, then DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! Both men are down and the fans fire up. Both men slowly sit up, crawl around, and then stand. Styles fires a shot, but Knight gives it back! The haymakers go back and forth, “YEAH! BOO! YEAH!” Styles staggers but he still ROCKS Knight! Knight ROCKS Styles again and again, but Styles throat chops! Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz, but Knight ducks the lariat!

Knight JABS, JABS, JABS, and DECKS Styles! Knight stomps a mudhole in at the corner, “YEAH!” Knight then runs corner to corner to KNEE Styles down! The fans fire up, Knight puts Styles up, and Knight ROCKS Styles. Knight climbs, but Styles ROCKS him back! Knight staggers away, but returns to spring right up! SUPER DUPER PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives that crash but both men are down again. The fans rally as Knight rises, and he brings Styles around. Knight reels Styles in, suplexes, but Styles slips free! Styles goes to a corner, ELBOWS Knight away, then goes up to QUEBRADA DDT! Cover, TWO!

The fans fire up as Knight stays in this and Styles starts losing his cool. The fans rally for Knight but Styles looms over him. Styles brings Knight up and in, but Knight RAMS him into a corner! Knight then scoops Styles, but Styles slips free to roll up, TWO!! Knight escapes, swings, but Styles dodges to PELE! Knight ends up in a corner, Styles runs in, but Knight puts Styles on the apron! Styles ROCKS Knight, springboards, but Knight gets under! Styles comes back, into a scoop and POWERSLAM! Then JUMP ELBOW DROP! The fans fire up with with Knight as he storms around. Styles rises, Knight winds up, B F- NO, Styles bails out!

The fans boo but Knight storms over. Knight drags Styles up but Styles HOTSHOTS him! And pokes him in the eyes! Then ROCKS him! And springboards, to PHENOMENAL FOREARM!! Cover, Styles wins!

Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the Undisputed WWE Championship)

Styles bent the rules, but a win is a win! He will get his shot at the American Nightmare in Lyon, France, will this year’s Backlash be phenomenal?

 

The Bloodline arrives backstage.

The car pulls up, Solo Sikoa steps out in a suit, and Paul Heyman is there to greet him. Nice threads, Solo. Tama Tonga walks over and Solo says meet the newest member of The Bloodline, Solo’s MFT. The Wise Man is stunned. But Solo cuts him off to ask if Kevin Owens is here. Heyman hesitates and Solo asks again, is Kevin here? If he is, he’s probably already in the locker room. Then take them to him. Heyman obeys and leads on. There have already been changes to the chain of command, is there about to be a change to the landscape of SmackDown, too?

 

Nick Aldis is in the ring.

In a familiar scene to Monday Night Raw, there is a podium with something under a satin sheet. The SmackDown General Manager welcomes to Pittsburgh the Chief Content Officer, Paul “Triple H” Levesque! The fans fire up as The Game makes his way to the ring! HHH joins Aldis in the ring, gets a mic, looks around at the crowd as he revels in the cheers, then says, “On the heels of the biggest, most epic, history making, record breaking, epic, unbelievable WrestleMania of all time, we are here tonight, sold out, 15 thousand strong, Pittsburgh, PA! So let me say, welcome to SmackDown!” The fans cheer that!

HHH wants to take a moment to say that he thinks Adam Pearce and Nick Aldis are both doing great jobs at leading their respective brands into the future. Thank you to both of them. And when we talk about the future, we have to talk about the history made coming into the future. So when history is made, HHH wants it to be represented here befitting of those that make it. So Aldis, if we could, let us bring the… champions out here. Aldis says without further ado, the NEW SmackDown Tag Team Champions, Austin Theory & Grayson Waller. The fans boo as A-Town Down Under make their way, blue belts in hand.

Theory & Waller join Aldis and HHH in the ring, mics already in hand, and they soak up the heat from Steel City. Waller says this is huge. Monday, we saw the second place champions get new belts. And now A-Town Down Under will be presented new titles! Theory says speaking of truth, didn’t Truth think HHH was a magician? Well, who knows what magic trick HHH has to make these guys look better than they already do, but hey, give it a try. HHH says congratulations on becoming tag team champions, so he will show them what they will wear going forward. From now on, they will be the WWE Tag Team Champions.

Reveal! In the style of the Attitude Era and Ruthless Aggression Era belts, the solid gold shines. HHH offers a handshake, but Waller leaves him hanging to shake Theory’s hand! Aldis makes it clear to them. They ever pop off and disrespect HHH like that, here’s a real magic trick: A-Clown Down Under will disappear, permanently! The fans like the sound of that! Aldis snatches the blue belts away since they won’t need them, and speaking of disappearing, there’s a chance one of the following four teams will make their title reign disappear. That #1 contenders match starts right now! The fans fire up, but which team defies the odds to get some golden tickets to France?

 

Backstage interview with Naomi.

Kayla Braxton is with The Glow and says last week, she beat Tiffany Stratton to get this title opportunity tonight. Will the friendship with Bayley get in the way of this match? Naomi says no, of course not. Bayley’s her sister, and she needed help against Damage CTRL, so Naomi was more than happy to help. But in no way will friendship get in the way of this opportunity. It has been over two YEARS since Naomi’s last WWE singles championship match, and there is nothing that will get in the way of making the most of this moment. Now last week, Tiffy Time felt the glow, so that same energy keeps going tonight.

Naomi is also looking forward to next week’s WWE Draft, where she will walk in the NEW WWE Women’s Champion. Naomi is ready, but will she be able to best Bayley in Bayley’s first title defense?

 

WWE Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way: The Street Profits VS New Catch Republic VS The Authors of Pain VS Legado Del Fantasma!

SmackDown returns as Legado makes their entrance, followed by Akam & Rezar with the Final Testament. Waller & Theory are on commentary, Waller admitting he wants any team but AOP, and Theory saying these teams are fortunate to have real superstars leading their division. In this form of Fatal 4 Way, only two teams are active, so the Big Strong Boi, Tyler Bate, starts against Montez Ford. They circle, tie up, and Ford headlocks. Bate powers up to pry at the hold but Ford clamps on tighter. Bate powers up and out, drops, but Ford leaps over! The fans cheer, things keep moving, Bate feints high to drop low!

Bate shows knuckle lock, Ford obliges, but Bate wrenches, baits and double pump handles to FLIP Ford! Cover, TWO! Ford gets up to sweep and cover, TWO! Bate steps over, La Magistrol, TWO! Ford gets up, dropkicks cancel out, and both men kip up! The fans fire up and the two reset. But then Humberto Carrillo sneaks a tag, before he DECKS Bate with a sucker punch! Ford dodges Humberto but Angel Garza holds the ropes open! Ford tumbles out,  Garza tags in, and Humberto sits Ford up. Garza runs in to KNEE Ford down! The fans boo, Garza drags Ford to a cover, TWO! Garza back suplexes, Ford lands out!

Ford tags Dawkins and he dodges Garza to FLYING ELBOW! Garza tags out to Akam, but then the Bruiserweight, Pete Dunne, tags in off Dawkins! Rezar tags, Dunne runs up but Akam LARIATS him down! Rezar DECKS Dawkins, then the AOP start clearing the corners! But Ford goes up to leap, but into an URENAGE! The fans boo but the AOP roar and soak up the heat. Waller’s worst case scenario might end up reality, but SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and the fans rally as Ford endures a facelock. Ford fights up, pries at the hold, but Rezar shoves him to ELBOW him down! Rezar talks trash, Waller taunts the Steelers players sitting in the front row that they don’t really know what championships are, and then Rezar sucker punches Dawkins down! Rezar stands Ford up, Canadian Racks and bends him! Ford endures, the fans rally, but Rezar thrashes Ford around! Ford kicks and flails, he gets free, hot tag to Dunne! Bate sneaks a tag, Dunne GAMANGIRIS Akam and then NCR fire off on Rezar! The fans fire up, Humberto runs in, but Dunne dodges to SNAP GERMAN!

Bate & Dunne STOMP Humberto’s hands! Then BASEMENT DROPKICK! Garza runs up, but into the REBOUNDER GERMAN COMBO!! The fans fire up with NCR, but Rezar runs up! He grabs Dunne, but Bate says Bop up, BANG! Bate fireman’s carries Rezar?! But Rezar ELBOWS right free! Dunne GAMANGIRIS, Ford SUPERKICKS, and Dawkins ENZIGIRIS! Rezar wobbles, and everyone helps Bate gets Rezar up! BIG STRONG AIRPLANE SPINE! But then Legado CLOBBER Bate and Rezar! They BOOT Dunne, whip the Profits but the Profits reverse to TOSS Legado out! Ellering coaches Rezar while the Profits regroup.

Bate gets up, Dawkins ROCKS him! Dawkins brings Bate to the very top, but Dunne CLUBS Dawkins! NCR mug Dawkins but Ford joins in! They brawl, but AOP add on! Humberto finds Rezar to tag in, before the DOUBLE TOWER OF DOOM!! Bate’s the only one left up top, so Legado mug him! They double trophy lift Bate, to DOUBLE ROCKET LAUNCH him onto everyone!! Humberto then finds Bate, sunset flips and rewinds, Garza jumps, MISSILE DROPKICK DOOMSDAY! Cover, DUNNE BREAKS IT! “This is Awesome!” as all eight men are down around ringside, and Waller says this is gonna be easy pickings for A-Town Down Under now.

Dunne grabs Garza, Bate has Humberto, STEREO ANKLE LOCKS!! Grapevine for Garza! But Humberto BOOTS Bate onto Dunne! Legado is free, Ellering has AOP regroup, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Rezar CLUBS Dawkins down. Rezar soaks up heat, taunts the other teams, then CLUBS Dawkins again. Rezar brings Dawkins up again, but Dawkins fires off body shots! Rezar KNEES low, reels Dawkins in, talks more trash, and lifts Dawkins up, to POWERBOMB! But then Dunne runs up to ROCK Rezar! Akam gets in to scoop Dunne and SLAM him on Dawkins! Cover, TWO! Rezar looks to Ellering and he coaches AOP. Rezar HAMMERS Dawkins, Akam tags, and AOP get NCR up! The fans boo but NCR RANA free to send AOP into each other! Ford jumps in, as does Garza.

All the teams realize, they gotta do something about AOP. So they all mug AOP! The fans fire up as AOP tumble out, but now who strikes first? Dunne runs up but Garza SUPERKICKS him first! Bate waistlocks Garza and Ford winds up, but Garza ducks so the BACKHAND hits Bate! Garza SUPERKICKS Ford, but Dawkins DECKS Garza! Humberto springboards to FLYING CHUCK! Cover, TWO!! Theory says if A-Town Down Under were in this match, he’d knock everyone out and Waller could just sneak in to cover. Humberto and Dawkins rise and go to corners. Humberto runs up, but Dawkins POUNCES him away!

Dawkins gets Humberto up, Ford returns and tags in! Dawkins Electric Chair Lifts Humberto and Ford climbs! The stars are out for the BLOCKBUSTER DOOMSDAY! Cover, DUNNE BREAKS IT! Another save from the Bruiserweight and Ford is frustrated. Dunne drags Dawkins up to CHOP, but Dawkins ROCKS him! Dawkins whips Dunne out of the ring, but Dunne grabs the arm! And he pulls off the glove so he can SNAP fingers! The fans fire up, but Ford ENZIGIRIS Dunne down! Ford brings Humberto up, Humberto JAWBREAKERS! Bate tags in off Ford, BOOTS Garza, then runs up, but into a POP-UP! But Bate RANAS Humberto!!

Bate then DUMPS Garza out, goes to the apron, and Dunne lines up targets. Bate and Dunne climb, Ford runs in, NCR DOUBLE ARIHARA MOONSAULT while Ford FLIES over the corner post!! Down goes Legado and AOP!! The fans are losing their minds as Bate hurries to get Humberto up. Bate puts Humberto in, reels him in, underhooks, but Humberto fights it! Humberto back drops but Bate lands on his feet! Humberto cradles, TWO! Humberto LARIATS Bate, tag to Garza! Legado gets Bate up, feed to the POP-UP KICK!! #FTY! Humberto then DIVES to take out Dunne! Garza goes up the ropes to LIONSAULT!!

But Ford flies in FROM THE HEAVENS!! The fans are thunderous as everyone is down again! Bate flounders, Dawkins tags in! Dawkins whips Legado, Ford joins in, THE REVELATION!! Cover, PROFITS WIN!

Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contenders to the WWE Tag Team Championships)

Waller & Theory are relieved it isn’t AOP, but they still look a bit annoyed that it is Ford & Dawkins. The Profits are Triple Crown Tag Team Champions from Raw to SmackDown to NXT, but will they soon add the WWE Tag Team Championships to make it a grand slam?

 

Backstage interview with Bayley.

Byron Saxton is with The Role Model, and brings up the emotional moment from Monday Night Raw where Rhea Ripley had to relinquish her title. But let us focus on Bayley’s title, as she defends it for the first time against Naomi. Where is her head at ahead of the main event? Bayley says after seeing Rhea vacate the Women’s World Championship on Raw, Bayley appreciates her reign more. She is focused, and she has realized she’s THE Women’s Champion in WWE right now, something she does not take for granted. Because we all know that with the WWE Draft, things are bound to change.

And as excited as Bayley is to face her friend, Naomi, one thing that won’t change is her as THE WWE Women’s Champion. Bayley is just as confident at Naomi, so something’s gotta give! Will The Role Model #FeelTheGlow? Or will she still be shining with gold after tonight?

 

Paul Heyman talks with Solo Sikoa.

The Wise Man apologizes that they haven’t found Kevin Owens, but he has to be here somewhere. Just look at the time. They will find him, somewhere. Solo stops listening and heads to gorilla. Heyman follows after, but Solo gives him a look. Heyman says he isn’t trying to upset Solo. Please believe him. The last person on this planet Heyman wants to piss off is Solo. But respectfully, Solo is making decisions that are not his to make, yet. One day, these will all be Solo’s decisions. But not now, not here! These are decisions that can only be made by one man. Solo asks Heyman if he’s done talking. Heyman asks if MFT is coming with Solo.

Solo just gives a thumbs up, with that taped thumb. The music hits and Solo makes his entrance, Heyman still following all the way into the ring. What does the Enforcer have planned? We’ll find out, after the break.

SmackDown returns and Heyman has the mic to give his usual introduction. And he doesn’t know if there is a list of the most brilliant backstage maneuvering politicians int he history of the WWE, but if there were, Heyman would have to think that he personally is in the top… Well, permit Heyman, with Solo’s permission, to explain what’s going on right now within The Bloodline, “the premier act in the history of WWE.” The fans chant, “We Want Roman!” but Solo shrugs that off. Heyman assures us that as The Wise Man for… Heyman gets emotional, so Solo just snatches the mic! The fans boo but Solo paces.

Solo tries to talk but the fans boo. Solo says last week, he had to lose a brother! He had to! It was in order for him to find a new one! His MFT, Tama Tonga! And with that, a bloodied Kevin Owens is tossed out, by the Good Bad Guy! Tama shoves Kevin down the ramp, stalks behind him, and referees rush out to stop him from doing anything further! Kevin can’t even sit up, but Tama steps over him to go to the ring. The fans boo as Tama joins Solo in the ring while the refs help Kevin to his feet and to the back. Tama raises his finger to the sky, because he acknowledges Solo! Heyman has no choice but to go along, but wait! Kevin is heading back down the ramp!?

The fans fire up as Kevin shows his grit and defiance! He drags Tama out to fire off hands!! The fans cheer but then Solo whips Kevin into steel steps! Solo drags Kevin back up, puts him in the ring, but now security rushes in! Tama storms in after Kevin but Kevin TACKLES Tama! The security gets Kevin away from Tama, but Solo SAMOAN SPIKES Kevin down!! The fans boo but then Tama SPLASHES Kevin! Tama rains down fists on that bloody wound, then he DECKS guard after guard! Producers try but Tama is a madman! Tama shoves everyone away so he can slip out of the ring, to grab a chair!!

The fans boo as Tama storms back in, but now Aldis steps up! Aldis warns The Bloodline here, and Solo has Tama stand down. Solo takes the chair from Tama to show they’re done here. The fans chant “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” but the damage is done. Solo & Tama are a dangerous duo, will nothing and no one stop them from taking over SmackDown?

 

Heyman goes to the parking lot.

He’s in shock, but Aldis finds him and pulls him along. Was Heyman aware of this? Aldis shows Heyman the aftermath of one car T-boning another! And in case Heyman can’t guess, the struck car was Kevin’s. The attacking car was Tama’s! Heyman says this wasn’t authorized! No, Heyman, Aldis is speaking now. He gets this is a conflict within The Bloodline, but on his show, things are settle din the ring. Next week is the Draft, a lot of eyeballs on it, and a lot top brass are gonna be here. So Aldis will not tolerate this behavior. So make sure The Bloodline understands. Because, Heyman, if you don’t, the repercussions will be equally savage.

Aldis brings Heyman in close to tell him losing isn’t the only thing that has consequences. Will the Wise Man be able to rein in such an unruly force as Solo and Tama?

 

Carlito w/ Zelina Vega VS Santos Escobar w/ Elektra Lopez!

The LWO still doesn’t believe Legado’s claims that they had nothing to do with Dragon Lee going down before WrestleMania, so they’re going to get to the bottom of this one themselves! Will Caribbean Cool make the Emperor of Lucha confess his crimes? Or will Santos prove he was right all along?

The bell rings and the two talk trash. Then they start throwing hands! Carlito backs Santos down but Santos gets around to whisper something in Carlito’s ear. Carlito ELBOWS Santos away, runs up and hits a THESZ PRESS! Carlito then bumps Santos off buckles, fires hands, then has him in another corner. Carlito whips corner to corner, runs up, but Santos BOOTS him! Santos runs up, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Vega coaches Carlito to stay on Santos and he brings Santos up. Carlito ROCKS Santos, whips, but Santos KICKS him! Santos runs, but into a DROPKICK! Carlito kips up and the fans fire up!

Santos is on the outside, the ref won’t let Carlito go after him, but then Carlito WRECKS Santos with a dropkick! Carlito loads up to PLANCHA! Direct hit on Santos and Carlito hoists Vega up to celebrate! The fans cheer the LWO on as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Santos whips Carlito hard into buckles. Carlito falls over, Santos soaks up the heat, then Santos HEADBUTTS Carlito to a corner. Santos then CHOPS, gets space and runs in, to DOUBLE KNEE! Carlito slumps in the corner but Santos puts him up top! Santos GAMANGIRIS then climbs up! SUPER STEINER! Carlito flounders, Santos pushes him to a cover, TWO! Vega is relieved but Santos huffs and puffs. Santos rains down fists on Carlito, then clamps on a top wristlock. Carlito endures and Vega coaches him while the fans rally. Carlito rises, throws body shots, then LARIATS!

The fans rally as Carlito starts to rally with more clotheslines, and an ELBOW! Carlito kicks, runs, and KNEE LIFTS! Santos wobbles, Carlito LARIATS again! Cover, TWO! Santos is tougher than that but Carlito says he’s going up! Carlito climbs, but then Lopez gets on the apron! Vega storms right over to YANK her down! The fans fire up as Vega goes up, and RANAS, only for Lopez to block! Lopez SWINGS Vega into barriers! Carlito ROCKS Santos, steps in, but the ref is reprimanding Lopez so he misses Santos KICK ropes to jam Carlito low! Santos reels Carlito in to POST him, then brings him back for the fireman’s carry! PHANTOM DRIVER!! Cover, Santos wins!

Winner: Santos Escobar, by pinfall

La Madrina helps The Emperor steal this victory, them taking down the Caribbean Cool and La Muneca! Whether or not Legado beat down Dragon Lee, will nothing stop them from conquering SmackDown?

 

VIP Skybox interview with Damage CTRL!

Kayla is with Iyo Sky, Dakota Kai, Kairi Sane & Asuka as they sit way up in the back. What made the former WWE Women’s Champion and crew want a special view of this main event? Dakota takes offense for Iyo with the use of “former” there. Is Kayla trying to disrespect them? Iyo will take that title back when they’re good and ready. But for now, they’re here to watch two people they can’t stand tear each other apart! Does Dakota need to remind everyone here that DMG CTRL is still the most dominant force in the WWE!? The fans boo but Dakota says the Kabuki Warriors are STILL the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, and that will not change-

WAID! Jade Cargill is here! She makes her entrance from the other skybox, with Bianca Belair alongside her! The strongEST duo argues with DMG CTRL, their own title intentions clear. But for now, it’s time for the main event! Who shines with gold here in the Steel City? We find out, after the break!

 

Cody Rhodes speaks.

The American Nightmare is in the UK as part of Raw’s tour, but he still took time to say, “What is the task? Run up the score, leave no doubt, right? Formerly, the task was ‘win the big belt, in the big place.’ We’ve done that. Now, it’s a whole new frontier for us, undiscovered country.” There’s an old expression: the title can make the man, or the man makes the title. Which will it be for Cody? He’s in London tonight, the O2, 16 THOUSAND, then it’s on to Belfast, Ireland. Cody is keeping his promise to bring this title all around the world. Back home, AJ Styles has emerged the #1 contender to this championship.

So then, it will be two Georgia boys duking it out in Lyon, France. The first time ever, at that. Styles has an unprecedented reputation in pro-wrestling. The modern day Excellence of Execution, if you will. Styles rarely misses. But the same goes for Cody. So Backlash in France, Cody looks forward to it. The contract signing is next week, even as the WWE Draft is going on! Will things be explosive when American Nightmare and Phenomenal One meet face to face?

 

WWE Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Naomi!

SmackDown returns and Bayley makes her entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and either we shine or we glow!

The bell rings, the fans rally, and the two circle. The two tie up, go around, and Bayley headlocks. Naomi powers up but Bayley wrenches to wristlock. Naomi slips through, rolls Bayley up, ONE!! The fans rally as the two go again. Naomi waistlocks, Bayley headlocks to hit a takeover, and she makes it a cover, TWO! Naomi fights up to her feet, powers up but Bayley wrenches gain. Naomi waistlocks, O’Conner Rolls, ONE! Both women get up, Naomi ducks the boot but Bayley arm-drags her around! Bayley has the cording hold, the fans rally up, and Naomi fights to her feet. Naomi whips Bayley away, but Bayley runs her over!

The fans cheer and Bayley tells DMG CTRL she’s watching them, too. Things speed up, Naomi does the splits to duck under, then she comes back to kick from below! She drags Bayley into a cradle, ONE!! Bayley hurries to step over, LA MAGISTROL! ONE!! Naomi and Bayley get up, Naomi trips Bayley to jackknife, ONE!! Ghost pin, TWO! Both women hurry up, DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! The fans rally while both women are down, evenly matched in this chess game so far. Both women rise, and Naomi SHOTGUNS first! Then she runs up, uses the ropes to slingshot and BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Naomi is frustrated but keeps her focus.

Naomi drags Bayley up, Bayley shoves her away. Naomi dodges the lariat to hit REAR VIEW! Cover, TWO!! Bayley survives but Naomi lets her know it was that close, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Bayley whips Naomi to a corner, runs in, but into a BOOT! Bayley gets up, Naomi runs up, JAWBREAKER! Bayley ends up in a corner now, Naomi runs in, and she forearm SMASHES! Naomi then runs Bayley corner to corner for a BUCKLE BULLDOG! Naomi slips out to the apron while Bayley flounders, and Naomi climbs. The fans duel as Naomi CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Bayley is tougher than that but Naomi knows that. Naomi keeps her focus while DMG CTRL, Bianca & Jade all focus on them. Naomi ROCKS Bayley, tries the ropes again, but Bayley stops the bulldog to SMACK Naomi off buckles!

Bayley then reels Naomi in, SAIDO! High stack, TWO! Naomi is still in this and Bayley remembers Naomi’s tougher than that, too. Bayley drags Naomi into a drop zone, then goes up the corner! Bayley aims, to MACHO ELBOW onto knees! Bayley writhes, Naomi goes to the apron. Bayley stands, runs up, but into a ROUNDHOUSE! Naomi slingshots, for a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Bayley survives and Naomi is stunned! Naomi refocuses, goes to the corner, and goes up to SPLIT LEG MOONSAULT onto knees! Bayley returns the favor and both women are down. Bayley shakes out the leg, stands and runs, to KNEE Naomi down!

Bayley hurries to put Naomi back in a drop zone, and then hobbles her way to a corner. Bayley climbs, to MACHO ELBOW!! Direct hit this time and Bayley covers, TWO!! Naomi survives and Bayley is frustrated. Bayley hobbles on the bad leg, leans on ropes while she catches her breath, and the fans duel even more. Bayley stalks Naomi, hooks her up, but Naomi PELES free! Naomi hurries to a corner, Bayley runs up, but Naomi goes up to sunset flip! TWO!! But into the BUTTERFLY LOCK!! Bayley endures, reaches out with her legs, but then she tucks to a cover, TWO!! Naomi gets up, both women throw forearms!

They both wobble, storm up, and Bayley eggs Naomi on. Naomi wants this, right? So hit her! Naomi fires a forearm, Bayley hits back! Naomi winds up to forearm, Bayley comes back with another! The fans fire up as the forearms go harder and faster! Bayley gets the edge, but Naomi SWATS one, to SCORPION KICK, and then JUMP KNEE! Bayley tumbles out of the ring, Naomi PLANCHAS! Direct hit and a hard one, both women are down on the floor! The ring count starts, Naomi stirs at 3 of 10. Naomi brings Bayley up, but BAYLEY2BELLY onto the desk!! The count is 7! Naomi flounders on the desk, but then TIFFANY ATTACKS BAYLEY!!!

Winner: Bayley, by disqualification (still WWE Women’s Champion)

Tiffany makes herself the center of attention as always as she ruins this main event! She dribbles Naomi off the desk, then RAMS Bayley into steel steps! Then she drags Naomi off the desk to POST her! Tiff storms back over to Bayley, puts her in the ring, then adds Naomi in, too. Tiff says sorry not sorry, but it’s Tiffy Time! Tiffy goes to the corner, for the PRETTIEST MOONSAULT EVER! Tiff flexes over both champion and challenger, having upset Bianca & Jade but having entertained DMG CTRL. But will Wrestling Barbie pay for pissing off the Role Model?


My Thoughts:

A great SmackDown that also acted as a WWE Draft go-home. Great match from Styles and Knight to open the night but also follow-up their WrestleMania match. Naturally, Styles wins because then he and Knight are 1-1 in 1v1 matches, and also natural Face VS Heel right there. Good promo from Cody Rhodes, that title match is going to be awesome. Awesome new looks for the WWE Tag Team Championships, though maybe too much gold. Nothing really pops when it’s all the same color, so they should’ve had silver on the WWE logo and the words, “Tag Team Champions,” but it’s still a great redesign.

We also got an awesome Fatal 4 Way tag match, with Theory & Waller decent on commentary. And pieces are falling into place for what I was thinking: Profits win the right to face Theory & Waller, we’ll surely get Lashley wanting the US Championship, we’ll get a good faction feud there as we approach those title matches. Also good continuation of the LWO VS Legado feud with Carlito VS Santos, and distractions of course helped Santos win. There’s gotta come a point where Carlito reveals it was him, Dragon Lee, it was him all along! Now, that would make like the third turn since the start of this rivalry (Santos to Heel, Andrade to Face and Carlito to Heel) but hey, the drama is heightened each time, and maybe Dragon Lee will actually get a win in this feud.

Great stuff in Bayley VS Naomi, as well as all the promos. DMG CTRL watching from the skybox, same as Bianca & Jade, was good stuff. The tag title match is definitely coming for Backlash, that will be great stuff. But I should’ve figured Tiffany would “ruin” the main event so that there won’t really be a choice between Bayley and Naomi. The Draft is coming, hopefully they think to keep all three on the same brand, and probably here on SmackDown, so that those three can have it out. I don’t know the chances of a Triple Threat for Backlash but it still feels possible. Though  at the same time, I don’t think they’d take the title off Bayley after only a month, so she’d probably use Tiffany against Naomi to retain.

And what wild stuff with this new, more vicious Bloodline. Solo is in a suit because he certainly thinks he is Tribal Chief already, given Roman Reigns did give him the nod as “Tribal Heir” a few months ago. And while Tama is the MFT, which everyone is already wondering what that even means, it’s clear he’s also the right hand man and a loose cannon at that. Without the Draft, it’d be pretty wild for Jimmy to come back and help Kevin against this new Bloodline. With the Draft, we could get Jey back on the same brand as his family and then he and Jimmy stand against Solo and Tama. But either way, it’ll be a wild ride in this new chapter and I’m all for it.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Andrew’s TNA iMPACT! Results & Match Ratings: 4.18.2024

Motor City Machine Guns either go out on their backs, or head to Rebellion as champs! Lets see how they finish their current run in TNA!

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No burying the lead here! The Main Event is The System versus Motor City Machine Guns, and it’s the Go Home episode before Rebellion! So we’re guaranteed a damn good tag match, and we should get either new wrinkles, or ways to keep the storylines cooking going into the Pay-per-View.

With all the rumors and innuendo about the Guns being on their way out, I think we all assume that MCMG is losing, but my inner fanboy is still excited.

Ratings:

  • Little Guido w/New FBI vs Hammerstone: Hammerstone wins via Torture Rack – SQUASH
  • LSG vs Joe Hendry: Hendry wins via Standing Ovation – SQUASH
  • Mustafa Ali & GYV vs Cody Deaner, Jake Something & Rhyno: Ali wins via 450 Splash – ** 3/4
  • Rosemary w/Havok vs Jody Threat w/Dani Luna: Rosemary wins via Spear – ***
  • Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs The System (Eddie Edwards & Brian Myers) w/Alisha Edwards: System wins via Roster Cut + Knee Party – *** 1/4

 

Results:

So we kick off the match with Josh coming out to commentary again to watch Hammerstone’s match. They really need a new way to try and keep heat without reusing the same tired gimmick of “ring side seat” to a Squash match.

Little Guido w/New FBI vs Hammerstone

Guido tries to shoot the half, but Hammerstone shrugs him off, lifts him like a child and runs him into a corner, few short shots and then just tosses him across the ring. Hammer gets a little distracted talking smack to Josh and eats a foot, but then tosses Guido with the ole Sack of Shit move and keeps working over Guido.

Hammer shoves Clayton, and provokes him to push him back right in front of the referee. She ejects them, Guido tries to take advantage but when he goes for the pinfall Hammer kicks out immediately and presses Guido out of thing through the ropes. Continues to dog walk Guido, puts the head gear on the ECW Original and then Torture Racks him while staring directly at Josh, and of course picks up the submission victory.

LSG vs Joe Hendry

Hendry cuts a little promo, mentioning the Fat Uncle Phil joke…something about shopping at the TOP Dollar Store. Solid mic work.

LSG is a damn good local talent, he’s been seen in ROH and AEW in the past (perhaps others, but that’s what comes to mind immediately for me), but we all know this is an enhancement match. A few nice chain wrestling spots early, but Hendry uses his power to stop the smaller wrestler, Sack of Shit into Standing Ovation and the match is over quickly.

Mustafa Ali & GYV vs Cody Deaner, Jake Something & Rhyno

Well okay, having Deaner ask the crowd if they wanted a 3v2 or their third member…RHYNO…is pretty much a no brainer in Philly. But at least the gimmick isn’t quite as cringe as I expected.

Jake starts with Zack Gibson and throws him around. Jake goes for the tag and Deaner asks the crowd who Jake should tag, and the crowd picks Rhyno. Rhyno Whips Gibson into a corner, Drake actually softens the impact, allowing Gibson to fire back, tag out, but Rhyno levels both GYV members and then even knocks Ali off the apron. Rhyno tries to call to the crowd to tag in Deaner and that goes over like a fart in church. He tags him in anyway, and the crowd is kinda dead and doing whatever it wants after the obvious ECW chants when Rhyno tagged in.

GYV take a couple lumps but they of course start to work over Deaner and capture some momentum. Solid tandem work from GYV, they cut off Deaner from making a tag and goad Jake a little to cause the ref to block off the babyfaces so the heels can take a few shortcuts. Cody eventually makes the tag to Rhyno, hot tag, he tries to set up the Gore but the GYV manage to stop him in his tracks and hit an Enzuigiri to daze the Man Beast, he falls to his corner and Jake tags himself in. Jake literally runs them all over, tags in Cody and Launches him from the Top Rope into Zack Gibson. Ali makes the save and Jake tries to get his hands on Ali, but the GYV keep throwing themselves at him, literally. The triple team finally gets the best of Jake, they hit 3 Dives and then post Jake, so they gather around Cody like hyenas.

They forgot about Rhyno, he’s set up for a Gore, he Gores Drake, Gibson and Ali take out Rhyno, but then Cody starts to fight back. Ali stops Deaner’s offense with an Avalanche Sunset Bomb, then hits his 450 Splash. Jake barely misses being able to break up the pin.

Rosemary w/Havok vs Jody Threat w/Dani Luna

Jody tries to start quickly with Shoulder Tackles, Lariats and Scoop Slams, and it does seem somewhat effective. Rosemary is having trouble finding offense against the intensity, but she keeps kicking out. Shotgun Dropkick finally gives Rosemary an opening, she goes into full mount and rains down strikes. Rosemary shoves Jody into a corner and Bites her in the corner. Jody tries to fight out, they go across and Rosemary catches her with the legs and puts her in the Upside Down. Splash in the corner from Rosemary, Exploder Suplex and Jody is eating a lot of offense.

Rosemary looks like she’s caught after she gets tripped up into the ropes and Jody goes for her Rope Knee into the German, but Rosemary dodges. Rosemary hits her own suplex and pulls out a beautiful Last Chancery! I haven’t seen her do that in a long time. Jody manages to fight to the ropes, Rosemary is a little slow to capitalize and eats a Pump Kick. Rosemary goes flying into the ropes, Jody hits the Double Knees into the German this time for 2, and they trade a few haymakers after that. Jody folds Rosemary with a low Lariat, Zombie rise spot a few times, Jody goes for a pinfall and Rosemary kicks out.

Havok jumps up on the apron, Dani meets her and they decide to step down, but the distraction was enough. Jody turns around and eats a Spear. Rosemary wins!

Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs The System (Eddie Edwards & Brian Myers) w/Alisha Edwards

Eddie and Shelley start off, and its a very simple slow start. Mostly an early stalemate, the typical Japanese style the TNA seem to love to employ. Starters tag out, but then Shelley with the blind tag, Sabin Baseball Slides out, picks Eddie’s ankle and sends his face bouncing off the apron, while Shelley sneaks up being Myers and they hit a tandem move before we cut to commercial. Off of the commercial it looks like Eddie and Myers regained control. But a nice Jawbreaker from Shelley sends Eddie falling back into the MCMG corner. Dragon Screws to both legs from Sabin and Shelley, and we get the Dragon Screw dissection spot for the Guns.

Myers gets sick of things, tries to get involved, but Simultaneous Figure Fours from the MCMG makes The System look silly. Alisha does the classic “push the rope forward” gimmick to assist Eddie in breaking the hold. She keeps chirping at Shelley until she finally grabs his foot. Shelley doesn’t take kindly, tries to grab her by the hair but she gets away, Shelley eats a strike and falls back to the ropes so Lish can just throttle him with the rope, Sabin walks over and acts like he’s going to PK her and the look of disgust on her face is hilarious, like “how dare he threaten to kick her”. Would I be mad is Masha decides to team with Lish and they win the Knockouts Tag titles? No, because the Knockouts Tags are trash. But I still prefer Lish as valet/manager.

Shelley starts fighting back after another commercial break, Eddie tries to cut him off, but Sabin clocks Eddie and Shelley manages to make the tag and Sabin comes in. Lights up both System members, Kick off Tornado DDT, into a Running Gamengiri. Eddie tries to counter but Shelley assists, tandem strikes, Double Baseball Slide into the classic MCMG spot 5 Hole Dive! Keeping up with the classics Shelley stacks the System members on each other and hit the Missile Dropkick/Flatliner spot. As the Guns are rolling, Sabin accidentally catches Sabin with his foot and The System take control! They hit their pieces of the System Overload spot, but Sabin kicks out. Roster Cut attempt from Myers, but Shelley is back. High Speed Dirt, Machine Gun Sandwich, but Lish grabs Shelley’s foot when they’re setting up Skull and Bones. Shelley gets dropped on the turnbuckle and thrown out, Sabin eats the Roster Cut followed up with Boston Knee Party and System retains!

Its a little weird to have had the two commercial cuts and the fact there’s still Nic Nemeth to follow. So it feels a little flat, I hope this wasn’t their swan song match, because it was nice to see some classic spots, but it was entirely too abbreviated. 

Nemeth comes out, goes into the crowd and finds a kid with a kendo stick and borrows a beer from someone, so he does a bit of a Sandman tribute. Moose cuts off his promo basically immediately. He throws out the “can’t beat the system” line again, and Nic rolls with the punches well. Moose uses a few cute analogies about Nic having a failure laden past, but Nemeth bites back and its really damn good. He says he can see it in Moose’s eyes that he thinks he’s getting in the ring with Dolph Ziggler, but no, there is no more old Dolph Ziggler, just the new Nic Nemeth. And Moose’s cool seems to be slightly shaken after those words. Good promo.

Overall Score: 6.5/10

So this was okay, if it didn’t end as strongly as it did, I would’ve rated this much lower. Two squash matches in the beginning, reusing the Josh comes out to the announce table to watch trope is boring, hell even Clayton’s shove to Hammerstone was super lame looking. The Deaner match was luke warm at best, but things picked up around the Rosemary match.

Lets also not overlook the segments with ASH & Xia, Jonathan Gresham’s whole deal and EY having to return to the violence/sickness/world class maniac, whatever you want to call it, were all great building blocks. This definitely wasn’t what I would call a strong Go Home, but it didn’t hurt things for Rebellion. The whole injury of Cardona was addressed, which honestly sounded weird since Jordynne basically said she was expecting them to have a backup plan so she has a backup plan. I don’t really like how that video package came across.

But who knows, all I know is, this wasn’t an awful episode, it just wasn’t really strong either.  Here’s to hoping Rebellion Saturday is still strong.


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