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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (12/6/22)

Let’s get Wild… Cards!

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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Who makes it in before the Deadline?

Just days away from NXT Deadline, the Iron Survivor Challenges need to be filled! Two big Wild Card Triple Threats determine the fifth man and fifth woman for these inaugural matches!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Men’s Iron Survivor Challenge Wild Card Triple Threat: Axiom VS Von Wagner VS Andre Chase; Axiom wins and advances to NXT Deadline.
  • Bryson Montana VS Javier Bernal; No Contest.
  • Tony D’Angelo w/ Channing Lorenzo VS Xyon Quinn; D’Angelo wins.
  • Hank Walker VS Charlie Dempsey; Dempsey wins.
  • Thea Hail w/ Chase U VS Isla Dawn; Dawn wins.
  • Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe; Briggs & Jensen win.
  • Women’s Iron Survivor Challenge Wild Card Triple Threat: Wendy Choo VS Fallon Henley VS Indi Hartwell; Indi wins and advances to NXT Deadline.

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Men’s Iron Survivor Challenge Wild Card Triple Threat: Axiom VS Von Wagner VS Andre Chase!

While they weren’t outright contenders, these three men are still worthy of fighting for an opportunity! Who will be the fifth man to go the NXT Deadline and compete for that golden ticket?

Duke Hudson & Thea Hail walk with Professor Chase to gorilla, and Duke wants Chase to do him a favor: believe in himself as much as Thea believes in him; believe in himself as much as Duke believes in him; believe in himself as much as the entire Chase U believes in him! This is his time! Yeah, it’s time to give those two mofos a Chase U sided ass whooping!! Is this going to be a #TeachableMoment?

The bell rings and Chase BOOTS Von! Chase fires off haymakers and fans fire up! Axiom gets in but Chase shoves him away. Von DECKS Chase, he DECKS Axiom, then he runs Chase over! Von headlocks, Chase powers out but Von runs Axiom over! Then Von rebounds to run Chase over again! Fans boo as Von drags Chase up, and then he drags Axiom up. Von double headlocks and grinds both men down. But Axiom and Chase both power up to lift Von! Von thrashes the headlocks to hold on, but Chase and Axiom power out, only for Von to run them both over! Von drags Chase up to a fireman’s carry, but Chase slips off!

Chase headlocks, Von powers out, things speed up and Chase RAMS Von! Von stays up, he runs in, but Axiom and Chase dodge to DOUBLE SHOULDER Von down! Axiom and Chase mug Von, and they double suplex! Fans fire up as Von bails out! Chase allows Axiom to go first, and Axiom builds speed, but into a roll-up from Chase! TWO and Chase says that was a Teachable Moment! Axiom and Chase speed up, Axiom rolls through an arm-drag to springboard arm-drag! Axiom then DROPKICKS Von as he returns! Axiom rolls Chase to a HEEL HOOK, but Von stomps them both down!

Von rains down fists, drags Axiom up with a knuckle lock, and he Straight Arm Levers Axiom! Von drops Axiom down, then hauls him up to RAM shoulders! Axiom CHOPS back, and CHOPS again! Axiom goes up and up and FLYING ARM-DRAG RANA COMBOS! Axiom ENZIGURIS Von, gets around Chase but Chase bucks the O’Conner Roll! Chase runs into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Standing moonsasult! Cover, TWO! Thea is fired up for Chase and so are the fans, but Von DOUBLE LARIATS Axiom and Chase down! Fans boo as Von drags Axiom up. Von trophy lifts Axiom, aims and TOSSES Axiom onto Chase on the outside!

Fans boo Von but Von grins as NXT goes picture in picture. Von goes out after his opponents, and he RAMS Chase into the apron! And again! Von scoops Chase to then POST him! Chase writhes while Von CLUBS Axiom. Von smacks Axiom off the apron, puts him in the ring, then puts Chase in. Von storms up but into body shots from Chase! Von CLUBS Chase, but now Axiom throws forearms and CHOSP! Von shoves Axiom away and BOOTS him down! Von sees Chase in a corner and clotheslines him! Von then RAMS Axiom into Chase! Von throws Chase down, scoops Axiom and SLAMS him onto Chase! Cover on Chase, TWO!

Von drags Axiom to a cover, TWO! Von is annoyed but he CLUBS Chase down. Von clamps onto Axiom with a cobra clutch and thrashes him around! Axiom endures, fights up, but Von thrashes him back down. Chase rushes in to break up the hold, but Von KNEES Chase low! Von puts the cobra clutch onto Chase! Von grinds Chase down, but Chase U rallies up. Chase fights up to a JAWBREAKER! Axiom is up top, Von hauls Chase into a corner! Von then storms up to Axiom to DECK him! Von stomps a mudhole into Chase, digs his boot in, then lets off. Von drags Chase up to whip him corner to corner hard!

Von scoops Chase to SLAM him! Cover, TWO! Von stays on Chase with the cobra clutch, and then RAMS him into Axiom! NXT returns to single picture as Von climbs up to get Axiom. But Chase CLUBS Von, CLUBS him again and again, then climbs up after him! Chase SUPER SUNSET FLIPS, but Von holds on! Axiom BOOTS Von into the POWERRBOMB! Chase UPPERCUTS Axiom, climbs up after him, and fans are rallying for “CHASE U!” SUPERPLEX onto Von! Fans fire up while all three men are down! Chase and Von sit up and they start throwing haymakers! Fans cheer Chase and boo Von as they go back and forth!

Von HEADBUTTS Chase! Von whips, Chase ducks ‘n’ dodges and dropkicks the legs out! Then he whips Von, but Von reverses. Chase reverses back to a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Fans fire up and spell out “CHASE U!” as Chase stomps Von! Von rushes in, Chase dodges and clotheslines Von out! But Axiom runs in! Chase bucks the O’Conner, Axiom dodges to DIVE onto Von! GAMANGIRI for Chase and Axiom springboards, into a kick! Underhooks, TIGER DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Axiom survives and Chase can’t believe it! Duke and Thea coach Chase up and he drags Axiom back up. Chase swings, but into an ARMBAR!!

Chase clasps hands, moves around, deadlifts, but Von BOOTS Chase down! Von fireman’s carries, but Axiom slips into a SLEEPER! Axiom then shifts to a TRIANGLE HOLD! Von endures, Duke coaches Chase and Stone shouts at Von to hold on! Von deadlifts Axiom, to POWERBOMB him on Chase! Von hauls Chase up, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! cover, TWO!!! Chase survives and the fans are thunderous! Von is furious, he hurries to drag Axiom up. Fireman’s carry, but Chase kicks the legs out! Chase dragon sleepers Axiom, reels Von in, DOUBLE DDT!! Chase hurries up top and fans are all fired up! CROSSBODY onto Von!

Chase bounces off the cover, though! Von is hurting, GOLDEN RATIO!! Cover, Axiom wins!!

Winner: Axiom, by pinfall (advances to NXT Deadline)

Professor Chase fought so hard, but in the end, the Undeniable Truth is headed for NXT Deadline! Will Axiom be undeniable and become the first ever Mr. Iron Survivor?

 

Cora Jade speaks.

“My track record has proven I am willing to do whatever it takes to become the number one woman in NXT. I ended friendships, targeted the meek, preyed on the weak, cheated when the opportunity presented itself. So just imagine what I’m willing to do to win at Deadline and have my name go down in history as the very first female Iron Survivor. There are no depths that I will not sink to. And if you thought I embarrassed Wendy Choo, just wait until I embarrass the other four women in this match and walk out of Deadline as the #1 contender. Because this is my generation. The Generation of Jade.”

 

The Diamond Mine meets with the trainer.

Julius Creed’s knee is good to go, he is cleared to compete. He’s ready, but Ivy Nile wants the ribs to be checked. Julius says they’re fine, they don’t need checking. The trainer says Julius never mentioned the ribs, but Julius says that’s because they’re fine. But Ivy insists they’re not. Brutus asks what Ivy is up to, and she says she’s “protecting her brothers.” The trainer checks and finds significant swelling. The trainer can’t let Julius compete like this. They’ll get some imaging and see what’s what. Julius frowns at Ivy, and Brutus asks, “What the hell?” Ivy insists she’s protecting them, but is it from Indus Sher? Or from themselves?

 

Bron Breakker returns to his boat.

The NXT Champion is about to set sail for another fishing expedition, but Apollo Crews walks over. “What’s up, champ? Got room for one more?” Bron asks if Apollo’s serious. Apollo says Deadline’s not until Saturday, so this might be their last time to go out as just two guys enjoying the water. Well, alright, but Apollo’s gotta untie the line. Sure thing. Apollo hops aboard and they head out. Apollo really likes the boat. Cuts through the water with precision, great acceleration with the dual engines, it’s wonderful. Bron says, “Kinda like taking my Spear, huh?” Apollo sees what Bron did there.

Bron gets to his favorite spot and they set up. Apollo says he needs a little help, he’s never actually been fishing. Bron gives him pointers about his fingers and the spool. Then just reel back and let it go. Nice first cast for Apollo! A natural in the ring, a natural on the rod, let’s see what we catch. Bron does respect the standing moonsault. Apollo just decided to do it one day cuz he’s always had the hops. But he sees Bron doing one, too. Bron saw Apollo do it, gave it a try, fell on his face, but that’s kinda the goal. Any other moves Bron is looking to steal? Just a few. Then Apollo will have to learn to counter his own stuff.

And since it’s just Apollo, Bron and the fish, if there are even fish… Does this really take the pressure off? Or just an excuse to be alone? Bron says it’s very peaceful out here. As soon as you hold the title, the pressure comes with it, including fighting the best of the best. Gunther, Gargano, Ciampa, Ziggler, just to name a few, is quite the list. Bron says every match is must-win. Make too many mistakes, you don’t just lose a match, you lose everything you’ve worked for. Apollo has to say, he has an idea. If Bron is tired of the grind, he can just hand the title over on Saturday and take that much needed break.

Bron will respectfully decline. Apollo gets a bite and he reels it in. They’re both excited to see Apollo with a big fish on the hook. And then, they let him go. Congratulations are in order for that, and both men are looking forward to Saturday. It will be a banger, but the game plans are pretty simple. Bron will use his power, speed and intensity, and Apollo looks to challenge each one of those. “May the best man win.” Bron didn’t catch any fish today, Apollo says it just wasn’t his day. And neither will Saturday. Will these respectful rivals look to catch the other slacking at Deadline?

 

Bryson Montana VS Javier Bernal!

Bryson is about as big as Montana, but- OH NO! SANGA splashes him! And then choke grips, for a SHOKE SLAM! Veer joins Sanga in the ring and they loom over Bryson. Here comes Big Body Javi, and he realizes what just happened. Javi fakes a big bad pulled hamstring and hobbles away. Veer gets a mic to call out the Creed Brothers! “We said we will not face you unless you are 100%. You have heart, but clearly you are not 100%.” Sanga says destroying the Creeds before they’re healed does NOT interest them. So respectfully, the challenge is declined. They will way until the Creeds are ready. Just don’t keep them waiting too long.

Indus Sher has spoken, but will they be gentlemen about waiting? Wait! The Creeds aren’t waiting, they’re storming out to the ring! But referees and Ivy Nile keep them both back because Julius is far from physically ready! Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but will that have to be until after Deadline?

 

Chase U regroups backstage.

Duke sits with Chase and says the silver lining is that Chase didn’t get pinned in the match. But then Thea excitedly rushes in to say that she has a match tonight! Fantastic! Against who? Isla Dawn! Oh, no way. Yes way! No, sorry, Duke meant like, no way should Thea do it! Thea knows Isla is super scary, but Thea is super ready! Duke wants Chase to back him up on this, but Chase says Thea can do it. Thea is fired up and Duke wants her and Chase to reconsider. But Chase says she CAN do it! Thea says she’ll be fine! Thanks, Mr. Chase! Thea hurries off to get ready but Duke stays with Chase.

Duke knows Chase didn’t get into the Iron Survivor Challenge, but he has to- DAMN IT, DUKE! Chase has made his decision! Is Duke right that Chase isn’t the right headspace? Or will Thea prove Chase is right that she can fight the Wicked Witch of NXT?

 

Sol Ruca catches something on her TikTok.

She and Amari Miller are doing a dance backstage when Edris Enofe & Malik Blade encounter Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen, then start arguing! Hank Walker and others cool things down, Briggs & Jensen say they were just being good friends but it seems Edris & Malik don’t wanna hear about it. This moment sparked a match for tonight, will the good ol’ boys get through to their friends?

 

Tony D’Angelo w/ Channing Lorenzo VS Xyon Quinn!

The Don is back in action! Will he have any ring rust after being out for ten weeks? Or will Tony D be the one to “run it straight” against the self-proclaimed It Factor?

The bell rings and the two tie up. Tony headlocks, fans rally but Xyon powers out. Things speed up, Tony ducks ‘n’ dodges and he runs Xyon over! Fans fire up with Tony, but Xyon RAMS Tony into the corner! Xyon RAMS and RAMS again, then whips corner to corner. Tony rebounds into a fireman’s carry, but he slips off to LARIAT! Fans fire up again and Tony drags Xyon up. Tony throws hockey body shots, then a HALF HATCH suplex! Fans fire up as Tony throws more hands on Xyon. Xyon ends up in a corner, Tony storms in but into an elbow. Xyon throws hands now, then a HEADBUTT!

Xyon whips Tony to ropes, Tony holds ropes then elbows Xyon back! But Xyon fireman’s carries to SAMOAN DROP! Xyon kip sup while Tony bails out. Xyon hurries to the apron but Tony JABS Xyon! Tony gets in to SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up and Stacks says to finish this! Tony reels Xyon in, back suplex to a SIDE SLAM! Cover, Tony wins!

Winner: Tony D’Angelo, by pinfall

“Look who’s back, baby~!” And Stacks, you see any rust? No rust, Don, you’re still good. Tony says he may not be the X-Factor or whatever, but he’s like a shiny new hubcap. This is why he is the Don of NXT! So during his physical therapy, Tony gained some new revenue, some new connections, right? But for him and Stacks, it always came down to Wes Lee and that North American Championship. Tony was gonna win, Wes took a cheap shot, and Wes has been living on that- But wait! Here comes Wes Lee!

“Welcome back, Tony D’Angelo! The Don has returned!” Wes goes to the ring and Tony appreciates him “paying tribute.” Uh, not quite. See, everyone knows Tony’s been eyeballing Wes and his title. Wes is here face to face saying he has his eye on Tony just as much. Not to mention someone else- Stacks interrupts and says Wes needs to smarten up right now. Wes needs to have his eyes on Tony, because there is nobody bigger than- Hey, Don. Have your man switch to decaf so he can chill. Wes says after he beat Carmelo, Dijak came out to drop Wes. As far as Wes sees it, he has unfinished business there. So if Tony wants after the title, wait until Wes finishes with Dijak.

Tony says, “Oh, Mr. High and Mighty! I’m pretty insulted that you think I’d wait in any line.” Tony doesn’t care about Dijak. Dijak plays by a different set of rules, good for him. Who cares. That business will have to wait. But then Dijak is on the tron! He tells Tony D that yes, Dijak plays by a different set of rules. Dijak tells it like it is. And while Tony is a scumbag from the streets, as long as he stays out of Dijak’s way, he won’t have to clean things up. As for Wes, Dijak thought Wes would crawl into a hole and never come back out. So his advice to Wes is to keep his name out of your mouth. Dijak has a very special way of dealing with repeat offenders.

“Neither one of you can or will do anything to stop me from decimating NXT.” Stacks wants Wes to listen to Dijak. The way Stacks sees it, there’s nowhere to run! Stacks shoves Wes but Wes CLOBBERS Stacks! Wes then bails out before Tony can get at him. Hard Justice has spoken, but Tony and Wes are still fired up. Who will come out of all this on top with the North American Championship?

 

NXT shares a confrontation from last week.

It was just after the Iron Survivor Challengers were named that the rest of the locker room voiced their opinions. Hank Walker saw Charlie Dempsey walk in and wanted to talk about how Dempsey looks down on him for being a security guard turned superstar. Hank knows Dempsey has lived the business, but Hank didn’t get in the ring when he was 4. Hank got in when he was 24. And Hank wishes he could follow in his father’s footsteps. Hank’s dad was a factory worker. But none of that matters here. Hank just wants the same respect as everyone else. If he has to earn that, then just say the word and they can make it happen.

So Hank wants to face Dempsey? Dempsey promises to show Hank he doesn’t belong. Dempsey headed out, but will he keep that promise? Or will Big Hank shock the world?

 

SCRYPTS speaks.

“What it means to be a star, the words you use ought to define who you truly are. That light comes so quick but then it’s gone. The language you write is more important than the canvas it’s written on. Mean what you say because there is weight in your words. I grew up in a place where everyone judged you on what they saw, and not what they heard. NXT is now my new home. Same culture just a different address, but a convenient one at that. There’s only a chosen few that get an unwanted pass. But how much longer can I truly last? I must follow those who broke through. But too much of the same thing makes the old things feel new.

“So on this journey, I must target the chosen ones, for all the rest will fall in the dark and not the light. This is why I write. Sincerely, SCRYPTS.”

 

Hank Walker VS Charlie Dempsey!

NXT returns as Dempsey makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two rush each other. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Hank puts Dempsey in a corner. The ref counts, Hank lets off, but Dempsey knee slow. Dempsey ROCKS and SDLAPOS Hank, and that just pisses Hank off! Hank RAMS into Dempsey, and again, and again! Then he runs Dempsey corner to corner! Hank TOSSES Dempsey, then fires up! Fans fire up with Hank but Dempsey headbutts low! Dempsey headlocks, but Hank endures. Hank pries the hold open, but Dempsey knee slow and throat chops! Hank shoves Dempsey back but Dempsey swats the lariat!

Dempsey gets a KIMURA on the arm! Hank stays standing, he throws body shots, and he scoop SLAMS Dempsey down! Fans fire up as Dempsey staggers. Hank storms up to whip Dempsey but Dempsey blocks to ROCK and drop toehold Hank into buckles! Dempsey CLOBBERS Hank, UPPERCUTS, then GUT WRENCH SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO! Dempsey has the KIMURA back! Fans rally as Hank endures and moves around. But wait, DREW GULAK walks out? The fans fire up for seeing the Philly Stretcher here. Hank fights up, Dempsey ROCKS him back with close forearms! Dempsey CLUBS Hank on the back and cranks that Kimura!

Hank still endures, he refuses to fall. Hank fights up but that arm is being pulled way back! Hank throws body shots, then ROCKS Dempsey and whips. Dempsey ducks but Hank hits a THESZ PRESS! Hank fires off fast hands, then he runs in to SPLASH in the corner! Whip and SPLASH the other way! Hank scoops Dempsey for a SLAM! Dempsey staggers up, Hank ROCKS him with a forearm! Hank runs, but Dempsey blocks boot into a LEG WHIP! Dempsey has the leg but Hank kicks away with the other! Dempsey loses his grip but he stomps Hank down! Dempsey PUSHES the knee! Hank grabs hair but Dempsey turns Hank over!

Hank has the leg, he CLUBS Hank, and then he bends Hank in a BOW ‘N’ ARROW!! Hank taps, Dempsey wins!!

Winner: Charlie Dempsey, by submission

The British technician defeats Hank, but the American grappler Gulak doesn’t seem impressed. Will Dempsey have to prove to Gulak that he belongs?

 

Zoey Stark speaks.

“Timing is everything in this business, and there’s no better time for this Iron Survivor Challenge. Because this is MY type of match. Last week, I was unanimously voted in by the Hall of Famers. And whether I start it or come in at the end of it, it doesn’t make a bit of difference. Because the four other women, they can’t touch me. On Saturday, I walk into Deadline with no extra baggage, no dead weight. I don’t have to worry about being a mentor or a big sister. This Saturday is all about me. 25 minutes separates me from history.”

 

Backstage interview with Grayson Waller.

McKenzie Mitchell says he and the other four superstars in the Men’s Iron Survivor Challenge will be in the ring as he hosts another episode of The Grayson Waller Effect. What can we expect to see? Oh, McKenzie missed Waller, huh? But tonight has so much energy! We’re just four days away from the WWE’s last premium event of the year, and we’re going out in style with Deadline! But McKenzie doesn’t have to soften Waller up. We all know she hates his show. It proves that Waller can do what she does so much better and she can’t do his job because no one on this roster can do what he does! And that is why he’s the odds on favorite to be the inaugural Mr. Iron Survivor!

But tonight, in the main event, Waller wants to see where everyone is. He wants to size them up, get an edge, not that it’ll be that hard, because they’re already nervous. They all will feel the Grayson Waller Effect. Waller heads out, will he be the one suffering from nerves being in there with all four opponents at once?

 

Pretty Deadly is in the ring!

And while Kit Wilson is Santa Claus, Elton Prince is an elf. They have a Christmas tree, stockings, presents, lights, and a big throne. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, December is here! It’s time for a REAL Christmas story with your NXT Tag Team Champions! They get comfy and have a story book. Elton sits on Santa’s lap and opens up the book. “Now remember, we wrote this ourselves.” “We absolutely did!”

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. “The Kitster and Ellie” were tucked in and ready for bed, but those devilish handsome boys decided to stay up instead. Their bulging sacks overflowed with gifts for their fans. But they couldn’t bear to handle anything touched by the NXT Universe’s filthy little hands. The holiday season should be a time to give thanks. So please, to your knees if you please, and praise your glorious NXT Tag Team Champs. Back to the yuletide eve and those tasty British snacks, who won their gold by putting everyone on their backs.

They were waiting desperately and impatiently for the greatest gift of all. It’s not that you people are saying soccer instead of FOOTBALL!! Elton, please. It’s Christmas. Right, sorry. That’s an issue for another day. Pretty Deadly wanted something they craved for the longest of times, and it’s not just being on TV reading a story that rhymes. For the longest time, it was something that no one in NXT has been able to bring, and that’s a team that can match them blow for blow in the ring. Pretty Deadly begged and pleaded with Santa Claus, put it all in a letter. Good Ol’ Nick isn’t stupid, he knows no one is better!

So this Christmas, they are the greatest, tastiest gifts for you all, as the cold chill of Winter creeps in from the Fall. The Tag Team Champions who will never, ever, ever, ever, ever lose, who have beaten everyone without receiving even the slightest bruise. So Santa can’t save you, there’s no Christmas cheer. 2023 will be the same as 2022, a PRETTY DEADLY YEAR! They say Merry Christmas to each other and hug it out. But then THE NEW DAY is here?! The fans lose their minds, as do Elton & Kit! Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods have the mics as fans chant “NEW! DAY ROCKS!”

Kofi says firstly, what an amazing story! Was that not great? Woods says, “Boys, boys, boys. The story that we want to hear talks about who?” WHO WHO WHO will Pretty Deadly defend the belts against at Deadline? Because they said they beat everybody, right? Right? They did say that! They beat everyone except YA BOIS, the NEW~ DAY~! Woods & Kofi get in the ring and yes, boy, they should put the titles on the line this Saturday so that the New Day can become your NEW~! W! W! E! N! X! T! WORLD! TAG! TEAM! CHAMPION~! But Pretty Deadly rushes in, only for the New Day to clobber them!

Fans fire up as as the New Day takes the fight to the champs, then trade to back elbow the others! Elton gets sent into the tree! And Kit gets sent into a GIFT BOX! Then the New Day tosses Pretty Deadly, and grab some really big boxes! MERRY CHRISTMA, they get bopped! Woods counts it out: one! Two! Three! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Fans fire up as the New Day pick up the NXT Tag Team titles! Will Kofi & Woods add to their already impressive accolades by becoming Tag Team Triple Crown Winners?

 

Isla Dawn speaks.

“Oh, my very first match in NXT. Oh, Alba Fyre. I hope you’re watching.” Isla blows out the candles and laughs in the dark. Will she extinguish Thea Hail’s light before dealing with the Celtic Fire Keeper?

 

Backstage interview with Javier Bernal.

McKenzie spooks him as she walks over. He says she can’t be doing that. Sorry, not sorry. But why was he looking around over his shoulder? Scared Indus Sher will come after him? Why would he be worried about them? And no, he wasn’t looking over his shoulder. Uh, yes he was. McKenzie, that is insensitive. He has a twitch. And Big Body Javi isn’t afraid of anything. But he was scared two seconds ago. Whatever, nevermind. Yeah, that’s what Indus Sher said looking at Javi! They saw him and were like, “Nevermind.” They don’t want none of him! That’s not how it looked to her. Well her opinion doesn’t count cuz she is clearly Anti-Javi. Javi needs someone more unbiased.

Then in that case… Oh, Ikemen Jiro! What’s up? McKenzie asks Jiro his opinion of Javier Bernal. Jiro looks confused as to who that is. Javi says that’s not a fair question. Javi asks Jiro about Big Body Javi. Hmm… More like Big Body Chicken. Exactly! Chicken!? Javi says McKenzie put Jiro up to that! Javi storms off, will he redeem his reputation?

 

Thea Hail w/ Chase U VS Isla Dawn!

Chase U’s most… enthusiastic student is more than fired up to face her opponent tonight. But considering the wicked ways of the Unholy Enchantress, will Thea wish she’d skipped school tonight?

The bell rings and the two tie up. Fans rally but Isla pushes Thea to the ropes. The ref counts, Isla lets off at 4 but Thea rushes in. Isla snapmares then KICKS Thea in the back! Isla drags Thea up, Thea throws body shots but Isla CLUBS and UPPERCUTS Thea down. Isla runs to METEORA! Chase coaches Thea but Isla clamps onto Thea’s arm. Fans rally as Thea resists but Isla KNEES Thea in the back! And again! COBRA CLUTCH! Thea flails, claws at the hold, and fans rally up. Isla bends Thea back but Thea fights to her feet. Isla wrangles Thea and slams her down! Thea endures as Isla leans on the hold.

Isla smiles at Duke and Chase but Chase coaches Thea. Thea fights up, but Isla ripcords her out! Thea dodges to fire off forearms! Thea ROCKS Isla to the corner, roars and CLOBBERS her with double ax handles! And again! Then back to the corner for a back elbow! Thea clinches to EXPLODER! Thea keeps moving, she shakes the ropes then springboards to SENTON! Cover, TWO! Isla shakes out the cobwebs but Thea kicks her. Thea wheelbarrows but Isla throws her off to throw her down! BUZZSAW! And then dragon sleeper, for ELBOW DROP DDT! Fans rally for Thea as she flounders but Isla pushes Thea around.

Isla stands Thea up, dragon sleepers again, and then another ELBOW DROP DDT! Cover, Isla wins!

Winner: Isla Dawn, by pinfall

The Wicked Witch casts a spell on Thea, and maybe Duke was right. Thea wasn’t ready, is anyone in NXT ready for what Isla can do?

Wait, smoke rises up around the ring! And where there’s smoke, there’s FYRE! Alba Fyre fires off on Isla, they brawl, and fans fire up! Referees rush out to stop this but fans want to “Let Them Fight!” Fyre and Dawn break loose, but Fyre ducks before Dawn sprays the BLACK MIST! A ref takes that full in the face! Dawn doesn’t care about the consequences, but will Fyre make sure she burns the witch?

 

Kiana James speaks.

“The first rule in business, G. If you can’t spot the lamb at the table, then you’re the lamb. And I see four lambs on Saturday. And what do we do with lambs?” Gina says, “They get slaughtered.” Does Gina smell that? There’s nothing like the smell of strategy. This Iron Survivor Challenge isn’t about pride or ego, but tactics. And that advantage belongs to Kiana. She will send each and every one of them to the Penalty Boxes, then watch the clock tick down to her victory. Almost like New Year’s. Speaking of, did Gina get that catering order taken care of? Yes! And drinks? That special soda water she likes. Check! And that special you-know-what. Oh yes, it’s wrapped. Perfect.

Kiana says she can turn dirt into diamonds and sand into gold, but she’ll also turn winning the Iron Survivor Challenge into championship gold. Yes, Ms. James. Gina heads out, Kiana gets back to business. Will she take care of business this Saturday at Deadline?

 

Lyra Valkyria speaks.

“According to legend, the Morrigan would take the form of a crow. She would foretell who would be victorious in battle. I have earned a feather for every battle I’ve won. There comes a time when a bird stops circling its prey. When it should be swift and decisive. This is my home now. Next week, I descend on NXT. Prepare to witness the rise of Lyra Valkyria.”

 

Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe!

The good ol’ boys stretched out their hands in camaraderie and they were slapped away. Malik & Edris are no longer in good moods, will they be in even worse moods after this match?

NXT returns as Malik & Edris make their entrance, Odyssey Jones joining them. The teams sort and Edris starts against Jensen. Edris LEAPS at Jensen at the bell and clobbers him! Edris fires off fast hands, Jensen gets up but Edris ROCKS him! And ROCKS him again! Edris fires off in the corner, tags Malik, and they double whip to trip and BOOT and LEAPING LARIAT! Fans fire up and Malik storms up to wrench Jensen. Jensen blocks the whip, reverses it, but Malik goes up. Jensen catches him but Malik slips off to dropkick Jensen down! Malik hurries to cover, TWO! Malik drags Jensen up and wrenches the arm.

Jensen fights back with a chinbar but Malik wristlocks. Malik whips, Jensen hurdles and Briggs tags! Jensen hits Malik with a FACEBUSTER, then Briggs CLOBBERS Malik! The good ol’ boys run, slide out and DOUBLE HAYMAKER Malik down! Fans are torn as Briggs gets in after Malik. Tag to Jensen, they wrench and handoff Malik, but then Jensen spots Gina! Briggs tells Jensen to focus as Gina puts the special letter from Kiana James into Jensen’s jacket. Malik CLUBS Jensen but Jensen whips Malik, Malik dodges to hot tag Edris! Edris rallies on Jensen then DROPKICKS him Briggs gets in but Edris dumps him out!

Malik goes up to ASAI MOONSAULT and takes Briggs out! Edris KNEES Jensen against ropes! Fans fire up as Edris goes up top, MACHO ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Jensen survives and he shocks Edris! Fans rally and Edris drags Jensen up, only to spot Von! Von goes after Odyssey! They brawl up the ramp, and Jensen reels Edris in! Back suplex, but Edris lands on his feet! Edris ELBOWS Briggs, but Jensen WHEEL KICKS Edris! Briggs tags in, Jensen hooks Edris up while Briggs BLASTS Malik! Then the good ol’ boys HIGH LOW Edris down! Cover, Briggs & Jensen win!

Winners: Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen, by pinfall

Just as Gina almost cost Briggs & Jensen, Von tipped the scales going after Odyssey Jones. But in the end, these guys all make up and shake hands. But what business does Kiana have with Fallon’s boys?

 

Roxanne Perez speaks.

“For as long as I can remember, this has been my dream. But I’m done dreaming. It’s time to wake up and face reality. And the reality is, hell yeah I want another shot at Mandy Rose! I got screwed over the last time. But in order to get back at Mandy, I need to face the very best in a race against time: The Iron Survivor Challenge. How do I prepare for a match that’s never been done before? This is when my nerves start kicking in and my anxiety starts shooting up, because I don’t know what to expect. It’s going into the unknown.”

If Roxie goes into a match this big while doubting herself and second-guessing her every move, then she should just sit in the Penalty Box and never come out. But because she wants this so bad, she has to stop talking about it and go win it! The only one who can stop her from winning the Iron Survivor Challenge is herself.

 

BREAKING NEWS for Deadline!

After Fyre went after Dawn, they’re getting a grudge match! Will Fyre burn the Wicked Witch for screwing her out of the women’s title? Or will this be the dawn of a new age in NXT?

 

Women’s Iron Survivor Challenge Wild Card Triple Threat: Wendy Choo VS Fallon Henley VS Indi Hartwell!

One spot remains and three women want it! Will the Queen of Comfort, the Country Girl or the Impressive One move on to become the fifth Iron Survivor Challenger?

NXT returns and Briggs & Jensen regroup with Fallon at gorilla. They’re fired up, and Briggs tells Fallon to go win one for the team. Fallon says that’s right! She’s gonna kick Wendy and Indi in the teeth and go on to the Iron Survivor Challenge. But Jensen looks at the envelope from Gina, and inside are two VIP tickets to Deadline! Kiana & Giana are inviting them to the show! Seriously? Well, sorry to break it to you, but Kiana isn’t winning that night, Fallon is. Great, Jensen just pissed Fallon off. Well, Fallon performs better when she’s mad. So when Fallon wins, they’re going to Deadline with her anyway!

Wendy makes her entrance, followed by Fallon. The bell rings and the three watch each other as they circle. Indi kicks Wendy, kicks Fallon, then scoops and SLAMS Fallon! Then Indi scoops and SLAMS Wendy! Indi scoops Fallon, Fallon slips off and rolls her up, TWO! Wendy and Fallon kick Indi down together! Wendy headlocks Fallon, hits a takeover, but Indi drags Wendy off to a prawn hold, TWO! Wendy and Fallon DOUBLE DROPKICK Indi now! Indi staggers to a corner as we see Toxic Attraction watching this from a backstage Toxic Lounge. Fallon hooks Wendy for a backslide but Indi kicks Fallon.

Indi sits Fallon down, she tips her and Wendy over to double cover, TWO!! Indi hits DOUBLE LARIATS! Fans rally up for Indi as she runs to forearm Fallon! Then she forearms Wendy! BULLDOG DENIED, and then Fallon basement dropkicks Indi down! Cover, TWO! Fallon storms up to Wendy, drags her up but Wendy JAWBREAKERS! Wendy and Fallon trade forearms, fans rally up, but then Fallon knees low! Fallon waistlocks, Wendy blocks the lift and switches. They go to ropes and knock Indi off the apron! O’Conner Roll, TWO, and Wendy knocks Indi down again! Wendy basement dropkicks Fallon, then runs in to BOOT her!

Wendy pushes Fallon down, runs and SLEEPER ELBOW flops! Fallon CALF KICKS Wendy down, cover, but Indi drags her away! Fallon kicks Indi away, but Wendy waistlocks Fallon! Fallon reaches up to get Indi, HEADSCISSOR ARM-DRAG COMBO! Fans fire up while Indi flops out and Fallon runs in! Slide and HAYMAKER for Wendy, but then Indi BOOTS Fallon! Fans fire up with #IndiWrestling while NXT goes picture in picture.

Indi slides into the ring and she’s after Wendy in the corer. Indi whips Wendy corner to corner hard and Wendy bounces off buckles. Indi drags Wendy up to whip her hard the other way! Wendy bounces off buckles again and Indi drags her back up. Indi EuroUppers, then she whips corner to corner again. Wendy rebounds into a scoop, SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Indi clamps onto Wendy with a chinlock and grinds her down. Wendy endures, fans rally up, and Wendy fights to her feet, only for Indi to throw her down! Cover, TWO! Indi keeps cool and keeps on Wendy with a straitjacket stretch!

Wendy endures again, fights up, and she arm-drags free! Indi returns but into a waistlock and shove. Fallon swipes at Indi, Indi kicks her back. But Wendy CLOBBERS Indi and sends her out of the ring! But Fallon runs in to CLUB Wendy and cover, TWO! Fallon keeps on Wendy but Wendy throws body shots and a snapmare. Wendy KICKS Fallon in the back, then kicks her to a drop zone. Wendy rains down forearms, covers, TWO! Wendy is frustrated but she goes up the corner as NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally but Indi trips Wendy! Wendy ends up in a Tree of Woe and Indi stomps a mudhole into her! Indi then RAMS Fallon into Wendy!

Fans fire up and Indi stomps another mudhole into Wendy. Indi pulls Wendy’s hair but Wendy kicks her away! Fallon rolls Indi up, TWO! Fallon ROCKS Indi, ROCKS Wendy, repeat! Fallon CLOBBERS Wendy, dodges Indi and CALF KICKS! Fallon runs in to back body block Indi and Wendy! Then she runs to FACEBUSTER Indi! Cover, Wendy ELBOW DROPS it apart! Fans rally and duel as Wendy brings Fallon up. Wendy throws a forearm, Fallon give sit back. Wendy CHOPS, Fallon forearms, repeat! Indi joins in with forearms of her own! But Fallon CHOPS Indi, then Wendy CHOPS Indi! Indi kicks Wendy, CLUBS her, then JABS Fallon!

Indi throws Wendy out one side, then throws Fallon out the other. Indi has Fallon in the ropes for an UPPERCUT and a BOOT! Then Indi swings on Wendy but Wendy trips her! Wendy runs in to CLOBBER Indi! Wendy whips Fallon for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Wendy handspring lariats Indi! Wendy keeps moving, but Indi hits a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, Fallon breaks it! All three women are down and fans are fired up! Indi drags Fallon up, whips her to a corner, then runs in, but into an elbow! Fallon hops up, but Indi ROCKS her first! Indi climbs up, fans duel, but Fallon resists the superplex!

Wendy joins in! SUPER GERMAN SUPERPLEX COMBO!! Fans are loving “NXT! NXT!” for this one! Toxic Attraction like what they’re seeing because it softens everyone up. Wendy crawls to cover Fallon, TWO! Wendy is growing frustrated but she brings Fallon back up. Wendy reels Fallon in but Indi BOOTS her down! Indi reels Fallon in but Fallon hits a crucifix takedown, TWO! Indi chases Fallon to ropes but Fallon ducks the boot! Indi’s leg gets stuck on the top rope, and Fallon dumps her out! Wendy rushes in to kick and suplex, BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Fallon survives and Wendy can’t believe it!

“This is Awesome!” as Wendy fires up. Wendy has Fallon in the drop zone, she climbs up again, and she VADER BOMBS!!! Cover, but Indi throws Wendy out! Indi runs to BLINDSIDE FOREARM Fallon!! Cover, Indi wins!!

Winner: Indi Hartwell, by pinfall (advances to NXT Deadline)

An opportunistic and savage way to win, #IndiWrestling is going to Deadline! She has been impressive since showing up in NXT, but will she be even more impressive after becoming Ms. Iron Survivor?

 

Toxic Attraction talks Iron Survivor Challenge.

Jacy Jayne says the field is stacked. Cora Jade, Roxanne Perez, Zoey Stark, Kiana James and now Indi Hartwell. Gigi asks if they’re even going to Deadline. Mandy says of course they’re going! They have five women all fighting for the right to face Mandy, can’t face that. And Indi storms up to say it’s going to be her! Saturday is her day! The other 364 can go to everyone else, but Deadline is HERS! For months, everyone’s been wondering who finally takes the title off Mandy, and you’re looking at her! Mandy just saw what Indi can do, and we’ll see it again for 25 minutes or whenever she enters that match.

So sit in the lounge, in the front row, or at home watching on Peacock. It doesn’t matter to Indi. Once the clock runs out on the Iron Survivor Challenge, the clock starts counting down on Mandy’s title reign. Is THIS the thing the Hall of Famers needed to see out of Indi?

 

NXT presents The Grayson Waller Effect!

Waller and his guests, Axiom, Joe Gacy, JD McDonagh and Carmelo Hayes, are all already in the ring together and sitting at the table. Waller says to get on your Instagram and check out his shirt. But before introducing everyone, Waller wants to say Saturday will be a historic night. 25 minutes, most falls wins to become the NEW #1 Contender to the NXT Championship. And it is very rare that you get the opportunity to be in a first-time-ever match. You never forget your first, right? “Except for that fat boy in the first row! Because with that head, you’ve never had a first time!” Melo laughs at that one while fans boo.

Waller says sorry, back to business. The five of them are going to be linked together forever. It is an honor to be in this ring tonight and on Saturday with all of them. So proper introductions! The wiz kid of NXT, the only man brave enough to wear a turtleneck in 2022, Axiom! Then the man who went from being a sociopath to a psychopath, he now leads the Says ’em… The Shiz…? Uh, Joe Gacy! Peace. Fresh from his appearance in Waller’s front yard, it’s the Irish Lawn Gnome, JD McDonagh! But last but not least, Waller’s boy, the self-proclaimed A Champion, who after the last few weeks should be more like the A Loser, it’s Carmelo Hayes!

Melo says Waller doesn’t need to do all that. They know who he is. Yes, calm down. A Champ being more an A Hole right now. Chat’s blowing up, though. Let’s get a question up on the screen. Okay, from RingFox1: “What advantage do you have that’ll make you the first ever Iron Survivor?” Great question! Waller will take this. He’s the only one what it takes to be a Survivor! AUSTRALIAN SURVIVOR! Melo says they’re not talking about Waller running around naked in a jungle on a show no one watched. This is about the #1 contender to the NXT Championship. And there’s a reason Melo was the first one in!

When they mention the top title, they aren’t talking about any of y’all. They’re talking about the man that don’t miss. The one of one. The A CHAMPION! And Melo is him! What is he talking about? Didn’t Melo lose his North American title twice? And in a five-man match twice. JD, we’re not talking about that. This ain’t that. This match has everything to do with the five of them. This is their match, and this is Melo’s match. It doesn’t matter if Melo comes in first, second, third, fourth or last, he will have the same juice in minute one as he will in minute 25. Ask about him.

Fans like the sound of that, but JD says, “Melo, do not kid yourself, okay? You have been protected in this company since the day you walked in that door. You are like a kid running around in a petting zoo, and on Saturday, you’re gonna wake up inside the lion’s den. The person you are in minute one is not gonna be the same dude at minute 25. You’re not gonna be running around here when the lactic acid’s building up in your muscles, when your lungs are screaming for air. Those quick reactions aren’t gonna come so quick at minute 25. I know that I can go through 25 minutes of hell, and I know that I got a bigger gas tank than any of you guys.”

Waller says he doesn’t need 25 minutes to beat these flops! Melo says the match IS 25 minutes, not that Waller knows anything about lasting 25 minutes. Waller chooses to ignore that because Melo is doing his best Waller cosplay and he appreciates that. Great shirt. But now to Gacy. Waller wants to know what “Joseph” got from “Schism Claus” on “Invictus Day.” Gacy says he’s already capable of thinking for a group. “Individuals are selfish. And when the stakes are high, people will trample over each other just to get the things they want. It’s inevitable.

“Waves in a kiddy pool move differently than waves in the ocean, and my practicing thoughtful togetherness will let me see the field at Deadline, and I will act accordingly.” Axiom says he agrees with Gacy. They all will act differently in this. As someone who had to fight to get into this match, Axiom has the chance to really analyze things. And the Iron Survivor Challenge is just that: a challenge. It forces them to innovate. In order to win, they must evolve. And luckily, his adaptability is his greatest strength. Anyway you look at it, this match brings out the best in all of them, and any mistake will be penalized.

Waller says, “That was beautiful, Spider-Flop.” Melo says, “Nerd.” Waller has another question, and it’s from Big Money Marcus. “What position would you like to enter the match?” Axiom says easy, first or second. He maximizes his time for the most amount of falls. Gacy says that means that maximizes time to end up taking a fall and being put in the Penalty Box. Axiom will take that risk. Ideally, he’d go first, and have JD with him as second. Because Axiom didn’t forget what JD did to him, putting him on the shelf for three weeks. 25 minutes won’t be enough.

JD laughs and says, “Axiom, you should be thanking me that it was only weeks and not months that you were rehabbing that knee. And on Saturday, you won’t need to worry about the Penalty Box, you need to worry about what hospital I’m putting you in.” Gacy tells “Mr. McDonagh” that he applauds the example he sets. Gacy implores JD to do that again. But to answer the question at hand, the fourth spot is the sweet spot. Gacy can take advantage of the first three, he will pin them and put them all in the box for 90 seconds. Those 90 seconds will force them to watch as all their hopes and dreams drift away.

Gacy vows to be THE Iron Survivor so that the Schism’s tree will grow taller and its roots will grow stronger. Melo says, “No one’s gonna address the elephant in the room?” JD, Gacy, you guys shot your shot and missed. Waller and Axiom, you are shooting from the logo if they think they’re gonna be the next #1 contender. “Y’all don’t want this like I want this! This shot, I’ve shot a THOUSAND times in my mind. And every single time, it’s been nothing but net!” Waller says this isn’t Melo’s show, it’s HIS! And Melo is getting ahead of himself. Melo ain’t won nothing yet, none of them have! WALLER is the odds on favorite! His head’s on a swivel cuz you never know who’s gonna strike first!

Waller turns around and JD HEADBUTTS him!! Then the brawl is on! JD and Gacy, Melo and Axiom! Melo throat chops but Axiom still dodges the boot to SUPERKICK back! Gacy ROCKS JD, Melo bails out, Axiom DIVES onto Melo! Gacy clotheslines himself and JD out of the ring! Waller says if they wanna play, let’s play! He FLIES out onto all of them! The brawling continues, referees rush out and fans want to “Let Them Fight!” This is chaos now, but what happens when they’re racing against time?


My Thoughts:

A very good go-home episode for NXT, but I unfortunately felt the Go Home Syndrome. We did get good promos from Cora, Zoey, Kiana and Roxie, and good story tie-in with Kiana sending an invitation to Jensen to mess with Fallon indirectly. But did we need another segment of Apollo and Bron talking? I feel like the diner scene was a good way to punctuate their story, and something about the fishing scene was redundant. But I guess Apollo was returning the favor of Bron walking into his personal space that is the diner. This promo didn’t change anything about how I feel from last week, in that this would be the time to dethrone Bron but it probably isn’t happening.

Scrypts has a decent promo, but it took me a second time to get it all right because of that voice mod. Him watching himself back was a good detail, at least, as if he’s critiquing himself while also using himself as inspiration for what’s next. As for him talking about targeting chosen ones, he’s getting closer to his first feud, and he could really be after anyone. Good return match for Tony D’Angelo, and of course he wants after Wes and the North American Championship. Dijak interrupting also made sense, this is all building to a big North American title match, probably for New Year’s Evil 2023.

Good use of kayfabe health status to delay Creeds VS Indus Sher. Ivy wants to protect the Creeds, Indus Sher want the best out of the Creeds but the Creeds are headstrong, all of that will be why the Creeds lose. I bet New Year’s Evil also sees Creeds VS Indus Sher, and that’ll be great stuff. Big Body Javi was hilarious again, and great to see Ikemen Jiro on screen again. Javi VS Jiro should be a good match, and maybe it’ll help bridge Javi to another name on that insanely long wish list of his. Also Bryson Montana practically got Dan Matha’d, but that was a great ambush by Indus Sher.

Pretty Deadly’s Night Before Christmas parody was so goofy, maybe dragged on a bit, but how wild to have the New Day in NXT! Part of this is to boost Deadline’s profile, and we’re going to get an awesome tag title match. As great as New Day becoming Triple Crown Winners would be, this is them giving the nod to Pretty Deadly being a great new comedic Heel team, and that’s great stuff. Good stuff from Charlie Dempsey and Hank Walker, and Drew Gulak showing up makes sense, too. I would love Gulak VS Dempsey, or even those two teaming up. And good match of Briggs & Jensen VS Malik & Edris, though it was all clearly just to plug the stories of Kiana taunting Fallon and Von wanting after Odyssey.

Great intermingling of other stories with all the different Wild Cards tonight. Great Triple Threat from the men to open, with Andre Chase looking amazing despite losing. Axiom advancing makes sense, he really adds some speed to that match, and if half of his gimmick is being a math genius, then he should be able to figure out the winning formula. Chase’s story with Duke is progressing between the result of that match, and the promo that set up Thea VS Isla. Thea VS Isla was good stuff, but of course Isla wins to prove Duke right, and to give us Fyre VS Isla. I think Isla wins that one, too, to establish herself better on NXT.

Then the Women’s Triple Threat was awesome stuff, one of the best Triple Threats I’ve seen in some time. I said before that I didn’t see Indi winning this because of Lopez, so it was a big surprise that Indi is advancing. At the same time, Indi gave a fiery promo in Mandy’s face, I would love if Indi got the title shot at New Year’s Evil. I suppose this means they’re saving the Cora VS Wendy feud for New Year’s Evil, as well, as I really expected a feud to bleed into the Iron Survivor Challenge. Which is probably for the best, as that’d allow for such stories to have dedicated blow-offs.

As for the Grayson Waller Effect, that was one talk show segment that could’ve/should’ve been trimmed down a bit. I appreciate that they talked about the strategy of an Iron Survivor Challenge, but even that dragged on. At least it ended the right way: with a big brawl! Melo also did make a good point that Gacy and JD had their title shots and lost, so we do need someone new to step up. Melo makes a great choice, he probably is THE choice, can’t wait to see it.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Ilja Dragunov confronts Carmelo Hayes face to face!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Ilja Dragunov is here!

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

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

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

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

 

NXT Media catches up with Ava Raine.

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

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

 

Kelani Jordan VS Kiana James w/ Izzi Dame!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Kiana James, by pinfall

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

 

NXT shares footage from after last week’s show.

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

 

The Good Brothers VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Good Brothers, by pinfall

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

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

 

Ava Raine is on the phone.

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

 

Roxanne Perez VS Jakara Jackson w/ Lash Legend!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Roxanne Perez, by submission

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

 

Thea Hail talks with Jacy Jayne & Jazmyn Nyx.

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

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

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

 

The Wolf Dogs are backstage.

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

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

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

 

DIJAK VS Luca Crusifino!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Dijak, by pinfall

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

 

Backstage interview with Noam Dar & Oro Mensah.

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

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

 

Lyra Valkyria is here!

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

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

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

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

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

 

Brooks Jensen confronts Oba Femi!

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

 

Backstage interview with Carmelo Hayes.

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

 

Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone VS Lexis King!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Von Wagner, by pinfall

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

 

Tatum and Lyra regroup backstage.

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

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

 

Dijak argues with Ava.

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

 

Gigi Dolin VS Jaida Parker w/ OTM!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Jaida Parker, by pinfall

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

 

Waves are rolling in.

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Roadblock!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Dar: 0; Dempsey: 1

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

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

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

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

Dar: 0; Dempsey: 1

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

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

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

Dar: 0; Dempsey: 1

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

Dar: 1; Dempsey: 1

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

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

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

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

 

NXT Media catches up with Shawn Spears.

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

 

Ilja Dragunov is back in the ring!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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Andrew’s TNA Xplosion Results & Match Ratings: 2.22.2024

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

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

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

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

 

Ratings:

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

 

Results:

Mike Bailey vs Jai Vidal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overall Score: 5.5/10

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

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


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