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Mitchell’s NXT Deadline Results & Report! (12/10/22)

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NXT Deadline

Who will be the inaugural Iron Survivors?

For the first time ever, it’s NXT Deadline! And also for the first time ever, there will be TWO Iron Survivor Challenges to determine NEW #1 contenders to the NXT and NXT Women’s Championships!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Women’s Iron Survivor Challenge: Indi Hartwell VS Roxanne Perez VS Cora Jade VS Kiana James VS Zoey Stark; Roxanne wins and will challenge Mandy Rose for the NXT Women’s Championship.
  • Alba Fyre VS Isla Dawn; Dawn wins.
  • NXT Tag Team Championships: Pretty Deadly VS The New Day; The New Day wins and become the new NXT Tag Team Champions.
  • Men’s Iron Survivor Challenge: JD McDonagh VS Joe Gacy VS Grayson Waller VS Carmelo Hayes VS Axiom; Waller wins and will challenge for the NXT Championship.
  • NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS Apollo Crews; Bron wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the NXT Deadline Kickoff Show!

Join McKenzie Mitchell, Sam Roberts and Denise Salcedo in discussing, analyzing and predicting this historic night!

 

Backstage interview with Roxanne Perez.

Kelly Kincaid says a drawing to determine the Iron Survivor Challenge order was held. Roxie says if she’s gonna win, she’ll have to be the Iron Woman, she drew NUMBER ONE! She doesn’t know what everyone else got, but being number one means she only has a few minutes to mentally prepare. Her tone makes her sound unhappy. She’s not happy or sad. No one knows what the best position is because this is a brand new match type, so she just has to get in the zone. Zoey Stark walks over and says, “That’s right, Roxanne. Get into that zone, because for 25 minutes, I’ll be in yours, because I drew number two. I hope you enjoy being in that Penalty Box.”

The Women’s Iron Survivor Challenge opens the night, will either The Prodigy or the Hunter make it to the end?

 

Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams crash the Kickoff show via video chat.

Trick has everyone stop here. They’re all talking, but these picks hold about as much worth as a sandy dollar in a windy day. The only money to talk about is #MoneyMelo. Put your DraftKings money on Melo, and then celebrate like the Trick Melo Gang’s gonna celebrate as Melo walks out THE Iron Survivor. The others weren’t born for greatness like Melo. The year 2022 was the Year of Melo, no debate! This Iron Survivor Challenge is no challenge to Melo! And as for that NXT Championship match, it is already written. What is meant for Melo will be. Sam wants to ask Melo his order of entry. Uh, when his music hits! Melo & Trick head out, but is Melo gonna make his shot no matter when he enters?

 

Kiana James prepares for tonight.

Gina lets her know that everything is in place. Good, good. She is in the perfect position to win this match. Brooks Jensen walks in, Gina steps up but Kiana has her stand down. Jensen keeps his eyes politely up… at the ceiling. What’s he staring at? She has a match to get ready for! Right, sorry, he just wanted to thank her for the tickets, and he knows she’s gonna kill it out there. Thanks. Good talk. Jensen says he’ll go so she can stretch. But then she notices the roses. Oh, yes, here they are. And then Jensen turns around. Kiana has him hold on. Next time she sees him, wear a shirt that fits. Right! He’ll burn this one right away! Jensen heads out, will he make a better impression next time?

 

Backstage interview with JD McDonagh.

Kelly asks him what he’s doing. He says he’s studying. Studying what? How to hurt people. He’s always looking for new ways to inflict pain. Especially tonight. He doesn’t have just one body to toy with, but four! And did you hear? Axiom got his wish: he and JD start as #1 and #2! And JD will make Axiom live to regret it.

 

What is the value of time?

For ten gladiators, time is priceless. “But as time marches forward, just whose vision will be tinted in gold? As the clock ticks towards a new year, is it the dawn of a new day in NXT? Tonight, two Iron Survivors will rise. Tonight, the Deadline is upon us, and the time is now!” History will be made, but by who?

 

Women’s Iron Survivor Challenge: Indi Hartwell VS Roxanne Perez VS Cora Jade VS Kiana James VS Zoey Stark!

Twenty five minutes, competitors added once every five minutes, and most falls wins! If you take a fall, you gotta cool off in a Penalty Box for a crucial 90 seconds! With all this on their minds, who will make it to the end and be the NEW #1 contender to Mandy Rose’s NXT Women’s Championship?

As we learned from the kickoff show, Roxanne Perez is the first and Zoey Stark is the second! The bell rings and we’re on the clock! Fans rally for Roxie as she circles with Zoey. They tie up, go around, and Zoey headlocks. Roxie powers out but Zoey runs her over. Cover, ONE, but Zoey wrenches to a wristlock. Zoey YANKS the arm, YANKS it again, and fans duel. Zoey wrenches again, Roxie cartwheels to headscissor and EURO CLUTCH! TWO, and Zoey backs off. Roxie smirks as she and Zoey reset past the first minute mark. They circle and tie up again, and they go around again. Zoey puts Roxie in a corner, then brings her out.

Zoey wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER, and then another! Zoey wrenches to hammerlock but Roxie reaches back. Roxie pries free to get Zoey with a headlock. Zoey powers up but Roxie thrashes the hold. Zoey powers up but can’t power out as Roxie holds tight! Fans duel, Zoey fights up and powers out. They RAM shoulders, but Zoey grins and brushes that off. Roxie runs, handsprings over Zoey, then does a bow. Zoey swings but into a backslide! Zoey fights it off, we’re at two and a half minutes. Zoey and Roxie fight for control, Roxie almost has Zoey but Zoey powers back up. Zoey whips, Roxie ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl roll-up! TWO!

Roxie ghost pins, TWO! LA MAGISTROL! TWO! Roxie arm-drags Zoey down and grinds the arm! Fans continue to duel as Zoey knees free and waistlocks to SLAM Roxie down. Zoey rolls Roxie to a bridge, TWO! Zoey holds onto Roxie, drags her up, but Roxie pries the hold. Zoey headlocks, wrenches, and whips Roxie hard into a corner! Zoey whips Roxie in hard again, then whips her again! Zoey scoops and SLAMS, covers, TWO! We’re at four minutes, Zoey clamps onto Roxie with a chinlock. Fans rally as Roxie endures and fights her way up. Roxie throws elbows, but Zoey CLUBS her on the neck!

Zoey whips Roxie to a corner, but Roxie goes up and over and arm-drags Zoey again! Float over and cover, TWO! But Roxie keeps on the arm! Fans rally, Zoey fights up and pulls hair to whip away. The countdown is here, Roxie wheelbarrows but Zoey blocks that, only for Roxie to drag Zoey down to a cover! TWO, and here comes KIANA JAMSE! Kiana KNEES Roxie, throws her out but Roxie avoids the haymaker. Kiana elbows Roxie but Zoey CLUBS Kiana. Zoey back suplexes but Kiana makes it a sunset flip, TWO! Kiana blocks a superkick but Zoey ELBOWS her back! Zoey reels Kiana in, for a HALF ‘N’ HALF! But Kiana lands on her feet! ENZIGURI! Cover, Roxie breaks it!

Kiana CLUBS Roxie, fireman’s carries, but Roxie fights! Roxie waistlocks but Kiana bucks it to run Roxie over! Kiana pie faces Roxie, “What is your problem?!” Kiana whips but Roxie blocks! Kiana ROCKS Roxie with a forearm, whips her to ropes, but Roxie blocks the hip toss! Kiana body shots hard, fireman’s carries, but Zoey DROPKICKS them both down! Fans fire up while Kiana is on a cover, TWO as Zoey drags her away. Zoey SUPERKICKS Kiana down! Zoey aims but Roxie dodges the superkick to roll-up! TWO, and Roxie UPPERCUTS Zoey down! We’re at seven minutes as Roxie UPPERCUTS Zoey again!

Fans fire up as Roxie whips Zoey to a corner. Roxie runs in but is put on the apron! GAMANGIRI from Zoey sends Roxie tumbling down! Fans fire up as Zoey storms up on Kiana. Kiana elbows Zoey, whips her to ropes, but Zoey slides to WRECK Roxie! Zoey trips Kiana, drags Roxie up, and Zoey CLUBS Roxie before she SMACKS her off the steel steps! Zoey STOMPS Roxie’s head on the steel! Fans boo but Zoey grins as she drags Roxie around. Zoey puts Roxie in, fans chant “ZOEY SUCKS!” but Kiana shoulders into her. And then POSTS Zoey! Zoey falls, Kiana covers Roxie, TWO! Kiana is frustrated and she KNEES Roxie in the back.

Kiana motorcycle stretches Roxie, then steps over to really put on the pressure. Fans rally as Roxie endures, and Roxie fights up. Roxie flips, KANGAROO KICKS, and Kiana staggers! Roxie hurries but she has to dodge Zoey! Kiana and Zoey COLLIDE! Roxie wrenches Zoey hooks her up, but has to back drop Kiana first! Roxie CLOBBERS Zoey, and again! Fans fire up with Roxie as she UPPERCUTS Kiana! Zoey SUPERKICKS Roxie! Zoey drags Roxie up to Z 360!! Cover, Zoey gets a fall! Roxie is in the Penalty Box! But Kiana ROCKS Zoey! Zoey ROCKS Kiana! They brawl, Zoey throws a knee, and then CLUBS Kiana!

But here comes the countdown! Zoey whips, Kiana dodges, but Zoey dodges back! DOUBLE LARIATS hit and CORA JADE is in! She taunts Roxie, then slides in to cover Zoey! TWO! Cora covers Kiana, TWO! Generation Jade SHOTGUNS Zoey, then ENZIGURIS Kiana! Cora runs in to SHINING WIZARD Zoey! And SHINING WIZARD for Kiana! Cora runs to IMPLODER STOMP Zoey down! Then she ELBOWS Kiana at the ropes! Cora high stacks, TWO! Cora stomps away on Kiana, then she storms over to kick Zoey. Fans boo and chant “CORA SUCKS!” while she clubs Zoey. Kiana hits back but Cora CLUBS her!

Cora underhooks Kiana but Kiana resists! Roxie’s 90 seconds are up, she’s back to THESZ PRESS! Fast hands for Cora, but Kiana drags Roxie up. Roxie DECKS Kiana, SOBATS Cora, then storms after Cora. Cora bails out, Kiana waistlocks but Roxie rolls her, TWO! THESZ PRESS for Zoey! Roxie is all fired up but Kiana drags her back again. Roxie BOOTS Zoey, ELBOWS Kiana, then SHOTGUNS Kiana down! Fans fire up for Roxie as she UPPERCUTS Kiana! Zoey runs in but is sent into Kiana! Roxie UPPERCUTS Zoey! Roxie wrenches and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS Zoey, covers, but Kiana breaks it!

Kiana knees Roxie low, ROCKS her, then fires more shots. Roxie reverses the whip to SOBAT, and then she hops on, but Cora SUPERKICKS Roxie down! Cora rolls Kiana, and scores a fall! Cora is on the board and Kiana has to go to the Penalty Box! Cora and Roxie meet again, and Roxie shoves Cora. Cora shoves back. The frenemies are at it again! Cora SLAPS Roxie! Zoey MISSILE DROPKICKS Cora, but Roxie rolls Zoey! Cover, TWO!! Zoey ELBOWS Roxie, then storms up, but Roxie FOREARMS back! Cora steps up, into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Roxie dodges, Zoey gets the arm and wrangles Roxie down!

Roxie resists, Zoey throws down elbows, and Zoey gets a CROSSFACE! But Cora has Zoey’s leg for an INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Zoey endures, she SLAPS Cora but Cora SLAPS back! Roxie crawls over to pull Cora back into a HEADCSCISSORS NECKLOCK! Fans rally as dueling submissions are going, but here comes Kiana! Cover on Roxie, TWO! Cover on Zoey, TWO! Kiana stomps away on Zoey, stomps Cora, then brings Roxie around to bump her off buckles! And again! And then she throws Roxie out, before RAMMING Zoey into a corner! Kiana digs her shoulder in, handsprings back and RAMS into her!

Kiana ROCKS Cora, the countdown is back before the SPINNING BACK SUPELX! Cover, Roxie AND Zoey break it! And here comes #IndiWRestling! Indi dodges Zoey, DOUBLE LARIATS Cora & Roxie, then DECKS Zoey! Indi kicks and CLUBS Roxie, drags Kiana up, and she puts Kiana in the ropes for an UPEPRCUT and BOOT! Roxie KICKS back, fans rally for Indi! Roxie gest around to sunset flip, high stack, TWO! Indi drags Roxie up but Roxie JAWBREAKERS back! Roxie runs but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Indi BOOTS Roxie down! Cover, Indi scores! Indi is on the board and Roxie goes back to the box!

Indi drags Zoey up but Zoey HOTSHOTS her back! Zoey slingshots and ARABIAN PRESS SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Zoey is frustrated but she stomps and drops knees on Indi. Cora ROCKS Zoey, Zoey ROCKS Cora! Cora ROCKS Zoey again, but Zoey comes back to ROCK Cora! Fans rally, Cora SUPERKICKS Zoey! Zoey SUPERKICKS Cora! Zoey reels Cora in, GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Zoey drags Cora back up but Cora YANKS Zoey out! Kiana is there to brawl with Zoey! Zoey gets the edge, and whips Kian at barriers. Kiana goes up to QUEBRADA!! Fans fire up and Kiana hurries to TOSS Zoey into the gap!

Roxie’s free of the box! She chases Kiana and brings her back out to RAM her into steel steps! Roxie hurries up and climbs a corner! Fans are thunderous and Roxie CROSSBODIES Indi! Cover, Cora breaks it! Cora drags Roxie up to throw her to ropes. Cora runs to elbow but Roxie dodges! Roxie tosses Cora out! Zoey returns to DECK Roxie! Zoey drags Roxie up again, Z36- NO, sunset flip! ROXIE SCORES!! Fans are thunderous as now Zoey has to go to the Penalty Box! And we’re at 19 minutes! Kiana rolls Roxie but Indi breaks it! Kiana sends Indi into Cora, rolls Indi, TWO! Cora runs in but Kiana trips her! Jackknife, but Cora breaks it!

Fans are thunderous as all four women in the ring go to a corner. They all stand up, and they all brawl! Kiana is after Roxie, Cora is after Indi! Indi shoves Cora out, Roxie throws Kiana out! Kiana drags Roxie out while Indi smacks Cora off the apron. Indi snap suplexes Cora to the floor! Kiana headlocks but Roxie POSTS her! Roxie and Indi stare down from across the way as they get in the ring. Fans are dueling, the two are brawling, but Zoey’s free of the box! Zoey CLOBBERS Indi, CLOBBERS Roxie, CLOBBERS Indi again, then dodges Cora to ELBOW her down! Indi storms up but Zoey ROCKS her!

Zoey ELBOWS, MULE KICKS, and then aims at Indi for the ROBINSON SPECIAL! Indi bails out, Zoey ELBOWS Roxie in a corner! Zoey runs to UPPERCUT Cora in the other corner! Kiana runs in, into the SNAP HALF ‘N’ HALF! Zoey kips up, Roxie runs in to CLOBBER her! Fans are thunderous as Roxie fires up again! Roxie runs to DIVE onto Indi as Zoey moves! Cora gets on the apron, she CANNONBALLS Roxie, Indi and Kiana! Zoey is in the ring, she aims at the cluster. Zoey springboards to SUPER CROSSBODY everyone!! Fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” and we’re at 22 minutes! THREE MINUTES REMAIN!

Zoey flounders and staggers, she drags Kiana up and in. Zoey hurries to climb a corner, and PHOENIX- NO, Kiana dodges! Indi CLOBBERS Zoey, but Kiana hits 401K! Roxie hit a BACKSTABBER on Kiana! Cora kicks and CLUBS Roxie! Roxie hits back, Cora CLUBS her again! Cora underhooks, Roxie wrenches out to SOBAT! And hops on for POP ROX!! Cover, Roxie scores!! She leads with 2 points! Cora has to go to the box! Fans are going nuts for Roxie and she dumps out Kiana! Zoey rolls Roxie, Indi rolls Zoey, Roxie breaks it up! Cora is freaking out as she can only watch time tick away!

Zoey KICKS Roxie, covers, but Kiana uses Indi to break it up! Kiana covers Indi, TWO! Kiana covers Zoey, TWO! Kiana hurries to grab Roxie but Roxie KANGAROO KICKS! Indi reels Roxie in to lift, but Roxie fights the bomb to RANA Indi out! We’re under one minute! Zoey SUPERKICKS Kiana! Zoey hurries up top but Kiana stands again to ROCK Zoey! Fans rally, Kiana and Zoey brawl up top! Cora is free just as Kiana hits a SUPER SPANISH FLY!!! Cora hurries to CLUB Kiana and snipe the cover, TWO!!! Zoey doesn’t go down! TEN SECONDS LEFT!! Everyone fights, Roxie and Cora brawl, Cora hits a BUTTERFLY DDT! BUT TIME IS UP!!!

Winner: Roxanne Perez with 2 points (inaugural Women’s Iron Survivor)

Cora is SHRIEKING over how Roxie denied her that last fall! And now, The Prodigy, the Breakout Star of 2022, is the first-ever Ms. Iron Survivor!! Roxie was screwed over during her first shot at Mandy Rose, will she have a better shot this time around?

 

Backstage interview with Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley.

McKenzie says we all thought we’d see Creed Brothers VS Indus Sher, but that won’t be happening because of injury. It is unfortunate that Julius is still hurt, but Ivy is just looking out for them. They’d run through walls and still say that they’re fine. That’s the kind of athletes they are. Ivy may not be their favorite person right now, but she wants them to be 100% before facing Indus Sher. But that just means Ivy & Tatum have more time. Tatum knows Ivy is tough on the outside, but once you get to know her, you see that her heart is as big as her biceps. The NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions then walk over.

Katana Chance & Kayden Carter wanted to say that Ivy did the right thing. You gotta look out for those you care about. Ivy appreciates that, but don’t mistake kindness for weakness. She and Tatum had some starts and stops, but they’ll be seeing the champs real soon. Oh, no doubt about that. They’re not ones to run from fights. Even from teams they’ve grown to respect. KC Squared head out, will Tatum & Ivy soon bring some gold to the Diamond Mine?

 

Alba Fyre VS Isla Dawn!

If not for the wicked ways of the Unholy Enchantress, the Fire Keeper would be the NXT Women’s Champion. But now, Isla looks to bring about the dawn of a darker era in NXT. Will Isla be standing tall when the smoke clears? Or will Fyre burn this witch for her crimes?

The bell rings and the two rush each other! Fyre dodges, ROCKS, CHOPS and repeat! She whips but Dawn reverses to SLAP Fyre! Dawn laughs but Fyre RAMS her out of the ring! Fyre stomps away on Dawn and fans fire up with her. Fyre SMACKS Dawn off the desk, but Dawn puts Fyre back in the ring. Fyre runs in but Dawn GAMANGIRIS! Dawn hurries in, she whips Fyre but Fyre reverses to HOOK KICK! And then mule kick, to run and BASEMENT SHOT! Cover, TWO! But into a KOJI KLUTCH! Dawn flails, endures, claws at the hands but Fyre holds tight! Dawn flails, claws around, makes it a cover, TWO!

Fyre lets Dawn go, but gets around to roll her up! TWO, and Fyre catches Dawn to hook the arms. But Dawn spins around to pick Fyre up and RAM her into the buckles! Dawn stomps Fyre down, then drags her up. Fans rally and duel, Dawn bumps Fyre off buckles. Dawn then whips Fyre hard into buckles, before a scoop and BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fyre flounders but Dawn is on her. Dawn CHOKES Fyre, grinds her against the ropes, then KICKS her down! Dawn rips a buckle pad right off! She grins, drags Fyre up but Fyre hits back. Dawn CLUBS Fyre, lifts her up, but Fyre sunset flips, TWO!

Fyre and Dawn hurry up, Dawn METEORAS! Cover, TWO! Dawn is frustrated and she drags Fyre around to KNEE her in the side. Fyre goes to a corner, Dawn climbs up to CHOKE her! The ref counts, Dawn lets off to snapmare and KICK Fyre in the back! Fyre writhes, Dawn taunts her, then clamps onto an arm. Dawn grinds the shoulder while she KNEES Fyre in the back. Fans rally, Fyre endures the hold and fights up, but Dawn throws her down! Dawn kicks but misses as Fyre moves! Dawn comes back, into an elbow! Fyre is in the corner, Dawn blocks a kick to put the leg in the ropes. Dawn KICKS the leg, BOOTS Fyre in the head, then bends her against the ropes

The ref counts, Dawn throws Fyre down. Dawn climbs up the corner, leaps, and METEORAS again! Cover, TWO!! Fyre survives and Dawn is furious. Dawn runs at Fyre but Fyre sends her out! Fyre hurries to the corner to go up and up and SUPER SWANTON!! Direct hit and fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” Dawn and Fyre are down as the ring count climbs to 5 of 10. Dawn sits up first and crawls her way over. Dawn gets up and in at 9, followed by Fyre! Dawn ROCKS Fyre, Fyre ROCKS Dawn back! They throw forearms back and forth, then Fyre gets the edge! Fyre whips Dawn into the ropes, then wrenches her to a suplex, GOURD BUSTER!

Fyre snarls and she watches Dawn sit up. Fyre KICKS and KICKS but then Dawn ducks! Roll-up, Fyre rolls through, to wrench and facelock, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Fyre is frustrated, but she keeps her focus on Dawn. Fans rally up as Fyre Gory Especials. Dawn fights that, and ROUNDHOUSES Fyre! Dawn reels Fyre in, SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Fans rally while Dawn is frustrated. Dawn climbs up the corner, but Fyre GAMANGIRIS her down! Fyre then DIVES to hit Dawn again! Fans fire up for Fyre as she brings Dawn back up. Dawn fireman’s carries but Fyre fights with elbows! Gory Especial, GORY BOMB to the floor!!

The count is 5 of 10 again, Fyre drags Dawn up and into the ring at 7. Fyre hurries to cover, TWO! Dawn is still in this and Fyre is beside herself. Dawn is smiling?! Fyre fires forearms and then kicks! Fyre fireman’s carries for a WIDOWMAKER! Fans fire up as Fyre goes up the corner again. Fyre aims and SWANTON BOMBS!! Cover, but the ref is convulsing?! Wait, this is the ref Dawn misted just last Tuesday! Is it only now taking affect? Dawn drags Fyre back but Fyre snapmares free! SUPERKICK! Fyre isn’t sure what to do, though, with this ref incapacitated! Wait, a spare ref runs in! Cover, TWO!!!

Dawn survives because of her dark magic, and she HOTSHOTS Fyre, to then RAM her into the bare buckle!! Fans boo as Dawn drags Fyre up! CALL OF THE SPIRITS!! Cover, Dawn wins!

Winner: Isla Dawn, by pinfall

The Wicked Witch had a plan in the works long before tonight! Will she continue to use every trick in the book to take over NXT?

 

Backstage interview with The New Day.

McKenzie asks Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods if they can believe they’re having this match. It is surreal. People wonder why these two are here going after Pretty Deadly, but the New Day is here because they are constantly looking for great competition. Pretty Deadly are champs, and they’re the only ones in the way of ya bois becoming WWE Triple Crown Tag Team Champions! Don’t let the long-sleeve crop tops fool you, Kit Wilson & Elton Prince are good. They came from half way across the world and became champion, that’s not easy. You have to have big ass…pirations! But so do the New Day! And the New Day want to become Triple Crowners!

So tonight, it’s Pretty Deadly VS ya bois, the NEW~ DAY~! And they will become the NEW, W, W, E, N, X- Wait, McKenzie, join in! Oh, of course! Okay, from the top. The NEW, W, W, E< N, X, T, World, Tag, Team, CHAMPIONS~! Now get them their theme music!!

NXT Tag Team Championships: Pretty Deadly VS The New Day!

Kit Wilson & Elton Prince have been NXT UK Tag Team Champions, have been NXT Tag Team Champions before, and then united those titles at Worlds Collide. But now they might make even more history in pinning the ELEVEN-TIME WWE Tag Team Champions. Will they be saying #YESBOY? Or saying that ya bois are the champions?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see what it takes to change the #SidePlateCheck!

The teams sort out and we start with Woods and Kit. The fans rally up as the two circle. Woods makes sure Kit hears the fans sing “HEY~ We Want Some New Day!” Kit & Elton do a calming breath, and then Kit rushes Woods. Woods rolls Kit, TWO!! Kit almost lost it right there, and then Woods mocks the Side Plate Check! “We don’t have side plates on main roster, we can only do that here.” Woods and Kit reset, tie up again, and Woods headlocks. Fans chant “We Want Side Plates!” as Kit pries at the hold. Kit powers up, Woods goes up and over in the corner, then CHOPS! Woods puts Kit in the corner, hushes the fans, and CHOPS again!

Fans fire up as Woods whips corner to corner, but Kit elbows back. Kit runs Woods over, and he tells everyone to hush. Kit bring Woods up but Woods shoves, ducks, hurdles, and then ducks again. Another hurdle, but Kit back suplexes! Woods lads on his feet, Kid ducks a roundhouse but the sweep hits! And the SENTON! Cover, TWO! Woods mocks the Side Plate Check again, and he tags Kofi. Fans rally as the New Day double whip, double CHOP, and double KICK to then DOUBLE BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Kofi keeps cool, and Kit wants mercy? Kofi says nope, and he wrenches Kit’s arm.

Kit reaches for Elton, Elton steps in, but that’s not a legal tag! No, it’s a distraction so Kit can throw Kofi down! Tag to Elton, and now it’s official. Pretty Deadly double whip Kofi, run him over, and then SPLASH LEG DROP COMBO! Cover, TWO! Elton brings Kofi up to UPPERCUT! Elton ROCKS Kofi in a corner, stomps him, then whips corner to corner. Elton runs in to MONKEY FLIP but Kofi lands on his feet! Kofi breaks it down, and gives Elton some TWERK! Elton shoves Kofi and says, “How dare you! This is how you drop it!” Elton twerks?! Fans chant for a “TWERK OFF!” Kofi drops it LOOOOOW~!

Elton swings, Kofi dodges and DROPKICKS! Cover, TWO! Kofi drags Elton up, snapmares and tags Woods before the PENALTY KICK! SLIDING LARIAT! IMPLODER SPLASH! FIST DROP! Cover, TWO! Woods keeps on Elton with a back suplex, but Kit saves Elton! Elton elbows Woods, tags Kit and Kit climbs up to DOUBLE- DROPKICK from Woods! Fans fire up and Woods drags Kit up. Woods uppercuts Kit to the corner, back body blocks, and tags Kofi. Woods RAMS into Elton, Kofi SPLASHES, then Woods HONOR ROLLS! Kofi covers, TWO! Kofi wrenches, whips, but Kit reverses. Kofi ducks ‘n’ dodges, hold ropes and BOOTS Kit!

Kit runs in but Kofi throws him out. Kofi builds speed, but Elton stands in the way! Fans boo but Kofi DROPKCISK Elton! Pretty Deadly is by the desk, Kofi FLIES onto them both! Fans are thunderous for the New Day and Kofi puts Kit in. But Elton anchors Kofi’s foot! Kofi stomps Elton, but Kit ROCKS Kofi! Kit tags Elton, but Kofi fights them both off! Kit picks Kofi up and Elton helps out, HOTSHOT! Kit BLASTS Kofi out of the ring, and then Elton POSTS him! Fans boo as Pretty Deadly pose together. Elton puts Kofi in, digs his boot into Kofi’s neck, but lets off as the ref counts. Elton drags Kofi up and onto ropes to CHOKE him!

The ref counts, Elton lets off, and then he tags Kit. Pretty Deadly mug Kofi, stomp him down, and Kit eggs Kofi on. Fans rally for the New Day but Kit snapmares Kofi to drop a knee onto nothing! Kofi avoids the knee but Kit CLOBBERS Kofi from behind. Kit wrenches Kofi, Kofi reaches for Woods! Fans rally, Kofi ROCKS Kit! Kofi reaches, but he has to ROCK Kit again! Kit keeps holding on, and then he whips Kofi into the corner. Kofi BLASTS Elton, BOOTS Kit, and leaps, but Kit catches Kofi! Kit throws Kofi away, but Kofi slips up around him to DDT! Fans are thunderous as both men are down!

Kofi and Kit crawl, hot tags to Elton and Woods! Woods rallies on Elton with big clotheslines! Woods whips, Elton reverses but Woods ducks ‘n’ dodges to slide and ROLLING ELBOW! Fans are thunderous again as Woods runs in to clothesline Elton! He dodges, Kit almost hits Elton! Woods runs, slips out of a scoop and shoves Kit to DROPKICK him out! Elton waistlocks but Woods bucks that! Woods drop toeholds Elton onto ropes! SLIDE ATTACK AND DROPKICK! Kit goes down, Woods GAMANGIRIS Elton away! Then Woods steps in, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up while Woods keeps focus.

Woods drags Elton up, but Elton fights the suplex. Elton dodges to HELL STAB! Elton runs to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fans chant, “Wake Up, Kofi, Wake Up!” Woods and Elton trade big forearms, fans are on Woods’ side as he keeps going. Woods runs, but into an UPPERCUT! Elton runs, but into a FOREARM! Woods runs but Elton reels him in and kicks a leg out for a BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Elton tags Kit, BOOSTED CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous as Woods survives! Kofi returns to CLOBBER Elton! Kofi kicks Elton out, the ref has Kofi back off. But Elton gets the title belts!

Elton gets in, he throws a belt to Woods then pulls a Latino Heat! But then Woods gives it to Kit to do the same! Kit gives it back to Elton and falls over, and then Elton gives it to Kofi! Kofi just drops, the ref turns around and sees EVERYONE down!! The ref has no idea what to do about this but the fans are loving it! They all sit up and blame the others, but the ref just takes the belts away. Kofi , Elton and the ref tug-o-war while fans chant “This is Awesome!” Elton DECKS Kofi, the ref is busy with one belt, Kit CLOBBERS Woods with the other! Kit high stacks Woods, TWO!?!? Woods survives and no one can believe it!!

Kit tags Elton and they haul Woods up. SPILT- NO, Kofi trips Kita nd drag shim out! TROUBLE IN PARADISE! Woods rolls Elton but Elton high stacks, TWO!! Elton runs in, Woods FLAPJACKS him onto buckles! Tag to Kofi and Woods scoops! Kofi climbs, MIDNIGHT HOUR!!! Tag to Woods so he can cover, NEW DAY WINS!!!

Winners: The New Day, by pinfall (NEW NXT Tag Teams Champions)

HISTORY IS MADE!! The New Day are now WWE TRIPLE CROWN TAG TEAM WINNERS!! They dethroned two of the best NXT Tag Team Champions ever, but are they going to redefine what that means?

 

The countdown is on.

We count it down from ten to one, and January 10th will be the New Year NXT special! But who is the mysterious female superstar in the sparking diamonds? Find out in 2023!

 

Kayden & Katana are headed out.

They’re gonna get drinks and party but speaking of, they run into the party boys, Odyssey Jones, Malik Blade & Edris Enofe! They’re all excited and ask the boys to go with them. Odyssey says they would but he’s hitting the gym. He’s got Von Wagner this Tuesday, and he has got to take care of business. But after that, then they out! Okay, see you then! KC Squared then run into Toxic Attraction. Gigi & Jacy saw what those two did back there. They offered a title match to Mighty Mouse and the leech. Can you believe Tatum is even in Diamond Mine? Is she? Yes, she has the jacket. Um, do Jacy & Gigi have a point they can get to?

The point is, KC Squared call themselves fighting champions but they lost to Gigi & Jacy two weeks ago. Uh, no you didn’t. Well, KC Squared seem to only face teams they know they can beat. But then Ivy & Tatum attack! Diamond Mine takes the fight to Toxic Attraction, but then the guys come back to stop this! Edris holds back Ivy & Tatum while Malik holds back Gigi & Jacy! Will there be no holding these two teams back when it comes to earning a tag title opportunity?

 

Men’s Iron Survivor Challenge: JD McDonagh VS Joe Gacy VS Grayson Waller VS Carmelo Hayes VS Axiom!

A high bar was set for this match type by the women to open the show, can the men measure up? And seeing how chaotic things can get, who will be able to see the path forward?

The Irish Ace and The Undeniable Truth start, but JD doesn’t wait for a bell! He rushes Axiom during his entrance, but Axiom jumps up and over! Axiom comes back to GAMANGIRI at the bell! The clock is ticking, Axiom snapmares JD and takes aim. JD flounders, but he avoids the Golden Ratio! Axiom goes after the leg he beat up, stomps it and turns it but Axiom stands up to KICK back! JD blocks a kick, to hit a SHINBREAKER! Axiom KICKS JD away and then runs, but into an UPPERCUT! JD drags Axiom to the corner and he pulls, but Axiom pulls JD into the POST! JD flounders away as we’re a minute in, and Axiom DIVES!!

Axiom takes JD out but almost takes a header! Fans fire up as Axiom roars through it! Axiom even RAMS JD into the Penalty Box! Axiom drags JD up, CHOPS him, and then pushes him back to ringside. Axiom CHOPS again, puts JD in the ring, then climbs up the corner. Axiom leaps, into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up as both men are down! Axiom sits up and clutches his ribs but JD stands him up to KNEE him low. JD CLUBS Axiom, drags him up but Axiom victory rolls, TWO! Axiom KICKS JD’s leg! JD ROCKS Axiom with a forearm Axiom SUPERKICKS! JD and Axiom both swing, DOUBLE LARIATS collide!

Axiom fires palm strikes but JD DECKS Axiom! JD drags Axiom up again, but Axiom slips out of the powerbomb to ENZIGURI! And BUZZSAW! JD flops over at the three minute mark! Fans fire up and Axiom drags JD up. JD ducks the Buzzsaw to sunset flip, but Axiom rolls through to BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Axiom is frustrated while JD is dazed. Axiom aims, runs in and DROPKICKS JD in the corner! Axim runs in again, HESITATION DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! JD avoids the Penalty Box while Axiom tries to figure out what to do. Axiom waistlocks and deadlifts JD but JD reaches for ropes. JD throws down elbows, then runs to ropes.

JD bucks Axiom away, but Axiom comes back, into a COMEBACKER LARIAT! And then a SIT-OUT POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Axiom survives that and JD is frustrated. The countdown is here as JD CLUBS Axiom. Axiom hits back with a forearm, JD CLUBS Axiom again, and third out is… MELO! Fans fire u pas Melo slides in, dodges both JD and Axiom, then SPRINGBOARD LARIATS JD! Cover, Axiom drags him off. Axiom whips but Melo reverses to send Axiom out. Axiom shoulders in but Melo SMASHES Axiom! FADE AWAY! Cover, JD breaks it! JD drags Melo up to CHOP! And CHOP! And kick, then whip.

Melo rolls off JD’s back, sends Axiom at him, but Axiom RANAS JD at Melo! Melo catches JD to a facelock, but Axiom LARIATS Melo down, and that DDTs JD! Axiom covers JD, TWO! Fans rally while all three men are down. Axiom and Melo stand, Axiom knuckle locks and CHOPS! Axiom goes up and up and FLYING RANA ARM-DRAG COMBOS! Fans fire up as JD and Melo both bail out. Axiom runs, for a GODLEN- NO, JD breaks the triangle. JD goes up but Melo shoves JD down! Melo jumps in but JD ducks, the ROUNDHOUSE hits Axiom! Melo ROCKS JD, sets them both up, and he runs to the ropes, but springboards into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!

JD has Axiom in a dragon sleeper, Melo comes back, but into the URENAGE REVERSE DDT COMBO! Then JD STANDING MOONSAULTS on them both! Cover on Axiom but Melo drags JD to POP-UP CUTTER JD onto Axiom! Melo covers Axiom, and scores first! Axiom has to go to the box at the seven minute mark! Fans rally for “MELO~! MELO~!” as he and JD are alone for 90 seconds. JD sits up, he KICKS Melo, ROCKS him, but Melo ROCKS JD back. They go forearm for forearm, Melo gets the edge, but then JD slips around. Melo counter punches and DECKS JD! JD flounders to a corner, Melo runs in to CHOP!

JD staggers to another corner, Melo CHOPS him again! Melo stalks JD, wrenches the arm, but JD ROCKS Melo. Melo kicks low, but JD snap suplexes first! Fans rally and duel, Melo swings but JD dodges to ATOMIC BACKBREAKER! JD drags Melo up, Melo dodges and runs, into a SPANISH FLY! Axiom returns! Axiom climbs up the corner, and he CROSSBODIES them both down! All three men are down as we pass nine minutes! Fans rally for Melo but Axiom KICKS Melo, KICKS JD, and repeat! Melo blocks a kick, he throat chops Axiom, but Axiom blocks JD’s kick to give it to Melo! Axiom KICKS JD away!

Melo swings but Axiom bobs ‘n’ weaves to CHOP! Melo ELBOWS Axiom, BOOTS JD, but JD blocks a kick to throw it at Melo! HEADBUTT for Axiom!! All three men are down and the countdown is back! At the ten minute mark, in enters… WALLER! And he SOMERSAULT STUNNERS Axiom and JD! Cover on Axiom, Waller scores! Cover on JD, Waller scores again! He just put two men in the box at the same time!! Melo and Waller throw hands, Melo whips but Waller reverses. Melo ducks the leg lariat to CODE- NO, Waller denies that to trip and jackknife, TWO as Melo bridges! Melo spins to backslide, TWO!

Waller spins Melo to DISCUS LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Waller grins while Melo checks his chin. Fans rally for Melo while Waller builds speed. Melo avoids the slide but Waller ducks the Penalty Kick! Waller Electric Chairs but Melo fights that. Melo returns to the apron to BOOT Waller! But Waller somersaults to STUNNER on the apron! Fans fire up while both men are down! Axiom’s Penalty time is up and he’s free! But JD grabs Axiom! Axiom DECKS JD! And then he closes the door?! Axiom fires off on JD and no one can stop him!! JD slugs Axiom, but swings into a SLEEPER!! Axiom squeezes JD tight, but JD RAMS him into the wall!

Axiom RAMS JD into the wall! JD slumps down, and now Axiom leaves the box. Axiom SLAMS the door shut on JD! But then Waller BODIES Axiom! Fans boo Waller as he drags Axiom up but Melo SUPERKICKS Waller down! Melo says Waller ain’t taking this from him, and he puts Axiom in. Melo slides in and spins Axiom to a BUTTERFLY SLAM! Cover, TWO! Body scissors, Gedo Clutch! TWO! Melo KNEES Axiom low, tells him Axiom ain’t him, because Melo is him! Melo springboards, but Waller shoves him out! Melo drags Waller out to smack him off the desk! Melo slides in, Waller drags him back out, BAC SUPLEX to the desk!

Waller shouts, “Who’s in your five now, bitch!?” Booker did not like hearing that and fans boo. Waller goes to Axiom, pushes him around, and then fireman’s carries. Axiom RANAS Waller down and covers, AXIOM SCORES! Waller is furious but he has to to go the box! JD ripcords Axiom but Axiom hits a DESTROYER!! And the GOLDEN RATIO!! Cover, Axiom scores again!! JD has to join Waller in the box now! But we’re at 15 minutes so now, here comes GACY! Gacy grins as he taps the glass at Waller. Gacy then slides in as Melo does, and Gacy BOOTS Melo! Gacy fires off hands on Axiom, whips Melo to the corner and ELBOWS! Then LARIATS!

Gacy clotheslines Axiom! He clotheslines Melo! Axiom BOOTS Gacy! Axiom leaps, but into a kick! DISCUS LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Gacy clamps right on with RINGS OF SATURN!! Axiom endures, flails, but he TAPS! Gacy scores and now Axiom has to go back to the box! Gacy grins but here comes Waller! Waller sucker punches Axiom! And CLUBS him down! JD comes back out, and Waller serves Axiom up. JD SLAMS Axiom into the box, fires off fists, and then JD exits. Waller closes the box on Axiom, then goes with JD to the ring. But Gacy and Melo BLAST them both off the apron! Melo and Gacy are alone and Gacy grins.

Fans rally, Gacy dodges Melo to handspring, UPSIDE-DOWN WORLD!1 Cover, Gacy scores a fall! Three men have two points, Hayes only has one! Waller and JD return, Gacy fires off on them! They fire off on Gacy, they double whip but Gacy ducks to springboard, CROSSBODY! Fans fire up while JD and Waller bail out. Gacy builds speed to FLY onto Waller and JD! JD staggers away to close the box on Axiom! Axiom is meant to get out, so he DECKS Melo before he CLIMBS the box! JD looks around to see him up top! Axiom BOOTS JD away! Axiom then adjust to SUPER MOONSAULT onto everyone else!

Melo is the only one safe because he was in the box, but he’s losing his mind just like the fans! Gacy hurries to rain down shots on Axiom! Waller storms up but Gacy DECKS him! Gacy also hits JD, but Melo is free! Melo BOOTS Gacy down! Waller CLUBS Melo! Melo puts Waller in the ring, dodges him, and tilt-o-whirl FACEBUSTERS! Cover, TWO!! But Melo has the CROSSFACE! Waller rolls, but Melo holds on! Waller taps, Melo scores! Now only JD has nothing while everyone else has two! Gacy DECKS Waller, then TOSSES him into the box! Gacy stomps Axiom, trips Melo and drag shim out to DECK him, too!

Gacy drags Axiom up and into the ring. Gacy runs to SPLASH Axiom, but Axiom hits an ARMBAR TAKEDOWN!! Gacy shifts, but into a TRIANGLE HOLD! Gacy endures, stacks Axiom but Axiom holds his shoulders up,. Melo hits the THREE POINTER!! Melo throws Axiom out but Axiom GAMANGIRIS! JD YANKS Axiom down, then DEVLINSIDE to the floor!! But Melo ENZIGURIS JD! Melo springboards, into a HEDBUTT! DEVLINSIDE! Gacy runs in, dodges JDY, but handsprings into a HEADBUTT! DEVLINSIDE again!!! JD crawls to cover Gacy but Waller somersaults, into a SAIDO!!!

Fans are thunderous as JD covers, but everyone breaks it! Fans are thunderous as we pass 21 minutes! JD has everyone in a corner, he stomps Waller! Then he BOOT WASHES Gacy and stomps him. BOOT WASH for Melo, then some stomps! Fans boo as JD finishes up by stomping with both feet on Axiom! JD catches his breath, but finds himself surrounded by his enemies. QUADRUPLE BOOTS!! Then Gacy and Waller DECK Melo and Axiom! Gacy handsprings, Waller slides out but Gacy WRECKS him! Gacy hurries out, pulls steel steps apart, and then he URENAGES Waller on the steps!

Gacy gets up but Melo slingshots. Gacy shoves him down, gets in again, FULL NELSON BOMB! And the RINGS OF SATURN!! Melo endures but JD breaks it! JD brings Gacy up but Gacy rolls him into the RINGS OF SATURN!! JD endures, but Axiom breaks the hold! Gacy clamps onto Axiom and throws down elbows! RINGS OF SATURN!!! Axiom endures, but Gacy pulls on the hold! Melo & JD both KICK the hold apart! CODE BREAKER and HEADBUTT takes Gacy down! JD POSTS Melo, he’s the only man without anything and we’re under a minute left! Axiom denies the cover, goes up and MOONSAULT DDTS!!

Melo hits NOTHING BUT NET!!!! Cover, Waller drags Melo away! Waller DECKS Melo, and he hurries in to cover, WALLER SCORES!! Melo is freaking out as we’re under 30 SECONDS! Waller runs away, Melo wants JD but Waller drags him away! Waller runs, Melo chases, they go around commentary! We’re under 10 seconds! Waller is slippery, and time runs out!!! WALLER WINS!!!!

Winner: Grayson Waller with 3 points (inaugural Men’s Iron Survivor)

Fans boo as history was just ruined by the Grayson Waller Effect! The 21st Century Success Story is the NEW #1 contender to the NXT Championship! But with Bron Breakker VS Apollo Crews up next in the main event, who will Waller be facing for the title in the New Year?

 

Backstage interview with Drew Gulak.

McKenzie notes Gulak returned to NXT and many fans want to know why. Will he clarify? More than happy to. Gulak hasn’t yet reached his full potential. But he won’t point fingers at other people, he points to himself as the reason why. But he has an idea of how he can get to where he wants to go. He isn’t here to complain, but to grind in the ring. And if Gulak sees someone with potential in an NXT superstar, or even a prospect at the PC, then even better. Strength in numbers, after all. Damon Kemp then walks over and Gulak says he knows Kemp well. A great wrestler with an even more notorious attitude. Kemp will take that as a compliment.

Kemp saw Gulak watching NXT. This Tuesday, Kemp returns to the ring. And if there’s a match Gulak should watch, it’s Kemp when he schools Duke Hudson. Oh, well Gulak has a pretty good idea of who Kemp is already, but he’ll check him out. Good luck on Tuesday. Gulak heads out, but will he like what he sees?

 

NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS Apollo Crews!

The Big Booty Nephew is already a two-time NXT Champion in his two years here, and he has learned a lot. But will all of those lessons help him against the experienced former WWE United States and Intercontinental Champion? Or will he see his title reign hit its deadline?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see what the future holds for both men!

The bell rings, fans rally and Apollo stares Bron down. Fans duel, cheering on Apollo but barking it up for Bron. Bron and Apollo still stare down, then they start to circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock as they match power, so they break. Fans cheer as the two talk a little smack. They go again, are in another deadlock, but Apollo manages to push Bron back. Bron pushes Apollo back, and then they break. Fans applaud as the two circle again. Bron and Apollo feel out a knuckle lock, and then they go for a Test of Strength. Bron starts to bend, Apollo starts to bend, they go shoulder to shoulder, and then Apollo FLIPS Bron!

Bron keeps the knuckle locks and they both stand up! Bron FLIPS Apollo, but Apollo holds on! They stand up again, go shoulder to shoulder again, and fans duel. Apollo headlocks, Bron powers up and out, then hip tosses, but Apollo handsprings through! Apollo arm-drags but Bron cartwheels through! Fans cheer the exchange and the two reset. The two tie up, Apollo headlocks for a takeover. Bron keeps his shoulder up, moves around, rolls Apollo to a cover, ONE! Apollo keeps the headlock, Bron fights up to his feet, and Apollo hits another takeover. Bron headscissors, Apollo kips free but Bron headlocks for a takeover.

Apollo headscissors, Bron kips free, but then Apollo headlocks for a takeover! Bron headscissors, Apollo kips free, Bron headlocks for the takeover! Apollo headscissors, Bron kips free, Apollo headlocks for the takeover, Bron headscissors but then both men kip up! Fans fire up as the two stare down! Fans rally and duel as Bron and Apollo reset again. Bron and Apollo talk a bit more smack, then Bron shoots in to waistlock. Apollo switches, Bron switches back, but Apollo switches. They keep switching, end up on the ropes, and the ref calls the break. Both men let off and they go again. They tie up, Apollo wrenches and whips.

Bron blocks the hip toss but so does Apollo! They go back and forth with that and end up on the ropes again! The ref counts, Apollo shoves Bron! Bron smirks and rushes in. Apollo handsprings, drops, and DROPKICKS! Apollo fires up and fans are torn. STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Bron scrambles away but Apollo hurries after him. Apollo sets up on the apron, for a MOONSAULT! Fans fire up as Apollo knocks Bron down! Apollo puts Bron in, slingshots and SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Apollo clamps on a headlock and he grinds Bron down. Bron endures, fights up, and fans rally as Bron pries the hold open.

Bron headlocks Apollo but Apollo powers out. Apollo drops but Bron gator rolls him! Bron suplexes and he holds Apollo up! Bron SLAMS Apollo down, then kips up! Bron sets up, STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Bron keeps cool as he sees Apollo bail out. Bron builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit and down goes Apollo! Fans fire up and bark with Bron as he drags Apollo up. Bron puts Apollo in the ring, hops up the corner, and he leaps, into a JUMP KNEE! Apollo takes Bron out of the sky and fans fire up! Fans rally, Apollo snarls and he looms over Bron. The rage is building, Apollo cools off. Apollo closes his eyes, is he seeing the future?

Fans chant ‘This is Wrestling!” as Apollo rains down fists on Bron! The ref counts and Apollo lets off with a roar. Apollo fireman’s carries for a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Apollo drags Bron up to GERMAN SUPLEX! And then another GERMAN SUPLEX! And then a third GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Bron survives the hat trick but Apollo’s eyes are still wild. Apollo drags Bron up, reels him in, and fans rally and duel. But Bron trips Apollo to jackknife, TWO as Apollo turns it over! Apollo gets Bron up, POWERBOMB! And then a deadlift POWERBOMB! And then another deadlift POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!!!

Apollo roars, he climbs up the corner, and he aims at Bron! FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!! Bron survives and Apollo is beside himself! Fans rally, Apollo runs in at Bron in the corner, and he SPLASHES! Apollo whips Bron corner to corner, runs in but Bron dodges the splash! Apollo falls back and clutches his forehead. Fans rally up for Bron and he runs Apollo over! And then again! Bron ducks ‘n’ dodges, and he turns Apollo’s leap into a SPINEBUSTER! Fans bark it up as Bron climbs the corner! Bron barks, fans echo it, and Bron leaps, FLYING BULLDOG!! Cover, TWO!!

Fans rally while Bron smirks. Bron wants Apollo to get up, and Apollo slowly rises. Bron choke grips Apollo, trophy lifts him, but Apollo turns that to a DDT! Both men are down, Apollo crawls to a cover, TWO!! Bron survives again and Apollo grits his teeth. Apollo pounds the mat and his rage fires up again. Bron stands, Apollo waits on him, SPINE- NO, Bron slips off to SPINEBUSTER Apollo! Cover, TWO!! Apollo survives and shocks Bron! Fans rally and duel, Bron brings the straps down and roars! Bron turns around and choke grips Apollo again. Trophy lift, but Apollo slips off to trophy lift in return! Apollo steals the BREAKKER SLAM!! Cover, TWO!!!

Fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” while Apollo and Bron are down. “This is Awesome!” as both men go forehead to forehead. Apollo says this is his, but Bron says it’ll never be his! Bron throws a haymaker, but Apollo throws it back! Bron hits, Apollo hits, repeat! Fans rally as Apollo gets the edge and CHOPS! Bron shouts, “Is that all you got?!” The fists start flying!! Both men ROCK each other, then run in, Bron LARIATS! Apollo ENZIGURIS! And BOOTS! And tosses Bron, but Bron lands on his feet to SPEAR!! Cover, Bron wins!

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

Apollo’s vision doesn’t come true! Bron Breakker is still the future of NXT as he holds the title high! But then WALLER hits the STUNNER!! Fans boo but Waller grins as he looms over the champion. Waller picks up the belt, will this be the scene come New Year’s Evil?


My Thoughts:

An awesome first NXT Deadline! For one, I’m proud I nailed the match order. And opening with an Iron Survivor Challenge was definitely a great move. The rules may be a bit convoluted but we have the technology to keep track of it all. And it was so fast-paced and chaotic, that alone is a reason to like this match type. I thought Indi was going to be the one after her fiery promo to Mandy last Tuesday, but seems not. Roxie winning this to get a second chance is a pretty good move, I hope she dethrones Mandy at New Year’s Evil, which is surprisingly happening after all, even though they’re advertising ahead to Vengeance Day in February.

Good promos from Ivy & Tatum, KC Squared and Toxic Attraction, as well as a good quick brawl from Toxic Attraction and Diamond Mine. Their tag match will definitely determine a #1 contender to the champions, and that will be a great match. Fyre VS Dawn was a really good match, and when commentary pointed out the ref for that match was the one Dawn misted, I just knew he was going to be important to the finish. Dawn of course wins, but I don’t think this is done between her and Fyre. They might escalate things into a spooky stipulation for New Year’s Evil. Also, speaking of, what was the point of that vignette hyping up someone and the New Year’s special? Is this Tiffany Stratton’s return? Why not just have her return?

Great prematch promo from the New Day, and just an awesome match with Pretty Deadly. I did not actually think they’d have New Day win, but how awesome for them to have the WWE Tag Team Triple Crown on their record now. Plus, now we can have an epic set of matches for New Day, including a rematch with Pretty Deadly. Good promo from Gulak and Kemp, but somehow this has to bring Dempsey in. And between Gulak, Kemp and Dempsey, that is a lot of great technical wrestling right there. I am still wondering where Noam Dar is, and I’m hoping they bring the Heritage Cup/British Rounds back into things.

The Men’s Iron Survivor Challenge was also awesome, and even though this was only the second match of its kind, they innovated it already by thinking outside the box. Or rather, thinking with the Penalty Box with the brawling inside and Axiom jumping off it. But what a wild choice for Waller to win. I guess they’re saving Melo for Vengeance Day and NXT’s first major event on the road. Bron VS Apollo was great stuff, until Bron basically no sells Apollo’s rage and wins. Bron is of course beating Waller, Waller got the better of him and even touched the title.

But what is Apollo to do now that he lost on the big title, the main reason he returned? The North American Championship scene is in a story, and it can’t get crowded all over again after just being very crowded for that ladder match. Kinda brings me back to wanting the Heritage Cup to show up and give us a British Rounds Division. Imagine the fun Apollo could have in a match all about the time constraints and fast pace.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Andrew’s TNA iMPACT! Results & Match Ratings: 2.29.2024

Not a lot of lead time til Sacrifice, so let’s find out if there’s just obvious rematches or any wrinkles to flesh out the PPV card!

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Coming out of No Surrender we get two tapings before Sacrifice! Curious how many rematches and build offs we’ll see since 2 weeks isn’t exactly a lot of time to propagate a fresh feud. The System is in the main event again, Mustafa Ali has his inauguration event, AJ Francis makes his in-ring debut and there’s some Hammerstone buzz that might pay off tonight.

So as I’ve already said once, we don’t have a ton of time til Sacrifice, so let’s get to it!

Ratings:

  • Steve Maclin w/The Rascalz vs Speedball Mike Bailey w/Trent Seven: Maclin wins via KIA – ***
  • Laredo Kid vs Jake Something: Jake wins via Into the Void – **
  • AJ Francis & Deaner vs Joe Hendry & Rich Swann: Hendry wins via Standing Ovation – ** 3/4
  • Tasha Steelz vs Xia Brookside: DOUBLE COUNT OUT – **
  • The System (Eddie Edwards, Moose & Brian Myers) w/Alisha Edwards vs ABC (Ace Austin & Chris Bey) & Eric Young: System with a Trios Tandem Backpack Stunner, Yakuza Kick + Machoman Elbow – ***

 

Results:

Steve Maclin w/The Rascalz vs Speedball Mike Bailey w/Trent Seven

Bailey comes down favoring the leg that Maclin clipped at No Surrender, so Bailey will most likely eat another loss here with injury excuse.

Maclin shoots for the injured leg but Bailey defends back into the corner and manages to hit his Kick Flurry before the leg flares up. Maclin then powders, Bailey follows and its just a Fighting Spirit spot on the outside that resolves in classic NJPW way where both hear the officials count at the same time, stare at each other and slide in simultaneously. Maclin Lariats Bailey back out after the count is broken, Maclin distracts the ref and The Rascalz go after Bailey and the bad leg.

Bailey is now getting dissected, there’s a small comedy spot where Bailey lifts his Left Leg to dodge the offense and adopts the Karate Kid Crane Kick pose, but Maclin front kicks the plant leg out to cause Speedball to land in a split, then Maclin keeps up offense. Tree of Woe, Caught in the Crosshair, but Bailey sits up! Maclin posts himself, eats some offense, powders out and Bailey with a gorgeous Corkscrew Moonsault. Bailey brings Maclin to the apron to try and bring him back, but they start fighting on the apron, Bailey kicks with the bad leg and sells for a second while Maclin Lariats him back into the ring. Speedball with a Sweep, tries the Backflip Knees but misses and crashes on the apron. Maclin hits his SCUD missile Dive, then throws Bailey back in, Jarhead Butt attempt missed, Mayhem for All gets hit by Maclin but only for 2.

Trent causes a small distraction so Bailey manages a Crane Kick, Superkick combo, aims for the Tornado Kick but gets intercepted. Buckle Bomb connects, Powerbomb two is countered by a Poison Rana, Bailey heads to the top for Ultima Weapon and misses hard. KIA ends the match in a win for Steve.

If the name sticks, I do like Maclin and the Rascalz being known as the HIGHerarchy. 

Laredo Kid vs Jake Something

Laredo tries a dumb tie up and gets chucked backwards. Then he tries for a few Low Kicks to compromise Jake’s base, but it takes a Headscissor to cause Jake to roll to the outside. Laredo goes for a Plancha into a Rana, but Jake rolls through it and into a Powerbomb on the outside. Both head back in, early pinfall attempt only gets two, but Laredo is reeling after the Powerbomb.

Vader Hammer style strike into an Into the Void attempt but Laredo counters and then starts a little ducking and weaving. Jake goes for a charge and eats turnbuckle as Laredo is floating between ropes, Jake tries to fire but eats a Code Red DDT for a near fall. BME from Laredo Kid for another near fall. Satellite Takedown into a Cradle for another close call for Laredo…but as he goes for his next move attempt Jake just catches him with Into the Void and wins!

Thanks I hate it.

AJ Francis & Deaner vs Joe Hendry & Rich Swann

Do we get a heel turn from Swann, does he go 0-5 in the new TNA rebrand or does he finally end up on the winning end? Yeah, the first two are the most likely.

AJ Francis points at Hendry, says he wants Hendry but Rich doesn’t oblige for AJ takes a cheap shot at Joe and then tags Deaner in so Swann and Deaner can finally start the match. Swann rolls early, knocks Deaner to the outside, goes for a Dive but AJ gets in the way to tell Swann he should be with him and not against him. This gives Deaner and opening, he sends Rich reeling, then when he goes for the rope run Joe is there to cut him off. Deaner mouths off to Joe, Joe pulls the Bugs Bunny and points behind Deaner, and Swann is just biding his time with a little dancey dance into a Superkick.

Joe comes in, throws Deaner around a little and then tags back out to Rich, and Rich loses the advantage. Stiff Strike from Deaner into a the hard Irish Whip to the corner, Deaner goes for a second but Swann pulls the Uno Reverse and connects with the Crossbody into some quick offense and then tags out to Hendry. Hendry then initiates the We Believe Chest Chops into a Stalling Vertical Suplex. Hendry hits the kip up and plays to the crowd before hitting his own cheap shot on AJ. Receipts are fun, but that costs Joe the advantage.

AJ tags in and starts manhandling Hendry. Hits his Tennessee Whiskey Knee Strike as Deaner hits the blind tag and Hendry is stuck in the opponents corner. Quick tags between Deaner and AJ keeps Hendry isolated and getting throttled. Francis goes for a Leg Lariat while Hendry is draped on the middle rope, Hendry dodges, AJ crotches himself and Hendry tries some offense. A Dropkick careens AJ back to Joe, Joe goes for the Trust Fall but AJ is too big. AJ goes for a Chokeslam, but Joe counters it into a DDT. Simultaneous tags, Deaner gets lit up, Rolling Thunder for 2. Francis gets in the ring, tries to send a message to Swann but Swann just smacks him. AJ charges, low bridge into Swann hitting a Senton off the apron to wipe out AJ. Lethal Injection from Swann, tags in Hendry, Standing Ovation for the win!

-Wait- Swann finally won a match in new TNA? Color me surprised. After the match, Hendry hogs the limelight a little in the victory and Swann’s face looks like he’s buying AJ’s pitch a bit more. The heel turn seems very much in the works, now just a matter of time.

DDIWAPSEA will be fire. I look forward to the DDIWAPSEA Heavyweight Title.

We get Ali’s inauguration speech next, and its what you would expect. The Good Hands act like typical mooks, Ali’s bland presence is the right level of cringe lameness for a political gimmick and it gets cut off by Chris Sabin of course.  Fight breaks out of course, Intergalatic Pizza Cats or whatever the bad name is make the save and Ali makes a very calm exit flanked by his security (this part is actually great). 

After the inaugural melee, ASH by Elegance cuts off everything before the Xia and Tasha match. The “major announcement” is just that she’s going to have a match next week, but she comes out like a super model and not in an evening gown…so I actually really liked her look tonight. Plus her and Iceman are so delusional and hilarious I can’t help but love this gimmick. 

Tasha Steelz vs Xia Brookside

The rubber match no one wanted gets a stipulation of “winner gets a Knockouts title shot at Sacrifice”. This promises to be miserable and make the Sacrifice card kinda trash. 

Lame strikes, Xia screams like 10 seconds into the match to “fire up” for no reason, completely whiffs a Dropkick so Tasha slams Xia into the corner and brings her out by hitting a Jackhammer for 2. Bad Headscissors into a weak looking Dropkick from Xia and a Running Crossbody for 2. Xia tries to lift Tasha, Tasha goes to the eyes and then a few strikes into a bottom turnbuckle foot choke cause their both like 4 foot 10 instead of 7 feet like Kevin Nash.

Xia tries to fight out of the corner but Tasha stays on top of her with clubbing Axehandles into a kneeling Sleeper. Xia Snapmare to break the Sleeper, Flying Lariat, another Flying Headscissors, too much Screaming out of nowhere, Broken Wings to the corner, Cutter attempt is countered, Brooksie Bomb is countered by Tasha. Gamengiri from Xia knocks Tasha to the ground, Xia with a Baseball Slide into Tasha and then a Running Neckbreaker on the outside.

Both cut the other one off trying to get back into the ring, and the count continues, 10 count happens and Double Count Out is declared. Jordynne will probably just accept both of them as opponents.

Look Jordynne comes out and does what was obvious. The concerning part here is that one on one neither could believably beat Jordynne…but as a Three Way Dance, shenanigans are nearly guaranteed.

The System (Eddie Edwards, Moose & Brian Myers) w/Alisha Edwards vs ABC (Ace Austin & Chris Bey) & Eric Young

As we’ve established, TNA 6 mans are very Japanese, so the opening salvos are kinda inconsequential. A few mind games, but everyone gets a chance to shine and hit low to mid tier moves to keep things moving. The System side keeps up with quick tags, Back Rakes, Arm Wringers, Headbutts and just general strategy to keep Bey eating offense. Bey flips out of the move from Myers, tags in Ace and sends Myers reeling. Myers powders, Alisha is trying to fan him down, but Ace comes around the corner. Nice little wrinkle for when Ace was the XXX Division Champion and was trying to bang Eddie’s wife, but Eddie is the heel now. Those interactions are always a bit fun.

Lish does a good job at distracting the referee though and allowing System to eventually stop Ace’s momentum and take back over. Lish gets involved a bit by choking Ace on the bottom rope while the ref is distracted and Ace has had no offense in a few minutes. Myers works him over, tags in Moose and Moose is dissecting him with Garvin Style Stomps. EY and Bey are getting frustrated, but Ace is paying the price and getting manipulated. Quick tags keep Ace rocked, but finally a foot up stops Moose, he fights out of the corner, connects on a Roundhouse Kick and uses the momentum of his jump to tilt Moose backwards to tag in Bey…but the referee didn’t see it!

A few moves delayed, but EY takes the hot tag and starts finding offense, there’s a tornado moment that gets sloppy and looks a bit bad after Moose crotches himself on the top rope. 1-2-SWEET landed on Moose, but Eddie breaks up the pin.

 

Overall Score: 7/10

Since we’ve got Sacrifice on March 8th, the logic for stories had to be very quick and dirty. The System potentially in line to get a tag title match after the 6 Man makes sense, Knockouts World title picture is messy but could lend to a weird way in getting the belt off Jordynne, Dango being relevant to the show but not really in any major angle keeps him on people’s radar, Kaz’s threat to Santino can lead to things and Maclin versus Nemeth is happening much earlier than I expected.

Honestly, the only match that is bound to be disappointing is the Knockouts Three Way Dance unless Jordynne really kicks it into overdrive to cover both her opponents weaknesses. Oh yeah, and Alexander Hammerstone officially getting signed it the best news to come out of tonight. So now Hammerman just needs to win at Sacrifice and we’ll start some nice momentum to potentially get him a title shot by Slammiversary or Bound For Glory. Hell if Hammerstone takes the belt off Moose at some point and then Nemeth challenges Hammerstone at something like Bound For Glory; that’s pretty box office when all things are said and done.

 


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Dalton Castle will do it for The Boys!

After weeks of obsessing, and after being faced with a tough decision. Dalton Castle gets his match with Johnny TV, with The Boys on the line! Will Castle SMASH Johnny’s face in once and for all?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • ROH Women’s World Television Championship Tournament, Quarterfinal: Taya Valkyrie w/ Johnny TV VS Queen Aminata; Aminata wins and advances.
  • Lee Johnson VS Mike Sydal; Johnson wins.
  • Komander w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Blake Christian; Komander wins.
  • Taiji Ishimori VS Jacoby Watts; Taiji wins.
  • Custody of The Boys: Dalton Castle VS Johnny TV w/ Taya Valkyrie; Johnny wins and takes custody of The Boys.

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ROH Women’s World Television Championship Tournament, Quarterfinal: Taya Valkyrie w/ Johnny TV VS Queen Aminata!

La Wera Loca says this tournament and that title belong to her, but she’s up against the Queen of Guinea! Will the One and Only African Woman Wrestler in ROH & AEW take one step closer to history? Or will nothing stop Mrs. TV from being TV Champion?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the fans rally up. Taya taunts Aminata as they get face to face, but then Aminata stands tall to be head, shoulders and chest above! The fans fire up, Aminata reels Taya into a headlock, then hits a takeover. Taya moves around, fights up to her feet, and slips out to hammerlock then headlock and takeover. Aminata headscissors, Taya moves around, and Taya pops free to then get a headlock back. Aminata fights up, powers out the back and steps over to twerk attack! Aminata then wrenches, headlocks and grinds. Taya puts Aminata in a corner, the ref counts, and Taya lets off.

Taya swings but Aminata ducks! Aminata then ROCKS Taya in the corner! And CHOPS! And ROCKS her again! And CHOPS her again! Aminata ROCKS Taya one more time, but Taya avoids the double chop to CHOP! Taya eggs Aminata on but Aminata dodges, fakes the chop and body shots! Aminata whips corner to corner, runs up and hip attacks! Taya sits down, the fans fire up and Aminata twerks into the HIP- NO, Taya dodges and says hecc no! Johnny says Taya’s too smart for that. Aminata storms out after Taya, Taya slides in and Johnny distracts Aminata. Taya DECKS Aminata and Johnny catches her!

Taya is confused, and then both Johnny and Aminata freak out. They tell the other not to touch them, but Taya WRECKS Aminata with a dropkick! Aminata falls, Taya stomps away and says do not touch her man! Taya and Johnny then kiss, and Taya drags Aminata up. Taya brings Aminata around to whip her into railing hard! Aminata sits down and Johnny starts a “Taya! Taya!” chant. Taya slides into the ring but slides out to refresh the count. Taya runs in, but Aminata dodges to send Taya into railing! Aminata storms back up but Taya kicks low. Taya snap suplexes Aminata to the floor!

Aminata writhes while Taya mockingly chants for her. Taya then brings Aminata up and brings her around, to CHOP her against the apron! Taya pushes Aminata in the ring, stomps her, then pushes her around to grab the legs. Taya ties up the legs, pulls hair, but then shifts to the QUEEN ANGELITO! The fans rally for Aminata as she endures and reaches out. Aminata claws her way forward to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Taya lets go, and Aminata grits her teeth as she rises up. Taya runs up but into an elbow! Taya tries again but Aminata ELBOWS again! Taya tries a third time, Aminata goes up and over to sunset flip! TWO!

Taya stands and SPEARS Aminata down! Cover, TWO!! Aminata survives and the fans fire up! Taya has a wild grin but she’s frustrated. “This is your queen?” The fans cheer but Taya mocks them. Taya SPANKS Aminata, drags her up, and the fans chant “She’s Our Queen!” Taya CLUBS Aminata, reels her in, but Aminata fights around to waistlock and GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans fire up while both women are down! Johnny coaches Taya as a standing count starts. Both women rise, stand at 5 of 10, and Taya throws a forearm! Aminata hits back! Taya throws another, so Aminata ROCKS her right back!

Taya fires a flurry of forearms, then winds up, but Aminata wrenches and snap suplexes! Then LARIATS! Then clinches, spins, snapmares and runs, PENALTY KICK! The fans fire up with Aminata while Taya flounders to a corner. Aminata runs side to side to BOOT WASH! Aminata goes corner to corner now, for the HIP ATTACK! The fans fire up again, Aminata covers, TWO!! Taya survives and Aminata grows frustrated. Johnny coaches Taya but the fans rally for Aminata. Aminata drags Taya up, fisherman, but Taya slips free to kick, KICK and LARIAT! Taya roars and Aminata rises. Aminata swings, Taya gets under, BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!!

Aminata is still in this but Taya still has that wild look in her eyes. Taya gets the legs but Aminata kicks her away! Aminata runs up but Taya BOOTS her! Taya reels Aminata in to underhook, lift and BUTTERFLY BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Taya is shocked that Aminata survives but the fans are thunderous! Aminata goes to ropes, Taya runs in, but into a BOOT! Aminata ROCKS Taya with a forearm, rolls her up, TWO! Aminata hurries to HEADBUTT!! Cover, AMINATA WINS!!

Winner: Queen Aminata, by pinfall (advances to the semifinals)

Aminata just brought down a former champion and is in the Final Four! Will Aminata continue to knock people out of this tournament to finally have her crowning moment?

 

Lexi Nair is on stage.

She says, “Ladies and gentlemen, may I have your attention please. Your ROH Women’s World Champion, Athena, and Billie Starkz have called an emergency MEM (Minion Empowerment Meeting).” And now, Athena & Billie walk out on stage. The fans cheer and Athena smiles as she still has the title around her waist. Athena says, “Hello, Minions.” “Hi~, Athena.” “I said HELLO~ Minions~!” The fans cheer, and Athena says it is very important we start off with this bit of information. She’s read the comments online, everything they had to say about MIT, the Athena family, and how they are falling apart.

Athena thinks it is finally time to address the problem. Lexi Nair! Huh!? Athena says if Lexi doesn’t stop chasing Dalton Castle and every hack around the back, she will take her fist and… Y’know what? Lexi’s place is next to Billie, next to Athena, does she understand? Y-Yes! Athena then smiles and says to business. Last week, Athena was in a historic Best 2 Outta 3 Falls Tables match for her ROH Women’s World Championship. And to be honest, Nyla Rose took Athena to the limit, she presented challenges that Athena didn’t know she’d have to deal with. Nyla was the embodiment of chaos, and showed us why she is a former AEW Women’s World Champion.

The fans do applaud but Athena says also last week, Athena YEETED that hussy right through a table! Didn’t she? The fans applaud and Billie adds, “But what about me last week? I won my first round match last week against Robyn.” The fans do cheer and Athena says yeah, but Robyn Renegade isn’t what Athena would really call… competition. Y-Yeah, but Billie also gets Diamante in the second round. Right… And Billie thinks she can beat “Diabla” without Athena motivating her? Yeah, Billie’s gonna win by herself! The fans cheer and Athena asks Lexi if she thinks Billie can do this.

Lexi nervously says yeah, duh! Athena asks the “Minion Mafia,” do they think Billie can win it all? “YES!” Well then, Billie. You better win the ROH Women’s World TV Championship, or else. Because this is THEIR year, this is the Year of MIT, of Minion Bestie, of Minion 400,237 and three-quarters! And most of all, this is the Year of the Fallen Goddess, the ROH Gatekeeper, the Minion Overlord, the American Joshi, and most of all the inspiration for every woman’s division! This right here is HER show! With HER rules! And if you don’t like that, you can step up, or step out. Mic drop moment and the family heads out. Will Billie bring home the gold to stand beside Athena?

 

Taiji Ishimori VS Jacoby Watts!

It’s a great surprise return to ROH for the Bone Soldier Reborn! Will Taiji prove that Bullet Club is still Too Sweet even as ROH is reborn?

The Code of Honor is skipped as Taiji kicks Jacoby’s hand away. Jacoby takes a swing, Taiji dodges and claws the eyes! The ref reprimands, Taiji whips but Jacoby reverses! Taiji goes out, slides under, slips around and RAMS into Jacoby. Taiji then springboards to SEATED SENTON! The fans fire up with Taiji as he looms over Jacoby. Taiji fist drops Jacoby, then NECK TWISTS him! Jacoby writhes, the fans rally behind “Bone Soldier! Bone Soldier!” Taiji drags Jacoby up for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Jacoby stays in this but Taiji keeps cool. The fans cheer as Taiji paces around. Taiji goes to a corner then climbs up.

Jacoby stands, Taiji leaps at him, CROSSBODY but Jacoby catches him! Swing and END OF DAYS! Taiji flounders to a corner, Jacoby runs up to fire off haymakers! The ref counts, Jacoby lets off, and then Jacoby whips corner to corner. Jacoby winds up and runs in place, then runs in to clothesline! Jacoby keeps moving and LARIATS Taiji down! Cover, TWO! Taiji survives and the fans rally up. Jacoby stomps Taiji, drags him up, but Taiji kicks low. Taiji claws eyes, whips, but Jacoby reverses. Taiji handsprings to NEURALIZER! Both men are down and the fans rally up again. Taiji goes to ropes and he takes aim, BANG!

Taiji reels Jacoby in but Jacoby fights out of the half hatch. Taiji UPPERCUTS, runs, but Jacoby scoops! Taiji claws eyes and slips free to then wrench, tilt-o-whirl and LA MYSTICA, into BONE LOCK!! Jacoby taps, Taiji wins!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by submission

The Bone Soldier brings down Jacoby and has his first win back in ROH. Will he stick around to see if it turns into a title opportunity?

 

Queen Aminata speaks.

“Listen, guys. I told you The Queen would beat Taya, and I actually beat Taya. Y’know, I have to say, that wasn’t easy. My neck is sore, my back feels like crap right now, I don’t feel very juicy. But at the end of the day, this tournament started with 16 women, and I know it will end with only one woman. And that one woman will be the one and only Queen Aminata.” The Queen is ready to win it all now that she got past Mrs. TV, will Aminata soon be the Queen of TV?

 

Custody of The Boys: Dalton Castle VS Johnny TV w/ Taya Valkyrie!

The Peacock has been so obsessed with revenge on the Guru of Greatness for ruining his shot at the ROH World Television Championship, he was ready to do anything to get this chance. Sadly, Johnny used that, and now he wants to take away the two things that mean more to Castle than anything in the world! Will Brandon & Brent have no choice but to leave their Castle? Or will Castle prove once and for all he is more than TV Ready?

Wait, The Iron Savages are here? And Jacked Jameson says they’ve got a little something to help. It’s the Savage Sauce! We all saw how that stuff pepped The Peacock up a month or so ago, and he can definitely use the pick-up! Castle chugs the sauce and he is ALL fired up! “Let’s go break some hearts!” Castle has wanted nothing more in his entire life to SMASH Johnny TV! He gives the Boys a sample of the sauce, and now Castle is feeling the magma flowing through his veins! Castle is back to his old self for the time being, but will he be able to hold onto his Boys?

The introductions are made, the Boys’ hands are raised, and we see who brings ’em home!

The Code of Honor is skipped and the bell rings. Castle and Johnny circle, Johnny ends up in a corner but he dodges Castle’s lunge. Johnny rolls, resets and circles with Castle again. Castle corners Johnny this time, but then Johnny escapes. Johnny lounges on the corner, Castle runs in but Johnny gets away again. Johnny says he can do this all day. But then Castle gets a leg and trips him! Johnny scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts but Castle waistlocks Johnny to a corner. The ref pries Castle away and Johnny bails out. Taya protests, that sauce should count as an illegal performance enhancer!

Taya whispers something to Johnny before he slides back in. Johnny and Castle circle, Johnny kicks but Castle blocks, so Johnny pokes him in the eye! Johnny then shoots around to CLUB Castle on the back! Castle bails out, The Boys fans him off, and Taya taunts them all. Castle scowls at Taya but storms back up the steps. Taya tells him, “Get in the ring, loser!” But Castle hops down and he gets the fans fired up! Castle then gets back in, he blocks a punch to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Castle whips corner to corner, Johnny reverses and runs in, but Castle pops him up! Johnny holds ropes to stop the Bangarang!

Castle lets Johnny go but then Johnny DUMPS him out! The Boys fan Castle but Johnny goes out to SHINING WIZARD! Johnny hopes they caught that on camera. Then he tells The Boys to come this way. Johnny forces the Boys to back up, and Taya takes a new family selfie! The ref reprimands, this is not the time! The ref takes Taya’s phone away and says they’re not a real family so stop it. But then Johnny sends The Boys at Castle! The Boys stop from colliding with Castle, and Castle gets in. Johnny runs in, handsprings, but into an EXPLODER! The fans fire up as Castle KNEES Johnny down!

Johnny staggers up, Castle bumps him off buckles! And then off more buckles! Castle reels Johnny in for a DDT! The fans fire up with Castle as he rises up. Castle drags Johnny up, reels him in, but Johnny shoves him away. Castle runs back up but Johnny ducks the lariat, only for Castle to LARIAT on return! The fans chant “For The Boys!” while Johnny bails out. Castle pursues but Taya blocks the way! And then Johnny RAMS Castle into railing! The fans rally for Castle while Johnny mockingly pats him on the head. Castle ROCKS Johnny! Taya again stands in the way and says kiss this! Johnny then uses that to POMMEL HORSE KICK Castle!

Taya laughs at Castle while fans boo, but Johnny grins as he tells the Boys, go ahead, fan Castle while they can. Then Johnny whips Castle into steel steps! Taya mockingly asks Castle what’s wrong while Johnny refreshes the count. Johnny KICKS Castle low! And FLAPJACKS Castle off barriers! The fans boo while Johnny shoves Castle in. Johnny brings Castle up, turns him, NECKBREAKER! Johnny grins, strikes a pose, but the fans still rally behind Castle. Johnny cravats for a neck wrench and The Boys keep the fans going. Castle endures, fights up, and he throws body shots! Johnny CLUBS Castle down!

Johnny winds up, aims, but Castle blocks the haymaker to BACK ELBOW! And LARIAT! The fans fire up again and Castle shoots in to clinch and EXPLODER! Johnny staggers back up, into another EXPLODER! Castle has Johnny again, EXPLODER! The hattrick is complete, and the fans rally as Castle clinches for a fourth! The Suplex Peacock is unleashed, and he watches Johnny flounder around. Castle BOOTS Johnny, then GERMAN SUPLEXES! High stack cover, TWO! Johnny survives being thrown around and the fans rally up again. Castle gets around Johnny and hooks an arm so he can throw ELBOWS into the ribs!

Johnny sputters, Castle drags him up, and says time to smash his face! Castle fireman’s carries but Johnny slips free! MOONLIGHT DRIVE! Cover, TWO!! Castle survives and the fans fire up! Johnny is frustrated, Taya coaches him up, and he drags Castle up with a waistlock. Castle slips out the back, waistlocks, but Johnny RAMS him into the corner! Johnny ELBOWS Castle, but Castle BOOTS him back! Castle back suplexes Johnny onto the ropes! Johnny lands on his Mr. Belvedere! The fans chant “No More Babies!” and Castle SAIDOS Johnny off the ropes! Cover, TWO!! Johnny survives and Castle cannot believe it!

Castle drags Johnny up but Johnny ROCKS him with a forearm! Johnny crawls away but Castle grabs a leg! Johnny throws an elbow to get free, but Castle keeps pursuing. Johnny kicks Castle away, drags himself up the ropes, but Castle runs in. Johnny BOOTS him, goes up the corner, and he brings Castle in, but Castle UPPERCUTS him! Castle has Johnny in the crucifix, for a BLACKOUT DRIVER?!? Taya freaks out and throws a Boy into the ring! The ref is busy with, uh, Brent perhaps, while Castle covers! Castle would’ve won by now!! The fans boo and the ref sees it now! Cover, TWO!! Johnny survives because of the delay!

Taya shouts for Johnny to get up, and he flounders up on the apron. Castle storms up but Johnny kicks him low! Johnny laughs, climbs, but Castle kicks out his legs! Castle goes to the adjacent corner and the apron. Castle runs in, but Johnny avoid the boot! Johnny swings, Castle counter punches! But Taya anchors Castle while Johnny distracts the ref ! “This is Awesome!” even as Johnny grabs at Castle over the corner! Johnny drags Castle up using a chinlock, and they go to the top rope. But Castle DECKS Johnny onto the Boys! The ref is again distracted and Taya SHOVES Castle down!! Castle flounders up, into a GAMANGIRI!

Johnny goes to the corner, for the STARSHIP PAIN!! Cover, Johnny wins!!

Winner: Johnny TV, by pinfall (acquires custody of The Boys)

The decision should really say Johnny AND Taya won, because they worked together to screw Castle over! For the second time in his life, Castle must give up The Boys to another! The Last Real Man used The Boys against Castle, will Mr. & Mrs. TV do the same in the 2024 remake no one wanted?


My Thoughts:

A great episode of ROH here, mostly because it was only a little over an hour. I probably could’ve done all the matches because of that, but oh well. Still good to see Mike Sydal back in action, though good win for Lee Johnson off him. And Komander VS Blake turned out to be some great stuff, too. But I got the important tournament match, and how great for Aminata to win, she’s definitely going to be a finalist. And after the really good promo from Athena, Billie & Lexi, Billie is of course going to be the other. Athena adding that “or else” was a nice touch, and oddly makes me think Billie loses so that we get Athena VS Billie 2 down the line, and that is where Billie wins the world title so Athena can move up/over to AEW.

Great to see Taiji in ROH, though of course he was gonna squash Jacoby. Not sure what more this is about other than maybe just a stop over while Taiji also (probably?) visits NJPW Strong. And great main event out of Castle VS Johnny. I had a feeling Johnny was going to win because that would be the more intriguing story. Johnny & Taya are going to force The Boys to adopt a more “TV Ready” style, like sunglasses and fur coats. I expect Castle to be even more distraught and out of it than he was the whole time during this story build, and maybe there’s a rematch to get The Boys back for Supercard of Honor in April. That would be a big moment for ROH’s answer to WrestleMania Weekend.

My Score: 8.7/10


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