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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (11/8/22)

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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

One more time, from the top!

Controversy mired the previous NXT Women’s Tag Team title match, so Nikkita Lyons & Zoey Stark get one more shot at Katana Chance & Kayden Carter! Will this rematch clear the air once and for all?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Cameron Grimes VS Joe Gacy w/ The Schism; Gacy wins.
  • Sol Ruca VS Elektra Lopez; Lopez wins.
  • Andre Chase w/ Chase U VS Charlie Dempsey; Dempsey wins.
  • Hank Walker VS Channing Lorenzo w/ Tony D’Angelo; wins.
  • Axiom VS JD McDonagh; JD wins.
  • Five Minute Time Limit: Damon Kemp VS Brutus Creed w/ Diamond Mine; Kemp wins, by disqualification.
  • NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Kayden Carter & Katana Chance VS Zoey Stark & Nikkita Lyons; Carter & Chance win and retain the titles.

PLAY BY PLAY

Cameron Grimes VS Joe Gacy w/ The Schism!

The Carolina Caveman and Mr. Inclusion both want to get past this, but that can only happen with one final fight! Will Grimes leave Gacy behind to go #ToTheMoon? Or will he be the one buried beneath the roots of The Schism’s tree?

The bell rings and Grimes rushes in! Gacy dodges, clinches, but Grimes elbows free and KICKS Gacy around! Grimes whips Gacy to ropes but Gacy reverses. Griems hurdles, RANAS, and fans fire up! Gacy is in the corner and Grimes BOOTS him down! Grimes says Gacy let Ava Raine talk him into this. Grimes KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Gacy around! Grimes CLUBS Gacy, whips him corner to corner, but Gacy reverses to SPLASH! Gacy CLUBS Grimes, EuroUppers, then stomps Grimes down. Gacy drags Grimes up to CLUB him again! Gacy EuroUppers, snapmares and covers, TWO!

Gac stomps Grimes, whips, but Grimes CROSSBODIES! Grimes throws fast hands and then has Gacy on the ropes. Gacy boots Grimes away but Grimes elbows him! Grimes whpis, Gacy reverses, hip toss NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Gacy drags Grimes up to CLUB him and stomp him! Gacy digs his boots into Grimes’ face but the ref counts. Gacy lets off at 4, he stalks Grimes to the ropes, and he CLUBS Grimes down again. Fans rally with “Gacy Sucks!” but Gacy ROCKS Grimes. Grimes throws body shots, but Gacy ROCKS Grimes with a right! Gacy drags Grimes up to ROCK him again, and then whip to ropes.

Gacy fireman’s carries but Grimes slips off to O’Conner Roll! ONE, Gacy runs in but Grimes sidesteps to ROUNDHOUSE! Gacy falls out of the ring, Grimes goes to the apron and he PENALTY KICKS Gacy down! The Dyad and Ava go to Gacy’s side as NXT goes picture in picture.

Grimes stares Teh Schism down and dares someone to do something. Rip Fowler & Jagger Reed flank the ring, but Gacy slithers in while Grimes is distracted. Grimes still dodges to arm-drag! Grimes has the armlock and Gacy endures. Gacy fights up, throws body shots, but Grimes KICKS Gacy down! Gacy sputters at the ropes and Grimes digs his knee in! The ref counts, Grimes lets off, and the Schism coach Gacy up. Grimes whips corner to corner but Gacy reverses, Grimes hits buckles hard! Grimes falls to the mat and Gacy storms over. Gacy talks trash on Grimes, CLUBS him in the chest, then stomps him around.

Gacy pushes Grimes down, drops an elbow, then covers, TWO! Gacy seethes but he clamps onto Grimes with a chinlock. Grimes endures as Gacy thrashes him around. Gacy leans on the hold but Grimes fights up to throw body shots. Gacy HEADBUTTS Grimes! And SUPERKICKS! Gacy reels Grimes in for a BIG back suplex! Grimes writhes while Gacy and The Schism raise the peace sign. Cover, TWO! Gacy drags Grimes back up to whip him to ropes, and then Gacy CLOBBERS Grimes with an elbow! Cover, TWO! Gacy clamps back on with the chinlock and he thrashes Grimes around again.

Grimes endures, fights up, but Gacy throws him down! Gacy squeezes tight on the chinlock but Grimes still endures. Grimes fights his way back up and he JAWBREAKERS free! But Gacy kicks low to snapmare and chinlock again! NXT returns to single picture as fans boo Gacy. Gacy thrashes Grimes more, then leans on the hold to grind Grimes down. Grimes is on the mat, but fans rally up. Grimes fights up to his feet, he throws body shots, but Gacy ROCKS Grimes! Gacy whips, Grimes goes up and over, but Gacy hits the elbow BACKBREAKER! Gacy stomps away on Grimes, then CLUBS away on Grimes with forearms!

Gacy roars but fans boo, and then Gacy clamps on a CROSSFACE! Grimes endures and fans rally up again. The Schism tell Grimes he’s all alone, but Grimes has the fans! Grimes fights up, but Gacy knees low! Gacy whips and FLAPJACKS Grimes, to then DISCUS- COLLISION COURSE! Grimes snatches Gacy out of the air but both men are down as fans fire up. Fans rally with “TO THE MOON!” as Grimes gets to ropes. Rip talks trash on Grimes but Grimes stomps Rip’s hand! Gacy runs in, but into an elbow! Grimes then goes up and over in the corner, keep son moving and he rallies with big forearm shots!

Fans fire up as Grimes BOOTS Jagger off the corner! Gacy waistlocks, Grimes switches but Gacy elbows him away! Grimes ROUNDHOUSES, SUPERKICKS, and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Fans fire up and Grimes goes up top! DIVING CROSSBODY! Rip is back, Grimes DECKS him! Jagger gets up, but Grimes sends Gacy into him! POISON-RANA!! Fans are thunderous as Grimes aims from a corner! “TO! THE! MOON~!” But Gacy bails out! Fans boo but Grimes builds speed to FLY! Direct hit on Gacy & The Dyad! Fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” as Grimes puts Gacy in. Grimes climbs again, but Jagger distracts! Ava SHOVES Grimes down!

Gacy handsprings, into the UPSIDE-DOWN WORLD!! Cover, Gacy wins!!

Winner: Joe Gacy, by pinfall

Ava was the ace up the sleeve that helped The Schism take Grimes for all he had! Is this truly the end of the story between them? Or is there going to be another chapter?

 

Axiom finds Nathan Frazer backstage.

Frazer is exiting WWE Medical and the report is that he needs a few more weeks. Well, he did tear himself up pretty bad in that North American Championship Ladder Match. Yeah, when Frazer said he left it all in the ring, it’s more than a catchphrase. Axiom gets that. But Frazer will be back before we know it. Frazer sure hopes so. But JD McDonagh isn’t so sure about that. Maybe leave the medical timeline to the experts, because maybe Axiom’s one of the smarter guys around, but he knows nothing about that four letter word, “Pain.” And Frazer’s not going to admit how beat up he is! Just look at how he’s standing, and how tight those neck muscles are.

JD is pretty sure Frazer got a herniated disk, in his… C4, perhaps? Frazer doesn’t have to tell him, though. But the silver lining is that Axiom wouldn’t have done any better in the ladder match had he won the Best of 3 Series. Oh, so what JD means is, Axiom would’ve pulled a JD McDonagh. So close time and again, but always failing to walk away with the title. How about JD breaks Axiom up so he can spend some time with Frazer in medical? Well, let’s just see who spells out that four letter word. Oh, they will. The Undeniable Truth and the Necessary Evil face off later tonight, who will be the one to feel the pain of defeat?

 

Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams return to the barbershop.

CutWiz plays host to another talk, and the streets are talking, too. Of course they are! They’re always talking about Trick ‘n’ Melo. What’re they saying now? That he didn’t win the North American title back and they wonder what his next move is? Trick knows Melo doesn’t listen to that noise. Trick says they aren’t wrong, but they ain’t right. Right? Because Melo sits here without the North American title, THE title that HE put on the map! That HE made famous! That he made more relevant than THE NXT Championship? Let’s talk about it! Look, let’s be real. Not one person has pinned him for that title, and that should still be his title!

And let’s not even talk about that six day trial champion, Solo Sikoa. Trick took a nap and missed the whole thing! That’s why when Melo went 1v1 with Grimes, he did what he said and won the belt back. But they should put respect on Wes Lee’s name for a minute. He did go through hell and back to get that title. He did aight. But what he didn’t do was beat Melo. And until then, you ain’t the A Champ, you’re a paper champ. Trick says Wes is a transitional chump! Wes went after the tag titles with Bron and what happened? Nothing! But Josh the barber says they should give it up to Wes, he has the whole NXT Universe behind him.

Trick throws down his hat. What the hell, Josh? Josh is just speaking facts, man. Well, alright, yes, Wes has the fans behind him. But what happens when it’s Wes VS Melo 1v1? Where are the fans then? Exactly! Wes is smooth, a good tag guy, but until you beat Melo 1-2-3 you are not “him.” Wes a crybaby! They took his head off with the locker! It’ll be a short reign. He was taken out after the fan vote for a reason. Now imagine when it’s all for the title. But how long is Melo going to wait? How about this, Mr. Barber? Two weeks, tops! And besides, the title looks better on the Trick Melo Gang anyway.

Melo says this is what we do: next week is the contract signing to make it official. Melo and Wes will be across the ring from each other, and they will handle it like Melo knows how to do, we already know the outcome. That’s all it is, and that’s all it’s ever gonna be. But will Melo return to being The A Champion when he goes up against the Must-See Kid?

 

The lights go out in the arena!

No, it isn’t the weather problems. It’s SCRYPTS! “My name is written on the walls. My voice sounds through the halls. And soon, I’ll be in NXT to watch the whole thing fall. Pain is truly among thee. Imagine what will happen, has happened, because it was always meant to be. Sincerely, SCRYPTS.” Just what will happen when SCRYPTS finally shows themselves in NXT?

 

Sol Ruca VS Elektra Lopez!

The Surfer Girl wiped out last time against Indi Hartwell, but she’s getting back up on the board. Will she ride a new wave of momentum? Or will La Madrina finally get what she wants now that she’s her own boss?

The bell rings, the two tie up, and they go around. Sol gets away but Lopez knees her low! Lopez throws Sol down, but Sol gets up to kick and throw Lopez by her hair! Lopez complains, Sol blocks her kick and then SLAPS and SLAPS! Sol whips, Lopez reverses and hip tosses, but Sol handsprings through to FACEBUSTER! Lopez bails out but Sol pursues, only for Lopez to CLOBBER her! Lopez puts Solo in the ring, covers, TWO! Lopez drops a knee right to Sol’s head! Cover, TWO! Lopez clamps onto Solo and CLUBS her down! Sol throws body shots but Lopez BOOTS her down! Lopez whips Sol into a corner, then reels her out for a short arm LARIAT!

Lopez jams a knee in, KICKS Sol down then drops an ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Lopez is frustrated but she chinlocks and thrashes Sol around. Fans rally, Sol endures and fights up, but Lopez hits a leg sweep! Lopez keeps on the chinlock but the fans continue to rally. Sol fights up again, shoots and rolls Lopez, TWO! Sol schoolgirls, ONE, but Sol LARIATS! And LARIATS! And DROPKICKS! Lopez staggers, Sol whips but Lopez reverses. Sol barrels through then runs Lopez over! Sol roars, handsprings and SPLASHES in the corner! Fans fire up as Sol goes up, but Lopez THROWS her off the top! And then DOUBLE HAND SLAM! Bridging cover, Lopez wins!

Winner: Elektra Lopez, by pinfall

That may not be an upset, but that was still an Elektric Shock from Lopez! La Madrina is back, but will she reach the top?

INDI ATTACKS! Indi and Lopez brawl at the ramp, referees rush out to stop this but that’s not so easy! Fans fire up, will Indi get some payback on Lopez in the near future?

 

Chase U prepares backstage.

Andre Chase is the one in the match tonight, but he’s reviewing term papers while Thea Hail is the one working up a sweat. Thea tells Mr. Chase that last week, Charlie Dempsey showed how much of a coward he was when he attacked from behind! If Mr. Chase doesn’t get him, Thea will! Let her at him! Duke Hudson says that when Chase sent him to the back last week, that… WAS A TEACHABLE MOMENT! Duke learned that they only win and lose between the ropes. So tonight, Duke wants to be ringside to support Chase, and only that, as Chase upholds the honor of the university “against that besmirching Charlie Dempsey!”

Chase gives Duke permission to let it all out! Duke is just saying, but when Dempsey attacked Chase last week, he attacked all of Chase U! He spat on the faces of anyone who has ever proudly worn this U on their chests! Thea says, “Tell him, Duke! TELL HIM!” Duke says Chase has beaten Charlie before, and he’ll do it again! Damn right! And it’ll be right now! DAMN RIGHT! Chase is gonna give that S O B a Chase U sized ass whooping! Duke, get the flag! Hands in! Chase U on three. One, two, three, CHASE U!! Let’s go get him!!

 

Jacy Jayne FaceTimes Mandy Rose.

Hey, girl~! Jacy just let the mall, and normally, that puts her in a good mood, but $4K later, and she’s still nervous about going to the NXT arena because of “Ms. Bonfire Jones,” Alba Fyre. Mandy says if Jacy is nervous, just don’t go. But Gigi Dolin has three cracked ribs from taking that Gory Bomb through the table last week! And Fyre did say… Yes, she’s a psycho. For all anyone knows, Fyre is standing outside the locker room. Probably. But she can wait all night for all Jacy cares. Mandy says Jacy can just hang with her at her place. Jacy says that’s a good idea, but then wait, sirens and lights? A mall cop…

What? What’s Jacy even doing? Who knows. Maybe this real-life Paul Blart wants an autograph. Or her number, heh. Ew, not even in this guy’s creepiest little dreams. But wait, it’s not a mall cop! IT’S ALBA FYRE!! She drags Jacy out of her car to beat her down! And then Fyre gets on the call! “Hi, Mandy~. I told you one by one, I was gonna take all of you out. Last week, I took out Gigi. This week, heh, I took out Jacy Jayne. And next week, I’m taking your title, and I’ll be the last woman standing. See you then.” Mandy hangs up, but how will she deal with this fierce ultimatum?

 

Andre Chase w/ Chase U VS Charlie Dempsey!

The Professor wasn’t expecting a blindside payback from the Son of the Gentleman Villain, as it wasn’t very gentlemanly. But will this be a #TeachableMoment that you don’t ambush Andre Chase? Or will Chase learn a little something about revenge being a dish served cold?

The bell rings, the two tie right up, and Dempsey wrenches and wristlocks. Chase returns the wrench and wristlock, but Dempsey breaks free to cravat and snapmare. Chase gest up but Dempsey runs him over. Things speed up, Chase hurdles and monkey flips Dempsey! Dempsey stagger sup, and Chase clotheslines Dempsey up and out! Duke keeps Thea from going right at Dempsey, but Chase goes out to kick and CHOP Dempsey! Chase bumps Dempsey off the apron, puts him in the ring, and brings him up to facelock. Dempsey pries at the hold but Chase clamps it back on. Chase rolls Dempsey but Dempsey stands up.

Dempsey NORTHERN LIGHTS! But Chase holds the facelock! Dempsey slips around to DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Chase endures, the student section fires up, and Chase moves around! Dempsey gets the hold locked in but Chase cradles! TWO, and Chase JABS! JABS! And POLISH HAMMERS! Chase brings Dempsey up, atomic drops, and then whips, only for Dempsey to revere. Chase reverses back to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Fans fire up as Chase stomps and spells it out! C! H! A! S! E! U! “What does that spell?!” “CHASE U!!” But Dempsey fights the urenage! Chase slips around to full nelson but Dempsey breaks that to ankle pick, and ANKLE LOCK!!

Chase endures, crawls forward, and both Thea and Duke are there to cheer him on! Chase crawls but Dempsey creeps up to CLUB Chase down! Duke pushes the rope forward but Chase tells him no! The ref sees it, too, and he makes Duke stop! Duke is frustrated, but he has to do things Chase’s way. Thea swings the rally towel, but Dempsey puts Chase into a modified STF! Duke snatches the towel from Thea! He THROWS IN THE TOWEL!! The bell rings, Dempsey wins!!

Winner: Charlie Dempsey, by forfeit

Chase is let go, and he asks what just happened! Duke quit for Chase, and he apologizes. Dempsey gets the win because of it, but was he going to win it anyway? Did Duke teach everyone else that you gotta know when to hold ’em, and know when to fold ’em?

 

Backstage interview with Indi Hartwell.

McKenzie wants to talk about earlier, and Indi says, “Impressive, right?” What we saw was Indi figuring out just how this place really works. As in, NXT? YES. Elektra had that coming because Indi didn’t forget what Elektra did to her. Elektra made her return to NXT by going after Indi to prove a point. But NO ONE is going to prove a point on Indi. Sol Ruca? Sure, knock yourself out. But NOT on Indi! You have to take what you want, or else it won’t happen. Indi is locked in! People like to say they bet on themselves, so Indi’s putting it all on herself! Will #IndiWrestling not let Lopez do what she wants if it means pushing her aside?

 

Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen hang out at Fallon Henley’s bar.

They have a couple cold ones and talk football. But look who just walked in. Brooks’ eyes widen as he sees Kiana James and her assistant, Gia, walk up. Kiana says this property has promise, and Gia agrees. Briggs tells Jensen to get his eyes up! Briggs welcomes them and Fallon offers a drink. This isn’t about a drink, this is about business. As in, the proposal Kiana served them last week. Jensen says they can talk business right here, with him. Man, be smoother than that! He’s trying…! Fallon reminds them she said no. Well Kiana isn’t really taking no for an answer. Jensen says he’ll say yes, ma’am! Sigh…

Kiana says she sees potential in this place, and has offered far more than what it’s worth. What’s the hold up? Listen, Kiana. It’s a really nice offer, it really is, but she’s not interested. There are too many memories here, so Fallon ain’t selling. Jensen thinks Fallon should take the money but Briggs tells him that Fallon has principles. This isn’t about making a quick buck. So the most money any of them have ever seen in their entire lives is just a quick buck? Wait, how much is it? JENSEN! Fallon says she used to sit here cracking peanuts with her grandpa. Her uncle taught her how to play pool here, and she and her dad would play darts here every Thursday night.

The Henleys may not be rich by any means, but this bar has been in the family her entire life. And Kiana will build an apartment complex the family can live in the rest of their lives. She will make her best and final offer. Fallon says save it, it’s a no. Go build the apartment complex someone else. Fine, the Henleys can continue to live their miserable lives working month to month, land rich and money poor. Their loss. Then get out! Both of you! Hell yeah, hit the bricks! Briggs is Team Fallon, and so is Jensen, but will Kiana find a way to get her way?

 

Hank Walker VS Channing Lorenzo w/ Tony D’Angelo!

Security guard turned prospect turned NXT superstar is back in action, ready to keep this dream-come-true alive! But will he find the odds stacked against him? Or will he shock even The Don with this one?

The bell rings, fans rally for Hank, but Stacks throws hands! Hank ROCKS Stacks, stacks ROCKS Hank! Stacks fires off in the corner, digs his forearms in, but he lets off at 4. Stacks argues with the ref, but Hanks puts Stack sin the corner! Hanks throws hands, then he THROWS Stacks! Fans fire up and Hanks storms up to whip Stacks corner to corner. Stacks goes up and over then UPPERCUTS Hanks! Stacks headlocks, Hanks puts him in the ropes but Stacks holds on. Hank powers up and out and they RAM shoulders! Stacks staggers, Hank dusts himself off, then he shoves Stacks outta the ring!

Fans fire up but Tony is upset. The ring count climbs, Stacks hurries to the apron but Hank is there. But Stacks HOTSHOTS Hank away! Stacks then BOOTS Hank, storms up and CLUBS him. Stacks EuroUppers, then drop toeholds Hanks down! Stacks CHOP BLOCKS, then he hammers away with elbows! Stacks taunts Hank and the fans, but fans rally up. Stacks brings Hank up, throws a knee, and then another! Tony says Hank’s got nothing! Stacks KNEES Hank again, covers, TWO!! Hank is hanging tough but Stacks drags him up. Stacks slaps Hank around, but Hank blocks a kick! Hank shakes his head, and he LARIATS Stacks down!

Fans fire up as Hanks hits a THESZ PRESS! Hank rains down hands and he fires up! Fans rally as Hanks runs, into a BOOT! Stacks runs, into a POUNCE! Off comes Hank’s shirt! Fans fire up and Hanks runs in to SPLASH! Hank whips Stacks corner to corner to SPLASH again! Hank YANKS Stacks right up, for a SLAM! Hank snarls, he hoists Stacks up, but Stacks SLAPs him! Hank glares at Stacks, he pushes him in the corner, but Stacks thumbs the eye! Roll-up, TWO!! Hank escapes, Stacks runs to KNEE Hank down! Cover, Stack wins!

Winner: Channing Lorenzo, by pinfall

Tony says, “That’s what I’m talking about!” The Don is pleased with his right hand man for pulling it out, but will Stacks have to fight even harder if he’s struggling with Hank Walker?

 

Grayson Waller walks in backstage.

“Attention, all you beautiful Grayson Waller fans, and all you mindless, dense, half-wit simpleton NON Grayson Waller fans. Don’t even bother changing the channel, there’s nothing bigger than what I’ve got going on right now. Log onto Instagram, start sending your questions, cuz Bron Breakker, Von Wagner, and my show, the Grayson Waller Effect, next!” What will the 21st Century Success Story have in store for the NXT Champion and his next challenger? We’ll find out, after the break.

 

NXT presents an all new Grayson Waller Effect.

Waller is already in the ring and fans are already booing. “Welcome to the Grayson Waller Effect. Once again, all eyes on me, so let’s get that GWE TV camera right on me because I’m looking good, ladies and gentlemen.” Waller is live on IG, or maybe R-Truth is watching. How is he doing? At home recuperating after Waller whooped his ass? Maybe Lil’ Jimmy can get Truth a soda. Regardless, Waller is bringing us can’t miss TV! Next week, two titans fight for the top title, so let’s bring them out! First, the challenger, big bad Von Wagner! Vicious Von makes his way out, with Mr. Robert Stone by his side, and they go right to the ring.

And of course, the champion, bark it up for Bron Breakker! Fans do bark as Bron makes his way out, wearing a very Dog Faced Gremlin leather jacket. Bron joins everyone at the table, and Grayson welcomes them both. The chat’s going off so let’s get to it. Here’s a comment on screen. “Carmelo Hayes is stuck in the North American title division, but Von Wagner gets the NXT title match against Bron Breakker?” Waller has noticed more like this, and it seems the NXT fans don’t feel Von is deserving of this match. They think Melo does. Many think Waller does! Fans boo because that’s not true. But how does Von feel knowing the fans don’t think he deserves this match?

“Wow. Breaking news: more people don’t like Von Wagner. Hey, Waller, who said that stupid comment?” The username seems to be- Von just goes with “Joe Blow.” Joe must be in charge of NXT now. Stone, how about that? Stone says to be real. the fans never gave Von a chance. And why would they? They’re jealous of him! Von is a once in a generation kind of athlete! Von doesn’t expect fans to like him, but he isn’t here to be popular or a fan favorite. These fans can piss and moan all they want online, but Von is here for one thing and one thing only: the title. Von left Bron laying last week. And nothing’s gonna change next week.

Bron says Von shouldn’t get ahead of himself. He’s powerful and dangerous, sure, but- Stone stops Bron to say that Von is actually more powerful and more dangerous than anyone Bron’s ever faced. And to up that a bit, Stone even puts Bron on that list. Bron says he won’t disagree. Stats side by side, this looks like an even match-up. But how about Von tries that crap from last week here this week face to face, instead of from behind? Waller has them hold on. There’s a comment here that Waller wants Bron to see. “I’m ready to see ANYONE beat Bron Breakker!” Waller laughs and some fans do cheer, they can’t disagree.

And if not Von, then Waller can think of someone way more handsome that could take the title. But that’s a story for another time, “Mr. Intensity.” But under all that muscle, Waller knows Bron has a heart. How does that comment make him feel? Bron doesn’t dislike the fans, he understands where they’re coming from. NXT is about the future, about finding the next big thing. Last year, that was Bron. Bron was the up-and-comer. Now, he’s the champion and he has had the honor of learning from guys like Ciampa and Gargano, guys who said that if you want something in this business, you gotta go out and #DoItYourself! Fans do cheer that.

Bron says this title that Von wants so bad has a title that goes back a long way. Seth Rollins, Shinsuke Nakamura, Kevin Owens, all those guys were in the exact spot Bron is in now. Everyone in that locker room wants a shot. Hell, Von’s getting his next week. JD’s still breathing down Bron’s neck. Apollo Crews wants a shot. Oh, and Bron just said his name, so Apollo must be happy. But y’know what? The one thing that Von and all of them have in common is that no one is taking this title from Bron! Von says he will. Easier said than done. Von wants Bron to look at him when he’s talking. Stone adds Bron is a nervous champion, but Von tells even him to shut up!

Von says he IS dangerous! The first time Von stepped in the building, he got a title shot! It took Ciampa, Dunne AND LA Knight to stop him! Next week, it’s just Bron and Von, and Von’s gonna ragdoll Bron all over the ring! Bron may be second generation but so is Von! Von just didn’t exploit his to get his foot in the door, and he damn sure didn’t use it to get any stroke in this building. And Von won’t even need it next week to rip the title off Bron’s shoulder! Oh yeah? Then come try it right now! Grayson gets back to vlog this, and Bron stares down with Von. Stone says to leave it for next week. But then Bron SMACKS Stone off the table! Von and Bron stare down, but who will blink first (so to speak)?

 

Backstage interview with Wes Lee.

McKenzie says it has been a rollercoaster of emotions for him. From winning the North American Championship at Halloween Havoc to almost becoming a Double Champion last week, if not for Carmelo Hayes getting involved. Wes says he can’t lie, being a Champ Champ is historic stuff, but he’s not going to cry over that. Wes heard what Melo said in his barbershop, and he’s right. Wes didn’t pin Melo for the title, and Melo’s made this title THE title in the process. But Wes’s career was supposed to be done back in April, and he’s still here. The tag wrestler who was never supposed to hold gold is here as the North American Champion!

And in two weeks, Wes goes 1v1 with Melo, “the man who has been untouchable for over a year.” But somehow, someway, Wes will make Melo miss. They’ll sign the paperwork, make it official, and no matter what Melo brings to the table, he will not throw Wes off. Wes will roll like butter that you get once in a career, and not even Melo can stop him. You feel him? McKenzie says yes she does. Will Wes prove to Melo that in the end, Wes IS worthy to be champion?

 

Cora Jade speaks.

“Wendy Choo… Last week, you got involved in something that had absolutely nothing to do with you. Eavesdropping on other people’s business. Hell, you got all up in mine. And then you made the save for someone you probably don’t even know. Wendy, you don’t have a hero complex, you got a friend complex. And how do I know so much in intimate little detail? I don’t know you, I don’t wanna know you, but the fact is that you reek of desperation. Not desperate in the ring, we already know you can go. But desperate to be liked, to be accepted.

“You were the girl who sits alone at the lunch table, who sits by her phone ever Friday night, just hoping and praying that you would get a text to come hang out with one of the popular girls. But Wendy, you and I both know, that text never came. Wendy, you need to accept the fact that, no matter how hard you try, you will never be ‘in.’ As a matter of fact, you will always be on the outside looking in. So the next time you wanna make a friend at my expense, think twice about it.” Generation Jade puts the Queen of Comfy on notice, but will that only motivate Wendy to whoop Cora even more?

 

Apollo Crews speaks.

He tweeted out a video to show he was halfway across the world in Lagos, Nigeria, helping the WWE in their search for the next African superstars. There is a lot of talent here that could easily be the one. But when it comes to the search for the next NXT Champion, don’t look any further. Look deep into Apollo’s eyes, but don’t get lost, Bron! Because your next NXT Champion is right here. Will Apollo be right up after Von to take on Bron?

 

Axiom VS JD McDonagh!

Speaking of friends, the Undeniable Truth stood up for one of his friends, and is looking to take the fight to someone who doesn’t respect anyone anywhere. But will Axiom have the winning formula? Or will Axiom learn why no one bets against the Irish Ace?

The bell rings and JD circles with Axiom. They feel things out, tie up, and JD headlocks. Axiom powers out, JD runs him over! JD hits a headlock takeover but Axiom headscissors back! JD kips free but Axiom turns the tables with a headlock takeover of his own! JD headscissors, and he holds on tight as Axiom tries to kip free! Fans cheer the technical exchange, and Axiom moves around, Axiom headstands, turns JD over, and pops out to have the legs tied up. Axiom then grabs at the arms, and he shifts to a CATTLE MUTILATION! JD turns over but now it’s a motorcycle stretch. Fans rally, JD stands up and he flips through to then kangaroo kick!

JD whips, Axiom reverses and backslides, TWO! JD swings but misses, and Axiom O’Conner Rolls! TWO, Axiom returns but JD just avoids the enziguri! Axiom stares JD down and the two reset. JD calls for knuckle locks and Axiom obliges. But JD kicks low! Fans boo as JD knuckle locks and sweeps the legs. Cover, TWO as Axiom gets an arm up. JD puts it down, TWO as Axiom gets the other arm up. JD pushes that down, TWO as Axiom bridges! Fans applaud and Axiom stops JD’s jump to go up and over! But JD uses that to bring Axiom into the Gory Especial! JD bends the arms back but Axiom endures!

JD bends Axiom’s back, but still Axiom endures! Fans rally, JD makes this a backslide, TWO as Axiom gets a shoulder up! JD forces the shoulder down, TWO as Axiom gets the other shoulder up! JD pushes Axiom back down, TWO as Axiom bridges his neck! Fans fire up and Axiom sits up with core strength to sunset flip! TWO! JD swings, Axiom dodges to springboard arm-drag! JD gets up but into a DROPKICK! JD flops out of the ring, hurries back up, but Axiom GAMANGIRIS him right back down! JD is furious, Axiom and the fans are fired up, and NXT goes to break!

NXT returns and JD has Axiom down with a single leg deathlock. Axiom endures and fans boo as JD keeps the pressure on by sitting back. Fans rally, JD lets off on Axiom, but then he stands on the bad leg. JD lifts the leg, but Axiom uses that to get up and PELE! JD wobbles and falls over and fans fire back up! Axiom hobbles, JD stands, and Axiom CHOPS! JD ROCKS! Axiom CHOPS, ROCKS, CHOPS, repeat! Axiom whips and DROPKICKS! Fans fire up while JD flounders out of the ring! Axiom shakes out the bad leg, and he builds speed to the corner to go up and up and TRIANGLE MOONSAULT! Direct hit at the ramp and fans are fired up!

Axiom clutches his bad leg but fans rally for “NXT! NXT!” The ring count starts while both men are down. JD crawls away, Axiom forces himself to get up, and Axiom hobbles for the ring. The count is 7, then 8! Axiom slides in at 9 while JD fumbles, but JD springs in at 9.9! Fans rally up as Axiom stands, and JD KICKS the leg out! JD snarls, Axiom stands up, and JD KICKS the leg out again! Axiom staggers up again, and JD CHOP BLOCKS the leg! Fans boo but JD stalks Axiom to a corner. JD runs in, but Axiom goes up and Arabian Presses into a SLEEPER!! But JD flails and gets the ROPEBREAK!

Axiom lets go in frustration but he has the fans rallying behind him. Axiom drags JD up, runs, but JD drop toeholds! Down goes Axiom, and JD grabs the leg! Axiom BOOTS JD from below! And again! And again! But JD grabs that leg for the BOSTON CRAB! Axiom endures, crawls, fans fans rally as he reaches out! Axiom gets the ROPEBREAK! JD lets go in frustration now, and he brings Axiom up. JD ROCKS Axiom with a forearm! Axiom comes back to ROCK JD! JD ROCKS Axiom again, but Axiom fires off forearms! JD hits back, Axiom gives four! And a HAYMAKER! JD wobbles, swings, but into a waistlock!

JD bucks the O’Conner Roll, but Axiom kips up! But the leg holds him back! JD HEADBUTTS Axiom down!! JD drags himself to a corner and he climbs up top! MOONSAULT into a TRIANGLE HOLD!! JD flails, Axiom throws hands! The fans rally but JD powers up to deadlift and POWER- RANA!! Cover, TWO!! JD survives but Axiom PENALTY KICKS! Cover, TWO!! JD is still in this and “This is Awesome!” Axiom fires up and he goes to a corner. Axiom aims at JD as he rises. Axiom rushes in, but the leg holds him back! JD kicks the bad leg, ripcord, SLEEPER!! Axiom has JD caught again!!

JD pries at the hold, at the body scissors, and he stands, but into an ARMBAR!! JD clasps hands, rolls around, slips around and has a leg! JD CLUBS Axiom, bends the leg against itself, and the ref stops JD! Axiom’s leg may have just snapped apart! This seems eerily familiar, but Axiom says don’t stop it here! The ref stops JD all the same, and the medics check Axiom. Fans rally for Axiom, and Axiom refuses to quit, but the leg is NOT good! The ref calls it!

Winner: JD McDonagh, by referee stoppage

The Irish Ace promised to break Axiom, and he may just have! From Ilja Dragunov last week to Axiom this week, is JD going to do more than the necessary evil to get his way? JD gets the mic to say, “You see that right there? You see what that is? That’s a severe strain, not a tear, because I’m a nice guy! You know when I’m not a nice guy? When that necessary evil has to come out? When someone steps in between me and the NXT title. You don’t believe me, ask Ilja Dragunov! He’s still in the hospital three weeks later. This is a message to the rest of the roster back there. Any man back there, I am begging you, please someone get on my level! Someone test me! I’m looking at you, Apollo.”

The Irish Ace has called out Crews, but will he not like what Apollo brings to that fight? Or will JD just add Apollo to the list of those he’s torn apart to clear a path to the top title?

 

BIG news for next week!

Shawn Michaels himself will issue a statement about the final NXT special of 2022, NXT Deadline! What will the Heartbreak Kid have to say about what’s coming?

 

Five Minute Time Limit: Damon Kemp VS Brutus Creed w/ Diamond Mine!

The Golden Gopher doesn’t care that Julius Creed beat him and put him in an ambulance, he says that was all luck. But he’s looking to put #BigBrute through five minutes of hell! Will Kemp finally prove he is better than Brutus? Or will #BRUTUSSMASH and put Kemp behind him?

Speaking of smash, Brutus goes after Kemp right at the ramp! Brutus CLUBS away on Kemp, RAMS him into barriers, and fans fire up as Brutus throws Kemp into the ring. The bell rings, the five minutes begin, and Kemp RAMS Brutus into the corner! And again! And again! But Brutus DOUBLE CLUBS Kemp down! Brutus ROCKS Kemp, stalks him to a corner, and Brutus fires off big haymakers from all sides! The ref counts, Brutus lets off at 4, and then he clinches to hit an EXPLODER! Kemp flounders away but Brutus runs in to BLAST him off the apron! Kemp hits the barriers and Ivy Nile is there to talk some trash!

Brutus goes out to drag Kemp up, RAM him into steel steps, and Kemp tumbles over! Kemp clutches his leg, Brutus climbs up to roar, and fans rally with “BRUTUS SMASH!” Brutus goes after Kemp, but Kemp gets in the ring. Brutus grabs at the legs but Kemp kicks him! Brutus doesn’t let go and he yanks Kemp right out! Brutus smacks Kemp off the desk! And again! Brutus puts Kemp in and stalks Kemp. Kemp kicks the legs out! Kemp CLUBS Brutus down, POSTS Brutus, and then goes out as we approach three minutes left. Kemp grabs a chair from the timekeeper’s, and we know what he’s done with a chair before!

The ref tells Kemp no, that’ll be a disqualification. But Brutus SWATS the chair away! And he CLOBBERS Kemp! And CLOBBERS! And he SMASHES! Then SENTONS! And SENTONS again! Fans fire up with Brutus, and he grabs the chair! The ref tells Brutus no, there’s still two minutes left. Brutus says to hell with it! CHAIR SHOT!!

Winner: Damon Kemp, by pinfall

Brutus SMACKS Kemp again! That’s far from the ten Kemp gave Brutus, but Brutus let him win the match. Brutus drags Kemp up and says he’s a better man than Kemp! Fans cheer, and Brutus steps on the chair. That makes Brutus think, and fans chant “ONE MORE TIME!” Brutus says sure, and he SMACKS Kemp again! That’s three enough for Big Brute, will he and Julius finally move on to get Diamond Mine back on track?

Oh, speaking of moving on, Veer & Sanga are watching from the perch! Is Indus Sher what’s next for the Creed Brothers?

 

Another message from the mysterious man.

“I’ve wiped the slate clean for a fresh start, and left the past where it should be left. Understand that power doesn’t come from a title or position, it comes from getting the entire world to cooperate and play by your rules. The ones who are forthcoming get a pass. But the ones who don’t will be brought to justice. MY form of justice.” Who will this man deem guilty and in need of judgment?

 

Roxanne Perez finds Indi Hartwell backstage.

Roxie asks if everything is okay, and Indi says yeah, she’s good. Well, it just seems that Indi’s a bit different lately. Roxie tells Indi that if something is going on, she can tell her. Oh, as soon as Indi starts focusing on herself, something’s different? Did Roxie not learn anything after everything that happened between her and Cora? But Indi’s not Cora. Yeah, but there’s no friends in this business! Their biggest downfall is thinking they can become champions while having soft spots and benefits-of-the-doubt for everyone else. It’ll never work that way. This conversation proves it. Indi snubs Roxie, will Roxie have to learn things the hard way?

 

NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Kayden Carter & Katana Chance VS Zoey Stark & Nikkita Lyons!

Referee oversight created controversy a few weeks ago, but everyone will have to be on their toes this time around. Will KC Squared still come out on top? Or will the young and hungry team finally feast on gold?

NXT returns and the champs make their entrance. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if things go the challengers’ way the second time around.

The teams sort out and Stark starts against Katana. They tie up, Stark gets the arm and wrenches. She wristlocks, tags Lyons, and Lyons KICKS the arm! Lyons wrenches the arm, straight arm levers Chance, then drops her! Lyons wrenches the arm again, tags Stark back in, and Stark AX HANDLES the arm! Stark wrenches, whips, but Chance springboards to go up and over! Chance drop toeholds, headlocks, but Stark fights up. Stark powers out, Chance ends up in a corner but dodges, then comes back. Stark throws Chance up but Carter is there to throw her back! MONKEY FLIP! But Stark handsprings through!

Stark grins, but Chance tilt-o-whirls and whirls and RANAS! Fans fire up, Chance tags Carter, and Carter trips Stark for Chance’s cartwheel SPALSH! Carter covers, TWO! Carter keeps on Stark with a headlock but Stark fights up. Stark powers out, Carter ducks but Stark drops, only for Carter to handspring over her. Carter comes back, into a DROPKICK! Stark wrenches Carter, tags Lyons, and Lyons KNEES Carter low! Lyons hip attacks Carter into Stark’s LARIAT! Lyons covers, TWO! Lyons clamps onto Carter but Carter breaks free. Both women fire off shots but block in return, Carter ducks the heel kick to block the roundhouse!

But Lyons rolls to throw Carter down! Lyons clamps onto an arm and grinds the shoulder. Carter endures, fights up, but Lyons wrenches more. The fans rally, Carter endures, but Lyons whips her to a corner! Then out to whip her back in! And then she scoops! Chance rushes in but Stark intercepts her! Stark scoops Chance, the challengers both SLAM the champs! But then the champs both KANGAROO KICK! Stark runs back in but Chance sends her out HARD! Lyons runs but KC Squared duck the double lariats! Chance sets up, Carter jumps off her, SHOTGUN IN MOTION! Lyons bails out, Carter goes out and dodges the sweep to SUPERKICK!

Carter leaps, but Lyons catches her! Chance WRECKS Lyons with a dropkick! Stark returns, Chance slingshots and RANAS! Fans fire up with KC Squared and they regroup in the ring as NXT goes picture in picture!

Chance & Carter talk strategy, then Chance tags in. She puts Lyons in, brings her over, and Carter hooks Lyons up in the ropes. Chance runs side to side to SHOTGUN Lyons in the chest! Tag to Carter and she snapmares Lyons for a cover, TWO! Carter keeps on Lyons with a facelock but Lyons fights up. Lyons pushes Carter away but Carter reels her in to bump off buckles! Tag to Chance, she RAMS into Lyons and traps her in the corner, Carter runs in to DROPKICK Lyons! Chance then snapmares to a cover, TWO! Chance smirks and drags Lyons up with a facelock. Lyons TOSSES Chance away, hot tag to Stark!

Stark drags Chance up and facelocks, but Chance fights the suplex. Stark keeps trying, but Chance gets a cradle! TWO!! Stark kicks Chance low, and she bumps Chance off buckles. Stark snapmares Chance and clamps on a chinlock. Chance endures as Stark leans on the hold. Chance fights up, throws body shots and whips Stark away, but Stark CLOBBERS Chance on the return! Stark keeps moving, things speed up, and Stark YANKS Chance out of the air! Cover, TWO! Stark keeps on Chance with a STRETCH MUFFLER! Chance endures, NXT returns to single picture, and fans rally up.

Chance pries at Stark’s hands, but Stark stands to have Chance hanging! But Chance sits up, sunset flips, TWO! Chance rushes in, into a scoop! Chance slips off, shoves Stark, then slides under! Hot tag to Carter! The spitfire rallies on Stark, DECKS Lyons, and fires off on Stark! Stark shoves her away but Carter returns to victory roll and SUPERKICK! Fans fire up,. Carter keeps moving, and she BOOT WASHES Stark at the ropes! Stark flops out, Chance gives Carter a hand to go up and up and CROSSBODY! Down goes Stark, but then Chance takes aim! PLANCHA and down goes Lyons!

Fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” as Chance & Carter regroup. Carter stands up, she brings Stark up and in, and Carter hurries to tag Chance back in. Chance goes up, Carter brings Stark around, but Stark resists the turn. So instead, Carter lifts Stark and Chance leaps, FLAPJACK COMPLETE SHOT COMBO! Cover, TWO!! Stark survives that unique move but Chance drags Stark up. Fans rally, Chance runs, but Stark blocks the wheelbarrow into a BIG back suplex! Stark crawls over, hot tag to Lyons! Lyons DECKS Carter and drags Chance up! Lyons TOSSES Chance to a corner, runs in, but Chance dodges!

Lyons bounces off buckles, Chance goes up, CROSSBODY! But Lyons rolls through! Fans fire up and Lyons roars, swinging TOSS! Tag back to Stark and she hauls Chance up, HALF ‘N’ HALF! Stark roars now, and hits a ROLLING KICK! Cover, Lyons stops Carter, but TWO!! Chance survives on her own, and Carter ROCKS Lyons! Carter dodges Lyons’ return shot to DROPKICK! They’re both down outside while Stark goes up top! 450, but Stark has to bail out as Chance moves! Stark ends up in the other corner, Chance runs in, but Stark alley-oops her to the corner! Chance comes back, but Stark blocks DDT to suplex, STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE from Chance!! Cover, Lyons breaks it!!

Fans fire up but Carter rushes in! Carter ROCKS Lyons but Lyons BOOTS Carter! Carter returns to DROPKICK Lyons! Fans fire up as all four women are down! Stark sits up while fans rally for “NXT! NXT!” Stark drags herself over to drag Chance up. Stark ROCKS Chance, but Chance ROCKS Stark! Stark rushes in but Chance moves, and Stark almost runs into Lyons! They cool off, Lyons says it’s alright, and then she moves Stark out of the way to take the DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Lyons saves Starks, Starks is shocked, but she DECKS Chance! And SUPERKICKS Carter! Stark kicks Chance, back suplexes, but Chance lands on her feet!

Chance tilt-o-whirl DDTs!! Tag to Carter and Chance climbs up! Carter turns Stark, HIGHLIGHT REEL!! Cover, KC Squared win!

Winners: Kayden Carter & Katana Chance, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions)

In the end, there was no controversy, and the titles stay with Kayden & Katana! But out of respect, Stark & Lyons hand the belts over to KC Squared. But then Stark CLOBBERS Lyons with one of those belts!! And then she swings on the champs! Kayden & Katana get away but fans boo as Starks shouts at Lyons, “You ruined everything!!” Stark runs to SLIDING KNEE Lyons down!! Fans boo as Stark snatches the belt back up, and then throws it at Carter. Fans sing, “Oh~ Zoey is angry~!” Stark says she sure is angry! She blames Lyons for the losses, but should she look in the mirror instead?


My Thoughts:

A really good episode for NXT, though perhaps with some spinning of wheels to stretch things until NXT Deadline in a month. Though that said, we’re getting two big title matches next week. The Grayson Waller Effect as a series hasn’t been the best, but that might not all be on Waller. Waller’s charismatic, he’s really going for it since this is meant to be his show, but there’s nothing to be done with Dumpster Champion Von Wagner, and the already kinda tired, “YEAH! GET A DOG!” Bron Breakker. But it was only a matter of time before Bron and Von faced off, so I guess it’s fine they’re getting this out of the way on free TV.

I sensed Fyre attacking Jacy in her car, just not that way. I thought Fyre was already in the car as Jacy was making the call, but pulling her over was a good idea, too. Though it was kinda funny that the FaceTime name changed to Alba Fyre’s just because she hijacked Jacy’s phone. But Fyre saying “last woman standing” is of course setting up a Last Woman Standing match, and sadly that is just another opening for Toxic Attraction to help Mandy win. But at the same time, Fyre kayfabe injured Gigi and she might’ve kayfabe concussed Jacy, so maybe this will be an actual fair 1v1 match. And hopefully it’s as creative as Bianca VS Bayley at Crown Jewel, or else it’ll really suck if Mandy just keeps retaining.

We got great stuff out of Melo, Trick and Wes to set up their North American Championship match, which will be an awesome match. But that also not happening at Deadline, no wonder HBK is going to tell us just what is up with that. I would think Wes wins out, he just got the belt and has plenty of names to face as we enter a new year. And given the Grayson Waller Effect did bring up the conversation of Melo needing to move up to the top title, I would hope Melo gets in on that with 2023, regardless of who has the belt. Apollo had a good promo, and of course he calls out Bron, because Bron’s retaining against Von.

JD and Axiom gave us a great match that wasn’t even the main event, and I actually really liked that they recreated the spot from NXT UK when Devlin damaged A-Kid’s leg with that deep Calf Crusher, because duh, Axiom is A-Kid. I don’t see them fully recreating that story from NXT UK where Axiom tricks JD into a rematch, but this could inflate JD’s ego into not thinking Axiom and/or Ilja will return sooner than expected. Of course JD calls out Apollo, they’re basically going to have a #1 contender’s match where the winner surely faces Bron at Deadline to see if Bron makes it out of 2022 still champion. And given Ilja will want revenge, I am thinking Ilja costs JD and Apollo moves on to face Bron.

Really good match from Grimes and Gacy, but if that’s how the feud ends, that was rather anti-climactic. Of course Ava and The Schism cost Grimes, that’s a very Judgment Day Rhea Ripley move. But there has to be something where Grimes comes back for more, because we need something much more definitive for Grimes and Gacy. Lopez of course beats Sol Ruca, and naturally, Indi goes after Lopez. Indi is becoming a bit of a Tweener, as she’s going after Heel Lopez but is snubbing Face Roxie. Lopez has to win the feud, though, and send Indi on her way to Raw. As for Roxie, she’s floating a bit without a story, and Cora has moved on to Wendy. Cora had a good promo, I have a feeling Wendy responds with actions rather than words.

Scrypts gets a bit more bold with his messaging as he “hacks” the arena for another of his ominous poems. But with Dijak giving us another message, Scrypts and Dijak are already overlapping in certain ways. Again, I hope Scrypts is really good in the ring to make up for this really cliché character build. Good match from Stacks and Hank Walker, and those knees Stacks was throwing got rather flush at parts. Hank didn’t get a bloody nose, surprisingly, but of course Stacks wins to continue as Tony D’s number one guy. Maybe Quincy Elliot helps Hank out at some point, and we build to a tag match of Quincy & Hank VS Stacks and a healed up Tony.

Great stuff out of Chase U, with Thea Hail just being a bundle of energy again. Duke said he’d play fair but he did try to help Chase to the ropes. And then Duke, perhaps compassionate but also perhaps to passive aggressively screw Chase over, throws in the towel. I like these layers in the Duke Chase U story, and I do wonder where this is going. Meanwhile, it seems Kiana is actively shifting attention away from her Chase U plans to go after Fallon’s family bar. Fallon VS Kiana for the right to the bar has to be coming at Deadline, and maybe Pretty Deadly end up tied into this so Briggs & Jensen can go after the tag titles again.

Kemp VS Brutus was good stuff, but I should’ve realized they weren’t even going to need five minutes. Brutus gets payback with the chair, and maybe for now, they think they’re past Kemp. But Indus Sher showing up when Kemp swerved Brutus on the match last time, and then showing up again after Kemp gets beat down, maybe Kemp joins Veer & Sanga against Diamond Mine, giving Roderick Strong a reason to heroically return for a big Six Man before a 2v2 of Creeds VS Indus Sher, winner moving on to go after Pretty Deadly. And speaking of tag titles, we got a great main event out of the women’s tag titles, and I’m a touch surprised Lyons & Stark lost.

However, in them losing, I wasn’t that shocked that Stark turned on Lyons. They’re going to feud now, that’ll help build both of them into top title contenders, with the winner being next up. If Fyre beats Rose, then Stark as the new Heel would make sense for a challenger. If Rose somehow retains, then Lyons as a strong Face would make sense.

My Score: 8.5/10


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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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