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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (12/27/22)

The last NXT of 2022!



NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Who will have a Happy New Year as champion?

As the year draws to a close, Tony D’Angelo looks to bring Wes Lee’s reign as North American Champion to an end! Will The Don of NXT be golden for the holidays?


  • Julius Creed w/ Brutus Creed VS JD McDonagh; Julius wins.
  • Wendy Choo VS Cora Jade; Wendy wins.
  • Ikemen Jiro VS SCRYPTS; Scrypts wins.
  • Lyra Valkyria VS Lash Legend; Lyra wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Odyssey Jones, Malik Blade & Edris Enofe VS The Schism; The Schism wins.
  • Battle for the Bar: Fallon Henley VS Kiana James; Fallon wins and keeps the family bar.
  • NXT North American Championship: Wes Lee VS Tony D’Angelo w/ Channing Lorenzo; Wes wins and retains the title.


The Creed Brothers talk backstage.

They had a good holiday weekend, and Brutus loved that green bean casserole. Julius wouldn’t know, Brutus ate it all. The cookies were good, though. But tonight, Julius is going for a big win! Indus Sher better be watching, Julius is giving JD a receipt. Creed time, baby!

JD McDonagh responds.

The Irish Ace is happy the holidays are over. Everyone can stop pretending they enjoy being around each other and that they love the gifts they got. Besides, JD believes it is better to give than receive. He has one more gift for Julius tonight: a loss, so that he can share the feeling of defeat with his brother.

Julius Creed w/ Brutus Creed VS JD McDonagh!

The Creed Brothers want to face Indus Sher and the feeling is mutual, but big brother Julius has to prove he is 100%! Will he do just that to open the last NXT of 2022? Or will the Necessary Evil bring Julius back down below 100 to delay that match-up even more?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally and the two tie up. JD headlocks, hits a takeover, but Julius headscissors. JD kips free, and he wants the ref to check the hair pulling. The ref says he saw no such thing, so JD and Julius reset. They tie up, JD hits another headlock takeover but Julius hits another headscissor. JD kips free again and he again complains about the hair. The ref still didn’t see what JD is talking about. JD slaps Julius! Julius SLAPS JD! JD shoves Julius, so Julius SHOVES JD! JD gets up, Julius headlocks, but now JD pulls hair! JD powers out but Julius pulls hair back! JD powers out, but Julius runs him over!

Things keep moving, JD drops, hurdles, but Julius whips him away to hip toss. Fans fire up as Julius hits a big headlock takeover! Cover, TWO as JD gets his arm up. JD stands up, Julius pushes on that hold, but JD wrenches out to top wristlock. JD then wrenches to a standard wristlock, but Julius rolls, only for JD to wrangle him. Julius moves around, stands up, and fans rally as Julius goes up the ropes to rebound and arm-drag! JD staggers up, Julius runs in but JD sends him out! JD goes to the apron but Julius blocks the kick to yank JD down! “Sorry< Vic!” Julius DROPS JD on the desk!

Fans fire up and Julius drags JD off the desk! But JD slips off to POST Julius! The ring count climbs, fans rally up, and JD refreshes the ring count. JD throws shots into the bad arm, then he brings Julius over. JD has the arms through the corner to YANK Julius into the post! And again! And again! JD pushes against the post to pull Julius in harder, but the ref counts. JD lets off at 4 and NXT goes picture in picture.

JD drags Julius up, RAMS him into the apron, and puts him in the ring. JD CLUBS Julius down, then soaks up the heat. Julius throws body shots but JD CLUBS Julius. JD wrenches and lifts Julius for a BIG back suplex! Brutus is frustrated but JD soaks up the heat. JD drags Julius around by his arm, hammerlocks it, and KNEES the shoulder over and over! JD has the arm and pulls on the hold. Julius endures, so JD drops another knee! Julius crawls to the ropes, stands up, and JD storms over. Julius fires off BIG haymaker after haymaker! But JD grabs the arm to WRING it out! Julius clutches the arm, but JD CLUBS him down again!

JD smirks as Julius crawls to a corner. JD storms up, brings Julius up, and wrenches him again. JD hammerlocks the arm to RAM it into buckles! JD wrenches for an ARMBREAKER DDT! And then back to the hammerlock! JD digs his knuckles in, then leans on the arm to put on the pressure. Julius endures, but JD turns Julius over to drop a knee right on Julius’ face! JD soaks up more heat but Julius tackles him! JD pushes Julius away, CHOPS him against ropes, then CHOPS him again! JD headlocks Julius to scrape his face off the ropes! The ref reprimands, JD lets off, and he eggs Julius on. JD avoids the haymaker to throw body shots!

JD whips Julius to ropes for a BIG hip toss! Brutus is worried as JD drops a leg on the arm and tie sit up in a short arm scissor! Julius endures, moves around, and NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally as Julius pushes JD to a cover! TWO, and Julius deadlifts JD for a BIG back suplex! Fans rally up as both men go to corners. JD stands, Julius storms over but into BOOTS! JD goes up, leaps, but into Julius’ arms! BACKBREAKER! Fans rally for Julius as he goes to a corner. JD stands, Julius storms back in and lifts JD, but JD sunset flips! But Julius rolls through, flips JD up, but JD kicks low! JD ripcords, but Julius JUMP KNEES! Julius runs, into a SPANISH FLY!!

Fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” while both men are down! A standing count starts, JD stands at 4 of 10. JD SLAPS Julius, then SLAPS him again. Julius grabs at a leg but JD SLAPS and CLUBS Julius! Julius stands up to DECK JD! Fans fire up and Julius waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! JD gest up to ENZIGURI! JD brings Julius up and suplexes, for a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Julius survives and fans rally for “CREED! CREED! CREED!” JD snarls, he goes to the corner and climbs up top. But Julius jumps up after him! Julius grabs at JD, but JD fights back with a HEADBUTT! JD adjusts, MOONSAULT FLOPS as Julius moves!

Fans fire up as Julius picks JD up, ROLLING SPINEBUSTER! Julius fires up for the SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, Julius wins!

Winner: Julius Creed, by pinfall

Brutus celebrates with his brother and says that is what JD gets! And then Indus Sher appears! Sanga congratulates Julius for proving himself. Veer says they are now willing to face the Creeds. At New Year’s Evil, Indus Sher will get the respect they deserve when they destroy the Creed Brothers! The countdown begins now, will this battle to start the year be someone’s last?


Backstage interview with Tony D’Angelo and Channing Lorenzo.

McKenzie Mitchell notes The Don’s North American Championship match in tonight’s main event. How is he feeling? He is feeling great. The last NXT of 2022 will be when Tony wins his first championship. Y’know, other than the title of being Don. But he has been waiting a long time now. Wes took some months off Tony’s career, but Tony brings the title reign to an end. McKenzie brings up the “looming threat” of Dijak, and Tony scoffs at that. Dijak is no threat. Stacks took care of that last week. Tell ’em what you did, Stacks. Stacks says it wasn’t pretty, but a closed door meeting is a closed door meeting.

But let’s just say Dijak won’t be an issue. The Don will win the title. Now, if she’ll excuse them, they have to prepare. Did Stacks really take care of #HardJustice? Will it matter when The Don takes on the Must-See Kid?


The Schism speaks.

Joe Gacy says, “We understand that our lifestyle is intimidating to other groups in NXT. Anyone who has crossed out path in 2022 have fell to our mercy, and they have not been treated very favorably.” Rip Fowler tells Odyssey, Malik & Edris that the Schism sees the “emotional disturbances” the Schism has created in them. Jagger Reed says, “Letting your emotional states control your actions does not serve you. It merely digs a deeper cavity of anguish for you to try and repair.” Ava Raine says, “Your attempts to fill that void are temporary solutions to long-term insecurities. This is the definition of living your best life.”

Those three wear masks of fake happiness while The Schism sees through the charade. “Real joy is supposed to be fruitful and multiply, not consumed and discarded for social clout.” Gacy tells them that to their credit, there are redeeming qualities within the trio. The bond is clear, but they must continue to nurture that bond. Tonight, The Schism shows that togetherness above all else is what binds them and allows them to grow beyond their limits. They are four roots, one tree. But will they grow larger than NXT can contain? Or will Odyssey, Malik & Edris be up to the task of chopping them down?


Wendy Choo VS Cora Jade!

The Queen of Comfy endured until she couldn’t endure any longer, and she wants revenge on the Punk Rock Mean Girl of NXT! Will the #GenerationOfJade be humbled? Or will she just double down on the damage done to Wendy’s self-esteem?

NXT returns and Wendy makes her entrance, and a bee-line right to the ring! The bell rings right as Wendy fires off forearms! Wendy whips Cora to ropes, then OVERHEAD ARM-DRAGS her! Cora bails out, Wendy gives chase, and then catches Cora to CLUB her on the back! Wendy doesn’t let Cora get back in, she ELBOWS her down! Then Wendy puts Cora in herself. Cora bails out again, Wendy is upset, but then Cora trips Wendy! Cora laughs at Wendy, then smacks her off the apron! Cora brings out her kendo stick! The ref reprimands, but Wendy dodges! The stick hits post, then Wendy kicks Cora!

Wendy smacks Cora off the apron, puts her in, and fans rally up for Wendy. Wendy dodges a haymaker, rolls Cora up, TWO! Wendy DROPKICKS Cora down! Cora goes to a corner, Wendy runs in but Cora dodges! Cora brings Wendy into a BACKBREAKER! Cora talks trash to the fans, then runs for the IMPLODER STOMPS! Cora laughs and covers, TWO! Cora stomps Wendy to ropes, CHOKES her on the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Fans still rally for Wendy but Cora runs to ELBOW Wendy against the ropes! And then Cora drops another elbow! Cover, TWO! Cora smirks as she toys with Wendy and clamps on an armlock.

Fans rally for Wendy, Cora tells them to shut up, but Wendy fights up. But Cora wrangles Wendy right back down! Cora adds a chinbar to the hold but Wendy fights up again. Fans rally, Wendy throws body shots, then elbows! Cora waistlocks, Wendy slips out and around to ROCK Cora with a forearm! Cora ROCKS Wendy back, but Wendy ROCKS Cora again! Wendy gets the edge, waistlocks, but Cora buckles the O’Conner. Wendy runs in, Cora sidesteps and SHINING WIZARDS at the ropes! Cora laughs and covers, TWO! Fans rally up again but Cora drags Wendy up. Cora full nelsons but Wendy backs her up. Cora sends Wendy into a corner!

Cora runs in, SHINING- NO, Wendy catches Cora for a RUNNING POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Cora survives and Wendy grows frustrated. Fans rally as both women rise. Wendy ROCKS Cora, Cora ROCKS Wendy! Wendy gets the edge again, kicks and KICKS then CLOBBERS Cora! Cora scrambles to ropes, Wendy whips her then OVERHEAD Belly2Belly Suplexes! Fans fire up and Cora staggers to a corner. Wendy handsprings and forearms! Wendy goes up the corner, SLEEPY CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Wendy and she drags Cora back up. Wendy full nelsons, but Cora switches it onto Wendy, FULL NELSON FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!!

Fans rally but Cora shrieks in frustration! Cora kicks Wendy around, “You think you’re better than me?” Cora says NO ONE is better! But Wendy cradles her! TWO!! Cora escapes to kick low! Cora underhooks, Wendy wrenches out to whip Cora into buckles! Wendy then reels Cora in, FULL NELSON SLAM! But Wendy isn’t done, she goes up top! VADER BOMB!! Cover, Wendy wins!

Winner: Wendy Choo, by pinfall

Vindication! Wendy gets even with the bully, but is this battle over? Or will Cora come back for her own revenge?


Ikemen Jiro speaks.

“Everyone knows my jacket is part of who I am. Jacket is what makes Ikemen be number one. Without the jacket, I am just Jiro. Jacket is what makes me even more me and makes everyone smile! So tonight, I beat Scrypts and take back what’s mine. And tonight, everyone smiles! IKU ZE!!” The Handsome One is ready to tear up the wicked wordsmith what took his precious! Will Jiro get payback on the poetic purloiner? Or will Scrypts be the one writing the ending to this chapter?


Fallon Henley, Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen prepare for tonight’s match.

Briggs tells Fallon that tonight isn’t just any match. This is for the Henley bar! That bar’s been in the family for decades! Think of all the childhood memories that Fallon made there! Right, Brooks? Brooks is busy checking himself in the mirror, wearing the shirt Kiana James gave him. Whose side is he on? Hers! Which her? He meant Fallon! That’s who’s her! Team Fallon all the way! Good. Keep it that way. Briggs hopes Jensen has his head on straight. Or is Jensen too busy thinking with his heart?


Ikemen Jiro VS SCRYPTS!

The Handsome One has been without his favorite jacket for two weeks! And sure, he has other jackets, but this is about the principle! Will Jiro get back what’s his? Or will Scrypts just take more and more from those he deems “the special ones?”

Scrypts makes his entrance, but not from the ramp! He jumps into the ring from the crowd side and shocks Jiro! The bell rings, Jiro and Scrypts rush in but Scrypts SHOTGUNS Jiro to a corner! Scrypts fires off hands but Jiro tosses Scrypts up and out. Jiro SUPERKICKS Scrypts to the floor! Then Jiro FLIES! Direct hit on Scrypts and fans fire up for Jiro! Jiro puts Scrypts in the ring, storms up on him and rains down fists! Scrypts slips away but Jiro ROCKS him in the corner! Jiro stomps, fires off hands, but now Scrypts dumps Jiro out! Jiro shoulders in, slingshots up and over to sunset flip! But Scrypts holds ropes to then backflip free and BASEMENT DROPKICK!

Scrypts rains down fists on Jiro while fans boo. Scrypts lets off, then he stomps Jiro. Fans chant “You Suck!” but Scrypts drags Jiro up. Scrypts whips Jiro to ropes, sweeps the legs, then runs to basement dropkick! Jiro flounders, Scrypts covers, TWO! Scrypts wraps on a headscissor hold! Fans rally as Jiro endures. Jiro rolls, but Scrypts lets off to have a neck wrench! Fans rally and Jiro pries at the fingers! Jiro is free, and he ROCKS Scrypts with haymaker after haymaker! Scrypts kicks low, whips, but Jiro reverses! Scrypts hits buckles, then staggers into a back drop! Fans rally up for Jiro and he aims at Scrypts. SHOTEI! SHOTEI!

Jiro fires off palm strike after palm strike! Scrypts drops to his knees, Jiro SHOTEIS again! Then BOOTS Scrypts down! Cover, TWO! Scrypts is dazed and Jiro drags him up. Fireman’s carry, but Scrypts slips off. Scrypts waistlocks, Jiro switches, but Scrypts elbows free! Scrypts runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, to SPINNING CROSSBODY! Scrypts then takes aim, to STANDING SHOOTING FLOP! Jiro avoids disaster, and he runs in at the corner, into a BOOT! But Jiro GAMANGIRIS in return! Scrypts wobbles, Jiro puts him up top! Scrypts hits back but Jiro GAMANGIRIS again! Jiro climbs up to bring Scrypts up, but Scrypts throws body shots!

Scrypts shoves Jiro, Jiro flips to land and roll, but FLIP THE SCRYPTS! Cover, Scrypts wins!

Winner: Scrypts, by pinfall

Another win for the mysterious masked man. But he drapes the jacket over Jiro, having gotten what he really wanted out of this. Will Scrypts continue to write off each member of the NXT roster until he has his perfect ending?


Where’s Oro Mensah?

He says he’s in the middle of the action, the social phenomena. The nightlife maximizes all the senses. And when the music hits right, it isn’t about your stresses, but about that moment, that interactive environment that can only be duplicated in the ring. Oro is going to bring that vibe to NXT.


Alba Fyre speaks.

“Isla Dawn. Your mystical darkness has pushed me to my breaking point. Trying to blind my vision, practically fracturing my hand. But you’ve awakened an unfamiliar yet barbaric fire inside my soul. The light of my ancestors is more powerful than the darkness of your spirits. We’ll see whose laughing last, because next week, ANYTHING GOES! It’s gonna be an extreme resolution not just to end the year, but to end Isla Dawn, as well.” Fyre is ready to burn the Wicked Witch, but just how will 2023 start for NXT?


Lyra Valkyria VS Lash Legend!

The Morrigan transformed and made the trip to the US, and she had a successful debut. But will that success continue against the self-proclaimed Legend in the Making?

The bell rings and the two tie right up. Lash knees low, brings Lyra up and UPPERCUTS her down! Lash talks trash, stands Lyra up and SWINGS her to SLAM her! Lash kicks Lyra around, talks more trash, and Lyra goes to a corner. Lyra stands up, Lash runs in to SPLASH! Lash snapmares and then drags Lyra around. Lash drops a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO! Lash drags Lyra up, but Lyra glares at her! Lyra KICKS and KICKS then headlocks. Lash lifts Lyra up to TOSS her, but Lyra lands on her feet and RAMS Lash! Lash stays up, Lyra RAMS her again! Lyra runs, ducks the boot, wheelbarrows and arm-drags!

Lash flounders out of the ring and fans fire up as Lyra builds speed. Lyra WRECKS Lash and fans fire up more! Lyra goes to the apron, Lash grabs at her but Lyra kicks her. Lash YANKS Lyra down to the floor! Lash stands Lyra up to CHOP her against the apron! Lash talks more trash, pushes Lyra into the ring, and even kicks her before getting in. Cover, ONE!! Lash is annoyed, she pushes Lyra around. Lash talks more trash and Lyra throws low headbutts! Lyra KICKS, runs, but leaps into Lash’s arms! SWINGING BACKBREAKER! Fans boo but Lash goes to the corner. Lash handsprings but Lyra avoids the moonsault!

Lyra KICKS, KICKS, HEADBUTTS, and AX KICKS! Lash staggers, swings, but Lyra dodges to LEAPING LARIAT! And then again! Lyra tilt-o-whirls, and DDTs! Not the cleanest but Lyra kips up and fans fire up. Lyra aims and HEEL KICKS Lash down! But Lyra isn’t done, she climbs up the corner! FLYING SPLASH!! Cover, Lyra wins!

Winner: Lyra Valkyria, by pinfall

Another first time showdown, and another big win for Lyra! Will the Morrigan reach the highest heights in NXT soon enough?


Toxic Attraction is in the Toxic Lounge.

Gigi Dolin says 2022 was their year. They built an empire! The greatest women’s trio in NXT history! And in their opinion, the greatest in all of WWE history! Jacy Jayne dares anyone to name any other faction that, despite their ultimate success, didn’t also experience heartbreaking losses. But even at their lowest point, the eyes of the world are still on the attraction. And they know what the fans are saying. “What’re they gonna do? What’s their next move?” But Gigi says “This group was created by doubt, motivated by those writing them off. And they still reached superstardom, stepping on the nonbelievers.

Jacy vows they will rebuild, reconstruct and return to glory. And that starts with taking down the woman who took down their empire. Roxanne Perez is a marked woman, and not just because she has the NXT Women’s Championship. What will rise from the ashes of the Toxic Goddess’ reign?


Backstage interview with Bron Breakker.

McKenzie brings up Grayson Waller baiting Bron into Spearing him while wearing a protective vest, knocking him unconscious. How is Bron recovering from that? Bron admits he fell for a trap. But he recovered just fine, and he is not in the mood for games. He is going to the ring and he calls Waller out tonight. Um, Waller isn’t here. But he did leave a video message.

“Bron Breakker. I bet you’re still pissed at me, lad, for last week, embarrassing you in front of the whole world. But I can’t believe you fell for that! But that’s okay. Bron Breakker is hands down the most dangerous man in NXT, and it’s not even close. He’s big, he’s fast, he’s strong, he hits harder than anyone else. As good as you are, I’m smarter. And as much as I’d love to be there tonight to go fact to face with you one more time, unfortunately for you, I’ve come home. Because what better place to get ready to become the next NXT Champion than the most beautiful place on Earth, Sydney, Australia?”

Waller shows he’s at the Sydney Harbor Bridge, and though he’s biased, he’s pretty sure there is no better view in the world. Especially now that Waller’s here. The Sydney Opera House has hosted the greatest artists in the world, but only now do they have a real superstar! “Australia, you’re welcome.” Then Waller goes to Bondi Beach to swim and prepare. How is Waller gonna beat Bron? This is how. Australia has the best athletes in the world. Waller is taking care of mind and body. At New Year’s Evil, Waller takes care of Bron and takes the title home to Australia!

Waller gave up all this to show the world who he was. He had to show the world that he is bigger than this and it’ll all be worth it when he wins the title. But don’t worry, Bron, Waller will be there next week to sign the contract face to face on a very special episode of the Grayson Waller Effect.

The video is over and Bron grabs the television screen! He throws it against the wall! The rage of old is back, will Waller exploit that to take the title away?


Six Man Tag: Odyssey Jones, Malik Blade & Edris Enofe VS The Schism!

It’s a clash of good vibes versus holier-than-thou philosophy. Will Odyssey, Malik & Edris #SoundTheAlarm? Or will Gacy, Fowler & Reed ruin the fun for their own gratification?

NXT returns and the party trio makes their entrance. The teams sort out and Gacy insists he start against Malik. They circle, tie up, and go around. Malik headlocks, Gacy powers up to back suplex! Malik manages to land on his feet and waistlocks, but Gacy drop toeholds to then float and get a headlock. Malik slips free and Gacy grins as the two stand off. They go again, Malik ducks, dodges, wheelbarrows and victory rolls! ONE, and Gacy throws body shots! Gacy bumps Malik off buckles, tags in Jagger, and they mug Malik. Jagger ROCKS Malik, whips but Malik reverses. Malik then dodges, trips Reed up, trips him again and DROPKICKS!

Fans fire up with Malik, he wrenches Reed and tags Edris. They double whip to trip and BOOT and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Edris keeps close, brings Reed up, but Reed RAMS Edris into the corner! Rip tags in, the Dyad mugs Edris and fans boo. Rip hits a short arm LARIAT! Fans boo but Rip drags Edris up to CLUB him back down. Rip drags Edris around to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Rip covers again, ONE! Rip clamps onto a chinlock and he grinds Edris down. Fans rally for Edris and he fights up. Edris pries the hold open but Rip CLUBS Edris in the back! Rip scoops, Edris slips off but Rip bucks the O’Conner.

Rip runs, Edris leaps, drops and DROPKICKS! Fans fire up with Edris and he brings Rip up. Rip resists, wrenches out, but Edris headlocks. Rip powers out but Jones tags in! Edris whips Rip away then drops down, Jones CLOBBERS Rip! Fans fire up with Jones and he runs the ropes to ROLLING SENTON! Jones tags Malik then scoop SLAMS Rip! Malik climbs up onto Jones for a SUPER SPLASH! Rip flounders away and the Schism is there to defend him. Jones and Edris back Malik up, the six men stare down. Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and Rip has Malik down in a headlock. Rip pushes up to put on the pressure, but Malik endures. Ava gets in Booker T’s personal space to tell him, “This is the definition of living your best life. Four roots, one tree.” Okay… Malik fights up but Rip wrangles him back down! Fans rally up and Malik fights to his feet. Malik pries the hold open but Rip knees low! Rip CLUBS Malik to the Schism corner, then tags in Reed. But Malik fights back on them all with haymakers! Rip keeps Malik from his corner and Reed CLOBBERS Malik! Rip DECKS Edris, Reed whips Malik to the corner! Malik goes up, over, under and hot tags Jones!

Jones rallies on The Dyad! He DECKS Gacy for good measure, ROCKS Rip, then SPLASEH Reed! Back body block for Rip! Back body block for Reed! Rip swings but misses, and Jones scoops him! Reed runs in, Jones scoops him, too! DOUBLE SIDEWALK SLAMS! Fans fire up, Jones tags Edris! Edris goes up for a MACHO ELBOW! Cover, Gacy breaks it! Gacy fires off on Jones but Jones throws him out. Reed rushes up, Jones shoves him down. Gacy & Rip drag Jones out! They hold Jones, Reed DIVES! But bounces off?! Rip runs to DIVE, but also bounces off! Gacy DIVES, Reed DIVES, Rip DIVES, Gacy DIVES again, and finally Jones falls!!

Fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” and Malik FLIES to take out Gacy and Rip! Edris fires off on Reed, chases him into the ring, but Reed shoves him away. Edris rolls under, gets around, goes up the ropes, FLYING KNEE! Reed flounders, Edris drags him up the ropes! Fans rally, but Gacy sneaks a tag! Gacy CLUBS Edris, Electric Chair Lifts him, but Malik hurries in! Rip throat chops him first! Rip then pops Malik up to an Electric Chair Lift! The Schism sets up, DOUBLE DOOMSDAY!!! Gacy stands Edris back up, for the DOUBLE CODE BREAKER, to the UPSIDE-DOWN!! Cover, The Schism wins!

Winners: The Schism, by pinfall

Ava celebrates with her “family” as they work together to take out the three amigos! The Schism is stronger together, will they soon go for gold together?


Backstage interview with Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams.

McKenzie asks them about next week’s big match ups. Trick faces Axiom 1v1 while Melo goes 1v1 with Apollo Crews. Trick stops her there and says they’re on Trick Melo Time, and they don’t get paid to hear McKenzie talk. Now, next week, Trick has Axiom, and we know he can fly, flip, wrestle and submit. But one thing he can’t do is whoop that Trick! These size 16’s are gonna send Axiom all the way to Comicon! And Melo has been saying that 2023 is the year Melo becomes THE NXT Champion. But in his way is Apollo. Apollo has accomplished so much here in NXT and that is admirable. But one thing he hasn’t done is beat Melo.

Apollo has two choices: move out of the way or be moved out of the way. And right now, Melo is feeling some kinda way about moving Apollo out of the way. That NXT Championship has one man’s name on it! Not Apollo’s, but Melo’s! And they’re going for two. Nothing but net! Will Melo & Trick hit their shots? Or will they brick to start the New Year?


Battle for the Bar: Fallon Henley VS Kiana James!

Financial problems, family members, and land development plans all collide in one match! Will Fallon defend the honor of the Henley family bar? Or will the Professional Professional Wrestler prove this isn’t about feelings, this is all business?

The bell rings, Kiana and Fallon circle. Fans rally for Fallon, she eggs Kiana on, and they tie up. Kiana knees low, CLUBS Fallon on the back then CHOPS her! Kiana wrenches, YANKS, then YANKS the arm again! And again! Kiana taunts Fallon but Fallon wrenches and YANKS in return! And again! Fallon whips Kiana, then reels her in to ELBOW! Kiana pulls hair! Fallon mule kicks, runs, but Kiana elbows her back! Kiana whips, Fallon reverses and follows to run Kiana over! Fans fire up, Jensen is  bit torn, but Fallon sits Kiana down for a CALF KICK! Kiana flounders to ropes and Fallon runs to slide!

Kiana uses the apron skirt as a shield! Fallon waits, Kiana drops her guard, and Fallon ROCKS her! Kiana flounders away, Fallon gets in and covers, TWO! Fallon grabs a leg but Kiana kicks free with the other. Kian whips, Fallon goes up and headscissors, but Kiana catches that to SLAM Fallon down! Kiana RAMS Fallon into the corner, handsprings back and RAMS in again! Kiana reels Fallon in for a short arm LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Fallon but Kiana whips her to a corner. Kiana runs in but Fallon elbows back! Kiana stomps a mudhole in, lets off at the ref’s count, then runs in, into an elbow!

Fallon storms up but into a knee! Kiana fireman’s carries and DROPS Fallon! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Fallon but Kiana wraps on a bodyscissor squeeze. Fallon endures, pushes back to a cover, TWO! Kiana CLUBS Fallon, Kiana turns her over for a Gedo Clutch! TWO, but Kiana holds onto the bodyscissor. The fans rally, Fallon pushes back again, TWO! Kiana lets Fallon go and kicks her around! Kiana pie faces Fallon, talks trash, but Fallon throws body shots! Kiana ROCKS Fallon, Fallon ROCKS Kiana, repeat! Fallon CHOPS, ROCKS and ROCKS again! Then she LARIATS! Fans fire up with Fallon while Kiana goes to a corner.

Fallon runs in, back elbows, then runs for the FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Kiana survives and Briggs makes sure Jensen is cheering for the right lady. Fallon runs, but into a low headbutt! SWINGING GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fallon survives but Kiana shouts, “What’s your problem?!” Kiana knees low, runs, but Fallon trips her up! Kiana clutches her foot, Fallon runs in to SHINING WIZARD! Cover, Fallon wins!!

Winner: Fallon Henley, by pinfall (keeps the family bar)

Briggs celebrates with Fallon, and Jensen does congratulate her, but the heart wants what the heart wants. Will Jensen still have a chance with Ms. James even though she wanted that bar?


Backstage interview with Roxanne Perez.

McKenzie asks if it has sunken in yet that she IS NXT Women’s Champion. Honestly, no. Roxie says this is a dream she doesn’t wanna wake up from. But NXT moves so fast, and she knows that this honeymoon phase will wear off quickly. So as the new champion, she will be on point, on her game, every single night. As hard as she worked to get this title, she could lose it just as quick. Have you seen the level of talent in this locker room? “You look at the list of past champions, and every single one of them is gonna be in the Hall of Fame one day. I’m not even close to that.”

Roxie has to live up to the history of this title. “It’s a pressure I don’t take lightly. And I’m gonna do everything I can to represent this championship.” McKenzie thanks Roxie for her time, but will the Prodigy prove herself worthy of the gold she holds?


Isla Dawn speaks.

“Oh, Alba Fyre. Oh, now we’re really having fun. I just know that evil is inside of you. And I’m reaching in and dragging it to the surface. Your challenge is just another step in this process, and next week, this extreme resolution will happen. But… It won’t be for me. It will be for you.” The Wicked Witch laughs into the night. What does she mean about dragging out that dark side within Fyre?


It’s the Drew Gulak Invitational wrestling seminar!

The Philly Stretcher and Hank Walker are in the ring, and Gulak welcomes us to the Invitational. Behind him are three promising grapplers who look to sharpen their skills, and also Hank Walker, who he asked to be here as a personal favor to just observe. Walker goes to a corner and fans cheer him on. Gulak says that one of the first things Hank will learn in NXT is that he’ll be facing competitors of all different experience levels. Each of the gentlemen here is getting a hands-on lesson from Gulak. First is the newcomer, Luca. Fans applaud as Luca shakes hands with Gulak. Luca, we’re going to do a demonstration.

First, turn around. Luca turns to face away from Gulak. Gulak has him relax, and explains this hold involves the arm. Relax or you’ll feel pressure in the collar bone. Any hold here you can take control with. This is the Chicken Wing, and then Gulak adds the chinlock! Luca taps and Gulak lets off. Good job. Luca’s okay, right? Yeah, good. Thank you, Luca. Luca exits and Gulak makes sure Hank understood that he let go right when Luca tapped. That is very important. Now a more experienced wrestler in Tavion Heights. Tavion has been an amateur wrestler for a few years so they’ll go for a grapple.

Tavion and Gulak tie up, go around, and Gulak facelocks to drag Tavion down. Tavion is strong, but Gulak says that sometimes, all it takes is the right opening. Gulak gets through Tavion’s leg guard to then step in and tie up the legs, FIGURE FOUR HEEL HOOK! Tavion taps, Gulak lets go. Hank nods, and Gulak says that’s all it really takes. Again, as soon as you feel the tap, release. And lastly, someone who has been stepping up their game recently, Miles Borne. Fans cheer Miles and Gulak shakes hands with him. They tie up, go around in a collar ‘n’ elbow, Miles waistlocks but Gulak switches to headlock.

Miles pops out the back to waistlock again. Gulak turns around, they grapple, and Miles throws Gulak with a fireman’s carry takeover! Fans cheer but Gulak is a bit flustered. Gulak fights up, pries the hold open, then spins Miles into a dragon sleeper! With body scissors! Miles taps, Gulak isn’t letting go! Hank tells Gulak that Miles tapped, and Gulak finally lets go. Gulak tells Miles it was a good job. Hank, Gulak does want to point out that sometimes, you gotta hammer the point home. Now, hopefully, Hank was taking good notes. But here comes Charlie Dempsey! And the Son of the Gentleman Villain goes right to the ring!

Dempsey has a mic to say, “Gulak. You wanna step up to a real wrestler? How about I give you a run for your money?” Fans like the sound of that! Gulak says if that’s so, they can do that here. This was an invitational but Dempsey wasn’t invited. The two start stepping to each other and Hank has Gulak stand back. This is just an exhibition. Dempsey says next week, he’ll make an example out of Gulak’s student. Alright, fine! Hank will be ready! Gulak promises to turn Hank into a technical machine, but will one week be enough time?


NXT North American Championship: Wes Lee VS Tony D’Angelo w/ Channing Lorenzo!

For much of 2022, the former NXT Tag Team Champion had to scratch and claw his way back from the bottom, and he finally returned to the top by winning this title in that wild Ladder Match at Halloween Havoc. But now, the Don, the made man of NXT, wants to finally add a title to his riches. Will Wes’ roller coaster year crash back down at the end? Or will Tony be the one who has to fogedaboutit?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who truly has a Happy New Year!

The bell rings and the two stare down. They tie up, Tony shoves Wes away, and he says, “Are you serious?” Fans rally behind Wes, he and Tony tie up again. Tony throws Wes down again, and continues to talk trash. “You’re embarrassing yourself! You’re the champ? C’mon!” They tie up again and Wes throws body shots! But Tony clinches to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Tony waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Wes escapes just in time and he goes to the corner. Tony stomps Wes, taunts him, then drags him up by his hair. Tony says he’s gonna take the title and Wes’s legs!

Wes holds onto ropes as Tony tries to suplex again! Tony still gets Wes out of the corner, to GERMAN SUPLEX! But Wes lands on his feet! Tony doesn’t realize it, he turns around to get a DROPKICK! Wes has Tony at the ropes, whips, but Tony reverses. Wes hurdles, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then slide sunder to roll back and RANA Tony into the ropes! Tony sputters to a corner, and Wes UPPERCUTS him! Wes fires off haymakers and body shots, the fans fire up and the ref counts! Wes lets off and Tony bails out. Stacks coaches Tony up, telling him to sweep the legs. Tony asks, “Whaddya mean, sweep the legs!?”

Tony catches his breath while the ring count climbs. Tony slide sin at 5, rushes for a leg but Wes avoids it! Wes then facelocks and sprawls. Tony fights up, fans rally, and Tony gets a leg. Wes cranks the facelock to fight the takedown and fans rally behind him. Tony fights up, powers Wes up and onto the top rope. Wes lets go, Tony ROCKS Wes with a right! Tony fires off body shots, RAMS into Wes again and again, then lets off again to whip corner to corner hard! Wes bounces off buckles, Tony storms up and gets in Wes’s face. Tony runs in, but Wes dodges! The boot gets stuck in the ropes, and Wes SUPERKICKS the leg!

Wes YANKS the leg and BUZZSAWS Tony down! STANDING SHOOTING STAR! But Tony flounders out of the ring! Fans boo but Wes just builds speed! Wes DIVES to take Tony out at the ramp! Fans fire up again and Wes shouts, “You think you can run from this?!” as NXT goes picture in picture.

Wes tells Stacks to stay back, and the ref warns him, too. Wes puts Tony in the ring, covers, TWO! Tony is still in this and Stacks is relieved. Stacks coaches Tony but Wes facelocks. Tony endures the grovit and fights his way around. Wes keeps Tony from the ropes, gator rolls him to center, and keeps on the facelock. Tony fights up, Wes resists, but Tony suplexes him up and over! Cover, TWO! Wes clamps right back onto Tony with a headlock! Wes grinds the hold, Tony fights up, and Tony powers out, only for Wes to go up and over him! Wes has the headlock again! Tony endures, but Wes hits a headlock takeover!

Tony keeps his shoulders up, NXT returns to single picture, and fans rally and duel. Stacks coaches Tony, Wes grinds the headlock, but Tony fishhooks Wes’s nose. The ref reprimands, Tony stands up and powers Wes to a corner. Tony is free, but Wes dodges the haymaker to KICK and KICK and KICK! Tony blocks a kick, clinches, and CORNER EXPLODERS! Fans fire up while both men are down! Tony sputters, but he stands up to stomp Wes! Tony drags Wes from the corner to rain down fists! Fans boo, the ref reprimands, and Tony paces. Tony drag Wes back up, scoops him, and hits a BACKBREAKER!

Tony bends Wes against the knee, but fans rally as Wes endures. Tony pushes Wes down, pushes him to a cover, TWO! The Don is frustrated but fans rally up. Wes sits up, Tony grabs his arm and twists it. Tony stands Wes up for a short arm LARIAT, and then a BIG elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Stacks is just as frustrated as Tony, and Tony drags Wes around by a leg. Tony drops elbow after elbow on the leg, then YANKS the leg! This is the receipt Tony promised, and he paces around Wes like a shark with blood in the water. Tony drags Wes up as fans rally and duel. Wes throws body shots but Tony DECKS Wes!

Tony drags Wes by his legs, drops another elbow on the one leg, and then has a toehold! Tony pulls on the leg but Wes endures. Tony stands up to drop another elbow! And another! Tony has the toehold again, but Wes tries a chinlock. Tony shrugs that off, pulls on the toehold, but Wes reaches out. The ropes are too far away, Wes tries grinding his forearm into Tony’s face. Tony shrugs that off to grind the knee. Wes throws forearm shots and Tony lets him go! Tony stalks Wes, gets the leg again, SHINBREAKER! Tony holds on, for another SHINBREAKER! Wes flops out of the ring and Tony says, “I ain’t done with you.”

Stacks stays back as The Don goes out to fetch Wes. Tony throws body shots like a hockey fight! Then he suplexes Wes to GOURD BUSTER him off the announce desk! Fans boo as Wes flops to the floor! Tony drags Wes up, puts him in the ring, and crawls to the cover, TWO!! Wes escapes and Tony is beside himself. The fans rally behind Wes more and more but Tony drags Wes up. Tony has the leg, but Wes fights the fisherman suplex to hit a DDT! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Wes and Tony crawl to opposite ends as fans are thunderous behind the champion! Tony storms over, Wes kicks the bad leg!

Wes kicks the bad leg again! Tony goes to ropes, Wes fires off body shots and haymakers! And kicks and hands and more fists! Wes whips, to UPPERCUT Tony down! And CLOBBER him! And fire off fast hands! BIG RIGHT! Tony drops to a knee but Wes brings him up for more shots! Wes fires off like Tony’s his punching bag! The ref counts, Wes lets off at 4, and then he climbs up to rain down fists! Fans count, but Tony stops that at 4 to POWERBOMB Wes down!! But Tony is tired, he has to crawl to the cover! Wait, he doesn’t cover, he isolates the bad leg. Tony climbs up, takes aim, but DIJAK SNATCHES STACKS!!

Tony freaks out as Dijak drags Stacks away! Wes GAMANGIRIS Tony! Tony falls, Wes handspring PELES!! Cover, Wes wins!!

Winner: Wes Lee, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)

That #MustSeeKick finishes this off, Wes has settled things with The Don once and for all! But what about Dijak dragging Stacks away? Will Hard Justice still be served in NXT?

My Thoughts:

A very good NXT to set up quite a bit for the next couple of weeks, including New Year’s Evil. Bron and Waller had a good promo segment, more on Waller’s side than Bron’s. At the same time, Waller’s promo felt like it went on one paragraph longer than it needed to. But having Waller use his talk show to host the contract signing is a decent way of tying things together. Not sure the last time we got something like that, so that’s pretty big for Waller. But I still don’t see Waller winning the title, as good as he is as a Heel. Melo & Trick had a good promo to hype up their matches, and it seems Melo VS Apollo happens before New Year’s Evil. I still think Melo wins to become the de facto #1 contender, and he’ll be watching New Year’s Evil so that he can congratulate the champ in person.

Good promo from Toxic Attraction. And while they didn’t mention or even show Mandy Rose, we all know that story in kayfabe is to avenge Mandy. I feel like Toxic Attraction rebuilding needs to include them bringing along a young female superstar we’ve seen in backstage segments and/or on Level Up to give them something to do. Roxanne Perez had a good promo to show some modesty despite all the great accomplishments she’s had this year. She could face just about anyone at New Year’s Evil and Vengeance Day, so there will be a lot of intrigue the next few weeks.

Lyra Valkyria got a good win over Lash Legend, showing she can take on bigger, stronger opponents, but it’s still too early for her to challenge for the title. Wendy VS Cora was really good, and Wendy getting a win fits the story. They can go another round as a tiebreaker, the winner of that moving on to face Roxie. And given it’s Roxie, I feel like that means Cora gets that win so she and Roxie can revisit their feud. We got good promos from Fyre and Dawn to set up an Anything Goes match, and that should be some awesome stuff.

But Dawn talking about bringing out Fyre’s inner evil, I wonder if Fyre goes Heel, and then she and Dawn become unlikely allies to go after the tag titles. I wouldn’t mind that. Fyre never did go for the NXT Women’s Tag titles with Iyo Sky when they won the Women’s Dusty Cup, and Dawn hasn’t had a title in WWE period, so them getting those belts together would be pretty cool. After all, they’re remnants of the NXT UK roster, them getting anything would be nice. And we got a good match out of Fallon and Kiana, but it could’ve been longer and grittier. Jensen played his part perfectly, though, and I hope they find a way to give us the payoff on the romance with Kiana on Valentine’s Day, which is a Tuesday this year.

Good promo from the Creeds and very good match from Julius VS JD. Julius of course finds a way to win so that we can finally get Creeds VS Indus Sher, and that will be great stuff. Very good promo from Jiro and good match from Jiro VS Scrypts. I figured Scrypts was going to win that, but I was a bit surprised he gave the jacket back. Perhaps Scrypts continues to take items from those he wants to feud with. That’d be a lot like what Isla Dawn did in NXT UK, but HBK has borrowed a bit of his NXT UK ideas to use in NXT, so maybe that’ll happen here. Maybe Scrypts takes Axiom’s comic books to spark their feud.

Good Six Man Tag out of The Schism and Jones-Blade-Enofe. I think the best spot was the endless stream of tope suicidas that eventually toppled Jones. Of course Schism wins, they’re going strong, and there might even be a chance that they go for the tag titles. The Dyad being Grizzled Young Veterans, they would give New Day one hell of a match. And maybe, just maybe, in 2023, Blade & Enofe start winning and make their own way to the titles. Good stuff out of the Gulak Invitational, and of course Gulak got more and more frustrated to where he violated his own rules. Dempsey showing up was also a given, and him and Hank having a match already, Dempsey definitely beats Hank. The real attraction in this feud will be Dempsey VS Gulak, and that’ll be awesome stuff.

We got a good promo from Tony and Stacks, but I kinda wish we didn’t see Stacks tonight to imply Dijak beat the snot out of him last week when Stacks tried to talk tough to him. But it made sense for Dijak to show up and drag Stacks away. Wes was gonna win either way, but that was a good way to tie all these stories together. Dijak and Tony can fight it out, Dijak surely wins, and Dijak goes after Wes in time for Vengeance Day.

My Score: 8.5/10

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

The Czar and… HIM!



NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Ilja Dragunov confronts Carmelo Hayes face to face!

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


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


Ilja Dragunov is here!

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

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

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

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


NXT Media catches up with Ava Raine.

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

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


Kelani Jordan VS Kiana James w/ Izzi Dame!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Kiana James, by pinfall

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


NXT shares footage from after last week’s show.

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


The Good Brothers VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Good Brothers, by pinfall

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

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


Ava Raine is on the phone.

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


Roxanne Perez VS Jakara Jackson w/ Lash Legend!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Roxanne Perez, by submission

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


Thea Hail talks with Jacy Jayne & Jazmyn Nyx.

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

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

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


The Wolf Dogs are backstage.

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

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

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


DIJAK VS Luca Crusifino!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Dijak, by pinfall

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


Backstage interview with Noam Dar & Oro Mensah.

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

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


Lyra Valkyria is here!

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

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

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

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

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


Brooks Jensen confronts Oba Femi!

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


Backstage interview with Carmelo Hayes.

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


Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone VS Lexis King!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Von Wagner, by pinfall

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


Tatum and Lyra regroup backstage.

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

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


Dijak argues with Ava.

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


Gigi Dolin VS Jaida Parker w/ OTM!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Jaida Parker, by pinfall

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


Waves are rolling in.

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


BREAKING NEWS for Roadblock!

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


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

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

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

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

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

Dar: 0; Dempsey: 1

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

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

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

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

Dar: 0; Dempsey: 1

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

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

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

Dar: 0; Dempsey: 1

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

Dar: 1; Dempsey: 1

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

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

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

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


NXT Media catches up with Shawn Spears.

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


Ilja Dragunov is back in the ring!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10

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Andrew’s TNA Xplosion Results & Match Ratings: 2.22.2024

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



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

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

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



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



Mike Bailey vs Jai Vidal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overall Score: 5.5/10

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

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

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