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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (12/20/22)

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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Who will have gold for the holidays?

The New Day defend their NXT Tag Team titles against Briggs & Jensen, and the NXT Women’s Tag Team titles are defended in a TRIPLE THREAT!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Axiom VS Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams; Melo wins.
  • Zoey Stark VS Nikkita Lyons; Stark wins.
  • NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: Kayden Carter & Katana Chance VS Toxic Attraction VS Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley; Kayden & Katana win and retain the titles.
  • Indi Hartwell VS Elektra Lopez; Lopez wins.
  • Alba Fyre VS Sol Ruca; No Contest.
  • NXT Tag Team Championships: The New Day VS Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen w/ Fallon Henley; The New Day wins and retain the titles.

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Axiom VS Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams!

The Undeniable Truth didn’t win the Iron Survivor Challenge, but he had one of the most exciting moments in it! It even caught The A Champion by surprise! But now, these two look to step up, wanting to be next in line after Grayson Waller. Who hits the mark and who misses like an air ball as the New Year approaches?

The bell rings and the two tie up. Melo waistlocks, he throws Axiom down, then pie faces him. Melo talks trash but Axiom trips Melo to a toehold! Melo rolls, Axiom cartwheels through, and he pie faces back! Melo scowls, rushes in, but Axiom facelocks! Axiom rolls Melo to a cover, ONE! Melo clinches, whips but Axiom reverses to snapmare! Things speed up, Axiom springboards to arm-drag, and Melo narrowly avoids the spin kick! Axiom says it was that close. Fans rally up, the two tie up, and Axiom headlocks. Melo powers up but Axiom hits a tornado takeover! Melo headscissors, Axiom kips free, but Melo holds onto the wrist!

Melo drags Axiom down to the headscissors, Axiom moves around and headstands. Axiom turns Melo over, bridges back and hooks up the legs! Fans cheer the exchange and Axiom gets a Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Melo pops out to cover, ONE, and Axiom ducks a kick to waistlock. Melo wheelbarrows, trips Axiom, but Axiom kicks him away! Melo kips up, Axiom trips him and covers, ONE! Axiom jumps the sweep, Melo ducks the kick, Melo sunset flips but Axiom rolls through to come back with a prawn hold! TWO, Axiom whips but Melo rolls. Things keep moving, Axiom arm-drags with a twist to have an armlock!

Fans cheer this great exchange, and then the fan rally up. Axiom bridges to twist the hammerlock! Melo endures, Trick coaches him up, and Melo stands. Axiom adds a chinlock, but Melo RAMS him into a corner! The ref calls the ropebreak, but Melo throws a back elbow. Axiom throws one back! Axiom goes up to FLYING ARM-DRAG and then DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Axiom waistlocks to rear bearhug and hold Melo down. Fans rally, Melo fights up, and Melo throws elbows. Axiom ducks, Melo bucks the O’Conner but he runs into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Fans rally and duel as Axiom bearhugs again.

Melo fights up, throws a back elbow, and he talks trash. Melo runs, but Axiom goes the other way to DROPKICK the springboard down! Fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” as NXT goes picture in picture.

Both men are down and the ref starts a standing count. Axiom flounders around at 4 of 10, he and Melo rise, and Axiom PENALTY KICKS! Melo sputters, but Axiom KICKS him again! Melo throws a body shot, but Axiom KICKS Melo back down! Axiom drags Melo up, to KICK again! And again! But Melo SWATS the leg! Melo runs, springboards, and FLYING LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Melo grows frustrated but he drags Axiom up to scoop and SLAM! Melo dribbles, he shoots, and he scores his free throw! But Axiom trips him up on the rebound! Melo stomps away on Axiom out of frustration! Melo covers again, TWO!

Melo clamps onto Axiom, he pulls on the mask! The ref reprimands but Melo shifts to have a cording hold. Axiom endures as Melo pulls on the arm. Axiom fights up, only for Melo to throw him down! Melo keeps on the arm, even digs a knee into Axiom’s side, but Axiom fights up gain. Axiom throws forearms, runs, and ducks a clothesline to crucifix takedown! TWO, and Melo CLOBBERS Axiom! Cover, TWO! Melo has the arm back in the cording hold! Axiom endures all over again, and he fights back up. Melo wrangles Axiom back down! NXT returns to single picture as fans rally and duel.

Melo pulls on the arm but Axiom fights up again. Axiom throws knees and gets free, but Melo ROCKS him with a right! Axiom ROCKS Melo back, but Melo SLAPS Axiom! Axiom CHOPS, Melo ROCKS! Axiom goes to ropes, Trick talks trash, but Axiom comes back to CHOP! Axiom fires palm strikes, he whips, and then DROPKICKS Melo down hard! Fans fire up with Axiom while Melo goes to a corner. Axiom runs corner to corner to GAMANGIRI! And then a FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Not quite perfect but fans argue the count. Axiom hurries to waistlock Melo again, but Melo resists the lift.

Melo runs to ropes, bucks Axiom again, and he BOOTS Axiom down from the kip-up! Melo runs to tilt-o-whirl FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! But into the CROSSFACE! Fans rally and duel as Axiom endures! Axiom rolls the hold to a cover, TWO! Melo lets go, springboards, but into a SLIDING GERMAN SUPLEX! Axiom goes up top fast and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! But Axiom has the arm for an ARMBAR!! Melo flails, moves around, but ends up in a TRIANGLE HOLD! Melo endures, fights up, he claws at Axiom’s mask! The ref reprimands, Melo lets go to deadlift Axiom for a POWERBOMB! But Axiom springs up to TRIANGLE HOLD!!

Melo endures all over again but Axiom pulls him in deep! Melo dribbles Axiom’s head off the mat! Axiom lets go and Melo grabs hold of an arm. Melo drags Axiom up by his arm and mask, and he BOOTS Axiom! And BOOTS him! And BOOTS again! Axiom eggs Melo on! Then he blocks the boot to CHOP!! Axiom knuckle locks, CHOPS, goes up and up, but Melo trips him up! Axiom just double knuckle locks to bring Melo up! Axiom then jumps up to the top, but Melo follows! Axiom SUPER DUPER STEINERS!! Fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” while Trick freaks out! Melo distracts the ref, Trick throws Axiom down by his mask!

Melo hits a CODE BREAKER!! Melo goes up top and he takes aim, NOTHING BUT NET!! Cover, Melo wins!

Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall

As always, it’s Trick with the assist, but Melo made his shot! Axiom know sit, too, so he ASAI MOONSAULTS onto Trick! Axiom says that’s what happens! Will the Undeniable Truth prove that Melo can’t make his shots without help?

 

Backstage interview with Grayson Waller.

McKenzie Mitchell says Waller requested this time, so what’s on his mind? “I still can’t believe Roxanne Perez is our new NXT Women’s Champion. I never thought she could do it. And honestly, McKenzie, it’s inspired me. If Roxanne didn’t have to wait until New Year’s Evil, then why should I wait for New Year’s Evil for my match with Bron?! I want my title match… TONIGHT!” Seriously? Dead serious! Roxie called her shot, so Waller’s calling his! But Bron’s not here, he’s on a media tour promoting Vengeance Day. Why? He’s not going to be champion come Vengeance Day, Waller will! Well, he’s in Carolina right now-

Waller doesn’t care where Bron is! The challenge is made! If Bron wants to show he’s a gutless champion, then so be it. But Bron has the USA Network, probably streaming on his phone right now. Waller tells Bron to meet him the ring tonight! “BITCH!!” Is the 21st Century Success Story just puffing up his chest because he knows the champ isn’t here? Or will Bron find a way to return home in time to break the Grayson Waller Effect?

 

Tony D’Angelo is on the phone with someone.

It isn’t Stacks, because he’s right next to The Don. Tony can’t believe “he said that.” But absolutely, yeah. Tootles. Who was that? Well, guess who has a North American Championship match next week? Wow, let’s go, Don! Is he the don or not? So Wes Lee agreed to that? It was his idea! What a great guy. But what do they now? Well, Stacks is gonna tell Dijak to stay out of their business. And when Tony beats Wes, Dijak can have the first crack. But until then, Dijak needs to stay out of his way. Stacks has to go tell him now? No, wait until tomorrow. YES right now!

Stacks heads out, but Waller has him and Tony hold on. Have they seen Bron Breakker? No. Stacks leaves, and Waller tells Tony to tell Bron that Waller’s looking for him. Can the Don do that for Waller? Yeah, sure. Waller heads out, and Tony shakes his head. Does even Tony D know some things just aren’t possible?

 

Zoey Stark VS Nikkita Lyons!

Once a role model and “big sister” to the new recruits, The Hunter is only looking out for herself now. She and the Lioness have a score to settle, but who will be the hunter and who will be the hunted?

But as Lyons makes her entrance, Stark rushes out after her! Lyons avoids the cheap shot to ROUNDHOUSE Stark down! Lyons says if that’s how she wants it, then she RAMS Stark into the apron! They get in the ring, fans fire up and the bell rings! Stark swings but into counter punches from Lyons! Lyons whips, then HEEL KICKS Stark down! Stark flounder sup, Lyons RAMS her into the corner! And again, and again! Lyons whips corner to corner, runs in and FOREARM SMASHES! Stark staggers away, Lyons is right after her with body shots! Stark shoves back but Lyons fires off more shots! The ref counts, Stark shoves Lyons away and bails out!

Fans boo but Lyons pursues. Stark gets back in the ring, but Lyons avoids the sliding dropkick! Lyons whips but Stark reverses to POST Lyons! Stark rains down fists, then she roars! The ring count is climbing, fans taunt Stark with “OH~ Zoey Is Angry~!” Stark RAMS Lyons into the apron, pushes her into the ring at 7 of 10, and then stalks her to ropes. Lyons gets up but Stark CHOKES her on the ropes! The ref counts, Stark lets off at 4 of 5, and Lyons sputters to a corner. Stark CHOPS Lyons! Lyons CHOPS back, but Stark CHOPS again! Lyons CHOPS, Stark CHOPS, then Stark kicks low. Stark snapmares and clamps on a chinlock.

Lyons endures, fans rally up, but Stark CLUBS Lyons across the chest and shoulders. Stark wraps on a tighter hold but fans rally up again. Lyons fights to her feet, but Stark wrangles her right back down! Fans continue to rally, Lyons continues to fight, but Starks throws her down by her hair! Stark pie faces Lyons around, saying she’s nothing! But Lyons avoids the spin kick to sweep the legs! Stark staggers back up, Lyons rallies with clotheslines! Lyons waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! Lyons roars, runs in and PENALTY KICKS! And HIP ATTACKS! ROUNDHOUSE, then a cover, TWO! Lyons grows frustrated but she watches Stark stand up.

Fans rally as Lyons fireman’s carries. Stark fights free with elbows, goes to a corner, and Lyons runs in. Stark dodges to HEEL KICK!! Lyons staggers, Stark reels her in, but Lyons fights the full nelson. Lyons elbows Stark away, but Stark comes back with a DROPKICK! Lyons hits a ROBINSON SPECIAL! Cover, TWO! Stark says Lyons is ungrateful, and then she goes to a corner. Stark springboards, but Lyons avoids the ax handle to ROCK Stark with a right! SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Stark survives and Lyons grows further frustrated. Fans rally, both women stand and Lyons waistlocks. But Stark elbows free!

Lyons blocks a superkick, shoves and scoops Stark, but Stark slips off! Lyons SUPERKICKS Stark, then runs to FOREARM SMASH in the corner! Lyons whips Stark out but Stark goes up and over. Stark waistlocks, Lyons switches to O’Conner Roll, TWO and Stark has the O’Conner Roll Bridge! With the ropes!! STARK WINS!!

Winner: Zoey Stark, by pinfall

Fans boo as The Hunter steals a win! Lyons is furious, will she be hunting down Stark for a rematch?

 

Backstage interview with Cora Jade.

McKenzie says she can only imagine what Cora is feeling right now. Cora was seconds away from being the Iron Survivor until Roxanne won. And then Roxanne won the NXT Women’s Championship. Her thoughts? Cora says she was there for all that. Roxie is the luckiest person alive. That should’ve been Cora’s moment! Roxie doesn’t deserve the title, Cora does! And a lot of people think they deserve things, but Cora- GETS ATTACKED BY WENDY CHOO!! Wendy is in candy cane stripes but she’s more like a bat outta hell as she and Cora brawl! Referees rush in to stop this, but we all know this animosity isn’t going away! When will we see these two finally settle the score?

 

Fallon Henley, Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen look at the family expenses.

Fallon has no idea how her parents will get through this one. The interest rate alone is a killer. What did the financial advisor say? Mr. Henley met with him and talked it out, but they can’t just make money magically appear. Jensen is sure something will come up. It has to! The Henleys have rode out some tough times, especially 2021, but they have to keep their fingers crossed. Briggs says 2023 is right around the corner, surely things will get better. Jensen says he and Briggs are gonna walk into the New Year as NEW NXT Tag Team Champions, so they’ll host events and watch parties for New Year’s Evil and Vengeance Day!

Briggs likes that! They can put their heads together and come up with something. But in walk Kiana James & Gina. Kiana tells Gina to take stock of everything, from the furniture to the wall fixtures. Anything that can get them money in liquidation. Gina’s on it. Jensen says hi, but Fallon asks what the hell they’re doing here. Briggs says they should’ve read the sign, y’all ain’t welcome here. Welcome? They should be rolling out a red carpet. A little birdie told them about the Henley financial woes. So she’s going to take care of them. Jensen…

Kiana did some digging, and her friends at the banks told her about the “dreadful financial mismanagement” by the Henleys. This bar owes THOUSANDS in commercial taxes! And they sure don’t have enough in the Escrow to cover it, so Kiana paid it all for them. The bank then placed a lien on the bar. So sorry, but Fallon’s childhood memories aren’t worth much. Kiana will soon buy this bar outright and do whatever she wants with it. Fallon calls Kiana a bitch. Kiana says she prefers “businesswoman.” Okay, then let’s talk business! Next week, Fallon VS Kiana, and when Fallon wins, her family gets the bar, debt free!

Is Fallon delusional? Why would Kiana agree to that? Because if Kiana wins, she can have the bar for “pennies on the dollar.” Deal? Deal. See you next week. Kiana & Gina leave, Jensen isn’t sure what to say. But can Fallon fight to keep her family’s bar? Or will this be a hostile takeover by the Professional Professional Wrestler?

 

NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: Kayden Carter & Katana Chance VS Toxic Attraction VS Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley!

Speaking of settling scores, KC Squared has been dealing with Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne talking and stalking them when it comes to these titles, and then the Diamond Mine’s Pitbull and Prospect got in the mix! With the odds not in the champions’ favor, will Kayden & Katana be able to survive for the holidays? Or will we see NEW tag team champions just in time for Christmas?

NXT returns and the Diamond Mine make their entrance. Then the champions make their entrance. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if the numbers spell disaster for KC Squared!

The teams sort out, and in this Triple Threat, only two teams are legal at a time. Kayden and Gigi start, forcing Tatum & Ivy to stand down. Gigi and Kayden circle, tie up, and Gigi wrenches to then CLUB Kayden. Gigi bumps Kayden off buckles, tags Jacy, and Gigi whips Jacy in for a back body block! Jacy helps Gigi hit the BRONCO BUSTER, then Jacy adds a CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Jacy says Kayden is nothing, but Kayden waistlocks! Jacy switches, Kayden goes to ropes but Ivy tags in as Kayden bucks Jacy away. Ivy runs in, spins Jacy and steps over to hook up an arm! Ivy drags Jacy down to a cover, TWO!

Fans rally for Ivy as she gator rolls with Jacy! Ivy brings Jacy up, whips her to the Diamond corner, then runs in to RIDER KICK! Tag to Tatum, she and Ivy double suplex! They double kip up, then Tatum gets an assist for the STANDING MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO! Tatum drags Jacy to the wrong corner and realizes it before she tags out. Tatum drags Jacy over to tag Ivy, and Ivy drags Jacy up. Ivy wrenches, KICKS and runs, but Jacy ROCKS Ivy! Jacy snarls, runs, but Kayden sneaks a tag! ROLLING ELBOW for Ivy, but then SUPERKICK for Jacy! Gigi runs in but so does Katana, and KC Squared DOUBLE DROPKICK Gigi!

Fans fire up as KC Squared BLAST Tatum off the apron and onto Jacy! All four challengers are gathered together, KC Squared both climb the same corner, for a SUPER DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Fans fire up as the champs stand tall and NXT goes to break.

NXT returns again and Ivy endures a Bow ‘n’ Arrow Stretch from Gigi! Fans rally, Ivy pops out to cover, TWO! Gigi and Ivy get up, Gigi grabs an arm to keep Ivy from Tatum! Gigi short arm LARIATS, then she DECKS Tatum! Ivy KICKS Gigi back, and tags Kayden! Kayden dodges Gigi, BLASTS Jacy, then DECKS Gigi! Gigi gets up into another haymaker! Kayden whips Gigi to a corner, but Tatum tags in! Kayden BOOTS Tatum down, then runs to DROP-SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Kayden grows frustrated but she keeps on Tatum. Fireman’s carry, but Tatum fights and handsprings free of the throw! Tatum DECKS Katana, goes up and over Kayden!

Kayden puts Tatum on the apron, ROCKS her, but Tatum ROCKS Kayden back! Tatum climbs up to get Kayden, but Katana climbs up to tag in! Katana CLUBS Tatum, then gets Tatum for a SUPER DUPER STEINER! Cover, Ivy breaks it! Gigi ROUNDHOUSES Ivy! Kayden SUPERKICKS Gigi! Jacy SUPERKICKS Kayden! Katana ENZIGURIS Jacy! Fans are thunderous as all six women are down all over ringside! “This is Awesome!” as teams regroup at their corners. Ivy tags in, drags Katana up, and she fireman’s carries. Katana fights free, Gigi tags in! Gigi runs Ivy down but Ivy grapples with her to get a cover, TWO!

Gigi CLUBS Ivy, drags her up, and tags Jacy in. Toxic Attraction wrench and ROUNCHOUSE, SUPERKICK, and then FALLING HEDBUTT to a SENTON! Cover, Kayden drags Jacy off! They argue, Jacy tells Kayden to “SUCK IT!” Jacy shrieks, runs in to UPPERCUT Ivy, then runs in to CANNONBALL, but she only gets buckles! Tatum tags in, Ivy gives her a hand, ICONOCLASM TORNILLO!! Cover, Gigi breaks it!! Gigi drags Tatum up, but Tatum throws Gigi into Kayden! Hot tag back to Ivy and she drags Jacy up! But Jacy spins through to hit a NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Jacy aims at Ivy. But Katana sneaks a tag!

Kayden YANKS Jacy out of the ring as Katana runs at Ivy! CODE BREAKER! Ivy is down, Kayden tags in! But Tatum SHOVES Katana off the top and onto Toxic Attraction!! Ivy spins things around on Kayden, DIAMOND DRAGON SLEEPER!! Kayden endures, pushes off ropes to get a cover, KC SQUARED WIN!!

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

Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, Kayden & Katana keep the party alive! That was a close one, but will KC Squared always find a way?

 

Oro Mensah speaks.

“The vibe. The beat. The nightlife. It’s like Orlando is my home away from home. I keep it fresh. I keep it fun. Because music and wrestling have the same frenetic energy. I may not have been here for a long time, but I am here for a good time.” Oro Mensah is on his way back, will he bring the funk and the noise to NXT?

 

Booker T has a sit-down interview with Roxanne Perez.

Booker starts with just, “Wow. We’re here.” He feels like Morpheus in the Matrix searching for The One, and here she is. Roxie was the one who said when she was a little kid that she’d be the one to make it here. She is now NXT Women’s Champion. Take us back tot hat night. “It was a mix of emotions. I think for the most part, overwhelmed. I honestly didn’t expect for it to happen, but I pulled it off.” Booker knows that she walked into his wrestling school at just 16 years old, and she said, “I want to be in the WWE one day. What can you do to help me get there?” They put in the work, put their foot on the gas, and here, just five years later, NXT Women’s Champion.

Booker says this was like a meteoric rise for her. Roxie wanted to be the youngest-ever champion, and she became an NXT Women’s Tag Champion, the inaugural Women’s Breakout Superstar, and the first-ever Women’s Iron Survivor Challenge winner. And now, she really is the youngest NXT Women’s Champion. All of that within nine months of signing. She did not expect all this to happen. Booker says Roxie made history. She could’ve waited, but why take the shot and want it that night?

Roxie remembered a conversation she had with Booker about her tryout. She remembered what he said: “You need to bet on yourself. You need to bank on yourself.” That is what she remembered when Mandy attacked. She didn’t wanna wait, she wanted to bank on herself, and that is what she did. And then it all worked out. Booker says preparation is the only luck anyone has, and that is what it is for Roxie. She’s been preparing for this since day one, and now she’s champion. Congratulations, Roxie.

Roxie says he’s been asking questions, but he knows from their days in Reality of Wrestling, she’s had plenty of questions. So her first question is, as champion to legend, does he have any advice? Booker has always been about two things: checks and championships. You’ll be nervous, you’ll have butterflies, but you gotta make those butterflies line up and fly straight. When you lose that feeling, that is when it’s time to get out. So Roxie just has to go out there, win, make history, and fight her way to becoming a Hall of Famer. Everyone back home is so proud of her, so she just has to represent. Roxie’s ready! But then, who is next for The Prodigy?

 

Apollo Crews is here!

Fans cheer the man who was almost NXT Champion at NXT Deadline. But that loss doesn’t seem to have slowed him down, he still has energy as he goes to the ring and gets the mic. “Before I get started, I just have one thing to say. I gotta congratulate the NEW NXT Women’s Champion, Roxanne Perez! I gotta say, that was very, very well deserved. Now, I thought that I’d be leaving Deadline as the NEW NXT Champions. As a matter of fact, I knew it. I knew it in my heart. Man, it was my night! The vision was clear! I had the opportunity to capture the title that I came back to this building for. The title that I came back to this energy for!

“I had the opportunity to capture the title that I cam back to this brand to win. Now we all saw what happened. It didn’t go down like that, and I understand completely that I have been knocked down a few pegs. But that is okay. Cuz I am NOT out of championship contention. Now at New Year’s Evil, Bron Breakker and Grayson Waller will battle it out, and just three weeks after that, NXT is back on the rooooad~! They’re back on the road for Vengeance Day, and that is the time that I see myself stepping-” But wait! Melo makes his way back out! Melo has them cut the music there.

“For a man who talks about visions so much, how can you see that title from the back of the line?” Make no mistake, if we’re talking about who’s next, Melo’s next. Apollo, you’re nice, you’ve got it all, but what you don’t got is what Melo has, and that’s next. They’ve never been 1v1, but Melo has no problem at all putting a future Hall of Famer among those jerseys in the rafters. Apollo expected more from Melo. But credit where credit is due, Melo has everything! He is one of one! Just look at him! Fans do chant for “MELO~! MELO~!” Apollo says Melo looks cool, he has the swagger, the drip! Bell to bell, Melo’s at the top of NXT’s depth chart!

But one thing Melo doesn’t have… Oh, what’s that? The title? Because as Melo looks at Apollo, neither does he! Apollo frowns and Melo talks more trash. Apollo tells Melo, “Let me tell you something, dog. The one thing that you don’t understand, is that no matter how good you think you are, there is always, ALWAYS, someone out there better than you. And I don’t have to stand out here and tell you I am. You name the time, the place, and I’ll show you I am.” The gauntlet has been thrown down, will Melo accept the challenge?

 

The New Day talks backstage.

Woods is telling Kofi something someone else told him. They told Woods that the number of people that are older than you will never increase. Whoa…! But then Pretty Deadly rushes in with Christmas gifts? Kofi says hi to the #1 contenders! That is, if Kofi & Woods beat Briggs & Jensen. And if Kit & Elton got them everything on their wish lists. Yes! Everything! Oh, really? So they got Kamala’s mask? And Bart Gunn’s Brawl for All trophy? And Santino Marella’s Cobra? Ahmed Johnson’s Legion of Doom shoulder pads? Stevie Ray’s slapjack? Then that means they also got Honky Tonk Man! Kofi took that off the list, you can’t just go get a person. Fair.

But surely, Pretty Deadly got everything else. Kit & Elton double check the list and say they didn’t get quite everything. Then they can’t have their rematch! But how were they supposed to get Nail’s prison jumpsuit? He’s still in prison! Oh, like they’ve never broken the law and been to prison. NO! Then they’re gonna have to! How badly do they want the belts? SO badly! But can’t they pledge allegiance to the flag this time? No, that was last week! And they know inflation is running rampant. Last week’s price is not today’s. The only thing that remains the same is ya bois, the NEW~ DAY~! As the W! W! E! N! X! T! World! Tag! Team! CHAMPIONS~!

And also, get that last one. Tyler Breeze’s selfie stick. Very important, it’s for a party. Okay, see you later. Elton says this isn’t giving them any time to shop for themselves! Kit reminds Elton that this is Christmas time. It sure doesn’t feel like it! Will Kit & Elton be able to pull off an admittedly selfish Christmas miracle?

 

Alba Fyre walks around backstage.

And then she spots Isla Dawn! Isla laughs, Fyre raises her bat, but she gets RED DUST blown into her face! Fyre staggers around into piping, an official rushes over to help her. They shout for medical, but knowing the Wicked Witch of NXT, was that dust just dust or something worse?

 

NXT shares footage from last week.

Odyssey Jones, Malik Blade & Edris Enofe were heading out after the show, and they spotted Simone Joh- er, Ava Raine! They invited her along “to get that one two step.” Ava said, “When are you three going to stop trying to fill the void in your lives? Better question, when are you gonna realize the feeling that you’re chasing is temporary?” What? Ava, it ain’t that deep. They just wanna have fun living their best lives. If she doesn’t wanna join, that’s fine. But just know that they don’t believe in all that Schism bull-

But then in walks The Schism! Joe Gacy says, “What’s not to believe, Edris?” What he sees is a family. Jagger Reed says all he sees is three individuals bonded by a false reality that they’ve convinced is fun. Ava tells them to have “fun” tonight. Oh, they will. The Schism leaves, Jones won’t let them ruin the mood.

 

NXT checks in on Alba Fyre in the medical room.

The dust is stinging Fyre’s eyes and the doc did an eye check. Waller walks by asking about Bron. Fyre tells him to leave! Why’s she mad at him for? Waller goes off still trolling for Bron, but what of Fyre’s eyes? Will she make sure Isla doesn’t see the revenge coming?

 

Indi Hartwell VS Elektra Lopez!

Another score is being settled here tonight as #IndiWrestling and La Madrina finally have it out in the ring! Will Indi continue to be impressive all on her own? Or will it be Lopez living the high life in NXT?

The bell rings and Indi RAMS Lopez to a corner! Indi RAMS Lopez more, fans fire up but Lopez shoves Indi away. Indi BOOTS Lopez right back down! Cover, ONE, and Lopez tackles Indi! Lopez rains down fists, Indi shoves her away, but Lopez kicks her low. Lopez whips Indi into the corner, but Indi goes up and over! Indi hip tosses Lopez, then covers, ONE! Indi drags Lopez up to whip but Lopez stops herself to KICK back! Lopez ROCKS Indi, KICKS her out of the ring, then goes out after her. The forearms fly, Lopez CLUBS Indi then POSTS her! Lopez talks trash, puts Indi back in, and then KNEES Indi in the back!

Lopez throws another knee, drops an elbow, covers, TWO! Lopez wraps on a chinlock but fans rally up. Indi fights up, but Lopez throws her down by her hair! Cover, TWO! Lopez clamps on a chinlock and she thrashes Indi around! Indi endures and fans rally up, but Lopez fishhooks Indi’s face! The ref reprimands, Lopez stops to KNEE Indi in the back! Lopez CLUBS Indi, CLUBS her again, and then clamps on a chinlock. Lopez smothers Indi but Indi fights up again. Fans rally, Indi rolls Lopez up! ONE, but Indi kicks, CLUBS and JABS! Indi CLOBBERS Lopez, then CLOBBERS her again!

Fans fire up as Lopez goes to the apron. Indi drags Lopez through ropes to UPPERCUT and BOOT! Cover, TWO! Indi is annoyed but she drags Lopez up to whip her to ropes. Lopez ducks ‘n’ dodges and DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! Fans rally up as Lopez crawls to a corner. Indi stands, she storms up but Lopez BOOTS her away! Lopez goes up the corner, and brings out brass knuckles from inside the padding!? Indi drags Lopez off the top, but Lopez BRASS KNUCKLE PUNCHES Indi down! Cover, Lopez wins!!

Winner: Elektra Lopez, by pinfall

Lopez hides the evidence in her top, but she got away with one! Will La Madrina make her way to the top of NXT by any means necessary?

 

NXT again checks in on Fyre.

She tells the doc that she’s fine now. She just wants to be cleared. Well, if her vision is normal and there’s no more pain, then she’s cleared for her match tonight. Okay, thank you. Fyre heads back out, but will there be any side effects of her run-in with Isla?

 

Backstage interview with Wes Lee.

McKenzie asks him about making a title defense against Tony D’Angelo. Wes says that he refuses to be a reactionary champion. He is bringing the fight to every opponent every single time. He might get some bumps and bruises, but he got here by pushing the envelope, so why stop just because he’s champion? That’s fair. And Wes says after he beats The Don, he can move on. He has to take it one opponent at a time, and he’s starting with the man with the biggest mouth. If Tony wants the title as bad as he says, then he can try taking it from Wes next week. After Tony fails, Wes knows Dijak is waiting to deliver “hard justice.”

Wes says he’s ready to deliver his own cold hard facts. One: this title isn’t leaving Wes’s shoulder any time soon. Will the Must-See Kid stay the Must-See Champion of NXT? Or will Tony D tell him to FOGEDABOUTIT?

 

Alba Fyre VS Sol Ruca!

The Fire Keeper is fuming after what Isla Dawn has done to her, from that Last Woman Standing match against Mandy to Deadline, to the red dusting here tonight! Will she take out all of that anger on the #SolSurfer? Or will Ruca ride a wave that puts out the Fyre?

Speaking of Dawn, she attacks Fyre inside of her own smoke! The Wicked Witch stomps and ROCKS Fyre, CLUBS her, then ROCKS her again! Dawn grabs Fyre’s hand, puts it between steel steps and post, and then she grabs the baseball bat! Dawn grins as she SMACKS the steps with the bat! Fyre writhes as she clutches her smashed hand! Dawn mocks Fyre’s pain then laughs as she leaves, bat still in hand. Will nothing stop the Wicked Witch from cursing all of NXT?

 

Chase U holds a holiday party!

Andre Chase and all his students are together and exchanging gifts. The students line up to give Mr. Chase present after present. Thea Hail got Chase a brand new Chase U sweater. Cookies from Anna, and a fruitcake from Scott. Is he crazy?! Chase is ALLERGIC to fruitcake! Another student who brought fruitcake realizes they’re also in trouble… Chase asks if Scott wants him to break out in hives and have his throat close up! “Scott, you dumbass! I hope mother [censored] Santa Claus brings you a mother [censored] lump of coal! A FRUITCAKE?!” Scott leaves, dejected. And then the other students with fruitcake bail out.

Duke Hudson realizes the gift exchange was today, when he thought it was on Thursday. He looks at what Alex has. Duke tells Alex that the principal wants to talk to him. He means the Dean? YES! That! He gets them mixed up, going back and forth from Australia. But it’s something about Alex’s scholarship not rolling over to next semester or something. What?! Alex needs the scholarship! Duke says he’ll hold Alex’s gift and place in line. Alex thanks Duke, and Duke says it’s okay, everything always works out. At least, it works out for Duke. Duke goes up to Chase and says he wasn’t sure what to get the man who has everything.

Duke presents Alex’s present, and Chase is impressed: a “#1 Professor” plaque! Duke hasn’t even been here the whole semester, he didn’t have to do this. Oh, but he did! It’s from the heart. Well Chase appreciates that. He thanks Duke. Duke thanks Chase one hundred times more. Group hug! Merry Christmas from Chase U! But will Duke be the one getting that coal from Santa for being so naughty?

 

Backstage interview with Briggs, Jensen & Fallon.

McKenzie wants to talk about the confrontation with Kiana James, but she turns to Briggs & Jensen as they’re moments away from challenging The New Day for the NXT Tag Team Championships. Briggs says it’s one thing at a time with the bar. Tonight, they’re ready to rock! They never thought they’d be facing the New Day, let alone in a match for THE NXT Tag Team Championships! Tonight, they’re going balls to the wall! Jensen says New Day are first-ballot hall of famers, this is the biggest match of their lives.

Jensen may have a knot in his stomach right now, but he did say last week that 2023 is gonna be their year! And the best way to walk into it is as the NEW NXT Tag Team Champions! Fallon says, “Boys! Let’s go kick some-” Kiana walks in now? Now’s not the time, Kiana, this isn’t about the bar. Kiana says to save it. Their issue will be handled next week. She’s not here for Fallon. She’s here for Jensen. Jensen drops his hat out of shock as Kiana wishes him good luck! Jensen thanks Kiana for that. And then he nervously says to go to gorilla. Seriously? Fallon and Briggs can’t believe it, but they head out with him.

McKenzie looks at Kiana and she says, “What? I may be all business, but I’m still a woman.” Is there something brewing between Brooks and Miss James?

 

Drew Gulak is working with trainees.

The Philly Stretcher helps one guy find a way out of a headlock, to a waistlock and to his own headlock. The trainee shifts to a cravat, but then Gulak throws him down for an armlock. “See how easy that was?” Hank Walker then walks over and asks “Mr. Gulak” for a word. Sorry to interrupt, Mr. Gulak, but- No, no, don’t do that. Call him “Drew.” Oh, okay then, Drew. Hank saw Gulak scouting a few weeks ago, including his. Hank knows he isn’t Charlie Dempsey, and he knows he isn’t that good at this, but he isn’t afraid to work hard to get better. He just hopes Gulak has any advice for him. Hank knows he has a lot to prove, but he’s willing to bust his ass.

Gulak admires Hank’s zeal and eagerness. Tell you what? Next week, Gulak’s hosting a seminar, so he wants Hank to attend. Not participate, just observe. Okay then! Yes, sir! Hank will be there. Sorry to interrupt. Gulak says that’s okay, and he returns to the trainees. Will Hank learn a lot from the Catch Point Professor?

 

NXT Tag Team Championships: The New Day VS Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen w/ Fallon Henley!

Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods join a short but elite list of WWE Tag Team Triple Crown Winners, and they’re looking to make this reign their biggest one yet! But will they make it through the country boys to reign in the New Year? Or will Briggs & Jensen pull off a Christmas miracle just before Christmas?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see just who (who who who) rocks around the Christmas tree!

The teams sort out and Jensen starts against Kofi while fans sing, “HEY~ We Want Some New~ Day~!” Kofi and Jensen tie up, go around, and Jensen shoves Kofi down! Kofi likes that, and he ties up with Jensen again. They go around, Jensen puts Kofi in a corner but Kofi turns it around to CHOP! Jensen says okay, he swings, but Kofi bobs ‘n’ weaves to SLAP Jensen on the back! Kofi headlocks, Jensen powers out, but Kofi goes up and over in the corner. Kofi bunny hops to the beat, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Jensen rushes in, Kofi waistlocks him to headlock him. Jensen powers out and runs Kofi over!

Jensen CHOPS Kofi down, then does a two step. Things speed up, Kofi hurdles, hurdles and leaps, but into a waistlock! Kofi flails to resist the lift but he can’t get loose. Jensen shoves Kofi away, scoops and POWERSLAMS! Cover, ONE!! Kofi hurries away and he tags in Woods. Woods and Jensen tie up, fans sing “HAIL KING WOODS!” as Jensen puts Woods in a corner. Jensen storms up but Woods elbows him away! Woods goes up, leaps, but Jensen catches him! Jensen swings Woods around, but Woods slips off the scoop! Woods shoves Jensen to mule kick! Woods CHOPS Jensen, whips, but Jensen reverses!

Woods ducks, dodges ‘n’ slides under to ROLLING ELBOW! Jensen goes to the corner, Woods runs in to forearm smash! Kofi tags in, Kofi taunts Briggs and forearm smashes! Woods runs in to forearm smash! Kofi runs in to SHOTGUN Jensen down! Fans fire up as Kofi stomps away on Jensen! Tag to Woods, Kofi whips Woods in to basement dropkick! Woods drags Jensen out, covers, TWO! Fans rally and Woods smirks as he brings Jensen up. Woods whips, Jensen hurdles, Briggs tags before the FACEBUSTER! Kofi runs in but Briggs runs him over! Fans are torn as Briggs & Jensen whip The New Day.

The New Day wheelbarrow but Briggs & Jensen turn that into atomic drops! Briggs & Jensen shove the New Day onto ropes, then they both slide out to ROCK the New Day with haymakers! Fans fire up and Kiana is in the front row to cheer Jensen on as NXT goes picture in picture.

Briggs & Jensen get back in the ring, Briggs drags Woods up and ROCKS Woods with a haymaker! Tag to Jensen, Briggs feeds Woods to a bearhug! Jensen squeezes tight, then he RAMS Woods into the corner! Tag to Briggs, feed to another bearhug! Briggs squeezes tight, RAMS Woods in, and Jensen tags back in. Another feed to another bearhug! Woods endures as Jensen RAMS Woods in again! Tag to Briggs, but Woods sunset flips this time! Briggs breaks free, to NECK TWIST! Woods writhes, Briggs stays between him and Kofi. Briggs brings Woods up but Woods throws body shots! Woods ROCKS Briggs, mule kicks, and tags Kofi!

Woods KNEES Briggs, wrenches an arm, and Kofi goes up to AX HANDLE! Kofi keeps Briggs from Jensen to wrench the arm again. Tag to Woods, Woods climbs up and he AX HANDLES the arm! Woods whips Briggs, Briggs reverses but Woods goes up, only for Briggs to stop him from going over! Briggs reels Woods in for a BIG back suplex! Briggs covers, TWO! Briggs keeps Woods down, tags in Jensen, and Jensen drags Woods into a chinlock. Woods endures as Jensen grinds him down and NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally with “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” and Woods fights up! Woods reaches out, Jensen keep shim away, but Woods throws Jensen off!

Jensen gets a leg, Woods hops on one foot, but he ENZIGURIS Jensen away! Jensen staggers around in a daze, Woods crawls over, hot tag to Kofi! Kofi CLOBBERS Jensen, DECKS Briggs, then CHOPS and CHOPS and DROPKICSK Jensen! Jensen rebounds, he ducks Kofi’s leaping lariat and kicks low! Jensen whips Kofi but Kofi goes up and up to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Kofi fires up and fans cheer the “NEW~ DAY~” BOOM DROP! Fans fire up as Kofi claps it up in the corner. Jensen stands, Kofi spins, but into a waistlock! Back suplex, but Kofi lands on his feet! Kofi clinches Jensen, for an SOS! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!

Kofi can’t believe it but Kiana is impressed by Jensen’s wherewithal. Kofi brings Jensen up, reels him in again, S O- NO, Jensen gut wrenches free and POWER- NO, Kofi ranas! Briggs tags in and he rallies on the New Day with fists and a BOOT! Briggs CROSSBODIES Woods on the outside! Kofi FLIES, but Briggs catches him! Briggs RAMS Kofi into the apron, pops him up against the ropes and CLOBBERS him! Woods baseball slides, but Briggs catches him, too! And he pop-up CLOBBERS Woods, too!! Briggs shoves Kofi in the ring, he tags Jensen, and Kofi spins, but into a clinch! POP-UP ATOMIC DROP, to the BOOT!! High stack, TWO?!!?

Kofi survives and Jensen is beside himself! Jensen wipes blood from a busted lip and fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” Jensen TOSSES Kofi to the corner, tags Briggs, and they put Kofi up top. Briggs & Jensen climb but Woods gets on the apron. Jensen CLOBBERS Woods, but Kofi slips out under Briggs to DECK Jensen! Briggs BOOTS Kofi down, then adjusts up top, to MOONSAULT!! Cover, TWO!?!? Fans are stunned and Fallon can’t believe it! Briggs hitting the moonsault was one thing, but Kofi surviving it is another! “This is Awesome!” as Briggs drags Kofi up again. Briggs Electric Chair Lifts, and Jensen is up top!

But Woods SHOVES Jensen off the top! Jensen hits the announce desk! Kofi POISON-RANAS Briggs!! And then, TROUBLE IN PARADISE!! Tag to Woods, Kofi FLIES to take out Jensen!! Woods is up top, LIMIT BREAKER!! Cover, New Day wins!!

Winners: The New Day, by pinfall (still NXT Tag Team Champions)

The country boys couldn’t survive taking on the living legends, but fans are saying it again, “That was Awesome!” Kofi & Woods show respect to Briggs & Jensen, and Briggs & Jensen show it back. The New Day rocks in NXT, but who will be next to step up?

 

Channing Lorenzo finds Dijak.

Stacks tells Dijak that this is how they dish out justice. Next week, Dijak stays out of The Don’s way and Stacks won’t have to end the return before it gets going. Deal? Oh, Stacks was just rehearsing that in front of Dijak’s room. Stacks says he has this, and he storms into Dijak’s room. Will Hard Justice hear out The Don’s right hand man?

 

Waller is still searching.

“Where you at, Bron?” Waller doesn’t know where Bron went, but Bron knows where to find Waller! Waller says he’s going to the ring, because he is the future NXT Champion! Waller continues on to gorilla, but will he get what he wants? Or just what he deserves?

 

The countdown to January 10th continues!

“New Year. New Me. No resolutions needed.” But just who IS this?

 

The Diamond Mine is heading out.

NXT Media walks up to note the “tough loss” for Ivy & Tatum. They sticking together as a team? What kind of question is that? Everyone goes through growing pains. Just look at Katana & Kayden. Ivy says that it was a tough loss, but she knows she and Tatum made progress. The reporter asks Julius & Brutus Creed if they’re proud of Ivy & Tatum. Hell yeah they are! Ivy & Tatum busted their asses in that ring. But then Indus Sher calls over to the Creeds. They heard a rumor that Julius is cleared to compete. Oh, now they wanna talk? Yes, he is cleared! Sanga & Veer can get it whenever!

Veer says Julius has shown his judgment can’t be trusted. They needs to show Indus Sher something. Then watch  next week! Julius is going 1v1 with JD McDonagh, the guy who hurt him, and will prove it to them. Then Indus Sher will be out of excuses! They’ll make this happen. Diamond Mine leaves, Indus Sher is ready. But will Julius make it through the Irish Ace in one piece to settle things with Veer & Sanga on the other side?

 

Grayson Waller heads to the ring!

The winner of the Men’s Iron Survivor Challenge was “inspired” to call out Bron Breakker, but Bron wasn’t even scheduled to be here tonight. Waller still expects the NXT Champion to show himself tonight, and he gets a mic to shout, “Where you at, huh?! I ain’t waiting any longer! I’m calling my shot! I want the NXT Championship right here, right now! Let’s do this!” But oh wait, he forgot that Bron’s a coward! Waller has carried NXT on his back for the entirety of 2022, making moment after moment after moment! He’s the biggest star here! No one can touch him! He lives NXT 24/7, and there isn’t a man or woman on NXT or in the WWE that can do what he does!

Waller says he’s the biggest star, the greatest Iron Survivor, and soon to be the greatest NXT Champions of ALL TIME! “And people think that Bron likes the bark because he got that dog in him.” But Waller doesn’t think Bron is a dog at all! Bron’s just a- Wait, who is honking as they pull up to the arena? IT’S BRON!! Well good! This is what Waller wanted! Waller isn’t afraid of Bron! He’s not afraid of anyone! Let’s go! Waller sure is barking, but here comes Bron! Bron runs into the ring, he ducks the lariat to SPEAR Waller!! But wait, Bron goes down, too!? Waller sits up, and unzips his jacket, and he reveals A KEVLAR VEST WITH A STEEL PLATE IN IT!!

Fans boo as Waller gets the better of Bron! Waller gets the mic to say, “I outsmarted you tonight. I outsmarted you at Deadline. And at New Year’s Evil, I’m gonna outsmart you one more time when I become NXT CHAMPION! Because that, Bron Breakker, is the Grayson Waller Effect!” Waller holds up the title while Bron finally comes to. Will Waller take this title from Bron by any means necessary?


My Thoughts:

A very good NXT here to set up what’s coming at New Year’s Evil. Melo VS Axiom was a great opening match, but I should’ve known Trick would help Melo cheat. This kinda extends from last night’s complaint about Heels using assists to win all the time. But at least Axiom got to wipe Trick out at the end there. Melo then confronting Apollo later is a great set-up for a match between the two of them for New Year’s Evil, the winner going on to Vengeance Day to challenge the champion. And the winner there surely depends on who is champion at the end of New Year’s Evil.

I figured that Waller calling out Bron, even though Bron was supposedly in Carolina, was going to result in Bron showing up tonight. Now, Waller having a metal plate to defend against Bron’s Spear was a really good surprise, and a pretty smart move. But Waller again holds up the belt, so given that math, I do not see him winning at New Year’s Evil. As such, Apollo VS Bron happening again doesn’t seem likely, so Melo has to win at New Year’s Evil to finally challenge for the top title at Vengeance Day. Melo can be the first big win on the road, which is great for him and for NXT.

Tony D’Angelo getting a title match for the last NXT of 2022 is fitting. They could really close out the year with a great match and great story stuff. Good promo from Tony to set up Stacks, good promo from Wes to respond, and I like that Stacks wasn’t quite brave enough to tell Dijak off on camera. For all we know, he did tell Dijak all that and now he’s in a dumpster out behind the Performance Center. I would hope for the sake of the title match, Dijak lets it end properly, then he goes after the winner, who I presume will be Wes because his reign can’t end with just one title defense. Then Wes and Dijak can take their title match to New Year’s Evil for something even bigger.

Really good stuff out from Stark VS Lyons, and good cheating win from Stark. Pretty sure the feud isn’t over here, it’s just beginning, and these two can escalate things to something bigger for New Year’s Evil. Same can be said for Isla Dawn and Alba Fyre. The dust was apparently just to delay Fyre’s match so Dawn could strike again. Dawn going after Fyre’s arm like that, that definitely helps delay the rematch until New Year’s Evil. And then Cora’s promo, smug as it was, was cut off by Wendy and they brawled, so we know we’re getting that match. And then we got a good match from Indi and Lopez, but what a great cheat from Lopez. Their feud is far from over, too, so there will surely be a rematch on the way.

It seems that Odyssey, Malik & Edris are moving on from Von after all, and they’re on to The Schism. That at least has some continuity to it from when Grimes was feuding with The Schism and Malik & Edris were dragged into it for a short moment. We’re getting a Six Man Tag, but chances are, Ava will interfere on The Schism’s behalf because that always happens in these kinds of stories. Who knows, maybe Odyssey’s side adds a female superstar that’s been waiting for a story to this story.

The Chase U segment this week was really funny with Chase cussing out the student who brought fruitcake, and how Duke sniped Alex’s gift. I was wondering if they were going to show us Duke’s sneaky side again, and it seems it’s still alive and well. Good promo from Hank Walker and Drew Gulak, it feels like they’re already setting up a team-up where Hank and Drew take on Damon Kemp and Charlie Dempsey. Maybe Hank tries to make a transition from a brawler in jeans to a wrestler in tights, but I didn’t see this coming so I would like to see where this is going.

Great Women’s Tag Team Championship match, and I like how great Ivy & Tatum got to look, even in losing. Kayden & Katana basically survive with the titles, but now I have no idea where they go from here. Good promo from Diamond Mine as a whole later on, Ivy & Tatum are clearly going to keep trying so maybe they move into the same role we saw KC Squared in pretty much this entire year until now. They’ll scratch and claw, face whatever teams they have to, and then finally get to be challengers again by perhaps Stand & Deliver. As for the Creeds and Indus Sher, Julius setting himself up against JD McDonagh, I have a feeling that isn’t going to go well for him.

We also got some really good development in the story of Fallon and her bar and how Kiana wants it. At the same time, it seems Kiana has actual interest in Jensen, so that’s an interesting layer. Maybe Kiana ends up the one torn between a choice as Jensen begs Kiana to spare Fallon and her family. But she had a good part of the promo with Jensen, Briggs and Fallon before the main event, as did The New Day in their promo with Pretty Deadly. It’s hilarious how the New Day is creating hoops for them to jump through to get a title shot. And then great main event for the tag titles, probably the best showing from Briggs & Jensen since they won the NXT UK Tag titles. But I figured New Day would win, so now we’re going to get a great build to Pretty Deadly’s rematch.

My Score: 8.7/10


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

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

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

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

Ratings:

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

 

Results:

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

Little Guido w/New FBI vs Hammerstone

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

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

LSG vs Joe Hendry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rosemary w/Havok vs Jody Threat w/Dani Luna

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overall Score: 6.5/10

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

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

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


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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (4/18/24)

Time to Man Up!

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Will the Ivy League MVP earn a title shot?

The NEW ROH World Champion, Mark Briscoe, is here to step onto the Proving Ground with one of Maria Kanellis’ baby boys, Griff Garrison! Will Griff make Maria proud? Or will he reach for the sky?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bryan Keith VS Aaron Solo; Keith wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Lance Archer & The Righteous VS Jon Cruz, Savion Truitt & Damian Chambers; Archer & The Righteous win.
  • Lee Johnson VS JD Drake; Lee wins.
  • Abadon VS Allysin Kay; Abadon wins.
  • The Infantry VS The Iron Savages w/Jacked Jameson; The Infantry wins.
  • Six Woman Tag: Diamante, Leila Grey & Taya Valkyrie VS Kiera Hogan, Leyla Hirsch & Trish Adora; Kiera, Leyla & Adora win.
  • The Beast Mortos VS Nick Comoroto; Mortos wins.
  • Lady Frost VS Marti Belle; Frost wins.
  • The Dark Order VS Zak Patterson & Frank Milano; The Dark Order wins.
  • ROH World Championship Proving Ground Match: Mark Briscoe VS Griff Garrison w/ Cole Karter & Maria Kanellis; Mark wins and denies Griff a title match.

PLAY BY PLAY

Mark Briscoe speaks.

“Now House of Black, I’ve been doing this dance with y’all a little while now, and I’m starting to understand how y’all operate. Starting to understand y’all’s M-O. You try to intimidate me. You try to strike fear into the hearts of men. Well I done told you, I fear no man, I fear no evil. And ancient wisdom says the violent take it by force. Now lemme tell you, Eddie Kingston, Adam Copeland, and Mark Briscoe, we some violent men! And at Dynasty, we bringing the violence, babeh! So heed my advice, House of Black! Be afraid, be very afraid!” The Sussex County Chicken is ready for a fight, will he, the Rated R Superstar and Mad King tear down The House of Black once and for all?

 

Bryan Keith VS Aaron Solo!

The Bounty Hunter is still looking for a prize, but he’ll gladly fight to earn his shot. Will Keith be heading for a golden opportunity on the other side of Dynasty? Or will Solo shoot first?

The Code of Honor is upheld with sarcastic enthusiasm by Solo, and Keith shoves him away. The bell rings and Solo SLAPS Keith! Keith TACKLES Solo and rains down fists! The fans  fire up, Solo gets away then knees Keith low. Solo ROCKS Keith, whips him to a corner, but Keith comes back to run Solo over! Keith scoops to SLAM Solo, then stands on Solo’s face! The fans fire up for the KNEE DROP! Keith then SLAPS Solo! The fans rally for “BK! BK!” Solo storms up but Keith kicks low. Keith reels Solo in, suplexes, and he holds Solo up! Keith marches around, then SLAMS Solo down! Solo bails out and the fans fire up as Keith aims.

Keith builds speed, slides, but Solo ducks! Solo sends Keith into steel steps! The fans boo as Solo leaves Keith behind. The ring count starts, fans chant “SOLO SUCKS! SOLO SUCKS!” Solo counts along but wants it to go faster. Keith stands at 8 of 20, slides in, but Solo stomps and HAMMERS away! The fans boo more, but Solo stands Keith up to bump him off buckles. Keith CHOPS in return! Then CHOPS again! The fans “WOO~,” then Keith ROCKS Solo with a forearm. Keith CHOPS in the corner, but then Solo dodges. Solo tries but Keith dodges the chop to CHOP Solo down! The fans fire up while Solo is stinging.

Keith whips Solo, Solo reverses and CLOBBERS Keith! Cover, TWO! Keith grits his teeth but Solo knees him in the back! And again! The fans rally, Solo taunts them, and then ELBOWS Keith in the head. Solo stalks Keith to a corner, digs his boots in, but again the fans chant “SOLO SUCKS!” Solo stomps away on Keith, digs his boots in again, but Keith fights up! The fans fire up as Keith fires forearms! Keith fires forearms again and again and again, winds up, but Solo dodges! Solo comes back, but Keith ROCKS him after all! The fans fire up as Keith runs in to BOOT! Solo sputters, Keith runs, but then Solo SUPERKICKS! Keith just roars!

Solo swings, but into a T-BONE SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! The fans rally as Keith keeps calm. Keith waits on Solo as fans rally behind him. Solo staggers into a fireman’s carry, but he fights free! Solo shoves, goes to a corner, but then Keith comes back. Solo ELBOWS Keith, whips, but Keith reverses! Solo goes up but gets caught, for an USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up again as Keith slashes his throat and aims his finger gun! Keith underhooks, but Solo fights the lift! Solo back drops, Keith sunset flips but Solo stays up to DOUBLE STOMP! Solo then runs up, catches Keith and hits a T-BONE! Cover, TWO!

The fans fire up but Solo hurries to a corner. Solo climbs fast, and DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Keith survives that coup de grace and Solo isn’t sure what to do. Solo kicks Keith around, drags him up and reels him in to underhook. Keith fight that lift, Solo CLUBS away on him, but Keith Alabama Lifts! Solo grabs ropes so Keith lets him down, and ENZIGIRIS! But Solo SCREW HIGH KICKS! Solo goes up top, but Keith RISING HEADBUTTS! The fans fire up with Keith and he climbs! Keith reels Solo in, for DIAMOND DUST!! Cover, Keith wins!

Winner: Bryan Keith, by pinfall

A big win for BK! And he gives back that sarcastic handshake. Will the Bounty Hunter be hot on the trail of a championship after AEW & ROH pass through the Gateway City?

 

Mark Sterling speaks.

“If you ask AI to create the perfect professional wrestler, it wouldn’t even come close to you. If wrestling is a body business, then you’re a multinational corporation. Biology defying symmetry, no fat, all muscle, no waste. As functional as you are aesthetic. High-flying? You got it. Ground ‘n’ pound? You got that, too. Striking, brawling, submission, technical, there is not a single style you have not perfected. For the last 20 years, you’ve been one of the most consistent and proficient wrestling specimens for any company that’s been willing to throw money at you and begged you to stay. And now, it’s time for them to beg for mercy.

“You are Tony Nese, and you are a Premier Athlete.”

Now Mark Sterling & The Premier Athletes are here in person.

They stand backstage, Sterling’s guys in matching tracksuits, and he says the last time he looked into the camera, he told everyone he had a plan. The very next day, they enacted that plan. Sterling took them off the road, they entered a professional fight camp. They got the best coaches, best trainers, best doctors, and these three started to do what they do best: go to work. Supercard of Honor, against two former ROH TV Champions, PA got an impressive victory. Fruits of their labor. Ariya Daivari is back better than ever. Josh Woods is bigger and better than he was when he won the National Championship. And Tony Nese is in the best shape of his life, which is saying something.

In fact, what’re we even talking about? These three are the most underappreciated athletes in the company. They walk like stars, they move like stars, they present themselves like stars, and by the end of this year, they will be champions. Supercard was just phase one of this plan. Phase two… starts tonight. Then just what happens when the Premier Athletes start making moves?

 

Lee Johnson VS JD Drake!

Even though he lost at Supercard, Big Shotty stays positive! He got close to the ROH World Television Championship, will he get back there for another shot? Or will Scrap Metal be another speedbump in Lee’s momentum?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, JD HIP TOSSES, and Lee scrambles to ropes. JD flexes and fans cheer, which surprises JD. Lee gets up, he and JD reset. They tie up, JD arm-drags, but Lee gets up. Lee keeps calm while JD talks some smack. They circle, tie up again, and JD scoops! JD carries Lee around, with one arm! Then SLAM! JD dusts off his hands and the fans fire up more. Lee is a bit frustrated, but he fires himself up. The fans rally with him, he and JD circle to tie up. Lee goes to hip toss, but JD blocks! JD tells Lee he knows that’s not gonna work!

JD goes to hip toss but now Lee blocks! Lee arm-drags, then he goes to feint, but JD blocks with a headlock. Lee shoves JD, tries another arm-drag, but JD blocks that. JD whips Lee, Lee ducks ‘n’ dodges and arm-drags again! The fans fire up as Lee tries to scoop, but JD’s too hefty! JD SLAPS Lee, ROCKS him, then whips him to ropes. Lee ducks ‘n’ dodges again, shoves JD and hurdles! Lee drops, then DROPKICKS! JD staggers to a corner, Lee fires up, and the fans fire up with him! Lee runs up on JD in a corner to CHOP! JD barely flinches! JD puts his arms back and dares Lee to try again. Lee CHOPS, but JD puts Lee in the corner!

JD swings, Lee dodges and CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Lee whips, JD reverses but Lee ELBOWS back! Lee runs up but into a lift, and FLAPJACK off buckles! Lee falls, the fans rally up, and JD dusts himself off. JD storms back up on Lee, brings him up, and the fans rally. JD ROCKS Lee, stands him up in the corner, and CHOPS! The fans “WOO~!” while Lee sputters. The fans want that “One More Time!” so JD stands Lee up. JD winds up, to JAB! The fans boo JD trolling them, but JD stands Lee up to CHOP him after all! Lee is stinging, but JD brings him up. Lee throws body shots but JD ROCKS Lee!

JD whips, Lee sunset flips! JD stays up, but Lee avoids the hip drop! Ghost pin, TWO! JD gets up, kicks low and whips, to SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Lee stays in this and the fans rally up. JD sits Lee up, KICKS him in the back, then paces around. The fans rally for Lee but JD pie faces him around. Lee rises, JD brings him up and Lee CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS again! JD throat chops! The ref reprimands, JD claims he jabbed to the chest. JD then scoops and SLAMS Lee, to then FALLING HEADBUTT! Cover, TWO! Lee is still in this but JD CHOKES him! The ref counts, JD lets off, claiming he was just checking the pulse.

JD clamps on a chinlock, digging his knee into Lee’s back. Lee endures, the fans rally up, and Lee fights to his feet. Lee throws body shots, but JD knees low! JD suplexes but Lee slips free! Lee ROCKS JD, ROCKS him again, but JD CHOPS! JD runs, but Lee SUPERKICKS! JD flops out of the ring and the fans fire up! The fans rally as Lee builds speed, to FLY! Direct hit at the ramp and the fans fire up even more! Lee puts JD in, climbs a corner, and JD stands. JD staggers around, into the CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! JD stays in this but then bails back out. Lee thinks on what he has to do and the fans rally up.

Lee runs, to slide, but JD gets under! JD pops Lee up to CLOBBER him! JD puts Lee in, aims from a corner, and Lee goes to the opposite end. JD runs up, but Lee moves, CANNONBALL hits buckles! Lee hurries up while JD is down! The fans cheer as Lee aims, FROG SPLASH, but JD moves! Lee rolls through, runs back at JD but JD puts him on the apron. JD ROCKS Lee, goes up, and he brings Lee around. The fans fire up as JD brings Lee up, but Lee fires body shots! Lee GAMANGIRIS, then climbs! Lee sunset flips for the POWERBOMB! The fans fire up and Lee climbs back up, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, Lee wins!

Winner: Lee Johnson, by pinfall

Big Shotty’s got range, and he hit the mark! Will Lee take this momentum and turn it into another chance at a championship?

 

Abadon VS Allysin Kay!

Speaking of second chances, The Living Dead Girl got screwed out of the ROH Women’s World Television Championship when Mercedes Martinez & Diamante conspired against her. And while AK Don’t Play, she knows the OG Badass well. Can Abadon prepare for revenge by taking down Martinez’s greatest rival?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, but Abadon holds on, to BITE Allysin’s arm! Abadon then laughs, dodges Allysin to HEADBUTT low, HELL STAB, then mule kick! Abadon runs to SHOTGUN BOOT! Allysin goes to a corner while the fans rally up and Abadon shrieks! But Allysin BOOTS Abadon down! Allysin rains down fists, covers, ONE!! Abadon sits up but Allysin brings her around to fireman’s carry. SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up, Allysin drags Abadon up to TOSS her to a corner! Allysin fires body shots, then she CHOPS! Allysin whips corner to corner hard and Abadon bounces off buckles!

Allysin takes a bow, puts pinkies up, and SPLASHES in the corner! Allysin CHOPS, whips, and runs up again, but Abadon BOOTS her! Abadon runs to BULLDOG! The fans rally as Abadon slithers out to the apron then climbs up the corner. Allysin crawls, Abadon aims, CROSSBODY! Abadon runs to KNEE Allysin back down! Abadon storms up on Allysin, reels her in, BLACK DAHLIA! Cover, Abadon wins!

Winner: Abadon, by pinfall

Abadon smiles, then shrieks into the night! Will Mercedes Martinez make sure to stay far, far away from the frightening Living Dead Girl?

 

Backstage interview with Taya Valkyrie.

Lexi Nair is with La Wera Loca and brings up her trios match alongside Diamante and Leila Grey. But this is also the first time we’ve seen her since Supercard, where Johnny TV lost to Dalton Castle. The question is: where is Johnny? Uh, recovering from that vicious attack by Dalton Castle and his “special boy,” Paul Walter-Whatever! Taya is gonna call up Fran Dreischer to file a complaint! For someone so TV Ready, Castle and Paul sure don’t look it. So yes, Johnny is rehabbing. Wait he’s in rehab? Ew, no, who do you think they are? Johnny is rehabbing the abs! This is an aesthetics business so he has to look amazing!

So tonight, Taya will carry the weight of the TV Family in trios action. So run along, Lexi, Taya has things to do. Uh, this is Lexi’s interview space. Oh, well, her apologies. Taya bumps Lexi on the way out, but will Taya’s team win some major points in the title chase tonight?

 

The Infantry VS The Iron Savages w/Jacked Jameson!

Captain Shawn Dean & Carlie Bravo may not be the ROH World Tag Team Championships, but they are not deterred. Will they get through the jacked ‘n’ juicy juggernauts to go after The Undisputed Kingdom once again?

The teams sort out, #BadNewsAndTattoos starts against Beefcake Boulder, and they keep the Code of Honor. They tie up, Bravo tries but can’t push Boulder back, but Boulder pushes Bravo back! Bravo resets with Boulder, beefs up, and they tie up. Bravo wrenches to wristlock, but Boulder WRINGS Bravo out! Boulder talks smack on Dean and Bravo, but Bravo pie faces. Boulder scoops Bravo, but Bravo slips free to DROPKICK! Boulder stays up, runs up, but Dean is there to GAMANGIRI! Bravo tags Dean while Boulder throws a fit, but DOUBLE DROPKICKS send him reeling! Bulk Bronson tags but runs into a DOUBLE HIP TOSS!

The fans fire up as the Infantry crisscross and SPLIT the wishbone! Bravo gets fans going with “OORAH!” Dean runs to JUMP ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Bronson bails out, Boulder is there to help him, and Dean builds speed, only for Jacked Jameson to stand in the way! He wants Dean to sip the Savage Sauce! Dean says no thanks, but in comes Bronson! EXPLODER! Bravo protests but Bronson drags Dean to a cover. The ref is busy arguing, he finally sees the pin, TWO! Bronson is annoyed, but he mocks Bravo’s air machine gun. Bravo then tags Boulder before he brings Dean up. The fans rally but the Savages still hit a SHOULDER TACKLE SUPLEX COMBO!

Bronson flexes, Boulder taunts Bravo, and then Boulder whips Dean to the corner. Boulder wraps Dean’s arms around ropes to HEADBUTT again and again and again! Tag to Bronson, he brings Dean around, and they visit #TIDDYCITY! But Dean reverses, it’s Bronson who dives in! Boulder panics, runs up, but Dean DUMPS him! Bronson swings, misses, hot tag to Bravo! Bravo rallies on Bronson with big forearms! Bravo whips, Bronson reverses, but the CARLIE CROSSOVER takes Bronson down! Boulder gets up, Bravo fakes him out to SCISSOR KICK! Bravo then kicks Bronson, and manages a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!

The fans rally, Bravo pounds the mat, but now Jameson wants Bravo to sip! Bravo says no, get outta here! Bronson runs up again, Bravo dodges, and Bronson barely avoids hitting Jameson! Bravo aims, Bronson dodges, the SUPERKICK hits Jameson! Jameson spews sauce! Boulder catches Jameson, Dean goes up, and Dean CROSSBODIES to wipe them both out! But Bronson rolls Bravo up! TWO, and Bronson grabs Bravo, only for Bravo to kick low! Bravo reels Bronson in, tags Dean, and TORNADO- NO, Bronson stops the DDT! Dean gets in, Bronson scoops, but Dean slips free! Feed to a SUPERKICK!

The Infantry coordinate, for BOOT CAMP! Cover, Infantry wins!

Winners: The Infantry, by pinfall

Dean & Bravo redeem themselves from Supercard and are ready to get back on track! But wait, The Premier Athletes make their way out here! Is this what Smart Mark was talking about for phase two? Daivari & Nese rush the ring and start throwing hands with The Infantry! Woods tips the scales as he DECKS Dean, then DECKS Bravo! But wait! Here comes Dalton Castle! The Peacock won’t stand for there to be bullies, and he takes off his sandals to weaponize them! The Premier Athletes dare him to, but wait! Here comes Mark Briscoe, Bryan Keith and Lee Johnson! They run The Premier Athletes off!

Sterling shouts, “Who do you think you are?!” but he’s shouting at THE ROH World Champion and many other big names around here! Will The Peacock, the Chicken and the rest of ROH humble Sterling’s stable once and for all?

 

Six Woman Tag: Diamante, Leila Grey & Taya Valkyrie VS Kiera Hogan, Leyla Hirsch & Trish Adora!

The Cuban Diamond has staked her claim at challenging for the ROH Women’s World Television Championship, but so has The Hottest Flame. But let’s not forget The Last Baddie Standing, La Wera Loca, the LEGIT One and The AfroPunk! Billie Starkz still sees herself above all six of these women, but which trio takes the lead in the title chase with a win tonight?

The teams sort out, Taya starts against Kiera and the Code of Honor is upheld. The bell rings, the two tie up, and Kiera gets around to waistlock. Taya pries the hold, backs Kiera into a corner and throws elbows! Taya stomps away on Kiera, then says who’s the hottest now? Taya snapmares, covers, ONE!! Taya drags Kiera up, whips her to ropes, but Kiera holds ropes to BOOT back! Taya runs up again but Kiera drop toeholds her onto ropes! HIP ATTACK! Taya flounders, Kiera runs to step-up and LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Kiera keeps cool as she brings Taya up, but Taya ROCKS Kiera then throws her by her hair!

Taya tags Diamante, they stomp Kiera, then Diamante sucker punches Leyla! Diamante runs in to DROPKICK Kiera, then drags her to a high stack cover, ONE!! Kiera is tougher than that but Diamante says it’s just a matter of time. Diamante runs, PLANKING SPLASH flops as Kiera moves! Hot tag to Leyla! Leyla gut wrenches Diamante to GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Tag to Adora, then Leyla wrenches so she can hand it off to Adora. Adora WRINGS Diamante’s arm, drags her up and wrenches again, but Diamante ROCKS her! Adora swings, Diamante dodges to tilt-o-whirl and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Diamante snarls and pushes Adora down to rain down fists!

Diamante storms around, brings Adora up and CHOPS her on the back! Tag to Grey and she NECK SNAPPERS Adora! Cover, TWO! Adora is tougher than that but Grey rains down fists! Grey drags Adora up, bumps her off buckles, then tags Taya. Taya and Grey dig their boots in, then Taya stomps a mudhole. Taya sits Adora down to METEORA! Tag to Diamante and she stomps a mudhole! The ref reprimands but Diamante tags Taya back in. Taya steps over Adora and mockingly has Adora reach out to her corner. The ref has to keep Hirsch back so Grey gets shots in, then Taya drags Adora up.

Taya again mockingly holds out Adora’s hand but the fans rally up. Adora fights up, but Taya pulls her into the motorcycle stretch! Adora endures the knee in her back, fights up to her feet, and then arm-drags Taya away! Taya gets up, ducks ‘n’ dodges and mule kicks! But Adora ducks the buzzsaw to BASEMENT GERMAN! The fans fire up while both women are down! Adora and Taya crawl, hot tags to Kiera and Diamante! Kiera rallies on Diamante with big forearms, then a SUPERKICK! Turn and NECKBREAKER! Kiera goes up a corner while Diamante flounders around. Diamante stands, into a MISSILE DROPKICK!

Diamante flounders, Grey tags in but Kiera dodges to fire off forearms! Grey shoves back, but Kiera returns to SHOTGUN! Grey flounders, Kiera fires up, and says kiss this! HIP ATTACK in the corner! She sits Grey back down to run and BOOT WASH! Kiera drags Grey to a cover, Diamante breaks it! Diamante gets Grey outta there, and Taya tags in. Taya runs up to mule kick, KNEE LIFT and wrench Kiera, into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Leyla also gets in, she pushes Taya around. Leyla drags Taya up but Diamante runs in. Leyla gets around to SAIDO! Taya gets Kiera up but Kiera SUPERKICKS!

Kiera brings Taya over, tags Adora, and they feed Taya to the BUBBA BOMB! Body scissor and GEDO CLUTCH! TWO!! Hot tag to Grey, she runs up, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then SLINGBLADES! Cover, TWO! Grey is frustrated but she gets Adora up. Underhooks, but Adora breaks that to fireman’s carry! Adora storms over, tags Hirsch, but Grey slips free! Leyla dodges Leila and feeds her to Adora’s BOOT! Then GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Grey survives but Hirsch tags Kiera. Kiera runs, but Taya trips her up! Diamante distracts so the ref misses that! But then Leyla DIVES onto Taya! Diamante CANNONBALLS Leyla!

LARIAT TUBMAN from Adora to Diamante! Kiera dodges Grey to ROUNDHOUSE! And then “That’s all, PERIODT!” FACE THE MUSIC!! Bridging cover, Team Kiera wins!

Winners: Kiera Hogan, Leyla Hirsch & Trish Adora, by pinfall

It was fast ‘n’ furious in the end there, but the Hottest Flame burns it down! Will she be first up to strike a match with Billie Starkz?

 

Backstage interview with Maria Kanellis, Griff Garrison & Cole Karter.

Lexi is with the First Lady of Wrestling and her baby boys, the Diamond in the Rough wearing the stolen mask from Serpentico. Lexi congratulates them on their win over Spanish Announce Project at Supercard, but it seems there might be some unfinished business. Are they ever going to give Seprentico his masks back? Karter takes the mask off to say hell no! Griff says Serpentico’s masks mean a lot to him and his lucha libre culture. But uh, they don’t care! It got them the attention that they deserve, and those wins have been a stepping stone in this company.

If Serpentico wants his masks back, he doesn’t need to trick them into a match. They’re happy to beat the crap outta him anytime, anywhere! Maria loves the confidence, and says Griff will need it in his Proving Grounds match against THE ROH World Champion, Mark Briscoe. Griff is all fired up, will the Ivy League MVP pass the test with flying colors? Or will he fail to #ManUp?

 

The Beast Mortos VS Nick Comoroto!

Black Taurus has evolved into something even more menacing than before, and he is looking to stampede all the way to the top of ROH! But Mr. Freak Beast has changed a lot about himself, too, in hopes of finding success. Whose transformation will prove to be for the better as these behemoths collide?

The Code of Honor is upheld reluctantly, the bell rings, and the fans rally up. The two tie up, go around, and Comoroto shoves Mortos down! Mortos gets up in a huff, gets in Comoroto’s face, but Comoroto pie faces him. So Mortos SLAPS Comoroto! Comoroto runs up, Mortos dodges, and they RAM shoulders! Mortos ducks ‘n’ dodges and jumps to RANA! Comoroto goes to a corner but Mortos runs in to UPPERCUT, CLOTHESLINE, and GAMANGIRI! Mortos wrenches and hits an ARMBAR CODE BREAKER! Comoroto staggers, but he blocks the whip! Comoroto shoves Mortos, runs up, but Mortos dodges to then roll off Comoroto’s back!

Mortos tries to hip toss but Comoroto blocks! Comoroto LARIATS Mortos down then rains down fists! Fans are torn as Comoroto huffs ‘n’ puffs and stomps Mortos around. Comoroto digs his boot into Mortos’ face, lets off to soak up heat, then he drags Mortos up. Comoroto scoops to SLAM, then he runs to JUMP ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! The fans rally as Mortos pounds the mat in frustration. Comoroto slashes his throat, but Mortos throws body shots. Comoroto CLUBS Mortos, Alabama Lifts, but Mortos sunset flips! Comoroto stays up, hauls Mortos up, but Mortos JAWBREKAERS, KNEES and ROCKS Comoroto!

Mortos goes to suplex but Comoroto’s a big guy, too! Comoroto suplexes Mortos, but Mortos knees free! Mortos goes to a corner, Comoroto runs in but Mortos dropkicks the legs out! Comoroto hits buckles, then Mortos runs in, CORNER 619! Comoroto staggers away and Mortos climbs, to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Comoroto still has power to spare and he storms up on Mortos. Mortos UPPERCUTS first! Mortos goes to whip but Comoroto blocks again! Comoroto whips Mortos to a corner, runs up, but Mortos slips out to the apron! Comoroto hits buckles, Mortos goes up, and the fans rally! MORTOS TWISTER! Cover, Mortos wins!

Winner: The Beast Mortos, by pinfall

Comoroto is big and bad but this is a beast of a different breed! Will nothing stop the modern day minotaur from making ROH his domain? Will Jacoby Watts’ teachings ever pay off for Comoroto?

 

Backstage interview with Nick Comoroto.

Lexi is with Mr. Freakbeast as he returns backstage, and she asks him what his strategy will be moving forward after this tough loss. Jacoby Watts walks in to say, “Turn the page. Start a new chapter. Nothing changes if nothing changes, Nick. It’s a harsh reality. But I am your answer. Your beacon of hope in the darkness. Follow me and I will lead you into the light! For I am Jacoby Watts, the one and only, praise be to he, and he is me.” Watts waxes poetic while making himself the focus, but will Comoroto accept his guidance?

 

ROH World Championship Proving Ground Match: Mark Briscoe VS Griff Garrison w/ Cole Karter & Maria Kanellis!

The Sussex County Chicken won this title after a war with Eddie Kingston at Supercard, and those two are still going to be friends taking on The House of Black this Sunday! But will Mark be able to focus on tonight with Dynasty on the horizon? Or is this where Maria’s baby boys start building their kingdom?

Mark shows off the belt and its new camouflage patterned leather! The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and we’re on the clock. The fans cheer on Mark as he circles with Griff. They tie up, Griff headlocks, but Mark powers up and out. Griff sunset flips, but Mark rolls through to drop on the headlock! Griff moves around, fights up, and powers up, but Mark holds tight! Mark hits the takeover, Griff headscissors, but Mark kips free. Roles reverse as Griff headlocks for the takeover, and Mark headscissors. Griff kips free, but Mark shows Redneck Kung-Fu stance and Griff scrambles away! The fans cheer but Maria coaches Griff back up.

Griff cools off, he and Mark reset, and the two circle again. They knuckle lock but Griff kicks low. Griff UPPERCUTS, UPPERCUTS again, then whips corner to corner. Mark goes up and out, SWATS the haymaker to REDNECK KUNG-FU UPPERCUT! Then Mark gets in to BOOT Griff down! Griff is on ropes, Mark runs in to BOOT WASH him right outta the ring! The fans fire up as Mark builds speed, and he DIVES onto Griff! Not the cleanest landing but Mark borrows a hat to put it on! The fans fire up with Mark, he gives the hat back, then drags Griff up to DECK him! Mark drags Griff up again, to scoop and SLAM!

Griff sputters, Mark goes to the apron, and the fans fire up as Mark takes aim. But then Karter and Maria stand in the way! The fans boo, Mark sighs and steps inside, and Maria coaches Griff up. Griff flounders up, the fans rally behind Mark but then Karter and Maria each get on the apron! The ref is busy arguing with Maria but Karter distracts Mark. Griff sneaks in to CLOBBER Mark! Griff fires forearms while the fans boo, but then Griff stomps a mudhole into Mark. The ref counts as Griff digs his boots in, but Griff lets off at 4. But then that lets Karter CHOKE Mark behind the ref’s back!

The fans boo as Karter gets away with one, and Griff drags Mark up. Griff UPPERCUTS, but Mark CHOPS! Griff sputters, Mark CHOPS again! Griff knees low, whips Mark to a corner, but runs into an ELBOW! Mark runs up, into a BOOT! Cover, TWO! Griff clamps onto Mark with a chinlock and he grinds Mark down. The fans rally as Mark endures and fights up. Mark throws body shots, then fires up to CHOP! CHOP! And CHOP! Mark runs, but into the ROLLING ELBOW! Griff then torture racks for the TOWER HACKER BOMB! High stack, TWO! Mark survives and Griff is frustrated but Maria coaches him up.

The fans continue to rally behind Mark as Griff aims again. Griff goes up but Mark REDNECK UPPERCUTS! Griff gets caught up in ropes, Mark lets him loose so he can fall to the floor. Karter hurries over, but Mark goes up to PLANCHA both baby boys! The fans are thunderous, and Mark cracks open a can of WOOOOO Energy! Mark chugs it, bangs the can against his head, then gets Griff in the ring. The fans fire up as Mark runs corner to corner, but Griff BOOTS him! Mark comes back to LARIAT! The fans fire up, Mark reels Griff in, but Griff wrenches out, only for Mark to LARIAT! Mark hauls Griff up again for underhooks!

Mark lifts, for the JAY DRILLER!! Cover, Mark wins!

Winner: Mark Briscoe, by pinfall (denies Griff Garrison a title opportunity)

Maria is upset but there’s nothing she can do, her baby boy wasn’t man enough to stop the NEW ROH World Champion! Will Mark continue to carry on his brother’s legacy and become one of the best champions in ROH history?


My Thoughts:

A very good episode of ROH for being 92 minutes. I still skipped some very clear filler, but Marti Belle got a good showing in her loss to Frost and The Dark Order got a good match out of Zak & Frank. Cruz, Damian & Savion got an okay showing but c’mon, they were against Archer & The Righteous, those guys have been running through everyone. It hasn’t really led them to anything yet, but maybe after we get undisputed AEW & ROH World Trios Champions after Dynasty, Archer & Righteous challenge the winners. And real good wins for Bryan Keith and Lee Johnson, each guy looking good towards midcard titles at some point.

Really good match from Infantry VS Savages, with the Savages being a bit more Heelish this time. Good win for Infantry, but I didn’t think The Premier Athletes would be going after them first. And I didn’t expect Faces like Keith, Lee and Briscoe to run out to get at them. Maybe the Premier Athletes can also position themselves to go after the trios titles after Dynasty. If The Acclaimed win, they’ll need Heel opponents. Archer & Righteous can play either side, but fans really like Archer so I kinda want him and Righteous to be Faces when facing Bang Bang Gang.

Good match and good win for Abadon over Allysin. Good win for Kiera, Leyla & Adora, though things got a little sloppy in the middle, Leyla’s timing wasn’t quite there. Athena & Billie are both Heels, so while Queen Aminata is in the mix, the champion she doesn’t choose still needs a good Face challenger so you can take your pick of the winners from tonight. Really good match from Mortos and Comoroto, and Mortos winning also helped serve Comoroto’s story with Watts. Watts keeps insisting he’s the answer, but this has to lead to Comoroto breaking free and beating Watts up for his arrogance.

Good promo from Maria, Griff & Karter, and they just kinda copy-pasted Mark Briscoe’s promo from Collision that same Saturday. Really good match for Griff against Mark but of course Mark wins. Mark getting involved with Premier Athletes, maybe Woods or Nese get a shot at Mark only to lose and be Mark’s solid first defense. Not sure who could be a more prolonged feud with Mark, but there are plenty of possibilities, and I’m just happy to see him showing up on ROH TV as the ROH World Champion should.

My Score: 8.5/10


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